Michael Alago recently released his memoir I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death. (BackBeat Books), written by Alago with Laura Davis-Chanin (with a foreword by Mina Caputo of Life of Agony and John Joseph of Cro-Mags) and you can read our review here.Michael is the music industry legend that signed Metallica to Electra Records and helped guide them on the path to being the biggest band of all time. He also played a role in the careers of White Zombie, Cro-mags, Metal Church, Flotsam and Jetsam, and more. The Drew Stone documentary Who The F*ck Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago(just wrapped on Netflix after an unprecedented 3 years, now on Amazon Prime and YouTube) grew awareness of him beyond music documentaries and VH1’s Metallica Behind The Music. Now you can see never before seen outtakes of Michael with Metallica after they filmed their segments for the film, posted to Drew Stone’s YouTube. Continue reading →
Legendary Heavy Metal drummer Lee Kerslake, best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heap, has died. He was just 73 years old. In a post to social media Uriah Heap bassist and Lee’s friend, Ken Hensley commented: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you that Lee Kerslake, my friend of 55 years and the best drummer I ever played with, lost his battle with cancer at 03:30 this morning,”. “He died peacefully, praise The Lord, but he will be terribly missed.”
Filmmaker and podcaster Bruce Moore of Brutally Delicious Productions (Brutally Delicious on YouTube, Brutally Delicious Podcast, Metal Health: Out of The Pit, Metal Missionaries, Metal Missionaries) is bringing forth his next music documentary, True American Black Metal. The film will release online on September 30th and you can see the most recent trailer below. The film highlights the underground of USBM artists, mostly from rural areas, including Frost Like Ashes, Symphony of Heaven, Crimson Moon, Mystic Winter, Elgibbor, Vials of Wrath, Crimson Moonlight, Oculum Dei, O Majestic Winter, Pantokrator, Uzkost, Enthroned, Crest of Darkness, and more.
American Doom Metal leaders Pallbearer have shared another new single and video from their upcoming new album Forgotten Days, due out Oct. 23rd, Nuclear Blast. The video for “The Quicksand of Existing” was directed by frequent collaborator Ben Meredith. Watch it now! Continue reading →
Matt and Curtis talk to Wes of Kamikaze Test Pilots all about networking and how they overcome typical barriers to earning new fans. Dumb and Dumbest #493 is live and it’s an interview Kamikaze Test Pilots On Networking! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media).
Ozzy Osbourne has released a deluxe version of his classic solo debut album Blizzard Of Ozz, that collection is in stores now. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s landmark debut album Blizzard Of Ozz, fans will be able to celebrate with a new animated video for “Crazy Train”, a live Twitter chat, the release of a new HD version of “30 Years After The Blizzard” documentary, a SiriusXM Ozzy’s Boneyard radio special, “40 Years Of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz”, a selection of limited-edition “Blizzard Of Ozz” commemorative merchandise, and a black and red vinyl version of the album. You can now watch a new animated video for “Crazy Train” right now!
Cape Town Garage Punks The Medicine Dolls have teamed up with Ghost Cult today to bring forth their new single and music video, “Danger, Danger, Disco”. The filthy punk track is from their upcoming new album, Filth and Wisdom 2nd October via South Africa’s leading independent label Just Music. The lo-fi, high attitude snarl of the track is infections with twanging Surf-Punk guitars and marching beats, match the vocals perfectly. The lyrics are also a slick bit of wry storytelling and self-awareness. Watch the clip and pre-order the album now!
Formed in September 2016 by Greg Allan (guitar & vocals) and Bex Nicholas (bass). They take their primary influence from the sound of the gritty underground 70’s (think The Velvet Underground meets The New York Dolls in the celebrated CBGB’s bathroom), with lashings of 80’s indie music, post-punk, and a crucial injection of filthy surf rock to emerge as a chemical and exuberant fusion of The Cramps, The Doors, and The 22.214.171.124’s, with more than a healthy nod to The Birthday Party in all their infamous glory.
Legendary alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins previously announced their signing to Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria) on November 27th. The album was produced by frontman Billy Corgan and is the first new music since their 2018 album The 20-song follow-up to 2018’s Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The band has now revealed the artwork and full tracklisting and pre-orders are live at the links below.Continue reading →
Maynard James Keenan’s non-Tool activities include making wine at his vineyard and music with his other projects. After dropping a single at the dawn of the pandemic, “Apocalyptical”, the band has shared more new music and announced a new album. The new single “The Underwhelming” is streaming on all platforms now and the album, Existential Reckoning is dropping, October 30th, via Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG. Pre-orders are live, including special vinyl variants and a bundle that comes with Marynard’s wine, at the link below.
While the world continues to try and resume some sense of normalcy, the world of extreme music continues to grind through what a terrible year 2020 has become. Gorgatron, deathgrind vets from Fargo (don’t cha know?), have dropped their third grimy release on this Earth in the form of Pathogenic Automation (Self-Released). The record does a great job of smashing your skull into obscurity over a forty-minute period but without overkill causing any harm to itself. Trying to save yourself from blowing your neck out is futile as there are no moments to catch your breath across the entire recording.Continue reading →