October, 2008 Archive
German thrash legends KREATOR will embark on a North American headlining tour in April/May in 2009 with fellow old-schoolers EXODUS, Austrian black/death metal horde BELPHEGOR, and promising young thrashers WARBRINGER and EPICUREAN. Kreator have finished recording their new album, Hordes of Chaos, which is being mixed by Collin Richardson.
According to the band's mainman Mille Petrozza, "KREATOR is very excited to come to the USA and Canada again to play for all our fans overseas! This will be a killer tour and we're expecting total chaos at the shows. We're honored to have such a great bands as EXODUS on the bill, they have been — and still are — a huge inspiration for us. It'll also be cool to see BELPHEGOR and WARBRINGER every night. It's been way too long since we've been among the North American metal hordes!"
Tour dates below:
Apr.07 – Sonar – Baltimore MD
Apr.08 – Nokia Theatre – New York NY
Apr.09 – Trocadero – Philadelphia PA
Apr.10 – Palladium – Worcester MA
Apr.11 – Medley – Montreal QUE
Apr.13 – Imperial – Quebec QUE
Apr.14 – Opera House – Toronto ONT
Apr. 15 – Peabody's – Cleveland OH
Apr.16 – Rave – Millwaukee WI
Apr.17 – House Of Blues – Chicago IL
Apr.18 – The Rock – Maplewood MN
Apr.19 – Garrick Centre – Winnipeg MB
Apr.20 – The Distrikt – Regina SK
Apr.21 – Warehouse – Calgary AL
Apr.22 – Starlite Room – Edmonton AL
Apr.24 – Plaza Club – Vancouver BC
Apr.25 – Sugar – Victoria BC
Apr.26 – El Corazon – Seattle WA
Apr.27 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland OR
Apr.28 – Slims – San Francisco CA
Apr.30 – House Of Blues – Las Vegas NV
May 01 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 02 – House Of Blues – West Hollywood CA
May 04 – Gator's – Farmington, NM
May 05 – Bluebird Theater – Denver CO
May 06 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City OK
May 07 – Ridglea Theater – Ft Worth TX
May 08 – Scout Bar – San Antonio TX
May 09 – Scout Bar – Houston TX
May 11 – The Garage – St.Petersburg FL
May 12 – Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
May 13 – Masquerade – Atlanta GA
May 14 – Headliner – Louisville KY
May 15 – Orange Peel – Ashville NC
May 16 – Volume 11 – Raleigh NC
May 17 – Jaxx – West Springfield VA
AMON AMARTH just release their new LP, Twilight of the Thunder God and the term "epic" does not being to do it justice. This album is Viking-metal at its finest. Headbangers Blog recently tracked down vocalist Johan Hegg to talk to him about the energy that powers the new record, guest musicians, Amon Amarth’s eagerness to explore uncharted realms, their fascination with ancient myths and why they were almost booted from a tour with Brutal Truth. Click here to check it out!
Old school hard rock fans are in for a treat this week with the latest comeback albums from some '80s-rock holdovers.
Godhead – At The Edge Of The World (Driven)
Remember when these guys were the only band on Marilyn Manson's short-lived vanity label? Years later, they're still releasing industrial-tinged, radio-friendly rock in the vein of the former Brian Warner.
Rose Tattoo – Blood Brothers (Wacken)
Chances are you know Rose Tattoo as the "other" Australian hard rock pioneers, and/or as the band that wrote "Nice Boys," which was famously covered by Guns N' Roses. Down under, they've been opening for both Motörhead and G n' R, surviving lineup shifts and recording a new album.
The reunited, Sacramento-based power balladeers are still "Cumin' Atcha Live" like it's 1986.
Check out the rest of tomorrow's releases after the jump… (more…)
Guitarist ANDREAS KISSER has posted four new songs from his debut solo album Hubris I & II which will be available on October 20, 2008 through Mascot Records. Go to his myspace now and preview "Vivaldi", "God's Laugh", "Page", and "Eu Humano" – four classically trained blues-heavy rock and metal songs that show us a different side of Kisser than we've ever seen before. Although these songs are probably not representative of what to expect on the forthcoming SEPULTURA release A-Lex that is due in November, there are some awesome headbang inducing guitar heavy grooves and intense sweep-picking to whet your appetite for all of the releases featuring Andres Kisser that will be coming out this year. On Dante XXI Kisser and his Sepultura bandmates did quite well to rebound from the chaos that surrounded their band in the late-90s and early-00s, and (despite the fact that I'm not sure how the new drummer can possibly fill the shoes of the since departed Igor Cavalera) this writer is honestly fucking excited to see what is to come from the thrash legends from Brazil. Here's to the future! For now, check out myspace.com/andreaskisser and myspace.com/sepultura to stay tuned for release updates.
Prog-metal colossus Gojira have finally unleashed the video for "Vacuity," the first single for their skull-crushing new album The Way of All Flesh. Filmed by directors Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin with a RED video camera (the type used by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings series,) "Vacuity" was described by guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier to UK's Rock Sound magazine as being "about the Buddhist meaning of the word which is emptiness not nothingness, the ultimate presence. It was very hard to picture that concept in a video so we told the story of a girl carrying her own casket as the whole album is about facing your death and your pain."
If you still needed a reason to ignore Bill O’Reilly’s “Boycott France” farce, look no further.
The Way of All Flesh hits US stores October 14. US tour dates with In Flames, All That Remains and 36 Crazyfists after the jump… (more…)
After unexpectedly dropping off last month's Opeth/High On Fire tour, psychedelic black metallers Nachtmystium are gearing up for a short U.S. tour with Portland's elusive Wolves in the Throne Room. Those lucky enough to dwell within driving distance of this tour owe it to themselves to make the trek and see for themselves why these guys are two of the most fascinating bands in American black metal right now. Nachtmystium alway kill it live, and as someone who had the vast privilege of witnessing Wolves in the Throne Room at a rare East Coast appearance last year, I can safely say that they're one of the best live bands out there. Now if only they'd come back to New York…
Tour dates below:
10/07 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA (Scion Metal Show)
10/10 Berbati’s – Portland, OR
10/11 Stillwaters – Ashland, CA
10/12 Metro – Oakland, CA
10/14 The Phix – Phoenix, AZ
10/17 Red 7 – Austin, TX
10/18 Rubbergloves Rehearsal – Denton, TX
10/19 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
10/20 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/21 The Picador – Iowa City, IA
10/23 Uncle Pleasants – Louisville, KY
10/24 Mae’s Bar – Lansing, MI
10/25 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL (w/ Indian)
The beauty of leaving your iPod on shuffle sometimes is that a band you really haven't listened to for a while comes on and then you go "Fuck man, I haven't listened to this in a while, this is awesome." I found myself is such a situation a few weeks ago, when the song "The Right To Arm Bears" off of ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF's amazing LP Gretsky popped in the rotation, and I have not been able to take the album out of my rotation for a while. If you aren't familiar with ELECTRO QUATERSTAFF they are a five-piece all instrumental band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Yes, 5 members, no vocalist…which means, they have an extra shredder in the band to blow your fucking mind. Check out the MP3 of The Right to Arm Bears below, and I promise it will wake you up from your Monday morning haze. Then, head over to their Myspace page and listen to more shred-tastic goodness!
The last time we interviewed Florida's BLACK TIDE, I had just come from doing a lot of Jager shots with DAATH. Needless to say, I spent most of the interview picking on the band asking if they were drunk. Looking back, I regret it, but it made for a hilarious interview. Flash forward to one year later… we are scheduled to do an interview with
guitaristbassist Zach Sandler, and I thought he was going to want to punch me in the face. Luckily, he remembered how tall I was (WHAT!!) and that didn't happen. But what did happen was a pretty funny interview, which you could check out here.
December 1 – Iowa City, IA @ Picador
December 2 – Wichita, KS @ Oz Cafe
December 3 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
December 5 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
December 6 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
December 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Richard on Richards
December 9 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
December 10 -Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
December 11 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
December 12 – Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert
December 13 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Killroys
December 15 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
December 16 – Quebec City, QC @ LAnti
December 17 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
December 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
December 19 – London, ON @ T.B.A.
A/V Roundup: New songs from UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SUICIDE SILENCE; new videos from DIMMU BORGIR, NORMA JEAN, HUMAN ABSTRACT, TOXIC HOLOCAUST
UNEARTH have posted a third new track "Hail The Shrine" on their Myspace page. The band's new CD, The March hits stores October 14th.
Two bands posted covers of bands who clearly had an influence on them. KINGDOM OF SORROW have posted their cover of MOTORHEAD's "No Class" online here and SUICIDE SILENCE have posted a cover of DEFTONES' "Engine No. 9" online here.
To all our international readers, I'd first like to apologize for the way my country has behaved the last 8 years and let you know this post doesn't pertain to you. To all our U.S. readers who are 18 or over, don't be a dick and forget to register to vote. Whether you vote for Obama or McCain doesn't matter (although if you vote for McCain you are most likely an idiot or an asshole….I said it). Point is this a really important election and to quote Rage Against the Machine, we need to "take the power back". So, don't be a douche, put down the bong, take a few seconds and go to declareyourself.com. DO IT or the hockey mom gets into office.
Metal Injection continues its Mayhem Fest Interview Bonanza with an interview with Sam the shredder of DRAGONFORCE. Sam was a little tipsy and was ready to talk! During our convo, topics discussed include the typical routine on a Mayhem Fest stop, trying to score "birds" (ladies), the Ultra Beatdown album art and more. When asked if he's sick of all the Guitar Hero talk, Sam quickly responds "Don't ask me if I can play my song on Guitar Hero because I get asked that like five times a day." Check out the interview right here.
Round Three! Grim Kim's back (in black?) to spread the word on her latest obsessions and open yer ears to some of the best bands that the uber tr00 underground metal scene's got to offer. This time around, we're slowing it down and uglying it up a bit. Crack open another beer, spark up a fatty, and come on in. Welcome to Revelations of…Doooooooom.
It takes a lot to make me go out on a limb and replace Dopesick with something new and untested; luckily for me, one of those things happens to be seeing the 20 Buck Spin logo on an alien CD. If you haven't heard of 20 Buck Spin by now, you're truly missing out; they put out amazing records by amazing bands, and I'd confidently place them amongst the creme de la creme of underground independent labels right now (hell, if only for that Coffins/The Arm and Sword of a Bastard God split they released last year). Anyway, I now owe them an even bigger slice of my soul for sending me the debut album from SAMOTHRACE.
Samothrace hail from Lawrence, Kansas, and play bluesy, crippled doom, steeped in Midwestern pathos and heaped with layers upon layers of crushing distortion and sinewy melodies that recall Neurosis at their best and Across Tundras at their darkest. Harsh vocals rattle in a bourbon-soured throat and spin tales of naked desperation and lonesome nights overtop mammoth riffs and painful dirges. Menacing yet delicate, captivating and hypnotic, Life's Trade's advance is as slow and unstoppable as the tides themselves.
This band…is…SO…GOOD. I'm blown away. You know that rare, magical moment when you put on a new album and fall so deeply in love with it that you've inadvertently become a lifelong fan by the time the first chord's been struck? This is that kind of album. Life's Trade might just be the best release of 2008 (or at least has earned a spot in my Top Ten). I'm well aware that I'm gushing away like a schoolgirl with a crush, but really, I am dead fucking serious – you NEED to hear this band.
Their debut album was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Pelican, Nachtmystium); Life's Trade is out now on 20 Buck Spin. Buy their records, wear their shirts, go see them on tour (they're playing 70 dates – 70 DATES. You have literally no excuse to miss them when they roll through your town). Above all, listen to this band; you owe it to them, and goddamn, do you owe it to yourself.
After speaking to people in the know, I can officially confirm that promising New York grindcore act ASRA (Alleged Satanic Ritual Abuse) have broken up. According to the band, one of their number made the tough decision to focus on completing his law degree and holding down a full-time job and as a result, ASRA is no more.
ASRA have been generating quite a buzz in the underground, appearing in publications like Decibel and Metal Maniacs, headlining Filth City Fest (which featured ganj-obsessed death metallers Cannabis Corpse) and contributing three tracks to Relapse/Scott Hull's This Comp Kills Fascists. Their powerviolent, crusty take on old-school no-trends no-bullshit grind lives on in their recordings – including the positively ferociousThe Way of All Flesh full-length (released earlier this year by Black Box) – and in the memories of those of us who were lucky to catch one of their raging live performances playing with the likes of Coffins, Tombs, Phobia, Magrudergrind, The Endless Blockade and more.
As Dr. Rockso would say "K-k-k-k-YAYUH!!!" Headbangers Blog has the scoop that season 2 of everybody's favorite death metal cartoon Metalocalypse will be released on December 2nd. No extras have been announced yet, but expect some hidden gems in addition to all 18 episodes from the last season. Amazon is listing the DVD going for $25.99.
If you are new to the site, or just have been living under a rock, click here to check out an audio interview we did with DETHKLOK members Nathan, Skwiisgaar and Pickles last year that will make your cheek bones fall out from laughing so much. \m/