David Ellefson (Megadeth) Premieres Video For His Cover Of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has premiered a new video for his cover of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff.” The track, which features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which was released on November 20.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Releases Cover Of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has released his cover of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff.” The track, which features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on November 20.

Beloved Ghouls (Sepultura, Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Terrorized”

Beloved Ghouls, the project featuring Derrick Green (Sepultura), Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), and Gary Holt (Exodus, ex-Slayer), have premiered a new song titled “Terrorized.” The track, which was produced by Ross Robinson, features Touché Amore‘s Jeremy Bolm and proceeds from it will go towards Save Our Stages to benefit independent venues that are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holt said the following:

“So everyone, check this out! Eight full years ago, myself, Dave Lombardo and Derrick Green got together with Ross Robinson and made some music. It sat in the can this entire time, and was never used for its original purpose, but here it is!!

Beloved Ghouls are proud to release this song, ‘Terrorized‘ crushing spooky and the only time the four of us have released ANYTHING together!! And ALL proceeds go to save our stages! Check this shit out!! It’s bad ass, and for a great cause!!!!”

Robinson also commented:

“Beloved Ghouls are all lifers who live to give back to the music that gave us all so much. Hopefully this track resonates for you like it did for each of us while making it. Just laughing and being fully stoked while swimming in our thrash metal roots… we are all excited to donate to Save Our Stages, it’s such an important cause. We must work to keep our music venues alive.”

Green added:

“It brought me an over whelming amount of joy to collaborate with friends and colleagues who I have great admiration for to create such a kick ass song. Truly a remarkable experience that I’m thankful to be a part of.”

[via Loudwire]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Super7 Release New Slayer & Venom Action Figures

Super7 have released some new variants of their Slayer and Venom action figures. This includes a new “Born Of Fire“ version of Slayer’s “Show No Mercy” minotaur figure and a glow in the dark version of Venom’s “Black Metal“ figure. You can purchase those HERE.

[via The PRP]

Watch Danko Jones, Ted Aguilar (Death Angel), Etc. Cover Slayer’s “Mandatory Suicide”

Danko Jones, Ted Aguilar (Death Angel), Daniel Dekay (Exciter), Cory Holfing (Crimson Shadows), and Michael Amaral (Crusty Media) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Slayer’s “Mandatory Suicide.” You can see footage of that below:

Black Veil Brides, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members Involved In New Animated “Dark Nights: Death Metal” Short Film

The first episode of DC Comics‘ “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series has been shared online. The short film is based on the comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo and it features a score by Tyler Bates (“Guardians Of The Galaxy”, “John Wick”). A number of rock/metal musicians are also involved including Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), who contributed percussion, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.), who contributed guitar fx, Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), who voiced Batman, and Chelsea Wolfe, who voiced Wonder Woman. Carach Angren‘s “Skull With A Forked Tongue” can also be heard during the credits.

In related news, Loma Vista Recordings will also be releasing the “Dark Nights: Death Metal The Original Soundtrack” in 2021. A teaser of Rise Against‘s “Broken Dreams, Inc.” from the effort can be found below. The full track is expected to be released on Wednesday (September 16). Bates said the following about the soundtrack:

“In ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal‘, Loma Vista Recordings and I saw an opportunity to bring artists together to create a diverse soundtrack that is inspired directly by this incredible comic series. Our intent is not to literally create a death metal soundtrack, but instead, to illuminate the darkest corners of each character’s psyche from an authentic perspective that is thematically inherent in death metal music.

But a soundtrack is merely a collection of songs unless it is holistically intertwined with the story teller’s original work. With the support of DC and Loma Vista Recordings, and with the help of several artists, I’m creating a short-form animatic film series derived from Greg Capullo‘s original artwork for ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal‘.

I’ve invited artists on the soundtrack, and pop-culture personalities alike, to voice the characters illustrated in Scott and Greg‘s masterful take on classic DC characters. This has possibly never been more relevant to real life than the challenging time the world is currently experiencing.”

Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath added:

“Personally, being involved with this soundtrack is really fantastic, Growing up, my little brother and I would ride our bikes to the newsstand near our house and spend all our money on the latest comic books, and Batman was a favorite.

Also, Zach, our guitarist, is probably the biggest comic book geek in our band. He’s talked about how, along with his brother and father, they were all big DC fans – Batman, Robin, Superman, Aquaman, all the comic book series, the TV shows, and feature films. So, yes, we’re all very excited about being part of this.”

Paul Bostaph Confirms His Involvement In Kerry King’s New Project, Says “It’s Gonna Sound Like Slayer Without It Being Slayer”

During a recent interview with Riff Crew, Paul Bostaph confirmed that he is involved in Kerry King’s new project. The drummer also said that the band is “gonna sound like Slayer without it being Slayer.”

Bostaph said the following when asked about the project’s musical direction:

“I guess the best way to put it is Kerry writes what he writes. Is this gonna be a rock and roll record? No. Is it gonna be what you want it to be? Yes. Is it gonna be what you expect it to be? Yes. It’s not gonna be some rehashed stuff… It’s gonna sound like SLAYER without it being SLAYER — but not intentionally so. I mean, Kerry’s been writing songs in SLAYER his entire career, and he has a style. And that style, as a songwriter, you just don’t change your style because your band is done. But that’s what you love to write.

Are things gonna maybe morph over time? Yeah. I would imagine so. I don’t think the first song Kerry wrote as a kid is the same as the last song he wrote for ‘Repentless’. Songwriters do change over time based on their influences and how they feel at the time.

Kerry’s on fire right now. So, all I can say is if you like heavy music and you like SLAYER, you’ll like this. Is it gonna be SLAYER? It’s not gonna be SLAYER — SLAYER is done; they retired…

The thing about it is that we don’t wanna sound like ‘Baby SLAYER,’ you know what I mean? There is SLAYER. But it’s gonna be good — it’s gonna be really good. I’ve been listening to the music and I just cannot wait to get into the room and start jamming with Kerry.

Part of it for me is that I don’t have to… And this is not an insult; it’s definitely a compliment… I don’t have to drum under the show of Dave [Lombardo]’s drumming badassery. That’s a good thing to do, but I might be able to stretch out a little bit and do some things that I like to do and still make it fit within the framework of what we’re doing. I’m looking forward to trying some things that I’ve wanted to try within SLAYER but couldn’t, just because I didn’t have it developed well enough. And we’ll see if I can make some of that stick in some of the new music.”

He also added the following when asked if the songwriting approach is different than it was with Slayer:

“Right now, the formula’s gonna be the same. I know how Kerry writes.

When I first joined SLAYER, before we did [1994’s] ‘Divine Intervention’, Kerry and I were roommates, and we barely knew each other. And we spent a lot of time together, on a friendship level and jamming musically. I know what he wants out of a song, and we have that formula, and it’s a good formula that works, and we’re not gonna change it. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean?”

This news comes after King recently said that he currently has “more than two records worth of music” for the project.

[via Blabbermouth]

Listen To “99 Bottles” Benefit Single Featuring Pantera, Trivium, Mastodon, Etc. Members

Scour‘s Derek Engemann and John Jarvis recently recruited 99 musicians, including members of Pantera, Trivium, Mastodon, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Testament, Butcher Babies, etc., to guest on a special “99 Bottles“ benefit single. That track has since been released and can be streamed below. Proceeds from it will be donated to Old Dog Haven in an effort to help out senior dogs. You can still contribute to the campaign via GoFundMe.

Jarvis commented:

“In conjunction with our friends at Old Dog Haven and The World Famous BOOZEHOUNDZ (Derek & I’s satirical overly drunk punk band) we present the “99 Bottles” out on International Dog Day!!!”

Engemann added:

“This has been an epically fun project involving the entire Metal scene, and even a few Ska bands! This project originally began back in 2013, but was brought back to life once we discovered Old Dog Haven. The “99 Bottles” has truly shown the good side of humanity during these wild times that we are in. I was amazed at all of the people who were eager to sign up for a verse. Winston, Clementine, Tasha, and The Boozehoundz thank everyone involved, and thank you to everyone who takes the time to give this insane track a spin!”

Here’s the full list of guests:

99. Mike IX Williams – Eyehategod
98. Chris Copp – The Soiled Doves
97. Mark “Barney” Greenway – Napalm Death
96. Obie Flett – Pathology / Inherit Disease
95. Matt McGachy – Cryptopsy
94. John Gallagher – Dying Fetus
93. Alex Cha – Ampallang Infection
92. Fredrick Söderberg – Soreption
91. Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen – Blood Red Throne
90. Nader Sadek
89. Colin Clive – Mustard Plug / The War Between
88. Mike Majewski – Formerly of Devourment / Kill Everything
87. Chris “Whiskey” Wilson – Gornography / Introvert Perversions
86. Sherwood Webber – Skinless
85. John McEntee – Incantation
84. Jeremy Wagner – Broken Hope
83. Heljarmadr – Dark Funeral
82. Steve “Zetro” Souza – Exodus
81. Brian Slagel – Metal Blade Records
80. Tim Goergen – Within the Ruins
80. Taylor Nordberg – Massacre
79. Lenzig Leal – Cephalic Carnage
78. Liam Wilson – Azusa / Ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan
77. Tony Sekthdamon – Emperor / Myrkskog
76. Carla Harvey – Butcher Babies
75. Ally Levine – Beekeeper
74. L.Z. – Voice Actress
73. Jessica Pimentel – Alekhine’s Gun / Star of Orange is the New Black
72. Heidi Shepherd – Butcher Babies
71. Jeremy Kling – Venom Inc.
70. Stu Block – Iced Earth
69. Matt Heafy – Trivium
68. Madison – Cloud Rat
67. Shawn Knight – Child Bite
67. Phil Demmel – Vio-lence / Ex-Machine Head
66. Paul Ryan – Origin
65. John Jarvis – Nest / Scour
64. Carlos de Anda – Gloryhole Guillotine
63. “Necro” Tom Quach – Harkonin
62. Chuck Billy – Testament
61. Jarvis Leatherby – Night Demon
60. Kate Richardson-Anselmo – Housecore Records
59. Mike D’Salvo – Akurion, Ex-Cryptopsy
58. Anthony Trapini – Odious Mortem
57. Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy
56. Matt Harvey – Exhumed
55. Dan Potthast – Mu330
54. Dave Hill – Witch Taint
53. Don Jamieson – That Metal Show
52. Cody Souza – Hatriot
51. Slasher Dave – Acid Witch
50. Mike De Leon – Philip H Anselmo and the Illegals
49. Jason Asberry – Stormruler
48. Ben Marotta – Eukaryst
47. B.C. Brian Craig – Don’t Mind Dying / Slugtrail
46. Torin Ridgeway – Liquid Death
45. The Doc – The Boozehoundz
44. Zach Gibson – Shit Life
44. Joshua Riley – Unmerciful
43. Kyle Thomas – Exhorder
42. Alexandre Leblanc – Neuraxis / Heavy Metal Chaos
41. Gene Meyer – Bandit
40. Shawn the Butcher – Sirius XM
39. Tommy “Death Metal God” Dahlstöm – Aeon
38. Tony Reust – formerly of Unmerciful
37. Tony Foresta – Municipal Waste
36. “Captain” Chris Andrews – Devourment
35. Nick Moreno – Flesh Hoarder
34. Ryan “Loop Man” Vincent M – Legend / Apollo Audio Alternative
33. James Lee – formerly of Origin
32. Ross Dolan – Immolation
31. Andrew Ortega – Oracle
30. Shaun LaCanne – Putrid Pile
29. David White – Heathen
28. Steve Brogden – Nukem
27. Dennis Sanders – Spirit in the Room
26. Derek Engemann – Scour
25. Courtney Cox – The Iron Maidens
24. Toshihiko Takahashi – Palm
23. Kelly Shaefer – Athiest
22. Danko Jones
21. Jeff Becerra – Possessed
21. Paul McGuire – Cerebral Bore
20. Mallika Sundaramurthy – Abnormality
19. Mark Osegueda – Death Angel
18. Brian Kingsland – Nile
17. Alex Carmago – Krisiun
16. Nasty – Crackwhore
15. Robin Mazen – Gruesome / Derketa / Castrator
14. Matt Young – King Parrot
13. Leon Del Muerte – Nails / Murder Construct
12. Mark Kloeppel – Misery Index / Cast the Stone
11. Jason Netherton – Misery Index
10. Brendon Small – Dethklok / Galaktikon
09. Johnny Kelly – Type O Negative
08. Burton C. Bell – Fear Factory
07. Gary Holt – Slayer / Exodus
06. Bill Kelliher – Mastodon
05. Matt Byrne – Hatebreed
04. Derrick Green – Sepultura
03. Andrew Huskey – Cast the Stone
02. Kirk Windstein – Crowbar / Down
01. Philip H Anselmo – Pantera

Kerry King (Slayer) Says He Has “More Than Two Records Worth Of Music” For His Next Project

During a recent interview with Dean Guitars, Slayer’s Kerry King offered an update on his new project. The guitarist said he currently has “more than two records worth of music” for the band.

King said the following:

“I’ve been very, very lucky with riffs in 2020. Maybe because I can’t go anywhere — I don’t know — but riffs have certainly not been a problem. And looking forward into the future, what that means for me is I’m gonna be able to cherrypick the best stuff. And it’s good stuff. I’ve got more than two records’ worth of music, but to be able to go through that and cherrypick the best 11 or 12 [songs]… That first record should be smoking.”

He also added:

“Right now, I’m the only lyricist, because I’m the only one writing music, because I’m not positive who everybody is that’s gonna be playing with me. So it’s all on me at the moment. So, actually, I’ve actually gotta cherrypick those songs, pick my 10 or 12 favorites and actually start trying to put lyrics on them, just to move the process forward.”

[via Blabbermouth]