Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past. This month, we're turning the clock back to the '70s to spotlight early material from some of hard rock and heavy metal's most iconic bands. This week we take a look at the debut album from Teutonic titans Accept. It didn't make the mark their subsequent albums did, but Accept is a worthy release and in the spotlight as this week's Retro Recommendation.
Other Recent Retro Recommendations:
- Scorpions - Taken By Force
- Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
- Electric Wizard - Electric Wizard
- Tool - Opiate
- Witchfinder General - Death Penalty
- Destruction - Eternal Devastation
- Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids
As the year winds down, it's time to pick the best metal albums released in 2013. It will take a few years to get a better perspective, but at first glance the elite albums of this year stack up pretty favorably with recent years. Choosing which 20 albums make the list is always a challenging proposition, but the one at the top was an easy choice. Check out our list of 2013's best metal albums and comment on what you think the year's top releases were.
(CD cover courtesy Nuclear Blast Records)
As the holidays approach, the number of releases declines, but we still managed to find 10 new metal albums for our weekly short review article, including releases from Bat, Bloodgood, Caina, Derogatory, Dismal, Disfiguring The Goddess, I Shalt Become, J.J. Hrubovcak, Lunar Explosion and Slaughterday.
(CD cover courtesy Decomp Records)
Here are the new heavy metal CD and DVD releases for this week. For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.
December 10, 2013
Bloodgood - Dangerously Close (Doolittle)
Caina - Earth Inferno (Church Of)
Derogatory - Above All Else (FDA Rekotz)
Disfiguring The Goddess - Deprive (Decomp)
Dismal - Giostra di Vapore (Dreamcell 11)
Groan - Ride The Snake EP (Superhot)
Kimi Karki - The Bone Of My Bones (Svart)
Lament - Left Behind EP (Roxx)
Mastodon - Live At Brixton (Warner Brothers)
Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime DVD/CD (Nuclear Blast)
The Ocean - Collective Oblivion DVD (Metal Blade)
Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies - Earth Air Spirit Water Fire (Van)
Slaughterday - Nightmare Vortex (FDA Rekotz)
Steve Brodsky from Cave In and Ben Koller from Converge and All Pigs Must Die have teamed up to form Mutoid Man. Their debut album Helium Head was recently released. Koller gives us the lowdown on how the project formed, the recording of the album, a recent Black Sabbath show he attended, influential albums, other drummers he admires, the status of the next Converge album and more.
(photo courtesy Yvonne Jukes)
Between the Buried and Me will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. The tour is in support of their 2012 album The Parallax II: Future Sequence.
2014 Between The Buried And Me, Deafheaven, Intronaut and The Kindred Tour Dates:
02/20 -- West Springfield, VA -- Empire
02/21 -- Huntington, NY -- Paramount Theater
02/22 -- Clifton Park, NY -- Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 -- Boston, MA -- Royale Nightclub
02/24 -- Burlington, VT -- Higher Ground
02/26 -- Montreal, QC -- Corona Theater
02/27 -- Quebec City, QC -- Imperial De Quebec
02/28 -- Toronto, ON -- Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 -- London, ON -- London Music Hall
03/02 -- Syracuse, NY -- Lost Horizon
03/04 -- Grand Rapids, MI -- Intersection
03/05 -- Palatine, IL -- Durty Nellie's
03/06 -- Milwaukee, WI -- The Rave
03/07 -- Lawrence, KS -- Granada Theatre
03/08 -- Omaha, NE -- The Waiting Room
03/10 -- Reno, NV -- The Knitting Factory
03/11 -- Oakland, CA -- Oakland Metro
03/12 -- Pomona, CA -- Glasshouse
03/14 -- Lubbock, TX -- Jake's Sports Café
03/15 -- San Antonio, TX -- White Rabbit
03/16 -- Grand Prairie, TX -- South By So What?! Festival
03/18 -- Sauget, IL -- Pop's
03/20 -- Ybor City, FL -- The Ritz Ybor
03/21 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Revolution
03/22 -- Athens, GA -- 40 Watt
03/23 -- Charlotte, NC -- Tremont Music Hall
Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past. This month, we're turning the clock back to the '70s to spotlight early material from some of hard rock and heavy metal's most iconic bands. Scorpions came to worldwide attention in the '80s with radio and MTV hits like "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "Big City Nights" and "No One Like You." However, some of their best (and most overlooked) albums were released in the '70s. That era of the band is well worth exploring, and Scorpions 1978 effort Taken By Force is in the spotlight this week.
Other Recent Retro Recommendations:
Having one top 5 album in a year is quite an accomplishment. Five Finger Death Punch have had two in 2013: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell volumes 1 and 2. Drummer Jeremy Spencer fills us in on the selection process of the songs for the two albums, his favorite collaboration on Volume 1, their current European tour with Avenged Sevenfold, putting together a setlist, dealing with their increasing popularity and other topics.
(photo courtesy Prospect Park Records)
This is the last big week of new album releases for 2013, with the schedule thinning out considerably as Christmas approaches. Our weekly collection of short reviews covers 20 new releases, including albums from Angelica, Beastmilk, Blood Mortized, Cult Of Fire, Eat The Gun, Eye Of Solitude, Human Fortress, I Exist, Immortal Bird, Indoctrine, Iron Dogs, Kuolemanlaakso, Mutoid Man, Persekutor, Rabbits, Ringbearer, Silent Voices, Starsoup, Sun & Sail Club and Truth Corroded.
(CD cover courtesy Kaotoxin Records)
Monster Magnet tour Europe extensively, but it has been about a decade since they have done a proper U.S. run. On the heels of their album Last Patrol the band finally is doing a bunch of American shows. Our West Coast concert guru Dave Schalek is a longtime Monster Magnet fan and caught their recent show in L.A. Check out his photos and review of the concert.
(photo courtesy Dave Schalek/About.com)