One of my most anticipated releases this year has to be Chicago, IL’s Alaya and their upcoming debut album Thrones, which comes out March 17th via Basick Records. The band first got my attention with their track “Inside“, which feature a mix of melodic tech metal with clean vocals and strong melodies that was something that sent hooks into my skin and has failed to leave since. You can (and totally should) pre-order your copy of Thrones via iTunes.
But something that I didn’t realize about “Inside” until I spoke with drummer David Jacob Robison was that the song was lyrically heavily influenced by the French horror film of the same name. In fact, Robison told me that several tracks on the debut album were lyrically inspired by several horror films. And now, with the album coming out soon, we’re able to bring you that exact list! Head on below to read how Alaya might just be the best kept secret when it comes to the melding of horror and music! READ MORE
Alt-rock group The Pixies have released an official video for “Magdalena”, their second video from their EP 2. Directed by Judy Jacob, the video stars British dance/theater/performance artist Nando Messias who dresses in drag, walks around town, showers in rice, and beats up random guys to take their sandwich. Yeah, that about sums it up.
The band’s Black Francis describes the song, saying it’s “…basically a blues-shape with a Beatles-esque left turn, and a lot of Pixies-referential lyrics.”
Check out the video below. READ MORE
Okay, I literally screamed out loud when I saw this news announced! Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates have announced that they will be recording and releasing At War With Reality, a new studio album this year through Century Media Records! The plan is for the album to come out in November and then, most likely, tour the absolute sh*t out of it.
The album will reunite the Björler brothers, who separated after the break up of The Haunted. This is also the first new album from ATG since 1995′s masterpiece Slaughter Of The Soul. Head on below for quotes from both the band and Century Media.
2014 just became a year to remember! READ MORE
Metal legends Metallica took the stage last night at the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony to perform their mega-hit “One”, which comes from their …And Justice For All album. The band was joined by Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist who has led orchestras around the world. A video performance can be seen below (forgive the dubbing at the beginning). READ MORE
Actor/musician Johnny Depp and half of his band The Kids were rocking out at the Duesenberg Guitar’s NAMM after-party this past Saturday when they were joined by half of shock rocker Alice Cooper‘s band (Tommy Henriksen and Glen Sobel). After Depp played two songs, Marilyn Manson came out on stage to perform a few of his big hits as well as a cover of “20th Century Boy”. After Manson left, Depp introduced Cooper and the band played five more songs (obviously kicking out “School’s Out”. But the night wasn’t over as Depp then called out Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, who sang four songs, including a cover of “House Of The Rising Sun”. Lastly, Depp brought out all the special guests for a rendition of “Come Together”. Below are a few photos and the full setlist.
To see more photos, click your mouse cursor right…about…here. READ MORE
Update: The Grammys are now taking down every video that shows the Nine Inch Nails/Queens Of The Stone Age performance.
The 2014 Grammy Award ceremony has come and gone. For this section, the only real positive thing to make mention of is that Black Sabbath won “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for their track “God Is Dead?”. Congratulations to Ozzy and the rest of the band as 13 is a badass album and a total throwback to the glorious days of doomy heavy metal.
But let’s talk about some serious botches that should have the producers begging to keep their jobs. First of all, during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment, which highlights the deaths of musicians in the past year, Clive Burr (ex-drummer of Iron Maiden) and Jeff Hanneman (guitarist of Slayer) were both omitted from the video. These two musicians were both in high profile bands that revolutionized their respective subgenre (and I should mention that Slayer has won two Grammy awards). To omit them is incredibly disrespectful and highlights how little the popular music world sees the metal and hard rock community.
Next, can we talk about how the ceremony ended by cutting off the stellar mashup performance of Trent Reznor (along with all of Nine Inch Nails), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age)? What was supposed to be a 10 minute performance was chopped in half when the producers deemed that the ceremony had gone on way too long and simply cut to commercials. Reznor and fellow NIN member Alessandro Cortini took to Twitter to voice their feelings and people who had been anxiously awaiting this once in a lifetime supergroup performance were left horribly disappointed. You can read Reznor and Cortini’s tweets below as well as see the first half of the performance.
What a mockery and what a shame. The Grammys should be ashamed of themselves. READ MORE
The Maniac vinyl OST that was only recently available in Europe is now available for pre-order in the US via Light In The Attic. Featuring 16 tracks of music from composer Rob, the soundtrack is an homage to the synth sounds of the 80′s. It’s a stellar score that stands out as a wonderful addition to a fantastic movie. You better believe I’ve already pre-ordered mine!
Head below for a behind-the-scenes clip about the composition of the music. READ MORE
YouTube piano cover master Sam Abbott has uploaded an amazing cover of TesseracT‘s “Eden”, which comes from their first full length studio album One (review). It’s all done as a one-take shot and his use of dynamics is incredibly strong. Head on down to give it a listen.
Make sure to check out Sam’s channel by clicking the above link. He’s done some really amazing covers that are well worth listening to. READ MORE
Often hailed as one of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time, Nobuo Uematsu‘s Final Fantasy VII is getting a limited 2LP vinyl release from Square Enix itself. Featuring 29 selected tracks, the vinyls will be picture disks with two of the most iconic images from the game: Cloud standing in front of Shinra Tower and Sephiroth standing in the middle of flames. The release is available only in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and costs €49.99. You can snag your copy here.
I bought the 4CD OST when I was younger and I somehow misplaced it and it kills me. I may have to find a way to get my hands on this. Anyone live in Europe willing to ship it to me? Please? READ MORE
Friday! The weekend is almost upon us! So to kick things off, I wanted to go a little more surreal by choosing eclectic Icelandic singer Björk and her video for “Army Of Me”, which was directed by famed music video guru Michel Gondry. The song comes from her 1995 album Post. The video is a surreal story of a truck breaking down, a gorilla dentist, a gigantic diamond, and more.
In an interview, Björk commented on the gorilla dentist, stating, “When Michel gets his strokes of genius and, in the video for ‘Army of Me’, wants a dentist that’s a gorilla to find a diamond in my mouth, some people call it nonsense. But it’s probably the most realistic way of expressing what situation I’m in – all these people trying to take things away from me, and the gorilla finding a diamond that I don’t know I have and then stealing it. ‘Army of Me’ is so much about me actually learning that I have to defend myself. I have to stand up and fight the fucking gorilla. Once I’ve got the diamond and I run away with it, it becomes massive ‘cos it’s mine. But if the gorilla had kept it, it would have gone really tiny. That’s surrealism for me.”
You can watch the video below and make sure to pick up Björk‘s Post via iTunes. READ MORE
UK tech metal rising stars TesseracT have announced a N. American tour that will see support come from Intronaut and Cloudkicker. Cloudkicker, aka Ben Sharp, will be performing with the members of Intronaut as his backing band. The tour kicks off at the end of March in Virginia and ends at the end of April in New York.
Tesseract comments, “Last year we spent a few short weeks with a bunch of west coast musicians called Intronaut, stalwarts of the scene who have been honing their skills for years into an awesome blend of progressive jazz tinged metal. For as long as we can remember there has been a home studio producer of genre defying music called Cloudkicker. He has until now been restricted to the studio. So, it’s with great pleasure that we get to rejoin our brothers in Intronaut, and be a part of Cloudkicker’s first ever tour! This will be seriously fun.”
Intronaut adds, “When we first met Ben a few years back and discovered the Cloudkicker album “Beacons”, we unanimously fell in love with it and have since bugged him to let us be his band. Now it is finally happening. Intronaut is absolutely over the moon about this once in a lifetime opportunity for Cloudkicker fans to hear his stuff live. Sweetening the deal even further is the fact that we get to do the tour with our favorite British chaps in TesseracT. This tour is going to kick ass!”
Ben Sharp states, “This just happened to be a time when Intronaut was free and, incredibly, I was able to get the entire month of April off from work. We have been in touch since 2010 and they had told me a few times that we could make this happen, but it wasn’t until last fall that I decided to give it an honest effort. Having the professionalism and technical proficiency of a band like Intronaut was the piece of the puzzle that finally encouraged me to pursue this since they are making it so easy for me. I know that when we show up for the first night of the tour everything will be locked in and we can just focus on having a good time.”
Basically, it’s gonna be one badass tour and if it comes through your area you are pretty much obligated to pick up a pair of tickets, grab a friend, and go to the show. READ MORE
Metal band Trivium has announced a Spring tour where they will be the direct support to Danish hard rockers Volbeat on their N. American tour. Support for the tour will come from Digital Summer. Trivium will be supporting their new album Vengeance Falls while Volbeat will be touring in support of Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The tour will culminate with Trivium playing at the Rock On The Range music festival. All tour dates can be seen below. READ MORE
Tomorrow night on VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ there will be guest appearances from Corey Glover and Vernon Reid of Living Color as well as Morgan Rose of Sevendust. The guest musician of the night is guitarist Joel Hoekstra of Night Ranger. The show will air tomorrow night at 11pm EST / PST.
Future confirmed guests on the show for season 13 include Richard Christy (Charred Walls Of The Damned), Lita Ford, Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), and many, many more. READ MORE
Yesterday I had the chance to interview John Petrucci, guitarist of Dream Theater, quite possibly the biggest progressive metal band in the world. In this interview, we discussed the band’s second Grammy nomination (for “The Enemy Inside”) and their current tour in Europe and their upcoming North American ‘Along For The Ride’ tour. We also spoke about John’s appreciation for Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and how the band views touring in countries that are having political turmoil. Check out this exclusive interview below!
For me it was a thrilling interview simply because he was a huge inspiration while I was learning guitar and several of his riffs and solos still send goosebumps up and down my spine.
Make sure to pick up Dream Theater‘s new album Dream Theater on iTunes. READ MORE
Dark progressive rockers Bigelf have released details for their upcoming album Into The Maelstrom, which is the follow up to 2008′s Cheat The Gallows. Slated for release on April 1st via InsideOut Music, the album will feature 12 tracks and will be available on a limited 2CD digipak which includes exclusive re-mixes & demo versions, as well as a gatefold 2LP vinyl edition which includes the full album on CD.
Mainman Damon Fox previously stated, “I think ITM is the best Bigelf record yet and I believe it is a real game changer for the band. It’s gonna put us over the top! Psychedelic cinematic landscapes and melodic prog-doom set the stage for the new album, I cannot wait for fans (old and new) to experience all of its apocalyptic color.”
Head below for the full track list and album artwork. READ MORE
Interview done by Lauren Rae
If there’s one thing that hard rock outfit Alter Bridge is internationally known for, it’s their penchant for yearly music festivals. In the 9 years that they’ve been on the scene, they’ve practically become veterans of the summer festival circuit, both nationally and abroad. One may even be able to go as far as to say they’re on their way to becoming the kings.
This year looks to be no exception as the season of the festival lineup releases has begun. Hot on the heels of their announcement of playing this year’s Rock on the Range (an excellent lineup, to be sure), as well as some long-awaited U.S. tour dates in support of their latest album, Fortress, we bring to you today a short-but-sweet exclusive interview with lead singer Myles Kennedy, expressing his thoughts on just what it took to bring forth their latest creation.
Make sure to check out our review of Fortress here. READ MORE
Sad news is hitting the web as it is being reported that Riz Ortolani, composer of Cannibal Holocaust, has passed in Rome. He was 87. Ortolani also composed The House On The Edge Of The Park, Castle of Blood, and his music was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.
R.I.P. Maestro Ortolani. Your music will be cherished. READ MORE
Guitarist Monte Pittman has just released his third solo album The Power Of Three through Metal Blade Records and it’s a blast of pure badass metal with heaps of awesome technicalities that will make any guitarist sit up and take note. Produced by produced by Flemming Rasmussen, who produced Metallica‘s Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All, the album is the follow up to 2011′s Pain, Love, & Destiny. You can pick up your copy via iTunes or Metal Blade.
In a Bloody-Disgusting exclusive, we got Monte to shoot us his Top 10 Favorite Guitar Riffs, which feature some well known licks as well as some badass selections that you might not have heard before! Head on down to check out his selections! READ MORE
Canadian shredders Exmortus have released a stream of their interpretation of Beethoven‘s “Moonlight Sonata (Act 3), which appears on their upcoming album Slave To The Sword (out February 4th via Prosthetic Records). The band previously released the title track, which can be heard here. Head on down for the neoclassical shredfest! READ MORE
YouTube user Synth000 has posted a badass yet ridiculous a cappella cover of Italian tech-death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s “The Violation”. Complete with corpse paint, ridiculous instruments (he rocks the unholy hell out of that ukulele), and truly impressive vocal harmonies, it’s a good time!
Listen to the original here for reference. READ MORE
Michigan punk rockers Child Bite have teamed up with Down/ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo for a series of An*l C*nt covers. The Morbid Hits EP will be released as a limited 5″ vinyl (500 copies only) and will only be available at the Berserker Music Fest 2014, which is in Detroit, MI and runs from February 5th through 8th. It will come with a fold out poster featuring art by Acid Witch‘s Shagrat. The band has stated that it, “…is probably the most ridiculous record we will ever put out.”
Below you can hear the cover of “Radio Hit”. Be warned, the video has some truly NSFW imagery! READ MORE
Italian metal band Destrage has just released a hybrid music/lyric video for their track “My Green Neighbour”, which uses footage of the band participating in an obstacle course race…while made up as zombies. The lyrics are then super playfully overlain and feature lyrics like, “It’s politically correct to shoot a zombie in the face.” The music is absurd, wild, insane, and super catchy. Seriously, just stop reading this and go down to watch the video!
You can pre-order their upcoming album Are You Kidding Me? No via iTunes. READ MORE
Chris Barnes, the iconic voice behind Cannibal Corpse (until 1995) and Six Feet Under, is back with a new project entitled IHATE. Joined by multi-instrumentalist Bob Taggett, IHATE, “…promises to deliver eight violent tracks of raw, unrepentant, death metal brutality and lyrical depravity.” The debut album is as yet untitled and if you want to help the album become a reality you can head on over to Pledge Music.
Barnes states, “Early last year I got a message via Facebook from someone named Bob and Bob said to me, as a lot of people do, ‘I have some songs and I’d like you to sing on them. Can I send you a song so you could check it out?’ I get a lot of these requests and didn’t think too much of it, but since I was just fresh back from a tour and a little bored, I decided to entertain the idea of listening to a song from Bob. After receiving an email with the first track that was attached to a video which more or less mapped out a murder storyline, I thought it was really different, and definitely creepy visually. And there was something very primitive and energetic to the attack of the music. It was very driven. I could feel it instantly. I knew this wasn’t a joke and wasn’t done half-assed. The music I was listening to was aggressive as a knife carving chunks of flesh off a body. Putting the music to a video caught my attention, immediately, as to Bob’s focus. I found it all really interesting. I have almost always worked from a storyline in my head for my lyrical inspiration and my own imagination, but never have started from the standpoint of lyrically scoring a storyline already laid out on video first, like scoring a film. That seemed really exciting to me as a writer as well as a vocalist. I emailed Bob back and told him I would love to be involved with making this album with him. So one thing led to another and we began writing and recording. We are very close to finishing the album and have enlisted the good people at Pledge Music to help us reach out to all of the fans who we hope will help us make this album a reality.”
You can watch the horror-heavy demo of “Seeing Red” below. READ MORE
Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman is gearing up to release his new solo album Inferno sometime in May via Prosthetic Records. To hype up the album Friedman has released a stream of a new track entitled “Steroidhead”, which you can hear below. The track features Keshav Dhar and Anup Sastry (Skyharbor). Friedman comments on their performance, “I love working with innovative, risky and borderline crazy musicians, and the guys on ‘Steroidhead’ certainly fit that description. Each track on the album has a separate dream team on it, so it feels like a constant barrage of fresh interpretations of my music.”
Head on below to hear the track. READ MORE