Greetings and salutations from sunny California! Once again, another amazing National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention has come and gone! There were a few surprises along the way, and as always, we had a great time checking out all the gear!
If you’ve been following SLAYER closely in recent years, it may not come as a shock but the band have announced a final world tour. The band made the announcement via Youtube:
The North American leg of the tour will include LAMB OF GOD, BEHEMOTH, ANTHRAX, and TESTAMENT. Tour dates to be announced in the coming days.
On a related note, Kerry King‘s wife, Ayesha King, announced via Instagram that we have not heard the last from Kerry King:
Another strong year is in the books for heavy music, so strong that making a year end list seemed unfair to every release that we did not include in our lists. The underground continues to thrive with releases from legendary bands such as DARK FUNERAL, VADER, and NEUROSIS that will stand the test of time. Actually, most of the long running bands did not fail to meet or exceed expectations. Thrash metal pioneers, MEGADETH, VOIVOD, and TESTAMENT, certainly released excellent records. What is more important is that 2016 saw a lot of great releases from less trendy, more obscure bands.
This past year is personally notable as lost a dear friend and contributor, Brandon Stratton AKA rocknro11chef13. As a small tribute, we’ve included albums that he would’ve likely picked for his year end list. Life is short, my friends. Embrace it.
John Bush commented on his involvement: “I was asked through Vince at Metal Blade if I wanted to sing a couple of tracks for Metal Gear’s Revengeance. I was excited to be a part of it cause I never sang on a video game before. Jamie Christopherson (www.jamiechristopherson.com) is the musical director and he created some killer, heavy tunes. When you play ‘Metal Gear Rising Revengeance‘, listen for the songs ‘Return to Ashes‘ and ‘The Hot Wind Blowin‘!”
Check out some tunes:
The game itself is one of the sickest games to come out in a long time. Check out a trailer:
NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2013 has now concluded, and many new and innovative products were featured on the massive lot at the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of these products pertain to musicians in the Metal scene, and some of the products are just plain cool.
The turnout was crazy as usual – some were there to do business, while others were there to be seen. Metal remains one of the best represented genres of music, as members of SLAYER, ANTHRAX, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, NILE, MONSTROSITY, MEGADETH, and more were checking out the latest and greatest gear as well. Without further ado, let’s get started with what APESHIT thought were the best products NAMM had to offer for our metal fans out there.
“The first leg of the tour with TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL was an amazing way to end a great year for ANTHRAX,” said ANTHRAX‘s Scott Ian, “and it went above and beyond my expectations! Sold out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances! So we figured what better way to start 2012 than to continue this thrash-fest into the new year!!! Thank you all for giving us this privilege to come and play for you. See you soon!”
22 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
24 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
27 Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN
28 Piere’s Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, IN
29 Expo Five, Louisville, KY
30 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
2 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
3 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, OH
6 Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
7 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
8 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY
“We’ve been tight with the guys in TESTAMENT for a long, long time,” said ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante. “So we’re really looking forward to hanging out with them on the road. And all of us in ANTHRAX are big DEATH ANGEL fans, so this is going to be a monster of a good time – for all of us and for the fans. Plus, with the incredible success of The Big Four shows over the last year, we wanted to tour with some of the ‘second wave’ of thrash bands.”
The tour will follow ANTHRAX‘s Big Four “hometown” appearance at Yankee Stadium on September 14, with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH.
“We’re excited to do this tour because ANTHRAX was actually the first band we ever toured with,” adds TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy. “It’s an accomplishment 20 odd years later that we’re going to do it again. The tour kick-off date is actually about five days difference from the kick off date of the first tour 20 years ago. The first time we performed with ANTHRAX, we only had a total of ten songs, so obviously now we have many songs to pick from so it will be very different. It’s good to see that a lot of the faces in the bands are the same as back when we first did this original tour 20 years ago.”
Tentative tour dates:
14 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
15 Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
16 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
18 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
19 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
22 Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
24 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
26 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
28 South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
29 Emo’s East, Austin, TX
30 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
1 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
2 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
5 Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
6 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
8 Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
10 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
11 Palladium, Worcester, MA
15 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Rave, Milwaukee, WI
After last week’s successful “The Big 4“ concert in Indio, California, the heavy metal foursome of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX have announced an East Coast edition of the show at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York on September 14th, 2011.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6th at 10am through Ticketmaster. Pre-sales for MetClub members and Yankee season ticket holders go on sale Wednesday, May 4th.
Follow “The Big 4” on Facebook for all the latest info:
Check out some interviews in LA Weekly with SLAYER‘s Tom Araya and ANTHRAX‘s Scott Ian. They talk about the original Big 4 show in Bulgaria, the Coachella festival (which took place at the same venue as the upcoming Big 4), and their festival buddies METALLICA and MEGADETH.
The collective of heavy metal titans known as “The Big 4” of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX have been confirmed to share the stage together via Goldenvoice‘s “The Big 4” for North American fans. The four bands shared the stage for the first time together last year in Europe. This event is slated to be the only time the bands will play together in the U.S.
Visit the official site for more info: http://www.thebig4festival.com/