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deftones
ZOMBIE VS MANSON
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As the UK braces itself for one of the
most devilish tours in metal history,
we caught up with Rob Zombie and
Marilyn Manson on the US run. Little did we know,
things were about to go tits up…
THE TWINS
OF EVIL
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KIRK
Hammett
LED Zeppelin
& The Occult
We spoke to the heavy metal legend about his
monstrous collection of horror memorabilia.
We look at how black magick inspired some
of the heaviest sounds we know.
DEFTONES
They’re one of the most essential bands to
emerge over the 90s. We caught up with
Deftones as they prepare to release one of
the most important albums of their career.
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K
82 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
32 EVANESCENCE
THEY just DON’T
MAKE ’EM LIKE
THEY USED TO.
T
hat’s because
both Marilyn
Manson and
Rob Zombie are
products of a
time when moral panic
bordering on hysteria ruled
the day, and when parents
in multiple time-zones
went grey at the thought of
their darling children’s imminent
corruption, and daytime talk shows
left no doubt as to the abject
ignorance and alarmist bullshit that
fuels so much mainstream media.
Fucking fun, wasn’t it?
The big news is that they’re back
and, from the sound of their US shows,
they’re raising hell, both on and off
stage. Metal Hammer caught
up with them both just hours
before it all kicked off. And
while they assure us that
all’s now cool in both camps,
there’s no doubting that the
upcoming Twins Of Evil shows
will be history in the making
– a glimpse of the grandiosity
and extravagance that too
often feel consigned to yesteryear.
And we cannot fucking wait.
Of course, there’s far more in the
pipeline to be excited about – with
Deftones making a staggering
comeback to Amenra producing new
music so richly layered it borders on
the transcendental, us fans of the
heavy are truly spoiled for choice
ON The iPad Edition…
these days. And with Lamb Of Fucking
Oh My God being added to the
Bloodstock bill and the mighty
Lemmy promising to grace an already
storming Download lineup, it’s
looking like 2013’s set to be one for
the record books. Before we get too far
ahead of ourselves, let’s not forget the
likes of Devin and Fear Factory, Red
Fang, Anthrax and Motörhead, Opeth,
Parkway Drive, Skindred, and the
sure-to-be-ruinous Hard Rock Hell
coming our way in the coming weeks.
Welcome to Bangover City. Enjoy your
stay, and…
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THE TAKING OF BLACKHEART
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GRAHAM W, EMAIL
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emphatically. The entire situation surrounding Randy’s arrest
was horrible for the man himself, but, as Randy pointed out, there
is a family looking for closure on the loss of a young man at the
centre of all this, too. We were proud to bring you Randy’s full
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I have just read your interview with Randy Blythe and
found it extremely touching. Randy seems very clear
and true in his words, and I would just like to send my
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return with a
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LEWIS SOMERSCALES
THE DONG REMAINS
THE SAME
DETONES
KOI NO YOKAN
“The follow-up to
Diamond Eyes is
here at last. Gorgeous
melodies, huge riffs”
AMIT SHARMA
MOBY DICKHEAD
SKÅNSKA MORD
PATHS TO CHARON
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and Sasquatch? Then
you’ll adore these
fuzzed-out Swedes”
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Papa Roach, followed closely by
Linkin Park and Nickelback. The
true monsters of metal.
KEVIN LEGG, FACEBOOK
Er…
Bonded By
Bloodstock
Thanks for a great Bloodstock
review. However, I would like
to point out one thing:
Marionette’s Thursday
performance was rescheduled
to the Jagermeister Acoustic
Stage on Saturday. I would also
like to say that it was an
amazing (and thoroughly
unacoustic) performance that
would have been well worth an
8/10 rating! PS: Could you ask
Jurgen when he’ll get a
Facebook account? Not all of us
are capable of speaking via
birdtalk, you see…
JORDAN THOMAS, EMAIL
FUNERAL BEACH
“Billy Talent x
Kvelertak = one of
the albums of the
year. Incredible”
MERLIN
WHOLE LOTTA ROUGH
6 metalhammer.co.uk
We KNEW there had to be
a reason why Doris from
Chthonic’s makeup drawer
had been raided. We’re glad
you enjoyed seeing the
Marionette boys do their
thing, and how fucking good
was Bloodstock in general
this year, by the way?
Outstanding stuff.
DOWNWOAAAAAH
Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck. I am
ridiculously buzzing about
Download; how can people
moan about Rammstein,
Slipknot and Iron fucking
Maiden playing one of the best
sets they could possibly play?!
That’s better than last year just
due to not having to hear The
Black Album all weekend.
EWAN MCNAUGHTON, FACEBOOK
We agree about 2013! In fact
’re so excited that we’ve
we’re
ready pitched a tent
already
tside the grounds, and
outside
at’s not just a metaphor
that’s
om boom! That’s not to
boom
sayy that there isn’t still
ads of news to come.
loads
u seen all that blank
You
ace on their
space
sters? Watch
posters?
is space for
this
dates
updates
d we
and
ll
will
seee
Slipknot:
something wicked
this way comes
you in a field next June. We’ll
be the ones with the beers.
WELCOME ABOARD
I wanted to email you ’cause my
boyfriend has been telling me
for ages to read Metal Hammer
and I finally brought my first
copy, and it is FUCKING
fantastic! I am 100 per cent
converted (from other musical
magazines that shall remain
nameless) and cheers.
TASHA, EMAIL
We welcome you to the club
with open arms, Tasha.
Although we’re not
technically a musical
magazine. Get that Sound
Of Music shit out of here
iimmediately.
imm
ediatel
Grease is
alright,
though.
What?
I DON’T
BELIEB IIT
I just want a lit
little
filling-in on tthe
reason as tto
why the ffuck
a certain
insult to
music, ‘Justin Bieber’, is in the
‘A-Z Of Bands’ on the Metal
Hammer website. I’m a rather
open-minded Ghoul when it
comes to music but fucking
Bieber on my Bible’s website?!
Yuck. Actually have a little bit of
sick in my mouth.
LYNN HOSE, SCOTLAND
Well we did feature that
Slipknot/Bieber mash-up
in a big article on the site
recently. For piss-taking
purposes, obviously. We don’t
think it’s actually alright. Or
that that Ke$ha/Lamb Of God
one is actually pretty good.
Nope. Not us. Erm…
FROWNLOAD
Download 2013 is the most
clichéd lineup ever. In five
years’ time watch everyone
start to moan because it’s the
same old faces. A lot of these
older acts have long overstayed
their welcome. Bands like
Maiden and Metallica are
rammed down people’s throats
and promoted like there the
only thing metal has to offer.
Where is all the innovation
and diversity?
CHRIS BURGE, FACEBOOK
Are you smoking the wacky
baccy?! Iron Maiden and
Metallica are the two most
popular metal bands on the
planet. Fact. The three
headliners for Download
2013 are three of the biggest
bands in metal today. Fact.
Download 2013 is going to be
amazing. Fact. You’re a wally.
Fact. Sorry, bro.
BRING ME THE
TROLLING
People want Bring Me The
Horizon to die because they
don’t like the music? Really?!
And as for some people saying
they spend too much time on
their appearance, do you think
Immortal just roll out of bed in
the morning looking like that,
and what about bands like
Mötley Crüe? Oh and how long
did it take you to sew all those
patches on your jacket? And as
for all the people who think it’s
an insult to call them ‘gay’ or
‘faggots’, I bet you wouldn’t
be saying those things if you
were stood in front of Rob
Halford or Gaahl?
EUAN TAYLOR, FACEBOOK
The proverbial shitstorm that
Bring Me The Horizon manage
to kick up whenever they
here is as
appear anywhere
impressive as it is tedious.
hoose to waste
Why people choose
gy hating on
so much energy
ond us, but
a band is beyond
it’s only madee their
r. And
profile bigger.
yes, we agree;;
homophobic
n
taunts thrown
ly
at bands really
aren’t cool.
SEVENTH
HEAVEN
Avenged
ers
Sevenfold haters
are usually the ones who only
listen to ‘underground’ music.
Seriously, there is nothing
wrong with a metal band being
mainstream. My god, people.
I mean look at Disturbed,
Godsmack, 5FDP, Slipknot,
Mötley Crüe and Metallica.
They’re all metal bands with
mainstream success like
Avenged Sevenfold.
JASON REGINA, FACEBOOK
Yup. There are plenty of
outstanding metal bands who
have managed to make dents
in the mainstream in recent
years – though we’d argue
that there isn’t nearly enough
metal bands attacking the
charts in the grand scheme of
things. Plus A7X are wicked.
Who doesn’t like A7X?!
DAT’S NOT HAMMER
Metal Hammer is not hammer.
JOHNNY BRA, FACEBOOK
Oh for fuck’s sake, we’ve been
o-waaaaaaait a minute…
BURY THE HATCHET
So after all the shit-slinging,
bitching and whining I’ve just
got round to watching the
video for Bury Tomorrow’s
Knight Life, and all I can think
an we were
is if I was in a band and
recording a vide
video, what
could be be
better than
spending a day
filming in a club
filled with hot
girl
girls and
yo
your mates?
Is there
t
rea
really that
mu
much
diff
difference
bet
between this
and Mötley
Crü
Crüe’s video
for Girls,
Girl Girls?
Girls,
ANDREW CLEVERLEY,
FACEBOOK
Too fucking right, mate.
Booze, attractive people and
your best chums, all partying
together, with a Bury
Tomorrow tune raging in the
background? We can
definitely think of worse ways
to spend a Friday night.
devy is hevy
Got the new issue today and
firstly, I’ll just like to say that
you fucking rule, Hammer;
you’re seriously the single best
publication in the history of
ever just by the very fact that
you give so much for so little
money (well less than most
anyway, especially the
alternatives), and the amazing
content you pack into the
magazine with such brilliantly
conducted and informative
interviews… which brings me
to the recent issue with the free
Devin Townsend mag! I read
through it and now I’m really
fucking stoked for the Retinal
Circus - just the very news that
The DTP will play Detox and
Love? again has me extremely
excited right now! So, I thank
you Hammer for providing such
useful information for us fellow
metalheads – and not only
that, but you guys have
introduced me to some of my
favourite bands ever (namely
Symphony X, Swallow The Sun
and Cynic), so once again thank
you Hammer for being so
fucking AWESOME!
CHARANJEET BILLEN, EMAIL
YOU. ARE. BLOODY. LOVELY.
YOU. ARE. This letter cheered
the fuck out of us on an
especially dreary and grey
midweek slump, so thank
you loads for sending this in.
Stay metal.
ASK JURGEN
THE WORK EX BOY IS UP TO HIS
NUTS IN GUT-WRENCHING TWEETS
Dear Jurgen,
How can Pantera reform
without Dimebag?
SASHA, VIA TWITTER
Jurgen says: I’m not sure, it’s
kind of like The Good, The Bad
and The Ugly reforming
without The Good.
Dear Jurgen,
If you were cooking a
romantic meal for Nils,
what would you prepare
for him?
JOSH EVANS,
VANS, VIA TWITTER
actually took axes and
chopped Mary Kate and Ashley
Olsen to pieces was a bit
harsh. Personally I would have
just left a large box of Krispy
Kreme donuts, a copy of Milan
Kundera’s The Unbearable
Lightness Of Being and Anaal
Nathrakh’s The Codex Necro in
place of their rider of Diet
Evian and purgatives and
they would have run away
screaming under their own
steam never to be seen again.
Dear Jurgen,
What is the most blac
black
metal soup?
Jurgen says: Every
PATRICK,
PATR
A ICK, VIA TWITT
TWITTER
Valentine’s
ne’s Day I
prepare a Cucumber
Jurgen says: Dimm
Dimmu
Surprisee for Nils.
Bouillon, if you fa
fancy
Basically,
ly, I take a
something watery
wa
cucumber
er and glue
andd lightweight;
li ht
it to the kitchen
kit h
Satyriconsomme
floor and when
for the
he bends over to
traditionalist;
try and pick it up
Campbell’s Cream
is when Little
Of Tormentor for
Gordon Ramsay
Anette Olzon: axed
those who want
(ginger hair, bright
classic reliability;
purple head, a
Brothery for those who know;
propensity for spraying filth
and for the untrained chef,
all over menial workers in
the easy to prepare and tr00
the kitchen) rams his way
kvlt classic, Marduk Soup.
in through the pastry
chef’s entrance.
Dear Jurgen,
Do you really worship the
Horned One?
JOHN PEARSON, VIA TWITTER
Dear Jurgen,
If you were crucified would
you befriend the birds
pecking at your eyes, or
eat them?
SEVENTH SON, VIA TWITTER
Jurgen says: I do indeed find
myself kneeling before Nils to
give oral testimony to his
greatness. Sometimes,
however, he comes home from
the pub drunk with his friends
Per and Kjetl and on those
terrible nights I have to
worship the Horned Three.
Dear Jurgen,
What’s your view on
another Nightwish singer
being axed?
RAGNAROK, VIA TWITTER
Jurgen says: I thought the
fact that Tuomas Holodeck,
Emu Vuorinen, Marco Impala
and Jukka N. EvelKinevel
Jurgen says: So let’s get this
straight. You’re asking me
that when I’m getting nailed
do I like the attentions of a
woodpecker onn my pole or do
h my lips
I like to stretch
round some angry
ngry
ks?
throbbing cocks?
Seriously? Nils,
s,
se
fetch my chaise
lounge and
favourite
thinking fez
– both
situations are
ideal and it may
ay
take me some
time to decide.
e.
Aiiieeeeeeeeeee!
ee!
TWITTER.COM/JURGENTOKSVIG
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BEAUTIFUL
Nightwish part ways with another singer as Anette Olzon
leaves the fold under mysterious circumstances.
I
n particularly eyebrowraising news, Finnish
symphonic metal titans
Nightwish have parted
company with their singer,
Anette Olzon. The band confirmed
the shocking announcement with
the following statement on the
Nuclear Blast website:
“Another chapter of the
Nightwish story has ended today.
Nightwish and Anette Olzon
have decided to part company,
in mutual understanding, for
the good of all parties involved.
In recent times it has become
increasingly obvious that the
direction and the needs of the
band were in conflict, and this has
led to a division from which we
cannot recover.
“We are all strongly committed
to this journey, this vehicle of
spirit, and we are sure that this
will lead to a brighter future for
everyone. We forever remain
excited about the adventures
to come, and we are extremely
proud of the two beautiful
albums and the wonderful shows
we shared together.”
The statement went on to
confirm that the band would be
cancelling no upcoming shows,
and that ReVamp and ex-After
Forever singer Floor Jansen would
be stepping into Anette’s shoes
for the Imaginaerum world tour.
The announcement came just
two days after backing singers
for Kamelot (Nightwish’s support
band for their current US tour),
Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz
(also of Amaranthe and The
Agonist, respectively), had
filled in for Anette at a show in
Denver, Colorado. The singer was
reported to be ill. The band said
in a statement on their website
immediately after:
“We were in hell today. Vocalist
in a hospital. Show about to be
cancelled… but nobody gave
up an inch. With the help from
the ladies Elize and Alissa from
Kamelot we actually managed
to pull off a relaxed and great
show! The crowd doing the mass
karaoke with the band playing
was absolutely amazing. We were
humbled and grateful at the same
time. This is unity and help from
friends and fans. Anette is already
recovering thanks to the medical
staff and whatever powers there
exist. The shows will go on.”
Anette, however, did not appear
to be happy with the situation.
“ANOTHER CHAPTER OF THE
NIGHTWISH STORY HAS ENDED”
THE BAND CONFIRM THE NEWS OF ANETTE OLZON’S SHOCK DEPARTURE
In a post on her blog a couple of
days later, she noted:
“I was never asked if it was OK
they used Elise and Alica [sic] in
the show last night. I don’t think
it’s a good decision they made
and I’m sorry for those of you who
came to see the whole band but
got something else. But I was very
ill and this decision wasn’t mine.”
Within 24 hours, her departure
from the band was confirmed.
This comes just five years after
Anette was confirmed in May
2007 as the replacement for Tarja
Turunen, the band’s vocalist for
their first nine years and five
albums. Tarja was famously fired
by open letter, a communication
immediately published on the
band’s website in October 2005.
The strongly worded letter,
written by the band’s founder,
principal composer and keyboard
player Tuomas Holopainen, and
signed by the other band members
– guitarist Emppu Vuorinen,
drummer Jukka Nevalainen
and bass player/vocalist Marco
Hietala – blamed her dismissal
on, among other things, “greed,
underestimating the fans, and
breaking promises”. Tarja’s
husband, Marcelo Cabuli, was
claimed to have “changed you
[Tarja] from the lovely girl you
were into a diva”.
Anette recorded two albums
with Nightwish, 2007’s Dark
Passion Play and last year’s
excellent Imaginaerum. A film
connected to the latter album –
in which Anette is listed as
featuring – is set to be released
this month. Tuomas has stated the
band invested €1million of their
own money into the production
of the movie.
The news of Anette’s departure
has provoked a huge reaction
from the fans, much as Tarja’s
acrimonious expulsion did five
years ago, with the Facebook
post on the band’s official
page attracting thousands of
comments and inspiring much
debate, with plenty of the
response being speculation as to
the band’s future. Anette Olzon
was announced as Nightwish’s
new singer after almost two
years of searching following the
departure of Tarja and, with the
band having reached peak form in
the past year – both in recorded
output and live performances –
fans will be hoping a permanent
replacement can be found more
swiftly this time around.
Tarja Turunen has already been
quoted as sayingg that she has no
ining the band,
interest in rejoining
or Finland’s
so what next for
biggest metal export?
Will Floor be a permanent
replacement? As always,
mmer.co.uk
www.metalhammer.co.uk
pdates.
will have any updates.
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Going separate
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Olzon and Tuomas
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Tarja
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no chance?
NEXT BIG THING…
7/1 FLOOR
JANSEN
Fits the bill perfectly, with
a voice that’s similar enough
to Tarja’s to hit those oldschool notes without
alienating the more recent
material. Now has some
experience with the band
under her belt too.
20/1
TARJA
TURUNEN
She’s already ruled herself
out of the running for a
return, but if we could have
a quid for every time an
artist has done that and then
performed a 180 on us, we’d
be writing this feature on a
beach in Hawaii right now.
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On Nightwish’s Next Singer
77/1
LZZY
HALE
From a pretty far-strung end
of the metal spectrum in
comparison, but maybe our
Tuomas is looking for more
of a straight-up hard rock
direction moving forwards.
As he’s the keyboardist,
though, it’s unlikely.
200/1
ANGELA
GOSSOW
Would bring a whole new
dimension to the ’Wish like
never before. She’d also
terrify the living, breathing
piss out of all those corsetclad young ladies in the front
row. Still, her belting out
Nemo would be a sight.
100,
000/1
COREY
TAYLOR
Well, he’s sung with
just about every
other project and
supergroup going.
Corey Taylor
up front?
Well, if the
corset fits…
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The HAARP Machine:
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The socially conscious HAARP Machine are far from your everyday band.
etal at its most passionate,
riveting best is driven by
individual expression,
originality and honesty. And, of
course, while every style under
metal’s increasingly busy
umbrella, from Black Sabbath’s
innovative, riff-heavy brilliance
to the most hyper-modern
technical insanity imaginable, has
found a horde of also-rans and
copycats willing to imitate the
leaders and visionaries, bands
with their own distinct voice have
never stopped coming.
The HAARP Machine firmly fall
under the latter description, and
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spectacularly so. The intricate,
rhythmically complex foundations
share many characteristics with
the technical wave of progressive
metal that’s struck such a chord in
recent years (blessedly without
derivative Meshuggah riffs), but
the personality that shines
through the band’s music is
heightened by Eastern folk
melodies and instruments that
create an atmosphere quite apart
from many of their peers. It’s
strikingly unique and unlike
anything else around right now.
“My parents have an eclectic
collection of folk music, so I grew
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up with that,” explains guitarist
and main man Al Mu’min, who
began the band in 2007 as a
bedroom project before building
a full band for live shows. “It’s
like when you’re young, and you
love The Beatles and Elvis; it’s
stuff you don’t really think about,
but it’s in your repertoire already.
So when it comes to writing stuff,
it was already there – it just felt
normal to me.”
This perhaps explains why these
more unusual elements for a tech
metal band form such an intrinsic,
natural-sounding part of the
music, rather than simply being
superficial ornamentation. The
individuality may have been a
source of some confusion on their
first ever tour – supporting death
metal greats Decapitated and
Aborted earlier this year is a
pretty tough gig if you’re one of
death metal’s bright young hopes,
let alone if you sound like this –
but it’s also what’s getting
them noticed now debut
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band’s
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is key to their
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identity,
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their
such ideas as The Zeitgeist
Movement and The Venus Project,
concepts proposing a united
world based around a resourcebased economy rather than
capital gain.
“A lot of this album is very
influenced by teachings of
[Zeitgeist Movement founder]
Peter Joseph, [Venus Project
creator] Jacques Fresco, Martin
Luther King, Gandhi. It’s a simple
message of positivity and
non-violent revolution,” he
explains. “There’s good people
around, and we’re all victims of
culture and conditioning to think
in a certain way. I think being
pessimistic is what the powers
that be want us to feel. The
biggest fear they have is us
getting together, deprogramming
all the bullshit and realising
what we have, and what we can
achieve together.”
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