RAMMSTEIN, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, SABATON Honored At 'Metal Hammer Award Show'
MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, RAMMSTEIN, SABATON and CANNIBAL CORPSE are among the bands that were honored at this year's installment of the Metal Hammer Award Show, which was held on Friday, September 14 at Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany.
Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) hosted theevent, which featured performances by SABATON, ELUVEITIE and CALLEJON.
Metal Hammer Award Show winners:
* Legend: Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR)
* God Of Riffs: Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY)
* Best Album: IN FLAMES - "Sounds Of A Playground Fading"
* Best Debut: WHILE SHE SLEEPS - "This Is The Six"
* Best German Band: RAMMSTEIN
* Best International Band: MACHINE HEAD
* Best Live Band: SABATON
* Metal Anthem: CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Scourge Of Iron"
* Up And Coming: GRAVEYARD
* Maximum Metal: Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA)
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has scheduled the following signing events to promote his book, "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection":
Oct. 11 - Barnes & Noble - Tribeca Store - New York, NY - 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 - New York Comic Con - Abrams Book Booth - New York, NY - 11:45 a.m.
Oct. 13 - New York Comic Con - Tokyo Toys Booth - New York, NY - 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 - Barnes & Noble - The Grove - LosAngeles, CA - 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Monsterpalooza - Burbank, CA - [time to be announced]
Oct. 27 - Chiller Theater - Parsippany, NJ - [time to be announced]
Nov. 20 - Books Inc - Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA - [time to be announced]
Hammett spoke recently with the San Francisco Chronicle about "Too Much Horror Business - The Kirk Hammett Collection", which is due out in October. The oversized 228-page hardback book documentsHammett's love of all things related to the horror genre and features more than 300 photos of items from the collection of horror memorabilia he has accumulated over the years. The book also includes three lengthy interviews with Hammett, who also wrote the captions for many of the photos.
Hammett told the Chronicle, "I've been into [horror] stuff since I was five years old . . . My love for this stuff is insane and totally obsessive-compulsive. It's just one of those things. I'm still waiting to outgrow it or get tired of it or get bored with it. But it does not seem to happen."
The guitarist figures that he may have the second best horror memorabilia collection in the world, but until now only his family and close friends have seen it.
Hammett has two young children and he has been slowly showing them the monster movies he grew up on. He explained, "The other day (my kids and I) watched 'Bride Of Frankenstein', and they loved it."
He added that during a recent viewing of "Ghostbusters", "I said to the younger one, 'This is a little scary, but I'll be sitting right next to you.' And he goes, 'You don't have to do that, Dad. I'm tough.'"
IN THIS MOMENT Guitarist Says Losing Management And Bandmembers Was 'Meant To Be'
Bob Zerull of Zoiks! Online recently conducted an interview with guitarist Chris Howorth of Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Zoiks! Online: First I want to say congratulations on the new album,"Blood". For how good it is and second for how well it's doing. At what point in the process did you know you were onto something special?
Chris Howorth: Well, thank you for that. We feel the same way about it. Honestly, it was kind of weird, because I don't know how much you know, but right before we went in to do the album… three months before, our manager dropped us and then a month later two of the guys in the band quit. We were like, "What are we going to do?" Really questioning ourselves, Maria [Brink, vocals] and I. But we rallied; we were trying to find new management while we were writing songs in my bedroom, trying to write some stuff that would be awesome. At a certain point, our friendKevin [Churko, producer], who did the album with us, said… and this was like three or four months before we went in to do the record, he was like, "Come into the studio for a week. We're going to do a couple songs and this will help us show everybody what we're doing," because he believed in the band. Pretty much after we did "Blood", we were like, "What the hell is this?" We'd never done anything like it. We thought that it was something special. Once we sent it out all these managers that we'd been talking to… they didn't necessarily want to manage us, they were just like, "We'll see how it goes." Once they heard the song, they were like, "We want to manage you guys." We finally picked our manager that way. Once that happened, we realized that this was special. Everything that happened to us, with the management leaving us, and the guys leaving, was meant to be, because it opened us up to make the album that was made and to be where we are now. From that point on, it was, like, "This is going to be our best album ever."
Zoiks! Online: That was going to be my next question. When the two guys left, did you know you had it in you? How close to not continuing on where you?
Chris Howorth: I remember when I was on the phone with Jeff [Fabb], I had a moment where I was like, "I can't do this anymore." I've been that guy in the band since I was the kid, finding people and firing people and trying to make it. No matter what band I was in, I was that guy. It was a serious roller coaster of emotions. One minute you're on top of the world, the next minute you're depressed. It was maybe like forty minutes of tears and what are we gonna do, then it was like, "Fuck this." I'm not going to lie and say that we felt 100 percent from that moment on, because we definitely had our ups and downs. Once we heard the songs going and got the new management, we started to realize that this is the best thing that could have happened to us and we have to forge forward.
Zoiks! Online: Maria had been joining SHINEDOWN on stage [during theRockstar Enery Drink Uproar Festival]. How did that come about?
Chris Howorth: Dude, SHINEDOWN… we'd never toured with them before. They're on our same management. Before this tour even started, we did a month-long tour with them headlining and ADELITAS WAY and we were opening the show. The first day Brent [Smith, SHINEDOWNsinger] found us and was the most gracious man in the world. "Anything you need, come to me, I'm a huge fan of the record." We started noticing they were watching us every day. Barry [Kerch], the drummer, came up and was like, "I'm a huge fan. I love you guys." All this stuff and we were just blown away. We couldn't believe these guys were being so cool and helpful to us. Brent had the idea, "Hey, I think it'd be cool if you came up and sang with us." Maria obviously said, "Hell, yes" as fast as she could. Those guys being who they are, which is completely awesome people, plus they're fans of the band, and they like us as people, too, and they're trying to help us, and it's humbling and awesome.
Read the entire interview at Zoiks! Online. The chat is also available for streaming in audio format.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Bassist: JESSE LEACH 'Blew Us Away' While Auditioning To Return To Band
Metal Blast conducted an interview with bassist Mike D'Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE backstage at the Heavy T.O. festival on August 12 at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow.
Metal Blast: You have a segregation; the new fans, the old fans. Have you found any division between their acceptance of [returning lead singer]Jesse [Leach]… rather re-acceptance?
Mike: Not yet, not really. Which is great and phenomenal. That was one of our main concerns; can Jesse do the Howard [Jones] songs? That was one of the things we really had to figure out for ourselves before were like, "Cool, let's go on the road," and he proved to us that he wanted to do it. And we were, like, "Okay, I guess he knows those songs." 'Cause…he actually auditioned for the part and did an amazing job… he just blew us away. We had an entire day of auditions starting at 11:30 a.m., probably 15 or so characters come in through the door, by about 4:30 [or] 5 o'clock, we were all kinda beat, ready to go home. That was enough of playing the same three songs over and over again, 'till Jesse walked in the room. We proceeded to rock out 15 songs in a row; the spirit was back, the energy was back, all the smiles were there. That's what you need.
Metal Blast: There's been rumors that you guys have been touring then writing and recording on the side. I've heard something about maybe half an album being done… I'm just wondering, is there any truth to that rumour?
Mike: We have a good amount recorded. After this tour we're on theTrespass [America] tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, TRIVIUM,GOD FORBID, BATTLECROSS and a bunch of other bands and we specifically said, "Let's go out and do some shows. Let's have Jesse really get into the fold, really meld with us in the live thing again, really become a strong entity once more," and this is the best way to get a crash coursein hate and life by being on tour. But yeah, just to get him in the mindset, so we're gonna go back and do some more vocals. So… the next 2 ½ - 3 months is just vocals, finishing up the record and being ready to go for the New Year.
HALESTORM Featured On SPIKE TV's 'Bar Rescue'
HALESTORM was featured on this past Sunday's (September 16) episodeof SpikeTV's popular unscripted original series "Bar Rescue". The series, which follows nightlife consultant Jon Taffer as he tries to help failing hospitality establishments, premiered on July 29 to an average of 1.3 million viewers.
HALESTORM's performance for "Bar Rescue" was filmed in early April in Fairfield, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.
HALESTORM has unveiled the dates, cities and venues for a late fall headlining U.S. tour sponsored by Jägermeister. The trek gets underway on November 8 in Mobile, Alabama, wrapping up on December 15 in Orlando, Florida. Special guests on the bill will be IN THIS MOMENT andEVE TO ADAM.
"I Miss The Misery", the second single from HALESTORM's current album"The Strange Case Of…" , is a Top Five track at Active Rock radio.
fun. Leads Rock Nominees for MTV Europe Music Awards; Green Day, Jack White, Muse Among Other Noms
fun. has racked up three nominations for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, which will be handed out on November 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. fun.’s nominations include Best Song for “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monáe, Best New, and Best Push. They'll compete in the latter category against Foster the People, Gotye and Of Monsters and Men. Green Day and Muse each scored two nominations and will be facing off against each other in both the Best Live and Best Rock categories. Jack White also secured two nominations -- for Best Look and Best Alternative -- where he will be running againstArctic Monkeys, The Black Keys and Florence + the Machine. In addition, a number of rock acts have been nominated for the Best World Stage award, including Arcade Fire, Evanescence, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol.
Fans can now vote for their favorite nominated artists at MTVEMA.com. The more you engage with the site, the more points you earn, boosting chances for your favorite artist to collect the prize.
Jane’s Addiction Announces Final North American Shows for Theatre of the Escapists Tour
Jane’s Addiction just announced the final dates of their U.S. tour in support of their latest release, The Great Escape Artist. The last two shows of the Theatre of the Escapists tour will be held on October 24 at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, AZ, and on October 27 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
In other Jane’s Addiction news, the band has partnered with Dobel Tequila to offer fans a free download of The Great Escape Artist. The only catch is you’ll need to be at least 21 years old to download the album. Head over to the band’s official website for more information.