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Suicide Silence singer Mitchell Lucker dies in motorcycle accident

Mitchell Lucker, frontman for the death-metal band rising star Suicide Silence, died Thursday of injuries in a Southern California motorcycle crash. He was 28.

Lucker lost control of his black 2013 Harley-Davidson in Huntington Beach at 8:55 p.m. on Halloween night and slammed into a Main Street light pole, police said in a news release. He died Thursday at University of California, Irvine, Medical Center.

Lucker, who lived in Huntington Beach, was ejected while the motorcycle continued south and crashed into a Nissan Titan pickup truck, police said in a news release. Two people in the pickup and nearby trick-or treaters weren’t hurt.

The accident was being investigated to determine whether alcohol was a factor, police said. READ FULL STORY

Watch Swedish metal band Graveyard's 'Endless Night' video - EXCLUSIVE

Sure, most of the great Scandinavian metal bands hail from Norway, but don’t count out that country’s neighbor. Sweden is no slouch when it comes to the devil’s music — especially Graveyard, whose new album Lights Out lands on these shores on November 6 (you can pre-order the CD here and the digital version here).

Taking cues from the swampier, bluesier side of Black Sabbath, Graveyard have released two previous albums of impeccably scuzzy rock full of caustic spasms and thick fuzz. They continue that tradition on Lights Out, which turns up the throbbing low end and gives frontman Joakim Nilsson extra space to croon and bellow.

“Endless Night” is as good an entry point as any for this quartet of bearded tundra-dwellers, so check out the exclusive premiere of the freewheeling, head-tripping video below: READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson celebrate Halloween early in New York

About a quarter of the way through his set at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday night, metal veteran and horror film director Rob Zombie paused to address the audience. “It’s a shame we couldn’t be here on Halloween,” he growled to the crowd. “But we figured it was close enough.”

Zombie could give that same speech every day of the year. Like Marilyn Manson—his co-headliner on what is being touted as the “Twins of Evil Tour”—he’s spent the better part of his life in costume, assuming the role of deranged barker at the center of a carnival obsessed with ancient monster movies, Z-list actresses’ breasts, and the whimsy of the devil himself.

Though the two scary men at the center of each hour-ish–long set may seem interchangeable, their performances were deeply distinct, both sonically and philosophically.  READ FULL STORY

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says Obama 'staged' Aurora shooting

It looks like the provocative comments about the Aurora, Colo. shootings aren’t just coming from comedians anymore. Dave Mustaine, lead singer of heavy metal band Megadeth, said that Barack Obama “staged” the recent shootings in Aurora and at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc.

Mustaine went on the anti-Obama rant during an Aug. 7 concert in Singapore, reported TMZ on Wednesday.

“Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he’s staging all of these murders,” said Mustaine, whose comments were captured on video. “Like the ‘Fast And Furious’ thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.” READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Friday: The Black Keys and Black Sabbath deal in different kinds of darkness

By Kyle Anderson & Nolan Feeney

On the opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago, people could only talk about two things: The oppressive heat (which isn’t really news for anyone who has ever spent three days repeatedly crossing Grant Park in August), and whether or not Black Sabbath was going to make everybody sad.

Obviously, the idea of the legendary metal band playing a nearly two-hour set of heavy classics was titillating, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne remains one of the most unpredictable characters in rock. But health problems for both Osbourne and Tony Iommi have called into question whether or not this particular Sabbath reunion was a good idea, and suggested that the band might be better served staying at home (which is exactly what drummer Bill Ward ended up doing anyway).

By the time they left the stage on Friday night, they delivered no definitive answers. The set list was unimpeachable —  hitting on everything you could possibly want to hear from them, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” “Sweet Leaf,” “N.I.B.,” and “Paranoid” (which they wisely saved for the encore). Ozzy still has the will of a manic frontman, but neither his body nor his voice seem to be able to match his intent, and he seemed vaguely off for the better part of the evening.

Iommi’s steady riffing carried the night, though the set ground to an unfortunate halt during an overlong drum solo (though honestly, there’s no such thing as an “appropriate length drum solo”) that saw a lot of people trying to beat the traffic home.

Still, for those who stuck around, the rest provided by the rhythmic interlude might have been just what the other members of the band needed, as the band’s finishing run (which included the awesome and deeply underrated Technical Ecstasy gem “Dirty Women”) was as strong as any modern metal act. Were they good? Sure. Should they keep going? The jury is still out.

On the other end of the park, the Black Keys were offering up no such existential quandaries. READ FULL STORY

The Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial is here, in all its zombie-killing, Ric Flair-shouting glory

For devoted followers of the Insane Clown Posse and the signees to their Psychopathic Records label, the annual Gathering of the Juggalos is the highlight of every year. But for people who simply like to think about what ICP means in the 21st century (and who are steadily amused by their ability to construct viral-ready videos), the day that the Gathering of the Juggalos informercial hits the Internet represents the best part of the calendar.

The 13th annual Gathering goes down August 8-12 at a camp site in the group’s adopted haven of Cave In Rock, Ill., (or “Illinoise” to the folks talking about it in the video below). This year’s lineup is suitably eclectic, featuring the awkwardly-named members of ICP’s label roster (Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Twiztid, the Psychopathic Ridas and the like), a smattering of metal bands (P.O.D., Mushroomhead, Fear Factory, Soulfly), a bunch of hip-hop legends and former superstars (Geto Boys, Warren G, DMX, Master P, Raekwon), and, of course, Kottonmouth Kings (who still manage to defy any and all categories). There are also a number of parties, carnival games, seminars, wrestling events, and a barbecue that features cheeseburgers being hurled at you from the stage.

Check out the video below, though be warned: The language is especially salty, and it’s also a whopping 23 minutes long. Still, it’s worth it.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Dee Snider's video for 'Mack the Knife' - EXCLUSIVE

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Dee Snider has worn plenty of hats (and wigs) over the course of his decades-long career. He fronted influential metal band Twisted Sister, hosted a number of radio shows, dabbled as a TV star, held Broadway stages, and even directed an underrated horror movie.

His latest project brings together a few of those disparate interests. Dee Does Broadway finds Snider using his unique voice to tackle some of Broadway’s most famous standards, like “Cabaret,” “Luck Be a Lady” (from Guys and Dolls), and “Razzle Dazzle” (from Chicago). There are also a handful of drop-ins from music theater legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth.

For a good idea of the sort of rock and theater hybrid Snider has built, check out the world premiere of the video for “Mack the Knife” (directed by his son Cody Blue Snider) below. READ FULL STORY

Marilyn Manson returns with new single 'No Reflection': Is he still scary?

Marilyn Manson is back with a new album called Born Villain, and the first single “No Reflection” just dug itself out of a shallow grave to walk the Earth.

Manson hasn’t been gone for very long (the band’s last album, The High End of Low, came out in 2009), but it has been a while since he has been a significant part of the pop culture conversation. The last time the group’s titular singer made a big impact was with 2003’s The Golden Age of Grotesque, and even then it seemed like the seams were showing and the decline was inevitable (though it should be noted that The Golden Age of Grotesque is wildly underrated, with a number of never-were anthems like “Ka-Boom Ka-Boom”).

There was also a moment when the video for “Heart-Shaped Glasses” looked like the return of scandalous Manson, but it was processed by the online news machine in a day and pretty much never heard from again. Considering the relatively small venues booked on Marilyn Manson’s upcoming tour, they seem closer to becoming the door-to-door fear factory once lampooned in The Onion.

But is “No Reflection” the way back for Manson, both the band and the man? The guitars are still loud, the beat still propulsive, and the chorus pretty melodic. Give it a listen below. READ FULL STORY

The Death Set cram Spider-Man, Super Mario, Godzilla, and 'Troll 2' into hyperactive 'They Come For Us' video: Watch it here!

Music videos are a tough game — it’s impossible to get anyone but the core fan base to watch them, and just about all the ideas have already been done.

(In that sense, making a video is a lot like running for president, though slightly less expensive and way less embarrassing.)

So when Australian hardcore combo the Death Set decided to put together a video for their song “They Come For Us,” they went all in: “They Come For Us” includes just about everything in a jumbled pop-culture junkie’s skull — appropriate, since the song will run over the closing credits to the upcoming found-footage horror anthology film V/H/S, which screens at South By Southwest next week and will be on demand in August.

It begins as a simple homage to a famous scene from Back to the Future, but then quickly ups the ante, trotting out nods to The Simpsons, Batman, Troll 2, and a bevy of other ephemera. Give the clip a spin below, and see how many references you can pick up. READ FULL STORY

Motley Crue launch Las Vegas residency, appear in Super Bowl ad

Madonna will most likely be presenting the biggest musical spectacle of Super Bowl weekend. But if there’s any band out there who would be willing to challenge the Material Girl for sheer theatrics, it’s Mötley Crüe.

The glam metal legends kick off a month-long, 12 show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this weekend. In fact, Sin City is so excited about the boys’ stay that today has been declared Mötley Crüe Day by Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Honestly, it’s a little bit odd that it has taken Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee this long to play an extended run in Vegas, especially considering how many of their songs have become Spearmint Rhino staples.

It’s an uphill battle competing with the likes of Cirque Du Soleil and Criss Angel, but the Crüe have always been as much about riding onstage motorcycles and great pillars of flame as they have been about grinding out “Shout at the Devil.”

According to Sixx, they’re bringing the thunder. READ FULL STORY

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