The Devin Townsend Project came through New York this past weekend on the Epic Kings & Idols tour. Our friends over at Metal Injection managed to snag an interview with Hevy Devy himself before the show. To get the job done right, they had to choose their interviewer carefully. And so, to interview Devin Townsend, they chose…Devin Townsend? That’s right. Watch Devin digging up dirt on himself in this slightly bizarre but completely hilarious interview in the video above.
Between The Buried And Me recently premiered a music video for the new song “Astral Body” on Alt Press. And to simply put it, fans will not be disappointed by it. The visually stunning video, directed by Wes Richardson, provides the perfect backdrop to the awesome track. It further proves that a Between The Buried And Me album would make the perfect soundtrack for space travel (hence why these space suits are a must own).
Watch the music video for “Astral Body” for yourself above. Between The Buried And Me’s new album The Parallax II: Future Sequence comes on October 9 via Metal Blade Records.
Yesterday marked the 26th anniversary of the death of legendary Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. In tribute to their fallen bandmate, Metallica have made a free download available of the band playing a show during their “Ride The Lightning Tour”.
Recorded on November 22, 1984 at the Le Riff in Toulouse, France, the download features the show in its entirety, clocking in at just under an hour. As one might expect, the performance includes songs that highlight Burton’s playing, specifically “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Call of Ktulu”. There’s also a recording of Burton performing a bass solo, which always guarantees to make one shit oneself.
Burton’s influence on Metallica, bass players, and the metal community as a whole remains indisputable. It’s good to have even more examples of his glory available to the masses. You can get your free download here.
Down have been riding high since the release of The Purple EP. But don’t take our word for it, just look at the charts. Now the band has released the official music video for “Witchtripper”. The video appears to be influenced by the style of classic horror films and maybe even Macbeth (c’mon, Shakespeare was metal and you know it). Now is it just us, or is it a little weird to see Phil Anselmo with hair? No, it can’t just be us. Either way, check it out above.
Decrepit Birth just cannot get a break on the road. Earlier this week, the progressive death metal group’s tour van caught on fire, forcing them to acquire rental. Just a few days later, Decrepit Birth’s rental van was broken into while performing in San Francisco. As a result, the band has been forced to drop off the remainder of their tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust.
Decrepit Birth issued the following statement via Facebook regarding the unfortunate turn of events:
“More bad energy has come to us in the form of a theft last night in San Francisco. Our rental van had the side window broken out and all of our personal bags with cash, laptop computers, cell phones, passports, and id’s were stolen. This was a major blow to go along with our van catching on fire in Canada and having to leave it there to be junked.
At this point we will have to regretfully drop from the last few days of tour. The costs are overwhelming at this point, and to continue on would dig an even deeper hole of debt for the band, which we can’t afford. We had a great time touring with our brothers in Obituary, Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. These bands we’re beyond awesome to us during the past week of issues we’ve gone through. Thanks to all the fans for coming out and making this such a great tour aside from the bullshit. We gave it our all every night for you, our fans. We’re down but not out….
If you feel like donating to our new van fund, you can send your donation via Paypal to email@example.com. We really appreciate that our fans have reached out to us and offered to help, you guys are the best!”
It’s always a bummer to hear stories of bands getting robbed while on the road, and even sadder when such incidents force said bands to cancel shows. We strongly encourage everyone one to send at least a small donation via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can get a new van and hit the road soon.
Voivod is streaming a new song called “Mechanical Mind” on Pitchfork. The track will appear on the group’s new album Target Earth, due out on January 22, 2013 via Century Media Records.
When listening to Adele, not many would stop and think “Hmm, I wonder what she would sound like in an industrial metal group.” As it turns out, though, that’s what was exactly on DJ Poulpi’s mind. Hence the creation of “Adele vs. Fear Factory: A New Machine Of Soul.”
In the video above, the Belgian DJ created a mashup using the vocal track from Adele’s hit “Set Fire To The Rain” and the instrumental track from Fear Factory’s “Replica.” And it’s hard to believe, but the two songs work shockingly well together! The mashup has even received Fear Factory’s blessing, with the band posting on Facebook, “This is why we love the Internet…interesting mashups!”
Check out the mashup for yourself in the video above. It’s by far the closest we’ll ever get to hear Adele performing with Fear Factory.
Soundgarden have returned with the aptly-titled “Been Away Too Long,” the first song from King Animal, their first album since 1996′s Down on the Updside. On initial listen, this is a good, riffy rocker that sounds a hell of a lot like AC/DC. Of course there are some signature Kim Thayil guitar licks in there, and Chris Cornell’s vocals are better than Brian Johnson’s, but it’s a lot more straightforward rocky and less grungy than what we might have expected. We’re looking forward to hearing the rest of King Animal when it’s released on November 13th.
Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds knows how to keep himself busy. In addition to his signature band, he also still plays in his pre-Mastodon bands Fiend Without a Face and West End Motel, which is kind of like keeping your high school and college girlfriends after marrying a supermodel. However, West End Motel, which also features pianist-guitarist Mike Shina and singer Tom Cheshire, have taken the jump up to Warner Bros. for their new album, Only Time Can Tell. Those expecting another Mastodon album will be sorely disappointed. In fact, the first taste of the new album sounds more like Talking Heads than prehistoric mammals.
“Burn It Down,” streaming now on Rolling Stone, is described by the magazine as “brightly shout-out-loud vocals, warm and soulful textures, swooning fun melodies and a breezy beat that’s downright feel-good music.” And if it sounds like it was written with a cheesy Casio beat in it, Hinds says that’s exactly what happened. Also, since there’s a song on the album called “El Myr,” we thought we’d include the ad that Hinds filmed for his favorite Atlanta bar/eatery above. Only Time Can Tell will be out on October 30.
When you think of bands led by drummers, one of the first that comes to mind is Meshuggah. Thomas Haake’s dense, polyrhythmic drumming essentially is the main instrument, with everyone following him. Google Play’s Jen Guyre sat down with Haake at the Fillmore in San Francisco to talk about the band’s origins, their evolution and the success of their top 20 Billboard album Koloss. And while you’ve likely heard the album by now, the fine folks at Google Play are giving you a chance to get “Do Not Look Down” for free. You can grab that here.