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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Mastodon has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new full-length album:
"Mastodon has been busy jamming everyday writing and arranging the next studio album. We have quite a few songs and ideas that are taking some time to nail down what we think will make it to the next full length. There will be no more touring this year, we will hit the studio in November to hopefully finish by the end of year."
This coming album will follow previous full-length "The Hunter" (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Jägermeister has been a proud sponsor of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival since its inception and this year is no different.
This year the festival stage is being headlined by Machine Head, a legendary JagerWorld experience, The Metal of Honor Award, the brand’s first-ever Guitar Shred-Meister competition, Celebrity Chef signings, and daily artist signings for those of legal drinking age.
Chef Chris Santos will join the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for the remainder of the summer, where he will be taking part in signings at the Jägermeister booth, co-hosting the Shred-Meister competition, cooking Jägermeister-infused recipes at the official after-parties and for artists, and whipping up private meals for the headlining artists.
“I'm beyond excited to be joining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on behalf of Jagermeister and to spread the word about the Jägermeister 'Charred' BBQ Contest happening this summer,” states Santos. “I'll be doing signings daily and roaming the festival all day so if you see me grab me and say hello and we'll chat about Jäger or hit the pit!”
The chef's appearances are all a part of the “Charred, Earn your Place at the Pit” BBQ Competition, a search for the best grill recipes incorporating Jägermeister. The challenge, which kicked off in June, is divided into three categories: Cow, Bird, and Hog, from which Santos selects one winner per category. More...
Roadrunner Records is currently offering a 10 track digital sampler album as a free download. You can get the tracks over at Amazon.co.uk here. The track listing is:
1. Absolute Zero Stone Sour
2. Black Tongue Mastodon
3. Bruane Brenn Kvelertak
4. Witchtripper Down
5. Live It Up Airbourne
6. Anastasia Slash
7. White Trash Millionaire Black Stone Cherry
8. In Due Time Killswitch Engage
9. Ghost Walking Lamb Of God
10. Chaos Lives In Everything (feat. Skrillex) Korn More...
Mastodon has announced the band is currently writing new material for the follow-up to latest full-length album "The Hunter" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"For those of you who are interested, Yes we have been VERY busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio Mastodon album, we are down at our space hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album. Thank you to all our loyal fans!"
Mastodon will also be appearing on the upcoming 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour, with full details available here. You can also check out the band's previous music video for "Dry Bone Valley" below. More...
The lineup for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was announced today. Artists performing on the 2013 fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June).
All tickets go on sale March 22nd at 12:00 Noon local venue time via www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. The latest Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates and venues are listed below: More...
Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:
"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"
The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:
"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.
"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.
"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Mastodon posted live footage of the song "All the Heavy Lifting" from the band's show at Brixton Academy on February 11, 2012. The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Hunter" (reviewed here). Mastodon is currently touring Europe in support of the album. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "All the Heavy Lifting" here:
Mastodon will hit the road in Europe, performing at festivals, including Pinkpop, Sonisphere, and Nova Rock, as well as headlining shows beginning May 23rd and continuing through the end of June. Mastodon will also perform at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. in August.
Mastodon is touring in support of latest album "The Hunter" (reviewed here), which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics' lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and more.
The band travels to Europe a few days after performing at this year's Rock on the Range Festival on May 20th. Mastodon has been on the road since early April co-headlining a U.S. tour with Swedish metal band Opeth and special guest Ghost that wraps on May 12th with a show in Mastodon's hometown Atlanta at The Masquerade. Upcoming shows are as follows: More...
Opeth returned to central Texas for the second time since releasing “Heritage” in the fall of 2011. Prog/tech masters Mastodon and mysterious, occult metallers Ghost supported the Swedish troupe. This performance at San Antonio’s Backstage Live marked my first Opeth concert in nine years. The group has undergone many changes since then—changes of style, personnel and label—but coming into this show I had an overwhelming since of continuation, perhaps a sequel.
“Heritage” is the first Opeth album since “Damnation” comprised entirely of clean vocals. It’s still a heavy album, as was “Damnation,” but without Mikael Åkerfeldt’s bestial roar, Opeth doesn’t climb as high into the emotional stratosphere. Their showcasing of this material led to a performance focused more on melody than ferocity. Some of the buzz around the Internet gave the impression that the band were to play a snoozer. One person even likened their performance to a Lionel Richie show. A similar backlash occurred at the 2003 show with Porcupine Tree. Opeth played the entire “Damnation” album that night and didn’t include a single growled note.
In a Metal Underground interview before the show, drummer Martin Axenrot said the evening would contain some death metal, so it wasn’t quite the prog-only exhibition of 2003. It was a fairly chilled out evening, though. Although Mastodon only occasionally accosted the crowd with hard rock fury, guitar and vocal harmonies induced swaying sing a-longs rather than pits and head banging from the crowd. More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
The trailer for the highly anticipated "Heritage Hunter Tour" of North America featuring Opeth, Mastodon and Ghost was posted up today. For full dates and venues, head on over to this location.
Check out the trailer here:
Sweden's Opeth has announced the "Heritage Hunter" tour, which will also feature Mastodon and special guest Ghost. Dates are as follows:
04 Apr - Portland, ME @ State Theater**
05 Apr - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater*
06 Apr - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
07 Apr - Toronto, ON @ The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts*
09 Apr - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**
10 Apr - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome**
11 Apr - New York, NY @ Roseland**
13 Apr - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater**
14 Apr - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection**
15 Apr - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
16 Apr - Knoxville, TN @ TN Theater*
18 Apr - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom**
19 Apr - Dallas, TX @ Palladium*
20 Apr - San Antonio @ Back Stage Live*
21 Apr - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street*
23 Apr - Denver, CO @ Fillmore*
25 Apr - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues**
26 Apr - Hollywood, CA @ Gibson*
27 Apr - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre*
28 Apr - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort**
30 Apr - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater*
01 May - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum*
03 May - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Ctr*
04 May - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall**
05 May - Saskatoon @ The Odeon**
06 May - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings*
09 May - Washington DC @ The Fillmore*
10 May - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore**
11 May - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
12 May - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park**
* Denotes Opeth closing show
** Denotes Mastodon closing show
Atlanta based groove metal band Mastodon premiered its new music video for the song "Dry Bone Valley" on Boing Boing's website today (shown below). The song appears on the band's latest album "The Hunter," which is available now through Reprise Records. The video was directed and animated by Boing Boing's Tim Biskup.
Check out "Dry Bone Valley" here:
Mastodon's Troy Sanders recently spoke with MTV News Canada regarding a pending collaboration with pop/folk artist Feist. You can hear Troy speak on the details of the forthcoming 2012 Record Store Day special release in the video below.
Capital Chaos has posted footage online of Mastodon performing the song "Crystal Skull" at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California last month.
It was also recently announced that Red Fang will be supporting Mastodon an upcoming European winter tour, with full details available at this location.
Having just wrapped up a North American run with Mastodon, Red Fang has confirmed that the band will be heading to Europe this Winter with Mastodon. Red Fang will be providing direct support on the tour, which kicks off January 10th in Finland and will conclude February 10th in Birmingham, England.
The band commented on the upcoming run: "The US tour we just did with those guys was one of the best ever so we are thrilled to be continuing this magical journey with Mastodon in Europe!"
The band recently finished work on a new video for the song "Hank Is Dead" with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy. Look for the video to premiere very soon. Stills from the video shoot can be seen here. Red Fang is also streaming Murder The Mountains in its entirety at this location.
Red Fang's upcoming tour dates with Mastodon are as follows: More...
THQ Inc. and Volition, Inc. have now released "Saints Row: The Third" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The launch trailer has also been posted online and can be viewed here.
"There's no way to describe Saints Row: The Third other than pure, over-the-top fun," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "In a sea of games that are doing the same thing over again, it's incredibly refreshing to take Saints Row in a completely new direction, and incredibly satisfying to see the reaction from fans so far. Today, we all embrace the crazy."
The game boasts seven in game radio stations to enjoy while flying and driving through Steelport. Metal Blade Records boasts a huge presence on The Blood, the in-game station featuring an assortment of metal tracks. The complete track listing for the station is below and includes the Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, Between the Buried and Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Job for a Cowboy and Shai Hulud.
After the Burial "Berzerker"
Amon Amarth "Runes To My Memory"
Between the Buried and Me "Obfuscation"
The Black Dahlia Murder "Necropolis"
Black Veil Brides "Perfect Weapon"
Chemlab "Suicide Jag"
The Dillinger Escape Plan "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
Drowning Pool "Feel Like I Do"
Goatwhore "Apocalyptic Havoc"
Job for a Cowboy "Regurgitated Disinformation"
KMFDM "WW III"
Marylin Manson "arma goddamn mother****in geddon"
Miss May I "Apologies Are For The Weak"
Opeth "The Lotus Eater"
Otep "Rise, Rebel, Resist"
Shai Hulud "Misanthropy Pure"
Strapping Young Lad "Love?"
Tugboat "Slow Revolution"
You Love Her Coz She's Dead "Engine Wrecker"
Atlanta, Georgia based heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced a string of tour dates to take place in Europe next January in support of the band's most recent studio album, "The Hunter." The group has also posted a trailer online for their U.K. tour which can be seen below.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 11 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
January 12 - Helsinki, Finland - Circus
January 14 - Stockholm, Sweden - The Annex
January 15 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Stage
January 16 - Copenhagen, Denmark - VEGA
January 17 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
January 19 - Brussels, Belgium - Encienne Belgique
January 20 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
January 22 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
January 23 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Slava
January 24 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
January 26 - Milan, Italy - Xtra
January 29 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
January 30 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle/Werk
January 31 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club/Astra
February 2 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik/E-Werk
February 3 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
February 5 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
February 6 - Manchester, UK - Academy
February 7 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
February 9 - Norwich, UK - UEA
February 10 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
February 11 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton More...
Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.
Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."
A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...
Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.
Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.
A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...