Mustaine: "My Eyes Are Watering"

Funny footage here from French TV of Dave Mustaine struggling to play "Hangar 18," Guitar Hero II version, for the first time. "You are too much concentrating," says the helpful host. Watch for the shout-out to...

Vultures Interfere with Corpse Pit

From the new Six Feet Under CD Reuters: 'Body farm' on hold due to vultures A TEXAS university's plans for a site to study decomposing human remains have been put on hold due to fears that...

Sacrilege: Before Commercialism

"You can copy this tape and its cover all you want and spread it around -- thanks, Strephon Taylor." Okay! That's the handwritten message on this raging debut demo from El Cerrito's early thrashers Sacrilege...

Chainsaw: The Dawn of German Speed Metal

The first of at least six CHAINSAWs in the metal toolshed, this lot of German headbangers released two 4-song demo tapes in 1985 -- you're about to hear the first. Years before speed metal...

Swiss Misters

In the name of sloppy, ruinous cavorting, I left my camera at home and went out to see Celtic Frost last night opening for Type O Negative. So no photo collection to offer, just...

Dream Death: Never Thought Life Could Be So Damn Evil

In the annals of forgotten, unappreciated, worthy pioneers, Pittsburgh sludge lords Dream Death loom large. I took some heat after Sound of the Beast came out for naming their sole New Renaissance LP, Journey...

From the Rat’s Mouth: Overkill/Thrash History DVD

Original Overkill drummer/mastermind Rat Skates has produced a great DVD memoir, Born in the Basement, that pretty much sums up the completely nuts energy and inspiration of the early thrash scene in America. True...

Goatlord: What Happens in Vegas…

Before the odd ultra-sludgy LP with the electronic drums and long before Darkthrone paid tribute with its Goatlord CD, Goatlord were dirgy and shoddy underlings on the Las Vegas metal scene along with Papsmear,...

Victory for Fallen Wiccan Soldiers

This Memorial Day will be a good one for the families of 11 deceased Wiccan soldiers. After a long and embarrassing fight, the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs has added the pentacle to the...

Legal Threats Against MetalTabs.com

Sucky news for the advancement of metal guitar playing -- the user-generated vault of wisdom MetalTabs.com has taken down all of its tabs in the wake of a harrassing letter from the NMPA, National...

Deathly Blast

Appearing at the Milwaukee Metalfest in 1990, Obituary nearly obliterated half the death metal fans in the world with some jerry-rigged stage pyro. The big KABOOM! happens about 50 seconds into this clip. As Monte...

Samhain: Speedy Delivery from Denmark

Samhain were the dark children of Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost, Master, and the entire experience of the demo-trading universe. The band was comprised of tape-trading fanatics and scenesters -- guitarist Henk Leviathan edited Blackthorn...

Oink-less Pork on Your Plate?

Welcome to the science fiction world of future sausage...the amusing illustration above comes from a story I just wrote for Popular Mechanics about lab-grown meat. Examine the full specimen here.

1ST LISTEN: Shining, V: Halmstad (8/10)

The litany of abusive, nasty Swedish black metal continues. In the two years since the near-masterpiece IV: The Eerie Cold, Shining has provoked the world by glorifying suicide, dramatically faking the death of their...

Insaniac: If the Straightjacket fits…

Hailing from the same New Jersey gutters that spawned Overkill, Blessed Death, Hades and then Blood Feast, Insaniac were mid-80s thrash nuts with an ambitious agenda. This demo kicks off with an 8-minute examination...

Immortal @ Inferno 2007

A true Easter resurrection! Here's Immortal last Good Friday night in Oslo doing "Unholy Forces of Evil" complete with hair fan, dangerous flameburst and witch-vogue dancing -- all courtesy of mysterious videographer BM Frettchen....

Holy Truck!

Japanese Dekotura -- "decorated truck" -- culture proves the Decepticons won the war. Now you can move into a new neighborhood in a vehicle that looks like Bolt Thrower smashing through a Vegas casino....

Porn Orchard: Savor Forbidden Fruit

Not exactly brutal thrashing madness, Porn Orchard were an Athens, GA, hardcore band marching under the Black Flag banner, with great lyrics about social malfunctions, religion, and sex. This demo was a classic in...

Brian Walsby’s Got You Pegged

Comic artist Brian Walsby could be the Jack T. Chick of American hardcore punk and the shaggy tendrils that came out of it -- except instead of dropping tiny religious comic books preaching hellfire...

"Motörhead" Puppets

Is this supposed to be the Orgasmatron-era line-up doing "Ace of Spades"? Thanks to Tim from 310!