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DIMEBAG’s Girlfriend Slams REX BROWN’s Memoir: ‘It’s Not Good To Write A Book When You Don’t Remember Things’

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney has criticized Rex Brown's book as full of inaccuracies and has described the PANTERA bassist's portrayal of Vinnie Paul Abbott as "pretty hateful." Asked in a new interview with Metal Forces for her opinion of Rex's 2013 memoir, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", Haney said: "Good lord… It's not good to write a book when you don't remember things, and you have other people telling you in your ear, 'This is how it went down,' when it didn't. I got to chapter three, and I felt like I needed to get a highlighter out for things I knew were incorrect. [Laughs] I know where Rex is today, and where is head is. I know he regrets a lot of the things that are in that book. It's kind of a… I don't know. How can you write a book when there's shit you don't remember?" Haney also commented on the fact that "Official Truth" seemed to paint the PANTERA drummer in a particularly unfavorable light. "It seemed [to be a] potshot, like, 'Let's try to take some potshots and stab at you,'" Rita said. "And yeah, it was pretty hateful. It's the pot calling the kettle black. How can you throw stuff out there when you're just as guilty or guilty of worse things? Some of the stuff is not yours to tell, or yours to judge. And yeah, it was pretty shitty, I would say. I know [Rex] has regrets about that. If he doesn't, he needs to." The late PANTERA guitarist's girlfriend added that she was open to the idea of one day releasing her own book, telling Metal Forces: "I think it could be kind of fun… I would have no problem writing about mine and Darrell's relationship, and we weren't perfect. We had some pretty rough times a few times, but I also know in the end, the last few years of his life we were the happiest we ever were. I would not trade going through those mistakes because of where we wound up, and it took the horrible mistakes to get where we were. To tell someone else's business is just not yours to tell, though, unless it directly affects you, and they didn't tell the truth or something. Yeah, then I can understand defending yourself. A book about this is a touchy thing to write, especially with all of the history all of us have together, without hurting somebody." Four years after "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" was released, Brown has been publicly critical of the way his autobiography turned out, saying in recent interviews that the book's publication is partly to blame for the deterioration of his relationship with Vinnie Paul. "There was a bunch of shit in my book that was not supposed to be in that book, and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway, and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people's mouths," Rex told the "Trunk Nation" radio show. In a 2013 interview with MetalSucks, PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo was asked for his opinion of "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". He said: "Honestly, [Rex's] assessment of me [in the book] — I don't care. Egotistical, self-centered, everything is always about me. Y'know what? I'm a lead singer and he's a bass player. That's his perception. So I'm fine with it. I don't hold any fucking grudges. But I think he did take some angry swipes and I don't need to be specific. There is a great deal of mythology when it comes to his 'quitting' DOWN. That particular chapter is a little disturbing." Anselmo also commented on how Vinnie Paul was portrayed in Rex's book. "I'm not sure that type of beating [on Vince] was necessary," Anselmo said. "Vince is a difficult guy and was always a different type of guy. But did he deserve that type of beating? I don't think so. It's a shame." He continued: "Rex has many faults, just like anyone else. But it sure seems like he wants to put fault on other people to take away from his humanity. We're all full of faults. Maybe it's easier for some of us to admit." Brown defended his comments about Vinnie Paul during a 2013 interview with the "Energize With Lonn Friend" podcast. After revealing that he sent his book to Anselmo and Vinnie Paul, the bassist said: "Apparently, Vinnie isn't very flattered by it. Vinnie, then, he can write his own fucking book, you know. With Philip, I haven't heard any rebuttals, but I didn't say anything in the book that wasn't already out there, you know what I'm saying?!" He added: "I think the reason they haven't talked to me is 'cause it is the fucking truth. And sometimes you don't wanna tell the truth. And I didn't go out of my way to maliciously hurt any individual. But at the same time, if you're gonna tell the truth, by God, you'd better be on the skinny. And I think [my co-writer, Scottish author] Mark Eglinton, that did this thing with me, he really just kind of…. He put me down… You know how you have your dreams that you had in high school when you're just… you're in your underwear. That's the way I felt with this book. If [you're] not [being completely truthful in your memoir], I think it's all a bunch of charade… And why would you wanna do that?" Asked about the way he was depicted in "Official Truth, 101 Proof", Vinnie Paul told "Rover's Morning Glory": "All I can say is that… I'll refer to Philip's comment about Rex's book. A bunch of mythology, man. We don't know where he came up with all this. More power to him, man." Rita Haney photo credit: VintageRock.com

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PEARL JAM, GUNS N’ ROSES And SCREAMING TREES Members Return With New LEVEE WALKERS Single

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready and SCREAMING TREES/MAD SEASON drummer Barrett Martin have returned with two new songs for their side project, LEVEE WALKERS. Check out the track "All Things Fade Away" below. The ...

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PEARL JAM, GUNS N’ ROSES And SCREAMING TREES Members Return With New LEVEE WALKERS Single

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready and SCREAMING TREES/MAD SEASON drummer Barrett Martin have returned with two new songs for their side project, LEVEE WALKERS. Check out the track "All Things Fade Away" below. The ...

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Legendary Rockers ZEBRA To Celebrate 35th Anniversary Of Debut Album With West Coast Mini Tour

Legendary rock band ZEBRA will celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of its debut album by performing the LP in its entirety. The group's first West Coast tour in three decades will take place in February and will feature all original members: Randy J...

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KIRK HAMMETT Has More Than Five Hundred ‘Really, Really Great’ Ideas For METALLICA’s Next Album

Kirk Hammett says that he has already accumulated more than five hundred ideas for METALLICA's next album. The METALLICA guitarist famously lost his iPhone containing hundreds of riffs in 2014. About six months later, he told "The Jasta Show" podcast that he "was crushed" when it happened, but still expressed hope that it "might turn up." In an interview with British GQ magazine conducted before METALLICA's October 24 concert in London, Hammett said he has learned from the experience. "I went through this whole thing a couple of years ago of losing my iPhone with five hundred ideas, and I still haven't fully recovered from that," he said (see video below). "And my way of recovering from that is overcompensating… On that phone was five hundred ideas, and I have about five hundred ideas now at this point, plus. I'm sitting on a lot of really… what I feel is really, really great music that is just waiting to be developed. Every day, I'm just picking up my guitar and then thinking about those lost ideas and then thinking, 'I've gotta generate more ideas,' in the hopes that maybe one or two of those old five hundred ideas that I lost might trickle through… Maybe it'll find its way through, and I'll go, 'Oh, yeah! Eureka!' It hasn't happened yet. It hasn't happened, though." Hammett is not credited on any of the songs on METALLICA's last album, 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct". METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told Metal XS last December that "Kirk's riffs weren't there" when it was time to write the music for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" record. He later seemed to dismiss Kirk's missing iPhone excuse, telling the WRIF radio station: "That's what he claims. I'm sure he did [lose the phone], but it doesn't make sense that he wouldn't have [the music] on his computer, either. But, whatever… Yeah, Kirk had some riffs that he… I guess submitted — ['submit' is] not a very nice word to be used if you're in a band. But you know, we all submit our tapes, and we sit there and we listen to them and we pick the best stuff. There was not much stuff from Kirk. Whether his phone was lost, or whatever…" Hetfield told U.K. radio station Planet Rock that Kirk "was not present in the studio" while METALLICA was working on "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". "He was dealing with life," James said. "He had a lot of life things going on for himself, which he'll choose to talk about if he wants. But, you know, [it was] Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] and I steering the ship as usual, going through the riffs, creating the songs. And I got to do a lot of guitar stuff that I was missing around 'Death Magnetic' and 'St. Anger' — some of the harmony guitar things, harmony vocals… You know, a little more layering, like the 'Black' album." Hammett said last year that losing his phone was a "devastating" experience. In September 2016, the guitarist spoke to Seattle's KISW 99.9 radio station about how the incident affected the making of the latest record. He said: "Let's just say that I had to start at zero again while everyone else [in the band] had material for songs. By the time I got a few ideas flowing and kind of formed, most of the songs were already written. I had to think to myself, 'Okay, I have stuff, but it looks like it's gonna probably make it on to the next album.'" Despite the setback, Hammett said that he was pleased with how "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" turned out. "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and will run through November 3. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

Metallica's Kirk Hammett's live with British GQ at the The O2 ahead of their concert tonight. Ask him questions!

Posted by British GQ on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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SKELETONWITCH To Release New Album In The Spring

Ohio-based blackened metallers SKELETONWITCH will release their first full-length album in over four years in the spring of 2018 via Prothestic Records. The disc is being recorded with producer Kurt Ballou (CHELSEA WOLFE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK) at his GodCity Studio. The effort will be mixed by Fredrik Nordström (OPETH's "Blackwater Park", AT THE GATES' "Slaughter Of The Soul") in Gothenburg, Sweden. SKELETONWITCH's upcoming album was written throughout the year between Ohio and New York. It's the band's first full-length with vocalist Adam Clemans, who joined the group last year. SKELETONWITCH guitarist Scott Hedrick says: "It feels great to be back in GodCity Studio! Those in the know are aware that working with Kurt Ballou ensures incredible sonics. We're very comfortable working with Kurt which has allowed us to stretch out into some new territory. We're excited for people to hear the new stuff." Since its inception over a decade ago, SKELETONWITCH has released five albums of epic, blackened, thrash-infused heavy metal. Through extensive touring, the band has excited fans all over the world with its furious, high-energy live show. In 2016, SKELETONWITCH recalibrated its lineup to include Clemans, a move that resulted the band's most powerful incarnation yet. The resulting EP, "The Apothic Gloom", was named the best EP of 2016 by Decibel magazine. The effort included a roaringly triumphant performance from Clemans and expanded on the band's previous explorations in atmospheric black metal. SKELETONWITCH is: Scott Hedrick (guitar), Nate Garnette (guitar), Evan Linger (bass), Dustin Boltjes (drums), Adam Clemans (vocals).

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Listen To New CANNIBAL CORPSE Song ‘Scavenger Consuming Death’

"Scavenger Consuming Death", a brand new song from Florida-based death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Red Before Black", which will be released on November 3 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2014's "A Skeletal Domain" was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in Saint Petersburg, Florida with producer/engineer Erik Rutan (SOILENT GREEN, BELPHEGOR, HATE ETERNAL), who previously worked with CANNIBAL CORPSE on 2006's "Kill", 2009's "Evisceration Plague" and 2012's "Torture". Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but one truly defines the soon-to-be-thirty-year death metal veterans: unstoppable. Returning with their fourteenth full-length, the monstrous "Red Before Black", serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. "We always try to make our music aggressive, but where an album like 'A Skeletal Domain' [2014] was definitely aggressive, it has a targeted refinement that the new album doesn't. 'Red Before Black' is as well executed as anything we've done, but it has a rawness to it that we haven't had in a long time," asserts bassist Alex Webster. "We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums," adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. "And, as Alex said, musically I think it's the most raw sound we've had — and at the same time I think it's our most focused, tightest and catchiest record." With 2017 seeing a slew of stunning new releases from death metal's old guard — including SUFFOCATION, OBITUARY and DYING FETUS — it's been a landmark year both for the genre and its early innovators, and with "Red Before Black", CANNIBAL CORPSE stand strong alongside their peers. "We're proud to be part of a scene that has great, experienced bands that stick to their guns," affirms Webster. "Death metal is an established form of underground music that's here to stay, and the leadership bands like these have shown by staying true to the genre is no doubt part of the reason it has such longevity." That CANNIBAL CORPSE have carved out a career spanning almost three decades is testament to their work ethic, innovative songwriting, passion and devotion to extreme music — though it still remains an astounding feat to the members, as Webster makes humbly clear. "Who could have imagined this?" he says. "When we started, even BLACK SABBATH hadn't been around for three decades. There simply was no precedent for a lifelong career in metal, of any kind, let alone a relatively new form like death metal. We've been unbelievably lucky, and we are so grateful to our fans for making it possible." In typically grounded fashion, they continue to forge ahead, seeing no end in sight, Webster stating he likes to think they have yet to write their best record, while Mazurkiewicz outlines their goals: "I would say we just want to keep it going, try to better ourselves — and finally open for SLAYER!" "Red Before Black" track listing: 01. Only One Will Die 02. Red Before Black 03. Code Of The Slashers 04. Shedding My Human Skin 05. Remaimed 06. Firestorm Vengeance 07. Heads Shoveled Off 08. Corpus Delicti 09. Scavenger Consuming Death 10. In The Midst Of Ruin 11. Destroyed Without A Trace 12. Hideous Ichor The cover artwork for the album can be found below. CANNIBAL CORPSE will kick off a USA tour in support of the upcoming disc on November 3 in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the trek will come from POWER TRIP and GATECREEPER.

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN Releases ‘Self Pollution’ Video

"Self Pollution", the new video from former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, can be seen below. The clip was directed by London-based photographer Jimmy Cheng. Friedman says: "This video is the first to feature my live band, with Kiyoshi on bass, Chargee on drums and Jordan Ziff on guitar. These guys (and girl) outshine me every night on tour. The video is loosely based on some of the fun ways you can pollute yourself (hence the title) and takes you from serenity to a chaotic climax, just like real life does sometimes." "Self Pollution" is taken from Friedman's latest solo album, "Wall Of Sound", which was released on August 4 via Prosthetic Records. Produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (GHOST, RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS) and mixed by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, OPETH, SEPULTURA), the disc "expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music," according to a press release. Legendary QUEEN producer Mack came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, "Streetlight" and "For A Friend", which Friedman proclaimed was "an honor for me, for sure." Marty's new CD was recorded in part at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in California with engineer Paul Fig (ALICE IN CHAINS, RUSH, DEFTONES) and was previously described by Friedman as "a way more intense version" of its predecessor: "deeper, sadder, happier and more aggressive." Like "Inferno", Friedman's new album features several guests, including prog-thrashers MUTOID MAN, Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz-metal outfit SHINING and Jinxx of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES. Regarding how the collaboration with Jinxx came about, Friedman told Guitar World: "I'm a big fan of Jinxx and BLACK VEIL BRIDES. He came to my show in L.A. in 2015. Right after that, I was told that he plays violin. I didn't even know that! Then light bulbs went off. I thought now's the chance to really turn some heads by doing something that's a little bit, well, a lot, unexpected to my fans and his fans."

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IRON MONKEY Releases Video For ‘Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.P.E.R.’

The official video for "Toadcrucifier - R.I.P.P.E.R.", a brand new song from the cult U.K. doom/sludge outfit IRON MONKEY, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's first new full-length in almost two decades, "9-13", which was released on October 20 via Relapse Records. After disbanding in 1999 due to the death of their original singer J.P. Morrow, the group has reformed for phase two of their mission. Recorded in IRON MONKEY's hometown of Nottingham in spring 2017 with producer Johnny A. Carter, "9-13" is nine songs and forty-eight minutes of total nihilism. Now older, more cynical and more isolationist, the band is back to usurp the scene, then crush its skull. Without question IRON MONKEY's most focused, aggressive and direct material to date, "9-13" is an all-out assault of violent hatred and nightmarish negativity — recommended listening for fans of pain, suffering, and misanthropy. "9-13" track listing: 01. Crown Of Electrodes 02. OmegaMangler 03. 9-13 04. Toadcrucifier - R.I.P.P.E.R. 05. Destroyer 06. Mortarhex 07. The Rope 08. Doomsday Impulse Multiplier 09. Moreland St. Hammervortex Heavily influenced by the nihilistic sound of groups like EYEHATEGOD, BUZZOV*EN, FLOOR and GRIEF, IRON MONKEY originally formed in Nottingham, England in 1994 and released two full-lengths (1997's self-titled debut and 1998's "Our Problem"), a live album and a split with CHURCH OF MISERY before splitting in 1999. Now, almost two decades later, the band has decided to reform as a trio with co-founding members S. Watson on bass and J. Rushby on guitar/vocals. They're rounded out by new member S. Briggs (CHAOS U.K.,) who also played with original IRON MONKEY vocalist J.P. Morrow in the short-lived sludge supergroup MY WAR. Morrow died of a heart attack in June 2002. Photo credit: Ralph Barklam

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Watch CHRIS JERICHO Perform In PAUL STANLEY’s ‘Starchild’ Makeup At FOZZY’s Halloween Concert

Chris Jericho donned Paul Stanley's "Starchild" makeup for FOZZY's Halloween (October 31) concert at The Live Rooms in Chester, England. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Jericho, who wrote in his book "A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex" that he dressed as the Starchild for "a record-setting seven Halloweens in a row, told Fox Business in a recent interview that the KISS frontman helped encourage him to accomplish his dreams and to ignore naysayers who doubted him. "It's a great quote from Paul Stanley: 'The only people that tell you you can't do something are the ones that have failed. I'm not going to tell you [that] you can't do something because I did it — you can do it,'" Jericho said. "When I heard that at sixteen years old … I didn't care at that point what anyone else thought, I still don't. If I believe it and I can see it and I know that I have the resources to do it, I'm going to do it." Jericho said that he became friends with Stanley in 2014 because the KISS guitarist/vocalist's son Colin is "a huge wrestling fan" who wanted "to get some videos of some wrestlers saying happy birthday. So I kind of took charge of it and suddenly Paul Stanley and I were exchanging numbers because Paul was so excited about making his son happy," Jericho recalled. "To repay the favor, he's, like, 'I'll do your podcast.' So I went to Las Vegas to see the KISS residency and Paul does my show and suddenly he loves what I do and we start talking all the time to the point where, I'm not saying this to be a name dropper, but I just talked to him last night on the phone for lil five minutes because we had something to discuss. We're just two dudes now, which is real cool. It happened to me in wrestling too, where you go from someone who you're in awe of to someone you have an acquaintanceship with, to an okay friend, to someone you become a peer with and then suddenly you're just dudes." He continued: "That's the strangest thing about it to me. 'Yeah, Paul's calling. I'll call him back in a bit.' That's a cool thing. Here's the best thing about meeting people who are kindred spirits; once you break down the wall, so to speak, you realize that we're just guys that have a cool job with similar interests and you can sit down and talk about THE BEATLES for an hour. We're all the same." FOZZY's latest album, "Judas" was released on October 13 via Century Media. The production duties on the discs were handled by Johnny Andrews, who co-wrote FOZZY's "Lights Go Out" track back in 2014 and has written songs with the likes of ALL THAT REMAINS, THREE DAYS GRACE and HALESTORM in the past.

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