Slash Says “the Nature of the Industry Right Now” Is Holding up New Guns N’ Roses Music

It’s been almost four years since Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan reunited in Guns N’ Roses, leading to the third-highest grossing tour of all time. And it’s no secret that since squashing their beef, they’ve spent at least some time working on new music. So why haven’t they actually released anything yet? Plausible guesses might be “They don’t need to release anything new as long as people are still paying to see them play the old shit” and “It’s always taken this band a long time to release albums,…

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Completely Unreadable Band Logo of the Week: Win a Grab Bag of Metal Goodies!

Congrats to reader Eva Ryan! Eva correctly identified last week’s logo as belonging to the band Profanation, and thus wins a grab bag full of goodies from the MetalSucks Mansion Archives. Mazel tov, Eva! But don’t be too sad if you lost, ’cause this week I have another killer grab bag of metal goodies to give away! What’s in it, you ask? CDs? Books? Metal band bottle openers and other assorted knick-knacks? I’m not telling… but trust me, you’ll dig it! To win, simply identify the name of the band whose logo…

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Four Times Metallica Had No Business Winning the Best Metal Performance Grammy

The Grammys are completely meaningless. But every time we write about them, you idiots click on the article. Other things to which you dummies respond: lists and Metallica. Thus, in anticipation of this year’s ceremony — which will take place this Sunday, January 26 — we decided to take a look back at the six times Metallica won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance… at which point we realized that four of those wins were complete and total bullshit. I mean, yeah, Metallica infamously got screwed over when they lost…

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That Time Chad Kroeger Bought Me a Beer, Dave Grohl Loves Creed, and Why I’m Now Reconsidering Everything

At least week’s Dimebash in Santa Ana, CA (part of the annual NAMM Show festivities in nearby Anaheim), I had a life-changing experience involving Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger that made me reconsider my existence, this earth, everything on it, the stars and the universe, both known and unknown. Kroeger, you see, was milling about in the backstage VIP area. Despite the cognitive dissonance such a scenario might conjure up in your head, he had every business being there: Chad was friends with the Abbott brothers before their untimely passing, and an…

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Little Steven Van Zandt on His New Box Set, The Irishman, and Future E Street Band Tours

Listen via Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | Radio Public | Stitcher | RSS This Must Be the Gig is powered by our good friends at StubHub. The one and only Steven Van Zandt — The E Street Band legend, activist, radio host, producer, actor, writer, etc. — calls into the show. In this chat, Little Steven and host Lior Phillips discuss his new solo box set full of rare and unheard gems, his earliest memories of Bruce Springsteen, and his process as an actor. Plus, Little Steven goes deep on his experience flying from the set of Martin Scorsese’s The…

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Yamaha Warns Against Using Flight Cases for Human Trafficking After a Criminal Escaped in One

Flight cases are a source of pride amongst musicians, known for their practicality of transporting gear on the road and their durability for keeping it safe. But never could we have imagined that a fugitive would hide inside one to escape the authorities, stowing away inside a road case for a massive journey that included a long train ride and two flights across international borders. Carlos Ghosn, a former Nissan executive who has been accused of financial wrongdoing, was awaiting trial in Japan and was on house arrest at the…

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Liturgy Announce April 2020 Tour Dates

The universally-beloved, not-at-all controversial Liturgy have announced a series of tour dates, which will kick off in April. The trek is in support of their new album, H.A.Q.Q., which got a surprise release in November but won’t get a physical release until the end of next month. I don’t know why they did it that way; I assume Hunter Hunt-Hendrix has some metaphysical/ philosophical/ ontological/ semiotical/ psychoanalytical/ scatological reason for the decision. In any case, the tour will also feature Leya, a NYC-based experimental duo whose music can truly be summed…

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DevilDriver Have Finished Recording a Double Album

This coming spring it will have been four years since DevilDriver last released an original album, Trust No One, but according to a post from frontman Dez Fafara on social media, the band has not only finished recording their next album, but it’s a double album. The last few years have been anything but quiet for DevilDriver despite the lack of new music. The band released an album of country covers in 2018, Outlaws ’til the End: Vol. 1, then signed on to co-headline Static-X’s comeback tour. Unfortunately they weren’t…

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In This Moment Officially Announce New Album, Stream First Single

I really, really hated In This Moment’s first two albums, Beautiful Tragedy and The Dream. But then something changed with 2012’s Blood; the band basically turned into a gothy pop-metal act — part Marilyn Manson, part Lacuna Coil — and I finally “got it.” Their next two albums — 2014’s Black Widow and 2017’s Ritual — both followed in this vein, and I’ve enjoyed all of those releases to some extent or another. Now ITM have, as expected, formally announced their new album, Mother, and released the album’s first single,…

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Rocklahoma 2020 Line-Up Includes Slipknot, Anthrax, All That Remains, Body Count, and More

The line-up for this year’s edition of Rocklahoma has been officially announced. The festival will take place from Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24 at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma. You can check out the full line-up below. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. SlipknotFive Finger Death PunchStaindPapa RoachHalestormAnthraxI PrevailAlter BridgeThe Pretty RecklessMotionless In WhiteBody CountHollywood UndeadHellyeahBadflowerThe HuJelly RollBad WolvesDirty HoneyAll That RemainsJinjerWarrantBrass AgainstBones UKKnocked LooseJohn 5 And The CreaturesButcher BabiesFrom Ashes To NewDinosaur Pile-UpDiamanteGoodbye JuneBulletBoysLiliacColor Of ChaosEast Side GamblersBuddersideParalandraHericane AliceTravis BondFist Of RageOutlaw…

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