Headbanger’s Kitchen Releasing New YouTube Webisodes

Woah, its been three whole years since we posted anything from Headbanger’s Kitchen! Looks like the show has been trekking onward, although it sadly appears that the band interviews segment has been culled from the format.

Check out a smattering of recent episodes below. Run by Demonstealer of Indian metal band Demonic Resurrection, you’ll see some interesting cultural differences in the cooking norms, like how “beef” is actually “water buffalo.”

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Thoughts Of Ionesco Releasing New EP “Skar Cymbals”

Long-defunct group Thoughts Of Ionesco will release a first new studio recording since 2001 this June via Corpse Flower Records.

Recording a first ever record when two thirds of the band members were still in high school and breaking up when most were barely twenty-one-years old, it’s a wonder that this infamous Detroit outfit even lasted the few years it did. Confrontational to audiences, uninterested in record labels, exceedingly dark and heavy, the band played music that was once referred to by Alternative Press magazine as, “the ultimate realization of pain through sound.”

Over the years, the guys reappeared on the Detroit music scene with new bands: Hoen in The Holy Fire and Leaving Rouge, Miller in the Holy Fire, and Repa with Paradise. Seventh Rule eventually collected the band’s recorded output into the compilation “The Scar Is Our Watermark.” Issued in June 2006, the album also included a bonus in-depth documentary DVD that chronicled the band’s brief, volatile career with live footage and interviews.

Now, Thoughts Of Ionesco returns with the band’s first new recorded material in nearly two decades. Titled “Skar Cymbals,” the four-track EP was captured and mixed by Jeremy Mendicino with Dave DeCristo at Signal Kitchen in Burlington, Vermont in March 2017 with additional tracking by Gabe Doman at Pharmhouse Studio in Dearborn, Michigan, and the whole acerbic package then mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst et al).

“Skar Cymbals” will be unleashed via Corpse Flower Records on June 23rd on limited color vinyl and digitally. Pre-orders are now online here and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Alt. Light
2. Culture Of The Eternal Snake
3. Salutations
4. Scar Symbols

Thoughts of Ionesco – Skar Cymbals by Corpse Flower Records

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Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Live DVD – new Throwback Thursday video of the week!

– April 20th, 2017 –

In celebration of Metal Blade Records‘ 35th anniversary, a recently digitized video from the archives will be launched every Thursday on the label’s official YouTube channel. These videos have never been officially uploaded by the label, and some are not currently available anywhere else online. Previous Throwback Thursday videos include classic cuts from Lizzy Borden, Candlemass, Nevada Beach, Skrew, and more. Watch the latest video and more at the official YouTube playlist.

This week’s installment a full DVD! Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Live in Worcester, MA was shot live at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in 2007 and features performances from Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, God Dethroned, Job for a Cowboy, The Red Chord, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth, and more, plus some additional behind the scenes interviews and backstage footage. Limited copies of the DVD are still available via Indiemerch HERE.

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Woe And Ultha Booted From Festival For Performing With Inquisition

The Antifa crowd strikes again… despite being a liberal slanted band with specifically anti-fascist songs, U.S. black metal band Woe has been booted from performaning at the Hamburg ist Droneburg fest due to sharing the stage with Inquisition – a band frequently cited as being fascist. Chris Grig from Woe issued this statement to the fans:

“Woe and Ultha were just kicked off of a show because we are performing with Inquisition. We learned this via SMS, before our booker was informed, after driving four hours across Germany, and with no opportunity to appeal the decision.

“The absurdity of this situation is profound. For years, we have been exceptionally vocal about our political and social stances but still careful to not let them define us as a band. We never backed down from an opportunity to discuss it in interviews, we never shrank from it online, we covered a classic anti-fascist punk song to extremely apolitical black metal crowds, and we doubled down with songs like ‘No Blood Has Honor’ on our new album. Along the way, we introduced countless black metal fans who had never considered politics that it is possible to take an anti-fascist stance without sacrificing the harsh, abrasive stance of a black metal band.

“Our politics have made us the subject of ridicule by some people in the extreme metal scene, but we do not care. Even our detractors typically understand that black metal is full of conflict and diversity. Those who hate us for our liberal views are free to do so, and, ironically, those are the people who are least willing to tell us what we should or shouldn’t do, what shows we should and shouldn’t play. We’d find this funny if it wasn’t so poignant right now.

“The worldwide extreme metal scene is a diverse, complicated thing full of people with different backgrounds and experiences. Many bands and fans have never once thought about politics, many of them do not care about politics and object to the idea that they should have to care about them to appreciate music. To these people, riffs are riffs, songs are songs, imagery exists to build mood, and message is secondary to feeling. Even within Woe, we have varying levels of political involvement. Regardless of whether you agree with the apolitical metal fan’s perspective, recognizing it is crucial to understanding why bands with questionable backgrounds can operate on an international level and why a band like Woe might choose to put ourselves in close proximity to people with whom we may not agree.

“Woe and our tourmates Ultha exist to create and perform art, not proselytize, but we are also adamant that performing at explicitly apolitical events with diverse lineups is crucial for the representation of our social and political beliefs. Black metal encourages questioning systems, offending those in power, and evolving beyond outdated beliefs.

“If we were to only play to crowds who were squeaky clean, nothing would change, nobody would grow. Similarly, if you think that a band has committed such intense crimes that they should be barred from participating in the international scene, that is between you and the band, not your allies who choose a different approach to engagement. If we choose to participate in an event, it is because we are confident that it does not compromise who we are.

“To have a show canceled now, after years of unflinching willingness to stick our necks out to crowds who might be unreceptive, goes beyond being a slap in the face. Hamburg ist Droneburg and the venue Hafenklang decided how two openly anti-fascist bands, one of whom is primarily comprised of people of Jewish background, should engage with extremism in a music scene that is only now starting to become politically aware. We and those alongside us deserve the trust and respect to effect change as we see fit. Every adult must be responsible for themselves and choose a level of involvement that is right for them. It is not appropriate for others to decide how we should or should not engage.

“This is why the right thinks that the left is full of fools and reactionary children who have never stepped out into the real world. Rather than targeting the actual fascists or supporting allies within the scene, they eat their own. Hamburg ist Droneburg and Hafenklang have today acted as agents of the right by silencing us and, once again, promoting the right’s message that anti-fascism is the enemy of black metal.

“Despite this, we are resolute in our position. We played an antifa benefit in Brooklyn for J20 protestors barely a week before leaving for this tour, and we will continue to support the greater mission. Those responsible for today’s cancellation, as with all similar events, are people from outside of the scene who have decided that they know how to handle our problems better than those of us actively participating in the metal scene. To those who would deprive of us our voice and strip us of our agency, we urge you to improve this situation by making bridges with people within the metal scene. Wars like this are won through discussion and understanding, not force.”

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Anthrax Films Show For New DVD Release

The thrash pioneers from Anthrax, armed with an initial six dynamic SRO dates on the “Among The Kings” UK/European headline tour, will chronicle the frenzy with a live DVD expected to be released later this year via Megaforce.

Anthrax’s show was filmed last night at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of Anthrax favorites that were voted onto the evening’s set list by fans and included “Madhouse,” “Be All, End All,” “Breathing Lightning,” and “A.I.R.,” followed by Anthrax’s classic 1987 album “Among The Living” performed start to finish.

In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include “fly-on-the-wall” interviews and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, UK-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for Opeth, The Damned, Gary Numan, The Levellers, and many others.

Last year’s celebration of Anthrax’s 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of its career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far more than anyone anticipated.

“I don’t know why it took us so long to come back to the UK and headline our own tour,” said Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, “but I’m sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we’ve ever done, and that’s really due to the interaction with the fans, they’ve just been crazy. And that’s what we wanted to capture for this DVD.”

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Nasum Announces “Blasting Shit To Bits – The Final Show”

The now defunct-Nasum is gearing up to release a film based around the group’s last live performance in 2012. A teaser is available below, and Nasum comments:

“We have made a 90 minute long concert film of the final show along with interviews! It’s called ‘Blasting Shit to Bits – The Final Show’ and will have it’s world premiere screening at Copenhagen’s Music Film Festival, April 27th. The film is directed and edited by Michael Panduro, Siegfried Productions.”

For a whirlwind tour of Nasum’s storied history, check out our Sunday Old School column covering the band right here.

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“Underground Inc. The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock” Trailer Posted

It was the early 90’s – seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as alternative or post-punk went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales – and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life – so what happened?

Verity is revealed in “Underground Inc: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock,” an upcoming documentary destined to be the ultimate look at the alternative punk and metal scene in the 90’s, and a must see for serious music lovers. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the 90’s – exposing viewers to an amazing catalog of the era’s rarities and buried treasures, while re-living the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery.

“Underground Inc.” features interviews with members of White Zombie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primus, Bad Religion, Stone Sour, Clutch, Red Fang, Failure, Ministry, Quicksand, Helmet, Steve Albini, Sepultura and dozens more.

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Wintersun Announces New Album That Won’t Be “Time II”

Maybe Wintersun wasn’t trolling as much as we thought, as the band today announces a new album is coming… except it’s not “Time II” but rather something completely different. The group issued this message online:

“It’s 2017 folks and it’s going to be a great year! Time for some big Wintersun news? Yes it is!
When we said that ‘IT IS DONE,’ we did not mean ‘Time II,’ but we meant a NEW ALBUM for sure! ‘Time II’ won´t be the next Wintersun album, because of reasons you already know from past updates and interviews.

“So what is IT? IT is a NEW ALBUM and it is 100% done! And no, that’s not the name of the album. This album will be something new and different, but equally great or perhaps even better in some ways. Over 53 minutes of solid Wintersun material (with no intro tracks) and with a killer concept!

“This album will be the 3rd full-length Wintersun album. We will release the name of it soon and other details like track list etc. We’re gonna start putting the pieces of the puzzle together for you guys how it’s going to be released and what will happen… It will be a whole new experience to enjoy a Wintersun album! It will all make sense to you very soon!

“And this album is not the only thing we’ve done, not by a long shot! In fact your minds will be blown soon! That is a guarantee. So click the notifications ON in our Wintersun Facebook Page, if you don’t want to miss out on the new Wintersun album! (Because of Facebook algorithm reach limit). THANKS GUYS!”

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Wintersun Announces New Album That Won’t Be “Time II”

Maybe Wintersun wasn’t trolling as much as we thought, as the band today announces a new album is coming… except it’s not “Time II” but rather something completely different. The group issued this message online:

“It’s 2017 folks and it’s going to be a great year! Time for some big Wintersun news? Yes it is!
When we said that ‘IT IS DONE,’ we did not mean ‘Time II,’ but we meant a NEW ALBUM for sure! ‘Time II’ won´t be the next Wintersun album, because of reasons you already know from past updates and interviews.

“So what is IT? IT is a NEW ALBUM and it is 100% done! And no, that’s not the name of the album. This album will be something new and different, but equally great or perhaps even better in some ways. Over 53 minutes of solid Wintersun material (with no intro tracks) and with a killer concept!

“This album will be the 3rd full-length Wintersun album. We will release the name of it soon and other details like track list etc. We’re gonna start putting the pieces of the puzzle together for you guys how it’s going to be released and what will happen… It will be a whole new experience to enjoy a Wintersun album! It will all make sense to you very soon!

“And this album is not the only thing we’ve done, not by a long shot! In fact your minds will be blown soon! That is a guarantee. So click the notifications ON in our Wintersun Facebook Page, if you don’t want to miss out on the new Wintersun album! (Because of Facebook algorithm reach limit). THANKS GUYS!”

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Eluveitie Begins Revealing New Band Members

Two weeks ago, folk metal superstars Eluveitie announced that the group’s new lineup was finally set, but no names were officially announced at that time.

New and old band members will be presented little by little with wanted posters, videos, and interviews at the revamped Eluveitie website.

The complete lineup will be unveiled on by January, just before the band’s own festival Eluveitie & Friends will take place at Z7, in Pratteln, Switzerland.

A few names have come out early however, and now the band has confirmed that Alain Ackermann is officially taking over drum duties. A fan question and answer session can be seen at his Facebook profile.

Rafael Salzmann and Jonas Wolf have also been confirmed as Eluveitie’s guitarists. Stay tuned for more band member confirmations coming soon.

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