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  • METAL KOMBAT 1/2/13 - Lacuna Coil VS Helloween

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Lacuna Coil's cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" took on Megadeth's "Public Enemy Number 1"!

    And the winner is...

    Lacuna Coil - "Losing My Religion"

    Lacuna Coil defies 'Deth and picks up their second METAL KOMBAT win!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Helloween - "Nabatea"


    Text METAL1 for Lacuna Coil or METAL2 for Helloween to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/31/12 Lacuna Coil VS Megadeth

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, In Flames' "Where the Dead Ships Dwell" took on Lacuna Coil's cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion"!

    And the winner is...

    Lacuna Coil - "Losing My Religion"

    Lacuna Coil douses In Flames, picking up their first METAL KOMBAT win!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Megadeth - "Public Enemy Number 1"


    Text METAL1 for Lacuna Coil or METAL2 for Megadeth to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/21/12 - In Flames VS Lacuna Coil

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Accept's "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" took on In Flames' "Where the Dead Ships Dwell"!

    And the winner is...

    In Flames - "Where the Dead Ships Dwell"

    In Flames lights up Accept , picking up their first METAL KOMBAT win!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

     Lacuna Coil - "Losing My Religion"


    Text METAL1 for Accept or METAL2 for In Flames to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/20/12 - Accept VS In Flames

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Ghost's "Secular Haze" took on Accept's "Hung, Drawn, and Quartered"!

    And the winner is...

     

    Accept - "Hung, Drawn and Quartered"

     

     

    Accept sends Ghost packing for the afterlife, picking up their first METAL KOMBAT win!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    In Flames - "Where the Dead Ships Dwell"

    Text METAL1 for Accept or METAL2 for In Flames to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/19/12 - Ghost VS Accept

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Ghost's "Secular Haze" took on Kontrust's "Sock N' Doll"!

    And the winner is...

    Ghost - "Secular Haze"

    Critical darlings Ghost and their new song "Secular Haze" pick up their first METAL KOMBAT win!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Accept - "Hung, Drawn and Quartered"

     

    Text METAL1 for Ghost or METAL2 for Accept to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/18/12 - Ghost VS Kontrust

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" took on Anthrax's "I'm Alive"!

    And the winner is...

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

     

    Lamb of God wins 5 in a row and enters the Rock 94.7 METAL KOMBAT Valhalla Fame!

    TWO NEW CHALLENGERS ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Ghost - "Secular Haze"

     

    VERSUS

     

    Kontrust - "Sock N' Doll"

    Text METAL1 for Ghost or METAL2 for Kontrust to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • Scary Terry's Top 20 Albums of 2012 #5-1

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    SCARY TERRY'S TOP 20 OF 2012 PT 4

    To see numbers 20 through 16, CLICK HERE.

    To see numbers 15 through 11, CLICK HERE.

    To see numbers 10 through 6, CLICK HERE.

    To see numbers 5 though 1, keep on reading.

    BTW, the following ranked list of metal albums is based on listener feedback, requests, airplay, download/CD sales and my own highly biased opinion.  Of all the albums that were released in 2012, these made the most noise.  In case you missed them the first time around, these are highly recommended purchases.

    Also, feel free to leave your outraged "I'm can't believe you ranked [insert you favorite band] over [band you don't like as much]!" rage-filled diatribes in the comments below.


    #5:  Sylosis - Monolith

    SYLOSIS MONOLITH

    Earlier in the countdown, I mentioned that there was a lot of stoner-metal released this year.  2012 also saw a flurry of releases by New Wave Thrash Bands.

    Maybe it's because I grew up with the original wave of thrash bands, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Death Angel, etc., but a lot of New Wave Thrash leaves me a bit flat.

    Don't get me wrong, those bands are filled with talented musicians, but they'll always bear the burden of having their work directly compared to the bands to which they're paying homage.  It's the old "Why would I listen to a tribute to Megadeth, when I can just listen to Megadeth?" problem.

    Sylosis is a welcome exception.  Rather than rework the classic thrash formula in an attempt to pay homage, Sylosis updates the sound for our modern metal sensabilities.

    Syslosis even managed to enter the METAL KOMBAT Valhalla Fame earlier this year with "A Dying Vine":

    Sylosis' Monolith is the perfect combo of speed, technical proficiency, and killer songwriting, earning it a top spot.


    #4:  In This Moment - Blood

    IN THIS MOMENT BLOOD

    Much like Nonpoint, our number 19 entry on the list, In This Moment found themselves starting over with Blood.  Lead guitarist Chris Howorth and vocalist Maria Brink (who also happens to be my future ex-wife) had split from their former bandmates.  It was just the two of them.  Their prior album was successful enough, but they knew that they had to take things to the next level.

    Blood is that next level:

    Chris walked us through the writing of the album during a 13 Questions Interview earlier this year.  Forget everything you thought you knew about In This Moment going into Blood.  It's experimental, passionate, and most important, well-written.

    When you have a lead vocalist with Maria Brink's...er...assets, it's easy to assume that they're an atypical metal act with a pretty face for a lead singer.  Nothing could be futher from the truth.  Those who dig beyond the image and get into the music will be handsomely rewarded.  Spoken word passages, experimental sounds, even the occasional channeling of Eminem:

    In This Moment threw a ton of passion into Blood and it shows.  Maria's lyrics are intensely in personal and when she sings, the conviction is evident.  Speaking of singing...

    DAT VOICE.

    This album also made Lunchbox's Top 20 Rock Albums of 2012.  Heavy, experimental, yet with crossover appeal.  In This Moment's Blood has absolutely earned a top 5 spot.


    #3:  Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage

    GOJIRA LENFANT SAUVAGE

    Honestly, I had this album in the #1 and #2 spots in several early drafts of this list.  Gojira's latest album is that freaking good.

    Songs that sound epic without being epically long.

    Keeping things heavy, while adding enough technical spice and unexpected flourishes to keep it interesting.  Just check out the Spaghetti Western piece at the end of "Explosia":

    I could just loop that part over and over again and be good for the day.

    Like I've said a few times already in this countdown, it all comes down to the songs.  L'Enfant Sauvage isn't just a collection of pretty parts and tech-wizardry.  The songs are catchy and well written:

    Plenty of heavy metal bands start and stop with heavy.  Gojira takes heavy to a higher place.


    #2:  Lamb of God - Resolution

    LAMB OF GOD RESOLUTION

    Lamb of God has had stronger albums in the past, but no band defines the modern state of metal like they do.

    Pantera-influenced grooves.

    Death metal growls.

    Major hooks.

    Lamb of God is the band everyone else in the scene has to measure up to.  Resolution is one big-ass measuring stick.

    If you can listen to "Desolation" and not want to eff ish up, you have the serenity of zen monk.  Now get out of the way so we can mosh here, sensai:

    Lamb of God even experimented a bit on the final track, adding orchestral flourishes, something I never expected Randy Blythe and co. to blast out:

    7 albums in to their career, a lesser band would have run out of things to say.  With Resolution, Lamb of God proves that not only do they have a lot more to say, they're going to define the modern state of metal in the process.


    #1:  Napalm Death - Utilitarian

    NAPALM DEATH UTILITARIAN

    There were several bands on this list that made it by sticking to a successful formula.  No harm in that.  If it works, work it.

    Napalm Death has had a successful formula of their own.  They change the formula on every album.

    You know it's Napalm Death, but you never know if it's going to be "Grindcore Napalm Death", "Death Metal Napalm Death", "Death and Roll Napalm Death" or some other mashup.

    On Utilitarian, you get Napalm Death...with...clean...singing...parts and gothy bits?  Not just on one song either:

    Utilitarian also marks the lead vocal debut of guitarist, Mitch Harris on "The Wolf I Feed".  The back and forth between he and Mark "Barney" Greenway is something I'd absolutely welcome again:

    And then they went and added saxophones:

    Having been around since 1987, and with 15 albums and scads of EPs and the like, Napalm Death could easily play it safe and release formulaic fluff, trading on their good name to move units.

    The fact that they don't play it safe, and released an album as unrelenting and uncompromising as Utilitarian speaks volumes about their artistic integrity and talent.  Add in the fact that Utilitarian is one hell of a listen and you've got Scary Terry's Metal Album of the Year for 2012.

    Plus, Barney's a hella good interview.


    Honorable Mentions

    Just because it didn't make the list, doesn't mean it wasn't good.  Here's some other 2012 releases you should make it a point to check out:

    Accept - Stalingrad

    Overkill - The Electric Age

    Goatwhore - Blood for the Master

    Kreator - Phantom Antichrist

    Asphyx - Deathhammer

    Cradle of Filth - The Manticore and Other Horrors

    Dethklok - Dethalbum III

    Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Inhumanity

    Katatonia - Dead End Kings

    Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline

    Headspace - I Am Anonymous

    Cannibal Corpse - Torture

    Nile - At the Gates of Sethu

    Ex Deo - I, Caligula

    Enslaved - RIITIIR

    Mnemic - Mnemesis

    Wintersun - Time I

    Varg - Guten Tag

    The Agonist - Prisoners

    And of course, [Your favorite band] - [Album that totally should have been #1!  You suck, Scary Terry!]


    Hope you enjoyed the countdown!  With Metallica, Slayer, Ghost, Avenged Sevenfold, Tesseract and many more kick ass bands set to release new stuff in 2013, next year's list will be full of awesome too!

    Feel free to tell me how much you disagree with this year's dumb list which was obviously written by a tone-deaf poopy-head in the comments below.

    Be Metal,

    ST

  • An important message from the Boys and Girls Club of Wausau

    Posted by Terry Stevens
     

    If you're looking for a charity to slide a few bucks to in the season of giving, you can't go wrong with the Boys and Girls Club of the Wausau Area.  The services they provide to the youth of our area, especially with the recent economic issues we've all been facing, are more valuable than ever.  Please read the letter below and donate.

    Be Cool,

    TS

         

     

     After school snack

     

    Like us on Facebook

    www.bgclub.com


    Thank you!
    Last week you helped us raise $5,600 through the Midwest Communications radio-a-thon in support of our Great Futures Start Here campaign! Thank you! 
     
    If you didn't have a chance to participate you can still help by donating now. Through December 31 each new or increased gift will be matched $.50 for every dollar, up to $50,000. Each dollar raised helps the Club provide daily opportunities to kids in our community like Nicole. 
     
    Nicole's story
    Nicole turns to the Club because her family struggles daily. Her dad is a single parent and can't keep a job; her older brother and sister have been in and out of foster care, secure detention and have multiple arrests. By contrast, almost every day for the past four years, Nicole has come to the Club to do her school work, spend time having fun with friends, talk with Club staff about her future and eat a healthy meal. She has set goals for herself and worked consistently to achieve them so she can be the first in her family to go to college. She wants to become a police officer and have a family of her own. Without the Club in her life, it would be easy to follow the same path as her siblings. With the Club, Nicole has the support she needs to help her work toward a healthy and productive future. 
     
    You can help

    Your contribution can help the 250 -300 kids who attend our three Club sites daily

    • $500 sponsors 25 Club memberships for 2013
    • $250 provides dinner for 75 kids for one night
    • $100 supports homework help for 100 kids for one week 
    • $50 provides safe, free after school transportation for 40 kids daily

    To include the Boys & Girls Club in your year-end giving you can donate online at bgclub.com or by mail to P.O. Box 2386, Wausau WI 54402-2386.

     
    Thank you,

      

    Brian Stezenski-Williams
    Executive Director
    Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area
     
  • METAL KOMBAT 12/17/12 - Lamb of God VS Anthrax

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" took on Jeff Loomis' "Chosen Time"!

    And the winner is...

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

     

    Lamb of God wins 4 in a row!  One more victory and they enter the METAL KOMBAT Valhalla Fame!  But to do that, they have to take down a band that they're competing with for a Grammy award!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Anthrax - "I'm Alive"

    Text METAL1 for Lamb of God or METAL2 for Anthrax to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner tomorrow night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST

  • Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Playlist for 12/15/12

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    SCARY TERRY STORM

    Thanks for listening to the show last weekend!

    Also, big thanks to Verlo Mattress Factory for being the official sponsor of Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare.  Having trouble sleeping?  It's probably that old mattress you're sleeping on.  Go see Curt over at Verlo Mattress Factory on Rib Mountain Drive and he'll hook you up with the best night of sleep you've ever had.

    Keep listening, telling your friends to listen and clicking that "Like" button on the Official Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Facebook Page, and we'll keep on keeping metal on in Central Wisconsin and world wide via our website stream.

    I'm also on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

    Remember, we do more metal every weeknight at 6 with Metal Kombat.  CLICK HERE to see how it works.

    Last Saturday, we played songs from the first half of "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.  You can check out the parts of the list that have been revealed so far RIGHT HERE.

    Here's what we played.

     


    Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare playlist for 12/15/12

    HOUR ONE

    Metal Church - "Watch the Children Pray"  (Dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre.)

    Lacuna Coil - "Losing My Religion"  (R.E.M. cover.)

    Dimmu Borgir - "Burn In Hell"  (Twisted Sister cover.)

    Jeff Loomis - "Surrender"  (From album #20 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.  Loomis is a Wisconsin native, BTW.  Also, this track feature Ishan of Emperor on lead vocals.)

    Flotsam & Jetsam - "The Master Sleeps"

    Slayer - "Dissident Aggressor"  (Judas Priest cover.)

    Judas Priest - "Freewheel Burning"

    Fear Factory - "Cyberwaste"

    Nonpoint - "Lights, Camera, Action"  (From album #19 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012 list.)

    Prong - "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck"

    D.R.I. - "Thrashard"

    Goliath - "Graveyard"  (From album #18 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012 list.)

    Biohazard - "Punishment"

     

    HOUR TWO

    Avenged Sevenfold - "Carry On"  (Is it one of the best songs of 2012?  Let us know HERE!)

    Overkill - "Hello From The Gutter"

    Sepultura - "Refuse/Resist"

    Soulfly - "World Scum"  (From album #17 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.)

    Genitorturers - "I Touch Myself"  (Divinyls cover.)

    Megadeth - "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)"  (Featuring Lacuna Coil's Christina Scabbia on guest vocals.)

    Godhead - "Elenor Rigby"  (Beatles cover.  Dag, we really played a lot of covers tonight.)

    Whitechapel - "Section 8"  (From album #16 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.)

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

    Tool - "Aenima"

    The Chariot - "First"  (From album #15 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.)

    Whitechapel - "Strength Beyond Strength"  (Pantera cover from their "Recorrupted" EP.)

    Infectious Grooves - "Immigrant Song"  (Led Zeppelin cover.  Seriously!  Why all the covers?)

     

    HOUR THREE

    Anthrax - "Indians"

    Deftones - "Leathers"  (From album #14 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" listLunchbox ranked it a bit higher on his "Top 20 Rock Albums of 2012" list.)

    Pantera - "Goddamn Electric"

    Baroness - "March to the Sea"  (From album #13 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.)

    Flotsam and Jetsam - "Cradle Me Now"

    In This Moment - "Whore"

    KMFDM - "A Drug Against War"

    M.O.D. - "True Colors"

    Devin Townsend Project - "Lucky Animals"  (From album #12 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.)

    Mushroomhead - "Crazy"  (Seal cover.  Now I remember why we did all the covers.  I thought it might be a good idea to tune down the really rage-filled stuff in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.  Seemed appropriate.)

    Kreator - "Love Us Or Hate Us"

    Between the Buried and Me - "Astral Body"  (From album #11 on "Scary Terry's Top 20 Metal Albums of 2012" list.)

    Testament - "Low"


    Once again, thanks for listening! 

    Remember to join me next Saturday for Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Before Christmas.  It'll be filled with Xmas metal as well as the usual songs about Satan and whatnot from 9pm to Midnight on Rock 94.7, 102.9 and online!

    Be Metal,

    \m/ ST \m/

  • Scary Terry's Top 20 Albums of 2012 #10-6

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    SCARY TERRY'S TOP 20 OF 2012 PT 3

    To see numbers 20 through 16, CLICK HERE.

    To see numbers 15 through 11, CLICK HERE.

    To see numbers 10 through 6, keep on reading.

    BTW, the following ranked list of metal albums is based on listener feedback, requests, airplay, download/CD sales and my own highly biased opinion.  Of all the albums that were released in 2012, these made the most noise.  In case you missed them the first time around, these are highly recommended purchases.

    Also, feel free to leave your outraged "I'm can't believe you ranked [my favorite band] over [band you don't like as much]!" rage filled diatribes in the comments below.


    #10:  HELLYEAH - Band of Brothers

    HELLYEAH BAND OF BROTHERS

    HELLYEAH has taken a lot of crap from metalheads over the years, myself included.  When it was first announced that members of Pantera, Damageplan, Nothingface and Mudvayne were combining to form some heavy metal Voltron, I was stoked!  4 of my favorite sounds combined in to one band?  Sign me up!

    Trouble is, HELLYEAH had a different sound in mind, more of a southern rock vibe.  Having grown up where the Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky borders meet, I've heard more than enough southern rock in my lifetime.  I didn't need more and decided that Hellyeah and I just weren't meant to be.  (I will admit that "You Wouldn't Know" was pretty badass, though.)

    Then I heard Band of Brothers' first single:

    Wait!  That sounds like a mix of Pantera, Damageplan, Nothingface and Mudvayne!  It's about damn time!

    Band of Brothers is a bunch of metalheads remembering that they're metal again.  I had an opportunity to interview Chad, Greg and Bobzilla earlier this year and they said as much.  After years of sonically distancing themselves from their former bands, the boys have embraced their roots.

    Fans of HELLYEAH'S boozy swagger will still find some party anthems:

    But Pantera/Damageplan/Nothingface/Mudvayne fans who were disappointed by the lack of metal in the group's past releases will find the album they've been wanting from these guys for years.


    #9:  Kontrust - Second Hand Wonderland

     KONTRUST SECONDHAND WONDERLAND

    Every single stupid "Top whatevers of the year" list on the internet always has an entry that's a personal favorite of the list's author.  It's a way for the author to shine a light on a band that they feel deserves more attention, and to prove that said author is "so totally not mainstream".  Fine, here's mine.

    Kontrust looks impossible on paper.  They mix metal, rock, polka, electronia, russian marching anthems, yodeling, reggae and other assorted stuff together into one band.  It reads like it should be a dumpster fire.

    It sounds amazing:

    Kontrust's label, Napalm Records, markets them as a crossover band.  They're more of a "cross EVERYTHING" band if you ask me.  Every song on the album has a different vibe.  The one common denominator is a heavy crunch.  In the hands of No Doubt, this next song would be a ska-inflected pop number.  In the hands of Kontrust, it's a fist-pumper:

    If you wanted nothing but screaming, growling, brutalz, lots of band delivered that this year.

    Kontrust delivered something truly unique in the metal marketplace.  As an added bonus, it's fun to listen to.  My kids aren't too crazy about a lot of their dad's chock full of rage music selections, and to be honest, they don't need to hear a lot of that stuff.  Kontrust provides a nice meeting point between heaviness, experimentalism and joy.

    How many times have you listened to a new song and thought, "Eh, I've heard this before"?  There are zero moments like that on Second Hand Wonderland.


    #8:  Meshuggah - Koloss

    MESHUGGAH KOLOSS

    You can't have a conversation about Meshuggah without mentioning the word "djent".

    Now that we've mentioned the word "djent", let's talk about how awesome Koloss is.

    I'm not smart enough to understand my musician friends when they wax poetic about Meshuggah's jazz-fusion, polyrhythms, polymeters, polly-wanna-crackers or whatever.  I just know this.  Meshuggah sounds like a relentless ass-kicking machine:

    Popular music often hangs its hat on "The Hook", that sing-a-long part.  Meshuggah just chugs along, inertia carrying every song ever forward, forward, forward:

    Did Meshuggah unwittingly start an entire metal subgenre?  Sure.  Are they still the masters of that sound?  Koloss is an emphatic "YES".


    #7:  Testament - Dark Roots of the Earth

    TESTAMENT DARK ROOTS OF THE EARTH

    If this were a list of "Best Metal Album Covers", Testament would have hit Number One, no problem.

    What's inside the packaging is no slouch either.

    Dark Roots of the Earth finds Testament proving that The Formation of Damnation was no fluke. 

    Featuring almost the entire classic Testament lineup (minus the drummer), Dark Roots of the Earth has a ton of kick ass going for it.  Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson are still an amazing guitar duo.  Greg Christian is still a freaking awesome bassist.  Chuck Billy is one of metal's all time great voices.  Having Gene Hoglan on drums doesn't hurt either.

    For the first time, Chuck Billy worked with an outside songwriter on lyrics.  The results were stellar:

    In classic Testament form, they even broke out a ballad:

    I ain't even mad.  In a world where Metallica and Megadeth have been musically adrift, their fellow thrash-legends figured out the secret to succeeding.  Just be Testament.

    Hell, they even made Lunchbox's Top 20 Rock Albums List, and he fear pees himself if he hears anything heavier than "Enter Sandman".


    #6:  Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living

    CANCER BATS DEAD SET ON LIVING

    Guitar, bass, drums and a lead singer who screams like a maniac.  Lots of bands have it, few use it as effectively as Cancer Bats.

    Dead Set On Living pulls absolutely no punches.  The music is heavy and raw.  It's sounds dirty and dangerous.

    What really makes the album shine are the lyrics.  Emotionally resonant lines can be found in virtually every song.  Check out Road Sick:

    "Don't lose hope I'll be back home before you even know it

    Heard it said 1000 times before

    Sure you're gonna hear it a thousand times more"

    Anyone who constantly has to leave loved ones at home to take care of business, can relate to that.

    "Bricks and Mortar" has another great line:

    "Grief like a halo around my neck"

    Damn, son.

    The album's title track was inspired by a friend of the band who was diagnosed with cancer.  He "decided right then and there to get dead set on living".  You can listen to Cancer Bats' Liam Cormier talk more about the album in an interview with did with him a while back.

    Much like Testament, the Bats also made Lunchbox's list.

    Like I said at the beginning of this whole countdown, it comes down to the songs.  Cancer Bats gave us an album of great ones.


    CLICK HERE TO SEE #5-1!

    Be Metal,

    ST

  • METAL KOMBAT 12/14/12 - Lamb of God VS Jeff Loomis

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Welcome to Rock 94.7's METAL KOMBAT!  Here's how it works:

    1)  Each weeknight at 6pm, "Scary" Terry Stevens will play 2 songs.

    2)  Then, you'll have until Midnight to text METAL1 or METAL2 to 39327 to vote for your favorite song.  You can also vote online in the widget at the bottom of this post.

    3)  The song with the most votes moves on to the next night.

    4)  The loser experiences the dreaded FATALITY!

    5)  If a song wins 5 nights in a row, it moves on to the METAL KOMBAT Vallhalla Fame!

    On our most recent METAL KOMBAT, Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" took on Nonpoint's "Lights, Camera, Action"!

    And the winner is...

    Lamb of God - "Ghost Walking"

     

    Lamb of God picks up 3 wins in a row!  They're halfway to the Valhalla Fame!

    A NEW CHALLENGER ENTERS THE ARENA!

    Jeff Loomis - "Chosen Time"

    Text METAL1 for Lamb of God or METAL2 for Jeff Loomis to 39327!

    You can also vote here:

     

    While you only get to vote once, you are absolutely encouraged to get your friends to vote!  Support your favorite band!

    We'll reveal the winner Monday night at 6pm!

    Be Cool,

    ST