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Update On Alice In Chains Guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s Emergency Room Visit

Alice In Chains’ publicist has informed Alternative Nation that Jerry Cantrell is ‘totally fine’ after an emergency room visit last night. Cantrell underwent a ‘minor outpatient procedure.’

This is good news, as fans were concerned after Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’ last night, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, but canceled last minute due to an emergency room visit, with Dave Grohl replacing him. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”

“I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio,” said Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Abbott and the person who knew him best. “Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place, it makes for a damn good celebration! C’mon out and getcha pull!”

You can now donate any amount that you can afford to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund by going to www.ronniejamesdio.com. Your generous donations will go to cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs. Your donations will also help families that have loved ones suffering from this horrible disease that took Ronnie from us too soon.

Infamous Albums: Black Sabbath’s Born Again

Infamous Albums will be a new series of articles where Alternative Nation writers take a look at albums that are normally panned by the bands fan base, to see if they are as bad as their reputation. To celebrate their final tour this first installment will focus on metal pioneers Black Sabbath’s 1983 album Born Again.

Black Sabbath is a band that needs no intro. Formed in 1968, Sabbath is highly regarded as the “Godfathers of Metal”. Their distinct sound quickly got them fame with albums such as Paranoid and Master of Reality. However, towards the end of the decade the band would release a few flops and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne started losing interest in Sabbath. Finally, in 1979 Ozzy left the band. He would be replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. The next year they would release Heaven and Hell. This record would give the band a more updated sound helping them compete with big releases from Judas Priest, Saxon and Ozzy’s solo act. After releasing the next album, The Mob Rules, Dio would also leave the band, leaving Sabbath to find yet another vocalist.

They recruited Ian Gillan who, at the time, was out of Deep Purple. When this line up, was announced the hype was pretty big.  A rock legend working with the founders of metal? How can this go wrong? Well, to a majority of Sabbath fans it did. Though the album sold well, it was panned by critics and fans alike and is still considered to be among the band’s worst. This is the only album to feature Ian Gillan and the last one to feature classic drummer Bill Ward.

The first thing one notices when checking out this album is the cover which features a red baby with yellow finger nails and teeth. This awkward cover sets the tone for the album… whether it was intended or not.

The first track,”Thrashed”, kicks off real well until Gillan’s scream comes in. Ian Gillan is a great vocalist and his screams were the best parts of Deep Purple tracks like “Child in Time” and ‘Highway Star”, but here it sounds forced and out of place. The lyrics are pretty cool and have an anti-drinking and driving message. The riffs are pretty catchy even if they are a little simple by Sabbath standards. The production on the track is really poor, as the bass cannot be heard at all and Bill Ward’s drumming sounds very processed as if it were done by a drum machine. These same production problems are present throughout most of the album. Flaws aside, “Thrashed” is still an alright track.

Next track, “Stonehenge”, is two minutes of nothing but random sounds. The third track, “Disturbing the Priest”, is an odd one. The melodies, riffs and production on this song are actually pretty well done, but the vocals are some of the worst on the whole album. Like on the first track, they don’t fit and Gillan’s random laughing parts just sound plain ridiculous,, making what could have been a great track only average.

“The Dark” is another track of random noises this one just 45 seconds long. This brings us to the album’s most well known track, “Zero The Hero”.  Gillan’s vocals actually work here and the chorus is very catchy. The intro is dark with its creepy opening riff and ominous bells. The main driving riff is very atmospheric and sounds like nothing the band has done before. The lyrics are about being mediocre which is ironic since this is a solid track and the best on the album.

The next track “Digital Bitch” starts side two of the record as well as the album’s downward spiral. The song has an okay typical 80’s metal riff that is ruined by both the production and Gillan’s vocals (there seems to be a trend here). His attempts at Rob Halford-esque screams aren’t very good and the lyrics are pretty corny.

The title track is a power ballad, something Sabbath has never done before this point. Guitarist Tony Iommi, who is known for writing some of the best riffs known to man, just plays the same generic chords through the whole track. The lyrics feel like they were made up on the spot and the track just feels dull.

“Hot Line” is an attempt at a straight up rocker. The songwriting is very run of the mill and every issue this album has can be heard on this one song.

The final track “Keep It Warm” opens up with a good riff and Gillan sounds surprisingly good. For a second the track sounds a bit like Deep Purple. The track goes downhill fast though as Gillan’s vocals get worse and the production and songwriting problems start to show.

All and all Born Again is not a good album nor is it a terrible one. There is one solid track and two okay tracks keeping the album from being completely bad. Many good ideas can be found on this record though are ruined by the poor production, unfitting vocals and in the case of the last three tracks, lazy songwriting.

Ranking: Worth a look for fans.

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Debuts New Hairstyle

A recent photo of Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell has surfaced, and it looks like JerBear is growing his hair back out! Check out the photo below!

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Cindy Slade wrote this piece on Danny Clinch’s Alice In Chains photography for Alternative Nation a couple of months ago:

As a longtime fan of Alice In Chains, I have often wondered what photographers had to say about working with the band, so recently I decided to reach out to one of them. One prominent photographer was there for the best MTV Unplugged show that’s ever been done, which of course was Alice in Chains’ 1996 Unplugged concert in New York. That photographer and filmmaker is known for working with the most talented musicians and bands, and his name is Danny Clinch. Needless to say, getting a response from him so quickly was unreal and exhilarating. Here’s what he had to say, in our very brief exchange.

What was it like to photograph Alice in Chains at the MTV Unplugged show?

It was real cool to work with Alice in Chains, especially before the legendary MTV taping. I was able to be there for the sound check as well as the show. I love sound check, as you can hear the band work out the songs and discuss how they would play the songs in an unplugged setting.

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Do you have any more photographs of Alice in Chains from the MTV Unplugged concert?

Columbia Records has most of them. I only have a few that I hung on to for some reason; maybe they were outtakes.

Did you photograph Alice in Chains any other time in your career?

The “Unplugged” concert was my only shoot with them.

Danny went on to say that if his memory serves him correctly, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, both original founding members of Metallica, were among the audience.

Through his lens eye, Danny was able to capture the most vivid images; some looking like watercolor paintings. Alternative Nation thanks Danny Clinch for taking a few moments out of his very busy schedule to talk to us; maybe we’ll see some of those outtakes appear soon.

Behind The Scenes Of Tool’s $500 VIP Experience

Many fans have wondered what Tool’s $500 VIP experience entails (now cut down to $300 in certain cities for last minute deals), and fans have taken to social media to praise the experience. One fan said Adam spent 2 hours talking to fans during a Q&A, and even gave him his guitar pick!

“During the Tool VIP Experience Adam Jones comes down to take a group photo. He walks right by me so I ask if I could have his guitar pick. He said yes! The pick was still in his hand so I just took it! Yeah! Also second time front row for Tool!!”

“I got VIP for van halen, not worth it. Tool so worth it 1st row & 2hr q&a Adam!”

#Tool VIPs in #SouthHaven @adamjones_tv #MaynardJamesKeenan #DannyCarey #JustinChancellor #ToolArmy #ToolBand

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Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction & Guns N’ Roses Members Coming To Anaheim

The National Association of Music Merchants, as described on their site, is a ” not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry.” NAMM annually and famously holds a convention yearly in Anaheim, California, the largest trade-only event pertaining to music industry. As you might imagine, there’s usually a few stars attending. There’s hundreds of vendors and booths, but for AlternativeNation readers we found some names of interest attending their 2016 convention, January 21st-24th, 2016.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins will be there Thursday at the Reverend booths signing autographs celebrating the release of his new Reverend guitar model. Jim Fairchild of Modest Mouse will be showcasing his use of Red Panda pedals Thursday as well. The Audix Corporation will be hosting a Drummer Extravaganza and Stephen Perkins is part of a huge team of drummers at attendence for that booth. Juan Alderete of the Mars Volta will be a participant in several events, such as Red Panda pedal demonstrations, autograph signing, a EarthQuaker demonstration with his bass guitar, the latter two event occurring Friday. The EarthQuaker demonstration with Alderete will also occur Saturday.

Ron Saint Germain, who produced Sonic Youth’s Goo as well as several Bad Brains and 311 albums, will also be in attendance in a demonstration with Lynx Studio Technology, Inc. He has also worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Soundgarden, U2, Killing Joke and yes, Jimi Hendrix. Richie Ramone, one of the only living Ramones, will be at the Los Cabos Drumsticks booth on Saturday. DJ Ashba and Nikki Sixx, of Guns n’ Roses and Motley Crue fame, will be at the Korg booth with the Sixx A.M. bandmate James Michael for autographs. For more information on exhibitions, see here.

Watch Maynard James Keenan’s Hilarious Birthday Video For Tool’s Adam Jones

Tool guitarist Adam Jones celebrated his 51st birthday over the weekend, and his bandmate Maynard James Keenan recorded a hilarious video to celebrate the occasion. Check out that video below, followed by a post by Adam, a picture of Maynard practicing his martial arts moves while on tour, and some videos from shows over the weekend!

Happy Birthday, Butt Munch. @adamjones_tv

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Watch World’s Biggest Tool Fan Lose His Mind At Houston Show

Tool performed in Houston last night, and one fan clearly had a better time than everybody else. Check out an awesome video below of a dedicated Tool fan losing his mind, followed by the setlist!

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Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2
Intermission
Drum Solo
Vicarious
(-) Ions
Stinkfist

When Tool played in San Diego over the weekend, Maynard James Keenan took the chance to respond to fans being offended by the word ‘rape’ being in the lyrics to “Opiate.” Keenan of course was dryly sarcastic as always, discussing the San Francisco feminist vegans and others of “those” were offended by the phrase “rape you.” Quite thoughtfully, he replaced the phrasing with “metaphorically rape you [with a rhino horn].”

San Diego January 9th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate w/ Jam
Aenima
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

San Diego January 10th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate
Aenima
Descending
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

1st post of 2016. So much for New Years resolutions. @logcad insert comment here: #puscifer #maynardjameskeenan

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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Claims NFL Referees ‘Threw Game’

Seahawks.com recently asked Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell about his favorite Seattle Seahawks memory:

“Watching the utter destruction of the Denver Broncos in NYC at Super Bowl XLVIII with my good friend Duff McKagan. I’ll also include my worst memory, which was the Super Bowl the Seahawks lost to the Steelers. I thought it was the best thing ever that my two favorite teams were playing in the Super Bowl, until I actually sat down at the game and realized one of them was going to lose. The refs threw that game, in my opinion.”

Alice In Chains Facelift and Dirt producer Dave Jerden recently discussed Layne Staley and Mike Starr on the Dean DelRay podcast ‘Let There Be Talk.’

“The day we started recording [Dirt] was the day that the LA Riots started. We come in there, we all show up, we’re going to start tracking, we set up all the drums and all that stuff. I think the first day we got a song down, I think we did “Rooster.” Layne is in the other room watching television, he goes: ‘Do you see this shit that is going on?’

That’s when the L.A. Riots started, and the next thing they have a curfew, and we couldn’t go to the studio for a week. So we got all set up ready to go, and then stopped. From what I understand, Layne was running downtown during the riots scoring. So we’re worried about Layne and all this stuff, he was staying down at the beach. So he’s making that run on the 10 back and forth.”

Jerden also said that Jerry Cantrell is one of the most talented musicians he’s ever worked with, and he doesn’t understand why he isn’t seen as a legend like Jim Morrison. He also discussed being addicted to heroin himself from 2001 to 2008, revealing that he actually went to rehab with late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr. Starr even told Jerden he didn’t think he was going to make it.

Interview: Necrophagia’s Killjoy Talks Next Album And Filmmaking Plans

On January 9th, Venom offshoot Venom Inc and death metal pioneers Necrophagia played New York City’s famous venue Webster Hall as part of their first US circuit. For the uninitiated, Venom Inc is a new band that features ex-Venom members Mantas on guitar, Abaddon on drums, and Demolation Man on vocals, making this band a reunion of Venom’s 1988 to 1992 line up.

After the local openers, Necrophagia hit the stage. Their set was mostly focused on later material, as no songs from before 1998 were played. The band performed several fan favorites, such as “Embalmed Yet I Breathe” and “Blood Freak”, all while vocalist Killjoy practiced his horror theatrics. The band ended their set with their most well known song, “Cannibal Holocaust”, based on the horror classic of the same name.

After Necrophagia’s killer performance, it was time for Venom Inc. Audiences were curious due to the fact that though this version of Venom does not include classic vocalist Cronos, they still have two of the original three members. The band started their set with the title track from the 1988 Venom album Prime Evil. This was the only song they played from the line up they were a throwback to; from that point on the set list was mostly songs from the first two albums, Welcome to Hell and Black Metal. This included many classics such as “Black Metal”, “1,000 Days in Sodom”, “Countess Bathory”, “Don’t Burn the Witch” and “Schizo”. They also played some of the non-album singles from that era such as “Warhead” and “Bloodlust”. The band had good energy and looked like they were having a lot of fun. All and all the show was loved by the crowd who were sad about returning to reality afterwards.

I was given the opportunity to interview Necrophagia vocalist Killjoy. We had a pretty natural feeling conversation that revealed his plans for the next Necrophagia album as well as films he plans on making.

So how is the tour going so far?

It’s going great, a lot better than I expected. I’m getting drunk every night with Abbadon.

How did a bill like this happen?

Venom Inc personally wanted us for this tour. They contacted our manage,r who hooked us up with their booking agent. If it wasn’t for this tour we wouldn’t be touring at all instead I would have used the time to work on the next album.

Can you tell us a little bit about this next album?

The album will be a little bit more aggressive than our other stuff. It will just be a straight forward record, no interludes and nothing out of the ordinary and no random non-metal songs like “Sadako’s Curse”. It will just be a full on metal album that is more aggressive and maybe a little faster.

Speaking of “Sadako’s Curse”, what inspires you to write those non-metal songs?

I think it’s because I quit so many different side projects, and without taking away from what Necrophagia do, I think we were never a death metal band. I just keep my mind open. I’m a fan of Death In June, The Smiths, Elvis, Combichrist, and a lot more stuff that’s far from the metal genre. I try to make these influences work without going too left field.

That would explain why you guys sound nothing like other death metal bands yet you are credited as one of the first .

Early on, there was no terminology for it. I understand we had bands like Death and Possessed, but we didn’t really know what we were doing. We were just trying to make music that was as heavy, sick and different as possible. Everyone started going in that direction once we did Season of the Dead in ’87. To me that album is not a death metal record, people always tell us that we helped start death metal and I don’t care. I don’t claim to have started anything and neither did Chuck of Death. He was a very good friend of mine. We both just loved horror films and love bands like Hellhammer and Venom and let it influence our work.

People love labeling everything. Nowadays it’s gotten really out of hand. I’ve seen people say that punk and punk rock are different genres.

That is weird. I know you have hardcore punk and crust and grindcore and all that, but I don’t get how you can have punk that’s not rock. To me we are just a metal band. I don’t like just one certain tag.

If you were to bring back one of your aformentioned old side projects which would it be?

I’d bring back Enoch, because I love making music that is horrific and sometimes making heavy music isn’t always horrific sounding. To me, that project was more of a challenge… people got to hear a soundtrack to a movie that they never heard of ’cause it only exists in my head.

Would you ever do a voice over for a horror film? Made voice a demon?

If I like the script yes, I’d even do it for a cartoon if I liked the idea. It’s something I’ve thought about actually. Ultimately, I want to direct movies. I have three different scripts written so when I finally call it a day with this band, that is what I will do.

Can you tell us about these scripts?

I rather not, only because the titles of these alone give what they are about. I can tell you they are straight through and through horror films. Two of them are very occult based, while one is going to be the most extreme and original thing anyone has seen… and I stress original, which is why I don’t want to say what its about cause its never been done.

If you were to get any director, dead or alive, to direct these scripts who would it be?

It would be easy to say Fulci though I don’t know if his style would fit even though hes a huge influence on me. I’d say Mario Bava. I feel my stuff would be more up his alley.

Ten Of The Heaviest Bands From Australia

Australia one of the world’s biggest countries is known for having some of the most interesting and diverse animals on the planet. The country also has many bands that are as extreme and interesting as its wildlife. Here in no order are some of the country’s best metal and hardcore punk bands. Some of these bands are well known, but fans tend to forget that they are Australian.

Captain Cleanoff

Australia has been a full force for punk, hardcore and grind as early as the 70’s with classic bands like The Birthday Party. One of the bands doing it best today is the grindcore band Captain Cleanoff. With fun short songs and distinct drumming this band is a must hear for any fan of the punk side of grindcore.

Fuck… I’m Dead

The country also delivers when it comes to the more metal side of grindcore. Fuck… I’m Dead are a goregrind outfit from Melbourne. Their groovy sound should please any fan of bands like General Surgery and Haemorrhage.

The Amenta

From South Wales comes one of the country’s most overlooked and original bands. Formed as Crucible of Agony in 1997 the Amenta plays a fusion of death metal, black metal and industrial.  The result is a sound that is really heavy as well as haunting.

The Berzerker

One of the most well known grindcore bands, The Berzerker’s music is a good gateway to those looking to get into the genre. The band played an electronic music influenced death metal/grindcore fusion with some of the fastest drumming known to man. Live, the members sometimes wore monster masks and the shows were known for intense energy. The band is now broken up, but with all these recent reunions maybe one day they will return.

King Parrot

From Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records comes the one and only King Parrot. The band plays a mixture of thrash, grindcore and sludge with parrot squawk vocals and comedic lyrics. They are mostly known for their live shows which consist of the band throwing water at the audience and vocalist Youngy mooning them the whole set. Last year the band toured with Superjoint Ritual and responses to their set were pretty positive.

Sadistik Exekution

Kinda like the Mortal Kombat franchise, this band loved using the letter K in the place of the hard C sound. Sadistik Exektion was a old school death metal band from South Wales. They were mostly known for their second album We Are Death… Fukk You!   This was a reaction to music critics mislabeling the band as a black metal band and also shows they had a sense of humor. Ironically their later albums contained black metal elements. Sadly this band is no longer together.

Nazxul

Most of the time black metal bands that use keyboards tend to be very cheesy. Nazxul are not only one of the exceptions, but are one of the best at it. The keyboards add great atmosphere and the vocals sound completely inhuman (in a great way). They played Maryland Deathfest in 2010.

Hobbs’ Angel of Death

Named after vocalist/guitarist Peter Hobbs, this hidden gem plays 80’s thrash in the vein of old Slayer though the band prefers to be labeled as “virgin metal”. Though a big name in Australia, they were always pretty obscure elsewhere. In recent years they have been getting more worldwide exposure, slowly making them a new favorite among old school thrash fans everywhere.

Portal

One of the strangest metal bands out today, Portal plays a style they call “avant garde blackened death metal”. Their sound is extremely heavy with ultra deep vocals and off beat droning riffs. They are also known for their bizarre on stage look which includes vocalist The Curator wearing various objects on his head. The band has played Maryland Deathfest in both 2010 and 2015.

Destroyer 666

Since the sub-genre’s inception, Australia has always had a plethora of blackened thrash bands. The greatest and most well known of these are Destroyer 666. Playing a take on this style that sounds really evil and really epic at the same time help make this three piece one of the best post-80’s thrash bands. In 2001 the band relocated to Holland. They are scheduled to play this year’s Maryland Deathfest and have their first new album in seven years to be released in late February.

 

Maynard James Keenan Reacts To Fans Being Offended By Rape Lyric At Tool Show

Photo credit: @timcad on Instagram. Maynard with a donut backstage.

When Tool played in San Diego over the weekend, Maynard James Keenan took the chance to respond to fans being offended by the word ‘rape’ being in the lyrics to “Opiate.” Keenan of course was dryly sarcastic as always, discussing the San Francisco feminist vegans and others of “those” were offended by the phrase “rape you.” Quite thoughtfully, he replaced the phrasing with “metaphorically rape you [with a rhino horn].”

San Diego January 9th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate w/ Jam
Aenima
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

San Diego January 10th Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate
Aenima
Descending
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Sweat
Stinkfist

1st post of 2016. So much for New Years resolutions. @logcad insert comment here: #puscifer #maynardjameskeenan

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Interview: Coheed & Cambria’s Travis Stever Talks Chad Smith Motivating Taylor Hawkins, Soundgarden & Blind Melon

Right photo credit: Scott Dudelson of Getty Images

Cleveland Stever? Daddy Deuce? Fire Deuce? If all this toilet talk has got you wondering what’s up, I suggest we point you in the direction of the 5-song debut EP from Fire Deuce, titled ‘Children of the Deuce,’ which was released today. And judging from such ditties as “Deliverance” (an audio clip is below), FD possesses an unmistakable ’80s metal vibe.

Alternative Nation caught up with the band’s leader, Cleveland Stever (aka Daddy Deuce), to chat about the disc, and it just so happens that Coheed and Cambria’s Travis Stever was nearby, and was up for discussing his thoughts/memories of Taylor Hawkins, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Blind Melon.

Alternative Nation: There appears to be a lot of doo-doo talk regarding the Fire Deuce – the band’s name, Cleveland Stever, etc. Was this a happy accident?

Cleveland Stever (aka Daddy Deuce): The name Fire Deuce is very multi-dimensional. You can take the name very literal and it’s the torturous flames you feel after a night of bourbon and numerous hot sauce drenched truck stop burritos. But a thinking man would realize the Fire Deuce means that hot shit on the street that can’t be beat. It’s a stinker or a thinker baby. Your choice.

AN: How heavy is Fire Deuce?

CS: Heavier then the heaviest sperm whale. So heavy we break the scale.

AN: I just checked out Fire Deuce’s Instagram page. How does one obtain a badass “Bud: King of Beers” guitar/instrument?

CS: Budweiser was a Fire Deuce sponsor at one point years ago. But I ran into issues with Tom Budweiser who was heir to the Budweiser throne. I fortunately had sexual relations with his then wife, 6 daughters, mother, grandmother, grandfather, and his pet rabbit. Unfortunately, Tom was not as open minded as I hoped. The events led to Fire Deuce being cut off from the Budweiser sponsorship. But I kept my trusty Bud guitar. And they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

AN: Has Fire Deuce played live? If not, will there be forthcoming shows?

CS: We have been opening up for the alternative rock group Coheed and Cambria as of late. They are an atrocious band, but it’s a gig. They give us a 10-minute slot every night. We fucking rule that 10-minute slot.

AN: Is Fire Deuce’s favorite Kiss song “Deuce”?

CS: Nah, our favorite Kiss song is “I Was Made for Loving You.” Disco Kiss all the way, baby!

AN: Was the tune “Deliverance” really inspired by the film starring Ned Beatty?

CS: I don’t know what you’re talking about. The song “Deliverance” is about a real Fire Deuce experience involving white water rafting, red neck pervert rapists, and liquid acid. How does that relate to this movie you speak of?

AN: What are Fire Deuce’s future plans? A full-length, perhaps?

CS: There are already quite a few deuce songs ready. We just need to get up in that stu stu studio baby. If enough people buy the newly remastered ‘Children of the Deuce’ EP, we will be right up in there, making magic.

AN: Daddy Deuce, if you wouldn’t mind handing the laptop over now to Travis, I have some specific questions that my editor at Alternative Nation would like me to ask him, as well.

CS: Ahhh fuck man. I knew there was a catch. Fortunate for you that asshole is letting me crash in his basement. It’s just temporary ’til I get on my feet. Anyway, he is on his way down to chain me up for the night. He’s afraid his wife will get the Ol’ Nancy Budweiser treatment. Hold on here he is.

AN: What are some memories of working with the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins in 2007?

Travis Stever: He was super enthusiastic and passionate about how he went about playing to the songs. His energy is quite incredible. Watching him play especially to our songs was an amazing experience. And funny enough, a majority of the time Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers was there messing with him and commenting on his playing as he blew through the songs. It was an honor to be in his presence, as well as we were all fans of his work. I think having him there made Taylor really want to play his ass off too. So that benefited Coheed, for sure.

AN: Memories of touring with Soundgarden in 2011?

TS: My top memory is that I got to have all the members sign my ticket from the Soungarden, Blind Melon, and Neil Young with Booker T and the MGs tour I had seen in 1993. I got to be a fan boy.

AN: Memories of touring with Alice in Chains on the Uproar Tour in 2013?

TS: It was an honor to share the stage with them, Jane’s Addiction, and our friends Circa Survive. I loved being able to hear Jerry Cantrell get up there and warm up every day. And Jane’s Addiction had a jam room, so getting to hear them warm up with covers of songs like “Funk 49” by the James Gang and some of their own numbers was quite incredible.

AN: Not many people know – you’re a big-time Blind Melon fan, especially their second album, ‘Soup.’ Care to discuss?

TS: I love all their material, but ‘Soup’ is a very special album for me. Funny enough, that record was just as important to Claudio too. It has these memories of our teenage years in every note and melody. It always comes back up, too. Eventually, it became a van favorite in the early days of Coheed. And it’s still revisited all the time. It’s just so powerful in every way. And it is so underrated. Everyone I know who has ever given it the real listen has fallen in love.

Tool Perform “Sweat” For First Time Since 1998, Metallica Attend Show

Photo credit: SFBayAreaConcerts.com

Tool performed “Sweat” for the first time since August 28, 1998 at their show in San Francisco on Thursday. Metallica members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo attend the show. Watch video and see the setlist below!

Setlist:
No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
The Grudge
Parabola
Schism (with Opiate bass intro)
Opiate (with Schism bass intro)
Ænema
Descending
Jambi
Forty-Six & 2

Encore:
Drum Solo (with synth)
Sweat (first since August 28, 1998)
Vicarious
Ions (recording)
Stinkfist

Rush left Tool a letter in guitarist Adam Jones’ road case a couple of years ago, and Jones rediscovered it last night and shared it with fans. The letter reads: “Have a great gig! We’re in the studio now. Catch you next time. Alex, Geddy, and Neil.”

Jones called Rush his ‘heroes’ on his Instagram account, “Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes.”

Tool drummer Danny Carey jammed with Rush drummer Neil Peart last year. The pair united with Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell, South Park creator Matt Stone, and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

*Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes

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Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Rush Leave Tool Hidden Letter In Road Case

Rush left Tool a letter in guitarist Adam Jones’ road case a couple of years ago, and Jones rediscovered it last night and shared it with fans. The letter reads: “Have a great gig! We’re in the studio now. Catch you next time. Alex, Geddy, and Neil.”

Jones called Rush his ‘heroes’ on his Instagram account, “Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes.”

Tool drummer Danny Carey jammed with Rush drummer Neil Peart last year. The pair united with Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell, South Park creator Matt Stone, and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

*Cleaning out my road case & found this from a couple years back. #RUSH #heroes

A video posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Tool Illuminate Crowd With Lasers At 2016 Tour Kickoff In San Francisco

Tool kicked off their 2016 tour in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last night by reaching new heights with their lasers, as seen above. The band’s setlist was the same as their lone 2015 show, with a Led Zeppelin “No Quarter” cover kicking off the show. See the setlist and watch video clips below!

Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabol
Parobola
Schism
Opiate w/ Jam
Aenima
Jambi
Fourty Six & 2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist

Short one due to security telling me to not film, but how could you not! #lightshow #tool

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An incredible and unforgettable concert! #Tool #Progressive #Metal #SF

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#tool #aenima #billgrahamcivic @toolpusciferapc

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#Tool absolutely killed it tonight. Best show I have ever experienced.

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Adam Jones discussed Tool’s new album in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

“I’ll tell you, it’s wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well, and I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together. I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done. It’s something I’ve been missing for a long time [laughs], that beautiful collaboration that we have because we’re all so different and have different tastes. But again, when you are all meeting in the middle and that thing you do that meets in the middle is just beautiful, it’s very rewarding. So yes, I’m very happy.”

“We probably have 20 potential song ideas now. Of course, 20 won’t be on the record. We’re just jamming. But I’ll tell you, there’s nothing better than having too many good songs then not enough. It’s great. You pick your faves.”

He also discussed how Maynard James Keenan is working with the band.

“We have an FTP and a Dropbox and we’re in communication. He’s got other stuff he does, so we keep him in the loop, and he has written lyrics, but he’s still working on that and he’ll commit. The best thing for all of us is when the song is done. I don’t write leads until the song is done. You want to get a vibe. And Maynard can work on lyrics, but until the song’s done and he knows how the end is, he’s still figuring out the flow.

The thing with Tool is you have four critical thinkers who like different stuff, so our process is not an easy one but it’s a very rewarding one. So yes, he is exposed to new music. It’s always been this way and it probably will always be this way and it’s just how people work.”

Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2015

2015 has been a pretty memorable year for metal. We had many over the top news stories including Brett Hinds of Mastodon revealing his hatred for metal as well as a couple proposing on stage at a Napalm Death concert. America’s biggest metal festival, Maryland Death featured the debut performance of grind legends Agoraphobic Nosebleed while Hell’s Head Bash featured the first ever US show of black metal titan Satanic Warmaster. We have also sadly lost many metal greats including Bolt Thrower’s Martin Kearns, Gorgoroth’s Frank Watkins, Nunslaughter’s Jim Sadist, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead as well as the band’s original drummer Phil Taylor.

2015 has also brought us many great metal albums. So many quality releases came out this year that it took the combined tastes of writers Birdman and Anthony to pin point the best of them. Here is our top 10 metal albums of the year, with 8 bonus albums.

Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Trumphator

Anthony: This year had several extremely intense war metal albums released including the latest offering from Revenge as well as the debut album from Goat Semen, but the best of all these is Archgoat’s latest release. This album is extremely raw and filthy sounding. Mix that with Lord Angelslayer’s haunting vocals and you get one of the most sinister sounding albums of the year.

 Arcturus Arcturian

Birdman:  This is the 5th album from the Norwegian avant-garde powerhouse. It is also their debut on German label Prophecy Productions. One can hear influences from all across the musical spectrum on this record.

Between The Buried And MeComa Ecliptic

Birdman: Like previous releases, Coma Ecliptic is a concept album, or rock opera as the band would say. The album tells the story of a man stuck in a coma traveling through his past lives. It is very reminiscent of the progressive side of Queen, shying from their death metal and hardcore roots.

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

Anthony: In 2011, one man black metal project Leviathan released True Traitor, True Whore. This album was of pretty poor quality and made fans wonder if he was loosing it. His new one, Scar Sighted though proved them wrong. The album has cleaner production then previous efforts which actually fits well with the atmosphere. This album is of his best releases up there with The Tentacles of Whorror.

Napalm Death- Apex Predator Easy Meat

Anthony: This year has been a huge one for Napalm Death as they have been in the news several times as well as put out a killer new album. On this release the band mixes in elements from post punk bands most notably Swans. We are also treated to some old school straight up grindcore tracks to help even out the mix. Easily the grindcore album of the year.

OceanoAscendants

Birdman: Album number 4, for the deathcore quintet from Illinois. Oceano have extended the range of their guitars even more, with their new songs sounding heavier than the band has ever been. The atmosphere that the band perfected since 2009’s Depths has been maintained as well.

 Rivers Of NihilMonarchy

BirdmanThe sophomore album by RoN is a little more progressive than their debut. Production does justice for this assault of technical death metal. Basically, if you’re a bass guitar kind of guy, you’ll want to check out this record.

Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Anthony: Iron Maiden’s epic double album is the best album from a mainstream metal act this year beating both Ghost’s Meliora and Motorhead’s Bad Magic. At around 92 minutes this is the band’s longest album to date. With that said it doesn’t drag on for a second and almost all the tracks are very addicting. Maiden is still at the top of their game.

https://youtu.be/iKGkfFkvf_s

Deathammer – Evil Power

Anthony: From Hell’s Head Bangers Records comes this tasty scoop of Norse thrash. With a sound very similar to Slayer’s Show No Mercy, Evil Power is thrash album of the year.

High On FireLuminiferous

Birdman: An album that draws on anything that has influenced frontman Matt Pike over the years. You can still hear Pike’s guitar vibrato, some very fast thrash-influenced tracks, and slower doom tracks from their early years. You can even hear a track that sounds akin to Pike’s other band Sleep.

StratovariusEternal

Birdman: Eternal marks full-length number 15 for Stradivarius. While no original members of this band are left, Vocalist Timo Kotipelto is still going strong with his songwriting collaborating once again with Jani Liimatainen (Cain’s Offering, ex-Sonata Arctica). The album is a blend of old school power metal and modern European-style power metal.

Shining – IX Everyone, Everything, Everywhere Ends

Anthony: From the mind of madman Niklas Kvarforth comes the bands most melodic and progressive release to date. The album focuses on epic and slow song structures which bring on a mix of emotions. This is also the band’s more versatile effort to date mixing in elements of industrial, folk and other genres and shows that Niklas is still at his creative peak this late in his career

Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to Antisphere

Anthony: Once again these German’s are back with their brand of Lovecraft themed death metal. With brutal vocals, brutal drums and heavy in your face bass and guitar, Gateway to Antisphere is this year’s best death metal release.

ArmageddonCaptivity & Devourment

 Birdman: This band is the brainchild of Chris Amott (ex-Arch Enemy). It began as a side project that took off in the interim period between Arch Enemy’s first and second albums. The debut was a melodic death metal approach similar to that of Amos’s main band. The band then, released two power metal albums afterwards, but this year saw the band had returned to their melodeath roots.

NeurotechStigma

Birdman: Likely the least known artist on this list, Neurotech is a one-man symphonic industrial project hailing from Slovenia . It is the brainchild of Andrej Vovk, better known as “Wulf”. He actually released two albums this year, though the second one is more of a futurepop/trance album. Stigma is the type of cyber metal album that builds and builds and builds, notably with the first and final tracks.

Mgla – Exercises in Futility

Anthony: Out of all the great black metal releases from this year, this latest entry in the Mgla saga is by far the best. With all of the band’s signature traits such as melodic mid paced song structures, distinct vocals, killer riffs, and great drumming are still intact and in full force. A great album for both newcomers and veteran fans alike.

Cain’s OfferingStormcrow

Birdman: It was originally thought that this power metal supergroup would be a one-album deal. Right after the release of the debut, members got busy with their main projects. With Stormcrow the band has retained their vocalist, guitarist, and drummer while bringing in a new bassist and the keyboardist from Stratovarius. Not only that, the band has gained social media presence with this sophomore album as well as a tour in Japan to support the album.

Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower

Anthony: Windhand’s third release isn’t much different then the last in style. While in a lot of cases that could be a bad thing, here the band is able to pull it off well as the songs still sound fresh and not like a carbon copy of the last album. As Windhand continues to grow bigger and bigger they also continue to show the world that they are a band that well deserves this attention. Vocalist Dorthia Cottrell also put out a self titled solo album this year. While not very metal, it is still recommended for fans of her vocals that want to hear a different side of her.

Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, STP & Nirvana Members Remember Lemmy Kilmister

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), William DuVall (Alice In Chains), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) have all posted tributes for Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary Motorhead frontman who passed away yesterday at the age of 70.

William DuVall:

Lemmy was always cool to me. So many stories. My favorite: About 15 years ago, I was driving down Sunset Blvd. near where I lived in West Hollywood. I pulled over into a driveway to talk to someone on my cellphone (this was before I had Bluetooth) and looked up to see Lemmy walking toward my car. He leaned in my passenger window and asked me if I could give him a ride to his favorite strip club in Silver Lake. I said, “Sure.” On our drive, we talked about a wide range of topics – music, global history, World War II. Lemmy was extremely well read and erudite. When we pulled up outside the club, Lemmy pulled out a couple of $20 bills to hand me. I said, “No, man, it’s cool, really.” Lemmy said, “Come on. I see you’re driving on your spare tire (which was true). Go on, take it. You need it. No time to be proud. I appreciate the lift. And the talk.” So I took the money, let Lemmy out, and drove onward. The truth was I did need it. I had risked everything to move to Los Angeles with my band, Comes With The Fall. I was driving around in the 1995 Mercury Tracer that my grandfather had left me, the car that had gotten me across the country. I’d gotten a flat a couple of weeks earlier and, as Lemmy noted, was still driving on the “donut” spare tire because I couldn’t afford a proper replacement. Trying to keep CWTF going – putting out records independently, chasing down gigs, etc. – and simultaneously keep myself going (eating, paying the rent, etc.) meant that things were often very touch and go financially. I appreciated the simplicity and straightforwardness of Lemmy’s reasoning. Just as I often appreciated the no-nonsense clarity of his statements in interviews. The way he spoke was illustrative of the way he lived his life. As many others have already pointed out, and will continue to in the days, weeks, and months to come, Lemmy was one of a kind. And it’s just a fact of life that Motörhead ruled. One of the singular seminal bands right up there with the Stooges, the MC5, and the Ramones. They will live forever and their legend will only grow from this day forward. As it should be. Thank you, Lemmy.

Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister Passes Away

Motorhead frontman Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister died today at the age of 70. “There is no easy way to say this,” Motörhead said. “Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.”

“He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family,” the band said. “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.”

Lemmy’s 70th birthday had just been celebrated with an all star concert just over a week ago. Performers included Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES), Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES), Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS), Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (THE CULT), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE), Bob Kulick (MEAT LOAF, ALICE COOPER) and Billy Idol.

Rest in peace Lemmy.

Slayer, Megadeth, Napalm Death & More Talk “Desert Island” Albums

“If you were trapped on a desert island and could bring one album with you which would it be”? This is the question the metal columnists of Alternative Nation have asked several musicians spanning huge names, cult favorites, and even local acts. With answers ranging from obvious influences to bands you never thought they would like, to sarcastic remarks about the question here is a compilation of every time this question was used in our 2014 -2015 interviews.

Dave Ellefson (Megadeth/Metal Allegiance bassist) – I’d go with Kiss, Alive. One of the first records I ever bought.

Devin Townsend (Man of many bands) – That is a good question! I’d pick one of Ravi Shanktar and George Harrison’s collaborations. Really cool sound.

Biff Byford (Saxon vocalist) – Id go with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. If I’m going to be trapped on an island its best I listen to something beautiful.

Eric Peterson ( Testament guitarist) – Black Sabbath’s Sabotage . It has a lot of nooks and crannies and I like that record a lot.

Chelsea Wolfe (Singer/songwriter)Yggdrasil or Gap Var Ginnunga, by Wardruna.

Paul Bostaph(Slayer/ex-Testament/ex-Forbidden drummer) If i’m going to be trapped for god knows how long I’d need to bring something that could kill all that time, something like Beethoven’s Greatest Hits.

Tom Hunting (Exodus drummer) – It would have to be Rainbow’s Rising. I just think that album is a journey. It’s just a great album. Classic metal band with Dio and Richie Blackmore, it just crushes.

Dave Matrise (Jungle Rot vocalist) – Either Sacrifice’s Forward to Termination or Destruction’s Infernal Overkill… both classic albums.

Barney Greenway (Napalm Death/ex Benediction vocalist) – I’d have to say Ace of Spades by Motorhead. I’ve always been one to love extremity and I see that record as the very first extreme album.

Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/ ex-Thin Lizzy/ ex-The Almighty vocalist) – That’s easy. I’d bring Black Rose by Thin Lizzy. Love that record… changed my life.

George Kollas (Nile drummer) – It would be my “next” album, hahaha. I got several songs I am working on and I would love to spend as much time with it as possible before I start recording it. I have plenty of time of course because Invictus just got out, but I like to be productive and start ASAP with the next one!

Kat Katz (Agoraphobic Nosebleed/ex-Salome vocalist) – Deadboy And The Elephantmen’s We are the Night Sky. I never grow tired of that album. I love Dax Rigg’s voice and lyrics, and I especially love the soulfulness of that album.

Dixie (Weedeater vocalist/bassist) – Corrosion of Conformity’s Animosity, best of their early punk rock albums. Great band,great guys.

Mike Starr (Steel Panther vocalist) – Oh God, that’s a great question, dude! Desert album… well, I would have to probably bring Def Leppard, Pyromania. I’ll tell you why. Their pop songs are great, there are the deeper cuts that fucking rock. And I dig it. I did a lot of cocaine back in high school to that record, and it brings back memories of lots of chicks and having a good time. If I’m in a desert, all alone, I want those memories.

Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet/ Atomic Bitch Wax drummer) – The album that we would bring to a desert island has yet to be written. Most likely though..it would be the next Bitchwax record because a desert island is probably where we will end up recording it…

Niklas Kvarforth (Shining vocalist) – Burzum’s Filosofem or Depeche Mode’s Violator.

Teloch (Mayhem guitarist) – None, most likely there is no CD player or electricity on a desert island. Why bother staring at a CD you can’t play?

Kevin Foley (Benighted drummer) – Anaal Nathrakh’s Passion, especially with the second song that really sounds like the apocalypse to me.

Dirk Verbeuren ( Soilwork/ ex-Devin Townsend Project/ ex-Aborted drummer) – Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects Sol Niger Within. I’ve played it hundreds of times and it still gives me goosebumps. One of the most unique, heartfelt and inspiring pieces of music ever created.

J.J Hrubovcak (Hate Eternal bassist) – That’s a hard one. It’d probably be one of the big four thrash band’s records like Reign in Blood or Peace Sells. I think that either way, if you have to listen to one record over and over on a desert island alone, you are going to go crazy! My brother used to like some of the Japanese noise bands. If you are going insane, you might as well get there faster with a bunch of noise band static on endless loop!

Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ vocalist)Black Metal by Venom. This is history and personally I have a strong respect for history!

Markus Hirvonen (Insomnium drummer) – Dream Theater’s Awake.

Nature (Tengger Cavalry vocalist) – I would say Slipknot’s Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.

Ken Faggio (Morpheus Descends bassist, Rooms of Ruin vocalist/bassist) – It’s hard to narrow it down to just one, but off the top of my head I’d say Dimension Hatross by Voivod. They’ve always been one of my all time favorite bands and this album was them at their peek; amazingly unique and original songs and a very cool story concept that carries through the entire album. Some great stuff to get lost in between fishing and building a raft.

Mick Mayer ( Sonic Pulse vocalist/ guitarist) – Trapped on an Island thats a good one!  Megadeth’s Rust in Peace as I listen to it at least once a day. Its the bible for heavy metal song writing.

Gary “Throat” Hadden ( Lesch-Nyhan vocalist) – Bark at the Moon by Ozzy.

Dave Muntean ( Nucleus/Wil vocalist/ guitarist)A Night at the Opera by Queen. I’ve been a fan of Queen way before I was into metal and they still are one of if not my favorite band.

Doug Brown ( documentary filmaker) – Blind Melon: Soup!

Mers Sumida (Black Table vocalist/guitarist) – Tenhi’s Saivo. It sets the mood to be alone and let the mind wander.

Ryan Fleming (Black Table guitarist) – The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle.

DJ Scully (Dead Empires/Black Table bassist) – Mutoid Man’s Bleeder.

Vincent Lepore ( Exinfernum vocalist/guitarist) – I would have to go with Altars of Madness by Morbid Angel. I’ve always been a huge Morbid Angel freak.

Andrew Bones Eastroad (Morditorium guitarist/vocalist) – Stigmata by Arch Enemy. An old favorite of mine. I love the guitar tone on it.

Nick Jackabowski (Bill X Nye vocalist)The Apes of Naples  by Coil is a really good album and its all over the place.

Doyle Von Frankenstien (Doyle/ex-Misfits guitarist) – Why would I bring music? I’d bring food, stupid question.

Interviews with Mike Starr, Mick Mayer, Sakis Tolis, J.J Hrubovcak and Dirk Verbeuren by Birdman Dan. Interview with Nature by Robert Muller. All others by Anthony Carioscia.

Deftones Documentary Reportedly Set For Release

The Chinese Democracy of rock docs is finally coming. ‘Entertain Me: A Film About Deftones’ director Andrew Bennett has announced that an official version of the film will be released on Friday December 26th, seemingly as a Boxing Day gift to fans. An unifished edit has been online for years of the documentary, which was originally made in 2000 around the release of White Pony.  Bennett reportedly posted on SharingLungs.com:

“I am officially making it available to the most amazing fans in the world, starting 12/26/2015.

It will be 10 bucks for the FULL and CLEAN resolution download of the FINAL EDIT of this film.

Please note, that I saw the leak, and that version is so old it’s not even funny.

To recap:

ENTERTAIN me: A FILM ABOUT DEFTONES, the real, uncut, director’s final version
will be officially released on 12/26/2015.
The website is being finalized today.

I hope you all enjoy it, sorry it only took 15 years to get out.”