Demented McDonald’s Metal Act ‘Mac Sabbath’ Jam Black Sabbath Fast Food Parodies
Dec23

Demented McDonald’s Metal Act ‘Mac Sabbath’ Jam Black Sabbath Fast Food Parodies

by Graham ‘Gruhamed’ Hartmann            December 23, 2014 Yesterday, we shared a video of Zakk Wylde teaming up with Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko and the Cult drummer John Tempesta to perform a full set of Black Sabbath songs under the name ‘Zakk Sabbath.’ The gig at West Hollywood’s iconic Roxy Theater was a sight to be seen, but this extremely bizarre Sabbath-based band takes it to the next level. Meet Mac Sabbath, a band comprised of demented McDonald’s characters re-imagining the immortal tunes of Black Sabbath. Instead of ‘Paranoid,’ they’ve got ‘Pair-a-buns.’ Instead of ‘Iron Man,’ Mac Sabbath have ‘Frying Pan’… you get the picture. Mac Sabbath’s fast food lyrics are pretty funny at times, but the band’s hilarity lies more in presentation. Led by seemingly coked-out clown Ronald Osbourne, Mac Sabbath is flanked by warped McDonald’s creatures. On guitar, Mayor McCheese shreds through Tony Iommi‘s monster riffs and bluesy solos while sporting tusks reminiscent of Motorhead mascot Snaggletooth. The Hamburglar fills in for the mighty Bill Ward on drums while our favorite, a skullet-sporting Grimace with a case of lazy tongue, jams Geezer Butler‘s bass lines. Check out the odd act perform ‘Pair-a-buns’ and ‘Frying Pan’ in the clips above and below, respectively. Via Loudwire Complete Albums Box...

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Incubus Plotting Two New EPs for 2015
Dec19

Incubus Plotting Two New EPs for 2015

by Chad Childers                        December 18, 2014   Earlier this year, Incubus teased that they had returned to the studio and now it appears that they’re closing in on their next release… or should we say releases. According to Billboard, the band has just inked a new record deal and they’re planning to issue two new EPs in 2015. Guitarist Mike Einziger told the site, “We’re planning on releasing two installments that will total an album — two EPs. We’re hoping to put out the first one in February or March, then the summer.” Fans who caught the band this past weekend at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show caught the first new song, ‘Trust Fall,’ from Incubus’ upcoming works. Einziger says, “It’s pretty indicative of where we are now. It’s pretty ambitious.” The guitarist added that Incubus have a diverse collection of material, telling Billboard, “Most of the music we’ve written is high energy. But we’ve written our slowest song, but also our heaviest song.” The latter track he’s referring to is called ‘Make Out Party.’ Another song title revealed during the chat is ‘Dance Like You’re Dumb,’ a cut that Einziger described as “our version of a loud aggressive rock song. It’s definitely not what someone would expect from us.” The group just inked a deal with Island Records, who will release the two EPs. Source: Loudwire   Make...

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Watch: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Gets Full Primus Treatment
Dec18

Watch: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Gets Full Primus Treatment

by Rob Slater        December 18, 2014 Earlier this year, Primus introduced us to the wackiest, most original take on the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack. Now, much like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz, fans can get a first hand glimpse at what the Primus interpretation of the soundtrack sounds like when synced up with the film. Les Claypool spoke to us about his affection for the film, saying, “This was a project I’d been thinking about for a while. I knew I wanted to take on some sort of sacred cow.” The band originally explored the theme during their 2013 New Year’s Eve show, when they recreated the soundtrack on stage. They liked it so much that they decided to take that idea into the studio and reimagine the whole thing. Watch the full movie below. (via Jambase) Source: Relix   Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi...

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20 BEST METAL SONGS OF 2014
Dec05

20 BEST METAL SONGS OF 2014

by Loudwire Staff It’s that time of year again! With 2014 coming to a close, we look back on the metal songs which impacted our ears since Jan. 1. For this list, we’re taking into account fan response, songwriting prowess, popularity, creative progression, technical ability and many more dynamics. After a year’s worth of thought, listening to everything we can get our hands on and keeping our ears to the ground, we give you our choices for the 20 Best Metal Songs of 2014! 20 ‘Heavy Bough’ Alunah British doom act Alunah released the killer ‘Awakening the Forest’ album this year, led by the track ‘Heavy Bough.’ The piece of doom psychedelia is a slow burn which becomes increasingly hypnotic as frontwoman Soph Day begins her calm vocal approach. The rest of ‘Heavy Bough’ is carried by a solid instrumental foundation reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath, though the song consistently maintains its own identity. 20  ‘We Knew Him Well’ Down After the awesome ‘Down IV Part I – The Purple EP’ in 2012, was there ever any doubt that its companion piece would be awesome too? From ‘Down IV – Part II,’ the new track ‘We Knew Him Well’ is pure NOLA sludge. Philip Anselmo‘s vocals are dirty as hell while the instrumental section of Down trudge along with a groove-heavy backdrop. Anselmo has plenty of room to move around vocally in ‘We Knew Him Well,’ and the Pantera legend uses that space to his full advantage. 18 ‘Implode’ Slayer Slayer will always sound like Slayer, but it’s always refreshing when the pinnacle thrash band cranks out a track that feels timeless. Slayer premiered ‘Implode’ at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in what was largely thought to be the show’s high point. Even when performed after immortal Slayer anthems ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘War Ensemble,’ ‘Implode’ sounded strong, fitting in snugly as the final piece of Slayer’s three-song set. The band offered a free download of ‘Implode’ almost immediately after the Golden Gods gig, and we offer our thanks in return. 17  ‘Baring Teeth For Revolt’ Goatwhore Goatwhore is a one-of-a-kind band. They boys have the ability to stick with their death, black and heavy metal roots while creating anthems that will crawl into your ears and stay there. For ‘Baring Teeth for Revolt,’ guitarist Sammy Duet offers an old-school riff over battlecry lyrics like, “We are coming to taste their blood / We are coming defile their gods.” 16  ‘Gloryhole’ Steel Panther Steel Panther have brought heavy metal back once again, this time through a hole drilled inconspicuously into a bathroom stall. From the band’s third album,...

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Heaven Below’s Patrick Kennison Set To Rock With Lita Ford
Dec04

Heaven Below’s Patrick Kennison Set To Rock With Lita Ford

 BY: Bear Frazer The musician cut his teeth in Union Underground, then went on to lead Heaven Below and, along the way, picked up a gig in Lita Ford’s band. And, despite the semi-hazy memory, he remembers living with Papa Roach and Linkin Park getting booed off stage. Kennison co-founded San Antonio, Texas nu-metal act Union Underground in 1996 with lead singer Bryan Scott, and they achieved their biggest success when they released their debut album, An Education In Rebellion, in 2000 via Columbia. Amidst singles like “Turn Me On ‘Mr. Deadman'” and “Revolution Man,” and securing a slot on the 2001 edition of Ozzfest, they became well known for their song “Across The Nation,” which served as the theme song to WWE’s Monday Night Raw. But after getting dumped by Columbia, and inner turmoil, the group disbanded and Kennison retreated to Los Angeles, California. Though he did some studio work, he “found his balls” in 2008, formed hard rock troupe Heaven Below, and decided to step up to the mic and try his hand at frontman, in area where he continues to excel to this day. Though Heaven Below are currently putting the finishing touches on their third full-length album, he is now pulling double duty as he joined Lita Ford‘s band as one of their guitarists back in October. Together, they are working on her next studio effort, due out sometime next year. He stays busy, but if you ask Kennison, he isn’t busy enough, nor does he sleep much at all. In this Arena exclusive, Patrick talks about becoming a full-fledged member of Lita Ford’s band. He also reflects on his days in Union Underground, remembers whenLinkin Park was booed off stage, recalls living in the same apartment complex withPapa Roach, and reveals what’s next with Heaven Below. Arena: You’re from San Antonio, and now you’re living out west in Los Angeles. That said, what’s it like for a Texas boy out there in Cali? Patrick: Well the first shocker is L.A. is a lot more expensive than San Antonio (laughs). I was born and raised in San Antonio, and by the time Union Underground got going, I don’t want to say I conquered the city because no one ever conquers the city, but I went further than I was expecting to, so it only made sense I moved to Los Angeles after Union Underground. Arena: I must to admit, I almost didn’t remember that you were in Union Underground at first because it’s been so long. Patrick: Those were good times, from what I can remember (laughs). Arena: Right? Well let’s spark your memory. Talk to...

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