Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because we’ve got some shocking news to scramble all your preconceptions of life as we know it. Ready? Billy Corgan, frontman of the Smashing Pumpkins, spoke negatively about another band during an interview! Don’t believe us? We’ve got the quotes to prove it.
Everyone’s favorite cartoon death metal band, Dethklok, are on the verge of releasing their third album, ‘Dethalbum III,’ but fans must wait in purgatory no more, as a piece of the upcoming record has been officially released.
Outspoken liberal political commentator and MSNBC television personality Rachael Maddow recently gave the genre of death metal a shout-out on her program, ‘The Rachel Maddow Show.’ While Maddow explored the notion that Tampa, Florida, is the “strip club capitol of America,” the host also presented some research about Tampa Bay possibly being the death metal capital of America. Her findings were quite profound.
System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan has worked with various artists since the band’s hiatus in 2006. Along with contributing to the solo career of System frontman Serj Tankian, Dolmayan has been the drummer for the Daron Malakian side project Scars on Broadway. However, in a recent interview, Dolmayan revealed that he is no longer a member of Scars on Broadway, despite the band currently working on a new album.
A couple of days ago, it was announced that Primus bassist/singer Les Claypool would be auctioning off a rare prototype of his Pachyderm bass to benefit his two-year-old nephew, Matthew. Claypool’s nephew is suffering from a rare form of infant leukemia and is undergoing bone marrow treatment. With the medical costs rising, Claypool is putting his bass up for auction on eBay to help pay for Matthew’s treatment.
Holy hell! The next incredible metal tour to hit North America has just been revealed. During our recent interview with Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey, the extreme metal legend revealed that Exhumed will soon be embarking on a 2012 tour with thrash party masters Municipal Waste and iconic grindcore innovators Napalm Death.
The Company Band consist of an all-star lineup from groove and hard rock oriented acts. The group features Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon, CKY drummer Jess Margera and Fireball Ministry frontman James Rota. We recently were given the opportunity to speak with Margera and Rota before their recent Brooklyn, N.Y., performance, where they spoke about their new EP, ‘Pros & Cons,’ how the band formed and Jess Margera’s high school band with Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn.
For those of you who are fans of Black Sabbath‘s Ian Gillan years, we’ve got some great news to report. Sabbath guitar master Tony Iommi and Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan have teamed up once again for the release of a 2-CD collection under the moniker of WhoCares. The compilation will contain the two 2011 singles the duo released for charity, ‘Out of My Mind’ and ‘Holy Water,’ under the WhoCares band name, along with rarities from the careers of both musicians.
Foo Fighters and the Black Keys are among the acts who will be playing the Global Festival on Sept. 29 in New York City’s Central Park. The two rock groups will be joined by Band of Horses, K’naan and classic rock legend Neil Young at the massive concert, which aims to help spread awareness and raise funds for the global epidemic of poverty.
Ted Nugent is one of the most politically outspoken rock stars in the world. It’s no secret that Nugent is strongly against Barack Obama and endorses Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but Nugent has now painted the two politicians on polar opposite sides. Nugent recently stated, “I am saddened to admit that Obama represents everything bad about humanity and Romney pretty much all that is good.”
Blackened death metal masters Behemoth have hit their fans with two big announcements. Frontman Nergal has revealed that he is endorsing Demon Energy Drink, with a portion of the proceeds going to the cancer organization DKMS Americas, and that Behemoth will begin rehearsals for their next album in September.
From the moment of their inception, Steel Panther reversed the ‘Nirvana effect’ and have once again secured heavy metal’s place as the world’s most important genre. When Steel Panther say, “Heavy metal’s back!” or “Death to All But Metal,” they aren’t just spouting out catchphrases, they’re redefining an entire genre of music in the single most impressive way, by keeping it exactly the same.
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