It’s been a bit of a rough year for the guys from TesseracT. We browbeat their guitarist, James Monteith, into telling us the inside story of just what’s been going on with them these last few months.
Let’s be straight up; the last year has pretty much sucked for TesseracT. We lost our singer from our debut album, much to the disappointment of fans, we parted ways with our US management, lost our US booking agent and stopped getting any gig offers in the UK / Europe.
Well, this is pretty cool. Because it’s the tenth anniversary of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the ceremony’s sponsors Orange are giving away an amp. It’s called a MICRO CRUSH and you can win it right here. See? Cool.
Cancer Bats have released one of our favourite albums of 2012 with Dead Set On Living. Cancer Bats did one of the best things we’ve ever seen a band do with The Pentagram Tour. Cancer Bats are awesome so we caught up with songer Liam Cormier to ask him some crap questions about stuff.
After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West
Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.
Trigger The Bloodshed The Great Depression Rising Records 06 April 2009
Bath-based noise merchants Trigger The Bloodshed are on fire and on the crest of a wave. Just one year after their debut offering Purgation they have unleashed their second grindcore barrage our way in the form of The Great Depression.
The Fuel Girls are “the most kickass fuckin’ rock chicks you will ever meet”. They said it. We know it. The beautiful Lora Leigh took some time out from riding fire-spitting buggies around arenas to tell us about her mad year.
What was your highlight of 2008?
Fuck we have so many! We drove the US Gumball Rally with David Hasselhoff in KITT (Yes THE Kitt – fuckin’ Knight Rider, yeah!), we went trophy truck racing just outside Vegas with Carey Hart and Travis Pastrana for their new MTV show, we have travelled the world, been on the Masters Of Dirt FMX Tour, performed at Download Festival, helped host the Golden Gods Awards, and our new UK TV show started on Playboy TV! All of those things have been highlights!
Hanging around in the VIP bar however, the likes of Kerry King from Slayer (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) and Phil Demmel from Machine Head were drinking up the copious free drink on offer. The Golden Gods were hosted by Oderus Urungus of GWAR.
Watch Oderus Urungus from GWAR backstage at the Golden Gods
Unconfirmed reports that Frank Carter from Gallows had shunned the Golden Gods in favour of a night in tattooing his knob and playing Call Of Duty 4 were confirmed by his band members. The Hemel Hempstead hardcore heroes were up for Best Live Band. They didn’t win.
Rumours were flying around about various drugs being snorted off some incredibly peachy bums. Those rumours refused to go away once the quite wonderful Fuel Girls (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) started breathing fire and spraying milk at the crowd at the raucous, suitably debauched afterparty at Sin. They definitely know how to party.
Most importantly, however, lots and lots of members of the heavy metal hierarchy were honoured with a Metal Hammer Golden God award. Here is the full list of winners.
Best Breakthrough: Apocalyptica Best Underground Band: The Black Dahlia Murder Best UK Band: Iron Maiden Metal For The Masses: William Gledhill Best Live Band: Machine Head Best Video: Dimmu Borgir – The Serpentine Offering Best Metal Label: Roadrunner Records Spirit Of Hammer: Max and Igor Cavalera Best Debut: Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild Icon Award: Eddie Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award: Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) Event Of The Year: Hard Rock Hell Riff Lord: Dave Mustaine Best Album: Testament – The Formation Of Damnation Best International Band: In Flames Golden God: Kerry King, presented by Kat Von D