Archive for January, 2014

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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Metallica: heading to Knebworth in August

James Hetfield has admitted that the Orion Music & More venture has not been the success that Metallica had hoped for.

“Its pretty tough in North America,” admits the frontman to KTBZ-FM. ”Right now, it seems like metal is struggling a little bit in the States. Obviously, the Orion festival that we had tried to do the last couple of years has really not been… Gosh, it’s been a disaster financially, and it’s not able to happen again because of that. So it’s a bummer.

“So, you know, we’re doing what we can to keep being alive here. And I hope to get out and play in the States. It seems like forever since we’ve been out and about. You know, we’ve hit the coasts and we’ve done TV stuff and things like that. But it will happen again. So hopefully, to get your fix, you’re able to get the [Metallica Through The Never] DVD and sit there and headbang with your friends.”*

Both 2012 and 2013′s incarnations of Metallica’s festival featuring a wide range of acts and some surprises from Metallica themselves, including a rendition of Kill ‘Em All in full last summer.

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

*Transcript courtesy of Blabbermouth

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TPR’s Taylor Momsen

The new Pretty Reckless album is actually pretty cool, so we got Taylor Momsen to talk us through the process of it all coming together.

See what caused the New York sleaze rockers to put together their best album yet in Going To Hell below….

Going To Hell lands in March.

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KsE’s Jesse Leach and Trivium’s Matt Heafy: on the road

Trivium and Killswitch Engage get their formidable co-headline UK tour underway this week.

It’s arguably a sign of the times that we’re lucky enough to be seeing two bands who, on their day, could and perhaps still can fill some of these venues on individual merits, but the both of them, on the same night, with bands of the calibre of Miss May I and Battlecross in support? We’ve lost count of the number of anthems set to be unleashed when this one touches down.

Both bands, of course, released albums last year that attracted attention for slightly different reasons. For Trivium, 2013 was a maddening 12 months that saw the release of Vengeance Falls becoming, arguably, somewhat overshadowed by the involvement of one David Draiman. As for Killswitch, their year was nothing short of triumphant, with an excellent comeback album in Disarm The Descent matched by a series of brilliant shows, most noticeably of which a UK run which ended in a soon-to-be legendary showing at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Sadly, their follow-up show at the London Garage a few months later was plagued by sound issues, meaning that, come this tour, they’ll be wanting to make some serious amends.

Whatever each band’s respective recent history might tell us, though, one thing is definitely for certain: this tour features two bands that represent some significant chapters in metal’s storied history, and with those supports in tow, this really does look set to be one that could remind us of why are lot of us are here, right now, doing this today. Wait until the first few notes of Fixation On The Darkness hit and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

Catch Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Miss May I and Battlecross on the following dates:

Sat 1st Feb – Academy, MANCHESTER
Sun 2nd Feb – O2 Academy, LONDON Brixton
Mon 3rd Feb – O2 Academy, NEWCASTLE
Tue 4th Feb – O2 Academy, GLASGOW
Thu 6th Feb – O2 Academy, BIRMINGHAM
Fri 7th Feb – Guildhall, SOUTHAMPTON

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Feed The Rhino: See them live, lose your shit. DO IT.

A big batch of new names have completed this year’s huge Hammerfest lineup!

The full list of new additions:

Feed The Rhino
Savage Messiah
Attica Rage
Honour is Dead
Sworn Amongst
The Vintage Caravan
Desert Storm
One For Sorrow
Death Valley Knights

Hammerfest VI takes place March 14-15 at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets at!

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