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Metal Bands Take to the High Seas with Three Upcoming Themed Cruises

Hey, metalheads – how about a show on a boat? In recent years, musically-themed cruises have been hugely successful for acts from all genres, including Kid Rock, the Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block, 311, Weezer, and Sister Hazel, among many others. As a result, the popularity of cruises among music fans of all shapes, sizes and styles has led to a handful of new metal-themed cruises, all wanting to […]


The Offspring’s ‘Days Go By’ Finds the Band At Its Best – and Worst

Columbia Records (2012)

Days Go By, The Offspring’s ninth studio album, is disappointingly uneven, a trend that’s come to represent their output over the past decade or so. It is, however, stronger than their past two records. The record is bookended by four of the best songs they’ve written in years – “The Future is Now” and “Secrets from the Underground” are a full-on return to the band’s early So*Cal punk days, while […]


Linkin Park Blend Old with New Effectively on ‘Living Things’

Warner Brothers (2012)

Linkin Park aren’t content to release the same album over and over – they’ve proven that for years. Today, the onetime nu-metal band released Living Things, their first since 2010’s challenging A Thousand Suns. Their fifth studio album (and third co-produced by MC Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin), it features a collection of songs that channel their past while charging forward, blending styles and structures every bit as efficiently as […]


Album Review: Make Do and Mend Shine with “Everything You Ever Loved”

Rise Records (2012)

For their new full-length album, Make Do and Mend strayed away a bit from the post-hardcore feel of their 2010 debut, End Measured Mile, adding a bit of a relaxed, melody-reliant alternative rock to the mix. Judging by the results, this couldn’t have been a better decision, as Everything You Ever Loved is easily one of the strongest albums of the year. At times, its songs sound like what can […]


Going to Warped Tour This Summer? Don’t Miss These Bands.

The 2012 edition of the Vans Warped Tour kicked off this week, and we wanted to put together a list of acts you should check out if you’re planning to go. There are a ton of bands on the tour, playing from 10 in the morning until around 8 at night, and the set times change daily. Use this quick list as your guide to some of the most can’t-miss […]


Miss May I Charge Forward with ‘At Heart’

Rise Records (2012)

At Heart, Miss May I’s newly-released third album, is perfectly timed, considering their involvement in this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Crisply-produced and deliberately composed, the album showcases the metal genre’s new school of noteworthy young bands, obsessed over by teenagers nationwide. Their second album with clean vocalist/bassist Ryan Neff, At Heart is a high-energy but ultimately run-of-the-mill collection of aggressive, hard-charging pit-ready metal, rife with as many breakdowns as you’d […]


‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ Documentary Film To Air on Showtime July 13

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, a feature length documentary film co-produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, will premiere on Showtime on July 13. The film was released on Blu-Ray and DVD back in November, but if you haven’t picked it up, you’ll have a chance to catch it when it airs next month. It’s the first film released by Jack Osbourne’s production company, Jacko Productions. Being made by his son, the film […]


The Melvins Get Weird Again with ‘Freak Puke’

Ipecac Recordings, 2012

Freak Puke, the Melvins’ eighteenth studio album, is very appropriately titled. Their sludgy doom-metal inspired Kurt Cobain to make music in the late 1980s, and little has changed in the thirty years they’ve been a band. Freak Puke may have been recorded by “Melvins Lite” – a stripped-down version of the band’s lineup featuring guitarist/vocalist Buzz Osborne, drummer Dale Crover (a onetime Nirvana kit-man) and Trevor Dunn (of the Mike […]


Motion City Soundtrack “Go”—Album Review

Epitaph Records (2012)

Go, Motion City Soundtrack’s fifth studio album (and first since becoming an independent band for the second time), is arguably one of the finest they’ve released in their fifteen-year career. The band, known for their keyboard-driven pop/punk style and Justin Pierre’s emotionally-tinged vocals, must have been in a great place creatively when composing this record. Notably, the synth has returned, in a big way. Gone is the keyboard-free approach that […]


Marilyn Manson “Born Villain” –Album Review

Hell, Etc. (2012)

Talk about conquering your inner demons. Born Villain, the first new record from Marilyn Manson since 2008, is surprisingly solid, and tailor-made to shock those who turned their backs on Manson after his last two underwhelming albums. More than anything, Born Villain is Manson re-visiting what put him on the map. It’s a throwback to yesteryear, nearly two decades after he turned the world upside-down with his bondage suits, black […]


Slipknot To Host “Knotfest” in Iowa, Wisconsin

Iowa-based metal icons Slipknot have announced their first curated festival, Knotfest. Scheduled for successive dates on August 17th and 18th in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin (on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota), the all-day festival features headlining performances from the band, as well as a formidable list of support acts. All of the following will be taking part in the fun: Deftones Lamb of God Dethklok Serj Tankian […]


Pennywise “All or Nothing” Album Review

Epitaph (2012)

When Jim Lindberg left Pennywise in 2009, it made sense to write the band off. How could they continue on without his engaging presence, a key factor in making them the legends they are today? In a testament to their punk rock chops, they did. All or Nothing, their first overall record since 2008 and first with new singer Zoltán “Zoli” Téglás (from the OC punk band Ignite), is a […]