Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums, it distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene, Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps. In October 2018, French independent label Believe Digital acquired a majority stake in Nuclear Blast. More recent signings include names such as Epica, The Adicts, Wednesday 13, Helloween, Decapitated, Cradle of Filth, Nightwish, Symphony X, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Fit for an Autopsy, Rob Zombie, Comeback Kid and The Damned Things. Nuclear Blast was formed in 1987 after founder Markus Staiger traveled throughout the United States for four weeks and saw a gig of his favorite band BL'AST!.
The label's first release was a vinyl compilation called Senseless Death featuring US hardcore bands like Attitude, Sacred Denial, Impulse Manslaughter and others. Swedish band Meshuggah became the first band in the history of Nuclear Blast Records to crack the Billboard 200, landing at number 165 with their 2002 album, Nothing. Meshuggah became the first Nuclear Blast band to be reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine. In 2004, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish released Once on Nuclear Blast, which rocketed to the top of the charts in multiple countries, including Finland, Norway, Sweden and more, it became the first release in the company's history to reach number 1 on the German charts. Slayer released the album Repentless in 2015 which went to number 4 on the Billboard 200 making it the highest charting Nuclear Blast release in the United States; the exclusive distribution in Greece is being carried out by Infinity Entertainment IKE. List of record labels List of Nuclear Blast artists Nuclear Blast Europe
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real
Volume 8: The Threat Is Real is the eighth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. The album was released on July 28, 1998 by Ignition Records and debuted at number 118 on the Billboard 200 chart; the record was produced by Paul Crook. It features the song "Crush", which appeared in the video game ATV Offroad Fury for PlayStation 2 and in the game's soundtrack. Other released singles from the album were "Inside Out", "Piss N Vinegar" and "Born Again Idiot". "Pieces", the hidden track at the end of the album, was written by bassist Frank Bello as a tribute to his brother Anthony, murdered outside his girlfriend's home in The Bronx on March 25, 1996 by an assailant who has never been identified. The track features Bello on vocals. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, in a mixed review for AllMusic, wrote that the album is a continuation of the band's "writing slump" which started with 1993's Sound of White Noise, he said that there aren't many "memorable songs" on the record, went to call it "transitional album" leading the band to "new, uncharted territory".
Stephen Thompson of The A. V. Club found the album to be "aggressive to the point of being exhausting". Martin Popoff in his Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal remarks how the band put a bit of everything in the songs, including multiple speeds, "humor scattered here and there", "big grungy guitars", "meat and potatoes riffing and roaring vocals from Bush", while "experimenting with some different textures and dynamics"; the result is not just "an accessible thrash metal record". All lyrics written by Scott Ian. AnthraxJohn Bush - vocals Scott Ian - guitars Frank Bello - bass, vocals on "Pieces" Charlie Benante - drums, lead guitars on some tracksGuestsPhil Anselmo - backing vocals on "Killing Box" Dimebag Darrell - guitar solos on "Inside Out" and "Born Again Idiot" Paul Crook - guitar solos on "Killing Box", "Hog Tied", "Big Fat", "Stealing From A Thief"ProductionProduced by Anthrax Co-produced and engineered by Paul Crook Mixed by Chris Sheldon Anthrax homepage Review in The Fulford and Tang Hall Curmudgeon #11
Among the Living
Among the Living is the third studio album by American thrash metal band, Anthrax. It was released on March 22, 1987 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island, was certified gold by the RIAA on July 31, 1990; the BBC has described the album as "arguably their big breakthrough", "often cited by fans as their favorite Anthrax album". Drummer and principal songwriter Charlie Benante has referred to Among the Living as Anthrax's "signature album"; the album was dedicated to the late Cliff Burton of Metallica who died in a bus accident a year earlier. The album was produced by engineer Eddie Kramer. “When Eddie said yes to us, it was a total headfuck," guitarist Scott Ian recalled. "And what was more incredible still was when our record label responded to my throwaway suggestion that we mix it in the Bahamas. I’d only said that because Iron Maiden had worked there.”“Their manager, Johnny Z, said to me, ‘I’ve got this band, Anthrax. They like the sounds you get – would you like to work with them?’" Kramer explained.
"That's. We took over a small studio for about a month. We went down to Chris Blackwell’s studio, Compass Point, in the Bahamas, did some work there, it was a tough record for me. I wasn't sure of, and it was a challenge to figure out ways to record heavy guitars with heavy drums – it was just a different process. The guys had a different attitude, a different way of thinking, I remember it being contentious during the mixing.”The album features the singles "I Am the Law" and "Indians". A music video for "Indians" received moderate rotation on MTV in the late-1980s thrash metal heyday; the cover art, by illustrator and painter Don Brautigam, has been the subject of discussion. It was long believed to depict the character Rev. Henry Kane, antagonist from the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, while others believed it depicted Randall Flagg, the subject of the album's title track and the antagonist from the Stephen King novel The Stand. Drummer Charlie Benante, who conceived the concept for the cover, explained: "It was just about how much evil there is amongst us.
I wanted to show just the same type of person on the cover. The same type of people and the one person, sticking out kind of giving you a wave, like a'hi!'"."I Am the Law" is a tribute to comic book hero Judge Dredd. Numerous characters and story elements from Dredd's fictional universe are referenced in the song's lyrics, the title being the character's catchphrase. "Efilnikufesin" is about comedian John Belushi's drug death. "Indians" and the mosh pit anthem "Caught in a Mosh" are still considered Anthrax classics today. "A Skeleton in the Closet" is inspired by the Stephen King novella "Apt Pupil". This was the final Anthrax album to feature songwriting from original bassist Danny Lilker – who, despite having left after 1984's Fistful of Metal, was credited as cowriter of several Anthrax songs for the next two albums. On Among the Living, he is credited as a cowriter of "I Am the Law" and "Imitation of Life". With Lilker's contributions gone, the album marked the beginning of a new songwriting arrangement that would see the band through their most successful period, with Benante writing the bulk of the music and Ian composing the lyrics.
The album was dedicated to the memory of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, a regarded figure in the thrash community, with whom they were friends and label mates at Megaforce Records. Burton was killed in a bus accident while on tour with Metallica in 1986. On November 10, 2009, a deluxe edition of the album was released that included a bonus concert DVD; the deluxe edition featured alternate takes of several album tracks, live versions and "I Am the Law" b-side "Bud E Luv Bomb And Satan's Lounge Band". During the Metal Alliance 2013 tour, Anthrax played the Among the Living album in its entirety. "Among the Living" is based on the Stephen King novel The Stand. "The Walkin Dude" is Randall Flagg, the main villain in the book, the beginning verse: "Disease! Disease! Spreading the disease!\With some help from Captain Trips\He'll bring the world down to its knees" refers to the virus that destroys most of the population in the novel. The song was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series as a master track.
The re-recorded version of "Among the Living" from The Greater of Two Evils is used as a background to the movie Clerks II teaser. "Caught in a Mosh" is ranked #29 in VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs." A cover version of the song is included in the game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and the master recording of the song is included in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits and in Rock Band 3. "I Am the Law" is about the comic book character Judge Dredd. "Efilnikufesin" is about the life of John Belushi. Efilnikufesin is "Nise Fukin Life" backward. "A Skeleton in the Closet" is based on the Stephen King novella "Apt Pupil" from the collection Different Seasons. The novella has since been made into a movie; the A. D. I. in "A. D. I/Horror of It All" stands for Arabian Douchebag Intro. "Indians" was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series as a master track and is included in the game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. "Imitation of Life" is a remake of the S. O. D. Song "Aren't You Hungry?". In August 2014, Revolver placed the album on its "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own" list.
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In July 2005, Among the Living was inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame, becoming the sixth album overall to be featured in the Decibel Hall of Fame. All tracks written by Anthrax exce
Neil Turbin is an American thrash metal vocalist known for being the first full-time vocalist for American band Anthrax and current lead vocalist and songwriter of the heavy metal band DeathRiders. and hard rock band Bleed The Hunger At the time Turbin was first contacted by Anthrax he was in a band called "AMRA", but left after a few months, prompting him to answer Anthrax's advertisement. He attended the same high school as Scott Ian and Danny Lilker, Bayside High School in New York, was in a class with Ian in his freshman year. Turbin earned the position as the first official band vocalist in August 1982. Turbin's first performance with Anthrax was at Great Gildersleeves on September 12, 1982, he performed and recorded with the band on the original demo recordings and their first studio album, Fistful of Metal. Turbin wrote the lyrics to all songs on that album. Turbin has writing credits on five of the seven songs on the band's Armed and Dangerous EP, as well as two songs on Spreading the Disease, both of which were recorded by third Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna who replaced second Anthrax vocalist Matt Fallon.
In 2009 the video game Brütal Legend was released featuring the Anthrax song "Metal Thrashing Mad" in its soundtrack with Turbin's vocals. Today, many of the songs Turbin wrote and recorded with the band have been re-recorded with different vocalists and appear on multiple albums and DVD's including the double platinum certified'Big 4' Live from Sofia, Bulgaria. Turbin's exit from Anthrax came two weeks after the band's first North American'Anthrax US Attack Tour 1984' ending with a show at Roseland Ballroom on August 3. DeathRiders is named after one of Turbin's songs and was formed in 2001 to support Turbin's debut solo album "Threatcon Delta". Deathriders toured Monterrey Metalfest, Mexico in 2005. Sweden Rock 2006, Tokyo and the US in 2008, Rocktower 2009 Germany, Nightmare on St. Pauli Festival Germany 2009, Headbangers Open Air Germany 2009, Expo Rock Tijuana 2010 as well as performing eight shows at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood in 2010. DeathRiders Stay Screamin 2011 European Tour took them to Metal Bash 2011 in Germany, Highway To Dokk'em Open Air Festival 2011 as well as other venues throughout Tilburg, Vienna and Berlin, Germany.
DeathRiders was featured alongside Michael Angelo Batio, Faster Pussycat, Phil Lewis of LA Guns at Rainbow Bar & Grill 41st anniversary outdoor party on April 21, 2013. DeathRiders performed at NAMM Metal Jam at Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on January 23, 2013, which featured many well-known metal artists including current and past members of Queensrÿche, Dio's Disciples, Racer X and Michael Schenker Group. In 2015 the band performed at NAMM Metal Jam 2015 Neil And Michael's Metal Jam with Michael Angelo Batio joining the band on guitar at The Slidebar in Fullerton, California. In 2014 the band toured Europe Headbangers Open Air Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany 2014, the Headbangers Open Air 2014 warm-up show at Lauschbar in Itzehoe, Germany on DeathRiders Fistful Of Metal Alive 2014 European tour which included numerous dates in Netherlands including Dynamo Eindhoven, Netherlands with an all Dutch touring lineup. Bleed The Hunger was formed by DeathRiders vocalist Neil Turbin and DeathRiders recording guitarist Jonas Hornqvist in January 2015.
The band is recording their debut album and has released rough mixes of songs on their reverbnation.com/bleedthehunger The debut album will be completed and released after DeathRiders The Metal Beast is released. Sticky Wicked is a side project band that includes Neil Turbin, Rowan Robertson, Jay Singh and Clackers Kay; the band has been touring numerous dates in California in 2015 The NAMM Convention for 2013 took place in Anaheim, California from January 24–27. NAMM Metal Jam kicked things off the night before, on January 23, 2013 at the Whiskey A-Go Go in West Hollywood, CA; the concert was organized by Turbin with Shredding The Envelope's Dave Reffett. Turbin’s band co-headlined the show along with Micheal Angelo Batio, Nitro and the Metal All-Star Jam, featuring members of: Queensrÿche, Rising Force, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob and Hurricane. Neil Turbin has been included in a regular lineup rotation at Ultimate Jam Night at Lucky Strike Live Hollywood in February, March and May 2015. Performing onstage on a regular weekly basis with Billy Sheehan, Monte Pittman, Chuck Wright, Jason Sutter, Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett, Mitch Perry, Ira Black, Debby Holiday, Reinhold Schwarzwald, Howie Simon, Mayuko Okai, Tzusumi Okai, Rowan Robertson, Francesco DiCosmo, Anthony "Tiny" Biuso, Louis Metoyer, Sam Bam Koltun, Sean McNabb, Jeff Duncan, Shawn Duncan, Matt Duncan, Joe Lester, The Atomic Punks In 2003 Neil Turbin released his first solo album "Threatcon Delta" on American record label "Metal Mayhem Music".
The album contains fourteen songs and includes a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song as well as an AC/DC cover. Prominent guest musicians on the album include Claude Schnell, Jeff Scott Soto, Paul Shortino. Turbin is known for his high pitched screams in his natural voice up to C6. Turbin is the only early'Big 4' vocalist to sing in this range as demonstrated on the songs "Death From Above", "Deathrider" and "Metal Thrashing Mad" on Fistful Of Metal. Turbin cites heavy metal and NWOBHM vocalists from bands such as Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motörhead, Accept and Saxon as influences of his vocal style, although he was heavily influenced by the New York punk scene of the 1970s-1980s including bands such as Generation X, Niki Buzz, The Bullets, Mayday, Steve Johnstad, Sun, Wayne County
Speed metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that originated in the late 1970s from new wave of British heavy metal roots. It is described by AllMusic as "extremely fast and technically demanding" music."It is considered less abrasive and more melodic than thrash metal, showing less influence from hardcore punk. However, speed metal is faster and more aggressive than traditional heavy metal showing more inclination to virtuoso soloing and featuring short instrumental passages between couplets. Speed metal songs make use of expressive vocals, but are less to employ'harsh' vocals than thrash metal songs." One of the key influences on the development of speed metal was the new wave of British heavy metal, or NWOBHM. This was a heavy metal movement that started in the late 1970s, in Britain, achieved international attention by the early 1980s. NWOBHM bands toned down the blues influences of earlier acts, incorporated elements of punk, increased the tempo, adopted a "tougher" sound, taking a harder approach to its music.
It was an era directed exclusively at heavy metal fans and is considered to be a major foundation stone for the extreme metal genres. The NWOBHM came to dominate the heavy metal scene of the early-mid-1980s, it was musically characterized by fast upbeat tempo songs, power chords, fast guitar solos and melodic, soaring vocals. Groups such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Venom and Motörhead as well as many lesser-known ones, became part of the canon that influenced American bands that formed in the early eighties. Motörhead is credited as the first band to play speed metal; some of speed metal's earlier influences include Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave", Budgie's "Breadfan" and Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", as well as certain Deep Purple songs such as "Speed King", "Fireball" and "Highway Star". The latter was called "early speed metal" by Robb Reiner of speed metal band Anvil; the origin song for the genre was aptly named "Speed King" by Deep Purple. Recording on the song started in 1969 making it nearly a full decade ahead of the musical style being recognized.
The song is not only fast and technical but was extremely loud creating noticeable distortion in the recording process. The title song for the bands next album, "Fireball", is a further refinement of the band's influence with drummer Ian Paice's use of the double bass; the way the double bass is played in "Fireball" - up tempo "four on the floor" - becomes a mainstay in many Heavy and Thrash Metal songs in the years to come. This is the only Deep Purple song that employs the double bass and video from the band shows them bring out the second bass as needed to play the song. While speedy, technical playing did not dominate Deep Purple's music, they were the inventors of rock, fast and loud; those characteristics would become the hallmarks of Speed Metal. Given the name of the origin song - Speed King - they probably played a role in the genre's naming. At the least they acknowledged what they were doing, a radical departure from all prior rock music. Black Sabbath are a British heavy metal band from Birmingham and are cited as one of the grandfathers of the genre.
Though known for playing a slow, sludgy tempo, "After Forever" is a up-tempo song with a much faster pace than other songs in their catalogue. Still in certain other songs such as "Electric Funeral", "Into the Void" and "Under the Sun" there is a section in the middle of the song that shifts away from the core music and plays a much faster pace than in the rest of the song returns to the original melody. There are those who believe that their song "Symptom of the Universe" from their 1975 release Sabotage album is the first true example of a speed metal song. Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, they played faster than most rock groups of the time and brought a more "metallic" sound to the guitars. Some songs, such as 1978's "Exciter", were groundbreaking for their sheer speed. Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, formed in 1978, they are considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre. Anvil are another Canadian speed metal band, from Toronto, who formed in 1978.
To date, the band has released sixteen studio albums, has been cited as having influenced many notable thrash metal groups, including Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth. Annihilator is a Canadian speed/thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist and bassist Jeff Waters, they are the highest selling heavy metal group in Canadian history, having sold 2 million records worldwide. Accept is a German heavy metal band which played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. Of particular importance was their 1982 track "Fast as a Shark". Speed metal evolved into thrash metal. Although many tend to equate the two subgenres, others argue that there is a distinct difference between them. In his book Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal, Ian Christe states that "...thrash metal relies more on long, wrenching rhythmic breaks, while speed metal... is a cleaner and more musically intricate subcategory, still loyal to the dueling melodies of classic metal."
However, on the next page, Christe calls speed metal a "subs
Bigger than the Devil
Bigger than the Devil is the second album by crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. The album was released in May 1999 on the Nuclear Blast label, its cover design is based on Iron Maiden's 1982 album The Number of the Beast and its title is a play on words on The Beatles member John Lennon proclaiming The Beatles were "bigger than Jesus Christ". Subsequent releases have included both the entire Seasoning the Obese EP -- incorporating both tracks "Seasoning the Obese" and "Raise Your Sword" -- as well as the "Ballad of the Scorpions", bringing the total number of tracks to 28. "Seasoning the Obese" is a reference to the Slayer song/album Seasons in the Abyss, whereas "Celtic Frosted Flakes" is a reference to the Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost. The Intro/Outro riff used for the song "Aren't You Hungry?" is the same of the Anthrax's song "Imitation of Life", of the album Among the Living. All tracks written by Stormtroopers of Death Stormtroopers of Death Billy Milano – vocals Scott Ian – guitars, backing vocals Dan Lilker – bass, backing vocals Charlie Benante – drums, guitar solo on "Moment Of Truth"ProductionTim Gilles - producer, engineer Rich Wielgosz - engineer Vincent Wojno - mixing
The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U. S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States; the Bronx has a land area of 42 square miles and a population of 1,471,160 in 2017. Of the five boroughs, it has the fourth-largest area, fourth-highest population, third-highest population density, it is the only borough predominantly on the U. S. mainland. The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue—the continuation of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue; the West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx's area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo in the borough's north and center.
These open spaces are situated on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan. The name "Bronx" originated with Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639; the native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries and from the Caribbean region, as well as African American migrants from the southern United States; this cultural mix has made the Bronx a wellspring of hip hop and rock. The Bronx contains the poorest congressional district in the United States, the 15th, but its wide diversity includes affluent, upper-income, middle-income neighborhoods such as Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Morris Park, Country Club; the Bronx the South Bronx, saw a sharp decline in population, livable housing, the quality of life in the late 1960s and the 1970s, culminating in a wave of arson.
Since the communities have shown significant redevelopment starting in the late 1980s before picking up pace from the 1990s until today. The Bronx was called Rananchqua by the native Siwanoy band of Lenape, while other Native Americans knew the Bronx as Keskeskeck, it was divided by the Aquahung River. The origin of the person of Jonas Bronck is contested; some sources claim he was a Swedish born emigrant from Komstad, Norra Ljunga parish in Småland, who arrived in New Netherland during the spring of 1639. Bronck became the first recorded European settler in the area now known as the Bronx and built a farm named "Emmanus" close to what today is the corner of Willis Avenue and 132nd Street in Mott Haven, he leased land from the Dutch West India Company on the neck of the mainland north of the Dutch settlement in Harlem, bought additional tracts from the local tribes. He accumulated 500 acres between the Harlem River and the Aquahung, which became known as Bronck's River or the Bronx. Dutch and English settlers referred to the area as Bronck's Land.
The American poet William Bronk was a descendant of Pieter Bronck, either Jonas Bronck's son or his younger brother. The Bronx is referred to with the definite article as "The Bronx", both and colloquially; the County of Bronx does not place "The" before "Bronx" in formal references, unlike the coextensive Borough of the Bronx, nor does the United States Postal Service in its database of Bronx addresses. The region was named after the Bronx River and first appeared in the "Annexed District of The Bronx" created in 1874 out of part of Westchester County, it was continued in the "Borough of The Bronx", which included a larger annexation from Westchester County in 1898. The use of the definite article is attributed to the style of referring to rivers. Another explanation for the use of the definite article in the borough's name stems from the phrase "visiting the Broncks", referring to the settler's family; the capitalization of the borough's name is sometimes disputed. The definite article is lowercase in place names except in official references.
The definite article is capitalized at the beginning of a sentence or in any other situation when a lowercase word would be capitalized. However, some people and groups refer to the borough with a capital letter at all times, such as Lloyd Ultan, a historian for The Bronx County Historical Society, the Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx, a Bronx-based organization; these people say. In particular, the Great and Glorious Grand Army of The Bronx is leading efforts to make the city refer to the borough with an uppercase definite article in all uses, comparing the lowercase article in the Bronx's name to "not capitalizing the's' in'Staten Island.'" European colonization of the Bronx began in 1639. The Bronx was part of Westchester County, but it was ceded to New York County in two major parts before it became Bronx County; the area was part of the Lenape's Lenapehoking territory inhabited by Siwanoy of the Wappinger Confederacy. Over