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Voivod have been pushing genre boundaries since they formed back in the ’80s. They have released a string of influential albums over the years. It looked like they would split after the death of guitarist Piggy in 2005 and the subsequent release of two albums that used music that he had written, but they continue on, making great music. We’ve compiled our list of the band’s top albums. What do you think was Voivod’s best release?

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Dethlehem don't just make great music, they make great commercials for great pieces of merchandise. Check out this ad for the Dethlehem Foam Battle Sword 9000, the only foam battle sword you will ever need. It does so many things, I've order four of them! If you dig this, watch the band's music video. [via MetalSucks]

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Fan-filmed video footage of VENOM‘s August 31 performance at the Masters@Rock festival in Torhout, Belgium can be seen below.

VENOM is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its new album for an early 2014 release via Spinefarm Records.

Commented VENOM drummer Danny “Danté” Needham: “The new songs are sounding amazing; the whole album has a great feel.

“I’d say the strength of this band comes from our determination to create great music, and that comes from forward thinking, new ideas and fresh challenges.”

Added VENOM bassist/vocalist Conrad “Cronos” Lant: “I believe this is VENOM at its best. The songwriting keeps getting better, and the live shows are tighter and heavier than ever.

“It’s clear to me now that all of the lineup changes this band has been through over the years has been an inspiring journey to find the right band of warriors.

VENOM continue to keep growing stronger and unstoppable”.

VENOM‘s latest studio album, “Fallen Angels”, was released in November 2011 via Spinefarm Records. Featuring 13 recordings produced by Cronos, the follow-up to 2008’s “Hell” release saw the trio (completed by guitarist Stuart “Rage” Dixon) adopting a style highly redolent of classic early VENOM with modern studio technology employed only to increase the general level of nastiness.




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Are the April Fools Jokes done yet? Seems every April Fools I want to disconnect from the Internet and find a secret, undisclosed bunker until it's all over. Fortunately we were able to pick up some great music before the April Fools nonsense really took effect, and were able to bury ourselves in our headphones …

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It’s pretty tough to get noticed in metal these days. There are so many established bands that have been around for ages and continue to make great music, sometimes it’s really tough to find those gems that aren’t huge names (yet). That’s why it’s a pretty good idea to not judge a band by its …

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Slayer have announced that Paul Bostaph has officially replaced drummer Dave Lombardo in the band.

“Slayer’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis,” say the band in an official statement. “Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

“Slayer’s 2013 itinerary will have them playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October. The complete itinerary is below.

“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”

“I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer,” adds Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”

Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and worked on the following four albums: Divine Intervention (1994), Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, (1998) and God Hates us All (2001). Bostaph has also played with Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.

The news will perhaps come as a shock to fans hoping that Lombardo would make a return to the fold despite his sacking from the Australian tour earlier this year. Lombardo made an appearance at the public memorial of former bandmate and Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away on May 2.

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Halestorm won their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at yesterday’s ceremony, beating some of the biggest names of our world in the process.

Their song Love Bites (So Do I) topped Anthrax’s I’m Alive, Iron Maiden’s Blood Brothers, Lamb Of God’s Ghost Walking, Marilyn Manson’s No Reflection and Megadeth’s Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – despite Halestorm being the newest and youngest band of their category.

Arejay Hale, who started the band with his sister Lzzy, said: ”(We) did not expect this,” he said. “(I’ve) gotta thank … our parents for turning us on to great music.”

Lzzy Hale, who fronts the band, said: ”I have stuff written down, and I don’t even care anymore. Thank you to our fellow nominees, if it wasn’t for your inspiration … we would not have written this song and been in this category. (This is) dedicated to all the Halestorm freaks. Here’s to us.”

Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor took to Twitter to congratulate his labelmates, whilst also pointing out that the Grammy’s seem to sideline the rock and metal genre. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m happy for Halestorm, but sad because the Grammys don’t respect our genre AT ALL. We get one category and it’s not even televised.”

Halestorm’s UK headline tour kicks off on March 6, before they hit the road with Bullet For My Valentine. Click here for tickets!

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Anthrax: looking for a new guitarist

Anthrax will release a special covers EP titled Anthems on March 22 via Nuclear Blast, and their cover of Rush classic Anthem is now streaming online.

The tracklisting for the EP is as follows:

01. Anthem (RUSH cover)
02. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY cover)
03. TNT (AC/DC cover)
04. Smokin’ (BOSTON cover)
05. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK cover)
06. Keep On Runnin’ (JOURNEY cover)
07. Crawl (album version)
08. Crawl (special remix)

“These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever,” says Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna. “It’s just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with Anthrax, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!”

Check out the Rush cover here.

Anthrax recently announced the departure of guitarist Rob Caggiano and are believed to be announcing his replacement shortly…

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Soundgarden: They're baa-aaaack

So Soundgarden are finally back with their first studio album since Down On The Upside. Our Features Editor Amit Sharma thought he’d wrap his ears around King Animal for an hour and break it down for you. Here’s how it goes…

It’s been 16 years since we heard something new from Soundgarden. A lot has happened in the meantime, let’s quickly recap. Chris Cornell released three solo records: some were good and some were fucking atrocious. Matt Cameron joined Pearl Jam and now juggles his life around two of the biggest grunge bands of all time. Well played that man.

Ben Shepherd did a few things with Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions but nothing major, eventually running out of cash and becoming homeless. Not so well played that man. And as for Kim Thayil, there were a few obscure collaborations here and there, but mainly he kept himself busy by forming a punk supergroup with Jello Biafra and Krist Novoselic, The No WTO Combo, which to be fair was more of a political venture than an opportunity to create truly great music. So here we are: the year is 2012 and there is a band called Soundgarden. Let’s see what they have to offer, shall we?

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Few self-released albums or demos get the kind of international industry-wide attention that Maelstrom’s “It Was Predestined” enjoyed when it was circulated throughout the underground in 2008-2009. Maelstrom’s signing to Los Angeles’ Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME) will mark the official digital release of “It Was Predestined” on October 31st. IME President Ed Fassio had this to say about Maelstrom’s crosscutting appeal:

“To create anything that appeals across the ages is challenging. Commercially, new styles take time to be accepted and caution must be taken to avoid becoming too trendy. Yet history has proven, nobody can argue with the wide appeal of great music. When first introduced to Maelstrom we put particular focus on production quality, use of original melody and specific evidence that their art could transcend beyond a particular highlight in history,” explains Fassio.

“We firmly believe that awesome music is timeless, but that’s often demonstrated in mainstream capacities. We feel the same principle can apply in the underground scene and this band is hell bent on proving it. Maelstrom allows new direction for the label and revives fresh possibilities for the genre,” concluded Fassio.

Stream all three songs from “It Was Predestined” over at Bandcamp.

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