November, 2010 Archive
That Metal Show on VH1 has been back with a new season, and has apparently been extended to a full hour. The additional 30 minutes have made the show much more watchable. The pace is a little slower, they actually have lengthy interviews with artists, and it also allows time for interesting debates. The best part is you don't have to sit around until 11pm on Saturdays because they stream full episodes online such as the Phil episode above. Another episode I definitely recommend is the most recent one with Bill Ward of Black Sabbath and Danzig.
Talk about getting out the gate early! The promoters of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival may not have announced any bands yet, but the full routing is locked in and they have lined up a holiday pre-sale for tickets. You know, for those diehards who know they are hitting up the fest no matter what the lineup is. Or for those of us who just haven't figured out what to get our metalhead friends for the holidays. There are two types of tickets for pre-sale, lawn and pit tickets with the following details:
$45.00 Holiday Package: Includes LAWN ticket and fees, a Mayhem collectible holiday ornament (Allowing early festival entrance) and a limited edition stocking stuffer – a Mayhem beanie. Note: the actual show ticket will be sent to the same shipping address two weeks before the show date.
$85.00 Holiday Package: Includes PIT ticket and fees, a Mayhem collectible holiday ornament(Allowing early festival entrance) and a limited edition stocking stuffer – a Mayhem beanie. Note: the actual show ticket will be sent to the same shipping address two weeks before the show date.
All orders before December 10th are guaranteed for the holidays. If this looks like something that interests you, you can head over to the pre-sale page to purchase your tickets. Here is the routing for the tour: (more…)
My new addiction is the iPhone game Angry Birds. It's the simplest of games, you launch a bird into a structure which contains pigs that you want to destroy. So many train rides have been made to feel like they were over in minutes because of this game. Looks like somebody at Earache understands this addiction as they are releasing a game very similar to Angry Birds, except far more metal.
The premise of the game is you launch a metal dude off a stage and the further you launch him the more points you get. While you are trying to beat your high score, there is an awesome soundtrack of new and old Earache bands playing in the background. It's actually quite a brilliant marketing strategy as it gives fans a reason to listen to the label's music without beating them over the head with it. I am surprised other labels haven't jumped on this strategy.
The game comes out next Wednesday, November 29th and will be available on all iPhones and iPod Touches with an iPad version planned in the future. You can see a demo of the game above.
Devildriver have just wrapped up writing a new record and it looks like they are itching to get back out on the road. They will get their wish in late January when they hit the road with Cancer Bats and new-thrash act Baptized in Blood. A pretty unique lineup surely to draw some different crowds to the venues, as I doubt there is much crossover between Cancer Bats fans and Devildriver fans. Here are the dates:
1/20 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
1/21 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
1/22 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
1/24 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
1/25 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
1/26 Prince George, BC @ The Generator
1/27 Calgary, AB @ Republik
1/28 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
1/29 Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
1/30 Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
1/31 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
2/02 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
2/03 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
2/04 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
2/05 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
2/06 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
2/08 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
2/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
2/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
My friend Marina had her birthday party at a swanky Russian restaurant this weekend. It was a rare occasion to see my friends get all dolled up. As the alcohol kept flowing, our modesty and shame was quicky fading and everybody eventually made their way to the dance floor. We were all out there looking like complete idiots, but it was totally fine because anybody who would be judging me, looked just as ridiculous right next to me. Such is the case with Black Dahlia Murder guitarist Ryan Knight, who was showing his damn sexy dance moves at the wedding of the band's former tour manager, Karim. Check out Ryan's fly dance moves below..
Crowbar (the band, not the bar of crows as seen to the right) have announced their new record, Sever The Wicked Hand will be released February 8th, 2011 but you don't have to wait that long to get a taste of new music from the band.
Noisecreep is currently streaming the track "Cemetary Angels" which sounds like the band hasn't skipped a beat. It has that incredibly thick sound the back is known for and just gets slower (and heavier) as each second progresses. Definitely worth a listen!
Crowbar will no doubt be playing this and hopefully more new tunes when their tour kicks off this Monday.
Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
That's right ladies and gentlemen, it's time for chapter three of the multi-award winning column known worldwide as SYSTEM-WATCH 2010!!!!
After minutes of hardcore research, wheel-greasing and heavy interrogation, I uncovered evidence which lead me to believe that the Armenian metal act System of a Down may very well be re-forming to tour sometime in 2011. I later came across further evidence after seconds of investigation on Wikipedia that System may be performing at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris, France in June of that very year. Now, after even more investigation into the end of System's hiatus and engaging in acts of which I'm not proud, another piece of evidence has been revealed; System of a Down may be headlining England's Download Festival in 2011. (more…)
MAGRUDERGRIND Release EP via Scion; Anybody Who Is Complaining Needs To Get The Sand Out of Their Vagina
by: Robert Pasbani
Late last week, Magrudergrind announced they are releasing a new EP, Grind Crusher for absolutely nothing, ZERO! They were able to do this through a partnership with Scion A/V, a marketing initative that in my opinion has been nothing but good things for metal. Scion A/V has paid for free festivals with Neurosis and Mastodon as headliners, paid for countless music videos for small bands who probably couldn't afford them and now they are even releasing music for free. I was pleasantly surprised by the idea, but turns out a lot of people on the internet are butt-hurt about the situation calling the band sell-outs among other things. There has been such a hoopla that Magrudergrind released a statement explaining their actions. Let's take a look at it and then I'll chime in with my thoughts afterwards, so we are all up to speed: (more…)
Here is a sweet video I found on Metalsucks of drummer extraordinaire Charlie Z. submitting a video audition for Dream Theater. He apparently was not asked formally to audition, but got wind of what piece of music the band was asking people to play and decided to submit his own video. The dude totally rips it. And, are we really surprised? He's been in Behold… The Arctopus and Blotted Science, two incredibly techy bands. So this is almost like a walk in the park for Charlie. He makes it look easy, even throwing in a stick flip. The best part of this video: no shitty vocals.
Despised Icon STILL aren't broken up yet? What's the hold up guys? All kidding aside, the band is set to play their final shows ever in various Canadian cities next week, taking bands like Ion Dissonance, The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Beneath The Massacre, and ABACABB along for the ride. Now, the band has added another treat. The original lineup of the group will be performing material from the band's first two records on the tour. Pretty exciting. Here is the message from the group, along with the itinerary: (more…)
Looks like Chimaira have to do some Christmas shopping…for a new bassist. Longtime bringer of the low-end Jim LaMarca is leaving the group. Based on the statement the band made, it seems amicable and there are no hard feelings from either party. Here is the official statement from the band:
“After a decade of good times and achievements, our friend and band mate Jim LaMarca [bass] has decided to retire from Chimaira. We wish him nothing but the best as he settles in and starts a family. As for seeking a replacement… we’ll cross that bridge down the line. In the meantime, consider it ‘business as usual’ with the Chimaira you know and love.”
There you have it. Dude wants to hang out with his family. You can't really fault him for that. Chimaira will be enlisting the services of Daath shredder Emil Werstler to fill in for bass duties on their upcoming tour.
Well, this is exciting (if it was 1999) but the 5th Music As A Weapon tour lineup has been announced. The package is curated by headliners Disturbed, who have invited Korn to co-headline the North American tour with them. Joining them on the trek will be Sevendust and In This Moment. This is a surprisingly low-key lineup for the tour, which has been known to have a second stage in the past.
It may be because they are NOT hitting major markets and thus might be playing smaller venues. The cities for the tour have been announced and one lucky city is home to the Icehogs and many Metal Injection fans: Rockford, IL. Here are the cities, as soon as the full routing is announced we will post it up: (more…)
I can't believe November is halfway through! Where does the time go? We have been a little busy so we sort of forgot about the Guessing Game for a bit. But no more! First off, we need to congratulate joshg253 for winning the last game and scoring himself a copy of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. To see the answer for last time's game, visit this page and click the scrambled image.
As for this week's prize. We have a combo for you in celebration of Monster Magnet's recent release, Mastermind. One lucky winner who correctly guesses who is in the scrambled image will receive a free copy of the CD and a poster. All you have to do is leave a comment with your guess of who is in the scrambled image. Good luck!
Well, 2011 is definitely shaping up to be a very epic year for metal releases. Origin have just announced signing a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast, after most recently being on Relapse. The band, who recently announced new vocalist Mica Meneke added to the fold, have wrapped up writing their fifth release, and will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas this weekend with engineer Robert Rebeck. Here is founding guitarist Paul Ryan's statement on signing to NB:
“It is a great honor to be working with Nuclear Blast. We are excited to be working with a label with such an amazing presence in the metal scene. They have some of the best extreme bands in the history of extreme music and we are very honored to be apart of this. We are eager to join the ranks of the Nuclear Blast roster!”
Consider me pumped! If you are not familiar with Origin, check out some sweet live footage we shot of the band a few years ago.
by: Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
A few weeks ago, I speculated that there is a high possibility that System of a Down may be returning. Now there is more fuel to add to the reunion fire, in the second chapter of what I'm now calling SYSTEM-WATCH 2010!!!!
According to Francis Zégut, the host of the French radio station show "Pop Rock Station," System of a Down is scheduled to perform live at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris, France on June 6, 2011. As of today, this has neither been confirmed or denied by the band.
This isn't the first report of System playing a 2011 gig. Earlier this year the band were rumored to be playing the 2011 SWU Festival in Brazil. As soon as we hear more about this, we will report back to you. So stay tuned for more SYSTEM-WATCH 2010!!!! And yes the paperwork is already being processed to copyright the phrase for 2010 AND 2011, so don't think about stealing it! I'm talking to you Gene Simmons.