Twisted Sister's A.J. Pero Remembered for Finesse -- And Merciless Drumming

Categories: Metal, Obituaries

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A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob
Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero has died at the age of 55, the announcement coming on March 20 from Twisted Sister's official Facebook page and website: "The members of Twisted Sister are profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of our brother, AJ Pero. The band, crew and most importantly the family of AJ Pero thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time."

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Christian Mistress Singer Christine Davis: 'I Hope Kanye West Will Change His Artwork'

Categories: Kanye West, Metal

Artwork for the next Christian Mistress album is due in about three weeks, and the band is at a crossroads.

"We'd like to do something that is lighter and more reflective," says Christine Davis, singer for the Portland-based, Seventies-metal-inspired group. "We'd like to use less dark colors and have something that really pops out and really represents the power and sharp brightness that we feel the band is at right now." All of the band's previous releases have been decidedly more, well, black. More metal.

But the one constant is a religious symbol they've used on every release since forming in 2008, one that's become synonymous with the group. It clanged around the music blogs, Twitter, and Reddit this month, finding its way in front of more eyeballs than ever in its history: Kanye West was gonna use the symbol on his album, too.

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Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth Prove It Feels Damn Good to 'Be Alive' at Webster Hall

Categories: Last Night, Metal

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A fan awaits Cannibal Corpse's set amid the sold-out crowd at Webster Hall. Photos: Metal Reigns Over Webster Hall
Cannibal Corpse are one of the constants of the metal universe, a perfect example of artistic conservatism as a life path. Their music has remained essentially unchanged since their 1990 debut album, Eaten Back to Life: They play fast, aggressive death metal, but somehow manage to shoehorn just enough melody into their songs to make them memorable beyond a head-down blur of riffs and blast beats. They don't really have one representative album to recommend to newbies, though everything since 2006's Kill has been ridiculously impressive.

Behemoth, their partners on this tour, are a different story. They've evolved substantially since beginning as a black-metal band in the early Nineties, moving closer to death metal and getting more and more sonically and compositionally ambitious. Their most recent album, The Satanist, is their best by a long stretch. They've also got a better story: Frontman Nergal recently triumphed over leukemia, an experience that has clearly affected him. After the first song of their set at a sold-out Webster Hall, he asked the crowd, "How does it feel to be alive?"

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Hull Say Goodbye to Brooklyn Metal with Heavy, Heartfelt Final Concert

Categories: Last Night, Metal

Greg Cristman for the Village Voice
Hull play their last show ever at Brooklyn's Coco 66.
"Did we finally sell out a show after eleven years?" asked guitarist Nick Palmirotto from the stage. "I'm gonna fucking cry."

Snow, slush, and wintry rain couldn't keep a throng of metalheads from packing the house at Coco 66 Saturday night to bid farewell to Hull. The progressive sludge band has been a staple of the Brooklyn metal scene for the past eleven years, but have decided to disband as life takes each member in new directions.

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Behemoth's Nergal: Taking a Page From His Satanic Bible

Categories: Interviews, Metal

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Who is Nergal?

Polish celebrity Satanist and household name in his home country, where he's been a judge on the Polish version of The Voice: yes. Inscrutable frontman of death metal band Behemoth: yes. Cancer survivor at 37 years old: yes.

But who is Adam Michał Darski, really?

"Michał is no more," he says, speaking by phone while driving to Warsaw late at night. "Middle name is Nergal."

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Anthrax's Scott Ian Drives Motor Sister

Categories: Concerts, Metal

Photo: Stephanie Cabral
"I forgot..." reads the subject line of an email from Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian that lands in my inbox mere minutes after we'd hung up from an interview. It's about his new band, Motor Sister, and its debut, Ride. Apparently, Ian had another thought about the album: "It's the best rock record since Appetite-era G N' R," his e-missive states. "To my ears!"

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Marilyn Manson, Live: The Pale Emperor Reigns at Terminal 5

Manson as he appears on the cover for The Pale Emperor, released on January 15
Better Than: Visiting a Hot Topic store on a Saturday afternoon.

Is The Pale Emperor album/persona Marilyn Manson's version of David Bowie's Thin White Duke? Both are elegantly dressed gents and doers of bountiful drugs. And like Bowie's Station to Station album (of the Duke era), Manson's latest opus references mythology and religion — and onstage he quoted "Moonage Daydream." But Manson, as his name implies, is a rabid consumer of — as well as product of — the darker side of pop culture.

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Twenty Great Metal Albums That Turn 25 in 2015

Categories: Lists, Metal

Danzig II: Lucifuge
Twenty-five years ago the Gulf War started, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Jennifer Lawrence was born, and that's about all we can think of without referring to Wikipedia or one of our older colleagues who still has a functioning long-term memory. 1990 also saw the release of several excellent metal records. Here's the twenty we like best.

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Wrekmeister Harmonies Drape Bushwick in Pastoral Doom - 12/14/14

Categories: Concerts, Metal

Wrekmeister Harmonies
Better Than: That Scott Walker + SunnO))) record. Yeah, I said it.

"I was nervous. I didn't know if anybody was gonna show."

J.R. Robinson a/k/a Wrekmeister Harmonies is enjoying a post-show cigarette and breathing a helluva sigh of relief. The "pastoral doom" overlord needn't have pondered that nightmarish scenario, because a shit-ton of his doom-and-drone-seeking worshippers did in fact flock to DIY art hub Signal Gallery in Bushwick, where the Chicago-based, ink-
covered WrekHarm architect -- in all his bearded glory -- presented a rare local performance of Then It All Came Down, his second long-form mammoth composition.

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The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2014: Our List Goes to 11

Categories: Metal

Paolo Girardi
Here it is, metalheads: our take on the best metal albums of 2014. It's been a righteous year in metal, and 10 picks weren't quite enough. So in the spirit of the genre, our list goes to 11.

We listened for albums with a unique musical point of view, for fresh ideas that stand out from a crowd of trends. We looked for superior skill tempered by musicality. We listened to many, many hours of heavy metal. Without further ado, here's the best of the best.

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