Agoraphobic Nosebleed have announced that they are busy as fuck. What exactly does "busy as fuck" mean? Well it means recording not one but three new albums for release. That's right…three albums. The band posted a statement via their facebook page this past Saturday stating that three new albums were in the works, each one featuring a different vocalist and being completely unique in style and approach. (more…)
Well this sucks. Salome were a shining light in the underground doom metal scene, always putting forward a ferocious performance. We've spoken highly of the band before. But it looks like that's no more. Frontwoman Kat Katz posted on her Facebook wall that she has left the band because of personal conflicts. It's hard to see how the band can continue without her, as she was the heart and soul of the band. Here is her full statement: (more…)
Metal used to be a boy’s club… pioneered by sweaty, shirtless dudes in leather pants blasting out the world’s loudest and heaviest incarnation of rock ‘n’ roll for other sweaty, shirtless dudes in the pit. Nothing wrong with that! But a new type of pioneer has been creeping up into metal’s consciousness for well over 30 years now. From Girlschool to Thorr’s Hammer to Agoraphobic Nosebleed, women have been rightfully claiming their territory in the realm of heavy and extreme metal. Unfortunately, with true brilliance in progression, the trend-hoppers and money-grubbers of the music industry won’t be far behind.
Got a hot chick in your metal band that will get half-naked for press shots? Great! Sign here, here and initial here.
Now I admit that I’m a sucker for hot metal babes. Hell, I even stapled pages of the Century Media’s 2009 Maiden’s of Metal calendar to the walls of the Earache Records office. The only problem is that after labels become transparent in their attempts to cash in by signing any band with a hot, tattooed front-woman, it begins to delegitimize the truly talented women of metal. I also think that it trains the listener to accept sub-par music because they begin to listen with the wrong head. So here’s a list of some of metal music’s hottest and most popular goddesses, only I’ll be suggesting whether it’s more effective to listen with: (more…)
As the year is comes to a close, we will be taking you through the Best of 2010. Over the next couple of days, expect top 10 album lists from most of our writers, as well as the top stories & videos of the year. Don't forget, you can still submit your Top 10 album list to be included in the overall Top Albums As Decided by the Metal Injection Junkies list.
By: Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
It seems like Italy has been stealing some Scandinavian thunder lately when it comes to breeding quality metal bands. Accompanying acts such as Fleshgod Apocalypse and Graveworm, Hour of Penance have been responsible for giving their boot-shaped homeland a reputation for more than just good food and women with mustaches. Hour of Penance have been shelling out some of the most aggressive and finely-crafted brutal death metal for over a decade, and Paradogma is no exception. (more…)
By: Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
Before Katherine Katz made her debut as the official third vocalist of Agoraphobic Nosebleed on their 2009 release Agorapocalypse, the Virginian scream queen had been quietly brewing a crushing doom project with guitarist Rob Moore and drummer Aaron Deal. The fascination metal fans felt after hearing Katz shred her vocal chords on Agorapocalypse sent them on a Google rampage, attempting to find information on the vocalist who seemed to come out of nowhere. Like me, they found themselves on Myspace, listening for the first time to a dark force known as Salome. (more…)
It's New Music Tuesday apparently. We have four different links for you, all of which feature music that comes 100% Metal Injection pre-approved for your listening pleasure. Let's get started, shall we…
I nearly shit bricks when I saw there was a new Agalloch song last week, but turns out there is another new track out in the wild. YES! YES! YES! This one is called Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires, and can be heard on the Viva La Hate website. The albums has a chance to really be locked in for my album of the year. Hopefully, it won't disappoint.
Our bros at MetalSucks are doing a FULL album stream of The Ocean's epic new release, Anthropocentric. It starts off huge and never stops. It's a great record worth checking out. Stream it here.
Speaking of HUGE, Salome's new record, Terminal is streaming over at NPR (of all places) and it rips. I can't believe such big vocals come from such a small woman. You go Kat!
Finally, check out the new Tombs track over at PopMatters. The track, "Course of Empire", is incredibly dense and ambient and a good way to end the day.
by Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
I thought I was too old to have a life changing experience at a rock show. Music is more important to me now than it ever was, but I never thought a live band could blow my mind like back in my teenage years. Last Friday proved me wrong. As I stood in the crowd inside the E&L Auditorium at NYU, watching Salome play a 40- minute doom set, I felt the same way I did when I first saw Sum 41 at 15 years old. (don’t judge me!) (more…)
As September 18th draws ever closer, the riff-hungry troops of doom are stocking up on earplugs and rolling papers, preparing to follow the sign of the Southern cross down towards their own uber-resinated version of Mecca. Past the Mason-Dixon line and just shy of Hell itself lies their destination - Asheville, North Carolina, which, thanks to a bevy of bands and some seriously ambitious promoters, is in turn gearing up to bear witness to the heaviest gig of the year. With the Metal Injection-sponsored (you're welcome) Planet Caravan Festival right around the corner and excitement running higher than Bobby Liebling on a day that ends in "y," we here at Metal Injection figured it was high time we gave y'all a peek behind the wall of sleep and unveiled a brand-new interview with those freshly resurrected, impossibly heavy and inescapably vital purveyors of cosmic, mind-altering "doom with a capital D and six extra O's," YOB.
Resident feedback worshipper Grim Kim caught up with YOB's Mike Scheidt for some gnarly Q&A action about stellar new record The Great Cessation, Planet Caravan, and the neverending triumph of DOOM (in all-Caps, of course). (more…)
The Metal Injection sponsored PLANET CARAVAN Festival has announced the schedule for the two-day-stoner-rock-wet-dream. We have the full schedule after the jump. You can also download a handy PDF schedule at the official website of the tour.
Single-day tickets have just been released Friday or Saturday are now available for $49.50, while two day passes are still available for $79.50. Two days of epic stoner metal for 80 bucks? Not too shabby. Check out the schedule after the jump… (more…)
The sickest rock festival to hit North Carolina just got sicker! The promoters of the Metal Injection-sponsored Planet Caravan just announced additional bands for the two-day festival happening on September 18th and 19th. In addition to Clutch, Pentagram, Kylesa, Burst, Yob, Wino and others, just added are Tombs, The Gates of Slumber, Zoroaster, Bison B.C., Sourvein, Salome and our good buddies in Hull and Battilus. If you are in the area, it's clear this show is not to be missed. Tickets are available at the official Planet Caravan website.
Welcome to the latest installment of Revelations of Doom; I’m Grim Kim (or Kim Kelly, if you prefer), and I’ll be your guide to this week’s glorious mashup of extreme metal education, barbarian wrath, and highly-biased amplifier worship. Once again, we’ll be walking the doomed path, but this time, our journey takes us down below, past the Mason-Dixon line and into the Devil’s own backyard. It ain’t NOLA, but it’s close enough to smell the whiskey.
Okay – make that Virginia. While it may not be the most southernmost point of the Dirty South, it still gets hot as hell down there, and that oppressive heat fuels the flames of some of the country’s most vital metal bands. It’s not often that a band that falls into one of the genres I love the most manages to fly under my radar for an extended period of time – I’m pretty on top of my game as far as metal-nerding-out goes. That’s why it came as such a shock when I stumbled across Salome, a killer American sludge band that I’D NEVER HEARD OF. My mind was boggled, then blown – this band FUCKING. RULES. (more…)
NEUROSIS, MASTODON, BORIS, NACHTMYSTIUM, HIGH ON FIRE, CRYPTOPSY, & More on one show – ABSOLUTELY FREE!!
So apparently, instead of taking the traditional route and advertising on TV, billboards, etc, Scion has decided to host music festivals instead as a means of promoting their brand. Strange? I thought so too, until I saw the lineup for their "Rock Fest." Holy mother of fuck, I don't care WHAT they're selling – any company that brings together the likes of NEUROSIS, HARVEY MILK, NACHTMYSTIUM, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, KRALLICE, ZOROASTER, and SALOME (for FREE) is a-okay by me.
According to their official site, the Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. Tickets are, apparently, free; no word yet on how one will be able to go about getting one's grubby paws on one of these golden tickets (though our brodudes over at MetalSucks.net will be giving some away to a few lucky readers).
THE LINEUP (read 'em and weep!):
HIGH ON FIRE
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
A STORM OF LIGHT
With, apparently, more to come, if their website is to be believed. I don't know about you, but as soon as I saw this confirmed, I hopped online and booked a flight for Hotlanta. Honestly? If you have any of your wits, limbs, or available personal days left, you're a sucker if you don't do the same.