Junior High Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Sign Million Dollar Record Deal

Amazing Jr. High School students Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, Alec Adkins, 13, and Jarad Dawkins, 12 — better known as metal band Unlocking The Truth — have signed a record deal with Sony Music that could end up being worth north of a million dollars.

Check these kids out! – Click Here for the Radio.com full story

Rob Zombie unveils The Lords Of Salem soundtrack details

Rob Zombie has unveiled the details for the soundtrack album to his upcoming film, “The Lords Of Salem.”

The film tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?

The soundtrack features songs by Rush, The Velvet Underground, Manfred Mann and Rick James, among others. The album will be in stores on April 16, while the film opens nationwide on April 19. Zombie will also release his new studio record, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,” on April 23.

“The Lords Of Salem” soundtrack:

01. Open Wide The Gates
02. The Curse Of Margaret Morgan (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
03. Blinded By The Light (Manfred Mann)
04. No Person In Number Five
05. A Special Child (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
06. Our Philosophy
07. Crushing The Ritual (Leviathan The Fleeing Serpent)
08. Give It To Me Baby (Rick James)
09. Ladies Choice
10. The Spirit Of Radio (Rush)
11. Smash Or Trash
12. The Lords Theme (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
13. Salem Rocks
14. Venus In Furs (The Velvet Undergound)
15. Three Sisters (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
16. You Know What I Think?
17. I’ll Always Know (John 5 & Griffin Boyce)
18. Apartment Five
19. Lords Hear Us
20. All Tomorrow’s Parties (The Velvet Undergound)
21. WIQZ News

My Alter Ego “I am Dead!”

I’m sitting in my studio with absolutely no voice whatsoever but I’m gleefully smiling :D I’ll explain in a minute. I’ve been working on segment music for a Broadcast Radio client of mine that’s been with me since 1995. The music was for a new gaming segment they’re adding to their “Computer Talk” radio program, of course it has to be the metal! (By Request). They want and I quote “a tune that sounds like a hot wheels commercial.” I’m not much of a Metal fan unless it’s Tool or Dream Theater, it seems to me and my taste Metal has all been done before. I don’t play metal at gigs and I wouldn’t audition for a metal gig unless someone tried to pass it off as something else (been there done that). It’s just not my cup of tea as a player.

The timing on this project couldn’t have been better.  I just finished watching “What we do is Secret” the story of the Germs. I was a little to young for the punk scene but I lived in the middle of it being in Los Angeles during Middle School. I remember kids wearing Germs shirts and hearing stories from my brother and his friends about Darby Crash (and his epic Heroin habit) and Pat Smear (Nirvana – Foo Fighters). I already had it in my mind to do some heavy Punk Riffing for fun in the studio because I’m a huge Germs fan and the film inspired me. I’m a huge fan of Punk Rock, I listen to the Dead Kennedy’s all the time still as I never seem to tire of them. Plus I resonate artistically toward the minimalism in Punk and good old 3 chord Rock. Angus RULZ!

In the same day (I know a lot of Netflix but I’ve been really Sick) I watched another film called Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains. I’d never heard of this film but it reminded me of working with scummy A & R people back when I was a young Lad trying to work my way up in the music business in LA 20 years ago. There’s a line from the Movie “Don’t Put Out” that was perfect for this tune so I threw it in there. I liked the film, but I usually like any film that has to do with musicians. Coal miners daughter, Walk the Line and the Pick of Destiny are among my favorites.

This is one of those projects where almost everything went perfect, almost, which is rare. I had some trouble with the drum production but I’m not a good drummer so I have to “fix it”to make it sound righteous in the mix. Outside of that I composed and recorded the music in less than 2 hours. I only did one take for the guitar solo and kept it as hinckey as it is in a few spots. The vocals aren’t going to the client just the arrangement, plus I can’t sing lead (my voice is nasally). So what is it that one must do when your voice is great for harmony but a Vick’s commercial a capella? Why bring out the Cookie Monster voice!

Cookie Monster Metal!

Cookie Monster Metal!

For many moons I’ve used a character  as a catalyst to write with before, the Staten Worshiping, Heroin addicted, on a Murder spree Loki Hendrix Mac Nicol. His mother let the neighbors rape him as a child while his drunk father beat him and his siblings which formed him into a psychopath. Loki is an alter ego kind of character bloody and violent to the core! Loki comes straight out of a Quentin Tarantino nightmare, he gets his kicks by stabbing people in the eye with his needles after he shoots up as a type of murderous mayhem and torture.

Loki Hendrix Mac Nicol

Loki Hendrix Mac Nicol was here!

As I’m doing the vocals on this project my voice is just getting tore up but I saved one last blast for the blood curdling scream Loki lets out in the intro. Oh my freaking Lord it hurt! The end of the story, I had so much fun doing this arrangement, more fun then I’ve had in quite some time solo cholo. FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN!!!! It wasn’t work, it was an enjoyable process especially when everything goes as easy as this one did. My Egnater Tourmaster sounds just brutal on this track, I cranked it up so loud I had to run cables all the way to the bathroom on the other side of the house to stop the bleed over. Check out my *cough* Loki’s blood curdling scream in the intro, I don’t think I will be answering the phone anytime today :D


Oh, and remember to play this FUCKING LOUD!

Wolfgang Van Halen Joins Mark Tremonti’s (Creed – Alter Bridge) solo band as a hired gun!

Wolfgang Van Halen has Joined Mark Tremonti’s solo band as a road Bassist on his break from the Van Halen tour.

Tremonti shared the news with fans, writing, “Due to personal reasons Brian Marshall won’t be with us on this tour. On a lighter note the amazing Wolfgang Van Halen will be joining us!”

For his part, Wolfgang had very little time to get up to speed before his first show Tuesday; he tweeted on Monday, “Holy shit! An abrupt change of plans has left me playing bass with @MarkTremonti tomorrow! I’ve got some tunes to learn!”

Tremonti is touring behind his debut solo release, “All I Was.”

Wolfgang’s first show with the band happened Tuesday at Rock Junction in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

“Well, the show with my buds @MarkTremonti @IIEROCKII and @GWDrums was a blast! Thanks so much to everyone that showed up! NYC, here we come!” posted Van Halen after the show.

Video of Wolfgang’s opening night with Tremonti has surfaced.

Ronnie James Dio 70th Birthday by Geezer Butler

Re-posted from Geezer Butler’s official website geezerbutler.com

Today, July 10th, Ronnie should have been celebrating his 70th birthday, and probably would have been if he’d had his health checked regularly. I once asked him if he’d ever thought about retiring- he said he would make that decision on his 70th birthday- that is why today is so poignant.I think I know what his decision would have been……

Ronnie was a Cancer, I didn’t know that until today. He is near top of the list of my all time favorite pagan musicians. I recently found his original doo wop bands CD reissue Ronnie And The Red Caps formed at his high school in Cortland, New York in 1957. Ronnie could sing anything, by the time he was drafted into Ritchie Blackmore‘s (another pagan musician atop that same list) Rainbow in 1975 he had been at singing professionally for 18 years. Listen to how well Ronnie could sing in 1958 at 17 years old, like I said I  think Ronnie could sing anything.

Here’s a single from Ronnie And The Red Caps on youtube –  R.I.P. RDJ


keyword: guitar spammed! – an open letter to Matt and the wordpress team (Updated 7-14-12)

(EDIT 2) I just went through Key word: Guitar and reported over 200 posts that have been put on 33 accounts in the last 18 hours. I guess wordpress is expecting its community to take our time and report these spammers and do nothing about it. I have news for you Matt Mullenweg, if you want wordpress.com to become as irrelevant as live journal loosing its 20 million people strong user base just keep doing nothing and see what happens. These spammers are making a fortune off of google keywords using anonymous proxies while your expectations are for the user base to report them. This didn’t work for live journal and it wont work for wordpress.com but will make you obsolete if you don’t take action. I beseech you to do some simple scripting blocking these fucktards like Google does on Blogger. If not your user base will leave and go elsewhere including myself. Please someone buy the them a clue. In the last 15 minutes Keyword guitar has been spammed with 471 individual spam posts.

(EDIT) I received this response from the WordPress team:
Thank you for this report; the blogs you reported actually contained information that helped us remove over 100 spam blogs on WordPress.com and will help us in keeping more off the service. Please continue to report this as you see it; we are constantly working to keep spam off the WordPress.com service and every report helps.

Dear Matt and WordPress team! keyword: guitar – There are 20 or more different accounts spamming this keyword all with hundreds of products that are music gear from various dealers. Almost posts or duplicates in one form or another. This keyword is now completely useless in a huge community musicians, producers, songwriters, audio engineers, singers, guitarists, bands, fans etc. There are 30 spam articles coming from 30 spam accounts to every one real human. There’s so many I could make a full time job in reporting them, no one has that kind time. What can I do to help that wont take 8 hours of my day?

Thank you for wordpress and all your hard work!

Re-posted on zombieminstrel.wordpress.com

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