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A month from now, as the year end lists continue to be compiled, it’s pretty much a given that Carcass’ Surgical Steel will be on most of them, if not atop them. The band’s first album in 17 years delivered on all counts, but it was supported by way too short of a tour, playing just five dates in North America. It was nearly a given that the band would be coming back for a more extensive run next year. And while dates have yet to be announced, guitarist Bill Steer let the cat out of the bag during an interview with Belgian Shoot Me Again webzine, stating that next year, the band will be touring with The Black Dahlia Murder. Go to about 8:00 to hear Steer talk about touring plans.
That’s an amazing tour right there. The Black Dahlia murder’s melodic death metal was directly inspired by Carcass, and the two bands are a great fit for each other. Not to mention the fact that the rest of America aside from New York, L.A. and Chicago deserves to see Carcass play this album. Dates haven’t been announced yet. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a few panicked calls between management and booking agents to try to make good to confirm what Steer said.
[via Metal Sucks]
It’s been a crazy week for Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Not only did he admit to smoking crack, but then he made a lewd sexual comment at a press conference (with his wife standing by him, he denied getting prostitutes, saying “I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.” Really). And yesterday, at a special Toronto city council meeting where he ultimately got stripped of most of his power, he pretty much knocked over a fellow council member. Essentially, it’s like a Chris Farley movie where he gets elected mayor of the largest city in Canada. Needless to say, the conference was comedy gold, and it didn’t take Aux.TV long to splice a little something together. Enjoy.
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.
Technical progressive metalcore band Pelgrim have been making a name for themselves in their homeland of the Netherlands and beyond since their self-titled debut EP was released earlier this year. Our bros at Metalsucks wrote about them a few months back, and with influences ranging from Textures and Periphery to Emmure, their music definitely runs the modern metal gamut.
If you’re wondering what the band looks like in a live setting, look no further than above, as we’re psyched to premiere their video for “Subsider.” This isn’t an actual live recording of the band, but if you’re in Europe, they’re planning a tour in advance of their debut full-length coming next year. If you want to buy or stream the EP, go to their Bandcamp page, or find out more about them here.
Nothing goes better together than metal and beer. Mastodon knows this since they had a limited run of their own brew a few years back. Now they’re at it again with Black Tongue, a 8.3% double black IPA made in the UK. The video above shows the approach to making the beer, including more than a few tastings. The beer can be pre-ordered for when it ships out on December 3rd, making it a solid Christmas present for, say, your favorite Metal Insider contributor or something. You can get more info at the Signature Brew website.
Leave it to GWAR to come up with a NSFW animated short featuring rectal exams, fights with a thawed T-Rex and the maiming of Weird Al Yankovic. After two years of collaboration between animators Myke Chillian, Tommy Meehan and GWAR, Funny Or Die has finally premiered “The Animated Tales Of GWAR.”
In the “GWARtoon,” lead vocalist Oderus Urungus gets in touch with his softer side, prompting the rest of the band to go on an Antarctic search to find a cure for his strange disease. Meanwhile, Oderus pretends to be Weird Al so that he can perform at a kid’s birthday party. “The Animated Tales Of GWAR” is bloody and strange and nothing less than what you would expect from the band. Read more »
We’ve all heard Metallica’s version of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” Finally, now we get to hear a fresh take on the classic. This past Sunday, Korn guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch joined Rob Zombie on stage to surprise the South Dakota crowd with their version of the song.
Rob Zombie and Korn have been on the road since November 3rd co-headlining the “Night Of The Living Dreads” tour that’ll wrap up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on the 26th. In the latest edition of his column on Loudwire, Head said, “it feels so good to be in the mix with all my old touring buddies. These are my people, this is my tribe, and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”
Watch video of Zombie’s cover of Diamond Head with Munky and Head above.
Finnish export Beastmilk might have a ridiculous name, but they’ve also got an interesting lineage. Vocalist Kvohst has played in black metal bands Code and Dodheimsgard, as well as folk band Hexvessel. Their four song EP perked up Converge’s ears, and the band’s Kurt Ballou recorded the band’s debut full length, Climax. A lyric video for the album’s opener, “Death Reflects Us,” premiered yesterday on Noisey, and it’s a damn catchy song. Definitely more in the postpunk Killing Joke/Bauhaus vein than a metal one, it’s compelling regardless.
Climax will be out on November 29 on Magic Bullet records.
Australian metalcore act I Killed The Prom Queen has announced its signing with Epitaph Records. The band’s third album is set to be released in 2014, eight years after the release of Music For The Recently Deceased in 2006. If that seems like forever ago, that’s because it was.
On the subject of the signing, guitarist Jona Weinhofen says:
“We are absolutely ecstatic to join the Epitaph Records family. Having worked with the label previously with Bring Me The Horizon, I knew exactly what Epitaph was capable of and that it would be the perfect home for I Killed The Prom Queen. Epitaph is already the home to so many of our heroes such as Converge, Refused, Pennywise and Every Time I Die, and has helped launch our good friends Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Day Of Contempt, Letlive. and more. To say that we are a part of this family is truly an honour.”
The band will be recording in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström, guitarist for Dream Evil whose production credits include At The Gates and Bring Me The Horizon (the band which Weinhofen left earlier this year). The band is also expected to tour in support of the new album. You can check out a teaser about the band’s new album above.
YouTube channel The Daily Disruption has done a few things really well since launching earlier this year: Given frontmen from bands that no metalhead over 25 would admit to liking their own YouTube shows and asking people that don’t like metal to watch metal videos. It’s been awesome to see mothers turn on Atilla’s “About That Life” for having too many butt shots in it (but let’s be honest, that video is offensive to everyone). But now the channel has a new idea – show videos to rappers. Their new segment, “Metal Un-Rapped,” is kicked off by seeing members of 1200 Squad and Tanya Morgan (yeah, us neither) critique Ghost B.C.’s (“not Ghostface) “Year Zero” video. We’ll let you watch, but the big reveal, so to speak, is a bit like “2 Girls, 1 Cup.” We’ll be honest, we think these guys are more fun than the metal moms.