The 59th Grammy Awards took place last Sunday and if you’re a metal fan, the evening didn’t disappoint. Baroness, Gojria and Periphery were all nominated alongside heavyweights Megadeth and Korn for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Though always underrepresented by the mainstream, to see such respectable acts picked might be a changing sign of the times. Considering Gojira are also nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’, it’s refreshing to see some recognition from the mainstream. With Megadeth taking the award respectively, it was the Master Of Puppets being payed to mark the victory that raised a few eyebrows. Taking it in their stride, Dave Mustaine even played air guitar down the aisle. Regardless of the winner, the monumental 1986 classic would have been played in any event.
One of the more likely reasons for any respectable member of the headbanging community to tune in to this year’s ceremony would have been for the Metallica and Lady Gaga collaborative performance. Seeming to be a yearly tradition with the San Franciscan thrash outfit, as we reflect on last year’s outstanding collaboration with Chinese pianist Lang-Lang, Metallica will be putting on their best poker face as they joined forces with the art-pop aficionado.
Things didn’t go quite as smoothly as first planned. Despite not being introduced and microphone problems, frontman and guitarist James Hetfield managed to pull off a flaming rendition of their hugely infectious track, 'Moth Into Flame'. We can wait eagerly who they’ll be playing with next year.
Photo Credit: Kevin Winter
Long Island tech-metallers Car Bomb will be accompanying French prog-messiahs Gojria on their European Magma tour this spring. Wanting to hammer home their third album, Meta, to a UK audience, CB promise to deliver the goods with seven dates lined-up. Produced by Joe (Gojira), it is an album that cannot afford to be ignored. Though the Americans have played a few shows across the pond on a few occasions, this marks the very first tour on European soil.
Car Bomb - Meta Album Artwork
Having struggled with little to no press coverage, CB have managed to cover a lot of ground for a band who have DIY’d to where they are. Vocalist Michael (look up) has even gone so far as to make his own documentary on the subject titled Why You Do This, which is available to watch on YouTube.
With studio time booked in the near future and a return to UK/European soil in the summer, CB have the world in their sights. Watch this space.
Mar 11 –Birmingham Academy
Mar 12 – Forum, London
Mar 14 – Manchester Academy
Mar 15 – Newcastle Academy
Mar 16 – O2 Academy, Leeds
Mar 17 – ABC, Glasgow
Mar 18 – Bristol Academy