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Marty Friedman's...Pachinko Song?

I have no words for this. My brain is on overload. There are so many stereotypical bubblegum anime idioms in this video, they could collectively choke a police horse. I sent this same video in an email to some friends of mine, with the simple summary: "this is the single most amazing, embarrassingly Japanese thing I've ever seen...Watch the video. Watch it. I dare you."

Metal News: "American Carnage" Postponed

If you haven't heard yet, there will be no American Carnage tour... at least, not this winter.

The whole thing has been postponed on the heels of Slayer frontman Tom Araya's apparently necessary back surgery. The tour was to feature Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, touring the United States and parts of Canada.

Fear not though, as ticket holders are being urged to hang onto their tickets, as the dates will all be rescheduled for sometime in the late Spring/summer. That seems like an awfully quick turnaround for invasive back surgery, but what do I know?

Warbringer's Favorite Horror Movies!

I'm really excited to be able to present the following list to you. I have been trumpeting the merits of California-based thrash metal up and comers Warbringer for almost a year now, and I still get just as much enjoyment in their album "Waking Into Nightmares" as I did the day it was released. Here now with his top ten favorite horror films, John Laux, guitarist of Warbringer! The stage is yours:


Concert Review - Clutch

I had just sat through three opening bands. I had just to wait an interminable amount of time between the last band and the band I paid to see. I had worked fourteen hours the day before, slept for five, then worked nine more before coming to the venue. I hadn't eaten in nine and a half hours. I was in no mood for bullshit.

After three cuts from “Strange Cousins of the West,” Neil Fallon approached the microphone, and not allowing for suspense, stated simply that Clutch was going to play two more new ones…and then the entire self-titles album.

Dani Filth's Top Ten Horror Movies

Who better to discuss horror movies from a heavy metal mindset than the man who assembled the "Gospel of Filth?" He's perfectly capable of speaking for himself, so Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth, take it away!

Katatonia talks horror!

Hello boys and girls. Continuing the series of metal musicians who want to use this space to talk about their favorite horror films, I'm giving it over to Anders Nystrom, guitarist for Swedish ambient metallers Katatonia. The stage is yours, sir!

Avenged Sevenfold Dummer Found Dead

Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Owen Sullivan, also known as "The Rev", was found dead yesterday in his home, apparently of natural causes. The 28 year old musician was a founding member of the California based metalcore group, which was in the process of recording their fifth album. Avenged Sevenfold had also recently recorded a version of Pantera's "Walk" for a tribute album being assembled by Zakk Wylde.

The Top 11 Heavy Metal Albums of the Decade

Okay, with all the recent "best [blank] of the decade" going on, I decided it was high time I got involved. Seeing as how I can only proclaim myself to be an expert in a few things, and "best pork roast recipes of the decade" didn't seem terribly theme appropriate, I got to thinking about heavy metal, as I so often do.

Album Review - Sugar Red Drive

Hailing from that (sarcastic) hot bed of rock and roll activity, Poughkeepsie, New York, comes Sugar Red Drive, a band that started out with some musically frustrated kids from Vassar and a dream.

Concert Review: The Misfits

It had been a long time since I had been to a punk show. Maybe it had been too long. I had practically forgotten what it was like to stand among the punk loyalists, to feel their visceral attitude. Metal, for all its harshness and machismo, is also sometimes guilty of being turgid with bravado and showmanship.

Punk, true punk, not the sparkly, image conscious punk of the past decade, is bereft of all the pomp and circumstance, and even though the Misfits have costumes and a decided image, there’s still something stripped down about them. The Misfits, the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, the Ramones, MC5, Bad Brains; these are the names that signify the best of American punk rock.

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