The NHL hockey team the Los Angeles Kings, which is currently in the first round of the playoffs, paid tribute to SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman on Saturday (May 4) by playing the song “Spirit In Black” from the band’s “Seasons In The Abyss” album as the warmup music for their game.
Asked in a 2011 interview with Revolver magazine how he felt about the fact that SLAYER’s song “Raining Blood” has been embraced in the sports world, Hanneman said: “Yeah. I finally heard it, God, they played it in a hockey arena. I couldn’t believe that. I love hockey, and I go to a lot of the games. And I was like, ‘Why don’t they ever play SLAYER?’ And then they finally played ‘Raining Blood’, and I was like, ‘Yes!’”
Hanneman died on Thursday, May 2 near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure.
Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion VREID will take their hell hymns to the streets this June on a North American tour alongside headliners Melechesh. Set to commence June 16 in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited trek includes two weeks of live assaults and will come to a close in New York City on June 30th. .Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.
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LOUDER THAN HELL: Based on Hundreds of Original Interviews with Metal Elite — Including Lemmy/Motorhead, Members Of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Van Halen, and Many More!
*LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.
*Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it. Read the rest of this entry »
South America has provided quite a few important historical moments in rock n’ roll over the years. Case in point, Kiss performing their final concert in make-up before unmasking in 1983, Queen headlining the first-ever Rock in Rio Festival in 1985, the continent spawning one of the world’s most renowned metal bands, Sepultura, etc. And South America is also home to prog metal vets Angra, who have steadily issued challenging yet heavy albums on a regular basis since 1993.
And now comes an expanded edition of the fourth solo album overall from the band’s leader, guitarist Kiko Loureiro – ‘Sounds of Innocence’ – which drops Tuesday, June 18th. iTunes will release a special package, containing the full album and track by track instructional videos – the first time this feature has ever been included on an iTunes album release. Additionally, a Kiko Spotify app “Soundrop” will be issued on the same release date. “‘Sounds of Innocence’ brings a balanced mix of Latin grooves with traditional shredding,” explains Kiko. “It comes at a more mature point of my career but still has first time excitement to it.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s May 4th Estevan, Saskatchewan performance at Spectra Place was interrupted when a member of the audience jumped on stage and attacked guitarist Mick Mars and grabbed frontman Vince Neil during ‘Primal Scream’ before security tackled the man and took him off the stage.
Of all people to tackle, it sucks it was 62 year old Mars, whose early ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis puts him in a more fragile state. Luckily, Mars is ok as he recently tweeted: “Thank all of you for your concerns about me being knocked down last night I’m alright nothing broken. My body guard Rhyno got 2 busted ribs.”
“What the f–k is wrong with you, you f–king idiot?!” said an angered Tommy Lee. The band did get back on stage to close the show as planned.
Remaining dates on the tour include:
6 – Brandon, MB – Keystone Centre
7 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
9 – Subdury, ON – Sudbury Area
10 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
11 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
13 – Montréal, QC – Centre Bell
14 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Overkill is a classic thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. The band was one of the early thrash metal bands in U.S., along with such names as Anthrax, Exodus and mighty Metallica, who helped to create the thrash metal scene in the early 80’s. To date, Overkill has released 16 studio albums and sold more than 25 million worldwide. During their long journey, Overkill has gone through many line-up changes. The remaining original members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and D.D. Verni, have successfully guided the band through both good and difficult times and the band is here to stay. In April 2013, Overkill arrived to Finland to do a five-concert mini-tour. I had the chance to sit down with Bobby in Helsinki and we discussed various topics including the recent “Dark Roots of Earth” tour, producing, history, personal life, and the list goes on….
PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers has posted the following update:
“I’m taking the opportunity to wish my best friends from the band VOODOO CIRCLE much success and fun for their forthcoming tour! Next Saturday we will share the same stage in Schiffweiler close to Saarbrücken, Germany.
In other news I will team up with Mat Sinner (Primal Fear/bass) after their tour to write some new lyrics and vocal melodies. Once again, we all knew it will be really hard to top our last album Unbreakable, but from what we have so far as new material it will be simply amazing and yes, we WILL top last one! Cheers!”
Airing Sunday, May 5th at 10:00PM ET – With Special Guests Mark Tornillo of ACCEPT/TT QUICK, Pete Perrina and Danny Anniello of LORDS OF MERCY, and Rockin’ Ray Dill and Metal Joe Chimmenti of the Old Bridge Metal Militia
Also Featuring Phone Interviews with Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER, Lips of ANVIL, and Carl Canedy of THE RODS
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ROCK N’ ROLL HEAVEN and the OLD BRIDGE METAL MILITIA Reunion Concert and Fundraiser co-creators Jon and Marsha Zazula, as well as Rockin’ Ray Dill and Metal Joe Chimmenti of the Old Bridge Metal Militia, will make a guest appearance tomorrow night on 95.9 the WRAT’s Electric Ballroom show along with Accept/TT Quick’s Mark Tornillo and Lords of Mercy’s Pete Perrina and Danny Anniello. The show will also feature phone interviews with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Lips of Anvil, and Carl Canedy of The Rods. Hosted by DJ Keith Roth, Electric Ballroom will air at 10:00pm ET on Sunday, May 5th and will run until 12:00am. Not in New Jersey? Tune in online at www.WRAT.com. Read the rest of this entry »
Taking technical death metal back to its heavier roots, international band Serocs is preparing the follow-up to their 2012 debut full-length Oneirology. With influences such as Cryptopsy, Wormed, Decapitated, Spawn Of Possession and Nile, to name a few, this album will bring another depth into the realm of brutality.
The album, appropriately title The Next…, marks a new era in the band’s history, going from a one-man band into a full blown assault.
Founder and guitarrist Antonio Freyre is joined by metal legends to create an intense assault of technicality.
Brazilian metallers Almah keep working at their fourth studio album, as yet untitled. At the moment, the musicians are finishing pre-production of new songs in a home studio of the frontman/founder of the band Edu Falaschi (ex-Angra). Falaschi tells: “the new album will be more positive. While Motion (2011) is a fucking heavy, tense and dark album, the new one will be hopeful with fast songs”.
To keep the fans updated about how the work is going on, Almah has recently started to reveal the series of “making-of new album videos” via its official Youtube channel. The video below presents a part of a new sond. Edu Falaschi comments: “Hello guys, the new album is almost ready, we are finishing the last songs now! We’d like to show you one part of a new song: it’s a guitar duel with tapping and right now we are working at this idea! Very soon the whole new material will be ready for the recording!”
At 11 AM, PST on May 2nd, SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away near his Southern California home; he was 49 years old. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. Later that day, guitarist Kerry King led the crowd in “a moment of noise” in tribute to his fallen bandmate at Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
Jeff Hanneman at Big 4 – Photo Credit: www.AndrewStuart.me
The second single from Civil War’s “The Killer Angels” album is here and we can’t wait to share it with you! Listen to it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTBDFJUj6vw Also available via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify
The song is called “Saint Patrick’s day” and is a song about the missionary Patrick who is the primary patron saint of Ireland and the lyrics is simply about his life and his legacy.
The album will hit the world on June 11 on Despotz Records and will be Civil War’s first full length album. The album is recorded at Studio Myhrer (the bed and livingroom of keyboard player Myhr), drums in legendary studio The Abyss/Black Lounge by Jonas Kjellgren. Artwork is done by the polish artwork artist Lukasz Jaszak.
After receiving the RONNIE JAMES DIO Lifetime Achievement Award last night (Thursday, May 2nd) at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California, METALLICA took to the stage for a quick set.
The band performed four songs including ‘Disposable Heroes’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, JUDAS PRIEST’s ‘Rapid Fire’ (for which they were joined by ROB HALFORD), and ‘Seek And Destroy’.
Fan filmed video of Metallica’s performance with Halford can be seen below:
The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show was held last night (Thursday, May 2nd) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.
During the ceremony, ANTHRAX were joined by ex-PANTERA members Phil Anselmoand Rex Brown for a rendition of the Pantera classic, ‘This Love’, dedicated to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Video of the performance can be seen below:
At 11 AM, PST on May 2nd, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away near his Southern California home; he was 49 years old. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.