Best Dying Fetus Albums

Best Dying Fetus Albums

Dying Fetus has been a controversial act in the death metal field for some time. The very name of the band was chosen to offend people; the band members were young at the time and really wanted an edgy and offensive name to get under people’s skin. Dying Fetus has released 7 studio albums; their career has spanned 1996 to the present day. Today we are going to go through all of the best albums of Dying Fetus, all the way to our pick for the greatest Dying Fetus album. Are you ready? Put on your headphones and get ready to listen, because some awesome death metal is about to head your way!

  1. Purification Through Violence

The first album that a band releases is very rarely their best work, and 1996’s Purification Through Violence is no exception. This album is straightforward death metal, and does not stray very much from the traditional image of death metal. Upon its release it did not chart on any radio stations (which is not unusual for death metal!) and received average-to-negative reviews. This album’s lineup is vocalist/bassist Jason Netherton, lead guitarist Brian Latta, drummer Rob Belton, and rhythm guitarist John Gallagher. This album showed a lot of promise, but Dying Fetus had not hit their stride just yet.

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Top 10 Best Metal Genres

Top 10 Best Metal Genres

Metal has a long and noteworthy tradition all around the world; almost every country in the world has a least ONE metal band to boast about. This diversity has led to a number of styles and genres; here are a few of the very best!

  1. Hair Metal

Hair metal, such as Poison and Judas Priest, has a firm grip on the 80s as the most popular genre to emerge from that era. With loud, reverberated drums and high-pitched singers, hair metal may sound a bit dated today. But I dare you to put on “Living After Midnight” and NOT nod your head along with the music!

  1. Doom Metal

This sludgy style, pioneered by Black Sabbath, was more popular in the 90s and early 2000s than it is today, but it still has a place in metal history! It is a slowed down and low-pitched, but man it packs an emotional punch!

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Best Music Festivals

Best Music Festivals

Going to concerts is an experience unlike any other, but a music festival is a truly AMAZING experience. It is like going to concert after concert, seeing new bands, and camping out with fans of your favorite bands on top of all that. Although it can be hot, sweaty, and smell like spilled beer, the festival atmosphere is contagious and filled to the brim with excitement and enthusiasm. Here are a few of the top-rated rock and metal festivals!

Louder Than Life

This massive open-air festival offers the best of modern rock and metal; acts such as Linkin Park and Avenged Sevenfold hold the main stages. Slipknot typically finishes out the festival with their face-melting brand of modern metal. This festival is held in Louisville, KY in the United States in October.

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Top 5 Albums that Have Influenced Rock and Metal

Every once in awhile, an album comes out that really shakes up what people think about rock and metal; that album totally redefines the genre and influences thousands of other artists and listeners. These albums don’t come out often, but when they do they truly stand above the rest. Here are the top 5 albums that have influenced rock and metal!

  1. Antichrist Superstar – Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson did a wonderful job in the mid-90s at keeping the media spotlight firmly on him. His music, his live shows, his shocking appearance; all of those made people nervous and interested at the same time. Antichrist Superstar (1996) is a beautiful blend of industrial rock and alternative rock. Its sound still stands up to repeated listenings today. This album showed it was possible to combine the two genres and get massive, multi-platinum reviews.

  1. Cowboys From Hell – Pantera

Cowboys From Hell (1990) was the first groove-rock album in the history of metal. It featured both screaming guitars and vocals AND a really beautiful ballad. “Cemetery Gates” is one of the best rock ballads to come out of the 90s. I think it’s the second best; the best is yet to come! CFH gave us bands like Lamb of God and Korn; metal had never been so rhythmic before Pantera.

  1. Nothing’s Shocking – Jane’s Addiction

This album was interesting for different reasons than most people assume. Nothing’s Shocking (1988) was the first album to combine metal, funk, jazz, and classic rock. This blend sticks out clearly in album cuts like “Ocean Size” and “Jane Says.” Jane’s Addiction has release only a few albums, but their concert tours still sell out because of the amazing and unique sound. Their tour videos are also interesting; you can see guitarist Dave Navarro playing with his dogs with toys from Dogs Rant.

You can even see the band from the dog’s point of view because of the high-quality pet cams that Navarro put on his dogs to help film!

  1. top-5-albums-that-have-influenced-rock-and-metalNevermind – Nirvana

Nevermind (1990) is an album that combines punk and metal into the perfect example of grunge. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the most recognizable song from the 90s, and is still and blast today. Nevermind combined several sounds into a widely-imitated mix; everyone wanted to copy Nirvana’s sound back in the day. Nevermind was the most popular album of the 1990s.

  1. Black Album – Metallica

Black Album (1990) is the album where Metallica started actually singing. THAT was a stunning revelation in the early 90s. Thrash metal started evolving from that album forward to feature heavy guitars and beautiful melodies. “Nothing Else Matters,” the #1 ballad of the 90s, is a pure work of metal art. “Enter Sandman” is one of the top 90s metal tracks, and still gets radio play today. “Wherever I May Roam” was unique for using eastern scales instead of the typical western scales. Many influences combined to make this album one of the most influential ever.

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3 Music Festivals to See This Winter

Who said the cold winter months is not the best time to party?

Ski and winter adventures are not the only events you ought to experience while at the mountain resort. For sure you’ve started looking for the ski gears and the best ski helmets 2017, but there are music festivals and parties waiting to be discovered. Winter events range from après-fueled laughter to igloo raves. There are many different festivals that are specifically intended for different types of music lovers.

Here are three upcoming winter music fests that you might want to try.

Horizon Festival

Staging its fifth festival this year, the Horizon Festival is set atop the wintry mountains of in the Pyrenees. Originally, this festival was held at Bansko, a sprawling resort in Bulgaria, but it was moved to a similar budget-friendly resort, the Arinsal, Andorra. It kicks off with a pre-party in Barcelona. Venues of the festival include the resort’s forest raves, terrain park and mountain stages. Fans of broadening horizons and obscure techno would surely love this staging.

For this year’s festival, some musicians to look forward to include Motor City and Craig Charles of Funk, Red Dwarf, One Man, and Robot Wars. A week’s festival pass costs £129 and includes entry to over 30 gigs and parties over six days. Horizon officially starts on March 26, 2017.

Polaris Festival

After its successful launch in 2015, Polaris Festival is back for its second staging this December 9 to 11 2016. This celebration of electro and techno is set in the serene Verbier, Switzerland. It’s a four-day music fest of Ibiza-style partying, except that it’s done on snow, with amazing activities and parties. The main stage is set at the Mouton Noir restaurant, while parties and other activities are all held around the resort village. Clubs and bars around the Swiss resort also have their own events. Some of the techno artists headlining the event include Richie Hawtin, Luciano, and Moodyman. Ticket to the main Mouton Noir costs CHF 49 while the other stages are free admission.

Rock the Pistes

If you’re set to visit the ski resorts in the alpine regions, you might want to schedule it around the second or third week of March to experience Rock the Pistes – an annual celebration of music. It will surely cap your winter getaway and a perfect side trip. You won’t need any of the ski gears and accessories that are reviewed at http://winterbadass.com/ to enjoy the winter alps.

Held in Portes du Soleil in France and Switzerland, Rock the Pistes is set on March 19, 2017. With two countries and 25,000 people, revelers can expect up to 80 concerts per day. This week-long event takes place across the sprawling ski area of Portes du Soleil in the French-Swiss border. Different events are also held in several resorts around the area.

It’s free admission for the concerts on the mountain. You only need a lift pass to see the artists. Aside from five regular gigs on the mountain, there are over 70 après concerts in the surrounding resorts located at the foot of the slopes marking the end of each day. The lineup of musicians is still to be released but we expect a wide variety of music artists.

The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

Although any major tour announcement is exciting and fun, some tours stand head and shoulders above the rest because of the massive impact they made in the world of music. Here are a few of the tours that STILL have fans remembering what happened in those amazing concerts.

Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct Tour, 1994-95

Nine Inch Nails has one foot firmly in the rock world and another in the metal world, and yet another foot in a world that they alone occupy. Nine Inch Nails’ Self Destruct Tour was most known for the massive performance at Lollapalooza in ‘94; this concert firmly cemented NIN as a popular band in the minds of thousands of Americans at the time. It propelled NIN to massive levels of stardom in the early 2000s, and even today people still virally love the grinding riffs of NIN. The Self Destruct Tour was the first big budget tour the band did; most concerts ended in massive chaos, with the band destroying the equipment and inciting riots.

Marilyn Manson: Dead To the World Tour, 1996

THIS is the tour that made Marilyn Manson a household name and a satanic icon; dubbing himself the American Antichrist, Manson embarked on a tour that was notorious for riots, massive crowds of aggressive people, and shocking imagery and sexual suggestions. His concerts contained massive sets, which would have required massive storage units and pallets to carry them, such as those found at http://kronuscollars.com/. Manson was outright banned from many cities because of the destruction in his wake, which only made more people want to go and see what all the fuss was about. The 1990s were the time to go to concerts!

Behemoth: The Satanist Tour, 2014

Not all the good tours happened in the 1990s; Behemoth’s “Satanist” tour attracted as much controversy as any other. Many American towns in the Midwest did not want the tour to come to their city; and when touring abroad the band actually was jailed in Poland for inciting Satanism and anti-Christian ideals. There’s still good out there, death metal fans: not all bands are vanilla, wimpy bands. Some are so hardcore that they get arrested for being amazing!

Twins of Evil Tour: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, 2011

Ok, Manson makes the list twice here, but let’s talk about Rob Zombie. This artist/filmmaker corners the market on elaborate musical sets; his concerts are like being inside a crazy horror/sci-fi movie. He reported that he lost money on many tours because of the elaborate sets; however, he found it worth it because the fans loved the massive sets and cinematic feel.

This tour didn’t have quite the controversy of many 1990s tours involving Manson, but it was FUN. This tour was nonstop amazing, and kept a great shock-rock vibe the whole time.

Never miss the opportunity to go see a big band on tour; you never know when that tour might go down in history as legendary!

Why Every Metalhead Should Listen to Classic Rock

Why Every Metalhead Should Listen to Classic Rock

There is a sad bias against classic rock in the metal scene today; too many death metal fans think that if something is not “omg troo metal dude” then it CANNOT be worth listening to. However, I beg to differ. Classic rock has made its place is in rock history… Why on Earth would we try to push something that amazing OUT?

Think about the first time you heard AC/DC. Those RIFFs… Those freaking riffs. Almost everyone in their right mind can’t stop humming “Highway to Hell” when they hear it. But let’s go a little further back… Have you ever listened to “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals? That song set the blueprint for folk rock/metal as we know it today. I always love hearing the songs that made the music scene what it is today.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is another band that has given metal a boost in the direction it’s taken today; folk metal bands like Ensiferum owe a lot to Lynyrd Skynyrd for adding folk influences to heavy rock. Without bands from the 70s and 80s that are willing to break the bounds of traditional metal, we might never have such amazing bands as Wintersun and Korpiklaani.

The Eagles also showed that adding country and folk influences to rock can sound amazing; modern black metal bands have taken this to unprecedented heights. Bands like Burzum and Behemoth and even Dying Fetus use influences in their music that come directly from folk music sources. Without classic rock bands to pave the way, music would be MUCH less inventive than it is today.

And let’s not forget the reason metal exists today: Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. Between these two artists, a blueprint for metal and punk emerged in the 1970s that has had an influence since that time. Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper STILL do concerts today! Metal fans realize that those artists still offer a lot to the metal world. Alice Cooper’s live shows still aim to shock and entertain; you will find fireworks, snakes, and actors fighting like Ninjas to the beat of the music for entertainment on stage. Violence and anger is a huge part of Alice Cooper’s act, now and in the 1970s. Black Sabbath’s 2015 tour sold out EVERY SINGLE U.S. VENUE. Their first album came out in 1970… 46 years ago. 46 years later, they are still selling out venues.

And THAT is the power of classic rock and metal. Those artists tapped into a raw power that many bands today can only hope to gain. Modern bands can often rely on technology and recording techniques to make them sound better, but those bands did not have the amazing equipment that we do today. Instead, they had to make do with low-fi tech and let the MUSIC do the talking for them. Bands like the Foo Fighters are taking cues from those older bands and making albums that are recorded all in 1-2 takes. Give classic rock a listen; some of the best music is the old music!

Best Rock and Metal Guitarists

And NOW for my favorite part of metal… The guitarists! I’m a little biased since I’m a guitarist myself, but nothing says metal to me like a huge guitar riff. I’m going to give you a list of the best guitarists in the rock and metal scene, and why they deserve the place in metal history that they do!

Brian Welch

Brian Welch is a controversial pick for a “best of” list; he left the metal scene for a long time due to his conversion to Christianity. Welch started out as the guitarist for Korn from 1994 to about 2005, then started his own band called “Love and Death.” He rejoined Korn in 2012, and continues to make music with Love and Death. Welch’s style is amazing, because he uses the guitar in unusual ways to get amazing sounds. Sometimes his riffs are heavy and low, but sometimes he makes odd, siren-like noises with his 7-stringed guitar. Listen to “Falling Away From Me” to hear both sounds at the same time!

Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates is a very underrated guitarist in the rock and metal scene; he plays lead guitar for Avenged Sevenfold. His guitar style is very influenced by Guns ‘N Roses; his solos have the same blues influence that you can find in most Slash solos. However, Gates plays a more metal-oriented sound with his band; his solos feature more flashy playing than even Slash would have played. However, Gates’s style brings a “classic metal” sound to modern metal that is sadly absent from most modern metal recordings. His style also takes influence from classical music; many Avenged Sevenfold songs have a very orchestral sound, made with instruments that you would find on sites like http://windplays.com/.

Dimebag Darrell

The guitarist for Pantera and Damageplan had a career that was cut short by an unexplainable assassination. Dimebag had an amazing style that was rooted in blues playing and a love for heavy riffs. He often downtuned his guitar to give it an even heavier sound, but he could me beautiful music as well! Listen to “Walk” and “Cemetery Gates” for two examples of his style.

 Tony Iommi

I ALMOST put Tony in the top spot. His playing for Black Sabbath has influenced more metal bands than I could ever write about. There are two types of metal bands: bands that were influenced by Iommi’s playing, and terrible bands. Iommi invented the sound of menacing electric guitar; “Iron Man” and “War Pigs” set the best prototype for metal that you could ask for.

Angus Young

And now the master: Angus Young of AC/DC. Without Young, metal style as we know it would not exist. Even punk takes a lot of influence from energy of AC/DC’s riffs. However, the most important contribution that Young has made to guitar solos. During the 80s, many guitar solos were too self-indulgent and long (I’m looking at you Eddie Van Halen!) and people usually did not care about them. However, short and sweet solos like the “Highway to Hell” solo made people care about the power of the rock guitar.

The Best Nu-Metal Bands

The Best Nu-Metal Bands

Nu-metal is a controversial genre among metal fans for several reasons. First of all, this type of metal draws as many influences from hip-hop and industrial rock as it does from metal. Nu-metal is considered by many metal fans to be “poser metal,” which means that it is simply not REAL metal. However, we believe that nu-metal actually has a LOT of value for real metal fans, and at very least you will have an AWESOME time listening! So here is a shortlist of our very favorite nu-metal bands, cultivated from our private playlists.

Slipknot

If you are a fan of extreme metal and DON’T like Slipknot, I don’t know what to tell you. Slipknot takes as much influence from death metal as it does from nu-metal, and the result is pure chaos and amazing riffs. Slipknot’s recent work has been less death-metal influenced and more rock-oriented, but it still has amazing moments. Listen to “Psychosocial,” “Spit It Out,” and “The Negative One” for a few examples!

Korn

This band should win the prize for the most undeserved hate. Korn has some of the most powerful riffs of ANY metal band in ANY genre that I’ve ever heard. The songwriting is also very personal, and can get emotional and sad at times. They take a lot from hip-hop, and the guitar sounds range from low and crushing to high and scratchy. If you’re a gym rat, Korn is the best workout music I know of. Listen to “Blind,” “Coming Undone,” and “It’s On!” for some of their best songs.

Dope

Dope is another band that gets a lot of hate that it does not deserve. Dope is unique in that their song formula combines metal riffs, industrial beats, and punk rock guitars and vocals. They have the most punk energy of any nu-metal band today, and their 2016 tour has met with amazing reviews. Their live shows often have fake “soldiers” as part of the show, with air rifles like the ones from Rifle Judge. Dope got started in the early 2000s with hip-hop oriented tracks, but their newer albums have perfected the nu-metal/punk sound. “Another Day Goes By,” “My Funeral,” and “6-6-Sick” are some of Dope’s best moments!

Disturbed

EVERYONE alive in the early 2000s has heard the massive hit “Down With the Sickness.” All too many write off Disturbed as a youthful phenomenon with no importance today, but their songs still make me nod my head along to the beat 15 years later! Their music has more to offer to metalheads than most realize; if you listen to the soaring melodies in “Stricken” and “Inside the Fire,” you’d realize that they are really talented musicians and singers.

Hopefully you haven’t completely written off nu-metal as a genre; there are a lot of amazing songs to come from the nu-metal era of the early 2000s. Give a few of these songs a listen and see if you don’t end up liking them!

Best Rock and Metal Drummers

Best Rock and Metal Drummers

One of the most memorable aspects of any band is the drummer; you notice this most at live concerts, but you can also hear this in recordings. However, the drummer often takes a backseat to the guitarist. I personally have no problem with this, being a guitarist myself, but here is a list of the best drummers in rock and metal! (By the way I still do love drummers and know they deserve love too!)

Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison is the drummer for Slipknot and Scar the Martyr. Joey has made the list for “Best Metal Drummer” on Loudwire and other metal sites; a massive poll was held of metal fans and he was chosen as the best. Joey favors a death metal/black metal style that is lightning fast and filled with blast beats that most drummers could not even hope to play. He left Slipknot due to health issues, but his band Scar the Martyr adds his massive drum beats to a more atmospheric, industrial-style band.

Chris Adler

Chris Adler of Lamb of God is one of the best drummers in modern metal. His style is extremely simple; he focuses on beats that drive the music forward without drawing much attention to the drums. The reason Adler is such a wonderful drummer is because he plays for the MUSIC, not for himself. He is willing to play music that makes himself look less impressive in order to drive the music forward. He doesn’t draw much attention to himself, but he gets the job done and sounds amazing doing it!

Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul often gets overshadowed by his older brother, Dimebag Darrell. Dimebag is one of my heroes; one of the best guitarists in rock history. Vinnie was a member of Pantera and Damageplan with Dimebag, and the drummer for Hellyeah after Dimebag was assassinated. Vinnie Paul’s style is VERY simple. He plays the simplest beats in the world, but they sound AMAZING. His drums are hypnotic in their simplicity; see the Pantera song “Walk” for an example. However he knows how to show off his drum chops as well! His drumming in Pantera’s “Cemetery Gates” is a fantastic example of Vinnie Paul’s drumming.

 Neil Peart

And now for the best of them all: Rush’s drummer, Neil Peart! Peart has the ability to play drums unlike ANYONE else. He can play in odd time signatures such as 5/4 and 13/8 with NO problem. His drum skills give Rush an amazingly complex sound, especially when added to Alex Lifeson’s gentle guitar textures and Geddy Lee’s bass and keyboard atmospheres. He often uses drum samples to add sound to his playing, such as the ones you can find at this website. Peart not only plays the drums for the band, but he writes most of the songs and directs most of the band’s artistic direction. Peart is a consummate musician and artist in addition to being one of the best drummers in the music business.

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What’s Your Favorite Metal Bands? Here’s My Top 5

I swear. Dying Fetus is still the best metal band out there. I guess all of us here will agree with me. I’ve been following the band for almost five years now and still can’t get over the complex riffing, slam riffs, blast beats and heavy breakdown that only they can make.

But even before I’ve come to know about John Gallagher and his troop, I’m already a die-hard fan of metal music. I couldn’t live a day without listening to my collection of the best metal tracks.

Obviously, I’m not a fan of mellow music. I’d be the last person you’ll see listening to flutes, saxophones or pianos, or even musicals or classical music. Oh, don’t even expect me to visit YouTube channel on relaxing music, much less, checking out a piano review site like DigitalPianoJudge or any of its kind!  It might sound crazy, but at one time, I was averse to all these soft music.

Here’s one hardcore rock music fanatic!

My being a rock music fanatic has led me to many other equally fantastic bands. Along the way, I’ve come across quite a number of metal bands. Many of these bands are really great but only five really stands out (well, based on my standards.)

Here let’s take a look at my top five favorite metal bands. I’m sure you love them too!

Metallica

Formed in 1981, this American thrash metal band is the best in its league. Perhaps, everyone in my circle loves the noise this band creates. I loved their original troop: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.

If pop music has Michael Jackson for an icon, metal music has Metallica. No question about that!

Iron Maiden

I’ve come to love this band at an early age. It was among the first bands that my ear got to appreciate. Their solid hits like the Number of the Beast and The Trooper are just two of the many tracks I never tire of listening to.

Megadeth

I find this band rather underrated considering the intensity and quality of music that they have giving us. A friend of mine actually don’t like Megadeth and I don’t really understand why. But there are also a lot of fans that love the music of Megadeth.

Pantera

The crowded rock scene of the 1990 brought out some of the best bands. But while some of the heavy metal bands struggled to keep their following, Pantera was able to keep it cool and even enjoy a tremendous following. I, myself, love the sheer charisma and vocal prowess of Phillip Anselmo and the guitar skills of Dimbebag Darrell.

System of a Down

I wouldn’t forgive myself if I don’t include System of a Down. Perhaps the most unlikely in the crowded mainstream metal music industry, this band has certainly given the 21st century some of the most infectious metal tracks. Their second album even drew more following to the group’s unique charisma.

You might want to disagree but these are the top five metal bands I love. Did I miss out on your fave metal band?

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