They’ve barely wrapped up their dates supporting Bullet For My Valentine in arenas around the UK, but Asking Alexandria have already confirmed a hefty UK headline tour for next year!
Catch the hottest band in UK metal on the following dates:
22 – NORWICH UEA
23 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
24 – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
26 – EDINBURGH Picture House
27 – GLASGOW Barrowland
28 – BELFAST Ulster Hall
29 – DUBLIN Olympia
31 – MANCHESTER Academy
01 – LEEDS O2 Academy
02 – CARDIFF Great Hall
04 – BRISTOL O2 Academy
05 – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
06 – LONDON Roundhouse
07 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
09 – BRIGHTON Dome
Tickets cost £18.50 in London and £16.50 regionally and go on sale this Friday (Dec 13). See you there.
Some heavy names have been featured in this year’s Grammy awards, with Black Sabbath capping off another amazing year with three nominations.
Check out some of the potential winners below:
Best Metal Performance
T.N.T. — Anthrax
God Is Dead? — Black Sabbath
The Enemy Inside — Dream Theater
In Due Time — Killswitch Engage
Room 24 — Volbeat Featuring King Diamond
Best Rock Song
Ain’t Messin ‘Round — Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
Cut Me Some Slack — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Doom And Gloom — Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (the Rolling Stones)
God Is Dead? — Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
Panic Station — Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
Best Rock Album
13 — Black Sabbath
The Next Day — David Bowie
Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin
…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Best Alternative Music Album
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend
The 56th Grammy Awards take place on Jan 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Metallica successfully crossed their “new frontier” on Saturday when they played in Antarctica!
“This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done,” state the band. “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.”
Have a look at some photos from the history-making gig below, courtesy of Metallica’s official Facebook page:
Metallica Antarctica Setlist
01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Sad But True
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
05. Master Of Puppets
08. Nothing Else Matters
09. Enter Sandman
10. Seek & Destroy
Metallica will return to the UK for Sonisphere 2014, which takes place July 4-6 at Knebworth Park. Tickets are on sale now from http://sonisphere.co.uk/
See our ideas for who the final Sonisphere headliner might be here
Well folks, it is the holiday season; what with the temperatures falling and nights closing in, and even the walls closing in, too, it’s officially the most miserable time of the year. Respite is in short supply. Hard liquor and pharmaceuticals can only do so much. But, step away from the shotgun, there’s a hefty new LP from Indian dropping on January 21st that is sure to complement winter’s claustrophobic misery to a goddamn tee, and the Windy City’s most nihilistic practitioners of pro-depressant doom have kindly previewed the track “Rhetoric of No” on the Relapse Records YouTube page.
From All Purity is Indian’s fifth full-length, and is produced by Sanford Parker, who recorded and mixed Indian’s feral debut, The Unquiet Sky. It sounds fucking awesome, and anyone who has an appreciation for Indian’s sound – a molasses-thick stew of über-hench doom riffs and black metal’s degenerate heart – is going to find a lot to enjoy here. Sure, doom can take many forms: Trippy, psychedelic, ’70s rock and beefed-up Sabbath; slow-motion riffs from way down in the bass player’s register; or even abstract long-form jams bordering on drone. But it feels like Indian’s take on the genre is coming from some place else entirely; there’s a hardbitten sense of real-world doom that makes them all the more harrowing. And all the more welcome when tramping through the sub-zero sludge on your morning commute. Enjoy.
**Pre-order From All Purity here
**Order The Unquiet Sky double vinyl reissue here
**Poke Indian on Facebook
Avenged Sevenfold have teamed up with Machinima’s Happy Hour for a brand new cartoon based on the band’s latest album Hail To The King, as well as their infamous logo, the deathbat.
Check out a trailer for the cartoon, which serves as a prelude to a new Avenged Sevenfold mobile game and is directed by Metalocalypse‘s Jon Schnepp, below:
Avenged Sevenfold headline Download 2014, which takes place June 13-15 at Castle Donington. Stay tuned for more big announcements soon and buy your tickets here.
Tonight on the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio, Behemoth mainman Nergal stops by the studio to talk about life after leukemia, the truth about Satanism and that crazy new video, plus music from Black Tusk, Amebix, Fugazi, Celtic Frost, and more. Tune in from 9pm!
If it was Birmingham that was the epicentre and birthplace of heavy metal back when Sabbath, Zepplin and Priest were laying the foundations for the music we clutch tightly to our hearts over forty years later, then the resurgence and resurrection of heaviness here in the UK in the last decade could perhaps be pinpointed somewhere in the direction of Sheffield. Most notably through Bring Me The Horizon, of course, but there’s also While She Sleeps, Dead Harts and now Malevolence, the latest in a rapidly-expanding tradition of killer steel city metal bands. Just what is in the water up there?
“The scene in the whole UK is stronger than it has been in a long time,” says lead singer Alex Taylor. “But especially in Sheffield, there are loads of new bands that are coming through, like Rough Justice, that don’t want to keep doing the same thing constantly. There are so many bands smashing it right now, it’s inspiring to be a part of.”
If it is the scene itself that has inspired Malevolence then somebody should shake it warmly by the hand, as it has lead indirectly to the band writing their immense debut album, Reign Of Suffering; eight tracks of absolutely brutal annihilation that sit comfortably in between Hatebreed’s monstrous hardcore bludgeon and Lamb Of God’s irresistible, metallic groove.
“We just wanted to write music that we wanted to hear. It took us a while to find our sound,” Shrugs Alex. “We took the time but we all now contribute to the writing process and we were never interested in whether people thought we were a metal band or a hardcore band. We just wanted to have fun and play shows where people could listen to music that we wanted to hear and thought was lacking from the music scene at that time.”
It all seems so simple an idea, to just play the music that you yourself love. Oddly, though, it seems, in a world dominated by a billion new strands and sub-genres of every type of music, a naïve and crazy utopian idea to think that you could get away with it.
“I don’t care about being put in any certain genre,” Alex reaffirms. “We have elements of metal, hardcore, tech. Let the people make their own minds up. A lot of the kids coming to our shows are very young and this is all new to them. I want to give them the experience of saying ‘This is something new. This is something you’ve never heard before and you won’t see anywhere else.’ We have to continue that excitement from where this music started. It’s all just metal to me.” If the torch is being passed then be thankful it’s being put into Malevolence’s capable hands.
Reign Of Suffering is out now via SOAR. Catch Malevolence this Saturday supporting Brutality Will Prevail upstairs at The Garage.
Interview by Stephen Hill
Bleed From Within have launched their new video, and it features the Scottish groove metal bruisers laying waste to Throwfest earlier this year.
I Am Oblivion is taken from this year’s outstanding Uprising, out now via Century Media.
Catch the band on the following dates with DevilDriver and Sylosis next year:
Apr 3 Cardiff Solus
Apr 4 London Electric Ballroom
Apr 5 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Apr 6 Glasgow Garage
Apr 8 Dublin Academy
Apr 9 Manchester Academy 2
Apr 10 Southampton Mo Club
Grab your tickets here
The last time Portugal’s Malevolence released a full-length President Bill Clinton was still basking in acquittal glow for semenizing Monica Lewinsky. If Lewinsky (or the scandal name “Tailgate”) don’t ring a bell, well, you’re probably too young. Of course, we don’t expect you to recall Malevolence, whose Martyrialized full-length ultimately got lost in the melodic death metal shuffle 15 years ago.
Well, the Portuguese have returned, with an updated sound, a new penchant for wild guitar sweeps and cold steel-like violence. Parallels could be made to unsung Italians Sadist or pre-annoying Textures or late phase Scarve, but there’s far more to Malevolence’s modern metal melange. The group’s melodic death metal past creeps in from time to time, informing and improving the staccato riff assemblies and march-like rhythmic back end. And speaking of back end, drum god Dirk Verbeuren is on skins, so there’s no slouching in that department.
“Antithetical is loaded with intoxicatingly corrosive contrasts whilst the album represents pure rebellion,” says main brain Carlos Cariano, “a pure nonconformist extension towards the current situation of the globe, an upheaval towards the current language that has no force of expression and no meaning, due to the predictability of words and counterfeit actions that have become commonplace worldwide. Inner strength and living values nowadays are negatively base underneath relative truths and we are expressing ourselves precisely antithetically whilst insisting on critical thinking.”
With all that in mind, here’s Antithetical:
** Malevolence’s new album Antithetical is out now on Carbon Medien. It’s available HERE from iTunes. Fans of Sadist, Kalisia, and Textures take notice!
Salt Lake City deathcore heavyweights Chelsea Grin have announced some UK dates featuring support from The Browning, More Than A Thousand and Silent Screams.
Catch that beast of a bill on the following dates:
Mar. 15 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control
Mar. 16 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Mar. 17 – Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
Mar. 18 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
Mar. 19 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Mar. 20 – London, UK – Underworld