THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: 'Kings Of The Night World' Video Released

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: 'Kings Of The Night World' Video Released

“Kings Of The Night World”, the new video from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s eighth full-length album, “Nightbringers”, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records.

Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach — who co-founded the band with frontman Trevor Strnad in 2001 — and new recruit Brandon Ellis (ARSIS, ex-CANNABIS CORPSE), “Nightbringers” is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER‘s output since the very beginning.

“Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Strnad explains. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld — such as marriage and monogamy — came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Night World’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”

This summer, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and WHITECHAPEL will embark on a North American co-headlining tour. The trek, which runs from June 8 through July 14, will find THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER performing “Nightbringers” front to back and more, while WHITECHAPEL will play its classic “This Is Exile” in full to celebrate the record’s tenth anniversary. Support will be provided by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, AVERSIONS CROWN and SHADOW OF INTENT.


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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Tossing Out First Pitch On 'Metallica Night': 'There's Been No Embarrassments'

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Tossing Out First Pitch On 'Metallica Night': 'There's Been No Embarrassments'

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch when the San Francisco Giants baseball team hosted the sixth annual “Metallica Night” Monday (April 23) in honor of the Bay Area metal legends. In addition, guitarist Kirk Hammett took to the diamond for a fiery solo rendition of the national anthem.

Asked by NBC Sports if tossing out the first pitch has gotten easier over the last six years, Ulrich said (see video below): “You know what? When you walk out to the mound after they call your name, it’s still ten or fifteen seconds of the loneliest time in your life. I just walk out, and I always try to just look up and soak it all in. But that walk is, like… you feel kind of lonely.

“Six years in, I think most of them have been where they should be,” he continued. “[I’ve had] the occasional bounce right at home plate, but there’s been no embarrassments; it hasn’t ended up in the dugout or out in the bay or anything like that. So it’s six for six; it’s good.

“This is a tradition that’s been going for, like we say, six years now, and we’re so proud for the city of San Francisco, for the team and for the families and for the whole vibe here,” he said. “And it’s just so awesome that we still have this going.”

Ulrich reiterated the fact that he is thrilled to be able to represent the San Francisco Bay Area during his travels with METALLICA around the planet.

“Obviously, 35 years later, METALLICA flies the flag for San Francisco all over the world, and we’re proud,” he said. “Most of the merchandise we sell says ‘METALLICA San Francisco,’ and we fly the flag loud and proud for San Francisco and all things Bay Area. And, obviously, our hometown, to be able to have this relationship with the Giants. And like we said, year six, and hopefully this is gonna keep going forever. And it’s so much fun. I live 10, 15 minutes from here. This is part of who we are, so it’s an awesome thing to be able to do every year.”

A portion of the proceeds from every “Metallica Night” ticket sold will benefit the band’s own All Within My Hands foundation.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said about the yearly event, “We’re blessed to be doing this every year and being a part of the vibe here. You know, when times are good, when times are bad, they need the support.”

METALLICA has always kept strong ties to the Bay Area sports scene: the band has also performed before Golden State Warriors basketball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Frontman To Host 2nd 'Small Bites Of Hope' Fundraiser For Mental Health Education + Suicide Prevention

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Frontman To Host 2nd 'Small Bites Of Hope' Fundraiser For Mental Health Education + Suicide Prevention

Chef Brian Tsao, known for his appearances on Food Network‘s “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Chopped” shows, as well as his high-energy, heavy metal chef persona on Metal Injection‘s “Taste Of Metal” web series, has announced “Small Bites Of Hope”, a fundraiser event on May 9 at Vandal, the restaurant from executive chef and Food Network star Chef Chris Santos.

The event will be a fundraiser for the non-profit Hope For The Day, a Chicago-based charity whose mission is to achieve proactive suicide prevention through mental health education and outreach. Tsao supported the cause in 2017 with the inaugural “Small Bites Of Hope” held in New York’s Hit Factory Studio.

This year’s “Small Bites Of Hope” fundraiser features returning host Jesse Leach of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, who had this to say about the event: “I’m honored to be a part of ‘Small Bites Of Hope’ once again. Raising awareness and keeping the topic of mental health on the forefront of our community is crucial. It helps people realize they are not alone in this struggle.”

Tsao is teaming up with Santos to deliver their staple menu of street food and small-bite hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. Santos said: “It’s been a pleasure to have Chef Brian Tsao not only a part of our family at Beauty & Essex but also in the music industry! We’re excited to host this fundraiser and to bring attention to the help that is needed for all of those affected by mental health issues. I’m excited to join Chef Brian Tsao on shedding light on this cause.”

Tickets will be sold online here, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting mental health education and proactive suicide prevention programs around the world.


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Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Launches LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD

Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Launches LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks has launched a new band called LES BINKS’ PRIESTHOOD. The group, which was put together specifically to play the material from Les‘s era with JUDAS PRIEST, also features guitarists Simon J. Pinto and Gus Mark, bassist Paul Smith and vocalist Adam Shepherd.

Binks played drums on PRIEST‘s “Stained Class”, “Hell Bent For Leather” (released as “Killing Machine” in the United Kingdom) and “Unleashed In The East” albums.

In a recent interview with K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill web site, Binks stated about his decision to start LES BINKS’ PRIESTHOOD: “I’ve been working with these musicians individually in various settings over the past few years in live performances and often had audiences ask for PRIEST songs because of my association with band. So I decided to put my own band together specifically to play the material from my era with JUDAS PRIEST and, naturally, I called upon their services to help me achieve that.”

Les continued: “I wanted to focus on the material from four albums, beginning with ‘Sin After Sin’. Although I didn’t play on it, I was recruited to tour and perform the songs live to promote the record in the U.K., U.S.A. and Japan. My first studio album, ‘Stained Class’, which saw me contribute to the writing with ‘Beyond The Realms Of Death’, my second studio album, ‘Killing Machine’, re-titled ‘Hell Bent For Leather’ in the States, and ‘Unleashed In The East’, the live-in-Japan album. Initially, it was just for a one-off gig at the ‘Legends Of Rock’ event held in Great Yarmouth each March, but we seemed to have created a lot of interest in the band and have been encouraged to play more dates, festivals, etc.”

Binks admitted that he “had to sit down” with all four PRIEST albums he played on before he got into rehearsals with PRIESTHOOD to “decide which songs to do and re-learn the drum parts all over again. Some of them have weird odd timings, like the mid-sections in ‘Sinner’, then there’s the epic ‘Genocide’ and ‘Victim Of Changes’,” he said. “Took a while, but eventually it all came back and the show was ready to rock again.”

He added: “I deliberately didn’t want to perform material I wasn’t involved with beyond my period in the band as there are many tribute bands doing that and I didn’t want to be labelled that way, but, of course, Eddie, who runs the ‘Legends Of Rock’ event, specifically requested some later stuff, so to keep the peace, we threw in ‘Breaking The Law’, ‘Living After Midnight’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.”

According to Les, it was “easy” to choose the musicians for the PRIESTHOOD band “as I knew these guys were more than capable of doing the songs justice. I am very lucky to have these guys onboard,” he said. “They’re doing a fantastic job.”

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing reconnected with Binks last summer for the first time in nearly four decades. Downing later described the experience of meeting his former bandmate as “great” and called Les “one of the greatest drummers in the world and a good friend and a great guy.”

After the release of “Unleashed In The East”, Binks exited PRIEST and was replaced by ex-TRAPEZE member Dave Holland. Les later told Downing‘s official web site that the making of the live album “caused a rift between me and [PRIEST‘s] manager and ultimately led to my decision to leave the band. I just didn’t see the point in continuing to work with a band whose manager didn’t want me to receive any payment for that live album. A completely ludicrous scenario. It’s a classic heavy metal live album which I believe eventually went platinum and he didn’t want me to receive a penny for it. Crazy fucker!!! But that’s what happens if a band allows someone like that to manage them — they lose members. So exit drummer number four.”

As previously reported, Binks, Downing and ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens are featured on DEVILSTAR‘s cover of the PRIEST classic “Beyond The Realms Of Death”, which will be available on streaming and digital platforms on June 1. It is the first release from the all-star hard rock and heavy metal group led by producer/guitarist Paul Crook (ANTHRAX, SEBASTIAN BACH, MEAT LOAF) and executive producer John Madera.

Photo by Yellow Mustang Photography

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