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Shortly after Behemoth dropped off of this summer’s Mayhem Fest, tour founder Kevin Lyman promised that they would announce a replacement soon. And today, the touring festival has revealed not one, but TWO new additions to this year’s lineup in lieu of Behemoth.
Joining the Jagermeister Stage will be Attkia 7, the supergroup whose members include ex-Biohazard frontman Evan Seinfeld and famed motorcycle builder Rusty Coones. Meanwhile, Nuclear Blast Entertainment’s recent hard rock signing Scorpion Child has been added as headliners of the Sumerian Records side stage. Considering that Behemoth were one of the main reasons many fans were excited for Mayhem Fest this year, these new additions (replacements?) might come as a disappointment. Still, both bands will likely be worth catching at the festival, and there are still plenty of good acts to catch (hell, Amon Amarth playing right before Mastodon on the mainstage? You got us sold!).
Check out an updated lineup by stage below. Read more »
As soon as they announced the lineup of last year’s Orion Music + More Festival. it was apparent that Metallica were doing things differently. While anyone could have slapped together a solid two-day lineup of heavy bands, the world’s biggest metal band brought country, plenty of indie rock and a brass band to play the inaugural version of the Fest, along with a healthy dose of heavy bands. And somehow it worked. This year, there were even less heavy bands, with reunions, more indie rock, and even a whole tent of dubstep the order of this past weekend. Yet in its new home of Detroit, the fest worked well once again. Metal Insider’s Kodi McKinney and Bram Teitelman were in Detroit this weekend, and while we’ll be bringing you interviews from the heavy bands that played there soon, here’s our take on the Fest:
Bram: Here’s why I think the Fest was a win once again. It took some of the best parts of last year (a diverse lineup, an extremely well-run festival courtesy of promoter C3, Metallica’s presence all over the Fest) and expanded on it. While Atlantic City was an ideal setting for us East Coasters, Detroit is central for just about everyone. And although it seemed like there was even less metal this year than last, that made it easier for metal fans to see all the heavy bands, or expose themselves to newer bands, many of which seemed game for more exposure. Even the trash disposal was innovative, as anyone bringing a recyclable bag full of cans and bottles was rewarded with a custom Orion t-shirt, leading to some strange sightings of concertgoers stumbling around with trash bags.
There’s one place where the Orion failed, and they admitted it right away: getting to the Fest and getting back. Taking place on Belle Isle, the only way to get there other than walking (which we were told you DID NOT want to do), was by taking a schoolbus shuttle from Cobo Hall. And picking up your ticket in a long line and waiting for a bus, which stretched around an entire city block, definitely took well over an hour. And for those that stuck around on Saturday, the wait to leave after the Red Hot Chili Peppers played was over an hour as well. However, not only did the organizers own up to it, the line to leave after Metallica last night was almost non-existent.
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Earlier this week, Ben Weinman revealed he had broken his hand. As we looked at a picture of the guitarist’s broken hand, we asked ourselves “How will this affect The Dillinger Escape Plan’s set at Orion?” Well, The Dillinger Escape Plan went on with the scheduled performance at the festival today, but as a four piece. Furthermore, while Weinman was onstage (in a cast) during the set, he was seen chilling off to the side and reading a copy of Revolver Magazine instead of playing guitar.
Photos of Weinman relaxing and reading onstage while The Dillinger Escape Plan is playing at Orion can be seen above and below. As much as we would’ve liked to see Weinman armed with his guitar onstage, we’re happy that his injury didn’t force the band to cancel their set at Orion completely. Plus, at least Weinman was involved in the show in some fashion (even if he was just sitting on the side).
Here’s the other photo of Weinman reading onstage: Read more »
“Don’t miss Dehaan,” said James Hetfield via a post on his Instagram account, along with a handful of revealing hash tags, prior to the kick off of Orion‘s first day. While our initial guess was that it had something to do with the star of Metallica’s 3D movie, “Dehaan” turned out to be our second guess: a surprise set from Metallica.
Not only did Metallica surprise fans with a daytime set on the Damage Inc. stage, BUT they also played their debut album Kill ‘Em All in its entirety. The fact that we got to see Metallica in the middle of the first day on one of the side stages was amazing in and of itself. However, seeing them play Kill ‘Em All from front to back (including Rob Trujillo doing “Anesthesia”) is on a whole different level of amazing. Before leaving the stage, though, Lars Ulrich took to the mic and joked “Next up, Reload,” which received a healthy mix of boos and laughs from the audience.
Check out a few pictures we took of Metallica’s surprise set below. Read more »
If there’s one thing that last year’s Orion Music and More Fest proved, it was to expect surprises. Last year, that equated to Metallica popping up all over the place to introduce bands, and their bassist Rob Trujillo joining his former band Suicidal Tendencies onstage. This year promises something as well, and that something is Dehaan.
“Don’t miss Dehaan,” a post on James Hetfield’s Instagram account says. Along with a few other hashtags ( #MUYA #MFF), Hetfield says. #IfUdoUmightKillEmAll” #winkwing #getit. So who is this band, who are slated to play today at 4:30? Well, a Google search on the band doesn’t uncover anything. However, Metallica’s forthcoming 3D movie, Through the Never, stars Dane Dehaan as a Metallica crew member. So it can be assumed that either Metallica is letting an actor’s vanity project play their first gig at a major festival (unlikely), Metallica is going to play both days (that would be rad), or Orion attendees are going to get a firsthand look at the new film before anyone else (seems like a given). Who knows? Guess we’ll all find out soon.
UPDATE: “Dehaan” turned out to be a surprise set from Metallica on the Damage Inc. set. Check out photos from the surprise set right here!
It’s not even the start of the Orion Fest yet, but I’ve already came within five feet of James Hetfield. Let me back up a little. I’m in Detroit for the second time ever, and still trying to get a feel for the city. I’m several blocks away from my hotel at the St. Andrews Hall for the the first ever Orion pre-show with Baroness and Coliseum. Last year’s inaugural in Atlantic City was a standalone event: Saturday and Sunday only. This year’s version has two shows the night before the Fest begins: the one we’ve chosen and the later one with The Bronx, The Orwells and Chevy Metal, a three piece cover band featuring Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins.
Coliseum, a three-piece of their own, opened our show. Blending punk intensity with a 90′s Dischord touch, the band played a career-encompassing high energy set that inspired a small mosh pit midway through. After their set, the crowd which was at about 80% capacity, got their first “oh shit!” moment of the Festival as all of Metallica walked out onstage to introduce Baroness. That was one thing that the band was known for last year: introducing the bands on their festival. For them to stop by the night before to do the same shows that they’re really taking the ‘family’ vibe of the festival seriously. Read more »
The highly anticipated lineup for Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival has been released and the first-time festival features loads of heavy music. Down, Eyehategod, Goatwhore, Whitechapel, Pig Destroyer, Goblin, Anselmo and his solo band The Illegals, and Crowbar are some of the most noteworthy names on the bill, but you know you can’t have the inaugural Horror Film Festival without GWAR!! The legendary front man, Anselmo, has issued the following statement regarding all of the bands on the bill:
“For a cat like myself, bringing in all of these killer bands to play the Housecore Horror Film Festival is nothing but pure pleasure. I’d like to thank all of the bands from all over the globe that are on the bill. I feel like we’ve compiled an extremely versatile line-up of established acts, as well as some killer up-and-comers. I’d also like to give a huge ‘thumbs-up’ to all of the Austin, Texas bands that will be a huge part of this crazy event, because it seems these bands fly way too far below the radar. As for what bands I’m most excited about? I don’t need to call out specific bands…just look at the list yourself and get pumped! I hope everyone who plans on attending the Housecore Horror Film Festival is digging on the band line-ups, as well as the films, like I am. Let’s have a blast!”
The three-day festival will take place in Austin, TX from October 25-27 and will also include the screening of over 50 horror films alongside the incredible lineup of metal acts. In addition to film screenings and nightly concerts, HHFF will also host several “Side Show” attractions – from zombie makeovers to suspension exhibitions to exclusive horror- and metal artisans and vendors. If you are interested in ordering a three-day pass for the event, you can do it right here.
The full lineup can be seen below. Read more »
This Saturday and Sunday, Detroit’s Bell Isle will be taken over by the 2nd Annual incarnation of the Orion Music + More Festival. Metal Insider will be there, giving you frequent updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundtracking, as well as on the site. To get in the mood for this weekend, we asked some of the bands playing about their thoughts on the festival, the band that’s curating it, and what they’re looking forward to.
Liam Wilson, The Dillinger Escape Plan
Compare playing a festival like Orion to doing an actual tour.
Each and every band on Orion Festival could and does headline their own tour. The sheer number, and caliber of bands playing this fest would take as many tours to equal what happens in one weekend at an Orion Fest. Most tours are hosted indoors, some seated, and set times are typically all after-dark. Outdoor festivals have a totally different vibe with their own set of variables like inclement weather, a setting sun, and temperature – not to mention how much different bands sound outdoors than in. I think my favorite thing about festivals in general is that no band, except for maybe the headliner, really gets to control the production, so pretty much any bands sharing a stage that day are all subject to the same pitfalls, same crew – be they attentive or lazy – and the rest of it. Festival stages level the playing field and really separates the pros from the rookies.
Aside from Metalica, what band are you most looking forward to seeing?
It’s hard to single out a single band, I’m really looking forward to watching Tomahawk, Infectious Grooves and The Bronx.
How did you first discover Metallica?
I discovered Metallica the same way I discovered bands like Mercyful Fate, Slayer and Megadeth – from my grade school best friends’ older brothers and sisters. I remember going to sleepovers as early as 8 years old and hearing “Trapped Under Ice” and just being so blown away by some dark yet satisfying feeling I had never felt before – I think that was my first mystical experience. I had a dubbed cassette of Garage Days and not long after that the “One” video was playing on MTV. …And Justice For All was the first real tape I ever bought with my own money, and “Crash Course In Brain Surgery” was the first song I learned how to play when I picked up the bass at age 12.
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What would you say if we told you that Motorhead, GWAR, Quicksand, Glassjaw and Bad Brains and The Devil Wears Prada were playing a festival. Pretty cool, right? What about if we told you they were also appearing with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Blondie, Public Enemy and Violent Femmes? If you’re a straight up metal fan, you might be a little disappointed. However, that’s just part of the lineup of Chicago’s Riot Fest 2013, taking place this year on September 13, 14 and 15 at Humboldt Park.
Looking at the poster for the event, there are probably plenty of metal fans that are outraged that Fall Out Boy and Blink 182 are headlining over Motorhead. First of all, it’s a hometown gig for FOB, who recently debuted with the #1 album in America. Secondly, tickets are cheap enough, starting at just $23/day, that you could easily pick up a ticket, see the few bands you want to see, and not feel ripped off by the whole thing.
The ticket information and more can be found here. Check the whole lineup after the jump.
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The second annual Orion Music + More festival is slated to feature a pretty diverse lineup. In addition to Metallica, the two day festival will feature performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against, Bassnectar, a reunited Infectious Grooves, Dropkick Murphys, The Dillinger Escape Plan, FLAG (one of the Black Flag reunions), Gogol Bordello, Tomahawk, The Silversun Pickups, Battlecross, 12th Planet, All Shall Perish, Vista Chino (formerly known as Kyuss Lives) and many others. Now we know which exact days each band will be playing, as Orion as unleashed set times.
You can view each days set times via Orion’s website, but here are a few interesting things we spotted:
-Unlike last year, Metallica will only be playing the final night (letting Red Hot Chili Peppers close out day 1). Fans hoping to see multiple sets from Metallica at their own festival might be a tad disappointed by this. However, we bet the members will still be hanging around the festival grounds on both days.
-On day 1, Tomahawk will be playing right before Infectious Grooves on the Fuel stage. Why does that matter? Well, we all know Tomahawk is fronted by Mike Patton. And it just so happens that the singer’s former Faith No More bandmate, Jim Martin, will be filling in on guitar for Infectious Grooves. Martin and Patton have not shared a stage together in years, and though the guitarist has been inactive for years, he also recently revealed that his exclusion from the 2010 Faith No More reunion was exactly amicable. Granted, there’s a good hour in between the two’s sets, so whether the two will even cross paths is yet to be seen (aka, don’t hold your breath for a mini-Faith No More reunion).
-While there’s always a chance for last minute additions, it’s safe to say that this year’s lineup is now complete.
Single day passes are now also available for purchase online. In case you already forgot, Orion Music + More 2013 is taking place at Belle Isle in Detroit on June 8 and 9.