Archive for June, 2008

Inspired by a true event. I think it was about 10 years ago when I was listening to a local “Top 40” countdown when some DJ filling in for the regular guy was doing okay, until he reached the #5 song by the band he mis-pronounced as “Metal-leek-ah”. Kind of takes the “edge” of their image. source

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DasDing.tv conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo at this year’s Rock am Ring festival, which took place June 6-7 in Nürburgring, Germany. Watch it in two parts.

Part 1

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Following a rip-off claim on Irish metal forum www.metalireland.com, which then spread to other international forums, made today in response to the newest METALLICA ‘Fly On The Wall’ documentary clip reported by Blabbermouth ERA VULGARIS frontman Chris Rob has made the following statement through their MySpace to clarify the band’s position on the matter and dispel any rumours about legal action.

” …so Metallica just release a new clip from the ‘Fly On The Wall’ documentary thing with a very brief excerpt from the end of a song.

An excerpt which bears no small resemblance to the chorus to Brittle (about 45 seconds in to the song www. myspace. com/eravulgaris ) from our debut album What Stirs Within.

Now, without any context given in the song it’s kind of hard to know what to make of this.  (more…)

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Metallica has revealed that they recorded a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Remember Tomorrow,” off the band’s self-titled debut album. Here’s the update from Metallica’a MySpace blog:

“We were honored to be asked to participate in Kerrang’s exclusive ‘Maiden Heaven’ tribute album… one of those super cool Kerrang! CD’s that you can only get when you buy the mag. In this case, the issue (1219) goes on sale in the UK on July 16 and for those of you somewhere else, you can pick it up online at http://www.kerrang.com.

“We picked ‘Remember Tomorrow’ from Iron Maiden’s self titled first album… it was basically the blueprint for songs like ‘Fade to Black’ and ‘Sanitarium’ and when we were jamming our way thru most of our favorite early Maiden songs, this one stood out and also came together somewhat effortlessly… we had a blast recording it at HQ in the middle of all the insanity of the last two weeks of finishing the new album back in May. Some of our other favorite bands recorded their own versions of Maiden songs too… Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed And Cambria, Dream Theater to name a few. There are more details in the current issue of Kerrang! or on their site… or check out the “official” press release here.

The complete Maiden Heaven tracklisting is as follows: (more…)

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According to Finland’s Record Shop X, the Finnish release date for the new Metallica album, “Death Magnetic”, is Wednesday, September 17. Although no official release date has yet been announced, it is likely that the Cd will be issued in the U.s. on September 16, with most of continental Europe receiving the album on Monday, September 15 (except Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where fans will presumably be able to purchase the Cd on Friday, September 12).

Metallica’s ninth studio effort, “Death Magnetic” will contain either 10 or 11 tracks. No song titles have been confirmed, although “My Apocalypse” was cited as one by Rolling Stone magazine. The band did not play any new songs at the recent Bonnaroo festival, although a selected group of U.s. and U.k. journalists have had a chance to preview six tunes from the upcoming release. (more…)

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US military have been using music as a form of torture in Iraq. Psychological operations (or psyops) play Metallica’s Enter Sandman or Eminem’s White America at excruciating volumes as a way of ‘breaking’ Iraqi prisoners of war.

Both songs feature in a torture playlist compiled by American investigative magazine Mother Jones. Fuck Your God by death metal band Deicide tops the list while Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA and Barney The Dinosaur’s I Love You are also popular choices.

The fact that Fuck Your God is actually anti-Christian and Born In The USA and White America focus on anti-establishment doesn’t seem to matter. I Love You, sung by a happy-go-lucky purple dinosaur, is known in the torture trade as futility music – chosen to “convince the prisoner of the futility of maintaining his position”. (more…)

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Ride The Lightning“While we’re finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases… First up are the first two albums (duh!?), “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride the Lightning“, coming out on April 15 in North America and pretty fucking close to that in the rest of the world.

There will be two versions…one like the original on a single disc spinning at 33 1/3, the other a two disc, 180 gram vinyl, 45 rpm package all in a double gatefold. The music was half speed mastered from the original analog tapes at Mobile Fidelity to bring you audiophile quality.

Both versions will be available in the online store here and over at Met Club. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Master” and “Justice” will obviously be next and should be coming out on vinyl in June.”  source

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by Christopher Beaumont

I am not, never have been, and never will be a metal historian. I would be willing to take that statement a step further and say that I will never be a historian of any sort on any subject. That said, I will always have at least a little knowledge about the subject of music; not much mind you, but enough to get by.

I guess this lack of true historical perspective dates back to my initial interest in music. I started late and therefore missed a lot of metal’s roots. The fact that I heard any of the true metal of the ’80s is thanks to my childhood friend Matt Byrne (now of the band Hatebreed), who was into the heavy stuff. This is where I first heard bands like Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Mercyful Fate, Suicidal Tendencies, and others. Still, I did not become a real fan until years later, after I cut my teeth on hair and glam metal. What does that have to do with Aural Amphetamine? Well, it is a documentary about the emergence of thrash and the importance that Metallica played in its growth in popularity. (more…)

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Guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie of the Danish modern metallers MNEMIC has issued the following update:

“All good things come to an end….

“This is just a tour recap as we came home a couple of days ago from a short run of three shows spread out on 10 days with the mighty, mighty super-incredible METALLICA!

“I must admit, we are one hell of a lucky band, to play with METALLICA for the fourth time. I don’t care about all the other bands who have already played with them who all sell more records than us, I am just extremely happy that a bunch of rednecks like us, out of noman’s land, the country of vikings, got the big opportunity to be on stage with one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world! I’ve written it, and I’ll write it again, METALLICA are in the best shape of their career and they are back stronger than ever! Watching them from stage, feeling the power and the energy and their joy for playing, just gets you the goosebumps and gets you pumped with more energy. I am pretty sure Robb and the rest of the gang in MACHINE HEAD would have to agree to that, ’cause we all were rockin’ out to their songs! (more…)

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span style=”font-family: Arial;”>Rolling Stone reports that METALLICA warmed up for their performance at the Bonnaroo Festival by playing a secret show in Nashville on Thursday night. Only 175 fans were present for the band’s nine-song performance at the Basement club. The following night, Metallica kicked off Bonnaroo with a headlining set at the Manchester, Tennessee festival. In other news, Metallica’s upcoming album will be called Death Magnetic, according to published reports. The disc, slated for a September release, will be the band’s first album of new material in five years. -93x.com (more…)

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Metallica has named its new album, which is due out in September.

It’ll be called…wait, I’ll have you guess.

But first, it’s interesting to note that the band played zero new material at the Bonnaroo festival over the weekend despite some fans reportedly shouting, “Play new songs!” (more…)

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Metallica has announced the title of its new album — “Death Magnetic” — by posting the finalized/complete version of the image that originally appeared on the band’s official web site on Tuesday (June 10) under the headline “???.”

A short video clip revealing the new album title can be viewed – here.

I can’t tell if that is a good title or not.. (more…)

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Metallica graphic June 12Since June 9, a mysterious image on the Metallica website has puzzled fans across the globe.

The graphic originally appeared with what looked like either the initials “DC” or two opposing magnets. An updated image on June 11 added the initials”EI,” making it then apear as if it was to be read “DEIC.”

June 12, the image was again updated, and it now appears to read “DEETIC.”(Compare all three versions in the photo gallery.) (more…)

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Metal Hammer magazine’s latest podcast, featuring deputy editor Caren Gibson‘s “blow-by-blow account” of the new METALLICA record — fresh from a very, very exclusive London listening party — is available for download at this location (MP3 file, 26 MB). (more…)

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No wonder Metallica needed a shrink. Its head is a mess.

First, the band outed downloaders, then it courted them with online exclusives. As recently as a few days ago, Metallica killed online reviews (which it also courted) of its upcoming, as-yet-untitled, full-length record. And Thursday, the band flip-flopped and posted links to the reviews on Metallica.com.

So, who’s to blame? Someone else, as usual. That’s just how therapy goes sometimes.

According to a post on Metallica.com, the band’s management outfit, Q Prime, is the culprit responsible for the take-down of early, mostly positive reviews from The Quietus and other sites:

Once we re-surfaced on Tuesday after a few weeks on tour in Europe, we were informed that someone at Q Prime (our managers) had made the error of asking a few publications to take down reviews of the rough mixes from the new record that were posted on their sites. Our response was “WHY?!!! Why take down mostly positive reviews of the new material and prevent people from getting psyched about the next record…that makes no sense to us!” So after a few rounds of managerial ear spank and sentencing everyone at Q Prime to 20 push-ups each, we figured why not take matters into our own hands and just post the links here on our site. (more…)

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