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There are easily hundreds of heavy videos that fit the Halloween mood, but the Christmas holiday doesn’t get nearly as much love from the metal world. But never fear, metal doesn’t disappoint, and there are a few bands that have gone the extra mile and released videos to help get you through the uncomfortable family gatherings, drunk quarreling siblings, and even the off-key caroling. So whether you’re a die-hard celebrant who can’t sleep all night until Christmas morning or a scrooge with a “bah humbug!” on your lips, check out these video clips to keep your holiday fully metal.
Twisted Sister – “O Come All Ye Faithful”
Twisted Sister is notorious for awesomely cheesy videos with ridiculous opening segments, and covering a Christmas classic certainly wasn’t going to change that. Enjoy it for the amazingly goofy guy happily spreading Twisted Sister cheer, the rocking rendition of an old holiday standby, or even just enjoy it for the dancing MILF!
Last year Dan from Autumns Eyes wrote up an article on the Top Ten Halloween songs in honor of that most metal of holidays. This year we’re taking a look at those metal songs with music videos to get you into the proper Halloween mood, and to start off we’ll head into the most crazy, over-the-top, and outright ridiculous videos to be found in metaldom.
Gwar – “Immortal Corruptor”
Anything involving both Halloween and metal pretty much automatically is connected with Gwar. The “Immortal Corrupter” video has got pretty much everything a good horror flick should have – monsters, skeletons, torture, disembowelments, and a flaming drum kit that shoots gouts of blood. If you already hate Gwar there’s no way this clip will change your mind, but nobody can claim it isn’t monstrously entertaining.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider will be taking part in the forthcoming series of Celebrity Wifeswap, according to CNN.com. He will reportedly be trading spuses with Flava Flav, the iconic hype man of rap legends, Public Enemy.
Read the full article at CNN.
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is admitting that not only did he fall off the wagon in 2008, but fellow toxic twin, Joe Perry also joined him while they attempted to record a new album. The way Tyler tells it is that Joe was snorting so many prescription drugs he was unable to play guitar. Note that contrary to rumors, snorting non-prescription drugs does not enhance playing guitar…
With eight out of thirteen tracks completed, Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) is expected to have a new album released in the Summer of 2011. Bach is promising rock and roll with clean vocals and lots of screaming. All signs are pointing to Sebastian putting his “country music” years behind him. It appears everyone has agreed to just ignore this and make believe it never happened and that’s fine with me...
After attending classes and making a donation to M.A.D.D., Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is fully clear of his DUI charge. Neil will have the weekend to rest and then appear back in court on Monday for battery and disorderly conduct charges. For those keeping track it’s: Vince Neil 2, Lindsay Lohan 2 for number of court appearances in 2011. The good news is both are below their annual average, the bad news is we are only one-third through the year… More...
Twisted Sister has revealed that it will be reissuing its 1982 debut album "Under The Blade" through Eagle Rock Entertainment as a special CD/DVD set. The re-release edition features the original "Under The Blade" cover artwork, which was originally removed from domestic versions of the album, and reflects the original Secret Records track list with an entirely remastered audio mix. The 2011 edition of "Under The Blade" will hit store shelves on May 31, 2011. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. Bad Boys (Of Rock 'n' Roll)
3. Run For Your Life
4. Sin After Sin
5. Shoot 'Em Down
7. Under The Blade
8. Tear It Loose
9. Day Of The Rocker
10. What You Don't Know (Ruff Cutts Version)
11. Shoot 'Em Down (Ruff Cutts Version)
12. Under The Blade (Ruff Cutts Version)
13. Leader Of The Pack (Ruff Cutts Version)
14. Shoot 'Em Down (Live At Reading)
1. What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. Sin After Sin
3. Bad Boys (Of Rock 'n' Roll)
5. Shoot ‘Em Down
6. Tear It Loose
7. Under The Blade
8. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero has become the National Spokesperson for Fallen Blue, an organization created as a means to provide support, both emotional and financial, for the families of police officers who are killed outside the line of duty. Outside of drumming for Twisted Siste, Mr. Pero has dedicated his life to helping others less fortunate with his charity work.
"My name is A.J. Pero and I play drums for the Heavy Metal Band, TWISTED SISTER. I have been asked by John and Rachael from Fallen Blue to be a part of the Brotherhood. I jumped at the opportunity. I have become the National Spokesperson for this non-profit organization called Fallen Blue. I am honored to be a part of this family, this vital organization. I will help out 150%, so we can achieve our goals. Our goals are to help the families of these brave men and women who die outside the line of duty. When a police officer is killed outside the line of duty - whether accidentally or by their own hand due to job related stress - they don't receive the benefits. Some families can't even afford to have a funeral, never mind future bills. I've experienced that years ago when a friend on the job, stressed out and emotionally fried, shot himself. Our neighborhood stood together to help the wife and children. We had benefits and cookouts to raise money, but it just wasn't enough. This organization can and will become vital nationwide if we all recognize this is a reality and pull together our resources for all Law Enforcement Officers. Even though there are many different branches, we are all the same underneath and need to be treated as such. We would also like to eventually erect a physical Memorial where we can go and honor those killed outside the line of duty."
Raised in Long Island, New York the band Twisted Sister started as a seventies local glam band that would evolve into one of the most important heavy metal bands of the eighties (eventually flip-flopping and becoming more heavy metal with a dash of glam, opposite of their initial vision).
Twisted Sister was originally formed in 1972 by Jay Jay French. The band went through several line-up changes until 1979 when it settled on Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), Mark Mendoza (bass), and A.J. Pero (drums). In 1979 the band self released two singles and then was signed by Secret Records in the UK. With Secret they would release an EP titled “Ruff Cuts” and their first studio album, “Under the Blade,” which quickly became an underground hit. The band would then sign with Atlantic Records and put out their second studio album, “You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll,” in 1983.
In 1984 Twisted Sister shocked the heavy metal world, releasing “Stay Hungry,” their contribution to an era that continues to define a decade. The album caught on with fans as well as government officials, organized as the P.R.M.C. (stands for the Parents Resource Music Center which is the least intimidating name I’ve ever heard). Twisted Sister was called out for their rebellious lyrics in the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” It was a strange group that included Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., and Motley Crue as well as Madonna, Sheena Easton, and Prince. These proceedings eventually led to the “Explicit Material” or Tipper Sticker found on the cover of albums, cassettes, and CDs. After “Stay Hungry” the band would release the album “Come Out and Play” and then later, thought more of a Dee Snider solo project, the album “Love Is for Suckers” was released. More...
Heavy metal veteran Dee Snider has posted his cover of Frank Sinatra's "It Was A Very Good Year" online. The cover was recorded for an upcoming Frank Sinatra metal tribute album titled "SIN-atra." "SIN-atra" is due for release on March 29, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. You can stream Snider's cover of "It Was A Very Good Year" in the player below.
The tracklisting for the covers CD is as follows:
1. New York, New York (Devin Townsend)
2. I've Got You Under My Skin (Glenn Hughes)
3. Summerwind (Geoff Tate)
4. It Was A Very Good Year (Dee Snider)
5. Witchcraft (Tim "Ripper" Owens)
6. Fly Me To The Moon (Robin Zander)
7. Lady Is A Tramp (Eric Martin)
8. I've Got The World On A String (Doug Pinnick)
9. Love And Marriage (Elias Soriano)
10. Strangers In The Night (Joey Belladonna)
11. High Hopes (Franky Perez)
12. That's Life (Jani Lane)
The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.
Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...
What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on "SIN-Atra," a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29th, 2011.
The track listing is as follows:
1. New York, New York - Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3. Summerwind - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4. It Was A Very Good Year - Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5. Witchcraft - Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6. Fly Me To The Moon - Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7. Lady Is A Tramp - Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8. Strangers In The Night - Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9. High Hopes - Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10. I’ve Got The World On A String - dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11. Love And Marriage - Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12. That’s Life - Jani Lane (Warrant)
While Vince Neil (Motley Crue) does his time in jail his girl on the outside is concerned because he’s working the breakfast shift and has only eaten some peanut butter and a baloney sandwich. Given the length of his sentence (less than a month) this doesn’t sound like anything of concern. This sounds like fat camp for middle aged rock singers… More...
The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download Festival has announced that a further sixteen bands have been confirmed for the event, including such big names as Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry and Cheap Trick, along with Bring Me The Horizon, Sacred Mother Tongue, All That Remains, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Turisas, Frank Turner, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Madina Lake, The King Blues, Ghost and Jameson Raid. The event will take place at Donington Castle from June 10th-12th and features the following lineup:
Def Leppard (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Bullet For My Valentine
Black Stone Cherry
All That Remains
The Gaslight Anthem
Bowling For Soup
The Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
The Damned Things
Escape The Fate
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Masters Of Reality
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
The King Blues
Rise To Remain
British hard rock legends Def Leppard have been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of the United Kingdom's Download Festival, which will take place at Donington Park from June 10th- 12th.
This will be the second time the group has headlined the event, after closing the festival in 2009. Several more bands have also been added to the bill, including Down, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagen's Loaded, and Trash Talk.
In other news, Def Leppard will be releasing a live album this summer entitled, "Mirrorball," which will feature a mix of the band's classics performed live, three brand new songs recorded in the studio, and a bonus DVD which will feature live performances and backstage footage. More information on this release will be revealed once it has been made available.
Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, Sabaton’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011. 2005’s "Primo Victoria (Re-Armed)" will include six bonus tracks, two live songs, and a cover of Twisted Sister’s “The Beast.”
Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström shares the following memories of the "Primo Victoria" recording sessions, why the Twisted Sister cover was selected, and why the live show in Falun was such a special show for the band:
"When we entered the studio to start the recording, we had no idea how Sabatib was meant to sound. I remember sitting behind the mixing desk when we first listened to all the harmonies in the chorus of the title track; that was one of the best memories from a studio session ever. During our studio sessions, we sometimes recorded songs that were never on any albums, this includes the song ‘The Beast’ by Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister is a Top 5 Bands for all members of Sabatib and there are so many memories for us all in their music. For the re-releases, we also included some live songs and on this one, there are a couple of tracks recorded in our hometown of Falun, Sweden. Falun has become a annual show where people from all around the world come because this is where Sabatib always gives a unique and special show.”
The track listing for "Primo Victoria (Re-Armed)" is as follows:
1. Primo Victoria
2. Reign Of Terror
3. Panzer Battalion
7. Into The Fire
8. Purple Heart
9. Metal Machine
10. The March To War
12. Into The Fire (Live In Falun, 2008)
13. Rise Of Evil (Live In Falun, 2008)
14. The Beast (Twisted Sister cover)
15. Dead Soldier's Waltz
Just For Fun
Ever since the amazing display of Christmas lights set to Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards In Winter" that was so popular it was even used for a Miller Lite beer commercial, setting your lights to music has become more popular despite the need for technical know-how to pull it off. One might think that these displays are largely dominated by Trans-Siberian Orchestra songs - and they'd be right - but there are some people that are metal enough to have the balls to set them to heavier songs, making putting together this list worth the effort and sharing. So here is our top metal Christmas lights list, pulled from the Interwebs:
11. Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
Good song choice, but the light show could use a little more work. Don't worry, we're just getting warmed up here...
Ozzy Osbourne has gotten into another traffic altercation, this time rear ending another car while driving a Ferrari. In honor of this monthly event, let’s have a quiz: Which of the following are true of Ozzy’s driving habits? A. It took him 19 attempts at the driving test in order to get his license. B. Ozzy once fell asleep during a driving test, the instructor was gone when he awoke. C. Ozzy repeatedly showed up with alcohol in his body to his driving tests. D. All of the above… More...
Tis’ the season, it’s that time of year again. This week we take a look and see what our aging rockers are hoping for under the Christmas tree… More...
Recently, Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was discussing Alice Cooper, mentioning he believes Cooper is the most dramatic and the best at on-stage horror theatrics. Thanks Slash, I guess that’s the least you can say considering you stole his top hat shtick … More...
In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) says that he considered Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) as one of the singers for his recent solo project, explaining that Rose would be able to sing the shit out of all of his songs. I also believe this would give the two an opportunity to bond; each day calling Steven Adler (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns N Roses) and ask if he wants to get the band together then yelling “psyche!” Then hanging up the phone… More...
A couple weeks ago someone (presumably with a great sense of humor) hacked into Axl Rose’s account and sent out a Tweet saying all the European shows were cancelled. Rose’s people quickly responded, noting that this was not true (despite this sounding EXACTLY like something Axl would do).
Lucky for us we were able to find a few other (alleged) Tweets sent out via (allegedly) hacked Twitter accounts. Enjoy… More...