Earlier this month, Marvel released a book titled X-Men: Hellfire Gala, and there were two cameos. One of those is Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, the other being comedian Brian Posehn. Both the Iron Maiden Twitter account and Posehn tweeted about their special cameos within this latest X-Men book. Per Iron Maiden, they wrote:
“EDDIE??! Look who showed up at @Marvel‘s biggest night for mutantkind! Check out Eddie’s guest appearance in ‘X-Men: Hellfire Gala’ #1, out now at your local comic book shop. #XMenHellfireGala#IronMaiden #Marvel #Eddie #Comic #Xmen”
EDDIE??! Look who showed up at @Marvel 's biggest night for mutantkind! 🔥
Posehn retweet’d Maiden and wrote: “Um, this is crazy. My huge ass just chillin’ with ‘Trooper’ Eddie at a Hellfire Gala. @IronMaiden and @Marvel had a crazy impact on my life. And now this panel exists. Thanks to all involved and @GerryDuggan.”
CANNIBAL CORPSE vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher has released a new video teaser for his upcoming solo album, titled “Corpsegrinder”. Due on February 25, the 10-song effort was co-produced by Nick Bellmore (DEE SNIDER, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and will be made available through Jasta‘s new label, Perseverance Music Group.
The song “Acid Vat”, which can be heard below, features a guest appearance by Fisher‘s CANNIBAL CORPSE bandmate Erik Rutan.
Corpsegrinder comments: “When Jameyapproached me to do this record, I was fired up to get into the studio with Erik Rutan and record the vocals. It’s a mix of death metal, thrash and hardcore, and it sounds heavy as hell!!! I’m really excited about it, and I can’t wait for the world to hear it!!!”
Jasta adds: “Working with George has been a dream come true, he’s one of the best dudes in metal and one of the most brutal voices EVER. He’s outdone himself on this album!”
Throughout the years, Fisher has become a beloved figure in the metal scene and beyond, having one of heavy music’s most brutal voices. In addition to having spent more than a quarter of a century fronting CANNIBAL CORPSE, he has been involved in several side projects, including PATHS OF POSSESSION and SERPENTINE DOMINION. He has also guested on various recordings from such acts as SUFFOCATION and SUICIDE SILENCE.
Last year, Fisher told Kerrang! magazine about how he first became interested in extreme metal: “I went from BLACK SABBATH to [JUDAS] PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN, but when we discovered the heaviest shit, it was SLAYER and VENOMand CELTIC FROST and VOIVOD and POSSESSED — it all hit us at once. We were listening to heavy metal and then they dropped a fucking building on us. One of my earliest memories is my friend Steveplaying the MERCYFUL FATE EP, and I’d never heard anything like it. King Diamond is my favorite singer of all time, and when we first heard that EP, it was, ‘What the fuck was that?’ I started getting demos and exploring more underground bands. When the CANNIBAL CORPSEdemo came out, I believe I was already in my first band, which was called CORPSEGRINDER. We named the band after a DEATH song.”
Primal Creation consists of five members playing metal the way they see fit. The band found its current stable line-up in 2014 and self-released their debut full-length album “Demockracy” three years ago in 2017. This record was met with a lot of rave reviews and opened some doors for the modern thrash metal outfit.
In 2018 they were invited to open up for Skeletonwitch and played a supportshow for D.R.I. Their journey through the underground didn’t stop there, because one year later, in 2019, Primal Creation won the Belgian Wacken Metal Battle Finals and had the honour of playing the 30th edition legendary Wacken Open Air. While the band kept playing shows, they started writing music for the follow-up to Demockracy. The year 2020 was off to a terrible start; their singer broke his hip in an accident and a few months later the global pandemic happened. They digitally released the single Vial Play. This new track displayed a step towards a more progressive and twisted sound, while retaining their thrash metal roots. A keen eye for hooks, melody and authentic angry vocals complete the sound of Primal Creation.
With vocalist Koen back on his feet, Primal Creation proudly presents their sophomore record News Feed. 1 intro and 8 tracks display the evolution the band has undergone.
News Feed was recorded and mixed by Francis Snebbout at Oakwood Recording Studio, Kaprijke (BE) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, NY (USA). The album has been released on 16-04-2021 and is available on both CD and limited vinyl. You can order their music through Bigcartel and Bandcamp.
Now this is what you call a hollow-body guitar. The Tampa musician calling himself Prince Midnight built this conversation-starter (and ender?) from his uncle’s skeleton fused to the, erm, bones of a Fender Telecaster. And it works.Midnight’s Uncle Filip had died in a 1996 motorcycle accident in Greece, at the age of 26. “After 20 years, he ended up in a cemetery my family had to pay rent on. Like, literally in a wooden box,” Midnight told HuffPost. “It’s a big problem in Greece because the Orthodox religion doesn’t want people cremated.”
With Filip’s parents deceased, the bones — after a couple of decades of being used for research at a college — were sent to Midnight’s mother in Florida.“Uncle Filip was a super metal head,” he told CBC’s As It Happens. “He got me totally into metal when I was a little kid because he was my mother’s younger brother, so he was closer to my age, and took me under his wing.”
As his mother was not interested in paying a storage fee on the remains, nor in buying a burial plot, his nephew stepped in to take care of Filip. Mom was a bit reticent about her son’s project.“When this first started happening, she was really upset,” said Midnight, who is on Instagram as princemidnightx. “She said, ‘It’s sacrilegious. He needs to be laid to rest.’
“And as she was walking away, I was like, ‘You think Uncle Fil would rather be a guitar, or a box of bones?’ She threw her arms up. She goes, ‘Probably the guitar.’” And so his project began.
Knowing Filip had been a metal musician, Midnight wanted to honour him in an appropriate way. “It just popped into my head. I’m going to turn Uncle Fil into a guitar. And I was like, that is the best way to honour him. He would love that idea.”
He had to fuse a steel “spine” to the real spine in order to attach the neck, then he had to ensure it was perfectly straight so the strings would work. The spinal vertebrae gaps had to be filled in for stability, and the ribs were supported by connecting them back to the thoracic spine. Then he had to drill into the hip bone to attach the jack connection, and also connect the two ilium for more stability.
He wanted to use the skull, but it had been damaged over the years. Then he wired it up, using red and blue wires to imitate veins and arteries. Now, he says, “I feel like Uncle Fil is not just here figuratively; he’s here literally too,” he told As It Happens host Carol Off. “I’m literally giving my Uncle Fil hugs while he’s with me, creating, you know, heavy metal riffs.”
“It’s pretty metal to play a guitar made out of skeleton.”
Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are “a lot of unfinished songs” from the legendary heavy metal singer that may eventually see the light of day.
Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and DIO, died of stomach cancer 10 years ago at the age of 67.
During a brand new interview with Australia’s Heavy, Wendy was asked if she ever comes across any unreleased Dio material in the vaults that she previously thought was lost or that she was able to rediscover. She responded (hear audio below): “Oh, yeah. I find it all the time. Every time I go over to the storage — it’s in a climate-controlled storage. It’s all labeled and stuff, but I find stuff all the time. ‘Oh, look at this. This is really good. Oh, yes. This is wonderful.’ And there’s a lot of unfinished songs that in the future we can figure out how we can put them out. But it has to be perfect, it has to be the way Ronnie would want it. I don’t wanna flood the market with just a bunch of old crap. I’m very particular about what we find, and then having someone with professional ears, like [Dio‘s longtime recording engineer] Wyn Davis, listen to it to make sure it’s fine before we put anything out.”
As previously reported, Wendy is working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on Ronnie‘s long-awaited autobiography, tentatively due in 2021. The book was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.
lso due in 2021 is a documentary that will cover Dio‘s career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL. It is the first documentary about Dioto be fully authorized by the artist’s estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film, with all rights available worldwide.
Ronnie James Dio passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. A few months after his death, MTV Books announced plans to release his memoir, which at the time was going to be called “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio”.
Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has told Dead Rhetoric in a new interview that his band never considered calling it quits after the departure of founding guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera in 1996. “No, we never thought about that,” he said. “Changing a singer is always difficult — especially Max who was a very strong personality, image. Of course, bringing Derrick [Green] in, a totally different guy, a black guy in the metal scene, which is very rare.
“We are not here to please everyone — if you don’t like it, fine,” he continued. “If you like it, fine. We are not here as a church or a religion to indoctrinate people or make people believe in it what I believe. This is art. Somehow it’s going to touch people in a good and a bad way. The influence is there.
“People talk shit about SEPULTURA, but they are still talking about SEPULTURA, you know? We never thought about pleasing anyone. Who is the fan of SEPULTURA? It’s very hard to create a stereotype of a SEPULTURAfan, you know? We have grandmothers to little kids that like SEPULTURA. Some people like a specific period of time, or an album, or everything. Thirty-five years of a band, so it isn’t like an IRON MAIDEN fan who you can see from far away. Our albums show that we are very diverse and we are not really locking into a specific thing. We do music because we like to do music.”
SEPULTURA‘s classic lineup fell apart in 1996 with the exit of Max after the rest of the band split with his wife Gloria as their manager. His brother, drummer Igor Cavalera, stuck around with the group for another 10 years before leaving SEPULTURA and re-teaming with Max in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
Although SEPULTURA has maintained a diehard fanbase in all parts of the world throughout the band’s three-and-a-half-decade-plus history, Max-era albums “Roots” and “Chaos A.D.” were by far SEPULTURA‘s most commercially successful, having both been certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of five hundred thousand copies.
SEPULTURA‘s new album, “Quadra”, is now out via Nuclear Blast Records.
Opeth bassist Martin Mendez is about to unleash his version of death metal upon the world. Mendez has announced his new band White Stones alongside the debut album Kuarahy due out March 20. Kuarahy was written during Opeth’s year-long break after their extensive Sorceress touring schedule, said Mendez, adding that he feels White Stones has “renewed my strength and energy.”
“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael (Åkerfeldt, Opeth singer/songwriter). I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth, I see no relation between the two. I played Kuarahy to Mikael a few months ago, he really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects, it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it; it has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”
“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that – the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. Kuarahy is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun’.”
Formicarius to play in Malta at The Black Advent and release a new guitar playthrough video for ‘O, Dread Impaler’.
FORMICARIUS CELEBRATE BLACK ADVENT WITH THE IMPALER
2019 has been a remarkable year for Formicarius, with their second album Rending The Veil Of Flesh being released through Schwarzdorn Production to great critical acclaim. They have also played some storming live shows with the likes of Asagraum, Hecate Enthroned, Sidious and Aklash. However the year is still far from over for Formicarius and today they release a new guitar playthrough video for the track ‘O, Dread Impaler‘. There are few bands that can boast a guitar duo as talented as Nazarkardeh and Lord Saunders, so for all aspiring guitarists and lovers of six string dexterity, this is well worth a watch!
As well as unveiling this excellent new video, we’re also pleased to be able to announce that Formicarius will be venturing to foreign climes for the first time in their career on December 14th. The band will be appearing at The Black Advent in Malta, alongside Ekpyrosis and Carniverous Horde. Organised by the Malta Death Fest team, this is sure to be an incredible way for Formicarius to conclude their most successful year to date. For full details head to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/422984025012135/
If you’ve somehow managed to miss the stunning Rending The Veil Of Flesh album – featuring the drumming talents of Kevin Paradis of Benighted and a guest vocal appearance from Sakis Tolisof Rotting Christ – then take a quick look at some of the press reactions to this work of virtuoso black metal…
“… Formicarius are fantastic and ridiculously skilled musicians .” – ETERNAL TERROR
“A must for fans of the genre!!! Just listen.” – METAL NA LATA
“…once again Formicarius slap the face of god. .” – MUSIPEDIA OF METAL
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DETHKLOK, the stars of the Adult Swim series “Metalocalypse”, performed this past Friday (November 15) as part of the Adult Swim Festival at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The show marked DETHKLOK’s first live appearance since taking part in the 2014 edition of Festival Supreme in L.A.
DETHKLOK played a 19-song set that included live premieres of the tracks “Impeach God” and “Comet Song”. Joining mainman Brendon Small (guitar, vocals) at the gig were Gene Hoglan on drums, Nili Brosh on second guitar and Pete Griffin on bass.
01. Deththeme 02. Briefcase Full Of Guts 03. Birthday Dethday 04. Awaken 05. Bloodlines 06. The Gears 07. Black Fire Upon Us 08. Dethsupport 09. Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle 10. Impeach God (live premiere) 11. Comet Song (live premiere) 12. Andromeda 13. I Ejaculate Fire 14. The Duel 15. Murmaider 16. Thunderhorse
17. Castratikron 18. Go Into The Water 19. Fansong
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
In a 2012 interview with MLive, Small said that he conceptualized DETHKLOK‘s show after watching a live performance of GORILLAZ, another animated band fronted by Damon Albarn of BLUR.
“I always wanted to make a record, and find a way to tour it,” Small said. “I checked out GORILLAZ, who are talented, and have some of the best animation I’ve ever seen, but [because the musicians hid behind a screen, and the audience couldn’t see them,] there was no connection between performer and audience. It was cool and mysterious, but it didn’t give the audience what they want. We don’t look like [DETHKLOK], and we’re not supposed to, but at least you can see us playing. We’re like a pit band in that sense.”
DETHKLOK‘s latest album, “Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III”, was released in October 2012 via Williams Street Records. The disc sold around 20,000 copes in the United States to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous CD, “Dethalbum II”, opened with 45,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 15.
“Dethalbum III” was once again co-produced by Smalland Ulrich Wild (“Dethalbum” and “Dethalbum II”).
Exploding from the darkness of the underground come Inverted Matter, a potent new force in death metal with a debut album of shocking intensity and monstrous power. Detach features nine finely crafted songs that bind together furious brutality, crushing heaviness, absorbing atmosphere and vicious, unforgettable hooks. This album will leave you dazed and disturbed, with the taste of death in your mouth.
More than just another new band on the scene, Inverted Matter are driven by the soul-shaking drum onslaught of Michael Smith, a true death metal legend. Smith provided the genre defining blasts behind Suffocation’s masterpieces Human Waste, Effigy Of The Forgotten, Breeding The Spawn, Souls To Deny and more. His unmistakeable beats now thunder beneath the staggering riffs, wicked solos and imperious vocals that characterise the superb songs that form Detach. Ruthlessly injecting their rampant creativity with the genetic matter of classic Morbid Angel, Immolation and Suffocation, Inverted Matter have created a monster that is driven to dominate and destroy.
When Lethal Scissor Records’ tireless search through the catacombs of the underground uncovered this slumbering beast, they knew they had found something beautifully twisted and infinitely dangerous. Prepare to welcome your new overlords and let the killing begin!
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