Mastodon’s Brent Hinds sure loves keeping it in local. After repping his local watering hole and restaurant El Myr for Atlanta video company Newmerica a few years back, he’s appeared in another ad directed by the company. This one, for Liberty Tattoo, might be just as funny as the other one. This video features the Liberty’s “Nekkid Nate” promising to fix tattoos gone wrong. Among the amusing “non-actors” appearing in the ad, one girl with a tribal tattoo sadly admits that she doesn’t belong to a tribe, a dejected looking baseball fan with a tomahawk on his arm stands outside an empty Turner Field, and Brent appears as “Richard Weiner,” a mayoral candidate. There’s a great payoff in the ad, and between this and the El Myr one, if we ever make a commercial, we want Newmerica to film it and Hinds to appear in it. We’re not so sure about Nekkid Nate, though. If you’re wondering what was edited out of the commercial, go here.
Swedish/Danish power metal sextet Amaranthe sure know how to make a music video. Their videos for “The Nexus” and “Burn With Me” look like action movies with higher budgets than most indie films. The band have just released another video for a song off The Nexus, “Invincible.” This time, the band are flying. Yep. You’ll be entertained by this. Especially if you’re a fan of singer Elize Ryd. She winds up going for a swim and getting out of a pool in high heels for some reason. At any rate, check out this video for one of the catchiest songs on the album.
We’ve already gotten a chance to hear the surprisingly melodic “Bi†ches Brew” from Crosses (†††). Now there’s a video out for it. shot mostly in black and white, it features some otherworldy looking girls dancing around a burning bed, video effects that look like they’re taken out of a Japanese horror film, several moody shots of the band, and a general sense of creepiness.By the time Chino Moreno actually screams at the end of the song, you’ll be hooked. Rolling Stone premiered the video earlier today, but it’s here now for you to see.
You can pick up the band’s self-titled debut full length on Sumerian on February 11th.
Noisey’s series “PitBoy” series begins with a disclaimer: “At Noisey we think that most live music on the internet is pretty boring. So we decided to strap a bunch of cameras to an intern and throw him into some of the most brutal mosh pits we could find – to capture the true atmosphere of live gigs from the best possible vantage point.” While their first installment featured Tyler the Creator (huh?), this time out, they sent him into a letlive. pit. Outfitted with a “PitBoy” jacket and helmet that practically screams “hit me,” the video captures some of the general intensity of the pit. While non-pit parts are a little staged (it ends with him getting thrown out), it does do a pretty good job of showing what life in a pit is like, if not the general intensity of letlive. The band is currently on tour with Every Time I Die. Check out the dates here.
Wednesday night (20) was the last night of Periphery’s This Tour is Personal tour in New York, and the band ended it in style by bringing up one of their former vocalists. Chris Barretto. The band’s most recent vocalist before current singer Spencer Sotelo performed “Icarus Lives!” with them for the encore, and it was preserved on phone forever (albeit in terrible sound and vision quality). Check it.
Robert Trujillo may be known as Metallica’s bassist nowadays, but for a while he was better known as Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist. Following stints in Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves, Trujillo joined Ozzy’s band in the mid-90s before joining that San Francisco garage band in 2003. During his time in Ozzy’s band, he appeared on Down To Earth, Live At Budokan and even the 2002 reissues of Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman (which caused an uproar from fans and critics when management had Trujillo rerecord original bassist Bob Daisley’s parts). But in the latest installment of Vans’ Classic Tales series, Trujillo recalls his first encounter with Ozzy during his days in Infectious Grooves (just in time for their reunion).
As wild as Trujillo’s story is, we somehow have no trouble believing that Ozzy tackled his then-bassist’s girlfriend in the hallways of a studio and began biting her calf. Watch Trujillo’ animated recollection of meeting Ozzy above. And for the hell of it, watch the entire Live At Budokan performance below. Read more »
We want to be politically correct here. We’re not sure whether we should call this guy a midget, a dwarf, a little person, or height-impaired. All we know is that when Metal Insider reader and WMSE/Milwaukee metal DJ Alexander S. wrote a Facebook post saying “In all my years, I have never been hit that hard in the pit. And it was by a midget,” we were instantly intrigued. And then video surfaced of a wall of death during the Lamb of God show on Tuesday night (19) at the Rave, showing said dude jumping around. Naturally, we had to post it, and while there isn’t any video of Alexander getting clocked, you can clearly see the guy getting ready to go apeshit. Sir, whoever you are, you can apparently hold your own in the pit, and we’re proud of you.
Last week, YouTube channel The Daily Disruption posted the first of their “Metal Un-Rapped” series, which features a quartet of urban troubadours critiquing metal videos. It’s kind of like Siskel and Ebert without the thumbs up/thumbs down thing, plus all four of the guys in 1200 Squad and Tanya Morgan are still alive. Last week, they gathered around the computer screen to watch Ghost B.C.’s “Year Zero” video. With lines like “you can’t exchange titties for dick,” that was an instant classic, not to mention a pretty great video. This week, they chose to watch Attila’s “About That Life.” It’s not as instantly epic as last week’s installment. First of all, the concept kind of lends itself to the law of diminishing returns, in that it can’t be as fresh as it was the first time. Also, Daily Disruption is pretty much all Attila, all the time,” so it’s kind of not surprising to see them watching an “About That Life.” They definitely get some good lines in though, like “he got that chain at Hot Topic.” Also, booties.
We’ve only heard a bit of the studio version of Behemoth’s “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel,” and the only way we can describe it is epic. They’ve launched a third trailer for the song, and with each one revealing a little more of the song, this is the most you’ve been able to hear of it (assuming you haven’t already checked out the live version yet). The imagery is amazing too, with menacing black and white photography of hooded figures cavorting in fields and a dead pig. Apparently, they’re stills from the Grupa 13-directed video, which we can’t wait to see. The song will be available on December 4, with The Satanist coming out on February 4 in North America.
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 »