SIX FEET UNDER: New Song Available For Streaming

The official lyric video for “Zombie Blood Curse”, a brand new song from death metal behemoths SIX FEET UNDER, can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s tenth full-length album, “Unborn”, which will be released on March 19 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-to to 2012’s “Undead” was mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL and SOULFLY, among others. The cover artwork for the CD can be found below.

Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, SIX FEET UNDER are returning with an overhauled lineup that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.

In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnes first started to get the idea of working with new writers for SIX FEET UNDER‘s next release, he contacted Rob Arnold, Jari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing “Undead” in May of 2012, SIX FEET UNDER are now proud to unveil “Undead”‘s demented fraternal twin…

“The journey to create, write, and record ‘Undead’ and ‘Unborn’ has been the most challenging and exciting musical endeavor and process I have ever been involved with,” says Barnes. “Working with all these amazing writers and musicians like Ben Savage (WHITECHAPEL) on songs like ‘Neuro Osmosis’ and ‘Fragment’ are some of the most dynamic, beautiful, and brutal songs I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting lyrics to.” Barnes continues, “I believe Ben is a true innovator of the death metal genre. It was also a lot of fun working Jari Laine from TORTURE KILLER again. We wrote a great album together a few years back called ‘Swarm!’ — one of my favorite releases I’ve been involved with — and Jari is someone who I have really wanted to work with again ever since. I wanted to revisit collaborating with Jari because of how well we work together; proof of that on ‘Unborn’ are the hook heavy sounds of songs like ‘Zombie Blood Curse’ and ‘Incision’.”

Barnes concludes, “I can’t wait for ‘Unborn’ to be unleashed upon the death metal masses this spring!! ‘Unborn’ is gonna make you wish you were never born.”

SIX FEET UNDER in May 2012 announced the addition of Swedish rhythm guitarist Ola Englund (FEARED, SCARPOINT) to the group’s ranks. Englund, who made his first official appearance with the band on the “18 Nights Of Blood Tour”, took the place of Rob Arnold (CHIMAIRA).

“Undead” was released on May 22, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. The 12-track CD was produced by Mark Lewis (DEICIDE, DEVILDRIVER) and mixed by Jason Suecof (WHITECHAPEL, JOB FOR A COWBOY), at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.

SIX FEET UNDER last year parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries and replaced him with Jeff Hughell, formerly of the Santa Cruz, California technical death metal band BRAIN DRILL and Concord, California death metal group VILE, and currently of RECIPROCAL

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COREY TAYLOR Says GRAMMYS ‘Don’t Respect’ Heavy Metal Genre At All

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has accused The Recording Academy of disrespecting the heavy metal genre by not including it in the televised portion of the Grammy Awards.

HALESTORM was honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which were held last night (Sunday, February 10) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. HALESTORM was nominated for the track “Love Bites (So Do I)” , from the band’s 2012 album “The Strange Case Of…”

Writing on his Twitter profile shortly after the “Hard Rock/Metal” winner was announced, Taylor said: “I’m happy for HALESTORM, but sad because the Grammys don’t respect our genre AT ALL. We get one category and it’s not even televised.”

In an effort to continuously evolve its Grammy Awards process, The Recording Academy announced in April 2011 that it had restructured the Grammy categories across all genres and fields, bringing the total number of categories to be recognized at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012 to 78 from 109. As a result, instead of separate “Best Metal” and “Best Hard Rock” performance prizes, there is now a single “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” award.

IRON MAIDEN Singer At Queen Mary University In London; Video Interview Posted Online

Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of legendary rock group IRON MAIDEN, took to the stage of the Great Hall at Queen Mary university in London, England on November 20, 2012. Dr Dickinson, who is a Queen Mary History alumnus, rock star, airline pilot and aviation business owner, was keynote speaker at an event featuring entrepreneurs who studied or worked at the university.

Dickinson’s keynote speech focused on what it means to be an entrepreneur, from his first forays into business at 12 years old with a “rent a pencil” scheme at school. He advised guests at the Innovation Forum that to be a success they will have to show great determination and energy, sacrifice sleep and always remember why they started their own business in the first place.

While “most things have already been discovered,” Dickinson told budding entrepreneurs to look at things from a fresh perspective. “What an entrepreneur sees is opportunities and the world in a different way,” he said. “Most things in the world have been discovered, but an entrepreneur will see an opportunity and how to look at things from a different direction.

“Business is really about building and facilitating relationships,” he continued. “Remember that without the customer, your invention or idea is nonsense. You also need to know your limitations and what you can and can’t do, take time to pick the right partners and to trust them.”

Dickinson, whose father was a used car salesman and an engineer, advised guests to “look at the bigger picture” and get back up again after taking knocks. He also touched on the issue of illegal downloads, commenting that the music industry is “crying into its beer.” With music inevitably becoming a free commodity, he noted that there continues to be a demand for merchandise.

A video interview with Dickinson, conducted during his visit to the Queen Mary university, can be seen below.

Dickinson received an honorary doctorate in music from Queen Mary in July 2011 (see photo below). He was presented by Professor David Baker of the Centre For Neuroscience And Trauma in honor of Dr. Dickinson‘s contribution to the music industry.

Dickinson, 54, actually received a degree in history from the same college in 1979. His parents wanted him in the army, but he told them that he wanted to get a degree first. “That was what they wanted to hear so that was my cover story,” he later said. “When I got down there, I started immediately finding and playing in bands.”

Multi-talented Dr. Dickinson is not only a musician and songwriter, author, film script writer and TV broadcaster, also a champion fencer, entrepreneur and commercial airline pilot. In 2006, Dr. Dickinson flew 200 U.K. citizens home from Lebanon during the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in his converted Boeing 757.

Queen Mary is one of the U.K.’s leading research-focused universities, offering a broad range of degrees in humanities and social sciences; medicine and dentistry and science and engineering, with over 14,000 undergraduates, 2,000 postgraduate students and 3,000 staff.

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BLACK SABBATH’s Ozzy Osbourne Describes New Album As “Satanic Blues”; More Song Titles Revealed

BLACK SABBATH have been recording their long-awaited reunion (minus Bill Ward) album at Malibu’s Shangri-La Studio with producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, METALLICA). Original members Ozzy Osbourne – vocals, Tony Iommi – guitar, and Geezer Butler – bass, along with session drummer drummer Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) are creating the group’s first studio album – tentatively titled 13 – since 1978’s Never Say Die!

In a new interview with David Browne from Rolling Stone, Osbourne describes the new album as “Satanic blues.”

In a nod to their roots, tracks like ‘End Of The Beginning’ and ‘Age Of Reason’ stretch out to as long as eight minutes. “I don’t know what’s going on in the music world,” Osbourne says. “My wife mentions bands to me and I don’t know what the fuck she’s talking about. We just do what we always did.”

“I wanted to make an album that stood alongside their first four albums,” Rubin adds. “The first album wasn’t a straightforward heavy metal record. You could hear the jazz influence, so that was the goal, and to capture that live interaction.”

Another new Sabbath song is the provocatively titled ‘God Is Dead’ takes an unexpected turn. “It starts off, ‘God is dead,'” Osbourne says, before adding a bit wistfully, “but at the end it says, ‘I don’t believe that God is dead.'”

Iommi also comments on the Bill Ward situation, when he announced last February that he wouldn’t be participating over what he calls “contractual difficulties.”

“It was quite confusing,” Iommi says. “We wanted him involved, but it was just getting too hard.”

Adds Osborne: “You can’t go, ‘Well, I don’t like it.’ You get off your ass and get your shit together. The life of a bohemian rock star is fucking long over.”

Read the entire interview at Rolling Stone.

13 is set to be mixed this month. A North American tour is set for July and August, then the band will hit South America in October and Europe in November and December. In advance of the album’s release, Black Sabbath will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for a series of live performances. Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.

Current Black Sabbath dates are below:

April
20 – Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
22 – Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
25 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
27 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia
29 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia

May
1 – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
4 – Perth Arena – Perth, Australia
12 – Ozzfest at Makuhari Messe – Chiba-shi, Chiba, Japan

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