Archive: Headline News
It's Grammy Award nomination time again, which is always an odd experience for metal fans. There's only one actual metal category - Best Metal Performance - and no category for actual metal albums to win.
Best Rock Album occasionally has heavy metal releases, but usually only of the most well known bands that aren't representative of the best metal had to offer in any given year.
In a move that literally left the audience scratching their heads, earlier this year Ghost took home the Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Today the nominees are announced for the upcoming 59th annual 2017 Grammy Awards. These songs are now in the running for Best Metal Performance:
- "Shock Me" by Baroness
- "Silvera" by Gojira
- "Rotting In Vain" by Korn
- "Dystopia" by Megadeth
- "The Price Is Wrong" by Periphery
Alright, it's prediction time: who do you think is going to win the 2017 Grammy Best Metal Performance?
Gojira's "Magma" album also managed to land in the Best Rock Album category alongside the likes of Blink-192, Weezer, and Panic! At The Disco.
German metal act Panzer - featuring bassist/vocalist Schmier (Destruction) and ex-Accept drummer Stefan Schwarzmann - announced a new lineup. Replacing Herman Frank on guitar will be Poltergeist guitarist V.O. Pulver and HammerFall's Pontus Norgren.
"After producing the debut with Panzer, the guys asked me to help them out live to help provide the double axe-attack on stage", recalls V.O. Pulver. "Of course I took the opportunity to rock out with my buddies. And when the chance came up to join them permanently, I didn't hesitate to accept and now I can't wait to play the sound of my youth!"
Pontus Norgren was just as excited to join the heavy metal war machine: "It was not a hard decision when I got asked to join the Panzer project, it was a straight up YES! To be able to create music with good friends is the most important thing in my world and in this band, having fun when making music, is number one. I'm looking forward to all of the craziness that the future is going to bring with these guys. So let's kick some serious...!" More...
Violent protest apparently struck the Messes Des Morts festival that just took place November 24th - 26th in Montreal, with Portland-based metal band Uada offering this first hand account of events:
"First and foremost Uada would like to send our thanks to the promoters & staff who put a lot of hard work into organizing this great event. They were not only some of the most professional groups of organizers we've met but they also put the safety of the concert-goers first & deserve the highest respects for making that decision. We were honored for the invitation & despite the travesty Saturday night, we greatly enjoyed our time in Montreal.
"Secondly we would like to send our heartfelt apologies to the fans, as they were the ones who really suffered this weekend. We know a lot of people were looking forward to this specific night of the festival, including their first Uada experience, & it saddens us that we were unable to share it with you. We definitely will return to Montreal sometime in the future.
"When we formed in 2014 we made a point to be a band with zero political, religious or cultural bias in our viewpoints or our art. Music, art & our freedom to express it is extremely important to us but unfortunately at Messe des Morts this weekend we were forced to shut down & unable to share our art with the hundreds of people that were there to enjoy it. We know it was not specifically because of our band or in association with any of our members, but we were just as devastated by the turn in events as many others from all around the world were.
"While we were locked in the building as the riots of the Antifa organizations in Montreal intensified, we stood among a great group of cultural & racial diversity just as we did the previous night in the venue. We all gathered under one roof to forget about our differences & find common ground in something we all love, MUSIC. Meanwhile hundreds of Antifa (majority Caucasian by the way) stood outside protesting with threats, violence & vandalism. More...
Metallica's 10th studio album, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct," debuted at No. 1 around the world today selling over 800,000 copies worldwide.
In addition to the United States, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" is No. 1 on the album charts in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden with many of these markets having their best sales week of 2016.
In the United States, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart with over 291,266 equivalent album units and 281,645 actual album sales, and is the band's 6th consecutive No. 1 album in the United States. It is the largest debut for a rock band in 2016, and according to Hits Magazine, this is the third biggest debut of 2016 behind Beyoncé and Drake. It is currently the "Most Wished For" album on Amazon.com.
"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" was released on November 18th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label. If you haven't heard it yet, video clips are available online for every single song here.
It's finally happening: after killer videos for "The Imperial March" and the Star Wars main theme took the Internet by storm, Galactic Empire is now slated to release a full album of heavy metal Star Wars covers in February. Pre-orders are available here and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Main Theme
2. Imperial March
3. Duel of the Fates
4. The Force Theme
5. The Asteroid Field
6. Battle Of The Heroes
7. Cantina Band
8. Ben's Death: Tie Fighter Attack
9. Across The Stars
10. The Forest Battle
11. The Throne Room: End Title More...
The month that apparently only exists so people can buy things for Christmas (I can't think of another holiday before that occuring in November... can any of you?) is nearing its end, and that means its Black Friday deal time once more.
While some stores are easing off the notion of opening early on Thanksgiving due to backlash, there's plenty others giving into the greed and sending metalheads to work on Thursday, when they should be sitting at home worshiping Satan with their families, just as the founding fathers intended.
We'd like to give a hearty heavy metal finger to that nonsense. Skip all the lines and the stampeding and instead buy some new heavy albums online at a discount. Below we're listing out all the holiday / Thanksgiving / Cyber Monday / Black Friday heavy metal 2016 deals currently available.
We will update this article throughout the week as new deals become available. Know of a deal we missed? Be sure to let us know and we'll add it ASAP!
The Nuclear Blast holiday sale just kicked off and runs through November 28th. See all the 300+ discounted albums right here.
LADLO Productions has a 30% off sale running through December 15th using coupon code XMAS2016.
Cannibal Corpse is selling tour date back tees at half off and everything else 25% off here with no coupon code necessary.
Agonia Records is offering 5% off absolutely everything at the label's webshop here by entering coupon code RD111 at checkout. Black Friday (11/25) only, everything is 20% off with coupon code BLKFR16.
Through November 28th, all CDs at the Rockshots Records store will be $7.99. Check out the selection here.
There are a ton of albums and box sets for 20% - 50% off through AFM Records at the label's webstore here.
Blood and Ink Records currently has a free holiday sampler available digitally at Bandcamp here (one a "name-your-price" basis, including free). You can also stream the tracks below. You can also get 25% off your order at the Blood & Ink webstore with coupon code Friday16.
Amazon.com runs rotating daily deals on music of all varieties. Right now there are a handful of physical metal CDs on sale,
but stay tuned as their daily $5 metal album sale is sure to start in the next few days as normal. The $5 hard rock and metal album sale is online now, covering everything from Katatonia to Fear Factory to Rage Against The Machine.
Through Sunday at midnight, Anaal Nathrakh is offering 25% off anything in the band's merch store with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.
Rob Zombie's webstore is offering 25% off online orders and free shipping on orders over $50 with coupon code THANKS through November 28th.
Sevared Records has a fall sale ongoing offering a free CD plus one bonus Sevared release for every $30 you spend at the label's webstore here.
The Facedown Records annual Thanksgiving week sale includes all CDs already marked down, plus 25% off everything except pre-orders with coupon code FD25, with the sale running until November 28th while supplies last.
As usual, the fine folks at Razorback Records have a slew of sale CDs and digital albums here,
but check their main page throughout the week as well as they typically run a holiday sale for an extra percentage off non-sale items. The sale has begun and you now get 30% off your order if you buy at least $10 worth of items.
Evilspeak Magazine is offering 30% off issue and merch with coupon code 666 at checkout here.
In an unprecedented move for Metallica and echoing Kataklysm's 10 videos last summer, the band will release music videos for each song from forthcoming album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" starting today at 12:00 PM EST. A new video will be released around the world every two hours.
New songs and their videos will premiere right up to when the clock turns over at midnight in New Zealand, where the first official copy of the new album will be available worldwide. The videos - shot around the globe - will give fans the opportunity to hear the long awaited Metallica album two days ahead of its official November 18th release via Blackened Recordings.
We've embedded those already released below, and will update this article with the new clips as they come online.
Directors for the videos include: Jonas Åkerlund, who originally worked with the band on "Turn The Page" and "Whiskey In The Jar," Clark Eddy ("Atlas Rise," and countless "Making of . . ." clips), Tom Kirk ("Moth Into Flame"), Claire Marie Vogel, Jessica Cope, Rob Valley, Phil Mucci, and Metallica's very own videographer Brett Murray. More...
Here comes the sensation for all Hellowen fans: You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a Hellowen stage together and resurrect the band’s legendary original line-up.
Yes, it’s official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play Hellowen classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that’s not all of it! Under the flag Pumpkins United all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Kiske on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section.
The super tour’s first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo and takes the full Pumpkins entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US. An extremely big deal, which, including a few secret surprises, will present almost three hours of the biggest hits from three decades of Hellowen as the band will obviously insist on performing a full-speed trip through the Hellowen repertoire. "We already had an awesome time on the Hellish Rock part 1 & 2, but this time we’ll definitely double down on it" says Kai Hansen, and Markus Grosskopf adds: "There’ll for sure be songs that we haven’t played in a very long time or even ever before." More...
Italian fantasy metal pioneers Rhapsody of Fire announced that Teodasia vocalist Giacomo Voli will be the band's new voice, replacing Fabio Lione, who announced his departure back in late September.
The band commented: "We are extremely proud to announce that Giacomo Voli is the new singer of Rhapsody Of Fire. As you can imagine, we are very enthusiastic to have Giacomo in the band and we can promise you that, beside his beautiful voice, he has brought new energy that we are looking forward to unleashing. Stay tuned! More news and footage coming really soon!"
In a world exclusive interview with MetalUnderground.com back on October 10th, band founder Alex Staropoli spoke about the qualities he was seeking in a new vocalist: "There are three main aspects for both: personality, technique and emotion. We want someone with the right chemistry. We want to have a lot of fun playing, performing, recording and touring together. For instance, the new singer needs to have a solid vocal background, skillful and experienced, with a wide range and lots of power. It’s important that the singer can easily communicate with our audience on stage and convey a wide range of emotions through epic storytelling. Regarding the drummer, it’s of course less about storytelling emotion but more about the fun on tour and the energy on the stage in addition to a mind-blowing technique that fits our music."
The announcement came via a video clip with Voli introducing himself and a performance clip giving a taste of what he brings to the band. Check it out here:
According to a post from Lambgoat, new System Of A Down material is on the way. The band has already been stirring recently, announcing upcoming 2017 live performances at Download in June and Rock Werchter in July, but now it appears an actual album will arrive rather than just reunion shows.
According to Lambogat, System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan is quoted as saying:
"I want everyone on board and feeling good about it, that's what we're trying to accomplish right now. There's a tremendous amount of pressure on us, though, because it's been 11 years – at least 12 by the time it comes out. Our playing ability is better than it ever has been and we're trying new things. We're not trying to make 'Toxicity' Part II, just because it was by far our biggest album. This needs to be something for a new generation of SOAD fans, so everyone can see we're not resting on our laurels."
As usual, the recently solo-focused Serj isn't quite on the same page as everyone else however, as just this week he said this an interview with LA Weekly:
"We're going to get together and see if that's going to be System music or not. And who the fuck knows? If it is, great, and if it's not, then great."
There appears to be some question as to whether any of this music is actually going to be a SOAD album and when its coming, but for now we at least now songs of some variety are actively being worked on. Stay tuned for more album and tour date info as it becomes available.
The rock and metal world have begun to react to the reality of President-Elect Donald Trump this morning, and as expected, it isn't pretty. While a few were ecstatic (I see you there Ted) and a few have been oddly silent (where is Dave Mustaine?), most of the response has been less than positive.
Below is a sampling of musicians across the genre spectrum expressing their thoughts at learning of who ended up winning the electoral college vote last night in the U.S.
Hetfield had it right -— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) November 9, 2016
"We're so fucked! Shit out a luck. Hard wired to self-destruct!"
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of the German/Dutch progressive extreme metal band Alkaloid. You may recall Alkaloid earned the runner-up spot for "best metal newcomer of 2015" in our year-end awards, just barely being edged out by Gruesome.
Alkaloid features Hannes Grossman (ex-Obscura, Blotted Science) on drums, Christian Munzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) on guitar, Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) on bass, Danny Tunker (ex-Aborted) on guitar, and Morean (Dark Fortress) on vocals and guitar.
The band is now writing a second album to follow "The Malkuth Grimoire" (reviewed here), which is slated for a 2017 release via Season Of Mist. Regarding this signing, the band comments:
"After crowdfunding and self-releasing our debut album 'The Malkuth Grimoire', we have come to a point where we simply need a reliable partner, who fully understands our musical vision and believes in it 100%. Therefore Season of Mist is the perfect label for us. We are extremely excited about our collaboration and cannot wait to start producing our next album." More...
The Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from Metallica today debut "Atlas, Rise!"
The song is the third track to be released from Metallica's upcoming album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", due for release on the band's own Blackened Recordings on November 18th, and follows previously released tracks "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame."
"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is Metallica's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum "Death Magnetic". Check out "Atlas, Rise!" below.
Brazilian heavy metal outfit Sepultura just revealed the title of upcoming studio album, "Machine Messiah." Inspired by the robotisation of our society, the album will be released on January 13th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was produced by the band and Jens Borgen of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Album artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa. Andreas Kisser states:
"I found the work of Camille Della Rosa during some research I was doing to look for alternative artists to work on the cover of our new album. I had the concept in my mind and the name of the album, Machine Messiah, but that didn’t matter much since I was looking for different styles and ideas, different artists. When I saw her paintings I was really impressed by her style, full of colours and meaning, very unique and alive! She comes from the Philippines, a place where we performed some years ago and we could feel the intensity of their culture, very powerful! She has that power in her paintings and drawings! More...
Peste Noir has apparently been forced off the Blastfest 2017 bill due to "extreme left political groups," which presumably means Antifa, although the organization isn't specifically named.
In light of the cancellation, Horna voluntarily dropped off the bill as well. Oddly, these unnamed political groups don't seem to have a problem with Phil Anselmo appearing. The organizers of the festival comment:
"In light of the festivals partners receiving pressure from extreme left political groups, Blastfest organisers regretfully have no other choice than to cancel the appearance of French extreme metal band Peste Noire at 2017’s rendition of the Bergan, Norway based festival.
"As much as we love the brilliant music of Peste Noire, and how much we have stated that we are a musical platform, and no politics are involved in our concept, the amount of political focus created due to this booking, is badly affecting our existence. Our partners have been pushed very hard, and we now reached the point where we had to decide to stand by our choice, and ultimately cancel the whole festival, or cancel Peste Noire. So, we will keep going, creating a great metalfest for all metalheads, unfortunately without Peste Noire. More...
For over a decade at the world's largest outdoor metal festival - Wacken Open Air - independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another to be crowned champion of the world.
For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia (and more may be announced). The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 Wacken festival taking place from August 3rd - 5th.
Submissions for Metal Battle USA will begin October 21st and end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST. Band submissions can be made right here.
How it works: Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined), selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City, with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry. The finalists will be selected as follows by city:
2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City More...
Doom-heads rejoice! Leif Edling, the master bassist and songwriter behind Candlemass, will bring his new project The Doomsday Kingdom to play a first show at Roadburn 2017 on Sunday, April 23rd, at Het Patronaat!
Edling’s legacy is second to none in doom. For over 30 years he has crafted songs that find vibrancy in darkness, life within the morose, and explored grand miseries that have influenced two generations of bands from around the world.
Working with vocalist Niklas Stålvind when not handling those duties himself, Edling now presents the "Never Machine" demo EP on November 25th.
“After hosting Candlemass and Avatarium in years past, we are thrilled to have The Doomsday Kingdom making a debut on stage – the first time playing live anywhere!” exclaims Walter Roadburn. “There could not be a better setting than Het Patronaat for what’s sure to be a pilgrimage of doom for Roadburners from around the world. Don’t miss it!” More...
It's finally happening everyone: Mac Sabbath is touring with Okilly Dokilly. Yep, McDonald's themed doom is colliding with Ned Flanders-themed metal. Also on the epic Mockstrosity tour bill will be Metalachi, the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band. Catch the show on any of these dates:
3/8/17 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
3/9/17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
3/10/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue & 7th St Entry
3/11/17 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
3/12/17 - Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME - House Of Music & Entertainment
3/14/17 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Firebird
3/15/17 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
3/16/17 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
3/17/17 - Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's
3/18/17 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
3/21/17 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
3/22/17 - Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
3/23/17 - Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
3/24/17 - Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
3/25/17 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium
3/28/17 - Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
3/29/17 - New York City, NY @ (le) poisson rouge
3/30/17 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
3/31/17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
4/1/17 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
4/2/17 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
4/5/17 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (* without Okilly Dokilly) More...
Following the band's breakup back in 2013, Hour Of 13 is now regrouping and has signed a deal with Shadow Kingdom Records. The label will present a long-overdue demos & rarities collection titled "Salt The Dead: The Rare And Unreleased." Hour Of 13 also issued this statement:
"2006 was an immense year for influence and creation. A simple session of writing spawned three songs that paved the way for a debut album destined to return American Heavy Metal back to the forefront of the underground Metal scene.
"And with the release came a quick acclaim, building up a following that the entity itself never saw coming. Throughout its lifespan, Hour Of 13 has seen its' fair share of ups and downs. Not ever really existing in the other classes of bands within it's scene, it paved a path of Darkness and gloom that solidified its place within the tops of the genre.
"All that rise must fall... Due to a professional ordeal that was both good and bad, along with the passing of some of it's closest friends, the idea to lay it to rest until the right time was evident and heeded. Coupled with all of the problems, departures and returns, backlash and all around trash talk, the ideals were continued under the Night Magic name. The slumber for Ho13 in its' name
had been thought to be eternal. Forever. More...
With heavy hearts, Iowa's diligent metalcore quartet For Today recently just announced the band's very final U.K. show. Today the band reveals that special guests at that show will be Loathe and Nothing Left. For Today put out the following statement:
“After over 11 years as a band, 6 full length albums and 1 EP, we have decided to make 2016 the last year of For Today. When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple times.
"Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we've spent making music and touring. We met our wives, had kids and moved to different states because of For Today. It's been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There's no behind the scenes drama happening or disagreements between band members. We're all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over.
"We want to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially the fans who have kept us going for so many years. That's why we're excited to announce that we're doing an extensive farewell tour, hitting all our favourite cities. Come hang out with us one last time and let's make these last shows some that we'll never forget!”
Loathe comments: "We would like to thank For Today for inviting us to join them on their Farewell Tour, it is a great privilege to be a part of such a prestigious tour."
For Today’s final U.K. show will take place at renowned London venue The Underworld on the 27th of October, 2016. The band's last show ever will take place in Texas on December 18th. More...