Archive: Just For Funs
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.”
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Suffocation fan Philip Kaplan posted a video on YouTube of himself playing along on the drums to the track "Infecting the Crypts." The video was subsequently removed due to copyright issues, which led to Kaplan contacting the band's management and label and eventually meeting Suffocation. The video (which has since been posted back on YouTube) can be viewed below. Excerpts of Kaplan's blog about the experience follow:
You may have read about my YouTube drama. Short version: I made a video for a song by the death-metal band Suffocation and uploaded it to YouTube. The video received over 3,000,000 views until YouTube removed it, via Warner Music complaint, for copyright infringement. I’m happy to report that not only has the issue been resolved and the video is back on YouTube, but one of the more awesome experiences of my life occurred because of it.
Background: After YouTube removed the video, I got in touch with the band’s management: Extreme Music Group. Their manager told me that they approve of the video and want it back online. I also reached out to Roadrunner Records (label), Warner Music (distribution) and YouTube — they were all surprisingly nice and cooperative.
But the coolest thing happened a couple of weeks ago. Suffocation was on tour and playing a show here in San Francisco. A drumming magazine, Sick Drummer, heard about my YouTube story and contacted me. Somehow they hooked up a free ticket and backstage pass for me at the concert.More...
A new musical short-film type ad for a Guitar Hero/Doritoes tie-in is airing in the UK. While the video and song are both comical in their own, normally you want to promote something positive with an ad. You know, characteristics of cool and attractive people get associated with the product. What happens if the opposite is true? Let us know what you think after checking out the ad below, courtesy of Metal Injection:
Rare footage of Napalm Death performing on the BBC show, "What's That Noise?" in 1989 has been uncovered and posted online at YouTube. You can check out the clip below. The show was presented by Craig Charles, (perhaps best known as Lister from the hit sci-fi comedy series, "Red Dwarf") and also featured Sir Cliff Richard and Patrick Moore, who is the presenter of one of the BBC's longest running shows, "The Sky At Night." More...
New Hampshire metallers Vintage Flesh have issued the following statement about Alice Cooper's connection to black metal:
"IF DOOM HAS BLACK SABBATH TO THANK, THEN BLACK METAL HAS ALICE COOPER AS ITS FOREFATHER. How can this be so? well since you are fool enough to ask, I suppose I can enlighten you.
"First comes the voice of Alice, right from the first few Albums Alice struck a warped chord with his unsusally, disturbing, deviant, and decadent witch like vocals. Scaring the fuck out of people from as far back as the late sixties till now. Not entirely unlike black metal vocal styling of today, when closely compared. Some of Alice's earliest leather and stud get ups even predate Rob Halfords so called introduction of leather & spikes to the metal spectrum. dating back to '72' for Alice. Alice did dabble with the Devil back before the man who created him decided to seek out the dirty hippy Jewish guy called Jesus. but that was many years later.
"Alice basically married horror and hard rock which when it comes together what do ya got kids??? HEAVY METAL!!!! ALICE'S first album came out one year before B.Sabbaths and it was called pretties for you. Perverted name and album art included. The sound is bombastic unpredictable and hard to listen to for most. sorta like, HEAVY METAL!!!!! In fact i personally believe you can trace the first true doom metal songs back to this very album by Alice. the song is called 'fields of regret' and it is arguably heavier then anything from Sabbaths first album that came out one YEAR later! ALICE-1969 B.Sabbath-1970!!! Look it up! More...
In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.
The 8bitsbrothers, who have previously done a old school NES style version of the Slayer song "Angel of Death," have now posted a retro version of the Opeth track "The Grand Conjuration." Both the Opeth and Slayer clips can be found below. More...
A video posted online by NonRandomNonSense has ensured all the lovers of the classic Linkin Park song structure that the formula is still alive and well. You can check it out below. The video has received much praise from fans and haters alike (as well as the expected criticism from Linkin Park die-hards.) More...
You can also download an MP3 of the song here.
If that intrigues you, you may be interested in downloading DJ Morgoth's "MetalMashMix 2009" - a single MP3 containing mashups of the following tracks:
1. Wu-Tang Clan vs. System Of A Down vs. Nine Inch Nails vs. Queens Of The Stone Age - Shame on a Bootlegga [ToToM]
2. Lady Gaga vs. Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Dance (Bullet For Lady Gaga) [DJ Schmolli]
3. Gorillaz vs. Rage Against The Machine - Dare to Testify [ToToM]
4. Rage Against The Machine vs. Shaggy - Killing Boombastic [DJ Zebra]
5. Metallica vs. Panjabi MC - Metallica Goes To Punjab [Wax Audio]
6. Pain vs. Black Sabbath - I'm Going Paranoid [DJ Morgoth]
7. The Prodigy vs. Judas Priest - You've Got Another Firestarter Comin' [DJ Morgoth]
8. Gorillaz vs. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades Feels Good [DJ Morgoth]
9. Ray Parker Jr. vs. AC/DC - ThunderBusters [Wax Audio]
10. Bryan Adams vs. Metallica - Enter You [Wax Audio]
The guys over at Mental Floss have created a Heavy Metal Umlaut Quiz. It's a fun waste of time.
"Can you pick out the correct placement of the world's heaviest diacritic in each band name? (Word of warning: Some band names may contain no umlauts whatsoever. Sissies.) "
Kissonline.com is reporting that Kiss will have their own limited edition M&M brand released this October. The first promotional image of Kiss in M&M form can be viewed here. Kiss is currently set to release a new studio album on October 6th. Some of the projected song titles include "Russian Roulette," "Modern Day Delilah," and "Stand."
Kataklysm / Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono has posted a "metal toon" image of himself in Roman themed armor online. The picture can be viewed here.
We figured we'd wait until you're thoroughly sick of hearing about Michael Jackson's death before posting our own article. Inspired by Metalunderground.com reader Gorecunt's Facebook note, I've compiled a list of metal Michael Jackson covers from YouTube, some more serious than others. While Jacko really has nothing to do with metal, some of our readers may still have enjoyed his music. Please raise your hands to be banned (just kidding). As such, this is all purely for fun, regardless what you think of him. Eleven metal(ish) covers of Michael Jackson songs can be seen below (with a couple of bonuses as well), after the jump. More...
Sweden's Slaughter of the Bluegrass, known for playing unplugged versions of death metal songs, has uploaded a bluegrass cover of Dark Tranquillity's "Punish My Heaven." Check it out at www.sotb.se.
Also available on the web site is a cover of At the Gates' "Blinded by Fear."
Poison frontman Bret Michaels got laid out by a stage back drop at the 2009 Tony awards. You can watch the video below. More...
A video parodying power metal outfit Dragonforce has surfaced on YouTube. The video, cleverly edited to appear like a real commercial, claims to be advertizing Dragonforce's "Greatest Hits", showing off the bands singles in all their glory. You can check out the video below. More...
Unearth's Ken Susi has created a video for Little Girl's Club's "I Want Candy." The song was written and recorded by Ken Susi, performed by Alison, video produced by Punchdance. You can watch the video below. More...
Ever since Judas Priest hit the scene in the 70’s, metalheads world-wide have been put in a trance by Rob Halford’s impressive vocal abilities, mainly his ability to sing notes that, to other male vocalists, would seem emasculating. Though Rob has revealed some time not too long ago that he was a gay man, which is something that the metal scene of his time would not accept, he has another secret that he’s kept from us all: Robert John Arthur Halford was born on August 25th, 1951, as a woman. More...
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Guns N Roses mainman Axl Rose doesn't have it easy. In an interview conducted this morning in light of his planned American Idol appearance, Axl has broken the silence on his disappearance around the release of “Chinese Democracy.”
During his disappearance for two months in 2008, Axl Rose claims he was actually abducted by aliens. "I couldn't say anything about it at the time. When I returned, I went to the FBI and they said I had to keep this story under wraps..."
Clearly emotional and having trouble collecting himself, Rose continued, “They did all sorts of tests on me. I could never see their faces. There were always these bright lights. All I could think about is how I'm not even going to see my fifteen year masterpiece released to the world...how I wouldn't be able to tour. I promise all of my fans that I will uphold my touring commitments from now on. I won't take any of this for granted any more.”
Conspiracy theorists were fast at work trying to prove that it was the Chinese government who actually kidnapped and duped the aging hair metal star for speaking out against the current regime. His re-emergence in Dulles National Airport, completely disoriented, only fueled the speculation.
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It’s 6:41 in Eastern Canada and I have just received news of problems within DragonForce. Herman Lee has given me the following information to confirm for their fan base world-wide: their lead singer has quit the band and now works in the homosexual pornography ring, and Herman now composes all of Nintendo’s music. A remix of Ultra Beatdown will be made available for download on Xbox Live with even more game sounds and the same stuff you’ve heard before. Lastly, when they asked Tarja Turunen to do a collaboration with them, she replied simply with, "Fuck that. Even I haven’t sunk that low yet."
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