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Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018
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Marissa Bergen   |  
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Holiday Metalhead Gift Guide 2018

Hey all you leather-jacket wearing, denim-jean ripping, pit-circle moshing, long-hair whipping, tattoo-covered mother effers…..it’s Christmas time! And you know what that means, it’s time to show those mangy metalheads in your life some appreciation by buying them gifts and stuff.

Now I know you probably don’t know nothing about no gift giving, which is why I’m here. That’s right, your good old metal mama is going to recommend some great gifts that you can give your metalhead friends without even having to get up from the computer. Okay, ready? Here goes…

… the 2018 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Book Review: We Sold Our Souls: A Novel By Grady Hendrix
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We Sold Our Souls review

We Sold Our Souls
Hardcover | Kindle
By Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: September 18, 2018

The myth of musicians selling their souls to the devil in exchange for success goes back to 18th century violinist Niccolò Paganini, a rock star in his own time. But of all the musical genres, this Faustian pact has become most associated with heavy metal, the modern-day “devil music.” It’s one thing to choose to sell your soul to gain fame and fortune, but what if someone bargained your soul away for their own benefit without your knowledge, leaving you broke and in despair? That’s what happens to rising star Kris Pulaski in Grady Hendrix’s We Sold Our Souls.

In the 1990s, guitarist Kris Pulaski and her band Dürt Würk were seemingly on the verge of a major breakthrough. They had released several well-received albums and had toured the world, where they opened for the likes of Slayer and repeatedly won over live audiences. But then one night, Dürt Würk’s lead singer, Terry Hunt, deceived and betrayed his bandmates, tricking them into signing a contract that led to his – and only his – eventual stardom and their downfall.

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Watch Now: ‘Black Metal’ Short Film Available Online For A Limited Time
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cGt2099   |  
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Black Metal

For a limited time, the filmmakers of short movie Black Metal have made it available for viewing online for free – until January 27. So, while you have the chance, grease up your face with death paint, throw up the horns, and check it out for yourself here at the bottom of this post.

While the metal community will undoubtedly be drawn to the short film, the emotional content of the snapshot into the life of a Black Metal vocalist (Jonny Mars) following an event causing turmoil is sure to resonate with viewers who are not really fans of metal. The content that the filmmakers zone in on revolves around controversies that critics of metal obsess over, and that is the influence of the genre on young people.

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Watch As Singer Shocks French TV Talent Show With Growling Metal Cover
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France's Incroyable Talent Rachel La Voix D’Homme

During an episode of Incroyable Talent, France’s answer to U.S. reality talent shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent, one of the contestants, metal vocalist Rachel La Voix D’Homme, shocked the audience and judges with her growling cover of Swiss industrial metal band Sybreed’s song “Emma 0.”

The beautiful D’Homme took the stage in a tight black mini dress and high heels with her long dark tresses stylishly pulled back in a headband and sweetly answered the judges’ questions. Then the crunching sounds of “Emma 0″ began and the beautiful Talent hopeful belted out her best guttural screams in perfect time.

You can watch the video of D’Homme performance here below, and also listen to Sybreed’s original version, which D’Homme definitely gruffed up a bit (yes, the original is actually more melodic).

Now, I’m not fluent in French, so I don’t know how D’Homme described her song selection or what the judges said to her afterward, but in the video it’s clear that the hosts, judges, and audience members, who held their hands over their faces in disbelief and out-right laughed, did not see this coming. So, I’m guessing that beautiful ladies belting out industrial metal songs on French national television is not common. While there were some people in the audience rocking out with her and she did receive polite applause at the end, I’m confused as to the general shocked reaction to D’Homme’s performance.

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Book Review: Eviscerated Panda – A Metal Tale
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Obi-Dan   |  
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Eviscerated Panda - A Metal TaleEviscerated Panda – A Metal Tale
By Sarah Tipper
Kindle: U.S.
Paperback: UK
Upfront Publishing
Release date: May 21, 2012

As a huge fan of heavy metal music I’m a sucker for a ‘metal tale’. I’ve read more than my fair share of the things, but often come away from the page, eyes suitably rolled at a whole book based around a simple premise along the shaky lines of, “what story? Didn’t you see I just wrote ‘Satan’ and ‘horns’ in the same sentence? In a book!” and my faith in my metal-loving friends with an ability to use a typewriter wilts in despair. So it was with understandable caution that I approached my next book, Eviscerated Panda – A Metal Tale.

All anxieties were swiftly blown away by an imaginary Marshall stack: Hell’s Bells is this good!

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Watch The Trailer For UK Thrash Metal Doc ‘A History Of A Time To Come’
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Obi-Dan   |  
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A History Of A Time To Come - Evile

Being A) British, B) a huge fan of thrash metal, and C) awesome (see A and B), I am hugely excited by this.

A History Of A Time To Come – The Story Of UK Thrash, to give it its full title, will tell the story of those great thrash bands in the UK from the genre’s inception and heyday in the 1980s to its exciting renaissance presently.

Granted, not many thrash metal bands from this little island have achieved anywhere near the level of record sales, reverence, and general arse-lickery as those from the U.S. and other parts of Europe. But that does not mean we don’t have talent, no sir.

Watch the new trailer for the doc here below.

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FREE Listen: ‘Rock Of Ages’ Movie Soundtrack
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Rock of Ages

On the heels of the movie version of the Broadway rock musical Rock of Ages arriving in theaters on June 15th, comes a FREE listen at AOL music right now of the soundtrack to the film, which features updated versions of 1980s rock and pop classics.

The biggest buzz regarding this film and the soundtrack is the musical litmus test given to one Tom Cruise, who plays the in-the-film rock and roll legend Stacie Jaxx and actually sings his own songs, many of them absolute 1980s rock and roll standards. The soundtrack album was released this week in CD and MP3 formats.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band’s ‘Live Bullet’
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Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet

Another great deal on a live record is available on Mp3 format via Amazon for only $5.00 right now through the end of today (PST). American rocker Bob Seger rocks, rolls, and then some with his Silver Bullet Band on Live Bullet, a 1976 release showcasing the band at Detroit, Michigan’s Cobo Hall at its absolute peak.

Seger remains one of this country’s most successful blue-collar style rock singer/musicians. His gritty style has been successful for decades now. Starting in the late 1960s during that famed Detroit hard rock/early punk genre but arguably second rate to the kinetic sonic frenzies of fellow city mates like The Stooges and The MC5, Seger took an altogether different direction as the sun of the 1970s rose. Seger eventually became a hero to the rock and roll working man as the decade wore on, he became a Midwestern artist mired in sounds and heavy rock and ballad rock styles which became his stock in trade. By the 1975 Cobo Hall show, he was a sensation in Michigan, a few years later, the rest of the country would take notice.

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Music Review: Halestorm ‘The Strange Case of…’
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Halestorm The Strange Case Of...

Halestorm
The Strange Case of…
CD | MP3
Atlantic Records
Release date: April 9, 2012

It’s not often that you get the pleasure of hearing a solid hard rock band with a female lead singer. I’m not exactly sure why that is but it just is. There are exceptions, such as old school Heart, but hard rock is traditionally dominated by male singers. One modern notable exception is the band Halestorm. Halestorm successfully blends a modern sensibility of instrumentation and production with a classic 80’s hair band sensibility and tone. This is a tough fence to sit on. Most bands that try it either sound poser or they just sound like a complete throwback to that era of music, which isn’t in and of itself a bad thing. Halestorm does this and also brings us a powerhouse female lead vocal that once you hear it, you won’t forget it.

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Interview: Ex-Hollywood Undead Frontman Deuce
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Obi-Dan   |  
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Deuce

Some musicians are desperate to court controversy. They make self-conscious attempts to get under the skin of a target deemed a threat or make otherwise inflammatory comments about a bigger presence in their genre. On the other hand, there are musicians who do little to fan the flames as it were, but still carry labels such as ‘trouble-maker’ and ‘notorious’ like an albatross around their neck all because of a little honesty. Aron ‘Deuce’ Erlichman certainly falls into the second category.

Leaping like a tattooed wrecking ball as the mastermind of masked rap-rock crew Hollywood Undead, Deuce went from nowhere to everywhere after the success of debut album, Swan Songs. Despite the success, all was not well within the … Undead camp and soon after he left under an acrimonious cloud followed by a hailstorm of back-biting and trash-talking from his ex-band mates.

Two years on and Deuce is back with a new collection of songs. Earlier this year he released the video to his new single, “America,” from his forthcoming debut solo album Nine Lives. Once again things are starting to look up for Deuce, free of the creative and emotional restraints of the past: “I don’t have anything holding me back now.”

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