Sabaton Interviewed by Canada’s “The Metal Voice”

April 20th, 2014
by EvilG

“The Metal Voice” recently caught up with Sabaton’s vocalist Joakim Broden and guitarist Chris Rorland on their North American tour in Montreal, Canada April 16 2014.

In the video interview the band members explain to “The Metal Voice” about the writing process of their new album “Heroes” which will be released May 16 2014.

Sabaton were also asked if they would ever consider doing a non-war themed album in the distant future, and they replied saying perhaps but if so, the lyrics would still have to be history based as they do not like writing fiction based songs

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AT THE GATES launches new video of pre-production for upcoming album, ‘At War With Reality’

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Ever since the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound, AT THE GATES, have announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense. AT THE GATES is now in full pre-production mode and expects to be recording their upcoming album, At War With Reality, in June/July with a tentative release in October/November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.

AT THE GATES has now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s pre-production process. Check it out below.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL U.S. TOUR DATES

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Hard rock supergroup BLACK STAR RIDERS have added eight additional headlining shows throughout the Midwest & East Coast on their first run of the U.S. this spring in support of their debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose.  Launching in San Antonio, Texas on May 1st and winding their way to Birmingham, Alabama on June 15thBSR will co-headline six of the twenty shows withSKID ROW.

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MORTALICUM “Tears from the Grave” album details

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG


The 3rd album of MORTALICUM “Tears from the Grave” will be released via Metal on Metal Records on April 25th, at the Keep It True festival, which became sort of tradition for these Swedish doom rockers (their debut was out at KIT 2010 and their second one at KIT 2012). According to the label, “It’s their most doomy release with longest and slowest songs, full of soulful melodies, but those who loved their more hard rocking side need not worry, as it’s still very much present here – the more upbeat songs have really infectious riffs and just call for headbanging. The album radiates with ’70s and ’80s warm vibe that will surely please fans of BLACK SABBATH, GRAND MAGUS, CANDLEMASS, TROUBLE, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY, and the like…” 

promo clip for “Tears from the Grave” album (featuring a fragment of the title track) can be watched on YouTube, while three full songs, “The Illusion”“The Endless Sacrifice” and “The Winding Stair”, are available for streaming from the band’s page.

The “Tears from the Grave” track list is as follows:
1. The Endless Sacrifice
2. I Dream of Dying
3. Tears from the Grave
4. The Illusion
5. I Am Sin
6. Remember the Fallen
7. Spirits of the Dead
8. The Passage
9. The Winding Stair

The album art was done by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi. More details about it be found on the page of this release.

MORTALICUM “Tears from the Grave” CD can be pre-ordered with a discount fromMetal on Metal Records’ website, while the digital download is available from Bandcamp.

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OUTRAGE “We the Dead” album details

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG

German blackened thrash metal underdogs OUTRAGE started out in 1983 and were a part of the first wave of black metal. They are, without a doubt, one of the most underrated bands from that period but this doesn’t seem to discourage them. On April 25th their 7th full-length “We the Dead” will be released via Metal on Metal Records. Over the years, OUTRAGE have developed their own personal style making them stand out not only from the bands of the early/mid ’80s but from many contemporary black/thrash bands as well. The new album brings mostly new songs but they also re-recorded 3 songs from their early days (“Death from Behind” from their 1st demo from 1985, “Delos” from their 2nd demo from 1985, and “Spherical” from their 4th demo from 1987).

In January, Metal on Metal Records posted on their YouTube channel a video clip for the title track, “We the Dead”. Now also a promo clip for the album (featuring a fragment of “The Elemental War” song) can be watched there.

Three songs off the album (“Kill Snow White”“Be That as it May” and “Death from Behind”) are available for streaming from the band’s page.

Here’s the track list of “We the Dead”:
1. 11:59 – Eye for an Eye
2. Kill Snow White
3. The Biggest Wrench
4. Be That as It May
5. The Elemental War
6. Death from Behind
7. The Iron Door
8. Sepia Eyes / Birth to the Flame
9. Chastiser
10. Spherical
11. Delos
12. We the Dead

The cover art was created by the label’s owner, Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (Exodus, Manilla Road, Attacker, Witchburner, Forsaken, Deceased, Meliah Rage, Arkham Witch, Nomad Son..). More details about the album and high-res cover art can be found on thepage of this release.

OUTRAGE “We the Dead” CD can be pre-ordered with discount directly from Metal on Metal Records, and the digital download (in lossless formats) from the Bandcamp page.

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MELIAH RAGE “Warrior” album details

April 19th, 2014
by EvilG

The 8th full-length of the US power/thrash veterans from Boston MELIAH RAGE was supposed to be out last year, but apart from finding a new vocalist, the band didn’t have much luck, in particular due to health problems of the guitarist Anthony Nichols (who underwent 2 surgeries for herniated disc last June, and in December suffered severe wrist injury requiring multiple plates and screws). It will still take months before they can play live again, as besides the broken bones, Anthony’s tendons and nerves will need recovery time, but at least their new CD “Warrior” is finished and will be released onApril 25th through Metal on Metal Records. The label states: “The new album is more in-your-face and aggressive than their last one, mostly thanks to the new singer, whose vocals, while being pretty versatile, are less melodic, but the band’s trademark intricate dual guitar harmonies and melodic interludes are still there of course. They have delivered a solid, hook-filled album, and show they can still pack a punch.” 

The band’s vocalist, Marc Lopes, created a lyric video for “I Am the Pain”, which can be watched on YouTube. This song, along with 2 other songs off the album, “Stranger to Your Sympathy” and “Warrior”, are available for streaming from Metal on Metal Records website. And a promo clip for the album (featuring a fragment of a song“When We Wake”) can be seen on the label’s YouTube channel.

Here’s the track list of “Warrior”:
1. Warrior
2. I Am the Pain
3. Stranger to Your Sympathy
4. When We Wake
5. A Dying Day
6. These Scars
7. Garden of Evil
8. In Hate

The album art was designed by award-winning artist Martin Bouchard “Fitto”, and painted by Alec Dowie, the band’s drummer Stuart’s brother. More details about “Warrior” and high-res cover image can be found on the page of this release.

MELIAH RAGE “Warrior” CD is available for pre-ordering with a discount from Metal on Metal Records’ website, while the digital download (in lossless formats) from the Bandcamp page.  Later on it will be distributed digitally by CD Baby and made available also from iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic and other retailers.

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Mexico’s reunited CRS release video

April 18th, 2014
by EvilG

Mexico’s reunited technical death metal act CRS (formerly CIRROSIS) just released an official lyric video for the track “Fariseos” off their Cd reissue “Reciclando Desesperacion”, available through Concreto Records.

The track is available here.

As the band continues an intense work in the studio for an imminent 2014 release, CRS has contributed with a track to a Tribute album honoring KHAFRA, one of Mexico’s legendary heavy metal acts from the 80’s.

Also, the 2014 Album Teaser: http://youtu.be/_Jr7FwYx2o4

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POWERWOLF to release massive ‘The History Of Heresy’ Boxset and Picture Discs of ‘Lupus Dei’ and ‘Return In Bloodred’ on May, 23rd

April 18th, 2014
by EvilG

POWERWOLF to release massive ‘The History Of Heresy’ Boxset and Picture Discs of ‘Lupus Dei’ and ‘Return In Bloodred’ on May, 23rd! Pre-Order up!

Metal Blade Records announces three high class POWERWOLF releases for May, 23rd. First off there will be “The History Of Heresy”, a massive boxset containing two CDs and one DVD and then some!

Surf over to www.metalblade.com/powerwolf to check out the song “Saturday Satan” as well as the pre-order options!

The boxset includes:
• Special sized hardcover box with embossment, faint laminated
• 112-page hardcover book with liner notes, retrospective, tour and studio reports, all written by the band members. Loads of previously unpublished photos
• Three coversleeves
• “Lupus Dei” CD including five live bonustracks
• “Return In Bloodred” CD including three live bonustracks
• “The Wacken Worship” bonus-DVD
• Five photo cards with info to each band member

Comments POWERWOLF“Feels great to feature our early works in the form of such a great boxset. Working on the book “The history of heresy” brought back so many great memories – and more than ever taught us to be grateful. Grateful for having such wonderful fans and such great supporters, without whom none of this would have happened. Still hard to believe we’re arround since 10 years now already, but releasing such a great package box is probably the best way to celebrate such an anniversary. Hope you all enjoy reading the book, while listening to the roots of Powerwolf – and we hope to see you all at Out & Loud Festival (www.outandloud.eu) on May 29th, where we’ll celebrate our 10th anniversary with a very special headliner show!”

Additionally and for the first time ever “Lupus Dei” and “Return In Bloodred” will be released as Picture Discs on May, 23rd in an edition of 500 copies each.

POWERWOLF is:
Attila Dorn – vocals
Matthew Greywolf – guitars
Charles Greywolf – guitars
Falk Maria Schlegel – keys
Roel van Helden – drums

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A Perfect Day, first single to be released soon

April 18th, 2014
by EvilG

A Perfect Day are ready to get back on track by releasing a song taken from the recording session of the new album (currently on pre-production), which will be published by logic(il)logic Records.

This track, titled “Before Your Eyes”, will be the first single and will be available for download on the main digital stores, as well as on the band’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/APDItaly) before the end of May.

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MAGNUM: Live at Club Tavastia, Helsinki

April 17th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

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MAGNUM

7′Th of April 2014

Club Tavastia, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

British rock band Magnum finally returned to Finland for the first time in 25 years.  The band released its 18’Th studio album ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN on last month and started the “Shadow Garden” tour now from Helsinki.  Although the sales numbers are quite different compared to the 80’s the album has been a great success. Album reviews have been very positive all along the line and it’s been charting highly across the Europe including the band highest rank in the UK album chart since 1992’s SLEEPWALKING. While it is true that times have changed a lot since 1989, the band still managed to attract more than 350 people, which is not all that bad on Monday night in Helsinki.  It’s time to “Rockin’ Chair” again!

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Mustasch with support act Eat The Gun on Thank You For The Demon Scandinavian Tour 2014 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 17th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Mustasch – headline act

Thank You For The Demon Scandinavian Tour 2014
Eat The Gun – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
21/3 – 2014

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Crystal Viper – Interview With Marta Gabriel

April 17th, 2014
by Erich Heintzelman
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Interview With Marta Gabriel of Crystal Viper

Conducted by Erich Heintzelman

I caught up with Marta Gabriel not long after the release of Crystal Viper’s newest album POSSESSION, a concept album about… you guessed it possession.  The topic is very dark,  and unashamedly metal much like the band and the lady herself, who takes recognizable pride in the her approach to traditional metal.  Marta discussed the new album, the band’s touring plans, and who her dream collaboration would include.

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METAL ALL STARS – Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

April 17th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala
Metal All Stars

6′th of April 2014

Hartwall Arena, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN

The Metal All Stars touring circus landed at Finland in April. The whole tour had been advertised to have all the legendary heavy metal stars altogether such as Rob Halford, Vince Neil, Cronos, Tom Araya, Phil Anselmo and the former Megadeth guys Nick Menza and Martin Friedman. However the tour turned out to be one hell of a bluff when these legends vanished from the poster or announced no taking part in the Metal All Stars thing at all. Obviously the organization behind the curtains hasn’t pleased the bands and musicians that much either. When Metal All Star finally arrived after wild rumours and gossips, the 12000 seat Hartwall Arena was literally empty when only 2000 had crawled to witness the Metal All Stars. Well the Metal-Rules.Com was at present, witnessing this eccentric spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »

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KIX Sign With Loud & Proud Records

April 17th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Look for KIX– Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records.  What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.

“The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman.  “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years!  We’ll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”

Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun.  What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise.  They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves.  They’re simply doing what they do best…and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”

Marking the re-emergence of KIX in early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received.  Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S.  Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX.  The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more.

As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs.  The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album.  Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.

Stay tuned for new album news, which will be announced in the coming weeks, and check out KIX on tour at any of the following stops (with more to be announced soon):

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Fri 4/25             Columbia, MD               M3 Festival
Sat 5/24            Pryor, OK                     Rocklahoma
Sat 5/31            Sandusky, OH               Ohio Bike Week
Fri 6/6               Vernal, UT                     Thunder Rocks
Sat 6/21            Idaho Falls, ID               Rock The Falls
Fri 7/25             Royalton, MN                Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31            Leemore, CA                 Tachi Palace Casino

About Loud & Proud Records:

Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space with releases by Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Earth Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Bad Company and more.  In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Steve Miller Band.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile, powerhouse rockers KIX and the classic Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.  Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC, and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG.

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www.facebook.com/OfficialKIX
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Another typical mainstream-media, anti-Metal smear campaign.

April 16th, 2014
by J P

Another typical mainstream-media, anti-Metal smear campaign.

by JP

In the early morning of April 15th, 2014 a young man in the city of Calgary, Alberta stabbed five people to death at a house party. Despite a population of over million people, the city is quite safe recording only a few murders a year. Until this point there had been only five homicides in 2014. The media dubbed it the worst mass killing in the history of Calgary.

Later in the day it was revealed that the suspect in custody, who had been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, had written a message on his Facebook account. His last message was the title of two songs by the band Megadeth, ‘The World Needs A Hero’ and ‘Dread And The Fugitive Mind’, both songs are from the bands ninth album from 2001, THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO.

The media are immediately trying to make a connection between the song titles and the killings. It is very common for the media in an attempt to place blame and/or justify and/or explain the actions of the criminals in these situations have often used Heavy Metal media as a scapegoat. From high-profile cases involving Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest to this most recent example, Heavy Metal has been the target for many people trying to find quick, easy answers to a difficult situation. Unfortunately the situation is the same in Calgary as media attempts to create a story and find place blame. Within hours of the killings, two of my colleagues who work in the Metal industry were phoned by a reporter digging for information in an effort to sensationalize the story. It is my feeling that this is reprehensible, shoddy reporting and an attack on Heavy Metal. Did the media ask the following questions?

What was the last video game the suspect played?

What was the last book the suspect read?

What was the last magazine the suspect read?

What was the last Youtube video the suspect watched?

What was the last movie the suspect watched?

What was the last poem he read?

What was the last art gallery he went to?

Were these questions asked and reported on? No, automatically the ‘smoking gun’ of two song titles by a Heavy Metal band are faithfully trotted out as a possible link and motive. Why is it they immediately jump to the conclusion that Metal had some part in the actions of the suspect? I have no doubt in the next few days ‘experts’ will be analyzing the lyrics of these songs in an attempt to find a connection.

There may even be deeper, uglier motives as the mainstream media may want to attack and discredit Megadeth and by extension band-leader Dave Mustaine, an outspoken, right-wing, Christian conservative. This is pure speculation on my part.

In an effort to combat unfair and inaccurate representations of Heavy Metal and of I have taken a moment to provide some factual information about the case.

The last FB post allegedly read…Dread and The Fugitive Mind. The World Needs A Hero. 10 words that cause such an uproar. Let us examine each song individually.

Dread and the Fugitive Mind

Lyrics (D. Mustaine)

Let me introduce myself I’m a social disease .

I’ve come for your wealth leave you on your knees .

No time for feeling sorry, I got here on my own .

I won’t ask for mercy, I choose to walk alone .

What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine too .

If you shake my hand better count your fingers .

What if I do get caught? what if there is no judgment? .

If I’m right I lose nothing, if you’re right I lose it all .

I ought to get caught because I’m doing something wicked .

I’m guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences .

Are dread and the fugitive mind .

You built walls to protect you so no one will infect you .

Pursued by those out there that vanish in thin air .

Come a long way to find what you really left behind .

You don’t know when the end is but it’s coming fast .

What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine too .

If you shake my hand better count your fingers  

What if I do get caught? what if there is no judgment? .

If I’m right I lose nothing, if you’re right I lose it all .

I ought to get caught because I’m doing something wicked .

I’m guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences .

Are dread and the fugitive mind.

Originally, when the song first came out I personally had interpreted this song as referring to drugs as the ‘social disease’ as Mustaine was in the throes of his heroin addiction at the time with his band falling apart around him. However, in subsequent interviews Mustaine revealed that the song is in fact about organized religion. This song (and album) was written well BEFORE Mustaine became a born-again Christian in the spring of 2002, as per his autobiography. In an interview with Ultimate Guitar.com on October 5th, 2013 Mustaine says the songs is about Pascal’s Wager.

“It’s like the whole Pascal’s Wager thing that I sang about in ‘Dread and the Fugitive Mind;’ it’s better to live your life like there’s a God and to find out there isn’t, than to live like there’s no God and find out there is.”

From Wikipedia….

Pascal’s Wager is an argument in apologetic philosophy which was devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal (1623–1662). It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or does not exist. Given the possibility that God actually does exist and assuming the infinite gain or loss associated with belief in God or with unbelief, a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.).[1]

 

The World Needs A Hero

Lyrics (D. Mustaine)

An iron fist quietly sits inside the velvet glove

Take control, untouchable just like God above

I can’t escape, wrapped in red tape, what will become of me?

If I object, then I defect my country ’tis of thee

The white house is calling

Tell them I’ll call them back

Just tell them anything

Yeah get them off my back

The world needs a hero

Not that I would ever lie but I have no choice

Words I say heard today are not mine, just my voice

Nato is on line 1

They want to talk to me

Tell them that I’m not in

Tell them that I’m not free

The world needs a hero

Phantom rule, the hidden jewel who’s really in control?

On puppet strings, a nation swings undermined by moles

The U.N. is on hold

Tell them I’ll call them back

Yeah tell them anything

Just get them off my back

The world needs a hero

Dave the white house is calling

They want to talk to me

Tell them that I can’t be bought

Tell them that I’m not free

The world needs a hero.

In an interview in April of 2001 with the Greek webzine Metal-Temple.com Mustaine had this to say.

“Well…I’m saying the world, I didn’t say Greece needs a hero. If you watch the news, it’s pretty fucked up. Bombings, wars, floods and earthquakes and shit. You see stuff like in California some kid just went to school and shot a bunch of his schoolmates. I should have said a fuckin’ American needs a hero.”

In the past, Mustaine has been an outspoken individual publically criticizing the American government and specifically the U.N. and the lyrics may be interpreted as a call for some ‘hero’ to replace the organizations of government (White House), the U.N. and the military (Nato) as an attempt to solve the world’s problems.

Armed and educated with this information about the actual meaning of the lyrics as directly quoted from the author of the lyrics, it would take the most irresponsible, sensationalistic journalist (or one with an personal agenda) to try to interpret these lyrics in any way shape or form as a call to kill people or motive for murder. We have a song about religion and one about politics. There is no possible link between these songs and the violent crime committed in Calgary.

In this case the media is acting too quickly and irresponsibly in trying to attribute blame to Megadeth and Dave Mustaine for these killings, even if they are only doing it implicitly by leaving out information or emphasizing other information. Why was it even mentioned? If the suspects’ last words on Facebook had been ‘I had a hamburger at McDonalds for lunch’ or he had typed ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’. It would have not made the news. Some people may suggest I’m being paranoid but if you look at similar cases of violent crime in North America, it is extremely rare that the suspects musical preference is ever mentioned, unless he or she is a Heavy Metal fan.

I understand the media has an agenda. It is an extremely competitive and a profit driven mandate to be first to ‘break local news’ or get a story, which in turn raises the prestige of the station and attracts viewers and consequently advertising dollars. The negative side is that in the mad rush to be ‘first’, very often journalistic integrity and actual investigative research goes out the window so the story can be the lead on the six o’clock news. Pressures and deadlines are huge and journalists make compromises that impact the true story. The bodies aren’t even cold yet, it was less than 17 hours since the crime and already media is struggling to place blame and unfortunately the nearest easy target was Megadeth and Heavy Metal in general.

The following day (April 16th) the media was all over the story but unfortunately the reporting had some mistakes and assumptions.

-The National Post has said that the suspect posted a song on FaceBook. This is incorrect. There was a post of two song titles. No lyrics. No music. No context. (Gerson, April 16th, p. A6)

-The Globe And Mail said that there was one song title posted, not two. This is open to interpretation. Was the suspect referring to the single song from the album THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO, or was he listing two songs from the album of the same name? It is interesting that the Globe assumed that that it was one song ‘Dread and The Fugitive Mind’ and printed some lyrics from the one song that could be interpreted as ‘negative’ as compared to printing lyrics from the song, ‘The Worlds Needs A Hero’ which is a much more positive song. (Jones, April 16th, p. A7)

-The Calgary Herald went as far as say, “The music of Dave Mustaine and his band, Megadeth, has been linked to the worst mass slaying in Calgary’s history… (Bell, April 16th, on-line version)

Unfortunately, this sad situation in Calgary, is just one isolated example of a decades long, systematic campaign by the mainstream media to smear and discriminate against Heavy Metal, with little regard for the actual motive or cause of the crime.

Here is what we do know.

1. There is no context in which the suspect posted the 10 simple words. Was he responding to a question? Eg. What are your favorite Megadeth songs?’

2. Calgary Police have not released any statement or comment (to date) about the motive or any connection to the song titles.

That is the total sum of knowledge about the alleged connection between the band and the motive for the crimes. Nothing.  Zero. And yet the mainstream media seems insistent on creating news to drive the tragic story. This is not investigative journalism. This is an example of jumping to conclusions and shoddy fact-checking at best and at worst, part of the campaign to discredit Metal and implicate Megadeth and Dave Mustaine.

We here at Metal-Rules.com will be watching this story with interest and most importantly (more than any connection to music, motive or causation) we hope that there is a thorough and unbiased investigation, eventual trial, prosecution and an  appropriate punishment for the individual charged with these horrible crimes.

 

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