Entries tagged with: Metallica
Last year, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett held his first-ever Fear FestEvil, and now he's giving it another go. The second annual Fear FestEvil will go down at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA on April 11 & 12. Kirks' got some cool bands on board too, including Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Blues Pills, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. The night before the music begins, there's a "Murder Mystery Dinner/ VIP Party" at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Here's more on that:
On the 10, guests attending the Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of 'whodunnit' mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who! Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special 'horror royalty' as they try to crack the mystery open.Tickets go on sale Monday (1/12).
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
The Pulp documentary is far from the only music film showing in NYC this month. Film festival DOC NYC runs November 13 - 20 with a wide variety of non-fiction films. Like last year, this also includes the "Sonic Cinema" music documentary program, which includes the world premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990 (SVA Theatre, Fri. 11/14); Elliott Smith portrait Heaven Adores You (SVA Theatre, 11/15 & 11/20); and Jingle Bell Rocks! (Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 11/19) which looks at people obsessed with Christmas music. Tickets are on sale (some shows sold out but rush tickets available) and the full "Sonic Cinema" lineup/details are below.
We're also giving away pairs of tickets to see Salad Days on Friday (11/14, 9:30 PM) and to the 11/15 (9:30 PM) screening of Heaven Adores You. Details below.
Not part of "Sonic Cinema," but DOC NYC is also hosting a 10th Anniversary screening of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster at IFC Center on Saturday (11/15, 11:15 AM) with director Joe Berlinger in attendance. Other non-music but notable films show at DOC NYC include Banksy Does New York, a look at the man in the Muppet suit I Am Big Bird, a 20th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams and lots more. Full schedule is here.
"Sonic Cinema" lineup and trailers for all the films, plus contest details, below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families.The Boss plays a related event in NYC on 11/5 too.
Dubbed the Concert for Valor, the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up its signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public.
Organizers have also promised performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances by Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is co-producing the event.
Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees. [Washington Post]
by Ian Chainey
Bay Area thrashers Exodus have released a new track from their upcoming full-length Blood In, Blood Out. This one is called "Salt the Wound" and it features former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett lending a solo. Glad to see Kirk is still finding work. Blood In, Blood Out, the band's 10th full-length, will be out on October 14 through Nuclear Blast (preorder). Exodus will then tour North America with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starting in November. (Closest NYC show: NJ's Welmont Theatre on November 29.) You can stream "Salt the Wound" below.
It has been a bit of a roller-coaster news cycle for Exodus, lately. Ups: Guitarist Gary Holt will be appearing on Top Chef Duels this week (9/10) as a judge along with Scott Ian and Rob Zombie. A metal taste test? (A vegan one, actually.) Points if he quotes "Piranha." Downs: A fan was arrested for posting Exodus lyrics on his Facebook page. So Gary, maybe don't quote "Piranha." Maybe you should just shred it up as an answer any question. Worked for Harpo Marx.
"Salt the Wound" appears below.
by Ian Chainey
SLAYER WATCH: That pic above isn't from the worst remake of Porky's, it's more evidence that Slayer is back in the studio. That's producer Terry Date helming Slayer's potential 2015 return. Maybe we'll get to hear new stuff when they go on tour with Exodus, though maybe you shouldn't post about it on Facebook. The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour Live '85 tour video appears below because Friday.
Slow metal week? Slow metal week. To drive that point home, Metallica were honored by Guinness World Records for playing seven continents last year. Fans are still waiting for the band to return to the continent of 1986.
All-star death metallers Bloodbath, one of Maryland Deathfest 2015's big draws, have recorded vocals for their new album. Says the band, "All vocals done and in the bag! The mix starts this weekend... Almost there now!" The band has yet to announce their new lead singer. Tip: Take a pic of the back of their head. Seems to work.
Mothership, who are playing the huge NYC-based Uninvited Festival, have wrapped up their next album, Mothership II. The record should hit the streets on November 11. Check out the van-art cover and the tracklisting below.
The folks at Noisey have put together a seven part documentary on one of America's most enduring metal scenes. NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou , which -- full disclosure -- was co-directed by former BV editor Fred Pessaro, will start rolling out on September 16. You can watch the trailer below.
Finally, to leave things on a high notes, a blast from the past: Football season has officially started, meaning we can dust off "81% Burnt," the Dillinger Escape Plan cover that's centered entirely on pigskin legend Art Monk. The track was submitted to the band back in 2001 when open tryouts for vacated vocalist were taking place. 100 percent perfection.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full albums first: Earth, who got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly, are streaming their new album all the way through. Check out it out below. The band is currently on tour and will be playing NYC's Saint Vitus on September 24 and September 25 for their David Lynch Foundation-supporting set.
For single tracks and videos, OSDMers Stench debuted "Road" from their forthcoming Venture (October 7, Agonia Records - preorder). The mighty Horrendous pushed death metal forward with "The Stranger" off Ecdysis (October 14, Dark Descent). And stoner rockers Lo-Pan have offered up another from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone Records - preorder). Lo-Pan are out on the road with Black Cobra and will play Saint Vitus on September 18 for a special Invisible Oranges presented show. Both will also be playing Uninvited Festival. All tracks appear below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY9/5): Get your underground blast n' big riff on with Organ Dealer, Beast Modulus, Huldra, Hercyn, and Through Thorn and Brier at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SUUUNNNNNDAY (9/7): The heavier-than-heavy Theologian, Megaton Leviathan, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul bill will shake the Acheron (tickets). If you'd prefer something short, sweet, and violent as hell, Punch, Crushed, Curmudgeon, and Water Torture play Death by Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. HUGE list. We debuted new recordings from Phobia and Striker. We interviewed interesting Japanese hard rockers Ningen-Isu and artist Mark Rudolph. We showed off our photos from Hoverfest. And we took a deep, deep dive into Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake, a big album you may have skipped due to the stain of lamestream bro-dom.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
By Ian Chainey
Metallica at Orion, 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The outrage over Metallica headlining the upcoming Glastonbury Festival has gone ridiculous to ludicrous speed, but at least one group is presenting a somewhat legitimate gripe. (And no, we're not talking about Mogwai, who were thrown under the social media bus by a shite-y headline.) And if you don't agree with legitimacy, at least it's a different cry than "because they suck."
Remove Metallica from GlastonburyFestival for their support of Bear Hunting, a Facebook group intending to do exactly that, was created on May 25 and has since accrued over 13,000 likes. The moderators of the page take issue with James Hetfield's long-held support of big game hunting, particularly his narration duties on the History Channel's The Hunt, a series detailing Kodiak, Alaska hunters bent on bagging brown bears. (Two of these things are true: Eight states allow bear hunting. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game offers 496 hunting tags a year, given out via a lottery system. Critics say The Hunt starts well, but soon turns into a load.) Per the offended:
James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica is a supporter and promoter of big game hunting. This does not represent the values of environmentalism that have come to be so important at Glastonbury.No word from the band or the festival yet regarding the Facebook page, but Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis hasn't been opposed to hunting in some instances.
However, Metallica have said they may open their set with Oasis' "Wonderwall." So, yeah, that'll calm everyone down.
If you're in a masochistic mood, you can stream a 30 minute episode of Metallica's tour diary, MetOnTour (not just the name for the method of your conception used by your Deadhead parents), below.
By Ian Chainey
Ruining Lives cover art
Long-running metallers Prong will be going on tour this year. A long tour. A really long tour. Starting in July, Tommy Victor and his two compatriots will start their epic trek in Italy and will loop around the European festival circuit. Then they'll fly back to the US with an occasional co-headlining slate with vet thrashers Overkill. To wrap things up, Overkill and Prong will do another Euro run, ending up in the Netherlands. Total number of dates: 64. Total number of days: 116. Total haul: So much Frequent Flyer swag. Check out the full list of dates below.
Prong have kept surprisingly busy since reforming in 2002 after an initial run from 1986 to 1997 that saw the band break out thanks to post-thrash classic and request-line favorite "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." The outfit started life as something of a crossover act before finding the groove and machine precision of industrial. Unfortunately, over their career, they've been something of a revolving door when it comes to membership. Still, they've had their share of impressive musicians including Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Ted Parsons (Swans), and Troy Gregory (Flotsam and Jetsam). Current bassist Jason Christopher joined the group in 2012 and Arturo "Art" Cruz in 2014. But, through it all, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor has been the lone Prong constant while splitting time as Danzig's shredder. No word if Victor will be handling six-string duties for the reformed Samhain at Riot Fest.
On September 30, Prong will hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC sans Overkill. Ticket details are TBA for that one, but tickets are on sale for the show they play with Overkill at Starland Ballroom in NJ three days earlier.
In August, Overkill join Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, D.R.I., Exodus, Municipal Waste, Body Count (who also have a Gramercy Theatre show coming up), Voivod, Hatebreed, Madball, Fucked Up and many more for the three day "Heavy Montreal" festival. Get yourself to Canada.
All Prong dates along with a cut from Prong's newest album Ruining Lives and a few classics appear below.
By Ian Chainey
Origin and friend
Fun fact: Do you know what happened 20 years ago today (5/16)? It was a Monday! Who says things aren't better in the future? (What, were you expecting a retrospective?) Anyway, we've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:
Southwest Terror Fest's 2014 lineup has been announced, providing slow n' low lovers a roster straight out of a nocturnal emission. Held in Tucson, AZ from October 16 - 19, the fest has wrangled Neurosis, Sunn 0))), Pelican, The Body, and a whole heck of a lot more. Hearing aid manufactures are psyched. Also, probably best to bring a change of underwear. Check out the full lineup below.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett gave a progress report regarding the band's newest: "We totally want to make an album. But we have all these other touring commitments, and we have families now. Itís gonna be summertime soon, and itís hard to work because the kids are out of school. But we have a backlog of riffs in the riff bank." Please don't let the riff bank be Lehman Brothers, please don't let the riff bank be Lehman Brothers. . .
How about two bands working a little quicker: Witch Mountain's rootsy Sabbath by way of Grace Slick thick doom? Done. Mobiles Of Angels will be out on Svart Records in September. Progressive death metallers Fallujah? Done. The Flesh Prevails is in the can though there's no date yet. You can catch them at The Summer Slaughter Tour.
Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah has crafted a set of cuts for the video game Wolfenstein: The New Order. Available on May 20, the title promises a new outlet for Meshuggah supporters to tell you that you're playing it wrong.
Core hellions Coliseum have motˆred their way back to Deathwish Inc. and will reissue their eponymous debut from 2005 along with a collection of bonus tunes. A remixed/remastered sample is available below.
In other transaction news, sludge-flingers Usnea have been inked to Relapse with the two eying the end of 2014 for a new release.
If you don't have enough Thou in your existence or were keen to work on a back injury, Dead Tank Records have pressed a three LP whopper of pre-2010 material culled from the band's many splits. Preorders have started. Your mailman quit. The collection is also available for free download for those cloudwalkers among us.
WE ARE NEARING PRIME JUDAS PRIEST TIME! 30 seconds of "March of the Damned" hit the web, another cut from Redeemer of Souls. July 15 can't come soon enough. Preorder yours and that is its cover art above. Obviously. Stream the clip below.
Riff eviscerators Forest of Tygers, who we premiered on IO recently, are tour bound, setting up an American run for the end of May and beginning of June. Show specifics haven't been announced, but the tour poster is available for your perusal below.
Crusties Extinction of Mankind are set to roll on the road as well. The UK punk blasters will be hitting Maryland Deathfest, of course, but now the rest of the country has a chance to catch them. The outfit checks into The Acheron on May 29 with Aspects of War, Trenchgrinder, and The Brood. (Tickets.)
Entombed A.D., the version of Entombed operated by LG Petrov, are finally ready to issue Back to the Front after settling with the A.D.-less over the name dispute. Best guess for what the 'A.D.' signifies? 'After decision'? 'Awww, damnit'? 'Alexandre Dumas'? That's it. Total Three Musketeers fans. Code cracked.
Finally, if you're in the market for some new reading material, the always on-point Bazillion Points is reissuing Slayer Mag X, one of the on-the-scene zines that covered the rise of the second wave of black metal. The hardcover collects interviews and tales from Emperor, Mayhem, Bathory, and more. According to creator Jon Kristiansen, nary a word has been cleansed: ìThis is how Slayer Mag X was done, nothing has been changed and all errors are intact.î Buy it for your copy-editor friend and watch them slowly go insane. Preorders come with a shirt.
Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Misery Index at Union Pool, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions. Many ones and zeros were transferred and crunched and streamed this week. So much so, we've got to round this up machine-gun style. Apologies in advance to your clicking digit. All streams mentioned can be found below.
- Death metal machine Misery Index dropped The Killing Gods in its entirety. You can grab the album from Season of Mist on May 23. (Preorder.)
- The second taste of Blissfucker, Trap Them's June 10 scheduled assault-by-buzzing is up. Titled "Organic Infernal," the cut makes good on that threat of a title. Prosthetic Records has the preoder.
- Corrosion of Conformity may be rocking their O.G. lineup, but the new stuff sounds fresh. "The Nectar" thrashes things up once again. IX is coming by way of Candlelight Records, June 24. (Preorder.)
- Dirge directors Wolvhammer have allowed the net to Crawl into Black Sun. "Death Division" is a lumbering monster. Profound Lore has got the hook-ups on July 8.
- The occult flute tooters Blood Ceremony are back dooming again with a single. "Let it Come Down" is the A of the Rise Above Records released limited slice. Mark the calendar for June 23.
- Vuyvr has 12 inches of wax on the way. Their EP, Incinerated Gods, comes courtesy of Throatruiner Records on June 26. The Swiss sore-throat-inciters have links to Impure Wilhelmina and Rorcal.
- Mayhem is certainly sharing the wealth, issuing their fourth nibble of Esoteric Warfare. By the time Season of Mist gets this one to the streets on May 27, there will probably be a few streams of shower singing and traffic humming make the rounds.
- Origin has made their Manifest Desolate known, sending out "Omnipresent" as a blasting memo. New roarer Jason Keyser (Skinless) sounds like he's in fine form. The album will hit North American shores on July 8 thanks to Agonia Records. (Preorder.)
- Been wondering what ex-Cryptopsy screecher Lord Worm has been doing? Well, looks like black clouds got him to wiggle out from under the earth. Rage Nucleaire get ultra bleak, inspiring the misanthropic to make their version of a smile. (Blank stare?) Black Storm of Violence will be on Season of Mist and is penciled in for a July 22 drop. (Preorder.)
- Lastly, Den Saakaldte, the Norwegian sorta-supergroup, is streaming one more from Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete. If you remember, we gave "Djevelens Verk" a lot of shine on IO. The just-released is named "Du Selvproklamerte Misjonaer" and if you weren't psyched (in all senses) for the June 10 Agonia Records push, you might be now. (Preorder.)
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground.
Little Guys and Eye Candy:
- It was a good week for artists showcasing some visual flare, especially on the death metal side. Nader Sadek and Vallenfyre both screened treats for those looking for videos featuring more than a band in an airplane hanger. The tradsters in Magister Templi also decided to do up a promo in the style of a silent movie, thus possibly making one of the loudest silent movies ever?
- Gravecrusher, the Hungarian OSDM beast, is streaming Morbid Black Oath in full. The spooky Sectu also fall within the same vein and has a CV sporting a Therion connection.
- Full streams aplenty today, actually: The crusty core of Torch Runner is also available for your total enjoyment.
- Dagger, in the ye olde hard rock mold, now have a single. "Ahead of You All" includes contributions from members of Dismember and Grave, if you can believe it.
- And, to wrap things up, Inanimate Existence is just bat guano incarnate. Give "Omen" a click and prepare for a Scanners ka-boom.
Check out all noted streams below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY 5/16): Whoa. Today is one of those, "Oh yeah, this is why I live here," kind of days. First up, Hardcore Activity in Progress, the Red Bull Academy Festival at the Knockdown Center. I spy some primo metal in the shape of Napalm Death and Gnaw, along with plenty other noise-niks (Bastard Noise, Skullflower) that can cross over. (Tickets.) Then, Solstafir -- the downer doom Icelandic band whose country is kinda killing it right now -- will hit Saint Vitus with Junius and So Hideous. (Tickets.) Lastly, set up a punk knuckle puck with Two Man Advantage, La Armada, THE WILL, Cojoba, and Kantuta at The Acheron. (Tickets.)
SATURDAY (5/17): Black N' Blue Bowl begins this day, my friend. If you're unable to make that core blowout, other shows abound. The Keith Morris punk supercrew OFF!, Cerebral Ballsy, and NASA Space Universe are playing The Bowery Ballroom. (Tickets.) More punk? Sure, how about EU's Arse, Ajax, Sunshine Ward, and Creeping Dose at The Acheron? (Tickets.) If the theatrical is calling your name, Ghost B.C. and King Dude are sure to smash the stops at The Best Buy Theater. (Tickets.) But, if you want doom, you got it at Saint Vitus who have invited in Hull and Bloody Hammers. (Tickets.)
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY (5/18): Exhausted? Gonna reserve Sunday for a quiet brunch? Nah, man. Black N' Blue Bowl Day 2! If you want to put a ring in your ears, there's Young Widows, Helms Alee, and Highness at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) And, to wrap things up, there's your requisite death metal palette cleanser: Lecherous Nocturne, Morder, and DAY OF DOOM at Archeron. (Tickets.)
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We had reviews: Agalloch and Dwellers. We had interviews: Chris Reifert of Autopsy (who went Friar's on us) and Stuart Wellington from The Flop House. We had cool views: this Down live show review with some killer snapshots. We exposed you to new crews: the tech nutters in Torrential Downpour and soul-nourishing epic blarghing from Vinterbris. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your clicks in Upcoming Metal Releases.
ALAS: You have one last chance to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. If you haven't heard, the station is shutting down. It has been a blast, but all things must pass. The final show for IO kicks off Tuesday, May 20 at 10 PM. Be there! Scab and Wyatt will perform ancient Viking burial rituals.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below....
By Ian Chainey
Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Or angry at people angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Here's your palette cleanser. We've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:
After finishing up a successful North American run, Godflesh will release Decline & Fall, a new EP of four songs, on May 26 through the band's Avalanche Recordings. Excepting a 2013 flexi single of a Slaughter cover, this will be the duos first new material since 2001's Hymns. Your 'oh god, I'm old' moment for the day: babies became teenagers in the years between new Godflesh tunes.
That said, Opeth fans will have to wait a little longer. Fans were promised a single and details on Pale Communion, the forthcoming 11th album for the proggy blarghers out on Roadrunner Records. It was originally slated for June 17. Now? August 26. (Godflesh fans: "Oh, cool, a couple months.") Per the outfit: "Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June." Those circumstances? Probably the damn runaway wheel again.
Pilgrim is making a pilgrimage (stop groaning) across the United States with fellow doomers Age of Taurus. The group is supporting their recently released II: Void Worship, an epic doom tidal wave of sonic destruction. The tour will finish up June 25 at The Acheron with Holly Hunt and Blackout joining the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.
Also coming up at The Acheron? Malignancy! Yes, the masters of the pinch harmonic and incredible death metal stage banter will swing in with Goemagot at The Acheron on June 28. Tickets are on sale for that too.
In other touring news, Negura Bunget are not. At least, they're not touring North America after visa issues forced them to cancel their jaunt which was to have hit Saint Vitus tonight (5/9). The European dates of their world tour are still on, as is work on their next record. Says the group: "Meanwhile weíll focus all our frustration energy into completing the last details of the new album, Tau." The quirky Romanian black metallers have had a rough go of it lately, restocking the membership in 2013 upon the departure of most of the outfit to Dordeduh. Drummer Negru is the sole remaining member.
Speaking of Europe, perhaps BL'AST! and Bunget will cross paths. The reformed crossover neck-snappers will keep the comeback rolling with a European tour. Filling out the ranks are desert vets Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo. BL'AST! will also be making select North American fest dates, including This is Hardcore.
Belphegor are back, circling August 8 as the date for Conjuring The Dead, which will be available via Nuclear Blast. It's the band's tenth LP and was produced, as most things are, by Eric Rutan. The Austrians have released the cover art in advance and it features the most blasphemous depiction of Mickey Mouse ever. See if you can spy it.
Shining -- the other one -- have signed to Season of Mist. The depresso bleak metallers will issue something new for the label in 2015. Shining brain Niklas Kvarforth: "After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next Shining album." Eight years? But Niklas, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER.
If you're excited to catch Super Duper Alice Cooper at Rocks Off Film Fest, you'll be pleased to note the surprisingly-not-adult-oriented production team, Banger Films, has signed on for two more documentaries: Black Sabbath and Soundgarden. Both will film this summer.
Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal, current members of Cynic and former members of Death, have publicly come out. Their Los Angeles Times interview is worth a read, not due to their orientation, but because they're simply smart, considerate, charismatic people. Cynic's Kindly Bent Free to Us was released in February of this year.
Cudahy, Wisconsin's Days Of The Doomed Fest has been renamed Days Of The Doomed Fest IV - In Memory Of Jason McCash, honoring the Gates of Slumber player who sadly passed away last month. The fest is headlined by trad-doomers Trouble and will span two days, June 20 and 21. A full lineup appears below.
Finally, out from left field, turbo blastbeater Nicholas Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) will join Berwick RBL and Eyemouth RBLS pipe bands -- as in bag pipes -- for a set of special engagements in Berwick upon Tweed in the UK. (Berwick upon Tweed: City name or math professor fanfic title?) Tickets will be free, but must be booked in advance. Americans, worry not, the performance will be filmed so you can battle that guy in the neighboring apartment who WON'T STOP BLASTING DUBSTEP. C'MON.
Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions:
Pittsburgh grindy punks Complete Failure are offering "Errant Social Mile Marker" for name your own price at their Bandcamp. The entire album, The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault, is available for streaming below.
If you're in the same core mindset, Maryland Deathfest-invitees and satanic City of Angels powerviolence unit ACxDC dropped "Filicide" from their Antichrist Demoncore available through Melotov Records, June 24. Stream it below, too.
Death metal more your thing? The tech-ish beasts in Hour of Penance are streaming their long-player, Regicide, in full at Soundcloud. Get ready for blasts aplenty. The album will be out on Prosthetic Records next week.
Less tech? You can find a nasty bug Under the Church. (Again, the groans.) "Denial of Death" is up on Youtube, a foul bit of rot from former Nirvana 2002 members. June 16 is the date for this infected slice thanks to Pulverized Records.
Want weird? How about a band that named their last record We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky? That's from Opium Warlords, featuring the talents of ex-Reverend Bizarre singer Sami Albert Hymnien. The group teased "The Self-Made Man" (streamable below) from Taste My Sword Of Understanding out on Svart Records, May 30. Tastes like doom! With. . .a weird kick. . .water. . .need water.
The first track from the One and All, Together, for Home comp collected by Drudkh is now up, with this cut coming courtesy of Winterfylleth. The folk-metal/atmophosmeric black metal round-up will be available through Season of Mist on May 27. (Preorder.) All contributions will be exclusive to the comp, with most bands offering covers of traditional standards. Scope the packed tracklisting and the track stream below.
Lastly, Vancouver sludge riff stackers Bison have checked in with the b-side to 1000 Needles, their new EP which will see a release by way of War on Music Records sometime in June. That's below as well.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (5/9): Sadistic Intent, DEATHHAMMER, Natur, Inverted Trifixion, and Iron Force invade The Acheron, promising thrash n' blasts. (Tickets.) In a punk state of mind? Violent Bullshit and Steel Phantoms will be at Union Pool, $8 at the door.
TOMORROW (5/10): Saturday is absolutely overflowing. First, get into some longform tech and stretched out sludge with Ulcerate, Inter Arma, and CAR BOMB at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Punks, though, will have a tough choice. There's Geronimo, Force & Fire, Concrete Cross, and Nightcrawler at ABC No Rio ($8, doors at 3 PM) and then there's the throwback core of Zombie Fight (record release!), MANALIVE, On the Offense, Jukai, and Ache at The Acheron. (Tickets.)
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? Our NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We were tossing you fresh gems left and right, premiering Belus, Vainaja, HUSH., Serpentine Path (click this, now), and Den Saakaldte. We also put on our thinking caps, dissecting Infestus and figuring out why bands with tiny discographies seem more authentic. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your perusal in Upcoming Metal Releases.
As always, don't forget to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. This week, we had Kirk Windstein from Crowbar in as a guest and he played two new dandies from Crowbar's forthcoming Symmetry in Black. Plus, we jammed mountains of metal madness. Always worth the listen. Tune in every Tuesday, 10pm EST.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Doug Moore
Prince Harry in martial regalia
It's always a little weird to hear that the offspring of famous political figures listen to metal. Chiara de Blasio apparently gets down with the riffment. According to Dominic West -- best known for his roles as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire and the traitorous Greek politician Theron in 300 -- the UK's Prince Harry also enjoys shredding guitars and yelling dudes, with a particular interest in the Big Four of American thrash metal. (That's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax, if you're not familiar.)
According to the Daily Star, the two went on a charitable South Pole expedition together for Walking With the Wounded, a British organization that serves wounded military veterans. (Harry is a captain in the British Army and a veteran attack helicopter pilot.) West was apparently none too taken with the contents of the prince's music collection:
"Harry has a terrible selection on his iPod. It is the sort of thing soldiers listen to. Hardcore thrash metal."On one hand, it's not all that shocking to hear that a military man in his late 20s is into metal, regardless of his lineage. On the other, it's pretty awesome to imagine "Chemical Warfare" rattling the walls of various British royal residencies.
West offers a few more chestnuts about Harry's predilection for extremely dirty jokes and elaborately-constructed field latrines in the Daily Star story. Read it here.
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.
Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."
Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.
Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.
Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.
Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.
Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.
Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).
Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.
Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.
The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.
Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...
By Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo Theater, 2013 (more by P Squared)
You may recall that Metallica's Kirk Hammett is holding a metal + monster movie-themed festival called Fear FestEvil (groan) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8, where he'll play encores with Exodus and Death Angel. (Tix are on sale.) We caught up with Hammett over at Invisible Oranges for a chat about the festival:
How did your passion for horror films and heavy music evolve to the point where you are now?Other subjects of conversation include, his relationship with his former West Coast thrash peers, last year's 30th anniversary of Kill Em All, and Metallica's upcoming plans.
I would say that now my collection has reached a certain point, and I've done my book Too Much Horror Business, and I've done the two Orion Festivals, which had Kirk's Crypt in it, and now I'm finally doing this convention. I really feel that I've finally been able to bring my two real passions together into one solid format. It's taken thirty or forty years of evolution to come to that point [laughs]. But, more importantly, it's taken me that long to come to that point and actually be serious about it and feel like I actually have something to offer and feel like I have something that's new and different and something to potentially be a very unique experience for anyone who wants to experience it. It's a huge victory, a huge triumph for me to be able to blend these two things together.
For instance, Metallica had previously announced that they'd debut a new song on their upcoming European and South American tours. Hammett waffles on the subject in this interview, though: "I don't know [laughs]. We know that we've gotta do something, and so whether or not that happens or not, we don't really know." Hammett has expressed tepid sentiments about Metallica's upcoming studio time elsewhere recently, telling Billboard that the band were "procrastinating greatly" on their new album and that they had "run out of excuses" for not starting it. Such enthusiasm!
Read our whole interview over at IO, and don't forget that Metallica will be performing at the Grammys on 1/26, alongside the likes of Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, and more. With friends like those, who needs a new album?
Check out all of Metallica's upcoming international dates below...
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.
And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.
by Doug Moore
Combination horror-film/heavy metal culture festivals curated by aging thrash icons: they're a thing now. Last year brought us the inaugural edition of Phil Anselmo (Pantera)'s Housecore Horror Festival, which was excellent by all accounts. This year, we get Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil (see what he did there?) at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom from February 6 - 8. Early-bird tickets are on sale.
The fest will split its time between celebrity panel discussions, including both movie-biz types like prominent zombie-makeup man Gregory Nicotero and big-name rockers like Slash, and actual metal performances from (mostly) long-running bands: Carcass & Exodus on Friday (2/7), and Death Angel, Orchid, and Death Division on Saturday (2/8). Metallica fans no doubt recall that Hammett got his start playing guitar with Exodus. He'll be offering those fans some nod-and-wink service by joining Exodus on guitar during their encore at the festival. Oddly, he'll do the same with Death Angel after their set, though he doesn't have the same history with them. On the other hand, the West Coast thrash bands of that generation have always been an incestuous bunch -- Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is effectively a full member of Slayer now too.
Rewind to the beginning of thrash history with Exodus's very first demo (featuring Hammett on guitar), plus a promo video for Fear FestEvil, below:
by Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo Theater, 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
You may remember Metallica setting the highly-sought-after world record for "rock band that has played on the most continents" a few weeks back by playing a gig in Antarctica for a selection of South American fans. You can watch a video of the entire set below if you missed it the first time around.
In a move that will hopefully surprise nobody, the band have elected to monetize this momentous occasion by making the audio available for paid download in a variety of formats. They're calling it Freeze'em All, missing yet another opportunity for a well-placed Trapped Under Ice joke. Seriously, guys, if you're gonna get punny about this show, pluck the low-hanging fruit. I personally wasn't at all impressed by the amp-modeler guitar tones that the band employed for the Antarctica gig, especially given that there are tons of nice-sounding modelers on the market these days. You can score an Axe FX II for a couple grand -- chump change for these guys. Or maybe their guitar techs are just terrible at dialing modelers in? Pure speculation, but again, you can check the video out below and judge for yourself.
In related news: Metallica will continue their globe-trotting next year with a South American tour in March and a European tour in May, June and July. Ticket purchasers get to choose 17 of the planned 18-song set list by vote; the 18th tune will be their first new song since their infamous LuLu collaboration with Lou Reed.
The European tour has another notable feature -- it conflicts with the now two-year-old Orion Festival, thus nixing the fest for 2014, according to Rolling Stone. (It was in Detroit last year.) Its future is now up in the air; the band hasn't ruled out the possibility of resurrecting it in 2015 but don't seem to have definite plans.
Check the aforementioned Antarctica video, the Freeze'em All (seriously, come on!) track listing, and Metallica's 2014 dates thus far below.
by Doug Moore
Metallica in Antarctica (via Metallica.com)
Back in October, Metallica announced that they'd be playing a Coke Zero-sponsored show in Antarctica of all places for a select few South American contest winners. Metallica followed through on this bizarre premise this past Sunday (12/8), and slick footage of the entire gig is now available on Youtube (and streaming below).
This show was, alas, not Metallica's best effort, but the footage is still interesting and fun to watch. Some observations:
--How the hell did they not play "Trapped Under Ice"? Where was their PR and management on this one?PREVIOUSLY:
--There's a reason that the guitars and bass sound weirdly plastic and cheap -- the band couldn't or didn't want to deal with the considerable logistical hassle of getting real amps to Antarctica, so they're piping artificial tones directly into the headphones that everyone in the vid is wearing. You'd think that Metallica could manage better D/I tones, though.
--As ever with modern Metallica, there's some cringe-inducing moments here, like Hetfield responding to a crowd-sung lyric with "YOU BETCHA!!"
--There are also some more warm 'n fuzzy moments, like the "olé olé olé" football chant between that breaks out at one point.
* Metallica are sort of Beliebers
* Metallica played the Apollo
* Metallica going 3-D in new movie, 'Through the Never'
* Metallica did a "surprise" Orien Fest set playing 'Kill Em All' in its entirety
Stream the Antarctica show and check out the set list below...
Another year, another round of band holiday sweaters. This year we can get in the holiday spirit by wrapping ourselves in warm, cozy attire from the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Descendents (again), Metallica, and more. Just like Grandma used to make. That's the QOTSA one pictured above, and the other three are pictured below.
As discussed, Queens of the Stone Age (who made Amazon's and Rough Trade's top albums of 2013 lists) will be in NYC for the holiday season when their tour brings them to Barclays Center on December 14 with The Kills. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated tour dates are listed below.
QOTSA's tour includes an Australia/New Zealand run in March with Nine Inch Nails and former Distillers singer Brody Dalle (who's also married to Josh Homme of QOTSA). Brody recently announced details of a new solo album (via Music Week), which will be out in early 2014 via Caroline. The record is set to feature contributions from Garbage's Shirley Manson, plus Warpaint singer Emily Kokal, Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, QOTSA basist Michael Shuman, former Girls (and current Papa) member Darren Weiss, and more. And it's being produced by Alain Johannes, who's worked with QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, and did Brody's Spinnerette album.
All QOTSA dates are listed, along with more sweater pics, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Metallica at The Apollo in September (more by PSquared Photography)
Justin Bieber is on the record as a Metallica fan, and he gave a shout out to Metallica classics "One" and "Fade to Black" in particular in a GQ profile last year. "Those are my jams," Bieber said. In case anyone doubted him, crying "False!" a video of Biebs singing the guitar solo to "Fade to Black" hit Youtube a couple of weeks ago. You can watch the video below.
Metallica was recently asked in an interview with Q magazine if the feeling for their fellow artist's work was mutual. It is, sort of.
When asked if Metallica are Beliebers, James Hetfield replied, "Are we believers? Yes." Lars Ulrich qualified Hetfield's response, asking:
Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes "One," and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.Bassist/wildman Robert Trujillo had some ominous words for Bieber: "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber," he said.
Metallica's manager, Peter Mensch, is not a Belieber. He has reportedly warned Bieber that his off-stage antics would ruin his career. Mensch called Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun out in UK tabloid, The Sun, earlier this year, saying "His manager Scooter Braun is scared s***less," that Bieber will go off the deep end. He continued, "I don't know what Bieber's problem is. His career is over in three years anyway."
"I'd take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him," Mensch added. Shot across the bow.
In other Metallica news, Lars Ulrich spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what it was like to work with Lou Reed and to pay tribute to the departed legend. Reed and Metallica released Lulu together on Halloween in 2011. Here's an excerpt of Lars's interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he talks about meeting Reed before the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show, when Reed and Metallica first worked together:
A day or two before the festivities, we were in a rehearsal room somewhere in midtown and he walked in and didn't say a whole lot. He turned on his guitar and started complaining about everybody being too loud, and this was wrong, and that was wrong, and it was like, 'Ah! His reputation proceeds him!' Like they didn't send a doppelgänger--it really was him. He just cursed and complained and was annoyed for the next hour. We started fiddling around a little bit, and at some point we just had a conversation that was like, 'Hang on, let's just talk.' So we talked, and I was like, 'Listen, let's find a way to make this work.' And then somehow he thawed, and for the rest of the day it was beautiful. I can't remember exactly what was said, though the other guys thought I was at my diplomatic best...Read the rest of Lars's interview about Lou over at Entertainment Weekly and check out Bieber's Metallica "cover" below...
So he let his guard down, and when he let his guard down then it was totally cool. Over the course of the sound check and the gig, it got better and better and we connected more and more. Eventually we realized we were long lost soul mates in terms of attitudes and ways of looking at the world. By the time we were done at Madison Square Garden, he asked if we could make a record. It really went that quickly. As we were leaving the elevator in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, he asked me--he didn't ask me even, he said to me, 'Let's make a record together.' And I said, 'That's great Lou, that sounds fantastic,' not thinking anything would ever come of it. But he called like two weeks later! That kind of purity and that kind of follow through and that complete f--ing lack of bulls-- was so unusual and so refreshing.
by Doug Moore
Metallica at the Apollo, 2013 (more by P Squared Photography)
Metallica have made some weird live performance choices lately. Some of them, like their "surprise" rendition of Kill 'Em All in its entirety at Orion Fest and their recent performance at the Apollo, have been pretty cool. Others, like their confusing concert-film-zombie-flick mashup Through the Never, have been less so.
This one, however, definitely takes the cake for weirdness: this December, Metallica will be playing a concert in friggin' Antarctica, exclusively for Colombian fans whom Coca-Cola will fly down to the continent if they win a contest. The contest applies only in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Villavicencio, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. As if that wasn't strange enough, the fine print for the contest specifies that the winner must be between 18 and 24 years of age...presumably because hardy youngsters are more likely to endure the ravages of the Antarctic winter without dying? Who knows.
So if you're a Colombian of the correct age who lives in or near one of the listed cities, drink three Coke Zeroes, pop their labels in an envelope, and drop them in a labeled mailbox for a chance to win eight Gibson guitars, a Marshall amp, some Sony headphones, and, y'know, the opportunity to see Metallica in one of the most metal places on earth.
by Wyatt Marshall
Some of those logos look different...
Clothier, dorm room furnisher, vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works. Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?
In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...
photos by P Squared, words by Wyatt Marshall
I hope someone's figured out time travel at this point, because I need to hightail it back to the mid-nineties and high five ten-year-old me--space-time continuum be damned. Seeing Metallica would have been cool as hell then, but seeing them in a venue like the 1,500 cap Apollo would have had me more amped than clearing out a pantry-full of Squeezits.
Metallica played the Apollo Theater Saturday night (9/21) for a Sirius XM sponsored show, a celebration of the new limited-run Sirius XM (9/13-10/6) Mandatory Metallica channel and part of the continuing drumroll for the forthcoming action/concert IMAX 3D movie Metallica Through the Never. That film and Metallica's trajectory over the past twenty years leaves many fans of classic Metallica shaking their heads, and for good reason. But one thing that was made abundantly clear at the Apollo was that Metallica still delivers one hell of a performance, and they know to lean on the early portion of their discography.
The crowd at the Apollo was mostly older, and there were a number of dads with their teenaged or younger sons. Those kids were lucky--they're unlikely to have the chance to see Metallica in a venue smaller than a stadium again. People were aware of that, and some Craigslisters were offering up to $600 for a ticket. Given that the tickets were given away to Sirius XM subscribers, it was a hell of a return for whoever decided to let theirs go.
Metallica opened the show, which aired live on Mandatory Metallica, the same way they opened Kill 'em All. "Hit the Lights" gave way to a classic back-to-back of "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning," and it was then, with Kirk Hammett masterfully soloing while Hetfield riffed-out and Lars pummeled the kit like, well, Lars, that it sunk in that Metallica was playing the same venue where James Brown and Etta James used to bring the house down--which, to be honest, is kind of weird. Hetfield even joked about it early on, after "Ride the Lightning," when he said, "I can't believe they're letting us play this place." Jokes aside, Metallica seemed genuinely proud to play the Apollo. Hetfield was beaming throughout, and the band looked like they were soaking it all in.
Metallica, if you haven't seen them live, sound great on stage. The songs from the band's early years are bigger and richer than the tinny production on the original albums--there's a whole lot of charm in those relatively lo-fi recordings, but the classics take on a different nature live. Though inevitably someone has gripes with some of the choices on the setlist at the Apollo it was, on the whole, pretty damn good. Sure, I may have gone for a beer when "The Day That Never Comes" off of Death Magnetic came on (and ran into a friend from another music website seizing the same opportunity), but hey, it gave me the opportunity to get a beer without missing something I really wanted to see.
The show was long--over two hours--and throughout the entire performance, Metallica didn't skip a beat. That's what almost 35 years of touring will get you. Inevitably, at the end of the set we got "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." The nearly half-hour encore, though, was back to basics--"Creeping Death," "Battery" and "Seek and Destroy." Full, fast and pummeling, Metallica sounded awesome in Harlem.
The next day (9/22), Metallica played "Enter Sandman," Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera's entrance music, at Sunday's Yankees game to honor Rivera's retirement (not the first time they played Yankee Stadium). Video of that below.
Continuing their media blitz, Metallica played "One" and "Enter Sandman" on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM this morning (9/23). Howard was in attendance at the Apollo, and caused a minor sensation when he had to walk through a beer line to get to his seat.
More Apollo pictures, along with video and setlist from the show, the Yankee Stadium video, and a clip of "Master of Puppets" from Metallica's "Through the Never" movie, below...
Like Paul McCartney before them, Metallica is playing the Apollo! More details on the 9/21 SiriusXM show and the film they're realeasing around the same time, below....
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...