Everything Heavy Metal: 2012-06-10

Band of the Day: Clauz

Band: Clauz
Year Formed: 1995
Counrty: Australia
Genre: Thrash Metal
Number of Albums: 2
Label: Unsigned
Websites: http://www.myspace.com/clauzmetal666

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Interview: Lance Eason from The Hard Ponys

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Band: The Hard Ponys
Genre: Rock 'n' Roll
Hometown: San Francisco
Influences: Dead Boys, Ramones, Black Sabbath, Guns 'n' Roses, New York Dolls, The Stooges, Danzig, Cheap Trick, Nashville Pussy, Motorhead, Tom Petty, Sea Hags, Junkyard, Nymphs, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC

Interview with: Lance Eason (Vocals)

Interview through Twitter:
What is it like to be in a Rock band? "Being in a rock band is the best "job" in the world. It's so good that at least half the people who do it, do it for free. Or pay to do it."
How did you come up with the name The Hard Ponys? "We came up with the name by arguing until we wanted to kill each other. It's supposed to mean someone that wants to be tough but isn't."
What was the game plan when you went to record your depute album? "When we went in to record, we just wanted to capture the feelings that went into the songs. Assuming we remember what they meant."
What is Psychdoll about? ""Psychodoll" is about the joys of dating the clinically insane. No, just about being in a crazed relationship and how it gets addictive"

I would like to thank Lance Eason from The Hard Ponys for doing this interview. I hope that they never stop Rockin'

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Band of the Day: Hel

Band: Hel
Country: Germany
Year Started: 1994
Genre: Pagan Black Metal
Number of Albums: 4
Number of Demos/EP: 2 Demos, 1 EP
Bands Status: Active

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Interview: Ray from Outliar

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Band: Outliar
Genre: Thrash Metal
Year Started: 2002
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Influences: Lamb Of God, Machine Head, early era Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, Kreator, Havok, Bay Area Thrash, Death Metal
Label: Unsigned  
Interview with: Ray from Outliar
Interview Through Email:
How did you get into Thrash Metal? "I first got into thrash metal back in the late 80's when I started listening to Metallica - Master of Puppets. From there, I wanted to hear more aggressive and faster music that still had melody and was unique. Back then everything was so fresh and raw. Whether it was Testament, Vio-lence, Nuclear Assault or Kreator it was all unique and thrashing with authority."
Is it hard being a Thrash Metal band in this decade? "Being in a thrash band today is certainly far more difficult than it was when ideas were very unique and there were people buying records as opposed to so much downloading done today. People came to shows much more back then too, it seems. Having said that, it doesn't deter us from writing the best music we can and thrashing as much as possible."
What band/bands would you love to tour with? "A dream tour for us would be Death Angel, Kreator, Lamb of God and Testament. Some newer bands like Havok and Diamond Plate would be awesome as well."
What was it like working with James Murphy (Testament, Death, Obituary, Cancer, Disincarnate)? "Working with James Murphy was awesome. He has been my idol for years now so it was truly a dream come true. He gave us a lot of guidance and was such a great guy, we'd love to have him on every record if we could work it out."

I would like to thank Ray and Outliar. I hope your Thrash Metal days never end!
And don't forget to pick up a copy of there album "Provoked to Anger" Just click on the link below.

Interview: Duncan Nisbet from Core 10

Band: Core 10
Year Formed: 2003
Genre: Metal/alt
Hometown: Orange County
Influences: Tool, Godsmack, Rollins Band, System, Rage

Interview with: Duncan Nisbet (Vocals)

Interview through Twitter:
What is your favorite song to play that you have written and why? "My Favorite song at the moment is live a lie...it has a real slow heavy groove, and i get to put some real rage style vocals on it...It's about someone who started pretending to be something he's not..to the point where he completely lost who he really is."
What is your inspiration to write songs? "Inspiration to write songs usually comes from mistakes I've made... Try to learn from them and turn them into something positive... I've made/make a lot of mistakes...haha so yeah should be plenty more songs to come."
Where was your first show? If you can remember. "The first show that this incarnation of Core 10 played was last July 30th at Hollywood house of blues...we had just taken a 4 year break... And it was kind of a comeback show...we were bringing Sean Lenhoff into the band and hadn't practiced much...hahha But we still had a big crowd and it sounded all right... It was a lot of fun I think I forgot how much I missed it."
How do you get ready for a show? "I usually get ready for shows early...meaning hours before we go on I'll hit the gym and go on a run... That seems to help me focus... Then by the time we're on stage I feel like I've been ready to go for hours...kinda chomping at the bit to get out there!"
Do you have any music available to download? "Yeah We have a 3 song EP that you can find on iTunes...it was produced by Ronnie King (Offspring, Rancid, Pepper), and mastered by Eric Valentine(Queens of the Stone Age, Slash, Good Charlotte) at thunder underground studios in palm desert. We had a really great production team and it came out great."

Thank you Duncan and Core 10 for the interview. I wish you guys nothing but the best of luck!

Metal Album Review: Kreator: Phantom Antichrist

Band: Kreator
Album: Phantom Antichrist
Year Released: 2012
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: Jens Bogren
Genre: Thrash Metal
Album Number: 13
Number of Tracks: 10
Favorite Track: Phantom Antichrist, Civilisation Collapse, United In Hate, The Few, The Proud, The Broken, Victory Will Come
Rating: 9/10
Reason for the Rating: These guys are not trying to reinvent the wheel, they are just keeping it going with a strong album. This album is for real Thrash Metal fans, it you're a fan of Glam Metal or something like that, don't not listen to it. The speed of this album will kill you!! The production value is really good. And for being the 13 album these guys still have the drive to make good Thrash Metal. So if you like Thrash Metal then you need to give this album a listen to.

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Metal Album Review: Sonata Arctica: Stones Grow Her Name

Band: Sonata Arctica
Album: Stones Grow Her Name
Year Released: 2012
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: Sonata Arctica
Genre: Power/Heavy Metal
Album Number: 7
Length of Album: 53:16
Number of Tracks: 11
Favorite Tracks: Only the Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful), Losing My Insanity, Somewhere Close To You, Cinderblox,Wildfire, Part: III - Wildfire Town, Population: 0
Rating: 8.5/10
Reason for the Rating: Power Metal is for a small group of Metalheads, but this album could be loved by everyone who likes Heavy Metal. The Production is great. And the guitarist in this band are just some of the best guitarist out there, some of these solos with just make your jaw drop. This album may not be what that get famous for in there early days, but true Sonata Arctica fans will love this album. And to the Metal fan who wants to get into Power Metal they should start with this album.

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Metal Album Review: Candlemass: Psalms for the Dead

Band: Candlemass
Album: Psalms for the Dead
Year Released: 2012
Label: Napalm
Genre: Doom Metal
Album Number: 11
Length of Album: 50:13
Number of Tracks: 9
Favorite Tracks: Prophet, Dancing In The Temple (Of The Mad Queen Bee), Waterwitch, Psalms for the Dead, The Killing of the Sun, Black as Time
Rating: 9.5/10
Reason for the Rating: The band has stated that this is going to be ther last album, what a way to go out. The production value is great, better than a lot of other Doom Metal bands out there. The riffs the play will remindthe listener of Black Sabbath. Every Metal fan needs to have this album. The lead singer has to have the best vocals in Doom Metal. Maybe one of the Top lead singers in Metal. And don't forget to listen to the solo in Prophet, just some great guitarist in this band.

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Metal Album Review: Kill Devil Hill: Kill Devil Hill

Band: Kill Devil Hill
Album: Kill Devil Hill
Year Released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Steamhammer  
Album Number: 1
Length of Album: 46:20 
Number of Track: 12
Favorite Tracks: War Machine, Hangman, Rise from the Shadows, Strange, Old Man, Revenge
Rating: 9/10
Reason for the Rating: If you like the feel of old school Metal then you will like this album. This album has a flow with, all of the songs fit together. Not on of those albums that that band just throws songs next to each other. The lyrics are Strong, instruments are on point. And it has a great production value. If you are a fan of Heavy Metal then you need to pick these album up and give it a listening to.

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Metal Album Review: Miss May I: At Heart

Band: Miss May I
Album: At Heart
Year Released: 2012
Label: Rise Records
Genre: Metalcore
Producer: Machine
Album Number: 3
Length of Album: 44:38
Number of Tracks: 13
Favorite Tracks: Hey Mister, Road of the Lost, Gold to Rust,Ballad of a Broken Man 
Rating: 6/10
Reason for the Rating: Every song sounds closely similar to each other. They don't really bring anything new to the table. If you are looking for the same band in that made Monument, not going to find them. If you are wanting to get into Miss May I, you may not want to start with this album. Now having said that, is it a bad album? No, it's a pretty good album. But they could do better.

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Metal Album Review: Murderdolls: Women and Children Last

Band: Murderdolls
Album: Women and Children Last
Year Released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Horror Punk
Producer: Chirs "Zeuss: Harris
Label: Roadrunner
Album Number: 2
Length of Album: 47:35
Number of Tracks: 15
Favorite Tracks: Chapel of Blood, Bored 'Til Death, Drug Me to Hell, Blood Stained Valentine, Pieces of You, Rock N Roll is All I Got
Rating: 9.5/10
Reason for the Rating: Pretty much this is Wednesday 13 but with a different name for the band. If you like Wednesday 13 then this album is a must have. The production is the best for any album. Lyrical are some of the must creative the listener well hear. We will go as far as saying if you like Motley Crue then there is a chance that you will like this band. Just give this band a listen to, they are worth your time.

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Interview: Imran from Four Nights Gone

Band: Four Nights Gone
Hometown: Staten Island  
Genre: Alternative Rock/Hard Rock
Influences: Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Tool, Staind, Linkin Park

Interview with: Imran (Guitarist)

Interview through Twitter:
Why did you start this band? "We started this band because we were four teenagers who loved music and wanted nothing more than to play shows to people."
What has been the biggest hill you had to over come so far? "One of the biggest hills we've had to overcome was getting better and better and learning how to really write our own original music."
What is the goal for the band? "Our goal is to be able to release music, tour, and be able to do this full time one day."
What is your dream tour? "A dream tour would be with Breaking Benjamin (if they get back together) and Linking Park."

I would like to thank Imran and Four Night Gone for doing this interview. And I wish them the best of luck on achieving there goals.

Interview: Dante from War Hammers

Band: War Hammers
Country of Origin: Mexico
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Label: Independent
Interview with: Dante (Guitar and Vocals)

Interview over Twitter:
What bands influenced you? Amon Amarth, Týr, Exodus, Kreator.
What's your favorite song that you have written? and Why? Oden. Beause is the favorite of our fans.
What is a band you want to tour with? Kreator
How did you come up with your name? For a game of words, "War" "Hammer."
What's your favorite type of instrument to use? Guitar.
How did you get started with your band? From my dream, my dream to be listened in all the world.
What are your goals with this band? Play and be listen in all the world...
Whats has been the biggest hill you have over came in your band's career so far? Recording our demos, and so many shows in all the country.

I would like to thank Dante of War Hammers for doing this interview with me. I wish them nothing but good things for the rest of there careers. And don't forget to check them out on FaceBook.

Band of the Day: Fornost Arnor

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Band: Fornost Arnor
Counrty: United Kindgom
Genre: Progessive Metal
Year Formed: 2005
Label: Witch-King Records
Number of Albums: 2
Demos/EP: 0
Status of the Band: Active 

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Metal Album Review: Anthrax: Worship Music

Band: Anthrax
Album: Worship Music
Genre: Heavy/Thrash Metal
Label: Mageforce (U.S.), Nuclear Blast (Europe)
Producer: Anthrax, Scrap 60, Jay Ruston
Year Released: 2011
Album Number: 10
Number of Tracks: 14
Length of the Album: 60:45
Favorite Track: The Devil You Know, Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't, In the End, Judas Priest, The Constant
Rating: 9/10
Reason for the Rating: Anthrax really fell off the Thrash Metal scene for a while, but with this album you have to talk about Anthrax now. With Joey Belladonna back on the vocals for this band, it really gives them there old school feel back.And since Joey was there when Anthrax was making there best albums, you could say before this album was to come out that this album was going to be good. Not only that but you can't talk about Anthrax without bringing up this album as one of there best album, not there best album but it is in there top 5. With the guitars, bass, and drums giving the listener the feel of old school Anthrax, the listener would think that these songs were made in the 80's. This album is a must have for any Metal fan.

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Metal Album Review: Goatwhore: Blood for the Master

Band: Goatwhore
Album: Blood for the Master
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Year Released: 2012
Album Number: 5
Label: Metal Blade
Number of Tracks: 10
Favorite Tracks: Collapse in Eternal Worth, In Deathless Tradition, Judgement of the Bleeding Crown, Death to the Architects of Heaven, My Name Is Frightful Among the Believers
Rating: 8.5/10
Reason for the Rating: This is the band's most Aggressive album to this date, and it looks like there is no slowing down this band. The album starts off strong as soon as you press play with Collapse in Eternal Worth. With the guitars mixture of Black and Thrash Metal riffs. This album is only for true Black Metal fans.
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Metal Album Review: Iced Earth: Dystopia

Band: Iced Earth
Album: Dystopia
Year Released: 2011
Genre: Heavy Metal/Power Metal
Label: Century Media
Producer: Jim Morris, Jon Schaffer
Number of Tracks: 10
Length of Album: 45:06
Favorite Tracks: Dystopia, Anthem, Boiling Point, Anguish of Youth, Dark City
Rating: 9.5/10
Reason for the Rating: If you have not listen to this album, What the Hell are you waiting for???? This is one of the best Iced Earth albums. This is the first album with Stu Block on vocals and he does a great job, you don't see to many lead singers hitting the notes that he is hitting. And the drums, guitars, and bass are all on point. This album will change the way you look at Iced Earth. This album gave them a new following.

Side Note: let us know what we are doing wrong.

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Metal Album Review: Trivium: In Waves

Band: Trivium
Album: In Waves
Year Released: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal/Metalcore
Label: Roadrunner
Producer: Colin Richardson, Martyn "Ginge" Ford
Number of Tracks: 13
Length of Album: 51.21
Favorite Tracks: In Waves, Watch the World Burn, Black, Built to Fall, Of All These Yesterdays
Rating: 9/10
Reason for the Rating: Not going to lie, big Trivium, have been telling people for a long time that these guys are the "New Age Metallica", but that has nothing to do with the rating. After releasing there last album Shogun, didn't really see them doing any better than that album. Tho in our eyes this album is not as good as Shogun, it is a step in the right direction. With the lead singer yelling at you in the first song "IN WAVES!!!!" you can feel that is album is going to make your heart race. But the songs are well put together, this album we leave you wanting more Trivium.

Side Note: Let us know what we can do better.

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Metal Album Review: Impending Doom: Baptized in Filth

Band: Impending Doom
Album: Baptized in Filth
Year Released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal/Metalcore
Label: E1 Music
Producer: Andreas Magnusson
Number of Tracks: 10
Length of Album: 34:34
Favorite Tracks: Murderer, For the Wicked, Chaos: Reborn, My Light Unseen, Death. Ascension. Resurrection.
Rating: 8/10
Reason for the Rating: When first listening to this album you would never guess that this band is a Christian band, but they are. But even tho they are Christian the band is still bringing you the Death Metal sound. If you are a fan of Death Metal or Metalcore and you are a Christian then you should give this band a listen to. And here is a question, how can there be Christian Death Metal? Seems strange but it must work.

Side Note: like always tell us what we did wrong, where we can improve. Thank you

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Metal Album Review: Kingdom of Sorrow: Behind the Blackest Tears

Band: Kingdom of Sorrow
Album: Behind the Blackest Tears
Year Released: 2010
Genre: Sludge Metal/Metalcore
Label: Relapse
Producer: Jamey Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow
Number of Tracks: 12
Lenght: 40:30
Favorite Songs: Enlightened to Extinction, God's Law in the Devil's Land, Behind the Blackest Tears, Sleeping Beast, Torchlight Procession
Rating: 9.0/10
Reason for the Rating: With the vocals from Jamey Jasta, from Hatebreed, and the guiatar playing of Kirk Windstein, from Crowbar and Down, you get a great cambonation that is like no other. From the intro of Enlightened to Extinction to the last song Salvation Denied this album keeps your heart racing. This album is all power. If you are a fan of Hatebreed then you are going to love this album. 

Side Note: Please let us know where we car improve on. Anything at all would be every help full. We are still new at this.

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Band of the Day: Knelt Rote

Band Name: Knelt Rote
Year Formed: 2008
Number of Albums: 2 (From Without and Insignificance)
Demos/EP: 1 (Knelt Rote)
Country of Origin: United Status
Genre: Power Electronics/Noisegrind (early)/ Black Metal/Grindcore (Later)
Current Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Status: Active

Side Note: Please let us know how we can make our blog better. Any comments would help out a lot, we are still new at this.

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Metal Album Review: Lamb Of God Resolution

Year: 2012
Genre: Groove/Thrash Metal
Label: Roadrunner
Lenght: 56:12
Producer: Josh Wilbur
Rating: 8.5/10
Favorite Tracks: Desolation, The Undertow, The Number Six
Reson for the Rating: If you think that Lamb of God could not get any better then you wrong. This is Lamb of God at their finest. On Metacritic, the album attained an overall score of 73 out of 100, based on 17 reviews from professional critics. Give this album a chance and you will love it.

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