Metal heroes Slayer and Rob Zombie join forces for a sixteen-date tour across the US and Canada. The tour, dubbed Hell On Earth, is purportedly the first time these metal legends have shared a stage since Ozzfest in 1999 ‘ twelve years ago (we guess that sharing places on the Soundwave bill this year don’t quite count.
Slayer axeman Kerry King said in a statement: ‘You can expect no less than ‘hell on earth’. Total sonic annihilation and a visual bludgeoning. Bring your own body bag…’
And Rob Zombie got a little Spinal Tap on the fans, saying, ‘Total destruction on stage and off is what this combination promises. Seriously, how much more Hell could you ask for? The answer is none more Hell.’
They’ll play 16 dates in late July and early August, from Pittsburgh to Seattle and hopping up Canada for shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver.
Before the tour kicks off, Slayer join Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth for the monstrous Big Four concert in California on April 23.
Metallica to play Sonisphere Festival 2011. Sonisphere Festival 2011 will be bringing together Metallica, along with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax ‘ collectively THE BIG 4, for the first time in the UK to headline on Friday 8th July. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich explains: ‘As soon as the Big 4 gigs started rolling across Sonisphere Festivals in Eastern Europe last summer, we all felt we were part of something special. The vibe within the bands was more than anyone had anticipated and the vibe with the fans was so next level, it completely blew our minds . . . there was no way this should not happen again!!! So I am beyond psyched that the first Big 4 show in Western Europe will take place on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth, where so many unique and special gigs have happened over the years. There is simply no better venue for a European round two of the Big 4!! Put your dancing shoes on, this is gonna be fun!’ Last summer saw the live debut of THE BIG 4 – marking what was possibly the most significant event in the history of metal. Fans all over Europe could barely contain their excitement, as over 500,000 metalheads bore witness to the show they thought they’d never see. THE BIG 4 fever did not stop at Europe, as fans the world over eagerly anticipated the possibility of seeing the historical show for themselves in their own countries. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres across the globe. The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head’s ‘Am I Evil’ as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the BIG 4 fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.
Metallica have just finished their 2 year World Magnetic tour – which crossed 45 countries, included 143 arena shows, 34 festival shows, 29 stadium shows, 4 club/theater shows, 3 tv/radio shows, 2 hall of fame shows, 3790 songs, with not a single setlist being the same.
That’s 216 shows in 992 days. The tour opened with a European promo show on September 12, 2008 in Berlin, and hit virtually every corner of the globe. You can watch the ‘Big Four’ live DVD trailer here: http://bit.ly/azGBbR
SLAVES TO GRAVITY debut album was released on March 31st 2008. It’s called Scatter The Crow and it features 13 songs written in London and recorded in the Lincolnshire countryside. The Album, along with all 4 singles, is available from iTunes and all good online music outlets and actual real life record shops – are there any left? We’re currently mixing our new record and we hope to get it out into the world soon. It’s called UnderwaterOuterspace and it’s gonna blow your balls off! Lots of tour dates coming up in 2010, so come down and see us live sometime. We’ll make it worth the effort. Slaves To Gravity and a handful of live shows. Catch them at:
July 24: Guildford Bolier Rooms
July 31: London Garage (Upstairs) (Sonisphere Warmup)
Aug 1: Sonisphere (Headline Jaegermeister Stage)
And remember, SLAVES TO GRAVITY are offering their new single for FREE from www.slavestogravity.com
Taken from their eagerly anticipated new album underwaterouterspace it is a stunning taster of their new material.
Underwaterouterspace was produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Slayer, Alice Copper) and is slated for a Sept 2010 release.
Metallica beamed into cinemas live across the UK. The ‘Big Four’, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, sharing a stage for the very first time, are bringing their historic European tour to 79 UK cinemas via satellite in a special HD cinematic event. Tickets for ‘The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax’ are on sale now at participating theater box offices and on-line at www.thebigfourlive.com, where fans can also view the event cinema trailer. The programme event starts at 6.30 p.m. These four legendary acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980’s to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants have never shared the same stage until now. The legendary June 22nd concert from the tour’s stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria will air the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K., over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the U.S., and as well as being beamed into theaters in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Delayed screenings are planned in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. Now, this one-time only event from the Sofia show makes it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise is a very limited run of dates. The high-definition concert presentation will memorialize the event and the impact will be amplified globally with the cinema screenings, making the dreams of fans around the world over become a reality. Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic announcement, “Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal’s Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!” Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says ‘Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn’t exciting enough now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!’ Declares Slayer’s Kerry King, ‘I can’t believe someone didn’t make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it’s awesome!’ Says Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, ‘The magnitude of this event hasn’t really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theater and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!’ ‘The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax’ digital cinema event is distributed globally by New York-based BY Experience. For more information and a list of participating movie theaters please go to www.thebigfourlive.com
Slayer rescheduled UK tour dates. With vocalist/bassist Tom Araya now on the right track to recovery, Slayer have announced their rescheduled UK tour dates. The dates will kick off on May 26th at the 02 Academy in Leeds, with the band playing seven headline shows, ending with two in London. All tickets for the original shows are valid, and The Haunted will remain as main support on all dates.
The original dates had to be put on hold due to Araya’s ongoing treatment for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Originally, Araya opted for a series of minimally-invasive procedures, and while they resulted in some improvement, they didn’t entirely remedy the severe pain, numbness or muscle spasms that Araya continued to experience. Consequently, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate.
“I think that his just making the decision to have the surgery has helped improve the way he feels,” said long-time Slayer manager Rick Sales. “While no one wants to go under the knife, his doctors are very confident about this procedure taking care of the problem once and for all.”
The new UK schedule is as follows:
Wednesday May 26th – Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday May 27th – Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday May 29th – Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday May 30th – Manchester Academy
Monday May 31st – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday June 2nd – London HMV Forum
Thursday June 3rd – London HMV Forum
Slayer and Megadeth Tour Now Officially Cancelled “Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot,” said Slayer’s manager Rick Sales, “but they just haven’t handled the problem, so he’s biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month.” This difficult decision made by the band’s bassist/vocalist Tom Araya means the cancellation of Slayer’s immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band’s UK/European headline tour scheduled for March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already hard at work rescheduling the tour dates; tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates. The headbanging Araya, known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing, began experiencing back problems while on the band’s Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. The rocker initially did not want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent. Sales added, “As unfortunate as this is for so many people – the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts’ promoters, and, of course, the fans – Tom’s health is the number one priority, and this has to happen.”
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Slayer have had to bring their Canadian tour to a sudden halt because bass play Tom Araya has to undergo immediate surgery. Slayer had just returned to North America after a sold out tour of Australia with Megadeth. ‘What is foremost in our minds right now is that Tom do whatever he needs to to get this taken care of,’ Slayer guitarist Kerry King said in a statement. Dates in Canada and the United Continue reading →
Arctic Monkeys, Moby , Korn, Patti Smith, Manic Street Preachers, Kraftwerk, The Prodigy and Madness to headline Exit 2009 Arctic Monkeys, Moby, Korn, Patti Smith, Manic Street Preachers, Kraftwerk,The Prodigy and Madness have been confirmed as headliners of Exit festival which will take place on Petrovaradin fortress, in Novi Sad, Serbia, from 9th till 12th of July. This year’s exclusive line up for Dance Arena is featuring back-to-back performances of the biggest DJ stars of today. Among the names who have marked previous festivals, at one of the biggest electronic music stages in the world, we will be able to experience those of: Sasha and John Digweed, Richie Hawtin and Dubfire, Green Velvet and Carl Cox, Sander Kleinenberg vs Darren Emerson, Kissy Sell Out vs Alex Metric and Heidi vs Justin Martin.
The main stage of Exit Festival is bringing in new names in the After 2 program, which begins at 2 a.m. and finishes after 6 a.m. On the first day of the Festival, at two o’clock after midnight, you will be able to see a very fresh dubstep duo, Caspa & Rusko with MC Rod Azlan, and two hours later, DJ Sub Focus with MC Jakes from London. On Friday 10th July, ‘After two’ continues with drum’n’bass scene stars, the first on stage being the legendary Andy C and his guest MC GQ, followed by Brasilian DJ Marky and Dynamite MC at 4 a.m. The third day brings together the two drum’n’bass stars, Fabio and Grooverider, who will be supported by MC Rage. On Sunday, at 2 after midnight the visitors will be able to see London duo Chase&Status, supported by vocals Takura and Plan B. The tenth Exit Festival’s main stage program will be closed by two popular drum’n’bass DJs, Bryan Gee and Kenny Ken, in the company of the famous MC Skibadee.
Exit festival Is celebrating 10 year anivarsary. Festival started as a protest against government of Slobodan Milosevic and today become one of the biggest European festivals. The list of the musicians who have performed at Exit includes Beastie Boys, The Prodigy, Iggi Pop, Massive Attack, Moloko, Underworld, White Stripes, Slayer, Roni Size, Manu Chao, N*E*R*D, Sex Pistols, Frankie Knuckles, John Digweed, Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Sven Vath, Deep Dish, Laurent Garnier, The tenth Exit Festival will be a green one. Under the slogan „Leave no trace’, the association of 50 biggest festivals in Europe, „Yourope’, has developed the concept “Green & Clean”, and Exit Festival, which will be held for the tenth time, from 9th to 12th July 2009, has joined them this year.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN star has successfully bid for a copy of the first ever Superman comic. Drummer John Dolmayan paid $317,200 (£226,571) for the 1938 edition of Action Comics No 1, the first comic to feature Clark Kent and his heroic alter ego. Dolmayan, who is also a collector and a dealer of vintage comic books, reportedly bought the inaugural Superman issue, which shows the Man of Steel lifting a car on the cover, for a client. He and 89 bidders fought for the copy during a two-week online auction on Comic Connect before Dolmayan entered the winning bid on Friday. The unamned is believed to have hoped for $400,000 (£285,000), the estimates value, but have still made a huge profit, having originally bought the comic for just 35 cents (£0.25)
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Not long ago, accepted sonic belief held that rock music, certainly hard rock music, had been stretched, manipulated and tinkered with to its logical end. With no new forms looming, the genre would slip into malaise and the kids would look elsewhere for an outlet. Enter Los Angeles quartet System of a Down, who, over seven years and two albums have revived and revitalized heavy music with their manic brand of post-everything hardcore. Millions of records on, they charge into the new century as living proof that for those brave enough to snub convention, greatness follows.
“I think we’re ahead of the game,” says guitarist/songwriter Daron Malakian. “I just feel like this band will be more respected ten years from now when people finally figure out what we’re really doing.”
Malakian, singer Serj Tankian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan, bonded quickly as friends but also shared Armenian ancestry and mutual disdain for perceived limitations. Their disparate tastes – Jaco Pastorious, Slayer, The Beatles, Faith No More, traditional Armenian folk music – assured from the onset that this would be a band less ordinary.
Malakian says,“We started this band to show people, ‘Look, not everything has been done before.’” Tankian says, “Humans have been on the earth for millions of years, yet we don’t believe man began thinking until he started building walls. And what good have these walls ever done us?”
System’s 1998 self-titled debut, produced by bearded board whiz Rick Rubin (Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy), was an achievement in pastiche overdrive, a dark carnival of moods punctuated by breakneck tempo shifts and progressive structures. That year, radios rung to the visceral fury of “Sugar” and the spooky tension of “Spiders,” each a fiery baptism for listeners weaned on predictability and rote rhyme schemes.
Serj favors abstract, existential poetry, peppered with politics and personal religion. He says, “No one ultimately knows what they’re saying anyway. Are we really making art? Art doesn’t belong to us. It doesn’t belong to people, it belongs to the universe. It comes FROM the universe. It comes THROUGH us. When I write something, I think I know what I’m saying, but I never pretend to know the full meaning of the words.”
The singer’s quaking wails were the perfect compliment to Daron’s schizoid noodling, Shavo’s inventive lines and John’s potent jazz-cum-thrash rumble. Their first salvo found an instant cult and was heralded as a revolutionary diamond in the homogenous crush of Nü Metal…a label that clearly didn’t (and still doesn’t) fit this foursome.
John says, “I don’t think we sound like anybody else. I consider us System of a Down.”
Shavo says, “You can compare us to whoever you want. I don’t care. Comparisons and labels have no effect on this band. Fact is fact: We are who we are and they are who they are.”
Two years of hard touring followed (OzzFest et al) before the band re-immersed themselves in the studio in late 2000. With Rubin again at the helm, they set about crafting a sprawling blitzkrieg of sounds, one that invited an even wider array of influence and experimentation to the table. Melodies expanded. Riffage went mad. Structure and timing were eviscerated. Deeper lyrical levels were mined and the resulting gems were strewn onto thrashing anthems and careening frenzies of fuzz.
Rubin says, “They really set out to reinvent themselves, to be bigger and better than they were last time. I think they’re very proud of their first album and all the touring they did. They wanted to grow from those experiences and expand. They really wanted to write lots and lots of songs and reach in all different directions.”
In August of 2001, System of a Down emerged with their second album, “Toxicity.” As critics scoured their thesauri for ample superlatives, radio and MTV heavily rotated the first single, a harmony-drenched slab of whiplash rock called “Chop Suey.” With the cult of System exploding nationwide, the foursome took to the road where manic throngs of Systemites old and new awaited.
In May of 2002, with the title track from Toxicity in heavy rotation and a third single, “Aerials” fast gaining steam, System accepted the coveted headlining slot on the annual OzzFest circus. The thinking man’s metal troupe aim to give Ozzy’s mobile headbangathon an intellectual facelift.
Shavo says, “It’s time for the bands these kids are listening to to deliver something deeper than just ‘let’s party.’”
Now one year after the triumph of “Toxicity,” System of a Down find themselves in an elite class of rock acts who’ve managed commercial hugeness with dignity in spades and nary a compromise on their resume. They’ve engendered a sound transcendent of trends or labels, a propulsive hybrid destined to flourish in any radio climate from here to forever. What sonic twists await us only they know, but we can rest assured knowing that their next offering, like those that have proceeded, will be born from a primal need to evade classification and emote loudly.
Daron says, “Everyone who knows me knows my music comes before anything. It comes before me. If someone said, “your music will live forever but you won’t wake up tomorrow morning, I’d be like, ‘Okay.’ That’s very fair to me.”