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Featured MusicIP Mixer: Playlist Generator Extraordinaire
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I listen to a lot of music. Specifically, I spend a lot of time listening to metal. How I listen to it depends on where I am. Under normal home-listening circumstances, I generally prefer to listen to full albums from start to finish. That's how the band gave their music to the world; the particular ordering of the songs, and thus the flow of the album, is a part of what they created. When I'm at home, I have— at least when I'm not displaced due to hurricane damage— all of my CDs at my...
New Release Ramón Martos' "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers - Volume 2" Released
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Metal journalist Ramón "Oscuro" Martos has released the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2015's ...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers, which was a beautiful, limited-edition exploration of the genesis and execution of the cover artwork of more than 55 metal albums, both classic and contemporary. Printed in a limited run of 300 copies by indie publisher Dark Canvas, the first volume included over 450 color graphics and behind-the-scenes information taken from...
Video: A Bit Of Beer, A Bit Of Blood, A Bit Of Dropkick Murphys
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What's a St. Patrick's Day celebration without a little blood? Dropkick Murphys kicked off the St. Patty's weekend with a bit of blood during their annual Boston show. The event happened at the House of Blues. As is typical affair for these type of shows, bassist/singer Ken Casey handed a fan his mic. The fan refused to give the mic back, so a tussle ensued. Video footage shows that some blood had been shed.
Featured Steel Panther Release New "Poontang Boomerang" Effects Pedal, Outrage To Follow
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The most recent Steel Panther effects pedal release proves once again that PC narrow-mindedness and knee-jerk Social Justice Warrior outrage can easily be exploited for tons of free publicity by even obvious trolling. Steel Panther's first effects pedal, the Pussy Melter, started life as a TonePrint guitar effect patch marketed by TC Electronics and designed by them and Steel Panther's guitarist Satchel. It was described in marketing literature as a "delay tone... as wet as the ladies on...
New Release Megadeth To Release 35th Anniversary Graphic Novel With Heavy Metal Magazine
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Thrash titans Megadeth have a 35th anniversary greatest-hits set coming out on March 22nd, and it is a monster. Clocking in at35 tracks, Warheads On Foreheads is a weighty 3-CD retrospective that spans their entire career. Not content with that, Megadeth frontman/founder Dave Mustaine has teamed up with the graphic novel heavyweights at Heavy Metal Magazine to create a behemoth graphic anthology that explores "the universe of Megadeth and its harrowed mascot, Vic Rattlehead"...
Featured Iron Maiden To Release Sun And Steel Saké Lager
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British metal titans Iron Maiden are releasing the next beer in a series based on their masterful 1983 album Piece of Mind, and they are throwing a curve ball this time: the beer is a lager— the first of a lineage dominated by ales. And there's a second twist: in keeping with its musical namesake, Sun and Steel celebrates samurai culture via secondary fermentation with authentic saké yeast. Billed as a "saké lager" and designed by Maiden frontman Bruce "Air Raid Siren" Dickinson and...
Featured New Research: Death Metal Has Positive Effect On Fans, Doesn't Desensitize Them To Violence
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The most recent in a decades-long series of psychological experiments into the emotional effects of music has demonstrated something that I could have told you for free: listening to death metal has a positive mental effect on fans, does not desensitize them to violence, and scares the shit out of normal people. Just published in Royal Society Open Science, the work by researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia compared the reactions of death metal fans and non-fans to...
New Release Rush To Release Official Tour Compendium Covering 41 Years
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41 years. 29 tours. Over 2100 shows. There aren't many rock bands that work, or tour, harder than Rush. Or that have more fun doing it. Geddy, Alex and Neil played their first show together on August 14th, 1974, opening for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann in front of 11,000 fans at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. They were on the road supporting their eponymous debut album, released on March 1st of that year while John Rutsey was still on the drum kit. They wouldn't stop touring for 41 years...
New Release New Venom Box Set "In Nomine Satanas" Celebrates 40 Years Of Evil
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Landing somewhere between a filthy, Satanic spin on the New-Wave-of-British-Heavy-Metal scene and what would become known as speed metal, there had never been anything quite like Venom's first album Welcome to Hell when it first roared forth into the world in December of 1981. Pissed-off, derisive, fast-as-fuck, dirty as a convent whore and rawer than waste from the Devil's Own Cesspit, Venom seized the attention of the metal underground and never let go. In addition to introducing...
Red Hot Chili Peppers To Stream Live Show From Pyramids of Giza
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This coming Friday, March 15th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will play live in Egypt for the first time ever, and they couldn't picked have a more bad-ass venue: the Pyramids of Giza. This site includes three Great Pyramids and the Great Sphinx and is not only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, it is the oldest of the Wonders, and the only one still existent. The entire population of Earth is invited to watch, as the show will be livestreamed on the RHCP website at...
New Release Audiobook Edition Of "For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records" Is Released
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It would be difficult to overstate the importance of California recording label Metal Blade Records to the world of heavy metal. Thrash titans Slayer's first two albums, both of which still have an immeasurable influence on extreme metal today. Metallica's first shot at a recording contract. Debuts from thrash kings Sodom and Voivod. Three of crossover-progenitor DRI's first four albums, including the one that gave crossover the name. All fourteen Cannibal Corpse albums; 27 years of...
Singer Keith Flint of The Prodigy Dead At 49
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Keith Flint, singer for British electronic group The Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. He was found unresponsive in his home in Essex in the United Kingdom and the band's official Instagram page confirmed the frontman took his own life. "We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8:10AM on Monday [March 4]," an Essex Police spokesperson said in a statement (via CNN). The statement continued, "We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old...
Featured 'Lords of Chaos:' The Backstory
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Rebellion is a refusal to accept the mores of one's society, and an embracing of an alternate value set that is diametrically opposed to those rejected conventions. Accordingly, rebellion indirectly reflects those norms, providing a negative image of the values of a society. As societal mores vary from culture to culture, rebelliousness necessarily manifests itself differently from culture to culture as well. In a country of Puritanical origin, like the US, rebellion is often manifested...
New Release Entombed Announce May Release Of 'Clandestine - Live'
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Formed from the ashes of the pioneering Swedish death metal band Nihilist in 1989, and universally considered to be one of the Big Four Of Swedish Death Metal, the influence of Entombed on that scene cannot be overstated. Their first full-length album, 1990's Left Hand Path, was the second LP ever recorded at Sunlight Studio (Carnage's Dark Recollections being the first); Sunlight is renowned as the original source of the distinctive "old-school Swedeath sound:" a full-bodied...
Featured Was Judas Priest Drummer Dave Holland Really Guilty?
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On a blustery Friday in January 2004, former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland was convicted of attempted rape and indecent assault at Northampton Crown Court, over his protestations of innocence. He wept in the dock as he was found guilty. Holland subsequently served his entire eight year sentence. Not long after his release, he moved to A Fonsagrada, a small mountain town in Spain, where he would die in January 2018, reportedly of cancer. Now, a year after his death, allegations are...
Featured Trailer Released For Mötley Crüe Movie 'The Dirt'
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Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming Mötley Crüe Movie The Dirt, which is based on the band's 2001 tell-all autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band, written with the assistance of Neil Strauss (NY Times, Rolling Stone). The Dirt will debut on March 22nd, and features four new songs recorded specifically for the movie. Nikki Sixx tweeted that the new tracks are "real and raw. Everybody is playing like mad and the...
Featured Erik Rutan To Fill In For Pat O'Brien On Upcoming Cannibal Corpse Tours
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Cannibal Corpse have recently announced that famed death metal guitarist and producer Erik Rutan will fill in for recently-arrested Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O'Brien for two upcoming tours: the Decibel Magazine Tour, which Cannibal Corpse will co-headline with Morbid Angel, and the US leg of Slayer's farewell tour. Rutan is almost uniquely qualified to fill in for O'Brien, who is one of the most talented death metal guitarists on the planet. Rutan is himself an amazing death metal...
Featured KISS Cover Band Singer Catches Fire During Show, Doesn't Miss A Beat
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Bobby Jensen is a fucking savage. Undaunted. An absolute beast. Jensen, the singer/guitarist for a KISS cover band called Hairball, showed what he's made of during a recent performance in Sioux City, Iowa, when a pyrotechnic effect made things a little hot for him, and he completely kept his cool. Decked out in full Paul Stanley regalia, Jensen became part of...
Featured Blizzard of Ozz Hits Quintuple Platinum
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Whether or not Ozzy is feeling better after his bout with a severe upper respiratory infection, word that his earthshaking solo debut album Blizzard of Ozz was just certified quintuple platinum should lift his spirits. The February 4th certification by the Recording Industry Association of America means that the album has sold 5 million copies since its initial release on Saturday, September 20th in 1980. Its last platinum certification, quadruple platinum, occurred on August 15th...
Featured Iron Maiden's Trooper Beer Goes Nitro
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Iron Maiden have announced the latest in a series of Maiden-branded beer releases, and they are going back to the start by releasing a keg-only nitro version of their venerable Trooper ESB. Brewed by Robinsons Family Brewers, and named for the iconic 1983 song about the Charge of the Light Brigade, Trooper is a decent traditional British ESB; it averages 3.44 out of 5 on Beer Advocate; I rated it a bit higher, but there are certainly better ESBs out there (including its limited-release big...

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