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It’s Halloween, which means it’s the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to dress up in costume and generally cause mayhem. So in keeping with that, we’re going to run down the scariest mascots in metal. Granted, some of these aren’t really that scary, but others are truly terrifying. And if anyone dresses up as any of these this Halloween (or did this past weekend), you pretty much rule. Read more »
That Metal Show hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson were on hand at Guns N’ Roses’ show in Miami this past Saturday (October 29) to film some stuff for the show. In addition, though, the three had the opportunity to do something rare: interview Axl Rose himself on camera. While the hosts and crew reportedly had to wait until the wee hours of the morning (according to Trunk via Twitter, they had been at the arena since 3pm the previous day and Axl didn’t show up for the interview until around 7am), the wait seems to have paid off.
What resulted was apparently an hour long interview with the reclusive singer and GN’R guitarist DJ Ashba. And during the interview, Axl reportedly let it slip that Duff McKagan’s band, Loaded, would be opening for GN’R in the future. Trunk (who had previously interviewed Axl on his radio shows five years ago), tweeted the following about what they discussed in the interview:
“We did ask Axl about R&R Hall, new music, his lateness, this lineup, playing with Duff (said Loaded will open shows) and more.”
So there are many reasons why Axl’s interview with That Metal Show is of interest to us:
1) Making the hosts and crew wait so long proves that concerts aren’t the only thing Axl shows up late to.
2) Not only is this the first TV interview he’s done in a long time, but this is the first we’ve heard of Axl doing an interview with one of the new GN’R members (something we’ve said he should be doing more often).
3) Duff McKagan’s Loaded will be opening for the new GN’R soon? On the one hand, this isn’t too surprising since Duff has been on good terms with Axl following his appearance on stage with the new lineup in the UK. However, Duff is still a member (or so we’d imagine) of Velvet Revolver, along with fellow former GN’R member Slash. And as you may recall, Axl doesn’t like Slash. Could Duff possibly help mend fences between Axl and Slash? One thing is for certain, though, if Duff does indeed open for GN’R, you can bet he’ll join Axl onstage again.
At the moment, it is not clear as to how the the interview with Axl and DJ Ashba will be formatted. However, Trunk did claim in multipletweets that the interview will air on November 11 on VH1 Classic. And just in case you don’t believe that Axl actually came out of his shell for an interview, you can check out a picture of the hosts with the singer and guitarist taken by a crew member up top, while Trunk has posted pictures of himself with Axl via Twitter as well.
Mastodon have continued to push sonic boundaries with each successive album. So what can the band do to follow up working with Fiona Apple/50 Cent producer Mike Elizondo for The Hunter? If Canadian singer/songwriter Feist has anything to do with it, it might be by collaborating with her. In an interview with Hitfix, the singer, promoting her new album, Metals, said she ran into Mastodon several weeks ago while both acts were appearing on UK show Later… With Jools Holland.
“Brent [Hinds] and I were nodding at each other, and he’s like, ‘Nice riff,’ and I’m like ‘Nice tone.’ So backstage I’m thinking about letting these two worlds collide, how they should collide, so I’m like ‘How about Metals meeting metal?’” Feist explained, saying she sort of pitched a split record to Mastodon. “Brent was like, ‘Well, I do like that “Bad in Each Other” song, I could see that.’ Maybe now I will look into learning to cover ‘Oblivion’… or anything off [The Hunter]. That album’s amazing.”
While it’s somewhat of a long shot to say that this will actually happen, it’d be pretty great if it did. While Feist is best known for “1234,” which was featured in an iPod commercial, it’s pretty easy to see why Hinds likes “Bad in Each Other” (the Jools Holland performance is above). It’s gritty, bluesy and pretty much the opposite of her 2007 hit. And it would be pretty fascinating to hear the bands cover each other songs. Not to mention, she’s pretty much the opposite of Neurosis’ Scott Kelly.
So far, we’ve only heard roughly two seconds of new Lamb Of God material. However, that’s likely to change soon, as Lamb Of God have revealed more details regarding their new album, Resolution. The new album, once again produced by Josh Wilbur, will be released on January 24, 2012 via Epic Records. The band has also revealed the cover artwork (which you can see off to the side) and track listing to Resolution. Fans can also pre-order the album, as well as multiple premium bundles, starting today online.
As if we didn’t already have enough to look forward to, Lamb Of God are expected to make an announcement regarding their first leg of touring on November 15. No word on whether this announcement will include North American dates or not (though we can only assume/hope). New music and live dates from Lamb Of God? Let the countdown to January begin.
You can check out the entire track listing to Lamb Of God’s new album Resolutionafter the jump.
UPDATE: Lamb Of God has also posted a teaser video of the new album online. You can check out the video, which features a snippet of new material, after the jump as well.
We admit that though we’ve had our fair share of laughs at their expense, the Insane Clown Posse’s fan base, the Juggalos, scares us a little bit. But are Juggalos really a national threat? Well, apparently the FBI believes so.
In their 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, the FBI has listed the Juggalos as one of the criminal gangs they are closely monitoring. The report describes the ICP fan base as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang” that are rapidly growing (although only four States officially recognize them as a gang). The report further had the following to say about the Juggalos as a gang:
“Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales. Social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand.
Juggalos’ disorganization and lack of structure within their groups, coupled with their transient nature, makes it difficult to classify them and identify their members and migration patterns. Many criminal Juggalo subsets are comprised of transient or homeless individuals, according to law enforcement reporting. Most Juggalo criminal groups are not motivated to migrate based upon traditional needs of a gang. However, law enforcement reporting suggests that Juggalo criminal activity has increased over the past several years and has expanded to several other states. Transient, criminal Juggalo groups pose a threat to communities due to the potential for violence, drug use/sales, and their general destructive and violent nature.”
The report also highlights two crimes involving Juggalo members, including two suspected Juggalo associates charged with beating up a homeless man in 2010, and one suspected Juggalo member that shot and wounded a couple in 2011 (both in Washington). Like we said before, we may be baffled by the Juggalos and their odd behavior at times (though we have a pretty clear understanding as to why this happened). However, it seems a little extreme to compare them to other violent gangs mentioned in the report. Who knows, maybe this will lead to a Law And Order spin off series doing an episode involving Juggalos. Oh wait, that already happened as well.
Corrosion of Conformity have been keeping themselves busy lately. After the Animosity-era lineup of Reed Mullin, Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman reunited last year for some shows, it worked so well that the band found themselves working on a new album while touring the world with the likes of Clutch and Danzig. Now it can be announced that the band’s new album will be released on Candlelight Records worldwide. The band is currently working on the album with producer John Custer, who’s produced all of the band’s records since 1991′s Blind, for a release early next year.
“Writing and recording this new record as a three-piece has been a blast. Having Reed back in the fold with Mike and I brings it around full circle,” bassist Woody Weatherman commented. “I’m really looking forward to all that lies ahead this upcoming year.”
“Mike, Woody and I essentially learned how to play music together and cultivated our own style, sound, and unspoken language,” drummer Reed Mullin adds. “Re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
The band have been overdubbing vocals and guitar in between their live dates, and are mixing the album, which is still untitled at this time. C.O.C. will be finishing the year with five dates with Clutch, which can be seen after the jump.
Meanwhile, although Pepper Keenan, who joined C.O.C. in 1989, isn’t in the reformed lineup, he’s keeping himself busy. The guitarist joined Soundgarden this past Friday (28) at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans to play the Louder Than Love classic “Gun.” He’s also working on new material with Down, who are apparently going to release an EP next year. And while he’s not in the current incarnation of C.O.C.’s lineup, he’s still technically in the band, so we’ll see if he eventually winds up touring and/or playing with them as well. Read more »
This past Wednesday Night (October 26), Sons Of Azrael guitarist and founding member Tony Lorenzo was shot by an armed robber while walking in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. As of now, the 25 year old guitarist is paralyzed from the waist down, with a bullet lodged in his spinal column. Doctors have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can remove the bullet.
“The kid asked me, he said, ‘Give me what you got.’ And before I could even get my wallet out, he just shot me,” Lorenzo recalled to Buffalo’s WIVB-TV. Though initial reports said that the guitarist may have known his attacker, both Lorenzo and his mother shot down those reports. Lorenzo also expressed shock his attack came a week after another similar incident near the area. “I’m not going run away from my town. I’m not going to up and move away. I want people on the west side to realize this stuff is happening and to look out for each other,” said Lorenzo.
Lorenzo received a surprise bedside visit from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who reportedly assured Lorenzo and family that they will do all they can to catch the attacker. You can watch WIVB-TV’s full report on the incident in the video below. A PayPal account (firstname.lastname@example.org) has also been set up to help pay for Lorenzo’s medical expenses. Our condolences go out to Lorenzo and his family.
As you may recall, things turned ugly following the postponement of Metallica’s show in Gurgaon (a suburb of Delhi) this past Friday. The concert, which was supposed to be the band’s first show ever in India, was postponed (then later canceled) after the barricades were at risk following a surge of over 20,000 fans entered the venue. The announcement led to a full on riot, which led to several injuries and damaged equipment. However, instead of blaming the crowd in attendance for the chaos, police have actually arrested four of the festival’s organizers following the show’s cancelation.
The four, including Rajesh Chandwani (operational head of DNA Entertainment Network ) Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio, were reportedly arrested for cheating people and a breach of trust. Police claim that the organizers oversold the Gurgaon show’s capacity of 25,000 and that they did not give authorities advance notice about the cancelation. According to The Times Of India, Jt Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, Alok Mittal said the following regarding the arrests:
“The concert now stands cancelled. Rajesh Chandwani, Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio of DNA Entertainment Network, have been arrested for breach of trust and cheating. Proper investigation will ensue to determine the reason behind this fiasco, till that time the arrested four will remain in police custody. The organizers have now been blacklisted from organising such events in Gurgaon in future”
Gurgaon Police Commissioner SS Deswal added that the fans can’t be fully blamed for their behavior following the announcement, saying the following:
“Yes, they broke the barricades, but that was because they were angry. They all had paid money, come from far off places, were standing there for hours and suddenly they were told to leave. I don’t blame them. Fortunately, the crowd dispersed peacefully, after that announcement and there were no casualties.”
Video of an Indian news report showing the arrest of the four organizers can be seen above. Fortunately, Metallica’s show in Bangalore Sunday night (October 30) went on without any problems. You can watch a news reports and highlights from the show after the jump. But for now, Free the New Dehli Four! Read more »
Beavis and Butt-head love GWAR. In fact, not only did they watch several of their videos on the show’s original run, the band even played a major part in the B&B video game. So who better to judge (no pun intended) the return of Beavis and Butt-head to MTV than Oderus Urungus himself?
FUCK! I broke like ten lap-tops trying to watch this thing online…and STILL had to suffer through the commercials, which at times would maddeningly replay themselves over and over. THAT is usually when I would break the laptops. But I am pleased to report that despite the continuing deficiencies of web TV the new “Beavis and Butt-head” was every bit worth the effort it took to throw ten lap tops against a wall until I finally got through the first episode.
But to say it is “new” is not quite right- it’s like it never stopped happening. The show is presented in exactly the same manner as it always was, and Stewart still wears a Winger T-shirt. The only thing different is the new generation of pop-culture targets that creator Mike Judge goes after, and as usual they are spot-on. The first episode has two separate 15-minute segments, inter-cut with the usual purple couch commentary that looks every bit as crude as the old stuff. The real treat is the new actual stories, the first involving our heroes trying to become undead to “score” and the second involving Butt-head allegedly catching Beavis crying (he was not). Both made me at times laugh out loud and the second one had an amazing ending…the animation in these segments was WAY more sophisticated than the old stuff was, and in this I guess there was the only substantive change from the old show, and certainly one for the better.
Mike Judge has never disappointed me and this won’t disappoint you. It’s like an old buddy showed up or something. Beavis and Butt-head are back – FUCK YEAH! Hopefully Mike won’t wait too long to have their favorite band on!