Revered metal icon King Diamond has signed a worldwide three-record deal with metal Blade Records. No release dates for the first of these albums has yet been released, but you can believe that we’ll let you know the moment we hear something! Diamond is revered by such bands as Metallica, Pantera, Goatwhore, and more.
“This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before. Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening. Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again! Stay Heavy, King Diamond” READ MORE
Down and Warbeast have announced that they will be touring the US throughout January 2013. The full touring schedule is below.
Down’s vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual) has teamed up with Warbeast to release a four-track split EP entitled War Of The Gargantuas on Jan. 8th, 2013 that will feature two tracks from each band. This will mark the first release of any solo Anselmo tracks. READ MORE
Ex-Pantera singer and current Down vocalist Philip H. Anselmo is teaming up with Warbeast to release War Of The Gargantuas, a split album that will feature two new songs from each artist. This will mark the first solo work Anselmo will have officially released. The two tracks will feature ex-Warbeast bassist Alan Bovee before his amicable split from the band. The split will be released Jan. 8th, 2013.
Anselmo says, “This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers WARBEAST. The title of the split is War of The Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the 60′s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our “Gargantuan” personalities. Both WARBEAST and myself have full length LP’s that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ‘til we both release our full length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!”
Warbeast guitarist Scott Shelby adds, “These two songs we have on War of the Gargantuas were the next level after Krush The Enemy. They’ve been a staple in our set list for the last two years. These songs are a pure demonstration of our unique Texas thrash metal style.”
Warbeast will be releasing a full length album entitled Destroy in early 2013. READ MORE
I was hemming and hawing over what kind of descriptor I should use in the headline. Should it be an LOL? Nah, because some of them aren’t funny. Should it be a Random Cool? Ehhhh….maybe? I settled on OMFG because that was pretty much my reaction looking at each photo.
You see, below you’ll find an image that features 18 yearbook photos from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. You’ve got “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons, Tom Araya, and many more. It’ll definitely get a chuckle or two! Check it out below, READ MORE
Down, which is fronted by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, is now streaming Down IV Part 1 – The Purple EP via Billboard. The first of four scheduled EPs, The Purple EP will be released Sept. 18th. It is the first Down release to feature Crowbar bassist Pat Bruders (who replaces Rex Brown). You can stream the album below.
Anselmo tells Billboard, “It’s obviously easier to knock out six songs rather than 12 songs. Me personally, I hate doing full-length records ’cause it drains the f*ck out of you. And (an EP) leaves ways less chance for songs that you’d consider filler songs to get through. I think it’s the healthiest way for Down to continue to get music out on a reasonable schedule.” READ MORE
In a video interview with Horns Up Rock, Headbangers Ball host Jose Mangin announced that it looks like MTV2 will be canceling their show Headbangers Ball. The question and answer come around the 7:00 minute mark in the below video.
Mangin says about MTV, “They do a lot of hip hop, and they support that music fully. They used to support rock.”
It’s actually a very true statement. The 80′s and 90′s had a ton of rock artists that got a lot of support from the mainstream. Then, as hip hop became more and more popular and took over the airwaves, support for rock and metal fell entirely to the wayside. And even though I didn’t watch much Headbangers Ball, it was comforting knowing that it was there, supporting a style of music that, while once being the king of the industry, ended up as the shunned outcast.
Ah well, such is life. I’m gonna go blast some Pantera now to brighten my day. READ MORE
Pantera and Down singer Phil Anselmo and true crime best-seller Corey Mitchell have teamed up to bring you Anselmo’s autobiography, tentatively titled Mouth For War: Pantera, Pain, & Pride – Heavy Metal Highs, Drugged Out Lows, & The Battle For My Life. Agent Jeff Herman had been shopping the book around and the proposal was picked up by Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Gallery/Simon & Schuster. The book is tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release.
The description states that the book is, “a no-holds barred look inside of Philip’s brain, his history with Pantera, the loss of his best-friend, Dimebag Darrell, and an unflinching examination into the downward spiral of pain and drug addiction that nearly cost him his life.”
Author Mitchell was given carte blanche to interview anyone and everyone he deemed necessary to get the full story.
I, for one, am definitely excited to check out this book! Who else is interested in reading about Phil and his story? READ MORE
Yesterday brought you the first in a weeklong series of 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. Today continues the countdown with numbers 20-16. Will your favorite make the list? Check on below for the answer and make sure to get your neck brace ready!
Down has premiered a new song entitled “Witchtripper” on Rolling Stone. The song comes from their upcoming title EP One, which is the first of a four-EP series (more on that here).
Singer Phil Anselmo explains that he was originally hesitant about the name of the song, “Somebody would suggest to me, ‘Hey, man, that might make a killer song title.’ And at the time I’m like, ‘You’re out of your fucking mind. There’s no way I’m gonna call a song ‘Witchtripper.’”
When the band brought the song to Anselmo, he responded, “I was like, ‘OK, check this out, you dicks. ‘Witchtripper’ you want, ‘Witchtripper’ you will get’. I laid it on them, and sure enough, they were right – it worked, as usual. So there goes the genius of Phil Anselmo. Always doubting, and I’m the last one to get it.”
You can follow the above link to read more about the song or listen to it below. READ MORE
Down, the heavy metal supergroup comprised of Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual), and Pat Bruders (Goatwhore), have confirmed that they are working on a collection of four EPs. These EPs will each have an individual release with a year in between so as to allow for touring and promotion. The first of these EPs, EP One, is slated for release on Sept. 18th and can be pre-ordered here.
When asked about the four EPs, Anselmo explained, “That’s the idea right now, but I think that after you work on a body of music, you need to reload, you need to refresh, you need to clear your head. Get that, digest it, get it out of your system, and then decide what direction you’re going to go. It’s a good idea and I think we should see it through. But there’s no way we can rush it. Because I think if it is a series of four, each one should be unique, and that… We’ve shown flexibility — we have songs like ‘Bury Me In Smoke’ and then we have songs like ‘Stone The Crow’… acoustic pieces and what-not… We have all that. So we’ve touched on many, I guess, dynamics, so… I would expect each EP to have its own life.”
Below is the track list for EP One as well as video performance of a new song, “The Misfortune Teller”. READ MORE
Extreme skateboarder Mike Valley has teamed up with Dimebag Hardware (the company started by Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell and girlfriend Rita Haney) to premiere the official Dimebag Darrell tribute skateboard, which you can order here. The promotional trailer for the skateboard was filmed at Dimebag and Rita’s house in Texas and features a previously unheard solo song (all parts, including vocals, done by Dimebag) from the late guitarist entitled Twisted. Check it out below and check here for more info on the skateboard. READ MORE
Last night, at the Revolver Golden Gods awards ceremony, the official video for Pantera‘s Piss was shown to the audience and viewers around the world. The song was recorded during the Vulgar Display Of Power and was recently discovered by drummer Vinnie Paul while putting together the 20th anniversary edition of said album. It is technically the first new single from the band since the Reinventing The Steel era. You can watch the video below and get the song on iTunes here.
Upon watching the video last night, I couldn’t help but feel something that I hadn’t felt in a long time. It’s an indescribable feeling, one that only fans of Pantera can understand. Hearing Phil, Vinnie, Rex, and Dimebag together again, even if it was just a remixed, remastered oldie, was something magical.
Having met and partied with Dimebag, it was also a bit painful to watch the video. It’s a stark reminder of the great loss we experienced almost 10 years ago. So even though this video is a time for celebration (we get to hear some new Pantera!), I still want to take a moment for Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Erin Halk, Jeff “Mayhem” Thompson, and Nathan Bray. R.I.P. gentlemen. READ MORE
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, brother of guitarist Dimebag Darrell, has announced that an unreleased Pantera song, entitled Piss, will be on the upcoming Vulgar Display Of Power 20th Anniversary reissue (no official release date yet). Having been a big Pantera fan for YEARS, I’m beyond excited to hear this track! Check out some words from Vinnie below.
Resolution is to Lamb Of God in the way that The Great Southern Trendkill is to Pantera. Let me set something straight really quick: I’m not saying this because they’re both “southern metal” bands. That actually has nothing to do with my comparison. Rather, it’s the attitude of the album. It’s the tones, the style, the lyrics. It’s the atmosphere. It’s the pervading sense of violence, rage, and, snaking its way in and out, the elements of beauty. Has Lamb Of God found a timeless classic on their hands or is this an album that will divide fans?
At the Best Buy Theater in New York City last night, the second annual Metal Masters Clinic took place. Featuring members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and even ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, the free event was a blast for fans. However, the big surprise came towards the end of the evening when Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) took the stage and everyone rocked out a couple of classic Pantera tunes. After the jump, you can see everyone busting out A New Level and Fucking Hostile. To put it simply, these videos kick insane amounts of ass. READ MORE
One of the coolest rock stars I have ever met in my life was Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan). Seriously, that guy was one of the funniest, most genuine guys I’ve ever hung out with and I’ve probably never been as drunk as when I was hanging out with the Damageplan guys. I’ve always regretted never having been able to make it to one of the infamous Pantera/White Zombie tours because, let’s be honest here, that sounds so f*cking awesome! Rumors are that the balcony at the State Theater in Detroit was moving up and down nearly three feet from all the craziness. Possible lawsuit waiting to happen? Maybe. Awesome time for all? Most certainly.
Anyways, back from my little tangent world, Sean Yseult, the bassist of White Zombie, has uploaded an awesome rough recording of her, Dimebag and Phil doing a song called Dawn of the Horrible Gorilla! Check after the jump for a description and a link to the song!
Little Jonah is becoming quite the YouTube sensation. No, it’s not for laughing at ripped paper or freaking out when his mom blows his nose. Nope, it’s because he likes to rock the f*ck out to some Pantera! This kid is a serious mosher in the works and I can only hope that one day, when I convince some unlucky woman to bear my seed, that my runts will turn out this cool. Check out Jonah after the jump and start raising your kids right! READ MORE
Down vocalist Phil Anselmo was cracked on the head by guitarist Pepper Keenan at their Best Buy Theater show in New York City the other night. Instead of stopping the show, Phil kept on going as though nothing had happened. The incident occurred during their song ‘Lifer‘, which Phil dedicated to late Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell. Check out all the action below.
While the horror genre is most closely tied to the medium of film, it also sometimes manifests itself in the musical realm, with some acts being more aboveboard with their horror-movie references (i.e. White Zombie, The Misfits) and others merely hinting at a subtle menace threatening to rise up at any moment. Which you prefer really depends on how you like your blood and guts served – fresh off the grill or slipped quietly into your dinnertime soup (or maybe it just depends on what you’re in the mood for). In the “Music” section of B-D’s Black Friday Chopping List we focus a little bit on both types, featuring new releases from artists both classic and contemporary that are firmly entrenched – either overtly or subtly – in the horror tradition. READ MORE
New Orleans metal band Haarp have released the artwork to their upcoming album, ‘The Filth’, which comes out next Tuesday, the 23rd. ‘The Filth’ was produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Down) on his own record label, Housecore Records. To get some samples of Haarp, you can check out ‘A New Reign’ at BrooklynVegan or ‘The Blue Chamber Painted Red’ at InvisibleOranges. Check out this badass artwork:
Artist Paul Booth-
“When Phil called me all excited about this new brutality and its unique concepts he needed cover art for, I could immediately tell his conviction and excitement far surpassed his usual dark vigor,” recalls album artist Paul Booth. “Of course, I was in. Once Keith presented me with one of haarp’s lyrical concepts in regards to Gluttony, it was actually amazing to me how similar their ideas were to my own. This collaborative vision was meant to be, as far as I was concerned. I look forward to creating more art to this slow and painfully twisted epic of doom.”
VH1 just kicked off the sixth season of “That Metal Show”, where hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine are back to interview some of your favorite artists. The show features an all new one-hour format allowing more time to get up close and personal with these metal stars. Make sure to check out the show every Saturday at 11pm.
Check after the jump to see which artists are scheduled for each episode.
New Orleans metal band haarp will be releasing their newest album, ‘The Filth, on Phil Anselmo’s (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) record label, Housecore Records. The artwork is credited to Paul Booth, whose art and tattoo work are famous throughout the music world.
Phil Anselmo - ”To call haarp “slow” would be somewhat fair, but to say that they’re just “another slow band” would be sacrilege,” states label owner Philip Anselmo. “Their music is crushing, resolute, dramatic and conceptually insane. If critics are going to try and lump them into any one genre, than they’d better put the crown on haarp’s collective heads once it’s picked. This ain’t Doom Metal by any stretch. haarp makes playing halftime sound like an original idea all over again. This music is essential.”
Recently in Israel, I was able to go and check out the Summer Carnage Festival at Barby in Tel Aviv, Israel. Headlined by Aborted, Whorecore and System Divide, the festival was a full day event with over a thousand people squeezed into a tiny club. While there, I got the opportunity to interview Missing In Action, the band that represented Israel at the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle. Check out the interview after the jump!
Missing In Action live at the Summer Carnage Festival
“I’m bursting at the seams here! There are so many films that I want to share,” laughs Philip Anselmo from his New Orleans home.
He’s not kidding either.
The voice of Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Arson Anthem and more, as well as founder of House Core Records (http://www.thehousecorerecords.com), is the closest thing that heavy metal, scratch that, music, has to a true “horror historian.” His encyclopedic knowledge of horror films and culture is inspiring, and he WILL turn you on to some amazing horror films. That’s why we’re proud to announce that Phillip will be gracing us with a column highlighting one of his favorite horror films on a monthly basis. Phillip’s going to share why he digs the film he chose, when he saw it and, most importantly, why you NEED to see it.
Right now, Philip’s hard at work on all things House Core Records. The label has a phenomenal slate of new artists with releases in the works—Arson Anthem, haarp, Warbeast and more—you NEED to check all of them out as well!
He goes on, “I’m looking at probably 5500 box copy cassettes, all original box copies right in front of my eyes right now. There are probably 3000 DVDs over there in the corner, and this is one room [Laughs].”
Bloody-Disgusting.com is proud to announce that Phillip is going to be doing this column, and we’re all excited to learn about new flicks through metal’s greatest vocalist.
For now, in no particular order, Philip shared a few picks with Bloody-Disgusting.com contributor and Dolor author Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) in this exclusive interview. Check them out below and be on the lookout for the first installment of his column soon! READ MORE