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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:10:47 PM 
Halford: Live In Anaheim Due In September

Rob Halford's Metal God Entertainment has struck up a new Canadian distribution alliance with Conveyor/Universal Music Canada. Beginning April 7, Metal God Entertainment and Conveyor/UMC will release the following titles from the HALFORD band:

* "Resurrection World Tour Live At Rock In Rio III" (50 GB Blu-ray)
* "Resurrection – Remastered" (CD)
* "Live Insurrection – Remastered" (2–CD Live Performance from HALFORD's 2001 world tour)

The "Halford Crucible World Tour – Live In Anaheim" film will follow in September. Additional details to be announced in August.

Metal God Entertainment and Conveyor/UMC will also debut on April 7 Rob Halford's FIGHT titles:

* "K5 - The War Of Words Demos" (CD)
* "War Of Words – The Film" (Digi CD + DVD)
* FIGHT box set "Into The Pit" featuring "War Of Words – Remixed & Remastered" (CD), "Mutations – Remastered" (CD), "A Small Deadly Space – Remixed & Remastered" (CD 2008), a rare DVD "Fight Live In Phoenix" and 28-page full-color booklet.

King Diamond Interview

Carlos Ramirez of IGN recently conducted an interview with Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) about his involvement with the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

IGN: First off, I have to ask you, did you ever play Guitar Hero or any other video games before you were approached to do this project?

King Diamond: I actually do play games. It's a great way to relax and not think about everything else going on in your life. I love playing the military type of games. I'm into the ones where you have a mission to run and all of that kind of stuff. Games like Fallout are great. You just get lost in it. But now with this METALLICA game, I have to really start getting good. The company did a great job with it and I know everyone who already plays Guitar Hero will really like it.

IGN: Throughout your career, metal heads have tried to imitate your high pitched singing voice and the results have been disastrous. Now with this game coming out, I'm sure that won't change.

Diamond: [Laughing] Yeah I have heard that through the years from fans and some parents even. I know people get together and have parties at bars and at home playing Guitar Hero so it will be fun to hear them singing along to these tracks.

IGN: One of the things you recorded for the game was the song "Evil" which you first laid down in 1983. Did you do anything different in the tracking?

Diamond: Well, the main thing about that is besides the drummer, we have all of the same people playing on this new version that were there for the original sessions. It was very interesting going back to listen to the records and trying to figure out all of the vocal layering and harmonies. We couldn't find the original tapes anywhere so we started over. Hank (Shermann) might have changed a few things in the guitar solos but they were just improvement types of things. He's obviously playing better these days because that was so long ago but that's really the only big changes. The craziest part of the recording process for me was the technical part of it. Since this was going to be for Guitar Hero we had to have a separate track for every instrument. There was no panning or that kind of stuff going on. I think these new versions came out really great. Once the game is out, I know that the songs will be available on iTunes too.

IGN: How do you feel about video game culture and its impact on music? They are musicians who think it has taken away attention from it and made younger people lazier but some think it has opened up new avenues for their music to get out there.

Diamond: I've always said that video games are positive thing. Like I was saying before, I find it as a really relaxing thing. It's a nice way to escape for a while. For the musicians who are against the whole thing, I think they are crazy. Look how many times people are exposed to music they like that they normally wouldn't have been exposed to. Video games have opened up so many people onto cool bands so I have never understood the argument against them.

Read the entire interview from IGN.

New Signature KK Downing Guitar

KxK Guitars as unveiled the brand new K.K. Downing signature guitar model. With years of R&D refinement, KxK has delivered a guitar that satisfies the needs of one of metals most iconic guitarists. The original two were in K.K.'s hands just in time for the 2008 world tour and now they are available to players and fans in a limited quantity.

All KxK guitars are neck-through guitars built exclusively in the United States using only top-shelf components and craftsmanship.

For this special signature model, the features include:

* 3 Piece Maple neck
* Mahogany body
* Scalloped Maple or Ebony fretboard
* K inlays
* 24.75" scale
* Floyd Rose Speedloader Chrome
* EMG 81/85
* 1 Volume Push/Pull switch for
* Pickup selection
* Dunlop flush mount strap locks
* 24 Dunlop 6120 frets
* Kluson vintage tuners (tuners are for visuals only)
* Battery Box
* Dual carbon fiber rods
* Dual action truss rod
* Available with or without the K.K. Downing pearl body logo
* Each guitar is numbered in order
* Finish options are: Lightning White, Diablo Red, or Black
* G&G hard shell case included

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $2,999.00 USD

When asked about his new signature model in a recent interview, K.K. Downing replied: "I can play a whole set without even changing guitars, that's how good it is."

All KxK K.K. Downing signature model guitars will be built to order and only available factory direct from KxK Guitars.

For more information, visit

Steven Adler Interview

Sonic Excess recently conducted an interview with original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Sonic Excess: In 2005, ADLER'S APPETITE recorded an EP with original material. Do you have any plans on going into the studio and recording a full-length album?

Adler: Absolutely! Next week (first week in April 2009), once we finish this tour up, I am going to go home for a few days and just sleep. We have done 22 shows, so I am going to sleep for a few days, then I am going to have a couple meetings with Slash. I have been working with Slash. I am producing the record and playing on it, of course, so that will be in a week or two that we finish with this (the final date on the tour).

Sonic Excess: Is that going to be Slash's solo record?

Adler: No, that is going to be my record, but I am going to play a song on Slash's solo record too, so I will be doing some recording with him on that, but he is going to be producing my record.

Sonic Excess: Now are you going to have any guest appearance on your record?

Adler: Of course, we want eight cover songs. With each song we do we want at least one person who played on the original version to play on my record. I am thinking about changing the name to ADLER'S GNR too, because you cannot copyright the letters. I am one-fifth of the band just like he is one-fifth of the band (Axl Rose). At least I'm out their playing the songs people want to hear.

Sonic Excess: So this is not going to be just a regular recording, it is going to have everyone on it?

Adler: Yeah. I want to do it old school with a two-inch tape and not with computers. I want an old sound — not perfect and crispy. I do not want to take away the magic of the songs that I redo. Nowadays people go into the studio and record a song, the drummer will play 30 seconds of the beat and type the rest of it in on a computer. I want it all real, that's how we did "Appetite", it was done in one take. It was anything goes, whatever happens happens.

Sonic Excess: The last time I did an interview with you, I had asked you about the new GUNS N' ROSES lineup and you said that "there is no new GUNS N' ROSES." Do you still feel the same way and have you heard "Chinese Democracy" yet?

Adler: Yeah, Axl should have named the band W.A.R. for W. Axl Rose and I think that would have been much better.

Sonic Excess: Axl Rose did a recent interview with Del James and when asked about a GUNS N' ROSES reunion, Axl gave a reason for not considering it and listed why involving every former member Axl said "Steven [Adler] brings assorted ambulance-chasing attorneys and the nightmare of his mother. One gig, or even a couple songs, could mean years of behind-the-scenes legal aftermath." What is your response to that?

Adler: I do not know why he would say that. My mother thing is over and I do not know why he is still going on with that. Now that I'm back in control and have power of attorney, I don't know why he would say ambulance chaser. I don't get it.

Read the entire interview from Sonic Excess.
[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, March 24, 2009 6:15:15 PM 
New Sabbath Song Available: Bible Black

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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, March 23, 2009 11:39:15 AM 
New Primal Fear Album Info Revealed

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR will release their new album, "16.6", in Europe on May 22 and in the U.S. on June 7 via Frontiers Records.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
02. Riding The Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under The Radar
06. 5.0 / Torn
07. Soar
08. Killbound
09. No Smoke Without Fire
10. Night After Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands Of Time

Limited edition bonus tracks:

14. Cry Havoc
15. Scream
16. Six Times Dead (16.6) (video)

Japanese bonus track:

17. No Smoke Without Fire (remix)

"16.6: (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)" was recorded at House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany with Dennis Ward and Achim Köhler. The CD marks the group's first release with guitarist Magnus Karlsson (ALLEN/LANDE, STARBREAKER), who replaced Stefan Leibing last year. Returning guitarist Henny Wolter and Karlsson participated in the songwriting and pre-production, which took place at Karlsson's Stuntguitar Studio in Sweden. The band spent four weeks at House Of Music recording the effort, which was mastered by Ted Jensen at the Sterling Sound in New York City.

PRIMAL FEAR will return to Atlanta, Georgia to co-headline this year's ProgPower USA showcase on September 10 alongside VANDEN PLAS. PRIMAL FEAR says, "We're working on more East Coast shows from Florida to New York. We're [also] working on a tour in South America for August and the first show of the European tour is confirmed. The Metalfest at JBs in Dudley, U.K. [on September 25-27] will be part of the European tour 2009!"

PRIMAL FEAR's last album, "New Religion", in 2007 landed on the Swedish chart at No. 67. It also entered the German chart at No. 60. The CD was released in the U.S. on January 29, 2008 via Locomotive/Ryko. Guest musicians on the album include Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Simone Simons (EPICA).

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, March 23, 2009 11:34:42 AM 

Gaahl And King Lose Battle For Gorgoroth Name

Former GORGOROTH members Gaahl (vocals; real name: Kristian Espedal) and King (bass; real name: Tom Cato Visnes), who recently lost a court battle against guitarist Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) over the rights to the GORGOROTH band name, have chosen the new banner of GOD SEED to represent their art in the future.

GOD SEED was chosen for many reasons; it represents the will to grow, the god within man and nature and the will to reach one's highest potential. "God Seed" is also the title of a track from the last album released under the "GORGOROTH" banner and in that respect it symbolizes what is brought from the past into a new beginning and a new future.

Gaahl and King's new CD, which has been in the works as a "GORGOROTH" album, will now be released as the first GOD SEED LP and should be in stores in late 2009 via the group's new label home, Norway's Indie Recordings.

King comments: "The past 18 months has been a struggle on many levels. Therefore I'm very excited about GOD SEED — even on a personal level. Hopefully this will lead to growth to me personally and for the band as a whole. It's time to use my energy on something that wants to live, rather than to use my energy on something that wants to die and be part of my past!!!"

Gaahl and King entered the studio on August 25, 2008 in the their hometown of Bergen, Norway to begin recording eight new tracks composed by the bassist for an as-yet-untitled new album. Along with Gaahl, King and Frost (SATYRICON) on drums, the full recording lineup includes Teloch (guitar) and Ice Dale (guitar). ENSLAVED's Herbrand Larsen once again produced the band in the studio.

[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, March 17, 2009 5:43:44 PM 
Man I hope they put out a fuckin' classic!! They have it in them,and they are due!!  A Matter Of Life And Death was brilliant...I liked 8 out of 10 songs..the 2 I did'nt care for were the 2 hit singles.."Different World" and "Benjamin Bragg".
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(even though they are not exactly coming close to how to get to MO or WI?!?)
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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, March 16, 2009 4:15:27 PM 
Adrian Smith Talks New Maiden Album

U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Adrian Smith of British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Metal Hammer: Talking to everybody else, the attention seems to be now turning to a new album…

Adrian Smith: "Yeah, we were talking about it briefly the other day and I've been thinking about it every day since because there are so many ways we can go with it. It'd be nice if we had the songs now and we could come off tour and go straight into the studio match-fit, as it were. Usually we have a long time off, and the way we play in the studio is as live, so it's always a bit tense at first because we haven't played for six months. I'd ideally like to go in [soon]. Again, it's a day-to-day thing, you go in, take it as you find it, try and do the best job you can.”

Metal Hammer: We've noticed one thing that was different from 12 months ago, when we interviewed Steve [Harris, bass], he said, "We've always said, 'We're only going to do 15 albums, we're coming up to it, there's going to be an ending point.'" Is everyone seeing things a little differently now?

Adrian: "Look, we write music, we're musicians, we'll carry on. The great thing is that there's clearly a huge audience out there waiting to hear what we're going to do right now; and in the real world, that's not a very common situation, so you have to appreciate it. It's not always easy to make an album; you've got six guys with their own ideas and focusing it into one outcome is quite difficult."

Metal Hammer: Is it the case that you use up every idea for an album each time, and that there's never anything left over from that for next time?

Adrian: "I know a lot of bands who demo stuff from 30 songs or something and then break up when they're trying to pick 10 because you get the ego and the each guy wants to get their ideas in, so we just try to write 10 or 12 songs, and get everybody's best ideas in there. You soon know when you start playing it whether it's going to fly or not. You just have to do the best you can. It's difficult for everybody to be happy with the album: there's always a compromise, but as long as you can get through it and come out the other side and still be a band that's what it's all about. Sometimes creative conflict is good in songwriting, it brings out the best in everyone."

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[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, March 16, 2009 3:28:53 PM 
Tim Ripper Owens Solo Album Artwork Revealed

Powerhouse American heavy metal vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will release his first solo album, "Play My Game", in May via SPV/Steamhammer. The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM).

The list of guest musicians featured on Owens' solo debut is even more spectacular:


Bob Kulick
Carlos Cavazo (RATT, ex-QUIET RIOT)
Craig Goldy (DIO)
Zeil Zaza
Chris Caffery
Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT)
Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE)
Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE)
Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE)
Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL)


Marco Mendoza (ex-WHITESNAKE)
Billy Sheehan (MR BIG, ex-DAVID LEE ROTH)
Dave Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH)
James Lomenzo (MEGADETH)
Tony Franklin (ex-BLUE MURDER)
Dennis Hayes (BEYOND FEAR)


Simon Wright (DIO, ex-AC/DC)
Brett Chassen

Fans and experts alike will love this sensational all-star lineup and may rest assured that the haunting songs will effortlessly live up to this illustrious cast of musicians: Tim "Ripper" Owens has never sounded more impressive, melodic and multi-faceted!

"I've gotten better as a songwriter," Owens explains. "And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I've always been a great fan of the BLACK SABBATH lineup featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love JUDAS PRIEST. Both bands delivered records that are straightforward and go directly to the bloodstream — which also happens to be my compositional approach."

"Play My Game" will be released on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: May 15
Rest of Europe: May 18
USA, Canada: May 19

Check out the cover artwork below.

"Play My Game" track listing and individual song credits:

* 01. Starting Over

Written by: Tim Owens, Bob Kulick

Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass - Rudy Sarzo
Drums - Simon Wright

* 02. Believe

Written by: Tim Owens

Guitar - John Comprix
Bass - Rudy Sarzo
Drums - Simon Wright
Lead Guitar - Craig Goldy

* 03. The Cover Up

Written by: Tim Owens

Guitar - John Comprix
Bass - James Lomenzo
Drums - Brett Chassen
Lead Guitar - Jeff Loomis

* 04. Pick Yourself Up

Written by: Tim Owens, Mike Callahan

Guitar - Mike Callahan/Bob Kulick
Bass - Dennis Hayes
Drums - Ray Luzier
Lead Guitar - Steve Stevens

* 05. It Is Me

Written by: Tim Owens

Guitar - John Comprix
Bass - Rudy Sarzo
Drums - Simon Wright
Lead Guitar - Carlos Cavazo

* 06. No Good Goodbyes

Written by: Tim Owens, Bob Kulick, Brett Chassen

Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass - Billy Sheehan
Drums - Brett Chassen
Lead Guitar - Bruce Kulick

* 07. The World Is Blind

Written by: Tim Owens

Guitar - John Comprix
Bass - Billy Sheehan
Drums - Simon Wright
Lead Guitar - Doug Aldrich

* 08. To Live Again

Written by: Tim Owens

Guitar - Michael Wilton/Bob Kulick
Bass - David Ellefson
Drums - Simon Wright
Lead Guitar - Michael Wilton

* 09. The Light

Written by: Tim Owens, Bob Kulick

Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass - Tony Franklin
Drums - Bobby Jarzombek

* 10. Play My Game

Written by: Tim Owens, John Comprix

Guitar - John Comprix
Bass - Rudy Sarzo
Drums - Simon Wright
Lead Guitar - Neil Zaza

* 11. Death Race

Written by: Tim Owens, John Comprix

Guitar - John Comprix
Bass - James Lomenzo
Drums - Brett Chassen

* 12. The Shadows Are Alive

Written by: Tim Owens, Chris Caffery

Guitar - Chris Caffery
Bass - Marco Mendoza
Drums - Simon Wright

* 13. A Challenge (bonus track; iTunes exclusive)

Written by: Tim Owens, Bob Kulick

Guitar - Bob Kulick
Bass - Rudy Sarzo
Drums - Vinny Appice

Pantera Boxset In the Works
During an appearance on the March 6 edition of "The Jim Rome Show" (one of the nation's premiere sports radio talk shows), DOWN/ex-PANTERA bassist Rex Brown confirmed that a PANTERA box set is in the works. According to Rex, the set will consist of much more than a simple repackaging of the existing CDs.

You can listen to a portion of the interview below.

PANTERA's career overview CD, "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!" (Elektra/Rhino), was certified platinum on January 13, 2006 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of one million copies in the U.S. The band's classic "Vulgar Display of Power" (Elektra) album was certified double-platinum in 2004, signifying shipments of more than 2,000,000 units in the U.S. since its February 25, 1992 release.

Rhino Video in April 2006 released PANTERA's "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" — a three-DVD set featuring all the band's videos as well as live footage shot during the Monsters of Rock gig in Moscow. Originally released on DVD in 1999, this version features the same content with improved menus and all-new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. In fact, it is the first PANTERA release ever in 5.1 Surround Sound. It features: "Cowboys From Hell The Videos", "Vulgar Video", "3 Watch It Go", and "Pantera Live From Monsters of Rock In Moscow".

Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On Dec. 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, March 16, 2009 3:25:26 PM 
Judas Priest To Play Entire British Steel Album for 30th Anniversary

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic 1980 album "British Steel" by embarking on a special tour next year featuring a performance of that LP in its entirety. This information was revealed by the band's guitarists, K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, during an interview they gave to the Spanish web site yesterday (Sunday, March 15) prior to the Madrid concert on JUDAS PRIEST's "Priest Feast" tour. In addition, Tipton told that a planned "Nostradamus" tour with material exclusively from that album (featuring a full theatrical production) will now likely be postponed until a later date.

JUDAS PRIEST has announced the following U.S. dates:

Jul. 01 - The Family Arena - St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 - Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage - Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 03 - Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN
Jul. 09 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Jul. 11 - PNC Banks Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 12 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
Jul. 17 - Moondance Jam 18 - Walker, MN
Jul. 18 - Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music - Cadott, WI
Aug. 02 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA

More shows will be announced soon.

PRIEST competed last month for a Grammy Award in the "Hard Rock" category for "Visions" and "Metal" category for "Nostradamus", a pair of tunes from the band's 16th studio album, "Nostradamus".

According to Reuters/Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST's Sony BMG label puts sales of "Nostradamus" at 500,000 units worldwide; that includes 100,000 logged by Nielsen SoundScan in the United States.

[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:44:49 AM 
VH1 Acquires Rights To Anvil: The Story of Anvil Documentry

VH1 has acquired the exclusive rights for the critically acclaimed documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil". VH1 will handle the television and DVD release and distribute the film theatrically in association with Abramorama. The world television premiere on VH1 this summer and the subsequent DVD release of the film follow a network-wide, multi-platform promotional campaign supporting the theatrical film release April 10, 2009 in New York and Los Angeles followed by a national roll-out.

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is the directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi ("The Terminal") and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham ("The Kite Runner" and "The Motorcycle Diaries"). The film follows Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner and their band, ANVIL, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's "Metal on Metal". The album influenced an entire musical generation of rock bands, including METALLICA, SLAYER, and ANTHRAX, who all went on to sell millions of records. ANVIL, on the other hand, took a different path — straight to obscurity. The film is both entertaining and touching as it follows their last-ditch quest for the fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them. "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.

Ironically, life is now looking up for the band. After years of playing to empty bars and working dead end jobs, the band is beginning to find the success that evaded them for decades. They have recently been signed by manager Rick Sales (SLAYER), U.S. agent Scott Sokol (MEGADETH, HEAVEN AND HELL), and U.K. agent Steve Strange (COLDPLAY). The band is being welcomed with open arms everywhere they go. Their latest fan, Sarah Brown (wife of the Prime Minister), attended the red carpet premiere of the film in the UK. Now with a U.S. tour, the support of VH1 and VH1 Classic, a feature documentary, and an immeasurable amount of will and determination, the band is picking up where they left off twenty five years ago.

"When I was sixteen years old, ANVIL was my favorite band in the world," said Sacha Gervasi, director of the film. "I couldn't believe it when I met Lips and Robb in London and they invited me to come out on the road with them. Running away to join the rock and roll circus was, of course, an experience I never forgot. When I met the band again twenty years later I was completely awed and inspired to discover that they simply refused to give up on the dream they had had as kids. It makes me intensely happy and proud to see the band finally getting the recognition they so richly deserve. ANVIL rocks!"

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. It went on to win the Audience Awards at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, 2008 Sydney Film Festival, and 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, as well as the Best Documentary Feature Awards at 2008 Galway Film Fleadh, 2008 Calgary Film Festival, 2008 Edmonton Film Festival, and 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film was released in the UK to critical acclaim on February 20, 2009.

"This film is so much more than a documentary about the roots of metal. It's a story about the power of perseverance and friendship and the passion that drives them," said Tom Calderone, President of VH1. "'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' has a huge heart and will resonate with all of our viewers. This is the type of project that drew me into the VH1 fold and makes me especially proud to work here."

Praised as "the best documentary I've seen in years," by documentarian Michael Moore, the London Times calls it "possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll;" "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" contains appearances by an array of heavy metal icons, including METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, former member of GUNS N' ROSES Slash, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, and SLAYER's Tom Araya, among others.

"Sacha knew from the beginning that this was not just a 'metal' film. In my first encounter with ANVIL, it was impossible not to be moved by their loyalty, determination and mad, blind faith. How sweet it is to see them now ride this tide of success — not just to be heard, finally — but to be heralded for their humbling tenacity and devotion to their art and to each other," said producer Rebecca Yeldham.

VH1 has thrown the full support of the network behind ANVIL, the band's music and the film on all platforms. The timing of this support from not only VH1 but from the music and film industry coincides with the realization of ANVIL's lifelong dream to "make it."

Timed to the release of the film in April, VH1 Classic will serve as the exclusive presenter for the band's U.S. tour. "VH1 Classic Presents: The Anvil Experience" will cover seven markets and upcoming dates, venues and ticket information will be available immediately on the film's website and At each tour stop, the film will be played immediately followed by a short performance by the band.

Tour Dates:

April 06 - New York, NY - Blender Theater
April 12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
April 14 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
April 16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
April 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
April 21 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
April 22 - Chicago, IL - Metro

Additional elements include:

* In an unprecedented move, for the first time ever the network will run the full length movie trailer of the film like a music video throughout all VH1 video hours — morning, overnights, on VH1 Classic and on and

* In the weeks leading up to the theatrical release, VH1 will be creating a VH1 News package that will include a new interview with Lips and Robb.

* On and, Robb and Lips will be featured on an episode of the original series "My Playlist" as they discuss their influences and favorite classic rock songs.

* VH1 Classic will air an episode of its original talk show "That Metal Show" with Robb and Lips and will center on ANVIL's career, music, upcoming tour and the film. This episode will run timed to the film's April theatrical release and will then repeat promoting the film's television premiere on VH1 and the film's availability on DVD.

The DVD release and world television premiere of the film on VH1 and VH1 Classic this summer will be supported by significant on-air promos on VH1 and VH1 Classic and dedicated online promotion on Each telecast will include a customized on-screen graphic supporting the DVD release which will be made available to fans at a later date yet to be announced. Promotional excerpt clips of the film will also be supported and streamed on FVOD, online and wireless.

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is directed by Sacha Gervasi and produced by Rebecca Yeldham, with cinematography by Chris Soos, editing by Jeff Renfroe and Andrew Dickler, and music supervision by Dana Sano.
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:38:42 AM 
Black Sabbath Album Art Is Official

After finishing several heralded world tours as HEAVEN & HELL last summer, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice were tighter than ever before, both musically and personally.

Agreeing that it would be a shame to stop making music together at tour's end, the quartet began writing, first in England at Iommi's home studio and later in Los Angeles at Dio's studio. "The band had gotten too good to just walk away," Dio says. "We wanted to show people that we were still capable of giving them new music that measured up to what we'd done in the past."

With that goal in mind, the band once again converged on Rockfield Studios in Wales last winter, the same place they used 17 years earlier to record their last album, "Dehumanizer". The result is the long-awaited new album, "The Devil You Know", featuring 10 soon-to-be-classic tracks from the Dio-fronted version of BLACK SABBATH. The highly anticipated set arrives on April 28 from Rhino for a suggested list price of $18.98 (physical) and $9.99 (digital).

It took less than three weeks to finish the album, with most of the songs only needing a couple of takes. "It was good to play them live in the studio. It keeps you on edge," Iommi says. "I mean, somewhere along the line we were gonna have to play them live; might as well start in the studio." Butler adds: "We've learned from the past that you can kill a song doing it over and over. The first SABBATH albums were done in two or three days. Technically they weren't great, but vibe-wise they were great. If you capture that feeling, that's all you need."

"Bible Black", the epic first single, begins with Iommi on acoustic guitar behind Dio's plaintive wail before the rhythm shifts to a menacing stomp for the rest of this dark tale about a book of sinister scriptures. One of the first songs written for the album, Dio says it established a tone for the rest of the album. "When you start off with a blockbuster like that, it makes the rest of the album so much easier because it gives you a benchmark to measure the other songs against."

Iommi proves he hasn't lost the ability to inspire six-string envy, unleashing riffs like a pack of rabid hellhounds on "Atom And Evil", "Fear", "Neverwhere", and "Eating The Cannibals", a tune about doing more than biting the hand that feeds. Butler and Appice slow the pace while ramping up the intensity on "Follow The Tears" and "Double The Pain" and "Breaking Into Heaven", the latter diverging from its glacial procession for Dio's majestic chorus about fallen angels planning an attack on paradise.

"The Devil You Know" track listing:

01. Atom And Evil
02. Fear
03. Bible Black
04. Double The Pain
05. Rock And Roll Angel
06. The Turn Of The Screw
07. Eating The Cannibals
08. Follow The Tears
09. Neverwhere
10. Breaking Into Heaven

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, March 06, 2009 5:52:14 PM 
New Queensryche Single and Complete Album Lyrics Available has posted the lyrics to QUEENSRŸCHE's forthcoming album, "American Soldier". Check them out at this location.

QUEENSRŸCHE's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier", will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital). The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts — from World War II to Iraq — Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war.

"American Soldier" was written by Tate and producer Jason Slater, along with drummer Scott Rockenfield, and contributors Kelly Gray and Damon Johnson. Slater returns to the QUEENSRŸCHE creative process in the same capacity that worked for the band with the writing and recording of "Operation: Mindcrime II", which was released in 2006 and debuted at #14 on The Billboard 200, selling more than 40,000 records in its first week. The album was QUEENSRŸCHE's highest chart debut since "Promised Land", in 1994. Both "Promised Land" and "Operation: Mindcrime" (1988) have been certified platinum, selling more than one million albums each in America alone, and "Empire" (1990) has reached triple-platinum status. The band's first three albums–their self-titled EP (1983), "The Warning" (1984), and "Rage For Order" (1986) — have all been certified gold, selling more than 500,000 copies each.

In a first for QUEENSRŸCHE, all of the guitar tracks on "American Soldier" were recorded by Michael Wilton.

"American Soldier" track listing

01. Sliver
02. Unafraid
03. Hundred Mile Stare
04. At 30,000 Ft.
05. A Dead Man's Words
06. The Killer
07. Middle Of Hell
08. If I Were King
09. Man Down!
10. Remember Me
11. Home Again
12. The Voice

"If I Were King" (audio stream), the first single from "American Soldier", is now available for download from all digital retailers. "If I Were King" was written based on an interview lead singer Geoff Tate conducted with Sean Lenahan, a veteran of U.S. conflicts in Somalia and Kosovo. Some chilling sound bites from Tate's interview with Lenahan can be heard at various points in the song.

New Sabbath Album Cover? Friggin' Wicked.

A photo of what appears to be the final artwork for "The Devil You Know", the forthcoming debut album from HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — has popped up online and can be viewed below.

"The Devil You Know" is scheduled for release on April 28 via Rhino. The LP was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, U.K. where the 1992 SABBATH album "Dehumanizer" was also tracked.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Atom & Evil
02. Fear
03. Bible Black
04. Double the Pain
05. Rock & Roll Angel
06. The Turn of the Screw
07. Eating the Cannibals
08. Follow the Tears
09. Neverwhere
10. Breaking into Heaven

"Everyone had so much fun playing together that we didn't want it to end," says the group in a press release. "We started writing together and the songs started flowing like we never stopped. We wound up writing and recording an album that stands up to anything we've ever done. We're really proud of the music and excited for people to hear it."

"Each of us submitted a CD of our ideas, and we narrowed it down from there," Iommi told Classic Rock. "In some ways it was like picking up where we'd left off with 'Dehumanizer'."

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Ronnie James Dio described the material on the HEAVEN AND HELL album as "a real cross-section of everything we've done, from 'Heaven and Hell' through 'Mob Rules' and 'Dehumanizer'. I think there's a lot of 'Dehumanizer' in it, but a lot of other things, too, a real good blend of what this band has represented."

HEAVEN AND HELL will premier "The Devil You Know" on the April 29 edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. An encore presentation of the show will air on May 4. Fans are encouraged to speak with HEAVEN AND HELL by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

For more information, visit

Three years ago, Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino's "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker HEAVEN AND HELL. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup returned to the studio to record the first-ever full-length studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL. To whet the fans' appetites for the new album, HEAVEN AND HELL hit the road last summer for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, and TESTAMENT.

Regarding the band's decision to continue to operate as HEAVEN AND HELL rather than BLACK SABBATH, Iommi told last year, "It really is BLACK SABBATH, whatever we do. We just choose to go out as HEAVEN AND HELL so everyone knows what they're getting [and] so people won't expect to hear 'Iron Man' and all those songs. We've done them for so many years, it's nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again."

BLACK SABBATH's "The Rules Of Hell" box set — which features all three of SABBATH's Dio-era studio releases ("Heaven And Hell", "Mob Rules", "Dehumanizer") and its double live collection ("Live Evil"), each remastered for the first time — sold around 2,650 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in July 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan."The Rules Of Hell" comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with extensive liner notes featuring all new interviews with the band.

[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:33:38 PM 
LMAO... douchey..... I could have said that.... LMAO.... ROFL.... to shea....
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by guidogodoy from Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:32:08 PM)
[guidogodoy] Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:32:08 PM 
To Shea? We gonna play baseball? I'm game! LOL!!!
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[~ MG_Metalgoddess~] Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:30:50 PM 

To shey...... I need a new J/P t-shirt/ nighty...  I sleep in those things..LOL


  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by guidogodoy from Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:29:42 PM)
[guidogodoy] Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:29:42 PM 
That link was perfect. Wish I would have seen it before doing what I described below.

BE AWARE..there are two pages of stuff!!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Vaillant 3.0 from Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:18:48 PM)
[guidogodoy] Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:28:03 PM 
Oh don't say that....I just blew $50 (damn shipping charges!!!) with them and then went back to hit the $5 link! Man, saw another t-shirt I HAD to have and you can't combine orders once placed.

Word to the wise. DON'T do what I did and hit Judas Priest and then the t-shirt link. Not all the $5 stuff is listed there and I just got screwed with a second shipping charge. Still, I might actually WEAR these (now six) shirts whereas I only use the real concert t's for...well....concerts!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Vaillant 3.0 from Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:18:48 PM)
[Vaillant 3.0] Thursday, March 05, 2009 7:18:48 PM 
You mean this one?:

If so, then...YES!! GO THERE!!! There's lots of stuff on sale at really low prices!!
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, March 05, 2009 4:07:03 PM 
Get your asses on the Judas Priest Store.
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