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From The Pit: Metal Masters 5!

Jan. 27, 2014

The collaborations. The surprise guests. The memories…

Metal Masters is becoming much more than an annual party for metal heads and rock fans. In it’s fifth installment, the show brought together some of the most legendary rock/metal musicians for a night of music that you can’t find anywhere else. Members of Slayer, Pantera, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament and The Winery Dogs paid tribute to their influences, as well as each other, via face melting performances that left the crowd in awe. Steve Vai made a surprise appearance and played a mesmerizing solo featuring Billy Sheehan on bass that may have been the showstopper if not for all the Pantera tunes that the Metal Masters played throughout the night. Although the show isn’t intentionally tailored to be Pantera-focused, I think it’s safe to say that the fans and musicians performing truly enjoy paying tribute to the 90′s metal powerhouse. It was also refreshing to see both Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo playing together on stage again and boy, do they still have it! Below is a partial set-list and personnel listing for all the musicians that played!

* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* Scott Ian (ANTHRAX)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
* Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER)
* Chris Broderick (MEGADETH)
* Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* Steve Vai

The following songs were performed, among others:

* “Wrathchild” (IRON MAIDEN)
* “Killers” (IRON MAIDEN)
* “God Of Thunder” (KISS)
* “Strength Beyond Strength” (PANTERA)
* “I’m Broken” (PANTERA)
* “Postmortem” (SLAYER)
* “Raining Blood” (SLAYER)
* “Mouth For War” (PANTERA)
* “Mandatory Suicide” (SLAYER)
* “Five Minutes Alone” (PANTERA)
* “South Of Heaven” (SLAYER)
* “Angel Of Death” (SLAYER)
* “Fucking Hostile” (PANTERA)


Big thanks to Kevin from PFA for providing the press support!


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NEWS: “Room 24″ by Volbeat Featuring King Diamond Nominated For Best Metal Performance In 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Dec. 13, 2013
“Room 24″ by Volbeat Featuring King Diamond Nominated For Best Metal Performance In 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Metal Blade Records would like to congratulate Volbeat and King Diamond for being nominated for Best Metal Performance for the track “Room 24″ in the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The heavy metal icon King Diamond had this to say: “Thank you to everyone involved with voting. This is a great way to come back from the dead…literally.”

Also nominated this year are Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Dream Theater, and Killswitch Engage. The GRAMMY’s will be taking place on Sunday, January 26 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. at The Staples Center and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30pm (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

In other King Diamond news: the current issue of Decibel Magazine featuring King Diamond on the cover is now in stores and available for purchase through the magazine’s site here.  The issue will be on newsstands from early December until the end of the year.

Keep up to date with all things King Diamond and Mercyful Fate at

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Dec. 13, 2013



The Popular The Sound and the Story Series Returns With New Installments from Josh Rand of Stone Sour, Jim Root from Slipknot/Stone Sour and Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge


(December 12, 2013 – New York, NY) – Fret12 is proud to announce 3 new installments in their ever-expanding lineup of the popular guitar instructional/documentary series, The Sound and the Story. The new installments feature Josh Rand of Stone Sour, Jim Root from Slipknot/Stone Sour and Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge. The Sound and The Story DVD series is quickly becoming known for featuring comprehensive guitar lessons taught by the artist – featuring fan-favorite songs. All 3 versions are available for order on the Fret12 website in various configurations and can be found at


The Josh Rand installment of The Sound and the Story features over 90 minutes of lessons taught by Josh and also offers a never-before-seen look inside the dramatic life story of Stone Sour’s guitarist. The lessons include tips on alternate picking, finger independence, hammer ons/pull offs, string skipping, sweep picking, musical modes and exotic scales. In addition there are in-depth lessons on how to play 7 of Josh’s signature solos. It also includes a 46-page tablature book that was verified by Josh himself. A preview for Josh Rand: The Sound and the Story can be seen here:


Slipknot/Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root’s 2-disc collection offers an-depth look at the origins of his style, the sounds that add up to create his signature sound, and the emotional story that has molded him into the musician he is today. Jim Root: The Sound and the Story features 11 complete songs: covering solos, riffs, leads, overlays, effects usage and more! Jim’s DVD set includes a 60-minute documentary and over 3 ½ hours of lessons. A preview for Jim Root: The Sound and the Story can be seen here:


Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge is no stranger to The Sound and the Story series. He made one previously after Alter Bridge released their Blackbird album. Now Mark returns for his second installment with Myles Kennedy by his side. Together they walk you through each song from Alter Bridge’s latest release, Fortress. The 2-disc set contains in-depth track-by-track instruction of the critically acclaimed album. There is also a 45-minute documentary featuring an in-studio look at the recording of Fortress and interviews that highlight the band’s creative process.  Alter Bridge: The Sound and the Story will be available later this month.


Along with the DVDs, fans can connect at; which offers a full online store catering to guitarists and guitar culture. FRET12 also features tablature, over 250 professional guitarist interviews and rig tours, as well as social platforms with active followings of guitar enthusiasts, musicians and fans to interact and network with.

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Phone Interview with Phil Anselmo!

Dec. 08, 2013

On Friday, December 6th, 2013, CobraMetal.Net’s Andrew Melendez conducted a phone interview with legendary frontman Phil H. Anselmo (PHA & The Illegals, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Pantera). Enjoy!


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Nov. 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA – Philip Anselmo and his band The Illegals – guitarist Marzi Montazeri (Superjoint Ritual), bassist Steve Taylor (16 Horsepower, Woven Hand), and Jose Manual “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast) on drums – will hit the road bright and early in 2014 for Leg Two of its “Technicians of Distortion” tour. The trek kicks off January 10 in Houston, will play intimate rock clubs exclusively, and is in support of Anselmo’s first solo album, the critically-acclaimed Walk Through Exits Only that was released last July, as well as the recently-released, limited-edition two-song Housecore Horror Fest 10-inch vinyl EP that will be available for purchase on all tour dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 22 – log onto for all ticketing information.

Reprising his support slot from Leg One will be Author & Punisher, while the avant-garde metal band Hymns (signed to Anselmo’s label Housecore Records) will open all shows. Hymn’s self-titled album will be available on all tour dates.

The first leg of “Technicians of Distortion” received rave reviews, with the
New York Times calling the set “remarkable.” In addition, some of the new songs from Walk Through Exits Only were singled out for praise. One reviewer wrote, “‘Bedroom Destroyer’ and ‘Usurper’s Bastard Rant’ were worth the price of admission alone,” while another commented, “Hardcore fans got a belly full on this evening as Anselmo touched on everything…”

Confirmed dates for Leg Two of the “Technicians of Distortion” tour are as follows:

10 Warehouse Live/Studio Room, Houston, TX
11 Riverside Warehouse, Shreveport, LA
13 Pop’s Nightclub, St. Louis, MO
14 Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
15 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
17 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
18 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
20 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
22 Metal Masters, Los Angeles, CA
24 Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ
25 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
27 Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
28 Trees, Dallas, TX

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