Sevendust is an alternative metal band from Atlanta, Georgia that formed originally in 1994. Over the years, they had a few name changes before the name Sevendust finally came about. Names included Snake Nation, Rumblefish, Crawlspace, and probably more. Its best they stuck with Sevendust -just imagine going to see a metal band called Rumblefish? It just doesn't sound great.
Rumors had it that the band is named Sevendust after bassist, Vinnie Hornsby saw a pesticide, Sevin Dust in his grandmother's garage. They must have liked the way it sounded, since that's the name that stuck.
They did release a few things under the old names, but that was in the late 1999s, and they didn't get extremely far. Crawlspace actually released a song called, "My Ruin", on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack in 1996. Then they got sent a notice from another band called Crawspac, wanting $50,000 for the right s to their name. Rather than fight them, they just changed their name to Sevendust and moved on with their lives.
Sevendust finally released their debut, self titled album on April 15, 1997. That album became known for the songs, "Black", "Bitch" and it featured "My Ruin", which they had previously released on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack. "Black" actually became the opening song for every Sevendust show until 2004, we're not sure what they open with now. Maybe they will give everyone a throwback now and then and play this one. This album appeared on the Billboard 200, and stayed there for sixteen weeks. It peaked at 165 on in April 1998, and went gold on May 19, 1999.
Their success has continued to grow over the years, as every album has peaked fairly high on charts all over the world. Almost every album has reached the Top 50, and many have reached the top 10.
Their first three albums, Sevendust, Home, and Animosty have all recieved Gold certifications from the RIAA, and surely others will come in the future. Their highest chart rating is their 2013 album, Black Out The Sun. It reached number one on the US Hard Rock Charts! It also reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 and 5 on the US Rock Charts. So clearly, the US loved that album.
Their international success appears to still be growing, but chart wise, their highest rating came from their 2003 album, Seasons, as it reached number 20 on New Zealand's music charts.
Their latest album, Kill The Flaw, which came out in October 2015, peaked US Hard Rock, and Rock Charts at number 2, and the Billboard 200 at number 13. It too has been very successful, and fans are still loving it and their older music now.
Sevendust is known for songs like "Unraveling" (Cold Day Memory, 2007), "Decay" (Black Out The Sun, 2013), "Enemy", (Seasons, 2003), "Angels Son", (Animosity, 2001), and "Denial" (Home, 1999.)
They're also extremely active today, as they will be going on tour around Australia this March with Silence The City. They then get a little bit of time off before beginning a US tour with Trivium and Like A Storm. In the mist of the tour, they will also be performing at several of the massive festivals around the US, such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, and Rock N' Derby. Their tour fun ends May 27, and you can get further information on Sevendust's official website. For further festival information, please visit the respective websites, which are all linked for your convenience.
Fort Rock Series #6: Anthrax
Anthrax is one of the heavy metal icons in the US. They formed in 1981 out of New York city and are thought of as one of the 'Big Four' thrash metal bands. They are along side Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer in that category, and are continuing to be super successful today.
Anthrax has released ten studio albums, tons of singles, and seven EPs. One EP was a collaboration with a hip hop group called Public Enemy. That's a bit random, don't you think? Apparently not everyone thought so, because it actually reached the Top 10 on a New Zealand music chart (Recorded Music NZ) and 14 on the Official Charts Company for UK singles. America apparently didn't love it that much, but did like it somehwat because it reached number 56 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/ Hip-hop Singles & Tracks. The EP only featured three songs, one of which was live, and came out in July 1991. Still a bit random, if you ask us, but whatever floats your boat.
That was far from the first release from Anthrax though. Their actual first one came out in January 1984, and was called Fistful Of Metal. This album is actually album to feature the original back up vocalist, Neil Turbin, and original bassist, Dan Lilker, who both left the band fairly early on in the band's career. This album honestly didn't get that much success. If our research was correct, it only sold 150,000 copies total. It also happens to feature a cover of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen."
Anthrax over the years have gone through a lot of members, as most bands with long careers such as their's do. The band's lineup today though, is as follows;
Joey Belladonna- lead vocalist, who occassionally will play the drums or turntables. Joey has been in the band since 1984, though he did have a couple gaps between his time with the band. He was there 1984 -1992, and then did not come back until 2005. He then was with Anthrax until 2007, then left once again until 2010. He has stayed with Anthrax ever since.
Jonathan Donais- lead guitarist, and backing vocals. He did not join the band until 2013, and has yet to actually be featured on an album. He will be featured on Anthrax's newest album, For All Kings, which will February 26 of this year. Jonathan on occasion will also play the rhythm guitar.
Frank Bello- bassist, who occasionally will sing as well. Frank has been there since 1984, almost consistently. He did leave briefly in 2004, but came back sometime in 2005, so he really wasn't gone long.
Charlie Benante- drums, and has occasionally played guitar, thermin, blues harp, and has also sung from time to time. He joined in 1983, so just before the band's first album, and has never left.
Scott Ian- He is the founding member, and has always been the rhythm guitarist, who does backing vocals. He has on occasion also done lead vocals and guitar.
Many other members have come and gone over the years, but this is how the lineup stands today. Over the years, they've had a wide amount of success, including having three albums get certified as gold, and another get certified as silver. It appears as though Anthrax's success did not begin to grown until the release of their 3rd album, Among The Living in 1997. That album reached Top 20 for charts in the UK, broke the Top 50 for Sweden, Germany, and Netherlands, and reached 62 on US charts. Prior to that, they had only had one album reach a chart at all, and that was Spreading The Disease, which reached 113 on US Charts in 1985. This album was certified as Gold by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of American) and Silver by BPI (British Phonographic Industry).
Some of their most successful albums came in the years to come. Their next release, State of Euphoria came in 1988, and managed to get world wide success. It peaked at number 12 in the UK, 17 in Norway, 20 in Swizterland, 21 in Sweden, 15 in Germany, 30 in the US, 57 in the Netherlands, 86 in Australia and 87 in Canada. This album was certified Gold by RIAA, and the MC (Music Canada, and silver by the BPI.
They continuted to climb charts for the next few years. Their 1990 album, Persistence of Time was also certified as Gold by the RIAA, and made it into the top 50 for the US, Australia, UK, Germany, Netherland, Norway and Sweden. They actually made into the Top 20 for the UK and Norway!
Then in 1993, they released Sound of White Noise and broke a personal record on the charts. It reached number 7 on the US charts, number 13 in Canada, and 14 in the UK. This one was also certified Gold by the RIAA and MC. Before that, their highest chart rating was 12.
That record held for 18 years, because while they released three other albums, those albums actually did not do as well. They didn't fail or anything, but the highest any of them reached was 36 and that was in Finland.
Their next success came in 2011, with their currently most recent album, Worship Music. The album came out on September 13, 2011 and peaked at number six on Finnish charts. It also reached number 12 here in the US, 13 in Germany, 24 in Sweden, 28 in Switzerland, 35 in Australia, 49 in the UK, and 64 in the Netherlands.
Some fan favorites from Anthrax were, "Caught In A Mosh", "Madhouse", "Bring The Noise", "Only" and "Revolution Screams." There's plenty more where that came from, of course and still much more to come. In just over a month, Anthrax will be releasing their eleventh studio album, For All The Kings. The official release date is Februrary 26. You can pre order it now through Anthrax's official website. They have several different packages involved, for both the US and Europe. You can get it on a CD, Vinyl or through iTunes, for various different prices.
You can also catch Anthrax on tour now through February 12 all over the US with Lamb Of God, Deafheaven and Power Trip. Then they are going to be touring all over Mexico, and Brazil with a stop in Puerto Rico March first, through April 28. From there, they're going to go straight into playing Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville. They also will be making appearances at the Rock'n Derby, Hellfest and Graspop. For further information, please visit the respective festival websites.
Lamb Of God>>> (Fort Rock series #5)
Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band based out of Richmond, Virgina. They originally formed under the name Burn The Priest in 1994, but changed their name to Lamb of God in 1999, from the sounds of it. Rumors sparked up about the name change coming about due to being banned from venues, but all the bans came after the name change, according to the internet. An interview with drummer, Chris Adler from November 2000 said it was more of an all around change that they were just ready to make. Seeing all the success they have had since then, clearly, they made the right choice.
We mean -how many bands do you know that can say they've been nominated for a Grammy Award in five different years? One of them actually is for this year! They are nominated for the Best Metal Performance, just as they were in previous years and the world will find out who wins on February 12, 2016.
Among that prestigious nomination, they also have sold almost two million albums in just the US alone, several of which have topped charts world wide, and won several Metal Hammer Golden God Awards over the years.
The band currently consists of the band's front man, Randy Blythe, bassist, John Campbell, lead guitarist, Mark Morton, drummer, Chris Adler, and rhythm guitarist, Willie Adler. The band is best known for hits like "Laid To Rest", "Redneck", "Still Echoes", and many more. They have seven albums out now for your listening pleasure. The latest one came out on July 24, 2015, and is called VII: Sturm und Drang, which means Storm and Stress in German. This album was the comeback after a breif hiatus that happened after their release of Resolution in 2012. Singer Randy Blythe was tried in a Czech Republic court in March 2013 for a tragedy that happened at a Lamb of God show in 2010. A 19 year old fan, sustained head injuries, which lead to a coma and then death from one of their shows, and apparently police decided to blame the band. The Czech police had asked US authories for cooperation, but they did not comply at all. So, when the band returned to the Czech Republic in 2012, they decided to arrest Randy and charge him for causing this kid's death.
While Randy was held in custody for five weeks, he was not held criminally liable and it was acquitted in June, finally. Due to all of this though, the band was quite inactive for a brief while. Randy had stated that people should not expect a prison record, and that he was just going to write about things that effected him deeply. This did include being in prison in a foregin country, as well as being charged by manslaughter. We won't get into the album too much, you can either look into it yourself, or wait for us to do a review. The review is coming very soon.
While that may have been quite the set back of Lamb Of God, they are back in action now! You can catch Lamb Of God on tour with Anthrax, Deafheaven and Powertrip starting January 15! The tour goes through February 12, and the band will get a couple months off before they begin playing all the big festivals around the US. Lamb Of God will be playing all of the following festivals, in this order. Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville,Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Northern Invasion, and Rock'n Derby this April and May. For more information, such as festival lineups and ticket prices, please head on over to the respective festival websites or Lamb of God's official website!
Megadeth is up there with many other legendary American metal bands today. Originally formed in 1983, and have been active nearly consistently since. Many say they are responsible for the growth of the thrash metal, as they are pioneers of the genre along with Anthrax, Metallica and Slayer.
It comes as no surprise, really, considering one of the founders, Dave Mustaine, was actually in Metallica prior to staring Megadeth. Co-founder and bassist David Ellefson are still in the band, but the lineup has changed a few times over the years. Right now, their guitarist is Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler on drums.
The band's first album came out in 1985 and was called Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! through Combat Records. The album had decent sucess, which was enough to bring them to the attention of Capitol Records.
The band stayed with Capitol Records for their next seven albums, and then went with Sanctuary Records for a couple of albums in the early 2000s. In between these two albums though, came a slightly brief hiatus. In January 2002, Dave Mustaine had surgery to remove a kidney stone. The medication he was given for the pain ended up triggering a relapse in a drug addiction he had previously had. He seeked help in a treatment center in Texas, where he ended up suffering a peculiar injury that caused severe nerve damage in his left arm. He ended up being diagnosed with radial neuropathy, which left him unable to make a fist with his left, or grasp anything. Thus making it impossible to play guitar. He then announced that he was disbanding Megadeth to do this, and started extensive treatment to get his hand working again. Contracts with the record label made it such that they had to release something, so they released a compilation album that same year called Still, Alive...And well? A very appropriate title, all things considered.
The band came back in 2004, with The System Has Failed and have been very active ever since, releasing a new album evey two to three years, and touring quite frequently. In fact, in just a matter of weeks, Megadeth will be releasing their fifteenth studio album, Dystopia. The album comes out on January 22, and was recorded in Leiper's Fork, Tenessee. So far, the singles include "Fatal Illusion" and "The Threat Is Real", both of which were released in October and November of 2015. Something tells us this action is going to be rather hard hitting and emotional, as its been said to be inspired by many hardships the band faced in 2014, including the death of former Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, and family members dying from cancer and accidents influenced by Alzheimer's diease. The band began working in early 2015, and finally will be releasing near the end of January 2016.
Favorites from Megadeth include, "Holy Wars...The Punishment Is Due" from their 1990 album, Rust In Peace, "Peace Sells" from Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? which was released in 1986, "In My Darkest Hour", from So Far, So Good...So What!" which came out in 1988, "Symphone Of Destruction" from the 1992 album, Countdown to Extiction, "Forclosure Of a Dream", which is also from Countdown To Extinction and many more.
You can catch Megadeth on tour with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom, and Havok starting on February 20 through April 28. From that tour, they go straight into playing festivals. They will be playing Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rock'n Derby, and several more all over, leading into the summer. For more information, please visit Megadeth's website, or the respective festival websites!
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