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Today we have Demigod, a Modern Metal act based out of Jaipur (India). They have recently released a new single “Whiplash Motif ” which is now streaming on Youtube. We had a little chat with the band:

MJM: Tell us about how your band started out?

Demigod: We started out back in 2013 as a duet project when Ravneet (Vocalist) and Ayush Sharma (Drummer) started jamming. They blended their influences with their ideas and wrote music together. Most of the debut EP’s music was written by these two. Soon after, they searched for other members to transform Demigod into a full-fledged band. After a lot of changes in the line-up, Ayush came across Rishabh (Guitarist) and he was soon on-board as a lead guitarist. Rishabh’s modern metal/djent influences completely revolutionized the music and gave a fresh vibe to it. Shortly, joined in Sanskriti (Keyboardist) whom Ravneet met at a gig and she delivered the music with the ambiance that it required. At last, Ayush Saxena (Bassist) joined in which made the band complete. We as a band now only want to look forward to great opportunities and a better future and embrace whatever comes to us together.

MJM: You guys have put out a new release, is it safe to expect a full length any time soon?

Demigod: Yes, we certainly aim to put out a full length by the end of this year. We do have our EP – Whiplash Motif coming out as singles and they’ll be out real soon. We can’t tell you the dates but yeah, it’s very near.

MJM: Hailing from the city of Jaipur must be a challenge to play shows in and around. How do you overcome those?

Demigod: We are all well aware of how challenging it is for metal musicians to prosper and make a living out of doing what we do. It has been difficult for us since the beginning because as we hail from Jaipur, the people here are folk music oriented and aren’t really interested in listening to heavier genres. After a lot of unfortunate incidents we went through, we have learned that if you want to survive in this field, you have to adapt to the DIY approach and hence, we all came up with ‘Rock In Jaipur’ an organisation which is solely promoting metal and rock music in our city. It was founded by Kalpesh Mathur and Ayush Sharma (Drummer). It has never been easy and it will never be easy but the key is to go on, no matter what comes in our way. We just want the world to know that we’re not sinking down the ocean, we are Alive and we’re not here to waste time. We also plan to execute a national tour this year.

MJM: Tell us about the band members and what do they do?

Demigod: Well, the band comprises of 5 people. Ravneet Singh who is the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the band, he is also an independent Architect by profession. Ayush Sharma is the manager of the band and plays drums. Rishabh is the youngest of all and is a college student, he is also pursuing Music Production. Sanskriti on the other plays keyboards and writes lyrics for the band, she is pursuing Journalism apart from doing music. Aayush Saxena being the oldest member of the band is the Bassist and designer of all our artworks and logos, he has always acted like a guiding light for us.

MJM: What are the different things you plan to implement in your record?

Demigod: This record is an amalgamation of classics and modern metalcore so the riffs might sound old school at times but have a modern feel to them! We as a band have tried not to stick with a single genre but experiment between the elements of Old School Metalcore, Djent, Progressive Metal, and Modern Metalcore music. The tracks range from light to really heavy music. Being heavily influenced by new age core bands such as Born of Osiris, Erra, Wage War etc., we aim to leave listeners with a feeling of amusement with every track having a distinct character to it. You can expect bigger things from us in the coming future.

Check out the new single:

Demigod India | Whiplash Motif | Official Lyric Video 2019 | Metalcore - YouTube

Interviewed by-

Harsha Vardhan

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I’ve had one desire since I was born; to see my body ripped and torn.

The lyrics of death metal band Bloodbath’s cannibalism-themed track, Eaten, do not leave much to the imagination. But neither this song – nor the gruesome lyrics of others of the genre – inspire violence. That is the conclusion of Macquarie University’s music lab, which used the track in a psychological test.

It revealed that death metal fans are not “desensitised” to violent imagery.

The findings are published in the Royal Society journal Open Science, “[Death metal] fans are nice people,” said Prof Bill Thompson, from the Australian university, which is based in Sydney. “They’re not going to go out and hurt someone.”

This latest study is part of a decades-long investigation by Prof Thompson and his colleagues into the emotional effects of music. These effects, he explained, are complex.

“Many people enjoy sad music, and that’s a bit of a paradox – why would we want to make ourselves sad?” he asked. “The same can be said of music with aggressive or violent themes. For us, it’s a psychological paradox – so [as scientists] we’re curious, and at the same time we recognise that violence in the media is a socially significant issue.”

How do scientists test people’s sensitivity to violence?

With a classic psychological experiment that probes people’s subconscious responses; and by recruiting death metal fans to take part. The test involved asking 32 fans and 48 non-fans listen to death metal or to pop, whilst looking at some pretty unpleasant images.

Lead researcher Yanan Sun explained that the aim of the experiment was to measure how much participants’ brains noticed violent scenes, and to compare how their sensitivity was affected by the musical accompaniment. To test the impact of different types of music, they also used a track they deemed to be the opposite of Eaten.

“We used ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams as a [comparison],” said Dr Sun. aEach participant was played Happy or Eaten through headphones, while they were shown a pair of images – one to each eye. One image showed a violent scene, such as someone being attacked in a street. The other showed something innocuous – a group of people walking down that same street, for example.

“It’s called binocular rivalry,” explained Dr Sun. The basis of this psychological test is that when most people are presented with a neutral image to one eye and a violent image to the other – they see the violent image more.

“The brain will try to take it in – presumably there’s a biological reason for that, because it’s a threat,” Prof Thompson explained.

“If fans of violent music were desensitised to violence, which is what a lot of parent groups, religious groups and censorship boards are worried about, then they wouldn’t show this same bias. “But the fans showed the very same bias towards processing these violent images as those who were not fans of this music.”

What did the band think of their music being used like this?

“We don’t have any issue with it,” Bloodbath’s lead singer Nick Holmes told BBC News. “The lyrics are harmless fun, as the study proved.” He added that Bloodbath’s lyrical content was “basically an aural version of an 80s horror film”.

“The majority of death metal fans are intelligent, thoughtful people who just have a passion for the music,” he said. “It’s the equivalent of people who are obsessed with horror movies or even battle re-enactments.”

Why does this matter?

Prof Thompson said the findings should be “reassuring to parents or religious groups” concerned about violent music.

More broadly, there is still concern that violence in media leads to social problems. “If you’re desensitised to violence, perhaps you wouldn’t care if you saw someone on the street getting hurt – you wouldn’t help.”

But while research has found some evidence of such desensitisation in people who play a lot of violent video games, music, it seems is different.

“The dominant emotional response to this music is joy and empowerment,” said Prof Thompson. “And I think that to listen to this music and to transform it into an empowering, beautiful experience – that’s an amazing thing.”

Nick Holmes identified with that, saying that most of the he enjoyed was “melancholic, dramatic, sad or aggressive and not much in-between”.

“I take joy and empowerment from those styles,” he told BBC News.

On the topic of the Eaten’s lyrics, he added: “I didn’t personally write them, but I would be frankly astounded if anyone listened to that song and then felt a desire to be eaten by a cannibal.”

Source- BBC 

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A concert by Swedish black metal band Watain due to take place later on Thursday (March 7) evening has been cancelled by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), following “security concerns” recently raised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Singapore. 

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, IMDA said it had earlier allowed the concert with a rating of Restricted 18 (R18). It was due to be held at EBX Live Space at Pereira Road.

“Given the band’s history, IMDA imposed further stringent requirements including the removal of songs which are religiously offensive, that the band cannot make references to religion or use religious symbols and that no ritualistic acts are performed on stage,” according to the statement. However, on Thursday, MHA gave its assessment that the performance should not proceed, the statement added. “MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony,” said IMDA. 

Watain is known for its Satanist views and some of their previous controversial performances involved animal carcasses and throwing pig’s blood on its audience. The band also espouses anti-Christian views and advocates Satanism through their songs and endorses violence. MHA has therefore asked IMDA to consider cancelling the concert for reasons of public order, and IMDA has agreed,” the authority added. As of Thursday afternoon, an online petition calling for Watain and another group, Soilwork, to be banned from performing in Singapore had garnered more than 16,000 signatures.

According to a Facebook event page, Soilwork‘s concert is scheduled to take place at the same venue on Oct 29. The Change.org petition was started by one Rachel Chan, who described the bands as “not (representing) the culture which we want in our youths“. It was addressed to Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu. “Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide” she added. 

Watain front man Erik Danielsson slammed the cancellation. “We have been touring around the world for nearly 20 years and believe it or not, never have we encountered such old fashioned retardation,” he said in a statement to AFP. He described the decision as “self-righteous attempts to govern other people’s lives and decisions, as if our supporters in Singapore were incapable of deciding for themselves“.

Source- Channel New Asia

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Kinkshamer is a project of Rile Rowe who has altogether enlightened me with an alteration in my listening threshold. This EP is a NSFW record. I mean, why you ask? You have to check it out in order to understand what I mean. I absolutely enjoyed the vibe of the whole EP; that reminded me of some old school core records. The content though is something that I have very less exposure to that involves incorporating an idea along with your songs to bring about a story or content driven music. It amazes me how the songs particularly revolve around sex and kink- related activities yet keeping it’s rhythm strong. Bonus points, for making it sound heavy.

Overall, the EP is quite enjoyable The songwriting is pretty much impressive and precisely stands out in its own way. Societal Sects definitely is just the beginning for this project and I feel that they have a lot to offer in the near future. Taking a subject that remains a ‘taboo’ in many cultures yet bringing about an artistic value to it’s pleasurable musical experience. The element of songwriting is something which has set this EP apart at a very basic, fundamental point. 

So have a listen to Societal Sets and thrive for your kinky desires.

Kinkshamer - Behind Closed Doors Between Beauty and the Beast (Official Stream Video) - YouTube

EP Tracklist :

  1. Foreplay
  2. Behind Closed Doors Between Beauty and the Beast (Beastiality)
  3. A Most Vulgar Display (Public Sex, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism)
  4. Disregarding the Generational Gap (Elder Age Play, Gerontophilia)
  5. Climax, Control, Closure (Orgasm Denial, Edging)

Connect with the band:

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Ratings: 75%

Review by-

Smashhead

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Bandmates pay tribute to ‘true pioneer, innovator and legend’, who was found dead at his home in Essex on Monday.

Keith Flint, vocalist with the Prodigy, has died at the age of 49, after being found at his home in Essex on Monday.

The Prodigy released a statement confirming the news, saying: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

Liam Howlett, who formed the group in 1990, confirmed his death was a suicide. “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam”.

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Bandmates pay tribute to ‘true pioneer, innovator and legend’, who was found dead at his home in Essex on Monday.

Keith Flint, vocalist with the Prodigy, has died at the age of 49, after being found at his home in Essex on Monday.

The Prodigy released a statement confirming the news, saying: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”

Liam Howlett, who formed the group in 1990, confirmed his death was a suicide. “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken ….. r.i.p brother Liam”.

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Gene Hoglan is often cited as one of the world’s most influential drummers. Needless to say that he has earned the title of ‘Atomic Clock’. Having played with multiple bands including but not limited to- Testament, Death, Dark Angel to name a few. Here’s an interview with the man himself. Excerpts: 

MJM. How are you doing today? Busy times I believe.

Gene: I am doing well Harsha! How are you?

MJM. I am doing well. Thanks for asking. I am honored to do this interview and it’s a great moment for us. Big cheers from India!

Gene: That’s very cool. Hey, things are going great! Things are awesome. Beautiful day out here in California!

MJM. You have been an active musician for almost 40 years playing actively in this industry. Have you ever felt tired?

Gene: Well, I get sleepy haha! Not tired really. I get to live my dream. This is what I always wanted to do and I have always counted my blessings. I have a really fortunate life that I am having right now so I am pretty excited about that. Sometimes, the travel, yes, it gets a little wearing. You get to entertain folks for a living so I am pretty fortunate there. So I try not to complain too much.

MJM. I am sure you have got some great childhood memories when you picked up your first kit. Tell us about that.       

Gene: Well, I remember that I got my first kit on Christmas Day of 1980 and I had just turned 13 and I remember that I broke it all to hell after about a year. I broke the pedals, I broke all the cymbals, so I had to go a couple of years without playing. When Dark Angel had reached out to me and “Hey man, you want to come play for us”, you know that’s when I had to build the kit back up. I have said this many times, I am an air drummer. I learnt how to play drums through air drumming before I even had a drum kit but for real. Try to get your kicks in the right spot, drum fills and stuff like that. The same way Neal Peart, Peter, Tom would do it on record. That was a big help for me.

MJM. You have played in dozens of bands since the early days and even on a Black Metal record with Old Man’s Child.  How does it feel like jamming, writing, and touring with so many different people?

Gene: Usually, it is pretty smooth. I do like to adapt my playing to each project. That’s also one thing that I wanted to do, you know play with a lot of different people and I have. But hey, for a band like Death their drums shouldn’t be like Strapping Young Lad and Dark Angel and not necessarily like Old Man’s Child. The mechanisms was really different and now I have got this project with my wife, where we are writing this pile of killer music that is super challenging and I really enjoyed playing that. I also do try and adapt my playing to whatever the song calls for and a lot of times when I am working with somebody, I also want to help them attain their vision with their songs. Like say, Eric from Testament has a certain way of writing songs and I do try to help the other person attain their vision and with a lot of others as well and always see how the drums fill into that vision. That’s always a really good feel and a challenge.

MJM. You also mentioned about the project that you are involved with your wife, could you tell us about that?

Gene: Well. That is very different. The music we are writing for that is Extreme and it’s very exciting be a part of it. We don’t have a name for it yet but we are right now just writing a bunch of songs and we will be done with that. It is definitely the most challenging stuff that I have be playing right now. She pushes me to do it as well! She pushes me to play a whole lot of double bass! With this project, I am really stepping up my drums and some of the other things that have been released or the albums so far. So it’s pretty cool. I always like pushing myself and she likes to do that as well. It’s heavy, catchy and brutal! We will be releasing something soon so we will keep you posted on all of that.

I set my goals rather modestly and as I grew up I told myself that I wanted to be a musician, a good one.

MJM. Is it coming out this year by any chance?

Gene: You know, there’s no definitive date set for it yet, if not this year; hopefully next year! We are still working towards it.

MJM. I wanted to ask you how did you ended up getting the name, ‘The Atomic Clock’?

Gene: That’s a good question haha! I am pretty sure the vocalist of Zimmer’s Hole- Val; well, we used to rehearse at his place which was a motorcycle shop and one time I was in there on my own and was working on my strapping material. Val was there and Devin showed up and he just said, you are like the ‘Atomic Clock’; Devin shot that and that’s how the named stayed and we started using it forever! It’s a fun little nickname. Gene ‘The Machine’ something like that haha! I don’t think I have had some name like that. “Oh, look it’s the human drum machine”; hey I guess that’s good drumming!

MJM. Back in the day, when you first started playing the drums, did you anticipate that you would be one of the most influential drummers?

Gene: Boy, that’s a good question too! You know, I set my goals rather modestly and as I grew up I told myself that I wanted to be a musician, a good one. I just wanted to be able to play my drums for a living and pay my rents and I have done that and if anything else has come from it. I just knew that I wanted to be involved in the music industry. When you are 13 and 14 and not even in a band, you have no idea what that is going to what your life is going to mean. I did announce very early that I wanted to be in a band and wanted just be around metal, tour the world and entertain people; I think I have been fortunate enough to be able to do so.

MJM. Of all the places that you have toured over the years, would you say that there are places that you wish you would like to explore more?

Gene: You know, I have been fortunate enough to play in those places that I wished I could for a very long time. I wanted to play Europe and I have been there a 150 times, I wanted to tour US and so did I and of course, Canada too, Mexico, South America. When I was growing up, we were not aware of a scene going on, like let’s say India for example, so I admit that India wasn’t on the map. Now there’s so much Metal happening and there’s a lot of enthusiastic Metalheads in the country and that’s always good.

Chuck’s legacy will live on.

MJM. Do you love listening to anything else apart from metal?

Gene: Oh my! I am a metalhead but that’s just one part of my musical personality that I love. I love a lot of old soulful music, the music from 70’s Pop, I love Stevie Wonder, and I love old progressive Rock, I may not be super familiar with some music- like country music, classic Jazz, I am also not very familiar with today’s popular music, I wouldn’t tell you a Bieber song or a Lady Gaga song- it’s not my thing, if you want to talk about classic Rock, I would love that. I love all the classic Rock bands from the 70’s like Queen, Aerosmith, KISS, Angel and really cool bands like that. I always try to bring elements of what I grew up listening to in what I do and that’s always fun. You get an old influence from a very non- metal standpoint and bring it into Metal and try to make it work and that’s always fun. Just to get the vibe or the feel of it.

MJM. So what kind of movies do you love watching?

Gene: I love watching good gangster flicks, crime films, Martin Scorsese films; I am a sucker for all those. I love a good comedy, a good drama. I could tell you that I am more of a music guy than a movie guy, I couldn’t tell you what is happening you know. I do miss a lot of good movies that may be super popular. People be like, “Hey man, have you seen the new Star Wars yet?” I would be like, “I haven’t seen that one yet”.

MJM. I have to ask you this question as a fan of Death! You have worked with Chuck on a couple of albums. Do you recall any fond memories with him from those days? 

Gene: You know, as a musician Chuck was a very talented guy! When it came to Metal, he was a very traditional Heavy Metal kinda guy. I remember during the Human album, he told Sean who was the drummer, “Hey man, you are getting your drums right and I am able to get my riffs along well. Just keep doing it!”. I remember that very well, when he told me the exact same thing on the next album. When we were writing the Individual Thought Patterns and the Symbolic album, he told me to go sick, go nuts! Keep doing what you are doing and I am enjoying it and it’s working for me. So that was always good! He was a complicated man, you know. Sometimes, he would have his good days and his bad days. After so many years, I tend to remember the good stuff; that’s what I do. My time in Death was enjoyable. We are very fortunate that Chuck’s music is what it is and it stands the test of time and people still enjoy Death! When we take- Death To All tribute shows all over, those shows always sell out; I see a lot of people smiling and crying. I am so glad I got to see it. We wanted DTA to go over to continue the band’s legacy and keep Chuck’s music alive! We try to keep the spirit of Chuck alive with DTA! Chuck never really enjoyed the term ‘Godfather of Death Metal’. He felt it was disrespectful to bands that were before him like Possessed, some Slayer, Merciful Fate, even Venom! Chuck’s legacy will live on. Chuck was also leading light in Technical Death Metal with Human and the Individual Thought Patterns album. By the time, Symbolic came out, Chuck was really helping create Melodic Death Metal. Here, Chuck and Death helped create 3 different styles of Death Metal. The man’s legacy is worth noting.

MJM. Before we wrap up the interview, what would you like to tell budding drummers or musicians?

Gene: Well, boy trying to sound selfish, for any drummers out there or any musicians or anybody who might be interested in, I have my DVD- The Atomic Clock- The clock strikes 2. There are pretty fun videos and you can get in on Amazon and stuff like that or even in my website- Hoglan Industries. There’s a whole lot of really awesome information on it. Hopefully, it is entertaining for you people!

Connect with Gene Hoglan here

Facebook | Instagram | Website

Interviewed by-

Harsha Vardhan

PS: All photos belong to respective owners/ photographers. No copyright infringement intended. All photos taken from https://hoglanindustries.com/media.html. 

                                                                                                                                        

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This year saw a wide range of releases from bands all over the world churning their hammers. While we did spin tons of albums; the challenge lied in getting some of them in this list in no order: 

RIVERS OF NIHIL- Where Owls Know My Name

Technical/ Progressive Death Metal outfit released this album with much anticipation that drew the attention. All thanks to some solid/ melodic riffs, devastating drums and some monstrous songs that comprises not just the technicality of Death Metal but also infuses elements of saxophone and alluring melodic passages that best describe what the album is all about!

GODLESS– Swarm

Quite possibly the most happening band from India right now. Probably one of the most critically and commercially records of recent times from the sub-continent here- Swarm has everything that is needed to offer a short yet vile record while maintaining its brutality through it’s run time.

DIRGE – Ah Puch

Dirge is another band hailing from India, who released their debut record titled ‘Ah Puch’ on October 19th. It is a concept album woven around the Mesoamerican history and mythology. It is a very well written concept. However, the main strength of the band lies in the delivery of the said concept. Each song on the album goes hand in hand with the storytelling. The album really shines in the melodic parts which are memorable and every member adds his own element to the record. Highly recommended even if one does not particularly like this genre as much.

HIGH ON FIRE- Electric Fire

Matt Pike has been on a roll this year with Sleep releasing their long-awaited album ‘The Sciences’ this Feb (More on that later) and then releasing this beauty of an album with High on Fire this October. The album features some of the best tunes (and the longest) the band has ever crafted; ranging from high-octane title track to other massive tracks like ‘Steps of the Ziggurat/House of Enlil’ and ‘Sanctioned Annihilation’. A stellar release from a fairly consistent band.

VOIVOD- The Wake

Speaking of consistency, Voivod returned with their fourteenth full-length album ‘The Wake’ and it is a spectacular follow-up to 2013’s Target Earth and 2016’s Post Society EP. As it is with every Voivod album, The Wake strikes a very good balance with their classic sound while adding new elements with ease. The album stands toe to toe with all their previous albums and delivers on all fronts as expected from the band and more.

ZEAL & ARDOR- Stranger Fruit

With their unique blend of Black Metal with blues; the Avante-Garde band led by Manuel Gagneux returned with their sophomore album this year. Quite frankly, it is one of the most unique sounding records of this year. The album ranges from catchy and anthemic tunes to well-crafted atmospheric tones to some straight up headbangers. Check them out if you like variety and want something different from the usual run of the mill styles of metal music.

HATE ETERNAL- Upon Desolate Sands

Hate Eternal is a reputed band that has lasted for over 2 decades in the Death Metal scenario. The band is known for staying consistent throughout their career. Packed with poisonous guitars, merciless blastbeats and vocals that take you back to their old times. ‘Upon Desolate Sands’ is an extreme record that spills blood.

VISIGOTH- Conqueror’s Oath

Visigoth released their acclaimed album ‘Conqueror’s Oath’ this year on February 9th. It has a relatively shorter run time as compared to their debut full-length offering ‘The Revenant King’ with most of the songs not topping the 6-minute mark. Filled with catchy choruses and some really tight song writing, it is a very good follow up to its predecessor and one of the more memorable albums out this year!

YOB- Our Raw Heart

The doom metal maestros returned with one of their strongest offerings to date following the life-threatening issues with Diverticulitis of frontman Mike Scheidt last year. The album as a whole is a beautifully crafted piece of art wherein every song flows smoothly and is an experience one should not miss. It might take a few spins for listeners who are not into this genre but once the dust settles in; there is only a Doom Metal masterpiece to be found.

TRIBULATION- Down Below

Swedish Extreme Metal maestros Tribulation’s Down Below is a solid package that is rich with the band’s traditional Blackened Death Metal offering yet exploring newer realms with elements of Gothic but just a lot heavier unlike their previous outings.

JUDAS PRIEST- Firepower

Heavy metal kings Judas priest released their Eighteenth full-length album this year, the aptly titled ‘Firepower’. After the fairly decent but inconsistent release of ‘Redeemer of Souls’ in 2014, Firepower saw the band fixing the problems in the previous record and releasing one of their best albums in recent years. Each song has a drive behind it and a renewed vigour. With songs like the title track, ‘Lightning Strike’ to ‘Sea of Red’, the album is bound to make you want for more.

SLEEP– The Sciences

2018 saw the return of one of the most iconic bands in the genre of Stoner/ Doom metal with the legends Sleep releasing their first full-length album titled ‘The Sciences’ since releasing their magnum opus ‘Dopesmoker’ back in 2003. While the latter is a classic in the genre and Metal music as a whole, the band members went their separate ways before the release of this record (Initially released as Jerusalem in 1998) and enjoyed quite a fair share of success in their respective projects. This album was released without any warning or any sort of hype around it. It consists six songs of sheer magnificence. An instant classic released by the Titans of Stoner/ Doom Realm.

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Amon Amarth’s ex-drummer Fredrik Andersson finally releases official statement about his departure from the band through his Facebook profile. 

As silly as it sounds, this is quite disheartening considering he has been with the band right from The Avenger (1999) till Deceiver of the Gods (2013) and nobody released a statement post his firing in 2015 and even Fred kept it under wraps. He has spent more than 15 years in the band and there was no acknowledgement or mentioning of his presence even in the DVD documentary that was done earlier this year by the band. The fans are still in shock as they  personally grew up listening to this band and this indeed is utter disappointment. Nobody would have expected such a thing to happen to one of the greatest drummers and for someone who has been there with the band right from the start and who wrote 8 full length studio albums. 

Fredrik has also stated that the band never gave him his shares in another snapshot below.

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California rock and party legends Steel Panther have survived a career of living a decadent lifestyle surrounded by loud music, fast cars and beautiful women. That lifestyle of debauchery and proclivity towards random sexual encounters has finally caught up with the band’s bassist. Lexxi Foxx has voluntarily checked himself in to an undisclosed sex rehab. He will have to miss the current US tour that recently kicked off in Chicago. The band’s friend of over 30 years and backstage doorman Spyder will be filling in on bass for the upcoming tour dates.

“We love Lexxi Foxx…and his mother. We support his decision to enter sex rehab. We can’t wait for him to get back on the road with us after he learns how to have better sex,” explains drummer Stix Zadinia on behalf of Steel Panther.

Fans will still be able to see Lexxi Foxx alongside Michael Starr, Satchel and Stix Zadinia in the new season of Steel Panther TV, which debuted recently. Cineminute, the band’s new YouTube show, premiered last week with their parody of the Bryan Singer classic The Usual Suspects. The weekly episodic show returns on December 4th with their unique interpretation of 2005’s Ang Lee Academy Award Winner, Brokeback Mountain.

Steel Panther TV presents: Cineminute "The Usual Suspects" - YouTube

Catch Steel Panther live on the following dates:

November
30 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI

December
1 – Kewadin Casinos – Sault Ste. Marie, MI
2 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
4 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
6 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
7 – JJO Yellow Snow Ball – Madison, WI
8 – Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
9 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
11 – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO
31 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

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