Archive | August, 2012
When Affiance drop their second full length album, The Campaign, this November, it’ll have a high-profile guest helping out. August Burns Red fbassist Dustin Davidson showed up to lend some vocals to the album. “Just finished up a guest vocal spot for the new Affiance album!,” he said on his Instagram account. ”It sounds super tight! I went higher than ever before.”
It’s not known what song Davidson contributed to, other than that it isn’t “You Will Be Replaced.” That song, which will be on The Campaign, is currently streaming on Alternative Press and is available for purchase at your finer online retailers. The Campaign will be out on November 13, or one week after the “other” campaign wraps up.
Meanwhile, August Burns Red have let “Flurries” fly. That song, taken their forthcoming holiday album, August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album, is streaming online. With the exception of some relatively cheesy-sounding synth bells, there’s nothing really that holiday-like about it, but it’s a cool, inspirational-sounding track. Of course the inspiration for the band’s holiday album probably came from the great reception their cover of “Carol of the Bells,” which will be on the album, got when it was released in 2008. Check out “Flurries” below, and get in the holiday spirit when the album is released on October 9.
Earlier this week New York progressive rockers Coheed And Cambria unleashed their video for lead single “Domino The Destitute”. Now the band have released a short video explanation of the cover artwork for their October release, The Afterman: Ascension. Ascension is the first half of two albums with Descension coming out in February 2013.
A deluxe version of The Afterman will also be available featuring a hardcover coffee table book with artwork from Heidi Taillefer and Nathan Spoor with written work from singer/creator Claudio Sanchez. New York Times bestselling author Peter David will also assist in writing duties again, this time penning a song-by-song experience for the record.
The concept records will continue to take place in the band’s alternate universe of “Heaven’s Fence,” which are part of Sanchez’s series titled “The Amory Wars.” The series follows the story of superhuman tyrant Wilhelm Ryan, and a family that might be able to undermine his control and free the world from his dictatorship. “The Amory Wars” has also been slated to become a live-action feature film currently under development by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions.
The Afterman albums highlight one of Sanchez’s many characters, Sirius Amory, a scientist, who discovers a force of energy that has the possibility to connect the universe’s 78 planets together. The double album is a follow-up to 2010’s Year Of The Black Rainbow, and will feature returning drummer Josh Eppard and new bassist Zach Cooper, who have replaced Michael Todd and Chris Pennie.
The first volume, The Afterman: Ascension will be available October 9 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil and fans can expect to get it on both physical and digital platforms. The subsequent volume, The Afterman: Descension, is expected in February 2013. Check out the album art and track listing after the jump. Read more »
We’ve known that Dethklok would be coming out with Dethalbum III for a while now. They were all set to be touring with Lamb of God and Gojira right now, but of course, that wasn’t meant to be. But with the album now set to be released on October 16, more details are starting to trickle out, as well as a song from it. “I Ejaculate Fire,” which is on Craveonline right now, is amazing, and not just because of the song title. Brendon Small has been working on this one for a while, and the production, once again done with Ulrich Wild, is stellar.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok fans will have several different options when picking up Dethalbum III. In addition to the regular CD, there will also be a deluxe edition CD/DVD, with a 32-minute behind the scenes look at the making of the album. A vinyl edition of the album with etching will be released on November 6 as well. And if you’re into that sort of thing, there will also be a clean version of the album. But enough about this, have a listen to the song, and check out the track listing after the jump.
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Whether you’ve been watching it or not, we all know that the Republican National Convention took place this past week in Tampa, FL. Now to many fans, Tampa serves as the “mecca” of death metal. And as it turns out, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow agrees.
During a segment called “Debunktion Junction” on last Wednesday’s show, Rachel Maddow declared that Tampa is indeed the capital of death metal. While proving her point, Maddow plays a snippet of a Decide’s “Homage To Statan” video and gives a brief history on Cannibal Corpse (as well as mentions of Obituary, Hate Eternal, and Morbid Angel).
As Metal Injection points out, though, this is actually the second time Maddow declared Tampa the home of death metal. It’s also no secret that the anchor is a big Metallica fan as well. And though it’s not ideal to hear someone describe the genre as “Yay for Satan/anti-Jesus plot lines,” it is nonetheless cool to see bands like Hate Eternal and Deicide discussed on a news network (and not in the context of horrid events).
Watch death metal get a shout out on the “Debunktion Junction” around the 3:45 mark in the video after the jump. Read more »
In addition to their new album Apocryphon (set to come out on October 22), The Sword will also be pimping out their own hot sauce Tears Of Fire on September 4. That’s why it’s rather fitting that the stoner metal group will be appearing on the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – The Final Tour the day before.
Filmed at SXSW last March in Austin, TX, the episode supposedly features The Sword sharing a few drinks and fish tacos with host/legendary chef Anthony Bourdain (along with a plug for their hot sauce of course). The episode airs at 9pm on September 3, but a preview clip can be seen above. Can we just say how cool it is to see The Sword on the Travel Channel (let alone hanging out with Bourdain)?! It might be the most metal thing to happen to a reality food show since Hull’s appearance on Cake Boss.
Guitarist Kyle Shutt recently spoke to Alternative Press about Apocryphon, saying that the record is a little more straightforward. “This record is just 10 banging hard rockers,” he said. “There’s no real ‘stick out’ thrash song, or, like, this one is the ballad. I don’t think there’s going to be any instrumental songs on this record, either, so that’ll be a first for us. It’s just 10 kick-ass rock songs.”
Some of Down’s last album, 2007′s excellent Over the Under, was written about the band’s anger over Hurricane Katrina and the way things were handled in the wake of it. So it makes total sense to have Philip J. Anselmo check in from New Orleans as Hurricane Isaac barreled down on the city seven years to the day after Katrina. His quick weather update shows much more normal side to Anselmo, and with the hurricane much more mild than Katrina, we’re assuming he’s fine. If you want to hear this with better audio, head over to the band’s Facebook page. He also promised updates, so check back. Also in the forecast, Down’s EP, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP, coming out on September 18.
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It’s no secret that Deftones have been working on a new album. The band have gone so far as to play two new songs from the album live, “Rosemary” and “Roller Derby.” Now the album finally has an album title and a firm release date. The band’s seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan, will be released on November 13, which is about a month past the October 9 date that they had originally announced. However, October 9 remains the date that they kick off a headlining tour that will take them through the end of the month. Scars on Broadway will open, ensuring that even though they just got off the road with System of a Down, at least they’ll have one member with them at all times (that would be SOAD/SoB guitarist Daron Malakian).
There will be a presale for tickets starting this coming Tuesday. You can find out more information about it here.
Tour dates are as follows:
9/22/2012 – Irvine, CA – Epicenter Festival
9/23/2012 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/9/2012 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
10/10/2012 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
10/12/2012 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
10/13/2012 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/14/2012 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
10/16/2012 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/17/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
10/19/2012 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/20/2012 – Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
10/21/2012 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
10/23/2012 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
10/24/2012 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/26/2012 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
10/28/2012 -Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
10/29/2012 – Boston, MA – HOB Boston
10/30/2012 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Adam Poch, Big Brother 13′s “Heavy Metal Teddy Bear” and known metalhead, will be recapping the week in Big Brother 14′s current season for as long as former Kittie bassist Jenn Arroyo remains on the show. As long as Jenn’s in the game, Adam will weigh in. You can also follow him on Twitter at @heavymetalteddy.
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WOW – this has been one of the craziest weeks in Big Brother history – and our girl Jenn has been in the middle of one of the biggest/best moves in Big Brother history. Whether or not it helps Jenn is still to be seen, but here’s what happened.
Following last week’s chaotic Double Eviction – the lines in the sand seemed pretty clear. Frank vs. the rest of the house. But Jenn seeing her opportunity to mend fences with Frank after he won yet another Head of Household – swore to stay loyal to Frank the rest of the way. Frank has always been close to Jenn, but with the eviction of their ex-coach Mike Boogie, and the betrayal of their other ex-teammate Ian, this was a perfect opportunity for both. Frank, thinking Dan was the person who caused Boogie to leave made him public enemy number one – targeted him for eviction this week. Everything was looking good as Frank was dominating the Veto competition, but when he helped Brit during the comp – he was eliminated, and Dan was set to win the Veto and pull himself off the block. Jenn then stepped up and took the final punishment – which was going on Slop for the rest of the summer (25 days). If you have never had Slop before – TRUST me when I say – it is NASTY NASTY NASTY. It’s like cardboard flavored oatmeal. By being willing to take that punishment, this showed the whole house she was serious about being a player after not showing much game earlier in the season. It also showed them that she is on board with Frank – and he is not alone anymore.
Now – Jenn winning the Veto was perfect for Frank. He already threatened Ian if he used his Veto (which he won in a special Pandora’s Box competition) that he would replace whoever Ian took off with Brit. Having Jenn holding the other Veto – she would do whatever Frank wanted, and it seemed like nominations would remain the same. In the same Veto competition that Jenn won – Dan took a punishment of 24 hours in solitude. This was not just any solitude – it was in a room with disco lights and music playing. Dan took this opportunity to come up with a plan to save himself despite not having any power. After coming out of solitude he gathered all of the houseguests in the living room and held “Dan’s Funeral.”
For those of you that are new to Big Brother and did not see him in Season 10 when he won, this seemed very un-Dan-like. He never rolls over and dies. During his “funeral” he said something nice about everyone in the house – until it came down to Danielle. Dani was the last player left from his team at the beginning of the season, and she was on the block next to him. He told her that he will never forgive her for what she did and to never talk game to her again. This shocked all the houseguests especially Dani – who has shown to be emotionally unstable. She had no idea what she did to have Dan attack her like that. Right after the “funeral,” Dan & Frank went upstairs to talk – Dan said he wanted to read him something from the bible. The rest of the house consoled Dani – while Dan put his plan into action. Read more »
Well, this sucks. Iron Thrones, winners of Metal Insider and Scion’s No Label Needed Contest & Series, have decided to call it a day. They announced that they were no more via a Facebook earlier today, stating that the band have grown apart from each other. As winners of the 2010 contest, the band received an album produced and recorded by The Machine Shop’s Will Putney, mentorship from Shadows Fall and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko, a shopping spree, a publicity and radio campaign for the album, and a website upgrade. The album that NLN yielded, The Wretched Sun, made the band a lot of fans, and they did a bit of touring behind it. Here’s the statement from the band’s Facebook:
Our sincerest apologies to those who were looking forward to a new Iron Thrones album. As has been somewhat obvious, we have been on an unplanned hiatus for the past couple of years, and although there were occasional moments of synchronicity, ultimately the flame died out and we gradually moved apart. We had a good run, and met a lot of fantastic people who truly appreciated our music. The same honesty that drove our creative process, now forces us to admit to ourselves that any new material we created as Iron Thrones would be missing what truly made our music special to us, and so it is time to lay this project to rest.
Sometimes, things just don’t turn out the way you would’ve liked. Time passes on, and things that you thought would never change, do. People change. Passions change. Regardless, the world continues to spin, oblivious to the changes within us, and we move on.
We have a feeling this might not be the last we’ve heard of the band, though. Guitarist Steven Henningsgard produced NLN runner-up Orwell’s excellent AVOHFASIH, so he might’ve picked up a few tips from Putney along the way. And the rest of the band is accomplished enough that they’ll likely find other bands in the upper midwest metal circiut.
Take a good look at the picture to the right. What is it? Color-corrected radar of Hurricane Isaac wreaking havoc on Louisiana? A closeup of a wolf wounded by a shotgun? The worst old person porn ever? Nope, it’s actually a picture of Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling’s skull after suffering a bicycle injury. Liebling apparently needed 12 staples from his injury. According to Blabbermouth, he was running errands for his wife on a bicycle when he hit a stick that was covered up in loose sand. It threw him into the road, where his bicycle landed on top of him.
Apparently, Liebling’s injury wasn’t enough to make him pull out of the Power of the Riff – East festival, taking place on Saturday in Brooklyn at Warsaw. I’m sure cash is king, and the band would probably have lost out in by not headlining the fest, where they’ll be playing Relentless in it’s entirety.
The crazy thing is that the above picture isn’t even the most disgusting metal injury that occurred recently. Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker is recuperating from a broken elbow. While details are scarce on how it happened, the singer posted a graphic picture of his elbow – with the bone sticking through – on his Instagram account and the band’s Facebook page. It’s pretty fucking gross, so we’ll post it after the jump. Much like Liebling, Lucker opted to play the band’s show later that night. What a trooper. Read more »