Five albums in, there’s honestly nothing much to say about Slipknot’s latest effort. As a follow-up to 2008’s All Hope is Gone, .5: The Gray Chapter sits quite nicely, but in the whole scheme of things, since after Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the band has toned down their maniacal, frenzied and hectic sound, tightened up their scattered and sporadic arrangements and wrapped their tracks up in nice neat little accessible packages.
According to the internet it appears the early results are in: .5: The Gray Chapter is good, apparently. For the Slipknot haters who think they should have broken up after Paul Gray passed and/or after Joey Jordison left then the above news is sad, very sad news indeed.
It’s a busy time of year, what with Xmas on its way, so why not shop for the one you love who loves metal at the all new Aussie online metal store Nerve Gas?! The kick-arse thing about Nerve Gas is they offer free shipping for orders within Oz. They also have cool bundles for sale and have partnered with the best labels from around the world, so everything you want is probably there – including vinyl!
As a part of Metal Hammer’s Discs Of Doom page, Philip Anselmo has answered the question of which album should have never seen the light of day with Metallica’s Load, and he’s been quoted as saying “It’s a terrible record”. Fans of Anselmo will probably agree with him, and almost most of the garbage that spills from his mouth, but it’s had to take someone seriously when their last solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, was one of the shittest albums of this century so far.
Another year, another opportunity to put the Soundwave line-up under the microscope – which seems pretty one-sided this time around with plenty of non-metal big names like Soundgarden, Faith No More, Incubus, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy and All Time Low outnumbering the familiar metal drawcards such as Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.
By the time you read this all the Soundwave news might have broken. At the time of writing this, the line-up was being drip-fed on Twitter at a rate of one band per day. Is it my job to know who The Interrupters, Patent Pending, Butcher Babies and Coldrain are? Of course it is, but I’m way too old for all four of those bands.
It definitely looks like this year is shaping up to be one of the most important years in Australian heavy metal. Last fortnight we here at THTH discussed the super kick-arse news about the upcoming release of Metal Down Under: A History of Australian Heavy Metal on DVD, and now this issue we have even more super kick-arse news about another totally super f*ckin awesome release: The Encyclopedia of Australian Heavy Metal!
In less than a month one of the most exciting Australian heavy metal releases in years will hit the shelves – and I’m not talking about a new AC/DC album. The documentary Metal Down Under: A History of Australian Heavy Metal will be released on DVD – and it looks like it’ll be amazing. Metal fan and filmmaker Nick Calpakdjian took two years to travel this wide land to interview more than 40 people in the know including metal musicians, fans and metal media.
It’s only just gone winter but talk of music festivals early next year has really heated up. Much to the dismay of countless emos, teeny-boppers and try-hard hipsters, Big Day Out 2015 has been cancelled. But on the flipside, Soundwave 2015 will be run over two days. That’s right; that could mean either double the number of bands or double the allotted time for each slot. Since there are no real details yet we can just speculate.
Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal. To somewhat little fanfare, the seemingly understated and conservative UK Metal Hammer Golden God Awards ceremony for 2014 was held the other day. I’m not entirely sure if the statue winners were decided by a public vote but looking at the winners list, and considering the mag would encourage reader participation, the winners aren’t much different to recent publicly-voted award winners.