Rock/Metal Musicians React To Pro-Trump Rioters Storming The Capitol

As you are probably well aware of by now, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier today (January 6) as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to comment on the insurrection, which was spurred by Trump himself. You can find some of the various reactions below:

Paul Stanley (KISS):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Otep:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Noodles (The Offspring):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink 182):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

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

Sacred Reich:

Mammoth WVH Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH project has been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. That event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Mammoth WVH, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Watch Anthrax, Dream Theater, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover U.K.’s “Presto Vivace”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of U.K.‘s “Presto Vivace.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Here is one of the most insane pieces of music I’ve learned recently! This keyboard line is as challenging as learning Charlie Parker, Zappa, VH, you name it. I come in on the 2nd half, (thankfully I had Jordan to play along to- the guitar doesn’t play that on the original) This will stay in my repertoire for a long time as a warm up, practice piece.

This SG (’09ish) felt best for this with the thinnest neck, easiest to maneuver. It’s just a quick minute or so but enough notes for a much longer tune! Charlie Benante‘s idea (thanks Charlie, haha). Seriously, this was a super fun challenge and a pleasure to play with this bunch…

From CB: “U.K. were a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Eddie Jobson, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Bill Bruford who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio. I can’t tell you what their first 2 records and their Live album #nightafternight meant to me.

The version of Presto Vivace from the Live album has always been a favorite of mine, it probably has to do with the Drumming of Terry Bozzio. I asked Alex and Ra to Rock this one out and they NAILED it.

We needed someone to play this Crazy Keyboard Part, hmmmmmm… WHO? Alex Suggested Jordan Rudess, How AWESOME! Jordan Was into it and he also NAILED it. I hope you dig this Short But fiery Blast of Notes, Hits, and Just an awesome display of Musicians having Fun!”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Joe Biden Winning The Presidency

Joe Biden has won the 2020 election and will now become the 46th president of the United States. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to react to the good news and you can find some of their various posts below:

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Otep:

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Machine Head:

Chris Motionless (Motionless In White):

Spider One (Powerman 5000):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones):

Sacred Reich:

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Jake Bowen (Periphery):

Chad I Ginsburg (CKY):

Ben Koller (Converge):

Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns):

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“Empathy” 11.07.2020, Richmond, VA. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS… all the major news networks have just called the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Although these are just projections by media outlets (nothing is official until the members of the Electoral College cast their votes on Dec. 14th, 2020, then announced by a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021), & although there will be a lot of lawsuits brought forth by Donald Trump who will not concede anytime soon (or ever?), it’s obvious that it’s OVER- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. At this time, I would like to encourage everyone, no matter who you voted for, to behave with some class; to speak & act with some empathy. This country has been consumed by a toxic polarity- it is time for that toxicity to end, because it is not sustainable & it does not accomplish anything. We are all tired. We all have strong feelings. It is time to act like adults with correctly calibrated moral compasses. My feelings about President Trump (& politicians in general, for that matter) are well known, but I have zero reason to gloat. That is childish, & it accomplishes nothing. Instead I will choose to act with empathy, & hope that some level of civility will return to American discourse across the board. I just came back from a “Stop the Steal” rally near the VA State Capitol, where I shot these photos. No one was rude to me, & they announced from the beginning that it would be a peaceful protest- that is their right, & although I disagree with them, I support their right- they are my countrymen & women. These people are going to be very upset today- I will show people like this empathy in the hope that we can find common ground somehow, & that this terrible atmosphere that has hung over America for the last 4 years will begin to lift. It HAS to, or we all are screwed. Please- let’s all start talking to each other again. I hope you all have a good day- now, I’m going surfing. Peace. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MadeInWetzlar #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #honetheaesthetic

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Nergal (Behemoth):

Brian May (Queen):

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Congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and trailblazer Kamala Harris !!! It’s been hard for me to stay silent over the last few days, weeks, months, but I felt it would be wrong to interfere in even the smallest way in the politics of another country. But there is a part of me that will always be rooted in the USA – I love America and have felt profound pain watching its freedoms and decency being eroded. I can now finally speak up. I feel massive joy – I see this is a victory for the people by the people – and hopefully just in time to make it possible to start to heal the terrible damage that has been done to the American Nation and its standing in the World in recent times. I’m thrilled for my dear American friends, that they have taken this step to reclaim compassion, justice, truth, accountability, and dignity. I’m well aware that America is split as to whether Trump as a president was a Champ or a Chump. But what you guys will discover over the next few weeks is that the rest of the world was NOT split. The whole world, like me, is rejoicing with you at this moment – feeling that we are getting our best friend back – our friend America. Yes – I will pray for unity and decent debate, with some great Rebublicans sharing the work load in the new regime. And – Yes – at last – the United States of America can again be Champions of the World !!! Bri

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Richard Patrick (Filter):

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#dems #gop #republican #democracy #democrats

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Limp Bizkit, Rancid, The Offspring, Etc. Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

A bunch of bands have been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Alex Skolnick (Testament) Releases Second Rap Track “Wear A Fucking Mask (WAFM)”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has released a new solo rap track titled “Wear A Fucking Mask (WAFM).” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“‘Trump Sucks,’ came out the other week and truly came out of nowhere. Some wrote in calling it “Brilliant,” “Best rap song of 2020” and “An anthem for our times,” while others labelled it “cringeworthy,” “pathetic” and “leftist BS.” (Hey, any reaction is better than no reaction, as they say 🤷).

A few even admitted enjoying the song and/or being entertained by the video despite not agreeing. This sequel had more energy put into it so I hope everyone who appreciated the first one feels similarly about WAFM. The loss of my all-time favorite guitarist, Eddie Van Halen delayed things by about a week, as I and the world mourned.

Coincidentally, this project includes some of the the most directly VH influenced parts I’ve ever done; so much so that I’d taken out my exact replica of his guitar after quite some time (built by a pal of mine, Frankie Fulleda, who builds these just for fun). EVH influence on a rap/hip-hop track? Sure. Eddie‘s palm scratching technique on the VH track ‘Atomic Punk,’ is a perfect stand-in for a turntable sound (and easier than coordinating with an actual DJ).

The chorus is inspired by a VH groove so funky, it could have worked for rap/hip-hop ( “Mean Street”). So in light of this, it’s ironic and a bit eerie that EVH’s influence was felt so strongly just prior to the news.

Staying in my lane is something I’ve never been good at. I realize that a jazz/rock guitarist best known for thrash-metal venturing into old school hip-hop and comedic social commentary might not make much sense. But my question to you is: Does anything make much sense these days?

AS (Skoly D)

PS To anyone who thought the first track represents the pinnacle of my rap technique, three words: HOLD MY BEER 😉🎤”

Watch Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Etc. Members Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Jennifer Cella (Beauty In The Machine), and Randy McStine have teamed up for a quarantine cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon.“ Benante said the following about that:

“I’ve been a fan of #fleetwoodmac for many years, there is something about that #rumors lineup that just excites me . When @markmenghi asked me about doing this song I immediately was down. It’s personal to him and I understood why.”

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):

Testament’s Alex Skolnick Blasts Donald Trump With New Rap Song “Trump Sucks”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has blasted Donald Trump and his administration with a new rap song called “Trump Sucks.” He said the following about that:

“This song just poured out of me yesterday. It was completed in a matter of hours. To all the # Trump2020 and # Maga folks who’ve been flooding my timelines ever since my post the other day about the election, I’d like to say thank you, sincerely. You’ve inspired me to do something a bit different (for me, anyway): Rapping Enjoy! 😘 PS No time for debates here. If you hate it, please ignore, wait for another post you like better or unfollow. Cheers 🍻 And oh yeah.. #trumpsucks”

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Thank you @nerdsvote for the cool t-shirt! If you hate thoughts on politics, please read no further (it’s on you if you choose otherwise) _** There’s a Presidential election coming up, not sure if you’ve heard? (I’m kidding. That shouldn’t have to be spelled out, but here we are). I’ve been relatively quiet considering the fires that are going on (literally & figuratively), doing 90%+ music-related, non-political posts. Yet that’s still too much for some, so a warning: A few more such posts may be coming between now & the election. A common complaint by characters such as the ever-ranting Don Jr: “These entertainer types are trying to tell us how to think!!” (Hey @donaldjtrumpjr: Stop being a f-cking snowflake).No one is telling you how to think. It’s more like this “Here’s how I feel based on real world thoughts & experiences, not someone yelling on TV. If it’s not asking too much may you consider a different point of view?” Let’s stop the name calling & accusations that so many do. Honest question: Are you “conservative” and afraid of “radical” ideas? Well here’s the most radical concept there is: Refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in the event of an election loss. That is RADICAL & HATEFUL OF AMERICA. Those who agree with me on this include more conservative/pro-2nd Amendment folks crossing party lines (at least on the top of the ticket, for POTUS) than ever before in history. Imagine if things were reversed? Suppose you had this many Democrat-leaning folks running for the hills from the current Dem POTUS, 99.9% of the Dem party in fear of saying anything our Prez might not agree with for fear of an angry tweet storm & riled up constituents?? If that were the case, I promise you I’d be proudly voting Republican this one time. Yet this IS what’s happening, only the other way around. Therefore I believe it’s more urgent than ever we vote out the one who expresses that view & not vote for anyone who supports him. Please don’t give me a “But…” “What about…” “It’s BOTH sides” No. No no no. Just no If you use an out of context quote to make a point, you have no point. Ok. Rant over😅 So: ARE YOU REGISTERED 2 #VOTE? @nerdsvote can help!

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Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Etc. Members To Be Featured In “Bay Area Godfathers” Documentary

A new metal documentary, titled “Bay Area Godfathers,” will be released on October 6 as part of the “Inside Metal” series. The film, which was directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Warren Croyle, will feature members of Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, and more. Here’s a description of it:

“This 2-volume film focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area Metal scene of the early/mid ’80s featuring over 50 exclusive interviews of legendary artists and key industry figures from the Bay Area ’80s Metal Scene.”