Archive for December, 2013

Hammer’s Dom Lawson returns with his not-very-festive rundown of his Top 20 albums of 2013. Now with added beard.

Here’s Part 3…

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Clutch bassist Dan Maines says the band are creeping slowly towards making their next album.

Writing for the follow-up to this year’s Earth Rocker has begun, and one prototype track even appears in their current live set.

Maines tells Metal Kaos: “It’s not a song yet – at this point it’s an instrumental jam. We’re just calling it ‘the shuffle’ right now; that’s the working title.”

Of the album process he says: “You really have to wait until you have the majority of the songs written so you know what the sound is. You make the decision of who you want to work with based on that.”

In the meantime, he’s still enjoying working with Earth Rockerwhich Hammer named the number-one album of 2013.

“It’s the first record we’ve made where we’re comfortably playing all the songs,” he comments. “The focus was to write up-tempo rockers and that lent itself to songs that are easily translatable onto the stage.

“We went into the studio with that mindset – we didn’t want to have any element that would be missed when we took the songs to the stage.”

See Clutch on tour starting in April:
Apr 22: Newcastle O2 Academy
Apr 23: Leeds Metropolitan
Apr 24: Manchester Academy
Apr 29: Birmingham O2 Academy
Apr 30: Brighton Concorde 2
May 01: London Forum
May 03: Nottingham Rock City
May 04: Bristol Temples Festival
May 06: Edinburgh Liquid Room
May 07: Glasgow O2 ABC
May 08: Belfast Limelight
May 09: Dublin Academy

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scott ian of anthrax

Hard work: Ian

Scott Ian says the material he’s written for the next Anthrax album is harder to play than anything he’s come up with before.

The guitarist is midway through the process of creating music for what will be the thrash giants’ eleventh studio outing, and their first with guitarist Jon Donais, who joined after Rob Caggiano quit then signed up with Volbeat.

Ian tells Loudwire: “The songs are harder to play – a lot of difficult riffs. Sometimes I wonder why we do this to ourselves.

“We write stuff that we really need to bear down and say, ‘Goddamn, that’s be a bitch to play live.’ But that’s part of the challenge: challenging yourself as a writer and coming up with riffs that sound interesting and fresh.”

Ian believes the band will stay true to their mantra of never repeating themselves when they settle down to record the follow-up to Worship Music.

“Every record is very much of the time it was recorded in,” he says. “We’re always moving forward – the last thing we want to do is repeat ourselves because it would be boring for us. If it’s boring for us it’s going to be boring for the audience.”

But he confirms: “It’s certainly a metal record. It definitely has a lot of thrash elements in it. It’s not like we’re taken a complete departure and we’re making a prog record.”

Donais will create his own lead parts, but isn’t likely to write any songs this time round. “He might come in and say he has an idea for a part and we’re open to anything,” Ian reports. “It’s not like we told him, ‘Don’t bring in ideas!’ It’s very much a case of, ‘If you’ve got an idea, throw it out. Let’s hear it – don’t be shy.’”

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What do you get when you mix Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory, the biggest nu-metal album of all time. With Korean mega star Psy’s Gangnam Style? The answer: Psybrid Theory of course. What else?

Let’s make something clear from the offset here, this isn’t just one or two songs from the album, this is the entire album. When you hear people say the expression “Someone with WAY to much time on their hands”? It couldn’t imply more in this case. Mind = Blown.

As expected some of the tracks works far better than others. But you can decide for yourself. One Style Closer is certainly our favourite.

The track listing is one of the best bits. The amalgamation Gangnamthority is genius.

Track Listing

  • Gangnamcut
  • One Style Closer
  • With Gangnam
  • Points Op Gangnamthority
  • Crawling In My Style
  • Runaweyyy
  • Psy Myself
  • In The Gangnam
  • A Place For Psy’s Head
  • Forgoppan
  • Cure For The Gentleman
  • Losing Me Your Way

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corey taylor of slipknot

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has vowed the band have a bright future following the shock departure of drummer Joey Jordison.

Fan were left astonished earlier this month when it was revealed that Jordison had bowed out for “personal reasons,” leaving percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan the only original member of the outfit that formed 18 years ago.

A few days after the news broke Taylor explained it wasn’t possible to go into detail, saying: “We’re trying to protect him, protect us. Legally and respectfully I can’t say a lot about it.”

That’s led to weeks of online speculation, which Taylor has now addressed. He says in a tweet: “For those who think the Knot are falling apart, you are greatly and sadly mistaken. Bring on 2014. Great things are coming. Stay tuned.”

Jordison – who’s currently concentrating on his Scar The Martyr project – said earlier this year that he’d written 40 songs for the band’s first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.

But Taylor later confirmed none of those would appear, saying: “This is all fresh material that just a handful of us have been putting together. I’ve been writing some stuff. Jim Root has got a ton of stuff. It’s sounding really, really good.”

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Gojira is a band that have been making big waves in recent years going from strength to strength. One of their latest appearances at Hellfest 2013 was released on YouTube in full which can be seen at the video below.

Track Listings:

00:00 – 05:40 : Flying Whales
05:50 – 10:00 : Blackbone
11:10 – 15:10 : The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe
16:20 – 20:05 : L’enfant Sauvage
20:10 – 21:18 : Connected
21:19 – 25:23 : Remembrance
17:02 -29:25 : Wisdom Comes
29:55 – 34:25 : Fire Is Everything
34:29 – 39:06 : Oroborus
39:30 – 49:47: Where Dragons Dwell

Full Concert

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Slipknot singer Corey Taylor has spoken out against internet rumours that the departure of their former drummer Joey Jordison, means the end for the band.

Corey writes “For those who think the Knot are falling apart, you are greatly and sadly mistaken, Bring on 2014. Great things are coming. Stay tuned…” via his official twitter account.

If you weren’t already aware on the 12th of December Slipknot announced Joey Jordison, and themselves were going separate ways. Joey was one of the band’s founding members and key songwriters.

Slipknot’s Statement

The band closed down their main website for the day and posted the following statement on the front page about the Joey Leaving the band “It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.”

Joey left the band to concentrate on his new band Scar The Martyr.

According to a recent interview with Corey Taylor the band is due to begin work on their 5th studio album in 2014. It will be the first release since the death of the bands former bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, from a drug overdose.

Corey Taylor’s tweet

Corey Taylor Tweet

Corey Taylor Tweets That Slipknot are Alive and Well “Bring On 2014″

What are you opinions about the future of Slipknot?

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Slipknot at Download in June

Corey Taylor has rushed to dismantle any notions that Joey Jordison‘s Slipknot departure means the end of the Iowan icons.

“For those who think The Knot are falling apart, you are greatly and sadly mistaken,” he tweets. “Bring On 2014. Great Things Are Coming. Stay Tuned…”

Joey stunned the metal world by leaving the Knot – a band he helped form – earlier this month.

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Lars Ulrich of Metallica went to join the guys at “Meet The Filmmaker” which took places at the Apple Store in London, England, on the 3rd of October this year. Courtesy of we have access to an awesome 30 minutes of footage where Ulrich discussed Metallica‘s newly released IMAX 3D concert film, “Metallica – Through The Never“. Lars covers how it feels to see himself on the big screen, and the various production points of the film.

Metallica Through The Never was directed by Nimród Antal an award-winning filmmaker. The U.S. and Canada DVD/Blu-Ray and Video On Demand versions of Through The Never will be released on the 28th of Jan, 2014 through Blackened Recordings.

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The rest of the world will see the film on DVD/VOD and various other digital platforms follow on the same date, or soon after.

Poor Reception?

Picturehouse released “Metallica Through the Never” in Cinemas in North America on the 27th of September, 2013 to a fairly poor reception considering the production costs involved.
Metallica Through The Never only made back $3.2 million at the box office of it’s $18 million budget. Metallica themselves paid for the project. $5 million of which went into a specially designed stage show, constructed for the production.

In order for Through The Never to become profitable. It will have to make at least double its $18 million production and marketing budget back at the box office. With theatre owners taking up to half ticket sales revenue. Meaning it has to reach $36 million just to break even. A long way off it would seem.

We’ve included the footage below, check it out for yourself. Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it? Is it worth going to see? Do you think Metallica have a chance to make their money back with the DVD and Blu Ray sales?

Lars Ulrich: Meet the Filmmaker – Video

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich discusses the incredible new 3D motion picture event, Metallica: Through the Never. The music-driven feature film combines a bold narrative and spectacular live performance footage of one of the most popular and influential rock bands in history.

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Hammer’s Dom Lawson returns with his not-very-festive rundown of his Top 20 albums of 2013. Now with added beard.

Here’s Part 2…

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