When the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest announced their initial lineup a few weeks ago, it was already unfuckwithable. Anthrax (playing Among The Living), Opeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Shadows Fall…and others were already enough to get me excited.
Today, they announced the addition of a few new bands, including The Dillinger Escape Plan. (more…)
Not too long ago, I went over to Double-Down Saloon to celebrate Frank’s birthday with the rest of the crew from Metal Injection and MetalSucks. Amidst the smoke and the booze, there was one obvious question I had to ask everyone: what were some of your favorite records of 2011? Having posted their lists a couple weeks ago, I already knew what some of the MetalSucks people thought. More interesting however was my conversation with the boys about the validity of “Top Lists” in general. Some of them considered the whole exercise pointless. While I understand their reasons, I still like countdowns and “best-of” lists simply for their informative value. If you admire the opinion of a certain writer, maybe their list would be worth reading. I’ve found out about countless artists from such lists, artists who have then turned into favorites or opened doors for others. So if anything, I hope this list can serve that purpose for you.