Track of the Day – “Moth into Flame” by Metallica

Bobby Bevilacqua

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One of the first metal bands I ever listened to was Metallica. Like most people, I had heard some of their most famous songs in passing but never sat down and listened to their other songs or records. Everyone knew “Enter Sandman,” but everything I knew about music changed after listening to their album, Master of Puppets.

That album opens up with “Battery,” and after listening to it you find it hard to believe that another song on the album could top that first track. “Master of Puppets” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” are just some of the other songs on the album that blow you away with the song writing, the fast, classic thrash sound and the classic Metallica spin on the genre.

After listening to that album, I went and listened to pretty much everything else they have to offer. Their debut album Kill ‘Em All is one of the strongest debuts in metal, Ride the Lightning might actually be better than Master of Puppets, and their fourth album, …And Justice For All contains some of my favorite individual songs. Continue reading

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Track of the Day – “The Soulless” by Charred Walls of the Damned

Bobby Bevilacqua

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One of my favorite things is finding new metal bands and hearing one great song that you’re into. Sometimes it happens on a Spotify playlist, by word of mouth, or the radio.

Recently I started as an overnight DJ at WSOU, my college’s on campus radio station. The radio codes different genres and bands by color and has a set playlist to follow so all of the genres and bands get represented and get airtime.

I like to choose bands that I haven’t heard of before so I get to hear new music as well as the listeners. So one of the bands I randomly chose was Charred Walls of the Damned. It sounded pretty heavy and aggressive which is right up my alley so I figured I’d give it a shot. Continue reading

Track of the Day – “Kerosene” by Baroness

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of The Metal Archives.

One of my favorite things about the metal genre is the diversity you can find among all of the bands. The reason there are so many subgenres is because there are so many styles of metal. It’s what makes the genre unique and fantastic.

Sludge metal is one of those niche subgenres that I sometimes check out, featuring heavy distortion and the atmospheric presence of doom metal’s slower tempos with the fusion of shouted vocals and sometimes faster tempos of punk music.

While I do love heavy, extreme metal, I do like my fair share of clean vocal bands. One of those bands is Baroness, a band from Savannah Georgia that fuses sludge and progressive metal. The band’s super artistic album covers give an idea of the type of music you’ll listen to. Continue reading

Track of the Day – “In Aeternum” by Fleshgod Apocalypse

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Death metal and all of its subgenres have quickly become one of my favorite areas of metal music to listen to. The diversity in the bands and their sounds make it one of the most exciting genres to explore and find new music. One of my favorite bands that I’ve found is Italian symphonic death metal group Fleshgod Apocalypse.

There are other symphonic and melodic death metal bands out there, but none that do it quite like Fleshgod Apocalypse do. With a sound heavily inspired by classical music, the blend of pounding drums, growled vocals coupled with an orchestral backing and opera vocals make it one of the most unique experiences in metal, perhaps in all of music.

King is the fourth full-length album from the Italian band, and arguably their best, well-composed release to date. Their last album, Labyrinth, was criticized for its problems with the editing and mixing, with many of the sounds blending together and nothing standing out. Continue reading

Track of the Day – “Runes to my Memory” by Amon Amarth

Bobby Bevilacqua

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By reading the name of the blog, you can probably tell that I’m a massive fan of the Swedish melodic death band Amon Amarth. They were my first foray into the heavier spectrum of metal music and I’ve been listening to them constantly ever since.

Amon Amarth, the Sindarin name of Mount Doom in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth, emerged in 1992 following the breakup of grindcore band “Scum.” After the band broke up in 1991, lead vocalist Johan Hegg convinced the original members to reunite. Hegg took over on vocals along with a few other new members, and the band released their first demo in 1993, adopting a death metal sound. Their first released demo was The Arrival of the Fimbul Winter and 1,000 copies were issued.

The band’s initial few demos attracted fans with their unique sound and combination of Norse themes and brutal, yet melodic sounding music. Amon Amarth’s first album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, was a perfect example of this sound, with tracks like “Victorious March” and “The Dragon’s Flight Across the Waves” becoming fan favorites. Continue reading

Track of the Day – “Empty Words” by Death

Bobby Bevilacqua

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It took me a while to get into the heavier end of the metal genre, and I didn’t touch death metal for a little while. Amon Amarth was the first form of death metal I started listening too, and from that point on it’s been countless hours exploring the genre and the many talented bands in it.

But it wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized where the name of the genre came from. There are many bands that have helped define a genre, but very few that have had their name given to that genre which they helped to create.

Death was a heavy metal band from Florida formed in 1983 by vocalist and guitarist Chuck Schuldiner. When talking about some of the biggest influences in heavy metal, the Big Four gets thrown out there a lot; Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. But Death is right up there as one of the most influential bands in heavy metal, and clearly the pioneers of death metal and seemingly the first foray into creating extreme metal. Continue reading

Track of the Day – “Lost in the Static” by After the Burial

Bobby Bevilacqua

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I had a lot of choices for the first ever Track of the Day on my new blog. I could have went with a classic, my favorite band, or what’s on the radio the most at the moment. It was tempting to start things off with some Metallica or Slayer, but I went in a different direction.

I first heard of After the Burial on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal station (Channel 40). I flip between that and Octane (Channel 37) in the car but the dial is usually on Liquid Metal. Ever since the Dig Deep album was released back in February, it’s received a lot of praise and airtime on rock and metal radio, especially over the summer.

Being relatively new to the metal genre, this was my first exposure to the band. After the Burial is a progressive metal band that mixes in some djent and metalcore sounds for a unique and awesome blend of music. I’ve grown really attached to progressive metal, death metal and bands that blend the two genres, so After the Burial’s sound is right up my alley. Continue reading