1/5/13

A new year… hopefully that brings more and better metal. So I have procrastinated long enough and without further ado, in honor of the show they have coming up (and because I feel bad for being such a procrastinator), I present:

An Interview With Terraform

I sat down with the four dudes (and assorted randoms) from the local scene, Terraform, one drunken evening for an interview (my first one!) and amid the video game and alcohol abundant sausage-fest that it was, managed to get these fabulous slurred responses to my questions.

What is the origin of the band?

Murat Demir: We started the band with this guy, Mike, actually and we were called Exorcism and played old school death metal.

Mike: I wrote lyrics and some of the riffs.

Murat: Me and Cross, the drummer, hated each other. For a bout two years we disliked each other. We were acquaintances but we didn’t really like each other. But I really needed a drummer and no one I knew could hold up because everyone played deathcore and metalcore and I knew this kid played classic rock. I knew I could get him to play some old school death metal. So I called Cross up and was like “Lets jam”. So me and Cross and Cody and Zach were were already in a band together and we decided to have Cody as our bassist and Zach as our guitar player so we decided that we wanted to jam with Cross as our drummer. They had already been jamming with him for like four or five years before. So I knew this kid’s good. So we went to his house and we jammed. And I had a song written previously, I had, like, five or six riffs so we just mashed them up into a certain song and we called it "Disentombed” and that was our first song. We called our band Destroyer after the Kiss album. And it was all over after that.

Awesome. So what’s with the bassist thing?

Murat: When we drink we get pretty stupid and originally we didn’t want to ever get rid of Cody but it was just like a parent thing. Because we jam here and Zach’s dad owns the shop and he didn’t like Cody for running a certain someone over with someone’s own truck. So we had to get rid of him for a month.

Cody McAlpine: More like three months.

Murat: Was it three months?

Cody: Yeah.

Murat: Well let’s say like, two to three months. In retrospect it’s not that big of a deal because it’s like he never really left the band. So Cody is our bassist and he will be our bassist for a very long time. Until he is in the grave. Until one of us dies.

Cody: Fuck it I ran that guy over. I’m sorry Zachary!

Why did you change your name?

Murat: Well when we were Destroyer people were giving us shit about it being a generic band name.

So you care about what people think?

Murat: Well about certain things I should say. If it was about something that we did on stage I wouldn’t give a fuck. But about our name, our name is important, because, like, a label won’t sign you if you have a super generic name. So I thought about bigger than Anchorage, like,if people give us shit for changing our name in Anchorage is that a big deal? So I thought about it and if we move to a different state and someone is calling us Destroyer they’ll probably think that it’s a really generic name like a Slayer knockoff or something.

I thought it was really thrashy.

Murat: It was and also about the thrash thing, we don’t want to be labeled as a thrash thing anymore.

What do you want to be as? Do you want to be labeled?

Murat: We don’t want to be labeled because it confines you to a certain genre. If you think about it, people call us a thrash band so we have to write thrash riffs. I don’t want to think about it like that because when I write riffs I don’t think about it like I have to write a riff that sounds like Exodus or something, you know? I’d rather write based upon my own opinion. And that’s what we did so we were like, okay, Terraform. Not one thrash band that I know of has a name that sounds similar to that. 

Why that name? What in that word did you relate to?

Murat: Well we wanted something different because at the time we were listening to a lot of progressive stuff like Cynic and Obscura and all that other stuff.

Cody: Fuck that shit dude, it’s because we are shaping our lives, that’s what we’re doing. We’re terraforming our lives.

Murat: But when we first named the band I was 18 and now I’m like twenty. That’s not a long time but really two years is a long time and at that time we wanted to destroy competition.

Do you all have a favorite show you’ve played?

Zach Cross: Suicide Silence.

Murat: For me it was the first Battle to Warped Tour show because that was probably the biggest circle pit The Downstairs has ever seen in its whole career.

Move away from Alaska or stay? Granted every band wants to leave, get signed, go big, right? But in reality for a lot of Alaskan bands that’s not exactly the easiest thing to do. So do you have any plans for doing that? Is that a work in progress?

Murat: It is a work in progress right now but we’re waiting for Zach, the rhythm guitarist, to turn 18. He’s only 17 years old. We’re starting out in Seattle and maybe we might go to Turkey actually. We might play a few gigs there and then move back somewhere in the states so we’re used to traveling with each other. I was thinking about this actually by myself, if we moved to a country that I know and I’ve lived in before, Turkey, it would be good for travelling experience and then move back into the lower 48. Honestly I think we would have a more competitive edge against bands that are out right now because I know for a fact that we’re better. I don’t even have to be arrogant about it, I know about the musical abilities and confidence that we have. We just want to be something bigger than we are and we have the hunger for that.

And you guys are young too so that’s also an advantage.

Murat: I dropped out of school to be a musician, you know, I didn’t drop out for no good reason. I did it so I could pursue that and I’m going to do that until I fail. If I fail I’ll go back to being a normal human being.

So where do you guys pull musical influences from?

Murat: Depends on what I’m listening to this week. It’s all over the place because every week I’m listening to something different and I’ll get over. Death and Metallica are the biggest influences. The two originators of our band are death and Metallica.

Cody: I’ve been listening to a lot Blotted Science.

After that it became a big slurred list of nearly every awesome metal band being shouted at once. If you have been living in a hole and hiding from our tiny local metal scene you can check these dudes out at the Metal Invasion show on the 11th of January at the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club. The cover is either 5 cans of food or 5 bucks. Quite doable.

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And Terraform recently came out with their first music video for their track “Infected Humanity”. So here it is. Metal.

 

So I was being bored all in my lonesome (fine it was more like I couldn’t sleep and it was 1 am) and googled “metal” and I found this mapofmetal.com. I don’t know how I could be so oblivious that something like this existed but I was. Mock me if you will, I blame everyone else for not sharing it with me. It is an interactive map that goes through and connects all of the genres of metal. To be honest it is more aesthetically pleasing rather than informative but it is fun to click around it. Plus it plays metal and does other weird stuff. Good for when you’re bored and tired of staring at your computer screen. If you are like me and have not yet experienced the Map of Metal you should give it a onceover. And then maybe eventually you will be bored and go back to it.

As the new year comes barreling at me with full force I can only hang on and keep hoping for more summer tour announcements. Sure I’m half a year away but I cannot wait to once more abandon my hometown in search for raging live metal shows with big names. For the most part I have to wait a very long time still before hearing any promising news but I have in my search found things such as this:

And after that came this:

The confirmed lineup for 70,000 Tons Of Metal so far is now as followed:

ANACRUSIS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
GOTTHARD
HELLOWEEN
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
KREATOR
LACUNA COIL
NILE
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TURISAS

The cruise will be setting sail from Miami, FL on January 28 to Cockburn Town on the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, returning on Friday, February 1!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

*courtesy of MetalHammer.com

Someday when I have somehow acquired a lot of money I will be one of these lucky 2000 ticketholders and set sail into the tropical waters headbanging all the way.

Here is another metal fest that would be so beyond epic to see. Ozzfest Japan 2013. Also if anyone can read the katakana under Slipknot and Black Sabbath, I hope you grinned as big as I did. Gotta love those Japanese translations. This is the first time ever that Ozzfest will be held in Japan and this two day fest is something that will be a shame to miss. Thank you Sharon Osbourne. Don’t worry it is in May so you have 5 months to attempt to raise as much money as you can to go. Oh and for people who can’t translate yen into dollars, tickets for both days are about 300 bucks. It’s the plane ticket to Japan that is gonna empty your wallet.

Another thing I found courtesy of MH was this video of this kid talking about Nuclear Blasts 2012 releases. I am happy that kids dig metal these days. But at the same time I feel like when this British 12 year old says “metal” it’s not very metal. Maybe after he hits puberty? Anyway here are this 12 year olds critiques and comments regarding his top 5 releases from the label in 2012. He sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. It prompts me to wonder whether or not there are queue cards. I’m still weirded out.

And I’ve stockpiled a bunch of these internet popular memes to bring you another Mtlmaiden Top Ten. I bring you

Mtlmaiden’s Top Ten Metal and Music Memes

(In no particular order.)

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How many of you can relate?

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No, he did not. That is for sure.

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This is a little more true than I like to think.

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The best idea now is to put on the song and pretty much from here on out it is all you will be able to hear when Halford sings “Breaking the Law”.

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My friend sent me this one and said this is how he imagined I made cookies… and it’s nearly 100% accurate.

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I miss this band so much already…

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The world has spoken.

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Open condom store? That’s all I could hear when I heard that song. But the dance is pretty rad.

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Russian Captcha. Awesome.

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Yep. This is what my ipod looks like.

Well my metal minions, here is to a new year of metal! I can’t believe I still have readers… weird. Let 2013 commence!

Mtlmaiden

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11/1/12

This Dose dedicated to Mitch Lucker. RIP.

I’m sure everyone is aware of the tragic happenings that went down last night. For those unaware he was in a motorcycle accident last night. This morning while in the hospital in Orange County he was pronounced dead. The band posted on their FB page

There’s no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.

R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker – We Love You Brother

To try to move away from depressing things, check out this festival:

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Look at that lineup!!! I could never ever imagine seeing that many bands in one place. If you are looking at a trip to Cali over Thanksgiving you might also want to look into California Metalfest. You can purchase your tickets at ticketfly.com.

Another insanely brutal tour: Dying Fetus “The Blood Of Power Tour”

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With support from Cattle Decapitation, Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. It doesn’t get much more metal than that. Tour starts on the 24th of November and runs through December 23rd. Seeing Dying Fetus with their amazing support would be the best way to go mentally prepare for your relatives to come for the holidays.

So here is a show that already happened but it’s one all metalheads might want to put at the top of their concert to-do list: Metal Female Voices Fest. It took place on the 20th and 21st of October. Think about it: A metal festival with all the hottest and most talented females in metal performing in two days in one place. So this one takes place over in Belgium so if you ever decide to go on a trip to Europe you might want to coordinate it around this festival. Check out some awesome footage of it below!

So Bullet For My Valentine released a new track. Normally I’d be all sorts of excited about one of my favorite bands releasing a single but seeing as they’ve only been going downhill with every album so far I wasn’t that eager to hear it. Listen to their new single “Temper Temper” and you will understand why. I don’t normally bust up a track or album like I’m about to but listen to it and you will know why! It’s horrible! It’s like a mix of this new hard rock stuff and there’s not even screaming anymore! It is the same generic rock band riff that you can hear on any rock radio station track. Sure it’s still their same guitar tone but it is the same riff. And this is why I will only be listening to their first two albums for the rest of my life. Go ahead, listen to it. Cringe and die a little inside. I know I sure did.

Uhm so everyone who hasn’t heard the new Dethalbum can just stop everything they’re doing and go listen to it. Now. It’s everything brutal, and Dethklok. Check it out. Dethalbum III.

10/10/12

Hello friends! Let me start off by saying Yay! I finally have a computer that works again! To all who may have thought I quit or died or quit metal and moved to dubstep, do not fear as this is not true. I have returned.

Without further ado, here is what’s going on in metal:

 

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JUST LOOK AT THOSE HEADLINERS! You can guarantee that this is going to be one raging shindig! Download Festival 2013 is going to be quite epic. Oh how I wish I could afford to go to Europe. Just imagine how massive the circle pits will be! Tickets are on sale now and range from 170 euros to 205 euros. (You can figure out how many dollars that is. But it’s expensive.) They will be announcing more bands in the near future!

The long awaited Dethalbum III from the groundbreaking animated metal comedy, Metalocalypse, is set to be released soon. The date for the release is October 16th, 2012. (Right around the corner!) The track listing was released last month and is as follows:

(indicates which episode each song is from)
1. I Ejaculate Fire (Dethhealth)
2. Crush the Industry (Renovationklok)
3. Andromeda (Writersklok)
4. The Galaxy (Doublebookedklok)
5. Starved (Tributeklok)
6. Killstardo Abominate (Dethsiduals and Rehabklok)
7. Ghostqueen (Motherklok)
8. Impeach God (Dethgov)
9. Biological Warfare (Fertilityklok)
10. Skyhunter (Rehabklok)
11. The Hammer (Dethcamp)
12. Rejoin (Fanklok)

The album is also set to release a vinyl edition of The Dethalbum III on November 6th. There will also be a deluxe edition that will also have a DVD that will include music videos, behind the scenes of the making of the album, and more assorted extras. Rad.

The latest video from the album was just released last week for the track entitled “The Galaxy”. It’s brutal. Check it here.

The World Premiere for this video sponsored by Hot Topic.

They have also released another video off of the album last month for the opening track off of the album, “I Ejaculate Fire.” If you have not seen it yet I am going to assume you live under a rock. If you have seen it already watch it again. Because it is awesome. Here you go!

Dethklok is also currently on tour in the states with Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. So even though the tour with LOG was cancelled they’re bringing back the brutality at the end of this month. If you’ve thought about flying out for a tour lately this is one you might want to consider. Here are the current dates. Take some time off work, empty that piggy bank, pack your most brutal band t-shirt, hop on a plane and go check out the genius that is Brendon Small. Tickets for the show are cheap at 36 bucks each so you can guarantee you will get more than your money’s worth.

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Tour Dates:

10/30 Norfolk, VA – Norva
10/31 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/02 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
11/03 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
11/04 Worcester, MA – Palladium
11/05 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/07 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
11/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/09 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
11/10 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
11/11 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
11/13 Fargo, ND – The Venue
11/14 Minneapolis, MN – Myth
11/15 Milwaukee, WI – Rave / Eagles Club
11/16 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
11/17 Kansas City, MO – Midland
11/18 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/20 Denver, Co – Fillmore
11/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Great Salt Air
11/23 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
11/24 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/26 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/27 Hollywood, CA – Palladium
11/28 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
11/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
12/01 Austin, TX – Stubbs
12/02 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/04 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
12/06 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
12/07 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
12/08 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

So one of my favorite bands, Salt the Wound, have mentioned via Facebook that they are going to be releasing their fourth studio album soon! By soon I’m going to assume within the next year.They’ve mentioned that they’ve been in and out of the studio for the past few months and have been slacking on touring and a speedy recording process due to families and work, which is totally understandable. I don’t care how long it takes as long as it happens. I can and will attempt to be patient. Also with the new album we can hope to see some tour dates arise. If you haven’t listened to them before I do recommend you check them out and form your own opinions on them. Their last album is killer. Their second one isn’t that great. So stick to either Kill the Crown (2011) or Carnal Repercussions (2008).

If anybody out there digs Suffocation, they’re finishing up in the studio. After slaving away on the album, to be entitled Pinnacle Of Bedlam, since the August, they can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The album is set to have 10 tracks. Keep you eyes and ears peeled for more news to come on this album. Here’s the band discussing the album.

 

The new Acacia Strain album, Death is the Only Mortal, is out! It’s brutal. It has a more digital sound, but I think most of the newer core bands are headed that way. (Or at least that’s what it has really seemed like in the past year’s releases.) I don’t care I dig it. It’s metal. If you like previous Acacia Strain material give it a listen. It does still sound just like their older stuff but with a slight twist.

REALLY STUPID HORRIBLE AWFUL NEWS:

MY BAND OF THIS GENERATION OF METAL, CARNIFEX, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE DISBANDING. (Yes I did cry.) They made this announcement via FB.

Fans and Friends.
First and for most, a sincere thank you is in order to our fans and friends across the world. Without your support and passion, we are nothing.
As of now, Carnifex is in a state of suspended animation. The reasons for this are many and complicated. Let me be clear in saying that Shawn, Cory, Ryan, Fred and I(Scott) are all still members of Carnifex. Let me also be clear in saying that although the future is very uncertain, I can say with optimism, that this is not farewell, but rather, until we meet again. Carnifex is now retreating into the obscurity we once came from. Be certain that us as individuals and as band mates have a true love for this band. Our desire to create our brand of art and music has never been about trends or money. These things will not decide our future.
We invite you to join us live, for the last time in the foreseeable future. We will be making these select dates as memorable as possible and look forward to seeing you there.
Dec. 21 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA Mainstage
Dec. 22 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec .23 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
– Scott Ian Lewis / CARNIFEX

It is just so sad. Granted they called it “a state of suspended animation” but I’ve heard stuff like this so much that I’m not going to be holding my breath. I would give anything to be able to see them before they disband.

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Okay now that that’s over…

In local news:

So as we all know The Downstairs was closed. But now The Fiesta Room is open. For those of you who are unaware, The Fiesta Room is in the exact same place as The Downstairs but just in the room next door. So it’s pretty much the exact same thing. Same bands, same people, same idea. I support this because it is sad that the kiddos would have nowhere to watch the music. Now they do again. And props to the people running The Fiesta Room. Since the start they’ve really been working hard to get it up and going and throw up some successful shows. They’ve been attempting weekly shows and so far so good! If you’d like to support the local all ages scene (which you should!) here are some of their upcoming shows:

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That’s right! This Friday AND next Friday there’s shows! Go to them!

And here is another all ages event: Make A Scene Presents Fatguy’s Last Stand: Underager Edition

It’s going to be held November 3rd and has a 10 dollar cover and some of the proceeds are going to Pump Up The Kids. Currently bands and location are scheduled TBA so mark your calendar and stand by. If you haven’t heard Fatguy is leaving KZND and so we are sending him off in style with some shows. Excellent.

The 21+ version: Make A Scene Alaska Presents Fatguy’s Last Stand At Chilkoot Charlies is the day before on November 2nd. It’s going to be a huge local show with 16 local rock and metal bands throwing down their best.

On The Make A Scene Alaska Rock Stage (lineup Subject To Change)

3 Kisses
Eternal Cowboys
Kill Tango
Lavoy
Men With Guns
Thera
TIA
Turquoise Boy

On The Family Tree Presents Metal Stage (Lineup Subject To Change)

Bolt Action Beaver
City In Ashes
Decepticide
Glass Halo
Machinecorpse
Make For The Morning
Shifter
Sicarius

What a party! Hope to see you all there!

And of course we can’t forget ZOMBIEFIST 5. This is going down Saturday, October 27th at the Egan Center. Tickets are 30 bucks in advance and 36 at the door. Openers this year are Thera, Decepticide, Divides, and The Harlequin State. For anyone who is oblivious, Zombiefist always slays so if you’re looking for a pit that won’t disappoint you better be there! Also there is a COSTUME CONTEST with a 1000 dollar cash prize! Who wouldn’t want that?! So tis the season to bust out you’re most epic costumes and throw down to some classic Alaskan metal.

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This has been a pretty viral image lately and I really loved it and felt it belonged here. So much respect for Bruce Dickinson.

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Alright! So now that I’m back I’ll be giving everybody some updates on what’s good in metal. Sorry for the departure but now I have returned so all is well. ALSO a head’s up on what’s soon to come in the NEXT edition of the dose: My first interview with some local thrash favorites!! Be stoked because I sure am!! And of course thank you all for your patronage!

Mtlmaiden

7/24/12

Please excuse my lengthy departure. I have been computerless these past few months. This edition of the Dose will reflect my time at Mayhem Fest-the best concert I have ever been to!

I finally achieve my life goal of seeing Slayer in concert. And it was beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I headbanged so hard I gave myself a concussion and screamed so loud I was spitting up blood. Essentially it was the best concert of my life and I can’t wait to go next year!

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I also finally got to see Whitechapel. They blew my mind and sounded incredible. I’m so in love with Phil Bozeman’s vocals. It was a fun pit too! What really blew my mind was how different that show was from anything I’ve seen in Alaska. People don’t beat the shit out of each other to get up to the front. You can just walk up there. Blew my mind.

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I also got to see one of my favorite newer bands, Upon A Burning Body. They were awesome and really nice, cool dudes. I love how they played songs off both of their albums.

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Anthrax was so fun and played an incredible set. I was on some dude’s shoulder singing “Madhouse” with them.

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And of course Motorhead, Slipknot, and Slayer killed it on the main stage! These bands rocked so hard. I can’t wait to hear next year’s lineup! (Sorry there’s no pictures of Asking Alexandria. I napped on the ground by the beer garden during their set. I didn’t understand the singing.)

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So I recently got a smartphone (an iPhone to be exact) and so I have decided to compile a list of metal apps that everyone with a smartphone should have.

1. Slayer App– That’s right! Everything Slayer in one spot! Merch, tour dates, music, news, pictures, videos, the list goes on and on. But it is all Slayer everything.

2. Metal Injection– This awesome metal site has an app with all their latest greatest on it. It’s a nice mobile edition of Metal Injection, so you can stay up to date with all the latest metal news and videos!

3. Mayhem Fest– Yep-there’s an app for that. It has pictures, videos, news, and of course all information about every date so you can find out who’s coming on stage when and when and where the signings are for the bands!

4. How To Do Harsh Death Metal Vocals– yes this is a real app. It’s created by wikiHow and at first I thought it was a joke. But after reading through it, it seems pretty ligit. They have some good tips and tricks and advice if you are looking to improving your growls.

5. Metal Hammer– This European Metal rag is actually one of my favorite sources. The app is a nice condensed form of the website-with videos and news. However be warned it sometimes can be a bit glitch.

6. Metal News– This app compiles all of your favorite metal websources into one easy to use app. Be warned it offers up some obnoxious sites. But it’s nice because it’s all in one place!

7. Heavy Metal Encyclopedia– This app lets you look up bands and albums and listen to them on youtube or spotify. There is an extensive amount of music on there and all in one convenient app!

8. Wacken Open Air– Similar in concept to the Mayhem Fest app, WOA app lets you get news, lineups, maps, ect. If you are ever planning on attending WOA you need this app! It’s easy to use and is comprehensive. It even comes with a checklist of things to pack for it. First thing on the list? Beer.

9. Nuclear Blast– I dig this label, they have some awesome bands signed to them. And their app allows for news regarding these bands and you can stream their music from it!

10. The Official Ozzy Osbourne App– That’s right, everything Ozzy, in a convenient app format! Follow the tour and stay caught up with news.

11. Revolver TV– This app has music videos, interviews and other random metal videos on it.

12. Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Version– This is the best game ever. End of story.

 

Now for some Metal News Updates (that you’re probably already aware of):

Yes we all know President Blythe is in jail in the Czech Republic for some ridiculous manslaughter charges. And he had his bail doubled from 200k to 400k. Free Randy blah blah blah.

Summer Slaughter is about to begin. I wish I could have attended that festival too. Cannibal Corpse-nuff said.

If you haven’t listened to the new Whitechapel or Dying Fetus albums I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. These albums are brutal. Tip: For extra brutality try sessioning them back to back.

Speaking of Mayhem FestCorey Taylor passed out due to overheating at the Texas show. He was taken off stage and was okay.

That’s all I have for you today! Sorry for the departure and I’m back!

Mltmaiden

5/21/12

Alright so honestly I’ve been so wrapped up in my own metal plans that I’ve totally spaced about working on the dose! I’m just so beyond excited that I get to go see SLAYER at Mayhem Fest this summer! Along with Anthrax, Slipknot, Motorhead, Whitechapel AND MORE! I cannot wait.

So to kick things off while we’re on the topic of Mayhem Fest– the cool people over at Metal Injection are hooking some lucky people up with free tickets (who doesn’t like free tickets!?) to the show of their choice. All you gotta do is go HERE. And comment under which show you want to go to and just tell them why you think you deserve to go.

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In local news:

Family Tree just brought us Alaskans a totally killer concert a few weeks ago- Suicide Silence. If you didn’t attend you really missed out! They played an awesome set and the crowd was moving the whole time. Now they’re preparing for another awesome show that will go down later this year. That’s right I’m talking about CHIMAIRA. They will be up here this October tearing the scene up for two dates. On the 12th (that’s a Friday) at 8 pm we have the 21+ show at Koots (of course). Local bands opening for them are City In Ashes and Wichita Shadows. The following day we have the all-ages show (on the 13th). This will be held at Club Millennium with doors at 7:30. The openers for the all-ages show are Sicarius and Veritas so prepare to get rowdy. Tickets for these shows are 20 bucks in advance and 25 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase on June 1st at Koots, Mammoth Music, and online at groovetickets.com. So go mow somebody’s lawn for 20 bucks so you can go see Chimaira here in Anchorage!

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Also in Anchorage Metal Scene we have a sad ending coming up. And that’s right I’m talking about the Downstairs’ last show. The ever traditional INZOMBIA! And they’re bringing up Trash Talk for it!! This is all going down on the 25th this month so I better see EVERYONE who has ever been to the Downstairs and has the memories that I have there in the pit.

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So right now all the metal news babble seems to be focused on the Black Sabbath reunion drama. And the fact that Bill Ward is officially not joining them. If you aren’t aware it is now at soap opera status drama. Last week Ward released this official statement. Beware it is quite lengthy.

Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,

I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.

It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this. This statement is even more painstaking to write, as I was particularly excited to play alongside Tony Iommi after the recent treatments he underwent. I wanted that to become a reality.

To express my thoughts about you, the Sabbath fans, I’m going to speak to you all through an experience my brother James had recently. My brother Jimmy lives in the U.K. When speaking with him a couple of days ago, he told me that an acquaintance had stopped him on the street and confronted him, “is your brother playing Birmingham? What’s going on? I waited in line with my son and paid x amount for the concert tickets.”

The man’s son is a young drummer. He’s going to see Sabbath, and he wants to see Bill Ward play drums. Upon hearing this news, I felt horrible. I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from, the failure to be as brothers, as we once were. To be clear, I’m not blaming the other guys or finding any faults with them. I would think it can’t be easy for them either, but this situation is just really sad. It’s sad that it’s come to this. “This” will surely leave a mark and be unwelcome to the memory. Hopefully “this” will heal and pass in time.

My heart sank when Jimmy told me about this young boy. I know this boy is going to be disappointed, and I don’t know how to amend it, other than to put my arms around the boy and tell him I love him. Sabbath fans have a voice and a face, to me you’re human, you have families and despair. You have ferocity and emotions and graciousness, and at this moment as far as I’m concerned you are also that young boy in England. I don’t know how to amend my part in these failings other than to put my arms around you and say I love you and let you know I’m very, very sorry.

Throughout this process, which began over a year ago, I have had to stand up for myself time and time again. I have had to stand up for myself and in doing so realize my actions indirectly, although unintentionally, are upsetting and hurting a lot of you. I know in my heart I couldn’t have done these concerts by agreeing the terms suggested. I made a solemn vow after the last European and Ozzfest concerts that I would never again enter into what was, in my opinion, a totally unsatisfactory contract. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I’m doing it.

Earlier in April 2012, I’d been asked to participate “minimally” in the Download festival. I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs to play while another drummer presumably played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs.

I found out about the Birmingham gig on Monday, April 30 through the Internet ad. I was taken aback somewhat by the date, and the fact it was Birmingham. Knowing the “signable” contract negotiations were at best in shreds, I was upset by the idea that the band was going to play Birmingham and play it assumedly without me. I had no prior knowledge of the date and location, and I felt totally excluded. We contacted the representative for Black Sabbath to see if something could be worked out. In the meantime my drum crew and I, along with our US endorsers, finished all the necessary planning for a swift departure to the UK. There wasn’t a whole lot to complete; we’d all been on standby more or less since mid-January 2012. The remaining work in the UK was confirmed done by our European and UK endorsers and we were good to go by Friday, May 4 2012. There were two stress points: firstly, getting an agreement in place, and secondly, getting to England in a timely manner. Jetlag time was taken into account as well as drum practice, a drum practice room in the heart of Birmingham, accommodation, and travel arrangements were all in place to meet with any band rehearsals that may have transpired before the Birmingham show. So far everything that had been arranged was on my dime, but we didn’t move ahead without a realistic confirmation.

Communications between the representative and my lawyer continued through the weekend of May 5 finalizing on Wednesday, May 9. The offer we received on May 9 was, “come to the UK, play for free and see how the first show goes.” I was tempted. Playing for free would not have been a problem for me, but “seeing how the first show goes” left an element of risk which could have affected Download. My ideal thought was to play in full the Birmingham show, in full Download, and in full Lollapalooza.

I had notified the representative that May 10 was my cutoff day in order to have good lead-in time for England. On the night of May 9 I asked for a brief letter to be sent to the representative asking to find out if we were at an end. On the morning of Thursday, May 10, I received a reply in the affirmative. After consulting with my advisors and crew a decision was made to let go and stop.

I can’t prioritize the Sabbath fans making one show more important than the other. I can’t do that. All of you are important. It’s all the gigs or none at all. I can’t come to Birmingham and “see what happens” knowing there is a risk of not being able to play Download or Lollapalooza. Again, for me, it’s all or nothing. I had to say “no” to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham. It’s still my hometown and I resent having to arrive at such a difficult choice.

Although the statement was made that, “the door is always open” for me, as explained above, walking through that door is not always as easy as it sounds. There are many complicated issues and unseen and unspoken agendas on hand. I can assure you, my criteria for a “signable” contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.

I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I’m tolerant of them; I’m frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I’ll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn’t win; the fans for an original lineup don’t win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did.

I didn’t want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn’t want to write; it’s the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe.

Since Spring of 2011, I’ve waited patiently and hopefully for a signable contract, you know the rest. I stand for the boy in the U.K., for the coming drum student, for all the drummers, who write their parts out and get stiffed on the publishing, I stand with the Sabbath fans chanting “Bill Ward” and asking “why?” and I stand with Tony and Geezer and Ozzy.

On a final note, even though I’m at an end with the upcoming announced concerts, I will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate “signable” terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future.

Stay strong.
Stay safe.

With all my heart and strength, I love you,
Bill Ward

I understand that maybe the contract sucked but it sounds like he is whining about it… Nevertheless this is a huge bummer because the world wanted a Sabbath Reunion.

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For now it appears to be Ozzy’s drummer, Tommy Clufetos, will be filling in for Ward, as he did on their first gig this year as Sabbath. Who else might be on first for drumming we aren’t quite sure yet.

But don’t worry it’s not done yet. Geezer released a response to Ward’s public announcement and here it is.

I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his “good” days, we’d meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we’d move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he’d been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promoters, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn’t acceptable to Bill’s representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he’d change his mind and at least make a guest appearance. We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we’d better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven’t played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we’d be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he’d been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it “for free”- well, I think that’s basically how you raise money from gigs for charity – you play them “for free”.

All I am saying is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn’t meant to be this time. Bill’s made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.

Stay frosty,
Geezer

But don’t worry Bill responded (SEE! I TOLD YOU! SOAP OPERA STATUS)

Dear Sabbath Fans and Musicians,

I have read Geezer’s statement of May 19, 2012 titled “Heavy Heart.”  Out of respect for the Birmingham gig, I wanted to wait 24 hours before releasing this statement.  There are some points he brought up which I want to respond to.

1)  I had indeed notified Ozzy, Tony and Geezer, well before my first public statement, that I was having contractual difficulties.

2)  I came out into a public forum to be accountable to the fans primarily, and to say at a public level there’s a problem.  The band members stopped talking and corresponding with me some time ago, with the exception of a nice letter from Tony on my birthday.  Prior to that, Geezer and I were corresponding, but that stopped abruptly in late February after I emailed a specific question to him.

3)  In my statement of May 15, I clearly stated I would play Birmingham for free.  That was not a problem – charity or otherwise.

4)  My Download fee was not an extravagant amount.  Originally, when Download was part of a full tour, I had asked for a decent fee.  More recently, as we were negotiating just Download/Birmingham and Lollapalooza, I told my attorney that I would accept the proposed small Download fee, but there were other parts of the offer that were unsatisfactory.

I will continue to be honest and respectful towards the band and our fans.  I will also confront any untruths about me, and any fault finding missions aimed at me that come to my attention.

I hope the band and the fans had a good gig in Brum.

Stay safe/stay strong.
Bill Ward

But the gig they’ve had went well! They had a pretty awesome setlist and there are some decent bootleg videos of it on youtube. Anyway I’m very sure that we will soon get the next episode of the Sabbath Reunion soon. Stay tuned.

Randy Blythe just announced he’s done tweeting for good. That means I should delete mine too because I’ll have no reason to get on twitter. This is a sad day for the twitter community. He was known for his 20 tweet rants… Here are his departing words:

Actually, I’ve changed my mind. After a few short hours of no twitter on my phone, I feel much better. Although I believe social networking can be used in a positive manner, I also believe it is for the most part a gigantic waste of time. Especially for me. It doesn’t hurt that it’s kinda addictive, & I certainly have that aspect of my personality.

So peace, I’m fucking outta here. If you see someone on Twitter or Facebook claiming to be me, don’t believe them, because I’ve never had Facebook and in about three minutes I won’t have Twitter. So it was nice to meet some of y’all. I wish you well. Now I’m gonna go read a good book.

Peace- D. Randall Blythe PS- #Randonesia will never die!

Well at least he will still be blogging! If you haven’t checked out his tublr he has his blog entitled “Randonesia”. It’s entertaining and full of his words of wisdom…and I believe his campaign for presidency.

Metal Injection also introduced me to these awesome lego characters.

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They just released this Norwegian Black Metal Enthusiast character. I’d definitely let my kids play with this lego figure. Unfortunately the price is currently a bit steep at 15 bucks a lego character. They’ll probably be coming out with a church burning lego set to go with it. Check out some of these others that are a lot more questionable.

Here is the Rob Halford lego character-

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Here we have the inked character-

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Here is the S & M character-

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And they call this one the “botany enthusiast”…. is that what they’re calling it these days?

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That’s all I have for you at this moment in time! I better see everyone out this Friday at Inzombia! Take it easy but most importantly, keep it metal. \m/

Mtlmaiden

5/10/12

Hello all, I’m back to inform you that Mtlmaiden isn’t dead and just took a month off to deal with life and everything it likes to dish out. Fortunately metal doesn’t take breaks so there’s plenty of that for us to enjoy.

Local News First-

First off a reminder that the all ages Suicide Silence show is going down tomorrow night at the Downstairs. Tonight is the 21+ at Koots. Should be an awesome show!

On a related note- the Downstairs is closing. For good apparently. I know that I, and many fellow musicians and music appreciators are saddened by this. We all have many memories there. And this is a loss for the local underage scene. The last show there is Inzombia on May 25th. I hope to see everyone there!

This video made me smile. Troy Sanders of Mastodon has brought us an educational short film about Mastodons-the actual big giant furry elephants. It’s funny. Watch it.

 

Okay it’s video time! So here’s the awesome video for the song that 3 Inches of Blood wrote especially for me. It’s for sure awesome.

 

I hope everyone has checked out the new Upon a Burning Body album that we’ve been waiting forever for. And I gave you plenty of time to listen to it now since it’s been out for a bit. I can dig it. Red.White. Green. Is similar to their first album but takes a different twist by adding more gang vocals. It’s defiantly some ‘core’ shiz. It still gets heavy and they still drop it low so it is perfect to crank up in the morning on the way to work in the car. Here is they lyric video for the track “Mimic”. (What is up with all of the lyric videos lately?!)

 

Metallica recently talked about the work they’ve been doing on their new upcoming album. Here is a quote from Lars from an interview he recently did with Metal Hammer-

We’re circling the new stuff. We’ve started writing a little more in stages. There’s so many projects that we do all the time When we wrote the ‘black album,’ we started writing it and we finished writing it without anything else [going on] — it was three months, boom. We don’t do it like that anymore. We’ll write for awhile and we’ll go to Brazil and then we’ll come back and go do a week’s worth of shows with Lou Reed, and then we’ll write for two weeks and then we’ll pick our noses and we’ll do something else and then we’ll play the Fillmore, you know what I mean? So it’s difficult to be cohesive in an interview about it. I don’t really have any direction yet, and I’ve heard most of it. It sounds heavy and energetic and very Metallica-like, but whether it’s more like Death Magnetic or more like this or that, I don’t know.

Ha! Of course he doesn’t know…I’m not exactly stoked for more Metallica. But I know there’s some people out there who are. The wait begins.

So one of my heroes, Mr. King, recently was in a Jagermeister commercial. Awesome! I love Kerry King and I love Jager! Check it out.

 

How bout some new Shad? Just listen to the classic riffage of this band and admire Brian’s 18 year old dreads. Here is the video for the song “The Unknown” off of their new album that drops next week!

 

Alrighty that’s all I have right now. I’m back so there should be more up soon! Keep it brutal. \m/

Mtlmaiden

4/8/12

To start off I hope everyone had a nice weekend. And I hope you all have already listened to the entire new JFAC album multiple times. If you haven’t yet “Demonocracy” is streaming in full on Revolver. Check it out here. It is pretty brutal and way more tech than the last.

Also this is older news but still completely awesome nonetheless: Oceano isn’t breaking up! They posted on their facebook page last week that the rumors were indeed true and they were not breaking up. They have a bunch of gigs coming up as well.

Last week Behemoth had to cancel a show in Ohio due to “conflicting religious beliefs” with the venue owners. They posted this on facebook:

Wow, big motherfuckin’ WOW! We are facing a legendary moment: Amerika, the land of the free, is banning Behemoth coz of religious beliefs. The madness starts in Ohio, but of korz we r playing anyway. Nothing can stop us now. God, please save me from this freedom…”
Agoura Hills, CA – April 3rd, 2012 – The highly anticipated inaugural Decibel Magazine tour kicks off in a mere eight days in Columbus, OH. It wasn’t too late, however, for the venue owners to prohibit the bands from appearing at The Brewmaster’s Gate. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude are being forbidden from playing at the venue because of religious conflicts with the venue owners. These bands are no strangers to this type of treatment, and a new venue has already been confirmed. The Columbus, OH show will now be at Al Rosa.

How ridiculous is that!? I wish people wouldn’t be so ignorant…

Here is the newest video from Upon A Burning Body’s upcoming album. The track is called “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”. It’s surprisingly melodic at points. They not only kept the gang vocals but seemed to add more. I think if i listen to it multiple times it slowly gets better.

 

Death metal band Dying Fetus have also dropped a new track from their upcoming album. I’m sure you’ve all heard it plenty of times by now, I know I have. It’s heavy!! It’s called “Subjected To A Beating”.

 

Slayer just released some more strange merch. This time it’s pretty cool. It’s a red wine called “Reign In Blood” but unfortunately it is only being sold in Sweden. Bummer!

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Some sad news was released a few days ago. Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall amps, passed away at the age of 88. The Marshall website released this statement:

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.

Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.

In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.

While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!

Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.

Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.

So anyone who was hoping to see a plane flying across the sky with Euronymous’ face on it would be sad to know that he will not be the new face of Norwegian Air. Even though he won the contest his family decided to remove his name from the contest. Bummer!

It looks like everyone is hating on Mustaine lately! Including the President. After Mustaine’s commentary about Obama stating that he wasn’t born in America the president responded with this:

Dave Mustaine has a lot of questions about me? Well I have a lot of questions about him! How do we know he really had anything to do with those songs on [Metallica’s] Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning? I didn’t see him write them, did you? I’m not questioning it, I just… I know he didn’t write any of those riffs. How come he was invisible until he became whatever he was in Megadeth?

And he wasn’t the only one this week to comment about Mustaine. In an interview with MetalSucks Glen Benton had this to say in response to a question with Mustaine.

What about someone like Dave Mustaine who became a Christian and supports Santorum?

He’s a prolapsed rectum. One minute you’re in, the next you’re out. Let’s just say prolapsed rectum.

And we can’t forget Oderus Urungus’ comments a bit ago regarding Mustaine:

…Dave Mustaine, every time he opens his mouth, he makes a fucking idiot out of himself. You know what? Keep your fucking mouth shut, Dave Mustaine. Play your fucking guitar, alright, maybe keep it to the lyrics to “Peace Sells”… Everything else… We don’t wanna fucking hear about how Obama was born in Africa and how Rick Santorum is your man — he hates fucking heavy metal. Shut the fuck up, Dave Mustaine. SHUT THE FUCK UP,  you god cocksucking faggot.

It seems that everyone is drinking the Dave Mustaine haterade lately.

For now I’ll stick to cheap beer and continue to observe what might as well be a flame war of the World vs Mustaine. Take it easy and most importantly keep it metal. \m/

Mtlmaiden