Mastodon will be embarking on a tour with Gojira and Kvelertak. The trek kicks off April 28 in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now.
Guitarist Bill Kelliher says: "Mastodon touring with Kvelertak and Gojira! Man, this is one tour dream come true! First of all Kvelertak and Gojira are two of my favorite bands at the moment, both putting out slamming records last year. We toured with them on off shows from the Soundwaves festivals in Australia and I remember thinking what a great package/lineup this would be to bring to the states, and now it's happening. GAME ON!!"
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak Tour Dates:
04/28 -- Seattle, WA -- Showbox SoDo
04/29 -- Portland, OR -- Roseland Theater
05/01 -- Oakland, CA -- Fox Theater
05/02 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Nokia Theater
05/03 -- Las Vegas, NV -- House of Blues
05/04 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- The Depot
05/05 -- Denver, CO -- Ogden Theater
05/07 -- Minneapolis, MN -- First Avenue
05/08 -- Chicago, IL -- The Riviera Theater
05/09 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Stage AE
05/10 -- Toronto, ONT. CAN -- The Sound Academy
05/12 -- Buffalo, NY -- The Town Ballroom
05/13 -- Washington, DC -- 9:30 Club
05/15 -- New York, NY -- Terminal 5
05/16 -- Boston, MA -- The Palladium
05/17 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Electric Factory
05/18 -- Columbus, OH -- Rock On The Range Festival
5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Barren Womb are a duo from Norway whose latest album is The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken. Tony Gonzahl introduces us to Barren Womb.
Give us a brief history of Barren Womb.
The two of us met and started jamming in Tromsø around 2003 and have played in various constellations together since then. Barren Womb was born in late 2011 out of a desire try something new and the duo format seemed like a fresh challenge. We've always worked well together and at this point we're as thick as thieves, so it's a really comfortable situation to be in.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken.
We rarely bring finished songs into the rehearsal space. All the magic happens through jamming and working on the structures together, a very fun and spontaneous way to go about things.
When time comes to put something to tape, we show up well prepared and record everything live. It's a really raw, dogmatic process. The Sun's Not Yellow, It's Chicken was recorded by our resident sound wizard Ole Spangrud (Mørkemakt, Neptune Surf Club), who's also done our last couple of releases. We mixed the album ourselves with some additional mixing by Juhani Silvola (Mala Fama, Sacred Harp, Highasakite).
How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
Voivod have been pushing genre boundaries since they formed back in the '80s. They have released a string of influential albums over the years. It looked like they would split after the death of guitarist Piggy in 2005 and the subsequent release of two albums that used music that he had written, but they continue on, making great music. We've compiled our list of the band's top albums. What do you think was Voivod's best release?
Every Friday I turn the blog over to Dan Marsicano for his Retro Recommendation, giving you a chance to learn about underrated and overlooked gems from metal's past.
This week is a very special edition of Retro Recommendation. It's the Italian band Dark Quarterer's 1987 self-titled debut. The album was recommended by Cormorant frontman Arthur von Nagel, and Dan spoke with von Nagel about the album and how it influenced Cormorant's music. He was also able to interview Dark Quarterer vocalist/bassist Gianni Nepi, who gives the historical background of the record.
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In addition to his main gig as Sepultura's guitarist, Andreas Kisser is also part of the band De La Tierra, who released their debut album earlier this year. That was on the heels of 2013's Sepultura album The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart. I spoke with Kisser about the genesis of De La Tierra, Sepultura's U.S. tour plans, another solo album, his son following in his musical footsteps and other topics.
(photo courtesy Roadrunner Records)
As the '80s came to a close, a lot of different styles were competing for attention. Grunge hadn't yet killed mainstream metal, so groups like Skid Row and Badlands made strong showings. The underground was thriving as well, with death metal legends Morbid Angel along with thrashers Exodus, Testament and Annihilator releasing excellent albums. Here's our list of 1989's best metal releases.
And in case you missed any of my previous lists, here they are:
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1988
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1987
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1986
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1985
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1984
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1983
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1982
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1981
- Top 10 Heavy Metal Albums Of 1980
Which album do you think was the best of 1989? Post your response in the comments section below.
It's a busy week for new releases, as we review more than two dozen albums. Check out our opinion of the latest from Acheron, ADX, Agiel, Anarchos, Aurora Borealis, Bast, Battleaxe, Bleeding Fist, Colossus, Destrage, Ektomorf, Hammercult, I Am Heresy, Kayser, Kuolemanlaakso, Mount Salem, Nothing, The Overseer, Prizehog, Profezia, Ready Set Fall, Suffer In Silence, Vanishing Point and Wolves Like Us.
(album cover courtesy SPV Records)
Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week. For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.
March 4, 2014
Acheron - Kult des Hasses (Listenable)
Agiel - Dark Pantheons EP (Deepsend)
Anarchos - Descent Into The Maelstrom (Vic)
Battleaxe - Heavy Metal Sanctuary (SPV)
Bleeding Fist - Deaths Old Stench (Moribund)
Carnifex - Die Without Hope (Nuclear Blast)
Cholera - Plagiarised Hope (COF/Holy Ground)
Colossus - Lobotocracy (Klonosphere)
Comeback Kid - Die Knowing (Victory)
Cremetory - Antiserum (SPV)
Destrage - Are You Kidding Me? No. (Metal Blade)
Ektomorf - Retribution (AFM)
Fossils - Flesh Hammer (Indisciplinarian)
Frail Grounds - The Fields Of Trauma (Hostile)
Freedom Call - Beyond (SPV)
Hammercult - Steelcrusher (SPV)
Hirax - Immortal Legacy (SPV)
I Am Heresy - Thy Will (Century Media)
Kayser - Read Your Enemy (Listenable)
Kuolemanlaakso - Tulijoutsen (Svart)
Morbus Chron - Sweven (Century Media)
Mount Salem - Endless EP Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Nothing - Guilty Of Everything (Relapse)
The Overseer - Rest And Let Go (Solid State)
Portal - For All That Is Damned To Vanish (Vic)
Prizehog - Re-Unvent the Whool (Eolian Empire)
Profezia - Oracolo Suicida (Moribund)
Ready, Set, Fall - Memento (Lifeforce)
Ribspreader - Meathymns (Vic)
Scars Divide - Scars Divide EP (Tenacity)
The Strigas - A Poisoned Kiss To Reality (Southern Brigade)
Suffer In Silence - Behind The Truth (Sliptrick)
Vanishing Point - Distant Is The Sun (AFM)
Wild Throne - Blood Maker EP (Brutal Panda)
Wolves Like Us - Black Soul Choir (Prosthetic)
2014 is off to a slow start. There have been a lot of disappointing and pedestrian metal releases so far this year. February continued that trend, with not very many standout albums. Behemoth tops the list, a highly anticipated release that actually met its lofty expectations. Check out our list, and let us know what your choice is for the month's best new metal album.
(album cover courtesy Metal Blade Records)
Hammercult hail from Tel Aviv, Israel, and their second album is Steelcrusher. Yakir Shochat is the band's vocalist, and he tells us about their background, the new album, the guest appearance from Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, the metal scene in Tel Aviv and other topics.
(photo courtesy SPV Records)