ALBUM REVIEW: Sleep Token – Take Me Back to Eden


 

I don’t want to speak too early or jinx anything, but this Heavy Metal idea has been in a resurgence as of late. Bear in mind that a lot of the old promotional tools have been inactive for years. MTV lost its ass and stopped using the first letter of its acronym long ago and whatever is left of commercial rock radio is perfectly content to spin the same Stone Temple Pilots singles until the sun or Clear Channel finally burn out. Yet here we are in the age of streaming and shortened attention spans with several young acts making headway. Continue reading


Watch Metallica Appear on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show to Discuss “72 Seasons” – Ozzy, MTV, and More


 

Metallica appeared on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show today, sitting down with Howard Stern and co-host Robin Quivers for an interview and jam session spanning the length of the legendary heavy metal act’s career.

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Alice In Chains Classic Album “Dirt” Turns 30 – Remastered Album Out Now


Rock and Metal kings Alice In Chains are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their epic album Dirt (Columbia)! The album definitely catapulted the band to all-time great status, charted several singles, had videos that dominated regular rotation on MTV, when they played videos and had Headbangers Ball, and led to major tours all over the world. The impact of the music was huge, and it was to be the last album made with bassist Mike Starr (RIP), who was dismissed from the band soon after.
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Beavis and Butthead to Return with a New Movie on Paramount Plus


As previously reported, cultural icons and huge Metal fans Beavis and Butthead are returning to life with a new series for comedy central. Now Comedy Central has revealed they are returning with a new movie on Paramount+, the new streaming service from B and B’s parent company, and owner of MTV’s IP, Paramount. The show was created by Mike Judge (Daria, King of the hill, Extract, Office Space, Silicon Valley). No other details are available yet. The pair were recently seen in a SuperBowl commercial promoting the streaming service looking to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and others. Beavis and Butthead helped put many Metal bands on the brains of the mainstream consciousness on their original run of their show in the early 1990s, such as Pantera, White Zombie, Morbid Angel, and others. Watch the teaser announcement here.

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Beavis and Butt-Head to Return for Two New Seasons According to Mike Judge


According to a report by Variety, iconic cartoon and Metal music influencers Beavis & Butt-Head are returning for a ninth and tenth season, moving from its longtime home at MTV to Comedy Central. Creator Mike Judge has signed on to reboot Beavis & Butt-Head, promising to bring the iconic metalheads into a whole new world. Judge will write, produce and provide voice-overs for both Beavis and Butt-Head. No release date has been announced for the broadcast schedule for the new Beavis & Butt-Head seasons. Season eight of Beavis & Butt-Head aired on MTV in late 2011, receiving praise from both longtime and new fans.Continue reading


Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Writes The Forward for Definitive History Book of Hair Metal


Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has written the forward to “Nothin’ But A Good Time”, described as the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, will be released on March 16, 2021 via St. Martin’s Press. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated — and maybe even helped to define — a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome To The Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T.Continue reading


GoFundMe Launched for Matt Pinfield to Help with Medical Bills


Matt Pinfield, the iconic rock music personality and former MTV veejay of 120 Minutes had a fundraiser launched for him on GoFundMe on Monday (May 11). Organized by a friend of the TV and radio icon, the crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise funds for medical bills stemming from physical and mental ailments plaguing the entertainer. As of early today (May 13), the crowdfunding effort has brought in over $27,000 of its stated $50,000 goal. Pinfield was hospitalized in Los Angeles after getting hit by a car, which resulted in major injuries, as Billboard reported at the time. Since then, the entertainer has struggled with his health and the ensuing medical bills. That’s why his friend Chris Trovero organized the fundraiser for Pinfield. In addition to MTV, he’s also worked as a DJ for Sirius XM’s Lithium and hosted the 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield podcast. Taking to his Twitter account, Pinfield expressed his gratitude after the initial contributions began pouring in.

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Jimmy Webb – Rock N Roll Fashion Icon Has Died, Age 62


A legend of Rock N Roll has died. Jimmy Webb, who dressed four generations of rockers and fans from his East Village boutique Trash and Vaudeville. He was 62. At press time there has been no official cause of death. Jimmy spent many years as the manager and primary buyer for Trash and Vaudeville before opening his own boutique, I Need More, in 2017 on Orchard St. Over the years Webb had styled for MTV, Rolling Stone, and Vogue, and regular customers/clients were a Who’s Who of punk and rock, including Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry, Slash and many more. One of the holdovers from the 1980s punk and metal spirit of the era, he helped define that class of that era, and Jimmy continued to innovate and create looks synonymous with the rock, punk and metal ethos. We met Jimmy several times over the years, notably when we interviewed his friend Doyle on his tour bus in 2018. Continue reading


Watch a Mini-Documentary About Two Fans’ “Lost Weekend” with Van Halen in the 1980s


Released in February 2020 and shared by the now postponed (and heading to online) Tribeca Film Festival as part of their A Short Film a Day Keeps Anxiety Away series online, a new documentary tells the story of two fans that got to party with Van Halen for an unforgettable and life-threatening time thanks to winning a contest on MTV during the 1984 tour! Lost Weekend by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb tells the story of two 20-year-olds from Phoenixville, PA who won a contest to party with rock band Van Halen, then in their debaucherous prime. The clip is one part cheesy 1980s goodness, one part classic rock history, and one part MTV legend. Check it out now! Continue reading


CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Quicksand Released “Manic Compression” 25 Years Ago


Post-Hardcore is a sub-genre that gets tossed around today as commonplace, but in the early 1990s, it was a new little brother that the older sibling was not ready to cede attention to. As Hardcore Punk mutated into other offshoots, post-Hardcore started to gain ground. In New York City alone, the epicenter for many new waves of hardcore music, a lot of bands crossed over (see what we did there) and bands started to absorb elements of both with Prong, White Zombie, and Biohazard were all leaning more on metal vibes, Quicksand formed by members of ex-hardcore legend status bands we’re pushing towards a new sound. Heavy, but not in a tough guy way, vulnerable, but smart. By the time the members of essential musical outfits Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Beyond, Bold, Burn, and Collapse formed an anti-supergroup, released demos and the amazing Slip (Polydor) album, and toured tirelessly, fans in the scene could feel they were building to something huge. They walked in both worlds of Punk and Metal but were also world-building themselves at the same time. Continue reading