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The main problem with newly minted subgenres is that by the time most people are aware that they exist, any band with a modicum of sense will be heading for the exit. So-called "Oriental metal" is a good example. Arguably started by the mighty ORPHANED LAND, its ill-defined rabble of bands may have...
March 8, 2024

'70000 Tons Of Metal' Announces Public Sale For 2023 Cruise; NIGHTWISH, KREATOR, KAMELOT And DESTRUCTION Among Confirmed Bands

Public sales for the eleventh voyage of 70000 Tons Of Metal, the original, the world's biggest heavy metal cruise, will start Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST, 18:00 CET and 17:00 GMT at Round 11 will sail from Miami, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas and back from Ja...
November 26, 2022

MELECHESH Frontman Receives First Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine, Says He 'Had No Side Effects'

Ashmedi, frontman and founder of MELECHESH, received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine 13 days ago in Jerusalem and is scheduled to get the second dose in eight days. He says: "Due to a preexisting respiratory condition, I was eligible and given the vaccine. I'm now at 50% immunity... After the n...
January 5, 2021


Any band that manages to forge a career in heavy music while living in the Middle East deserves our applause and endless respect. KAOTEON have already cursed a significant stir, primarily in Europe, with their 2018 album "Damnatio Memoriae", and not just because credible extreme metal bands from Leb...
January 18, 2020

MELECHESH's ASHMEDI To Star In Epic Comic Book 'Emissary Of The Anunnaki'

Since summer 2017, Ashmedi — the founder and frontman of MELECHESH —has made two trips to Armenia. Strangely, he was not there on a tour or for rest but to work on the very first Metal Depot interactive comic book, which features MELECHESH and the forgotten Sumerian gods. The 130-page epic is based...
April 14, 2018

IMMOLATION Announces 'Atonement Europe Tour 2017'

New York death metallers IMMOLATION will embark on a European headlining tour in September. Support will come from MELECHESH and AZARATH. The dates are as follows: Sep. 07 - D - Munich - Backstage Sep. 08 – CH - Hüttikon - Meh Suff! Metal Festival Sep. 09 - F - Paris - Fall of Summer Festival Sep....
August 2, 2017

MAX CAVALERA On SEPULTURA's 'Roots': 'It's Incredible How Much Impact This Record Had After Twenty Years'

Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) was interviewed on the December 9-11 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: Lots going on in your world, as usual....
December 30, 2016

All Empires Fall

Brooklyn's TOMBS is one of the best American black metal outfits alongside AGALLOCH and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. Onstage these guys command vast space, even on tiny platforms. The main reason for the band's commanding performance being Mike Hill and company's daringness to try just about anything...
May 19, 2016

SOULFLY: Pro-Shot Footage Of 'Roots Bloody Roots' Performance From Spain's RESURRECTION FEST

Professionally filmed video footage of SOULFLY performing the SEPULTURA classic "Roots Bloody Roots" on July 16, 2015 at the Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, Spain can be seen below. SOULFLY will embark on a four-week U.S. headlining tour in April. Joining them on the trek will be brutal death metal le...
April 13, 2016


SOULFLY will embark on a four-week U.S. headlining tour in April. Joining them on the trek will be brutal death metal legends SUFFOCATION, Metal Blade recording artists BATTLECROSS, as well as ABORMALITY and LODY KONG. Comments SOULFLY mailman Max Cavalera: "We are coming again with another kick-in-...
March 2, 2016

On The Tour Bus With MAX CAVALERA (Video)

Former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera is featured in the latest episode of Digital Tour Bus's "Bus Invaders", which takes you inside the touring vehicle of one of today's top touring acts. The footage was shot on October 11, 2015 in Joliet, Illinois. SOULFLY's tenth studio album...
March 1, 2016

SOULFLY: Quality Footage Of Würzburg Concert

Quality fan-filmed video footage of SOULFLY's February 23 performance at Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany can be seen below. SOULFLY's tenth studio album, "Archangel", was released on August 14, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced and mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, BEHEMOTH, CHILDRE...
February 24, 2016

MELECHESH Frontman Comments On Arrest

Ashmedi, frontman for Sumerian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH, was recently arrested for assault in his hometown of Jerusalem. As rumors about the incident have spread over the past two weeks, he has decided to speak out on the situation. He says in a statement: "While on vacation in Jerusalem, I w...
December 16, 2015


Ashmedi of Mesopotamian black/thrash pioneers MELECHESH joined SOULFLY on stage on August 5 at the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic to perform the SEPULTURA classic "Territory". Video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera...
August 28, 2015

MAX CAVALERA On 'Archangel': I Have Not Been As Excited About A SOULFLY Album In Ten Years

On June 21, Carmziofa of United Rock Nations conducted an interview with SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY frontman Max Cavalera. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about SOULFLY's forthcoming tenth studio album, "Archangel", which will be released on August 14 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment,...
July 4, 2015