P.O.D. At Trees on Friday, August 2nd With FLYLEAF

You Metal Freakin Missed It!

Coming to Trees, 2707 Elm Street, in Dallas this Friday, August 2nd 2013 POD with FLYLEAF. Doors open at 7:00 PM with the show beginning at 8:00 PM. Get there early as there will be a line. Pod will be performing from their new CD,  Murdered Love – Out Now (Razor & Tie) as well as some of the stuff from their great selection from their over 20 years of rocking the people with Grammy winning music with a punch.




One History of Metal Part Deux

Now that you have picked yourself up from the floor where the PIT deposited you as you wind milled the night away last night, let’s get on with “A History of Metal Part Deux.”

Moving into the new millennium proved to be nothing new for Metal music as a whole, but it has brought about a couple of new sub-genre to help make the entire Metal scene to gain strength for a growing audience.  Among the new additions, of which this one, Folk Metal, (actual date of inception mid 1990s) has its roots sank into the tradition of Folk Music. I find this form to be very interesting myself. Steeped in fantasy, paganism, nature, mythology and history, Folk metal has come to stay. With the likes of Amon Amarth, Skyforger, Elvenking and many others, this unique form of Metal which sometimes uses traditional folk instruments is making a run on Traditional Metal for a top spot in the genre.

Making itself known, the newest sub-genre in the Metal scene is Metalstep/ Deathstep. Riding in on the ever-growing popularity of Dubstep, it is a new mix of sound that seems to be picking up steam like a locomotive out of control. Metals newest addition to the family is taking some older Metal songs as well as musicians and adding what is called “The Drop”, a heavy electronic bass line to the music and mixing it through the help of a mixer board and creating this wild EDM (electronic dance music). Some notables in this new sub are Jonathan Davis of the Metal band Korn who is presently touring under the name JDEVIL, as well as Igor Cavalera, from Sepultura’s Mixhell.

As it has been from the beginning and shall be for years to come Metal has had several messages in the music. Whether it be political, peace, hate or just about any number of topics you can imagine, it has to me always been about the sound, both instrumental and vocal. Remember this, anyone can make noise, but it takes an artist to make music. Having said that I will leave you with this. No matter what type of MUSIC you enjoy, if it be Beethoven or Black Sabbath, the choice to listen to what YOU like is ultimately YOURS. So don’t let others bully you into crossing the boundaries you set in your life. Stand up for the genre you like.. And if you like Metal and want to hear the newest bands as they emerge, stay tuned to Dallas Our City Radio in the near future as we embark on a mission to serve you, the Metalhead with just what you want and deserve. \m/ Rock On!


Originally published at http://dallas.ourcityradio.com/category/music-news

One History of Metal


I remember that first note I heard when I was just a child, how it set me on the path that today still hits deep in my soul every time I hear those heavy guitar riffs, the maddening thrust of the drum head, the kicking deep throb of the bass, or the screaming vocals of METAL. That first sound was indelibly impressed in my psyche by the band that today is deemed as the original Heavy Metal Band, Black Sabbath, and that song was “Black Sabbath” the first song released off the album by the same name, on Friday the 13th day of February 1970. Even at the young age of 9 I knew at that very moment the world of music was changing.

Through the 70’s the face of music put on several new hats as the genre of Metal began to take on a new air throughout the music scene. With the influx of this new musical genre came many offshoots throughout the 70s, some to include Dark, Thrash, Death and several more. I will attempt to show you the reader how this new sound invoked an entire new musical trip through history.

Throughout the many years of modern music the Blues have been a baseline for MANY different genre and Metal is no different. The sound, the soul and even the meter of Metal comes from The Blues. The only difference that stands out is the darkening of the lyrics and the speed in which it is delivered to the ear. It would be impossible to make a clear cut choice as to which Blues man or Blues band was the biggest influence on Metal in itself so I will generalize this with the following statement; Blues has without a doubt served as the beginning of MORE than just Metal, but has also influenced pretty much every other genre of music with roots in modern music.

Throughout the 70s MANY a new Metal band came on the scene as the new sound began to take ahold of the youth and give them cause for rebellion. Among these in this awakening decade were Deep Purple, Rainbow, and afore mentioned Black Sabbath. These bands led the way into the 80’s for a very large influx of new Metal bands to emerge from this still young genre fresh on the music scene.

In the 80’s began the large splintering of sub-genre that set the tone for the years to come. Within those sub-genre were Power Metal, Doom Metal, and the always strong Thrash metal which is still today dominated by the likes of Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeath, and Metallica. All of these bands still rock the Metal scene today with an ever growing audience.

Through the 90s and into the new millennium came even more sub-genre adding to the already deep well of musical typologies that already existed within Metal. Alternative/ Nu, Metalcore and Progressive Metal are among those burning strong within the ranks of Metal during this period. The bands serving up a new dose of Metal sub-genre seeking listener got their roots from not only the blues but in these new subs there was an even newer influence in that of Jazz Fusion and the never ending Classical. The bands that chose to perform within the Progressive Metal sound began to lengthen their songs and produce more theme based conceptual albums such as Morningrise by Opeth and the ever popular Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche. There are several other subs that came about interspersed throughout the years but I will leave those to be discovered at a further date. Now go out into the scene and dive headlong into a pit.

MetalMaxx, dallas.ourcityradio.com your guide for new realms of Metal to come.

Originally published at http://dallas.ourcityradio.com/category/music-news