Dethklok reunited and performed live for the first time in seven years last night as the headline act of Adult Swim Festival at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California! Ghost Cult was on hand for the festival and review will be up on the site next week. The band performed a 19-song set-list of hits and deep cuts, as well as two new premieres. Dethklok, which emerged from the metal fan favorite and pop culture hit Metalocalypse, has not performed live since their 2012 tour to promote Dethalbum III, although they released The Doomstar Requiem soundtrack in 2013, but never toured behind it. That episode concluded the show, on October 27th 2013. Series co-founder and band leader Brendon Small has been formin on other series and his other band, Brendan Small’s Galaktikon, which released a new album in 2017, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm. Watch fan-filmed footage of their set right now! Continue reading
Japanese Post-Hardcore legends Envy will release their first new album in five years, The Fallen Crimson on February 7th via Pelagic Records. The album almost never happened as the band has had to battle personal and creative issues. You can listen to the brand new single, “A Step In The Morning Glow” right now! The band is also coming back to the UK for a brief tour with Svalbard. You can purchase the new single, and pre-order the album now as well as watch the new album teaser below.
In the rumor mill department, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Poison are speculated to be teaming up for a massive tour in 2020. Def Leppard has been touring without a break for years and Poison’s Brett Michaels has admitted the band are trying to return to touring, but Crüe is interesting since they are technically retired since 2016 and signed a “cessation of touring” contract in 2014 saying they would not reunite after their sold-out farewell tour. The bands’ 2019 hit film on Netflix The Dirt, based on their New York Times bestselling book, and the soundtrack album with brand new songs charted well and released by Eleven Seven Music Group has sparked renewed interest in the band. Now the band has used their house Twitter account to share a since-deleted link to a Change.org petition started by “Motley Mann”, and included the following brief message: “This is interesting…”. Again, these are just rumors and have not been confirmed by any party of any band.
Think back if you will to the late great 1999. That was the year we were supposed to party like we were out of time. The states were in the throes of the Y2K scare. It was the year Nelson Mandela stepped down as president of South Africa and Kosovo went to war. It was also the year that Korn released Issues (Immortal/Epic Records). The first single, ‘Falling Away From Me’ was actually given away for free to the fans. Love them or hate them, it was a novel idea at the time and ended up raising over a quarter-million dollars for charity. Continue reading
Exit 111 Festival, aptly named for the highway exit in Manchester TN, made its début October 11-13, 2019. Arriving in powers of three, it was three days of riffs, rock, and rowdiness. One part Metal, one part Rock, one Southern rock, and a whole lot of nostalgia, the event hosted three stages: the Rise Above Stage (honored suicide awareness and featured many of the Classic rock/Southern rock acts), Heaven Stage (the main stage and home to the headliners), and Hell Stage (spotlighted mainly heavy artists). Continue reading
One of our favorite interviewees in person or the phone is Matt Harvey of Exhumed. Matt is as amazing to chat with as he is a guitarist and bandleader. Exhumed’s new album is the aptly titled Horror (Relapse Records) which came out just ahead of Halloween 2019, and he was in a spooky mood when we chatted. We talked about the new album, his proclivity for writing great OSDM songs, the consistency of the current lineup of the band, his favorite horror movies ever, and his thoughts on attending one of Metallica’s “S and M 2 Concerts” in San Francisco, earlier this fall, and more. Catch the band on tour through the start of December with Necrot! Continue reading
The Black Crowes popped up in Los Angeles last night (11/14/2019) and played their second reunion tour since announcing it earlier this week. at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The concert took place three days after brothers Chris and Rich Robinson announced a 46-date 2020 tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Black Crowes ‘ classic debut album, 1990’s Shake Your Money Maker. Watch fan-filmed footage here! Continue reading