Posts Tagged ‘Children Of Bodom’

war of the covers copy He's BackLast week, we had an interesting triple threat match that saw Anthrax do battle with Tarot and Godspeed featuring Bruce Dickinson to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath better. You voted and decided that ultimately without contest that Anthrax had the best version. I want to let you guys know that coming in the fall will be my fourth Alumni Weekend Takeover at my Alma Mater and by voting, you are deciding what I am going to play because the winners of the War Of The Covers will be played on the show as we do a covers segment this year. With that being said, it is time to move on to this week’s War Of The Covers which features a track from the king of Shock Rock in Alice Cooper. Back in 1986, Alice recorded a track for the Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives soundtrack called He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (It was also on the album Constrictor) that was epic with those synths and that cool bass line. This week we have two interesting bands in a European match as Sweden’s One Man Army and The Undead Quartet take on Finland’s Warmen featuring Alexi Laiho. One Man Army… covered the track for their 2007 album Error In Evolution while Warmen covered the song with Alexi of Children Of Bodom on vocals for their 2014 album First Of The Five Elements. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered it better and who makes the show this fall. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

We decided to go way back this week for our Music Video Of The Week as it is Throwback Thursday after all. This past week, I went to the House Of Blues in Boston this past Monday night (3/21) and I saw Megadeth with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom, and Havok. It was an incredible show with a really good turnout for a metal show. I chose Sweating Bullets from Megadeth for this week’s Music Video Of The Week because while the band performed this live, they had the music video playing on the screen and it reminded me of how amazing the song was. The video perfectly matches the content of the lyrics as we see the multiple Dave Mustaines in the video to show how crazy he is. At times in the video, the multiple Dave’s are tormenting the real version of him and there is even a cool shot of him holding a brain while they are yelling at him. It was a cool concept for a video and it was exactly how you would imagine the video would be when listening to the lyrics. Check it out below and don’t forget to vote for Megadeth as they take on Testament in the Pedal To The Metal Tournament in the Elite 8 round. You only have until Sunday the 27TH to vote for them by going here. Otherwise, enjoy the video below:

For this week’s cover of the week, we look to an unlikely source for the material and we are talking about the legendary Heart. Heart is one of those bands that never got enough credit especially Ann Wilson who had an amazing vocal range. There was one band who was daring enough to take a track from Heart to cover and they picked an awesome, but difficult track. Janne Viljami Wirman (or as he is affectionately known as Warman), you may know him as the keyboard player for Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom, but what you probably didn’t know is that he had a side project that he created called Warmen. They were a band that played mostly instrumentals with an occasional guest vocalist on a couple of tracks. In 2002, he decided to cover a track from Heart’s 80’s catalog in the song Alone with Kimberly Goss (vocalist for Sinergy) as the guest vocalist on the album Beyond Abilities. While, I have to agree with a lot of the critics in saying that she doesn’t exactly have the vocal range that Ann has, but she does a good job with it. The music for the cover is amazing as they turn the track into a power metal/ballad song. Check out the track for yourself and be the judge:

When it comes to music videos, Megadeth has always put out some quality videos and they’ve done it yet again. While Megadeth is gearing up to release their new album Dystopia, they’ve unveiled some tracks for fans to listen to like The Threat Is Real. We covered the track for the single of the week (which you can read here), but the band has finally unveiled a music video to go with the track and it kicks ass. The video is animated, but parts of it feel and look like the animation used in Scanner Darkly while some of it is just animated. The group is in jail in a very apocalyptic world which looks like a police state in the video. Meanwhile, Vic Rattlehead and a friend are on a mission to free the band from jail as the band is being carried on a transport train. The video is really cool and worth checking out. In other news, Dave recently spoke about drummer Chris Adler joining them on the road, “Lamb of God’s going to be taking a sabbatical soon and Chris is going to jump into us full time, which is great for us. Megadeth is Chris’ favorite band growing up. It’s his love, and I’m honored just because of the talent that he has. So that’s the way we’re gonna do it for now.” Check the band out on the road with Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom, and Havok. To check out the dates, go here. Otherwise check out the video below:

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Dustin Rabin Photography

It is with great pleasure to report some awesome information for fans of Alt-Metal pioneers Faith No More because Billboard.com released some awesome news that leaves me hopeful for the rock and metal genre. Faith No More released their first album since 1997’s Album of The Year in Sol Invictus and they now have a number one album with it. According to Billboard.com, the band’s album debuts at number one on the hard rock albums chart, number two on the Top Rock rock albums charts, and number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 with 31,000 sold in the first week. This is an amazing thing for the band as they return to the scene on top of the game. I did a review of the album for the album of the week which you can find by going here. Otherwise, go to the store and pick up this album because you will not regret it.

papaghostlivefrance2014_638If you are a fan of the spooky atmospheric rock band Ghost (Ghost BC here in America) then we have some good news for you. The clergy recently released a video announcing that they had fired Papa Emeritus II after a lackluster job in their opinion even though their last album Infestissumam debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The clergy announces that the Nameless Ghouls will all wear new masks, Papa Emeritus III will be revealed on June 3RD, and the title of the new record which is called Meliora. To watch the scolding the clergy gives, then you should check it out here. I do however have the album artwork for you and the track listing for the new record. The album will be released on August 21ST via Loma Vista Recordings and it was produced by Klas Åhlund. The albums first single Cirice can be expected anytime in the upcoming month. Check out the artwork and track listing below and stay tune here for the first single.

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Track Listing for Meliora:

01. Spirit
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Cirice
04. Spöksonat
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
07. Majesty
08. Devil Church
09. Absolution
10. Deus In Absentia

Produced by Klas Åhlund of Swedish band Teddybears and the album was mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana, Sepultura, etc.). Get it August 21ST everywhere.

“In this uncensored, unfiltered memoir, the musician and former frontman for Skid Row tells the story of how a choir boy became a mega-successful hair metal god, rode the wave of fame in heavy metal’s heyday, and came out alive on the other side when glam rock went the way of the cassette tape and the Walkman.” That is the official description for the newest addition to your rock autobiography collection as Sebastian Bach recently announced that he will be releasing his official memoir titled 18 and Life on Skid Row. The book will be officially released on January 19. 2016 which is also yours truly’s birthday. I now know what to get for my birthday and I can add this to the Heavy Metal Book Report as soon as I get to read it. Recently Bach offered this insight into what he believes is the reason for the reunion not happening in the form of Rachel Bolan, “I’ve talked to all of those guys except the bass player, and he is the one that has it in for me. But I haven’t given that guy any reason to dislike me in 19 years.”

unnamedFormer Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno has struggled over the years with drug addiction, but the man perservered and got sober. The only thing is he had a little motivation to do as he credits his family with helping him with that decision. He says, “As much as what harm drugs cause you, what they do to your family is worse. I have seen a lot of people lose everything they had money, a home and even their family because of drugs and feel it’s not worth it. The reality is that you can never be completely cured of them. Even today, I am in recovery. There are moments I slip too, but then feel twice as guilty later. It is my children who have pushed me to stay off drugs and I will do it for them.” The only thing I can say to Paul is good luck in the future and take it one day at a time.

Children-of-BodomIn some other shocking news, Children Of Bodom made a big announcement regarding their line up as they had to let go of someone in the band. Children Of Bodom, the Finnish metal band announced that they let go of guitarist Roope Latvala as the band made the announcement on their Facebook page. They said, “As we parted ways with no bad blood, we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for allowing us to share the last twelve years of our lives with him. [We] hope [the fans] know that this will not affect the upcoming shows or the new album as we recorded it as a four-piece and it is already mixed, mastered, heavy as s–t and ready to go!” I don’t think the band has announced who will officially replace him, but they are currently working on a new record and they head out on tour in June which you can see here.

Check out the current teaser trailer for a new project from Avenged Sevenfold called This Is Bat Country which may be a new concert DVD they release. Check it out here

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To continue celebrating our observance of the great holiday Halloween, I entered Somebody’s Watching Me in the search engine on Youtube for our latest Cover Of The Week entry. I always loved the Rockwell version ever since I watched the music video as a kid and you can’t help, but associate this song with Halloween. When I came across this version by Warmen, a group from Finland, I couldn’t help but notice that Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom was the picture you saw before you clicked on the video. I did a little research on the band Warmen and found out that the band was started by keyboardist Janne Wirman who wanted to create instrumental music with occasional guest vocal spots. On the 2005 album Accept The Fact, the band decided to cover Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me with Alexi as the guest vocalist. I really have to tell you that the song isn’t that bad as the band almost sticks to the original formula with the keyboards and synths during the verses before they kick it up a notch for the chorus. Alexi’s vocals are much like the music as he sings in a low tone during the verses and then he kicks it up with his signature scream during the choruses which makes for an interesting cover. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t surprised to see that Alexi covered this considering he has covered so many 80’s Pop songs in his day like Poison’s Talk Dirty To Me, Eddie Murphy’s Party All The Time, as well as all the metal songs fromt he 80’s and 90’s he has covered too.

Machine-Head-6I’m sure all of Machine Head’s fans will be disappointed at first, but I think they’ll forgive them in the end. Machine Head was set to kick off a tour that began Ocotber 4TH with Children Of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross, but the band has other plans now. The band has been forced to cancel the tour to work on their upcoming record Bloodstone & Diamonds. The band apparently plans to reschedule the tour for 2015 and full refunds will be taken care of at point of purchase. Here’ s a statement from the band:

It is with great disappointment that Machine Head must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall. Our new album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.

We feel this record is a milestone, we feel we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date.

Refunds will be available for tickets at point of purchase.

Look out for rescheduled American tour dates for the beginning of the year.

All scheduled European tour dates will remain as scheduled.

Machine Head release their 8th album “Bloodstone & Diamonds” (and their first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment) on Nov 7th – EU, and Nov 10th in the U.S. and U.K.