Whether evoking images of a barren post-apocalyptic landscape or extolling the virtues of the nature’s ultimate might, thunderous prophecy shrouded in monolithic, overwhelming musical power has always been Testament’s domain. With Dark Roots Of Earth, (their 10th album, released on July 31st in North America through Nuclear Blast Records) the Bay Area quintet have delivered their most mature, complete and intense collection in 25 years together, nine mind-bending, pit- stirring classics that will instantly crush your skull while also serving a delicious amount of depth and nuance to devour.
“It’s partially fantasy-based, partially based on the prophecies of the Mayan calendar,…
Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have stayed around the longest, and have never let their fans down by remaining musically consistent and true to their roots for over 20. With a career that launched in 1984 that produced 15 studio albums, Overkill celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of Ironbound, a new album, on E1 Music and a North American tour with support from Vader, God Dethroned, Wabringer, Evile and Woe of Tyrants. Ironbound is a thrash metal masterpiece that features Overkill’s…
Flotsam and Jetsam initially showed a lot of promise within thrash metal circles and, though they’ve continued to record over the past 15 years, their talent and professionalism never quite translated into significant sales or mainstream recognition. Formed in Arizona by vocalist Eric A. K., guitarists Michael Gilbert and Edward Carlson, bassist Jason Newsted, and drummer Kelly David-Smith, Flotsam and Jetsam were part of the second wave of thrash bands. After signing with Metal Blade Records, they recorded their rough, but ambitious 1986 debut, Doomsday for the Deceiver, which betrayed a huge Metallica influence. Ironically, the…
4ARM are pure, straight-up Thrash Metal band who since 2004 have been
musically distinctive, aggressive and explosive. 2005 saw the band
release their debut full length album entitled ‘13 Scars’, which led to a
nomination in the top 5 Metal Bands at the 2006 Music Oz Awards. Danny
Tomb and Andy Hinterreiter signed national endorsement deals with
Randall Amplifiers, Mesa Engineering, ESP Guitars and
Dean Markley strings. With regular airplay on various radio stations
and metal clubs, as well as consistent live performances, 4ARM enabled
themselves to stay at the top of their game for the years to come.