“Breaking Point”, the new video from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth album, “Temper Temper”, which sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12 via RCA.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s previous effort, 2010’s “Fever”, opened with 71,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 3. It was also a Top 10 release in the U.K., Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
The Welsh quartet changed the way they approached making an album this time around, with guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck and drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas traveling to Thailand to do the initial writing and recording for the album. Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio why they made the trip. “It was just nice being in a studio 24/7, really, you know, with no distractions from home and stuff,” he said. “So that was kind of the main reason why we went there and it just worked out well, you know, because we didn’t have any pressures from having to travel, having to cook your own food — just all the stuff that is an everyday process obviously takes a lot of time out of the day to be creative. So just being there, being able to write 24/7, was a huge advantage.”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE recently headlined the fifth edition of the“HardDrive Live” tour, which kicked off on April 12 in Denver. Joining them were main support HALESTORM, plus special guests YOUNG GUNSand openers STARS IN STEREO. The trek was sponsored by “HardDrive”.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release a brand new single, “P.O.W.”, on June 17.
Having completed sold-out tours of the Australia, Europe and America, the band will return to the U.K. in June where they will be second headliners on the main stage at Download festival on Friday, June 14. The band will also make a special announcement that afternoon at Download.
ALICE IN CHAINS’ videos for the songs “Voices” and “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” can be seen below. Both tracks appear on the band’s fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, which sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which was the group’s first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.
ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year’s November 25 chart, according to Billboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.
“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS’ second album with William DuVall on vocals.
DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of Layne Stale
TRIPTYKON — the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) — has canceled its appearance at the Maryland Deathfest on May 22.
Says Fischer in a statement: “The greatest surrealist artist of our time, H.R. Giger, died in a tragic accident on Monday, May 12, 2014. In the wake of Giger’s death, his closest friends are gathering to comfort his widow, Carmen, and to assist her in organizing Giger’s funeral and his memorial service. I am one of those friends.
“We are all still attempting to deal with the shock of this unexpected and extremely painful loss.
“For 30 years, H.R. Giger has been my mentor. As I wrote in my eulogy, a few days ago: ‘At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band HELLHAMMER was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance.’ The result was CELTIC FROST’s ‘To Mega Therion’ album which, in turn, was the basis for all subsequent collaborations between us.
“In all of his work with CELTIC FROST and TRIPTYKON, H.R. Giger was immensely generous, in spite of repeated objections of mine and countless attempts to convince him to accept proper compensation for his amazing contributions.
“I have also been an assistant to H.R. Giger and his wife for seven years. I have long seen them as very close friends, even as family. We have experienced many challenging events together, and we have repeatedly taken care of each other in every conceivable manner.
“I thus simply cannot and do not wish to fail to attend H.R. Giger’s private funeral, and to take part in the subsequent public memorial service, to be held in one of Zurich’s largest churches. Moreover, I am an integral part of the group of Giger friends who are currently involved in the difficult task of arranging these events. I cannot possibly just be a recipient. In a moment like this, I have to and wish to give as much as I possibly can.
“It is an extremely unfortunate coincidence that these unexpected and tragic proceedings collide with TRIPTYKON’s planned appearance at Maryland Deathfest on May 22. We are thus regretfully forced to withdraw from the festival. Within TRIPTYKON, we discussed the possibility of playing the concert without me, with a close friend of ours filling in on guitar and vocals. The other members of the band did not see any merit in performing as an incomplete lineup, however.
“Withdrawing from Maryland Deathfest was not an easy decision to take by any means. We are disappointing our audience and the promoter of the festival, it contradicts our sense of commitment, and the band’s reputation will suffer damage. We were looking forward immensely to TRIPTYKON’s return to the U.S. After a lengthy and expensive petition process, the U.S. authorities granted us the required U.S. work permits last week. Moreover, a U.S. crew had been hired, and flights and hotels for band and crew had already been booked.
“In 1985, during CELTIC FROST’s very first tour, I was forced to cancel three concerts due to overstrained vocals. I vowed to never let such a thing happen again and took the appropriate steps. Ever since then, I have never again been the reason for a cancellation of a concert by either CELTIC FROST or TRIPTYKON. There have been instances, in Paris and London for example, when I went onstage with CELTIC FROST in spite of flu and substantial fever, in order to avoid letting down the band’s fans.
“It is thus utterly against my nature and my own professional demands to be the cause for TRIPTYKON’s first cancelled show. But these are truly extraordinary circumstances, caused by the death of a truly extraordinary artist and friend. I hope our audience will understand, and I apologize sincerely. And I am extremely grateful for the incredible understanding and goodwill extended to TRIPTYKON by the promoter of Maryland Deathfest.”
TRIPTYKON’s second album, “Melana Chasmata”, was released on April 15 (one day earlier internationally). The CD was made available through a collaboration between TRIPTYKON’s own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant Century Media Records. This is the same label partnership already responsible for CELTIC FROST’s final album, “Monotheist” (2006), HELLHAMMER’s “Demon Entrails” demo compendium (2008), and TRIPTYKON’s debut album, “Eparistera Daimones