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Shredhammer-Beyond Your Reach

Self-Release/Independent 2014 Much tanks to Against PR for sending unsigned German thrashers Shredhammer my way. Formed in January of 2013, first under the name of Demolition Pulverizer before switching to their current (awesome) moniker with the arrival of lead vocalist Arnold Friedrich (Thrashtanica) in April of the same year, this Cologne-based five-piece draws their sound from the past all while giving it a nifty little modern twist. With fantastic nineties-style thrash leads from Jim Shred and Bob Hammer (Paragon Belial), heavy bass riffs from The Hellman (Ars Goetia, Drang, ex-Betrayer, ex-Deep Rise, ex-Vrieskou) and the insane drumming of Marlon Drescher (Malus, ex-Odium Immortalis, ex-Poisoned Gift, ex-Somnium Mortuum, ex-Mørkriket) the band cranks out old-school metal (Sacred Reich, Possessed, Exodus, Kreator, old Sepultura, mid-period C.O.C., Metallica and Slayer) with just enough groove (Pantera) to get your juices flowing! If there’s any downside to be found from this 4-track demo it’s the short-length. But seeing as this just the first stab from this German bunch that’s a minor gripe. Shredhammer are well worth your attention especially if old-school thrash/groove is the kind of thing that rings your bell!? https://www.facebook.com/Shredhammer

Best Metal Songs of 2013 (So Far)

Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Loma Vista Recordings / Nuclear Blast While there is a bounty of metal music yet to come in 2013, it’s never too early to celebrate the brilliant works released so far this year. Metal powerhouses from around the world representing multiple sub genres have began to shape 2013, and we’re giving you a guide on where to aim your attention. From death metal legends to international heavy metal rookies to experimental enigmas, the Best 2013 Metal Songs (So Far) are ready to be absorbed by your years. Keep checking back as we’ll constantly be updating this list when a new must-hear track hits. Check out the Best 2013 Metal Songs (So Far) by clicking the button below: [button href=”http://loudwire.com/suffocation-cycles-of-suffering-best-2013-metal-songs/” title=”See + Hear the Best 2013 Metal Songs (So Far)” align=”center”]

Best Metal Songs of 2013 (So Far)

Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Loma Vista Recordings / Nuclear Blast While there is a bounty of metal music yet to come in 2013, it’s never too early to celebrate the brilliant works released so far this year. Metal powerhouses from around the world representing multiple sub genres have began to shape 2013, and we’re giving you a guide on where to aim your attention. From death metal legends to international heavy metal rookies to experimental enigmas, the Best 2013 Metal Songs (So Far) are ready to be absorbed by your years. Keep checking back as we’ll constantly be updating this list when a new must-hear track hits. Check out the Best 2013 Metal Songs (So Far) by clicking the button below: [button href=”http://loudwire.com/suffocation-cycles-of-suffering-best-2013-metal-songs/” title=”See + Hear the Best 2013 Metal Songs (So Far)” align=”center”]

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Discusses the Role of Image + Sex Appeal in Rock

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com As a woman in the entertainment industry, there is always the question of how much to play up the sex appeal, and Halestorm ‘s Lzzy Hale  shared with  Playboy.com her thoughts on taking part in sexy photo shoots and the focus on image in the music industry. Hale explained, “I don’t mind dressing up and doing the short skirt and high heels thing. I tell this to a lot of people because the only stipulation that I have about this is that you have to make sure you have something to back it up. You can’t totally ride on the fact that I’m going to show my legs and people are going to show attention. If they can get past the legs, make sure you can actually sing and be good at your instruments. Because in all honesty, all of us that are dressing up on stage, we aren’t going to be wearing fishnets forever, you gotta make sure you have a little something to ya.” With that being said, Hale says she’s come to accept the shoots as part of the industry, adding, “Sex and rock ‘n’ roll have been going together hand-in-hand since the beginning of time. You can’t get away from it.” The frontwoman also says that while image may get the attention of some fans, she’s been enthused by how their female fan base has grown and opened the doors for more women to enjoy hard rock. She explains, “I’m telling you, though, there’s a moment in every show where I’m looking out and I see all of these girls who are not there because their boyfriends dragged them along, you know? They’re very empowered, a little crazy like me, and it’s wonderful to be in a room like that because when we first started out there weren’t a whole lot of girls at the rock shows unless you count the girlfriends of somebody in the band.” Hale adds that she partook in her fair share of mosh pits and rocked out with the guys when she was younger and is thrilled to see girls coming to rock shows and carving their own paths with the world of rock and roll. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/halestorm-jimmy-kimmel-live-love-bites-freak-like-me/” title=”Next: Watch Halestorm Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live'” align=”center”]

Favorite Godsmack Song – Readers Poll

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com Godsmack have been one of the most consistent hard rock bands over the past 15 years, cranking out hit after hit after hit for fans to digest. But the big question is what is your favorite Godsmack? That’s what we want to find out from you — the Loudwire readers — in today’s Readers Poll. Did Godsmack do their best work early? It’s hard to argue against the breakout tracks from their self-titled debut album. You’ve got the solid rocker and live favorite ‘Whatever,’ the infectious ‘Keep Away,’ the moody and bewitching ‘Voodoo’ and a fourth rocking single, ‘Bad Religion’ all vying for your attention. The band’s ‘Awake’ album featured the powerful and commercially successful title track and the hard-hitting ‘Greed.’ That was followed by the ‘Faceless’ album which spawned the ‘Scorpion King’ soundtrack single ‘I Stand Alone,’ the defiant rocker ‘Straight Out of Line,’ the moody curveball ‘Serenity’ and another rocker ‘Re-Align.’ Feeling the momentum of the ‘Faceless’ album’s stripped back moments, ‘The Other Side’ EP delivered the more acoustic-based ‘Running Blind’ and ‘Touche.’ Godsmack returned to rocking with their next two discs. The ‘IV’ album featured such upbeat tracks as ‘Speak’ and ‘The Enemy,’ alongside their mid-tempo favorite ‘Shine Down. And 2009′s ‘The Oracle’ unleashed tracks that provided just a little more bite like ‘Whiskey Hangover,’ ‘Cryin’ Like a Bitch’ and ‘Love-Hate-Sex-Pain.’ We don’t envy you as this will definitely be a tough decision, but vote in our Readers Poll below and tell us which track is your favorite Godsmack song: Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/hard-rock-metal-performance-grammy-award-readers-poll/” title=”Previous Readers Poll: Best 2013 Hard Rock-Metal Grammy Performance” align=”center”]

Slash on Scott Weiland’s Velvet Revolver Reunion Comments: ‘We’re Not Buying It’

Scott Gries, Getty Images Scott Weiland may have reunited with Velvet Revolver for a show early last year, but the singer’s comments about getting back together with the band are not exactly having the desired effect. Slash , in particular, says the band members see right through the ploy and he doesn’t expect a reunion with Weiland to ever happen. He tells Classic Rock magazine, “None of us have a clue what he’s talking about … We’re not buying it.” The guitar great says he’s reluctant to even give the former Velvet Revolver frontman the attention, but did not hold back on his feelings about the matter. Slash recently revealed that Weiland had been fired from Stone Temple Pilots and he’s confident that the singer is trying to publicly wedge his way back into a job. “I think he’s trying to pull off that trick of trying to get something else going on and we’re not buying it,” says Slash. “The door’s shut on this side and it’s probably shut on that side too, so he’s on his own. And he deserves it too.” The guitarist adds, “It also pisses me off because he’s put STP through so much s— over the years and put us through s— too when we were working with him. In 2008, that was all over with, so at this point, when he starts coming up with this stuff, it’s like, whatever.” These days Slash says he’s in a good place and is not looking to reconnect with Weiland. He concludes, “Even if I didn’t have my solo thing going on, I still wouldn’t work with him.” [button href=”http://loudwire.com/slash-talks-scott-weiland-diva-behavior-feud-axl-rose-kurt-cobain/” title=”Next: Slash Discusses Scott Weiland’s ‘Diva Behavior'” align=”center”]

Rock Album of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards

As the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards continue, we turn our attention to full bodies of work — that’s right — the Rock Album of the Year. We’ve got 10 stellar discs in contention for the title and need your assistance in determining the best. We’ve got a mixture of major radio acts, door-busting female-led hard rock outfits, ’90s mainstays enjoying a career resurrection and a handful of lesser-known acts who deserve consideration for potential breakout releases. But in the end, the final word comes down to you. Check out the nominated albums, read our cases for each, and be sure to vote in the poll below: Baroness, ‘Yellow & Green’ It’s a shame that Baroness ‘ year was cut short due to injuries sustained from a bus crash, but that doesn’t lessen the fact that ‘Yellow & Green,’ the band’s third album, was one of the year’s standout efforts. With ‘Take My Bones Away’ and ‘March to the Sea’ leading the way, this double-disc offered heavy rock with a sense of subtlety. ? Dead Sara, ‘Dead Sara’ Every year there’s the search for a new voice, and Dead Sara ‘s Emily Armstrong, with the emotion-filled rasp of a modern-day, hard-rock Janis Joplin, made her presence known. ‘Weatherman’ became the breakout single, but the remainder of their self-titled debut is a stellar effort, front-to-back. ? Deftones, ‘Koi No Yokan’ Deftones ‘ resurgence in recent years only continues with ‘Koi No Yokan,’ a magnificent disc led by the mood-shifting single ‘Tempest’ and the all-out aggression of ‘Leathers.’ The band, who’s made a career about exploring dynamic, continue to click on all cylinders with the highs, lows and atmospherics we’ve come to love. ? Halestorm, ‘The Strange Case Of…’ Sophomore slump? Never! If anything, Halestorm made significant strides with their second release ‘The Strange Case Of …’ ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ was the kind of anthemic rocker that most bands would kill for and the angsty ‘I Miss the Misery’ struck a chord with listeners. ? Lacuna Coil, ‘Dark Adrenaline’ The ever-evolving Lacuna Coil actually took a step backward into their past, much to the delight of fans of their more gothic-sounding early years. ‘Dark Adrenaline’ connected with the lead single ‘Trip the Darkness,’ while the infectious drumbeat of ‘Fire’ was undeniable. There’s a comfort level and joy within almost every track. ? Marilyn Manson, ‘Born Villain’ Marilyn Manson , at least creatively, rediscovered his niche this past year. The ‘Born Villain’ album was reminiscent of the albums that made him a huge success in the ’90s, with the lead single ‘No Reflection’ sitting alongside the best tracks of his career. Other highlights included ‘Slo-Mo-Tion’ and ‘Hey Cruel World.’ ? Serj Tankian, ‘Harakiri’ After experimenting with a variety of styles in recent years, Serj Tankian ‘s return to rock was widely hailed. The vocalist provided a distinct point of view on a majority of his songs, with ‘Harakiri’ speaking to environmental concerns with aggression and ‘Figure It Out’ showing unrest with many of our corporate leaders. ? Shinedown, ‘Amaryllis’ Shinedown  followed up ‘The Sound of Madness’ with another hits-filled set in ‘Amaryllis’ that’s definitely connecting with audiences. The topical ‘Bully’ was an early-year hit that not only delivered a message, but some ear-candy hooks to rope you in. Other standouts include the earnest ‘Unity’ and the in-your-face rocker ‘Enemies.’ ? Soundgarden, ‘King Animal’ Soundgarden  showed no rust with ‘King Animal,’ there first album in 16 years. ’Been Away Too Long’ is the band’s new battle cry, signifying their official return with a track that connects as well as some of their biggest hits. ‘Non-State Actor,’ ‘Bones of Birds’ and the recently previewed ‘Rowing’ also show that the group is back to cranking out quality music. ? Stone Sour, ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 1′ Stone Sour ‘s ‘House of Gold & Bones, Part 1′ is highlighted by the double-single, ‘Gone Sovereign’ and ‘Absolute Zero,’ which provide the story of a man on a downward spiral. They’re both aggression personified. However, songs like ‘Taciturn’ and ‘Tired’ deliver a more melodic, yet no less powerful, statement. ? Voting for the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards closes on Jan. 15 at 11:59 PM EST. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure your favorite band wins! Sorry, you need to have javascript running to see this poll. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/metal-album-of-the-year-2012-loudwire-music-awards/” title=”Next Category: Metal Album of the Year” align=”center”] Get Notified When Winners Are Announced Enter your email address below to receive the daily Loudwire newsletter, which will include notification of our full list of winners in the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards, as well as the top stories in rock and metal. Email

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