November, 2010 Archive
by: Jeremy Ulrey
Bad news from Jens Johansson:
"Dear Stratovarius fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and drummer Jörg Michael.
Jörg has cancer.
He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate and found what they call 'a malignant thyroid neoplasm.' They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy. He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys' shit list. Believe me. Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.
The band will fulfill their upcoming slew of tour dates with Alex Landenburg - a well respected drum teacher from Germany – filling in per Jörg's wishes.
We have just posted another new sexy gallery of photos, this time showcasing the recent New York stop of the Dimm Borgir, Enslaved, Blood Red Throne, Dawn of Ashes show. Chris, our photographer, shot over 100 sexy stills during the show definitely worth checking out. View all the photos in our gallery.
By now you guys have seen the video of Kirk Hammett kicking a beach into a kid right? No, well then do it! The internet can't shut up about it. So much so, that Metallica felt it was necessary to release an official statement on the matter:
“In the whacky world of rock’n'roll, sometimes stuff happens which looks even weirder than it really is! And with context being vital in these situations, we just wanted to address something which happened on the tour the other night regarding a large beachball, a band member’s foot and a little girl. Some of you will have seen on Youtube (or read in some reports) that Kirk knocked a small child offstage by kicking a beachball at her. That little lady is the daughter of the stage manager and dressing coordinator, who are fortunate to travel as a family on this tour. She was thoroughly enjoying watching the beachballs drop from the rafters, Kirk was thoroughly enjoying kicking the beachballs off the stage and back into the crowd as has been done every night on the tour, and neither of them saw the other. The poor wee one happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She wasn’t hurt. She didn’t go ‘flying several feet into the audience.’ And Kirk and she remain good buddies. It’s very cool that everyone showed concern and support though, so we just wanted to say ‘it’s all good’ and thanks for asking.”
Didn't we already know the child is alright? But, ok, we understand. This settles everything. It wasn't James Hetfield's kid as some rumors suggested, and it wasn't even that big of a deal. As you can see by the photo to the right, Kirk and the young girl are still pals It just looked really funny, especially with cartoon sound effects.
This sucks! Swedish death metal maniacs Crowpath have announced they are no more. The band has been active since 1997, putting out some very heavy shit you should make a point of checking out if you like, ya'know…death metal! The band released the following statement:
"So, the end is upon us! After 13 years of making noise we are done! It's been a lot of fun and all that but the reason for not continuing with the band is the lack of ideas and creative drive. This is really a natural end, there is nothing more to be done.
"We would like to thank our previous bass players Bjorn, Thomas and especially Dan for putting up with us through out the years. Thanks to all the cool bands, promoters and people we met and also a big thanks to Willowtip for being the coolest label around!
"Erik and Henrik has a new band going on called Tellusian. Music will pop up on the web in a not to distant future."
[ via Lambgoat ]
It's time to party! Eluveitie have announced a new North American tour, and it's going down February 2011. Coming along for the ride will be 3 Inches Of Blood, Holy Grail (whose video we premiered yesterday), System Divide. This is sure to be a tour that will have people with their hands in the air, and they will most likely wave them around like they just don't care. Because Eluveitie know how to party! Here are the dates: (more…)
by: Frank Godla
We just received some important news concerning one of Metal Injection's tech-death favorites, Gorod. It would appear there has been some member changes going on in the band, including new vocalist Julien "Nutz" Deyres, who will replace Guillaume Martinot. Also joining the new line up is guitar player Nicolas Alberny, he replaces Arnaud Pontaco who left the band due to health problems. This is all a bit of a shocker to me after seeing these guys earlier this year in great spirits here in NYC. None the less, I'm stoked to see what the next chapter of Gorod brings to the table.
But wait! There's more! (more…)
JULIE CHRISTMAS could sing a bus schedule and make it sound compelling. On The Bad Wife, her solo debut, she roars, wails, coos, shrieks and croons with more guts and versatility than any singer this side of CHRIS CORNELL, making every lyric matter in a way that metal records almost never do. Featuring her bandmates from MADE OUT OF BABIES and SPYLCAOPA (including CANDIRIA's JOHN LAMACCHIA,) The Bad Wife is just as vital musically, creating an arresting blend of sludge metal and experimental rock that deserves to be heard by anyone with a pair of ears. (more…)
This week on the Livecast, we began the show talking about all the broads Sean boned. The talk quickly shifts to Rob meeting some chick at a show, and then the show seemingly morphed into Loveline. Rob then discussed the Suicidal Tendencies show and his opinions on Mike Muir. When we came back for the second hour, Sean had a crazy idea about a new contest that you can read about under the playlist. We then played a special version of Thrash It or Trash It, where each host picked a song and we got Shlomo, Mongoose Commander and Pizza Destroyer to judge the tracks. It came out awesome! We ended the show with a great story about a grandma and a wrestling promoter. Here is this week's playlist:
Decapitated – Three-Dimensional Defect
Suicidal Tendencies – Subliminal
Landmine Marathon – Shadows Fed To Tyrants
Behemoth – Slaves Shall Serve
Genghis Tron – Laser Bitch
Sean's Contest: Leave a comment on this post with your idea for a dumb (small) tattoo for Sean to get on his calf muscle. In two weeks (on Dec. 1st) we will vote on what the best/dumbest idea is and then Sean WILL ACTUALLY GET THE TATTOO by the following week.
Another contest: We had Shlomo sing the Dreidel Song acapella and we want you guys to create a metal cover! UPDATE: Here is a track with Shlomo's signing isolated
It's raining Metal Injection, from a lacerated sky! That's right, we are teaming with the fine folks at IndieMerchStore to produce this sweet ass limited edition Metal Injection shirt. Forum lurkers will realize that the tee was designed by the Livecast's Sean Gresens during a drunken weekend binge. We liked it so much, we decided to have it printed. It's only 14 bucks and it's available for ordering right now! This is a limited edition shirt, so buy now before it gets trapped in purgatory!
Our brohams at MetalSucks have also released (a rather sweet) parody shirt, lampooning the classic Appetite for Destruction cover art. Pretty sweet!
The fine folks at IndieMerch also asked me to go through their massive inventory of clothing and pick out my five favorite designs and write about them. You can check that writeup out over here.
Black metal legends Immortal have announced their immanent return to America. We know that adding Immortal to anything immediately makes it better, so the US should thank them for coming back. They will be bringing Absu along for the ride. The dates are as follows:
Feb. 19 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Feb. 20 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Feb. 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small's Theatre
Feb. 22 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Feb. 24 – Denver, CO – Summit Theatre
Feb. 26 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
by: Noa Avior
Maya Hansen, a corset designer, has recently put out a collection of "heavy metal" corsets inspired by such bands as Guns n' Roses, Slayer, Metallica, Misfits, and Iron Maiden. The designs are pretty fantastic. How awesome would it be to add these outfits to our wardrobe? Heavy metal corsets can be the new band shirts. Think about it, ladies! The days of unfitted shirts can be put to an end. No more altering, cutting or sewing. I can see the endless lines at the merch tables now!
The corsets would flatten beer guts and perk saggy tits. The short skirts will accentuate and lengthen bulky, beefy legs. Add a coque feather cocktail hat to cover greasy scalps and hold disheveled hair in place. Voilà! Our hot metal dudes will look even hotter. Like wanton, heavy metal Mary Poppin clones. Peek under their minis for an up skirt view of their Mastodon thongs.
In all seriousness, the corsets are pretty bad-ass. I'm a big fan of DIY metal clothing. I recently discovered the Toxic Vision shop on etsy, which has awesome body suits, among other things. For my girly comrades or for the people who know me in real life and are looking to buy me a gift certificate, there is a giant hint for you! If you know any other DIY shops or small designers for girl wear/ accessories please post in the comments. [via Cakehead Loves Evil
Update: If you want to turn your favorite death metal t-shirt into something else besides a corset you should check out my girl Michelle's alteration services here: http://www.myspace.com/sandmalterations …Or you can fuck off and die.
There is no question, when it comes to print magazines (or analog blogs as I like to call 'em), Decibel rules all. It's the only metal mag that I subscribe to, and you are definitely doing yourself a disservice if you don't read it. Every month, they introduce me to bands that I need to listen to right away. And now, they are sweetening the deal even more.
Metalsucks has the scoop that starting with the first issue in 2011, and from then on, they will be releasing an exclusive flexi-disc (think thin vinyl) with music heard nowhere else. Exclusive tracks on a pretty fancy medium. The first month will feature exclusive Brutal Truth tracks. Pretty fuckin' killer.
These flexi-discs will be available with issues in some retail stores, but the only way to ensure getting your hands on one of these limited edition bad-boys is by subscribing to Decibel. For the price of a concert ticket, you can be getting one year of metal knowledge, in addition to 12 exclusive vinyls you won't find anywhere else. What other magazine can offer such a deal? Did you subscribe yet?
Attention fans of technical progressive metal, a new track from The Human Abstract is now available. The track is titled "Faust" off their upcoming release, Digital Veil, which comes out next year. This is definitely a band you should check out if you are a fans of bands like Between The Buried And Me and SikTh. You can stream it above, and if you dig it, you can download the track on Amazon MP3 or iTunes.
This is pretty sweet. While I'm not too crazy about the whole holiday season, I don't think I've seen a holiday card cooler than this musical Dio Christmas card (what about us Jews, Ronnie?). The card, when opened, plays Dio's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as well as slays any dragons that may be lingering in your backyard*. If you want one of these cards, it will set you back 10 big ones, which may be a bit too pricey, but cooomeee onn, it's f'n Dio! Buy it here. [via MetalSucks]
* Actual dragon slaying not guaranteed.
If you don't check out Earache Records head honco Digby Pearson's blog, Ask Earache, you're missing out on some candid knowledge. Just recently, he answered a question regarding a rather controversial subject, album re-issues. Many critics would call such a practice "double dipping" to try to get diehard fans to pay for the same album twice, but Dig has evidence to the contrary. He frankly says that they do very well, and while they aren't sure exactly why he believes that fans today hold out for special package reissues with bonus DVDs and all that additional flare. He brings up interesting points on how a re-issue can help a current band looking for a good tour, as well as why they re-issue some of their older catalogue: (more…)