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Mobile Deathcamp – Black Swamp Rising

Ohio three-piece MOBILE DEATHCAMP can play some pummeling no holds barred speed metal. The quality of the songs on their full-length debut, Black Swamp Rising, are straight ahead old school metal assaults with cross over appeal. What they do is nothing new or even technically difficult, but the sheer force of their songs is commendable. …

GWAR Live in Chicago: Pictures and Blood

A GWAR concert is always a bloody extravaganza. SMNnews contributer Kelley Simms attended their show in Chicago at the House of Blues on October 26, and was spattered relentlessly with blood while taking pictures in the photo pit. You can catch a live webcast of GWAR’s show on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31, from the …

Joe Satriani: Exclusive Video Launch from “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards”

SMNnews is proud to exclusively launch a Joe Satriani exclusive for 24-hours only. It’s all in support of Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, his 13th solo album. Below you can see footage of Joe Satriani and his latest podcast before it hits the general public. A complete listing of the episodes can be found over …

Spellcaster – Spells of Speed

Steeped with traditional/thrash/speed metal influences, Portland, Oregon’s SPELLCASTER proudly wear their old-school metal influences on their sleeves, as well as the bullet belts on their waists. It’s a familiar sound, especially with the re-emergence of NWOTM with bands like ENFORCER, CAULDRON and STEELWING at the forefront. But SPELLCASTER has a rawer edge and more thrash …

Accept – Blood of the Nations

From the very first riff of opener “Beat the Bastards,” you know exactly who it is. That distinctive and unmistakable guitar sound from Wolf Hoffmann and Co. unfurls from the newest ACCEPT offering, Blood of the Nations. Sporting a new lead vocalist and a new attitude, ACCEPT are back in full force. By now, everyone …

Vindicator – The Antique Witcheries

Ohio’s VINDICATOR are right up there, if not better than the likes of WARBRINGER, GAMA BOMB, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, BONDED BY BLOOD or any of the other so-called retro thrash, New Wave Of Thrash or Thrash Revival bands. They combine Bay Area thrash influences with Teutonic thrash and a bit of NWOBHM. They even bring in …

Picture Me Broken – Wide Awake

Bay Area rockers PICTURE ME BROKEN haven’t even graduated high school yet, but they’ve just released their debut album and signed a distribution deal with Megaforce Records. Their songwriting abilities and determination display a musical maturity far beyond most bands twice their age. On their full length debut, Wide Awake, the band blends everything from …

Posthuman – Rise From Ruins

Dutch melodic death metalers POSTHUMAN formed in 2007 and received great praise for their 2008 demo Into The Void. Their combination of thrash, progressive and death metal is a powerful blend of melody and aggression. On their self-released debut album Rise From Ruins, the band utilize different musical elements. They aren’t afraid to try different …

Hell Within – God Grant Me Vengeance

HELL WITHIN plays brutal-yet-melodic metalcore, almost along the lines of fellow statesmen SHADOWS FALL. Their third release, God Grant Me Vengeance, due out on July 13th via Thorp Records, sees the New England band progress even more within the genre. Recorded at Damage Studios with producer Peter Rutcho (BURY YOUR DEAD, UNEARTH, REVOCATION), the sound …

Chambers – Old love

New Jersey’s CHAMBERS plays aggressive hardcore with some old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, metal and even touches of southern rock. The mixture of these styles are pleasantly surprising and it gives CHAMBERS an edge on other bands in the metalcore genre. On their self-released debut Old Love, the sound is raw and crusty, with a …

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