20 BEST METAL SONGS OF 2014
Dec05

20 BEST METAL SONGS OF 2014

by Loudwire Staff It’s that time of year again! With 2014 coming to a close, we look back on the metal songs which impacted our ears since Jan. 1. For this list, we’re taking into account fan response, songwriting prowess, popularity, creative progression, technical ability and many more dynamics. After a year’s worth of thought, listening to everything we can get our hands on and keeping our ears to the ground, we give you our choices for the 20 Best Metal Songs of 2014! 20 ‘Heavy Bough’ Alunah British doom act Alunah released the killer ‘Awakening the Forest’ album this year, led by the track ‘Heavy Bough.’ The piece of doom psychedelia is a slow burn which becomes increasingly hypnotic as frontwoman Soph Day begins her calm vocal approach. The rest of ‘Heavy Bough’ is carried by a solid instrumental foundation reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath, though the song consistently maintains its own identity. 20  ‘We Knew Him Well’ Down After the awesome ‘Down IV Part I – The Purple EP’ in 2012, was there ever any doubt that its companion piece would be awesome too? From ‘Down IV – Part II,’ the new track ‘We Knew Him Well’ is pure NOLA sludge. Philip Anselmo‘s vocals are dirty as hell while the instrumental section of Down trudge along with a groove-heavy backdrop. Anselmo has plenty of room to move around vocally in ‘We Knew Him Well,’ and the Pantera legend uses that space to his full advantage. 18 ‘Implode’ Slayer Slayer will always sound like Slayer, but it’s always refreshing when the pinnacle thrash band cranks out a track that feels timeless. Slayer premiered ‘Implode’ at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in what was largely thought to be the show’s high point. Even when performed after immortal Slayer anthems ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘War Ensemble,’ ‘Implode’ sounded strong, fitting in snugly as the final piece of Slayer’s three-song set. The band offered a free download of ‘Implode’ almost immediately after the Golden Gods gig, and we offer our thanks in return. 17  ‘Baring Teeth For Revolt’ Goatwhore Goatwhore is a one-of-a-kind band. They boys have the ability to stick with their death, black and heavy metal roots while creating anthems that will crawl into your ears and stay there. For ‘Baring Teeth for Revolt,’ guitarist Sammy Duet offers an old-school riff over battlecry lyrics like, “We are coming to taste their blood / We are coming defile their gods.” 16  ‘Gloryhole’ Steel Panther Steel Panther have brought heavy metal back once again, this time through a hole drilled inconspicuously into a bathroom stall. From the band’s third album,...

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Heaven Below’s Patrick Kennison Set To Rock With Lita Ford
Dec04

Heaven Below’s Patrick Kennison Set To Rock With Lita Ford

 BY: Bear Frazer The musician cut his teeth in Union Underground, then went on to lead Heaven Below and, along the way, picked up a gig in Lita Ford’s band. And, despite the semi-hazy memory, he remembers living with Papa Roach and Linkin Park getting booed off stage. Kennison co-founded San Antonio, Texas nu-metal act Union Underground in 1996 with lead singer Bryan Scott, and they achieved their biggest success when they released their debut album, An Education In Rebellion, in 2000 via Columbia. Amidst singles like “Turn Me On ‘Mr. Deadman'” and “Revolution Man,” and securing a slot on the 2001 edition of Ozzfest, they became well known for their song “Across The Nation,” which served as the theme song to WWE’s Monday Night Raw. But after getting dumped by Columbia, and inner turmoil, the group disbanded and Kennison retreated to Los Angeles, California. Though he did some studio work, he “found his balls” in 2008, formed hard rock troupe Heaven Below, and decided to step up to the mic and try his hand at frontman, in area where he continues to excel to this day. Though Heaven Below are currently putting the finishing touches on their third full-length album, he is now pulling double duty as he joined Lita Ford‘s band as one of their guitarists back in October. Together, they are working on her next studio effort, due out sometime next year. He stays busy, but if you ask Kennison, he isn’t busy enough, nor does he sleep much at all. In this Arena exclusive, Patrick talks about becoming a full-fledged member of Lita Ford’s band. He also reflects on his days in Union Underground, remembers whenLinkin Park was booed off stage, recalls living in the same apartment complex withPapa Roach, and reveals what’s next with Heaven Below. Arena: You’re from San Antonio, and now you’re living out west in Los Angeles. That said, what’s it like for a Texas boy out there in Cali? Patrick: Well the first shocker is L.A. is a lot more expensive than San Antonio (laughs). I was born and raised in San Antonio, and by the time Union Underground got going, I don’t want to say I conquered the city because no one ever conquers the city, but I went further than I was expecting to, so it only made sense I moved to Los Angeles after Union Underground. Arena: I must to admit, I almost didn’t remember that you were in Union Underground at first because it’s been so long. Patrick: Those were good times, from what I can remember (laughs). Arena: Right? Well let’s spark your memory. Talk to...

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