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The Great Southern Brainfart recently conducted an interview with Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metallers WATAIN. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Great Southern Brainfart: So I have to be honest. Aside from listening to VENOM as a kid, I was never much of a black metal fan, and then I gave you guys a listen, and I’m really intrigued with your songs and your performances.

Erik: That is really good to hear that you made that comparison. I wish I heard VENOM and WATAIN in the same sentence more often. VENOM is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I think if you have that sort of background, you might actually be able to relate to what we do as well. Musically, there might be a slight difference. VENOM are the originators of the black metal movement that we later became a part and we like carrying that torch onwards and uphold that legacy.

The Great Southern Brainfart: WATAIN seems to have more of that classic element than most of the other modern bands. Is that something that was intentional?

Erik: We never really sat down and discussed how WATAIN should sound. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that our own personal preferences, when it comes to black metal, have always been very traditional. VENOM are one of the most important bands ever to WATAIN and the same goes for bands like MERCYFUL FATE and even bands like EXCITER, RAZOR, and VOIVOD. We’ve always leaned towards bands like that in our own musical tastes when it comes to metal. I suppose our sound really comes from a mix of those bands and late-era black metal such as MAYHEM and DISSECTION and so on.

The Great Southern Brainfart: One of the things that intrigued me the most about Watain was the ritualistic approach to the live show using animal carcasses, lighting candles on a small alter and whatnot. What can you tell me about the live show and the background to this ritual?

Erik: If you play music of a diabolical nature, and the music that you perform is permeated by a sinister and infernal essence, of course, that will have to translate to the stage show as well and your appearance. It’s not a process that should be forced. It should come as a natural consequence of the music that you’re playing and the artistic work that you are doing. With WATAIN, it was very much that way and it evolved into this thing that it is. When we started playing, we already had that kind of extreme view of how a black metal live show should be like. It should look like the music sounds. That’s how it all began. The longer that WATAIN existed, the more we realized that the magical side of this band, the spiritual side began to come through and it just began to transform into a ceremonial thing rather than just a rock concert, so to say. It evolved into an event where we communicate with the forces that gave birth to this band and that have always been a part of this band. It became a time where we could let these things just come to life and be at one with them. It’s an ever-ongoing evolution and the live shows are constantly progressing. They have become something more and more severe and intense and that’s a very good thing to me. It’s a very inspiring context to work with.

The Great Southern Brainfart: When WATAIN takes this ceremony on the road, especially when touring in the southern part of the U.S., sometimes there are limits as to what you can and can’t do on the stage. When that does happen, how much of an impact does that have on the purpose of your live performance? Does it make things harder for you to do?

Erik: Yes, of course it does, but being in a band like WATAIN is always quite a challenge. When you take something as inhuman as WATAIN into the world, then, of course, things can be a bit strange. We knew since day one that we would have to face a lot of opposition because of some of the things we wanted to do. I think we’re always pretty well prepared for that to happen. Of course, it’s annoying and it makes me want to punch the living shit out of anyone who stands in our way, but we always find a way around these things. There’s always a way for the devil to come through, no matter what. It cannot be stopped. It’s just a fact and it’s been that way since the dawn of man. The devil always wins and the devil always finds his way. I think that in general, all of that opposition and all of the people who prevent us from doing what we want to do just makes us stronger. It makes us feel more proud and stronger about what we’re doing. We like to fight against the extreme and we like to go against the current. We like to be the enemy and that just fuels the fire of WATAIN and I actually appreciate that. I like touring in places especially the South because we always feel that tension and how skeptical they are but in the end we just do what the fuck we do anyway. [laughs]

Read the entire interview at The Great Southern Brainfart.

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When METALLICA‘s new movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, opens in 3D IMAX today (Friday, September 27), fans will see the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years. LA Lloyd of the Austin, Texas radio station KLBJ-FM asked bassist Robert Trujillo if there is any chance of taking that stage show on the road. “”That is the plan,” he said (hear audio below). “But we won’t do that until we finish recording a new record. We need a new album.”

He continued: “We started working on new music earlier in the year, and it was really fun; we had a great time. Lars [Ulrich; METALLICA drummer] was even saying that it was the funnest time that he had jamming with METALLICA.

“There’s a great sense of unity right now in the band; we’re firing on all cylinders.

“We’ve had a lot of challenging moments on stage, we changed the setlist every night, we played some major events. We had a special anniversary… It was about a year ago, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we played four shows for the 30-year anniversary, and we actually… Again, us being crazy, we flew in people like Rob Halford [JUDAS PRIEST] from Birmingham, England to sing one song with us. We had members of DIAMOND HEAD there, we had MERCYFUL FATE, with King Diamond, [who] came out from Denmark. Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, we flew them in, from BLACK SABBATH, to do a medley of SABBATH songs with us. We had Glenn Danzig. I mean, it was crazy. Lou Reed came out, too. It was four nights of that, and it was a celebration for our fans. And again, going back to the idea that we’re not making any money off this — I mean, Fillmore is a small place, and we’re flying people in, and we’ve gotta put them up. But again, at the end of the day, it’s for our fans. And I always think that that’s why people really connect with us, because we’re kind of crazy like that. And at the end of the ay, I think it translates into positive energy.

“But again, the reality is we’ve gotta make a new album. We’ll take the stage out a few years down the line if there’s a demand — kind of the way Roger Waters took his production out.”

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the “Metallica Through The Never” film, which was screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (September 25).

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY will release their new album, “Legions”, in Europe on November 22 via Metal Blade Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Chill My Bones”, “God Feather”, “Legions”, “Wardrum Heartbeat”, “Global Flatline” and “Anno Requiem”. The digipack version of the album will include two bonus tracks: re-recorded versions of songs that originally appeared on ARTILLERY‘s 1995 debut, “Fear Of Tomorrow”.

In a recent interview with, ARTILLERY guitarist Michael Stützer stated about the upcoming CD: “I personally think it’s the best production we ever had on a ARTILLERY album. It’s very raw and heavy.”

He continued: “Our new drummer, Josua [Madsen] and new vocalist, Michael [Bastholm Dahl], really deliver the goods on this album, Josua is an amazing drummer and real nice guy and Michael is the singer in ARTILLERY who is the closest ever to [original ARTLLERY vocalist] Flemming Ronsdorf beside putting a lot of new elements in the band because of his vocal range. He is also writing some great lyrics. So this band is a very complete unit.”

Regarding what qualities they were looking for in a singer following last year’s departure of Søren Adamsen, Michael said: “You will never hear ARTILLERY with a growler or a pop singer, but sung vocals with melody and rawness at the same time. Actually, we headhunted Michael from a cover band who played MERCYFUL FATE / KING DIAMOND covers, so we knew he could sing the old ARTILLERY songs very good.”

ARTILLERY 2013 is:

Michael Bastholm Dahl – Vocals
Michael Stützer – Guitar
Morten Stützer – Guitar
Peter Thorslund – Bass
Josua Madsen – Drums

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Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE will release its third album, “Sister”, on October 1 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded this past March at Studio Cobra in Stockholm, Sweden and was produced and mixed by Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona. It stands as a logical next step above and beyond its predecessor, “The World.The Flesh.The Devil.”

IN SOLITUDE‘s strength resides in its ability to craft dark and oppressive atmospheres within the auditory realm of classic heavy metal. “Sister” compounds this trademark sound further, beginning with the acoustic intro, “He Comes”, and saturates the record in an aura of uniqueness; see “Lavender” and the title track. The album concludes with an eight-minute, driving, near trance-like opus that features guest guitarist Pelle Forsberg (WATAIN). Additionally, Jarboe of SWANS fame can be heard on “Horses In The Ground”. Moods range from MERCYFUL FATE-esque guitar flavors, shadows of BLACK SABBATH, the heavy dissonance of SWANS, to straight-forward, ear worm riffs. In any case, one thing can be said for certain: their delivery is as genuine as it is impressive.

Comments IN SOLITUDE vocalist Pelle Åhman: “It’s time to release our third album, and things have never felt this clear and pervasive before. This is a feeling that has permeated our whole lives during the latest year of writing and recording this album, as well as digesting and dealing with its consequences. And it has been wonderful, overwhelming and utterly devastating. Which, in the world of IN SOLITUDE, are very positive things, and exactly what was required. It is a very special album for us, and I am very thankful and proud of my brothers (including our great friend, and producer, Martin Konie Ehrencrona), for this is truly the most visceral music we’ve ever made, and we can’t wait for you to experience it too.”

“Sister” track listing:

01. He Comes
02. Death Knows Where
03. A Buried Sun
04. Pallid Hands
05. Lavender
06. Sister
07. Horses in the Ground
08. Inmost Nigredo

North American fans will have an opportunity to see IN SOLITUDE live this fall. The band will support WATAIN on the “Wild Hunt” tour beginning on October 8 in New York City. The tour also features support from TRIBULATION.


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Roadrunner Records celebrates its three-decades-plus legacy as one of the most highly regarded labels in heavy metal and hard rock history by releasing a four-CD boxed set covering a broad spectrum of heavy music with tracks from dozens of the world’s most legendary artists.

The set, due for release on October 1, includes 54 tracks spread across four discs, packaged in a deluxe fold-out paneled box, at a retail price of $39.98. Decibel contributor Chris Dick has written the liner notes, which trace Roadrunner‘s entire history and include quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as KING DIAMOND, SEPULTURA/SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY mastermind Max Cavalera, TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy, OPETH leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, and more.

“XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records” delivers a blistering overview of the label’s formidable first three decades of existence spread across four carefully assembled CDs. The first disc, “Foundations,” highlights the label’s early, reputation-building years with ultra-heavy tracks by MERCYFUL FATE, CARNIVORE, DEICIDE, BRUJERIA, SUFFOCATION, BIOHAZARD, TYPE O NEGATIVE and more. The second disc, “Horns Up,” sums up Roadrunner‘s indelible impact on the metal scene of the 1990s with moshpit-detonating anthems from SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA, COAL CHAMBER, FEAR FACTORY, and many others. The third disc, “And Metal For All,” brings the listener into the 2000s and up to the present with the pounding sounds of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, DREAM THEATER, OPETH, GOJIRA and more, as well as a track from 2005’s “all-star” Roadrunner United album. The final disc, “Rock For The Ages,” focuses on Roadrunner’s hard rock contingent with tracks from mainstays such as RUSH, NICKELBACK, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, AIRBOURNE, BLACK STONE CHERRY, and KORN featuring Skrillex, among others.

A documentation of not just Roadrunner‘s history but metal itself, this four-disc set is testimony to the fact that as metal and heavy rock have morphed and changed over the years, Roadrunner was always, and continues to be, at the epicenter.

“XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records” will also be available digitally from all major online retailers.

The full track listing is as follows:

Disc 1 – Foundations:

01. MERCYFUL FATE – “Evil”
02. WHIPLASH – “Power Thrashing Death”
03. KING DIAMOND – “Abigail”
04. CARNIVORE – “Carnivore”
05. OBITUARY – “Slowly We Rot”
06. ANNIHILATOR – “Alison Hell”
07. DEICIDE – “Sacrificial Suicide”
08. SUFFOCATION – “Infecting The Crypts”
09. BIOHAZARD – “Punishment”
10. TYPE O NEGATIVE – “Christian Woman”
11. BRUJERIA – “Matando Güeros”
12. CYNIC – “Veil of Maya”
13. LIFE OF AGONY – “Through and Through”
14. TREPONEM PAL – “Excess and Overdrive”

Disc 2 – Horns Up:

01. NAILBOMB – “Wasting Away”
02. MACHINE HEAD – “Imperium”
03. DOG EAT DOG – “No Fronts (Jam Master Jay’s Main Edit)”
04. DEATH – “Crystal Mountain”
05. SEPULTURA – “Roots Bloody Roots”
06. COAL CHAMBER – “Loco”
07. SOULFLY – “Eye For an Eye”
08. FEAR FACTORY – “Shock”
09. SLIPKNOT – “Spit It Out”
10. SPINESHANK – “New Disease”
11. CHIMAIRA – “Pure Hatred”
12. 36 CRAZYFISTS – “Bloodwork”
13. ILL NIÑO – “What Comes Around”

Disc 3 – And Metal For All:

01. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – “My Last Serenade”
02. TRIVIUM – “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr”
03. DEVILDRIVER – “I Could Care Less”
04. CRADLE OF FILTH – “Nymphetamine Fix”
05. HATEBREED – “Destroy Everything”
07. ROADRUNNER UNITED – “The Dagger”
08. PORCUPINE TREE – “Fear of a Blank Planet”
09. DREAM THEATER – “On the Backs of Angels”
10. OPETH – “Heir Apparent”
11. MEGADETH – “Head Crusher”
12. DOWN – “Witchtripper”
13. HEAVEN & HELL – “Bible Black”
14. GOJIRA – “L’enfant Sauvage”

Disc 4 – Rock For The Ages:

01. NICKELBACK – “Side of a Bullet”
02. JERRY CANTRELL – “Anger Rising”
03. STONE SOUR – “30/30-150”
04. KARMA TO BURN – “Ma Petite Mort”
05. GLASSJAW – “Pretty Lush”
06. THE DRESDEN DOLLS – “Girl Anachronism”
07. AIRBOURNE – “No One Fits Me (Better Than You)”
08. MURDERDOLLS – “Dead in Hollywood”
09. THEORY OF A DEADMAN – “Bad Girlfriend”
10. BLACK STONE CHERRY – “Lonely Train”
11. KORN feat. Skrillex – “Get Up!”
12. RUSH – “Headlong Flight”
13. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – “Still Unbroken”


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Fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND‘s August 9 performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

KING DIAMOND in December signed a new three-album worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records.

After a six-year touring hiatus, KING DIAMOND triumphantly returned to the stage in 2012 for European festivals Hellfest and Sweden Rock.

King, 56, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise.

In a February 2013 interview with Metal Sucks, King Diamond stated: “I had to change my diet and become a nutritional expert, eat much better food. I stopped smoking; haven’t had a drag. [My wife] Livia quit, too. We walk at least five days a week.

“I felt the benefits during two shows we did [last year]. My voice is now clearer than when I started singing. It was like always driving a used car and suddenly you have enough money to buy a new car. It felt brand new! That’s how my voice feels.

“I breathe different now than I used to. In the past [when we played live], it would been like [makes a gasping noise]. Now I go off stage and start talking to close friends…. I feel like I used to live in a house with ten windows and now I have twenty windows in the house. There’s so much I can see and I pay more attention to what I do see.

“My philosophy hasn’t changed but I don’t take anything for granted.”

King Diamond made his long-anticipated return to the stage with his MERCYFUL FATE bandmates Hank Shermann, Timi Hansen and Michael Denner on December 7, 2011 at the second of four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of METALLICA‘s week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.

KING DIAMOND received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the track “Never Ending Hill” off the group’s latest album, “Give Me Your Soul … Please”.

“Give Me Your Soul … Please” entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 28. The CD also landed at No. 58 on the Danish chart (the second highest new entry on the chart behind VELVET REVOLVER).

“Give Me Your Soul … Please” sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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King Diamond

Diamond GEEZAH

It’s been seven long years since King Diamond graced our shores, and after seeing the footage of their comeback at Hellfest last year, it was pretty much guaranteed this return at Bloodstock was going to be something very special indeed. With a gate spanning the entire width of the stage and a burning red pentagram behind the kit, King Diamond put on a show of epic proportions. Opening with The Candle, King’s signature falsetto rings loud and clear above the heavy metal thunder of the band behind him. Of course it would be rude not to bring the family along too, so Grandma makes an early outing two songs in with Welcome Home. It’s loud and it’s heavy, but most importantly it’s fun. This is heavy metal theatre and there isn’t one boring moment.

Fan favourites Voodoo and Sleepless Nights go down a storm, and early classic Come To The Sabbath – one of only two Mercyful Fate songs on tonight’s setlist – gets the biggest cheers of the night. Guitarists Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead make one hell of a guitar duo, trading lick after lick with the simplest of ease. Closing with Black Horsemen, King Diamond walks off stage vowing to return sooner rather than later. It may have taken a while but was certainly worth the wait… long live the King!

Review by Amit Sharma


The Candle
Welcome Home
At the Graves
Up from the Grave
Sleepless Nights
Drum Solo
Shapes of Black
Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover)
Eye of the Witch
The Family Ghost
Evil (Mercyful Fate cover)
Encore 2:
Black Horsemen

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Aside from playing lead guitar for legendary acts like Mercyful Fate, Michael Denner owns Beat Bop Records which has become a staple of music shopping in Copenhagen Denmark. This concludes this season of Spotlight. Watch previous episodes here.

The post SPOTLIGHT: Beat Bop Record Shop w/ MERCYFUL FATE appeared first on Metal Injection.

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Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME, DREAM EVIL, THERION, DIMMU BORGIR) broke his right pinky toe earlier today — just three days prior to his scheduled appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany as the drummer for fellow Swedes SABATON.

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Bloodstock is less than two weeks away! Holy shit! We got Hell mastermind and metal producer legend Andy Sneap to get all excited with us…


Well, on Saturday at approx 1.50pm I’d say it will be……..


Proving how far we’ve come on as a band from two years ago. If I’m honest, we came off stage in 2011 thinking we’d had a rough one, knowing we could do a lot better, and I think the band has come along leaps and bounds since then.


I was talking to Cronos from Venom about his Ox Blood Dr Marten boots this weekend in Finland…..It doesn’t get much more metal than that.


I just watered the Chili plants in the greenhouse……….


Well this year’s pretty good to be honest, Accept, King Diamond, Exodus, Slayer, Hell. You’ve got five of my favourite bands right there. I’d like to see the classic Mercyful Fate line up play a show. All my favourite bands are still the classics from the 70′s – early 80′s , I think the Scorpions would be good too.


Anyone who saw our recent show in Derby will have an idea; we are trying to bring as much of the show as possible but its tough with a 20 minute turnaround between bands. I’m still not quite sure what to expect myself…

Bloodstock takes place from August 8-11 2013 at Catton Hall, Derby, and features the likes of King Diamond, Lamb of God, Slayer, Anthrax, Gojira, DevilDriver and many more. Get your tickets now from

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