New Music from Layne Staley!

New Music from Layne Staley!

A new, incredibly rare recording of late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley have appeared on ebay. The auction is for a six track, studio master recorded in 1988 prior to Staley joining Alice in Chains, The band on the recording is 40 Years of Hate and it is being auctioned off by former member Ron Holt. According to Holt, the songs were never fully recorded and exist in this physical copy in an unfinished state. Holt is only auctioning off the master and not the publishing rights, but he has also said that he will consider other offers for those as well. If you are interested in the auction you can find it HERE! As I'm writing this, the auction is sitting a little over $600, but Holt is selling the copy out right for $5,000, so you better move quick!

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Top Five Favorite Songs Of 2016

Top Five Favorite Songs Of 2016

2016 was a great year for music. With so many great bands releasing new stuff, it was hard to pick my favorites. Because I didn't want this list to be ridiculously long, I narrowed it down to my top 5 five. 


05. Volbeat - The Devil's Bleeding Crown


04. Ghost - Square Hammer


03. Avatar - The Eagle Has Landed


02. Thrice - Black Honey


01. Metallica - Moth Into Flame

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Corey Taylor - X-M@$

Corey Taylor - X-M@$

​Searching high and low through the schlock of rock Christmas songs, I found a classic. Merry Christmas Blitz Nation!

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Metal Shop Lineup - 12.25.16

Metal Shop Lineup - 12.25.16

Korn - Kidnap The Sandy Claws

I See Stars - Calm Snow

220 Volt - Heavy Christmas

Hail Of Bullets - General Winter

Ihsahn - My Heart Is Of The North

Corey Taylor - X-M@$

Demon Hunter - Cold Winter Sun

Tenacious D & Sum 41 - Things I Want

Venom - Black Christmas

Lacuna Coil - Naughty Christmas*

King Diamond - No Presents For Christmas

Amon Amarth - Viking Christmas

DragonForce - Black Winter Nights

The Ongoing Concept - Jingle Bell Rock

August Burns Red - What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)


*Metal Melee

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Local Stuff Lineup - 12.25.16

Local Stuff Lineup - 12.25.16

​Suicide Toys - Aunt Acid

8lb Pressure - Crave

Another Fine Mess - My Pleasure

Alone At Dawn - Peacemaker

Dream By Night - Spirit

Witchnipple - Witchnipple

They're Coming They're Coming - Tree

Settle Your Scores - Xmas Exile

Ungergrads - Silvertoes

Heroes Like Villains - Red Ribbons

Wolves At The Gate - The King*

Sleepers Awake - Throat Of Winter

I Apollo - Ghosts

Carev Dvor - Praise


*Bigger Band From Columbus

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2017 Grammy Nominees For Rock & Metal

2017 Grammy Nominees For Rock & Metal

The 2017 Grammy Awards are quickly approaching. This year in the rock and heavy metal categories, bands like Gojira, Korn, Megadeth, Periphery, and Metallica made the short list of nominees. The 2017 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. with James Corden hosting.

Best metal performance
"Shock Me" — Baroness
"Silvera" — Gojira
"Rotting In Vain" — Korn
"Dystopia" — Megadeth
"The Price Is Wrong" — Periphery

Best rock song
"Blackstar" — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
"Burn the Witch" — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
"Hardwired" — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
"Heathens" — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
"My Name Is Human" — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best rock album
"California" — Blink-182
"Tell Me I'm Pretty" — Cage the Elephant
"Magma" — Gojira
"Death of a Bachelor" — Panic! at the Disco
"Weezer" — Weezer

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Rolling Stone's Interview with Phil Anselmo

Rolling Stone's Interview with Phil Anselmo

​Phil opens up to Rolling Stone about his past in a pretty revealing interview that can be seen by clicking on the link below...



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Phil Anselmo Opens Up About Racism, Pantera's Legacy - Rolling Stone

Phil Anselmo discusses how he's attempting to move forward after accusations of racism, focusing on new recordings with Superjoint and Bill and Phil.
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Let Lars Ulrich Read you a Christmas Story This Evening

Let Lars Ulrich Read you a Christmas Story This Evening

​My personal favorite member of Metallica to write about has given me a story again! Lars sat down with BBC Radio 2 and ended up reading a Christmas book written by a few members of MCFLY. So, without further ado, head on over to this link and listen to Lars Ulrich read "The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas!"

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HALES' TOP ALBUMS OF 2016

HALES' TOP ALBUMS OF 2016

JANUARY

Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade

Dream Theater – The Astonishing

Failure Anthem – First World Problems

Hoodie Allen – Happy Camper

Megadeth – Dystopia

Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor


FEBRUARY

Hands Like Houses – Dissonants

After The Burial – Dig Deep

Anthrax – For All Kings

From Ashes To New – Day One

Monster Truck – Sittin' Heavy

Silver Snakes – Saboteur

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It


MARCH

Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

A Story Told – Keep Watch

A War Within – Believe

Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

Asking Alexandria – The Black

The Word Alive – Dark Matter


APRIL

Good Tiger – A Head Full Of Moonlight

Babymetal – Metal Resistance

Black Stone Cherry – The White Album

Cilver – Not The End Of The World

Deftones – Gore

Devour The Day – S.O.A.R.

Ihsahn – Arktis

Tremonti – Dust


MAY

Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Avatar – Feathers & Flesh

Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts

Pierce The Veil – Misadventures

Saosin – Along The Shadow

Sick Puppies – Fury


JUNE

Beartooth – Aggressive

Gojira – Magma

Hellyeah – Unden!able

If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones of a Dying World

I See Stars - Treehouse

Kaleo – A/B

Kongos - Egomaniac

letlive. - If I'm The Devil...

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway

Volbeat – Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie


JULY

Periphery III: Select Difficulty

blink-182 – California

Chevelle – The North Corridor

Gone Is Gone – Gone Is Gone

Jason Richardson - I

Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost - Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost

Night Verses – Into The Vanishing Light

Nonpoint – The Poison Red

Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail


AUGUST

Sylar – Help!

A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations

Citizen Zero – State Of Mind

Fire From The Gods – Narrative

Gemini Syndrome – Memento Mori

Islander – Power Under Control

Skillet – Unleashed

The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak

Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier

Watsky – x Infinity


SEPTEMBER

Opeth – Sorceress

Bastille – Wild World

Crobot – Welcome To Fat City

Devin Townsend Project - Transcendence

Every Time I Die – Low Teens

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines

King 810 – La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God

Letters From The Fire – Worth The Pain

Of Mice & Men – Cold World

The Dear Hunter – Act V

Young Guns – Echoes


OCTOBER

Wovenwar – Honor Is Dead

Alter Bridge – The Last Hero

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Dayshell – Nexus

Green Day – Revolution Radio

I Prevail – Lifelines

Korn – The Serenity of Suffering

Kyng – Breathe In The Water

Lady Gaga – Joanne

Memphis May Fire – This Light I Hold

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

Night Riots – Love Gloom

Red Fang – Only Ghosts

Serpentine Dominion – Serpentine Dominion

The Devil Wears Prada – Transit Blues

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

We Are Funhouse – Pillowtalk


NOVEMBER

In Flames – Battles

Animals As Leaders – The Madness of Many

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Dark Tranquility - Atoma

Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf

Metallica – Hardwired... To Self Destruct

Protest The Hero – Pacific Myth

The Weeknd – Starboy

Thomas Giles – Velcro Kid


DECEMBER

Trivium – Ab Initio

Bring Me The Horizon - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Naberus – The Lost Reveries

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RHCP's Drummer Played with BABYMETAL!

RHCP's Drummer Played with BABYMETAL!

I'm 100% sure you came here to see Chad Smith rock out with BABYMETAL, not read my ramblings about it, so here it is!



If you do want to read someone's ramblings about it, you can get the details over HERE.

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Man goes crazy in Apple store

Man goes crazy in Apple store

​A French man seemed to not be happy with Apple as he walked into an Apple Store somewhere in France and started smashing merchandise throughout the store before being confronted by mall security. 

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Metal Shop Lineup - 12.18.16

Metal Shop Lineup - 12.18.16

​Silent Civilian - Rebirth Of The Temple

Code Orange - Forever

Saxon - Denim & Leather

Origin - Finite

Caliban - Memorial

At The Drive In - Governed By Contagions

Kreator - Gods Of Violence

Bury Your Dead - Tje Color Of Money

Rotting Christ - The Sign Of Evil Existence

Chuck Billy / Scott Ian / Jon Donais / Chris Wyse / John Tempesta - Silent Night*

Ensiferum - One Man Army

Close Your Eyes - Song For The Broken

Vanisher - Seven Years Buried

Firewind - Hands Of Time


*Metal Melee

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Local Stuff Lineup - 12.18.16

Local Stuff Lineup - 12.18.16

​Move Home - Palaver

The Wet Darlings - Bicycle

Coya Hill - Addict

Plain Old Henry - Life Of A Ghost

Liquid6teen - Remember Me

That Ship's Sailed - Close Your Eyes

Settle Your Scores - Cashing Your Reality Check

Strikken - Into Darkness

Mithridium - Vulture

ForeverAtLast - Machines*

Asylum Effect - Artisan Phobia

Ryng - Forgive The Sinner


Bigger Band From Columbus

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Don't Touch This Man's Package!

Don't Touch This Man's Package!

Genius. Absolute genius. That's the only way that I can describe my new hero, Jaireme Barrow. Now Mr. Barrow wanted to be in the holiday spirit just like everyone else, but thanks to all the other ass clowns in Tacoma, Washington, he was having some issues. See there was something about good old Jaireme's porch that just attracted thieves and our poor hero was having his packages stolen left and right. Well this would just not stand and he made a new package to make sure no one would ever steal from him again! Check out the video below and you can read more about the Holiday Hero right over HERE!


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Killswitch Engage Considering A Break

Killswitch Engage Considering A Break

​After their tour with Anthrax is over, KSE is looking at possibly taking a hiatus from touring, and changing the frequency of their music releases. The boys have been touring like crazy and think it's time for some needed rest. If you want to read the whole article click here. I threw in Holy Diver just because it's awesome!

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Metallica Vs. Superfan

Metallica Vs. Superfan

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Metallica went head to head with one of their biggest fans in a Metallica trivia contest. 

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Top 11 Anticipated Movies Of 2017

Top 11 Anticipated Movies Of 2017

Being a huge movie buff, 2017 is gearing up to be a great year for films. Here are my top 11 picks for upcoming movies next year. Why top 11? Because I like to go one step beyond. You can check out all the trailers by clicking the posters below.

Ghost in the Shell

Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field commander The Major (Scarlett Johansson), and her task force Section 9 thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotic's artificial intelligence technology. Release date: March 31, 2017

Logan

Years after the epilogue of X-Men: Days of Future Past, some of the last mutants, an aging Logan—whose healing factor is starting to fail—and Charles Xavier, protect a young girl named Laura who is very similar to Logan, and is being hunted by sinister forces. Release date: March 3, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes

Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his ape colony are embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. When the apes suffer heavy losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts as he resolves to avenge his kind. The battle puts Caesar against the humans' leader, a ruthless Colonel, in an encounter that will determine the fate of their species and Earth's future. Release date: July 14, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Set two months after the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their newfound family together, while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage. Release date: May 5, 2017

Kong: Skull Island

In the 1970s, a team of explorers and soldiers are brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, as well as the mythic Kong, the "king" of the island. Release date: March 10, 2017

Rings

The film is set 13 years after the events of the first chapters of the horror franchise.

Julia (Matilda Lutz) becomes worried about her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) when he explores the dark urban legend of a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: There is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before... Release date: February 3, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old rival, Capitán Salazar, who along with his crew of ghost pirates has escaped from the Devil's Triangle, and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar. Release date: May 26, 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2

Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome, where he squares off against some of the world's deadliest killers. Release date: February 10, 2017

Justice League

Months after the events of Batman v Superman, inspired by Superman's sacrifice for humanity, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth. Release date: November 17, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to decide where to become involved with his power. Throwing in with the Resistance and an enigmatic young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern — who murdered his parents and stole his crown — and become king. Release date: May 12, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City with fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges. Release date: July 7, 2017

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Facebook Marketplace Christmas (Video)

Facebook Marketplace Christmas (Video)

​A whole bunch of fly stuff I found here locally...of a wide range of legality. Enjoy!



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Check Out this Insane All-Female Metal Band!

Check Out this Insane All-Female Metal Band!

I have very, very little to say about this band because they're so f**king incredible! If you're in to death/black metal, Dutch all-female rockers Sisters of Suffocation are for you! Right now they only have an EP called "Brutal Queen" released, but their first full length is due out next year. They did just release this video for their song called "Phobophobia" and holy hell is it heavy! I think I may have a new favorite band...



In case you were curious, the members of the band are:

Vocals - Els Prins
Guitar - Simone van Straten
Drums - Amber de Buijzer
Bass - Puck Wildshut

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Full Interview - David Gunn (King 810)

Full Interview - David Gunn (King 810)

I recently had the opportunity to talk with David Gunn, vocalist for King 810. We discussed their limited engagement live shows, the new album "La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God", and much more. Enjoy!

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Metal Shop Lineup - 12.11.16

Metal Shop Lineup - 12.11.16

Ft. guest David Gunn of King 810

King 810 - Fat Around The Heart

Heaven Shall Burn - Passage Of The Crane

Body Count - There Goes The Neighborhood

Misery Signals - The Failsafe

Bullet For My Valentine - Don't Need You

While She Sleeps - Hurricane

King 810 - Killem All

Slipknot - Spit It Out

Psychostick - Jingle Bell Metal*

Breakdown Of Sanity - Infest

King 810 - Alpha & Omega


*Metal Melee

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Local Stuff Lineup - 12.11.16

Local Stuff Lineup - 12.11.16

The Forty - Red

Giraficorn - Time Machine

3 Piece Suit - The Hunger

Fedd Up - Wild Flower

Mayhem Like Me - Headliner

Black Cat Mass - The Watcher

Call Of The Sumac - The Train Song

Nomara - Cheap Talk

Iron Cross - Rockin' You

Like Moths To Flames - You Won't Be Missed*

Kill The Lights - Give It Up

Gr& - Ego // Death

Act Of Violence - Behind The Mask


*Bigger Band From Columbus

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You Can Go Hang Out with Megadeth!!

You Can Go Hang Out with Megadeth!!

​If you've ever wanted to hang out with thrash metal gods Megadeth, well now is your chance! The band is hosting the "Megadeth Boot Camp" once in a lifetime experience on Dave Mustaine's private estate in Fallbrook, California. Price ranges from about $2000 to $5500, which, factoring in all the sweet things that come along with a ticket, isn't a terrible price. So if you missed out on the Uber Ranger package for Rock on the Range and you have some extra money to blow, you should consider blowing it on Megadeth. Let me also say that the "Mustaine Estate Package + Megadeth Boot Camp" ticket will get you my personal favorite selling point for the weekend, "Preferred seating to campfire stories with Megadeth." 

You can get more information and make your ticket purchases over at MegadethBootCamp.com.

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UFC 206 - Matt Brown goes to WAR!

UFC 206 - Matt Brown goes to WAR!

​Central Ohio's own and Loper's good friend Matt Brown takes on Cowboy Donald Cerrone at UFC 206 Saturday December 10, 2016. UFC's Youtube channel features videos called "UFC Embedded" which gives you a behind the scenes look at two fighters as they prepare for their showdown. Check out UFC Embedded featuring Matt Brown and cheer on your hometown boy this Saturday!

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Montreal Ice Road Mayhem

Montreal Ice Road Mayhem

Because who doesn't like these videos? (Besides the people in the vehicles, but they're bringing happiness to so many.) Enjoy!


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