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Halford’s METAL MIKE Unleashes THE METALWORKER

May 9th, 2013
Halford's METAL MIKE Unleashes THE METALWORKER

Halford’s METAL MIKE Unleashes THE METALWORKER

Halford guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak and C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC are proud to announce the worldwide release of Metal Mike’s new album “The Metalworker.”

Metal Mike enthuses, “Foremost, I want to say thank to you for following my metal journey and sharing the passion with me for the only style of music that simply can not be challenged as far as the presence it bestows upon a fan’s life. I believe one thing as we all have in common here is that we love heavy metal – loud, pure, unbending, cranking – the voice of the gods.

It is with these thoughts that I try to approach making an album or participating in a tour. Metal for me is bigger than a CD in my collection or what’s playing on the iPod while I do a task. In reality, there is no separation for me at all. It owns me and I own it. It’s bigger than all of us, yet we are an integral part of keeping it strong and preserved for the next generation of metalheads.

Today is an important day for me as I’m letting you know about my new album, “The Metalworker.” When you do things as a solo artist it’s an immense undertaking to make a record. And, since I’m a perfectionist …. well, you can put that together.

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BOBBY JARZOMBEK makes Sick Drummer magazine cover; new issue available online

December 1st, 2011

Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH) has posted the following update on his website www.bobbyjarzombek.com :

“Just wanted to turn your attention to the latest issue of SICK DRUMMER magazine which is online now at this location http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/issue21_free/. The guys were kind enough to put me on the cover (a first for me!) and put together a marathon 20-page feature you can read on pages 56 through 77. I don’t think I’ll have to do another interview for a long time – just about anything you ever wanted to know about me as a drummer is in there. Thanks again, Ian!

“My year is slowly winding down (doing local gigs and continuing work on a cool Danish prog metal project throughout December) but the first half of 2012 is already shaping up nicely and will keep me on the road quite a bit. I’ve got January U.S. shows with RIOT, pending European dates with FATES WARNING for March, February and April stints with SEBASTIAN BACH, and an exclusive headline gig with ARCH/MATHEOS in Germany at the end of April.”

Confirmed gigs are as follows:

RIOT:
Jan. 18 – B.B. King’s – New York, NY
Jan. 19 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
Jan. 20 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Jan. 23 – 28 – 70.000 Tons Of Metal Cruise (Miami to Cayman Islands and back)

SEBASTIAN BACH:
Feb. 11 – Deerfoot Inn & Casino – Calgary, AB
April 12 – Teatro Caupolican – Santiago, Chile
April 13 – Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 14 – Carioca Club – São Paulo, Brazil
April 15 – Opiniao – Porto Alegre, Brazil

ARCH/MATHEOS:
April 27 / 28 – Keep It True Festival, Tauberfrankenhalle – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany

Bobby Jarzombek online:
www.bobbyjarzombek.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Bobby-Jarzombek/165116743509037
www.myspace.com/bobbyjarzombek
www.youtube.com/user/bobbyjarzombektv

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Halford guitarist METAL MIKE CHLASCIAK To Release This River Shall Burn eBook

May 23rd, 2011
METAL MIKE CHLASCIAK

METAL MIKE CHLASCIAK

Guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM) is currently preparing the release of This River Shall Burn – an introspective, dark, tormented, but often beautiful collection of lyrics and ideas set into an eBook format.

‘Return To The Arms Of My Bleeding Garden’, ‘The Poison Embraces’, ‘I Am The Earth’ and ‘Stale Water’s Up My Neck’ are some of the eBook’s included titles.

This River Shall Burn will be available this summer through Apple iBookstore (for iPad), Amazon (for Kindle), Barnes & Noble (for Nook) and Reader Store (for SonyReader).

Asked about eBook, Mike commented, “This book has started to take shape sometime in 1996. It had other working names. I worked on it and then left it alone for a few years. Recently, I was inspired to read through it and live with the ideas for a few weeks. I wanted to see if it still resonates. And, the ideas were very still very good, I thought, and so I worked on it looking to complete it and you know, somewhat finally close that chapter. I took the stuff that did not blow me away out and added some new ideas in. It was not easy to live through it all, once again, but being at the other side now – I am proud that I have spent the time completing it.

“Time moves on and we become different people. Sometimes the future in front of us only allows us to enter when we let go.

“This project has been a pure labor of love for me. I consider it a success just to have it completed and available. I hope that some brave hearts out there will also enjoy it as well.”

Mike has previously written two metal guitar instructional books, Ridiculous Riffs For The Terrifying Guitarist and Monster Coordination – Guitar Boot Camp. He currently writes the Metal For Life column for Guitar World Magazine.

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Ozzy Osbourne with Halford – Toronto, Nov.27, 2010

January 27th, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne with Halford

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

Saturday, November 27, 2010  7:30pm

Review and pics: EvilG

Thanks thanks to Chipter PR!

OZZY with Halford in Toronto

When I heard that two of heavy metal’s founding fathers were hitting the road together, it was a given that I’d have to travel from the end of the earth to civilization to catch the tour.
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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!



The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations

ACCEPT

Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

Blind Guardian

Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation

Ratt

Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh -  The Epigenesis 

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Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners

Helloween

Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound

OverKill

The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore

Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

SABATON

Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

HALFORD

Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

Crazy Lixx
12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir
20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


 

Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

23.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power

 

Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.

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Rob Halford

January 9th, 2008

ROB HALFORD

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Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription By Claudia

***Priest Live in Finland 2006 Pics by Luxi


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Metal Mike Chlasciak

December 19th, 2004

Metal Mike Chlasciak
Guitarist for PainmuseuM, Halford, Testament, etc.

Interview by EvilG and Lord of the Wasteland

Most people know the name Metal Mike Chlasciak as guitarist for the Halford band. If you?ve dug any deeper, you know that Metal Mike is, and has been, involved in varying capacities in many other bands. More recently Mike has been added to the Testament line-up, his own band PainmuseuM has released a killer album called METAL FOR LIFE, and it was announced that Mike will be on the next Halford album! We touched on many aspects of Mike?s metal life both current and past.

 

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