Metal+Games = Guitar Hero: Metallica, Brutal Legend

It seems that Guitar Hero: Metallica is coming together and should be ready for release in Q1 2009.

According to Internet rumours and Game Informer magazine, the expansion pack is nearing completion. GI‘s preview stated that GH:M will feature 45 songs, including 28 by the headline band. Assuming this expansion follows the model set by Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, players can expect the remaining tracks to be from bands inspired by or who have played with Metallica.

The Metallica songs confirmed so far include:

Enter Sandman
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
King Nothing
Master of Puppets
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
The Unforgiven
Wherever I May Roam

There are also reports that GH:M will include a new, Expert+ mode!

Other bands expected to feature on the disc include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foo Fighters, Queen, Judas Priest, Mastodon and Slayer. So far the Metallica song list doesn’t look too bad, and there’s still room left for  songs from Ride the Lightning, …And Justice For All and Kill ‘Em All. Fingers crossed!

In related gaming news, we have word that  Tim Schafer’s heavy metal-inspired action adventure Brutal Legend has found a new publisher. The game was originally slated to be released by Sierra in 2008, but was dropped during the Activison-Blizzard merger. Now it seems that EA has picked up the title, and are expecting to release it on Xbox 360 and PS3 in Fall 2009. You can find more details on the search for a new publisher here.

Brutal Legend tells the tale of Eddie Riggs, a heavy metal roadie dragged into a fantasy world based on rock culture. Armed with his lifelong knowledge of the subject, Eddie calls forth an army of “axe-wielding rock-strocities” to restore the world to its former glory. The game features Jack Black as the voice of Eddie, as well as voice talent from Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ronnie James Dio of Dio and Black Sabbath.

Schafer says that the game world is “a combination of every single thing I’ve ever thought was cool in the world altogether in one place.” Here’s a neat interview with Tim. And here is a more recent trailer. Rock on!


Soul-Slaughtering Sonic Beatdown

Also featuring Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour!

The legendary At the Gates are coming to North America this summer. I can absolutely guarantee that O514 will be represented at this show, and that a review will be forthcoming.  

July 12 – Montreal, QC – Le Medley

See you there.

Black Viper Barbarian Clan

Lair of the Minotaur has a new record coming out. It is called “War Metal Battle Master.” As I’m sure we can all agree that that is the greatest thing ever, please select, post and comment on your favorite of the album’s song titles:

01. Horde of Undead Vengeance
02. War Metal Battle Master
03. When The Ice Giants Slayed All
04. Slaughter the Bestial Legion
05. Black Viper Barbarian Clan
06. Assassins of the Cursed Mist
07. Doomtrooper
08. Hades Unleashed

I love metal.