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Beloved British actor and adventurer Brian Blessed, who appeared in such films as "Flash Gordon," "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" and "Alexander," announced today that he will be releasing an album of original metal songs. Speaking on the issue, Blessed said:
"I first gained an interest in rock music when Queen did the soundtrack to Flash Gordon. I followed their career from then on and discovered many other bands in rock and heavy metal that I really enjoyed. I appeared on an album called 'Beneath The Failed Embrace' by a British power metal band called Pythia and after talking to the boys in the band and seeing how much fun they were having, I decided that creating my own heavy metal record would be something I would very much like to have a stab at but felt that the idea of a noted actor doing such a thing would be mocked. My mind was changed a few months ago however, when Christopher Lee revealed his metal project, Charlemagne. I definitely have to thank Christopher for making the first move with his record, as it gave me the courage to do the same. My album is entitled 'Scaling The Summit' and raws influence from a number of historical topics, as well as poetry, literature and everyday life."
"Scaling The Summit" is expected to be released sometime in late September and has been described as "Sonata Arctica meets Pantera" by those who have heard the material. The album also boasts a large number of appearances from metal musicians including Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Motorhead guiarist Phil Campbell among other names that have yet to be revealed. More unusual news about the album is that not one, but two of Britains most loved comedians will also be contributing to album as stand-up comic, presenter and multi instrumentalist Bill Bailey revealed that he has recorded the guitar and bass tracks for much of the album, while Al Murray, best known for his role as The Pub Landlord handled the drum work on every track.
For those of you not familiar with Brian Blessed, you can check out his infamous appearance as the host of British topical comedy quiz, "Have I Got News For You" below.
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UK symphonic gothic black metal band Cradle of Filth has announced that they will be composing the soundtrack to the upcoming film “Twilight: Eclipse.”
The band comments, “We were recently approached by Rob Zombie for his next film, but ‘Twilight’ presents a better opportunity for us in the long run.”
Stephenie Meyer comments, “This band’s music will help highlight the darker aspects of my novels. as a big metal head myself, I am glad to see metal bands participating in the movie. When I approached Dani, he said he was a big Twilight fan and very passionate about Bella Swan and Edward Cullen as well.”
In addition to Cradle of Filth, the movie will feature cameos by Vampires Everywhere! and Peter Steele of Type O Negative.
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Canadian metalcore band the Cancer Bats, has issued a public apology for their recent cover of the classic Beastie Boys song, "Sabotage." The band has received much criticism from fans of the legendary rap group, as well as the majority of people in the world who have working ears, claiming that the cover was an "insult" to the Beastie Boys and one not to be taken as lightly as the video tried to convey.
"We sincerely apologize for any hurt feelings and eardrums we may have caused with this release," says a statement from the band, "It was our intention to pay tribute to a group we respected and loved, though in hindsight, perhaps some things are better left alone."
Beastie Boys rapper Ad Rock commented: "Whether you like the Beasties or not, there's no denying that we are original when it comes to our music and especially our videos. I thought that video the Bats did was really lame y'know? I know the whole point is that since they're covering us, they're gonna reference us as much as possible, but I tought it would have been much better if they'd had tried to pay tribute to us by doing their own take on what a Beastie Boys video should be, not just copying us." More...
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It has only been a month since Megadeth was reunited with their former bassist: David “Junior” Ellefson. This reunion was vital to the success of the Rust in Peace Tour which featured Ellefson on the actual recording. Unfortunately, Ellefson’s return was short lived. Megadeth’s frontman Dave Mustaine issued the following statement on Megadeth.com:
"Droogies! The end of the Rust in Peace tour is before us, and Megadeth is in a state of transition once again. I cannot believe the nerve Junior had throughout the tour to ask me for additional compensation on merchandise. Have you seen Junior after he left Megadeth to where he was now? I mean, he's technically the new guy again! It’s almost like he completely dismissed what I taught him. Have you seen the way he dressed in his side-projects F5, Hail and Angels of Babylon? I felt almost bad for him. Of course the initial reasoning for bringing back Ellefson was obviously since I knew that guy… not many people know the other reason though. Jeff Young and his current band Hydrogyn was going to steal my bassist. I couldn't let that happen. Junior has too much talent to join a band with that prick I fired. Dave also is too good to play in a band where the former guitarist canceled tours because he loves heroine… I worried about his well being so naturally, I made a deal with him to come back home, where he belonged. Of course this was contingent on him being considered a new member. Junior expects me to give him shares of profits from touring? Now, I don’t hold grudges because I consider myself a Christian but no one gets a free ride to Megadeth. That is not how that goes. He kept on badgering me about being paid less than Chris Broderick was making. I just told him that he can wear the Angel Witch hand me down shirt of Lomenzo if he needed new clothes so badly. Yes, and he did wash after every show Lomenzo…. Junior has to realize that money does not grow on trees… What, he can just waltz in and make what I make, get real? He was getting paid, don’t worry, but he still has to pay at least 2 years of Rock School 101. After becoming incredibly moody and belligerent, Junior started lashing out at the other band members and me especially. You know the PA that went out in Baltimore? I have a strong hunch that Junior sabotaged it to get back at me over the argument we had over merch costs. Besides, this can have a secondary benefit, namely, that we are offering Lomenzo his former job back… After hearing that he recorded four base tracks already on Hydrogyn, I could not help but feel angry again. I felt compelled to have my former bassist back because I did not want Jeff Young to keep stealing my members!"
Anyways, we thank David Ellefson for all of his services, and wish him good luck in his future endeavors."
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When Stryper announced that they will be doing a covers album of their favorite 70s and 80s metal songs, there was initially little resistance from their fans. Then what seemed to be a vocal minority made themselves heard, but as more negative reactions surfaced, the band was forced to make a statement about it:
"We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. We performed 'On Fire' by Van Halen on a few tours and we also performed 'Breaking The Law' by Priest on this last tour. The response was far beyond our expectations each time we performed these songs. People seemed genuinely surprised to hear Stryper cover these songs and even more surprised to hear Stryper perform these songs relatively well. This will be an opportunity for Robert, Oz, Tim and myself to loosen up and have some fun.
"For those of you who may think that we're walking away from our faith - your wrong. We've never been more serious about our faith at any point in our lives. It is however important to enjoy what you do and lighten up from time to time. That's what we plan to do. This will be a fun record to make and we hope that this comes through, as well as the chance to showcase the abilities that we've been blessed with. More details to come and a specific song list and sequence to follow."
Sufficient enough to quell the concerns of many fans, to the more fanatical of them the statement was seen as an open challenge or rebellion in the face of their beliefs; beliefs that they believed Stryper shared in strength and conviction. The negative reaction has been rising like the tide, and as it's reached its peak it has shaken the band to its core, according to friends of the band.
On the brink of breaking up, and more than one member questioning their beliefs and faith in humanity, the band has not been seen in public for weeks. Stryper's Michael Sweet commented on the situation: "It's really gotten out of hand. We haven't even announced the songs we're planning to cover yet! Apparently you really can't be Christian and metal at the same time. It's spun out of control, with people telling us that we're going to hell for singing 'the devil's music' and songs of a gay man [Rob Halford of Judas Priest]. I don't question my faith in God, but this whole experience has made me question humanity and the volatility of our society. God help us if we covered [Iron Maiden's] 'The Number of the Beast'."
It's also just been discovered that last week Stryper was to play a secret show in Northern California, but cancelled due to religious picketers blocking their entrance to the small club. "We hate to leave our fans hanging like that, but these people have lost touch with reality and are, quite frankly, crazy," commented Sweet of the situation. "This is how the rest of the world views Christianity and I have gotten to experience why firsthand," he concluded.
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Everyone loves covering and mashing up Metallica, and Metal Injection delivers with the latest mashup: a smooth jazz version of "Enter Sandman" dubbed over a live video of the band (with vocals). Check it out below.
A brilliant death metal dubbed video of Louis Armstrong singing "What A Wonderful World" has recently made its way online. Death growls were provided by Slovenian solo artist The Markness, arrangement, instruments and recording by Andy Rehfeldt and video editing by Stephanie Wooten. Check out the video below:
UPDATE: you can check out the original source video here.
Steel Panther has posted a video clip online wishing everyone in the U.K. a happy Mother's Day, in their own special way. The footage can be viewed below.
Steel Panther is headed off to the U.K. for three tour dates in March. Before the mini-tour the band members will be answering fan questions via a MySpace web chat on Wednesday, March 17th. To submit a question to the band ahead of the web-chat you can add your question at this location.
Steel Panther's U.K. tour dates are as follows:
3/18 2010 - O2 Academy Newcastle
3/19 2010 - Brixton Academy London
3/20 2010 - O2 Academy Sheffield
In case you missed Russia's figure skating routine set to Metallica, be sure to check it out below.
U.K. metallers Warpath have shared a video of a 15 year old fan from the U.S. performing the guitar part for their song "Damnation," which can be viewed below. Warpath also commented about the footage: "Fan cover of Damnation on Youtube! Check out this awesome cover of 'Damnation' by 15-year old Javi from the United States! We were so impressed with his talent we just had to share it with everyone!"
Metal Blade Records has posted a video clip online of various metal musicians interviewing the booth babes at the 2010 NAMM convention. The video clip, which can be viewed below, features Jon "Charn" Rice from Job For A Cowboy, Greg Weeks from The Red Chord, Jeff Paulick from Lazarus A.D., Frank Bello from Anthrax, and more.
Guitarist Ozzy Porkchop of U.K. hardcore act Your Demise recently experienced the fine American tradition of getting shocked by a stun gun. The band issued the following statement about the incident:
"YD played in south Carolina, whilst there we encountered a guy with a swazzy tattooed on his head. Later on that night we over heard the venue manager and the said 'skinhead' playing with a Taser. Oz then felt the need to try it out, what a legend."
A video of the experience can be viewed below.
Your Demise is currently on the Small Town Shakedown tour with The Ghost Inside, For the Fallen Dreams, and Suffokate. The dates are as follows: More...
Vancouver, BC metal band NYLITHIA posted a video of their version of the Super Mario Castle Theme last year, which has been making rounds on social sites of late. Check out the video below.
Not just a gimmick band, however, Nylithia released their debut full-length last year and plans to record another this year. Check out some of their music on the band's MySpace page. Here are the upcoming shows that the band has announced:
Feb 25 2010 @ 8:00P - Red Room w/ BRUTAL TRUTH & INFERNAL MAJESTY Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 26 2010 @ 8:00P - Evolution w/ Reaver Victoria, British Columbia
Feb 27 2010 @ 8:00P - Club Pauloburger Cumberland/Mt.Washington, British Columbia
Apr 10 2010 @ 8:00P - Fernridge Hall Langley, British Columbia
May 18 2010 @ 8:00P - The Rickshaw Theatre w/ HYPOCRISY Vancouver, British Columbia
Holy Taco has posted an article featuring photos of 25 hardcore pets. Tatoos and body modifcation especially are often linked to metal and what could be more metal than that? Why modding your pets, of course! (note, we make no claims as to the authenticity of the features photos and suspect Photoshop work in many of them.)
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If we had a daily WTF? post, this would qualify. Not much more to say. Just watch the video:
A new, high quality Muppets video of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is making its rounds on Facebook and social sites, so I decided to take this opportunity to post it, along with a medley of various other Muppets heavy metal renditions.
The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
I'm not quite sure what the fascination is, but there are more Muppets metal videos after the jump. More...
So states the infamous The Onion in what is an excellent parody of the ongoing Aerosmith drama (even if a bit long). Here's an excerpt:
Analysts speculate that the sector-wide layoff was a result of multiple factors, including redundancies in the singing-songwriting division, rising rehab fees that have cost the group millions, and a 34 percent decline in jump-kicks since 2003. In addition, some of Aerosmith's younger, more ambitious employees, such as Joe Perry, 57, are willing to sing and play an instrument at the same time, often for half the salary.
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Guitarist Trevor Peres of Florida death metallers Obituary has released his own line of Bar-B-Que sauce. More information on the "T-Bones Famous Original Rib'Licious" sauce can be found at this location.
For anyone who has ever wanted to partake in a concert mosh pit but wasn't sure how, below can be found an informative video on the fine art of moshing. Special thanks to California's Echoes of Fear for bringing this to our attention.
All About The Music has posted a new blog featuring musicians describing the "guilty pleasure" bands they like outside of metal. Excerpts from the blog follow:
Dave Davidson (Revocation) – “One of my guiltiest pleasures would probably be Fall Out Boy. Not really a fan of their older stuff but the last couple of records they've put out were awesome. Phil's guilty pleasure is probably Boys 2 Men, he will straight up sing that CD from front to back when he’s drunk and it always brings the laughs. Anthony is also into a lot of pop, right now I think he's on a Lady Gaga kick.”
Micah Kinard (Oh, Sleeper/Violent Lighting/Steadfast Modesty Clothing) – “My guilty pleasure band is Flickerstick. Haha, though that is not necessarily the most random thing you will find on my iPod. I also LOVE Fiona Apple and Sarah McLachlan, but I rep them proudly. haha.”
Gabriel Luis (Fallen Martyr) – “Muse and Radiohead. 2 amazing bands. What I like about them the most is that they are progressive music; they do and sound how they want. And that’s a pretty metal thing to do. Also, Radiohead is pretty strange. Strange bands are always awesome. 3 6 Mafia and Project Pat. I like rap, and sometimes I gotta listen to something else other then metal. I also find that it’s better to write new material when listening to music that is very unlike the style you play. You can pick up inspiration from anything if you really just have an open mind.”
Read the full article at All About The Music.