Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails hinting at co-headlining tour

•March 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday’s reveal of a Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails co-headlining show in Dallas, TX looks to have been the tip of the iceberg. Both bands have just posted new teaser videos (see below) with various venues being shown in the clips. Among those venues glimpsed at in the teasers are:

Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood

Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Austin, TX – The Tower Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas

The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater,

Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Las Vegas, NV – PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Thus far only the August 17th show from the two acts at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, TX has been revealed.

Vader working on HEAVIEST Vader album yet!!

•March 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Vader have wrapped the recording process for their new album “Tibi Et Igni” at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, POL. Wotjek and Slawek Wiesawski produced the offering. A June 03rd North American release is expected with the band stating:

“The Fire was released!! The word made flesh and new Vader album – ‘Tibi Et Igni‘ – is done! We were working four weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February. 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. Two songs in special mix versions shall be released as 7” yet in April.

The whole album at the end of May. In April and May Vader and Nuclear Blast are preparing some videos to close up the process of work and the album itself. Be ready for interviews and other surprise until ‘Tibi Et Igni‘ will be in your hands. The absolute heaviest Vader album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now!”

Bloodbath’s new singer: an educated guess

•March 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Through the past few weeks death metal supergroup, Bloodbath, has been teasing us with hints as to who the new vocalist us.

Clue #1: born in 1971
Clue #2: this beard

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Clue #3: born in continent Black Death killed over 25 million people.

But I think the biggest clues yet were staring at us the entire time… Their profile picture for their Facebook the past few weeks

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Which features two things , entombed’s font for their logo, and this guitar pedal

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A pedal both bloodbath members and entombed members have used.

I think it’s safe to say their new vocalist is coming from the band entombed. And the only face that fits the profile is none other than…..

Jörgen Sandström!!*

Sandström has performed in many death metal bands including Grave, Project Hate, Torture Division, Krux, and oh yea Entombed :)

His vocals are brutal as fuck and his lyrics are like hymns written by our Dark Lord, Satan himself.

Again this is pure speculation, but if I am proven to be true this could be one hell of a new album!!

*- only conflict is that Project Hate are crowd funding to record a new album.

Steve K’s Top 10 Metal Shows of 2013

•February 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

1. Gojira w/ Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth @ House of Blues in Chicago, IL

Not a whole lot needs to be said to explain this choice. A road trip up to Chicago was in order after hearing about this tour. To me, both Gojira and DTP are the most inspirational and influential musicians in metal today. Spanning across every genre, Devin has captured more attention and appreciation with every release by not showing fear of experimenting  outside the box and limiting himself to the expectations of fans. Music is about releasing your emotions in an abstract form of art. Art is open to interpretation. When you focus too much on what people expect you to sound like is when you lose your artistic creativity.

2. Meshuggah w/ Animals As Leaders & Intronaut @ Pop’s

Absolutely crushing set by the ‘Shug featuring a lot of new material from Koloss. This show was the first in a while that I’d been to at Pop’s. It was packed to the brim and sweaty as all hell – even up in the balcony. The intensity of the crowd was almost as punishing as the music itself. I saw a ton of Devin Townsend gear being worn at the show. I was wearing my Epicloud hoodie that I bought at the show in Chicago and received a few hollers from fellow fans walking by.
 
3. Soilwork w/ Jeff Loomis @ Firebird

Finally got to see Soilwork headline! Between the expansive set, and seeing them play 1 ft away, it was well worth the wait. Sucks that Loomis had his gear stolen after the show. St. Louis sucks sometimes.

4. Amon Amarth w/ CoB, Battlecross, & Huntress @ Pop’s

I was so excited that St. Louis got an off-date from the Rockstar Mayhem Tour – rather, an after-date. The main reason I went was to see Amon Amarth (and Battlecross) and it was apparent that the crowd was as well. They were epicly loud and rambunctious during Amon Amarth’s set, belting out the words to nearly every song – including the newest material off Deceiver of the Gods.

5. Opeth & Katatonia @ Pop’s

It was so nice to see Opeth again – and Katatonia for the first time. They had both skipped over St. Louis on their previous North American runs, so this show was not one to be missed. A very different, mellow (almost stoner) feel to Opeth’s setlist on this tour promoting Heritage. An acoustic version of Demon of the Fall? How can you go wrong.

6. TesseracT w/ Scale the Summit & Anciients @ Fubar

Any chance you get to see Scale the Summit live is a treat in itself. You tend to get lost in the music and drift away as you stand there in awe at Chris and Travis bending spoons with guitar strings right before your eyes. The new tunes of The Migration sounded flawless and even more crushing live than on the album.

7. Last Chance to Reason w/ Evan Brewer @ Fubar

There are last chance’s for many things. In this case, it was the final opportunity to catch Last Chance to Reason before an inevitable, long-term hiatus commenced due to the vocalist parting ways to join The Contortionist. The reason this show ranks so highly on my list is because of the opening act, Evan Brewer and his epic bass-playing. Rounding out the live band with Navene K of Animals As Leaders and The Faceless, the live performance was incredible. I found myself standing there in awe watching the two of them build off each other’s energy.  

8. Iron Maiden & Megadeth @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis

FINALLY I’m able to check the metal masters Iron Maiden off my list of metal bands to see before I die. They still jump around on stage and kick ass. Better than what I ever expected.

9. Trivium & Devildriver w/ After the Burial @ Pop’s

Going to this show felt like I was taking a trip back about 10 years in time. I used to love Trivium. Their first 2 albums were amazing, and then they pulled an Avenged Sevenfold and changed their sound to mimic Metallica – not the good era. Devildriver, on the other hand, lost my interest with Pray for Villains, but regained my interest with The Beast, as well as their most recent album, Winter Kills. After the Burial were a nice addition and were the deal-breaker on whether or not I was going to attend this show. I’ve always had a soft spot for AtB. In Dreams didn’t stick with me as much as Rareform did, but the new album Wolves Within is another leap in the right direction.

10. Veil of Maya w/ Vildjharta @ Fubar

Vildjharta was the main reason I went to this show. Veil of Maya puts on a fun show, but the douche-tastic hardcore kids always ruin it for me. When will these ninjas die out? I thought the trend was over…

Throwback Thursday Concert Series: February 4, 2005 – Mudvayne’s “Guerilla Tour”

•February 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

February 4, 2005
Mudvayne – The Guerilla Tour
Creepy Crawl in St. Louis, MO

Very hard to believe this show was almost 9 years ago to the day. I was a Junior in high school, just a strapping young lad in a world full of metal that I hadn’t even touched the surface of. Sitting at school that day, I could not wait for it to end so I could drive straight to downtown to a rugged, intimate venue off North Tucker Avenue known as Creepy Crawl. A hole in the wall to some, it served as a cornerstone of the underground metal, hardcore, and indie scene in St. Louis for several years. Band posters, stickers, and flyers covered the walls. A chain link fence separated the bar from the dance floor in a room about the size of your standard unfinished basement. The dance floor featured a column in the middle of it. Finally, the bathrooms with no doors, no stalls, and only a toilet to conduct business. If that’s not classy then I don’t know what is.

It was a cold February day in the Gateway to the West. Myself and a few friends drove straight from school to Creepy Crawl to meet with a buddy of ours who got to Creepy Crawl around noon to start a line at the door, before Mudvayne’s bus even arrived at the venue. All day he sat out there until he was joined by a few other diehard metal heads before we got there. Luckily we were able to slide into the line with him and stake out our spot in the impending rush towards the stage once the doors opened.

After what seemed like an eternity, the doors opened at 7pm. We claimed our spots at the front of the stage and eventually met up with the rest of our group that arrived a little later than we did. We stood there for 2 hours, anticipating what we were about to experience. Mudvayne was a heavy influence on me as a vocalist and to my band Cnidaria as musicians and performers. And here we were, about to see them literally face-to-face.

It was 9pm when the lights went finally went out. The crowd went completely apeshit. We started chanting in anticipation and looked around at the chaotic crowd around us, soaking it all in. Just as I looked back toward the stage, there was Greg standing a foot and a half away, ready to belt out some licks on his signature flying V guitar with his long hair covering his face. That’s when I knew it was going to be a hell of a ride. For those that are familiar with Creepy Crawl, the stage wasn’t very big, nor tall. My friends and I were all up against the stage that came up to just above our knee caps. Needless to say, it was a painful yet rewarding place to be standing. With the weight of the crowd bearing down on us, the only thing to keep us upright were the onstage monitors in front of Greg, Chad, and Ryan. Several times during each song we’d have to pull the monitors back towards us because we’d pushed them a few feet into the stage.

We felt the tension and energy of the crowd as soon as Mudvayne blasted into the first riff of Determined to open the set. Chad ran out from the back of the stage wearing a ski mask with his mo-hawk sticking up through the top. Because of the maximum capacity of the venue (nearly breaking the fire-code), as well as the often distorted sound system, the only vocals we were able to hear from the front of the stage were coming through the onstage monitors and from Chad’s voice when he came close enough. Nevertheless, we belted out the words along with the legion of metal heads surrounding us. During one of the songs, I believe it was Nothing to Gein a fan decided it was a good idea to crowd-surf in a ridiculously crowded room. He soon regretted this as he landed on stage, got the mic cable wrapped around his leg and inadvertently kicked Chad in the face as the security guard threw him back into the crowd. Chad looked at him with a crazed smile on his face and jumped on top of the fan – while still crowd-surfing – and belted out the words of the breakdown right into his face as the crowd dissipated and he fell to the ground. Shit happens.

Several times during the set the whole crowd moved as one. The opening riffs of Internal Primates Forever and Cradle provided the crowd with a boost of adrenaline as the whole place jumped up and down, most definitely shaking the whole building. I had seen Mudvayne a few times before this tour, but this was by far the most electric show of them all. The addition of Skrying to the setlist was a pleasant surprise and a very under-rated song on The End of All Things to Come. Because they were touring and promoting their new album Lost and Found, they played several new songs, some of which had not been played live nor heard by fans yet. Every single one of them sounded absolutely crushing live, especially IMN and Pushing Through.

Mudvayne’s setlist from that unforgettable night:

Determined
Internal Primates Forever
Silenced
IMN
-1
Death Blooms
Pushing Through
Skrying
Nothing to Gein
Happy?
Cradle
World So Cold
Ran.Sun.Gone
Not Falling
Dig

After the show we stuck around in the bitter cold to meet Ryan and Chad. They signed a few items for us and took a few pictures. One of the most memorable shows I’ve ever been to. Until next time… Keep ‘em up \m/

-Steve K

A few links for your viewing pleasure

•January 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Pure fucking mayhem:
http://youtu.be/z_Qoj9ViExY

Until the light takes us:
http://youtu.be/oD3lmAMDiX8

Once upon a time in Norway:
http://youtu.be/7h9XzRdFIhc

 
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