Earlier this year, Megadeth released their 14th studio album, Super Collider, their first for their own Tradecraft label (through Universal Music Enterprises). While it was their worst-reviewed album since Risk. That doesn’t seem to have really had that negative of an impact on their career. The album debuted at #6 on the charts, one of the more successful debuts the band’s had in recent years. They went on to headline another successful Gigantour, and Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music, announced today that they’ve signed a worldwide publishing deal with Dave Mustaine – for material including Super Collider. The following is from a press release on Megadeth’s Facebook page:
Mustaine said, “The last two years have been the most rewarding of my career with a new record contract with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), my own label Tradecraft, and now, this new exciting partnership with Warner/Chappell. I am very excited about reuniting with a hero of mine, former President at EMI publishing Jon Platt, and industry legend Greg Sowders. I have never been happier.”
“As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dave Mustaine has virtually defined heavy metal music for the past three decades,” said Jon Platt President, Creative – North America, Warner/Chappell Music. “Since founding Megadeth, Dave has built a body of work that serves as the benchmark for an entire genre. Today, Megadeth remains a vital force, and Dave continues to rank among rock’s most creative and influential musicians and composers. We are thrilled to welcome him to Warner/Chappell.” Read more »
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.
Our ad network Blast Beat Network has created a tradition this time of year of showing a little extra love to unsigned bands via a special offer. For a limited time, Blast Beat is offering unsigned bands the chance to have ads on all the sites within their network (including us, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Underground, and many more) for a discounted price. This deal includes your 728×90 leaderboard ad (up top of the site) being shown 50,000 times across the network over the course of 30 days for only $100.
All you have to do is follow these two easy steps:
Step 1) Send a payment of $100 to paypal [at] blastbeatnetwork [dot] com.
Step 2) Email your banner – 728×90 pixels, jpg or gif only, maximum of 70k file size – to info [at] blastbeatnetwork [dot] com, along with the URL you’d like the banner to point to (your band’s Facebook page, Bandcamp, store, etc). You’ll receive a confirmation email once the campaign is live.
Easy, right?! Well you better act fast, because this special offer ends on January 31. So if you’re an unsigned band looking to reach a larger audience…then what are you waiting for?!
Our ad network Blast Beat Network is offering a special offer for unsigned bands. As part of their “January Unsigned Band Promopalooza” special, Blast Beat is offering unsigned bands the opportunity to have ads on all the sites within their network (including us, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Underground, and many more) for a discounted price. For $100, your 728×90 leaderboard ad (up top of the site) will be shown 50,000 times across the network over the course of 30 days.
But this special offer is only being offered until January 31. So how do you take advantage of this special deal? Well, all you have to do is follow the two easy steps:
Step 1) Send a payment of $100 to paypal [at] blastbeatnetwork [dot] com.
Step 2) Email your banner – 728×90 pixels, jpg or gif only, maximum of 70k file size – to info [at] blastbeatnetwork [dot] com, along with the URL you’d like the banner to point to (your band’s Facebook page, Bandcamp, store, etc).
We know how hard it is for an unsigned metal band to make headway now more than ever. We’ve been proud to give some love to a few bands that caught our attention in our Unsigned & Streamedcolumn. But any unsigned band would be (dare we say) silly for not taking Blast Beat up on this offer. So stop waiting around, unsigned groups, and get in contact with Blast Beat. Need we remind you that this offer ends on January 31?
In case you were confused by the headline, this story has nothing to do with Martin Luther King Jr. or today’s holiday. Rather, it’s regarding the almighty King Diamond and some news that would imply that more is to come.
It was announced today that the Mercyful Fate/ solo singer has joined forces with Nick Storch at ICM and Paul Ryan at The Agency Group for booking all upcoming concerts. Storch will be in charge of booking shows in North and South America, while Ryan will handle the rest of the world (including Europe). Diamond himself had the following to say about his new concert booking agencies:
“It is great to be in the top professional hands of Nick and Paul. They both come highly recommended by Brian Slagel of Metal Blade, who personally suggested the partnership that is now in effect. ICM and The Agency Group have so much combined experience, which will open new doors for us. When it comes to getting us back on stage again, we all agree on how to bring King Diamond to a whole new level. Within a few weeks, we should be able to announce the first part of our plan.”
While it doesn’t reveal anything about the “first part” of their plan, it does confirm that King Diamond will be coming back to the stage soon! It was somewhat of a given that this would happen considering Mercyful Fate’s recent reunion during Metallica’s 30th Anniversary shows. However, it’s still a big deal since it’ll be Diamond’s first proper return since recovering from his triple-bypass heart surgery last year. Chances are Diamond will start off with his solo band, but we can only hope that this leads to something bigger with Mercyful Fate.
Wondering if Roadrunner’s takeover by Warner Music Group would result in a watered down version of the label? You can rest your fears, as the label has launched their own comedy imprint, Roadrunner Comedy, and signed comedian Doug Stanhope. Having heard Stanhope’s standup before, Metal Insider can confirm the comedian is definitely not for the faint hearted. He’s brutally honest with his standup – for example, read this blog post about his drug use and how it pertains to late comedian Greg Giraldo. Calling the label a “line of comedy for people who hate stand up comedy,” Stanhope discusses his reasoning behind signing with Roadrunner in the above clip, also taking time to make fun of label-mates Ratt and Meatloaf. Stanhope’s first release for the new label will be in 2011. This isn’t the first time Roadrunner’s dabbled in comedy – they also signed Coal Chamber in the ’90s.
“We are very excited to launch Roadrunner Comedy, yet another innovative iteration of the Roadrunner brand,” Roadrunner CEO Cees Wessels said in a statement. ” We look forward to welcoming a variety of like-minded comedians to the Roadrunner family—new artists with dynamic talents—that will be making us laugh for years to come.”
Distributor MetalHit, whose catalog includes numerous releases from underground artist and labels, has announced it is shifting the price of 95% of its digital releases to a $5.25 price point. From the label:
We are pleased to announce that our entire catalog of releases are now just $5.25 for full albums!!! We decided to make this change after studying the opinions of buyers of digital music. A rare handful of titles from labels outside of our influence will have albums available at alternative prices in our store, however, about 95% or more are available for only $5.25!
Is $5.25 a good price point for metal albums? With most of these releases being from unknowns, is 5-bucks low enough for you take a chance on these releases? Is Metalhit they selling themselves too low? Sound off in the comments!
Hit the jump for some of the releases available from Metalhit.
Since A Perfect Circle’s box set, A Perfect Circle: Stone and Echo, sold out of it’s 2,500 copy physical run, the band is releasing the audio and video content digitally. You can hear their 20-track live album, Stone and Echo, on consequenceofsound.net before it’s out digitally on November 26th.