In other news, Slipknot has recently released their fifth studio album 5:The Gray Chapter. This is the first album in six years as well as the first to not feature founding Bassist Paul Gray who passed away in 2010 and long time drummer Joey Jordison, who parted ways due to irreconcilable differences. I give the The Gray Chapter a 9/10 rating as it takes us back to the early roots of Slipknot and Iowa. The Gray Chapter debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has been a huge success thus far. The album has received all positive reviews from all of the major news sources including Blabbermouth, Loudwire, and AllMusic.
The album title pays tribute to its fallen founder Paul Gray. The sound on this album goes back to Slipknot's beginnings and is an all out assault on the senses. Corey Taylor is terrific as always and the band seems to have grown and matured both musically and lyrically. The album also shares a depth of various emotions ranging from anger to sadness and there are some personal moments you can feel as the album plays on. The Gray Chapter begins with the Track XIX, which slowly climaxes to Corey Taylor at his best. The album also features other hits, The Negative One (Feature Video), AOV, Sacrastrophe and more. Slipknot had received some criticism and backlash from some of it's hardcore fans as they seemed to have sold out. Well, this album is definitely Slipknot at its best and I would recommend it to any true Metal fan. Slipknot joins KORN on tour this fall and should be on everyones wish list for tickets.
The Band Exodus has also released its tenth studio album, Blood In/Blood Out, which features the return of lead vocalist Steve Souza, who had not been a member of the band since 2004. The album also features special guest and former guitarist Kirk Hammett. Blood In/Blood Out has 11 tracks and truly dives into the thrash era, going away from the death metal sound of recent years. Blabbermouth gave the album a 9/10 rating and AllMusic an 8/10 rating. This is a true thrash album that also has other elements of heavy metal. Blood In/Blood Out peaked at #38 on the Billboard 200 and has been very successful. The album also features guest appearances from Testament's Chuck Billy and Dan the Automator. Kirk Hammett plays the solo on the song "Salt the Wound." Once again, I highly recommend this album to any true thrash metal fan.
Some other notable bands that have released new albums include Accept, Sixx AM, and Slash. Most notably Accept, who released their latest studio album Stampede. Stampede is another assault on the senses and may be Accepts best overall album to date. I was never a fan of Accept, but the more I listen to their music, the more I appreciate their style and sound. PAPA ROACH has released a brand new official video "Face Everything and Rise." This song will appear on their new album F.E.A.R which is due out in early 2015. FAITH NO MORE has also announced that they will be releasing a new album shortly. Details are still to come but that will be a definite purchase for me. And of course, SLAYER will be releasing their new album which is the most highly anticipated in years. Anthrax and Volbeat have announced an upcoming tour which should be very special, considering Volbeat Guitarist Rob Caggiano was a former member of Anthrax. Meanwhile, MEGADETH has announced that they will be auctioning off memorabilia in a six day selling frenzy. Details are still to come.
In closing, I invite you all to read and hear my recent interview with MAXXXWELL CARLISLE from HELLION. It was a great opportunity and is just the beginning of some more exclusive interviews with some of Metal's elite. Also, don't forget to check out Hair Metal Mansion with Rob the "Axeman" every Tuesday Evening on Phillyrockradio. And finally, check out The Saloon Rock Club which features Kevin Law and Johnny E as they pound out classic metal to new age metal. You name it, they play it. So ROCK ON MATES \m/!!!!! This is Jason Voorhees saying good bye and Rock Out!