It’s the end of the year, and we’re in the giving spirit. We’ve been giving you our picks for the top ten records of the year, both from artists and from us. And now we’re going to give you an epically awesome prize from our friends at Metal Blade. If you think your entertainment center looks good now, wait until it has an Amon Amarth Loki bust on it! That’s right, we’re giving away two Lodi busts that were part of the limited edition version of Deceiver of the Gods. Keep in mind THAT THIS IS THE BUST ONLY. That means there are no CD’s contained in the package, no mini-poster no bonus covers EP, JUST THE BUST. However, to make good, we’ll include a copy of Scion A/V’s 30th anniversary Metal Blade 7″ featuring Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim. So yeah, enter to win by this 5pm this Friday, December 13, and we’ll pick two winners at random to win the busts. Unfortunately, this contest is open to U.S. residents only.
We’re not sure if this is official (we’re guessing maybe not), but here’s Metallica’s full set from their Antarctica show. We’re sure an official, high quality version will surface at some point, but until then, check this out. It’s pretty amazing to see such a pared-down stage setup and so few people there. Check out the set list and some photos here.
As 2013 draws to a close, we’ve been giving the site over to artists to let us know what they’ve been listening to. You can check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here, and part 5 here. However, we also want to let you know what got us going this year. You can read what Chris Colgan and Zach Shaw dug, now here’s contributor Matt Brown’s list.
10) Clutch, Earth Rocker (Weathermaker)
You gotta love albums that are just straight up rockers. Enter Clutch, who I honestly haven’t been listening to for long solely because I never really took the time to get into them. That is, until Earth Rocker came out. Right off the bat, you get the one-two punch of the title track, which features the stellar Neil Fallon’s BUAHAHAHAHA!’s, and “Crucial Velocity”, which is the driving song of the year for me personally. This one deserves to be cranked way up.
9) The Ocean, Pelagial (Metal Blade)
Sometimes making an album a concept album doesn’t really help it or hinder it. Usually you just read what the concept is in the CD booklet (remember those?), shrug, and continue listening. But when I read that Pelagial is based on exploring the depth of the sea, all I could think was “That’s really fucking cool”. And it is. The album gets heavier and darker the deeper the further the depths you go. Even better, you can pick out any individual track and it stands up well on its own, particularly anything from “Bathyalpelagic I-III”. It’s very easy to get absorbed. Actually, I get so absorbed that when the album ends I want more. The solution? Put it on again. Or listen to the instrumental version.
8) letlive., The Blackest Beautiful (Epitaph)
This is probably the most surprising album on my list. There are plenty of albums that I read up on before they come out and I think “Yup, that’s gonna be an end-year favorite”. But that’s not what I thought at first when I received The Blackest Beautiful. It’s not that I don’t like post-hardcore, it’s that there are only a handful of bands in the genre that I really like. But The Blackest Beautiful feels like more than a post-hardcore record. The tracks all feel distinct from the catchiness of “Empty Elvis” to the seven and a half minute “27 Club”, which is all over the place. With this album, letlive. definitely have a new fan in me.
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Yup, it’s that time again when we reflect on the flaws of the Grammy’s “Metal” nominations. However, something unusual has occurred: the nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy’s “Best Metal Performance” are actually decent picks. Is it perfect? Of course not (as much as we love Anthrax, should they really be nominated for a cover?). But this year finds Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage and Volbeat (for a track featuring King Diamond) along with Anthrax’s AC/DC cover competing for the mini-gold record player. For a typically flawed system, this isn’t bad at all.
So now that we know the nominees, it’s time to ask the following:
-Who do we think will win?
-Who do we think should win?
-Who do we wish was nominated?
See who Bram, Kodi, Zach, Chip and Matt picked as their choices, and relive the Grammy’s first (and arguably biggest) injustice they made towards metal above. Read more »
If you’re a would-be stage diver planning on getting onstage at an Every Time I Die show, you’re taking your life in your hands. And that’s even without professional MMA fighter Josh Barnett casually swinging you over his shoulder and throwing you back into the crowd like he was playing a game of cornhole. Posted on December 4th, this probably happened the prior night at their Los Angeles show at the Roxy, as Barnett’s Wikipedia page says that he’s a huge ETID fan and can often be seen side stage at Los Angeles shows. The Bolt Thrower shirt suggests he’s into even heavier stuff than Every Time I Die. So if you’re going to jump onstage in Cali at an ETID show (or Bolt Thrower, if they ever tour again), consider this your warning.
As 2013 draws to a close, we’ve been giving the site over to artists to let us know what they’ve been listening to. You can check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here. We’re also ranking our faves of the year, with Chris Colgan and Zach Shaw already weighing in on what they’ve been listening to all year. Here’s our latest roundup from musicians, including members of Northlane, Ghost Ship Octavius, Noctum, Gigan and Call of the Void.
Josh Smith of Northlane
(in no particular order)
Balance and Composure, The Things We Think We’re Missing
Endless Heights, New Bloom
Letlive, The Blackest Beautiful
Misery Signals, Absent Light
Stray from the Path, Anonymous
Vildhjarta, Thousands Of Evils
Dead Letter Circus, The Catalyst Fire
Matthew Wicklund of Ghost Ship Octavius/ex God Forbid
(in no particular order)
Soilwork, The Living Infinite
This band has everything that I enjoy listening to all in one package. They have incredible skills, can groove, have hooks galore, creative and powerful vocals – both aggressive and clean, interesting progressions and super cool guitar solos. One of my all time favorite bands. I had the honor of working with Dirk Verbeuren on Warrel Dane’s Praises to the War Machine album. One of the best drummers in the business!
Carcass, Surgical Steel
Awesome Record start to finish. Brings me back to the 1990s when I first fell in love with heavy metal after hearing and later becoming obsessed with “Heartwork”. Cool harmonies, grinding riffs and awesome solos!
Devin Townsend, The Retinal Circus
Devin is my favorite all around character in metal music. I love all of his songwriting and his dramatic and theatrical visions. This live show in London was incredible and to me his songs are meaningful and inspiring. A must-listen and must-see.
Seattle Represent! Flawless songwriting and performances. Excellent guitar playing by my friend Parker Lundgren!
Killswitch Engage, Disarm the Descent
I love this band. Great dudes and timeless music. Jesse is back and better than ever. KSE has the best guitar riffs in town.
I have been a fan of this band for many years. These guys create amazing metal soundscapes to get lost in. Unique and mesmerizing.
Alice In Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
I grew up in Seattle throughout the Grunge movement in the 1990’s so I have a special place in my heart for many of these classic bands. AIC has always written cool songs with a dark vibe and a bit of a metal edge. Another excellent record from them that delivers that unique sound that Alice in Chains made famous.
Integrity, Suicide Black Snake
So stoked to hear Integrity making music again. This album delivers what you want and expect from Integrity. Raw, Guitar Driven, High Energy, Pissed-Off heavy metal.
Trivium, Vengeance Falls
I really like the attention given to the vocal production on this record and the arrangements are nice. The hooks are dialed in and the guitar tone they got is crushing!
Twelve Foot Ninja, Silent Machine
I really like the way they combine different stylistic musical elements and are able to write hooks that rival any rock radio hit. Top musicianship all around. Their video for “Mother Sky” kicks ass.
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Metallica announced in October they would be playing Antarctica, which many people found odd. Then again, this has been a year of firsts for the band, so why not? Well, it happened yesterday, and there are pictures to prove it. The audience consisted of Coca Cola Zero contest winners, the ship crew, and scientists from all over the world, including Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany.
The band played on a helipad at Carlini Station under a small dome with a set consisting of 10 songs:
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Master of Puppets
Nothing Else Matters
Seek & Destroy
Why on earth they didn’t play “Trapped Under Ice” we may never know. Still, few bands can say they’ve played Antarctica, so it’s worth checking out the gallery from the show.
As 2013 draws to a close, we’ve been giving the site over to artists to let us know what they’ve been listening to. You can check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here, with more coming. However, we also want to let you know what got us going this year. So next up is Zach Shaw with his top 10 of the year.
2013, what a jam packed year it’s been for new music. We saw the return of legends, the rise of new ones, and even witnessed a few surprises. So let’s cut the formalities and get straight into discussing what albums left the biggest impression on me this year, shall we?
Even though Avenged Sevenfold aren’t going to be playing any shows until February, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be resting on their laurels until then. In fact, on December 15th, they’ll unveil an animated series titled “Hail to the King,” which will lead to a mobile game, “Hail to the King: Deathbat.” In a lengthy Facebook post, M. Shadows updates details what’s going on with both the series and the game:
Since we have a couple months off we wanted to update you on a couple things that we promised a while back.
First is our “Hail to the King”animated series that we did with Machinima and Jon Schnepp. You may know Jon from his work on Metalocalypse on Adult Swim. It’s funny stuff and it was an honor to work with him. Below is the trailer for the series which will debut Dec. 15th. We hope it gives you something entertaining to watch over your Holiday break. The series also plays as a backstory to our mobile game “Hail to the King: Deathbat.” We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating.
Check out the trailer for the “Hail to theKing” animated series here:http://youtu.be/ZeUhpV5kmBw Read more »
Every Time I Die is in the middle of a U.S. tour with letlive. and Code Orange Kids. But this past week (December 3 to be exact) while playing L.A.’s The Roxy, the band treated fans to a new song. Supposedly titled “Thirst,” this presumably marks our first taste of what’s to come from Every Time I Die’s next album, which the band plans to start recording in the coming months (that is if it ends up making the cut). The song starts off as a fast-paced, in your face burner, then ends with some pretty heavy riffage. So if this does end up making the cut for the follow up to 2012’s Ex Lives, we’ll be beyond stoke.
Watch fan filmed footage of Every Time I Die performing the new song “Thirst,” followed by “A Wild, Shameless Plain” for yourself above.
[by way of The PRP]