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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has shared an excerpt from his new memoir “I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax” with This particular excerpt focuses on the firing of Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine from Metallica. The book will be released October 14th.

“It was New Year’s Eve 1980, and we had a big party at my friend Richie Herman’s house. He lived on the first floor of our building, and his dad was always out of town, so we had fifty or sixty people at his house to celebrate my birthday. I went nuts. I’d been drinking before, but now I was almost legal.

I was seventeen, and I drank so many screwdrivers made with that ultrapremium vodka, Popov. It’s right up there with Grey Goose and Tito’s, if they tasted like used Russian bleach. I must have had twelve. I have vague memories of making out with this girl, and we stopped kissing because I was getting queasy. I felt the vomit come up my esophagus, and I pulled away and puked all over her and then proceeded to puke all over Richie’s bathroom.

I crawled up the stairs one flight back to my mom’s apartment, crashed out, and woke up the next day still throwing up. I was sick for two or three days. Just the smell of booze nauseated me for years after that. Looking back, that was an advantage because I didn’t drink much during all the formative years of Anthrax, and that helped me maintain focus. I’d go to bars and have a beer or two, but I was not part of the Alcoholica team. Looking at Metallica now, they had a totally different dynamic.

Their music was strong enough to hold up even when they were sloppy drunk, and even when Dave Mustaine was in the band they really were the Four Horsemen. They just all had very strong, different personalities. James Hetfield was actually the wallflower. He was quiet like [Anthrax drummer] Charlie [Benante] with a good sense of humor and hadn’t developed his rock star persona yet. He looked awkward around people, but when he was holding his guitar and screaming into the mike he was right at home. That was where he belonged, even though he never said anything onstage. That was all Dave.

Mustaine was the real front man of the band. He did all the talking onstage and he had that rock star personality. He was also an out-of-control, mean drunk, but he had a sharp sense of humor. Lars could be funny, too, and he could talk a ton of s–t. He actually couldn’t really play when they started. He learned by jamming along with James’s songs and just got better as they went. It would be hard to imagine Lars in any other band, but he’s the right drummer for Metallica. He was also the voice of the band from day one.
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Ministry Planning New North American Tour

Ministry are in the midst of putting together a North American tour. The limited trek will thus far feature stops in the following cities:

Toronto, ON
New York City, NY
Chicago, IL
Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA

More dates are being booked with an exact itinerary still pending.

Former In Flames guitarist, etc. Jesper Strömblad addressed a number of fan questions via his Facebook yesterday, September 30th. Providing an all encompassing answer, Strömblad revealed his vision for the band and their current direction didn’t exactly align. He also touched upon alcohol playing a part in his exit from the group. here’s what he had to say:

“Will I ever return to In Flames? No one never knows what the future brings,but the chances are slim as they embarked on a different musical journey,they have a solid lineup and Im on a totally different path in life right now. I would never go into details why I quit, but there is always one official story and there is the other……Alcohol is a quite small part of it.

That can also answer the next question, what do I think of their new stuff. Listen to The Resistance and that explains a bit of it . We simply went different directions. I need to stand behind and feel inspired with what I do 100%, I owe it to the fans and obviosly the band. All respect to In Flames and their new approach, but for me the band was a guitar/riffbased melodeathband. And Its not anymore, but still amazing musicianship and I dont think its wrong.

But its not the vision I had when we started out. But still All respect to them and the huge success,highly deserved! So please, I wish, change the comment from “come back to IF”, to “welcome Niklas Engelin“, who is one of the nicest talented guys, and the one who fill my shoes perfect, and brings back an amazing energy live and personally! So there you have it.

I do not and will never compromise with my music. Im on a new path together with the guys in TR who made me want to play again and the good feeling of being a part of a band.Dedication,frienship,genuine passion for the music! Money, fame grammys e t c doesnt matter a crap if U dont have your not comitted 100% to it. I also have a soloalbum coming up, an facebreaking EP and album with The Resistance and some other other excitiing projects. so….. everyone is where thery belong.. Im im a band I love. IF do their thing great… all good:) love you all”

More Dates Added To The Browning & It Lies Within Tour

More dates have been added to The Browning‘s ‘Respect, Strength, Loyalty Tour‘ with It Lies Within:

11/28 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
11/29 Houston, TX – Walters
11/30 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
12/02 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
12/03 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
12/05 Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Cafe
12/06 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
12/07 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
12/09 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
12/10 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
12/11 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Hall
12/12 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
12/13 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
12/14 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
12/16 Westland, MI – Token lounge
12/17 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
12/18 Newport, KY – Thompson House
12/20 St. Louis, MO – Fubar

Krokodil (SikTh, Gallows, Etc.) Streaming “Reptilia Familiar”

Krokodil—the long gestating outfit comprised of current/former members of SikTh, Gallows and more—will release their debut album “Nachash” stateside on November 11th through Spinefarm Records. The band have taken on a bit of a higher profile as of late thanks to the rumors that their guitarist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella is Slipknot‘s new bassist.

Head below to hear “Reptilia Familiar” from the aforementioned album while pre-orders can be found here (iTunes) and here (physical copies.)
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Silent Planet Debut “XX (City Grave)”

Silent Planet have debuted a new track of theirs titled “XX (City Grave)” from their upcoming Solid State debut. The group describe the track as being: “an injunction against human trafficking facilitated by religious apathy. And the story of one brave survivor.” Their new album “The Night God Slept” will hit on November 10th.
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A second wave of bands have been announced for the 2015 ‘South By So What?!‘ festival, which will hit the QuickTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX from March 20th-22nd. Here’s who has newly been announced:

(performing “Chroma“)
Conquer Divide
Dear You
Driver Friendly
Fear & Wonder
For The Win
For Today
Good Morning Gorgeous
Hotel Books
Invent, Animate
I See Stars
Jesse Lawson
Motionless In White
Mouth Of The South
Silent Screams
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
This Wild Life

They join the previously announced outfits for the fest:
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Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor stepped into the hot seat to defend the bands new music video for “The Motherload“—which as you likely know by now features a whole lot of twerking. Replying to accusations from the press that the video is sexist, Dailor told Pitchfork:

“I know! I’m really upset. I don’t know. The last thing that I wanted to do was come on and be defensive, because I don’t feel like I should have to defend it. It’s a music video and it’s really not supposed to be something that gets people this upset because this was really a fun thing that doesn’t really mean too much. It’s not to be taken so seriously.

I don’t know, I just don’t see the sexism in it. I know there’s half-naked women that are shaking their butts. For some people it’s titillating, but for me it just looked amazing. I thought the girls were awesome and talented, and I thought it was amazing to watch. I love when it turns into that kaleidoscope effect thing; it brings the video to a whole new level.

But it’s gotten people talking obviously, you know. I figured that would happen, you know what I mean. I knew there was going to be some negativity. But we do that; we’re that kind of band. It hadn’t been done before, and we were kind of looking for something that hadn’t been done before because it’s hard to come by these days.”

Nasty Sign With Good Fight Music

Good Fight Music have scored the North American rights to the release Belgian outfit Nasty‘s new album. That as-yet untitled set will surface stateside through the label next year. Good Fight‘s head honcho Carl Severson said of the signing:

Good Fight was born out of the hardcore scene and we embrace that. There are a number of young bands with a fresh take on hardcore right now and Nasty really stood out to us. After their recent European tour with Terror, we’d heard they were great dudes as well. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.”

If you’ve yet to experience the band, their below video for their track “Lying When They Love Us” should do the trick:
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