16:28 - Dima seems like an opportune time to link this [link]
16:20 - IronAngel If I were to describe her stuff, I'd probably say something like "psychedelic, drony rock with some gothic flair and the occasional metal-tinged riff." Or something.
16:19 - !J.O.O.E.! Lots of what's called hardcore, and also metalcore, is probably better described as being metal. I think people hear certain kinds of vocals and call it hardcore. Plenty of hardcore is punk based though.
16:17 - Kuroboshi One thing I've never understood is the distinction between metal and hardcore. Also, metal and grunge. It sounds to me like they're all part of metal. :P
Former Alice In Chains bass player Mike Starr has passed away. His body was found on Tuesday March 8th in a Salt Lake City home. Starr was 44 years old.
Starr was Alice In Chains' first bass player and was a part of the line-up from 1987 till 1993. He appeared on the band's first two albums, Facelift and Dirt, but left in the middle of the "Dirt Tour" and was replaced by current bassist Mike Inez.
Back in April 1994, Starr was sentenced to 30 days in the Houston jail for misdemeanor drug possession. More recently in 2009, Starr appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" - one of VH1's bizarre reality series. Last month, he was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops said he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.
Happy Motörhead Day everybody... or at least everybody from Austin, TX.
In a proclamation made by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, March 8th 2011, has been decreed as Motörhead Day in the city of Austin. This event coincides with Motörhead's local performance at Stubb's Ampitheater on the evening of their dedicated day.
Local musician David Siddall reportedly made the formal request to the Mayor's Office, and a signed proclamation was issued on parchment with the official state seal.
The proclamation states:
Be it known that
The Live Music Capital of the World welcomes the band Motörhead to our City for one of the many stops on its US Tour; and,
The new, as-yet-untitled studio album of Venom is currently being mixed.
The pioneering blackened thrash metal band are once again working with producer Tom Belton at his London Studio. The band's management and label are currently in discussions regarding the official release date of the album. More details will soon be announced.
In Flames have announced that Engel/ex-Gardenian guitarist Niklas Engelin will be their permanent guitarist.
Niklas Engelin is an old friend of the band, as he has been part of the In Flames line-up several times now. In 1997 he briefly joined the band as a replacement of Glenn Ljungström (Dimension Zero, ex-Hammerfall). More recently, Engelin regularly filled in on tour for original In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, who eventually left the band in February last year in order to get treatment for his alcohol addiction.
In Flames just finished wrapping up the recording process for Sounds of a Playground Fading, the band's tenth full-length studio album, which is scheduled for a May/June release through Nuclear Blast.
AC/DC are set to release Live At River Plate, a new Black Ice World Tour live CD/DVD on May 10th.
Live At River Plate will be the band's 6th live release which was filmed at the Buenos Aires gigs on December 2nd, 4th and 6th, 2009 in front of 65,000 people each night at the River Plate Stadium in Argentina.
The film was directed by David Mallet, who has been filming AC/DC for over 25 years, starting with Who Made Who which was also used in a feature film in 1986.
Brian Johnson, the band's lead singer, gave an interview in February confirming the latest release. However Johnson wouldn't be drawn on whether we can expect to see any live action from the band in a hurry. "After that we haven't made any plans," he said. "We just want to have a rest, because we were on the road for two years. We played in front of five million people, and we deserve a rest."
Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach recently entered a Los Angeles studio with his new, young, virtuosic guitarist Nick Sterling and producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Atreyu, Filter) to fine-tune the material for Bach's next solo album, tentatively due this summer through Frontiers Records.
In a recent Facebook posting, Bach wrote: "What a great day! We finished pre-production today (Saturday, March 5th) and are set to start tracking drums for 13 songs on Monday night after I film "That Metal Show". All songs are done and I could not be happier at this stage. Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Rob Rock, Halford, Riot) is such a pro I can't wait to watch him wail on the kit all this week!"
"Parasomnia", a brand-new track from Finnish funeral doom metal band Colosseum, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
"Parasomnia" comes off the band's upcoming final album Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia, which will be released on March 9th in Finland and on March 25th in the rest of the world through Firebox Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
In a terrible home accident last Thursday, Nightwish singer Anette Olzon has tripped over a toy lying on the floor and broke a few ribs in the fall.
Here's the full story: "I sat with Nemo (her second son) in my lap at our dinner table and was gonna stand up and go to the couch and leave him over to Johan (that's Pain bassist Johan Husgafvel for you).
When I stand up, one of Nemo's toys are lying on the floor and I don't look down but just start to walk and whip! I slide on this wooden toy box and falls with my legs straight up and my whole body hits the floor so hard. To keep Nemo safe I hold him up and try to take the fall all by myself. When I fall down I fall on this wooden toy box straight on the side on my ribs. I loose all air and the pain and the sound when I hit the box was horrible. I screamed for so long and it was the worst pain ever felt.