CONCERT REVIEW: Hatebreed – Shadows Fall – 100 Demons – Sworn Enemy and More Live at The Oakdale Theatre

Hatebreed celebrated their 30th anniversary as a band in Wallingford, Connecticut at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre on St Patty’s Day 2024 with The March Metal Matinee. This show was extra special as it was the band’s biggest “hometown show” in the band’s amazing history and also guitarist Wayne Lozinak birthday. Continue reading

LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Anthrax – 40th Anniversary Streaming Event

Okay, so watching streamed performances over the internet isn’t the best way to enjoy live shows. That’s a given. Every one of us would rather be in the middle of a sweaty moshpit, getting drunk with friends while being accidentally kicked in the head by overenthusiastic crowd surfers. Yes you would. Don’t lie.

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Carnivora Shares New Video – “Hypnogenic” ft. Jon Donais and Matt Bachand of Shadows Fall

Modern metallers Carnivora’s official music video for ‘Hypnogenic’ featuring Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Act Of Defiance) made its debut today. Donais chipped in a shreddy guitar solo which Bachand chipped in some killer vocals and produced the track. Watch the video right now! 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Let Us Prey – Virtues Of The Vicious

Following up 2016’s independently released EP, The Saint of Killers, Massachusetts act Let Us Prey return with their first full-length album, Virtues of the Venomous (M-Theory Audio). With vocalist Marc Lopes better known for being frontman for Ross the Boss, time for his other projects has proved elusive, but now the wait is over.

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Anthrax – For All Kings

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In 2016, for the first time since the eighties, New York thrashers Anthrax find themselves with a genuine burden of expectancy being placed upon their shoulders. Not since John Bush joined in 1992 have the eyes of so many been fixed on the band.

The reason for this is all thanks to 2011’s Worship Music (Megaforce, Nuclear Blast). After the rather colourless Stomp 442 (Elektra/Warner) and its largely forgettable follow-up Volume 8 – The Threat is Real (Ignition), the band released the perennially underrated We’ve Come for You All (Sanctuary/Nuclear Blast). Although clearly superior to their previous couple of outings, its reception was still mixed and far from anything they had enjoyed during the 80s and the turn of the 90s.

However, when Worship Music landed, all that changed. Although possibly helped by a combination of expectancy levels being at an all time low due to more publicized unrest and personnel changes within the camp, as well as there being a gap of eight years between records, the 2011 “comeback” album helped itself no end by simply being one of the strongest records the band had released to date. All of a sudden, the messy upheavals and well documented hirings and firings were forgotten as fans were treated to one of the best Metal albums of the year. Worship Music was a roaring success.

So, having firmly re-established themselves with a critically lauded new album and almost constant touring, the band’s next trick had to be how to maintain that momentum from inside the studio again. A pretty mammoth task they just about succeed in achieving with latest album For All Kings (Megaforce).

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After a restrained drum and cello introduction, a typically Anthrax riff takes over and opener ‘You Gotta Believe’ begins properly, hammering away at you until you can catch your breath during its quiet middle section, before it builds back up to a suitably big finish. I’m afraid that by the time vocalist Joey Belladonna belts out “your golden halo is burned and melted” during ‘Monster at the End’ it’s already all over for you as the chorus digs its claws in, almost physically forcing you to sing along, regardless of where you are and how many strange looks you may attract.

Initially led by Belladonna, the title track is simply a monster, with drummer Charlie Benante quickly taking centre stage, owning the song completely with one of his most confident performances in recent years. ‘Breathing Lightning’ and ‘Suzerain’ are big songs with big choruses, and the thrashy as hell ‘Evil Twin’ is as close to old school Anthrax as you could possibly wish for. ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ is a lengthy, but worthwhile eight minutes, and ‘Defend Avenge’ has an opening riff reminiscent of ‘Among the Living’ but is also the album’s first throwaway track, although it does contain a quality guitar solo and improves as it goes along. ‘All Of Them Thieves’ is another (slight) disappointment, but again features another great solo from new boy Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) and gets better towards the end.

Bassist Frank Bello takes control of the intro to ‘This Battle Chose Us’, an improvement on the previous two tracks, and proceedings are brought to an impressive close with a short, sharp burst from the satisfyingly speedy ‘Zero Tolerance’.

A couple of wobbles during the second half aside, ‘For All Kings’ is every bit the worthy successor to Worship Music, although there could be a question as to how much material (if indeed any) was salvaged from the studio at the end of those previous sessions, such are the distinct similarities between the two records in places.

Mainman Scott Ian might come in for a lot of (mostly anonymous, and online) flak when it comes to decisions within the band (his band to be fair), but whatever missteps he may or may not have made in the past, he’s certainly helped make sure the band have a firm footing both for now and a few years to come.



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Carnivora – The Vision EP


I tend to feel spoiled living in Massachusetts. Why spoiled? Because it’s very easy for me to sit back, enjoy a Miller High Life, and put my elitist hat on when it comes to extreme music. Just look at our track record. The dirty water state has given us bands like SS Decontrol, Sam Black Church, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Converge, Shadows Fall and The Red Chord. We’ve had it pretty good.

But unfortunately with such a strong pedigree comes the risk of complacency. It’s easy to rest on those laurels because we assume that the old guard we be there forever. All it takes is watching the latest deathcore clone or third-rate djent band posturing as progressive metal at the Palladium for me to realize that “The Bay State’s” reputation can be tarnished. We cannot soil our history with guitar backing tracks and shitty neck tattoos.

While it is always best to air on the side of caution, I dare say that the future of Massachusetts metal is safe and sound. We have young bands like Pathogenic, My Missing Half, The Summoned and George Orwell the Musical to fly the flag. Joining that vanguard of New England brutality is Carnivora with The Vision EP.

I was fortunate enough to have as guests on my radio show, Stress Factor, in 2013 when they were promoting their first LP, Eternal. The shred was strong on that début offering and I wasn’t the only one impressed as they embarked on a seamlessly never-ending string of regional shows and battles of the bands.

Less than two years later and with appearances on the 2014s Summer Slaughter Tour and Mayhem Festival, the gentlemen from Danvers have returned with an even sharper collection of songs. While everyone has stepped up their game, it’s the guitar tandem of Cody Michaud and Mike Meehan that take center stage on tracks like ‘A Vision in Red’ and ‘Razors & Rust.’ So much so that if given time to further develop they’ll be hanging with great Massachusetts guitar tag teams like Ken Susi and Buz McGrath of Unearth or Shadows Fall’s Matt Bachand  (who manages Carnivora) and Jon Donais.

So no need to worry. I say that the future is ours.



Shadows Fall To Headline Big Kahuna Festival In Rhode Island


Recently inactive Boston metallers Shadows Fall will headline The Big Kaunha Festival in August. Taking place at Fêtemusic Hall in Providence, Rhode Island on 8/22, the bill will also feature regional acts such as End Time Illusion, Anaria, Carnivora, Oath over three stages, with many other bands yet to be announced.

The band commented on the show:

“We may add a few more shows around this date and these could possibly be the only Shadows Fall dates of the year.”


The band released a statement last August stating of the intentions of the band to take at least a long open-ended hiatus:

“Touring full time in a band these days has never been more difficult financially. When you have to ensure the future comfort of your family, difficult decisions have to be made. Another reason is the fact that our lead guitarist (Jon Donais) is now in Anthrax, which makes it hard for us to do any extensive touring with our full lineup.

“This has been a real hard decision for all of us to make, but we feel at this time this is the right thing to do. We don’t hate each other, we’re not bitter,;we, in fact, still have a really great time together, but the ride has slowed down and it’s time for the next chapters in our lives, whatever that may be.

“For the past decade and a half, we have been able to create the music we have always wanted to hear and share it with music fans everywhere. That being said, you still may see us at a festival or two over the next few years… If they ask, we will come!”


In addition to Donais’ work touring and recording a new Anthrax album, Brian Fair has performed with Overcast, Matt Bachand has launched a management company called Manshark Entertainment and joined Act of Defiance on bass, and Jason Bittner has joined Flotsam And Jetsam. Shadows Fall’s last album release was 2012’s Fire From The Sky on the Razor & Tie label

Anthrax North American Tour Update


Anthrax will be on an upcoming North American run touring with Volbeat and Crobot, and will be doing a “fan favorites” set including “Anti-Social”, “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians,” as well as one brand new song “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” off of the HBO’s Game of ThronesCatch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II. The band will be release their new album later in 2015 and featuring the recording debut of guitarist Jon Donais (Shadows Fall).

Apr 24: 1stBank Center – Denver, CO (with Volbeat)
Apr 25: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – Rapid City, SD (with Volbeat)
Apr 27: Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA (with Volbeat)
Apr 28: Adams Center – Missoula, MT (with Volbeat)
Apr 29: WaMu Theatre – Seattle, WA (with Volbeat)
May 01: Revolution Place – Grande Prairie, AB (with Volbeat)
May 02: Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB (with Volbeat)
May 03: Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB (with Volbeat)
May 04: SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, SK (with Volbeat)
May 06: Brandt Centre – Regina, SK (with Volbeat)
May 07: Ralph Englestad Arena – Grand Forks, ND (with Volbeat)
May 09: Somerset Amphitheatre – Somerset, WI (Northern Invasion Festival)
May 10: Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial – Madison, WI (WJJO MayDay MayLay)
May 12: General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON (with Volbeat)
May 13: TD Place – Ottawa, ON (with Volbeat)
May 14: Quebec Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, QC (with Volbeat)
May 15: CEPSUM Montreal – Montreal, QC (with Volbeat)
May 17: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH (Rock on the Range)
May 18: Dow Events Center – Saginaw, MI (with Volbeat)
May 19: Ford Center – Evansville, IN (with Volbeat)
May 20: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL (with Volbeat)
May 22: Tyson IBF Events Center – Sioux City, IA (with Volbeat)
May 23: Prior Creek Music – Pryor, OK (Rocklahoma)
May 24: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX (Rockfest)
May 25: Wet & Wild Water World – El Paso, TX (Baloonfest)
May 27: Verizon Grand Prairie – Dallas, TX (with Volbeat)
May 28: Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX (with Volbeat)
May 30: Liberty Me. Park – Kansas City, MO (Rockfest)
May 31: Outdoors at Pop’s – St. Louis, MO (with Volbeat)
Jun 02: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY (with Volbeat)

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Anthrax Streaming More Studio Video


Anthrax is streaming a video shot during the recording of their upcoming album, due out later this year. Check it out below.

The band – Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais – have been working in Los Angeles with producer Jay Ruston.

Anthrax Supporting Volbeat and Crobot

Apr 24: 1st Bank Center – Denver, CO
Apr 25: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – Rapid City, SD
Apr 27: Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA
Apr 28: Adams Center – Missoula, MT
Apr 29: WaMu Theatre – Seattle, WA
May 01: Revolution Place – Grande Prairie, AB (Can)
May 02: Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB (Can)
May 03: Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB (Can)
May 04: SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, SK (Can)
May 06: Brandt Centre – Regina, SK (Can)
May 07: Ralph Englestad Arena – Grand Forks, ND
May 09: Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WI (Northern Invasion Festival)
May 12: General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON (Can)
May 13: TD Place – Ottawa, ON (Can)
May 14: Quebec Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, QC (Can)
May 15: CEPSUM Montreal – Montreal, QC (Can)
May 18: Dow Events Center – Saginaw, MI
May 19: Ford Center – Evansville, IN
May 20: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
May 22: Tyson IBF Events Center – Sioux City, IA
May 27: Verizon Grand Prairie – Dallas, TX
May 28: Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
May 31: Outdoors at Pop’s – St. Louis, MO
Jun 02: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

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