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My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
Goatwhore has finished filming a video for the first single from "Carving Out The Eyes Of God," "Apocalyptic Havoc," which was recently filmed by acclaimed video director, Dave Brodsky (The Red Chord, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder). You can check out the video below. More...
Florida based death metal legends Obituary will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America later this year in support of their new studio album, "Darkest Day." Joining them on the tour will be Goatwhore, Krisiun, The Berzerker and Warbringer.
The tour dates are as follows:
September 3 – The Rock – Tucson, Arizona
September 4 – U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, Arizona
September 5 – Gator’s – Farmington, New Mexico
September 6 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, Colorado
September 8 – Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, California
September 9 – Key Club – Los Angeles, California
September 10 – Slim’s – San Francisco, California
September 11 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, Oregon
September 12 – El Corazon – Seattle, Washington
September 14 – Sugar – Victoria, British Columbia
September 15 – Plazza Club – Vancover, British Columbia
September 17 – Warehouse – Calgary, Alberta
September 18 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, Alberta
September 19 – The Riddell at University of Regina – Regina, Saskatchewan
September 20 – Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, Manitoba
September 22 – Rave – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 23 – The Pearl Room – Mokena, Illinois
September 25 – Opera House – Toronto, Ontario
September 26 – Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, Quebec
September 27 – FouFounes – Montreal, Quebec
September 28 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 29 – The Blender Theatre at Gramercy – New York, New York
September 30 – The Palladium – Worcester, Massachusetts
October 2 – Volume 11 – Raleigh, North Carolina
October 3 – Orange Peel – Asheville, North Carolina
October 4 – Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, Kentucky
The Berzerker, Australian-based death metal band, internationally renowned as one of the most brutal extreme metal bands performing today, has released a video clip of them performing a cover version of Russian pop song song, "All The Things She Said" by T.A.T.U. The #1 track was a ridiculously catchy song whose popularity was largely due to their status as underage lesbians and the film clip of the two girls kissing in school uniform in the rain.
The Berzerker's accompanying film clip had to up the ante on the original, featuring two of Australia’s best known fetish models getting raunchy and inspiring two schoolgirl viewers to explore their own sexuality, and each other, in their child-like bedroom.
You can watch the The Berzerker's video for "All The Things She Said" below. More...
Melbourne’s The Berzerker have posted an update concerning guitarist Tim Aldridge and the injuries he sustained just prior to the bands cancelled New Zealand tour last month.
"Firstly thanks for the overwhelming support displayed by you die hard fuckers. I really appreciate it all.
"After a few days of hospital rest I has returned home and and im well on the way to recovery. I suffered a ruptured stomach ulcer and loss of blood. We were all very lucky this did not occur a few hrs later as we would of been on a 5hr flight to New Zealand, and this would of been truly horrific. I have been resting comfortably at home and have been playing guitar to keen my sanity for past few days.
"I would like to thank the doctors at William Angliss Hospital for there wonderful care. After a few weeks rest I am expected to make a full recovery and will commence writing new material soon. Once again I would like to apologies to the New Zealand fans that we had to cancel the tour. We will endeavor to reschedule the tour for later in the year."
Melbourne’s The Berzerker have announced the cancellation of the New Zealand leg of the Industrial Corruption Tour due to their guitarist being admitted to hospital early this morning (25/03/09).
Luke Kenny commented: “At 4am(EST) this morning our guitarist Tim Aldridge was rushed to hospital after throwing up more then a pint of blood, with blood pooling in his stomach he was operated on at 8am(EST) we are now waiting patiently to hear how the operation went. After frantic calls at 5am(EST) to various guitarist’s looking for some one to fill in we have been forced to pull the New Zealand tour. The band is deeply saddened by this event. More information will be released as we have it.”
The Amenta, who were also on this tour, will headline the shows with local New Zeland supports bands.
Victorian extreme metal band The Berzerker has signed a deal with Riot! Entertainment to distribute their latest album "The Awakening" in Australia, which was originally available solely from the band themselves.
The Berzerker is currently on tour with The Amenta, with the following dates still to come:
The Berzerker and The Amenta INDUSTRIAL CORRUPTION TOUR, Australia 2009:
Mar 19 - Ballarat - The Karova Lounge (TBC)
Mar 20 - Geelong - The National Hotel
Mar 21 - Melbourne - The HiFi (U/18s)
Mar 21 - Melbourne - The HiFi (18+)
Sydney Industrial act The Amenta has posted multi-camera concert footage from their recent Sydney show, which will be featured on their upcoming as yet untitled DVD release due later this year. The Amenta is currently touring as support for Melbourne’s The Berzerker on the Australia-wide Industrial Corruption Tour.
Four dates remain on the tour in Australia, all in Victoria, before the bands head over to New Zealand for 5 more dates:
INDUSTRIAL CORRUPTION TOUR - w/ The Berzerker, The Amenta + more
19.03.2009 - The Karova Lounge, Ballarat
20.03.2009 - The National Hotel, Geelong
21.03.2009 - The HiFi , Melbourne, (U/18s)
21.03.2009 - The HiFi, Mebourne, (18+)
25.03.2009 - The Adelaide, Wellington
26.03.2009 - Al’s Bar, Christchurch
27.03.2009 - Saints and Sinners, Invercargill
28.03.2009 - Transmission Room, Auckland
29.03.2009 - Zone Bar, Whangarei
Florida based death metal legends Obituary has announced a lengthy tour this September. They'll be joined on the trek by Goatwhore, Krisiun, The Berzerker and Warbringer.
The tour dates are as follows:
September 3 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
September 4 - Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar
September 5 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s
September 6 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
September 8 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
September 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
September 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
September 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
September 12 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 14 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
September 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
September 17 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
September 18 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
September 19 - Regina, SK @ The Riddell
September 20 - Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
September 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
September 23 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
September 25 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
September 27 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
September 29 – New York, NY @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
September 30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
October 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
October 2 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
October 3 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
October 4 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
The Berzerker and The Amenta will be doing a co-headlining show in Sydney at the Gaelic Club on January 30th and both bands has announced that their sets will be filmed for future DVD releases. The DVD's will be professionally filmed and are expected to be released next year.
UK metallers, Mithras, have announced the addition of their new vocalist/bassist, Sam Bean (The Senseless/ex-The Berzerker), to their line up.
Founder/guitarist Leon Macey issues the following comments, "Since joining Sam in his band The Senseless back in 2007 (as drummer) we've been working together closely on the new The Senseless record 'The Floating World', so I know we gel extremely well musically and have a similar attitude and vision. This combined with the huge amount of band/live/industry experience he has from all the work he's done with The Berzerker makes him the perfect guy to take the role and help lift Mithras to the next level. We're going to get gig ready asap then simultaneously start slaying audiences while working some more on the new Mithras record." More...
Australia's THE AMENTA is teaming up with cyber grind freaks THE BERZERKER for THE SONIC CORRUPTION tour - a dual album launch headlining tour throughout Australia and New Zealand from January to March. That will be just before it, THE AMENTA will be on tour with
VADER, DEICIDE and SAMAEL in Europe. The latest The Amenta tour dates are as follows:
European tour with Vader, Deicide, Samael:
08.01.09 HOL Tilburg O13
09.01.09 HOL Haarlem Patronaat
10.01.09 BEL Vosselaar Biebob
11.01.09 FR Paris Locomotive
12.01.09 FR Lyon CCO Villeurbane
13.01.09 LU Esch/Alzette Rockhal
14.01.09 GER Stuttgart Ika-Longhorn
15.01.09 GER Frankfurt Batschkapp
16.01.09 GER Bochum Matrix
17.01.09 CH Erstfeld Transilvania Live
18.01.09 ITA Milan Rolling Stone
19.01.09 A Worgl Komma
20.01.09 SK Bratislava DK Dubravka
21.01.09 POL Katowice Mega Club
22.01.09 POL Warsaw Progresja More...
Contraband Candy has posted the second part of Wacken Assault, their 2008 Wacken Open Air Festival video report. Listen to what the likes of Erik Danielsson of Watain has to say about Americans, what Massachusetts Metalcore gods Unearth think about whale sex, who legendary producer/performer Peter Tägtgren fancies, what your band needs to impress the head of A&R at Century Media and lots more.
In part 2 Contraband Candy talks to:
Steve Hughes (Comedian)
Swedish metallers, Visceral Bleeding, have issued the following update regarding the departure of guitarist Martin "Germ" Bermhedens:
"Due to Martin "Germ" Bermhedens busy schedule with The Berzerker we've decided to part ways. The decision was mutual since we need everyone in this band to put V.B as their first priority for things to work and Germ felt that this was no longer possible for him. We wish him the best of luck with The Berzerker and all of his other projects." More...
Guitarist Nige Rockett of British thrash metallers Onslaught has posted the following message regarding the bands appearance at the festival:
"This is gonna be a fucking killer show and definitely the best UK festival for 2008. The line-up is truly awesome, boasting the Premier, most Extreme Metal bands from all genres this country (UK) has had to offer over the past 25 years...Hats off to the promoters for getting this one together. This could well be our last UK appearance before we wind up the Killing Peace' promotion, so hope to see you all there.......... for what I guarantee will be one insane fucking day."
The lineup for Damnation festival is as follows:
MY DYING BRIDE
Fed up with the music industry, THE BERZERKER has decided to stay independent and release their latest album, "The Reawakening," themselves on their own label, Berzerker Industries.
Band mainman Luke Kenny had this to say: “I’m fucking sick to death of fans NOT knowing where there money is going when they buy a CD, Steve (Albini) has the right idea, to expose this shit once and for all. I mean, a percentage of your money is going to the fucking retarded bitch sitting behind the counter at the HMV/Tower, wherever she is, on the phone painting her fucking nails and couldn’t even tell you where the ‘metal section’ is if you asked her. So what if we sell less records being totally independent? At least NOW with Berzerker Industries, if people want to support us by NOT downloading our music, they can.”
Luke Kenny, lead singer of the Australian act The Berzerker, has claimed that he was assaulted by a bouncer at The Underworld club in Camden, North London, last wednesday (2nd July). Apparantly, the incident happened as Kenney was returning to the stage after singing in the crowd. He is currently considering whether or not to press charges. Footage of his reaction after the incident can be viewed below: More...
Death To Music has provided yet another free download in ZARDONIC's "Chaotic Serenity" EP (DTM019). "Chaotic Serenity" is a collection of his early works, heavily influenced (and featuring) elements of raw black and death metal soldered to a raw backbone of experimental DnB industrial.
Originally recorded for aborted projects Burning Without Consumption and Digital Insanity, these aural assaults have been dug out of the hard-drive and "offered up on a bloody plate of download destruction."
"...I have decided to compile all of them into this conceptual piece of work for the Death To Music community, specially after the great response that the track 'Chaotic Serenity' (after which the EP is named) got from its release on the 'F**k Em All Vol. 2' compilation. For the DTM crowd, this is my gift to you. Harsh metal guitars and arrangements that were meant to sound raw, because raw was the language they wanted to speak, and raw is the language of the rebels. F**k the industry, f**k the system. f**k the church. f**k everything!..."
You can now download this EP by visiting deathtomusic.com. If you havent signed up with them before, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other news, ZARDONIC has a remix of The Berzerker in the remix competition on The Berzerker's MySpace (half-way down on the right of the screen).
THE BERZERKER have announced these new UK tour dates:
June 25 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK - The Attic at Sawyers
June 26 - Nottingham, UK - Junktion 7
June 27 - Newport, Wales - TJ's
June 28 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit
June 29 - Leeds, UK - Ghostfest
June 30 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks
July 1 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall
July 2 - London, UK - The Underworld
Luke Kenny, vocalist and frontman for Australia's The Berzerker, has posted the following blog on the band's MySpace page:
"Firstly we'd like to say a big thanks to all the guys in New Zealand on showing us a great time. Secondly I'm very excited to tell you that we will be launching our brand new record label, "Berzerker Industries," within the next few months. The first release will be our new studio album. (I can't fucking wait!). The only way you'll be able to get hold of this album is by direct mail order via Myspace and our Website. This will not be in stores. Also we will be holding a re-mix competition with the winner getting their re-mixed Berzerker version on our new cd. There will also be re-mixes from some of the biggest names in the gabba/speedcore scene. ROOAAGGGGHH!! I will be posting more info about all of this very soon, so stay tuned.
"Please Enjoy this sneek peak track set to some New Zealand madness. Once again thanks for your support over all these years.
"PS: For UK fans we have been confirmed on the Ghostfest Festival in Leeds on June 29th. We will be adding more UK dates added shortly. Get ready everyone, The Berzerker are gearing up for a very busy few years ahead!!"