Archive | June, 2013
Back in May, the reformed Carcass announced plans to release its new album Surgical Steel via new label home Nuclear Blast. And this weekend, our first taste of material from the extreme metal legends first album in seven years has made its way online.
As Carcass confirmed via Facebook, the song titled “Captive Bolt Pistol” appeared in a song sampler included with the latest issue of Germany’s Legacy Magazine. Unsurprisingly, one particular fan decided to upload it to YouTube. With that in mind, we’d recommend you take a listen to the song above before it gets taken down (though it will likely be released online officially very soon). In short, though, the over three minute song sounds like classic brutal Carcass.
UPDATE: While we thank Skulls N Bones for reposting the song shortly after it was initially taken down, Nuclear Blast has now released an official stream of the song “Captive Bolt Pistol.” Check it out in the video above.
Iwrestledabearonce once again shows their sense of humor in the form of an old school infomercial for their new album Late For Nothing, due out on August 6 via Century Media Records. The band already released two new songs as singles from the album, featuring a very talented guest guitarist. The new teaser video, though, overdubs an 80s infomercial with audio previews of new tracks “Letters to Stallone,” “Mind the Gap,” “Carnage Asada,” “That’s a Horse of a Different Color,” and “It Don’t Make Me No Nevermind.” Take a listen for yourself in the video above.
Armed For Apocalypse will be releasing their upcoming sophomore full length album, The Road Will End, on July 23 via Ironclad Recordings. However, we’re giving you an exclusive first taste of the album in advance with a new song. The song is titled “The Well” and like the rest of the album, it features many one string riffs and an extremely heavy sound that is magnified by open strings, one finger chords, and even the occasional solo. With no shredding, triggers, or cowardice, Armed For Apocalypse isn’t messing around with this album.
Lead guitarist Cayle Hunter had this to say about the upcoming album:
“The Road Will End is the best group of songs any of us has ever been associated with. We put this album through an extremely strong filter and put every single riff under the microscope. We kept challenging each other to not just write a riff, but to write thee riff. If it didn’t force us make that ‘oooh’ face and bang our heads in the practice spot, it got cut. We wanted to make an album that was stacked with heaters from beginning to end – no filler tracks – and we feel we’ve accomplished that. We hope it gets the stamp of approval from our fellow metal heads around the world!”
Stream the song for yourself in the player below, and keep up to date with Armed for Apocalypse via their official website. Bundle packages for the album can also be pre-ordered online.
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison’s new side project has released a second video teaser for their debut album. This video features former Nine Inch Nails/Marilyn Manson member Chris Vretta (who plays keyboard on the album) discussing the dynamic of the recording and how they all bring something unique to the table. He says he was brought in to add some depth to the tracks electronically and bring it to another level. The clip also gives some additional music snippets, as well as some extra footage Jordison laying down drum tracks being laid down by Jordison, Henry Bonner recording vocals, and even some of Jed Simon and Kris Norris working on guitar tracks.
Watch the second teaser video for yourself above. The album, produced and mixed by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Rob Zombie, etc), is still untitled but is expected to be released later in the fall through Roadrunner Records.
Lita Ford is best known for blasting loud rock and metal onstage. That’s why it was a unique experience to see the shredder onstage last Monday (June 24) with the Les Paul Trio at New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club (a stage where the legendary Les Paul played every Monday night before passing away). Not only did the night give Lita a chance to sing the blues (including covers of B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone,” Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” and a bluesy take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”), but also saw her perform unique renditions of her own hits “Close My Eyes Forever” and “Kiss Me Deadly.”
After performing one of two sets that night, Lita took a moment to chat with us backstage. During our chat, Ford discussed how she approached performing with the Les Paul Trio, the response she’s received from fans contributing photos for her forthcoming live album, and her hopes to be a voice against parental alienation.
What was going through your mind before going on stage with the Les Paul Trio? This is a really different experience for you.
Tonight, I had to reflect back onto the blues. I can’t come in here with a Marshall stack and a JCM 800.
As much as I’m sure you wanted to!
I did. That’s what I’m used to. And I also grew up with just being able to plug a guitar into an amplifier and not use any effects and pedals and wah-wah’s and all that shit. I grew up in The Runaways. I came from the very basics, and I grew up on the blues. I just had to do my homework before I got here and recollect back on those days.
Was that the biggest difficulty then, trying to recall back to those days? Or was there something else that was difficult?
Nothing was really difficult. These guys are amazing musicians. They’re really easy to fit into. Like I said, to come in here with a huge Marshall stack and a JCM 800 is just inappropriate. It just doesn’t go. So I didn’t want to put that across. I was playing a Les Paul [guitar], and I wanted to put that across tonight. The beautiful way Les Paul used to play and this wonderful band, that’s what I wanted to put across.
How long did you actually practice with these guys beforehand?
Really?! So what I just saw was the first time you guys played together?
Wow, well it sounded amazing. And I never thought I’d hear “Kiss Me Deadly” with jazz piano!
I know, right? Isn’t that funny?
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Nine Inch Nails have premiered their new video directed by David Lynch for “Came Back Haunted,” the first single off of Hesitation Marks (due out on September 3). The news was announced last week when Trent Reznor tweeted this picture of him and the Mulholland Dr. and Blue Velvet director, who has seemingly been inactive for a number of years. Though the video may not be as creative as we might’ve hoped, it is certainly interesting and repetitive. Lynch uses many flashing lights and fast moving pictures and the video is most definitely not recommended for anyone with a history of seizures. Watch the video for yourself above.
Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that Michael Couls and William Berardo were suing former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan and Webster Hall over last year’s now infamous stabbing incident. However, now frontman John Joseph is denying that anyone from Cro-Mags is suing anyone.
In a posting on the band’s Facebook page, Joseph said the following regarding the supposed lawsuit:
“TO THE WEBSITES POSTING LIES: The Cro-Mags aren’t suing anyone so get your f*cking fax straight. I really don’t give two shits about all this soap opera bullsh*t because I’m too busy doing positive endeavors and I stay out of it, but when you outright post lies I’m gonna speak on it. It’s amazing how the new jacks love to anonymously pop shit from behind the safety of a computer keyboard. ‘Signs of the Times’ huh? I’m just glad I grew up in a day where people faced each other if they had a gripe because this internet shit popping is for Cowards. Now, for everyone else in the Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis area much love and hope to see you this weekend.”
According to Blabbermouth, Joseph also posted that “our part-time fill in bass player is suing Webster Hall for his hospital bills,” though that specific post can’t be found. It should be noted that though the Post cites Couls and Berardo as Flanagan’s estranged bandmates, they are not official members of the Cro-Mags. Thus, it’s still possible that the two are suing Webster Hall for preventing the attack from Flanagan (who spent six days in Riker’s Island, but got charges against him dropped late last year), but the Post simply misspoke on the parties involved with the suit. Either way, even a little less than a year after the incident went down, the drama is still far from over.
Until now, arguably the best thing about Clear Channel’s online radio service IHeartRadio was that it was a good way to listen to your favorite hometown terrestrial radio station if you moved out of the market (or wanted to monitor another station across the country for some reason). Now that’s changed with the addition of their new all-metal channel, Full Metal Jackie. An outgrowth of Jackie Kajzer’s two-hour syndicated metal radio show of the same name, the channel will also broadcast hershow on Mondays at 7pm ESTand Thursday at 3pm EST. Kajzer is programming the channel, which will feature interviews she’s done over the years with artists, as well as artist-created takeovers. There’s additional programming in the works for the channel
“I was very excited to create this channel,” said Kajzer. “I’ve been hosting my two-hour show for over six years with Envision Networks and listeners have always said they wanted a longer show, or other places to listen to it during the week. This is such an important genre with a dedicated following, so it’s great that iHeartRadio believes in it enough to give us a 24/7 channel!”
Now if you have a smartphone, you have a way to listen to metal for free whenever you want. It’s encouraging to see Clear Channel show some support to the genre on a digital platform, especially considering how few of their stations feature original metal programming. The half hour or so we heard road testing the channel while writing this included Mastodon, Whitechapel, Cavalera Conspiracy, Dream Theater, A Pale Horse Named Death and Firewind – a solid mix of metal. You can listen online here, or download the app for your smartphone and listen online there. There will be a launch party for the station this Saturday at the kickoff of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in San Berdardino.
Last week, it was revealed that Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister isn’t superhuman after all when guitarist Phil Campbell revealed that Lemmy had been outfitted with a defibrillator. Those health fears escalated earlier this week after Motörhead were forced to pull out of two European shows earlier this week due to his health issues. And while nobody was ready to pronounce him dead, there was definitely quite a bit of concern about how healthy the 68 year-old was. Thankfully, his management updated his Facebook page with an update:
We are happy to announce that despite rumors to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, f**king, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly. As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that. Lemmy & Co believe in the ‘keep calm and carry on’ way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motörhead live action this summer, as well as the most exciting Motörhead in years, Aftershock, this Fall.
Notice the update didn’t say “snorting,” which is good. It’s also good to know that Lemmy is “f**king” a lot, presumably from a hospital bed. If there’s anyone that can weather a health issue or two, it’s Lemmy.
Next month, Danzig’s iconic first album will turn 25 years old. Glenn Danzig is celebrating by bringing former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein with him and playing Misfits songs as well. And while the tour is selling enough to be adding additional dates, it doesn’t appear like it’s going all that great in Los Angeles. There’s a Groupon deal going on for the Los Angeles show, taking place on August 30 that will allow fans to attend for only $12.50, or 63% less that the price of a regular ticket.
It’s definitely a little odd to see the Elvis of evil performing at bargain basement prices, even if the show is taking place in the middle of a Labor Day weekend. Maybe it’s fatigue over the tour, as Danzig has been playing with Doyle for over a year and a half now. Either way, it’s a good deal, and likely the last chance metal and/or punk fans will have to see the Gibson Amphitheatre before it closes for good in September.