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The official three-minute collection of highlights of the fifth annual “Metal Masters” clinic, which was held on January 22 at the Anaheim, California House Of Blues, can be seen below.

The “Metal Masters 5” lineup was loaded with a star-studded cast of metal musicians. As in years past, the show started with a brief clinic offering some tips and tricks, and ended with an all-star jam session of metal cover songs.

Performers included:

* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
* Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS)
* Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER)
* Chris Broderick (MEGADETH)
* Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
* Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA, DOWN)
* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* Steve Vai

The following songs were performed, among others:

* “Wrathchild” (IRON MAIDEN)
* “Killers” (IRON MAIDEN)
* “God Of Thunder” (KISS)
* “Sargent D And The S.O.D.” (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH)
* “Freddy Krueger” (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH)
* “Strength Beyond Strength” (PANTERA)
* “I’m Broken” (PANTERA)
* “Postmortem” (SLAYER)
* “Raining Blood” (SLAYER)
* “Mouth For War” (PANTERA)
* “Mandatory Suicide” (SLAYER)
* “Five Minutes Alone” (PANTERA)
* “South Of Heaven” (SLAYER)
* “Angel Of Death” (SLAYER)
* “Fucking Hostile” (PANTERA)

‘Metal Masters’ started out as two bassists teaching a clinic and has gone on to become a spectacle that includes some of the greatest musicians that defined a genre,” says Samson‘s director of marketing and “Metal Masters” founder, Mark Menghi. “What better way to learn, than seeing these amazing performers up close and personal teaching their own personal techniques of the trade. ‘Metal Masters’ has always been about doing something special for the fans and that will never go away.”

King previously stated about his motivation for taking part in “Metal Masters”: “The reason I still do it to this day is to get Phil involved, because I think the world misses him. He’s good at what he does and I’m one of the few guys he looks up to to the point where he’d come out and do it. And I’m not blowing sunshine up my ass; it’s just a fact. And everybody wants to see Phil. Everybody loves Phil. When I come out, it’s a huge applause. When Phil comes out, it’s like somebody came back from the dead; they’re not expecting it. And it’s cool.”

In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Anselmo stated about performing PANTERA songs at “Metal Masters”: “I’m up there with guys that I’ve known since the ’80s who have a good five, six years on me of playing music and being successful, people that I looked up to and still look up to… The thing is just being up there with those guys is overwhelming enough, but then playing the PANTERA songs, don’t get me wrong, it feels great, it feels fantastic, and it does bring me back to a very powerful place, a very unique place in history. I guess, growing up and cuttin’ my chops and growing up with the guys in PANTERA, we always played with a chip on our shoulder and you get that rush of memory when you’re up there doing it, but it’s a lot of emotions balled up into one, but they’re all pretty damn good. For me, the most fun thing about it of all is just seeing the fan reaction. I’ve always said that PANTERA fans were the best in the world, and I truly meant that and I still mean it. That’s why ‘Metal Masters’ keeps the pulse of the whole thing going.”

Speaking to Artisan News prior to the “Metal Masters 4” event in September 2012, Sheehan and the other musicians spoke about what it was like for Billy to come in and play heavier stuff than he is used to.

“I’ve been prepped,” said Sheehan. “And it’s great. I actually love it. It’s like being on another planet. It’s like an adventure into another land, and it’s really cool. It’s challenging to play this stuff.”

Added Bello: “It’s great seeing [Billy] come into this world, and step up as he did. I mean, Billy Sheehan is playing [chuckles] he’s playing SLAYER and EXODUS tonight — without a pick. Just think about those lines right there. He totally kicks ass in it, too. The guy stepped up to it, and you can’t ask for more than that. So for these kids, seeing a treat like that, man, it’s a good time.”

Said Holt: “[If you had told me that] this guy here [pointing at Billy], who is one of the greatest musicians in rock history, would be standing there watching my fingers as I’m playing [EXODUS‘s song] ‘Piranha’, I would havee called you a stone-faced liar and said, ‘Get outta here!'”

Setlist:

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Highlights:

Full show:

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Iron Maiden have announced the release of a limited run of vinyl picture disc editions of some of their most seminal albums. Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Live After Death, Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son will all be getting lush reissues, and needless to say, we want them all. Please?

Iron Maiden: Legends, Leaders, Lads

Iron Maiden and Killers will both be released on October 15, with The Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind following in November. Powerslave and classic double-disc live album Live After Death will come in January 2013, with Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son finishing things up in February, all via EMI.

That’s five months of Iron Maiden coming our way, then. Oh yes. Iron Maiden are busy wrapping up their US-conquering Maiden England tour, which leaves us wondering what they have planned next…

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Greetings, chums. For those of you who had a three-day weekend, hope it was relaxing or at least safe. Thoughts go out to those who’ve been displaced by the Texas wildfires or those knee-deep in water throughout the gulf states. We’ve had your rains up in these parts for nearly two days, so we’re sharing your pain on the heels of the earthquake and hurricane. Serious, Mother Nature, put a cork in it, will ya?

Hope everyone’s enjoying The Metal Minute’s 100 Albums You Can’t Live Without. The site meter’s been red-hot, and I feel rewarded so many are checking the list out. I’ve had some random bits of feedback off-site and I’m happy those of you who’ve reached out are digging it. We’ll reach the top spot by the end of next week, so keep on coming back.

You’ll probably have noticed a new tag on the site, “Van of the Dead.” As I’m being serviced by more horror outlets, I decided to highjack the column title from my Retaliate digital mag until that venue in-stasis has a chance to resurrect itself. Coming this week, “Van of the Dead” is pleased to bring you a sit-down with Bereavement, Malevolence and Brutal Massacre director, Stevan Mena.

So get ready for that, plus reviews and the round up of the albums countdown. Should be a killer week.

Cheers, ya’ll…

EnslavedBelow the Lights
Hank III’s Attention Deficit Dominations/t
Hank III’s 3 Bar RanchCattle Callin’
Assjacks/t
SaxonCall to Arms
Iron MaidenKillers
Iron MaidenNumber of the Beast
Iron MaidenPiece of Mind
Iron MaidenPowerslave
Iron MaidenDance of Death
Iron MaidenThe Final Frontier
EmperorAnthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Mercyful FateDon’t Break the Oath
SatyriconNemesis Divina
WASPInside the Electric Circus
Made Out of BabiesTrophy
Butthole SurfersIndependent Worm Saloon
Metal Churchs/t
Static-XWisconsin Death Trip
Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You
The Dresden Dollss/t
FilterThe Trouble With Angels
David ByrneLook Into the Eyeball
David ByrneUh-oh
Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel (Car)
Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel (Melt)
Peter GabrielPassion
AC/DCBlack Ice
Ben HarperFight For Your Mind
Fistful of MercyAs I Call You Down
Tedeschi Trucks BandRevelator
Zero 7When It Falls
Zero 7The Garden

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According to the Daily Mail, Paul Di'anno the former vocalist of such bands as Iron Maiden, Killers and Battlezone, has been jailed today after being found guilty of benefit fraud. Di'anno was sentenced to nine months for claiming over


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Urban Collector is taking pre-orders for the IRON MAIDEN “Killers” seven-inch action figure.

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If not for Number of the Beast, this would most iconic image in all of heavy metal. I always think of Maiden’s Killers album as worthy of a “Where were you when you first laid eyes on this cover?” query.

For me, it was late 1982 as one of the first metal albums I ever heard in my cousin’s bedroom. I tell the story frequently, but it was played with Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman and later the following year, with Dio’s Holy Diver. I was 12, well-trained in slasher flicks and gorefests and still I found the Killers album artwork utterly disturbing. Took me two songs into Killers to hone in on the music before I could get my eyes off the album cover.

“That’s some wild shit, huh?” my cousin said once I stopped scanning over this depiction of savagery. I can still hear those words. Now I know why he kept his heavy metal albums hidden from his parents in his dresser drawer. The vividness of a nihilistic Eddie chopping down citizens already held on governmental lockdown (take note of the soldiers on the rooftop in the background and the twisted antennae indicating surveillance equipment) is truly horrifying. You only see the reliefs of those soldiers in the background, but they’re certainly privy to Eddie’s butchery and they’re doing nothing about it. My guess, they’re enjoying the party.

For me, it’s not so much Eddie’s venomous snarl and dripping hatchet that makes Killers so horrifying. It’s the wherewithal of those soldiers to leave him to his dirty business and the victim’s hands clutching at Eddie’s shirt in desperation which cuts deep. It’s so Clockwork Orange-esque in its implied brutality you wonder if Eddie’s humming “Singing in the Rain” through his gnashed teeth.

The thing which makes A Clockwork Orange such a powerful and emotional trip (despite audiences and critics of yesteryear who claim it’s devoid of emotion) is the manner it chooses to inflict its violence. Just enough blood to convey horror at face value, but it’s more about recklessness, flagrant mayhem and a dastardly, adrenalized disregard for human welfare. All of those of are captured in the Killers album cover and there’s been literally nothing since in metal which severs to the bone like this image.

Goat horns? Slimy cannibals? Disemboweled mortals on Satan’s talon? Pussy compared to this. Sadly it’s become Hot Topic couture in the metal revival, robbing Killers of its bloody wallop.

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