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Mayhem’s Purgatorium Tour – A San Diego Review

Mayhem’s Purgatorium Tour – A San Diego Review

If there’s anything we can say we are grateful for this year, it’s having been able to see Mayhem three times in the United States over the course of merely a couple of years.  Just because this tour wasn’t called Black Metal Warfare 3 certainly doesn’t mean there was not an onslaught of good-old-fashioned black metal to be had, alongside a satiating touch of death metal that made this tour package feel particularly unique and sonically satisfying We began our […]

Venom Inc 2017 Welcomes You to Hell

Venom Inc 2017 Welcomes You to Hell

San Diego metalheads kicked off the fall season of concerts with the third coming of Venom Inc (and that’s three times in two years, mind you!)  As if having the privilege to be within spitting distance of Mantas wasn’t enough, fans were treated to this unique but fitting lineup including the vilest souls to drain the Mississippi we all call Goatwhore and the Oregonian titan stompers better known as Toxic Holocaust. And also Convalescence.   This lightweight deathcore band was more […]

Review: Vader, Internal Bleeding, and More at the Brick by Brick

**SCROLL DOWN FOR GALLERY** When it comes to Vader’s rather infrequent tours around the U.S., the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” comes to mind. Even though I personally haven’t seen Vader invade the West Coast of the United States since 2012, it only made me more hopeful for the next year. Or the next one. Ok, maybe this year. Fast forward to 2017, Vader’s Strike of the Empire tour brought eager and, dare I say, fond-hearted death metal […]

Top 5 Reasons Why New Obituary is Worth Your Time and Money

Top 5 Reasons Why New Obituary is Worth Your Time and Money

  Obituary has once again managed to execute a full-length album that captures soul-crushing melodies with hypnotic melodies and deadly rhythmic precision.  The Floridian group’s death metal signature techniques are fervent as ever; the band has a knack for balancing those primitive riffs ala Frozen In Time with some fascinating solo work. I’m gonna make this short and sweet, because you’ve got music to listen to:   Bask in the echo of Tardy’s glorious vox.     John Tardy’s vocal abilities […]

Iron Reagan’s “Crossover Ministry” Will Exorcise Your Post-Election Demons

Iron Reagan’s “Crossover Ministry” Will Exorcise Your Post-Election Demons

Editor’s Note: Move over, “Art of Partying.” My new anthem is “Fuck the Neighbors.” If there’s any truth to the general predictions of more profoundly heavy music emerging due to our current political shitstorm, Iron Reagan is already ten steps ahead.  Crossover Ministry is the quick fix that pulls you away from CNN and into a whirlwind of craftily executed thrash magic.   There are two factors I believe make this album one to be reckoned with in 2017, the first […]

NAMM 2017 Through the Eyes of a Metalhead

February 1, 2017 – No matter what type of instrument you play, or what genre of music you choose to follow, to write, or to compose, NAMM is the mecca of all things music. Between seminars, jam sessions, autograph opportunities, and the ability to play any instrument across hundreds of vendors every year, it’s safe to say that every attendee at the convention will inevitably have an experience unique to their preferences. Since we at Metal Life love all things […]

Jackson introduces new signature series

Jackson introduces new signature series

Jackson Artist Signature guitars and basses bear the names, preferred features and personalized touches of a select group of metal’s finest and most acclaimed players worldwide. They’re designed in conjunction with Jackson’s master builders as the ultimate expression of the artist’s talent and style. Beginning with the legendary Randy Rhoads (with whom Jackson history began in 1980) and encompassing molten modern master such as Mark Morton, Phil Collen, Adrian Smith, Scott Ian, Phil Demmel, Chris Beattie, David Ellefson, Chris Broderick […]

Metal Blade Records announces artist signing hour at NAMM 2017

Metal Blade Records announces artist signing hour at NAMM 2017

On Saturday, January 21st from 2-3PM, Metal Blade Records and Rock N Roll Industries will host a signing hour at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) featuring various artists from the label’s roster: Jordan Mancino (Wovenwar), Nick van Dyk (Redemption), Dave Davidson (Revocation), Ralph Salati (Destrage), Fede Paulovich (Destrage), Herman Li (DragonForce), Sam Totman (DragonForce), and Gee Anzalone (DragonForce). Attendees can visit the signing at the Rock N Roll Industries booth (Hall D, booth#2493); NAMM is not open to […]

Peavey Collaborates with Periphery’s Misha Mansoor on New invective 120 Guitar Amplifier

Peavey Collaborates with Periphery’s Misha Mansoor on New invective 120 Guitar Amplifier

Guitarists with heavier tastes looking for their next upgrade will find a sturdy solution in the new Peavey® invective™.120 Head and invective™.212 Cabinet.  With design input from Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, this dynamic duo is perfectly suited for each other, helping players achieve the most revered metal sounds, from woody and clean to the most extreme of high gain tones. A tube amp only sounds as good as what’s inside, and Peavey’s invective.120 delivers quality with four matched JJ6L6GC output tubes […]

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