February, 2012 Archive
Ben Danger and Robben the Grave are back, this time with ALL UNDERGROUND MUSIC, the finest Death, Doom, Black, Thrash, and Traditional metal from around the world shall be hailed in the truest form! Each week a new theme is summoned from the void to entertain your puny souls! Tune in live on Friday 4-6pm EST at WECB.fm or tune in dead only on Metal Injection! Here is this week's playlist: (more…)
As some of us intelligent people might know, there have got to be a few reasons why black metal weapons look so primitive and are being used as part of many a band's fashionable poses in black metal photo shoots. To cut a long and analytical lecture short, these reasons can be basically broken down into three parts: (1) Culture & Politics (2) Artistic Expression and possibly (3) The Mojo Factor. Without weapons, black metal would be un-black black metal (reminding one of bands like Abigail Williams, Wolves In The Throne Room etc.), because it just wouldn't be the same! It's like taking a dump in the toilet without bringing in the newspaper. (more…)
It's that time of year again: throngs of long haired metal devotees will soon descend upon the bewildered city of Austin – we really should change our motto from "Keep Austin Weird" to "Still Bewildered After All These Years" – where they will reluctantly mingle with fashionable hipsters, unwashed hippies and twice-baked buskers in forced confinement. Clusterfuck doesn't even begin to describe it.
Truthfully 95% of the shit talk I hear about SXSW comes from people who simply can't hack the congestion, the long lines, the maddening compulsion to continuously second guess the schedule that you spent weeks putting together… it's high intensity shit, to be sure, and not at all for the meek, but for those willing to brave the insanity there are ample rewards: free booze, 2000+ bands, free booze, a euphoric vibe of camaraderie and bacchanalia, free booze… and if that's not enough the weather in Central Texas this time of year is nearly always glorious (JINX!).
So welcome to the virgin installment of Metal Injection's Guide to SXSW 2012. We're going to be breaking this down into manageable chunks by genre, so to kick things off we'll tally a bit under the vaguely defined shade offered by the stoner / doom / sludge umbrella. (more…)
We're big fans of Sergeant D and his blog Stuff You Will Hate, so we asked him to contribute to our Black Metal History Month que of articles. Here is the only black metal band this guy likes:
I'll be honest: when it comes to black metal, I really don't know my asshole from my elbow. Is it racist that it all sounds the same to me?? I mean I consider myself a pretty openminded person (I'll listen to anything from Emmure to The Acacia Strain to Upon A Burning Body), but I just can't get into such formulaic, homogenous music :(
The only BM that I can actually tell from the rest of the pack is an old band from New Jersey called HAVOHEJ that I liked in high school. I honestly have no idea if metal nerds know about these guys are not, so please excuse my ignorance if this is super old news. (more…)
Check this out! Since we love you guys, and thanks to the fine people at Metal Wreckage, we're teaming up to throw a free show on Saturday, March 17th (yes, St. Patricks Day) in New York City at the Gramercy Theater. The incomparabile Hank 3 will be our resident musician for the evening, performing with both of his metal projects, Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch. Did we mention it was FREE? Oh, because it is. All you have to do is RSVP via Eventbrite and then show up. Entry is on a first come/first served basis. If you are not in the NYC area, fear not, the whole show will be streamed live. More details on that soon. Hank3 is set to hit the road all month long, here is his tour routing: (more…)
It's no secret that kittens and black metal go hand in hand on the internet, after all there is even an internet comic dedicated to the kvlt cuddly creatures. Perhaps it's their natural pizazz for corpse paint design, or because cats + anything = internet sensation (we're certainly not above posting about cute cats as seen here and here), but what I do know is today is leap year day, which means we get an extra day of Black Metal History Month! To close out our month long event I pulled together a handful of black metal related findings of the feline kind (including my own little church burner seen above). (more…)
I've recently been watching old episodes of Chapelle's Show, and ever since rewatching the Making The Band sketch, I've been labeling everything that I really enjoy as "hot fire," which should explain the above headline. Anyway, head over to Pitchfork to hear the new High on Fire track, "Fertile Green." It's High on Fire at their finest. The track, as well as their new album De Vermis Mysteriis ("The Mysteries of the Worm") was produced by Kurt Ballou at Godcity studios, so you know it will totally crush when it hits stores April 3rd via eOne.
Don't forget, High on Fire are playing our massive SXSW showcase, South by South Death, along with Darkest Hour, Nachtmystium, Intronaut, Black Tusk, Holy Grail, Monstro. More details here.
Alcest finally played London once more after several years of teasing yearning fans with their absence. Their appearance in the grimy bowels Camden Town excited the city to the point of selling out the Purple Turtle and cramming the small venue with hungry ears. Unfortunately it seemed more like support band Soror Dolorosa had chosen to play the wrong venue and their artificial attempts at a lackadaisical emulation of The Sisters of Mercy were lost on a disinterested audience who were instead hypnotised by the impossibly thin heroin chic the ageing singer was exhibiting. Badly made leather jackets aside, Soror Dolorosa don’t do a bad job of copying an already copied to death sound but were not particularly suited to the mood of the evening. (more…)
You know that moment, when you listen to a song, and you're grooving to it, your head is banging, and then it reaches this new level of awesomeness, and your whole body feels it? And you just go "Yeahh!" That must've happened at least five times to me as I watched this guitar playthrough video of the new Jeff Loomis track, "The Ultimatum." The track comes from Loomis' next solo effort, Plains of Oblivion, out April 10 on Century Media. He will be on tour all spring with Periphery and Protest The Hero (dates here).
This is as shocking news as any to wake up to. Peter Dolving, frontman of seminal Swedish melodic death metal band The Haunted announced today via Facebook that dude is quitting the band effective immediately. It doesn't seem like it was a positive break up either: (more…)
During our wonderful corpse paint tutorial, the lovely Karlynn Holland asked you, the Metal Injection junkies to submit photos of yourselves donning corpse paint. As we wind down Black Metal History Month, we have selected the five best submissions. You already see Will and his roommate Steven looking grim as fuck. Let's take a look at some others: (more…)
Last week, drummer Mike Smith posted a pretty cryptic resignation from Suffocation on his Facebook page. It was a bit of a bummer as the dude is a legendary skinsman. Today comes official word from the rest of the band of his departure. The band was interviewed by a Russian website and had this to say about Smith leaving the band: (more…)
“All they have is just ‘bow-nuh, bow-duh-da-dow, we-dunna-weow-nee-nuh’”
Just from hearing such a sample in “Punisher”, you immediately know that Veil of Maya aren’t pulling any punches. They aren’t reinventing the wheel, turning a new leaf, or getting all experimental on our asses. Instead, Eclipse shows the band recognizing their niche and continuing to refine their craft of combining melodic and off-kilter leads with their now-established polymetric groove style. This album probably isn’t going to win over any of the band’s detractors from years past, but instead offers a much more slick and polished performance than the band’s 2010 album, [id]. (more…)
So, Every Time I Die's new album,Ex Lives doesn't come out until one week from today (March 6th), but it's streaming in full right now and HOLY SHIT is ETID back. The riffs are so thick, frontman Keith Buckley's voice is as strong as ever, and it's just some awesome rock and roll. These guys may not "exactly" be heavy metal, but they sure know how to construct some solid songs. My early favorite tracks are either track 4, "Typical Miracle" or the not-metal-at-all track 8, "Revival Mode," which they coincidentally just released a video for. [via MetalSucks]
Our resident Canadian photographer, Jeffrey Chan snapped some sweet shots recently that we just posted to our photo gallery. Check out n Flames & Trivium and Iced Earth, Symphony X, Warbringer - two new galleries just added to our already massive collection.