Overkill’s second live album was released on June 18th, 2002. Recorded during the band’s performance at The Paramount in Asbury Park, New Jersey on March 22nd, 2002, this offering delivers over 70 minutes of pure thrash metal annihilation by the living legend of the genre. The 13 tracks included on the CD feature one of the most amazing productions in the history of live albums. The sound quality is easily comparable to studio albums, but the immerse amount of energy makes this release even better, reflecting the true nature of Overkill’s music. The track list has been prepared very carefully – none of the songs is repeated from the band’s first live effort, “Wrecking Your Neck” from 1995. Overkill made sure that the choice of material satisfies both new and old fans. The newer albums (“Bloodletting”, “Necroshine”, “From The Underground and Below”, “The Killing Kind”) are represented by such tracks as “Thunderhead”, “Necroshine”, “It Lives” and “Battle”, while the pre-1990’s Overkill classics include “E.vil N.ever D.ies”, “The Years of Decay”, “Shred”, “Deny The Cross” and the all-time fan favorite – “Overkill” from the band’s debut album. Complete with top notch production and a perfectly balanced content, “Wrecking Everything” can easily be put right next to Judas Priest, Slayer and Motörhead in the list of amazing live albums. A true feast for any fan of thrash metal!
Overkill’s thirteenth studio effort, was released on March 25th, 2003. The album was considered by many fans the most thrash oriented offering since “Horrorscope”. Consisting of 10 merciless tracks, “Killbox 13” starts off with a typical Overkill opener – the fast and furious “Devil By The Tail”. The thrash metal cascade is continued with “Struck Down” and “I Rise”, both of which sounding like taken from “The Years of Decay” album. The band introduces some groove-thrash patterns in such songs as “The One” and “No Lights”, while “Crystal Clear” stands out as a musical mixture between Machine Head and Crowbar. “Until I Die” starts off like a ballad, only to crush the listener near the third minute with a powerful thrash metal riff. Bobby “Blitz” as always delivers great vocals throughout the entire album, showing his best at “Damned” with some impressive screaming patterns. The lyrics on “Killbox 13” form a semi-concept, revolving around the Seven Deadly Sins. But it’s up to the listener to determine which song covers which sin… With “Killbox 13” Overkill managed to find a perfect compromise between their “new” style of playing and the classic material from the 1980’s. It is truly one of their finest efforts and one of the most enjoyable thrash albums on the modern metal scene.
Overkill’s fourteenth studio effort released on March 22nd, 2005. With “ReliXIV” the band went further in the direction taken on their previous offering, in the same time looking back at some of the ideas found on their sixth LP – “I Hear Black”. The result was quite controversial, but worked out pretty good for the band. The ten tracks included on the album showcased an impressive songwriting diversity. We have modern thrash anthems such as “A Pound of Flesh”, “Within Your Eyes” and the extremely catchy “Bats in the Belfry”, groove-thrash juggernauts like “Wheelz” and “Play The Ace”, and a bunch of surprises, including “Loaded Rack” – sounding almost like a Metallica tune from “The Black Album”, “Keeper” – with Candlemass-style intro and “Old School” – the perfect tribute to 1980’s thrash metal (which also includes a short sample featuring the famous host of hard rock and heavy metal themed radio and TV shows – Eddie Trunk). The flawless production instantly makes this album one of the best-sounding releases on the modern thrash metal scene. “ReliXIV” is a worthy successor to “Killbox 13”, bringing yet another dose of Overkill’s prime musical taste. This is a must-have for any fan of diverse, but equally enjoyable thrash metal.
Having together supported the likes of Papa Roach, Buckcherry and appearing at this years Sonisphere Festival, touring buddies Dear Superstar and Heaven’s Basement will hit the road this December on a gruelling end-of-year, party-tour!
Catch up with the brightest hopes for UK Rock n Roll at one of the following UK dates (Each night will be opened by support act, New Device):
Sat 5 Dec Fibbers – York
Sun 6 Dec Masque – Liverpool
Mon 7 Dec Central Station – Wrexham
Tues 8 Dec Joiners – Southampton
Wed 9 Dec Barfly – Cardiff
Fri 11 Dec Academy 2 – Newcastle
Sat 12 Dec Sugarmill – Stoke
Sun 13 Dec Cathouse – Glasgow
Tues 15 Dec Cockpit – Leeds
Wed 16 Dec Corporation – Sheffield
Thurs 17 Dec Academy 3 – Manchester
Fri 18 Dec Camden Underworld – London
Dear Superstar Single, Brothers in Blood, available now from 7digital.com for FREE Download!
Check out album Heartless, available worldwide now from all major record stores!
Hellbillies rejoice, the Master of monster mayhem, Rob Zombie, is returning with exactly what you’ve been waiting for, HELLBILLY DELUXE 2! The follow up to the 1998 triple platinum smash HELLBILLY DELUXE will be the latest masterpiece from Zombie which is set to hit stores November 17th. The album, produced by Rob Zombie himself, features the first single “WHAT?” which has just been made available for fans to check out.
In support of the new album Zombie will blast off on tour in Phoenix, AZ on October 29th, Las Vegas, NV on the 30th, and a very special Halloween event on the 31st in Hollywood, CA hosted by Uncle Seymour Coffins also seen recently in HALLOWEEN 2. Zombie will be accompanied by his longtime band mates -guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, and drummer Tommy Clufetos. This is the first headline tour since 2007 and will have other ghoulish delights in tow including openers Nekromantix and Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures last seen rocking Haddonfield and Michael Myers in Zombie’s new film HALLOWEEN 2. The tour will usher in Zombie’s forthcoming album HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 – Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (Geffen), a companion to 1998 original.
Selling over fifteen million albums worldwide, Zombie is one of Geffen Record’s top selling and the longest running artists on the label. He has written and directed five feature length films, directed dozens of high profile music videos, contributed recordings to multiple soundtracks, and authored several comic books. HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) took hold of the box office recently, following-up his record breaking blockbuster re-imagining of HALLOWEEN in 2007. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically-acclaimed THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (Lionsgate), the follow-up to his already cult classic HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES (Lionsgate 2004).
1. Jesus Frankenstein
2. Sick Bubblegum
4. Mars Needs Women
5. Werewolf, Baby!
6. Virgin Witch
7. Death and Destiny Inside The Dream Factory
9. Cease to Exist
10. Werewolf Women of the SS
11. The Man Who Laughs
ROB ZOMBIE TOUR DATES
Oct 29 Dodge Theater – Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 30 The Pearl – Palms Concert Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 31 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, California
Nov 1 The Grove – Anaheim, California
Nov 3 San Jose Events Center – San Jose, California
Nov 5 The Great Salt Air – Magna, Utah
Nov 6 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, Colorado
Nov 8 The Brady Theater – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov 10 Austin Music Hall – Austin, Texas
Nov 11 Verizon Wireless Theater – Houston, Texas
Nov 13 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, Texas
Nov 14 Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, Missouri
Nov 15 The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri
Nov 16 Murat Theater – Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov 17 Akron Civic Center – Akron, Ohio
Nov 19 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 20 Roy Wilkins Auditorium – St. Paul, Minnesota
Nov 21 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, Iowa
Nov 22 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, Illinois
Nov 24 Broadbent Arena – Louisville, Kentucky
Nov 25 The LC Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov 27 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, Michigan
Nov 28 The Sound Academy – Toronto, Ontario
Nov 29 Metropolis – Montreal, Quebec
Dec 1 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, New York
Dec 2 House Of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts
Dec 3 Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, Connecticut
Dec 4 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 5 9:30 Club – WASHINGTON, Washington DC
AFI OFFERS FANS FREE DOWNLOAD OF “MEDICATE” VIDEO
CRASH LOVE IN STORES NOW
The Bay Area quartet AFI, who recently released their eighth studio album Crash Love, has just made the video for their single “Medicate” available for free on iTunes. The performance heavy video was directed by Paul Minor who shot in the video in color and changed it to black and white in post production. Once all color was removed, gold was pumped into the video shot by shot creating a glossy, post modern vibe. Fans can download the video for free for one week only on iTunes by visiting http://bit.ly/medicate_video.
“Medicate” was also included on the new Guitar Hero 5 game as well as on the iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge. Crash Love is in stores and on iTunes now. For all the latest news from AFI visit http://www.afireinside.net.
In 2008, Blaze Bayley released his 4th solo album, The Man Who Would Not Die. On this new album, the former Iron Maiden front man has a brand new band cranking out the quality metal on this release.
Quite honestly, I am not familiar with the musicians in Bayley’s current band. With that being said, I had no expectations going into Blaze Bayley’s latest solo effort. Much to my surprise, Bayley has put together an ultra tight band that truly delivers the goods.
Nicolas and David Bermudez both came from a band called Under Threat. Judging from the tunes on this CD, and the songs I have heard from that band, Blaze Bayley has found two hotshot players for his current group. I am quite impressed with aggressive riffing and pummeling bass of these two brothers from Columbia.
I don’t know why Blaze Bayley doesn’t receive more credit in the metal world. He easily delivers what is the vocal performance of his career.
The Man Who Would Not Die sounds like a classic 80’s metal CD. The songs are filled with super tight riffs, and a kick ass rhythm section to drive the songs home. From the very first song, you will find it impossible to keep yourself from headbanging. The opening and title track, “The Man Who Would Not Die” is the type of song that you will NOT want to drive to. If you do, a speeding ticket may ensue, as the high speed rhythm of this song will definitely pump you up. The shredding on this tune is fantastic!
Some of the highlights on The Man Who Would Not Die are, “Blackmailer”, “Samurai”, “A Crack In The System”, and “Robot”. There honestly isn’t a bad tune on this CD.
I can’t seem to get “Blackmailer” out of my head. It is practically impossible to not sing along with this song. The music is great, and Bayley’s vocals truly give this song a classic metal feel. I love it!
“Samurai” could have easily been a tune from Iron Maiden. It really is that good!
If you love riff heavy metal, you need to find this CD now! The Man Who Would Not Die is one my favorite new metal CD’s. My only complaint is that I didn’t hear this music sooner.
For more information on Blaze Bayley, please visit the band’s myspace page, at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Man Who Would Not Die
3. Smile Back At Death
4. While You Were Gone
6. A Crack In The System
8. At The End Of The Day
9. Waiting For My Life To Begin
10. Voices From The Past
11. The Truth Is One
12. Serpent Hearted Man
Blaze Bayley Band is:
Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Nicolas Bermudez – Guitars
David Bermudez – Bass
Jay Walsh – Guitars
Lawrence Paterson – Drums
Ray West from Spread Eagle has released a new video in support of his up and coming solo album, All Points West. Check it out!