Life is good for Anthrax these days - the Big Four of thrash just played their hometown at the home of their beloved Yankees (suck), The Bronx declared last Wednesday "Anthrax Day" and oh yeah...the band just released their first full-length album with Joey Belladonna out front since 1990's Persistence Of Time to some damn good reviews.
Man I'm diggin' the resurrection of traditional metal...particularly the stuff that's coming out of Sweden these days. In Solitude is the latest band brewing up some old-school metal to bust out of Scandinavia and they're worthy of every bit of praise that's been heaped on them.
I hadn't been so stoked for a new album as I was for Gigan's Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes since I can't remember when. And the thing is, I knew nothing of Gigan before they released a YouTube stream of "The Raven and the Crow" a couple of months before the album dropped.
Another week and another edition of The Oath means it's time for my metal pick of the week. I'm slowing things down a little this time around with a band new to me, The Gates of Slumber and their new album, The Wretch.
There's just something about a band making a comeback when their future is uncertain...it just makes the comeback so much sweeter. After a car accident claimed the life of Decapitated drummer and founding member Vitek and sent vocalist Covan into a coma the band disbanded for a short period of time until Vogg, guitarist, founding member and brother of Vitek finally decided to reform the band and continue on...
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