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SKID ROW’s Rachel Bolan Talks to The Blaze 1330 AM

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Check out this interview I did for Arizona Metal with the legendary Rachel Bolan of Skid Row!

He talks about the band’s latest EP series, “United World Rebellion,” playing bass on Stone Sour‘s “House Of Gold And Bones” albums (we reviewed Part 2 here), and several other topics.

You can hear the entire interview here. Enjoy!

Entire NEWSTED Debut Album Now Streaming

Newsted, which features former Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Voivod bassist Jason Newsted and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, will release their debut album in the U.S. August 6. But you can hear “Heavy Metal Music” in its entirety below, before it hits stores. Let us know what you think!

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?

New Music Videos from MEGADETH and GHOST B.C.

Megadeth released the music video for the single “Super Collider” today (we reviewed the entire album here). The plot revolves around two high school kids in love, and Dave Mustaine plays the girl’s angry father who does not let them be together. We see David Ellefson play a science teacher, Chris Broderick play another kid’s father, and Shawn Drover play a school janitor. “Elysian Fields High School 10th Anniversary Reunion” makes us wonder… is a “Youthanasia” anniversary tour in the works?

Ghost B.C. released the music video for “Monstrance Clock,” and we at TBOS must say it’s pretty cool. It was filmed on location at two of the band’s shows in Los Angeles and New York City. We get to see Ghost in their live element, which is where they truly shine. Plus, it’s a nice departure from the “Year Zero” video, where the band barely made an appearance.

Feel free to share your opinions below.

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”.

Funny Metal Videos: MEGADETH Warehouse and Cooking With PHIL ANSELMO

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Earlier today, Funny or Die released this video of Dave Mustaine promoting the fictional “Megadeth Warehouse” and their latest album, “Super Collider” (which we reviewed here). Kenny G makes an appearance, and it’s pretty hilarious.

Metal Hammer also brought our attention to this animated “Cooking With Phil Anselmo” video. The music was done by Pantera tribute band Good Friends & A Bottle of Whiskey and would make the Cowboys From Hell proud.

Hope these videos brightened your day, as TBOS plans to bring up a more serious topic (moshing being outlawed) in the near future.

Interview with Holy Grail for KASC The Blaze 1330 AM

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Alec Damiano (me) with James Paul Luna, singer of Holy Grail.

Last night, I interviewed up-and-coming metal band Holy Grail before their show in Mesa, Ariz.

It’s pretty funny. They open up about Metal Alliance Tour and their drunken adventures with Exodus, their musical guilty pleasures, and how they might tour Europe in the fall.

You can check it out here.

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.

Album Review: CHILDREN OF BODOM’s “Halo of Blood” (Deluxe Edition)

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Finnish melodeath band Children of Bodom is back with a vengeance, releasing possibly their best album in over a decade. “Halo of Blood” shows how CoB has matured musically while still maintaining their aggression and sense of humor.

“Waste of Skin” and “Halo of Blood” start off the album with an aggressive one-two punch, where the keyboards take somewhat of a backseat. Alexi Laiho screams over machine gun drums and melodic dual guitar riffs. Whereas “Waste of Skin” makes one nod and say, “Yep, this is Bodom,” “Halo of Blood” seems too busy at times with its very syncopated rhythms (possibly a drummer’s wet dream).

“Scream for Silence” takes the speed down a notch, but nicely. The keyboards are more noticeable in this song than in the previous two, which lacked a keyboard solo. Interesting lead harmonies complement intense lyrics like, “If you need to feed on pain, you might as well tap my vein.” This track is probably the most radio-friendly of the album and would have made a better single than “Transference”. It ends with a nice Slayer-esque guitar riff and people chanting “Kill! Kill!” Very Bodom indeed.

“Transference” was the choice for the first single of the album. While it still has the elements that differentiate CoB from other bands (chromatic guitar and keyboard runs, leads complementing Laiho’s vocals), it is just ok. It is probably, musically, the simplest song on the album, and that may have been a factor as to why it was chosen as the lead single.

“Bodom Blue Moon” and “The Days Are Numbered” both sound like they could have come straight off “Hatebreeder” (1999). They both possess hypnotic keyboards and are technical eargasms, with the latter possessing more neoclassical elements. Lyrics like, “Your name on my blade I won’t erase / Until I get to cut my name on your face” would make metalheads proudly nod and say, “F**k yeah” to themselves.

“Dead Man’s Hand on You” is definitely the most experimental track on the album, sounding more akin to Marilyn Manson than CoB at the beginning. Laiho doesn’t even scream on this one at the start and is accompanied by acoustic guitars and a piano. But the lyrics, about a twisted proposal to the goddess Mother Kali, showcase CoB’s sense of humor quite nicely: “I’ll be more than just a dead man’s hand on you… Love me one more time and I’ll let you kill me too.”

The last three tracks, “Damaged Beyond Repair,” “All Twisted,” and “One Bottle and a Knee Deep,” all sound like they could be on “Follow the Reaper”. “All Twisted” in particular has a “Hate Me!” vibe and similar riff work.

“Sleeping in My Car” is a Roxette cover and the bonus track on this edition of the album. (What is Children of Bodom without covering pop songs and making them metal?) It is a suitable end to “Halo of Blood,” because this album encompasses elements of CoB’s entire discography, including humorous covers. Instead of Roxette sweetly crooning, “The night is so pretty and so young,” the refrain sounds like it was uttered by a drunken vampire in Bodom’s version. The song ends with the solo from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

The “Making of” DVD (the second disc) is a nice treat. The viewer gets to see the band fooling around in the studio, but also witness just how self-deprecating these incredible musicians and their crew can be. At one point, the producer exclaims, “Finally this band has a good bass sound!”

“Halo of Blood” is a great album that will definitely please the Hate Crew. It is their best work in years.

FINAL VERDICT: 8.5/10

Track listing:
1. Waste of Skin
2. Halo of Blood
3. Scream for Silence
4. Transference
5. Bodom Blue Moon (the second coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man’s Hand on You
8. Damaged Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep
11. Sleeping in My Car (Roxette cover) (Bonus Track)