In the middle of the writing process of their new album, Slipknot have shocked fans by announcing that they have parted ways with longtime drummer and important songwriter Joey Jordison, now busy with a new project called Scar The Martyr. The band says this decision happened for “personal reasons” and they will move forward with the new album release next year.
Guitarist Jim Root revealed earlier this month that he will sit out Stone Sour‘s early 2014 tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next Slipknot record.
Slipknot‘s long-awaited fifth album will be their first since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.
(via Metal Storm)
Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with Finnish folk metallers FINNTROLL.
FINNTROLL‘s sixth album, “Blodsvept“, was released on April 2 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2010′s “Nifelvind” was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.
FINNTROLL‘s Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali and his bandmates produced the album themselves, while the CD cover artwork was handled by FINNTROLL guitar player Samuli “Skyrmer” Ponsimaa.
Two metal bassists from the ‘Big 4′, Anthrax‘s Frank Bello and Megadeth‘s David Ellefson have joined their musical talents and formed a new band called Altitudes & Attitude.
The new project from the two longtime friends will see the light of day through a self-titled EP out on January 14th, 2014 via Megaforce Records.
The two bassists begun writing music together while traveling the world during the “Metal Masters” clinics. All the songs on the EP were written by Frank Bello and David Ellefson. They were recorded, engineered and mixed by Jay Ruston.
Altitudes & Attitude tracklist:
01. Booze & Cigarettes 02. Tell The World 03. Here Again
Altitudes & Attitude EP credits:
• Frank Bello: lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar
• David Ellefson: 4-, 5- and 8-string bass guitars, rhythm guitars
• Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle): drums and percussion
• Special guest – Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne): lead guitar on “Here Again“.
(via Metal storm)
New York City’s MARTYRD has released their new single and video, ‘Faceless‘.
Produced at Westfall Recording Company with engineers Anthony Lopardo and Raymond Marte, ‘Faceless‘ is “a brutal whiplash of power and precision.”
Canadian veteran heavy metallers Anvil released their new album Hope In Hell this year via The End Records.
Today they also debuted a brand new video which you can watch now above. The song chosen for the clip is called “Badass Rock N Roll“.
Greg Prato of Songfacts recently interviewed CARCASS vocalist and bassist Jeff Walker; an excerpt follows:
Is it ever tricky coming up with such complex lyrics? I remember once reading an interview with Neil Peart from RUSH and he says that he works with a rhyming thesaurus.
Jeff: “That’s almost the same as myself. You come up with an idea or a concept for a song and you write as much as you can and then you come back to it later. With Carcass, we always try to avoid the obvious. We try to avoid clichés. We try to avoid things that people have said before, unless it’s a quote, where we’ll corrupt them. We’re basically trying to avoid the obvious, and that goes for the music for the most part, as well.”
In other news, Carcass has just released their ‘Unfit For Human Consumption’ video.
Dutch thrashers Legion Of The Damned will soon release their new album Ravenous Plague and after sharing snippets from all the songs on the album, they have released an official video for the new song “Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon“.
Ravenous Plague drops on January 3rd in Europe (January 7th in North America) Napalm Records.
(via Metal Storm)
METALLICA set a world record on December 8, 2013 by becoming the first and only band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in under a year.
METALLICA‘s 10-song show in Antarctica on Sunday “was the most unique show [the band] has ever done,” the group said in a statement.
“The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica!
The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was.”
Italy’s grindcore masters Cripple Bastards entered the studio in the summer to record their new album. Relapse Records has now confirmed that the band’s new opus will be out in early 2014.
The new sonic assault is called Nero In Metastasi which will contain eighteen new tracks under the thirty-seven minute mark. For now, you can check out the album teaser and cover below.
The album was recorded at the Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity).
(via Metal Storm)
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