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Epitome Productions to shut down, liquidation salepublished on March 2, 2011 by Darren Cowan
The following statement was issued by Epitomite Productions founder, Von
After a lot of thought I have decided to shut down Epitomite. I am gonna start selling everything off. If you are interested let me know. As far as releases go they will be sold at $1 without cases and $2 with cases. The list of what is available is below [click link below for a PDF of the list] with a the amount of what is roughly left in stock. Shipping will need to be added after the amount to purchase is chosen.
I will be also selling off the distro and it is available online at the site. All distro cds will be only $3 and will be shipped with cases in the states and without outside of US/CAN unless requested otherwise.
It will take a while to move all of this so I do not expect to be done soon. I will still do trades without a problem so whatever you may need let me know.
Everything is first come/first served and I will not be able to hold things at this time- sorry
paypal payments can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanx for the support and keep it sick. It has been a pleasure working with you all.
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Nevermore bassist Jim Sheppard to undergo brain tumor surgerypublished on February 17, 2011 by Darren Cowan
Bassist Jim Sheppard of Seattle metallers Nevermore
will undergo surgery today (Wednesday, February 16) to remove a benign brain tumor. The band's vocalist, Warrel Dane
, says, "Please, all metalhead brothers and sisters, send your positive energy for our brother."
Sheppard in 2006 missed a number of Nevermore
shows after undergoing a minor procedure for Crohn's Disease, a condition he's managed for nearly 20 years. Filling in for Sheppard was longtime friend James MacDonough (ex-Megadeth, Iced earth
"The Obsidian Conspiracy", the new album from Nevermore
, sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 134 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
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Ex-Vice President candidate Sarah Palin reviews Ghost albumpublished on January 20, 2011 by Darren Cowan
Former U.S. vice president candidate and ex-Alaska governor, Sarah Palin wrote a letter to Keith Spillett of The Tyranny of Tradition blog. Palin responded to a couple emails written by Spillet concerning her interest in the Blue Oyster Cult. Hard rock fans, especially Spillet, were curious about Palin's use of Blue Oyster Cult song "Godzilla" during a 2008 campaign.
According to Spillet, he had been listening to Ghost's "Opus Eponymous" (navigate to the review section to see what Metal Ship had to say about the album), and due to its strong resemblance to Blue Oyster Cult, Spillet asked Palin to write a review. After receiving no word from previous emails, Spillet was "astonished" when he received a reply from the Republican party's most celebrated in lady.
Palin expressed strong feelings for her love of Blue Oyster Cult, and surprisingly, wrote a detailed response to the Ghost album. She stated liking the music, which reminded her of Blue Oyster Cult and King Diamond/Mercyful Fate (big thumbs up for the Fate reference), but was turned off by the adoration for Satan that defines the album's lyrics. Additionally, she berated the Socialist system that governs Ghost's native Sweden.
Palin stated, in reference to Ghost's English speaking skills, "They seemed to speak English very well so I, of course, assumed that they were American. It makes you think that a Swede could pretend to be an American an easily get away with it." By associating Ghost's nefarious lyrics and "slick" English skills, Palin made use of a common Nonconservative fear tactic--the threat of terrorism. "A slick talking Swedish terrorist could easily get past one of those TSA government workers and bring weapons of mass destruction into our country."
To read the entire article, click the source link below.
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ANGR Records launches in conjuction with Century Mediapublished on January 19, 2011 by Darren Cowan
ANGR is dedicated to working alongside the most engaging spirit-filled bands from deep within the heavy music underground whose ambitions reach beyond simple scenes. A collection of individuals with diverse approaches and points of view but a shared overall vision. The bands who are associated with ANGR place a high value on the words within their music, their interaction with their audiences and their impact upon the world from an artistic and philosophic standpoint. Not every band evangelizes, but none will compromise the heart of what they're doing.
Century Media Records has been known for 20 years as one of the most innovative and ground breaking indie music labels in the world. Long has the label pushed forth and developed some of the leading metal and hard rock bands no matter the genre tag applied, 2011 sees this grow one step further with their new partnership alongside the ANGR brand.
ANGR was developed by Ryan Downey a Ryan "The Dog" Nelson, both music veterans whose experiences stretch across media, management, merchandising and touring. ANGR will not only develop talent but also actively publicize charitable causes worthy of support.
Ain't No Grave
Records and Century Media are excited to welcome their first two signings to the new label: Sleeping Giant and The Great Commission.
Sleeping Giant represent a great and terrible day when all living things return to dust; and their sound is as formidable as one might expect the apocalypse should be. The band has toured as part of the "Scream the Prayer Tour" as well as stints with Demon Hunter, Winds of Plague, Stick to Your Guns and more proving that they are at the forefront of the hardcore scene. The Great Commission prides themselves on being one of the heaviest live acts around, playing live with six members, three of which are guitarists and have drawn comparisons to everyone from Hatebreed
to Impending Doom. The band has toured relentlessly including stints with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, For Today, Impending Doom, Demon Hunter, Throwdown, We Came As Romans, Oceano and more. Both bands are hard at work on their initial offerings for ANGR which are expected to surface later in 2011.
"Ain't No Grave
(Can Hold This Body Down)" is an old traditional country standard, most recently popularized by Johnny Cash. The spirit within the song's lyrics and the life of truth-seeking, honesty, worship and rebelliousness against convention led by artists like Cash and other giants in the contemporary artistic world is at the heart of what ANGR looks to accomplish. Stay tuned for more news on the label, Sleeping Giant and The Great Commission.
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Deicide, Cynic members at 'Titans of the Throne' Drum Festpublished on December 7, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Some of the underground’s top drummers have been tapped to take part in the ‘Titans of the Throne’ Drum Festival on January 21 at Hooligans Live in Boca Raton, FL. Sponsored by Sick Drummer Magazine, Tama, Sabian, Vic Firth, Evans and Regal Tip, this performance-based event aims to shine the spotlight on some of the most prominent drummers in metal. While several guests are to be announced later, the main performance will feature appearances by:
Steve Asheim (Deicide
Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation
Sean Reinert (Cynic
Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen
Tickets range from $15 to $25 for VIP access and students with valid ID will receive a discounted rate. The event will also include raffles, giveaways and even a chance to win drum lessons from Sean Reinert from Cynic
! Don’t miss your chance to see the incredible showmanship of these iconic metal drummers!
For more information, visit http://www.titansofthethrone.com/
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"Earache Extreme Stave Diving" App detailspublished on November 19, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Earache Records recently announced EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, a free, essential app for all metalheads, which is coming to the Apple App Store on November 29th for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Play along to a killer soundtrack of thrash, death and heavy metal as you throw a pesky stage diver off a festival stage and as far into the crowd as possible. Throw the stage diver as far as you can to get a high score on the global leader boards while trying to avoid objects such as bottles, merch stands and of course the festival favorite - the portable toilets!
Whereas most apps just include clips of songs, or at most a couple of full tracks, EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING features ten full shredding songs. The full track list is as follows:
Evile - Thrasher
At The Gates
- Suicide Nation
Bonded By Blood - Prison Planet
White Wizzard - Over the Top
Oceano - District of Misery
- The World Burns
Wormrot - Born Stupid
- Spheres of Madness
- Homage For Satan
- Walking Corpse
All tracks are included in a fully integrated music player, allowing you to play along to the tunes you want, when you want. There's also a secret unlockable track which can only be found in this app.
To get your hands on EARACHE EXTREME STAGE DIVING, just search for "extreme stage diving" on the App Store from November 29th.
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Behemoth's Nergal offers update from hospitalpublished on November 10, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Blabbermouth.net issued the following report concerning Behemoth
's Nergal, who has been hospitalized due to Leukemia:
Adam "Nergal" Darski, the 33-year-old leukemia-stricken guitarist/vocalist of the Polish extreme metal act BEHEMOTH
, has released the following statement regarding his treatment:
"I'm still in the hospital, but in quite a good shape so I write to let you know about my health and the further stages of treatment.
"I've been through four planned chemotherapies and have stayed in hospital for over three months now. I've gone through the whole therapy smoothly, though I also had a couple of difficult moments. All this means I have finished the stage of pharmacological treatment and I am about to start the irradiation and then the marrow transplant.
"Yes, we've found a donor! Having searched for months, the foundation has found a person whose genotype is identical to mine. It would have been difficult to achieve if it wasn't for the support of so many people. Most of all, I want to express my admiration for [26-year-old Polish pop singer] Dorota [Rabczewska; a.k.a. Doda] — my wonderful and devoted fiancée. She did everything she could to help me and many other people, regardless of adversities and comments which were often unfair. Your help is invaluable! Thank you! I love you.
"On behalf of me and all other ill people, I thank everyone who registered in the bone marrow bank regardless of origin
, skin colour or religion. The concerts for charity have been organized all over the world and people of show business, bands and, most of all, the fans got deeply involved. You are beyond great! One of you made my transplant possible, but remember, your attitude may save many others in need. So I appeal to everyone: don't stop the madness! The march for victory continues! Horns up!"
Every year, more than 10,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, and a bone-marrow transplant from an unrelated person is their best or only hope for survival. There is no data available on how many people die waiting for a match, but only four out of 10 patients receive the needed transplant.
's "Evangelia Heretika" DVD will be released in the U.S. on November 9 via Metal Blade Records, in Poland via Mystic Records, and in the rest of Europe through Nuclear Blast. It contains three discs featuring two full shows ("Live In Paris 2008" and "Live In Warsaw 2009"); every BEHEMOTH
music video ever made; "Evangelion" tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; and a bonus "Live in Warsaw" audio CD.
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Tristania vocalist collaborates with fashion labelpublished on November 8, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Tristania are pleased to announce the collaboration between the band and the London-based fashion label PSYLO (http://www.psylofashion.com/
) . As a result of this cooperation, Tristania
vocalist Mariangela will be the face of Psylo’s new Black Label collection. Fans should make sure to check the band and the label's website for updates. Tristania
's latest Gothic metal masterpiece "Rubicon" is out now!
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Full Metal Jackie to premiere new The Ocean trackpublished on October 22, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Full Metal Jackie will be premiering new music from THE OCEAN. Listen in this weekend (10/22-10/24.) To find a radio station near you airing the show, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com. Fans can hear Full Metal Jackie's show on over 30 rock radio stations across the US!
"Heaven TV," the ninth track from Anthropocentric, the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal enigmas THE OCEAN. Set for a North American release on November 9 via Metal Blade Records, Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band's well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring.
The concept at the base of both offerings is a critique of Christianity from varying philosophical and personal perspectives. Both records were recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest elevated city in Europe, and recorded and mixed by their house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann.
In other THE OCEAN news, The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts, which premiered via Stereogum.com last week is currently the most listened to MP3 on the high-traffic website, beating out Child Rebel Soldier's (featuring Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams) "Don't Stop."
Anthropocentric can be ordered and the first single, She Was The Universe, can be heard now at www.metalblade.com/theocean.
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Goatwhore "Apocalyptic Havoc" track featured on Carson Dalypublished on October 8, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Goatwhore's Apocalyptic Havoc will appear in a segment tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. The video will be used in a segment about Buff Monster, an artist living in Hollywood who sites his main influences as heavy metal music, ice cream and Japanese culture as major influences. Tune in at 1:35am ET/PT to check out the show! To watch the show on-line and find out more, head to: http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/
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Tommy Lee visits the Museum of Sexpublished on October 5, 2010 by Darren Cowan
New York, NY: Having began his career in rock & roll at the ripe old age of 17, Methods of Mayhem
mainman Tommy Lee has basically seen and done it all. But he's never been to New York City's famed Museum of Sex -- until now. While the rock star was in town promoting the release of his long-awaited sophomore album for Methods, A Public Disservice Announcement, we took Lee on a tour to remember.
Boasting an eclectic mix of rock, metal and dance on the brand new album, with tracks like "All I Wanna Do" -- which Tommy explains is, "Just nasty for the sake of being fun. You’ve got to have a good sex song on the record. If you don’t you kind of suck right?” -- we thought it nothing short of appropriate. So with the museum's curator Sarah Jacobs leading us through each wondrous exhibit, click the link below to watch as Tommy gets an impromptu sex education.
Tommy commented via twitter, "What a spot!! when in NYC ya'll must visit!! thanks guys.....even I learned a few thangs!"
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Evile guitarist Ol Drake to bungy jump this Saturdaypublished on September 22, 2010 by Darren Cowan
OL DRAKE, lead guitarist for British thrashers EVILE, is preparing to bungee jump next to London's famous Tower Bridge this Saturday, 25th September along with Metal Hammer editor ALEXANDER MILAS.
OL DRAKE and ALEXANDER MILAS will be jumping from Pottersfield Park, next to Tower Bridge, at 10:30am on Saturday whilst dressed as cowboys. Fans are encouraged to head down and watch the brave metalheads throwing themselves off the 160ft crane.
OL DRAKE will be jumping in memory of late EVILE bassist MIKE ALEXANDER and in aid of the British Lung Foundation, while ALEXANDER MILAS will be jumping in aid of the Ronnie James Dio
'Stand Up and Shout' Cancer Fund.
With just days left until the jump, OL DRAKE offers his final thoughts:
"I think I am more nervous of having to walk through London to get to the jump while dressed as a cowboy. If anyone gives me any abuse, I will spray them with the two water pistols I have. I will no doubt be shouting 'SLAYER
' on the way down in honour of Mike. Looking forward to it! Hope to see some people at the bottom shouting things at us. In the name of Mike and Dio
, we shall jump off a big crane (never thought I'd be saying that, in so many ways).
"Right after I'm back down to earth safely I'm gonna have a pint of cider and then get back up to Huddersfield to leave on our 3-month US tour. Back down to earth, and back on the road."
Metal Hammer editor ALEXANDER MILAS adds:
"I watch the clock nervously as the moment of truth approaches and my mind is awash with self-doubt. Will the cord be strong enough? And more importantly: will I look sexy in a cape?
"Deep, resounding thanks to all who've generously contributed to this victory of foolhardiness over common sense - it's for a very good cause. In the name of Mike Alexander, Ronnie James Dio
and heavy metal, we'll be making gravity our bitch. Onward!"
To sponsor OL DRAKE, go to http://www.justgiving.com/Ol-Jump4metal
To sponsor ALEXANDER MILAS, go to http://www.ronniejamesdio.com
and donate using PayPal, making sure to click "Add special instructions to the seller" and then putting "JUMP4METAL" in the comments box.
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The Other drummer to release signature Agner drumstickpublished on September 22, 2010 by Darren Cowan
Drummer Doc Caligari of German Horror-Punk rockers THE OTHER, has signed on with world renowned drumstick manufacturer AGNER to release his first set of signature drumsticks. This is the first ever drumstrick that features a special blood look over a white-painted stick. It also includes the Doc's signature and a drawing of his face. AGNER liked the design so much that they also used it for their 25year-anniversary drumstick with blue color instead of red...
When asked to comment on the signature drumstick the Doctor just uttered a maniacal laugh paired with a growl, which singer Rod Usher translated as: "Hours in the lab made me come up with the perfect design for my signature-stick for AGNER. I will probably let those guys live, since they manufacture the best sticks in the rock-biz and now built my own weapon of choice!"
Horror-punk rockers THE OTHER released "New Blood" in North America on August 31, 2010. "New Blood" is the THE OTHER'S fourth studio album, but the first to see a proper release in North America and the first to be released on SPV/Steamhammer. There are three editions available at all retailers: a standard CD, Double LP and Digital Download. National retail chain FYE will be offering an exclusive limited edition of "New Blood". This exclusive digipak edition includes a bonus CD featuring two unreleased tracks from the "New Blood" recording sessions, a cover of Johnny Cash's "Like the 309", a cover of The Damned's "Love Song" and a demo version of their song "Blood Runs Cold" This version is limited to 1000 copies and can only be found at your local FYE.
Already known as Europe's most famous horror-punk band, THE OTHER are looking to become the WORLD'S most famous horror-punk band, with the release of their album "New Blood".
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GAMA BOMB front man issues letter to U2 about downloadingpublished on August 27, 2010 by Darren Cowan
For Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB, file-sharing has proved to be an important and recurring topic of discussion.
Having released their 2009 album, TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE, online as a completely free download, GAMA BOMB's strong feelings about file-sharing largely oppose the views of many other musicians and artists. TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE - which remains free to download to this day - has sold just as many physical copies of the album in the short time since its release as the band's previous album has to date, indicating that the open availability of the album as a free download hasn't in fact harmed the band's sales.
PAUL McGUINNESS, manager for fellow Irish rockers U2, recently posted a lengthy article for GQ Magazine (http://j.mp/aABfPk
) in which he discusses his views on the problems of file-sharing.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE has written an open letter to PAUL McGUINNESS in response to his article. An excerpt follows:
"U2's manager Paul McGuinness' recent article is well-reasoned, well-informed and commendable in its aims - though it's crazily short-sighted. It falls at the last hurdle when envisioning future solutions to the problems file sharing causes for the music industry, and is filled with logical blind-spots on the current state of the business. He's got the numbers right, but the headspace is all wrong.
"To his credit, Mr McGuinness is here wading into an argument that, as he notes, often involves untold abuse for those willing to stick their oar in. Furthermore, it's one that doesn't affect his untouchably profitable bread-and-butter, U2. So who am I to gainsay him?
"Last year my band Gama Bomb released their third album free of cost as a download with the permission of our record company, Earache Records. This, to my knowledge, makes us the first signed band ever to do so.
"We took this step because we personally consume music in this way and were aware our previous albums were largely being consumed as shared files. To release another CD in the traditional way seemed futile. Also, as a band playing a niche form of music on a small budget, we were aware of the potential PR power of such a move. The label agreed, we did it, and that's why I feel qualified to dust off my soap box on this one."
Read the full letter on GAMA BOMB's official blog at http://j.mp/bwVH0N
TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE is still available to download for free at http://www.earache.com/gamabomb
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SLASH to launch "Slash FM" radio stationpublished on August 26, 2010 by Darren Cowan
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 26, 2010) - Multi-platinum-selling guitar hero Slash
is synonymous with rock n' roll, and now the monster musician is affixing his signature top hat, shades to the digital airwaves with the launch of his own A.P.E. Radio station, "Slash FM." The channel announcement comes on West Hollywood's official "Slash Day"-Thursday, August 26th-which will honor the legendary guitarist and L.A. icon at the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival. Throughout its limited-time run, beginning with its debut on Thursday, September 2nd, "Slash FM" will broadcast a wealth of exciting content, including selected playlists of some of the guitar god's favorite songs, such as tracks by AC/DC
, Led Zeppelin
, David Bowie, The Beatles, Soundgarden
. Of course, songs from Guns N' Roses
's solo work will also be aired, and punctuated with behind-the-scenes stories told by Slash
The August 26th tribute event at the House of Blues Sunset Strip will include speeches from Slash
's close friends, a presentation from the City of West Hollywood, and live music performances celebrating Slash
and his contributions to the legacy of the city's rich music scene. Immediately following the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Slash
will embark on a North American tour.
's A.P.E. station will be distributed across Clear Channel Radio's "iheartradio" network, which includes hundreds of local radio websites; the popular iheartradio mobile app, which has been downloaded by nearly 9 million people; widgets; and www.slashonline.com.
Fans are encouraged to participate by emailing their suggestions to email@example.com.
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CRO-MAGS John Joseph to release "Meat is for Pussies" bookpublished on August 19, 2010 by Darren Cowan
“Food is very important to me because I grew up in a broken home and abusive foster home where it wasn't provided for me and my two brothers. That was the catalyst which affected my entire outlook. I know hands down I would have continued in a life of crime if I didn't meet the Bad Brains and had been introduced to a vegetarian lifestyle. This started a spiritual quest that also led to exercise, yoga and Krishna. Once I changed what I put in me, it changed my view about myself, taking care of my body, and my outlook on the environment where I lived. You can say it made me a more at peace person, not that I wouldn't run up on you if I had to ha ha.” John Joseph is laughing but he isn’t kidding, as muscular front man for the legendary NY hardcore/punk unit, The Cro-Mags
, he incited some of the most savage and primal blood letting ever witnessed in a mosh pit. Some twenty five years after the release of The Cro-Mags
debut album, Age Of Quarrel, Joseph as a wellspring of vitality is still launching into backflips and backslaps night after night touring with the Mags at the age of 47, putting front men half his age to shame. While many of his peers have succumbed to a “rock” lifestyle or just one of a typical American diet, he is not only an engaging front man but a highly competitive athlete, competing in marathons as well as training for ironman triathlons.
Following his highly successful autobiography "The Evolution Of A Cro-Magnon" (2007 Punkhouse), John has decided to follow it up with Meat Is For Pussies, a play on the popular “For Dummies” instruction manuals. Sub-titled “A how to guide for dudes who want to get fit, kick ass and take names” the tome is far from a dry medical journal, peppered with Joseph’s conversational style writing, rough hewn humor and first hand experiences with the subjects. Joseph starts by dispelling all the myths of a meat beneficial diet including his research which supports that humans were not meant to ingest meat on a regular basis as opposed to true carnivores in the animal kingdom and what regular consumption of meat does to your system. He breaks down all the popular diets on the market and why they will ultimately fail you as opposed to a balanced diet, ingesting natural supplements and exercise. He delves into the machinations that the meat industry, big business and bio-tech firms have developed to promote unsafe food and science into our diet with no resistance from the Government. The book also includes a wealth of Joseph’s own recipes, daily menus, exercise regiments and resources to obtain products and supplements that Joseph uses in his own life.
Speaking on the motivation for the book Joseph says “My motivation in writing this book was seeing many friends and family members getting sick, even dying from totally preventable diseases. 30% of America is severely overweight, cancer and diabetes rates soaring, we are being used as guinea pigs by the GMO companies and Big Pharma, the shit’s got to stop. Who reading this doesn't know someone who's had cancer? I'm here to say we can stop it just by paying attention to what goes in our shopping carts and our bodies. I have been a vegetarian/vegan almost 30 years now, people today are bombarded by advertising for cheap fast food and ingestion of those foods not only wreak havoc on your system but most of the havoc wreaked on the planet is due to the slaughter of the animals.
Though Joseph is not a medical professional, he has spent a good part of the past three decades amassing health information, recipes, nutritional information and examples he learned through trial and error. “In 1981 I was part of a little commune that The Bad Brains had going out of their producer Jay Dublee’s store/recording studio 171A. It was there that the Brains introduced me to the practice of a vegetarian diet. However it was Dublee who had the knowledge of the science behind the practice. He gave me books to read and from there I gathered my own resources about meat and what it does to you. I tried to introduce this knowledge to all of my friends and I’ve been an advocate ever since.”
Yes I don't have a medical degree that's why I got world renowned Dr. Fred Bisci (pHD in Nutritional Science) to write the forward, he said he couldn't do it until he read the book, as his name and reputation were on the line. Well, in his words, "This books a real kick in the nuts John, a kick in the nuts these guys need.”
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NICKELBACK announces Les Paul guitar creation contestpublished on August 2, 2010 by Darren Cowan
(New York, NY) – People’s Choice Award winning and Grammy nominated band Nickelback kicks off a contest today with People’s Choice for music fans to create and vote on the name of the new Gibson USA Les Paul Guitar for the band’s lead singer, Chad Kroeger. The winning entrant to create the name of the new guitar will receive two premium tickets and meet & greet passes to a VIP concert event on October 30th in Las Vegas, in addition to an autographed new Chad Kroeger Limited Edition Gibson USA Les Paul guitar.
"I'm very excited about the upcoming release of my Gibson USA signature Les Paul and it's an amazing opportunity to be able to work with the People’s Choice Awards to have our fans, the greatest fans in the world, come up with the name of this guitar. The People's Choice Awards have always been very special to Nickelback because it is truly about and for the fans; the ultimate forum where they have the final say. It only makes sense that we would engage the fans in this very special process,” enthused Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.
Gibson USA is known worldwide for producing some of the most collectible and sought after guitars ever manufactured. In creating his own signature line with the company, Kroeger will join a list of extraordinary musical icons that span the globe. In this limited edition, the guitar will be produced for the global market to celebrate the music and talent of Nickelback’s lead singer. Specs include a one-of-a-kind color specifically created for Chad Kroeger, in addition to the singer’s signature silver stars on the back of the neck, a Ghost Piezo system and Ghost Burstbuckers.
Guitar name submissions will be accepted until August 16, 2010 at www.PeoplesChoice.com.
On August 17, the band will narrow down the selections and present their top choices back to the fans who will ultimately decide the name for the new guitar. By voting for the guitar name, fans are automatically entered to win tickets to the 2011 People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
“We thank Nickelback for offering this great opportunity to interact with their fans,” said Fred Nelson, President of the People’s Choice Awards. “This contest exemplifies our goal of connecting the fans with artists they know and love.”
To submit names, fans can sign up at no cost to be a People’s Choice member at www.PeoplesChoice.com.
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Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival announces eBay charitypublished on July 30, 2010 by Darren Cowan
July 30, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is proud to announce the first-ever eBay Charity Ticket Auction in support of
Child Find of America, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and resolution of child abduction. Beginning Sunday, August 1, 2010 and running for ten-days, fans can bid on eBay for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive two (2) VIP tickets to the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. In addition, the top bidder and their guest will watch their favorite band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE! They will also receive: Level 1 premium reserved seats OR General Admission ‘Pit’ tickets, a backstage guided tour to see the "inner workings" of a large scale concert festival (who knows who you’ll meet?), limited edition “Working Crew” shirts, all-day access to the VIP Rockstar Energy Drink Lounge, front-of-the-line access to all Best Buy artist signings, and one (1) limited edition, custom tour art EVANS drumhead hand-signed by Disturbed
, Avenged Sevenfold
, Stone Sour
The all-day outdoor UPROAR Festival, drawing as many as 10,000 to 15,000 fans per event, will make stops in 35 US and Canadian cities, coast-to-coast, beginning on August 17, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and concluding October 4, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Each festival date features eight of the biggest names in active rock music, performing on two stages, as well as other attractions, including concourse midway filled with vendors and activities. Projected to be one of the most successful, audacious and not-to-be-missed concert events of 2010, The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will feature multi-platinum co-headliners Disturbed
and Avenged Sevenfold
, along with Stone Sour
and Halestorm. The potent rock lineup for the touring music and lifestyle jaunt also features performances from Jägermeister Second Stage headliners Hellyeah, as well as Airbourne
, Hail The Villain, New Medicine and the local Jägermeister-sponsored opener in each city. (Airbourne
will not be performing on the Canadian dates.)
Child Find of America offers families various services including free investigation and location services, free kidnapping prevention programs, free referral and support services and free mediation services for parental abduction cases. Their efforts positively impact the lives of thousands of children and families and directly bring more than 400 children to a safe and legal environment every year. Proceeds from the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions will benefit the ongoing efforts of Child Find of America. More information on Child Find of America can be found at www.childfindofamerica.org
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions will begin on Sunday, August 1, 2010, when 35 pairs of tickets with accompanying stage access passes for all 35 UPROAR dates will be posted to eBay as TEN-Day Auctions. Those individuals interested in bidding on these very special UPROAR FESTIVAL VIP tickets can access the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay ticket auctions by clicking on the “UPROAR on eBay” link found at http://www.rockstaruproar.com
or by searching for “UPROAR VIP TICKETS” on eBay.com
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Rob Zombie film competition, new video premierepublished on July 27, 2010 by Darren Cowan
(New York, NY) - It is a summer of absolute mayhem
for triple threat talent Rob Zombie
. Never one to rest on his laurels, the superstar musician/director/writer is currently co-headlining the massive North American Mayhem
Festival tour with band mates John 5
, Piggy D and Joey Jordison (see below for tour dates), and is also prepping for the special edition release of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2. Set to street on September 28th, this deluxe extra zombified version of HD2 will feature 3 brand new tracks called "Everything Is Boring," "Michael" and "Devil's Hole Girls And The Big Revolution," as well as a re-imagining of "The Man Who Laughs." In addition, the package will include a brand new video for "Mars Needs Women" (shot during the Gruesome Twosome tour with Alice Cooper
), a live version of Cooper's classic "School's Out" with Cooper himself and a DVD tour documentary entitled "Transylvanian Transmissions," along with all-new expanded artwork. Drummer Joey Jordison, who has been touring with Zombie since April, will make his recorded debut with the new Zombie material. The new video for "Mars Needs Women" just made its premiere on AOL and can be viewed here: http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/07/26/rob-zombie-mars-needs-women-video-premiere/
HELLBILLY DELUXE 2, Zombie's first album for new label home Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart earlier this year. The Los Angeles Times declared "HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 is Zombie's most consistently tuneful record to date," while USA Today referred to the album as "masterfully crafted."
In other news, Rob Zombie
and Universal Studios Hollywood are partnering to recognize the nation's top short-form filmmaking horror genre talent with the "Halloween Horror Nights - Rob Zombie
Film Competition," offering filmmakers an opportunity to have their scariest short film judged by a panel lead by the multi-media horror auteur. The winner will be rewarded with a premiere showing on Chiller TV, a posting on SyFy.com, a $1000 cash prize and a trip for two to the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. Contest entries will be accepted from July 7th through August 14th and prospective filmmakers are invited to submit short films from 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD. For more information, please click here http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/.
With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie
is a force to be reckoned with in today's entertainment landscape. Zombie's unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently his vision as a director and writer.
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Emperor tracks added to Rock Bandpublished on July 27, 2010 by Darren Cowan
EMPEROR classics “Curse You All Men (Live)” and “Inno A Satana (Live)” are now available for download via Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360. Both songs are taken from EMPEROR
’s 2009 double-live album, Live Inferno. The songs represent UK-based Candlelight Records’ first to appear via the popular music video game.
Members of EMPEROR
, with Brooklyn-based Noisy Puppet Studios, have been working for months scripting, testing, mixing and perfecting the songs. Founder/developer Jeremy Parker says “these tracks will put you through the ringer on every instrument. It’s a struggle to survive but once you master these tracks you have lived through one of the most intense, powerful, rock game-play ever seen.”
Guitar and drumming charts were quite a challenge to development during the creative process confirms Parker. “Both songs are a torture session that seems to never end,” he says. “And the expert drum chart in 'Curse You…' is the most difficult challenge ever seen in a music video game. You may need a friend to play the kick drum pedal for you, just to play half the hits from the live performance.”
EMPEROR/The Wretched End guitarist Samoth notes, “we think it's great kids want to be able to play more classic extreme metal! EMPEROR
is pleased to offer these songs to those that dare
to give them a try!"
Vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn adds, "several of my guitar students started out with music games and I believe this is how many young people develop a more passionate relationship to bands and songs these days. It's cool to be part of it."
released their swansong, Prometheus – The Discipline Of Fire And Demise
, early September 2001. It was an epic and progressive metal album that once and for all marked EMPEROR
as one of the most adventurous and gifted black metal bands of all times. In 2005, EMPEROR
surprised all with an un-announced appearance at Oslo’s famed Inferno Fest. Following the performance, the band announced additional concerts that would include a visit to America; marking the second trip to the states in the band’s legendary career. Fans flocked to New York City and Los Angeles to witness the sold out performances. In 2007, additional shows would see the band return to the US for a repeat performance in New York City, a stop in Chicago, and what would be their final American performance in Los Angeles.
Released in April of last year, Live Inferno
is an exclusive/professionally tracked live recordings. The beautiful 2CD package contains a stunning 16-page booklet capturing the inner details of the special reunion performances from both band and fan perspectives. Also released was a lavish deluxe version which included an enhanced 24-page booklet plus the 70-minute Live At Wacken Open Air
DVD in a captivating box.
Noisy Puppet Studios works with premier labels and bands to develop quality downloadable content for Rock Band video games. The company offers a full authoring service, which includes charting the game-play for all of a song’s playable parts, programming character animations, and designing lighting and cinematography for the in-game venue.
Free demos of the songs are available to Xbox LIVE members by visiting the links below.
"Curse You All Men" - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/8000040a-0000-4000-8000-000045410869
"Inno a Satana" - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/8000040c-0000-4000-8000-000045410869
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