Carrying the torch of bands like Biohazard, D.R.I. and Anthrax, Queens’ own Sworn Enemy blends metal and hardcore in a subgenre known as metal-core, a term come to define heavy music styles from Nuclear Assault to Killswitch Engage to Trivium to Lamb of God. Sworn Enemy’s latest CD, The Beginning of the End,” was released on Abacus Records on January 24, 2006. And according to guitarist, Lorenzo Antonucci, “…this album is…a true definition of metal-core.”
We Are Scientists, or W.A.S. as they like to be referred to, is a very rare breed of a band. They are making music in a genre full of pretension and posturing, a genre full of bands more interested in looking like a band that makes garage/new wave rock than actually sounding like it. The Strokes, The Killers, The Bravery, The Arcade Fire, and Franz Ferdinand all fall into this category. W.A.S. on the other hand has made an album full of completely un-ironic, utterly fun songs.
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The Triumphant Return of the Original 'Thrax
By Stephen Bronner
Although the 80s have been over and done with for sixteen years now, the music it has spawned is still around. This goes especially for metal, not that cheesy hair metal, but for good old thrash metal.
While tragic death and deteriorating creativity seems to be killing the genre slowly, the least acknowledged of the big thrash bands stands up and shows that thrash is still strong. Anthrax is back with their Among the Living lineup: guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante have reunited with ex vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Daniel Spitz and bassist Frank Bello. The reunion occurred mid to late last year, when the band rocked New Jersey's Starland Ballroom, which was recorded for 2005's Alive 2 CD.
Even Cheesier than Queen Ever was...and so Tasty
By Annemarie Taddeucci
When British rockers, the Darkness, first appeared on the music scene in 2003, they were accused of sounding a lot like Queen (the incredible original, not the present pale incarnation); the English band's sophomore release, One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back, has them convicted of this offense again.