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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.
Iced Earth announced its new studio album Plagues Of Babylon a month or so ago, and now an official release date and tour has been confirmed. The new album will be out January 21, 2014 on Century Media. As an added bonus, the album will also feature appearances from Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen, Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen, and Blind Guardian singer Hansi Kürsch.
In support of the album, the band has released dates for the Worldwide Plagues Tour, which will feature Sabaton and ReVamp. There has been some speculation that Iced Earth will be playing at next year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is held from April 17 to 19. The band’s list of tour dates all but confirms that it will be playing since the date April 19 is scheduled for The Palladium in Worcester, MA. That also means we’ll probably see Sabaton and ReVamp on the bill as well.
Check out the dates, as well as lyric video for the album’s title track, below for what’s looking like a solid year for Iced Earth.
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Is the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival starting to unveil the bands playing next year’s fest via their Facebook page? Earlier today, their page had a post that simply said “ICED EARTH.” Yesterday, “BLEEDING THROUGH” was another, with no other information provided. The announcement of dates for next year’s NEMHF, April 17-19 was announced less than a month ago, with no lineup listed. As always, the Festival will take place at the Palladium in Worcester, MA.
Maybe this is foreshadowing of things to come at the sixteenth annual NEMHF, or maybe it’s a cruel joke played on us by one of the page’s admins. Either way, we can only hope that this is a sign that a definitive lineup will be announced soon.
UPDATE: Iced Earth has announced dates for a North American tour with Sabaton and ReVamp, which lists a stop on April 19 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. Thus, Iced Earth (as well as Sabaton and ReVamp most likely) is confirmed for the next New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
[via Metal Sucks]
It may only be November, but it’s never too early to talk about metal summer festivals. In this case, new details have been announced for Download Festival at Donington Park. The headliners from Friday through Sunday are Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, and Aerosmith, respectively. This will be Avenged Sevenfold’s first time headlining, Linkin Park’s fourth, and Aerosmith’s second. Other bands announced include Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy, and Alter Bridge.
Knowing how metalheads are, it’s no doubt that this group of headliners might not sit as well compared to, say, this past summer’s line-up of Slipknot, Iron Maiden, and Rammstein. But since many of the detractors probably won’t be attending Download anyway, it doesn’t really matter. Besides, there’s still many more bands to come. More details as they come will be posted on the Download website.
Lately, we’ve been seeing many metal musicians displaying their love for horror, most notably from Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival and Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. Now we’ve got another new addition to the list of such events courtesy of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. February 6-8 2014 will represent the start of Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL in San Francisco, California at the Regency Ballroom.
On the subject of the three-day festival, Hammett (er, Von Hammett) says:
“I’ve always loved horror, I’ve always loved collecting, I’ve always loved weird and macabre things and I’ve always loved conventions. So what could be better than having your own Fear FestEviL where ALL those great and crazy things can be enjoyed by like-minded people under one pretty cool roof?! Nothing!!! And because I’ve seen some conventions turn from back-room gatherings of like-minded dorks into mainstream hipster extravaganzas, rest assured that it’s my intention to make this a great experience where all things horror, weird, and nerdy are celebrated! So come one and all!!!”
The festival will include displays of items from Hammett’s vast collection of horror movie posts, costumes, masks, and such. A group of panelists has also been confirmed, which includes Slash, Greg Nicotero (make-up FX, The Walking Dead, Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), and John A. Russo
As if that wasn’t enough, there will be signing sessions and performances from the likes of Carcass, Death Angel, and Orchid.
More details for the FestEviL are still being added. You can stay updated and purchase tickets here.
This year Black Friday has been made more tolerable, with the announcement of Record Store Day slated for November 29. Now music fans can feel a little more included in physical shopping activities with official events scheduled for the day and special album releases announced just for the occasion.
Some of the post-turkey day releases you may be the most excited to know about include vinyl editions from Puscifer, Life of Agony, Metallica, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age, Rush and Devin Townsend Project. There’s nothing better to wake you from a tryptophan coma, then rock and metal on vinyl. Here are some of the more metal-leaning releases, but check out the full list with album details, here. Read more »
Earlier this month, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich hinted that they’d be going to a “final frontier.” While some thought that might mean they’d be the first band to play in space, that’s not quite accurate. However, when rumors started trickling out that they’d be playing a show in Antarctica earlier this week, things started to make more sense. It’s the only continent that they haven’t played yet. Earlier today, the official announcement was made, and yes, they’ll be playing there as part of a contest with Coca Cola Zero. However, it’s not going to be as easy for Americans to go. At least non-Latin Americans.
After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth . . . except for one. That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!! We are partnering with Coca-Cola Zero for one of the most unique and special concert events in our career as we’ll be performing near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on Sunday, December 8, 2013.
Latin American fans in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico will be able to enter a contest for the chance to win an Antarctic cruise that sails December 3-10 and will stop at Carlini. We’ll be playing inside a dome on the base and in another twist, the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification . . . a real first for us! The show will also be streamed live for our friends in those Latin American countries who cannot join us at the base and filmed to share with everyone at a later date.
To enter the contest to join us in Antarctica, click here: http://www.coca-colazero.com.ar. Contest entry begins on October 28th.
Pack up those warm clothes and we’ll see you at the bottom of the planet!
The entire show seems fascinating, if not a little odd. Concertgoers only being able to hear the music via headphones? Latin American fans only? While it’s all a bit odd, the band have definitely been able to find strange places to play, whether The Apollo or Antarctica.
Philip Anselmo of Pantera and Down, Kerry King of Slayer, Gary Holt of Slayer and Exodus, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello of Anthrax, David Ellefson and Chris Broderick of Megadeth, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy of Winery Dogs and Rex Brown of Pantera and Kill Devil Hill will all share the same stage this year for “Metal Masters 5.” After several go-rounds in New York, it will be returning to Los Angeles in 2014. Set to go down January 22 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, clinics and shows will also be streamed live online at GearGods.net.
“Metal Masters 4″ took place last year, complete with a 13-song wrap-up by performing artists at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. With this year’s lineup promising the same epic experience, it would be smart not to wait on tickets. Get all your ticket information here for the 2014 mayhem.
A panel of metal industry experts got together today on the New York University campus for the CMJ Music Marathon to discuss “The Struggle For Metal’s Soul,” attempting to decipher what metal explosions of the decade have meant for the genre. But the conference wasn’t just about those involved in creating, discovering and distributing the music. It was a lot about you.
Panel members included:
- Jonas Nachsin - General Manager Worldwide for Spinefarm Records (Former Roadrunner Records president)
- Maria Ouelette – Long Branch Records/SPV
- Bram Teitelman – Metal Insider
- Paula Hogan – US president, Candlelight Records
- Jon Weiderhorn – Revolver Magazine, author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal
Mediated by Weiderhorn, the panelists openly discussed everything from how fans absorb metal, artist interaction and how the genre is received in the subculture and mainstream. All came down to one thing. Fans and bands are still searching and hungry, but how they are fed is the changing battle.
One topic posed at the beginning of the panel was central to the hourlong discussion: who will the next arena headliner be, and will there even be one? Observations such as metal fans digesting their music one album at a time rather than one single at a time, and the fact that consumers of heavy music aren’t quite as devoted to buying music physically could be gleaned from the hour-long discussion. Nachsin spoke of the days when Slipknot played Ozzfest before they were truly discovered and also the unmasking of the band in general, along with the way they gradually were able to gain traction at rock radio. And say what you will about Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch and even Slipknot, Nachsin reiterated, the scene still needs stars. Oulette posed the question, is destroying the myth of metal hurtful or helpful? Read more »
In just eight hours, our second annual CMJ Metal Insider showcase will have started. We’re incredibly proud of our lineup, even if it didn’t turn out like we’d originally planned. A mean, lean four-band juggernaut, Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed and Vattnet Viskar will be leveling Brooklyn’s Europa starting tonight at 8pm. CMJ itself named two of the four bands, Black Anvil and Ramming Speed, among the 5 Metal Bands You Have To See during this week’s convention. Byzantine will be playing their first New York show in years, and Vattnet Viskar is basking in the afterglow of great reviews for their first full length, Sky Swallower.
We’ve done mini-interviews with all four bands, so just click on the band to read more about Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed and Vattnet Viskar.
And while there’s still plenty of metal to be had for the rest of the week at CMJ, tonight, the place to be is Europa, on 98 Meserole Ave in Brooklyn. Just take the G to Nassau, or take the L to Bedford and walk north. Limited CMJ badges will be admitted, and you can purchase tickets here. There should still be some walk-up tickets available as well, but CMJ is an unpredictable beast, so get there early!