Members of Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax joined Metallica on stage last night in Sofia, Bulgaria to perform the Diamond Head classic “Am I Evil?”. James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine and Joey Belladonna all took turns singing, with various other bandmembers playing guitar, bass, pounding on snare drums and smashing cymbals. Watch it below!
The iconic “Big Four” show, as part of the Sonisphere festival was beamed via sattellite to more than 450 movie theatres in more than 140 markets in the U.S., along with cities in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Due to popular demand, the 4-hour concert will return to theaters in the US this Thursday for an encore showing. In addition, the performances of the thrash contingent have been recorded for a forthcoming “Big Four” DVD.
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has issued the following update: “Just finished our set here in Sofia, Bulgaria. Was AWESOME!! I’ve never been to Bulgaria but the fans were thrilled and it seems everyone is having a fantastic set tonight. If you go see it in the cinema tonight I think you will enjoy. So, get a ticket, some popcorn and a soda and sit back and enjoy the rock concert…” For more on how to catch this in theaters in the US Thursday, June 24th, visit TheBigFourLive.com. For more updates from Dave Ellefson, check out his tour blogs at the MegaFanClub.
PROPRIOCEPTION, the EARACHE RECORDS debut of Detroit’s AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH is now streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. For one week before the album’s June 29th North American release, fans can get a sneak peak at the hellishly brutal new album that The New Review calls “the crowning gem in any deathcore fan’s 2010 collection.”
Experience AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH’s brand of murder city mayhem firsthand by listening to PROPRIOCEPTION on AOL Music.
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks
Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda has joined the roster of the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Eddie appears in conjunction with his solo project Eddie Ojeda’s Band of Steel, featuring vocalist Andre Vanchot (X Factor X, Joe Stump), bassist Chris McCarvill (Dokken, House of Lords, Jeff Scott Soto) and drummer B.J. Zampa (Dokken, House of Lords, Yngwie Malmsteen). Eddie and company contribute a new incarnation of the Spinal Tap favorite “Big Bottom,” a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the well-padded posterior. “Big Bottom” is infamous for featuring three separate bass parts (bass, lead bass, rhythm bass) with no guitars whatsoever. A bass-centric tune with a lot of low end, it’s a bottom-heavy ode to the bottom-heavy girl. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/WholeLottaLoveTribute
“When I was first asked if I wanted to cover ‘Big Bottom,’ I thought it was a joke! I mean, why would you ask a guitarist to play on a song with no guitars?” commented a bewildered Eddie Ojeda. “That’s like hiring Dee Snider to record a song and then telling him not to sing on it! I just figured I’d stumbled into an easy gig, since my band would end up doing all the work. In the end, I did find a way of adding my own personal touch to the song, while also being respectful to the bass-heavy sound of the original.”
“It wasn’t hard playing all three bass parts,” added Chris McCarvill, “but it was hard playing them all at the same time. There has to be an easier way to do this!” The exhausted McCarvill then passed out from his exertions and declined to comment further.
“Remember, you can’t spell BASS without ASS!” remarked singer Andre Vanchot, moments before dropping trou and mooning hapless bandmate B.J. Zampa.
Summing up the band’s collective pride in the finished product, Ojeda beamed, “I think our version is absolutely killer. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it an 11!”
Game Features a Skull that Eats your Ball and Spits it Out Through its Eye Socket
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 22, 2010 — One of heavy metal’s most respected and influential bands, Slayer is about to enter the “app age” with the launch of Slayer: Pinball Rocks, a new pinball game app developed in conjunction with American Recordings/Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment and Gameprom.
“As a life-size pinball player, this looks so awesome,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “It looks really fun and entertaining, with a shot of evil, and it could definitely keep me up all night with a few shots for myself…”
Slayer: Pinball Rocks continues the rich legacy of iconic metal and rock bands making pinball tables, and for the first time extends that experience into the app world in a meaningful way, by offering fans an exciting and realistic gaming experience that immerses players in Slayer’s legendary sound and dynamic visual aesthetic.
Slayer: Pinball Rocks appeals to both long-time and new Slayer fans, as well as any pinball enthusiast, by giving gamers multi-ball play and full tap-along mini-game, as well as exciting visual elements like spinning razor blades, guitars, amps, concert lights, and a skull that eats your ball and spits it out through its eyeball. And of course, this is all accompanied by music that rocks courtesy of Slayer.
“We are excited to be premiering the Sony Music Pinball Rocks franchise with one of the great metal bands of all time,” says Matt Kozlov, Vice President, New Products and Services, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment. “We think fans are going to love this exciting new way to live the Slayer experience.”
Slayer: Pinball Rocks is available worldwide for $2.99 from the App Store or at www.itunes.com/appstore/ . The game will include original voiceovers from Slayer members as well as songs from Slayer’s latest American Recordings release, World Painted Blood. Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo – is currently on a massive European tour that includes several Sonisphere Festival dates where they are performing as part of the “heavy metal dream” Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer will return to North America in late July to co-headline (with Megadeth) the east coast Canadian Carnage tour, and then, starting August 11, the American Carnage tour. Slayer’s entire summer tour schedule can be accessed at www.slayer.net.
Stone Axe and Mighty High Pair Up For A Searing Slab of Fuzzed-Out Stoner Rock
Just in time for their West Coast tour in support of the godfathers of Stoner Rock, St. Vitus, Stone Axe has announced that they will be releasing an exclusive split 7″ with the Brooklyn-based stoner cretins Mighty High. This two-song disc features ground-breaking material from both acts. For Stone Axe, “Metal Damage” shows the band venturing into the lands inspired by the NWOBHM sound. For Mighty High, “Don’t Panic, It’s Organic” is the most focused, aggression-filled musical tantrum the group has unleashed to date. The 7″ will be available on tour starting June 25th, 2010 and from the Ripple Music Store in early July. However, pre-orders are being taken now.
June 25th, 2010 – 9:00pm El Corazon (w/Saint Vitus) Seattle, Washington, US
June 26th, 2010 – 9:00pm Satyricon (w/Saint Vitus) Portland, Oregon, US
June 27th, 2010 – 9:00pm DNA Lounge (w/ Saint Vitus) San Francisco, California, US
June 28th, 2010 – 7:00pm Origami Vinyl Echo Park, California, US
June 29th, 2010 – 9:00pm The Viper Room (w/ Saint Vitus) Los Angeles, California, US
June 30th, 2010 – 9:00pm The Casbah (w/Saint Vitus) San Diego, California, US
July 1st, 2010 – 9:00pm Waysted Space @ Hard Rock Hotel (w/Saint Vitus) Las Vegas, Nevada, US
July 3rd, 2010 – 10:00pm The ALIBI Arcata, California, US
Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson of the Norwegian masters of progressive/experimental metallers ENSLAVED has issued the following statement:
“It is with great enthusiasm we can announce these European dates of our ‘Circling Above and Within Tour’! Ash clouds, however metal and majestic they might be, put a stop to our planned U.K. tour back in April. We started working on scheduling new dates immediately, and now we are ready to go! ENSLAVED is a band that enjoys being on the road like nothing else; we do take pride in being a hard working and increasingly energetic and focused live band. We are also very pleased with our new album (why be modest?) due to be out in connection with this tour – and cannot wait to perform the tracks live!”
Confirmed European dates include:
10/15 Underworld – London, Great Britain
10/16 Aeronel – Paris, France
10/17 L’autre Canal – Nancy, France
10/18 Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
10/20 Kade – Zaandam, The Netherlands
10/21 W2 – Den Bosch, The Netherlands
10/22 Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
The new ENSLAVED album will be the follow-up to 2008’s Vertebrae, which sold over 1,100 copies its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan and debuted on the American Billboard Hard Music chart at #11 and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #49. Vertebrae also won Terrorizer Magazine’s coveted “Album of the Year” award for 2008. Other “Best of 2008” rankings include:
North America’s progressive metal gods SYMPHONY X have recently entered the studio to begin recording drum tracks for the band’s Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007’s Paradise Lost, tentatively due before the end of the year. According to the band’s webmaster, “[guitarist] Michael J. Romeo said that the drums and most of the rhythm guitars are all recorded. At the moment, they are fine-tuning the lyrics and melodies, during which time Russ [Allen] will also be recording his vocals.”
SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael J. Romeo has previously gone on record to say this about the group’s new material: “We have over an hour of really good stuff that we really dig; there’s more than enough stuff there that we can choose the best songs to go on the CD… but all of the songs are really strong. One is shaping up to be 10 minutes plus. I think everyone will like it. It has a little bit of everything.”
While SYMPHONY X is busy working on their new album, fans are encouraged to submit questions for the band’s soon-to-be-updated FAQ section of their website. Send questions in to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FAQ” in the subject line.
SYMPHONY X are also asking their fans to submit names of bands they’d like to see tour with/open for them. Send your suggestions to email@example.com with “Tour Suggestion” in the subject line.
Formed in 1994 in New Jersey, SYMPHONY X has seven studio albums and one live album to their credit. Their discography has sold 170,000 copies in the U.S. alone.
Sacrifice '87 - Japan: L to R: Akira Sugiuchi (vocals), Kazuo Nonaka (guitar), Takashi Yazaki (bass), Masanori Kawakami (drums)
Still cited as influences by the younger generations (you can find Joel Grind of TOXIC HOLOCAUST having this album pictured on his MySpace!), this masterpiece of Japanese Heavy Metal by SACRIFICE will finally be available on CD for the first time in July. “Crest Of Black” was originally released in 1987 on Explosion Records, then home for bands like SABBRABELLS, DOOM and JURASSIC JADE, for a limited quantity of 1000 copies. Since then, it’s been a highly sought-after item for metalheads all over the world. Some of the music can be heard on the band’s unofficial MySpace site.
This long-awaited official reissue will also feature two bonus tracks, taken from the band’s self-released demo from 1986. Distribution outside of Japan of this SACRIFICE CD will be helped by SPIRITUAL BEAST.
The founder and singer Akira Sugiuchi is still in the singing business, fronting SOLITUDE who has released a new album “Brave the Storm” earlier this year. Check them out on their MySpace
One of metal’s most intriguing, ominous and immensely talented figures, the mighty Devin Townsend, is extremely excited to announce that for the first time in his solo career he will be embarking on a headlining tour. This will be a special evening exploring a 15 year musical journey with Townsend performing songs spanning his entire vast catalog. Supporting acts will be announced soon along with East Coast shows, but see below or visit www.myspace.com/devintownsenddtb to view the initial headlining tour itinerary.
Addicted was released in Nov. 2009 and has become his fastest selling solo record in his career. Townsend is currently working on two new albums for 2011. The new, mind-blowing offering, Addicted, was met with worldwide critical praise and scored very impressive first week numbers debuting at #168 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart.
Townsend further states: “Sitting here at the airport after months of preparation for the European festivals, getting this material ready to be heard the way it’s meant to be heard has been a pretty mean task. Last night’s epic rehearsal was one of those moments when you realize the work put into making it right results in an awesome sound. I have been given the opportunity now to bring this music to North America in my first ever solo headlining tour. It’s not a huge tour, but I really would appreciate seeing some of the familiar faces and hopefully some new ones as well. It’s cheesy to announce your touring plans as ‘the biggest or best’ of anything, but I love this music, we’ve worked really hard to get it right. If you’re one of the folks that dig it, then this should be a great, heavy and fun time that sounds the way it should.
“I’m honored to be able to play for you after all these years. There’s a ton of great tours coming up, and here is my contribution. Rock the fuck out, stay positive.”
Check out some footage of Devin Townsend Project from their early 2010 tour with BTBAM/Cynic:
Southern California’s ANTAGONIST has announced the track listing of their new full length, “World In Decline,” on Prosthetic Records. The album will feature guest vocal appearances from ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS’ vocalist, Jared Monette on two tracks and label mate, John Strachan of THE FUNERAL PYRE is featured on one. The band recorded at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, CA with producer Paul Miner (Terror, Thrice, Throwdown).
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Bane of Existence
2. Sasha Grey
3. Disguised In White
4. God On Fire
5. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
6. New Human
7. A Voice Unspoken
8. Already Dead (Featuring John Strachan)
9. Darkest Darkness (Featuring Jared Monette)
10. World In Decline (Featuring Jared Monette)
Singer/guitarist Carlos Garcia commented on “World In Decline:” ” We’re super stoked on the finished product, and we hope everyone will feel the same! (Producer) Paul (miner) was amazing to work with, he was very encouraging and super patient with us, and we’re eternally grateful for that. And of course, he knows his way around the console. This is honestly the first album we’ve done that is an accurate representation of Antagonist’s live sound, and it definitely showcases a more refined, aggressive sound. We’re taking it back to the old school!”
“World In Decline” is the follow up to, “Exist,” to ANTAGONIST’s 2008 Prosthetic debut. They also have two previous full lengths and several EPs. The band will be announcing a late summer tour shortly.
New video from Richard Christy on MetalBlade.tv! Charred Walls Of The Damned tour begins July 1st!
In a new video on Metal Blade TV, Richard Christy discusses his new drum set from Ddrum and the rest of his gear from Sabian, Aquarian, Vater, Axis and Gator Cases. The video can be seen here:
Charred Walls Of The Damned tour begins July 1st!
Fans will see Richard’s new orange and black Ddrum kit on the first ever Charred Walls Of The Damned tour this July. Support on this tour will come from comedian and co-host of VH1’s “That Metal Show”, Don Jamieson. Tickets are now available on richardchristy.com and timripperowens.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are still available. The VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Charred Walls Of The Damned, a Limited edition poster to be signed by the band, a limited edition EXCLUSIVE t-shirt, and you will also be allowed to bring any other personal items to have the guys from the band sign!
Watch Charred Walls Of The Damned videos on MetalBlade.tv, including the music video as well as Richard and Owen’s interview on the Eddie Trunk show on Sirius XM’s The Boneyard. Check out those videos and more now on MetalBlade.tv!
Charred Walls Of The Damned has recently released their cover of Powermad’sNice Dreams on iTunes. The track is available now for $.99. Previously, the song was not available in North America.
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED Tour w/Don Jamieson
07/01 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
07/02 Detriot, MI Harpo’s Concert Hall
07/03 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Électriques
07/04 Toronto, ON Opera House
07/06 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
07/07 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
07/08 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
07/09 West Chester, PA The Note
07/10 Worcester , MA The Palladium w/ Dream Theater
North Carolina doom brigade, BLACK SKIES, who announced their US tour throughout July earlier this month have added three more confirmed dates to the trek. Those dates include June 12 at Jambalaya in Arcata, CA , June 19 at The Nightmare in Dallas, TX and July 21 at Checkpoint Charlie’s In new Orleans, LA. Updated tour itinerary below.
The band will hit the road with a new lineup, new songs and a high energy live display of sonic power they’ve built their name upon. Founding members Kevin Clark and Michelle Temple will be joined by ex-Des Ark drummer Tim Herzog. Former roommates, Kevin and Tim have remained in contact over the years and are very much looking forward to the opportunity to finally make music together. BLACK SKIES’ new material retains the heaviness of their earlier work, with more dynamic song structures and a psychedelic edge creating a more interesting overall sound. Following the tour, the band will begin preparations for recording what they hope to be their best release to date.
Says guitarist Kevin Clark of the upcoming trek: ” We’ve had our share of ups and downs over the past 12 months, but getting out west last year was without a doubt one of the better moments. We are thrilled to be heading out there again this summer, seeing the faces and places that made it such a blast. We played with a lot of great bands and met a lot of awesome souls with a true love and hunger for music. Those people are a big part of the drive for us to continue doing what we love to do, and we are eternally grateful for them.”
Guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers of the Godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK, answered a series of questions from fans regarding the band’s upcoming album The Panic Broadcast and all things SOILWORK!