Roadrunner United was a project organized by iconic hard rock record label Roadrunner Records to celebrate its 25th anniversary, culminating in the U.S. Billboard Top 200, UK Albums, and Australian ARIA Albums-charting original The All Star Sessions. Four “team captains” (Slipknot’s Joey Jordison (RIP), Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares, and Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy) were chosen to lead 57 artists from 45 past and present Roadrunner bands. On December 15, 2005, a concert celebrating the project, album, and anniversary took place at the Nokia Theater in New York City. That star-studded event featured multiple musicians, both past and present, from Roadrunner bands — as well as musicians that did not originally perform on the All-Star Sessions album. Now that album is getting a release in 2023 on multiple formats. Watch the live performance video of “The End (Live)” featuring Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares, and Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy – right now!
Not content with sitting on their hands, Brazilian thrashers Sepultura decided early on during the Coronavirus Lockdown to do something constructive with their new found spare time. After touring plans for their current record were cut short by the pandemic, the band contacted seemingly everybody in the world of metal and proceeded to embark upon Sepulquarta (Nuclear Blast), a live album recorded with each member in isolation.
Okay, so watching streamed performances over the internet isn’t the best way to enjoy live shows. That’s a given. Every one of us would rather be in the middle of a sweaty moshpit, getting drunk with friends while being accidentally kicked in the head by overenthusiastic crowd surfers. Yes you would. Don’t lie.
Anthrax will unleash their killer’s first-ever graphic novel on July 6th Worldwide. Created in collaboration with Z2 Comics (Steve Aoki, Andy Black, Blondie, Avatar, BABYMETAL) “Among The Living” inspired by the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album. In an effort to support the comic book specialty market, which had been hardest hit by the COVID-19 health crisis of the past year, Anthrax and Z2 shipped a surprise limited number of copies early that stores could make available for sale this week. In addition to the song Judge Dredd, The NOT Man, and album covers by Alex Ross, and countless other geek moments, Scott Ian has written comic books for years and charlie Benante is also a noted album. Continue reading
Unpredictable avant-garde metallers Mr. Bungle will release a home version of their 2020 Halloween record release show and livestream event, The Night They Came Home on digital, CD, Blu-ray, and yes kids, VHS formats! The set is due out for release June 11, 2021 via Ipecac Recordings, and includes performances of songs from their album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, along with cover songs, official music videos, behind-the-scenes bonus features and celebrity guest cameos. Pre-orders are live on Bandcamp at the link below Where you can hear a new live version of “Bungle Grind’ right now!
One year after the final performance of Slayer’s entire career at a hometown show in Los Angeles, Kerry King honored the moment with a shot and a Slayer shirt! Kerry’s wife Ayesha King took to her Instagram to post a photo of her husband, and she included the following caption: “Kerry threw on a SLAYER shirt and poured a shot for you all to mark the anniversary of the last SLAYER show one year ago today. Have a shot with us! Cheers friends!” Peers from other bands such as Scott Ian of Anthrax and Phil Demmel of Vio-lence, who filled in for slayer for a few shows on their farewell tour, paid tribute in the comments. Slayer finished their final world tour and members of the band and those close to the band, such as Ayesha King, claim the band will never reunite. Slayer continues to operate as a brand with legacy projects, new merch, and more. Kerry King is reportedly starting a new band with his former Slayer bandmembers Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph. Read our coverage of the final Slayer tour here!
Anthrax has teamed-up superhero style with Z2 Comics (Andy Black, BABYMETAL, Steve Aoki, Skillett) to create The Among the Living graphic novel based on the bands’ legendary Thrash Metal masterpiece. The project pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track by track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums. Today’s announcement brings news that Anthrax has teamed with the leading publisher of music tie-in graphic novels to assemble an all-star cast of famous fans to bring the band’s breakthrough album to life. In addition to Anthrax co-founders Charlie Benante and Scott Ian (LOBO), the project features Grant Morrison, Brian Azzarello, Eric Powell, J.G. Jones, Greg Nicotero, Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Joe Trohman, Gerard & Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance, The Umbrella Academy). This extensive project will be offered in multiple formats, with deluxe and super deluxe editions inclusive of special picture disc vinyl, an exclusive MadBalls™ toy, art prints, and even a gold record plaque. All editions are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to preorders of the standard edition. Watch the trailer now!
Look, the world is completely in garbage mode at the moment, but would new music from one Mike Patton make waking up less dreadful? How about Patton fronting a Thrash metal act? Sweetens the deal up a bit, right? Fortunately for all of us Mike Patton has reactivated Mr. Bungle, recruited a couple of talented newcomers in Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, and decided to re-record the 1986 demo The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny (Ipecac).
Legendary Thrash metal band Anthrax has announced their two new signature whiskey brands – “Evil Twin I” and “Evil Twin II,” limited edition, award-winning, high-end Double Cask Ryes. Only one barrel of each spirit will be produced, yielding 238 numbered bottles for “Evil Twin I” at cask strength of 120.1 proof. As “Evil Twin II” has not yet been “dumped,” the number of bottles and cask strength for it will be announced shortly. “Evil Twin I” is available to order starting today at Mash and Grape, and, if ordered before 10/23, delivery can be expected by 10/31, in time for Halloween! Details for ordering “Evil Twin II” will be announced shortly. Anthrax previously entered the spirits game with “The Healer” Bourbon and Anthrax Wardance Pale Ale Beer. Watch the teaser video unveiling with Scott Ian, now!
Mr. Bungle will release The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo, on Oct. 30 via Ipecac Recordings, have announced a Halloween special: “The Night They Came Home!” a virtual live concert experience. The special event will feature a performance from the current incarnation of Mr. Bungle: Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, Trey Spruance, Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo. Tickets are $15 and available now at the link below. The first screening airs at 12 noon pacific/3 pm eastern on Oct. 31 with the on-demand program available for the following 72 hours. An array of exclusive, commemorative merchandise, including a limited (1000 copies) neon green vinyl variant, will be available to attendees. Watch the trailer now!