News Roundup: Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler in studio with Megadeth, Slayer album updates, Behemoth’s Nergal, System Of A Down, Sevendust, Aborted & more!
The weekend came and left in a jiff. Beyond many a hangover and betrayed diet in its forsaken path, there also shined a shiny
demon bottle containing several enticing pieces of new information inside. More so if you like thrash metal. Or making fun of Dave Mustaine.
Legendary band Megadeth is in the studio right now working on their 15th studio album. They shared a brief video on 3/26 hinting at their new drummer, and now, the rumors have been confirmed. Lamb of God‘s drummer Chris Adler will be handling the kits for Super Collider‘s sucessor, to be recorded as a trio with Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson. Honestly, I have not jammed a Megadeth album or song in a good while, but this collaboration is something I can get behind. Considering how much Adler – and LoG in general – has professed his love for the thrash ensemble, I assume he will put his heart and soul in this project. Here’s what the man had to say:
MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.
Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our GRAMMY® nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace’. I want to thank the other members of LAMB OF GOD for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.
You can read more about it by stabbing the band’s Facebook page.
Another Big Four band bringeth thy new new, Slayer. Bassist and vocalist Tom Araya sat down with Revolver and discussed details of their upcoming LP. He stated that the band was entering the final stages of mixing the record, a project which still lacks a name, a cover and song titles. What they do have is 13 recorded songs, featuring primarily Araya, Kerry King and drummer Paul Bostaph. Gary Holt (Exodus) will be lending his chops to a couple of the songs. Here’s Tom on the record’s subject:
(…) the usual topics—conflict, confrontation, religion. It’s all about the social ills that dominate humankind. It’s a Slayer record, you know what I mean? It’s gonna be a really, really powerful record, so let everybody know!
To this humble fish (God), the most exciting news is that one of the tracks was recorded while Jeff Hanneman was still among us. It will probably mark the last work of his illustrious career. If not for anything else, Slayer’s upcoming album is one to look forward to. Stab here and read the whole piece.
I follow Behemoth‘s frontman Nergal on Instagram. His account is probably one of the best among metal peers – it’s just great to see the guy having a blast after overcoming Leukemia. Among backstage shots, fan tattoos and playing stare with Cannibal Corpse‘s George Fisher, he has shared two video clips of him in the studio recording what could be part of an upcoming solo album. It sounds nothing like the blackened death metal ov Behemoth and everything like the songs Gregory House would play at the end of an episode. Which is not bad at all in my book.
Mortal Kombat X is going to reign glutes. Ramping up the excitement for the game release (April 14th) is an ad directed by System Of A Down‘s Shavo Odadjian. You might love SOAD, you might hate SOAD, but it is hard to argue that this is a pretty dank ad. Check it out by stabbing the YouTube video below:
Apparently the guys in Sevendust need no rest. Even though they released an acoustic album – Time Travelers & Bonfires – in 2014, word is out that they already completed recording a new album, this time without grandpa’s guitars. Maybe not completely without them. Just not focusing on them. You catch my drift. Stay tuned for more updates by liking the band’s Facebook page.
Sevendust will be playing at the Fiesta Oyster Bake in San Antonio (4/18) alongside Pop Evil, Nonpoint and P.O.D. Yes, that P.O.D. No other dates were mentioned.
Stacked tour alert! Dark Sermon, Entheos and Archspire (read their ToH interview) will all join forces in support of Fit For An Autopsy and Aborted for a big tour. Somewhere, somehow, a secret agent is fainting. Check out the dates below:
5/08 Albany, NY @ Trickshots
05/09 Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
05/10 Reading, PA @ The Reverb
05/11 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
05/12 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
05/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/14 Houston, TX @ Walters
05/15 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
05/17 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
05/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep Cafe
05/19 Denver, CO @ Moon Room
05/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
05/21 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
05/22 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
05/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
05/24 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
05/25 S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whisky Dick’s
05/26 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
05/28 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
05/29 Kamloops, BC @ Inlander Pub
05/30 Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
06/02 Eau Claire, WI @ The Oxford
06/03 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
06/04 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
06/05 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
06/07 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Unfortunately, not all is peachy with that camp, because someone robbed Dark Sermon’s van. Luckily, their equipment was not in it, so it won’t be impeditive to complete upcoming tour’s obligations.
The missing vehicle is a white 2000 Dodge Ram 3500. The license tag is 839 TEF. It was last seen at US19 and Sunset in Clearwater, FL.
We leave for a 2.5 month tour a week from today, as some of you know, so this is a very dire situation. We have filed a police report, and we believe we have security camera footage of the man who took it. If you could please SHARE this post on your Facebook and spread awareness about this incident, we might be able to catch the thief and maybe even get our van back.
Hop over to their Flushbook page by stabbing this link. Share the post and cross your daily virtual good deed from your to-do list.
I was alerted by fellow deity Bear God that one of the coolest Finn bands out there, Beastmilk, was no more. The reason behind this is the departure of guitarist Johan Nell. Consoling my poor immortal heart is news that instead of ending all activities, the remainder of the band will keep working under the name Grave Pleasures. New guitarman will be Juno Vanhanen from psychedelic black metal act Oranssi Pazuzu. Being an OP fanboy, I am very excited to hear what this addition will mean to Beastmilk/Grave Pleasures sonically. Work is currently under way for the new album, which will be produced by Tom Dalgety (whose production/mixing chops were employed by Killing Joke, Opeth, Royal Blood and others)
Go like their new Facebook page. Stab here.
This is it, for now. I will emerge soon with more news, new music or maybe even a list. I heard you humans like lists.
Laters on the menjay.