Stone Sour have released a 30-second snippet of the song “A Rumor Of Skin”, which comes off their upcoming album A House Of Gold & Bones Part 1 (out Oct. 22nd via Roadrunner Records). You can hear the snippet below.
While I’m a fan of the dissonantly harmonized and filthy guitar tone at the beginning of the sample, the vocals quickly became overbearing and the song turned into something very radio-friendly. Perhaps the whole is better than the part? Hmm…. READ MORE
Killswitch Engage has announced a full tour in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their second album Alive Or Just Breathing. The band will be performing the album in its entirety on this tour as well as other, more recent hits. The tour will begin with the band headlining the California Metal Fest in on Nov. 24th in San Bernadino, CA and end almost a month later in Portland, ME.
Earlier this year, original singer Jesse Leach rejoined the band. “I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to sing these songs on stage with Killswitch again. Now here I am back in the band and celebrating 10 years of the release of this record. I am absolutely thrilled for this tour. I can’t wait to sing ‘Rise inside’ and ‘Just Barely Breathing’ among others. On top of it all, we have our good friends in Shadows Fall and Acaro joining us. This tour will be one we will all remember!”
Guitarist Joel Stroetzel states, “We’re all looking forward to this tour! It’s going to be a great time on all levels. Playing songs we haven’t played in many years, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Alive or Just Breathing with Jesse now back in the band, and just hanging out with some great old friends — we’re psyched.”
Joining KsE on the tour will be Shadows Fall and Acaro. All tour dates are below. READ MORE
Finnish metal band Nightwish has released two new stills from their upcoming film Imaginaerum, which is based upon the band’s latest album of the same name. Filmed in Canada and finished in Finland, the film follows the dreams of a dying man. The stills can be seen below. The film is slated to come out in Finland on Nov. 23rd.
Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen said that the band is, “…seen in two different scenes as a band, playing in the background. That’s something that I really emphasized to the director, ‘Please don’t put the band into the movie,’ because we want to do a believable story and we have no idea how to act. We are not actors so if your give us some lines and we tried to act, it would look goofy. He insisted to put us into the movie because it’s our brainchild, so we’re just playing in there as a band; it’s a good compromise.” [source]
The band will be embarking on a full N. American tour beginning in September. Check out the tour dates below. READ MORE
Hard rock band Stone Sour has released a video that streams two new songs from their upcoming album, The House Of Gold And Bones: Part 1. The songs, “Gone Sovereign” and “Absolute Zero”, can be heard below. The album will be coming out October and Part 2 is scheduled for release sometime in 2013, both via Roadrunner Records. The band is fronted by Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor.
This album will be the follow-up to 2010′s Audio Secrecy. READ MORE
In an interview with PitCam.TV, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt discussed playing the Wacken festival, recording Storm Corrosion (review) with Steven Wilson, and many other great topics. Among them was the discussion if the next Opeth record would be on Roadrunner Records, since the RR offices in Europe were shutdown. Akerfeldt confirmed that the next record would indeed be on RR but that he was very saddened by the shutdown, stating that many people there were friends and he’s not sure who is dealing with the logistics now.
Towards the end of the interview, Akerfeldt discussed how he and Martin Mendez used to play Guitar Hero while on tour, sometimes even up to the moments before going out on stage. End result? Akerfeldt had to force himself to stop because he was getting nervous on stage without a button guitar. Check out the interview below. READ MORE
Machine Head have released a video for “Darkness Within”, which comes off their latest release Unto The Locust. The video, which was shot in Prague, Czech Republic, features one nightmarish vision after another. A gaunt, almost skeletal woman with maggots in her mouth. People fighting, seemingly trying to kill each other. Demented marionette puppets. It’s pretty much everything a horror fan could want from a music video! Check it out below and leave your thoughts in the comments!
Make sure to check out our review of Unto The Locust here. READ MORE
Lynyrd Skynyrd are back in full grooving country swing with Last Of A Dyin’ Breed, a new album coming out August 21st via Roadrunner Records (pre-order here). The band has also just released a lyric video for the title track, which you can watch below.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is oen of the most famous and well respected country rock groups in the world with an estimated 30 million records sold. The current line-up features Gary Rossington as the only original member. READ MORE
Hailing from Bayonne, France, Gojira have been carving a name in the progressive metal world for several years. Blending technical aspects with epic, yet understated melodies, the band has created a unique sound, one that is ferocious and brutal yet far more accessible than most of the genres fare. Now, with their latest offering, L’Enfant Sauvage, the band will offer their sound to a much larger audience, thanks in part to their signing to Roadrunner Records. But is this album a step forward for the band? Read on for the review. READ MORE
French extreme metal band Gojira have released a video for the title track off their upcoming album L’Enfant Sauvage, which comes out June 26th via Roadrunner Records. The grim video, shot in black and white, is quite visually arresting and can be seen below.
Gojira will also be touring with Lamb of God and Dethklok this summer. Tour dates can be found here. The band is also releasing a live DVD entitled The Flesh Alive (details here). READ MORE
Megadeth has released a lyric video for Whose Life (Is It Anyways), which comes off their latest album Thirteen. The video shows a rebellious crowd led by a man who apparently needs a Breathe Right strip facing off against a riot squad. Now, I’m not sure if this really qualifies as a lyric video or not. Yes, all the lyrics are presented at the appropriate times but there is much more going on. Obviously, quite a bit had to be filmed in order to get the final product. I’d honestly call this a hybrid Official/Lyric video, although that’s one helluva mouthful. Check it out below and let me know what you think! READ MORE
French metal band Gojira have teamed up with Pitchfork to stream the title track from their upcoming album L’Enfant Sauvage, which comes out June 26th via Roadrunner Records. I’ve already listened to the song probably ten times by now and I can’t get enough of it. If you want some heavy yet melodic metal to start your weekend right, I highly suggest clicking the above link and turning up your speakers.
L’Enfant Sauvage is the fifth studio album from Gojira. It has been four years since their last album, The Way Of All Flesh. Check below for the album artwork and full track list. READ MORE
ARTISTDirect currently has a pretty amazing interview where Bloody-Disgusting favorite Rick Florino (author of the DOLOR series), gets to chat with both Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor and The Raven’s Edgar Allen Poe himself, John Cusack! The interview ranges from Taylor’s thoughts on the movie to Cusack chatting about when he first read Poe to (my personal favorite topic) how important music is to movies. Check out the interview here as well as the trailer below.
From V for Vendetta director James McTeigue , “The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life – and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target.”
The Raven is in theaters tomorrow, April 27th. READ MORE
Storm Corrosion, the collaboration project between Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson and Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt, has released Rope Drags, the first video from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The 9-minute video is stunningly beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough. The video uses traditional puppet theater mixed with Tim Burton-esque visuals to create a heartbreaking story of true love being snatched away and the lengths that one will go through for revenge. Watch it below.
Make sure to check out our review here. READ MORE
Finnish symphonic metal sensation Nightwish have announced a full US tour for this fall. The band doesn’t tour the States that often, so this is a rare opportunity to see them in action, which I highly recommend you do. The band will be touring in support of their latest album, Imaginaerum. All tour dates are listed below. READ MORE
I love me some Rush. Seriously, I do! I’ve been listening to this band for at least 14 years now and they’ve been pretty damn consistent with their releases. So color me excited when I get to hear a wee bit of their new material in this teaser video for their upcoming album Clockwork Angels. The video states that the new album will be released in June. Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts. READ MORE
What is with this year? We started out with Lamb of God
), then we got Meshuggah
) and now Gojira
has announced that they will be releasing their latest album, L’Enfant Sauvage
, June 26th (just in time for my birthday!). It’s as though 2012 is the year to melt your face off with unending brutal heaviness. My reply to that is simply bring it on! I crave more metal!
The latest from Gojira translates to “The Wild Child” and will feature 11 blistering tracks guaranteed to make you headbang until you develop a rather painful hernia (get a good chiropractor ready). Preorders will begin shortly with a special edition including two bonus tracks, a double-colored version of the album on vinyl, and an exclusive t-shirt.
Check below for the full track listing and a comment from singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier.
The official video for the new Dragonforce single, Cry Thunder, has come out and is surprisingly pretty damn good! The song comes off their upcoming album The Power Within, which comes out April 17th. The track is a really solid, epic power metal track that goes at a very manageable speed (as opposed to the blisteringly fast Through The Fire And The Flames). Also, guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman don’t really do anything super flashy or astounding until the guitar solo, allowing new singer Marc Hudson to show his talents.
Also, how awesome is it to see a video with the ban playing on a huge stage, lights flashing everywhere but no crowd? I’m serious here! Those videos died out in the 80′s. The last one I can recall like that was Rammstein
‘s Ich Tu Dir Weh
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.
Korn has released Chaos Lives In Everything, which comes off their latest album The Path of Totality, as their latest music video. The video sets up the conflict when a skateboarder slams into a businessman who refuses to let it go. A chase ensues and suddenly the businessman is confronted by not one, not two, but SIX skateboarders. After a bit of roughhousing, the businessman grabs a skateboard, tries to break it on the ground, and then suddenly is skating with the kids. End video.
First of all, that makes absolutely no sense. What is that supposed to even mean? That businessmen need to lighten up? How about a compromise Korn? How about the businessman eases back a bit, maybe loosens his tie, IF those skateboarders stop acting like complete dicks. What say you? Think that can be worked out?
Oh, and I can’t tell you how sick I am of seeing videos use the whole “we’re gonna show this at normal speed BAM! SLOW MOTION! Okay, back into normal speeBAM! SLOW MOTION AGAIN! Now quick! Normal-SLOW-norm-SLOW-nor-SLOW SLOW SLOW!!!” Seriously, stop now.
Want to see for yourselves? Check below.
Grammy-winning rock band Stone Sour has announced that they are entering the studio to record their fourth album, which is as of yet untitled. The album is the follow-up to 2010′s smash success Audio Secrecy.
Guitarist Josh Rand: “This album will be another progression for the band. Musically, we have always challenged one another to push things to our limits, and this record is no exception. Lyrically, the album follows one character to that complex moment in his life, when he finally has to decide which path to take. It’s a spiritual and moral power play for control of what this man will be for the rest of his life. Each song will tell the story from different sides of the character’s personality, with the listener ultimately deciding how the story ends.”
To celebrate this news, the band has made available a free download of their song The Pessimist, which appeared on the soundtrack to Transformers 3. You can snag the song below.
Next week sees the release of Enslaved
‘s eighth studio album (iTunes preorder
). In anticipation of this release, BD Music caught up with singer/guitarist Max Cavalera to discuss the album, his autobiography, and the video for World Scum
. Rather than transcribing this interview, I chose to leave it as an audio interview because the passion of Max when talking about the fans is something I feel needs to be heard. It just wouldn’t have worked in writing.
Check out this exclusive audio interview below!
A few days ago there was a rumor
circulating the Internet that former Killswitch Engage
singer Jesse Leach had rejoined the band. Well, today comes the confirmation that this is, in fact, completely true! Leach went through the same audition process that countless other singers went in for and was chosen by the band to fill in the spot left vacant by Howard Jones.
Below are statements from the band as well as Jesse Leach.
The official Killswitch Engage website
has been updated with only two links (merch and tour dates) and a new splash image (above) that features the band, along with former (and possibly returning) singer Jesse Leach. A picture is worth 1,000 words, so while nothing has been confirmed by the band or label, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Leach is back in the lead vocalist spot.
Alright readers, is that what you expected? How do you feel about this?