Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – the shame continues

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I find myself beating a dead horse again with the announcement of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

The elite few are at it again by nominating too many artists that ARE NOT IN THE ROCK N’ ROLL GENRE!!! I think it was said best by the Sex Pistols when they refuse to attend their 2006 induction and sent the following letter:

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Transcript: “Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming. Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons. Your anonymous as judges, but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL”

So what should happen? How should we recognize those worthy? Here are my thoughts: You wouldn’t see Slayer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (if indeed there is one) or the R&B/Soul/Funk/Rap Hall of Fame (if indeed there is one of those as well) and I wouldn’t expect to either.  You wouldn’t see Whiz Khalifa inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame either. So why would we see Country Music artists or R&B/Soul/Funk/Rap artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?  We don’t have cross-genre radio stations so why would we have a cross-genre Hall of Fame called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

I am of the opinion that we could rename it as the Music Hall of Fame and let it become a free for all or stick to the music for what it was named for and just induct artists in the Rock And Roll genre. Now there is nothing wrong with other genres of music let’s just call it as it is.

As for the elite few that are in charge of nominations…well I think we should let the people speak. There should be criteria that bands must meet for nomination for sure but I believe the listeners should have the final word. Every year the bands that meet said criteria should be listed and a site opened where the fans have a certain amount of time to vote, and the top 16 should be the ones inducted, and the process cycles annually.

These are just my thoughts and musings. I’ll shut up now and go listen to the new Stryper record.

it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

-the Hellion

WVM Releases 2 Singles From Upcoming “Waves Of Nothing” Album

WVM Releases 2 Singles From Upcoming “Waves Of Nothing” Album

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American analog electro artist WVM has released two tracks, ‘Empire’ and ‘Pale Horse’ off of his upcoming album “Waves Of Nothing”, the release of which has not yet been announced.

Check out WVM ‘Empire’:

Buy ‘Empire’ on iTunes & wvmmusic.com!

‘Empire’ and ‘Pale Horse’ were made using analog synths and drum machines, I was heavily inspired by the synth music of the 80s but the songs are not rooted in any era as they sound like they could come from the past, present or future.

– WVM

Check out WVM ‘Pale Horse’:

Buy ‘Pale Horse’ on iTunes & wvmmusic.com!

The tracks were produced, performed, arranged and composed by WVM and mixed by Sean Beavan (NIN, Manson, No Doubt, Slayer).

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About WVM:

WVM is an American analog electro artist located in Los Angeles, California. His debut album “The End is Only the Beginning – EP,” released on March 5, 2013 and was produced, composed, performed and arranged by WVM and features Chris Vrenna(Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) and Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) on drums. The album was mixed bySean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt), who also invited WVM to record vocals at his private Blue Room Studio for all the tracks on the first EP.

Connect with WVM:

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Thrash Legends EXODUS Issue First Studio Update!

Thrash Legends EXODUS Issue First Studio Update!

 

On Tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in May 2014 + Rock On The Range + Heavy Montreal

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San Francisco’s veteran thrashers EXODUS have entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap to record their eleventh studio album. Guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following update:

“We are well into drum tracks; everything is going super smooth and Tom [Hunting] is just killing it! Best drum sound this band has ever laid down – sounds just simply pummeling! Only one more song and some B sides to go, then we go through things and make sure everything is up to par, and then time for guitars! Can’t wait to add the crunch to these monsters. This is gonna be so goddamned heavy it ain’t even funny! We couldn’t be more stoked and pleased with how this record is coming along! Bludgeoning!”

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EXODUS performed at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL in San Francisco in early February. This May, they’ll play six shows as direct support to Slayer with openers SUICIDAL TENDENCIES before joining Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock at this year’s Rock On The Range festival. On August 10thEXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with SlayerLamb of God, Hatebreed and more.

EXODUS US TOUR with SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES:

5/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air

5/10 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium

5/11 – Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium

5/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater

5/15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

5/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom

5/17 – Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium – Rock on the Range

8/10 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal

 

EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:

7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival

7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival 

8/16 – Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque

ABOUT EXODUS:

With a career spanning 34 years and over five million albums sold worldwide, EXODUS have not only helped shape & define the thrash metal genre for over three decades but they continually seek to raise its standards. One of the forefathers of the Bay Area scene that became known & envied throughout the world, the band’s 1985 debut album, Bonded By Blood, has since become a legacy album featuring mandatory live staples such as “Strike Of The Beast,” “A Lesson In Violence,” and the album’s title track. Formed in 1980, the band’s original members included Tom Hunting on drums, Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) & Tim Agnello on guitars, and Carlton Melson on bass. With a line-up that evolved throughout the years, the current incarnation of EXODUS has remained unchanged since 2007: Gary Holt & Lee Altus on guitars, Tom Hunting on drums, Jack Gibson on bass, and Rob Dukes on vocals. To date,EXODUS has released ten studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation. Their most recent release, Exhibit B: The Human Condition, debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in 2010.

Visit EXODUS online at www.EXODUSATTACK.com.

Like: www.facebook.com/EXODUSATTACK

Follow: Twitter.com/_EXODUS

Watch: www.YouTube.com/EXODUS

Ashley Purdy of BLACK VEIL BRIDES- COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey Partner Announced as Alternative Press Magazine’s Bassist of the Year!‏

 

Ashley Purdy of BLACK VEIL BRIDES– COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey Partner Announced as Alternative Press Magazine’s Bassist of the Year!

PHOTO CREDIT: Nigel Crane

PHOTO CREDIT: Nigel Crane

 

 

Proud Sponsors of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY UPROAR FESTIVAL, CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, and ROB ZOMBIE’s GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE

 

 

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is proud to share that BLACK VEIL BRIDES’ Ashley Purdy, an already heralded COLDCOCK Partner, has been donned “Bassist of the Year” by none other than Alternative Press Magazine. Check out the link to the announcement here. Congratulations to Ashley on this stellar announcement!

 

Ashley comments, “First, I’ve got to thank Alternative Press Magazine for the recognition and nomination in this category. Big Love goes out to all of the fans (BVB Army, Outlaws and PurdyGirls) for their dedicated support. They truly made it possible by voting me in for the win. It’s a sheer testament that Rock n’ Roll is alive and well. And lastly, a thanks to my family at Dean Guitars for making my signature Basses that I abuse every night of tour.”

 

Dean Guitars: http://www.deanguitars.com/ashley-purdy-bassist-of-the-year.php

 

 

COLDCOCK is currently available for purchase in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, DC, Nebraska, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, and South Carolina, with more states joining the ranks throughout the year. In January 2014, COLDCOCK will be available in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and more.

 

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is making waves in the music industry, as written by Ray Waddell in Billboard Magazine. “The traditional artist/brand liquor partnership just got “coldcocked” by Rick Zeiler”. The article details how COLDCOCK allows artists to directly share in profits of the brand they are helping to build. The issue hit newsstands on November 2nd.

 

 

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is founded by heavy metal industry leaders such as John Reese (co-creator of the ROCKSAR ENERGY MAYHEM & UPROAR FESTIVALS) and Michael Arfin (AGI, has worked with Rammstein and many industry legends), strategic partners like Schecter Guitar Research, Century Media Records, Peavey Electronicsand spirits industry leaders like Rick Zeiler and Sarah Zeiler. On top of that, COLDCOCKboasts investors like Kerry King (SLAYER), David Draiman (DISTURBED), Ashley Purdy (BLACK VEIL BRIDES), Miles Doughty (SLIGHTLY STOOPID), Raul Bianchi (THE EXPENDABLES) and more.

 

More bands recently added to the COLDCOCK line-up include Drowning PoolSevendust,Asking Alexandria and All That Remains.

 

 

Zeiler Spirits supports hard working artists by giving them the opportunity to earn ownership in the brand. Want to learn more and/or get YOUR BAND in on the action? Bands can submit their information to www.coldcockwhiskey.com under “sponsorship” or emailinfo@zeilerspirits.com with inquiries.

 

For more information on founders, sponsors, bands involved, availability and more, please visit www.coldcockwhiskey.com or e-mail info@zeilerspirits.com.

 

 

About COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey and Zeiler Spirits:

Established in 2012 and based in San Diego, California, Zeiler Spirits LLC is the producer of COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey.  The spirits importer was founded by liquor and entertainment industry veterans, musicians and action sports athletes who have collectively created some of the world’s most exciting lifestyle events and cross promotions.  COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is three-year aged American bourbon blended with a variety of herbs, including green tea, hibiscus, ginger, eucalyptus, cinnamon and gingko.  Currently available in CA, GA, IN, SC, NY, TN, NE.   COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is 70 proof (35% alcohol by volume) and suggested retail price is $19.99 for a 750ml bottle, with a 50ml size to be released in December, 2013. For more information, please visit www.coldcockwhiskey.com

The Legendary EXODUS Announces European Tour Dates – New Album Coming in 2014

The Legendary EXODUS Announces European Tour Dates – New Album Coming in 2014

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Veteran thrashers EXODUS have some big news— the band is set to release a brand new album in 2014! They are currently immersed in the writing process and will issue more updates as they near the recording process.

 

EXODUS will head across the pond this week for a tour of 17 European cities, with stops in Barcelona, Dublin, London and more. Although Slayer is currently tapping the talents of guitarist Gary Holt for their European tour, Holt is confirmed to perform at select EXODUS dates. When Holt is not performing with EXODUSHeathen guitarist Kragen Lum will fill in on guitar.

 

EXODUS Tour Dates

8/2 – Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Resurrection Festival

8/3 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 3

8/4 – Luynes, FR @ Le Korigan

8/5 – Pisa, IT @ The Jungle

8/6 – Graz, AT @ Explosiv

8/7 – Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville

8/8 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo

8/9 – Gävle, SE @ Getaway Rock Festival

8/10 – Deinze, BE @ Alcatraz Festival

8/11 – Derby, UK @ Bloodstock Festival

8/12 – Dublin, IR @ Button Factory

8/13 – London, UK @ Underworld

8/14 – Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summerbreeze Festival

8/15 – Kufstein, AT @ Kulturfabrik

8/16 – Colmar, FR @ Grillen

8/17 – Geneva, CH @ Biubstock Festival

8/18 – Theix, FR @ Motocultor Festival

 

 

EXODUS recently revealed two brand new, exclusive t-shirt designs, available now only via their official merch store atwww.jsrdirect.com/merch/exodus. The new designs, “Only Death Decides” and “Horned Skull”, come with a free sticker (with mail order only).

 

For more information on EXODUS, please visit:

 

www.exodusattack.com

www.facebook.com/exodusattack

www.twitter.com/_exodus

www.myspace.com/exodus

 

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS: New Quote Snippets from Kerry King and Philip Anselmo Released!‏

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS: New Quote Snippets from Kerry King and Philip Anselmo Released!

 

Hitting Stores April 9, 2013 — Written by NYC Music Scene Veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins

 

Featuring Exclusive Photography by Iconic East Coast Photographer Frank White

 

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The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, compiled by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is the ultimate look at the world of heavy metal via the ease and convenience of a list. No stone is left unturned here, and I mean no stone. If you think you have a list about metal that isn’t in this book, chances are you’re wrong. Both Jenkins and Abrams have exhaustively researched and brainstormed Merciless and delivered a look at their beloved genre that is informative and fun.” – Iann Robinson, CraveOnline.com

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS, written by NYC music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is set to be released on April 9, 2013. Touted as being “the most opinionated compendium ever written concerning Heavy Metal”, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is comprised of 208 jam-packed pages representing all that is glorious across the world of Heavy Metal. The book features dozens of never-before-seen photographs from iconic East Coast photographer Frank White.

The foreword for THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS comes from one of the most respected names in the genre, Slayer guitarist extraordinaire Kerry King, with a candid and passionate afterword from Pantera/Down frontman Philip Anselmo.

“This book will appeal to metalheads because it’s what they love. They’ll get to laugh at the industry and at themselves. Any information is good information, and metal kids want it.” – Kerry King (Slayer)

“I am an unabashed heavy metal fan, and I know as well as anyone, that metal fans can be an extremely loyal lot. But we are a very critical lot too. With each new movement, a new, defiant, outspoken, and sovereign audience is born. Music is older than all of us, so its history is ours to writhe in and absorb.” – Philip Anselmo(Pantera/Down)

There are numerous other contributions from key metal luminaries and industry personnel like:

Scott Ian (Anthrax)

Gary Holt (Exodus)

Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Katon W. DePena (Hirax)

John Gallagher (Raven)

Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/SOD)

Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show)

Jon & Marsha Zazula (Megaforce Records)

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)

Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica Producer)

ILL BILL (Heavy Metal Kings/La Coka Nostra)

MC Serch (3rd Bass)

Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned/The Howard Stern Show)

Monte Conner (Roadrunner Records/Nuclear Blast Records)

Borivoj Krgin (Blabbermouth.net)

Shaun Glass (Soil/Dirge Within)

Betsy Weiss (Bitch)

Presented in the form of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS dares to call many out for being the worst instead of being the best. It points out the triumphs, as well as the miserable failures concerning metal, from a diehard fan’s point-of-view.

TMBML leaves no stone unturned, often blurring the lines separating fact and hilarity. You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? WhatMotorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band? Well then, this book is for you.

To pre-order THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS, please visit Amazon.com. You can learn more about the book at the official Facebook page orAbrams Books.

 

 

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact Adrenaline PR and Maria Ferrero at 732-462-4262 or maria@adrenalinepr.com.

About the Authors

HOWIE ABRAMS:

Howie is a former…lots of things, including record label A&R rep, music publisher and artist manager. Abrams grew up in his beloved NYC as part of its Metal and Hardcore scenes and has always carried the torch for aggressive music. He was the co-founder of the influential hard music label In-Effect Records, where he signed bands such as Agnostic Front, Nuclear Assault and Sick of it All among others. Later, as the Senior Director of A&R at Roadrunner Records, he inked Vision of Disorder, Madball, Shelter and others, plus, he handled marketing duties for groups such as Sepultura, Type O Negative, Biohazard and more. Howie also worked at Jive Records/Zomba Music, as well as Warner Music.

SACHA JENKINS:

Sacha Jenkins loves heavy music. He grew up in New York City, and has produced books about both hip-hop and also graffiti, including ego trip’s The Book of Rap Lists, and Big Book of Racism. He’s produced some television too, and plays guitar in a band called The White Mandingoes along with Darryl Jenifer of the legendary Bad brains.

 

EXODUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING “METAL ALLIANCE TOUR” OFF-DATES

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EXODUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING “METAL ALLIANCE TOUR” OFF-DATES

“Metal Alliance Tour” with Anthrax, Municipal Waste and more to commence next month

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BAY AREA, CA – Bay Area thrash metal icon, Exodus, has announced several headlining shows to commence following the band’s March/April run on “Metal Alliance Tour.” A full list of confirmed “Metal Alliance Tour” and Exodus headlining off-dates can be seen below.

Tickets for all “Metal Alliance Tour” dates – featuring headliner, Anthrax, as well as Municipal Waste, High on Fire and Holy Grail – can be purchased online at:http://www.metalalliancetour.com/tour-dates.html.

A staple of the Bay Area Thrash scene for over 30 years, Exodus released its latest studio albumExhibit B: The Human Condition in 2010 on Nuclear Blast Records.

Stay tuned for more information on Exodus and the band’s upcoming March/April run on “Metal Alliance Tour.”

 

 

Exodus on “Metal Alliance Tour”…

3/22 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

3/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

3/24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

3/25 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

3/27 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

3/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

3/29 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom

3/30 – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA @ Commodore Ballroom

3/31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

4/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue **Exodus headline

4/02 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

4/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

4/05 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

4/06 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

4/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

4/08 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Rogue **Exodus headline

4/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

4/10 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

4/12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

4/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

4/14 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

4/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre **Exodus headline + Holy Grail

4/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts

4/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ***Exodus + Municipal Waste (New England Metalfest)

4/20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

4/21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

4/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance **Exodus headline

4/23 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall **Exodus headline

4/25 – Ashwaubenon, WI @ Green Bay Distillery **Exodus headline

4/26 – Fargo, ND @ House of Rock **Exodus headline

4/27 – Billings, MT @ The Railyard **Exodus headline

Exodus online…