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High on Fire Take Acoustic Turn

High on Fire recently announced they intend to go acoustic on the upcoming Gigantour, where they’ll trek across North America alongside Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, In Flames and Megadeth.

“We just wanted to try something a bit different,” explains bassist Jeff Matz. "Either it works or it doesn’t, but it’s definitely an awesome avenue for us to expand as musicians.”

Known for playing intense live shows of punishing force, High on Fire decided to turn it down a notch from the crunchy riffs and ear-drum ripping solos, but insist they can still capture their signature intensity unplugged.

The tune "Waste of Tiamat," from High on Fire’s latest release “Death Is This Communion,” incorporates flamenco-ish acoustic picking, courtesy of Matz, so it really isn’t a huge leap for the Oakland-based trio. "Khanrad's Wall," also from the band’s latest album, is centralized around a tambour, twelve-string acoustic guitars, and gentle tom-tom drums.

“Lately, I’ve been getting into Middle Eastern music, traditional Iranian folk music and traditional Turkish music,” Matz added. “It’s opened my eyes up to a lot of different musical possibilities.”

And while they won’t be performing an acoustic show on every stop on Gigantour’s 30-day romp across North America, a handful of lucky cities – the band declined to specify which dates – will get to experience the acoustic performance first hand.

“It’s definitely engaged my brain a lot more," Matz said of the new set. "It’s been a challenge that made me step up and improve my musicianship a lot.”

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Dan Nelson Fired From Anthrax, Necro Steps In

The new singer of Anthrax Dan Nelson has been fired and self proclaimed "Death rapper" Necro has taken the job.

Anthrax guitarist/ founding member Scott Ian has posted the following message on his website:

"Hey guys, got some big news for ya. You've no doubt all been aware of what a long task it was for us to find a new singer after Joey left. We announced a few months ago that we had recruited former Devilsize and Me, My Enemy singer Dan Nelson to handle vocal duties. Well things really weren't working out. He said some things, I said some things and shit got way out of hand between us. I won't say what was said out of respect but Dan is no longer a part of Anthrax. He had his chance but he decided to be a dick, not a dude about things.

"Fear not though because our job of finding a replacement for Dan took alot shorter than expected. I got a call from Necro asking if I wanted to collaborate on another song with him and this time bring the other guys. We jammed for a bit on a new song of his and then he wanted to jam on some Anthrax tunes. We went through Bring The Noize and I'm The Man and then halfway through Deathrider I just put my guitar down and said 'Dude! Want a job?' To the pleasure of myself, Charlie, Frankie and Rob, he accepted. He's coming into the studio with us next week to record some new tracks. Make him feel welcome in the Anthrax camp!"

Necro himself has also issued a statement:

"So I'm in Anthrax now. I ain't gonna post no long ass blurb about how honoured I am blah blah blah but I will say this, when you cross the most brutal rapper on the planet with the fathers of the blastbeat, some mad songs are gonna get done! Keep checkin' this space and both our websites for more news."

Necro and Scott Ian previously worked on the song "Evil Rules" together for Necro's latest album "Death Rap". The new Anthrax album is expecting a September release.

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Nine Inch Nails Signs Record Deal w/ Roadrunner

In a very surprising twist, a spokesman for Roadrunner Records has released a statement to the press early this morning announcing that they have inked a deal with industrial rock giants Nine Inch Nails, which, following suit of Radiohead, independently released "Ghosts I-IV" through label The Null Corporation after splitting with major label Interscope Records, ending an 18 year long association.

Roadrunner spokesman Joseph King enlightened us with the following report:
“As I’m sure fans of music everywhere are aware, Roadrunner is always trying to improve its catalog of musicians by bringing in the best artists in all genres of music. After the recent selling phenomenon of the independently released ‘Ghosts I-IV’, which sold out within days of being available, Roadrunner simply had to see if we could work something out with the collective genius that is Nine Inch Nails. As soon as we heard about the bands’ latest effort, we got in touch with Mr. Reznor, who was a lot more accommodating than I’ll admit we expected! Talks went back and forth, we gave Trent figures, he wanted to know if we wanted a solid band or would we allow him to continue using guest musicians on any future work, and so on and on. I understand that the details are still forthcoming, but I am permitted to divulge that it is thanks to the deal between NIN and Roadrunner that the band has very recently been reformed! Trent is giving the band a few months to learn the ‘Ghosts’ material before setting off on a North American tour to support the release, which will be followed by many more dates in many more locations. There is nothing planned yet for a follow-up, but we are very proud to say that it will be pushed on you incessantly by Roadrunner Records.”

No word has yet come from Trent Reznor on the specifics of the Roadrunner deal or the reasons for the move away from The Null Corporation back to a major label. It was only weeks ago that Reznor slammed Radiohead’s release of "In Rainbows," saying that to him it “feels insincere,” and that “…the way [Radiohead] parlayed it into a marketing gimmick has certainly been shrewd.” The dates for the Nine Inch Nails North American tour, as previously reported, are as follows: More...

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In Flames Bassist Loses Leg

In Flames bassist Peter Iwers lost the lower half of his left leg Monday night due to complications from a dislocated knee. Iwers was injured in late January after slipping on some ice at a photo shoot in the Red Square while on a mini-tour of Russia.

“I'm fine now, but it truly sucked a few days ago,” he explained shortly after the initial incident occurred. “I went to a Russian hospital to drain blood from the knee and to get an x-ray, where I also got support for the leg. Then I took a lot of painkillers.”

"Peter did injure himself pretty badly while in Russia. Peter slipped on some ice and hurt his knee badly and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Obviously in a lot of pain, he probably shouldn't have left the hospital,” an official statement from the band said.

It isn’t certain if complications arose as a result of the initial injury or if the infection was acquired in a Moscow hospital. Regardless, the show must go on.

“I should be fine in a few weeks – a month or so – but I won't be lifting a lot of stuff in the nearest future,” Iwers managed to jest in light of the situation. “It’s healing slowly and it’s healing as it should be. But it takes time. I never thought that something could hurt that much, though. I don't recommend it!”

Iwers completed the band’s mini-tour of Russia while playing seated in a chair on stage, and will complete the band’s scheduled 18-month tour – which includes 30 dates with Gigantour and a headlining stint in Europe – in a similar fashion.

“It’s still pretty painful, but I’ll be okay,” he assures.

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Devin Townsend Talks About Retreat From Performing

In a recent interview with an underground metal magazine out of Paraguay, Devin Townsend revealed his real reasons for disbanding Strapping young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band and vowing to no longer play music live. Townsend says that he planned to shave his head in an effort to not scare his children with his "skullet" (mullet with the top of his head being bald).

"I remember how I felt when Metallica cut their hair. Betrayed. Confused. They went on to make some of the worst music in their careers from that point on. I don't want to be a freak in the eyes of my kids and I don't want to be viewed as a sellout by my fans, so I have chosen to forego the performing aspect of music at least until I'm fully bald and have a legitimate excuse for how I look. In the meantime, you can expect more crazy videos of Ziltoid the Omniscient instead of seeing my face..."

Townsend announced his departure and dissolution of Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and his decision to continue on with solo music during a "Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference" early last year. The audience initially took the statement from Ziltoid as a joke and Devin had to reiterate it himself.

Devin's son is now nearly two years old.

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Lee and Rock To Settle Their Beef In The Octagon

In an obvious move to draw viewers to the rising sport, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) owner and president Dana White has announced that Tommy Lee and Kid Rock will settle their beef once and for all in the Octagon in a free televised event on Spike TV. The fight is to take place this Wednesday, April 2 in Broomfield, CO as part of Spike TV's UFC Fight night, which preceeds the kick-off of a new season of the MMA reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.

Kid Rock and Tommy Lee weren't too interested when Las Vegas entertainment maven Jeff Beacher offered them $1 million to settle their feud with a winner-take-all boxing match. They didn't even bite when he upped the pot to $5 million. But Spike TV and the UFC have reportedly offered the rockers 10 million dollars each for the one-off bout. The event is expected to garner massive ratings for Spike TV and introduce even more people to the world of MMA and UFC, and has been promoted to the main event of the evening.

UFC President Dana White commented: "You don't know how happy I am to finally get a public fight between these two on the air. We may not see any martial arts, but I think we will see a good old fashion down and dirty brawl, with both guys having so much pent up anger at each other. The sport has been growing, and is on the verge of an explosion, and this may just be the catalyst it needs."

The "fighters" (we use the term loosely) were given two week's notice for the fight, and the entire UFC organization has remained tight-lipped about the event until now.

Rock and Lee got into fisticuffs during the VMAs in Vegas last September, fighting over their mutual ex, Pamela Anderson.

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Patton, Owens and Newsted Record EP at SXSW

Like planets aligning once in a few hundred years, rock and metal icons Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Jason Newsted (Voivod, Rock Star SuperNova, ex-Echobrain, ex-Metallica, ex-Flotsam and Jetsam), and Mike Patton (Mondo Cane, Crudo, Peeping Tom, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, ex-Faith No More) found themselves at the same place at the same time last month at the SXSW music and interactive convention in Austin, TX. The icing on the cake is that the trio ended up talking shop and recording together.

Patton joked about the situation: "I think we all needed another project to our names, because none of us is busy enough, you know? So we like formed a band for a day and recorded some new songs in a friends' studio. We all took turns on various instruments as the need arose, so needless to say between this and our schedules, no one will ever see us play live together."

The unnamed "band" reportedly recorded five songs - an EP's worth of material - but there's no word of what will become of them at this point. Rumor is that they could be released under Patton's label, Ipecac Records.

As previously reported, Tim "Ripper" Owens is participating in a contest with Sadie Rene's nightclub in North Canton, Ohio and Canton/Akron's Rock 106.9 to form Northeast Ohio's "ultimate band," in which Owens will be the lead singer. The contest will search for three instrumentalists to join him - a bass player, a guitar player and a drummer. Owens was also involved with a recent all-star line-up that created a memorial/tribute song to the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

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Metallica Announce Breakup

In a move that's sure to shock the metal community the world over, Metallica have called it a day. Apparantly, all the criticism they've been receiving from metal fans on the internet and beyond has finally struck a chord and the group have decided it's just not worth putting another album out.

Says drummer Lars Ulrich, "Whatever we do, it seems it's just not good enough for the elitist metal community. We tried experimenting with our music and became metal public enemy number one. We did a stint with an orchestra and were accused of being self indulgent (but hey, I guess it's a different story for Deep Purple and Kiss huh?). We even released a collection of covers from some really cool bands like Mercyful Fate and Discharge but that still wasn't good enough for everyone out there in metal land. Then when we finally decide to try and go back to our roots, people proclaim it as our worst album to date. The reason our new album has been taking so long was because we've been keeping close tabs on websites such as Blabbermouth to see what people are saying and already people are panning us. So we decided that no matter what we do, our best efforts just aren't worth it anymore. I don't know when metal became so facistic about what is and isn't metal but as of now, there isn't a Metallica. We're done. We would however like to thank our fans who were still loyal enough to stick with us, you made a long trip worthwhile."

None of the other members have made announcements regarding the split but it's believed that frontman James Hetfield will be busy working on a new project featuring Corrosion Of Conformity/ Down member Pepper Keenan. There also rumours that he and guitarist Kirk Hammet will revive their 80s side project Spastik Children. There have been no rumours on what any of the other members will embark on next.

Obviously this announcement comes with the news that all of the bands tour dates have been cancelled. There is no word yet on who will replace them at the Reading/ Leeds festivals and other festival shows.

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The History of Metal In One Minute

After covering goth in one minute and even emo in one minute, Spinner's The DL has finally given metal the one-minute treatment (video also embedded below). Here's the intro to the video:

"All right, you little spawns of Satan, it's time to dust off that old Napalm Death T-shirt and sacrifice a small animal to the demon god of METAL! This ain't no indie, prog or alt-country bulls---. This is where the rubber meets the road ... or where the flesh meets the gnashing teeth of an eternal life of hellfire doom raining over the bloodied bodies of those who rocked before you! Or something like that. Throw some goat, you Anton LaVey wannabes -- it's Metal in One Minute. Bruuuuuuuutal!!!!!"

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Zakk Wylde Takes Out Marshall Stack

In a hilarious video posted at YouTube, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist ZAKK WYLDE, takes out a Marshall amp mini-stack during an appearance at MusicStop in Halifax, NS

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'N Sync Return As Death Metal Band, Post Video

The Daily Rock has posted a new video of the latest incarnation of ‘N Sync, who have reunited with all the original members and have announced a new musical direction. Ok, not really, but check out the video here or below. More...

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Watch a Metal Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Video

The Daily Rock and UVTV have brought to us a heavy metal rendition of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by HemorRhage. You can check out the video here.

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The History of Goth In One Minute, Emo As A Bonus

Spinner has a quite entertaining series going on in which they cover a music genre's history in a minute. Their latest treatment is Goth, which (as they do point out) bled over into other genres such as industrial and metal.

Their first treatment was on Emo, which many of our readers could surely learn a bit from. The introductory blurb about sums it up, but the video is a must-see as well:

Tired of people name-dropping rock genres and not having a clue what they're talking about? We sure are, so we put together the first in an ongoing series of edumacational, one-minute videos that'll drop a knowledge bomb on all unsuspecting ignoramuses. The first out of the gate is the much-maligned Emo, a genre that arguably jumped the shark almost a decade ago, yet continues to lurch onward like a zombie. You know, a zombie that whines like a bitch and wears its little sister's pants.

At a minute each, they won't even kill as much time as, say, a video of a horrible band covering butchering a classic metal song. More...

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Puscifer Fan Gets "V Is For Vagina" Tattoo

A "huge" fan of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan purchased a copy of the debut album by Maynard's new band PUSCIFER, "V is for Vagina", on the day of its release and had its title promptly tattooed "in the most appropriate place." A three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing all the action can be viewed on YouTube or below.

"V is for Vagina" sold 27,000 in the United States in the first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record, which was released through Maynard's own label, features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich.

Keenan also has a merchandise company under the Puscifer banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.

TOOL will begin a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas and issues a DVD called "Vicarious" on December 18. More...

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Rock Classics Performed As "Handfarts"

Gerry "Jerry" Phillips, a self-described "manualist" or "hand musician" who has been playing songs on his hands for 38 years, has posted his rendition of the OZZY OSBOURNE classic "Crazy Train" on YouTube. Watch that clip, along with some of Gerry's other "classics," below.

Phillips writes on his YouTube page: "People ask me why I play music on my hands. The answer is, because I can! When I was 9 years old, I went to a party. The photographer (to keep us quiet) farted with his hands. I could do it right away. I soon found notes, then simple songs, now I can play just about everything. I'm happy making videos and featuring them on YouTube where people like you can see them! I don't expect everyone to like what I do, but if you think about it, there is no new music. Everything has been done in one way or another. But I am new and different. Singing, humming, whistling and playing an instrument are not the only ways of making music. The only people who have ever truly appreciated what I do are musicians. They tell me in terms I don't understand what I have just done. I just play the song! I think what they think is cool is that i don't have to pack up and drag equipment! What I am interested in doing is performing to a large live audience just to see their reaction and to play a song with some of my heroes who wrote and performed my favorite songs." More...

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Metal, Rock Frontmen Talk Halloween Plans

The Pulse of Radio reports: Wednesday (October 31) is Halloween, one of the biggest and most increasingly popular holidays on the calendar. The day is normally filled with costumes, parties, haunted houses, horror movies, trick-or-treating and all kinds of spooky and entertaining events and activities, and we asked several of our favorite musicians how they'll be spending the day:

DISTURBED's David Draiman has one objective in mind for the holiday: "Gonna go somewhere with a gorgeous lady friend of mine, and get her to wear her wonderful costume, and get me to take off her wonderful costume, and that's pretty much my intention for the night (laughs). I'm gonna probably go somewhere and drink a bunch of things I shouldn't, and feel entirely too horrible about it the next day and tell myself I'm never gonna do it again, and like always, I've never been a good liar."

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is a family man these days and plans to make the trick-or-treating rounds with his younger sons, Pirate and Zeppelin: "I think Pirate's gonna be a spider, and I'm not sure, I think Zep's gonna be a little mummy. I'm not sure yet. But we can't wait. We're gonna go trick or treating and just have a good time. I don't know what I'm gonna be yet. We all get in the spirit at the house, we all dress up."

SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse of Radio the best idea for a costume we've heard in a long time: "My favorite Halloween costume is a lamp. I like just wearing this long, long thing and having, like, a shade on my head and going to the corner of the room and having this light on my head, and just standing there not talking to anyone. And if someone comes up to me and says, 'Hey, Serj, how are you doing?' I always ask them, 'Do you talk to lamps often?' And if they say yes, then I say, 'Then you need help,' and if they say no, then I say, 'Don't talk to me then.' No, I'm just kidding. I've wanted to do that for years, but I've never done it."

Halloween is not as big a deal in South Africa as it is here, but that didn't stop South African natives SEETHER from getting into the spirit, as frontman Shaun Morgan told The Pulse of Radio: "About two years ago, I put on a fat suit, biker chick suit (laughs). Dale (Stewart, bassist) actually was, I think, the worst part about it. Dale was wearing the cheerleader outfit with just enough belly revealed, and Johnny (Humphrey, drummer) played in a fat suit. So that was kind of cool. I think that might have been the first time I remember actually dressing up for Halloween."

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich For Mayor?!

Each day until voters go the polls November 6, The Examiner lays odds on local figures that could take on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (who has absolutely no real competition). Today's candidate is none other than METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich.

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Gene Simmons' Sky High Misfire

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Gene Simmons is still a pick-up artist, but his moves aren't working as well as they did when KISS ruled the radio. A fellow first-class passenger aboard Wednesday's American Airlines flight 114 from LAX to Newark saw Simmons pass a note to a tall, blond stewardess before takeoff. 'Later, I overheard the flight attendants talk about what he wrote in the note — 'Would you like to get together???' with three question marks.' The move misfired. 'I guess he failed to notice the wedding band on her left hand,' said our witness. 'Other than that he seemed like a pleasant passenger.' Simmons lives in Beverly Hills with Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed."

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Spinner Rates Top 20 "Worst Band Fueds"

Spinner is running a top 20 of "Worst Band Fueds," of which hard rock and metal bands make several appearances including:

Marilyn Manson vs. My Chemical Romance (18)
Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Mr. Bungle (15)
Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam (14)
Dwarves vs. QOTSA (13)
Metallica vs. Megadeth (4)

Of course the list is topped primarily by rappers, but I don't recall when individual rappers constituted a "band."

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Unearth Fan Gets Ken Susi's Face Tatooed On Butt

An Unearth super-fan from Texas trekked all the way to Boston to get a tatoo of guitarist Ken Susi's face on his ass-cheek. Ken Susi himself was on hand to witness, sign and film the event. You can watch the video here (or below). More...

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