Machine Head have been looking for a bassist for a little while now, and even had some big names like Christian Olde Wolbers formerly of Fear Factory try out. Now they're getting down to the wire.
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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest has long been my favorite show of the year. Among its many great qualities, one that stands out and separates it from other similar events: if you want to get a good snapshot of what's happening in heavy music right now, NEMHF is the best place to get it. [...]
I was very excited when I posted that Rigor Mortis would be releasing a new album, however that was before Mike Scaccia's untimely passing. It's been a few months since, and now news has broke that Dallas-based engineer Kerry Crafton, who engineered the original self-titled for Capitol Records in 1988, has finished mixing the final [...]
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.
Geo·dissonance: the metal movement is proliferating to all corners of the globe. In its relentless display of vitriolic truths and the ugliest questions of existence, we can hear the resounding riffs of heavy metal in the most conservative pockets of society. As your Punjabi, riff-worshiping correspondent, I've created Geodissonance to report the controversy: as metal [...]
GOJIRA guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier recently told the UK's Rock Sound magazine about the clip, "The song is about the Buddhist meaning of the word which is emptiness not nothingness, the ultimate presence. It was very hard to picture that concept in a video so we told the story of a girl carrying her own casket [...]
One of the valuable lessons you’d hope one might learn by traveling frequently is “never trust the weather” – especially in a climate so drastically different from one’s norm.
2012 has been a strange old year for metal in the UK. It saw the dissolution of our much treasured Roadrunner Records UK as an independent label and the shocking cancellation of one of the country's fastest growing metal weekenders, Sonisphere Festival UK. Talk about 'bummer'. Now, if all of this wasn't terrible enough, lest [...]
I recently checked out Rivers of Nihil at a live show, and was blown away by these guys and their stage presence for a relatively new band. Turns out the fine folks at Metal Blade agree with me, because they just announced they have signed the band to their roster.
Ben Orum, one of the primary songwriters for All Shall Perish has left the building, ladies and gentlemen. He and the band have parted ways, amicably due to scheduling conflicts. While Orum wasn't touring with the band regularly for quite a while, he was a primary creative force when it came to writing. Here is [...]
Before you read the recap, browse the massive photo gallery from Bloodstock This being my third Bloodstock in a row, it felt much more like a yearly traditional visit with an old friend than it did “work”. Boasting what was described by many as being their “best line-up yet” and also the best weather I’d [...]
Everyone’s favorite folk metal band, Finntroll, is going back to the studio to record a new album. The group has been teasing fans for the last few days with progress messages on their Twitter account. They have announced that all of the songwriting has been completed and they will grace Sonic Pump Studios with their [...]
Dave Suzuki was one of the founders of Vital Remains, back when they were relevant. He quit the band a few years ago, and disappeared from the scene. His presence was missed, as were his blistering leads and crushing blasts. The guy was a death metal virtuoso. He has recently resurfaced in a new project [...]
Click here for our massive photo gallery from this tour It’s been a hell of a rewarding Spring/Summer for me as far as kick-ass shows and festivals, and it seems as though the moment I recover from one grand metal adventure, I’m busy preparing for another one. (Hence my delay in getting these tour reports [...]
If you've listened to the Livecast, you know of our love of the Joe Franklin Show, the long-running talk show by the perennial New York Jew. So imagine my elation when I found the above clip featuring an interview with King Diamond in 1987, arguably at the peak of his popularity. The King appears out [...]