March, 2010 Archive
What great gifts Wednesday has brought us. Sean Gresens has uploaded 8 new bootleg videos of The Acacia Strain kicking ass from back in January at Santos Party House. When Sean tapes a set, he makes sure to tape A LOT so you have a good amount of variety to see the type of damage a band like TAS can inflict. Here are the clips:
A few weeks ago, we were invited by Earache Records to a private screening of the new At the Gates documentary. The metal blogeratti was out in full force with members of MetalSucks, Metal Insider, Noisecreep and others in attendance. The documentary was edited by founding guitarist Anders Björler and is included on The Flames of The End 3-disc DVD.
Before the screening we had the opportunity to interview Anders and talk about the DVD. He talked about how it was a very nostalgic experience that helped bring the band closer together. He also implied this DVD is the last chapter in the At the Gates history. Watch the full interview here.
The piece starts off focusing on the early years of each member of the band, going into great detail about previous projects and the formation of the group. While some, if not most of this is common knowledge, fans of Sweedish death metal will certainly appreciate the history lesson given here. There is such great detail given in addition to cutaways to bootleg footage, vintage photos and fliers. (more…)
A little over a year ago, I posted a flow chart of heavy metal band names but I think this map is even more impressive. Some dude on Flickr made an entire subway map breaking down the history of rock music. It's quite epic. Click on the image to enlarge it.
We know how he feels about Slayer, now on his new comedy album, Fart and Wiener Jokes, metal comedian Brian Posehn talks about an experience with purchasing a (non-metal) song on iTunes. Needless to say it did not go well. The album is set to be released 4/27, and will feature a few new musical numbers as well with all-star contributions from Scott Ian, Jamey Jasta, Mark Morton, John Tempesta, and Satchel of Steel Panther. He will also be performing at the upcoming Revolver Golden God Awards. Check out another sample of Brian's album after the jump… (more…)
I am getting really excited for new music from the Deftones. Between their first single, Rocket Skates and now the title track, Diamond Eyes, it looks like the band may see a bit of resurgence. I was never the biggest Deftones fan, but I always liked what I heard. Needless to say, when the full album comes out on May 18th, I will certainly be listening.
We have not been able to shutup about The Dillinger Escape Plan the last few weeks. First, we posted their video for "Farewell, Mona Lisa", then after attending their opening tour date, I posted a bootleg of another new song, Chinese Whispers and yesterday we posted their appearance on Fox News. But, I know what you were really waiting for. The main event! An entire album stream of Option Paralysis. Well, today is your lucky day because that sumbitch is up right now on the band's MySpace page and hear the album in it's entirety. Then, come back here and let us know what your favorite track is.
The album is officially released next Tuesday, March 23rd.
This clip is hilarious…
Oh and the Them Crooked Vultures album rules!
Another Monday, another Guessing Game! Before getting to this week's game, let's all congratulate lucky junkie PutThemToDeath for winning last week's game. He will be getting a new copy of DESPISED ICON's album, Day Of Mourning. If you couldn't guess last week's answer, click on the thumbnail to the right for the full reveal.
I would like to think that this week's Guessing Game is a little harder (since a lot of you complained last week) but who knows? Maybe you guys will get it in a second. One of the correct answers will be randomly picked to receive a CD/DVD combo pack of DARK TRAQUILITY's recent live release The Death Is Most Alive. All you have to do is leave a comment with your best guess of who the band below is. Good luck!
A few months ago we announced that we were teaming up with MetalInsider.net and Scion to bring you guys the No Label Needed contest, which would give one lucky band the chance of a lifetime with a hookup of getting songs produced by Machine, hanging out with the guys in Shadows Fall and asking them for advice, a shopping spree, a press campaign and more. All this without ever having to sign the record contact.
Well, the entries were tallied up and the lucky band is Minnesota's IRON THRONES. If you're a fan of bands like ISIS and Cult of Luna, you will totally dig this band. Metal Injection will be with the band every step of the way on their journey, and we will be documenting all their adventures, from their meetups to their recordings for the No Label Needed series which will premiere in the next few weeks.
Stay tuned, this is just the beginning!
Varg Vikernes is a controversial figure. The man who went to prison for infamously murdering his Mayhem bandmate, Euronymous, was released this year and ended up putting out an album. The brave bloggers at Demon Pigeon took to reviewing the record in the only way appropriate for this situation, in LOLCAT speak. If you are not familiar with LOLCAT speak, you must not use the internets. Here is a sample:
IT STARTS OFF WIF CLATTERIN AN BANGIN. IZ LIEK HEZ BASHIN SPOON AGAINST HIS PRISON BARS LOLOLOL. AN DEN TEH FURST SONG PROPR COMEZ IN. TEH FURST TING DAT HITS U IZ DAT HOMEBOY HAS BEEN IN PRISON SO LONG, HE MISD TEH INVENSHUN OV PRO-TOOLS AN DIGITAL RECORDIN TECHNOLOGY. IT SOUNDZ LIEK HEZ RECORDD IT ON DICATOFONE. FAIR ENOUGH, HE PROBABLY WANTD 2 KEEP IT RAW, BUT THARS HOOJ DIFFERENCE TWEEN RAW AN SHIT. AN DIS SOUND SHIT.
While not impressed with the first song, eventually writer Dannul Karnz comes around to the record saying "U CAN IMAGINE HIM IN DA WOODZ DRESD AS WIZARD RUNNIN AROUND IN CAPE. AKSHULLY IZ QUITE GUD WHEN U FINKZ BOUT IT LIEK DAT."
Read the entire hilarious review over at Demon Pigeon.
by Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
I thought I was too old to have a life changing experience at a rock show. Music is more important to me now than it ever was, but I never thought a live band could blow my mind like back in my teenage years. Last Friday proved me wrong. As I stood in the crowd inside the E&L Auditorium at NYU, watching Salome play a 40- minute doom set, I felt the same way I did when I first saw Sum 41 at 15 years old. (don’t judge me!) (more…)
by Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
I once read online that Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall’s style could be accurately compared to the sound of Elvis Presley being tortured. I would argue from more of a Jerry Lee Lewis on hallucinogenic drugs standpoint, but both are pretty damn accurate. This acid trip of a band made an important change to their style with the 2006 full-length, “Hell Songs,” with Alexis making the ballsy decision to change his vocal style during their rise as underground idols; from his classic mathcore shriek (think Dillinger Escape Plan or The Number 12 Looks Like You) to clean rockabilly-style crooning (in the vein of Buddy Holly or Carl Perkins). The result broke barriers, and was embraced by metalheads and liberal art students alike. (more…)
Last week was the inaugural edition of our newest game, Extreme Zoom. We started with a harder one last week, but some of you managed to answer correctly. Click here to reveal the answer. Congrats to MI Junkie Nbfn144 for winning last week's game and getting a sweet Exodus prize pack.
We eased up a bit with this week's edition of Extreme Zoom focusing in on a pretty famous tattoo. Think you know who it is? Leave a comment, and we'll randomly select one of you who guessed correctly to win a brand new copy of Suicide Silence's No Time To Bleed.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, DARKEST HOUR, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE and ANIMALS AS LEADERS kick off their tour tonight in NYC
I am so fucking pumped to be attending tonight's kick off of the Dillinger Escape Plan's headlining run with Darkest Hour, iwrestledabearonce and Animals As Leaders. This show is stacked with a great lineup from top to bottom, and even though these bands will be playing SXSW in a week, it doesn't matter to me. Anytime I can see Dillinger, I will go and see them. They are absolutely my favorite live band. A few years ago, they played two shows in a row in NYC, and I went to both and after the second I remarked if they played an entire week's worth of shows, I'd go to those too. On top of that, all three support bands are awesome too. I've never seen Animals as Leaders live, but their album is amazing so I dobut they would disappoint. IWABO are always a fun time live and Darkest Hour never cease to bring a good show. Don't be a sucker and miss out on this tour. In case you missed them the first time, here are the dates: (more…)
ABC's Martin Bashir interviews ICP
Did this really happen? ICP, who we might be giving just a bit too much publicity to these days, seem to be all over the place lately. It all started with that infomercial for their Gathering which was even parodied by SNL, and more recently with this Juggalo News parody.
Somebody at ABC News must have seen it and go, damn, we should just get the real ones on our show. And so they did. What resulted was a piece which felt almost exactly like something you would see during the Judas Priest era in the 80s, except that Judas Priest were awesome and ICP….well, they have clown makeup on. The whole piece was around 10 minutes long and was very unbearable. But I braved it and edited down the best parts of it for you loyal junkies. Do you see how much I love you? Watch it above.
[ Hear us talk more about this absurd clip on the most recent Metal Injection Livecast ]