Whenever we hear that Red Fang are releasing a new video, we get psyched. After all, they first came to attention via their awesome larping video for “Prehistoric Dog,” then followed it up a few years later with the possibly more awesome video for “Wires.” While Whales and Leeches has been out since October, they’ve finally got around to making a video for the album’s first single, “Blood Like Cream.” It doesn’t disappoint. Starring Fred Armisen, it’s essentially a zombie movie that owes more to Shaun of the Dead than it does The Walking Dead. There are zombies in Portland, and they don’t want brains – they want beer. We’re assuming lots of beer was harmed in the making of the video.
Red Fang will be making their late night television debut on January 10th, playing The Late Show With David Letterman.
You’re one of the biggest rock bands around, and you’re playing arenas in Mexico City later in the week, your first shows in more than a year. What do you do to warm up? If you’re the Foo Fighters, you play a surprise pizza parlor show. On Monday, the band crammed onto the stage at Rock and Roll Pizza in Moorpark, California to play a 23-song set. Originally, it was supposed to be a set by drummer Taylor Hawkins’ cover band side project Chevy Metal, but Foo fans got the bonus plan. The band will be playing tonight and Friday at Foro Sol in Mexico City with The National, the band’s first shows since September 2012. It’s really hard to find anything to hate about Dave Grohl, especially when he keeps pulling ‘man of the people’ stuff like this. The band plan on recording their next album early next year.
Coffee not cutting it this morning? Put on some headphones, turn up the volume, and watch the video above of Dave Lombardo performing a short but sweet (er, brutal) drum solo. This professionally filmed footage was shot at Lombardo’s studio in Los Angeles last month. It’s good to see that he’s keeping the chops fresh. Maybe he should start posting videos regularly. We certainly wouldn’t mind.
Earlier today, CraveOnline premiered the video for Vista Chino (the artist formerly known as Kyuss Lives!)’s first ever music video. “Sweet Remain,” shot by Dale “Rage” Restehgini, is trippy, spacey, and a great representation of what the band is about. Desert rock? There’s a desert in the background. Space? There’s a backdrop of stars the band plays against too. Retro? At times, there are ’70s video effects that make this look like it could be an early Sabbath video. Yet it all comes back to the music, so there’s plenty of straight-on shots of the band performing as well. If you were a Kyuss fan and you haven’t picked up Vista Chino’s Peace yet, don’t flake on it.
It’s no secret that a lot of people hate Christmas music. Like really hate it. There are people who will threaten to murder you if you so much as hum “Jingle Bells”. Luckily for metalheads, there is solace to be found in the form of August Burns Red, who put out August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album a year ago. Now the band has added another track to the album: Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker. If you ever doubted the band’s guitar work before, you won’t after hearing this cover. This will be bundled with digital purchases of the album, or you can just get your nuts cracked by listening to it above.
We must say, it feels good to know that we only have to wait two months for the next Cynic album rather than 15 years. And it’s even better that we have a new track from it to gush over in the form of a lyrics video. “The Lion’s Roar” is the latest from Cynic off the new album Kindly Bent To Free Us. It’s pretty much drenched in prog rock, and that’s just fine with us. Kindly Bent To Free Us will be out February 18th in North America on Season of Mist.
You can have your Christmas carols, when it comes to holiday rites of passage, we’ll take the inspirational holiday displays of the man known as Slayer Bob. This year, in honor of the passing of Jeff Hanneman, Slayer Bob of course set this year’s display to Slayer. You’ll hear plenty of Slayer classics, including “Angel of Death,” “War Ensemble,” and “Raining Blood.” We particularly like the headbanging snowmen, and of course lights spelling out Jeff’s name. Here’s what Bob’s says about the display at the beginning of the video:
“I worked the entire year on Christmas displays all over the U.S. I had planned on bringing you new bands this year, but due to the passing of Jeff Hanneman, I Had to do one last Slater tribute. With the time that I had, I was able to creat this light show. This one goes out to all the fans of Metal and especially Jeff. Brough to you by Slayer Bob. Crank it up!!!!”
In case you hadn’t noticed, Ghost’s (or Ghost B.C.’s) latest album Infestissumam is a favorite here among the Metal Insider staff. So we feel obligated to have you check out this video that Noisey has posted to Youtube of Ghost playing “Year Zero” at Webster Hall in NYC. It’s quite the spectacle, particularly because of how Papa Emeritus II interacts with the crowd. If you haven’t seen Ghost live before, have yourself a taste.
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.
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 the Vans Warped Tour continues to announce bands for their Summer 2014 run, it’s been confirmed that Attila has been added. They join other heavy bands including For Today and Stray From the Path. 10 bands have been announced so far.
Monster Magnet, in the midst of their first nationwide tour in years, have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their tour, as frontman Dave Wyndorf has been diagnosed with the flu. Their Toronto, Boston, West Chester and New York dates are effected. The band says that they’ll be back.
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.