After announcing their own streaming music app for iPhone and iPod Touch, Metallica have announced a branded edition of Tap Tap Revenge, that game that is basically Guitar Hero with tapping a screen. That’s the story, the end. At least there’s no “St. Anger”:
* Enter Sandman
* Sad But True
* King Nothing
* All Nightmare Long
* Some Kind of Monster
* Master of Puppets
* Seek & Destroy
* For Whom the Bell Tolls
Nile will take part in a signing session and listening party for their new album, Those Whom The Gods Detest, on November 6 at Earshot Records in Greenville, South Carolina.
Unearth has released a new video for the song “Grave of Opportunity”.
It was announced in their just-out October issue and also during the Metal Insider-sponsored CMJ metal panels that following the December 2009 issue, esteemed metal magazine Revolver will be switching to a bimonthly schedule, publishing six times a year.
“Times are tough for everyone, and there’s been no government bailout for hard-rock magazines,” Revolver Editor in Chief Brandon Geist says. “Metal Maniacs and Metal Edge shut down last year, while we at Revolver had to cut some pages and our poster. Eventually we just decided that we needed to refocus on making the greatest magazine we could 6 times a year, instead of putting out an increasingly skinny, good magazine 12 times a year. I think anyone who picks up the new “Hottest Chicks in Metal of All Time” issue, which I’m personally very proud of, will see what I mean, and agree that we’re giving our readers a lot more bang for their buck. Going bimonthly also allows us to focus more time and effort on throwing mega-events like last year’s Golden Gods, the first ever metal awards show in the U.S. , which we plan to not only put on again in 2010 but also make even bigger and badasser.”
Subscribers will get the remaining number of issues of their subsrciption, meaning if they’d subscribed for one year in October, they’ll get nine more issues, which would last them until June of 2011 by our admittedly shoddy math. It’s sad to see such a solid metal magazine cut back, but unlike Metal Edge and Metal Maniacs, the magazine still exists. And another plus is that the magazines will be thicker and have more pages, making each one more of an event.
And speaking of events, they do have the Golden Gods awards, and while Aaron Turner might not be a huge fan, hopefully the festival will get past its first-year jitters, because a metal awards show seems like a great idea, at least in concept. And the more successful the awards show is, the more money they’ll potentially have to sink back into the magazine.
Until recently, corporate concert behemoth Live Nation had a reputation as a faceless, capitalistic corporation. To many, they still do, but they’ve at least been making strides towards making concertgoers happy customers that’ll come back for repeat business. They’ve had several “no service fee” ticket days, and everyone knows that the added charges are what can really drive up the price of a ticket (convenience fee? what’s convenient about charging me to print my own ticket?). Then they had the “Club Passport” back in September, which allowed fans to get into unlimited club shows for the rest of the year for a reasonable $49.99.
Now they’re doing another “no service free” ticket day this Wednesday (10/28), but are upping the ante. Anyone that buys a ticket to a club show will be automatically entered to win an “Ultimate Access Pass” for that venue. This means that at every Live Nation club around the country, one person that buys a no-service-fee ticket online or at a club box office this Wednesday will be winning a pass good for all events in 2010 at that venue.
Also on the 28th, there will be 10 meet and greets at Live Nation venues across the country. Anvil, Between the Buried and Me, Dethklok and Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Hollywood Undead, and Tesla are among the bands participating. Look for the full schedule after the jump.
We’re all for this. Between this and allowing concertgoers to buy cheaper tickets for upcoming shows at the venues, it really seems that they’re at least trying. With the recession hitting the concert industry pretty hard, they need to do everything they can to get people into clubs, and promotions like this almost make ticket buying fun (I said almost). And plus, if you buy a ticket, you also get a poster! It’s also good for Live Nation, because anyone that wins a ticket probably isn’t going to go to shows all by themselves, so they’ve potentially sold at least one ticket to every show those winners go to. Read more »
Arch Enemy has released a new video for the song “Dark Insanity”.
Suffocation is streaming their new live album, The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City, in its entirety online.
The lineup to this year’s Stillborn Fest will include Hatebreed, Crowbar, The Acacia Strain, The Casualties, and Thy Will Be Done. The dates for the five Northeastern shows have also been revealed.
The Red Chord is streaming their new album, Fed Through The Teeth Machine, in its entirety on Metalsucks.net.
Nile is streaming a new song called “Utterances of the Crawling Dead” on Noisecreep.com.