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Loud Rock Charts: 4/30

With these last adds/charts comes the end of April, and the beginning of something beautiful. And metal. Can we dub this month “Metal May”? Because there are some seriously mindblowing tours coming to the Bay Area and Santa Cruz over the course of the next 4 weeks.

Inhale…

We’ve got Gorod/Fallujah on May 3rd, Cancer Bats/Kvelertak/Black Tusk on May 7th, Arsis on May 16th, Cannibal Corpse/Napalm Death/Immolation on May 17th, Dillinger Escape Plan/Faceless/Royal Thunder on May 19th, Kylesa on May 24th, Opeth/Katatonia on May 26th, and finally Decapitated on May 30th.

Phew.

I don’t know when May decided to go the way of the headbangers, but I sure as hell am not complaining.
1 AMORPHIS Circle Nuclear Blast
2 SACRED MOTHER TONGUE Out Of The Darkness The End
3 CATHEDRAL The Last Spire Metal Blade
4 STARKILL Fires Of Life Century Media
5 PURSON The Circle And The Blue Door Metal Blade

 

 

1 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade
2 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Descent Roadrunner
3 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
4 ARSIS Unwelcome Nuclear Blast
5 LOSTALONE I’m A UFO In This City The End
6 SHINING One One One Prosthetic
7 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 13 Suicidal
8 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
9 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm
10 WHILE SHE SLEEPS This Is The Six The End

 

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Loud Rock Charts: 4/23

This week has been unexpectedly awesome in terms of our metal adds for the week. We’ve got The Ocean’s highly anticipated record, which comes in two versions, one with vocals and one without. If for some reason growly vocals don’t do it for you, I highly suggest checking out the instrumental version of the album. It’s arguably one of the best releases this year has seen so far.

Other great adds include Shining’s follow up to Blackjazz, a weird avant-garde mind-fuckery of sorts, and Arsis’ Unwelcome, which is most certainly welcome (har har).

1 OCEAN Pelagial Metal Blade
2 SHINING One One One Prosthetic
3 ARSIS Unwelcome Nuclear Blast
4 LOUNA Behind A Mask Red Decade
5 QUEENSRYCHE Frequency Unknown Cleopatra

 

 

1 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
2 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 13 Suicidal
3 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
4 PYRITHION The Burden Of Sorrow Metal Blade
5 WHITECHAPEL The Somatic Defilement Candlelight
6 BLEED FROM WITHIN Uprising Century Media
7 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
8 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm The Descent Roadrunner
9 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
10 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm

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A Critical Analysis of the Summer Slaughter Butthurt

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On the fateful day of Friday March 22nd, a dramatic event that has shaken and reverberated across the entire metal community occurred: the line up at this years Summer Slaughter Festival was announced. Hordes upon hordes of furious metal heads took to their respective computers to proclaim that this is irrevocably the worst thing to happen since the first use of Comic Sans. It was as if thousands of voices cried out in terror, with guttural screams ranging from how the tour has “sold out” to shrieks of despair exclaiming that Summer Slaughter has gone soft on us. All this backlash from a simple tour announcement raises the questions: what gives? Why all the moaning and groaning at what seems (at least at first glance) like a solid line up? It’s prompted yours truly to do some critical thinking, like counting on my fingers, to try and figure this whole mess out.

 

First, let’s look at the bands on the line up. As seen to the left, four of the eight announced bands (Dillinger, Animals, Periphery, and The Ocean) are almost universally considered to be some of the premier progressive acts currently making music in the metal genre. It’s also worth noting that of these four, three of them are at the top of the bill, implying that they’ll be playing the longest sets during every show. The remaining four bands could loosely be described as death metal, with Norma Jean being the outlier. The point of all this band cataloging  is to show that at least half of the tour will be playing progressive metal. This isn’t counting the bands that have yet to be announced, which, if my sources are correct, include Veil of Maya and Within the Ruins, two more fairly progressive metal acts.

Another important note: Animals as Leaders and Periphery have already both been on this bill, with Periphery touring as recently as last year (you can throw Veil of Maya in that bucket too if my hypothesis is correct).

Looking at the previous Summer Slaughter line ups, it’s really interesting to see how the tour has progressed over these past 5 years. It’s gone from featuring some of the biggest death metal bands in the genre, such as Necrophagist and Black Dahlia Murder, to more progressive outfits, like Between the Buried and Me and Dillinger Escape Plan. In reality, this is where the entire metal genre has been headed during the past 5 years. We are currently in the middle of the transition from death metal being the most popular subgenre to progressive metal. If you’re still in doubt, just look at how fast Protest the Hero completed their Indiegogo campaign, or the incredibly rapid rise in popularity both Animals as Leaders and Periphery have found after only two albums. The point is, there’s a big shift in the metal genre right now, and the current Summer Slaughter line up is entirely indicative of this.

Thus, with all this information in mind, can we really blame all the angry metal heads out there raging over the Summer Slaughter bill? If, hypothetically, the Progressive Nation Tour started to feature black metal after 5 years, it’d be pretty easy to be upset at such a scenario. Sure, there are definitely black metal bands who push the envelope and “progress” the genre, but do they really belong on a bill that advertises itself as a progressive metal tour? An answer to such a question is one of pure opinion, and it can be debated, but there’s no real right answer. It’s just like saying that Animals as Leaders aren’t “extreme” enough to be on a tour that showcases some of the most “extreme” bands in the metal genre. How is “extreme” defined? The trio that make up Animals as Leaders are without a doubt some of the most talented musicians out there, and can certainly shred it up when they want to, but does that make them “extreme”? The same goes for the rest of the aforementioned bands. It’s completely up to debate just how extreme these musicians are, with no clear right or wrong answer. Even so, it’s hard to deny the fact that each and every band on the current line up is unique and different in their own way, and should not be missed simply because they might be out of place on this festival.

So when you’re on the forums of Heavy Blog is Heavy, or you’re perusing the Summer Slaughter Facebook page, before you go judging the metal heads who are completely bashing the line up, understand where they are coming from. Sure, they’re going to be missing out on some of the finest acts that the metal genre has to offer when the festival rolls around this summer, but know that their indignation is at least somewhat reasonable, with just a slight hint of butthurt.

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Loud Rock Charts: 4/16

This week in new loud rock features the newest album from the band from hell Ghost B.C. with Infestissumam. We’ve also got the latest, and some might say greatest, from Whitechapel in The Somatic Defilement.

Other interesting releases include Suicidal Tendencies most recent album, and black metal outfit Woe who have been making waves in their respective genre’s scene.

 

1 GHOST B.C. Infestissumam Loma Vista
2 WHITECHAPEL The Somatic Defilement Candlelight
3 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 13 Suicidal
4 WOE Withdrawal Candlelight
5 VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Ethera Napalm

 

 

1 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
2 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
3 PYRITHION The Burden Of Sorrow Metal Blade
4 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
5 DARKTHRONE The Underground Resistance Peaceville
6 FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Ugly Noise Metal Blade
7 DARK SERMON In Tongues eOne
8 BEYOND THE SHORE Ghostwatcher Metal Blade
9 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
10 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm

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Loud Rock Charts: 4/9

Coming right out of left field this week is a new album by Volbeat, who found mainstream success with their last album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. This time around, however, they’re coming back with some of the heaviest stuff they’ve ever put forth.

Also coming your way is no-nonsense hard rock band Owl with The Right Thing, and intense death metal outfit Pyrithion’s (no, not the chemical) The Burden of Sorrow. 

 

1 VOLBEAT Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies Universal
2 OWL The Right Thing Overt
3 PYRITHION The Burden Of Sorrow Metal Blade
4 GLORYHAMMER Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife Napalm
5 AMARANTHE The Nexus Spinefarm

 

 

1 KVELERTAK Meir Roadrunner
2 WITHIN THE RUINS Elite eOne
3 CLUTCH Earth Rocker Weathermaker
4 BEYOND THE SHORE Ghostwatcher Metal Blade
5 LOSTALONE I’m A UFO In This City The End
6 THY ART IS MURDER Hate Nuclear Blast
7 BYZANTINE Byzantine Self-Released
8 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn Metal Blade
9 HATCHET Dawn Of The End The End
10 IRON MAIDEN Maiden England ’88 UME