Musictalker’s updates 5/18

Hey readers!  I know I never posted a review of the April 2nd Overkill show, but I will post a short one with some pics from the show in a bit!  It won’t be the same as if it was sooner after the show, but oh well.  It’s the best I can do right now.

Also, as most people know by now, a Metal God retreated to the Heavens at 7:45 am on Sunday, May 16th, 2010.  Ronnie James Dio was an amazing person and had the most amazing voice.  He was truly a god amongst men and deserves to be remembered as such.  He passed away on Sunday after battling stomach cancer for several months.  Known for popularizing the metal horns, fronting Black Sabbath after Ozzy left, and many other great contributions to the metal community and the world in general, Dio was an inspiration for countless individuals, especially most metal musicians.  I was lucky enough to have seen him live with Heaven & Hell three times, one of which involved me staying the night in a hotel room across the hall from him.  He was an irreplaceable human being and will be sorely missed by so many.  Rest in Peace, Ronnie.

In lighter news, Exodus’ Exhibit B: The Human Condition was released today.  This album is a must-buy for thrash metal fans.  While Rob Dukes is not even close to being the best Exodus vocalist, he offers some quality vocals on this thrasher.  He brings to the table some old school thrash shouts as opposed to his usual generic screams.  With that said, if you did not enjoy their 2007 effort, Exhibit A, do not hesitate to check this one out.  Exhibit B climbs to much highers levels of excellence and is more raw and old school-sounding than any of Exodus’ recent releases.  It is definitely worth the buy and gives good competition against Overkill’s Ironbound for the title of “Thrash Album of 2010.”

Other recent albums you need to check out:

As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

John 5 – The Art of Malice

Albums to look for:

Soulfly – Omen – 5/25

Kingdom of Sorrow – Behind the Blackest Tears – 6/8

Ozzy Osbourne – Scream – 6/22

Black Label Society – Order of the Black – 8/10


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