Gibson Guitars and Tool’s Adam Jones Release Signature Guitar, Animated Movie

Gibson and iconic Tool guitarist Adam Jones Announce Partnership and signature Adam Jones 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar. The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul, seen everywhere during the world tour for the group’s blockbuster Fear Inoculum album, which became one of the highest-selling albums of 2019. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab–led by Tom Murphy–then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument. The guitars are available worldwide at the links below. You can also watch an exclusive animated short film, created, directed and scored by Jones and mixed by Joe Barresi, “The witness”, to celebrate, right now. Continue reading

Listen To James Hetfield Discuss co-Founding a Non-Profit with All Within My Hands

Metallica has shared a clip of James Hetfield discussing the impetus for the band for founding their All Within My Hands foundation. The band initially wanted to raise money for charity, but now seeks to make an impact not just by donating money, but creating outreach programs that really help reshape the lives of the less fortunate. In this clip, Hetfield discusses the Metallica Scholars program which donated 15 million dollars to vocational schools and community colleges. The Metallica Scholars initiative was created in 2019 through a partnership between All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing the countries more than 1,000 community colleges.

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Botanist Shares New Single “Oxygen”, New Album Out This Week

Avant-garde Metal troupe Botanist has shared a new single, “Oxygen” from their upcoming album Photosynthesis, due out later this week,  October 30th, via the esteemable label, The Flenser. The new album is a concept album about how plants convert sunlight into energy and how plants have a worldwide, symbiotic relationship. 

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BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on What Makes Live Streams Great

So what goes into a good live stream? I’m not going to lie, I haven’t watched a lot. While I admire the format and have certainly seen some things that really impressed me, as a general rule I don’t really think they are for me. However – a lot of people really like them. And they are a great way to keep attention on your band during COVID. So I wanted to break down some of the things that make the good ones worthwhile.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #511: SCAM WEEK – Identifying Scammers

SCAM WEEK CONTINUES! Matt and Curtis explain how to spot scammers in the music industry and the difference between being dissatisfied and taken advantage of. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #511 is streaming now and is all about Identifying Scammers. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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Dino Cazares Shares a Playthrough of New Fear Factory Music

Fear Factory, by Melina D Photography

According to a report by Metalsucks, Dino Cazares has posted a snippet of him playing new Fear Facotry riffs over on his Twitter account. Cazares has been posting a lot on Twitter to stay in touch with his fans, while he presses forward on the new Fear Factory album, tentatively titled Regenerate and due out in 2021 from Nuclear Blast Records. No word yet from the guitar legend how the progress goes on replacing Burton C. Bell, who announced his departure from the group after thirty years last month. 

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Rob Zombie Teases New Song, with A Long Complicated Name

Rob Zombie has begun teasing a new single due out this week. The title will be “The Triumph of King Freak: a crypt of preservation and superstition” and will be his first new solo RZ song in four years. Both Rob and guitarist John 5 have said it will be “the best record” of zombie’s career in separate interviews, with john 5 calling it both “heavy” and diverse”. The album will release from his new label, Nuclear Blast, as he has spent much of his solo career at Universal Music Group, after starting his early career with White Zombie on the legendary Geffen Records. 

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Atreyu Announce “Carry The Fire” Livestreams

Metalcore originators Atreyu have announced their “Carry the Fire” livestreams. The first stream will be a greatest hits set that takes place on Friday, November 20th. The second stream will find the band playing their classic 2007’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor in full and takes place on Friday, December 4th. There will be exclusive merch bundles and virtual meet & greets avails, as well as a separate Q+A. These will be the first shows ever with Brandon Saller exclusively as the lead vocalist. The band are working on their eighth album, which will be produced by John “Feldy” Feldman and will be released via Spinefarm Records. Their recent single “Save Us” will appear on the record.

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Watch the Video for the New AC/DC Single – “Shot In The Dark”


AC/DC has shared the video to their new single, “Shot In The Dark”!  You can watch the clip below. The song is the first single from the band’s long-awaited comeback album PWR/UP! Stream the single and pre-order the album now at the links below. The follow-up to 2014’s Rock Or Bust, features AC/DC’s 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar), and Stevie Young (guitar). Be on the look out for a review of the album from Ghost Cult soon.

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Eddie Van Halen Will Be Honored by The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Next Month

According to and reported by, Eddie Van Halen will receive a short on-air tribute as part of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s 2020 Induction Ceremony Special. The plan is for “multiple guitar gods paying homage to the Van Halen guitarist,” to be included in the Rock Hall special’s in memoriam section, which also honors other rock and roll legends who have passed away since the last ceremony. Continue reading