Apparently there is something about Bear McCreary’s theme for The Walking Dead that brings out the metal in people. Below is YouTube user Bryce Goertzen‘s rockin’ cover of the now infamous theme. Give it a watch and lemme know what you think!
Personally, I think it’s a bit too shredtastic and in-your-face but I’ll give the guy a few things: 1) Those are some seriously practiced guitar faces/poses. I think he’s got one of those ballet studio mirrors that spans a whole wall in his room just so he can see how metal he looks. 2) Anyone that has a Jeff Loomis Schecter guitar is okay in my book. I’ve always wanted one of those guitars but that could be because I think it’ll magically transform me into a songwriter of Nevermore caliber. Delusions of grandeur, I know, but one can hope. 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
Century Media Records has announced the Carnival Of Sounds II sampler, which includes music from 16 artists under their label. The download is 100% free and features some really great bands, including Destiny Potato, who I’m keeping a close eye on. Also included are the badass Vildhjarta and the legendary Devin Townsend (interview). All info, including track list, can be found below. READ MORE
Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork have set dates for a massive N. American headline tour. Beginning in West Springfield, VA on March 12th and finishing May 7th in Worcester, MA, the band will be hitting almost all major markets in support of their upcoming double album The Living Infinite, which will be released in early 2013. Support on the tour will be coming from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched.
General admission tickets are available at EnterTheVault.com as of October 30th and will go on sale through all normal ticketing systems on November 17th.
Drummer Dirk Verbeuren states, “With The Living Infinite nearing completion, all of us in SOILWORK are excited to announce the first of many killer tours to come! We can’t wait to take some of our new songs to the stage and with two CDs worth of material, picking a set list is gonna be interesting to say the least… We look forward to once again bringing you metal the Soilwork way!”
Check below for all tour dates and keep your eyes out for an exclusive interview with drummer Dirk Verbeuren coming soon! READ MORE
Jeff Loomis (who is easily one of my favorite guitarists playing today) has put out a stream of a new song entitled “A Liar’s Chain”. The song was recorded with his current touring line up of Joe Nurre (guitar and vocals), Anup Sastry (drums) and Greg Macklin (bass). You can check out the song below.
Loomis writes, “A Liar’s Chain is the first of three songs that I recorded with my band to officially debut online. We started playing it live on our last US run and it seemed to go over really well with fans. I had so much fun recording ‘Surrender’ with Ihsahn on vocals for my last solo album that I wanted to do more songs like that. Joe Nurre, who has been playing guitar in my band for the last year or so, has a pretty killer death metal voice, so I thought it would be perfect to do some more stuff like this with him as well as the rest of the guys.
I’m really looking forward to getting over to Europe again. I have so much fun there. The Euroblast tour and festival has some amazing musicians on it, which is going to be really special for me as well, as I love watching and hearing great bands play. We’re going to be playing ‘A Liar’s Chain’ as well as one other new song with Joe singing. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Jeff Loomis will be touring Europe on the Euroblast 2012 tour with labelmates Monuments, Vidhjarta, and Stealing Axion. Check below for the tour dates. READ MORE
The latest video for “97% Static” from Monuments looks like it was directed by J.J. Abrams. Know why? Lens flares EVERYWHERE! And if lens flares everywhere wasn’t enough, they also added in a kaleidoscope effect to ensure that you got multiple lens flares throughout. The end result? I’m blind. Check out the video below for a dazzling array of light stripes.
“97% Static” comes from Monuments latest album Gnosis (Amazon), which comes out in the US this Tuesday. The band will be touring Europe with Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Stealing Axion. Tour dates are also below. READ MORE
It’s summertime and Century Media wants to make sure that you rock long and hard through the heat! That’s why they’ve put out a free sampler of a ton of their artists, including In This Moment, Suicide Silence, TesseracT, Jeff Loomis, Fozzy, Nachtmystium, and a ton others. You can download this free sampler here.
Also below is the official video for In This Moment’s “Blood”, which comes off their upcoming album Blood, which comes out Aug. 14th. READ MORE
A few weeks ago, Nevermore announced that they were dropping off the Symphony X tour (Soilwork had already dropped off about a month or so ago). Well, the reason for that departure has just come out: guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have left the band. Check after the jump for a statement from the both of them.
All Shall Perish’s new guitarist and Berklee College of Music graduate, Francesco Artusato, has completed work on his dynamic new, all instrumental solo endeavor entitled Chaos and The Primordial. This all out technical shred fest features 10 truly diverse tracks that takes the listener on an all encompassing musical journey and the depth and diversity in which Artusato does so is astonishing.
Artusato is proud to launch his new MySpace
to promote this solo release, so head over now in order to check out some new audio samples. Explosive technicality combined with musical taste and an energetic sense of phrase is the main emphasis behind the Chaos and The Primordial album, so enjoy.
Artusato checks in with the following report: “I just got back from my first tour with All Shall Perish playing four great shows as direct support for the legendary Danzig. It was such an amazing and mind blowing experience! We will be back on the road starting this weekend for the Summer Slaughter North American tour and will then head out to Europe after that. It’s going to be great.
‘Malevolence’, the third full length release by Seattle, Washington Tech-Death metal band I Declare War, is a solid release with 11-tracks of blistering, down-tuned heaviness. The lyrics are just as in-your-face as the music (should you be able to understand them) and if you’re feeling particularly pissed-off at the government, religion, etc…, this may just be the album you need to get some of that aggression out.
Make sure to check out Jonathan Huber’s Top 10 horror list HERE