Song of the Day: VADER’s Iron Times EP is Excellent as All VADER EPs Are

This month saw the release of VADER‘s latest EP, Iron Times, via Nuclear Blast. In keeping with their tradition, Iron Times is another excellent release that is meant to tide us over till their next full length entitled The Empire.  Let’s check out Track 2, “Prayer to the God of War.”  If only VADER could ghostwrite for SLAYER

Video of the Day: Jello Biafra Shares Some Thoughts on Donald Trump

With the whirlwind of publicity that U.S. presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has been receiving, Jello Biafra (JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) shares additional thoughts on Mr. Trump on his latest edition of What Would Jello Do?

Jello reveals some new examples of ridiculousness and racism that may not necessary be widespread public knowledge.  And speaking of racism, here is an image that sums up how BRUJERIA feel about the presidential candidate.

 

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2016 Show Report

namm shirtThis year at NAMM 2016, (an industry-only global music product trade show) everything seemed to be scaled down a bit, but the show still had plenty of new items on hand that were related to the Metal genre and community.  Let’s dive into some of the exciting products that were on display!

On the drumming front, Tama had the new Iron Cobra (HP900PN) and Speed Cobra (HP910LWN) pedals with new features such as a new Super Stabilizer Design and Para-Clamp II Pro, which in essence, the lighter weight allows you to increase velocity with minimal work to pound on those bass drums.

yamaha drumsAs always, Yamaha had a myriad of new drums on display, but as technology moves forward, digital drums have become the norm, and one of those products like the DTX-760, delivers an exceptional sounding drum kit that can be fully utilized for recording or music production.

Paiste introduced the Big Beat cymbals which sounded quite crisp and you have to experience these cymbals first hand.  Pictures won’t do them justice, so check them out if you get a chance.

Sonor once again welcomes Nicko McBrain from IRON MAIDEN back to the fold and his kit looks awesome.  The toms and bass drums all come in a beautiful black finish, which really accentuates the aesthetically pleasing look of the kit.  Can’t wait to see this kit in action at upcoming MAIDEN shows!

Guitars have always been a huge part of the show, and there have been some awesome axes announced in 2016!

kirk hammett esp guitarESP guitars showcased their amazing custom shaped guitars (most of which aren’t for sale, unfortunately), and some new signature models.  METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett had his Nosferatu (LTD KH-Nosferatu) axe on display and James Hetfield’s Vulture was also a sight to see.  Other notable signature LTD models were introduced from Mille Petrozza (KREATOR) and Max Cavalera (SOULFLY).  However, the most impressive and unique item unveiled was the brand new Gary Holt (SLAYER/EXODUS) guitar with the body painted from his own blood!  The “wow” factor for this piece was simply incredible.

jeff loomis schechter guitarSchecter guitars brought out a few new Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY) signature models including the JL-7 and CYGNUS JLX-1.  The huge unveiling however, was for the brand new signature Zakk Wylde models, including the Viking V FR and Odin models.  Taking the design from his older Gibson models, the new Wylde models look more updated and sleeker on the Schecter versions.

Ibanez introduced  Nina Strauss (ALICE COOPER) signature models such as the S5521QDPB, which may impress some of the badass female guitar players in the world, and new Paul Stanley (KISS) and Steve Vai models were updated as well.

Not completely new news, but recently Praxis Musical Instruments took over the B.C. Rich line and the brand was set for a complete reboot for the 2016 year.  Hopefully the quality does not suffer and the B.C. Rich continues to make sweet looking axes for Metal players worldwide (Kerry King, Lord Ahriman, etc.)

Coinciding with MEGADETH’s new album Dystopia, both Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson had announcements of their new signature models.  Mustaine introduced his Dean “Zero Dystopia” model, complete with cover art of the new album, and Ellefson introduced a few of his new Jackson CBX IV and V models.  Great looking guitars and basses on the Mega-front!

The goons here at APESHIT will continue to provide annual NAMM product updates related to the Metal world, and once again thank the great people at NAMM for letting us cover the show!

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!

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.”

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.”

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!”

Video of the Day: KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES No Frills Video for “The Ascent”

KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES have launched a video for the song, “The Ascent.”  The song comes off of their powerful debut, Salem’s Wounds, which was released earlier this year via Century Media Records.

On the nature of “The Ascent” specifically and the release of the new video, Karyn Crisis comments: “The Ascent is about the transformative ancient rite of Death and Resurrection. It also alludes to the wisdom attained through attuning to the nature of energies which often appear to us as illusions of opposites. To be incarnated again we must first go through the death transition; we must enter the darkness to find the light; to hear the voice of the Universe we must go within, turning attention away from the physical world. Opposites are merely halves of a whole: masculine and feminine energies, the macrocosm and the microcosm, life and death.

“In pen and ink I drew a storyboard of the video that I sent to Bob Vigna, who filmed and edited the entire video. I explained to him I wanted to depict this rite of dying unto oneself, represented by the Hanged Man Tarot card.. For our story, I felt it was important to have the male Druids taking action in the first part of the story which is about a seeker in the physical world, and for the female Priestesses to complete the creative inward rebirthing process.

“I was inspired by a story authored by Carlo Napolitano where a character seeking answers to the Great Mysteries was hung upside down on a tree, with a mask tied to his face, gaining a previously unknown view of the world around him as pagan rituals took place around him. Bob elevated these ideas and turned them into a cohesive storyline that’s both tangible and earthly, dreamy and spiritual.”

It should be noted that KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES features the IMMOLATION writing core of Ross Dolan and Bob Vigna.

Video of the Day: Live Recording of ABBATH’s “Fenrir Hunts”

While the world awaits for ABBATH‘s first solo album, the band launched a video of a live version of “Fenrir Hunts.”  This version will be different from the version that will appear on the album.

The band states: “We have performed ‘Fenrir Hunts‘ live since our debut concert at Tuska Festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with ‘Fenrir Hunts‘, which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is ‘Fenrir Hunts‘, the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!”

The band also features King ov Hell (ex-GORGOROTH) on bass.  Spot the CONVERGE Jane Doe tattoo in the video.