Revisit this slab of '80s TV culture below.Motorhead Perform "Ace of Spades" on The Young OnesTop 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the '80s
Source: When Motorhead Rocked the Living Room for British Cult Comedy ‘The Young Ones’
Filed Under: MotorheadCategories: News Nearly every installment featured a musical guest, with The Damned, Madness and Dexy's Midnight Runners among the '80s acts taking a turn on the show, but most point to the "Ace of Spades" performance as the most memorable musical moment from the series.Though Motorhead had issued "Ace of Spades" in 1980 and the song had been around for four years at that point, the Young Ones appearance exposed the group to a whole new fanbase and the full throttle performance of "Ace of Spades" helped it become the band's signature song. Chad ChildersPublished: April 18, 2021YouTube: Michael PullenShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe audience for heavy music didn't overtake MTV immediately, but one of the key moments in pushing for more heavy presence on the network came when Motorhead made a guest turn playing "Ace of Spades" in the living room of the British cult comedy hit The Young Ones.The show centered on four undergrads living in squalor in a house while they attend the fictional Scumbag University. It ran for two seasons on the BBC and MTV picked it up to run late nights on the weekend where it gained traction as a cult hit for the still on the rise network that was still a couple of years away from showcasing metal on Headbanger's Ball.In the 1984 episode Bambi, the first of the second season, Motorhead turn up in the boys' living room, shoehorned into the episode playing "Ace of Spades" as the guys frantically, but distractedly, attempt to get to the set of University Challenge where they could potentially win some money.The performance, seen below, features a rare lineup of Motorhead, with Lemmy Kilmister and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor flanked by new guitarists Phil Campbell and Wurzel. This actually was one of the last appearances of Taylor within Motorhead as he would exit shortly after this guest turn was made.Performance pieces of Motorhead are interspersed with footage of the four roommates trying to catch a train, but in typical slapstick style, they get delayed by a variety of distractions while Motorhead just keep rocking the living room.While it seems like a very MTV move to have a band play in the middle of the comedy, the trope was actually part of the initial pitch to the BBC, with the alt-comedy performers realizing that they'd have a larger budget to shoot if they qualified as a variety series and included music in the episodes.

There's certainly a lot of time to sit and think and I'm not very good at being an introspective person. I mean, we had a really great tour lined up, but we had to come home from in the middle of it. So we, we looked for the silver lining, I guess, of what we went through in this past year. And that's when the idea came to us. And you can keep up with the group's activities via their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Find out where you can hear Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show here.The 66 Best Metal Songs of 2020
Source: August Burns Red’s JB Brubaker – Pandemic Has Led to Darker Material for Next Album
Filed Under: August Burns RedCategories: News it was a cool spot for us regardless of how our music was portrayed, but it gave us a chuckle because it's arguably one of our most quote unquote marketable tracks was used and they used it for torture. So that's funny.The Westworld thing was just a song that we creatively loved and we're fans of the theme song. And for us, I think that was being able to do different things project-wise that wouldn't have been possible had we not been grounded for so long.Thanks to August Burns Red guitarist JB Brubaker for the chat. We had some extra time and we said, "Cool, let's do a metal cover of this theme for a TV show we love." So that was kind of more of a "for fun" project.August Burns Red, "Westworld"JB, Guardians was released right before right when the pandemic had really escalated. For example we cover 'Chop Suey' by System of a Down, which is something that was a lot of fun for us on a song that we've loved for ages. What's been your biggest concern about the album finding its audience in a very abnormal album cycle?Well, our biggest concern was not being able to be on the road and get it in people's faces. we'll see what happens when we bring all the music together that we have for whatever we do next as a band, but I have a feeling there's going to be some pretty brilliant stuff from the next August Burns Red record.JB, a livestream performance of Thrill Seeker ultimately became a live album. But I think that we would have never done cover of it had we not had the opportunity to be sitting Idly for so long.That was something that got put together in May of 2020 when we were just kind of twiddling our thumbs. Check out the chat below.We're here to celebrate the Guardian Sessions EP, which features b-sides, covers and re-imagine tracks, which were recorded during the sessions for 2020's full-length album Guardians. It was complimentary, but I mean, it was a little weird. We were only three days in and we were supporting Killswitch Engage, which was a great opportunity. We've been a band for 18 years now and haven't had a lot of these experiences. So the pandemic has definitely opened my eyes to that.I guess how it's affecting me creatively is that I feel like the kind of music I've been writing hasn't been recorded or released or anything at this point, but we've had time, so I've been writing music and it's definitely darker darker sounding stuff. And I think they did a really great job of marketing the record and getting it to the right people over their screens and stuff so that people were aware that it came out.Obviously we blasted the hell out of it on our social media, but nothing is quite the same as just being able to be on the road and play it in front of people. We were going to release the record on that tour and now things are really falling into place, but of course the pandemic derails that and so much more.But we've been fortunate enough to have a great team behind us with Fearless. I think that just goes along with sort of a state of mind that I've been in, especially over the winter.I mean, this is a dark winter for everyone, and I'm really excited for spring to start cause it's just been such a depressing couple of months and I don't know … So whenever it happens it's something exciting that we can tell our friends and family. How has that opportunity to literally sit and think affected your artistic productivity and creativity?Man, that's a good question. I certainly don't think it's something we would have done had the pandemic not handed us so much downtime to work on unusual projects.August Burns Red, "Chop Suey" (System of a Down Cover)JB, what's most fun about putting together a collection of songs without following any particular structure?The thing I enjoyed the most about the Guardian Sessions EP was being able to do whatever we wanted and, and taking on songs that we would normally have no business working with. Full Metal JackiePublished: April 18, 2021Mairo Cinquetti, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAugust Burns Red guitarist JB Brubaker was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's recent weekend radio show, checking in to discuss the band's new Guardians Sessions EP, which includes some cool covers, reimagined songs and b-sides.The set started out with two songs initially recorded during the Guardians album, but were ultimately left off from the release. And I'm hoping that we get a chance to do that later this year, as things start to calm down a little bit with COVID.The isolation of a pandemic can lead to heightened levels of introspection. But it was really fun to give that record another look after being away from it for so long. And that's the way we definitely prefer to do it. We didn't know what we were doing at the time. Once the pandemic hit, the band decided to revisit those tracks and surrounded them with some interesting additions for a full-on EP.During this chat, Brubaker talks about some of the band's recent pop culture attention, he discusses how they've dealt with the pandemic that hit right as they were releasing a new album and he shares how the added time for introspection has led to some darker material that he feels will lead to some pretty brilliant material for a new album. What's most significant to you about your band intersecting with mainstream popular culture?Well, it's certainly cool. The band's Guardians Sessions EP is available now at this location. That's probably one of the things I learned the most about the pandemic, just that I need to be more aware of my thoughts and feelings as a human being and not just plow forward like I've done my entire life. Musically and emotionally, what did revisiting the first album forced you to do?That's a good question in that it was an eye-opener on how we used to write as a band. JB, let's talk about how you covered the Westworld theme and "Bones" from the last album was also heard in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. We were just kids and we were putting together parts and songs that we thought were cool to us at the time.I understand that material was from where I was at that point in my life, but I also recognize that it would be really impossible for us to try to recreate an album like that today with where we're at, as musicians and songwriters. Things were a lot more cooperative back then, as far as the writing process went and I can remember shacking up with our drummer and just being in our practice space every single night, just working on breakdown rhythms, and song structures and stuff. Then the pandemic hit. Being in a metal band, we certainly don't get a lot of mainstream media attention.It's funny because the NCIS: Los Angeles episode used our song as a torture method in a jail. And you're right.

Chad ChildersPublished: April 18, 2021Santiago Bluguermann, LatinContent via Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAt the beginning of April, Dave Mustaine revealed he was wrapping up vocals for Megadeth's new album, and now we're starting to get some insight on what to expect from the forthcoming release. During a recent chat with Metal Rules, bassist David Ellefson revealed his approval of what's coming, stating, "We could have released it as an instrumental CD, and it would be an amazing prog-metal record. "The drumming in Megadeth has been held to a very high standard, with Gar Samuelson, Nick Menza, Jimmy DeGrasso and Chris Adler, as we have had some of the best in the business. He also played an audio clip of music he'd been working on during a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass.No official title or release plans have been revealed of yet, but it does appear Megadeth are in the home stretch of finalizing their new record.The 66 Best Metal Albums of the Decade: 2010 – 2019
Source: Megadeth’s David Ellefson – ‘As an Instrumental CD,’ New Record Would Be an ‘Amazing Prog-Metal Album’
Filed Under: David Ellefson, MegadethCategories: News It was enjoyable to listen to."During the chat, Ellefson made note to offer praise to Dirk Verbeuren, who is making his first album recording experience with the band after joining their touring for the Dystopia album."Dirk was a weapon in the arsenal that we really wanted to maximize," said Ellefson. We listened to all the tracks and were blown away."In February, Mustaine revealed that the lyrics were done for the record and teased that there will be a cover song on the upcoming release, adding that he was "pretty stoked" about the choice.In early January, the singer-guitarist also revealed that the album had the working title of The Sick, The Dying and the Dead, though he admitted that it could change. Dirk is a guy who is a great writer who writes riffs and drum parts, and it was fun to push him to do things that were almost insanely impossible to play but were easy for him."He added, "It's great to have guys in the band that you can put anything in front of them, and they can play. That takes things to another level.

Joe DiVitaPublished: April 17, 2021YouTube: Dru’s Playhouse / YouTube: The Masked SingerShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSugar Ray's Mark McGrath made an appearance on the hit television series The Masked Singer as an orca whale and performed two gigantic hair metal hits: Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."The most riveting of the two performances was Twisted Sister's adrenaline-pumping anthem, where McGrath made a grand entrance as he was lowered to the stage from a platform that was suspended from the ceiling. I would like to thank the extremely talented MS5 staff and team for the incredible opportunity… Yellow smoke billowed upward and backing dancers contorted their bodies as McGrath belted out the immortal, empowering words originally penned by Dee Snider.For "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," McGrath channeled a much different energy as the crowd swayed back and forth to Poison's lovelorn ballad.The performances come nearly one year after Poison frontman Bret Michaels competed on the FOX reality show in a banana costume, and the hair metal icon congratulated McGrath, stating on Twitter, "My brother you did us proud and were awesome on 'The Masked Singer.'"McGrath tweeted his thanks to all those involved and said, "Orca would like to thank everyone for their love and support while on MS5 [Masked Singer, season 5], he's currently migrating south for the summer. Best of luck, I'll be watchin!"Watch both performance clips toward the bottom of the page.Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Sings Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" on The Masked SingerSugar Ray's Mark McGrath Sings Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on The Masked Singer32 Rockers Who've Appeared in TV Shows 
Source: Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath Sings Twisted Sister + Poison Hits on ‘The Masked Singer’
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Chad ChildersPublished: April 16, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterIced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has entered a guilty plea on two of the charges against him related to the Capitol building riot earlier this year as part of a plea deal.According to the Washington Post, the musician is the first to agree to a plea deal in the domestic terrorism investigation that saw over 400 people charged for their roles in the invasion of the Capitol Building back on Jan. 6.The two charges he pled guilty to were obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.Shortly after the riots took place, Schaffer was one of the first identified in photos that were taken at the Capitol Building and he was later sought out for his role. Those two counts, according to the Washington Post, have been brought against roughly one-fourth of those charged to date.Though Schaffer was seen sporting an Oath Keepers Lifetime Member hat during the attack, it was not revealed how much knowledge he had of their activities. Prosecutors only stated that was an early backer of the group.Prosecutors are seeking to work up the chain of defendants in gathering information to better understand the full scope of planning and organization of the events that occurred at the Capitol riot.The attack on the Capitol resulted in five deaths, assaults on nearly 140 police officers and the evacuation of Congress.60 Infamous Rock Star Mugshots
Source: Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Pleads Guilty to Two Charges in Capitol Riot
Filed Under: Iced Earth, Jon SchafferCategories: News The Iced Earth guitarist turned himself in to FBI agents in Indianapolis on Jan. 18 and remained in Indiana until recently when his case was sent to court in Washington, D.C.Schaffer was charged on Friday (April 16) by criminal information, a type of charging document used when a defendant waives the right to an indictment. He was initially charged with six crimes, including engaging in an act of physical violence and targeting police with bear spray, but as part of the plea deal he only plead guilty to two of the counts. Both are felony offenses carrying heavy penalties.The obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison; the other, trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon, carries up to a 10 year prison term.

My mother watched NASCAR forever, and that was her car. But what does a 50-year-old death metal vocalist with kids who aren't toddlers need all those stuffed animals for? And he's not cheating either — he saw a YouTube video of someone exploiting a loose hack to secure toys each time, but he is a man of honor and integrity and plays the honest way."I'm looking what's in there, and then I'm looking at how it's sitting inside of there. I picked up this car, it was a Dale Earnhardt Sr., No.3 car. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 16, 2021Chelsea Lauren/WireImage, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterCannibal Corpse frontman George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher is an absolute whiz when it comes to winning prizes from claw machines. As soon as I see how the claw reacts, I'll know if I'm gonna win. He doesn't need them at all, which is why he donates them instead.Anyone who follows him on Instagram has likely seen photos of his never-ending claw machine and carnival game victories — arms wrapped around life-size stuffed animals with a smile that conveys an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment.If you haven't seen these photos, we've rounded them all up at the bottom of the page.In a recent interview with Metal Hammer as Cannibal Corpse prepared to released their new album, Violence Unimagined (out today, April 16), Corpsegrinder went into great detail about his knack for defying the odds at the ever-frustrating claw machine game and his code of conduct as he pushes quarters into the machine in exchange for an opportunity to score some new toys."I love claw machines. Do I have to move that? When it drops in the hole and it’s down in the bottom where I grab it, then you can say, ‘You got it!’ But if you say anything while it’s in the claw… that’s when you see me mad."Corpsegrinder even yelled at a kid once for a premature celebration."I swear to you, I yelled at a kid once. We were in Texas at a claw machine. I save up quarters, and when I win we're gonna donate them for kids for Christmastime or whatever."Reflecting on another memorable moment, he went on, "We played somewhere in Michigan once, and the club we were playing had a sign saying, 'On such and such a date, we're doing a toy drive.’ So I found out who was in charge of the club and said, ‘So you're in charge of this toy drive? It could be anything in there — it could be a cartoon character that I don't like — and I’ll get ’em anyway," he said. Is there something on top of it? If I can't do that because it’s laying at an angle, then I’ll try to move it to a spot where it will be in the right space. I wanted it for her," he detailed before relaying that he made the kid go away.Regarding his kinder approach to children, the death metal legend revealed around Christmas he once gave a kid one of the toys he had won after seeing the child had come up empty-handed.Of that moment, he recalled, "The parents were, like, ‘Really?’ The mom was tearing up. Get your copy here.Corpsegrinder's Prizes From Claw Machines + Carnival GamesBest Death Metal Album of Each Year Since 1985 
Source: Cannibal Corpse’s George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher Donates Toys He Wins From Claw Machines
Filed Under: Cannibal Corpse, George Corpsegrinder FisherCategories: News I was, like, ‘Don’t do that, you’re gonna make me do it, too.’ She was, like, ‘Why would you do that?’ I said, ‘Well, because I’m gonna donate them anyway.’"Opening up more about his charitable contributions, Corpsegrinder continued, "I just like to play the claw machines. I got a whole bunch of stuffed animals I won on this tour, I'll give ’em to you.’ And they’re, like, ‘Don't you want to give them to your kids?’ If there’s any they might want, I put them in a separate bag, but they have enough stuffed animals anyway."Violence Unimagined, Cannibal Corpse's 15th studio album and first with guitarist Erik Rutan, is out now. But if I pick up something up and you are around watching me, you are not allowed to say anything. If the actual hands of the claw are set really loose, or maybe the machine has been used a lot, the sometimes stuff will just slip out," he said of the experience.Divulging a bit of his approach and technique, the Cannibal Corpse vocalist explained, "If there's a humanoid figure or a creature with arms or legs, I will try to get the claw in between the legs and the shoulder.

At The Disco, Pantera, papa roach, Paramore, Pearl Jam, primus, queen, Queens of the Stone Age, queensryche, rage against the machine, red hot chili peppers, Rise Against, Rob Zombie, Rush, scorpions, seether, Shinedown, skillet, Slash, Slayer, Slipknot, Smashing Pumpkins, soundgarden, staind, stone sour, stone temple pilots, sum 41, system of a down, The Black Keys, The Offspring, the used, Theory of a Deadman, thirty seconds to mars, three days grace, Tool, Twenty One Pilots, Van Halen, velvet revolver, volbeat, weezerCategories: News With this list, we're taking a closer look at the Top 10 albums of rock and metal's biggest artists.It should come as no surprise that as of press time, two of the most prolific hard rock and metal artists sit atop the rankings. But for now check out the Rock + Metal Artists With the Most Top 10 Charting Albums.Rock + Metal Artists With the Most Top 10 Charting Albums
Source: Rock + Metal Artists With the Most Top 10 Charting Albums
Filed Under: 3 doors down, A Perfect Circle, AC/DC, Aerosmith, AFI, Alice Cooper, Alice in Chains, alter bridge, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red, Avenged Sevenfold, beastie boys, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, black veil brides, blink-182, bon jovi, breaking benjamin, buckcherry, bullet for my valentine, Bush, chevelle, chickenfoot, Coheed and Cambria, creed, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Deftones, Disturbed, Dream Theater, evanescence, fall out boy, Five Finger Death Punch, foo fighters, ghost, Godsmack, green day, Guns N’ Roses, Halestorm, hellyeah, hollywood undead, incubus, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, kid rock, Killswitch Engage, Kiss, Korn, Lamb of God, Led Zeppelin, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Mastodon, Megadeth, Metallica, Motley Crue, my chemical romance, nickelback, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne, P.O.D., Panic! Both Korn and Van Halen, while being very popular, have generated 14 Top 10 records throughout their exalted careers. That means that not only are people hearing your music, but they've actually been moved to purchase it. Chad ChildersPublished: April 16, 2021Kevin Winter (2) / Mike Coppola, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOne of the biggest signs of success in the music industry is a Top 10 charting album on the Billboard 200. There's some other big names at the top, as well, and we've ranked this list from most (14) down to the least (2), and even then there were some name acts left off that had only scored a solo entry.One interesting item you may notice is that several band's breakout albums didn't hit the Top 10 upon their release. While they may be hugely successful and influential within the overall viewing of said act, it's also a marker of how difficult it can sometimes be to break an unknown artist to a broader audience.Likewise, one other thing you'll see is that the album following that breakout will almost always crack the Top 10 based off the success of its predecessor and the new interest in the artist.Another factor of note to take into consideration is what else in the music world is released the same week as some of these releases as certain albums have gone for the most part unchallenged while others have faced competition from major releases in the pop world.This list was compiled as of April 2021, so it's possible more Top 10 entries will follow. And, with a Top 10 album your music is among the most sought after at that given period in time.

Steven helped to highlight the true strength of the band which was, and still is, our diversity."The 20th anniversary edition of Blackwater Park comes out July 16. Plus, the disc and extra info come housed in a hardcover book. I like to think the songs were different from what most other bands were doing at the time, but the production definitely set us apart from the rest. The deluxe variants, including a hardcase CD, come furnished with an updated artwork booklet complete with new liner notes, never seen before memories from the band, and exclusive content provided by the Opeth fanbase. The double-LP version contains a 24-page booklet with updated liner notes, recollections from the band and exclusive, never-before-seen photos.The CD variant also comes with the revised booklet with updated liners and acknowledgments. The reissue comes lovingly pressed onto heavyweight, audiophile approved vinyl, with a variety of deluxe finishes, and housed in a gatefold artwork sleeve, with updated liner notes and acknowledgements. Always forward."He added of the Blackwater sessions that took place in the fall of 2000, "It's well known that Steven Wilson came in to produce the album, and that set off a lifelong friendship. Philip TrappPublished: April 16, 2021Music for NationsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSwedish progressive metal icons Opeth have revealed that a deluxe vinyl and CD reissue of the band's 2001 album Blackwater Park, long revered as the Mikael Akerfeldt-led act's sonic masterpiece, will emerge this summer to celebrate the album's 20th anniversary.To be re-released by Music for Nations, the album's 2021 vinyl edition is part of a dream audiophile package for Opeth fans. Two decades in and still a breath-taking piece of work, dense with extraordinary melodic moments, spine-tingling atmospherics and agile but crushing heaviness, and one that saw the Swedish metallers kick open prog's ornate doors, fed death metal through the cosmic kaleidoscope and introduced a generation of music nerds to a world of limitless musical possibilities. It's a 2×12" gatefold set that's pressed onto heavyweight wax and comes on either white or dark smokey transparent colored vinyl. Pre-orders for all versions (plus other commemorative items such as a Blackwater Park T-shirt or candle) are now available at opethblackwaterpark.com.A much-deserved and open armed 20th anniversary celebration of Opeth's magnum opus. "Since then, the band has taken up all our time, and we've never really looked back. It remains a must for Opeth enthusiasts, completists and casual listeners alike.87 Rock + Metal Albums Turning 20 in 2021
Source: Opeth Announce 20th Anniversary Reissue of ‘Blackwater Park’
Filed Under: mikael akerfeldt, OpethCategories: News And all pre-orders for either the vinyl or CD reissue packages from Opeth's official online store currently include a free art print signed by Akerfeldt."I know that Blackwater Park was the stepping stone into professionalism for us," Akerfeldt shared in a statement surrounding the announcement.

"Immortvos"12. "Personatvs Mortem" (Outro)Best Death Metal Album of Each Year Since 1985
Source: Pestilence Debut New Song With Revamped Lineup, Announce ‘Exitivm’ Album
Filed Under: PestilenceCategories: News "Inficiat"10. NoordenburgTheir Will is the new normHailing from outer worldly spheresThis invisible enemy is taking it`s formTo claim, maim then disappearsPestilence, "Morbvs Propagationem"Pestilence, Exitivm Album Art + Track ListingAgonia Records01. "Deificvs"04. "Mortifervm"07. Look for Exitivm to be released on June 25 through Agonia Records and pre-order the album here. "Pericvlvm Externvm"09. "Morbvs Propagationem"03. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 16, 2021Marc van PeskiShare on FacebookShare on TwitterDanish progressive/technical death metal icons Pestilence have returned with an entirely revamped lineup centered around lone constant, vocalist/guitarist Patrizio Mameli. "Sempiternvs"05. Although their approach from album to album has changed quite frequently, these hallmarks are constant whether it's thrash-oriented devastation or tumbling head-first down a more progressive/jazz-fusion path."Morbvs Propagationem" is an all-out death metal track that should please Pestilence fans of any era.Head toward the bottom of the page to listen to the new song and read the lyrics below. "Dominatvi Svbmissa"08. View the album art and track listing beneath the music video, which was produced by Grupa 13.Keep up with each week's new songs by following Loudwire's 'Weekly Wire' Spotify playlist, featuring 50 tracks with updates each Friday afternoon.Pestilence, "Morbvs Propagationem" LyricsRiding the winds of diseaseLike Pazuzu but so much worseSpreading the virus with such easeBreath in this blackened curseThe Oxygen is now filledWith the purest of HateA Billion souls are killedWe all share the same faithHiding, Lying, Spying, Riding the wings of DEATHHumanoid life is a wasteFood for the Ancient OnesLeft Soulless death embracedPlanting new crops feeding new sunsSolo: MameliI see the future and it`s all BlackHuman dna is under attackBy particles of the external HateWith every breath you takeSolo: v. "Exitivm"11. "Internicionem"06. "In Omnibvs" (Intro)02. They've set Exitivm as the title of their ninth album, out June 25, and have debuted the punishing new song "Morbvs Propagationem."Exitivm marks the debut for three of the band's four members: bassist Joost van der Graaf (ex-Dew Scented, ex-Sinister, Cypher), guitarist Rutger van Noordenburg (Bleeding Gods) and drummer Michiel van der Plicht (Aran Angmar, ex-God Dethroned, ex-Dew Scented).Even with so much new blood in the band, Pestilence remain faithful to their signature sound, which is one rooted in technical excellence and violent, churning riffs.

"Silence of the Squarepants"3. "Freetoe Feet" [CD only]14. "Boy Who Cried Wolf"6. "Mægnus Ærena"17. "Pukebox"2. Before that, they followed 1993's Cereal Killer Soundtrack — the album that contains the band's original "Three Little Pigs" — with 1994's 333.Pre-orders for Garbage Band Kids are available at cleopatrarecords.com. "Back Alley Dentist"8. "Punk Rock Pope"4. And the artwork features illustrations for each song on the album — not a huge surprise for an act whose schtick has long been indebted to comic books and bold graphic styles.Yet, that's not all. The album will also contain an interactive component, as reported by Blabbermouth, which makes the album art "come to life" via 3D animation using the augmented reality app Artvive.Garbage Band Kids is no ordinary album in how it was recorded, either. "Holyman Back" [CD only]2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: Green Jelly Return With ‘Punk Rock Pope,’ Announce First Album in 12 Years
Filed Under: Green JellyCategories: News Philip TrappPublished: April 16, 2021Steve Eichner, WireImageShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThe name Green Jelly might ring a bell for rock and metal fans who were around back in the early '90s. "Ballad of Green Jellÿ" [CD only]15. "This is the first album in music history to be recorded by the fans, for the fans!" bandleader Bill Manspeaker said.It appears that Garbage Band Kids also contains a re-recording of "Three Little Pigs." Green Jelly (formerly Green Jello) haven't released a studio album since 2009's Music to Insult Your Intelligence By. "Hey Hey Hey"11. Listen to "Punk Rock Pope" and see the album cover and tracklisting below.Keep up with each week's new songs by following Loudwire's 'Weekly Wire' Spotify playlist, featuring 50 tracks with updates each Friday afternoon.Green Jelly, "Punk Rock Pope"Green Jelly, Garbage Band Kids Artwork + TracklistCleopatra Records1. "Weirdo" [CD only]13. "Starting Wednesday, April 14th," a Facebook update said, "the Green Jello 'Punk Rock Pope' song co-written with the punk rock legends the Dwarves will be the first single to be released to radio."The hyper-detailed album art for Garbage Band Kids (which, naturally, takes after the nostalgic Garbage Pail Kids trading cards) was inked by one of the creators of the original card series. "Beat My Meat"12. Green Jelly fans from around the world chipped in to help bring the effort together. Indeed, the bizarre collective who perform what's often called comedy rock had a hit in 1993 with "Three Little Pigs," a heavy metal version of the classic fairytale.Fast forward 28 years to this summer, and the group returns with its first new effort in over a decade, Garbage Band Kids.The album arrives June 11 from Cleopatra Records. Details about the release emerged this week alongside the collection's first single, "Punk Rock Pope." But listeners have much more in store where the 17-track album is concerned — it's sprinkled with guest spots from "Weird Al" Yankovic and members of Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, the Dwarves, Piledriver, Hacksaw Jim Duggin, Kittie, stars from Trailer Park Boys and Wink Martindale.Earlier this month, Green Jelly revealed it was the Dwarves who helped "Punk Rock Pope" along. "333"10. "Drinking Song"7. "Three Little Pigs"16. "Fuxk It"5. "Champion"9.

Pre-orders can be placed here and the artwork and complete track listing can be seen below as well.Bell announced his exit from Fear Factory in September of last year, citing legal battles which left him "financially crippled" as one of the biggest contributing factors to his resignation.The band notably was involved in lawsuits over the last three years, which prevented any of the members from moving forward with Fear Factory until those had been resolved. Bell, Fear FactoryCategories: News Bell’s Vocals, Announce ‘Aggression Continuum’ Album
Filed Under: Burton C. "Manufactured Hope"08. "Collapse"07. "Aggression Continuum"04. "Monolith"10. You must fight to survive in the Aggression Continuum."Aggression Continuum boasts 10 new tracks to commemorate Fear Factory's 10th studio album, which is set for a June 18 release through Nuclear Blast. "Cognitive Dissonance"09. "Purity"05. In September, Cizares divulged that he had won those lawsuits.Keep up with each week's new songs by following Loudwire's 'Weekly Wire' Spotify playlist, featuring 50 tracks with updates each Friday afternoon.Fear Factory, "Disruptor" LyricsI refuse to pledge allegianceA ceremony of deceptionPsycho sickness propagandaThe predator to the preyI refuseI refuseI refuse societyI refuse loyaltyNo regretsFollow your own wayNothing can define youBreak off, disobeyI am the disruptorI am the disruptorI resist the powers that beAnonymous truth seekerA nation incarceratedTo be enslaved by corporate fucksI resistI resistI resist powers that beI resist consciouslyNo regretsFollow your own wayNothing can define youBreak off, disobeyNo regretsFollow your own wayNothing can define youBreak off, disobeyYou are not the privilegedYou are not better than meYour control, my blasphemyNo regretsFollow your own wayNothing can define youBreak off, disobeyNo regretsFollow your own wayNothing can define youBreak off, disobeyBreak offI am the disruptorDisobeyI am the disruptorFollow yourI am the disruptorOwn wayI am the disruptorFear Factory, "Disruptor" Music VideoFear Factory, Aggression Continuum Album Art + Track ListingNuclear Blast01. This album is pissed! The band's signature push-pull dynamic is in place with great effect once again and Bell's cathartic cleans offer a reprieve from the taut rhythm, working in harmony with ethereal synth touches.Read the lyrics to "Disruptor" below and hear the song further down the page."This record is one of my proudest achievements and I'm really excited for it to finally be released," commented guitarist Dino Cazares."There were a lot of personal struggles, sacrifices, and legal issues involved with this record which almost didn't see the light of day, but through passion determination, lots of hard work and not giving up the fight, it’s finally ready for the world to hear," he continued, adding, "I felt that I needed to prove myself once again as I always try and make each record better than the last. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 16, 2021Stephanie CabralShare on FacebookShare on TwitterFear Factory have just released "Disruptor," the first new song off Aggression Continuum, the industrial act's first album since 2015's Genexus. "Disruptor"03. Listen, and understand! "Fuel Injected Suicide Machine"06. Although longtime singer Burton C. Burton C. It can't be reasoned with. "Recode"02. It can't be bargained with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear and it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are hooked. Bell left the band last year, the recording still bears his voice, as will the rest of the record, which was recorded years ago, before the acrimonious split.The song opens with Bell screaming the title track and an elastic, fast-paced, bouncing rhythm overtakes "Disruptor" atop a rigid, pounding drum beat. "End Of Line"2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums 
Source: Fear Factory Release New Song ‘Disruptor’ Feat.

And while he has offered public apologies and reconciled with his As I Lay Dying bandmates since his release, he has continued to face scrutiny as he returned to the public eye.The singer addressed his participation in the mental health event and attempted to set the record straight for those who questioned his intentions."Thank you to all the guys yesterday who opened up about mistakes and struggles they face in an effort to heal. And really that’s not what the class was about," said Lambesis.He continued, "It’s not about me saying I’ve got things figured out, it’s about me saying that I’ve gone through a lot of things and tried to heal and rehabilitate and part of the pain that I’ve experienced is waking up every day knowing the pain that I’ve caused other people. Chad ChildersPublished: April 15, 2021Chelsea Lauren, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterEarlier this week, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis served as a guest speaker for a mental health discussion titled "Redemption, Healing and Hope" that was put on by YourLife Gym and Heart Support. So it’s definitely not about me being morally superior, or particularly qualified, it’s about me being open and sharing my experience."He added, "I’m really encouraged by the guys in that group that shared the pain they’ve gone through. I will never be able to undo my greatest mistake, but I believe it's better to do something rather than give up."Of late, Lambesis has been teasing a new side project, working with Wolves at the Gate guitarist Joey Alarcon.2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Addresses Criticism for Speaking to Mental Health Class
Filed Under: As I Lay Dying, Tim LambesisCategories: News We collectively are," stated the vocalist at the time, clarifying, "People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life's work now is to undo the hurt I've caused and helped others in addiction. During his time in prison he dedicated his life to his education and eventually qualified to become an addiction treatment counselor. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change. I think that’s very healing to share your story, that trauma holds less power over you, the more you open up and share about it.”In 2018, when As I Lay Dying returned to touring, the vocalist offered his thoughts knowing the band faced an uphill battle given his past history."I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. But the speech did not come and go without incident. Here’s a little clarification on why I joined the @theyourlifegym mental health class as a guest yesterday," stated the singer in an Instagram post that offered an explanation of his involvement.“I just finished being a guest speaker in a mental health class, and I got a lot of criticism this morning before this class about how I have no business trying to help other people with all the pain I’ve caused others in my life.  Before his appearance, Lambesis received criticism for speaking at the event given his past conviction for attempting to hire a hitman in 2013 to kill his estranged wife.The musician pled guilty to a charge of solicitation to commit murder, was sentenced to nine years in prison but received parole by late 2016.

"This song means a lot to me, because it is the song that first got me into Tool. The Spongebob hat makes it feel even closer to home in regards to Tool, because it almost looks like something Maynard James Keenan would wear."I almost died from running out of breath haha or I would have done a longer version," he wrote in the comment section of the Reddit thread, where he also shared the video.Check out the cover below.The Phunky Pharaoh has covers of many other artists on his channel, such as Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.The Phunky Pharaoh – Tool's "The Pot" Saxophone Cover20 of the Most Eccentric Maynard James Keenan Onstage Outfits
Source: Tool Fan Absolutely Crushes ‘The Pot’ on the Saxophone
Filed Under: ToolCategories: News A self-proclaimed massive fan of Tool, this guy crushed it, and nearly his crushed his lungs in the meantime."It's a combination of the bass part and vocal part," the Phunky Pharaoh wrote in the video description. Tool is my favorite band of all time, so I plan to make more Tool covers."Yeah, we've seen the Brass Against version of "The Pot," but the fact that this guy did it on his own makes it just as impressive. This is somewhat influenced by Brass Against's 'The Pot' Tool cover. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: April 15, 2021YouTube – The Phunky Pharaoh / Steven Ferdman, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIf you've ever wondered what Tool's "The Pot" would sound like played on a saxophone, then the Phunky Pharaoh has got you covered.

Nothing by halves, it would seem.Grandson, “Oh No!”It takes guts to turn your video into a statement piece. While their previous videos aimed high, it was “Ghost of You” that propelled them to dizzying heights, ready for the big leagues.Linkin Park, “In the End”A graphic wonder in a day when CGI was still in its infancy, not only did the video for “In the End” feel like something wondrous, it also showcased the world Linkin Park inhabited. Layering dialogue from the film over the bands frantic rocking, in between cutting to the films dramatic scenes, it all makes for an incredibly powerful watch.Guns N’ Roses, “November Rain”Weddings? At first animated, creepy children play hop-scotch where they shouldn’t when a bullet accidentally fired from a security guard’s gun soon takes center stage.Apparently tearing through dimensions and entering the real world, it cuts through walls, balloons, lava lamps and cans of cream. For punk rapper Grandson, he chose to spotlight the wicked nature of humanity by turning himself into an experiment. Funerals? certainly know how to put together a music video. How in the hell did Seymour’s character die? Via a Wheel of Fortune style game, Fort Collins extreme metal band Allegaeon aims not only at metal's infinite sub-genres but also the tendency for bands to look at pivoting as a means of achieving attention. In its most famed scene, the bullet floats about with Korn while their trademark breakdown maniacally babbles before heading back to the animated world. Major sacrilegious imagery — down to Madonna’s stigmata — this is a video that broke numerous mold’s in a time when it was beyond brave to do so.Allegaeon, “1.618”Who says you need a big budget to break the mold? In reward for its dimension traveling, it earned itself (and Korn) a whole heap of awards. With interracial romance, burning crosses, and religious iconography all over the place, the queen of pop is bringing out a death metal vibe on a track that’s undeniably a bop. Tied to a chair, participants could do whatever they wanted to him, either anonymously or brazen-faced, and, well, the results speak for themselves. Those that found the edge of reason and launched themselves straight over it? On “We’re Not Gonna Take It” they crafted a video that captured exactly what it meant to seek solace in rock music — albeit with a fair dose of slapstick comedy.At some point in our lives we’ve all hoped to turn into an over-the-top rock band plastered in makeup to deal with authority, right?Metallica, “One”Deciding to finally start their music video career four albums deep, Metallica knew they had to make it stand for something, and what a more fitting way than by giving their anti-war song, “One” the spotlight.As poignant as it is, when coupled with footage from the anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun it reaches epic new heights. Why did that man jump over the table when it started raining? It’s even, apparently, the first Western music video to be shot in its entirety in the People’s Republic of China. “November Rain” has it all. Caution: Vertigo is real when watching.Slipknot, “Duality”Music videos have long been the bridge between bands and their fans — bringing those fabled figures to life via the concept of a song, or a performance — but on their ’04 single Slipknot took things a step further by setting up shop in a fans house due for renovation. While initially receiving backlash from corners of the opinion world, the video’s aura of fun and inclusivity put pay to any who said otherwise.My Chemical Romance, “Ghost of You”It’s cinematic, emotional and features My Chemical Romance in ‘40s army garb — this video really has it all, including a big-budget ($1,000,000). Having recently gotten the HD treatment for the band's debut’s 20th anniversary, it still holds up as seriously impressive and captures the epic lengths Linkin Park would embark upon throughout their career. Watch as they rattle through death metal’s checkbox of darkness, all the way into crabcore's crabbiness.  Foo Fighters, “Learn to Fly”At this point of their career, Foo Fighters were still a three-piece but the ideas were growing larger by the day. Sure, there are simple moments that show Guns N’ Roses playing the song in a theater (with an orchestra, may we add), but the other cinematic scenes create a complex story that no one still knows the answer to.Why did Stephanie Seymour look so sad when she and Axl Rose got in the car after the wedding ceremony? From the samurai fight to its firework finale, no expense was spared on this frankly epic peek into a mythologically charged culture. A powerful depiction of war and loss, not only did it push the limits of what a music video could be, but it also proved that this emo band from New Jersey was always going to be something special. Commandeering a room each while a bunch of rabid fans, quite literally, tear down the fourth (and fifth, and sixth) wall, it dramatically feeds off the palpable energy created between the band and their loyal maggots as they tear through the actual ceiling. Deciding to crack out what is essentially a shot for shot remake of Airplane!, the goofy antics of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel as various passengers and pilots — and themselves — coupled with the help of Tenacious D makes for not only comedic watching but also strayed where few videos have since, keeping up with a timeless classic movie (and its sequels) in their own right, and in a fraction of the time. 20 Classic Rock + Metal T-Shirts Everyone Has Owned 
Source: 15 Music Videos That Broke the Mold
Filed Under: Allegaeon, foo fighters, Grandson, Guns N’ Roses, Korn, Linkin Park, Metallica, parkway drive, SlipknotCategories: News Still uncontested so many years later.Madonna, “Like A Prayer”Didn’t see that coming did you? And the fact that it was the first music video from the '90s to hit a billion views on YouTube sure confirms that as well.Mastodon, “The Motherload”Twerking isn’t a sight too common in the metal realms, but Mastodon, sick of the expectation of dreary druids and sepia-toned aggression decided to do something about it.What begins as your stereotypical metal video soon becomes a blur of syncopating bodies and the band getting down to brass tacks with one of their most famed outings. “One life, one shot, give it all you’ve got,” a perfect encapsulation of the video and Parkway’s willingness to take their band and their opportunities as far as they possibly can. Thirty Seconds To Mars, “From Yesterday”Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Jaret Leto and co. In black and white. “Oh No,” indeed.Parkway Drive, “Vice Grip” Taking a leaf out of the Mastodon “just have fun with it” book, Parkway Drive took things a step further, or, more precisely, one out of a plane. Steven LoftinPublished: April 15, 2021YouTube: kornchannel / Metallica / GunsNRosesVEVOShare on FacebookShare on TwitterEver since their inception, music videos have been a way for bands to fully realize their ideas. Taking a song and constructing three-odd minutes of film to capture those ideas, however, is where a band can truly flourish or risk being forgotten to the wiles of times.Indeed, there are already numerous lists of iconic videos, but what about those videos that pushed a boundary. Having just signed to a major label, the Minneapolis slackers found themselves stumbling up the ladder of success and not liking what they saw.When it came time to film their first music video proper, instead of the usual bank-breaking ideas, they settled on quite literally filming a speaker. Korn, “Freak on a Leash”It’s impossible to forget first seeing the video for “Freak on a Leash,” especially back in the late ‘90s. It leaves viewers with so many questions, but it’s so visually compelling at the same time. Truly, they were the sons of no one.Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”A rambunctious jam that embodies the rebellious spirit of rock ’n’ roll, Twisted Sister took glam to the furthest extremes and wore it sensationally well. Music videos that truly broke the mold.Subversive, ceiling breaking and all-round brave moves (literally and figuratively), we’ve compiled a list of videos from artists who saw an opportunity to do something different and broke the mold of what was expected in a music video.The Replacements, “Bastards of Young”In the ‘80s heyday of MTV, when music videos held more control over an artists career than the gravity-defying hairspray emanating from glam rock dressing rooms, The Replacements wanted no part of it. Shot on location in China’s Forbidden City — and featuring 400 extras as soldiers — it’s epic in all the right ways. Majestic guitar solos in the desert?

It's called 'Car Thing.' And no, we're not joking.'Car Thing' is a mountable device powered by a USB cable either plugged into a dedicated slot in your car's center console or through a 12 volt power adapter.It features a turn dial to navigate screen selections (touch screen is also an option) and connects to your car's stereo through either Bluetooth or the use of an auxiliary cable. Voice commands can also activate certain responses, offering a hands-free alternative for cautious drivers who prefer to keep their hands on the steering wheel rather than using them to manipulate devices.Users can also use four buttons along the top of the thin, rectangular, black brick to establish presets.Physically, Car Thing has the appearance of a revamped iPod where the turn dial has replaced the revolutionary scroll wheel that was the crux of Apple's innovative on-the-go device which launched nearly 20 years ago. Car Thing has one job and does it awesomely," reads a portion of overview on the webpage dedicated to the streaming service's new gadget.The "anticipated retail price" is $79.99. New updates each week!Photos: Spotify's 'Car Thing'carthing.spotify.comcarthing.spotify.com25 Hilariously Accurate Rock Star Look-Alikes
Source: Yes, Spotify Really Just Launched a New Device Called ‘Car Thing’
Filed Under: SpotifyCategories: News Whether you're looking for the best new songs from this week, want to take a dive into thrash's early years or go into battle with some viking metal, our playlists have you covered. It measures 4.6 inches in width and 2.5 inches in height with a width of 0.7 inches, weighing just 3.4 ounces.Users will need a Spotify Premium subscription to use Car Thing, which connects to the Spotify app on your smartphone and uses either your WiFi connection or mobile data plan to stream audio content."Let your phone do phone stuff. "Put yourself on the list, and we'll let you know if it becomes available," reads the signup page.Learn more here and see photos of Spotify's Car Thing below.Now is also a good time to remind you to follow Loudwire on Spotify. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 15, 2021Getty Images/iStockphotoShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSpotify has just launched a car thing. Currently, an offer is available for a free unit (just pay for shipping and handling), which requires Spotify users to place themselves on a waiting list to receive a Car Thing.

According to Metal Injection, Strid says the phrase in the context of the song means, "Here we go, goddamnit!""Nu Jävlar!" Performers:Björn Strid (Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra)Jörgen ”Schweden-Bomber” PetterssonIan Haugland (Europe)Liv Jagrell (Liv Sin)Jörgen Sandström (Domedagen, ex-Entombed)Mike Wead (King Diamond)Lars Johansson (Candlemass)Simon Johansson (Wolf)Niklas Stålvind (Wolf)Chris Laney (Pretty Maids)Martin Carlsson (Sweden Rock Magazine)"Nu Jävlar!" Sweden National Football Team Metal AnthemThe 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: Members of Soilwork, King Diamond + More Write New Song for Swedish Soccer Team
Filed Under: At the Movies, Bjorn Strid, Candlemass, Europe, king diamond, Liv Sin, SoilworkCategories: News And for the cross-section of sports fans and metal devotees in Sweden and beyond, the custom No. "It’s also time for the European Football Championship for men. We celebrate this by presenting the unofficial European Championship song 'Nu Jävlar!' Sign up … and get a football shirt and CD single for free!"Depending on who you ask, "Nu jävlar" can be interpreted as an exclamation akin to "Finally!" or "Devils!" or perhaps more inappropriate English words. Roughly translated, its first verse says, "We have charged, we have longed for / To show the way, here we go / No one will be able to suffocate the fire / Which is now burning all the way to the finish."How's that for a soccer song? The deal includes a CD copy of "Nu Jävlar!""This summer, Sweden Rock Magazine turns 20 years old," the periodical states on its website (translated from Swedish). 666 team jerseys seen in the vid are currently available with a subscription to Sweden Rock. Philip TrappPublished: April 15, 2021YouTube: Sweden Rock MagazineShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSweden's national football team (soccer for those of us in North America) has a rockin' new anthem courtesy of several of the country's prime heavy metal musicians. The song is called "Nu Jävlar!" — the term's a kind of Swedish profanity — and it features members of Soilwork, King Diamond, Candlemass, Europe, Liv Sin, At the Movies and more.Commissioned by Sweden Rock Magazine ahead of this summer's UEFA European Football Championship, for which Sweden has qualified along with several other national teams, the tune was recorded last month and produced by participants Björn Strid (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra), Mike Wead (King Diamond) and Simon Johansson (Wolf). There's also an accompanying music video highlighting the performers.Listen to "Nu Jävlar!" near the bottom of this post.The song’s sung in Swedish, and its original lyrics are available here.

See the post below.Well wishes!11 Bands Considered Pioneers of Death Metal 
Source: Possessed Frontman Jeff Becerra Details Recent Flap Surgery
Filed Under: possessedCategories: News It's different from a skin graft, which doesn't involve live tissue.Becerra had the procedure done six weeks ago."Had a skin flap reconstructive surgery, which essentially is cutting out a large spot of flesh from my tailbone all the way down to the bone, grinding down the bone and removing all the dead bone," he wrote."After that, a horseshoe shaped incision is cut all the way around my buttocks and filleted, then a slash up the side towards my back to allow the entire piece to pivot over to cover the wound. The entire thing is then stitched together from the inside, again stitched mid flesh, and stapled together all the way around."The vocalist thanked his surgeon for the operation, which he says may have saved his life. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: April 15, 2021Miikka Skaffari, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterPossessed frontman Jeff Becerra is currently on the mend from a recent flap surgery, and has detailed the procedure on the band's Instagram page.Stanford Health Care defines flap surgery as the process of taking live tissue from one part of the body and transporting it to another. It's typically done to help areas that have lost skin, muscle, fat or part of the skeleton.

“Thrill of It All”6. “Supertzar”7. “Megalomania”5. “Hole In The Sky”* previously unreleasedBlack Sabbath Songs Ranked (Ozzy Osbourne Era)
Source: Black Sabbath Unveil Giant Box Set Reissue of ‘Sabotage’
Filed Under: Black SabbathCategories: News “Supertzar”/“Killing Yourself To Live” *2. “Symptom of the Universe”5. The 4-CD and 4-LP/ 7" sets arrive on June 11 through Rhino Records.Sabotage, Sabbath's historic sixth album, is largely regarded as the capstone of a remarkable album streak that began five years earlier when metal's godfathers dropped their self-titled debut.The eight-song record has been remastered for this special edition release, which also includes a copy of the original album master, in addition to 13 previously unreleased recordings that make up most of the live set taken from Black Sabbath's 1975 North American tour.Also packaged in the forthcoming release is a replica concert book from the band's show at the legendary New York City venue Madison Square Garden, a 1975 color tour posted, in-depth liner notes, rare photos and press clippings from the era.Earlier this year, a special edition box set of Sabbath's Vol. Read Loudwire's interview with Tony Iommi about the Dio era reissues here.View a photo of the forthcoming box set below, as well as the complete track listing for both the CD and LP variants. Guitar Solo including excerpts of “Orchid” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor” *3. “Supernaut”LP Four: North American Tour Live ’75Side Seven1. “Iron Man” *Disc Three: North American Tour Live ’751. “Hole in the Sky”2. Guitar Solo including excerpts of “Orchid” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Doctor” *2. “Spiral Architect” *4. “The Writ”Disc Two: North American Tour Live ’751. Jam 2 including drum solo *3. “Symptom of the Universe”4. “Paranoid” *7” Single1. “Embryo”/“Children Of The Grave” *3. “Black Sabbath” *3. “The Writ”LP Two: North American Tour Live ’75Side Three1. 4 was released and the first two albums from the Ronnie James Dio era — Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules — received a reissue as well. “Supertzar”/“Killing Yourself To Live” *2. “Don’t Start (Too Late)”3. “Don’t Start (Too Late)”3. “Black Sabbath” *Side Eight1. “Hole In The Sky”LP Track ListingLP One: Original Album RemasteredSide One1. “Paranoid” *Disc Four1. Jam 1 including guitar solo *9. “Megalomania”Side Two1. “War Pigs” *LP Three: North American Tour Live ’75Side Five1. “Embryo”/“Children Of The Grave” *5. “Sabbra Cadabra” *Side Six1. “Snowblind” *4. “Supertzar”3. “Sabbra Cadabra” *8. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)”8. “Hole in the Sky”2. “Thrill Of It All”2. Jam 2 including drum solo *10. “Symptom of the Universe”4. “Megalomania”7. Jam 1 including guitar solo *2. “Supernaut” *11. “Symptom of the Universe”2. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)”4. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” – Single Edit2. “Spiral Architect” *2. “Hole In The Sky”3. “War Pigs” *6. “Snowblind” *Side Four1. Visit the Rhino Records webstore to place your pre-order.Black Sabbath, Sabotage Super Deluxe Edition Contents + Track ListingRhino RecordsCD Track ListingDisc One: Original Album Remastered1. “Hole in the Sky”3. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” – Single Edit2. “Iron Man” *2. “Megalomania” *2. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 14, 2021Chris Walter, WireImage/Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIn the latest line of massive Black Sabbath album reissues, the classic Sabotage has been remastered and packaged with a wealth of extras, including a full live set from 1975.

haha. Regardless, "Enter Panaman" could undoubtedly serve as a shock to the senses if a listener started playing it without knowing what was in store.Listen to the Metallica and Van Halen sonic meet-up down toward the bottom of this post.On his website, Mike says he originally started his The Art of Guitar platform "to teach my nephew (who lives in another state) guitar, but realized that everyone could also benefit from my decades of playing and teaching experience. And for all his talent at mixing bands' milieux, it seems he usually keeps his channel to instructional videos for musicians instead of rock and metal mashups. It's a great feeling to know that anyone can learn guitar from me and even when I'm too old to play, the information will still be available to make the world a more musical place."However, on April 10, Mike took off his guitar teacher hat, if just for a moment, to dip his toe in the world of mashups by combining the slam of Metallica with the showmanship of Van Halen."Was rocking out to Panama," the YouTuber explains, "and this idea just popped into my head so I had to make it real. Can't believe how well they work together in most sections."Find out more about Mike G's The Art of Guitar at the-art-of-guitar.com.Metallica + Van Halen "Enter Panaman" MashupThe 40 Best Cover Songs by Rock Bands
Source: Metallica + Van Halen Mashup ‘Enter Panaman’ Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Filed Under: Metallica, Van HalenCategories: News Philip TrappPublished: April 14, 2021YouTube: The-Art-of-GuitarShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThink you can handle a Metallica and Van Halen mashup that has James Hetfield singing the lyrics from "Enter Sandman" over the bounce of Van Halen's "Panama"? Then you're ready for "Enter Panaman."Mike G, a widely followed music instructor on YouTube who operates under the handle The-Art-of-Guitar, created the mashup and shared it on the video site last week.

Spearheaded by the brand's creative director, Demna Gvasalia created the first playlist himself, which included several Rammstein songs. According to the release, the image of the band featured on some of the clothing and accessories is an outtake from a photoshoot they did.See images of some of the merchandise items below, and shop for them online here. These items will be available both in stores and online. Thus, he hand-selected the industrial metal group to make the subsequent playlist, making them the first group to actually curate one for Balenciaga Music.The songs were selected by the band themselves, and features artists such as Slipknot, Korn, Led Zeppelin, Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys and more.Check out the playlist on Apple Music.Rammstein Balenciaga Hoodie, $995balenciaga.comRammstein Balenciaga Hat, $495balenciaga.comRammstein Balenciaga Backpack, $1,290balenciaga.com17 Trends That Defined the Evolution of Fashion in Rock + Metal 
Source: Rammstein Team With Luxury Designer Balenciaga for New Merch Line + Playlist
Filed Under: RammsteinCategories: News A few pieces are already sold out, while others are available for pre-order.Additionally, Balenciaga Music is an official playlist curator on Apple Music. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: April 14, 2021Getty Foto24, Getty Images / balenciaga.comShare on FacebookShare on TwitterEveryone's favorite German metal group Rammstein have teamed up with the Spanish luxury designer brand Balenciaga for an exclusive new set of merchandise and music playlist.The limited-edition set of merchandise consists of unisex pieces, including hoodies, shirts, hats, bags and a raincoat.

Philip TrappPublished: April 14, 2021Bryan Bedder / Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLast month, the Finnish cello-playing metalheads in Apocalyptica unleashed the supercharged "White Room," a cover of classic rock legends Cream featuring vocals from Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix.Now, the orchestral alt-metal redux has an official music video. We want to thank Lzzy and the whole Halestorm team for their great work and friendship."Paying tribute to the music of the past seems an important facet of performing for the cellist. They'll be accompanied on the trek by Lacuna Coil — the joint tour was originally scheduled for 2020 before being moved once before because of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you like the song just as much as we do."Toppinen had similarly kind words for Hale last year, gushing that "getting Lzzy to join us and perform in her outstanding way was a dream come true! Get tickets here.Apocalyptica feat. Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, "White Room"87 Rock + Metal Albums Turning 20 in 2021
Source: Watch Apocalyptica + Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Team up on a Cream Cover
Filed Under: apocalyptica, jacoby shaddix, papa roachCategories: News It now kicks off in August. In March, Toppinen joined several other metal mainstays (including members of My Dying Bride, Within Temptation, Paradise Lost and Athanasia) on an epic cover of Depeche Mode's "It Doesn't Matter Two."And for fans in North America itching to see Apocalyptica in concert, the band currently has tour dates rescheduled for later in 2021. The song follows Apocalyptica's "Talk to Me," another one-off collaboration from the symphonic metal band with another big name in rock, Halestorm's Lzzy Hale. Before that one emerged, Apocalyptica released their latest studio album, 2020's Cell-0, which contained singles such as "Ashes for the Modern World" and "En Route to Mayhem."Watch the "White Room" video down toward the bottom of this post."We were really looking forward to this release," offered Eicca Toppinen, the lead of Apocalyptica's three cellists, in a press release about "White Room." "Doing a cover of such a legendary song, originally by Cream, was great fun and having Jacoby Shaddix as featuring artist is a big pleasure for us!

Our fans won't go for that, because our fans only like us to do this style,'" he said. "Well, then there's no growth. It was dark. You're gonna grow stagnant. It's just not gonna evolve if you don't venture out and try new things."He went on to elaborate on the longevity of Slayer's career, attributing it to the fact that they played around with different sounds and styles, and didn't make one album sound like another.11 Bands Considered Pioneers of Death Metal 
Source: Slayer’s Dave Lombardo – We Would’ve Been Destroyed By the Internet Early On
Filed Under: Dave Lombardo, SlayerCategories: News And it made all of us happy. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: April 14, 2021Chris Walter, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterNowadays, the internet seems to make or breaks bands, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is confident that the thrash legends "would have been destroyed" if things were the way they are now back in the early '80s when they debuted.In 1983, when Slayer released their debut album Show No Mercy and Metallica released Kill 'Em All, thrash metal was considered underground. It had our stamp of approval," the drummer continued.Lombardo then urged newer bands to listen to themselves only, and not what anyone else has to say."And another thing is bands that feel, 'Oh, no. It had a certain feel to it. Obviously, it went on to become a historical movement in music, but if social media had been around, they may have carried on — because everyone has a hell of a lot to say these days."If the Internet existed back when Slayer released their very first album, we would have been destroyed," Lombardo admitted to the Pit's MoshTalks Cover Stories."So, today, these days, you have to go with the approach of how we did it back then — we didn't care. We thought it was heavy, we thought it was brutal and evil.

I slept on the couch downstairs (it was a double decker bus) on top of the merchandise, fully dressed with boots on and a jacket.Despite the dark and tormented lyrical themes, what instances of happiness did you see within the band early on? AR: When we began to achieve little goals we set out for ourselves and moved on from playing for 50 of our friends to traveling to other states up and down the East Coast. We told her she can do her solo record and the band, but I think in her mind she was going to leave the band and come out and do the solo career as a woman. I feel that’s something that is going to change, and I see people coming around now.It’s 2021 — everyone needs to start accepting certain things.We’ve been up for so many tours and get turned down now and I’m kind of calling out the bands now. Life is traumatic and agonizing, but it is also so delicious and beautiful. You forgot that 15-20 years ago when you were nobodies that Life of Agony allowed you to open up for us three nights in a row, sold out in New York City, but when Life of Agony needs this band’s help, no one is there.[Shakes her head] I get heated up because I’m passionate about the human race.I want everyone to be happy in their own skin. I was popping every pill in the cabinet, anything I could sniff I’d sniff. I couldn’t wait to get back to my nightlife so I could actually express myself in the way I was most comfortable.Leaving that situation on a musical level freed me up from musical chains I felt I was bound to. If you want to live like a monk and go to the Himalayas, good for you.I want your dreams to come true more for you than for myself.Thank you to Mina Caputo, Joey Z and Alan Robert for the interview. She just said she was in too much pain to continue.I heard rumblings she was going to do a solo record. I’ve been doing yoga for 30 years and meditating for over 20 years — it’s how I get my clarity and strength. He only tried his best and forgiveness is present. After slugging it out in the underground building a fan base, their influential first album, 'River Runs Red,' was released in 1993, followed by a harrowing first European tour, which immediately took a toll on the band's members.How did each of your personalities gel when the band was formed?Alan Robert: I didn’t know about all the abuse going on in her household. It was no surprise when she came out and told me [in 2011] she’s Mina Caputo now. Mina was always very quiet unless she was breaking someone’s chops and she loved to laugh and was the prankster of the group. I was on opioids, awake constantly, doing bags of cocaine… It was like a switch and she became more and more detached, but never elaborated on what was going on. Mina knew it was special, too, and she verbalized in the past she was afraid of the success because she wasn’t living as the true person that was inside her.She didn’t want to publicly be known as "Keith Caputo" anymore. It was crazy. I can’t believe I made it.If you or someone you know if struggling with drug and/or alcohol dependence, help is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. I haven’t arrived because life isn’t a destination. A disclaimer on the website notes that if you are concerned your Internet usage is being monitored, an alternative option is to call 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233).STARTING THE BANDMina and Joey's musical background is traced back to their years growing up and by a unique, let's call it a twist of fate, Joey met the ideal songwriter, bassist and brother-like partner Alan Robert. Soon, they realized they had an opportunity to make music together and Alan converted to playing bass, as that was the instrument Joey and Mina hadn't locked up yet for their band.Thus, Life of Agony was born. That’s what rippled and we sent that out — it wasn’t just anger, but wanting to be healed and heard.AR: The first songs I wrote for for Life of Agony, I wrote all the lyrics and melodies/yelling parts. She had no choice but to quit.The group then recruited Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane, but things quickly came to an end and Life of Agony split in 1999. Still, there's fight left in this band. I don’t blame anyone.I look at the value of everything I’ve gone through. I don’t rely on the medicine cabinet. You saw the anger come out of us when we played and we saw it in each other, as did the audiences. My grandmother was basically my surrogate mom.JZ: My grandma was a loving person.MC: I used to stare at her while she did her makeup every morning and I think she caught on. It’s tough not to be affected by the external world. For decades, the band and their music has been the vessel through which the principle members — Mina Caputo, Alan Robert and Joey Z — channeled real life pain, trauma, depression and suicidal ideation into something that can now only be recognized as beautiful and a promise to others bearing a similar burden that true happiness is something that can be achieved.For singer Mina Caputo especially, who came out as transgender in 2011 and is now living life as her true and honest self, happiness was not an emotion that was so easy to tap into.Her outlook on life today is extraordinarily complex — self-actualization shines, her love for the human race thrives and her ball-busting Brooklyn attitude remains charged to the max, laced with passionate cynicism and the ultimate hope that we can all do better and work toward a holistic and kinder approach to co-existing with one another.In Life of Agony's powerfully compelling new documentary directed by Leigh Brooks, The Sound of Scars, one element that radiates throughout the journey from the violent and abusive childhood in the adjacent homes of cousins Caputo and Joey Zampella (known the world over as Joey Z) through the rise, fall and resurrection of the band, is that right from the opening moments, Caputo looks happier now than she's ever been. As long as you’re happy, not hurting one and not fucking with kids, you can do whatever the fuck you want, in and out of your bedroom.HAPPINESS NOW + THE WORK THAT'S STILL LEFTHappiness may not be an ever-present emotion in the lives of Life of Agony's members, but it's one that certainly exists in abundance. People are looking at this person that is just somebody I didn’t back up. There wasn’t even the word transgender when I was growing up in the ‘70s — it was transsexual and all the bad names they called us.THE BAND BREAKS UP ON THE VERGE OF A BREAKOUTRight after Life of Agony released their third album, 'Soul Searching Sun,' in 1997, Mina Caputo abruptly left the band. It’s common to break people's balls in Brooklyn.JZ: The band was our therapy. It’s beautiful. That battle she fought inside for all those years put Life of Agony as a blockade for her that prevented her from living the true life she wanted to live.On the road, there were occasions in the earlier days where you would see “Keith” late at night in full on women’s clothing in the hotel hallway running to her room. I should’ve been honest, but you live and learn. It never happens. "Weeds" was beginning to get traction on radio, a necessary promotional vehicle that puts bands on the world's biggest stages.But the idea of presenting a false person — 'Keith' Caputo — to an even larger global audience wore too heavily on Life of Agony's singer. These shared experiences served as the foundation for what later became Life of Agony.What brought you joy amid the violence and abuse growing up?Joey Z: Any time Mina spent with my brothers and I was when she was at her happiest. We got into Sex Pistols, Cro-Mags, Sheer Terror and Agnostic Front at the same time and we both love Sinead O’Connor, so we had a big range of influences.That first European tour was rough, as the documentary showed. Talking is better than bottling things up for a long time.It’s strange to see some of your heroes gone. During violent outbursts that were all too typical of her home life, she attested to times where she had to protect her grandmother from abuse, leaping in front of her to absorb the beatings her grandfather was giving. Joey's father, who often turned violent when drunk, was also amid the violence that permeated the two households. Still, the cousins found moments of joy together and were very close during their childhood. I can’t put myself in her shoes and know what reservations she had about not telling me.JZ: Bands are funny things… She overcame it all right in front of the world and wasn’t afraid to do it. Now she’s practically in the crowd, standing on the barricade with fans holding her legs as she’s singing to them.Life of Agony now is more of an experience than a performance.Michael Loccisano, Getty ImagesMina, what was it like performing with Life of Agony as Mina Caputo for the very first time?MC: It was empowering. For everyone else, it was the proverbial rug getting ripped out from beneath their feet — Life of Agony were primed to make the leap and experience success at a much greater level than ever before. I sat with Mina and explained how I envisioned it and those were our first one-on-one interactions.We always had the same taste in music we had a deep love for classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd and the Beatles. She told us later looking back that she didn’t have the courage to do that and it all lingered.Life of Agony, "Weeds" Music Video (1997)JZ: Alan and I were always 110 percent into the band and knew it was special. I play my own game: you’re either on board or you can fucking eat my ass. I lived most of my life trying to protect this part of myself because of the cruelty of this idiotic fucking Matrix.JZ: For the amount of love everyone was able to give us, bar the distractions, they did their best to do that.MC: There was a lot of forgiveness as well. Their work is not finished.What helps define happiness for you now and how do you pull yourself out of the darkness?AR: Talking about it helps. Even though he channeled a lot of your life into his lyrics, what made this so especially difficult?MC: It was a tough thing. It’s all a play of energy, but the world complicates the simplest ideas.In what ways was love present in the house growing up?JZ: Love was around. I didn’t have the internet to help teach me about things — there’s no forums. I take that trauma, spin it around, flip that motherfucker and make it work for me, whether I pull a song out of it or a poem.JZ: Forgiveness is the only way to be happy in life. Good for you. We were exposed to a lot of stuff — people passed out on drugs, all the drinking…MC: There was love through those beatings and it was the only way my grandfather and the men knew how to express themselves. Her father, a drug addict, was largely out of the picture. I’ve got the best of both worlds, which gives me the pour and my soul is free. I felt very happy for her, and I love her eternally.MC: I was more concerned about the brothers in my band than for my own life. Yoga has allowed me to become my own pharmaceutical industry. She’s one of the bravest people I know.AR: In the ‘90s she’d be hidden behind the microphone with a hat and wouldn’t speak between songs. It’s a toxic environment and it’s going to be hard for our kids to navigate through that.MC: You got people killing themselves because they don’t get a certain amount of likes. Meanwhile, 'Keith' pursued a solo career and continued to battle this false sense of self.So often, music is seen as an escape from certain difficulties or a catharsis. It seems that initial taste of big success also came with serious baggage and perhaps wasn't the escape from reality so many may perceive it to have been.AR: It caused more depression for me. She almost thought that she could not be in Life of Agony as a woman, as a transgender person. We’ve grown so much and our bond as a family is stronger than ever.We have each other’s support and Life of Agony is a celebration now. We were able to leave the house and get the angst out, even at a rehearsal space. I know the fucking game, that’s why I don’t play it. It was probably one of my greatest shamanistic dances. I was afraid to lose people in my life.It’s very confusing and to this day I still get very confused.AR: I confronted her right after the set. I thought I was going to be part of the ‘27 Club’ and I was disappointed when I wasn’t back then. Joe DiVitaPublished: April 14, 2021Leigh BrooksShare on FacebookShare on TwitterLife of Agony chose their band name for a reason. we don't exactly hold meetings for something like this.Mina Caputo on Transgender Issues:We've Been Derailed From the Beauty of Our Own BodiesWhat are the biggest changes you've seen in Mina within Life of Agony since she revealed her true identity?JZ: She comes out onstage and has so much more power and presence. When did that no longer feel viable and that Life of Agony had maybe become a trap of sorts?AR: When Soul Searching Sun was about to come out, we did touring leading up to that and you can tell Mina was somewhere else mentally. It’s given her happiness and she’s found out how to love through all this. Alan was a genius the way he was able to pull these stories together. My grandfather made up for how confused he made me as a kid. I feel all the positives totally outweigh everything. It wasn’t 24/7 craziness in the households, but there was the rollercoaster of these Brooklyn Italian families. It’s not widely accepted or understood, and it’s a scary thing. The bunks were modified to accommodate that many people and you had to get out to just turn over in your own bed. Nine out of 10 times, that other person is in a funk and you can commiserate and get out of it together. There were a lot of tears. I got a lot of love from the women in the family. I have very bad days. I’m a very empathetic creature and depending on how strong I am depends on my state of being. It’s a dopamine game, a serotonin game. So many "friends" and bands that say that want to tour with us, there hasn’t been much support from these "friend" bands who say they’ll take us out on the road. There was a lot of isolation on the road and we were sent over there without any preparation for a two-month tour in the winter. Even the closest people to me, I wondered how they were going to understand. Happiness is not a solid state — no human emotion is. You want to wear a fucking diaper? This was not a planned act though and she was driven to come out after being provoked online, where a response to a fan served as her official announcement.Mina confronted Joey about her identity, but hadn't told Alan. I’m about to be 48 and I’ve got a body like a fucking 18-year-old. Mina spent a lot of time in our house and my mom would do a lot of the raising.Mina Caputo: I grew up playing classical piano and studied it for a few years.My uncle’s vinyl record collection — discovering Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin… (gasps), Robert Plant! The lyrics you sang were so powerful and revealing, so what prevented you from wanting or being able to communicate with the audience between songs?MC: It wasn’t that I was struggling with my stage persona so much as I was struggling with what was going on internally. To speak to someone on the phone, dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or send a text message to 1-800-487-4889.MINA COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDERIn 2011, Mina publicly revealed her identity as a transgender woman. Be a little brave.MC: All the institutionalized arithmetic that goes into making bands — it’s a numbers game. My neurological system is like the fucking Hulk. I was stuck in an identity that people created for me.Once we got more successful, I wasn’t equipped for it. Her bandmates, too, have all found new ways to define happiness within themselves and for others.Along the way, hard lessons have been learned, but they all offer a chance at redemption; at not wasting a second longer on missing out on the gift of life.A limited two-week screening of The Sound of Scars begins April 16 (tickets available here) and we caught up with Mina Caputo, Alan Robert and Joey Z to explore how this band overcame all the darkness and how Caputo's hard-fought road to happiness was paved.This is their story.A portion of the proceeds from Life of Agony's 'The Sound of Scars' documentary will benefit two charity organizations: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and All Out, which aims to protect the LGBTQ+ community from lawful discrimination while sharing messages of love and equality.Life of Agony, The Sound of Scars Documentary TrailerMINA CAPUTO + JOEY Z'S CHILDHOODMina Caputo was raised by her grandparents following the untimely death of her mother when she was just a toddler. There’s a lot of smiles and joy.Johnny Perilla, LoudwireMC: It is a celebration, but there’s still a lot left to do. I couldn’t share my authentic self with the world, so what was the point of making that leap with Life of Agony? It’s that simple.Meditation and yoga saves me. Instead, he learned of the news through online rock and metal news media reports right as Life of Agony were about to take the stage. I’ve got these big angelic wings hanging out of my back, metaphorically speaking.I want to empower people, whatever your trip is. You have the choice — do you want beauty or agony?Happiness takes practice. To live more of a lie?I had to take back my power or put a gun to my head. I was in situations where you didn’t really see a way out. These institutions are an insult to my humanity.Would you say today Life of Agony is more of a celebration of life and a triumph over the darkness?JZ: Absolutely. It all fluctuates and my emotions are all over. Both were accepted into the Manhattan High School of Art and Design, had the same bus stop and rode public transit together for six months without ever really speaking to one another, despite what should have been an obvious sign of an agreeable friendship — Joey's Misfits shirt.The school was violent and they both transferred out of the program and wound up in the same art class in Brooklyn together, which is when the two finally began to connect.Alan was friends with New York hardcore group Biohazard when they were just a local act and turned Joey onto their music. I was destroying myself and wanted to die just like my mother. Kids lined up hours before the show with our shirts on, and we felt like a real band.By the time the first album came out, our videos were on MTV and on Beavis and Butt-Head, we were playing in Europe to 3,000 people — it was amazing.Life of Agony Featured on Beavis and Butt-HeadMina, you struggled with your stage persona as "Keith" where you were shy and reserved. We had never been to Europe.We went out there sharing a tour bus with two other bands and crew. If you don’t want to have sex, good for you. It wasn’t the identity I wanted to share at the time. If it’s not good enough you can’t open for this band or that band. What has happened is I’ve allowed my male and female energies to become seriously one. Grab your ticket for the Life of Agony 'The Sound of Scars' documentary screening here and follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify.26 LGBT Icons in Rock + Metal 
Source: Finding Happiness – Mina Caputo No Longer Living a Life of Agony
Filed Under: alan robert, joey z., life of agony, mina caputoCategories: Exclusive, News Do it. It’s an everyday process but I’m happy with how I protect my own peace. Although we had adjoined houses, Mina lived with my grandparents next door (my mom’s parents) and her dad’s parents. I didn’t feel any kind of camaraderie with the way society perceived males, and I wanted everything pretty.She started putting eyeshadow on me and when that happened, whatever vibration and alchemy is going on inside of my body, it reaffirmed this sense of self that was trying to peek out. You never know what’s going on with someone on the inside.With social media, you most often only see the good stuff and it creates a sense of envy among others. He was blindsided, but holds no resentment.Mina, you didn't rush to tell Alan after you were provoked online and made that decision to come out. I was considering the shame and embarrassment for my brothers than for myself [if I came out as transgender at that time].Happiness was getting off the tour, hanging up the "Keith Caputo" false ID and living my life privately and in isolation. If you’re happy laying in bed with a man, good for you. I learned about it going onstage and we had a heart-to-heart. With a woman? I was eight to 10 years old and I was looking at this beautiful man with blonde curls and flowery shirts, silvery jewels and (gasps again) it was part of this thing, this femininity and dove-like approach to life.Annie Lenox always reminded me that she had this more male energy. I don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks.JZ: Our next challenge in regards to full appreciation of what Mina has done is with our peers. If you don’t forgive, you hold resentment, which is the killer of happiness.If you or someone you know is facing abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website. There’s always struggles in life, but we’re better equipped now and we have better tool to deal with situations as people.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, she hadn't seen her Nightwish bandmates in over a year."I was in the hospital last week," Jansen revealed on Facebook on Wednesday (April 14). The medical procedure, known as a cholecystectomy, was precipitated by a bout of pancreatitis the singer experienced. So incredibly great to see them after all that time. The surgery led to the discovery of several gallstones.The episode took place in Finland, Nightwish's home base, where Jansen had traveled to rehearse with the veteran symphonic metal band for their upcoming livestream concerts, An Evening With Nightwish In a Virtual World, scheduled for May 28-29. And grateful for my own body. Jansen, who is Dutch, lives in Sweden with her husband, Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl. I needed my gallbladder removed but because of the pancreatitis they couldn't do it at once. That's to keep a positive spirit, sun on my face, life is good! … After the first rehearsal day I woke up to severe stomach pains and decided this was not normal. … But I am most grateful for the amazing care I received at the hospital in Joensuu! [Nightwish guitarist] Emppu [Vuorinen] calls me stone henge from now on."In a selfie accompanying Jansen's recovery update, the musician is pictured smiling in the sunlight, eyes closed, in front of a serene thicket of green trees."I had a case of Murphy's Law hitting me," Jansen added, "even though the picture might suggest it's all peachy. Philip TrappPublished: April 14, 2021Noel Vasquez, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterNightwish lead vocalist Floor Jansen is recovering after recently undergoing gallbladder removal surgery. Once at the hospital I got what you call a gallstone attack."She continued, "Turned out I had pains because of a huge amount of gallstones, and pancreatitis. And for all the love and support from my band and friends and family! For taking this so well, I made a promise to take extra good care of it!"Tickets for An Evening With Nightwish In a Virtual World are on sale now at nightwish.com.An Evening With Nightwish In a Virtual World Advertisementnightwish.com27 Bands Who Were (Mostly) Teenagers When Their Debut Album Came Out
Source: Nightwish Singer Floor Jansen Recuperating After Gallbladder Removal
Filed Under: floor jansen, nightwishCategories: News But challenging at times. The day after they took a scarred gallbladder out, with 15 stones in it! "In Finland, where I went to rehearse with my dear brothers in Nightwish for our virtual shows next month.

Joe DiVitaPublished: April 13, 2021Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterExodus drummer Tom Hunting has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach. In a press statement, he expressed the desire to raise awareness for the condition in hopes of helping others identify potential symptoms early.The news comes as anticipation mounts for Persona Non Grata, the title given to the band's forthcoming album and first since 2014's Blood In, Blood Out."Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February," relayed Hunting.The drummer, who co-founded Exodus in 1979, continued, "I'm making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. Röring, who described the first primary gastric squamous cell carcinoma case in 1895, hypothesized about basal cells in the gastric mucosa undergoing, transforming into squamous cells, and later turning into squamous cell carcinoma. I'm not gonna be sheepish talking about it. The optimal treatment strategy is controversial and the prognosis is poor. I'm stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! CHEERS!!!"The National Center for Biotechnology Information provides the following synopsis on the condition,The squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach is a very uncommon entity, with worldwide incidence of 0.04% to 0.07% of all gastric cancers, with fewer than 100 cases reported in the literature to date. The pathogenesis of this tumor remains unknown; however, the presence of squamous metaplasia and positive history of smoking is often related to cases of squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach. I've had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I will see you all very soon! I'm gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! If they persist, please go get it checked out. In addition, squamous cell carcinoma of the remnant stomach following gastrectomy is extremely rare and has been described in less than 5 reported cases. Since then, not much has changed, although several theories have been proposed referred to this respect.Loudwire wishes Tom Hunting courage and strength in the battle ahead. 
Source: Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Diagnosed With Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Filed Under: exodusCategories: News I feel that if I can help someone with what I've learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it's a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it's empowering, and you're one step closer to killing it!In spite of the diagnosis, Hunting remained upbeat and optimistic, expressing, "Okay, you've heard the bad news. I'm ready for the fight!"In closing, he said, "We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! The good news is [I] feel great physically! It is more prevalent in the sixth decade of life, and the most common tumor location is in the upper third of the stomach, although 17-year-old patients have also been reported. It occurs mostly in men, and the male to female ratio is 5 to 1.

It’s getting out of hand I think.”Watch the full interview below.Dee Snider and Corey Taylor are two other prominent rockers who have recently expressed their opinions on "cancel culture" as well, with Snider comparing it to censorship, and Taylor urging everyone to stop expecting people to be perfect.Cannibal Corpse's Paul Mazurkiewicz – Wall of Sound31 Scariest Metal Album Covers All Time
Source: Cannibal Corpse’s Paul Mazurkiewicz Calls ‘Cancel Culture’ ‘Ridiculous’
Filed Under: Cannibal Corpse, Paul MazurkiewiczCategories: News "Everybody seems to be offended by everything. They’re not real… They’re artwork and it’s pretty crazy fantasy art for the most part."The drummer assured that the things depicted on their album covers can't even happen, and compared the scenes to that of a horror movie or a book."Then there’s this cancel culture thing, I just heard about that not long ago and I’m like, ‘What’s going on here?’" he continued. Look at our album covers. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: April 13, 2021Chelsea Lauren, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAnother musician has spoken out against the notion of "cancel culture" — Cannibal Corpse's Paul Mazurkiewicz, who thinks it's "ridiculous." The topic came up during a conversation the drummer had with Australian publication Wall of Sound.Considering Cannibal Corpse are known for the violent imagery in their songs and on their album covers, the drummer was questioned as to whether or not he believes "cancel culture" is ridiculous and whether or not it will eventually spell trouble for the band."Yeah of course that’s ridiculous. If it’s not 100 percent PC (politically correct) these days then people have a problem with stuff. "I mean come on, we’re a band. Just like the censorship, that’s always been ridiculous to us," he replied. We’re a fictional horror band.

Chad ChildersPublished: April 13, 2021LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterEvile's Ol Drake is our guest on this week's edition of Gear Factor, and like many musicians, his introduction to heavy music was a game changer.Drake grew up a fan of Metallica's early works and cites "Dyers Eve" as the song that first made him want to pick up the guitar. It’s just fast, all this chaos and fast and then more fast. You can place your pre-orders here (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases). So we thought we really need a riff in here to drop things to then bring things up and I thought, ‘What would Sodom do?’ with their slower riffs and then this riff just came out of nowhere,” he explains."The Thing (1982)" appears on Evile's Hell Unleashed album, which is due April 30. “The fast riff after the intro, it just blew me away and I wanted to understand how you can make that sound on a guitar. Check out the full Gear Factor episode below.Evile's Ol Drake Plays His Favorite Guitar RiffsThe Best Thrash Album of Each Year Since 1983
Source: Evile’s Ol Drake Plays His Favorite Guitar Riffs
Filed Under: EvileCategories: Exclusive At the time I could not play it but that’s the riff that made me sit up and think, ‘Ooh, I want to play that,’” he recalls.From there it was a quick study through Metallica's catalog, taking interest in Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning before falling in love with the sounds the guitar made on the track "Fade to Black."Drake also shares some riffs from a few of his heavier early influences ranging from Annihilator and Sepultura to Cannibal Corpse.As for his own music, Drake shows us the evolution of the first riff he wrote for Evile, which would become "We Who Are About to Die." Other favorite riffs in the catalog include "Origin of Oblivion," "Five Serpents Teeth" and "Infected Nation."Drake also shares his favorite riff from the band's upcoming album, which can be heard on "The Thing (1982)." "The reason for this riff came because we thought it’s just fast.

I’m ready to prove myself to everyone.”Thanks to Rhea Ripley for speaking with us. I would love to main event WrestleMania like Sasha and Bianca did, but if that’s not the end goal for me, then that’s not the end goal. I do get to get a lot of anger out and I do get to show everyone exactly who I am. “They’re someone I’ve got a real itch for to be in the mosh pit again. I’m being me and that’s what so special about it. I think I’ve slowly morphed into Chris [Motionless], which is quite wild.”As for her future, the ‘Nightmare’ isn’t setting specific goals. I don’t do that,” Ripley explains to Loudwire.Unlike artists like Lil Nas X, Rhea Ripley has avoided the backlash of a Satanic Panic thus far, but even if WWE fans mistake her demonic tattoos and devilish social media posts for legitimate evil, Ripley is done worrying about how others perceive her.“I don’t really have a character. “It’s definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders. Graham HartmannPublished: April 13, 2021WWEShare on FacebookShare on TwitterWWE Superstar and Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley does not play a character on TV, but she used to. Instead, the Australian-born Superstar wants to see how far she can make it in the sports entertainment business.“I try not to set too many goals, because once you get to the goal, then you sort of stop. The New Years Day vocalist lent her pipes to “Brutality,” which she just performed live at WrestleMania 37.“Walking down that ramp with Ash and New Years Day… oh my god. “I really want to see Motionless in White again,” she says. I don’t care what you say about me. Not only are they the most humble, amazing people, but they bloody rock.”And now that Ripley has not just seen, but walked down a WrestleMania ramp to one of her favorite bands live, she’s got a desire to see another one of her favorites from the pit. To watch her victorious WrestleMania performance against Asuka, head over to Peacock in the United States or the WWE Network across the globe.The Real Names of Over 50 Rock + Metal Icons
Source: WWE’s Rhea Ripley – I’m Here to Prove That Outsiders Can Love Themselves
Filed Under: Rhea Ripley, wweCategories: Exclusive, News “It’s honestly a dream come true. I just want to fight. You can say that I suck, you can say that I’m ugly, you can say that I’m a man — I just don’t care. Coming out and being able to be me is just so special and perfect."For the better part of her WWE career, Ripley has walked to the ring while Ash Costello’s voice blared through arena speakers. You can see Ripley reign over the Raw Women’s division every Monday night on the USA Network. Absolutely incredible, so wild,” Ripley raves. I’m the side of me that you don’t see in everyday life because I would probably get arrested,” Ripley laughs. Since her WWE debut at the 2017 Mae Young Classic, Ripley has slowly shed the template of who she believed a female WWE Superstar had to be, embracing instead her love of dark imagery, metal and all things supernatural.“I know a lot of people hate [my dark visuals] and they’re gonna call me a Satanist and all that, but at the end of the day I don’t sit at home and hail Satan. I just want to see how far I can get in this business. I’m just here to prove to everyone that they can be themselves and they can love themselves.""I love darkness, I love supernatural, I love metal… I love all of that stuff. I’ve grown up looking at these guys and idolizing these guys. I go out there and I’m me.

And in a fascinating bit of technological nostalgia, they sent the guitar's design to the ESP custom shop in Japan by way of a fax machine.According to Gotta Have Rock and Roll, the memorabilia dealer facility the auction, the "heavily stage played, recording used and signed glow in the dark" instrument has had only one owner since Hammett first relinquished the guitar in 2001. Also comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll Certificate of Authenticity.Kirk Hammett's ESP Ouija Guitargottahaverockandroll.comgottahaverockandroll.comgottahaverockandroll.comgottahaverockandroll.comgottahaverockandroll.comgottahaverockandroll.comgottahaverockandroll.comThe 16 Most Expensive Guitars of All Time
Source: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Is Now Auctioning Off His Custom ESP Ouija Guitar
Filed Under: kirk hammett, MetallicaCategories: News The guitar comes with the original photographs of Hammett presenting the guitar to the current owner, the signed stage used guitar strap and the original touring case. Philip TrappPublished: April 13, 2021Mick Hutson, RedfernsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOne of the most iconic Metallica instruments to appear both on record and in live performance, Kirk Hammett's original, customized ESP Ouija guitar is going up for auction. Hammett used the instrument for much of his work with Metallica in the 1990s.News of the public sale arrived this week, just days after another axe from the Metallica guitarist's past — Hammett's natural wood finish ESP from the band's "One" music video — went for over $100,000 at a separate auction. They include vintage snaps of Hammett signing and dedicating the instrument over 20 years ago.The inscription on the back of the axe, dated June 25, 2001, reads, "This guitar has been one of my main touring and recording guitarist of the '90s. It was around 1990 that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett first approached ESP with the idea of a guitar that made use of graphic elements from Hasbro's classic Ouija mystical board game. They got a Ouija board, and used a combination of a copy machine and a pair of scissors to properly position the art elements on the guitar’s body. This guitar has been used extensively on the albums Load, Reload, Garage Inc., [the self-titled] Black Album and S&M."The idea for the instrument's look came to the musician around 1990, with ESP's designers using paper art to meet Hammett's plan before the age of widespread computer usage or email communication. The guitar was used extensively for the albums: 'Load, 'Reload,' 'Garage Inc.,' 'The Black Album' and 'S&M.' This can be considered one of the most important guitars in the history of metal music. The guitar is in very good condition. The value of this guitar cannot be understated as this is the most important Metallica guitar to ever surface in public auction. This guitar came directly from Kirk Hammett, with photographs of Hammett presenting the guitar to the current owner. Additional photographs of Hammett writing the history of the guitar on the back of the instrument are also included. It's expected to fetch big bucks.Get more info on Hammett's Oujia guitar auction at gottahaverockandroll.com.Kirk Hammett's number one glow in the dark Oujia Board Guitar. The guitar comes with one of Kirk's stage used guitar straps that he signed as well as the original touring guitar case. This very guitar was Hammett's number one instrument throughout the 1990s. He played and used this guitar on stage frequently. Back then, before the age of digital cameras and internet communication, creating a guitar like this took some ingenuity. ESP faxed the result to their ESP Custom Shop in Japan, and the rest is history: the Ouija guitar became one of the most well-known and coveted signature models in ESP history. The Ouija guitar auction starts on April 14.See the auction's description of the guitar that's made to look like a ouija board, plus plenty of detailed photos, down toward the bottom of this post.

LAWS WILL FOLLOW!”This marks the fourth song to arrive from the Fortitude album and continues a string of solid offerings from the band. The only possible revolution is the one that blossoms from within us. Acting accordingly with our deepest wisdom and standing for what is precious and good in this world. Change will come from individuals. Learn more about that here.Other previously released tracks from the band include "Born for One Thing" and "Another World." Pre-orders for the Fortitude album are being taken here.Look for Gojira to hit the road with Deftones later this year in support of their new album. Get a closer listen to the furious and powerful new song in the lyric video for "Into the Storm" at the bottom of this post.Gojira singer-guitarist Joe Duplantier says of the track, “This song is infused with the concept of civil disobedience. Chad ChildersPublished: April 12, 2021Photo by Gabrielle DuplantierShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIt's looking like a big year is coming for Gojira with yet another new song just arriving in advance of their Fortitude album. Dates and details can be found here.Gojira, "Into the Storm"2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: Gojira Drop Defiant New Song ‘Into the Storm’
Filed Under: gojiraCategories: News Laws are meant to be bent and shaped to our vital needs. The record is on track for an April 30 release via Roadrunner Records and "Into the Storm" is now available via stream platforms at this location."Into the Storm" follows on the heels of the recent single "Amazonia," which has been tied to a charity auction benefit that will aid those impacted by the current crisis in the Amazon and the indigenous communities.