Review DOWNSET ‘Maintain’

It was in the mid-80s when a band called Social Justice started in Los Angeles, California. Social Justice was the predecessor of Downset. The renamed band premiered in 1994 with the ‘downset.’ album and the debut contains with ‘Anger!’ a great crossover hymn that paved the way for the success of the sophomore longplayer ‘Do... Continue Reading →

DOWNSET announce ‘Maintain’

Downset belong to the pioneers of a rap/hardcore blend that gained momentum in the ‘90s. Their first two longplayers are stellar releases with songs like ‘Anger’, being a real hymn, penned by the band. After having signed with Nuclear Blast, Downset announce a new album. ‘Maintain’ is their first album in eight years and ‘The... Continue Reading →

Review DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER ‘Wilde Kinder’

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter released their ‘The Divine Horsemen’ album in 2021 and follow it up with a next longplayer. With their latest effort being a improvised recording, the German four-piece returns to a more regular record with ‘Wilde Kinder’ (German for ‘wild children’) The band, that started as a furious grindcore band developed their music... Continue Reading →

Review CHOREOMANIC ‘Choreomanic’

Dutch bass player Joost van der Graaf is known from his time with bands like Dew-Scented. His bass can be also heard on Pestilence’s latest album ‘Exitivm’. In 2020 Van der Graaf started with Choreomanic a solo project and the self-titled album is the debut. Musically Choreomanic has not that much to do with the... Continue Reading →

Review CRISIX ‘The Pizza EP’ – EP

What are your weekend plans? Beer, pizza and football? Sounds like a plan and from September on, pizza could become another meaning too. Spanish thrash metal enthusiasts Crisix have a new release in the pipeline, ‘The Pizza EP’. The good thing, this pizza is 100% calorie free and even better, since the five songs are... Continue Reading →

Review MORDRED ‘The Dark Parade’

For a lot of good reasons bands like Faith No More and others are mentioned in the context of crossover, uniting metal with other genres. At the same time a forerunner for crossover is often forgotten. California-based Mordred unleashed in 1989 a debut album called ‘Fool’s Game’ that was as great as it was revolutionary... Continue Reading →

BODY COUNT published an iconic new video

Grammy Award winners Body Count have never shied away from keeping it raw and real. In that spirit, Ice-T and crew launched a contest for fans to illuminate the musical and lyrical ballistics to their song, 'The Hate Is Real', from their latest album, Carnivore. Fans were asked to create and submit their own videos and the band... Continue Reading →

ENFORCED unleash ‘Curtain Fire’

Virginia based crossover maniacs Enforced release their new track and visualizer video for 'Curtain Fire' today via Century Media Records. Watch the music video for the banger, which is off the band's forthcoming blistering new album and Century Media debut, 'Kill Grid', which will hit the record stores on March 12th, 2021 "Also known as 'the creeping barrage,' curtain... Continue Reading →

CD review MORDRED ‘Volition’

Far before Rage Against The Machine started their successful crossover mix, before Limp Bizkit became a megaseller and even before Anthrax and Public Enemy started a collaboration, it was Bay Area powerhouse Mordred that fused musical styles that doesn't have a connection on first sight. At the same time as Faith No More started to... Continue Reading →

MORDRED and the new EP

Update 04.06.2020: The release date moved to June 19th, 2020 If there are crossover pioneers in metal it's Mordred from San Francisco, California. Belonging to the spearhead of bands that merged thrash metal with hiphop and funk, the guys released with 'Fools Game' an album that broke the chains of exciting genre limitation and opened... Continue Reading →

CD review WALTARI ‘Global Rock’

If there is one band on this planet that takes the word ‘crossover’ very serious, than it’s Waltari from Finland. The band, nowadays driven by Kärtsy Hatakka.and Jari Lehtinen, seems to have an endless flow of border-crossing creativity. Not forgotten is the extraordinary ‘Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Death Metal Symphony in Deep C’ album, a... Continue Reading →

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