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Halloween Metal! [31 October 2008|9:02pm]

(x-posted to my personal journal)

In honor of the holiday, here are 5 metal albums I consider appropriate for Halloween listening. In no particular order:
  1. Black Sabbath, Sabotage (1975). One of the most underappreciated gems in the Sabbath discography, thanks to great tracks like "Hole in the Sky", "Symptom of the Universe" and "The Writ." Ozzy's voice is at the height of its powers, and the production values are excellent. "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" is not quite a metal song per se, but the vocal delivery is creepy and unsettling enough that it fits nicely into the whole.

  2. Danzig, Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990). Arguably the best Danzig album of all, and comes close to being one of those elusive "perfect albums" on which not a single track is wasted. Glenn and company come out swinging with "Long Way Back From Hell", bridging seamlessly into "Snakes of Christ", "Killer Wolf" and "Tired of Being Alive" before changing things up a bit with the stripped-down and un-distorted "I'm the One." The second side is perhaps not quite as strong, but the ballad "Blood and Tears" is a highlight, with Danzig making the most of his Presley-esque vocal style.

  3. Slayer, South of Heaven (1988). Many Slayer devotees prefer Reign in Blood, but for me this is their best album overall. Though this is another album front-loaded with the best tracks ("South of Heaven", "Live Undead", "Behind the Crooked Cross", "Mandatory Suicide") that lets up a little bit on side 2, the cover of Judas Priest's "Dissident Aggressor" is well worth sticking around for.

  4. White Zombie, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 (1992). Tough to choose this one over Astro-Creep: 2000, but when you're talking specifically Halloween music, this one's got a smidgeon more horror influence and a little less sci-fi. The most memorable tracks are probably "Thunder Kiss '65" and "Black Sunshine" (complete with Iggy Pop narration!) but deep cuts like "I Am Legend", "Thrust!" and "Starface" add lots of value to the whole.

  5. High on Fire, Blessed Black Wings (2005). I could've picked Venom or something more obvious, but I had to give a shout-out to High on Fire for this album, which is one of the best overall metal albums of the 21st century in my opinion. Imagine an H.P. Lovecraft story with a soundtrack recorded by Slayer, and you have a pretty good feel for this album. In fact "Cometh Down Hessian" and "The Face of Oblivion" are based on Lovecraft tales ("At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Hound", respectively), and both are excellent tunes. "Devilution", "Anointing of the Seer" and "To Cross the Bridge" are also stand-outs. If Slayer needed a successor, which they do not, they could do worse than this band.
Happy headbanging, and happy Halloween! \m/

--- Ajax.
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Metal Masters! [7 August 2008|2:38pm]

I lucked out and got to see the kickoff show of Metal Masters: Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Testament.

Here's the review and a few pics. My girl is cleaning up some of the ones we took at night, they'll follow soon.

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New Soulfly? [21 July 2008|11:16am]

[ mood | excited ]

The new Soulfly album is going to be fucking insane. I am in love with the new single titled "Unleashed". It's heavy as fuck and it makes you wanna fuck shit up. I am in love with Max Cavalera. The guy is amazing and just keeps on releasing kick ass albums. I totally recommend that everyone check out Soulfly & Cavalera Conspiracy. They have singles available for download.



I could see the new Soulfly single being Batista's new theme song.

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My Weekly Top 10 Artists This Week [28 May 2008|6:09am]

[ mood | awake ]

18 May 2008 – 25 May 2008
Visions of AtlantisDraconianArch EnemyThorSonata ArcticaGWARElvenkingMegadethNightwishSwallow the Sun
1 Visions of Atlantis
2 Draconian
3 Arch Enemy
4 Thor
5 Sonata Arctica
7 Elvenking
8 Megadeth
9 Nightwish
10 Swallow the Sun
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My Top 10 Artists this Week [15 April 2008|8:41pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

6 Apr 2008 – 13 Apr 2008
AvantasiaFleshcrawlKnorkatorCannibal CorpseCatastrophicAncientSubway to SallyDie Apokalyptischen ReiterThe SwordAlabama
1 Avantasia
2 Fleshcrawl
3 Knorkator
3 Cannibal Corpse
5 Catastrophic
5 Ancient
5 Subway to Sally
5 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
9 The Sword
10 Alabama
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[6 April 2008|4:04pm]

Happy Birtday _metalheads_ Community

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[4 April 2008|2:09am]

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Happy Mitch Hedberg Day!!! [28 March 2008|2:45pm]

[ mood | dorky ]

People used to think I was high on stage, because people associate long hair with drug use. I wish long hair was associated with something other than drug use. Like an extreme longing for cake. Then strangers would see a long haired guy and say, "That guy eats cake. He is on bunt cake." Mothers would say to their daughters, "Don't bring the cake eater over here anymore! He smells like flour.
Did you see how excited he got when he heard your birthday was fast approaching?"

Last time I called shotgun we had rented a limo, so I fucked up.

I like baked potatoes, man. I don’t have a microwave oven. It takes forever to cook a baked potato in a conventional oven. Sometimes I’ll just throw one in there, even if I don’t want one. By the time it’s done, who knows.

I’ll tell ya, I go to a craft fair, I see a jar of jelly beans. They say, “Guess how many jelly beans are in the jar and you win a prize!” Aw come on, man. Let me just have some. I’ll tell you what, you guess how many I want. If you said a handful, you are right.

About once every three years I think about buying a yo-yo. I’ll be at the store and I’ll come upon the yo-yo section. And I’ll fantasize about mastering it to the point where it becomes a reference as to who I am. “Do you know Mitch Hedberg? Is he that guy that kicks ass on the yo-yo?” Yes I do. He is cool.

Every day for breakfast I have a bowl of instant oatmeal, then I don't do anything for an hour. Makes me wonder why I need the instant oatmeal. I could get the regular oatmeal and feel productive.

My lucky number is four billion. That doesn't come in real handy when you're gambling. Come on four billion! Fuck, seven! Not even close. I need some more dice. Four billion divided by six. At least.

On a traffic light, green means go and yellow means yield, but on a banana it's just the opposite.
Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means where the fuck did you get that banana at? 

Hey man, I went to the Home Depot, y'know, the other day... which was unnecessary. I need to go to the Apartment Depot.
Which is just a big warehouse with people standing around saying, "Hey, we ain't gotta fix, shit!"

Every book is a children's book if the kid can read.

2-in-1 is a bullshit term, because 1 is not big enough to hold 2. That's why 2 was created. If it were 2-in-1 it would be overflowing. The bottle would be all sticky and shit...

For more awesome quotes I found a really awesome website: http://www. hedburgh. com/quoter. php


R.I.P. Mitch...

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My Top 10 Artists this Week [25 March 2008|1:34am]

[ mood | awake ]

16 Mar 2008 – 23 Mar 2008
EluveitieAfter ForeverCrematoryEpicaDeathstarsEchoes of EternityTapping the VeinSireniaHeol TelwenAlestorm
1 Eluveitie
2 After Forever
3 Crematory
3 Epica
5 Deathstars
5 Echoes of Eternity
5 Tapping the Vein
8 Sirenia
9 Heol Telwen
10 Alestorm
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[16 March 2008|9:46pm]

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[24 February 2008|2:34am]

If anyone's a musician (of course all of us with long hair MUST be musicians right?) I found this site where you can upload and sell your original CD's or individual tracks called TheTrackShack.com.

I'm a Bzz Agent and I'm supposed to spread the word, and I thought there'd be plenty of people who could use it. I have promo codes for $10.00 off the cost of hosting your CD($24.99 normal) and also one code someone can have for a totally free CD upload. If you visit the site let me know what you think about it.

You can also use the site to find new artists if you're not a musician, that's free of charge.

I'm not making money off this I'm not being paid to advertise or anything. If this is inappropriate let me know.
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[22 February 2008|10:21pm]

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My Top 10 Played Artists [3 February 2008|9:12pm]

[ mood | calm ]

20 Jan 2008 – 27 Jan 2008
EluveitieGeasaPrimordialKromleKXIV Dark CenturiesThyrfingKorpiklaaniAmon AmarthAes DanaWolfchant
1 Eluveitie
2 Geasa
3 Primordial
4 KromleK
5 XIV Dark Centuries
5 Thyrfing
5 Korpiklaani
5 Amon Amarth
9 Aes Dana
9 Wolfchant
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People in the L.A area [30 January 2008|7:00pm]

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PaganFest USA - Concert Tickets are ON SALE NOW !!! [25 January 2008|6:20pm]

[ mood | cold ]

Hello Everyone!
The tickets to the PaganFest USA are on sale now!

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, look at the list below, and do it NOW!

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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD recruits drummer, vocalist [25 January 2008|5:59pm]

[ mood | cold ]

Currently at home gearing up for the forthcoming Scum of the Earth tour alongside Throwdown, Soilwork, and War of Ages, South Carolina’s THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have issued an update on the band’s recent line-up change: “We just want to fill everyone in on the current situation with TTEOTD,” guitarist Justin Longshore says. “First off, this band isn’t going anywhere and we are still doing the Throwdown/Soilwork tour as planned. To avoid any complications, we'll just state that Josh [Kulick, drums] and Nate [Johnson, vocals] have both parted ways with the band under their own circumstances. We wish them the best of luck in the future.

“We are excited to announce that Lech, formerly of As Blood Runs Black, will be handling drums for us on the upcoming tour. He's a monster behind the kit and has proven to us to be the right fit for our style. And stepping into the vocal spot is Lou Tanius, who has previously put time in with On Paths of Torment and Invocation of Nehek.”

Continuing to support the band's recent release, Malice, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD recently completed a U.S. run supporting As I Lay Dying, labelmates All That Remains and Haste The Day. The band has also supported ‘Malice’ alongside The Red Chord, Despised Icon, All Shall Perish, See You Next Tuesday as well as headlined a US run with As Blood Runs Black, Beneath The Massacre and Ion Dissonance. The debut video from 'Malice,' for "Failure In The Flesh," is available online here, while some in-studio footage is available here.

2/22 St. Louis, MO – 2 Cents Plain (with War of Ages)
2/23 Joplin, MO – The Foundry (with War of Ages)
2/24 Wichita, KS – Eagles Lodge (with War of Ages)

(Scum Of The Earth Tour with Throwdown, Soilwork, War of Ages)
2/29 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
3/01 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
3/03 Dallas, TX – The Door
3/04 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
3/05 Houston, TX – Meridian
3/07 Tampa, FL – State Theatre
3/08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
3/09 Orlando, FL – Firestone
3/10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
3/11 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
3/12 Norfolk, VA – Norva
3/13 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
3/14 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
3/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
3/16 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
3/18 New York City, NY – Blender Theatre at Gramercy
3/19 Montreal, QUE – Le Studio
3/20 Toronto, ONT – Opera House
3/21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
3/22 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
3/23 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
3/25 Denver, CO – Cervantes
3/26 Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon
3/27 Boise, ID – The Big Easy
3/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/29 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
3/31 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
4/02 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
4/03 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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ICED EARTH opens auditions for touring bassist in 2008. [25 January 2008|5:51pm]

America’s premier Heavy Metal band, ICED EARTH, is seeking a deeply passionate and motivated bass guitarist to complete the band’s touring lineup for the 2008 tour season. If you have the chops to join Jon Schaffer and Brent Smedley in metal’s most bulletproof rhythm section, read on.

Applicants MUST possess the following:

1. A demonstrated ability to play with impeccable timing and accuracy.

2. A commanding stage presence that bleeds intensity, aggression, and emotion.

3. Confidence in themselves but also a willingness to be a team player.

4. Proficiency in finger-style playing with some picking experience.

5. Residency in the United States (Midwest residence is a bonus, but not required).

6. A familiarity with the ICED EARTH catalog.

7. A flexible work schedule, as this is not an offer for a full-time band position. However, should you land the gig and exceed our expectations in 2008, an opportunity for further collaboration on tour and in the studio will certainly be considered.

Applicants should submit the following:

1. A demo video on DVD is preferred, but an audio CD or cassette tape of your performance is also acceptable.

2. A photo of yourself if you do not submit a demo in video format.

3. A brief biography outlining your experience and gear setup.

4. Contact address, e-mail address, and phone number should we wish to interview you further.

Before we outline the format of your demo submission, know that, we ARE NOT INTERESTED in listening to a fully produced recording. DO NOT send us ONLY a finished CD release from any band that you have played with. We cannot judge your level of timing and accuracy if you send us a recording that’s been mixed and produced.

A simple LIVE home video or audio recording on a CD/cassette tape that documents your playing is all we need to know if you possess the finely-tuned skills we require. This, in addition to any recording of a live performance will be a plus in telling us what we need to know.

The following is what is required for further consideration:

1. A recording of you sitting down by yourself and playing LIVE along to a click-track.

2. Playing a minimum of 4 songs of varying tempos from ICED EARTH or a combination of songs from Iced Earth and legendary bands such as IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH or RUSH. Pick well-known songs with challenging bass lines.

Please send your bio and demo materials in video or audio format to:

Spirit of 76 Collectibles
1728 17th Street
Columbus, Indiana 47201

*Please note that demos will not be returned.

If you have further questions, you may e-mail us at: webmaster@icedearth.com
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My Top 10 Played Artists [20 January 2008|11:37pm]

[ mood | energetic ]

13 Jan 2008 – 20 Jan 2008
Thayer CabinEnsiferumTýrFolkearthTurisasEluveitieEinherjerFinntrollWindirAmon Amarth
1 Thayer Cabin
2 Ensiferum
3 Týr
4 Folkearth
5 Turisas
6 Eluveitie
7 Einherjer
8 Finntroll
9 Windir
10 Amon Amarth
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My Top Albums From 2007 [17 January 2008|8:24pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I have finally decided to make or I should say finally decided to compile a list of my favorite albums from 2007. Now I know that everyone has different tastes and opinions of what is good and what is bad. I am sure that a lot of you aren't going to be surprised at how my list is going to turn but someone of you might be surprised. Now that the little introduction is out of the way, it's time for me to announce my top albums from 2007 so here we go.

Disappointed Albums of 2007
1. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Linkin Park - Minutes 2 Midnight
3. Atreyu - Lead Sails Paper Anchor
4. Hurt - Vol. II
5. Shadows Fall - Threads of Life
6. Kid Rock - Rock N Roll Jesus
7. Puddle of Mudd - Famous
8. Mnemic - Passenger
9. The Showdown - Temptation Come My Way

The Non-Disappointed Albums of 2007
1. Ensiferum - Victory Songs
2. Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup
3. Turisas - The Varangian Way
4. Behemoth - The Apostasy
5. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli
6. Manowar - Gods of War
7. Battlelore - Evernight
8. Machine Head - The Blackening
9. Sonata Arctica - Unia
10. Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
11. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades
12. Soilwork - Sworn To A Great Divide
13. Nonpoint - Vengeance
14. Korn - Untitled
15. Korpiklaani - Tervaskanto
16. Devildriver - The Last Kind Words
17. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
18. King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul... Please
19. Helloween - Gambling with the Devil
20. The Absence - Riders of the Plague
21. Elvenking - The Scythe
22. Static X - Cannibal
23. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon
24. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us
25. Demon Hunter - Storm the Gates of Hell
26. Sevendust - Alpha
27. Five Finger Death Punch - The Way of the Fist
28. Dethklok - Dethalbum
29. Throwdown - Venom & Tears
30. Daath - The Hinderers
31. Within Temptation - The Heart of Everything
32. Allen/Lande - The Revenge
33. Avantasia - Lost In Space (Part 1 & 2)
34. Him - Venus Doom
35. Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin
36. Iron Fire - Blade of Triumph

Note: This is not in any type of order. It's just what came to my mind.

* It's a matter of taste people! Disappointed albums for me might be the best albums for you and the best for me might be disappointments for you.

* I did not mention all albums that came out this year! thats just what came to my mind at the moment, so I might have missed something!

* All recommendations are welcomed!

Thoughts/Comments/Opinions Are More Than Welcomed!!!!!!

Thanks for checking out my list.

May 2008 Be Another Great Year of Metal!!!! \m/ \m/

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[17 January 2008|2:07am]

What are your favorite artists on your MP3 player right now?
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