Metal Up Your Ass
Posted by Justina Villanueva
For us Metal Injectioners, it was a delight running into Trap Them at the Crazy Donkey last week when we shot Black Dahlia Murder's entire set in Long Island. It was even better watching Trap Them again, despite all their gear issues. Then I remembered, "Shit, exactly 7 months ago I took pictures of them in Jersey. And, shit, I never put them on Metal Injection!"
So now I have a great excuse to post them on a blog because in a week all us lucky people who live on the east coast will be blessed with Cave In, Narrows and Trap Them shows (New Yorkers get Nov. 19). And I also have an excuse to tell you that New Jersey still has hardcore bands. When Trap Them played that New Brunswick basement, bands Troublemaker, Fleshtemple and Suburban Scum opened for them. And since then, I've been exposed to other NJ based HC that I normally wouldn't give a fuck about. But these bands have managed to open my metal heart and arms to the destructive Seasick and the more punky Staring Problem.
More photos of all the bands after the jump!
I'm slowly coming to after an intense week of partying in Europe. Long story short: Amsterdam is amazing. There is weed everywhere, beautiful girls, bikes, great parks and amazing architecture. It almost makes me hate NY. Anyway, here are some news items I found this afternoon in a nice little package:
We just posted an interview we did with THE FACELESS
CONVERGE has posted the cover art for their upcoming release, Axe to Fall Vocalist and artist Jacob Bannon delivers again. If you missed it a few months ago, we posted video of 3 new songs. Check them out here.
Oderus from GWAR was interviewed at Noisecreep and of course it's awesome. Check it out.
In the free music department, MetalInsider is hosting a free stream of another new ALICE IN CHAINS song, there is a new MEGADETH song streaming, SKELETONWITCH is streaming a new MP3 on their MySpace page and MetalSucks has a free Century Media sampler download as well as a Weekend Nachos MP3.
SLAYER's new CD is set to come out in October.
CATTLE DECAPITATION parted ways with their bassist
Our buddies over at SMN posted a bunch of video interviews from Mayhem Fest. Our coverage should be going up in the next few weeks.
Roh here! So, it's 3:30 in the morning, am really stoned and in Amsterdam, everything is closed and I just spent the last few minutes catching up on what's going on in metal. Cause I am a nerd. And I'm stoned and there is nothing better to do (other than eat more magic brownies). Here are some stories I found:http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=61774965
Above is Shadows Fall's “Still I Rise” is the first video from the band’s upcoming album, Retribution, which streets September 15 on Everblack Industries. Also, drummer Jason Bittner's other band Burning Human just released a video for the track Tormented Mind.
Alice in Chains got Elton fucking John to play a piano part on the title track of AIC's new album, Black Gives Way to Blue. Also, the band released the new album art. I am quite excited for this release, which comes out September 29th.
SOULFLY will hit the road in the U.S. this Fall with support from PRONG, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and MUTINY WITHIN. SMN has dates.
God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle is going to fill in for Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton (who is having a kid) when LOG open for Metallica. Ridiculous!
Pig Destroyer was the focus of an article in the Washington Post. Um, wow. Good for them! They were also the focus of a Metal Injection interview, which will be up very soon, along with a ton of live footage.
There is video of the Cave In reunion.
Alright, I'm going to pass out. Did I miss anything?
If you don't know of the experimental band maudlin of the Well, they get responses like this:
eric: It's all I hoped & more. The more part being a glimpse at the inside of that window & the Clover Garland doors. Dd doors.
This band (yes, entire band) is truly one of the greatest projects ever to exist. Someone please prove me wrong.
Strapping Young Chad: YES YES YESSS! thank you guys! it's a freakin masterpiece!!!
DEIVIDDO!: The new album is a musical orgasm if I've ever had one… gives me reason to keep going… especially the grooves, the guitar solos, toby's singing… damn EVERYTHING! THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH TO ANYONE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE!!!!
"Part the Second" is… awesome!
I can't believe it!
wow! I'm really impress…
I can't review Part The Second because I'm just not that good at doing reviews, but I can promise it will rule. I also promise that if you don't like it, you will not hate someone. I can promise that because it is free and available for download in various versions here. About a year ago, Toby Driver [maudlin of the Well, Kayo Dot] wrote in a blog, "I wonder if we could somehow have a community-funded motW record – funded by donations from fans and then released for free online."
And, viola! With the aid of fans, including the "generous" Etienne Dube, a maudlin of the Well album is available to anyone for free. If you too feel generous, you can donate and maybe fans can see a pressed version of Part The Second.
At the Metal Injection Blog Factory, we are all preparing for our road trip to Worcester for the annual NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL. And by preparing, I mean doing mediocre research to interview bands and downloading old school hip hop to blast at 3am to piss of Rob and Frank. Oh, and getting my car checked out to make sure we have a smooth ride (yes, I know that is what she said). So at about 2pm I went to the local Express Lube place down the street from me. After telling the dude who was checking my car that I was going on a long trip and just wanted to make sure everything was safe to go, he confesses that he's a HUGE Sabbath and Venom fan. So I let him in on the new Heaven and Hell album and charges me $0. I win. Now you can read all the news you have missed and catch up on who is releasing new tunes. Click away. Click away.
You can now pre-order the new Gwynbleidd album, "Nostalgia."
Landmine Marathon's Grace Perry blogged about bat wings and drunkenly telling off cab drivers.
Some Crust dude offered a metal history lesson last week. If you like or want to learn read this brief history of Sunn 0))).
Speaking of cool tour packages, every so often two tours are simultaneously traveling the U.S. And every not so often they cross the same city/venue on the same day. If you live in the Detroit area, you are one lucky metal head.
If you life in Philly or St. Paul you can meet Lamb of God.
Bodom's new setlist is as follows: 'Silent Night, Bodom Night', 'Hellhounds On My Trail', 'Living Dead Beat', 'Angels Don't Kill', 'COD / BBQ', 'In Your Face', 'Blooddrunk', 'Downfall'.
There is NO group therapy in this doc. NOCAREEVER! Sike. I can't not dig that they included Metallica's Moscow footage, but it does suck that there was barely a mention of the bassist situation. It goes from Burton to Newsted to Trujillo in a breathe, if that.
An Emmure rumor is posted on Lambgoat.
News About New Releases
Maudlin of the Well is releasing their fan-funded album through a bit torrent. I'm fucking speechless.
Today marks the first day of a super busy week for me. So expect crappier and short editions. No worries, though. I'll be back with a vengeance and lots of cool show stories [maybe, I don't know].
Call me a poser, if you will, but if you were 14 and didn't they were cool, you didn't grow up in America. And that's my prep speech for announcing that Korn is touring once again. Dates here. And if you can't wait for that shitshow, you can watch Fieldy webisodes.
Peter Beste embarked on a photojournalist's wet dream for 8 years. Now, he's showing off his art in NYC.
"We are going to play until we can't walk anymore." Yes. He went there. The newscast is in Portuguese but this news item of KISS with the Saw Paulo police who closed off the freeway for them is not.
Get your Blooddrunk guitar lessons here
Watch some Hotlanta guys strip for a magazine shoot.
Scott Hull predicts his son will be his Alex P. Keaton
Today marks the first day of Passover. I never knew what the holiday actually consisted of but I knew it meant that the Jewish group at my school was going to have some badass potato pancakes in the student center. Because I've graduated I no longer have such quick access to holy-foods I don't deserve. But, if anyone sympathizes for an always-hungry metal head, e-mail me: Justina@englishwaffle.com. Shit, I'll even settle for pics of your dinner.
Since I know even less about being a jew boy than I do about Passover, I've decided to read Metal Suck's jew on jew interview with Daath's Eyal Levi. Now I know "if you got it between the eyes, you got it between the thighs."
Isis got a Brooklyn partner on tour
Trap Them will play a NYC basement in May to kick off their summer tour with Victims and Black Breath. Today they are playing a NJ basement and I'm going. Jealous?
This tour is in dedication to some chicks that Left to Vanish made us party with in Portland last summer.
Lazarus AD get reviewed
Mikael of Opeth gives us an update about how awesome the South American tours were
Listen to Austrailian radio and Troy Sanders
Barney talks to a Jersey rag. I can't enough of the Napalm Death press.
Filter Mag reveals the Birth of Slayer
iTunes is letting labels up the price on songs, but people are still not paying for music either way.
Raise your hand if you CAN'T WAIT for this shit show: Dave Mustaine is writing his autobiography
Oh, and Ronnie James Dio is following the ^trend too.
John Campbell (Lamb of God) answers what seems like 102 questions
I think I mentioned this tour already, but in case I forgot. Zoroaster tour dates here.
So it has been a little boring for me. Even though I had a very busy week with shooting shows, there hasn't been much news to share. So after a bunch of links I've inserted some Scion footage that I found. Lot's of shaky fan footage. You know, the kind where you can practically smell the bald dude's fart to the left of the frame. But, its all good. m/
Heavy music's hair don'ts
I've waited almost a week for a Lambgoat post on this one
Doom saved the Rock and Roll star
A new TÝR track
Gates of Slumber signed to Rise Above Records
Born of Osiris will record a new album. Goater writes "Man this wucks so much…"
Daughters will record a new album, too.
Kentucky boys work hard
Watch Tool do Crank next Friday
1982. Here we come! Venom will be re-releasing "Black Metal" at the end of the year.
Two new Coalesce tracks
General Surgery set up some West Coast dates before they play Maryland Deathfest
If Decibel will continually review every Trail of Dead album, I have every right to fucking post this. FIGHT ME ROB!
More videos after the jump (more…)
i wrestled a BLAAAG once
Early Graves has a new dude in the band
All metal sources agree on one thing hypocrisy is stupid
The follow-up to Heavy Metal Baghdad
Some Dutch metal heads predicted our unemployment
When a new Decibel issue arrives, everyone wets themselves
If you live near Chi-town, you can catch the reunited Disembodied
Black Metal doc makers talk about the beauty of Norway
Stoners can't play House of Blues
10 Capt Beefheart guitar Commandments
Non-tweeted Faith No More news
Addiction is a health issue, says Sharon
Wolves in the Throne room say NO to future corporate sponsored events
Underoath admit to digging Joy Division
Arsis drummer back. Goaters debate the cause of the band's downfall: touring/shows versus drugs/money
Into The Studio
While getting snowed in can prevent you from getting to work, for Coalesce, they did some work
After Down finishes their summer tour dates, they'll be recording
Unexpect are expecting to hit the studio 4/14
Horse The Band about to make new music and evidently influence kids to cut their jeans into shorts too
Who doesn't like dudes dressed in oversized costumes wrestling to the death? For 20 bucks you can watch some assholes beat each other up: KAIJU BIG BATTEL this Friday at The Warsaw in Brooklyn
What the fuck is a free country if a person can't fornicate with an inanimate object in peace?! Doesn't Michigan realize that he could have done something way worse, like get laid off and then get laid and slayed by some idiot who just gave Cannibal Corpse fans a bad name. But hey, life in the States could be worse. At least you won't find any of these in America. And, your day will get even better if you spend the rest of it reading all these links and avoid Thirsty Thursday.
Mikael Akerfeldt "NEEDS" an album called Menu. Help him out, fuckers.
Deathcore dudes can't wait to tour with Aborted.
Kreator wants to thank everyone who saw them on their European tour for celebrating violence with them
I couldn't believe it. But, its totally true. maudlin of the Well (and Kayo Dot too) returns thanks to their fans
America's biggest freak is bringing a circus to London
Check out Daath in front of a green screen
Is this tour title a joke?
Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you still might be able to see God Forbid
Some tool will be on tour again soon.
Seventeen people were arrested at a metal show in PA. That's it?!
A metal dude reviews a moshcore show for what it really is
Samael are craving to play their new songs
If you life in Seattle and <3 grind, go see Pig Destroyer
Propaghandi added more tour dates
A "Dramatic Roar" captivates on VH1
Once again metal's tolerable creep teaches an interesting lesson on something, well, metal
Next Rotten Sound album will focus on the meaning of stupidity
Another magazine bit the dust
Why is it only Tuesday? This has already been a long week. Well, at least there are plenty distractions on the interwebs to prevent us from doing any actual work. Such as these links:
A skinny dude writes about his fat habits
Spin tries to fit in with the cool metal crews and reviews Crack The Skye
Metal Inquisition finger banged a girl that was not his girlfriend and makes a sort of playlist sulk in his depression
Chris Arp's top ten horror movies DO NOT include Halloween and Blair Witch 2
A Dimebag bio is up for pre-order
Support an artist and buy a photobook
What sucks more: the War in Iraq or Kid Rock?
Emmure's father speaks about new album
Poison the Well release title of album to be released. Goater suggests a better title: The Phallic Rot
Another Miser[y]able early summer tour
Doom on wheels
POWER AND PROG GUYS
Chicago's Powerfest will be raping earlobes early May
Why does prog metal rule? Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree says, "It’s not very often you can say, 'Well, the song starts off happy and then it becomes sad, or it becomes aggressive.'"
Another dude who is over discussing song lyrics = Isis' Aaron Turner
Iced Earth will be taking some down time, but at least they left you with an interview
Thrash is back. And its cooler than ever because the masters have returned. Testament will be touring soon and Anthrax members are making all kids of special appearances. After watching Lars answer some expensive questions, you can read an interview with crust king Rob Miller of Amebix [not thrash, but still has a hefty amount of ownage].
RETURN OF THE THRASH
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante did not invent the blast beat. duh.
Metallica has another single coming out.
Everyone's starting to get Testament fever
Lamb of God latest debuted at #2 and Chris Cornell's solo album debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile Chinese Democracy is finally falling out of the top 200. Which reminds me: When the fuck is that train wreck Axl going to grace stadiums all over the country in Betsey Johnson tights again. Not to mention Slash and Izzy's brainwaves synchronise on stage.
Free NIN and Janes Addiction songs –>> http://www.ninja2009.com/
Guess what Van Halen fans have been waiting to see for the last 28 years: NOT HAGAR.
Obituary DVD to be released in June
Rick Ta Life makes a cameo in a great blog post
INTERVIEWS + REVIEWS
"I have made Swords for the past 18 Years here on Skye, training myself in the Art of the Medieval sword smith." ^^ The reason why you need to read ALL of this Amebix interview^^
Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh on Governor's Ball. Note: there is more radio than interview in that link.
Reasons why Wolves in the Throne Room don't reveal song lyrics listed here
Guardian reviews Brit Metal press, but forgets the one that matters most: Terrorizer; when/if the NY Times does a similar review, we all know who the winner will be: Decibel, they fucking own.
Four years later and Into The Moat is still awesome
6 out of 8 "no cares"
Slipknot has a #1 "Active Rock" radio hit
Black Tide teens realize touring means leaving your family and friends for months at a time.
I got your 4th of July plans right here.
FLASHBACK OF THE DAY
Before there was Fred Durst and Eminem, America's favorite angry white boy would go crazy when he heard a cymbal. His era was at a time when MTV allowed musicians to ruin TV sets.
Touring can be tough. But, at least Geoff Tate (QUEENSRYCHE) is here to tell you communication is key. For musicians who get hurt on or just before a tour, there are always alternative options for you. One, you can get a crew to haul all your backline for you. Two, you can play from a wheelchair. And finally, three, you can web conference your riffage from home (even Obama is doing it). And if all else fails, at least you can still read my shitty list of links to feel informed for the day.
Mike Hill of Tombs talks Versoma, shows, influences +more
Lazarus AD's Jeff wants the tr00 heads to realize that A7X is badass
Time Magazine listed the top ten music fest moments to ever happen. The most extreme item they included was Rage Against the Machine @ Lollapalooza 1993 (warning, Tom Morella is bear chested)
Brutal Truth will be ruining a city near you this spring
If you're a west coast grindhead, May 9th and 10th might be a good weekend for you. Check out LA's Murderfest which includes grind/death bands people actually enjoy like Rotten Sound and Graf Orlock
If you're a west coast hardcore kid, the begining of August might be a fun 2-stepping weekend for you as Sound and Fury rolls in from July 31 to August 2.
There is a lot to be frustrated about today. The pope still thinks that condoms worsens the spreading of AIDS. A bunch of bumbling morons still wearing their kelly green t-shirts are hungover and more dangerous than yesterday. AND K-Rock ditched the bullshit hard rock to play Beyonce all day (I didn't believe it until I turned the radio on in my car on yesterday). But, at least the internet is as cool as a Nordic winter, with all its information sharing. So chill out and click away.
SIDE PROJECT ALERT
BIZARRE NEWS SHARE OF THE DAY
Japanese metallers Dir En Grey will be conducting "careful" confirmations that only dudes are attending their "male only" concerts, which leads me to believe that members of the band will finally show their vaginas on stage.
Anthrax' Frankie Bello swears up a storm on "That Metal Show" and chooses Van Halen over GnR
Agoraphobic Nosebleed "Moral Distortion" plus album art
Local events to note:
Brooklyn Black and Blue Hardcore show to ensue a massive mosh pit on May 30
A beard party (includes Slumlord, Returner and Electric Horsemen) is being thrown by Decibel on 3/18 (THAT'S TODAY)
Today metal got some exciting updates: like Gorguts' Luc Lemay confirming the new lineup! There is also some really cool Scion footage floating around [psss, if you know of ultra cool videos laying around from that weekend please do share]. Enjoy the abundance of br00tal news.
SCOTT HULL. AGORAPOCALYPSE. MUST. READ. NOW.
Now you can stalk Children of Bodom just in time for their support in the Lamb of God tour
Another music chain hits the shitter
The Creep reveals metal's 666 mysticism
Mastodon and Thin Lizzy make bromance!
SAVE THIS DATE: APRIL 14TH!. Queen will be re-releasing their first EP
Tim Lambesis (of As I Lay Dying) adopts an Ethiopian child and the Lamb of God tour scores Suicidal Tendencies to replace AILD on the first 4 dates.
CUNT dropped off a tour.
Earth Crisis//Walls Of Jericho on tour
Missed Scion Rock fest? Then you missed Scott Kelly onstage during Mastdon's "Crystal Skull," but not really because here it is.
UPDATES AND REVIEWS
Expect a more serious and dangerous Behemoth record
Gorguts gift to fans for 20th anniversary is new record
What's the next step for a band after touring with Metallica? Dave McClain talks about Machine Head's future.
Winter Hours brings a metallic apocalypse to one's ear lobes
Bullet For My Valentine song about "one chick"