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The Rockstar Ramblings: The new Ratt album

Ever since the release of Out of The Cellar I have been a big fan of Ratt and their music. Given this you can imagine my curiosity when I heard they have finished their latest album and that they have returned to their classic sound. To my knowledge neither album title nor track titles have been released at this point. Do I wait patiently to hear the song list, or do I take this time and try to guess the album title and track names? Quite the quandary… Here are my thoughts on the title and songs on the upcoming album broken down old school in two sides. More...

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Tales From The Pit: Knocking Out The HxC Kid

We've been talking to bands, promoters, and fans to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This is from Bake in Indianapolis.

“Here at the Emerson (Indianapolis) it’s impossible to see a show without some ‘tard tough guy trying to smash heads all night. So I went to see Zao and Unearth and this dude wearing daisy dukes kept running to the front and jumping on us. I grabbed the guy from the back of the head and told him I’d kill him if he hit me again, and he spit in my face... just a little. So my bud kept his eye out for when the kid was coming to jump; we all moved when he made his flight. Luckily for me, the stage took care of knocking the f**ker out. Stupid bastard.”

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Unearthing the Metal Underground In Long Island

This week on Unearthing the Metal Underground I am delving into the Long Island, New York scene. This was a bit of a hard task, since a lot of amazing bands I knew of from Long Island have since broken up or are on hiatus, such as Shadowgate. It's not that the scene there is dying, it's just changing. I find more hardcore bands than real metal bands. Most of the people I meet form there love Pantera and Machine Head and other groove metal bands. Furthermore, many bands are switching to a rock/metal crossover styles. The following bands are currently unsigned and from somewhere on Long Island, NY. More...

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Sunday Old School: Acid Bath

Back in the dark days of metal, the 90's, New Orleans' Acid Bath formed and began rising through the underground ranks with their unique mesh of death, thrash, groove, stoner/doom, and sludgy NOLA sound and themes that largely centered around death, drugs, and serial killers. The band did not last long enough for a full ascent, however, releasing just two albums and finally disbanding in 1997 when bassist Audie Pitre and his parents were killed by a drunk driver. Those two studio albums, "When the Kite String Pops" (1994) and "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" (1996), however, were then cemented as underground classics.

Members of Acid Bath went on to form numerous other bands including Agents of Oblivion, Vual, Ritual Killer, and most notably, Goatwhore.

Being an underground band, Acid Bath played mostly smaller clubs and never had an impressive light show. When they came to Baltimore (and I regrettably passed on seeing them for another show), they played some little hole in the wall that I'd never heard of before. So you can't expect too much of an impressive live video outside of the performance itself. Here's a video apparently shot in one such small joint, of their live performance of "Bleed Me An Ocean" in Omaha, with a bonus performance of "Scream of the Butterfly" after the jump.

Acid Bath - Bleed Me An Ocean
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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Winger Comeback

During a week that featured Dokken teaming with Norton Antivirus ("Imagine that your hard drive is a chicken. '80s heavy metal band DOKKEN is a computer virus that wants to blow up your chicken. Don't allow heavy metal bands to have their way with your chicken. Get PC protection with Norton Internet Security 2010.") and Vince Neil opening ANOTHER tattoo parlor that will feature go-go dancers it, was two other bands that stole the show. More...

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Tales From The Pit: Knocked Out At Figure Four

We've been talking to bands and fans to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This is actually from a Metal Underground reader, Nate.

“A few years back I went to see Figure Four, and I probably picked the worst spot in the whole crowd to stand. Although it was nice to get closer to stage, I was feeling a little nervous about being so close to the throngs of thirty year olds that come out with tough-guy comes to town. But I was chillin...having a good time. Then Kill and Deceive came up, and about halfway through I got kicked straight on the side of my head. It was "Now I know your weakness" and the lights went out. Thankfully someone was looking out for me. I came a couple minutes later propped up against the wall. A lit cigarette hung in my mouth.”

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Unearthing the Metal Underground In Montana

Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we provide a new batch of bands that aren’t signed to a major label and are making a name for themselves in the underground. This week I’ll be digging into three very different bands in the Montana scene. Although heavy metal is sparse in Montana, there are still a few bands who carry the torch of their respective sub-genres for the fanatics who need their live show fix. More...

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Sunday Old School: Suicidal Tendencies

Hardcore is such a great means for getting rid of some teenage angst and aggression. Though that's not what really attracted me to the style, it was beneficial many times. While being far from the greatest song in history, I know I related to the underlying issue: that we're a product of the environment that our own families put us in, while at the same time leveling accusations at us that we're "out of step." If you don't like the song, I imagine you'll love the video.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Rehab Special Report

It appears Crue fans will have to rest for a Summer as Cruefest goes on hiatus until 2011. Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) does however leave the possibility open of having the festival continue next year with a new headlining act. Here’s hoping W.A.S.P. and Blackie Lawless are ready with a bucket of raw meat and sharp knives to cut people… More...

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Unearthing the Metal Underground: The NYC Scene

This week on Unearthing the Metal Underground I am delving into the New York City scene. All bands are currently unsigned and are making a real name for themselves in the underground. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: A Metal Video Marathon

Jon Bon Jovi alone increased acid washed denim sales by 40 percent. In the videos “Living on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” there are more ass shots of Jon than two years of Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez on TMZ…There is no way the Latin kid playing the drug lord in Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood” rises to the top of the underworld…I always thought it was assumed Poison wore the most spandex until I saw the number of tight changes in David Lee Roth’s “Goin Crazy”…KISS easily has the most body hair of any rock band…The song “You’ve got Another Thing Coming” by Judas Priest takes on different meaning from when I first saw it years ago… More...

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Tales From The Pit: Joey Vera's Mosh Pit Flips

We've been talking to bands to get their best mosh pit stories. This one is from Joey Vera when he was on tour in 1986 with Armored Saint, opening for Metallica and WASP.

"Just about every night, whoever happened to be watching Metallica's set from side stage, got invited out to sing the 'DIE!' part at the end of Creeping Death. One night in Texas, there I was, hammered and waiting for my nightly invitation. Sure enough, I get the wink from my gracious host, Cliff Burton.

"On I go and give my best beer soaked "DIE!". After my part is played, I walk to the edge of the stage in front of Cliff's floor monitor, turn around to face him, and with all my strength I hurl myself in a back flip into the audience. Luckily the crowd takes pity on my poor aerial form and catches me. Then I find myself in a flurry of sweaty limbs as I begin to surf towards the front of the stage. Metallica's crew pulls my sorry ass out and back onto stage while Mr. Burton tops my score with a thumbs 'way' up. Good times."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Tribute to the Microphone

Ever since the days of Jim Morrison using his microphone stand for self arousal the mic has been a key tool for rock singers and their act. This was specifically true for the glam heavy metal acts in the eighties. Here’s a breakdown of the microphone cowboys and their unique style.

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Tales From The Pit: Unholy Rocks A Boxing Ring

We've been talking to bands to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week's story comes from Unholy's Billy Price.

"We played this show in NYC and midway through one of our songs this fight breaks out in the pit and these two guys start slugging it out. Theyknocked over at least 5 people rolling around going at it, get back up and start trading blows, the crowd starts to form around them creating a boxing ring type of effect. No one bothers to step in or break it up and we keep playing while these guys try to take each others heads off. Finally one of the brawlers decided he had enough and disappeared into the crowd, the winner then proceeded to finish moshing to the rest of the song! It was probably the closest we will ever get to playing a live boxing match."

Next week we'll hear about Joe Vera's exploits at a 1986 Metallica show.

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Unearthing the Metal Underground: The Jersey Scene

In our newest weekly column, "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands each week in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I’m taking three local and unsigned talented New Jersey metal bands of different sub-genres that will wet your appetite for new music. More...

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Sunday Old School: Integrity's "Systems Overload"

I love Integrity so much. They're one of my favorite old school hardcore bands. The great thing about Integrity is, is they're still around. Formed in 1988, they've stood by through the various fads that have made the scene ridiculous. Now they're currently on Deathwish Inc. and they're still putting out great hardcore albums. This song is off their 1995 Victory Records LP, "Systems Overload," and it's a solid mid-90s hardcore video.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Side A Song 1

There was once a time when music wasn’t downloaded one song at a time, had (in the case of albums and cassettes) two sides (an A side and B side), and song order was not only a conscious decision, but a reason an album would be successful.

Today we look at the glam heavy metal scene (late seventies to early nineties) and review the best first tracks.
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Tales From the Pit: Spin Kicking Davey Havoc

We've been talking to bands around the world to get their best mosh pit stories. We heard from Makh Daniels of Early Graves about his favorite pit experience:

"11 years ago at a now defunct SF venue called the Cocodrie, I was stage diving and moshing a bunch at a Disembodied show. During the part in the song "Bloodshed Rain" where it goes "GOD SAVE US!" I ended up spin kicking Davey Havoc in the face and nearly knocking him out. Highlight of my spin kicking career."

Next week we'll hear about an impromptu boxing ring at an Unholy show.

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Sunday Old School: Dark Angel's "Merciless Death"

Dark Angel is a thrash band that formed in 1981 and played on and off up until 2005. They were pretty big in the Bay City thrash movement, so you might call them some of our "thrash granddads." If you care you can read their whole story here. It's really awesome that we're still able to experience some of the music that influenced the bands we love today. This video is a live clip from their 1989 show in Hammersmith, London. This of course was back when you could wear tight jeans and have feathered hair and not get your ass beat by the other metal heads. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Restraining Orders and M&M

Both Slash (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Steven Adler (Guns N Roses/Adler’s Appetite) have filed restraining orders against the same woman. Adler claims a woman he met in rehab is stalking him. She is also trying to contact Adler through Slash. One thing we know for sure, she definitely has a type. KISS has announced a special promotion with M&Ms. Expected to be available in October, there is no word whether Gene Simmons will be sending over any of the brown candies to Eddie Van Halen’s dressing room… More...

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