Fuck Yes! I have already done a pretty bad job at hiding my excitement for this record, and explaining why I think Mors Principium Est are better than most bands that attempt this sub-genre, but the wait for new music is finally over!
Today we premiere the track "Destroyer Of All" off their upcoming LP …And Death Said Live scheduled for release on January 15th, 2013 in the US on AFM Records. It's every bit of awesome I've come to respect and love about the band, but check it out for yourself. (more…)
Nonexist, the Swedish death metal band formed by Johan Liiva (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Skyfire) had melodeath fans headbanging around the world in 2002 with their debut release, Deus Deceptor. Through a quick and unfortunate turn of events the band wound up falling apart before they even really began, leaving fans to assume it was all over. Ten years later NonExist are back and sound better than ever!
Today we're stoked to present an exclusive song premiere of their killer track "Fire at Will" off the upcoming release From My Cold Dead Hands. The digital-only LP is being released via Pivotal Rockordings on 11/02/12 and definitely worth checking out for yourself. (more…)
With the advent of the internet, live video performances were destined to be seen from the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, even in 2012, finding quality video clips from a performance of a band you like is still extremely hard to come by. The people over at Audiotree understand our pain, that's why they started an in-studio concert series whose excellent quality I can personally vouch for. It looks like they have been fairly busy the past few weeks, and even invited a couple of sweet metal bands to their studios. (more…)
In 1997, New York City based magician David Blaine became a world sensation with his first TV appearance performing a new spin on face-to-face street magic. Like most, I instantly became captivated and followed along with his career as a spectacle illusionist, and even been fortunate enough to witness most of his events in person.
Blaine is back at it with a new illusion called Electrified that involves Tesla coils, a keyboard that fuels the electric current, and enough chain link clothing that would make Manowar blush. Despite the awesome set up, I tuned into the live feed on Saturday, and was bored almost instantly. I suspect Blaine got a little bored himself, or perhaps got sick of listening to kids who don't know how to play piano, because he invited everyone's favorite party starter, Andrew W.K., to play a few tunes and say a few words at the event. Take a look: (more…)
If you've watched my industry focused web series On The Record, then you're already well acquainted with the ever controversial topic of current music sales. Despite various opinions on how to revive physical media to a status of the past, many still agree metal is a genre that remains a collector's passion. This is where the fine people at Metal Wreckage, a music shopping club devoted to offering great deals for metal music, got involved and created one of the best ideas I've seen yet. (more…)
Although it seems like we may have to wait an eternity for the next Necrophagist LP to surface, drummer Romain Goulon has been keeping himself busy on his own YouTube Channel featuring that thing he does best, shredding! If you're a fan of Romain's work, or a drummer looking for creative exercises, it's definitely worth checking out the channel. Romain keeps the playing at a moderate pace, emphasizes the instruction, and includes a scrolling drum chart to follow along with. (more…)
I'd like to draw your attention to one of the coolest people and programs I've met along my travels over the years. Rachel Taft is her name, and accommodating hungry-tired bands is her game. There are many blog posts out there that discuss the hardships of touring, and how one of the many vital ways to cut down costs is to stay away from hotels, and eat a free meal whenever possible. In the case of Rachel and her program in Baltimore, MD, called Feed The Scene: Band & Breakfast she not only understands these hardships, but provides one of the most pampered and luxurious stays a small to mid-level band will probably ever see. (more…)
Mors Princpium Est has been my shining example of where melodic death metal should be heading for close to a decade now. They're faster, catchier, contain more layers, no clean vocals, and are better song writers than most of the bands we see come from this genre of metal. It's safe to say I might have mentioned to my metal brothers how excited I am about new MPE, but nothing pleases me more than the fact they just set a release date for …and Death said live in December 2012. (more…)
Yesterday I invited my buddy Alex Skolnick to come by my house so we can wrap up finishing touches on a new Metal Injection web series we've been working on called Louder Education (keep an eye out for the official announcement VERY soon). Like most people hanging out around a computer, the urge to look up silly YouTube videos couldn't be helped. Things hit a serious tone, however, once Alex declared he has an imposter on the loose. He showed me a couple videos of what appears to be a disturbed doppelganger on a mission to ruin Skolnick's fashionable sense more than anything else.
The rap-rock lead guitarist for the group Vicious DNA has even gone so far as to name himself "Skoli-D". I mean where does it end!? Homeboy steals his moves, his guitar, his tone, and even a play on his name?
2008 marks the peak for the rap group Vicious DNA when they were asked to play the theme song they wrote for the Maury Povich show, and followed it up with a music video (both videos can be found below). This was about the same time Skolnick was busy with the release of Testament's The Formation of Damnation release as well as his stint with the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
When I asked Alex how it feels to have a rap version imposter in the world he replied "I haven't been able to comfortably wear a beanie and sunglasses combo since." Despite years of efforts to track down this imposter, Alex has been unable to capture this menace. If you have any information that may lead to the capture of this wanted imposter, we urge you to please contact Hatemail@metalinjection.net (more…)
For those of you unfamiliar with the show How It's Made, it is a 30 minute doc-style TV series that brings you inside factories to show you the manufacturing process of items used every day. The show has blown my mind many times over and has answered many of my cost-related questions and complaints like "why do my eye glasses cost $300 or more for some plastic?" Needless to say, after they covered eyewear on the show I never complained about the cost again.
Whether you're a global touring musician or a novice player, the construction of our instruments is something almost every musician has thought about and appreciated at one time or another. I took the liberty of listing all the different videos that detail the construction of instruments you'd find in metal bands for this very reason. Some of these include an inside look at brands you might even be familiar with, including Zildjian, Evans, and D'Addario. If understanding how things work intrigues you, or you're just high and looking for something fascinating, then I really recommend watching all of these. You might even become a better player in the process. (more…)
This past Monday, August 13, 2012, I was invited to attend a very exclusive acoustic set by Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, in association with the Moscot Mobileyes Foundation in NYC. You can learn much more about this program and his involvement by watching this brief interview I did with Matt, as well as watch the only pro-shot footage of the event here. While answering a question from the audience between songs, Matt eventually started on a tangent concerning his love for black metal and continued to reveal a new project called Mrityu that he's never spoke about before. He goes on to explain the sound, the members, the influence, and expected release time. Watch the video below to hear Matt talk about his new project first hand. (more…)
On this week's edition of The FiX, I briefly talk about one of my favorite records of 2012, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo's Tree of Tongues. Despite a name that may lead you to assume this is just another trying-too-hard-to-be-funny deathcore band complete with group-poop stage moves, I assure you there is nothing funny (or deathcore) about this band's music. I'd even go as far as calling them serious about their craft of excelled music making. (more…)
In the sea of derivative underground metal bands I watch perform each year, I'll sometimes get lucky and find a band so organic, so unique, and so talented that it fills me with hope for the future of music. One such band I find myself promoting very often is Bangladeafy, a NY mostly-instrumental two piece that are as progressive as they are fun. The name Bangladeafy is derived from a combination of drummer Atif Haq's Bangladeshi origins, and Bassist Jonny Germ's sensio-neural hearing loss. If that alone isn't an invite to hear with this Drum & Bass duo is capable of, I don't know what is. Make no mistake though, Bangladeafy is far from a novelty act, one viewing of this band's humor-filled outlandish power set will have you coming back for more. (more…)
I can't even begin to explain how many times I've shared my thoughts on "The Matt Sorum Drum Fill" with friends, to the point that it's become an on going gag amongst us. It's also my go-to drum fill whenever someone bugs me to play something difficult. So naturally I couldn't help but laugh at this exchange between Mike Portnoy and Matt Sorum himself via Twitter yesterday on the very subject. (more…)
One of the latest releases from the seemingly unstoppable Southern Lord Records machine is Enabler's new album, All Hail The Void. Enjoying previous short releases from the Milwaukee quartet, I had no doubt I'd like the new full length, but there was no way to predict it would be an immediate contender as a favorite of 2012. The word "favorite" isn't something I throw around loosely. I even held my review of the record for several weeks to ensure it's not some state of post-show drunk euphoria, but a genuine appreciation of a colossal 2nd full length from a very deserving band. (more…)