July, 2012 Archive
Maybe it has something to do with apocalyptic musings given to the year, but 2012 has already seen a lions share of bellowing, doom riddled goodness. Thankfully, too, that club is joined by funeral doom masters Evoken with their long awaited Atra Mors out on Profound Lore July 31st of this year. A milestone album for the label; it’ll be their 100th official release. No doubt, then, a lot of thought was put into what band, what upcoming album could carry the weight of such an occasion. After giving Atra Mors a few spins (and a handful more for good measure) it’s apparent that this must have been a fairly easy choice. (more…)
Kevin Beaudette, I hope your friends never let you live this down. Last Tuesday, the 22 year old injured himself trying to sneak in to see Nickelback's Saratoga Springs, NY show. He apparently slipped and fell down a creek embankment near Nickelback's merch booth. According to Times Union, he was either drunk enough, or hurt enough, that the Saratoga Springs Fire Department had to rescue the guy after the venue's medical crews couldn't get to him. (more…)
I got so much grief from people…about “not being black a metal band.” And I’m not proclaiming to be. But it’s part of our history and we can play pretty good fucking black metal songs.
-Blake Judd, 2010 Interview
As the genre has grown and evolved, Black Metal has shown itself to be very versatile. As a form of metal, it blends brilliantly with Death Metal, Industrial, and several other forms of heavy music. While many readers will be familiar with the "Black n' Roll" style that's become popular over the last few years, Nachtmystium has made a reputation of their own as a band that blends psychedelic and classic hard rock with the cold, dark forest of the Black Metal sound. As frontman Blake Judd has acknowledged, this has caused them some trouble among some stuck-up elitists who do not appreciate the idea of the band having its characteristic sound. If this message board Gestapo had its way, Nachtmystium would stop everything and become a Weakling or Leviathan copycat band like all "TRVE USBM" bands are apparently supposed to be. With their 2012 release, Silencing Machine, the band seems to make the statement that: "Okay, so you want a straightforward Black Metal record? Fine, but its going to be on our terms." (more…)
Good reviews all around this week (kind of). But still, my relative good mood aside, we've got some genuinely awesome stuff coming out, from Testament's long-awaited Dark Roots Of Earth, to a potential album-of-the-year-list-candidate in Evoken's Atra Mors. And what better way to send off the month of July than with some brutally soul-crushing doom? In the immortal words of Deckard Cain (a reference I expect all of you to get), "Come, stay awhile and listen!" Here are the new releases for 7/31: (more…)
Things have quieted down since last week's motion by the prosecution to reject Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe's bail, and subsequent cancellation of the band's tour with Dethklok and Gojira. At this point, we are waiting for the municipal court hearing and to see if the judge will again overrule the prosecution. Blythe has been sitting in a Prague prision for over a month now, on allegations of manslaughter stemming from a 2010 show in Prague where he allegedly pushed a fan off stage, leading to head injuries sustained by the fan that eventually lead the fan's death.
Today. Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane appeared on 105.9 The X radio station in Pittsburgh to talk about the case and clarified something we've all been asking about: how can somebody who paid bail still be locked in prision? Here's what he had to say: (more…)
I Actually Watched INSANE CLOWN POSSE's New "Chris Benoit" Video And It's As Awful As I Thought It'd Be
I can't believe I actually listened to an entire Insane Clown Posse song, but stranger things have happened. A few weeks ago we reported that the band was shooting a music video for their new single "Chris Benoit," a song named after and inspired by the actions of the late professional wrestler of the same name who killed himself, his wife and his young song, baby Daniel a few years ago in a rage. The video features quick snaps of Benoit's face, as the band performs in a ring with juggalos surrounding it. If you really want to punish yourself, the video as above. At least those Gathering informercials are somewhat entertaining in a laugh-at kind of way.
They weren't done yet! Yesterday, we told you the French metal band was planning a route to make their way to Heavy MTL and Heavy TO in light of the recent Lamb of God/Dethklok tour cancellation. Now, more Gojira dates have sprung up, as it turns out the band is heading to Knotfest as well. The most interesting thing about this proposition is that the band has now booked two shows in New York, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, a mere miles apart from each other in a week span. It really makes me realize how lucky I am to be a metalhead in NY, but then I think about the absurd amount I pay for rent, and it cancels itself out. Here is the full routing: (more…)
There are so many good one-note-joke tumblr blogs out there, and I love them all, from metal cats, to fucking hipsters to rich people on Instagram, they're all great. And now, the newest contender, "Me And Fred Durst," a blog which just shows celebrity metal icon Fred Durst in various states of boredom posing with his fans. It shows great insight into the type of fans Limp Bizkit has, as well as Durst's monotonous stare. Check it.
Yesterday, we posted a story about Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife being arrested for domestic battery in front of a child. It seemed very out of character for Benante, who always struck me as a nice guy. Today, Benante's lawyer sent out an official statement giving Charlie's side of the story and it doesn't look pretty: (more…)
I wish metal could catch on in the United States like it has in Europe. When I turn on the TV, I have to fucking stare at Katy Perry talking about Proactiv. But in Poland, you see kvlt motherfuckers. First Behemoth's Adam "Nergal" Darski became a judge on his native country's version of The Voice — that is, before the Pope kicked him off. And now, to spark more controversy in the name of Satan, the frontman has inked a new deal to become the official spokesperson for "Demon Energy Drink". (more…)
This is out of control. As I write this, today's Summer Slaughter show in Tampa, FL is being delayed due to a supposed shooting threat in the theater. The event is happening at The Ritz Theater, and at around 6:30 eastern time, Periphery guitarist Jake Bowen tweeted the accompanying photo.
We have exclusive information regarding the story. According to our source at the scene, a female attendee overheard somebody threaten to "shoot the singer of Job For A Cowboy" and promptly told officials. It is unknown if the person who made the threat has been apprehended or if he had a weapon on him. (more…)
What is going on in the metal world lately? People are getting detained, stabbings at hardcore shows, domestic battery, and now… more stabbings. A Tenacious D show in Las Vegas was cut short this weekend when somebody in the audience got stabbed. According to this report: (more…)
While I spent last Friday completely engulfed in work and metal shenanigans for our upcoming Mayhem Fest coverage, there was a much larger non-metal affair happening in London at the same time. I'm talking about the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony that includes over 200 nations and an array of sports I couldn't name if my life depended on it. It just so happens that a song from one of my favorite bands, Muse, was chosen as the official track for this year's Olympic Games. The epic song "Survival" off their highly anticipated upcoming album, The 2nd Law debuted on BBC Radio, and will be played through out the games and ceremonies this year. (more…)
METALLICA Updates: Don't Expect New Album Until 2014; To Shoot 3D Movie In Vancouver Next Month; Unveil New Stage Show
Metallica have been doing a lot of press lately. Most recently, we learned the band's schedule calms down in September, when they plan on entering the studio. We assumed this meant a 2013 release was possible, but in a new interview with drummer Lars Ulrich, that doesn't seem to be the case. (more…)
It was a huge bummer when the organizers of the Lamb of God, Dethklok, Gojira tour announced they had to cancel due to Randy Blythe's ongoing detainment in the Czech Republic. This resulted in a slew of big festival cancellations, including the Heavy TO and Heavy MTL festivals for both Lamb of God and Dethklok.
But Gojira wasn't going to give up that easily. They already had their gear rented, their visas cleared… they were going to Heavy TO and MTL! Those shows are still on for them, and the band figured, hey, why not play some shows along the way. (more…)