When we think of classic or hard rock groups, we tend to attach them to specific eras. This is true with Guns N’ Roses even though the band rose to prominence toward the tail end of its genre’s heyday. Even so, 1987’s Appetite For Destruction still stands as one of the most impressive and enduring hard rock albums of all time. Even casual fans recognize tunes like “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” GNR made its mark on the 1980s, and that’s how we’re used to thinking of them.
But the members of GNR have also done more than most of their peers to stay relevant in the modern era of music. Yes, their music is mostly associated with the past, but that hasn’t stopped these musicians from trying some decidedly modern tricks to retain the interest of fans (and maybe even rope in some newer, younger ones).
Shroud Eater have teamed with Inhale the Heavy for the premiere of the artwork for their new release :TH:REE: :CVRSES:, which can be seen below.
Miami’s brooding riff sorcerers Shroud Eater are set to release a 13 minute experimental noisy drone track on cassette titled :TH:REE: :CVRSES: on February 8, 2017, to coincide with a performance at the International Noise Conference in Miami, FL.
The Obelisk premiered the track on February 1. You can listen to it here.
The release of :TH:REE: :CVRSES: is a drastic left turn from the usual doomy Shroud Eater fare; fuzzed out guitars, suffocating bass and bombastic drumming is replaced with meditative synthesizers and malicious intoning of curses over other-worldly analog echoes.
Beside its fine, pleasing moments, which were few, it was awful and most parts of it sucked. There were countless sad moments, unfortunate events, and more important than the others many great artists, many legends left us, gone forever but their memories remain, with us, eternally.
However, at the same time, many tremendous albums came alive, pleased us, left huge traces of joy and eternal pleasures carved in our souls, kept us all alive, gave us power to face difficulties, through all the ass-kicking rough times.
I’m cutting it short. I just want to mention the words of Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption: “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
While I begin writing this, I am overcome with a rush of emotions. To say that is was a rough year for my family would be an understatement.
As some of you already know, my wife of 20 years and my best friend and soul mate of almost 30 had a heart attack and nearly died during a scheduled open heart surgery to replace a defective valve. She would end up having two more open heart surgeries (three total over three days), and then flat line several times in the days that followed, two of those times while myself and our two teenage children were in the room.
In the weeks that followed, days seemed to never end. Time pretty much stood still. She spent 21 days in the CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) in a drug induced coma, while 16 different drips, two cardiac machines and a heart pump helped keep her alive and her heart beating as close to a normal sinus rhythm as possible, until it was strong enough to beat on its own.
We are delighted to bring you a stream of Final Sign‘s track “Burn The Temple Down.” The song is taken from the band’s full-length Hold High the Flame, which was released back in 2015 (Divebomb Records).
We are delighted to bring you a stream of the Armed with Books‘ track “Charlatan.” The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming vinyl release of their debut EP, Honestly Honesty, out August 6th. The EP was orginally released digitally on April 1st.
Well folks, half of 2016 is over. While this year may not have been kind to many of us, it has been exceptional for the world of metal. So many great albums have been released thus far, and many more to come. As ItH’s resident Power Metal dude, I’ve been especially happy with the sub-genre’s set of releases in these first six months. In total, I have listened to 78 Power Metal albums from January – June. Many of them were great, some were okay, and some were dreadful. For the ones that were great, I wanted to choose my 10 favorites for the first half of 2016. It was quite difficult, but I was able to cut it down.
Here, for you, are my top 10 favorite Power Metal albums for the first half of 2016: