The organizers for one of the best all out heavy metal festivals in the United States have just announced the full line up for Maryland Deathfest XI happening May 23-26 in Baltimore. Some highlights include:
and many, many more
Tickets will go on sale Monday October 15th for the 4 day metal festival that takes place in two different venues. Multi-days passes will be available as will passes for one venue or the other. They will aslo be selling tickets for Thursday May 23rd only. Whether you are close to Baltimore or not this sounds like a great weekend of the heaviest of the heaviest in metal.
With all the recent outrage regarding the National Football League and its decision to use replacement refs instead of reaching a deal with the normal referees during their lock out, a lot of fans were very upset. Well for New Orleans Saints fans this is nothing new. After NFL Commissioner suspended current and former Saints players plus their head coach and General Manager hard core Saints fan Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Down fame had some choice words.
Die your hair black, put on some guy liner and break out the pleather pants as we get gothic this weekend.
The band Paradise Lost has been going at it for almost 30 years as one of the original goth metal bands. They actually started out in London as a doom/death metal band but by the time their 2nd album Gothic was released the songs we’re starting to get the goth influence that is now so prevalent in their music. With a new album out and a now successful tour with Devin Townsend of the states behind them, lead singer Nick Holmes joins me to dive into their history and try to predict their future.
Come on be honest with yourself, back in the day you were just as proud to have that Tesla “Mechanical Resonance” record as you were to have Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” Now I’m not saying that those two albums compare but I’m proving that all though they be famous for songs like “Love Song” and their cover of “Signs” make no mistake, Tesla is a hard hitting (almost) metal band. Frank Hannon breaks it down this weekend.
Also this weekend inside Hangar 19 we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Judas Priest’s “Screaming For Vengeance” with a Power Set of tunes from what may be their most famous album. Plus this week I’m not recommending a movie soundtrack, but a video game soundtrack, we’ll also go In the Vault with Killswitch Engage and get a Then and Now from the most bad ass supergroup around. Down. Join me inside Hangar 19 this weekend.
First up: Metallica have confirmed that the Orion Festivalwill return in 2013. Drummer Lars Ulrich says “”We had a great experience in New Jersey, and as we look to 2013, we’re definitely looking to keep it in New Jersey or to keep it on the East Coast.”
With Metallica set to headline at the upcoming Outside Lands fest, Ulrich expressed his love for the festival experience and how much he enjoys Outside Lands each year. “As a Bay Area resident and as a music fan, going to see Outside Lands every year is a huge thing,” he says. “Not only for me but also my family. Getting a chance to play it and to headline is obviously a huge thing for us. If I’m not going to play it, I’m going to go and I’m going to take my kids. It’s sort of the concert highlight of their year . . . So it works on all fronts.”
Ulrich had plenty of dish to share, including an update that the band will begin working on their new album very soon. We’ll be waiting somewhat patiently.
Now, let’s move on to Down.
Anselmo, Keenan and crew are set to release a new EP, the first of four planned releases, on September 18th. The EP is labeled EP ONE and luckily, we can hear a bit of it right now, courtesy of Rolling Stone. They’ve got the exclusive song premiere for “Witchtripper,” which by name alone, is automatically bad ass.
Anselmo tells the magazine that similar to the well-known Pantera songs “Fucking Hostile” and “Psycho Holiday,” “Witchtripper” was a song title required a little bit of convincing on his part, before he accepted it. “Somebody would suggest to me, ‘Hey, man, that might make a killer song title.’ And at the time I’m like, ‘You’re out of your f–king mind. There’s no way I’m gonna call a song ‘Witchtripper’”
But the riffs took control and Anselmo gave in. ”I was like, ‘OK, check this out, you dicks. ‘Witchtripper’ you want, ‘Witchtripper’ you will get,’” he says. “I laid it on them, and sure enough, they were right – it worked, as usual. So there goes the genius of Phil Anselmo. Always doubting, and I’m the last one to get it!”
Hangar 19 relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists who built this explosive genre, including Megadeth, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.
Host Cutter, a 15 year rock radio veteran, stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new metal in a weekly “Then and Now” segment and to interview the metal greats that helped mold the speaker-shredding musical movement.