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As we continue to process the unexpected death of @chriscornellofficial, tributes have been flooding in along with statements from those close to the late legend, reflecting on his legacy, influence and character. The latest comes from Ron Laffitte, Cornell’s manager, who recalled the singer being “happy and optimistic” in recent months, looking forward to the release of @soundgarden‘s long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s ‘King Animal.’ “Nobody saw this coming, his bandmates didn’t see this coming. It’s totally out of character for the Chris that I’ve known and worked with for the last 10 years,” said Laffitte to CNN prior to the private funeral held in Los Angeles yesterday (May 26). “It’s incredibly bizarre. I have to think that something threw him off the tracks … he must have been out of his right mind.” “He was just really excited about this specific idea that we were going to do,” Laffitte continued, speaking about Cornell’s performance plans at the Global Citizens Music Festival in New York City this coming September. The singer is said to have stated, “We aren’t just going to make pop history with this one, brother. We are going to make real history,” according to the manager. Laffitte added, “I would say the last couple of months, he was as optimistic and happy as I can ever recall him … He was so excited about all these things and a new record we were going to put out in the fall.”

Pop star @ladygaga is quite the hot commodity in the metal world. Earlier this year, she performed with @metallica at the Grammy awards, leading drummer Lars Ulrich to express a desire to work with the singer in the future. James Hetfield stated he has “no interest” in the matter and @kirkhammett remained skeptical, focusing on the present, which leaves the door open for… @anthrax? “Yes, we would love to work with Lady Gaga,” said guitarist @scottiananthrax with a chuckle while speaking Duke TV. He said the band “put that out there a while ago” prior to the news breaking regarding the Grammy performance pairing. “And I actually thought she was great on it,” Ian added.

While he’s uncertain if Gaga and Metallica do plan on working together again, Ian went on, “But we would certainly love to write a song together, or a whole album. Let us be your backing band. Let us be your backing band, Lady Gaga. We could make beautiful music together.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Glenn Danzig commented on last year’s Misfits Riot Fest shows, stating, “It was … interesting. [Laughs] I couldn’t hear myself, so it was exactly like the old days. So it is what it is. But everyone seemed to have a great time. I think it exceeded expectations, which is always good, and the write-ups were just insane.” He went on to add of the possibility of more Misfits dates, “We’ll see. I’m open to possibly doing some more shows. I don’t want to tour, but if it happens and everything lines up properly, I would imagine there’d probably be a couple more shows. I don’t know when, but I’ll keep an open mind.” Jerry Only previously told Rolling Stone of the possibility of more shows, “I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue. We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that’s where we’re at. Whatever it takes. We’re going into our fortieth anniversary, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect.”

7 Years Ago: @slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Dies

It was a shock when, on May 24, 2010, the Des Moines Register reported that Paul Gray’s body was found at the TownPlace Suites Hotel in Johnston, Iowa at approximately 10:50 a.m. local time. He was 38. A hotel employee said there was a hypodermic next to Gray’s bed and pills scattered across the room. Forensic tests later revealed that Gray died from an accidental overdose of morphine and the painkiller Fentanyl, had a substantial quantity of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax in his system and showed signs of “significant heart disease.” Devastated by Gray’s death, the surviving members of Slipknot, Gray’s widow and brother, Tony, held a video press conference the next day. During the teary event, vocalist Corey Taylor said, “The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is love. Everything he did, he did for everyone around him whether he knew you or not. …I will miss him with every fiber of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us.” Gray was buried on May 28 in a private funeral at the Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa. In 2011 Slipknot played a series of shows in Europe. The band’s former guitarist Donnie Steele played bass for the shows and on the band’s headline Mayhem Fest appearances. He remained with Slipknot until 2014, when he was replaced by bassist Alessandro Venturella.

13 Years Ago: @slipknot Overcome Internal Strife to Unleash ‘Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses’

In the blackened world of Slipknot, dysfunction and turbulence have often coincided with artistic triumph, as is the case with ‘Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses,’ an album largely composed by Paul Gray (who would pass away in 2010) and drummer Joey Jordison (who would be ousted from the band in 2013.) From the moment the members of Slipknot got together in Los Angeles to start working on ‘Vol. 3,’ dysfunction was the order of the day. Gray had lots of ideas for songs, but was so impaired by heroin addiction he could barely record them. Vocalist Corey Taylor was a raging alcoholic and refused to enter the studio for weeks. When ex-drummer Joey Jordison showed up and discovered that no one was ready to work, he lost himself in his own chemical euphoria. The remaining band members were dealing with their own baggage, leaving Gray and Jordison to work in shifts with the input of guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomsom. When Taylor finally showed up it took him ages to clear his bloated head.

For a while, producer Rick Rubin and engineer Greg Fidelman kept their distance and allowed the Knot to find their own groove. When the band was finally ready to start recording Fidelman took their finished tracks to Rubin, who listened and then and send them back with comments. “It’s one of my favorite records we’ve done,” Root says. “We tried some things that were different and took some chances and they came out great. I was hoping we’d be able to evolve from that, and I’m not sure that we have.”

@Gunsnroses announce fall 2017 North American tour dates:

Voted ‘Most Likely to Be in the Big 4’ we’re sure! @slayerbandofficial

As the music world on the whole braces for what’s next following the second major terrorist attack on a concert in less than two years, artists have been reacting and reflecting to the latest tragedy which took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night (May 22). The attack claimed the lives of more than 20 people, including several children, and left dozens more injured. In a new interview, Queen‘s Brian May has offered a world view on how we treat situations like this.

May told NME, “To me, you have to break the cycle of violence and you have to treat horrific events with compassion. I don’t mean compassion for the person who did the bombing. You have to look at the world and say, ‘What part do we play in the world?’”

@systemofadown's John Dolmayan: Lack of Progress on New Album Is 'Very Disheartening'

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As we continue to process the unexpected death of @chriscornellofficial, tributes have been flooding in along with statements from those close to the late legend, reflecting on his legacy, influence and character. The latest comes from Ron Laffitte, Cornell’s manager, who recalled the singer being “happy and optimistic” in recent months, looking forward to the release of @soundgarden‘s long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s ‘King Animal.’ “Nobody saw this coming, his bandmates didn’t see this coming. It’s totally out of character for the Chris that I’ve known and worked with for the last 10 years,” said Laffitte to CNN prior to the private funeral held in Los Angeles yesterday (May 26). “It’s incredibly bizarre. I have to think that something threw him off the tracks … he must have been out of his right mind.” “He was just really excited about this specific idea that we were going to do,” Laffitte continued, speaking about Cornell’s performance plans at the Global Citizens Music Festival in New York City this coming September. The singer is said to have stated, “We aren’t just going to make pop history with this one, brother. We are going to make real history,” according to the manager. Laffitte added, “I would say the last couple of months, he was as optimistic and happy as I can ever recall him … He was so excited about all these things and a new record we were going to put out in the fall.”

Pop star @ladygaga is quite the hot commodity in the metal world. Earlier this year, she performed with @metallica at the Grammy awards, leading drummer Lars Ulrich to express a desire to work with the singer in the future. James Hetfield stated he has “no interest” in the matter and @kirkhammett remained skeptical, focusing on the present, which leaves the door open for… @anthrax? “Yes, we would love to work with Lady Gaga,” said guitarist @scottiananthrax with a chuckle while speaking Duke TV. He said the band “put that out there a while ago” prior to the news breaking regarding the Grammy performance pairing. “And I actually thought she was great on it,” Ian added.

While he’s uncertain if Gaga and Metallica do plan on working together again, Ian went on, “But we would certainly love to write a song together, or a whole album. Let us be your backing band. Let us be your backing band, Lady Gaga. We could make beautiful music together.”

"I prefer a motherfucker with heart, soul, muscle and passion. Motherfucker had it all."- Phil Anselmo.
Dimebag Darrell was the greatest metal guitarist ever, said Phil. He also stated that 'boring' sweep picking are for 'guitar nerds' and that Yngwie Malmsteen doesn't have what Dimebag had.
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From Loudwire back in Feb. 2017  Graham Hartmann
‘Don’t You Dare’ Look Away From Zeal & Ardor’s New Track'

Experimental metal / spirituals act Zeal & Ardor just released a brand new track “Don’t You Dare” via Noisey. (Premiering  on French Channel Couleur 3)

If you were digging through metal’s underground last year, you may have stumbled into Zeal & Ardor’s Devil is Fine album. Experimental to say the least, Zeal & Ardor started as a one-man project from Manuel Gagneux. The musician approached Zeal with a bizarre question: “What if the American slaves were preached Satanism instead of Christianity? What would their spirituals sound like?” After expanding that idea in multiple directions on Devil is Fine, to critical praise, we’ve got the first new Zeal & Ardor song not included on the 2016 album....Read more at link in Bio
#zealandardor #zealandardorfans #frenchtelevision #channel3 #metal #spirituals #manuelgagneux #dontyoudare #loudwire #noisey #fuckinmetal

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Glenn Danzig commented on last year’s Misfits Riot Fest shows, stating, “It was … interesting. [Laughs] I couldn’t hear myself, so it was exactly like the old days. So it is what it is. But everyone seemed to have a great time. I think it exceeded expectations, which is always good, and the write-ups were just insane.” He went on to add of the possibility of more Misfits dates, “We’ll see. I’m open to possibly doing some more shows. I don’t want to tour, but if it happens and everything lines up properly, I would imagine there’d probably be a couple more shows. I don’t know when, but I’ll keep an open mind.” Jerry Only previously told Rolling Stone of the possibility of more shows, “I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue. We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that’s where we’re at. Whatever it takes. We’re going into our fortieth anniversary, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect.”

@Gunsnroses announce fall 2017 North American tour dates:

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Speaking with New Zealand’s The Rock (as transcribed by Ultimate Guitar), @queensofthestoneage mainman Josh Homme states, “I’ve always been a believer that right now is all you’ll ever get. In that respect, I don’t get too nostalgic; I think the most difficult thing is to make your last record your best record. And the only way to do that is to concentrate on the one that you’re on and make it full of risk and be vulnerable and take a chance. At the end of the day, this is just a musical way to explain a lifetime.” He later added, “The most important record I’m making is the one I’m working on. For the lack of better term, I bet my life on it. If you don’t risk anything, you’re not gonna get anything. I don’t wanna copy myself, I just wanna take another chance at it; it keeps it always exciting that way.” Asked to share his thoughts on what fans can expect of the new music, Homme stated, “The new record is more like — you’re sort of like a panther in the trees leaping out of the darkness. We’re ready to pounce, everyone is really ready to go. I feel like we’re just leaning on the gate waiting for someone to open that sucker up so we can move. I think the record feels that way too — it feels uptempo. While last thing [‘…Like Clockwork’] was about making it through, this time we’ve made it through the other side and we’re ready to roll.”

30 Years Ago: @deathofficial Start a Revolution With ‘Scream Bloody Gore’

Whether Death’s debut album Scream Bloody Gore, which came out on May 25, 1987, was the first ever death metal album is open to debate. Some say Possessed’s fierce, frantic, Seven Churches, which came out in 1985, takes the crown. Others point to Hellhammer’s 1984 EP Apocalyptic Raids. But one thing’s for sure — from the point the band Mantas changed their name to Death and released their 1984 demo Death By Metal they became the reigning champions of death metal.

Fronted by the late Chuck Schuldiner, who sang and played all the bass and guitar at the time, ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ surfaced when Death were in a state of transition. Chris Reifert – in his only album appearance with the band – played drums. Despite the internal instability, Schuldiner made sure that Death would be around for a while thanks to ‘Scream Bloody Gore.’ The album, which featured classic cover art by Ed Repka, was full of blast beats, relatively simple, repetitive riffs, incisive hooks, fiery leads and roaring vocals, all of which became early trademarks of the genre. Many of the songs opened with a deceptively mid-paced melodic intro before bursting into overdrive.

Happy 39th birthday to @saintasonia and former @threedaysgraceofficial frontman @adamgontierofficial!

34 Years Ago: Dio Release ‘Holy Diver’

If Ronnie James Dio hadn’t been kicked out of Black Sabbath due to an ego battle that took place during the mixing sessions for the band’s 1982 album Live Evil, one of the hallmarks of pounding commercial metal, ‘Holy Diver,’ might never have surfaced from the depths.

Warner Bros. asked Dio if he was interested in working on a vanity project during Sabbath’s down time, so when he found himself out of Sabbath, the man on the silver mountain took the opportunity to launch his own group. He took Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice with him, recruited bassist Jimmy Bain, whom he played with in Rainbow and hired 20-year-old Irish guitar whiz Vivian Campbell, whose musical versatility complemented Dio’s multifaceted vocals and haunting, simple synths.

Seven years after Dio’s death, ‘Holy Diver’ remains potent, infectious and musically relevant. A cornerstone of metal before hair took priority over songwriting, the album has influenced a wide range of more contemporary musicians including Halestorm, David Draiman, Jack Black and Killswitch Engage, who covered “Holy Diver” in 2006.

@systemofadown's John Dolmayan: Lack of Progress on New Album Is 'Very Disheartening'

13 Years Ago: @slipknot Overcome Internal Strife to Unleash ‘Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses’

In the blackened world of Slipknot, dysfunction and turbulence have often coincided with artistic triumph, as is the case with ‘Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses,’ an album largely composed by Paul Gray (who would pass away in 2010) and drummer Joey Jordison (who would be ousted from the band in 2013.) From the moment the members of Slipknot got together in Los Angeles to start working on ‘Vol. 3,’ dysfunction was the order of the day. Gray had lots of ideas for songs, but was so impaired by heroin addiction he could barely record them. Vocalist Corey Taylor was a raging alcoholic and refused to enter the studio for weeks. When ex-drummer Joey Jordison showed up and discovered that no one was ready to work, he lost himself in his own chemical euphoria. The remaining band members were dealing with their own baggage, leaving Gray and Jordison to work in shifts with the input of guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomsom. When Taylor finally showed up it took him ages to clear his bloated head.

For a while, producer Rick Rubin and engineer Greg Fidelman kept their distance and allowed the Knot to find their own groove. When the band was finally ready to start recording Fidelman took their finished tracks to Rubin, who listened and then and send them back with comments. “It’s one of my favorite records we’ve done,” Root says. “We tried some things that were different and took some chances and they came out great. I was hoping we’d be able to evolve from that, and I’m not sure that we have.”

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