Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show, April 7th!

Posted in Awards with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

So I know I haven’t posted in awhile and all of a sudden there are all these announcements but spring and summer seems to be the time when the metal gods come out to wreck havoc on the world. Keep checking in for awesome concert announcements and events going on around the U.S. I’ll try to take a break from my school work to keep you updated! Below is an event that might interest those of you in Los Angeles.

The 2009 Rockstar Mayhem Festival will kick off in July, but the real kick off to the tour may be a little sooner. The Revolver Golden Gods Awards show goes down on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. The best in metal will be honored by the World’s Loudest Rock Magazine (Revolver), including the Rockstar Mayhem Festival Best Underground Metal Band Award. Who will win? You’ll just have to be there to find out!

EXCLUSIVE LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM:

MEGADETH!
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE!
HATEBREED!
ALL THAT REMAINS!
SUICIDE SILENCE!
PROTEST THE HERO, and more!!!

Hosted by BRIAN POSEHN (Sarah Silverman Show, Just Shoot Me)

Special DJ Set by SLIPKNOT’S COREY TAYLOR!

With APPEARANCES BY:
OZZY OSBOURNE!
LEMMY!
DANZIG!
KERRY KING!
SCOTT IAN!
MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN!
VINNIE PAUL!
ALICE IN CHAINS!
ATREYU!
DETHKLOK!
TESTAMENT!
UNEARTH!
STEEL PANTHER!
ISIS!
MAYNARD of TOOL!
WWE’S CM PUNK!
Olympic Gold Metalist Shaun White!

For those of you in L.A. that can attend, I’m extremely jealous and would love to hear from you about the event!

~ Your Miss Metal Maiden

Concert Annoucement!

Posted in Concerts with tags , , on April 2, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

Judas Priest will be returning to the states this summer with Whitesnake! Rumor has it that Priest will be performing their album British Steel in its entirety for its 30th anniversary. Rockin! Check out the dates below and be sure to make room in your calendar for the concert!

Tour dates:

1st July THE FAMILY ARENA/ST. CHARLES, MO with WHITESNAKE
2nd July SUMMERFEST 2009 – HARLEY DAVIDSON STAGE/MILWAUKEE, WI
3rd July TASTE OF MINNESOTA AT HARRIET ISLAND/ST. PAUL, MN with WHITESNAKE
7th July COMCAST CENTER/MANSFIELD, MA with WHITESNAKE
8th July CMAC/CANANDAIGUA, NY with WHITESNAKE
9th July MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE/TORONTO, ON with WHITESNAKE
11th July PNC BANKS ARTS CENTER/HOLMDEL, NJ with WHITESNAKE
12th July NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER/WANTAGH, NY with WHITESNAKE
14th July TIME WARNER CABLE AMPHITHEATRE/CLEVELAND, OH with WHITESNAKE
15th July DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATER/CLARKSTON, MI with WHITESNAKE
17th July MOONDANCE JAM 18/WALKER, MN with WHITESNAKE
18th July ROCK FEST/CHIPPEWA VALLEY MUSIC/CADOTT, WI
21st July PNC PAVILION at RIVERBEND MUSIC/CINCINNATI, OH with WHITESNAKE
29th July CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR/PASO ROBLES, CA with WHITESNAKE
31st July SLEEP TRAIN PAVILION/CONCORD, CA with WHITESNAKE
2nd August GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE/UNIVERSAL CITY, CA with WHITESNAKE
4th August SDSU OPEN AIR THEATRE/SAN DIEGO, CA with WHITESNAKE
5th August PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE/OC FAIR/COSTA MESA, CA with WHITESNAKE
7th August DODGE THEATRE/PHOENIX, AZ with WHITESNAKE
8th August THOMAS & MACK CENTER/LAS VEGAS, NV with WHITESNAKE
10th August SANDIA CASINO/ALBUQUERQUE, NM
11th August RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE/MORRISON, CO with WHITESNAKE

Visit Ticketmaster for ticket information.

Singing to the beat of a different drum!

Posted in Metal 101 with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

Here’s an article I wrote awhile back for the magazine I write for. I think some of you metal fans out there might find it interesting. Enjoy!

Getting into the music business almost seems easy these days. Just by appearing on American Idol one can land a record deal.

But some bands have gone the extra mile not only to make it in the music business, but to make a lasting impression on audiences as well.

A few glorious bands have created an entire theme to base their musical existence on. Whether it’s the songs they sing or the overall personality of the band, these bands have captured fans worldwide just by tapping into quirky interests and making a music career out of them.

While many musical artists compose albums featuring various subjects and human emotions, the bands Austrian Death Machine and Macabre choose to only sing about one subject.

Austrian Death Machine, a side project for As I Lay Dying front man Tim Lambesis, only writes songs about Arnold Schwarzenegger. Each song title is a direct quote from an Arnold movie such as, “Get to the Choppa” and fan favorite, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.”

Their sound is fast, pissed, brutal and full of testosterone — just like many of the characters Arnold has portrayed over the years.

The band even has an Arnold creation (thanks to Gwar, a band known for its impressive and grotesque stage creations) on stage singing. Some may find the band’s brutal sound and topic choice odd, but musicians singing about something they love is not such an unusual idea in music. It just happens that Austrian Death Machine really, really loves Arnold.

“The more underlying theme, the more fun,” J.P. Gericke, guitar player for Austrian Death Machine, says.

Macabre also focuses on one subject, but their subject may be a bit harder to swallow. For the last 24 years, Macabre has played music around the theme of murderers and madmen, earning them the right to be classified as murder metal.

Every song tells a tale, whether it be of Peter Stumpp, the werewolf who roamed the German countryside over 400 years ago ripping apart innocent victims and eating their hearts, or the devious Dr. H.H. Holmes, who built a dark hotel with trap doors and secret rooms to capture his prey.

Their lyrics are based on historic facts and legends, but despite its morbidity, Macabre has captivated audiences around the world and continues to find killers to write about.

Having a reccurring theme may seem boring to many music lovers out there, but Austrian Death Machine and Macabre continue to have a growing fan base giving musicians everywhere something new to try with their own careers.

If there are other bands out there that have followed the same career path as Austrian Death Machine and Macabre, I want to hear about it so leave a comment!

What type of metal am I listening to?

Posted in Metal 101 with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

There are so many sub-genres to metal music. Even though you may have thought the complicated guitar riffs, screaming vocals and double-bass lines were the standard indentification of metal music, it’s actually a bit more complicated than that.

The sub-genres in metal music were created to categorgize bands by their music style, their subject matter and sometimes by their appearance.

There are probably about 20 or more sub-genres of metal music. I won’t go through them all because this post will be forever long if I do. But I will list and explain some of the more prominent sub-genres in metal and leave you to explore Wikipedia for more information on the genres I haven’t listed. If there’s a genre you absolutely love that I didn’t list, feel free to leave a comment.

New Wave of British Heavy Metal - This group of metal, in my opinion, was the biggest influence on other metal bands with the exception of Black Sabbath who started it all. This group took the blueprint of metal that Black Sabbth created, took out the blues and created a powerful heavy metal sound. Bands include: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Saxon.

Death metal – This group of metal is one of the most explicit. Subject matter usually revolves around death and destruction. Their sound is brutal to say the least with distorted guitars and growling, “cookie monster” like vocals. Bands include: Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and Death.

Thrash metal- This group of metal is probably one of the hardest out of all the genres. Most of the bands in this group formed in California and their sound is fast, features double bass, difficult guitar riffs and screaming vocals. Bands include: Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth.

Black metal- Out of all the genres in metal, this is the only group who can really be considered Satanic. Most of the black metal bands originated in Norway and they dress in dark clothing with gothic make-up and sing in high-pitched rapsy voices. All of their songs lyrics are about Satan or other pagan imagery. Bands include: Bathory, Burzum and Venom.

Nu metal- This group of metal combines heavy metal riffs with hip-hop and rap influences. This group was very popualr in the late 90s to early 2000s but has faded away in popularity. Bands include: Korn, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit.

Metalcore- This group combines metal with hardcore. It uses the melodic, musical style from metal but the shouting vocal style from hardcore. The bands in this group have grown in popularity in the last few years. Bands include: Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and As I Lay Dying.

So in case you still don’t understand the metal genres, visit YouTube  and watch the metal genre series by Kraal7718 (there is 5 parts). I felt they were great learning tools. I also recommend, again, Metal: A Headbangers Journey. Sam Dunn, the director, created a metal family tree explaining the metal genres and it’s very thorough. Below is a video showing his tree. It may be hard to read so rent or buy the DVD! It’s worth the money!

Great Heavy Metal Bands That You Never Heard

Posted in Metal lists with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

(Thanks go out to Rock ‘n’ Roll View for providing this article for the readers of Headbanging Haven.)

 
The heavy metal and hard rock world is full of creative and sometimes brilliant bands and artists that fans never get a chance to hear or see. With radio watered down with  repetitive top 40, classic rock (some people only think that there are 40 or so classic rock songs) and even worse boring country music, there isn’t much room left for new bands, new music – much less heavy metal.

 

Heavy metal has relied on word of mouth and fans to keep many bands alive. Thankfully, the Internet came along.  Heavy metal fans are smart and interested in hearing the latest on the scene. Old and new bands alike thrive together in a soup that is as diverse as the human race.

 
That brings me to bands that you should have heard of and their music that should be in your play list or collection or in some way in your brain. Some of these bands died off from lack of record label support, changing fads, self destruction, or just simply moved on with their lives.

 

There are many more bands that are worth mentioning that didn’t make this list. If you have heard of a band on this list, add a comment. If you know of a band that should be added, leave a comment.

 
Trouble – One of the forefathers of stoner rock though they didn’t know it. This band was known for their contemplative, sometimes spiritual, mostly dark lyrics. At the time of the release of their first album, Psalm 9, some people mistook them for a Christian metal band. Slow and creeping, almost a throwback to Black Sabbath, I find myself cranking this one up and singing along like I’m a heavy metal prophet. Check out “At the End of My Daze,” “Psychotic Reaction”  and “Black Shapes of Doom.” I understand that the band may be active again.

 
Acid Bath – A strange progressive metal band that was a lot of things…a single song could be in three genres. This band came up in the same rock climate as Tool. Grunge was dull and Rush was too old school. This band produced interesting music and was extremely popular in the underground and still is to this day. The leader of the band, Dax Riggs, has gone on to be a fan favorite and has had many projects in many genres. This is worth discovering if you are a Tool fan or a progressive metal fan in general.

 
Sea of Green – I don’t know much about this band – information about them is scarce on the Internet. I do remember when Time to Fly was released; I didn’t stop playing it for days. As you might be able to tell from the name of the band, they are a stoner rock band. If you like sludge and distortion in your metal, Sea of Green is for you. If you can make your way through the fog, check out “Women Today” and “Annihilation.”

 
Sword – You didn’t get it right. This is not The Sword. This is the Canadian heavy metal band that was huge in Canada in the late ‘80s. They only made two albums and started out as a Kiss cover band. Don’t worry, they don’t sound even close to Kiss. This would almost be thrash, but they didn’t quite commit to it. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, calls their first album, Metalized, one of the best heavy metal albums of all time…or something like that. Check out “Stoned Again” and “FTW (Follow the Wheel).”

 
Circus of Power – This band was the Guns ‘n’ Roses of the east coast. They simply rocked some down and dirty swamp music. They wrote songs that were heavy with a nasty guitar sound and had lyrics that you could have read off of some ancient temple as prayers to the gods of rock ‘n’ roll. This band faded away leaving a legacy of drunken midnight debauchery. If you listen to “Call of the Wild,” “Motor” and “Evil Woman” you will understand leather and lust.

 
McQueen Street – This band was groomed by their record company to be a hair band. At their core, they were much more than that. With the success of Nirvana, their record contract was abandoned and they were set adrift. Derek Welsh, their singer and song writer was a poet at heart and strived to create rock ‘n’ roll as he saw it with the help of Steve Stevens and the famed producer Tom Werman. Unfortunately, the success of grunge will keep us from ever knowing the true vision of Derek Welsh. Their second album, McQueen Street II, was canned by their major label after it was recorded and has since been released independently. Both of their albums are true finds if you are so lucky.

 
Masters of Reality – This band was really a heavy blues band but heavy enough to be heavy metal in my mind. Ginger Baker (of Cream) played drums at one point. I can remember “The Candy Song” being played on the radio and rushing straight to the record shop to buy it. What rock ‘n’ roll band can make you feel like you are in purple haze without ever consuming contraband? Smooth, airy guitars and lyrics that just begged to be sung along with prompted me to listen to their first album over and over. Masters of Reality never quite fit in with any rock movement. They were all alone in their world and still are. They didn’t self destruct, didn’t have a lack of album sells. The leader of the band just moved on. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll.

 
You may want to do some of you own research and check out some of the bands that I considered writing about in this article for Headbanging Haven:

 
Zebra – Zepplinesque band from the early  ‘80s that could have been bigger than Boston.
The Front – A psychedelic heavy metal band in the ‘90s that should have came along in the ‘70s.
Kings of the Sun – If Jim Morrison was heavy metal he would have been the leader of Kings of the Sun.
EZO – I still get a heart attack when I listen to this Kabuki/Kiss inspired band from Japan.
Budgie – Maybe Metallica’s biggest single influence.
Blue Oyster Cult – You have heard their hits but you have never heard the band.
Warrior Soul – Half punk, half thrash – all power.
Engine – A heavy metal version of The Cure.
Celtic Frost – One of my most beloved bands and one of the most forgotten.
ZENO – A brilliant guitar player…he is out of place, out of time and signed the biggest record contract in the history of the world in 1986.

Metal for first timers!

Posted in Metal 101 with tags , , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

So I decided to put together a list of songs that any newbie to metal might enjoy. Metal can be intimidating at first and some people might need some guidance as to where to start.

There are so many genres to metal, I would have to make a whole new post explaining them. Maybe I will do that later this week. But until then, here’s a list of metal artists and songs that fans new and old can savor.

Ace of Spades - Motorhead (A punk-esque metal band. They are even known for playing Ramone covers at concerts.)

Master of Puppets – Metallica (A recent Grammy winner, I chose an old favorite to start with.)

2 Minutes to Midnight – Iron Maiden (Iron Maiden has been around for years and has had 3 singers over the course of their career. I chose a Bruce Dickinson song because it rocks and he’s their main leading man.)

Practice What You Preach – Testament ( I really like Testament and I think they are a step in the right direction to harder metal songs.)

Breaking the Law – Judas Priest (Judas Priest has also been around for years and Breaking the Law is a great song to start with. Then I suggest moving on to Ram It Down, one of my favorites.)

Kick in the Soul – Pink Alligator (I just heard about this band through Rock ‘n’ Roll View. The group has a Southern rock feel and Kick in the Soul reminds me of Iron Man in parts and has a killer guitar riff in the middle.)

Raining Blood – Slayer (If the other songs listed above are just not hard enough for you, then it’s time for some Slayer. Notorious for insane mosh pits and complicated guitar riffs, this band is the epitome of metal.)

Electric Funeral – Black Sabbath (You can’t have a metal list without Black Sabbath. I chose Electric Funeral because it’s a great song and Paranoid and Iron Man tend to be a bit overplayed.)

So this is my list. You metal fans out there can argue with me over the songs I picked or let me know if I should have listed some others. Don’t worry, I’ll make more song lists down the road. Enjoy!

Rocking the Grammys!

Posted in Awards with tags , , on February 11, 2009 by Theresa Dillon

I just want to give a shout out to all the metal/hard rock bands that were nominees and winners for the 2009 Grammys!

  • Disturbed – Inside the Fire (nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance)
  • Judas Priest -Visions (nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance), Nostradamus (nominated for Best Metal Performance)
  • Rob Zombie – Lords of Salem (nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance)
  • Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles (nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance)
  • The Mars Volta – Wax Simulacra (winner for Best Hard Rock Performance)
  • Metallica – My Apocalypse (winner for Best Metal Performance)
  • Dragonforce – Heroes of Our Time (nominated for Best Metal Performance)
  • Ministry – Under My Thumb (nominated for Best Metal Performance)
  • Slipknot – Psychosocial (nominated for Best Metal Performance)

Congratulations to Metallica and The Mars Volta for winning! I have to admit I was rooting for Disturbed and Judas Priest but at least the Grammys recognize metal and hard rock as genres that deserve to be awarded for its efforts and talents! I only wish they would air the winners on television. It would be nice for the fans to see their perferred style of music recieve an award.

So congratulations once again to the nominees and winners! Keep on rocking!

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