Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic Album Review

What’s up guys – coming at ya with another review! This one is a must-watch for the Thrash fanatics.

In this video I dissect album number 17 from Canadian Thrash Metal veterans Annihilator. As I talked about years ago, Jeff Waters and co.’s 1989 debut Alice in Hell remains a high water mark for the genre’s more technically proficient Second Wave. Though I’ve popped my head in on a few of the band’s recent releases – most notably 2015’s Suicide Society – Ballistic, Sadistic was my first time really SITTING with a full-length Annihilator release in quite some time.

So how did it stack up? Is this the swift kick in the ass 2020 needed in order to hit the ground running? Watch the full review here:

 

Top 10 Albums of 2019: METAL EDITION

Year-End List Number Three is here! My Top 10 Metal Albums of 2019! This was a fantastic year for the Metal genre as a whole. And hopefully this wide range of exciting album I’ve selected – from bands new and old, high-profile and under-the-radar – reflects that. Above all, these lists are always a wonderful opportunity for a moment of gratitude. So THANK YOU to all of these bands for pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into their music and making all of our lives more manageable in the process! Artists discussed here include Allegaeon, Venom Prison, Liturgy, Fit for An Autopsy and more!

Check out the full list below:

NAME THAT KILLSWITCH ENGAGE SONG!

Alright guys, time for another edition of Name That Song! I figured since I just reviewed their new record Atonement, Killswitch Engage would be the perfect candidates!

What I really enjoy about doing these videos, besides testing my knowledge about some of my favorite bands, is that I get to squeeze in quite a bit of commentary too. While I’ll never be a “Reaction Video” guy, there is admittedly something totally different about talking about music while you’re listening to it. And I had a lot of fun doing this one, as I did with Slipknot, Machine Head, and Trivium in my previous installments of this segment.

Be sure to comment below the video with your score! Best of luck!

Essential Metal: Testament – The Gathering

What’s up, guys! Hope you’re having a great Labor Day weekend.

Today I’m super excited to resurrect my Essential Metal series, in which I dissect Metal albums from all subgenres that I believe every metalhead MUST own! This time around it’s Testament’s stone cold classic The Gathering – which, as I explain in detail, is a modern Thrash Metal benchmark that directly paved the way for The New Wave of American Heavy Metal, as well as supercharged Thrash revivalists like Vektor.

I also dig briefly into some Big Four talk, as well as Testament’s broader history as one of the so-called “Next Big Four”. You don’t want to miss this one! Check it out here:

 

Top 10 Five Finger Death Punch Songs

So, a couple years ago – no, really, a couple YEARS ago – I had the bright idea to make a list of the Top 10 Five Finger Death Punch Songs. One of the most commercially successful Metal acts of the 21st century – and quite a prominent one during my early to mid teens – I know the catalogue well and this thing should be real easy to put together, right?

I quickly gave up. I started making the list and realized that, based on what I was hearing coming out of the speakers, my problem was not gonna be NARROWING DOWN the best songs, but actually finding 10 that I liked! I was stunned at how much my tastes had changed over time. In the coming year, I went on to make a negative video about the band and then another – albeit, facetious – negative video about the band.

Fast forward two-and-a-half years, and I had this burning desire to go back and complete the list. Sure, my tastes have evolved quite a bit over the years, but it was time for a fun little trip down memory lane. And ironically, approaching this topic as a critical “outsider”, so to speak, made for much more compelling content in my book.

So here it is, a fond ode to quite possibly the bro-iest (is that a word?) Metal band of all time. I hope you guys enjoy!

Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind Album Review

IT’S HERE, BABY!

Slipknot are without a doubt one of my favorite Metal bands to discuss and dissect, as evidenced by this, and this, and also this.

For the latest installment of Ryan’s unsolicited ramblings about the Iowa Metal titans, I’ve broken down Slipknot’s brand new, highly anticipated album We Are Not Your Kind. It’s the band’s sixth LP overall, second without drummer Joey Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray, and first without (irrelevant) percussionist Chris Fehn, who – in case you gave a shit – is currently suing Slipknot for his share of the trash-can-beating profits.

Seriously though, I’ve never been more proud of a review! I really hope you guys enjoy this, and be sure to share and subscribe!

Top 10 Mid-Year Albums of 2019: METAL EDITION

Hey guys, it’s finally time for our Mid-Year Lists! I actually put these together in late June, but July got crazy and I haven’t had time to edit the footage and get it up on YouTube. Part 1 is our Metal list, featuring an AMAZING slew of releases ranging from heavy-hitters like Periphery and Baroness to criminally underrated music from the likes of Astronoid and Numenorean. Also featuring the…ehm…”colorful” commentary from yours truly, as always.

Check out the full video below, and let me know your picks! Non-Metal list coming soon too!