“Thunderstruck” is one of rock’s most iconic songs. From its awesome opening lick to the arena chantworthy chorus, it’s always been a song that has gotten feet stomping, fists pumping, and mosh pits going crazy. And now Croatian duo 2CELLOS has taken the song and given it their own classical-meets-badass flavor. Playing in front of a Victorian audience (who are less than impressed by the performance), the duo rocks the song so hard that the hair on their bows is fraying everywhere and one of them even rocks the cello on his back on the floor.
In a word, it’s awesome. It’s obvious how much fun these two are having and that enthusiasm translates directly to the viewing experience. Go on down and give it a watch! READ MORE
Australian rock legends AC/DC have announced that they will be entering the studio to record their as-yet-untitled 16th studio album, which is the follow up to 2008′s Black Ice. Singer Brian Johnson spoke with Palm Beach’s 98.7 Gater to state that the band will be going to Vancouver in May to begin work on the new album.
Johnson then added, “It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence. So I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. You know what? It’s been four years, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
To hear the full Gater interview, head on over here. READ MORE
If you’re the type of person that puts together an awesome party on Halloween rather than go out on the town, this news might very well be of interest to you! AXS TV will be streaming six metal concerts starting at 3:30pm EST beginning with Judas Priest celebrating their 30th anniversary of British Steel. The night will also feature the live premiere of KISS‘ performance in Zurich, Switzerland last May, which AXS TV recorded. The edited version will be a network premiere and will repeat at 1:30am EST. There will also be shows from Papa Roach, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Alice Cooper. Check below for the full schedule. READ MORE
Heavy metal legends Anthrax have released a stream of their take on the classic AC/DC track “TNT”, which you can hear below (courtesy of Loudwire). The song comes from the band’s upcoming covers EP Anthems, which hits streets Mar. 19th (pre-order here).
Drummer Charlie Benante comments, “We recorded the track in Chicago and in Los Angeles [and] the sessions were really easy, felt really good. The thing about ‘T.N.T.’ for me is that there’s not a lot of drumming on it. So the challenge for me was to not go crazy with fills, but to pay tribute to the original recording, and keep it AC/DC.” READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax will be releasing an EP entitled Anthems, which features covers from six bands as well as the original and a remix of “Crawl”, which comes from their album Worship Music. Some of the bands they will be covering include AC/DC, Boston, and Thin Lizzy.
To give fans a taste of their takes on these classic, beloved songs, they have teamed up with Rolling Stone to stream their cover of Rush’s “Anthem”. You can listen to it here.
Head below for the full track list. READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax will be releasing an 8-track EP entitled Anthems on March 19th in N. America. The EP features six covers from band such as Rush, Cheap Trick, Boston, and more, and two Anthrax tracks. For their cover of Boston’s “Smokin’,” the band brought in keyboardist Fred Mandel, who has recorded with Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Queen, Elton John, and many more.
Drummer Charlie Benante comments on the Boston cover, saying, “If ever there were a perfect first album, it’s Boston’s first album. The harmony leads they did would later be heard by Iron Maiden, which of course would lead to thrash metal.”
Vocalist Joey Belladonna, “These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It’s just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!” READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
I love me some metal. But what you might not know about me is that I also love kicking back to classical and chant every once in a while. So when I hear that the two are mixing, I get a little antsy in my pantsy, know what I mean? Such is the case with Gregorian, who are releasing The Dark Side Of The Chant, an album tomorrow that has them covering bands such as Evanescence, AC/DC, Unheilig, and more. Their cover of Hell’s Bells didn’t really do much for me but I’m really interested to hear Madonna‘s Frozen and Depeche Mode‘s Stripped.
Check out a video after the jump that features sound clips and interviews with several of the members.
Sponsored by Nuclear Blast USA, Decibel Magazine, Amoeba Music L.A., Boss Printing, Dean Guitars, and Full Metal Jackie, the world’s first-ever film festival dedicated to heavy metal music will be taking place at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles, California this coming March 31st through April 3rd, 2011.
Recently, Sully Erna of Godsmack fame posted a MySpace EPlaylist of songs that shaped his musical upbringing and his styles of today. Unfortunately for MySpace (and fortunate for us), they didn’t allow any descriptions to be posted along with those songs. Well, Sully sent them on over to Bloody-Disgusting for all of you readers to check out after the jump!
Sully Erna’s solo project, ‘Avalon’, is now available on iTunes
or in stores everywhere, so make sure to pick up a copy!
For more information on Sully’s solo project, check out his official MySpace
AC/DC, Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Megadeth, Motorhead, Stone Temple Pilots, Them Crooked Vultures, Volbeat and Wolfmother are the first confirmed bands for this years Download Festival. The festival, which will be held at Donington, will take place on Friday June 11-Sunday June 13. Tickets go on sale today (1/29/09) at 9:00 A.M. there are a variety of weekend passes but you should not wait and miss out on this incredible festival.
Corey Taylor recently sat down and talked about the new Stone Sour album which is in hopes of a Summer 2010 release he had this to say. ….read on for the video READ MORE