Let me make things clear right now: This isn’t an article about Metallica. Rather, I use their popularity and influence as the foundation for the very simple statement that there will most likely never be a band that reaches their level ever again. I just can’t see it happening in today’s day and age, not with how band’s showcase their presence and not with how the audience of today functions.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love nothing more than to see a metal band emerge that writes killer material, mobilizes a rabid following, and, over time, becomes an entity that grows to a larger-than-life status. Such bands are few and far between and the problem is that they are becoming rarer and rarer with each passing day. The days of huge, lasting influential bands may very well be at an end. READ MORE
Savannah, Georgia progressive sludge metal band Baroness has announced a US headlining tour that will kick off May 24th in Philadelphia, the adopted hometown of guitarist/singer John Baizley. The band will be touring in support of their new album Yellow & Green (review), which was released last year but saw very little touring due to a horrific bus accident less than a month after the album’s release.
Guitarist Pete Adams explains, “It’s hard to find the words to express how excited we are to announce this tour. Seven months ago, who knew when it would be or even if we could get back on the road. But here we are, picking right back up where we left off. A heartfelt thanks to everyone’s unconditional love and support for us through, let’s hope, the hardest time this band will ever see. We told you we’d be back so let’s do this thing!”
It was recently announced that bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Bickle had quit the band. Baizley and Adams will be joined by bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson for the tour.
The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Progressive metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan have released a six and a half minute video that features samples from all of the tracks from their upcoming album One Of Us Is The Killer, which comes out May 14th via Sumerian Records. The new album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure, Suicide Silence), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman’s studio. Mastering will be handled by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys). You can listen to the samples below. READ MORE
UK metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon will be broadcasting a live concert from Leeds today at 3:30pm EST. The band will be playing in support of their newly released album Sempiternal (review), their fourth studio album and the followup to 2010′s There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret. You can watch the band perform live by going here.
Below is the latest video from BMTH, “Sleepwalking”. READ MORE
Update: April Fool’s!
In what might be the most shocking and surprising thing I’ve heard today, rocker/director Rob Zombie has cut off his infamous dreadlocks for charity purposes. Zombie cut off his dreads for Scary Care Funtime, an organization that promotes the benefits of horror. The dreads were to be used to create a wig that would have then been auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the organization.
Scary Care Funtime director Johan P. Baumgardner states, “We are thrilled that Mr. Zombie has taken such an interest in our foundation!”
Zombie was quoted as saying, “Finally! Those fucking dreads were itching like crazy! That Scary Carey bullshit? They can do whatever they want with them.”
You can see a picture of Zombie sans dreadlocks below. READ MORE
Tomorrow sees the release of Killswitch Engage’s Disarm The Descent, the band’s first new album in four years and the first to see the return of original singer Jesse Leach. In anticipation of this release, we caught up with drummer Justin Foley a few days ago and are excited to bring you our exclusive interview with him! Head on below to see his take on the new album, who he thinks will win March Madness, some of his favorite Simpson’s “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, and more!
You can pre-order Disarm The Descent here. READ MORE
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has released a new painting, which you can see below, to celebrate the Easter holiday. The watercolor painting features a bunny/person hybrid standing in some kind of field with a hill in the background. Atop the hill are two crosses (and what appears to be the side of a third). The bunny/person hybrid has one bloody hand raised and there is a hole in the hand, suggesting that this creature was crucified.
Also something to note is that there are six fingers on the hand. This thing probably killed someone’s father and should be prepared to die. Just saying’.
Manson’s latest release was last year’s Born Villain. You can read our review here READ MORE
It’s Friday night and things are gonna get creepy and twisted around here! This week I bring you “Swamp Thing”, the latest music video from Colombian rock band Dante. Beautifully shot and incredibly mysterious, this video has inspirations from Evil Dead, Silent Hill, Dracula, Pan’s Labyrinth, and much more. Director Jorge Jaramillo did a fantastic job at creating atmosphere and this is a video that is well worth watching. Head on below to check it out!
You can pick up Dante‘s The Rorsharch Manifesto on iTunes. READ MORE
British metalcore band Asking Alexandria has premiered a new song entitled “The Death Of Me”. The song comes from their upcoming album From Death To Destiny, which will be released this summer via Sumerian Records. You can listen to the song below.
Asking Alexandria has also announced a US headlining tour this spring with support coming from Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Chimaira, and I Killed The Prom Queen. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Electronic rockers Davey Suicide has released an official video for “Kids Of America”, which comes from their newly released self-titled album (iTunes). The video was directed by famed photographer/director/artist Chad Michael Ward. You can watch the video below.
Make sure to check out our exclusive Davey Suicide tour updates here/. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive first listen to Device‘s cover of the classic song “Close My Eyes Forever”. This cover sees singer David Draiman (Disturbed) take on Ozzy Osbourne‘s vocals and is joined by Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale, who tackles Lita Ford‘s parts. The song will be hitting radio later today, so keep your dials tuned in! Head on below to listen to the track as well as to see Draiman explain how the song came about!
Device‘s upcoming self-titled debut features ex-Filter guitarist Gene Lenardo, who co-wrote the album. Joining as the touring incantation is Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus.
The self-titled album features guest appearances from Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion), and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold). The album comes out April 9th and can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
It really seems that TesseracT are fast becoming a band that is not only releasing amazing music but are shaping and paving the way of the future of their genre. Their music is sophisticated yet engaging, intricate yet powerful, and, at the end of the day, it’s f*cking fantastic. I still blast the Concealing Fate EP and use them as an example of metal with amazing melody and vocals.
Coming to the point of this article, the band has released a second trailer for their upcoming album Altered State, which comes out May 28th via Century Media Records, and it features new music for fans to hear and enjoy. You can hear the music below. READ MORE
Electronic legends Depeche Mode have released an official music video for “Soothe My Soul”, which comes from their latest album Delta Machine (review). The video is a rather steamy, sexy piece of visual media, so make sure to watch it in a safe environment so that your boss doesn’t catch you playing with your angel when you’d rather just enjoy the silence and find your own personal jesus. Okay, I’ll stop now. READ MORE
Rock band Shinedown has announced several US headlining tour dates for this spring with support coming from Bush and Airbourne. The band also has tour dates with Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, and P.O.D., all of which can be seen below.
The band’s last release was 2012′s Amaryllis, which Aural Pleasures co-host Bill REALLY didn’t like. Check out his review here. READ MORE
Sad news has come out of the music equipment world as Robert Zildjian, founder of Sabian Cymbals, has passed away at age 89. Many artists have expressed their grief, including Tesseract‘s Jay Postones, who states, “I’ll always use and love Sabian cymbals. RIP Robert Zildjian,” while ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy comments, “I am truly saddened to write that SABIAN founder and our fearless leader Robert Zildjian, has passed on today at age 89. RIP Uncle Bob.”
Sabian commented via their Facebook page, “It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert “RZ” Zildjian, our beloved founder and leader. A tireless and dynamic force, he inspired each one of us in the Sabian family to work harder, to reach farther, to make a difference – and he led us by example. We mourn his passing, and we will miss him for a long time to come. But we are better people for having known RZ, and we are richer for having worked alongside him. We draw comfort from the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the music made by artists the world over.
Rest in peace, RZ.”
Our deepest condolences to the Zildjian friends and family, the Sabian crew, and all the musicians who use Sabian as a part of their arsenal. READ MORE
The new Evil Dead film will be coming out next Friday and it seems like the entire horror fanbase is on pins and needles awaiting its release. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve seen such hype for a horror release since I began here at Bloody-Disgusting back in late 2009. From the look of it, it’s a film that not only respects the horror fanbase but is a film made for us. Still, having not seen the film, I can only wait with you and hope for the best.
This excitement and fervor has swept into the music world and members of some of the most extreme and intense bands out there want to share their thoughts on the original films and the upcoming remake. Head on below for thoughts from members of Paradise Lost, The Black Dahlia Murder, Monuments, Tech N9ne, Bonded By Blood, Palisades, Broken Hope, and a whole slew more! READ MORE
Neo-classical guitar shred master Yngwie Malmsteen will be embarking on a full US tour this spring in support of his latest album Spellbound>. The tour kicks off April 24th in Cleveland, OH and wraps up May 18th in Houston, TX. The full touring schedule can be seen below. READ MORE
Swedish melodic metal legends Dark Tranquillity have announced that they will be releasing their latest album Construct on May 27th in Europe (May 28th in the US) via Century Media Records. This album will be the followup to 2010′s We Are The Void. The band has also released the track list, cover art, and a trailer, all of which can be seen below.
The band comments on the new album, “The selected few people that so far have been granted the privilege of hearing the full album are uniformingly convinced that ‘Construct’ is the strongest and most exciting D.T. album in a long time, and who are we to disagree? While still bearing the unmistakable mark of the dark tranquillity, the record is probably our most different and diverse offering since 1999′s ‘Projector’. For now, we’re pleased to share the track-list, trailer and sleeve design with you, but the first musical preview will appear in the near future.”
Dark Tranquillity has long been a band I have enjoyed and they were also one of the first major interviews I did for BD. Therefore, they’ll always have a special place in my heart! READ MORE
Hard rock/metal band Stone Sour has released an amazing video for “Do Me A Favor”, which comes from their upcoming album House Of Gold And Bones: Part 2 (out April 9th via Roadrunner Records). Directed by the always impressive Phil Mucci, the video is a visual masterpiece and never offers a dull moment, featuring brutal fistfights, zombies, and much, much more. I can’t recommend checking this video out enough. Head on below to see it!
Singer Corey Taylor explains, “The ‘Do Me A Favor’ video is actually based loosely on a part of the short story that happens towards the end. It’s a lot of action and fire. All the main characters are there: The Human, Allen, Peck, Black John and the Numbers… It’s a great ride.”
You can pre-order HOGAB:P2 on iTunes. READ MORE
Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament will be co-headlining the Scion Rock Fest alongside Melvins. The all-day free (!!!) concert will take place June 1st in Memphis, TN and will also see such acts as Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, The Obsessed, Corrosion Of Conformity, Arsis, and many more. You can see a poster with the full lineup below. READ MORE
Rock group Skillet have announced that they will be releasing their ninth studio album Rise on June 25th. The album is the followup to 2009′s Awake and is produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, All American Rejects). It also serves as the band’s first concept album, telling the story of an American teenager coming into adulthood.
Bassist/singer John Cooper states, “The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen. As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on—that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could.”
The album’s first single “Sick Of It” will be available on iTunes on April 9th. READ MORE
With the Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake coming out next Friday, it’d be a crime to not report on composer Roque Baños‘ score for the film, which many are hailing as nothing short of brilliance. On April 9th, LaLaLand Records will be releasing the soundtrack as a digital download AND as a deluxe CD edition, the latter of which will feature 25 minutes of additional music not featured in the digital download. The CD version of the standard edition will be available on Amazon and all other major online retailers May 7th.
“In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.” READ MORE
Guitarist John 5, who is working with Rob Zombie and played with Marilyn Manson, is the victim of a house burglary. Several very valuable and rare guitars were stolen from his property and he is asking for help should people find/see them. Below is a list of items stolen as well as descriptions and photos.
John 5 comments, “Unfortunately our house was robbed today, we accidentally didn’t put the alarm on, so some assholes got lucky! Whoever did this will get caught hopefully one day!”
John 5 composed Zombie’s upcoming film The Lords Of Salem, which comes out April 19 while Zombie’s new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, comes out April 22nd. READ MORE
Metalcore band Killswitch Engage has teamed up with AltPress to stream their new album Disarm The Descent, which comes out April 1st via Roadrunner Records. You can listen to the album by clicking the previous link or by heading down below.
Disarm The Descent is the first album to feature original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing. You can pre-order the album here
Keep an eye out for our exclusive interview with drummer Justin Foley, coming soon! READ MORE