Bloodbath forced to Postpone North American Tour

Swedish extreme metal giants Bloodbath have been forced to postpone their North American tour which was slated to begin this week. Here’s the statement they posted on their official facebook page:

“It’s with an immense mix of anger, frustration and sadness that we’re forced to announce the following news…

We will not be flying out tomorrow to begin our first North American tour we all so much looked forward to playing.

We’ve been rehearsing and preparing this for months and our gear and bags are packed ready by the doorstep, but sadly due to the US Immigration and Embassy making a mistake with our visas, they couldn’t fix it in time and reissue it.

We hoped we never would have to make this kind of announcement, we were still trusting they would issue it in time to the very bitter end, but now with less than 24hrs to go, we have to accept our fate, it ain’t gonna happen.

We’re so sorry for all of you who bought a ticket and made plans to come see Bloodbath!

On any kind of positive note, we WILL be rescheduling (nothing else is acceptable!) and prepare to play the tour as soon as possible. More news on refunds etc. ASAP.”

Photo Gallery: Fronterizo Fest 2 feat. Scorpions, Megadeth & more

April 27-29 2018, Estadio Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico: The 2nd edition of the Fronterizo Fest took things to a whole another level as compared to its inaugural event in 2017. The 2018 lineup featured Scorpions, Megadeth, Gojira, Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura and many others, bringing a power-packed weekend of heavy music to the residents of Tijuana. Our man Chris McFly was in attendance to photograph as many bands as he possibly could. Enjoy his photos below, and keep supporting this killer new festival so that it only gets bigger in the years to come! Continue reading “Photo Gallery: Fronterizo Fest 2 feat. Scorpions, Megadeth & more”

More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See

There are heavy metal documentaries. And then there’s this. For starters, ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is not Iron Maiden’s film. It is not Bruce Dickinson’s film. It is not even a concert film. Written and directed by Tarik Hodzic and produced by Adnan Cuhara, it is the story of a Bruce Dickinson concert that took place in 1994 in Sarajevo, but it encompasses a whole lot more, and transcends far beyond the scope of your run-of-the-mill rock/metal documentary. Continue reading “More Than just a Heavy Metal Documentary: ‘Scream For Me Sarajevo’ is The Most Intense Film You’ll Ever See”

Album Review: Witch Mountain – Self-Titled

It would not be an exaggeration to state that Portland, Oregon based Witch Mountain are stalwarts of doom metal in the 21st century. Since their 1997 inception, through immaculate studio releases and stunning live performances, this band has gone on to become a much loved entity among fans of the genre. In 2014, Witch Mountain underwent a major lineup change, with vocalist Uta Plotkin amicably departing the group. Most fans could not even have imagined a Witch Mountain without Plotkin at the forefront, such was her magical impact on everyone who listened to the albums and witnessed the band perform live. But, drummer Nathan Carson and guitarist Rob Wrong were always the creative core of this group from the time they co-founded it, and they had no intention of letting fans of the band and genre down. Just when you thought Witch Mountain’s career was possibly over, that they could not live up to their own reputation, enter Kayla Dixon. The band continued playing shows with the new frontwoman, and she captivated audiences with her unparalleled exhibits as a performer and singer. A studio album with Dixon on vocals has been an eagerly awaited one, and the time has finally come. Witch Mountain’s fifth full-length, a self-titled effort, is ready for release. Continue reading “Album Review: Witch Mountain – Self-Titled”

Raining Blood Over Irvine: Slayer sells out Orange County show on Final Tour

May 11th, 2018, FivePoint Amphitheater Irvine, CA: After 37 long years, 12 studio albums, roughly 3000 concerts worldwide, two Grammy awards, and a plethora of other accolades to their name, legendary titans of thrash metal Slayer are finally calling it quits. Months after first being reported back in January of this year, the day has come for Slayer to play their final farewell tour alongside some of the best supporting acts one could hope for: Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax, and Lamb of God. All of these bands are household names within the metal community and have led highly successful headlining tours of their own, so to have such amazing bands be openers is truly a testament (no pun intended) to Slayer’s legacy as not only one of the “Big 4” bands of thrash metal but by and far the most aggressive and visceral of those bands. Last Friday’s show at the FivePoint Amphitheater, a sold-out one with 12,000 metalheads of all ages and walks of life in attendance, only illustrates that point even further. Continue reading “Raining Blood Over Irvine: Slayer sells out Orange County show on Final Tour”

Album Review: At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself

Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates formed in 1990 and have gone through periods of inactivity, but even during their dormant phase, theirs was a name always talked about and thrown around whenever it came to any discussion about extreme metal, Gothenburg metal in particular. It came to a point where fans were simply resigned to the possibility of the band never returning. But they did so in 2011 and started playing shows again. Even then, a new album seemed highly unlikely. Then came ‘At War With Reality’ in 2014, and smashed all doubts and apprehensions to bits. Their first album since ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ (1995), the 2014 release ignited a spark not only among At The Gates fans worldwide, but in the genre as a whole. A rejuvenated At The Gates breathing fire and trampling stages like an unstoppable force is just what the metal world needed. Was it going to be a one-off, or did the band have it in them to keep the momentum intact and create another album? It’s 2018, and the answer is a resounding Yes, as the sixth At the Gates full-length, ‘To Drink From The Night Itself’, is upon us. Continue reading “Album Review: At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself”

Album Review: Dimmu Borgir – Eonian

Up until 2010, Norwegian symphonic black metal stalwarts Dimmu Borgir were quite prolific in their studio output, having released nine full-length albums within a span of 15 years. Since then, they have attempted to create and complete material for the next album, but due to the band members’ personal lives as well as other factors, things kept getting delayed and pushed back. 8 years later, the tenth Dimmu Borgir studio album ‘Eonian’ has finally been released. In the metal world, there have been many such instances of bands releasing a new album after a long gap. In some cases it’s turned out to be worth the wait, in other cases it hasn’t. Unfortunately, when it comes to Dimmu Borgir’s ‘Eonian’, it’s the latter. Continue reading “Album Review: Dimmu Borgir – Eonian”