Saturday, May 31, 2014

Metal Dad

METAL DADOk, so I knew metal dads exist. After all, I'm getting married to one (he has a dreamy beard, btw). But this guy has turned it into a more widely-recognized thing by posting photos of his daily life as a stay at home dad.

This article appeared on Buzzfeed, telling the story of Brian Reda, who works "as a team" with kiddo Livingston to document their experience together as father and son.

Acrassicauda Turns To Kickstarter To Help Fund New Album

#KickstartAcrassicuadaAcrassicauda was first featured in a documentary about metal in the Middle East that focused on how metal was persecuted by lawmakers and kept alive by the underground scene despite the obstacles they encountered.

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park is a Dick

I had heard of the whole Rome (which is basically Sublime, minus a member) getting the cops called on them by Linkin Park, causing them to have their entire weed supply confiscated.

Hybrid Posts Album Teaser

Hybrid released this teaser video with samplings of some various riffage you will hear on their yet-to-be-named upcoming album.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dweller In The Valley Interviewed By Decibel Magazine

DWELLER IN THE VALLEY - Younger DryasDane Olds, drummer and vocalist for Dweller in the Valley (who has been bringing some truly awesome black metal to the Baltimore area where they're from for a while now), was recently interviewed by Decibel Magazine ahead of their newest release, "Younger Dryas", due out tomorrow, May 31st via Grimoire Records.

Godsmack Preparing To Drop New Album, "1000 Horsepower"

GODSMACKWhether or not you consider them to be metal (which they are 100%... if not because of their music, it's because of their attitude towards life), Godsmack is fucking awesome and have some of the chillest and most badass material ever.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Havok Streaming New Video

Colorado thrash metallers Havok are streaming their new video for "Chasing The Edge". I typically am not super big on thrash, but there's some bands out there (local and non-local) that really do it well and this is definitely one of those bands.

Michael Amott of Arch Enemy Had Realistic Outlook On Changing Vocalists

Michael Amott, ARCH ENEMYMichael Amott, guitarist of Arch Enemy had an interview with Guitar World about the transition from legendary lady Angela Gossow to spunky newcomer Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist).

Iron Maiden Donates Portion of Show Profit to Flood Victims

First reported on Tanjug, Iron Maiden will be donating a portion of the revenue generated by their concert in Belgrade on June 17th to the victims of recent catastrophic flooding in Serbia.

New Lyric Video From Goatwhore Off Upcoming Album "Constricting Rage of the Merciless"

Plain and simple, Goatwhore fucking rules. You know it, I know it. Let's move on.

Well, have I got some news for you, my friend. Goatwhore has just announced plans for a new album! REJOICE!

Fit For An Autopsy Won't Be At The Rivers of Nihil, Revocation, DevilDriver, Carnifex Tour For Canada Dates, Band Denied Entry At The Border

Fit For An Autopsy won't be making any of the Canada dates that remain on their North American Tour with DevilDriver, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil, Revocation and Whitechapel.

New Album On The Way From Solstafir

SOLSTAFIRIcelandic metallers SÓLSTAFIR announced yesterday that they will be following up their 2011 release of "Svartir Sandar" with a new album entitled "Ótta", slated to make its debut on September 2nd (August 29th overseas) via Season of Mist.

Papa Emeritus is a "Real Asshole", Ghost Seeking New Frontman

I so totally called this one months ago.

Apparently they ready the story posted in April about the little video he did claiming he was the Jesus Christ of Ghost (no, literally, he compared himself to the pope), because Metal Hammer reported that they are preparing to replace the twat waffle Papa Emeritus.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Amberian Dawn Streams New Video From "Magic Forest"

Oh. My. GODS. This right here, I just... there are no words! This shit is on point! Fucking glorious!

I'm not kidding. Watch this right now.

Christopher Lee Releases New Album Inspired By "Don Quixote"

Metal guy Sir Christopher Lee

He's played Dracula, Saruman in Lord of the Rings, and Dooku in Star Wars. He's a legit knight, a descendant of Charlemagne (as am I... which must mean we are related), and he's personally met the assassins of Grigori Rasputin and lived through two world wars.

Dates Leaked for Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch, Sabaton Tour This Fall

Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH for Underarmor UPDATE: The dates have just been announced. Here they are... and I'm sorry to say there's no date for us here in VA, MD, DC, WV or PA. Boo. :(

Kirk Windstein of Crowbar Calls Out Douchey Stage Diver


The frontman of sludgy doomers Crowbar, Kirk Windstein, almost got taken out by some douche-canoe showgoer that jumped onstage and charged at him. Security took him out, but a few seconds later he paused to say this:

New Song From Opeth Leaks, Hear It While You Can

UPDATE: They put out the "official" version (finally). Here it is.

New track from Opeth off forthcoming album "Pale Communion".

It's bound to get taken down, so catch it while you can...

You Could Help Open GwarBar in Richmond!

GWAR guitarist Michael Derks along with a few friends have launched a Indiegogo campaign to help fund Dave Brockie's "last dream" - a GWAR themed bar and restaurant to be affentionately dubbed GwarBar.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Floor Jansen Writes Open Letter To Fans, Is Not An "Arrogant Bitch"


Saw this on Blabbermouth and I have some mixed feelings about this, but then again I don't know what situation prompted her to do this. Floor Jansen of Nightwish & ReVamp penned an open letter to her fans amid a tour with ReVamp in South America regarding something (or a number of things) that must have happened (or are happening frequently) down there at one of their shows.

Arch Enemy Debuts Another New Video From "War Eternal"

Arch Enemy has put out another new video debuting a song from the upcoming album War Eternal with new vocalist, Alissa White-Gluz.

Hammerfall Releases Cover Art for New Album (Due in September)

Hammerfall is the embodiment of power metal. If you like your shit epic, chances are you will (or already do) love these guys.

Forget Axl Rose - The Metal Vocalist with the Best Range

Simone Simons of EPICA (photo: Metal Archives)So yeah. You may have seen articles around glorifying Axl Rose (who, let's be honest, is kind of a dick) as the vocalist with the widest range... in popular music.

The Black Dahlia Murder Gets Covered By A String Quartet... and it's just perfect!

Do your ears a favor and listen to this:

Body Count (featuring Ice T) Streams New Video

Well then.

Don't hurt me, Ice T!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tim Kirk, Bassist of Rotting Obscene, Passes Away

ROTTING OBSCENEThere has been a lot of death surrounding us lately. It seems another warrior has fallen, bringing sorrow to the metal community of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Gloom Scores a Great Spot on Loudwire's Best Metal Songs of 2014 List

Man, they must put something in the water around here that makes our metal bands extra brutal.


Within Temptation Releases New Video Featuring... Xhibit?!

Within Temptation just released this new video with Xhibit. Yeah, Xhibit, the fucking rapper-slash-ride pimper.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Behemoth Has Been Detained in Russia

BEHEMOTHAdam "Nergal" Darski, vocalist and guitarist for the mighty Behemoth just posted this statement on their Facebook page (originally in Polish):

Good Drummers Possess Inherent Intelligence, According to Study

Smart guy George Kollias (photo: Metal Archives)In Stockholm, Professor Frederic Ullen from the Karolinska Institute concluded after a short study that a link exists between intelligence, keeping good rhythm and timing, and the part of the brain that's used primarily for problem solving.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Album Review: Existentium, "Decadent Desecration"

EXISTENTIUM - Decadent Desecration
"Decadent Desecration"

- 9 out of 10

Iris Divine Posts Studio Update

IRIS DIVINE is coming to DC on June 6th! See the Local Metal Calendar for details. Inventive prog metallers and featured band (and one of my favorite bands ever) Iris Divine is gearing up to play at The Pinch bar in DC on June 6th with MindMaze, Metanium, and A Sound of Thunder. The bar can only accommodate so much metal in one place by keeping the bar open until 3am, so they'll be doing just that! The show starts at 8pm and the cover is a fucking bargain at $10!

Tyr Announces Dates for Tour with Eluveitie and Metsatoll! HAIL ODIN!

ELUVEITIEPRAISE ODIN! Tyr has just announced that they are coming here, September 19th to the Baltimore Soundstage with fucking Eluveitie and Metsatoll!!

EyeHateGod Posts New Self-Titled Album Online

Since we were just on the subject of Corrosion of Conformity's appearance through here with EyeHateGod, I have a feeling you'll get a kick out of this.

Side Project of Members of Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder Almost Finished

Wait, what? When the fuck did Killswitch Engage guitarist (and "noted producer") Adam Dutkiewicz, Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher and ex-Black Dahlia drummer Shannon Lucas start a side project?

Corrosion of Conformity Streaming New Track, "The Nectar"

Corrosion of Conformity is coming through here with Eyehategod where they will proceed to kick asses and melt faces.

Triptykon Drops From Maryland Deathfest Due To H. R. Giger's Passing

Triptykon vocalist & H. R. Giger (photo: Metal Insider)As you likely already know, prolific artist, creator of aliens, and friend of many a metal/rock musician H. R. Giger passed away on May 12th following a fall that led to complications.

Meshuggah Guitarist Fredrik Thordendal Contributes Music to New Video Game

MESHUGGAH (photo cred: Nuclear Blast)

The creator of the new game "Wolfenstein: The New Order" posted this free download of a piece to which Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal had contributed.

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Video From Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die (one of the bearded man's favorites) has a new album dropping on July 1st... just in time to blare it through your neighborhood all day on the 4th!

Anyway, to tide us over until then, they've just released the video for the first single off the new album From Parts Unknown. The track is titled "Thirst".

A Very Metal Weekend in MD, DC & VA - Recap

There was a lot of metal in the area last weekend! Hopefully you got to catch one, but if you couldn't make it out here's a little snapshot of what went down in MD and VA the past few days.

Eviscera, Hero To Be, Croatoan, Death Penalty @ First Break CafeFriday night brought us Metal at First Break Cafe featuring Eviscera as the headliner, as well as Death Penalty, Croatoan, and Hero to Be.

Solstafir Show Scheduled For Tonight Cancelled Last-Minute By Promoter

Bad news for fans of Solstafir hoping to see them tonight at Empire in Springfield, Virginia.

A Sound of Thunder's Bloody, Brutal Performance At Empire

This past Saturday, A Sound of Thunder performed at Empire in Springfield, VA with Ashes of Ares, Martyrd and Ghost of War.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tim Lambesis Gives First Interview After His Arrest, Tries To Make Himself The Victim

Well, I thought we were done with this crap, but creepster Tim Lambesis just can't keep his mouth shut.

Revocation: Live Video For New Song "Madness Opus"


Revocation debuted the song "Madness Opus during a live performance in Kansas City a short while back.

Tim Lambesis, Formerly of As I Lay Dying, Finally Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Phew! Glad this is finally over so we don't have to talk about this guy anymore.

Photo credit: CBS 8

Former member of As I Lay Dying/Austrian Death Machine Tim Lambesis was finally sentenced almost a year after his arrest and three months after his guilty plea.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Check Out This Awesome Photo Gallery From The Cognitive, Palkoski, Existentium & Acid Deth Kult Show At The Lab Last Week!

COGNITIVE, PALKOSKI, EXISTENTIUM, ACID DETH KULT @ The Lab 5/11I fucking love the shit of out Palkoski and Existentium, and from what I hear Acid Deth Kult is pretty intense, too.

Frontman of All That Remains Sends Confusing Tweet About New Album

All That Remains is in the process of writing a new album. I've been pretty curious about whether or not they will try and incorporate more of their original sound or go a totally different direction.


Live Footage of Noisem's Full Set at the Acheron Last Week

Baltimore's own Noisem got some coverage from Metal Injection today; they posted this video taken from their performance at The Acheron on May 13th:

Vader Posts New Video For "Triumph of Death" Off Upcoming Album, "Tibi Et Igni"

VADER (photo cred:

Vader has released their second new video, this time for the track "Triumph of Death", off the album "Tibi et Igni" (which, in Latin, literally translates to "For You And Fire").

The album is due to be released on May 30th.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rivers of Nihil Become Victims of Theft, Band Seeking Help

Well this sucks. Some douchebag(s) apparently "punched the lock" in their van and stole a fuck-ton of belongings.


The band made a few statements on the robbery:

Belphegor Track Listing For Upcoming Album "Conjuring the Dead"

BELPHEGOR - Conjuring the Dead

Belphegor (death/black metal from Austria) has a new album coming up August 11th entitled "Conjuring the Dead". The just released the cover art for the album on Wednesday, and today they released the track listing:

Five Finger Death Punch Brought 9 Year-Old Girl Onstage, Causing Whiny Whiners To Whine

On a lovely day at the Fort Rock Festival in Fort Myers, Florida, Five Finger Death Punch (yes, for the love of Pete I know it's not "trve" metal) started performing their song "Burn MF" during their set.

Certifiable Twat Waffle Vik Kuletski Tries To Apologize (Again) And Fails (Again)

Yesterday we had a story about bigoted fuckstick Vik Kuletski, owner/founder of Vik Guitars, and how his insensitive comments towards gay/lesbian/transgender individuals put almost the entire metal community into an collective uproar against his intolerant remarks.

Guitarist/Vocalist for VA Based Band The RoadDucks, Bob Gaynor, Died Yesterday

Virginia just lost another awesome musician. The RoadDucks was formed in 1976, and has played over 5,300 shows in every State from Texas to Maine.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Local (and Famous) Metal Musicians Take a Stand Against Intolerance

Recently, one Vik Kuletski, owner and operator of ViK Guitars, has openly made discriminatory comments against the LGBTQ community, primarily in response to members of Cynic coming out as gay.

Judas Priest Guitarist Ernie Chataway Dies at 62

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist & founding member ERNIE CHATAWAY. RIP (Photo cred: Loudwire)

Wow. When it rains, it pours. We literally just learned of the passing of H. R. Giger. Now we find out that founding member of Judas Priest and guitarist Ernie Chataway has passed away at age 62.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Adrenaline Mob in Near Fatal Crash, Equipment & Trailer Destroyed


Sad news today for Adrenaline Mob. While on their tour with HELLYEAH and A7X, they were involved in a "serious accident" that left the band & crew "pretty beat up" and all of their equipment and trailer has been destroyed.

Featured Band Breach The Silence Books HUGE Gig On Frontman's Wedding Day

HELLYEAH, SALIVA, BREACH THE SILENCE, ARMING THE ARCHITECT, BARCODE, SOLUS, TANTRIC @ SHILEY ACRES 6/28There's wedding bells in featured band Breach The Silence frontman AJ's future, on June 28th to be exact. Congratulations to the happy couple!

It'll be a busy, hectic, high-pressure day for them as it is, but despite that they've just announced they'll be playing at Shiley Acres with HELLYEAH, Saliva, Arming the Architect and Tantric!

Prolific Artist H. R. Giger Dies at 74

A piece by H.R. GIGER

Today has been full of sad news. We learned that the prolific artist H. R. Giger failed to recover from injuries sustained in a fall down stairs at his home in Zurich, and has died at the age of 74.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Warbringer Vocalist John Kevill Questions Band's Future

WARBRINGER (photo cred:

In this article, vocalist John Kevill of Warbringer reportedly posts a drunk status questioning the band's future, and indeed his own.

Awesome Photo Gallery of Metallomusikum Birthday Show

HORDE OF THE ECLIPSE (photo cred: Brendan Fieldhouse)

Baltimore's posted up this photo gallery of the Metallomusikum Birthday Show at The Sidebar this past week.

New Video Out From The Winery Dogs

If you like old school classic rock/power metal, you'll probably like The Winery Dogs.

The band is made up of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob) on drums, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth) on bass, and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison) covering guitars and vocals.

The Atlas Moth Comes Up With Fucking Amazing Album Art That Reacts To Water

The Atlas Moth just proved to us (again) that they are one of the most creative and inventive bands out there today by unveiling their new cover art for the upcoming album "Old Believer" (coming June 10th) that reveals "something different" when it is submerged into water.

Supergroup Vallenfyre Premiers Video For Title Track Of New Album "Splinters"

VALLENFYRE (photo cred:

When I heard that songwriter/guitarist Gregor Mackintosh of Paradise Lost was teaming up with members of My Dying Bride, Doom, and At The Gates, my immediate reaction was... YES. OH HELL YES. Surely you can't go wrong with this supergroup combination.

Shadows Fall Announce Initial Tour Dates

SHADOWS FALL (photo cred:

Shadows Fall is putting on a tour this summer, set to begin on June 18th. They've only released a handful of dates so far, and no VA/MD/DC/PA dates announced yet either. Here's what we've got:

Ex-Candlemass Vocalist Robert Lowe Posts Teasers For New Project, Gathered In Darkness


Holy shit, I did not know this. Apparently the former vocalist of Candlemass, Robert Lowe, teamed up with the bassist from Well of Souls, Micheal "Dr. Froth" Millsap, to form the new doom/prog project Gathered In Darkness.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Another Hefty Amount Of New Music In Our Midst

This past Tuesday brought in a big sweep of awesome new releases, including Arkona ("Yav"), Battleroar ("Blood of Legends"), Cradle of Filth ("Total Fucking Darkness" Reissue), and of course, Xandria ("Sacrificium").

The onslaught continues next Tuesday, May 13th, as all of these bad boys are slated for release by then:

Philip Anselmo Discusses New Down EP

DOWN (photo cred: Blabbermouth)

According to this interview with Philip Anselmo of Down, you're in for a treat if Sabbath-inspired, "ambitious" metal.

Decapitated At Tracking Stage For Sixth Studio Album

DECAPITATED (photo credit Earache Records)

If you're a fan of tech death or grind, you're probably a fan of the Polish band Decapitated. They had begun work on their sixth studio album this past March, and today issued this update (announced on The Metal Den):

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vocalist of Amon Amarth Starring in "Northmen - A Viking Saga"

Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH

In the most awesome story of the day, Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg will be playing the role of "Viking warrior Valli" in the movie "Northmen - A Viking Saga".

All That Remains Working On New Stuff


Say what you will about All That Remains, I still love them. Yes, I agree that they aren't making the same type of music they used to, but the the different approach is still something that sounds good to me and doesn't make it any less enjoyable!

The best way to put it would be that they've gone down a more "radio-rock" path, making themselves accessible or relatable to a broader group of people. Some might call that selling out, but I say they haven't gone as far as selling all of their soul just yet.

Former Trivium Drummer Admits Decision To "Part Ways" Was Not His Own

TRIVIUM Ex-Drummer Nick Augusto - photo from tanakamusic.comAh, so now it becomes clearer. Trivium kicked out Nick Augusto, but we still don't know why.

ThePRP reported that Augusto's official comment on the situation was this:

Opeth's "Pale Communion" Release Delayed


Bad news for those of us who were pretty excited to hear this thing... it seems the release date for Opeth's highly-anticipated new album "Pale Communion has been bumped forward to August 26th.

The album was due to come out next month, but it seems they've run into some issues. Here's the press release:

"Roadrunner Records group Opeth has announced that the release of their highly anticipated eleventh studio album, “PALE COMMUNION” has been reslated for AUGUST 26TH.

Kyng Premiers New Video For "Electric Halo"

Kyng, who came through the area yesterday with Kill Devil Hill and Adrenaline Mob, have unveiled a new video for the track "Electric Halo".

Check it out:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Drummer Nick Augusto Leaves Trivium Mid-Tour

TRIVIUM Ex-Drummer Nick Augusto - photo from First posted on MetalSucks, it's just been announced that Trivium drummer Nick Augusto has "parted ways" with the band.

Here's the official statement from Trivium's Facebook page:

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AGALLOCH - The Serpent and The Sphere
"The Serpent and The Sphere"

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