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AC/DC are back and louder than ever! This band just doesn't quit. Anyone who has heard a guitar will be familiar with AC/DC and enjoy another good romp with them. Grab this one at Walmart (and Walmart only unless you want to spend high dollars for an import).
Got a thing for swords, steel and the majesty of Euro-styled power metal? Need a new band to substitute for those moldy-oldy Helloween CDs? Look no further than ARMORY whose production and musicianship are as good as a major release. Check out "The Dawn Of Enlightenment" and know what an indy band is capable of these days.
The top of the list this year and a must have for the denim and leathers of the world..... BLACK SABBATH's "Rules Of Hell" box. Folks this is the real deal and a must have if you want to impress your big-haired, big-boobed girlfriend. What says metal more than a four foot troll belting out "THE MOB RULES!!!!"?!? This excellent collection features all of the Ronnie James Dio studio recordings and the live album. This is all remastered with extensive liner notes. Turn up the night baby!! Get it at your local Best Buy, FYE, or online at CD Universe.
Earache has been reissuing the entire CARCASS catalog in bloody (literally!) resplendent packaging this year. All five full length albums with added extras including death cards, demo cd's, stickers, artwork, etc. with each reissue containing one of a five part "Pathologists report" - this is a DVD of interviews with all past and current members about all things Carcass! All five are now available in Europe (which are btw dualdisc-audio one side, video on the other, US versions come with separate discs for the audio and DVD) and in the US four of the five are now available (Symphonies of Sickness has yet to be issued). One other thing, the US release of Swansong did NOT contain the bonus set of stickers that the European release has (all other US releases contain the same bonus material as their European counterparts), BUT, we did score several sets of these stickers directly from Earache, contact us here at Maximum Metal and ask for a set free of charge (till we run out)!
Although this one is a year or two old it is still new to most rockers. "Take It Sleazy" from DIRTY PENNY is tougher than a $2 steak. This is well executed glam metal that is sure to please fans of Motley Crue, Ratt, and KISS. Grab the autographed copy pictured above at www.dirtypennysucks.com or grab it from Itunes. $10 never rocked so hard.
Another riff fest here complete with tons of leads, maniacal energy, and scorching twin axe work! This is the debut album from ENDEVERAFTER called "Kiss Or Kill". The older metal fans will liken this to Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, and KISS but will still be impressed. The new kids on the block will be jumping off their porch with air guitar strokes. Grab it at Kmart, Walmart, Itunes, or the Stop 'N Save.
One of the most inspired and progressively more celebrated acts in today's extreme scene, ENSLAVED have struck gold once again with 'Vertebrae'. Combining the strengths of their past four albums, 'Vertebrae' will appeal to metelheads and indie kids alike. All that's required is an open mind.
Metalcore, Emo, and hard rock fans can't miss this new release. ESCAPE THE FATE are easily one of the best bands in modern rock. This is the group's second album and will find an audience at Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu concerts. This is great stuff!! Buy it at FYE, Best Buy, and Itunes.
One of power metal's long establish bands GAMMA RAY has finally graced us with the "Hell Yeah" 2 DVD set, the band's first. Full concert and features a multi-camera recording of the band's as well as lots of bonuses including a road movie, a documentary covering the band's history, behind-the-scenes footage, and much more.
"The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork for what would become a lasting impression on the face of heavy metal music. Get Thrashed traces the rise, fall and impact of thrash metal; from its early years, through its influence on grunge, nu metal and todays heavy metal scene. It is the story of the heaviest, hardest music of the 80s and early 90s as told by the bands who lived it, the fans and bands that grew up on it and by the artists that carry the thrash metal flag today. The documentary throws new light on an overlooked, yet incredible music scene and how it went from a simple rumbling in the underground to a loud, obnoxious and constant roar in the (almost) mainstream." http://www.getthrashed.com
Traditional U.S. power from guitarist Steve Stine unites with the British voice of legendary Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett in the powerhouse melodic metal of GRIMMSTINE. The band shows that when two worlds collide the earth shattering results can be a positive force.
GUNS N' ROSES - Chinese Democracy has finally dropped! This is the most overdue musical birth the world has ever known. If you're completely clueless, you need to know that this is not the Appetite for Destruction/Slash/Duff, This is Axl Rose' baby.
IRON MAIDEN: Live After Death--Wow, what a wait it's been for this one! One of the greatest tour runs of Iron Maiden is finally on dvd, so we can stop passing around bootleg copies. I remember seeing this one way back on MTV and it sold me on Maiden forever. Their current tour is re-creating most of the set and songs, But "Live After Death" is the original and Maiden were at their peek of glory. This one is a must for every metal fan.
Although certainly not new on the re-issue hot sheet, this is a mandatory thrash classic that needs to be heard ASAP. Germany's KREATOR ruled the Earth in the 80s, delivering speedy romps like "Extreme Aggression", "Endless Pain", and the coveted "Pleasure To Kill". Throw the 2001 remastered version of "Terrible Certainty" on your wish list and share the holiday cheer with a great speed metal album! Don't forget, this one is a concept album about the plague. Yuletide fun for certain! Grab it at CD Universe or Itunes.
Most of us agree that the world's biggest metal band has gone back to being metal again. If you've turned away from the band because of the last few CDs, give this one a sample and see if you think METALLICA is back.
The kids will rock with this one! MIDNIGHT IDOLS' second album is saturated in 80s nostalgia and borrowed riffs from the greats. If you dig those coveted Saxon, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden records (or Ostrogoth, Grim Reaper, and Heavy Load) then this is a mandatory metal. Grab it from Itunes or CD Baby.
Alongside Rotting Christ, SEPTICFLESH are poised to bring Greece's underground scene the attention it has been long due. On their first album since reuinting in '07, Septicflesh's fusion of symphonic and death metal elements has fully matured. Look for them on tour this winter in support of Satyricon and Cradle of Filth.
It's pretty amazing how well some Scandinavian bands have taken the glam-sleeze rock sound and attitude from America's dominance. SISTER SIN in an in-your-face, over the top slice of fun. Sister Sin is the year's most infectious, guilty pleasure. Put it on, remove your brain and party away!
TESLA have delivered album after album of sheer perfection and their new album is no exception. Jeff Keith and the boys return with another solid outing on "Forever More". This one has it all...heavy numbers, soft ballads, and some 70s styled heavy blues. Get it anywhere and if you are shopping for a friend, buy a copy for yourself please. Also get the Comin Atcha Live dvd to go with the new CD.
This one is sure to bring back some memories for the seasoned fan! This sophomore release from London's TOKYO DRAGONS is a welcome revisit to the 70s era, complete with melodic rockers in the vein of KISS, Thin Lizzy, and Van Halen. The Guitar Hero in your life will get a good dose of Arena Rock 101 with "Hot Nuts". Grab it at CD Universe or Itunes.
The best hard rock album since Eighteen Vision's self titled release (which was the best album since "Appetite For Destruction"). VOODOO SIX has astonishing vocals and string work with a good sense of melody in their songwriting. Take the hint from Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris - "The best debut album I've heard in years". Grab it at Itunes or spend some high dollars at CD Universe.
The new generation of rock and metal fans will surely be impressed by ZERO DOWN's second album, "Good Times At The Gates Of Hell". The seasoned metal fanatic may have heard these riffs before but for the new rockstar on the block....this one is sure to please! From soaring leads, twin guitar glory, and party-like-your-Steven-Tyler songwriting, this one is a must have! Pick it up at CD Baby or grab it for $10 at Itunes.
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