Texan death metal hellraisers Upon A Burning Body hit the UK with Five Finger Death Punch this month.
We’re pretty damn excited at the idea of those two stage-crushers going toe-to-toe, so we caught up with the UABB guys in our brand new issue for a chat about their relationship with the UK, and why stealing the show is the name of the game.
“In the States, we’ve toured and toured and seen us slowly grow, a little bit more each time we come back to a city, but we come to the UK for the first time and it’s already awesome,” explains frontman Danny Leal of the quintet’s fast-established affinity with our fair isle. “The first time we went over there, we didn’t know what to expect, but we had a ton of kids turn up that were all singing our lyrics. It was like, ‘Are we dreaming?!’ Now, we’re in all of these cool [UK] magazines, doing interviews with you guys…it just blows me away that we can do all these things having only been to the UK twice. That’s why we’re the most stoked about going back there.”
“Usually, you’re touring with bands that are or maybe become your friends, and it’s a good time and whatnot, but when you’re on stage…my job is to make my band the band that you go home and talk about. ‘Yeah, the show’s cool, but that one band? Upon A Burning Body.’ That’s what I want to send people home thinking, and if we can do that, then we’re in pretty good shape. We’ve stayed in that mindset, so yes, we try to steal every single show.”
Order your copy of our new issue, featuring that immense UABB feature in full, below!
Five Finger Death Punch and Upon A Burning Body play the following venues:
Mar 30 London Forum
Mar 31 London Forum
Apr 1 Manchester Academy
Apr 3 Glasgow Academy
Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier is the guest on tonight’s Metal Hammer Show on TeamRock Radio!
Tune in from 9pm to hear Joe talk about the band’s next album, leaving France and life as a dad, plus tunes from Red Fang, Baroness, Lionize, Down, Kreator, Demon and Soulfly. Get stuck in from 9.
You guys realize that we are in a renaissance for doom metal right now, right? So much excellent heaviness out there. Maybe it’s because everything sucks just like it did back in the 70s. I don’t know, I’m not an historian. I do, however, know quality when I hear it, especially when it’s as attached to something as overwhelming as The Wounded Kings’ latest. Epically slow and atmospheric, with occult intonations provided by Sharie Neyland, Consolamentum should appeal to anyone who likes Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, or last year’s Windhand record. You can check it out for yourself below and understand why their contribution to the continuing excellence of the doomy arts is so significant.
***Consolamentum is out now via Candlelight. Order it here! Or here! Or here! Follow them on the Book of Faces here!
Seven more bands have been added to the lineup for Bloodstock 2014!
Norwegian black jazz merchants Shining will be joined by folk metal veterans Skyclad, London rockers The Mercy House, mysterious Brit supergroup Krokodil, Swedish metallers Avatar, melodic death metal Brummies Morgue Orgy and post-punk Brits October File.
Head to bloodstock.uk.com and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.
To celebrate the release of Rise Of The Lion, we’ve got a ton of amazing Miss May I goodies to give away!
To stand a chance of winning this bundle of clothes, mugs, badges and tons more, answer one very simple question here.
Miss May I release Rise Of The Lion on April 28 via Rise. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.
Rise Of The Lion Tracklist
- Refuse To Believe
- You Want Me
- Tangled Tongues
- Hero With No Name
- Darker Days
- The End Of Me
- Saints, Sinners, and Greats
The band also play Download in June. You can go and visit HMV stores for the full range of Miss May I merchandise!
Proving that there’s far more resonance to be gained from the folk/metal alliance than a knees-up and songs about beer, Drudkh mainman Roman Sayenko has gathered eight bands from across Europe, asked them to delve deep into their musical heritage, reinterpret it for a compilation album that gives voice to the timeless and unifying nature of traditional music.
Released on May 23 (May 27 in North America) via Season Of Mist Records, One And All, Together, For Home features the likes of the UK’s Winterfylleth, Ireland’s Primordial, Norway’s Kampfar and Ukraine’s Drudkh themselves as you’ve never heard them before.
Thanks to the elders of SOM Records, we have an exclusive preview as we reveal Primordial’s heart-stopping take on Liam Weldon’s folk classic Dark Horse On The Wind, transforming the raw, a cappella ode to the pain of Ireland’s civil war into a rich, drone-borne lament that will retune your brainwaves into a boundless alpha state.
Delve into the song below and prepare for time and your heart to dissolve…
Wander freely upon Primordial’s Facebook page here
Go ye hither to offer alms in exchange for One And All… here
And listen to Liam Weldon’s original below
Motörhead have joined in the floating festival craze, and in their inaugural stab at it, they’ve smashed it.
It was revealed last month that the first ever Motörboat would be setting sail later this year, and it’s now been confirmed that the cruise will take place from September 22-26, and is boasting some amazing names.
Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, Anthrax and Motörhead themselves are all confirmed for the lineup, as well as some pretty sweet smaller names, with plenty more set to be announced.
Head to www.motorheadcruise.com for more info.
A couple months back we premiered a new Backstabbers Inc track and now, with barely time enough for a gasp between, guitarist/vocalist Matt Serven is prepping Bury Me in a Hole in the Ground, the super limited double cassette from his digital hardcore side project GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD!!!
We’ve got an exclusive stream of the track “Condolence Card” below, which should help whet your appetite for the multiple one-man not-at-all-acoustical-jams going down at the release show in Boston Thursday night with Xiphoid Dementia, Sharpwaist & Marabou Stork, and others.
With all this cacophony in production, you wouldn’t think Serven would have time for much else, yet he also churns out some nutty/edgy fine art in his spare time. Check out a sampling drawn from his personal art page after the jump.
LA metal legends W.A.S.P. will headline Hard Rock Hell 8!
Blackie Lawless et al will be joined at the annual Wales shindig by MSG, Y&T , Diamond Head , Electric Mary, Bonafide, Grifter, Heavy Metal Kids and Carousel Vertigo.
Hard Rock Hell 8 takes place November 13-16 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales. Head to www.hardrockhell.com
Lords Of The Riff kicks off this Sunday, and we’re fucking excited about it.
Scorpion Child are set to perform on the upcoming and first ever Lords Of The Riff Tour, so we caught up with Aryn to find out what makes the band tick. He also revealed some juicy details about their recently released untitled album – which turns out not to be untitled after all…
Scorpion Child, Monster Truck and Buffalo Summer will play the first ever Metal Hammer/Classic Rock Lords Of The Riff tour! You can catch three bands for as little as a tenner, and they’re all awesome, so grab your tickets for the dates below:
Lords Of The Riff tour dates
Mar 16: Bristol Exchange (Monster Truck close the show) – buy tickets
Mar 18: Colchester Arts Centre (Scorpion Child close) – buy tickets
Mar 20: Birmingham O2 Academy 3 (Monster Truck close) – buy tickets
Mar 21: Sheffield Corporation (Scorpion Child close) – buy tickets
Mar 22: Glasgow King Tuts (Monster Truck close) – buy tickets
Mar 23: Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (Scorpion Child close) – buy tickets
Mar 25: Nottingham Rock City (Monster Truck close) – buy tickets
Mar 26: London Underworld (Monster Truck close) – buy tickets
Mar 27: Manchester Roadhouse (Scorpion Child close) – buy tickets