New Halloween and Dia de los Muertos shirts, plus Metal Blade logo-axe, King Diamond “Halloween (live)” vinyl, “corpse paint” makeup kit and more now available via metalbladestore.com
Halloween and Dia de los Muertos artwork designed by Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend Project, Fear Factory, etc.) / anthonyclarksonart.net
To celebrate this year’s Halloween, Metal Blade Records has now launched a new line of merchandise, music, and toys – including:
–Halloween and Dia de los Muertos shirts
–23-inch tall, 9-inch wide Metal Blade logo-axe
–Black-and-white “corpse paint” makeup kit
–Cattle Decapitation snuff-DVD, The Flesh Is Of No Use, featuring three Mitch Massie music videos: Monolith of Inhumanity‘s “Forced Gender Reassignment”, plus The Anthropocene Extinction‘s “Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot) – Censored” and “Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot) – Uncensored” – included in a plastic evidence bag (limited to 1000 copies)
–King Diamond “Halloween (live)” die-cut-pumpkin-shaped 7″ vinyl (limited to 1000 copies): SIDE A
1. Halloween (Live from Deadly Lullabyes Live) SIDE B
2. Sleepless Nights (Live from Deadly Lullabyes Live)
As it’s that ghoulish time of year again that people the world over love to celebrate Halloween for whatever their own reasons, what better time to have a chat with original guitarist from pumpkinhead power metallers HELLOWEEN, Michael Weikath.
As recently published Blackdiamond caught up with Michael whilst he is in HELLOWEEN‘s MiSueno studio on Tenerife with the other band members, creating the follow up to 2013’s “Straight Out Of Hell”. The special Halloween Party Show featuring the chat with Michael was aired earlier this week on Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem show on http://www.totalrock.com. Now you can listen exclusively with Metal Shock Finland.
The new album was discussed in as much detail as secrecy allows, but as always Michael loves to chat and gives extensive answers edged with his sense of humour, which is always present. You can read a few snippets of the chat below and listen to the full interview on the audio player.
Michael revealed at what stage the band are at with recording the new album:
“They’ve gone into the drum recordings and I’ve been there yesterday to witness the recording of one of the tracks I’ve written and so that was really cool. The way we do it is that we are using Dani’s natural feel for playing the drums – he has a general tempo in his head and he records the drums for as many songs as he can manage. He actually drums from memory which is quite good. I don’t know he does that, but yeah that’s what’s been taking place. Then after the drums, they get adjusted to the grid of the demo material we have, so there’s like a session in the digital editor in the pro tools. So, his drums are being matched to the grid of the demo, everything is just on the point where it belongs, it’s drummed without a click actually.
When that is done, we’re going to add guitars and vocals and special effects and keyboards and the bass will be recorded. So everyone’s dropping by for his respective work to be done. We have a schedule and it’s looking good.
In times like this when melodic heavy metal isn’t exactly at a pinnacle in the general media, you have to keep the costs low,you have to be specific to what you wanna do regarding the bullshitting or doing work. Obviously we want to get done in time, in the given schedule, what has been said is February. If we’re ahead of the schedule, we’ve got a lot more time for mixing and mastering or whatever is going to happen. Regardless, there is no pressure, except there will be festival appearances – we have fixed already for June, that is one fact that I can reveal. There’s not so much else I could possibly tell about the process taking place, like album title or song titles.”
Discussing the Halloween topic of pumpkins, Michael stated:
“Being in this band we try to stay away from actual real pumpkins. If somebody served us pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie in the catering – it was good and pleasurable and it was a joy to eat. But it doesn’t always take that form of being enjoyable, you grow a bit wary of that business you know, when you’re in that band. Imagine you were in a band called The Sugar Cups and everybody’s always bringing you sugary sweet stuff (makes noise). There’s only so much you can do and stand as a human being obviously.”
Michael revealed what he likes about Halloween:
“What I really like is diversity, when people get creative – if Batman wants to be Superman and vice versa, that’s fun. When people dress up as tree trunks and what really cracks me up is when people dress up their little doggies or other animals, that’s just amazing.”
German melodic power metal pioneers HELLOWEEN inked a deal with their old label home Nuclear Blast earlier in 2014, where they previously released two albums – “The Dark Ride” (2000) and “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” (2003) and have entered into their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife, to get busy working on the successor to “Straight Out Of Hell”. Since then, the band have been very quiet and answer to no interview, as they want to focus on their work, to bring their fans the true power metal awesomeness again. But our very own Blackdiamond, who also presents a weekly show on one of the best British rock radio stations, Total Rock, was recently was successful to have some time with guitarist Michael Weikath for a chat and discuss subjects such as HELLOWEEN, their upcoming release and Halloween.
HELLOWEEN‘s die-hard fans, who would like to know more about their pumpkin heads can tune in to www.totalrock.com on Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem special Halloween Party Show, on Tuesday October 28th at 10 AM (GMT). For those who will not able to listen to this very special show, we at Metal Shock Finland will publish this interview three days after, on October 31st.
BLINK-182 drummer Travis Barker dressed up as former GORGOROTH and current GOD SEED bassist King Ov Hell (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) this past Halloween.
Barker‘s Instagram photo of his Halloween getup — complete with black metal-style makeup — can be seen below.
Back in 2002, Barker revealed to Sweden’s Close-Up magazine that he once turned down an opportunity to join SLAYER.
“I’ve never revealed this before, but a few months ago, I was offered the position as the replacement for Dave Lombardo in SLAYER,” he told the magazine. “It would have been fun — they’re my childhood idols, but I don’t know… I’m happy with what I’ve got going right now.”
Barker‘s lengthy resume also includes stints in TRANSPLANTS and BOX CAR RACER.
In an interview with MTV conducted in October 2002, Barker expressed his appreciation for extreme metal music, stating that “I grew up on WHODINI and RUN-D.M.C. and SLAYER and KING DIAMOND and THE CLASH. We’ve always loved all these types of music.” An article published in Teen Music listed SLAYER‘s “Reign In Blood” as one of Barker‘s top two CDs of all time, an honor it shared with THE POLICE‘s “Live”.
Blackdiamond has just posted on her official weblog that she is going to present a special Halloween Metal Party show on Bloodstockradio.com on October 29th at 10 AM (GMT). She also announced that metallers Paul Allender (CRADLE OF FILTH), Niklas Stålvind (WOLF) and Brian Thomas (HALLOWEEN) are to appear on this show too.
“Of course all the music will purely be based around Halloween” Blackdiamond said.
With Halloween coming up on this year’s ever-darkening horizon, Fuse decided to ring in the holiday (or howliday, if you will) by forcing GWAR to go trick-or-treating for the first time ever. But when you’re dealing with creatures of this monstrous caliber, you have to take them to the most frightening, horrific place imaginable: New Jersey.
Dressed in a variety of ever-changing costumes — including cowboy, “pretty princess,” even President Obama — the metal band meet everyone from a woman handing out cheese to a rich fellow they incorrectly assume is a “vagina-cologist.” More importantly, the metal monsters learn the true meaning of the holiday: candy. And stomach pain.