1. Sonisphere Metal Festival Canceled Over Weak Lineup Concerns

    January 19, 2015 11:35 AM EST The organizers of U.K. heavy metal festival Sonsiphere have announced that this year's event will not be going ahead due to a crowded summer calendar restricting their ability to secure a strong enough lineup. Sonisphere Metal Fest Canceled Due to 'Challenging Year' "…

  2. Justin Bieber & Rick Rubin Are 'Making History' Together: What Does This Mean?

    January 14, 2015 2:22 PM EST This one of the signs of the Apocalypse, right? Def Jam co-founder and music legend Rick Rubin -- who has produced classics for everyone from Jay Z to Slayer to Johnny Cash to Run-D.M.C. -- is working on something with Justin Bieber . The Revelations -esque revelation comes via Scooter…

  3. Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons & Deadmau5 to Headline Bonnaroo 2015

    January 13, 2015 9:00 PM EST Billy Joel , Mumford & Sons , Deadmau5 , Kendrick Lamar and Florence and The Machine are among the big names set to appear at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the annual happening announced Tuesday.  Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances The final lineup came…

  4. Slayer on Kids' Instruments: Watch Dad Rock Go Thrash Metal

    January 08, 2015 5:33 PM EST We've already seen the thrash-metal splendor of Unlocking the Truth's kid rockers, and this video from the Daily Dot brings kind of the reverse: grown men shredding on children's instruments. Behold, as Frank Pasquale of Chicago-based manufacturer Pasquale Custom Guitars and…

  5. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  6. See the World’s Chillest Metalhead Cat Watch Slayer on the Couch

    December 08, 2014 12:05 PM EST Who would you rather hang with: Grumpy Cat or Metalhead Cat? Metalhead Cat, of course (real name, Buddy), even if he/she doesn't do more than sit on the couch, eyes barely open, watching Slayer perform "Seasons in the Abyss" on the TV. And was that a little toe-tap? These…

  7. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Judas Priest frontman…

  8. 'Dimebag' Darrell's Longtime Partner Rita Haney: 'He'd Actually Be Surprised at How Many People He Touched'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Abbott's life…

  9. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  10. Mac DeMarco Detained By Campus Police at Show, Wonders If They Have Small Penises

    November 17, 2014 12:56 PM EST To paraphrase the Strokes , UCSB cops, UCSB cops they ain’t too smart. At least, according to Mac DeMarco. Last Friday (Nov. 14), Mac DeMarco’s campus show at UC Santa Barbara was cut short when police mistook the garage rock rabblerouser for an unruly audience member, promptly ending the…

  11. 8 Observations From Babymetal's Debut NYC Concert

    November 05, 2014 7:28 PM EST The Japanese pop-metal group danced and shredded their way through Hammerstein Ballroom. After opening for five dates on  Lady Gaga 's Artpop tour and a sold-out Los Angeles concert this year,  Babymetal  hit the East Coast for their first New York show. The Japanese trio has been made…

  12. The Top 10 Performances at Voodoo Fest

    November 03, 2014 3:31 PM EST There's nothing like dancing next to a head-banging, red-eyed black unicorn in a fog while Slayer plays "Raining Blood" to celebrate Halloween in New Orleans. Add in a dose of Outkast , Rebirth Brass Band and Zedd , and you have the ingredients for an eclectic, bizarre and…

  13. Outkast Wraps Reunion Tour With Smiles and High Energy at Voodoo Fest

    November 01, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and skeletons alike flocked to the main stage at 2014 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans Friday night (Oct. 31) to see Outkast close out its reunion tour. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta While the rap duo wasn…

  14. Spinefarm, Search and Destroy Partner for New Atreyu and Turbowolf Albums

    October 30, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Spinefarm Records, the hard rock label owned by the Universal Music Group, and Search and Destroy Records, via Raw Power Management, have created a joint venture which will see new albums from Turbowolf and Atreyu due in 2015. "Search and Destroy is an important part of our growth plan…

  15. These Cute Kids Covering Slayer & Metallica Are More Metal Than All of Us

    October 17, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Looks like Billboard 21 Under 21 metal protégées Unlocking the Truth have some competition. Brothers Subaru and Hayato are only seven and ten, respectively, and they’ve already got a way with a pummeling metal cover. Check out the video below as they plow through Slayer’s “Raining Blood,”…

  16. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  17. Vine Stars Us the Duo Earn Oprah’s Seal of Approval (Plus, a Label Deal and Movie Too)

    October 07, 2014 10:06 AM EDT A song by husband-and-wife team Us the Duo is featured twice in the Fox animated feature The Book of Life : Placido Domingo sings “No Matter Where You Are” with Zoe Saldana , and it’s reprised over the end credits. The placement is the latest in a string of recent successes by Michael and…

  18. Exclusive: Rob Scallon Covers Slayer's 'Angel of Death,' Explains Making Money Off YouTube

    October 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Some things work best in pairs: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, heavy metal and... banjos? That's right -- Rob Scallon became a viral internet sensation when he released a banjo cover of Slayer 's "Raining Blood," which currently has more than 3.3 million views…

  19. Exclusive: Listen to Exodus' 'Blood In, Blood Out' Title Track

    September 23, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The arrival of Exodus' new album, Blood In, Blood Out (Oct. 14, Nuclear Blast) marks yet another new chapter for singer Steve Souza, who rejoined the Bay Area thrash band after vocalist Rob Dukes' departure in June. However, guitarist Gary Holt states that the album's title…

  20. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear…

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