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So this is an odd and interesting pairing: Napalm Death and the Melvins join forces for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week spring trek that that kicks off on March 26th at The Marquee in Phoenix, Ariz.
“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” says Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury. “Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!”
Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: “Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun… and I mean that in a good way. We’re happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers.”
This isn’t the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in Venomous Concept.
The Melvins also released "Across The USA in 51 Days: The Movie!" on Friday. The DVD release, filmed by the band and crew during a 2012 attempt to break the record for the fastest tour of the United States (plus DC), dedicates one minute to each state (and district). More...
Today Noisey, the music arm of Vice, is proud to present episode 1 of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou."
A seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, and so many others, episode 1 features New Orleans native Phil Anselmo who exports his style to Dallas band Pantera, thereby changing the landscape for metal in the '90s.
Meanwhile, a visit from the Melvins to the New Orleans area would alter music as we know it, while Kirk Windstein of the band Shell Shock was discovering that slower was, for him, indeed heavier. More...
We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:
"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.
"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...
Housecore Horror Film and Heavy metal festival masterminds, Corey Mitchell and Philip H. Anselmo brought Austin, Texas a rare entertainment opportunity, packaged in human flesh, marred by celluloid cigarette burns--a four-day, multi-stage, multi-tent, multi-everything horror-movie festival. Industry people arrived from all around the world to help support this lofty endeavor.
The gorier the better as many of the major stars of the film portion of the festival had participated in legendary blood spillers such as the "Nekromantik" film series (Director Jörg Buttgereit ), "Coffin Joe" (Director José Mojica Marins ) and "Friday the 13th." Ari Lehman made film history when Jason Voorhees finally sprung to life after the murder of his mother. Lehman attended the festival not only as a film celebrity, but as a musician. Nefarious of Macabre joined Lehman on stage in his First Jason band to perform campy horror metal songs about that guy in the hockey mask. More...
Following the death of EyeHateGod drummer Joey LaCaze, legendary Melvins basher Dale Crover recently volunteered to seize the drum stool for the band's scheduled set at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Fest later this month.
Joey LaCaze passed away of respiratory failure on August 23rd in New Orleans following the band's five-week Undermining Society's Rules Since 1988 European Tour. LaCaze was 42.
Said the band in a collective statement: "With the recent passing of our longtime friend and drummer, Joey LaCaze, there's no way to pay him a better tribute than EyeHateGod performing alongside one of his main influences and favorite musicians!"
EyeHateGod will level Housecore with Crover on October 27th at Emo's in Austin alongside Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Goblin and more.
The band has also booked an additional handful of live takeovers following the fest including a special Halloween show at the fabled House of Shock in Jefferson, Louisiana. The drummer for those dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Confirmed dates are included below. EyeHateGod was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here.
10/27/2013 Housecore Horror Film Fest (w/ drummer Dale Crover) - Austin, TX [info]
10/31/2013 The House Of Shock - Jefferson, LA
11/01/2013 Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
11/02/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/03/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
Wheelfall has posted a cover of The Melvins' "Joan of Arc," which can be heard below. The band also comments:
"Prepare to worship at the altar of the HEAVY RIFF. We are very pleased to be able to present the second episode of the Wheelfall's 'Live Studio Sessions.' Only live music is real, no tricks, no cheatings, only the band by itself. Only the truth. This episode featured 'Joan of Arc,' a cover from The Melvins just to pay tribute to this highly influential band. Turn it up and melt into the pavement."
Thriftway is a small grocery store chain here in Washington, one I stop at a couple of times a week for laundry soap or soda. Whenever I'm in the store I can't help but remember that this is where the Melvins got its start. Back in the early eighties, three teens from Montesano High School worked at a Thriftway store over in Greys Harbor County, WA. They despised their shift supervisor, whose name was Melvin. They even named their garage band after him, cranking out the slowest and most wretched riffs to ever hit the alternative rock/early indie metal scene. More...
The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
Ex-Melvins member Mark Deutrom has released a video for new song "Ruckus Juice." Jennifer Deutrom animated and directed the video. Bob Sabiston of Flatback Films produced the video.
"Ruckus Juice" will be available for purchase via an upcoming limited edition Mark Deutrom 12" with more info to be released at a later date. More...
As "Freak Puke" gets set to drop today, the Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days with a tour kicking off Sept. 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up Oct. 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
"We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy," said Osborne. "51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days? Jeez! I wonder if we can do it?"
The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band's near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware and Hawaii. More...
The staff of One Eyed Jacks taped a crude “Sold Out” sign on the door at 6 o’clock. Those hoping to pay at the door were disheartened at the news, but happy for the band that they so quickly sold out the venue. Those with the foresight to purchase ahead crowded the sidewalk beginning at dusk. They blocked the historic sidewalk to the beaded and soused tourist-traffic trying to find their way to the supposed Shangri La of Bourbon Street or away from the intense never-ending party nightmare that it really is. But these eager customers were determined to see something more worthy. More...
The Melvins has a lot planned this month. First up, on March 13th you will be able to download "The Bulls & The Bees" five-song EP from Facebook. The EP release will be followed by a 21-date U.S. trek with Unsane that kicks off on Apr. 11th at The Blank Club in San Jose, Calif. and wraps up exactly a month later on May 11th at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, Calif. You'll be able to pick up a free CD at one of the shows, plus AmRep will also likely be releasing it at a later date.
Additionally, the April 13th Los Angeles show at the Troubadour will be taped for a future airing on an episode of “Last Call With Carson Daly“. King Buzzo described the effort as “amazing in its noisy calm intensity."The second track, "We Are Doomed," is available for streaming below, plus you can listen to "The War On Wisdom" at this location.
Ipecac has also announced the forthcoming Melvins-Lite album "Freak Puke" scheduled to be released on June 5th. Melvins-Lite is Buzz and Dale along with Trevor Dunn. (This collaboration does not spell the demise of the Melvins/Big Biz alliance). There will be a Melvins-Lite tour later on this year. Check out the tracklisting for "The Bulls & The Bees" EP below, and the tracklisting and cover art for "Freak Puke" after the jump.
"The Bulls & The Bees" Track Listing:
1.The War on Wisdom
2.We Are Doomed
3.Friends Before Larry
4.A Really Long Wait
New live footage has made its way online featuring sludge metal veterans The Melvins which contains the band's entire Hellfest 2011 set. You can check out the performance footage as well as the band's setlist for the festival below.
1. Hung Bunny
2. Roman Bird Dog
3. The Water Glass
4. Evil New War God
5. It's Shoved
8. Second Coming
9. Ballad of Dwight Fry
12. Honey Bucket
13. With Teeth
14. Sweet Willy Rollbar
16. Night Goat
Sludge metal veterans The Melvins have announced that they will be releasing a new 13 track live album titled "Sugar Daddy Live." The new set is due for release on May 31st through Ipecac Recordings. The effort was recorded at The Busta-Guts Club in Downey, CA.
Here is the "Sugar Daddy Live" Tracklist:
1. Nude with Boots
2. Dog Island
3. Dies Iraea
4. Civilized Worm
5. The Kicking Machine
6. Eye Flies
7. Tipping The Lion
8. Rat Faced Granny
9. The Hawk
10. You’ve Never Been Right
11. A History of Bad Men
12. Star Spangled Banner
High on Fire has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with The Melvins in New Zealand and Japan:
"High On Fire is excited to announce they will be touring New Zealand and Japan with The Melvins surrounding the Soundwave Festival in 2011! Check out all the dates below and stay tuned for more info."
2/19 2011 The Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
2/20 2011 ReFuel - Dunedin, NZ
2/21 2011 Al's Bar - Christchurch, NZ
2/22 2011 Bodgea - Wellington, NZ
3/9 2011 Club Quattro - Osaka, JPN
3/10 2011 Club Quattro - Nagoya, JPN
3/11 2011 O-East - Tokyo, JPN
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced the first round of bands that will be performing at next year's version of the event. Among them include hardcore punk icons Bad Brains and The Exploited, along with many metal veterans such as Mayhem, Angel Witch, Sodom, Doro and the return of Swiss thrashers Coroner. Also on the bill will be Triptykon, Belphegor, Church Of Misery, Converge, The Haunted, The Melvins, Dodheimsgard, Grave, In Solitude, Therion, Karma To Burn, Malevolent Creation, Morne, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Orphaned Land, Raw Power, Septicflesh, Shai Hulud, Valient Thorr, The Young Gods and Your Demise. Over 100 other bands are expected to be confirmed for the festival, which will take place from June 17th-19th in the town of Clisson.
There's an ongoing dispute about the sound quality of the Isis/Melvins split LP’s, which label Conspiracy Records claims is inferior. The label commented:
"We’re currently trying to get the pressing company to take their responsibility and after returning records to the pressing plant we are now sending a record to Hydrahead so they can check for themselves and put some pressure on the pressing plant. We’re very sorry for the delay and any inconvenience caused but we’d rather not send out broken records. We’ll keep you updated and will post more news as soon as we have heard back from Hydrahead."
British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headlining act for next year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival. Also on the bill will be American thrash metal legends Slayer, shock rocker Rob Zombie, hardcore outfit Terror and former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash amongst others. Iron Maiden will also perform two arena shows in February.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Today Is The Day has announced their signing to Black Market Activities. Black Market Activities will release Today Is The Day’s ninth studio album in 2011.
August 21, 2010, Today Is The Day kicks off its first US tour in two years. The tour includes dates with Unsane, Keelhaul, and A Storm Of Light, as well as an appearance at the AmRep 25th Anniversary Bash, alonsgide Melvins, Boss Hog, and Hammerhead. The live Today Is The Day line-up consists of frontman Steve Austin, bassist Ryan Jones (Wetnurse) and drummer Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse).
TODAY IS THE DAY tour dates are as follows:
Aug 21 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt (w/ Keelhaul)
Aug 22 - Toronto, ON, CANADA @ Sneaky Dee’s (w/ Unsane, Keelhaul)
Aug 23 - Akron, OH @ Backstage Concert Club (w/ Unsane, Keelhaul)
Aug 24 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (w/ Unsane, Keelhaul)
Aug 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club (w/ Keelhaul)
Aug 26 - Madison, WI @ High Noon (w/ Unsane, Keelhaul)
Aug 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy’s (AmRep 25th Anniversary Bash w/ Melvins, Boss Hog, Hammerhead)
Aug 30 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
Aug 31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub (w/ A Storm Of Light)
Sept 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/ A Storm Of Light)
Sept 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
Sept 3 - New York, NY @ Santos (w/ A Storm Of Light)
Sept 4 - Providence, RI @ AS220 (w/ A Storm Of Light)