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Five Finger Death Punch, just released their second album this year, The Wrong Side of Heaven And the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2. And while the first of the two albums had several guest vocalists, including Rob Halford, Maria Brink and Tech N9ne, Vol. 2 doesn’t have any guests. It turns out that there’s a reason for that, and it’s not because they didn’t have anyone lined up. In fact, in a recent interview with Metalitalia, Zoltan Bathory said that the band has collaborations that they’ve done with Rob Zombie, Demon Hunter’s Ryan Clark and Dir En Grey’s vocalist, Kyo that they’re sitting on for the time being.
Many have not fully understood the bonus tracks of Volume 1, was a gift to our fans. The last album containing the best music we’ve written so far, and we did not want the attention had shifted to the guests, so we thought we would not repeat the experience. No one knows the songs that we recorded with ROB ZOMBIE , Ryan Clark of DEMON HUNTER and Kyo of DIR EN GREY , a crazy artist who sang in Japanese on a crazy track. All of these will be part of unreleased soundtracks, video games and more, will be something special that we will give you in the future.
Will a second FFDP album, released less than four months after the first one, pay off for the band? Especially one without guest stars? It appears so. Billboard reports that Vol. 2 is set to sell 80,000 copies later this week, debuting in the top five, which will put the band at about 360,000 copies of the two albums sold so far. For four months, that’s an amazing tally for any band, and with the holiday shopping season officially kicking off this Friday, that’s just going to rise.
There’s a new Latin metal supergroup, and they’ve signed to Roadrunner. The most recognizable member of De La Tierra to most Americans is Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser. The band also features Mana drummer Alex Gonzalez, former A.N.I.M.A.L. frontman Andres Giminez and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs bassist Sr. Flavio. The band’s self-titled album will be out on Roadrunner on January 14th. The band have premiered a video for the song “Maldita Historia,” which starts out with a crunchy downtuned nu-metally riff that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a ’90s Sepultura album. There’s also an anthemic chorus that would be even more anthemic if we knew Spanish a little better. Oh yeah, the album’s sung entirely in Spanish and Portugese.
The band’s actually been in the works for years now, with Giminez and Gonzales discussing their love of heavy music starting eight years ago. After Flavio got on board in 2011, they asked Kisser to join, which he did immediately. The band’s debut album was self-produced and recorded and mixed in Sao Paulo, Guadalajara, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles by Stanley Soares (Motorhead, Sepultura). Gonzales describes the album as “Metal that is fast, powerful, explosive, with lots of adrenaline,” saying that it has melody and also a lot of punch. Seems legit. It’s pretty interesting to see a Sepultura member return to Roadrunner, considering both Soulfly and Sepultura are no longer on the label. Check out the video below. Read more »
After successfully crowdfunding their new album, Grand Rapids metalcore band have announced that their third album, and first in six years, will be released on December 17th. Ceasing to Breathe was made after the band exceeded their goal of $15,000. Along the way, the band released two newly-recorded songs, “Reading Lips” and “Checkmate.” However, neither of those two songs are on the album. If you want a taste of the new album, you can head to their Facebook page and get a download of “Close to the Grave.” Dan Weyandt from Zao makes a guest appearance on the album Here’s the track listing of the album.
1. Bear Your Teeth – feat Dan Weyandt
5. Close to the Grave
6. A Way Out
7. Keeping Secrets
8. Ceasing to Breathe
12. Bitter Shroud Repentance
With their second album of the year debuting today, Five Finger Death Punch threatens to be one of the first artists in a long time to have two albums of original material featured in the upper echelons of the Billboard 200. This is great news for metalheads, and a wake-up call to those that still somehow believe that metal is a genre that can be easily dismissed. Read on for the full scoop on their new album and all the rest of the new releases.
Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2 (Prospect Park/Universal)
Representing the second half of the band’s double album, Vol. 2 has some major differences from Vol. 1 (and no, I’m not writing out that album name every time). The most notable of these is that Vol. 2 does not feature any guest performers. In fact, the only guest performance that was recorded is a guest vocal spot on “Weight Beneath My Sin” from Demon Hunter vocalist Ryan Clark, and that version of the song doesn’t even make the actual album. According to the band, it’s being saved as a B-side for potential future use on a soundtrack or other special project. Fans can get the special special edition of the album to receive a bonus concert DVD.
Rush, Clockwork Angels Tour DVD (Roadrunner)
This live DVD captures the music and images from Rush’s 2012-2013 tour on a recording that lasts over three hours. Included in the bonus features are some bonus tracks filmed at other stops during the tour, a tour documentary, and much much more. The recording is also available on Blu-ray for the HD buffs out there, and the 3-CD edition can also be acquired if all you want is the audio.
Ghost B.C., If You Have Ghost EP (Universal Republic)
This new EP from Ghost was produced by Dave Grohl and features four cover songs, as well as a live version of the track “Secular Haze”. Among the covers, the most notable ones are the ABBA and Depeche Mode covers, but all four are well-performed and worth checking out.
A Perfect Circle, Three Sixty (Virgin/Universal)
The first greatest hits collection from A Perfect Circle also features their first new material in almost a decade, in the form of the track “By and Down”. According to interviews with the band, it was written after the band reunited to play a series of shows in 2010 and 2011. And even if you’re not a fan of A Perfect Circle, this is the right place to begin, as it has all of the band’s hits contained on one disc.
Next Week: We’re closing on the end of the year, which means fewer releases each week. Come back next time to see what evil, unholy metal will by trying to disrupt Thanksgiving in the loudest way possible!
Last night on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, Bullet For My Valentine premiered a new song, “Raising Hell.” It’s actually a surprisingly heavy and shreddy song. If you were never a fan of the band, you might not be convinced now, but it’s a guitar-driven song that starts out with a guttural growl before settling into an Avenged Sevenfold-like groove and an anthemic chorus. The band released their most recent album, “Temper Temper,” just earlier this year, but this new song could be heavier than anything on the last album. Keep in mind ths is just a rip of the radio version, so it could be taken down at any second.
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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Over a month ago, we let you know how psyched we are about Sun and Sail Club, the band featuring members of Fu Manchu and former Kyuss bassist Scott Thomas Reeder. The band’s psychedelic mix of stoner rock and vocoder harmonies sounds like a really weird combination, yet somehow, it works amazingly well. The band said they were inspired by bands ranging from Kraftwerk to Slayer. We can definitely hear the Kraftwerk, but the band, which also consists of Fu Manchu’s Bob Balch and Scott Reeder (no, not the other Scott Reeder), definitely has plenty of the riffy stoner rock of the trio’s band and former band. We’d already heard ““Held Down”, and now thanks to Spin, the full album is streaming. Chock full of riffs, Daft Punk-like vocoder harmonies, and interspersed with jazz guitar interstitials, This album is dope. Check it out, then pick it up on November 19th on Satin Records Recordings. Read more »
Listen guys, we were just kidding on April 1st when we told you that Dave Grohl was actually the drummer of Ghost (or, uh, Ghost B.C.). But the reason the story got traction was that he actually had played on and produced a cover of Abba’s “I’m A Marionette” as a b-side for the band’s second album Infestissumam. Then it turned out that he’d produced a handful of covers for the band, which will be released next week as an EP If You Have Ghost.
The Quietus is streaming the EP with commentary from the band. Among the things you’ll find out is that Grohl also played on the Depeche Mode cover, as well as rhythm guitar on “If You Have Ghosts.” They also go into why they recorded the songs they did and what they almost wound up recording instead. While we’ll update this post when the whole EP is available for streaming in the States (it won’t let you listen yet), the Army of Lovers song is below.
While The Quietus streamed the EP in its entirety overseas, Consequence Of Sound has the U.S. premiere of it, and now can be streamed in its entirety below. Read more »
A big reissue leads off today’s list, as one of the only major-name bands with new material coming out today. Expect to see similar circumstances going forward, as we draw near to Christmas and the rest of the holiday season. The unknowns are definitely worth your attention this week, though, so don’t skip over those!
Lamb of God, As the Palaces Burn 10th Anniversary Edition (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie)
The original release of As the Palaces Burn came in the midst of America’s recovery from the 9/11 attacks, and the lyrical content reflects those times. Lamb of God created one of the most politically-charged and condemning records of that era, and it fueled the fires of anger and disgust that so many metalheads felt at the time. Josh Wilbur’s remixing and remastering has conserved that atmosphere very well, which should please fans of the original. The DVD that accompanies this release contains a full documentary on the making of the album.
Living Sacrifice, Ghost Thief (Solid State)
Ghost Thief is Living Sacrifice’s eighth album overall and second since reforming in 2008. Living Sacrifice has spent a lot of time on the road since 2010′s The Infinite Order was released. The same groove and thrash that you’re used to hearing from the band is present on this album, along with a good dose of melody that complements the rest of the music in a good way. Demon Hunter vocalist Ryan Clark also makes a guest appearance on opening track “Screwtape”.
Obliteration, Black Death Horizon (Relapse)
This Norwegian death metal group originated from the same town as black metal legends Darkthrone. Obliteration plays brutal death metal with hardcore influences, and will appeal greatly to fans of Aura Noir, Autopsy, and Abscess.
Exivious, Liminal (Season of Mist)
This progressive metal group is completely instrumental, incorporating elements of jazz-fusion and post-rock into its sound. It’s also a supergroup of sorts, featuring current and former members of Cynic, Dodecahedron, and Pestilence. Read more »
It’s been six years since an Entombed album, and while the band’s next album, Back to the Front, will be coming out in March, it seems like a song has leaked from it. “Vulture and the Traitor” can be streamed now, and will probably be coming down as soon as Century Media finds out about it, so instead of writing about how good it is, or going into details, we’ll just leave this here…