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RIP Chris Cornell

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:22 AM (PST)

No words will do justice to your legacy. Thank you

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KNAC coming back to the airwaves

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:01 PM (PST)

After more than 20 years of anticipation and recent reports of Ted Pritchard (best known by the nicknames Thrasher and Thrashpie) mentioning the possibility of returning to the radio industry, a spokesperson has revealed that the long-defunct legendary radio station KNAC Pure Rock will return to terrestrial radio in Los Angeles, California later this year.

The spokesperson, who declined to reveal his name, said, “I know many fans have been waiting over 20 years for this. I know I have. It’s about time we give a younger generation of metal fans what they deserve”. Although the spokesperson said that it’s unlikely the revamped KNAC will return to its original frequency 105.5-FM, it will “definitely be an all-metal and hard rock radio station just like the old KNAC”, playing music from classic bands like Black Sabbath to Metallica to White Zombie to today’s music like Ghost and Steel Panther. For more info and updates on the upcoming return of KNAC-FM, go here.

KNAC signed off before 2PM on February 15th, 1995, ending it with Metallica’s “Fade to Black”, and it was replaced by the Spanish-language format KBUE (Que Buena). KNAC was resurrected in 1998 as the internet radio station KNAC.com, which still exists to this day.

UPDATE: This was an April Fool’s joke. We owe those (including KNAC fans) who have been waiting for years for the return of KNAC as an FM station our sincere apology.

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Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi’s ‘Seventh Star’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:19 PM (PST)

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Thirty years ago, Black Sabbath as a band, an idea, and as a consistent part of heavy metal was all but gone. Starting with Heaven and Hell, the first Black Sabbath album without the original line-up, the band started to go through many odd years. Mob Rules saw the band down to half of the original members. Born Again was most of the band back together, with Ian Gillian on vocals instead of Ozzy or Ronnie.

But by time Seventh Star came out Black Sabbath was down to one original member, Tony Iommi. It stayed that way until Geezer came back in for 1992’s Dehumanizer. The band closed out with 1995’s Forbidden being down to just Iommi, again. Geezer and Iommi in the 18 year gap, played a lot of concerts with Black Sabbath, but no new music was recorded. Then starting in 2007 they worked with Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice in Heaven and Hell to record Live from Radio City Music HallThe Devil You Know and Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell.

You can read more of this 30th anniversary retrospect here.

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DVD Review: Black Veil Brides – “Alive And Burning”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM (PST)

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Alive and Burning is everything a Black Veil fan could want in a DVD
experience. Great audio, an extensive booklet and pro footage of BVB ripping
through a lengthy set in November of 2014 at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. The
band have come a long way since vocalist Andy Biersack used to sleep in his
car. Right from the opener “Heart Of Fire”, you know why Avenged Sevenfold
need to watch their backs. This band right now could blow them off the stage,
and I’m not even an Avenged hater.

The hard working, hard rock tradition loving band that people either love or
hate threaten snobs who just don’t get where these dudes are coming from or
like the aesthetic, but in reality Black Veil are right up there with some of
the best 80’s bands. They are certainly light years better than a plethora of
compressed emo vocal bands all trying to grasp at pubescence with high pitched
vocals while also trying to sound tough and screamo-core or the distended anus
of most deathcore mouth fart vocals and floppy breakdowns these days.

Watching this DVD is exciting, fans are stoked, rock n roll is alive, the band
have sick gear and Andy is using his real, God given voice to kick ass. The
band have on stage fortitude and a killer energy exhange with fans many
numbskulls could learn from if they could stop automatically associating glam
or death rock with Mall metal trends. Personally I love when I see some
younger kid with a Heartogram or a Black Veil T Shirt, because it isn’t fake
music.

Click HERE for more.

Black Sabbath’s first singer announces band’s final album, tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 8:36 AM (PST)

logo_Large_32723Ozzy Osbourne, the first of numerous great vocalists who contributed to the legendary band Black Sabbath whose name I have as a tat on my wrist, announced yesterday that the band will do one more album and tour. While I hope Bill Ward can complete the full circle and be on it, things haven’t been boding well lately. I hope Sabbath can really give the fans what they want. I love Ozzy but there have been numerous people important to the band over the years who don’t seem to get as much due as they should.

Personally, I liked the 13 album. Ozzy killed it and the songs were really good, but let’s all  hope the mix can be a bit less clean for the final record.

Check out the press conference BELOW.

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Black Sabbath has announced a “new” singer after Ozzy Osbourne announced his departure from the legendary metal band today.

“He’s [Ozzy] 66 years old, and years of being on the road have just taken their toll. He wants to focus on family and gardening now, which has been a secret passion of his for a long time.” replied Sharon Osbourne, his wife of 32 years.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has announced former Sabbath singer, Tony Martin as his replacement. “Tony is, by far, the most capable singer I’ve ever worked with. He was able to sing the songs of every era of the band. It will be great working with him again. Geezer [Butler, Black Sabbath bassist] and Nick [Menza, newly announced drummer- since Megadeth dropped the ball on that one again] are looking forward to it as well.”

Tony Martin issued a statement saying “This is something the fans have demanded for years now. It’s been a long time, but it finally feels right.”

This isn’t the first time Ozzy has left Sabbath. In 1977, Ozzy was fired from the group and was replaced by Dave Walker of Fleetwood Mac. Ozzy was brought back a short time later, only to be replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Ozzy reunited with Sabbath a few more times over the years, only to be replaced by Dio each time until now.

“The company no longer makes the sticks they used to jam up his ass to keep him propped upright on stage, so he has decided to step down as Sabbath’s frontman so the most dynamic vocalist of the band could return,” commented bassist Geezer Butler.

Dust off that Headless Cross, bitches.

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Rolling Stone are reporting that grunge kings Soundgarden have unveiled a three-disc rarities collection of B-sides, cover songs and seven unreleased tracks: http://rol.st/1tBDX2s 

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“One more album, and a final tour” Ozzy speaks on Black Sabbath

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM (PST)

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The world’s greatest metal band may be preparing to call it quits for the final time.

Ozzy spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine about the Black Sabbath‘s future.

“We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.”

It doesn’t sound as if they’ll start writing the album until early 2015, however.

One thing is for certain, Ozzy is fired up and ready to go!

“Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea – because we were getting asked about it all the time – I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.'”

Osbourne went as far as to say that he’d ‘Fly to the fucking moon’ to make this next album happen.

You can read the whole article from Rolling Stone here.

Check out the ‘Memoirs of a Madman’ trailer here.

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Godsmack 1000hp pre-order available

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM (PST)

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Robbie from Godsmack today – “Hey guys! #1000hp is now available for pre-order at iTunes”.

Get your orders in HERE. This is gonna be a good album from the Boston hard rock vets. Shannon Larkin is one of the best drummers out there and if you’re still on the ‘Smack (sorry, that was awful…), you know they are a real fan friendly band. Check out a video message from Robbie HERE.

Crank the new single HERE. Sullt kind of recounts the band’s story in the song. A good motivator.

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Black SabbathPretty soon, it’s going to be a year since Black Sabbath released their comeback album 13. In an interview at this year’s edition of the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, which took place yesterday, frontman Ozzy Osbourne was asked about the band’s future, in which he replied:

“We haven’t really discussed it. It is possible there’s gonna be another album. But we haven’t really sat down and decided what we’re gonna do yet. We just wanna finish this tour and then we’ll see.”

You can watch the interview below.

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Movie Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:57 AM (PST)

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Super Duper Alice Cooper is a rare rock doc that really nails it. Coherent continuity propelled as much by visual narrative and well edited insights rather than an overly verbose sense of nostalgia, the film fires on all cylinders. This is required viewing for any would be shock rocker or performer who plans to live or play with persona. Alice Cooper is a legend if ever there was one. Some people can handle the 24/7 thing for awhile, but chances are your alter ego will eventually bite you back. There is a reason Bruce Wayne didn’t stay Batman all the time, kids.

There’s a few moments in my “career” as a rock writer that made me feel like all the blood, sweat and tears have been worth it. Getting to talk to Sylvain Sylvain the day former NY Dolls manager Malcolm Mclaren passed away was unexpected and intense. Interviewing my favorite woman in music Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux/Black Bananas not once but twice. Talking to Jane’s Addiction. But honestly getting an advance copy of this movie and knowing I get to help get the word out on the DVD release is also pretty darn validating and feels fantastic as a long time Alice fan…ever since “Feed My Frankenstein” when I was a kid myself!

The animation,contributors, editing and of course the music is fantastic. We see the rise of the early band from their Beatle Mania influenced days as The Spiders to actually gaining infamy opening for John Lennon to Alice taking on a life beyond the scope of what the band, and probably Vincent Furnier himself, ever imagined. A standout part of the film is when Alice talks in old interview footage about how rock had gone as far as it was gonna go with guitar solos and drum solos and he was pushing it forward. If a boy is gonna go home wearing eye make-up and scare his parents, that was ok.

Click here for more of the film review (and believe me, you want to).

Black Sabbath announces US tour dates

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:44 AM (PST)

Black Sabbath logoLegendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have announced a handful of US tour dates in support of their upcoming album 13. The album is set for release via Vertigo and Republic Records in the US on June 11, 2013.

You can see the tour dates here.

13, which is actually Sabbath’s nineteenth studio album, is the first album since the 1978 album Never Say Die! to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne and the first Sabbath album since 1995’s Forbidden.

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Black Sabbath detail new album

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 6:38 AM (PST)

black sabbath 13Yes, it’s finally happening – Black Sabbath will release their new album 13 on June 11th, and the heavy metal icons have revealed the record’s artwork and official track listing, which can be viewed here.

13, which was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin, will not only be the first album under the Black Sabbath name since since 1995’s Forbidden, but it will be their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978′s Never Say Die.

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Black Sabbath to release new album, ’13’ on June 11

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM (PST)

BlackSabbath005 Metal masters Black Sabbath have finally dropped the release date for their newest album. The album, 13, is expected to drop on June 11.

Black Sabbath is also expected to start their world tour with a series of dates kicking off next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

You can find the second studio update here.

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Black Sabbath name new album, reveal session drummer

Posted by Metal Dude on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM (PST)

Black Sabbath have set 13 as the title of their long-awaited new album, which is expected to arrive in June. They have also revealed who played drums on the record instead of Bill Ward, who decided not participate in the reunion: Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine.

13, which was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin, will not only be the first album under the Black Sabbath name since since 1995’s Forbidden, but it will be their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978’s Never Say Die.

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