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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
Chevelle
Arthemis
Orange Goblin
Lawnmower Deth
Page 44
Royal Blood
The Dirty Youth
Marmozets
VAMPS (JPN)
Kid Karate
The Magnus Puto
No Hot Ashes
Colt 45
Drones
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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The 2014 Heavy Metal Truants Charity Bike Ride to Download Festival is happening this June!

It was one of the biggest success stories in the metal calendar last year, and for 2014 it’s back and bigger than ever. Once again, Heavy Metal Truants will be strapping up and getting down to the business of a 161-mile charity bike ride from London’s Alexandra Palace, all the way to Donington for Download Festival 2014 – and you can be part of it!

Last year saw a genuinely motley crew made the arduous journey up to metal’s hallowed grounds, including the likes of Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto, Perry from Pendulum, TesseracT’s James Monteith, Ben Joliffe from Young Guns, Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost and legendary Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood.

“Metal fans like to get up off their backsides and do things, it’s a very proactive tribe,” says Rod. “Last year’s ride to Donington was a lot of fun and it raised £94,000 for kids in need, but they and others still need our help, and this is a great way to do that with an interesting and varied bunch of riders. It’s totally metal in that we are all in it together, rough and smooth, whether you are a fan, band member, journalist , editor, manager or involved in the metal music biz . We ride together, eat together and drink together. And it’s a blast. Check it out and do some good for other people, too. If you have the heart and soul and liver, come and join us”

This year will once again see some very special names join the fun – not to mention some representatives from our parent company and Truants sponsor TeamRock and our very own editor-in-chief, Alexander Milas. “Metal has always been about community,” says Alexander. “The chance to take to the road with a bunch of like-minded goons and raise money for kids is one-of-a-kind, and a genuine adventure. The ride is hard and the days are long, but I guarantee it’s an experience you’ll never forget.”

This year’s ride sets off at the crack of dawn from London’s Alexandra Palace on Wed June 11 and will finish around midday on the Friday in time for the start of Download 2014! Entrants are asked to contribute an entry price of a minimum of £250 towards the costs(which are actually around £550 per head), which covers everything except for your beers.

Tickets for Download are not included but on arrival you do get to spend all day Friday (only!) in the Metal Hammer tent backstage and wander off to see any bands you want and maybe even get a pint or two of Trooper. You must also pledge to raise or pay a further minimum of £1300 for three very noble causes – Childline, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and once your target is met, all that’s left is to get training and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! On yer bikes!

For more information on Heavy Metal Truants and how you can support or join them, just head to http://www.heavymetaltruants.com/

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A two-minute video clip featuring highlights of MANOWAR‘s recent short U.S. tour can be seen below.

Released on Febraury 28, “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” is a completely new recording with many surprises, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “Kings Of Metal” and MANOWAR‘s following world tour.

Already a significant force with international success since their debut album “Battle Hymns”, the “Kings Of Metal” release in 1988 and the following world tour in 1989 catapulted MANOWAR into a new sphere. Songs like “Heart Of Steel”, “Kings Of Metal”, “Hail And Kill” and “Blood Of The Kings” became instant classics, celebrated since by metal fans all over the world. For “Kings Of Metal MMXIV”, MANOWAR have recorded these timeless metal anthems with new arrangements and their signature “larger-than-life” sound that sealed their place in heavy metal history.

“Our fans have made us the ‘Kings Of Metal’, and with this tribute to one of their favorite albums, we honor them and thank them for their unparalleled support and loyalty!” said MANOWAR vocalist Eric Adams.

“Kings Of Metal MMXIV” features nine main tracks packed with face-melting metal, plus nine bonus tracks with over 40 minutes of additional music.

“We have pushed man and machine to the maximum level to honor the original recordings that we all love, and to add new aspects and surprises that give this new album its own character,” said MANOWAR bassist and producer Joey DeMaio. “The sound is again as massive and majestic as it has always been,” he continued.

“Recording this album has been an amazing experience! After playing the songs so many times on tour, Donnie and I now had the opportunity to contribute our own sound and elements that the fans have come to love from our live performances,” explained guitarist Karl Logan.

For the new narration on the spoken word track “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV”, MANOWAR joined forces with celebrated British actor Brian Blessed. Blessed is a renowned Shakespeare and character actor who has starred, among others, in Kenneth Brannagh‘s “Henry V”, Oliver Stone‘s “Alexander”, in “King Lear”, and as Prince Vultan in the cult movie “Flash Gordon”.

For special effects of the highest level on “The Warrior’s Prayer MMXIV”, sound effects specialist Hamilton Sterling was recruited; a Hollywood veteran who has contributed to action blockbusters, including “Batman – The Dark Knight”, “Men In Black 3”, “War Of The Worlds” and “Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”, two of which won Oscars for “Best Sound Editing”.

“Kings Of Metal MMXIV” was released as a 2-disc CD with two 24-page booklets and additional new art by legendary fantasy artist and longtime collaborator Ken Kelly, and as a digital double album.

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U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine recently asked guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM to give us his thoughts on the state of metal in 2013. As ever, his answer was an interesting one. Check out the clip below.

“The state of metal in 2013… It’s in a great place and it’s also in a bad place,” Heafy began. “I think the fact that there is so much… I guess to each his own, and I always talk about being acceptant of all styles of life and all genres of music — I mean, you can learn something from everything — there is a lot of manufactured nonsense out there.

“For me, when I think of hardcore and I think of metal and I think of bands that I love from those genres… I don’t know. In my head, I know what they should sound like. And I can see what these bands are all copycatting off each other’s copycatting and not quite making anything original and not making anything of their own; they just keep copying a form of a copy.

“I know I’ve been looking for that young, new metal band. Where are the kids that are picking up a guitar, saying, ‘Hey, I wanna be like IRON MAIDEN,’ ‘Hey, I wanna be like METALLICA.’ Instead it’s bands that are putting weird dance music in with heavy music. Which is fine — I guess they’re doing something that kids love — but for me, as a metal fan, I’m missing out on where are the young kids picking up a guitar and starting metal bands. I guess there are a few last hopes out there — there are some really incredible bands that are doing some really incredible things. The fact that METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN are bigger than ever is a really, really great thing.

“We, as fans of metal, need to not just look at it as a thing to get turned on to casually — it’s a lifestyle; it’s far beyond just something that we casually listen to.

“I think that metal fans and metal bands need to support each other and band together and help bring each other further and bring each other upwards versus trying to drag each other down. I’m not saying that’s a common feature and that’s what’s happening now, but I definitely don’t see enough of a brotherhood, of people helping each other — bands helping each other go up, fans supporting all bands because they’re in the genre they love. I think we need more of that. And we need more kids to start playing metal again.”

TRIVIUM‘s new album, “Vengeance Falls”, will be released on October 15 via Roadrunner Records. Produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE), the follow-up to 2011’s “In Waves” is available for pre-order at Trivium.org. The first single, “Strife”, is available as an instant download with all pre-orders.

TRIVIUM‘s “Strife” video can be seen below. The clip was filmed in July at Studio One in Orlando and was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

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Canadian classic metal band IVORY KNIGHT has announced its reunion after eight-year break. The band is currently in rehearsals and intends to return to the live stage first before deciding on whether or not to resume writing and recording.

IVORY KNIGHT‘s second full-length album, titled “Unconscience”, was released in January 2005. The CD was mixed and mastered by the Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, and featured artwork by Gyula Havanscak.

During the late 1980s, IVORY KNIGHT was a name familiar to metal fans who witnessed the bands exciting live performances at venues including Ottawa’s Barrymores, Porter Hall, and (now-defunct) Roxannes in Hull. The band shared the stage with many great acts including SWORD and BLACKSTAR (featuring John Ricci and Jacques Belanger of EXCITER). The band recorded a demo, “Voices In Your Nightmare”, which received excellent reviews from all over the world. The band broke up in 1990 due to musical differences. Founding member John Devadasan Perinbam reformed the band in late 1999 with drummer George Nesrallah, bassist Steve Mercer, and guitarist Rob Gravelle. The group, featuring the soaring, powerful, passionate vocals of Perinbam and the virtuosity of Gravelle, recorded an album, “Up From The Ashes”, which received excellent reviews from fans and critics throughout the world. The band has played many shows in the Ottawa area including the Rainbow and Café Dekcuf.

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Like football fans have certain dates marked on their calendars for potentially colossal matches, death metal fans have September 17th swirled within a blood red circle, heralding the new album from British grind-gore lords, CARCASS. As we can never have Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH back, then let chaos reign upon the formidable shoulders of CARCASS. Their new album “Surgical Steel” is what death metal pundits have been chalking their hopes on. Fret not, pundits. Only bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker and guitarist Bill Steer remain from the original lineup, but “Surgical Steel” is all that and a gleaming rachiotome ready to pare.

While Michael Amott and Daniel Erlandsson hung around for a five year interim when CARCASS officially reunited in 2007, they’ve made ARCH ENEMY their priority. TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED‘s Daniel Wilding and PIG IRON/DESOLATION/LIQUEFIED SKELTON guitarist Ben Ash have since stepped in their place, and their additions compensate huge.

For the band’s first recorded output in 17 years since 1996’s “Swansong”, CARCASS makes no pretentions about where their future lies. “Surgical Steel” logically sits next to “Swansong” and 1993’s celebrated “Heartwork”. Likewise, everything on the new album is traded between grinding force and mid-tempo stomp, all delivered with dominant craftsmanship and a premeditated link to CARCASS‘ past.

The shivery cover art alone is reminiscent of their ’92 EP “Tools of the Trade”, while the lush opening instrumental “1985” is not just a nod back to the year of CARCASS‘ birth, it’s so eloquent and unearthly you’ll feel not so much graced by its presence as propelled somewhere out of this existence.

Immediately thereafter comes the letter-perfect “Thrasher’s Abattoir”, a blistering rework of a vault track from “A Bomb Drops”, a demo when the core elements of CARCASS (Bill Steer, Paul and former drummer Ken Owen) were known as DISATTACK. The drums lance and gallop in varying sets of thrash and grind patterns while Steer and Ash‘s riffing is so precise they amaze beyond expectation. A whirlwind guitar solo touches in the eye of the storm, providing elegance to the manic brutality. What CARCASS had done prior to their split in 1996 was to refine death metal and grind to nearly the same effects as DEATH. “Thrasher’s Abattoir” 2013 is so flawless one can hardly imagine anything getting within its league, no matter the level of experience.

Consider the same retracting excellence applied to the next song, “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System”. You can literally feel the layers being peeled by Jeff Walker‘s prolonged ralphs and yelps while the band slices away with thrashing evisceration. Only slowing things down enough to deliver a punctuated breakdown and solo sequence (metalcore holdouts, take note), the vigor of “Thrasher’s Abattoir” and “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System” will beat you blind, stand by.

CARCASS allows their listeners to catch their breaths with “A Congealed Clot of Blood”, which might be as apropos a title as one can come up with to describe a song that marches then crawls through its coagulating solo segment. Nevertheless, expect some nifty back beats and rumbling bass drum kicks along with defined chugs to keep the song moving lithely. Next, “The Master Butcher’s Apron” is one of the most hectic songs of the album, always threatening to jettison but skidding each time on the fourth mark of the successive grind rips. The blitzed-out payoff comes later after a wallowing solo section and yet CARCASS continues to employ a brilliant halting scheme every time they hit the gas on this track. By the time they’re done teasing, you’re in full headbang mode with a glorious solo swirling overtop the crunching pace.

Prepare to be amazed once again by the exquisite guitar flushes on the opening of “Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard” and the spiraling fastidiousness of “Captive Bolt Pistol”. If you want to simply cut to the chase, “Surgical Steel” is master’s degree material all the way through.

Bill Steer has not just found a new supplement with Ben Ash, he has full extension of his abilities since Ash is equally dexterous. Daniel Wielding gives a technical clinic in all modes of blast and grind. With Jeff Walker‘s veteran shrieks and yowls and bottom-end tornados, CARCASS are as fearsome as ever. Better yet, they remain at the height of their talents, as if it’s 1997 instead of 2013. Endpoint, “Surgical Steel” will be a lock for many metalheads’ year-end best lists.

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Legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) made the first of a series of appearances under the “The Gene Hoglan Experience” banner last night (Saturday, September 21) at the Noctis 666 metal festival and conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Gene told stories and played some of the fans’ favorite songs from the fans’ favorite bands that he has performed with over the years.

Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below.

Acording to a press release, “The Gene Hoglan Experience” is “an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30-year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers.”

Hoglan came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

You get to meet Hoglan and have access to his exclusive merchandise from Gene himself.

You get to ask Hoglan anything you want!

As previously reported, Gene has set “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two” as the title of his upcoming DVD. The disc will feature “a lot of the stuff I have been doing at my clinics,” Gene told MediaMikes.com.

He added: “For this release, I was able to get the licenses for the songs I am playing. Everything from DEATH, TESTAMENT and MELDRUM are going to be on there. The new DVD has a lot of depth to it, and I have tried to improve on everything included.”

The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale now, with several awesome package options.

Hoglan takes a moment to explain the portions of the second “The Atomic Clock” DVD that are set in stone: “I’d like to take a moment to tell you guys about something I’m extremely excited about, my upcoming DVD. It is going to be roughly two hours of awesome footage of not only me behind the kit playing, but tons of interviews with some the greats that I’ve had the honor to play with over the last couple of years. Guys from TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, ANTHRAX, and many others. There will also of course be a load of tips and insights from me to hopefully propel players of all calibers (and instruments, for that matter) up to the next level.

“Now, the most exciting part of the ‘songs that I play’ portion of the program, is that on the new DVD, I will be performing to the actual recorded tracks from some of your favorite bands that I have played for (or am currently playing). That’s pretty darned cool, if ya ask me!

“We at Hoglan Industries are eagerly looking forward to its release before the end of the year, and I will keep everybody regularly updated to its progress in the ensuing weeks.”

Hoglan is heralded and is inspirational to many, even outside of his drumming and now celebrates a 30-year career in music as metal’s in-demand legendary drummer. Gene is the only metal drummer to accomplish two No. 1 records on the rock charts in 2012 with TESTAMENT‘s “Dark Roots Of Earth” and DETHKLOK‘s “Dethalbum III”.

Through a major lifestyle change, Hoglan has beat diabetes and lost over 160 lbs.

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Gorgoroth hit some line-up changes in 2012 and remained on tour/generally quiet throughout most of 2013… except for now, when they've announced they're doing a new record for 2014! Rejoice, black metal fans! Gorgoroth are currently in the studio recording their upcoming record Instinctus Bestialis, because latin names are really black metal and trve. The band …

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Video footage of Jeff Waters‘ (ANNIHILATOR) September 14 Epiphone-sponsored guitar clinic at Rockland Music in Witten, Germany can be seen below.

ANNIHILATOR‘s 14th studio album, “Feast”, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Asked what the tipping point was in terms of ANNIHILATOR shifting its focus away from North America, Waters told Dead Rhetoric: “[ANNIHILATOR‘s original record label] Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge — Canadian or United States — that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD. They didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently — they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals — nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed musicians and went on. For MACHINE HEAD, that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.

“We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. ‘Set The World On Fire’ didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second-biggest album for us ever in Japan, and ‘King Of The Kill’ was the biggest one there. ‘Set The World On Fire’ had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t. They weren’t having it in 1993. I just decided I would vacation here and live in Canada, but do my hobby and living where people wanted me in Europe and Japan.

“My son is over 18; I can now tour wherever I want. With the Internet, it is awesome. The fans are finding us and wondering why we haven’t been releasing records in North America and touring there. They think I don’t like them, which is another misconception. If a label would sign me there, I would gladly tour, and now we got a deal through UDR Music/EMI, so there are no excuses.”

ANNIHILATOR‘s current touring lineup:

Jeff Waters – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Padden – Lead Vocals
Mike Harshaw – Drums
Alberto Campuzano – Bass

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“No Way Out”, the new video from Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR, can be seen below. The clip accompanies the band on their tour from the airport to the hotel room, from the rehearsal room to the stage at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in front of over 80,000 metal fans.

“No Way Out” comes off ANNIHILATOR‘s 14th studio album, “Feast”, which sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Asked what the tipping point was in terms of ANNIHILATOR shifting its focus away from North America, ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters told Dead Rhetoric: “[ANNIHILATOR‘s original record label] Roadrunner dropped everything that was metal. There were no bands left from that purge — Canadian or United States — that had the word metal in it. You had Robb Flynn from VIO-LENCE turn into MACHINE HEAD. They didn’t start off with the thrash they have been playing recently — they had red jumpsuits on and changed their sound/image. Bands lost their record deals — nobody was in a position to carry on. Most bands just got jobs, some bands adapted and got rid of their name, changed musicians and went on. For MACHINE HEAD, that worked. We said, this is what we do. We had the luck of Europe and Japan staying with these styles and still buying our music.

“My opinion would be much different if those two territories had not been there, I probably would have been quite bitter and depressed.

“We didn’t have an option in North America unless I wanted to change the name of the band and play a different form of music. ‘Set The World On Fire’ didn’t do well in North America, but it was the second-biggest album for us ever in Japan, and ‘King Of The Kill’ was the biggest one there. ‘Set The World On Fire’ had us headlining to 80,000 people at the Dynamo festival in Europe, so we were going up but North America didn’t see that. I didn’t have time to tour the world and try to break back in Canada and the United States. Playing this was not the kind of music the labels wanted to sign anyway, a traditional form of heavy metal and thrash metal. Fans may have wanted it, but the industry didn’t, the clubs didn’t, the booking agents didn’t. They weren’t having it in 1993. I just decided I would vacation here and live in Canada, but do my hobby and living where people wanted me in Europe and Japan.

“My son is over 18; I can now tour wherever I want. With the Internet, it is awesome. The fans are finding us and wondering why we haven’t been releasing records in North America and touring there. They think I don’t like them, which is another misconception. If a label would sign me there, I would gladly tour, and now we got a deal through UDR Music/EMI, so there are no excuses.”

Regarding the state of the metal scene in 2013, Waters said: “We are in a slight little lull here. ANTHRAX, you had your singer switch with Joey Belladonna coming back, a great album and tour, so we are waiting for a new record and hoping it’s going to be a kick-ass record. You’ve got SLAYER who has lost the amazing Jeff Hanneman, but Kerry King also wrote a lot of their big songs too. They lost the team but they still have the one guy who could bring them back and resurrect themselves if he wants to do it. Gary Holt is now in there as one of the best riff writers and players in the history of thrash; very underrated guy. If Gary and Kerry hook up, if they block out the outside world and write one of the best records, they could do it for SLAYER. You have METALLICA; there’s no new record from them. MEGADETH are doing what they are doing. We are waiting, what’s coming. That may be one reason why the new ANNIHILATOR record is unexpectedly doing a zillion times better than anything since 2001. Within four hours of the actual release in Europe, which got released on a Friday the record company scrambled, EMI knew we had a problem because the first run sold out. The next week the label got it back in the stores for the next round and it’s selling out all over again. I never ever thought that would happen for this band over there. Our ticket sales for the upcoming tour have gone through the roof. In a way, there is nothing coming out. DEVILDRIVER has a record coming out. With the lull of the ‘Big Four,’ there is an emptiness. The timing of our record has helped, I hope some new records come out soon that kick ass. Metal fans are waiting for something. Where is the next wave coming from? Where is the next surge of five or six killer records in six months? People are starving for stuff. I am searching iTunes looking for something I don’t already have that is all the old-school stuff.”

ANNIHILATOR‘s current touring lineup:

Jeff Waters – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Padden – Lead Vocals
Mike Harshaw – Drums
Alberto Campuzano – Bass

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