DEAD GIRLS CORP Releases Official Music Video for Cover of Marilyn Manson’s “Great Big White World”

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Hollywood, CA based Industrial band Dead Girls Corp. has released the official music video for their cover of the 1998 Marilyn Manson single, “Great Big White World,” via Monsterman Records, on Halloween.

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“As Covid-19 cripples the world and continues mass shutdowns everywhere, and with the current amount of extreme civil unrest in the USA, Dead Girls Corp. took aim at recording the song ‘Great Big White World’ by Marilyn Manson whom Toddy Deadboy (vocals) worked for for 5 years as his personal assistant . We feel the song and video strongly captures this current period in time. Director/DP Stephen Readmond along with editor Alexis Johnston did a great job capturing this mood.”

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In Hollywood, Ca, a dark alleyway forbodes, connecting Studio 56 and the Record Plant. Music legends of today and yesterday from ElvisMarilyn Monroe and Mel Torme holed themselves into these studios, all of them making records in the same one hundred yard radius. And, like many stories of legend, the lost replaced the heroes, the junkies replaced the giants, and Satan replaced Sinatra. In the middle, another entryway leads to DeadZone Sound Design. Home of Dead Girls Corp. for the past 10 years. Imagine Depeche Mode with a beat box through a distortion pedal , playing ultra pop at a Satanic disco. Dave Teague burns a hypnotic guitar straight into the psyche. Bruce Miyaki churns the vulgarity within the soul on his bass. Then Mel Mcfail hammers the earth like a sledge , forcing trauma to the body. And all of this abrasion is honed and torqued by the pop-evil song crafting of Toddy T..With the old millennium come and gone, the real Apocalyptic party is ready to begin….

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GHOST Popestar Tour Pummels Pittsburgh with a Square Hammer @StageAE

You know the band that you feel like you discovered so early on that you swear they are part of you?  It’s like you learned some great secret and you just cannot help but want to share that secret with everyone.  Little by little it’s not a secret anymore and that can be joyous or disastrous.  Many fans are protective of the bands they find, but personally, I love sharing them with people and seeing those bands have their effect on as many people as possible.  I first caught Ghost in a little article in Decibel and it was not long after that they embarked on a US Tour (2012) with Opeth and Mastodon that I was privileged to witness and photograph.  I left that experience with a deep love for what the band was doing and could never dream the level of what they are up to now.  I have not missed a Ghost show in town since, so I will do my best to remain unbias, but fully revealing, which is why I am unusually writing in the first person.

Ghost is currently on their US “Popestar” Tour that coincides with an EP of the same name.  Everyone who purchases a ticket gets a free download of the EP (a little trick Prince sort of invented).  Ghost’s Popestar is a brilliant chapter in what is hopefully an endless novel of work.  On an EP, a band is often able to introduce new material as well as offer deep cuts, live, never-heard, or cover songs.  With each LP or EP Ghost has produced they have grown and shown more of their personality as a band and their versatility.  This latest piece includes “Square Hammer” which will take Ghost to another level in popularity due to its catchy chorus that I defy you to erase from your head. Ghost decided to open with this song, risky, but a great call.  The song came off wonderfully and flawlessly, the audience already knowing every word.  The rest of the EP was not handled live, most likely due to that fact it is mainly cover tunes, including songs from The Eurythmics, Echo and The Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, and Imperiet.  In many ways that was a bonus because what one really wants to see are the Ghost songs one loves and is familiar with.

The second and third song were heavy hitters, including the last LP Meliora‘s big hit “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”.  This was another breakthrough for the band in the heavier vibe and killer bass line, this time, handled live by the new female bassist (replacing Omega), who could be or could not be SeanYseult from White Zombie (or possibly onetime the Oath guitarist Linnéa Olsson).  Then “Secular Haze” lead single from  Infestissumam came blazing in to keep the heavy vibe rolling.  It was great to hear something from the first LP, Opus Eponymous, in “Stand By Him” keeping with the tongue in cheek horror/religious and social commentary theme.  And this is where Ghost either wins people over or loses them, it is their intelligent, sometimes humorous, and double entendre lyrics that either make you fall in love or run for holy water.

“Con Clavi Con Dio” was perfect, as Papa continued to perform flawless vocals, and dual guitar players just keep hitting the riffs and gorgeous melodies that fit so perfectly, not overpowering, but subtle with grace.  Of course, this particular song draws a bit more on their horror genre pieces being from the first LP but also includes a good Latin lesson for those digging beyond surface level.  Tack onto that “Per Aspera ad Inferi” that shows off the more sexual side that Ghost explored on Infestissumam .  And then came “Body and Blood”, a song that explores cannibalism, as well as the sexual metaphor of eating flesh, and the strange phenomenon of when one eats communion, it also has to come out…food for thought people.

The instrumental “Devil Church” was a great segway to the single (and huge sing a long) “Cirice“, a love song of sorts only Ghost could pull off.  Papa continued with hilarious banter in between songs, always in his “Dracula” voice, and everyone ate up the theatricality.  It was as though everyone in the audience was in on the fun, got the inside joke, released their inhibitions for a few hours.  This is what concerts are for, yes?  “Year Zero”, one of Ghost’s strongest tunes and of course, most outwardly “satanic” with the mentions of Belial, Behemoth, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Satanas, and Lucifer, brought a massive cheer and response from the audience.  With the chorus of “Hell Satan, Archangelo/Hell Satan, Welcome year zero” either you join in or go to confession the next day, or maybe both.  What true fans of Ghost realize is that they do not take this stuff too seriously and treat it more as horror fun.  Strong religious types are not going to agree anyway, so I will not even entertain appeasing their opinion.  A small intermission followed to allow Papa’s key costume change out of the dead pope costume and into the art deco, 1920’s stylish persona that was unleashed on the previous tour.

The following songs were He IsAbsolutionMummy DustGhuleh/Zombie Queen, and Ritual.  Just brilliant.  “Mummy Dust”, “Ghuleh” and “Zombie Queen” completely highlight how musically deep this band is and the complex arrangements that they can put together.  Ghost is part metal, part prog, part new wave, part classic rock, and we’ll throw some classical in there as well. Who else can pull out a Keytar and not look like some pop one hit wonder from the 90’s?  They have the ability to put together things that are unexpected, completely embodied by the dichotomy of their image and their music.  I cannot apologize for loving this band which is why I stated the earlier disclaimer, it’s hard not to be biased when you have witnessed them five times (every tour in essence), every time they have graced Pittsburgh, and have come away with such elation, a tough feat when you are lucky enough to go to a few shows every week.

The encore, of course, was the traditional “Monstrance Clock” ending and the spooky chorus of “Come together, together as a one /Come together for Lucifer’s son”.   Fists raised and pumping, the audience in full fervor sung along and when it ended left spent and happy, much like Papa’s explanation of the slower paced song being a bit like the show building to an orgasm.  This writer left very spent and very happy.  Every song was great, the show surrounding the show was killer, and the crowd was super cool.  Doug Bradley, AKA “Pinhead” from Hellraiser was, as always, in attendance with his beautiful and talented artist girlfriend and hung out in the pit for a bit with the photographers.  This was icing on the cake, in that we had a great conversation about the band and Doug described himself as a “fanboy” and as a close friend of the band, discussed “Papa’s” genius (even though we all know who it is, I will not confirm).  Part of the fun of Ghost is the mystery they have built and the fans protect.  It works and it fits perfectly in the genre.  As they finish this tour and move on to the next LP, the band will inevitably become bigger and better.  But, being the “taste” that they are, the band will always be ours, always belong to us, always be our secret.  May the haunt us forever.

 

 

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Pittsburgh Thunderstorms 1 Slipknot 0: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and of Mice and Men show rained out

Saturday, July 30, 2016, started off with questionably ominous tones, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Of Mice and Men were in town and the weather looked dreadful.  As the afternoon rolled on it looked like Pittsburgh would possibly get passed over by the storms and all would be well.  As Of Mice and Men put on their fantastic high energy set there were some very dark looking clouds passing by, but all looked like it would be a great night for a packed First Niagara crowd.  Marilyn Manson began to absolutely destroy, putting on an amazing stage show, and pouring out a killer performance with “Angel With The scabbed Wings”.  A bit of rain began to fall and quickly became a furious downpour.  Manson was able to get in five songs (Angel With the Scabbed WingsDisposable TeensNo ReflectionmOBSCENEKilling Strangers), but the fourth and fifth were plagued by short power outages and then a full outage.  Fans waited in the rain and after an hour gave up on seeing a full Manson set, even though his equipment and stage display was still up.  By nine PM all hope was starting to be lost and the word from backstage was that Slipknot figured the power might not come back on for a long time, considering the outlying location (Burgettstown, PA).  Sometime around 9:15 there was an announcement that for everyone’s safety the location had to be evacuated.  Corey Taylor has since tweeted his apologies and a hope to reschedule.

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Humming House to Perform at Pittsburgh Winery Sept. 1, 2016

July 27, 2016 (Nashville, TN) — Nashville alt-folk band Humming House will return to Pittsburgh for a performance at City Winery on September 1. This City Winery Pittsburgh show follows the release of Humming House’s second studio album, Revelries, out March 2015. Tickets are $20 and the show is 21+.

Revelries has received praise from national music critic’s, including NPR Music’s Larry Groce of Mountain Stage who said that, “You can’t help but admire the infectious hootenanny thrown by the folk band Humming House…” David Dye of World Cafe highlighted the ensemble in his World Cafe Nextseries. And Michael Bialas at The Huffington Post recently called the group, “…one of Nashville’s finest folk-rock quintets…”

In addition to releasing Revelries, the band has spent the past year touring the country opening for acclaimed artists including St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Emmylou Harris, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and Kacey Musgraves. Humming House also took part in two cruises, aboard Cayamo Cruise and The Rock Boat. And the band was recently featured on the Today Show for its involvement in the charitable program, Sing Me A Story.

In addition to this headlining tour, and opening for Eric Hutchinson on an upcoming run of dates, Humming House is recording its next LP, expected spring 2017.

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Alice Cooper & Picture Me Broken School Marilyn Manson in Rock N Roll at Stage AE

Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson swooped into Pittsburgh with openers Picture Me Broken on the Masters of Madness Tour at Stage AE on Sunday night June 23, 2013.  One night after Kenny Chesney made an absolute mess of the Northside at Heinz Field, the goth mob took over and showed how it’s truly done.  With a crowd of roughly 4000 in a place that holds 5500 at most, it was a pretty tight fit of fans who came to see a theatrical show from two legends of rock and take a peek at some newcomers trying to make their mark.

Alice Cooper’s set was exactly what his fans have come to expect time and time again, a broadway spectacle of horrific proportions.  With such classic hits as “Poison”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. and “Billion Dollar Babies” the night got off to an amazing start of pure rock in your face roll in the classic sense.

Cooper’s three guitarists, the beautiful and talented Orianthi Panagaris, Tommy Henriksen,  and Ryan Roxie as well as bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel all helped Cooper put together a set full of surprises for the uninitiated.  The band did a ten minute long instrumental  as Cooper did a costume change and came back for “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “Go to Hell” to set off the second half of the set.   This is when the Alice Cooper that is the true showman came out to play.

With a lab coat marked in blood and a Frankenstein-like table, Cooper went into “Feed My Frankenstein” complete with sparks flying and a giant Frankenstein hitting the stage to boot.  He then went into his old theatrics from his stage shows that many of us remember from his television appearances in the 1970’s with his trademark straight jacket and decapitation via guillotine.  Alice Cooper showed that he surely still knows how to put on a great show and rock with the best of them.  Incredibly gracious, generous, and intelligent, Cooper brings an intelligent blend of theatrical rock and roll to life, thus why he has lasted in the business as long as he has and kept the flame burning.

Highlights: “I’m Eighteen”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

Marilyn Manson on the other hand could learn a thing or two from his shock rocker godfather.  This was the fourth time that I have witnessed Manson in his career from the very early stages until now.  Although the theatrics are certainly well intact, the true emotion and talent that was once aflame in Marilyn seems snuffed out.

At a time when Manson’s career is not exactly peaking, it seems he goes out of his way to act like he is a prima donna.  Of the ten press photographers at the show, only three were allowed to take pictures and only for one song as opposed to the usual three.  Strange to refuse PR when you could use it most.  Manson also accidentally hit a fan with a microphone that came loose and smashed the guy in the forehead.  The fan, whom I spoke with personally, had a large welt and was bleeding from the forehead and should have sought medical attention.  The problem is he has no insurance.  All he wanted though was to meet Manson.  A lawyer who witnessed the event suggested otherwise.  Alas, Manson refused a meeting and only offered up a signed set list and a used $50 microphone.  When did you stop caring Manson?  What happened to that guy who I liked so much on the “Bowling For Columbine” documentary?

Manson’s set had some good moments but those moments were somewhat heavily reliant on his props.  “Sweet Dreams” was accentuated by Manson in stilts and crutches as well as a mouthpiece reminiscent of the video that somewhat obstructed his singing. Marilyn shouted more than sang his way through the chorus and seemed more content at being a freak show than a rock star.  “Dope Show” was one of the better songs as he donned a partial fur and stuck to writhing around on stage and faking fellatio with his guitar player.  Oh, Manson.  The snot rockets heaved at the crowd were a bit much.  Not sure any fan was very excited to come home and never wash their t-shirt because your boogers hit their cotton.  A giant chair came out at one point prompting Manson to start singing/quoting his hero Willy Wonka and the wondrous boat ride scene, “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going…” and he took an opportunity to sing on the chair standing up and laying on it.  Manson has all the qualities to remain a star like Cooper if he quits acting the fool and goes back to his roots.  Bring back the old Manson and chill your ego a bit and maybe, just maybe, you can keep your career alive well into your sixties and still enjoy it.  But then again, if you talk to the headliner, Alice only lives on stage, and there is no separation of the Manson persona is there? And that may just be the key.

The openers for the evening were Picture Me Broken from L.A.  If you read this website at all you know that I’ve been telling you for a year and a half that Brooklyn and crew (Shaun Foist, Jimmy Strimpel and Dante Phoenix)are poised to break out and make huge waves in the industry.  They certainly made a massive impression on the Pittsburgh crowd who for the most part had not caught them the last few time they were in town supporting other bands.  The band went through material on their first LP Wide Awake and their new EP Corrupt Me as well as their awesome cover of Heart’s “Crazy On You”.  I talked to Brooklyn just a few weeks before the show and she was totally up for the challenge of getting the crowd warmed up for two legends.  The band was firing on all cylinders and made a ton of fans at the show proven by the massive numbers of people who lined up for the meet and greet signings that happened after their set and Manson’s set.  With incredibly versatile and strong vocals and a punky pop metal style that can fit in with so many genres, Picture Me Broken will soon be headlining shows themselves and becoming household names if they have anything to say about it.  For our previous articles on PMB check out…http://wp.me/p2k1M3-1mJ and http://wp.me/p2k1M3-4cy

Highlights: “Torture”, “Crazy On You”, “Skin and Bones”

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Picture Me Broken to Open For Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson @ Stage AE June 23 (interview)

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Since catching Picture Me Broken last year when they opened for Modern Day Escape & Affiance here in Pittsburgh, it was very clear that PMB was definitely headed for big things.  Lead singer,  Layla “Brooklyn” Allman (daughter of Gregg- yes, that  Allman Brother and rock royalty legend) made quite the impression on the crowd with her stage presence that has been developing since age twelve (she’s now 20).  Our interview with her was like speaking with a seasoned pro and the rest of her equally young bandmates (Drummer Shaun Foist and dual-lead guitar players Dante Phoenix and Jimmy Strimpel) were just as professional and impressive.  What may be even more impressive is that PMB has not relied on Brooklyn’s dad’s contacts to make it in the biz and have instead opted to make it the old fashion way…hard work, and tour, tour, tour.

2013 brings probably the most exciting opening slot of Picture Me Broken’s career and possibly the most intimidating: opening for two rock legends in their own right from two different eras, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson.

Pittsburgh Music Magazine caught up with Picture Me Broken recently and spoke with Brooklyn about what 2013 has in store for the band…

PMM: Opening for Alice and Manson must be both exciting and intimidating.  How/What are you feeling going on before these two legends?
 
Brooklyn:  I must admit I had mild stage fright for the first time since my very first show when I was a wee 12 year old while getting ready for the first handful of these shows. Going up in front of a crowd that large, knowing you’re warming them up for two timeless rock icons sort of knocks the wind out of you when you’re freshly 20 and know you’re the new kid on the block and better prove yourself or go home. I still feel like I’m dreaming every time I look down at my tour laminate. Watching them perform side stage makes me feel like a little kid discovering rock n roll for the first time again. 
 
PMM: What have you taken away/learned from playing with the bands that you have worked with recently (Opeth, Affiance, Modern Day Escape, etc.)?
 
Brooklyn:  Otep was truly our first real tour and I’m so glad it was. She’s an inspiration on every level, I have so much respect for that woman and her art. Affiance was one of those bands that I knew was special because they’re bringing clean vocals back to metal, Dennis is one hell of a singer and we would sometimes do vocal warm-ups together and now they’re out supporting Killswitch. I try to learn something from every band we play with, even if they’re not necessarily my cup of tea, there is always something you can learn from other artists who have been touring longer than you have. I think the road is where you learn to be a real musician and I hadn’t done as much touring as you would think because the bulk of my music career thus far took place during my schooling years and I wasn’t going to compromise my education, so I have a lot to learn from other artists who have toured far more than I have. 
 
PMM: Why an EP as opposed to an LP this time? 
 
Brooklyn: The EP was not the band’s decision, we wanted to put out a full length, we had one all finished but our record label decided otherwise for political reasons. We will never be put in that position again, but I suppose the silver lining is that the full length can come to fruition now that we’re a more cohesive band that’s been on the road. 
 
PMM: What distinguishes the material from your 2010 effort “Wide Awake”?
 
Brooklyn: If anything, “Mannequins” marks our departure from the “screamo” and “metalcore” scene. It was our way of saying, “Hey, we’re a rock n roll band and we’re going to be nothing but that from here on out”. It was time to grow up and abandon the trends and I think on our next release you can definitely expect more guitar solos than breakdowns. It was not easy going there, at one point we had to part ways with an entire team of people who wanted us to stay in that pigeonhole cause a band can sell lots of T-shirts on Warped Tour way quicker than they can build a major rock career and not many in the industry seem to have the balls, patience or determination to build a real band anymore so we had to vehemently go in that direction ourselves and butt heads for a while. You can also see how much we’ve changed even visually in our new music video for “Torture”. Shortly after touring “Mannequins” for a bit, the Cooper/Manson tour fell into our laps and nothing says authentic rock n roll quite like that. It was always a nice little middle finger to everyone who fought against the notion of us striving to break outside “the scene”. I feel like we’ve taken a huge step in the right direction. 
 
PMM: What are the essential survival tools for living on the road for PMB? 
 
Brooklyn:  It was not even 6 months ago that PMB was touring in a Dodge conversion van, pulling a trailer, sleeping in our seats and showering at truck stops so we didn’t have to spend money on hotels, I wouldn’t even go as far as saying that those days are necessarily over, if you’re a 20 something, you can make that a fun situation and come home with a lot more money. I will say, even though I’m in a much more comfortable touring vehicle at the moment, I still had a blast. My dad’s guitar player and a good friend of mine, Derek Trucks once told me, “If you’re bitching in a van, you’ll be bitching on a bus and bitching on a jet”, I couldn’t agree more, you either love touring or you don’t. As for my personal survival tools, nothing that bad can possibly happen in $400 cowboy boots, oh and I’ll never forget my vaporizer. 
 
PMM:  When you have downtime in a city, what are your favorite things to do?
 
Brooklyn:  I can be a bit of a reclusive sloth on days off. My vocals on stage are a lot to handle night after night going from belting to screaming to falsetto so I like to rest up as much as possible. You get lucky if a day off lands in a major metropolitan city, it’s somehow always bumfuck nowhere. We spent one of our most recent days off where we actually came out of our cave in Detroit with our good friend Tom Zutaut. We went by Eminem’s trailer park, checked out this insane clothing store called Showtime Dan’s and ate at the local Coney Dog hotspot. It’s amazing how you can wake up everyday and be told you’re in a different city and hardly realize it but it’s great to actually get out there and see where your travels are taking you if you have the energy. 
 
PMM: What else can we look forward to out of Picture Me Broken  in 2013?
 
Brooklyn: We’re planning to stay on the road as much as possible and get cracking at that full length late this Summer. I hope next year brings more international touring. 
 
How often do you get the “rock chick” question and the Gregg’s girl question and how sick of it are you?
 
Brooklyn:  I suppose I’m so accustomed to (and sick of) those questions that my sarcastic yet matter of fact replies have become second nature. Yes I have boobs and yes my father is who he is, are either of these things directly relevant to my career or artistic vision? No. Not at all. It is a superficial, surface assumption that either of these things define me musically or artistically. I must say thank you for noticing and discontinuing the monotony! 

Our story from the first time we met PMB…http://wp.me/p2k1M3-1mJ

 

LOUDER THAN HELL THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF METAL

Based on Hundreds of Original Interviews with Metal Elite — Including Lemmy/Motorhead, Members Of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Van Halen, and Many More!

Buy Your Copy NOW at Amazon.com

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“Essential.” REVOLVER (4/4 stars review!)

“An indispensable oral history of an often misunderstood musical genre.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS (a starred review!)

“I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—ALICE COOPER

 

“…the authors’ inclusiveness give this examination a weight that is just as heavy as the music.”

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“This is the best oral history I’ve read since Please Kill MeLouder than Hell is the first book that really delivers the brutal truth from the mouths of the artists and key players themselves!

I couldn’t put it down.” —MATT PINFIELD

 

Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.

 

Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights with Alice Cooper producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

 

The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight.
From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter:

  • Rob Halford of Judas Priest reveals how he kicked cocaine and alcohol in 1986 after tragically witnessing his boyfriend’s suicide and sought solace in spirituality, which has helped the Metal God stay clean to this day.
  • Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose talks about the early days of Guns N’ Roses, the making of the 36-million-copy-selling debut Appetite for Destruction, and how Robert Willams’ graphic cover art was censored.
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains how he lost parts of his fingers while working a day job in a factory – and created homemade prosthetics so he could play guitar, which changed the tonality of the instrument and the sound of heavy metal forever.
  • Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares how he dug through his own vomit in search of the balloon of heroin he’d swallowed to avoid being arrested by the police, and then used that heroin to celebrate his victory over not getting busted.
  • Members of Metallica and Anthrax detail the horrifying events of 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus crashed and tipped over, crushing bassist Cliff Burton beneath it while the rest of the members escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Alice Cooper reveals how it was really wheelchair-bound members of his AUDIENCE who tore the live chicken apart during his fateful concert in Toronto, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne give first-person accounts of Ozzy biting the head off a dove while wasted during a high-level record company meeting, and decapitating a bat onstage during his Diary of a Madman tour.
  • Hellhammer, drummer of Norway’s pioneering black metal band Mayhem, talks about ex-vocalist Dead committing suicide and how guitarist Euronymous used a chunk of Dead’s brain to make a Mexican stew.
  • Biohazard guitarist Billy Graziadei details how gang bangers stabbed a member of the group’s posse with a hunting knife while shouting, “Payback, Motherfucker!” and how the band vowed to retaliate. Vocalist Evan Seinfeld also recounts his graphic sexual liaisons while on tour, and how they led to his career in porn.
  • Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (who died of an overdose at age 38 during the writing of LOUDER THAN HELL) discusses the evolution of the lineup; physical fights between band members, and his own struggles with addiction.

 

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

 

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

 

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Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on Amazon.com now at this location.

 

 

 

About the Authors:

 

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling StoneSPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

 

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIPmagazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications includingLos Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

Advance Praise for LOUDER THAN HELL:

 

Louder Than Hell comes straight from the twisted minds of rock icons and flows seamlessly through various eras of heavy metal. You hear from the guys that were there on the stage, in the pit, puking in the gutter. It brought back memories, and I even learned a few things I never knew. I really dig this book.”  —Riki Rachtman, DJ, VJ

 

“Books on the history of even something as cool as metal can be a bit antiseptic and boring—not this one. It’s the story straight from the horse’s mouth. Even better is when the horses have experimented with drugs and black out occasionally. . .” —Brendon Small, creator of Dethklok and Metalocalypse

 

“Who likes rock n roll here?? Well if you do, this is the book for you! Every rock has been overturned, every band has been analyzed, quoted, and lionized and every page offers a new fact or figure that you probably didn’t know. This is the definitive chronicle of all that is heavy metal and I’ve read them all!”  —Chris Jericho, Fozzy

 

“Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. Louder than Hell is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”

—Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine

 

“This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the head-banging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—Alice Cooper

 

Louder than Hell is a love letter to the misunderstood genre of heavy metal music, written by trusted companions who had a front row seat on the devil’s rollercoaster. The definitive chronological testimony by the people who were there, including some who are no longer with us.” —Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray and co-host Extra

 

“An amazingly comprehensive book on all eras and genres of hard rock and heavy metal. The stories and attention to detail make it an instant must for anyone who ever was or is a fan.”

—Eddie Trunk, DJ and host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic

 

BUTCHER BABIES to Tour with Marilyn Manson

With heavy metal and horror-inspired theatrics fascinating crowds worldwide, the BUTCHER BABIES has emerged as one of the biggest draws on the Sunset Strip in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. Within a few short weeks BUTCHER BABIES has made two huge announcements: a record deal with metal label CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS and a 2013 North American tour with shock-rock icon MARILYN MANSON. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

In addition, BUTCHER BABIES is proud to announce that they have been confirmed to play Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013. The festival is on May 18th and 19th in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. MOTӦRHEAD, ANTHRAX, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, and MOONSPELL are already confirmed for the festival along with a number of other key acts. Additional details on Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013 will be released and more information on the event can be found here: www.hellandheavenfest.com

Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd – named two of the year’s ‘Hottest Women in Rock’ by Revolver Magazine – BUTCHER BABIES has brought their show worldwide wowing UK fans at this year’s Download Festival and as support for ANTHRAX in Cardiff. Following their UK appearances, the band returned to America as direct support for OTEP and just wrapped up their first headlining tour.

Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd – named two of the year’s ‘Hottest Women in Rock’ by Revolver Magazine – BUTCHER BABIES has brought their show worldwide wowing UK fans at this year’s Download Festival and as support for ANTHRAX in Cardiff. Following their UK appearances, the band returned to America as direct support for OTEP and just wrapped up their first headlining tour.

Butcher Babies’ track “Axe Wound”is currently in rotation on Sirius XM Liquid Metal:

and their short movie/video for the track “Mr. Slowdeath” can be seen here:

The band – vocalists Harvey and Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner – is currently working on their full-length debut, slated for a worldwide release in Summer 2013 via Century Media Records.

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Dates with Marilyn Manson:
01/18/13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle’s Ballroom
01/19/13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
01/20/13 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
01/22/13 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
01/23/13 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
01/25/13 – Wallingford, CT @ The Dome
01/26/13 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
01/28/13 – Montreal, QC, CA @ Metropolis
01/29/13 – Oshawa, ON, CA @ General Motors Centre
01/30/13 – Hamilton, ON, CA @ Hamilton Place Theatre
02/01/13 – Sudbury, ON, CA @ Sudbury Arena
02/04/13 – Winnipeg, MB, CA @ MTS Centre
02/05/13 – Moose Jaw, SK, CA @ Mosiac Place
02/06/13 – Saskatoon, SK, CA @ TCU Place
02/08/13 – Calgary, AB, CA @ Stampede Corral
02/09/13 – Edmonton, AB, CA @ Shaw Conference Centre
02/11/13 – Vancouver, BC, CA @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/13/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
02/19/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
02/20/13 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim
02/21/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
02/23/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013:
*Butcher Babies performance date TBA. The festival is 05/18/13 and 05/19/13.

EONE MUSIC NASHVILLE TO RELEASE “MUSIC FROM THE SHOWTIME® SERIES CALIFORNICATION SEASON 6”

eOne Music is set to release “Music From the SHOWTIME Series Californication Season 6” on January 15, 2013. The collection features a previously un-released track from Australian musician/actor/comedian and guest star Tim Minchin, titled “So Long (As We Are Together),” which is performed in character as the mad-as-a-hatter Atticus Fetch. The album also features tracks from Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Marilyn Manson, both of whom have guest starring roles in the show this season. The album also features music by Ryan Adams, Joe Walsh, Johnny Thunders and more. Season 6 of “Californication” debuts on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM EST on SHOWTIME.

The SHOWTIME original series Californication takes viewers on a wild, witty and sexy ride in the California fast lane. It centers around Hank Moody (series star and executive producer David Duchovny), as a hedonistic novelist who struggles to be a good father to his college-aged daughter, while still carrying a torch for her mother, his ex-girlfriend. Californication has won several awards, including two Emmy® Awards in 2008 and 2009 for Outstanding Cinematography and one Golden Globe® Award in 2008 for Best Actor (Duchovny).

Tracklisting:

1. Steve Jones – “Suffragette City” (David Bowie cover)
2. Marilyn Manson – “Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode cover)
3. The Blind Pets – “Fever”
4. Johnny Thunders – “You Can’t Put Your Arms Round a Memory”
5. Lissie – “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica cover)
6. Ryan Adams – “Wasted Years” (Iron Maiden cover)
7. Warren Zevon – “For My Next Trick, I’ll Need a Volunteer”
8. Tim Minchin – “So Long” (As We Are Together)
9. Hi Ho Silver Oh ft. Leslie Stevens – “Time To Move On” (Tom Petty cover)
10. Joe Walsh – “Funk 50”
11. The Litter – “Action Woman”
12. Mark Lanegan- “Strange Religion”
13. The Soundtrack of Our Lives – “What’s Your Story”
14. Beth Hart – “My California”

OTHERWISE Releases Cover Artwork for New Single, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)”

Las Vegas has watched Sin City rock group OTHERWISE move their way up from a hometown favorite to national name. The group released their debut album, TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES, on May 8, 2012 where it placed at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and has since sold nearly 20,000 albums. OTHERWISE also saw a large amount of radio success with their first single “Soldiers.” After being the first song by at unsigned artist to ever occupy the #1 spot on the Sirius Octane channel, the track peaked at #19 at Active Rock radio, and has sold 70,000 singles to date, making the band the best selling new rock artist of 2012. The band also had their song, “Full Circle” hit #1 on Octane and now, OTHERWISE prepares for their second single off of TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures).”

A heartbreak anthem, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” tells the familiar story of a bitter break up. Whether the song vocalizes everything ‘you should have said’ to your soon-to-be ex or justifies the reason for parting, anyone who’s dealt with a difficult relationship break will have someone in mind when listening to this song. The single for “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” will be available soon and the track will impact at radio on October 2. To stream the new single and view the artwork, go to ArtistDirect.com, here.

OTHERWISE is currently out on the road with MY DARKEST DAYS and will be performing at Desert Uprising on September 28 and Rock Vegas on September 29. A full list of dates is below:

Remaining Tour Dates:
9/28/2012 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Uprising (w/ Marilyn Manson and more)
9/29/2012 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock Vegas (w/ Marilyn Manson and more)
10/1/2012 – San Antonio, TX @ The Green Room (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/2/2012 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/3/2012 – Dallas, TX @ Trees (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/5/2012 – Huntsville, AL @ Crossroads Café (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/7/2012 – Tampa Bay, FL @ The Cuban Club (w/ Buckcherry)
10/8/2012 – Columbus, GA @ Chaos – On The Rocks! (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/9/2012 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/10/2012 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s Music Hall (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/12/2012 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live! (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/13/2012 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/14/2012 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/16/2012 – Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/17/2012 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/19/2012 – Kent, OH @ Outpost (w/ My Darkest Days)
10/26/2012 – Lakewood, CO @ Grizzly Rock (w/ Rev Theory)

For more information on OTHERWISE, please visit:
www.weareotherwise.com
www.facebook.com/otherwiseofficial