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Dave Lombardo Is Basically Never Coming Back To SLAYER

2 listopada 2013 | By | No Comments

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We were all shocked when earlier this year drummer Dave Lombardo announced that he and Slayer couldn’t come to an agreement on finances, and as a result he was out of the band. Lombardo, a founding member of the band, was replaced by the same guy who took the reigns the last time he left, Paul Bostaph.

Slayer are now back on the road, doing interviews and recently, Tom Araya discussed Lombardo leaving, for what seems like the first time, and the language he chose leads me to believe that Lombardo is never coming back.

Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, Araya retold the events that led to Lombardo leaving from his point of view”

„That whole issue came down to this: Dave had been jamming with us for a while, as a working member of the band, but he wasn’t a partner, like all things like that, you have to have agreements, so nobody feels cheated. We had ongoing issues and finally he put us in a position where we had to find someone to replace him.”

The way I’m reading the above statement is Tom and Kerry made more money since they were „partners” in the band, which Dave wasn’t. It’s understandable, Dave left for a decade when the band rose to prominence. Dave probably asked for more money and the rest of the Slayer guys weren’t cool with it.

„He wasn’t happy, so he decided to have his Facebook rant and told the world about a lot of issues going on within the band that are legally binding and private. I thought that was wrong and it was upsetting. A lot of the claims he made were untrue. Part of the agreement is you don’t do that. Kerry, Jeff and I got on the phone and made a collective decision and we let Dave go and gave Paul a call. „

It’s clear that by Dave going public with the drama, it hurt his chances to return to the band. The remaining members felt insulted and made the decision to move on, and re-added Paul Bostaph to the reigns.

Paul said he’d be happy to come back. He has brought some life back into our live performances. He’s in hyper drive and kicking ass, which makes us play faster. People have commented on how energetic we’ve been lately. We’re playing faster than we would have. It’s good injection of adrenaline.”

28 sie

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PARKWAY DRIVE TO RELEASE COFFEE TABLE BOOK

28 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

 

Australia’s best known hardcore band Parkway Drive will be releasing an anniversary book to chronicle ten years of the band (so far).

Having conquered far more than anyoneever expected (gold albums, a platinum DVD, sold out tours in all corners of the globe) the Byron Bay outfit have announced today they’ll release their “first ever” (as if it was just expected that they’d do something like this) book Friday 27 September.

Compiled and edited by Callum Preston, the book is full of photos from the Parkway vault, many of which fans have not seen before. It also boasts poster art, articles and magazine covers with personal recollections from the band and those around them.

It’s been a bloody big year for Parkway and it’ll really kick into gear mid-September when their massive tenth anniversary shows kick off.

Speaking to theMusic.com.au this week frontman Winton McCall spoke about the initial formation of the band.

“The first goal was to ‘make friends, mosh hard. It sounds stupid, but that was literally it; ‘Let’s make the heaviest band possible, so we can play the youth centre, and kids can go mental’. That was it.“Then that goal literally changed two weeks later, when someone said, ‘Hey, you wanna go play Brisbane?’ Then it changed again to, ‘Let’s try and do this release, then let’s do a tour and then let’s continue touring’, and it just kept growing and growing.” 

 

 

Here’s 30 seconds of what you can expect:

 

24 sie

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Crowbar Drummer In Cancer Surgery

24 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

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Crowbar and Soilent Green drummer Tommy Buckley has had his prostate gland removed after cancerous cells were discovered.

But his bandmates say he’s on the mend and he’ll back behind the kit soon.

Soilent Green report: “The cancer was in a small part of his prostate, but doctors suggested the total removal to prevent the spreading of cancerous cells.

“He’s doing great with the love and care of his family and friends. His girlfriend Lisa D Ryder gets a special blessing for being so wonderful to him.

“Tommy decided that he wanted to go public with his surgery to let people be aware of the importance of prostate health. He’s ready to play as soon as possible.

“We ask that you keep him in your prayers… he will beat this.”

Buckley underwent the operation on August 13. He’s had his surgical staples removed and is due to have a catheter taken out within the next fortnight.

24 sie

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DIMMU BORGIR Plan On Bringing An Orchestra With Them To Next Year’s Wacken Open Air

24 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

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According to a video the band posted on August 21, Dimmu Borgir are planning on performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival with an entire orchestra. Oh hell yes!

 

Not that I’ll be there or anything, but it’s still exciting that the band’s brand of orchestral metal will be given the proper treatment with an entire orchestra. Outside of the video the band haven’t said anything to my knowledge about it, so I guess this is their way of very quietly announcing the ordeal. The video playthrough is cool enough to watch as well, as drummer Daray masterfully shreds his way through the band’s „Kings of the Carnival Creation” off their 2001 record Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia… which also points in the direction of „the band will be doing an orchestral performance of their killer old material, or at the very least that song.”

 

24 sie

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R.I.P. EYEHATEGOD Drummer Joey LaCaze

24 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

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Longtime Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze died earlier today.

Invisible Oranges broke the story, receiving the information from a credible source of LaCraze’s death. There is no word on the cause of his passing or any other further at this time.

LaCaze was with EYEHATEGOD since the band’s inception on 4/20/88, and was also involved with other bands such as Outlaw Order, Ten Suicides, and Italian Cemetery Suicide.   Eyehategod had just completed a European run and were gearing up for a string of shows celebrating their 25th anniversary. At this point, there is no word on the status of these shows, and obviously there are more pressing matters at hand.

23 sie

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DARK FUNERAL to re-issue first six albums starting in September

23 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

Dark Funeral - Re-issuesAfter recently signing to Century Media Records for their upcoming studio album,  is now ready to present a series of stunning re-issues for their previous six albums that offer melodic yet blasting satanic hymns in absolute perfection. Created with the band’s close cooperation, the first batch of re-issues covers the self-titled MCD (plus bonus material),The Secrets Of The Black Arts (including the re-mixed/re-mastered 8-track Unisound mix as a bonus), and Vobiscum Satanas (including live tracks). These titles will be released in Europe on September 9 and in North America on November 12 via Century Media Records.

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23 sie

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WATAIN Frontman Says You Have To Live Black Metal In Order To Be Black Metal

23 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

Black metal is a pretty slippery beast; some people think it died once Varg got to jail and Euronymous was killed, while others carry on in other veins of black metal. Some people likeWatain‚s frontman Erik Danielsson is of the persuasion that one must live black metal in order to be black metal… which is pretty extreme.

In an interview with DeadRhetoric.com, Erik Danielsson got asked what exactly what makes one black metal and if it goes beyond just the music. Here’s what he said to start off the conversation:

„Black metal music is music that, in essence, is diabolical and has diabolical energies and that is where the definition lies to me. Incorporating elements like keyboards… it only takes away from the diabolical aspect of it, because we’re talking about the wild, the untamed, ferocious, predatory aspect of it, the tribe within this music. You cannot really get into that permutation with those things if you have a sound that opposes those things.”

I can get behind that; the forefathers of the genre sounded like what he’s describing. Black metal was all about expression and total hatred, almost revolution in a way against the powers that be (and Christianity in the Scandinavian countries). So far we’re on the right track! Then we get a little strange:

„What I can say with black metal is that it’s as much about ideology and spiritually and if those things are real, they’ll reflect in everything else. Especially aesthetics and the way people appear. For me, the concept of performing black metal in jogging pants and jogging shoes and a Cannibal Corpse t-shirt is impossible; it’s not meant to be that way. To me, it’s an art form that demands everything. If you want to be in a black metal band, you take yourself as an adversary of society, because that’s what black metal is. That has to go beyond just playing songs. That has to reflect on every aspect of your life if you really want to place your focus on this movement.”

Well alright then, apparently we’ve reached the deep end. I get that taking music seriously when you’re in a band and believing in what you do is extremely important, but I definitely wouldn’t try to be an „adversary of society” and „reflect [it] on every aspect of your life.” Some artist’s perception of what needs to go into their art varies from others, and I respect Danielsson for taking it that seriously… but damn dude.

23 sie

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Most Metal Wedding Ever?

23 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments


We’ve seen weddings where Converge was blasted, where Slayer’s „Raining Blood” was the wedding intro song, grindcore weddings, and this but I’ve never seen a couple shred down the aisle.

23 sie

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LAMB OF GOD’s Randy Blythe Digs LITURGY, Calls Them Out For Pretentious Interviews

23 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

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If you don’t follow Randy Blythe on Instagram, you’re missing out on some great stories and great photographs. Every now and then, Randy will even talk about a band that he likes. Last night, Randy picked out a Liturgy song that he dug but then went on to call the band out on their pretentiousness.

That’s the song which Randy posted a screenshot of with the following message:

This is a good song. I don’t know much about the band, except (after watching an incredibly trying 6 minute interview & reading a wee bit about them) that: a) they are from Brooklyn (probably Williamsburg from the slovenly look of them) & b) they should never ever do interviews. Pseudo-intellectual posturing only comes off well if you don’t insert „um, like” in between every other word. Stick to writing- you appear smarter & maybe someone besides 7th graders will take you seriously. Regardless of their ridiculously overblown pronouncements about how different their musical writing & playing process is (um, like, despite the use of 25 cent words, it um, like still sounds like your um, like , any other band), despite a terrible haircut or two, Liturgy managed to write a few good tunes. Check this song out- just don’t read any interviews for Pete’s sake. I guess I will go see them live, probably at some art gallery or some such shit, if I can stand the smell of PBR & mustache wax long enough.

Nailed it! If you’ve ever seen a Liturgy interview, you’d know exactly what Randy’s talking about:

My eyes hurt from rolling to the back of my head so much. In case you’re intersted in reading his bullshit manifesto, you can check it out here. After being criticized by a fan for calling out Liturgy, Blythe responded they open themselves up to criticism by writing that ridiculous manifesto and he feels entitled to call somebody out because he is a peer and they are both metal musicians.

22 sie

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Death DTA “Death To All” 2013 UK & European Tour Announced!

22 sierpnia 2013 | By | No Comments

Having started in the US last year, and with a couple of successful tours under their belt that have raised money for a good cause in the shape of the Sweet Relief Charity, the Death: Death To All tour is heading across the Atlantic to Europe in late 2013. Death, the “original death metal” band sadly ceased to be when founder Chuck Schuldiner passed away in December 2001 as a result of cancer. Now, twelve years on, the band and their music will live again in the shape of Death: Death To All. Taking on “Death” band duties for the tour will be the following musicians:

Sean Reinert (Cynic) – drums
Paul Masvidal (Cynic) – guitar
Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) – bass
Max Phelps (Cynic) – guitar & vocals

Support on the tour will come from Obscura and Darkrise. Obscura’s singer Steffen Kummerer was in fact asked to handle vocal duties on the first Death: DTA tour in the US in 2012, but was unable to take part due to issues with obtaining a visa. With this in mind, don’t be surprised to see him sing a Death classic or two on this tour. Now, everyone will be waiting for the list of tour dates. Without further ado, here it is:

Death DTA European Tour Dates November 2013 w/ Obscure and Darkrise

11th Hamburg, GER Grunspan
12th Aarhus, DK Voxhall
13th Berlin, GER BiNuu
14th Warsaw, POL Progresia
15th Krakow, POL Kwadrat
16th Vienna, AUS Szene
17th Prague, CZ Nova Chmelnice
19th Romagnano Sesia, IT RNR Arena
20th Colmar, FR Grillen
21st Jena, GER F-Haus
22nd Munich, GER Backstage
23rd Zurich, SWZ Dynamo
24th Eindhoven, NL Distortion Festival
25th Paris, FR Trabendo
26th London, UK Forum
27th Dublin, IR The Academy
28th Manchester, UK Sound Control
29th Essen, GER Turock
30th Louvain-la-Neuve, BE Mass Deathtruction Festival

We do not currently have ticketing information about the UK shows. As soon as we get it we will update this post. Any further forthcoming updates about this very exciting tour will be brought to our readers as soon as we have anything to report. This may be a once in a lifetime chance to hear these songs played live again, so if you were/are a fan of Death, do not miss this chance!

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