As the music recording business continues
to shrink, the music merchandising business continues to grow. In the
last few years, one of the most unusual burgeoning merch trends has been
bands attaching themselves to alcoholic beverages.
After the dynamic range of 2000’s White Pony,
Deftones were free to write their own creative ticket, incorporating
experimental flourishes of Alt Metal, Art Rock, Prog, Psych, Shoegaze,
Post Hardcore and any number of other stylistic elements into their
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.