Baroness Comments On “Shock Me” Grammy Nomination

John Baizley of Baroness just issued this statement regarding the band being nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy award:

“What a surreal morning it has been. I was wakened at 5 a.m. by a massive influx of messages and emails, after 2 days without sleep, on tour in New Zealand and Australia to find out ‘Shock Me’ has been nominated for a Grammy.

“I’m astounded that this happened, and psyched to see that our friends in Gojira are present on the list as well. It’s been an overwhelming year, touring this record, and I’m extremely proud of my friends/bandmates and the whole Baroness family for the dedication and sacrifice that it took to write, record, and release Purple. Thank you, whoever you are that considered us for the nomination.”

Baroness released “Purple,” the band’s fourth album now boasting the Grammy-nominated song “Shock Me,” in December of 2015 via Abraxan Hymns. The band is in the midst of an Australian tour, playing tonight at The Triffid in Brisbane. John Baizley was also recently confirmed as the curator of Roadburn Festival 2017.

December 8 Brisbane, Australia The Triffid
December 9 St. Kilda, Australia The Prince Bandroom
December 10 Meredith, Australia Meredith Music Festival
December 12 Adelaide, Australia The Gov
December 13 Perth, Australia Amplifier Bar
April 21 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn Festival

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2017 “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Nominees Revealed

It’s Grammy Award nomination time again, which is always an odd experience for metal fans. There’s only one actual metal category – Best Metal Performance – and no category for actual metal albums to win.

Best Rock Album occasionally has heavy metal releases, but usually only of the most well known bands that aren’t representative of the best metal had to offer in any given year.

In a move that literally left the audience scratching their heads, earlier this year Ghost took home the Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Today the nominees are announced for the upcoming 59th annual 2017 Grammy Awards. These songs are now in the running for Best Metal Performance:

– “Shock Me” by Baroness
– “Silvera” by Gojira
– “Rotting In Vain” by Korn
– “Dystopia” by Megadeth
– “The Price Is Wrong” by Periphery

Alright, it’s prediction time: who do you think is going to win the 2017 Grammy Best Metal Performance?

Gojira’s “Magma” album also managed to land in the Best Rock Album category alongside the likes of Blink-192, Weezer, and Panic! At The Disco.

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KORN’s ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ Enters Billboard 200 at #4 and #1 On Both Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums Charts

The Serenity of Suffering cover art by Ron English As one of the biggest names in both rock and metal music, KORN’s accolades are unparalleled. With 40+ million in career spanning album sales, two Grammy Awards, almost 15 million social media followers between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and over 22 years of non-stop touring sold-out […]

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KORN’s ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ Enters Billboard 200 at #4 and #1 On Both Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums Charts

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KORN’s ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ Enters Billboard 200 at #4 and #1 On Both Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums Charts

The Serenity of Suffering cover art by Ron English As one of the biggest names in both rock and metal music, KORN’s accolades are unparalleled. With 40+ million in career spanning album sales, two Grammy Awards, almost 15 million social media followers between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and over 22 years of non-stop touring sold-out […]

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KORN’s ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ Enters Billboard 200 at #4 and #1 On Both Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums Charts

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Ghost Takes Home The “Best Metal Performance” Grammy

Looks like I called it: Ghost has taken home the Grammy award for this year’s “best metal performance” category.

It’s clear by the video below that the band was very out of place, with a perplexed crowd and an odd lack of applause, but that’s probably to be expected considering the venue and how little emphasis gets placed on metal at this overblown awards show.

It’s nice to see music of this variety breaking into the mainstream consciousness, although of course its odd that a band that’s so tenuously connected to metal actually won the award.

Ghost’s performance of “Cirice” from the “Meliora” album beat out the other nominees August Burns Red, Lamb Of God, Sevendust, and Slipknot.

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Anthrax Releasing Limited Edition “Indians” Bourbon

Anthrax – which is now in the studio recording a new album – has announced the band’s own brand of bourbon, “Indians.”

Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson’s Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces limited edition small batch whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax’s “Indians,” a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.

“We’ve been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster,” said the band’s Frank Bello, “and ‘Indians’ was perfect.”

The bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company at this location. “Indians” will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.

Anthrax – Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, and Joey Belladonna – lifted “Indians”-filled shot glasses last Friday when the band found out that “Neon Knights,” a cover of the Black Sabbath song (from Sabbath’s 1980 release, “Heaven and Hell”) recorded for the “Ronnie James Dio – This is Your Life” tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance category.

“It’s been an honor everytime we’ve been nominated,” said Anthrax’s Benante, “but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute ‘Neon Knights’ to Ronnie’s tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best.”

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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis To Serve 9 Years For Murder Plot

After being arrested in May of 2013 for attempting to hire an undercover police agent to murder his estranged wife, Tim Lambesis (Austrian Death Machine, As I Lay Dying) is now going to be serving nine years in jail, according to an update from NBC San Diego.

An excerpt from the news site reads:

The singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal band “As I Lay Dying” pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Carlsbad resident Tim Lambesis entered the change of plea in court Tuesday, admitting that he hired a hit man to kill his estranged wife. As a result of his change of plea, Lambesis will serve nine years according to a court clerk.

Despite Lambesis’ arrest, Austrian Death Machine continued on with the crowd funded third album “Triple Brutal,” which is set for release on April 1st. It’s unclear at this point what the band will be doing for fans who were to receive a visit from Lambesis as part of the perks for donating to the campaign.

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As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis To Serve 9 Years For Murder Plot

After being arrested in May of 2013 for attempting to hire an undercover police agent to murder his estranged wife, Tim Lambesis (Austrian Death Machine, As I Lay Dying) is now going to be serving nine years in jail, according to an update from NBC San Diego.

An excerpt from the news site reads:

The singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal band “As I Lay Dying” pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Carlsbad resident Tim Lambesis entered the change of plea in court Tuesday, admitting that he hired a hit man to kill his estranged wife. As a result of his change of plea, Lambesis will serve nine years according to a court clerk.

Despite Lambesis’ arrest, Austrian Death Machine continued on with the crowd funded third album “Triple Brutal,” which is set for release on April 1st. It’s unclear at this point what the band will be doing for fans who were to receive a visit from Lambesis as part of the perks for donating to the campaign.

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Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy Posts Live Footage From Masters Of Rock Fest 2013

Czech folk metal band – and two time winners of the band’s national Grammy award – Silent Stream of Godless Elegy has just released a new live video featuring a performance of “Mokoš” (a song from most recent album “Návaz”).

The clip was filmed at the Masters Of Rock Festival 2013 and can be viewed below, courtesy of Terrorizer.com.

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King Diamond Inks Three Album Deal With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce that the Grammy Award nominated King Diamond has signed a new 3 album worldwide record deal. King Diamond comments:

“This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before.

“Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening. Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again!”

Metal Blade also issued the following statement:

“King Diamond is quite possibly the most recognizable and prolific personality ever in heavy metal. Revered by icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore; King DIamond, the man and the band, have left an indelible mark on the history, and now again, the future of heavy metal.

“In August of 2008, King Diamond joined Metallica on stage at Ozzfest in Dallas to perform the Mercyful Fate medley made famous from the Garage, Inc. album. Additionally, King Diamond was featured alongside Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as a playable character in Guitar Hero: Metallica in 2009.

“By 2012, King Diamond was prepared to return to the stage for a select number of shows. The band’s triumphant return to the stage were the highlights of both the Hellfest and Sweden Rock festivals in France and Sweden. Fans at these festivals were treated to the largest and most involved stage production in the band’s storied history. Horror concepts from multiple albums were used in the décor; fans can rest-assured that this show will only get larger and more impressive at future performances.

“King Diamond’s 30+ year musical career is one of the most storied in history of heavy metal, but the tale is not yet over. The most recent release, 2007’s Grammy nominated album Give Me Your Soul…Please, stands as one of the most critically-acclaimed albums in an already iconic discography. Future albums will feature entirely new horror stories, concepts, haunting orchestrations, and the band’s signature brand of heavy metal from the mind of King Diamond and the talented group of musicians in tow: Andy La Rocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Many more albums, tours, and ventures lay ahead.”

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