June, 2009 Archive
Who the hell would want to interview Noa? Apparently, a blog run by femmes! A blog called Reign in Blonde (I get it!). If you want to find out a little more about Noa like whether the carpet matches the drapes, the origins of Metal Injections and some other interesting factoids, click here to read the interview. And if you have any questions/comments for Noa, leave them in the comments of this post and I'm sure she'll answer them after she's done vomiting up her lunch – that skinny bitch!
Seriously, how are you expecting to do any work when there is a live stream going of Download Festival all fucking weekend. Killswitch Engage just killed it. The whole night looks to be really awesome tonight and really today at 4pm eastern (9pm UK Time) they will be streaming MUTHAFUCKIN FAITH NO MORE live – pro-shot – soundboard, no shitty cell phone cam clips. The real fucking deal! Click here to follow along.
The clip above is definitely the front runner for best metal viral video of 2009, and really I don't see anything topping this. For those of you too lazy to watch (wtf is wrong with you?) it depicts a Sabbath superfan on line at a recent Heaven and Hell signing going nuts about the fact that he is going to meet, as he puts it, the Gods of heavy metal. And, clearly Heaven and Hell agree. They are calling on all of you to help track down this superfan. They are so serious about this they are offering a reward of a "Deluxe Radio City Box Set and a signed Devil You Know Poster" to the first person that tracks him down. That's a bounty and this is seriously hilarious. Could they have a concept for a new music video surrounding the dude (ala Weezer) ? Whatever it is, I want to see more of this guy. I'M GONNA FUCKIN FAINT!
UPDATE: Sabbath Fan has been found in this video as well, he is in the opening montage and then again around 2:50.
That is the question our good friends over at MetalSucks are asking an esteemed panel of metal musicians, industry folk, bloggers and more. They have started the countdown, one album a day, and have guest bloggers coming in writing about each album (our very own Ben Apatoff has written about Mastodon's Remission) and the guys asked me to do a write-up for the #14 album (no spoilers!) So make sure to visit for the next couple of days, as they unravel this magical list and see how all their fans have their panties in a bunch over each announcement. Click here for the latest.
When Greg Weeks isn't blowing people's minds with his band, The Red Chord, the dude takes some time to answer some of life's important questions, yours! Whether its music, girls of life in general, Greg is always right. Submit your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and Greg will solve all your problems.
I need help. My band consists completely of total pussies and I'm sick of their girly whiny shit. I can't seem to find another band that's good enough tho. I want people who know what they're doing and who play their music with passion. Not too many of those out there it seems. What should I do now? As a singer it's hard to start a solo career…
Thanks, drink hard.
Phil from Germany
Dear Phil from Germany,
You've got two choices my man. You can pick up an instrument and write your own tunes then grab some people who are willing to play exactly what you want or find like minded gents who are willing to bend and share their ideas with you. Remember, being in a band is tough. Everyone has their own vision and you have to find a meeting point that everyone can live with. In closing, I hope that by "girly shit" you don't mean teased hair and makeup. Face and I were just watching "metal mania" a show that features old hard rock videos from the 80's. Holy shit! Leather vests with no shirt on? A winning combo.
Note from Editor: Blackened Fest is no more. Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered have dropped off. Mayhem will now complete the rest of the dates alone. We sent roving reporter Justina Villanueva on the road with this summer's darkest tour, Blackenedfest. She was on the front-lines as the entire tour came to a halt and sent in this report describing what has gone down. See her previous updates and a ton of photos at the Blackened Fest hub
I had my only Almost Famous moment of this tour in Denver, Colorado. We were not exactly in a descending plane but it definitely felt like we were. I watched Blackened Fest collapse within a matter of several hours. It wasn't a short run of a tour but it's demise was very short notice to the people involved.
Just after Withered left the bus to start their set, Cartel (tour manager) came onto the Cephalic/Withered shared mobile home to announce, "Guys, tonight might be the last night of the tour." He started inquiring about who were the unnecessary people on the tour so he could free up bunk space. This included Sid, Leonard's (Cephalic vocalist) son, and Chuck, Nick's (Cephalic's bassist) brother. Because we were in Denver, Cephalic's home, the question at hand was easy to seal away: two free bunks. But, two free bunks doesn't solve the extra 6 people still on Marduk's money-swallowing bus. At that point in the night I knew one bus would be sent home and maybe some crew (most likely me too). But, I didn't expect the actual outcome: a Mayhem only tour. (more…)
(Full disclosure: HULL are bros of the MI crew. Unfortunately, their music also happens to rule.)
Hullking (sorry) out of Brooklyn onto The End Records' roster of shitkickers, Hull have a post-metal sound that will rope in fans of ISIS and NEUROSIS, as well as those who find the former too ambient and the latter too jumbled. Sole Lord is an exercise in grandiosity that never feels drawn out, and one of the most promising debuts of the year so far. (more…)
Darkane – Execution 44
Wolf – Hail Caesar
Pestilence – Synthetic Grotesque
Sepultura – Screaming For Vengaeance
Adumus – Storms Of Annihilation
Iron Maiden – That Girl
Insect Warfare – Mind Ripper
Wasp – Long Way To Go
Rumplestiltskin Grinder – Beware The Thrash Brigrade
Kivmetsan Druidi – Blacksmith
My Dying Bride – A Chapter In Loathing
Primal Fear – Face The Emptiness
Disharmonic Orchestra – Groove
Sigh – Izuna
That's right! Just like we promised this weekend, we are giving away 5 (yes FIVE!) copies of this new awesome documentary. How do you enter? All you have to do is a leave a comment answering the following question:
Who was the original vocalist of Iron Maiden?
That's it! Leave a comment and you can win! And, we aren't the only place you can win, our friends at MetalSucks, SMNnews and MetalInsider are doing similar giveaways, giving you multple chances to win! So enter today!
The weather is getting hotter and the metal is getting more extreme~! I logged on today to find a ton of great new clips uploaded to the site, so here is a little roundup of clips you don't want to miss:
Summer Slaughter 2009 Live Clips
Metal Nick was at the first two stops of the Summer Slaughter tour and he captured some great clips including NEW SONGS from Suffocation, Dying Fetus and Darkest Hour. Here is the roundup:
Suffocation *New Song*-Dismal Dream
Darkest Hour *New Song*-No God
Darkest Hour *New Song*-Devolution Of Flesh
Dying Fetus *New Song*-Sheppards Commandment
Dying Fetus *New Song*- Your Treachery Will Die With You
Also, the people behind the upcoming Maryland Deathfest: The Movie documentary have uploaded some raw footage of some of the bands that appeared at the show, check it out:
And finally, here are some cool videos we posted last week that you may have missed…
We all know you're going to be out partying tonight, so don't forget to set your DVRs (or if you still have them.. VCRs) to record the extremely well-reviewed Iron Maiden: Flight 666 documentary airing
tonight at midnight on VH1. If you missed it, fear not, we're going to be doing a huge giveaway on Monday (UPDATE: contest is now live!) of the DVDs. YAY GIVEAWAYS! Check out an awesome performance of "Run to the Hills" from the movie right here.
UPDATE: Well it aired and it was awesome. It doesn't look like there will be any more airings of the DVD on TV, but it comes out on Tuesday and you can pre-order it off Amazon for 12 bucks. Don't forget, we'll be doing a big giveaway of the DVDs starting
tomorrow (UPDATE: contest is now live!) .
This week on the Livecast we gave Sid the reigns for the playlist. Let us know how he did in our comments. Also, we talk about frozen fruit, metal basement show, we get a call from Toothgnasher, a DJ from Santa Cruz who is a fan of Thor. We also have a surprise appearance by Thor later in the show. Also, we get a dispatch from Justina who has been posting Blackenedfest tour diaries and she gives us some stories from the road. All that and a bag of dicks (what?). Here is the playlist:
COALESE – Black Dog
REFUSED – The Shape Of Punk To Come
KID DYNAMITE – Heart A Tact
FUGAZI – Walken's Syndrome
BAD BRAINS - Big Takeover
THE MINUS TIDE – I Smell Blood And I Like What I Smell
BIG BLACK – Bad Penny
SNAPCASE – Zombie Prescription
What happens when you take every bad cliche about metalcore videos and stick them all into one? Well, Attack Attack! can tell you, because they did it with their new video for Stick Stickly. I was watching Headbangers Ball on Saturday night (big mistake, I know) and this video came on (above) and I was amazed! It sounded like two different songs from the same album being played at once. And then, during the last 30 seconds or so, it sounds like a completely different album from a different band being played. Seriously, guys WTF? Oh and please stop with the choreographed headbangs and the super-squatting (more examples here and here). It looks like you need to badly take a dump. The kicker of course is this is a Christan metalcore outfit. Duh!
In the bummer of the day: we just got word from the promoters of the Metal Injection sponsored BLACKENEDFEST that tomorrow's show in Boise, ID has been cancelled. So, please, take your battle axes and your maces and carry on elsewhere.
We sent roving reporter Justina Villanueva on the road with this summer's darkest tour, Blackenedfest. She will be checking in constantly with dispatches from the tour. Catch up with all her tour diaries, as well as a ton of photos at the Blackenedfest hub.
Yesterday I spent a good chunk of my energy at Amoeba. So when I finally got back I decided it would be best to watch Family Guy on Cephalic's bus than to watch Mayhem's 1.5 hour long set. Two hours later I got a very angry call from Milkshake (support band's soundguy). Apparently, I'm a terrible photojournalist because I missed one of the great photo opportunities in all of extreme music history: Attila greeting Jello Biafra for the first time.
The way it went down, according to Billy Anderson, was that Attila went up to Jello saying how much of a fan he was. Jello responded with, "and who are you?" That is because Attila had already removed all the corpse paint (duh). So, I ended up backstage all tired and whiny, while Milkshake chatted up a storm with Jello. I finally took their picture and went back to the bus, where I thought I was going to chill out. But, as soon as I got there, Leonard was all like where's my Jello picture?! But, because its Leonard, it become a beer-hunt. I won a 22 ounce of Budweiser and a trip back to the bus. I sat down for about 4 minutes when Milkshake stormed onto the bus, "HEY, JELLO WANTS A WITHERED CD AND RECORD RIGHT NOW." And off again I went to grab the picture above.
Just when I thought the night was over, I got onto my bus and dropped off my camera into the lounge area. Milkshake and the other crew guys were pumping "Holiday In Cambodia", as if we were celebrating a real holiday. And, just when it was the perfect moment for a sing-a-long to develop, Jello Biafra walked onto the bus. We all panicked. Someone ran to my iPod to turn it down so he wouldn't realize we were totally fan-ing out. He said his goodbyes. We tried to convince him to join the tour since we have open bunk space (thanks Marduk). He declined and we let out big sighs once he left.
Other celebrity sightings of the night: Dave Edwardson from Neurosis and Nils Frykdahl from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.