Legendary former Metallica bassist and Trash Metal Cliff Burton would have celebrated his 59th birthday this week, on February 10th. Burton passed away on September 27th, 1986 in the infamous Metallica bus crash in Sweden. This year to celebrate his life and music, there will be a virtual celebration on Twitch, hosted by Nicholas Gomez, and with guests such as Cliff;’s friends and peers Fred Cotton, James McDaniel, John Marshall, Harald Oimen (Photographer, thrash historian, bassist for ex –D.R.I., Murder In The Front Row book), Metal Maria, Corinne Lynn, Seann Killian (Vio-lence), and many more. Watch on February 10th at 7 PM PST, 10 PM EST, 3 AM GMT. at the link below.
Bay Area Thrash legends Vio-lence will enter Trident Studios in early 2021 to record a five-song EP. Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Heathen, Skinlab) will produce the EP, which will release on Metal Blade Records around “mid-to-late summer” according to Phil Demmel in a video with most of the band and Juan, posted via Instagram. It will be the first recording of brand new material from the band since the Nothing To gain was recorded and released in 1993. The current lineup of the band includes founders drummer Perry Strickland and guitarist Demmel (BPMD), vocalist Sean Killian and new members Christian Olde-Wohlbers (Powerflo, ex Fear Factory) on bass, and guitarist Bobby Gustafson (Satan’s Taint, ex-Overkill).
One year after the final performance of Slayer’s entire career at a hometown show in Los Angeles, Kerry King honored the moment with a shot and a Slayer shirt! Kerry’s wife Ayesha King took to her Instagram to post a photo of her husband, and she included the following caption: “Kerry threw on a SLAYER shirt and poured a shot for you all to mark the anniversary of the last SLAYER show one year ago today. Have a shot with us! Cheers friends!” Peers from other bands such as Scott Ian of Anthrax and Phil Demmel of Vio-lence, who filled in for slayer for a few shows on their farewell tour, paid tribute in the comments. Slayer finished their final world tour and members of the band and those close to the band, such as Ayesha King, claim the band will never reunite. Slayer continues to operate as a brand with legacy projects, new merch, and more. Kerry King is reportedly starting a new band with his former Slayer bandmembers Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph. Read our coverage of the final Slayer tour here!
Bloodstock Open Air is making plans to return in 2021 and every year festival founder Paul Gregory curates a selection from other heavy-metal-friendly artists, both established and new, who has caught his attention the previous year. In 2021, Paul wants to give a chance to artistic newcomers to win the opportunity to hang a piece of their work alongside his own and other respected creatives in the on-site RAM Gallery, so he’s devised an art competition. To enter you need to design and create your own piece of artwork, based around and inspired by one of the bands performing at Bloodstock 2021. Paul will jointly judge the competition alongside friend and fellow artist, Mark Wilkinson (illustrator of album sleeves for Marillion, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Darkness), and the winner will have their work professionally framed, lit, and hung in the RAM Gallery on-site next August. In addition to this honour, the winner will bag a pair of weekend festival tickets, a personal tour of the RAM Gallery on-site with Paul Gregory, and the potential to watch 3 songs from the side of the stage of the band they’ve chosen to create their artwork for (subject to closed stages).
Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity (DOV) have shared a new official music video for their song “I AM I.” Their debut album Pragmatic Sanction is out now (read our review here)! The band counts Corey Glover (vocalist Of Living Colour and Bowie Experience), George Pond (bass, ex Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (drums, God Forbid), Mark Monjoy (rhythm guitar, Sekond Skyn), and their debut album is out now! The album boasts guest appearances from Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky), and solo artist Joe Gareri. The band kicked off a mini-tour of the east coast last fall (2019) but had to postpone future tour dates and their record release party until 2021 due to the pandemic. Continue reading
Not exactly renowned for being a hotbed of thrash metal, Australia has nevertheless served up some quality bands over the years. Sadistik Exekution, Addictive, and Deströyer 666 all enjoyed relative success along with bigger names such as Hobbs’ Angel of Death, and of course, Sydney’s Mortal Sin, but in more recent years it’s been left to Melbourne act Harlott to fly the Aussie flag of hate.
Sacramento thrashers Psychosomatic pile on the riffs with their sixth full-length studio album The Invisible Prison (Nefarious Industries). Formed in 1988 by bassist/vocalist and sole remaining original member, Jeff Salgado, the current line up is completed by guitarists Daniel Mills and Viktor Hansen, and the returning Toby Swope on drums.Continue reading
Bloodstock Open Air, rebooked for 2021, has announced a new headliner! The great Heavy Metal legends Mercyful Fate, featuring King Diamond, will headline the Ronnie James Dio stage on Saturday, along with Dimmu Borgir as special guests. Watch a new trailer now!
For our 100th Episode of the Ghost Cult Podcast, Keefy interviewed Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance, also interviewed in podcast #2) about their new band BPMD, and their debut album of covers American Made out now on Napalm Records. We talked to the guys about how the new supergroup, also featuring Mike Portnoy and Phil Demmel came together, why they chose to cover only American bands, how they chose deep cuts over popular songs, how BPMD is different than other bands that come together to create covers, what the music industry might look like after the coronavirus, whether the band will ever perform live or not and more! You can buy American Made at this link and hear our chat right now!
Named after the four members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, and Phil Demmel, supergroup BPMD is here with their debut release, a covers album by the name of American Made (Napalm Records). As the title suggests, every cut on the record was originally recorded by an American artist, and each revitalised track sounds nothing short of tremendous.Continue reading