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25 Hardcore Pets

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.)

Read the full article at Holy Taco.

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WTF: Black Metal Cookies?

If we had a daily WTF? post, this would qualify. Not much more to say. Just watch the video:

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A Muppet Metal Medley

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...

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Steven Tyler Laid Off From Aerosmith

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.

Read the full article at The Onion.

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Obituary Guitairst Launches Bar-B-Que Sauce Line

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.

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A Guide To Moshing And Concert Survival

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.

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Metal Musicians Spill Their "Guilty Pleasures"

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.

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Suffocation Fan Meets Band Due To Banned Video

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.

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New Guitar Hero Ad Says The Game Is For Losers

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:

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Napalm Death Appears On Children's Show

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...

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Vintage Flesh Comments On Alice Cooper

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...

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Ten Worst Album Covers From Great Bands

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.

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8-Bit Opeth Song Posted Online

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...

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"Linkin Park" Posts New Video Online

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...

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RickRoll w/ "Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up"

Thanks to DJ Morgoth, you can now Rickroll your friends with only half the suckitude, by linking to his latest mashup video for "Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up," which you can see below.

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]

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Take the Heavy Metal Umlaut Quiz

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.) "

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Kiss To Release Limited Edition M&M's

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."

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Maurizio Iacono Drawn As Metal Toon

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.

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11 Metal Covers Of Michael Jackson Songs

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...

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Bluegrass Cover of Dark Tranquillity Posted Online

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."

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