This year marks 15 years of Obscene Extreme and to celebrate the occasion the organisers decided to go all out and in extreme style by hosting an additional 3 festivals in 3 additional continents. Over the last few months Obscene Extreme has appeared in Mexico City – Mexico, Jakarta – Indonesia & Melbourne – Australia. A daunting feat to say the least but the organisers pulled it off and came back in one piece. There has been much success but also some failures and after some time at home to reflect on the adventure the man behind the whole idea, Curby, has spoken about the experience on the run up to the final Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic this July.
TÝR, hailing all the way from the Faroe Islands, are currently recording their new album with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Aborted, Mercenary) at his studios in Denmark. For drum tracking on this album, TÝR has enlisted the services of George Kollias, one of metal’s most accomplished drummers, primarily known for his work in Nile, as well as Nightfall. A video featuring drum tracking highlights, as well as a short message from Kollias, is streaming now on Youtube and you can view it below!
I didn’t even know they were making a new GT let alone have it released later this year. This seems odd considering there is supposed to be a new console released very soon. However, you can pre-order Gran Turismo 6 right now on Amazon so it must be legit. I’m stuck with a Xbox only so I’ve been playing Forza for the past several years. I’d love to get back into Gran Turismo though.
Children of Bodom and Grupa 13 (The guys who film all of those awesome Behemoth videos) release a new video for “Transference”, a new track off of CoB’s new album “Halo of Blood”. This is the first time hearing this track and I’m actually looking forward to hearing the new album from these guys. Less cheese and more metal!
Pathology have revealed that “Lords Of Rephaim” will be released Sep, 3rd 2013 on Sevared Records. The cover art is done once again by Par Olofsson. Also, both original vocalist Matti Way and original guitarist Tim Tiszczenko have returned to the band. This will be their 6th consecutive year releasing new music. What do you think about Pathology releasing a new album every year?
Here is some new music from Queens of the Stone Age. New album …Like Clockwork to be released on June 4th 2013.
Guitar World….always coming out with these silly posts, recently put together a Top 10 list of the best 7-string songs of all time list. While I do agree some of the songs on that list are worthy, I get the feeling they truly didn’t listen to the “best” song from that particular band. Korn’s “Blind” might have been ground breaking as it tore through the grunge standard and began something new (or “nu”). Is it the best song by them? No. I felt the same way about some of the other bands. However, I’m glad Nevermore’s “Born” made the list. I love that song. Check out the list here: http://www.guitarworld.com/magnificent-seven-10-greatest-seven-string-guitar-songs-all-time?page=0,0
Warning: This is not constructive criticism. You know what’s one thing I’ll never get? It’s the fact that “djent” has become so popular considering there are no riffs. I mean this is metal right? Metal has riffs. I understand that Periphery has metal elements about them, electric guitars, decent drum work and some over the top vocals. However that just doesn’t matter here as it doesn’t come together to form something decent. This music is really boring you have to really be in the mood to listen to it and enjoy it. There’s just not much going on for it. There are some nice underlying melodies going on underneath the weird/awkward time change plucking but other than that it’s pretty monotonous.
Master fortune teller Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying wrote on his Tumblr a year ago telling us about his Prison Style Workout for when he is out on tour. Well, I hope he is able to still workout during his incarceration with such fire in his heart because there isn’t much to do when you’re in the slammer. He wrote the following:
Matt Tybor, screamer/singer for The Bunny The Bear (He’s the bunny), showed me his side project, A Liar Wrote This Symphony, and I truly dug it. Listening to the first song on this playlist called “Curtain Call”, Matt brings back his tragic screams to the track, however the main hook is him singing and it just goes to show that he truly can sing. It’s a different direction, a direction I approve, and if something were to happen and TBTB had to call it quits, Matt needs to definitely focus on this work. He has something going on over here with A Liar Wrote This Symphony. Click here to listen!
London death metal band Acrania really take a page out of the book of Aborted. With your crazy fast double bass patterns, relentless riffing and intense speeds, Acrania really bring the metal out on this album. I’ve never heard of these guys before I can tell you after one single listen on this album I’m definitely a fan.
Whitechapel are currently on tour with Asking Alexandria in support of both their most recent self-titled full-length album, and the re-issue of their debut album, The Somatic Defilment. The band will be highlighting some of the album’s fan favorites through a series of lyric videos. The first video to be released, Devirgination Studies, is making its worldwide debut today on MetalInsider.net. In addition to the video, fans can enter to win a signed ESP EC-10 guitar! Watch Devirgination Studies and enter to win now at metalinsider.net.
Deftones was not going to release Eros until Chi was back on bass. Since Chi Cheng passed away recently, Eros may now surface and awaiting Deftones fans may finally get to hear the last bit of bass work from Chi. Here is what Artisan News reported:
The tech-death band known as Rings of Saturn posted this on their wall today:
I’ve had this idea and I’ve never got around to posting it and I suppose now is probably the best time since The Impossibility of Reason is 10 years old this week. Let that sink in. Chimaira’s third album, the great Impossibility of Reason, is a decade old. 10 years of solid riffs, headbanging and moshing to these songs. To celebrate, I put together a small list of my favorite ten Chimaira songs. Starting at number ten…
No. Of course not. Varg Vikernes had the balls to kill someone himself. Not to mention it was out of self defense. This is a man with many fans, and I bet a lot of these fans idolize Tim Lambesis. Tim was in a situation and he handled it wrong. Way wrong. What has he been going through the past year? Something is up: to lose your faith, cheat on your wife and to throw away a career that has been incredibly successful is completely bonkers to me. Making over 200k a year and being a singer of a metal band? You had it made. You threw it all away because you couldn’t keep your head on straight and now you’ve let so many people down.
The funny thing is, I am not even remotely an As I Lay Dying fan and this just has been bothering me. I continue to think: What IF this was successful? Would he have brought the kids back to Meggan’s house only to “discover” she was dead? Why kill the woman you once loved and the mother of 3 children? I just don’t get it…the psychology of it all is mind boggling. Did no one in As I Lay Dying or even Pyrithion suspect anything? Was he acting different over the past year?
I know I shouldn’t feel like this, but I honestly feel sorry for Tim Lambesis. Opening up the main stage last summer and now in prison for up to 5 years. Falling way down mentally and making bad decisions, the blank stare during the arraignment. Things aren’t looking good for Tim and he looks like he is full of regret. He wouldn’t have been able to handle a homicide for hire cover up. It would have ate him alive. Not to mention he had the Killswitch Engage tour in 3 weeks. Just have your wife wiped out and then go on the road? Seems just heartless. Below is the video and the information collected about the story so far.
(via Metal Injection)
According to NBC San Diego, Lambesis emailed his wife in August saying he didn’t love her anymore and he no longer believed in God. He later filed for divorce and his wife learned he had multiple affairs.
Allegedly, Lambesis approached members at his gym asking if anyone knew somebody who could have Meggan killed. Authorities became aware of Lambesis’ plot and set up a sting operation.
When Lambesis met with the undercover cop posing as a hitman named “Red” on May 7th, Lambesis said “that it’s better for his children to have one healthy relationship with one parent rather than two unhealthy ones.” He told Red he wanted his wife gone.
Lambesis was specifically asked if he wanted his wife dead, and he said “yes, that’s exactly what I want.” The prosecution allegedly has an audio recording of this exchange.
After Lambesis confirmed he wanted his wife gone, he handed Red an envelope with one thousand dollars in cash, Meggan’s address, photos of his wife, security gate codes instructions on how and when to enter the home, when he would have the children in his custody, allowing for Meggan to be murdered.
This is mindblowing information, and the video above makes it all the more real. Lambesis is being held on 3 million dollars bail, and should he make the bail, he will have his passport stripped, and have a GPS monitor placed on his leg, only being allowed to stay in San Diego or visit his lawyer in Los Angeles.
It’s been six months now since the passing of motorcycle enthusiast and front man Mitch Lucker. While it seems longer than that, I realize that is still an amazingly short time. It may take years before the band can stomach trying to fill in the spot for their fallen brother. I truly dig Suicide Silence and I think they should continue on. Mitch’s vocal style was pretty intense and his stage presence was always turned way up. Stomping, headbanging and getting the crowd pumped up. They need someone like that again. I have some recommendations for Suicide Silence if they ever decide to bring on a new vocalist.