What do you get when you pair up ex-Darkest Hourguitarist Kris Norris, ex-Sybreed vocalist Benjamin Nominet and ex-Static-X drummer Nick Oshiro? You get the crushing industrial sounds of Shadow Domain. Shadow Domain recently announced their debut album Digital Divide, due out December 21, and unveiled their bludgeoning new single “Magnitizdat.”

If you’re a fan of Fear Factory grooves and the much-missed suffocating industrial riffs of Sybreed, then you’re going to absolutely love this. That, or you’re just a fan of kickass metal.

Former SYBREED, DARKEST HOUR & STATIC-X Members Team Up For SHADOW DOMAIN

Written By Scott Monroe

Vola share video for their new track Alien Shivers – the latest material from upcoming album Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Vola have released an animated video for their new single Alien Shivers.

It’s the latest material lifted from the band’s upcoming album Applause Of A Distant Crowd, which will launch on October 12 via Mascot Records/Mascot label Group.

Vola previously shared the tracks Smartfriend and Ghosts from the follow-up to their 2016 debut album Inmazes.

The Alien Shivers video was meticulously created by the band’s bassist Nicolai Mogensen along with Anne Nørkjær Bang. 

Mogensen says: “We’ve been looking much forward to sharing this video for the track Alien Shivers with you. It’s made by just the two of us and almost entirely by hand, so it is indeed a very personal project. 

“We are both happy amateurs in the field of animation, but we’ve put a lot of hours, effort and love into this video, which we hope will shine through!”

Mogensen adds: “The storyline of the video is loosely inspired by a short story by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges called The Circular Ruins from 1940, in which a mysterious, anonymous man set himself on a task to dream a human being and make it come to life. 

“We think it somehow relates quite well to the lyrics Asger Mygind created for the song, even though we did not intend to make a video that ‘explains’ the lyrics in any way. 

“Another great inspiration is Yuri Norstein’s beautiful 1979 film Tale Of Tales, which sparked our fascination for stop-motion animation in the first place.”

Vola have also released a trailer for the new record, which can be found below along with the video for Alien Shivers.

https://youtu.be/oV71YZluVQc

Vola – Applause Of A Distant Crowd
1. We Are Thin Air
2. Ghosts
3. Smartfriend
4. Ruby Pool
5. Alien Shivers
6. Vertigo
7. Still
8. Applause Of A Distant Crowd
9. Whaler
10. Green Screen Mother

Vola release animated video for atmospheric new track Alien Shivers

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROB ZOMBIE (54) \m/

Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band.

He is the older brother of Spider One, lead vocalist for American rock band Powerman 5000.

Zombie’s first solo effort was a song titled “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)” (1996) with Alice Cooper, which went on to receive a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.

In 1997, he began working on his debut solo studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe, which was released in August 1998. A month later, Zombie officially disbanded White Zombie. Hellbilly Deluxe went on to sell over three million copies worldwide and spawned three singles. He released a remix album, American Made Music to Strip By, the following year that contained songs from Hellbilly Deluxe. Zombie directed the horror film House of 1000 Corpses in 2000, though the controversial project was not released until 2003.

His second studio album, The Sinister Urge (2001), became his second platinum album in the United States. In 2003, Zombie released the compilation album Past, Present, & Future.

Zombie directed The Devil’s Rejects (2005), a direct sequel to his prior film House of 1000 Corpses. The project received a more positive reception than its predecessor.

His third studio album, Educated Horses (2006), was a departure from his earlier recordings. The album became his third to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200, though saw a decrease in sales when compared to his previous releases.

Deciding to focus on his directing career, Zombie directed the horror film Halloween (2007), a remake of the 1978 horror classic of the same name. The film became Zombie’s highest-grossing film to date, though was met with a lukewarm critical reception. He later directed Halloween II (2009), which failed to match the success of its predecessor.

He released the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto that same year. Zombie returned to music with the release of his fourth studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010). The album peaked at number eight in the United States and sold over 200,000 copies in the country.

In 2012, Zombie released a second remix album and directed the horror film The Lords of Salem, which was released the following year. He released his fifth studio album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor the following year (2013).

He directed the horror film 31 and has purchased the rights to a film about the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers, titled The Broad Street Bullies; no release date for the film has been announced. Since the beginning of his music career, Zombie’s music and lyrics have featured notable horror and sci-fi themes.

His live shows have been praised for their elaborate shock rock theatricality. Since beginning his solo career, Zombie has sold an estimated fifteen million albums worldwide.

Written By Vinyl Lair

Happy Birthday Rob Zombie!

Written By Alan Cross

When Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin (originally known as The New Yardbirds) in mid-1968, no one could have foreseen the monster this thing would become. 

After playing a series of gigs through the rest of the year, the band recorded their debut album in a blur of sessions (a total of 36 hours spread over ten days) at Olympic Studios in London beginning September 25 and ending in mid-October. Having honed all the arrangements and performances through playing live, the band made short work of the recording with engineer Glyn Johns. It also helped that Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were two of the most-respected session players in all the UK. They were accustomed to working fast.

The self-titled result was released on January 12, 1969. It’s now a rock classic and sounds as fresh as it did fifty years ago.

What people tend to forget is that people HATED the record.

Rolling Stone said this: “The album offers little that its twin, The Jeff Beck Group, didn’t say as well or better than three months ago…To fill the void created by the devise of Cream, they will have to find a producer, editor, and some material worthy of their collective talents.”

When manager Peter Grant played it for Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, they were all very unimpressed. None of them got what Zeppelin was trying to do. Jagger was apparently extra dismissive.

But the person most offended was Countess Eva von Zeppelin, the granddaughter of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the creator of the original hydrogen-filled airship. Her problem was with the artwork and the very name of the band.

What we see is a treated black-and-white image of the Hindenburg disaster on May 6, 1937, when this Zeppelin-class airship caught fire while attempting to dock in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people died. The artwork is based on a picture taken by Sam Shere.

Here’s newsreel footage of the disaster.

little context is required at this point. When Page floated the idea of forming a new band to his friends John Entwhistle and Keith Moon of The Who, it’s claimed that Moon said the new project would go over worse than a lead balloon. “It’ll be a lead Zeppelin!” he said.

Peter Grant liked the concept but was worried about how people might pronounce “lead.” Dropping the “a,” he showed it to Page. Led Zeppelin it was.

Back to the countess. She was annoyed that the band was trading on her family name. In 1970 during a trip to Denmark, Grant arranged for the band to meet the countess backstage. Despite all his charms, she denounced the group as “a bunch of shrieking monkeys” and threatened to sue if they continued besmirching the good name of Zeppelin.

That night, Zep played another the name “The Nobs,” just in case. It turns out that the countess was all talk, too. No legal action was ever filed.

So how did artwork designer George Hardie get away with using this famous photograph without paying any royalties or rights? By altering the photo into an illustration using something called a “Radiograph pen,” he essentially created a new work, putting it outside the realm of the original copyright.

By the way, Hardie was paid $76 for his trouble.

The era of Led Zeppelin began 50 years ago today with the release of their debut album

RIGOR MORTIS and WARBEAST vocalist Bruce Corbitt is receiving hospice care after his esophageal cancer has spread throughout his body.

Hospice care is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill. It does not focus on a cure but rather on lessening the burdens associated with a terminal illness. 

The singer offered an update on his condition earlier today (Friday, January 11) in a 10-minute Facebook Live video.

“Here I am, man — still fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting,” he said. “I’m never gonna stop fighting. You all know that about me. It’s just tough to even use those words: hospice. I never thought I would get to that point.”

Corbitt began his fight against esophageal cancer in May 2017. He went through extreme radiation and chemotherapy treatment before they could attempt surgery. Just when everyone thought Bruce would surely be out of the woods, his first doctor’s visit in 2018 brought him the horrible news that the cancer was still there and that it was at Stage 4. He was given two months to two years to live but was told that he would be lucky to make it a year. Due to issues with insurance companies not wanting to approve a second opinion at MD Anderson in Houston, Bruce was forced to use a second opinion in Dallas. His hopes were raised when he was told there was a trial that he could be part of and that there were great results from this trial. A week after signing all the paperwork for the trial treatment, Brucereceived a phone call advising him that, unfortunately, his cancer was one that was not treatable with the trial treatment. Bruce was upset, but he didn’t let that stop him from fighting.

Bruce‘s wife, Jeanna Corbitt, said last March: “I can’t even imagine my world without my husband in it. We both feel so cheated out of our future together at this point. We try to make the best of every moment we have together, even when he feels terrible. He’s such a brave and tough man… MY Superhero!”

The 56-year-old thrash Corbitt, who has survived a stabbing and a heart attack, told Billboard last August that he had “a 2.8 percent chance of living five years. So what am I going to do, sit around and cry about it or be that 2.8 percent?” he asked rhetorically.

Bruce‘s medical bills from 2017 alone totaled over $1 million in charges. 

All three of WARBEAST‘s albums were released through Philip Anselmo‘s label, Housecore Records. The PANTERA frontman was even the best man at Corbitt‘s wedding when he and Jeanna were married in 2012. “I’ve seen his world crash down around him when he was young. I’ve always felt there is no fucking way I could let him down as a friend and business partner,” Anselmotold Billboard. “Bruce is my big brother, and that’s how we roll. His family is my family, and vice versa, yet again.”

WARBEAST And RIGOR MORTIS Singer BRUCE CORBITT Has Been Moved To Hospice Care

Written By Patrick Doyle For Rolling Stone

Watts traces his musical roots in unusually candid sit-down

https://youtu.be/gXVNMUhCmM8

For many Rolling Stones fans, Charlie Watts is the band’s most mysterious and intriguing member. He’s a guy who prefers jazz to rock, yet has spent nearly 60 years playing in the world’s greatest rock & roll band. (When the Stones played Glastonbury in 2013, he said, “I don’t want to do it. Everyone else does. I don’t like playing outdoors, and I certainly don’t like festivals.”) A well-dressed eccentric, he is known to draw a sketch of every single hotel room he stays in and owns cars despite being unable to drive. “He’s a very secretive man,” Keith Richards recently told Rolling Stone, asked to explain how Watts is still able to carry a two-plus hour show at his age. “I think it’s just him. I don’t think he does anything particularly. That is just Charlie. That’s what’s so amazing about the man. It’s my privilege to play with Charlie Watts.”

Watts doesn’t do a lot of interviews, but he recently did grant one to Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the site DrumChannel.com, as part of Smith’s regular series. While Watts usually comes across as quiet or extremely dry in interviews, here he’s relaxed, funny and ready to open up. In part one of the interview (the only portion available for free), Watts traces his musical evolution, from hearing Gerry Mulligan’s “Walkin’ Shoes” to his early teen years watching dance bands. He remembers hearing Charlie Parker when he was 14. “I suppose it’s like kids hearing Jimi Hendrix. You suddenly think, ‘What the hell is he playing?’ I heard Bird and I thought, ‘That’s fantastic. I want to do that in a club in New York.’”

But he also reveals that he isn’t a purist. While some have suggested Watts flat-out doesn’t like rock & roll, he brings up Elvis drummer D.J. Fontana as a key influence, and draws a line from early jazz to Louis Prima’s jump-blues to rock & roll. “It was all one thing. In those days you and to learn rhumba for the dance and then cha-cha-cha. Brian and Keith used to play Jimmy Reed all day. It was the same as playing jazz to me. It was another drum thing.”

Watts mentions he’s never taken formal lessons “much to my regret.”  “I learned to play from watching people,” Watts tells Smith. “If you were playing up there, I would be watching you.”

Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts Opens Up to Chad Smith in Rare Interview

Written By Robert Ham Via CoS

Behemoth are continuing their assault on the senses of the world’s metal fans today with the release of a new video.

The clip for “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica,” a track taken from the group’s 2018 album, I Loved You at Your Darkest, was directed by Grupa13, a production house from the extreme metal band’s native Poland that has created videos for Belphegor and Powerwolf, among many others.

Along with the announcement, bassist Orion said of the new video, “Behemoth Legions! As this ILYAYD adventure continues onwards, we want to share a new video with you! Since we began the writing process, ‘Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica’ was a stand-out contender to be featured as a single and music video. As the song evolved during rehearsal and recording, it gained this lively, furious vibe… which you hear now — thus, it includes live performance elements which we’ve not done in quite some time.”

He added, “We are happy to work with Grupa13 once again – and once again, they showed their super-professional approach at every step of the shooting and video production. Two separate locations, hours of preparation, but it was all worth it. In absentia dei, we evangelize! Enjoy!”

The release of the video is also here to arouse the appetites of the band’s European fans as Behemoth will be embarking on a tour of the continent starting tomorrow, January 10th. The group will be joined on all the dates by At the Gates and Wolves in the Throne Room. See the dates below.

https://youtu.be/HKWqzjQAv14

Behemoth 2019 European Tour Dates with At the Gates + Wolves in the Throne Room
01/10 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
01/11 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
01/12 – Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin
01/13 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
01/15 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex 457
01/16 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
01/17 – Lyon, FR @ Le Transbordeur
01/18 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
01/19 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera
01/21 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
01/22 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
01/23 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle
01/24 – Berlin, DE-@ Huxleys
01/25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
01/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
01/27 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
01/29 – Helsinki, FI @ The Circus
01/30 – Tampere, FI @ Pakkahuone
02/01 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36
02/02 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
02/03 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
02/04 – Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
02/06 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
02/07 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
02/08 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town
02/09 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
02/10 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
02/11 – Glasgow, UK @ QM Union

Behemoth unleash video for “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica” ahead of European tour: Watch The extreme metal band’s latest single off their acclaimed album I Loved You at Your Darkest