Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has issued the following long-winded and sappy update:
"I want to start with saying Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that you all have a wonderful, rewarding day. Anyway, I went to go get a Coronary Calcium Cat scan or in other words, a heart scan, and I have good news! They found one!!
All kidding aside, I had my heart scan done and my score was a mind blowing zero. This means that I have 0% plaque in my heart and my mom died from congestive heart failure, and that stuff is hereditary I hear, so I was worried.
I am so stoked about the result and I owe it to my family, band mates, and my advisors and handlers for inspiring me to get better, to be better, and to stay better. I can't tell you how much my team, even the label have really supported me and helped me understand what we can and cannot do, instead of what "I" can't do.
Gigantic Pictures will soon release "FIX", an "uncensored movie about Ministry". The film will be a documentary about the interaction with Ministry onstage and offstage their tour. Judging by the people involved and the age of the musicians, I think it might be the Filth Pig tour. The film will also feature interviews with Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis, Maynard Keenan, Dave Navarro and many more.
You can go to http://www.fixtheministrymovie.com/ to watch a trailer. If you register, you get a free Paul Barker track for download. It's pretty good.
I wonder who directed this movie and if they have any affiliation with 13th Planet. Either way, the film looks like it might have some entertaining scenes of drunken/high debauchery.
Aussie rockers AC/DC could have to cancel a sold-out concert because their big sound poses a danger to rare birds.
Animal rights campaigners are threatening legal action if the veteran band goes ahead with a gig planned for Wels airport in Austria in May. Hans Uhl of BirdLife said birds nesting in the area at the time would be threatened by anthems such as "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long". "The second biggest colony of curlews in Upper Austria and various other ground-nesting birds must not become endangered," Mr Uhl said.
The event's 80,000 tickets were sold out within hours.
Austria's Dornenreich have announced first details concerning their upcoming seventh studio album. The album will be titled Flammentriebe and the band will have recording sessions starting in July 2010.
The official wordt from Dornenreich: "Both the intense rehearsals and the compositional results of the last months are very encouraging - and we will enter the studio in July 2010 to record the new album Flammentriebe. Expect a varied, haunting and very dramatic album!"
German brutal death metallers Resurrected have issued the following update:
"Our singer Carsten Scholz is forced to sit out both Portugal shows in January due to a chronical pneumonia he caught at Mountains Of Death Festival this year. His current cure does not allow to grunt more than two or three songs in a row. Chris Mieves from Grind Inc. will step in for both shows and he's already exciteted doing that job! We hope Carsten is fit again by April as we plan to arrange a little UK tour then. We'll keep you updated!"
29.01.2010 - POR, Porto, Metal Point (with Suffochate)
30.01.2010 - POR, Lisbon, Revolver Bar (Dead Meat, Bleeding Display, Carniphicine)
French Heavy metal webzine Métal Intégral are self-releasing the new edition of the French Heavy metal anthology, Made In France 1978-2008 - Hard And Heavy.
According to the webzine, the 2008 edition will be the most complete overview of the history of French Heavy metal, covering 30 years of French-made metal. The anthology contains 120 pages, featuring more than 1000 bands. Over 250 LP's or EP vinyl, 290 7'' records and 1500 CD's and EP's are pictured and discussed.
Made In France only covers the traditional genres - heavy metal, hard rock, power metal and progressive metal from 1978 til 2008 - while there's no room for death, black, doom, thrash and nu metal. Some bands featured in the book include Resistance, Still Square, Salhem, Lonewolf, Blackrain, Ice Scream, Blaspheme, Holy Cross, Satan Jokers, Adx, Excalibur, Wolf's Gang, Mr Jack, Heavylution and many more.
Månegarm's new video for the song "Vetrarmegin" (Eng: "Winter Force") is now viewable on the world wide web. Coming off Månegarm's latest full-length album "Nattväsen" (Eng: "Night Creatures"), released in November, the clip can be watched below.
The video was filmed on site in a "Viking village" with an incredible pre-renaissance atmosphere, near the band's hometown, Norrtälje (Sweden). Månegarm states: "The Viking village, with its amazing surroundings, will fit the theme of the video just perfect!!" The video was done by Standard Film Team (Dark Funeral, Plector, Zonaria).
The 3rd full length CD, from traditional metallers Icarus Witch mysteriously entitled, Draw Down The Moon, will be released February 9th, 2010 through Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution. The band was recently described as having a "Heavy influence of Iron Maiden combined with good old fashioned hard/rock metal production and great musicianship" by Don Jamieson, host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. Perhaps this assessment helped land the boys the opening slot on original Maiden crooner, Paul DiAnno's first American tour in over 15 years, commencing this January 27 in NYC.
Britain's Metal Hammer magazine recently drafted Icarus Witch for both their cover mount compilation CD as well as an interview on their feature about the explosive rise of traditional metal with the younger generation of bands, referring to the Witch as "One of the best new bands to take up the NWOTM (New Wave of Traditional Metal) standard and carry it triumphantly into the future. With such accolades, the pressure is mounting for the group to top their previous efforts, a feat which has been handily accomplished by the creation of this new album, their first since 2007's critically acclaimed, Songs For The Lost.
Be'lakor will be expanding their reach overseas with a deal recently signed with Kolony Records. The band's albums will now be purchasable in Europe rather than just in Australia with their new album Stone's Reach being released over there on the 30th November. The Italian label will print Be'lakor's CDs in Europe with the same cover artwork. Prime Cuts Music will still be the band's main label, covering their album releases back home.
A word from the band: "We're thrilled to have reached this agreement with Kolony! Thanks to the great support that we have received from our fans in Europe! Hopefully soon we will be able to come across and play some shows for you."
2010 marks 10 years in the making for Warmen - the brainchild of Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman. The band celebrates this, as well as their latest album Japanese Hospitality, with a belated release party show on the Helsinki Metal Meeting weekend on February 18th 2010 at Dante's Highlight, Helsinki Finland. As if Warmen's third live performance ever wouldn't be enough to make this a very special event, the band vows to make the show truly a night to remember by bringing a wide variety of guests on the stage.
In other news, Spinefarm Records will release a Warmen compilation album entitled The Evil That Warmen Do in early 2010.
Legendary Australian hard rock band Rose Tattoo has lost another member to cancer, with guitarist and founding member Mick Cocks succumbing to liver cancer in a Sydney hospital. Cocks, who was one of the band's main songwriters, had been battling the disease for about twelve months
"We're very sad to announce that Rose Tattoo founding member and guitarist Mick Cocks lost his battle against liver cancer and passed away today, on December 22th," said a statement on the band's website yesterday.
It comes just months after some of Australia's best-loved rockers joined forces to put on a benefit gig for the stricken performer. Rose Tattoo, Jimmy Barnes, You Am I, Ian Moss and The Screaming Jets played at the Enmore Theatre in July to raise money for Cocks.
Shear is the new female-fronted Helsinki-based six piece metal act. The members of Shear have played in many familiar metal bands such as Amoral, Omnium Gatherum, Imperanon, Elenium and Crystal Blaze, who won the Finnish Wacken Metal Battle in 2007.
The first release of Shear is entitled In Solitude. The four track EP was recorded in Autumn of 2009 and mastered at Chartmakers studios. The title track "In Solitude" and a sample collection of all four songs can be listened to on the band's MySpace profile.
The complete line-up of Shear is as follows:
Alexa Leroux - vocals
Mikael Grönroos (Crystal Blaze) - guitar
Lauri Koskenniemi (Elenium, ex-Imperanon) - guitar
Eerik Purdon (Crystal Blaze, ex-Omnium Gatherum, live Amoral) - bass
Eluveitie have uploaded "Thousandfold", a first song off the upcoming album Everything Remains (As It Never Was), on their MySpace page. Also the video for the song, shot in Poland by Grupa 13 (Behemoth, Sonata Arctica) has been uploaded. You can watch it here.
Everything Remains As It Never Was is scheduled for an early 2010 release.