Mar 31, 2013

Lemmy Kileaster

Marilyn Manson is the New Face of Saint Laurent

If the marketing department at the french luxury fashion house Saint Laurent were aiming at recreating Picasso, they picked a perfect model.

They hit the bullseye with shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who will be the face of a new Saint Laurent ad campaign. Scene editor Peter Davis Davis wrote on Facebook: "Marilyn Manson in the new Saint Laurent ads. Thoughts?" On Instagram, Nicola wrote simple, "Amazing." The campaign is expected to start soon.

I think it looks great. No Photoshop needed.

Larz and Jaymz - The Time Travellers

Paul Stanley Can't Hear You

In an exclusive with CNN, KISS singer Paul Stanley explains how he became the frontman for one of the most successful rock bands in America, despite being born deaf in his right ear. This article initially ran in 2011; CNN is republishing as KISS gears up for the second leg of its world tour, which kicks off June 1.

Says Stanley; "I was born with a Level 3 Microtia, which is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear, and occurs in approximately 1 out of every 8,000 to 10,000 births. 

There is no ear canal and no direct path to the inner workings of the ear. Except for bone conduction, I'm virtually deaf on my right side, as there is no access for sound to enter. 

I've had an implanted hearing aid for years now. This is a device that is usually given to children at an early age or to adults who have lost their hearing due to a medical condition. This has been an ongoing adjustment for me as my brain has never processed sound coming in from my right side." 

Kids Sing Flight of the Icarus

This should brighten up your Easter Sunday.
This is also education at the finest. One can only dream that this would happen in a school one of my kids attend.

Mar 29, 2013

Howard Stern Doing Extreme Vocals with Richard Christy

To a metal crowd, Richard Christie is an amazing drummer, one who has played with many renowned bands, but best remembered for having played with Iced Earth and of course being part of the critically acclaimed "The Sound of Perseverance" by legendary Death. He has also collaborated with Chuck Schuldiner on Control Denied.

To a crowd less versed in metal, and more in worshipping The King of All Media, he is better known as the dude who replaced "Stuttering John" and became one of Stern's sidekicks. He is known for his hilarious prank calls.

In the audio clip below, check out Howard Stern trying to do death metal (they sound more grindcore to me) vocals while Richard is playing drums. I have to warn you, if you're a die hard metal fan, one that worships Manowar and anything spoken against metal is taken so seriously, that you may feel like sending hate mail to me, Howard, Richard and your ex-girlfriend (probably your xBox), well, you might want to skip this one. Some of the members of Stern do not think highly of metal, but I for one, have found this funny. I don't have problems with my metal insecurities.

One of Richard's pranks.

Explanation of the Metal Genres

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Mar 28, 2013

Review: Omnium Gatherum - 'Beyond'

Rarely does an album come out that appears to have been tailor suited to my listening needs. This is one of those for sure.

In the last 6-7 years I can only think of a couple bands that made a bigger impact on me; In Mourning and Scale the Summit come to mind. Simply falling under the melodic death metal moniker, Omnium Gatherum have not appeared on my radar until I heard this album, although the previous release, 'New World Shadows' was nearly as engaging (as I recently found out).

From the very first time I heard the intro to 'Beyond' titled "Luoto", I knew I was dealing with something superior. The incredible diversity and unity of power, fury, intricate melodies and well-arranged compositions is what really makes this album so irresistible. Every song sounds different, but the fascinating melodic accents provided by guitarists Markus Vanhala and Joonas "Jope" Koto solidify the album as a whole and stamp a unique seal of freshness with no 'best before' date. Something that is a rarity these days. Just when you thought you've heard all there was to enjoy, comes the epic closer "White Palace".
This is most certainly one of the finest prog death metal albums I've ever heard.

I've been listening to metal for over 30 years, and it is rare, especially these days to not get at least somewhat bored with an album, before it ever reaches the end. In case of "Beyond", I've often found myself replaying it from the beginning as soon as it ended. I'm doing it again right now.

If there is an Achille's heel on this release, it has to be a rather weak voice of Jukka Pelkonen, which is to say, his voice seemed stronger on earlier releases by Omnium Gatherum and on this one, as long as you listen on the headphones, it seems fine, but via speakers, his growls could benefit from better EQ tweaks. On a total sidenote, Am I the only one who thought that Ozzy Osbourne did some guest vocals on a track 'Who Could Say"?

Fans of melodic death metal such as Amon Amarth and early In Flames will dig this (especially "New Dynamic" or "Formidable") as much as some power metal fans not afraid of manly vocals ("The Sonic Sign"), those who enjoy already mentioned In Mourning will instantly fall in love with this album. Brutal death metal fanatics shall stay clear of this offering.

Standouts include "Luoto", "New Dynamic", "Nightwalkers", "The Sonic Sign", "The Unknowing" and "White Palace.

An easy 5 star rating, something I rarely ever give out.

Mar 27, 2013

Evolution - Not for Everybody

Dave Mustaine "Science is really interesting. I mean, I don't believe in evolution, I believe in creation, so science only goes so far with me, but I really dig looking at that whole way that's set up with the tubing and the piping and the reactors and all the stuff that goes along with it."

Tesla Coil Covers Black Sabbath

This is science bitches! Something not everyone believes in. Just ask Dave Mustaine.

Mar 26, 2013

Best of March Metal Memes

Lemmy is OK
Come and try Mc Goth

Anatomy of Black Metal Artist

Andrew W.K. and Grumpy Cat

Chris Barnes is Bob Marley of Death Metal

Proof Germans were the first modern era metal heads

Every Metalhead's Nightmare

Which one does NOT belong?

Grand Theft Auto - Norway

Lesson in Metal

Truth behind that one night stand

No one invited me to be brutal

Norwegian Kindergarten

This is how Shazam works

John Petrucci's wife joins Judas Priestess

According to Blabbermouth, Rena Sands, wife of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci and former guitarist in the all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak, has joined Judas Priestess, New York City's all-girl tribute to metal gods Judas Priest.

Formed in 2009, Judas Priestess has a worldwide reputation and is highly acclamed by press and fans alike. Even Priest members themselves, notably Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, and Judas Priestess original founder Al Atkins have admitted that these women have successfully demolished anyone's preconceived idea of what a "tribute" band is, especially an all-female tribute.

The stellar performances by the ladies of Judas Priestess always wow the crowd with both blistering talent and the unmistakable hard-rockin' look that defines who they are.

Rena Sands and John Petrucci live in St. James, New York and have three children together — twins Samantha and Renato, and Kiarra.

Listen to their awesome version of 'Painkiller'

Mar 25, 2013

Best of Black Metal Girls (part 1)

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