Maryland hard rockers THE HIDDEN HAND will be tearing it up in NYC with the almighty jam-masters Clutch and super-spoof rockers Beatallica on August 31st at Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY.
This show will be to celebrate the release of Royal Flush Magazine, Book 4, and will be hosted by Bam Margera.
Check out the following video preview of Royal Flush.
Tackling the comic world, Royal Flush features some well known work from Danny Hellman (Legal Action Comics), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) and Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers), among others. In addition to the Mastodon and My Chemical Romance posters done by incredible indie artists Tara McPherson and Brian Ewing, artwork from Seldon Hunt, R.Black, Jesse Phillips and Jason Goad can be found in the 136-page, full color issue.
Now in its sixth year, Royal Flush is read by more than 50,000 of the most serious fans of music, art, comics, rock and roll culture, street culture, skateboarding, graffiti, sneaker culture, pro wrestling, political satire and so much more. Generating a strong buzz with its provocative humor, stylish design and innovative art, Royal Flush is always working ahead of the curve. The magazine can be found at many strategic locations, including Barnes & Noble, Borders Books, Virgin Megastore, Hot Topic, Newbury Comics, Zia Records as well as on newsstands, at galleries, in comic stores, coffee shops and a whole lot more in major cities around the U.S. and Canada.
For more information check out www.royalflushmagazine.com.
In this three part in-the-studio series, MetalKult catches up with High On Fire at Soundhouse Studios in Seattle as they begin work on their new record, Death Is This Communion with producer Jack Endino.
The videos that follow reveal
the inner workings of High On Fire, and include clips of guitarist Matt Pike talking about his history, new bassist Jeff Matz (ex-Zeke) giving a tour of his rig and drummer Dez Kensel's previewing some of his new pummeling rhythms.
And thanks to MetalKult bro Daniel Hague, who braved the wilds of the Pacific Northwest—and High On Fire's pummeling riffs—to capture this killer footage.
2007 marks the return of industrial metal outfit KMFDM with their 15th studio album—Tohuvabohu—out August 21 via Metropolis Records and KMFDM Records.
Check the out the video below of KMFDM playing "WWIII" at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, on October 2, 2006.
KMFDM, now in their 24th year having been spawned in Paris, France on February 29, 1984, remain a musical entity to be reckoned with. Combining relentless experimentation and reinvention, the group continues to unleash a barrage of the ultra-heavy beats, allowing their fans to dance with abandon, bang their heads or dissect the group's balance of striking lyricism and political/societal observations. To date, the band has sold well over 2 million albums worldwide.
With Tohuvabohu—an Old Testament word meaning "wild and chaotic"—KMFDM re-establish themselves as a vital force. Leader and founder Sascha Konietzko (Vocals, Synthesizers, Machines), Lucia Cifarelli (Vocals) and Jules Hodgson (Guitar, Bass, Keys), Steve White (Guitar) and Andy Selway (Drums) expand the growing list of languages sung in their catalog, with German, Spanish, Latin, Hebrew and Lingala (an African language) all heard on Tohuvabohu. The group included a Spanish-language cover of the German cult-group Liasions Dangereuses' dancefloor favorite "Los Ninos Del Parque" which provides a perfectly retro/electronic departure.
Demonstrating once again that KMFDM (rough translation "No Pity For The Majority") belongs to the people and vice versa, the group invited fans from all over the world to call into a phone hotline and record personal stories of what KMFDM means to them. SASCHA or Käpt'n K., as he is known to the group's devoted horde, wove the voices throughout the album's opener "Superpower." Other highlights on the album include the danceable "Looking For Strange," the metal-tinged "Saft Und Kraft," the EBM-like "Spit Or Swallow" and the darkwave-powered "Tohuvabohu."
The complete track listing for Tohuvabohu is as follows:
1. Super Power
2. Looking For Strange
4. I Am What I Am
5. Saft Und Kraft
7. Los Ninos
8. Not In My Name
9. Spit Or Swallow
10. Fait Accompli
In 1985, San Francisco's Possessed released their now-legendary death metal debut Seven Churches.
Not only did Seven Churches' blend of thrash riffs, grunting vocals and blistering leads send shockwaves of excitement throughout the underground tape-trading scene of the day, but the album's final track, "Death Metal"—and Possessed's 1984 demo of the same name—just may have given an official name to the genre that had already spawned such American bands as Death, Morbid Angel and Master.
Right-click the song names below to download each track.
|"Burning In Hell"|
Months before Seven Churches hit the stores, cassettes of Death Metal had been spreading throughout the extreme metal community. While the tape typically traded contained four tracks: 1) "Death Metal," 2) "Evil Warriors," 3) "Burning in Hell" and 4) "Fallen Angel," the original self-produced demo did not contain "Fallen Angel." "Fallen Angel" was reportedly recorded during the Death Metal session, but did not make the official demo, because it was banged out quickly at the end of the recording session. But, through the tape-trading process, "Fallen Angel" became tacked on to the end of Death Metal.
Torrao, Becerra, Lalonde and Sus
While the classic Possessed lineup is universally considered to be bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra, guitarist Larry Lalonde (who went on to gain notoriety as a member of Primus), guitarist Mike Torrao and drummer Mike Sus, the lineup for the Death Metal demo was Beccera, Torrao, Sus and guitarist Brian Montana.
After Seven Churches, Possessed released another full-length studio album, 1986's Beyond the Gates, and an EP the following year called The Eyes of Horror (produced by Joe Satriani, oddly enough). The group disbanded soon after, and in 1989 singer Jeff Becerra was shot while being robbed on his way home and left paralyzed from the waist down. Although confined to a wheelchair, Becerra is still planning to appear onstage with a reunited Possessed at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, on August 2-4.
Thrash pioneers Megadeth have announced their first U.S. headline dates in support of the Roadrunner Records release United Abominations. The band has just taken Europe by storm, having played across the continent last month to hundreds of thousands at some of the largest and most renowned summer festivals, including Download, Rock IM Park and Rock AM Ring.
"We are back and we are serious, and we are coming to see you as soon as we can," Dave Mustaine commented on Megadeth.com upon returning home this past weekend. See below for tour dates.
Check out this classic video of Megadeth's "Hangar 18," from 1990's Rust In Peace
Tour and on-sale dates are:
Date City Venue On Sale:
Sept 4 Anchorage, AK Egan Convention Center July 13
Sept 5 Fairbanks, AK Carlson Center July 13
Sept 7 Seattle, WA Moore Theater July 13
Sept 8 Spokane, WA Big Easy July 14
Sept 9 Portland, OR Roseland July 14
Sept 11 San Francisco, CA Warfield July 15
Sept 12 Anaheim, CA Grove July 14
Sept 14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues July 14
Sept 16 Denver, CO Ogden July14
Sept 18 Sauget, IL Pops July 14
Sept 19 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club July 14
Sept 21 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room July 13
Sept 22 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall July 14
Sept 23 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room July 13
Sept 25 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom July 14
Sept 26 New York, NY Irving Plaza July 13
Sept 28 Providence, RI Lupos July 13
Sept 29 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino July 13
Sept 30 Washington, DC 9:30 Club July 13
Oct 01 Richmond, VA Toad's Place July 13
Oct 03 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution July 14
Oct 04 Orlando, FL House of Blues July 14
Oct 05 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues July 14
Oct 06 Norfolk, VA Norva July 13
Genre-defying metal act Yakuza announce an August 7 release date for their new album, Transmutations (Prosthetic).
"Exploration, experimentation, riding the line between the familiar and the foreign; the essential elements for Yakuza have already been established," frontman Bruce Lamont says. "We are not interested in creating music that's not easily definable. Our roots are firmly planted in metal - yes, but like life, the sounds here are not cut and dry. At times this record can be uplifting, cruel, celebratory and just downright fuckin' mean."
Check out this live clip of Yakuza at Metro Chicago on
December 10, 2002: Yakuza Live.
Utilizing producer and established multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) for the recording of Transmutations, Yakuza couldn't be happier with the album's end sound. "Sanford was great to work with," Lamont says. "We really feel he has refined his craft over the past half a dozen recordings he's done. He's known the band for a long time and helped with our last release, so he is already aware of our studio tendencies. With him the process felt almost effortless."
With an album that continues the Yakuza sound while – somehow - also expanding upon the band's already established enigmatic concepts and forward-thinking approach to metal, Transmutations continues to push the envelope, carving a niche in the metal genre, while still continuing the band's originality that has garnered so much attention in the underground – metal, mainstream or otherwise.
1. meat curtains
3. congestive art-failure
4. praying for asteroids
6. steal the fire
7. the blinding
8. existence into oblivion
9. perception management
10. black market liver
Jul 12 2007 jim yakuza sits in with raise the red lantern @empty bottle Chicago, Il
Jul 18 2007 continental yakuza bruce dj's Chicago, Il
Jul 31 2007 TRANSMUTATIONS LISTENING PARTY @LIARS CLUB Chicago, IL
Aug 11 2007 RECORD RELEASE SHOW @SUBTERRANEAN 18+ Chicago, Il
Battle Kommand Records announces that its most recent signing, Las Vegas, NV's death metallers Spun In Darkness, will release their debut, Birthright on July 17.
Spun In Darkness features the original drummer of early 90's death metal outfit Goatlord, Jeff Nardone. Nardone is also handling vocal duties for Spun In Darkness. Check out the following Goatlord video
, recorded during a 1992 in Las Vegas: Goatlord Live.
Atlanta, Georgia's heaviest band returns with their debut full-length album, Dog Magic (Battle Kommand), scheduled for a street date on September 11. Picking up where they left off with their debut self-titled EP last year on Battle Kommand, Zoroaster return with a devastating album of epic psych-doom metal that truly showcases the bands massive progression over the last two years. Moog synths, theremins, haunting vocal choirs and even a brass section are brought to the table this time to add to the massive heaviness that protrudes from all angles of this beast-of-a-bands sound.
Truly innovative and totally devastatingly heavy, Zoroaster are here to let the world know that U.S. doom metal is alive and well. Plans for extensive touring are in the works. Zoroaster will be taking on the United States again this summer with Christine (see full dates below) and again this fall, and will hopefully be reaching European shores in early 2008.
ZOROASTER on tour with CHRISTINE
07/14 Lenny's - Corndogorama, Atlanta, GA
07/18 Murphy's, Memphis, TN
07/19 Downtown Music and Records, Little Rock, AR
07/20 Jackrabbit Lounge, Shreveport, LA
07/21 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA w/ Mouth of the Architect, Big Business
07/25 Jack Rabbit's, Jacksonville, FL
07/26 Crowbar, Tampa, FL
07/27 *T.B.A., Tampa, FL
07/28 Rooster's, Auburn, AL
07/30 Tasty World, Athens, GA
08/01 Cumberland's, Charleston, SC
08/02 The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
08/03 Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC
08/04 The Jinx, Savannah, GA
08/06 Knitting Factory, New York, NY w/ Rosetta
08/07 Europa Brooklyn, NY w/ Rosetta
08/08 Nietzsche's, Buffalo, NY w/ Rosetta
08/09 Ravari Room, Columbus, OH w/ Rosetta
08/10 The Hideaway, Johnson City, TN w/ Rosetta
08/11 Ethyl's, Roswell, GA w/ Music Hates You
08/20 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA w/ Black Corba, Music Hates You
08/25 Repent, Athens, GA
09/19 Lenny's, Atlanta, GA w/ Withered, Waited, Daath
09/21 Otto's, Dekalb, IL w/ Withered
09/22 The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL w/ Withered
09/23 *T.B.A., Indianapolis, IN
09/24 *T.B.A., Toledo, OH
09/25 *T.B.A., Detroit, MI
09/26 *T.B.A., Cleveland, OH
09/27 *T.B.A., Columbus/Cincinnati, OH w/ Withered
09/28 *T.B.A., Richmond, VA
09/29 *T.B.A., Charlotte, NC
10/06 "Doomed To Fall Festival", San Antonio, TX (lineup coming soon! 3-Day doom fest)
Vancouver, BC-based heavy metal warriors 3 Inches of Blood make their Billboard debut this week as their new album Fire Up the Blades (Roadrunner) lands at #147 on the Top 200. In addition, the band soars to #2 on both the top new artist and current hard music charts, as well as #20 on the top hard music chart, shifting nearly 6,000 units.
Listen to what Judas Priest's Rob Halford had to say about 3 Inches of Blood at the following location:
Fire Up the Blades was recorded at Vancouver's legendary Armoury Studios (AC/DC, KISS) and Mushroom Studios (Queensrÿche) with producer Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and engineer Dan Turner.
3 Inches of Blood are currently in their 4th week at #1 metal radio, taking over the top position on the CMJ Loud Rock, FMQB Metal Detector and the MediaGuide Metal Specialty charts simultaneously. The band will be one of Ozzfest 2007's featured acts and has also announced a slew of "Off-fest" shows that will see it joining forces with Lamb of God, Hatebreed and Behemoth.
Set for a September 18, 2007 release, Iron Gag is the newest record from Philadelphia hardcore metal band, A Life Once Lost. A sneak peak of the single "Firewater Joyride" can be found at the following location
, myspace.com/alifeoncelost. The album was self-produced by the band and mastered at West West Side Music by the venerable Alan Douches.
"Today we bestow upon you the future classic known only as 'Firewater Joyride'," comments ALOL guitarist Doug "Snake Sustain" Sabolick. "Since we are known mostly for the ultra heavy, we figure we'd throw out a curve ball and release a f*ckin' rocker. It's time for the real motherf**kers to take the reins".
"There's a lot of things I wanted to say to a lot of people on this record," ALOL frontman Bob Meadows explains. "Even within a song, there could be two or three people I'm talking about. It was inspired by a lot of things I've wanted to say but haven't because I had to watch myself. There are so many ugly things going on in the music scene and life, and I was just like, 'F—- it, if I say something that's going to piss someone off, then it wasn't meant to be anyway. Let me just get this all off my chest.' So, this album's just really pissed, and it's very vicious.
"The songs are just way more fierce," he continues. "There's an element about it that Hunter didn't have, and I think maybe that was because of us doing it ourselves. It was us learning from [Hunter producer and Anthrax guitarist] Rob Caggiano how to actually approach the songs and my working with [Lamb of God's] Randy Blythe on the vocal production, which taught me how to approach the songs well. And with all of that working together, we've definitely put out a record that's going to move a lot of heads — make people turn around and be like, 'Holy sh—.' It's a monster of a release."
The final track listing for Iron Gag is as follows:
1.) Firewater Joyride
3.) The Wanderer
5.) All Teeth
6.) Meth Mouth
9.) Others Die
11.) Ill Will
A Life Once Lost tour dates:
Jun 29 Hartland, WI Robot Mosh Fest (w/ Russian Circles, Cephalic Carnage, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc.)
Jun 30 Covington, KY Anthem Project Festival (w/ Skeletonwitch, Goatwhore, etc.)
Jul 8 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theater (Headlining the Brotherly Shove Fest w/ Starkweather, The Minor Times, etc.)
Aug 13 Troy, NY Revolution Hall (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 15 Huntington, WVA the Monkey Bar (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 16 Thomasville, NC the Soundvent (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 17 Nashville, TN Rocket Town (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 18 Augusta, GA Sector 7G (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 22 Memphis, TN The Complex (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 23 Little Rock, AR Vino's (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 25 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 27 El Paso, TX Chic's (w/ Job For A Cowboy)
Aug 28 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad (w/ Job For A Cowboy)