With creator and undeniable foundation of the group,
rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, Anthrax is reminiscent of well-run sports
team, a team who has persevered through trades, losses to free agents
and retirement to continually be an elite staple within the league.
There is something to be said for a Metal band that
can incorporate its religious beliefs into the music without coming off
as cliché or pompous. San Diego Metalcore
outfit As I Lay Dying has been one of those bands.
Hating on the haters is one of those hobbies musicians will never get sick of. With “Execrator” off its latest album, Apocryphon, Heavy Metal four-piece The Sword climbs into this increasingly packed clubhouse.
This year has already been a huge one for Halestorm. In
February, the song “Here’s to Us” was performed on Glee and the band’s
sophomore album, The Strange Case of... was released in April, hitting Billboard’s Top 20 in its first week.
Metal shows are havens for certain physical behaviors — headbanging, throwing
the horns, grasping for an invisible orange during a particularly juicy guitar
solo — smiling while you're playing is not one of them. But that hasn't stopped
Steve Brooks. Torche's ringleader doesn't just crack a hint of a happy face
during concerts but practically beams.
President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted
recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). There are
songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s
Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country
songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band).
It very well could be that the Kansas City Deathcore/Doom Metal outfit that formed in 2006 and christened themselves after Hawthorne’s knocked up 17th-century heroine had the same kind of dichotomy in mind. Melodic yet noisy, technically precise yet wildly chaotic, growled and shrieked vocals from the recesses of hell … OK, that one’s pretty consistent and perhaps also flawed yet redeemable.