Six Feet Under
Six Feet Chimaira arrives with their first effort featuring more than half of at least one of the Chimaira touring lineups (drummer Kevin Talley and guitarist Rob Arnold). In all seriousness, this is definitely still Six Feet Under, but with the biggest single upgrade in musicianship any band of this ilk has ever seen. Personally, I couldn't be more happy for Arnold. Having spent time just hanging out and talking death metal with Arnold on several occasions, I know first hand how much he respected Six Feet Under and Chris Barnes, so joining this band to him had to be the equivalent of winning the lottery.
POWERWOLF, CRASHDÏËT, FIREWIND and LANFEAR are the latest acts confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, which scheduled to take place July 13th - 14th in Balingen, Germany.
Acts confirmed now include: ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ATLANTEAN KODEX, AXXIS, BREAKER, CRASHDÏËT, THE DEVIL'S BLOOD, DIAMOND HEAD, EDGUY, EXODUS, FIREWIND, GOTTHARD, KAMELOT, LANFEAR, MOONSORROW, ORDEN OGAN, PAIN, POWERWOLF, PRIMAL FEAR, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SISTER, SUICIDAL ANGELS, TANKARD, THIN LIZZY, VANDERBUYST, VENOM, WARBRINGER.
DEATH ANGEL have announced dates for their upcoming Summer European tour which begins on June 1st in Mining Austria at Metalfest Open Air. Tour dates can be seen below:
1 – Mining, Austria - Metalfest Open Air
2 – Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air
3 – Jaworzno, Poland - Metalfest Open Air
There's really two kinds of German metal out there. There's the traditional power metal; stuff like Primal Fear or Scorpions that just kicks your ass with rhythmic playing and powerful vocals. Then, there's the other variety that sounds like the metal version of a battle at a renaissance faire. Bands like Blind Guardian come to mind. This kind of music has an appeal, but you'd better be brilliant if you want to pull it off. For years, Sabaton has been on the cusp of that greatness. With CAROLUS REX, they fall far short of not only that standard, but their own standard of excellence as well.
INNER MONSTER OUT
When it comes to traditional metal fronted by women, there's really two bands to pay attention to and a whole litany of bands that want to do this, but are just missing something. The two bands that "get it" fully are Benedictum and Shadowside. While both are different musically and sonically, they both do one thing very much the same. Where most female fronted metal bands these days try to highlight the woman thing over the music (example: Hydrogyn, Nightwish), these two bands really just create metal and do not go out of their way to promote the womanly wiles of their lead singer. It works for both bands, in my eyes.
Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan (LOADED, VELVET REVOLVER) has released a new blog on the ESPN website. An excerpt can be seen below:
"The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame happened a couple of weekends ago, and it was cool to see some old-school, longtime-together bands get their props. On a personal note, I had a really great time. We weren't really quite sure if we were going to play, until about 24-hours before the actual show. It was really great to play with drummer Steven Adler again after some 20-odd years. Sorum crushed it too, and SLASH just gets better day after day. Gilby honored us with his presence and he has a 'feel' that fits, and once again saved GN'R's ass. Myles Kennedy came in to sing, and the dude has class and a ton of respect and humility. I like those qualities in a guy. Humbleness can let real inner strength breathe. It was really fun to watch the old footage of blues legend FREDDIE KING. Those guys, who have that much dang raw talent, are from some other world - musically speaking."