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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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Metallica‘s “Spit Out The Bone” was a highlight of Hardwired…To Self Destruct for many thrashers (my faves are probably still “Moth into Flame” and “Atlas Rise”, if you must know). But yeah, this live version of “Spit Out The Bone” is lively as hell and gets the Oct. 24th London O2 crowd roaring with enthusiasm. You’d think it was an older classic!
Check it out HERE. Rob and James in particular ripped this bad baby up!!Add to My Radar
After more than 20 years of anticipation and recent reports of Ted Pritchard (best known by the nicknames Thrasher and Thrashpie) mentioning the possibility of returning to the radio industry, a spokesperson has revealed that the long-defunct legendary radio station KNAC Pure Rock will return to terrestrial radio in Los Angeles, California later this year.
The spokesperson, who declined to reveal his name, said, “I know many fans have been waiting over 20 years for this. I know I have. It’s about time we give a younger generation of metal fans what they deserve”. Although the spokesperson said that it’s unlikely the revamped KNAC will return to its original frequency 105.5-FM, it will “definitely be an all-metal and hard rock radio station just like the old KNAC”, playing music from classic bands like Black Sabbath to Metallica to White Zombie to today’s music like Ghost and Steel Panther. For more info and updates on the upcoming return of KNAC-FM, go here.
KNAC signed off before 2PM on February 15th, 1995, ending it with Metallica’s “Fade to Black”, and it was replaced by the Spanish-language format KBUE (Que Buena). KNAC was resurrected in 1998 as the internet radio station KNAC.com, which still exists to this day.
UPDATE: This was an April Fool’s joke. We owe those (including KNAC fans) who have been waiting for years for the return of KNAC as an FM station our sincere apology.Add to My Radar
When asked in an interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal about his most memorable nights he had being in Slayer, guitarist Kerry King shared his memories of Slayer playing “Big 4” shows with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, which he calls an important part of his career. He explains:
“Something that was really cool for me — and I didn’t think it was going to be as cool as it was — was when we did the ‘Big Four’ shows. I think that was important. I think it mattered. When I went in, I thought it was going to be cool for the fans, but in the end, it was cool for me, too.”
He added: “The funniest thing in the history of Kerry King and Slayer is us and Metallica, we don’t really run in the same circles. As similar we are, you know, we’ve never been on tour with those guys. To actually play with them on the ‘Big Four’ was really cool for me. I’d go back behind where Lars goes when he gets done with a song — we called that Larsland — we’d go watch the show from there. It was really cool. It was just cool hanging. Kirk would come and hang out, and we’d go do stuff with Lars. It was fun.”
Slayer released Repentless, their first album in six years, last September on Nuclear Blast. It was also their first album with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt as the replacement for the late Jeff Hannemann, and their first with drummer Paul Bostaph in nearly 15 years.Add to My Radar
“I know what you are thinking. Doesn’t the Metal Riot staff ever rest? Shouldn’t they be more hungover and not posting today? Well, I’m sure some of us are (probably Nich Madl). I haven’t had a drink in about three years. And while year end lists are freshly posted, confetti and streamers and smashed champagne glasses are still being swept up, Motley took their bow and the memory of Lemmy’s death is still ringing in our ears, let’s remember that this New Year we can make metal and hard rock as meaningful and powerful as it has ever been. We have new releases to look forward to from Lycus, Primal Fear, Cauldron’s new album, Peace Killers and more. Biohazard’s Mata Laeao turns twenty! AND Metallica’s Black Album turns fucking twentyfive this year! It’s a controversial yet landmark record that was a more unified representation of all the facets their career has come to include under the band’s umbrella of styles than any other release (though my favorite era and many others is the earlier stuff). BUT I can still remember exactly where I was when the “Enter Sandman” video came out. The thumping drums and sense of anticipation. Let’s treat this year the same way. Let’s aim big but stay strong.” – Morgan Ywain Evans
“Short, sweet and to the point: “2015 was such a fuckin’ pisser that I could not be more ready for 2016, which is going to fucking rock. We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned. Some killer albums are slated to come out this year and we can’t wait to cover them and talk about them. In addition to the straight news, we’re going to rock some editorials, including looking back at some of the amazing moments in metal that have brought us here today, so get fucking ready!” – Longhairedpoet/Jessica Fisher
“I’m looking forward to new music, seeing the scene grow closer and prosper , and I’m looking forward to photographing way more shows!” – Crashqueen/June Aispuro
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Metallica‘s “Lords Of Summer” has gotten the dance remix treatment and if you aren’t the type of person who’ll dismiss this kind of shit out of hand this aint half bad. Check it out HERE or listen to it when it is the official anthem of the X Games Austin 2015. We now return to our regularly scheduled broadcast of actual brutality.Add to My Radar
I just saw on Lambgoat that metal lords of summer Metallica (Lars, I forgive you for the no bass on AJFA cuz it’s still my fave Metallica album)…ahem…are planning on co-headlining this years awesome Lollapalooza line up. Man, when I was a kid Lolla was the shit. 1996 when they last were headliners it was really controversial that a big metal band would play an “alternative” festival. This was the times when Axl had to make his arguably greatest “we’ve had our share of problems with so called Alternative bands” speech (Kurt Cobain/jukie remarks aside, Mr. Rose had some good points on being “human” otherwise) and Hetfield and co were seen by more cynical alt rockers as proto dinosaurs (which is funny and makes no sense since Metallica as well as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Melvins owe so much to the school of Black Sabbath equally. Soundgarden a bit more Led Zep, perhaps). Tangents.
I just looked up the 1996 line up for a refresher and grinned.
Wu-Tand and Rage! That was a fuckin’ team up and Republican people were like legit scared in America. It was great! And Psychotica! That band used to be HUGE in NYC, at least. Did I see them once at Roseland? Shit, I forget. R.I.P. Joey Ramone, that’s what really matters. James, Lars, Kirk and Rob…please have one of your PR who might hopefully stumble across this article forward my suggestion that you do one of your rad Ramones covers i honor of Joey and the boys to commemorate your return. It’d be an epic Lolla win moment. Advice FREE. Memories…PRICELESS.
I’d also like to see a Tame Impala/Metallica unison version of “No Leaf Clover”. They can be called Tame Metallimpalicca. ok, I’m stoned.
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Lars Ulrich says there is a lot of new Metallica music to sort through. Lars spoke to Rolling Stone HERE on progress for the proper follow-up to Death Magnetic. “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them. It’s pretty close,” Ulrich noted.
In addition the band are re-releasing No Life ‘Til Leather (The Dave Mustaine debate will rage on forever) on cassette format, like the original. Don’t all old tape players eat tapes by now? I thought after a few years all tape players become tape eating monsters. Does anyone make new cassette players, oh wise Phantom Lords?
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Machine Head‘s new Bloodstone & Diamonds has proven to be one of the best releases in the long running act’s history. Heck, I honestly am not sure if I have enjoyed any of their albums more and I’ve been into metal for about two decades now. “Cast off the shackles of the past,” sings Rob Flynn as the band grooves hard and even embrace a moody string section on the intro and chorus. The video is pretty good, though not as good as the song itself. The visuals kind of have a Metallica in the 90’s “Until It Sleeps” trying to be weird thing going on before a bunch of gas masked Bodom fans (joke) come along and shoot the guys. But yeah, this record kicks total ass and I’ve gotta find a way into their upcoming NYC date. No thrash band of their high-profile size released anything nearly as good this year, in my opinion (no offense to Exodus, I just prefer the Rob Dukes-era stuff).
Check “Now We Die” out here and don’t look back. Can we petition for Flynn to have a Game Of Thrones cameo now?Add to My Radar
Official press statement:
Metallica has been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we’ve done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening… sometimes even hours! Over the years we’ve been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the “old school” compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we’re going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.
We want to keep it simple so we’ll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we’re also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There’s that special concept of a volume discount and you’ll have a box to store all your CD’s in. CD’s will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either LiveMetallica.com or in the Met Store.
And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly Metallica HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl… YOU choose from the 27 shows we’ve played this year by voting for your favs here. We’ll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015. Voting will close on September 26.
Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!Add to My Radar
METALLICA‘s Ride the Lightning Turns 30:
Cliff Burton Photographer Harald Oimoen Recalls Jacket Shot;
Alternates Revealed via MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW
Thrash Metal Photo Book.
July 27 marked the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s Ride the Lightning (still arguably their “purest” metal moment). Along with original shots from the Slayer Hell Awaits album and the Exodus landmark Bonded by Blood, not to mention Possessed’s Seven Churches, the Bazillion Points photo book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, includes Cliff Burton’s portrait from the back of Metallica’s stunning second album.
Every photo in MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW has a pretty good story, and the background behind this particular Cliff pic is a pretty good one. Harald, who has played bass himself for almost 20 years with crossover legends D.R.I, tells the tale:
Says Oimoen: “First of all the shots almost didn’t exist. Cameras weren’t allowed at this show, so about halfway through I got mine taken away by security. They were just about to expose the film, but luckily I was able to roll it back into the canister before they were able to ruin it! I got the film confiscated, but lucky for me a buddy of mine was able to get it back. That roll had the classic Cliff shot from Ride the Lightning on it. I never received a penny for the shot, but the credit was priceless.”
For a longer excerpt from the book, tales of thick smoke with Cliff Burton, and further 1983 photos of Metallica live, visit the Bazillion Points blog:
“The definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area.”—Kirk Hammett, MetallicaAdd to My Radar
We’re taking a cue from our Dying Scene compatriots and remembering Joey Ramone today. The Ramones made arguably the best music ever besides Dio (but RJD’s death anniversary isnt until next month). Anyway, the Ramones changed the world. Enjoy THIS metal cover of “Commando” by Metallica and get them ready for “vietnam-ahhhh” in true Hetfield style.
We absolutely can’t believe that it’s been 13 years since Joey Ramone died. Thanks for your inspiration, we miss you. In the next 13 years, you will still never be forgotten.Add to My Radar
Metallica did something very cool last week and released a gnarly demo version of the “Lords of Summer” track they have been playing live. This dirty sounding demo version is pretty cool. I don’t know why people gave them grief for playing longer songs again on St. Anger and Death Magnetic. My fave Metallica album is …And Justice For All. Despite what any purists think, The Black Album is the album where the band best combined all the elements of what they ever were and would be, both hard, metal AND commercial. That said, longer Metallica songs just end up meaning you can bang your head longer. I would rather listen to LuLu than one more fucking ukelele Mumford band! And did you see them play Antarctica? They killed it!
I’m sick of the whole “Metallica sucks now” bullshit hand wringing. Even their more commercial stuff like “Hero Of The Day” is still better than the bullshit pop hard rock we get nowadays, if we even get any. Was it really that mainstream of them to put Marianne Faithful on “The Memory Remains”? I don’t think so. That shit was cool! People should be happy the band are trying to keep metal AND alternative/hard rock alive. You may have noticed not many bands can actually make money these day.
My one actual gripe is this: Please remix and add solos to St. Anger. Iced Earth re-tracked a bunch of old vocals when Matt Barlow rejoined the band around the time of Crucible Of Man. It is 2014 and you can do whatever you want. I wish Metallica would accept that fans hate the snare sound and most people wish those songs had solos. Let Kirk add some leads on an off night from reading Horror comics and re-release it, even just online. I am sure many fans would be happy as St. Anger actually has MANY GREAT RIFFS! It would certainly help balance the band’s catalog better.
Anyway, HERE is the tasty “Lords of Summer” demo.Add to My Radar
Avenged Sevenfold are a much bigger band than most of the bands I really enjoy (Sister’s Disguised Vulture‘s kills this shit!). Hitting it big doesn’t mean that you automatically suck or whatever. They have certainly worked hard… and I have to say I think the recent debate over Hail To The King borrowing liberally (see…A7X are liberal now!) from every major hard rock hit ever started an interesting conversation about how much influence is too far. I think the problem is that A7X cited classic bands as their influences and wanted to hearken back to classic metal but then seemed to some to mumble and act like they magically really wrote the riffs on Hail To The King rather than shuffle a few riffs here and there.
That said, M. Shadows probably gave the performance of his career on Hail To The King and does have a killer voice. The only tune that really bothered me on that album (besides the tolling bell and the spoken bridge in “Sandman of Fire”) was the blatantly Megadeth riff rip-off “Heretic”). The G n’ R inspired “Doing Time” was more fun than “Riad n The Bedouins” (and I like Chinese Democracy, frankly), while most of Hail To The King was pretty fun. It seemed like the band were cutting loose a bit and relaxing after all the seriousness of Nightmare. But yeah, when you are that big most stuff is pretty calculated. Time to own up, dudes. It’ll take a lot of the heat off.
Evile were clearly inspired by Metallica’s …And Justice For All on their fantastic Five Serpent’s Teeth disc, but the difference is they didn’t directly cop “greatest hits” riffs with some minor tweakery.
Anyway, “Sheperd of Fire” is a damn catchy tune vocally if you can ignore the Sandman of it all. A7X have decided to name their new tour the “Sheperd of Fire Tour” and it kicks off April 12th in British Columbia. Hellyeah are support on the tour. That’s right. A dude from Pantera is opening for A7X. Kill me now. Fuck, that makes me mad. And I don’t even hate A7X at all like some people, but that is just wrong.
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