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Paul Ortiz of Chimp Spanner talks to The Age of Metal

Paul Ortiz, mastermind of the project Chimp Spanner, is a relatively new face in the states, and on his first US tour with such bands as 7 Horns 7 Eyes, Jeff Loomis, and The Contortionist. On July 26, these bands showed up at Martini Ranch in the city of Scottsdale,AZ. Chimp Spanner came on right after 7 Horns 7 Eyes and did a wonderful job for their début here in Arizona. For those who don’t know Chimp Spanner is an instrumental band (Animals as Leaders comes to mind) led by Paul Ortiz who writes and records all the music. On a live setting Paul Ortiz was able to get members from Jeff Loomis‘ backing band to fill in on drums and rhythm guitar.

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Morgoth – Cursed To Live (2012)

 

Close your eyes and listen to the screams, the shouts, guitars, vocals and hear the drum beat and bass line in the air.  It feels so real as if you were there but once you open your eyes your just sitting in the very comfort of your car, living room or where ever it is your playing the “Cursed To Live,” album (Century Media).  German Death Metal band Morgoth is releasing their latest cd which is the live recording of Germany’s Way Of Darkness Festival on October 7th 2011, this is to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Cursed album.  So for anyone who was there can remember the sight and sound of the show and for those of us who weren’t here’s our chance to hear the magic that we missed.  Formed in 1987 Morgoth has pumped out the heaviest tunes and has made their mark in the death metal scene as an important band from Europe.  Current band line up is: Marc Grewe (Vocals), Harry Busse (Guitar), Sebastian Swart (Guitar), Marc Reign (Drums) Sotirios Kelekidis (Bass).

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Matt Harvey of Exhumed talked with The Age Of Metal

With a history riddled with a laundry list of former members, long gaps between releases and hiatuses, a rational person wouldn’t bet on Exhumed being the success it is today. Although you won’t hear any of their songs being played as background music while you shop at Walmart or eat at a restaurant, they’re the kind of band a kid would want to see so bad that they’d sneak out, be grounded until college, and say it was worth it*. Since their creation in 1990, Exhumed has taken off to tour in many foreign countries, sell thousands albums, and all the while staying true to their influences and fans.
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Crucified Barbara – The Midnight Chase (2012)

It has been a while since I had the time to enjoy an all girl metal band, I think since Warlock or Girlschool or even The Runaways, until I listened to  Crucified Barbara. A quartet of gorgeous and talented musicians that since their formation in 1998 they have created kick ass heavy metal. But it was until 2005 that they released their first album In Distortion We Trust an album full of 80′s sound that reminiscence the “Sunset Strip” golden era of heavy metal. In 2009 they released Til Dead Do Us Party a more heavy record within the same style of music, but more on the vein of a Motörhead sound.
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Paul Mazurkiewicz of Cannibal Corpse checked in with The Age Of Metal

With a combination of skull crushing riffs, drums, bass, and guttural vocals, Cannibal Corpse emerged from New York in the late 80’s to become one of the most renowned bands in the genre. Besides their music, they’re well known for their controversial song titles, lyrics, album names and album artwork, making them frequent targets of censorship. After making a run of shows across the US and Europe in support of their 12th album Torture, the band has returned to the states to headline the Summer Slaughter Tour.
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The Summer Slaughter Tour 2012 / Venue Of Scottsdale/ Scottsdale, AZ. 07/23/2012

In a city so hot it’s comparable to Satan’s butthole, fans lined up past the venue and down the block, while sweating their asses off and bearing the heat to be as close to the front as possible. Some even got there at least 4 hours early, which is true dedication when it’s over 110 degrees. When the doors finally opened, entrants were greeted by endless merch tables (which made my wallet quite a bit lighter), and a wisely picked local band promptly started less than half an hour later. The second band, Vivicide, could have been mistaken for a band on The Summer Slaughter Tour, with their perfectly synchronized guttural/high pitched vocals and stage presence.
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The Age of Metal speaks with Brian Patton of EYEHATEGOD

Back in 1988 a few guys from New Orléans got together to make what is now known as EYEHATEGOD. They have throughout the years became a powerhouse in the New Orléans metal scene. EYEHATEGOD’s sound can only be described as a very sludgey kind of metal with heavy detuned guitars, coupled with bluesy riffs, tons of feedback, and tortured vocals. Recently the band has been going strong and are in the works to release a new studio album in the near future.

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Tankard- A Girl Called Cerveza (2012)

Is there such a thing as drunken thrash metal.. Not sure but if there had to be a band to represent that genre it would have to be Tankard.  They have been pumping out some killer tracks all the way since 1982.  Their first cd came out in 1986, “Zombie Attack.”   Their cd prior to the latest album was Vol(l)ume 14(2010).  Unique and awesome are the best way to describe the Alcoholic Metal band from Germany the land of beer.  Current band line up is Gerre – (vocals), Frank – (bass), Olaf – (drums), Andy – (Guitar).  A Girl Called Cerveza (Nuclear Blast) is the bands 15th album as they celebrate their 30 year anniversary together.  So raise your glass and down your beers as when you listen to this album, because that’s what Tankard is all about.

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Goatwhore at The Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff AZ – 7/19/12

Goatwhore headlined the night before The Summer Slaughter Tour kicked off and it was intense. Always on one chaotic tour cycle or another, Goatwhore works hard and they sound harder.
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Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth checked in with The Age Of Metal

Last week I had the opportunity to see live Iced Earth live again as they are now in the road with Volbeat and Hellyeah, the curious of this tour is that they are not headlining as many would think they will be. Iced Earth is not a band that regularly acts as support for other bands, in fact counting this tour, this is their fourth time on that role. Their set on this tour is only 40 minutes long, but they are 40 kick ass minutes, they played Dystopia, Anthem, Declaration Day, Melancholy, Iced Earth, V, and Pure Evil. One thing that called my attention the most, this one was the second time in a long while that I saw the floor of the Marquee Theater so full for an opening act (Last time was for Gwar). Iced Earth‘s show was pure energy and the voice of Stu Block once again blew me away, Here are some images from that night.

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