Looking for a good book? Check out For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records for something that you can judge by its title. It was written by Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton and features a foreword by Lars Ulrich. The release of the book also celebrates the label’s 35 year anniversary.
If you’re like me and you feel like we here down under are being ignored by the rest of the metal music festival world (what, with no more Soundwave) then this may be good news. In a recent promo interview, Slipknot and StoneSour frontman Corey Taylor has been quoted saying “we’d definitely love to bring it [Knotfest] down here [to Australia]” and the reason Knotfest was never bought down under before is because they didn’t want to “step on anyone’s toes”.
Is it just me or are people getting dumber by the day? Last issue I mentioned Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington’s threat against people who call the band’s newest release a sell out and now this issue I can’t go past mentioning Kathy Griffin’s recent attempt to deflect hate aimed at her to metal bands.
The most amusing metal news recently has to do with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington losing his shit about people calling the band sell outs because apparently two new singles from their to be released album have been described as “adult contemporary”
If you’re like me and you spend time checking ALL the metal websites, you’ll probably have seen an update about the new Tool album where the update is Tool won’t release an album this year (neither will A Perfect Circle, apparently).
Another year is upon us and with it comes a whole swag of new albums to get into. Whilst still early, confirmed releases for January include releases from Pain Of Salvation, Once Human, a Witchmaster/Voidhanger split album, Emmure, Boris The Blade, Kreator, and the Sepultura box set entitled The Roadrunner Albums 1985 – 1996.