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Some thoughts about Sepultura

I know there are those of you who will class this as something tantamount to heresy, but I think Sepultura are much better off without Max Cavalera.  Let me explain…

Having heard the new Sepultura album, Machine Messiah, and thinking back to the last album (which was the first Sepultura album I ever bought), I’ve come to the conclusion that Max Cavalera was what was stopping me liking them.

As a qualifier, I don’t like Soulfly either.  For me, the only places that the Killer Be Killed album fell down was when dear old Max opened his gob.  He disrupted the rhythm of the song, damaging the flow it had.  He’s also very limited in what he can do (in my opinion).  He can do the heavily accented “shouty-growl” thing, and that’s about it.  There’s no light and shade or variation of the kind someone like Alissa White-Gluz, his replacement, Derrick Green or Robb Flynn can produce.  For me, he’s a one-trick pony whose trick has worn out it’s welcome.

He also seems to be the only person on the planet who has a negative story about meeting Lemmy for the first time (Cavalera was being a pissed-up twat while Lemmy was playing the fruit machine, so he poured his drink over him).

I remember hearing Sepultura for the first time back in the late 80’s.  I remember thinking it was OK until the vocals came in, then my enjoyment kind of stopped.  To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of growled vocals back then.  Being around near the beginning of Thrash, I was used to “clean” vocals in my Metal.  Machine Head were another band around at the time that I wasn’t a fan of, but warmed to later, so much so that I’ve loved their last two albums.

So there it is then.  I don’t like Max Cavalera as a musician or as a singer.  Sepultura are so much better with Derrick Green fronting them.  Plus Andreas Kisser is a top bloke (interviewed him at Bloodstock a few years ago) and an excellent guitarist.

So here’s the question: Which musician do you dislike that everyone else seems to worship?

Put your answers in the Comments (along with reasons – let’s not just make it a slanging match), and we’ll see what happens.

Crucified Barbara release their brand new album in September

Crucified Barbara

Since their debut album, In Distortion We Trust, back in 2005, Crucified Barbara have earned their reputation as one hell of a live band through constant hard work; from the biggest festival stages to the dirtiest rock clubs, both on their own and as support to the likes of In Flames, Sepultura, Motörhead and Backyard Babies.  The band has toured all over Europe several times, couple of laps in Brazil, played in Australia and ​​an acclaimed five-week U.S. tour.

Crucified Barbara have built their reputation playing hard-hitting and uncompromising rock’n’roll. Their music is heavy, in your face rock, spiced with delicious melodies.

In September this Stockholm based quartet release their fourth full-length album, In the Red, the band’s most significant and heaviest album so far.  Just like they did for previous album The Midnight Chase, the band has recorded in the legendary Music-A-Matic studio in Gothenburg with Henryk Lipp as sound engineer and producer Chips Kiesby.

We’ve been jamming ourselves bloody”, the band state, “and let our emotions flow prior to recording. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the song writing“.

They add, “This album is the best thing we’ve ever done musically and it feels damn good to take a clear stand against subjects like misogyny and animal rights, topics we are passionate about, through our music“.

As ever Crucified Barbara will be touring extensively in support of In The Red, with a summer filled with festival appearances before they start their European headline tour in September.

Check out To Kill A Man here:

Crucified Barbara release their brand new album in September

Crucified Barbara

Since their debut album, In Distortion We Trust, back in 2005, Crucified Barbara have earned their reputation as one hell of a live band through constant hard work; from the biggest festival stages to the dirtiest rock clubs, both on their own and as support to the likes of In Flames, Sepultura, Motörhead and Backyard Babies.  The band has toured all over Europe several times, couple of laps in Brazil, played in Australia and ​​an acclaimed five-week U.S. tour.

Crucified Barbara have built their reputation playing hard-hitting and uncompromising rock’n’roll. Their music is heavy, in your face rock, spiced with delicious melodies.

In September this Stockholm based quartet release their fourth full-length album, In the Red, the band’s most significant and heaviest album so far.  Just like they did for previous album The Midnight Chase, the band has recorded in the legendary Music-A-Matic studio in Gothenburg with Henryk Lipp as sound engineer and producer Chips Kiesby.

We’ve been jamming ourselves bloody”, the band state, “and let our emotions flow prior to recording. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the song writing“.

They add, “This album is the best thing we’ve ever done musically and it feels damn good to take a clear stand against subjects like misogyny and animal rights, topics we are passionate about, through our music“.

As ever Crucified Barbara will be touring extensively in support of In The Red, with a summer filled with festival appearances before they start their European headline tour in September.

Check out To Kill A Man here:

Shini's pick of the festivals part I – DOWNLOAD

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So festival season is upon us yet again, and with it comes not only the dilemma of which weekends are going to be spent in particular fields but once that choice has been made, who to go and see when you’re there? It’s June, you already have your tickets (hopefully), so I’m going to go through and do my pick of who to see at each of the bigger festivals this summer.

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It needs no introduction. It’s also one of the first of the festival season and its a BIG one. The main attraction (at least among my age group, entering their fourth decade on the planet) has to be Linkin Park playing Hybrid Theory in full. None of their rubbishy dubstep mixes or violations of all that was good with their early stuff. Just the music that got them famous. Got to be worth a watch.

Rob Zombie. If you are there and choose to see anyone else over Rob Zombie, what are you thinking? I saw him the last time I was at Download and he blew it away.

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Aside from those two, I’m going to look at the smaller stages, and the bottom of the lineups. To me this is the beauty of a festival; you pay to go an see your favourites but then get to go and see a fucktonne of new to you music.

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that the unmissable of the unmissable is the astounding American Head Charge, who are hitting the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday at 8:00pm. I am SO jealous that I am not going to be there, and with their new album just around the corner you might even get to hear a new Head Charge song before most of their Deathsquad promotion team. I will stop fangirling now, though if you want to see what I thought when they last hit the UK in November, you can find my review here.

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Another band who have been part of the soundtrack to my last 12 months is the mighty Battlecross, who were supporting Killswitch Engage and Trivium (also both worth seeing if you can, they’re on the bill) on their tour early in the year (review here). They’re some wonderfully brutal thrash who put on a killer show, and earned more than a few fans on their “First Thrash Across Europe”. Definitely ones to watch.

Someone else that have made a mark on a massive support slot are Upon a Burning Body, who hit a goldmine when they toured with Five Finger Death Punch. The show we saw them on, the entire lighting rig blew and they didn’t bat an eyelid, keeping the place bouncing. I’ll admit they don’t necessarily look the part, but if you like hardcore along the lines of Hatebreed then you definitely need to give these guys a listen.

Thy Art is Murder are going to be massive. They’re not someone I would choose to buy a CD from, but their reputation for their utterly insane live show precedes them, and for that reason alone I’d be there to see them. Kill Devil Hill (who incidentally are supporting American Head Charge in the post Download show) are one of those “supergroups”, but not one that leaves you rolling your eyes at the description as it comprises of former members of Dio, Down and Pissing Razors. Do your ears a favour and be there.

Sepultura, Sabaton, Alter Bridge, Within Temptation… I could be here all day, but now I challenge you to tell me who you’re really looking forward to.

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Nervosa – The Girls From Brazil

They’re from Sao Paulo in Brazil.  They play Old School Thrash with more than a hint of Exodus and classic Thrash in general.  If you take a look on the Reviews page, you’ll find that Cat A really rather liked them.  So it was entirely fitting that when the chance came to interview the band, she jumped at the chance to do it.

WWRS: Your debut album, Victim of Yourself, is out in March on Napalm Records. It’s a fantastic piece of thrash. What were the influences behind the making of it?

FERNANDA: I always say we make music we like to listen to and that makes perfect sense, because everything we listen to, end up influencing us towrope our music! I, personally have a very wide taste in metal, i appreciate and support almost all metal genres, but old school thrash metal and early 90’s death metal are precious and really influential to me and you can notice that clearly in our songs. All of us three are thrash and death lovers, so our music is the perfect reflex of what we listen to! You can find elements from Slayer and Sepultura to Vader and Death and many other things also!

WWRS: Did signing the deal with Napalm influence the creative process, or was the album ready before then?

F: When we signed to Napalm, we were just a newborn band and we were about to release our first EP, but the songs for this new album weren’t ready when we signed with them, and honestly, i don’t think it affected in any way the process of writing music. Of course there’s the fact that it is our debut album and that it will be released world wide, but in the end, we just use this facts as fuel to make us feel even more confident and our music, and of course, as these are exciting facts, this feeling ends up influencing the music, so that’s maybe why our songs are filled with energy in this album! But what really matters is that we make and will always make music we like and enjoy playing, no matter what’s happening ‘behind’, you know?

WWRS: Do you fancy coming and playing some British festivals?

F: No doubt we do! We’re a band who likes to be on the road and that’s why we have toured our continetal country a lot! But we never left Brazil for gigs, so right after the album is released, our main focus will be on working hard to plan South American and European tours! We don’t have anything concrete we can talk now, but all I can say is that we’re already working on that, so when the album comes out, we’ll have many great news about touring to announce, and hopefully they will include some British dates, I always felt like playing in Britain, this is gonna rock when it happens!

WWRS: A lot of media refers to you as “the all female thrash trio”. Was it a deliberate decision to only have female members, and does it annoy you that there is a need to add in the “all female” label in 2014?

F: We don’t care about this label, because it’s nothing but the truth, but I understand why people always tend to refer to us this way, it’s because being an all girl band in a still male-dominated scene is something still new and rare, and everything that’s new ends up drawing attention and there’s nothing more natural then emphasizing it. It’s the same thing when there was that boom of folk Metal bands, all the bands ended up being labelled as ‘the new folk sensation’ or something like that, it’s natural and gives a little of idea to what you should expect. I have always played in all female Metal bands before, so to me when I was looking for girls this last time to gather up a thrash band, it was natural to me to think the band as an all female piece!

Metal nowadays is saturated, almost everything has been done when it comes to metal genres, so new bands I guess must try doing different aspects to promote their bands, and in our case, being all female is still something different, you know?

But of course we can’t be holding ourselves to this all-female label forever, use in a few years, this tendency is gonna be a more concrete reality and there will be as much girls as men playing in bands, so in the end, music is what matter the most!

WWRS: What are Nervosa’s plans for the near (and far) future?

F: We plan to be on the road a lot to promote our new album and soon to start writing new songs for our next album, in fact I can’t hardly wait for that! haha But our plans are mainly about touring new places we haven’t visited before!

WWRS: In an ideal world, who would you like to see Nervosa share a stage with?

F: I can say i’m very lucky cause my band has shared stage with many of the most iconic bands to me, such as Destruction and Exodus! But if i ever get to play with Slayer, i’d be the happiest headbanger in the whole world, you bet! Not only they are influential to thrash metal as a whole, but they developed a very important role on my formation as a musician and headbanger!

WWRS: If you could only have one book, one movie and one album on a desert island what would they be and why?

F: Dude, these question are always damn hard to answer to, i’m the most exaggerated person you’ll ever meet, so listing something is a real challenge to me! haha But I’d maybe say The Little Prince book (you can laugh your arse off, but I just love this book). It always helps me getting back and remember what the real meaning of life is in its purest way. The movie I would stick between Clockwork Orange and American Beauty – the first one because is my all time favourite and I never get sick of watching it and the second one because it also makes you remember what life really is, overtime I watch it, I feel breathless to remember the real essence of life and this helps me reconsider my concepts and try to live a better life. An album I would say maybe the first Iron Maiden album or Powerslave, first because it’s my favourite bands and second because you can’t get any better than Iron Maiden! haha

WWRS: What is in your pockets/handbag right now?

F: I’ll be heading to our rehearsal time in a few hours so I’m all packed to play! There’s my complete killer pack with me and which helps me reach my perfect sound: my Aristides bass with my DR strings and my pedals designed by Ed’s Mod Shop! i know it sounds like I’m doing a mercy, but you asked me what’s in my bag right now and I’m heading to the studio, so… hahaha Oh, there’s also a Nuclear Assault album, Game Over – The Plague, cause I wanna listen to it with my drummer in the car in our way to the studio and also a little money so I can buy some hamburger after the practice time! haha

WWRS: If you could listen to five songs right now, what would they be?

F: Damn, those lists again!!! hahaha I am in a very good vibe today, so i guess i’d listen to:
Jimi Hendrix’s Manic Depression
Howlin’Wolf, Sitting on The Top of the World
Black Sabbath, Snowblind
Pink Floyd, Shine On You Crazy Diamond
S.O.D., Kill Yourself to thrash it up! The songs are not my favourite and not from my favourite bands, but it’s just songs that really make me feel well when i listen to and help me keep the good vibe 🙂

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Suicide Silence Enter Studio To Record New Album

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SUICIDE SILENCE began recording their new album the week of November 4th with producer Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, WARBRINGER). This will be the group’s first album to feature new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex- ALL SHALL PERISH), and their first full-length since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker.

“This record will be the grittiest, most meaningful piece of work we’ve ever stood behind,” commented guitarist Mark Heylmun. “We cannot wait for everyone to hear it. Steve Evetts is someone we’ve worked closely with for a long while, not only on The Black Crown, but also on some instrumental demos just prior to the tragedy last Fall. Here we are a year later prepping to record the nastiest, heaviest, most disgusting work we’ve ever done. Expect the unexpected. This is for Mitch.”

SUICIDE SILENCE’s Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut is tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2014 release.

SUICIDE SILENCE is:
Eddie Hermida – Vocals
Chris Garza – Guitar
Mark Heylmun – Guitar
Alex Lopez – Drums
Dan Kenny – Bass

Soulfly – Savages

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Review by Mabh Savage

Label: Nuclear Blast

When I was just getting into the local metal scene, many moons ago, all the up and coming bands wanted to play a certain type of metal. You know the type: some widdly fast bits that let the guitarist show off his wrist action; some chuggy, slow bits for the crowd to stomp to; lyrics about dark or sick or political themes sung either in a guttural growl or an animalistic shriek; maybe some special effects, probably something industrial and subtle so as not to be accused of being ‘progressive’. Soulfly have been playing this type of metal since 1997, and while not necessarily being very original, boy, are they good at it! This album is no exception.

Max Cavalera really reminds us in this album that he used to be a driving force in Sepultura, in fact from the first track, Bloodshed, I have echoes of Roots bouncing around my head. Bloodshed is a bit of a family affair, with both Igor and Zyon Cavalera (Max’s sons) performing. Zyon is now officially the full time drummer for Soulfly.

Max’s intense and gutsy vocals are backed up not only by Igor Jr. but by guests Mitch Harris of Napalm Death (KCS), Jamie Hanks of I Declare War (Fallen) and Neil Fallon of the almighty Clutch, on my favourite track on the album, Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla. I love the stomping, irrepressible nature of this track, and although I didn’t twig at first, when I found out it was in collaboration with Fallon, I smiled to myself as there is definitely an element of Clutch-ness about this track.

Despite an almost brand new line up (excluding Max, the only original Soulfly member remaining), Savages still carries that Soulfly brand of unapologetic, in-your-face gravity inducing metal that doesn’t need to be complicated or try too hard to be something it’s not. I went back and had a little listen to the 1998 debut again, and in comparison, well, the songs themselves are not massively different. But Soulfly have clearly fine-tuned their methods; the stomping bits are stompier, the fret-wanking is less self-indulgent and more entertaining and Max’s vocals, helped by guests in this case, just go from strength to strength.

I like this album loads. I’m not gonna give it 5 stars, because it simply doesn’t wow me to the point of awe, but I am impressed, and this album has been on so much this week that it’s driving my boyfriend nuts. If you want a good, fun, stomping, hair thrashing, fist pumping album, with maybe a few thought provoking lyrics along the way, this is the album for you, and existing Soulfly fans will not be disappointed.

****/5

Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCLVII

WWRSWe’re back to a much more normal size this week.  A double-header of interviews, though.  The first being Ebony B talking to Incassum at this year’s Bloodstock and the second being a step back in time to Bloodstock 2012 for a chat with Andreas Kisser of the legendary Sepultura.  Add to that new tracks from the aforementioned Sepultura, Kataklysm and Death Valley Knights.  We’ve also got four tracks from Joey Jordison‘s latest project, Scar The Martyr.  There’s also new reviews, tour dates and news items at The Wyrd Ways Rock Show website at http://www.wyrdwaysrs.com

Machine Head sign to Nuclear Blast

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After over a year of dialogues with various record labels, MACHINE HEAD have decided on a new home with the newly launched arm of Nuclear Blast Records, Nuclear Blast Entertainment, headed by the band’s longtime friend and former Roadrunner A&R guru Monte Conner. Not an entirely unexpected move.  Excitement runs high in both camps. Says Conner, “I feel incredibly fortunate to say I have signed MACHINE HEAD – for the third time! They wrote one of the greatest metal albums of all-time as their debut and then turned around and beat it 13 years later. MACHINE HEAD have produced some of the best material of their storied career over the course of their last three records, and like a fine wine, they just keep getting better with age.  The songwriting in this band is beyond evolved compared to the majority of their peers, and as a lyricist, Robb Flynn is second to none. On the live front, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more commanding and dominating band.”

“Ever since the launch of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, one of my main goals has been to reunite with MACHINE HEAD”, Conner continued.  “I am grateful to MACHINE HEAD for continuing to put their trust in me as well as my new partners at Nuclear Blast, who share my passion for and commitment to the band.”

This pairing puts one of the top metal bands in the world with one of the top metal labels in the world and puts both on track for an epic, mutually beneficial and strong future together. Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn adds: “Monte Conner has believed in MACHINE HEAD for 20 years, his belief has never wavered, and we are extremely proud to work alongside him once again. When I visited the Nuclear Blast compounds in both Germany and Los Angeles last year, the vibe and spirit that Markus StaigerGerardo Martinez and their respective teams created took me back to the spirit of the old Roadrunner Records days, back when bands like OBITUARY and SEPULTURA were changing the world with their music. Everyone believes, everyone wants it for the right reasons, it’s about creating and respecting a culture, about pioneering new ways for people to discover great music.”

Nuclear Blast founder/owner and long time MACHINE HEAD fan Markus Staiger states: “There’s no doubt that MACHINE HEAD is one of the most influential modern day bands. Just listen to their debut album which still sounds like it’s been recorded just a few months ago – sound wise as well as in terms of songwriting! Or check out their recent metal masterpiece The Blackening which shows the band is still peaking and is more vital than ever. I’ve been a huge MACHINE HEAD fan from day one and I’ve always followed them through all the different stages of their career. So it is a real honour for me to finally be working with them, having them join the Nuclear family and kicking some major ass worldwide for and with MACHINE HEAD! Let freedom ring with a Nuclear Blast!”

MACHINE HEAD will enter the studio in late October to begin recording its eighth album for an early 2014 release, followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle.