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What Do They Use? Metallica

August 21, 2015 - 04:14

We all know that Metallica has had huge success with their style and sound of music. Some can find reasons to hate them, but for the most of the part they are incredible talented musicians.

What do talented musicians use that us regular people don’t. In our segment of What Do They Use, we will break down all the equipment that Metallica used on their latest tour.

James Hetfield – Vocalist and Rhythm Guitar

For the most part James likes to use ESP and Gibson guitars and stay with mostly Mesa guitar amps. For his vocals he uses a Shure Super 55 stage microphone to bring it all together.


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The 15 Best Black Metal Albums Every Fan Should Own

August 14, 2015 - 04:47

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of great Black Metal albums. With so many to choose from, it is almost impossible to rank them from top to bottom. The albums below are some of the best black metal albums you should listen to. If you haven't heard some of these, you must check them out.

Most of these albums come from the artists on the top Norwegian black metal bands of all time. With its extreme culture and shrieking style of music, one can only agree that these albums stand apart from the others.

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath

Genre: First Wave of Black Metal
Released: September 7, 1984

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New Heavy Metal Albums to Check Out - July 2015

August 7, 2015 - 04:23

There were a lot of highly anticipated albums that were released last month. Leading the way was Cradle of Filth's 'Hammer of the Witches' and Kataklysm's 'Of Ghosts and Gods'. Other album releases from Between the Buried and Me, Powerwolf and Lamb of God. These are some of the new albums you can check out.

Have a recommendation? Leave your July choice in the comments below.

Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic

Genre: Progressive Metal
Released: July 7, 2015

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What We Want from the New Slayer Album

July 21, 2015 - 02:25

When our favorite bands release new albums we are excited and eager to see what they will do. But there are a few things that every fan expects to hear in the new album. As Slayer gets ready to release their eleventh studio album 'Repentless' there are a few things that I want to see in their 2015 release.

Thrash Metal 101

As one of the founder fathers, when we get a Slayer album we are excepting a raw thrash metal sound. We expect nothing else, or nothing more. We don't want any cross over or experiments.  Just thrash metal riffs, double bass, and aggression.

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Why Getting Behind Tidal Could be a Good Thing for the Metal Community

July 13, 2015 - 04:53

Ignore the many pop celebrities that helped launched Jay Z’s new music streaming service. People should be concerned about the underlining positives compared that Tidal brings to the market unlike the likes of SoundCloud and other existing music apps. With Tidal doubling Spotify’s average payout, the rapper’s music service appears to be rewarding larger royalties to the artists extending streaming rights to Tidal, which could be beneficial to the metal community if they get behind this app in the coming months.

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New Song From Cradle Of Filth - "Enshrined In Crematoria"

June 30, 2015 - 02:12

We are getting closer to the release of Cradle of Filth's new album 'Hammer Of The Witches'.  July 10, 2015 is when Nuclear Blast records will be releasing their eleventh studio album.  

The track below is called "Enshrined In Crematoria".

Dani Filth the vocalist for the band had this to say about the new album:

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See Abbath's First Live Show at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

June 30, 2015 - 02:03

After ending the band Immortal, Abbath has been busy developing his new band 'Abbath'.  You can watch them perform a new song "Fenrir Hunts", at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki, Finland.  The show was this last weekend on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The new band line up includes Olve "Abbath" Eikemo, Tom Cato Visnes and Boknagar's Baard Kolstad.

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Battlecross Releases A New Song "Spoiled"

June 30, 2015 - 01:44

A brand new song from Battlecross has been released from their upcoming album 'Rise To Power'.  The new album will be released on August 21, 2015 by Metal Blade Records and you can check out the new song below is called "Spoiled".

Guitarist Tony Asta had this to say about new single:

'Spoiled' kicks in with a heavy rockin old-school vibe and progresses into a brutal more technical feel. It's also a really fun song to jam.

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Watch Exodus Full Concert at Manchester, England

June 30, 2015 - 01:39

There has been some fan footage of Exodus performance at the Academy 3 in Manchester England.  They are with Testament on the "Dark Roots of Thrash Tour II".

Their guitarist Gary Holt is not the in the lineup while they finish up the European tour as he is with Slayer working on their upcoming new album.  This tour is in support of their latest album 'Blood In Blood Out' which was released back in October 14, 2014 by Nuclear Blast Records.

Brand New Song From SLAYER! "Repentless"

June 20, 2015 - 23:11

There is a new song from Slayer! The new song is called "Repentless", this is the self-titled track from their upcoming album.  We wont see the album hit stores until September 11, 2015, but you can pre-order your copy [here].

Slayer - Repentless Track Listing

01. Delusions Of Saviour
02. Repentless
03. Take Control
04. Vices
05. Cast The First Stone
06. When The Stillness Comes
07. Chasing Death
08. Implode
09. Piano Wire
10. Atrocity Vendor
11. You Against You
12. Pride In Prejudice

Iron Maiden Announces New Double Album for 2015

June 20, 2015 - 23:06

The legendary band Iron Maiden has revealed their upcoming album 'The Book of Souls'.  This new album will be a double feature and will include 11 brand new songs.  This is the first time the band has ever released a double studio album.

The album is split on the songwriting, bassist and founder Steve Harris contributing to 7 of the tracks, 6 tracks by Maiden's guitarist and last track a solo composition.

Steve Harris had this to say about the new album:

We approached this album in a different way to how we've recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I'm very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can't wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!

Bruce Dickinson added:

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Dark Tranquillity New Video "The Science Of Noise"

June 20, 2015 - 22:58

Remember Dark Tranquillity's last album 'Construct' that was released in 2013.  They decided to renew a new music video from the album for th track "The Science of Noise."

As we would rather hear or see some news about a new album in the works, this will have to do for now.  They probably wont get started on a new album until they finish up their summer of festivals.

The festival season has just started, which is a good reason to release our very live based video clip for 'The Science Of Noise'. The bulk of the material was shot during last year's World Construct tour, but for various reasons the video wasn't completed until now. Also, we're very pleased to welcome Erik Jacobson (from the Gothenburg based Deals Death) as a stand-in guitarist while Niklas is busy with parental duties. Furthermore, our old brother Anders Iwers (Tiamat, Avatarium, Ceremonial Oath) is handling the bass guitar, making this a very special run. Hope to see as many of you as possible on the shows!

Dark Tranquillity Tour Dates 2015

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New Album In The Works For Amorphis

June 20, 2015 - 22:53

The fan favorite Amorphis has some news about their upcoming album.  The new album will be called 'Under The Red Cloud' and will be released on September 4, 2015.

Esa Holoainen had this to say about the upcoming album: 

The album is titled Under The Red Cloud and the artwork is done by Valnoir Mortasonge," guitarist Esa Holopainen states. "Valnoir is well known from his works for Laibach, Paradise Lost, Watain, Behemoth and many more. It was a great pleasure to work with him as he catched the lyrical topics really well. Colors and details describe the music perfectly.

Lamb Of God Premiere New Video "512"

June 20, 2015 - 22:49

Last week Lamb of God exposed their upcoming album 'VII: Sturm Und Drang'.  You can watch their first single and music video from the new album entitled "512".  The new album will be released July 24, 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records.  

Lamb Of God - VII Sturm Und Drans Track Listing

01. Still Echoes
02. Erase This
03. 512
04. Embers
05. Footprints
06. Overlord
07. Anthropoid
08. Engage The Fear Machine
09. Delusion Pandemic
10. Torches

More Between The Buried And Me New Music

June 13, 2015 - 01:53

Between The Buried And Me have been releasing a lot of great tracks from upcoming album 'Coma Ecliptic'.  You can listen to their new song "Famine Wold" below.  

The new album will be released on July 10, 2015 by Metal Blade Records.

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Meshuggah Hints About A New Album In 2016

June 13, 2015 - 01:45

Where has Meshuggah been?  The band hasn't released anything new since their last album Koloss, which was released back on 2012.

Recently there was an interview from the Sweden Rock Festival with guitarist Marten Hagstrom.  In the interview there was small talk about the band planning to write new material in the fall and start to record a new upcoming for a next year release. 

Here is a snippet from Marten in the interview:

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Children Of Bodom Releases New Album Cover, Title & Tracklist

June 13, 2015 - 01:36

There has been a lot of excitement around Children of Bodom.  First their long time friend and guitar Roope Latvala left the band. Second they found brother Anttie Wirman to replace him to continue doing live shows. And now they are releasing details about a new album!

Children of Bodom's new album will be entitled 'I Worship Chaos' and it will be available on October 2, 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records.  The picture above is the official cover art for the new album and was created by artist Tuomas Korpi.

There will be a deluxe version of the new album that will include bonus tracks that have not been released.

Frontman Alexi Laiho from the band had this to say about the new album:

We are close to putting the finishing touches on the new COB record I Worship Chaos and as much fun (but most importantly raw, literally bloody knuckled hard work) it has been making it, I'm more than happy and even more anxious to share this chaos with the rest of the world. So people, put your shades and helmets on, it will get very dark and it might hurt, in a perfect COB fashion of course!

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Brand New Track From Lamb Of God "512"

June 13, 2015 - 01:26

Here is a brand new track from Lamb Of God!  The new song "512" is coming off their upcoming new album 'VII: Sturm Und Drang"  The new album will hit stores on July 24, 2015 by Epic Records.

Frontman Randy Blythe wrote this song about his experience in prison after being charged for manslaughter with an altercation with a fan in the Czech Republic. Randy was found not guilty, but spent over a month in incarceration. "512" comes from his cell number in the Pankrác Prison.

Lamb Of God - VII Sturm Und Drans Track Listing

01. Still Echoes
02. Erase This
03. 512
04. Embers
05. Footprints
06. Overlord
07. Anthropoid
08. Engage The Fear Machine
09. Delusion Pandemic
10. Torches

Motorhead Reveals New Album Details and Tracklist

June 13, 2015 - 01:19

The legendary band Mortorhead is getting ready to release this 22nd studio album. Yes your read that right, 22nd studio album. The new album will be entitled 'Bad Magic' and will be released on August 28, 2015 via UDR Motorhead Music.

What is even more astonishing is that they will be celebrating their 40th year as a band.  To celebrate they will be headlining an anniversary tour in Europe in November.  For people in the States you will have to catch them in mid-August with Anthrax on the Motorboat cruise in the Bahamas.

Motorhead - 'Bad Magic' Track Listing

01. Victory Or Die
02. Thunder & Lightning
03. Fire Storm Hotel
04. Shoot Out All Of Your Lights
05. The Devil
06. Electricity
07. Evil Eye
08. Teach Them How To Bleed
09. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones Cover)

3 Inches Of Blood Has Decided To Part Ways

June 4, 2015 - 02:45

It's a sad day in the metal community when a 15+ year old heavy metal band calls it quits. That is what is happening with 3 Inches of Blood. After coming together in 1999, releasing 5 studio albums and countless tours the band will be doing their final show in their hometown of Vancouver, BC.

Here is the official statement from the band:

It is now that we come to announce that 3 Inches Of Blood has decided to part ways. Naturally, people will have questions as to why we have collectively made this decision. While our reasons are personal, just know we are all still good friends, but it is just time to move on.

All of us will continue to pursue musical projects, so refer to our social media pages to keep up with that.

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