Our good friends at Trustkill Records wanted to celebrate Metal Insider’s launch by giving away some goods! They’ve got five MusicSkins for iPod or iPhone available from any of their artists, including Bleeding Through, Walls of Jericho, It Dies Today and Too Pure To Die. All you have to to is leave a comment below, telling us what your favorite Trustkill-released album is. Make sure you register for a Metal Insider account first, so we know how to contact you!
- Five winners will be selected at random and contacted via e-mail.
- One entry per person. Multiple entries WILL be disqualified.
- Entries must be in by 6 PM EST on Thursday, May 7 2009.
Unearth’s ‘Grave of Opportunity’ has been added as a Guitar Hero World Tour downloadable track.
Cave In has ended their three-year hiatus. Read about it at their MySpace.
Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top sellers of the week as well as what’s getting played at Metal radio courtesy of radio trade magazine FMQB, whose metal panel consists of about 80 college and commercial stations that have metal shows, as well as SiriusXM, Music Choice, and more.
It was a pretty good week for Metal saleswise. Lacuna Coil’s Shallow Life gets a top 20 debut, which is definitely impressive for them. That great debut almost overshadows another amazing debut. Chimaira’s fifth album debuted at #30, a great showing for them and Ferret Records. On FMQB’s chart, Mastodon hangs tough for another week at #1, their fourth atop the chart.
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Break-up, hiatus, reunion, side project… there really needs to be some kind of rulebook to define these and other similarly nebulous status terms. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that Cave In is coming back, but technically they were never gone to begin with. This can all get very confusing!
It’s also very dispiriting when you plan a whole trip around band X’s “farewell” tour, only to begrudgingly shell out more bucks for the “reunion” tour a year and a half later. Hyping up either as a big deal can be a great business move, helping with short-term with ticket and record sales. However, you run the risk of appearing disingenuous and losing credibility with your core fan base in the long run. Honestly, it’s in everyone’s best interest to be a little more careful with throwing around these words.
I nominate Metal Insider’s more aptly sardonic sister site MetalSucks.net to come up with some ground rules for “breaking up”, “reuniting” and whether or not your side project is in fact a side project, because that whole “this is just as important to me” line is so cliche. Feel free to give them a head start in the comments!
With regards to this morning’s post about a potential Cave In reunion, it seems there was some confusion on the Interwebs. Thankfully we just received this press release directly from Cave In’s camp, delivered by carrier pigeon and left at the gates of the MS Mansion:
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Metal Insider checked in with MassConcerts figurehead Scott Lee after another wildly successful New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and Metal Insider Summit. Scott shares his thoughts on show promotion, putting together lineups, hippies and whether or not he possibly, maybe, may have liked the NEMHF merch this year.
How would you rate 2009 NEMHF to previous years? It was another sell out this year, so how else (besides financially) would you measure success compared to previous years?
Metalfest keeps getting better and better. This year we had the best looking merch we’ve ever sold. I also think we had a fine blend of metal and hardcore bands. This year’s feedback has been very, very good!
Did you try any new things in designing the fest this year? New set ups, activities, etc? What worked/didn’t work?
This year we brought back the 3rd stage at Chasers Lounge, and that went over very well. It gave us a chance to feature some good local and regional bands. Who knows, maybe one day one of those bands will headline NEMHF!
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Lacuna Coil’s new album, “Shallow Life”, has debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 charts, and has sold 21,000 copies in it’s first week.
Live audio of Exodus performing ‘Children Of A Worthless God’ recorded during their recent stop at The House Of Blues in Chicago, IL is available for streaming at The Daily Rock.
According to AbsolutePunk.net, Shai Hulud has dropped off the current New Found Glory tour.
Chimaira’s “The Infection” has debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200 with roughly 15,000 copies sold during the first week.