Nuclear Blast Records, one of the bastions of diverse metal, has announced the upcoming release of the 9th edition of Monsters Of Metal, which will drop January 10th, 2014. The DVD features 45 music videos and over 200 minutes of blistering metal, from the symphonic stylings of Nightwish and Epica to the ferocity of In Flames and Meshuggah. A trailer can be seen below as well as full list of artists appearing on the DVD. READ MORE
Swedish metal band Vildharta (who you should totally be listening to) has released a new track entitled “Dimman”, which comes from their upcoming album Thousands Of Evils, which is due this fall on a limited edition 12″ via Century Media Records. The track begins as a eerie acoustic track and progresses into something much more intense and vicious. You can listen to the instrumental song below.
The band will also soon be announcing a N. American tour with Veil Of Maya, Structures, Northlane, and Here Comes The Kraken.
Thousands Of Evils is the follow up to 2011′s Masstaden, which I loved. If you’re into bands like Meshuggah but love a melodically evil flavor, seriously do yourself a favor and pick up that album. READ MORE
French progressive metal band Uneven Structure has released a full stream of their EP 8. Originally released in 2009, the band has since “re-worked, re-recorded and re-packaged” the EP to bundle it with their 2011 full length album Februus (which is a fantastic album, I might add).
Guitarist Igor Omodei states, “8, as a collective piece is something we love to play live but the way we do now is quite different from the 2009 EP. So we decided to release this altered version by going back to the drawing board, reworking it, taking advantage of the lineup consolidation and technical progress we’ve been through since the original was out. This is a thank you to our fans for being so supportive and believing in us, and we really hope they will enjoy what we’ve done with it. Whilst they enjoy this, we’re busy in our batcave, working on our second album. We want to get that exactly right as it’s a concept album, the technical aspect is more engaging than on Februus and we’re leaving more room for experimentation which means our writing spectrum is broad as hell.”
Described as “…Pink Floyd’s creativity meets Meshuggah’s brutality with a side serving of Devin Townsend’s progressive charm,“, the 8 EP is available to pre-order along with Februus here. You can listen to the full stream below. READ MORE
There are things on the internet that defy the possibility of explanation. Things that make one raise an eyebrow and simply say, “Okay. You win.” Today brought me one of those moments. Below is a video of a human-esque “person” on their way to some undisclosed location whilst dancing to Meshuggah‘s “Straws Pulled At Random”. I can’t really explain anything else as it’s just one of the most bizarre and hilarious videos I’ve seen in a while. Check it out! READ MORE
Some people think of the crazies things. Most of the time, they just hold onto those thoughts and laugh about what would happen if they actually did it. Then they just go about their lives and that’s that. Then there are people who actually DO crazy things. Why? A better question might be why not?
YouTube user MarvAttaxx is one of those doers. He’s the guy who takes an idea and makes it happen. For example, let’s take a look at how he took a push broom and turned it into a one-string guitar capable of playing Meshuggah‘s “Rational Gaze” or Emmure‘s “Words Of Intulo”. The project involved some haphazard woodworking and MacGyver-ing for the pickup but the end result is a damn impressive broom that sounds rather mean, rather gnarly, and surprisingly awesome. Head on below to give it a listen! READ MORE
I’m a huge Meshuggah fan. Something about their music just gets my blood boiling and my head banging. If I put it on first thing in the morning, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll have all the energy I need to last me throughout the day.
However, YouTube user ChilliFarmerJoel is one of those guys that needs a cup of coffee after waking up. Also, he seems to enjoy pretending that he’s Meshuggah singer Jens Kidman during this time. Below is video footage of him in his caffeine-deprived state.
Personally, I found pretty hilarious because he moves EXACTLY like Kidman’s live actions. Definitely worth a few chuckles. READ MORE
Meshuggah vocalist Jens Kidman was forced to sit out last night’s performance in Atlanta due to coming down with the flu. However, the band did not cancel their performance, instead creating a post on Facebook stating, “[Kidman]‘s mute for now. WE WILL PLAY ANYWAY. So memorize the lyrics and bring your very best growl Atlanta. You will all be Jens tonight!! Lets make this happen!”
During a performance of “Bleed”, a cardboard cutout of Kidman was put on stage and pre-recorded vocals were broadcasted.
However, during their performance of “New Millennium Cyanide Christ”, singer Sacha Dunable of Intronaut (who is touring with the band) came out to sing the vocals. Check it all out below. READ MORE
Swedish extreme tech metal band Meshuggah has teamed up with Scion A/V to release a two-track EP entitled Pitch Black. The EP features a live rendition of “Dancers To A Discordant System”, which comes from the Obzen album, as well as a brand new song entitled “Pitch Black”. The EP is available for free download below.
I got the opportunity to see Tomahawk open up for Tool in 2002 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. To say that I hated the performance is an understatement. I was covering my ears half the time while rolling my eyes the other half. It simply wasn’t music that I wanted to hear, especially considering who would be playing in an hour. I had much the same reaction the first time I saw Meshuggah open up for Tool in 2001.
However, now Meshuggah is one of my favorite metal bands. I simply did not understand what they were doing at the time because I didn’t take the time to really listen and appreciate what exactly they were offering.
And so I entered Tomahawk’s latest release Oddfellows with this type of openness. After all, I have been wrong before. Could I be wrong again? READ MORE
Southern prog rock band Baroness have released a video for “March To The Sea”, which comes off their latest release Yellow & Green (review). The video takes live footage gathered from before their bus accident during their tour with Meshuggah.
Guitarist Pete Adams states, “So here is another video for everyone out there! This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012. Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the ‘Take My Bones Away’ video as well. We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write Yellow & Green. You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road. We’re happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy.” READ MORE
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Progressive metal band Intronaut has announced six headline tour dates through the South before embarking as support on the Meshuggah/Animals As Leaders tour. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
The band has also announced a March 19th, 2013 release date for their upcoming album Habitual Levitations. The first single, “Milk Leg”, will be released Feb. 5th, 2013 on all digital platforms as well as a single-sided, etched 7″ vinyl (release date for that TBD). READ MORE
The official 2013 Grammy nominations list has been released and, as per usual, it takes the opportunity to laud and celebrate what the radios and mass media have been shoving down our throats for the past year (thank god we can use mp3 players and dictate what we want to listen to, right?). Now, I basically just completely ignored the vast majority of categories and immediately scanned down to find the four categories that interested me: Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. And what I found was pretty…well, it was pretty confusing. READ MORE
Tech metal masterminds Meshuggah have announced a string of 2013 N. American headlining tour dates that begin in February and end in the beginning of March. Support will come from Animals As Leaders as well as Intronaut.
Guitarist Mårten Hagström states, “Finally we’re getting our asses back over the pond to deliver a second helping of the Ophidian trek across North America. We are excited. We WILL see you there!”
Below are the tour dates as well as the login and password for advance ticket opportunities. READ MORE
Nuclear Blast Records is asking fans to let them know which of their artists you’d like to see on kuuluu Interactive’s Battle Band, which is available for free in the App Store. The game, which looks suspiciously like Angry Birds with a metal once over, centers on a band that arrives late to their gig only to find that a group of impostor wannabes are playing their set. So what do you do? Well, naturally, you bring the stage crashing down upon them with various physics based attacks. You can watch a trailer for the game below.
Look, I’m all for a good game and I can see how this is kinda harmless. But still, I do have to say that something feels a little off about the concept of this game. You wanna smash some instruments? While I hate that idea (simply because I love instruments and would never want to see them harmed), that’s pretty harmless. But bringing down a stage onto people? Lest anyone forget, people have died that way. So yeah, I feel slightly uncomfortable about the game.
That being said, I’ll give it a shot and see what it’s about. Oh, and who do I want in there? How about some Meshuggah and some Graveyard. That’d be pretty badass. READ MORE
French extreme metal band Gojira has announced a full N. American touring schedule for this winter, beginning in mid-January and ending in mid-February. Support will come from The Devin Townsend Project as well as The Atlas Moth. VIP pre-sale will begin Tuesday, October 23 at 3PM local time, with public onsales to follow on Friday, October 26. Those who pre-order tickets before Dec. 1st will receive a free download of two live tracks: “Toxic Garbage” and “Love”, both of which were recorded at the August 2012 Webster Hall show in NYC. You will also receive a download of a full show from their current European tour. All tour dates are below.
Let me just say that I’m pretty peeved that they’re not making it through Michigan. Considering that DTP is supporting, there’s a damn good chance that they might perform “Of Blood And Salt“, which would just blow my mind. And I’m positive that right before they hit the first notes of that song, Meshuggah‘s Fredrik Thordendal would come riding in on a white horse, magical sunbeams shining behind him as his hair flows mystically. He wouldn’t dismount the horse, oh no. Rather, he would just float down, arms gently spread, a soft smile upon his face. A guitar would apparate around his neck and, suddenly, everything comes crashing down as the song begins. Seriously, I have $20 down that this will happen at one of the shows.
Check out our review of L’Enfant Sauvage here as well as our review of The Flesh Alive live DVD here. Gojira’s song “The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe” made #1 at my Top 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You Need To Headbang list here. READ MORE
Meshuggah, easily one of my favorite metal bands, has released a video for “Demiurge”, which comes off their latest album Koloss (review). The video is entirely live performance but uses those GoPro cameras in various locations to create what is, at times, a very disorienting perspective. You can watch the video below. READ MORE
We have arrived. The final five riffs that make you NEED to headbang. It’s been one helluva week getting to this point and I’m sure that many of you are dying to know which songs I’ve picked as the elite amongst the elite. If you’re not already too sore to move your head some more, head on inside for the ultimate dose of guitar riff punishment.
In a video interview with Scion A/V, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake and vocalist Jens Kidman (who gets in about four or five words towards the end) discuss their latest album Koloss (review), a bit about the album artwork and why they want fans to leave their show with a feeling that they need to cry in the shower. The video interview can be seen below.
Sludge metal band Baroness has released a video for their current single “Take My Bones Away”, which comes off their latest album Yellow & Green. The video, which shows the band in alive performance setting, was shot over one month by director Jimmy Hubbard during their spring tour with Meshuggah.
It’s hard to take a track so evil, so ploddingly heavy and vile as Meshuggah‘s I Am Colossus and make it any more intense. And while it can be argued that the remix the band has released doesn’t have the same metal intensity, it does have something more mechanically sinister in its electronic approach. Either way, the end of the story is that this remix is something intense and highly recommended! Check it out below along with a link to a free download.
On April 11th, the Revolver Golden Gods took place, giving praise and recognition to the rock and metal community. Famous musicians, such as Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Slash, Amy Lee, and many more, were in attendance. It was a night meant to not only celebrate the achievements of rock and metal musicians and their offerings, but it was also a night for the fans, a way to honor their passion and their love. And it was a night that did absolutely nothing to spread the word and the importance of rock and metal. READ MORE