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Metal Grasshopper Episode 4 Released

In Metal Grasshopper: Episode 4, metal overlord Philip H. Anselmo allows delusional man-child, Dave Hill loose on an unsuspecting public where he meets an actual woman.

Anselmo also schools Hill on stage banter, corpse paint, and other important topics. Later Anselmo and Hill get in a huge argument from which they may never recover! Hill requests group counseling. There is also breakfast cereal.

Check out part 4 in the series below (thanks to Metal Injection), and you can also still watch part 3 if you missed it over here. More...

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Metal Grasshopper Part 3 Released

In Metal Grasshopper Episode 3, Philip H. Anselmo puts delusional manchild Dave Hill to the test with a round of heavy metal flash cards.

Later, Anselmo makes Hill sit in a closet for a seriously long time while he makes an awesome salad. Hill also rents a goat, discusses the metal worth of butterflies and more... In short, this one pretty much has everything. Check out part 3 below, thanks to Metal Injection.

Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). You can still also see Part 1 and Part 2 online. More...

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Demoraliser Drummer Posts Final Fantasy Cover

Drummer Mat Ombler from U.K. metal band Demoraliser runs a Facebook page titled Video Game Drum Covers and today he's released a cover of the epic Final Fantasy X battle theme. Get your nostalgia on through the clip below.

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Slayer Fan Spoofs Matthew McConaughey Ad

A slayer fan who needs money to see the band play live in L.A. has released a video clip spoofing the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad.

Featuring 3 newish tires, new floor mats, and vintage forest green paint, this '97 Ford Escort needs to be sold so Slayer tickets can be procured! Check out the clip below, and catch Slayer live on these dates:

11/11 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
11/12 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
11/14 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
11/15 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
11/17 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 ACL Live, Austin, TX
11/19 Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
11/21 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
11/22 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
11/23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
11/25 The Armory, Albany, NY
11/26 Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
11/28 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
11/29 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
11/30 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
12/2 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
12/4 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
12/5 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI More...

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Metal Grasshopper Episode 2 Posted Online

In Metal Grasshopper episode 2, metal icon Philip H. Anselmo schools young grasshopper Dave Hill on headbanging, heavy metal vocals, and the most extreme of all breakfast cereals. Oh, and Hill takes a phone message for Anselmo from King Diamond, which is awesome.

Get schooled with "The Awakening" below, courtesy of Metal Injection. And if you missed it, peep episode one, "Origins," over at this location.

Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). More...

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Orchid Fan Makes Killer Playmobil Music Video

The San Francisco-based classic rockers Orchid have been honored by a creative fan with a self made Playmobil music video for the song "Wizard of War," which can be seen below.

The band stumbled upon the video when surfing the web and enjoyed is so much that they also would like to encourage other fans to do more along the same lines. Commented guitarist Mark Thomas Baker:

"Wow! This is so cool! Fan made videos are very cool. To think that someone would spend the time to make something like this is really flattering to us. Thanks to Marcus and Christina for their effort! If anyone has something like this on their minds - give it a go! We love this stuff and love to see what you make of it!!"

Commented director and die hard Orchid fan Marcus W.: "For quite some years now Orchid are one of my favorite bands. I've had the chance to meet these guys several times already and the truly are some of the nicest dudes on this planet. With this video I just wanted to do something nice for them, I hope I've succeeded!"

"Wizard Of War" comes off Orchid's latest album, "The Mouths Of Madness," which was released in April 2013. More...

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First "Metal Grasshopper" Episode Posted Online

Beginning today and threatening to melt your computer every Tuesday through November 11th comes Metal Grasshopper, a new web series in which comedian Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al).

Dave begs Phil to mold him into "the baddest metal motherfucker of all time." Phil begrudgingly relents and the abuse and absurdity reach epic levels.

If you like stuff with corpse paint, burning pentagrams, medieval weaponry, irritable goats rented by the hour, couples counseling, delicious smoothie recipes, and real live chickens, you will love Metal Grasshopper, because it has all that stuff and then a bunch of other awesome stuff on top of that too.

Over the course of the series' five episodes, Anselmo educates Hill on everything from headbanging to crowd work to even the most extreme of all breakfast cereals. The journey begins today: check out part 1 below, thanks to Metal Injection. More...

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Gwar on The Joan Rivers Show

Gwar tributes have come out of the wood work since the passing of front man Dave Brockie, aka, Oderus Urungus. One video that has popped up in the last couple of days not only pays homage to Brockie, but to comic legend Joan Rivers who died yesterday, September 4th, 2014, at 81. More...

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10 Year Old Girl Nails Slayer Song On Rocksmith

From the Murp appearance on "America's Got Talent," to the Babymetal phenomena, and on to Unlocking The Truth signing a record deal, it seems the Internet just can't get enough of kids performing heavy metal.

Keeping that trend going this week is a new viral video showcasing 10 year old girl Audrey nailing the guitar on Slayer's "War Ensemble" with the game Rocksmith, which is similar to Rock Band but features a real guitar and actual lessons.

Check out the YouTube clip below to see Audrey shredding, along with some scream support from sister Kate. More...

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Petition Launched Asking Ghost To Disband

In another of our preferred genre's ridiculous "That's Not Metal!" accusations that just makes us all look like a bunch of whiny, bickering schoolgirls, a petition has been launched to get the band Ghost to break up.

The petition currently has 625 signatures (with the hopes of reaching 10,000) and can be found at this location. The organizer of the petition comments:

"We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc. They wish to destroy real metal with their carnival music nonsense. Seriously, is a song like If You Have Ghost actually something that a real metalhead would listen to? They are not metal. People also make the erroneous claim that they are so directly inspired by King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, which is just wrong. They are, in fact, a watered-down version of BOC. We the people oppose Ghost continuing as a band, and they should be split up as soon as possible.

"Obviously just 100 won't convince Ghost and their management to listen! If we get 10,000 signatures then MAYBE they will listen and stop making music. Ghost has already spent the last several years butchering our ears with their awful poser music. Real metal does not involve Hot Topic bands. Ghost is not metal. Thank you for reading." More...

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A Metal Tribute to the History of Video Games

YouTube user FamilyJules7X has released a 17 minute Metal Tribute to the History of Video Games in video and audio formats. The medley covers 38 video game tunes in a style reminiscient of Powerglove. He has also made the track available for download as an MP3 or WAV file.

The song list is as follows: More...

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Banjo Cover of "Raining Blood" Posted Online

Rob Scallon, who recently posted a ukelele cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble," is at it again, this time covering "Raining Blood" on the banjo. While the playing might not be quite as good as in "War Ensemble," the video and props make up for it and result in a fun watch.

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Slayer's "War Ensemble" Ukulele Cover Online

Rob Scallon has posted a video of his Ukulele cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble" online, complete with solos. Not only is the cover well played, but the video is very entertaining with his energetic playing and head banging.

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Craving Featured In Danish TV Ad

German melodic death/black metal band Craving is being featured in a TV commercial for Samsung Galaxy S5 on Danish television. The spot is scheduled to run for the next week and features the band's cover of "Only Teardrops" by Emmelie de Forest. Watch the ad below.

Since 2006, Craving has blended black and death metal with soaring melodies and folk influences. In October of last year, Apostasy Records released the band's sophomore album, "At Dawn," which had lyrics written in German, Russian and English.

A noticeable progression from its 2012 debut, "At Dawn" featured guest appearances from Helge Stang (Ex-Equilibrium),Chris Caffery (Ex-Savatage), Niels Löffler (Ordan Ogan) and Agalaz (Obscurity). The official music video for Craving's cover of "Only Teardrops" can be seen at this location.

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Dave Mustaine Seeking Film Role As Jesus Christ

Variety reports that none other than Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is in talks with Canadian film production company Stoney Lake Entertainment, allegedly over a future appearance in a planned “Left Behind” franchise sequel.

Metalunderground.com contacted a spokesman at Tradecraft, Megadeth’s current label distributed through Universal. “He’s gunning for the role of Jesus Christ,” the spokesman confirmed of Mustaine, 52.

Tyndale House published the best-selling literary series “Left Behind” from 1995 through 2007. The political conspiracy thrillers depicted a chaotic Biblical End Times scenario in which the prophesied Antichrist rises to power and tyranny, ruling all who remain on Earth following the Rapture. More...

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Appear At Meshuggah Concert

When a mash-up video titled “Meshuggah Face of Wall Street” hit the internet more than a
month ago, it quickly became a YouTube sensation. The video depicted Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, in his most recent movie, Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street, in a scene where he was giving a metal-inspiringly unorthodoxed speech to his company in the film. This scene involved DiCaprio making faces very reminiscent of the signature face of Jens Kidman, singer of Meshuggah, when performing on stage. So the video of this scene is synchronously played while Meshuggah’s “Rational Gaze” audio is dubbed over.

Fans quickly went to share this video online everywhere. It was such a craze that it even spurred up a petition for Leonardo DiCaprio to make an appearance at any Meshuggah show. After much doubtfully hope, and 10 million signatures later, it seems that the petition has caught the attention of DiCaprio, or at least his representatives.

DiCaprio’s management has just announced during a public press release that he has agreed to appear during the final stop in New York of Meshuggah’s recently announced summer North American tour celebrating their 25th anniversary.

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Varg Vikernes To Boycott New Mayhem Album

Burzum mastermind and noted recluse Kristian "Varg" Vikernes has allegedly made a troubling discovery regarding Mayhem’s upcoming album “Esoteric Warfare,” and is not a happy camper.

“It contains a hidden Christian message,” states the noted Norwegian black metaller, 41. “I knew there was something off about that damned song the second I heard it, and now I know why.”

The new song to which Vikernes refers is titled “Psywar,” which Mayhem premiered through Decibel Magazine in February. More...

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Possible Savatage Reunion At PPUSA 2014 Rumored

Tampa alternative news source Creative Loafing has reported that a Savatage reunion might be in the works for the fifteenth installment of ProgPower USA this year at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Jon Oliva's Pain is set to headline the event on Saturday, September 13, 2014 performing the classic Savatage album "Streets" in its entirety, however, sources close to Savatage/T.S.O. guitarist Chris Caffery have revealed that he has recently made travel arrangements to appear at the event.

Additional sources have confirmed plane flights and hotel accommodations for Atlanta were also booked drummer Jeff Plate and bassist Johnny Lee Middleton. If the rumors are true, this would be mark a reunion of the "Poets & Madman" studio lineup.

When asked for a comment, Jon Oliva sent an email response stating the following: "Its not fucking happening. I'm tired of these rumors popping up every time I do a gig where I play a Savatage song. The rumors are bullshit."

Despite the response, Caffery posted the following status on Facebook: "Something amazing is in the works...cannot speak about it yet, but trust me - you will know it when you hear it."

Metal Underground.com attempted to confirm the rumors with ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston, who replied: "Look, Jon does what Jon does. He can play whatever the hell he wants, but I have absolutely no knowledge of any reunion, so just stop it."

The rumored reports remain unconfirmed by any official source. As for ProgPower USA, the sold out event takes place from Wednesday, September 10th through Saturday, September 13th. The main festival (Friday-Saturday), will feature: More...

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Iron Maiden To Re-Record First Two Albums

Iron Maiden came out of studio hibernation to announce that the band will finally re-record the first two albums "Iron Maiden" (1980) and "Killers" (1981) with Bruce Dickinson on vocals, citing "fan demand" as the reason. The announcement comes as the band is set to unleash its follow up to the 2010 album "The Final Frontier" which will be entitled "Powerslave II."

In an interview with Smile, the premiere in flight magazine of Filipino airline Cebu Pacific, Dickinson stated (translated via Bing): "We have been really really busy behind the scenes, keeping this enormous project a secret. When we met to discuss whether the band wanted to do a new studio album as a unit, Steve suggested we try an idea we had floating around for a long while now - bring back the glory of 'Powerslave.' At the time, it was just a musical direction, but the more we wrote it appeared that the time was right to bring back Egypt as a central theme for the cover. The album itself is a the natural continuation of the style of that release. Nikko suggested we just call it 'Powerslave II' since it felt like that old magic was back. We asked Derrick [Riggs] for some cover ideas and he suggested we take the 'Final Frontier' idea - space - and combine it with the Egyptian theme. The result was sort of like the metal album for 'Stargate.'"

The track titles and release date for "Powerslave II" have not yet been announced, but the album cover can be seen below.

Bassist Steve Harris commented on re-recording the two classic first albums: "Fans have been telling us for years that they wanted to hear what it would have been like if Bruce sang on the first two albums. We kicked the tires on this recently and figured, if Di'Anno can tour for thirty years making money playing those songs live and re-recording them...we can just do the 'Manowar' thing and make 2014-2015 a really special time for the fans with three albums to look forward to. Really, we did this for the fans." More...

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Phil Anselmo Refuses To Explain Suspicious Tattoo

A minor scuffle broke out Monday night, March 31st, between veteran metal singer Philip H. Anselmo – of Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual fame – and Metalunderground.com staff in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The New Orleans native, 45, had recently launched a brief string of one-off solo performances [“close to home,” according to his Facebook page] with his backing band The Illegals. Metalunderground.com was on hand at Riverside Warehouse in Shreveport for Monday night’s show.

We arrived late to discover a perplexed and increasingly uncomfortable crowd. After some inquiry, bartender Tom Symkowski filled us in: More...

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