January, 2010 Archive
If Scenes from Hell is any indication, Beelzebub's lair is not pretty. Choked-sounding saxophones squeal for help, announcing the arrival of a freight train circus packed with cinematic string arrangements, 3/4 sea shanty progressions narrated by downtuned power chords and and enough sound clips to rival early WHITE ZOMBIE. Contagious riffs fight off a headache-inducing mix and a filthy low end. But if this really is what the Abyss sounds like, then the new album from Japanese black metal heroes SIGH also confirms the wise idiom of the late BON SCOTT: "Hell ain't a bad place to be." (more…)
The disc will include a 14-minute-long new song, one acoustic track, one cover and two re-recorded old songs from the band's first two albums. The EP will also contain a video portion consisting of an entire live performance recorded on October 31, 2009 at the Halloween Invasion at RockSchool Barbey in Bordeaux, France.
I'm into it! These guys absolutely slay, both on record and live and are one of the bands I'm most looking forward to seeing at Maryland Deathfest this May. If you are unfamiliar with the band, check out some live footage we shot of the band's MDF performance in 2007
Fair warning to all you DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN haters, there will be a ton more coverage of DEP in the coming months as the band plan to release their new album, Option Paralysis. The band just announced their first string of headlining dates, and it's always nice when the headliners are considerate enough to get some solid openers. This is one such tour, as DEP will be taking DARKEST HOUR, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE and ANIMALS AS LEADERS out with them. Finally! I can't fucking wait to see Animals As Leaders. Actually, I can't wait to see this whole tour. Here are the first string of tour dates: (more…)
A few months ago, we asked you to submit your nastiest, gnarliest scream for a chance to win a super-ultra-mega deluxe edition of Mudvayne's new self-titled release. Many of you entered, but MI junkie scouinci was the one who came out the victor. Congratulations to him, and thanks to everybody who entered. Here is his winning shriek:
Congrats! The winner of our Behemoth contest should be announced very shortly.
Oh hell yes! A few months back, we were invited to tape live footage of the BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and the result of that are the five awesome clips we have linked to below. Does this even need any more of an introduction?
This edition starts off with a discussion next week's awards show, we hear a parody that Josh FN Groban submitted, we discuss past experiences at wrestling shows, talk to some new callers, mention Apple's new iPad device, talk about Ozzy's new record, give away some free CDs and more. Here is this week's playlist:
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD – No Haven
SPAWN OF POSSESSION – Swarm of the Formless
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – Hollywood Squares
KRALLICE – Autochthon
This is your last chance to vote for our Award Show. Click more to vote, the winners will be announced live next week… (more…)
This is seriously amazing. Thank you internet…
As we mentioned on last week's Livecast, we decided to take a trip out into the Mojave desert. While there, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to shoot a new episode of our music video podcast, The FiX. Rob doesn't seem too comfortable in this environment, but luckily Frank is there to calm him down. Videos from ARSIS, SIX FEET UNDER, REVOCATION, EXODUS & MALEFICE are featured.
VEIL OF MAYA have announced that they will be releasing their next album titled [id]. The band tracked the CD with Michael Keene of THE FACELESS. They are expected to release an official track next week. For now, you can check out the above live clip of a new song based on the show L O S T (which coincidentally also comes back next week). Don't forget to catch the band opening up for UNEARTH in March on the Atticus Metal tour (dates here).
This is an awesome story. Blabbermouth is reporting that IMMORTAL are rejecting their nomination in the metal category of the Spellemann awards, Norway's version of the Grammys. (Sidenote: another band nominated is called THE CUMSHOTS. Nice!). Upon hearing of this announcement, the black metal band immediately released a statement rejecting the nomination:
"IMMORTAL doesn't necessarily want to be the biggest band in the world, they just want to be the rawest band," he said. "And honestly, one has to say that there are few black metal bands who have kept their credibility while still playing for 80,000 fans around Europe."
While the band wouldn't personally comment on the situation, their manager did offer these words of reason: (more…)
MAYHEM is coming back to the U.S. for a full run and they are bringing with them LUDICRA, TOMBS, and on select dates KRALLICE. Here is the current itinerary: (more…)
Well, it isn't the American Carnage tour, but it's close. Since SLAYER had to cancel, MEGADETH is still going out on the road, and they are taking TESTAMENT and EXODUS with them. Also, MegaDave has announced that they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Rust In Peace, by playing it in it's entirety. In addition to Rust In Peace, the band will play a second set of other tunes. Not to be outdone, TESTAMENT just announced they will play their first album Legacy, in it's entirety on this tour. That sounds fucking amazing. This is offically a can't miss tour. To all you American Carnage ticket holders, word is there will be an announcement about that tour next week.
Here are the dates for MEGADETH's Rust In Peace tour:
March 01st Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
March 02nd Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
March 03rd Medford, OR – Medford Armory
March 06th Calgary, AB – Big Four (Testament with special guests)
March 07th Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre (Testament with special guests)
March 08th Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland Exhibition Hall
March 11th Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
March 12th Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
March 13th Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
March 15th Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
March 16th Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
March 18th Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
March 19th Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
March 21st Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
March 22nd Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
March 23rd Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
March 25th Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
March 26th Austin, TX – Stubb’s Amphitheater
March 27th Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion
March 28th El Paso, TX – Club 101
March 30th Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
March 31st Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium (Testament with special guests)
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ozzy was talking about his new album, which was to be called Soul Sucka, until everybody on the internet shit on that idea so he decided against it. The album will be out in July and he said he plans to tour right after the release for Ozzfest and then even more touring all over the world.
So now that he came out and officially said it, it has to happen. But everything needs to come together pretty soon. Last week at NAMM, I spoke to a bunch of managers to represent a wide array of talent and none of them have heard any rumblings about Ozzfest (unless those jerks lied to me!). Typically, these fest lineups are announced months in advance, usually February or March to get the hype going. Ozzfest's main competitor, Mayhem Fest already announced their lineup, so they better hurry.
In other Ozzy news, he released a book this week and is promoting it everywhere. Also, he recently tweeted "Just watched never before seen footage of Randy and me from 1981. I’m speechless. I will share with you later this year on a live dvd" so that should be awesome. Overall, looks like 2010 will be a busy year for the prince of darkness.
AOL music is doing a one week album stream of some relevant artists. First up, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD's CD Skepsis, also the Richard Christy led supergroup, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED cd is streaming. Also for those curious as to how a wrestler sounds if he were in a metal band, FOZZY's new CD is up for stream as well. These streams will only be active this week, so get moving!
It's official: AC/DC are coming back to Donington Park to headline the 2010 incarnation of the Download Festival. This will be the band's 3rd appearance headlining a festival in Donington. Among the other announced acts for the 3 day festival which kicks off Friday June 13th are: THEM CROOKED VULTURES, DEFTONES, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MEGADETH, MOTORHEAD, WOLFMOTHER and VOLBEAT. More bands will be announced soon, with tickets going on sale this Friday, Jan. 29th. I don't know if this initial lineup is enough to warrant a trip to the UK, but if you are one of our European junkies, this sounds like a decent bill to trek out to. Here is a little more enticement. AC/DC playing "Thunderstruck" the last time they invaded Donington… (more…)