By: Chris Coutsoukis
In just a short 24 hours not only have the nu-metal legends in Disturbed returned to the scene after a four year hiatus, but they have released a brand new music video for their single "The Vengeful One" along with album details for their upcoming sixth studio album, Immortalized. This is the band's latest studio work since 2010's Asylum and is slated for an August 21st release.
It seems the hard rock industry is firing on all fronts as two "New Wave of American Metal" giants Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed have risen from the ashes. Frontman David Draiman comments, “The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated.” According to Loudwire, the band had been writing since the end of 2014 and kept the studio work top secret to the industry. Drayman continues, "For this album, everything was written in the same room,” says Draiman. “It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference.”
NBA fans who attended tonight's Game 5 in San Fransisco got more when they expected when Metallica strapped in to kick off the night. Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet are California locals and have played other Bay area sporting events including the San Fransisco Giants. Metallica commented earlier this week on the news, "We're incredibly lucky to have another winning team here in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors took the NBA Western Conference title and are facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals! By now we're guessing that you've noticed that we like to support our home sports teams, so to continue in that tradition James and Kirk will be on hand at Game 5 on Sunday, June 14th. They'll be performing the National Anthem before the game as the Warriors resume their quest for the title back at home at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA that night."
As of this weekend, a decade of evil has fallen upon the hard rock industry as Avenged Sevenfold's landmark 2005 studio album City of Evil turns ten years old. More than ten years after its release, City of Evil remains a top contender in the running of classic hard rock albums and is the home of radio favorites like Bat Country, Beast and the Harlot, and Seize the Day.
Flashback ten years and Avenged Sevenfold was a rising Southern California metalcore act, grinding in the hardcore scene with bands like Eighteen Visions and playing local venues like Chain Reaction. Not only did City of Evil receive widespread commercial success, but set the Californian 5-piece in a completely new sonic direction. Prior to their 2005 release, fans knew A7X as a band which offered fast punk drums, brutal riffs, and a pissed off frontman in M. Shadows. While there is hardly any rock fan that would bash the band's second full length Waking the Fallen, its successor redefined the identity of the band, and highlighted the band's influences in Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden, and Guns N' Roses. The finished product remains a collection of some of the most sacred recordings in hard rock history.
Offering blistering guitar work, melodic songwriting, and classic metal attitude, City of Evil was the perfect storm to embark A7X on a proud career in the industry. In total the album runs a generous 72 minutes front to back, with an even thicker songbook for aspiring guitarists. Containing deep tracks like "Sidewinder", "M.I.A.", "The Wicked End" and "Blinded Chains" City of Evil changed the face of heavy music, put the guitar solo back in style, and gave a breath of fresh life to a commercially struggling genre. If you haven't heard it front to back, go grab your best pair of headphones.