Showing posts from May, 2011

'68 Zombies

I am a metal head.
I am also an uber geek.
Most would think the two would be light years (groan) apart. Immediately comes to mind is the groovy Iron Maiden Fanclub shirt that had the TARDIS on it. Not to mention Kirk Hammet of Metallica who has written a groovy book entitled Too Much Horror Business coming out October 1. I saw scads of Iron Maiden and Metallica shirts over the weekend at the Phoenix Comicon. Therefor, this is the perfect place to tell you all about '68. '68 is a Zombie/VietNam tome by the fabulous trio of Mark Kidwell, Jay Fotos, and Nat Jones. These guys frakking rock! I picked up issues 1 and 2 and read them on the tram home. I was absorbed! I went back the next day tweaked on Costa Rican coffee and Dr. Pepper and pledged my undying allegiance. Luckily, they didn't shoot me in the head!

Instead, they gave me five (5) signed copies of issue 1 to give away! All you have to do to get one is this... Much like I asked Ben Carter of EVILE and Jon and Thomas …

DORO Tour Dates

RUN over to Doro's MySpace Page for updates to the 2011 touring Schedule! June 2011 dates are as follows:

JUNE 10 Sauna Open Air Festival in Tampere, FI
JUNE 18 Rocková Pumpa Festival in Čkyně, CZECH REPUBLIC
JUNE 19 HELLFEST 2011 in Clisson, Pays de la, FRANCE
JUNE 24 Rock am Härtsfeldsee in Dischingen, Baden-Würt, GERMANY

Phoenix Comicon

What a long and amazing weekend! I spent it at the Phoenix Comicon in loverly downtown Phoenix, AZ. It may have been hot outside, but inside the convention center was downright sizzling! The building itself had the sweet smell of popcorn permeating every hallway. It was heavenly! Panels by Max Brooks, Leonard Nimoy, George Takai, Adam Baldwin, Robert Duncan McNeill kept me busy and provided endless hours of side splitting funny. Zombies roamed the halls. Steampunk costumes and art filled my eyes. More super hero's that you can shake a stick at. I've got over 8GB of video and photos to transcribe and edit. So here is a nice little teaser video of the weekend! Come back often for Zombie Walks, updates on new movies coming out, what's happening in the TV sci-fi landscape, and photos of just the outrageous and sublime! Enjoy!

Adam Baldwin on Working with Stanley Kubrick

Adam Baldwin has had a long and interesting career in the movies. Many remember him as Jayne from Joss Wheedon's Firefly series. Others know him from his latest five seasons on CHUCK. Many know his work on the Jackie Chan Adventures as both Fin and Captain Black. Throw in D.C. Cab, Independence Day, and X-Files.... OMG! The man doth work! A superficially ingenious and witty Adam Baldwin shared a panel with Robert Duncan McNeill at the Phoenix Comicon over Memorial Day Weekend. Many stories were told. Many songs were sung. New Jersey got some luvin'!!! Follow Adam via his Twitter account.

December I Remember

December I Remember is the newest offering coming out of Gangi Films. It's creator, Joseph Andrew Gangi, had an impressive space at the Phoenix Comicon. I got a chance to speak with him about December I Remember. A teaser pdf file is being made available to fans for FREE on June 1st. Check out the FACEBOOK page at

Phoenix Comicon Teaser

I had an amazing time covering the Phoenix Comicon over Memorial Day weekend. It was held at the spacious Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. I've got over 8GB of materials to transcribe, edit, and collate. But I'm posting some choice pics as a teaser. Upcoming content includes some fantastic words of Leonard Nimoy, the comic stylings of Max Brooks, the dimple laden musings of "BAYONE" Adam Baldwin, Zombies, Pirates, OH MY!!!!! Watch this space for a special comic book giveaway!

Hogwarts never looked so good!

New York City Tap Water: The water preferred by Storm Troopers everywhere...

Adam Baldwin's thoughts on working with Kubrick coming soon!

It's OK to be Takei!!!

More to come!


Doro Pesch filling in on vocals for the DIO Disciples tour

Doro Pesch will be filling in for singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens on the following DIO Disciples tour dates:

June 29 - Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
July 01 - Bilbao, Spain @ Rockstar Live
July 02 - Madrid, Spain @ Heineken
July 03 - Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini

Owens will be unable to make the Italian and Spanish shows as he will be attending his daughter's wedding.

In addition to Owens, DIO Disciples features former DIO members Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards), along with singer Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Gun).

James Hetfield / Justin Hunt ABSENT

ABSENT is the latest documentary by Justin Hunt. It explores the epidemic of fatherlessness in America. Justin takes a deep and emotion approach to discussing a complex problem - a problem largely ignored. ABSENT punctuates what happens when things get ignored, people get ignored, swept under the carpet, become invisible. ABSENT is not for the faint of heart. I wanted to to go in with no preconceptions. I didn't read what my friends said about previous screenings. I didn't watch the trailers. I wanted to have an open mind.
I made the trek down University Ave from ASU to Central Christian Church in Mesa - Justin Hunt's church. The auditorium sat about 1800 people. I thought it was overkill, but people kept coming in. And more and more followed! By the time the lights went down, the auditorium was 85-90% full. I have sense found out that the auditorium sold out with over 2000 in attendance. Only a small handful in the stock uniform of the Metallica fan - fanclub t-shirt or …


May 21 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Fest
June 24 - Bilbao, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
June 26 - Imola, Italy - Sonisphere Festival
July 02 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
July 03 - Arras, France - Main Square Festival
July 05 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
July 06 - Kalskoga, Sweden - Putte Parken Festival
July 08 - Weert, Netherlands - Bospop Festival
July 09 - Knebworth, UK - Sonisphere Festival

July 15 - Newport, UK - Newport Centre
July 16 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
July 17 - Doncaster, UK - The Dome
July 19 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
July 20 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Arena
July 21 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
July 23 - London, UK - High Voltage Festival
July 24 - Bournemouth, UK - BIC


Scottish Blood Metallers Achren have released their debut Live Concert DVD entitled 'Impaled at Bloodstock-Open-Air 2010.'Produced in conjunction with UK based Darkbox Films, the DVD features their whole award winning Bloodstock performance from the New Blood Stage at last years festival, band biography, photo galleries and preview recordings of their upcoming debut album. Purchase a copy of the DVD here.

Watch Achren playing IMPALED at Bloodstock 2010. If you like old Metallica, Slayer, Overkill, good hard driving heavy thrash then you will like this band.
The band play the following Summer European Festival shows :
Metalcamp 2011, Slovenia, 11th-18th July
Wacken-Open-Air, Germany, 3rd-6th August
Bloodstock-Open-Air, UK, 11th-14th August

Pressure and Time by RIVAL SONS

Some days I just really love my job!!! First I get the new video by The Soulless. And now I get the new video by RIVAL SONS!!! Really???!!!! How amazing is this. OK - for this track you need a pole, some daisy dukes, and some candies. If you are under the age of 30 you may have no frakking idea what I'm talking about.... So in kiddie speak! A stripper pole, short shorts, and stripper high heel shoes (preferably with see thru wedge heels). OH YESH! I would don this atrocious outfit just to shake my groove thang to this fucking song!!!!

The vocals oooze with a sweaty sexuality. The bass line is 110% masculinity. The drumming...??? Has John Bonham returned to the building? OH YESH!!! This song screams "take me baby, take me hard." I can not frakking wait for this album to drop! Pre-order the album here: Pressure And Time or here thru iTunes.

If you are throwing a house party, you need this on your turntable (showing my age again). If you are on a long road trip, you need …

The Soulless "Unaltered"

BANG HEAD!!!!!!!

Can I get a holy fuck????!!!!!!! Oh yesh!!! The Soulless is amazing!!! If you don't buy ISOLATED when it comes out, you are a fucktard. Really, you are. This is gonna be the most kick ass album of the year and you MUST own it!!!

Soulless to release new album ISOLATED

You wouldn't expect to get such a hard driving thrashy type metal band from Bath, UK. Yeppers. THAT Bath. Home of Roman well, baths, and abbey, some great ice cream, spas, underground springs, breezes, a groovy bridge, and scads of tourists. Nestled in this ideal beauty The Soulless was born. Signed to Earache Records, The Soulless will release new album ISOLATED on May 16h (June 7th in North America). This album is a definite buy!!!! It's a 4 star out of 5 star deal-lee-yo! It's an Isaac your bartender double finger point! It's a 1976 Dodge Charger! If you don't want the low down on this awesome album STOP READING NOW!! Run on over to facebook and LIKE them. Then buy the album when it comes out!

If you are still reading, that means.... SPOILERS!!!!!! LOL
The short version: The Soulless' new offering ISOLATED is mostly late romantic period music with flourishes of renaissance (the instrumental pieces) with Paganini inspired late baroque/early classical lean…

Celebrate May 16!!!! International Metalhead Day


There are International days for almost everything, there is no reason we shouldn’t have our own.

We are the most loyal music fans ever! We have kept Metal alive for almost 40 years: we buy albums and t-shirts, we go to concerts and festivals, and we run websites and webzines. Some of us are in bands, famous ones sometimes, others are fans, but all of us share the same passion and the same culture that makes us METALHEADS!

The date was not chosen randomly: it corresponds the day the great Ronnie James Dio passed away. Not only will we celebrate our culture but we will also remember Ronnie James Dio and express the love and respect we have for him.

On May 16th YOU DECIDE how to celebrate. You can:
- Play Metal all day long (Most of you always do, anyway)
- Wear your favorite band’s t-shirt to work /School (Don’t wear a clothes that might get you fired or expelled)
- Organize a concert or a party… etc

On May 16th we want the whole world to know…

Matt Drake talks about EVILE's new Album!!

I am such an EVILE-phile! Totally got my head turned at Bloodstock and can't get enough of the music! It's blistering. It's thrash. It's old school circle pit. It just screams ME!!!!! LOL Matt Drake released a video about the upcoming album FIVE SERPENTS' TEETH. Go by and LIKE their FACEBOOK page. The release date is August 29 and will available on EARACHE Records!!!

See EVILE performing live at the following shows:

28 May - Dokkum, Netherlands - Dokk'em Open Air
10-12 Jun - Donington, UK - Download Festival
01 Jul - Löbnitz, Germany - With Full Force
08 Jul - Gävle, Sweden - Getaway Rock
14 Jul - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany - Dong Open Air
15 Jul - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp Festival
17 Jul - Vizovice, Czechh Republic - Masters of Rock
13 Aug - Oulu, Finland - Jalometalli Festival

THAMES BURIAL new release

FROM THE DEPTHS is a 3 song EP from the band Thames Burial. You've heard me (ok, read words written by me) rave about them before. This EP is where the ear bleeding song "Crystal Throne" resides with equally punishing "Usurper J.I.A.C" and "Necromantic". This EP is for serious thrash heads only!!!! You will not be able to listen to this without banging your head, pin-wheeling around the room, or screaming loudly and incoherently!!!! BUY THIS EP NOW!!!!! You won't be sorry!!!!!


In his first book, Life on Planet Rock, author Lonn Friend shared his ringside view of rock’s decade of decadence. Now, in Sweet Demotion, the veteran rock scribe takes off the gloves and battles himself. Lonn was enjoying a six-figure multi-media career in 1998 when, at the end of a four-year run as a record company VP, he was “bitch slapped by the Universe”; his professional ride came to a crashing pause. But instead of hiring headhunters or putting a resume together to find another gig, Lonn hit the rock-and-roll road less traveled. The result is a brutally transparent, shamelessly self-deprecating mid-life memoir of a writer who stopped making money and started seeking truth. Sweet Demotion chronicles a thirteen-year period of personal deconstruction, spiritual madness, and bizarre anecdotal wordplay where faith was lost in everything but the moment and the music. Lonn’s intimate adventure invites the reader to a porn burial in the desert, a Janis Joplin ghost sighting, a Dallas m…


Only the bestest metal band ever is playing the Norwich Fringe Fest!!! COLLAPSE is blazing the stage on Saturday 28th May, Metal Lust @ the B2 Venue, Norwich. Tickets are £6 in advance and weekend tickets are £10. You can go to Metallust for info on tickets.