Rap Metal is Back...And It's Actually Good!

Categories: Metal

bodycount11.jpg
Body Count
By: Corey Deiterman

Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-hop elements like rapping and turntables was a serious low point.

Except now we have a whole generation who grew up on that music and wants to give it another whirl. You can find bands like Whitechapel and Suicide Silence admitting how much their sound is indebted to Korn and Slipknot, while others are even busting out those turntables again.

There's a difference this time though. Insane as it may sound to say it, it's working this time.
I'll be the first to slam '90s rap-metal. Even those who hand in inventing it, like Mike Patton of Faith No More, came out strongly against it; he famously once said, "don't blame me for that shit." Yet his part in its creation is undeniable thanks to the massive success that was "Epic."

And "Epic," along with various other experiments in the idea like Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing" with Chuck D, Anthrax and Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise," and Run DMC's version of "Walk This Way," proved that the idea could work. It just...didn't.


More »

Summer Slaughter Tour - The Observatory - July 19, 2014

Categories: Metal

morbidangel1.jpg
Alex Distefano
Morbid Angel
Summer Slaughter Tour
The Observatory
7/19/14

Extreme metal took over the Observatory on Santa Ana Saturday, for the first date of the all day Summer Slaughter Tour, featuring headliners Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus. The parking lots around the Observatory and surrounding areas were littered with metal heads young and old, all flocking to the two stages at the Observatory for some of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal music, both from the local and national touring level. Doors opened promptly at 2 p.m., but people were arriving all day, right up until Morbid Angel appeared at 10 p.m.
 
The tour also featured heavy hitters like Origin, Goatwhore, both of whom played before 8 p.m. Even earlier, Fallujah, Decrepit Birth and Boreworm, finishing out the touring portion of the bill. Orange county local metal bands Why We Kill, and Voices of Ruin performed on the smaller, Constellation Stage, with many friends, supporters and family members of the band rocking out in the crowd, as well as lots of new fans. Other highlights included LA based bands Nihilitus, None of the Living Remain and Tormentor, all of whom showcased a tremendous amount of talent and showmanship, with many fans catching each band.


More »

10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

Categories: Metal

morbidangel.jpg
Morbid Angel
Death metal is such a vague term, even though it is in itself a sub genre of the greater umbrella of heavy metal music. But, when it comes to extreme metal, if a death metal band can write good songs is important. But more impressive is if a band can write a collection of good songs, thrown together cohesively in the form of an album. We now present our list of the10 Death Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die.

See also: 10 Metal Albums to Listen to Before You Die

More »

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is Wrong About Punk

Categories: Metal

brucedickinson.jpg
Todd Owyoung for the Riverfront Times
BRUUUUUUUCE!!!
Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," he also said a few harsh words about punk rock, referring to it as rubbish and saying that the lack of talent in punk was an excuse to call it performance art. He goes on to state, "Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.'"

Not totally untrue. The problem, however, lies in his words that immediately follow that thought:

"But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."

Whoa, waitaminute. Perhaps the English icon is referring strictly to the British punk bands of the '70s and '80s, citing some sort of inside info. After all, dude's basically a rock god. However, and no disrespect meant to porn stars, but the idea that punks wish they were living decadent lives in heavy metal bands is way off-base.


More »

The 10 Best Heavy Metal Documentaries

Categories: Metal

lemmyfilm.jpg
Lemmy starring as himself in the film LEMMY
Keeping in theme with last week's post of the Top Ten Heavy Metal Movies, we decided to offer up a slight variation, with a list of top ten documentaries about heavy metal: in terms of the music, its origins and history, key figures, global cultural impact, and the lifestyle of fans. We now present, our list of the 10 Best Heavy Metal Documentaries.

More »

Korn's Bassist Fieldy Talks About Braving Bomb Scares and Sobriety

Categories: Metal

kornpic.jpg
After breaking the news three years ago they were adding Skrillex-influenced electronic beats to their nu-metal sound in "The Path of Totality," Korn have not only transformed their musical direction, but have shifted the band perspective with positive morale that is audibly noticeable in their latest album and collaborative sober lives.

Coming off of a worldwide tour in support of October 2013's "The Paradigm Shift," vocalist Jonathan Davis, guitarist Munky Shaffer, bassist Fieldy Arvizu, re-instated guitarist Head Welch and drummer Ray Luzier are coming home to tour the United States for Rockstar Energy Drink's Mayhem Festival. Korn will share the main stage with Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria and Trivium on Saturday, July 5 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. Recently, Fieldy talked to us about a bombing scare Korn dealt with while in Russia, touring sober, and how his religious views affect his tattoo choices and daily lifestyle.

More »

Suicide Silence Pushes Forward After Vocalist's Death

Categories: Metal

suicidesilencenewpic.jpg
Suicide Silence had just about everything going for them by the end of 2012. Their fan base was growing larger and more rabid by the day with the release of their third album, The Black Crown, which reached No. 28 on the Billboard 200, and garnered major respect from the deathcore community. It was as if nothing could stop them. But it all collapsed on the morning of Nov. 1, 2012, when vocalist Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle accident in Huntington Beach.

While getting over the shock of their comrade passing, the remaining band members faced the decision of whether to disband or change their name in an attempt to start from scratch. But they chose to do neither.

More »

The 10 Best Heavy Metal Movies

Categories: Metal

airheads1.png
Heavy metal music's influence on our modern culture can't be denied. This time, instead of focusing on songs, albums, or the bands themselves, we decided to change the perspective a bit, and instead delve into world of cinema. There are tons of documentaries about heavy metal music and culture, from the late '70s, to today. With this in mind, we wanted to look at films that were not documentaries; fiction based movies that had a plot line, characters, and or a soundtrack that somehow involved heavy metal, and/or hard rock music. We now present our list of the 10 Best Heavy Metal Movies.

See also: Top 10 Power Metal Bands

More »

Animals as Leaders are the Pride of the Prog Metal Pack

Categories: Metal

Animals_As_Leaders_JW.jpg
Few characters in music seem as dated as the heavy metal virtuoso. The term unintentionally conjures images of cocky, '80s shredders with flying V guitars, spandex and blown out hair. Thankfully, a young band like Animals as Leaders has shown they can embrace the term and buck the stereotypes. Since forming in 2007 as the solo project of Tosin Abasi, formerly of metalcore outfit Reflux, the Los Angeles-based, Washington D.C.-bred trio has dazzled the progressive metal world. Their fusion of prog rock, neo-jazz and dabbling in electronic music has made Animals as Leaders one of the most dynamic and trailblazing bands in the genre.

While Abasi found his footing with the project's self-titled debut, his collaboration with guitarist Javier Reyes, who joined the project in 2009, turned into one of the most talked about bands in the metal world. Abasi has been praised as one of the best guitarists, most notably with two appearances on the cover of Guitar World.

Currently touring behind their third record, The Joy of Motion, Reyes says the band has been encouraged by the audience's reaction. The record combines the band's trademark shredding with elements ranging from funk to even Latin-influenced guitars. The positive response and audience familiarity with the material despite it being released only in March is reaffirming, but it doesn't surprise the trio.

More »

Resurrecting Jezebel's, OC's Lost Metal Club

Categories: Metal

Thumbnail image for witchatjezebel.jpg
John Totten
Witch playing at the Jezebel reunion last Saturday at Malone's
By: John Totten
Jezebel's nightclub died a sudden death in 1993. The building, which still stands at 125 N. State College in Anaheim, now houses a Mexican restaurant. But the club still has a fiercely loyal following among the now aging rocker baby boomers who frequented the club in its heyday.

From 1986 to the time owner Jeff LeBraun closed the club shortly before his untimely death, the club served as a place where young Orange County based rock and metal bands and musicians could hone their craft before hitting the clubs in Hollywood. "Everybody played there" says Sue Mansfield, now 54. "We all had a great time."

Touring bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Armored Saint also made Jezebel's a stop during the height of popularity of hair metal. The venue was usually packed to capacity during these shows.

See also: The 10 Greatest OC Metal Bands of All Time


More »

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Events

Links

Loading...