June, 2011 Archive
It's been a while since we did the Guessing Game, so lets kick off the Summer right with a new game. We have a killer prize for our comeback as well. We are giving FIVE junkies who answer correctly a copy of the new AC/DC DVD, Let There Be Rock, in stores now, their legendary live concert film. All you have to do is leave a comment with your guess for who it is in the photoshopped image. We will send the winners notification via private message. Good luck.
Here is what the AC/DC DVD looks like, along with some more info: (more…)
Oh happy day! The Frak The Gods Tour, featuring Periphery, The Human Abstract, Textures & The Contortionist was announced a few weeks back, but no dates. Today, we have these dates and dates are a plenty. The tour kicks off September 3rd in Raleigh, NC hitting major cities all over (creeping in for stops in Toronto and Montreal) until wrapping up on October 8th in Baltimore. Here are the dates: (more…)
Landmine Marathon, which holds among it's ranks the praying mantis of metal, Grace Perry are hitting the road this summer for a slew of shows on the West Coast in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. If you're near a show that's on the itinerary, I guarantee it will be a good time. Here are the dates: (more…)
One could say a lot of good things about Unearth. In 2001, with most emerging metal bands still mired in the colossal waste of time of “Nu-Metal”, the band became one of the first to push the style we think of as “modern” Metalcore with their debut release, The Stings of Conscience. Within a few years, Gothenburg riffs, barked vocals, and breakdowns all became metal standard-fare, from the rundown VFW shows all the way to Ozzfest. Not surprisingly, this spawned an enormous wave of followers seeking to emulate bands like Unearth and Killswitch Engage. But lest we forget, Metalcore was something Unearth did long before the sound became popular. And from what I can tell from Darkness in the Light, it is something they continue to do very well. (more…)
We have already seen a shitty bootleg of the track "Dusk Dismantled" but today, the band released the studio version of track, and I have to say it's surpringly heavy. There are some evil, black-ish parts to the song. Ultimately though, if you hated Trivium before, this won't do much to change your mind. But if you loved Trivium before, this will totally whet your appetite. Check it out: (more…)
Ok, this time it's totally real. Roadrunner has uploaded the first full track from Dream Theater's upcoming album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. The nine-minute opus is titled "On The Backs Of Angels" and is filled with signature keybaord and guitar shredding and not incredibly irritating vocals by James LaBrie. While Frank and Noa are super-huge fans of the band, I could never get passed LaBrie's vocals. On this track though, it's more about the instrumentals, with LaBrie keeping quiet for a good portion of the track. Jordan Rudess's keys really shine on this track and while I am no expert on drums (I'll let Frank take that crown), new drummer Mike Mangini seems to fit right in. Listen to the track on Roadrunner's Youtube page and then come back and let us know what you think. A Dramatic Turn of Events hits stores September 13th.
When I was a kid, I was absolutely addicted to Mortal Kombat 3. I spent an entire summer at the arcade either playing or watching my friends play the game, and then the entire winter playing the game on my Sega Genesis. If somebody were to merge that idea with the metal gods and bring us Metal Kombat, why it would be the greatest game of all time…well, second greatest (see: Portal 2). [via DeviantArt]
Behemoth just posted a slew of photos on their official site of the band rehearsing for their upcoming tour of Poland. This is the first time the band is jamming together since Nergal overcame his battles with leukemia. The band look to be in great spirits, and Nergal's statement on the site that accompanies the photos confirms it: (more…)
Above you can see a screenshot of HighOnFire.com, the official online destination for the stoner trio. The website hasn't been updated in at least 10 years, and it's absolutely magical. Whoever designed it really wanted to get across the "fire" aspect of High on Fire as there are animated GIFs everywhere. Flame dividers, the band's name in flames…seriously, who thought this was a great idea? I recommend you check it out for yourself.
Yes! Yes!! YES!!! Being the respected music journalist that I am, I was lucky enough to get an advance of Decapitated's new album, Carnival is Forever, and I basically haven't been able to put it down since. It is such a great evolution of the band's sound, while still "bringing the fury" that we have come to know from Decapitated. Needless to say, you will be pleased. While you got a bit of a taste last week with some song samples, a full song has now been posted over at Guitar World, and it's one of my favorites. The track, "Homo Sum" begins with an epic buildup and then tears down the wall… I guarantee you will be headbanging in your chair. So what are you still doing here? Head over there, listen to the the track and tell us what you think!
The time is upon us! Mayhem Fest is right around the corner and this week we will start sending out private messages to junkies who will win tickets to the first round of shows. If you are living under a rock, we are giving away a pair of tickets to each stop of the tour. There is still time to enter, so don't delay another second and hit up this page to enter to win. Enter already!
The Dillinger Escape Plan have had a busy first half of the year. They have been touring non-stop all over the globe, and it doesn't look like they are slowing down soon. When frontman Greg Puciato was on the Livecast a few months ago, he revealed working on new material. Now a recent tweet from the frontman reveals even more info: the band will tour Europe in August, and return to the US for a full headlining tour from October to December. The band also plans to write in between tour seshs. This is incredibly exciting. Could the band have a record out by the end of the year? I can dream, can't I?
Johnny Depp is a fantastic actor. He can morph into any role. But now it seems he wants to morph into a rock star. This past Sunday, Depp jumped onstage during an Alice Cooper show and performed with the band for "School's Out" and "Eighteen", two bonafide classics. Here is some video: (more…)
A few weeks ago, we showed you this videoclip of employees of Waterloo Records being put through the death metal ringer, to decipher some common and uncommon death metal/black metal logos. We all had a good laugh. Recently, Tombs and Kill The Client stopped by the shop and they were put through the same ringer. They mostly fared much better than the workers at the shop, mostly because they actually have heard of these bands, so it's a little biased…. but still fun to watch. Check it out: (more…)
Up until today, unless you shelled out some cash for the Converge/Dropdead 7" you were not able to hear the studio recording of the new track "Runaway." All we had were live bootlegs. Well, no more. The band has graciously uploaded the track to their Facebook page. The song is a total ripper and is better than 5 espresso shots to the dome in terms of waking you up. What do you guys think of the new track?