February, 2013 Archive
MACHINE HEAD Frontman Robb Flynn: "We May Have Fired Adam On 2-11-13, But Adam Quit Machine Head Well Over A Decade Ago"
Whoa! I did not expect this. Last Friday, the metal world was rather shocked when Machine Head announced they were parting ways with bassist Adam Duce. Everything seemed pretty civil, but in a new blog entry, frontman Robb Flynn sort of tears into Duce, saying the bassist was basically "over it" for the last decade but just couldn't quit, so the band had to fire him. Here is his statement in full: (more…)
The world was buzzing last week when Slayer announced they'd be heading to Australia this past weekend to play shows without drummer Dave Lombardo. The band asked Jon Dette to fill in. Jon was already in Australia helping out Anthrax, whose drummer Charlie Benante couldn't leave the States and he jumped at the opportunity to play with Slayer once more (he toured with them briefly in 1996.) But this begs the question, who the hell is Jon Dette? (more…)
Well this is definitely great news. The Death To All tour, which pays tribute to late legendary vocalist and guitarist Chuck Shuldiner is coming back for another run in 2013. Last year, the first iteration of the tour visited a handful of stops with an all-star lineup of former members of Death, but was later plagued with drama surrounding the financials of the event, with some musicians not getting paid by the organizers, Sick Drummer, but now the tour is back on with Sick Drummer out of the picture. Here are the US dates: (more…)
By the turn of the century, Enslaved had produced a quartet of compelling albums, establishing themselves as reliable and unique purveyors of the blackened arts. Following Quorthon’s late-career lead, Enslaved eschewed Satan as sole subject to focus on Scandinavian folklore and mythology. For this, the band would earn the ubiquitous genre tag of “Viking metal.” Enslaved were, in actuality, quickly transcending the boundaries of black metal’s second wave. Mardraum is the Enslaved album that truly crushed all categorization, smashing minds and sailing off the edge of the known universe with aplomb.
Finnish grinders Rotten Sound absolutely crush live, and are a sight to see. You can see them this summer as they tour the US, playing some festivals along the way, including Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. The band will be playing with Black Breath, Early Graves and Abigail on select dates. Here is the full routing: (more…)
After a mess of big name releases last Tuesday we're heading back to the underground this week. While the usual heavy hitters (Relapse, Southern Lord, Century Media, etc) take a week off it's time for the likes of Listenable, Peaceville, and Throatruiner to shine.
Video clip of the new title track of HYPOCRISY's upcoming masterpiece "End Of Disclosure." The new album "End Of Disclosure" will be released March 22, 2013 (EU) and April 02, 2013 (NA) via Nuclear Blast.
Massive A/V Roundup: New music from ROB ZOMBIE, SIX FEET UNDER, IRON REAGAN, ANTHRAX Covering AC/DC and more
It's Monday… gross. Luckily, the new week brings new tunes from Rob Zombie, Six Feet Under, Iron Reagan and Shai Hulud, as well as covers of AC/DC and Botch songs, and a studio update from White Wizzard. (more…)
Watch This MESHUGGAH Production Timelapse To Grasp Just How Much Goes Into Making A Live Show Happen
Meshuggah put on a spectacular performance. There are still some dates left on their current tour for you West Coasters, and I highly suggest you go. Meshuggah's live performance is nearly unparalelled, with an astounding light show to match their schizophrenic riffs.
But the band doesn't just show up and play. They are followed by a road crew who work hard every day to set up each venue to work with Meshuggah's show. The band released a production timelapse to highlight the amazing work of their road crew: (more…)
UPDATE March 18th 7pm eastern: Mayhem Fest just announced their full lineup. Click here for all the bands playing this year's fest
There were some interesting developments over the weekend in regards to the Mayhem Festival. The tour released this new teaser video hyping their official announcement on March 18th: (more…)
Not that I would want to subject myself to the hair-splitting involved, but if I had to give you an example of "true metal", it would be Darkthrone's The Underground Resistance. Raw, unpretentious, and dark as the coldest Norwegian Fjord, The Underground Resistance combines all the elements that gave heavy metal its original glory. Yet at the same time, the many elements of Darkthrone are present here as well. From the fist-pumping grimness of their recent Crust-Punk phase, to the legendary and genre-defining glory of their Black Metal years, and perhaps even a few very faint echoes of their early Death Metal beginnings. Taken as a whole piece of heavy metal artwork, Fenriz and Nocturno Culto paint a picture that shows the pair making only the music they want to make and have a hell of a great time doing it. (more…)