Video of the Day: MACHINE HEAD’s Robb Flynn Poignantly Calls Out Phil Anselmo on “White Power” Remarks

In response to the controversy surrounding Phil Anselmo‘s Nazi salute and “white power” remark onstage at the end of his performance at Dimebash last week, MACHINE HEAD‘s Robb Flynn has posted a video that provides additional facts of what happened at the show and his opinion of  Phil Anselmo‘s latest and past racist remarks.  Robb‘s new facts provide additional context and meaning to Phil Anselmo’s antics.  Watch as he brings the hammer down:

Be sure to watch this in its entirety.  Go, Robb!

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

motorheadWhen looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.

Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene.  Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts.  You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.

Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years.
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RIP Lemmy Kilmister

Earlier today, it was announced that the beyond legendary Lemmy Kilmister had passed away from cancer. Five days after celebrating his 70th birthday, Lemmy left us as soon as we were celebrating a milestone in his life. Here is the official message from the MOTORHEAD Facebook page:

“There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.

“We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.

“Have a drink or few.

“Share stories.

“Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
“Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
“1945 -2015
“Born to lose, lived to win.

“Please feel free to post your condolences, well wishes and memories on our official tribute page:
https://www.facebook.com/lemmykilmisterforlife

Lemmy, you lived a thousand lifetimes and inspired us all. Thank you.

Video of the Day: SÓLSTAFIR Blows Minds Again with New Video

Iceland’s greatest export, SÓLSTAFIR, have done it again with another absolutely jawdropping, powerful video.  This time around, “Miðaftann” from last year’s Ótta gets the music video treatment.  Words simply can’t do the video justice.

The clip was directed by Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta and shot with renowned actor Gudmundur Ingi Thorvaldsson, at the famous black sand beach which inspired the band’s album title Svartir Sandar close to Iceland’s southernmost village Vík í Mýrdal.

Frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments on the video: “The track is about wandering in darkness. Playing chess with Death, getting burned by salt, drowning in the ultimate wave of sin and returning back home by using moonlight as navigation.”

Directors Harri Haataja and Vesa Ranta further elaborate: “They told us a real-life story about a sailor, who lost his crew at sea and was stranded to shore as the only survivor-. He proceeded to find his way to town and en route he found a barrel filled with water. Yet the water was frozen, so he had to punch through the ice with his bare hands to fight dehydration. Eventually, after a long journey, he reached the town and survived.”

IMMORTAL Issue First Public Statement Since Split with Abbath

After the IMMORTAL trademark case was closed by “Patentstyret” (Norway’s Patent Office) in November 2015, Demonaz and Horgh can finally share their side of the story for the first time:

“The conflict was not about anyone leaving the band as Abbath claimed. It was all about his personal problems. He had cancelled rehearsals and ruined the band’s progress for a very long time. We were forced to confront him about it.

“Abbath recently told Australian website (TheMusic.com.au) that we wanted things solely on our own timetable and that we claimed he needed rehab.

“The band had to reschedule rehearsals all the time because of him. Even then, he did not show up. He told the band, friends, and family that he needed to go to rehab again. He had got help from a clinic before. We offered to wait for him to recover this time also. Sadly, he changed his decision.

“Instead of trying to solve his problems, he went behind our back and secretly applied for a trademark ownership of the bands logo and name. It was hard to believe that his problems had led him to such a point.

“When his attempt to get the rights was discovered by the band, he all of a sudden went solo. His accusations against the band in media changed from day to day. The fans started to question his version and wanted us to speak about what really happened. Unfortunately, we had to wait until the case was all closed, to make a statement.

“His trademark application was denied and the case closed by Patentstyret in November, 2015. One of the reasons was because he had only contributed as a co-writer of music in IMMORTAL. Nor did he contribute any lyrics or titles to the bands albums. The fact is that the music has always been a result from the band as a unit.”

IMMORTAL will record the long awaited new album in 2016, which will be released byNuclear Blast Records.

“We are well prepared and looking forward to present the new material to the fans. We did not want to rush things, but take the time to deliver another high quality IMMORTAL album. More news is coming soon.”

Video of the Day: Total Domination Courtesy of DENNER / SHERMANN

The closest thing to a MERCYFUL FATE reunion thus far in DENNER / SHERMMAN, featuring Michael Denner, Hank Shermann, Snowy Shaw along with Sean Peck (CAGE) and Marc Grabowski, has posted their new video for the title track of their debut EP, Satan’s Tomb.

Hank Shermann comments: “We are happy to be able to release a video for the title track, which was the first song that really got us going as a band.
Now we are building upon the shadowy metal essence of what we created with the ‘Satan’s Tomb‘ EP, and are moving forward with a full-length release for next year.”

CONVERGE to Play Two Very Special Sets at Roadburn 2016

CONVERGE will perform two very special sets at next year’s Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands.

To celebrate the upcoming 15 year anniversary of their legendary Jane Doe album, CONVERGE will perform the album in its entirety for the first and last time on April 14, 2016. The album is considered a classic that defined the metallic hardcore genre as we know it today. This special set is exclusive to the 2016 Roadburn Festival and will not be played again anywhere, ever.

Two days later on April 16, 2016, the band will perform as CONVERGE “Blood Moon” collaborative set featuring guest musicians Chelsea Wolfe, Ben Chisholm, Stephen Brodsky (CAVE IN), and Steve Von Till (NEUROSIS). Together as a multi-instrumental group they will create renditions of existing CONVERGE material focusing on the band’s slower, more ambitious work within their legendary catalog.

CHTHONIC Vocalist Freddy Lim to Run For Parliamentary Seat in Taiwan

“Using music to change the world” is a slogan that appears often in the history of rock, however, in Taiwan, a man is turning it into reality. CHTHONIC lead vocalist Freddy Lim is traveling the road of music to parliament. Check out his campaign website: http://www.ivotefreddy.com/.  And on December 26th, a Formosa Defenders outdoor concert will be held in place of a campaign rally.

Beyond their musical impact, CHTHONIC has also focused their interests and strengths on social and political concerns both past and present within Taiwan. The band’s in-depth lyrics have historically focused on accounts of the country’s inhabitants fighting against repressive regimes in history that textbooks refused to tell in addition to their public displays of support for social movements and human rights activities, including last year’s Sunflower Movement and this year’s student protests against the Ministry Of Education’s adjustments in high school curriculum guidelines.

Beyond CHTHONIC, Lim also serves as the lead vocalist of a band that he formed with guitarist Marty Friedman, METAL CLONE X, which has released two albums in Taiwan and Japan. He has also organized two of the most well known music festivals — the Formoz Festival and Megaport Festival.

Lim was one of the co-founders of live houses including Zeitgeist; this year, he launched the most successful crowdfunding site in Taiwan called Free Bird. In addition to music events, he has served two terms as chair of Amnesty International Taiwan, a board member of the Memorial Foundation Of 228, and has been active in human rights activities. He has been honored with the President’s Award by Taiwan’s National Cultural Association, and founded the New Power Party, a new political party in Taiwan. In less than one year of its founding, the New Power Party has become the third largest party in Taiwan besides the two major political parties. In June, he announced his bid for legislature.

Twenty years after the band’s founding and seventy years after the end of World War II, CHTHONIC has decided to hold a Formosa Defenders outdoor concert in Liberty Square in Taipei on December 26th, 2015. The concert will feature all of CHTHONIC‘s classic songs, and the finest presentation of its unique oriental metal style, while blending in the ideas and spirit of anti-repression and bringing about change to the nation that CHTHONIC has always stressed in its music. It will be CHTHONIC‘s largest scale outdoor concert, and fans from around the world are invited to take part.

CHTHONIC chose the Liberty Square as the venue for the Formosa Defenders concert, because it’s a temple built to worship the dictator Chiang Kai-shek, leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] who later went into exile in Taiwan after being defeated. This well-known location represents the authoritarian regime of the old times that the band references regularly in its music, and also the venue for many social movements. It is, thus, the most suitable location for CHTHONIC‘s twentieth anniversary concert.

Video of the Day: INTRONAUT Explore Dolphin-Human Relations

In a world where most metal videos are simply terrible, INTRONAUT has come to save the day with their new video for “Fast Worms.” The video does in a brilliant job in taking the piss out of the metal video genre along with being the most over the top, ridiculous video possible.

It greatly helps that the song rules.  A great nod to the past and present of INTRONAUT.

Talking about the new music video, Sacha Dunable (vocals, guitar) comments, “This video is ridiculous. Please don’t hate us now. Much thanks to Pat Lascu for making it. We’re on tour getting ready to meet up with BTBAM, Enslaved, and Native Construct, as well as a bunch of our own headlining dates. Check our facebook for those, and go buy our record! Thank you to everyone who has bought it so far, we love you guys!”