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Strictly Metal (vol.7)

News this Week: 

Well, after the many Download Festival announcements of late, the eyes of many a metal fan are now firmly fixed on the various Sonisphere sites online – particularly on our own sister site Strictly Sonisphere. I can honestly say that I have never read such vitriolic outbursts or sensed such anger with regards to the lack of confirmed bands for Knebworth this year! I guess the fact that Mr Copping and DL have announced a number of bands earlier than ever before has fanned the flames of discontent even more.

I don’t like to speculate on matters such as announcements, but one explanation for the delay may be due to issues such as appearance fees or contractual obligations. Egos may factor into the equation too – especially if the festival organisers are trying to secure a huge transatlantic act like Kiss or Van Halen. The next likely date for any kind of announcement is looking like mid-February (if you can believe the banter on Facebook etc). Please don’t hate us – we do not make the announcements. Really.

While we are on the hot topic of lineup news, here’s a bit more for you all. This past Friday, Hevy Festival announced the first 15 bands to be unleashed over the four stages in August. These will include Converge and Will Haven (who are both UK Exclusives), Protest The Hero and Deaf Havana. Sound good? Well, the lovely people organising this musical feast have promised at least another four bands on top of the fifteen already announced. Epic or what?

Weekend Camping tickets are priced at £96 and also includes free entry to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Covering all areas of punk, hardcore, metal and rock, this is Hevy’s fourth year and looks set to be a roaring (sorry) success once again. Head over to http://www.hevy.co.uk/2012/ for all the information you’ll need.

Another potential candidate to fill the musical shoes of former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones has emerged. Word on the street right now is that Jesse Leach may be the man for the job. Leach used to lend his own vocal talents to the Massachusetts metallers until his departure in 2002. He was recently interviewed by Aussie music magazine Loud and shared his thoughts on the subject at hand, “I’m not going to comment. Everyone wants to know….they’re good friends of mine so I’m respecting their space”. Interesting. Make of that what you will people.

Slash bassist Todd Kearns has been shooting the breeze and chatting about working with the hugely talented Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the man himself, Slash on the eagerly awaited new album. Kearns describes it as being “Huge and aggressive and multi-coloured at the same time. A rainbow of rock.” Hell. To. The. Fuck. Yeah.

Arch Enemy have been immortalised in comic book form??? Yep, the death metal loving Swedes have joined the likes of God Forbid and are currently gracing the pages of Eternal Descent – a heavy metal comic book series included with Irish music mag Molten. This quirky series is the brainchild of Llexi Leon, a metal fan who enjoys having his fave bands feature in the adventures depicted within the glossy pages. If you ask me, Angela Gossow would be the coolest female superhero ever.

Fancy owning a bit of metal history? Well, Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton is auctioning off a custom designed and autographed Jackson as well as the strings and pick used to record four tracks on last album Wrath. Bidding opened this past Wednesday and is set to continue until Saturday 4th February. All proceeds raised from the auction will go direct to The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation- this has a personal significance to both Randy and Mark as a close friend of theirs has two sons who are living with this terrible condition. Interested? Then head on over to eBay (MissionFish) right now and get those bids in! Good luck!

You may remember our nod to the Mini Band who covered Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman” from a few weeks back. We, along with countless others predicted big things for the youngsters in the future and it looks like the time is now. Eight year old Zoe Thomson is showing off her shredding skills on YouTube at the moment with her interpretation of Finnish symphonic metal giants Stratovarius’s track Stratosphere. The video has already had 1.5 million hits and has caught the eye of Daisy Rock founder/president Tish Ciravalo. Ciravolo’s company specialises in guitars for girls and famous female musicians who have a penchant for the Daisy Rock model include Joan Jett (The Runaways), Louise Post (Veruca Salt) and even The Cure’s Robert Smith. Not a bad endorsement to have at the tender age of eight.

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica have just released two “teaser” videos for upcoming fifth full length studio offering “Requiem For The Indifferent”. Strictly Metal faves Italian gothic rock sextet Lacuna Coil employed a similar tactic and had great success using this method of promotion for latest album Dark Adrenaline  Every week, the band will release an extra layer of music, whether it be drum samples or some vocals. The videos will also contain backstage images and album artwork in order to satirise the fans’ thirst for new material. The album itself is set to drop 9th March in the UK and Europe via Nuclear Blast and features Sascha Paeth at the production helm. Check out the first two teasers here:

Video Of The Week: Cancer Bats Old Blood

The Canadian hardcore/southern metal/punk rock hybrid specialists are back and ready to set many an arse on fire with this belter of a track. Old Blood is the debut single to be taken from forthcoming album “Dead Set On Living”, which is set for release on 17th April. The guys will also be playing a mammoth five gigs across five venues in London just a few days after “Dead Set….” drops on 21st April so be sure to check them out.

Band Of The Week: Huntress

My pick for this week. Ever wondered what would happen if you mixed the remaining lost souls of Professor, Dark Black and Skeletonwitch with an ex-DJ/ operatic banshee from the nihilistic end of club culture of Manhattan?? The answer = Huntress. Originally born and raised in the unglamourous hills of Northern California, chanteuse Jill Janus quickly discovered that she possessed an incredible vocal ability and an impressive four-octave range to boot. She spent her formative years travelling Europe showing off these vocal skills as an opera singer before returning Stateside and eventually finding herself in Los Angeles. She would meet underground metal band Professor in 2009 and the rest as they say, is history. A melange of melodic death thrash with a penchant for the  occult, be sure to check out the video for first single “Eight Of Swords”. The debut album Spell Eater is set for release across Europe on 27th April via Napalm Records.

That’s all for now folks. I will see you same time next week for all the news, reviews and whatever else is rocking the world of Metal. Until then, keep it Strictly.



Author: david

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