The latest and greatestand 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!





Happy Turkey Day

And what better way to celebrate the holiday with some cooking lessons! So I’ve been hearing things around the interwebs about this Vegan Black Metal Chef. Metal Injection has been all over it. But until recently I’ve just ignored it seeing as I can’t cook and a majority of metal parodies suck. But after running out of decent wall-of-death footage to watch on Youtube I decided to check it out. The first few minutes were hard to take seriously and I almost turned it off but once the VBMC actually started cooking it got pretty hilarious AND informative! Who would have guessed? It was like watching cooking lessons from Emperor and listening to a Behemoth song about properly mixing ingredients.  It even made me want to cook. But that’s probably not going to happen. Anyway here is the latest video. Smoothie Alchemy! (They look really good and I’m probably going to attempt to make one.) And drink with a crazy straw!!! They’re crazy….And straws!! \m/


I also just got a hold of Whitechapel’s “Recorrupted” EP. It has one new song, an acoustic version, two remixes, AND a Pantera cover. What could be better? At first I was like “What is acoustic? Ohhh! You mean a grandpas guitars!” Picturing Whitechapel gone acoustic was impossible. And also something I never thought about and never wanted to think about. But after giving it multiple listens I decided it was pretty cool. It has that flamenco-esque sound to it. Plus it’s fancy dinner party background music acceptable. (Even though I’d have their “This Is Exile” album on too.)  So maybe I can get my parents into it? (Hey, I got my Mom into Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Slipknot and a few other metal bands. Plus that’s HER Quiet Riot “Metal Health” album I have framed on my wall. So acoustic Whitechapel is totally a possibility.) And I was also unsure of how one could possibly remix a Whitechapel song. I mean why would you want to in the first place? They’re awesome the way they are.  I was crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t end up like the appalling dubstep remixes of metal songs that keep surfacing all over Youtube. I prefer to keep my dubstep out of my metal and my metal out of my dubstep. That’s cross contamination right there. The ‘Big Chocolate’ remix of “Breeding Violence” definitely had some dubstep elements in it but they weren’t as bad as they could have been. I’m still trying to make up my mind on whether I like it or not. I think I enjoyed the “This is Exile” remix. I’m still kind of unsure. It was weird but there was no dubstep in there!  The Pantera cover of “Strength Beyond Strength” is kick ass though! It makes up for the strange remixes. Overall I appreciated them trying to break the norm and a majority of it is pretty cool. (Like I said, I’m still not sure about those remixes.) And you can’t go wrong with more original Whitechapel. Ever.

Oh and if you haven’t already read this detailed interview with Mario and Joe Duplantier that Metal Sucks did regarding Gojira’s work on their new album and the signing to Roadrunner Records, you need to drop everything and go get educated. It answers all the questions you had and didn’t have about what the band has been up to. If you don’t care about Gojira, well then you don’t have to. Anyway here is the link. 

In other news, Rolling Stone Magazine released a list of their 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Well I have to say I try to avoid that rag as much as possible. Mostly because I never agree with anything they write. Especially their lists. (They’re almost as bad as VH1.) However they do get some killer interviews with great artists here and there. And I do love the photography in it. But that’s about it. And reinforcing my contempt for their lists is indeed their ‘greatest guitarists’ list. I mean seriously! They put Dimebag on there as number 92! What an atrocity. Anyway if you would like to make fun of it as well it’s on their website.

Dying Fetus just posted up about a 24 hour sale on indiemerchstore.com starting tonight at midnight. And who couldn’t use another band t-shirt?! And if you couldn’t then I’m sure someone you know could so think Christmas gifts! This is how to do Black Friday right.

Anyway it is Thanksgiving so Happy Turkey Day everyone. And I’ll leave you all with something I’m quite thankful for. RIP Dime! You are so much better than 92…Alright, now everyone go engorge yourselves on turkey and stuffing and be thankful for death metal.




The Latest News in metal

We were all very sad to hear of the passing of the talented GWAR guitarist, Cory Smoot on November 3rd. The details of a memorial show were recently released. The show is scheduled for January 7th at the Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia as a tribute to the tragic passing of Cory Smoot aka. Flattus Maximus. The show is also a release party for his solo album. It should be a good show in memory of a great man. RIP.


On a lighter note I also came across this gem: slayer’s tour rider!


*via MetalSucks

Who knew yogurt in a tube was behind all that metal magic!? Just another reason to love slayer! (not that we don’t have enough already)

Also found out that the metal gods are writing again!!!!

Dave Lombardo tweeted on the 15th “Slayer is writing a new record”  Most Excellent!

It’s about time that one of the Big 4 puts out a decent album. And leave it to Slayer to have to compensate for the most recent tragedies from Anthrax, Megadeth, and that appalling thing that Metallica did called “lulu”. (Though I must admit that Anthrax’s “Worship Music” isn’t as bad as i thought it could be. I’m just happy they brought back Joey Belladonna.)

Rob Halford recently undisclosed that Judas Priest has started writing for a new record. In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Halford discussed the writing process. “This one has just been some straight-forward, classic British heavy metal. Some of it feels a bit like Painkiller, some of it feels like Sad Wings Of Destiny, some like British Steel. We didn’t do much research, we didn’t bother checking some of our previous releases, we didn’t do any homework, we just sat down and played, you know?” I’m always down for some classic Judas Priest so I can’t wait to hear more developments on this new album.

So why do metal musicians think it’s okay to make bad decisions the older the get? Maybe they’re just losing it. I don’t even know. Zakk Wylde is apparently throwing down some shreddage on Black Veil Brides upcoming EP. Why? It’s beyond me. Personally, this is an awful decision. Maybe it’s just me on this but I can’t stand that band.

Speaking of bands that I can’t stand: an awesome new plugin for Chrome and Firefox called NICKELBLOCK has arisen. This is pure genius. It blocks any and all things that mention the band Nickelback. You can download it here. Everyone needs to go install it. Right Now.

That’s all I have right now! So I’ll leave you with this awesome Youtube video I found. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside and I reminisce about seeing As I Lay Dying back in May.



Wretched (Not the doom metal band)

My weekly metal stumbling led me to this amazing band.  And I have to say I was hooked from the moment I first heard their title piece “The Exodus of Autonomy.” I kick myself for not have hearing of them sooner and then promptly picked up their first album. This technical death metal band is a diamond in the rough. They are brutal with flowing, smooth riff and don’t lose their touch when adding acoustic and orchestral interludes, and pulling a move like that off in metal today takes a lot of finesse.

This five piece formed in 2005 and were later signed by Victory Records. They released their debut album, “The Exodus of Autonomy,” in 2009 and followed up with their second album, “Beyond the Gate,” in August of 2010. They currently are touring with Son of Aurelius and Last Chance to Reason on their Exodus of North America tour.

After picking up a copy of their first album, “The Exodus of Autonomy,” (legally of course!) I listened to it nonstop for a good week to a week and a half and told every metal head I know about the glory of Wretched. (They all agreed that it was a great find.) I decided to delve further into exploring this band by getting their second album, entitled “Beyond the Gate.” I was defiantly not disappointed. This band knows how to deliver. With heavier riffs and a nonstop flow of blast beats, this album keeps fans hooked. They also maintained having breaks of dramatic orchestral openings and exists in a few tracks. (That is probably my favorite aspect of this band’s sound.) And I have to say, both of their albums are incredible, which makes me wonder what this band is going to pull out next. But for now they will remain high on my list of most played albums because I still cannot seem to get enough.


A metal band inspired by… nursery rhymes?

That’s right. I’m talking about WBTBWB. And if you don’t know what that long acronym is, you better get your metal checked! Because that stands for We Butter the Bread With Butter! They are the very unique German deathcore band that was inspired by German nursery rhymes. They originally started out as a joke band but got serious when they realized their potential in the metal world. Their first album, Das Monster aus dem Schrank, was released in 2008 through Redfield Records. This album blew my mind when I first heard the song “Fuchs Du Hast Die Gans Gestohlen”. I was instantly hooked. The opening riff quickly blasts into a mosh pit inducing fury of sound. Around the chorus their sound goes into a more melodic tone. The chugging guitars soon return causing an explosion of head banging madness. The song, while brutal is soon cut short coming in only at about two and a half minutes. But don’t worry, the whole cd is equally as awesome.  To keep their sound playful they combine simplistic lyrics, although if you don’t spreken deutch, you won’t understand them with the exception of the song “I shot the Sheriff,” and random electro-synth sounds. After holding our breath for a year WBTBWB finally released their second cd, Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging (which means the day the world went down) . Opening with a trance-like electro piece that blasts into heavy gang vocals and their classic chugging guitar, they remind their fans why they ripped such a hole in the very fabric of the upcoming metal scene.

                What originally started out as a duo mucking around with a jam session in 2007, the band morphed into the traditional five-piece band in 2010. The original two members Marcel Neumann and Tobias Schultka came up with the name, saying that it had no significance behind it. How someone would come up with a name like that is beyond me but it fits the band nicely.

What is in store for fans of WBTBWB? In a recent interview the band commented on how they anticipate more writing in 2011 and want to push themselves to expand more artistically. I cannot wait to see what this band comes up with in the future.  I recommend them highly if you’re looking for something new to satisfy your aural cravings and if you’ve ever raised the horns at a concert, this band should defiantly be on your iPod.


Check out this vid the band made-it has an awesome lego wall of death in it.