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The Walking Dead Composer Bear McCreary Interviews Metalocalypse Creator Brendon Small

Coming October 29th will be Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem, which is the soundtrack to the upcoming TV film that will air October 27th on Adult Swim. Below is an interview that features The Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary chatting with Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small about the music for the upcoming film, which features a 50-piece orchestra. Small comments on the reaction of his girlfriend and McCreary talks about his wife’s vocal additions.

The one hour special, which airs at 12pm EST, will feature guest appearances from Jack Black, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, and Cannibal Corpse‘s “George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

Check out the interview below. READ MORE

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Dethklok Returns In 'Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera' On Adult Swim

The most brütal metal band to ever walk the animated world is coming back to your TV sets in just a few weeks! Dethklok will be brought back on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight EST for a one-hour special entitled Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera. The special follows the season four finale in which guitarist Toki Wartooth was abducted. With his life in danger, will his four selfish bandmates come to his rescue?

The special will feature guest appearances from Jack Black, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, and Cannibal Corpse‘s “George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

Also, just two days after the special, the original score, which features a 50-piece orchestra, will be released. The orchestral movements will be produced by Dethklok creator Brendon Small and composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead).

Head on below for a teaser trailer, comments from Small and McCreary, and the poster for the show. READ MORE

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[Best & Worst '12] Jonny Picks His Worst 5 Albums Of 2012

While I wish I could focus entirely on the best offerings of 2012, I have to let you know about my worst albums of the year as well. Some of the albums below took me several listens to realize that they were lacking while others I knew right away were terrible. But in the end, these were albums that disappointed on a great many levels. Check ‘em out below.

Make sure to check out my Top 10 albums here. READ MORE

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Members Of Dethklok, Black Label Society, And Dangerous Toys Remember Meldrum Guitarist Michelle Meldrum

Meldrum has released their latest album Lifer today, which you can pick up on iTunes. The album pays tribute to late guitarist Michelle Meldrum, who passed away at the age of 39 in 2008. Members of Dethklok, Black Label Society, and Dangerous Toys have each released statements remembering Michelle and commenting on Lifer.

Dethklok drummer Gene Hoglan (who recorded drums for Lifer) states, “Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with Meldrum’s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a raser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed.

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[Contest] Win A Dethklok 'Dethalbum III' Vinyl

Alright Dethklok fans, we’ve got a contest for all of you! We’ve got one vinyl copy of Dethalbum III to giveaway to a lucky reader, so head on down below to find all the details!

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III was released on October 16, 2012 via Williams Street Records, Adult Swim’s independent music label. Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is also available in a variety of additional formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which includes a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more.

Head here to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s current tour. Fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers. Metalocalypse Season 4 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. READ MORE

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Machine Head Frontman Undergoes Emergency Surgery

Machine Head has pulled out of the Dethklok tour due to frontman Robb Flynn needing to undergo emergency surgery on his…well, on his… Oh, for the love of…IT’S ON HIS NUTS! Okay, so not so much but his nuts are in excruciating amounts of pain due to a hernia in his guts which press down upon his testicles. As a result of this surgery, doctors told Robb that he couldn’t sing for a few weeks. Below is a message from Robb explaining the situation as well as a photo of him in the hospital.

Make sure to check out our review of Machine Head’s latest album Unto The Locust as well as our exclusive interview with Robb last year. READ MORE

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Drummer Shannon Lucas Leaves The Black Dahlia Murder: Talks Side Projects

Drummer Shannon Lucas has announced that he is no longer part of The Black Dahlia Murder effective immediately. A video from Lucas (which you can see below) explains why he has been absent from the current tour with Dethklok as well as telling fans that he had a hand in finding the current touring drummer Alan Cassidy (Abigail Williams), who has NOT been made an official replacement.

Lucas also states that there is a side project he will be working on with Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse). Drums will apparently be tracked in January. He states he has another grind project that is also in the works.

Lucas will also be opening up a tattoo shop with his wife outside of Richmond, VA.

Best of luck to you Shannon! Hope your next steps take your forward and onward! READ MORE

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[Album Review] Dethklok 'Dethalbum III'

Who honesty would’ve thought that a cartoon on Adult Swim would result in a real band doing real tours and releasing real albums? And yet that’s exactly what happened, resulting in Dethklok’s Dethalbum breaking records as the highest first-week album sales for a death metal act before Dethalbum II broke that record. As silly as that sounds, it’s reassuring for this metal fan to know that people can relate to metal, even if it’s in as ridiculous (read: awesome) a format as Metalocalypse.

And now the band returns with, you guessed it, Dethalbum III. Packed with 12 blistering tracks, does this album meet my expectations or fall short? Find out below. READ MORE

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Dethklok Release NSFW Video For "I Ejaculate Fire"

Okay, horrible facial disfigurement aside, someone REALLY needs to call the doctor! When your nether bits are engulfed in flames and can double as a flamethrower, my recommendation is a hefty dose of penicillin, STAT! But no, I guess that’s asking a bit too much.

In Dethklok‘s video for “I Ejaculate Fire”, a pharaoh receives a delightful “offering” from a woman who just so happens to be a demon/succubus/Smokey The Bear’s worst nightmare. From that point on, the pharaoh roams the lands, “showering” people with his flames of lust. It all comes to a header when he runs into said STD-ridden woman and a good ole’ fashioned standoff ensues. Who is the winner? Check below for the answer! But be warned! This video, even though it’s animated, is pretty NSFW. So tread carefully!

For details on the upcoming Dethalbum III, check here. Dethklok has also just announced a headlining tour with Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. Tour dates can be found here. READ MORE

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Dethklok Announces Headlining Tour With Machine Head, All That Remains, And The Black Dahlia Murder

Dethklok has announced a full headlining tour for this Fall that sees support coming from Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. This tour comes after the cancellation of the tour with Lamb Of God and Gojira. The full touring schedule can be seen below and tickets are available now. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God Announce Fall Headline Tour

Lamb Of God has announced the first full headline tour since Randy Blythe’s incarceration and subsequent release from a Czech Republic prison. Direct support will come from In Flames while Hatebreed will tour from Oct. 30th through Nov. 19th at which point Hellyeah will take over the remaining tour dates. Sylosis has been confirmed as the opening act on all dates. This will be LoG’s first US tour in support of their album Resolution (review).

While I’m still a bit disappointed that the LoG/Dethklok/Gojira tour wasn’t able to take place, I’m pretty thrilled with this lineup! I’ve seen Lamb of God twice as well as In Flames twice and they both put on one hell of a show.

For full touring schedule, check out the dates below. READ MORE

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Dethklok Stream New Song "I Ejaculate Fire"

Legendary metal band Dethklok are streaming “I Ejaculate Fire”, the first single from their upcoming album Dethalbum III. The album will be coming out October 16, 2012 while a limited edition vinyl will be released Nov. 6th. There will be four versions of the album: regular release, digital release, clean release, and deluxe edition CD/DVD combo. The deluxe edition features a 32-minute documentary on the making of the album, as well as music videos and more. Check out the song below!

Season 4 of Metalocalypse will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Oct. 30th. READ MORE

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Adult Swim Announces 'Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III' Details

Adult Swim has released details for the third album from Dethklok! Entitled Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, the album will be coming out Oct. 16th while a limited edition vinyl will be released Nov. 6th. There will be four versions of the album: regular release, digital release, clean release, and deluxe edition CD/DVD combo. The deluxe edition features a 32-minute documentary on the making of the album, as well as music videos and more.

The album is once again co-produced by show co-creator Brendon Small and Ulrich Wild. Artist Antonio Canobbio, who did the cover art for The Dethalbum and The Dethalbum II, once again provides cover art. Below you can see the cover art as well as the official track listing (the first song makes me think someone needs to see a doctor IMMEDIATELY).

Season 4 of Metalocalypse will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Oct. 30th. READ MORE

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Gojira Announce Intimate Headline Tour Dates

Although the tour with Lamb of God and Dethklok has been cancelled, French metal band Gojira isn’t letting that hold them back as they venture out on their small headlining tour. The stops will include shows at the Heavy TO Festival in Toronto as well as the Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal. The band will also be performing on the second day of Slipknot‘s inaugural Knotfest in Minneapolis. Tour dates are below.

Make sure to check out our review of Gojira’s latest album, L’Enfant Sauvage here. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God/Dethklok/Gojira Tour Officially Cancelled

I feel like I kinda jinxed things in yesterday’s article about Randy Blythe where I stated that there was still no word on whether or not the Lamb Of God/Dethklok/Gojira tour was pushing forward. I was still harboring a completely unrealistic hope that the tour would continue, even if it had to reschedule the first few dates. Alas, that is not going to happen as word has broken that the tour is now officially cancelled.

Per LoG’s PR: “The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.

They also add, “Lamb Of God wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.READ MORE

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Denied Bail Once Again

More bad news for Randy Blythe, Lamb of God, and fans around the world as the singer has once again been denied release after posting $400,000 in bail. Blythe has been sitting in jail for over a month in Prague as he faces manslaughter charges stemming from the death of a concert goer in 2010.

In the United States, when someone posts bail, they are free to leave jail. Apparently this is not the case in Czech Republic. Rather, a prosecutor can detain the defendant while they issue a formal protest. In this situation, the prosecution issued the challenge a day after bail was posted. The lawyer will have to meet with the judge on Friday (July 27th) to explain their reasons. The judge will then have five days to deliberate on the reasoning and another five days to post a decision. So we’re looking at a possible Aug. 6th date at the earliest (this is if they don’t take into account “business days”). READ MORE

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[San Diego Comic-Con '12] Watch Metalocalypse's Dethklok Rock On A USS Midway Aircraft Carrier!

Adult Swim presented DETHKLOK on the USS Midway aircraft carrier Friday night in San Diego, CA. The world’s most brutal animated death metal band played their first live performance of 2012 as “Metalocalypse” came to life at the San Diego Comic-Con International. Those that attended the full to capacity concert enjoyed new animation and new songs from DETHKLOK’S upcoming album and a grand entrance via helicopter landing on the flight deck of the USS MIDWAY! Color me insanely jealous.

The current DETHKLOK’S touring line up consists of Brendon Small (Dethklok, Galaktikon), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Death, Dark Angel), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, The Mike Keneally Band), Bryan Beller ( Steve Vai, Galaktikon). READ MORE

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[San Diego Comic-Con '12] Dethklok Of "Metalocalypse" To Perform Abord USS Midway Battleship TONIGHT! It's FREE!

Finally something I’d pretty much die to go to at the Comic-Con…and I’m stuck inside posting all of these wonderful stories…

Adult Swim presents Dethklok on the USS Midway battleship tonight in San Diego, CA.

The world’s most brutal animated death metal band will play their first live performance of 2012 as “Metalocalypse” comes to life at the San Diego Comic-Con. Those attending the free concert will enjoy new animation and new songs from Dethklok’s upcoming album.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the party will keep rocking after Dethklok with another special guest performance.

The current Dethklok touring line up consists of Brendon Small (Dethklok, Galaktikon), Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Death, Dark Angel), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, The Mike Keneally Band), Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Galaktikon).

For more information on tonight’s performance go to Adult Swim.

BRUTAL!

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[Exclusive] Watch Gojira's "A Sight To Behold" From 'The Flesh Alive' DVD

It’s Friday and there’s not better way to enter the weekend than with some Gojira blasting out of your speakers. With that in mind, Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive live performance video of “A Sight To Behold”. The video, which you can watch below, was shot at the 2009 Garorock music festival and is part of one of the live concerts featured on the band’s latest live DVD/Blu-Ray The Flesh Alive (review). Already out in Europe, this 2-disc DVD+bonus CD set (1-disc Blu-Ray+bonus CD) will be released in the US on July 31st. You can pre-order your copy here.

Gojira’s latest album is L’Enfant Sauvage (review). The band will also be touring with Lamb of God and Dethklok later this summer. Tour dates are below. READ MORE

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[Album Review] Gojira 'The Flesh Alive' Live DVD/CD

The rise of Gojira is nothing short of meteoric and wonderful. Hailing from Bayonne, France, this extreme metal band, who brilliantly blends technicality with melody, has garnered world wide praise with each of their releases. Interest spread so far and grew so large that Metallica had them as support for much of their late 2009 tour. They were once again invited to join Metallica during their European tour. This was all an opportunity for them to support their (at the time) newly released album The Way Of All Flesh.

All of this is the focus of Gojira’s latest live DVD, The Flesh Alive. Featuring two full concerts, three songs from another, and a 62-minute documentary, this DVD aims to give viewers a chance to enter the world of one of France’s heaviest and most fascinating bands. But does it succeed or leave the viewer feeling cheated? READ MORE

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Metallica Releases Video Of Them Performing In Danish Prison

Metallica has released an official video showing their backstage tuning room jam, meet-and-greet, and “Hell And Black” performance at the Statsfængsel prison in Horsens, Denmark. The prison, built in 1853, used to hold long-term convicts such as convicted murderer Peter Lundin. However, the prison was deemed unfit to hold prisoners any longer in 2006 and was shut down. It now serves as an outdoor entertainment venue. You can watch the video below.

I’m sorry, the buildings are no longer fit to hold prisoners but it’s safe to hold gigantic concerts where the sound systems are shaking and rattling the walls? Yeah, this sounds like a perfect idea… Then again, as Mr. Disgusting put it, sounds like something Dethklok would do, which actually puts this in a more understandable light. Hmm… READ MORE

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UPDATE: Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Arrested For Manslaughter

UPDATE: Lamb of God’s press team has stated that no formal charges against Randy Blythe have been made and that the case is still in the investigation stages. Management also wants to clarify the “altercation” that occurred in 2010. According to them, a fan jumped the barricade at the concert three times in an attempt to rush at Randy. On the third occasion security was unable to reach this fan in time. Randy pushed the fan back into the audience where, supposedly, he fell and hit his head. The investigation is apparently set to conclude this weekend and a formal statement will be issued on Monday.

According to the Czech news site Novinky, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has been arrested for manslaughter in the Czech Republic. The band was supposed to perform a show in Prague with All Shall Perish and Skeletonwitch but Blythe was detained by police immediately upon arrival, forcing the show’s cancellation. The details are still uncertain but it seems that Blythe got involved in an on-stage altercation with a fan back in 2010. The fan later died from his injuries.

A spokesperson for Lamb of God has stated that they believe Blythe is wrongly accused and they expect full exoneration. They also say that their lawyers are working on this.

Lamb of God will (hopefully) be touring alongside Dethklok and Gojira this summer. All details can be found here. You can also check out my review for their latest album, Resolution, here. READ MORE

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Lamb Of God Release Trailer For 'As The Palaces Burn' Documentary

Lamb Of God has released a trailer for their upcoming documentary As The Palaces Burn. The documentary focuses on the impact that music, particularly heavy metal, has on people in places that deal with socio-economic woes, violence, and looming threats of war. Filming for this documentary took place in Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, Israel, and India. US Footage will be shot over the summer during their tour with Dethklok and Gojira as well as their appearances at Knotfest (tour dates below).

The trailer shows footage of the band in South America and features the full video for “Desolation”, which comes off their latest album Resolution (review). You can watch it below. READ MORE

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Gojira Release Grim Video For "L'Enfant Sauvage"

French extreme metal band Gojira have released a video for the title track off their upcoming album L’Enfant Sauvage, which comes out June 26th via Roadrunner Records. The grim video, shot in black and white, is quite visually arresting and can be seen below.

Gojira will also be touring with Lamb of God and Dethklok this summer. Tour dates can be found here. The band is also releasing a live DVD entitled The Flesh Alive (details here). READ MORE