Tag Archive | Heavy Metal

Scott Ian’s Simpsons Guitar

Scott Ian Simpsons Guitar
Photographed By Gail at the Hard Rock Cafe, NYC

This guitar was custom made for Scott Ian of Anthrax when he was on The Simpsons. The front and back features every major and minor character on the show as well as an image of Scott. There were only two made and it took over 60 hours of work to complete.

Scott Ian Simpsons Guitar Close Up

You can see the likeness of Scott in the upper right hand corner of this photo of the guitar. He is on a Blue background if you need more help finding him, though he appears to be lacking his trademark beard thing.

Scott Ian holding Simpsons Guitar

Here is Scott holding the guitar!

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Black Sabbath Haunted Maze Is Part of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Black Sabbath Halloween Horror Nights

Black Sabbath Rocks Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ as
A New 3D Maze Inspired by the World-Renowned Band Joins the Line-Up
of Blood-Curdling Haunted Attractions at the Award-Winning Extreme Terror Event

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, the celebrated, multi-platinum rock band that pioneered the Heavy Metal genre with their dark and doom-laden sounds, fused with lyrical themes of the occult, addiction, war and nuclear apocalypse, will be immortalized in an all-original, terrifying 3D maze, Black Sabbath: 13 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood’s premier Halloween Horror Nights event, beginning September 20th, 2013.

The new maze, based on the darkest lyrics from Black Sabbath’s biggest hit songs — and the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video — will also include scenes inspired by the legendary band’s recently released Billboard #1 album, 13. A nightmarish landscape of doom will engulf guests as they enter Black Sabbath: 13 3D and traverse through horrifying graveyards, disturbing madhouses and bone-chilling battlefields.

“We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze based on our music,” said Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne. “I’ve seen the drawings of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to walk through it on opening night in September.”

Guests will come face to face with a heart-stopping Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of “radioactive water” while song’s inspired by “Luke’s Wall,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral” and – of course – “Black Sabbath” violently penetrate the confines of the maze at high volume.

Very Scary!

Watch the official video announcement by members of Black Sabbath below.

Slayer Birthday Cake!

Slayer Birthday Cake Top View
Reign In Cake” (Images Courtesy of Rob Lawi)

Images seen here of this one-of-a-kind Slayer Birthday Cake were posted on the Facebook page of my friend, Rob. This cake was designed by Jessa Blavatsky, a lady who obviously knows her Metal. Awesome Slayer Cake celebrates the birthday of Jimmy Duff, owner of the Heavy Metal bar Duff’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Cllearly, what we have here is a case of Too Much Metal for One Cake!

Slayer Birthday Cake Side View

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Dead at 49

Jeff Hanneman RIP
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It is indeeed a sad time in the Metal Community today as it has been announced that Slayer founding member and Guitairst, Jeff Hanneman, passed away on May 2nd, 2013 at just 49 years of age. Cause of death is reported as liver failure, though Hanneman had suffered with the extremely rare but serious condition Necrotizing Fasciitis (popularly known as flesh eating bacteria) since contracting it possibly through a spider bite in 2011. What a horrible way to go. RIP, Jeff and just remember, God Listens to Slayer.

God Listens to Slayer

Happy Birthday, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden!

Steve Harris of Iron Maiden
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Steve Harris, bassist and brain trust for Iron Maiden was born on this day, March 12th, in 1956. Happy Birthday, Steve, and Death to False Metal!

Mix Tape Reaper By Ivan Rodero

Mix Tape Reaper
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Ivan Rodero is an Argentinean graphic artist whose work is lots of fun and reminds me of other contemporary Comic Artists I like, such as Dean “Dino” Haspiel (who created the Worley Gig Avatar you see on the home page) and Carol Lay of The Story Minute. See more of Ivan’s work at This Link.

Happy Birthday, Vinnie Paul!

Vinnie Paul Playing Snakeskin Pearl Drumkit
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Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul (born Vincent Paul Abbott) was born on this day, March 11th, in 1964. Happy Birthday, Vinnie!

Metallica Release Master of Puppets

On This Date in 1986: Metallica released its highly influential third album, Master of Puppets, considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. This was the final Metallica album with original bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed when the group’s tour bus over-turned in southern Sweden while touring to promote the album.

Stan Lee to Speak About Blood Red Dragon at San Diego Comic-Con Panel


Blood Red Dragon Sketch Progression
The legendary Stan Lee has created a brand new super-hero, Blood Red Dragon, based on rock icon Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan. The Blood Red Dragon comic book series will feature a surprise, first-of-its kind publishing innovation. The series debut issue will premiere at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, which runs from July 21 – 24 and is already completely sold out. As part of Comic-Con, Lee, world-renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane (whose Todd McFarlane Productions is publishing BRD) Yoshiki and book writer Jon Goff will take part in a panel discussion about the comic, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 21, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. If you’re already registered to attend Comic-Con, you should add this panel to your daily agenda, because it sounds awesome.


Yoshiki of X Japan

Blood Red Dragon focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation, an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantel of Earth’s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon’s energy lays in music – the melodic heart of the human spirit – they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life – and possibly the face of the world.

The Los Angeles Times has a cool article on Blood Red Dragon at This Link.

The Blood Red Dragon Panel takes place at The Hilton San Jose Bayfront Hotel, Located at 1 Park Boulevard, San Jose, California.