San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have posted the following message on their official Facebook page:
"Last night, the BLABBERMOUTH.NET Facebook posted a side by side photo of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's new stage set against MACHINE HEAD's 16-year-old lion crest. Unquestionably, lion crests have been around for ages, but there are some uncanny similarities to MACHINE HEAD's distinct lion crest.
* Lions (with axes)
* Roman numerals at the bottom
* Band symbol in the center
* Black-and-white juxtaposition in the center
"Head Cases, tell us what think." AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows told the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF that he isn't bothered by recent comments from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, in which Flynn called the band's new "Hail To The King" CD a "covers album." Flynn specifically called the band out for songs like "This Means War", which bears a strong resemblance to METALLICA's "Sad But True", along with others.
Shadows told WAAF's Mike Hsu (hear audio below): "I think, more than anything, [Robb's comments] brought a lot of attention to the record.
"I saw a lot of people saying, 'Oh, well, I didn't like AVENGED before, but now I'm gonna check it out, and I like this record.' So that was kind of funny.
"But, you know, [I'm] just trying to be displomatic about the whole thing."
He continued: "I don't really care what anyone says, but when people ask you about it over and over, you have to have some sort of response. And my response is just, look, I know the guy. He can say whatever he says. He's a grown-ass adult. He's 40-something years old and has an opinion on our record. I guess he can write and say whatever he wants." Flynn didn't pull any punches in his critique, writing, "Congratulations to AVENGED SEVENFOLD On their latest 'covers album' coming in at #1. Who knew that re-recording METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, and MEGADETH songs could be such a worldwide hit!!?? Ba-dap Psssssss!!" "Hail To The King" sold 159,000 copies in its first week of release, giving the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare".
Korn to Rock Out on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday
Korn will celebrate the release of their 11th studio album, The Paradigm Shift, with an appearance Monday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band will perform a mini-concert on the late-night show's outdoor stage, the day before the album arrives in stores.
If you can’t stay up to see the performance, you’ll get your chance to see the band live when they head out on the road with their old friend Rob Zombie next month. Dubbed the Night of the Living Dreads Tour, the North American trek begins on November 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. Visit Korn.comto view the full itinerary.
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Slash Discusses the New Horror Film He Produced, Nothing Left to Fear
Nothing Left to Fear, the first movie from Slash's Slasher Films production company, premiered in select theaters over the weekend, and will be available for purchase on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video on Tuesday. The horror flick, which stars Anne Heche, James Tupper and Clancy Brown, tells the story of a religious family who moves into a small Kansas town with a dark secret -- it happens to be located over a portal to hell.
"Basically, it's Internet folklore," the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist tells ABC News Radio about the inspiration for the film. "There is a town called Stull in Kansas, and there's this whole series of anecdotes of things that have been happening [there] for years…And there is a cemetery there that's supposed to be one of the seven gateways to hell, and there's a church next door to it which is harboring a demon and the son of a demon, or something along those lines."
As a lifelong horror-movie fan, Slash says many aspects of Nothing Left to Fear's story appealed to him and inspired him to co-produce the flick.
"I love the sort of innocent family being lured into this nice, rural community under false pretenses," he explains. "I loved the religious aspect of it, because that's a thing that's supposed to make you feel safe, so I love that sort of twist there…Everything about it seemed like something…original, but it's along themes that we've heard before."
Besides being involved in the production end, Slash also lent his musical talents to the movie, co-writing the score -- in collaboration with composer Nicholas O'Toole -- and contributed a couple of original songs to the soundtrack. The rocker explains that although he hadn't composed a full-length score before, working with O'Toole turned what might have been a chore into a "really pleasurable" experience.
"In a way, [it was] a challenge," notes Slash, "but it was so fascinating and it was so much fun to do that it took all the work out of it."
One of the original tunes the 48-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer penned for the movie was the title track, which features vocals by Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy, who also has been the lead singer of Slash's band for the last few years. Slash says asking Kennedy to appear on the song was a no-brainer.
"Myles is an incredible singer, and he's got the kind of voice that fits perfectly to do something haunting," he maintains. "He's got a very, very sort of buttery-smooth voice with a lot of range, so he can go very deep and he can go very high…It wasn't even a question to me who should sing it."
As for what kind of movie fans can expect next from Slasher Films, Slash promises that it definitely won't be a romantic comedy.
"Slasher Films is primarily horror based," he insists. "There's so many different possibilities for horror stories [and] science-fiction stories, but along those lines is where I'm keeping it focused. I'm just looking for another story that's really, really great and something that totally grabs me by the short hairs."
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Ozzy Osbourne's Granddaughter Pearl Dresses Up Like Grandpa
Ozzy Osbourne may be known as the Prince of Darkness, but we're sure his day must have brightened up when he saw the photo of his 18-month-old granddaughter Pearl that his son Jack recently posted on Twitter. The picture shows little Pearl dressed up as her rock-star grandpa, complete with long wig, a necklace of crosses and round glasses with purple lenses just like Ozzy's.
The 27-year-old Jack, who's currently appearing in Dancing with the Stars, posted a simple note to accompany the cute pic that reads "The Princess of Darkness." Jack's wife, Lisa, meanwhile, revealed on her own Twitter account that the costume was a gift from Ellen DeGeneres.
Ozzy likely will have to wait a bit before he sees Pearl in the getup in person. His band Black Sabbathkicked off a Latin American tour on Friday in Santiago, Chile, that will run through an October 26 concert in Mexico City. At least he'll be home in time for Halloween!
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Soundgarden Hoping to Inject “More Bite” into Next Studio Album
While Soundgarden hasn’t made any official plans for a follow-up to 2012’s King Animal, members of the band are confident they’ll record a new album sometime in the future.
“We don’t have plans, but we have desire and interest in making another album,” guitarist Kim Thayil tells O2 Academy TV in a video interview. Drummer Matt Cameron adds he already has an idea for the upcoming release, noting he’d like the songs to feature heavier riffs. “I think we’d like to just make…a record that’s more raw, you know, that maybe just kinda has a little more bite, more guitars,” he explains.
While we wait for new music from the guys, the group’s first record label, Sub Pop Records, has announced they’ll be reissuing the band’s long-out-of-print 1990 compilation Screaming Life/Fopp. The remastered set, which is comprised of Soundgarden’s first two EPs, includes the original ten tracks and “Sub Pop Rock City,” a cut that was originally featured on 1988’s Sub Pop 200 compilation. Screaming Life/Fopp will be available at all the usual digital outlets and on vinyl starting November 26.