Talkin’ with Marty Friedman!!!

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What a cool experience we had at the Hellion Rocks yesterday. We were honored to have the chance to speak with guitar legend Marty Friedman. I was tied up with mayhem and mischief so Mike Araiza stepped up and took care of business. Mike and Marty had a great conversation that we are sure you will enjoy! So check it out right here:

e sure and pick up the killer new release from Marty Friedman “Inferno” out on Prosthetic Records NOW!!!

Catch up with Marty Friedman online:

http://www.martyfriedman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

http://prostheticrecords.com/?p=3971

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s MARTY FRIEDMAN!!!

     -the Hellion and Mike Araiza

Skeletonwitch guitarist Scott “Scunty D” Hedrick on the Hellion Rocks!

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You know you’re guaranteed a great show when my friends in Skeletonwitch hits your town. They were on point on the night of 02/19/14 at The Launchpad in NM. Sonic devastation was the game and Skeletonwitch took all of the medals that night. The was so thick it made shooting pictures nigh impossible that night, but I managed to get some in and even sneak guitarist “Scunty D” away for some on camera conversation:

     Here are some live shots for your enjoyment:

Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch

Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch

SKELETONWITCH!!!

SKELETONWITCH!!!

SKELETONWITCH!!!

SKELETONWITCH!!!

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Scott "Scunty D" Hedrick and Evan "Loosh" Linger of Skeletonwitch

Scott “Scunty D” Hedrick and Evan “Loosh” Linger of Skeletonwitch

SKELETONWITCH stage setup

SKELETONWITCH stage setup

Scott "Scunty D" Hedrick and Evan "Loosh" Linger of Skeletonwitch

Scott “Scunty D” Hedrick and Evan “Loosh” Linger of Skeletonwitch

Evan "Loosh" Linger of Skeletonwitch

Evan “Loosh” Linger of Skeletonwitch

Scott "Scunty D" Hedrick and Evan "Loosh" Linger of Skeletonwitch

Scott “Scunty D” Hedrick and Evan “Loosh” Linger of Skeletonwitch

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

SKELETONWITCH!!!

SKELETONWITCH!!!

SKELETONWITCH!!!

SKELETONWITCH!!!

Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch

Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch

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Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch

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     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s SKELETONWITCH

     -the Hellion

LAMB OF GOD/RANDY BLYTHE – MY PERSPECTIVE

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I’ve remained relatively quiet on the whole Randy Blythe/Lamb Of God issue up until now. I have been doing a lot of thinking about this recently. First off, I wasn’t there so everything I read and see is from the other persons point of view, so I can only speak as to how I feel. This whole incident is a great tragedy for everyone involved. I do not think the fan went to the show with the outcome that occurred in mind. Nor do I think Randy took the stage with the intent to cause any one harm. I believe an unfortunate sequence of events led to this tragedy. When Dimebag Darrell was murdered in cold blood on stage it got real for performers. It is unfortunate that now an artist has to fear for his/her life when performing so I can see reacting to someone “invading” your work space (yes the stage is a performers work space). Venues hire security to try and help prevent madness like this from occurring. As fans we need to act responsible as well, I know we are to have a good time, but let’s not ruin it for others by acting a fool. I have witnessed up close fear in the eyes of the performers when a crowd gets to unruly. All in all, an unfortunate sequence of events indeed. Should Randy be punished? In my opinion no, I believe he is punishing himself enough. These are just my thoughts and I do not expect everyone or any one to agree with them.

the Hellion

LAMB OF GOD MANAGER RESPONDS TO BLYTHE INDICTMENT

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December 3, 2012

LAMB OF GOD MANAGER RESPONDS TO BLYTHE INDICTMENT

As news breaks of Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, manager Larry Mazer responds with the following statement:

“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show.  As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.

While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death.  The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage.  In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance.  We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.

At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance.

FYI

the Hellion

SKELETONWITCH, HAVOK, MUTILATION RITES, SUSPENDED, FALL TO ASH – EL REY 10/25/12

 

 

 

Thanks to Prosthetic Records (http://prostheticrecords.com/) I was able to attend this show and was able to interview SKELETONWITCH and MUTILATION RITES here’s a show recap!

Local band FALL TO ASH opened the night of mayhem with a hard charging set of metal. A local NM band straight on a hard charging path to stardom check them out at  http://www.facebook.com/fallto.ash?fref=ts

 

We got a treat with SUSPENDED an all female trio of metal fury. This band surprises you at every turn with the sounds that they bring forth from their souls. Be sure and give them a listen. Here is their page link:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suspended/138495976185211?fref=ts

 

I was able to snag a quick video interview with MUTILATION RITES prior to the show (interview will be coming soon to http://rockunight.com/). Great guys that were awesome enough to spend a few minutes with me. They put on a great set of killer music. This was my first time catching them as they were newly introduced to me by Kelly Walsh from Prosthetic Records. Great set from a band that I will be listening to from now on. Make sure to check out their page: http://www.facebook.com/mutilationritesnyc?fref=ts

 

 

 

HAVOK was another band that was new to me, and I was pleasantly surprised. Reminding me of the early days of thrash metal this band took me back. Mid set I realized that I had to have their music and so I picked up the two CD’s they had at their merch table. Their stage show was energetic, engaging, and full of passion. I made it a point to speak with the guitarist and bassist and they proved to be approachable and grateful of the crowd response. These are links to their pages: http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial?fref=ts http://www.HAVOKband.com

 

 

SKELETONWITCH !!! I have been listening to them for several years now and seen them play before, and DAMN! this was the best yet. They dominated the stage from the first song and owned it till the final notes of the final song. I met with Scott Hedrick prior to the show and did a small video interview (which will be seen soon on http://rockunight.com/). I was able to watch some of the soundcheck which very cool to see. When they finally hit the stage they were spot on and super tight. They remembered some faces in the crowd from prior shows which I was glad to see that they were aware of their fans dedication. The new drummer, Dustin, fit in like a glove and totally owned his kit. Skeletonwitch is a band not to be missed. Like them on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skeletonwitchmetal or on the web:  http://www.twitter.com/skeletonwitch http://www.skeletonwitch.com http://www.indiemerchstore.com/skeletonw… http://www.prostheticrecords.com

Here’s a bit live footage:

 

Thanks go out to the bands Fall To Ash, Suspended, Mutilation Rites, Havok, and Skeletonwitch.

Very special thanks to Kelly Walsh from Prosthetic Records!

 

the Hellion