Jonny Greatrex from Sundaymercury.net is reporting:
OZZY OSBOURNE will snub a host of Hollywood superstars as he searches for an actor to play him in a movie about his life.
The film will chart the former BLACK SABBATH singer’s early life, including his heavy booze sessions and the tough Aston upbringing which led to him doing time in prison.
It has been rumoured that A-listers Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jack Black have been considered for the role, with Depp a hot favourite.
But family man Ozzy has turned his back on Tinseltown’s finest. Instead, he wants a real-life Brummie to take the role, preferably a street kid from the back alleys of the city.
And he says he may even launch an X-Factor style open audition to give youngsters from his hometown the chance to achieve his level of superstardom.
“I’d like to get a Birmingham guy to play the young lad in it because Americans can’t do a good Brummie accent,” he told the Sunday Mercury before taking to the stage at Birmingham Town Hall last night.
“I don’t want a Johnny Depp or someone from the Hobbit films. I want someone who knows Birmingham.
“I’m from Birmingham, and it would be good to get someone from Birmingham to play me.
The Revolution Music Label is pleased to announce THE release called the Beast Selects Best Metal CD. The CD is to Raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association World Wide. 100% of the proceeds of all Profits will go to MDA. There are many great artists that have donated songs to this project. These artists include Kickaxe, Tommy Vitali, Warmachine, Shangren, Skew Siskin, Angel of the Nightfall, Autumnis, Publik Parking, Agent Cooper, Warpath, Tony Smotherman and many many more artists.
The Label also would like to thank Kelly Brightbill www.kellybrightbill.com the artist that designed the special cover for the Beast Selects Best Metal CD and Willy “The Beast” Forrest for acting as artist liaison and choosing the artists for the CD.
The Revolution Music Label would also like to announce that a sampler of this special Project will be made available through the purchase of printed copies of July’s issue of Vocals Magazine www.vocalsmagazine.com and would like to also thank its media associates for participating in this project world wide.
Members of the Big Four, including Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Kerry King (SLAYER), recorded a special video tribute to the late, great heavy metal singer RONNIE JAMES DIO (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) from the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22nd.
The video tribute was shown as part of the June 22nd (not so live and not complete set-lists were shows in all theaters BTW) satellite broadcast of the Big Four concert from Sofia to movie theaters around the world.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Die Young” song from the classic “Heaven and Hell” album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie’s passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, “I don’t know why I recorded this song, it doesn’t really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world.”
There are no plans to officially release Flynn’s version of “Die Young”, but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.
According to David Konow, author of the “Bang Your Head: The Rise And Fall Of Heavy Metal”, Debbie Abono was in her mid-fifties when she began to manage a band named POSSESSED. Abono started taking her daughters to MOTÖRHEAD shows, where the members of POSSESSED first asked her to manage the band. “There’s nothing to it,” they told her. “All you gotta do is get us shows.” Abono agreed and even allowed them to practice at her house.
POSSESSED’s association with Debbie Abono was not a “first” for both sides: Debra Abono worked with LaLonde and Becerra’s “Blizzard” while they were sophomores in high school even — before they guys learned to drive. Abono would then become the band’s first manager, and POSSESSED were Abono’s first official managed band. Abono had no previous connection to heavy metal music other than as a concert designated driver for her daughters, one of whom was a girlfriend of guitarist Larry LaLonde. Due to generation gap, Abono also had limited awareness of the sometimes blasphemous themes of heavy metal, and was allegedly offended upon reading the lyric sheet of “Seven Churches”. Nevertheless, she agreed to manage and represent POSSESSED as long as bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra and LaLonde finished high school commitments. Although the group’s relationship amongst themselves and their first manager would reach points of discord and eventual termination, Abono would go on to manage additional bands in the Bay Area metal scene like EXODUS, VIO-LENCE and FORBIDDEN EVIL (pre-FORBIDDEN), as well as death metal bands like Chicago’s BROKEN HOPE and Florida’s CYNIC and OBITUARY.
In a May 17 statement regarding Debbie Abono’s passing, Flynn said:
“Yesterday was a very sad day for metal. I am devastated at the passing of Debbie Abono and words aren’t coming very clear for me right now. Debbie was like a second mom to me, and having never lost a family member yet, this is very difficult. Debbie managed VIO-LENCE [Flynn’s pre-MACHINE HEAD band], and toured with us in a van as manager, tour manager, mom, friend, and facilitator. Phil [Demmel; current MACHINE HEAD and former VIO-LENCE guitarist] and I were her roommates at crummy Motel 6’s across America. Thinking back on it now, touring with a bunch of snot-nosed thrash metal-ers for two months at a time in a van, playing crummy clubs, isn’t the usual course most 55-year-old ladies take in their lives, but she was no ordinary 55-year-old lady. She was fiery, feisty, charming, funny, and could look a person over in about two seconds and find something to joke about / roast them about should they wanted to test her.
She was one of the biggest forces behind the thrash and early-death-metal movements than I think most people will ever realize.
I dated her daughter Gina, and I lived at her house in Pinole on and off in my late teens, and even after Gina and I broke up, she gave me an incredible amount of belief and advice once MACHINE HEAD started.
My wife Genevra and I used to go out to dinner with her fairly regularly, especially before kids, and she was there the next day after my boys were born. She always came to our parties.
She was so proud of what we accomplished. Most importantly, she believed in me, even right up until the end.
The last time we spoke, she told me how much she loved me, and that ‘my money is on Robb Flynn.’
HELL, MI, USA — A Michigan man believes he’s found his savior at the breakfast table.
Forest Rhal was eating breakfast this Thursday morning at a local diner when he spotted his savior’s face on his last piece of toast. After studying the toast, Forest says he and friends also see his redeemers holy visage and moles. The shoulder-length dark hair, famous moustache and moles looked all too familiar to Forest.
Rhal, an aspiring novelist, says he isn’t planning on selling the toast, and hopes that the image will help “renew the hope and metal faith” of those who see it.
“I know there’s a lot of people who believe there’s some reason for it being there,” said Rahl. “I just don’t know, but I could never eat it even though I imagine that it would taste like eternity wrapped in a Rickenbacker soaked in alcohol.”
“It came out just exactly like that. I didn’t do anything special,” Forest said. “The Lem works in mysterious ways, but I don’t think there’s any magic to it. But it is a reminder that Lemmy is with you every day of your life.”
Not wanting to eat the toast, Forest preserved it in an airtight plastic container. It’s been on his mantle since and miraculously has yet to show any sign of going bad! He’s showed it to many friends, some who believe there’s something wondrous and magical about the image, and some who don’t. The toast has become a popular topic of conversation among friends at his favorite diner.
Dave Brockie (better known as Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR) is a huge film buff and an even bigger war history buff. Being part of GWAR means he is one of the best people to ask to rank the best war films of all time. So, here are the most challenging, apt, brutal and awesome war films of all time–according to Oderus Urungus.
Make way for the COOL TOUR Download Pack! The package is full of amazing merchandise and goodies, all of which are listed below! Make sure to head over to the COOL TOUR Facebook page to grab the free pack! The download pack includes:
LoudTrax.com spot to the Metal God, Rob Halford, yesterday about performing at this year’s HEAVY MTL festival in Montreal. Here is what Rob had to say regarding what fans can expect:
“Well they can expect the Halford band to be roaring that’s for sure. It will be a wonderful time for the Halford band to return to Montreal. Montreal is great, hot bed of heavy metal madness! The fans have this great reputation for being so intense and hard core, and having such passion and love for their metal.
So the Halford band’s gonna come back to Montreal and tear it up and have a great time. We’ll play a lot of different songs from our back catalog and some other places as well. We’ll be playing about an hour, and run through as many songs as we can and give everybody a great time. Some cool artists are appearing so it will be fun for us as well. My friend Alice Cooper, the guys from Korn, Dave from Megadeth, they’re all good friends of mine. Slayer, my god it’s going to be a great event! All of these different kinds of music will be pouring out and I’m sure everyone’s going to have a brilliant time.”
Heavy MTL is North-America’s premier destination heavy music festival and takes place in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
The first edition of the festival took place in June 2008 and saw the likes of Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Disturbed, Three Days Grace, Dethklok, Anthrax, Type O Negative, Mastodon, and many others shred their way through an intense two-day celebration of heavy music.
After taking a break in 2009, Heavy MTL organizers are committed to making Heavy MTL 2010 the place to be for heavy music fans in 2010.
Heavy MTL 2010 will be held on July 24th and 25th in the breathtaking site that is Parc Jean-Drapeau at Île Saint-Hélène, Montréal.
July 24th: MEGADETH, SLAYER, ALICE COOPER, HALFORD, MASTODON, TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, ANVIL, KATAKLYSM, MELISSA AUF DER MAUR, HIGH ON FIRE, SKELETONWITCH, BAPTIZED IN BLOOD, 36 CRAZY FISTS.
July 25th: KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HATEBREED, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ALEXISONFIRE, SHADOWS FALL, WINDS OF PLAGUE, CHIMAIRA, ATREYU, IN THIS MOMENT, NORMA JEAN, DESPISED ICON, LES EKORCHES, AIRBOURNE, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, HAIL THE VILLAIN, and DEADLY APPLES.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 25, 2010) – Lynch Mob is getting ready to embark on a summer tour in support of their current release “Smoke and Mirrors” on Frontiers Records. The band line-up for this tour consists of George Lynch (shred master), Oni Logan (vox), Michael Devin (bassologist) and Brian Tichy (time-keeper).
After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock songs.” I would say this new record “Smoke and Mirrors”, is the record we should have put out as a follow up to “Wicked Sensation”…better late than never I guess…”, says Lynch presenting the new record.
Lynch Mob was formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after DOKKEN split up in 1989. The band’s first album” Wicked Sensation” went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer
Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and another former DOKKEN member Mick Brown on drums. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow up self titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.
LYNCH MOB – TOUR SHCEDULE
July 18 Zen – Meister Bar El Paso, TX
July 20 HOB – GL Clinic Show Houston, TX Clinic
July 22 Dos Amigos Odessa, TX
July 23 Trees Dallas, TX
July 24 Scout Bar San Antonio, TX
July 25 Zoo Amphitheater Oklahoma, OK
July 28 The Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
July 29 The Starland Ballroom Sayer, NJ
July 30 Jaxx Springfield, VA
July 31 The Filmore New York, NY
Aug 01 Crazy Donkey Framingdale, NY
SHOCKHOUND recently posted a candid and compelling video interview with Glenn Danzig entitled “Danzig: No Regrets.” Danzig’s first new studio album in six years, “Deth Red Sabaoth,” hit the streets this week, and it’s been getting STELLAR reviews – the media consensus seems to be that it’s Glenn’s best album since the mid-90s.
Kreator is happy to announce the release of their new video, “Destroy What Destroys You”!
The video was shot by Chilean artist Carlos Toros, who is also known for his videos of Vader and Lacrimosa. This is the second video released from songs off their latest CD, “Hordes of Chaos”.
In other Kreator News….
Box Set Revealed, Video Premier Announced! – 25.06.2010
The rolling thunder is growing louder and great events are foreshadowed again: Germany’s most eminent thrash metal act, Kreator, are set to release their latest studio album “Hordes of Chaos” as a high quality box set on July 9th, 2010 in Germany, July 12th, 2010 in Europe, and July 13th, 2010 in the USA/Canada. Hordes of Chaos- Ultra Riotis a must for every fan.
Hordes of Chaos was recorded at Berlin’s Tritonus Studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. The album was mixed in London by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle of Filth, etc.).
The new box set includes the “Hordes of Chaos” album as a digipak with a new cover, a new booklet (including new liner notes by Joel McIver) and 2 enhanced videos. The bonus CD comes in a cardboard sleeve and contains 2 cover songs (from German band Slime and Bad Religion) and 5 previously unreleased demo songs. On top of that, the box set contains a high quality 12 paged photo book by famous photographer Harald Hoffmann, a full coloured poster of the album cover, a full coloured photo card, a full coloured sticker and a voucher for the Kreator merchandise shop at www.kreator-terrorzone.de. All this comes for a very reasonable price.
Tracklisting and additional content infos:
Digipak (incl. new cover, new booklet with liner notes from Joel McIver)
01. Hordes of Chaos (A Necrologue for the Elite)
04. Amok Run
05. Destroy What Destroys You
06. Radical Resistance
07. Absolute Misanthropy
08. To the Afterborn
09. Corpses of Liberty
10. Demon Prince
11. Hordes of Chaos
12. Destroy What Destroys You
Bonus CD (cardboard sleeve)
1. Hordes of Chaos (Demo Version)
2. Radical Resistance (Demo Version)
3. To the Afterborn (Demo Version)
4. World Without Religion (Demo Version of “Escalation” – different
5. Amok Run (Demo Version)
6. Alle Gegen Alle (Demo Version) (Slime Cover featuring Nagel and Thees Ulmann)
7. You are the Government (Demo Version) (Bad Religion Cover)
* high quality 12 paged photo book with unseen photos from the
In their early careers, members of COLOSSUS were in several formidable punk rock acts, but thankfully came to their senses and embraced their irrepressible youthful metal roots. Now, armed with guitars and beer they are storming across the tundra of central North Carolina to conquer the world. COLOSSUS is setting out on the road on July 8th, and will continue through July until the 24th.
Raleigh, North Carolina’s COLOSSUS sound as if they were actually taking part in the original NWOBHM scene alongside Saxon, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden and Angel Witch in 1982, but cosmically slipped through a wormhole, winding up in 2010. Their new Tribunal Records EP, Drunk on Blood, spiritedly follows on the heels of their debut album, And the Rift of the Pan-Dimensional Under-Gods, and only further expands on their love of classic heavy metal, fantasy, folklore, zombies, science fiction and ultimately laying waste to any and all who catch their enthusiastic and sweat-filled live shows. Drunk on Blood is for people who like to party and remember what it was like to make music for fun. When listening to Drunk on Blood your knobs most definitely should be cranked to 11.
Previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for the song “Lack Of Comprehension” from DEATH‘s seminal 1991 album “Human” can be viewed below. The three-minute clip was newly compiled and edited from the raw footage shot in September 1991 by DEATH mainman Chuck Schuldiner‘s former manager and current legal representative, Eric Greif.
Relapse Records recently announced a partnership with Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and the Schuldiner family to reissue the legendary catalog of heavy metal luminary Chuck Schuldiner and his bands DEATH, CONTROL DENIED and MANTAS.
Chuck Schuldiner‘s DEATH, one of the most important and influential metal bands of all-time, will see the first official digital releases of its legendary albums “Scream Bloody Gore”, “Leprosy”, “Spiritual Healing”, “Human”, “Individual Thought Patterns” and “The Sound Of Perseverance” tomorrow, May 11 at this location. These digital releases will come two days before Chuck Schuldiner would have celebrated his 43rd birthday.
Chuck Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 at age 34 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.
Relapse will also reissue an expanded version of the classic debut album, “The Fragile Art Of Existence”, from Schuldiner‘s progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED in late 2010 as well as the first-ever collection by his pre-DEATH project MANTAS. The expanded version of “The Fragile Art Of Existence” will include bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more. Details on both releases are forthcoming.
Long-range plans include the completion and official release of the final CONTROL DENIED album “When Man and Machine Collide”. Recorded over 10 years ago at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris, “When Man and Machine Collide” was tracked by Schuldiner but left incomplete upon Chuck‘s passing. A range of officially licensed DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and MANTAS merchandise has also been issued here. Many classic album art designs will follow in the coming months, making some highly sought-after designs available officially for the first time in years.
Stay tuned to EmptyWords.org, the official DEATH / CONTROL DENIED / Chuck Schuldiner web site, and Relapse.com for more information.
Guitar World has released its second TAB book, featuring the music of DEATH.
“Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection” is the first song transcription book based on the DEATH catalog. Created with the endorsement of Chuck Schuldiner‘s family, it features full transcriptions — including guitar, bass and lyrics — of eight classic DEATH songs, such as “Pull the Plug”, “Zombie Ritual”, “Flesh and the Power It Holds” and many others! Plus, “Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection” includes a life- and career-spanning biography on Chuck Schuldiner, death metal’s pioneer and spiritual guide.
* Pull the Plug”, as heard on “Leprosy”
* The Philosopher”, as heard on “Individual Thought Patterns”
* Crystal Mountain”, as heard on “Symbolic”
* Flesh and the Power It Holds”, as heard on “The Sound of Perseverance”
* Scavenger of Human Sorrow”, as heard on “The Sound of Perseverance”
* Zombie Ritual”, as heard on “Scream Bloody Gore”
* Spiritual Healing”, as heard on “Spiritual Healing”
* Together as One”, as heard on “Human”
Over a year after the release of their 2009 Billboard-charting debut DEPTHS and countless tours later, Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO have begun recording their highly anticipated followup album to be released later this year. Entitled CONTAGION, the album promises to take the band’s music to explosive new heights thanks to the production of Zuess (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL) and the addition of 2 new guitarists who have quickly become acquainted with the continual misery that has become OCEANO‘s trademark.
OCEANO frontman, Adam Warren chimes in from the studio with a brief update:
“As of last night we finished up drum tracking! Danny’s a little monster and flew through everything in a 2 1/2 days. Now we’re onto guitars today. We’re excited to begin and work with Zeuss as we are looking forward to getting his input on what we have come up with. We are all confident he’s going to help further creation of Contagion to be even more infectious to all of your ears. LET IT SPREAD!”
To kick off the start of CONTAGION‘s recording process, OCEANO have posted the premiere episode of OCEANO TV on their brand new official YouTube page. Styled similarly to a 90’s-style multi-camera sitcom, this episode stars drummer, Daniel Terchin. Here, he gives fans a tour of his drum kit, pwns n00bs on Call of Duty and sneaks a peek at his tracking sessions. Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/OceanoTV
CONTAGION will arrive later this year.
OCEANO will soon be hitting the road once again as part of the Over The Limit Tour. Ever the road warriors, this will not be a typical tour for OCEANO. It will mark their first major North American co-headlining tour alongside AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK. The tour will also act as a prelude to the release of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, CONTAGION. Those attending the Over The Limit Tour will be among the first anywhere to hear some of the crushing new material from the album.
Joining headliners OCEANO and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK on the bill will be ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA, THICK AS BLOOD, BURNING THE MASSES, CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT, and BLINDWITNESS, with SON OF AURELIUS and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE on select dates. Read the rest of this entry »