The Hatchet Job: April 3-8

April 3

Dimmu Borgir Keeps Teasin’

Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (whose stage name is Silenoz), stated in an interview with Metal Shock Finland that they are in the middle of mixing the highly anticipated follow up of their 2010’s Abrahadabra AND gave us a glimpse of what’s to come…it sounds glorious.

“It’s more epic and symphonic, it’s more brutal, it’s more black metal, it’s more primitive.” Said Silenoz. “It includes everything we are known for, and what’s even better about it is that it has just come so easy.” My Stan… We will have to wait and see. In the meantime, cure those Dimmu shakes you got going on after reading the statement and get ready for their DVD Forces of the Northern Night which will be out on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The DVD will feature two live performances with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and their entire Wacken Open Air set in 2012.

April 4

We Venture ‘On the Wrong Side of the Wire’

God Dethroned has brought us more death metal with their latest music video for “On the Wrong Side of the Wire” and this song will have you hitting the replay button a couple of times! That riff will have you headbanging like no one’s business. This track will be feature on their May 5 album The World Ablaze which will burst via Metal Blade Records and it’s their first full length album in seven years! If this is how the album is gonna sound, then it’ll be worth the wait.

April 5

Watch out Deathcoreheads, the ‘Revelation’ Is Coming…

And it came and straight from Chicago! Oceano lays it all out on us in all its gritty, thick and growly goodness. “Revelation” will be featured in the quartet’s May 19 album The Great Tribulation which will debut via Sumerian Records. I’m not much of a deathcorehead but I gotta admit, this was a good song to tear shit up and put it on full blast at the end of your long work shift.

April 6

You’ll Catch Us ‘Dancing With The Wrong Girl’

That’s right, no shame and it’s something we’re all guilty, especially if its the Black Star Riders’ song! Now you dance AND view this beauty in their latest music video…sorry the infamous “wrong girl” Ricky Warwick laments over doesn’t have a face, but the sexy neon devil lady might as well be her. DAMN YOU STAN! If you can’t stop dancing to this catchy song, be sure to snag up their latest album Heavy Fire which is out now via Nuclear Blast. Not sure if you wanna, see what the Klown thought about it.

The Lights Have Dimmed Within the Trans Siberian Orchestra

Founder of the famous Trans Siberian Orchestra, Paul O’Neill, passed away at the age of 61 from chronic illness. “He was our friend and our leader—a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul.” Said the band about their fallen leader on their Facebook page. The band also mentioned in the statement that they would make additional announcements and asked fans to respect the privacy of O’Neill’s family.

O’Neill started out in the Floridian power metal band Savatage in 1983 as a lyricist and guitarist. Ten years later, O’Neill along with his band mates, keyboardist Robert Kinkel and vocalist/pianist Jon Oliva, crafted the rock opera powerhouse we know today. It’s uncertain what the future holds for the Trans Siberian Orchestra but whatever the outcome, we’ll look back and indulge in these masterpieces. Thank you for everything, Mr. O’Neill. That giant concert in the sky just got more metal and epic.

April 7

The Obsessed Tell A ‘Sacred’ Story

The doom legends are back and continue to celebrate their efforts by releasing something “Sacred,” as in the music video for the track! The hazy video and the fur clad man and woman really fits with the doomy, old school vibe. This enjoyable song will have you cracking open a beer or two. “Sacred” is featured in their first full length album in over 20 years titled Sacred which dropped today via Relapse Records! Interested? Of course you are! And thanks goodness for technology no? It is now available for streaming in their bandcamp.

April 8

American Idol: Metallica

Sorry to burst your bubble, but American Idol is dead and gone and it has not been resurrected for a metal version. BUT Metallica has created their version per se by launching “Hit the Stage” where you can vote which local bands will win the spot as openers in their five city “mini” tour. Though California is not included (Boo, you whores!), these pre selected bands will have their opportunity to shine in the blazing stadium stage lights. So be a real one and check ‘em out at their site to get ALL the details.

May 19 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (also with Volbeat)

June 4 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium (also with Volbeat)

June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

 

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