Marilyn Manson Returns With The Pale Emperor, Plays Boston’s House Of Blues On January 28th

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Releasing a new album in January is a bold fucking statement for any artist and there is no one bolder in modern rock than Marilyn Manson. Besides the release date, probably the biggest surprise on The Pale Emperor (His ninth album) is how utterly amazing and solid it is. You can credit Twiggy Ramirez, composer Tyler Bates, Shooter Jennings, drummer Gil Sharone all you want but the true credit lies with Mr. Brian Warner aka “Tully” from Sons Of Anarchy for all you MM newbies. [Read more…]

The Press War Hits Cambridge’s Middle East on January 25th!

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Boston’s The Press War is hoping to broaden your musical palette when you hear the term Indie/Pop/Punk in reference to their sound. Take opener “Pandering” off the New Again EP as a prime example as it takes the Pop sensibilities of Husker Du and merges it with the driving force of Bad Religion’s finest moments. [Read more…]

Untitled Metal Column: Volume 10 (Abstracter, Wound Empire)

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Sometimes the best music is that which you know nothing about beforehand. Take Abstracter for example. Promo came across my desk and like everything that comes across my desk, I gave it a solid listen. Guys and gals, I know we’re barely a week into the new year but hitting “play” on Wound Empire, the second release from Oakland’s Abstracter, is easily one of the best decisions I’ll have made all year. Guaranteed. [Read more…]

Karma To Burn Release Arch Stanton In North America, Prepare For Live Assault

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Are you looking to start 2015 off with a rawk and/or roll bang? Well, you’re in luck because West Virginia’s Karma To Burn is back and ready to do just that for you! Arch Stanton, their sixth overall, is like a rebirth. Mainstays Rob Oswald and Rich Mullins have departed and like a phoenix Will Mecum has again risen from the ashes with a new band, a new purpose, and a new found glory. [Read more…]

The Dreaming Rise Again On Ambitious Third Album

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“You will never break us/We will fight until the bitter end/You will never break us/We will always find the strength to Rise Again! “-Christopher Hall, “Rise Again”, 2015 [Read more…]

Unearth The Kings Plan To End 2014 Loudly With And Yet It Moves!

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Need a little slab of metal to end 2014 with a bang and kickstart the new year right? Well, Unearth The Kings plan to deliver on both counts with their debut EP, And Yet It Moves. Featuring members of Pitchshifter, Cars On Fire, and the mighty earthtone 9, And Yet It Moves is an instantly likable, easily listenable 3-track beast that mixes the legendary riffs of Crowbar (and earthtone 9) with a vocal intensity in the style of Keith Buckley. [Read more…]

Igor Cavalera: A Rock And Roll Fables Conversation

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Pandemonium, the third offering from Cavalera Conspiracy is easily their heaviest yet. From the onslaught of “Babylonian Pandemonium” and “Bonzai Kamikazee” it’s easy to see that CC has found  a place in the musical echelon that suits them well and that happy place happens to be heavy as hell. Max Cavalera sounds like a veritable monster on the opening track with a throaty growl that’s unlike any vocal performance he’s given while brother Igor pounds away at ludicrous speeds one moment, settling into a tribal groove the next. [Read more…]

Emigrate Add New Friends And New Skills On Silent So Long

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Silent So Long, the second album from Emigrate, is akin to Soulfly’s sophomore outing in that it’s chock filled with high-profile guests that could easily overpower the band underneath. Luckily the strength of Richard Z. Kruspe’s songwriting and track sequencing skills insures that on this album, Emigrate always shines through. [Read more…]

Why The World Needs A New AC/DC Album in 2014 (Rock Or Bust Review)

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You know what goes great with Thanksgiving? AC/DC. They’re back with Rock Or Bust, the best stocking stuffer you could give and/or receive this holiday season. [Read more…]

LizZard just might be the best band you’re not listening to in 2014

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If you’re checking out LiZzard solely on the strength of “The Roots Within” (Which I did) then you’re in for a treat. On their latest, Majestic, LizZard tap into the best aspects of Tool, Chevelle (a la Wonder What’s Next), and combine it with elements of grunge to create a sound that’s a little bit familiar but still a whole lotta new. [Read more…]