Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jason Newsted Offers Affordable Autographed Merchandise

What a great mail day today. My autographed Jason Newsted 8×10 picture and autographed “Metal EP” arrived. As I have said here earlier, the new tracks on the disc are quite excellent. And it is great that Jason is back.

The picture was only $5 and the CD was $10. The order also came with a sweet Newsted Dunlop guitar pick. This awesome deal came from Newsted’s official site.


I’d love to hear what Jason’s former Metallica bandmates, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, think of the new stuff.

Jason Ellis Rejects Jamey Jasta’s Wish To Appear on His Radio Show

Jason Ellis, host of the Jason Ellis Show on Sirius-XM Faction, denied Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta from being a guest on his popular afternoon radio program.

On today’s show, Ellis spent a portion of his time on air discussing Hatebreed and the fact that he is not a fan of the band’s music. Jasta has been trying to contact Ellis on Twitter about being interviewed.

Ellis took calls from listeners who support Hatebreed and from those that don’t.

“I will split you like a banana,” said Ellis to one listener who had the nerve to suggest that Hatebreed is better than Machine Head.

This discussion took place live between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 25.

Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Democracy” 3D Concert Performance Streaming Now

Guns N’ Roses are gearing up to release the 3D concert film “Appetite for Democracy,” which features performance from their residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this past fall.  Here is a full video of Axl Rose’s cover band performing “Paradise City” live on November 21, 2012.

The video above is an excerpt from “Appetite for Democracy” 3D coming soon. Click here for the movie’s official Facebook page.

Listen to Anthrax “Anthems” Cover, Amazing Song Now Streaming

I am very excited about the upcoming Anthrax covers album appropriately titled Anthems. Why? For one, Anthrax is on fire right now after coming off of an amazing metal album in Worship Music and tour (2011-2012). This band blew Megadeth off the stage at the Big 4 and American Carnage shows. Secondly, every cover Anthrax has released to date is totally badass (“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” “Phantom Lord,” etc). Third, we have proof that this album is no different. Here is a taste of Anthems with a thunderous cover of Rush’s “Anthem.” And yes, it is heavier and better than the original.

Click here to listen to “Anthem”

Tom Morello Joins Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Australia

It was recently announced that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello will be joining the E Street Band, filling in for Steven Van Zandt for upcoming Bruce Springsteen shows. Little Steven is off to Norway to film season two of the wildly popular Netflix series “Lilyhammer” (it’s the most watched Norwegian series of all time according to Wikipedia).

Morello is one of the most innovative guitarists of the last twenty years so this matchup with Springsteen has a lot of potential in my opinion. If Morello is allowed to do his own thing in certain Bruce tracks, this will be an exciting spectacle. Otherwise, it will be a wasted moment.

The only folks who will witness this event are in Australia. Morello is taking lead guitar duties for two weeks only beginning May 14 (Brisbane Entertainment Centre) as the E Street Band hits the land down under.

Conveniently, Van Zandt will rejoin the band beginning April 29 in Oslo, Norway (Telenor Arena) for the Scandinavian/European leg of the Wrecking Ball Tour.


Metallica vs. Pantera

Metallica or Pantera? This has come to be the stupidest debate in the heavy metal world.

If you have ever found yourself initiating this sort of prattle (“hey bro, San Francisco thrash blows), or found yourself on the defensive (“no man, don’t you dare say that about my band”), then I pray for your soul.

People that can’t find the awesomeness in both of these landmark groups have no right to speak about metal nor think of themselves as true metalheads.

This thought of the day has been brought to you by my sphincter.

Top 100 Hard Rock Bands of All Time – Bands That Are Super Awesome, End of Story

Here are the Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands of All-Time updated for 2014.  These groups are established, they are hard, and some of them are really heavy.  Sure, some are hard rock, others are heavy metal.  Some bands on this list, at one time or another, could be considered death, grunge, sleaze, hair, or punk.  In the end though, they all have one thing in common—they rock pretty damn hard.
  1. Black Sabbath
  2. Iron Maiden
  3. Metallica
  4. Slayer
  5. AC/DC
  6. Judas Priest
  7. Motorhead
  8. Led Zeppelin
  9. Pantera
  10. Megadeth
  11. Ozzy Osbourne
  12. Kiss
  13. Aerosmith
  14. Motley Crue
  15. Anthrax
  16. Guns n’ Roses
  17. Alice Cooper
  18. Rush
  19. Queen
  20. Van Halen
  21. Def Leppard
  22. Alice in Chains
  23. Deep Purple
  24. White Zombie
  25. Dio
  26. Scorpions
  27. Accept
  28. Overkill
  29. Avenged Sevenfold
  30. Mercyful Fate
  31. Nirvana
  32. Marilyn Manson
  33. Diamond Head
  34. Machine Head
  35. Thin Lizzy
  36. The Misfits
  37. W.A.S.P.
  38. Ted Nugent
  39. Poison
  40. Exodus
  41. Type-o-Negative
  42. Twisted Sister
  43. Sepultura
  44. Ratt
  45. Ministry
  46. The Ramones
  47. U.F.O.
  48. Pearl Jam
  49. Bon Jovi
  50. Dream Theater
  51. Danzig
  52. Fear Factory
  53. Tesla
  54. Quiet Riot
  55. Soundgarden
  56. Joe Satriani
  57. Steve Vai
  58. Sammy Hagar
  59. Slipknot
  60. Testament
  61. Lamb of God
  62. Faith No More
  63. Tool
  64. Cinderella
  65. Corrosion of Conformity
  66. Korn
  67. Stone Temple Pilots
  68. Down
  69. Skid Row
  70. Suicidal Tendencies
  71. Rage Against The Machine
  72. Deftones
  73. Foo Fighters
  74. Black Label Society
  75. GWAR
  76. Whitesnake
  77. Primus
  78. Warrant
  79. Life of Agony
  80. Kid Rock
  81. Volbeat
  82. Biohazard
  83. Nickelback
  84. Extreme
  85. Armored Saint
  86. Mastodon
  87. Queensryche
  88. Manowar
  89. Staind
  90. Linkin Park
  91. Sex Pistols
  92. Godsmack
  93. Mr. Big
  94. Living Colour
  95. Dokken
  96. Sevendust
  97. Lita Ford
  98. King’s X
  99. System of a Down
  100. Disturbed

Bands that missed the Top 100, but are included on the Gears of Rock’s Top 200 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands Countdown: Saxon, Opeth, Buckcherry, Iced Earth, Monster Magnet, Amon Amarth, Chevelle, Helloween, Six Feet Under, Soulfly, Filter, Deicide, Anvil, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, Kreator, Doro, Coheed and Cambria, Hatebreed, Voivod, Smashing Pumpkins, DragonForce, Coal Chamber, Evanescence, Ugly Kid Joe, My Chemical Romance, Apocalyptica, Shadows Fall, Limp Bizkit, Children of Bodom, Static-X, Muse, and Vision of Disorder. Bands for future consideration include Gojira, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Bullet for My Valentine.

For the older Top 100 Bands of All-Time list that was released in 2010, click here.

Top 100 Vocalists of All-Time

Jason Newsted Interviewed by Jason Ellis on Sirius-XM Faction

Ex-Metallica bassist and Newsted frontman Jason Newsted joined the Jason Ellis Show on Sirius-XM Faction yesterday to discuss his new and brutal Metal EP.

Here is a picture of host Jason Ellis wearing the “Jason’s Back” shirt, which is now available for purchase on Newsted’s official site.

Hopefully audio excerpts of the interview will be posted soon.

I wonder when James and Lars will give their take on the new Newsted material.

Newsted “Metal” EP Best Music of 2013

This week ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted finally returned to the metal universe and dropped a huge atomic hit in the process with the release of his Metal EP.

This spectacular EP contains four brutal tracks with Jason on lead vocal and bass duties. The new songs “Soldierhead,” “Godsnake,” “King of the Underdogs,” and “Skyscraper” are all delightfully heavy and well-structured bangers.

While every second of this album is fantastic, the best moments are: Jason’s wicked bass breakdown in “Soldierhead,” the Black Sabbath-esque guitar riff in “Skyscraper,” and the overall groove structure of “Godsnake.”

Everyone knows that Newsted isn’t a classically trained frontman, however his performance on the mic complements the music perfectly – he is aggressive, yet very clear. There is an art to pulling this off properly. Many of the newer acts fail here, and should take Newsted’s lesson to heart.

Prior to the release, Newsted provided studio updates via his official Facebook page and received lots of fan support.

Although the year is young, “Metal” EP is the best offering to heavy music so far. You might as well pick it up for a measly $3.99 on iTunes.