By: Chris Coutsoukis
Yesterday, Bring Me The Horizon released a live DVD for their concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The performance above features the band playing their hit single "Happy Song" with a full orchestra and choir. Live At Royal Albert Hall is available on in several different format's at the band's store including a triple vinyl and a five disco photo book
Back in September of 2014, Fighstar made a Facebook post alluding to a possible return from hiatus... A year later we have the result; a brand new album Behind The Devil's Back, released via the band's own record label. Typically when promoting artists, media companies prefer to show fans an artist's most polished work such as studio quality recordings and music video. In this case, when an artist can back up their sound just as passionately on stage it gives fans a much better of idea as to the caliber of artist they are listening to. For those who haven't heard of the band, enjoy the leading single from Behind the Devil's Back, "Sharp Tongue" performed last month on the band's current UK Tour.
Earlier this year we had announced that Avenged Sevenfold had parted ways with drummer Arin Ilejay, today the band has announced that they have found his replacement. After the announcement that Ilejay would no longer keep the beat for the California five-piece, countless videos flowed in for hopeful fans auditioning for the band. Today, the band acknowledge these auditions with the announcement that the replacement has been known for nearly one year:
"It has been brought to our attention that a lot of videos have been posted online from some pretty amazing drummers who want to try out for Avenged Sevenfold. While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone. In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share we will be sure to do that. As for Mr. Chris Hawkins, you rule brother. We look forward to hearing about any future musical endeavors you may have. We appreciate the video and your service to our country. We will reach out and would love to meet with you when our paths cross next. - A7X"
Below is a video the band posted along with today's message.
Anytime the BBC is willing to publish music with a metal influence it is worth raising an eyebrow. Over the weekend, Bring Me The Horizon took major career steps by opening for the metal gods in Metallica at England's Reading Festival. Below is the a clip from BMTH's set performing "Throne" from their upcoming album, That's The Spirit, to a mass of UK festival-goers. That's The Spirit is due Sept. 11th via Columbia Records. Click here to find your tickets to Bring Me The Horizon's headlining tour with Issues at the Worcester Palladium Wednesday, October 7th.
It is not everyday that fans see releases from the surviving members of Seattle's Grunge scene, but anytime bands like Alice in Chains or Pearl Jam put out new music, it is usually worth getting excited about. Legendary frontman Chris Cornell of Audioslave and more recently Soundgarden, has confirmed that the band has already begun its creative process towards a 7th studio album. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Cornell revealed Soundgarden, “[is] already working on new material for an album. And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to , as well as a new Soundgarden album.” Higher Truth is Cornell's 4th solo studio album and will be released via Universal Music Group this coming September 18th. For now, Soundgarden fans have something to look forward to.
After their recent return to the radio winners' club with "Cut The Cord," long-time rock veterans in Shinedown are back on the road bringing along Breaking Benjamin. After some time away from the limelight both acts are sporting new music, Breaking Benjamin will be playing tunes from their Billboard #1 Dark Before Dawn while Shinedown is sure to flex some upcoming ballads from their highly anticipated Threat To Survival which hits stores September 18th. Shindown frontman Brent Smith comments, " refers to that primal instinct in all of us that determines how we respond to crisis and conflict – the idea of ‘fight or flight’ and the choices we make in any given situation. This album represents those deciding moments for us as a band. It’s a collection of scenarios that made us who we are, and is, by far, the most autobiographical album we’ve created to date.” Dates for the tour can be found below.
Fall Co-Headliner Dates:
Oct. 16 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Arena
Oct. 18 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheater
Oct. 20 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
Oct. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - KUPD Festival @ Mesa Amphitheater
Oct. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
Oct. 24 - Sacramento, CA - Monster Energy Aftershock 2015
Oct. 26 - Everett, WA - Xfinity Center
Oct. 27 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
Oct. 29 - Bozeman, MT - Brick Breedan Fieldhouse
Oct. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverick Center
Oct. 31 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Events Center
Nov. 02 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Nov. 04 - Cedar Rapids, IA - US Cellular Center
Nov. 06 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
Nov. 07 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center
Nov. 08 - Salem, VA - Salem Center
Nov. 10 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Coliseum
Nov. 11 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
Nov. 13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 14 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Center
Nov. 15 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center
Nov. 17 - Fayetteville, NC - Crown Center Coliseum
Nov. 19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 20 - St. College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
Nov. 21 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Arena
Nov. 23 - Albany, NY - Time Union Center
Nov. 24 - Portland, ME - Cross Insurance Arena
In just a short 24 hours not only have the nu-metal legends in Disturbed returned to the scene after a four year hiatus, but they have released a brand new music video for their single "The Vengeful One" along with album details for their upcoming sixth studio album, Immortalized. This is the band's latest studio work since 2010's Asylum and is slated for an August 21st release.
It seems the hard rock industry is firing on all fronts as two "New Wave of American Metal" giants Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed have risen from the ashes. Frontman David Draiman comments, “The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated.” According to Loudwire, the band had been writing since the end of 2014 and kept the studio work top secret to the industry. Drayman continues, "For this album, everything was written in the same room,” says Draiman. “It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference.”
NBA fans who attended tonight's Game 5 in San Fransisco got more when they expected when Metallica strapped in to kick off the night. Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet are California locals and have played other Bay area sporting events including the San Fransisco Giants. Metallica commented earlier this week on the news, "We're incredibly lucky to have another winning team here in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors took the NBA Western Conference title and are facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals! By now we're guessing that you've noticed that we like to support our home sports teams, so to continue in that tradition James and Kirk will be on hand at Game 5 on Sunday, June 14th. They'll be performing the National Anthem before the game as the Warriors resume their quest for the title back at home at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA that night."
Last week metal-core act Asking Alexandria exploded the metal community when they revealed the identity of their new frontman along with the simotanues release of the band's new single "I Won't Give In." Not only is the tune sitting at #1 on iTunes Rock Charts but it has every AA fan taking to social media, which apparently includes former frontman Danny Worsnop. The single is the first to come from the AA camp since Danny's departure in January, and it comes in good remarks by the former frontman. Worksop comments, "New @AAofficial song (first since my departure) out now! Very happy to hear shit's still going strong. Check it out." While some fans remain disappointed, the line up change seems to be doing both parties well, AA founder Ben Bruce told Kerrang!, "Danny just stopped caring about Asking Alexandria; his heart wasn’t in it anymore. He didn’t like screaming, he didn’t like heavy music, he didn’t like the fans, he didn’t like anything to do with Asking Alexandria."