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Recap: “That Metal Show” Season 2 Episode 1 [3-7-09] Vinnie Paul

Posted in That Metal Show with tags , , , , on March 8, 2009 by gearsofrock

metalshow_logoAfter journeying through four hours of Heavy: The Story of Metal, VH1 Classic debuted the second season of That Metal Show, starring hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk, comedians Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, and special guest Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Damage Plan, and Hell Yeah.

Before bringing out Vinnie, the hosts briefly discussed the reception of Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy since its release in November. Trunk, Florentine, and Jamieson were split on the success of the record due to exclusive retailing contracts and fan indifference.

Legendary drummer Vinnie Paul walked on the set from the front of the audience instead of side stage sporting a bad ass black cowboy hat and black button down shirt fully exposing his signature thick Texan chest hair. Paul mentioned his adult entertainment facility, The Clubhouse in Dallas because he was partying there the night before the taping. The discussion turned to the recently released book about his deceased brother, titled Dimebag Darrell: He Came To Rock and said a few emotional words about Dime’s character. Vinnie concluded the interview on a high note announcing a new release on Big Vin Records called Seventh Void featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type-o-Negative [editor’s note: please send us a promo copy as soon as possible!].

The comedic bit concerned the search for the “Miss Box of Junk” who would have the job of escorting the Box of Junk during “Stump The Trunk.” Jamieson, Florentine, and a random guy sat on an American Idol styled panel as strippers, a burlesque dancer, a molecular biology major, and nitwits presented their box skills. One auditioner made this hilarious comment: “I don’t have much experience with black box. Jim, you do right?” (haha…Robin Quivers joke).

stump-the-trunk-2-1Trunk answered a Cinderella and Rush question correctly on the first “Stump The Trunk” of the season. However, in order for the viewers to meet Miss Box of Junk, he had to miss the third question concerning Dream Theater’s debut album When Dream and Day Unite. Kerri Lee from Tenessee brought out the Box of Junk for the stumper, who picked out a copy of Wolfmother’s Dimension, which is a very lame prize since the CD is a couple of years old now and it’s a cheap prize. Last season, someone received Rock Band 2. Trunk is 2 for 3 thus far opening his stats at .667 and raising his career average to .500.

Thin Lizzy’s Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 from the “Renegade Tour” was the “Pick of the Week.” Dave King of Fastway was the topic of “Whatever Happened To.” Trunk noted that King is the lead singer for the Irish American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly.

amazon-metallica-death-magneticOld Metallica (Kill – Justice) vs. New Metallica (Black – Magnetic) was the subject of “The Throwdown.” Paul chose old but admitted that Death Magnetic made Metallica a better live band. Trunk also sided with the old stuff. Florentine and Jamieson both picked new Metallica which proved to be very unpopular with the studio audience. Florentine comitted metal heresy when he said that he liked St. Anger on national television. Jamieson commented that he thought Death Magnetic is their best album ever. Needless to say, the audience overwhelmingly went with old Metallica.

The first episode of season two contained an awesome guest in Vinnie Paul. Jamieson and Florentine tossed more funny one-liners at each other rather than at Trunk. Florentine wore a gray That Metal Show t-shirt instead of a cool band shirt like last season and the fixed “Stump the Trunk” segment was disappointing. They should work on making the bit more natural in the future. Next week’s guest is Frank Bello of Anthrax.

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“Guitar Hero Metallica” Release Dates

Posted in Guitar Hero with tags , on January 17, 2009 by gearsofrock

This week 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Metallica announced the North America street date for the much anticipated Guitar Hero Metallica video game.

Xbox 360 and PS3 will be released on March 29, 2009 [Pre-order here]

Nintendo Wii and PS2 release dates are not official yet but most likely will happen in May.

Gears of Rock Quick Start Guide

Posted in Metallica with tags , , on January 13, 2009 by gearsofrock

While reading over some my favorite posts from the past year, I decided to put together a short sampling, consisting of nine entries, that define the key content, aims, and overall essence of this blog. Without further ado, here is the 2009 “Gears of Rock Quick Start Guide”

  1. Single Review: Metallica – “My Apocalypse” [2008]
  2. Track-By-Track Album Review: AC/DC – Black Ice [2008]
  3. Traditional Album Review: Exodus – Let There Be Blood [2008]
  4. Album Brief: Deadbird – Twilight Ritual [2008]
  5. DVD Review: Halford – Live at Rock in Rio III [2008]
  6. Concert Review: Twisted Sister on Broadway 12-5-08
  7. Rock-in-Movies: The Wrestler [2008]
  8. Rock-on-Television: Kat Von D & Nikki Sixx on L.A. Ink [2008]
  9. Gamer Rock: “Guitar Hero World Tour” Nintendo Wii [2008]

Yes, I could have easily added a 10th category and post but these nine currently feel the most right to me. Cheers.

Classic Moment In Heavy Metal: Backstage Metallica & Guns N’ Roses Tour [1992]

Posted in Guns n' Roses, Metallica with tags , on January 12, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-year-andIn this scene from A Year And A Half In The life of Metallica James Hetfield reads Axl Rose’s list of show demands and Sebastian Bach of Skid Row does a mock MTV interview with Lars Ulrich and an intoxicated Slash. Also, hanging out backstage is the greatly underrated Jim Martin, former guitarist of Faith No More.

Review: Heavy Metal Box – Disc 2 [2007]

Posted in Heavy Metal Box with tags , , on January 6, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-heavy-metal1If you ever wanted a true audio history of Heavy Metal music then you might want to consider the Heavy Metal Box released by Rhino Records. The set contains 4 CDs in a neat box shaped as a Marshall head with knobs that go to “11.”

Yesterday, we discussed the classic songs on disc one that included the heavy psychedelic rock of the late 60’s and the Hard Rock through the late 70’s.

The second disc of the box set features 18 tracks that schools the listener in the Heavy Metal developments of the early 80’s, beginning with Motörhead, the N.W.O.B.H.M., and finishing with the Thrash Metal of a practically adolescent Metallica. Here is the complete track listing:

  1. Ace Of Spades – Motörhead (Lemmy Kilmister established himself as a Metal god on this definitive track)
  2. Am I Evil? – Diamond Head (One of my favorite N.W.O.B.H.M. tunes. Metallica later covered this song, “The Prince,” and “Helpless” as huge Diamond Head fans)
  3. Nice Boys – Rose Tattoo (This is the original and better version of the tune Guns N’ Roses honored on Lies)
  4. Attack Of the Mad Axeman – Michael Schenker Group (Former Scorpions and UFO axeman created this diddy with MSG in 1981)
  5. Denim And Leather – Saxon (If you watch the video for this tune then you can see just where Spinal Tap got their chops and facial expressions from)
  6. Blitzkrieg – Blitzkrieg (Metallica covered this tune too as Blitzkrieg was one of the early Thrash pioneers)
  7. Gangland – Tygers Of Pan Tang (An under appreciated metal band)
  8. Witching Hour – Venom (You can’t have a true compilation to the genre without this evil Metal band)
  9. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming – Judas Priest (Classic!)
  10. The Number Of the Beast – Iron Maiden (Classic!)
  11. Star War – Raven (Not the greatest, not the worst either)
  12. Say What You Will – Fastway (Infectious guitar riffs from ex-Motörhead and UFO members)
  13. Black Funeral – Mercyful Fate (Gotta the love high pitched King Diamond of Denmark. These guys were the heart of early Black Metal)
  14. Animal (F**k Like a Beast) – W.A.S.P. (The rise of the L.A. scene would not be complete without Blackie Lawless)
  15. Mean Streak – Y&T (The San Francisco Bay area produced some great acts as well)
  16. Holy Diver – Dio (This tune should be on here, but “Neon Nights” needs to be replaced on disc 1)
  17. Queen Of the Reich – Queensrÿche (One of my favorite songs by this band)
  18. Whiplash – Metallica (Solid Thrash tune by perhaps the most successful band in this box set)

Disc 2 is by no means a perfect compilation of the NWOBHM era, the rise of Thrash, and the early stuff coming from the Sunset Strip. Slayer and Mötley Crüe must be represented here to provide a definitive collection of this age. Other than that, this disc is still full of great songs that deserve to be honored. 8/10

Buy the Heavy Metal Box (Rhino Records)

Update: Guitar Hero Metallica – Slayer Is In!

Posted in Guitar Hero with tags , , on January 1, 2009 by gearsofrock

According to drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Slayer will be part of the upcoming Guitar Hero Metallica video game.

“I’m super psyched we got Slayer in there,” Ulrich said. “Slayer’s got to be part of any heavy metal video game. There had been some issues with their lyrics. That gets into a whole slew of stuff like, ‘Microsoft won’t do it if this lyrical content is in there.’ There’s all this bullshit you have to deal with, but we stood up for Slayer, and we finally got Slayer cleared like a week ago.” []

2008 Heavy Metal YouTube Phenom Of The Year: StSanders

Posted in Stsanders with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by gearsofrock

Year In Review: You may recall hysterical mock videos on YouTube of our favorite metal bands and guitarists known as “shreds” in 07-08. The mastermind behind these videos is a Finnish dude named Santeri Ojala, known online as St. Sanders. According to, three unnamed artists cried lawsuit in Feb. raining on the comedic brilliance of Ojala. Here are my three favorite “shred” videos that still float around the web inspired by or done by St. Sanders:

1. Jake E. Lee Shreds

You gotta love Ozzy’s clapping!

2. Kiss Shreds a.k.s P.I.S.S “I Will Never Go To School”

The lyrics and editing are genius!

3. Metallica Shreds

Reminiscent of everybody that picks up the guitar for the first time.

Here is St. Sanders “shredding” with Slash on Jimmy Kimmel on Jan. 9:

These videos are simply parodies meant to entertain and done only in good fun. Slash is cool enough to understand that. Unfortunately some metal heads will always lack that “cool factor.” You can watch all of St. Sanders videos at his website