The last two years have been a hellish ride for Chimaira. First, they lost three band members -- drummer Andols Herrick, bassist Jim Lamarca and keyboardist Chris Spicuzza. After a brief period of panicking, they replaced the dudes with two members of Daath, multi-instrumentalist Emil Werstler on bass and keyboardist Sean Zatorsky. Then they added drummer Austin D'Amond and wrote one of their best albums to date, 'The Age of Hell.' But now, Hell hath unleashed its unpredictable fury yet again.
Some critics have accused black metal of becoming a parody of itself in recent years, and certain musicians at the forefront of the movement, including Mayhem bassist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher), haven't done much to prove the genre is still dangerous, vibrant and viable.
The entire metal community is celebrating today (Nov. 11) as National Metal Day and cranking their favorite tunes ... well, to 11. There's something about the date -- the synchronicity of numbers, the cutting parallel lines -- that when 11/11/11 is written out that looks pretty metal. But the real metal-ness of National Metal Day dates back to the classic 1984 rock movie satire 'This is Spinal Tap.'
It's hard to believe that 40 years have passed since rock legends Led Zeppelin released their cryptic album (long before the days of CDS) that featured cover art depicting a painting of an old man holding a cane, with a bundle of sticks tied to his back.
As expected, Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil has pleaded guilty in Las Vegas Justice Court to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The charge stemmed from an incident last March in which Neil allegedly harassed his ex-girlfriend Alicia Jacobs and her friends after a show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Had Neil not pleaded guilty, he would have faced a more serious charge of battery constituting domestic violence.
To celebrate National Metal Day on 11/11 (as declared by VH1), Loudwire is examining the past 40-plus years of the genre's impact with a look at the top 11 metal albums of each decade. While an act like Led Zeppelin was certainly influential on the metal movement, the band was too bluesy and spiritual to be categorized as metal. Mos
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