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Anthrax Guitar Player Rob Caggiano Taps Out

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

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When I first started to get into heavy music was in the mid-late 80’s.  I had just started 9th grade and was marching drum line.  I was a huge Van Halen fan at the time (still am).  But I met this dude named Tom who had And Justice on cassette and we cranked that in his Eurosport station wagon for weeks.  From there I was hooked on Metal.  I went from there and got my hands on everything Metallica I could get.  Next up was Anthrax, I LOVED Anthrax.

Long time guitarist Rob Caggiano has announced his departure from the band.  Below is the press release.

 
“I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn’t always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally ‘out for blood’ after all these years is a testament to this band’s longevity and conviction! I’m truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy.”

With this new direction, Caggiano very much looks forward to getting back to producing/recording/writing again in the immediate future.

“I can’t wait to get back in the recording studio again! Over the years, I’ve been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle of Filth all the way to Bruce Springsteen, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist. BTW in case anyone was wondering after reading all of this, I do FULLY intend to get back out there on the road very soon in some way shape or form….it’s in my blood! Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @RobCaggiano for any and all updates on what I am up to.”

Dave Mustaine Hard Core on Men’s Warehouse

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

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I think after having my blog rendered useless by an update I now have everything back up and running.  So you can now sit back and enjoy the worthlessness of the GearZombiee waste of time.  So, now that its the weekend and nobody is looking i’m going to spit out all the news and nonsense I wanted to vomit during the week.

Dave Mustaine, heavy metal tough guy.  You know him, the Megadeth drama queen.  Likes to fire guys, cry about Metallica, but in the end if you’re an old school metal fan you pay attention.  But don’t fuck with him!!  Ohh no!!  He has social media and he’s not afraid to use it!!

When you represent metal heavyweights and Christmas comes around I would expect to get a gift of a severed goat head, or absinthe or something.  But in this case, Dave got his manager a gift certificate to Men’s Warehouse.  But Men’s Warehouse apparently deliver the card in time and Dave got sad…  Christmas sad!!!  Below is the searing text from Dave.

“I know that not all of you have the kind of job that requires a suit,” he begins, “or wear a suit when you (if you) go to any kind of faith-based service, court date, wedding or funeral, but if you do…you are going to want to read this. You know me, I don’t complain much in writing, but I gotta get this off my chest.”

I really think that it sucks when people make false claims, that they don’t care to make good on a problem that is clearly their fault, and with all of the “ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE IT” crap I just had to say something… I for one, will never set foot in a Men’s Warehouse, even for shelter from a blizzard.

I absolutely GUARANTEE it.

SO BRUTAL.  If you really want to read more.  You can check it out HERE………..

Deftones Koi No Yokan Album Available for Streaming

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The new Deftones is up for streaming and ready to roll!! You can check it out for free HERE at Rolling Stone. My opinion… It rocks….

Hannah Ford Current Drummer For Prince

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

So it’s like this…. Hannah Ford is really really really hot!! It’s not just my weakness for blondes (totally my kryptonite) I think I may have watched her vids on the youtubes before I even registered a note to my ears. She is hot if she didn’t play drums. I would be a Hannah Ford fan if she just took pictures by drums or mopeds or something. Most girls that age that look like her are busy riding their looks, but Hannah is actually a pretty killer drummer.

Now I know you may be thinking blah a chick drummer. I know this because as much as I would like to be I am not beyond this same sexist thought myself. It’s just the way it is and it’s that way for a reason. Drumming is traditionally a guy thing. And generally if you see a girl who can hold her own there is something fundamentally wrong somewhere. Like, she has time but not confidence or plays weird. Hannah is the first female drummer that I have personally watched that breaks that stereotype for me. If you’ve paid any attention to any of the music I’ve done you would know that I play pretty progressive heavy material and I wouldn’t think twice about working with a drummer her caliber.

Anyway I’ve been following her on Facebook for a while and watching her bounce from clinic to clinic, I believe her husband is a musician and I think she does some stuff there. But then all of a sudden she drops that she is the drummer for Prince. Man I get excited if my checking account isn’t overdrawn by payday and she goes from trying to pave her way to Princes band. God knows Prince has always had a way with those sexy music girl types!! So hells ya Hannah!!! Below is a vid to her killin some dubstep. Plenty of stuff on the tubes which will just make you wish you had a really hot girlfriend that can play drums. Imagine being able to go home and just get loud with your girlfriend…. All of a sudden I’m sad…. I’m going to eat ice cream and play Xbox now……

Flyleaf announces new singer

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

So Flyleaf replaced singer Lacey Sturm with Kristen May (Vedera) whom I have never heard of. Not as if that’s a shocker. But I did check them out because one thing I did dig about Flyleaf was how heavy Lacey could get. Kristen seems to have pipes but everything I found on the youtubes was pretty poppy. Maybe its just what I found! Anyway below is the press release…………………………

“New York, NY – A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf announce the departure of long time singer Lacey Sturm today. The band’s final album with Lacey, New Horizons, will be out on October 30th on A&M/Octone Records.

Flyleaf are pleased to announce that Kristen May of formerly of the band Vedera will be stepping in as the band’s lead singer for future tour dates in support of New Horizons.

“When listening to New Horizons, I would hope that fans would be able to lose themselves in the story of each of these songs and form their own connections to them—as we have in the band,” remarked bass player Pat Seals. “There is a great deal of our souls laid bare on this record, and I feel like it really comes through on the tracks.”

Seals also commented on Lacey’s departure, “As Flyleaf begins this new cycle to introduce our third record New Horizons, we feel our fans should know that Lacey has stepped down as lead vocalist of the band. Her statement below expresses her reasons for leaving. In order to continue on with New Horizons, Sameer, Jared, James, and myself have selected Kristen May, formerly of Vedera, to assume lead vocal duties for future tour dates. We are excited for this new chapter in the history of Flyleaf, and hope that our fans will accompany us as we continue on this journey to bring hope and inspiration through our music. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and we are looking forward to playing for you again soon.”

Lacey commented on her departure, “I have been beyond blessed to be in Flyleaf for the past ten years, touring with 4 amazing men and the Flyleaf crew, whom I love like my flesh and blood family. They have all given so much. It took everyone on our team to make the beauty in Flyleaf possible. I am honored to have met so many wonderful people who love Flyleaf music all over the world. Your incredible stories continue to inspire me. I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack.

You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf. I wish the best to Jared, Pat, Sameer and James and I know that as I continue to pursue the highest heights of what I am created for, it will free them all to pursue that for themselves too.

The guys will continue to tour and write music together. I’m so very grateful that they are able to do what they desire and that there is a beautiful and talented, warm hearted girl like Kristen May to sing for them. Because of this, you will all get a chance to see a new Flyleaf show and support the new album.

As I take this first step on a new journey, I pray that each one of you would pursue your highest calling with reckless abandon as well, understanding that sometimes the fullness of life comes in doing things that are only understood by you, God, and the special people God has put in your life that truly love you for you… not for what you do, but for who you are. I love you guys so much and in many ways, I will stay in touch. May God bless you all with healthy hearts, full of courage to weather the journey to your own New Horizons.”

Flyleaf has also just released the second single from the album titled “Call You Out.” The song is the follow up to the title track from the new album.

Their debut self-titled album has now sold 1.4 million units and is certified Platinum. “All Around Me” reached the Top 10 on Top 40 Radio. Flyleaf has also charted six singles at modern and rock radio.

Flyleaf’s last album, Memento Mori, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. “Again” from the album went all the way #2 at Modern Rock Radio (Breaking through the #1 and #3 spots held by Muse).

New Horizons is available for pre-order beginning today on iTunes, Amazon and Official Band Store Pre-Order is going on now. CD booklets include a fold out poster with artwork inspired by Pat Seals‘ woodcarving. iTunes pre-order includes exclusive bonus track “Mama” and an instant download of “Call You Out.””

Guns N Roses Play Welcome to the Jungle Acoustic

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Happy Tuesday, I hope you have your bright shining faces on today!!! Gearzombiee has a special treat for you. Here is a youtube video of Guns N Roses doing Welcome to the Jungle live. I could hardly wait!! And the youtube ratings are pouring in so be sure to look at those!! Surely its the coolest thing ever right?? Well see for yourself!!! I hope you enjoy this, this highlight of my blogging career. Next up i’m gonna sit and wait for Rebecca Black to release the Friday Remix!!! Cuz SHES A BETTER SINGER THAN….. Happy Tuesday Folks and remember, Stay Safe Out There!!!

Gojira, The Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth Book On Tour Next Year!!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I love The Devin Townsend Project. If you don’t go to this show it’s possible you have no soul and wish for death to small children while stabbing puppies in the eye!!! So get yer tickets cuz you dont wanna be that guy!! Dates for that run include:

01/14 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
01/15 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
01/16 Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
01/17 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
01/19 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
01/20 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
01/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01/23 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01/24 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
01/25 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
01/28 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
01/29 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
01/31 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
02/01 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/04 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
02/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/07 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
02/08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/09 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls
02/11 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
02/13 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/14 Montreal, QC – Le National
02/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/16 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts

Trent Reznor, David Bryne Talking Major Labels

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Times is tough these days. Posting has become slow as my time is being chewed up by everyone on the planet other than myself. But enough about me. All of the musicians I have ever played with have at one point or another thought they were going to be a “Rockstar”. Most of my friends grew up out of that. I have a couple of buddies that have been or are working musicians and know that in general there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you are fortunate enough to get into an arena odds are you’re going to be playing for a very small amount of money. The overhead is just too high.

Think about it for a minute. If you’re a working band you have to sell your disc, merch, and play shows to make money. Unfortunately all of those activities take money. Costs to record unless you do it yourself but even if you do have that, its going to have to be pressed. So you have that expense, up front merch expense, transport to gigs, maybe you play enough you need to buy a vehicle. But if your band starts to blow up all those expenses get worse. For example now most venues take a cut of the merch profits. Any enough rambling.

Here is a clip from Trent Reznor and David Bryne from Talking Heads that was just shot buy a dude in the audience. This segment is about why Trent went back to major labels and how its working for him. Pretty cool bit. If I find more of this I will surely post!

Between The Buried And Me – Astral Body – Drum Cover

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Kévin Paradis says he learned this song in 4 hours. I think I may hate him. Here is a video of him covering this tune by BTBAM which is extra special bad ass-ness…..

Linkin Park’s Castle Of Glass Video From Medal Of Honor Warfighter

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

In a really cool song and a totally depressing video Linkin Park has released Castle Of Glass. This will be featured in the new Medal of Honor Warfighter due out Oct 23rd.