Lamb of God Taking a Break?
It looks like Lamb of God will be taking a break after the end of their Sturm Und Drang tour. Randy Blythe commented:
"I got out of prison and immediately went on tour, because I had five lawyers and they were just hemorrhaging money like crazy. I went from jail to home to, ten days later, being at Knotfest to home for a month or two, then out on tour with LAMB OF GOD, then back to the Czech Republic to go to trial, found not guilty, then come home, then finish up the rest of our tour and finally end in South Africa. And then we took a little time off, but there were some changes in the organization and they started writing another record and we need to make money, so it was back in the studio. And it was back on tour again for this last record [2015's 'VII: Sturm Und Drang'], and that cycle is not gonna end until August or September of this year, I guess. So it's just been, like, grinding, grinding, grinding. And when I'm not on the road, I'm working on writing and photography."
All thanks to Blabbermouth. Read more here.
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden speaks out against the closure of small venues!
This piece of news cuts a bit close to me. I firmly believe small venues are important - they give you your next upcoming bands! Furthermore it's so sad to see any place that supports music so passionately shut down. However, Bruce Dickinson says it far better: "Sadly, that seems to be happening in a lot of places. It's the gentrification of the city centre, the dodgy hangouts which are really cool which kids like. We [IRON MAIDEN] wouldn't have been able to start out if there hadn't been venues like that." To further add to this sting, this does run off the back of the closure of Dempseys in Cardiff. Full article also at Blabbermouth here.
Disney does Metal - no, seriously.
According to rollingstone.com and metalinjection.net Disney officially has put together the power metal group D-Metal Stars. This has actually been around for a while in Japan but has been released recently in the U.S.... I think I'm going to have to just give you a listen:
Dimmu Borgir have a lot to say about their new album the first since 2010.
7 years since a release is a long time and a lot has changed for the controversial band Dimmu Borgir (you either love them or can't stand them). It seems they really want to make a come back with this new album. Guitarist, Silenoz comments: "It's more epic and symphonic, it's more brutal, it's more black metal, it's more primitive." also saying despite no release date yet: "...once the fans sit down and actually listen to this album for real, they will understand that, okay, yeah, it sucked waiting for this for so many years, but it was definitely worth the wait," Tall talk? We'll have to wait and see. For more read here and here.