Heavy Metal

Founding Member Malcolm Young Leaves AC/DC Due To Illness, Nephew Replaces Him In Lineup

September 25th, 2014 10:26am EDT
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Malcolm Young, rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal band AC/DC, will no longer be playing with the band due to a serious illness.

The Australian band released a statement on their website that Young would be replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, in a subsequent world tour.

"Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band," the statement said. "AC/DC will undertake a world tour in support of 'Rock or Bust' in 2015. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays rhythm guitar on 'Rock or Bust' and will...

Godsmack And Spoon Lead New Albums: This Week In Music

August 5th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Summer 2014, sadly, remains a lethargic time for new music. July definitely didn’t give folks much reason to pull out their billfolds or redeem those handy-dandy iTunes cards to purchase a full album. Honestly, everyone should be thanking 5 Seconds of Summer for providing a lift with their self-titled debut.

This first week in August isn’t exactly ‘hot’ either (still talking about albums here of course), but as The Temptations once sung, “beauty’s only skin deep, yeah, yeah, yeah!” While the industry could stand that Taylor Swift sized release about now, a pop compilation (Now 51) and ...

CD Review: Outline In Color - 'Masks' (Standby Records)

June 28th, 2014 3:11pm EDT
CD Review: Outline In Color - 'Masks' (Standby Records)
Exploding out of the blocks is Outline In Color’s latest, Masks, thanks to caustic opening salvo “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” a searing array of djent-rooted, stilted staccato riffs, blistering percussions, spiraling hooks, and Issues-esque vocals that can stop and turn on a dime (shout out to K.C. Simonsen and Trevor Tatro). Masks features its fair share of familiar metalcore we’ve surely all heard before (“Pick Your Poison,” “55,” “Con Artist Culture Vs. Pax Americana”), but there are more than enough above-average instances smattered about (the overarching, grandiose “Beaut...

Pearl Jam 'Lets It Go' In Milan

June 23rd, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Pearl Jam Frozen
Pearl Jam is one of those bands that has international renown across the world. They have global fame and fans world round - which is, interestingly enough, a common trait they share with another entertainment superpower; Walt Disney Studios. It just so happened that last Friday night (6/20/14) those two worlds collided.

During their tour in Milan, Italy, frontman Eddie Vedder transitioned from the song 'Daughter' into a short rock-rendition of 'Let It Go' originally sung by Idina Menzel in Disney's smash hit, Frozen. Needless to say, it was a completely different experience at a Pearl Jam...

The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock

June 14th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Powerful Frontmen In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock
Amazing performers, distinctive voices, memorable style and working with a ‘metal’ band (not hard rock, grunge, punk or hardcore); these are the criteria for becoming one of the ten most powerful frontmen in heavy metal and hard rock. These performers not only lead their band on stage, they command a presence that is undeniable to fans who have been lucky enough to catch them live. Some are no longer here, some are a little long in the tooth, but their contribution to their genre will always be felt.

1. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf)

Dio is credited...

Lead Singer Of Staind Calls-Out Concert Goers For Molesting A 15 Year Old Girl

June 2nd, 2014 4:13pm EDT
Lead Singer Of Staind Calls-Out Concert Goers For Molesting A 15

Lead singer of hard rock band Staind, Aaron Lewis stopped a concert mid-song to call out some handsy concert attendees who were getting out of control with a young crowdsurfer.

The girl, reportedly 15 was being groped by older men as she crowd surfed around the pit of the stage. Lewis spotted it and decided that it was his responsibility to step in.

"Alright, listen up, you f**king a**holes. That f**king girl right there is, like, 15 f**king years old and you f**king pieces of sh*t are molesting her while she's on the f**king crowd. Your f**king mothers should be as...

Intellectual Rocker Wes Cage Prepares To Release First Solo Album

June 1st, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Intellectual Rocker Wes Cage Prepares To Release First Solo Albu
In 2014, Wes Cage is blazing his own trail. The musician and actor is preparing his very first solo album as we speak, striving to cement his unique identity as an artist. He's also a devoted husband and family man - Wes and his wife Danielle are expecting their first child - and a little bit spiritual, too. BFTV connected with Wes to get his take on music and on life before his new music hits our ears later this year.

"Music is my passion, along with thespian arts," he told us. "And I do it in order to empower others, just like music empowered me. It's really a gift." And he wants to disp...

CD Review: Mushroomhead - "The Righteous and the Butterfly" (Megaforce Records)

May 31st, 2014 1:07am EDT
CD Review: Mushroomhead - "The Righteous and the Butterfly" (Meg
It’s about both the journey and the destination on Mushroomhead’s The Righteous and the Butterfly, an album that really does save the best for last. Bucking the norm of putting your best foot forward, much of the band’s eighth studio album comes during the second half of the record, which isn’t to say you should be bypassing the first eight or so tracks.

The Righteous and the Butterfly is littered with classic Mushroomhead output – flat out chugging metallers ( “Our Apologies,” Devils Be Damned”) - interspersed with cuts seemingly plucked off the next Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack...

You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Talk Dirty To Me'

May 7th, 2014 12:24pm EDT
You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Ta
Youtuber 'Ten Second Songs' covers popular songs in a way that's maybe a little different than what you're used to. He takes a song as sings it in the style of different artists - sometimes artists whose styles varies greatly from that of the original singer. His most recent project takes Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty To Me' which he sings in styles that run from 'Slayer' and 'White Zombie' to 'Hootie and the Blowfish' and 'Cab Calloway.' Needless to say, he nails it on pretty much every rendition.

For more of Ten Second Songs really awesome renditions, you can check out his channel HERE. G...

CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'

April 7th, 2014 9:13pm EDT
CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'
The thing about Punk Goes 90’s 2, the 15th (yes, you read that right) installment of Fearless Records’ long running Punk Goes… series and second in the Punk Goes 90’s line, is, as with the majority of, if not all, its predecessors, a potpourri of mixed results. However, in the case of Punk Goes 90’s 2, the results are more often than not positive. For starters, Get Scared plays things close to the vest on Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” as does the Color Morale on Foo Fighters’ “Everlong.” This approach doesn’t always work however, as Mayday Parade (Bush – “Comedown”) and Yellowcard (Smashing P...