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Could AC/DC inadvertently start a nuclear holocaust?

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8:02 AM (PST)

This is a bit strange and funny, but definitely scary at the same time.  It looks like an Iranian nuclear computer was recently infected by some kind of worm that really likes AC/DC.  Specifically the song “Thunderstruck.”

A recent email from someone at the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to a security researcher read:

“I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom.”

“There was also some music playing randomly on several of the workstations during the middle of the night with the volume maxed out,” the e-mail reads. “I believe it was playing ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.”

Wow, who would have thought that an AC/DC song would be the death of us all.

Music: King of Asgard premieres second single “Gap Of Ginnungs”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM (PST)

Swedish death metal band King of Asgard have released the second single “Gap Of Ginnungs” off their upcoming album …to North. The album, …to North, is a follow up to the bands 2010 debut album Fi’mbulvintr and was recorded at the infamous Sonic Train Studios by engineer Andy LaRocque. …to North is set for release July 31st via Metal Blade and youu can listen to “Gap Of Ginnungs” here.

Happy Father’s Day: Roadrunner Dads share some stories

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM (PST)

In a shout out to Father’s Day some of the artists over at Roadrunner Records have shared some stories on blending metal and fatherhood. They did a similar thing for Mother’s Day and you can read some quotes from Max Cavalera, John Petrucci and a few other Roadrunner artists here.

New Video: The Dirty South Revolutionaries – “Dead Yuppie Hipsters”

Posted by jessepac on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM (PST)

I hope that your friends are not yuppie hipsters, but if they are, The Dirty South Revolutionaries have a message for them: “Die.”

The North Carolinian group has released their newest video from the track ‘Dead Yuppie Hipsters,” an unreleased track from an upcoming album. All will be revealed, eventually.

Vocalist Johnny Moss commented on the video:

“Tyler Capehart (director) did a great job, we wanted just the band broke down to a simple message, in which case HE KNOCKED IT OUTTA THE PARK.”

Click here for the video!

Happy Mothers Day from Roadrunner’s bands to their Mom’s

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM (PST)

To celebrate the holiday Roadrunner Records asked a few artists a couple of questions, “Does your mom like/support your band?” and “What’s your mom’s favorite song by your band?” To hear their answers click here.

GWAR-B-Q 2012 is on!

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM (PST)

Scumdogs of the universe GWAR have released a statement through Slave Pit’s P.R. person David Brockie and it looks like GWAR-B-Q 2012 will be held this summer.

So far all we know is that it will be on August 18, 2012 and in Richmond, VA and more details are promised soon.

Click here to read the official statement with all the lack of details.

R.I.P: Beastie Boys MCA (Adam Yauch) passes away at 47

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM (PST)

Adam Yauch, one of the founding members of the Beastie Boys, better known as MCA has passed away at age 47. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2009 and passed away this morning after a three-year battle with the disease.

While not a metal band it, would be hard to deny the influence the Beastie Boys have had musically, and they did have the good taste to call upon Kerry King when they needed a guitarist for Fight For Your Right. Our thoughts go out to you and your family.


Cover Art Battle: April Ultimate Showdown!

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

April was a great month with tons of great albums with some sweet covers and you, my fellow heathens and cretins, voted your asses off once again. So, once again, here’s your opportunity to show us why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Here are April’s winners and nominees for this Ultimate Cover Art Showdown.

Week 1 Winner: Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends (Season Of Mist)
Week 2 Winner: ETHS – III (Season Of Mist)
Week 3 Winner: Thee Orakle – Smooth Comforts False (Ethereal Sound Works)
Week 4 Winner: Stonehaven – Concerning Old-Strife And Man-Banes (HPGD)

Cast your ballots here!

***WINNER*** ETHS – III (Season Of Mist)

Random Metal Shit Monday: Skyrim Metal

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM (PST)

A good Monday to all my fellow heathens and cretins out there and welcome to Random Metal Shit Monday. This is the place where you come to get your metal fix and laugh, scream, cry, punch away the dreariness that is the dreaded Monday.

Today’s randomness is for all you gamers out there. I’m sure many of you have wasted many of hours over the past few months on the vast and frozen lands of Skyrim as I have. In honor of all the hard work I present to you Dovahkiin, heavy metal style. Enjoy.

Today’s RMSM is brought to you by the letter “S” for “Skyrim”. Duh.

Cover Art Battle: Babies, Faeries, and Dragons

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

My fellow heathens and cretins, welcome to the third battle of April. Once again, here’s an opportunity to show the world why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Let us begin with the nominees:

Bringing the “fagus” to the “anrtopo”: Antropofagus

Those eight legged creatures that hide in shadowed corners: Black Spiders

What a lawnmower is referred to by small dogs: Dog Shredder

Put the tron to the ve to the hell: Hellvetron

Rise up, rise up, beasts of stone: Primal Rock Rebellion

Upon thine throne, cast down thine visions: Thee Orakle

And his name was: Ufomammut

Cast your ballots here!

***WINNER*** Thee Orakle – Smooth Comforts False

Random Metal Shit Monday: Map Of Metal

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM (PST)

A good Monday to all my fellow heathens and cretins out there and welcome to Random Metal Shit Monday. This is the place where you come to get your metal fix and laugh, scream, cry, punch away the dreariness that is the dreaded Monday.

Today’s randomness is a great way to waste a Monday. Well, not waste, as you’ll learn shit ton about the the various “genres” in the world of heavy metal and get an understanding of its complexity. So, head on over, enjoy the music, enjoy the videos, and go learn something.

Today’s RMSM is brought to you by the letter “F” for “fuck” because I fucking said so!

Touchstone Discuss Latest Album, The City Sleeps

Posted by JDKleinhans on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM (PST)

January’s week 2 Cover Art Battle Winner, Touchstone, took a moment to talk about their latest album’s, The City Sleeps, cover art.

Touchstone guitarsist / SFX & Artwork guru, Adam Hodgson, took a moment to speak about this splendid piece of work: “Very happy to receive the award, the cover was actually very quick to come together in design… I had the plan in my head that this cover should be more of an emblem rather than a landscape that I had done for previous releases.

“I wanted something that could be recognised and used across all other mediums for posters / merch / t-shirts. The emblem is the crest for the mythical city of Archangel created for Wintercoast and it follows the theme from the story within the tracks.

“The actual images is a real big PhotoShop “mash up” of a statue in the city of Dusseldorf and some other elements from other references. Also if you look closely there are parts of every other album cover in the image also… the image itself took a very long time cutting out all my location shots and then creating the finished design, it looks symmetrical but I have changed little elements so its not a straight mirror –

“I think in the end there is over 150 separate layers making up the image. The background texture is a tapestry I photographed in a church in Rome changed in Photoshop again and the ”blood splat’ is a stock image. Other items in the artwork show images of the city gates which I created from location shots taken in Berlin. I am really happy with the way it looks and seeing it all over the world now really great… thanks again for the chance to talk about the cover and check out the album.

R.I.P: James Charles “Jim” Marshall 1923 – 2012

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM (PST)

I am a day late on this but figured that if any man deserves props for having a hand in the creation of metal is the Lord of Loud himself Jim Marshall. Jim Marshall passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 88 years old. I think Jimi Hendrix said it best “There’s nothing that can beat my old Marshall tube amps, Nothing in the whole world.” So next time you are at a show banging your head look up at those Marshall stacks and throw up the horns for Jim Marshall. Here are a few other metal legends giving Jim a shout out.

Scott Ian of Anthrax said: “Just heard about Jim Marshall passing… I am lucky to have spent time with the man that created the sound of Rock music. A true LEGEND.”

Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser said: “RIP Jim Marshall, thank you, obrigado for the sound!!,”

Slash said: “The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER! \,,/,”

Perhaps one of the few things he’s said that I agree with in a long time, Dave Mustaine: “I have never been sadder than today. My dear friend and father figure Dr. Jim Marshall OBE has passed away. I am at a loss for words…”

New Ihsahn Album Eremita Release Date Confirmed

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Candlelight Records today confirms June 19th as the North American release date for Eremita, the anticipated fourth album from Norwegian-born vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn. Recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio, Eremita was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden.

Alongside Ihsahn, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining – Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (Star of Ash).

Reflecting on the recording process Ihsahn notes, “this is right where I want to be musically, with lots of room for dynamics and expressive variety. Tobias and Jorgen have really added to the organic vibe I was going for and have contributed to the overall feel with their fantastic musicianship. And to have Devin, Jeff, Einar and Heidi adding their special moments, I am very privileged to be able to work with such a talented group of people. I really feel this is some of my most inspired work yet.

The album’s packaging, created by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz, the album’s track listing, and a special two-minute video preview for Eremita, featuring audio segments from the record and exclusive footage filmed during the album’s creation, can be viewed here.

Alright, I hope you’re ready for this.  Brendon Small, the man who has given us the amazing cartoons Home Movies and of course Metalocalypse, has released the first single from his upcoming album with his side project Galaktikon.  To listen to the song, called “On My Way”, click here.

Galaktikon is the same musicians that are in Dethklok, so you can definitely hear some similarities, but it’s way different.

The album is coming out in April along with the premier of Metalocalypse and Small has been very adament that this is not a replacement for a new Dethalbum.  That will still come out in the future. The whole concept of Galaktikon sounds pretty cool and the song is catchy as hell.  Small had this to say about “On My Way”:

“I’m thrilled to finally give people a taste of what I’ve been blabbing about doing for months.  ‘On My Way’ is the last track on the record, where our hero confronts the villain and saves the girl, while complaining the whole time!

“This album should be thought of as an audio comic book, an over acted chamber drama, a ridiculous premise that takes itself way too seriously all the way to the end.”

To read more of what Brendon Small has to say about the album as a whole and why they actually made an album out of it click here.