Austrian Death Machine Cover Motorhead’s “Ironfist” – Interesting article over at Sin’s, discussing one of my favorite new discoveries – Austrian Death Machine (sideproject of Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying) who are streaming a single off their new album ‘Double Brutal’ (out TODAY). Not just any single mind you, but Motorhead’s “Ironfist”. Das ist Brutal, mein freund.

Here’s the video to one of their older singles, which I can NEVER seem to get out of my head ‘Get To The Choppa’. Enjoy!

Austrian Death Machine “Get To The Choppa”

No Fear Energy Music Tour – LC Pavilion, Columbus OH 4/21/09

5 great bands, 1 really long ass show at the LC last night. The twins and I decided to check it out (you may recall me mentioning I was going about a week ago), so here’s how we saw it;

Municipal Waste – Crossover thrashers out of Richmond, VA who make no bones about their love of partying. Nothing wrong with that, imho. Sound seemed thin compared to the other bands, but that was possibly due to MW having a single guitarist. Good, rowdy metal with a heavy punk influence. Songs included ‘Terror Shark’, ‘The Thrashing of the Christ’ & ‘Headbanger Face Rip’.

Next we had the bulldozer stylings of God Forbid, who probably were the most pummeling ensemble to take the stage that night except possibly headliners Lamb of God. Really heavy and high energy metalcore – these guys never fail to blow me away. Not super well versed in their stuff, I believe their setlist was ‘Anti-hero’, ‘War of Attrition’, ‘Shallow’, ‘Force Fed’ and ‘The End of the World’, but I’m taking this info from my buddy Kevin. If it’s wrong, blame him. 🙂

Third up, we saw Finland’s Children of Bodom, fronted by Guitar World magazine’s “Best Metal Guitarist” Alexi Laiho.  This was a strange departure for the show as CoB’s technically precise euro-metal contrasted starkly with predecessor God Forbid – but it was all good in the end.  As with Municipal Waste before them, CoB’s sound was thin (and they’re a 5 piece) so not sure what was happening there.   Really like the songs ‘Blood Drunk’ & ‘Bodom Beach Terror’ but honestly felt a lot of their songs seemed too similar.  Worth watching for the guitar solos, however.

My twins came to see As I Lay Dying but I gotta confess the band made a believer out of me as well. Considered by the press as a metalcore act, they manage to mix musicality with brutality in a palatable dose of screaming vocals, clean accompaniments and powerful instrumentation. All this despite numerous technical problems which were handled with a sense of humor rather than a hissy fit. How often do you get to see that?  I can see why these guys are Grammy nominated – they’ll be Grammy winners soon enough.  Probably the most pleasant surprise of the evening.

Last, but certainly not least, was the mighty Lamb of God. Now I gotta tell ya’, these guys didn’t even hit the stage until almost 11pm and I knew in advance they had a 16 song playlist (!!). Normally, I wouldn’t dream of leaving early but with the kids in tow, I had to bow out after only 6 songs. Yeah, I know – sucks. Still what I saw showed them to be the mature metal legends they should be at this stage in their careers; tight sound, great stage show and I especially liked it when Randy talked to the crowd about first playing Columbus at the Newport when they opened for GWAR. I always respect a band that remembers the early days.

Even leaving early, I still managed to hear my all time fav LoG song “Walk With Me in Hell”, so I wasn’t completely bummed. Almost, but not completely. Glad to see they still look and sound so great. Plus, Randy – I’m diggin’ the long hair dude!

Here’s the set list (again, from my bro Kevin);

  • Passing
  • In Your Words
  • Set to Fail
  • Walk With Me in Hell
  • Hourglass
  • Now You’ve Got Something To Die For
  • Ruin
  • Dead Seeds
  • Blacken the Cursed Sun
  • Grace
  • Broken Hands
  • Laid to Rest
  • Contractor
  • Reclamation
  • Redneck
  • Black label

This is probably one of the best concert values you’ll see in a long time – 5 established acts in one night, and decent sized set lists from each.  So if you go to the show, plan on arriving early and staying late – it’s worth it.

In Just One Week. . .

7 Days from today, the twins and I will be attending the No Fear Energy Drink Tour featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, As I Lay Dying, God Forbid and Municipal Waste.  That is provided I don’t have to miss it due to work (aw hell NO!).

I’ve seen every band on this bill before and am excited for them to return collectively.  This will be a brutal show, make no mistake.  Makes me sorta proud that my girls requested tickets as early birthday presents – they’re both huge As I Lay Dying fans.

Don’t know where they get this love of Metal thingy. . . must be from their mother.  Anyhow, the clock is ticking & I can’t wait!

Game With Fame: As I Lay Dying

There’s another Game With Fame coming up, this time with your chance to take on As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract or Mychildren Mybride in Halo 3. The official press release is below. Go forth & frag, my children. . .

As I Lay Dying, Protest The Hero, The Human Abstract, MyChildren MyBride Game With Fame

Four scorching hot metalcore and progressive metal bands currently on tour throughout the United States will take time off before their tour date in Tulsa, Oklahoma to play Halo® 3 with Xbox LIVE® members February 8.

If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member (if not, upgrade now!), and you want a chance to play with members of the bands As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract, and MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE, send a friend request to the following Gamertags and be online half an hour before (4:30 p.m. EST) the Game with Fame session starts on Sunday, February 8, 5:00 p.m. EST.

* AILDying GWF
* PtheHero GWF
* THAbstract GWF

As I Lay Dying
Metal Blade Records’ biggest-selling act, winner of MTV2’s Metal Gods award in 2006, and nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Best Metal Performance for the single “Nothing Left,” the band As I Lay Dying has acquired a devoted fan base for their on-stage performances and six albums including their latest, An Ocean Between Us. The band consists of Tim Lambesis (vocals), Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), and Josh Gilbert (bass).

Protest The Hero
Protest The Hero, or PTH, say they don’t consider themselves prog, metal, or techno, but we should consider them a fascinating, riff-centric band that has pleased fans with their two full-length albums, Kezia and the white-hot Fortress. The latter album has an especially deep concept, of which lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi notes, “It has to do with Goddess Worship, and how there has been this degendering of the Lord and Savior, and the suppressed feminine. The concept is about the re-emerging of goddess worship and the erosion of faith in scientific process.” The band consists of Rody Walker (vocals), Mirabdolbaghi (bass/vocals), Tim Millar (guitar/vocals), Luke Hoskin (guitar/piano), and Moe Carlson (drums).

The Human Abstract
The sophomore release from the band, Midheaven, should portend good things for the band after it has gone through a few changes since their debut release, Nocturne. The term Midheaven refers to one of the four angles on a natal chart, and is believed by astrologers to outline an individual’s goals, achievements, and standing in the world. Check out the progressive metal sound of Nathan Ells (vocals), Andrew Tapley (guitar), Dean Herrera (guitar), Brett Powell (drums), and Sean Leonard (pianist).

Hailing from northern Alabama, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE (or MCMB) got the attention of their label, Solid State Records, by a non-stop touring effort, plenty of hard work, and a brutally hardcore metal sound that shakes fans to the core. Their debut album is entitled Unbreakable, and the band consists of Matthew Hastings (vocals), Robert Bloomfield (guitar), Brian Hood (drums), and Joe Lengson (bass).

If you get a chance to play with any of the members of these bands, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to with the subject: “GWF – Metal Bands.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and hometown.

WHEN: February 8th
WHEN: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST (2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST)
GAME: Halo 3
As I Lay Dying Gamertag: AILDying GWF (space between AILDying & GWF)
Protest The Hero Gamertag: PtheHero GWF (space between PtheHero & GWF)
The Human Abstract Gamertag: THAbstract GWF (space between THAbstract & GWF)
My Children My Bride Gamertag: MyC MyB GWF (spaces between MyC & MyB & GWF)