Welcome to this quarterfinal matchup of March Metal Madness 2014. The goal of this year's bracketed competition is to find the greatest metal album of the 21st century. We're now down to eight contenders, with two heavyweights battling it out to come out of the Stage Dive Region.
Philm / ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo recently took a trip to Belfast, Ireland, to host a sold-out drumming workshop and master class. The legendary percussionist spoke about his departure from Slayer during a Q&A session, and for the first time, the specific financial issues which led to the split were made public by Lombardo.
Innovation ties these two acts together in our quest to find the greatest metal album released so far in the 21st century. Both Slayer and the Dillinger Escape Plan have created works which have busted genres wide open and blew minds, but who will move on beyond Round 2 in March Metal Madness 2014?
It's already been over a year since Slayer parted ways with drummer Dave Lombardo. The legendary kit master has been keeping busy with Philm and drumming workshops, but Lombardo's ousting from Slayer has allowed the stickman time to reconsider the relationships he had with his former bandmates.
These two bands have both been hailed as the most extreme of their generation. Though residing in different genres of metal, thrash and grindcore, both acts cranked up the intensity level of their respective genres while somehow churning out a product palatable for the metal masses. We're looking to find the best 21st century metal album in this March Metal Madness tournament. Could one of these two be given that distinction?
To say that the split between Slayer and drummer Dave Lombardo is contentious might be a bit of an understatement. The skinbeater says in a new interview with Planet Mosh that the situation that led to his ousting could have been "an easy fix," but instead he now has a "non-existent" relationship with his former bandmates, calling their treatment of him "sickening." Additionally, Lombardo criticizes frontman Tom Araya's absence from Jeff Hanneman's memorial and the "self-centered stories" guitarist Kerry King shared during the service.
Here's your incredibly awesome story of the day. A charity auction recently took place to rename a traffic circle in Jaworzno, Poland. The winner of the auction was given the opportunity to christen the circle with any name for one year, and thanks to the good people at Art-Com, the intersection has been dubbed 'Jeff Hanneman's Circle Pit.'
A band that will forever be considered as one of the Big 4, Slayer have released a collection that should affectionately be known to fans as the Big 10: every release under the American Recordings label has been reissued on audiophile 180-gram vinyl. Not only reissued on vinyl, the music has been remastered from the original analog master tapes, breathing fresh life into the band's vast, legendary catalog. In addition to the sound quality of the albums, Slayer pressed no more than 500 copies of each album on blood red vinyl and randomly inserted them among the standard reissues.
Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is always outspoken, and in a new interview, the legendary percussionist had a lot to say. During the chat, Lombardo spoke about the second Philm album, Jeff Hanneman being snubbed during the Grammys' 'In Memoriam' segment, how money can come between bandmates + more.