Canada’s BAPTIZED IN BLOOD are set to storm out of their native Canada and mount a takeover of American metal audiences when they release their self-titled, debut full-length for Roadrunner via digital retailers nationally on October 19. The band will also play alongside A Life Once Lost at the CMJ Music Marathon Metal Sucks Showcase, which will be held October 20 at Club Europa. Baptized in Blood have already turned the discerning head of a metal icon, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who was so impressed that he has taken on the role of co-manager for the London, Ontario-based band, alongside Mark Adelman.
Additionally, Mike D of Dark Icon Design, who also serves as the bassist for Killswitch Engage, designed the album artwork. While Baptized in Blood may have friends in high places, the band doesn’t rely on those associations; the five-piece delivers the goods with their bottom heavy, unrelenting metallic assault. Baptized in Blood are a classic Roadrunner signing that remains true the label’s long-standing history as the standard bearer of the best in hard rock and metal.
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive clip of Black Tide making sure they stay in shape whilst recording their new album (name TBA). Check it out after the jump for some laughs as well as a few tips on what you can do to keep in shape.
Black Tide are currently in the studio with renowned producers GGGarth (Atreyu, Chevelle, Mudvayne) and Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God) recording the follow up to their 2008 critically acclaimed debut, Light From Above. This clip features producers GGGarth and Josh Wilbur challenging each other in a workout. The clip also features a brief segment of the new song “Ashes”.
“Honest Eyes” is featured on Black Tide’s upcoming split-single, along with “Bury Me”. The two new tracks will be released 9/21.
Black Tide will be heading out on the road with Bullet For My Valentine, Escape The Fate, and Drive A starting in mid September. Go to Black Tide’s Myspace
for the complete tour dates.
Today we bring you an exclusive interview with Chris Adler, drummer of the American Heavy Metal band Lamb of God! Fresh off their tour with the 2010 Rockstar Mayhem Festival, the guys are gearing up for South American dates as well as dates with Metallica overseas. They also just released a compilation called Hourglass, which you can order HERE! Check after the jump to read about new album news, how the Mayhem festival went, and how Chris thinks horror and metal are connected!
Recently, I got the opportunity to go to the Rockstar Mayhem Festival at the DTE Energy Theater (still known to me as Pine Knob) in Clarkston, Michigan. With headliner’s such as Korn, Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, as well as supporting acts like Hatebreed, Chimaira, In This Moment, Norma Jean, and others, how could I not go? While there, I snagged several interviews which I will be posting daily throughout the week. Who were the interviews with? I guess you’ll have to find out! In the meantime, we’ve got a video of several artists with a message for YOU, the readers, as well as some pictures of a In This Moment, Chimaira, and Rob Zombie. Check it all out and if you were there, leave some comments!
Nashville’s veteran heavy metal act, The Showdown, has posted a short video trailer in anticipation of their fourth full-length record, Blood In The Gears, which is due out on August 24th on Solid State Records.
Four new tracks from Blood In The Gears – “Take Me Home”, “Bring It Down”, “Heavy Lies The Crown”, and “Blood In The Gears” – are currently available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page
Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions, in Nashville. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.
Hey Bloody-Disgusting readers! Jonny B. here letting you know that I’m gonna be at Rockstar Mayhem today at the DTE Energy Theater in Clarkston, Michigan getting all sorts of badass content! If any of you are planning on showing up to the show, I’d love to get the chance to hang out! You can know my exact whereabouts by following me on Twitter HERE. See some of you there!
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Bloody Disgusting and In This Moment have teamed up to offer yet another awesome contest for all of you readers in anticipation of the upcoming release of ‘A Star Crossed Wasteland’! After the jump you can learn how to enter to win a signed Schecter bass guitar that was used in the official video for ‘Forever’ or one of 10 autographed copies of ‘A Star Crossed Wasteland’.
Make sure to check out In This Moment
on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2010
starting next week! You can also pre-order ‘A Star Crossed Wasteland’, out July 13th, in various packages HERE
or from your local retailer! You can also join the official Century Media mailing list to keep up-to-date with all your favorite bands at their Official Website
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Lamb of God is celebrating 15 years of pure American metal with the release of Hourglass… but what is Hourglass you ask? It’s an epic look back through their entire career available in a bunch of awesome bundles, formats, and extras. If you haven’t checked it out yet head over to Lamb of God’s storefront right now, there really are some truly cool items in these bundles including all 6 Lamb of God studio albums on individual USB drives in a cigarette box shaped collector’s package. WANT.
We’re lucky enough to have some goodies from these Hourglass bundles to give away to you guys, read on to find out what you can win and how to enter. READ MORE
Norma Jean’s highly anticipated album, Meridional, is officially available for presale. Presale packages will be available in four tiers. Regardless of what package fans choose, when ordering from www.normajeannoise.com
, all presales include an instant download of “Deathbed Atheist,” the second new song from the album after “Leaderless and Self Enlisted.”
The standard package for $10 includes the Meridional physical CD as well as the ability to digitally download the album on release day, July 13th. For fans interested in merchandise, the Standard + T-Shirt package is available for $25. This tier includes both the physical and digital albums, as well as an exclusive t-shirt that can only be purchased through the presale. The Deluxe package includes the physical and digital albums, the exclusive t-shirt, and a 2 Disc 180 Gram Gatefold Vinyl edition of Meridional for $50. The $75 option includes all of the above merchandise as well as a 12″x12″ lithograph of the Meridional album artwork, authographed by all the members of Norma Jean.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s This Or The Apocalypse is revealing another track, ‘Lamindae’ from their Good Fight Music debut, Haunt What’s Left. The track will be streaming exclusively at Revolvermag.com beginning today, June 7th! Along with the track, Revolvermag.com will feature an interview with co-producer, Lamb of God’s Chris Adler, about his thoughts on ‘Lamindae’. Haunt What’s Left is produced by Josh Wilbur and Chris Adler, and is set to hit stores on June 22nd, 2010. This Or The Apocalypse plan to debut another new track from Haunt What’s Left on June 14th.
This Or The Apocalypse has announced new tour dates with For The Fallen Dreams, beginning July 8th in Indianapolis, IN! The band is also on tour earlier this summer with Gwen Stacy. All This Or The Apocalypse tour dates are listed after the jump.
Tennessee’s riff-tastic southern metal outfit, The Showdown, has announced an August 24th street date for their Solid State Records sophomore release, Blood in the Gears. The forthcoming full-length was recorded at Anthem Productions in Nashville, and produced by The Showdown’s own, Jeremiah Scott. The album’s title track, and first single off the record, is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page
. Blood in the Gears is The Showdown’s fourth studio album, and the follow up to 2008’s, Back Breaker.
“Blood in the Gears is true to what The Showdown has always been about in the past,” explains vocalist David Bunton, “…heavy, thrashy, southern, groovy. Jeremiah Scott (Bass) recorded and produced the record, all in house and on our own terms. We are sounding like we want to and saying exactly what we want to. That’s what heavy metal is all about.”
LAMB OF GOD is celebrating today’s release of their 15th Anniversary Hourglass Collection by offering special packages to fans via their newly designed website and web store that launched today, Tuesday, June 1st. The new store includes photos of all available items including an autographed 8×10 photo of the band, a LAMB OF GOD coffin guitar case, a special deluxe edition vinyl box set, a 4’x6’ Pure American metal Flag, a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2, and their entire catalog on individual USB sticks in a Cigarette Pack case, among others.
LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records are immediately making all of the Hourglass packages available for pre-order in 41 countries through www.lamb-of-god.com
. The band is currently in the midst of a month long tour of Asia and Europe that has already visited India and Turkey, with stops still to be made in Russia, Israel, Greece and other cities across Europe. The tour ends June 12th with a main stage appearance at the Download Festival in Donnington, England.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
is set to reveal a brand new track today, entitled ‘Charmer’ from their Good Fight Music
debut, Haunt What’s Left
. The track will be located at their MySpace
page. Haunt What’s Left is produced by Josh Wilbur and LAMB OF GOD’s Chris Adler, and is set to hit stores on June 22nd, 2010. When asked to comment on ‘Charmer’, Adler stated, “This is the shit that makes me get up in the morning. This is not the hit, this is not the second single, this is not the third – it is the ‘shedding skin’ tune. This gives me goose bumps and makes me jealous.”
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE vocalist Ricky Armellino had a few words of his own to express the meaning behind ‘Charmer’. “The more I struggle to learn about myself, the more I just abhor the amount our society consumes. It’s disgusting that a religious belief could make one feel empowered enough to irresponsibly destroy and consume other forms of life because they feel that there is an “afterlife” only for themselves and nothing else,” starts Armellino. “One of my dearest friends calls me a “charmer” because I tend to be cunning and persuasive when I talk to others, it’s a gift and a curse; you can be so convincing that you can even distort the truth in your own eyes and make yourself believe you’re not one of ‘them’, you’re not to blame. I named the song after that nickname because I always want to remind myself that I should be holding myself accountable first, the rest of the world second.”
Lamb of God will celebrate their 15th anniversary as a band with the release of the Hourglass collections. Hourglass will be released in multiple formats, giving the band’s fans an opportunity to experience the music in compact disc, vinyl, and digital configurations. In addition, there will be 2 deluxe packages, including extra goodies and groundbreaking packaging.
Grammy-nominated Lamb of God is pleased to announce the inclusion of their unreleased track, “Hit the Wall”, in the brand new Iron Man 2 video game and trailer! The track is exclusive to the game. View a special behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of “Hit the Wall”, featuring interviews and recording bits, at Sega’s YouTube page. READ MORE
The biggest defenders of traditional heavy metal, 3 Inches Of Blood, are currently preparing for the next big North American touring onslaught, which kicks off with a massive run across Canada on April 28th with Goatwhore. This leads them directly into the much anticipated, big summer festival Rockstar Mayhem Tour performing alongside such major acts as Lamb of God, Rob Zombie and Hatebreed. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/3iob now to view their complete touring itinerary. The band will also be performing a series of off-dates with Lamb of God and Hatebreed (see after the jump).
3 Inches Of Blood have also teamed back up with acclaimed director Rick Podd (The Watcher, Hellraiser), who previously shot their “Battles and Brotherhood” video, to shoot a new clip for the track “Silent Killer.” The group’s latest album, Here Waits Thy Doom, is going to be reissued as a Mayhem Tour edition with four exclusive new tracks along with a bonus DVD featuring their video for “Battles and Brotherhood,” their performance on Fuel TV and more. Look for this new edition everywhere on June 29th.
Fans of Norma Jean won’t have to wait much longer to hear the bands’ fifth album ‘Meridional’ which will be released July 13th on Razor & Tie. ’Meridional’ revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while offering fans a dark experimental side – the band stretching out on moody, slow-burn jams. It is an album that finds the band comfortable in its legacy but progressive and bold in its creativity.
‘Meridional’ was recorded in February 2010 at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta with producer Jeremy Griffith. The band recorded eleven official tracks for the record as well as a few extra bonus tracks and B-sides. Vocalist Cory Brandan described ‘Meridional’, “It’s a heavy record, multifaceted with epic sounding, experimental songs, some fast, chaotic songs, and some melodic, commanding interludes. Any track we didn’t think had reached its utmost sonic prowess was given a second look, revised to be as powerful as possible.”
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe can scream with the best of ‘em. He’s also got a penchant for penning pensive, but brutal lyrics steeped in an unmatched raw intensity. That rawness carries over to his big screen debut as Deacon Luke in Brian Pulido’s brand new indie horror flick, The Graves. Deacon Luke is the enforcer for this church of sickos and an all-around bad, bad man. Blythe stepped right into Luke’s skin and made him quite the memorable villain, stalking the screen like he stalks the stage.
On the eve of the movie’s premiere, Blythe spoke to Bloody-Disgusting.com’s Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) about his favorite horror flicks! Read on for his list. READ MORE
IN THIS MOMENT are extremely excited to be performing on this summer’s much anticipated Rockstar Mayhem Tour playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage alongside Atreyu, Norma Jean and 3 Inches of Blood. This tour will mark the start of the group’s official, massive worldwide touring schedule for their new full-length album, which is set for a summer release. The group were also hailed by Alternative Press as “One of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010.” Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/inthismoment to view their entire summer touring itinerary. READ MORE
Anyone who listens to metal has, at some point, heard the work of Devin Townsend. It may not have been one of his musical projects (of which there are many) but definitely one of the vast numbers of production efforts he has put out. This is the man who did vocals on the Steve Vai album “Sex and Religion”. This is the man who produced the Lamb of God album “As The Palaces Burn”. The list goes on and on and always has me wondering how this man has any time to put out any of his own material. And yet, here it is: The second of a proposed four album series, “Addicted!” by The Devin Townsend Project.
“Addicted!” starts off with the title track and is a heavy hitter. Thick guitars, huge drums and insane ambient noises in the background are topped off by Devin Townsend’s signature frenzied, growl-singing with lush harmonies provided by ex-The Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The song finishes and immediately blends in with the next track. This pattern continues as almost every song, upon ending, blends into the next track. Now, another interesting note is that the title track, in a sense, feels somewhat off from the majority of the album. “Addicted!” (the track) is a true heavy hitter and feels like a great Devin Townsend metal song. Much of the rest of the album has a more “happy” feel to it. Many of these songs are played dominantly in the major scale and the feel of the song reflects that.
The production is unmistakably Devin Townsend. If you’ve heard any of his other albums, then you know what to expect: Everything is beautifully recorded and mixed. The guitars sound thick, large and articulate. The bass rolls easily and has a great presence, making sure that the bottom end of the sonic spectrum is taken care of. The drums have a solid thump while the cymbals sizzle nicely. The vocals are mixed wonderfully with all the harmonies coming together beautifully. The ambient soundscapes that hover almost continually add a haunting 3rd dimension to the music. But like Devin Townsend mixes, it seems that each track is saturated in reverb, making it sometimes difficult to pick out individual instruments.
“Addicted!” is a very solid album that shows the progression of The Devin Townsend Project. Fans of any of Devin Townsend’s previous works will find themselves enjoying “Addicted” and for those who haven’t had a chance to experience the music of Devin Townsend, this may very well be the best place to start.