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Heavy Metal Television becomes local news story and most Google-able heavy metal site

 

 

Go ahead and Google the words “heavy” and “metal” in tandem and you’ll find that out of the 243,000,000 results this day in June 2013, Heavy Metal Television comes in at the top 1,000th of a percent, at number 21! That’s before any heavy metal publication, before any heavy metal group, before VH1s That Metal Show, before any heavy metal radio station, album or record label. The only nonsense to nudge Heavy Metal Television out of the Top 20 are links related to that 1981 Heavy Metal movie and a few toxicology reports on weighty alloys. Continue reading Heavy Metal Television becomes local news story and most Google-able heavy metal site

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Tim Lambesis, As I Lay Dying Singer, Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Sting

Tim Lambesis Arrested

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The lead singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested Tuesday in Southern California as authorities said he tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife. Continue reading Tim Lambesis, As I Lay Dying Singer, Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Sting

AXL ROSE On Classic GN’R Reunion: ‘It’s Not Somewhere I’d Go Back To Or Would Want To Go Again’

Adelaide Now conducted an exclusive interview via e-mail with GUNS N’ ROSES lead singer Axl Rose. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Adelaide Now: You don’t seem like someone who trawls Facebook or Twitter or YouTube. Do any of the fan or media comments filter through to you? What are your thoughts on social media?

Axl: I’m not that directly involved with social media, though we do use it with GN’R. I’ll make a post here and there. I get shown or told about things people think I’ll have an interest in, updates. I like that our fans can keep up to date and connect with each other.

Regarding social media, I really don’t understand what appears to be the general population’s lack of concern over privacy issues in publicizing their entire lives on the Internet for others to see to such an extent… but hey it’s them, not me, so whatever. However, when so many seem to be making similar choices regarding their privacy to where it seems to become the norm, and in turn businesses use someone’s lack of involvement with social media to marginalize or stereotype and stigmatize them, or use it as grounds not to hire someone, I feel it’s extremely unfair and seems a bit Orwellian.

Adelaide Now: A lot of people appreciated the fact you stuck to your beliefs and didn’t do something to please other people. You must have noticed a precedent for members of other bands reuniting for the right amount of cash or prestige — not the best motivation.

Axl: The surprising amount of public support has felt good and, as I’ve said, is a relief.

In regard to other bands what another person or band does is just that, meaning it is what someone else chooses to do for whatever reasons. I, like anyone, can have an opinion about those choices, but ultimately it’s not my life or my band and how it affects my life is negligible. As for money and prestige, if one has an opportunity to make money and/or advance their position or place in life there can be a lot to weigh and consider, such as responsibilities, goals and objectives etc. We all make choices, deal with our sense of priorities, principles, ethics, morals, balancing, juggling, making compromises… or not! Ha!

Adelaide Now: One interesting issue it raised was the question of the romantic idea of an original lineup reforming, no matter the reason behind them no longer working together. Billy Corgan has talked about a “porn fantasy” some fans have of the original PUMPKINS lineup touring again, which he continually has to say will never happen. What are your thoughts on this?

Axl: I understand the “romantic” thing, the desire, the fantasy. Personally I haven’t wanted other bands to reunite, or really enjoyed it when they have. For me generally something always seemed missing.

But GUNS is my life, not someone else’s. For me, there hasn’t been a way to make any type of reunion work, regardless of money (either talk or legitimate), without jeopardizing what I feel is the well being and best interests of nearly everyone I’m involved with in the GN’R camp (including myself). People here have big investments of their lives in what we’re doing. We’ve worked hard for what we have here now and continue to do so. I know what I went through then. I know what I and all of us have gone through since. People enjoyed the product and the entertainment our lives gave them back in the day, but they weren’t the ones actually living those lives together. It’s not somewhere I’d go back to or would want to go again. Life’s too short.

Read the entire interview from Adelaide Now.

Web series Marble Hornets flying to big screen

Popluar web series MARBLE HORNETS, whose YouTube channel has more than 250,000 subscribers with over 55 million views of its 65 episodes, has just been tapped to become a feature length horror film from production company Mosaic, Variety has reported.

Joining Mosaic on the production is Kirill Baru and John Zaozirny with James Moran, the second unit director on the past three PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films, set to direct from a script by Ian Shorr. The film is being financed by Mosaic topper Jimmy Miller and his partners Mark Attanasio, Ken Sacks and Michael Sacks. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane’s Good Universe will be handling international sales.

So for the uninitiated, the series synopsis of MARBLE HORNETS reads:

 

When a film student decides to look through the tapes of a canceled project his friend Alex had directed, and he had participated in, he discovers that his friends have been stalked by a paranormal entity known as the Operator and decides to get himself involved.

 

Production on the film is set to begin in the spring. We’ll keep you up to date on the news on this fun sounding project as it rolls in.

– See more at: http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/web-series-marble-hornets-flying-to-big-screen#sthash.mJx7P7iF.dpuf

Is Heavy Metal Bad for You? Or Is It a Lifesaver?

Laina Dawes, author of the book “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal” (Bazillion Points), was recently interviewed on the “Ontario Today” show on CBC Radio Canada. During the chat, she defended heavy metal against new research that suggests a link between the music and teens getting into trouble with the law.

The full interview is available for streaming at this location.

Featuring a foreword by Skin of SKUNK ANANSIE, “What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life And Liberation In Heavy Metal” is available now in softcover wherever books are sold, and in eBook form via the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes Books, and Kobo platforms.

For more information, visit www.bazillionpoints.com.

Laina Dawes is a journalist, cultural critic, and photographer. She has contributed to CBC Radio, Metal Edge, The Wire, Afrotoronto.com, and Blogher.com. An active public speaker, she has appeared at SXSW and the EMP pop music conference. She lives in Toronto, and her personal blog lives at WritingIsFighting.com.