HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST DONE!!!

It’s HUMP DAY so here’s a couple of bands I can’t do without……

“Rise Against”

Thy Kingdom Will Burn…. I have loved this band since I first heard them.  Check them out.  Great growl vocals and  one of my top 10.

“Sunset Shore”

The first time I heard and saw this band, Týr, they had me.  From the Faroe Islands, I just burn everytime I hear these guys.  Listen the those drums and that bass, just kill me.  Sorry I gotta put another one on, you know how I love my Vikings…

“Hold The Heathen Hammer High”

“Feuer Frei”

I was listening to this at work today.  I fking love RAMMSTEIN, bang bang………

I think we all need a HUMP DAY wake up so I’m adding this to the blog.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  What would we do without music, I would die…..

 

 

WEEKLY BAND LIST

  • Week 154 – Jan 21 – Becoming – Inspirational Metal – San Jose, California
  • Week 153 – Jan 14 – Affection – Modern Rock/Alternative Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 152 – Jan 7 – Wythersake – Symphonic Black/Death Metal, Washington, DC
  • Week 151 – Dec 31  – Wrap up of 2021
  • Week 150 – Nov 12 – The Raven Age – Heavy Metal – London, England
  • Week 149 – Nov 5 – Penny Billionaires – Hard Rock/Electronica – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Week 148 – Oct 29 – Blood Red Throne – Death Metal – Kristiansand, Norway
  • Week 147 – Oct 22 – Shepherds Reign – Metal/Hard Rock – South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 146 – Oct 15 – Shadow of Intent – Deathcore – Hartford, Connecticut
  • Week 145 – Oct 8  –  Darzamat – Atmospheric Black Metal – Katowice, Poland
  • Week 144 – Oct 1  –  Jungle Rot – Thrash/Death Metal – Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
  • Week 143 – Sep 24 – Lifechanger – Melodic Rock – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Week 142 – Sep 17 – Testament – Thrash Metal – Berkeley, California
  • Week 141 – Sep 10 – Bleed From Within – Heavy Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 140 – Sept 3  – At The Gates – Death Metal & More – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 139 – Aug 27 – The Soul Of Bushido – Thrash Metalcore – Lorraine, France
  • Week 138 – Aug 20 – WoR – Aggressive Groove Metal – North Carolina, USA
  • Week 137 – July 3 – Wolves In The Throne Room – Atmospheric Black Metal – Olympia, Washington
  • Week 136 -June  26 – Deathbale – Postapocalyptic Viking Death Metal  – Germany
  • Week 135 – June 19 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fking Geek Metal Revisited – San Jose, Calif
  • Week 134 –  June 5 – Wardruna – Dark Folk Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 133 – May 28 – Rotting Christ – Black Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 132 – May 21 – Carmilla – Metal – Sverige, Sweden
  • Week 131 – May 14 – Wake Up Frankie – Thrash/Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 130 – May 7  – Disquiet – Melodic Death/Thrash – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Week 129 – Apr 30 – Thanatos – Extreme Thrash/Death Metal – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Week 128 – Apr 23  – Arched Fire – Heavy Speed Metal – Lapland, Finland
  • Week 127 – Apr 16 – The Haunted – Heavy/Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 126 – Apr 9 –  Updates 
  • Week 125 – Apr 2  –  All Taken – Hard Rock with a little Grunge – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 124 – Mar 26 – Aeon Of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany (Song Review)
  • Week 124 – Mar 25 – Scythian Fate – Dark Prog Thrash – Sydney/Melbourne – Australia
  • Week 124 – Mar 24 – Hate & Deceit – Danish Melodic Death Metal – Slagelse, Denmark
  • Week 123 – Mar 21 – Beyond the Pale – Dutch Metal – Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Week 122 – Mar 12 – Thy Kingdom Will Burn – Melodic Death Metal – Kouvola, Suomi
  • Week 121 – Mar 5 –  H.E.A.T. –  Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – Uppsland Väsby, Sweden              
  • Week 120 – Feb 26 – Temple Balls – Hard Rock – Finland
  • Week 119 – Feb 19 – Aeon of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany
  • Week 118 – Feb 12 – Vreid – Black Metal / Black n Roll – Sogndal, Norway
  • Week 117 – Feb 5 – Artilharia – Heavy/Melodic/Speed/Thrash Metal – Brazil
  • Week 116 – Jan 29 – This week was for Alexi, COB, Rip my dear HeadBanger
  • Week 115 – Jan 22 – Paradise Lost – Death/Doom/Gothic Metal – Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Week 114 – Jan 15 – Wintersun – Power/Folk/Melodic Death Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 113 – Jan 1 – Dark Tranquillity – Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 112 – Dec 25 – SepticFlesh – Greek Symphonic Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 111 – Dec 18 – Die From Sorrow – Melodic Death Metal – Beijing, China
  • Week 110 – Dec 11 – Fireproven – Progressive Metal – Finland
  • Week 109 – Dec 4 – Wolfheart – Winter Metal – Myrskylä, Finland
  • Week 108 – Nov 27 – Angelus Apatrida – Thrash – Albacete, Spain
  • Week 107 – Nov 20 – Gojira – Heavy Metal – Bayonne, France
  • Week 106 – Nov 13 – Enslaved – Prog/Black/Viking Metal – Sveio, Norway
  • Week 105 – Nov 6 –  Like A Storm – Metal – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 104 – Oct 30 – Firewind – Power/Heavy Metal – Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Week 103 – Oct 23 – Shiraz Lane – Rock – Vantaa, Finland
  • Week 102 – Oct 16 – The Agonist – Metal – Montreal, Canada
  • Week 101 – Oct 9 – Butcher Babies – Heavy Metal – Los Angeles, CA
  • Week 100 – Oct 3 – BaYaT – Alternative Rock – Novi Sad, Serbia 
  • Week 98 –  Sept 25 – Dirt – Rock – Heksinki, Finland
  • Week 98 –  Sept 18 – Unearth – MetalCore – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Week 97 –  Sept 11 – Stratovarius – Power Metal – Finland
  • Week 96 –  Sept 4 – SynlakrosS – Mel Death Metal – Valencia, SpainWeek 95 – Aug 28 – Striker – New Wave Heavy Metal , Canada
  • Week 94 – Aug 21 – Turisas – Metal –  Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Week 93 – Aug 14 – Tyr – Metal – Faroe Islands (Part of Denmark)
  • Week 92 – Aug 7 –  After Release of EP – Interview with WuF, Kasperi Merilainen
  • Week 91 – July 24 – Review of EP – Wake Up Frankie – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 90 – July 17 –  SPECIAL ON THRASH METAL BANDS
  • Week 89 – July 13 – SPECIAL ON MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS
  • Week 88 – July 10 –  Hinayana Band – Melodic Death/Doom – Austin, Texas
  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Week 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark

 

WEEK 153 – AFFECTION

My HeadBangers welcome from Helsinki, Finland the Modern Rock/Alternative Metal Band:

AFFECTION

“Since Blood”

Just released on January 6th.

“Highway of Denial”

I am hearing some Speed/Thrash in this one, what do you think HeadBangers?

Well my HeadBangers, I have been very lucky with the last 2 bands.  Why you ask, well because they will actually answer questions, I consider it an interview.  I want to do a lot more of these.  We all like the history of a band, which I can find most of the time.  But to have a band take the time to tell us how they feel, how they started, what they are up to is something I really enjoy.  So with any luck we will have more in the future.  Now to the band interview. my questions are in blue as usual and theirs are in black.

First I’d like to thank Antti, “Vocals”, for all his help.  

Before we start, and I always ask this question, how are all of you doing with the Covid? I know other bands in the USA and in the EU are going crazy not being able to do any gigs yet, or they are scheduled and then cancelled.  Has this affect you much?

It goes in waves, at the moment th situation is bad again and there’s basically no events at all because of restrictions.  We.ve played only a few shows during the Covid time.

Like many other bands, we’ve been actually holding the album release for almost two years now, but at this point we want to move forward so we decided to release the album “Remnants”, now on January 21st.  We’re optimistic that we could play at least some shows during spring and in summer.  We also wanted to release the alum now, since there are many themes in those songs that people can relate to during this crazy period of our lives.

I agree with your thought that we can all relate to music during this crazy time.  I don’t think it will ever end, but I do think we are all learning to survive, it is a valuable lesson, we can all survive on less.  Anyway my next questions is Affection was started in 2013, what made you want to start a band?

I had played guitar in a few local metal bands before, and I had written some songs earlier as well.  Around that time, I didn’t have a band and there were some emotionally heavy moments back then in my life, so I started to write new songs and that helped me through that hard time.  This time, I also had the urge to sing these songs.  That’s how Affection was born.

This is a question I have asked every band since I started the blog lol.  What does the name Affection mean?  How did you choose the name?

Well like many things like beer, great metal music and also some specific English words.  Even though it’s not my native language, I tend to “collect” some specific English words since they just ring out nice.  So when we were throwing our band name ideas after playing a few months together.  Affection got most of the votes since it’s quite a diverse word. and it’s not the most typical metal band name either.  Both of these facts reflect to us, diverse and not the most typical.

The meaning of the word is probably a clear thing, but I like to think that our band name becomes full potential on the stage -when our music is affecting the audience and vice versa.

Good answer, the emotion between the audience and band is strong, and I can see Affection there.  There is a bond between all metalheads and their bands.

Where does the inspiration for your songs come from?

I just get these melodies or rhythmic ideas, which later evolve to full songs.  Sometimes there’s a lyrical line or two immediately on my mind as well, but usually it’s just some kind of emotion or atmosphere that is related to that song skeleton first.  So later, when I write the lyrics to a finished song, I try to “spell out” what the song is trying to say.

Some songs are about being lost in your own thoughts and dark waters of the mind, most of the songs are carrying an empowering message usually with a punch of attitude.  We also have two songs that are based of dreams.  And yes, they were some special nightmares.

A lot of bands will have their songs geared towards the planet, society, war, etc., is there a certain area that you gear your music towards?  Is there a message or is it for the listener to decide what it means to them?

I like the idea that listeners can find different meanings from our songs, but yes, besides all that, there’s a strong message on our upcoming album against today’s ultra efficient society that grinds individuals for breakfast.

We cover multiple themes on our album, but in general it carries the message to hold yourself together and not to care too much about those who try to kick you down.  It serves also as a reminder to be the authentic version of yourself, since that’s the most valuable thing you have after all.

There you have it my HeadBangers.  I have to say this is one of my favorite interviews.  I really respect someone who puts it all out there, and still walks through the fire on a daily basis.  Just be who you are don’t change for anyone because in the end you will always go back to who you really are.  Thank you so much Antti, this was really great.

Now let’s meet the band:

From left to right:

Olli Rinnevalli – Guitar

Antti (Andy H.C.) – Vocals

Panu Nykänen – Bass

Reda Kramdi – Drums

“Thousand Mirrors”

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers, what do you think?  I think these guys are great.  Listen to the first song “Since Blood”.  Can you hear the difference from the last song which was four years ago.  I sure can.  Their music is a lot harder, faster, I just get that HeadBanger rush listening to it.  I can’t wait to hear the album.  Then there’s a really deep emotion Antti has in his voice, it just flows.  I wish I could have seen them live, you know that atmosphere would be electrical.  Who knows maybe someday festivals will be opening up again everywhere, until then we have them for a short time here on the blog and in their music.  Don’t forget their debut album comes out January 21st.  They are also on all are social media out there, check them out.  Also did you notice they seem to like fire, men after my own heart.

Well HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  If there’s a band you want to see on here just hit me up.  In the meantime don’t stand too close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

 

WEEK 152 – WYTHERSAKE

My HeadBangers welcome from Washington, DC, the symphonic black/death metal band:

WYTHERSAKE

“Antiquity”

My HeadBangers, do you hear that, these guys combined some aspects of swedish metal into their music.  I have been waiting so long to find and American Band that can execute this so smoothly.  Watch them, look at the hair moshing, trust me I know I’ve seen this in the Nordic/European Bands, and I am so excited to find this here in the USA.

I was lucky enough to get some questions answered by Gabriel, vocals and guitar.  Below is our conversation, my questions are in blue, his answers are in black.  So let’s get to it.  I seriously was so excited to find these guys.

Q & A

Before we start, how are all of you doing with COVID?  I know other bands here and in the EU are going crazy not being able to do hardly any gigs yet.  Has this affected you much?

We are all doing fine.  Fortunately for us we have not had any issues with shows here.  We are not at the point of being a full time touring band so there hasn’t been a negative impact in that way.

Wythersake was started in 2016, what made you want to start this band?

Daniel (Drums) and I (Gabriel) met while he was recording with another band that he played with locally.  I was Lead Guitar for another band for many years called “Fallen Martyr”, that had released some eps/albums and done some touring, but I felt like I was writing music to fit what our vocalist was trying to do and it wasn’t really sitting right with me.  Not a knock on him or anything – he had more of an Alt/prog rock background and was moving away from metal so it seemed like starting something new made sense.  Since I already wrote all the material I decided to write lyrics and do the vocals as well.  Daniel was sort of in limbo when I met him because he was playing in more of a metalcore/exque band just to be able to play out – so when we met and realized we both had the same influences, it sort of just bloomed from there.  We decided we would find the right guys to play with us by putting out singles of the sound we want to have and that’s how me met James.  Cody was a childhood friend of his that I already knew from bands in the area so it all just came together right before us signing with Scarlet Records and releasing the album.

I am dying to know what the name Wythersake mean?  How did you choose the name?

It’s an archaic term for renegade or apostate.  It just fits us lyrically.  I happened to come across it just trying to find something that would connect to the music.  It took about a year and a half to get the right name down.

I spent most of 2019 in Finland, going to the Tuska Festival 2019 and lots an lots of gigs.  I love Nordic/European Music and I was attracted to your band because of the mention of the incorporation of the Swedish black/death metal.  You guys do have that sound, and keep the hair lol, my question is what drew you towards adding the sound to your music?  I’ve listened to so many bands, but most American bands do not have the “Sound” of the European metal bands.  It may sound weird but after immersing in metal from the other side of this planet, I can tell where the band is from  Really, it’s so interesting to me that you have added it into your music.  Don’t mean to remble lol I’m just passionate about my metal.

No worries – And the hair stays for sure! – I think I know what you mean.  We like a lot of the melancholic atmospheric sound you hear from doom/death/black bands in Europe and meshing it together.  Then of course we are influenced by the shred guys like Jeff Loomis, Zakk Wylde, Michael Romeo etc.  We just throw it all together.

Where does the inspiration for your songs come from?

A lot of it is personal but written in a way where it night not seem that way outright.

A lot of bands will have their songs geared towards the planet, society, war, etc., is there a certain area that you gear your music towards? Is there a message or is it for the listener to decide what it means to them?

“Antiquity” is about going through an apostasy and finding truth.  There are some luciferian and gnostic aspects to it.  It was a rewarding experience to go through what I had been through personally – the adversity I faced, and to have it culminate in that album.  Basically album 1 gelt like a victory or triumph whereas Album 2 will be a bit more rebellious and angry.  BTW – That’s roughly a little more than half written at this time with a projected release date for early 2023.  That’s all I will say on that for now!

Thanks for the questions and let’s keep this Metal Sh*t alive – Wythersake!!

“Cast Into Swine and Sea”

There you have it my HeadBangers, straight out of DC, I still can’t believe it.  I am impressed beyond words with these guys.  Mixing the two sounds together and those vocals they get me everytime.  I see nothing but good things coming their way.  Maybe they will even pass through town, I would love to see them live.  But, with Covid, and its 2 variants running rampant throughout the world it may take a wee bit longer, but well worth the wait.  Check the band out they are on Twitter, FB, and Instagram.  I’ll keep my eyes on this band and be  back with any updates.  I also would like to thank Gabriel for taking time out of his schedule to get me all the info I needed.  

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

UPDATE – BEYOND THE STYX

My HeadBangers, I have an update on “Beyond The Styx”

“Overload”

From Tours, France my HeadBangers you have to check these guys out.  They are badass!!!!  Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, more music on UTube.

 

 

GOODBYE 2021…..

My HeadBangers, let me start by saying, I just needed some time.  Thank you for your emails and messages, you are all an inspiration and I appreciate it so much.  2021 just wore me out with Covid and all the variants, and I have no doubt that more will be coming.  I’ve had my shots and the booster, and the flu shot that fights 4 different types of flu.  Please stop, I feel like shit just from all this vaccine omfg.  I wanted to just close out this year with some of my favorites.  Next week back to the normal blog.  With that being said I have to post a song that has gotten me through more things in my life than I care to count,  my boys, “DISTURBED”, I have secretly been in love with Dave for years, he’s just a badass, and that voice…

 

Thanks guys for the inspiration.  

Next I have to bring you one of Sweden’s best, Carmilla Band with their new front woman Alena Yashkina from Russia…..

“Hellbound”

I have to thank Håkan for his continued support.  Sometimes we all just need to know that someone  has supportive words and believes in what you are doing.  You are the best, a big thank you.

This band “TEOR” The Edge of Reason, from Germany, I love them, they say their music is emotional Post-Hardcore.  Frontman Ro Seven and I have been communicating for a very long time.  I consider him a very dear friend, he’s been through alot and makes no secret of it.  Listen to their music, they work hard and the music tells the story.  

“Satori – The Edge Of Reason feat. Michael Vampire (Dead Girls Academy)”

There are so many bands that I have come to love.  When you do a blog in any area, mine just happens to be Metal Music, you interact with the bands, you come to know their stories, they become family that’s how I describe it.  There is so much to these bands, each member has their own story and this is what makes them who they are, they bring this to their music.  I guess this is why I am so emotional about my bands, I feel them.  Metal family is strong.  Here are a few more I love…

“Arched Fire – Escape”

This band is from  Kemijärvi in Finnish Lapland.  I love the fast hard hitting music, definitely one you need to check out.  A mix of Speed and Thrash, love it guys.

“Thy Kingdom Will Burn – Rise Against”

Here is another of my favs from Kouvola, Finland of course.  I love my Nordic music, everyone knows that, so take a listen HeadBangers you might hear something you haven’t heard before.

I could keep doing this all day but I think I would run out of room.  Take a look at the Weekly Band List, they are all there.  Everyone of them brings the fire.  With that being said I am closing it out for this week and saying goodbye to 2021.  Hello 2022, I’ll be back next Friday with another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

BACK AND READY TO GO…….

My HeadBangers I have been absent as many of you have let me know.  Thank you for your messages of concern.  As we all know this past year has been a very long and shitty year to put it bluntly.  We all have had these feelings, some just linger a little longer than others, we are all different.  I took some time and a BIG thank you to H

Åkan Ålander of Carmilla Band, Ro Seven of TEOR, Adamcam10 on Instagram with his Savage Wisdom, and my ever faithful devil cat Snake, I realized it was time to get off my ass and get back into the blog where I belong.  Sometimes it’s easier to go inside yourself for awhile and take a long look at what you want to do and what you need to do.  Well I have the want and need to do this blog, it is my heart and soul, and thank you to the guys above who always, even if they didn’t know it, with their words and music made me realize life is still moving and so am I.  With that being said let’s get back to it.  The fire is still strong…..

 

Adamcam10

And there you have the 4 most important males in my life lmao.  See all my HeadBangers here next Friday, December 31 for a wrap up of the 2021 year.  2022 will be a new year and 10Degreesofmetal will come with more fire…..

WEEK 150 – THE RAVEN AGE

My HeadBangers, welcome from London, England the Melodic Metal Band:

THE RAVEN AGE

“Betrayal of the Mind”

“The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships”

Let’s look at some bio on this band:

The Raven Age are an English Heavy Metal band formed in London in 2009 by guitarists Dan Wright and George Harris (son of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris).

In 2014, the band recorded and released their self-titled EP before supporting Steve Harris British Lion and Tremonti on separate tours. The band then supported Iron Maiden on The Book of Souls World Tour in 2016. On 2 August 2016, the band announced that their debut album, Darkness Will Rise, would be released in December 2016, but it was instead released in March 2017. The band supported  Anthrax on the Among The Kings European Tour in 2017. They followed by supporting Killswitch Engage and Tremonti on their tours in 2018.  The band released their second album, Conspiracy, on 8 March 2019. Conspiracy has received over 130,000 views on UTube as of 12 June 2019.

Let’s meet the band:

George Harris – Guitars (2009-present)

Matt Cox – Bass, backing vocals (2012-present)

Jai Patel – Drums (2013-present)

Tony Maue – Guitars (2017-present)

Matt James – Lead Vocals (2018-present)

“As the World Stood Still”

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers there you have it.  I admit that it’s not Black Death Metal, to me it’s more melodic/rock.  But whatever it is I really like it.  Sometimes we need songs that calm us inside.  That brings a reason to the madness that continues to spin out of control on this planet.  I like to be able to just sit back, close my eyes and listen to it.  No hair moshing here, just some really good music and a little down time.  We all need that.  When I can’t take hearing anymore news about the government, people killing each other, having to look over your shoulder every where you go and don’t forget your MASK, and your shots, yeah I’ve had both mine, now it’s a damn booster, but it will never end, there will always be something crawling around that wants to get us.  So enjoy your down time, listen to some good music and just breathe my HeadBangers, fingers crossed it will get better.

That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song, in the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

 

WEEK 149 – PENNY BILLIONAIRES

My HeadBangers welcome from Phoenix, Arizona the Hard Rock-Electronica Duo:

Penny Billionaires

“Awoken”

Let’s look at some bio provided by the band:

 Formed during the 2020 pandemic, Penny Billionaires is an Alternative Rock Duo from Phoenix, AZ that blends elements of Hard Rock and Electronica.  Greg Jacks, from the multi-platinum pop-rock band Superbus met Evan Berg at a show in downtown Phoenix where the two immediately hit it off.  Throughout the years they began playing shows together and co-writing music.  It wasn’t until the pandemic, where the two decided to lock themselves up and develop PB.  Together the band teamed up with Grammy-award-winning engineer/producer, Jeremy Parker who mixed and produced bands such as Evanescence, Disturbed, Slipknot, to record their first E.P.  The band released their first single, “Awoken” on September of 2021 on Symphonic Distribution.

Evan Berg is their vocalist and Greg Jacks on drums.  Listen to that song above, Awoken, I absolutely love their energy and how they put everything they have into it.  It just grabs you from the first note to the very last.  If a song ever had me jumping around the room doing some moshing it is this one.  Hard, raw, and in your face….

PB released Awoken on September 17, 2021 and will be releasing their second single, BRKDWN, on November 12. They are planning to release a new single every 6 weeks towards their album release in April 2022.  And I have heard it guys, trust me you will love it.  It was the first song Evan developed in his garage that later influenced the start of the band. It’s a straight-up heavy, aggressive song about being fed up and down to the last straw.   The two wrote a handful of songs originally dubbing the collection as Electronic Dance Metal where they would then reach out to Arizona Engineer and Producer, Jeremy Parker to take on the project.  By the time the first set of singles were complete Greg and Evan decided to go all-in on this exciting new project, leaving their pasts behind them.

The band has been featured on multiple publications, including the Professional Adult Nightclub DJ Association (PANDA) charting their first single, “Awoken” at #5 in October 2021 and got playlisted on hundreds of Spotify Playlists ranging from 5000 to 1 million followers.  With co-producer, Jeremy Parker these guys are well on their way.  They are set to tour extensively beginning in the Fall 2021 and throughout 2022.

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers there you have it, this is what is possible during Covid and lock down.  I am always amazed when I first hear songs that were conceived during Covid.  There are quite a few bands I’ve heard that have created the most amazing songs during this time.  It only goes to show you what the human spirit can achieve, and these songs come from the depths of their creators souls.  Whether upbeat or downbeat everything they are feeling is released through their music.  It really is some of the best isn’t it.  We’ve all heard it, and I think it is going to continue for a little longer.  Every band on the blog has touched me in some way that draws me to them.  Music affects everyone, but Metal does more than that, it literally grabs you by the throat and carries you away.  Where it takes you is only up to you, but follow it, don’t resist it, you never know where you will end up.

That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime, don’t stand too close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 148 – BLOOD RED THRONE

My HeadBangers welcome from Kristiansand, Norway the Death Metal Band:

BLOOD RED THRONE

“Transparent Existence”

“Itika”

Let’s look at some bio on these Norwegian Death Metal Kings:

Blood Red Throne was formed in Kristiansand, Norway, during the peak of black metal in 1998 by former Satyricon guitarist Daniel “Død” Olaisen and Emperor bassist Terje “Tchort” Schei.  Inspired by bands like Death, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide.  Blood Red Throne play death metal in a Scandinavian style, mixing old school, traditional and Swedish death with riffs and elements of black metal. The band has released 10 albums.

Blood Red Throne started in 1998 when Død and Tchort (while playing in Satyricon at that time), decided to form their own band. Tchort had been playing death metal since 1989 with his band Green Carnation, which was one of the first death metal bands in Norway, and Død had been a huge fan and of the genre since 1992 . Tchort was also the bass player in Emperor in the early 1990s and has been involved with bands like Carpathian Forest and Einherjer. The band soon got in touch with a drummer living in their hometown by the name of Freddy Bolsø, and Blood Red Throne was born. Soon after bassist Erlend Caspersen joined the newly formed group. The band recorded a demo, entitled Deathmix 2000 with Ronni Thorsen from Trail of Tears providing the vocals. This demo got positive feedback and Blood Red Throne got offers from labels right away. Finally having recruited long-time friend Mr. Hustler as the permanent frontman, the same line-up recorded the debut Monument of Death and released it through Hammerheart Records in 2001. The limited edition included a package called ‘The Suicide Kit’, which not only contained the actual album, but also a printed razor blade and a poster. The kits were hand numbered in the band member’s own blood. Blood Red Throne never did any live shows with this line up, Freddy Bolsø moved back to his hometown and the band had to find a new drummer.

Espen “Beist” Antonsen  The Sickening joined and the band recorded Affiliated With The Suffering in 2002 and this was their last album through Hammerheart Records. The band did two European tours and the Inferno Fest with this lineup and Beist left as they were about to record their first album for Earache Records. With the help from Bernt Moen, Blood Red Throne managed to record their third album, Altered Genesis. Altered Genesis was released in 2005 and after this release, Mr. Hustler had to leave the band due to work commitments and Vald was handed the microphone. To make things easier, Blood Red Throne also had to find a permanent and local drummer, and this led to the recruitment of Anders Haave. He joined the band in 2006 and Blood Red Throne went on a new European tour several live shows until going into the studio to record their fourth album, (Come Death), for Earache Records.

Blood Red Throne released their fifth album, Souls of Damnation on June 1, 2009 through Earache Records.  The digipak version of the CD included a DVD to celebrate the bands 10-year career.

“Skyggemannen”

Blood Red Throne was confirmed February 7, 2009, to play at the Infernofestival in Oslo which took place April 8–11, 2009. It was set to take place on the stage called BLÅ, where they played with bands like Terrordrome.

On April 23, 2010, Blood Red Throne announced via a MySpace blog post that guitarist Tchort was leaving due to “work and family commitments” and was being replaced by Ivan “MeathooK” Gujic of  Neongod for the remainder of their tours and gigs that year.   A short time later, it was announced in another post that 19-year-old Emil Wiksten would be taking over the position of drummer.

Both as headliners but also as support tours with Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Suffocation, Cryptopsy to name a few.  They have also done big festivals as Wacken, Hellfest, Bloodstock, 70,000 Tons of Metal and many more.

Let’s meet the band:

Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen – Vocals (2011-present)

Daniel “Død” Olaisen – Guitar (1998-present)

Ivan “Meathook” Gujic – Guitar (2010-present)

Stian “Gunner” Gundersen – Bass (2018-present)

Freddy Bolsø – Drums (1998-2002, 2015-present)

My Thoughts:

HeadBangers, just listening to these guys slams me like I’m hitting the wall going 110.  The music, that heavy, fast, ready for the mosh pit sound is one I just can’t stop listening to, I’ll pass the mosh pit but I’ll watch lol.   They play with such intensity it’s hard to stop watching them, I can imagine what seeing them live would be like.  They say they are Death Metal, but I feel like there’s a little of my favorite Thrash metal in there.  What do you think?   Here again I find another band that I’ve never listened to, and my list is getting long.   Their videos are killer, I like watching Bolt, throw those songs out without missing a beat, and that voice just keeps going and going. Check out more videos on UTube and follow them on all your social media.  These guys are perfection, what more can I say.  You will have to judge for yourselves, but I don’t see it begin a hard decision.

That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

 

 

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