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Metal Grasshopper is the comedy gold mine of heavy metal themed hijinx between Down‘s Phil Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill. The popular series was dreamed up by Hill along with former Supagroup mainman Chris Lee (a distant relative of Bruce Lee’s who happens to also be married to Sean Yseult of White Zombie/Star & Dagger fame).

With Episode 5 “Vulgar Display Of Feelings” was just released yesterday, it was high time to get the scoop from Chris about working with Dave and Phil on this hysterical series. If you don’t like it…walk on home, boy!

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Anthrax “Indians” bourbon, starting new album

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM (PST)

3081bfe8-96d7-4cca-87d7-1819ab2687bcFunny, I was just this very morning reflecting with journalist Brian Krasman on bands who had done craft beverages. I remembered Daylight Dies made beer and Brian told me 1349 had one ( I hope it comes with plague mold ergot)! Maynard also has his wine place though I think  liked the Dave Matthews wine better (does that make me lose metal points?).

Anyhow, the thrash titans Anthrax, still the funnest of the classic thrash bands around attitude-wise, have unveiled a friggin’ bad ass bourbon today called…Indians! Yes, one of the most rad ‘thrax songs of all time is now drinkable. Now if only the NFL would change the name of the Redskins to The Arrows, we would be in a much better world already.

What better way for the members of Anthrax to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, “Indians.”

 

Read the full announcement/bourbon roll out, below. I don’t drink anymore, but cheers to the boys on their Grammy nomination for the Dio cover. It is cool they were nominated along with Slipknot, Motorhead and Mastodon, though I was annoyed about Tenacious D (no offense to Jack and KG at all ‘cuz they rule)…but really, in a year with more great metal than maybe ever, the last nomination slot ought to have gone to Triptykon, Castle, House Of Lightning (so siiiick), Vader , anybody.

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Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson’s Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition “small batch” whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax’s “Indians,” a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.

 

“We’ve been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster,” said the band’s Frank Bello “and ‘Indians’ was perfect.”

 

Anthrax’s “Indians” bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company - http://acbottlecompany.com/ . “Indians” will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.

 

Anthrax – Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, and Joey Belladonna – lifted their “Indians”-filled shot glasses last Friday when they found out that “Neon Knights,” the band’s cover of the Black Sabbath song (from Sabbath’s 1980 release, “Heaven and Hell”) recorded for the “Ronnie James Dio – This is Your Life” tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance category.

 

“It’s been an honor everytime we’ve been nominated,” said Anthrax’s Benante, “but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute ‘Neon Knights’ to Ronnie’s tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best.”

Anthrax has just gone into the studio to begin recording their next album, the follow up to 2011′s critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Worship Music.

Anthrax’s Grammy nominations include:

1991 – “Persistence of Time”

1992 – “Attack of the Killer Bs”

1995 – “Bring the Noise” (live, Anthrax and Public Enemy)

2012 – “I’m Alive”

2014 – “T.N.T.”

2015 – “Neon Knights”

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Linkin Park offer “The Hunting Party” for free on Google Play

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM (PST)

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Linkin Park‘s recent The Hunting Party is by far one of their better and more bold releases (up there with Meteora for moment after attention grabbing moment). There are earmarks of every era of their sound but a willingness to push themselves on tracks like “Rebellion” (with D. Malakian from System Of A Down) or the surprisingly heavy “The Keys To The Kingdom” that opens the record with a serious punk roar and drums infused into their alt rock/nu-metal sound. This album is a lot of fun if you can get your heads out of your snobby butts for a minute and admit it rules. The percussive twists and turns alone shows their “hybrid theory” of stadium alt rock and hip hop fusion still has staying power and room to evolve. Shit, I’m also just glad I have a record in my library that has both Rakim and Page Hamilton on it.

Just in time for the holidays, the Google Play store is having a special Linkin Park sale. Get The Hunting Party FREE now for a limited time. You can also purchase other Linkin Park albums for only $1.99 each. Get your albums now at: http://bit.ly/1zt969H

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Electric Wizard announces own U.S. tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM (PST)

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English doom metallers Electric Wizard have announced that they will embark on their first U.S. tour in 12 years.

Electric Wizard will be touring in support of their album Time To Die which is out now via Spinefarm Records.

The band will be supported on the tour by Satan’s Satyrs, which features Wizard bassist Clayton Burgess.

The tour will start in Philadelphia on March 31 and will finish up in Los Angeles on April 19.

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Interview: Devin Townsend

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM (PST)

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“If I have anything to contribute to the musical world is that people can learn from my failures and successes. That’s what I’m interested in, contributing something healthy to the species.”

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Devin Townsend.

Click here for the interview.

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Sister gearing up for 2015 European tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM (PST)

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Swedish hard rockers Sister are getting ready to tear Europe apart in the new year.

The tour will start in Oslo on February 6 and run 20 dates through to wrap up on March 21 in Hamburg.

Check out tour dates and comments from the band here.

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Lord Dying premiere new song

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM (PST)

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Portland’s Lord Dying are getting ready to drop a new album on January 27 via Relapse Records.

The new album will be entitled Poisoned Alters.

Ahead of the release of the album, Lord Dying have today released the song “An Open Sore” which features Aaron Beam of Red Fang.

Stream “An Open Sore” via Revolver.

You can also stream “A Wound Outside Time” here.

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36 Crazyfists reveal ‘Time and Trauma’ album cover

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM (PST)

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Alaskan metalcore mainstays 36 Crazyfists have revealed the cover art for their latest album, Time and Trauma.

Time and Trauma is due out on February 17 via Spinefarm Records. This will be the band’s sixth studio album and their Spinefarm debut.

Check out the album art for Time and Trauma here.

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Ensiferum to release new album in February

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM (PST)

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Finnish folk metal masters Ensiferum are preparing to release a new album in the new year. This, their sixth studio album, will be entitled One Man Army. It will be the bands first album since signing to Metal Blade Records. Sammi Hinkka, bassist, had this to say about recording the album:

“Recording process was long, hard, rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.’”

Hinkka went on to say:

“On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise. Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!”

One Man Army will officially be released on February 24.

Check out tour dates here as Ensiferum hits the road (and sea) with the likes of Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum.

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Album Review: Cretin – “Stranger”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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For all the bs in the scene from misogynists, homophobes and racists, it’s nice to get back to music that just slays. But wait, Cretin‘s first album in years Stranger features a transgender singer! Uh oh. Better not listen! Might get cooties, right? Well, if that’s your thinking I can assure you that you are an idiot and that this record rips harder than anything. The vocals sound like friggin’ Brutal Truth at their best and the band fire on all cylinders mercilessly. Think Fuck The Facts meets even a tiny bit of Kreator and lots of early Napalm/Extreme Noise Terror. This album for Relapse is a beast.

“Honey and Venom” is the standout track, ferocious and with some air raid dive bomb soloing thrown into the insano-grind.Elizabeth Schall’s solos on the title track especially are also red hot. With the aforementioned Brutal Truth packing it in this November overseas, it is super great Cretin are back to fill the gaping grind void. I can’t honestly recommend this record enough. It pulverizes. Song titles like “Freakery”, “How to wreck your life in 3 days” and “Sandwhich For The Attic Angel” keep things fun even while the music is ballistic. “…Attic Angel” in particular has such a brutal intro bassline courtesy of Matthew Widener’s vomiting rig. And “Ghost Of Teeth And Hair” is the most disturbing song in metal about twins (“they say I ate you in the womb, that mom had no room”) since Cephalic were doing their whole “conjoined twins at war” stuff for Lucid Interval (still my fave from those dudes). Fucking mosh.

Dark Funeral release “Nail Them To The Cross” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM (PST)

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Swedish black metal stalwarts Dark Funeral are at it again.

After signing with Century Media Records in 2012 and rounding out their line-up, these Swedes are preparing to re-conquer the world.

A 7″ with “Nail Them To The Cross” and another song is expected in early 2015.

Check out the video for “Nail Them To The Cross” and Dark Funeral tour dates here.

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Stop the hate: #metalgate (we’re on a love train, love train)

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM (PST)

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Hey best buddies out there in metal land. Seems to be a lot more vitriol this week in our fair kingdom of virginal metal ears. A lot has been made about #metalgate and Phil’s exit from Cobalt (check the metal sucks link cuz it has an in-depth recap, but long story short he has been making very homophobic statements and got booted from the band by Erik). Metal is supposed to be about freedom of speech. I get that, but when you tell bands they are like “faggots fucking in a rest stop bathroom” , you have to expect some push back from  the intelligentsia.

I’m bi and I’ve been in bands 20 fucking years. Interviewed hundreds of bands. Of ALL backgrounds including people who were GOP or right wing, and I gave them a fair shake anyway even if I disagreed. I still listened to Alice Cooper even when he was golfing it up with Bush. Phil from Cobalt is really talented and it is sad to see he has so much anger/bigotry stopping him from connecting with other artists and fans (though maybe it isn’t, because there has always been an extreme amount of hate in this world and the only extreme thing about that is how over the top and endless it has been through history). Phil served and probably did it for what he felt were patriotic reasons even though I don’t support the military industrial complex because hate follows hate follows grabs for real estate at the expense of many lives. Not that real threats to American lives don’t matter but this world is a cesspool of intolerance and violence no matter what country you come from.

And isn’t this  country supposed to be about inclusion? Didn’t we fight nazis in WW2? Im confused but I think I’m gonna go listen to Cretin and then sample some people making love in a public bathroom now because that is actually a cool idea for an industrial song.

Corrections House postpone rest of U.S. tour dates

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM (PST)

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Due to vocalist Mike IX Williams’ exhaustive touring and recording schedule these past years, a doctor’s strict orders for rest, vitamins and general physical recovery has been prescribed, and it is with deep regret that CORRECTIONS HOUSE has postponed the last few remaining dates of the Writing History In Advance US tour.

 Notes Williams in an official statement: “Overwork, nonstop travel, overexertion on stage and poor eating habits will eventually grind you to rubble. I need a bit of time to heal and repair my wounded body and mind.”

CORRECTIONS HOUSE released their Writing History In Advance recording, a menacing testament of sonic decay captured live in Los Angeles earlier this year. The release is available as a CD digipack via War Crime Recordings at THIS LOCATION and digitally HERE. The band’s newly recorded, as-yet-untitled sophomore offering will be released in 2015 along with a brand new round of live infiltrations to be announced next year.

CORRECTIONS HOUSE features IX Williams (EyeHateGod) alongside accomplices Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) Sanford Parker (Minsk) and minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury. The collective released their Last City Zero debut via Neurot Recordings last year. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero is the audio end product of government conspiracies, societal ruin and psychological decay.

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System Of A Down deliver much needed killer KROQ set

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:02 AM (PST)

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System! Like RATM, it’s been aggravating that System Of A Down have been less active during such times of unrest (not that commenting on the state of world affairs rests on the shoulders of these bands interminably). But if you have that many fans and the ear of people, please keep using it. Shavo worked w/ my homies Bad Brains and Serj’s solo albums keep getting better (“Cornucopia” has some of his best lyrics in any song, so dope), but there’s nothing like the full System barrage. It’s profoundly great still that this was the number one band the week of 9/11 (how #metalgate of me).

Anyway, the boys hit the stage at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas over the weekend and there is great pro video you can catch. The curses were edited out by some asshole, but otherwise it is pure SOAD hypomania. Check out the full set BELOW (and let’s hope they come to their senses and make another fuckin’ album already). From a very relevant “Deer Dance” (best of the set, IMO) to a thrashing version of “B.Y.O.B.” to classic “Toxicity”, this stuff is still relevant and they nailed it at this show.

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Mid-Month Metal Ice Melters: Diablo Blvd., The Gathering, Hawk Eyes

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 5:10 PM (PST)

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So, some good metal and rock world video clips for you this weekend. The bands are all different but all are brimming with talent and drive.

Click HERE for some live, interview and music vid clips from three acts who are on fire right now.

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