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Orange Goblin: headed to Donny

Another round of names have been added to this year’s Download festival!

Stoner metal fans get a beast of a double-whammy as Monster Magnet and Orange Goblin both join the fun, as do comedy thrash legends Lawnmower Deth and rock legends The Wildhearts!

The full list of new additions is as follows:

Against Me!
Monster Magnet
The Wildhearts
Orange Goblin
Lawnmower Deth
Page 44
Royal Blood
The Dirty Youth
Kid Karate
The Magnus Puto
No Hot Ashes
Colt 45
Tax the Heat

The full, confirmed lineup so far is looking rather splendid, eh?

Download 2014 takes place June 13-15 at Castle Donington. Stay tuned for more announcements soon and buy your tickets here.


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Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows

Following their history-making, chart-topping success here in the UK, Avenged Sevenfold are celebrating a double-whammy this week by also getting a Number 1 album on the US Billboard 200!

Hail To The King sold 159,000 copies in its first week Stateside to see itself sit atop the charts, following in the steps of its predecessor, 2010′s Nightmare. Congrats, lads!

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The Metal Hammer Podcast: Broken 🙁


As Merl took the disgraceful liberty of having a holiday, Amit and Steve were left to run riot on the Metal Hammer Podcast for a couple of weeks. This also meant that no one put the audio files online. Sorry about that (if in doubt, #BlameAmit). Luckily, Merl’s back, so here they are!

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Orange Goblin Rocking The Shades

The final part of our Raz’s trip to Austin for this year’s immense South By South West Festival sees our intrepid hero fight through Bloody Marys, stoner metal legends and a magic Baroness acoustic set. Tough life….

Where best to have a Bloody Mary but at Red 7 for Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know party? NOWHERE. There’s a spicy, boozed-up treat in my mouth but there’s a spicy (probably not) boozed-up treat onstage as well. Davey Suicide – who apparently hails from UnHolywood, Killafornia if we are to trust his Facebook info – is a mad and ridiculous mash-up of Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson via Wednesday 13. What’s more is that he’s got the painted up demeanour of a kiddy rock phenomenon but the songs of Billy Idol and Weezer. If there’s anything right with the world, this band will be huge. You heard it here… second.

Next stop on the final day of SXSW is a 20-minute walk across town to the Scoot Inn. It may be flying over 30°C by now but that doesn’t mean the cold-blooded assault of Black Breath on my rapidly re-burning forehead is any less brutal. Their searing, bearded riffs rip through the sunshine outdoors at this Thrasher/Converse DeathMatch. It’s ruddy brilliant. It’s the best venue at the festival with all the best bands. As soon as the Seattle Entombed-core troupe stop playing and start drinking, Royal Thunder start going in the stuffy confines of the actual inn. They’re great, and we’ll see some of them later on…

Next up is the excellent double whammy of Clutch and Orange Goblin. You don’t need to read another review of these bands – just buy the magazine! Metal Hammer magazine, that is. Yes. Anyway, this is Goblin’s first trip to the USA for eight years and they’re received magnificently. It’s good to see. They’ll definitely be back.

Now then, here’s something I missed before: at noon, I queued up for and got a magic wristband to see Justin Timberlake play a teeny, tiny gig. As the day wore on, however, I slowly realised that I really wanted to go see Brooklyn expansive black metallers, Mutilation Rites and Baroness‘s John Baizley play a solo set instead. So I ditched a couple of acquaintances and the tens of thousands of “St. Patty’s Day” revellers in the name of… HEAVY METAL. Fuck the haters.

Mutilation Rites were as excellent as ever. Go get your hands on Empyrean if you like anything in the realm of black metal. You won’t be sorry. They are just a warm-up for the Baizley, though. He runs through a excellent mix of Baroness songs (along with Bruce Lamont accompanying a song on saxophone and Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsonz on back-up vocals), a few covers and a whole load of pouring his heart out to the crowd. In amongst songs that gave me goosepimples and an understanding of music that connects ever so deeply, Baizley also explains exactly how he feels: how he feels naked without the other members of Baroness around him; how it’s been so difficult to return from the bus crash of last summer; how great it is be here. It really is. I, for one, cannot wait for a full band set by Baroness. This solo set is magical, but I want the excellence I had before. It’ll come.

Now? Sleep. And maybe a salad or two to balance out all the barbecues.

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Nightrage has issued the following announcement about recruiting Snowy Shaw for an upcoming South Korean show:

“Hey guys,

“Just wanted to make the announcement for all our fans in Korea that the wait is OVER! On August 26th we will be playing in South Korea for the first time. And to make it special we have comprised a very fun set list for you guys.

“To make it a double whammy our good friend Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil, Therion, Notre Dame) will be filling in for Jo at this show!! We are honored to have him behind the drums! See you there!”

Further details on the show are available over at this location. You can also check out Nightrage’s recent music video for “Delirium of the Fallen” here.

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Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry follow their Download main stage double-whammy by hitting UK arenas later in the year! (more…)

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throwdown_90It’s a hardcore double-whammy as Throwdown and Coalesce both stream their new releases! (more…)

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