I am pretty dang excited for this show. Mainly due to the facat that Exodus is on the bill and even though Slayer lost 2 members, they are always fun to watch and the show is always good. In fact, as long as Tom Araya is in the band, I could fucking care less. Below are the tour dates so far and the Kansas City, MO date will see a return of Headbang or GTFO providing live reviews as well as high quality photos.
This will be an even more simplified review post. I have too much to listen to and too little time to write. With the holidays approaching, I’ll have even LESS time to write these reviews! Yay! Click on the name of the band to go to their Facebook page.
Arceye, death/thrash metal hailing from the UK (Not one single US band reviewed today!) and this one is a keeper of an album. “At First Light” is a whirlwind of guitar playing, aggressive vocals and damn fine drumming. This WILL appeal to most if not all metal heads. Mainly on the thrash side of things, this band pulls off amazingly fast drumming and guitar playing speeds as well as catchy and quality song writing. The composition of this album as a whole is genuinely magnificent.
As the Slayer-esque “God Hates Us All” sounding intro takes place….you get ready for the oncoming onslaught as Revocationtears out of the gates at the start of the album. Going from 0-60 in 1 second, the band rips into a bad ass yet semi-familiar riff and the drumming goes on like mad. Yes, it’s finally here, a new Revocation full length album!
BAAL hath returned! Bringing back the blackened thrash frenzy are two guys from Philadelphia. They bring the perfect blend of fast black/thrash as well as subtle doom on their latest EP. No bass guitar is present, it’s just a guitarist with a howling growl and a drummer with fire in his soul. These two gentlemen bring forth such a powerful sound with little production at their disposable. Carnal Malefactor is the next chapter for the band and I can say confidently that their heading in the right direction.
Battlecross, the band that exploded during 2012 after being added to many good metal tours and even performing recently on Metallica’s Orion Festival has a new album coming out and it’s filled with many many more thrash-tastic riffs at spectacular speeds and melodic attacks with Gumby’s rash vocals just reminds me of when I first saw them live. Just a great time, great music and that feeling of “Wow, these guys are damn good”. The atmosphere these guys create is wonderful and they are trying to capture that feeling once again with “War of Will”. Do they capture it?