When it comes to metal and hard rock books, there are a handful of authors that seem to write the vast majority of them. Joel McIver is one of those prolific writers, and has written some notable books over the years about artists including Metallica, Slayer, Machine Head, Randy Rhoads, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and many others. His latest collaboration is with Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson on My Life With Deth. He also worked with Max Cavalera (Soulfly, ex-Sepultura) on My Bloody Roots, which will be published in early 2014. McIver fills us in on those two projects, several others he's currently working on, the future of print magazines, his favorite albums of 2013 and other topics.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The internet might just explode due to this story. Last week, we posted that video of Justin Bieber humming the solo to Metallica's "Fade To Black" and there was mass amounts of butthurt. Metallica themselves were interviewed recently, and I guess the story got back to the interviewer, because they asked Metallica about Bieber, and shocker… James Hetfield says: ...
Heavy metal’s favorite holiday is tomorrow. Whether you’re putting together the soundtrack for a crazy party or just trying to get some songs together to make it through the day at work, it’s time to finalize your Halloween playlist. Of course you HAVE to have the Misfits on there, which is why we gave them
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
There’s only a few more days ‘til Halloween, and, for many metalheads, this is the time of year when custom horror movie marathons are assembled. Everybody watches the classics like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th, but it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few obscure movies, too. Don’t be surprised,
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Pantera's career is chronicled in Neil Daniels' latest book Reinventing Metal: The True Story of Pantera and the Tragically Short Life of Dimebag Darrell. Daniels spoke with several former band members along with those close to the group for a thorough look at both their musical endeavors and personal relationships. The band's compelling and tragic story is told very well by Daniels.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Trivium's latest album is Vengeance Falls, which was produced by Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman. Before a recent concert in New York, I sat down with guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto for a conversation about the new album, working with Draiman, the current state of the music industry, upcoming tour plans and other subjects.
Metal and horror go together like chocolate and peanut butter. They both represent the alluring countercultures of their entertainment niches, and, for whatever reason, there are those of us who need to dabble in forbidden delights that some people avoid or never even discover. When it comes to horror movies, a well-placed metal song may .
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
When the idea of a metal scene is brought up, we hardly think of countries that don't receive big tours or aren't brought up in conversations in general. Filmographer Leslie Bornstein isn't one of those people and looked into the idea of the metal scene in Mozambique; the results, named Terra Pesada, are amazing. Bornstein
Monday, October 14, 2013
Ereb Altor are the Swedish band made up of members of Isole. The Bathory-influenced group's latest album is Fire Meets Ice.We caught up with the band's vocalist/guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Mats, who tells us about the new album, the response to it so far, upcoming tour plans and other subjects.
Metal Music Studies is explicitly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary: embracing both musicological research and music theory about metal music, and social scientific and humanistic research about metal music as a genre. We are interested in original papers on metal music. We aim to receive contributions from researchers and theorists aligned with the subject field of metal music studies, but also researchers and theorists from other disciplines who feel that their interest in a form of popular music marginalizes them from the core debates in their discipline.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Motörhead icon Lemmy has been typically nonchalant about his recent health issues, insisting that we’ve all been worrying about nothing.
DevilDriver are currently on tour with Trivium. Before their recent New York show, I sat down backstage for a conversation with guitarist Mike Spreitzer. We discussed the tour, the band's latest album Winter Kills, his other endeavors including producing and the website AllAxesses.com and other topics.
Frank interviews Jeff Walker and Bill Steer, founding members of Carcass, and talks about the success (or perhaps lack of success?) of the band's new album, Surgical Steel, the criticism of Swansong (which is a Metal Injection favorite btw), the drama with Colin Richardson quitting the album process to go mix the new Trivium record ..
Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past. This week, Hirax are in the spotlight. They were one of the early crossover thrash bands, and are still around today, with a new album set to be released soon. Their 1985 debut Raging Violence is this week's Retro Recommendation.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Soulfly recently released their latest album Savages. It was a family affair, with frontman Max Cavalera bringing his son Zyon aboard as their new drummer. His other son Igor was also a guest vocalist on a track. I spoke with Cavalera about the new album, Zyon's addition to the band, the status of the next Cavalera Conspiracy album, his autobiography and other topics.