Archive for January, 2014

Trent Reznor on stage

Ever wondered how Trent Reznor always hits on that magic formula?

Well, wonder no longer. Freddy Scott has produced a NIN-parodying track titled This Is A Trent Reznor Song, and we can’t deny it, it’s fucking brilliant.

Check it out below. #randompercussion

Catch Trent and the boys on the following dates:

May 18 Birmingham LG Arena
May 20 Glasgow Hydro
May 21 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
May 23 London O2 Arena
May 24 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
May 25 Manchester Phones 4U Arena

Support comes from Cold Cave.

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The Used: back in action

So The Used are back with a brand new video!

Cry is taken from Bert and the gang’s new album, Imaginary Enemy, out March 31.

Check it out below:

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Sabaton: battle-ready

Swedish power metal heroes Sabaton like a bit of a work-out when they’re on stage, so it makes perfect sense for them to play a gig in a gym!

The somewhat unique endeavour took place at the Må Bättre gym in Falun, Sweden, with the band themselves even going so far as to work out while they were playing! That, friends, is dedication.

Sabaton recently unveiled new album, Heroes!

Recorded at The Abyss near Ludvika, Sweden with Peter Tägtgren, the album drops this May via Nuclear Blast.

“We had the title in mind since before we even recorded [2012 album] Carolus Rex and we already had ideas for artwork years ago,” explains bassist Pär Sundström. “We had a few different ones to choose from, but when we saw this one, we knew it was the right one for this album.”

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Grand Magus: Swede dreams

Heavy metal Swedes Grand Magus are streaming their fine new opus in full!

The album officially lands on Monday via Nuclear Blast, but you can hear Triumph And Power in all its chest-beating, metallic glory right now here.

See Grand Magus on tour in the UK in March, and at Hammerfest VI in Pwllheli, North Wales:

Mar 12: Manchester NQ Live
Mar 13: Dublin Pint
Mar 14: Hammerfest
Mar 15: Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Mar 16: London Underworld

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If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that we were really paid a visit by some very unexpected guests.

Yes, thanks to the amazing people at the 501st UK Garrison, we were graced by the company of The Empire to celebrate our recent, Star Wars-inspired 2014 Preview issue!

Find out what happened when Darth and the gang invaded our office below:

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MCR: Gone but certainly not forgotten

Gerard Way has spoken on the significance of Fake Your Death – a previously unreleased My Chemical Romance track set to feature on their imminent Greatest Hits.

The frontman explained the creation of the song and its newly adopted meaning in a series of tweets, summarised below:

“I consider Fake Your Death to be the ‘last MCR song’, and to me, it is absolutely the final fully realized collaboration between the members of the band. Oddly, or fittingly, it was written while the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup, though this did not inform or inspire the song as I was unaware (along with James and Doug) that this was happening and have only a small interest in sports. After the game, the rest of the band had arrived at the studio where we added elements to its existing structure, fleshing it out some more, and it started to form.

What was not so obvious at the time was that the song was, and would serve as, a eulogy for the band, though I should have known it from the lyrics. I think internally I did, as I felt an odd sense of sadness and loss after hearing back the words on top of the music. I also felt a strange sense of pride in how honest it was, and could not remember a band recording a song of this nature, being so self-aware. Ending felt like something honest, and honest always feels like something new.

So it will exist, and it is no cowardly act to release something of this nature, but a service to those who believed in a band that did not compromise, and a wave goodbye to all. And yes, it is fucking heartbreaking.

And while I don’t believe the lyrics of the chorus today- I did at the time, which to me is a core ingredient to the music of MCR. And it is through that belief, and yours, that we were able to achieve many beautiful things.”

MCR’s new compilation, titled May Death Never Stop You, features tracks spanning their decade-long career, as well as Fake Your Death and a trio of demos taken from the band’s infamous Attic Demos.

“The title is fitting, because as sad as it was to say goodbye to the band, we look at this collection as a celebration of our best songs, and hope the memory of them continues to bring joy to you all as they have for us,” say the band in a statement. “We hope you take the journey with us into MCR’s past, and enjoy the small taste of what might have been.”

You can get May Death Never Stop You in a variety of formats, including as a Standard Digital Album (audio only) and as a Digital Deluxe Album (with audio and DVD content). It will also be released as a standard CD (excluding the DVD content); as a Physical Deluxe edition that includes the DVD; as a 180-gram vinyl two-LP set with a gatefold sleeve, plus the DVD; and as a DTC package, which includes a Thank You For The Venom t-shirt.

May Death Never Stop You Tracklist

1. Fake Your Death
2. Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us
3. Vampires Will Never Hurt You
4. Helena
5. You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison
6. I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
7. The Ghost Of You
8. Welcome To The Black Parade
9. Cancer
10. Mama
11. Teenagers
12. Famous Last Words
13. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
14. SING
15. Planetary (GO!)
16. The Kids From Yesterday
17. Skylines And Turnstiles (Demo)
18. Knives/Sorrow (Demo)
19. Cubicles (Demo)

20. I’m Not OK (I Promise) Version 1
21. I’m Not OK (I Promise) Version 2
22. Helena
23. The Ghost Of You
24. Welcome To The Black Parade
25. Famous Last Words
26. I Don’t Love You
27. Teenagers
28, Blood (previously unreleased)
29. Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) and Art Is A Weapon (trailer)
(includes previously unreleased Na Na Na intro)
30. SING
31. Planetary (GO!)

Pre-order your copy here!

MCR called it quits last year after over ten years and four albums together.

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Lars: gearing up for Knebworth

Lars Ulrich might be one of the most famous musicians in the universe – but that means jack shit to his kids.

“I get up very early in the morning,” he tells Bay Area station 107.7 The Bone. “Yes, I do drive my kids to school! And not just that, but I have to chaperone and drive on a field trip at 10am – we’re going to a sanitation facility. That’s another word for garbage dump. So there’s my glamourous morning.”

When he’s not messing around in garbage dumps, though, he has a few other priorities on the table – namely getting back on the road with Metallica, including a run of European dates where the fans are picking the setlist!

“We’re doing ‘Metallica By Request’,” he notes of the upcoming shows – the setlists of which can be picked at “The fans put together the setlist – there’s a website that they go and vote on – and we and play it. It accomplishes a couple of things. Number one: it gets it off my back, I don’t have to sit and write the setlist. Even better, number two, because there’s always people complaining, when the fans complain about the setlist, they can only blame themselves!”

You have to admit, the man has a point.

Metallica headline Sonisphere in August. Tickets are on sale now from, with a £50 deposit scheme now up and running.

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Megadave: Hands up who likes ‘Super Collider’?

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine feels that his political views are often misinterpreted by fans and the press alike.

“I think that so many people misinterpret what I say when it comes to politics that I’d just rather stick to music,” he tells Faster Louder. “I mean, if you and I were sitting down and having a brew or a steak or something, I could say, yeah, we could talk about it, and I could explain what I mean, but it’s just so weird when people misinterpret what you say.”

Dave also had some interesting things about his reputation for having “Satanic” bands thrown off bills:

“What happened was when I first had made a decision back in 2002, I said ‘Just for now’, he stresses. “You see, people forget those three words: Just. For. Now. I said, ‘Just for now, I’m not going to play with any bands that have junkies in them, or any bands that have any black metal.’ And, you see, people forget the junkie part, but I said that because I was trying to get my life back in order. I was struggling with my past and everything. And it turned into selective journalism — people picking stuff they want to pick to make a point out of it. I’m trying to shoot straight with you, friend. I don’t know you at all, but when you try to pick stuff that’s salacious, that’s kind of sad. And what happens a lot of times, people will try to get me to say stuff, instead of saying, “‘Hey, here’s a guy with a lot of history that can tell me a lot about the genre.’ They try to fuck around and be funny.’”

Megadeth headline Bloodstock in August. Head to and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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Avenged Sevenfold: hellfire and heavy metal

Avenged Sevenfold are set to record the next video for latest, chart-topping album, Hail To The King.

The OC warriors will use director Andrew Baird at the helm for This Is War, which is previewed as being ”a grisly street fight on the dark streets of an urban metropolis. Haunted by dark creatures and lost souls.”

“We wanted a really impactful, riff-based intro but one that would also feature our dual-lead-harmony approach,” guitarist Synyster Gates tells Music Radar of the creation of the This Is War track. “It’s pretty cool how it fits into the slow groove of the track and just hammers through.

“This song is becoming one of my favourites. I’ve been really enjoying watching people listen to it because it so fits the vibe of the album. When they hear it, they start moving, and they don’t stop. Sometimes, with more progressive songs, you lose that fee somewhere along the line, but This Means War never quits — the energy is always there.

“All of my solos were improvised initially — I would go in and get my bearings and see what I came up with. I was hearing something chaotic in the intro, a machine-gun spray that would build into something more melodic.”

Hail To The King is out now. Avenged Sevenfold headline Download 2014, which takes place June 13-15 at Castle Donington. You can buy your tickets here.

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Zakk Wylde: Guitar God

Black Label Society mainman Zakk Wylde has lifted the lid on new BLS opus, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican.

Everyone’s favourite beardy guitar legend checked in to the Full Metal Jackie Radio Show this week to give us a bit of an insight on how the album came together. Although we think he’s joking about the Barry Manilow thing. Maybe. Um…

Anyway, listen to the interview below!

Catacombs Of The Black Vatican is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010′s Order Of The Black and arrives on April 7 via Mascot Label Group.

Catacombs Of The Black Vatican Tracklist

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel Of Mercy
05. Heart Of Darkness
06. Beyond The Down
07. Scars
08. Damn The Flood
09. I’ve Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades Of Gray
12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)
13. The Nomad (bonus track)

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