The Music World Reacts to The Death of Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity

We are still reeling from the devastating news we brought you last night of the devasting loss of Metal legend and drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity. While we gather our thoughts to prepare a proper tribute, the entire music world seems to have mobilized an outpouring of love for Reed and support for the C.O.C. family at this time. Here are some remembrances from across the music world right now of the life and times and of Reed. Continue reading

Metallica Celebrates One Billion Streams on Spotify

Metallica has shared to social media that the band has surpassed 1 Billion streams on Spotify. Arguably the most important and successful Metal band of all time, Metallica was founded in 1981 by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield in Los Angeles, California, before relocating the band to San Francisco. Continue reading

Lars Ulrich Shares Update on James Hetfield’s Rehab

Lars Ulrich of Metallica has shared an update with USA Today regarding James Hetfield’s condition in a new interview with USA Today. Hetfield is currently in rehab and while he is careful to protect James’s privacy, he gave us some encouraging hope for James’ recovery. Metallica canceled the band’s planned tour of Australia and New Zealand with Slipknot so he could get the help he needes. himself. The band has remained mum on James’s condition since the initial announcement despite revealing they’ll be headlining five major American festivals next year. Continue reading

Metallica is Now “The Biggest Band In The World”, According to Pollstar

In a new feature by music industry bible Pollstar that track touring, album and merch sales Metallica is now arguably the biggest band in the world, certainly when it comes to touring.  Metallica has sold more than 22 million concert tickets since 1982, grossing more than $1.4 billion in the process. That puts the thrash legends “just behind” U2 in tickets sold, but ahead of rock peers such as AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Ozzy Osbourne. Continue reading

REVIEW: Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony Live at the Chase Center

A Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony review was written by a band kid.

Full disclosure: I’ve known about Metallica since they were a four-line advert in the back pages of physical rock magazines. My first year of high school Kie C. gave me a mixtape of No Life Til Leather and Kill ‘Em All in the band room. I. Was. Hooked. Master of Puppets was released and I played it non stop. I learned to play the entire album on my flute, by ear. My first Metallica show was in 1986 when they opened for Ozzy. I was front row. That was my place for the next thirty-three years and nine countries consisting of 60 shows. It’s a lifelong love affair. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Vitriol – To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice

Yeah, this sounds fucked upcoming from me the advocate of all things Death Metal, loud and slamming drums, but young extreme bands need to learn when to hold them and when to fold them. There are many moments of technical brilliance – leads and solos in particular – to be found in Vitriol’s To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media Records), but they tend to get lost in a monochromatic cement sea. Continue reading