Its Metalmax here coming at you with another blog, this one being a review of a band you most definitely need to be checking out. The band's name is Power Trip and their debut album is called Nightmare Logic. Now this is a band thats been getting some buzz in the underground. They just recently opened for Cannibal Corpse and they continue to win new fans all around with their amazing brand of extreme thrash.
The first track entitled Soul Sacrifice starts off with a big thunderous intro and then proceeds to set the tone for the sound of the rest of the album. Its fast, brutal and extremely riff based and resembles older style thrash metal while adding more modern touches to it. From there on in, you know you're in for a major ride of power. The next two songs are especially something special. Executioner's Tax(Swing of The Ax) has that amazing mosh pit feel that recalls late 80's concerts you'd see from the likes of Exodus and Sepultura. What makes the track so special, is the fact that the guitar solos are just completely out of this world and it feels like you're just jumping off the stage into the crowd. Next up, we have the tune Firing Squad and the beginning of the song appears to borrow a riff from Pantera's Rise while still remaining original and cranking up the intensity. In other words, it would make Dimebag Darrel all the more proud. Waiting Around to Die has an amazing vibrating intro that puts you into a space like trance before the opening riff comes in and takes you on the next journey into the ultimate thrash metal frontier. All in all, the album as a whole is just fun to bang your head to from start to finish. I see an amazing future for these guys and it can only get better from here on in. I give it 10 out of 10 on the askmetalmax richter scale because Nightmare Logic is a very promising debut album and I can only see more greater things for Power Trip in the years to come. so go check these guys out because they're extremely worth it.
Hey there fellow metal fanatics. Your's truly, Metalmax coming at ya with a review of the recent Kreator/Sabaton/Cyhra show that happened this past Saturday night over at the Orpheum. Now before we get into the review, let me just say that, yes, its been a while since I did a typed up review blog of anything but at the same time, I felt very compelled to give you guys something new for you all to see since the website barely ever gets updated and I felt this was the way to do it. Ok, now on to the review.
It was a spectacular night for a heavy metal concert and Saturday night at The Orpheum was no exception to the rule. The place was packed and metalheads from all around Wisconsin(and possibly even the midwest in general) came out to what would supposedly be a night of pure awesome brutality that will never be forgotten. And a night of brutality it was. First up, we have the band Cyhra which features former members from In Flames, Amaranthe, Rhapsody, and Shining. Their music was real heavy, yet had a touch of radio friendliness to it. If I had to describe Cyhra, they would pretty much qualify as a modern day version of The Scorpions, mixed in with some early In Flames. Their set was very very decent and I"ll be interested to see what they come up with in the near future because I think they have a lot of potential.
Next up, we have the mighty Kreator, hailing from Germany. Since it was my first time seeing them perform live, lets just say that they not only lived up to my expectations, but they ultimately surpassed them. For those of you who aren't familiar, Kreator was part of the german wave of speed/thrash metal to come out of the late 80's. You could say that they were considered Teutonic thrash metal. Anyway, their set consisted of old and newer material. The songs in their setlist that stand out for me were Violent Revolution, People of The Lie, Enemy of God, Toxic Trace and Phantom Antichrist. Violent Revolution and People of The Lie really got the crowd going, showing that once again, Kreator do not disappoint when it comes to pleasing their fans. But nothing could compare to what would become the last act of the evening.....
Sabaton!!!!! What can be said about Sabaton you ask? Plenty. We'll start with their elaborate stage show. I considered it to be very state of the art, especially with their big monitor screen that showed off historical events, as well as some of their music videos. Sabaton are a power/thrash metal band that hail from Sweden and they represent everything that makes the Swedish metal scene amazing today. What really was spectacular was how they engaged the audience in between their songs, proving that they are indeed a metal band who cares about their audience. the song that they opened with was off their recent album and it only got better from there on in. At times, they would even have the audience chime in to decide which song they wanted to hear next, which is very rare for a band to do so nowadays. The biggest highlight from their set was when they introduced one of their youngest fans on stage to the whole audience who just happened to be a five year old little girl. If you ask me, I think her parents are raising her on the right music.
So all in all, the entire concert itself was super spectacular. I enjoyed every minute of it and as a result, I"m giving it 10 out of 10 on the askmetalmax richter scale. Thats it for now. Stay tuned for more amazing stuff to come here on askmetalmax.com in the coming months.
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July 21, 2011 Guest blog by Ariel Kassulke who attended Warped Tour 2011 in Milwaukee on July 19
Thousands of people coming together for one common interest: their love of music. With a heat index of 118, Vans Warped Tour 2011 in Milwaukee, WI was absolutey insane. This year they took proper precautions with a free water station, bubblers, mist stations, ect. Wisconsin locals Whispered Hallows and Chasing Taylor (along with a few others) were also able to experience the thrill of playing the event.
It’s a common complaint that the 17-year-old Vans Warped Tour has changed from a punk showcase to a mix of fairly mainstream music. Some of the older punk bands have gradually been replaced by younger bands playing different genres including metalcore, pop, hip hop, and even electronica. The genres all have been welcomed into the Warped family with open arms. Bands like Paramore, Of Mice and Men, 3oh!3, August Burns Red, and several others clearly show the different kinds of music that bond together for a common cause known as Vans Warped Tour.
The most amusing set was probably Blood On The Dancefloor. They mix hip hop, metalcore, eand even electronic dance beats. Dahvie and Jay hit the stage dressed to impress with plenty of make-up, multi-colored hair, and bright outfits. (Not to mention the dancing Pokemon.) Artists like Asking Alexandria, Paramore, Simple Plan, The Ready Set, and A Day To Remember drew some of the biggest crowds the Milwaukee event.
Before you call Vans Warped Tour a “sell out,” think of how music is changing. This one event means more to most people then you think. Hundreds of artists from all over tour together for months and become a family, the “Warped Family” as many call it. Don’t judge the entire tour and it’s meaning because you don’t like a few bands on it. Several thousands of people will prove the ones who don’t believe in it, wrong.
June 2011 Metal Max attends the 2011 Madison Area Music Awards
I’m making my most likely to win metal Grammy predictions. Watch and then see how close I come to picking the winners during the Grammy’s next month!
January 4th, 2011
So, another year, which means, the promise of more metal, new bands and old. Yes, as 2010 is now officially over, we turn our sights to 2011. As we enter 2011, there are people out there who still think that the Madison music scene is bringing out more softer and gentler rock bands. They have no idea what askmetalmax.com has planned, as we unleash the sound of the beast in heavy metal and hard rock. Not just new bands, but also amazing old madison rock/metal legends. For starters, I”m looking forward to an amazing interview that will be taking place a week from tonight, only this time, I”ll be the one who will get interviewed as opposed to me interviewing the bands. Tune in next Tuesday to the Bastard Den radio show on Infernal Rock Radio .
I’ll be on between 4 PM and 9 PM as I will be talking about not just my website, but also how I got involved in the local music scene, and what my take on it currently is. But you’ll also get to hear The Viscous Circle (who has been featured on Askmetalmax.com) do an acoustic set in addition to an interview and you’ll get the opportunity to hear from a band out of Rockford called Kaos Kataylist. I don’t know much about them as of yet so I’ll be listening in with you and hopefully, we’ll get them featured on askmetalmax.com sometime in 2011.
Also on askmetalmax.com for 2011, be on the lookout for interviews from bands such as Enemy Star, Sunspot, The Boneyard, Look I’m Burning, The Body Thief, Monument, Buried Future, and a whole lot more based on what you guys make suggestions for. We’ll also be taking a look at the brand new union south that is set to open up this spring as askmetalmax.com plans on being at the grand opening and if all goes as planned, we’ll even take you on a video tour. Also, be on the lookout for new features such as a monthly fan mail segment, word on the street reports from various guest interviewers, more awesome live performance footage, more music videos, round table discussions, and last but not least, merchandise.
What will it be? Only I know and I”m not telling (at least not yet). So if you guys thought 2010 was amazing, that was just a prelude of things to come as 2011 is gonna be the year that will kick your ass(literally). And you will love it and if you don’t, go hang out with those Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga wannabes. Happy new year you freakin metal heads. 666!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 22, 2010 Happy holidays from Metal Max!
Metal Max stops by Maxmas at The Annex. Check out these holiday favorites done metal style.
Halloween approaches. I have a video blog to share — view it if you dare!!!!
So Halloween is just around the corner and for the first time in years, since I was able to go trick or treating as a little kid, I’m excited for it. Why you ask? For one thing, I have an amazing halloween video blog thats in the works that will blow your minds. It will involve at least one Vampire. Maybe a ghost, or maybe a goblin, either way, just watch and find out. I can’t keep telling you this stuff because even I don’t know what we’re going to put in my videos. One thing I do know though, is that I”m looking forward to the October 30th show at The Annex . A band thats trending new ground will be playing there. They are called The Viscous Circle and they have an amazing sound. Think of a band that sounds like a cross between Alice In Chains , Depeche Mode, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, and Coldplay and thats how you can describe the Viscous Circle . I guess you could call them alternative pop metal. Anyway, I’m hoping that big things will happen for these guys and askmetalmax.com is not only going to be at that show, we also hope to get an amazing interview with them during soundcheck and get some pretty awesome live footage of not only them, but also other bands that are performing that night. It’ll be an amazing, yet scary night to remember. Because when it comes to Halloween, we need it to be as scary as possible. Otherwise, just hang out with all those drunken college losers at Freakfest and their ultimate love for mainstream music and stupid drunkeness. Stay tuned!!!!!!!!
September 30, 2010
Music when you lose someone
My grandfather just recently passed away(RIP Grandpa Raboin) and it got me thinking, there is some music that is just amazing, and some music that is definitely not worth listening to, especially when you lose someone. You could lose an old girlfriend, a relative(like my grandfather), a co worker, your neighbor, or even your best friend you knew since elementary school. You might be sad, but you’ll be even more sad if you listen to The Smiths. They are one of several bands I do not reccommend listening to after you’ve lost a loved one. Here are my suggestions for bands that you should listen to if you want to feel better after a loss:
The Beatles: The Pioneers of the 1960′s British Invasion. While their roots remained firm in rock and roll, decades after their 1970 break up, their music remains a positive influence, not just on its fans but also on numerous genres of music such as power pop, adult contemporary, and especially heavy metal music. Songs such as She Loves You, and Paperback Writer, are two songs that should be making you feel better in no time.
Dean Martin: Sometimes it helps to listen to someone your loved one enjoyed. For my grandfather, that was the Ratpack, Sammy, Dean, and Frank. Nuff said
Led Zeppelin: Because you hope your loved ones will take the Stairway To Heaven and not the slide to hell.
Motley Crue: Because of the song Shout At The Devil, the first words that will come out of your mouth will be “Get Away From Me”
Metallica: With the song Enter Sandman, its like a heavy metal prayer. The exact lyrics here are “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep, if I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take”
Megadeth: If you’re missing them, why not play the tune “Wake Up Dead, but only if you’re ok with ghosts
Cannibal Corpse: There is nothing better to get you over a death than death metal. A fine example here is Cannibal Corpse. I was especially impressed by their 1994 video for the song Staring Through The Eyes Of The Dead. When you’re listening to that song, just picture yourself staring through the eyes of the people you have lost over the years.
Obituary: While this is the name of another death metal band(awesome band by the way), they take their name from a nice way people pay their respects to their loved ones. In a way, this is an obituary for my grandpa. I think he’d enjoy it, even if he doesn’t listen to anyone but Dean Martin. Maybe now he’s partying with Dimebag Darrel in heaven.
Anyway, thats my list of music to listen to after you have lost someone. Feel free to share your list with me and catch ya on the flip side. Remember, 666 is the number of the beast!!!!!!!
August 12th, 2010
Tonights topic: Fan etiquette
With all the big shows that are coming up such as Band Camp and Taste Of Madison, not to mention shows that the UW Madison Music Committtee and other venues such as The Frequency, The Annex, The Rave, Reverend Jims Roadhouse, and Club Tavern, its time for a reminder. What kind of a reminder you ask? Well, there are all sorts of reminders out there, such as, be careful when you’re in the mosh pit, help others up, make sure you always have a fun time and look after others who might have a hard time breathing in the heat, don’t start fights with anybody, treat the band with respect, and also respect the security people at Permar, or you’ll risk being thrown out. But, that being said, metal is aggressive and you need all the energy you can get, which brings up the topic of having fun without hurting yourself or others. There have been numerous issues over the years where at various metal and hard rock concerts, one bad apple spoils the show for everyone. It happens all the time at concerts and even the security people, not to mention the police, will even be upset themselves that they had to end it. A prime example of that would be they would say “oh no no no, don’t blame us for ending the show like this, blame that kid right there who broke the other guys nose, cause it was his fault”. A good prime example to think about here is New Student Music fest 2006 at the old Union South. After one metal fan got injured over a broken nose, Union South administrators felt like it was in their best interests to call the police up and do a thorough investigation. They concluded that it was all due to two irresponsible fans who felt like they had to mosh real hard in the pit with no regard for not only their safety, but also the chances of booking more metal at new student music fest. As a result, while it is ok to do moshing at metal shows, it needs to be done responsibly. To me, moshing is all about showing the band your support and respecting others who go to the shows and having fun. So, drink lots of water, if you knock someone down, pick em up, check on their well being, and the first signs that you see of them not feeling well, call 911 and get them to the emergency room. After all, we don’t want someone to die at a metal show because some people in the audience were careless. Anyway, thats my story and I”m sticking to it. This is metalmax signing off and always remember: 666, is the number of the beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is to let people know that the reviews section of my website has finally been updated. My first three reviews are new albums by Korn, Scorpions, and Overkill and I was happy to give these three albums the best reviews yet. Just keep in mind though, that any future metal/rock album I review, will not always get the best reviews and its not to be taken as criticism of how I feel about the band, its just the goddamn metal truth. Otherwise, if you can’t handle it, go listen to your precious Jack Johnson or Britney Spears albums or just do us both a favor and leave me alone. This is a site for serious metal fans only. If you can’t handle my viewpoints, then you’re way too serious for your own damn good. But I welcome your feedback. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Got your tickets to bandcamp? I know I”m hoping to go. Thanks to WJJO for putting it all together and if anyone from WJJO is looking at this site, lets do some work together real soon. Thats it for today’s blog, and always remember to keep one fist to the sky, and one foot in the pit. Catch ya next time dudes!!!!!!!
July 22nd 2010
Something is wrong in the metal world right now
I want to blog about something that has been disturbing me in the whole hard rock/metal community as of late. What is it you might ask? Well, lets just say that in recent years, there have been pop artists that have been covering various tunes from lots of awesome hard rock/metal bands that were very big in the 1980′s. Three of these pop artists that come to mind are Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, and Sheryl Crow. What do all three of these divas have in common? Well, they make boring pop music and they pollute the minds of younger kids who should be more into rock music instead of pop but more importantly, they have all done unnecessary covers of the best hard rock/metal tunes of the 1980′s. Miley Cyrus has covered Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison, Mariah Carey has covered Def Leppards Bringing On The Heartbreak, and Sheryl Crow has covered Guns N Roses Sweet Child O Mine. In my opinion, they have butchered the best hard rock and heavy metal songs of all time. Pop music fans love them even more now but hard rock and metal fans just want to stick to the original versions which are the best versions in my opinion. Pop stars just need to leave our hard rock classics alone. Not only are they not doing them justice, but its likely that their fans are not likely to be converted into rock music. Do us a favor Diva’s: if you’re going to cover a cool song here’s a suggestion: Don’t. You’ll just ruin them all for us and make pop fans think that its the best version yet.
July 1st 2010
Wanted: More metal/hard rock bands for interviews and concert footage
So as my website has been launched, I”m excited about the exciting possibilities I have to bring to the table of metal/hard rock via the internet. I started off doing this stuff on the WUD Music committee on the UW Madison Campus bringing the best in what metal had to offer and now I”m trying to reach out to the world via the internet, starting with the midwest. As time goes by, there will always be more and more metal and hard rock bands popping up and needing all the help they can get to reach out to audiences who have never heard of them before. I can share your story if you tell it to me and I can even film your concerts, heck, you can even send in your own music videos. You don’t need to wait for a major label to show interest in you. Take charge now. Forget about the pressures of appealing to MTV or any corporate music business. Come to me if you want your first taste of exposure. I will be the one who will give it to you and once I start, others will follow. Lets make askmetalmax.com a household name and the place for news on the latest styles of heavy metal, thrash metal, black metal, hard driving post grunge, glam metal, alternative metal, hardcore, crust punk, and even screamo(but not the kind thats embraced by MTV). And be on the lookout for more features to be added to the site real soon. The reviews and interviews, as well as this blog, are just the beginning of whats in store for askmetalmax.com. Tell all your friends and your friends friends, heck, even tell your grandmother(but only if you really want to). Askmetalmax.com is here to stay!!!!!!!!!!