DOWNLOAD: All That Remains, "This Calling" (mp3)
As usual, you won’t be able to throw an elbow at Ozzfest next month without smacking a New England metal/hardcore band. This year’s breakout act should be mainstage tech-thrash furies Unearth, whose III: In the Eyes of Fire (Metal Blade) drops smack in the middle of the tour.
The Gersch: preparing to unleash the goat horns.
When Hydrahead and Tortuga left Boston (literally, in OTD's backyard) for L.A. we kicked them in the ass and thumbed our noses and told them they'd be back in six months. Now that they're distributed by Vice and get their bands reviewed in the New York Times, it may be time to face facts: they won't be crawling back for at least another two, three years tops.
All photos (c) Carina Mastocola.
01. South of Heaven 02. Silent Scream 03. War Ensemble 04. Blood Red 05. Cult 06. Disciple 07. Mandatory Suicide 08. Seasons in the Abyss 09. Chemical Warfare 10. Dead Skin Mask 11. Hell Awaits 12. Raining Blood 13. Antichrist 14. Angel of Death
We cannot tell you how psyched we are to post this song. We cannot tell you how psyched we are that this band exists. Warning: unless you spent many hours living 15 minutes away from New Jersey, obsessing over obscure sleaze-metal bands like Heaven's Edge, you may not lose quite as much of your shit as we do every time this song comes on.
ThePhoenix.com's K. Bonami fought her way through a forest of stoners to bring back this rare footage of last year's Swedish hipsterbait Dungen and J. Mascis's medieval, middle-aged metal band Witch. From the Middle East on June 8:
Click for the big version.All photos courtesy of the lovely people at HarmonixYesterday wasn't just National Slayer Day, it was also the birthday of one of our favorite videogames ever: Guitar Hero. So naturally, GH creators Harmonix (those awesome professional-music-videogame-makers we keep visiting in Central Square) had to celebrate the Devil's Day in true-KISS-Army fashion: by coming to work, painting each others' faces in Black-Diamond-ish corpse-paint unholygoodness, and staging a group photo.
They’re 22. They live in Allston. They’re heavy like Norma Jean and pretty like Motion City Soundtrack. And goddamn, they got the good release date. We're talking about Vanna, who signed to Epitaph after being together only eight months, when an A&R scout stumbled over a song on PureVolume. Some people call Vanna the luckiest band in town — not least of all the band members themselves.
Top: She's the Car. Bottom: Therefore I Am
DOWNLOAD: Therefore I Am, “I Get Nervous In Cars” (mp3)DOWNLOAD: She’s the Car, “Vibeke” (mp3)
We take an interest in scenes of all flavors, and right now the one that’s got the most juice in Boston is the teenpunk underground that’s grown up around venues like the ICC Church and bands like Vanna and the Receiving End of Sirens.
Photos (c) Byron Smith.
Wales's Bullet for My Valentine are having their breakout year: introduced to the headbanging faithful via tours with Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil, they landed the most coveted opening slot in New York (Guns N Roses' Hammerstein shows) and then set out to headline a Trustkill tour, which brought 'em to Axis last night.
From top: DragonForce, metalheads, Gamma Ray, Into Eternity, Light This City, Bronx Casket Co., Wolf, Wolf. All photos (c) Carina Mastrocola.
(OTD is stuck at a podcasting conference this weekend (you can watch it live on the internerd), but ace photographer Carina Mastrocola is at the world-class New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, where last night goateed dudes played thrash covers of "Beat It," Italian girls killed it, and a few dudes who weren't on the schedule stopped by.
The most ridiculous weekend ever. How ridiculous?
WHAT: R. Kelly "Trapped in the Closet" sing-a-long. WHAT?!: "Maybe you've even seen them on DVD in a room with friends. But you haven't fully experienced them until you've rapped along with R. Kelly in a theater full of hundreds of friends and a bevy of props hidden around the room.
Poison the WellAt Axis, April 10
Poison the Well are hard to place within the metal/hardcore spectrum. Their secret recipe mixes nu-metal and emo with traditional-breakdown hardcore, creating an ultra-melodic sound unique among young metalcore dinosaurs. Their crossover sound allows them to attract wide audiences [just like C.
Tickets to this thing go on sale this Thursday. Watch this space for pre-sale links.
Now let's talk about the Best Music Poll ballot for a second. For reasons that are lost to history, the one category where OTD really holds an sway in the nominations are in the metal categories. And so first of all, we'd like to apologize to Doomriders, who made the local metal album of the year (perhaps the national metal album of the year), and did not get nominated for a damn thing in this year's BMP.