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Ludicrously funny comedian and big time heavy metal fan Bill Bailey stopped by the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio last night. Hear the man himself talk metal, punk, playing Sonisphere in 2011 and brawling with Mastodon. Obviously.

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On tonight’s Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio, we play the new 5FDP single, Battleborn, salute Mindfunk’s landmark 1994 debut and chat with Bill Bailey about metal, Mastodon and how to make a rum and ale cocktail.

It’s all happening tonight from 9pm. Plus music from Bloody Hammers, Watain, Mercyfyl Fate, Black Tusk, and more!

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Satyricon return to the UK later this year

Satyricon frontman Satyr guested on the Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio earlier this week to tell us about the long road to the black metal masters’ new, self-titled album, out now.

Have a listen to what the singer had to say below:

Catch the band over here on the following dates:

Sunday 10th Nov – MANCHESTER Academy 3

Monday 11th Nov – BELFAST Limelight

Tuesday 12th Nov – DUBLIN Button Factory

Thursday 14th Nov – LONDON O2 Islington Academy

 

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“As I Drown”, the new video from the London, U.K.-based modern metal mob THE DEFILED, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s second album, “Daggers”, which was released on August 2 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The cover artwork was designed and executed by Scott Chalmers, the band’s longtime photographer.

Comments THE DEFILED keyboardist The AvD: “‘As I Drown’ was one of the first songs written for this album. We had been playing it live for more than a year before we even booked the studio to record ‘Daggers’. It’s about a certain record company executive that brought THE DEFILED to a stand still for whole year. THE DEFILED is the most important thing in our lives so we took that very seriously.”

Adds THE DEFILED frontman Stitch D: “We shot this video in a mountain range in the north of England in the middle of winter. The wind was insane to the point of constantly blowing the drums and amps over even though we used rocks to hold them down. It was a fun day shooting but a very tough one.”

Having released its debut album “Grave Times” via Metal Hammer magazine in 2011, THE DEFILED has since enjoyed status as the U.K.’s biggest unsigned metal acts. Making huge strides forward on their own, their achievements as a self motivated and independent band in the world of heavy music, which includes sold-out tours, prestigious slots at the biggest festivals and a Golden God Award, is remarkable. Their unwillingness to compromise or settle for anything less than their ambition dictates has got them this far; this alliance with indie metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast Entertainment now sets the sky as the limit.

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In the brand new issue of U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, the members of KORN discuss the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch to the band seven years after he quit the group to become a born-again Christian.

Asked about the harsh words that were spoken on both sides when Welch left, KORN singer Jonathan Davis said: “Well, he was just cuckoo with religious stuff. I’ve seen people go through it, and he was kicking speed so obviously he’s not gonna be right in the head for a while. Him getting all crazy Christian and stuff, what it really did was save his life, so I don’t give a fuck. I’ve had too many people around me die from drugs and I wouldn’t want that to happen. Him and Reggie [KORN bassist Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu] are born-again Christians, that’s fine. I don’t choose sides, I’ve got Christian friends and Satanist friends.”

According to Davis, no one needed persuading that Head should be back in the band. “I think everyone was on board with it,” the singer said. “Me and [guitarist] Munky were thinking, ‘Is he gonna take off again? Is he fucking crazy?’ But he just came back and he was normal Head. He left a long time ago and this is a different band now, so he’s getting used to different things. He had to go and do his thing and we went off in another direction creatively. Another thing was Head wanted to come and check things out to see if we were all partying still. He wanted to make sure he wouldn’t fall off the wagon because everyone was partying, but we all stopped a long time ago. What I’d give just to be able to do that again, drink and do drugs, and wake up feeling fine, but you get those three-, four-day hangovers. I had them at 28, that’s why I had to stop.”

Welch spoke about whether he had any reserations about rejoining KORN, telling Metal Hammer, “I heard Jonathan was having a hard time, and that made me have second thoughts if he’s not all there. But I talked to him, and since I’ve been back he’s come a long way. He was on all this medication and he was in a dark place. Ever since this year he’s come out of it. I ended up at a KORN concert and I felt the connection with the crowd and with my friends in KORN; it was just really emotional. Then Munky asked me back in and I felt it was time.”

He added: “It was the first time I’d seen him or spoken to him in eight years. Everyone would call Munky their best friend, he’s just that type of guy, but when he started drinking he turned into the opposite of what he was. When I was with him at that concert he looked like the guy I used to hang out with.”

Asked what it means to KORN having Head back in the band, Munky said: “It’s a lot of different things and they’re all positive, starting with having a chilghood friend back in our family. I wanted to make sure we stayed friends and have him back in my life. It was something that everybody wanted me to ask and it was only right that it should come from me. I think time heals most of that, between when he left the band and those words were said. We’ve all gone through those stupid-ass moments where we just regret a lot of things that we’ve done or said. It’s sort of like, ‘It’s OK, it’s all good.’ It’s about forgiveness and compassion.”

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FFDP

The Five Finger Death Punch chaps stopped by the Metal Hammer Magazine Show studio to talk military trips, that LL Cool J cover and their awesome new album The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1, which is out right now and definitely worth your time.

Have a listen below:

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Trivium: Crusaders

Top Trivium lads Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu guested on the Metal Hammer Magazine show with Alexander Milas yesterday. The guys talked through new, David Draiman-produced opus Vengeance Fallsdodgy cover shoots and being BFFs with, er, us!

Check it all out below:

Vengeance Falls is out October 14 via Roadrunner and, we’re presuming, packed with bangers.

Vengeance Falls Track Listing

01. Brave This Storm
02. Vengeance Falls
03. Strife
04. No Way To Heal
05. To Believe
06. At The End Of This War
07. Through Blood And Dirt And Bone
08. Villainy Thrives
09. Incineration: The Broken World
10. Wake (The End Is Nigh)

Listen to new single Brave This Storm below…

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Carcass: legends return

Death metal legends Carcass popped by the Metal Hammer Magazine Show studio last week to chat to Alexander Milas about immense comeback album Surgical Steel, influencing an entire generation of extreme music and image-oriented bands being bobbins.

Have a listen below…

Amon Amarth, Carcass, Bleed From Within and Hell hit the following venues this winter:

Dates:

Nov 12 Birmingham o2 Academy
Nov 13 Manchester o2 Academy
Nov 14 Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 15 Bristol o2 Academy
Nov 17 London Forum

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

Don’t forget to read more about Carcass in our current issue, out now!

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Norwegian black metallers EMPEROR will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their “In The Nightside Eclipse” album by making a number of festival appearances next year. In addition to performing at Germany’s Wacken Open Air, the band will headline the 2014 edition of the the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place next August at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. EMPEROR members Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan) and Samoth (real name: Tomas Haugen) will be joined by Bård Guldvik “Faust” Eithun on drums, and they will perform the CD in its entirety. There will be no new studio album or a worldwide tour — only a few exclusive festival appearances next year to mark the celebration of this landmark release.

Speaking with U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, lhsahn explained how this new reunion came to pass. “Me and Samoth were talking and the 20th anniversary of ‘…Eclipse’ came up,” he said.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been reluctant to do the reunion stuff, because I want to be clear on my priorities as a solo artist.

“People ask us for EMPEROR shows all the time, and as a fan I can relate to that sort of nostalgia, but I’m much more involved in my current work. But now that I feel I’ve established a more solid foundation for my solo stuff, it was easier for me to appreciate the thought of celebrating this album that was such an important starting point for us.”

Ihsahn‘s fifth solo album, “Das Seelenbrechen”, will be released in Nort America on October 21 via Candlelight Records. The CD is described in a press release as “a bold and adventurous recording that is a musical contrast to the progressive shades and saxophone augmentations of the EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist’s previous two albums (2009’s ‘After’ and 2011’s ‘Eremita’). The album is every bit as dark and destructive as the artist’s previous work but is far more disorientating and disturbing than anything he has attempted in his past.”

“In the beginning of my solo career, I created more of a barrier between EMPEROR and my solo work,” Ihsahn told Metal Hammer. “But over the last few albums, I’ve been able to tap into more and more of that old black metal feeling. It’s such a fundamental part of my creative self. Even if the arrangements and form of my music are very different these days, I feel the source in its pure form is very much the same as when I first started out.”

He added: “When EMPEROR play at [the festivals around the world] next year, I want to be able to tap into that and perform those old songs with the same conviction and authenticity as before.”

The news of EMPEROR‘s appearance at Wacken Open Air was announced on August 2 at this year’s edition of the festival at a press conference which was attended by Ihsahn and Samoth.

EMPEROR released its swansong, “Prometheus – The Discipline Of Fire And Demise”, in September 2001. It was an epic and progressive metal album that once and for all marked EMPEROR as one of the most adventurous and gifted black metal bands of all times. In 2005, EMPEROR surprised all with an unannounced appearance at Oslo’s famed Inferno festival. Following the performance, the band announced additional concerts that would include a visit to America; marking the second trip to the States in the band’s legendary career. Fans flocked to New York City and Los Angeles to witness the sold-out performances. In 2007, additional shows would see the band return to the U.S. for a repeat performance in New York City, a stop in Chicago, and what would be their final American performance in Los Angeles.

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KORN singer Jonathan Davis (pictured above) has ruled out the possibility of a reunion with the band’s former drummer, David Silveria, saying that the group’s current incarnation is “perfect.”

Silveria was the second member of KORN‘s original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch exited the group in 2005. But while Welch continued as a solo artist until rejoining KORN this year, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.

During an interview with U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine, Davis was asked if there I any chance of Silveria coming back to the band. “No,” he replied. “I don’t wanna say any negative stuff, but where we’re at right now is perfect and [current KORN drummer] Ray [Luzier] is an amazing drummer. He fits in good and doesn’t have any typical drummer’s complexes.”

Silveria surfaced recently to answer fan questions on his Facebook page, during which he gave the current version of the group a little bit of a slam while emphasizing how important he was to the group’s original sound and even how they came together. Asked if he had heard the new KORN single, “Never Never”, Silveria replied, “For all the fans asking the answer is no I have not heard a new KORN song. All I can say is I’m sure it’s not funky and groovy like the original KORN. I don’t even need to hear it to know that.”

Silveria added, “I am a funky groove drummer and Ray [Luzier, current KORN drummer) is a heavy metal drummer. That’s why KORN will never sound as unique as we used to . . . KORN lost their groove.”

Silveria claimed he wasn’t “talking crap” about his former group, but then went on to say, “Until they have the real ‘funky drummer’ it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove.”

Davis told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he believed Silveria lost his passion for music. “David was there to write beats but he wasn’t really there,” he said. “He really didn’t like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else.”

In other comments at his Facebook page, Silveria took credit for bringing Davis and Welch into the band, as well as getting them their management, saying, “None of them want to admit it was me . . . There are a lot of things I did for the band that they don’t like to admit I did.”

KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8 and features the return of Welch to the lineup after more than eight years away.

The new disc follows up 2011’s “The Path Of Totality”, which found KORN collaborating with dubstep artists on every track.

Silveria in February pleaded guilty to a charge of allegedly driving under the influence. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the hit-and-run charge in connection with the March 2012 incident in which the 40-year-old musician — who played with KORN for 13 years — rear-ended another car on his way to breakfast in Huntington Beach, California.

Silveria was sentenced to three years of informal probation, a three-month first offender program, and he was ordeded to attend a M.A.D.D. victim impact panel.

Silveria last year joined forces with ANYONE members Riz Story and Miki Black in a brand new project called INFINIKA.

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