Dimebag Darrell Abbott Of Pantera Died Fifteen Years Ago Today

 

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. Darrell’s shine has not dimmed in the years since he passed. Revered as ever as a songwriter, shredder, and person, new fans sprout up every day who look up to the unquestioned guitar hero of the 1990s.  Of note, with Slayer’s final show in the books, Darrell would have been proud to have his songs performed at every stop on The  Final Campaign tour.  As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero. Jam out to some classic Dime tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull!
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Stabbing Westward Announces New EP Next Month – “Dead & Gone”

Legendary Chicago Industrial band Stabbing Westward has announced on Instagram their long in the works new EP, dubbed Dead and Gone, due on January 3rd. The group has said often at their concerts the last few years they had hoped to release new music at some point in the future. They released some old demos (The Iwo Jesus Demos) this year, but they had not released brand new music since in 2001’s self-titled album. Continue reading

Ironflame Share New Lyric Video for Single “Seekers of the Blade,”, New Album Due in Early 2020

Heavy Metal flag-bearers Ironflame will release their new album, their third full-length Blood Red Victory, February 7 on Divebomb Records (CD) and Metalworld Switzerland (vinyl and cassette). The band has dropped a new single and lyric video for the track ‘Seekers of the Blade’, which you can watch now! Continue reading

Immortal Bird To Kick Off Headline Tour Tonight

Immortal Bird, on the strength of their acclaimed 2019 album Thrive On Neglect (20 Buck Spin), is kicking off their North American headlining tour tonight. The two-week journey begins tonight (December 7th), in Dayton, Ohio and will come to a close December 20th in their home city of Chicago, Illinois. The band was a last-minute addition to Cattle Decapitation’s Chicago show this past week as well. Immortal’s Bird Rae Amitay just wrote a guest blog for Ghost Cult which you can check out now. Don’t sleep on this band or this tour if you haven’t checked them out before! Continue reading

Metallica and Guns N Roses Among the Highest Earning Musicians In The World According to Forbes

According to a research report by Forbes magazine, Metallica and Guns N Roses are among the highest-paid entertainers in the world. Published on Friday (December 6), the outlet revealed Metallica earned $68.5 million this year, landing the No. 10 spot on the Forbes list of Highest-Earning Musicians. Guns N’ Roses came in at No. 25, with 2019 earnings of $44 million.To determine its rankings, Forbes considers income from touring, music and outside business ventures with the help of Pollstar, Nielsen Music and interviews with industry insiders, including many of the stars themselves. Forbes’s list measures pretax earnings and does not deduct fees for agents, managers or lawyers. Earlier this week, Billboard reported that Metallica was the highest-ranked hard rock act on the magazine’s year-end Boxscore chart, with a combined gross of $177 million from 46 reported concerts during the band’s ongoing “WorldWired” tour. The band sold 1.7 million tickets around the world during the 12-month time frame that determined the chart’s rankings. Continue reading

Palaye Royale Shares New Music Video For Anti-Gun Violence Anthem “Massacre, The New American Dream”

Following the explosive single and Punk-ed up protest song ‘Massacre, The New American Dream’ that debuted last month, Palaye Royale has just shared the music video directed by drummer Emerson Barrett released today. The track is a call to take a stand against the national gun violence epidemic, as there was yet another two mass shootings at a military base in the USA this week. The track is raising funds in Support Of Charities Everytown, Giffords and March For Our Lives. Purchase and stream the track and watch the new video here. Continue reading

Judas Priest Makes a Case for Entry Into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in New Video

Heavy Metal legends Judas Priest has just shared a new video touting their nomination fo the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Packed with their greatest songs and a ton of facts about the bands’ fifty-year card-career makes the case for the band rightly deserving the honor. Not only is “The Priest” one of the longest-running original heavy metal bands ever, elected to multiple Halls of Fame by press and fans, but also as relevant as ever with their 2018 album Firepower (Epic Records). They will celebrate their anniversary as a band next year with the 50 Years of Heavy Metal tour, headline dates, opening for Ozzy Osbourne, and headlining festivals such as Wacken Open Air. The band is nominated for the hall along with other rock and metal icons Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead (both on the ballot for the first time), Nine Inch Nails, Thin Lizzy, Todd Rundgren, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, as well as stiff competition from Pop, Rock and Rap icons such as possible entrants Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, the Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, T-Rex, and the iconic singer (and likely lock to get in) Whitney Houston. Judas Priest is doing solidly in the early fan voting (fifth behind DMB, Pat Benatar, The Doobies, and Soundgarden), but the fan vote barely counts in the end and is a symbolic gesture. Continue reading