Entries tagged with: Slayer
Comedian and serious metalhead Brian Posehn is apparently hard at work on a new metal/comedy album, following up his albums Fart and Wiener Jokes and Live In: Nerd Rage that were both released on Relapse and mixed standup with metal songs. This new thing doesn't have a name yet, but it's going to be on Megaforce records and will feature contributions from Brendan Small of Metalocalypse, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick (Testament), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and hopefully (though this hasn't happened yet) Phil Anselmo.
All this info comes from an interview that Brian did with Metal Injection, where he also discusses his starring role in the new Christmas comedy Uncle Nick, which was executive produced by Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, of all people, and is out now.
Check out the interview, the trailer for Uncle Nick, and the video for Posehn's "Metal By Numbers," below...
photo: Slayer at The Paramount in June (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
If you miss out on the presale, you can get tickets in the general sale starting Saturday (12/5) at 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.
Kirk Windstein personalizing holiday cards
As you may have noticed, it's the holiday season, and that might mean you feel the need to make holiday cards for your friends and family. If this seems daunting, fear not, sludge great Kirk Windstein of Down and Crowbar can make you a personalized holiday card this season. For only $10 he'll personalize the card to you or a friend and include a signed photo. What are you waiting for?
Looking for other holiday metal gifts? How about heavy metal nutcrackers? This is a line of nutcrackers in the likeness of famous heavy musicians like King Diamond, Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Cliff Burton, Danzig, Abbath, and also Morrissey and Jerry Garcia (???). MetalSucks also has a metal holiday gift guide that's very useful. It includes items like Slayer's "Reign in Blood Cabernet Sauvignon" which comes in a small coffin, a Metallica bib for your friends with kids, and just some nice skull slippers.
You could also go the classic sweater route. There's just something about metal Christmas sweaters (hey, the thought of someone like Kirk in a Christmas sweater is always good for a laugh); they're just always a thing. Loudwire put together a list of some of the best this season has to offer, which include an Anthrax Hannukah sweater, a Babymetal sweater, and the always classic Slayer sweater.
Check out more details on the the Windstein cards and Carrie Brownstein's nutcracker instagram below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Slayer at The Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
There's another huge metal tour to feast on in early 2016: Slayer are hitting the road with fellow legends Testament and Carcass. Even without Dave Lombardo (who's now in a punk band) and Jeff Hanneman (RIP) (and despite certain teenagers thinking that they're lame), Slayer still rip and this is still an exciting lineup of three very different but equally awesome bands.
The tour hits the NYC-area for a Port Chester show at Capitol Theatre on March 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday (12/5) at 10 AM, but first there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Friday (12/4) at 10 AM. Check back here Friday morning for the password.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Check out classic music videos for evidence that all three bands are the best, and all tour dates below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Dave Lombardo w/ Philm at Slaughter By the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Dead Cross is a punk band, first and foremost; they haven't recorded anything yet (bearing in mind that they literally formed a week ago), but according to Lombardo, it's going to be fast, mean, and ugly. "It's just straightforward brutal punk-- metal-esque, but it's definitely not metal. I think it definitely leans more towards the punk style, because I feel that the way things are in the world, a punk attitude is definitely necessary to help you along with the shit that's going on. There's no time to sing "We Are the World," or all this bullshit, we're all pissed right now, and there's no better way to release anger than to be in a punk band and write punk music." [Noisey]Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's band Philm just broke up, and not one to rest on his laurels, it seems Dave has already found a new band. He's formed Dead Cross with The Locust's Justin Pearson, Justin's Retox bandmate Mike Crain and Locust/Head Wound City bandmate Gabe Serbian (who has also drummed for Le Butcherettes and Cattle Decapitation) taking over vocal duties. According to Lombardo, this will be fast, loud punk rock. They don't have any recordings yet, and their first shows will be a couple of LA-area dates in early January.
Pearson, in particular, has been biting off a ton of projects lately, and Dead Cross is sort of a union of several of his other bands with one of the most significant drummers in the history of heavy music, so that's pretty exciting. His weirdo electronic project Planet B just released a new 7", and presumably Dead Cross will soon work on recording some stuff. The man stays busy.
Check out those dates and a sweet Lombardo drum solo below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Slayer's new album has been met with a few shrugs this year, and its newest critic is Slayer frontman Tom Araya's daughter Ariel, who gives it the review of: "Eh."
We learned about this from a new post by Ariel on Reddit. You might remember that the above picture of the Araya family (from the 2008 Grammys) took the internet by storm, and left Tom with charges of lameness that may or may not have been caused by Ariel's mortified look in the picture. She defends him:
I was 11 at the time when this picture was taken. Having flash bulbs in your face and 30+ people yelling "LOOK AT ME" can be a little intimidating. I love the old Slayer. Some of the newer stuff is eh. My dad misses being home. He isn't lame. He's been the best dad he can be with our circumstances.So the record is now straight; Tom is a great dad and old Slayer rules... just don't ask her about the new stuff. (She later clarified, "Don't get me wrong the new stuff is still good music I just prefer the older stuff. You can hear the bass in it compared to now," but the "eh" quote is funnier.)
Speaking of children and metal news, Mastodon's Brent Hinds, who can generally be found doing funny things, is featured in a new promo video for Orange Amps giving a head tattoo to a child. Hail Satan. You can watch that below.
Mastodon are in the midst of their NYC-area run with Judas Priest. It kicked off at Huntington, NY's Paramount last night (11/5), returns there tonight (11/6), and then hits Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday (11/7) (tickets).
Oh and don't forget, even metalheads can agree that kids should never smoke cigarettes. Just ask the anti-smoking finger-metal band Death Maggot...
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
An all-around good death metal tour is happening this fall with Hate Eternal, Misery Index, Beyond Creation and Rivers of Nihil. It hits NYC on October 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall, and tickets go on sale Friday (9/4) at 10 AM. Headliners Hate Eternal are touring in support of their recently released Infernus LP on Season of Mist, which you can stream below.
UPDATE get ready for the tour by reading Joseph Schafer's interview with Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan over at Invisible Oranges. All tour dates are listed below.
In other death metal news, Joseph Schafer also interviewed Karl Sanders of Nile over at Invisible Oranges. IO also reviewed their new album What Should Not Be Unearthed, which dropped last week on Nuclear Blast (steam a track below). Nile's tour hits NYC on January 14 at Gramercy Theatre with Day of Doom. Tickets are on sale now.
And one last bit of death metal news: Horrendous will follow their much-loved 2014 album Ecydysis with Anareta on October 27 via Dark Descent. Lead single "Sum of All Failures" is out now and you can check it out below.
For even more on the hardcore side, catch ACxDC, Meek Is Murder, Mary Todd and Lucid Terror on September 17 at the Acheron. Tickets are on sale.
Another band in that sludgy/garagey realm, Indian Handcrafts, will release their new album Creeps on October 2 via Sargent House. You can check out the first single "It's Late Queeny" below. The band is heading on tour this fall with Kylesa and Inter Arma, hitting NYC on October 21 at Saint Vitus (tickets). We also caught Kylesa in NYC earlier this week with Cult of Luna. Check out pictures.
For something more classic, we recently got a new song from the new Slayer album Repentless, which drops 9/11 via Nuclear Blast. It's called "Cast The First Stone" and you can check it out below.
A lot's been going on the world of classic metal lately. The new Motorhead album just dropped last week (but more importantly we hope Lemmy gets well soon) and the new Iron Maiden album is coming this week. Black Sabbath just announced their "final" tour for 2016, including Madison Square Garden. Judas Priest will be on tour (with Mastodon) sooner than that.
The long Labor Day weekend is upon us, and there are a few evil ways you can celebrate in NYC. Old Man Gloom and Mare begin their sold-out two-night run at Saint Vitus tonight (9/3). DC's Pure Disgust play Acheron on Friday (9/4) with Protester, Stand Off, Chud and Burst of Rage. Then Creeping Dose are at Silent Barn on Saturday (9/5) with Torso, Narcoleptics and Wrung. J Mascis and King Tuff's stoner rock band Witch play The Wick on Sunday (9/6) with Carousel, The Bevis Frond, The Golden Grass and Worshipper.
While Slayer have a new album and tour with King Diamond on the way, former drummer Dave Lombardo is staying busy with his band Philm. They have US tour dates coming up this month and next, followed by a trip to Europe.
The dates include two NYC shows: The Stone on August 3 (more info) and Mercury Lounge on August 10. The Merc show will be opened by Owl and Ten Ton Mojo. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Philm also have new music on the way, which Dave recently talked to Ultimate-Guitar about:
We've had approximately six or seven songs shortly after the recording of the album, "Fire From the Evening Sun" we had several other songs that we were working on that weren't quite ready to make it on the album. Even though we had 12 songs on the album, it could have been an 18 song album. But we decided to hold off on those for the record and I believe we just need to polish them up and put some time into it. Right now, everyone is pretty busy and we haven't been able to wrap those up. But before we headed out on our recent tour of the Northeast and Europe we went into the studio and recorded 19 songs with piano bass and drums. It's a jazz inspired avant-garde improv record. It's something I've always wanted to do and I felt that the band members had the capability of creating an album like this and recording it in New York City in the winter was definitely a treat. I can't wait to put that out.You can read more of that interview here.
Dave also has a new art series, which he unveiled in California over the weekend. Here's what he told Joel Gausten about it:
"Where we photographed the pieces was very inspiring," he says. "It was in a kind of warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, so it sounded really good. It was just a big, cavernous room. I just went off, and they started snapping pictures...At certain points, as I noticed the way they were shooting the pictures and everything, I realized, 'Wow, I could really make this picture look better if I give it my flair or my style. When I'm on stage, I've noticed that I swing my arms a little more. My movements are more exaggerated. I don't restrain myself when I play; my arms are swinging all over the place. So in this environment, instead of just doing a solo for myself, I gave it that live performance feel. That's why I feel that these pictures show a little more excitement, because of the way I approached the drumming."You can watch a video from the showcase in California (via Blabbermouth) below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
The veteran metal act played fan favorites from the lengthy career, including "Hell Awaits," "Chemical Warfare," "Die By The Sword," "Seasons in the Abyss," "Raining Blood," and "Hate Worldwide" among others. They opened the show with "World Painted Blood" and closed it with a two-song encore of fan favorites, "South of Heaven" and "Angel of Death."Slayer have been on a tour that just hit two major festivals, Bonnaroo and Amnesia Rockfest, and in between they squeezed in two NYC-area shows. They happened at Long Island's Paramount in Huntington, NY on June 16 and 17. We've got pictures of the first night.
This tour is a 'must-see' for any Slayer fan. The energy in the Paramount was electric, and the enthusiasm of those in attendance unquenchable. Without a doubt, Slayer has proven an underground metal band from the early days of thrash can indeed gain the mainstream recognition they greatly deserve. [National Rock Review]
Slayer return to the area later this summer on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour with King Diamond, Code Orange and more. It hits PNC Bank Arts Center on July 21 and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on July 26. Tickets for both are still available.
Check that out, with more pictures and the setlist from The Paramount, and their updated list of tour dates, below...
Slayer is releasing a new album called Repentless on 9/11. That is a thing that is happening. Watch the trailer below...
Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:
During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.and About the Author:
L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.
Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.
With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.
this is one of the five show flyers...
Converse is moving into Boston and throwing some killer free shows to celebrate:
Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston, a free five-night event set to take over the Sinclair, a club in Harvard Square.The shows are free, but you'll need a ticket. Those go "on sale" on Monday (4/20) at noon. More info at converse-music.com/boston/. Full lineups below:
From April 27 through May 1 may perhaps be the only time fans will be able to see major acts such as alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Boston-bred electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, thrash-metal titans Slayer, rap star Chance the Rapper, and punk-rock progenitors Descendents in a cozy venue that holds 525 people. All are acts that easily draw crowds triple that size.
"We knew when we were moving into Boston that we wanted to do something that really celebrated the move and the local community and wanted to give something back," said Jed Lewis, Converse's global music marketing director, noting that the company will soon uproot its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston. "It's important for us to be active in the creative community." [Boston Globe]
photo: Slayer at the Theatre at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour was announced, and unlike last year's (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold), the headliners are pretty exciting this time: Slayer and King Diamond. There's some other cool stuff like Code Orange and Jungle Rot, as well less exciting stuff like The Devil Wears Prada and Hellyeah.
The tour hits the NYC-area on July 21 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 26 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/17) at 10 AM, and the PNC Bank Arts Center show has Citi/VIP package presales starting Wednesday (4/15) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Thursday (4/16) at 10 AM. There don't appear to be presales for the Jones Beach show. All dates are listed below.
photo: Slayer at the Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Bonnaroo 2015 is just a few months away (June 11-14), and the fest now revealed its late night sets.
The Friday night has a "special late night set" on the What Stage from Deadmau5, as well as late night sets from STS9, Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Odesza and Run the Jewels.
Saturday night has Bassnectar, Flume, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Slayer, Superjam! and Tycho.
Watch a video about the festival's Late Nights, below...
Motörhead's floating festival, Motörboat, is back for a second year, setting sail September 28 thru October 2, 2015, from Miami to the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. In addition to Lemmy and crew, this year's lineup includes Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed and more. Tickets go on sale March 25.
Motörboat is not all headbanging, either. There's also:
Motörhead's Motörboat will keep it crazy with theme nights where flying your freak flag is not looked down upon but paraded and appreciated. Weird and wonderful poolside and beach events and activities will keep the motor going, and artist Q&A sessions plus meet & greets will get you up close and personal with your favorite artists on board. All this is punctuated with 24-hour access to the food, bars and fellow Motorboaters who are up all night with music demons to fight.Check out pics from Motörboat 2014 here. Full Motörboat 2015 lineup and flyer are below.
photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.
Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.
Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.
Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.
Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.
And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.
Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...
photo: Slayer at the Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harison)
On their way from 'Roo to Amnesia, Slayer will fit in a few Northeast shows, including Long Island's Paramount on June 16 and 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting today (2/25) at 10 AM. Use the password: PULSE. All dates are listed below.
Slayer are also releasing a Record Store Day (4/18) single this year. The A-side will have new song "When the Stillness Comes," which is also set to appear on their TBA new album, and the B-side is a live version of "Black Magic" from their 1983 debut Show No Mercy, that they recorded at Germany's Wacken festival last year.
In related news, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's band Philm is currently on tour. They played NYC at Saint Vitus this past Monday (anyone go?) and will return here this coming Monday (3/2) at The Stone.
Watch a full-set video of Slayer at Wacken 2014 (including their performance of "Black Magic"), with their list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Noisem at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Baltimore death/thrashers Noisem followed their great 2013 debut LP in late 2014 with the new single "Consuming," a 2-minute ripper that evolves from high-speed thrash into apocalyptic sludge. It was released on a 7" with covers of Terrorizer, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse, and you can stream that whole thing below.
Noisem will presumably have their sophomore album out soon (they recently finished tracking), but in the meantime they've got dates announced. Those include a NYC show happening March 28 at Acheron with Demon Eye, Dealer, BILLxNYE and Scowl. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
No word yet if a larger tour will be announced, but all currently known dates are listed, with that 7" stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.
The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.
Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.
And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Philm at Slaughter by the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
While Dave Lombardo left Slayer again in 2013, he's remained active with other projects. One of those is his band Philm, who released their sophomore album, Fire From the Evening Sun, last year. Philm have a couple dates announced at the moment, including a Brooklyn show happening February 23 at Saint Vitus with Gozu and Long Day Gone. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if these dates are part of a larger tour, but stay tuned. Full upcoming show schedule below.
Meanwhile, Slayer without Dave Lombardo were announced this week for Bonnaroo, where they'll join mostly non-metal bands (besides Pallbearer and Between the Buried & Me) like Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket and Belle & Sebastian. Their only two other dates scheduled at the moment are also festivals: Florida's Welcome to Rockville Festival with Ministry, Slash, Suicidal Tenencies, Testament, Exodus, and more; and North Carolina's Carolina Rebellion with Cheap Trick, Slash, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Exodus and more.
Between the Philm show and Scott Ian's band Motor Sister playing Saint Vitus on 2/12, there will be no lack of '80s thrash vets at the Brooklyn venue this February. Philm dates, a song stream from their 2014 album, and a recent video interview that Dave Lombardo gave, below...
photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.
Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
Slayer @ Wellmont Theatre - 11/29/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
"Slayer." Thus have many observers dubbed the [band] for this tour, thanks to the absence of Dave Lombardo and Jeff Hanneman. Paul Bostaph is back on the drum throne, where he spent most of the '90s. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt retains the live guitar spot he's held for the past two years and looks poised to keep it.The above quote is from Doug Moore's review on Invisible Oranges of Slayer's Theater at MSG show last year on their first tour since the death of Hanneman (RIP), and also with original drummer Dave Lombardo once again out of the band.
...And unsurprisingly, Slayer were exactly what I expected. They were not "Slayer." they were SLAYER.
This past weekend, they returned to the NYC-area with that same lineup on their tour with Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies, hitting Wellmont Theatre on Saturday (11/29). I was never lucky enough to see Slayer with their classic lineup, but leaving Saturday's show as a first-timer, it was pretty hard not to echo Doug's sentiment. It's sad that I'll never get to see riffmaster Jeff Hanneman, and we can at least hope to see Dave Lombardo behind the kit again one day, but the band that played Wellmont Theatre on Saturday were no washed up phonies pretending to be something they no longer were. Old classics like "Mandatory Suicide," "War Ensemble," "Postmortem" and "Jesus Saves" came to life the same way you imagine they would from listening to the records. Metal played at the speed Slayer plays is a very physical thing, and I can't imagine the endurance needed to do this for over three decades. But not once in the set did it feel like Slayer was slowing down. They just kept inspiring the same kind of fist and teeth-clenching release that makes listening to them a breath of fresh air every time.
Unlike the Theater at MSG show, this time they weren't only playing from the first five albums. They also included a handful of World Painted Blood and "Disciple" from God Hates Us All (the one song in the set that Paul Bostaph actually recorded with them). Still, not a moment was lacking. And if at any point you did somehow start losing energy, there's no way you walked out feeling that way. They did the set closer they've been doing for years, and experiencing that was a whole other level of whoa than I saw coming. The pure evil of "South of Heaven"'s riffy doom into the ass-kicking thrash of "Angel of Death" was genuinely the kind of thrill that has you leaving a venue thinking "that's why I care so much about this stuff." Maybe that encore has lost its power to longtime fans who have seen it over and over again (then again, I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't), but seeing it for the first time, it didn't matter that the songs were over 25 years old, or that only two of the members that recorded them were on stage. It was truly intense.
Check out the full setlist and a few videos below...
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.
If you ever wondered what it would be like if sock puppets covered Slayer's "Raining Blood", today is your luckly today. Check out the going-viral video below.
If you're still wondering what it would be like to see the actual band Slayer live, well, it may not be the same, but you have the chance when the thrash metal legends hit the road with fellow legends Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus in November. Hopefully you didn't wait too long to get tickets to their NJ show at Wellmont (now sold out), but tickets are still available for 11/30 at Tower Theatre in Philadelphia (technically Upper Darby), AND we're offering a special offer on four tickets. Enter the code BVSLAYER in the 'offer code' box when placing your ticket order, and you'll get 4 total tickets to the Philly show. for the price of 3.. Order tickets HERE.
All dates HERE. That video 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.