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Dead Cross II

Just in time for the holidays, American hardcore “supergroup” Dead Cross released their second full-length album, II, on Ipecac Recordings this past October. The album is a concoction of musical treatments, doused with innovative riffs of gothic proportion, drummed up from the ash of burnt angel wings. It assaults the mind as it slowly peels the skin from the back of your neck. An entourage of metal’s finest, drilling distorted bass riffs into a tight metal frame, led by the ethereal uprise and brutal assault of Mike Patton’s vocals. A group of signature personas co-authoring new anthems of isolation and hatred towards war, global dominance, extreme consumerism, toxic masculinity, insanity, and fear-mongering. A scathing shitstorm of misanthropy aimed at society at large.

Anyway, continue reading below for my full review. Visit the Ipecac Recordings Website for Dead Cross music and merch. Album review by Joseph Strand.

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Anthrax (Photo by Travis Shinn)

Anthrax is currently touring in celebration of their 40th year as a band. Along with Black Label Society, Anthrax are bringing some of the finest thrash and heavy metal to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD on 8/18/2022. Both bands will play headline sets with Hatebreed as the supporting artist. Anthrax and BLS have shared festival stages and one-off shows numerous times, but this marks the very first time these two bands have toured together. Don’t miss it!!!

Shows are selling out fast. Secure your spot while you can. Log onto https://www.anthrax.com/tour or http://blacklabelsociety.com for all ticket purchasing information.

Mr. Bungle: The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny Demo

Avant-garde metal martyr’s Mr. Bungle released the best thrash metal album of 1986 on October 30, 2020. Possibly one the best things to come out of what would end up becoming such a hellish year. Of course I’m referring to Bungle’s fourth studio album, The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny Demo. A demo most have never heard, and one I thought would never be legitimately re-recorded and released as an album. Eureka!

This album is fucking awesome. Beautiful and brutal. That’s about all I can say. It’s a true soundtrack for the times, particularly in the US, but also for the world’s chaos at large. With legends like Mike Patton, Scott Ian, Dave Lombardo, Trevor Dunn, and Trey Spruance, how can Mr. Bungle go wrong?!? They can’t. Anyway, in this album review Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Joseph Strand reviews The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny Demo by Mr. Bungle. Continue reading below for Joseph’s full album review.

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GWAR (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Holy shit! GWAR played their first drive-in concert in the parking lot of The Diamond in Richmond, VA on 10/10/20, and I was fortunate enough to be there for my first parking lot show as well. The band’s performance was top notch and included all the horrific thrills and chills you would expect from these intergalactic metal gods — blood, guts, and senseless rock ‘n’ roll obscenity. I loved every second of it.

Continue reading below for my full concert review and more photos. Concert review and all photos by Andy Jillson.

GWAR (Photo by Andy Jillson)
GWAR (Scumdogs of the Universe)

Richmond’s own intergalactic metal gods GWAR are taking over The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia with two drive-in concert performances on Saturday, October 10. I, Andy Jillson, will be attending the early show and Hazy Eye Music Media’s own Brad Price will be in the front row (receiving the VIP treatment) for GWAR’s late show…and boy are we excited!!!

Tickets range from $139.95 to $199.95 per vehicle for the concert, based on proximity to stage. The late show is sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the early show. For direct links to remaining tickets and GWAR merch, click HERE or HERE. Continue Reading below for more info and to view some lovely photos of GWAR & GWARbar. Photos and words by Andy Jillson & Brad Price.

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Machine Head @ The Fillmore (Photo by Abdullah Konte)

Machine Head performed at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on January 31, 2020 — and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Abdullah Konte was there to capture some of the punishing metal madness. Abdullah had no idea what he was in for. The band played two full sets of extremely loud heavy metal. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Machine Head — and Abdullah is our guide. All images copyright and courtesy of Abdullah Konte.

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Machine Head (Photo by Abdullah Konte)
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Machine Head @ The Fillmore (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Machine Head stopped at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on January 31, 2020 — and I, Andy Jillson, was there to capture some of the metal madness. The band played two full sets of their most classic and loved material. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Machine Head.

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Machine Head @ The Fillmore (Photo by Andy Jillson)
High On Fire @ Baltimore Soundstage (Photo by Andy Jillson)

High On Fire performed at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland on November 17, 2019 — and I, Andy Jillson, was there rocking out with my fellow photographers and dedicated metalheads. Soundstage was packed, people were drunk and high, and the music was fucking amazing. I did my best to capture these musical madman in action despite the obstacles. Continue reading below for full concert review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

High On Fire @ Baltimore Soundstage (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Abbath @ Baltimore Soundstage (Photo by Shane Gardner)

Obituary and Abbath performed together at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD on October 23, 2019 and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Shane Gardner was there to capture some of the metal mayhem. Midnight and Devil Master were also on the bill as the supporting acts. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Obituary, Abbath, Midnight, & Devil Master — and Shane is our guide. Continue reading below for more photos from the show. All images copyright and courtesy of Shane Gardner.

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Obituary @ Baltimore Soundstage (Photo by Shane Gardner)
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GWAR @ Rams Head Live (Photo by Brad Price)

GWAR landed at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD on September 29, 2019 and Hazy Eye Music Media’s contributor Brad Price was there to capture some of the antics. Yep, in this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a nightmarish trip down memory lane with GWAR — and Brad is our guide. Continue reading below for more photos from the show. All images copyright and courtesy of Brad Price.

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GWAR @ Rams Head Live (Photo by Brad Price)