A Klok Opera: Dethklok’s Fourth Album Is Less Metal, More Humor

When Adult Swim debuted the brand new cartoon series from Home Movies creator Brendon Small, Metalocalypse, the world was introduced to five metal maestros who aimed to deliver their own brand of fist-to-face, shout-to-hell death metal to the masses. Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, Pickles and Nathan Explosion were Dethklok, a band whose massive metal influence simply couldn’t be bound by a television screen. Pioneered in the studio and on stage by creator Brendon Small, Dethklok released three death metal albums, each with brutal metal fundamentals and a satirical outlook on genre itself (when one of your albums has a song called “I Ejaculate Fire”, your tongue is firmly rested in your cheek). After the three Dethalbums, Small and crew released the soundtrack to the Metalocalypse special, The Doomstar Requiem. Though it acts as more of a TV companion album than a standalone death metal juggernaut, The Doomstar Requiem does the band’s journey to reunite justice and offers a remarkable amount of creativity behind the quintet’s purely metal story.

As the soundtrack to the Metalocalypse special The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera, The Doomstar Requiem acts in a different fashion than the three previous Dethklok albums, The Dethalbums I, II and III. While The Dethalbums were pure death metal records featuring Dethklok at their most natural and brutal, The Doomstar Requiem varies up the songs considerably, acting more like a Broadway soundtrack than the playlist to the rise of the Old Gods. While there are examples of death metal virtuosity on The Doomstar Requiem, it acts very leniently in that image. “I Believe” is an uplifting synth-driven song chock full of vocal melodies, while “How Can I Be a Hero?” contains multiple vocals from the band members (Brendon Small, Mike Keneally). “Abigail’s Lullaby” contains violent and frightening lyrics juxtaposed with an acoustic guitar and vocalist Raya Yarbrough singing high soprano notes. The consistently operatic songs tend to lend more instrumental influence from symphonic metal like Within Temptation than the death metal of Cannibal Corpse. “Givin’ Back to You” is a real oddity, capturing a synth-beat sound that sounds like it’s ripped straight from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The final track, the 24-minute long “Doomstar Orchestra”, plays the closer role with a massive orchestral score that captures that epic vibe that any metal odyssey can relate to. It’s a real cornucopia of sounds that Dethklok display on The Doomstar Requiem; it’s chock full of variety that, while not in tune with what you’d expect from the band, still manages to satisfy in a perverse and nonsensical kind of way.

That’s not to say there isn’t some brutality on The Doomstar Requiem. “The Duel” is a purely metal composition with the same amount of light-speed solos and double bass-pedal smashing as you’d expect from any of the Dethalbums. The same can be said with the single “Blazing Star,” and follower “Morte Lumina” a pair of mighty metal climaxes that bring Dethklok to its most apocalyptic of roots. The metal instrumentation throughout the album are usually set in the background, which is sure to bother long-time Dethklok fans, but when it shows up, it’s still incredible well-done. Songs like “The Answer Is in Your Past” might have some goofy vocals, but they’re still undeniably heavy. But is it heavy enough? If you got hooked on Dethklok from the Dethalbums, The Doomstar Requiem is sure to leave you disappointed. It doesn’t intend to be digested as a death metal album, nor should it really be judged as one. It’s a companion, a way to experience the story of The Doomstar Requiem instead of simply playing in its background.

Very much like past Dethklok albums, though, humor is big part of The Doomstar Requiem. Metalocalypse creator (and Dethklok mastermind) Brendon Small has constantly brought a sense of hyperbole and satire to the stereotypically brutal world of metal. The guttural voice of Small’s Nathan Explosion is both clever and brilliantly performed, with Explosion’s metal growls being the character’s default vocal style. Small and the rest of the longtime cast (like Mike Keneally, Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell) perform throughout the album just as well as on the TV show, with additional musicians like Jack Black and George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher bringing in even more variety. It’s a real circus of characters that drive Dethklok’s fourth album, a humorously ambitious record that seems more in tune with the show’s role as a comedic animated series than a harbinger of the future of heavy metal.

It really can’t be overstated how different The Doomstar Requiem is from its predecessors. Despite its small traces of metal intensity, it very rarely fits the same mold as any of the Dethalbums. Acting as a companion to the hilariously metal TV special, The Doomstar Requiem spends more time telling a story and showing memorable characters than brewing the circle pits. In that regard, it performs its job remarkably well. You really do get to know the characters more and it’s a great way to get yourself hyped for seeing the special on TV. But the goofiness probably won’t be enough for those who fell in love with Dethklok long ago. The Dethalbums were remarkable because they were fantastic death metal records in their own rights, so seeing this shift from seriously composed metal with un-seriously written lyrics to a character-driven humor narrative opera isn’t going to be met with unanimous praise. If you’re looking for the The Dethalbum IV, you won’t find it here. If you’re after a less serious and more experimental interpretation of Dethklok, then The Doomstar Requiem will leave a lasting impression. It’s a companion piece unlike any other and, if you’re willing to leave some comfort zones, you’ll fall in love with Dethklok all over again.

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Shred Along with the “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Soundtrack – Win a Gibson Snow Falcon

The official original score soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is available now via iTunes. So, now that you have your copy, don’t you want to shred along with the world’s seventh largest economy? Now you can! Head over to CraveOnline.com to win a brand new, extra special Gibson Brendon Small Snow Falcon Flying V Prototype guitar. These guitars are not available for purchase yet and are so new, the specs for it haven’t even been released! Enter to win here.

Okay, so now you have your guitar. You need a bit more gear to make that thing sing, right? Turn your attention to GuitarWorld.com, where for another week you can enter to win a Marshall MG15CFXMS Micro-Stack Guitar Amp! Enter to win at this location.

The deluxe edition of the soundtrack is also available now via www.brendonsmall.com, which includes a special “Making Of” featurette, containing interviews with musicians and actors involved in the special and soundtrack, as well as information involving every step from the writing to recording process. The deluxe edition of the METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack also includes the full libretto (the opera script in text form). Again, the deluxe edition is ONLY via www.brendonsmall.com and his TOPSPIN store.

As mentioned previously, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is a full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length soundtrack features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA aired on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The television special included guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

Stream the Entire “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Original Score Soundtrack TODAY

The official original score soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA has been unleashed to the world today via iTunes, but pay attention DETHKLOK fans—you have the chance to preview the album before buying, only via Yahoo Music! Yahoo is streaming the entire soundtrack in full now at this location. Listen now and then head to iTunes to buy your digital copy today!

 

But wait, there’s more! The deluxe edition of the soundtrack is also available now via www.brendonsmall.com, which includes a special “Making Of” featurette, containing interviews with musicians and actors involved in the special and soundtrack, as well as information involving every step from the writing to recording process. You can watch a 30-second teaser of the featurette now at CraveOnline.com via this link! The deluxe edition of the METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack also includes the full libretto (the opera script in text form). Again, the deluxe edition is ONLY via www.brendonsmall.com and his TOPSPIN store.

 

Didn’t have enough time to enter for the Premier Guitar Magazine / DETHKLOK Dunlop prize pack? There’s still time! The exclusive prize pack includes pedals, strings, straps and more! Take a look at all of the prizes and enter to win here.

 

As mentioned previously, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is a full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length soundtrack features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

 

OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die

2. Magnus and the Assassin

3. Partying around the World

4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge

5. How Can I Be a Hero?

6. The Fans are Chatting

7. Abigail’s lullaby

8. Some Time Ago…

9. The Duel

10. I Believe

11. A Traitor Amongst Them

12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother

13. Before You Go

14. The Answer is in Your Past

15. The Depths of Humanity

16. Givin’ Back to You

17. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti

18. The Crossroads

19. Morte Lumina

20. Blazing Star (listen now via Loudwire.com at this location)

21. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA aired on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

 

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

 

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

DETHKLOK Mastermind BRENDON SMALL Reveals 30-Second “Making Of” Featurette Teaser

Win a DETHKLOK Dunlop Prize Pack via Premier Guitar Magazine (Details Below)

 

Original Score, Featuring 50-Piece Orchestra, Being Released as Full-Length Album – Available via iTunes, Beginning October 29th

 

DETHKLOK mastermind Brendon Small is chock full of surprises this week— revealing the official METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack track listing, taking part in a very successful Reddit AMA (thanks DethFans), and now this! Brendon can now reveal a 30-second “Making Of” featurette teaser from the deluxe edition of the official score soundtrack. The teaser can be viewed now, exclusively at CraveOnline.com via this link.

 

The deluxe edition “Making Of” featurette includes interviews with musicians and actors involved in the special and soundtrack, as well as information involving every step from the writing to recording process. The deluxe edition of the METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack will also include the full libretto (the opera script in text form). The original score in regular format will be released on Tuesday, October 29th via iTunes, but ONLY the deluxe edition will be available two days early via www.brendonsmall.com and his TOPSPIN store on October 27th!

 

In celebration of the official soundtrack and special release next week, Premier Guitar Magazine and Dunlop have teamed up to give away a killer DETHKLOK rig prize pack full of so much gear that it’ll make your head spin! The exclusive prize pack includes pedals, strings, straps and more! Take a look at all of the prizes and enter to win here.

 

As mentioned previously, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA is a full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length soundtrack features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

 

OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die

2. Magnus and the Assassin

3. Partying around the World

4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge

5. How Can I Be a Hero?

6. The Fans are Chatting

7. Abigail’s lullaby

8. Some Time Ago…

9. The Duel

10. I Believe

11. A Traitor Amongst Them

12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother

13. The Answer is in Your Past

14. The Depths of Humanity

15. Givin’ Back to You

16. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti

17. The Crossroads

18. Morte Lumina

19. Blazing Star (listen now via Loudwire.com at this location)

20. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

 

 

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA airs on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

 

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOKguitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

 

View a five-minute intro clip of the METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA special via this link:http://video.adultswim.com/metalocalypse/special/

 

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

 

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

 

 

“METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Soundtrack Track Listing Leaked

Original Score, Featuring 50-Piece Orchestra, Being Released as Full-Length Album on October 29th

 

TV Special Airing Sunday, October 27th on Adult Swim

+ Watch the First Five Minutes of the Special NOW via Adult Swim

 

DETHKLOK mastermind Brendon Small is pleased to reveal the official METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack track listing today! See below for the full list of original score tracks, including the bonus track ‘Blazing Star’, released last week via Loudwire.com at this location. The original score will be released on Tuesday, October 29th.

 

OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die

2. Magnus and the Assassin

3. Partying around the World

4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge

5. How Can I Be a Hero?

6. The Fans are Chatting

7. Abigail’s lullaby

8. Some Time Ago…

9. The Duel

10. I Believe

11. A Traitor Amongst Them

12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother

13. The Answer is in Your Past

14. The Depths of Humanity

15. Givin’ Back to You

16. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti

17. The Crossroads

18. Morte Lumina

19. Blazing Star

20. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

 

This isn’t just your average metal record— as mentioned above, this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length album features the intense, driving metal thatDETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Also included with the album will be a bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians. Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

In other DETHKLOK happenings, Adult Swim unveiled a five-minute intro clip ofMETALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA special yesterday via this link: http://video.adultswim.com/metalocalypse/special/. Take a sneak peek at the special now before the air date on Sunday, October 27th!

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA airs on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

 

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

 

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

 

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

 

Exclusive New DETHKLOK Track ‘Blazing Star’

Loudwire.com is unleashing a brand new DETHKLOK track, cut from the upcoming full-length rock opera soundtrack for METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA. The single, ‘Blazing Star’, is an über-special treat for fans of DETHKLOK’s music, as it is not included in the televised rock opera and is ONLY available on the official soundtrack, available via iTunes on October 29, 2013. The epic new track features an astounding fifty-piece orchestra and a special guest vocal from DETHKLOK drummer Pickles. Listen now at this location.

 

The original score from METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERAwill be released as a full-length album on October 29, 2013. And this isn’t just your average metal record— as mentioned above, this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length album features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Also included with the album will be a bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians.

 

Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon andDETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA airs on Sunday, October 27 at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOKexperience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

 

Watch a first look of the special HERE.

Download artwork from the special HERE.

 

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

 

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

 

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

 

DETHKLOK’s “METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA” Airs Sunday, October 27th on Adult Swim

Original Score, Featuring 50-Piece Orchestra, Being Released as Full-Length Album on October 29th

 

Special Video Teaser Available for Viewing NOW

 

Adult Swim Television Special Features Special Guests

JACK BLACK, MARK HAMILL, MALCOLM MCDOWELL, and Cannibal Corpse’s GEORGE “CORPSEGRINDER” FISHER

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In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

 

Created by Brendon Small, the animated one-hour special, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA, airs Sunday, October 27 at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

 

Watch a first look of the special HERE.

 

The original score from METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERAwill be released as a full-length album on October 29, 2013. And this isn’t just your average metal record— this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length album features the bonus DETHKLOK single ‘Blazing Star’ and orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Also included with the album will be a bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians.

 

Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon andDETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

 

Creator Brendon Small states, “This is not like anything we’ve ever done. This is a full blown musical- metal combined with symphonic passages, classic musical theatre, high stakes drama, emotional moments, and yes totally ridiculous comedy. I drew from all of my influences to make this the most unique project I could dream of. This is easily the best thing we’ve ever done with the show and the music. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

 

Composer Bear McCreary states, “I have been a fan of Metalocalypse for many years, and I am fortunate to call Brendon Small my friend. METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA provided us the opportunity to collaborate that we’d always been looking for. I had a blast helping Brendon realize his vision for a fully-produced orchestral score to accompany his drop-tuned guitars and pounding double kicks.  This opera takes his catchy songwriting to a whole new level, and I was thrilled to help out.”

 

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

 

For more updates on the music and show, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at@_brendonsmall.

GENE HOGLAN Announces NEW DVD Title, “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two” – Featuring Music by DEATH, TESTAMENT, MELDRUM & More

Choose from SEVEN Pre-Order Packages NOW at www.HoglanIndustries.com

Earlier this week in an interview with Adam Lawton of MediaMikes.comGENE HOGLAN let the title of his new DVD out of the bag! The DVD,The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two, will feature “a lot of the stuff I have been doing at my clinics”, according to Gene.

 

Gene continues, “For this release I was able to get the licenses for the songs I am playing. Everything from Death, Testament and Meldrum are going to be on there. The new DVD has a lot of depth to it and I have tried to improve on everything included.”

 

The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two is available for pre-sale NOW, with several awesome package options (see below), at http://www.hoglanindustries.com/Fan_Packages.html. If that isn’t enough, although Gene has footage chosen for The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two, he’s leaving it up to his biggest fans to really decide what they would like to see!

 

As Gene continues the process of creating a bigger and better sequel to his first DVD release, he’d like to hear from you! Emailstreetteam@reversedrecords.com and tell Gene what you want to see on the next DVD, and you will be given the chance to pre-order several packages. There are seven “levels” or packages that fans can pre-order the DVD with. See below for all packages:

 

(These one-time-only offers are available until October 15, 2013) *Prices do not include shipping

 

(Level 1) Symbolic: $30

Fan Club Ranking: Private First Class

A copy of the DVD when it is released and a poster, both signed by Gene Hoglan.

 

(Level 2) The Atomic Clock: $60

Fan Club Ranking: Specialist

Gene Hoglan signature drumhead and drumstick, a copy of the DVD and a poster, both signed by Gene.

 

(Level 3) Demonic: $100

Fan Club Ranking: Sergeant First Class

Exclusive Fan Club T-shirt*, Gene Hoglan signature drumhead and drumstick, a copy of the DVD and a poster, all signed and personally addressed to you by Gene.

*Fan Club T-Shirt is available exclusively to members of the Atomic Army; it cannot be purchased anywhere by the general public. Your choice of two designs.

 

(Level 4) Shitstorm: $200

Fan Club Ranking: First Lieutenant

Gene will call two of your friends (or enemies) and tell them you’re cool, even if you’re a jerk. You will also receive the exclusive T-shirt*, Gene Hoglan signature drumhead and drumsticks, a copy of the DVD and a poster, all signed and personally addressed to you by Gene.

*Fan Club T-Shirt is available exclusively to members of the Atomic Army; it cannot be purchased anywhere by the general public. Your choice of two designs.

 

(Level 5) The Philosopher: $350

Fan Club Ranking: Captain

Help influence what you’d like to see on the DVD… Give Gene your suggestions face-to-face in a 30-minute Skype chat. Ask him about techniques, his touring experiences, anything at all! You will also receive the exclusive T-shirt*, Gene Hoglan signature drumhead and drumstick, a copy of the DVD and a poster, all signed and personally addressed to you by Gene.

*Fan Club T-Shirt is available exclusively to members of the Atomic Army; it cannot be purchased anywhere by the general public. Your choice of two designs.

 

(Level 6) Lifer: $500

Fan Club Ranking: Lieutenant General

Receive one of Gene’s very own cymbals, used on tour and on recordings with bands Testament, Dethklok, Death To All, signed and personally addressed to you. Includes exclusive T-shirt*, Gene Hoglan signature drumhead and drumstick, a copy of the DVD and a poster, all signed and personally addressed to you by Gene.

*Fan Club T-Shirt is available exclusively to members of the Atomic Army; it cannot be purchased anywhere by the general public. Your choice of two designs.

 

(Level 7) The Galaxy: $5000 (limited spots)

Fan Club Ranking: 5 Star General

Gene will fly to your hometown to hang out for the afternoon. Includes pictures with Gene and a one-hour one-on-one drum lesson, which will be filmed, and the highlights included in extra footage on all of Gene�s websites, with your name and picture appearing on his website. Also includes a signed copy of the DVD, personally addressed poster, exclusive T-shirt* and signature drumstick. (Please note this is limited to North America. Other countries please inquire)

*Fan Club T-Shirt is available exclusively to members of the Atomic Army; it cannot be purchased anywhere by the general public. Your choice of two designs.

 

 

Earlier this month, GENE HOGLAN announced his upcoming clinic tour, “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”.  See below for all currently confirmed dates.

 

Confirmed GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE Appearances:

9/21 – Calgary, AB @ Vern’s Tavern – Part of Noctis 666 Metal Festival and Conference – 3:00PM

9/29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive

9/30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (ALL AGES)

10/1 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

10/4 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s

10/17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville – Signing TBA – 6:00PM

10/19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music – Part of Drummer Fest / FREE – 11:00AM

 

 

GENE HOGLAN is heralded and is inspirational to many, even outside of his drumming and now celebrates a 30-year career in music as metal’s most in-demand legendary drummer.  Gene is the only metal drummer to accomplish two #1 records on the Rock charts in 2012 with Testament’sDark Roots Of Earth and Dethklok’s Dethalbum IIITestament’s Dark Roots Of Earth also went to #9 in the world and #12 in the US, andDethklok’s Dethalbum III also went to #10 in the US, and thru a major lifestyle change has beat diabetes and lost over 160 lbs.

 

For more information on GENE HOGLAN, visit http://www.hoglanindustries.com/.

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GENE HOGLAN Announces New Dates and Locations for “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”

Earlier this month, GENE HOGLAN announced the “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”, an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers. Hoglan is pleased to announce four additional dates being scheduled as part of this special clinic tour.

“THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” events have been added in San Diego, CA (two dates), Hollywood, CA, and San Jose, CA. Also, Gene’s Calgary date has been updated to 9/21. See below for times and details and stay tuned for more dates coming soon.

 

Confirmed GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE Appearances:

*updated* 9/21 – Calgary, AB @ Vern’s Tavern – Part of Noctis 666 Metal Festival and Conference – 3:00PM

*new* 9/29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive

*new* 9/30 – San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (ALL AGES)

*new* 10/1 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

*new* 10/4 – San Jose, CA @ Milano’s

10/17 – Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville – Signing TBA – 6:00PM

10/19 – New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music – Part of Drummer Fest / FREE –11:00AM

 

GENE HOGLAN came up with “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels. More information will be announced soon in regards to “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”.

 

This week, MusicRadar.com posted a unique interview with Gene regarding the “Dos and Don’ts for Metal Drummers”. Gene breaks down some of his choice dos and don’ts for drummers everywhere at this link.

 

Celebrating a 30-year career in music as metal’s most in-demand legendary drummer, Hoglan is the only metal drummer to accomplish two #1 records on the Rock charts in 2012 with Testament’s Dark Roots Of Earth and Dethklok’s Dethalbum IIITestament’s Dark Roots Of Earth also went to #9 in the world and #12 in the US, and Dethklok’s Dethalbum III also went to #10 in the US, and through a major lifestyle change has beat diabetes and lost over 160 lbs.

 

For more information on GENE HOGLAN, visit http://www.hoglanindustries.com/.

BRENDON SMALL’S GALAKTIKON To Make Live Debut Headlining WESFEST 8 Benefit Concert

Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, the critically acclaimed side-project of Brendon Small – the creative mastermind behind the smash-hit animated [adult swim] TV show Metalocalypse and the band Dethklok – will become the first metal act to headline an all-star lineup for WesFest 8: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The show marks the live debut of the project, and the event is sponsored by Gallien-Krueger Amplification, Mike Lull Custom Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Epiphone Guitars, and Studio Instument Rentals (S.I.R.).

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate (’92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series and related fundraising drive has raised more than $150,000 over the past seven years. This year, the goal is to raise $25,000.

Before Metalocalypse and Dethklok’s runaway success, Brendon Small, a Berklee alum (‘97), began his career in animation as the co-creator, writer, voice actor, composer and musician for the TV show Home Movies. Small has also lent his voice to a number of other shows including The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Reno 911!, and Frisky Dingo. He then reprised his co-creator/writer/voice actor/director/producer/music-composer role for Metalocalypse, which premiered in August 2006 and just completed its fourth season on [adult swim]. But in April of 2012, Small branched out to write and produce Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, a self-described “High Stakes Intergalactic Extreme Rock Album.” The long-awaited side project was inspired not just by modern metal, but also by Queen, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer.

Brendon Small himself had this to say: “I’m excited to get this album up on its feet in a live scenario with some of the best musicians on this planet.”

The live band required to pull off the multi-layered music of Brendon Small’s Galaktikon will contain four guitarists, including L.A.-based guitarist and former Musicians Institute Guitar Program Director Jude Gold (Jefferson Starship, Billy Sheehan), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani), Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor, Carly Simon), and Small himself. Additional band members include keyboardist/guitarist Walter Ino; bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, The Aristocrats); drummer Tim Yeung (Morbid Angel); and vocalists Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa), Kira Small (Peter Frampton, Martina McBride), Ali Handal (Neil Young, Paul Williams) and Jude Crossen.

“We’re beyond psyched to have Brendon Small’s Galaktikon making its debut at WesFest 8,” says event co-producer and Galaktikon bassist Beller. “For seven years we’ve been growing the WesFest community with every event, especially in Southern California. But this year, thanks to Brendon’s involvement, we’ve got a greater chance to reach more folks around the country than ever before.”

The event will feature three additional acts: Los Angeles funk/R&B bassist Derek Frank (Jonatha Brooke, Brian Auger); the WesFest All-Stars, featuring the music of previous WesFest performers and singer/songwriters Janet Robin (Lindsey Buckingham), Ali Handal, and Colin Keenan, along with a special group assembled by Zappa Plays Zappa drummer Joe Travers; and Danny Mo and the Exciters, featuring Wehmiller’s Berklee bass professor and close friend Danny Morris, as well as 2012 Wehmiller Scholarship award winner Jed Lingat and legendary drummer John “JR” Robinson.

From 1997 through 2001, Wes Wehmiller toured worldwide with the multi-platinum pop band Duran Duran, and appeared on many TV shows with them as well, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, VH-1’s Storytellers, and Hard Rock Live. He performed with Missing Persons and several other L.A. based bands, and his work appears on numerous recordings produced in the L.A. area and in Vancouver. He gained endorsement deals with SWR bass amplification systems and La Bella Strings.

WesFest 8 advance tickets are available through March 1 for $35 per pair of tickets or $20 per single ticket. Tickets are $30 each at the door. Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at: http://weswehmiller.net/wesfest/wesfest-8.

DETHKLOK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DANGEROUS TOYS Members Comment on the Late MELDRUM Guitarist Michelle Meldrum

MELDRUM are pleased to announce that their long awaited third album ”LIFER” is officially out now via REVERSED RECORDS. ”LIFER” was released as a proud tribute to the late MELDRUM founding guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM. MICHELLE tirelessly spent her career touring the world and sharing the stage with the likes of MOTORHEAD, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SEPULTURA, DANZIG and NASHVILLE PUSSY to name a few. During that time MICHELLE left a everlasting impact on the guitar world. To mark the release some of MICHELE’s closest friends GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok) JOHN DESERVIO (BLS, Cycle of Pain), JAMES LOMENZO (BLS, Megadeth, White Lion) and JASON MCMASTER (Dangerous Toys, Watch Tower, Broken Teeth) have commented on their fallen friend. ”LIFER” is available now on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lifer/id579206627),CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/meldrum14) and at http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore.

DETHKLOK’s Gene Hoglan states, “It was and still is an honor to know Michelle and it is indeed with great pride that we release “LIFER”. I know she’s watching over us and smiling along with us at this wonderful day. I know I’m a better person for knowing Michelle, and I know she feels all of our love for her, as we feel hers for us. Through tragedy may we find joy, and through “LIFER” and all her other works, may Michelle find immortality. She’ll always be immortal to us. Remember, this is meant to be cranked up.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s James LoMenzo adds, “Michelle had the amazing ability to conjure almost any guitar style, from her earlier “Steve Vai” styled dexterity to the out and out muscular style that she later carried through with her own band Meldrum. A fine guitarist in the 80’s/90’s virtuoso tradition and one of the finest people you could ever come to know.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s John Deservio states, “First off I want to say how much I miss Michelle. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I am blessed to have known her. I miss you and love you Mich, R.I.P. baby.”

DANGEROUS TOYS/WATCHTOWER/BROKEN TEETH’s Jason McMaster adds, “Proud to call her a friend. Michelle Meldrum was and will always be one of my favorite and most inspiring guitarists and real people I’ve ever known. The world misses her.”

Multinational hard rock/metal band MELDRUM recently announce November 20, 2012 as the release date for their long awaited third album ”LIFER”. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. In honor of their fallen bandmate remaining members drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s, Saint Cecilia) entered the studio in with Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become ”LIFER”.

”LIFER” will be released via REVERSED RECORDS and was produced by Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). MELDRUM have released three singles from ”LIFER”, ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE”, BLACKENED BLUE and ”PAID” are all available now via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meldrum/id255422158).

Gene Hoglan comments on ”LIFER”, “Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM’s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a raser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed.”


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MELDRUM Announces Release Date for Long Awaited Album ‘Lifer’

Multinational hard rock/metal band MELDRUM is pleased to announce Tuesday November 20th 2012 as the release date for their long awaited third album ”LIFER”. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. In honor of their fallen bandmate remaining members drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s) entered the studio in with Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become ”LIFER”.

Place your pre sale orders for MELDRUM’s new release ”LIFER” now at http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore. The album will come as a digipak that includes a 8 page insert and cd. Fan’s who place their order between now and the November 20th release date will receive a free download of MELDRUM’s latest single ”PAID”. Partial proceeds from the album will go to MICHELLE’S son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.

Listen to ”Paid” now

”LIFER” will be released via REVERSED RECORDS and was produced by Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). MELDRUM have released three singles from ”LIFER”, ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE”, BLACKENED BLUE and ”PAID” are all available now via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meldrum/id255422158).

Gene Hoglan comments on ”LIFER”:

“Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM’s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a razor-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for… what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed”. -Gene Hoglan

Machine Head’s Rob Flynn Injured & Cancel 9 Shows

On the day of their double live CD ‘Machine Fucking Head Live’, The Machine Head saga continues…
After all the troubles with Disney banning them from House of Blues, Rob Flynn has to have emergency surgery to deal with a double inguinal hernia that has become the source of tremendous pain for the frontman.

Machine Head released a statement on their website:

“Machine Head must exit their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder due to matters completely beyond their control. Frontman Robb Flynn must have emergency surgery. Flynn had planned to go under the knife in January after completing the tour as he has been playing through the pain of a double inguinal hernia since the tour started in October. He had hoped to continue the tour despite extreme discomfort, but it’s become too difficult to continue on. Flynn will undergo surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Minneapolis before returning home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. Machine Head will rejoin the tour in Portland, OR. Machine Head extends its regrets to fans, the other bands, and the other crews for having to leave the tour prematurely”.

Flynn stated, “I’ve been toughing out an inguinal hernia below my waistline since June of last year, and a few months ago got a second hernia in my nuts. What basically happens is my guts drop into my nuts, and it looks like I have a third testicle (man, I can hear the jokes already!) It hasn’t been that painful, and I’ve gone to the doctor a few times to take care of it, but he said after surgery I probably couldn’t sing for a few weeks, and since that wasn’t going to happen, I scheduled it for January when I had a break. Unfortunately, after the last few shows, my guts have been very swollen and hard to push back in. Yesterday, the pain was excruciating and I went to the emergency room last night. They said that I need surgery. I will be doing my damnedest to rejoin the tour in a couple weeks. Thanks to all the fans, bands, and crew for understanding. I’m determined to see you all soon and finish what has been a great freakin tour!”

The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 14.

Dethklok Brings Metalocalypse Upon Pittsburgh

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The virtual and stage band Dethklok brought their Adult Swim animated and Brendon Small headed production to Pittsburgh last Thursday to promote Metalocalypse Dethklok III. The Pittsburgh crowd was primed and ready for an experience that many were not so sure how to receive. It’s a very different experience to focus most of one’s attention to a screen rather than what is occurring onstage. Combine that with a lot of cartoon action, crazy commentary inbetween (completely from the animation), and a very darkened stage with little interaction from the band, and you get Dethklok’s stage show that brings with it much pre, during and post experience discussion. PMM hung back at the bar to take in part of the show and listen to what audience members were saying. The majority loved what was happening and the uniqueness of the entertainment, but their were a few thoroughly confused. The music was definitely loved, but it seemed that a few could not get the animation. Obviously these people were unfamiliar with the Adult Swim show and the concept of Dethklok. All in all it was truly a fun filled evening with lots of great metal, great people, and great cartoons. Who could ask for more?

In the Metalocalypse series, Dethklok is depicted as an extremely popular and successful death metal band. The band’s fan base includes billions of metal fanatics, who frequently endanger themselves to watch the band perform live.With their widespread commercial success and lucrative sponsorship contracts, Dethklok is ranked as the world’s seventh largest economy by the end of the second season.
The members of Dethklok are often portrayed as incompetent at almost everything not related to their profession. The band struggles to perform everyday tasks, including shopping for groceries, preparing food, and maintaining proper social relationships. They are often assisted by their manager and lawyer, Charles Foster Ofdensen, who frequently attempts to prevent the band from making poor decisions. The band’s actions and uncanny misfortune have caught the attention of an Illuminati-style council, known as The Tribunal. The Tribunal is portrayed as Dethklok’s antagonist throughout the series, and secretly monitors their actions in almost every episode. They describe Dethklok as the “world’s greatest cultural force.” The leader of The Tribunal (Mr. Salacia), however, frequently instructs the other members to allow Dethklok to do as they will (Wikipedia).

Brendon Small is the real genius behind Metalocalypse and Dethklok who is considered a sitcom writer/producer, actor, comedian, voice actor, composer, and musician. His accomplishments are vast and he has amassed quite the resume.

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All That Remains Pittsburgh Pictorial

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Certainly well on their way to cracking the highest level of metal stardom is the band All That Remains. This is not the first time in the last few years that they have graced a Pittsburgh stage, and surely not to be the last, but their set was an impressively hard, fist pounding, circle trashing, metal mashup of musical bliss. Super fan friendly, hard working, and extremely talented ALT proved at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE why they just keep rising to the top.

“From cracking the Billboard Top 20, to joining the elite active rock radio fraternity, to being one of just a handful of acts to take part in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour trifecta, the group has shattered previously-held expectations about just how far a band with roots in independent heavy metal can go – and with their fifth album, For We Are Many, it’s clear they’re only getting warmed up”.

Hanging with lead singer Phillip Labonte at Stage AE

Guitarist Oli Herbert says For We Are Many was the group’s most challenging album to date, he believes the end result was worth the fight. “I feel we have a consistently strong album that has not left even the smallest detail to chance,” he says. Vocalist Phil Labonte agrees. “When we wrote the album, it was a really good time for the band creatively,” he says. “Mike (Martin, guitars), Oli and I have written four discs together now, so when we get together, it’s very easy to communicate ideas.”

Talking to lead guitarist Oli after the show at Stage AE

While the album was again produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist and fellow Massachusetts native Adam Dutkiewicz (August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, As I Lay Dying) – who previously collaborated with the band on their second and third albums, This Darkened Heart (2004) and The Fall Of Ideals (2006) – For We Are Many sees All That Remains unafraid to experiment. One track (“Won’t Go Quietly”) includes a guitar solo featuring a talk-box; another sees the band utilize a Leslie speaker, which gives the Hammond B-3 organ its distinctive sound. “We weren’t afraid to be wrong,” Labonte says. “If we try something and don’t like it, no big deal – but if you don’t try it, you might miss something cool.”

Herbert praises Dutkiewicz for the professionalism he brought to the table. “Adam is a very gifted but demanding producer,” he says. “He can make you laugh, and then cry the next moment when he informs you of your continued failure. He does it in a joking manner, of course, but at the end of the day, nothing short of perfection is accepted under his watchful ear. This gave me comfort, in that only the best performances were used and I didn’t have to second-guess myself.”

Following the runaway success of 2008′s Overcome – which debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and yielded two top 20 active rock hit singles, “Forever In Your Hands” and “Two Weeks” (the latter of which peaked at #6) – many bands would get complacent, but All That Remains‘ decade-long fight for survival prepared them for the long haul. “We are a band that came up the hard way, and the first seven years were pure struggle,” admits Herbert. “Once big things started happening along the way, we have been greatly appreciative.” Labonte echoes the sentiment. “It’s been over 10 years since we started ATR, and it’s amazing that in this day and age, we’re still able to do this for a living,” he says. “It’s the most amazing, crazy, annoying, fun and rewarding job I can imagine, and we’re so grateful to the people who have been here all along, and to all the new people who are just getting into the band right now.”

After laying the groundwork for the release of Overcome with a summer-long stint on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, All That Remains – which also features drummer Jason Costa and bassist Jeanne Sagan – toured aggressively around the globe, including North American stints with underground metal heroes (In Flames, Trivium), hard rock heavyweights (Slipknot, Disturbed) and screamo titans (The Devil Wears Prada) alike. The 2009 Rockstar Mayhem Festival, meanwhile, saw the group perform alongside a lineup that ranged from Bullet For My Valentine to Slayer. In recent weeks, All That Remains has played with everyone from Avenged Sevenfold, to Limp Bizkit, to Fear Factory, further proving the diverse appeal of the band’s unique mix of muscle and melody – something Herbert believes stems from the band’s unique mix of personalities. “The five of us are radically different people with completely different views on what we like, and the challenge is to make those differences meet somewhere in the middle,” he says.

As For We Are Many proves, never has compromise sounded so compelling. The album deftly shifts from the aggression of the title track, to the memorable hooks of “The Last Time” and first single “Hold On,” to the slow groove of the chorus of “Dead Wrong,” with infectious vocal melodies and fleet fingered yet tasteful guitar solos peppered throughout. Musically, the measured and precise riffing of Herbert and Martin and Costa’s complex rhythms compel throughout, as they surely will on stage when ATR kicks off an extensive touring cycle with As I Lay Dying, to be immediately followed by a headlining tour beginning in mid-October.

Having SoundScanned a combined half-million copies of their last two albums alone, All That Remains is poised to soar to new heights, but as For We Are Many proves, they’ll do so on their terms, without compromising the ideals and independence demonstrated during the band’s first decade of existence. “Every time a band gains more success,” Herbert says, “they are expected to live up to or surpass their previous effort – but we just wanted to make a consistently good album.” Clearly, sometimes modest goals yield immodest dividends.

-from All That Remains website

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Even Disney Can’t Stop Machine Head in Pittsburgh

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Lead singer and guitar player for Machine Head, Rob Flynn, did not hesitate a moment to give Disney a big “F. You” in Pittsburgh the other night, but he did even more so by giving the ‘Burgh the show of their lives. And Pittsburgh responded.
With full onslaught MH hit the audience hard with songs as far back as from 94’s Burn My Eyes, the masterpieces from 07’s ‘The Blackening’ and everything in-between up to the instant classic recent ‘Unto the Locust’. All this in one night with Dethklok, All That Remains, and Black Dahlia Murder was one hell of a metalheads dream line-up. And with a line-up like this, Disney bans Machine Head from House of Blues locations they own because of “violent imagery, inflammatory lyrics, and undesireable fans”?! Some corporations just don’t get it when it comes to metal. We metalheads stick together, are family, loyal to a fault, and spend all of our money on things we love. Does not sound so undesirable to PMM.
Rob Flynn, Phil Demmel, Adam Duce, and Dave McClain were insanely good in Pittsburgh at Stage AE and delivered a set that may prove one of the best of 2012.

Machine Head’s new live album “Machine Fucking Head Live” will be released on November 13th, and right now you can pre-order the 2-CD release or the Digital Special Edition (featuring 4 bonus tracks) and receive a free, immediate download of the 6-track “B-Sides & Rarities” digital EP. Do it. If nothing else to just send a message to Disney. And while they are at it, give us our Star Wars back!

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Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III’: Vinyl Edition Hits Stores Today/Live In Pittsburgh Thursday!

Last month, Adult Swim animated metallers DETHKLOK released their new album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, to a #10 Billboard Top 200 chart debut. Now, the public can experience the immensity of the world’s greatest metal band on vinyl. The vinyl LP edition of the album with special etching is available today via Amazon.com.

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III was released on October 16, 2012 via Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label. Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is also available in a variety of additional formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which includes a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more.

Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s current tour. Fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers. Metalocalypse Season 4 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Check them out this thursday Novemnber 8 in Pittsburgh at Stage AE with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS and Special Guests THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER!

‘Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III’ Debuts at #10 on the Billboard Top 200

Headline Tour with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS and Special Guests THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER in Pittsburgh 11/8 at Stage AE

Adult Swim is pleased to reveal that DETHKLOK’s new album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, has debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week! The album has also debuted at #1 on the Hard Music Albums chart. Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III was released last week via Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label. This is the highest debut charting position that DETHKLOK has garnered since the beginning of the show.

When asked to comment about the #10 debut, DETHKLOK co-creator Brendon stated, “Thanks to the fans for actually buying music in a world where they don’t have to.”

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is available now in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which includes a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012. Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s upcoming Tour. Starting today, fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour kicks off in Norfolk, VA next Tuesday, October 30th. The tour, featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series, will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. The Black Dahlia Murder will open each show, with Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See the bottom of this release for all upcoming tour dates.

When discussing the upcoming tour, Brendon Small stated, “DETHKLOK are excited to be a part of the best tour of 2012. We spared no expense on production for the tour. We are unleashing tons of new animation, new comedy, and new sketches and are very excited to play many new songs and can’t wait for new people to see our show. I’ll be honest, I don’t know when we will be able to pull off anything this massive again, so don’t miss it.”

In celebration of the impending tour kick-off, Loudwire.com and Gibson Guitars are teaming up to give away an Epiphone “1958” Korina Explorer! Enter the contest HERE and check out the specs on the guitar HERE.

Also on the tour kick-off date, Adult Swim releases Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

UPCOMING DETHKLOK TOUR DATES:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Adult Swim Releases Highly-Anticipated Dethklok Album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III

Adult Swim is pleased to announce today’s release of the brand new album from DETHKLOK, the brutal animated band from the Metalocalypse television series, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III. From Williams Street Records, the network’s independent music label, the third album from the chart-topping band will be released in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Head to www.adultswim.com/dethalbum3 NOW to listen to new tracks from the album, watch the music video for ‘The Galaxy’, and find information about the band’s upcoming Tour. Starting today, fans can also purchase the album at Best Buy and other retailers.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit http://www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Exclusive DETHKLOK “Making Of” DVD Documentary Snippets Unveiled

To tease next week’s release of DETHKLOK’s album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, ArtistDirect.com, Guitar World Magazine and Modern Drummer Magazine have each released a different exclusive and never-before-seen clip from the “making of” DVD documentary portion of the deluxe set. Head to ArtistDirect.com to learn about the lyric writing process on ‘I Ejaculate Fire’, GuitarWorld.com to watch Brendon Small track rhythm guitars, and ModernDrummer.com to witness Gene Hoglan pummel out new drum tracks.

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is being released via Williams Street Records on October 16 in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

For more information on DETHKLOK and Dethalbum III, please visit http://metalocalypse.tv/ or http://www.adultswim.com/music/.

New DETHKLOK Music Video for ‘The Galaxy’

An all new music video for ‘The Galaxy’, the latest single from the upcoming DETHKLOK album Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, made its world-premiere today and is currently available for viewing at www.HotTopic.om (the video can be located at the bottom left of the page). Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III is being released via Williams Street Records on October 16 in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Adult Swim recently announced the release of Metalocalypse Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30, bringing DETHKLOK back to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in two years. In the fourth season of the comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, the band welcomes guest appearances from the likes of Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse), Cam Pipes (3 Inches Of Blood), Dweezil Zappa, Jon Hamm and director Werner Herzog among others. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at DETHKLOK Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

DETHKLOK recently announced a North American headline tour with support from All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:

10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

For more information on DETHKLOK and Dethalbum III, please visit http://metalocalypse.tv/ or http://www.adultswim.com/music/.

DETHKLOK @ STAGE AE WITH ALL THAT REMAINS, MACHINE HEAD AND THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER 11/8

As in tours past, bringing DETHKLOK to life on stage will be Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small on guitar and lead vocals, legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, bass guitarist Bryan Beller and guitarist Mike Keneally. This line-up of talented musicians will be joined by Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles and Toki Wartooth in all-new animation from Titmouse Studios that will play behind the live musicians.
*Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III will be released on October 16 in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Check out Dethklok, All That Remains, Machinehead, and Black Dahlia Murder at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE 11/8/12.

DETHKLOK returns this fall with Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, the highly-anticipated follow up album that fans of the animated band have been begging for. The stars of the Adult Swim series
Metalocalypse will unleash 12 brand new tracks that are more brutal than ever before in this fall’s release, set to hit stores throughout North America on October 16, 2012 from Williams Street Records. The Dethalbum III is once again co-produced by Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small and Dethklok producer Ulrich Wild (The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II). The cover art was also illustrated by The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II cover artist Antonio Canobbio.Dethalbum III will not only be released in its original CD and digital format, but also as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and a clean version of the CD. The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and much more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will be released on November 6, 2012.

The full track listing for Dethalbum III includes:
1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
3. Andromeda
4. The Galaxy
5. Starved
6. Killstardo Abominate
7. Ghostqueen
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin

The fourth season of Metalocalypse, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha with Small executive producing, recently wrapped on Adult Swim and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the
Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at Dethklok Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.
For more information on DETHKLOK and Dethalbum III, please visit http://metalocalypse.tv/ or http://www.adultswim.com/music/, and more details, including pre-order information and a corresponding fall tour for Dethklok, are set to be released shortly. Stay tuned for an assault of new information, multimedia
and exclusives coming very soon

New MELDRUM Single ”Paid” Available on iTunes Now

MELDRUM’S latest single, ”PAID” is available now on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paid-single/id564528537). ”PAID” is the third single to be released from MELDRUM’s long awaited third album ”LIFER” due out this fall via REVERSED RECORDS. ”PAID” is a tongue in cheek poke at the music industry and the one hit wonders that think they have it made. MELDRUM vocalist Michele Madden has this to say about the single ”A warning to the wanna be’s not to mix their ambition with their blinding lack of ability…just sayin”.

MELDRUM’s first two singles ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE” and ”BLACKENED BLUE” are out now on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-toast-to-romance-single/id549289572). The album was produced by producer/engineer ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Dethklok, Death, Dark Angel). Check out MELDRUM online at http://www.facebook.com/MeldrumOfficial

”PAID” is streaming now at: http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/03-paid MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. MICHELLE wrote the material for the album with drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), along with new members bassist/guitarist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s).

MICHELLE’S untimely demise before any of her guitar tracks for “Lifer” were able to be laid down led the three remaining members to come together in tribute to her, to honour Michelle’s vision of the album, with Laura Christine playing the majority of the rhythm and bass guitars, as well as all the leads. Partial proceeds from the album will go to MICHELLE’S son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.

MELDRUM has toured worldwide with Lemmy Kilmister’s Motorhead, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, Nashville Pussy, as well as sharing the stage with many more. Touting a combination of mammoth vocal styles along with aggressively melodic vocals, mind bending guitar riffs and a rhythm section that creates fiercely bombastic grooves, this is what gives MELDRUM their unique, cutting edge sound.

Follow MELDRUM online:

http://www.facebook.com/MeldrumOfficial
https://twitter.com/Meldrumofficial
http://www.myspace.com/meldrumofficial
http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/meldrum
http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialMeldrum

North American Tour for DETHKLOK with MACHINE HEAD, ALL THAT REMAINS and Special Guest THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER /Pittsburgh 11/8

Adult Swim announced today that Dethklok will hit the road this fall in the upcoming headline tour with All That Remains, Machine Head, and special guest The Black Dahlia Murder. Kicking off on October 30 in Norfolk, VA, the tour featuring the band from the Metalocalypse animated series will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in Atlanta, GA. For ticket information please visit www.adultswim.com/dethtour. See below for all upcoming tour dates.
As in tours past, bringing Dethklok to life on stage will be Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small on guitar and lead vocals, legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, bass guitarist Bryan Beller and guitarist Mike Keneally. This line-up of talented musicians will be joined by Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles and Toki Wartooth in all-new animation from Titmouse Studios that will play behind the live musicians.
In addition to news of this fall tour, Adult Swim’s Williams Street Records premiered today the new music video for ‘I Ejaculate Fire,’ the first single off of the band’s upcoming album, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, which is available for viewing at Spin.com now. The single appears as the opening track on the album and is available for download in the iTunes® store right now.
Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III will be released on October 16 in a variety of formats including a standard CD, clean CD and Deluxe Edition CD/DVD combo, which will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.
With The Black Dahlia Murder as the openers, and Machine Head and All That Remains alternating direct support positions in the line-up in each city, the Dethklok North American headliner tour includes the following stops:
10/30/2012 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
10/31/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/2/2012 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
11/3/2012 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
11/4/2012 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/5/2012 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/7/2012 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/8/2012 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/9/2012 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10/2012 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
11/11/2012 Grand Rapids, MI @Orbit Room
11/13/2012 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/14/2012 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
11/15/2012 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
11/16/2012 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/17/2012 Kansas City, MO @ Midland
11/18/2012 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/20/2012 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
11/21/2012 Salt Lake City, UT @ Great Salt Air
11/23/2012 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/24/2012 Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/26/2012 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/27/2012 Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
11/28/2012 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
11/30/2012 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/1/2012 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/2/2012 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/4/2012 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/6/2012 Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
12/7/2012 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
12/8/2012 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

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METALOCALYPSE’s DETHKLOK Debuts New Single ‘I Ejaculate Fire’

Adult Swim is brutally stoked to announce the exclusive unveiling of the first new track from the new upcoming full-length album from DETHKLOK, Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III. The track, entitled ‘I Ejaculate Fire,’ is debuting today via CraveOnline.com and will be available in the iTunes store beginning Tuesday, September 4th. The song appears as the opening track on the album and is the first piece of DETHKLOK music released since Dethalbum II. Head to CraveOnline.com to stream the new track now and stay tuned for a music video coming soon.
Adult Swim recently announced the October 16, 2012 release of Dethalbum III from Williams Street Records. In addition to its original CD format, the album will also be released as both a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and a clean version. The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will also be released on November 6, 2012.

Dethalbum III track listing:
I Ejaculate Fire
Crush the industry
Andromeda
The Galaxy
Starved
Killstardo Abominate
Ghostqueen
Impeach God
Biological Warfare
Skyhunter
The Hammer
Rejoin

Dethalbum III is once again co-produced by DETHKLOK co-creator Brendon Small and producer Ulrich Wild (The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II). The cover art was illustrated by The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II cover artist Antonio Canobbio.

Adult Swim Announces Details for Highly-Anticipated METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK DETHALBUM III

DETHKLOK returns this fall with Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III, the highly-anticipated follow up album that fans of the animated band have been begging for. The stars of the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse will unleash 12 brand new tracks that are more brutal than ever before in this fall’s release, set to hit stores throughout North America on October 16, 2012 from Williams Street Records. The Dethalbum III is once again co-produced by Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small and Dethklok producer Ulrich Wild (The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II). The cover art was also illustrated by The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II cover artist Antonio Canobbio.
Dethalbum III will not only be released in its original CD and digital format, but also as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and a clean version of the CD. The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Dethalbum III, as well as music videos and much more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will be released on November 6, 2012.

The full track listing for Dethalbum III includes:
1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
3. Andromeda
4. The Galaxy
5. Starved
6. Killstardo Abominate
7. Ghostqueen
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin

The fourth season of Metalocalypse, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha with Small executive producing, recently wrapped on Adult Swim and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at Dethklok Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.
For more information on DETHKLOK and Dethalbum III, please visit http://metalocalypse.tv/ or http://www.adultswim.com/music/, and more details, including pre-order information and a corresponding fall tour for Dethklok, are set to be released shortly. Stay tuned for an assault of new information, multimedia and exclusives coming very soon.

Lamb of God/Dethklok/Gojira Tour Cancelled

ADULT SWIM STATEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING TOUR:

In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band’s upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks.

LAMB OF GOD STATEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING TOUR:

Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.

LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.

Slipknot Announce Knotfest’

Hot off of Revolver Magazine’s Press: “Slipknot have officially announced the first installment of their very own music festival, Knotfest. The festival will take place over two days, the first being August 17 in Iowa and the second being August 18 in Somerset, on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be,” Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan recently told Rolling Stone. “It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around.”

Joining the band for the inaugural edition of Knotfest will be a stellar lineup including: Lamb of God, Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse and more.

According to Rolling Stone, the festival will also include “big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls,” and a Slipknot museum to top it all off.”

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS: Exclusive Guest Vocal Contest

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS creator Cameron Argon and StuffYouWillHate.com are launching the official, exclusive DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Vocal Cover Contest today here. Fans submitting entries are invited to record vocals, remakes, dance routines—or anything AWESOME with any track on DTG’s new album, Sleeper, and submit the videos as a response to the original contest video,(instrumental versions of all of the tracks are available on the bonus CD of the physical version of the album, available for sale at www.indiemerch.com/disfiguringthegoddess). A panel of judges (below) will then review the videos and select a winner by June 15, 2012. “Acting the fool” is encouraged and “awesomeness” is the #1 judging criteria.

The first place winner will receive a guest vocal spot on the next DTG release. The second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Indiemerch DISFIGURING THE GODDESS store (see below for link), and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store.

JUDGES INCLUDE:
Brendon Small –Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, Dethklok’s Dethalbum and Dethalbum II, Brendon Small’s GALAKTIKON
Nate Johnson – Premonitions of War, Fit For An Autopsy, Through The Eyes of the Dead
Jonathan Carpenter – The Contortionist
Shiv The Impaler – 7 Horns, 7 Eyes
DJ 2 Stacks (Kreayshawn)

The submission deadline for the DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Vocal Cover Contest is May 30, 2012.

Within the last few years, despite never performing live, DISFIGURING THE GODDESS has become a recognized name in the metal community amongst young fans and industry elites alike due to an impressive viral and word-of-mouth buzz about the project. Not only known as the brain behind the project, Argon performs the entirety of Sleeper on his own. Cameron Argon is better known by his other moniker, Big Chocolate. Though also heralded for his work as a producer and EDM artist, he has risen as a respected figure in the metal scene based on his notable work with DISFIGURING THE GODDESS.

Keep your eyes and ears open for new releases coming soon on Argon’s new record label, DECOMP RECORDS.

To learn more about DISFIGURING THE GODDESS, please visit these sites:
www.facebook.com/disfiguringthegoddess
www.twitter.com/disfiguringtheg
www.youtube.com/cameveryday

Metalocalypse’s DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD Announce North American Tour

This summer, two of the biggest names in metal, LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK, will join forces for a 34-show North American tour kicking off on August 1 in Seattle, Wash. The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated band from Richmond, VA and the world’s most brutal animated death band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse animated series will shred their way through cities throughout in the U.S. and Canada ending September 15 in San Francisco, CA.

The upcoming DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA summer tour marks the return of LAMB OF GOD to North American stages where they will support their latest album Resolution, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart when it was released earlier this year. As in tours past, Brendon Small, the co-creator and composer behind DETHKLOK, will bring the animated band to life on stage each night alongside an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. Building on the success of Dethklok: The Dethalbum and Dethklok: The Dethalbum II from Williams Street Records, Small is currently in the studio working on the band’s third album release scheduled for later this year. Additionally, new episodes from the fourth season of Metalocalypse currently air on Adult Swim Sundays at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT).

Joining the co-headliners at each stop along the tour will be special guest GOJIRA, the French metal band that will perform songs from its upcoming album release, L’Enfant Sauvage, which will be released in the U.S. on June 26 with Roadrunner Records. Pitchfork describes the new album as “breathless and awesome.”

Tickets to the DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA tour will go on sale beginning Friday, May 18 and will include the following stops:

Date
Venue
City/State
8/1/12
WaMu Theater
Seattle, WA
8/2/12
Queen Elizabeth Theater
Vancouver, BC
8/4/12
Big 4
Calgary, AB
8/5/12
Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB
8/7/12
Convention Centre
Winnipeg, MB
8/9/12
Eagles Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
8/10/12
LC Pavilion
Columbus, OH
8/11/12
Heavy TO
Toronto, ON
8/12/12
Heavy MTL
Montreal, QC
8/14/12
Delta Plex
Grand Rapids, MI
8/15/12
Family Arena
St. Louis, MO
8/19/12
Midland Theater
Kansas City, MO
8/21/12
Congress Ballroom
Chicago, IL
8/22/12
Compuware Arena
Detroit, MI
8/23/12
Stage AE
Pittsburgh, PA
8/24/12
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
Charlotte, NC
8/25/12
Constant Convocation Center
Norfolk, VA
8/26/12
Pier 6 Pavilion
Baltimore, MD
8/29/12
Roseland Ballroom
New York, NY
8/30/12
Tsongas Arena
Lowell, MA
8/31/12
Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater
Wallingford, CT
9/1/12
Outside at the Electric Factory
Philadelphia, PA
9/2/12
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
9/4/12
Hard Rock Live
Orlando, FL
9/5/12
Tabernacle
Atlanta, GA
9/7/12
Bayou Music Center
Houston, TX
9/8/12
Sunken Garden
San Antonio, TX
9/9/12
Verizon Wireless Theater
Dallas, TX
9/11/12
The Fillmore
Denver, CO
9/13/12
Comerica Theater
Phoenix, AZ
9/14/12
Gibson Amphitheater
Los Angeles, CA
9/15/12
Bill Graham Civic
San Francisco, CA

*Schedule is subject to change.

For more information about the tour including ticket info and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com or www.lamb-of-god.com

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