‘SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: HEAVY METAL IN THE 1990’s’, TELLS STORY OF ONE OF THE GENRE’S BEST – YET MOST DIFFICULT – DECADE
Since its inception in the late 1960’s, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling – the 1990’s. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980’s was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach – detected in several new metal-based “sub-genres.” Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date…before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.
Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’ is the first book to focus entirely on this decade. Set in an oral history format, ‘Survival’ features over 80 interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Dream Theater, King’s X, Extreme, Winger, Cinderella, Living Colour, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Kyuss, Danzig, Clutch, Life of Agony, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Cradle of Filth, Death, Coal Chamber, and System of a Down (among many others), as well as Eddie Trunk, Riki Rachtman, and Lonn Friend. Also featured is a foreword penned by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, and has authored such books as ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81,’ ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ and ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.’ ‘Survival of the Fittest’ is his 16th book overall.
Available as a paperback version [616 pages, $24.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Survival of the Fittest’ helps put the ’90s and heavy metal all into perspective.
Returning for another year after a sold out show in 2014, Incineration Festival returns bigger and better than ever. Expanding both in size and genre, 2015 saw the venues scattered across some of the largest and most infamous metal venues in Camden, hosting not only the usual black and death metal, but incorporating psychedelic and shoegaze acts into the mix. While some of the less traditional extreme acts may have come as a surprise, especially as last years headliner was Taake, nothing seemed out of place. The crowd seemed to agree as arriving the exchange, the queue stretched around the side of the black heart as revellers waited eagerly to collect their wristbands.
Metal’s perennial whipping boys Anvil are back in town. They have taken every knock, weathered every storm and are still going strong. They have been treading the boards for a long time so if you want to know how they fair after over 30 years in the business read on for a story of then and now.
Metal Allegiance have released the first lyric video from the upcoming self–titled release available worldwide on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. “Can’t Kill The Devil” features Chuck Billy on vocals; Alex Skolnick, Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser on guitars; David Ellefson on bass; and Mike Portnoy on drums. The lyric video for the song impacting radio today can be seen here: https://youtu.be/zjXEXx-mIdc.
“I am very honored to be a part of the Metal Allegiance record. The track ‘Can’t Kill The Devil’ was fun and challenging for me,” states vocalist Chuck Billy. “Working outside of Testament lets me try different things with my voice. I think the fans are going to be singing along to this track for sure.”
Swedish metallers SABATON will film their performance at the Sabaton Open Air in their hometown of Falun in August for an upcoming DVD/Blu-ray, to be made available in early 2016.
Says the band: “[Sabaton Open Air] is happening for the eighth year in a row, and this unique event has, over the years, brought people from around the world to this special show. Fans who have travelled there know what is so special about it, and now our plan is to share that with the rest of the world, so we decided to record the 2015 year’s show in full! [The DVD/Blu-ray] will also contain more SABATON stuff, including more live shows that we will explain more about later.
“We feel that the time is right for another live release. A lot has happened with SABATON since the last release which was recorded 2012 in Poland. We have a new album and Hannes [Van Dahl, drums] is now in the band. But not only that… we now have two new members on the stage. [Tanks] Audie and Walther! And, all together, we now make a show which is better then ever before. This is something we would love to record so it stays forever!
“If you wanna be part of a totally unique thing, come to Falun and join in the worlds biggest SABATON party.”
FAST RISING SWEDES SET TO TAKE THEIR PLACE ALONGSIDE TRIVIUM, ROB ZOMBIE, WITHIN TEMPTATION AND DELAIN.
London, England – Hot on the heels of their highly successful tour of China, Swedish rockers We Are The Catalyst have today confirmed Metal Hammers announcement that they are to play the prestigious Bloodstock 2015 along side such metal giants as Trivium, Rob Zombie, Within Temptation and Delain.
The bands profile has continued to rise on an ongoing basis, most recently with the announcement that the band are to open for Delain inBirmingham on the 23rd of October. This news also follows global media support of the bands critically acclaimed charity cover release of “Don’t You Worry Child” in aid of The Fostering Network.
12th studio album “Feel the Misery” out September 18 on Peaceville
YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND – My Dying Bride’s latest opus and 12th full studio album, Feel the Misery, is set for release on September 18 on Peaceville Records. Today, My Dying Bride fans across the world have the chance to hear the first brand new track from the band’s highly anticipated new album,”And My Father Left Forever,” streaming on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMwtlz8JebMand Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/133029641.
Finnish progressive/groovy metal band Humavoid’s new EP ‘Glass’ will be available digitally around the internet on Thursday, July 16th. For fans of groovy metal mixed w/ advanced harmony and jazz fusion influences, topped with female vocals.
Italian symphonic-death metal masters FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, will tentatively release their new album King in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Tracking will start this summer at Kick Recording and 16th Cellar studios in Rome. Mixing and mastering will be handled by the world-renowned Jens Bogren (AMON AMARTH, AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY) at Fascination Street studio in Sweden later this year. In addition, acclaimed contemporary artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, KATAKLYSM, HATEBREED) will handle all the artwork and iconography for the album.
Swedish Heavy Metal foursome, ENFORCER, have released a brand-new music video for the track ‘Undying Evil’. The clip comes from their latest record From Beyond, which was released recently via Nuclear Blast. Watch the clip here:
From Beyond is ENFORCER’s fourth record and it consists of ten new tracks; all produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves.
New Jersey’s metal elite are joining forces on August 22nd to play Rock Against Dystrophy’s benefit concert, “Rock Out to Knock Out Muscular Dystrophy”. The event will take place at New Jersey’s rock and metal haven Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. This summer marks the third year of the benefit concert and its second with an All Star lineup. Tattoo Tony of Under My Skin Tattoo is returning for his third year as the event MC.