May, 2011 Archive
The second annual 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise is over six months away, but the lineup is already heating up. Just announced are four more bands added to the bill: Coroner, Amorphis, Moonsorrow and In Extremo. Of course the bands already announced are Eluveitie, Grave Digger, My Dying Bride, Pestilence, Stratovarius, Therion and Tristania. This cruise is a metal experience like no other. If you don't believe us, take a look at our video report or take a peek at our photos from last year. Tickets are now on sale, with more info found here.
You may know Fieldy as the terrible bassist from the biggest band of the late 90s, Korn. But did you know he has two other terrible groups? He had a 2002 side project called Fieldy's Dreams which was just awful rap, and something he is currently embarrassed of. Well, that's nice. But the funniest part of the interview in a recent issue of Revolver is when talking about his current sideproject, Stillwell and what his Korn bandmates think about that: (more…)
Deconstruction and Ghost have certainly been some of the most anticipated records of the year for me personally, and now the wait is finally over. After being incredibly impressed with both of the Devin Townsend Project’s initial releases, Ki and Addicted, I couldn’t wait to see how the final two pieces of this project would play out. Needless to say, Devin Townsend has come back with two equally unpredictable slabs of both progressive metal and ambient/folk rock. Only this time, he’s surpassed everything in his catalog. And yes, that does include the undeniable classics like 2001's Terria and Strapping Young Lad’s City. (more…)
A/V Roundup: Tons of New Music from BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, SUICIDE SILENCE, Free Math/Tech-Death Comp & More
While we are getting our barrings back from a long weekend of partying, we present you with this list of new music that has surfaced in the last few days for your enjoyment. There are new tracks from The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Big Business, Tombs and Unexpect, a new mathcore/tech death compilation for free download from TheApparat.us, footage of Dave Lambardo's side project ripping LA a new one and much more. Check out our huge post-Memorial Day Audio/Video roundup:
The Black Dahlia Murder have made a third track, "Malenchanments Of The Necrosphere," from their upcoming release, Ritual available for streaming on Alternative Press's website. I've had the album for a little over a week, and this is definitely one of the strongest tracks on the record. Overall, the record is very familiar (you instantly know you're listening to BDM) but also very experiment as the album progresses. I think longtime fans will enjoy it very much! (more…)
Brent Hinds is most famous for being the guitarist of Mastodon, but did you know that he's also a spokesperson? Here is a new (hilarious) commercial with Hinds talking about the fictional disease "overwhelming hunger pains" and the cure for it, a local Atlanta dive named Elmyr. I hit up Elmyr when I went down to the first Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta, and the commercial makes it seem less divey than I recall. I do also recall pounding a lot of drinks as soon as I got there, so my memory is definitely a little fuzzy. I wasn't the only one who was incredibly tanked, as Brent Hinds surely out-tanked me. He seems like he's Elmyr's own Barney Gumble, or perhaps he is the Lemmy to Elmyr's Rainbow Room (if you ever go to the Rainbow in LA, there is a 90% chance Lemmy is sitting by the poker machine at the bar). Those interested in Elmyr can find more info on the cantina's official site.
Following in the footsteps of Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, prolific Grammy-Award-winning metallers Judas Priest appeared on American Idol last night. The band showcased their new guitarist and fellow Brit Richie Faulkner as they accompanied finalist James Durbin on the Idol stage performing ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight’ from their classic 1980 album British Steel (watch it here).
Earlier this week Priest announced that after extensively touring the planet for over 40 years and with plans already confirmed to bid goodbye to Europe and South America; they would indeed bring their farewell tour ‘The Epitaph Tour’ to US shores this fall. A very last chance to dance and witness the ultimate live heavy metal experience, by one of the founding fathers of its genre. Support comes from the aforementioned Black Label Society and Irish hard-rockers Thin Lizzy. Tour dates are as follows: (more…)
Wintersun mastermind Jari Mäenpää has uploaded a short clip on his personal YouTube page (after the jump) that shows the band rehearsing for their upcoming European tour dates, which start today. As most Wintersun loyalists already know, the band is now in the fifth year of recording their sophomore record Time, but they have given no concrete description on what the record sounds like. It looks like we won't have to wait much longer for a glimpse though. The band recently announced that while the mixing of the LP is delayed yet again, they will be playing over 10 minutes of new material live on this tour run. (more…)
A few days ago, we learned some minimal info about the new Mastodon record, but today I can report a ton more information has surfaced on one of the most anticipated releases of 2011. Brent Hinds recently spoke to SPIN Magazine and gave up a ton more info on what bands can expect from the album: (more…)
I am pretty sure my most anticipated tour of the Summer is the forthcoming Animals As Leaders, Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason & Evan Brewer tour. I am a big fan of four of the artists on the bill, and I wouldn't mind checking out Dead Letter Circus. I know you guys are pretty pumped for the tour as well, so you should be excited to know there are more tour dates announced! Here they are: (more…)
It has finally happened! The world has new music from Gojira to thrash to. And the Frenchmen enlisted some friends for their return, namely Devin Townsend and Meshuggah guitarist and all around beast Fredrik Thordendal. I'm not going sit here and talk about how great the track is, because you already know it will be great. "Of Blood and Salt" is six minutes and twenty six seconds of pure unfiltered heavy fucking metal. Devin starts the track and Fredrik, I assume provides the solo. So, I'm going to stop talking so you can listen to the track… (more…)
This month on the Relapse Records Podcast, we have a special segment for America's premier extreme music festival, Maryland Death Fest. We have 12 songs from current and former Relapse artists who will play at this year's MDF including new music from Exhumed, Haemorrhage, Weekend Nachos, Looking for an Answer, and many more! As always, we have brand new updates, tour info, and Relapse artist news. This month's interview is with Matt Harvey, frontman for the recently reunited Exhumed, who talks about their new album, how the band got back together, his thrash project Dekapitator, and this year's MDF. DOWNLOAD, PLUG IN AND TURN IT UP! Here is the playlist: (more…)
Have a peak at an incredible live performance of Mats/Morgan Band, featuring the ridciulous drum stylings of Morgan Ågren who previously worked with Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal on his solo project. Enjoy!
A View From Behind The Drumkit is a weekly column written by Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish. Follow along as he scribes down some anecdotes and advice from his many years of touring. You can read the first edition of the column here. This piece focuses on getting your buzz on while on tour…
The concert is over in (insert city here). Your mind casually transitions back to civilized reality as you've once again had the prodigious opportunity to escape through music. You're covered in an ocean of sweat and have managed to meander off of the stage in search of that frothy elixir of goodness that awaits you. It's calling, ever so gently, making its presence known as you migrate towards the rager happening backstage. You can already taste it. My God, it's going to be delicious. Upon entering the chaos, you bulldoze through the vultures and scavengers lingering and partying in the only safe haven available. Beads of condensation stream down the sides of the adult beverage's housing facility, giving the indication its cold, fresh, and ready to consume. One beer left. As you lunge to capture that last bottle of thirst quenching wholesomeness, the unthinkable happens. Some scourge of the Earth you've never seen before wearing Jenko's, a No Fear hoodie with matching wristbands, and splattered with mascara, seizes your liquid tranquility, pops the top, and chugs it in its entirety right before your eyes. The only thought racing through your brain is…
To paraphrase my good friend Axl Rosenberg: Cryptopsy, still a thing. Truthfully, I assumed the band had broken up after pretty much everybody shit all over The Unspoken King, but I guess not. Guitarist Jon Levasseur has rejoined the fold in the band, and he was, according to the press release, a major creative contributing force behind None So Vile, Whisper Supremacy, And Then You'll Beg…, inarguably the band's best releases. Previous guitarist Youri Raymond shifts over to bass as their previous bassist Eric Langois was totally over it and quit.
The band has already completed three new songs and expect a late 2011 release. I guess I am curious to see what these guys pull off, because no matter how much that last album sucked, I am still a huuuuuge fan of drummer Flo Mounier and will gladly check out any of his work.
Savannah, GA exports Baroness are currently locked up in the studio and to keep their fans in the loop, they have launched an official site via Tumblr. The site currently features photos of the band jamming as well as three video teasers showing off what new sounds these guys are coming up with. While no release date has been announced, the album is scheduled for late 2011/early 2012, so don't start holding your breath just yet.