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Friday, August 31, 2012

VISION OF DISORDER Record The Best Album Of Their Career Thanks To Their Musical Maturity!

In times in which music has become somewhat predictable, generic and stale, it is very important for artists to be able to take their time developing their musical craft while moving forward with their art form. There is of course a lot of pressure for any band today, since lets face it the music industry is on a very fragile plateau and as a result bands don't "break" as quickly as they used to. Nowadays artists need to release high quality material otherwise they will get eaten up by their competitors and dissed by their fans. If there is a very positive outcome from the era of digital music its that artists must strive for quality over quantity.

This is something that VISION OF DISORDER fully understands and this is why they took their time with the overall process for their NEW album 'The Cursed Remain Cursed' (set to be released on September 18th via Candlelight Records). Following a hiatus that proved to be extremely positive for the entire band, the VOD boys reunited to perform live so they could taste the water once again and to see the reaction of their loyal fans. As we all know, hiatuses can kill an artists relevance real fast. Thankfully, vocalist Tim Williams made it a point to stay involved within the scene through his band BLOODSIMPLE and by participating at the "Roadrunner United" concert in New York City. Once VOD returned to the stage, the band members all agreed in continuing their musical legacy but this time around they would do it on their own terms so they wouldn't get burned out again.

The turning point for VOD and what helped to make 'The Cursed Remain Cursed' an instant classic, was when Tim Williams decided to clean his act up and focus on his family. As we all know, once an artist kicks away old habits they usually get a second air of inspiration. This is exactly what happened and as a result Tim Williams was able to focus on his lyrical content, his vocal projection, and balancing out his famous scream with his great singing voice.

But hey, he wasn't the only that one that matured as an artist. The rest of the band - Matt Baumbach, Mike Kennedy, Mike Fleischmann, Brendon Cohen - did their musical homework and wrote the best songs they have ever written. You may disagree with this statement since VOD have a lot of great songs in their catalog. And you can disagree all you want, that is completely fine. But we are pretty sure that when you listen to the 'Cursed Remain Cursed' you will be mind blown by a band who many have counted out but thanks to their loyal fans and the bands devotion for good music, VISION OF FU&*ING DISORDER have reinvented the steel! We predict and hope that a lot of bands "borrow" musical ideas from VOD once again and step their game up. Then we are pretty sure the quality over quantity statement (see above) will help the fragile plateau become stronger than all!


- 9/14/2012 The Underworld - London, UK
- 9/15/2012 Mojo Live - Manchester, UK
- 9/29/2012 Club Reverb - Reading, PA @ East Coast Tsunami Fest w/ Biohazard, Cro-Mags, One Life Crew, Madball, D.R.I., Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front
- 10/19/2012 Club Revolution - Long Island, NY
- 11/24/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY w/ Primitive Weapons, Yuppicide

Related links:
Vision Of Disorder on Facebook
VOD on MySpace

Eddie Van Halen Spent 3 Weeks In A Hospital Due To Diverticulitis (A Digestive Disease)

As previously reported, Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within four - six months. The long hospital stay of 3 weeks was required because surgery to remove the infected intestine resulted in another infection when Van Halen popped a few stitches.

VAN HALEN's scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.

Diverticulosis happens when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful. (Source: WebMD). We wish Eddie a speedy recovery!

Stay tuned for more VAN HALEN news!

Related links:
VAN HALEN's Official Site

EXXXOTICA (The Largest Event Dedicated To Love & Sex) Will Invade New Jersey This November!


The largest, most well-regarded consumer adult event in the country!


The New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ


11/10 – PERFORMANCE BY New Jersey’s Naughty By Nature!


11/9 – 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM - Friday ONLY – GA: $35/VIP: $70 –
11/9 – 3 Day VIP Super Pass (Online Only) Performance by Naughty By Nature - $181.90
11/10 – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Saturday ONLY - GA: $35/VIP: $70
11/11 – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Sunday ONLY: GA: $35/VIP: $70

VIP ticketing includes:

- VIP Lounge: hotties, music, stripper poles, couches and more
- After Parties: VIP ticket gets you into all of the EXXXOTICA sponsored after parties for absolutely FREE!
- Free T-Shirt: Along with all of the exclusive access, you will get a 2012 EXXXOTICA T-Shirt! Sizes S-XL (first come, first served)
- Free DVD’s


- 100’s of exhibitors
- Hottest stars
- Most Innovative Products
- Dungeons
- After parties
- Fresh and exciting educational seminars along with live entertainment!

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"Liquid Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary Weekend" Is Taking Place Right Now!

This year, the great folks over at Metal Blade Records are celebrating their 30th anniversary, marking 1982 as the official beginning with the release of the first Metal Massacre compilation. In a fitting tribute, writer Dan Slessor (Kerrang, Outburn, Alternative Press) has penned a NEW company history, which includes quotes, anecdotes, and praise from members of Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and more. The NEW history can be read in its entirety HERE!

Right now, our friend over at Siriux XM Liquid Metal are hosting the "Liquid Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary Weekend". The massive radio party features song premieres from SATAN'S WRATH, DOWNFALL OF GAIA, OVER YOUR THRESHOLD, ABIOTIC and a cover from BATTLECROSS! Additionally, Brian Slagel (CEO & Founder Of Metal Blade Records) will be talking about the legacy of the label and much more!

Tune in now!

Related links:
Official Site Of Metal Blade Records
Metal Blade TV
Metal Blade Records On Facebook
Follow Metal Blade Records On Twitter

DETHKLOK Premiere NEW Song "I Ejaculate Fire"!

As previously reported, DETHKLOK will return this fall with 'Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III', the highly-anticipated follow up album that fans of the animated band have been begging for. The stars of the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse will unleash 12 brand NEW tracks that are more brutal than ever before in this fall’s release, set to hit stores throughout North America on October 16, 2012 from Williams Street Records. The "Dethalbum III" is once again co-produced by Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small and Dethklok producer Ulrich Wild (The Dethalbum and Dethalbum II). The cover art was also illustrated by "The Dethalbum" and "Dethalbum II" cover artist Antonio Canobbio.

"Dethalbum III" will not only be released in its original CD and digital format, but also as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and a clean version of the CD. The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD will include a 32-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of "Dethalbum III", as well as music videos and much more. A vinyl edition of the album with special etching will be released on November 6, 2012.

You want to hear a NEW DETHKLOK song? Of course you do! Crank up "I Ejaculate Fire" now!

The full track listing for "Dethalbum III" includes:

1. I Ejaculate Fire
2. Crush the Industry
3. Andromeda
4. The Galaxy
5. Starved
6. Killstardo Abominate
7. Ghostqueen
8. Impeach God
9. Biological Warfare
10. Skyhunter
11. The Hammer
12. Rejoin

The fourth season of Metalocalypse, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha with Small executive producing, recently wrapped on Adult Swim and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 30. Along with all 12 episodes from the series’ fourth season, the Metalocalypse Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray releases will feature more than two hours of special features. Highlights from those features include a 90-minute feature film of Nathan Explosion tackling his latest Shakespeare reading, in “Nathan Reads Shakespeare 4: Comedy of Errors,” a series of band member “StaresDowns,” a look at Dethklok Fan Art, “MurderThoughts,” a “Pickles Flyby” and much, much more.

For more information on DETHKLOK and "Dethalbum III", please visit http://metalocalypse.tv/ or http://www.adultswim.com/music/, and more details, including pre-order information and a corresponding fall tour for Dethklok, are set to be released shortly. Stay tuned for an assault of NEW information, multimedia and exclusives coming very soon.

Related links:Metalocalypse
Adult Swim

Puerto Rican Rockers MESSAGE TO VENUS Get A Nomination For A 2012 Latin Rock Award!

Puerto Rico-via-Miami's rising star rockers Message To Venus are proud to announce that they have been nominated for a 2012 Latin Rock Award in the Slam Alternativo/Rock category.

"To even be considered for a music award is such an honor," states M2V vocalist Jandre Nadal. "This will be Puerto Rico's first Latin Rock Awards with a red carpet, full media coverage, etc. Being nominated alongside great bands such as D-cent Jerks, Adam Zoom and Drama FA is amazing. I've known the guys in these bands for a long time and I know the amount of hard work and sacrifice they've made. Whether we win or not, the simple fact that M2V is nominated is a prize for us. I'm sure September 22nd will be a great day for all PR rock bands."

Sponsored by Voltaje Magazine, the awards will take place on September 22nd, 2012 at 8pm, at Teatro Yagüez De Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Stirring influences ranging from the aura of Tool, the innovation of The Mars Volta and the classic presentation of Led Zeppelin into a melting pot of melodic heaviness, Florida-based Puerto Rico-native rockers Message To Venus have risen to the forefront of the independent music scene, drawing comparisons to established acts such as The Deftones, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains.

Making their first official mark on the music scene in 2011 with the release of their debut single “Universal You”, from the subsequent EP The Envelope, M2V were warmly welcomed by rock fans from around the globe. Praised by established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm, receiving weekly spins at Octane and MusicChoice (among many others) and being featured in the motion picture The Witness (El Testigo) have all added to the band's growing portfolio of accomplishments.

Feeling as though fate was nudging them in a specific direction, the members of Message To Venus made the decision to relocate to Miami, Florida in order to continue to promote their music, as well as to record their debut full-length album, Victims & Villains. “Puerto Rico is beautiful... it's our home”, explains guitarist John Feliciano. “We play there as often as we can, but in order to expand globally we want to be planted on soil where touring opportunities are more frequent.”

2012 has already proven to be a busy year for M2V, seeing the band in full writing and recording mode. Their music has also been nominated for a Latin Rock Award in the Slam Alternativo/Rock category. With the awards ceremony taking place on September 22nd 2012 in Puerto Rico, it promises to be yet another step on Message To Venus' ascension to the summit of the modern rock music scene.

Related links:
Message To Venus
Slam Fest


Following the resounding success of the Noise Revolution Summer 2012 Tour, reaching tens of thousands of raving fans, Static-X has just revealed Emmure, Ill Nino, 9 Electric & Shogun as special guests for the fall leg of the tour which runs from September 18th until October 17th.

Deathcore giants EMMURE recently completed a thirty-one city run and will continue to wreak havoc across the US on the Noise Revolution Tour. They are a powerful and controversial force known for their energetic, ferocious live show and are sure to give people one hell of a ride.

Known for their signature blend of Latin-influenced, aggressive modern metal, ILL NIÑO is excited to also join the Noise Revolution Tour as they prepare for their sixth full length studio album Epidemia, out October 22.

9 Electric remains on the tour as a mainstay next to Static-X with newcomer Shogun also joining the fall leg of the tour.

Tour Dates:

- 09/18: Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater (No Ill Nino or Shogun)
- 09/19: Billings, MT @ Babcock Theater
- 09/22: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
- 09/23: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
- 09/24: Bloomington, IN @ Castle Theater
- 09/26: Rockford, IL @ The District (No 9 Electric or Shogun)
- 09/27: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
- 09/28: Circle Pines, MN @ Bamboo Betty's
- 09/29: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Ballroom
- 09/30: Jackson, MI @ Rak's
- 10/01: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
- 10/03: Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
- 10/04: Green Bay, WI @ Riverside Ballroom
- 10/05: Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
- 10/06: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
- 10/07: Portage, IN @ Camelot Arena
- 10/09: Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Theater
- 10/11: Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
- 10/12: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
- 10/13: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
- 10/15: Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
- 10/17: Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard

More dates to be announced...

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BATTLECROSS: Cover Of PANTERA's "Hostile" To Be Premiered Today On Liquid Metal!

Earlier this week, Detroit, Michigan’s BATTLECROSS finished their run with the TRESPASS AMERICA festival, also featuring Five Finger Death Punch with support from Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, and God Forbid.

Helping to cap such a defining summer in the band’s already accelerating career, Sirius XM Liquid Metal will premiere the band’s studio cover of the track “Hostile” (originally performed by PANTERA) on Friday, August 31st. Afterward, the track will be available for purchase on iTunes. The band performed “Hostile” live at several stops on the TRESPASS AMERICA festival (last night’s performance of the song included a guest appearance by Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael).

“TRESPASS AMERICA has been a blast. We can't believe it’s all over. It’s been a wake-up call, a learning experience, and a privilege to be part of this kick ass festival,” states guitarist Tony Asta. “We've made so many new friends along the way and it’s very humbling to see so much support from all our fans. Thank you all for making this dream a reality.”

Tony continues, “We are very excited to release our cover of “Hostile” on Sirius XM with Pantera being heavily influential to the band. Rest in peace, Dime. Now crank it to eleven!”

The band will be taking part in the Metal Blade Records 30th Anniversary Label Showcase, sponsored by Scion A/V Club! The showcase takes place on Saturday, September 15th at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA.  The show is free with RSVP (strictly required) and space is limited. Also performing at the show are Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim. See above for the official event admat with additional details.

BATTLECROSS tour dates:


31        Shreveport, LA – The Riverside Warehouse (w/ God Forbid)


  1        Memphis, TN – Newby’s (w/ God Forbid)
  2        Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern (w/ God Forbid)
15        Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse (Metal Blade Records 30th Anniversary Label Showcase)
24        Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
27        Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz (Jose Mangin’s Hard Attack Thursday w/ The Doomsday Prophecy, Carnavarice Breath, Watchwords)
28        Wheeling, WV – River City


19        Detroit, MI – Detroit Princess River Cruise
20        Lansing, MI – Michigan Princess Cruise


Kyle "Gumby" Gunther: Vocals
Tony Asta: Guitar
Hiran Deraniyagala: Guitar
Mike Kreger: Drums
Don Slater: Bass 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

DEFTONES Announce NEW Album Title, Release Date & U.S. Tour!

    Photo by: Marv Watson

DEFTONES fans, we got awesome news! The band have just announced that their NEW album is entitled 'Koi No Yokan' and will be released on November 13th. In anticipation of the release of their seventh studio album, the DEFTONES will be going on a nationwide headlining trek, with special guest Scars On Broadway. The tour kicks off on October 9th in Ventura, CA and will conclude on the West Coast mid November. Tickets on sale next Friday, September 7 via Ticketmaster.com.


9/22/2012 - Irvine, CA - Epicenter Festival
9/23/2012 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival

Headline Tour:

10/9/2012 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
10/10/2012 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
10/12/2012 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
10/13/2012 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
10/14/2012 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
10/16/2012 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10/17/2012 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
10/19/2012 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
10/20/2012 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's
10/21/2012 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
10/23/2012 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
10/24/2012 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/26/2012 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
10/28/2012 -Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
10/29/2012 - Boston, MA - HOB Boston
10/30/2012 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

As previously reported, on Friday, July 27, the DEFTONES performed at a private event at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, California. During this special performance, they debuted two NEW songs called "Rosemary" and "Roller Derby". The as of yet entitled NEW DEFTONES album is scheduled to be released on October 9, 2012. The follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Diamond Eyes', released on May 4, 2010, is a lethal album for the DEFTONES and they know this. This is why once again they have lined up producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also produced 'Diamond Eyes'.

Lead singer Chino Moreno told Billboard.com why the band got back to work faster than usual. "It was important that we wanted to not drag it out," he said. "We have a well-documented history of taking forever to make records. But with our last record, we did it in a really short, good amount of time, probably four or five months from the time we started writing until we finished it. For us, that was record time, so this time the idea was, 'Let's go in and start a record on this date and let's try to be finished by summertime and keep this work ethic we kind of stumbled upon on the last one,' and we did."

'Diamond Eyes' sold 62,000 copies in the US in its first week and debuted at the Number 6 position on The Billboard 200 chart. 'Diamond Eyes' was the deftones first album, since their bassist Chi Cheng had a horrific car accident on November 4, 2008. The accident left him in a comatose state. Sergio Vega recorded 'Diamond Eyes', toured with the band, and is back in the studio to record the bands seventh studio album.

Asked how the NEW DEFTONES disc sounds, Moreno told Billboard.com, "It's not a super fast or slow record. It's very dynamic. Some of my favorite things about DEFTONES are the dynamics. Yes, we're a heavy band, but we're not just in-your-face aggro the whole time, punching you in the face. There's a lot of aggression in some of the music, but there's also this very soothing element where there's a lot of soundscapes rather than attack, attack, attack the whole time. I understand that's a big part of our sound, but I really feel like we reached a peak on our dynamics on this record with those two qualities — the beauty of something and just straight, ruthless aggression."

Stay tuned for more DEFTONES news!

More Details About The Arrest Of Jimmy Bain (Former Member Of DIO/Rainbow)!

As previously reported, former DIO/RAINBOW bassist James Stewart Bain (A.K.A. Jimmy Bain) was arrested on Tuesday night for DUI and illegally possessing prescription medication. Here are some excerpts of the Police report:

According to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank, California police department, Bain, 64, was making a left out of the Fry's Home Electronics store parking lot in his 1995 green Toyota Camry on to westbound Vanowen Street, near Hollywood Way, about 9 p.m. Tuesday night (August 28) when he pulled in front another vehicle, causing a collision.

Police officers administered a field sobriety test, but Bain "failed to satisfactorily pass it," Ryburn told the Burbank Leader. They also discovered the musician was in possession of Vicodin pills without a valid prescription.

Bain, who had an outstanding felony warrant for drugs, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, possessing narcotic pills and the warrant, Ryburn said. He was released Wednesday after posting $60,000 bail.

The rocker is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles County Superior courtroom on September 19.

Stay tuned for more information about this story.

Related links:
Jimmy Bain's Official Site
DIO's Official Site

CONVERGE Reveal The Lyrics For Their NEW Song "Aimless Arrow"!

Earlier this week, CONVERGE announced that they have completed the production of their NEW album 'All We Love We Leave Behind' (set to be released on October 9th via Epitaph, via Pitchfork). The band has also debuted a NEW song called "Aimless Arrow". Many of you were wondering what the lyrics for the song are, so the band has shared them on their
official website. Here you go:


to live the life you want
you’ve abandoned those in need
a necessary casualty
or so you believe
your wake will always travel
and well up in the eyes
of those that you sacrificed
in order to survive
i’m that aimless arrow
lost from my very start
violence without purpose
born of broken hearts
no one will ever guide me
as i sail through the air
now i just bring sadness
in those who choose to care
i know the tears they’re weeping
and the damage they will take
it’s the curse of restlessness
and the weight of your mistakes
they are those that love you
and those that need you more
then the sense gravity
banging down your door
i’m that aimless arrow
lost from my very start
violence without purpose
born of broken hearts
no one will ever guide me
as i sail through the air
now i just bring sadness
in those who choose to care
aimless arrow
aimless arrow
aimless arrow
lost from the start

The song can be heard via the Max Moore-directed video below. Enjoy!

'All We Love We Leave Behind' track listing:

01. Aimless Arrow
02. Trespasses
03. Tender Abuse
04. Sadness Comes Home
05. Empty on the Inside
06. Sparrow's Fall
07. Glacial Pace
08. No Light Escapes (bonus)
09. Vicious Muse
10. Veins and Vails
11. Coral Blue
12. Shame in the Way
13. On My Shield (bonus)
14. Precipice
15. All We Love We Leave Behind
16. Runaway (bonus)
17. Predatory Glow

Related links:
Official Site of Converge
Converge on Facebook
Converge on Twitter
Converge on YouTube

SOILWORK Reveal NEW Album Title & Are Producing A Double Album!

As previously reported, Swedish Metallers SOILWORK are currently locked up in the studio recording the follow-up to their 2010 release 'The Panic Broadcast'. In order to ensure that the production process progresses smoothly, the band has kidnapped producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH) for what will be the bands ninth studio album. Get this: the upcoming album is called 'The Living Infinite' and it will be a double album.

Here is a statement by vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid:

“So here’s the scoop. Me and the boys have been waiting to share this for quite some time now: 'The Living Infinite' will be a double album! A REAL double album, in the true sense of the word, which means no fillers and no left-overs.

"I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I proposed the idea to the rest of the guys in the band, during our festival tour last summer. Everybody liked the title The Living Infinite and also the idea of working towards the goal of releasing a double album. David Andersson was already playing with us last summer, so he has also been a part of this goal from the start. I feel very excited and proud that we’ve managed to find the inspiration and dedication it takes to create somewhat of a conceptual double album, especially since it’s dealing with a lot of existential questions.

"We would also like to reveal a brand new band shot by Hannah Verbeuren Photography. We are currently hard at work in the studio, putting this beast on tape. Things are sounding incredibly good so far. So excited about this and can’t wait to share the awesomeness with you all!"

Related links:
Soilwork's Official Site

ILL NIÑO Premiere A NEW Song Called "Epidemia"!

As previously reported, ILL NIÑO will be released their NEW album 'Epidemia' on October 22 via Victory Records. The recording sessions for the bands sixth full-length album took place in Hoboken, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.

Today, the band is premiering the title track of their NEW album. This one is called "Epidemia" and you should check it out now!

Here is what drummer Dave Chavarrihad to say about the bands upcoming album: "This time around, we want to explore Latin and tribal rhythms we have never explored in the past five releases, giving us no musical boundaries at all."

The bands previous effort 'Dead New World' (released on October 26, 2010 via Victory Records) sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 164 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous effort, "Enigma", opened with 5,000 units to land at No. 145 back in March 2008.

Related links:
ILL NIÑO on MySpace

REVOLVER Announces That The Hottest Chick In Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Is ________________!

On September 4, the seventh annual "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock and Metal" Revolver Magazine issue hits newsstands. According to The Pulse Of Radio, HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale has been named the "Hottest Chick In Hard Rock"! Hale tops a list of 25 women that includes current tourmate and EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee at No. 2 and "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen at No. 3.

Hale says she's pleased to top the survey and gave us her perspective on it. "My view of it really is to make sure that you're good at what you do, and so that when people actually want to look beyond the centerfold [laughs, that you're actually good and you have something to back it up," she says. "I think that most of us are really trying to push the envelope and, you know, make sure that we're musicians first and that the sex is just kind of the icing on the cake."

Revolver magazine's Top 10 "Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock" are:

01. Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM)
03. Taylor Momsen (PRETTY RECKLESS)
04. Ash Costello (NEW YEAR'S DAY)
05. Brooklyn (PICTURE ME BROKEN)
06. Maria Brink (IN THIS MOMENT)
07. Kimberly Freeman (ONE-EYED DOLL)
08. Anissa Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL)
09. Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL)
10. Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL)

Related links:
Revolver Magazine

PIG DESTROYER Premiere Album Teaser For 'Book Burner'

As previously reported, Virginia Grind Metallers PIG DESTROYER are ready to infect the world once again. Their NEW album is entitled 'Book Burner' and will be coming out on October 23rd via Relapse Records. The bands 5th studio album was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios in Alexandria, Virginia.

Today, the band has released a teaser for 'Book Burner'. Check it out!

Stay tuned more information on PIG DESTROYER's NEW album!

Related links:
Pig Destroyer on Facebook
Pig Destroyer on MySpace
Pig Destroyer on Twitter

SUICIDE SILENCE Singer Breaks The S&*t Out Of His Elbow - Gnarly Image Available!

Yesterday, SUICIDE SILENCE vocalist/screamer Mitch Lucker shattered his elbow so bad that his "not so funny bone" penetrated his skin. Mitch is known for his commitment to Heavy Music, and proved this last night in Odessa, Texas. Mitch performed a full set with his band mates in SUICIDE SILENCE. What a trooper! We wish Mitch a quick and smooth recovery!

Here is a very gnarly image that Mitch posted on his Instagram account:

Earlier this week, SUICIDE SILENCE posted on Facebook that they were cancelling a performance at Geo’s “due to circumstances beyond our control.” They didn’t go into detail as to why, but Lucker’s photo might be a hint. They added in their posting that the next two performances were happening, so even with the banged up elbow, the show must go on.

Related links:
Official Site of Suicide Silence

STONE SOUR Debut Two Lyric Videos For NEW Songs!

As previously reported, STONE SOUR will be releasing a NEW album entitled 'House Of Gold & Bones - Part 1' on October 23rd via Roadrunner Records. Today, you can feed your ears some NEW music from the band that Corey Taylor and Jim Root created before joining SLIPKNOT. The songs are called "Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero". Crank them up below!

'House Of Gold & Bones - Part 1'  is being released two years after the band's most recent longplayer 'Audio Secrecy', which debuted at position No. 6 on the Billboard chart and No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Rock Album chart. It scored the highest international debuts of the band’s career, including Top 5 charts in Germany, Japan and Austria, and Top 10 in the U.K. and Australia.

Today, Metal Hammer is premiering one video that contains two NEW STONE SOUR songs. The songs are "Check out Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero below".

Corey Taylor told RollingStone.com" "It all comes down to how much time the record label wants to give between albums, basically. Even with the time constraints we had, we basically recorded two albums in the time it takes to record one. So we were doing double-duty every day. I was tracking two songs vocally a day just to keep us on a deadline and it really pushed us to strive for excellence."


'House of Gold & Bones - Part 1' track listing:

01. Gone Sovereign
02. Absolute Zero
03. A Rumor Of Skin
04. The Travellers Part 1
05. Tired
06. RU486
07. My Name Is Allen
08. Taciturn
09. Influence Of A Drowsy God
10. The Travellers Part 2
11. Last Of The Real

Related links:
Stone Sour's Official Site
Stone Sour on Facebook
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TRIVIUM: Matt Heafy Discusses Next Album, Festival Appearances & His Involvement With Moscot Music!

Photo by: Johnny Perilla (NextMosh.com)
On Monday, August 13th, TRIVIUM's front man Matt Heafy performed his first-ever solo acoustic set in New York City. The intimate event took place at The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space, and all proceeds benefited The MOSCOT MOBILEYES FOUNDATION.

Heafy performed a couple of TRIVIUM songs, along with classic songs by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Opeth and even Depechemode.

Prior to this historic performance, we had the chance to chat with Matt Heafy about what fans can expect on the next TRIVIUM album and the bands recent festival performances in Europe and Canada. We also discussed his involvement with Moscot Music and TRIVIUM's musical philosophy. Sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy!

Upcoming TRIVIUM tour dates

Latin American Tour:

- Sep 07: Complexo do Ginasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil
- Sep 08: Via Marques in Sao Paulo, Brazil    
- Sep 09: Music Hall in Curitiba, Brazil   
- Sep 11: TEATRO FLORES     in Buenos Aires, Argentina    
- Sep 12: Teatro Teleton in Santiago, Chile    
- Sep 14: Teleferico in    Quito, Ecuador    
- Sep 15: Teatro Metro in Bogota, Colombia    
- Sep 16: La Casa Del Artista in Caracas, Venezuela    
- Sep 18: Jose Cuervo Salon in Granjas Mexico, Mexico


- October 15, 2012: Manchester, UK at Ritz
- October 16, 2012: Glasgow, UK at ABC
- October 17, 2012: Birmingham, UK at Institute
- October 19, 2012: Bristol, UK at Academy
- October 20, 2012: Norwich, UK at UEA
- October 21, 2012: London, UK at Shephards Bush Empire
- October 22, 2012: Brussels, Belgium at AB
- October 23, 2012: Paris, France at La Bataclan
- October 25, 2012: Tilburg, Netherlands at 013
- October 26, 2012: Herford, Germany at X
- October 27, 2012: Stuttgart, Germany at LKA
- October 28, 2012: Köln, Germany at Live Music Hall
- October 30, 2012: Malmo, Sweden at Kulturbolaget
- October 31, 2012: Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
- November 2, 2012: Helsinki, FI at The Circus
- November 4, 2012: Oslo, Norway at Centrum Scene
- November 5, 2012: Gothenburg, Sweden at Tradgarn
- November 6, 2012: Copenhagen, Denmark at Vega
- November 7, 2012: Berlin, Germany at Huxleys
- November 8, 2012: Hamburg, Germany at Docks
- November 10, 2012: Chemnitz, Germany at Südbahnhof
- November 11, 2012: München, Germany at Backstage Werk
- November 12, 2012: Milan, Italy at Live Club
- November 13, 2012: Solothurn, Switzerland at Kofmehl
- November 14, 2012: Wien, Austria at Gasometer
- November 16, 2012: Barcelona, Spain at Appolo
- November 17, 2012: Bilbao, Spain at Santana 27
- November 18, 2012: Madrid, Spain at Riviera

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KATATONIA Unleash NEW Album 'DEAD END KINGS' - Full Album Stream Available Now!

KATATONIA fans: the wait is over! 'Dead End Kings', the long-awaited ninth album from Sweden’s master of dark Rock/Metal, is now available in North America via Peaceville Records. The follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed, 'Night is the New Day', can be purchased online in a multitude of formats and bundle packages via Omerch or on iTunes: Standard Edition (Standard Edition) and Deluxe Edition.

You can get a free preview of 'Dead End Kings' right now thanks to Exclaim.ca: http://exclaim.ca/MusicVideo/ClickHear/katatonia-dead_end_kings_album_stream.

As previously reported, Katatonia will hit the road in support of 'Dead End Kings' on “Epic Kings & Idols,” a co-headlining North American run with The Devin Townsend Project set to kick off in early September. British Death/Doom Metal act, Paradise Lost, will perform in support, with Stolen Babies rounding out the lineup.

“Epic Kings & Idols” dates:
Sept. 4 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven *
Sept. 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Sept. 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Sept. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
Sept. 9 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater *
Sept. 11 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Sept. 12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees *
Sept. 13 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada *
Sept. 14 - Denver, CO @ Summit
Sept. 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4 *
Sept. 17 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sept. 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *
Sept. 19 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Sept. 20 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
Sept. 21 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Sept. 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *
Sept. 23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
Sept. 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

* Katatonia headline

VIP and general admission tickets for “Epic Kings & Idols” are on sale now. Stay tuned to the 'Dead End Kings' mini-site: http://www.deadendkings.com for more information on Katatonia, 'Dead End Kings' and “Epic Kings & Idols” North American tour.

Related links:
Katatonia's Official Site
Katatonia on Peaceville Records
Katatonia on Facebook
Katatonia on MySpace

VAN HALEN Forced To Postpone Japanese Tour Due To A Medical Emergency - Official Statement Available!

The VAN HALEN camp have released the following statement:

"Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within four - six months.

"VAN HALEN's scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

Diverticulosis happens when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful. (Source: WebMD). We wish Eddie a speedy recovery!

Stay tuned for more VAN HALEN news!

Related links:
VAN HALEN's Official Site

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SUFFOCATION To Be Inducted Into The Long Island Hall Of Fame!

SUFFOCATION are finally getting the recognition they deserve! 

"I have to say congrats to all our fans! SUFFOCATION is now being inducted into the long island music hall of fame ..thank you all for the amazing support!" - Derek Boyer

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame have announced a partial list of its fourth class of inductees. Here is the list of inductees:

- Taylor Dayne
- Zebra
- Suffocation
- The Lovin' Spoonfuls
- Barnaby Bye

These above mentioned musicians will be at the Paramount on October 18th for a star-studded evening to honor Long Island's rich musical history. Dee Snider will also be in attendance to receive the Harry Chapin Award.

As previously reported, the extreme Metallers have announced that are hard at work on their seventh studio album, which is slated for a summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.
"We're in the pre-production stage [and are] currently working on final arrangements, lyrical placement and content. "Each album is an evolution process. As always, we take the key elements that are Suffocation, add current feelings and outside influences, then begin collaborating. We're very happy with the direction we're headed!"

Related links:
Suffocation's Official Site

Jonathan Carpenter From THE CONTORTIONIST Talks About "Summer Slaughter" & Bands NEW Album!

Recently, the tri-state area Headbangers joined forces at New York City's legendary venue Irving Plaza (formerly The Fillmore) for the 2012 Summer Slaughter Tour. This years event is co-headlined by the mighty CANNIBAL CORPSE and Progressive Metallers BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. Two bands that have a very different sound, but that have managed to open the minds of each others fans by penetrating ear drums like very few bands out there. The 2012 SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour truly represents what the state of Heavy Music is today: many different types of fans coming together to jam out to their favorite bands while learning about new bands and tendencies.

Following THE CONTORTIONIST's early set, in which they performed a bunch of NEW songs from their latest album 'Intrinsic' (available now via EOne Music), we had the chance to chat with the bands frontman Jonathan Carpenter about the 2012 SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour and about the bands NEW album. We also discussed THE CONTORTIONIST's upcoming plans!

The Contortionist's SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour New York City Set-list:

1) Casualty
2) Flourish
3) Geocentric Confusion
4) Oscillator

Check out our recap of the SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour in New York City HERE!

Video by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)

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Former RAINBOW/DIO Bassist Arrested For DUI & Prescription Medication - Details Available!

According to TMZ.com, former DIO/RAINBOW bassist James Stewart Bain (A.K.A. Jimmy Bain) was arrested last night for DUI and illegally possessing prescription medication. Here are some details about this incident:

- Bain, 64, got into a minor accident in his '95 Toyota Camry around 9:30 p.m. and failed a field sobriety test administered by responding police officers. The cops also found Vicodin pills that were not prescribed to Bain.

- Bain was arrested and booked for misdemeanor DUI and felony possession of prescription medication.

- Bain, who also had an outstanding drug warrant, was released on $60,000 bail.

- Bain was previously arrested in Hollywood, California on December 16, 2005 — just three days shy of his 58th birthday — on charges of driving while under the influence.

Stay tuned for more information about this story.

Related links:
Jimmy Bain's Official Site
DIO's Official Site

MÖTLEY CRÜE Have No Plans Of Releasing A NEW Album This Year

MÖTLEY CRÜE recently released a brand NEW song called "Sex" to coincide with the launch of the band's North American co-headlining tour with KISS. But CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx tells Billboard.com that there are currently no plans for the group to record a full album's worth of material.

"It takes time to put together music," Sixx said. "Right now we're just writing music. There's tons of material always there — there's riffs for days, ideas, choruses here, verses there. For us, it's how many songs have we written (and) how many do we love and what do we want to do with them? It's about finding the time to go home, be off the road, get everybody in a room and start riffing and see where it does."

Written when the band was together during their residency in Las Vegas last February, "Sex" was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of "Saints Of Los Angeles".

"We happened to have this song everyone was really excited about, so instead of saying, 'Let's add it to the pile of songs we have and we'll sort 'em out later,' we were, 'Hey, let's finish this one up,'" Sixx told Billboard.com. "We got it out there for the fans, for the tour, and it's exciting for the band to play something new. We love the classics and the hits, and I know the fans love that, too, but to be able to play something new is great.

"We wanted to save that big push for when we do (an album)," he added, "but the way the song is connecting with people feels like the way the music used to connect with people when we were a baby band and just had our first record out. The song really seems to work."

As previously reported, Vince Neil recently flipped out on camera after parking attendants refused to give him his Rolls Royce back. HERE is more on this story!

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

Aug. 29 - Minnesota State Fair - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 31 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
Sep. 01 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
Sep. 02 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
Sep. 04 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
Sep. 05 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
Sep. 07 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
Sep. 08 - Alpine Valley Music Theater - East Troy, MI
Sep. 11 - Allegan County Fair - Allegan, MI
Sep. 12 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep. 13 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Sep. 15 - Darien Lake PAC - Darien Lake, NY
Sep. 16 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Sep. 18 - Toyota Pavilion - Scranton, PA
Sep. 19 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Sep. 21 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Sep. 22 - Nikon at Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
Sep. 23 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT

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Heavy Metal Fan Is Accused Of Opening Fire At A Baltimore High School; Media Blames Incident On RAMMSTEIN & The Manson Family!

According to the Daily News, the teenager who allegedly opened fire on the first day of classes at a suburban Baltimore school is obsessed with German Metal band RAMMSTEIN and the murderous Manson Family.

Bobby Gladden (15) was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault for critically wounding a classmate with a gun blast. He was being held without bail at the local lockup.

Gladden, who listed his nickname as “SuicidalSmile” on Facebook, left a troubling message before he allegedly brought a gun to Perry High School Monday and opened fire.

“First day of school, last day of my life,” he wrote.

It concluded, “F--- the world.”

So how did the media tie Gladden's murder attempt to RAMMSTEIN and the Manson family? Well, Gladden posted a maniacal-looking photo of Till Lindemann (lead singer), and listed under education a book about killer Charles Manson and his followers.

According to Police, Gladden was hiding a gun under his coat when he suddenly pulled the gun out and opened fire in the high school cafeteria. He got off two shots before he was placed in a bear hug by gutsy guidance counselor Jesse Wasmer who held him until cops arrived, witnesses said.

Police have not given a motive for the mayhem that left a 17-year-old Daniel Borowy hospitalized in critical condition with a bullet to his back. Investigators insist Gladden was not gunning for anybody in particular. But Gladden’s dad, Robert, told the Associated Press that their son had been bullied in high school.

“We are horrified,” a relative said on behalf of the parents. “We did not see this coming and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and the victim’s family.”

“If Wasmer wasn't there, imagine what would have happened,” a grateful student posted on Twitter. “Thank God for him.”

When will the media stop looking for scapegoats when dysfunctional people decide to go postal? Aggressive music does not lead to violent actions, if anything if prevents violent actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims family and friends.

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All-Star Band CHICKENFOOT To Re-Release Debut Album With Live Bonus Tracks!

Having established themselves in record time as one of the earth’s premier Rock bands with their Gold-certified self-titled debut, CHICKENFOOT will be re-releasing their  self-titled, 'Chickenfoot,' as a deluxe double disc version on October 16th, 2012. Frontman Sammy Hagar comments:

"Chickenfoot 1 will always be special to me for exactly what it is. Our former label went out of business and the album had been discontinued. You could not find the album anywhere, which is crazy! We got the masters back and our NEW label will re-release the 1st album and we thought we should include some live tracks from 'Chickenfoot lll'.”

The release will feature live tracks recorded on the "Different Devil" tour this past spring while supporting their latest record, "Chickenfoot III."


Avienda Revolution
Soap On A Rope
Sexy Little Thing
Oh Yeah
Runnin Out
Get It Up
Down The Drain
My Kinda Girl
Learning To Fall
Turnin Left
Future Is The Past


Bitten By The Wolf
Lighten Up (Live in Chicago 5/12/12)
Big Foot (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Last Temptation (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Something Going Wrong (Live in Boston 5/16/12)

CHICKENFOOT released 'Chickenfoot III' late last year to much critical praise. "It's hard to hate big-boned butt Rock from guys clearly making it because they still love the form," said  ROLLING STONE.

BILLBOARD said, “It’s a rare case of a group that’s equal to – or perhaps even greater than – the sum of its parts…this is an album that really wins hearts with its granite thump’n’roll.” USA TODAY went as far to say that "Chickenfoot III" could be "the beginning of a riff-driven renaissance."

In addition to a GRAMMY Nomination for "Best Recording Package," "Chickenfoot III" saw two top five singles on the Classic Rock charts with "Big Foot" and "Different Devil."


- Sammy Hagar
- Joe Satriani
- Michael Anthony
- Chad Smith

Related links:
Feeding America
eOne Music

Randy Blythe Needs Our Help: LAMB OF GOD Launch eBay Memorabilia Auction For Blythe's Defense Fund!

While LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial. Faced with continuing massive legal bills, LAMB OF GOD has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy’s legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of LAMB OF GOD.

In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch. Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard.

Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy’s defense fund. The band appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28th and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before, without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.

Click here for the link to the LAMB OF GOD Memorabilia site and here for the link to the Justice Now site.

As previously reported, LAMB OF GOD is busy rescheduling a canceled U.S. tour for October. According to Lambgoat, the first announced date of the tour, in Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theater on October 30th. Unfortunately, DETHKLOK and GOJIRA won't be joining LAMB OF GOD this time around. But get this: HATEBREED, IN FLAMES and SYLOSIS will be part of what promises to be an epic tour. More details coming soon!

Related links:
Lamb Of God's Official Site

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tragedy Strikes The New York City Heavy Music Scene: Rock In Peace Harry Dullys!

      Photo by: Dee Fago

This past weekend, the New York City Heavy Music scene was struck by tragedy when news about the passing of Harry Dullys surfaced throughout the internet. Harry who was of Haitian descent, was a HUGE influence on all of the local music community as not only a devoted fan and supporter of all things related to the scene, but he truly represented the essence of this ever-growing scene through the music he wrote with his band FATE STRIKES TWICE!

Harry was also devoted to making people healthier as a fitness instructor (he worked at REEBOK Sports Club). He was also a joyful guy who was always encouraging others to better themselves. His words of wisdom were always accompanied by a radiant smile and an addictive laugh. We got the chance to see Harry dominate the stage various times, and there is no question that he is crushing it up in heaven! Our hearts go out to Harry's family, friends and all of the fans of FATE STRIKES TWICE.

So what happened to Harry? 

According to the ST. JOHN VALLEY Times: "The body of a missing man, believed to have drowned, has been recovered.

"At approximately 4:30 p.m. yesterday, the Maine Warden Service was called to search for a missing swimmer on East Grand Lake.

"Harry Dullys, 39, of New York, NY was staying with his wife at a camp on Moon Island in Danforth. This area of East Grand Lake is the southern portion of the lake known as “the arm.”

"Dullys was attempting to swim to Loon’s Nest Island, a distance of about 200 yards, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

"Dullys had been swimming with a labrador retriever. Dullys’ wife noticed the dog continuing to the island but Dullys could not be seen, the warden service reported. Numerous game wardens and a Warden Service aircraft responded to the scene and conducted a search for Dullys.

"Late in the evening, utilizing side-scan sonar technology, wardens identified what they believed to be Dullys’ body.

"At daybreak today, numerous members of the Maine Warden Service Dive Team conducted a dive operation and recovered Dullys’ body in 19 feet of water near Moon Island. The body was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

"The Maine Warden Service was assisted at the scene by Downeast EMS, Danforth Fire, and Maine Guide Mark Danforth."

Here is one of Harry's last performances with this band FATE STRIKES TWICE:

If there is one thing that everyone can learn from Harry, is that life is too short to waste it away! Follow your passion and don't let anyone slow you down. And if they do, just give them the middle finger!

Harry: we thank you for everything you did for the entire Heavy Music scene! Rock in PEACE, and rest assured that we will not let your flame be extinguished! \m/

Go to the comments section and let us know what Harry Dullys meant to you!

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ANTHRAX Featured On Google Play's "Audiobiography" Series!

Thrash Metal masters ANTHRAX and what is arguably the band's signature album, 'Among the Living, will be featured on Google Play's "Audiobiography" series starting today. ANTHRAX's Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna recently pulled back the curtain exclusively for Google Play, discussing at length stories behind the making of their Gold-certified 1987 album that includes some of the band's most popular tracks - "I Am The Law," "Indians," and Caught in a Mosh."  Log onto http://bit.ly/Opbo3T to check it out.

The "Audiobiography" feature launches in tandem with a special catalog sale of some of Anthrax's best-loved albums: 'Spreading the Disease' (1985), 'Among The Living' (1987), 'I'm the Man EP' (1987), 'State of Euphoria' (1988), 'Persistence of Time' (1990), 'Attack of the Killer Bs' (1991), 'We've Come for You All' (2003), 'Caught in a Mosh:  BBC Live in Concert' (2007), and the band's most recent release, the critically-acclaimed 'Worship Music' (2011). All albums are priced at $6.99; two tracks, "Indians" and "Madhouse," are available for only $.49, while "Caught In A Mosh" is being offered as a free download.

'Among the Living' was released at a time when the Thrash Metal genre was exploding - Metallica's 'Master of Puppets', Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' and Megadeth's 'Peace Sells' had just hit the streets, birthing what came to be known as The Big Four. The cover art for 'Among the Living' is an original painting that some say features a rendition of the maleficent Rev. Henry Kane from the "Poltergeist" films. As the band's Charlie Benante explained, "the album is basically about Good and Evil...how much evil there is among us."

As previously reported, thanks to NASA, ANTHRAX is the first Metal band to ever have its music played on Mars. Read more about this story HERE!

With the NEW dates added, the complete itinerary for the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel thrash-fest are as follows:


- 14: Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
- 15: Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR
- 16: Toyota Arena in Kennewick, WA
- 17: Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA
- 19: The Showbox @ The Market in Seattle, WA
- 20: Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC
- 21: MacEwan Hall Ballroom in Calgary, AL
- 22: Events Center in Edmonton, AL
- 24: The Odeon in Saskatoon, SK
- 25: Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg, MB
- 27: Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL
- 28: Harpo's Concert Theatre in Detroit, MI
- 29: Danforth Hall in Toronto, ON
- 30: Capitole du Quebec in Quebec City, QC


 - 2: Metropolis in Montreal, QC
 - 3: State Theatre in Portland, ME
 - 4: Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT
 - 5: Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ
 - 6: House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ

Join the revolution, contribute to our Indiegogo campaign! Click HERE: www.indiegogo.com/hornsup
Related links:
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KING DIAMOND Talks About Undergoing Heart Surgery, NEW Music & More!

This past weekend, King Diamond was the special guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show. Diamond talked about his experience with having triple bypass surgery, recovering from it and how it will be “woven” into an upcoming album. King Diamond also talked about some interesting encounters he has had with the supernatural and much more. Here are a few excerpts of the interview (courtesy of Loudwire.com)

First I want to talk to you about your health because your first performance after triple bypass surgery was a year later with Merciful Fate during Metallica’s run of anniversary shows. Was that overwhelming  – not just Metallica acknowledging your influence but that you were healthy enough to be there?

I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to do it. It was a tough round of course with rehab and a lot of changes in your life. I cut out cigarettes completely, had to do it, haven’t had a drag since a year and a half ago so changing of the diet, working out more and all this stuff. I have totally changed, I can also see in my body how everything has changed for the better.

The first thing was, three months after, they’re pretty tough on you. The surgeon said after ten days I was home from the hospital – first day he said you got to go out and walk half a mile and are you serious? I can barely stand up, I had to have help to get out of a chair, everything was totally weird but that it how they do it. One week later I was doing a mile, so you’re pushed out there and you almost feel like you shouldn’t be here, that you’ve been given a second chance but it’s strange.

I had to literally ask my wife when we were walking if she could really see me and feel me that I was actually there and not as a joke but really I had to have that confirmed so many times and that faded slowly down the road. Eventually I got the chance three months after the surgery I got to go down to say “Hi” to some friends, cool guys that also work in a band called Volbeat and met them during the day and got the chance to get up onstage during their sound check and that made everything in my chest rattle. It felt so bad I had to get out of there that was then. Six months after that I got to go see what was going on with Metallica – that was actually a year after with Metallica – but still I did not know what was going on.

My surgeon said everything in my chest looked good and it was back together well, ‘cause they saw you open and open you like a double door practically and then when they put it back together I saw for the first time an x-ray. A month or two before going to Metallica’s anniversary I had like a braided metal rod, sitting all the way down and that’s what was tying together the rib cage and had then had the rib cage screwed together around that. It’s amazing what they do but the whole thing of learning how to breathe again was pretty hard, breathing is completely different now. The voice is a million times better it’s like if I finally got to experience what it’s like to drive a brand new car and always use to have used cars for instance. That’s how my voice feels now, it’s easier to sing all the things than ever before and it sounds clearer all because of the no smoking.

It’s so much better and easier but getting up onstage that afternoon of the show and see what the loud sounds and the vibrations are going to do to me this time. Am I gonna tell them it’s not gonna work and I have to fly back? That was a possibility. So that was a pretty anxious moment when they turned the sound up and I felt nothing, no different and that’s what my surgeon had told me a month or two before when I saw the x-rays and all that stuff. He cleared me for doing it so I did that and it worked and that was quite a big relief but there are so many other things that you have to go through.

Three months later I had a benefit that I participated in and sang three songs with some local musicians, two King Diamond songs and one Mercy and that was even better so it was like “Wow this is going to be really interesting, it might be time to see if we can do a couple full shows.” That’s what we did two months ago and we did more than that actually because the rehearsals for it. We hadn’t been playing together in a long, long time so I had a theater in Denmark and we rehearsed there for a week and in six days I did five full shows practically – had a day off then did Sweden Rock and no problems. The breathing and moving around on this new production which is really big, we’ve never had a production that big before and running around that set, not feeling out of breath at all was very new and very nice to experience.

Now these last tests have been done and they went perfect so no it’s a matter of getting out there. We are arranging for everything now, setting everything up the right way. We have a new internet store for the first time and I know the fans for good reason have been haunting us for this stuff because it’s embarrassing, we’ve been so sloppy with that stuff of course for our own sake too you can certainly make some money off it to which is good for business because we like to turn around and invest a lot of it too. The money we made from these festivals and we invested the whole thing into the production.

We’re already getting invitations for other festivals next summer and I see us touring Europe, festival appearances maybe even doing one before that here in the U.S. and then I hope we can do the U.S.and do shows, not club shows but with the full production maybe sometime in Oct. We’ll see because they’re working on all this stuff. For the U.S. we’re just about to set up with a brand new agent over there so that’s going to be a powerhouse and doing things a whole different way. I would say a much bigger scale, same lineup that we’ve had for years so it’s all good and there will be new music too down the road. It won’t be too long before we start writing some new stuff so yeah a lot of stuff very busy. I’m trying to not be too busy because stress is not a friend of mine anymore.

Now being more conscious of your health, how has having triple bypass surgery been a life changing event for you?

Oh man, you have no idea. [Laughs] There are so many things that go into it, just the way you look at life afterwards is certainly different. It’s not like you become born again or anything life changing in that respect, I’m totally the same person. The best way to explain it is actually – let’s say I’m here at my house and I look out of the windows and now and then I see things through those windows – now it’s like I have the double amount of windows. I see so much more, I pay attention to so many more things – the smelling sensation, the taste sensation are enhanced by a hundred because I don’t smoke anymore.

Taking walks sometimes bring back memories of my childhood because a smell might trigger a memory. For instance a wooden fence, I walked by and I smelled it and suddenly I’m with my parents who are dead now, and with my brother on a vacation in Norway when we were kids and we’re walking the Viking ships somewhere, they’ve been sprayed by this special mist to preserve them and it just triggers memories like that suddenly. It’s different, you’re more alert, more aware, I don’t take anything for granted anymore, I’ll tell you that. If I’m not here tomorrow well so be it, I don’t want that but I’m much more prepared for that kind of scenario now.

It is weird but also the feeling in the beginning of not knowing “Can you see me? Can you feel when I do this?” and my wife is like “Hey, why are you being weird now?” You see people drive to work and we’re out walking after the operation and you get that feeling of “Man I could have just as well not have been here.” Then there’s all the stuff that comes with it, the hardship of you can’t lift a cup, you can’t get out of a chair, you can’t do anything. When they cut you up all the nerves are trying to find each other again and they still are today. You get these little pains here and there but I’ve been told it’s going to go on for years.

The thing about them having punctured your lungs is that you have to learn to breathe again, it’s a very, very weird feeling. I couldn’t drive or doing anything in the beginning of course. I love driving cars so I went behind the wheel before I was allowed to do it. It was a matter of not being able to move around the steering wheel properly with your arms but it’s just these things that – I want to move on I don’t want to just sit in a chair and that was the same thing in the hospital, two days after the operation I was up walking around with the help of a nurse of course. Then when they set me free from that, I was off to a normal department to continue to get better.

It was also the more you walked the sooner you’ll get out of there and I was walking day and night. It reminded me of lyrics from ‘The Graveyard’ for instance, walking the halls at night, no one was up it was just me walking these empty halls – such strange feelings but I can tell you I brought so much with me out of there for the next album.

I got some of the ultimate horrors waking up from the operation, was the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life but when I came to a little bit, my wife was there but I couldn’t see her. What I saw was only in black and white and I saw doctors leaning in over me, it could have been in a spaceship if they exist. They didn’t look quite human, it looked weird and then I started remembering that they told me “You will be on a breathing tube and very uncomfortable.” You want to try and breathe on your own but you can’t because you are forced to breathe in a certain way and you can try and give signals to these doctors to let them know that you can breathe on your own but you don’t know if you can, you have to learn breathing again.

When I came to I was desperately trying to signal something but it was like I couldn’t communicate, I had this tube in my mouth, I couldn’t do anything, I was blinking my eyes, trying anything. I think panic was striking and I tried to pull this tube out of my own mouth and then they came in and tied me down to the bed, they grabbed my hands and my legs and they tied me down. That feeling of being tied down and not being able to communicate, I felt horror, I felt like I was being choked to death slowly because I couldn’t breathe properly. I got so far out, had they been able to hear me they would have heard me begging them to please kill me because it felt that bad. I just really wished for them to kill me to end it.

Then you wake up later on and find the wife is there and it’s like “Wow you pulled through.” I was on the operating table for seven and a half hours and I was on two days back to back. The first day they had to do an operation for four hours, the day before, where they go in your thigh through a vein – you’re actually totally alert. That went well but it looked bad and it had something to do with the way its been in my family so it was hereditary.

They said I couldn’t have gotten such bad figures in my blood even if I tried eating the worse stuff and smoking 50 cigarettes a day, could not have given me that. I never really ate bad stuff but there’s a lot of things you find out afterwards now that I’ve been through meetings with nutritionists and my wife has become an expert on this stuff. You find out seafood is great right, not shrimp, that thing has the most cholesterol I didn’t know that before. Yeah it’s a weird thing but it hasn’t changed anything of my being the way I am, how I think, it’s just broaden my horizon, big time.

You mentioned new music earlier, will everything that has happened find its way into this new music?

Oh I’m sure. [Laughs] I’m sure there will be a lot of that stuff that I experienced that will be woven into a new album. It not be a story of what I experienced but the feelings behind it, those will come across maybe in other ways. There has been so much in the old albums too, throughout the career much more than anyone will ever know is real or real feelings behind it then you add something to it, to make the story fluent. There are so many more things in the stories and sometimes I really felt like “Oh man, you’re showing way to much of yourself here ” and then I’ll think “Well no one’s going to know if I don’t tell them.” It will be a lot of that here too, it might hit home for a lot of people maybe even deeper than before.

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