Archive for the 'speed metal' Category

14
Nov
07

All Metal Resource Finds New Home!

I have finally upgraded to our own domain and a higher level of bandwidth. I will be creating an RSS feed and the works for all who are interested in that. Please update your bookmarks to the following new and improved All Metal Resource:

http://www.allmetalresource.com

01
Oct
07

Music Video: Agent Steel – Wash The Planet Clean (live)

Here is a live version of Wash The Planet Clean, from Agent Steel‘s newest album Alienigma.

01
Oct
07

Review: Agent Steel – Alienigma (2007)

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Often, old school metal bands who attempt a resurgence in popularity are sometimes held back by the mentality that they need to conform to modern standards in order to achieve a new level of popularity with a new breed of listeners (i.e. Metallica, 90’s era Megadeth, In Flames, Soilwork). And then there are those bands who become bored with their sound, so they attempt change with results that leave a bad taste in the listener’s mouth (i.e. Flotsam and Jetsam and Extol). However, every once and awhile a band is able to not only find a resurgence in quality music, but also an evolution in sound, this is evident with Megadeth‘s last two albums. However, deep in the underground, a band that once “was” in the 80’s, is now making a similar comeback as Megadeth has done. This band has retained the basic essence of their original sound, but has found a new heart and soul in modern metal. This band is Agent Steel.

Agent Steel‘s 2007 album, Alienigma, can best be described as a cross between old school Agent, with modern influences from Nevermore, modern Overkill for the thrashy bits and traditional vocals, as well as some blackish metal styled growls thrown in to add some additional attitude. While Alienigma features a great, fresh take on speed and thrash metal, Agent Steel‘s comeback has been a bit rocky for this reviewer. 1999’s Omega Conspiracy took the band’s sci-fi theme to a whole new level…in fact, in went inter-stellar to the Planet of Cheese. The attitude that was prevalent in their first two albums in the 80’s at the height of thrash and speed’s popularity wasn’t as apparent, leaving an over-abundance of badly written power metal. However, the band received some good feedback I guess, and released Order of the Illuminati which was a step in the right direction. In 2007 though, Agent Steel has found their new niche, and their proper sound. There is a heavy dose of Nevermore in this album, which is entirely appropriate, as well as more thrash than has been heard in a long while by this band. And, of course, what is Agent Steel without a healthy dose of traditional speed metal?

Alienigma represents a fantastic leap forward for this band. Now, if they can only market this album to the masses with some music videos on Headbanger’s Ball and the internet, these guys can get some major label attention and really find that popularity that bands like Exodus, Overkill and Annihilator are beginning to feel with the newer metal fans. Agent Steel has made me a fan all over again, and many bands lose heart before they can achieve that again. Good luck boys, and keep making proper metal!

VERY GOOD

Top Tracks: Wash the Planet Clean, Extinct, Tiamat’s Fall
Similar Bands: Nevermore, Overkill, Exodus

1. Fashioned From Dust 04:44
2. Wash the Planet Clean 05:25
3. Hail to the Chief 06:37
4. Wormwod 06:08
5. Liberty Lying Bleeding 04:59
6. Hybridized 06:06
7. Tiamats Fall 05:37
8. WPD 05:23
9. Lamb to the Slaughter 04:08
10. Extinct 03:53

Bruce Hall – vocals
Juan Garcia – guitars
Bernie Versailles – guitars
Karlos Medina – bass
Rigo Amezcua – drums

Mascot Records
www.agentsteelonline.com
www.myspace.com/agentsteel

18
Aug
07

review: Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying (2007)

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The toxicity and beer are back in a thrashfest beyond compare! That’s right, the modern revivalist thrash stalwarts
Municipal Waste are back after a successful tour with GWAR that brought them to a whole new fanbase of moshers and thrashers with a new album that would transform even the most ardent abstainer into an alcoholic. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the rumblings of Municipal Waste, you are missing out on something that is very refreshing in 2007, despite them taking a sound that is more than 20 years old. You see, this band is taking their fame to new heights by simply playing unadulterated crossover thrash (i.e. D.R.I. and The Accused) with no crooning, growls, or dueling melodies. This is what thrash was meant to be, a metal adaptation of hardcore punk.

For all their straight forwardness as a band however, Municipal Waste‘s lastest album, The Art of Partying, strangely shows a maturation and a grand progression in their music. To someone who is new to the band, it might be hard to tell since it is such formulaic music, but the seamless transitions from riff to riff, the inclusion of more gang vocals in their breakdowns, and even the blastbeat portions in the song “The Inebriator” are unexpected, but enjoyable additions to their repertoire. I can easily say that, while I enjoy Municipal Waste quite a bit, I have found it hard in the past to sit and listen to an entire album all the way through simply because of repetition that naturally arose frm this type of music. However, I find myself being able to listen to The Art of Partying all the way through, and then go back and listen to it all over again from the beginning straight through! It has only been slight changes in the band’s formula that has lead to this newfound appreciation for this band (or perhaps they just wrote some damn good songs this time around, or maybe it is the production values, or maybe….uhhhh…who gives a shit?) For those who appreciate the old school as much as me, you will be turning into a thrash til deather in no time flat whether you are 16 or 60 after an immediate listen of The Art of Partying.

VEWY GOOD

Stand Out Tracks: Sadistic Magician, A.D.D. (Attention Defecit Destroyer), Born to Party

Similar Artists: Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I., The Accused, Exodus, Blag Flag

1. Pre-Game
2. The Art of Partying
3. Headbanger Face Rip
4. Mental Shock
5. A.D.D.(Attention Deficit Destroyer)
6. The Inebriator
7. Lunch Hall Food Brawl
8. Beer Pressure
9. Chemically Altered
10. Sadistic Magician
11. Open Your Mind
12. Radioactive Force
13. Septic Detonation
14. Rigorous Vengeance
15. Born to Party

Tony Foresta – Vocals
Ryan Waste – Guitar
Land Phil – Bass, Vocals
Dave Witte – Drums

Earache Records
www.facethewaste.com

17
Aug
07

Review: 3 Inches of Blood – Fire Up the Blades (2007)

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Ahhhhh, what I wouldn’t give for a healthy slab of some fresh 100% old school metal to listen to. Something that is old school, but will melt your face off every time you listen to it. What ever shall I listen to in order to quench my thirst for unbridled mayhem? Oh wait…3 Inches of Blood of course!

Yes world, we have been offered yet another taste of the beautiful behemoth known as 3 Inches of Blood. With the release of their third full length album this month, FIRE UP THE BLADES, we faithful followers of the Blood are given a chance to to not only lend credibility to ourselves by proving that Advance and Vanquish was no mere metal version of The Darkness, but rather a refreshing taste of metal that many musicians these days are too serious or too trendy to undertake. Fortunately, the lifeblood that is 3 Inches of Blood has found the means to write a new album, and what an album it is! We start the bloodletting with “Through the Horned Gate”, a great build up of superior metal chops, and end with “Rejoice in the Fires of Man’s Demise”, a full 13 songs at 51 minutes and some change, and every one of those 13 are ear blistering, fist pounding, neck wrecking shreds of bliss! Yes, there have been good albums thus far in 2007, but how many of those albums can you honestly say have been nearly flawless?

Usually when I write a review I try and be honest with myself and the readers to seek out the good and bad of the music I am listening to as any good journalist persues to do. Well, an album such as FIRE UP THE BLADES makes it quite difficult to do my job the way it should be done. Virtually picking up where they left off with Advance and Vanquish, 3 Inches of Blood have continued with their tried and true method of intertwining clean and harsh vocals on behalf of Cam Pipes and Jamie Cooper respectively, leaving yet another perfect blend of old school and new school . Brandishing the perfect vocal combination, with an arsenal of competent and well versed metal musicians that rejoice in not having to use rehashed At the Gates and Napalm Death riffs, the progenious approach to metal that 3 Inches of Blood undertakes has caught its share of criticism (of which this reviewer will never undertand). Opponents have hailed the boys as jokesters who relish in the traditional mentality of “true metal power”, the truth is this understanding of the band is far from the truth. Those who criticized Advance and Vanquish for being too over the top or laughed at it for supposedly making light of metal’s fantasy based themes and solidarity will be laughing last because 3 Inches of Blood has capitalized on this mentality even more, showing fans and critics alike that they are not going anywhere, and are quite serious about their sentiments.

For those looking for a well balanced look at FIRE UP THE BLADES, I am sorry I couldn’t fulfill your request at examining the negatives of this album, but for me, there were too few to mention. If you have been a previous fan of 3 Inches of Blood, to say you’ll enjoy this album would be a huge understatement. I have heard many albums in 2007, but so far, this one takes the top spot of the year so far. If you haven’t done so yet, do yourself a big favor and immediately purchase this album. Don’t take a test listen on Myspace, just leave your computer and get to buying, it will be well worth the trip.

Amazingly 

1. Through The Horned Gate
2. Night Marauders
3. The Goatriders Horde
4. Trial Of Champions
5. God Of The Cold White Silence
6. Forest King
7. Demons Blade
8. The Great Hall Of Feasting
9. Infinite Legions
10. Assassins Of The Light
11. Black Spire
12. The Hydra’s Teeth
13. Rejoice In The Fires Of Man’s Demise

Cam Pipes
Jaie Hooper
Shane Clark
Justin Hagberg
Nick Cates
Alexei Rodriguez

Roadrunner Records
www.3inchesofblood.com

17
Aug
07

Intruder – Psycho Savant download

The underrated and often overlooked thrashers Intruder have allowed us the honor of listening to their 1991 album Pyscho Savant in its entirety. This is an important thrash release and any fan of the genre should try out; after all, it is free.

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WARGLORY

17
Aug
07

Blind Guardian/Lucifer’s Heritage Demos

Here are some gems! A page full of early Blind Guardian demos, as well as some as their first incarnation as Lucifer’s Heritage. Enjoy!

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http://www.curufin.com/bg/

WARGLORY




WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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