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Video footage of ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and pop superstar Justin Bieber “talking shit” about Dom DeLuca (a.k.a. Brooklyn Dom), the owner of the Brooklyn Projects skate shop in Los Angeles, on July 28 can be seen below.

Bieber was recently slammed by heavy metal fans for wearing a METALLICA t-shirt.

The 21-year-old singer posted a photo of himself donning a wide-brimmed black hat along with an oversized black METALLICA top. This led to a torrent of abuse being hurled in his direction, with one Instagram user writing: “Take that shirt off you don’t deserve it,” while another added: “U r a disgrace to metallica.” Someone else stated: “I love Metallica and I hate Justin Bieber.”

The members of METALLICA were asked in a 2013 issue of Q magazine if they were “Beliebers” — a.k.a. fans of Justin Bieber — after Bieber claimed that the METALLICA songs “One” and “Fade To Black” were his “jams.” Frontman James Hetfield replied, “Are we Beliebers? Yes.” while drummer Lars Ulrich offered: “Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid’s really talented and obviously to go through what he’s going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he’s super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes ‘One’, and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.”

Bassist Robert Trujillo added: “As long as he stays out of trouble, I’ll be a Belieber.”

Back in 2013, a backstage video surfaced of Justin Bieber performing an impromptu cover of METALLICA‘s “Fade To Black”. The 15-second clip showed Bieber playing air guitar while he tried to recreate the guitar solo from the classic 1984 METALLICA track with his voice. Bieber was accompanied by his musical director Dan Kanter on guitar.

According to NME.com, Bieber previously revealed that he is a big fan of METALLICA, naming “Fade To Black” and 1988′s “One” as two of his favorite METALLICA cuts. “Those are my jams,” he told GQ in 2012.

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Philadelphia’s avant-garde dark metal band Hivelords today announces a North American tour beginning July 31st in support of new album “Tapered Limbs Of A Human Star.”

The album is due to be released August 4 through Anthropic Records and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studio in Nahsville and features artwork by Tim Buckley. An advance song is available below, while the full track listing is as follows:

1. Soothsayer Worm
2. Vessel
3. Begotten Grimoire
4. I Climbed The Highest Dakhma To Find It

HIVELORDS-TAPERED LIMBS OF A HUMAN STAR by Anthropic Records

Catch the following upcoming Hivelords tour dates:

7/31 – BINGHAMTON, NY
8/1 – BOSTON, MA
8/2 – PORTLAND, ME
8/3 – BURLINGTON, VT
8/4 – ROCHESTER, NY
8/5 – BUFFALO, NY
8/6 – DETROIT, MI
8/7 – CHICAGO, IL
8/8 – MILWAUKEE, WI
8/9 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
8/10 – APPLETON, WI
8/11 – FARGO, ND
8/12 – BILLINGS, MT
8/13 – BOZEMAN, MT
8/14 – MISSOULA, MT
8/15 – SPOKANE, WA
8/16 – SEATTLE, WA
8/17 – TACOMA, WA
8/18 – PORTLAND, OR
8/19 – ASHLAND, OR
8/20 – OAKLAND, CA
8/21 – PROVO, UT
8/22 – LARAMIE, WY
8/23 – COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
8/24 – DENVER, CO
8/25 – WICHITA, KS
8/26 – KANSAS CITY, MO
8/27 – LEXINGTON, KY
8/28 – CHARLESTON WV
8/29 – PITTSBURGH, PA
9/5 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST
9/25-FANNETTSBURG, PA

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SLAYER guitarist Kerry King says that he didn’t take it personally when Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival co-founder Kevin Lyman criticized the metal scene for the lower-than-usual attendance at this year’s edition of the travelling event. The tour is smaller this year, with fewer bands overall and fewer “headline-worthy” acts at the top.

“The bands at the top all demand a certain level of fee to be on a tour,” Lyman told the Detroit Free Press. “Unlike punk rock, metal never knows how to take a step back to move the whole scene forward…What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged. Metal got gray, bald and fat.”

King, whose band is headlining this year’s Mayhem, told the Houston Press that the problem with this summer’s event lies not so much with the metal bands themselves but with the way the festival was booked.

“I didn’t take what he said personally,” Kerry said. “He just definitely had a mike put in front of him and said some shit that’s detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future — not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide.

“At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly,” Kerry continued. “Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be.”

According to King, there is a certain benefit to headlining a big package like Mayhem. “The advantage, for me, is that if we’re doing our own tour, we’re carrying our own sound and lights, whereas if we do a big tour like this, sound and lights are provided,” he said. “It lets us invest more in the show, which is why at Mayhem you always see us with fire and video screens behind us instead of a backdrop.”

Despite his public war of words with Lyman, King told the Houston Press that he wouldn’t rule out another Mayhem stint for SLAYER in the future.

“Under different circumstances, of course,” he said. “One of the owners is a close friend of mine, and I can’t wait for him to come back. Not to chew him out, just to say, ‘Hey dude, I understand your partner made some shitty comments, but I don’t hold that against you. You didn’t say ‘em, you’re my bro, and somebody never should have put a mike in front of that guy. In the future you better keep a mike away from him if you want your festivals to be well-attended, because he’s just fucking everything up.’”

This year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicked off on June 26 in Chula Vista, California and will wrap on August 2 in Dallas, Texas.

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Chuck D of PUBLIC ENEMY joined ANTHRAX on stage last night (Wednesday, July 29) at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California to perform “Bring The Noise”, the song ANTHRAX and PUBLIC ENEMY recorded together in 1991. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

Asked in a 2013 interview with The National Student if he thinks the backlash in the collaboration ANTHRAX did with PUBLIC ENEMY helped to form any of the nu-metal music today, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian said: “You know, people ask us, do we think we created certain genres of music that the press named after we did what we did with PUBLIC ENEMY. I never thought we invented it. It certainly opened a door, even just a window for people to jump out of. I truly believe that RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE were the band that drove a train through that door; they took the influences in their individuals and came together to make a band out of it. Whereas with us and PUBLIC ENEMY, it’s not like ANTHRAX became a rap group and it’s not like PUBLIC ENEMY became a metal group, we just collaborated together and did something great. We didn’t then become one unit and continue to make music like that. Whereas, RAGE AGAINST were that unit and this is the music that they were creating from their souls which blew up massively on a worldwide level. So I think if anything, whether or not they’d want the credit for it, it’s definitely RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE for me that created rap metal, nu-metal, whatever you want to call it. Everything that came after them showed that a direct line had to go back to RAGE. The only thing I can personally take credit for is, there have been guys in bands that have come up to me and personally told me the influence that we bring to them specifically some of the dudes from LINKIN PARK told me years and years ago that the first concert they ever saw was ANTHRAX and PUBLIC ENEMY in Los Angeles. And they left that show saying that’s the kind of band we want me to make. I know the guys in RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and I know Tom [Morello, guitar] and he was a fan of ours and PUBLIC ENEMY‘s and what we did. I’m not saying ‘Bring The Noise’ was a direct responsibility for RAGE, but I know that it’s something they are certainly fans of.”

In a separate interview with the Cleveland Music Examiner, Ian stated about ANTHRAX‘s original decision to record a cover of “Bring The Noise”: “By that point, there was a new audience, and we certainly reached a lot of new people with that PUBLIC ENEMY track. People who maybe weren’t into what we’d done before, or who weren’t metalheads. So that track crossed over for us and took us into a new zone. But it’s funny, because we haven’t done anything rap or crossed over since ‘Bring The Noise’, yet people once again still talk about it, which shows me how special it was. People still want to hear it and people still reference it all the time, and it’s almost 25 years old. And sometimes we’re categorized as a ‘rap metal’ band, when we only ever did the two songs — other then maybe screwing around with ‘Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun’ with the BEASTIE BOYS as a B-side — but yeah. People still talk about it as if that’s what we do.”

ANTHRAX‘s version of “Bring the Noise” was featured on “Attack of the Killer B’s”, a compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities, which was released in June 1991.

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As the group’s thirtieth anniversary creeps ever closer late in 2015, Neurosis will this week embark on a North American tour, as the sixteen-city expedition kicks off tomorrow – July 31st.

The forceful aural surge of Neurosis will be felt through a deluge of performances set to take place in sixteen cities across America and Canada over the next three weeks. The quintet will punish the continent with a crushing live set, beginning on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, followed by shows in Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Louisville, Detroit, Toronto, Montréal, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Carrboro, Atlanta and New Orleans, before coming to a smoldering finale in Houston on August 16th.

Support for Neurosis will include the thunder of labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle) for the entire trek, with additional legs of the tour also featuring nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, expansive rock duo, Sumac, doom/rock experimenters Pinkish Black and blues/rock-driven labelmates Iron Tongue.

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts
8/08/2015 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/13/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

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A Devastating Truth just checked in with some devastating news about parting ways with two band members:

“Dear friends, we’ve got some good and bad news for you. First off the bad news.

“We’ve decided to part ways with our drummer Lucas and our bassist Guido due to a few recent issues concerning the future of our band. We wish them lots of luck with any of their future musical aspirations and their personal lives.

“Further off we’ve managed to find a new vocalist. Freek Kruijswijk will be filling in the empty spot as vocalist. Last but not least, some words concerning our new music. We’re almost done writing our full length and we’ll start tracking in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for the new material.

“P.S. Finishing the album is our main priority right now. The hunt for a new drummer and bassist is on a low profile, but if you think you have the skills required of becoming our new bassist or drummer be sure to contact our guitarist Tim.”

If you missed last year’s “Visionaries” EP from A Devastating Truth, check it out in full via the player below.

VISIONARIES by A Devastating Truth

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General Music News: "Unfortunately there are a lot of bands that think, ‘Oh, if you just combine a lot of sh-t it sounds cool.’"

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Norwegian metal band Sphere has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Michael Hebo:

“We are sad to announce that Michael and Sphere are parting ways. We would like to thank him for all the times and moments together, and wish him the best in the future.

“However, we are extremely excited to announce our new band member, Ulrik Eid Nilsen, former guitarist in Sevenfield and Wheels of Rust. This feels like the final piece of the puzzle to complete the band, and we can’t wait to tour Europe an entire month together this fall!”

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General Music News: Also, Marty loves Babymetal.

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In anticipation of their upcoming record “Under The Red Cloud” (due out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), the melancholic metal masters from Amorphis release the album’s fourth making-of episode today.

This clip gives an insight into the studio with Esa Holopainen and into Tomi Koivusaari’s guitar setup as well as Niclas Etelävuori’s bass recordings. Watch the episode here:

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