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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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…

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