On May 10, the Canadian metal veterans Anvil released their latest album entitled Juggernaut of Justice. It is the second one to come out since the release of their critically acclaimed documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The film is basically about the downfall and the second coming of Anvil. Juggernaut of Justice only further signifies that the boys are back and still strong.
The American thrashers Havok is to release their second full-length album on March 29. It is named Time is Up and is to be released through Candlelight Records. I have not been a huge fan of many newer thrash bands, but Havok have most certainly won me over. Time is Up is one of the best thrash albums I have heard in recent years, and holds its ground even to those universally renowned classics as Ride the Lightning and Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?.
Through AFM records, the British Onslaught released their latest album called Sounds of Violence. The names of both the album and the band suggest aggressive, hard-hitting metal, and no doubt that is the case. Sounds of Violence is a solid thrash metal release which is sure to soothe the typical headbanger’s call for a rush of insanity.
For me, this month will be known as Nevermore November. Why? On November 5, an excellent band came to Edmonton’s Pawn Shop (the bar, not a place of sleazy business) for the first time in about five years. I had only started listening to the band in the past few months, after I even bought the tickets. At the time it did not seem like much, but that purchase turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of my year.
The well-respected progressive thrash metal band, Nevermore, is releasing their upcoming album entitled The Obsidian Conspiracy on June 8. Since their eponymous debut album in 1995, the band has had a stellar track record for good releases. This one, though met with less enthusiasm as former fan favorites, is no exception.
For about five years now, I have a been an avid Megadeth fan. By far, they are my favorite thrash band. I’ve seen them twice live (though I unfortunately missed the Rust in Peace show), and million times more on DVDs or youtube. On a personal level, they are the most influential band to my guitar playing and writing. Many of my favorite riffs were, in fact, created by frontman Dave Mustaine. And though he is the centerpiece of the band, more often than not, Megadeth is extremely capable on all fronts.
Overkill emerged from the thrash metal scene in the 80’s. Yes, they are still around and released their 15th studio album, Ironbound, on January 29 in Europe (February 9 for USA). After all these years, one would expect a band to be on the downhill. However, the album at hand easily defeats these expectations.
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