Archive | November, 2012
Need something to preoccupy yourself with this weekend? Look no further than Bargain Bin Blasphemy. The creator of this tumblr account has taken it upon him or herself to give record covers varying from adult contemporary to holiday themed a black metal makeover. Most of the black metal face paint and altered words look to have been handmade on these covers, and needless to say they are hysterical. Seriously, how can you not refrain from laughing out loud at the sight of “King Crosby” (see seen above)?
Check out more pictures from Bargain Bin Blasphemy for yourself.
A video for “Blood Money,” the first single from new Solid State signing My Heart To Fear, will premiere on Tuesday (4). You can view a teaser here.
Last year, Machine Head released Unto The Locust and exceeded the expectations of those who thought it was impossible for the band to top The Blackening from 2007. Now the band are looking to get started on a new album next year, according to guitarist Phil Demmel in an interview with The Nervous Breakdown.
In an interview with The Nervous Breakdown, Demmel had this to say regarding writing:
“After this tour, we want to get in and start writing. We’ve got a couple of things for next year, but for the most part we want to get in and hopefully start recording before the end of the year next year. Have we thought about directions or any of that? It hasn’t really been agreed upon yet. I think we’re just going to write like we have been. Our formula has been to just come up with something and see what happens. Nothing contrived, you know? That’s how “Darkness Within” happened, and that’s how a lot of the stuff on the last album happened, so we’ll just see how we progress. Robb [Flynn, vocals/guitar] took classical lessons before the last record, so I think it’s just going to be an amalgamation of everything we’ve learned so far. We keep evolving, and it’s not going to be “Blackening II” and it’s not going to be “Unto The Locust II”. I think it’s going to be our strongest record.”
It’s exciting to think that we could be seeing a new Machine Head album by the end of next year, especially considering the four year gap between the band’s last two albums. And since expectations for this one will be even higher, it’s safe to say that it’ll end up being awesome. Whether it’ll be released by Roadrunner or not, though, is yet to be known. You can check out the rest of the interview at The Nervous Breakdown.
Upon announcing their upcoming DVD, Quebec Magnetic, Metallica said that it would be the first release on their own label, but since the “i”s were being dotted and the “t”s were being crossed, that they couldn’t announce the name or logo of the label. That must have all been taken care of, as today the band officially unveiled Blackened Recordings. With the launch of the label, the band retains ownership of all of their master recordings. Here’s the official statement from the band’s website.
We like to make it a point here not to bore you with the not-so-exciting business aspects of making and sharing music, but we’re so psyched about our new adventure that we just had to tell you about it as we officially launch our very own record label, Blackened Recordings.
Some of you, who have followed along throughout the years, are aware that in 1994 we renegotiated our contract with the Warner Music Group, which resulted in a joint venture with our record company for releasing all of our recordings including long form videos. Per that agreement, as of today we have taken ownership of all of our master recordings and Blackened Recordings will be the home of all of our current albums and videos along with all future releases including the December 10 release of the “Quebec Magnetic” DVD and Blu-ray.
You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it’s always been about us taking control of all things ‘Tallica to give you 110% on every single level every single time. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver’s seat of our own creative destiny. We’re looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way.
Rhino Entertainment will manufacture and distribute the band’s releases in North America, while Universal Music Group will handle international distribution. There’s still some unanswered questions about the label, namely whether they’ll be putting out music from other artists, although the press release states that it will be for their releases and “anything else that suits them.” But when a band on Metallica’s level can afford to buy out their master recordings and decide that they don’t need a major label, it definitely marks a big change for not only them, but other bands at their level of success.
Headed to High On Fire’s New York City shows tonight (30) or tomorrow (1)? Congrats, you’re going to be on a live album! The shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg will be recorded.
While it’s hard to determine exactly what’s happening from just one picture and the phrase “things ARE happening,” it appears that producer Ross Robinson is at least in the running to produce the next Behemoth album. The picture, posted on Adam “Nergal” Darski’s Facebook page, shows the band’s frontman with Robinson and bassist Tomasz “Orion” Wroblewski.
Robinson somewhat famously got his start by producing the first two Korn albums, as well as Limp Bizkit’s first album, Three Dollar Bill, Y’all. He’s also worked with Machine Head, Sepultura, Slipknot and Soulfly, so he does have some legitimate metal cred to go along with his nu-metal resume. Aside from Korn’s 2010 album, III: Remember Who You Are, Robinson has been a bit out of the spotlight lately, so he could use something that’ll give him some underground cred, but as to whether he’s going from “Nookie” to Nergal, only time will tell
Ukranian five piece band band Make Me Famous are decidedly less so now that they’ve been dropped by their label and have decided to move on without their singer, Denis Shaforostov. Sumerian Records drew first blood yesterday via Facebook, releasing a statement that they’d dropped the band.
Sumerian Records has dropped Make Me Famous. It’s a shame when band members cannot get along with each other. We wish all of them the best in their future endeavors. Maybe there’s a band from Australia that is more ready and determined for this open spot on the Euphrates roster?
The cause of the friction is apparently Shaforostov, at least if you’re willing to go with the lengthy statement that they released via their Facebook page. Apparently, they’re finishing their first-ever headlining tour without him, with singers from the support acts, which include Get Scared, Heartist, and I am King filling in, which should be plenty awkward. Here’s the statement:
We are currently in the middle of our first, and unfortunately the last headline tour as the band Make Me Famous. This will also be our last tour and time playing in the band known as Make Me Famous. As it were, most the members of Make Me Famous were very excited and grateful for this opportunity. We would like to say that we love playing music; love touring and most importantly WE love the fans.
We would like to make a statement on the state of Make Me Famous. We four members were never treated like equal musicians to Denis Shaforostov. According to Denis, he was the only member in the band and he treated the rest of us as unpleasant as humanly possible, it was not fun being in a band with him. It was as if everybody but Denis were hired musicians and were expected to do any and everything that he would tell to us to do. Denis would also expect to keep a larger portion of any band income, in return he would treat us disrespectfully and give everyone in the band and the bands team an everlasting negative attitude. From those on the inside of the industry, this might not come as much of a surprise.
Denis not only lied to our label and management about who wrote what in the band, but lied to the fans as well. Denis told everyone that he wrote and recorded 99% of the bands music; in actuality all of Make Me Famous had a large portion in the creative of both. The music we made, including production and recording of our album was a collaborative effort involving all members of the band. We were not appreciated for anything by Denis, he would take his front-man position in the band to his advantage. He lied to the bands label and management in order to get paid more on royalties, payouts and even daily band tour allowances. Meanwhile it was us, the rest of the members of Make Me Famous, who did what normal, hardworking touring musicians do (setting up our gear, loading in merch, driving to the shows) as Denis refused to help while doing nothing but making nasty comment after nasty comment such as, “I brought you here, you owe me! You’re nothing without me”!!
After around 10 months of dealing with Denis and the stress that came with him, we approached our team about his behavior and told them how we did not want to continue on without him. As of right now Denis has overstayed his welcome, he has a plane ticket booked home to the Ukraine and is flying back mid-tour. We will finish the tour without Denis, but sadly is not the first show without him as he has missed out on a whole tour previously because he simply did not want to play that tour (due to the fact that he once told the headlining band vocalist over twitter that THEY would be opening for Denis in 6 months).
In summary, Denis has some issues and according to Denis, the fault to his issues is everyone and anyone but himself. This will be the end of our current incarnation, but we promise you the rest of the members, minus Denis will continue on making music and touring under a new forthcoming name. Our industry team continues to back us and we look forward to playing for you in 2013!
Please come out and support our final Make Me Famous shows (dates below). We would surely appreciate the support from our fans, various singers from the support bands will be filling in on Denis’ spot and it will surely be a good time to mark the end of something that we all loved and were excited about but was ultimately ruined by one person—Denis Shaforostov
While it says in the statement that their “industry team” is still backing them, it’s hard to imagine how, given that they’ve been dropped by their label, but at least Make Me Famous fans (there have to be some out there, considering they’re headlining) can look forward to a new band from them.
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It’s been since 1996 since Carcass released their last album, Swansong. But it turns out that album might not have been their actual swan song. According to Blabbermouth, there’s a rumor that the grindcore/melodic metal pioneers are putting the finishing touches on a new studio album. The article claims that longtime producer Colin Richardson is working on the album, and that vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker and guitarist Bill Steer have been joined by Heaven Shall Burn and drummer Matthias Voigt
Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott and Daniel Erlandsson, who had been touring with Carcass since their 2007 reunion, will not be playing with them due to their other band. A label has yet to be named for the untitled album, which is said to be due out in 2013. We’re guessing just about every metal label out there is opening up their checkbooks and are on their way to the UK now. The band will be playing some live shows next year, including the Maryland Deathfest. We can’t imagine a new album from them being anything less than awesome, since they evolved throughout their initially short career. Can’t wait to hear what 17 years of growth might sound like.
We’ve already established that Max Cavalera is one of the busiest men in metal. In addition to fronting both Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, he’s also found time to raise four children. One of them, Richie, has not only contributed music to both of his dad’s projects, he’s busy with his own band, Incite. The band’s sophomore album, All Out War (not to be confused with the band All Out War), was released last Tuesday, and was promptly named Revolver Magazine‘s album of the week.
The band have released a video for “Hopeless,” The song is one of the slower moments on the album, but it’s got a great midtempo groove to it. Filmed on location on the band’s European tour and on the streets of Berlin, you can check out “Hopeless,” currently premiering on Metal Hammer, after the jump. Look for Soulfly and Incite to tour together starting in February. Read more »
Why should major label bands be the only ones who get love? Unsigned & Streamed is a column where we stream a song from an unsigned band we at Metal Insider really dig.
This week on Unsigned & Streamed, we’re psyched to bring you Reaping Asmodeia as they come tearing out of Minneapolis to command attention. The progressive/technical deathcore band’s first album, Poison of the Earth, is due out early next year with mixing and mastering by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, As Blood Runs Black). Having already shared stages with Despised Icon, After the Burial, Periphery, Revocation and Misery Index, Reaping Asmodeia will be supporting Veil of Maya locally for two dates in December. With a sound somewhere between Veil of Maya’s work and that of Whitechapel, Reaping Asmodeia still retains plenty of originality to stand out among the clones in their genre and make an immediate impression. Check out the title track from Poison of the Earth in the stream below.
Until the rest of the album hits in the next few months, you can keep tabs on Reaping Asmodeia through their Facebook and ReverbNation pages.
If you’re in an unsigned band and would like to participate in Unsigned & Streamed, email a link to your band’s music and a brief bio to tips [at] metalinsider.com for consideration.