Well this has been a crazy week for me, personally, just readjusting to being back on land and not on a cruise ship. Many emails were sent and answered and work was caught up on, but most importantly, the metal kept on. Here are the biggest stories of the week:
Seeing as though we got back from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, we have a ton of footage to share with you guys. We posted our official report, we asked the bands for their favorite part of the cruise and we got the fans on the boat to pick their favorite videos. We still have a massive photo gallery to come and tons of live footage.
In tour news, Summer Slaughter announced their headliners, and we got dates for the Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated tour, the Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost tour and the Protest The Hero/Periphery/Jeff Loomis tour. Oh, and Converge is touring again. So many awesome tours!
We were inspired by the Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet Trailer
Suffocation frontman Frank Mullen is the funniest motherfucker ever and needs a karaoke show.
We learned Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato is dating porn starlet Jenna Haze.
We were impressed by this five year old's drumming skills.
Remember, the Livecast is on early this Sunday because of the Super Bowl, airing from 3pm – 5pm. We'll see you there!
The weekend is finally here, which means Frank, Noa and myself are so close to boarding 70,000 Tons of Metal that I can smell the ocean breeze already. It's freezing in NY and 80 degrees in Miami. Where would I rather be? Guess! This was quite an eventful week in metal, so let's take a look back…
The most talked about clip this week was this video of a eight year old girl singing her first hardcore song. If you have't seen it yet, you must be living under a rock.
Andy Rehfeldt released another amazing mashup: DYING FETUS Grotesque Impalement RADIO DISNEY Version
Our photographer, Aline, got to spend a few weeks on the road with Mayhem, and even fed them Thanksigivng dinner. She wrote an extensive blog post and posted a huge gallery on the matter that's certainly worth the read.
Noa talked about some of her poolside fantasies for next week's cruise.
We were freaked out by these real-life looking Beavis and Butthead statues.
We speculated on who would be touring with Summer Slaughter this summer.
I am still really excited at impeding March release of Meshuggah's new album. We learned the album title, saw the cover art and tracklisting this week. YAY MESHUGGAH!
That's all for this week. Make sure to join us all next week as we liveblog our ridiculous experience on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.
Another week has passed, which means we are one week closer from the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. I absolutely can't wait to get on board and party, as well as live-blog our whole experience for those of you who weren't able to make it. It's going to be a killer time. One more week and then we are on the high seas. Woohoo! Here's what happened this week:
The biggest story of the week, without a doubt was that Tony Iommi was stricken with cancer, lymphoma specifically. The riff master has released a statement saying that he is still planning on recording a new album with Sabbath. Nothing can stop Iommi!
We premiered new music videos from Aborted, Cannabis Corpse and Brutal Truth, as well as posting new clips from Morbid Angel, Trash Talk, Attack Attack!,Oh Sleeper and Degraded as well as posting an Apocalyptic Edition of the FiX featuring end-of-the-world type videos.
I found my future wife, the girl with the Kvelertak back tattoo.
We laughed at this hilarious music video from Virign Steele.
We cried watching what life is REALLY life for a small-time band trying to tour in the new documentary Why You Do This created by the vocalist of Car_Bomb, a must watch.
Metallica lied to us again.
Born Of Osiris tried to take the high road when releasing their guitarist Jason Richardson but Richardson released a statement calling them out.
Finally, we bring you DEATH METAL CAT.
What a crazy way to kick off the New Year. We are not even seven days in and already two bands have announced their end, and one replaced their iconic singer. Some other stuff happened as well. Here's what you missed:
The biggest story of the week was Howard Jones leaving Killswitch Engage. There was much speculation as to why, but earlier today, Jones issued an official statement citing medical issues and just being "over it."
Meshuggah announced the release date for their upcoming album, and all is right with the world.
Actor Ryan Gosling may or may not have been at an American Nightmare reunion show.
Don't forget, this Sunday, Randy Blythe will be calling into the Metal Injection Livecast. You can listen live and call in and speak to Randy!
It's been a few weeks since we've done any reflecting, but now we're back to our regularly scheduled reflection. The first week of December is over, and 2012 is just around the corner, but there was still quite a bit of metal happenings this week. Here is what you missed:
At the beginning of the week, Lamb of God unveiled a new single, "Ghost Walking" off their forthcoming release, Resolution .
The most popular clip of the week has to be Slayer Christmas Light Show II, the guy went all out this year and it shows. Kudos to him!
We kicked off our Best of 2011 coverage by asking you to submit your favorite albums of the year as well as revealing the 15 funniest/most awesome metal viral videos of the year.
We asked a bunch of bands what the most metal gift they ever received was. Some of the answers will surprise you!
We marveled as the bassist of Unexpect shred for us.
We remembered Dimebag Darrel, seven years after he passed.
We watched as hip-hop producer Prince Paul attended some of his first metal shows and gave some honest and insightful reactions to experiencing the music live for the first time.
We'll see you guys on Sunday for an all-new Livecast, and come back next week when our Best of 2011 coverage kicks into high gear.
What a week this has been for metal. We started the week with a diva fit from Danzig and ended with confirmation of the Black Sabbath reunion. Sometimes, as a blogger, yo ucan't ask for a better week. Here are the top stories and videos you may have missed in the last 7 days:
The biggest news of the week, of course, is that Black Sabbath officially announced they were reuniting, and recording a new album with Rick Rubin as well as scheduling a worldwide tour in the Summer of 2012. I'm pretty excited about this.
The funniest/most random video of the week is of former Cannibal Corpse and current Six Feet Under frontman Chris Barnes as a used car pitchman. Seriously! A close second has to be this video of every track off Slayer's Reign In Blood played at the same time.
We got to hang out with CYNIC and talk about their awesome new EP, and they shared some fun LSD anecdotes.
We learned that the new side project featuring Mastodon's Brent Hinds, Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery will be named Giraffe Tongue Orchestra.
Slayer announced they'll be playing Reign in Blood in full at an upcoming show, and not to be outdone, Metallica announced they will be playing The Black Album in full at Download 2012 to celebrate that album's 20th anniversary.
We are really excited that Ghost is coming back to the US for a proper 13-date headlining tour.
We giggled at Danzig's diva-like fit at this past weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Alright, if you need us, we'll be at the supermarket getting some french onion soup. We'll see you guys on Sunday night for the Livecast with special guest caller Andrew WK.
This is a very bittersweet week here at Metal Injection. While we had some laughs, we dealt with the tragic loss of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot. RIP Cory! Hope your family is doing well. Here are this week's top stories:
As we just mentioned, no story is bigger than the loss of GWAR guitarist, Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus. Cory was found in his bunk yesterday, with no cause of death known. Today, frontman Dave Brockie released a statement saying the band has decided to continue on the tour, but will retire the character of Flattus in tribute to Cory.
While any other story pales in comparison to the tragedy in the Gwar camp, fellow Richmond natives Lamb of God announced that Resolution will be the title of their new album, which will see a 1/24/12 release. The band also posted a short but sweet song teaser.
We called out Phil Labonte for his homophobic slurs, and in response Lebonte says he's not a homophobe because he has gay friends. We've decided to stop using the term "faggot" and instead use "Labonte", for example: "You're not coming out to the bar tonight? Quit being such a Labonte"
We announced the winners of our Abysmal Dawn video creation contest, as well as The Acacia Strain God Damn Halloween Costume Contest
Frank interviewed Brooklyn experimental death metal act KRALLICE.
We were very happy to hear that Decapitated survived a plane crash landing.
Finally, we added a ton of photos to our massive photo gallery including new snaps of Decapitated, Dragonforce, Firewind, 1349 and many more.
That's all for this week. Don't forget to tune in to the Metal Injection Livecast this Sunday night for an all new episode, starting at 7pm eastern.
It's Hallo-weekend. I was going to go dressed as the easiest Waldo ever to spot, but I never had enough time to buy my outfit, so I'm just going as 'the dude from Metal Injection.' I wonder how many people will figure it out. If you're spending the weekend indoors, or reading this after waking from a Hallo-hangover, here is what you missed this week:
Without question, the most viewed page this week (and last) was this page with these videos of Police Academy's Michael Winslow crushing some Led Zeppelin tunes.
We were absolutely stunned by this JapPop metal band with 12 year old gorls on vocals
The last few days saw a good amount of new music videos come through the pipeline. Check out new clips from Carnifex, Winds of Plague, Darkest Hour, Trivium, Tesseract, Machine Head, Korn, Leperous, Black Veil Brides, Huntress, and Volumes.
We heard a rumor that Black Sabbath might be touring with Judas Priest and Motorhead in 2012, and we hope it's true!
We counted down our 15 favorite Beavis & Butthead metal video reviews in celebration of the show's return.
We looked back to a time when Roadrunner Records was the premiere death metal label in the world.
If you're going to party this weekend, don't forget to take a photo of yourself beforehand to submit to our Costume Contest, and you can win a sweet guitar. Also, remember the Livecast is now on Sunday nights from 7p-9p eastern, and this Sunday we'll have Michael Starr of Steel Panther on the show, so tune the fuck in!
I'm pretty excited for this weekend because we are going to get to see Argonauts, the new band with Dave Witte and Dmitiri formerly of Dillinger Escape Plan. It's going to be an awesome time, because we'll all be packed into a venue that fits like 30 people. Anyway, here's what you may have missed this week:
Without question, the most popular clip this week was the band of 10 year olds covering Metallica.
We spotlighted some awesome young shredders at Tomato's House of Rock.
We giggled as we watched these loony Russians play a show in a moving vehicle on the highway.
I can't believe it's already October. I still remember being incredibly shit-faced on New Years as if it was yesterday. Now I have to think up a Halloween costume? Oy. While I ponder that, here are the videos and stories you may have missed this week:
This footage of William Shatner in the studio recording "Iron Man" is better/funnier than the final product.
We doubled-up on guest hosts this week on The FiX, with Carson of Tombs and Dan from Bison picking some awesome picking some awesome videos.
We watched the most awesome and brutal political ad from Poland featuring a death metal band. YES!
We watched as Phil Anselmo smoked up with High Times and it was great.
If you watch one documentary on juggalos, you should watch this "American Juggalo" clip.
We finally heard a full song from Lou Reed & Metallica and we barely contained our puke.
This week marked the official beginning of Fall. While the weather is starting to suck, heavy music is starting to ramp up it's Fall schedule. With a ton of new releases on the way, there is a shitload of new music and music videos that surfaced this week. Take a look back at some of the highlights:
There is another hilarious Andy Rhefeldt metal mashup, the latest to hit the interwebs is a latin-jazz cover of Pantera's "Domination"
We launched a new channel for live footage called Pit Full of Shit, featuring tons of grind and powerviolence live clips, including Weedeater, Magrudergrind, Despise You, Oxbow, Bison B.C., Defeatist and more.
This was a big week for side project announcements: We learned more about the Ben from Dillinger Escape Plan and Brent Hinds from Mastodon collaboration, Ben also revealed he has something in the works with Mike Patton, Paul from Between The Buried and Me and Chris from Lamb of God are working on some jams and we got our first (dissapointing) taste of what the Metallica/Lou Reed collaboration will sound like.
That's it for this week. While you have the weekend to re-energize, check out our Abysmal Dawn Fan Video Creation contest with some ridiculous prizes announced!
What a crazy week this has been, between the huge Big 4 show on Wednesday and all the happenings at the beginning of the week, you may have missed some things that fell through the cracks. With that, let's take a look back at the biggest happenings of this week on the site:
Let's get the Big 4 out of the way first. We uploaded a 13-minute video report, with live footage from all the bands as well as reactions from myself and Axl Rosenberg of Metalsucks, where both of us live blogged the entire event. Additionally, we posted the full clip of all the bands jamming to Motorhead's "Overkill."
To promote The Big 4, Lars Ulrich went on Howard Stern to do what ended up being a must-hear interview for any fan of Metallica, past or present. Also, Dave Mustaine gave an interview where he spoke of his neck injury and how God allowed him to perform one more time.
There was a guitar clinic held on Monday prior to a free Anthrax show, and it turned out to be quite the star studded event as Phil Anselmo got on stage to do some Pantera covers, jamming with Kerry King of Slayer, Mike Portnoy, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and members of Anthrax. It was quite the surreal moment and you can watch that here.
We asked Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo to pick their favorite videos for the newest edition of The FiX. They went a very power metal route with cuts from Fates Warning, King Diamond, Savatage, Queensrÿche, Crimson Glory. Watch that here.
We launched an awesome contest where we ask you to make Abysmal Dawn's next video, in exchange for some ridiculous and priceless prizes. Get the details here.
There were a ton of new music videos released this week. We premiered the new one from the new one from Insomnium and saw new videos from Pathology, Evile, As Blood Runs Black, The Ocean, Ghost Brigade and Nightfall.
We finally heard what William Shatner and Zakk Wydle's version of "Iron Man" sounds like.
We got excited about the upcoming Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang tour.
See you guys back here next week, where we have a ton of clips planned to premiere! Now if you excuse me, I have some cake I have to eat.
It's Labor Day weekend, today is also my birthday, which means I will most likely not remember anything from this weekend. Thank the Labor Day Gods for that one. Anyway, here's what you might have missed this week:
We posted four more awesome clips for our Ask The Artist series, focusing on this year's Summer festival bands. We asked them about the best and worst part about being on a summer festival, their drink of choice on tour, proper festival attire, and my favorite: the best and worst stage moves in metal.
Frank hung out with Textures and talked to the band about their upcoming album.
We asked if this was the future of extreme music.
Things are going to be slow on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, but we'll be back to our regularly scheduled postings on Tuesday. Have fun this weekend!
Welcome to a new end-of-week column here that we like to call Injection Reflection. There is a storm a brewin' on the East Coast and it will be the first hurricane to hit NYC in my lifetime. So, there may be a small chance we won't be back up by Monday, but for now, here is what you may have missed this week:
We posted four great Ask The Artist clips from Summer Slaughter, including my favorite: What is the future of extreme music? The other questions asked were: What is your favorite part of the fest? Favorite band to watch? And finally, what is the most extreme band of all time?
We got a ton of new music videos this week for your viewing pleasure including clips from: ARCH ENEMY, TERROR, BRING ME THE HORIZON, AGNOSTIC FRONT, TOXIC HOLOCAUST plus we posted a new episode of The FiX where REVOCATION picked their favorite videos.
The internet gods blessed us with some unearthed footage of Rage Against The Machine's first show ever.
Black Metal Problems are like first world problems, but grimmer.
Corey Taylor hinted at a Slipknot U.S. tour.
We'll be back on Monday, if we're not all dead by then!