Metal News for August 26, 2011
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Brazilian metal act Warfire has release a song off the "It's Time to War" EP. You can check out the song "Bang Your Head" in the player below.
For more songs available for streaming and to find additional details on the band, head over to the Warfire MySpace profile.
Ironclad Recordings has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Each of the Days:
"Ironclad Recording is proud to announce the signing of the vicious and talented, Each Of The Days. Each Of The Days, formed in 2007, is a six piece metal band from Tokyo, Japan that combines elements of the heavy metal underground with a driving force of melody reminiscent of Slipknot and Killswitch Engage. The dual percussion band also utilizes the voice of their female drummer, Mako, to the already melodic choruses performed by lead vocalist Norio.
"2009 was the breakout year for EOTD in Japan as one of their songs made it on the theatrical thriller 'Saw 6' soundtrack. In April 2010, the self-released 'Historical Sheep' caught the eye of Japanese label Howling Bull and the band was cast into a new light. After touring their homeland of Japan numerous times with the likes of Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, Heaven Shall Burn and more, Each of the Days are poised to make the leap to foreign soil to continue building momentum and achieving their goal of being Internationally renowned.
"The band recently shot a video for 'Scarface,' the lead track from the upcoming album 'Sweet Charion.'"
Solo metal act Dreamspell has posted two new tracks online for streaming. You can check out the songs "Fallout" and "Collective Noosphere" by heading over to the Dreamspell Facebook profile.
You can also check out a preview of material for an upcoming Dreamspell album in the player provided below.
U.S. metal act Firewolfe has inked a deal with Japanese metal label Rubicon Music. The band's self-titled debut album will be released in Japan this October. The Japanese version of the CD will include the special bonus track "Waiting for Daylight."
"FireWolfe is an extremely exciting band and their future is assured,” said Geoff Gillespie, International A&R director for Rubicon Music. “It has been a long while since we have been lucky enough to hear a band with that special 'it' in such abundant quantities, and Rubicon music is proud and privileged to be associated with such an outstanding prospect."
The track listing for the Japanese release is:
1. Air Attack
4. Armed Forces
5. Back from Hell
6. Wicked Words
7. Ice Wizard
10. Feel the Thunder
11. Waiting for Daylight (Japanese bonus track)
Vancouver metal act Auroch as been announced as the replacement headlining band for this year's third annual Skull Fucking Metal Fest in Toronto, as scheduled headliner Morbosidad is unable to make the concert. In addition, Toronto local act Sortilegia has been added to the bill.
"It's a shame that legendary Morbosidad couldn't make the bill, as always we're honoured to be playing with Canada's best black and death metal at this year's Skull Fucking Metal Fest," commented Auroch guitarist Seb Montesi.
The show details are as follows:
Date: September 3, 2011
Venue: The Blue Moon Pub Address: 725 Queen Street East
Cost: $10 - 19+
You can also check out more details on Auroch by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Solace in Nothing has announced a release show for the "Demons" EP will be occurring on October 28th, 2011. PitBall Records commented on the upcoming show:
"This event will be held at the Historical Downtown Rialto Theater in Tucson, AZ. Along with Solace in Nothing also performing are Stand with Fists, Ensphere, Lethal Dosage, Indu, along with the PitBall Records battle of the bands winner TBA in October.
"This concert is going to be a spectacular spectacle of music for all metal fans. Solace in Nothing will bring to the stage the energy of 1 million power plants and they are not afraid to show it. The special guest Stands with Fists is one of Tucson brightest upcoming bands and has been working extremely hard to make an impact on the metal scene. They just finished a single covering Katy Perry’s song 'ET.' Ensphere another special guest is by far the most hypnotic ambient metal bands you could see, not only do they have great songs, but they bring a light show and projection like no other."
Long running Czech Republic metal act Root has announced the band's upcoming ninth album, and follow-up to the "Daemon Viam Invenient" album, will be titled "Heritage of Satan."
The album is set for release through Agonia Records on October 25th in Europe and November 22nd in North America. You can also check out the cover artwork below.
We Came As Romans recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records for the release of "Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be," which will see a September 16th, 2011 release date.
The band has now posted a lyric video for the song "What I Wished I Never Had." Check out the clip below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Everything As Planned
3. What I Wished I Never Had
4. Cast The First Stone
5. The Way That We Have Been
6. A War Inside
7. Stay Inspired
8. Just Keep Breathing
9. Views That Never Cease, To Keep Me From Myself
10. What My Heart Healed
11. I Can’t Make Your Decisions For You
12. Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be
Decapitated will be hitting the Balkans this September in support of the new album "Carnival is Forever" (reviewed here). The band's fifth studio album was produced by Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka, sound engineered by Arkadiusz "Malta" Malczewski, with drums recorded and album mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir).
The upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Friday 09.09 - Istanbul / Turkey @ Unirock Open Air 2011
Saturday 10.09 - Wien / Austria @ Escape Metal Corner
Sunday 11.09 - Zagreb / Croatia @ Medika
Monday 12.09 - Beograd / Serbia @ Club Ciklon
Tuesday 13.09 - Sarajevo / Bosnia Herzegovina @ Sloga Cinemas/Mehmed Spahe
Wednesday 14.09 - Sofia / Bulgaria @ The Box
Thursday 15.09 - Athens / Greece @ An Club
Friday 16.09 - Thessaloniki / Greece @ Eightball Club
Saturday 17.09 - Bucharest / Romania @ Club Wings
Sunday 18.09 - Cluj Napoca / Romania @ Euphoria Music Hall
Pain has posted a teaser trailer online for a new song titled "My Angel," which features Cécile Siméone. You can check out the clip below, and Nuclear Blast also commented on the collaboration:
"Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren is a workaholic. But what happens when Peter is on holiday in France, where he meets the famous French actress and folk singer Cécile Simeone? Properly, a new song: Pain's MY ANGEL featuring Cécile Siméone will be available on iTunes in September! Check the short trailer below."
Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Texas in July:
"Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Pennsylvania quintet Texas in July for all European territories! The band will release the brand new album 'One Reality' on October 7th, containing exclusive bonus material. Furthermore the band will go on tour with label mates Tasters shortly after the release of 'One Reality.' Check out the song 'Magnolia' at this location."
Commented the band: "TIJ is thrilled that we have been given the opportunity to work with such a great label overseas! Last year when we traveled to Europe for the month of July, it was one of the best experiences this band ever had. We are looking forward to the tour in October/November with our new label mates, Tasters, very much. We worked extremely hard on our new CD 'One Reality' and are very thankful that our European fans will now have the opportunity to purchase our CD in stores near them, with exclusive content, and at a fair price, now that we are working with Nuclear Blast.
"Our good friends, twice-over tour mates, and U.S. label mates, We Came As Romans have also joined Nuclear Blast, and it's so nice to join them on Nuclear Blast, and so nice to be label mates, once again! We are grateful to be part of the Nuclear Blast family, and we welcome them to the Texas in July family.“
The band's upcoming tour dates with Tasters are as follows: More...
Coming off the 2011 Warped Tour, The Devil Wears Prada has announced the "Dead Throne Tour: North America 2011." The 37 date headline trek kicks off on November 3rd in Milwaukee and will criss cross the U.S. and Canada over a six-week period. "Dead Throne Tour: North America 2011" features Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, and For Today on all dates.
The dates are as follows:
3 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
6 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
7 Epic, Minneapolis, MN
8 The Garrick, Winnipeg, MB CANADA
10 Edmonton Events Center, Edmonton, AB CANADA
11 MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB CANADA
13 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC CANADA
14 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
17 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
18 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
19 SOMA, San Diego, CA
20 Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
21 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
23 Saltair, Magna, UT
25 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
26 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
27 House of Blues, Dallas, TX
28 Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
29 Warehouse Live Ballroom, Houston, TX
30 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA More...
This week's lineup of new Rock Band Network track is a little more diverse than usual, with songs from After the Burial, Amberian Dawn, Devin Townsend, Myrath, and Skindred. The PS3 edition will also be getting a new After the Burial track next week.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:
After the Burial - "My Frailty" (160 MSP)
Amberian Dawn - "War in Heaven" (160 MSP)
Blue Water Dance - "Making Love (To a Foreign Woman While Reading Time Magazine" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Hyperdrive" (160 MSP)
Skindred - "Stand for Something (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Terrorhorse - "Magnolia" (160 MSP)
Terrorhorse - "Magnolia (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Myrath - "Madness" (160 MSP) More...
U.K. based act Fragments has posted a pre-production track titled "Departures" online, which is from an upcoming EP. You can check out the song in the player below, and the band also commented:
"Hope your all enjoying our new track, 'Departures', which is a taster of what's to come on our upcoming EP! Me and Ryan are in the studio in a weeks time to do some drums and we've got some crazy shows coming up so there's a lot goin on!"
Siberia had a good crowd for this Monday night show. But it wasn’t an ordinary event either; it was co-owner and bartender Daphne’s birthday bash. The always heavy haarp, Drone Throne, and A Hanging came out to play during the party. The notoriety of the lineup was noticed by the local newspaper, a surprise I found while looking at the weekend's entertainment, in which it got a short write-up and included a picture of haarp’s guitarist Grant Tom playing at the same bar of this night’s show. I was able to get footage of all of the bands, the bellydancers, and some fun interludes with band members and regular concert-goers. You can watch the two videos below. More...
The unsigned Malaysian gothic/black metal act Halun has released a new promo EP entitled "Celestial Minstrel Midnight," which the band describes as "a six track album of pure hate and unveiled depression."
This promo is available free via email download from this email address: email@example.com.
You can hear samples of the EP on the band's MySpace pagepage.
Halun is also currently seeking labels to sign and manage the group.
Brutal Truth has posted another new track online from the band's upcoming album "End Time," which is due out September 27th, 2011 through Relapse Records. Head over to Sick Drummer Magazine's website to check out the “Echo Friendly Discharge” track.
The album's artwork is available here, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Simple Math
3. End Time
4. Fuck Cancer
5. Celebratory Gunfire
6. Small Talk
7. .58 Caliber
8. Swift And Violent (Swift Version)
9. Crawling Man Blues
11. Warm Embrace Of Poverty
12. Old World Order
14. Killing Planet Earth
16. All Work And No Play
18. Sweet Dreams
19. Echo Friendly Discharge
20. Twenty Bag
22. Drink Up
23. Control Room
Arch Enemy has posted an official live video clip online for the song "Bloodstained Cross," which is taken off the band's new album "Khaos Legions." You can check out the clip below.
You can also catch Arch Enemy on tour this fall with Devildriver, Skeletonwitch, and Cthonic. Dates are as follows: More...
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following statement about about merchandise being confiscated at the Summer Breeze festival:
"Dear fans and friends, Some members of the band visited the Summerbreeze festival in Germany this weekend. We met up with our friends from the Nuclear Blast merchandise stand on the festival grounds and got some rather unpleasant news on which we'd like to set the record straight.
"We heard the police showed up and confiscated Leaves' Eyes shirts with a Celtic Cross on it. Apparently the police thought the design had something to do with right-wing symphathies. We also heard some fans were forced to take their shirt off with the same design and had to give it to the police as well. Later the police apologised for the mistake and brought back the shirts to the Nuclear Blast stand, after harrasing the merch people 5 times! We as a band want to state that we are shocked and disgusted by all what has taken place. Also, we are amazed by the ignorance of the police in these matters as clearly Leaves' Eyes have nothing to do with such symphaties, nor does the design of the t-shirt. Clearly they need to do their homework a lot better!
"We think it is a shame that things like this had to happen at one of the best metal festivals we know and also the merch guys and girls @ Nuclear Blast, and last but least to our fans!"
After releasing the album "Sweet Relief" as a digital download, One Without has now announced a physical release on October 19th, 2011 via Wormholedeath (a sublabel of Aural Music Group). Guitar player Kenny Boufadene commented:
"We have been discussing this cooperation for some time, and how we would be able to work together since we already released the album for free digitally. Wormholedeath has have been really cool about this and show their support for how we want to approach our fans and actually encourage us to work in this way. This cooperation gives us the opportunity to release 'Sweet Relief' on an even bigger scale, while at the same time we keep our integrity and the respect for our fans. When we were contacted by Carlo Bellotti at Wormholedeath, we didn't realize who he was and what he could do for us, but after our first phonetalk we didn't have any worries at all, this was a label we wanted to work with and that has ideas and forward-thinking that is exactly in line with how we feel. Wormholedeath understands what we want and how we want to do it, and we couldn't be happier with this cooperation. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Wormholedeath."
Wormholedeath A&R Carlo Bellotti added:
"Wormholedeath is so proud to start this cooperation since we have been fans of One Without since they released 'Thoughts of a Secluded Mind' on Lifeforce Records. When Aural Music's boss Emiliano Lanzoni passed us the album we were so excited to get in touch with such emotional and professional band. We are glad that the band decided to work with us and we'll do everything possible to support their career. After the success of our latest releases we have been growing so fast as a label and we feel that we have the muscles to support the promotion of Sweet relief and pick up the challenge of releasing an album that is available online through free download."
Cradle of Filth has announced the release of a new mini-album titled "Evermore Darkly…" The mini-album will see release through Peaceville Records on October 17th (Europe) and October 18th, 2011 (North America) via Nuclear Blast USA.
The "Evermore Darkly...." artwork, created by Natalie Shau, is now available and can be viewed below.
The CD features a new song titled "Thank Your Lucky Stars," a remix of "Forgive Me Father" courtesy of Rob C from Anthrax, an extended rendition of "Lilith Immaculate," as well as demo versions of three "Darkly, Darkly…" songs. The mini-album closes with a special taster from Cradle of Filth's impending orchestral project, in the form of a reworking of "Summer Dying Fast."
U.K. female fronted folk metal act Cryptic Age has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"Well, it's been a long time since we've written a blog entry, but we've been working hard behind the scenes doing lots of gigs over the summer as well as working on our new album!
"First things first, even though we got to the finals for Metal 2 the Masses, unfortunately we didn't get the chance to go and play at Bloodstock. However, Hostile Rising, the band who did win, should receive everyone's congratulations on such a well-deserved opportunity!
"Next, we've had lots of opportunities ourselves playing at lots of venues over the summer. We have now branched out from our local county of Yorkshire and have played in Nottingham and Worksop, and over the next few months we will also have gigs in Durham, Darlington and Manchester! Our next gig, though, is much closer to home in The Duchess in York! So if you're in the area on the 31st August we'd love to see you!
"Now onto the important part! Over the past few months we've been working hard to getting the rest of our songs written for our new full-length album. If you've been following our blog, you'll already know the album is going to be called Sounds of Infinity, but I can tell you a bit more now! Apart from a couple of songs we've been performing live, we're busy writing several more songs and are nearly half-way through writing an epic four-parter, which will be named Sounds of Infinity, after the album. The album is not a concept album, but the four-parter is, and retells the story of a mysterious Manx legend concerning the spirits of Dalby Mountain!
"We are hoping to record some demos within the next few weeks and plan to release the album in the first part of next year!"
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the band's "Homeland" EP by heading over to this location.
The upcoming Hæresiarchs of Dis full-length studio release will be titled "Sermon 31: Clavicle 1-6 The Third Trine of Satyr's Cross" and consists of 6 main tracks interspersed with sections of variable noise and interludes. The track listing is as follows:
Clavicle 2:0 (06:57:16)
section 2:1 (12:51:09)
Clavicle 3:0 (16:21:09)
section 3:1 (18:17:47), section 3:2 (07:25:16)
Clavicle 4:0 (24:06:68) section 4:1 (25:16:70), section 4:2 (27:36:00)
Clavicle 5:0 (30:20:33)
section 5:1 (33:22:17), section 5:2 (41:30:14)
Clavicle 6:0 (42:23:72) section 6:1 (46:22:54), section 6:2 (48:15:57)
section 6:3 (52:26:38)
Front man Cernunnos has announced an early 2012 release through Moribund Cult Records. The CD run time is estimated at 53 minutes and the artwork can be viewed below.
American glam metal jokers Steel Panther have posted a trailer online for their forthcoming sophomore album, "Balls Out," which will be released on October 17th via Universal in the UK and on October 18th in North America. You can check it out below. The band also revealed the track listing for the album, which is as follows:
In The Future
Supersonic Sex Machine
Just Like Tiger Woods
17 Girls In A Row
If You Really Really Love Me'
It Won’t Suck Itself
Why Can’t You Trust Me
That’s What Girls Are For
Gold Digging Whore
I Like Drugs
Let Me Cum In
Weenie Ride More...
American thrash metal outfit Toxic Holocaust has posted a new music video online for the song "Judgement Awaits You." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Conjure And Command," which was released internationally last week and is available on multiple formats including digital, CD, 12” vinyl, as part of a deluxe double LP package, and a limited edition deluxe CD and DVD set that includes a full live set. More...
Brooklyn, New York based metal/hardcore veterans Biohazard have announced that they will be holding open auditions for a new vocalist, in order to replace former frontman Evan Seinfeld, who left in early June of this year. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"ATTENTION SINGERS!!! You think you got what it takes to be one of the voices for Biohazard? Send us your music, videos, links, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check you out. Experience is a must, as is the ability to commit 100% to the life of a full-time touring musician, as the band is booked solid for 2012 and 2013."
Biohazard will be releasing their new studio album, "Reborn In Defiance" through Nuclear Blast Records sometime in the near future.
Primal Fear posted a series of video studio reports about the recording of the forthcoming LP "Unbreakable." The album is scheduled for release on January 20th, 2012 through Frontiers Records. Check out the videos here:
Static-X frontman Wayne Static, who previously announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled "Pighammer," has posted the first single from this album. The song is titled "Assassins Of Youth" and can be heard below. "Pighammer" is due out on October 4, 2011 through Dirthouse Records.
Century Media has checked in with the following announcement about singing a deal with death metal act Vallenfyre:
"Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of U.K. death metal band Vallenfyre! Like Israel's Sonne Adam, Vallenfyre debuted with a 7" single on the underground label Imperium Productions and also mixes classic death metal with doom-but in case of Vallenfyre, there's some additional British crust thrown into the mix."
In regards to the band's signing, Jens Prueter (Head Of A&R, Century Media Records Europe) also commented: "I was already blown away by Vallenfyre's old school orgy of doomy and crusty death metal riffs when I heard the first demo last Winter, and the new 7" sounds even better. So I couldn't hesitate to offer them a deal straight away. That's how we signed Grave and Asphyx over 20 years ago-- and we all know that it was a good decision. So welcome to another chapter of Century Media's Death Metal legacy. Vallenfyre's debut album 'A Fragile King' is already recorded and will be released in late October 2011. If you like a mix of early Entombed, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, and Amebix you should hurry up to buy the last few copies of the 'Desecration' 7" which was limited to only 500 copies by Imperium Productions."
The "Desecration / Iconoclast" 7" was released a few weeks ago, and a few copies are still available. To hear samples from both songs and to purchase the 7", head over to the Vallenfyre website.
On September 26th (and a day later in the U.S.) Nightrage will release the band's fifth album “Insidious.” Nightrage guitarist and mastermind Marios Iliopoulos has now posted the second part of the album's track-by-track breakdown, which can be found below. Head over here to check out the first part of the track commentary.
“Sham Piety” - “Sham is actually the second song that Antony and I composed along with Olof. It’s a bit different and has an eerie feeling over all. One of the riffs comes from the first times of Nightrage, and it fit very well with the rest of this song. We blended some nice acoustic passages with brutal vocals, and also Tomas Lindberg makes a cool guest vocal appearance.”
“Cloaked In Wolf Skin” – “This one hits you like a roller coaster! It’s pure thrash with some death metal styles of riffing. Fast and straight forward. We wanted to create a very live fast song with cool guitar harmonies. The verse riff is totally old bay area thrash, and Jo’s drumming made this amazing. The chorus melodies help keep a good pace and the balance between melody and aggression.”
“This world is coming to an end” – “Very mid tempo kind of song with a fast verse and an emotional chorus. We had the luxury to have here again two amazing singers doing their thing. Apollo and Tomas make the last chorus together, and it is a great finale for the song.”
“Utmost end of pain” – “Very sad sounding guitar melodies at the beginning of the song, it leads into a fast and melodic verse. It’s a very different song for us again. Lots of heavy riffs and pounding drums. The chorus comes off very melodic and blends well with the overall melodic touch. Nice solos from Olof and myself with some cool chord progressions. I love how the vocals give you that strange feeling of desperation and anger, and at the same time, gives some glimpse of hope.”
Nightrage is heading out for the “Frets Of Fury” North America tour with partners in crime Firewind, Arsis, and White Wizzard. Dates are as follows: More...
Deivos has made another new song available for streaming online from the band's upcoming album "Demiurge of the Void." You can check out the song "Born to Loathe" by launching the audio player at the Bravewords website.
The band has also previously posted two other tracks from the album via MySpace. Head over to this location to hear "No Gods Before Me" and "Absolut of Hatred."
The "Demiurge of the Void" cover artwork is available here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. No Gods Before Me
2. Code of a Dead Deity
3. Absolut of Hatred
4. Born to Loathe
5. Extreme Unction
6. And the Word Became Flesh
7. Demiurge of the Void
Mortum has announced that the band has parted ways with vocalist Rhode "Revenge" Rachel due to personal and musical differences. Guitarist Adam "Ominous" Kerman commented:
"I would personally like to thank Rhode for his 3 years of service which brought many memorable shows, an EP, and overall confidence instilled in the band. He will be missed, but it is time to move on. All shows/releases are to go as planned as I will be doing vocal duties for the time being. We all wish Rhode the best in his musical endeavors."
Lord Vicar is set to release its second full length LP "Signs of Osiris" on October 31, 2011 through The Church Within Records. A vinyl edition of the album is also in the works. This will mark the band's first release since 2008's "Fear No Pain."
The track listing for "Signs of Osiris" is as follows:
1. Sign Of Osiris Slain
2. The Answer
3. Child Witness
4. Between The Blue Temple And The North Tower
5. Sinking City
6. Endless November
7. Sign Of Osiris Risen
A studio outtake from the recording sessions for "Signs of Osiris" can also be seen below.
Varg Vikernes, the infamous musician behind the notorious one man black metal band Burzum, has announced that he will be releasing a new book entitled, "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia," which will be released on December 5th.
According to a press release, his fifteen year research on the subject "has culminated in a book in which the outspoken and often divisive author challenges many of the widely held views of contemporary culture and its history. The passionate and in-depth text provides an absorbing insight into the thoughts of this most notorious of musicians. Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia makes fascinating reading and will be of interest not only to black metal and Burzum fans, but also to those with an interest in Norse mythology or European history and social commentators."
"Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia" will also available in a special edition hardback – limited to 2000 copies. Bound in high quality arlin material adorned with silver print, and presented in a debossed, matching slipcase.
Varg also recently raised yet another controversy by releasing a public statement about the terrorist attack in Norway in July.
After the albums Appetite for Destruction and Lies, Guns N Roses released two albums at the same time titled Use Your Illusion I and II. From this double release would come three intertwining videos known as ‘The Trilogy’.
This week a look back at these videos and the excess involved.
The video begins with a baby floating to the top of water. The baby has blue eyes. Logically, the video cuts to Axl Rose who is caught in a Buffalo winter-like-blizzard. He is in a kilt and holding a gun. Ladies and gentlemen this is your setup to ‘The Trilogy’…now it gets weird.
Axl is now in his residence and is holding a gun and apparently contemplating suicide. His girl played by then girl friend Stephanie Seymour, wrestles the gun away, but not before Axl throws her against the wall; angry that his model girlfriend stopped him from killing himself. Next scene we are at a cemetery where Axl and his girl are having a picnic. Cut to the band playing on top of a skyscraper building. Shannon Hoon, the lead singer from Blind Melon joins Axl, singing along with the chorus. All members of the band have decided to carry bandanas that hang out of their back pocket, except for Matt Sorum (who replaced their original drummer Steven Adler) who is wearing his on his head. There is a sign that says WHERE’S IZZY signaling Izzy Stradlin’s departure from the band (replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke). Axl is wearing a flannel shirt that is probably his way distancing himself from the backlash of hair bands that was beginning during this time. Axl does the “airplane” run from one side of the building to the other. This doesn’t appear safe.
Back to the drama, we have Duff and Slash separately having fights with their girls. Duff is outside a club/bar and Slash is out driving. It appears Duff tells his girl off while Slash decides to drive the girl off a cliff. I picture Slash and Duff in a bar later that night. DUFF: So I just said “Fuck You!” and that was it. SLASH: I drove my girl off a cliff. DUFF: Oh.
The video escalates with Axl in a hospital room that is probably an insane asylum. While Rose lies there in a gown another image of Axl wearing a kilt appears and then one wearing a blazer appears and then leaves. Just for kicks it would have been entertaining to have Axl with the hair from the “Welcome to the Jungle” video show up as well, but then sometimes I ask too much.
Back on the roof with the band and helicopters are overhead and Axl continues to run around like an airplane on this very high roof. At this point he might as well grab a pair of scissors as he runs because it’s clear all caution has been thrown out the window.
Back in the hospital and Axl’s hand’s are shaking and he’s making this strange look like “see I told you” to the doctor who doesn’t seem very interested in what is happening. Next scene we are back in the cemetery and the grave has the name Axl Rose engraved on it with the ending year of 1990 which is because (as Axl later stated) a very suicidal year for him. Below the grave a green demon like Axl is looking up then we cut to a baby again coming up from the water. This time the eyes are green….and…..CUT!