Korn’s brand new album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are doesn’t hit stores for another week, but you can stream the whole album exclusively at CraveOnline right now.
Korn III – Remember Who You Are, the band’s 9th studio effort, marks a return to form for the modern metal powerhouse. Enlisting famed producer Ross Robinson, the man who helmed the boards on their first two albums, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer explains the dynamic, saying, “Teaming up with Ross has brought that raw, emotional feeling back to the music. Ross is the only person in the world that’s ever been able to draw us to that place. He reminds us why we’re here, why these songs are important to our fans and why what we do as a band relates. He made us remember how our music saves lives, and he came into the picture at the perfect time. We had no record label and just wanted to make a great album. Ross stepped in at the right moment to hit the reset button.”
Don’t miss Korn co-headlining this summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, playing with Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, and more.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of US Classic Heavy Metal band BENEDICTUM for the release of a brand new studio album in early 2011. Since 2005 Benedictum has been heralded as one of metal’s most exciting bands. Fronted by the awesome talent of Veronica Freeman, her raw and powerful vocals have been the driving force behind this international metal sensation.
This year proves to be a very intense and exhilarating time, as Benedictum are set to deliver their 3rd album of jaw dropping, head banging, female-fronted fury. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums (Seasons of Tragedy & Uncreation), produced by internationally renowned producer and bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio & Foreigner), Benedictum is back to unleash their career defining release!
Benedictum is ready for the next step: with a new label behind them, they are currently working hard on the recording with Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, MXPX, NOFX). Benedictum is firing on all cylinders! Veronica is joined once again by lead guitarist extraordinaire, Pete Wells, bassist Chris Shrum, Tony Diaz on keyboards and drummer Mikey Pannone.
Benedictum’s success and legacy have been well documented and the band have already earned their place at the head of the power metal genre. “There is really a feeling of excitement in the air for us, the new material will be another level in our evolution as a band and we have a lot of confidence in our new label Frontiers Records and their willingness to stand with us on our journey!” states Veronica.
Filter has their new song, “The Inevitable Relapse” available as a free download on their website. Go here to get it now!
Looking for hard rock that’s also a lot of fun? Well, Sweden’s Crashdiet’s “Generation Wild” is just what you’ve been seeking. A throwback to the old days of heavy metal, “Generation Wild” is a solid, L.A. Strip, 80s influenced, rock and roll disc.
Lead singer Simon Cruz has captured the high screech, high pitched, power vocals that make any sleaze/glam band stand out. Hitting the high notes with relative ease, Simon Cruz sets the tone for “Generation Wild.” The blistering guitar attack by guitarist Martin Sweet rounds out the songs nicely. While Sweet slices and dices, he also shreds it up and his work creates riff bliss that guitar hero fanatics are bound to love.
“Generation Wild” opens with the hard rocking song “Armageddon.” As an opening track “Armageddon” sets the pace for what is to come later on the disc. .With Cruz singing in the higher range, L.A. sleaze is written all over this tune. Think Dio meets early Dokken and you’ll start to get the picture.
“So Alive” comes up next and is a step down from the album’s first cut. “So Alive” is lacking in the guitar riffs that show up on other songs, which weakens this track. Where gut busting solos should be, a weaker, almost synthesizer-like guitar is being played. It’s a shame to hear that on a song that had so much potential.
The title track follows “So Alive” and more than makes up for the oversight of the previous song. “Generation Wild” the song is a heavy rocking return to fun. Complete with a song-along chorus that is bound to have everyone on their feet and chanting, “Generation Wild” is a kick ass song. Sweet’s solo is well played and the shreds he adds in throughout the song add plenty of body and life.
Unfortunately, “Generation Wild” never makes the transition from good/borderline great to exceptional. The reason for this is the mediocre middle tracks that lack the punch and force of songs like “Armageddon” and “Native Nature.” If the whole disc rocked that hard, it would be must have material. The middle songs just aren’t able to support the rest of the disc, and by the time this situation is rectified, the listener has already lost interest.
While some songs are clichéd, (“Rebel,” “So Alive”), and others are just a tad weak, “Generation Wild” is an overall good effort by Crashdiet. However, I would have liked to have heard grittier tunes to match the opening track of “Armageddon” or the later tracks of “Native Nature” and “Chemical.” That being said “Generation Wild” is sure to please fans of the 80’s metal scene. Chock full of glam and sleaze, Crashdiet’s disc has its moments of greatness that are able to overtake the weaker points and supply some glam rock and roll.
Rating: Out of 10
- 442 (intro)
- So Alive
- Generation Wild
- Save Her
- Down With The Dust
- Native Nature
- Bound To Fail
- Beautiful Pain
Sister Sin has released a new video “Outrage” in support of their new album, True Sound of the Underground. Check out “Outrage” below!