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
Metallica have released a YouTube video that details all that will be seen at the 2013 edition of the annual Orion Music + More Festival, which takes place this year at Belle Isle in Detroit on June 8th and 9th. The festival will see such acts as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Bassnectar, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Battlecross, and many more.
Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield’s Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett’s Crypt, Lars Ulrich’s Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo’s Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich comments, “Last year’s Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members. The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in ’13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!”
Head on below to see the trailer. READ MORE
Detroit metal band Battlecross will be entering the studio next month to record the follow up to 2011′s Pursuit of Honor. The band will record the album in Audiohammer Studios in Florida with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium, Devil Driver).
Lewis states, “I can’t wait to be a part of Battlecross’ next record. From the moment I heard the band I knew I wanted to be a part of their development. Hearing the new music has only solidified that feeling. Working with our good friends at Metal Blade and bringing great new music to the masses is what it’s all about.”
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says the band is “…stoked to be working with a prolific studio and producer at Audiohammer. We’re so focused on making a killer follow up album and we feel that Mark Lewis will help bring our raw, live sound to life.”
Battlecross will be embarking on “Another Year, Another Tour” trek alongside In Flames, Demon Hunter, and All Shall Perish. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Several new acts have been added to the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV today, including Allegaon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill, Dark Sermon, Trapped Under Ice, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. You can see the full line up as well as day-by-day schedule and ticke information below. READ MORE
It’s hard to believe that Metal Blade Records has been around for 30 years but here they are, still rocking and bringing some of the very best metal to fans ears. To celebrate this occasion, Metal Blade teamed up with Scion A/V to bring a free showcase concert with performances from Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim. While there, Scion A/V conducted interviews with each band as well as recorded the showcase to release a 7″ featuring a track from both Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim. You can download the 7″ below and head on over here to see some awesome interviews.
I look back at Metal Blade and, while I’ve enjoyed some of their more recent years, I cannot thank them enough for introducing me to bands like GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Battlecross, Mercyful Fate, and so many, many more. Metal Blade is one of those labels that didn’t just release music, they helped shaped the very foundation of metal would become.
And so I raise my official Metal Blade pint glass and say, “Congratulations Metal Blade on making it to 30 years. Here’s to another 30 of you kicking asses all over the place!” READ MORE
Swedish melodic metal band In Flames have added a second leg to their early 2013 Winter tour with Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish, and Battlecross. The tour is now extended from mid-February into March. The additional tour dates see the band venture into Canada. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, Dec. 14th and Sat., Dec. 15th. Check out the full touring schedule below.
Make sure to check out our exclusive interview with guitarist Niclas Engelin here. READ MORE
Metal Blade Records thrashers Battlecross have confirmed an opening slot touring alongside Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. Other openers will include All Shall Perish and Demon Hunter. Tour dates for the first leg can be seen below while a second leg of dates will be announced in the next few weeks.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala comments: “Wow! So stoked to hit the road with all these great bands – In Flames, Demon Hunter and All Shall Perish. Last year was good to us and looks like next year is even better for Battlecross. This will be a nice break from working on new material and we can’t wait to see some new and old faces! Once again very humbled and honored to be a part of a great tour! See you all soon!”
Vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunther adds: “We hope that fans will come party with us on the Growing Pains tour with Abiotic that starts next week so they can prepare for the heavy metal onslaught that will come their way in February!”
Make sure to check out our exclusive video interview with In Flames guitarist Niclas Engelin here. READ MORE
Metal Blades artists Battlecross and Abiotic will be heading out on “The Growing Pains” tour, a short headlining tour through the midwest this December. The tour runs from December 8th through December 21th. You can see the absolutely hilarious tour poster below as well as all tour dates.
Battlecross guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala, “We’re excited to hit the road with an up and coming band like Abiotic. We’re stoked to team up with another new Metal Blade band and I feel both bands will bring in a new audience to the tour. Although this is a limited run, we hope that it gives everyone a taste of what Metal Blade plans for the future of Heavy Metal and we can’t wait to rage with the midwest on this tour!” READ MORE
We’ve come to the halfway point in BD’s Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. If you’re not caught up with the list so far, check out 25-21 here and 20-16 here. Then, if your neck isn’t too sore, make it on down below for the next five riffs! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Detroit metal band Battlecross to bring you the exclusive video premiere of “Kaleb”. This video uses live footage, including backstage antics, from the “Trespass America” tour and is a perfect way to nominate the band for “hairiest metal band”. The song comes from Battlecross’ Metal Blade Records debut album In Pursuit Of Honor (iTunes/Amazon), which came out last year. The video was directed by Ryan Glisan of Allegaeon. You can watch the video below.
Battlecross are currently rocking the “Trespass America” tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and several other bands. Remaining tour dates are below. READ MORE
Amazon.com has teamed up with the “Trespass America” tour to bring you a free sampler with a song from each of the touring bands. This includes Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, God Forbid, and Battlecross. You can snag the free download here.
The remaining tour dates for the tour are below. READ MORE
Happy Friday The 13th! As a special treat I have Doc Coyle’s, guitarist for God Forbid, Top 5 horror movies. It’s been a while since I posted a Top 5 and I’m super excited to share this one. There are some fantastic choices past the break which also include tour dates for their Trespass America Tour and their new video for Equilibrium. Also make sure to pick up their new album Equilibrium through HERE. Enjoy!
Five Finger Death Punch just released a video for “Coming Down”, which comes off their latest album American Capitalist (review). The video shows two teens, horribly bullied (both in real life and in the cyber world), who fight the urge to take their own lives. You can watch the video below.
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory (interview) explains, “Through support and awareness, suicide can be prevented. Five Finger Death Punch is promoting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to build awareness that there is support out there for those in need through the Lifeline’s service, and others. This is an important initiative we have taken on to place it on the consciousness of the public that you are not alone when in need.”
The band will also be embarking on the Trespass America tour with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid, and Battlecross. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to provide for the National Suicide Hotline crisis call centers. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
Disclaimer: I’m friends with Pangea Piercing but Bloody-Disgusting is in no way involved or connected with them.
It’s harder to get more metal on the road than actually getting metal put in your face WHILE on the road, am I right? Well, Dave McGraw, drummer of deathgrind band Cattle Decapitation, seemed to think the exact same thing. Making a quick stop while on tour with Origin, Battlecross, Rings Of Saturn, Decrepit Birth, and Aborted, Dave went ahead and got his nose pierced at Pangea Piercing in Ann Arbor, MI at the Detroit tour stop. Check out the awesome video below! READ MORE
Battlecross, God Forbid, Emmure, Trivium, Pop Evil, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch. That is quite an impressive lineup for the inaugural year of the Trespass America music festival! Sponsored by Metal Hammer magazine, the tour will start in mid July and run through until the end of August, hitting many of the major spots while still stopping by a few of the more “out of the way” destinations.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states, “We will carry the flag into mainstream territory; we will trespass on their turf all across America. The combined power of Metal Hammer and all these bands enable us to make a statement, a really loud one. Heavy music wants its place back in the limelight, so get ready, because we are coming, and we are coming in numbers.”
Check out all the tour dates below. READ MORE
We are extremely excited to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for Cattle Decapitation‘s Kingdom Of Tyrants! This track comes off their upcoming album Monolith Of Inhumanity, which hits stores May 8th (pre-order here). This video shows heavy influence from Tetsuo: Iron Man which if you have seen it you’ll totally understand where I’m coming from. That aside I’m very excited for this video to be seen, Cattle Decapitation is one of the best metal bands out there right now. Read past the break and enjoy! READ MORE
Detroit, MI heavy metal newcomers Battlecross are making huge waves with their debut album, Pursuit Of Honor, which comes out tomorrow via Metal Blade Records. We were stoked to premiere the exclusive stream of Man Of Stone which kicked my teeth in thanks to it’s mix of brutal thrash and melodic metal. Now the guys have released a video for Push, Pull, Destroy, which was filmed super close to where I live at the historic Willow Run Airport.
For those of you who are into aviation history, this video has a special appearance by the Yankee Lady, one of ten surviving flyable B-17 bombers. This appearance is made all the more powerful and significant because a day before the shoot, the Liberty Belle, another B-17 bomber, crash landed in Chicago, IL. All crew members were able to safely exit the plane before the fire engulfed the entire cabin.
Check out the video after the jump and be prepared as I’m calling it right now: Battlecross are going to become huge.
Look at this awesome week so far! We’ve had a song stream from Attack Attack! and one from Bury Your Dead. Well, if you think we’re going to stop there, you’ve got another thing coming! Today we’re bringing you Man Of Stone from the badass Detroit metal band Battlecross who were recently signed to Metal Blade Records. I had the pleasure to chill with guitarist Hiran at a house party of one of the Black Dahlia Murder guys and he was metal to the f*cking core! Let’s just say I have no worries about these guys blowing up. Their Metal Blade Records debut album Pursuit of Honor will be coming out August 2nd, so make sure to pre-order your copy.
You can listen to the face melting goodness after the jump!