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On April 19, 1997, near his home in Riverside, California, then Mentors vocalist/drummer Eldon Wayne Hoke a/k/a El Duce reportedly fell asleep drunk on railroad tracks and was killed by an oncoming train. Or did he? To this day, there were no witnesses to the accident and details on his death were always considered "murky." Speculation arose as to the true circumstances around his death - as just a week earlier Hoke revealed that he was offered $50,000 by Courtney Love to take out husband Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) in an interview with writer Nick Broomfield.
However, just today, Hoke came out of hiding to reveal that his death was a hoax in order to "get [himself] away from the world of music and live a normal life." The revelation comes just a day after Hoke was sighted doing tree cutting work in a bucket lift in a residential area outside of Los Angeles. Witnesses who pointed him out noticed the business slogan on the side of the truck - "You Axe For It...We Chop It!"
James Glausen of Highland Park commented: "I was a huge fan of The Mentors and a member of the Four F Club back in the day. I saw the truck and did a triple take. I looked up and there was El Duce sawing a huge tree limb!"
El Duce confessed later: "I really needed to get away from the world of music and live a normal life. So I killed off El Duce and became Eldon Wayne Hoke, the friendly neighborhood chainsaw wielding guy!"
When asked about whether The Mentors would reform with the original lineup, El Duce added: "I've never lost touch with Sickie [Wifebeater] and [Dr. Heathen] Scum. Hell...I go to all their kids' soccer games! Now that the proverbial 'sandwich of love' is out of the bag, you never know!"
El Duce was with The Mentors from 1977 to his supposed death in 1997, having appeared on "You Axed for It!" (1985), "Up the Dose" (1986), "Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll" (1988), "Rock Bible" (1990) and "To The Max" (1991). He was first replaced by El Rapo (Jake Huber) and most recently Mad Dog (Marc DeLeon). More...
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German thrash legends Kreator have announced that the band will enter Fascination Street Studios in Sweden on April 4th to begin the re-recordings of the band's most pivotal and polarizing releases "Renewal" (originally released in 1992) and "Endorama" (originally released 1999). The new release - "Endorenewal" - is targeted for release this December via Nuclear Blast Records.
Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza commented on the idea for the release: "Even after...what is it now - 23 years and 16 years - I still get backlash for these two pioneering releases. Its almost like both the fans at every show and the media in every interview want me to apologize for making them. So, I figured why not re-record them the way the fans want...with 'Renewal' less industrial and more thrashy melodic and 'Endorama' less melodic and more thrashy industrial."
"Endorenewal" will come as a standard 2CD, 4CD special edition (which contains the re-issue of the original two recordings) and digital download.
The track listing is:
1. Winter Martyrium
5. Karmic Wheel
7. Zero to None
8. Europe After the Rain
9. Depression Unrest
10. Du Hast (Rammstein Cover) More...
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With the prognosis Bruce Dickinson's fight with cancer pointing to recovery, U.K. legends Iron Maiden have confirmed the recent rumors about a new studio release by announcing the new album "The Point of Harsh Steel." The release is the first of a trilogy concept series centered around the lore of the Viking Gods. The album is set to drop on July 16th (G/A/S), July 17th (EU), July 20th (UK) and July 21st (North America) via EMI Records. "The Point of Harsh Steel" will be issued in the following formats: digital, standard CD, 2CD digipak (with bonus live material) and a 4CD media book (complete with the 2CD as well as two DVD/Blu ray discs containing two full live performances from the most recent "Maiden England" North American tour).
The new release was once again recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas with bassist Steve Harris manning the production duties. Additional recording and mixing was performed at The Cave in Malibu, California with long time producer Kevin Shirley. The band once again commissioned Derrick Riggs for the album's artwork.
Bassist Steve Harris commented on the album: "During the period just after recording 'The Final Frontier,' we wanted to do something darker and sinister, something Iron Maiden has never done before. The idea for the trilogy was based, in part, on the incredible rise of interest in Norse mythology throughout the world spawning TV shows and documentaries, movies and the myriad of bands celebrating its history. I've always been intrigued with the mystery surrounding the Norse and was pretty devastated that Manowar nixed that multi-album concept idea they had years ago. So rather than just re-record old material, we decided we would do this in traditional Maiden style, but with a nod towards the current trend of the elaborate three album series."
The entire trilogy series has been fully recorded, with the dates for the next two releases expected in 2020 and 2028, respectfully. More details are expected soon.
The track list for "The Point of Harsh Steel" is:
1. Sinfiotli's Revenge
2. The Taciturn God
3. The Scarlet Spinner of Secret Thread
4. Misgard: Humankind's Misery
5. Serpent at the Roots
6. The Great Wisdom of Elder Edda
7. A Fire Rises From the South
8. Urda’s Sacred Well
9. Crucifixion, Self-Imposed
10. The Day Even Gods Will Die More...
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Lamb Of God just released an official statement on the band's Facebook site that they parted ways with long-time drummer Chris Adler, after rumours emerged that Adler will not only guest on Megadeth's new studio album, but will also stay as a permanent member of the thrash metal legend.
Explains frontman Randy Blythe:
"I've seen it coming over the last weeks and when I asked Chris about all the rumours, he just told me 'C'mon you would do it too, if you were in my position, right?'. So next thing I did was call Dave [Lombardo, former Slayer drummer] and ask him if he wants to step in. And guess what he said 'Yes, why not!' without any hesitation or pause of reflection!"
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Metallica songs have been covered by countless artists in just about every genre imaginable. Now a banjo cover version of Metallica's smash song "Enter Sandman" courtesy of Banjo Guy Ollie can be seen below.
Says Ollie about the clip: "Coinciding with the end of my first year on youtube, this one took a while but here's a full version of 'Enter Sandman', the first one in my series of tributes to all the bands I loved from the '80s and '90s."
In addition to playing his namesake instrument, Banjo Guy Ollie does some nice mandolin shredding on the song, as well. Check it out below. More...
The creators of "Phil Anselmo's Cooking Hostile" series Joey Siler and Chris Senter have made a parody of "Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains:
Check out Kitties in Chains' version of "Man In The Box" below.
Today YouTuber Steve "T" Terreberry shows us some hilarious takes on some new subcore genres that have come out: geographycore, segacore, and even acousticore.
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You are probably already familiar with Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon, who covers Slayer songs with banjos and ukuleles.
Today Scallon offers you an impressive metal song with a guitar covered with a capo on the 14th fret. Check out now the new clip "14th Fret Capo Metal" below. More...
Has Babymetal gotten too mainstream for you (or perhaps too old ya fuckin' pervs?), well fear not Internet weirdos: there's another j-pop / metal crossover band with underage Japanese school girls.
Fruitpochette, formerly called Frupoche, consists of Teratani Mina and Azuma Shior. Check out a music video and a live clip shot during a 2014 tour below, and you can get more info on the group at Facebook here. More...
Nothing worse to watch than a brutal stage banter from metal vocalists at live shows. Brian Storm of Massive Metal Covers has released a new video parody "Annoying Metal Vocalists" satirizing all the hilarious cliches in one funny video.
Check it out now "Annoying Metal Vocalists" below.
Sock Puppet Parody, well known for satirizing songs by Metallica, Slayer, and Immortal in previous sock puppet parodies, has now zeroed in on Slipknot’s "Wait and Bleed".
Says Sock Puppet Parody: "Today Socknot shows you what happens when you use socks as cleaning rags in their new single 'Wait in Bleach'".
Andy Rehfeldt is famous for doing hilarious death metal mashups, for example his death metal version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer". This time Rehfeldt has found a new victim and satirizes Mary Poppins.
You can now watch his death metal version of "Dupercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
Brian Storm of Massive Metal Covers has released a new video parody "Things Elitist Metal Fans Say". We think he nailed it for almost a 100%. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Having parodied stage acting of guitarists just starting out in his clip "10 ways to hold a guitar (for beginners)", Jared Dines’ deconstruction of metal musicians continues with the below video "10 Ways to Hold a Guitar" (for advanced guitarists).
Just in case you have missed the first clip we have both of them for your enjoyment below, showing Jared Dines (vocalist of Dissimulator) hilariously imitating the distinctive ways in which various guitarists stand and move on-stage. And as usual Dines’ observations are spot-on.
Check them out now below.
Torche band members have joined Mario, Gordon Freeman, and Zelda, as the quartet become video game characters in Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair.
The desktop based, single-player, side-scrolling game allows players to pick their favorite band member on a quest to save Miami from becoming a post-apocalyptic wasteland. A mobile version will be released shortly.
Fans who play the game are eligible to win a prize pack that includes the "Restarter" album on vinyl, a t-shirt, two tickets to see Torche on tour, and stickers. To enter, contestants must upload a video to YouTube which shows them beating the game with the hash tag #torchevsrobots. One prize pack per band member/character will be awarded with winners picked on February 23rd.
Torche releases "Restarter" - the band's Relapse Records debut - on February 24 and will return to the road for a headlining tour on March 4th, with a hometown show at Churchill’s Pub in Miami. More...
Sock Puppet Parody has posted another video titled "Master Of Sock Puppets" which hilariously parodies Metallica's "Master Of Puppets".
Explains Sock Puppet Parody: "The song describes a lost sock that gets a shot at redemption when the master of puppets brings him to life."
Check out now "Master Of Sock Puppets" below.
Never being one to let an opportunity for a joke slip by, vocalist Rody Walker of Protest the Hero, which is known for highly entertaining videos, put together his own "audition" clip for the vacant vocalist spot in Asking Alexandria, complete with an original composition written specifically for the occasion.
Watch Protest the Hero Vocalist Rody Walker Asking Alexandria for a chance below.
Nancy Pagan Animation, the creators of "He-Man Sings Mercyful Fate" video, have returned with another metal-related cartoon "Sons of Northern Darkness", which is apparently going to be a regular series. As you can probably guess from the title, the show is about the black metal veterans Immortal.
The specific premise is as follows: "In the fall of 1995, Black Metal band, Immortal, set out to make a string of music videos for their upcoming album. With little to no-budget, they walked into the woods outside their hometown of Bergen, Norway, never to be seen again. This is their story."
Check out the first episode below:
In recent months we've been subjected to fart metal and Jewish metal, and now it's time for baby metal (nope, not the Japanese school girl one).
An absolutely nightmare-inducing video is now online from Job For A Cowboy bassist Nick Schendzielo's YouTube channel Bassfordays. This time, Revocation's Dave Davidson lends his guitar talent for "Newborns." Experience a jazzy, avant-garde hell below.
Filthy Frackers created an 8-bit video game trailer for "The Big Four" featuring none other than Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in classic video game form.
The video takes classics such as Metallica’s "One", Slayer’s "Raining Blood", Megadeth's "Seating Bullets" and Anthrax's "Madhouse" and gives it a chiptune 8-bit twist, complete with video game visuals and cameos from the likes of Mario and Bowser in recreations of their songs.
Check out the full video below (courtesy of Loudwire).