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Friday, December 3, 2010

Corey Taylor - X-M@$

Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour has always pushed his craft to new levels. Ever since Slipknot came out, Taylor has reinvented his sound over and over again. While he can scream his flesh out, it is his harmonies that catch your ears attention instantly. Taylor is also one of the only artists in Heavy Music that is in two multi-million-selling bands.

Corey Taylor does not sleep much, because he can never stop creating music. On one of those sleepless nights, he decided to do a solo project that will be released on December 14 via Roadrunner Records. Today we bring you the first single from this upcoming release. The song is called X-M@$ and it is basically Taylor's rendition of a Christmas carol.

So why on earth did Taylor decide to release a Christmas single?

“I wrote this song in my kitchen one winter, listening to people bitch about the holidays. Personally, I love the holidays, but they seem to bring on severe stress in most people. So, I wrote this in honor of crotchety, drunken bastards who don't know the difference between a yuletide and a tool shed. Plus, I think it's funny.”

The track was recorded last month at Metropolis Studios in London when Taylor had some time off from Stone Sour's tour in the UK. The lyrics definitely showcase his sense of humor and he delivers a stick-poking at those who bitch about the holiday season.

However, Taylor’s humor doesn’t stop with the song words, as he drops a sneaky ‘Hi Simon!!’ at the end of the song, as a middle finger to Simon Cowell and his Xmas-hijacking X-Factor squad in the UK. Click to listen to this comical song now!

You can pick up the digital single from all leading digital retailers on December 14. Taylor will be donating proceeds from the song’s sales to Teenage Cancer Trust. Now that's METAL! \m/

Related links:
Corey Taylor - X-M@$
Roadrunner Records
Stone Sour

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hard Rock Grammy nominations

The nominees for the 53rd Grammy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, were announced yesterday. The event will take place on February 13, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While this award show does not represent Heavy Music the way the Golden Gods Awards do, it is still the most important award show in the world when it comes to music. Representing Heavy Music this year we have: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Lamb Of God, Korn and Megadeth.

Here are the nominees for Best Hard Rock Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.):

A Looking In View
Alice In Chains
[Virgin Records]

Let Me Hear You Scream
Ozzy Osbourne
Track from: Scream

Black Rain
Track from: Telephantasm

Between The Lines
Stone Temple Pilots
Track from: Stone Temple Pilots
[Atlantic Records]

New Fang
Them Crooked Vultures
Track from: Them Crooked Vultures

Here are the nominees for Best Metal Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.):

El Dorado
Iron Maiden
Track from: The Final Frontier

Let The Guilt Go
Track from: Korn III: Remember Who You Are
[Roadrunner Records]

In Your Words
Lamb Of God
Track from: Wrath

Sudden Death
[Roadrunner Records]

World Painted Blood
Track from: World Painted Blood
[Columbia Records/American Records]

Related links:
Grammy Awards
Virgin Records
Atlantic Records
Roadrunner Records

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jasmin St. Claire - Confessions of a Sex Symbol (Part 3 - METAL & SEX tips)

Brazilian Metalera Jasmin St. Claire decided it was time to sit down and chat with Horns Up Rocks founder Jo Schuftan, to discuss her career and to celebrate the release of her new book "What Was I Thinking? Confessions of the World's Most Controversial Sex Symbol". The interview took place at the "World Famous" Duff's Brooklyn on Halloween night!

Here is part 3 of this very special interview, in which we discuss Jasmin's view on the state of Heavy Metal in Brazil, her friendship with Lemmy Kilmister and even some sex tips. \m/

We want to thank Jasmin for her awesomeness, as well as Jimmy Duff for the hospitality! Huge props to Damien Mitchell for the pictures and Jay Belou for the video work!

Related links:
Duff's Brooklyn
Metal Darkside
Shadowside Official Site

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Painted In Exile

The first time we experienced the musical power that Painted In Exile represents, it was clear to us that this band based out of Long Island New York, was geared for some head-crushing yet harmonious adventures. What really stands out about Painted In Exile is the energy and unpredictable musical passages that they take the listener on. One minute they are playing some furious Death Metal with very fast parts, the next minute they go into a Jazz interlude. And while all this has been done before, what really sets Painted In Exile apart, is the precision that vocalist Rob Richards possesses when he lays down his lyrics.

Additionally, the band features some very talented professional musicians which understand each musical part and never deliver a wrong note. The Murphy brothers, James on guitar and William on keyboards, combined with guitarist Marc Lambert, drummer Eddie DeCesare and new bass player Connor Larkin, take the listener into a musical joyride. Every part this musicians write, blends in perfectly with Rob's vocals, creating an spectacular potpourri of divine chaos. While Painted In Exile might be hard to understand at first, once you carefully listen to their EP titled "Revitalized", you will find yourself spinning in it over and over again.

While the band works on their full length album, which might be produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Madball, Shadows Fall, The Red Chord), here is their brand new video for their song "Revitalized". The video makes justice to the talent that makes Painted In Exile stand out from today's flood of mediocre bands. So prepare your ears and eyes to be Painted In Exile! \m/

Related links:
Painted In Exile on MySpace
Painted In Exile on Facebook
Painted in Exile Merch

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

AMON AMARTH: NEW album title

The monarchs of Swedish Death Metal Amon Amarth, just announced the title of their forthcoming album. The album will be released in the Spring of 2011, and it will be the eighth studio album. With Amon Amarth's fame of releasing head crushing albums, their is no doubt that their new album will is one of the most anticipated albums of 2011. So what is the album called? "Surtur Rising".

"Surtur Rising" is the follow-up to their punishing 2008 release, "Twilight Of The Thunder God". An album that Revolver Magazine listed as number 7 on their Top 20 albums of 2008. Metal Sucks defined this album as: "a bottomless gauntlet of riffs that the band endlessly takes gargantuan swigs from, sounding both lush and emotive as well as skull crushingly heavy… every goddamn one is a chest-beating anthem." The famous Time Out New York noted that "Amon Amarth plays some of the most unabashedly epic metal you’re likely to find these days." Make sure to stay tuned to Metal Blade Records for more details on Surtur Rising.

Amon Amarth is:
Johan Hegg: Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen: Guitar
Johan Söderberg: Guitar
Ted Lundström: Bass
Fredrik Andersson: Drums

Related links:
Amon Amarth on MySpace
Amon Amarth's Official Site
Amon Amarth on Facebook
Follow Amon Amarth on Twitter
Metal Blade Records

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Moshing Potatoes: Rock with your Cook out

What do Lita Ford, Max Cavalera (Soulfly & Cavalera Conspiracy), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andrew W.K., Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) and Johnny Kelly (Type O -) have in common? Yes, they are all part of famous Heavy Music bands. But we bet you had no idea that they know some pretty killer food recipes. How do we know? Well, they are all featured on a brand new book called "Mosh Potatoes" by Steve Seabury.

One thing that we all have in common, no matter where we come from or what music we like, is that we all love food. Specially during the holidays. Take Thanksgiving for example, the entire holiday is centered around eating a vast amount of food with our loved ones. Or how about when you go to a concert or to a sporting event? Part of the experience is to get a $10 hot dog and to pretend that its the best hot dog ever!

With "Mosh Potatoes", Steve Seabury is taking his career as a headbanger to another level, and not only did he write a kick-ass recipe book, but he also added a twist of his biggest passions: Food, Beer, and Heavy Music! Remember: Life without food, would be just as bad as life without Heavy "kick you in the face" Music! \m/

Here are some selected quotes from some of the artists involved in Steve Seabury's "Mosh Potatoes":

"Keep a copy of Mosh Potatoes in your kitchen and your guitar case to make sure your culinary desires are well tended to both at home and on the road" -Dave Ellefson (MEGADETH)

"Mosh Potatoes is the book to get your pit on, the BBQ pit! Killing in the kitchen!" -Bobby Blitz (OVERKILL)

"Mosh Potatoes is damn hot that Satan himself would get out of the kitchen!" -Morgan Lander (KITTIE)

Related links:
Moshed Potatoes

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Murderdolls: Tour Cancellation

Here is a statement just released by Murderdolls via Roadrunner Records:

“Due to an unforeseeable family emergency Murderdolls have been forced to cancel the upcoming Violent Night, Deadly Night tour. These decisions are never easy to make and we did everything we could to keep from having to cancel, but this was unavoidable. We’ll do our best to make up the dates in 2011. For those who bought tickets, refunds are available from point of purchase. Sorry ghoul scouts but we’ll see you all soon!” -Murderdolls

Related links:
Roadrunner Records

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)