Caleb: not fucking afraid of those other heatseakers.
DOWNLOAD: Heatseeker, "Heavy With Shadows" (mp3)
If you ever wondered why Cave-In never sounded the same way twice, take a listen to what its members have released since the breakup: it's a minor miracle these guys ever agreed on anything
It's official: Only Living Witness will play a reunion show at the Middle East downstairs on June 14. Support bands are still being finalized. Tickets are not yet onsale, we'll update as soon as more info becomes available. For a comprehensive history of the band, read James Parker's interview with frontman Jonah Jenkins here, on the occasion of Century Media's reissues of OLW's two studio albums.
Hard to believe it's been ten years since Aaron Turner started Isis -- and eight years since we wrote this. Back then, Aaron was still at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, his LP sleeves were redefining the aesthetics of metal, Isis had released all of one EP (on Escape Artist, a label then-Relapse publicist Gordon Conrad had formed specifically to put out the Isis demo), and Hydrahead was home to Cave In and Converge.
Idolator editress Maura Johnston
Since about eight zillion people have emailed us the Harptallica clip, we're giving in and joining the fray. Our contribution: we're starting an online petition to require, by law, that Joanna Newsom join the group immediately. Sign it or you're soft.
To get an idea of what it might sound like, press play on both the videos below (and crank down the volume a little on Joanna).
Click on the image to watch MTV News's feature on Bang Camaro
And you thought we were kidding about world domination. The MTV video crew that was following Bang Camaro at the FNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll has turned in BC's first piece of hugenormous national propoganda, in which the 20+ dude metal choir sees their faces transposed among the greats: Kiss, Ozzy, and Skid Row.
No, you didn't dream it: that was Bang Camaro's "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" playing when Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron-Cohen got up to accept last night at the MTV Movie Awards. To see the clip -- which includes Sacha's bitch-slap -- click the link below.
WATCH: Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen featuring Bang Camaro on the MTV Movie Awards
Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Jam
Cannibal Corpse (with Trevor from Black Dahlia Murder)
The Red Chord
Job for a Cowboy
Beyond the Embrace
The Architect (Note to singers playing NEMHF: if your drummer throws a stool into the audience, the audience very well may throw it back and hit your singer in the head, thereby forcing him to complete the set in a bloody mess and then repair to the hospital afterwards for stiches. -- C.M.)
New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Day TwoApril 28, 2007The Palladium, WorcesterPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
The Locust and DaughtersApril 12 at the RoxyPhotos: Rev. Aaron
NEMHF 2006 (2006, day 2) (2006, day 3)
The lineup is in for the ninth annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and the big news (other than that the fest has scaled back from three days to two) is that the second day of the festival will function as a 25th birthday party for the legendary Metal Blade label.
He Is Legend
Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, Chimaira, and He Is LegendFebruary 24 at AvalonPhotos (c) Carina Mastrocola
If you flipped through those photos casually, we want you to go back and check out how focussed Dragonforce's beer-through-a-straw game is.
Details continue to emerge about the new NIN disc, Year Zero (April 17, Interscope), including a fairly sophisticated ARG that includes the requisite Lost-afarian dupe sites, multiple narrative subplots about new world orders or something, and, what the hell, a leaked mp3. We're sorta digging "My Violent Heart", which has the soul of the old P.
The one thing we haven't hated about the Grammys these past couple years has been the metal nominations -- and that's saying a lot coming from an OTD who was permanently scarred by the debut 1988 metal award going to Jethro Tull over Metallica. We'd trace the uptick back to Shadows Fall's out-of-nowhere (yet entirely right-fucking-on) nomination three years back; since then the Grammys have followed up by nominating Killswitch Engage ('06) and Mastodon ('07).
IF YOU GO:
DOWNLOAD: Converge, "No Heroes" (mp3)DOWNLOAD: Red Chord, "Antman" (mp3)DOWNLOAD: Transistor Transistor, "Powerchord Academy" (mp3)