Alright, I know this is a weird news post. Putting a Meshuggah and Nickelback video side by side? Insanity! But hear me out. The Nickelback song, This Means War, is one of their hard rock/near metal songs that is the rare good track on one of their albums (there’s always one or two) and that ISN’T about drinking or acting like a jackass. Meanwhile, the Meshuggah video for Breaking Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion is super simple and super badass.
Check out the two videos below and leave your thoughts.
Meshuggah has teamed up with Scion A/V to bring you a free download of I Am Colossus, the first track on their latest album Koloss. The song is slow burning, evil, and makes you feel like you need to shower afterwards. You can snag the download from the widget below.
Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake states, “‘I Am Colossus’ is way more straightforward than the thrash metal we grew up with. At the same time, it does pose its own difficulties for us as players. It will probably be one of the first songs we attempt to play on tour. The solo – which is basically two long notes that are slow bends – just turned out beautiful. Such an understatement as a guitar solo. Sometimes a slow song is just as aggressive as a fast one.”
Oh man, less than a month until Meshuggah‘s new album Koloss comes out! I mean it! That March 27th release date is looming larger than the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey. So with two songs already released, the band has decided to release a lyric video for the second song, Do Not Look Down. Check it out below and leave your thoughts!
Update: Looks like Nuclear Blast only wants the song played from their webstore. So, you can check out the song on one of the many preorder packages here.
A second track from the upcoming Meshuggah album Koloss, Do Not Look Down, has been released and you can check it out below. Koloss will be released in Europe on March 23rd and in North America on Monday, March 26th. The North American deluxe digi-pak version will include a bonus DVD.
So far, I’m really digging not only the songs but their attitude and the tones and sounds of the instruments. Am I alone? You tell me readers, what do you think?
In a rather brilliant marketing move last week, Meshuggah decided to leak Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion off their upcoming album Koloss. By leaking the track without really giving any information, the metal community went abuzz, dying to know if it was the real deal. Once word came down that it was in fact genuine, it only made the listening experience that much sweeter.
Now, the band wants you to understand the meaning behind the song. The title of the song comes from a quote from Nobel Peace Prize winning philosopher Albert Schweitzer. Check out the lyric video below to understand how this plays into the song.
Meshuggah will be hitting the road with Decapitation and Baroness in the spring. Check out tour information here.
Update: Not only is the track confirmed to be from the new Meshuggah album, it has a name: ”Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion”
Many of you know by now that I’m a huge Meshuggah fan. That’s why the rumor that a new Meshuggah track has been released immediately got my blood pumping and my heart racing. The track came from a suspicious, incredibly minimalistic website called IAmALeak.com. Somehow I doubt that this is a malicious leak but rather an intentional jab at the whole illegal downloading scenario that took place over the last several weeks. In any case, the song is awesome and I’m now even more excited for their upcoming album, Koloss (out March 27th).
Check out the song below and leave your thoughts. Is this a new Meshuggah track or some sick, twisted joke?
Is this year shaping up for some awesome tours or what? There’s already the Heritage Hunter Tour and now we’ve got The Ophidian Trek Tour, which has Baroness and Decapitated supporting headlining act Meshuggah! You bet your ass I’ll be at St. Andrews Hall on May 16th. If they play Bleed or Pulling Straws At Random, I might end up in the middle of the pit with a thirst for blood. Or the more likely scenario will be me looking rather silly as I headbang far too wildly. Yup, that’s what’s going to happen.
Meshuggah has also announced a new album, Koloss. Full details for that album can be found here. Tour dates for The Ophidian Trek Tour are below.
Swedish tech/prog/death/djent metal band Meshuggah have announced their 8th studio album will be entitled Koloss. The album, which drops Mar. 27th, will feature almost an hour of blistering metal that is sure to make me want to lay waste to my enemies. Check below for a full look at the album artwork, which definitely fits into their previous artwork styles, as well as the final tracklisting.
Drummer Tomas Haake: “As always, we try to take our music in a slightly different direction with each album and with KOLOSS we feel that we really nailed what we were going for. Organic brutality, viscera and groove all crammed into a 54-minute metalicious treat, best avoided by the faint of heart!!”
It’s been a little while since we’ve had a Top 10 list, so I’m really excited to bring you one from a group that is kicking untold amounts of ass lately! After the jump, you can check out Texture‘s Top 10 Horror Movies, which features classics as well as some more obscure ones that only a well-seasoned horror fan would appreciate.
Don’t forget to check out our review of the latest album Dualism!
Around since 2001, Textures are only recently getting the attention I believe they deserve. Maybe it’s the Internet and the vastly improved and creative ways in which people can spread the word. Or maybe people are realizing that they are just that good. In any case, it’s a welcome circumstance for a band that I feel deserves to be heard. Now, with the upcoming release of Dualism, their fourth studio album, this Dutch band is spreading further across the globe. But is it worth your effort to track them down?
On October 18th, Cradle of Filth will be releasing Evermore Darkly…, a mini album that features some new songs as well as remixes. There will also be a DVD that has a documentary, live footage, and the official video for Lilith Immaculate.
You can check out the artwork below and the full track list after the jump.
Okay people, would you pay $8.99 for 48 tracks over three CD’s? The answer had better be a resounding “YES!” because Metal For The Masses Vol. 9 is full of amazing metal goodness that you should keep you headbanging for weeks! The compilation will be available at all Hot Topic retail stores as well as their website and features music from Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast artists (who both incidentally have some of my favorite bands signed).
“We’re very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series,” says Century Media President, Don Robertson. “This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music.”
Twisted music videos…GOD I love them! Something about visuals being used to enhance music just does it for me. Especially when those visuals are twisted, disturbing, and, in general, completely f*cked up! That’s why I want to get a new series going here where YOU, the reader, gets to choose what is going to be next week’s video. All you have to do is leave a comment with your suggestion and one lucky user will get his video chosen!
I’m going to kick off the series with one of my favorite Meshuggah tracks, Bleed. Watch the video below and you’ll know why I picked it.
Cradle of Filth have announced that they will be releasing a mini-album this October entitled Evermore Darkly… The album will be a CD/DVD combo that will include new tracks, rarities, a lengthy road documentary, ten songs filmed live at the 2011 Graspop festival, AND the official video for Lillith Immaculate. WHEW!!
The CD features brand new musical beast Thank Your Lucky Stars, plus a special remix of Forgive Me Father, courtesy of Rob C from Anthrax, an extended rendition of Lilith Immaculate, as well as tempered demo versions of three Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa songs. The mini-album closes with a special taster from Cradle of Filth’s impending orchestral project, in the form of a haunting, classic reworking of fan-favorite, Summer Dying Fast.
Check after the jump for the official description of the documentary AND for a message from Dani Filth.
Detroit metal legends The Black Dahlia Murder have announced a full US headlining tour set for this fall in support of their latest album Ritual. Joining them will be All Shall Perish (who just tore up the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival) and Cannibas Corpse. Based on the name of that last band, I have a sneaky suspicion that there are going to be many evenings with smoke-filled vans. Shame on you bands! You’re rock stars now and everyone knows rock stars NEVER do drugs! Right? …right?
With the recent announcement of Nightwish‘s Imaginarium film gaining financial support and moving forward, the band is beginning full promotions, starting with a teaser trailer that mixes live footage of the band with some atmospheric CG shots that look like something that will be featured in the film. I’m actually really liking the look. Then again, lighthouses shrouded in fog are always awesome and ensure my viewing.
I was always a fan of the Robin Hood movies. Hell, I even enjoyed the 1991 version with Uma Thurman. So when EDGUY premiered their video for Robin Hood, I knew I had to check it out. Turns out this video is hilarious, far more so than repeated viewings of Men in Tights (c’mon Mel Brooks, some original material wouldn’t hurt, would it?). It also guest stars German actor and comedian Bernhard Hoecker as both Friar Tuck and Maid Marian.
Frontman Tobais Sammet stated: “When you decide to do things like that, of course you have to be aware that you will most likely make a fool out of yourself. We had to wear tights and looked a bit like four idiots and one transvestite. But we have come to a point we don’t care so much anymore. The shooting was one of the funniest days in our career, and that means something. It was hard work: the rain, the mud, soaking wet tights, angry horses, a carriage, a lot of travesty, sword fighting, and hurting smile muscles. You gotta check it out!”
Robin Hood comes off the upcoming EDGUY album, Age of the Joker, which comes out in the US on September 13th. Check out the video after the jump!
One of Finland’s most successful bands (regardless of genre) is Nightwish, the symphonic metal band that was fronted by Tarja Turunen until her dismissal in 2006. She was replaced by Anette Olzon in 2007. Personally, I really enjoy Nightwish. They’re a band that I can put on and know that I’m in for some over-the-top epic metal. Sometimes that’s all you need in life. That, and maybe some women dressed in slave Leia outfits fanning you with palm leaves….yeah….
Moving along! Nightwish is planning on releasing their next studio album, Imaginarium, in early 2012. Not happy with just an album release, the band has decided to put together a feature-length film under the same name and using musical themes from the album as the score for the movie. Check out a quote from the band and more awesome details after the jump.
New York death metal legends Immolation have announced a fall tour that sees them on the road with Jungle Rot and Gigan. The tour will be in support of something new that the band will reveal soon. Here’s a quote regarding the tour:
“We are once again hitting the road here in the US in October and are really excited to have both JUNGLE ROT and GIGAN join us for this tour,” commented bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan. “We have some new material in the works and will be making a more formal announcement about this in the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing everyone again and hope to see some new faces as well as old at these shows.”
Deron Miller of World Under Blood and CKY is no slouch when it comes to horror, trust me on this. The guy has a deep appreciation for not only the films, but also their history and their impact. Because of this, he has put together a fantastic list of his Top 10 Bloodiest Movies in horror! Not only do you have a great list, but you’ve got descriptions with so much information, you’ll feel like you learned a thing or two today.
World Under Blood‘s debut record, Tactical, hits stores today, courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records. Make sure to pick up your copy, either in stores or on iTunes.
Italian symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse are gearing up to release their Nuclear Blast Records debut album Agony. So, to stir up some interest, the band has released the cover art, which you can view below. Looks like that guy is not happy with his current position. Can you blame him though? How many of you like to be naked and bound by chains? (Don’t answer that)
Metal giants Enslaved have released, for free, The Sleeping Gods, a 5-song EP, through Scion A/V (yes, the car company). Here’s a direct quote from the press release and it really amazes me: “In its continual effort to show support for the arts, Scion covers all production, licensing and distribution costs for the A/V projects and all proceeds go directly back to the label and artists involved.” You can see the track list and download your copy after the jump.
“It’s exciting to be collaborating with Enslaved on this release. We feel the pairing is vital as we aim for the label’s approach to embody the same sense of forward thinking as the band’s music” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion.
NWOBHM legends Hell are back from the ashes! Their last release was the ’82 EP White Lightning, which Metallica listed as a big inspiration in their sounds. Now they’re back with their debut studio album Human Remains. The band features famed producer Andy Sneap on guitars. Check after the jump for some comments from Sneap.