Monday, June 25, 2012

A Life Once Lost Announces Residency!

“We are doing a July residency at the most lawless club in Philly, Kung Fu Necktie (KFN). Every week we will have special guests playing and each show will be a different line up. Come check out all the new A LIFE ONCE LOST material as we tighten up our show and get ready to unleash our new album.” - A LIFE ONCE LOST guitarist Doug Sabolick


7/2 – A LIFE ONCE LOST @ KUNG FU NECKTIE w/ Black Sheep Wall & Chimpgrinder
7/16 – A LIFE ONCE LOST @ KUNG FU NECKTIE w/ Jucifer & Spirit Animal
7/23 – A LIFE ONCE LOST @ KUNG FU NECKTIE w/ Auroboros & Mount Carmel

Children Of Bodom on Nuclear Blast

Children of Bodom is living the high life right now. The band's last four albums were #1 in their home country of Finland, and they just completed a successful North American tour with EluveitieRevocation, and Threat Signal. Now, the band is announcing that they have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
"We had a good, long, productive run with Spinefarm Records for fifteen years and now it's simply just time for a change," said Children of Bodom front man / guitarist Alexi Laiho. "I'm absolutely stoked to start the new chapter of COB's career with Nuclear Blast and look forward to working with them."
For those of you who just want a new Children of Bodom album, you're in luck. The Finnish metal band is planning on releasing new material in 2013. If I were a betting man, I'd say you can expect the band on one of the popular North American summer fests too.
"Personally, I am so excited to work with Nuclear Blast again," adds COB bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith. "We have such good memories from the beginning of our career with them. We know the people already and we know how committed they are in doing metal!"
As you just read, this isn't the first time that Children of Bodom has been under theNuclear Blast banner. The German-based metal label helped put out the first three COB releases. The band then went to Spinefarm Records where they spent the last 15 years. If you thought the band was successful now, wait until you see what happens after Nuclear Blast markets the shit out of them. Who else is ready for more Bodom?

New As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying have spent the last few months in the studio and finally we are getting a taste of what the band is working on. They just premiered a new track, "Cauterize" and guess what? They've gone and completely changed their sound. They're progressive djent now. Of course, I'm lying. They have their signature sound and with this track, they expand on it. You can hear the new track right here, and download it for free (in exchange for your emailaddress). Their new album, Awakened comes out sometime in the fall.

Grave Digger Announces Track Listing

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will release their new album, "Clash Of The Gods", on August 31 in Europe and September 4 in North America viaNapalm Records. A six-song mini-CD, "Home At Last", will precede the full-length effort on July 27 in Europe and August 7 in North America.

GRAVE DIGGER's new CD was recorded at Principal Studios in Münster, Germany. The band laid down at least 10 new original compositions as well as "a cover version of a male, 'not-heavy-metal' artist," which the group said "won't be another German 'Schlager' song... it will be 150 percent pureGRAVE DIGGER metal. Again we transferred the spirit of the '80s into the sound of 2012."

"Clash Of The Gods" track listing:

01. Charon
02. God Of Terror
03. Hell Dog
04. Medusa
05. Clash Of The Gods
06. Death Angel & The Grave Digger
07. Walls Of Sorrow
08. Call Of The Sirens
09. Warriors Revenge
10. With The Wind
11. Home At Last

Bonus tracks on digibook version:

12. Saints Of The Broken Souls
13. Zurück Nach Haus ("Home At Last" German version)

"Home At Last" track listing:

01. Home At Last
02. Rage Of The Savage Beast (non-album track)
03. Metal Will Never Die (non-album track)
04. Ballad Of A Hangman (live in Wacken 2010)
05. Excalibur (live in Wacken 2010)
06. Heavy Metal Breakdown (live in Wacken 2010)

GRAVE DIGGER last fall extended its contract with Napalm Records. The band said in a statement, "Napalm is a small and hard-working team that is as effective and productive as a company of 70 people. Always reachable and competent, they work with their artists individually. These are the strengths of Napalm, and that is why we have signed a deal for three more records under the Napalm banner."

"The Clans Are Still Marching", the latest DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).

GRAVE DIGGER's latest album, "The Clans Will Rise Again", was released in Europe on October 1, 2010 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded between mid-May 2010 and mid-July 2010 at the Meadow Studios, which is owned by GRAVE DIGGER's new guitarist Axel Ritt, and Principal Studios, where all of GRAVE DIGGER albums since 1995's "Heart Of Darkness" have been tracked. It was produced by Chris Boltendahl and mixed by Jörg Umbreit.

Metallica Talks The Black Album

Chris Steffen of The Village Voice recently conducted an interview withMETALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammettabout the band's breakthrough album from 21 years ago, 1991's self-titled fifth LP, commonly known as "the black album." A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Village Voice"Nothing Else Matters" was a major departure for the band. It pissed off some fans expecting thrash metal, but it's still played at almost every show.

James Hetfield: It's absolutely crazy, that was the song that I thought was least METALLICA, least likely to ever played by us, the last song anyone would really want to hear. It was a song for myself in my room on tour when I was bumming out about being away from home. It's quite amazing, it's a true testament to honesty and exposing yourself, putting your real self out there, and taking the risk, taking a gamble that someone's either going to step on your heart with spikes on or they're going to put their heart right next to it, and you never know until you try. That solidified, I think, that we were doing the right thing, writing form the heart about what we felt, and you can't go wrong that way. It has become an unbelievable song live, and from the New York Hells Angels putting it in their movie to sports people to people getting married to it, all kinds of stuff, people relate to it. I'm grateful that the guys forced me to take it out of my tape player and make it Metallica.

The Village Voice: What do you find so compelling about the themes in"The Unforgiven" that you decided to revisit the song for two sequels?

James Hetfield: Maybe it's not done, maybe I didn't feel forgiven or wasn't able to forgive. It's one of those songs to me that is pretty personal, obviously revolving around forgiveness of the world and self and whatever else you have some resentment against, working through that. The melody itself never went away in my head, it's potent for me, and lyrically, stuff kept coming along with it, and probably the fact that you're not supposed to do a trilogy or something, or keep writing the same thing onto the next album. I think after "The Unforgiven III", we're kind of done with it. I think I'm able to forgive, forgive myself and move on.

The Village Voice: Do you ever look at a setlist before a show, see "Enter Sandman", and say, "Seriously, guys, not tonight."

Kirk Hammett: There's a certain amount of songs we know we have to play, because the audience expects us to play them, and songs we throw in because we feel like playing or get requests. The great thing about our music is most of it is really, really fun to play, and very dynamic, dynamic enough so that if we wanted to change part of a song or add a part, take out a part, it can pretty much survive that. When songs start to become a little tedious, what we'll do is just change them, take parts out, add parts, or make it more dynamic, and that's our way around getting around the whole boredom factor, which I think is a good approach, an honorable approach. There were times when the mention of "Seek And Destroy"would make me gag, but we started playing it in a heavier key, and now it sounds like a brand new song to me. We made the change six or seven years ago, and I love it all over again. 

Read the entire interview from The Village Voice.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lars Ulrich Talks Orion Fest

Scott Cronick of Atlantic City Insiders recently conducted an interview withMETALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Atlantic City Insiders: Why did you pick Atlantic City as a site for your first music festival?

Lars: We always knew we wanted to be in that zip code — right around your neighborhood — between New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. We wanted to do it in a place where it would be convenient for people to come from the West Coast or Europe in terms of airport access. Music history is loaded with horror stories about music festivals and events taking place on somebody's farm 90 minutes from a freeway and you have to fight cattle on a one-way road. So we didn't want that. When. A.C. came up, we jumped on it because we wanted the experience to be pleasant. There's access. There's hotel rooms. It's a logical place to do it.

Atlantic City InsidersMETALLICA has been around for more than 30 years. Why now?

Lars: We've wanted to do it for years. Call us ignorant or crazy or dreamers or whatever but it's an idea we've been floating around for about four years. Since we did Bonnaroo in 2008, we felt like we've been doing these things in Europe and all over with diverse lineups for 25 years … and we felt we could do something like that here by ourselves and that we could make it fun. So when we decided to do it, we looked for people we can trust and work with to protect our vision and keep it pure and about the music and experience and the musician's lifestyle. It's not about commerce and $9 water bottles and all that other bullshit.

Atlantic City Insiders: What will be the best part of this whole weekend for you?

Lars: Since we are the hosts of this thing, we are all hanging around. It's not like we are rolling in a stretch limo 20 minutes before we go on. We are going to be there and partake and hang and listen to music and take in the whole thing. I look forward to that side of it. We are so used to going from one place to another to show up and play and leave. I look to loitering. There are going to be a f-k load of cool people in A.C. that weekend. That's the cool part.

Read the entire interview from Atlantic City Insiders.

Gojira New Album Track by Track

In a recent interview with MetalshrineJoseph Duplantier stated about the new album title, "We couldn't call it 'The Wild Child', because it's hard to translate 'L'Enfant Sauvage'. It's not really the wild child as understood in English, because a wild child for me, has an aspect like someone out of control somehow. 'L'Enfant Sauvage' in French… 'Sauvage' is something that is not educated or something that is like free and completely free in nature. A wild flower that goes wherever she wants and becomes something beautiful. The idea with 'L'Enfant Sauvage' is like with a human that would grow up in nature, raised by wolves, for example, without the influence from others and the influence from institutions or society in general. Without a social security number. [laughs] Not even a name. This is what you are and I am on the inside, right? How much the education and the culture, emotions and the guilt are interacting with us and it changes us and how far are we from this pure child inside? That's the question we had on this album."

A special collector's package of "L'Enfant Sauvage" will feature two bonus tracks and a double-colored vinyl version of the record, along with an exclusive t-shirt.

"L'Enfant Sauvage" track listing:

01. Explosia
02. L'Enfant Sauvage
03. The Axe
04. Liquid Fire
05. The Wild Healer
06. Planned Obsolescence
07. Mouth Of Kala
08. The Gift Of Guilt
09. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall

GOJIRA will release a new DVD/Blu-ray, "The Flesh Alive", in the U.S. on July 31 via Mascot. The set will be made available in the following formats:

* 2-DVD+CD
* Blu-ray+CD with free poster

The three-disc "The Flesh Alive" chronicles the making of GOJIRA's 2008 album, "The Way Of All Flesh", and the touring activity that followed the CD's release.

"L'Enfant Sauvage" track by track - part 1:

Scum of the Earth New Album

SCUM OF THE EARTH — the band led by former ROB ZOMBIE guitaristRiggs — will release its third album, "The Devil Made Me Do It", on August 28 via Goomba Music, Inc. (with distribution through eOne in North America). Produced by Riggs and Volkstoker, it was recorded atScum HQ in Branson, Missouri and is the follow-up to 2007's "Sleaze Freak" (Eclipse Records). The first single, "The Devil Made Me Do It III", was released last month and was heard during the recent New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup playoff games. The song was recorded at theMansion Studio in Columbia, Missouri by Riggs and Brandon Mashburn(TRUST COMPANYTHE DREAMING).

Commented Riggs, "Being that this is 2012 and the end of the world and all, I thought the SCUM OF THE EARTH sound has ran its course, so I reinvented the sound with the help of a producer/programmer by the nameVolkstroker. We worked on the songs for eight months and this was the end result. Check it out before you turn into a zombie." 

"The Devil Made Me Do It" track listing:

01. Born Again Masochist
02. Via Dela Rosa
03. Zombies -vs- Skeletons
04. The Devil Made Me Do It III
05. Zombie Apocalypse
06. Sounds of the Dead
07. Pray
08. (Mindless) Dead Things
09. Ghost
10. Funeral March

SCUM OF THE EARTH's latest CD, "Sleaze Freak", was released on October 23, 2007. The explicit (PA) version of the album was made available at most retailers containing an added DVD video. The DVD consists of footage filmed while recording and mixing the album documenting the recording and mixing process and many hijinks of the band around town, in the studio, and on the road. 

SCUM OF THE EARTH's first studio album of all-new material since the critically-acclaimed debut "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium" (2004), "Sleaze Freak" contained 13 brand new songs described by Riggs as "heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock." "It's a much more intense collection of material than 'Blah…Blah…Blah…'" saidRiggs. "We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

King Diamond From Hellfest


King Diamond LIVE Videos from Hellfest 2012!

New Nile Song

You can hear the track "The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh" on the pre-order page for their upcoming release, At The Gate Of Sethu which comes out July 3rd. 

New Dr Acula Video

Check out the new Dr.Acula video for "Ironic Enclosure"

Every Time I Die New Video

After 6 albums and countless tour hours Every Time I Die releases new video for "I Suck Blood"

Battlecross Tour


Detroit, MI’s self-touted “blue collar thrashers” BATTLECROSS are gearing up to lay waste to the states on this summer’s TRESPASS AMERICA festival. The festival kicks off in one month on July 13, 2012 in Broomfield, CO and features headliners Five Finger Death Punch, as well as the reunited original line-up of Killswitch Engage. The TRESPASS AMERICA Festival also features Trivium,EmmurePop Evil, and God Forbid. The anticipation is building; get your tickets now before they are sold out and log on for complete details!

Due to the insane buzz around BATTLECROSS and their unique take on modern thrash metal, the band has been added to this year’s HEAVY MTL festival in Montreal, QC. To learn more about the festival and to read about this year’s line-up, please

BATTLECROSS has come a long way since their recent signing with Metal Blade Records and their release of their debut Pursuit of Honor in August 2011.  Since its release, the single ‘Push Pull Destroy’ was the #1 Most Requested Metal Track for five weeks (Sirius XM Liquid Metal Devil's Dozen), remains a stable on the Liquid Metal channel, and the track's video has racked up over 700,000 YouTube views in the last five months.  BATTLECROSS has received killer reviews across the internet and in print publications throughout North America and overseas and was named “Band of the Month” in Metal Hammer Norway and Metal Hammer Spain, so it should be no surprise that this blue collar, hard-work ethic that comes from the band's five musicians - Kyle "Gumby" Gunther/vocals, Tony Asta/guitar, Hiran Deraniyagala/guitar, Mike Kreger/drums, Don Slater/bass - translates into a potent force on record as well as on stage.BATTLECROSS is also confirmed to sail the seas with the first annual MAYHEM FESTIVAL Cruise this December 7-10.

See below for all confirmed BATTLECROSS tour dates and stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

BATTLECROSS pre-Trespass America tour dates:
(free Metal Blade Records merch, Trespass America tickets and BATTLECROSS posters to be given away at these one-off dates!)
22        Westland, MI - Token Lounge (BATTLECROSS only)
28        Flint, MI - The Machine Shop (BATTLECROSS only)
29        Muskegon, MI – Crickets (BATTLECROSS only)

  6        West Springfield, VA – Empire (w/ God Forbid)
  7        Richmond, VA – Kingdom (w/ God Forbid)
  8        Winston Salem, NC – Ziggys (w/ God Forbid)
10       Fayetteville, AR – Stone Pony (w/ God Forbid)     

BATTLECROSS touring with the TRESPASS AMERICA Festival:

12       Wichita, KS – The Scenery
13        Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
14        Ogden, UT – Mojos (BATTLECROSS only)
15        Billings, MT – MetraPark Arena
16        Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
17        Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Arena
18        Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – Station 4 (BATTLECROSS only)
19        Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
20        Travers City, MI – Ground Zero (off date w/ Killswitch Engage)
21        Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County Expo Center
22        Waterloo, IA – McElroy Auditorium
23        St. Louis, MO – Fubar (BATTLECROSS only)
24        Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheatre
25        Belton, TX – Bell County Expo Center
27        San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
28        Beaumont, TX – Ford Pavilion
30        Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
31        Evansville, IN – Ford Center

  1        Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at River Bend
  3        Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
  4        Rochester Hills, MI – Meadowbrook Amphitheatre
  5        Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavillion
  7        Oswego, NY – Oswego Speedway
  8        Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center
  9        S. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (off date w/ God Forbid)
10        Scarborough, ME – Scarborough Downs
11        Montreal, QC – HEAVY MTL
12        Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joes (BATTLECROSS only)
14        Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (indoor stage)
15        Hartford, CT – Festival Stage at Comcast Theatre
17        Worchester, MA – DCU Center
18        Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
19        Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
21        Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Uptown
22        Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
24        Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
25        Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
26        Phoenix, AZ – Comercia Theatre
28        Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

BATTLECROSS post-Trespass America tour dates:
29        Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon (BATTLECROSS only)
31        Shreveport, LA – The Riverside Warehouse (w/ God Forbid)

  1        Memphis, TN – Newby’s (w/ God Forbid)
  2        Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern (w/ God Forbid)

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