June, 2009 Archive
Neil Hamburger is not just America's funny man, he is one of my favorite comedians. I saw him do standup not too long ago with Sid and he delivered this joke and I lost it. The guy rules! If you ever get the chance to see him, do it, he's like a trainwreck in action. The funniest line I ever heard came out of his mouth and it was "Can I get some more laughs in the monitors?". If that's not enough, he sings too. After the jump, check out the amazing cover art for his upcoming collaboration with Australian punk act The Hard Ons… (more…)
The fine people at Relapse Records have provided us with a killer prize for the first edition of Name That Tune. The rules are simple. Stream the snippet of music below and leave a comment with the name of the band and the title of the song from the snippet. From the correct answers, we will choose one grand prize winner to get a Coalesce prize pack consisting of a t-shirt, poster and their new, incredible CD, Ox. Two runners up will also be chose and will win a Ox CD and poster! Good luck…
Please note: We have hidden the comments to prevent cheating…
Who's counting down the days until SUICIDE SILENCE's new CD, No Time To Bleed comes out on June 30th? You? Well, turns out you don't have to wait that long. The record has leaked on Youtube (and here). But in an interesting twist, each track has band commentary over it. Pretty comical. Of course, the album minus commentary has also leaked but we're not going to post that here. If you have half a brain and know how to use Google, you could find it
The THRASH AND BURN TOUR is offering fans a chance to win TONS of great prizes with the “Twit and Burn” contest. The contest is a weekly puzzle where the bands give out clues via promo videos on the tour’s official Metal Injection channel, and the fans have a week to submit their findings on Twitter. The first video (featuring tech-metallers Periphery) is here, and every week there will be a new one. For full information on the contest, please visit whatisthrashandburn.com. The contest runs until the tour kicks off on July 24!
Here is a list of just some of the prizes available in the “Twit and Burn” contest:
- Free Tickets to THRASH AND BURN in your town
- Free Official THRASH AND BURN Tour Merchandise
- Early Entry to watch Soundcheck!
- Prize Packages from the bands!
- VIP Tickets to THRASH AND BURN in your town
- Autographed drum heads from some of the bands
- View the show from the stage
- Clothing from TRIPP NYC!
- Gift Certificate from TO DIE FOR clothing!
- Introduce a band of your choice on stage in your town
- Cases of NoS Energy Drink
- Meet and Greet with the bands!
- All Access Laminates
- THRASH AND BURN Guitar from WASHBURN!
- Have Dinner/BBQ with a band of your choice!
For the full lineup and itinerary for this year's tour, click here.
Check out the above video for a really cool look at CYNIC's reunion as well as their recent tour with MESHUGGAH. More episodes of the doc can be seen at this Youtube channel. If you have yet to check out our interview with frontman Paul Masvidal, check it out, jerk!.
Our good friends over at SMN News have relaunched their website and it looks pretty sweet! Check those dudes out and subscribe to their RSS feed. You will also notice some awesome videos in the sidebar ;)
Finally, a very familiar writer has submitted his review of SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Toxicity to MetalSucks. It is the #14 Best Album of the 21st Century (so far) and some commenters on there ARE PISSED. Check it out.
Check out this really cool retrospective of horror film posters.
If you missed last week's Livecast, you missed a hell of an episode. JCVD joined us to talk about his new a capella band, Guns N Roundhouses but the conversation quickly turned to him wanting to get it on with Noa. Here is a short 3 minute clip of the show, which is guaranteed to make you lose your shit, so be careful if you're at work. JCVD does not fuck around when he wants to get a girl.
To hear this episode in it's entirety, click here. There will be an all new Livecast tomorrow night starting at 10pm Eastern, 9pm Pacific which will feature a report from Rob's cousin in Iran, Justina in the studio talking about the Mayhem tour and much more!
Thank you to our hetero-lifemates over at MetalSucks for alerting us of this amazing power metal remix (not a cover if it uses the same vocal track kiddies) Katy Perry's smash hit "I Kissed A Girl". It's like a million times more epic. The remix was done by composer Andy Xiong who played all the backing instruments himself. Kudos to you, sir!
So much new music, so little time. Here is a roundup of some music that has made it's way online in the last few days:
Party thrashes MUNICPAL WASTE have posted a new track on their Myspace page. Their new CD, Massive Aggressive (which I can't wait for) comes out August 25th. Get psyched!
AUGUST BURNS RED has also posted a new track, "Thirty And Seven" on their MySpace page. The track comes from the bands new album Constellations, which will land in stores on July 14th through Solid State. The band has promised us they will be sending in exclusive tour diaries, so expect those up very soon in the video section.
All you stoners will enjoy the fact that THE MARS VOLTA's new album, Octahedron, is streaming on their MySpace page. But hurry! It's only up for a week.
DEVILDRIVER's new trippy video for Pray For Villians can be seen at MetalSucks.
Finally, if you have been living under a rock and haven't caught FAITH NO MORE's amazing Download Festival set, it's here yo.
Two years after releasing the catchiest sludge metal album in history, BIG BUSINESS are back, this time with a guitarist. For whatever distinction they've lost from being a bass-and-drums duo until now, they've kept their knack for facelifting infectiousness out of a heavy low end. Noob TOSHI KASAI rarely plays anything resembling JARED WARREN's bass progressions, but both musicians somehow sound organized under the charge of COADY WILLIS, who proves that creativity in metal drumming needn't come with blast beats. (more…)
Are you ready for the most extreme tour of the summer? No?! Well, this week's episode of the FiX focuses on bands featured on the Summer Slaughter tour, feautring music videos from Darkest Hour, Suffocation and Dying Fetus and live footage of Necrophagist, Ensiferum, Origin and Born of Osiris. Get stoked!
Last night, I attended BrooklynVegan-Black Bubblegum Showcase which was headlined by one of my favorite bands, DOOMRIDERS who absolutely ruled. They just ripped it. Pure, intense rock-and-roll. Nate Newton (who also happens to be the bassit of Converge) has one of the best screams in metal, even when he's not even trying. The band played a bunch of new songs from their upcoming release, Darkness Comes Alive due in August on Deathwish. You can view the title track above. Below is a listing of all the songs we taped, including one of the greatest songs ever written, Black Thunder…
MetalSucks just alerted me to the fact that the VBS documentary, Heavy Metal In Baghdad is an amazing documentary about the only Iraqi metal band, ACRASSICAUDA. The doc follows their plight and exit from Iraq and how hard it was to get out. They have since relocated to New Jersey and are working on demos. I saw these guys at Scion Fest and it was great to see them make it over and enjoy metal just like the rest of us. This is really a touching story that every metalhead could relate to.
On this edition of the Livecast, Noa, Rob, Frank and Anthony made a big mistake. They decided to play a drinking game throughout the show. We started with Jager, then moved to Tequila and then finally to Absinthe. WTF were we thinking? I don't know. But I do know that Noa has brown pubes. Also, we hear the debut of JCVD's new three-piece band. Hear the roundhouse kicks. But mostly hear everybody but Sid and Darren wasted. We were so wasted, we went 20 minutes over our regularly scheduled programming. This week's playlist was filled entirely with FAITH NO MORE songs in celebration of their amazing Download Festival performance. Here is this week's playlist:
FAITH NO MORE – Zombie Eaters
FAITH NO MORE – Ashes To Ashes
FAITH NO MORE – War Pigs
FAITH NO MORE – Anne's Song
FAITH NO MORE – A Small Victory
FAITH NO MORE – The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
As Mayhem brought Blackened Fest to St. Paul, MN on June 9, 20009, the vibe was unexpectedly and unfortunately even more somber than one would have hoped for the return of some of Norwegian black metal's reigning elite. After already suffering the crippling blow of a late visa-related cancellation from Marduk before the tour began, the rest of the lineup except for Mayhem (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered) were forced to cut the trek short the night before St. Paul due to a variety of complications described by Justina V. already. Whether or not Justina's indictment of Mayhem's responsibility for the festival's implosion is accurate or not, I'm not here to argue. However, I certainly can understand her resentment as a fellow Metal Injection reporter (non-roving, based in MPLS) and someone who was on the opening band's guestlists that never arrived. To put it shortly, it was a huge bummer to be greeted with the cancellation announcement sign as I walked in, and it made me skeptical I'd even enjoy what was now becoming an expensive evening for me (although, I must admit, the ticket price was actually slashed to 1/2 the original cost for those who bought advanced tickets, and refunds and free tickets to next week's Absu show were being offered to attendees – in other words, the venue was graciously being overly apologetic for the unfortunate circumstances).
While performances from Cattle Decap, Cephalic Carnage, Withered, and Marduk would never occur, Mayhem pushed on alone, against the odds and advice of financial experts, carrying the torch of blackness alone on the remaining dates of a now-solo headlining tour. Playing to a crowd of devoted Twin Cities extreme metal faithful, Mayhem's blistering, theatrical black metal combined with a choice selection of local supports bands eventually succeeded and won over the dejected. (more…)
If you haven't heard, Conan O'Brien has taken over the reigns of the Tonight Show. Sid and I have been watching since he started last Monday and so far, it's been great. The show is basically the same as the old Late Night show, a little less "edgy" and a lot higher budget. How high? Every night there have been some amazing cameos, including last night when Conan went Craigslist shopping for a new guitar. Not knowing much about guitars, Conan enlisted the help of none other than SLASH to help him out. This clip is pretty hysterical. One thing that really urks me is these people they visit don't really seem to be too excited that fucking Slash is in their living room playing their guitar. Wake up people!
In case you are wondering, CoCo is a nickname Tom Hanks gave Conan in the first week of the show, but since you watch the show, you already knew this!