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1  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Best Metal Christmas Songs on: December 09, 2010, 02:55:34 pm
I like the Twisted Sister renditions of Oh Come All Ye Faithful and the Christmas Song.  Halford's version of What Child it This? is so good that my wife likes it.  If you haven't heard Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) it is awesome (although I think a lot of their other stuff is cheesy.) 

There is an EP on itunes "We Wish You a Metal Xmas" that has standards done with death-style vocal - I know one of the songs features Dez Farfara from Devildriver but I can't remember which one it is at this point.

Although not metal, the Kinks' Father Christmas is a good rock Christmas tune as well.

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

2  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Best Albums of 2010 on: December 09, 2010, 02:42:10 pm
10 - Lair of the Minotaur / Evil Power
9 - Death Angel / Relentless Retribution
8 - The Sword / Warp Riders
7 - Black Tusk / Taste the Sin
6 - Finntroll / Nifelvind
5 - These Are They / Disposing of Betrayers
4 - Immolation / Majesty and Decay
3 - Eluveitie / Everything Remains (As it Ever Was)
2 - Misery Index / Heirs to Thievery
1 - Cephalic Carnage / Misled by Certainty
3  Forum / General Discussions / Ronnie James Dio - Exclusive Report from Memorial Service on: June 03, 2010, 07:49:49 am
Fans remember Ronnie and Johnny makes the WBC look silly...
4  Forum / General Discussions / Where do babies come from? Why, let's ask some metal bands... on: May 19, 2010, 07:55:02 am
Johnny Orlando, Jr., Jr. gets to the bottom of this mystery with Carnifex, Arsis, Misery Index, Fear Factory, Gene Hoglan and more...

5  Forum / Band Interviews / CANNIBAL CORPSE: New Video Interview with Corpsegrinder on: May 19, 2010, 07:48:26 am
George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher discusses video games, beer and more at NEMHF...

6  Forum / General Discussions / Re: illinois on: May 03, 2010, 10:55:24 am
I'll be there - looks like I'm takin Tues and Weds off.
7  Forum / General Discussions / AWESOME Tattoos on: April 23, 2010, 07:16:23 am

8  Forum / General Discussions / BLS at Ozzfest 2010? on: March 01, 2010, 09:57:41 am
From Blabbermouth:

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has cancelled its appearance at this year's Norway Rock festival HuhHuh?? set to take place July 7-11, 2010 in Kvinesdal, Norway HuhHuh?? in order to take part in a "major U.S. tour" during the same period.
9  Forum / General Discussions / Anyone See Ozzy at a Book Signing Yet? on: February 01, 2010, 09:06:24 am
I arrived at the Skokie Barnes & Noble at about 6:20 a.m. and there were already at least another 150 people lined up already.  It was still dark out and the temperature was 19 degrees.  I was prepared.  Some folks showed up with nothing more than a hoodie and I saw a surprising number of people that did not even bother to bring gloves.  Idiots.

The store started handing out wristbands at 9:00 a.m. and by 9:25 I was comfortably inside as a member of group HuhHuh?D?HuhHuh with my newly purchased copy of HuhHuh?I am Ozzy.HuhHuh?  It was here that we were told that we had to be in line by 10:30 a.m. if we wanted to meet Ozzy when he arrived at 1:00 p.m.  That sucked.  I thought that once we had our wristbands we could just come back to the store to line up closer to the scheduled start time.  The feeling finally returned to my toes by 10:00 a.m.  

I marveled at the number of people in the store.  There were about 400 wristbands distributed and the remaining latecomers were told they could wait in line but Ozzy was only scheduled to sign for two hours.  If only the people from Guinness were on hand, I this would have easily set the records for the most metalheads inside a bookstore at the same time.

Later that morning, a look-alike came through the store:

After being told by several store employees that they heard that Ozzy had shown up to the prior signings early, he finally arrived about 40 minutes late.  The line moved quickly and in an orderly fashion.  

Ozzy was tucked into the music section at the store and there was not much opportunity to get a good photo.  There were absolutely no photos with him, he would not personalize the autograph and would only sign the title page.

The man himself:

Overall, he was very friendly and it was cool to meet him.  When I left, there was still a huge line outside the store of people without wristbands.  I wonder how long he signed.    

Not sure if this video will work, but here I am asking Ozzy what he likes on pizza:

10  Forum / General Discussions / The Definitive Top 20 Songs of 2009 on: December 17, 2009, 08:55:12 am
Greetings, Johnny Orlando, Jr. here with the definitive top 20 songs of 2009:  

20 - Rusty Eye - HuhHuh?Somnambulist Possession?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Possessor?HuhHuh

19 - Lamb of God  - HuhHuh?Contractor?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Wrath?HuhHuh

18 - Daath - HuhHuh?Day of Endless Light?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?The Concealers?HuhHuh

17- Korpiklaani - HuhHuh?Bring Us Pints of Beer?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Karkelo?HuhHuh

16 - Cannibal Corpse - HuhHuh?A Cauldron of Hate?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Evisceration Plague?HuhHuh

15 HuhHuh?? Warbringer - HuhHuh?Forgotten Dead?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Waking into Nightmares?HuhHuh

14 - Nile - HuhHuh?Utterances of the Crawling Dead?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Those Whom The Gods Detest?HuhHuh

13 - 3 Inches of Blood - HuhHuh?At the Foot of the Great Glacier?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Here Waits Thy Doom.HuhHuh?

12 -  Kreator - HuhHuh?Destroy What Destroys You?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Hordes of Chaos?HuhHuh

11 - Behemoth - HuhHuh?The Seed Ov I?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Evangelion?HuhHuh

10 - Municipal Waste - HuhHuh?Relentless Threat?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Massive Aggressive?HuhHuh

9 - Immortal - HuhHuh?Hordes of War?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?All Shall Fall.HuhHuh?

8 HuhHuh?? Hatebreed - HuhHuh?In Ashes They Shall Reap?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Hatebreed?HuhHuh

7 HuhHuh?? Skeletonwitch - HuhHuh?Stand Fight and Die?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Breathing the Fire?HuhHuh

6 - Dying Fetus - HuhHuh?Shepherd?HuhHuh?s Commandment?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Descend Into Depravity?HuhHuh

5 - Novembers Doom - HuhHuh?Into Night's Requiem Infernal?HuhHuh off of their album of the same name

4 - Jungle Rot - HuhHuh?Invincible Force?HuhHuh (Destruction cover) off of HuhHuh?What Horrors Await?HuhHuh

3 - Hatebreed - HuhHuh?Every Lasting Scar?HuhHuh HuhHuh?? HuhHuh?Hatebreed?HuhHuh

2 - Dagon - HuhHuh?Into the North?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Terraphobic?HuhHuh

1 HuhHuh?? Mastodon - HuhHuh?The Last Baron?HuhHuh off of HuhHuh?Crack the Skye?HuhHuh

Here?HuhHuh?s to a brutal new year!
11  Forum / Band Interviews / AS I LAY DYING: New video interview with Tim Lambesis on: November 17, 2009, 01:14:33 pm

Tim Lambesis with Johnny Orlando, Jr.
12  Forum / Band Interviews / MUNICIPAL WASTE New Interview with Johnny Orlando Jr. on: October 01, 2009, 12:38:19 pm
The full-length interview is now posted:

Municipal Waste Interview on YouTube
13  Forum / Band Interviews / MUNICIPAL WASTE New Interview with Johnny Orlando Jr. on: September 28, 2009, 07:50:25 am
Here is a quick interview tid bit - the full length is coming shortly....

Municipal Waste: Bits-O-Johnny
14  Forum / Band Interviews / BELIEVER: If the Meek Get Earth, We Want Mars on: July 10, 2009, 07:42:08 am
By Johnny Orlando, Jr.

Believer hails from a region of Pennsylvania Joey Daub (Drums) feels says is probably best known for its proximity to the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, site of a headline-grabbing meltdown disaster in 1979.  Daub recalls the eerie feeling that March day that they let school out commanding the students simply to HuhHuh?go home.HuhHuh?  He arrived home to find the car packed and ready to leave at a moment?HuhHuh?s notice.  Although the crisis was eventually averted and no casualties resulted, Daub?HuhHuh?s surreal experience of cruising on his skateboard on the empty streets of an ironic pre-apocalyptic landscape still resonates today.

Instead of choosing to work for Mr. Burns, however, Daub and Kurt Bachman (Guitar/Vocals) formed Believer in the late 1980s and garnered an international following before calling it quits in 1994.  Prior to the recent St. Patrick?HuhHuh?s Day release of Gabriel, it has been over fifteen years since Believer?HuhHuh?s last studio album, Dimensions, was issued.  Joey Daub has shouldered increasing responsibility in the interim; however, his desire to make neck-breaking thrash has never faltered.

Believer?HuhHuh?s resurrection after this extended hiatus was actually the result of serendipitous circumstances.  It just so happened that Bachman moved back near Daub and was at a point in his life that he had the time and desire to get back together with Joey to jam.  Even though more than a decade had drifted past since he had last hung out with Kurt, Daub felt as though it had only been HuhHuh?fifteen or sixteen days.HuhHuh?  At the onset, Bachman and Daub had no real plans or expectations; however, it soon became apparent that they had a storehouse of new material just begging to be unleashed in what would eventually comprise Gabriel.  

Back at the time Dimensions was released in 1993, CDs were king, cassette tapes were still widely traded and most personal computers buzzed along with 486 processors.  Internet connections were strictly dial-up, frustratingly slow and any notion of downloadable songs was more a pipedream than an inevitable music industry game changer.  

As products of this era, Daub and Jeff King (Keyboards/Programming) have fond memories and hold a personal preference for the packaging which accompanied the physical recordings standard in those bygone days.  King especially looked forward to staring at the album cover and reading along with the lyrics, something that is not so easy to do nowadays away from a computer monitor.        

Daub believes that album artwork and packaging is HuhHuh?even more important?HuhHuh in an ever-increasing digital age and that feels that Believer was committed to producing first-rate packaging to accompany and compliment the music of Gabriel.  They called upon Eye Level Studios to create the album's artwork and were extremely pleased with the results.  Inviting incredulity, Gabriel?HuhHuh?s cover art is actually a photograph depicting a live model HuhHuh?? donning horns and body paint HuhHuh?? that was produced without the use of Photoshop or any other tricks.  Believer feels strongly their fans deserve an enhanced music buying experience and have tried to deliver with the imagery for Gabriel.        

As for genre labels, King just feels that these labels are HuhHuh?not very helpful?HuhHuh and Daub feels that having been originally marketed as HuhHuh?Christian thrash?HuhHuh provided some challenging situations in which they felt they had to prove themselves as proficient thrash outfit.  Believer, however, prefers not to be categorized at all although they understand that some people may interpret particular lyrics in a particular way.  Daub simply urges their fans to HuhHuh?think for themselves?HuhHuh when digesting a Believer track.

What Jeff King does not like to digest, however, is sauerkraut - eschewing his Pennsylvania Dutch roots, he refuses to eat it.  Ever.  And what else is there to know about these guys?  Well, Joey Daub is forever thankful to Alexander Cummings and his ingenious S-trap flushing toilet that keeps the nasty flushed odors where they belong.  King, upon reasonable inquiry, can give you the definitive reason why cabooses are no longer attached to the end of modern-day trains (apparently, cabooses housed maintenance personnel essential for smooth operation of the train.  These maintenance functions are now performed remotely via computer, ultimately abrogating the need for the caboose.)  Daub dreams of visiting Colonel Williamsburg, Virginia in period Amish attire.  King would love to rid the United States of pesky centipedes.  Joey Daub would cherish the opportunity to be a skunk for a week, strictly for purposes of revenge.  Ever the gourmet, King loves to eat food straight from the freezer without heating it up.  

And when the final hour is upon us, if the meek shall inherit the Earth, Believer wants Mars!  Believer?HuhHuh?s Metal Blade debut, Gabriel, is available now.

Johnny Orlando, Jr., quite frankly, is the world?HuhHuh?s leading metal journalist.  http://www.metaljohnny.com
15  Forum / Band Interviews / New Video Interview: EXODUS and KREATOR together in metal roundtable on: July 10, 2009, 07:38:03 am
Hope you're having a good summer so far...

Check out my first metal roundtable  featuring metal legends Miland 'Mille' Petrozza and J????rgen 'Ventor' Reil of Kreator along with Gary Holt of Exodus:

EXODUS/KREATOR Roundtable on YouTube

Or watch the interviews on my debut episode of premiere free metal podcast UVTV:

Click on Exodus Kreator Special!

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