Orange Goblin are pure rock n' roll... feared, respected and mentioned in whispers by awed rock fans and youngsters across the world. Orange Goblin are the modern UK metal heroes who never give up and always keep kicking ass. Back with their first live album, the pants-seat scorching A EULOGY FOR THE FANS (Candlelight), "The Goblin" just get better with age. Seriously, could this band be any more awesome? I think not.
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We recently caught up with Frank Chin of Vektor in Los Angeles at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, CA.
We talked about what Vektor has in store for their third album, what they listen to while in the bus, and how 2013 has been treating them so far.
For the complete interview click here.Add to My Radar
Official press release:
“Slayer’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Slayer’s 2013 itinerary will have them playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October. The complete itinerary is below.
“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”
“I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer,” added Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”
Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band – the Gold certified Divine Intervention (1994), the 1996 punk covers album Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, (1998), God Hates us All (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,” as well as the DVD War at the Warfield (2001), also certified Gold. In addition to Slayer, Bostaph has been a member of Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.”
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Savannah thrash/sludge/etc band Black Tusk have announced the release date, and revealed the artwork, for their upcoming EP Tend No Wounds. The album was recorded by producer Phillip Cope at the Jam Room and is set for release on July 23rd via Relapse Records.
You can view the artwork and track listing here.
Tend No Wounds will be the bands first release since the 2011 Set the Dial and clocks in around 20 minutes. The album’s artwork was handled by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).Add to My Radar
British thrash metal legends Onslaught, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, have posted an update in regards to their anticipated sixth full-length studio album, which is supposed to be out on September 13th. They write:
“What a totally crazy week this has been in the Onslaught camp! Nige Rockett and Andy Rosser-Davies have completed the recording of all 36 rhythm guitar tracks for the new ‘Slaught album, Mic Hourihan has completed all the drum tracking (which I can honestly say sounds truly fucking explosive!!). Things are rocking harder than we could have ever imagined right now…
In other news, we are extremely stoked to welcome Pär Olofsson on board as the band’s artist for the new album sleeve. The first rough sketches are awesome and in a very different style from every other album cover we have made. [We] can’t wait to see the final design!
Also been speaking to a very good friend and A&R guy from London Records-era about something which is very very interesting, and to cap off the week of madness, we are to take part in the longest in-depth interview we have ever done with our friend Laurent from Snakepit fanzine… No rest for the wicked.”
Onslaught’s most recent studio album Sounds of Violence was released in 2011 on AFM Records. It was the follow-up to 2007′s Killing Peace, the band’s first since 1989′s In Search of Sanity.Add to My Radar
Richmond, VA metal band GWAR’s frontman Oderous Urungus has put up his mask to benefit his the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. As a New Englander and a former Boston resident I can’t even tell you how amazing I think this is.
You can bid here.
GWAR, for those of you who don’t know, have been tearing it up since 1984 with the vast majority of their albums being released via Metal Blade.Add to My Radar
I didn’t want to post about this, and these guys only seem to make good on like 25% of their threats, but they forced my hand. The Westboro Baptist Church have announced that they will be protesting Jeff Hanneman’s Memorial Celebration on Thursday, May 23, 2013. I am not asking anybody to do anything, only because I am not sure how the boss men would feel about it, but I will not shed any tears if these guys end up in traction.
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British thrashers Evile have premiered “Head of the Demon” online. “Head of the Demon” is the second song to be premiered off of Evile’s forthcoming Skull, which is expected to drop via Century Media/Earache Records in Europe on May 27 and in the US on June 11.
Check out “Head of the Demon” as well as the previously released track “Underworld” as well as tour dates for Evile here.Add to My Radar
Denver thrash masters Havok have announced their first ever headlining tour of North America.
Havok will be touring in support of their upcoming album Unnatural Selection which will drop on June 25 via Candlelight Records.
The tour will start on June 21 in Denver, Colorado and will run 22 shows hitting Heavy MTL on August 11 in Montreal and wrapping up on August 17th in Kansas City, Missouri.
Check out the tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Portland, Oregon thrashers Lord Dying have released details of their upcoming album, Summon The Faithless. The band has recently completed work on the album.
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One of the Big 4 has lost a member, as Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died from liver failure at age 49. Hanneman has had some ailments over the past few years, including a spider bite that led to a disease known as necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh and nerve-eating virus that may or may not have led to his death. The Oakland, California native grew up in Long Beach and helped write two of the most iconic metal songs in history: “Raining Blood” and “Angel of Death.”
Slayer posted the following earlier this morning:
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“Slayer is devastated to inform that their band mate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.”
German Thrashers Sodom today are premiering the music video for their song “Stigmatized” on Bloody-Disgusting.com.
Watch “Stigmatized” here.
S.O.D.O.M. is streaming off of Decibel Magazine here.
“Stigmatized” is streaming at NPR here.
Tom Angelripper had this to say:
“SODOM haven’t had an official video clip for some time, so it’s about time we did one. That’s why the mini film will be uncompromising, a shocking clip which our fans can look forward to!”
Epitome of Torture is to be released on May 7.
Tom Angelripper had this to say about Epitome of Torture.
“Hard-as-nails and contemporary, without ignoring our tried-and-tested old-school attitude.”
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