Archive: Just For Funs
Dave Mustaine and his family are currently in the Austin, Texas area house-hunting. Yesterday evening at a local restaurant, Dave randomly met up with music legend, Willie Nelson.
Dave tweeted, "Willie Nelson is in the restaurant I am eating at. I just met him! How cool is this???" and shortly after posted a photo of him talking to Willie about a possible guest appearance on the song "The Blackest Crow," which will be featured on Megadeth's new album, "Super Collider." More...
Cornell grad students Matt Bierbaum and Jesse Silverberg have created a mathematical model for a mosh pit; not just a single mosh pit, but presumably any mosh pit taking into account a number of variables such as speed of movement and denseness of crowd and more. Now if only some of these controls could be mapped to logical labels like a "band sucking" slider.
From the NPR article:
About five years ago Silverberg took his girlfriend to her first gig. "Usually I would jump in the mosh pit," he says. "But this time I wanted her to be safe and have a good time, so we stayed out on the side and watched things from there."
While he was watching, he realized that the motion of people in a mosh pit looks kind of like molecules moving in a gas.
"It was basically just this random mess of collisions, which is essentially how you want to think about the gas in the air that we breathe," he says.
Physicists have worked out the basic rules that describe this kind of motion, so Bierbaum and Silverberg decided to look for the rules of motion in moshing. They went to concerts and studied videos from YouTube. Silverberg emphasizes that no tax dollars went toward buying concert tickets — the study is a labor of love.
Using just a few variables, like how fast people moved and how dense the crowd was, Bierbaum and Silverberg created a mathematical model that they presented at this week's March meeting of the American Physical Society. Using a mixture of simulated moshers and standing fans, they could reproduce mosh pits, circle pits and other common collective motions that take place at metal concerts. You can try some simulations for yourself in their mosh pit simulator below.
The model has even been put into an embeddable script, which you can try out and play with below: More...
Read the full article at NPR.
Guitar Icon Zakk Wylde has teamed up with Grill ‘Em All to create the Berzerker Burger, a monstrous burger with two blackened half pound patties, Eagle Rock Solidarity battered onion rings, white truffle pomme frites, chipotle ketchup, cheddar, and thick cut bacon all smothered in chili.
Grill ‘Em All has honored many hard rock and metal legends on their menu - such as Dee Snider, Behemoth, and Napalm Death - but this is the first collaboration of its kind. Fans and burger enthusiasts alike will be able to get their hands on the Berzerker starting at 12:00pm on Saturday, April 20th at Grill ‘Em All’s restaurant located at 19 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801.
"Doing a Zakk Wylde burger is a dream come true for us because the guy is everything we dig about Metal,” said Matt Chernus, co-owner of Grill ‘Em All. “We though, ‘What would Zakk Wylde like? Um, yeah, beer and spice!’ TWO blackened patties with boozy onion rings, truffle fries, and chipotle ketchup; we know this burg is going to make people meat drunk." More...
Following two concerts in Japan next month, members of the Taiwanese extreme metal group Chthonic will join fans in Tokyo at Rockaholic (bar-rockaholic.jp) on March 8th for a live battle of the band's new mobile music app game "Chthonic- Rhythm Crusher."
Eliminated Chthonic members will DJ during the event, and prizes will be awarded to fans present at the venue, with the grand prize winner taking home a brand new iPad Mini.
Chthonic also invites fans worldwide to join the battle via the game's online Vs. Mode. The band members - who will be identified by the following screen names: FreddyLimTT, dorisyeh0919 and Jessefilth - will accept challenges from fans around the globe. Fans should log on at 5:00am EST, 2:00am PST on Friday, March 8 to join the live challenge from halfway around the world.
"CHTHONIC - Rhythm Crusher," a rhythm game for mobile devices using exclusively heavy metal music, is now available for iPhone and iPad users worldwide via the iTunes store.
Developed by Chun-Mu Mediatek, the app includes 12 classic works from Chthonic's six studio albums. Players can play solo or connect online to challenge other fans, and all five members of Chthonic can be used in the game. More...
In one of the more random and eccentric metal-themed endorsements in recent history, Prosthetic Records has announced the following:
"Duncan Toys has teamed with heavy metallers Holy Grail to create a limited edition yo-yo featuring the artwork from the band's new album 'Ride The Void,' due out January 22nd. In conjunction, Duncan has revealed a tutorial video featuring Holy Grail guitarist (and yo-yo enthusiast) Alex Lee. The yo-yos will be available at the band's merch table on the upcoming Metal Alliance Tour, as well as through upcoming social media promotions.
Compressorhead, the world's first all 'heavy metal' band made with robotics, has posted a practice version of its cover of "Ace of Spades" during band practice at the Robocross headquarters in Berlin. In the band's biography, this is how they are described:
"Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms? How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal? Well, wonder no more, meatbags. Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band."
"Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. He plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. Stickboy Junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother, takes control of the hihat shuffle. Inception date 2007. Fingers (guitar) joined Stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck. Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. Inception date 2012. Stand aside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood."
Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes has just released a special Christmas album right in the "nick" of time for the holiday season. "Christmas at the Organ" is streaming now in the player below and is available as a free download through bandcamp. All songs were performed live in one take today.
Bowes' stunning and timeless renditions of "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "We Three Kings," complete with lyrical forgetfulness, re-starts and overall holiday fun are now yours for the taking. The cover art, with Bowes in a white suit with a glass of sherry, is a throwback to the glory days of Engelbert Humperdink.
Check it out and download now right here:
Tuomas Saukkonen - front man of Finnish melodic death metallers Before The Dawn - has inked an official endorsement deal with TEHO (Finnish for “power”) – “the most Finnish energy drink in the world.” Check out the video announcement below, which was created by OneManArmy Productions.
Saukkonen comments: “I feel honoured and extremely happy to be supported by my most favourite energy drink of all. I’ve never felt a lack of energy, but as of now, I will be powered to the maximum!” More...
Joining the game of expanding merch beyond t-shirts and patches, Katatonia is now selling tall beer glasses, whiskey glasses, and shot glasses etched with the band's logo and the latest album title. Check out the full lineup right here (and now you can reenact the Opeth/Katatonia album listening/wine drinking sessions!)
The latest viral video with some tangential relevance to music is a comedic sketch by Brian Firenzi and Maria Del Carmen. In the skit, posted as an installment of "Ask A Network Head," Natalie asks the head of programming at MTV why they stopped playing music videos. Watch below for the answer (warning: NSFW language):
In the grand tradition of the avian-fronted Hate Beak comes a new ani-metal band: PUG DESTROYER! Check out the new Pug Destroyer video in the player below, courtesy of AnimalNewYork.com. The video creators comment:
"When certain pugs get overexcited, they produce a loud, high-pitched sound that falls halfway between a 'squealing pig' and a 'tortured human.' When I first heard it, one coworker successfully convinced me it was the sound of a puppy having its legs chopped off. It’s intense.
"As intense, in fact, as the vocals of certain strains of extreme metal music–a fact ANIMAL decided to exploit by pairing the audio from several YouTube videos of the cacaphonous canines (completely unedited, mind you), with this death metal instrumental."
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about launching a new online poker platform:
"Heavy metal fans have found a new online home to party, poker and rock out. Nuclear Blast, together with kuuluu AG, launches Nuclear Blast Poker a free-to-play social platform. Nuclear Blast Poker is not just an online poker game but also a community platform where metal freaks interact, show their love for metal by styling their avatar with cool hardcore items from the shop all whilst listening to the newest music releases from Nuclear Blast label on an integrated music player. Join the game at this location or visit and play as a guest on the Nuclear Blast website.
"Nuclear Blast Poker allows all metalheads to congregate, meet new like-minded people, compete for stellar prizes and live-out their passion for metal fashion. The in-game shop players have the chance to choose items for their poker alter-ego avatar from a huge selection that shows the rest of the world what they’re really made of.
"Nuclear Blast Poker is free-to-play and all about giving metal fans the opportunity to meet each other in a new and exciting environment. Players can choose from casual tournaments, challenge friends or simply take a seat directly at a regular sit-down table to win virtual chips, gold and experience points. Furthermore, the user experience is designed with the metal fan in mind with stunning backdrops, hardcore avatars and rockin’ items, and to top it off the Nuclear Blast Player on SoundCloud blaring out the latest tracks of the label. More...
Headbanger's Kitchen, which is hosted by Demonstealer Records (Demonic Resurrection/Workshop/Reptilian Death), has now released an 11th episode online. Check out the clip below to view both the "demonic cookery" segment on how to conjure "Spaghetti '59" and also find the interview portion of the show with Sidharth & Jimmy from Zygnema. More...
You can now get your very own Amon Amarth Shiraz red wine, which the band describes as "a must at any classy dinner party or as a gift to the wino friend," and the vikings have further encouraged fans to "Drink irresponsibly!" with.
Ordering info is available over at this location. The question of dozens of Facebook Amon Amarth fans will be repeated here: why wasn't this a mead instead?!?!
If you thought words like "apps" and "iPhones" were the opposite of grim kvltness, prepare to adjust your expectations: because there's now a "Black Metal Man" platforming mobile game. Check out the lightning riding, decapitating goodness in the trailer below, or you can get the infamous app itself over at this location.
Remember those classic blocky, 8-bit tunes that got stuck in your head while playing Mega Man or Breath of Fire all Saturday afternoon as a kid? Turns out they are also the perfect medium for experiencing the best metal has to offer, and many fans online have converted their favorite tunes into 8-bit format. There are probably hundreds or even thousands of these online, and today we'll share two interesting ones worth hearing.
Fist up is a recreation of Augury's "Brimstone Landscapes" from "Fragmentary Evidence" (reviewed here), a progressive/technical death metal album that is now becoming long, looong overdue for a follow-up release. While for some reason the drums seem to have been dropped from the 8 bit version, this is still a pretty faithful reproduction of the original in old school video game form.
For comparison, here's the original track: More...
Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about Grave Digger releasing its own shampoo:
"In cooperation with natural cosmetic expert Rutano, Germany’s power metal legends Grave Digger releases their very own 2-in-1 shampoo / shower gel.
"This combination has been especially created for the 'It-has-to-be-done-quick' moments in life. The product will be manufactured as a first-class aluminum finish and will soon be available at the Grave Digger online shop!
"Beside the practical 2-in-1 use, the major focus was on finding the right partner for this unique cooperation. Since their beginning, Rutano has been working only with non-animal-tested ingredients. Moreover, all products are completely vegan. In addition, social commitment is a major part of the company’s basic principles. More...
Paul, Dustie, and Blake from Between the Buried and Me have posted a video clip online listing the essentials items they need on tour. Check out the footage below.
Between The Buried And Me will be performing as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour 2012 in support of Cannibal Corpse, and along with The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job for a Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, and Cerebral Bore.
Christwire, a satirical site mimicking ultra-conservative Christian news outlets such as the Christian Post, has posted a show report online for the recent 2012 edition of the Maryland Death Fest titled "Exposed: Satanic Black Necrometal Posing A Grave Danger To Our Children". Enjoy some excerpts from a "good Christian's" breakdown of the festival below:
For four days in May, over Memorial Day weekend, hordes of Devil worshiping, drug crazed evildoers descended upon the unsuspecting city of Baltimore to participate in a bacchanalia of promiscuous sex, drugs, Satanic music, vandalism, arson, and enough horrid perversions in the eyes of the Lord to fill a entire library full of St. Peter’s books. This celebration of death and all that is evil made no bones about it’s purpose, titling itself “Maryland DEATHFEST”!
In order to discretely blend in so as not to arouse suspicion and suffer gruesome tortures at the hands of these heathen barbarians I donned the obligatory uniform of these so called “Metalheads”; A black t-shirt with Satanic imagery and symbols, a pair of torn, filthy jeans and faux snakeskin cowboy boots. Not able to bring myself to blaspheme the Lord, I donned a Stryper shirt which had not been washed anytime in the last decade, an adequate compromise. My hair is washed and clean cut, so I donned a long hair wig that had been soaked in beer and rubbed into the dirt to complete my disguise.
Surrounding the festival grounds were two electrified hurricane fences topped with razor wire. The outer perimeter was ringed by a moat filled with pig’s blood swimming with venomous Nepalese Deathshead Adders, while the inner perimeter was patrolled by packs of rabid, black dire wolves and syphilitic pit bulls. The entrance was staffed primarily by Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members armed with chains, zip guns and steel pipes who took every opportunity to inappropriately grope females and rough up the males, confiscating illegal drugs from would be entrants (which I witnessed them snorting behind the port-a-potties later that day).
After passing through the gauntlet of brutality at the entrance to the festival, I witnessed many ghastly sights that will haunt me for all the days of my life. I will attempt to adequately describe them here, but some of these monstrosities are so shocking and perverse that they should not even be written down, much less read by good Christian men and women (and most definitely not children!)More...
Read the full article at Christwire.
Napalm Records has issued the following statement about wanting fans to vote for the "McMetal" burger to appear in Austrian McDonald's restaurants:
"Here it is – the official 'McMETAL!' Captain Napalm’s favorite burger! Don't hesitate and vote for it! With enough votes we can get this into the Austrian McDonald's!"
Check out the "McMetal" burger below, or head over to the voting page at this location.