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Heavy Metal News Updates!

- First and Foremost, the somewhat somber news late last week that Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy is finishing off recording tracks for the new Avenged Sevenfold album. This of course comes following the news of The Rev's passing a couple months ago. The show must go on, I suppose.

Album Review: Abscess - "Dawn of Inhumanity"

I admit this is not what I thought it would be.

From hearing the description and reading the band’s press release, I truly expected Abscess’ new effort “Dawn of Inhumanity” to be a mess. I thought it would be visceral and unrefined; a slogging pile of steaming metaphor and brutal imagery.

Album Review: Overkill - "Ironbound"

Evaluating an Overkill album is at this point much the same operation as evaluating an AC/DC album. If you like one, you’ll like them all. So for me, it’s more a question of how much I like the album relative to other Overkill efforts. I’m always curious to see what new minor cosmetic tweaks the band has made ever since finding their stride with “The Years of Decay” in 1989. Much the same as their American thrash contemporaries over the past two or so years, Overkill does not disappoint with their newest release, “Ironbound.”

Concert Review - Them Crooked Vultures

I can tell you all right now that I am going to run out of superlatives for this show and these musicians. You had to be there. That’s really the short of it.

Before I get too far, the opening act was New York City natives The Brought Low, and if you like Wolfmother, they're worth a look. There's talent to be had in this band. They played a tight set and did a fine job keeping the crowd warm. Moving on.

Concert Review - Five Finger Death Punch

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to see Motograter live before they truly hit the skids and disintegrated as a band. At the time, I remember thinking that Ivan Moody was one of the more energetic, if not entirely charismatic, frontmen that I had seen. His mixture of intensity and grit was a sight to behold. So, with the chance to see him again, this time without body paint and singing for the power quintet Five Finger Death Punch, I was really looking forward to what the night would entail.

Album Review: Serj Tankian - "Elect the Dead Symphony"

This just didn't work out.

Serj Tankian went to all the trouble of getting his hands on a full orchestra to recreate his solo album "Elect the Dead"...and then didn't have them do anything.

Album Review: Rob Zombie - "Hellbilly Deluxe 2"

At this point, I had no idea what to expect from Rob Zombie. “Hellbilly Deluxe” and “Sinister Urge” were both modern masterpieces, and then “Educated Horses” was a confusing, muddled mess of an album. After a few years away directing movies, out comes “Hellbilly Deluxe 2,” finally debuting after two lengthy delays from the time of recording in 2008.

This new album is several magnitudes of order better than “Educated Horses.” I’m not exactly going out on a limb by saying that, but there it is.

Album Review - Taking Dawn, "Time to Burn"

You know what? I can get behind this.

Four or five years ago, I likely wouldn’t have cared for this album. I’m sure that I would have recoiled at enjoying an album that has this much mainstream appeal, and I certainly would have bristled at the idea of music that practically borders on hair metal revival.

Yet, in the midst of what seems to be an interminable period of mainstream metal that’s turned to doughy, emotional rock, “Time to Burn” is a nice, bombastic party rock album to have in your back pocket.

Concert Review - Arch Enemy & Exodus

I had never before been to the Palladium in Worcester (and yes, it’s pronounces wuss-ter,) but I must say I was fundamentally impressed with the place. I’m a sucker for metal venues that clearly used to be performance theatres back in the day, and the Palladium did not disappoint. It perhaps lacks the sheer character of The Chance (my personal favorite venue, and we all have one,) but it’s a great wide space with a good mix of casual seating and open floor space.

Forgotten Classics - Fireball Ministry

I'm beginning to believe that I'm one of the few people on the planet who has even heard this album. And of those people, I think I might be the only one who likes it. But I'm gonna stand up for it, dammit!

While “The Second Great Awakening” far from rewrites any particular piece of heavy metal, it carries a sold, thumping, beat-based standard for stoner metal and the broader metal genre as a whole.

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