Apr 28, 2013

Elderly Couple Charged with Blaring Iron Maiden at Top Volume

According to The Local, an 81-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife grew so tired of the noises coming from their neighbour, that they took revenge by blasting Iron Maiden at top volume.

The couple now face a charge of harassment for their late night heavy metal habits.

"The harassment has just carried on, I am completely broken down. How can I keep living here," the neighbour said in police interviews.

The noisy dispute continued throughout the winter with the pensioners booming music from their terraced house in the Stockholm area until as late as 4am, the newspaper reported. The elderly couple are reported to have taken revenge on their neighbours, who had only recently moved in, due to a 'whistling sound' coming from their property.

The police were moved to act and arrived at the house to find that the elderly couple had placed a music system on the balcony, pointed at the neighbour and playing Iron Maiden's 'Afraid To Shoot Strangers' at top volume.

This is going to be me at that age, except it will be Suffocation or Severe Torture. I can already see the headlines.

Apr 27, 2013

Best of April Metal Memes

Nicko McBrain Family Crisis

According to Boca News Now, 20-year-old son of Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is being held on $25,000 bond in the Palm Beach County Jail for allegedly burglarizing an occupied dwelling and 2nd degree petit theft. He was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office very early this morning.

Deputies responded to a West Boca home after receiving a call that Justin McBrain forced his way inside. The female homeowner reported  that McBrain knocked repeatedly and then pushed his way in when the door was opened. McBrain allegedly rifled through the woman’s purse, taking a half-eaten chocolate bunny, half of an orange — which he consumed in the home — a belly ring, cosmetics, and a freezer pack.

This comes on the heels of other reports of two separate incidents involving Nicko McBrain’s wife Rebecca, who was recently charged by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after she tried to stab a man in her West Boca home, then allegedly threw logs at the man.

On March 2, Nicko McBrain performed at The Classic Rock & Roll Party at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Proceeds from the event went to HomeSafe, a non-profit organization helping society's most vulnerable residents — victims of severe child abuse and domestic violence in Palm Beach County and South Florida.

I'm thinking Nicko should spend more time with his own family or at least get them to use their brains more. Maybe he needs to give the kid some allowance once in a while and perhaps the wife needs a little Papa.

Ghost B.C. Dildos and Butt Plugs

Either Gene Simmons missed his chance, or he's on the phone with his lawyer or in a time machine.
Ghost B.C. beat him to it and are now selling their own set of pleasure toys.
The Ghost Phallos Mortuus Ritual Box Set, which sells for $199 contains a t-shirt, a brushed metal logo charm, a bible box set, a dildo shaped like vocalist Papa Emeritus and a butt plug with moulded grucifix base. Now you can really worship with the band or worship the band.

You can preorder the set at the official merch store. You can also opt out of the t-shirt and bible and just get the goods for $75. Unlike the t-shirt, which you must specify the size, according to the description the dildo is a "one size fits all".

Apr 25, 2013

Shit You Can't Do - Bang on the World's Smallest Drum Set

Not sure if this is officially the smallest drum kit you can actually play, but I don't think it matters. You don't have one, and if you did, you probably couldn't play it anyway.

Rob Zombie and John 5 in a Black Metal song from The Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie's latest movie may be tanking at the box office and John 5's best days as a recognized guitar player may very well be behind him. Over are the days of playing with Marilyn Manson and David Lee Roth, but John 5 could be more at home with Gorgoroth. And if Zombie doesn't get another shot at directing, not everything is lost. Together they could make black metal arrangements like this, and hey, who better to direct the damn thing? This one, called "Crushing the Ritual" somehow ended up on The Lord of Salem soundtrack.

Phil Anselmo Offers Advice to Young Metal Bands

Down/ex-Pantera frontman offered some advice to young metal bands during an interview with . I was fully prepared to make fun of this, but his advice totally makes sense, is valid and could help some youngsters in the future. Start by ripping off your favourite bands, then... watch the rest.

Art by: Drinkemalll

Apr 24, 2013

Best of Black Metal Girls (part 3)

The Satanic Girls edition. Courtesy of Black Metal Girls, handpicked by TrueMetalhead.

Member of Metallica Tribute Band Forced to Step Down as B.C. Conservative Candidate

According to The Province, a member of the Metallica tribute band, Damage Inc. was forced to withdraw as a B.C. Conservative Party candidate in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada following an alleged drinking and driving incident.

Jeff Sprague (pictured below), sings and plays guitar for the Metallica tribute band called Damage Inc., was trained as a paralegal at Capilano College, was born in New Brunswick and came to B.C. at the age of 14.

Sprague's withdrawal was initially announced as an "unfortunate personal incident" before his online biographical information was quickly taken down and he disappeared from the campaign.

Conservative campaign manager Jeff Bridge said he didn't "have anything to add."

(Source: Blabbermouth)

Apr 23, 2013

Top 5 Machine Head Bass Auditions

Time's Up!
April 19th marked the end of Machine Head bass player auditions.
If you didn't get your tape in and didn't follow the auditions on YouTube, you can at least check out my Top 5 picks.

You have to keep in mind that there might have been other better known bassists who have submitted a tape, but I'm just not aware of it.

Just so you know, the band is looking for someone who can play and sing, and naturally has the stage presence to boot. Just to level the playing field, I picked the track "This is the End", a very difficult song to play, for all submissions.

5. Frank Memolo

A very, very long shot. Obviously the man has a handicap, but despite of that, he performed nearly flawlessly and deserves a nod. He's a big fan of Machine Head and was honoured just to send in his tape. His audition was moving enough, that the band was brought to tears.
Frank, you've got a big fan and a believer in TrueMetalhead.

4. Sergey Karshev

This guy has the abilities, speed and techniques to pull it off, he even looks the part, but the voice is weak and competition is tough. Wish he put his bass forth, it was a bit lost in there.

3. Evan Magness

You can tell that this guy lives and breathes music. Band couldn't go wrong here if they picked him. Brilliant tone, nice chops, can certainly sing, although the higher notes are harder to pull off. He makes it look easy. Best of luck.

2. Chad Whitaker

I hope age isn't going to rule him out, he's a bit young, but wow, is this guy good. Amazing sound and technique, the only thing is, he is a bit off and not as fast and despite looking sure of himself, he is nervous and his inexperience may be a big strike against him.

1. Christian Olde Wolbers

I've said this before, as soon as I heard that Christian was going to submit his audition, I was worried there was going to be no contest, and as soon as I saw it, I knew he was the man. Incredible technique, those insane triplets that made him the backbone of Fear Factory machine-like sound, will go a long way in earning him a spot in Machine Head. Plus he is a natural, he looks like he belongs there and can sing as well. Dude is very underrated as a musician if you ask me. When he exchanged bass for a guitar on 2004's Architype, he even surprised Dino himself.

Frank Mullen of Suffocation does Lounge Karaoke

Bwahahaha, normally he growls the night away, but on this particular night on the boat, the 70,000 tons of metal boat, Frank the Tank relaxed with some lounge tunes and a sherry. Oh, and he still found a way to throw in a few growls.

Funniest Really Fake People Video of the Month

OMG! Hipsters are a walking proof that obscurity, stupidity and douchebagerry go hand in hand.
I know this is technically not a metal video, but majority of metal fanatics enjoy obscure music. We just don't do what these losers do. We lock ourselves in our rooms, fire up wikipedia, metal-archives, etc,  and do a fair bit of research while we listen to a newly discovered band.

Enjoy Jimmy Kimmel exposing the realities of being a hipster. (Lie Witness News - Coachella 2013)

Shit You Can't Do - Incredible One Hand Bass Playing

I have a lot o respect for bass players. Nobody notices them, they don't get any pussy, and majority of people can't even hear the instrument.

My respect level went off the charts when I heard and saw Frank Memolo, man who has no use of his right hand, yet when he recently sent his bass audition to Machine Head, not only did he kick major ass, but he did it with one hand. He performed 'This is The End' (from 2011 - Unto the Locust) and you can check out his amazing submission below. His video performance has brought the band to tears.

Apr 21, 2013

Metalheads Suffer from Anxiety and Depression, Study Claims

Here's one curtesy of Ultimate-Guitar.
After conducting research on a sample of 551 college students, the latest study published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture journal has found that the majority of heavy metal fans tends to suffer from "significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression."

Conducted by psychologists Gavin Ryan Shafron of Columbia University and Mitchell Karno of the University Of California-Los Angeles, the analysis had a goal of examinig the "emotional states of late adolescent/emerging adult contemporary listeners of heavy metal music as compared with nonlisteners."

315 students, or 57 percent of the population sample declared themselves as metal fans, putting metalheads in the clear majority. PS Mag reports that hardcore fans scored the highest level of anger, anxiety and depression, while ironically, emo fans were described as the most depressive ones. Elevated anxiety was also noted among screamo and classic heavy metal listeners.
"We hypothesized that participants who listen to heavy metal music would report higher levels of depression, anxiety, and trait anger as compared with participants who do not listen to heavy metal music," states the study abstract. "As predicted, analyses of variance indicated significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression among listeners of heavy metal/hard rock music as compared with nonlisteners."

"Analyses of specific subgenres of heavy metal indicated significant differences on measures of dysphoric mood between nonlisteners and listeners of several, but not all of the subgenres. These findings help to establish an emotional profile of a predominantly adolescent sample of heavy metal/hard rock listeners."

Make Sure Slayer Tea is Not Too Hot

Road Crew Books have posted a new interview with Slayer guitar tech Johnny Araya.

When asked how he got started with the band, Johnny responded:
"I started my career with Slayer way back in 1983. I’d hang out in the garage and watch the guys practice. They were always practicing and writing; and since I was always around, they’d let me come along and help schlep gear. I was 13 years old and ordering beer at Gazzari’s and The Roxy. When we started the Reign In Blood tour, I knew it was big time. I had to step up my game. We had a semi and carrying full production. We had a professional drum tech for Dave, a professional guitar tech for Kerry, and me taking care of Tom and Jeff. I was not a professional guitar tech."

Q: What do you consider to be the hardest part of your job as a guitar tech for Slayer?

Araya: "The hardest part of my job is making sure that Tom’s stage tea is not too hot. They are the best guys to work for. Sometimes I forget to hit the mute switch on his rig. I’ve missed the ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ cue a couple of times."

Q: Do you ever perform any other jobs on the road such as tour manager, production manager or stage manager?

Araya: "Well, Kerry’s tech Warren Lee and I sometimes do the occasional production/stage manager takeover. It’s only when local production is subpar. Being the production manager for Slayer is a tough gig, but I’m happy with what I do because I do a great job, and my job is to make sure that Tom is happy with his gear."

I'll always remember Johnny in the band Bloodcum. Him and Jeff's brother Joey Hanneman (although some later claims suggest the later is not related to Slayer axeman) wrote some of the best comedy metal ever dubbed on a cassette.
Here's my fave, "Doorknob".

Circle Pit Fast as a Shark

Crowd have evolved over the years. When this song was released 30 years ago, circle pits where unknown, now Accept can draw a pool of blood when a shark appears towards the end of the set in metal-crazed South America. Check out the incredible Fast As a Shark, (some claim to be the first speed metal song) played on April 12, 2013 at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago in Chile.

Metallica Benchmarks Death Magnetic for Next Studio Album

Some old-schoolers surely remember when Metallica used to steamroll over our ears with spontaneity and raw power and when they told us that ...And Justice For All was going to be a hard act to follow, none of us believed. In early 1991, studio reports indicated that we were in for another treat and Lars assured us that things sounded "ugly and mean". And then we heard Enter Sandman and Unforgiven and later on those and some other choice words went on to describe the Black album. Indeed AJFA was a hard act to follow, one that we've been waiting for for over 25 years.

It now seems that Metallica has all but given up even on bullshitting their fans and now Lars Ulrich claims that "Death Magnetic sounds fantastic, so it will be a difficult record to follow."

The band has been recording riffs for the follow up to Death Magnetic for few years now, and according to another statement from the band, at some point during 2014, they will go through those riffs and put something together.

Is it just me, or can we be certain we'll get another "Shit Sandwich"?

Apr 20, 2013

Proof Nicolas Cage Loves Metal as much as his Son

We all know that his son Weston, loves Black Metal, and since this is the internet, I'm about to prove to you that the roots were planted long time ago, at least during the production of Face/Off.

Apr 18, 2013

Derek Smalls Joins Fall Out Boy

While recreating the epic cocoon scene from the ageless "This is Spinal Tap", bassist Derek Smalls joined in on the jam on the 'Conan' show last night (Apr 17). The miniature Stonehenge also made an appearance and too bad it didn't hit that annoying singer on the head.

While reliving a Spinal Tap moment is always celebratory, the only thing making this news rather uneventful is the fact that Derek joined a shitty Fall Out Boy whose fan-base would clearly find more in-common with the sound of toilet flushing rather than vintage Rob Reiner mockumentary.

Be sure to mute your speakers as you check this out:

Art by Dork-Zombie

Apr 16, 2013

You've Never Seen This Much Synchronized Banging on One Page

... unless of course you searched for that on some porn site.

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