(review) For The Sake Of Heaviness:The History Of Metal Blade Records-Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton

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Metal Blade Records are one of the biggest and most important metal record labels out there. Their impact on the scene has been enormous and legions of fans and all of the fantastic releases can testify that and leave us legacy that can hardly be surpassed. But, do not get me wrong, this label still goes strong now almost fourty years since its inception and this book is the story about how Brian Slagel, lifer in metal started it all. From early eighties and first Metal Massacre compilation till today, Brian tells us story about start of label in his mother´s house, gradation to being big, nineties grunge invasion and downfall of metal retreating to rebuild and regroup across metalcore and bringing story to temporary closure in nowadays of digital download and streaming. Story is told through Brian´s eyes but also through interviews with many scene people like James Hetfield, Johann Hegg, King Diamond, Brian´s friends and associates from the label and many more. What I like about this book is that it taught me a lot. Business side of things, a bit of luck you must have and also there are lots of anecdotes in this one, making it one nice read. Above all and most important is Brian´s love for metal and lifetime devotion to the scene he helped create and much respect and love for that.

Italian street punx Bull Brigade released new single!

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Bull Brigade are in no way strangers to this zine. Couple of months ago we did an interview for this zine and now I am happy to announce that they released new single.

See what the Band says about “Quaranta”

Quaranta is the critical photograph of the life of a forty-year-old who continues to live as if he were still 20 years old: dreams, uncertainties, fears, mistakes, the frenetic “everything to do” and that eternal desire to go away . Punk means it’s not over.

The song was written by Eugenio in a particularly difficult and complex moment of his life.

Quaranta is the first single taken from the upcoming full length record which will be released via Demons Run Amok in September 2021

La Armada release new single ‘All We Know’ with video!

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La Armada captured the personal and global tribulations of 2020 in three separate stints at Chicago’s Electrical Audio Studios. The sessions resulted in Anti-Colonial Vol. 2 – An 11 song album that looks to leave their distinct mark on heavy music.

The first single Death on Replay (May 4) is a picture of La Armada during the height of the pandemic in 2020. In this second single All We Know, they’ve built tension with chaotic and technical rhythms, and release it with the familiarity of their punk and hardcore roots.
 

The lyrics reflect on the duality between being on the road versus being on lockdown, where you have to balance isolation and anxiety with the need to create art and push forward through dark times.

La Armada’s focus is to leave their mark on heavy music. A punk band at heart, they utilize elements of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and metal to create a style as unique as their story. Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 from where they dominated the Caribbean scene for years, the band opted to take a leap and relocate to Chicago in 2008, where they still reside.

Influenced by bands ranging from the Bad Brains to Death, they take elements from their native Island’s music to conjure a unique recipe; explosive live energy, and a clear cut narrative that highlights the effects of neo-colonialism on vulnerable communities.
Whether headlining tours throughout the world or supporting the likes of Sick of it All, Propagandhi, Strung Out, Death by stereo, and more, La Armada has come to bring a vibrant spin to the scene.

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