Release Date: 22 Jan 2016
Label: Universal Music Enterprise
Length: 55 Minutes
Genre: Thrash Metal
Previous Albums: Killing is my Business…and Business is Good (1985); Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying (1988); Rust in Peace (1990); Countdown to Extinction (1992); Youthanasia (1994); Cryptic Writings (1997); Risk (1999); The World Needs a Hero (2001); The System Has Failed (2004); United Abominations (2007); Endgame (2009); Thirteen (2011); Super Collider (2013).
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If you are into cool grooves and dramatic themes, you may want to check out this Hungarian band called Dystopia. They are torn from the hard rock sheet of music and possess strong, clean vocals and melodic harmony that makes them easy to absorb. They employ some special guests on their new album and you might here a growl here and there from bassist Peter Bajusz, but mostly the music is clean. The guitar solos are exceptionally melodic and enjoyable. Way To Unfold was released independently on 3 April 2014 and is their second full-length album, their first in seven years.
As the album starts off with some of their heavier work on Acid Smile and Devil’s Playground, the rest of the songs move from chunky riffing and fist-in-the-air cadences to softer, more melodic songs and back again. From beginning to end, Way to Unfold, is an enjoyable album and bit of departure, though a nice one, from the aggression of thrash and death metal I listen to on a regular basis. The album is available from bandcamp; just name your price. Check out the stream below.
For fans of: Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Firewind, Sevendust
I am not exactly sure why I have been on an Iced Earth kick lately, but their new album, Dystopia, has been getting regular airplay in my car. I have to say I have never been that much of a fan of the band before their latest album, but I do like Block’s former band Into Eternity. So, when I found out he moved bands, I gave Iced Earth another shot and I dug it. It even made it to #11 on my Top 15 of 2011. A year later, it’s still going strong. Here is your Song of the Week. Enjoy!
This week’s first video is a collage of a year in the life of Anthrax. It is my personal favorite song on Worship Music, The Devil You Know. There is some pretty cool footage of Anthrax at Yankee Stadium at the Big Four along with back stage clips with fans, etc… Not a revolutionary video as far as videos go, but pretty good clips of the band.
The second video is this double video presentation, is Iced Earth’s Anthem. It is very similar in style of The Devil You Know, so I thought I would bring both of them to you this week. Although not entirely creative, at least you get to check out Stu Block’s stage presence in the band. The fans seem to be enjoying it.
To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!
If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example. I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists. I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like. Thank you for tuning in this year. We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!
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When I first heard Iced Earth they came as a recommendation to me from a friend who knew I was a huge Iron Maiden fan. I picked up an album by them and highly enjoyed it (Something Wicked This Ways Comes if you’re curious). It was nothing groundbreaking nor was it anything close to bad. It was a fun album and it made me a fan of the band and from there I always stopped here and there to pick up another album from them once in a while. They have always been pretty consistent in quality releases with the exception of a couple spotty albums here and there(and those weren’t even that bad). I’m not trying to downplay or put Iced Earth in a negative light, but they have never done any record that has just outright wowed me. On their latest release Dystopia they have come the closest they ever have at blowing me away, even though it’s not quite there unfortunately.