Yes. The weekend is here. Time to crack open a beer or ten and crank up the tunes. Loud. And what better accompaniment than your weekly dose of all things metal??? Let’s get it on.
News this Week:
At last! The waiting (and the trolling) is over. The eagerly awaited first announcements for Sonisphere Festival are FINALLY in. So, has our patience been rewarded? Well, you lot will be the judge of that. The three headlining acts have been confirmed as (unsurprisingly) Queen with Ameican Idol “extraordinaire” Adam Lambert, Faith No More and Kiss. Not going to lie – Strictly Metal had hoped for the original Guns ‘n’ Roses instead of egotastic Gene Simmons and his painted cohorts but shit happens.
More impressive however, are the less commercial bands that will join these heavyweights on the bill. Occult rockers Fields Of The Nephilim, the fucking awesome and totally eccentric Ghost and doom legends Katatonia are not acts which traditionally pop up at festivals in the UK so full marks to Stuart Galbraith for having the bollocks to get these guys.
Knebworth will also play host to Mastodon, Italian melodic goth metallers Lacuna Coil, Dutch symphonic supremos Within Temptation, Flogging Molly and Tim Minchin who will be titillating all and sundry with his trademark piano based observational singalongs. Oh and did we mention Cypress Hill? Pass the bong and prepare to get insane in the brain this July with one of LA’s finest rap/metal crossover acts ever. Nothing like a bit of nostalgia to make you feel all fuzzy inside.
Undoubtedly, the aforementioned bands won’t have lit a fire under every arse and there are as many haters as those championing the selection if the reaction is anything to go by on our sister site Strictly Sonisphere Festival. But, there’s always Download if you’re not feeling the love here. Or, if you’re more of a discerning customer, how about Bloodstock? Another 6 bands were revealed this week including Taiwanese mythical black metallers Chthonic, the superbly extreme Demonic Resurrection, Ancient Ascendants and Eastern Front. They will join mammoth acts like Alice Cooper, Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir this August.
A double whammy fix of Metallica related gossip now. Drummer Lars Ulrich has been shooting the breeze with The Pulse Of Radio and was keen to enlighten the world as to the reasons behind the controversial Orion Festival which is set to take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey in June. Orion Festival is basically the US version of our own RandL and will feature bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse and The Gaslight Anthem. Lars had this to say on thee fest: “The whole thing is kind of based more around classic festivals that we’ve been playing in Europe for the better part of 25, 30 years… whether anybody buys into that or not, we’ll find out.”
ONE thing that is certain, is that the fans will go batshit crazy when Metallica play Ride The Lightning in it’s ENTIRETY. Now that is a sight that will be worth beholding. Ulrich later divulged that a 3D Metallica film was in the works after two or so years of just floating around as a hypothetical in the minds of Hetfield and co. He commented on how the ‘tallica guys have “a window for later in the year that we’re hoping to still make happen”. Lars in 3D? An interesting concept.
Now Dave Mustaine has never been known to shy away from an argument or refused to offer his opinion on the subject at hand. Whether it be the unceremonious manner in which he was given his marching orders by former bandmates Metallica or his controversial views on gay marriage. Well, this might have been that one occasion where it may have paid to do just that. Mustaine chatted to LA Weekly recently and somehow the conversation turned to African women and the issue of birth control : “I watch some of these shows from over in Africa and you’ve got starving women with 6 kids. How about, you know, put a plug in it?” Oh Dave. Did you actually just use the phrase “Put a plug in it”. Really? We truly hope you’re prepared for a bit of backlash after this howler.
Motorhead are having a bit of a fume and have urged fans not to run out and purchase new Complete Early Years boxset and have condemned it as being unfairly priced. It’s currently on sale across the pond and despite the light-up fake skull packaging and additional material insideand is retailing at $600. Lemmy slammed the hefty price tag and lamented on how commercialised greed “once again rears it’s yapping head”. He suggests that the Motorhead faithful pick up a copy of latest album The World Is Ours.
Chthonic frontman Freddy Lim has been lending his vocal talents to Taiwan’s leading rapper Dog G. Dog is well known for his current affairs inspired material and his unique influence is felt all over the hip hop scene. Apparently. You can check out Freddy and the rest of Chthonic at Bloodstock or on album number six, the brilliant Takasago Army which is out now.
The Devil Wears Prada have sadly parted ways with longtime keyboardist James Baney. The departure does not seem to be acrimonious in any sense and fans have expressed their unflinching support for both Baney and the band on TDWP Facebook page. The rest of the band had this to say on the subject: “James will always be family to TDWP, being one of the most well intentioned people we know. James, Strictly Metal wishes you the best of luck in any future musical endeavour you may embark upon.
Soulfly’s Max Cavalera has been in the wars this week after suffering from a nasty bout of Bells Palsy. This is a temporary condition which results in the inability to control the facial muscles. Cavalera was rushed to hospital shortly after returning home from Oz after fearing that he was having a stroke. He is however, expected to make a full recovery. Eighth studio album Enslaved is set to drop 13th March.
SM has got even more album news now for you to feast your eager eyes on. You lucky buggers. First up are doom maestros Paradise Lost, who are smack bang in the process of recording a new album entitled Tragic Idol which looks set for release on 23rd April via Century Media. LA industrial titans Fear Factory have finally finished mixing the aptly named The Industrialist. This will be the follow up to 2010′s opus Mechanize and has Greg Reely (Skinny Puppy) at the production helm. It will also mark the debut of new bassist Matt Devries, whom Burton C Bell is said to be “very excited” to be working alongside. If you love a big, dirty slab of sludgy grindcore, then prepare to get thoroughly excited. Napalm Death are BACK. The Brit/American pioneers of the grind are streaming new album Utilitarian right now via CMDistro.de. This is the Death’s 14th studio album and will be available to buy/download on 27th February in the UK and the rest of Europe. With some visually stunning artwork courtesy of Danish artist Frode Syrthe (The Haunted – rEVOLVEr) to boot, this one looks to be very tasty. Frontman Mark “Barney” Greenman says of the album that “the final creases should be ironed out fairly soon and immediately after that, we thought it’d be good to top it off with a few UK dates…we’ll be bouncing off the walls again near you very soon.” If you require any more news on this forthcoming masterpiece, head over to ND’s Facebook page and click on the “Occupy Napalm” tab. And last but certainly not least, Finnish bombastic metallers Nightwish are to release a special Tour Edition of current album Imaginareum on 13th April via Nuclear Blast. This very snazzy edition will contain 2 CD’s and a DVD digibox. Larrrrvely.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish a few people from the world of metal and rock a very Happy Birthday now. Firstly, to Black Sabbath’s legendary guitarist Tony Iommi who celebrated his 64th birthday on the 19th February. And let’s not forget that iconic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain would have been 45 years old as of 20th February. RIP Kurt.
Quote of the Week: Bit random but still metal related. Apparently the crooning rock legend (who will do anything for love) Meatloaf, rolled by Metal Hammer HQ for a musical tete a tete and had this to say about a certain band from Iowa: “Slipknot has amazing arrangements, and musically, they’re like a metal Beethoven”. Cheers for that Meat. I’m sure Corey Taylor will lap that comparison right up. Epic.
Fail of the Week: You may have seen this gem lurking on the Hammer website, YouTube or on the social networking sites. Well, fuck it. It’s bloody amazing and fully deserving of another airing. This ahem, character, shares with us his own “special” interpretation of the Megadeth classic Sweating Bullets. Dave Mustaine must be pissing himself. If you are eating or drinking anything, just put it down for a minute before you watch this. You’ll thank us for it afterwards. Enjoy.
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy – You’re a Lie
The only shitter here is the fact that this is only a teaser vid. Pah. But… it’s still 33 glorious seconds of what promises to be a delectable mix of good old fashioned rock and roll- soulful vocals and plenty of riffs. You’re A Lie is the debut track from upcoming second studio album Apocalyptic Love which is set to drop 21st May via Roadrunner. Oh and did we mention it’s Slash???? Nuff said.
Well, we’ve reached the end of yet another week filled to the brim with news, rave reviews and the downright ridiculous. Right now, the beer is calling so we’ll see you all at the same time next week for a lot more and then some. Until then, keep it Strictly Metal. \m/