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RICHARD CHRISTY: ‘I still have my fingers crossed that people will get to hear the last CONTROL DENIED album’

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I was fortunate enough to interview legendary drummer Richard Christy for our partner website, Vita In Musica.

Christy is currently prepping for the release of the new CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED album, which features Tim “Ripper” Owens (DIO DISCIPLED, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) on vocals, Jason Suecof on guitar (CAPHARNAUM), and Steve Digiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH, SADUS) on bass.

However, we also talked about his time in DEATH, ICED EARTH, and CONTROL DENIED.

In the interview, Christy revealed that the second CONTROL DENIED album, late DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner’s final album, was nearly completed before Schuldiner‘s death in 2001. Christy mentioned some interesting aspects of recording:

I did my drums in December of the year 2000, and I’m really proud of the drums on that, because those I did in one day, and I did every track in one day. The drum sound was amazing, and I really hope that people will get to hear it one day. Chuck did his guitar parts as well, and those are incredible as well… I remember rehearsing that album, and there’s such crazy stuff on that second album. We did this one thing where it didn’t have a time signature. We slowed down just by looking at each other, and then [sped] back up. It’s one really weird riff. I remember when Chuck came up with it and Shannon shouted to me, we were all just laughing because it was so crazy-sounding and so cool.

As for a potential release, nothing is currently set in stone, but Christy is optimistic.

“I don’t have any news on it, unfortunately,” he said. “But I still have my fingers crossed that one day people will get to hear that album.”

He continued: “The thing is, we gotta make sure that it’s something that Chuck would’ve wanted people to hear and that it’s done right. So, I really hope that people get to hear it one day, cause it’s really an amazing album.”

Christy also revealed that the drums for DEATH‘s final album, The Sound of Perseverance, were recorded in 2-3 days at the most, and without a metronome.

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s latest album, Creatures Watching over the Dead, will be released September 23 via Metal Blade Records.

For the full interview, click here.

 


Interview with DELAIN’S Martijn Westerholt

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I had the opportunity to interview symphonic metal mastermind and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt of DELAIN. We discussed the band’s upcoming album, Moonbathers, which is out August 26th via Napalm Records.

Moonbathers features Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY, ex-THE AGONIST) as a guest vocalist on “Hands of Gold,” as well as a cover of QUEEN‘s “Scandal”.

Westerholt also discusses his time in Within Temptation, accusations of “commercialism,” and elitism in metal:

The whole ‘commercial’ argument is total bullshit, because if I want to go commercial, you can not use any guitars whatsoever, and I’m in totally the wrong genre. So, I just make what I love to make… If I want to make money, and if I want to be commercial, first of all, I wouldn’t be into music in general, because the chance that you can earn money with music is REALLY, REALLY small. And second of all, even if I want to do that, then please don’t choose metal, because you will have very limited radio airplay, and metal is not in fashion. But I happen to love metal, and I happen to love hard guitars… I actually really, really dislike–actually, despise–the whole elitism thing. Also, when bands become successful, then it’s suddenly not cool anymore, because ‘your’ band–you have to share them with other people. It’s not your band in the first place… I see the fans as my boss, as my employer, because they spend money on me and I can do this because of them, and I really am grateful for this. But this doesn’t mean they have a say in what kind of music I will make or not, because that’s something that comes from your heart… I make what I want to make. 

You can listen to the entire interview at our partner website Vita In Musica.


HANK SHERMANN: DAVE MUSTAINE Did Not Allow Performance With KING DIAMOND, Talks Potential MERCYFUL FATE Reunion, Songwriting

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I was fortunate enough to interview the legendary axeman Hank Shermann (Denner/Shermann, Mercyful Fate) for our partner website Vita In Musica. We talked about the upcoming Denner/Shermann album, ‘Masters of Evil,’ a potential Mercyful Fate reunion, and playing guitar with Volbeat in 2012.

Volbeat singer Michael Poulsen had asked Shermann to play guitar during the band’s run on Gigantour in 2012. King Diamond was supposed to perform “Come to the Sabbath” with the band, but Dave Mustaine did not allow it.

King Diamond also went to Dallas when we did the Gigantour, because he was supposed to play–we did play a Mercyful Fate song–‘Come To The Sabbath’. King Diamond was coming to the show in order to sing it. But apparently, Dave Mustaine didn’t want King to be onstage and do whatever Satanic lyrics, or whatever that was all about… So, King came to the concert and he was given the–he was told that, ‘Hey King, you’re not allowed’ from Mustaine for some reason.”

The band played the intro from “Come to the Sabbath” anyway, as King sang the lyrics from the audience.

Shermann continues, “That was pretty funny. What that was all about, I don’t have a clue. I don’t know if suddenly Mustaine had gotten into God, or you know, for whatever reason [laughs]. That was pretty bizarre you know, because back in the days, they were very good friends… Megadeth were touring with Diamond in the 80s. But there’s a lot of changes in that band. But you know, they’re good guys… and I like them and they have made some really cool records over time.”

He also revealed that he has been in talks with King Diamond over a possible Mercyful Fate reunion, though nothing has been set in stone. There is still an album left on contract with Metal Blade Records.

Nothing has been talked about, specifics. But I mean, it would be a fascinating thought, and let’s all hope that it would happen, at least for the fans, because we owe everything to the fans, that we are still here to this day.”

Denner/Shermann will also be touring Europe and North America later this year.

For the entire interview, click here.

Masters of Evil‘ is due for release on June 24th via Metal Blade Records.

UPDATE (6/9/16 8:27 a.m. PST): YouTube link has been included because the Vita In Musica site is down: https://youtu.be/t5mfMqL7d5I


Gorgatron Chats with TBOS

by Paul Sokol
Phoenix loves death metal! That’s why we get so many awesome touring bands.
Gorgatron's debut album, Torturetorium
One band that is coming to town in June is Gorgatron and I got a chance to interview Paul from the band. He here is what he had to say:

Gorgatron is from North Dakota but who are you guys?
Who are we?! I’ll tell you BROTHER!

We’re the cheeseburger eatin’
Blast beatin’
Riff thrashin’, hipster bashin’
Wild men without a care
Women listen to our records and strip themselves bare!

WOOOOOOOOO!

What style of heavy metal can fans expect? What has influenced your sound?
Death metal, thrash, grindcore, sludge,
It’s basically the audio equivalent of getting choke slammed off a building into a dumpster full of scorpions.

Some things that influence us are: Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, four loco, cheap tacos, Legion of doom matches, Morbid Angel before they wrote that toe tappin’ techno album.

Where was your favorite show on tour, so far?
Im gonna go with the time we were supposed to play NYC. The show got all fucked over and we had to deal with a coked up fella we dubbed “70’s Porno Dracula” and his evil henchmen. Even a shitty gig (or lack there of) can be a learning experience, and that’s what life is about kids, learning………. and death metal.

Why did you decide to tour?
Because we’re coming to your front fuckin’ door to shove heavy metal down your throat and tear you away from YouTube for a couple hours. I’M TALKING TO YOU AMERICA!

Honestly I don’t think you’re a legitimate band until you put some miles on your old shitty van, and play for some tough crowds not comprised of your girlfriends and drinking buddies. People that don’t know or care about you will let you know fairly quickly if you suck or not.
I’M TALKING CAGE MATCH BROTHER! US AGAINST THE AUDIENCE! THE TAJ MAHAL! IT’S A WAR ON THE SHORE!!!!

When can the Phoenix scene see you play live?
JUNE 10TH @ CLUB RED, BROTHER!

We’ve been preparing, day in and day out. Our ability to out-party anyone is something we boast about.

Our guitars and drums are tuned with precision,
Which is why you should make the decision,
To walk down that isle,
Style and profile,

Jesus, just come to CLUB RED JUNE 10TH and let us and a bunch of other killer bands WHOOP THAT MONKEY ASS (musically).

We can’t wait to get sweaty in the desert with all of you!

CHEERS,
Paul Harvey Johnson

Paul nailed it because all the other killer bands are local Arizona acts including Unholy Monarch and Avarice. This one-night-only slaughter features three other bands too! Get cheap tickets at the official Facebook event and invite your friends here!

PILE OF PRIESTS Talks to TBOS

Phoenix, Ariz. is home to a bustling metal scene which attracts touring acts from around the globe, great and small.
One band that is currently touring their way to our neck of the woods is Pile of Priests. TBOS got a chance to interview one of their members, bassist Patrick Leyn, and here is what he had to say:
Pile of Priests is from Colorado but who are you guys?
We are just regular jack offs with a similar state of mind and the same approach to enjoying our passion that is metal. We know there isn’t a lot of money to be made in our genre but that is not why we do it.
What style of heavy metal can fans expect? What has influenced your sound?
We are a death metal band first and foremost, whether it’s death/thrash or progressive death, that’s for you to decide! Some of our influences include Death, Edge of Sanity, Sadus, Voivod, Nevermore, etc.

Where was your favorite show on the tour, so far?
So far Cheyenne was our best evening. Tons of locals came out to support, the crowd was insane, we were partying with everyone in the van afterwards shootin the shit, cops even showed up. But that’s why we love DIY venues, you never know what will go down.

Why did you decide to tour?
We always said we would have a solid tour whenever we released our first full length album, the timing could not have been better for all of us.

When can the Phoenix scene see you play live?
We will be playing in Phoenix on Tuesday, April 19th at Club Red with some other amazing bands, check that shit out!

Indeed Patrick is correct as some of the other amazing bands include The Devils of Loudun from Seattle and Before Giants from Las Vegas. This one-night-only shredshow features three other bands too! RSVP to the official Facebook event and invite your friends here!

NERVOSA’s Fernanda Lira talks to TBOS

I had the opportunity to interview the amazingly humble and down-to-earth Fernanda Lira, lead singer and bassist of Brazilian all-female thrash metal band, Nervosa.

The band had just finished a dynamic show at Joe’s Grotto in Phoenix, Ariz. The interview took place in the green room around 12:45 a.m., as the venue was closing. Drummer Pitchu Ferraz and guitarist Prika Amaral were also backstage, as well as a handful of fans, while the video was being filmed. Ferraz makes a brief appearance holding up some merchandise.

Fernanda and I talked about Nervosa’s upcoming second album, their current first tour of the United States, and women in metal.

Facebook: Nervosa Thrash

Twitter: @NervosaThrash


Help WARHEAD Tour The East Coast

Phoenix thrash metallers Warhead are supposed to tour the East Coast early next year. But their tour van broke down and they’re raising money for a new engine.

You can donate to their Fundrazr campaign and buy some of their merch here.

For more information, you can view the video below.


“We’ve Come To Make Your Ears Bleed”

Ye’iitsoh is a blackened thrash metal band from Phoenix. They are in the process of recording their first demo.

You can watch the following feature below.

The music video for their first single, “For the Empire,” will be released exclusively here on The Blog of Shredding later this year.

They’ll be opening for Death Angel tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 9.

 


AVENGED SEVENFOLD Premieres New Single ‘Hail to the King’

Avenged Sevenfold has premiered the first single from their upcoming album, “Hail to the King,” which is released August 27.

This will be their first album with drummer Arin Ilejay, who toured with the band since 2011. It is also the first that does not have any musical contributions from the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.


AVENGED SEVENFOLD Releases Preview of ‘Hail To The King’

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Avenged Sevenfold has released a 30-second preview of the title track from their upcoming album, “Hail To The King”. The album is due in stores August 27.

Previously released samples of new Avenged Sevenfold songs can be heard below.

There has also been controversy surrounding the album artwork, drawing comparisons to Lich King’s “World Gone Dead”.

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Thoughts?


This Week in Metal: Moshing, Lemmy, Megadeth, and More

These past several days have been interesting ones in the metal community.

In perhaps one of the biggest recent controversies, rumors spread that moshing would be outlawed. This tweet by Oliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon fueled the speculation.

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Moshing was made illegal in the city of Boston in 2012, and to the best knowledge of TBOS, there hasn’t been any more recent legislation put into action. Kevin Lyman, the promoter of Warped Tour, where BMTH are performing, assured his Twitter followers that moshing has not been outlawed on the tour, but bands are not allowed to encourage it due to possible legal problems.

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Motörhead was forced to cancel three shows after singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister suffered a hematoma. But the band released a statement proclaiming that their frontman was doing well. Motörhead will release their latest album, Aftershock, in September.

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Tickets for Iron Maiden’s upcoming London show sold out in a mere 12 minutes. The band have since added a second show. It will be their last show in the UK before they tour the States and headline Rock In Rio and other shows in South America. The band also launched an online store for their Trooper beer this week.

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Megadeth announced they will donate the proceeds from their upcoming Gigantour show in Oklahoma City will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. According to Loudwire, singer Dave Mustaine said, “Many amazing bands have come forward to aid Oklahomans since the May tornadoes came and tore apart their homes and lives. Now it’s time for Heavy Metal to give to this community!”

A 6-year-old girl wowed audiences on “America’s Got Talent” by singing an original death metal song called “Zombie Skin”. Surprisingly, the kid band (called Murp) progressed to the next level of the show.

Another metal-related video went viral this week. The Badpiper, an Australian street performer, made headlines by performing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” complete with pyrotechnics.

In other news:

  • Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival (a.k.a Mayhem Fest) kicked off Saturday night in San Bernardino, Calif.
  • Andrew WK will be opening for Black Sabbath on their upcoming North American tour.
  • Avenged Sevenfold announced that their next album, “Hail to the King” will be released August 27.
  • Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival will be the subject of a 3D documentary.
  • Full Metal Jackie now has her own iHeartRadio station.

Thus concludes TBOS’s “This Week in Metal”.


BLACK SABBATH’s ’13’ Debuts at #1

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Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler posted the image above on his Facebook page, signaling that the band’s latest album, “13,” has topped the U.S. Billboard Charts.

No, not the Hard Rock or Heatseeker charts, where metal albums often reside. The Billboard Top 200.

According to Noisecreep, 155,000 copies of “13” were sold in its first week. It is the band’s first #1 album in the U.S.

“13” also topped the charts in the U.K., making it the first time in 43 years that Sabbath has a number one album in that country (the last being “Paranoid”). It is the longest time frame on record.

Metal is alive and well, ladies and gentlemen.


MARILYN MANSON to PARIS JACKSON: ‘You Will Be On My Guest List Any Time You Want’

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Marilyn Manson has offered to put Paris Jackson on his guest list for a future show after she attempted to commit suicide on Wednesday.

Various sources report that Jackson cut her wrists with a meat cleaver and swallowed pills shortly after she was told she would not be allowed to attend a Marilyn Manson/Alice Cooper concert.

Manson sent the following message to Jackson through TMZ, who broke the story:

“Hope you feel better. You will be on my guest list anytime you want.”

Manson just did an interview with Larry King on his new show, “Larry King Now,” where he talked about being blamed for 36 school shootings, particularly those of Columbine High School, due to his controversial image.

Goes to show that reputations are simply reputations. Good on you, Manson, for proving the naysayers wrong.

Marilyn Manson is currently on tour with Alice Cooper, and they will perform in Tucson, Ariz. tomorrow,
June 7 at the AVA Amphitheater.


Album Review: MEGADETH “Super Collider” Deluxe Edition (2013)

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Before I begin this review, let me make my biases known.

I am a major-league Megadeth fan. I am a card-carrying member of the Megadeth Cyber Army. If you look at the “about” page of this blog, you will see me happily nestled between the two MegaDaves, singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson.

Naturally, I was very excited about the release of the band’s latest effort, Super Collider.

With Super Collider, you can’t just say something like, “It’s Cryptic Writings-meets-Th1rt3en” and be accurate. SC is truly a culmination of all things ‘Deth, with some flashbacks to their thrashier days, elements of their more melodic and experimental albums like Risk, and the newer 2000s material. If you were expecting Rust in Peace II, you will be disappointed. But if you approach it with an open mind, you might be pleased.

SC kicks off with “Kingmaker”, which was released as a single approximately two weeks ago. It renewed people’s faith in Super Collider after so many had been disillusioned by the previous single, the 70s-road-trip-rock title track. “Kingmaker” is like a cross between Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and ‘Deth’s own “Sweating Bullets,” a tribute to the band’s own musical heritage while adding the thrash elements Megadeth have become known for.

Then comes the infamous “Super Collider,” in a very stark contrast to the opening song. For those who haven’t heard it, it sounds more like Foghat than Megadeth. It’s a middle-of-the-road hard rock song that doesn’t really go anywhere. Mustaine revealed that the band filmed a humorous music video to promote the lead single, and perhaps his intention behind the song will be known once the video is released.

The title “Burn!” sounds like Mustaine’s yell in “Take No Prisoners,” but the song itself is an average rocker, with a chorus that feels more at home in a KISS, Motley Crüe, or even a disco song (“Burn, baby burn… ’cause it feels so good”).

“Built For War” is definitely the worst song on the album, maybe even Megadeth’s worst song, period. Meme Theater posted a review of the album right after it leaked, and their critique of this track says it all:

“…it feels like there was Megadeth playing a toned down Megadeth song in one room while Dave Mustaine sings an unrelated melody and lyrical arrangement in another room, while a 2ND DAVE MUSTAINE stood in yet another separate room in said ‘Built for War!’ at random times, as bored as possible…”

“Off the Edge” has a very nice, dark intro and segues into an average metal song but with sub-par lyrics, at least for Megadeth (“Lately, it seems the world is going crazy / It won’t be long till they replace me / And nothing seems to faze me, anymore”). Think of “Fast Lane” from Th1rt3en, but with worse lyrics.

“Dance in the Rain” is the turning point of this album. David Draiman (Disturbed, Device) lends songwriting and guest vocals to this amazing song, which is one of Megadeth’s best since Youthanasia. The song is about American politicians/government taking advantage of We The People as we struggle to make ends meet. It reminds me why I love Megadeth in the first place: chugging guitar rhythms, Shawn Drover’s fast feet at the double bass drums, Chris Broderick’s wailing leads perfectly complementing Dave Mustaine’s eternally stark lyrics. The song starts off slow and progressively speeds up, eventually ripping into a blazing riff and brutal drums backing Draiman’s powerhouse vocals. It would be right at home on United Abominations or Endgame.

“Beginning of Sorrow” is another good , somewhat slow song with heavy lyrical content, about a neglected child. Mustaine’s daughter Electra contributes some backing vocals.

“The Blackest Crow” is one of the most anticipated songs on this album, since video previews on the band’s website showed instruments like a banjo, fiddle, and slide guitar being used. There were also talks of country legend Willie Nelson guesting on this track. Though Nelson did not appear, the song does its hype justice, serving as a strange but pleasant bridge between bluegrass and heavy metal.

Mustaine wrote “Forget To Remember” about his mother-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Though it is an upbeat song for Megadeth, the lyrics are some of their most poignant: “If this is living, what the hell is living for? / You’ve boarded up your eyes, your mind has locked the door”. Broderick’s fills and Mustaine’s voice are beautifully in sync, with the fogginess of some of Mustaine’s vocal lines possibly representing the fogginess of the woman’s memory. This is definitely a highlight of the album, though it is more radio-friendly than most Deth fans are used to.

“Don’t Turn Your Back…” starts off with an impressive bluesy guitar solo and progresses into a badass riff, then into a poppy chorus with more cheesy lyrics (“The best advice I can lend is / Don’t ever turn your back on a friend”). Kinda My Little Pony for Megadeth, even though the musical elements are fantastic.

Though “Cold Sweat” is a Thin Lizzy cover, ironically, it is one of the most Megadeth-sounding songs on the album. Great cover that sounds at home on Endgame.

“All I Want”, the first bonus track, has a vibe similar to Th1rt3en’s “Wrecker” and has obvious KISS influences in the lyrics (“We took off on a rocket ride”). Decent medium-tempo metal song.

“A House Divided” should have been released on all versions of the album. It is truly a shame that it is only available on the deluxe edition. It has an interesting trumpet intro by Bob Findley (who played on Megadeth’s “Silent Scorn”), and like “Dance in the Rain,” reminds me why I’m a fan of this band. Once again, Mustaine sings about injustice (“This is a sad day for violence / When speech results in silence”) as gang vocals creepily chant “We all know something’s wrong” in the background. It gave me goosebumps. It is a suiting finale to the new material.

The final track is a live version of “Countdown to Extinction,” recorded in Pomona, Calif. in December of last year. It is a preview of Megadeth’s next CD/DVD release, Countdown to Extinction Live, which should come out this fall.

Super Collider is just one of those albums that is so different, it has to grow on you. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it called “Risk II”. But the truth is, there are so many different elements on SC, you can’t compare it to one single item in the Megadeth catalogue. It stands alone.

Final verdict: 7/10

Track Listing:
1. Kingmaker
2 .Super Collider
3. Burn!
4. Built For War
5. Off The Edge
6. Dance In The Rain
7. Beginning Of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget To Remember
10. Don’t Turn Your Back…
11. Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover)
12. All I Want (Bonus Track)
13. A House Divided (Bonus Track)
14. Countdown To Extinction (Live In Pomona, CA) (Bonus Track)


PAUL BOSTAPH Rejoins SLAYER

It has just been announced that drummer Paul Bostaph will rejoin Slayer. Bostaph played with Slayer from 1992-2001, on the albums “Divine Intervention” (1992), “Undisputed Attitude” (1996), and “God Hates Us All” (2001).

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Bostaph at the Jeff Hanneman memorial earlier this month. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

Bostaph will be rejoining the band full-time, beginning June 4, at the start of Slayer’s European tour.

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt will continue to fill in for deceased guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Source: BLABBERMOUTH.NET

UPDATE: Slayer has also made this Jeff Hanneman Memorial t-shirt available in their web store.


HUNTRESS Holds “Virtual Yard Sale” to Raise Funds for Mayhem Fest Tour

Thrash metal band Huntress has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the upcoming Mayhem Fest tour.

Among some of the prizes for contributing to the campaign are: the sword prop used in the “Eight of Swords” video, vulgar drawings by singer Jill Janus, and guitarist Blake Meahl’s custom van.

They created this humorous commercial to promote the yard sale.

“Eight of Swords” music video:

Huntress’ sophomore album, Starbound Beast, will be released in the US July 2.


JEFF HANNEMAN Memorial Compilation

Fans and prominent figures in the metal community congregated to celebrate the life of guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The memorial took place yesterday afternoon at the Hollywood Palladium.

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Exodus and Slayer guitarist Gary Holt and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

TBOS has compiled coverage of the event from various sources.

Metal Hammer gave an excellent run-down of the event, elaborating on those who were in attendance and the speeches they gave. One of the most memorable passages from the article:

A video montage of Jeff’s life kicks off. Pictures of Jeff as a small child drive more than a few audience members to tears, as Fade to Black accompanies the footage. When the tunes change to South of Heaven, five or six circle pits break out across the main floor. From the balcony it looks like a map of tropical storms forming across the Caribbean. Circle pits at a memorial service. Epic.

Blabbermouth.net posted an elaborate article on Hanneman and his legacy, along with fan-filmed footage of the memorial.

Loudwire also did a recap of the event, with emphasis on the various speeches.

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records): (Jeff was) such an unbelievable player. Really, back then, you had the feeling that something special was happening when we made (Show No Mercy), but none of us really realized how special that would become.

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Brian Slagel speaking at the memorial. Photo by Kathy Flynn.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo on behalf of producer Rick Rubin (who produced Slayer’s most famous album, Reign in Blood): He was an innovator, an original and a creative force who we will all miss everyday going forward. Thankfully he left us with recordings we can listen to anytime we want to feel his presence.

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Robert Trujillo speaking at the memorial. Photo by Kathy Flynn.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King insisted that the event was a celebration and told the audience funny stories about the band’s early days.

Though the Westboro Baptist Church had planned to protest at the memorial, the group was nowhere to be seen.


THE DOORS Founding Member and Keyboardist RAY MANZAREK Dies at 74

Legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek lost his battle with cancer this afternoon. He was 74.

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There had been rumors circulating that Manzarek’s death was a hoax, but the news was confirmed on The Doors’ official website.

R.I.P. Ray. Thank you for all the fantastic music.


MEGADETH New Single Released

Megadeth debuted their newest single, “Kingmaker,” on Twitter today. Let us just say that it blows the previous single, “Super Collider” out of the water.

The album Super Collider is released June 4.


WARHEAD Debut Album Set For Release May 15

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Phoenix thrash metal band Warhead will release their debut album, “Death Row,” tomorrow May 15. You can stream three of the tracks from the album here.

Warhead will also tour in support of the album.

Upcoming shows:

May 17 – Maya’s Cafe – Corona, CA

May 18 – Riff Haus – Fullerton, CA

May 22 – Musichead – Medford, OR

June 8 – Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ


PHIL ANSELMO Debuts Solo Track

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Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals will release their debut album, “Walk Through Exits Only,” on July 16.

The track “Usurper Bastard’s Rant” is now available for streaming.

Anselmo revealed that the song was inspired by how predictable and watered down music has become. He told Rolling Stone, “Traditions were meant to be celebrated and/or destroyed. The celebration is worn out in my view. It’s time for more destruction, and this is exactly the point of ‘Usurper Bastard’s Rant.'”

You can hear the song here.


Mötley Crüe’s MICK MARS Attacked Onstage

Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars was knocked over by a fan who jumped onstage during the band’s concert in Canada last night.

Mars suffers from a rare condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which fuses his bones together. Though the disease usually stops spreading when a person is in their 30s, Mars has a rare form of the disease where it continues spreading up his back into his brainstem.

Poor Mick. This was on his birthday too.


Recap of the REVOLVER Golden God Awards

Last night was arguably the metal equivalent to the Grammys. But if you were too busy or too drunk to watch the black carpet being rolled out, TBOS brings you the highlights of the Revolver Golden Gods 2013.

Anthrax and (Half of) Pantera Play Tribute to Jeff Hanneman

Anthrax opened the show with guest appearances by Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown by Pantera. They performed “This Love” and part of “Raining Blood” as a tribute to Jeff Hanneman, who passed away yesterday morning.

Afterwards, Kerry King held a “moment of noise” (instead of a moment of silence) in order to honor his fallen bandmate.

The Dillinger Escape Plan Perform With Chino Moreno

In perhaps the most controversial event of the night, The Dillinger Escape Plan put on a bloody performance alongside Deftones’ Chino Moreno.

Halestorm and David Draiman Cover “Whole Lotta Love”

Distrubed/Device frontman David Draiman and Halestorm covered the Led Zeppelin classic, giving both powerhouse singers the opportunity to show off their chops.

Five Finger Death Punch Perform with Rob Halford and Rob Zombie

5FDP performed alongside the legendary Judas Priest frontman and horror mastermind.

Slipknot and Stone Sour Cover Sabbath

After Stone Sour played songs from their House of Gold and Bones series, Slipknot’s Clown and Chris Fehn joined Corey Taylor’s other band onstage to perform “Children of the Grave”.

Danzig Plays Misfits Classics

Danzig played a five-song set featuring hits like “Last Caress” and “Mother”. Misfits guitarist Doyle von Frankenstein joined him, and his guitar broke at the end.

Metallica Gets the Lifetime Achievement Award, Play With Rob Halford

Metallica received the ended the show with a four-song set, opening with “Disposable Heroes”. Rob Halford joined in during “Rapid Fire”.

More highlights:

  • Ghost B.C.’s Papa Emeritus II removed his hat when presenting an award in order to honor Jeff Hanneman.
  • After winning the Song of the Year award, Black Veil Brides were apparently booed by the crowd and decided to respond by insulting the audience.

 

The full list of winners can be seen below:

BEST GUITARIST
– John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
– Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)
– Alex Lifeson (Rush)
– Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
– Brendon Small (Dethklok)
– Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

 

BEST DRUMMER
– Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
– Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
– Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
– Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament)
– Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
– Neil Peart (Rush)

 

PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST
– Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
– Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo)
– Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
– Geddy Lee (Rush)
– Jason Newsted (Newsted)
– Sergio Vega (Deftones)

 

BEST VOCALIST
– Phil Anselmo (Down & solo)
– Maria Brink (In This Moment)
– Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
– Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
– Chino Moreno (Deftones)
– Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)

 

BEST NEW TALENT
– Device
– Ghost
– Kvelertak
– Miss May I
– Of Mice & Men
– Young Guns

 

MOST METAL ATHLETE
– Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL)
– Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing)
– Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC)
– Triple H (WWE wrestling)
– Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding)
– CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB)

 

BEST LIVE BAND
– Anthrax
– Five Finger Death Punch
– Hatebreed
– Lamb of God
– Slipknot
– Volbeat

 

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
– Aerosmith
– The Darkness
– Quicksand
– Refused
– Soundgarden
– Tenacious D

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
– Asking Alexandria, “Run Free”
– Avenged Sevenfold, “Carry On”
– Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
– Dethklok, “I Ejaculate Fire”
– Halestorm, “Love Bites (So Do I)”
– In This Moment, “Blood”

 

MOST DEDICATED FANS
– Black Label Society
– Black Veil Brides
– A Day To Remember
– HIM
– Rammstein
– Slipknot

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– Deftones, Koi No Yokan
– Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage
– Halestorm, The Strange Case of…
– Marilyn Manson, Born Villain
– Soundgarden, King Animal
– Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 1

Do you think the winners were deserving of their awards? Do you think some of the performances were outstanding or sub-par? Sound off in the comments section!


SLAYER’s Jeff Hanneman Passes Away at 49

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Two years after contracting a rare skin disease from a spider bite, Slayer guitarist passed away at his home this morning.

How sad. R.I.P. Jeff.

You can read more here.