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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

Top 10 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Albums of 2008

Posted in Top 10 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

Here are the lists of “Top 10 Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Albums of 2008” by Meds, Pete, and our awesome readers:

amazon-metallica-death-magnetic2Meds [Administrator]

  1. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  2. AC/DC – Black Ice
  3. Maiden Heaven – Kerang! Tribute to Iron Maiden
  4. Tesla – Forever More
  5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock
  6. Motorhead – Motorizer
  7. Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
  8. Judas Priest – Nostradamus
  9. Motley Crue – The Saints of Los Angeles

amazon-toadies-no-deliverancePeter O’Brien [Frequent Contributor]

  1. Toadies – No Deliverance
  2. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  3. Cccome? – Raccoon
  4. Buckethead – Albino Slug
  5. Devotchka – A Mad & Faithful Telling
  6. The Clash – Live at Shea Stadium
  7. Exodus – Let There Be Blood
  8. Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time (Recommended classic: Powerslave)
  9. Megadeth – Anthology: Set The World Afire (Recommended classic: Rust In Peace)
  10. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (Just because it isn’t a collection)

acdc-black-ice1Gear of Rock Readers [According To Page Views]

  1. AC/DC – Black Ice
  2. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  3. Motley Crue – The Saints of Los Angeles
  4. Exodus – Let There Be Blood
  5. We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year
  6. Toadies – No Deliverance
  7. Extreme – Saudades de Rock
  8. Tesla – Forever More
  9. Staind – The Illusion of Progress
  10. Maiden Heaven – Kerang! Tribute To Iron Maiden

Thank you to all our readers for making the Gears of Rock a great place to read hard rock and heavy metal reviews. 2009 will be even bigger and better with more album reviews, concert reviews, and give aways. Have a very Happy New Year!!!

Update: Mike SOS’s [Frequent Contributor]

  1. Metallica – Death Magnetic
  2. Death Angel – Killing Season
  3. Torche – Meanderthal
  4. Raw Radar War – = =
  5. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle Part I
  6. The Haunted – Versus
  7. Venomous Concept – Poisonous Apple
  8. King’s X – XV
  9. Byzantine – Oblivion Beckons
  10. Gojira – The Way Of All Flesh

Review: Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal [DVD 2008]

Posted in Get Thrashed with tags , , , on December 22, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-get-thrashedBy Peter O’Brien

For those of you who consider Korn to be an iconic–pioneering metal band, or The Black Album by Metallica to be their greatest work, you’d be well advised to “Get Thrashed!” The retrospective documentary that has been, literally, years in the making has finally come to DVD through Lightyear/Warner Bros. distribution. The film was directed, produced, filmed, and edited by Rick Ernst of Saigon 1515 Productions in Yonkers, NY and associate produced by former Overkill drummer, Rat Skates of Kundrat Productions. Skates also did the aftereffects animations throughout the film. The DVD was released on September 16th and contains a “Thrash Worldwide” guide and map, liner notes by Gary Holt of Exodus, and filmmakers commentary with Ernst and Skates.

The film chronicles the rise, fall, and subsequent resurrection of the Thrash Metal genre. Structurally it is a mix of several specifically labeled segments, which showcase “the big four (five, including Exodus)” – their respective scenes: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, and all the different obstacles and events that took place in between 1983 & 1991. The film is plays out very much like “American Hardcore,” by Paul Rachman, in that it jumps around geographically to cover all the bases simultaneously. For a fan of the genre there are no great revelations exposed in “Get Thrashed.” The film really just scratches the surface and provides a comprehensive overview of the genre.

There are a ton of great pictures and footage of the bands featured in the film from both the time as well as today. These are interwoven with entertaining interviews from pioneers of the genre including Scott Ian, Frank Bello, and Charlie Benante of Anthrax; Kirk Hammet and Lars Ulrich of Metallica; Kerry King and Tom Araya of Slayer; Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson of Megadeth; Gary Holt, Tom Hunting, and Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza of Exodus; and Rat Skates and Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth of Overkill – to name a few. ‘Blitz’ gives one of the more comical interviews – unless you find it funny that Dave Mustaine eludes to practically inventing Thrash Metal all by himself by laying claim to have influenced James Hetfield while in Metallica and Kerry King of Slayer when he briefly joined Megadeth at its inception. Mustaine is not unfounded in his claim and is actually supported by both Gary Holt and Scott Ian.

One thing that “Get Thrashed” ironically doesn’t deliver on is the music. The song selection in the film, as kick ass as it is, is quite sparse, featuring two to three of the songs by “the big four,” and then only in their respective segments. There is a lot of straight talking/narration going on in the film, especially during the live sequences. It’s understandable that the audio from that footage may not be all that great, but if everyone is talking about how great these bands were live and that is never really shown, then it’s just a bunch of self-indulgent claims. We can see them rocking out and shredding, but the point of music is to hear it. Ernst and Skates do mention during the commentary that one thing which held up the release of the film was clearing all the rights to the songs they did use in the film. That’s not to say that they couldn’t get someone to compose instrumental thrash interludes to underline the narrative. That’s probably just representative of their abilities as novice filmmakers. Technically the film has an overall amateurish look to it and a lot of the clips and footage are repeated throughout, but it is all, fortunately overshadowed by the content and contributors.

The structural narrative of the film could have used a little more refinement, especially when dealing with the origins of the genre. It seems to jump right into Metallica without fully exploring and chronicling how they came to be, touching very briefly on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. In the special features they provide segments on just about every thrash band you never heard of, with the exception of a few, but in this mix is Motorhead, a band that rightfully influenced and in some ways started the genre. Again this reverts back to Ernst and Skates’ inexperience as visual storytellers.

The bonus features on the DVD are really just brief segments on the list of aforementioned thrash bands. It is a very comprehensive list, but like the lack of music in the film, these segments have absolutely no accompanying music to illustrate the point that everyone is claiming. It is essentially the same people, none of which are featured in the film to a great extent, stating how unbelievably great all of these bands are, or were over and over again. The commentary by Ernst and Skates provides some insight into the production and making of the film, while also giving them the opportunity to address and justify some of their decisions within the film’s narrative.

If you’re curious about genre and origins of some of the biggest bands of the last twenty-five years, not to mention some of the best musicians of any genre then “Get Thrashed” is a good starting point. Fans of the genre will enjoy the recognition given to their preferred musical taste and casual viewers will more than likely pick up some new listening material. “Get Thrashed” achieves what it sets out to do, and that is share the story of Thrash metal with all the enthusiasm that went into creating this incredible, groundbreaking, influential genre.

Grade: B-

Be sure to check out Peter O’Brien’s thrash metal documentary “Riphouse 151: Could’ve Been’s & Wanna Be’s” which is currently on the festival circuit.

Purchase “Get Thrashed: The Story Of Metal”

“Guitar Hero Metallica” Confirmed For 2009 Release

Posted in Metallica, News with tags , , , , on December 16, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-metallica-death-magnetic1Metallica has officially announced and confirmed a 2009 release of an “all Metallica” Guitar Hero game which will include the full band in the style of Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band. GH Metallica is expected to have 28 songs and will include some Alice in Chains, Machine Head, and Slayer tracks. Additionally, there is some sort of super expert mode with DOUBLE BASS PEDALS on the drums! []

Guitar Hero World Tour

Addendum: Metallica released the official trailer for the game and it looks sick. Can’t wait to play it and review it. The game would be even sicker if they thought to incorporate Cliff and Jason as special characters to unlock.