The dates and venues for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival have been announced and can be seen below. So far no bands have been announced (that’s coming on March 31st) also it has been confirmed that there will be 19 bands total across four stages. There will also be Freestyle Motocross and a Motorsports exhibition.
Swedish viking metal masters Amon Amarth have released an epic mini film music video for “Father Of The Wolf”. Featuring heavy production values and battles between Norse Gods interspersed with band performances, the video is a 10-minute spectacle. “Father Of The Wolf” comes from the band’s latest album Deceiver Of The Gods, which came out mid-Summer 2013 via Metal Blade Records.
Grab your battle-axe, drink some mead, and head on below for the video! READ MORE
If you’ve been craving new rock and metal music but haven’t found the right impetus to jump on purchasing some tunes, Amazon.com now has a huge sale going on that discounts nearly 10,000 albums! The sale features albums from such artists as Protest The Hero, A Day To Remember, Death, Megadeth, Deafhaven, Lamb Of God, Skeletonwitch, and more. Just head on over here and get that credit card ready! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to team up with thrash metal badasses Skeletonwitch to bring you the exclusive world premiere of their latest video “I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)”. The video, which was directed by Jon Nix at Turnstyle Films, is heavily inspired by 70′s horror cinema and is a real treat for any horror fan. Check it out below!
The track comes from the band’s upcoming studio album Serpents Unleashed, which comes out October 29th via Prosthetic Records. The album can be pre-ordered digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp or physically at the band’s Official Website.
The band also has a whole slew of tour dates, including several with Ghost B.C., The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, and many more. All dates are below. READ MORE
Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival, has announced that all 75,000 tickets for the 2014 show have sold in less than 48 hours. Let me reiterate that, shall I? A concert that isn’t going to happen for 358 days has sold out in less than 48 hours!!! It is the ninth year in a row that Wacken has sold out and, in this case, only 12 bands have even been announced! However, I do have to say that some of them are pretty damn awesome. Attendees will be able to check out bands like Amon AmarthM, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, Prong, Emperor, King Diamond, and more. Additional bands will be announced over the next several months.
Head on down to see Trivium‘s performance from this year’s concert. READ MORE
We’ve been posting a lot of coverage from this years Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and I figured a one-stop article that features all of the links would make life pretty easy as well as serve as a fitting recap of all the fun interviews we’ve got! So head on down to get links to all of our exclusive video interviews with bands like Rob Zombie, Amon Amarth, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and many, many more! READ MORE
Hot on the heels of the release of their newest album Deceiver Of The Gods, Swedish metal titans Amon Amarth brought their viking-inspired melodic death metal to the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and I was there to catch them before the show! Below you can watch an exclusive video interview with drummer Fredrik Andersson!
To all of my women readers who want to see badass females in metal, simply look no further than Los Angeles thrash metallers Huntress. Fronted by the beautiful, fierce Jill Janus, this band is a throwback to the days of ferocious and brutal speed. And right now they need your help. The band has launched an IndieGoGo page to raise funds for their upcoming trek on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will be playing alongside such acts as Amon Amarth, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Machinehead, Children Of Bodom, and many more. Below is a small list of things the band is offering to those who pledge to their campaign.
Huntress will be releasing their new album Starbound Beast on July 2nd. Pre-orders can be found here. Audio samples of the entire album can be heard below.
Israeli metal band Orphaned Land have released a lyric video for “Our Own Messiah”, the band’s first single from their upcoming album All Is One (out June 25th via Century Media Records). The album was mixed by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Devin Townsend Project, James LaBrie) and was recorded in Israeli, Turkey, and Sweden. Over 40 musicians were used on All Is One, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey.
Head on below to hear the song. READ MORE
It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
Swedish viking metal masters Amon Amarth are gearing up for the release of their upcoming studio album Deceiver Of The Gods by not only releasing the album artwork but also streaming the title track. If you head on below, you can give the song a listen AND download it for free! The new album will be released in June via Metal Blade Records.
Deceiver Of The Gods is the follow up to 2011′s Surtur Rising. READ MORE
The sixth annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival lineup has been unveiled and I’m already beginning to lose my mind! The festival will be headlined by shock rocker/horror director Rob Zombie along with Five Finger Death Punch and will also see performances from Children Of Bodom, Machine Head, Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy, and many more.
Personally I’m very excited to see Rob Zombie again as well as get a first chance to see Behemoth, Amon Amarth, and Battlecross.
Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday at 12pm local time. The full 26-date trek and lineup can be seen below.
Also below is a FFDP tour reel that features new music from the band’s upcoming summer release. The video features samples of the band’s new song “Here To Die”. READ MORE
Prog-metal group Soen will be releasing their debut album Cognitive in the States this summer. The album was originally released last Winter via Spinefarm Records. The 10-track album features some fantastic songs and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tool or Porcupine Tree.
Soen features Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse).
Head below to see their video for “Savia”. READ MORE
Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom have entered the studio to record their eight studio album, which will be the follow up to 2011′s Reckless Relentless Forever. COB have teamed up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila (who worked on the Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper, and Hate Crew Deathroll albums) and producer Peter Tägtgren (Immortal, Marduk, Amon Amarth). The album is expected to have a summer release date via Nuclear Blast Records.
Singer/guitarist Alexi Laiho states, “It’s a nice change to the regular method where we lock ourselves up at a studio in the middle of the woods, usually also during the darkest time of the year.”
COB bassist Henkka Seppälä shares: “Last night I finished my parts for the record. We listened to all the songs and fixed what had to be fixed. The bass tracks are locked in and so are the basic tracks for guitars, from both Roope [Latvala, guitarist] and Alexi. And of course all drums were recorded first. Next in line are the guitar melodies and solos and then the keyboards and vocals. We are ahead of schedule and very happy to work here in Helsinki for the first time ever.”
Working song titles include: “All Twisted,” “Slowdance On Nails,” “Moto GP,” “FC Pettymys,” “Kananmuisti-ilmiö” [Chicken Memory Effect], and “Trondheim.” READ MORE
Norwegian prog metal band Leprous has commenced the recording of their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2011′s Bilateral (which was tied with White Willow‘s Terminal Twilight as my Album of the Year).
Singer/synth-player Einar Solberg gives an update: “As many of you already know, we’ve started recording our new album. The drums are finished, and we’re now focusing on the guitars. Also this time we’re using Vegard ‘Ihsahn‘ Tveitan and Heidi ‘StarOfAsh’ S. Tveitan as our producers / technicians. The drums were recorded in the really cool and old school Juke Joint Studio, and we’re really satisfied with the result.
“As far as the new music, we can only remind you that LEPROUS will never be the kind of band to re-create the mood from previous works, and it’s very important for us that each album has its own strong character. We have great belief in this album and we promise something fresh, challenging and soulful! This album will also be mixed and mastered by Mr. Jens Bogren (Bloodbath, Opeth, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios.”
The band has released a studio update that shows the drums being recorded. You can hear snippets of new songs during the video.
Nuclear Blast Records artist Soilwork have unveiled the album artwork and track list for their upcoming double-album The Living Infinite, which will be released March 5th, 2013. The album was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) and the artwork was designed by Mnemic‘s Mircea Eftemie Gabriel.
Gabriel shares, “Seven years ago, I created the artwork for the Stabbing The Drama album and I can’t believe how time flies! Here we are, with sexy gray hairs, working with my friends in Soilwork again. This time, we built the cover around a maritime concept, aiming for something direct and symbolic. I believe we achieved that quite well. From my creative deck, I salute you and say: ‘Long Live The Living Infinite.’”
The bands states, “After commissioning some pretty elaborate covers for the last couple of records, we decided to try something more sober and design-oriented for The Living Infinite. Who better to call than the man who created the iconic Stabbing The Drama cover? Mircea Gabriel Eftemie is not only a close friend but also an incredible graphic designer. We’re all stoked about his work which is different from anything Soilwork has ever done and perfectly suits the elegant oceanic concept of The Living Infinite. Enjoy folks!”
Amon Amarth are the latest band to unveil an official wine in their name. Simply titled “Amon Amarth”, the shiraz is only available to those living in Germany (bastards) and runs a very reasonable price of 14.99 EUR (less than $19.50) per bottle. If you’ve got a friend in Germany that can snag you a bottle, you can have them order you a bottle here. Check below for a shot of the bottle.
The thing about wine is that it doesn’t lend itself to the same shenanigans that mead does when I think of vikings. What, instead of pillaging a village drunk on mead do they drink a glass of this wine whilst committing a corporate takeover? Instead of bashing some dude’s head in, do they make a phone call to some shady character to quietly “silence someone”? I’m not sure here but I think this takes some of the fun out of the whole viking aspect. READ MORE
Soilwork singer Bjorn “Speed” Strid has posted a video of new guitarist David Andersson laying down a guitar track for an as-of-yet untitled song on the upcoming album The Living Infinite. The riffing going on is pretty awesome and encompasses exactly what I’m expecting and hoping for from the release. There’s lots of low-string chugging as well as high-string melodic passages. The video can be seen below.
The Living Infinite, the band’s ninth studio release, will be a double album. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) has been tapped as producer and the album will also mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra). More information from Strid can be found here.
The album has an undetermined 2013 release date. READ MORE
Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork have announced that their next studio album The Living Infinite will feature TWO CDs, not one. Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) has been tapped as producer. The album will also mark the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra).
Singer Bjorn “Speed” Strid explains, “So here’s the scoop. Me and the boys have been waiting to share this for quite some time now: The Living Infinite will be a double album! A REAL double album, in the true sense of the word, which means no fillers and no left-overs.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I proposed the idea to the rest of the guys in the band, during our festival tour last summer. Everybody liked the title The Living Infinite and also the idea of working towards the goal of releasing a double album. David Andersson was already playing with us last summer, so he has also been a part of this goal from the start. I feel very excited and proud that we’ve managed to find the inspiration and dedication it takes to create somewhat of a conceptual double album, especially since it’s dealing with a lot of existential questions.
We would also like to reveal a brand new band shot by Hannah Verbeuren Photography [below]. We are currently hard at work in the studio, putting this beast on tape. Things are sounding incredibly good so far. So excited about this and can’t wait to share the awesomeness with you all!”
I was a huge fan of 2010′s The Panic Broadcast so I’m very eager to hear this next album. READ MORE
God I love seeing bands put out ridiculous things for sale. I actually find it really funny that Kiss has a coffin, I really do. So it makes me overjoyed when I see more ridiculous objects coming out from bands. I’ll start off this article with rock band Clutch, who have teamed up with New Belgian Brewing to make a 9% ABV dark sour ale. Based on the description on the New Belgian Brewing website (21+ only), this beer sounds DELICIOUS.
Amon Amarth teamed up with Blank TV to premiere the video for Destroyer Of The Universe, which shows the band rocking out during tour, bringing chaos to the mosh pits. The song comes off their latest album, Surtur Rising. Did you catch these guys on their last tour? If so, what did you think of them?
Alright you metal heads, it’s time for some wining, dining and wenching! Bloody-Disgusting has got the exclusive Amon Amarth ‘Surtur Rising‘ album stream for the next three days! That’s right, you’ve only got until Monday the 28th at midnight EST to blast this out, so start your rocking. This album marks the band’s eight studio offering.
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE
Viking metal band Amon Amarth is gearing up for a American tour in support of their upcoming album ‘Surtur Rising’. The band will be playing TWO sets each night, one being the new album in it’s entirety and one being a more standard concert set list. My question is this, how many of you are Amon Amarth fans? How stoked would you be if Bloody-Disgusting Music could get you fans some stuff? Ask and ye might just receive!