To Self-Destruct during the pandemic, though Lars Ulrich has admitted that the progress has been quite slow. “These are the craziest of times and nothing is letting up. Metallica have been taking advantage of the opportunity to play televised performances, and they are set to play the Late Show With Stephen Colbert next week.The CBS performance will start at 11:35pm ET on Wednesday, March 3. This televised appearance comes just a few weeks after the metal legends played the Super Bowl edition of the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which took place on Saturday, Feb. They became the first act to claim the Top 5 spots on the Vinyl Album Sales chart, and then five of their albums creeped into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 following a set of Walmart reissues.Hopefully, Metallica will be cracking the charts with new material soon, as they've done a bit of writing for the follow-up to Hardwired… There’s a little bit of movement [in that direction], but it’s hard to do a lot when we’re not together," he told Classic Rock.15 Celebrities With Rock + Metal Band Tattoos
Source: Metallica to Play the ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’
Filed Under: MetallicaCategories: News 6.Shortly after the performance aired, Metallica claimed feats on two different Billboard charts. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: February 26, 2021Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterNo concerts, no problem.

I was like a little puppet that he would play with, I feel he used me, 100 percent, he didn't care about me."She also elaborated on how he treated others around her, adding, "He was giving alcohol and drugs to underage girls and touching them, all the signs were there. Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate Manson."Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality," Manson wrote in response shared on his Instagram page with the comments disabled. This man is a predator and he is so smug."Since Allaine went public with her allegations, she claims that she's been flooded with abuse on social media and had all of her accounts hacked. 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).If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, resources are available for help. He's terrorized us enough."Bianca previously told The Sun that the singer's personality was like "Jekyll and Hyde" —he would be sweet with her some days and insult her on other days.She added, "We were often never alone on the tour bus, and his fetish back then was to watch people have sex with me or do things to me. "My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. A lot of times I didn't want to have sex with these guys, but he was like 'Please, please, I really need it, I need to see it. He's evil."The abuse accusations have been adding up since actress Evan Rachel Wood revealed Marilyn Manson as her abuser in early February. Allaine adds that she went on to have a sexual relationship with the musician when she was 19-years-old.According to Allaine, she was contacted by another of Manson's accusers who had already spoken to the FBI and was asked to share her story."I'm going to tell the FBI everything I know. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth."It was reported last week that Los Angeles detectives were meeting with one of Manson's alleged victims to investigate the claims further.If you or someone you know is facing abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website. He would masturbate and if he didn't finish he'd want to have sex with me afterwards, he would bite me so hard. Chad ChildersPublished: February 26, 2021Charley Gallay, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAnother accuser has come forth with abuse claims against Marilyn Manson, as actress Bianca Allaine has told The Sun that she's set to meet with the FBI this week to share her history with the musician.Allaine previously told The Sun that the musician forcefully kissed her when she was just 16 and claims that he used to fondle her underage friends, as well. I said one day, 'I can't take this anymore,' so I contacted the emergency tip line. Marilyn Manson might be scary, but Brian Warner is the most terrifying person I've ever met in my life. "They are taking this very, very seriously which they should. She says she intends to hand over her journals to the FBI along with video tape of her speaking with her friends about Manson in 1999.She concluded, "I don't sleep, and when I do sleep I have nightmares, nobody wants this kind of attention, but I'm telling the truth. I just hope they don't let us down," said Allaine. Visit the RAINN website (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) or dial 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).12 Rock + Metal Artists Who Had Other Careers Before Music
Source: New Marilyn Manson Accuser to Speak With FBI About Abuse Claims, She Says
Filed Under: Marilyn MansonCategories: News Not long after Wood's initial claim and other women also citing stories of abuse concerning Manson, California State Senator Susan Rubio submitted a formal request to the U.S.

Joe DiVitaPublished: February 26, 2021Chris Rörland & Hannes Van DahlShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSwedish power metal battalion Sabaton are back with a stunning video for "Livgardet," their first new song since the release of 2019's The Great War album. View the lyrics directly below, which have been presented in Swedish and English (via Google Translate — translation may contain inaccuracies).Look for the English version of the song to be released April 9.Sabaton, "Livgardet" LyricsSmitt av eld och dalablodFrusen mark och hjältemodI en tid av krig de stodAnor från blott 16 manRikets äldsta stridsförbandEn tidAv KrigVart vägen än bärAtt beskydda, gardet svärFör konung och rike de viger sitt livKnä om knä livgardet gårKämpat för landsfader vårHängiven tjänst i 500 årFrån tåget över BältStred vid Lund, på Narvas fältDe följa uti hjältars spårOavsett vem kronan bärTill sin konung trohet svärI en tid, av fred, de bestårTraditioner i från förrVaktar ännu maktens dörrI fridOch i stridVart vägen än gårRunt vår konung gardet stårFör land och för rike de offrar sitt livFör Sverige i tidenDit konungen gårDe gör vad som synes omöjligt, vad än framtiden spårVart vägen än bärAtt beskydda, gardet svärFör konung och rike de viger sitt livÄrat livgardet stårGrundat av landsfader vårHängiven tjänst i 500 årFrån tåget över BältStred vid Lund, på Narvas fältDe följa uti hjältars spårSabaton, "Livgardet" Lyrics — English Translation (Via Google Translate)Infected by fire and Dala bloodFrozen ground and heroismIn a time of war they stoodDescended from only 16 menThe kingdom's oldest military unitA timeOf WarWherever the road leadsTo protect, the guard swearsFor king and kingdom they dedicate their livesKnee to knee the lifeguard goesFought for our country fatherDedicated service for 500 yearsFrom the train across the BeltStruggle at Lund, on Narva's fieldThey follow in the footsteps of heroesRegardless of who wears the crownTo his king fidelity swearsIn a time, of peace, they existTraditions from the pastStill guarding the door of powerIn peaceAnd in battleWherever the road goesAround our king guard standsFor country and for kingdom they sacrifice their livesfor Sweden in timeWhere the king goesThey do what seems impossible, whatever the future holdsWherever the road leadsTo protect, the guard swearsFor king and kingdom they dedicate their livesThe honor guard standsFounded by our country fatherDedicated service for 500 yearsFrom the train across the BeltStruggle at Lund, on Narva's fieldThey follow in the footsteps of heroesSabaton, "Livgardet" Music VideoTop 25 Power Metal Albums of All Time  
Source: Hear Sabaton’s New Swedish-Sung Song ‘Livgardet’ (With English Translation)
Filed Under: SabatonCategories: News We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy."Watch the "Livgardet" music video in all its splendor toward the bottom of the page. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa.""For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today," Sundström added, furthering the education of Sabaton fans worldwide.He added, "We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. It's sung entirely in Swedish and is a tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Swedish Royal Guard — Livgardet.It's fitting that Sabaton follow-up The Great War with a song commemorating a historic anniversary as that last record was made to honor 100 years since the start of World War I. Here, they shed their more typical power metal assault in favor of a bombastic five-minutes that are, of course epic, but set to a militaristic drum beat with a rigid, chanting-like vocal cadence.As for the video, seen below, Sabaton played the part and donned military uniforms that served as a nod to the half-millennium old era."Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland," said bassist Pär Sundström.Using this opportunity to serve up a history lesson, the bassist continued, "Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up.

Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: February 26, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterWe've seen a lot of collaborations in rock and metal lately, mainly due to the fact that everyone has been working remotely and relying on technology to make new music. It was always a conversation. He felt that the song "Little Wonder" was "written for" Kerr. Architects' new album For Those That Wish to Exist has several special guests on it, and frontman Sam Carter told Loudwire Nights how the collaborations came to fruition.Among the guest appearances on the album are Parkway Drive's Winston McCall, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr and Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil. We lived on opposite sides of the road, and we're best mates. So they've always been great," he said."That was always gonna happen one way or another like I'd be on theirs or he'd be on ours. "He absolutely smashed it," Carter added of the collaboration.And finally, Neil's appearance on the song "Goliath" was simply a result of Architects' being fans of Biffy Clyro. Carter went into detail about his relationship with each of the artists and why he felt they had a place on For Those That Wish to Exist.As for McCall, Carter described Architects and Parkway Drive as having a longstanding relationship dating back to the early 2000s. "And then two bands have come out of there, which is pretty cool. "We've just been massive fans of Biffy since we were kids, growing up there was such an influence on us and on our band," Carter enthused.For Those That Wish to Exist is out today on Epitaph — get it here now. To hear more about the album and any prospective tour plans, listen to the full interview above.17 Stacked Rock + Metal Concert Lineups You Wish You Got to See
Source: Architects’ Sam Carter Explains Collaborations on New Album
Filed Under: architects, Biffy Clyro, parkway drive, Sam CarterCategories: Exclusive, News "They've always looked after us and been very kind to us. I'm so glad that that happened."The Architects frontman grew up in a small village in the U.K., and he established a friendship with Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher. They took us to Australia for the first time and put us on in front of thousands of people out there. So for us doing well and them doing well, it's really cool," Carter said.As Royal Blood's career started, Carter became acquainted with Kerr through Thatcher, and they bonded very quickly.

The world has changed. Singer M. We have pretty much 70 percent of the record done."The pandemic has put certain aspects of recording on standstill, however. Shadows: 70 Percent of New Avenged Sevenfold Album Is Done
Filed Under: Avenged Sevenfold, m. shadowsCategories: News military veterans, they partnered with a motorcycle for a sweepstakes prize pack that includes a VIP trip to a show and a lot more.Avenged Sevenfold's M. Citing the quick turnover in excitement around new recordings, the group wants to ensure they're maximizing their opportunity, especially when three years of time have been poured into the recordings.Speaking with Minneapolis, Minnesota's 93X radio station (audio below), Shadows said of the highly-anticipated eighth studio effort (transcription via Blabbermouth), "We're working on stuff. So there's just a lot of things going on."Reiterating how critical touring is to the new record, Shadows urged, "It doesn't make sense for us right now to put out a record and not be able to tour it. He took part in a multi-guest version of "Linewleum" by NOFX, which was a new version of their classic song "Linoleum," made as a tribute to so many artists who have covered the song since it was released on 1994's Punk in Drublic.Avenged Sevenfold also have an enticing offer for fans once concerts make their return. Putting out a record on Spotify without touring for a rock band, it just doesn't make sense to us. The singer relayed, "We have some things we can't finish right now because of COVID — string players, et cetera. Shadows on 93XRadioThe 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century
Source: M. So we're going to wait till everything is back, then we'll come out with the record, finish it up, and all will be good."Fans did get a taste of something new from Shadows earlier this year, just not with Avenged. We know Andy [Wallace, longtime Avenged Sevenfold mixer] doesn't wanna travel, or his management doesn't want him to travel because of COVID. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 26, 2021Kevin RC Wilson, LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterAvenged Sevenfold have already said that they won't release their next album while the pandemic still has a grip on the world, but the work on the successor to 2016's The Stage has continued. Shadows now estimates that 70 percent of the new record is complete.Late last year, the Avenged Sevenfold frontman stressed the importance of releasing new music while also having the ability to support it on tour. As part of an initiative the helps build homes for U.S.

"And I can't wait to tell you what cover song we chose for this record. And all the other little things that go on the record — the ear candy, the background vocals, the keyboards and percussion stuff — is also going down as we speak," Mustaine said on Gimme Metal's Dave Mustaine Show (as heard below).The singer added that bassist David Ellefson just recently sent him over another lyric that he needs to complete and turn into a song."I'm pretty stoked," he continued. I've been giving you guys hints for a while. Dave Mustaine officially started recording his vocals earlier this month, and now he's given another update that they're almost done. The frontman also revealed that there will be a cover song featured on the finished product."Lyrics, all done. However, the band doesn't have a timeline just yet, as they are debating whether or not to hold its release until they are able to tour.Megadeth New Album Update – "The Dave Mustaine Show"25 Legendary Metal Albums With No Weak Songs
Source: Dave Mustaine Reveals New Megadeth Album Will Feature a Cover Song
Filed Under: dave mustaine, MegadethCategories: News I think you'll get it. I'll tell you soon. But I haven't really let anybody know."If you have any ideas, let us know. Singing, almost all done. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: February 25, 2021Kevin Winter, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMegadeth's new album is really underway. Guitar solos, in the process. Listen to the full episode below.The working title for the record is The Sick, The Dying And The Dead, according to a Q+A the frontman did in early January, though he admitted they often change it around a few times before settling on one.

Crowley," and also played on "Bark at the Moon," "Iron Man," "N.I.B.," and yes, finally "Paranoid" to conclude the night (according to Morello Reveals the Time He and Slash Almost Got Blown Up at an Ozzy Osbourne Concert (SiriusXM's Howard Stern Show)50 Best Hard Rock + Metal Live Acts
Source: Tom Morello + Slash Almost Got Blown Up at an Ozzy Osbourne Show
Filed Under: Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, tom morelloCategories: News So we got our guitars on and he finished 'Iron Man' and Slash and I walk out there and Ozzy goes, 'The next song's called 'Mama I'm Coming Home.'"According to Morello, he and Slash quickly retreated realizing they weren't supposed to be onstage yet and found a spot at the back of the stage to wait until it was time. Chad ChildersPublished: February 25, 2021Bryan Bedder / Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIt's not uncommon for the occasional mishap to occur when guests are invited into a set, but guitar greats Tom Morello and Slash found themselves unknowingly in danger of serious bodily harm while joining Ozzy Osbourne at his 2015 Voodoo Music Experience headline set.Morello relayed the story to SiriusXM host Howard Stern as seen in the video below. He's apoplectic and I can't hear him because it's super loud and we're like 'What?' He must have been afraid or had been scolded that you can't come across the stage for any reason, but he's trying to convey what's really a very important message to us. and we're all coming out to play 'Paranoid' at the end for the big finale. This show in particular was an "Ozzy and Friends" set, with the legendary Black Sabbath vocalist also welcoming Geezer Butler as the other big name during the Halloween performance.The Rage Against the Machine guitarist starts laying the groundwork for the events to come stating, "It's me and Slash and we're playing in New Orleans with Ozzy … But the story doesn't end there.As Morello tells it to Stern, "There's a crew guy gesticulating wildly. He plays 'Iron Man' and then it says 'Mama I'm Coming Home' on the setlist and then 'Paranoid.' And the crew says, 'He never plays 'Mama I'm Coming Home' so after 'Iron Man' get ready to go out there and rock 'Paranoid.' Got it. He first appeared during the second song of the night, "Mr. So finally, he can't stand it and he runs over and says, 'You're sitting on the pyro.'"Though that evening may be memorable for the near catastrophe, Morello did have some highlights that will stick with him.

Do you think you’re in the baddest band in town?’ I thought, ‘I’m definitely not,’ so I cut my strings," he relayed. Certainly, this was before his band went on to pen the iconic line, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me."Eventually, there came a time in his life where he felt comfortable letting his strings hang out. Why do you always have your strings sticking out? Joe DiVitaPublished: February 25, 2021Taylor Hill, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMany of life's biggest questions remain unanswered: What's the meaning of life? Why does Tom Morello never cut the strings off the headstocks on his guitars? How are the Giza pyramids so precise in measurement? "Years later, when I was in Rage Against the Machine, I was in the baddest band in town and so I let my strings go," he beamed.That baddest band in town also a candidate for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2021 having received their nomination earlier this year.Top 66 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All Time 
Source: We Finally Know Why Tom Morello Never Cuts His Guitar Strings
Filed Under: rage against the machine, tom morelloCategories: News At long last, we have the answer to that last question, straight from the man himself.The answer came as part of the Rage Against the Machine axeman's appearance on The Howard Stern Show where the the legendary radio personality secured an answer to a longstanding question, as has been his knack throughout his decades on the air.The short and long answer to it all basically boils down to the fact that those loose ends of strings just look really cool. I feel like it’s an accident," asked Stern (transcription via Guitar World) after engaging Morello in conversation about his pre-Rage Against the Machine group Electric Sheep.The guitarist clarified that the move was "no accident" and that he "didn't cut the strings because I thought it looked cool."Other musicians in the area had a different opinion though and weren't bashful about expressing their thoughts directly with Morello."I was shamed by a musician friend. The dilemma for Morello, however, was that the coolness had to be earned.“By the way, why do you not cut your strings? He said, ‘Who do you think you are?

“I’m crying, but I’m not sad, so much. With the COVID-19 pandemic halting the live events industry across the globe, Nile used her free time to take part in Australia’s largest social experiment.“It was like a ton of bricks just hit me,” Nile reflects on pulling up to the wedding. Graham HartmannPublished: February 25, 2021NineShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMake Them Suffer keyboardist and vocalist Booka Nile is one of the brides featured on the newest season of Australia’s Married at First Sight. “This is the most extreme blind date I’ve ever been on,” Nile said as she read her marriage vows. Though the marriages aren’t legally binding, each couple goes through a wedding ceremony before immediately moving in together. “I know that we are strangers to each other right now, but it had been a comfort to be to know that, at least, we have one thing in common… and that is that you and I are both crazy enough to marry a total stranger.”Married at First Sight Australia Season 8 Episode 2Booka Nile has been a member of Make Them Suffer since 2017, performing on the Australian metalcore band’s World’s Apart and How to Survive a Funeral albums.Nile even posted some solid metalhead humor to Instagram once her wedding episode aired. I just feel really overwhelmed. The metalcore musician tied the knot with electrician and psychology student Brett Helling, with sparks flying at the couple’s televised ceremony.Married at First Sight is one of Australia’s most watched TV shows. “Brett, I can’t wait to start my future with you and I can only hope that you will be able to open your heart up to me as much as I’m going open up this f******* pit.”If you’re in Australia or you have a VPN, you can watch Married at First Sight Australia on demand here.32 Rockers Who've Appeared in TV Shows
Source: Make Them Suffer’s Booka Nile Gets Hitched on ‘Married at First Sight’ Australia
Filed Under: Make Them SufferCategories: News It’s been a long time since I’ve been in love, so I hope what we’re doing today is going to bond us for life.”Nile and Helling seemed to have instant chemistry once they finally met.

24 announcement, Beavis and Butt-Head appear to be teleconferencing with each other via Zoom, the online communications platform that's become ubiquitous in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's also yet to be announced when the show's expected two-season TV revival on Comedy Central — the series' second comeback after a separate 2011 return — will air.Beavis and Butt-Head was staple viewing for music fans back during its original run on MTV from 1993 to 1997, thanks to its basis in the title character's comical skewering of the music videos that also aired on the channel. That's in addition to the previously announced Beavis and Butt-Head TV reboot first revealed last year.The iconic characters themselves revealed the news in a short clip shared online this week. Philip TrappPublished: February 25, 2021MTVShare on FacebookShare on TwitterBeavis and Butt-Head is coming back in more ways than one. Rather than go the theater route for the new flick, however, the sequel will be released on Paramount+, the studio's upcoming streaming service soon to take over for CBS All Access.Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.In the Feb. A new movie from the titular animated headbangers created and voiced by Mike Judge is on the way. It's then shown that the two are actually sharing the same familiar couch — the duo's favored music-critiquing spot that originated in the show's '90s MTV run."So like, eh…we're making a movie," Butt-Head says in the clip."And it's gonna be on Paramount+ — kick-ass," Beavis adds."You said mount," Butt-Head snickers.As of this posting, a release date has yet to be confirmed for the new Beavis and Butt-Head movie. The film will be a follow-up to Paramount Pictures' Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996). 24, 202132 Rockers Who've Appeared in TV Shows
Source: Watch: Beavis and Butt-Head Announce They’re Making Another Movie
Categories: News The soundtrack to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America featured rock favorites such as AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and White Zombie. Another music collection related to the show, 1993's The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, included songs by Anthrax, Megadeth, Nirvana and more.An Announcement From Beavis and Butt-Head – Feb.

favorite.The 40 Best Cover Songs of 2020
Source: Watch Rick Astley Rock Out to Slipknot’s ‘Duality’
Filed Under: SlipknotCategories: News After a lengthy layoff from recording, Astley returned with new music in 2001 and has recorded sporadically ever since.Despite being known for his pop hits, the singer has shown his love for harder music over the years. The clip also finds Astley sporting sunglasses and playing against a desert-themed backdrop. Yes, that's a trench coated Astley rocking guitar along to Slipknot's "Duality."Since launching his TikTok account in 2020, Astley has delivered a number of wonderfully bizarre clips playing along to well-known pop, rock and alternative songs, but to kick off 2021 in early January, the "Never Gonna Give You Up" singer and RickRoll king brought the heavy by rocking along to Slipknot's Vol. He's performed a live mashup with Foo Fighters and covered their music in the past and he's also added a pretty killer cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" into shows as well.Astley's TikTok account has gotten off to an entertaining start with the singer aping along to songs from Foo Fighters, MGMT, The Strokes and Pet Shop Boys and actually covering an R.E.M. But it was his breakout song "Never Gonna Give You Up" that has stood the test of time and kept Astley in the spotlight as social media grew and "Rickrolling" – the act of teasing a video online only to replace it with Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" clip – became a popular prank. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) classic. Watch and enjoy.The deep-voiced red-headed vocalist ruled the pop world in the late '80s and early '90s with hits from four studio albums. Chad ChildersPublished: February 24, 2021TikTok: RickAstleyOfficial / YouTube: SlipknotShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIt's never too late for a delayed Christmas present and thanks to Rick Astley's TikTok account, we've got the video you never knew you needed to see.

It is simply supposed to be a cool metal album cover to pair with what we hope people will think is a cool metal album.Evil and Divine drops May 14 on Frontiers Music SRL and pre-orders can be placed here.Sunbomb, "No Tomorrows"Sunbomb, Evil and Divine Album Art + Track Listing01. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, have just announced their debut album, Evil and Divine, in tandem with the release of the fiery first single, "No Tomorrows."Although the primary inspiration for the band's sound is rooted in doom influences, "No Tomorrows" is a hard-charging, classic heavy metal track. When I heard the first vocal completed I was blown away by Michael’s voice," said Guns. "Evil And Divine"07. Hey, Black Sabbath wrote some fast songs, too, not just slow-churning riff-monsters, so it more than fits in with the ethos and Sweet really tests his upper register."Sunbomb was an idea, then an experiment. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 24, 2021Frontiers Music SRLShare on FacebookShare on TwitterForgot the threat of solar flares wiping out worldwide communications because Sunbomb, the new doom band formed by Stryper singer Michael Sweet and L.A. "They Fought"”The
Source: Listen: Stryper Singer + L.A. It is also known as a solar cross or wheel cross. In the modern day, it has been linked with white supremacist views and neo-Nazi affiliates, which the band denounced outright while elaborating on their intent, also noting Tracii Guns is of the Jewish faith.The album cover represents an explosion within the sun, a take on the band name Sunbomb, obviously. On our cover, it is engulfed in flames, again, a take on our name, "Sunbomb". Not to mention, Tracii is Jewish and Michael's Christian beliefs are more than well documented, so we hope that everyone understands that neither of them in any way condone white supremacy and any interpretations that they are would be ludicrous. "Been Said And Done"08. Within the sun is a "sun cross" engulfed by flames. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! I think fans will love this album and although it’s reminiscent of some of the greatest metal bands of the past, it also has a fresh spin to it. Guns Guitarist Form Doom Band Sunbomb
Filed Under: l.a. "No Tomorrows"05. guns, michael sweet, stryper, Tracii GunsCategories: News "Life"02. "Better End"04. "Story Of The Blind"10. "Born To Win"06. Nobody, and we mean nobody, involved in the process of creating and conceptualizing the artwork was thinking about anything remotely associated with white supremacy or any other hate groups who have co-opted symbols for their disgusting purposes. It symbolizes life and the four seasons associated with it. We hit it off right away and we obviously share the same love for metal," added Sweet."Traci sent me a song and I loved the vibe and then he eventually asked me to sing on the entire album," the singer elaborated. "Stronger Than Before"09. "It’s an exciting album!""Hard to believe that I met Tracii for the first time just a few years ago. This was the concept of the album cover, not a flaming iron cross. "What I love about it is it’s definitely different not only for me, but for Tracii as well. "World Gone Wrong"11. I’m honored to be a part of it."Listen to "No Tomorrows" toward the bottom of the page, where you'll also find the Evil and Divine artwork and track listing.Regarding the Evil and Divine album cover, Loudwire reached out to the band for clarification as the "sun cross" symbol depicted has held various meanings throughout thousands of years of human history. "Take Me Away"03.

Help us reach the target so we can distribute to other artists facing their own legal challenges.If you are unable to donate – thank you for your support. Please keep checking back in and sharing updates!“It’s just another excuse for all sorts of opportunists, pettifoggers, bullies to harass me under the banner of Catholic dogma,” Nergal said in a new video. And here, an artist is being convicted within a few days for what? It sounds absurd and I can assure you, it is.Many Polish artists, including myself, have been dragged into court rooms, at our own significant costs, to defend ourselves against nonsensical blasphemy laws made by tenuous Politicans. The Ordo Blasfemia fund will aid with defense fees and court costs for those who have “offended religious feelings” as outlined in Paragraph 196 of the Polish Criminal Code.Nergal’s most recent run-in with Polish blasphemy law came in 2021 for a photo of the musician stepping on an image of the Virgin Mary, which he posted to social media. And so it is.”25 Legendary Extreme Metal Albums With No Weak Songs
Source: Behemoth’s Nergal Launches Defense Fund for Polish Artists Charged With Blasphemy
Filed Under: Behemoth, nergalCategories: News It is absurd. Previously, Nergal was brought to the Supreme Court of Poland for ripping up a Bible onstage.The GoFundMe page for Nergal’s Ordo Blasfemia Fund reads:My name is Nergal and I am an artist from Poland. Their intent is to censor anyone who does not conform to the archaic religious laws of our country. Graham HartmannPublished: February 24, 2021Theo Wargo, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterBehemoth frontman Nergal has launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist Polish artists, including himself, who have been charged with blasphemy in their home country. It makes Polish justice look like a fuckin’ joke. Posting a photo on social media? “But what does the situation tell about the [judicial] system in Poland? Many cases of pedophilia crimes among clergy are being secretly wiped up and the predators hardly ever face the law. For over a decade I have been confronted with numerous attempts to permanently destroy my career on the basis that I have harmed 'religious feelings'. The time has come for Polish artists to fight back – join us in the Ordo Blasfemia.Your donation will help fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions.

The clip can be seen below and you can pick up their self-titled collection on March 26 via BMG. This would be a great track for us to stretch out live for some guitar improvisation between the two of us."The two musicians also shot an eye-catching black and white video for the song, performing against the backdrops of mountainous desert and rocky seashore environs near their respective home studios in Los Angeles and London. Chad ChildersPublished: February 24, 2021BMGShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIron Maiden's Adrian Smith and The Winery Dogs' Richie Kotzen have provided one of the more intriguing pairings of 2021, and the two musicians, who have a collaborative record en route, have just released their second single "Scars."The track is a bluesy gem, starting off with a moody and downtrodden vibe accentuated by Smith's weathered vocal and some blistering guitar playing. There is something moody and mysterious going on in this track that I find quite engaging. Orders are being taken here.Smith / Kotzen, "Scars"2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums
Source: Adrian Smith + Richie Kotzen Unleash Bluesy Jam ‘Scars’

At the same time, the rhythms are unrelenting and savage, demonstrating the brutality of which the band was capable. We wanted to make a very big sounding record and I think even to this day it's a record with a very unique flavor.”Influenced more by British Hammer horror films and romantic poetry than pagan rituals and church burnings, Cradle of Filth were a new kind of band, though their anti-religious agenda and stage attire caused many to lump them in with groups like Emperor, Immortal and Mayhem. in 2008. “It ended up being a very underground record, but we weren't actually trying to do that. While the band recorded with producer, Robert “Mags” Magoolagan, who had previously worked with majestic doom bands including My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost, Magoolagan was unable to capture the huge sounds that frontman Dani “Filth” Davey was envisioning.“We were aiming for a really moody, dramatic vibe that had become synonymous with the British metal scene, but at the same time we wanted the ferocity of the European scene,” Filth told Kerrang! Jon WiederhornPublished: February 24, 2021Cacophonous RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterYears before they played orchestral, convoluted gothic / black metal and titillated rebellious fans with slogans like “Jesus is a C–t,” Cradle of Filth were a novel, literate death metal band that played straightforward chainsaw riffs and relied on classical-influenced keyboard passages to provide atmosphere, not drive the songs. Contributing to Cradle’s iconoclastic flavor are Filth’s lyrics, which stray from the primitive ranting of many Nordic bands and exhibit the singer’s penchant for flowing poetry. Nick Barker’s drumming is precise and slamming and the dual guitar work of Paul Ryan and Paul Allender is fierce and menacing.While both departed the band before the release of 1996’s Dusk and Her Embrace, Allender returned for 2000’s Midian and remained with Cradle of Filth until 2014. The group’s first album, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, which came out Feb. At present, Filth is the only original member from the lineup for The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, though considering how many lineup changes the band has undergone and how many musicians have left and returned, there’s no pact that would prevent another musician who played on the album from returning.To some black metal fans, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh is the only Cradle of Filth album worth listening to, but for those who were willing to roll with Filth’s flamboyant presentation and penchant for experimentation there would be many more eclectic and gothic delights to come.Loudwire contributor Jon Wiederhorn is the author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends, co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, as well as the co-author of Scott Ian’s autobiography, I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, and Al Jourgensen’s autobiography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen and the Agnostic Front book My Riot! 24, 1994, is raw and simple, but not icy or nature-influenced enough to qualify as genuine black metal.That doesn’t mean it’s not a visceral or innovative. That shall not be attributed to her names.”The lyrics, along with the keyboards that fill the intros and accompany the buzzsaw guitar riffs, lend a gothic flavor to the album that Cradle of Filth built upon for subsequent releases. At the same time, compared to the handful of death metal demos that preceded it, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh is a leap further into the black.The album was written through much of 1993 and tracked from September to November at Academy Music Studio in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England. Grit, Guts and Glory.See Dani Filth in 14 Rock + Metal Musicians With Insane Vocal RangesBest Death Metal Album of Each Year Since 1985
Source: 27 Years Ago: Cradle of Filth Make Their Debut With ‘The Principle of Evil Made Flesh’
Filed Under: cradle of filthCategories: Anniversaries, Longform, News In fact, the scarcity of tremolo riffs, sepulchral shrieks and perpetual blast beats makes it a more enticing debut than many albums by Nordic bands the underground was fawning after. In the title track, he shrieks, “The Liliot suckle on her fruitful breasts, and yield the swords that sever and stain / There will be no act or passion wrought.

He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well," commented bassist Alex Webster."He's a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he's been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be," Webster continued."Beyond that, he's one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well," he further reflected, adding, "That's really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who's great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them."Violence Unimagined drops on April 16 as mentioned earlier on Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy here.NSFW: Cannibal Corpse, "Inhumane Harvest" Music VideoBest Death Metal Album of Each Year Since 1985
Source: Cannibal Corpse’s NSFW ‘Inhumane Harvest’ Video Is a Gore Fest
Filed Under: Cannibal CorpseCategories: News The first single, "Inhumane Harvest," was released earlier this year and the band has now followed it up with a particularly gory music video that is, expectedly, not safe for work."Inhumane Harvest," a song about the highly illegal crime of organ harvesting and trafficking, already painted a vivid picture with the lyrics alone, but the video makes it all exponentially horrifying."'Inhumane Harvest' takes a look inside one of organized crime's more sinister activities: the human organ trade. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 24, 2021Alex MorganShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOn April 16, Cannibal Corpse will unfurl Violence Unimagined, the 15th album in a towering catalog of uncompromising death metal. In 2018, the Hate Eternal axeman and longtime Cannibal Corpse producer stepped into the live guitarist role in place of Pat O'Brien, who has been absent from the band following a bizarre arrest and ensuing legal troubles."I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. Desperate buyers will pay a high price for a much-needed organ transplant to either save themselves or a loved one from certain death, which makes for a lucrative business in underground crime rings," offered guitarist Rob Barrett.Watch the new music video toward the bottom of the page.All the bloodshed and carnage is typical of Cannibal Corpse, but one new element in play here is the addition of guitarist Erik Rutan within the band's full time lineup.

We all look to music for some sort of release and the hypnotizing rhythms and delicate, heavenly lead passages are guaranteed to stir a number of emotions within any fan of heavy music.Of the playthrough, Stringer said,The song itself is pretty straightforward to play, but relies on a lot of heavy bending to get the hypnotic nature of the chorus/ending breakdown just right. They'll look to bring that momentum into 2021 as work continues on what will become Spiritbox's first full length album.Follow Spiritbox on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify. Get a copy of "Constance" here.Rig Rundown— Balaguer Custom 7 string “Growler”— Fishman Fluence Modern pickups— Played live with the Neural DSP “Archetype: Plini” plug-in for clean tones, and the Neural DSP “Archetype: Gojira” plug-in for heavy tonesSpiritbox, "Constance" Guitar PlaythroughThe 66 Best Metal Songs of 2020 
Source: Watch: Spiritbox, ‘Constance’ Guitar Playthrough
Filed Under: SpiritboxCategories: News This whole ending is intended to be a sonic representation of what it must feel like for someone with dementia, as their memories fade.Late last year, Spiritbox fans shared their reaction videos to the "Constance" music video, which brings the lyrical themes to the visual forefront, and openly wept while watching the heart-wrenching scenes play out.Coupled with the breakout song "Holy Roller," last year proved to be a banner year for the band, despite their touring plans being cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Constance"’s subject matter is very emotional and personal. The song is in drop F#, but at the end we de-tune down to F for the “breakdown ” portion of the song. Because of this, I wanted to add as many ethereal elements as possible which is why we have 4-5 layers of ambient guitars going throughout most of the song. Even though it’s a “simple” song, I still have to concentrate pretty heavily to ensure I’m not falling flat on those bends, or messing up the clean parts which if played wrong, are very unforgiving. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 24, 2021Rise RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSpiritbox hit everyone right in the feels with the emotional music video for their song "Constance," which deals with the difficulties of watching a loved one endure various stages of dementia. The theme is one that is relatable for so many and, perhaps playing the song yourself on guitar can offer some form of catharsis, which is why we've partnered with Spiritbox to debut the guitar playthrough of the popular "Constance."In the video below, the look on guitarist Mike Stringer's face says everything about the emotional weight of the Spiritbox track.

Joe DiVitaPublished: February 24, 2021WIlson Lee PhotographyShare on FacebookShare on TwitterDrummer Vinny Appice has enjoyed a historic career, pounding the skins alongside Ronnie James Dio in and out of Black Sabbath. Before linking up with Sabbath as Bill Ward's replacement for the Mob Rules album, however, he had turned down an offer to join Ozzy Osbourne's solo band in 1980.After his ouster from the ranks of Black Sabbath in 1979, Sharon Osbourne (then Sharon Arden) prioritized reviving Ozzy's career as a solo artist and helped assemble the initial lineup that went on to record the Blizzard of Ozz debut.Although Uriah Heep's Lee Kerslake was ultimately selected as Ozzy's drummer, it was Appice who had previously been offered an audition for the vacant role."Before the Sabbath thing I got a call from Sharon Osbourne saying she is putting a new band together for Ozzy and they wanted me to fly to England and hang out with Ozzy and see how we would get along and possibly be in the band," Appice said in an interview with The Metal Voice (video below)."I thought I would ask my brother Carmine about Ozzy and I decided not to do it," he elaborated, "So I actually turned that gig down and then about two months later I get a call from Sabbath saying they are in town looking for a drummer. We only had four days of rehearsal before the next show."Appice's first show with Black Sabbath was at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, where he had hand-written notes to help guide him through the songs in the set, which he was still in the process of learning.He later recorded Mob Rules with the group before he and Ronnie James Dio both exited the lineup and went on to release several albums with the Dio band.Vinny Appice Speaks With The Metal VoiceEvery Ozzfest Lineup, Ranked 
Source: Vinny Appice Declined Audition for First Ozzy Osbourne Lineup
Filed Under: Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, vinny appiceCategories: News That was the premise. That is when I met Ronnie, Geezer Butler and Geoff Nicholls who was the keyboardist and the first song we ever played was ‘Neon Knights’ 'cause I heard it on the radio a couple of weeks before."Offering his thoughts on Dio's abilities, the drummer went on, "I thought, 'Wow that new singer for Sabbath sounds great,' 'cause at the time I didn't really follow Dio. Bill Ward left the tour and they heard about me and would you like to come down and meet Tony Iommi at the hotel in L.A., so I said yeah."Appice had previously recorded an album with the band Axis, which Iommi had in hand when the two met and remarked that he liked the drum sound on it."Tony liked the album and we got along great," continued Appice. "Tony then invited me to rehearse the next day with Black Sabbath. The rehearsal went really well so they asked me to join the band until Bill comes back.

Philip TrappPublished: February 24, 2021Matthew Baker, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterKorn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch would have dreams he'd returned to the Jonathan Davis-fronted rockers while he was out of the band from 2005 to 2012. "The last two years in Korn, I was totally blissed out of my mind — either drunk or, for sure, on methamphetamines. Meanwhile, Korn are throwing around ideas for their follow-up to 2019's The Nothing.The Top 50 Korn Songs
Source: Brian ‘Head’ Welch Would Dream About Being Back in Korn After He Left the Band
Filed Under: Brian Head Welch, KornCategories: News In real life, I wasn't, but my subconscious was. I would wake up and have an emotional feeling about that. I was missing them. I just focused on my daughter and stayed away from MTV and the media; I didn't want to know what they were doing."He continued, "But when I went to sleep, 80 percent of my nights I would dream about being back onstage with those guys. Love and Death's latest album, Perfectly Preserved, arrived this month. "When I used to have downtime in Korn, that was when the addiction and the depression would hit me, so when I left, there was a period of time where I was loving life. That was awesome."These days, Welch gets the best of both worlds, continuing with Korn while using Love and Death as an additional outlet. and I got one more chance to play with them. So from this blurry memory to being clear as a bell, I was tripping. For about seven years, I dreamed about those guys!"That dream became reality at 2012's Carolina Rebellion festival in Rockingham, N.C., where, in an unplanned guest spot, Welch would join Korn onstage to play "Blind." After that heartwarming reconciliation, the guitarist was confirmed to be an official Korn member again later that year."When I jumped up onstage [at Carolina Rebellion], it was like an instant connection, but yet it felt so foreign," the guitarist explained. Like, 'Whoa, this is surreal!' It was really exciting. According to the guitarist, however, the impulse only emerged while he slept."When I was awake, I was OK because I was so addicted to my new life and my new adventure," Welch recently remembered to Metal Hammer. That's despite the fact that the musician had decided to leave Korn to help curb his drug addiction and better explore his faith.But even though Welch got clean and began issuing solo material under his own name, eventually forming the still active metal band Love and Death, he couldn't escape an innate desire to reunite with Korn. I thought it was just the closing of the book, we all forgave each other.

We slept on floors, in vans, planes and some how managed to tour the world. Love and will always miss you mate."A cause of death hasn't been revealed. Several other tributes have come in from other artists as well, such as the Amity Affliction and singer Ahren Stringer. See the posts below.Kennedy played bass on I Killed the Prom Queen's first two albums, 2003's When Goodbye Means Forever… and 2006's Music for the Recently Deceased. He was also the bassist for Deez Nuts since 2014.25 Best Metalcore Albums of All Time
Source: Former I Killed the Prom Queen Bassist Sean Kennedy Dead at 35
Filed Under: I Killed The Prom QueenCategories: News I wish I could say goodbye. The news came from several musicians' posts on social media, including former I Killed the Prom Queen vocalist Michael Crafter."For years we stood side by side on stage or in band photos. Time went way to fast," Crafter wrote on Instagram. Lauryn SchaffnerPublished: February 24, 2021Andrew Benge, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSean Kennedy, former bassist of Australian metalcore outfit I Killed the Prom Queen and Deez Nuts, has died at the age of 35. "We experienced highs and lows on the road and after all we went through, you will always be my friend. As the years passed us by I’m glad we’ve always been there for each other.""When I called you last week I didn’t think it would be the last.

So you know, it’s just time for me as an adult to kind of move on.” [via Metal Injection]Firstborne, which also features former Megadeth / Black Label Society bassist James LoMenzo, released a video for “Sacred Lights” in late 2020, while also putting out a thrashy cover of a Journey classic. Because before it was like frown-town all the time. And we did in Lamb of God for a very long time, but it got bogged down in everything else and what we’re supposed to do and who we supposedly are. “I always want to have fun doing this. Source: Chris Adler Says He Left Lamb of God Because It Was ‘Toxic’
Filed Under: chris adler, Lamb of GodCategories: News Everything. Like what the hell is going on here, we don’t know what the hell is going on, hopefully everybody beats the shit out of each other and we just get a check. “Now [discovering Myrone’s music] didn’t necessarily start us off into a process of making music together. And I’ve got to be a better father, husband, person than what this is dragging me into."Adler goes on to talk about “fun” being his first priority as a musician, with Lamb of God no longer fulfilling that need. Graham HartmannPublished: February 23, 2021Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterFormer Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has offered an explanation for his departure from the extremely successful band. There’s not much left to talk about. “We’ve spent 26 years in a bus, a train, a plane. I’m leaving this ’cause… it’s just toxic. While speaking to the MetalSucks Quarantinecast, Adler claims he left because he felt the group was “toxic,” calling it “frown-town all the time.”Adler spent a huge part of his life in Lamb of God, becoming one of modern metal’s most celebrated drummers. We’ve explored our friendships to the fullest,” Adler says.He continues by comparing his relationship with new Firstborne bandmate Hugh Myrone to the guys in LoG. I love this idea about stretching it out.”“There’s a lot of hate [from fans] like, ‘Oh my god, you left Lamb of God for this, what the fuck is this?’ It’s like, ‘Uhh… fun?’ Like… I’m just living my life with a smile. Shortly after that was kind of my departure from Lamb where it’s like, well I’m not leaving this ’cause I don’t want to play music and I’m not leaving this ’cause I don’t want to play the kind of music Lamb is playing. Everywhere.

"Epiphany"05. "Narcissist"07. "Aurora"11. "Drift"10. "Purity"09. Pre-order the album, out May 21 on Napalm Records, here.Vexed, "Hideous" LyricsAll I see is hideousWe’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing usThere’s evil right before your eyes but you’re obliviousBut all I see is hideousDisguised as victims but they feed off the deliriousCalculated subtle choices it’s insidiousYou might have them fooled but not meA wolf in sheep's clothing is all that I seeSo keep crying and whining go howl to the moon'Cos one day you’ll be left alone to lick your own woundsYou can’t pull the wool over my eyesYour disguise is a failed attempt of looking elegant but to me you know all I see is…HideousWe’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing usThere’s evil right before your eyes but you’re obliviousBut all I see is hideousDisguised as victims but they feed of the deliriousCalculated subtle choices it’s insidious.Am I the only person here who isn’t falling for your tears?No amount of nudity can hide the ugliness beneathAll I see is hideousWe’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing usThere’s evil right before your eyes but you’re obliviousBut all I see is hideousDisguised as victims but they feed of the deliriousCalculated subtle choices it’s insidiousSit, lie down, roll over if you please but all of your tricks little or big they don’t impress meI’m the only one who’s got you all figured outYou and your fucking big mouthAm I the only person here who isn’t falling for your tears?No amount of nudity can hide the ugliness beneathAll I see is hideousWe’re so accustomed to the pain can’t see it’s killing usThere’s evil right before your eyes but you’re obliviousBut all I see is hideousDisguised as victims but they feed of the deliriousCalculated subtle choices it’s insidiousVexed, "Hideous" Music VideoVexed, Culling CultureNapalm Records01. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 23, 2021Andy FordShare on FacebookShare on TwitterVexed, the up-and-coming alt-metal band from the U.K., have just dropped a Grindhouse-styled music video for the floor-punching new song "Hideous," off the newly announced Culling Culture debut album.Anger and disgust may be the most relatable human emotion on the Earth right now, which Vexed bottled, distilled and consumed undiluted at casket strength potency on "Hideous." There's a brilliant tradeoff in the way this four-piece structured their pounding grooves and serrated vocal assaults, with subtle shades of nu-metal influences."It gives us great satisfaction to share with you our Grindhouse inspired music video for our debut single, 'Hideous'," said the band. "Fake"04. "Weaponise"08. Alt-Metal Brutalizers Vexed Are Sick of This World on New Song ‘Hideous’
Categories: News "Ignorant"02. "Misery"06. "Hideous"03. "Fueled by the feeling of ‘seeing red’ and having to decide how to react in moments of betrayal and rage, do you let your blood boil over or sit and wait for the killing instinct to pass?"Watch the video and read the lyrics for "Hideous" toward the bottom of the page, where you'll also find the album art and track listing for Culling Culture. "Lazarus"2021's Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums 
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This is a dream come true for me, don’t #@!# wake me up.”Mustaine will also join the Gibson Artist Alliance, a forum which includes legendary musicians, innovative movers and shakers and new talent sharing in thought leadership, research & development, mentorship of the next generation of players, as well as philanthropic endeavors.“It’s an honor to welcome icon, pioneer and visionary musician Dave Mustaine to the Gibson family as our brand ambassador”, said Cesar Gueikian of Gibson Brands. "I was playing in Panic, the band I was in before Metallica, and I wanted so badly to have a legitimate Gibson guitar but it was out of my price range."Within the video, it's revealed that Mustaine's own input played into the design of what's to come with the acoustic featuring a rare 24 frets and wider bracing that came about as a challenge to Gibson. I can’t wait for the world to get their hands on the new Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer Dave Mustaine Collection guitars. “Dave is one of the most influential metal icons and riff lords of all time, having paved the way for multiple generations of players to carry the flag for hard rock and heavy metal, from riff writers to shredders and everyone in between. The new Dave Mustaine Collection will span acoustic and electric guitars across Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer.“One of first albums I ever bought was Kiss Alive. I saw passion, respect for the instruments, a focus on quality and a company that is led by guitar players. I think anybody with a right mind would be able to tell cause I play V's and Explorer shaped guitars," said Mustaine in the clip, revealing his long held desire to work with Gibson. On the back of that LP was the Gibson logo, followed by ‘Kiss uses Gibson Guitars because they want the best.' Period,” said Mustaine in a statement. Chad ChildersPublished: February 23, 2021Gibson / Photo by Mcabe GreggShare on FacebookShare on TwitterMegadeth frontman and guitar great Dave Mustaine will be rocking Gibson guitars when you see him returning to the stage. I feel I am finally at home with Gibson and I am proud of what we’re building together. “Years later, I’m still that same fan, but now I’ve been playing, touring, writing and performing around the world myself, and I can say that I could not agree more with that statement."He continued, "As I was looking for a change in my guitars, I met with Cesar [Guekian] and got his perspective on the vision and direction Gibson is taking. There had recently been speculation that Mustaine was moving on from Dean Guitars and his partnership with Gibson was revealed in a new video seen below."Nobody really knows how much I grew up secretly coveting Gibson products. Working with Dave is especially gratifying because he is a guitar nerd like me, who gets involved in every aspect of the development of the concepts and ideas we have been designing with him at the Gibson Lab."Dave Mustaine Joins Gibson Guitars Family66 Best Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All-Time
Source: Dave Mustaine Confirms Partnership With Gibson Guitars
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Chad ChildersPublished: February 23, 2021LoudwireShare on FacebookShare on TwitterOne of the great things with Loudwire's Gear Factor is when artists go a little deeper in showing you how a song was constructed. Korpiklaani's Jonne Jarvela does exactly that, showcasing two songs from the recently released Jylhä album.First up is the song "Miero," a track that needed some beefing up with some metal intros. But hearing it now, you might not realize it started on acoustic guitar. "I think it is one of the best riffs of the new album," says the singer-songwriter.He also breaks out another key song on the album titled "Tuuleton," once again showing the contrast of the singular acoustic instrumentation against the fully realized metal backdrop.As with most of our Gear Factor episodes, we also dig into Jonne's early days picking up the instrument. Jarvela breaks out his acoustic to show you the fingering patterns while letting his studio console provide you the full fledged metal version you hear on the album. Heavy riffs appealed to him at an early age while growing up in the '80s, with Jarvela breaking off bits of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and AC/DC's "Live Wire" as the first things he attempted to learn.Watch the episode in full below and be sure to pick up Korpiklaani's Jylhä album, currently available here (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases).Korpiklaani's Jonne Jarvela Plays His Favorite Guitar RiffsThe Best Metal Album From 40 Subgenres
Source: Korpiklaani’s Jonne Jarvela Plays His Favorite Guitar Riffs
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"Bones" is featured on the band's 2020 album Guardians, which is currently available here (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases). Chad ChildersPublished: February 23, 2021YouTube: NCIS: LA / PYMCA/Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterThere have been stories of the U.S. That's what recently happened with CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles utilizing an August Burns Red song as a means for kidnappers to taunt their captives.The song "Bones" was used in a recent episode in which Sam Hanna's (LL Cool J) daughter gets abducted off the streets and is subjected to the heaviness of the chaotic track as punishment for talking to another captive.Hilariously, the song seems to have little effect on the detainees while one of the torturers is seen heading outside for a smoke admitting, "This music is getting to me." It's also pretty comical that the usage of said music automatically engages flashing strobe lights as if they were readily installed in the darkened prison-like environs where the two kids are being held. You can hear the song in full below.In real life, stories have surfaced about the CIA using Red Hot Chili Peppers music being used on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Metallica and Demon Hunter being among the acts chosen for prisoner interrogations and Skinny Puppy invoicing the government after hearing their music was being used for alleged torture practices.August Burns Red, "Bones"49 Rock + Metal Artists Pose With Their Pets
Source: August Burns Red’s ‘Bones’ Used as Torture Device on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’
Filed Under: August Burns RedCategories: News military using heavier music as a torture device during interrogations over the years, so it should be no surprise when Hollywood lifts a page from the playbook. You can see the scene play out in the video below.August Burns Red Music Featured in NCIS: Los Angeles SceneAugust Burns Red took it all in stride with guitarist JB Brubaker, who wrote the music for the song, responding on Twitter, "Just watched an episode of NCIS: LA where my band’s music is used to blast the ears of prisoners as a means of auditory torture, so yeah, feeling pretty good about myself right now."Brubaker created the music while Brett Rambler gave the song its lyrics.

Philip TrappPublished: February 23, 2021Michael Ochs Archive / Koh Hasebe / Fin Costello (Getty)Share on FacebookShare on TwitterRock and metal greatness can come at any age. A new act might make a splash in their early teens, or a more mature entertainer could hone their craft for years before capturing something that broadly connects.Did you know that Silverchair recorded their debut album when each of its members was just 14 years old? Or that Dave Mustaine was nearing 30 when Megadeth unleashed Rust in Peace?As the saying goes, you're only as old as you feel. Below, take a look at how old 15 different artists and bands were around the time of their most impactful achievements. Whether a musician is just starting their artistic journey or has traveled the path for a while, an influential song or album could be just around the corner.With that said, do you know how old your favorite rockers were when they recorded their most notable works?Because, as one might surmise, the age range of artists who've made rock masterpieces can really run the gamut. It might have you running to pick up your guitar or a microphone, as opposed to just running out the clock.What Age Rockers Were When They Made Their Masterpieces
Source: How Old 15 Different Rockers + Bands Were When They Made Their Masterpieces
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Chad ChildersPublished: February 23, 2021Larry Busacca / YouTube: Matthew kiichichaos Heafy / Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterTrivium vocalist Matt Heafy has become the king of online covers, frequently taking on a wide variety of material both on his YouTube and Twitch channels, but his latest cover is absolutely bonkers. And while the initial version was heavier than what we get here, Heafy hasn't completely ditched the metal stylings. The singer takes his own band's "The Heart From Your Hate" and throws in a dash of My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade," but does it all in the style of Michael Buble … Camera inserts into the video show his blistering guitar playing as he croons the tune over a bouncier Buble-esque backing.But if that wasn't weird enough, Heafy then breaks briefly from his own song to throw in the "we'll carry on" line from My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade" before seamlessly segueing back into his own track, never breaking from the Buble styling.Have a look in the player below and be sure to check out more of Heafy's covers via his YouTube and Twitch accounts.My Chemical Bromance / Trivium X Michael BubleThe 40 Best Cover Songs of 2020
Source: Matt Heafy Mashes Up Trivium + My Chemical Romance in the Style of Michael Buble
Filed Under: Matt Heafy, my chemical romance, triviumCategories: News if he were a metal artist, of course.With a somewhat quizzical look and nicking My Chemical Romance's logo but renaming it "My Chemical Bromance," Heafy teased the song via his Twitter account, leading fans to his YouTube page."The Heart From Your Hate" initially appeared on Trivium's 2017 album, The Sin and the Sentence.

Then there’s the triumphant Painkiller that came in the wake of the experimental and synth-laden Turbo and Ram it Down. “A lot of the lyrics I write for Priest come from this streak that I have inside of me, which has always been one of determination and overcoming the odds.”Eulogy“So it goes forever more, ever steady to the core”The only real knock here is maybe Angel of Retribution doesn’t have the firestorm sequencing of the hallowed classics Screaming for Vengeance or Painkiller, but, again, it’s not as if Priest needed to forge an entirely new sound and direction.What was needed was exactly what Priest built with these 10 tracks, which was a categorical overview of the entirety of the Judas Priest sound — Scott Travis’ double-kick fed drums, twin guitar leads, mid-tempo rock belters, the poignant ballad or two and the unmistakable voice and range of the self-proclaimed Metal God.That fresh, inspired and bold direction hinted at on the closer “Lochness” came next on the conceptual double album, the divisive Nostradamus. At the least, it’s an intriguing song in context of the immense, hundred-plus song Judas Priest catalog.Lyrically, Halford’s battle-tested themes were the sticking point on this marvelous return to form and gone were feeble-worded worries and painfully bad puns about the cyber age (“Don’t access the site / Or beware his megabyte” from Demolition’s “Cyberface”).Angel of Retribution also saw the return of fabled priest characters — the Sentinel, the Painkiller — as well as references to past albums and titles — “Ram it Down,” Stained Class — of which Halford commented, “Priest built a foundation of unique characters that represent us. You can build bridges with music and this song did that.”The singer even stated in his Confess autobiography that his split with Priest was due to an overwhelming miscommunication and he never truly wanted to be apart from the group to begin with, so returning to front the metal legends was certainly a desirable outcome.As high profile of a reunion as this was, it actually came together rather unceremoniously behind the scenes with that pending Ozzfest offer from Sharon Osbourne helping to spur things into action.Time for Retribution“If you think it’s over, better think again / There’ll be no compromise”With the Metal God seated once more at the throne of Judas Priest, the band began working with producer Roy Z, a familiar of the singer’s who had produced his aforementioned pair of solo records. 28, 2005, Angel of Retribution arrived adorned with the chromium-plated metal monster fans saw tearing through the sky 15 years earlier on the cover of Painkiller. And, well, there’s a reason we’re talking about a reunion, right?Besides, Priest had spent the entirety of the first Halford era keeping pace with advances in heavy music and the occasional slip away from it (ehemm… those guitar synths) — this was a chance to cement the Judas Priest legacy in their self-defined, time-honored sound and step foot back on the same trail they had spent almost 20 years blazing together already.Fin Costello, Redferns/Getty Images“It was pretty easy with Rob in the same room,” guitarist K.K. Whether that’s how the band views it is a different matter altogether, but, ultimately, it’s the fans who assign value to the music.It’s fair to say that debt has been readily collected by decades of Priest fans. Downing told The Aquarian in 2005 after the album’s release. “The fact that a good idea lingers as it did for over two decades before we got around to make it,” is what Halford said stands out about the song the most today. Knowing where to go next is instinctive for us.”Tim Mosenfelder, Getty ImagesJudas Is Rising“Forged out of flame, from chaos to destiny”Metal, in its authentic state, felt very much alive by 2005, especially when considering the fallout of ’80s greats in the ’90s. Change is something we seek on every album, be it be blunt or subtle. For the most ardent of headbangers, “Demonizer,” “Judas Rising” and “Hellrider” were nods to Priest at their most full-throttled, while the more rock-steady “Revolution” and “Wheels of Fire” leaned in a slightly commercial, arena-built direction with the former garnering plenty of radio airplay.And, yes, there was even room for something a bit new — the winding, 13-minute opus “Lochness.” Here, Priest tip their hat to fellow Birmingham mates Black Sabbath with a doom-laden, cinematic tribute to the enigmatic creature of the deep, the mythic Lochness Monster. And, 16 years later, that metal monster continues to swell in size as Judas Priest continue writing what will be their 19th studio album and the successor to 2018’s Firepower.See What 28 Rock + Metal Stars Look Like in 'The Simpsons' Episodes 
Source: 16 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release Reunion Album ‘Angel of Retribution’
Filed Under: Judas Priest, rob halfordCategories: Anniversaries, News It’s a polarizing effort and one that was poorly received around the album’s release, but has fared a bit better with age. Beyond the walls of distortion (felt considerably on the roaring “Demonizer”), this production value benefitted the softer end of the spectrum, too, on the ballad “Angel” and parts of the contemplative “Worth Fighting For.” Rather than dating these songs as products of decades gone by, the delicate guitar tones are presented with such of-the-moment clarity that they can’t simply be branded as obvious ’70s throwbacks.A sort of greatest hits approach in regards to style, Priest used variety to pay homage to some of their most regarded works. “Once we began writing, the theme took on a life of its own and became as big as the metal monster itself.”If you’re reuniting for the fans’ sake, or at least in part, there’s an inherent debt to pay, which is to please fans of any era of Judas Priest (okay, maybe less so regarding the Ripper era). Those feelings live inside you and you utilize them when you return to the studio. Pretty much everything you do with Rob’s voice on there sounded like Judas Priest, so that made it a lot easier, as opposed to Ripper singing and, ‘Oh it’s good, but are people going to accept it?’ or whatever.”Hellriders“Here they come, these gods of steel”Angel of Retribution boasts a booming modern production, which easily distinguished the reunion as something bona-fide and forward-thinking. The irony there is that the song was actually about 20 years in the making. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 23, 2021Epic RecordsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterIn so many ways, Judas Priest’s career has been defined by comeback moments. The opportunities to find new directions within that world are endless. But the biggest challenge of all was mounting the metal summit once more after a long-awaited reunion with frontman Rob Halford was marked by Priest’s first album with the Metal God since 1990, Angel of Retribution.Released on Feb. The past can move you forward.”Not only do these redemptive themes align with tried-and-true Priest, but they also relay Halford’s own experiences since first exiting Priest — pursuing a career built off his name alone and later coming out as a gay man on MTV in 1998.“You see the overriding stories of optimism and the overriding stories of defeating anything that stands in your way, that prevents you from achieving your goals or your dreams,” the singer told NPR in a 2005 interview. With Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Halford’s replacement, the long-running metal group forged a different sound across the Jugulator and Demolition albums — one that veered far from their recognizable hallmarks and appeared to cater, in part, to the groove trend dominating metal at the time. “Everything he sang sounded like everybody wanted it to sound like — like Halford’s voice. Nu-metal was fading out of style and the metalcore explosion of ’04 signaled a fresh and exciting direction without all that made-for-MTV hullabaloo.Halford, after a wayward career outside of Judas Priest that included his groove metal band Fight and his ill-fated attempt at industrial with 2wo, had reclaimed his identity as the Metal God on two ripping, unwavering heavy metal solo albums — 2000’s aptly-named Resurrection and the daringly heavy Crucible from 2002, sandwiched by Live Insurrection where he also belted vintage Priest classics with renewed power.From the outside fan perspective, it’s difficult not to see lyrics such as “I walked alone into a fight / No longer standing in Satanic light / I tried to look too far ahead / And saw the road go to my past instead” from “Resurrection” as anything but tolling the reunion bell.Halford, though, has a more holistic mindset when looking back on that song specifically, telling Loudwire, “It’s a declaration of my love and commitment to metal. This instantly established the reunion album as a natural successor to where Halford and the band had last left off while the digitized render also asserted the notion that Priest’s vision was equally entrenched in the modern day.After all, they had just finished up a run on Ozzfest prior to the album’s release and were armed with a new generation of fans who might not be so easily convinced by a band imitating past glories. This is the band that followed up their 1980 breakthrough, British Steel, with the lackluster Point of Entry, from which they rebounded on the defiant Screaming for Vengeance. Of that experience, the Metal God told Loudwire, “We always take the energy and reaction from the set as something of a focus to remind us about the journey we are on. He had also worked with Bruce Dickinson and played on his two solo albums that were released prior to him rejoining Maiden in ’99, a coincidence with little significance but a peculiar one nonetheless.The inherent pressure here is defining what a reunited Judas Priest sounds like in 2005.

Philip TrappPublished: February 23, 2021Instagram: @nikkisixxpixxShare on FacebookShare on TwitterNikki Sixx's youngest daughter, Ruby, is only 19 months old. "It seems my daughter somehow loves RocknRoll."Ruby, Sixx's first child with his wife, Courtney Bingham, was born in July 2019. That's evident in a video Sixx recently shared of Ruby rocking out as fellow musician friend John 5 provides the live dancing soundtrack.In the clip, which appears to come from a recording studio, the Rob Zombie and John 5 and the Creatures guitarist performs a strummy acoustic part while an off-camera Sixx cheers his daughter. And the prime glam metal act, which recently reunited, is ready to take the concert stage by storm once again. Ruby, taken with the music, does the type of cute dance moves emblematic of a kid.It's the type of video that could lift any rock fan's (or parent's) spirits. And, for his part, the Motley Crue member seemed satisfied that his baby girl is already showing enthusiasm for rock music."Rocking out with @john5official tonight in California," Sixx said of the clip posted on his official Instagram page, @nikkisixxpixx, last week. Crue's much-hyped Stadium Tour, initially planned for 2020, is still scheduled to kick off its postponed dates starting this summer.Meanwhile, Sixx frequents Instagram and keeps an eye on the goings-on in the rock and metal world. His most recent social media post gives props to Casey Bishop, the teen girl singer who belted Motley Crue's "Live Wire" a cappella for her American Idol audition on Sunday.Motley Crue: A Timeline of Their Storied Career
Source: Watch: John 5 Plays Guitar for Nikki Sixx’s Dancing Toddler Daughter Ruby
Filed Under: John 5, Motley Crue, nikki sixxCategories: News The rocker also has four older kids — Frankie-Jean (20), Decker (25), Storm (26) and Gunner (30) — from two previous marriages.Sixx formed Motley Crue 40 years ago. But the little girl already has some of her Motley Crue bassist father's rhythmic spirit.

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Source: Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ in the Style of Rammstein Is Wunderbar
Filed Under: Metallica, RammsteinCategories: News Even so, this would likely dupe some casual industrial fans into thinking that was an honest to goodness Rammstein original.Watch the video below and subscribe to Denis Pauna's YouTube channel here.Last year, Rammstein were forced to postpone their North American stadium tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe DiVitaPublished: February 23, 2021Simone Cecchetti/Corbis via Getty Images / Jeff Yeager/Michael Ochs Archives, Getty ImagesShare on FacebookShare on TwitterRemember when we showed you what it would sound like if Type O Negative covered Metallica's "Master of Puppets?" Well, Denis Pauna, the YouTuber behind that masterful creation, is back with another Metallica makeover, having transformed the iconic "Enter Sandman" into a Rammstein-styled song. He did confess to using the ever-trusty (not really — it tends to be horribly inaccurate) Google Translate utility though.Whatever percentage of the translated lyrics are actually genuine, it doesn't really matter since this entire concept is more about showcasing hypotheticals and just kicking back for the sake of sheer entertainment. At least from our viewpoint.Pauna also noted that he co-opted Rammstein's earlier sound as portrayed on their 1995 debut, Herzeleid, which explains the overwhelmingly rigid riffing structure and minimalist synth accents. Those dates currently have been rebooked for the fall of this year. And it is wunderbar!We don't know what's more surprising about this version — that it sounds like an authentic Rammstein vocals thanks to those spot on vocals or that Pauna, a non-German speaker, managed to sing the entire song in Rammstein's native tongue.