Legendary California-based ARMORED SAINT have issued the following update:
“Due to the nature of vague speculation albeit created by your authors here, Armored Saint are officially announcing that they’ve begun writing new songs for a new record due in 2009.
The band line-up is as it was on 2000’s Revelation and 1992’s Symbol of Salvation: John Bush (vocals), Jeff Duncan (guitars), Phil Sandoval (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Gonzo (drums).
The band has written close to 12 songs as of now and are ready to enter the recording studio in the next month or so.
Some working titles include: ‘Loose Cannon’, ‘Chilled’, ‘La Raza’ and ‘Black Feet’.
The band plans on entering the studio with bassist Joey Vera handling the engineering and producing duties.
Saint will be headlining one show in Los Angeles at the Key Club on March 6th 2009. Aside from the co-headline tour in Australia in March with DEATH ANEL and the headlining of the Keep it True Festival in Germany in April, the band has no further shows booked at this time. There are a few festivals in Europe during summer being looked at for booking but no confirmations as of yet.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
Today is the 4th Anniversary of the death of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. I still remember hearing about his murder on the evening news. Not only was I stunned that this happened during a club show but it was also one that I had been to in the past. I was a fan of Darrell’s while he was in Pantera. He helped make some amazing music during the Pantera years, and the heavy metal community lost one hell of an awesome guitar player.
If you have stories about “Dimebag”, feel free to share them in the comments.
Rest in Peace Darrell. You are missed!
The songs below are how I remember Dimebag best.
Pantera – Cowboy’s From Hell
Pantera – Walk
Pantera – Cemetary Gates
Pantera – This Love
TonesOfDeath.com BRINGS METAL RINGTONES TO HEADBANGERS EVERYWHERE!
Today marks the official launch of TonesOfDeath.com, your destination for metal and hard rock ringtones. Because metal ringtones have been hard to come by in the past, most fans have been forced to give up their search. Now, with TonesOfDeath.com, you are able to find the latest in metal and hard rock tones as well as tour information, video premieres and the most up-to-date metal news. Getting all of this is easy—just visit TonesOfDeath.com. Everything is available immediately and tones are delivered directly to your phone in one easy step.
“Finally there’s a site that’s fully dedicated to metal ringtones!,” says Behemoth frontman Nergal. “I’m more than sure this is the place you will find ring tones of your EVERY favorite band. I’m looking forward to get you more Behemoth on this site too! Keep it alive! Horns up!”
TonesOfDeath.com launches with hundreds of ringtones and new content will be added weekly. The site features tones and content from dozens of labels including Metal Blade, Facedown, The End, Ibex Moon, Southern Lord, Translation Loss, and Megaforce, and metal acts such as Unearth, Motley Crue, Lamb of God, and War of Ages.
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Halloween is a time of ghouls, ghosts, and SCREAMING SKULLS!!! With All Hallow’s Eve right around the corner Quarterstick shredders Dead Child decided the timing was right to release a new single from their recent album Attack.
The appropriately titled “Screaming Skull” is available for free download by clicking the link below!
In addition to releasing a new track, Dead Child guitarist David Pajo
has put together what we believe to be one of the finest Halloween Metal
mixes ever for iMeem.com. Pajo explains, “Here are thirteen songs I’d
play at any Halloween party to wake up the devil for a few drinks. It’s
a fairly narrow (or wide) range of metal, depending on your politics.”
Not only are there some killer tunes to be found here, but DP also adds
some valuable insight into his own selection philosophy with a running
commentary intro for each track. This is definitely worth checking out,
and you can do so right here.
The playlist includes tracks from Asunder, Ghoul, Darkthrone, Krallice,
Bloodbath, Autopsy, Kataklysm, Carcass, Coroner, Dead Child, Cannibal
Corpse, Toxic Holocaust, and Skeletonwitch.
“UNHOLY ALLIANCE TOUR, CHAPTER III” LAUNCHES ITS FIRST 2008 ASSAULT WITH METAL HAMMER SPONSORED UK DATES
BILL FEATURES SLAYER, TRIVIUM, MASTODON
The UK leg of the mighty “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III” kicks off in Manchester, England on October 27. This third instalment of what has been hailed as “the heaviest, darkest tour of the year,” the “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III” will feature Slayer, the undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, and two true princes of the genre, Trivium and Mastodon. An opening act will be announced shortly. While Slayer will close all of the shows, they will be co-billed with Trivium on the UK dates.
27 Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England
28 Wolverhampton Civic Birmingham, England
30 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
31 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
2nd CIA, Cardiff
3rd Academy, Glasgow
The Unholy Alliance tour first launched in Fall, 2004 with a European edition that featured Slipknot, Slayer, Mastodon and Hatebreed. The venture was so successful, the first North American trek, dubbed “The Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter II: Preaching to The Perverted,” kicked off in Summer, 2006 with Slayer, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed stomping and screaming its way to 30 U.S. and Canadian cities. The European run of “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter II” took place in Fall, 2006, featuring Slayer, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, and Thing Eyes Bleed.
A journalist once wrote of Slayer, “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to Slayer.” Indeed, in the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier, faster and darker than the rest, Slayer set the new standard which all others continue to follow. Slayer is the band that all other heavy acts are measured against, defining not only a genre but an attitude. For more than two-and-a-half decades, Slayer’s onslaught of sheer brutality has proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. Entire countries have banned their music, NARAS has graced them with two Grammy Awards. Slayer is currently writing material for a new album, release date to be determined.
Orlando, FL heavy metallers TRIVIUM are delighted to be co-headlining with SLAYER on the UK leg of this year’s colossal UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour. Having performed over 600 shows in the last 36 months alone, Trivium are no strangers to the stage and life on the road. Last year, the worldwide million-selling band toured extensively with Machine Head, co-headlining the impressive Black Crusade tour, as well as finding time to play shows with the legendary Iron Maiden amongst others. Since then, they have been hard at work on their next studio album for Roadrunner Records, due for release on September 29, 2008.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Mastodon have been critically acclaimed by almost every publication in the US and Europe. Their Grammy nominated album, Blood Mountain, the group’s third release, isn’t just unconventional, it’s surreal, progressive and unrepentantly heavy. Mastodon combined their favorite musical styles, including thrash, doom, prog and psychedelic metal to concoct something utterly original, undeniably devastating and irrefutably entrancing. They are currently in the studio with producer Brendan O’Brien recording their follow up to “Blood Mountain.”
Mastodon will also be returning to the UK in December to take part in The Nightmare Before Christmas at All Tomorrows Parties which is curated by Faith No More / Fantomas frontman Mike Patton and legendary rockers The Melvins. 6th and 7th December – Somerset, All Tomorrows Parties.
UK Tickets available from: http://www.seeticketcom, http://www.ticketline.com, http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk, http://www.stargreen.co.uk, http://www.gigantic.com, and http://www.lastminute.com as well as all venue box offices.
Static-X released their first full-length DVD, titled Cannibal Killers Live. This live show features hits such as “The Enemy,” “Bled for Days,” and hit-single, “Push It.” A complete video history will also be included in the special package, with every video Static-X has ever made, along with an audio CD of the concert (track listing below).
The band has just released their performance of “Push It” taken from the DVD here:
Cannibal Killers Live is out now on Reprise Records
3. Sh** In A Bag
4. I’m With Stupid
5. Bled For Days
6. No Submission
8. Destroy All
10. Black And White
12. The Enemy
13. The Trance Is The Motion
14. This Is Not
15. Love Dump
16. Push It
17. Get To The Gone
German metal band, Unrest is celebrating their 20th Anniversary by giving you their new live album, “Back To Rock Live” as a free download. What is the catch? Nothing! Just download and enjoy this free album!
New Album Virus From Randy Piper’s Animal Really Gets Under Your Skin
When Locomotive Records spreads the Virus from Randy Piper’s Animal on October 21, it will be a clear case of musical infection, with symptoms including repetitive spins, severe neck trauma (from the massive amounts of headbanging), and blown eardrums, from blasting this one to eleven!
According to guitarist Randy Piper (ex-W.A.S.P), Virus, produced by guitarist Chris Laney, will “smoke your ass.” Recorded at Platform Studio and the legendary Polar Music Studios (where such acts as Led Zeppelin, ABBA and Genesis made some of their greatest albums), it is both more aggressive and more melodic than the debut. Lyrically, its real-life issues will keep the listener enthralled with thought-provoking conundrums of daily life. Several songs, in fact, deal with being unable to change a lifestyle that you know will kill you in the end, be it dangerous habits (“Can’t Stop” and “Unnatural High”) or working yourself to death (“Cardiac Arrest”). There’s also a cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries.
This Animal was born in Scandinavia in 2007 as a Violent New Breed. It proved to be a rousing debut. By the time of its set at the prestigious Sweden Rocks Festival, Piper, Laney, vocalist Rich Lewis, bassist Nalle “Grizzly” Pahlsson and drummer Johan Koleberg had proved to over 100,000 that they’re the real deal.
1. Cardiac Arrest
2. Can’t Stop
3. Don’t Wanna Die
4. Crying Eagle
5. Unnatural High
6. Judgment Day
7. Who’s Next
9. Shoot To Kill
Rock author Joel McIver’s twelfth book, “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists”, will be published globally in January 2009 by Jawbone Press, the world’s leading publisher of guitar titles. Featuring a foreword by Glen Benton of Deicide, the book takes the reader in reverse order from No. 100 to No. 1, the greatest metal guitarist of all time. McIver, a regular contributor to Total Guitar magazine, the biggest guitar mag in Europe, based his selection on the technical ability and historical significance of each player and adds that all generations of metal are covered in the book, with the oldest guitarist aged 61 and the youngest a mere 26.
McIver says, “The idea for this book came to me a couple of years ago after I read a list of the supposed 100 best metal guitarists of all time in a popular guitar magazine that should really know better. The list contained all these non-metal guitarists like Neil Young and Kurt Cobain, so I thought, ‘Screw this!’ and wrote my own list, which became an 80,000-word book. The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists features musicians from heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal, power metal, doom metal and grindcore bands and that’s it!”
Surprise! Metal Church has a new album out, it’s scary to think that a legendary band like Metal Church would release a new album and there be no press on it. I have all eight of the other Metal Church albums and found out about “This Present Wasteland” looking through the new release section of a very non-metal website. As soon as I found out when it was being released I went straight to my favorite record store, known to many as Amazon and ordered it.
Metal Church has always been a strange band for the fact that they are hard to classify. Are they thrash or power, I think the answer is a little of both, especially with Ronny Munroe as the vocalist, if you haven’t heard him sing think of him as a cross between Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Biff Byford (Saxon). This is Munroe’s third album with the band and I still can’t get used to his voice, maybe I am just a die hard David Wayne (R.I.P.) fan.
The musicianship on “Wasteland” is excellent Kurdt Vanderhoof shreds as he always has and guitarist Rick Van Zandt, bassist Steve Unger, and drummer Jeff Plate round out the ’08 version and are all very tight. Jeff Plate is a monster behind the drum kit. Without a doubt the songs are there, but once again it goes back to the vocals and the fact that I just can’t get into Munroe’s vocal style.
“Breathe Again” starts everything off and probably is the best track on the album but it reminds me more of Iron Maiden than Metal Church. “Crawling To Extinction” is where Jeff Plate gets to shine but in all actuality he shines throughout the whole CD. “Deeds of a Dead Soul” kind of reminds of Metallica in the way it is almost nine minutes long but also the solo is very reminiscent of Kirk Hammett.
If you haven’t heard Metal Church before or only the three albums Ronny Munroe has sang on “This Present Wasteland” may appeal to you but if you are a fan of David Wayne or Mike Howe it may leave you wishing for a little more.
- In The Company Of Sorrow
- Perfect Crime
- Deeds Of A Dead Soul
- Meet Your Maker
- Crawling to Extinction
- War Never Won
- Mass Hysteria
- Breathe Again
Metal Church is:
Ronny Munroe – Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof – Guitars
Rick Van Zandt – Guitars
Steve Unger – Bass
Jeff Plate – Drums
Dean Guitars is proud to announce that guitarist extraordinaire, Michael Amott, of Arch Enemy and Carcass has signed on with Dean Guitars. Dean CEO, Elliott Rubinson states “I have been a fan of Michael for some time and we are extremely excited that he has decided to make Dean Guitars his home. Michael Amott is a very well respected guitarist worldwide and we look forward to working very closely with him to design his dream guitar.”
“I contacted Dean Guitars,” said Amott. “as I was looking for the right guitar company and I knew that if people like Michael Schenker, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag and Leslie West have made Dean their home that I needed to check it out. They sent me two V’s to check out and I immediately fell in love with them. I am sure my new signature guitar will meet all of my demands as well as the needs of my fans around the globe.”
Amott is currently doing a Carcass reunion world tour and will be back touring with Arch Enemy again in December. For more information, visit www.deanguitars.com
Back in the day when MTV used to play music videos, one video and song that would not get out of my head was “Balls To The Wall” by Accept. This song and video was a staple on the Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, and was a favorite of mine.
I finally got around to replacing my cassette tape with the remastered CD of Accept’s 1984 metal classic, “Balls To the Wall”. The remastered version was released in 2001and as a bonus, a couple of extra live cuts that were recorded in Japan in 1985 were added to the CD.
“Balls To The Wall” may be the song that everyone knows on this disc, but it isn’t the only good song on this CD by any means.
“London Leatherboys” may not be an instant classic, and does sound a little dated in 2008, but I still like it. “Fight It Back” is the type of stadium anthem that will have you throwing your fists in the air, and banging your head instantly.
“Head Over Heels” has a distinct hair metal sound to it, but is pretty good. I think the live version on this disc is even better than the original. I love the guitar solos on this song.
“Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had” is a mid tempo rocker that sounds like it could have been on a Motley Crue album. The 80’s metal influence on Accept is pretty obvious on this song. Listen to the bass rhythm on this song. It is very Nikki Sixx like. As a whole it is a very cool tune.
“Love Child” is another fist pumping, head banger with more excellent guitar work by Frank and Hoffmann.
“Turn Me On” reminds me a lot of mid 80’s Judas Priest. This is a really cool rocking tune that should have gotten more airplay.
Udo Dirkschneider’s vocals are so abrasive on the anthem, “Losers and Winners” it almost sounds like he is going to shred his vocals chords. (Some may say this is how he always sounds.) Either way it works. This is a killer tune.
“Balls To The Wall” is another enjoyable album by Accept. It is their most successful album to date, but I don’t think it is their absolute best. The more I listen to “Balls to the Wall”, the more I think that the over all sound on this record falls somewhere between the Scorpions and Judas Priest. The song writing might be a little suspect on this disc, but Udo’s distinct vocals push it over the top. Most metal heads will like it, and ought to pick it up.
1. Balls To The Wall
2. London Leatherboys
3. Fight It Back
4. Head Over Heels
5. Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had
6. Love Child
7. Turn Me On
8. Losers and Winners
9. Guardian Of The Night
11. Head Over Heels (Live)
12. Love Child (Live)
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Herman Frank – Guitars
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums
One of the worlds most popular and influential Heavy Metal bands – Judas Priest are set to rock the UK to it’s very core when they bring their ‘Priest Feast’ tour to play 7 arena dates in February 2009 with support from special guests – Thrash Metal veterans Megadeth and Testament.
Since 1974, Judas Priest has been one of heavy metal’s most successful bands, issuing such all-time classic albums as 1980’s ‘British Steel,’ 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ and 1990’s ‘Painkiller,’ and such arena-rocking anthems as “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” However, Priest’s influence goes far beyond their music – they were the first metal band to embrace the ‘leather biker look,’ a fashion that has since become synonymous with the musical genre. Additionally, Halford’s powerful four-and-a-half octave vocal range and the twin guitar harmonies of Downing and Tipton have been ‘studied’ by countless metal bands in Priest’s wake.
Think ‘Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve concept album,’ and some of rock’s all-time classic recordings come to mind. But in the realm of heavy metal, there has never been a double vinyl (now disc!) concept album that has managed to balance a thought-provoking storyline with metallic thunder. That was, until now. Metal legends JUDAS PRIEST released their sprawling double disc concept album, ‘Nostradamus’ via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16th in the UK/Europe, and a day later in the US on Epic Records.
As one of the most commercially successful heavy metal bands of all time, Megadeth have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including six consecutive platinum albums, with seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. Megadeth has remained a vital element in continuing to define and redefine the sound and the fury of metal music and with each new album, forges new ground and stretches the very boundaries where metal lives.
Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980’s. Undoubtedly, they are the inventors of the thrash-metal wheel. Testament’s powerful sound, influence, and longevity make them one of the Top 5 All-Time Legendary Thrash Metal Bands, putting them in the company of Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax. They re-formed with the original line up (vocalist ChuckBilly, guitarists Eric Peterson & Alex Skolnick, and bassist Greg Christian – along with friend and former member, Paul Bostaph) to record their 9th studio album – their first in nearly a decade entitled ‘Formation of Damnation’ (released April this year) which also won them ‘Best Album’ at the Metal Hammer ‘Golden Gods’ Awards this summer.
Having the opportunity to see 3 such important and influential bands within the world of Metal on the same bill is cause for excitement. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to witness Metal history in the making and ensure you are part of Priest Feast 2009.
With Special Guests Megadeth and Testament
Friday 13 Sheffield Arena
Saturday 14 Birmingham LG Arena
Monday 16 Glasgow SECC Hall 4
Tuesday 17 Manchester Arena
Wednesday 18 Nottingham Arena
Friday 20 Cardiff Arena
Saturday 21 Wembley Arena
Tickets are priced at £37.50 (subject to booking fee) and are available from 0844 576 5483 or buy online at www.livenation.co.uk
Cold Blooded Demon blasts out of its heavy metal cannon with the cool anthem “Head My Way“. This heavy rocker was a pretty good way to start off this disc. This tune immediately grabbed my attention, and left me wanting more.
“She’s My Drug” (see the video below) keeps the pace going well. This song has a cool sleazy bass line that really drives this tune.
The bass line on “Lie To Love Me” reminds me of Alice in Chains somewhat. This anthem seems to get better with every listen.
I love the Metallica influence that creeps its way into the song, “Finally“. On the title track “Cold Blooded Demon” I felt that the mixing on this song was a little off. The song is pretty good, but the bass and drums are mixed a little too loud, and it overpowers the vocals of Nathan Yetter. The guitar solos on this song rip!
“Such A Disease” is another cool track that sounds like it could have been a left over tune by Alice in Chains.
Cold Blooded Demon shows a ton of potential for Revmatic. Revmatic does a good job at blending 80’s metal and some 90’s grunge on this CD. Cold Blooded Demon is another nice surprise in 2008.
If a record label gives these guys a break, they could be the next big act to hit the scene. You can preview clips and order your own copy of Cold Blooded Demon at CDBaby.com. For more information on Revmatic, check them out on myspace.
Rating: Out of 10
Nathan Yetter – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Jay Hopkins – Guitar and Backup Vocals
Rob Baker – Drums
Keith Daigle – Bass Guitar and Backup Vocals
Pop Evil, the five-piece rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan who have just released their debut CD Lipstick on the Mirror on Pazzo/Jar’d Star/Fontana/Universal and single, “Hero” on a cross-section of active rock and alternative radio stations across the country, have been questioned in the alleged assault of their attorney.
Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals), Dylan Allison (drums), Dave Grahs (guitar), Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass) are shown on camera at a Grand Rapids nightclub identified as The Whiskey Lounge, where the band is rehearsing for their upcoming fall tour with the rock band, Tesla.
That same footage shows an attack on Pop Evil attorney, Jay Kakaty. Also identified on tape are members of the band’s road crew and friends, as well as a gentleman identified as Don Pazzo, allegedly with ties to both the Pop Evil management team and an unnamed organization based overseas.
The tape was posted on the Internet late Tuesday (16) night, traced back to the computer of one Jason Honeycutt, a video director known for his work with such artists as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige.
No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.
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.
Following the successful 2007 release of the coveted 4-CD+DVD Warchest box set, Megadeth is back with a vengeance with Anthology: Set The World Afire. The career-spanning 2-CD and digital collection, to be released September 30 by Capitol/EMI, features Megadeth’s top hits and fan favorites, a previously unreleased demo and two rare concert recordings.
Anthology: Set The World Afire is loaded with 35 electrifying tracks, among them Megadeth’s top hits, including “Trust,” “A Tout Le Monde,” “Insomnia” and “Train of Consequences.” Also included are rare 1992 concert recordings of “Peace Sells” and “Symphony of Destruction,” previously available only in limited release, the latter having never been released in the U.S. “High Speed Dirt” is a demo version, previously unreleased.
Iconic frontman Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful metal band, Megadeth after his departure from Metallica. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combined the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that built a rabid worldwide following.
In 1992, Megadeth burst into the mainstream with their fifth album, Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and went on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. 1994’s Youthanasia followed with a #4 debut, while 1997’s Cryptic Writings yielded four Top 20 hits at rock radio, including “Trust” and “Almost Honest.”
After a brief hiatus in 2002, Megadeth made a bold return when their tenth studio album, The System Has Failed, debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200.
In recent years, Mustaine has also overseen the broad remastering campaign for Megadeth’s Capitol Records catalog, which began with the band’s second album, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? Mustaine spent months remixing, remastering, restoring – and in some cases, reconstructing – the band’s Capitol catalog to bring it as close to his original vision as possible. Each reissue and last year’s career-spanning Warchest box set is packed with unreleased tracks, demos and alternate mixes, as well as new liner notes by the iconoclastic Mustaine.
For the majority of three decades, Megadeth has yanked heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally – and worked the raw soil into something desirable and dangerous. With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with seven Grammy nominations and five platinum and multi-platinum albums.
On September 30, Megadeth will continue to build on this powerful legacy with Anthology: Set The World Afire and will prove once again that they are an indispensable part of heavy metal history.
For more information regarding Megadeth’s latest pursuits, please visit the band’s official Website: http://www.megadeth.com.
MEGADETH: Anthology: Set The World Afire (2-CD, Digital Album) Track Listing:
Disc 1 Disc 2
1. Mechanix 1. Skin O’ My Teeth
2. Rattlehead 2. Ashes In Your Mouth
3. Peace Sells 3. Breakpoint
4. Wake Up Dead 4. Angry Again
5. Devils Island 5. Train of Consequences
6. Anarchy in the U.K. 6. Reckoning Day
7. Set The World Afire 7. A Tout Le Monde
8. Into The Lungs Of Hell 8. The Killing Road
9. In My Darkest Hour 9. New World Order
10. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due 10. Trust
11. Tornado of Souls 11. She-Wolf
12. Hangar 18 12. Insomnia
13. Take No Prisoners 13. Prince of Darkness
14. Go To Hell 14. Kill The King
15. Sweating Bullets 15. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
16. Crown of Worms 16. Foreclosure of a Dream
17. High Speed Dirt [Demo]* 17. Symphony of Destruction (live, Cow Palace, 1992)**
18. Peace Sells (live, Cow Palace, 1992)
**Previously unreleased in the U.S.
TESTAMENT is pleased to announce a string of headlining dates this October with Louisiana metallers Soilent Green. The tour includes TESTAMENT’s appearance at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9 in New York City, where they will be direct support to headliners Children of Bodom; also special guests, The Black Dahlia Murder and Between The Buried and Me.
Guitarist Eric Peterson checked in to discuss the Metal Masters tour and the band’s upcoming US headlining dates: “We just finished the Metal Masters tour, and it was a great tour to be on. Unfortunately, it went by too quick. We got to know everyone towards the end, and it started to feel like family. It’s too bad it had to end so soon, especially after getting to know everyone. Hopefully, the Metal Masters will continue next year in Europe.
“In the meantime, we’re heading to Japan and Australia. The last time we played there in ’06, we promised our fans we’d have a new record out the next time we came around. We kept our promise and we’re excited to get back there and play it for them.
“Once we get back, we’ll be headlining some east coast shows, including a one-off with Children of Bodom at the infamous Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. We’ll have full production, so we’re excited to put on our whole show. This tour is going to focus on secondary markets, so we don’t spoil anything for next year. We plan on having a big year and putting a big package together, wink wink.”
Having just wrapped up the biggest tour of the summer – Metal Masters with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, and Motorhead – TESTAMENT has been touring to support their phenomenal new release, The Formation of Damnation. The album hit streets April 29 on Nuclear Blast Records and debuted at 59 on the Billboard 200. TESTAMENT has been in the top 3 on Sirius’ Hard Attack since March and were 1 on national metal radio for 12 weeks. The band recently won “Album of the Year” at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for The Formation of Damnation.
9/25 – Brisbane, Australia – The Arena
9/26 – Melbourne, Australia – The HiFi
9/27 – Sydney, Australia – The Metro
11/09 – Christchurch, New Zealand – AMI Stadium – Southern Amp 2008
Testament headlining w/ Soilent Green:
10/1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
10/4 – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
10/5 – State College, PA – Lulu’s
10/7 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
10/8 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Café
10/9 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom (w/ Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder, Between The Buried And Me)
10/10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Testament in Mexico (venues TBA):
10/27 – Monterey, Mexico
10/29 – Guadalajara, Mexico
10/30 – Puebla, Mexico
10/31 – Mexico City, Mexico
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
On November 22nd in Helsinki, Finland Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society will return triumphantly to Scandinavia and Europe to wreak havoc on a 10-city tour that culminates with a headlining appearance at the Metal Hammer Hard Rock Hellfire festival on December 6.
Intermixed with the tour dates will be a UK Zakk Wylde personal appearance that will be announced shortly.
11/22 Helsinki- House of Culture
11/23 Tempere- Pakkahuone
11/25 Stockholm- Berns
11/26 Oslo- Sentrum
11/28 Copenhagen- Amager Bio
11/29 Eindhoven- Speedfest
12/1 Milan- Alcatraz
12/2 Zurich- Rohstofflager
12/3 Cologne- Live Music Hall
12/06 North Wales – Metal Hammer’s Hard Rock Hellfire Festival – Prestatyn
Succubi’s are defined as demons who take the form of beautiful women, in order to seduce men. If the band Black Succubi are demons, they have taken form as metal heads who will tear your world apart with heavy guitar riffs, powerful vocals and hard crashing rhythms.
When I first read about this Scandinavian metal act, I knew they could be something special, but I had no idea they would be this good.
Not only is Black Succubi’s new disc a great new metal album, it will compete with Testament’s The Formation of Damnation for best of 2008. On this CD, I hear heavy riffs that remind me of Pantera, Halford and Black Label Society. I love all of those bands so I found this album very much to my liking.
Jan Lundstrom is one of the best new metal singers that I have heard in a long time. When you hear the combined guitar might of Thomas Pedersen, and Michael Larsen, you will think you have died and gone to metal heaven. Black Succubi has some great guest appearances on this record as well. Mercyful Fate’s Hank Shermann adds a guitar solo on the tune “Cry For Your Brother”, and Iron Fire’s Kirk Bacharach on the song “Psychotic Meltdown”.
Bottom line, this album is heavy as hell, and absolutely killer. No metal fan should be without this!
Go to the Black Succubi myspace page to preview some of the music on this album. For more information on the band, check out their website at this link. You can buy this album from iTunes and Prefueled. Go get it! You will be glad you did!
01. Troubled Times
02. Dark Side
03. Into Oblivion
04. Blood And Flames
05. You Cant Run Away
06. Psychotic Meltdown
07. Feel It Coming
08. Cry For Your Brother
10. Time To Get Even
Black Succubi is:
Jan Lundstrøm: vocals
Thomas “Pede” Pedersen – guitars, growl
Jens B. – drums
Jesper Brogaard – bass, backing vocals
Michael Larsen – guitars, backing vocals
Additional backing vocals by Rachelle Ramm
Guitar solo by Kirk Backarach (IronFire)
Guitar solo by Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, Force of Evil)
With the release of Nightmare Revisited, 20 recordings and covers of the music, mayhem, and merriment from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; Walt Disney Records has just released an interactive widget for the upcoming release, allowing listeners to hear clips of the entire soundtrack. Adding a new tantalizing twist to Nightmare favorites, Nightmare Revisited boasts an eclectic array of unreleased music from today’s artists, including Korn, Marilyn Manson, and Flyleaf.
Go here to get ringtones, download buddy icons, and hear clips of each song.
Click here to go to the Nightmare Revisited widget.
The new Squealer album “The Circle Shuts” will be released on September, 12, 2008. The first press reactions are more than promising, and the band impressed with a great live performance on their album release party last weekend. Those, who like to check out the new material live, are invited to join the “Metalfest 2008” which will take place in Friedewald (Germany) on October, 25, 2008.
Here is the tracklist of “The Circle Shuts”:
The Sources Of Ignition
Mask Of The Betrayer
Martyrs Of The Half Moon
I Came For You
The Circle Shuts
Limited Edition Bonus Tracks:
The Loss Of Independence
Bereft Of Senses
I Will Fight
Bonus Tracks taken from the first Squealer album “Human Traces” (recorded and mixed in May, 1989, by Kalle Trapp; remastered in July, 2008, by Mika Jussila and Minerva Pappi)