The Big 4: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX
Austria’s Stormbringer.at webzine conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine when the band played in Vienna on July 1, 2010. Watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether “Big Four” tour [featuring METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX] is something special for him or if it’s just “another MEGADETH tour”:
Mustaine: “Of course it’s special. It’s historical. It’s life-changing for a lot of people that were there. And I think the bragging rights for people who actually witnessed it versus somebody who saw it on YouTube or saw it in a movie theater or is gonna see it on the DVD that’s coming up… they weren’t there. So to actually watch it was a fantastic thing. Standing up on stage where I was [during the ‘Big Four’ jam at the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22], being able to look next to me, on either side being flanked by so much tremendous talent, it was great. It’s just one of those things where in the moment it doesn’t seem as enormous as it really is. After the fact, you look back and you’re like… You know like when you survive a car crash, you don’t think it’s such a big deal until you watch it in slow motion, you’re thinking, ‘Oh, my god, I can’t believe I survived.’ So going up on stage was really, really amazing. Especially when I looked back and saw how everybody was embracing everyone and how I think that… If you were there, you would have heard when, through all the goodbyes and everything at the end, when James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] and I embraced, the whole audience went [wild], ’cause it’s what they’ve been waiting for. It’s what I think James and I both have been waiting for, too, so it’s a good thing.”
On whether the “Big Four” tour will hit the U.S.:
Mustaine: “That’s up to METALLICA and their camp, because I think it’s fairly obvious, for myself… it doesn’t need to be the ‘Big Four’ for me to wanna play with James and Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer]. I think if the ‘Big Four’ [tour in the U.S.] doesn’t happen, certainly a MEGADETH/METALLICA tour would be great — whether it’s just the two of us or if we have a support group or something like that. But yeah, I think it was really fun because of what we stand for in heavy metal. Me and James are like the ‘big daddies’ of this whole thing — we were the two guitar players that set the wheels in motion when the first tapes were made of METALLICA. I think it’s exciting now to look back and see all the millions of bands that have been created off what me and James did sitting in a room in Norwalk [California].”
According to Billboard.com, a DVD of the Sonisphere concert in Sofia, Bulgaria — which was beamed via satellite in HD to cinemas and was seen by more than 100,000 fans globally — is set to be released later this year. TV deals have also been struck for sets from Sonisphere and in Britain ITV2 will screen highlights from the U.K. festival. VH1 will show Sonisphere in the U.S.
In the U.K. it was screened in 79 cinemas. “At the Odeon in Leicester Square in London there was a mosh pit, and at the end of the show they had a stage invasion, which is just phenomenal to even think about,” says promoter Stuart Galbraith. “Not only are we hitting the territories that we’re playing with this tour, [with the cinecast] we’ve taken the ‘Big Four’ and Sonisphere into countries we haven’t been able to get to this year.”
METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — played together for the first time in history on June 16 in front of 81,000 fans in Warsaw, Poland.
After more than 15 years as the driving force in Exmortem, Martin Thim have decided that its time to focus on new adventures and Exmortem is hereby history.
Exmortem have been one of the leading acts in the Danish metalscene for many years and set the bar high with albums like “Berzerker Legions” and latest “Funeral Phantoms”.
Our last album “Funeral Phantoms” is also viewed as the bands absolutely best release and we are proud to leave on the top of our career. With Funeral Phantoms we reached what we have always aimed for, so now it’s time for something new.
I’m also extremely proud to look back and be able to say that we never repeated ourselves, each album has it’s own sound and atmosphere, no album is alike. That is very satisfying as an artist!!
So why stop now?
The motivation is simply not there anymore and I would never try and force something just to keep going and I’ve never found it especially interesting to repeat myself. I’ve been working on some new material with Andreas for a new band, but there is no guarantee at this point that we will actually record anything, we would need the right people and they are not easy to find here. Apart from that I’m involved in a fully electronic project that is miles away from this genre.
Anyway, I’ve always been an entrepreneur and fiery soul, so life is simply too short to just focus on one thing, there is new territory to be discovered and I need to make new music. So this is the end of one thing and the beginning of something new, whatever that will be.
Morten will still be active in Spectral Mortuary and Simon got Horned Almighty that will soon have an album out on Candlelight. Kim is killing stuff and me and Andreas will be back eventually.
I would like to use this opportunity to say “thank you very much!” to all the past members of the band, you are all part of the history of Exmortem and a big thanks to those we have worked with!! I would also like to say a big hello and cheers to all the cool people I’ve meet through this music…you know who you are…I’ve also meet a lot of not so cool people, but you probably don’t know who you are…
Throughout the years there has been a lot of rumors about this band…. and they are all true!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do”
Martin Thim and Exmortem.
To all you new folks out there, remember to check out those bands that started death metal, cause they got something most bands just don’t have today…. So find those first albums by bands like: Death, Morbid Angel, Entombed, Autopsy, Obituary, Dismember, Immolation, Pestilence, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Grave, Morgoth, Cannibal Corpse, Gorguts, Ripping Corpse, Suffocation, Incantation and so on… that shit just sounded evil and wild… not triggered and clean.
Four hours of High Quaility Live Footage from Hellfest 2010 – France can be found on METALHEADTV accesing the link below:
METALHEAD TV Episode 114 – Hellfest 2010
Watch bands like Deftones, Kiss, Twisted Sister, As I Lay Dying, Negura Bunget, Hypocrisy, Fear Factory, My Dying Bride, Nevermore, Motorhead, Slayer and many others performing live !
According to Digitalspy.com, Colin Farrell has reportedly agreed to star as OZZY OSBOURNE in a upcoming biopic of the rock legend’s life.
Despite the 61-year-old Black Sabbath frontman’s desire to be played by an unknown from his home city of Birmingham, Perez Hilton reports that the 34-year-old Crazy Heart star has signed on for the role.
A source said: “At least Colin and Ozzy are on the same page when it comes to using four-letter words! Colin drinks, he smokes, he womanises. He’s just a sleeve tattoo away from being a real rock star.”
Hilton went on to express his approval at the casting, saying: “The more we think about it, the more we think that he’ll nail it!”
Devin townsend on stage at TUSKA. Photo by Arto Lehtinen of Metal-Rules.com
Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STEVE VAI, LAMB OF GOD, DARKEST HOUR, GWAR) performed his “Ziltoid The Omniscient” concept album in its entirety on Friday, July 2 at the thirteenth annual Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland as a special one-off world-exclusive show. His DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT also played a set the following day at the festival, which featured additional appearances by TESTAMENT and OBITUARY, among many others.
Fan-filmed video footage of TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy putting on a cape and singing “Planet Smasher” during Devin Townsend‘s “Ziltoid” performance at Tuska can be viewed below.
02. By Your Command
03. Ziltoidia Attaxxx
04. Solar Winds
06. Guitar Duel (Ziltoid vs. Devin aka Captain Spectacular)
07. Intermission (Monty Python)
10. Planet Smasher (feat. Chuck Billy)
11. Color Your World
12. The Greys
13. Deep Peace
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT setlist:
08. Earth Day
09. Seventh Wave
Finnish mainstream media coverage of Devin‘s appearance at Tuska:
“Addicted”, the second in a series of albums from Townsend to be made available under the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT moniker, came out in November 2009 and has become the fastest-selling solo record in Devin‘s career.
Townsend is currently working on two new albums for 2011 release.
Los Angeles based Latin hard rockers TRIBE OF GYPSIES, featuring guitarist/producer Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, JUDAS PRIEST), have issued the following update:
“To all the Tribe fans out, especially those of you who were with us in the early days – it is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that our original congalero, Doug Van Booven, passed away last night. Dougie played on the first Tribe Of Gypsies album and the Nothing Lasts Forever EP (as well as percussion on Bruce Dickinson’s 1994 solo album Balls To Picasso) and his passion and spirit was a big part of those records. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dougie’s family and friends and all those who knew him. Rest in peace, brother.”
Finnish metal media group Night Elves have posted details and footage from a memorial gala for RONNIE JAMES DIO held on July 2nd in Helsinki to coincide with the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival. The proceeds from the event went to Cancer Society of Finland.
The vocalists at the gala, held at the Tavastia club, included:
J. Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS)
Ari Koivunen (AMORAL)
Asim Searah (THE NIBIRUAN)
Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN)
Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS)
Pekka Heino (BROTHER FIRETRIBE)
Tuple Salmela (TAROT)
Aleksi Parviainen (REVERSION, SOULCAGE)
The band on the night was as follows:
Guitar – Erkka Korhonen, Ben Varon (AMORAL), Zachary Hietala (TAROT) and Mr Crab (BLEAK, DIMEBAG BEYOND FOREVER)
Bass – Jari Ilomäki (SOULCAGE)
Keyboard – Vili Ollila
Drums – Janne Parviainen (ENSIFERUM)
The following video footage are courtesy of CalthaGold:
Brazilian prog power metal band feat. Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi ALMAH has just finished another part of Fragile Equality Tour. The band played in various cities of Brazil finishing this leg on the stage of Marreco’s fest in Brasilia.
ALMAH’s founder, frontman and mastermind Edu Falaschi has come up with an official statement about the recent tour and the future of the band:
“I would like to give a lot of thanks to everybody from the name of Almah for your incredible love and support during these five years of the band. The whole FRAGILE EQUALITY TOUR was unforgettable, mainly due to the amazing presence of the fans on the latest shows: it’s impossible to explain how it feels to see you singing along to all our songs! We haven’t been able to visit all the cities where we would like to play, but we will make it possible in the next tour! At the moment Felipe Andreoli and me are quite busy with the new ANGRA’s things, which naturally slow down the rhythm of Almah activities. However, it doesn’t mean that the band will be stopped. We are already working at new ideas for the next album and when the best moment for it comes we will record a new CD and we will back on track! See you soon, my friends! ALMAH is here: Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli, Marcelo Barbosa, Paulo Schroeber and Marcelo Moreira!”
ALMAH was initially established in 2006 as a project of ANGRA’s singer Edu Falaschi. Since then ALMAH has released two albums worldwide (Almah 2006/2007, Fragile Equality 2008), has turned from a solo-project into a regular band, and has won its own important place on the world metal scene. Edu Falaschi’s mate from Angra Felipe Andreoli (bass) also joined the band in 2007 and they work in ALMAH simultaneously with Angra. The band also relies on Marcelo Barbosa (guitars), Paulo Schroeber (guitars) and Marcelo Moreira (drums). All the musicians of Almah have got their important place on Brazilian metal scene playing in various bands and projects, producing CDs, making workshops and doing teaching and didactic work. Read the rest of this entry »
On their way back South 70000 TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival had to make another stop in the Golden State, but they chose the big city this time: Los Angeles. Ashore they were greeted by one of the most influential innovators of Industrial Metal: FEAR FACTORY. That brings the count to 19 out of 40. Who will be next?
The confirmed 19 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
MALEVOLENT CREATION’s upcoming 11th studio outing entitled Invidious Dominion was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, KRISIUN, GOATWHORE) at Mana Studios in Florida and will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The cover art was brought to life this time around by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
San Diego-based death metal die-hards PATHOLOGY are releasing their highly anticipated new full-length, Legacy of the Ancients, this Tuesday, July 6 on Victory Records. The album, mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse), is already getting great feedback from press with Metal Maniacs exclaiming, “You can feel through the sounds the rotting bowels, septic flesh wounds, Ebola breathing, cannibalistic head banging monsters these guys are. Obliteration and blood splatter coming your way low and HEAVY!”
The album will be specially priced for just $9.99 at all FYE stores as well as available from others stores and mail-orders including Hot Topic, CM Distro, Relapse, The End or direct from Victory Records as part of a special package which includes a t-shirt. The album features great artwork from Par Olofsson, which opens as a tri-fold expanded cover piece. Legacy of the Ancients is also being made available as a limited 500 piece vinyl pressing that is sure to be a collector’s item.
The band’s video for the song “Code Injection” will make its worldwide debut this Monday night, July 5th on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball at 3:00 AM EST. Directed by Gary Smithson (Exodus, High On Fire) it conveys the group’s brutal performance.
Speaking of performance, fans will get plenty of opportunities to see Pathology live for the remainder of the year as they perform 3 back-to-back North American tours in support of Legacy of the Ancients. Kicking off with a headlining performance at the Second Annual Las Vegas Death Fest July 17 followed by some shows with Jungle Rot, Woe of Tyrants and Lightning Swords of Death before the August 4th start of the full Enthroned and Destroyer 666 tour. This will be followed by additional national tours with Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams and then Nile, Ex Deo, Psycroptic and Keep of Kalessin.
Paul Gilbert unleashes his 3rd instrumental masterpiece on Shrapnel Records, August 3rd to the world. “FUZZ UNIVERSE is my third guitar instrumental album,” explains Gilbert. “Being a fan of pop music and rock bands, I am a reluctant convert into the art of instrumental rock music. But after touring with Joe Satriani’s G3, I witnessed firsthand the power of the electric guitar to take center stage and rock the audience. Playing my guitar-driven songs live was a blast! This discovery led to a huge increase in my touring as a solo artist. In the last couple of years, I’ve played nearly 150 shows all over the world, with my guitar leading the way.”
FUZZ UNIVERSE title is inspired by Gilbert being so immersed in the world of guitar it made him realize that he lives in a FUZZ UNIVERSE. “Every generation of guitar players has their own terminology for the rock guitar sound: Distortion, Overdrive, Gain, Crunch, Saturation, Drive etc. For me, the word is FUZZ”
Gilbert’s extraordinary talent of arranging/composing lends to the new music’s fresh melodies for songs that shows his true diversity and only in Gilberts words will you understand:
“On FUZZ UNIVERSE, I think I’ve taken a giant step closer to the ultimate rock guitar sound and playing of my dreams. I’ve used many of my signature techniques from RACER X and MR. BIG, but twisted them into new chords, grooves, and emotions.
As always, my influences are diverse and not what you might expect from a “heavy metal” artist. While I was writing the songs for FUZZ UNIVERSE, I was immersing myself in Bulgarian Female Choir music, Baroque lute and violin pieces, Johnny Cash songs about trains, cows, mules, and mining coal, the Bee Gees, and Ronnie James Dio. I mix all this into my head, and out came endless new ideas for my guitar to chew on.
After several months of being locked in my writing room, I gathered my touring band together and headed to the studio. Jeff Bowders played drums. Craig Martini played bass. Emi Gilbert (my wife) played keyboards. And I bent the guitar strings until I couldn’t play anymore.
As usual, there are no dramatic stories here. No heroin overdoses, motorcycle accidents, celebrity divorces, or band-member boxing matches. The emotion, drama, and power are all in the music. That is the universe that I want to live in”
Paul Gilbert is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late 80’s, Gilbert remains one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene. His rise to Platinum success includes a number one song with Mister Big, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground progressive metal band Racer X.
OCEANO bassist, Jason Jones has supplied an update on how the Chicago deathcore heavyweights are doing while recording their upcoming album CONTAGION with famed producer, Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL):
“We’ve been working with Zeuss for a couple weeks now and this album is sounding incredible so far. All of the drums are finished for every song, we’ve got the rhythms done for 7 of the songs so we’re gonna finish up those either tomorrow or the next day, then I’ll record the bass. We’ve also got vocals done for 2 of the songs. Zeuss has been drilling the band everyday pushing us to our limits to make this the best possible record it can be. If something played sucks he’ll say “nah man that sucks do it again” and that’s what every band needs out of a producer. This album is going to blow “depths” out of the water. Keep checkin back for studio updates at youtube.com/oceanotv and don’t forget to come out to the OVER THE LIMIT TOUR this July-August!”
To kick off the start of CONTAGION‘s recording process, OCEANO have posted the premiere episode of OCEANO TV on their brand new official YouTube page. Styled similarly to a 90’s-style multi-camera sitcom, this episode stars drummer, Daniel Terchin. Here, he gives fans a tour of his drum kit, pwns n00bs on Call of Duty and sneaks a peek at his tracking sessions. Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/OceanoTV
CONTAGION will arrive later this year.
OCEANO will soon be hitting the road once again as part of the Over The Limit Tour. Ever the road warriors, this will not be a typical tour for OCEANO. It will mark their first major North American co-headlining tour alongside AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK. The tour will also act as a prelude to the release of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, CONTAGION. Those attending the Over The Limit Tour will be among the first anywhere to hear some of the crushing new material from the album.
Joining headliners OCEANO and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK on the bill will be ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA, THICK AS BLOOD, BURNING THE MASSES, CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT, and BLINDWITNESS, with SON OF AURELIUS and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE on select dates. Read the rest of this entry »