Archive for February, 2014

of mice & men

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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DevilDriver: Headed our way in April

DevilDriver have released another cut from last year’s Winter Kills.

Sail is a cover of a track originally released by Awolnation in 2011, and comes accompanied by a swanky new lyric video.

Check it out below:

DevilDriver will be heading back to the UK next spring for a string of dates – and they’re bringing UK alumni Sylosis and Bleed From Within with them!

Catch Dez and the boys on the following dates:

Apr 3 Cardiff Solus
Apr 4 London Electric Ballroom
Apr 5 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Apr 6 Glasgow Garage
Apr 8 Dublin Academy
Apr 9 Manchester Academy 2
Apr 10 Southampton Mo Club

Grab your tickets here

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Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie: Horror LAD

Rob Zombie has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming DVD.

The horror metal king incarnate filmed the DVD at two shows in Texas on last year’s Rockstar Mayhem tour, with a release expected to land some time this summer.

“A live DVD, for some reason to me, always seems like a nuisance, because after the show is done, I don’t care,” he tells New York radio station Q103. “I don’t want to relive it. I mean, a certain member of the band films every show and wants to watch it immediately after the show. And it aggravates the fuck out of me. Who gives a shit? The show is over, I don’t care. I never wanna hear about it again, I never wanna see it again. Like, I never watch anything — a TV show I’ve been on; I don’t care. Once it’s done, it’s done. But I figured, at least once, we should film it.”

The tracklist for the DVD, reportedly titled The Zombie Horror Picture Show, is as follows:

01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Superbeast
03. Super-Charger Heaven (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE)
04. Living Dead Girl
05. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover)
06. More Human Than Human (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE)
07. Sick Bubblegum
08. Never Gonna Stop
09. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
10. Meet The Creeper
11. Mars Needs Women
12. House Of 1000 Corpses
13. The Lords Of Salem
14. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
15. Thunder Kiss ’65 (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE)
16. Dragula

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Babymetal: unlike anything you have EVER heard, guaranteed

Japanese metal/teeny bopper dance group Babymetal have released a new video about chocolate.

Give Me Choco!! is yet another in a series of what are, to our Westernised ears and eyes at least, some of the most ridiculous songs ever conceived on a guitar.

If you’re unfamiliar with Babymetal, we really can’t do it justice in mere words, but look somewhere between I Killed The Prom Queen, Slayer and a bonkers and slightly unnerving anime cartoon and you’re somewhere there. Maybe.

Look, just check it out and don’t say we didn’t warn you:

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Kirk Hammett: happy to still be here

Metallica‘s infamous ‘Alcoholica’ period saw them become the most notorious drinkers in heavy metal.

Their 80s hedonistic heyday would regularly see the thrash icons-in-the-making downing bottles upon bottles of beer, vodka and any other spirits their could get their hands on – and it was a period that Kirk Hammett feels lucky to have survived at all.

“It’s really hard to remember a lot of that, but I remember when we were doing that initial Alcoholica photo session with the big blow-up vodka bottle, we were really really drunk,” he tells Noisey. “After that, we spilled out onto the street, we were in London, we had beers in our hands, and we just sat there, right on the curb, and just continued to drink, and people were passing by, busses were passing by, and we were just so obviously out of our heads, wasted, just laying right there.

“Back in those days, we did consume a lot of vodka, and I’m so amazed that we didn’t get killed because all of us were driving back then. All of us were so wild, we were just wilding. I mean, I couldn’t get away with that these days because if I acted like that now, I would get in so much trouble. People would take pictures of me being a total drunken idiot, and all of a sudden, next thing you know, it’s on YouTube, and it’s viral.”

Following the somewhat mixed receptions to the Grammys performance and last year’s Through The Never 3D film adventure, Metallica are finally getting back to the business of recording new music, with an album expected to see the light of day next year.

In the meantime, we’ll get the chance to catch The Biggest Band In Metal once again at Sonisphere 2014, where they’ll be playing a fan-curated set! Head to to vote and find out more about Sonisphere at

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