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Thrash Hits TV: Thy Art Is Murder vs #LinkinNARC

July 12th, 2014

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When we went to Download Festival 2014, we had planned on asking all the bands what they would do if Linkin Park ratted them out to the cops (not sure what we’re talking about? Here’s a link to Sublime With Rome’s version of what happened when they played a festival with Chester Bennington and co at a festival in the USA). However, we got distracted by drinking booze and watching bands and only did a handful. The best of our videos – by far – was when we caught up with our old friends CJ McMahon and Lee Stanton from mighty Australian deathcore monsters Thy Art Is Murder what they would do if Linkin Park grassed them up to the fuzz.

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Interview: Cerebral Bore on finding inspiration from everything from funny farts to good burgers

February 24th, 2012

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Last week you’ll have no doubt read us urging you to go check out ‘Horrendous Acts of Iniquity’, the brand new track from three-quarters-Scottish-one-quarter-Dutch gore-minded upstarts, Cerebral Bore. And if you read any of the words that were alongside the bowel-threateningly aggressive death metal, you’ll know that this isn’t a cut off a forthcoming album or even an EP, but as a single. A single? Yes, and a non-album single at that. People still do those, apparently.

We figured this was more than enough of an excuse to catch up with the band’s guitarist/manager, Paul Mcguire, to find out not only why they’ve done this, but to grill him on everything else that’s been going on and is about to kick off over in the world of Cerebral Bore.

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Interview: Eyehategod – “I ended up cutting my hand open and dripping blood all over the studio”

June 1st, 2010

Mike Williams, wasn’t just sitting on his arse while Jimmy Bower was off touring with Down – well, except for the time he was in prison. Amit Sharma caught up with the EyeHateGod frontman earlier this year when the band hit London.

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It’s fair to say that Mike Williams of Eyehategod has not had it easy these last five years. In that time, he lost his house, and pretty much all his worldy possessions to Hurrican Katrina. While staying in a motel in the aftermath of the hurricane, he was arrested for drugs offences and spent several months in prison. While there, Williams went through the joys of heroin withdrawal.

Yeah, he’s not had it good.

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Album: Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots

May 28th, 2010

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Stone Temple Pilots
Atlantic Records
24 May 2010

by Andy Parker

March 27th 2008. After a 40 minute wait, in true egocentric rock’n’roll style, Velvet Revolver finally took to the stage at the Brighton Centre for what proved to be their final performance, and this reviewer’s eyes bore witness to something quite magical. Sadly, Velvet Revolver was a short-lived fairytale, one that ended with yet another stay in the state pen from front man Scott Weiland, and his subsequent departure from VR to reunite with his real family – Stone Temple Pilots.

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Album: Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood: Deluxe Edition

September 22nd, 2009

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Mötley Crüe
Dr. Feelgood – Deluxe Edition
Universal Records
21 September 2009

by Luke Morton

With all that’s been said about Mötley Crüe over the years, from the debauchery and drug abuse to the rifts between band members, the music has stayed the same and the band have produced some of the biggest rock anthems of all time. A collection of these are showcased in the 1989 LP Dr. Feelgood which has been revamped into a deluxe edition 20 years after its initial release.

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Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher – “You’ve got be hip without trying to act hip.”

March 16th, 2009

In this second part of the interview with Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, we talk about their forthcoming fourth album, Crack The Skye, staying hip and making sure his kids learn to swim. Bill also explains his wonderful current state of facial hair

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This is the longest the band has been without releasing a new record. What have you been doing?

“We’ve never had this much time off touring before. Normally we’ll just take two months off to write and record but this time we took a whole year. I bought a bunch of microphones and we got an eight-track recorder for our rehearsal space and we started plugging away riffs and writing skeleton songs with drums and guitars. We even started adding some vocals. We’ve never done stuff like that before.”

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Interview: Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher – “I’ve been sober for four months.”

March 9th, 2009

Ahead of the release of Mastodon’s fourth album, Crack The Skye, Raziq Rauf caught up with guitarist Bill Kelliher for a chat. In this first part he spoke of his 2008 hospitalisation and he gave us a lovely Sonisphere exclusive.

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You’ve been announced as part of the fantastic Sonisphere lineup. Are you planning anything special?

“We got to meet Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy and he was one of the coolest fucking guys I’ve ever met – we just joked around and talked shit. Brent and I picked up acoustic guitars with Scott and we played ‘The Emerald’ together and it was great. He even gave me his email! We were talking about having him onstage to play with us at Knebworth and we’ll play ‘The Emerald’. We’ll have three guitar solos from three different guitar players up there and we’ll extend it. He seemed joyous about it.”

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Kid Rock: “I was the kid with the vial full of rocks…”

August 11th, 2008

Way back in spring 1999, once Kid Rock had already gone multi-platinum Stateside, the ‘All Summer Long’ star made his first trip to London. Ben Myers was there to conduct Kid Rock’s first ever UK interview.

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What can you tell me about your early years as a crack dealer?
I was very fucking small time. I was the kid with the vial full of rocks, just hanging out. I used to get kicked out of the house for stupid things. Like my brother would be in drug rehab and I wouldn’t want to go and I’d tell everyone to suck my dick.

I was about fifteen so I’d take my turntables down to the ‘hood where I was known as a DJ. I’d stay for three months, work in a car wash, DJ parties and sell crack. We were just hustling, we could make $100 a day. When you’ve seen the shit go down though, it’s not that funny. When you have a gun pointed at you it’s not funny. When you see a friend get shot, it’s fucked up.

Mugshots of Kid Rock AKA Robert James Ritchie
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You saw your friend get shot?
My good friend Dada got killed by a drive-by, he caught one in the chest when shot through his window. Also I was living with my two best friends and their Mom was professionally hit in some sort of mob shit, they found her in a trailor with her head and her right arm cut off. Shit like that is fucked up.

Being the only white kid on the rap scene were you treated differently?
I was a really good DJ, I could do all those tricks with my elbows and chin. I was the white kid who could rock the turntables and aint nobody fucked with me. Everyone was really cool. I still hang out down there.

Watch the video to #1 single, ‘All Summer Long’ by Kid Rock

Is Kid Rock on tour as debauched as your public image suggests?
Yeah, but we’re not assholes about it. We don’t get girls naked on the bus and then kick them out. We’re not mean, but yeah all that shit happens…girls shoving bowling pins up them… all that shit.

I suspect stuff that like possibly sound better in print than in reality.
Yeah. You’ve got to careful with ages, so we always check girls’ IDs. I have my sick moral standards. I don’t fuck married women and I don’t fuck guys’ girlfriends. If a girl has a boyfriend I’ll tell her to go get him so he can hang out too. Other than that it’s open season.

I remember one time this hot chick came on the bus and said ‘I want to suck your dick’ and I’m like, ‘Alright!’ I mean, what am I going to say? No? So she ended up coming with me to the next city and it turns out that she’s married. And her husband had sent the police after her. Ain’t my problem though. I mean… whatever.

Kid Rock with ex-wife and former Baywatch star, Pamela Anderson
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Isn’t it all bit clichéd?
We don’t hurt people, we just want to get fucked up and have a good time. We don’t like to throw TVs out of windows – we like to fill up the hot-tub and put a bunch of hot girls in there. I’ve got nothing to hide. If you lie and get caught you look dumb. If you catch an actor with a hooker, it’s front page news, but if I’m caught smoking crack with a hooker, I’m some sort of hero. It’s like, ‘Yeah! Alright, Kid Rock!’

Have you made any enemies as a result of your success?
Kids where I live come around. They say ‘Let’s go fuck with Kid Rock’s house’, which I would have done at that age too. So now I’ve got a security guard. They paint my car, they shoot paintballs at my car… no death threats or anything though. What are you gonna do anyway? Motherfuckers killed the president, if they want to get me it’s not going to be that hard…

Rock N Roll Jesus, featuring ‘All Summer Long’ by Kid Rock is out now on Atlantic Records

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