Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kirk Hammett's Too Much Horror Business

This is something that has been stewing for quite a long time. Once thought to be released last year, here is an update on Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and his first book,Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection. It will be released this October via Abrams Image. Kirk’s love of all things horror is well known throughout the Metallica community. All the Metclub members either know of or had a sneaky peaky of his immense and legendary collection of horror memorabilia. Like most of us, he has been a collector since he was a kid! Too Much Horror Business is a gobsmacking 228 page, hardback, large format coffee table book featuring well over 300 full color images from Kirk’s private collection and exclusive set photography by Mark Leialoha and Joe Gibbs.  Longtime scribe and staunch Tottenham Hotspur supporter Steffan Chirazi contributes three conversations wiht Kirk covering the importance of collecting in Hammett’s life from childhood, plus written captions by Kirk for many of the items displayed in the book.

“This is my gift to all the other horror nerds out there who are just like me,” says Kirk, “it’s been made with great love for all the many characters and movies which guided me through childhood, into adulthood and which still keep me on track today.”

Metallica comes to And Jersey For All's backyard on June 23rd-24th, for the Orion Music + More Festival. This is the festival promised by Lars back in December at the 30th Annivarsary shows when he told everybody to keep June 23 and 24 open. Many anxious clubbers fretted and speculated over what it meant. Now we know - a two day festival founded by Metallica that takes place in Atlantic City, NJ. There fans will see a preview of some of the content of Too Much Horror Business.  Hammett will be hosting Kirk’s Crypt and offering fans an extraordinary glimpse into his collection.   More information onKirk’s Crypt and Orion Music + More can be found by visiting www.orionmusicandmore.com.

If writing a book isn't enough, in addition to Too Much Horror Business, Hammett is also  producing collectible items through his Kirk Von Hammett line. Each of the collectibles will be a strictly limited edition, with the first one being available on October 1st at www.kvhtoys.com. In the meantime, Too Much Horror Business t-shirts are now available, with other surprises due as the publishing date gets closer.

“I’ve spent my life collecting toys, so what could be more fun than making a series of toys which indulge my childhood fantasies AND which people can collect!  “It’s more about fulfilling a huge ambition than anything else, and I hope I get the first one!”

Preorder NOW wherever books are sold or atwww.kvhtoys.com

About the Book:
Too Much Horror Business
By Kirk Hammett
ISBN 978-0-8109-9659-5
Pub Date: October, 2012
Abrams Image
Hardcover
224 pages / 300 color and B&W photographs
U.S. $29.95 / CAN. $32.95

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

EVILE - In Memoriam video

EVILE  released their video for In Memoriam today to critical acclaim. Wish I could say more, but I still have the chills.  In Memoriam is the latest single from their hit album Five Serpent's Teeth. FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH is available now worldwide on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl, and is also available from the Earache Webstore in a range of exclusive "Serpent Cult" fan packs.

Get the album now in Europe at http://bit.ly/c7wbbN or in North America at http://bit.ly/9aOHhw
FIVE SERPENT'S TEETH is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/nMSZGC

EVILE drummer BEN CARTER comments:
"We are really excited for our fans, both new and old, to see our video for In Memoriam.  It's a different sound and approach for us definitely, but we hope our fans appreciate the sentiment and reason this song exists.  There's a lot of context in the song that everyone will at one time or another relate to, and we hope we have captured that essence in the video.  We didn't want to rush this video and get it wrong at all; we didn't want there to be any falseness, so what we have created is something which we are all very proud of, which perfectly captures everything we felt after losing Mike, and moving forward with Joel.  We hope this becomes a mainstay of our live set in the future, and we also hope that everyone who watches takes something positive from the video.  Live life, and enjoy!"

See EVILE on tour at the following shows:

EVILE
Jun. 06 - Reading, UK - Sub89
Jun. 08 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
Jul. 20 - Luarca, Spain - Luarca Metal Fest
Aug. 12 - Walton-On-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Aug. 24 - Wörrstadt, Germany - Neuborn Open Air Festival

EVILE w/ WOLF
Oct. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC 2
Oct. 19 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Oct. 20 - Belfast, UK - The Limelight
Oct. 21 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 23 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Oct. 24 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Oct. 25 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 3
Oct. 26 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2
Oct. 27 - Norwich, UK - Open
Oct. 28 - London, UK - Garage
Nov. 03 - Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome



R.I.P Mike Alexander

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Skeletonwitch + Nile + Black Dahlia Murder = Headbanging Goodness

My brain works in very mysterious ways. I totally admit this. Anyone who has had the gnarly luck of having me interview them will attest to. LOL Going thru my notes I came across the April 18, 2012 show for Skeletonwitch, Nile, and Black Dahlia Murder and it didn't have a publication attached to it. HHHMMMM I mused. More digging ensued. I soon found this existed no where except in my notes. Not good! So here yas go!

Skeletonwitch are frakking awesome live. No lie. So I was quite disappointed that they only had a 30 minute set. Are you INSANE??!!! At least they played to an enthusiastic crowd. After the set, the lead singer, Chance, toweled off and began his next shift at the merch booth. That's where I caught up with him.

Chance loves what he does he says it's "better than the alternative". Sure, you could work at McDonald's and "make more money" or "work another job and hate it". But Chance reckons he's got the "best job in the world". I have to agree. Even though you'll never get rich touring or being in heavy metal, if you're lucky, you'll make enough to live. "Meager" is the word he uses. But hey, "Do you want a whole bunch of shit or do you wanna life your life?"

When not hanging with Chance, I listened to some of Nile's set. It was monotonous venom compared to the Witch. The crowd, however, LOVED them. Nineteen minutes into the Nile set, I wanted them done. It all sounded the same to me. To my ears, I could have done with a longer more intense and more colourful Skeletonwitch set. Luckily, I'll get one this fall when Skeletonwitch will headline September, October, and November - 8 full weeks! A full hour, 20 songs.

After twelve years, Michigans own Black Dahlia Murder is still frakking aces live. Onstage they play a blend of speed / thrash / prog / fusion metal. It inspires crowd surfers and stage divers. They are intensity personified. Black Dahlia Murder play at 11 when everyone else is napping. They are a freight train on teh tracks of metal. Strong, ferocious, they bear down on you and obliterate everything in their path. Trevor Strnad, the singer, makes the show personal for the punters. He fist pumps, high fives, and acknowledges every fan. The amount of energy from the stage and the fans could power a small midwestern town.

It was an amazing night of music. How many ways can you say Skeletonwitch and Black Dahlia Murder frakking rock?







Monday, June 4, 2012

EARACHE RELEASES WORLD'S SHORTEST ALBUM; REJECTED BY GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of bringing extreme and just killer groovy metal to the masses and, as part of the celebrations, has released the World's Shortest Album, striking fear into the hearts of radio DJs everywhere.

Earache is no stranger to world records, having previously claimed two official Guinness World Records, for the world's shortest single with NAPALM DEATH's "You Suffer", as well as the world's shortest music video with BRUTAL TRUTH's "Collateral Damage".

Now, Earache is taking the idea of "shorter, faster, louder" to the extreme, with the shortest, fastest and loudest album around.  'Earache: World's Shortest Album' celebrates brevity as an art form, featuring 13 extreme, straight-to-the-point tracks totalling just 87 seconds, smashing the previous 121-second record held by Canadian dance group CHROMEO.

The attempt at setting the new record for the world's shortest album has been rejected by Guinness however, who no longer recognise "world's shortest" records, explaining:
"The nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind.  As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert."

'Earache: World's Shortest Album' is still available to punters, and is out now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/Kx9MTi

The full track listing and times for the album are as follows:

01. Napalm Death - You Suffer (00:04)
02. Napalm Death - Dead (00:05)
03. Napalm Death - Your Achievement (00:06)
04. Wormrot - False Grind Sodomy (00:04)
05. Wormrot - You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (00:04)
06. Brutal Truth - Collateral Damage (00:04)
07. A.C. - Howard Wulkan's Bald (00:09)
08. Lawnmower Deth - Be Scene Not Heard (00:07)
09. Painkiller - Trailmarker (00:08)
10. Brutal Truth - Blockhead (00:07)
11. Morbid Angel - Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (00:06)
12. A.C. - Windchimes Are Gay (00:10)
13. Insect Warfare - Street Sweeper (00:13)
Total running time - 01:27

The album is also available to listen to in full on YouTube at http://youtu.be/F8vDIJYWliI
Get more news and info at:
http://www.earache.com
http://earache.tumblr.com
http://www.facebook.com/earacherecords
http://twitter.com/earacherecords

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bonded By Blood - The Aftermath


Is it July 3rd yet? No? Only June. Blerg! One more month to go before the best damn album of 2012 drops!!! You can get your hands on THE AFTERMATH  July 2nd in Europe and July 3rd in North America.  The album was recorded with producer and former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist LOGAN MADER (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA) at Darth Mader Studios in Los Angeles.

Pre-order THE AFTERMATH now in North America at http://bit.ly/98sIL9 or in Europe at http://bit.ly/c1m9ex

And while you wait, follow the band at:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/officialbondedbyblood
Twitter - http://twitter.com/bondedbybloodLA

For your listening pleasure. If you missed them live on the current tour. Well, sucks to be you as they played five new tracks from the album. LOL So now you gotta wait  until July.... on another tour! squeeee

Saturday, June 2, 2012

OK - so it's officially Saturday night, but I've had two weekends of comicons. First was Phoenix Comicon and then Philadelphia Comicon. I totally got my geek on with much squeeing done in the presence of Jamie Bamber (Law and Order, Battlestar Gallactica) - a SPURS supporter and DotCom (30 Rock) - not a SPURS supporter. LOL I left this months playlist up for vote by the fans and this is what I got. I was surprised to get four "popular" bands with high votes to add to the usual rotation of awesome bands. So here is what the fans wanted to see.

Southern Train Gypsy - Hallelujah in the Fire
Awesome band from Texas. You gotta check them out! 


Armada Drive - My Life
From thier debut album!

Countless Thousands - Minor Sounds of Inconvenience
I love Danger! You will too!


Vagora - Schitzofriendly
New to me, new to you!


And now for the popular muisc you all know and love!

Dio - Rainbow in the Dark


Danzig - Her Black Wings


Misfits - We Are 138


And ending the night... a classic...
Journey - Any Way You Want It
Patrick Stewart on working with Majel Barrett - she brought to the set "Outrageous energy and charming vulgarity".
William Shatner: "I'm thrilled with what Chris Pine is doing with the character." Wizardworld Philadelphia Comicon
William Shatner "Stan Lee has got that peculiar brain." On what was his favourite super hero growing up.

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