Archive: Just For Funs
The biggest progressive metal tour of all time is coming to North America. Tool and Dream Theater will be co-headlining a trek across the entire continent and will be bringing Gojira and Epica along for the ride. According to Tool drummer Danny Carey, “This is a tour that we've wanted to do for a long, long time but we just never got around to since the money and scheduling were never right for us. Now fans can finally see us with Dream Theater on the same bill. I remember Adam (Jones, Tool Guitarist) first passed the idea along back in 1998 but we had Ozzfest coming up so it just didn't happen and then Maynard got busy with A Perfect Circle so that really limited our touring options from there on out.” More...
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Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has reportedly been tapped to record drums on the new Black Sabbath album and has been spotted arriving in England just yesterday.
When contacted, Tony Iommi’s management had no comment. But Ozzy himself was reached and stated:
“It’s supposed to be a secret. But Joey is a world class drummer, so sure, we’re glad to have him working on the new album with us.”
There’s no word as yet if Jordison will be touring with the band on the upcoming “Ozzy and Friends” dates or future Black Sabbath dates.
This development comes after no agreement could be reached with original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward and rumors abound that the gap is one of money.
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According to a press release issued by Decibel Magazine, sponsors of the highly anticipated first annual Decibel Magazine Tour, Polish heavyweights Behemoth have dropped off the trek, vacating their headlining slot.
The press release states, “With great frustration, regret, and heavy hearts, we are forced to announce that Behemoth will not be participating in the upcoming Decibel tour. For these guys to hit the open road again in North America after such a long absence, nobody was more stoked than we – except you, the patient fans. Alas, uncontrollable circumstances have reared their heads. Perhaps one day, if we’re lucky, we will see this terrific band perform once again, and we still have our fingers crossed for a new album later this year.”
The release goes on to state that unless a replacement act is found in time to fill Behemoth’s slot, direct supporters Watain will be bumped into the headlining position, followed by The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. A tentative search for a potential new first opener has already begun.
As for the somewhat cryptic “if we’re lucky” remark, Decibel and the band's label Metal Blade Records were unable to provide further clarification. Metalunderground.com then contacted Behemoth’s North American booking agent Nick Storch (of The Agency Group). While overwhelmed with the magnitude of these cancellations, Storch admitted that an alleged “spiritual conflict” on the part of bandleader Adam “Nergal” Darski had forced the band off the road. According to Storch and other close sources, Nergal had been expressing doubts about his ability to continue Behemoth “as is,” now that he was “starting to see things a little differently.” All sources declined to comment further.
As most might recall, Nergal was hospitalized and treated for leukemia in late 2010, and has been convalescing for much of the past year. The Decibel trek was to be Behemoth's first U.S. tour since his diagnosis. In summer 2011, he fought off blasphemy charges in Poland for tearing apart a Bible onstage. Originally raised Catholic, Nergal has used Behemoth as a musical platform for a consistently anti-religious stance, expressed through dark and rebellious lyrics. His vaguely cited "spiritual conflict" has not been further defined or explained.
Nergal formed Behemoth in 1991 and went on to become one of the founders and primary proponents of the Polish extreme metal underground. The band has released nine studio albums, most recently "Evangelion."  It is unknown whether or not Behemoth's promised next album will arrive this year, or if it will indeed be their last.
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While they couldn't make it in person, the big haired lads from Steel Panther couldn't turn down the opportunity to let Zakk Wylde have it at the first-ever Guitar World Rock & Roll Roast back in January.
The boys in Steel Panther sent in a video roast for Zakk, which is NSFW, to say the least. Check it out below.
The latest cover/parody created by Andy Rehfeldt, well known for his metal and pop mashups as well as "Radio Disney," Bossa Nova and smooth Jazz version of metal songs, is a Bossa Nova cover of Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming." Check it out below, and visit his YouTube channel for hours of entertainment.
A rally for Republican Party nominee Newt Gingrich in Las Vegas on Thursday morning was interrupted by local Nevada grindcore band Traumatic Anal Devastation. Apparently the band members showed up outside the rally, plugged their instruments in, and generated what Gingrich staffer Terry ‘The Stick’ Foley called “the sound of a tank driving through a minefield.”
Police showed up and pulled the plug on the band after about five minutes (twenty songs). Singer for the group Chip “Gravelthroat” Corbin said the impromptu performance was a political statement based on the band’s agenda for equal rights, animal rights, and support of anti-war movements across the world. When asked how his band’s name reflected its political beliefs, Corbin stated “Traumatic Anal Devastation is obviously metaphorical for the way the government and capitalism has continually raped the public at-large.”
When asked how people were supposed to understand the political nature of the lyrics given the undecipherable delivery of them, Corbin responded “Huh? What do you mean?” No reports of hearing loss or more than usual psychological damage from the Gingrich supporters who were present.
Fan-filmed footage has made its way online featuring Machine Head performing its single "Aesthetics of Hate" with a 13 year old boy on lead guitar. The footage was captured during the band's January 29th appearance in Buffalo, New York when frontman Robb Flynn invited the kid on-stage after seeing the boy's sign which read "Machine Head, Let this 13 year old play Aesthetics of Hate with you." The video has been posted for viewing below.
The latest viral video is a song by eight year old Juliet, who teamed up with producer Rob Sharpe to record this song and video. In "My First Hardcore Song," Juliet takes you on a journey of her love for her dog, Robert and how her pet fish stink. Check the video out below.
Footage has been posted online of Tara McLeod from Kittie playing an acoustic guitar version of the intro theme to the "Dexter" T.V. show. Check out the clip in the player below.
Latin Percussion has posted footage online of ex-Dream Theater member Mike Portnoy performing with the 90 year old Candido Camero. Check out the footage in the player available below.
Texas electronic metal band The Browning has posted a video clip online of the band performing firework shenanigans with cigarettes. Check out the tobacco explosion mayhem below.
You can also check out The Browning's previously posted music video for the track "Bloodlust" by heading over to this location.
Kiss has announced it's foray into the outdoor entertainment business by planning to open a mini golf course across the street from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The scheduled opening date will be March 15th, 2012, which will correspond with the anniversary of the "Destroyer" album release. Kiss By Monster Mini Golf will feature an indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course, an arcade, the largest Kiss gift shop in the world, a Kiss gallery, “Hotter than Hell” wedding chapel, a private VIP room and Kiss themed event rooms, and “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” Cafe. In a joint statement delivered by Kiss’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, both spoke of their reasons for undertaking this project:
“When the idea of a Kiss mini golf course was presented to us, we immediately knew that everyone would want to go to a Kiss-themed amusement attraction,” they said. “There is nothing like Kiss mini golf anywhere… It has everything you could ask for: great Kiss music, fun games, affordable entertainment in one of the greatest cities in the world, and of course, Kiss. A hole in one? One can only dream. Try your luck at the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf.”
The video that was reportedly used by Britney Spears during costume changes on her 2009 "Circus" tour has been posted online at fans' requests. The video in question feature Spears writhing around at a orgy masquerade party set to Marilyn Manson's 1995 cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."
Here's Britney's version:
Here's Manson's original cover music video:
Which do you prefer?
Featuring 12-13 year old members of Japanese Pop Idol group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal has released their first music video, for the song "Doki Doki Morning." The band's sound combines deathcore with J-pop along with the vocals of the three girls for an "interesting" experience.
William Shatner posted a hysterical official video for his rendition of Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which appears on his latest music album "Seeking Major Tom." The song features John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia). "Seeking Major Tom" was released on October 11, 2011 via Cleopatra Records.
Check out the video here:
Just in time for Halloween, KISS has teamed up with Archie Comics to appear in issues #627-630. Below is the trailer promotional clip. More...
William Shatner does his rendition of the Black Sabbath classic "Iron Man" for his forthcoming fantasy/sci-fi themed album "Seeking Major Tom" due out on Cleopatra Records. He is known for his pseudo-spoken word albums, and can be seen singing along to part of the track which he is listening to via his headphones. Below is the clip which he released on his Youtube channel. More...
It was two years ago today that Rammstein created a stir with their music video for the single "Pussy", off the album "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da." Between the song's name, lyrics, and explicit music video, the video instantly went viral and made for Metalunderground.com's most read article ever in just a few months (now topping 400,000 views), thanks to the thousands of Internet searches turning up our article as a result. Imagine that: searches for "pussy" would trump other metal-related searches on the 'net. Gasp!
The band debuted the uncensored version of the video on a porn site and had multiple versions of the video banned from YouTube before finally blurring entire scenes containing the offensive images beyond recognition.
As a viral hit and with such a title and subject, as well as being both funny and explicit at the same time, the song has predictably become one to cover (or remix) just to prove a band of any sort to be edgy or maybe in some perverse sense of fun. Let's take a look at a few such covers and parodies:
Just last month Daveyboyz (also known for Heavy Metal Farmer) released a video parody of Rammstein's "Pussy" music video, entitled "Cookie." Despite the change, you can't help but think of the original lyrics when watching this disturbing parody:
Metalsucks.net has posted a brief article online titled "Djent is Now Pop," which features a track from the female-fronted band Destiny Potato (available in the player below). The article laments a perceived change in djent, the latest in a long line of new heavy metal sub-genres, towards pop-metal.
You can check out a segment from the article below. What are your thoughts on the djent sub-genre, and does this sort of sound represent a shift towards pop?
This was not supposed to happen. Djent was not supposed to be the next annoying pop-metal trend.
When what would later be termed “djent” started brewing in the message boards frequented by guitar / home-recording nerds in 2002-2003, the genre had so much promise. Players who were passionate about their craft creating songs en masse for everyone to hear; good musicianship; the Meshuggah-revival guitar chug sound that was, at the time, novel; ambient atmospherics; interesting song structures and orchestration. Sure, the elements that caused djent to catch on like wildfire later on — namely catchy guitar hooks — were there in the genre’s infancy… but not to the degree they’re being mined, exploited and endlessly imitated now.
This was not supposed to happen. It was nice knowing you while you were still fun, djent. I bid thee farewell.
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The fourth installment of Vegan Black Metal Chef has been posted online, titled "Hail Seitan." Seitan is wheat gluten for those of you who do not know.
In this episode you will learn how to make 3 seitanic dishes.
1) A seitanic udon noodle stirfry
2) A seitanic curry
3) Bbq seitan sandwiches
We've followed the Vegan Black Metal Chef's recipes in our "Just for fun" section and you can get more information on the recipes at veganblackmetalchef.com, although there's nothing about this one on there just yet.