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Legendary Boston metal band WARGASM is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its debut album, “Why Play Around?”, by readying an album comprised of its mid-’80s demos for release before the end of this year. The 11 songs that are featured on the album were taken directly from the original cassettes, and the record will include every track from the band’s four demos: “Satan Stole My Lunch Money”, “Your Dog’s Teeth”, “Gasm It” and “Spirit In Decay”.

“Whoever owns the rights to ‘Why Play Around?’ will probably never re-release it,” says WARGASM bassist/vocalist Bob Mayo. “Half the songs on ‘Why Play Around?’ are on this demos album, so it’s a pretty cool way to celebrate the 25th anniversary.”

Now considered a thrash classic, “Why Play Around?” has been out of print for two decades, though original LP, cassette and CD versions of the album sell for hefty prices in the aftermarket.

Mayo continues: “We were amazed that the cassettes still sounded so great. We did have to do a little work on them because remixing them was out of the question. They don’t sound perfect, but they sound better now than they did on those original demo tapes.”

WARGASM‘s demos were traded extensively in the ’80s metal underground, and one of them, 1986’s legendary “Satan Stole My Lunch Money”, led to WARGASM‘s first record deal and the release of “Why Play Around?”.

“Working on this record definitely brought me back to those days,” says Mayo. “Thrash was just evolving and the tape-trading underground was a really powerful way to get your band heard all over the world. Those times were really special to us and so are these tapes. They’re part of the metal underground’s history and we’re psyched to be able to release them all together this way.”

WARGASM released three albums and one EP between 1985 and 1995.

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METALLICA is offering its own contribution to “ugly Christmas sweater,” a ubiquitous feature of the holiday season which began to sprout up in the last several decades.

“Ugly Christmas sweater” or “tacky Christmas sweater” parties have been a holiday staple for several years, but there have been very few places to actually buy these sweaters. That has since changed, according to Time magazine, which reports that vintage stores, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are reaping the benefits of this craze, as are fast-fashion shops like H&M and high-end retailers such as Nordstrom.

The METALLICA “ugly Christmas sweater” will be available from the band’s official online store.

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More interview footage of Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, LAST IN LINE, KILL DEVIL HILL) filmed on August 30 at GoDpsMusic in Newbury Park, California can be seen below.

Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, WWIII, AXIS, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs, including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over two decades resulted in selling millions of records! Vinny‘s drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including “Wayne’s World 2”, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle” and “Bedazzled”. Vinny, the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques”, has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about BLACK SABBATH and DIO with the authors always mentioned Vinny‘s unique powerful drumming style.



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Video footage Vinny Appice‘s (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, LAST IN LINE, KILL DEVIL HILL) August 28 drum clinic at Guitar Center in La Mesa, California can be seen below.

Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, WWIII, AXIS, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs, including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over two decades resulted in selling millions of records! Vinny‘s drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including “Wayne’s World 2”, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle” and “Bedazzled”. Vinny, the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques”, has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about BLACK SABBATH and DIO with the authors always mentioned Vinny‘s unique powerful drumming style.



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Video footage Vinny Appice‘s (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, LAST IN LINE, KILL DEVIL HILL) August 30 drum clinic at GoDpsMusic in Newbury Park, California can be seen below.

Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, WWIII, AXIS, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs, including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over two decades resulted in selling millions of records! Vinny‘s drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including “Wayne’s World 2”, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle” and “Bedazzled”. Vinny, the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques”, has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about BLACK SABBATH and DIO with the authors always mentioned Vinny‘s unique powerful drumming style.


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According to numerous reports out of New Orleans, Joey LaCaze, drummer of EYEHATEGOD, OUTLAW ORDER and TEN SUICIDES, has passed away. No further details are currently available.

EYEHATEGOD just completed a month-long tour of Europe and was gearing up for a string of dates in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

It was recently announced that EYEHATEGOD would make an appearance at Philip Anselmo‘s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival this fall in Austin, Texas.

Since forming in 1988, EYEHATEGOD has defied all odds and continues to exist and persist despite personal and professional setbacks. They’ve been called doomcore, sludge and stoner rock, survived line-up shuffles, label hassles and a short-lived split. And after more than two decades of creating some of the most corrosive, vile music known to man, EYEHATEGOD still hasn’t lost the piss and vinegar that fueled it back the late Eighties.

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More than two decades after the release of ‘Bezerk’, Tigertailz roll on with a new five-track EP entitled ‘Knives’.

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METALLICA played for the first time ever in China this week, doing two sold-out shows at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Tuesday (August 13) and Wednesday (August 14). The first night sold out in record time and faster than any other Western act that has played the country before.

Video footage of METALLICA‘s August 14 press conference in China can be seen below (courtesy of Time Out Shanghai). A couple of excerpts follow below.

On filming a documentary in China:

Lars Ulrich (drums): New experiences bring opportunities for new collaborations and new creative endeavours — it’s that simple. Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up to celebrate it and to try to document it and to try to get the experience out. As you know, there are a lot of you, and there may be 20,000 of you who came to this arena yesterday and today, so we figured that if we filmed and shared the experience then maybe we could get to more of you and maybe there could be a next-level relationship between METALLICA and China that could last for decades. The idea came up fairly last minute and we love creative endeavours where we make it up as we go along. There’s an impulsive energy that comes with that that can be very beautiful and kind of cool and the last few weeks this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the ‘Through The Never’ movie that we made in the United States. We are making this up as we go along, but it’s all being documented — everything we do is always documented — so we’re excited about that and we think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we’re not quite sure yet, but we’ll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody’s while.”

On interaction with Chinese fans:

Ulrich: “We’ve been doing meet-and-greets and the interactions with the fans have been very emotionally engaged; they’re very appreciative and thankful that we’re here. Obviously there is a language barrier. What we try to do, we try to loosen the moment with banter and so on and some of that doesn’t seem to translate when there’s language issues or whatever, but you can feel that there is a passion and that there’s been a longing for this moment that is really special. Most of the time, the communication just comes from the audience when you’re up on stage. You sense what’s going on and what’s coming back at you. People all over the world have different ways of expressing and you sort of learn that there is a correlation between the way people express themselves in different cultures to what they throw at you in gigs. In Italy, they’re very much like passionate southern Europeans, in Latin America this happens, and in certain Nordic countries, they’re a little more conservative. You learn those patterns along the way, but you could obviously sense that this moment had been a long time coming.”

On piracy and bootlegged METALLICA goods being sold in China:

Ulrich: “The one thing increasingly that we focus our energies on is trying to discern between what we can control and what we can’t control. Increasingly, getting wound up and spending a lot of time on things that you can’t control, it’s just… I’d rather FaceTime with my kids or do something else. It is what it is. And that’s a whole separate conversation about Chinese copyright issues, which maybe is not the time to do now. You can’t control that, so you just turn a blind side to it as best you can.”

The band’s current Asian run will take it to South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia over the next 10 days.

The only other live date on METALLICA‘s schedule for the rest of 2013 is September 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Next up for METALLICA is the release of the band’s 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, which arrives in limited release on September 27 before expanding its run on October 4. A soundtrack album arrives on September 24.

The movie is part concert film and part fictional narrative, with the latter centering on a roadie played by Dane DeHaan who must go on a mysterious mission for the band during the course of a live performance.

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Matt Bellamy says their recent Tokyo show was just a rehearsal for an epic new tour to celebrate two decades together.

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