Posts Tagged “Freaks”

Peter Hodgson of recently conducted an interview with Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN). An excerpt from the chat follows below. I’ve always wanted to ask you how you rank yourself as a guitarist. It takes balls to stand up there with Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani. I’ve been lucky to jam with Satriani and Vai, and to a certain point it’s intimidating but also at a certain point you’ve just got to tell yourself “Screw it, this is what I do.”

Sammy: I’m a little bit intimidated if we go too long, but in CHICKENFOOT and VAN HALEN, I just put the guitar on and got a big cheer always, and then I’d burn for a little bit and then take it back off before I ran out of chops, y’know? I rate myself as a guy that can play, and I can express myself extremely well but only in one language. I can only play blues-based guitar. And when a guy like Joe steps up there, he can play. Once he finishes with my repertoire, he can go into French, Spanish and Russian on the guitar! He’s just so versatile and fluent. Eddie‘s not as fluent and versatile. Eddie‘s got a style for himself and he’s very much in that pocket, but Joe can play anything. He freaks me out. When Joe and I start to write together, he’ll show me some chords and I’ll start singing, then I’ll pick up a guitar just mainly to figure a lick out: “What chord is that? What are you playing?” so I can know what notes I have to choose from to sing. Then he’ll go “That was a cool lick, what did you play?” and I’ll go “[Expletive], I don’t know!” I don’t get it. I just play. There were so many great guitar players to come out of the ’80s where you knew they’d kind of fade away, but even early on it was apparent that we’d still be hearing about Joe Satriani in 40, 50 years.

Sammy: Oh, Joe‘s here to stay. I think he’s going to have a kind of Jeff Beck career. He’s going to have these little windows where he gets a little bump, a little more publicity, a little more recognition, and then he kinda just cruises along, then all of a sudden somebody’s gonna say, “Wow, Joe Satriani‘s the best guitar player in the world” and everybody gets hip again. He ain’t going nowhere. The thing that amazes me the most about Joe‘s guitar playing over any other musician is he knows exactly what he’s playing and he can play it twice, three times exactly the same. He works his parts out but he does it really quick. It’s not like it takes him forever to come up with a part. He comes up with it, BAM, instantly, and he knows every note he’s playing and I don’t know how he does it. He’s too smart for his own good. But you’re a lucky man if you stood up and played next to Joe Satriani. What I do is, I learn. He immediately makes me better because it makes me aware of what I’m playing, because if I see him solo I think, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” So I start to think a little more, like “Oh I know why that note works.” So he just enlightens. He’s enlightening to play with. I don’t know if that works for you, but that’s how it works for me.

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On September 19, Pit Freaks conducted an interview with vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish “love” metallers HIM in Houston, Texas. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

HIM‘s latest album, “Tears On Tape”, sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

HIM‘s previous CD, 2010’s “Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice”, opened with 26,000 units to land at No. 25.

The band’s 2007 effort, “Venus Doom”, registered a first-week tally of 38,000 to enter the chart at No. 12.

“Tears On Tape” was released on April 30 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl‘s specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The “love metal” act’s eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki’s Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005’s “Dark Light” and 2007’s “Venus Doom”.

HIM‘s current lineup is Ville Valo (vocals), Mikko “Linde” Lindström (guitar), Mikko “Migé” Paananen (bass), Janne “Burton” Puurtinen (keyboards), and Mika “Gas” Karppinen (drums). The band is managed by Seppo Vesterinen at Hinterland, Inc. and represented for U.S. touring by Justin Hirschman/AGI.

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Supremely talented magicians Dan Sperry and Andrew Basso stopped by the Metal Hammer office last week to plug their upcoming UK dates with magic supergroup, The Illusionists!

Hi, Dan!

Hi, Andrew!

Naturally, we thought we’d take them down the pub and make them show us some tricks. First up, we watched Dan pull some string from his eye. It was gross. And fucking awesome:

We asked Andrew what he had to say to that, so he did this with a coin:


Finally, we saw some curious barmaids peering out at us through the window, so after about three hours of convincing, we got one for them to let Andrew work his magic on her. Not like that, you sick freaks:

Pretty cool, right? We were impressed, so we went to check out the kind of stuff that they do on stage. Basically, it’s fucking amazing:

If you want to see The Illusionists blow your mind, you can catch them at the following venues this Autumn:

Fri September 27th 2013 – Opera House, Blackpool
Sat September 28th 2013 – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Wed October 2nd 2013 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Fri October 4th 2013 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
Sat October 5th 2013 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
Tue October 8th 2013 – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Fri October 11th 2013 – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Sat October 12th 2013 – Hammersmith Apollo, London

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Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie has released a video for his track Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown – check it out below.

It’s taken from upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, due out on April 22.

Zombie recently explained: “I wanted it to be just different. We really went out of our way with the sounds – every song has a very different guitar sound, drum sound, just everything. The actual sound becomes very important.

“After all these years you want to still try to feel that you can break through new, creative areas in your own mind, and that’s really what we’re just trying to do.”


01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We’re An American Band
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin

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Halestorm won their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at yesterday’s ceremony, beating some of the biggest names of our world in the process.

Their song Love Bites (So Do I) topped Anthrax’s I’m Alive, Iron Maiden’s Blood Brothers, Lamb Of God’s Ghost Walking, Marilyn Manson’s No Reflection and Megadeth’s Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – despite Halestorm being the newest and youngest band of their category.

Arejay Hale, who started the band with his sister Lzzy, said: ”(We) did not expect this,” he said. “(I’ve) gotta thank … our parents for turning us on to great music.”

Lzzy Hale, who fronts the band, said: ”I have stuff written down, and I don’t even care anymore. Thank you to our fellow nominees, if it wasn’t for your inspiration … we would not have written this song and been in this category. (This is) dedicated to all the Halestorm freaks. Here’s to us.”

Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor took to Twitter to congratulate his labelmates, whilst also pointing out that the Grammy’s seem to sideline the rock and metal genre. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m happy for Halestorm, but sad because the Grammys don’t respect our genre AT ALL. We get one category and it’s not even televised.”

Halestorm’s UK headline tour kicks off on March 6, before they hit the road with Bullet For My Valentine. Click here for tickets!

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COC: Beer freaks

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Motörhead and Sepultura, Corrosion Of Conformity will be releasing their very own brand of beer!

“The beer will be brewed this week and be sent into a wonderfully sublime exile for a few months,” says brewer Burnt Hickory. “Ageing in the barrel you see [below], it was be treated to a constant loop of the Technocracy EP for the duration of its stay!”

Have a look at the brewing in action below. We just hope they’re not going to call it “COC Brew”. LOLZ

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Just in time for Halloween, here’s a photo gallery to shock your non black metal listening friends. They look scary and evil with their corpsepaint, but except for a few freaks, most black metal guys are normal and down to earth offstage.

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“21st Century Freaks”, the latest album from, Swedish hard rockers FATAL SMILE, will be released in North America in early 2013 via Spectra Records.

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Iconic German thrash trio, Destruction, will kick off its North American 30th year anniversary tour this weekend with shared direct support from Vital Remains and Warbringer (who will be alternating each night) plus Pathology. An updated list of all the confirmed shows can be seen below.

Commented Destruction frontman and bassist, Schmier, “A killer package for old-school thrash and death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure.

“Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!”

Destruction is touring in support of its 11th studio release, “Day Of Reckoning” (Nuclear Blast) – the first album to feature new drummer, Vaaver (Indukti, ex-Unsun) – which debuted at #54 on the Hard Music Albums chart, #58 on the New Artist/Heatseekers Album chart, and #143 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release in March 2011. The album entered Germany’s Media Control chart at #95.

The new music video for “Hate Is My Fuel” can be seen on YouTube at this location. Produced by Roax Films of Berlin, Germany, it was shot on location at the Headbangersball Silvester Festival in Burgdorf, Switzerland.

5/05 – Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
5/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge (DESTRUCTION + VITAL REMAINS ONLY)
5/08 – Denver, CO @ Casselman’s
5/10 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/12 – Lansing, MI @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall
5/14 – Montreal, QC – CANADA @ Les Foufones Electriques
5/15 – Quebec City, QC – CANADA @ Imperial
5/16 – New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
5/17 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
5/18 – Ottawa, ON – CANADA @ Maverick’s
5/19 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ Rockpile
5/20 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s (DESTRUCTION + VITAL REMAINS ONLY)
5/22 – Pueblo, CO @ Kim’s Pixie Inn
5/24 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
5/25 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
5/26 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro
5/27 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5/28 – Vancouver, BC – CANADA @ The Venue
5/30 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/01 – Ramona, CA @ Romona Mainstage
6/02 – Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
6/03 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

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Swedish hard rockers FATAL SMILE will release their new album, “21st Century Freaks”, on May 14 via FS Records/GMR Music Group.

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