April 19, 2015
ATTILA frontman Chris Fronzak says he was “assaulted” during the band’s performance in Perth, Australia, prompting Fronzak to retaliate by hitting the fan with his microphone. Unfortunately, Fronzak apparently hit the wrong person. Fronzak had the following to say:
“Some asshole assaulted me on stage in Perth tonight and I let my anger get the best of me… Shit popped off… But anyways, when I went to retaliate I hit the wrong dude on accident. If you’re the dude with the bleeding head, I want to apologize… I didn’t mean to hit you with my mic, I meant to hit the c-ntbag that was assaulting me. Anyways, you can have all the free merch you want!… So if you’re the dude with the bleeding head and you’re reading this, go to our Merch table and take anything you want. I apologize… To the fuckboi that tried to fuck with me on stage… SUCK MY FUCK”
April 18, 2015
PERIPHERY, who are embarking on the second leg of their North American tour dates in support of the Juggernaut albums, premiere “The Bad Thing” video online HERE.
Jeff Holcomb directed the clip, which features a montage of live footage from the DC-based prog-metal outfit’s early 2015 tour. Drummer Matt Halpern explained to Billboard, “We thought that a live performance for ‘The Bad Thing’ video was a great way to show the intensity of the song, and to show our direct expression of how it makes us feel on stage.”
April 17, 2015
MACHINE HEAD have confirmed today their return to Europe later this year in support of latest album “Bloodstone & Diamonds.”
After a U.S. tour with no supporting outfits, the band will bring the “An evening with Machine Head” experience to Europe with no support bands but featuring an extensive, career spanning setlist. Date are as follows:
2015-10-06 Fribourg (FRI-SON) CH
2015-10-05 Pratteln (Z7) CH
2015-10-03 Treviso (New Age) IT
2015-10-02 Trezzo Sull’adda Mi (Live Club) IT
2015-10-01 Bologna (Estragon) IT
2015-09-30 Ciampino (Orion) IT
2015-09-26 Athens (Gazi Music Hall) GR
2015-09-25 Thessaloniki (Fix Factory) GR
2015-09-24 Sofia (Universiada Hall) BG
2015-09-23 Bucharest (Arenele Romaine) RO
2015-09-21 Belgrade (Dom Omlodine) RS
2015-09-20 Ljubljana (Kino Siska) SI
2015-09-19 Zagreb (Culture Factory) HR
2015-09-18 Budapest (Barba Negra) HU
2015-09-16 Bratislava (Majestic) SK
2015-09-15 Krakow (Fabryka) PL
2015-09-14 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
2015-09-13 Gdansk (B90) PL
2015-09-11 Vilnius (Forum Palace) LT
2015-09-10 Liepaja (Fontaine Palace) LV
2015-09-07 Helsinki (Circus) FI
2015-09-06 Tampere (Pakkahoune) FI
2015-09-05 Oulu (Super Park Arena) FI
2015-09-03 St Petersburg (A2) RU
2015-09-01 Moscow (Ray Arena) RU
2015-08-29 Minsk (Republic) BY
2015-06-26 Sidney (The Metro) AU
2015-06-23 Melbourne (170 Russell) AU
2015-06-18 Auckland (The Studio) NZ
2015-06-20 Chirstchurch (Bedford) NZ
2015-06-07 Sao Paulo (Via Marquez) BR
2015-06-05 Montevideo (Music Box) UY
2015-06-04 Buenos Aires (Teatro Flores) AR
2015-06-02 Santiago (Teatro Cariola) CL
2015-05-31 Bogota (Teatro Metropol) CO
2015-05-29 Mexico City (Circo Volador) MX
2015-05-27 Monterrey (Cafe Iguana) MX
2015-05-25 Guadalajara (C3) MX
2015-06-29 Perth (Astor Theatre) AU
2015-06-28 Adelaide (The Gov) AU
2015-06-27 Brisbane (Eatons Hill) AU
2015-06-24 Sydney (The Metro) AU
2015-06-22 Melbourne (170 Russell) AU
April 17, 2015
Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, SIGH, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. Titled Graveward, the eclectic, ten-track offering took over two-and-a-half years to complete with each song comprising over one-hundred recording tracks exceeding 100GB of audio to select from in the final mixes. Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, Graveward pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics. Graveward features guest performances from Trivium’s Matthew Heafy, DragonForce’s Fred Leclercq, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron and others with fittingly twisted, grave-robbing cover art by Costin Chioreanu (Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide, Ulver, etc.).
In an early impression of the record, A Metal State Of Mind notes, “With a focus of a theme, more touches of thrash, and guest spots from more ‘mainstream’ metal artists from bands like Trivium and DragonForce, I would have to say Graveward is the most accessible SIGH record. A great starting point to delve into the madness with if you haven’t yet. Best thing, with this accessibility, none of the experimentation that makes SIGH great has been sacrificed.”
Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015.
In the meantime sample opening canticle of chaos, “Kaedit Nos Pestis,” as well as the official video for “Out Of The Grave” AT THIS LOCATION.
Graveward Track Listing:
1. Kaedit Nos Pestis
3. The Tombfiller
4. The Forlorn
5. The Molesters Of My Soul
6. Out Of the Grave
7. The Trial By The Dead
8. The Casketburner
9. A Messenger From Tomorrow
10. Dwellers In Dream
For over two decades, SIGH has been transcending the confines of extreme metal. Forged in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, the band was initially signed by Euronymous’ infamous Deathlike Silence Records on which they released their debut full-length, Scorn Defeat, in 1993. SIGH would go on to release records via various imprints including Cacophonous, Century Media, Baphomet and The End before making Candlelight Records their label home with the release of 2012’s crushing, critically-adored In Somniphobia and this year’s Graveward.
Preorder Graveward via Candlelight Records at THIS LOCATION.
Mirai Kawashima – vocals, keyboards, orchestrations etc.
Dr. Mikannibal – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, vocals
Satoshi Fujinami – bass, drums
You Oshima – guitar
Junichi Harashima – drums
“There’s no getting around it: SIGH is weird. But it’s the kind of weird you can get cozy with, once the foreignness subsides.” – Invisible Oranges
April 17, 2015
Up-and-coming new Italian death metal outfit NECROSY is offering you a pre-release stream of the upcoming debut full-length “Perdition”, which will be released on April 24.
April 17, 2015
Today, Vice’s music portal, Noisey, offers up the visual accompaniment to BLACK MARE’s “Low Crimes,” a hymn that comes by way of the band’s forthcoming split 7″ with Lycia, set for release on Record Store Day via Magic Bullet Records.
BLACK MARE is the dark ambient side project of Ides Of Gemini frontwoman, Sera Timms. On “Low Crimes,” bandmates from Ides Of Gemini and Mustard Gas & Roses (MGR) contribute to an aurally lush, yet glacially-paced cruise through Timms’ frozen world wherein she encourages the mind’s eye to notice relics like the feathers of fallen angels scattered about the snow. Ice crystals form on an old church bell in the distance as the subarctic tones of the composition take over everything in their path. There is no escape and there will be no thaw.
“I was trying to capture a deep, lush underworld feeling on ‘Low Crimes,'” elaborates Timms of the track, “but I wanted there to be a thread of light and softness. My own voice was not providing this, so I ended up having Tara Vanflower from Lycia add backing vocals which gives the vocal parts this perfect ethereal shimmering quality just hovering above the darkness.”
Directed by Timms, the haunting visual journey that comprises “Low Crimes,” is currently playing at Noisey who issues of the tune, “…the slow-burn heroin blues of the track is made even more ethereal with Timms’s vocal, who shifts the song down an even darkly enchanting path. ‘Low Crimes’ is witchy, unique, and ultimately gorgeous stuff, and the video is similarly enthralling.”
Get swept away at THIS LOCATION.
The BLACK MARE/LYCIA split will be unleashed on April 18th, 2015 (Records Store Day).
April 17, 2015
The bass guitar that started it all!!
Rex Brown bought this Japanese build Ibanez RS-824 Roadster in 1981 right before he joined Pantera. It was his only bass guitar in the early club years of the band and it was also used on the recordings of ‘Metal Magic’ (Pantera’s 1983 debut album), ‘Projects In The Jungle’ (the bands’ 1984 second release) and ‘I Am The Night’ (1985 and the last album prior to Phil Anselmo joining).
In Rex’s own words; “This was my very first professional bass that I ever bought. It was purchased off Division Street in Arlington in 1981. The original color was black, but in those days Dime and I were always trying different pick-ups, paint jobs, electronics, etc. It was not until ’85, that it became what it is today. I recorded the first 3 Independent records with this bass, in whatever setup we were in. It was my backup after I bought a Hamer explorer that ended up in pieces, right up until the Jackson/Charvel era. It had the sound of an old P-bass that I always liked, as I still have some to this day. The drilled bullet holes and blood splatter was done in Dime’s garage on a very late and beer swilled evening. This bass really is the building block bass for me in many ways, it was part of the learning experience we all went thru in laying the foundation of what that rhythm section was all about. That Texas boogie that eventually grew into the Power Groove!! I’m still at odds with getting rid of her, but I’d much rather someone else enjoy it, than it just sitting in a case for another 30 years … Sigh !! The stories it could tell….
This bass has been customized and is missing the original electronics, knobs, one pickup. It also has chips, dents and dings in areas, common with an extensively stage used guitar. This is definitely a guitar that comes with a massive amount of character! The serial number is F801188. It has Hercules B tuners and Super P-4 and J-4 pick-ups.
The case is equally fascinating. Granted, it is in fragile condition with substantial road wear. That being said; Rex drew the bands’ original logo on the front of the case with the word ‘Rocker’ right underneath it (during the 1980s he used the stage name Rex Rocker, which was simply shortened to Rex by 1990’s “Cowboys From Hell’). There are several additional stickers on the case, as well as two extremely vintage backstage passes (dating back to 1983).
There is hardly anything more prestigious than a musician’s very first instrument and this guitar and case combo is definitely museum worthy!!
This guitar, which is signed twice by Rex on the back, comes directly from the personal collection of Rex Brown and will include a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Rex!
April 16, 2015
BYZANTINE has teamed up with Billboard.com to premiere the band’s new music video for “The Agonies,” a track from their latest release, To Release Is To Resolve (reviewed HERE). Check it out HERE.
April 16, 2015
“When The Stillness Comes”, the first new song from SLAYER in nearly a year, can be streamed HERE. The track, accompanied by a live recording of “Black Magic”, from the band’s 1983 album “Show No Mercy” and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air festival, will be made available as part of Record Store Day on April 18. It will be released as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), seven-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stores worldwide.
Regarding the lyrical inspiration for “When The Stillness Comes”, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King tells RollingStone.com: “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some fucking minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.”
Nuclear Blast will release “When The Stillness Comes” on limited-edition green, white and bi-colored vinyl. More details are available at http://www.NuclearBlast.de.
SLAYER recently completed work on its new CD with producer Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on “Implode”, a song that was made available as a free download following SLAYER’s surprise performance at last year’s Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles.
Other songtitles set to appear on the new SLAYER album — tentatively due in August — include “Atrocity Vendor” (which previously came out as the B-side to the “World Painted Blood” seven-inch), “Take Control”, “You Against You”, “Chasing Death”, “Cast The First Stone”, “Pride” (working title) and “Vices” (working title).
Joining Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER’s new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo in 2013, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four years.
SLAYER’s next CD will be released on Nuclear Blast through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. It will also be SLAYER’s first album without the group’s co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013.
April 16, 2015
DANZIG has announced a July tour featuring dates in both the United States and Canada. Support will be provided by Cancer Bats and Pennywise. Here’s the current schedule:
7/11 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre
7/12 Flagstaff, AZ @ Pepsi Amphitheatre
7/14 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Centre
7/15 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
7/17 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
7/18 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
7/19 Kansas City, KS @ Arvest Bank Midland Theatre
7/21 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
7/24 Calgary, AB @ Mac Ewan Hall
7/25 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conf. Centre
7/27 Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabetth Theatre
7/28 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
7/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
7/31 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl