It’s been 25 years to the day since Slayer‘s classic album Reign In Blood hit store shelves. A mixture of heavy metal, punk, and thrash metal, this album would go on to become a classic, dare I say even achieving legendary status. While Metallica had already released Master Of Puppets earlier that year, comparing the two albums is like trying to compare apples to oranges, Mila Kunis to Audrey Hepburn, The Shining to A Nightmare On Elm Street. What Slayer brought to the table was an album so fierce and violent, they were compared to Nazis and dubbed racists. Talk about being hardcore, right?
As many of you know, last night The Big 4 rocked New York’s Yankee Stadium. The show is, as of yet, the only East Coast show from these thrash metal giants but one can hope that this arrangement will keep on posting shows. To celebrate their rocking out on the East Coast, all of the bands, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and even members of Exodus, came out and jammed out on Motorhead‘s classic song Overkill.
At the Best Buy Theater in New York City last night, the second annual Metal Masters Clinic took place. Featuring members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and even ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, the free event was a blast for fans. However, the big surprise came towards the end of the evening when Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) took the stage and everyone rocked out a couple of classic Pantera tunes. After the jump, you can see everyone busting out A New Level and Fucking Hostile. To put it simply, these videos kick insane amounts of ass. READ MORE
Six-String Masterpieces, an art show that raises funds for Little Kids Rock, which is a charity promoting music education, has been revived! Having started in 2006 and toured the country through much of 2007, Six-String Masterpieces is an art show that features Dean Guitars painted, illustrated and/or sculpted by some of today’s biggest music stars, including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Les Claypool of Primus, Scott Ian of Anthrax, and many, many more. The original auction in 2007 raised almost $200,000 and they are looking to continue their path towards building a musical education for children. This goal is being assisted by a partnership with Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, Arizona. A very special exhibition is being held from Friday, Sept. 9th through Sunday, Dec. 4th and will feature brand new guitars as well as previous classics.
God I love seeing bands put out ridiculous things for sale. I actually find it really funny that Kiss has a coffin, I really do. So it makes me overjoyed when I see more ridiculous objects coming out from bands. I’ll start off this article with rock band Clutch, who have teamed up with New Belgian Brewing to make a 9% ABV dark sour ale. Based on the description on the New Belgian Brewing website (21+ only), this beer sounds DELICIOUS.
After the success of their west coast date, the Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) are taking their show to the Yankee Stadium on Sept. 14th. To build up the hype, and let’s be honest, there isn’t much they can do to hype up this show more than it already is, a trailer was released mixing shots from Yankee Stadium with live clips from the Big 4 bands.
Like him or not, Rob Zombie is one of our generations most varied artists. He puts out music, writes screenplays, directs music videos, movies, TV shows, and apparently now is directing a commercial for Woolite. Yeah, you read that right. Woolite. Check out the picture below and the one after the jump to see how he’s making it look like Halloween Pt. III. You can check out more photos here.
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman shocked and delighted audiences at this past weekend’s Big 4 show when he, unannounced, walked out on stage to join Slayer for two songs. Jeff has been in recovery ever since contracting necrotising faciitis, the infamous flesh-eating virus, and needing surgery to remove the infected flesh. Check out a picture of Jeff after the jump where you can see the scars on his arm from the operations.
Last night, in Indio, California, America got what is hopefully the first taste of the Big 4, which features Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. After the jump, you can check out a video of all four bands jamming out the Diamond Head classic ‘Am I Evil?‘. Also, check out some photos of the event at Metallica.com.
In what could possibly be the biggest announcement in metal touring this year, Rob Zombie and Slayer have announced the ‘Hell On Earth‘ Tour, which will hit 12 cities across North America. It’s also been confirmed that thrash metal band Exodus is the opener for all dates. I’m beyond thrilled because they’re coming to Detroit and I’m not missing this for anything, guaranteed! This is the first time the two have shared a stage since Ozzfest ’99.
Australia’s long running rock station Triple M caught up with Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer for an interview. Below, you can see Kerry King answer the question, “What’s the strangest bit of fan loyalty you’ve seen?” The answer is pretty insane, I won’t lie. There is something strange in a person’s mind when they confuse a writing utensil with a surgical implement. Kerry’s reason for not following through with the guys request is pretty hilarious.
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been hospitalized for a serious infection in his right arm. Doctors, who were unable to identify the root cause, have diagnosed necrotising faciitis, more commonly known as the flesh-eating disease. Doctors seem to think that it began with a spider bite (just one more reason why I f!#king hate those damn eight-legged bastards). Hanneman is now recovering at home and is going to be going through extensive recovery procedures, including skin grafts, before making what is expected to be a full recovery.
Metallica has announced the only American Big 4 tour date for 2011: April 23rd at the Empire Polo Club in Indilo, California (the same venue as Coachella). The Big 4 tour is Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Here are some comments from Metallica:
Let’s leave this week with one last ‘OMFG Of The Day’, because this one is just too good to not share. Below is a video of Slayer in various churches. Check it out below and then check out a video after the jump that I thought was pretty relevant.
Kerry King was recorded talking about each of the 10 Slayer albums in the newly released ‘The Vinyl Conflict’ and what was going on during that time. You can check it out the video below.
Fresh off the Jagermeister Fall Tour with Slayer and Megadeth, Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello and Scott Ian sat down to discuss what you can expect from the upcoming Anthrax release, scheduled to come out sometime in 2011. Check out the video below and let us know what you want on the record!
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Rocking out on the American Carnage Tour, members of Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax were all asked to describe Jagermeister in one word, with their answers recorded in a video that you can check out below. I’m curious to know how those of you who have tried Jager would answer that question, so leave a comment below with your answer. I’ll tell you that my answer is split between “dangerous” and “adventurous”.
During the American Carnage tour, I got to meet up with Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson of Testament to chat about all sorts of fun topics (yes, yes, horror is among them)! After the jump, you can see the exclusive video interview! Also, don’t forget to check out the exclusive interview with David Ellefson of Megadeth conducted the same night!