As you all are likely aware by now, Machine Head have parted ways with long time bassist Adam Duce and have opened up the audition process to the public. Not long after, the tried and true Christian Olde Wolbers of Fear Factory released a try-out video for the band, even though he was surely familiar enough with the band that he could have just rung up Rob Flynn like, “sup.” Without even looking at the video, everyone pretty much knows that Wolbers is certainly qualified for the job.
But apparently the band either didn’t realize that Wolbers auditioned — which is a pretty dubious assumption — or they’ve decided to level the playing field, because they’ve announced that they’re still searching for a permanent fill-in and will be holding in-person tryouts soon.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is something I have loved since it started. Each year it brings something for everyone, and I was lucky enough to be there in 2011 for Disturbed‘s last show before their hiatus, Trivium‘s first tour playing stuff from In Waves, Megadeth for obvious reasons, and to even be front row for Machine Head, singing ‘Halo’ in the pouring rain. This year, though, the lineup is sick. Mastodon, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Job For A Cowboy, Born Of Osiris…it’s so good! Of course there are some bands I have no care for (ahem, Five Finger Death Punch, Motionless In White) but that’s why there’s multiple stages, right? And speaking of, this year there will be not three, but FOUR STAGES. I am revving up my excitebike as we speak. I’m definitely going to find my way to the Tampa date, and hopefully be able to score some sweet interviews while I’m there! You can read the full lineup and dates after the jump.
Bassist Adam Duce and Machine Head have parted ways. Via Facebook:
“Machine Head and bassist Adam Duce have parted ways. The split is amicable, and Machine Head would like to wish Adam the best with his current and future endeavors. The band will continue on for the time being as a three-piece and have begun the writing process for their follow-up to 2011′s “Unto The Locust“. A late 2013 release is projected.”
I love buying music. It’s probably my favorite things to do. Whether it is limited edition vinyls or cassettes or the obvious old CD, I love it. It’s the reason why my bank account is looking so slim right now, and is the result of constant explorations, discoveries, and the need to collect everything possibly by my favorite artists. But with things like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, and Last.FM, many see the act of buying physical music as impractical and unnecessary. I, along with many other writers on this blog, am one to completely disagree and argue that buying music in physical form is an experience, similar to seeing a band live. Robb Flynn of Machine Head recently said in an interview it just didn’t make sense and that he would ever buy another physical CD again. Sorry, Robb, but you’re sorely mistaken.
Members of Hellyeah, Lamb of God, In Flames, and Sylosis Pay Tribute to Dimebag Darrell
Saturday night was the anniversary of the passing of the great Dimebag Darrel Abbot, guitarist for Pantera who was tragically shot and killed on-stage back in 2004. Eight years is a long time, but for those who respcted and loved Darrel, no amount of time will ever be able to effectively heal those wounds. So in honor of Darrel’s passing several bands were filmed paying tribute to the man and his music over the weekend. From Machine Head, to Sylosis, these band’s took special time out of their day and did their best to honor a man who was, for better or worse, a key-player in bringing metal to the masses during the late 80′s, 90′s and early 2000′s. I’m not going to say much else, because really what can I say? If you’re interested, click the videos, watch them, and then go listen to Vulgar Display of Power and pour one out for a fallen homie. Cheers.
Brendon Small is a remarkable fellow. Not only has he enjoyed the success of two animated series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Home Movies and Metalocalypse), but the Berklee graduate is also a gifted musician and standup comic.
Small discusses Metal, why his next television endeavor won’t be animated, acting school, his heroes, and his hopes of returning to standup comedy.
So do you ever plan to revisit standup, and what was that like compared to acting, studying at Berklee, and then today, making cartoons?
It’s funny, ’cause my goals in standup are very specific and small from time to time because I enjoy doing it, I enjoy [it] when new stuff works. I’m kinda using it to develop some ideas right now, but there’s some other stuff that I’m working on. When I go up onstage, when you see me performing, it has nothing to do with the world of Metal, or anything. It’s more just related to my life and my family… it’s kind of almost more… about whatever’s going on in my life at any particular time. But it’s fun, I enjoy it. It’s harder than anything else you’ll do… I just kinda learned how to redo it, relearned the rules or whatever “not to do”. Stupid mistakes people [make] with the audience.
Playing Metal in front of 30,000 people is WAY easier than performing for a small room of 18 people.
Really? The pressure’s that different?
It’s just [that] comedy’s not guaranteed to work. It really is not. When you go see a comedy show, it doesn’t mean it’s gonna be funny. You’re trying something that may not work. When you go and see a Metal show, I can go and rehearse, I can sit with the drummer, I can write some songs, I can put ‘em on a CD, and… I can gauge whether people are enjoying themselves by sales on all that stuff. And then I can go and play them, and chances are good – unless I screw up – that what I give the audience is what they expect, and they’re excited and everything. But that is NOT the case with comedy. I could have a misstep from the very beginning and lose people who are actually fans, by maybe losing confidence in the moment… Even if you do really well at the top of your set, it doesn’t mean that the middle of your set is gonna go well. But you can also potentially get them back again.
Anyway… I’m still very fascinated by it, but you kind of get out of it what you put into it. You have some comics who just want to be standups for a living, then you have people that are gonna utilize it as a tool for writing.
It wasn’t too long ago when rumors started floating around regarding the upcoming Dethklok tour, and now it’s been confirmed. Dethklok will be hitting the road this Fall with Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. Machine Head and All That Remains will have a rotating direct support slot, but if All That Remains’ set is heavy on the new material, then my colleague Evan is right in saying it’s probably worth skipping. I hate to be a negative nancy, but… you know.
Here are the dates:
10/30 Norfolk, VA – Norva
10/31 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/02 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
11/03 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
11/04 Worcester, MA – Palladium
11/05 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/07 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
11/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/09 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
11/10 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
11/11 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
11/13 Fargo, ND – The Venue
11/14 Minneapolis, MN – Myth
11/15 Milwaukee, WI – Rave / Eagles Club
11/16 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
11/17 Kansas City, MO – Midland
11/18 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/20 Denver, Co – Fillmore
11/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Great Salt Air
11/23 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
11/24 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/27 Hollywood, CA – Palladium
11/28 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
11/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
12/01 Austin, TX – Stubbs
12/02 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/04 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
12/06 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
12/07 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
12/08 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Thankfully, the tour is extensive and hits across the States. Make it out if you can!
Everyone and their mother’s is now aware of the circumstances that led to the cancellation of the immaculate co-headlining tour between Dethklok and Lamb of God with special guests Gojira that was suppose to take place in September. Randy Blythe was incarcerated for a few weeks and well the whole thing fell apart.
Lamb of God has since announced a new tour to make up for it, but my Jimmies were still rustled by the lack of Dethklok. Luckily for me and all the Klokheads — as I will now be referring to fans of the band — there appears to be a rumor floating around that a new Dethklok tour is in the works. Rumor has it that support will be coming from Machine Head (A), The Black Dahlia Murder (A+), and unfortunately All that Remains (F–).
Even though that last placement is a bit of a downer, it would still be a sweet show. You could catch TBDM, go outside for a smoke while All That Remains embarrasses themselves on stage, and then come back to catch the other good parts of the show.
I’m normally not one to bash bands, but I think it is pretty clear that the only thing that remains for All That Remains is shit.
So yeah, hopefully this turns out to be more than a rumor, because I have not had the chance to see Dethklok live, and I’m looking forward to it.
Bloodstock is by far the best festival in the UK. Every year has an better line-up than the last and the atmosphere is so friendly and down to earth, that it’s hard to not return each and every time. However, this year it just didn’t work out for me and with a line up including Nile, Behemoth, Machine Head, Deicide and Alice Cooper, by the time August rolled around, I just had to resign myself to waiting for those bands to come around another time.
But thankfully this cloud had a silver lining, in the form of a live-stream of the main stage that would be showing nearly all the bands over the weekend. So while I didn’t get to camp in a puddle or drink way too much and do terrible karaoke to Pantera songs, I still managed to catch quite a few bands through the stream and, naturally, it wasn’t long before they ended up on YouTube. So here’s a collection of performances, more after the jump!
A month or two back I made the observation that cruises were looking to be the next big thing in the music festival circuit, but maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that idea and wait and see how this thing pans out as the first ever Mayhem Festival Cruise (including Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Suicide Silence, Hatebreed, and more) has been cancelled.
Here’s the skinny:
“Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Mayhem Festival Cruise. If you purchased a cruise package, you will be automatically refunded to the credit card you used to purchase. If you used a prepaid card or gift card to purchase the cruise, please contact Rose Tours for your refund (215-663-8800). If you used a credit or debit card, you will see the credit within the next 2 to 3 weeks.
We are also offering anyone who purchased a cruise ticket a lifetime complimentary pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Summer Tour. You will still receive your cruise refund in addition to the lifetime pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. This pass is valid on any tour date beginning in 2013. Details on getting these lifetime passes will be announced shortly.
We apologize for the cancellation.”
Perhaps the economy not being so good and the main target audience for the bands billed to be on the cruise being mostly teens with roughly zero income is the cause of the cruise’s ill fate. Maybe the headlining Lamb of God decided that they’d be having more important things to worry about around that time. At any rate, the cruise is off. I’d feel sorry for the people who had potential holidays ruined, but it’s hard to be sympathetic to people who get a full refund and a lifetime (?!) pass to future Mayhem Festival tours. So I guess everyone comes out a winner — except maybe for people who had planned to go but haven’t gotten around to buying tickets yet. Oops.
But for now, if you have heavier tastes, there’s always Barge to Hell this December!