Archive for February, 2014

Limp Bizkit: Better than you

Tonight on the Metal Hammer show we welcome the one and only Wes Borland!

Wes will be stopping by to talk all things Limp Bizkit, plus, we celebrate the legendary debut from Twisted Sister and we’ve got music from Cancer Bats, Def Leppard, Motorhead, Kiss, STP and Raging Slab.

Not a bad way to spend your Friday night, right? Tune in via TeamRock Radio from 9pm.

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In honour of the Oscars landing this coming weekend, we decided to dish out some extremely prestigious gongs of our own.

So, without further ado, here are the 100% official (definitely not official), first annual Moshcas. Good luck to everyone nominated. This is set to be a truly emotional day. And yes, the pun is truly, truly dreadful and we know it should technically be “moshcars” but we thought it looked better, so there.

Here we go…



Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Kirk Windstein (Crowbar)
Brent Hinds (Mastodon)
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)

And the winner is…Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch!

In a world where bare chins have become a startling rarity, men of the world have had to step up their facial hair to truly stand out. Chris’ game-changing squid-tentacles look has been an inspiration and proof that originality can still work. Chris, we salute you!




Thy Art Is Murder – crowd surf races
Bury Tomorrow – ‘twerk-le’ pits
Skindred – The Newport Helicopter
Five Finger Death Punch – kids on stage
Airbourne – Joel’s crowd strolls

And the winner is…Skindred!

It’s been a staple part of their sets for a while now, but last year’s festival season saw The Newport Helicopter reach new scenes of madness like never before. Shirts off, people. Let’s get silly.




Papa E (Ghost)
Nergal (Behemoth)
Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish)
Upon A Burning Body
Steel Panther

And the winner is…Upon A Burning Body!

We already love UABB thanks to their swaggering take on deathcore, but we can’t lie, it’s also hard to not like five guys that rock up on stage looking like fucking gangsters. Surely a suit sponsorship deal is in their sights somewhere?




DevilDriver – Sail
Ghost – I’m A Marionette
Motorhead/Biff Byford – Starstruck
The Hell – Stay Another Day
Asking Alexandria – Closer

And the winner is…Ghost!

This year’s nominations ranged from faithful renditions to ballsy reimaginings, but it’s Ghost that ultimately get the gong for proving that pop music can have its darker side too given the right twinges. Plus, everyone likes ABBA, really. Right guys? Right? Guys?! Erm…




Limp Bizkit – Ready To Go
Baby Metal – Give Me Choco!!!
The Coathangers – Follow Me
The Hell – Step It Up
Steel Panther – Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World

And the winner is…The Hell!

All of the above videos are ones that are both brilliant and boldly stupid. Ridiculously fantastic. Fantastically ridiculous. The Hell, however, have taken it to an entire new level of silly with a rip on The Prodigy’s classic Smack My Bitch Up video that had us both facepalming and chuckling into our keyboards in equal measure. Well played. You dicks.




The Prodigy
Iron Maiden
Limp Bizkit

And the winner is…Tool!

While we should be used to most of the above biding their time when it comes to new music, Tool rally are the kings of non-commitment. They’re in the studio! No they’re not! Maybe they are? Who knows! All we do know is that when we get that album, eventually, it’s almost certain to be amazing.




Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage)
James Hetfield (Metallica)
Dez Fafara (DevilDriver)
Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium)

And the winner is…Randy Blythe!

Bashing out 140 characters just doesn’t cut it any more. You need something interesting to look at to accompany your words. Randy continues to show himself to be a thoughtful, kind and artistically minded individual with what is undoubtedly the best Instagram account on the interwebz. Although Papa Het’s is admittedly pretty fucking funny.




Miss May I
Iron Maiden

And the winner is…Crossfaith!

This was a tough one to call, but ultimately, Crossfaith took home the gold with the above design. Did they effectively just taken an awesome character and stick it on a black tee? Absolutely. Did we fall for it? Without question. The Joker is and always will be metal as fuck.




Morgue Orgy – The Dildo
Zakk Wylde – Valhalla Coffee
Devin Townsend – Ziltoid Cap
Heavens Basement – Hot Sauce
Every Band Ever – Christmas Jumpers

And the winner is…Morgue Orgy!

Sometimes, you just have to applaud a band for doing some great PR. Are Morgue Orgy a rubbish band? Not at all! Would they have got anywhere near as much attention were it not for a brilliantly executed campaigned spearheaded by a dildo being shipped to magazine offices around the world? Definitely not. Credit where it’s due.




Paolo Trivium’s cat
Paolo Trivium’s cat
Paolo Trivium’s cat
Paolo Trivium’s cat
Paolo Trivium’s cat

And the winner is…Paolo from Trivium’s cat!


Well, that wraps up this year’s Moshcas, everyone. It’s been truly emotional indeed. See you next week, and take care.

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Earth Crisis: returning legends

New York metalcore veterans Earth Crisis have unveiled a brand new track.

Out Of The Cages is taken from imminent new Earth Crisis album Salvation of Innocents, mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed) and out March 3.

“The process for this album was new for us,” says guitarist Scott Crouse. “We did most of it ourselves. The absence of pressure having to get things done by a certain time each day really gave us the freedom to try new ideas and critically listen to the songs. From the music, to the lyrical concept we think we’ve created something pretty unique.”

Check out Out Of The Cage below:

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Bruce Dickinson: flying LAD

You may have heard that Iron Maiden legend Bruce Dickinson is something of a keen pilot during his time off.

Never one to shy away from bold new frontiers, his latest venture is an investment in a new, record-breaking aircraft that has been unveiled this week.

Called The Airlander, the monstrous, balloon-driven airship is the longest aircraft ever built, coming in at 302ft (92m) in length costing around £60 million. So basically, you can’t get one for christmas. Sorry.

The Airlander promises to eventually be modified to carry up to 50 tonnes of cargo and will spearhead a new generation of “quieter, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly planes”, and our Bruce is rather chuffed to be, ahem, aboard.

“It’s a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do,” he tells the BBC. “The airship has always been with us, it’s just been waiting for the technology to catch up.”

In the meantime, we’ll get to see Bruce get back to what we all love him doing the most, which is kicking seven shades of shit with Iron fucking Maiden at Sonisphere in July. With the band’s headline set on the Saturday set to be Maiden England’s final bow-out, expect some truly iconic scenes. See you there.


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Slipknot at Download last year

Slipknot will begin album sessions in a matter of days, and have begun a media “blackout” as they prepare to all enter the studio.

The band have taken down their official website and earlier today instagrammed a plain black square that one can only assume means that they are to go into studio hiding until it’s time to reveal some concrete news about album number five.

Corey Taylor has confirmed this week that the Iowa icons will be throwing themselves into the studio as a unit in the coming days, stating in a new interview that he has “written lyrics for everything that we have right now and it’s feeling pretty good.” He adds: “It feels like the story of the band so far, which is a totally different take on what I’ve been used to writing with Slipknot., but I think, because of everything we’ve been through, it’s time to tell that story.”

The album will serve as the band’s first without bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison, the latter of whom left the band under shocking circumstances last year. Both Jordison and Slipknot have remained largely silent on the split since it happened, with Joey stating flatly that he “did not quit” the band.

Who will play drums on the new ‘Knot album remains to be seen. Watch this space…

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Miss May I play Download in June

Miss May I have unveiled the first video from Rise Of The Lion.

The video shows Ohio’s finest performing as one lucky fan gets inked for the new album’s front cover! Not a bad way to show some dedication, eh?

Check it out below:

Rise Of The Lion is the follow-up to 2012′s career-best At Heart and was recorded by the one and only Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon).

Rise Of The Lion is a big step forward for our band,” explains frontman Levi Benton. “It’s our most diverse record by far. The main goal was to create a timeless metal record that defines our band and I believe we have done it.

“I wanted to find a new perspective to write from on this record,” he adds. “I wanted it to be less about me and my life, as I feel I covered that a lot on the last record. So I have this huge box of letters we’ve received from fans over the years. Often they are about how our songs have helped people through tough times or been the soundtrack to great times. So I decided to write songs from the perspective of different fans who have written to us.”

Rise Of The Lion will land on April 28 via Rise. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Rise Of The Lion Tracklist

  1. Refuse To Believe
  2. Lunatik
  3. Gone
  4. Echoes
  5. You Want Me
  6. Tangled Tongues
  7. Hero With No Name
  8. Darker Days
  9. The End Of Me
  10. Saints, Sinners, and Greats

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Architects: national treasures

Architects are streaming new album Lost Forever // Lost Together in full.

Listen to the Brighton heavyweights’ latest slab of metalcore majesty below. Trust us, this is good:

Lost Forever // Lost Together is the follow-up to 2012′s immense Daybreaker and arrives on March 11 via Epitaph.

Lost Forever // Lost Together Tracklist

01. Gravedigger
02. Naysayer
03. Broken Cross
04. The Devil Is Near
05. Dead Man Talking
06. Red Hypergiant
07. C.A.N.C.E.R
08. Colony Collapse
09. Castles In The Air
10. Youth Is Wasted On The Young
11. The Distant Blue

Pre-order the album here

The Brighton crew will be joined by hardcore veterans Stray From The Path and Aussie metalcore mob,Northlane at the following venues:

Mar 7 Manchester Academy 2 – TICKETS
Mar 8 Glasgow O2 ABC – TICKETS 
Mar 9 Sheffield Leadmill – TICKETS 
Mar 11 Cardiff Solus – TICKETS 
Mar 12 Birmingham Institute – TICKETS
Mar 14 – London KOKO –  TICKETS 

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OMAM: Restoring Force in 2014

Of Mice & Men have released another video from new album Restoring Force.

Have a look at Bones Exposed below…

Restoring Force is out now via Rise. Catch OM&M on the following dates with Issues and Beartooth.

Apr 16: Southampton Mo Club
Apr 18: London Koko
Apr 19: Manchester Ritz
Apr 20: Glasgow O2 ABC
Apr 22: Birmingham Institute
Apr 23: Cardiff Great Hall

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Leading the way: our Tosin and the boys

Tech metal powerhouses Animals As Leaders have released another new track for streaming.

The song comes from imminent new AAL album The Joy Of Motion, out on March 24 via Sumerian.

Get proggy with Lippincott below…

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Down: still bustlin’ hedgerows

Down have confirmed that their next EP will land this May!

The follow-up to 2012′s Down IV – The Purple EP will be titled, quite sensibly, Down IV – Part Two and will arrive on May 12 via Roadrunner and will mark the debut of new guitarist, Bobby Landgraf, who replaced Kirk Windstein last year.

“He was immediately at home,” says Phil Anselmo. “Bobby had always been that guy in case of anything. Knowing his personality, he really locked in with what we do and took it to heart. He made himself belong. Honestly, the first day he came down he contributed a very strong riff to a key song. There’s that Southern element, which is imperative. I also catch a real old heavy metal vibe from this record. I can’t stress this enough. He took it all on, and he did a fucking awesome job.

“It was a big deal for me,” adds Bobby. “I drove ten hours up from Texas that first day, cracked a beer, and plugged in. We jumped right into the room, and I played this part. They all smiled. That was the moment for me. I’m a longtime fan, and I knew we were friends, but being a part of the writing and working towards something together was just incredible. As a guitar player, one of my goals was to be in a group like this. I want to make everyone proud.”

Down IV – Part Two Tracklist

1. Steeple
2. We Knew Him Well
3.  Hogshead/Dogshead
4. Conjure
5. Sufferer’s Years
6. Bacchanalia

Down headline Bloodstock in August. Get your tickets now from

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