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Urungus / Brockie

GWAR’s manager, Jack Flanaganm has confirmed that Dave Brockie has passed away.

“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014,” states Jack. “His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

“My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Of course, we’d like to join Dave’s bandmates, friends, family, peers and countless fans in mourning the loss of one of metal’s greatest personalities, and we’ll keep you updated with any further developments.

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Rod Whitfield of SF Media recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s new, self-titled album:

“Yeah, I’m so excited about it. I think it’s definitely one of our best, and we feel so good about it that we decided to stamp it with a self titled name, so everybody’s happy.

“We just feel that the band is at such a great point, personally and musically, that it was really time to mark this down, and say ‘Hey, you know what? If you want to know about DREAM THEATER this is it.’ It’s really a representation of who we are as people at this point in time. It was a fantastic year before this on the road with [recently added drummer] Mike Mangini, and getting him fully integrated into the band.”

On what Mike Mangini has added to the DREAM THEATER songwriting process:

“Having him come into the studio with us gave us that extra spark, not only musically, but he’s also such a lively, energetic fun guy. So it brought us to this very strong, unified and powerful level. Having him there was just a treat, because he’s such a unique person, his playing is really individual, and the way he thinks, he offered some really interesting ideas. Especially in the realm of rhythm, it was very cool.”

On the differences in the personalities and playing of Mike Mangini and former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy:

“Yeah, I feel so lucky in my career to have worked with some of the greatest drummers, and guitarists as well, but we’re talking about drummers, and Mike Portnoy is one of the greatest drummers out there. We had a great time playing for many years together. And now we’re playing with Mangini, it’s a whole ‘nother wonderful musical experience. And what’s really cool is that all these great drummers that I’ve played with, they’re all so different, but what’s especially cool about Mangini is that, not only is he a different kind of a drummer, but he can also fit like a glove into the music. So when we play the older DREAM THEATER songs, it feels very comfortable. Even though he has a different approach, it kinda fits like a glove, if you will. So that’s obviously why he got the gig, because he can do that, but he can also offer some fresh and exciting ideas into what we’re doing.”

Read the entire interview at SF Media.

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Phil Anselmo: going solo

Pantera and Down legend Phil Anselmo has posted two new solo tracks online! Both Conflict and Family, Friends will appear on Phil’s upcoming split EP with Texan thrashers Warbeast, War Of The Gargantuas.

Check out the tracks over at Amazon.

“This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers Warbeast,” says our Phil.

“The title of the split is War Of The Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the ’60s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our ‘Gargantuan’ personalities.

“Both Warbeast and myself have full-length LPs that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ’til we both release our full-length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!”

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Metallica: Famileeeh

In our latest issue, we talk to Metallica legend Lars Ulrich about the new Metallica album, their upcoming 3D film spectacular and the longterm future of the Biggest Metal Band In The World.

Have a goosey at some snippets from the interview below…

Do you ever think there’ll be a day when you wake up and go, ‘You know what? I’m bored of being in Metallica’?

“I don’t think I’ll ever be bored of being in Metallica. I think that one of two things can happen. One, is the physicality of what we do – if we don’t have the strength to do it physically any more. We will always have the strength to do it mentally, so I’m not worried about that. But if there ever comes a time when we feel that it’s not going on all 12 cylinders, then I hope that we have the guts to walk away from it.

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“The other thing that could happen is that you decide you want to pursue something else: ‘I’m really interested in film’ or ‘I’m really interested in painting.’ Is there a chance that when I’m 55, I’ll want to write a movie? Or that James Hetfield will want to make a country record? Or that Kirk Hammett will want to go surfing for a year?

“But I don’t think I’ll ever wake up and go, ‘I’m bored of being in Metallica’, because of the nature of who we are as people, and the dynamics in our personalities. We always make it interesting for ourselves. That’s why we do crazy shit like Some Kind Of Monster and the 3D movies. We throw ourselves these challenges. It’s to make sure that boredom never sets in.”

What do you think the 18-year-old Lars Ulrich would make of the 48-year-old version of himself?

“I think he’d think that he’s alright. He does a pretty good job of keeping it real and dealing with all the things he does. I realised that I say one phrase quite often: ‘I’m doing the best I can’. I think the 18-year-old would look at the 48-year-old and go, ‘He’s doing he best he can’!”

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Chris Jericho’s interview gets crashed by Robb and David of Machine Head. After complimenting each other on our outfits, Rob asks Jericho’s opinions on who would win between wrestling and metal personalities, and Lemmy drops in.
Watch more interview clips at this [link]

Added by: metalinjection

Tags: chris jericho revolver golden gods 2012
Date: 2012-04-19

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The thaw has arrived for God Seed. No longer frozen, Gaahl and King have regrouped with a new line-up. Joining ranks with Gaahl and King are:

Sir (Trelldom, Djerv) – Guitar
Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpschyco) – Drums
Geir Bratland (Dimmu Borgir) – Keys & Noise
Lust Kilman (The Batallion, Grimfist) – Guitar

A new album via Indie Recordings is in the works. All music is already written and recorded at various locations in Norway, and Gaahl is currently working on lyrics and vocal arrangements. No release date has yet been set. King comments:

“All members of God Seed has been carefully picked for their musical skills and devoted personalities. We aim to release an album which will sound different than what we have done in the past. The new members have been very important for creating a sound that hopefully will come across as unique and defining the new God Seed sound. From this moment God Seed should not be viewed as a duo anymore, but as a band with 6 members.”

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California based metal act Vile has checked in with the following announcement about seeking a new guitarist and bassist:

“Vile seeks bassist and lead guitarist for future shows in California and eventually a European tour. Must have extensive band experience, pro gear, etc. Prefer those without edgy or hostile personalities and cigarette smokers are not eligible, sorry.

“Tuning is straight 1/2 step down on 7 string guitar or 5 string bass (starting at Bb). Send private message to Colin Davis on Facebook with links to videos of your live performace and stodio recordings. Tab for Vile songs is available on the web.

“Audition videso are a good idea, but you can make them private if you choose. Guitarists, pick a song from New Age of Chaos with solos to show your solo skills. Cheers.”

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During a recent interview with O2 Backstage Chat, CHICKENFOOT’s Joe Satriani (guitar) and Sammy Hagar (vocals) described the personalities of the four members of the band and how stuff gets done among them.

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Seeking new footage of AVENGED SEVENFOLD’s new drummer. He goes by the name of Arin Ilejay, former CONFIDE drummer. Look at his flowing locks below.

Some video footage of AVENGED SEVENFOLD and new drummer Arin Illejay at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA can be seen below:


AVENGED SEVENFOLD new drummer statement:

“We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay.

“We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.”

Following the drama of Mike Portnoy quitting both Dream Theater and most recently Avenged Sevenfold, after joining them due to the tragic passing of The Rev – seems like both bands are moving on. Meet Marco Minneman, Dream Theater’s new drummer.

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Ultimate-Guitar is exploring what makes a great fictional band and the inspirations from which their often crazy personalities are drawn.

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