It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
Funny Or Die has posted a pretty entertaining “documentary” on the grunge rock band Alice In Chains. Narrated and hosted by Alan Poole McLard, a “Film Studies Professor at a community college” (nope, doesn’t say which one), the documentary follows McLard as he attempts to interview the members of AiC regarding the upcoming release of their latest album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. While the majority of the documentary is McLard chatting with nobodies, some notable musicians do make an appearance, including Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and more. There’s definitely a chuckle or two to be had in the video below. READ MORE
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
Relapse Records recently suffered a great loss as their Director Of Retail Sales Pat Egan passed away on Monday, Feb. 18th due to complications stemming from pneumonia. To honor his memory, Relapse has put together a 20-track tribute album that features a collection of his favorite artists and songs. All bands included have waived their royalty fees so that 100% of the proceeds can go towards a college fund for Egan’s daughter Katie. The compilation is $5 and available via Bandcamp here. Those who wish to donate via PayPal can do so at [email protected].
Our deepest condolences go out to Pat, his family and friends, and the entire Relapse Record crew. You are in our thoughts. 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
In a rather entertaining video from Orange Amps, Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders is faced with a terrifying situation when his six amps all fail at the same time. He turns to Orange to save the day, explaining the situation. So what ultimately ends up saving the day? A dog. No, I’m not joking. Something to watch for: Sanders’ amazing acting. The guy nails the “I’m a super rock star so worship me” persona. Check it out below. READ MORE
Progressive rock/metal band Mastodon will be contributing a song to the Disney/Pixar animated film Monsters University, which is the prequel to 2001′s Monsters Inc. The original featured the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal. The sequel will be released June 21st, 2013. You can see the teaser trailer below.
Mastodon contributed several songs to the 2010 film Jonah Hex, which starred Josh Brolin and Megan Fox. READ MORE
A far cry from the roaring sludge metal fury that is Mastodon, Brent Hinds side project West End Motel‘s debut album was described by SPIN as, “…Tom Waits and Tim Burton co-hosting the creepiest vaudeville show ever.” Now, the band will be releasing their sophomore album Only Time Can Tell on Oct. 30th via Warner Bros. Records. You can listen to the track “Burn It Down” here.
Hinds explains, “I grew up listening to Chet Atkins play guitar, and I grew up listening to Brian Setzer play guitar. Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, all these country-chicken-pickin’-flying-’round-the-guitar-neck guitar players. I got really inspired by it. I’m from way down in the country. It was pretty common to have the interests I had when I was that age. MTV had some hair metal on there, but I was more interested in this rockabilly vibe. Stray Cats were really big at the time, in the ’80s. It was epic.”
Check below for the official artwork and full track list. READ MORE
Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Baroness is a four-piece group that plays a mixture of sludge and melodic metal with traces of prog and a sprinkle of punk. With elements of these genres, you KNOW that I was intrigued to listen to their latest offering. After all, they’ve toured with Metallica, Opeth, Clutch, Mastodon, and many more influential, fantastic artists. Add to this the fact that both Red and Blue are fascinating, incredible albums, and I was all set to sit back and delve into the two-disc set that is Yellow & Green. So, was I satisfied or left wanting? READ MORE
Mastodon have released a live video for “All The Heavy Lifting” from their Feb. 11th performance at London’s Brixton Academy. The song comes from their latest album The Hunter, which was released Sept. 27th, 2011. The band is currently touring throughout Europe. All tour dates can be found here.
The Hunter was featured on our 2011 Music Chopping List here. Make sure to also check out our video interview with guitarist Bill Kelliher here. READ MORE
In what might be considered one of the strangest cover swaps ever, Mastodon and Feist have teamed up for the collaboration Feistodon. No, I’m not joking. The two artists each covered a track from the other and the results are now available for you to hear below. Feist covered Black Tongue while Mastodon covered A Commotion. Surprisingly, the end result is pretty damn awesome!
The tracks will be available on a 7″ available tomorrow for Record Store Day. READ MORE
Although a Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tour was confirmed by Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, there weren’t any tour dates or official statements to back up the claim. Well, that has all changed now as the full touring schedule has been released! Dubbed the Heritage Hunter Tour, the trek will see the three bands touring from April 4th until May 12th. I’m personally more excited for this tour than any other one in recent memory. Looks like I’m heading to Grand Rapids!
Opeth vocalist/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt: “We’re touring North America together with Mastodon soon. Nice! One of the very few metal bands of today that I genuinely like. Good people too! Ghost are coming with us as well, and they are one of the hottest new bands to come out of Sweden in recent years, and I dig them too. I sound like an old fart, don’t I? Well, I am.
“Yet, am I right in thinking that this tour, this line up, is pretty decent? Would you all agree? Not complete s—, is it? Hope to see y’all out there! What are we playing? Not sure yet, but considering the company, maybe we’ll have to pull out the big guns from time to time. In order to keep up, I mean.”
Talk about a busy day for music videos! Above you’ve got a lyric video from Trivium for their latest single Black and below you can check out Evanescence‘s My Heart Is Broken, Mastodon‘s Dry Bone Valley, and finally Anthrax‘s The Devil You Know. WHEW! Talk about a visual smorgasbord of rock/metal delights! Enjoy the videos!
In a recent interview with Studio Brussel, bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders of Mastodon confirmed a N. American tour with Swedish prog metal band Opeth and Swedish NWOBHM band Ghost. When asked about the future plans for the band, Sanders replied, “We go to Australia take part in the Soundwave Festival, which is going to be lovely… Take a short break. Do a North American tour with Opeth and Ghost.” As of now, no tour dates have been confirmed. Below are some videos you can check out to see how perfectly everything goes together.
Okay, my mind is blown. This might be one of the best lineups I’ve seen in a LONG time. Each of these bands has incredible music and the thought of getting to check out Ghost on the big stage is unreal. This is one of those shows that I’ll come to early, make sure I get a great view, and then I won’t move for the rest of the show. Beer server! Bring me more ale!
I’ve never really thought of gig posters as being that necessary for a show. Then, when I went and saw Porcupine Tree with Robert Fripp (King Crimson) opening, I received a poster that was made specifically for that show. Now autographed by Porcupine Tree (twice) and framed on my wall, that poster is a reminder of how amazing visual art can be as an accompaniment to music.
Gomediazine has come up with 100 of these posters from the last five years and, wow, some of them are absolutely amazing! I’ve snagged a few for you to check out in this article, but you should definitely click the link at the bottom and see the rest.
Damn, there are a TON of contests going here on Bloody-Disgusting, aren’t there? Check it out: Friday The 13th, War Games, Scream 4, War Of The Worlds, and Jeffrey Nothing. WHEW!!! Well guess what? I’m not convinced that’s enough chances for you to win something! So, after the jump, you can find out how you can win an autographed drum head from Mastodon as well as a signed CD copy of their latest album The Hunter (order on iTunes)!
Mastodon‘s latest album, The Hunter, is coming out next week. If that doesn’t get your nether bits all jollied up, you just might be dead to me. In any case, the band has released a video for Curl Of The Burl and it might be one of the greatest music videos I’ve ever seen. No, I’m not joking. A four-armed man. Women with light up breasts. A cat being knocked out by a boulder. These are but a few of the sights you will see when you watch the video after the jump. And you will watch the video…OR ELSE! I’ll punch your dog in her kneecaps.
Mastodon have announced a North American tour starting Nov. 1st in LA that sees them hitting the road with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang. The tour will be hitting 24 cities, so check after the jump to see if they’re coming to your neck of the woods.
Personally, I’d go to check out Mastodon. Who’s your pick on the bill?
Mastodon just uploaded a new song, Spectrelight, to the Roadrunner Records Germany YouTube page. The song comes off their upcoming album, The Hunter, which comes out Sept. 27th. You can check out Spectrelight after the jump while below is another new song, Curl of the Burl.
Mastodon have announced The Hunter as the follow-up to Crack The Sky and have teamed up with Adult Swim to release the first video, Deathbound. WARNING: This video features gratuitous amounts of muppet slaughter, creatures from hell, laser-eye robots, UFO’s, and trains. If you can’t handle all of that awesomeness, well then…I guess you shouldn’t watch the video.
Reunited Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden have announced the final itinerary for their upcoming summer tour. Special guests depend on the day, but it could be Coheed and Cambria, The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Meat Puppets, or Mastodon, depending on your stop. Check after the jump for the full list.
Coming out on November 26th for the XBOX 360 and the Sony Playstation 3, Splatterhouse is a reboot of the 1988 game of the same name for the TurboGrafx-16 (when was the last time you saw THAT system?). Apart from looking completely badass and very atmospheric, the developers have just released the track list for the licensed songs that will be making an appearance in the game. Let me tell you that it’s definitely meant for all you metalheads. Check after the jump for the full list!
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.