American metallers Mastodon are currently embroiled in a controversy regarding an allegedly racist t-shirt that coincided with the Thanksgiving holiday. The t-shirt depicts a white male pilgrim pointing a gun at a female Native American and is pictured below. Some deemed it racist. The band defended the artwork explaining that they aren't racist and simply pointed out the atrocities linked to Thanksgiving.
Norwegian black metallers Cor Scorpii have released an almost four-minute snippet from a song to be featured on their upcoming second album. The band's new album has a working title of Ruin and the exact release date is yet to be announced. Previously, the band released a small teaser of what they were working on. Enjoy it while you can here.
The burger of controversy... Swedish metallers Ghost B.C. have caused a bit of an uproar this time not with their music, videos or album covers but with a hamburger featured at a Chicago-based burger joint which names all of its specialty burgers after metal bands. The burger is considered sacrilegious.
Norwegian black metallers Cor Scorpii have released a short teaser from their upcoming album Ruin, via their Facebook page. Their debut album Monument was released five years ago already. This is not much but at least it is something. You can listen to the teaser here.
Norwegian black 'n' rollers Vreid have announced a six-date tour of Japan as support for Greek melodic black metallers Rotting Christ. Vreid will be promoting their latest release Welcome Farewell in the month of January next year.
Through Vreid's official Facebook page, plans for a reunion of the surviving members of Windir have been established to commemorate the formation of Windir, Ulcus and Vreid, which are all connected by its band members. These special shows will feature Righ from Windir and Ese from Vreid. As a special guest on vocals, they will also bring on Vegard Bakken, brother of Windir legend Terje "Valfar" Bakken who was found dead in 2004.
And why not? In an effort to somehow put their names on more product, rock legends Kiss have purchased a Los Angeles-based Arena League Football Team. For those who do not follow American sports, Arena League Football is basically a low-budget version of the National Football League (NFL). The team is called LA KISS of all things and will even make use of the band's logo.
After releasing their new album, Democratic Solution, Czech grindcore weirdos !T.O.O.H.! are releasing their masterpiece Řád A Trest on 12" vinyl LP, which contains new artwork. It's being sold through an art collective called Cylindrical Habitat Modules. More information can be found here where you can order the LP.
As they are currently working hard on their second release, Norwegian black metallers Cor Scorpii have now announced the working title for their upcoming album - Ruin. This will be the band's follow-up to their 2008 debut album Monument. Further details - tracklist, release date and cover artwork - shall be announced soon.
Protest The Hero's Indiegogo campaign to fund their new album was a huge success but the Canadian quintet has been silent for the past couple of months. The recording process is almost done and the album should be out sometime in the fall. However, the progressive metal band was quietly dealing with its first ever line-up change. Moe Carlson, their longtime drummer, had decided to leave to pursue school and some of his other passions. Lamb Of God's drummer Chris Adler was then recruited as a session player and has already recorded his drum tracks.
Black Sabbath will be hitting the road in support of 13 and after announcing European dates last week, the group now confirmed four North American tour dates. The tickets for the shows go on sale on April 20th. It isn't clear whether the band will announce more dates or not, but you can check out below the dates announced so far.
American death metallers Fallujah have released a new EP, entitled Nomadic yesterday. It is available on iTunes for download as of now. Additionally, guitarist Rob Maramonte has left the band, but will continue to contribute guitars in All Shall Perish.
Mötley Crüe were forced to cut short their concert in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday night when singer Vince Neil had to be hospitalized for a kidney stone attack. Since then, the singer had to undergo surgery to remove kidney stones last night.
American metallers Fallujah have released a new song from their upcoming EP, Nomadic. The EP was recorded in February of 2013 at Castle Ultimate Studios, engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren and it is set to be released for Bandcamp and iTunes downloads on April 2nd. The new song, entitled "The Dead Sea", can be enjoyed below.