Archive for March, 2014


Steel Panther: LOLs-a-minute

Steel Panther are previewing new album All You Can Eat through a rather interesting new project.

Head over to SteelPanther.TV and you’ll be taken to a Youtube-based “TV channel” that is, amongst other things, streaming the album in its entirety!

You can also check out the previously unreleased video for new track Gloryhole by calling the Steel Panther Hotline on 01424 400093 and getting a code. What? We told you it was interesting!

Steel Panther are our guides to the Metal Hammer 1984 Issue, out now and featuring amazing interviews with Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Twisted Sister and many more. Get it now!

Steel Panther also host the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards on June 16.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/stream-steel-panthers-new-album-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stream-steel-panthers-new-album-now
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Butcher Babies: from the cradle to the grave

Butcher Babies recently spoke to Hammer about their inspirations, being stereotyped, the Butcher Babies message and, yes, nipple tape.

Luckily, we had a camera, so we videoed it! Pretty thoughtful, huh? If you think you have the LA metallers sussed, you might just want to give this a watch. Surprise yourself and check out our exclusive interview below:

Debut Butcher Babies album Goliath is out now.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/video-butcher-babies-stand-for-something/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-butcher-babies-stand-for-something
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Trivium’s Matt Heafy has seemingly leaked the lineup for this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

The singer posted the below tweet earlier today. Call us optimistic, but that looks pretty legit to us (and fucking awesome, for what it’s worth):

 

Rockstar Mayhem 2014 touches down at the following venues this year:

07/05 San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
07/06 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
07/08 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
07/11 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/12 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
07/13 Denver, CO – TBA
07/16 Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/17 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/19 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
07/20 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/23 Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/24 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/26 Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
07/27 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
07/29 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake
07/30 Wantagh, NY – Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
08/01 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
08/02 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/03 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/05 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
08/07 Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre
08/09 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/10 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/rockstar-mayhem-festival-2014-lineup-leaked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rockstar-mayhem-festival-2014-lineup-leaked
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The Kush

Fancy winning tickets to an exclusive masterclass from Velvet Revolver‘s own Dave Kushner?

Dave will deliver an exclusive masterclass on April 26 and 27 at London’s Metropolis Studios, giving an in-depth look at his music career through the years and playing the original master tapes of his well-known hits in front of a very intimate, live studio audience.

We have a pair of tickets, which include a private meet ‘n’ greet, to give away for April 27, so to stand a chance of winning, answer one very easy question here!

For tickets to the event, click here.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/competitions/win-tickets-to-metropolis-presents-in-the-studio-with-velvet-revolvers-dave-kushner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=win-tickets-to-metropolis-presents-in-the-studio-with-velvet-revolvers-dave-kushner
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Protect ya Nex…

Sunderland ragers Nexilva have spent years refining their death metal onslaught. Now it’s their time to shine.

While they may be a relatively new name for a lot of people, Sunderland’s Nexilva have been busy beavering away for a number of years now, making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting new bands on the British death metal scene. Years of relentless touring lead to well received sets at last year’s TechFest and Germany’s Euroblast festivals, but the band’s story goes back a lot further, to when the boys were fresh-faced 13-year-olds

“When we started out it was more of a pop punk sort of thing” muses drummer Connor Jobes with an air of amusement while recalling the band’s humble beginnings. “We started out covering Fall Out Boy songs and stuff like that”.

Hear a snippet from the new album here!

Needless to say, they’ve come a long way from those baggy shorts days. Songs about getting dumped and grazing your knee from falling off your skateboard have been swapped for their own blistering breed of death metal. Following in the footsteps of scene trailblazers such as The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel, their songs come fast and nasty. However, there are many layers to the band that mark them out as quite the enigmatic bunch. While their music is bludgeoning, there are also technical leanings in the vein of contemporary prog and an array of symphonic and atmospheric synths. “There’s all sorts of things going on that you wouldn’t normally hear in a death metal band,” enthuses Jobes. “I do believe that how diverse our sound can be means we can appeal to people from most scenes”.

After a lengthy recording process, this April sees the release of their debut full length, Eschatologies, an album that embraces the prog trait of story telling with a dark narrative. “All of the songs on that album are all stories on how humanity brings its own end, in many different ways,” Jobes explains “There’s a recurring line in the album that’s on quite a lot of the songs, and that’s evil will prevail.” Delivering heaviness that is as thrilling as it is ferocious, now is very much the time for Nexilva’s breed of evil to prevail.

Eschatologies is out April 7 via Ghost Music

Interview by Gavin Lloyd

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/features/new-music-monday-nexilva/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-music-monday-nexilva
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Zakk Wylde: Guitar God

Black Label Society have released the first video from new album Catacombs Of The Black Vatican. 

As it happens, the video for My Dying Time is every bit as badass as the song itself!  Watch Uncle Zakk mix it up with suspicious looking demon businessmen  and sexy devil lady people 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)

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/premiere-black-label-society-unveil-my-dying-time-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=premiere-black-label-society-unveil-my-dying-time-video
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BWP: a new chapter begins

Rising UK hardcore favourites Brutality Will Prevail have unveiled a new video!

Escapist is taken from the band’s awesome new album Suspension Of Consciousness, out April 7.

Watch it all kick off below…

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/brutality-will-prevail-release-escapist-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brutality-will-prevail-release-escapist-video
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Dragonforce: widdly

We’re debuting an exclusive demo from new Dragonforce album Maximum Overload, and it features none other than Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy!

The track, titled Defenders, is the first piece of music to be released from the opus and showcases a bit of a heavier side for the London-based power metallers. Don’t worry, though; there’s still tons of widdling.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DEFENDERS

Maximum Overload will be the second Dragonforce opus to feature frontman Marc Hudson, and will drop via Ear Music on August 18. The album was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Studios, Sweden.

The guys will also embark on a mammoth UK tour in September, hitting up the following venues:

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thursday 18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
Friday 19th GLASGOW King Tuts
Saturday 20th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sunday 21st DUBLIN Whelan’s
Tuesday 23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
Wednesday 24th MIDDLESBRO’ Empire
Thursday 25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Friday 26th STOKE Sugarmill
Saturday 27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
Tuesday 30th BRIGHTON The Haunt

OCTOBER
Wednesday 1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Thursday 2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Friday 3rd BRIDGEND Hobo’s
Saturday 4th BRISTOL The Thekla
Tuesday 7th LEEDS Brundenell
Wednesday 8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Thursday 9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Friday 10th NORWICH Waterfront
Saturday 11th LONDON Bush Hall

Dragonforce tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday April 4, priced at £17.50 for London and £16.00 regionally, available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-hear-a-brand-new-dragonforce-demo-featuring-triviums-matt-heafy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exclusive-hear-a-brand-new-dragonforce-demo-featuring-triviums-matt-heafy
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Absolutely no Photoshop was used in this. At all. Nope…

Hammer’s Greg Moffitt went to see Bee Gees metal tribute act Tragedy last week. Not only was it a blast, but it reminded him why novelty bands can still kick ass…

Novelty bands have always proved divisive in the realms of rock and metal. Comedy bands, joke bands, spoof bands…call them what you will, but acts fooling around and indulging in blatant frivolity are guaranteed to draw the ire of those defenders of the faith for whom heavy metal is a deadly serious business. From Gwar (RIP Oderus) and Lawnmower Deth to Green Jelly and the currently in-vogue, Steel Panther, each decade produces a clutch of clowns to entertain and infuriate. The fact that such outfits persist – although individual ‘careers’ may be remarkably short – reminds us, however, that metal has always displayed an innate sense of humour and unlike many other genres of music, is capable of laughing at itself.

Steel Panther: LOLs-a-minute

The most ardent fans of Spinal Tap and Bad News are, after all, metal fans themselves. Billed as an “all metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond”, New York’s Tragedy are the latest novelty outfit to emerge onto the scene. Their mission: to “take your favourite Bee Gees, disco and soft-rock classics and reinvent them in a heavy metal fashion”. Fresh from their show headlining the opening night of HammerFest, the band are currently on the last leg of their UK tour.

Tragedy: Their love is deep [Photo: Mike Powell]

Zakky Boy Taylor, frontman with main support act A Joker’s Rage, is outside the venue having a cigarette. “I’ve seen Tragedy before and they’re thoroughly entertaining,” he says. “Supporting these guys is like a night out for us! I’m very hard to impress when it comes to live bands. The industry is saturated with bands now and what I find is that when it comes to the theatrical aspect of what Tragedy do – and we’re a little bit like that ourselves – I love it. I think a lot of people have forgotten the visual aspect of a live show. It’s so important. It used to be the main focal point and that got lost somewhere down the line.”

[Photo: Mike Powell]

Amazingly, two fans from the Isle Of Man – Justin and Jo – are following Tragedy as they make their way around the country. “We first saw them at Camden Underworld,” says Justin, “and they were brilliant! A good night’s entertainment. They’re very good at what they do.” “They’ve all got such great voices that they can carry it off,” adds Jo, “and if we can’t have some fun with this, what’s the bloody point? Even if you /really/ love metal, it’s not all serious.”

Inside the club, it’s about as far from serious as you can get. Exploding on stage in a riot of spandex, leather, sequins and stunning facial hair, the Tragedy experience emphasizes fun and frolics, but it quickly becomes apparent that it’s not at the expense of the music. And that’s the kicker. You may not have them on your iPod, but there’s simply no denying the quality of these songs, metal makeover or not. Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees, We Are Family by Sister Sledge becomes We Are Tragedy, Slayer’s Raining Blood morphs into The Weather Girls’ Raining Men… even Abba get a look in with a sly-winking rendition of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight). As they close out with Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart (penned by Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman let’s not forget), the words of Maximus in Gladiator spring to mind; “Are you not entertained?” Camp as a row of tents and with more hooks than hell’s cloakroom, Tragedy guarantee it.

ALL THE PEOPLE! [Photo: James Cross]

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/features/live-evil-tragedy-at-the-duchess-york/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=live-evil-tragedy-at-the-duchess-york
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Dragonforce: widdly

UK power metal heabyweights Dragonforce will be unleashing a new studio album in August!

Maximum Overload will be the second Dragonforce opus to feature frontman Marc Hudson, and will drop via Ear Music on August 18. The album was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Fascination Studios, Sweden and will feature a guest appearance from none other than Trivium‘s Matt Heafy!

The guys will also embark on a mammoth UK tour in September, hitting up the following venues:

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thursday 18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
Friday 19th GLASGOW King Tuts
Saturday 20th BELFAST Limelight 2
Sunday 21st DUBLIN Whelan’s
Tuesday 23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
Wednesday 24th MIDDLESBRO’ Empire
Thursday 25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Friday 26th STOKE Sugarmill
Saturday 27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
Tuesday 30th BRIGHTON The Haunt

OCTOBER
Wednesday 1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Thursday 2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Friday 3rd BRIDGEND Hobo’s
Saturday 4th BRISTOL The Thekla
Tuesday 7th LEEDS Brundenell
Wednesday 8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Thursday 9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Friday 10th NORWICH Waterfront
Saturday 11th LONDON Bush Hall

Dragonforce tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday April 4, priced at £17.50 for London and £16.00 regionally, available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/dragonforce-to-release-new-album-maximum-overload-this-summer-uk-tour-announced/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dragonforce-to-release-new-album-maximum-overload-this-summer-uk-tour-announced
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