May, 2010 Archive
by: Frank Godla
This past Wednesday night I was faced with a dilemma that surprisingly doesn't happen often: two great shows in the same city going down at the same exact time. On one hand, NYC saw the return of reunited Gorguts, which is an epic no-brainer for some. However I'm glad I didn't attend, because I would have missed what would be one of the greatest live sets I've seen in years by Metal Injection favorite, Gorod.
Locked in a freezing basement on the hottest night of the year so far, with only a handful of people who were pumped to see Jesus Crost, Rompeprop and Gorod, there wasn't a shred of doubt in my mind where I wanted to be. While both Jesus Crost and Rompeprop were great additions to the bill, the main attraction for me was certainly Gorod from France. We've been following this band for a few years now and had the privilege of filming them once before on their first and only U.S show. Since then, the band has upgraded to an even more ridiculous drummer, released one of our favorite records of 2009, and are now back in the states for 3 shows. (more…)
by Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
For a while now, Australian spectral doom band PORTAL has been seeing some serious underground support. Mostly through online metal forums and youtube, the band has developed an almost cult following of experimental metal enthusiasts. It's beyond difficult for an Australian act, especially an extreme metal act to make it over to the States, but after 16 years of chaos, Portal just played to a sold-out crowd in Brooklyn, New York. Even more impressive, they opened for death metal staple GORGUTS, who played their first show since their 5-year hiatus the night before in Boston, with Portal as their support. (more…)
Sorry, I couldn't resist with that headline. Anyway, the fine brohemians at Metalsucks brought to my attention a recent interview with AltSounds where Max Cavalera discussed a potential reunion with his old Sepultura band mates. This happened right before he and Igor established Cavalera Conspiracy, as he sought to reunite his old band first. But there was one problem, Andreas: (more…)
Things are not looking good here. When reports were initially coming in of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's death on Monday, one newspaper cited a source at the scene who claimed it was in fact of an overdose. A few days ago, Metal Insider said initial toxicology reports. On Tuesday, initial toxicology reports were inconclusive as to Paul's cause of death, however a thorough examination takes between 4 to 6 weeks.
Now, a leaked 911 phone call obtained by TMZ looks to confirm the Examiner's sources of an overdose. The person phoning in Paul's death cited seeing a hypodermic needle and a bottle of pills were found in the room with Paul at the time of his death. It's no secret that he struggled with drug addiction the last few years, speaking publicly about his dependence on harder drugs. This is truly a sad story, and the person I feel the most for is his fiancee and his unborn child.
In what is a pretty hilarious way to market his new release, Scream, Ozzy Osbourne recently appeared at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square pretending to be a wax version of himself. When a bystander would sit next to him for a photograph, he would make them scream. Get it? The resulting video proves to be a pretty funny and clever marketing ploy by his label.
This edition of the Metal Injection Livecast saw Rob, Noa, 3D, Sid and Sean were joined by our old pal Nick. We talked about the passing of Paul Gray, teen werewolves, Noa's big head, trannys, and we played another rousing edition of Sexual Jeopardy. Here is this week's playlist:
Slipknot – Eyeless
Los Crudos – Asesinos
Human Filleted – Hideous Sculptures Of The Dead
Nevermore – Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death)
Primus – Pudding Time
The Power and the Glory – Call Me Armageddon
In a world where downloading a record illegal is so easy, how do you keep fans interested in purchasing your CD? Come up with some insane giveaways, that's how! During the promotion for their last CD, The Eternal Return, the band held a sweepstakes where the grand prize would be the band showing up at your house and playing a party. They did just that for one Grafton, OH native, who somehow managed to secure a warehouse. They taped the entire ordeal and edited it into a nice little video package which could be viewed above.
These guys are awesome! If you liked what you saw, make sure to also check out their Summer Slaughter tour diaries from last year.
Anybody who has sat through the incredibly painful Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster knows that James Hetfield is a recovering alcoholic. Now, he's decided to take it a step further. In the latest issue of Metallica's fan club magazine, So What, James declares himself straight-edge: (more…)
A few moments ago, Slipknot concluded what was undoubtedly the most difficult press conference they were ever a part of. The band officially discussing the passing of bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead in an Iowan hotel room yesterday. It was a bit difficult to watch, with all the remaining members and his wife on stage pouring their hearts out about the fallen bassist. Throughout the press conference there was no mention of whether or not the band would continue without him, simply stating that Paul was "the essence of Slipknot."
This video needs no introduction…
[ via Brandon Geist ]
This track may be a little old, but I just found it recently and it's phenomenal. The track is Black Sabbath's popular little diddy "Paranoid." I'm sure it's probably one of the most covered songs of all time, and I'm sure 99% of the songs sound almost exactly like Sabbath. But when The Dillinger Escape Plan do a cover, they really like to fuck shit up (see "My Michelle"). I love their take on this, especially the jazzy parts toward the end. Just a little something to brighten your Tuesday afternoon.
The last few weeks haven't been the best of times for Mastodon. Guitarist Bill Kelliher was once again hospitalized for pancreatitis and then reports were coming in that fellow guitarist, Brent Hinds seemed distant at shows and continaully stormed off stage. So, I actually welcomed the news of Mastodon taking a break when reading about it on MetalInsider. They need a break! The official reasoning is Bill's doctors highly suggest he get treated right away. Here is the statement from the band's label:
Mastodon regret to inform their fans that their upcoming Summer tour of Europe originally set to begin June 5, in Germany and ending July 3, in Finland has been cancelled. Guitarist Bill Kelliher who has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis has been advised by doctors to continue further medical treatment. Bill’s medical team are optimistic and expect a full recovery in the weeks ahead as the band looks forward to being part of BlackDiamondSkye also featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, slated to begin Sep. 16, in Chicago.
Perhaps it's for the best. The band can spend the summer recharging their batteries in time for what one of their biggest tours to date, with Alice in Chains and Deftones. It is certainly a really important one for the band, as the audiences the other two acts attract seem to be one that may not be super familiar with the Atlanta quartet. Hopefully, they get their shit together by then.
It's Tuesday and for the first time in a while, there is no LOST on tonight. I guess I'll just have to listen to new music from these artists…
You can grab a taste of weird via a brand new track from The Melvins. Noisecreep is hosting a stream of the track "The Water Glass", which features a military march interlude. If it weren't weird, it wouldn't be The Melvins.
MyChildren MyBride have posted "Crimsom Grim" to their MySpace page. I sampled the track and reached a breakdown within 30 seconds of the start of the song. That's always a plus.
Haste The Day have posted a new track to their MySpace page as well, "Dogs Like Vultures", which wastes no time and just starts right off with a breakdown.
Finally, for those of you who want less breakdowns and more grind, new samples from Scott Hull's upcoming grind compilation This Comp Kills Fascists Volume 2 have been made available. Do you really need me to tell you this shit sounds awesome? It's Scott FN Hull!
A mere few days after we learned of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, metal has lost another musician. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found in an Iowan Mariott hotel dead at the age of 38. An investigation is ongoing but no foul play is suspected. The Examiner is reporting a local source stated it is most likely a drug overdose. Paul was married to model Brenna Paul and the two were expecting their first child together.
This is truly a huge bummer for Slipknot fans everywhere. Paul was not only the bassist of the band, but a huge contributor to the writing process. One has to wonder what the future now holds for Slipknot. The band has been vehement in the past in saying it was a 9-part machine, and every member was equally as important. Would Paul be replaced? If so, would the person replacing him become #2 or #10? Would they drop the number gimmick altogether? When speaking to Joey Jordison on the black carpet at the Revolver Golden Gods he mentioned a 2012 time table for the new record, so they do have plenty of time to figure this out. Overall though, this sucks! Metal musicians need to stop dying.
by Ryan B
Summer is here, my graduation is days away, and a Facebook status update from REVOCATION reminds "Saturday night, no excuse to not party!" I take strong heed and head down to a friend's house with several of my fellow rabble-rousers to tap the keg well before the show starts and line our guts with beer in preparation for the night of grindcore and death metal that awaits us down the street. CATTLE DECAPITATION is the name on the marquee of the Triple Rock tonight, and with REVOCATION in tow, we are to be prepared to be spoiled. (more…)