Archive for December, 2016

Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom

LIVE PHOTOS: Children of Bodom, Abbath, Exmortus, Oni
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Review by Greg Maki
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With four bands from four different countries, Children of Bodom’s I Worship Chaos tour was an international affair. Even better, each act brought a very different sound to the stage, making for a pleasantly diverse night of metal in Baltimore.

The progressive metal stylings of Oni, from Canada, kicked off the evening. This is an interesting, talented band that hasn’t quite put it all together yet, but it was fun watching them as they’re figuring out how the pieces fit. Guitarists Martin Andres and Brandon White each can shred with the best of them, and the band’s secret weapon is John “D” on the xylosynth, a sort of electric xylophone that hasn’t been used in metal before. Vocalist Jake Oni’s clean singing complemented the music better than his barks and growls, but this definitely is a band to keep an eye on as it matures. (more…)

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Anthrax, from left: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais

Metalcore forefathers Killswitch Engage and thrash legends Anthrax have announced they will hit the road this sSpring to co-headline a 27-date North American tour, presented by SiriusXM. The bands’ itinerary will include an April 15 appearance at the Texas Independence Festival in Austin, as well as each band headlining two solo shows separate from the double bill.

With KsE and Anthrax rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will hit the ground on March 29 in Montclair, New Jersey, and then crisscross the continent, wrapping up May 7 in Boston. The Devil Wears Prada will provide direct support on all dates.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Dec. 16. Log on to the KsE site, the Anthrax site or the TDWP site for all details regarding ticket purchasing and pre-sales. (more…)

Sepultura

Brazilian heavy metal icons, Sepultura, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have released the lyric video of first digital single, “I Am The Enemy.” Check it out below!

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Testament

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release (read review). Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers Sepultura and genre defying stalwarts Prong.

“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal Sepultura and Prong?! See ya’ in the PIT!”

View tour dates and ticket info inside. (more…)

Lacuna Coil

Just in time for the holidays, Italian metallers, Lacuna Coil released a brand new Krampus-themed Christmas song, “Naughty Christmas.” Watch the lyric video inside (with artwork by Marco Coti Zelati). It’s a fun song and, if anything, it’s even a little out of the realm of what we usually hear from Cristina Scabbia and the boys. (more…)

Amaranthe

Amaranthe

Swedish band Amaranthe has announced a U.S. headlining tour for early 2017, with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash into Pieces. The tour is the band’s first in support of its latest release, Maximalism, which came out in October via Spinefarm Records and featured the single “That Song.” Listen to it below.

“It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the next leg of our Maximalism world tour: North America!” said guitarist Olof Mörck. “A year has passed since our last visit, and we have been looking forward greatly to return!

“Joining us on this trek will be very special guests Failure Anthem, along with special guests Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash into Pieces, for a full evening’s worth of cutting edge metal from both sides of the Atlantic! Prepare yourself as the juggernaut known as the Maximalism world tour prepares to lay siege to your city in early 2017. All shall march to the sound of Maximalism!”

Tour dates are below. (more…)

Jason Charles Miller

Jason Charles Miller

Multi-faceted musician/performer Jason Charles Miller has signed with Century Media Records. A veteran artist with more than two decades of work to his credit, Miller is best known in the music world as the frontman and founding member of the industrial rock outfit Godhead but has established himself in recent years as a solo artist and sought-after songwriter and producer.

“I couldn’t be happier to have a home at the Century Family,” Miller said. “Participating as a songwriter with several acts on the label for the past few years has given me a unique look into the company and how they do business. The staff at Century dedicates themselves to their acts with passion, conviction, devotion and sweat. I can’t wait to work with everyone there and get some great things done.”

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Gojira

Gojira has garnered its first-ever Grammy nominations, earning nods for Best Metal Performance for its song “Silvera” and Best Rock Album for its new LP Magma at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

We are honored and excited to receive our first Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Album of 2016,” the band said in a statement. “We want to thank the Gojira fans around the world who have continued to help us achieve many firsts with Magma. We couldn’t be more proud and grateful.” (more…)