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Peter Steele - 1962-2010. RIP

Earlier today Josh Silver, keyboardist in Type O Negative, confirmed the rumours of the untimely death of his fellow bandmate Pete Steele; bassist and frontman in the gothic metal band.

The reports have proven this is not yet another hoax surrounding Steele’s death, as many people have speculated.

Internet rumours were rife last night that the 48-year-old metal bassist had died of a heart failure – these rumours were confirmed today through an official statement released on the band’s website.

Earlier today, prior to the official statement released on the Type O Negative website, the speculation was confirmed by Fuse VJ, and friend of Pete Steele, Mistress Julia through two Tweets on her Twitter account.

The first confirmed Steele’s death and the second confirmed that he had died of heart failure; Mistress Julia had apparently spoken to Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Hickey who verified the reports surrounding the cause of death.

Mistress Juliya’s Tweets, confirming Pete Steele’s heart failure and death.

Blabbermouth has deatiled uinconfirmed reports that Steele was seriously ill in the days leading up to his death – these have yet to be verified.

Tributes have been pouring in all day for the Type O Negative, and ex-Carnivore, bassist from fellow metalheads in bands such as Biohazard and Hatebreed.

Steele truly was a heavy metal inspiration to all and he will be sorely missed – today has been yet another dark day for metal. My thoughts are truly with Pete’s family, friends and bandmates.

I will leave you with one of Type O Negative‘s most well known songs – Black No. 1.

RIP  Peter Steele – 1962-2010


Dave locks and loads his gargantuan tank in 'The Right To Go Insane'!

Megadeth have released the video for ‘The Right To Go Insane‘, their newest single off their latest album ‘Endgame’.

The video was released via the band’s record company website, Roadrunner Records, today and features nothing less than lead singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine driving a goddamn TANK through the streets.

That’s right, a tank. Carnage ensues in what is truly an insane video, but one based on entirely true events.

Last week the music blogging site Noisecreep had a sneak-peek on the latest video and outlined the events behind the video’s storyline:

On May 17, 1995, a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber in San Diego, Shawn Timothy Nelson, snapped and stole an M60 Patton tank from a nearby National Guard Armory.

He drove down the highway, crushing cars, fire hydrants and an RV before he was stopped and killed by police.

(The official music video for ‘The Right To Go Insane)

The video follows the real-life events, featuring Dave Mustaine going crazy before stealing a military tank and running riot on the streets of California. In fact, the video even comes complete with a warning before the insanity begins:


The album, Endgame, is out now and available to buy online pretty cheap!

A special edition of the album will feature this funky artwork

Ratt’s forthcoming album, Infestation, has been made available to stream in its entirety almost a week ahead of its release.

The complete stream of the album has been released this evening, through the official Ratt website several days before its release is due, on the 19th April, 2010.

In addition to being able to stream the whole album fans can flick through a virtual album booklet containing photos and a music video for the band’s single ‘Best of Me’.

The album has already been incredibly well received by the press – the UK’s Classic Rock magazine hailed the album as “…[Ratt’s] best studio form in 25 years.”

Check out the album stream for ‘Infestation’ here!

‘Infestation’ is due out this Monday, on April 19th, as is available for pre-order here. The album is Ratt’s first in 11 years and what appears to be a true return to form for the 80s rockers. Expect a full review soon!

Notice how Reading's logo reads 2010, but the Leeds Fest logo still says 2009. Screw-up after screw-up...

Ok, so it’s all over.

The completely artificial hype created by Leeds/Reading festival organisers came to a head a matter of hours ago, momentarily crashing both the Reading Festival and Leeds Festival websites – in fact, neither of the sites are back up running at full-throttle just yet.

A very basic-looking page, just with ticket links and line-up info, is all that remains for now.

You’ll have to forgive this post, it’s not often I rant incessantly (on here, at least) outside of a review, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you why the people having bought Reading/Leeds tickets 15 minutes before any acts were confirmed are stupid.

Of course, rumoured line-ups have been flying around for months now, with stronger assertions over who will be appearing becoming more frequent in recent weeks.

Blink 182 had been pretty much a dead cert for the past year, and Guns N’ Roses rumours had been coming in from every angle. Even the odd suggestions that Arcade Fire would be a headliner on the main stage seemed well founded.

Arcade Fire as the opening band doesn't really set you up for a good weekend...

Check out the Reading line-up here, and the Leeds lineup here.

Even though some were wrong, most of these rumours turned out to be right. Arcade Fire, Blink 182 and Guns N’ Roses will all be main-stage headliners for this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals. Rejoice, for what could be the lamest attempt at a festival lineup in festival history.

So let’s take Leeds as the case in point since that’s where most people seem to go. To start the weekend you’ve paid no less than £187 for, you’re treated to Arcade Fire.

Yawn. Uninspired indie ‘alternative’ rock (seriously, is something labelled ‘alternative’ because it’s just totally unlistenable?), with not a single redeeming track. You know how some bands can be quite pants, but they have one song that’s actually pretty decent so you tend not to hate them? Yeah, not Arcade Fire.

And you know how some bands generally have at least one uplifting song to counter the melancholy ones? Yeah, not Arcade Fire.

In a depressing fit of irony, ‘Wake Up’ genuinely nearly put me to sleep.

These guys are opening and headlining the main stage at a festival that people are paying over 180 well-earned British pounds to be at. A festival that’s had the likes of Metallica and Rage Against The Machine grace the stage.

Then we move across to the next day and see the newly-reformed Blink 182 headlining the main stage with such songs as “I’m 30 but let’s pretend I’m really 15” and “Hammering the same powerchords while singing about high-school is awesome”.

Perhaps a worthy addition to the lineup if only for the upbeat, poppy songs that will no doubt get people jumping. But headlining? A bit of a bizarre elevation in status, don’t you think?

As we wind down our disappointing and over-priced weekend in the middle of a field, let’s see who kick-starts the big final day of partying. Guns N’ Roses.

Now, 15 years ago I would’ve jumped at the chance the see Guns N’ Roses in a festival lineup, but given that GNR is now literally just Axl Rose and whatever Hollywood rock band he can pull together to play his contrived tripe off the Chinese Democracy record, I’ll give this one a miss thanks.

It’s not even important that such a simply terrible, terrible album took fifteen years to make. What matters is that THIS is what Guns N’ Roses are now.

Just Axl Rose, his failed voice, and his lack of ability to write music that doesn’t make people want to hurl their iPods at a wall.

All three headliners are padded out with generic indie bands and whiny American pop-rock, topped off with grime dance sell-out Dizzee Rascal.

Well done guys – you’ve effectively turned what used to be Download Festival’s less-heavy little brother (The Darkness headlined the main stage back in ’04 ferchristsake) into a mish-mash of semi-popular mediocrity.

I’ll keep my money for this year’s Download where I can see bands that make me feel alive.


Infestation is looking to be truly some of Ratt's best work - roll on the release on April 20th!

Legendary 80s rockers Ratt are back; today they released the video for their latest single, which comes off their upcoming album Infestation – the bands first album in 11 years.

The track, Best Of Me, is the first single the band have released off the soon-to-be-released album – a follow up to the incredibly bland and disappointing self-titled Ratt album from 1999.

But this video cements one fact right from the very start – Ratt are back, and they’re bringing their epic 80s sound back with a vengeance. Since the single’s release about a month ago, fans have been hailing it as the return of ‘Ratt N Roll’ and if this video is anything to go by then the album definitely will be.

The establishing shot of theom Sunset Boulevard sign, coupled with the crunching 80s-style opening riff hold your attention before the rest of the band enters the song and grabs you firmly by the balls. The epic, almost Steve Vai-esque, lead guitar lick cries out in typical 80s arena-rock fashion.

You can picture the thousands-deep crowds, massive stages and falmboyant pyrotechnics as vocalist Stephen Pearcy growls out the vocals over images of guitars, women and alcohol.

Then you don’t have to even picture the scene, as the rest of the music video plays out as an epic Ratt gig – man how I wish I could’ve got a spot appearing in that video! (Fingers crossed Ratt do a worldwide tour to promote Infestation!)

Lead guitarist Warren DeMartini told music blog Noisecreep that the band were confident the fans of ‘Ratt N Roll’ will love both the track and the video.

“The video is a visual ode about today’s 21st century mass media and information age overload mixed with unabridged smokin’ live performance.

“We know Ratt fans will like it as much as we liked shooting it.”

This really is a return to form for Ratt. Their output in the 80s was so epic and legendary – Ratt’s famous track Round And Round is a staple 80s rock song – and their last album effort was so lacklustre and ‘un-Ratt’, for want of a better phrase, that it’s like the band are saying “Y’know what, fuck being different – let’s do what we do best and just fucking rock“.

That’s not a quote, by the way, but after watching this video and listening to the track it just might as well be!

The band have also released a second single off the album, titled Eat Me Up Alive – kicking almost as much ass as Best Of Me, and closer to heavy metal than hair metal.

The album Infestation is penned for an April 20th release date – get pre-ordering folks; Ratt N Roll is back!

Greatest metal album of all time? Comment with your thoughts!

‘Rust In Peace’, Megadeth’s sensational and undoubtedly most famous record in their repertoire, has been award the title of ‘Greatest Metal Album of All Time’ over at The BNR Metal Pages website.

The site, a fan-run site which has been an online bible of heavy metal information since 1995, held a tournament-style poll which pit an array of heavy metal albums in one-to-one battles until all but two were eliminated for the final voting showdown.

Rust In Peace fought off such metal staples as Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven And Hell‘ and Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood‘ to face, in an almost comedic final choice, Metallica’s infamous ‘Master of Puppets‘.

Seems like Dave Mustaine can’t even escape his rivalry with Metallica in the polls…

In what was almost certainly a close call, and might be a controversial choice outside of the BNR community, Rust In Piece came out on top. While (the track) Master of Puppets is one of the most famous metal tracks of all time, does that make it better?

I think not. Rust In Piece deservedly gained its title in this poll, given that the album is a heavier, more relentless effort than MoP and just overall the more memorable metal album. Metallica fans can shoot me down all they like. This is simply my retort:

Rust in peace…

35 years and still rocking - Lemmy and the boys have still got it!

2010 marks Motorhead’s 35 years together as a band, and to commemerate this momentous date in metal history, the band will be playing 15 dates in the UK as part of their world-wide tour.

Starting on the 8th November this year, at the Music Hall in Aberdeen, Motorhead will make their way across Britain finishing up in Brighton on 28th November.

Tickets will cost £26 for all venues, excluding London which will cost £32.50 (plus any additional booking fees or postage costs for those ordering online).

Tickets go on sale as of tomorrow (19th March) so get buying quick – God only knows what these slips of rock and roll glory will cost once they reach the innevitable mark-up hell of eBay!

The dates are as follows:

  • Nov. 08 – Aberdeen, UK – Music Hall
  • Nov. 09 – Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
  • Nov. 10 – Newcastle, UK – City Hall
  • Nov. 12 – Blackburn, UK – St. George’s Hall
  • Nov. 13 – Llandudno, UK – Arena
  • Nov. 15 – Derby, UK – Assembly Rooms
  • Nov. 16 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
  • Nov. 18 – Leicester, UK – De Montfort Hall
  • Nov. 19 – Bristol, UK – Colston Hall
  • Nov. 21 – Southampton, UK – Guildhall
  • Nov. 22 – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
  • Nov. 24 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic
  • Nov. 25 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
  • Nov. 27 – London, UK – Brixton O2 Academy
  • Nov. 28 – Brighton, UK – Centre

Source: Metal Hammer

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