ALBUM REVIEW: Venom Inc – There’s Only Black


 

It’s probably fair to say that when Venom Inc. released full-length “debut”, Avé in 2017, expectations weren’t too high. Formed by guitarist Mantas (aka Jeff Dunn) and frontman Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan in the wake of the duo’s former band M:Pire of Evil, Venom Inc. appeared to some as a simple rebranding. A change of name with little hope of successfully rekindling past glories. They were wrong.

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Super7 Toys to Release a New Mercyful Fate Version of Their King Diamond 7-Inch Ultimates Edition Figure


Super7 Toys will release a new Mercyful Fate inspired Ultimates Edition of their King Diamond figure! Pre-orders are live now at the link below and will start shipping in Fall of 2023. Each figure is custom made-to-order, limited-edition, 7” scale and immortalizes the Rock and Metal God! In addition to the ReAction figures, Super7 has released a Slayer Live Undead playset as well as figures based on other music, movies, toy lines, and other pop culture icons. Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Johnny Cash, Misfits, Alice Cooper, several versions of Papa Emeritus, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Motörhead, Venom, Circle Jerks, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Paul Baloff of Exodus and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.Continue reading


Watch the Long-Lost Trailer for Motorhead’s “Iron Fist” Movie – 40th Anniversary Album Reissue Coming Soon


Motorhead’s “Iron Fist” album will receive a 40th Anniversary deluxe reissue on September 23rd, 2022 via BMG. The once lost to history and recently rediscovered short film to support the album is streaming now! Originally cut to Gustav Holst’s ominous “Mars, Bringer Of War,” it now features the previously unreleased instrumental demo “Ripsaw Teardown” – a track on the reissue. Watch the trailer now!

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Super7 Toys Releases a New Glow-In-The-Dark Ghost Papa Nihil ReAction Figure


Super7 Toys has released a new glow-in-the-dark Ghost Papa Nihil figure. You can buy it at the link below! In addition to the ReAction figures, Super7 has released a Slayer Live Undead playset as well as figures based on other music, movies, toy lines, and other pop culture icons. Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Johnny Cash, Misfits, Alice Cooper, several versions of Papa Emeritus and Nameless Ghouls, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Motörhead, Beastie Boys, Venom, Circle Jerks, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Paul Baloff of Exodus and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.Continue reading


Super7 Toys to Release a Motorhead – Lemmy 7-Inch Ultimates Edition Figure


Super7 Toys will release an Ultimates Edition of their Lemmy of Motorhead figure! Pre-orders are live now at the link below and will start shipping in summer of 2023. Each figure is custom made-to-order, limited-edition, 7” scale and immortalizes the Rock and Metal God! In addition to the ReAction figures, Super7 has released a Slayer Live Undead playset as well as figures based on other music, movies, toy lines, and other pop culture icons. Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Johnny Cash, Misfits, Alice Cooper, several versions of Papa Emeritus, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Motörhead, Venom, Circle Jerks, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Paul Baloff of Exodus and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Funeral Chic – Roman Candle


 

My chief concern heading into Funeral Chic’s Roman Candle (Prosthetic Records) is that the name Funeral Chic is very unappealing. It’s objectively a bad name for a band. It feels like a moniker Johnny Depp would give to one of his musical projects. Brings back memories of another Depp-associated collective, Hollywood Vampires. Yeah, I’d like a ticket to go see Jack Sparrow, Joe Perry and golf enthusiast Alice Cooper walk around onstage, Mr. Box Office. Continue reading


The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show 7/1/22


Check out our weekly news show! We cover the major stories of the week in heavy music, rock, and metal news, tour dates, and festivals, New Music Friday, and more!

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Lemmy Honored At Hellfest Open Air with Giant, Permanent Statue


After a two-year absence due to Covid, one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world, Hellfest in Clisson, France, returned with two sold-out weekends packed with some of the biggest names in rock and metal music. It also hosted the first international memorialization of the Grammy-award-winning rock legend, Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, with a ceremony featuring band members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee which was witnessed by tens of thousands of fans. ”It was a very unique ceremony for a very rare and much loved man,” said Motörhead’s manager Todd Singerman, Lemmy was a true road warrior, and starting with this historic Hellfest ceremony, we can continue to make sure he remains one.”

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ALBUM REVIEW: Monolith Zero – Monolith Zero


 

Here comes summer.

From the opening strains of Monolith Zero’s Monolith Zero (Noise Machine), ‘Seeker (Noise Machine)’ it feels like a drive up Route 1 with the breeze in your hair, the Pacific to your left and mountains to the right. It’s open and airy, full of swirling shades of blue. Monolith Zero has a forward galloping momentum that is infectious. The album gives you itchy feet, you just want to get out and drive (or run, or ride a horse really fast)!

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