Archive: Just For Funs
In an exclusive announcement, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has revealed to MetalUnderground.com that he is to be the new drummer of Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir. He writes, "I’m pumped to be the new drummer for my boys in Dimmu Borgir! It will be one hell of a year, but I’ll be pushing myself in new directions." When asked for comment, Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath confirmed and noted, "Mike is a logical step forward for the band."
Dimmu Borgir has had a rotating cast of drummers through their career, including Reno Kiilerich, Hellhammer, Nick Barker, Tony Laureano, and most recently Daray. Mike Portnoy adds, "I’m working on some brutal ideas for my corpse paint already. Get ready!" Portnoy is set to play with the band at their "Forces of the Northern Night" show in Oslo on May 28th, with the backing of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Choir. Portnoy adds that, "It will be like the time DT and I played with the orchestra at Radio City Music Hall, but this time with blast beats. Get ready, Norway!"
His time ended with Avenged Sevenfold, Portnoy’s other musical projects this year include a project with Symphony X’s Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando. Also on tap for Portnoy is a project with Spock’s Beard’s Neal Morse, Deep Purple’s Steve Morse, the Dixie Dregs’ Dave LaRue, and Alpha Rev’s Casey McPherson.
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Former Devildriver bassist Jonathan Miller recently left Devildriver after nine years of service, but did not provide a concrete reason for his departure. Sources close to the musician say that he's simply "freaked out by all of the recent bassist deaths" and was growing paranoid that he was next.
A friend of Miller, who wished to remain anonymous, commented: "It's best for everyone that he decided to leave the band. He's become completely obsessed with the news and paranoid that he is next in the line of recent bassist deaths. He thinks it's 'his turn.' Maybe it's a good thing...it's scared him into taking action to get himself better. I hope it does anyway. He's also quit playing bass and dedicated himself to learning drums to avoid 'the curse'."
Last year Miller ended up in the ICU on his birthday and missed the subsequent tour with Devildriver.
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Television networks have released their updated fall schedules and there are apparently some big surprises coming our way…
HBO is unveiling “The L Factor”, a Saturday night talk show hosted by Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. When asked what type of guest Lemmy will be having on his new show he stated simply, “Mostly women”…
David Coverdale (Whitesnake) is joining the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” as their newest judge. A rep for the show who asked to remain nameless believes that if anyone knows dancers, well, it’s going to be David Coverdale… More...
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The world famous computer program/pop star Miku Hatsune has apparently been put to good use... by having her voice pitch shifted into a low rasp. Is this a sign of a new wave of Miku Hatsune metal videos or possibly just somebody with too much time on his/her hands? It's hard to say but few things please me more than taking something sickeningly cute and cuddly and then corrupting it.
For the latest of the horribly hilarious (or hilariously horrible?) mashups, we have Slipknot and Justin Bieber combining for "Psychosocial Baby." If you really like it, you can even download it here (just don't admit it if you want to keep your metal cred or dignity).
Proof that grunted vocals and down-tuned chugging can improve any song.
You can also check out the previously uploaded All My Friends At Sea cover of the song at this location.
Melodic Deathcore act All My Friends At Sea and Lemon Smashle has posted a cover online of the hit viral pop song "Friday" by Rebecca Black. You can stream the metallized version by All My Friends At Sea below and for those that are brave enough, the original has also been posted although listening is not recommended.
Jason Myers, bassist and keyboardist for Pittsburgh-based trad-metal outfit Icarus Witch, recently posted a fun story about how Nicko McBrain had been spotted wearing Icarus Witch shirts in Iron Maiden photos. The first bits of the post are blockquoted here - for the full story, pictures of Iron Maiden in Icarus Witch T-Shirts and all things Icarus Witch, head on over to Icarus Witch's Facebook page.
In 2008, a friend of mine emailed me and said "Dude, how'd you get Nicko McBrain to where an Icarus Witch shirt?" I laughed. Honestly, have no idea how he got his shirt. But it appeared first in a spread in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine.
Shortly after, I was browsing the magazine section and noticed the June 2008 issue of Metal Edge magazine had Maiden on the cover. Nicko, once again sporting his Witch "True Pittsburgh Metal" T.
Unfortunately, he has his arms crossed in both pics, leading me to assume that either: A) Maiden also has a "No other band T-Shirts in our promo photos" rule and Steve reamed him out. or B) It was really cold in the photo studio that day. Haha. Either way, I've since noticed lots of photos of Nicko and this is a common pose for him in pix, so I'll assume the best.
American metal act Chimaira has posted a cover of the classic rock song "Wild Thing" from The Troggs. According to the band, the song is a tribute to the recent escapades of Hollywood TV actor Charlie Sheen, known for his work on the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. The band commented on the cover by saying:
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Having fun with the current Charlie Sheen phenomenon. Don't take this too seriously. Enjoy!...we're going back to work on the new record...winning!"
If you missed the much talked about Super Bowl commercial from Best Buy featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber, you can now check it out below:
Paganomation.com has posted a heavy metal themed Lego video online, which can be viewed below, and also commented on the clip: "In a medieval forest, a simple lumberjack is granted the greatest power of all time. Created by Paganomation for the LEGO Club Show in early 2010."
Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon, ex-Celtic Frost) is currently selling two different wooden Jesus dildo sculptures online. Photos and details on the pieces can be found at this location. Tom G. Warrior posted the following descriptions of the two phallic statues:
"Phallus I/2011; metal Jesus mounted to wooden dildo cross; wood, white metal, steel, epoxy, and black enamel. This phallus sculpture is a unique, individual piece of which only one exists world-wide, hand-made by the artist. Cross created from 3 German hand-crafted, spruce wood dildos. Crucified messiah figurine and INRI insignia in metal. Dimensions: height approx. 20 cm (7.9"), width approx. 13.5 cm (5.5"), dildo diameter approx. 2.6 cm (1"). Weight: approx. 160 g (5.5 oz). Caution: for display purposes only!
Heaven Shall Burn's publicist has issued the following tongue-in-cheek update about upset religious folks on twitter discovering the band's name:
"The cat is out of the bag! Finally conservative, religious representatives revealed what Heaven Shall Burn is all about: they are flaming Satanists – and the virtual world used the chance to express their enragement via twitter at this location.
"The band is happy that someone has finally managed to read between the lines, stating that: 'Us being into the glorification of violence, destruction of the earth and Satanism has been an open secret. Our videos for Combat and Endzeit speak a very clear language regarding what we are about. Finally our message translated – even to religious fanatics!'
"In the summer of 2010 Heaven Shall Burn and Century Media Records still tricked the oldest organization dedicated to the protection of human rights, Amnesty International, into premiering their video for 'Combat' and managed to undermine the system supposedly as philanthropist and pacifists – little did they know, they were helping spread a secret message. After the current revelations on twitter this would have never been possible…
"Anyone who would like to (further) support the Devil, death and destruction should watch out for their latest album “Invictus” that landed on #9 in the German Media Control Album Charts. Reportedly, many immaculate souls have been doomed ever since. Horns up!" More...
The Black Satans are a Norwegian black metal band from Finland. This parody black metal band has some videos. The band comments on their "The Satanic Darkness" video, "This music video made by The Black Satans was shot in the mountains of wintery Norway during the darkest time of the year, except that it was in Finland and in midsummer."
Check out their latest video "The Satan Of Hell" and two others, "The Mutilation of Christ" and "The Satanic Darkness," below:
A video of a Yellow-Nape Amazon parrot named Lolita singing Drowning Pool's "Bodies" has been making its rounds around the Internet. Check it out below.
If you don't believe that's the parrot's voice, you check out a number of videos of the bird singing other songs on the owner's YouTube channel.
Oh, Sleeper bassist Lucas Starr has posted a new cover track online, under the name At Night We Strike, in a collaboration with his girlfriend Hannah Cook. The duo perform an acoustic, dark-folk version of Lady Gaga's hit single "Bad Romance." You can view the cover version below, followed the original - for comparison purposes only.
Germany's DuskMachine, which recently announced the recruiting of new vocalist Joe Comeau, has checked in with the following brief update wishing fans a merry Christmas and happy new year: "As every year...DuskMachine wishes all of you a Merry X-Mas and a happy new year 2011! We hope to see many of you on the road next year!! Cheers!!!" You can also check out sample DuskMachine tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace page. Additional details on DuskMachine's live shows and recording plans for 2011 will be announced as they are made available.
Brought to you by the same folks responsible for the house synced to Slayer's "Raining Blood," this year they've followed up with Pantera's "I'm Broken." Check out the video below:
Had we found the video sooner, it probably would have made #3 on our Most Metal Christmas Light Shows list.
German death-grind-rock hybrid Milking The Goatmachine has posted a special christmas message to all its fans and metalheads around the world, titled "Christmasgoats." You can view the video message below:
Another Christmas is just around the corner, which means jolly fat men in red suits scaring the bejeesus out of crying children and uncomfortable dinners with family members who don't actually like each other. Christmas isn't just caroling and spiked egg nog though, it's also another opportunity to rock out with some metal steeped in the holiday spirit. We already gave Christmas the metal treatment with a list of the top 10 most metal light shows, as well a new edition of the Rockstar Ramblings describing what aging rockers really want to get under the tree. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor also recently posted a Christmas music video here. To keep December heavy, we've also rounded up a list of the 2010 Christmas and Anti-Christmas rock and metal songs available online.
First off is the 2010 edition of the Misantrof AntiRecords "Holy Fucking AntiChristmas" compilation, which features 15 punk, instrumental, and metal tracks tearing the most commercial holiday of the year a new one. You can stream or download the songs here, and the track listing is as follows: More...