This is the first of what will be a flood of video and content Kevin and I collected earlier today down in Auburn at the White River Amphitheater during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. We interviewed Megadeth, Unearth, Suicide Silence, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Disturbed, All Shall Perish and many more during our adventures in the dirty south end this afternoon and we will be slowly pushing those video interviews out as we get them processed over the course of the week.
Earlier today we sat down with Jamey Jasta, frontman for KOS and he mentioned that so many younger kids who didn't know who Hatebreed, Crowbar or Down were were coming up to their booth and getting stoked on their tunes. This is a perfect example of what festivals like Mayhem do best: bring in more mainstream leaning crowds, and provide them with a brief education on some great underground heavy metal. That said, we couldn't drive home fast enough to post up this next video. Feast your eyes upon Kingdom Of Sorrow playing Enlightened To Extinction live on the Jagermeister stage down at the White River Amphitheater earlier today. This comes off their record Behind The Blackest Tears out now on Relapse Records.
Hello fellow metal heads! My name is John Baran, the new Metal Shop intern. I am a 23-year-old student at Central Washington University. Originally from Olympia, WA, Iâve been a self-proclaimed metal head since I was 16. Before listening to metal, I was a full blown douche bag. I listened to horrible radio rap and was a wigger (I hope this doesn't offend current douche bags!).
My life changed forever when my older brother showed me Megadethâs masterpiece, âRust in Peaceâ. After I heard the first track, 'Holy Warsâ¦ The Punishment Due' I said to myself âWhat the fuck am I doing? I need to grow my hair out and play guitarâ. This was the result after furious hours of shredding and listening to metal:
I love all kinds of metal, and totally open to hearing not only the new hyped signed bands, but the local unknown bands. I believe itâs incredibly important to know what is happening in your local metal scene, because every band at one point was just a local band playing shows. I was in a band called Eterna Nocturna with Nick Pierce (formerly of The Faceless, enough name dropping now! :D) and currently play in a few others:
Oblivion - http://oblivion.bandcamp.com/
Circle ov Defeat - http://circleofdefeat.bandcamp.com/
I am looking forward to being on Metal Shop and spreading good tunes across the airwaves! Please feel free to come up to me at a show and shoot the shit with me. Iâm always game to meet new people and talk about metal and guitar gear!
Until thenâ¦ HORNS
John the Intern
PS - Add me up and shoot the shit!
PPS - Iâm currently looking for members for a tech/death/black metal band! I have a drummer and guitarist, so keyboardists, bassists, and vocalists hit me up!
Hey, it's been a little while since we checked in here, so we're back to drop some bombs on ya. Everything's been going great over here in the Metal Shop camp, and despite our single pane windows, we're fighting back the cold with the most BRU-TAHL of metal.
First things first! Kevin and I are participating in MOvember, where we are growing out our moustaches for men's cancers and other health issues. We're on day 22, and here's a picture of our current status:
Last week was PACKED full of incredible shows. Hopefully you had a chance to go see Nile at El Corazon, Danzig at Showbox Sodo, or Watain at Studio Seven.
Here's an awesome clip of Watain playing up in Vancouver, B.C. just after their date here in Seattle. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Y1T_fD5zEvg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
A big shout out and thanks to the people who tried and won tickets to go see DANZIG last Monday. We were lucky enough to be able to hook up a meet and greet with Danzig on his tour bus! It just proves, you never know what you might get when you win tickets from Metal Shop. Here's a photo of us hanging out with the man himself -
Lastly, we had a chance to sit down with Lonnie Local last week to provide an interview and a "behind the scenes" look at where we live and what goes down before Metal Shop Saturday nights.
The holidays are upon us friends! Time to gather close and drink and be merry! Keep listening to your music loud, and keep bangin your head for the good things in life. We'll talk to you this and every Saturday night at 11pm.
I know that I personally see a lot of fundraisers for women's health issues, but it is fairly rare to see such a creative and entertaining way to raise funds for men's cancer and some of the other health problems men face.
That being said, it's not too late to get started ladies and gentlemen!
Both Kevin and myself (Ian) have joined our friends on the Men's Room, as well as the rest of you rockaholics by initiating moustache growth as well as fund raising for this worthy cause.
If you'd like to donate (even $5 helps!), then you can find my team page here:
We will begin posting picture updates of our 'staches soon, and keep our blog updated on our fundraising status. So far we on Metal Shop have raised $460! Let's keep it going!
As I Lay Dying add last minute minute Seattle show at El Corazon for October 9th!
THIS JUST IN - Tickets for Friday's show will be valid for Saturday's show as well. Just know this, once your ticket is used, it is used!
October 7th, 2010 - Agoura Hills, CA - This just in from San Diego's As I Lay Dying!
To all of our Seattle fans: "We were just informed that due to a ticketing glitch the Friday Oct-08 Seattle show at El Corazon was oversold by 150 tickets. Since the venue is not by law able to hold this many people, and since we certainly donât want anyone to get turned away at the door on Friday, we have decided on short notice to do a second show on Saturday Oct-09 at El Corazon. Due to the short notice, tickets will be at a reduced price as compared to the Friday show, and the venue will be refunding the $2.50 difference in ticket price to the first 150 ticket holders of the Friday show who are willing and able to attend the Saturday show. We hope this resolves the issue and we look forward to playing two great shows for all of our Seattle fans."
So in case you have been living under a rock, or you're a broke ass jabroni like Kevin and I and can't afford cable, then you caught the season premiere of METALOCALYPSE on Adult Swim last sunday. Finally, the gang is back to provide us a new season of metal-filled cartoon entertainment. Here's a bit of what you might have missed last week:
Along with bringing us a new season of Metalocalypse, Adult Swim released a metal compilation that they put together this last week. It features several unreleased and B-side tracks that we will be playing this week on Metal Shop. If you'd like to get your grubby little hands on it, here's where you can download this sweet comp.
Here is the "Metal Swim" tracklisting:
1. Death Angel -Truce
2. Skeletonwitch â Bringers of Death
3. Torche â Arrowhead
4. Ludicra â Path of Ash
5. Kylesa â Forsaken
6. Black Tusk â Fatal Kiss
7. Red Fang â Hank Is Dead
8. Black Cobra â Frozen Night
9. Saviours â Dixie Dieway
10. Witch Mountain â Veil of the Forgotten
11. Isis â Pliable Foe
12. Jesu â Dethroned
13. Pelican â Inch Above Sand
14. Zoroaster â Witch Hammer
15. Withered â Extinguished With the Misery
16. Boris â Luna
-Bing, bang, boom. Following up the Metal Swim compilation is the video for Skeletonwitch's song, "Bringers Of Death," found on the compilation listed above. Watch, download, and headbang!
-Powerglove, our favorite cartoon/video gamed theme cover band released their new record Saturday Morning Apocalypse this past week. We aired their cover of the X-Men theme song last week, and they also do tracks like Batman, Transformers, and even have Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko making guest apperances on Pokemon's "Gotta Catch Em' All" as well as the Simpson's theme. Here's a video of a bit of their recording process -
Everyone's favorite space alien trash talkers GWAR have been running around the media circuit lately. Frontman Oderus Urungus recently appeared on Red Eye (although I never thought I'd make a link to a Fox News video here), and will appear on the Jimmy Fallon show on October 28th in support of their new record, "Bloody Pit Of Horror" out on Metal Blade - November 9th, 2010.
-Despite frontman Nergal's recent health struggles, Polish Death/Black metal band Behemoth has been pushing forward, recently releasing a trailer for their upcoming live DVD, "Evangelia Heretika."
Here's the trailer: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/75_MgGymtFQ" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
-Immolation and Vader are coming back to town with Pathology and local band No Living Witness on Sunday, October 10th at El Corazon.
But if you can't wait that long, then you can check out the Immolation set live from The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (of all places) on Thursday, October 7th at 6pm Pacific right HEEEYA.
Last but not least, this weekend we're going to be interviewing Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine. They'll be in town at El Corazon on October 8th with Unearth and Carnifex, and we have a ton of tickets we'll be giving away. AILD has announced they will be doing signings outside of El Corazon for 30 minutes from the moment the doors open. So if you're going to be standing in line, bring a shirt or CD to get signed!
Here's the video for "Parellels" off The Powerless Rise.-
As you may or may not have known, the Viaduct Venue, Tacoma's last all ages venue closed it's doors for good on July 31st, effectively eliminating the final source of all ages music in the city of Tacoma. Club Impact, a long time staple for all ages entertainment closed it's doors in 2009, and with Hell's Kitchen's new 21+ only policy, the pickin's are pretty slim for younger music fans in the South End.
Kevin and I both grew up in the Kent/Covington/Auburn area, and after the Auburn Annex shut down, we still had Club Impact, Hell's Kitchen (before the new 21+ policy) or even the Viaduct to fall back on. Whether that was having a place to go see your favorite band, having a venue that was willing to let your band play, or even just providing us as young people with something to do on a Friday night. And while Kevin and I are both 25 and 24 years old, respectively, we still believe that "just because you're not 21, that's not supposed to mean you can't have any fun." And i'll tell you right here and now, if it weren't for all ages shows, Kevin and I wouldn't have had a place to grow within the Northwest metal, punk, and hardcore scenes. And we sure as hell wouldn't be the hosts of Metal Shop.
That being said, there's a push being made to help re-create a new all ages music scene in Tacoma - to cater not only to the next generation of south-end music lovers, but to ALL heavy underground music lovers, young and old.
PLEASE take a moment to check out the website, familiarize yourself with the situation, and maybe even make a small donation to the future of a new all ages venue in Tacoma.
When Kevin and I took over Metal Shop from Kevin and Steve, we made a commitment and a pledge to do everything we could to support and help bolster local heavy music. Obviously we put a focus on all types of METAL, but punk and hardcore also play a large part of the breeding grounds that create new musicians and lovers of everything heavy. ALL music is local, and the most important music in the northwest, in my opinion, is the music that comes from here. Let's do everything we can to make sure that the next generations of metalheads and musicians have the same opportunites to thrive upon and grow within the same types of rich environments we were lucky enough to have.
We'll continue to support local METAL, and we hope you do too! We will have more announcements regarding this subject in future episodes of Metal Shop, so stay tuned every Saturday night at 11pm!
I'll leave you with an awesome video that Kevin took of local band Wreck doing a sweet ZOMBIE cover at the last ever VIADUCT show!
Last night, Ian and I were lucky to have Olympia metal band No Living Witness raging in the studio with us. As soon as they rolled up wearing Vital Remains, Despised Icon and Dissection t-shirts (plsu mo'!) I knew we had made instant BFF's.
The reason these dudes (and dudette) rolled through the studio is because they just released a, dare I say, crushingly brutal self titled EP and if you know what is good (translation: harmful) to your ears, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this thing. I know, I know, we are all poor these days and the idea of stealing music is just so so enticing, but they will be out on the road in just a short while and as we all know, gas ain't cheap. Fund their tour and get yo self some bomb ass music, player. What a hook up. What does it sound like, you ask? Think of this for just a second: Do you remember the first time you ever tasted your favorite soda? Now imagine that feeling mixed with the first time you ever watched Top Gun. That's a high endorsement. Translation: Technical death metal that will shred your face off.
If you wanna hear a few tracks off their EP, navigate over to this weeks podcast where you can jam out to three of the 6 songs.
At The Gates- Suicide Nation
High On Fire- Holy Flames Of The Fire Spitter
Children of Bodom- Hate Crew Death Roll
Himsa- Jacob Shock
Amon Amarth- Twilight Of The Thunder Gods
Down- Temptations Wing|
Devil Driver- Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Dimmu Borgir- Alt Lys Er Sunnet Hen
Converge- No Heroes
Unleashed- In Victory Or Defeat
Shadows Fall- War
Pig Destroyer- Dark Satellites
From The Vault:
Machine Head- Davidian
Doomriders- Bear Witness
Gwar- Martyr Dumb
Black Breath- Hewhocannotbenamed
Anaal Nathrakh – Unbearable Filth Of The Soul
Blind Guardian- Into The Storm
Pantera- 13 Steps To Nowhere
Cradle of Filth- From The Cradle To Enslave
In Flames- Episode 666
Caught In A Mosh:
Kataklysm- Crippled and Broken
Earth Crisis- To Ashes
Implosive Disgorgence – Chapter 2
Hatebreed - Before Dishonor
All Out War- Enemies Of Creation
Death – Bite The Pain
High On Fire- The Face Of Oblivion
Lamb Of God- As The Palaces Burn
Gojira- Toxic Garbage Island
Nile- Latch To The Slave Stick
Dying Fetus- Praise The Lord (Opium of the masses)
Warbringer- Systematic Genocide
Carcass- Ruptured In Purulence
Shockwave- The Key To Vector Sigma Volume 1