Legendary former Metallica bassist and Trash Metal Cliff Burton would have celebrated his 59th birthday this week, on February 10th. Burton passed away on September 27th, 1986 in the infamous Metallica bus crash in Sweden. This year to celebrate his life and music, there will be a virtual celebration on Twitch, hosted by Nicholas Gomez, and with guests such as Cliff;’s friends and peers Fred Cotton, James McDaniel, John Marshall, Harald Oimen (Photographer, thrash historian, bassist for ex –D.R.I., Murder In The Front Row book), Metal Maria, Corinne Lynn, Seann Killian (Vio-lence), and many more. Watch on February 10th at 7 PM PST, 10 PM EST, 3 AM GMT. at the link below.
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Murder In The Front Row, the amazing thrash history documentary directed by Adam Dubin (Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” & “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”), is seeing a wide release this Friday, April 24th via Digital Platforms and as Deluxe Edition DVD. Previously the film has only been seen at film festivals and special showings. You can pre-order the film at the links below. The film, essential viewing for metal fans, contains over fifty interviews with various metal stalwarts, including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel. It tells larger-than-life stories through a mix of first-person interviews, animation, and narration by comedian Brian Posehn. Watch the trailer right now! Continue reading
Kerrang!, the U.K.’s only weekly music magazine has announced a collaboration with House Of Vans to bring a one-of-a-kind, one-stop-shop Metallica spectacle to London to coincide with the band’s Kerrang! Awards nomination and its forthcoming Twickenham show. There will be an epic photo exhibition which will not only display never before seen photos from photographer Tom Barnes’s exclusive shoot, it’ll also showcase the birth of the band as seen through the pages of Kerrang! in an unparalleled celebration of the period between 1982 and 1989. Named “Hardwired… And Early Dayz”, the exhibition will run from June 18 for a month and gives a never-before-seen insight into not only one of the greatest bands of all time, but also the inner workings of one of the world’s greatest rock magazines. Also included will be the U.K. premiere of Murder In The Front Row, the “uncensored and boisterous” documentary of The Bay Area thrash scene. The exact date has not yet been announced — keep an eye on Kerrang! socials for the big date reveal. House Of Vans will also be hosting an exclusive Metallica pop-up shop on June 19 and 20 in celebration of Metallica’s “WorldWired” tour, which makes its London stop at Twickenham Stadium on the 20th. Continue reading
If you grew up in the early days of metal, there were no books about the genre. After Ian Christe wrote Sound of the Beast in 2003, he was still surprised at the lack of good books about underground music written or found anywhere. Undeterred, he founded Bazillion Points Publishing in Brooklyn, NY in 2008 and has helped put out the most authoritative books on thrash, black metal, death metal, prog, metal, glam and hardcore punk ever. Also he has put out other books that examined the cultural and political impact of metal on society, giving our community the respect few mainstream publishers ever would dare to. Ian is also well known as an authority on metal, often interviewed for documentaries, and for his own Sirius XM Radio shows. With Bazillion Points celebrating five years of existence, we chatted with him to get the inside story.Continue reading