Yesterday kicked off the inaugural Fear FestEvil, the ultimate horror convention that was conceived by Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. Featuring renowned guests, such as Kane Hodder (Friday The 13th), Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare On Elm St.), moderated panels, a live taxidermy demonstration, merch tables, autograph sessions, and live musical performances, the event is taking the usual horror convention and turning it into something much bigger, much more exciting!
Since today marks the first day that it’s in full swing, I wanted to share some music videos from the bands that are going tone performing tonight and tomorrow! So head on below to see some kick ass tracks from Death Angel, Exodus, Carcass, and Orchid, as well as a song stream from Death Division!
Once you’re done (and if you’re in the San Francisco area), head on over to the Fear FestEvil to enjoy the festivities! All ticket and schedule information can be found here. READ MORE
This weekend sees the opening of Fear FestEvil, which comes to you from the mind of Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett! The convention aims to be a full experience unlike anything any horror fan has experienced before, complete with amazing guest appearances, interactive displays, musical performances, and much more! And to get ready for this awesome event, we got the chance to interview Mr. Hammett himself! Head on below for our exclusive interview where he talks the FestEvil, a second book, how he wants to die in a horror movies (and how he DOESN’T want to die), and much more!
Confirmed guests to appear at the Fear FestEvil include Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), pioneering make-up artist and actor Tom Savini, legendary horror scribe John A. Russo (Night of the Living Dead), Anthrax co-founder Scott Ian, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist and horror enthusiast Slash, Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare On Elm Street), Ron Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff, actresses P.J. Soles, Barbara Crampton, Patty Mullen, and Erika Eleniak, original Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima, original Ultraman Satoshi “Bin” Furuya, Academy Award winning make-up artist Joel Harlow, Kane Hodder aka Jason Vorhees – Friday the 13th, celebrated tattoo artist and TV personality Amy Nicoletto, and more. For tickets and more information, head to the official Fear FestEvil website. READ MORE
Legendary thrash metal band Slayer has announced that they will be hitting the road for a week/week and a half tour with punk-thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and Bay Area thrashers Exodus. It is the first time that Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies have toured together since 1990′s European “Clash Of The Titans” tour. Gary Holt will be pulling double duty during the upcoming tour, playing with both Slayer and Exodus. The tour will culminate with the band’s performance at this year’s Rock On The Range
Slayer guitarist Kerry King says, “Can’t wait for this week of shows to happen. LOVE Suicidal, and havent played with them in over 20 years! Everyone knows I’m a huge Exodus fan also. I guarantee you I will be watching every show from the stage! Going to be awesome!!!”
The band is currently in the studio writing and recording their new album, the follow up to 2009′s World Painted Blood. Head below for the confirmed tour dates. READ MORE
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metallica, will be joining two legendary bands on stage during his upcoming Fear FestEviL, which takes place February 6th through 8th at the Regency Ballroom in San Francsico, CA. He’ll be rocking alongside Exodus on the 7th as well as Death Angel on the 8th. Hammett was the original guitarist for Exodus and he also produced Death Angel’s Kill As One demo. Head on out to the Fear FestEvil official website for more information and tickets. READ MORE
Rapper Ill Bill has released a new song entitled “Paul Baloff”, which comes from his upcoming album The Grimy Awards (out Feb. 26th). The song is a tribute to the ex-singer of Exodus, one of Bill’s favorite bands from his teenage years. Bill explains in an interview with Spin, “He’s been an unsung hero of real heads. Real old-school heads who really know the real-deal stuff always give props to Paul Baloff…”
You can listen to the song here and download it for free here. READ MORE
For all you metalheads who have been desperately wanting some new reading material while you do your holy business on your porcelain throne, authors Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins may very well have provided you with your next big thing: The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists! This book is a compendium of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists that celebrate the best and the worst aspects of metal.
Contributions come from such authority figures as Scott Ian (Anthrax), Gary Holt (Exodus), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/Brutal Truth), Katon W.DePena (Hirax), and many others. There will also be lists from Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, Eddie Trunk, Monte Conner, and many more.
Per the official press release: “You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? What Motorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band?”
The book can be pre-ordered here. 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
Tommy Victor, axe-master and vocalist for metal band Prong, has officially announced that he has teamed up with Schecter Guitars for a signature guitar. He will be showing it off at NAMM on Saturday, Jan. 26th alongside Exodus, Jeff Loomis, and Chris Poland.
Victor comments, “I am so happy to finally have my own signature model being released! And to have it done through Schecter is an honor and a highlight in my career. We put our minds together to design an intense model that we know guitar players and collectors of all sorts are going to appreciate. I’m personally impressed with the outcome. It’s amazing!
“To help celebrate Schecter’s dominance in new designs and innovation and quality all around, along with the release of the Tommy Victor signature model, PRONG will be supporting Exodus at the Schecter NAMM Party Saturday Jan 26th at the Grove in Anaheim. Also performing is my old friend Chris Poland and his band Ohm, and one of the world’s top shredders Jeff Loomis. The incredible Gary Holt with the rest of us will be doing a signing at the new upstairs Schecter booth at NAMM (which will have my new model on display) Friday Jan. 25 at 1pm. See you at NAMM!”
You can watch the Prong’s latest video for “Revenge Best Served Cold” below. READ MORE
Thrash metal legends Anthrax recently announced the shocking news that lead guitarist Rob Caggiano had quit the band, just a month before a heavy touring schedule was set to begin. However, the band also stated that they would not be hosting auditions for a new lead guitarist. The reason for that is now obvious as it has been announced that Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais will be filling in as lead guitarist while the band tours over the next few months.
Scott Ian states, “Jon is a bro and he’s also a total fucking ripper. I’ve worked with him twice before on side projects and he tears it up. I’m excited to have him on my right burning up the stage with Anthrax. 13′s gonna be a good year.”
Donais adds, “I grew up on Anthrax, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of The Big Four, I’d be crazy to not want to play with them. Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place. Rob and I are using Skype to work on solos and other guitar parts, so he’s being great. I also have to give special thanks to my band – Brian, Matt, Jason and Ed – who have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to do this.”
You can see all tour dates that Donais will be on below. READ MORE
Thrash metal legends (and one of the Big Four) Anthrax have announced tour dates for the upcoming ‘Metal Alliance’ tour, which you can check out below. The band will play their 1987 album Among The Living in its entirety during the tour. Support will come from Exodus, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail.
Guitarist Scott Ian comments, “Holy crap am I so excited about this year’s Metal Alliance Tour! It’s been a great year and a half for us since ‘Worship Music’ came out and to cap it off with a Grammy nomination. This is such a perfect lineup. To make this tour even more special, we will be playing our ‘Among The Living’ record in its entirety. I can’t wait to play ‘Horror Of It All’! Come on out and worship with us, my friends. You do not want to miss this. USA on Hell one more time.”
Make sure to check out our review of Worship Music here. READ MORE
A demo version of metalcore band Killswitch Engage‘s song entitled “No End In Sight” has leaked onto the internet, resulting in the band performing the track live. It is the first track to feature original KSE vocalist Jesse Leach on front vocals since he left the band after the release of 2002′s Alive Or Just Breathing (he did guest vocals on two tracks on 2004′s The End Of Heartache). The track is a rough demo and, according to Adam Dutkiewicz in an interview with Guitar World, “It’s actually the one tune that’s pretty different from the other stuff. Overall the rest of the album is a little faster, a little meaner, a little growlier — thrashy but with lots of clean parts. We’re going a little more extreme this time.” You can hear “No End In Sight” below.
The band is currently in the studio mixing their upcoming album with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Nevermore). The as-of-yet untitled album will be released sometime in early 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
Killswitch Engage will be performing Alive Or Just Breathing in its entirety on tour in a few weeks. Support will come from Shadows Fall and Acaro. Check here for all tour dates. READ MORE
As many of you know, last night The Big 4 rocked New York’s Yankee Stadium. The show is, as of yet, the only East Coast show from these thrash metal giants but one can hope that this arrangement will keep on posting shows. To celebrate their rocking out on the East Coast, all of the bands, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and even members of Exodus, came out and jammed out on Motorhead‘s classic song Overkill.
Check out the thrash metal goodness after the jump.
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.
A little bit ago, we hosted an exclusive contest where the winner received a guitar signed by Exodus. Well, it took a while to get to our winner, but he got it and he’s loving it! Meet your Exodus guitar contest winner Nik!
Make sure to stay tuned to Bloody-Disgusting as we are trying make sure to always have a contest going on for you lovely readers. As a matter of fact, something tells me one might be coming up very soon.
German metal sensation Accept refuse to sign those AARP papers and will be doing a second headlining run in N. America starting April 9th, 2011. This tour is in support of Accept’s latest album, ‘Blood Of The Nations’, which was produced by the amazing Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Nevermore, Opeth, Exodus). Check after the jump for tour dates.
A little bit ago, Bloody-Disgusting ran an exclusive contest where you could win an autographed 5-string Schecter Bass from In This Moment that was used in their music video for ‘Prayers’. The contest was in celebration of the release of their newest album, ‘A Star Crossed Wasteland’. Well, we got our lucky winner to send in a picture of her with her bass and a copy of ‘A Star Crossed Wasteland’, which you can check out inside after the jump!
Again, thanks to all who entered that one as well as the Exodus contest that just ended (winner to be announced shortly). Make sure to enter our just announced Children Of Bodom contest HERE
THE CONTEST IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO ENTERED AND A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!
Seriously, how much do we at Bloody-Disgusting love you readers! To show our love, here is another badass contest for all of you! In celebration of legendary thrash metal band Exodus hitting the road, we’re offering you all a chance at a guitar autographed by the band! Check after the jump to find out how you can enter!
***DO NOT WATCH IF YOU ARE PRONE TO SEIZURES OR ARE EPILEPTIC!***
Exodus are about to hit the road with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood. Check the myspace link above for ticket information and check after the jump for tour dates!
THE CONTEST IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO ENTERED AND A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!
Attention Angels Of Babylon fans! Make sure to catch bassist David Ellefson on the road with Megadeth this summer on the American Carnage Tour with Testament and Slayer! See below for all current tour dates featuring David Ellefson! Angels Of Babylon released their Burnhill Union Records debut, Kingdom of Evil, this past Tuesday, July 27th! The record is now remastered, and features three previously unreleased tracks. Kingdom of Evil was released in Europe by Metal Heaven Records in January of 2010, and in Japan with Hydrant Music in May of 2010. Download Kingdom of Evil for free at the Burnhill Union Records website
Angels Of Babylon drummer and Nashville, TN native Rhino began compiling tracks featured on Kingdom of Evil many years ago, but was patiently waiting for the optimum lineup to record and release an album. Rhino is well known for his amazing work with Manowar. In 1991, Rhino appeared on The Triumph of Steel; one of Manowar’s best selling album to date. Rhino continued on with Manowar, touring Europe multiple times and cruising through Japan between 1992-1995. Rhino left Manowar in 1995 to pursue personal interest. In the coming years, Rhino was soon introduced to Fefolt, Ellefson and Brosh, and they provided the key to his inspiration to forge ahead and complete the album.
Exodus touring with Malevolent Creation
Come August, Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS will be hitting the road with their “March Of Brutality” tour for a headlining run through the U.S. and Canada in support of their Billboard-charting new release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood.
States EXODUS guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt: “We are fucking stoked to announce the ‘March of Brutality’ line-up. This tour is going to re-write the book on how much fun is actually legal!”
Kataklysm touring with Devildriver on off Ozzfest dates
Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM, will join Ozzfest tour mates DEVILDRIVER on a full North American tour scheduled around their Ozzfest appearances this Summer!
Check after the jump for tour dates for both tours!
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Die Young” song from the classic “Heaven and Hell” album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie’s passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, “I don’t know why I recorded this song, it doesn’t really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world.”
There are no plans to officially release Flynn’s version of “Die Young”, but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download HERE
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.
Witchery’s line-up reads like the who’s who of Swedish Metal: Jensen (guitars) plays with The Haunted; solo-guitarist Rickard Rimfält for Séance; bass player Sharlee D’Angelo is in charge of the deep end of Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars; while drummer Martin Axe hits the skins of Opeth and Bloodbath. The upcoming album Witchkrieg, set for a June 29th North American release, features the debut of new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian) and an army of the best metal guitarists. The fretboard wizardry of Kerry King (Slayer) crowns “Witchkrieg,” the opener and title track.
Guitar player Jensen had met Kerry in 1999 on the first U.S. tour of his band in Los Angeles after the WITCHERY show at The Whiskey. “He came on our bus and we partied all night long. We played air guitar while listening to old Rainbow records,” Jensen remembers. “At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark I bumped into him again. I played him the song, he listened to it three times straight and said: ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’