The latest and greatest…and the not so great
After finally waking up to some Aborted and Oceano I finally decided to get up and see what’s new and happening in the metal world. Here is the first thing I found and it looks brutally awesome!
For those of you who are unaware, Hellfest is a three day French metal festival held in Clisson, France. It started up in 2006 after replacing Fury Fest which took place from 2002-2005. And Hellfest always has a kick ass lineup! Over the years it has hosted numerous big names such as Slayer, Exodus, Sepultura, Behemoth, and of course tons more. Last year’s lineup included Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, The Black Dahlia Murder. This year’s lineup is quite impressive in my humble opinion. Black Sabbath will be including these dates as part of their world tour and most likely playing songs off their new album. So stoked! Anyway I won’t be going this year unfortunately, but I figure I’ll get there eventually.
And here is some of the “not so great” news. It mostly made me laugh. Recently and interview with Andrew Biersack of Black Veil Brides discussed what they were working towards. "Every accomplishment we’ve had — and there’s been plenty, especially this year — we take them and we appreciate them, but it’s always, you’ve gotta take it as it’s another step towards the ultimate goal, and for us, we wanna be the biggest band in the world, and when I say that, I don’t mean it in a way of someone trying to show you how big their dick is, so to speak, someone who’s trying to tell you about how impressive they are. We truly believe that with hard work, dedication and perseverance, we can be the best at what we do, and I think anyone believes that; nobody wants to become mediocre." The great thing is I read the last word as “metalcore” and agreed instantly. Nobody wants to be metalcore. But all I can really say is good luck with that because so far every band in the Big 4 has them beat at “being the biggest band in the world.”
Now for some additional awesome European festival news! Behemoth has just been added as a headliner for the 2012 Bloodstock Open Air.
After having to cancel their appearance last year due to Nergal’s struggle with Leukemia, the front man stated, “but I really felt obliged to come back and do BLOODSTOCK as soon as possible. We are really fortunate that they invited us back, we couldn’t turn it down, and this is the perfect opportunity to make this up to the people that missed us last time. For us it’s a great pleasure to come back to the UK after two years, and I can promise we will bring full production – lights, pyro – it’s gonna be awesome and we can’t wait. This is not only the first time we headline a festival, but also our first open air appearance in the UK, so it’s gonna be special!” Everyone is stoked for his recovery and he is ready to come back with a vengeance and start touring again. BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 is going down at Catton Hall August 9th – 12th. Tickets are on sale at www.bloodstock.uk.com. And you can also view the lineup on the website…well what they have so far.
One of my guilty pleasures is the band Bullet For My Valentine. I’ve been into them since their first full length album “The Poison” dropped. Recently they’ve been doing a South America tour that is quickly coming to a close. They’ve started posting about their latest writings on the many social networking sites, although nothing specific has been revealed. In an interview with Lokoas Rock Show drummer, Michael Paget, talked about the progression of their first album to their last, “Fever”. He also answered questions about opening for the likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden…AND Guns N’ Roses. When questioned about the statement from the band saying Guns N’ Roses “were a perfect example of how a band shouldn’t act.” Paget replied, “Realistically, it’s not really Guns N’ Roses it’s just, like, Axl Rose.” And if you haven’t heard all the complaints Axl has been receiving lately, you should probably go watch the That Metal Show special with Axl that aired on National Metal Day (11/11/11).
One of the few things VH1 still does right is their Behind the Music features. A new Behind the Music: Remastered featuring Anthrax will be airing on December 3rd. I enjoyed the Megadeth episode that was also released on National Metal Day so I will be commandeering my family’s television and watching it from start to finish.
As I Lay Dying recently released their music video for their Judas Priest cover of the classic hit “Electric Eye”. I’ve watched it a few times and as a fan of AILD I enjoyed their cover. However the music video throws me off slightly. Maybe because I can’t seem to understand where the giant scorpion comes into play. But that’s alright because it’s still rather entertaining. So here it is! Enjoy!