As reported by Billboard.com:
Despite a 61% drop in sales, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a third week. The Warner Bros. set moved 132,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it only the second album this year to claim three straight weeks in the penthouse. Jack Johnson’s “Sleep Through the Static” achieved the same in February.
The hard rock set edges out budding Disney star Demi Lovato’s debut album, “Don’t Forget,” which bows at No. 2 with 89,000. The singer is featured prominently in the TV movie “Camp Rock” alongside the Jonas Brothers.
Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” (Def Jam) slips 2-3 with 83,000, a 67% sales decrease. Nashville rockers Kings Of Leon enjoy their best charting and sales week yet, as “Only by the Night” (RCA) starts at No. 4 with 74,000. Their previous best came with 2007’s “Because of the Times,” which opened at No. 25 with 41,000. As reported Monday, Kings Of Leon is No. 1 on both the U.K. album and singles charts.
Starting at No. 5 with 74,000 is the Pussycat Dolls’ sophomore Interscope set, “Doll Domination.” Their 2005 debut, “PCD,” peaked at the same slot but has gone on to sell 2.9 million copies in the U.S. The new album is led by the top 10 Hot 100 hit “When I Grow Up.”
With the help of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 single “Need U Bad,” Jazmine Sullivan’s debut “Fearless” enters at No. 6 with 66,000. The J Records album also crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
A week shy of a year on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 4-7 with a 5% decline to 60,000 copies.
Joe returns to The Billboard 200 with his first album since departing Jive, “Joe Thomas, New Man!” (Kedar), at No. 8 with 54,000.
Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam) falls 6-9 with 40,000, a 32% sales decline, while the Jonas Brothers’ Hollywood set “A Little Bit Longer” re-enters the top tier 11-10 with 36,000 (-12%).
In a week with 16 new titles in the top 50, TV On The Radio’s “Dear Science” (Interscope) debuts at No. 12 with 32,000, both career bests. Jackson Browne’s “Time the Conquerer” (Inside Recordings, No. 20, 25,000), Cold War Kids’ “Loyalty to Loyalty” (Downtown, No. 21 with 22,000), Jenny Lewis’ “Acid Tongue” (Warner Bros., No. 24 with 21,000) and David Gilmour’s “Live in Gdansk” (Columbia, No. 26 with 19,000) are also new on the chart.
At 6.45 million units, sales this week are down 6.8% from last week’s sum and down a whopping 28.8% from the same week last year.
According to Billboard.com, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week after its first full frame at retail. The Warner Bros. set sold 337,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; it debuted with 490,000 last week after just three days of sales thanks to an off-cycle Friday release.
Starting right behind at No. 2 is Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” with 250,000. The Def Jam effort comes on the heels of two No. 1 bows for the artist: 2006 debut “In My Own Words” (301,000) and 2007’s “Because of You” (251,000). New single “Miss Independent” continues to climb the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, moving 16-5 in this latest frame, while first single “Closer” sits at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
Nelly’s “Brass Knuckles” (Derrty/Universal Motown), the rapper’s first studio set since 2004, enters at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 84,000. Four years ago, he dropped two separate albums on the same day — “Suit” and “Sweat” – which debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 with 396,000 and 342,000, respectively.
In its 50th week on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 3-4 on a 15% decline to 64,000 copies.
Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with the Capitol Nashville project “Learn to Live,” with 60,000. On Hot Country Songs, his single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” hits No. 1 this week. This marks the second week in a row a singer best known from another genre crosses over to hit No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, following last week’s penthouse debut for Jessica Simpson’s “Do You Know.”
Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam) falls 2-6 on The Billboard 200 with 60,000, a 33% sales decline. DJ Khaled notches his third straight top 15 album as “We Global” (We the Best/Def Jam) enters at No. 7 with 49,000. His first two charting albums — 2006’s “Listennn: The Album” and 2007’s “We the Best” — debuted and peaked at Nos. 12 and 8, respectively.
Buckcherry earns its best sales week ever and highest charting album as “Black Butterfly” (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic) opens at No. 8 with 47,000. Previously, the rock band went as far as No. 39 with its last album “15,” and had never sold more than 26,000 in a single week with any release. But “15” wound up spending 126 weeks on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.3 million copies to date.
Lil Wayne’s Cash Money effort “Tha Carter III” slips 9% in sales and descends 8-9 with 43,000 while the Game’s “LAX” (Geffen) moves 7-10 with 42,000 (-16%).
Other debuts this week include All That Remains‘ “Overcome” (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie, No. 16, 29,000), Raphael Saadiq’s “The Way I See It” (Columbia, No. 19, 23,000), Avenged Sevenfold’s “Live in the LBC &; Diamond in the Rough” (Warner Bros., No. 24, 20,000) and Eli Young Band’s “Jet Black & Jealous” (Universal South, No. 33, 15,000).
At 6.92 million units, sales this week are up 1.1% from last week’s sum and down a 16.5% from the same week last year.
From MSN.com, Run-D.M.C. could “Walk This Way” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges are among the nine nominees for next year’s hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday.
The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic, the only nominee back from last year’s ballot.
The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4, 2009, in Cleveland.
The ceremony typically has been held in New York but is returning to Cleveland after more than a decade-long absence. Tickets will be made available to the public for the first time.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five opened the door for rap at the Rock Hall as the first hip-hop act to be inducted in 2007. Now, Run-D.M.C., nominated in the first year of its eligibility, has the chance to follow on the strength of rock and rap blends such as the 1986 cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and classics like “It’s Tricky” and “My Adidas.”
Metallica jumped on the heavy metal wave of the ’80s and 25 years later is still selling out arenas. This month the group released “Death Magnetic,” which marks a return to its early speed metal days.
The Stooges, recently given props in the film “Juno,” get another shot after last appearing on the ballot two years ago.
Left off the ballot were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bon Jovi. Both had been eligible for the first time. To be nominated an act must have released its first single or album 25 years prior.
More than 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the inductions.
HRH Comment: Once again, some nominees make sense, and others do not.
Why don’t they rename this place, the Rock, Pop, Rap, Soul, R&B Hall of Fame? Then their choices might make more sense.
Acts who are getting the shaft that have released albums 25 years ago, Alice Cooper, KISS, Motley Crue, Rush, Triumph, Yes, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and many more.
Metallica is nominated in their first year of eligibility (Kill em All was released in 1983). While it is cool that Metallica gets the nod, it is a major over sight by the Rock and Roll Hall of fame to not nominate any of the acts I listed above.
Putting Run D.M.C. or Chic in the Hall before any of the acts above is a complete and total joke, in my opinion.
What do you think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2009?
According to Billboard.com, In just a three-day sales window, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band’s first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Death Magnetic” hit shelves on Friday instead of last Tuesday in order to accommodate a worldwide release date.
This total outdistances the opening sum of its last studio set, “St. Anger,” which sold 418,000 copies in a similarly shorter-than-normal window. The last Metallica album to stage a larger opener than “Magnetic” was 1996’s “Load,” which rolled 680,000 units in its first frame.
Metallica is the first group to see five of its albums bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Previously, the act was tied with the Beatles, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band, with four each. It is also Metallica’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 and its seventh release to start with more than 300,000 since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data.
Last week’s No. 1, Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam), slips to No. 2 with a 65% loss in sales to 90,000. In its 49th week on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) climbs 4-3 on a 5% decline to 75,000 copies.
Jessica Simpson’s first country album, “Do You Know” (Columbia Nashville), starts at No. 4 with 65,000 and also lands atop Top Country Albums. The set was preceded by the single “Come On Over,” which peaked at No. 18 on Hot Country Songs in August. Simpson’s last album, “A Public Affair,” debuted and peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 in 2006 with 101,000.
Slipknot’s Roadrunner album “All Hope Is Gone” keeps the No. 5 spot warm for a second week with 52,000 (-31%), as the Jonas Brothers’ “A Little Bit Longer” (Hollywood) stays put at No. 6 with 50,000 (-11%). Falling 3-7, the Game’s “LAX” (Geffen) experiences a 44% slip to 49,000. Lil Wayne’s Cash Money effort “Tha Carter III” ekes out a 2% sales increase and climbs 10-8 with 47,000.
L.L. Cool J earns his sixth consecutive top 10 debut as “Exit 13″ (Def Jam) enters at No. 9 with 44,000. The set’s single “Baby” featuring The-Dream has peaked at No. 52 thus far on the Hot 100. L.L.’s last release, 2006’s “Todd Smith,” bowed at No. 6 with 116,000.
The Decca soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!” rounds out the top tier of the chart, selling 41,000 (-27%) and slipping 7-10.
Eric Benet celebrates a career-high week on The Billboard 200 as “Love and Life” (Friday/Reprise) debuts at No. 11 with 40,000. His previous high-water mark came with 1999’s “A Day in the Life,” which debuted at No. 25 with 44,000.
Gym Class Heroes’ fourth album, “The Quilt” (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen), debuts at No. 14 with 32,000. First single “Cookie Jar,” also featuring the-Dream, has sold 126,000 downloads in 10 weeks of release. The band’s last set, 2006’s “As Cruel as School Children,” started at No. 93 with 10,000 but went on to peak at No. 35.
Late comedian Mitch Hedberg scores a No. 18 entry on The Billboard 200 with “Do You Believe In Gosh?,” shifting 27,000. The Comedy Central set also debuts at No. 1 on Top Comedy Albums — his first chart-topper there.
Starting right behind at No. 19 with 24,000 is Natalie Cole’s “Still Unforgettable” (Rhino), another album of interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Her last studio set, 2006’s “Leavin’,” topped out at No. 97.
Other debuts this week include Jenni Rivera’s “Jenni” (Fonovisa, No. 31, 16,000), R.K.M. Y Ken-Y’s “Royalty/La Realeza” (Pina/Machete, No. 32, 15,000), Joshua Radin’s “Simple Times” (Mom & Pop, No. 34, 14,000), Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s “All Rebel Rockers” (Anti-, No. 39, 12,000), Kardinal Offishall’s “Not 4 Sale” (Konlive/Geffen/Interscope, No. 40, 12,000) and Okkervil River’s “The Stand Ins” (Jagjaguwar, No. 42, 11,000).
At 6.84 million units, sales this week are up 1.3% from last week’s sum and down a whopping 25% from the same week last year.
Metallica’s Death Magnetic has easily been one of the most hyped CD’s of 2008. This album will certainly be a major conversation piece in the hard rock and heavy metal world. I can’t think of another album released this year that will receive an equal amount of love and hate.
The question most people have been wondering is if this disc surpasses Metallica’s last effort, the awful St. Anger.
The first time I saw the cover art, I thought it was pretty terrible. I still don’t think it is great, but the way the cover is cut does make it kind of cool, and if anything, unique. Thankfully, the music is better than the cover art! Death Magnetic is cram packed with music. This CD has over 70 minutes of music. The first two songs together clock in at 15 minutes in length by themselves.
Death Magnetic is not a detour from Metallica’s roots ala the Black and Load albums. There are a couple of instances, where the album slows down just enough, so fans of the Black/Load era Metallica will find something to sink their teeth into. In fact, on Death Magnetic, Metallica does a pretty good job blending the sound of all of their past albums (with the exception of St. Anger). The end result is a heavy album that I think most fans will be pleased with.
Death Magnetic starts off in heavy fashion with “That Was Just Your Life“. The music on this song is awesome, and easily one of the heaviest songs Metallica has done since their album, And Justice For All. I thought the vocals of James Hetfield were mixed a little too low on this song, but the music is so full of headbanging goodness that the mixing quickly becomes an after thought.
“The End of The Line” is another long heavy cut with a crazy amount of guitar solos by Kirk Hammett. If this song doesn’t ignite your inner head banger, your headphones must be broken.
Chances are you have already heard the first single off of Death Magnetic, “The Day That Never Comes“. I immediately took a liking to this song. I though it was a nice mix of the Black album, with a mix of Master of the Puppets thrashing guitar solos by Kirk Hammett.
“Suicide & Redemption” might be the heaviest and longest instrumental track that I have ever heard.
I didn’t care for the track “Cyanide” at first, but repeated plays has completely changed my mind. I like this track a lot now. Some other highlights for me are “Broken, Beat & Scarred”, and “The Judas Kiss”.
The Bottom line, Death Magnetic is a great return to form by Metallica. Yes, folks that is right Metallica still has it, and if you haven’t bought Death Magnetic, you should go get it!
You can buy Death Magnetic at this link!
1. That Was Just Your Life (7:08)
2. The End Of The Line (7:52)
3. Broken, Beat & Scarred (6:26)
4. The Day That Never Comes (7:56)
5. All Nightmare Long (7:58)
6. Cyanide (6:40)
7. The Unforgiven III (7:47)
8. The Judas Kiss (8:01)
9. Suicide & Redemption (9:58)
10. My Apocalypse (5:01)
James Hetfield – Vocals & Guitar
Kirk Hammett – Guitar
Lars Ulrich – Drums
Robert Trujillo – Bass
Today marks the official release of Metallica’s new album, Death Magnetic.
For many fans, the wait has been unbearable, since Death Magnetic is the band’s first studio album since 2003’s multi-platinum St. Anger. With over 90 million records sold over their 25 year career, Metallica proves they are more powerful than ever.
Head over to iTunes to purchase Death Magnetic, and don’t forget to sign up at MissionMetallica.com, for your chance to enter contests, and receive exclusive Metallica content.
Metallica has just released another song off of their upcoming record, Death Magnetic.
The new song; “The Judas Kiss” is the fourth, and final song to be made available before the album is released in its entirety this Friday.
Rounding out the preview of the album, “The Judas Kiss” joins “The Day That Never Comes”, “My Apocalypse”, and “Cyanide”, to give fans a full understanding of what Metallica has in store for them.
Go to their iTunes.com page to listen to clips, and purchase all four songs, but be sure to head back on Friday, Sept. 12th, to complete your copy of Death Magnetic.
Metallica’s “Death Magnetic,” the entire album, available for Guitar Hero too!
The simultaneous release of the album and “downloadable content” for your Guitar Hero game. Anytime after 2:00 AM PDT on Friday, September 12, you can get “Death Magnetic” for GHIII at the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for a cost of 1,440 Microsoft Points and in the Playstation store for PS3 at a cost of $17.99.
Each download contains two different versions of “Suicide & Redemption.” One version is James only solo, and the other is Kirk only solo. The download will be forward compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour when it comes out in October.
Check out Metallica’s new video, The Day That Never Comes below! It is 9 days until the release of Death Magnetic!
Metallica have just premiered the video for their single “The Day That Never Comes” on their MySpace page. The epic clip was directed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and filmed this past July in southern California. On working with the acclaimed filmmaker, Hetfield explained to MTV.com, “That’s the beauty, I think, of writing vague but powerful lyrics — that someone like a movie director can interpret it in his own way and obviously, someone creative is able to take the metaphors and apply them to whatever he needs in his own life.”
The band have also just unveiled another song from their upcoming album Death Magnetic. The hard-charging track, “Cyanide” is now available for sale on iTunes.
Want to hear a preview of all of the clips off of Metallica’s new album, Death Magnetic?
The youtube movie below, has previews of all ten songs from Death Magnetic. September 12th can’t get here soon enough!
Metallica have just released the first single off their upcoming album, Death Magnetic. The epic track is entitled “The Day That Never Comes” and it’s now available through iTunes. The band recently filmed a video for the track with Danish film director Thomas Vinterberg which will premiere soon. Check out the track which is now streaming on Metallica.com.
Click one of the links below to listen!!
The Day That Never Comes:
According to Billboard.com Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas’ Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.
Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year’s Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year.
This year’s one-off event did “fantastically well,” Sharon Osbourne tells Billboard.com. “The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that’s what they’re doing.”
In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goathore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, Destro and “battle of the bands” winners Debris and Black Tooth.
Going out as a free event in 2007 was “a great learning experience,” Osbourne says. “Everything you do should be a learning experience, unless you’re such an egomaniac you think everything you do is right, and we’re not. I’m glad that we did it. Te fans went away happy, but my God, it was probably one of the toughest things we’ve ever done. Who would think it was so tough to give something away free?”
Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. “Ozzfest ain’t going anywhere,” she says. “We do try and shake things up and experiment. We’re not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t.”
Meanwhile, 2008 has been a great year for Ozzy, Osbourne adds. “Ozzy had an unbelievable last record (‘Black Rain’), an unbelievable year touring and he’s in the studio right now recording,” she says. “We just signed a new deal with Sony for three more albums and we ain’t going nowhere.”
In addition to Affliction, this year’s Ozzfest sponsors included Jägermeister, Monster Energy Drink and ESP Guitars.
TOUR SHOCKER … METALLICA TO PLAY IN N. AMERICA!
Time for a different sort of vacation … one right here on our home turf!! Now that “Death Magnetic” is complete, we’re ready to start a proper indoor arena tour of the States and Canada and we can’t wait to visit all of our ‘Talli-fans here . . . it really has been too long (hey, what’s four years amongst friends?).
Met Clubbers and Mission Metallica Platinum members will have first crack at ‘em when tickets go on sale . . . dates, times and in general more on that later. But for now, we thought we would let you know where we’ll be for the next couple of months . . . here’s a complete list of cities and venues up through January 31, 2009!
Keep watching here for all ticket on sale dates and times . . . coming very soon. See you out there!
All October/November dates with Down and The Sword :
October 21 – Glendale, AZ Jobing Arena
October 23 – Albquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
October 25 – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
October 26 – Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
November 1 – Portland, OR Rose Quarter
November 3 – Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
November 4 – Denver, CO Pepsi Center
November 6 – Omaha, NE Qwest Center
November 8 – Moline, IL iWireless Center
November 9 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
November 17 – St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
November 18 – Tulsa, OK BOK Center
November 20 – Houston, TX Toyota Center
November 22 – Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
November 23 – New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
All December dates with Lamb of God and The Sword:
December 1 – Seattle, WA Key Arena
December 2 – Vancouver, BC GM Place
December 4 – Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
December 7 – Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
December 12 – Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
December 13 – Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
December 15 – San Diego, CA Cox Arena
December 17 – Los Angeles, CA The Forum
December 20 – Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
All January dates with Machine Head and The Sword:
January 12 – Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
January 13 – Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
January 15 – Washington, DC Verizon Center
January 17 – Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
January 18 – Boston, MA TD Banknorth Center
January 26 – Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
January 29 – Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
January 31 – Newark, NJ Prudential Center
METALLICA has officially set Friday, September 12 as the “worldwide” release date for its new album, “Death Magnetic”. Assuming that the band has yet to announce separate release dates for the different parts of the world (since physical CDs are virtually never released on the same day “worldwide”), the September 12 date in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (where albums are traditionally issued on Fridays) would indicate that the album would arrive in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 16, with most of continental Europe getting the CD one day earlier on September 15.
Tuesdays are when almost all CDs are issued in the U.S.
METALLICA’s new CD will be available to download for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the same day the album arrives in stores.
The band is offering the record for sale in numerous configurations, ranging from a digital-only release to a deluxe “coffin box” that will come with a bonus CD, a DVD, a T-shirt, guitar picks and other goodies.
“Death Magnetic” official track listing:
01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Broken, Beat & Scarred
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. All Nightmare Long
07. The Unforgiven III
08. The Judas Kiss
09. Suicide & Redemption
10. My Apocalypse
Courtesy of Blabbermouth
The cover artwork for METALLICA‘s new album, “Death Magnetic”, can be viewed above.
In an interview conducted yesterday (Wednesday, July 16) by VG TV at the opening show of the second leg of METALLICA‘s European summer tour in Bergen, Norway, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield stated about the new album title, “‘Death Magnetic’, at least the title, to me, it’s… It had something to do with… It started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley [ALICE IN CHAINS] and a lot of the people that have died, basically — rock and roll martyrs of sorts. And then it kind of grew from there. Thinking about death… some people are drawn towards it, and just like a magnet, some people are drawn towards it, [and] other people are afraid of it and push away. And the concept that we’re all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up; it’s the big white elephant in the living room. But we all have to deal with it at some point. So that’s kind of the subject matter.”
METALLICA has announced that every song “Death Magnetic” will be available to download for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the same date that the record arrives in stores, reports The Pulse of Radio. A post at the band’s official web site stated, “It’s a first in both music and gaming…The same day that ‘Death Magnetic’ hits the streets, you’ll be able to download every song from the album for Guitar Hero III! We are so psyched that we’ll be the first out of the gate with this simultaneous release…Who knows?! Maybe a few years from now this will be the norm when your favorite band’s new record comes out.”
The post added that “Death Magnetic” will also be available for the new World Tour edition of Guitar Hero, which is due out this fall.
Rumors of an all-METALLICA edition of Guitar Hero have been making the rounds recently, but the game’s publishers have not confirmed this.
“Death Magnetic” is due out in September and was produced by METALLICA and Rick Rubin.
A deluxe box set edition of the album will be available in the U.S. The coffin box package will contain one CD featuring the album, another containing demos, a behind-the-scenes DVD, an exclusive T-shirt, a METALLICA flag, a collection of guitar picks, codes for a special live download and a poster.
The coffin box will only be available through Metallica.com, MetClub.com, and MissionMetallica.com.
Several other editions of “Death Magnetic” will also be offered for sale through the Mission: Metallica site, including an all-digital version and a high-end edition featuring five vinyl LPs and a lithograph.
METALLICA‘s next U.S. date is the one-day Ozzfest on August 9 in Dallas, with a full North American tour slated to begin in October.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.
Metallica is offering hardcore fans a “coffin box” edition of its upcoming album, “Death Magnetic,” due in September via Warner Bros.
In addition to the album, the package will include a disc of demos, a behind-the-scenes DVD chronicling the making of “Death Magnetic,” a T-shirt, a flag, guitar picks and a poster.
Also featured is a Metallica credit card with a code redeemable for a download of a “special European show happening in September.” This edition is only available from the band’s Web site.
As previously reported, Metallica is offering a variety of insider perks to fans who join its Mission: Metallica club, including “fly on the wall” studio footage, contests, merchandise and downloads.
Source – Billboard.com
I started compiling the following list of New releases for 2008. This may not be a complete list, but so much great new music has arrived in 2008, so far, I though it would be a good idea to keep a running tab of what has come out, and what is on the way. The releases through August have been confirmed. Releases with a question mark have not been confirmed yet. This list will be updated as more news arrives.
Updated July 9, 2008
Drive By Truckers – Brigher Than Creation’s Dark
Airbourne – Running Wild (U.S. Release)
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free, Part 2
Ayreon – 01011001
American Speedway – Ship of Fools
Lillian Axe – Love and War (Reissue)
Lillian Axe – S/T (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Screwed Blued & Tattooed (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Powertool (Reissue)
Stonerider – Three Legs of Trouble
Thieves & Liars – When Dreams Become Reality
Tiles – Fly Paper
Saint Daemon – In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
DVD – Iron Maiden – Live After Death
DVD – Scorpions – Live at Wacken Open Air 2006
DVD – Overkill – Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
DVD – Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Three – End is Begun
Pillar – For the Love of the Game
Avantasia – The Scarecrow
UFO – Phenomenon (Reissue)
UFO – No Heavy Pettin (Reissue)
UFO – Force It (Reissue)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Red Version)
Hurricane – Over the Edge (Reissue)
Hurricane – Take What You Want (Reissue)
Hurricane – Slave To the Thrill (Reissue)
Hericane Alice – Tear the House Down (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Shake Your Soul (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Lights Out on The Playground (Reissue)
Wrathchild America – Climbing the Walls (Reissue)
Tangier – Four Winds (Reissue)
Tangier – Stranded (Reissue)
Danko Jones – Never Too Loud
King’s Call – No Alibi
Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
Inflikted – Cavalera Conspiracy
Saving Abel – S/T
Steve Stevens – Memory Crash
Firewind – The Premonition
DVD – Zebra
King Kobra – Ready to Strike (Reissue)
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime (Reissue)
Icon – Right Between the Eyes (Reissue)
Black Tide – Light From Above
House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (Reissue)
Shannon – Angel in Disguise
Whitecross – 1987
Black Crowes – Warpaint
Diamond Head – Borrowed Time (Reissue)
Diamond Head – Canterbury (Reissue)
Fatal Smile – World Domination
Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner
Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Dominici – 03 A Trilogy Part 3
Asia – Phoenix
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
The Sword – Gods of The Earth
Dream Theater – Greatest Hit (And 21 other pretty cool songs)
P.O.D. – When Angels and Serpents Dance
Sevendust – Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
In Flames – Sense of Purpose
Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
Ministry – Cover Up
DVD – Axel Rudi Pell – Live Over Europe
Keel – Lay Down the Law (Reissue)
White Lion – Return of the Pride
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Crimson Glory – S/T (Reissue)
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (Reissue)
Tantric – The End Begins
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV
Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
MSG – In the Midst of Beauty
3 Doors Down – S/T
Bombay Black – Psycho Magnet
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Kip Winger – From the Moon To the Sun
Eden – Oblivion
King’s X – XV
M.ILL.ION – Thrill Of The Chase
Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10 Years – Division
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning
Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (Reissue)
Gun Barrel – Outlaw invasion
Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Southern Gentleman – Valley of Fire
10 Years – Division
Glenn Hughes – First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Souls of We – Let The Truth Be Known (Featuring George Lynch and London LeGrand)
Disturbed – Indestructible
Bret Michaels – Rock My World
Man Raze – Surreal
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2 CD Set)
JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Flotsam & Jetsam – When The Storm Comes Down (Reissue)
Clusterhead – Times of No Trust
Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
Harem Scarem – Hope
Valient Thorr – Immortalizer
The Dogs Divine – Way of Life
Stephen Pearcy – Under My Skin
Tesla – Comin Atcha Live – DVD
Hydrogyn – Deadly Passions
Gypsy Rose – S/T (Featuring David Reece)
Harem Scarem – Hope
Ritchie Kotzen – Live in San Paolo
Silent Rage – Four Letter World
Night Ranger – Hole in the Sun
Jet Black Stare - In This Life
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc – Rev It Up and Go Go
Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider
Black Sabbath – The Rules of Hell CD Boxset
Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
Trapt – Only Through The Pain (Aug 5th)
The Showdown – Back Breaker
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Extreme – Saudades De Rock (Aug 15th)
Papa Roach – Metamorphisis
Evergrey – Torn
Bullet – Bite the Bullet
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Iced Earth – The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Starbreaker – Love’s Dying Wish
Metallica performs the Diamondhead classic, Am I Evil, Live in Seattle in 1989. Check it out!
“Iron Maiden are 10% cooler than every other band!” Lars Ulrich, Metallica.
Kerrang! team up with Metallica, Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold and more for an a world exclusive, all star Iron Maiden tribute album!
15 of Kerrang!’s favourite bands have come together to pay tribute to the planet’s greatest metal band – Iron Maiden!
Following on from our 2006 Kerrang! Remastered CD in honour of Metallica’s Master Of Puppets, this latest collection – Maiden Heaven – features bands covering tracks from Iron Maiden’s legendary career, and will be given away free in Kerrang! issue 1219 on sale July 16.
The CD includes world exclusive performances from Metallica, Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed And Cambria, Gallows and more!
Chatting exclusively to Kerrang!, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells the readers how much respect the Bay Area thrashers have for the Brit metal legends.
“Iron Maiden are 10% cooler than every other band,” says Ulrich. “From their relationship with their fans, to their album covers to their stages, to their live presentation, to their photos – whatever they did was always cooler than what everyone else did! I have always had an incredible amount of respect and admiration for them and obviously getting a chance to be part of this CD feels that that has come a full circle. We played Remember Tomorrow as it was basically the blueprint for songs like Fade To Black and Welcome Home (Sanitarium), and some of the more epic ballady type of songs that Metallica had done later. We had so much fun with this!”
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn is equally excited to be a part of this project.
“When I was a kid Iron Maiden were a very big deal to me and the influence they had on Machine Head has been huge,” he reveals. “We decided to cover Hallowed Be Thy Name for this CD because it’s just such a great song, in fact it’s a classic. I just love the way the vocal line goes up and down, so dramatic. If someone who’d never heard them wanted to know what Iron Maiden sounded like I’d point them in the direction of Hallowed Be Thy Name.”
Metal heroes Trivium are happy to admit their own brand of heavy tunes could never have existed without Maiden’s worldwide influence.
“Iron Maiden helped create what we know as heavy metal,” states frontman Matt Heafy. “Their influence can be heard on classic and contemporary bands alike; their fan base spans across the youngest and newest of heavy music recruits all the way to the diehard, life-long metal elite. We chose to play the track Iron Maiden, as the song that screamed out our love for them musically, and we knew it would be a really fun song to jam out in the studio. It was an honour to be able to play one of Iron Maiden’s tracks and have the opportunity to contribute to this amazing CD. We hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as we did making it!”
Meanwhile, Avenged Sevenfold – who have been picked to support Maiden at their upcoming Twickenham Stadium show on July 5 – say they are “honoured” to be part of this Kerrang! tribute. “Maiden are by far the best live band in the world and their music is timeless,” says vocalist M Shadows. “This also gives us a chance to expose this great song to some of our younger fans who maybe aren’t as familiar with Iron Maiden.”
UK hardcore punk rockers Gallows chose to contribute a version of Wrathchild to the collection.
“We’re actually all huge Maiden fans and while learning Wrathchild we discovered a new found respect for the band as musicians,” says guitarist Laurent Barnard. “Some of their riffs are pretty fast and Steve Harris has definitely earned his place as a bass legend! We’re so happy we were asked to be included!”
This Kerrang! Maiden Heaven CD’s arrival coincides with the band’s European leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour – and follows on from the release of their own collection Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 80-89.
“Maiden much appreciate and are very flattered by all the time spent on this by a lot of great bands,” says Iron Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood, “and would like to thank them, and also Kerrang!, for the honour. Thanks everyone!”
Pick up your copy of Kerrang! issue 1219 on sale July 16 for your own copy of Maiden Heaven.
MAIDEN HEAVEN tracklisting
Black Tide – Prowler
Metallica – Remember Tomorrow
Avenged Sevenfold – Flash Of The Blade
Glamour Of The Kill – 2 Minutes To Midnight
Coheed and Cambria – The Trooper
DevilDriver – Wasted Years
Sign – Run To The Hills
Dream Theater – To Tame A Land
Madina Lake – Caught Somewhere In Time
Gallows – Wrathchild
Fightstar – Fear Of The Dark
Machine Head – Hallowed Be Thy Name
Trivium – Iron Maiden
Year Long Disaster – Running Free
Ghostlines – Brave New World
METALLICA have have revealed the title of their new album – Death Magnetic.
Set for a September release on Warner Bros., Metallica’s still-untitled new album is their first since 2003’s St. Anger and their first with bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined in February of that year.
Death Magnetic is “a stunning, overdue return to the shock and rush of the band’s speed-metal monuments, 1984’s Ride The Lightning and 1986’s Master of Puppets,” according to Rolling Stone.
According to BW&BK sources, the album will be preceded by an eight-minute single which is being described as “a tour de force that features some of their fastest playing ever.” The record is being produced by Rick Rubin (SLAYER, RED HOT CHILI PEPERS) and mixed by Greg Fidelman.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
Metallica and their music needs no introduction to fans of Heavy Metal. Most of us have been rocking out to Metallica’s music since 1983
The brand new tribute to Metallica, Bite the Ivory, by Vitamin Records offers you the opportunity to hear just how incredible some of Metallica’s compositions are, without the heavy guitars, and crashing drums.
All twelve songs are performed on the Piano by the Russian born Sasha Ivanov.
Ivanov is a skilled piano player, and he treats Metallica’s music with the greatest of care. After listening to the songs in Piano form, it made me realize just how emotional these songs are. The complexities of each tune are made even more obvious when played on the Piano, and Ivanov is an extremely skilled pianist.
If you work in an office place where playing heavy metal music is out of the question, Bite The Ivory, might be the perfect way for you to get your musical fix. The songs are handled in a classy manner, and deserve multiple listens.
If you have an open mind, and want to explore, a new variation on some classic Metal tunes, check this disc out.
To preview some of the songs on this disc, check out this link at Vitamin Records.
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
3. Fade to Black
4. Hero of the Day
6. Mama said
7. Nothing Else Matters
10. Turn the Page
11. Bleeding Me
12. The Unforgiven
All songs produced, arranged and performed by Sasha Ivanov
at Xact Sound Productions
Fuse has announced that it will be broadcasting live Bonnaroo 2008 sets from
both Metallica and Mastodon. Metallica’s set can be seen this Saturday, June
14th at 10pm, while Mastodon’s set can be seen on Sunday, June 15th at 9pm only on Fuse. More information about Fuse’s Bonnaroo 2008 programming coverage can be found right here: http://www.fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo/
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed last night (May 14) during an intimate Los Angeles benefit concert that the band will follow the September release of its new, as-yet-untitled album with a tour in October.
“That was the first show of the tour,” announced Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who, along with his bandmates, shredded through a nearly two-hour set with such hits as “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Fuel,” “Master of Puppets,” “…And Justice for All,” “Enter Sandman,” and “Seek and Destroy,” at Los Angeles’ 2,300-capacity Wiltern Theatre.
The group didn’t reveal any new material during its lengthy set. Nevertheless, “it feels good to play live again,” singer/guitarist James Hetfield told a packed audience. “We haven’t played here in a long time.”
Last’s night concert was pulled together on short notice to help raise funds for the nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The organization was co-founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who joined Metallica onstage for “Fight Fire With Fire,” from the band’s 1984 album “Ride the Lightning.”
Money raised from the concert will go toward the Silverlake Conservatory of Music’s programs and operations, along with scholarships for low-income students who can’t afford instruments and music lessons.
Bill White, director of development at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, tells Billboard.com that the idea for the benefit concert came together during a board meeting when Flea offered to ask Metallica’s Ulrich if the band would be interested in doing a benefit show on the school’s behalf. As a result, “We’ll probably raise over $300,000 net on this,” White says. “It’s a gift from Metallica to the school.”
Tickets for the concert went on sale Sunday for $200 apiece, along with a limited amount of VIP tickets that ran $500. Along with its annual Hullabaloo fund-raiser, which last year featured Eddie Vedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music has plans to do more one-off benefit concerts in the future, according to White.
Meanwhile, Metallica will remain on the West Coast this weekend to play Tucson, Ariz.’s KFMA Day (today), KROQ-Los Angeles’ Weenie Roast (May 17), followed by Manchester, Tenn.’s Bonnaroo Music Festival (June 13). No other North American dates were announced at deadline, but the rock act also has a handful of concert and festival appearances in Europe slated for August.
Along with Metallica, last night’s benefit concert featured rock act Scars On Broadway, the new band from System Of A Down guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. As previously reported, Scars on Broadway’s as-yet-untitled debut album is slated for a late summer release.
Here is the set list of last night’s Metallica concert:
“The Ecstasy of Gold”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“…And Justice For All”
“Sad But True”
“Master of Puppets”
“Last Caress/Green Hell” (Misfits cover)
“Fight Fire with Fire”
“Seek and Destroy”
Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Sevendust and Shadows Fall, among others, are scheduled to appear at this year’s one-off Ozzfest, to be held Aug. 9 at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas.
Other main stage acts on the bill are Cavalera Conspiracy, Apocalyptica, In This Moment and an all-star tribute to late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts are Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis will handle duties on the third stage.
“We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now — we have gone past doing the sheds every summer,” says Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, who is producing Ozzfest with AEG Live. “We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving Ozzfest. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for Ozzfest.”
Ozzfest will be Osbourne’s only concert performance this summer. Tickets for the one-day festival will go on sale May 31 via Ozzfest.com; prices have not yet been announced.
Last year, the Osbournes created a stir when they revealed the Live Nation-produced Ozzfest would be a sponsor-driven, free event, and acts would be asked to play without being paid. The 25-date amphitheater tour featured such artists as Lamb Of God, Hatebreed and Lordi, among others
Courtesy of Billboard.com
As the September release of its first album in five years draws near, Metallica has launched the Web site “Mission: Metallica” to offer fans a wealth of exclusive content and teasers of new songs.
A preview clip shows the band recording and clowning around in the studio. Fans who sign up will be eligible to “win backstage passes to every show this summer,” among other special offers.
“Mission: Metallica” also has a “platinum” level, entitling fans to a copy of the new album delivered on street date, weekly “fly on the wall” video clips, contests to travel to shows and/or Metallica’s San Francisco compound, live show downloads, ringtones and more.
It is unclear what, if anything, the services will cost.
Metallica will be on the road this summer in advance of the as-yet-untitled album, beginning Wednesday (May 14) with a show at Los Angeles’ intimate Wiltern Theatre. A European run begins May 28 in Chorzow, Poland.
Courtesy of Billboard.com