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Slayer – Repentless

There’s a certain inevitability that comes along with critiquing one of the “classics”; an act so well known that their very name rings throughout the air, from East to West and North to South of Heaven. What’s inevitable is that at some point during their new work, it starts to sound familiar, lacking any real drive. Whether or not this is countered with throwback performances can be the key factor in making an eleventh record jump or trip. Slayer are certainly not jumping, it can’t be expected with the loss of a man so key to their success.At this point, they may need a minute to check themselves because Repentless is definitely a toe stub of a step forward. The middle tracks of this album, “When The Stillness Comes” and “Chasing Death” are possibly the least attention grabbing eight minutes of 2015. King’s riffs here sound like they’ve been played through a surrogate, not entirely capable of playing as fast as the moment requires. Even one of his unique leads fails to get going, stuttering before failing to take off whatsoever. The stillness never leaves until the albums last track, which is probably only a touch more memorable than it’s preceding cuts due to the gleefully sassy nature of it’s title. The material all stalls because of riffs that go on for fucking ever. Don’t even bother with the intro track. Seriously. King is in a glass house when it comes to the extent of his song writing skills and he barely makes it out of this album alive because of it; only thanks to a couple of magic grooves and time changes into breakneck speeds does he remain with head above water. There is genuinely nothing new here and so be it. If Slayer are going to continue then this is probably the best thing that can happen. Get the first one outta the way and charge forward. To counter all of the bashing, Repentless doesn’t sound totally shit. Every cymbal and bit of kit rolls clearly and clearly and Araya’s bass is audible enough to remind everyone listening what it is he does between verses. The guitars are pretty flat and the tone is set from beginning to end of the record but Kerry King. Again, at this point it stops being that big a deal as it’s already clear where the albums strength comes from and it is not the ingenuity or skill on display here. It’s that it’s a Slayer album. People will find reason to continue to play this, long after being fully aware of how little this album has changed absolutely anybodies reaction to Slayer, regardless of their circumstances. Except for when Araya belts out a call to spark up – “Let’s get high!”. Pretty fucking funny. The most memorable part about the album for quite a few, would be a safe bet. Next time around might be different if King gives Holt something to do. Probably not. It’ll be a Slayer album. Slayer’s Repentless gets… 2.5/5

Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Recreates Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover

Matthias Clamer, ESPN The Magazine If imitation is the ultimate sign of flattery, then Nirvana ‘s ‘Nevermind’ album cover has to be one of the most beloved images in pop culture history. The iconic artwork has been replicated many times over the years, and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is the latest to pay tribute, recreating the image for ‘ESPN The Magazine’s new music issue.  The magazine has turned their focus to sports loving musicians for their latest issue, with Pearl Jam ‘s Jeff Ament recently sharing his basketball past in a piece that turned up prior to the issue’s release. Incidentally, the image of Lochte swimming with the almighty dollar in front of him seems apt as since his Olympic victories the commercial opportunities have opened up. He recently signed on to star in the reality series , ‘What Would Ryan Lochte Do?’ The ‘ESPN The Magazine’ music issue hit newsstands today (Feb. 8). See a full gallery of Ryan Lochte’s ‘Nevermind’ photo shoot here  and see a behind-the-scenes video below: Ryan Lochte ‘Nevermind’ Photo Shoot – Behind-the-Scenes Video [button href=”” title=”Next: Unique ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Covers” align=”center”]

Turisas Bring ‘Battle Metal’ to New York City With Support From Firewind + Stolen Babies

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Finnish metalers Turisas gave the East Coast quite a treat by bringing their fighting spirit to Gramercy Theater on Wednesday night with help from Firewind and Stolen Babies. Turisas graced the stage with their signature red and black face paint and Viking styled clothing. Their New York militia gave them a very warm welcome as the band aptly kicked off their set with ‘The March of the Varangian Guard.’ They also played ‘To Holmgard and Beyond,’ ‘A Portage to the Unknown’ and asked fans to raise their beers to their drinking song ‘One More.’ Frontman and warlord Mathias Nygard had complete command of the stage while performing, as he looked his legion of fans eye to eye. Even though many of the members are fairly new, excluding guitarist Jussi Wickstrom, the band as a whole seemed to have great communication and energy onstage. Turisas ended the night with ‘Stand Up and Fight,’ ‘Sahti-Waari’ and of course ‘Battle Metal.’ which made their fans a very pleased bunch of mercenaries. Greek metal band Firewind took the stage and delivered some powerful vocals with new singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter. Guitarist Gus G. pulled out some blistering riffs as usual and the band as a whole had great stage presence while performing tracks such as ‘Wall of Sound,’ ‘Head Up High,’ ‘Mercenary Man’ and ‘Falling to Pieces,’ among others. Stolen Babies kicked off the night with their unique and vibrant stage presence. For a full list of dates where you can see these bands on tour, go here . Check out our photos of Turisas and company in concert below, and don’t forget to enter our current Turisas prize pack giveaway by clicking here . Photos of Turisas, Firewind and Stolen Babies Performing in New York: Turisas: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Firewind: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Stolen Babies: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Art of Dying Dedicate ‘Raining’ Lyric Video to Three Days Grace

Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Mary Ouellette, Art of Dying are digging deeper into their ‘Vices and Virtues’ album by issuing a new lyric video for ‘Raining’ off their breakout disc. The track holds a special place for the band as it features a guest turn from former Three Days Grace vocalist Adam Gontier , and the band has decided to dedicate the release to Gontier and his former group. ‘Raining’ follows the prior ‘Vices and Virtues’ singles ‘Die Trying,’ ‘Get Thru This’ and ‘Sorry.’ In a mailing to fans, Art of Dying discussed the decision to make the dedication and why just beyond Gontier’s guest appearance that they chose to salute the whole band. The statement reads as follows: In light of Adam’s departure from the band last week, we are dedicating this lyric video to Adam, Brad, Neil, Barry and all of the Three Days Grace fans around the world. They have moved us with their music and we wish all of them the best on their new musical path’s and life journeys.??The story behind the recording: As many of you know Cale and Adam are cousins, and grew up together in Ontario. Adam was kind enough to sing the second verse and do some harmonies with us in the studio. It’s been such an honour having Adam on our record and learning from his unique style and benevolent nature. In a solo posting at the band’s Facebook page , Art of Dying frontman Jonny Hetherington added, “You created powerful music that inspired us in so many ways. Wishing you the best on all of your musical paths and life’s journeys.” Those with a keen eye might also recognize another famous rocker in the video, as Disturbed ‘s David Draiman turns up with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance. Art of Dying have a close association with Draiman and his Disturbed bandmate Dan Donegan, as the two rockers run Intoxication Records, which signed the group and opened the door to their current success. Watch Art of Dying’s ‘Raining’ Lyric Video [button href=”” title=”Next: Watch Art of Dying’s Fan-Generated ‘Sorry’ Video” align=”center”]

Linkin Park Announce Clean Energy Promotion + Rock American Music Awards

Mary Ouellette, Linkin Park are definitely in the giving spirit year-round, but the rockers are doing something special this holiday season by proclaiming what’s called #GivingTuesday. The day-long event, held Nov. 27, finds the band’s charitable arm, Music for Relief, supporting the work of the United Nations in giving the unique gift of clean energy solutions to people who have no access to electricity and rallying fans to donate. The idea is that fans can give a solar light, solar power for hospitals and health clinics, or Power the World’s latest clean energy tool — the Soccket — which is a soccer ball that is also a portable generator (it’s available at ). You can also make a donation on behalf of a loved one, and they’ll get an e-card in return, while someone without electricity receives the safe, clean energy they need to improve their quality of life. Linkin Park have been active in supporting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and urge their fans to take part in the #GivingTuesday by donating at . In other Linkin Park news, the group not only performed ‘Burn It Down,’ but also walked away with a trophy for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist at the American Music Awards Sunday night. (Nov. 18). The band has enjoyed a stellar year buoyed by the success of their ‘Living Things’ album. Watch Linkin Park Perform ‘Burn It Down’ at the American Music Awards [button href=”” title=”Next: Chester Bennington – Musician Movie Cameos” align=”center”]

Phil Anselmo to Release ‘War of the Gargantuas’ Split with Warbeast

Housecore Legendary Pantera  /  Down vocalist Phil Anselmo is set to add another record to his impressive library of musical contributions. Anselmo will be unveiling his solo material on a new split titled ‘War of the Gargantuas’ with the thrashers of Warbeast. Anselmo and Warbeast will each contribute two songs to the split, which will contain the first official solo material from Anselmo in his near 30-year run. “This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers Warbeast,” begins Anselmo. “The title of the split is War of the Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the ’60s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our ‘Gargantuan’ personalities.” Anselmo continues, “Both Warbeast and myself have full length LPs that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ‘til we both release our full length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!” Adds Warbeast guitarist Scott Shelby, “These two songs we have on ‘War of the Gargantuas’ were the next level after ‘Krush The Enemy. They’ve been a staple in our set list for the last two years. These songs are a pure demonstration of our unique Texas thrash metal style.” Meanwhile, Down and Warbeast have just announced dates for a 2013 U.S. leg of their joint tour. [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Pantera Songs” align=”center”]

Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video Smashed Bass Hits the Auction Block

YouTube Nirvana ’s memorable music video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ served as the battle cry for a whole new revolution for rock music, and now, a little piece of musical history from the clip is up for grabs. However, you better have deep pockets if you’re hoping to score the rock ‘n’ roll remnant. Most fans will recall the end of the iconic video when Kurt Cobain picks up a guitar and beats the heck out of it, smashing it to rubble. Now, more than two decades later, what’s left of the iconic bass smash is being auctioned off for big bucks. Christie’s of London has it going on the block Nov. 29 and they expect it to sell in the 25-40 thousand dollar range. The history of the bass has come to light as well, with ArtDaily reporting that bassist Krist Novoselic bought the 1960s Japanese Zen-On sunburst finish bass guitar at a pawn shop, while looking for something cheap that he knew would eventually be destroyed in the video shoot. According to musical lore, the remnants of the bass went home with a teenager who signed up to be an extra in the video. That’s not a bad parting gift. The bass joins other musical memorabilia for sale to the highest bidder including a high school yearbook signed by one Bob Dylan when he was a mere 17 years old. Head here for all of the auction item details. Watch Kurt Cobain Smash the Bass to Bits in the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Unique Covers of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’” align=”center”]

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