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April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our twelfth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

Promises of a Metallica's new album details and Tim Lambesis' escape from jail (despite being out on bail untl his sentencing hearing on May 2nd) and K.K. Downing re-joining Judas Priest, among many others, were too much for readers to pass up.

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are either easy targets or ones that we like. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our eleventh year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

This year we had an issue with a malware warning from Google. The issue was addressed promptly on March 31st, but the warning persisted into April 1 and surely lessened the number of people who clicked through and read and commented on our April fools stories.

Still, we got folks with some great ones like a plausible sounding Metallica story, an Immortal-Beyonce collaboration with a fantastic image supporting it, Dave Mustaine releasing a country album in light of his recent meeting with Willie Nelson, as well as the obligatory Slayer stories, a faux Unearthing The Metal Underground column featuring some truly horrid screamo bands, and much more.

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are either easy targets or ones that we like. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our tenth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

I had fun reading all of them, as well as the comments, but here are a couple particular stories I want to talk about briefly:

Thanks to Alestorm for playing along and spreading the word of our April Fools that they were kicked off of Paganfest. With their help, the story spread so quickly that our server could not handle the load for a while.

Our Behemoth story seemed a little too believable despite the talk of "Spiritual Conflict" and Nergal's previous statements following his recovery, and we apologize for any confusion this story may have created. Behemoth has not dropped off the Decibel tour and we're very much looking forward to seeing Nergal back in action on this tour ourselves..

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are mostly ones that we like and the others are just easy targets. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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Two Contests This Month On Metalunderground.com

Metalunderground.com currently has two giveaways going through the end of the month:

The first giveaway contains our biggest prize to date: a Dean Baby ML guitar in powder black, courtesy of Evil United. You can enter here to win the guitar (USA only) or one of several other prize packs (available world-wide). You can enter to win here.

The second is a Halloween Costume contest from Autumns Eyes, the one-man band of contributor Dan Mitchell, that Metalunderground.com is sponsoring. Dan is accepting photo submissions for the Halloween Costume contest. You can also visit him this weekend (October 14-16th) at the Autumns Eyes booth at the Rock and Shock Horror Movie and Heavy Metal Convention in Worcester, MA to get your picture taken to enter to win one of the eight prize packs (including Metalunderground.com merch and the Type O Negative tribute, and pick up some Metalunderground.com stickers while you're there.

Dan will be posting live updates from Rock and Shock on twitter @autumnseyes and reporting on the even for Metalunderground.com.

Update: The Halloween costume contest winners have been announced (and can be seen) here.

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About The Writers: September 2011 Activities

Metalunderground.com is a site run by a variety of people who are passionate about both metal and the wider musical world in general. Several of our staff members are involved with side projects outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. This month we'll again be highlighting a sampling of our staff's current activity and their involvement in the metal and music community. More...

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Introducing Metal Underground Radio

Metalunderground.com has teamed up with Earbits to create Metal Underground Radio, our very own streaming radio, featuring nothing but metal and hardcore. The Metal Underground station is commercial-free and can be heard here. Look for the graphic links in the right hand sidebar of Metalunderground.com pages to access Metal Underground Radio at any time.

What’s even better than commercial-free metal 24/7? Earbits is accepting music submissions from artists. So all of our readers who are part of metal bands can submit their music to Earbits. Head over here for instructions on how to submit your music for consideration. Don’t forget to tell them that Metalunderground.com sent you!

If you have quality recordings and are turned down for some reason, Metalunderground.com will work with metal bands to get their music on our Earbits station. Drop us a line in our forum here if you run into this situation and would like to petition for consideration.

Enter to Win Tickets to Rockstar's Metal Mayhem Festival

For a limited time, Earbits is running a promotion and giving away 2 tickets to Rockstar's Metal Mayhem Festival featuring Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Trivium, Hatebreed and more. All you need to do is head over to Metal Underground Radio and start listening. After a few seconds, you'll be prompted to enter the contest just by registering for Earbits with Facebook Connect*. You can get multiple entries to win just by sharing the promotion with other metal heads. (*note: if you're not on Facebook, you can enter by mail.)

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Peter Steele Tribute Album Officially Released

A year ago we lost one of heavy metal’s iconic voices with the untimely death of Type O Negative’s Peter Steele. Twelve bands hailing from Europe and both North and South America have lent their talents to pay tribute to the gothic metal giant and ensure his music continues to be played by fans all across the world.

In collaboration with Beneath the Woods studios and a dozen of the finest underground bands, Metalunderground.com is very proud to announce that “All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele” is now officially available. All twelve tracks from the album and a PDF booklet containing words from the bands are available for $3, which covers the costs of the mechanical license and the transaction fees. Metalunderground.com will be donating any leftover profits to charity.

You can buy your copy of the album as an immediate digital download starting today.

We would like to personally thank all of the bands involved for their fantastic contributions, and to all our readers who have stuck by us throughout the years. There's a little something for everyone in this tribute album, and we hope you'll love it just as much as we do.

Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Woods Studios also added, "My original idea was to find bands that were only interested in paying tribute to Peter, and not getting caught up in the politics of it all. No talks of money, labels, suits, or anyone trying to suck the life out of it. Just a straight up tribute. While we had people from Dave Ellefson to Anathema showing interest, their schedules are too busy from prior commitments.

“If you look back at Type O Negative's catalogue, they covered various songs by artists that were much different from the original. There were most definitely fans of Neil Young who hated their rendition of 'Cinnamon Girl,' and Seals and Crofts fans who hated 'Summer Breeze.' There were even fans of Sabbath who hated Type O's rendition of a Sabbath song.

“However, Johnny Kelly put it best when he said ‘These are what those songs would have sounded like if WE wrote them, its our interpretation of the material.’ That was actually his response to me commenting on how ‘different’ the music on this tribute is.”

To hear what the bands have to offer with their cover songs, two teaser trailers are available below. The groups involved in the tribute have also conducted a series of interviews with Metalunderground to talk about Peter Steele’s legacy and the future of metal icons. You can read about how Autumns Eyes, Dark Hound, and Fairytale Abuse approached their cover songs and how Peter Steele influenced them. More...

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April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday as much as we did! In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our ninth year of the tradition, even when we start off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Many thanks to those of you resisted blurting out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

There are a couple particular stories I want to talk about briefly:

It was quite hilarious to see Dream Theater's facebook wall spattered with questions from fans about them using a drum machine! I had this story prepared ahead of time and was fully expecting the band to ruin it for me by announcing a new drummer before April 1st. There was just too much drama around the drummer position (ever since Mike Portnoy's departure) to pass it up.

Making things a little tricky, some people saw Metal Insider's story about Slayer disbanding and took it - along with our story - as corroborating evidence that the news was true (despite their April Fools link on the end of it). This was totally unplanned and unintentional, and we're sorry if we worried anyone for real. We love Slayer, and wish Jeff the best and dread the day that Slayer calls it quits.

To those who got all worked up about it, we've been doing this for a LONG time now. The bands that get spoofed are either easy targets or ones that we like. And sometimes the stories practically write themselves! It's all in good fun, and no harm is intended.

If you'd like to check out our past years' April Fools stories, you can do so at the links below:

Thanks for reading. We now return to our regularly scheduled metal programming.

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About The Writers: January 2011 Activity

Metalunderground.com is run by a wide range of diverse contributors who are devoted to both metal and the wider musical world. Several of our staff members are involved with side projects going on outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. For the month of January we'll take a look at new columns, new interviews, and musical projects from our contributors.

David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) continues his weekly The Rockstar Ramblings column as well as book reviews. He will also soon be contributing to the Sunday Old School column with features on Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, and W.A.S.P. David has recently re-released his book "Rock Stars," and is planning a book tour in 2011 for his new novel, "Blood-The New Red." To send a metal, glam, or rock pop culture related question for inclusion in his weekly column email Rockstar_Scribbler@metalunderground.com. For more information on David's writing please go to here and here. Can't get enough? Follow David on Twitter @david_s_grant. More...

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About The Writers: October Activities

Metalunderground.com is run by a wide variety of individuals who are passionate about both metal and the wider musical world in general. Several of our staff members are also involved with side projects going on outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. For the month of October I'll again be highlighting a sampling of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal and music community. More...

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About The Writers: September Activities

Metalunderground.com is run by a variety of individuals who are passionate about both metal and the wider musical world in general. Many of our staff members are also involved with side projects going on outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. For September I'll again be highlighting a sampling of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal and music community. More...

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About The Writers: August Activities

Metalunderground.com is run by many different people who are passionate about both metal and the wider music world in general. Many of our staff also have side projects going on outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. This month I'll again be highlighting a sampling of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal and music community. More...

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About The Writers: July Activities

Metalunderground.com is run by a variety of individuals who are passionate about both metal and music in general. Many of our staff members have side projects going on, and those of you who keep in touch via social networks, email, and the like, may have already heard about them. I’m checking in again this month to highlight some of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal community. Normally we’ll be giving up an update about our writer’s activity on the first Saturday of each month, but we pushed it back this month due to the holiday weekend.

Frank (aka Progessivity_In_All) has started scoring the soundtrack to an independent zombie film, "The Midnight Hour,” put out by Skyline Pictures. He is playing his final show as lead guitar/vocalist in progressive metal band Dark Hound in Nashville, TN at The Muse on July 22nd. The lineup also includes bands Clorange, Montezuma Fire Machine, and Frank The Fuck Out. More...

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Article Archives Are Live

If the weekends feel a little slow around here, it's because news is typically slow then. But we've got just what you need. We've just launced a browsable archive of articles by type. You've always been able to view past news via the calendar on the right of the news page or news by band, but readers have been asking for a browsable archive of columns like Sunday Old School, Unearthing the Metal Underground, Pit Stories, and The Rockstar Ramblings for a while now, and we listened.

In fact, in addition to those columns, now you can browse all of the Show Reports in one place as well as OpEds, Metalunderground.com Exclusives, Features, Headline News, Just for Fun articles, and Site Updates. (Interviews are still here.)

So if you've got some spare time on your hands, go have a laugh with the Just for Fun articles, or catch up on your favorite column from start to finish.

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About The Writers

Metalunderground.com is run by a variety of individuals who are passionate about both metal and music in general. Many of our staff members have side projects going on, and those of you who keep in touch via social networks, email, and the like, may have already heard about them. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight for our readers some of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal community.

Doug (aka deathbringer) is busy working on the much demanded browse-able archive of columns and op/eds, revamping the photo gallery, and more. He just recently launched a bands by country list on the main bands page, if you haven't seen it yet. He's also excited that EyeHateGod and Nachtmystium are coming through his little town and plans to cover the show for our readers. More...

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An Open Letter To Our Readers

On Sunday morning, May 16th at 2:20 AM ET, two of our staff reported that Ronnie James Dio had passed away. These reports turned out to be premature and at the time false, said to be a “viral hoax” by many. Many readers expressed outrage and disappointment that we would post such unfounded news, and I am here to offer my apologies for the unfounded reports and make clear our official stance on such tricky situations.

As I've stated before, it's a narrow line to walk between reporting the news in a timely manner and assuring its credibility when it comes to certain situations such as this one. But in a case such as the death of an icon and hero to many, we should have erred on the side of caution. On the other hand, I am not opposed to making mention of rumors or unconfirmed reports in the effort to get you news first, as long as those reports are explicitly identified as such. Unfortunately, our late-night reports of Dio's death were posted as unqualified truths, despite being based on unnamed sources, many or few.

Unfortunately, it was not just a viral hoax, but appears to be more of a premature leak as to the graveness of Dio's condition. This fact, that we posted a correction, or the fact that Ronnie James Dio died later this same morning has no impact on the correctness or wrongness of our initial reports, however.

Within minutes of the posting, Metalunderground.com was flooded with visitors and became unstable, making it difficult to properly update the articles or post follow-ups. When I got word that Dio's death had been confirmed, Dio's official web site itself was down due to traffic. Once I confirmed the information, it took me nearly an hour to get the article posted through the server instability and even longer to update the original articles with that information, leading people to then complain that he had passed away and we were saying he hadn't. So despite the initial mistake, we were faced with challenges throughout the day in getting the correct information out to the public even once it was confirmed.

Metalunderground.com has grown tremendously in the past few years and I realize many people trust us to provide accurate and timely news and reporting on the metal scene. I apologize to those of you who feel that your trust was violated by our unconfirmed story of such incredible weight and importance, and I assure you that we are taking steps so that what happened today will be less likely to happen in the future. I cannot claim it will never happen, as there are many factors that play into such a mistake, but we have all learned from today's experience and will do our best to not repeat it.

I am establishing a more formal process for posting breaking and/or sensitive news so that we can convey our message in a more clear and accurate manner in the future. I have never been one for sensationalizing news in the first place, and certainly do not wish to mislead our readers in any way, as building a credible news site has been a priority of mine from day one.

I hope you'll consider our position and this apology in your decision to continue relying on Metalunderground.com for the latest metal news and commentary.

While I feel the sad news of Dio's passing totally eclipses these issues of yesterday, I wanted to address them nonetheless to let our readers know that we take our responsibilities here very seriously and have not simply swept the mistakes under the carpet and ignored those who expressed concern or anger over our initial premature reports.

Sincerely,
Doug

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio.

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Two New Contests On Metalunderground.com

Metalunderground.com has teamed up with Killing Time and Fresno Media to offer you the chance to win Killing Time's new album, "Three Steps Back," as well as a drumhead signed by the drummer. All you have to do to enter to win is send an email to killingtime2010[AT]metalunderground.com with the subject of "Killing Time" and your name and mailing address in the body. (limit one entry per person). On May 14th one winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.

Here's a photo of the drumhead:

Killing Time drumhead

We've also teamed up with Jackyl and Big Machine Media to offer you the chance to win and autographed chainsaw. You'll have to pre-order your copy of the new Jackyl album, "When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide," by April 28, 2010 to enter to win this one. Jackyl gained much notoriety for their single "The Lumberjack" in which Dupree performs a chainsaw solo. The introduction of Jackyl's fifth instrument on the album and in concert quickly became one of the band's many trademarks.

For pre-ordering the album you'll receive an autographed copy of the album, a couple of Jackyl guitar picks, and a personal thank you call from one of the guys in the band! (available for a limited time only). The album will be in stores on May 4, 2010 and your copy will be mailed to you to arrive around the same time. Also available is an exclusive "When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide" album cover teeshirt. Not available anywhere else, you can add the tee to your order for only $10.

Check our contests page periodically for the latest contests and giveaways.

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April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday! I know I'm a little late with this update, so sorry for the confusion. In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day yesterday to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our eighth year of the tradition. Although we did trick a few of you by starting off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Thanks go to those of you who helped sell the stories and played along rather than blurt out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

You can also check out our previous years' spoofs at the following pages:

As always, no offense is meant to either the people or bands discussed in the April Fools stories or to those whom we've attributed fake quotes. As is often the case in life, the bands we like most are the ones that get "picked on" in these stories.

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Celebrating 9 Years of MetalUnderground.com

The powers that be must have known that March is Metalunderground.com's anniversary when setting up March Is Metal month. This month, Metalunderground.com is celebrating its ninth anniversary. I really don't know where the time goes. Unlike the prior year when we had a lot of technical updates to the site, the biggest improvements to Metalunderground.com in this past year have been the additions to our staff. We've grown by a large number of writers and are more thoroughly covering the full range of metal genres in news, reviews, and interviews, with the quality improving in every area as well. For the first time ever, our reviews section is running at full throttle, with at least one new review posted each day (so check out our new reviews if you haven't been paying attention), and we've introduced a number of weekly columns such as Sunday Old School, Unearthing the Metal Underground and the The Rockstar Ramblings, which seem to be popular with our readers.

We also launched a metal discussion forum last summer, which has been a hit and seen many new and old members come together to discuss metal and other topics and help each other discover new metal bands.

Since the site's inception, we've posted over 54,000 news articles, covered nearly 9,000 bands that are in our database, and reviewed nearly 1,000 metal releases. We currently serve well over 700,000 page views per month to over 250,000 visitors.

As we move into our tenth year, I am very excited about how far Metalunderground.com has come. I want to thank all of our writers and contributors for making Metalunderground.com one of the top metal sites around. I also want to thank all of our readers, and especially those who have made Metalunderground.com their metal destination of choice, for making it one of the best communities to participate in. Even as the owner, I enjoy reading the contributions of our staff and discussing metal news with our readers on a daily basis.

I want to especially acknowledge five of our oldest active members, who have been visiting since 2004 and 2005 - more than five years (maybe earlier, as we did not launch with a membership feature!):

KMADD - member since September 20, 2004
Emperor4Ever - member since September 28, 2004
pneumonic - member since January 21, 2005
BLACKDOG - member since February 26, 2005
bradispissed - member since March 3, 2005

Thanks for sticking with Metalunderground after all these years. (I'll be contacting each of you by email to get your address for the promised prize packages).

And to the rest of our readers: stick around, there are many more good things to come!

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Join Our Metal Forum

Last summer we quietly rolled out our metal forum to beta test and continue further development. Many months later, we've got some decent discussions going on and have added a few more topics focused on musical styles (more than specific genres), such as Extreme Metal, Classic Metal, Core, and Non-Metal Music discussion.

So what are you waiting for, an invitation to join in the discussion? Consider this your personal invitation. Head on over to our forum now. Anyone can read the discussions, but to participate, you'll need to create a Metalunderground.com account (free), and you're all set.

Here are some interesting topics you may want to start with:

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