Godsmack involved in a very worthy cause. Pantera related.

Due to a turn of tragic events, our dear friend and tour manager, Guy Sykes recently lost his granddaughter to an alcohol related car accident. All of our hearts weigh very heavy for him and his family during this difficult time, as no one should ever have to go through the heartbreak of losing a child. Because of this terrible event, Godsmack (who Guy is currently tour managing), Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Fest, and Unite the United are coming together to help raise money, awareness, and support victims of alcohol related accidents. Godsmack are auctioning off a once in a lifetime experience for two, to be our special VIP RockstarUproar guests for the day in Dallas TX! The auction winner will receive the following: 2 great tickets to the show, watch Godsmack’s set sidestage, a private Meet & Greet with Godsmack with a professional photo op, a Meet & Greet with Seether, a hand signed Dean from Hell Electric Guitar (autographed by all members of Godsmack, Seether, Skillet and more), 2 VIP Laminates, complimentary lunch & dinner in catering, and more! Let’s come together for a great cause, as well as give two fans an experience they will remember for a lifetime! You can view the LIVE auction, and place your bid now at: http://bit.ly/1sLDaJ1 Auction ends Sunday night at 8pm CST so place your bid now!

If you are going to drink, always be responsible enough to not get behind the wheel. It’s NOT worth the risk of losing your life, or taking away the life of another. Stay the night at a friends house or hotel and sober up. If you need to get home, call a cab or have a designated driver with you. It will help save lives.

Vinnie Paul speaks to Music Radar about his groundbreaking approach to drumming

From musicradar.com:

Combining groove and power, the metal legend’s way

DRUM EXPO 2014: In 1992, Pantera redefined the sound and future direction of metal with the seminal classic Vulgar Display Of Power, an album that proved it was possible to be brutally heavy without sacrificing the ability to groove. Vinnie Paul and his gifted guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell exemplified a new musical mentality in playing metal, locking the drums like glue to the guitar riff rather than to the bass line.

Still laying it down with his customary power and thunderous drums, Vinnie walks us through his groundbreaking approach from its origins in Pantera, right up to the present day with Hellyeah. Here he chooses six songs from his back catalogue, dissecting them in terms of gear, technique, feel and inspiration.
Becoming – Pantera

Technique: “That’s something I came up with when we were doing Far Beyond Driven. I was messing around with bouncing the right foot, creating a double stroke in between each 16th note. The minute my brother heard it he said, ‘Man, we’ve got to write a song around that.’ People make it more difficult than it really is – it’s just a bounce with the right foot on every other note.”
Gear/sound: “It was the Pearl drum set I had back then. They were all super big drums: 24″ x 24″ kick drums, then 14″ x 14″, 15″ x 15″ and 18″ x 18″ toms. I used this Sonor snare that I picked up a long time ago at a pawn shop. It was my most favourite sounding snare I’ve ever had. I still have it, it’s a 12-ply birch wood snare and I used Remo K Flam heads and regular pinstripes around the toms. I’ve been using Sabian from day one.”

To read the entire interview, click here.

Happy Birthday Dime!

A big happy birthday today to the one and only Dimebag Darrell! In celebration of his birthday, we would like to announce the launch of a new official website in tribute to him: http://dimebagdarrell.com/ We will be adding loads of new content and we are counting on you his fans to contribute! If you have any pics of your Dime tattoo, playing your Dime guitar, pics of you with Dime, or anything else you don’t think we’ve seen yet, please send it to webmaster (at) dimebagdarrell.com or post it on the official Dimebag Darrell Facebook page (click here) so we can start working onto the new site. Thanks and once again, happy 48th birthday Dime!

2014 Covers From Hell Winners!

The winners for the 2014 Covers From Hell contest have been chosen! Thank you all VERY MUCH for your entries! It was a lot of work and a lot of fun to go through them all. It was extremely difficult to pick these winners because of the sheer amount of talent that was put on display for this. IF YOU ARE A WINNER, PLEASE CHECK YOUR MESSAGES IN YOUR YOUTUBE ACCOUNT! So without further delay here is what our panel ultimately decided after much debate:

In 4th place: 5 Minutes Alone submitted by Thebigrockroom

In 3rd place: Cowboys From Hell submitted by Elton Sawyer

In 2nd place: Strength Beyond Strength submitted by BLOID

….and the winner of the 2014 an first Covers From Hell contest: Shedding Skin submitted by Jason Wan!

Thank you all again for your entries an remember: IF YOU ARE A WINNER, PLEASE CHECK YOUR MESSAGES IN YOUR YOUTUBE ACCOUNT!

Watch Philip’s band Down stream live from Bloodstock right here on Friday! Click here for scedule.

The main stage of the festival will be streamed all weekend but Down hits the stage Friday at 9:15PM UK time which in the United States is 1:15PM PT, 3:15 CT, and 4:15PM ET. Watch it below!


Live Stream – Bloodstock Festival 2014 by BloodstockFestival

New Vinnie interview with Wikimetal ‘Far Beyond Driven’ Album ‘Sounds Just As Fresh Today’. Also: Premire of the video for HELLYEAH’s “Moth”.

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Win a Dimebag Pantera Dean Guitar and Pantera’s ‘Far Beyond Driven’ 20th Anniversary Prize Pack! Brought to you by Dean Guitars & Revolver Magazine.

In commemoration of a legendary artist, legendary band, and 20th Anniversary of a legendary album, Dean Guitars has created the ultimate collector’s piece–The Dimebag Pantera ‘Far Beyond Driven’ ML. This Dean Guitar ML is equipped with a bolt-on maple neck, basswood body, DMT® Design bridge pickup, and a Floyd Rose Special. The Dean ML body shape was the guitar of choice for Dimebag Darrell, and pays homage to the man and his music.

To enter the contest, please visit: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/win-a-dimebag-pantera-dean-guitar-and-panteras-far-beyond-driven-20th-anniversary-prize-pack.html

New interview with Rex, new lyric video from Hellyeah for “Moth”, new pro-shot live video of Down doing “We Knew Him Well”.

Madcap Music Review’s John Golden interviews Rex Brown and Johnny Kelly of Kill Devil Hill.

Check out the lyric video for “Moth” by HELLYEAH off the new album ‘Blood for Blood’! Get ‘BLOOD FOR BLOOD’

Down “We Knew Him Well” Filmed on location by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level Crew: William Holderby Sr.,Caro Bab, Robert Major and Ryan..Audio recorded and mastered by Steven W. Richardson..Special thanks to Mr. Bruce Corbitt.

Philip interviewed at Download Festival, videos of Rex and Philip joining each others bands to do Pantera songs.

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Philip talks about himself keeping festival concerts unique with “blasts from the past”, and how he hates rock stars. Philip also touches on heavy metal genres and sub-genres, and how the headlining power of festivals could be safe in the hands of surprising new bands or quite possibly reunions of older more established bands.

Here Philip talks about it being the 20th anniversary of his first appearance at Donnington, the history of the Download Festival, playing with Rex again, playing Pantera songs for the youth of today, the state of heavy metal in 2014, and much more.

Rex joins Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals onstage at Download Festival 2014 for the Pantera classic “A New Level”.

Here, Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals do their versions of Death Rattle, Domination/Hollow,



Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals are still currently touring Europe. Click here for remaining dates.

Here Philip joins Rex’s Kill Devil Hill for a rendition of the Pantera classic “Mouth For War”.

Vinnie Paul’s Hellyeah releases new album “Blood For Blood”. Webisode, interview, review, album stream, links to purchase (including limited edition bundles), tour dates, and more right here.

Hellyeah has just released their fourth album and it’s titled “Blood For Blood”. Here is Vinnie in a webisode introducing the album to everybody!

Stream it below or go right to reading reviews, what went into making it, and where to get it.

Click here to pick it up from amazon.com.
Click here to pick it up from iTunes.
Click here to buy the Limited Edition Blood For Blood/Affliction t-shirt bundle from Best Buy!
Here’s a little about the Best Buy/Affliction limited edition bundle! Link to buy below.

Vinnie touched base with thisisnotascene.com about the new album:
TINAS: “Blood For Blood” is the most focused and concise Hellyeah album to date. How did it come out that way?

VP:We really wanted to make the record of our career. We just came off the Gigantour with Black Label Society and a couple of other bands and when the touring cycle for “Band Of Brothers” was completed we really wanted to write a new record and get in the studio and capitalise on the momentum we’ve created because of all the touring. Working with Kevin Churko was another reason why the new record sounds so fresh and focussed. He really knew how to get the best out of us.

TINAS:The new album is also much darker lyric-wise. The whole party atmosphere of the previous albums are all but gone. How come?

VP:As a band we wanted to make a dark, lean and focused heavy metal record. We got all the partying and booze songs out of our system on the previous record. I think we really found our sound on “Blood For Blood” and we’ve matured as a band as well. Tom (guitarist), Chad (singer) and I were all on the same page as what we wanted to achieve with the new record. Unfortunately Greg and Bob weren’t as focused as we were and they were dealing with some massive personal issues as well. That’s why we had to let them go from the band.

TINAS: You guys worked with Kevin Churko. What did he bring to the table as a producer?

VP:Kevin really knew how to get the best out of us and it was really refreshing for me to be just “the drummer” for a change. Five years ago I bought a house in Las Vegas and that’s also the city where Kevin works from. So every now and again we’ve bumped into each other and we were discussing working together at some point. I’m big fan of his work with Ozzy Osbourne and all the other productions he has down and he’s a big fan of the things I’ve done. So when we got to the point in the band that we wanted to work with an outside producer it was a no brainer to work with him. He also got along great with Chad, which really smooth the ride when it came down to record the vocals.
Read the rest of the interview by clicking here.

Here’s a review of the album by Blunt magazine:
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Click here to pick it up from amazon.com.
Click here to pick it up from iTunes.
Click here to buy the Limited Edition Blood For Blood/Affliction t-shirt bundle from Best Buy!

Upcoming dates where you can catch Hellyeah supporting “Blood For Blood”:
Jun 26 Ziggy’s Winston Salem, NC
Jun 27 Ziggy’s By The Sea Wilmington, NC
Jun 28 Shiley Acres Inwood, WV
Jul 17 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI
Jul 29 C-Club Berlin, Germany
Jul 30 Fezen Festival Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Aug 01 Wacken Music Festival Hamburg, Germany
Aug 02 Seerock Festival Graz, Austria
Aug 03 Interstate Studio 270 Udine, Italy
Aug 05 Alte Seilerei Mannheim, Germany
Aug 06 Underground Cologne, Germany
Aug 08 Alcatraz Festival Kortrijk, Belgium
Aug 09 Bloodstock Open Air Festival Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Aug 10 The Live Rooms Chester, United Kingdom
Aug 12 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug 13 The Craufurd Arms Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Aug 15 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Aug 16 The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Aug 17 The Underworld London, United Kingdom
Sep 13 Aftershock Festival 2014 Sacramento, CA

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH Announce Fall Tour Dates:
Sep 16 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
Sep 17 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena @ Metrapark
Sep 18 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
Sep 20 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Coliseum
Sep 21 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex
Sep 23 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter
Sep 25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena
Sep 26 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center
Sep 27 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sep 30 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
Oct 1 Reading, PA Santander Arena
Oct 3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Oct 7 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial
Oct 10 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Oct 11 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena
Oct 12 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Oct 14 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
Oct 16 Biloxi, MS MS Coast Coliseum
Oct 17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Oct 22 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center
Oct 24 Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock

Rex’s band Kill Devil Hill; tour dates, ticket links, new interview with Rex, interview with new drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative), and video of them doing “Mouth For War” live with Philip H Anselmo.

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Click here for Copenhell ticket information.
Click here for Download Festival ticket information.
Click here for Metal Hammer Golden Gods ticket information.
Click here for The Underworld ticket information.

MOTORCRUISE

Click here for Motorhead’s Motorboat ticket information.

Click here for the recent interview Rex did with Glacially Musical which covers the state of music, the new KDH drummer, playing in clubs, stoner metal, and more.

Check out this interview with new KDH drummer Johnny Kelly

KDH doing the Pantera classic “Mouth For War” with Philip H Anselmo at Rock On The Range.

Vinnie Paul Looks Back On Pantera: ‘We Carried the Heavy Metal Flag’

Pantera releases “Far Beyond Bootleg” Live from Donnington on vinyl.

Far Beyond Bootleg – Live from Donington ’94 – Vinyl is in stores today. It was 20 years ago tomorrow that Pantera played this historic show. Click here for track and purchase info.

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Review of the upcoming Hellyeah record, and an extensive list of upcoming Hellyeah dates, and Vinnie’s latest response to Pantera (not) reforming

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HELLYEAH!!! Shout out to Blunt Magazine for the GREAT REVIEW of ‘BLOOD FOR BLOOD’!!
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May 30 Westfair Amp Council Bluffs, IA
May 31 R.C. McGraw’s Manhattan, KS
Jun 01 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX
Jun 26 Ziggy’s Winston Salem, NC
Jun 27 Ziggy’s By The Sea Wilmington, NC
Jun 28 Shiley Acres Inwood, WV
Jul 17 Rock USA Oshkosh, WI
Jul 29 C-Club Berlin, Germany
Jul 30 Fezen Festival Székesfehérvár, Hungary
Aug 01 Wacken Music Festival Hamburg, Germany
Aug 02 Seerock Festival Graz, Austria
Aug 03 Interstate Studio 270 Udine, Italy
Aug 05 Alte Seilerei Mannheim, Germany
Aug 06 Underground Cologne, Germany
Aug 08 Alcatraz Festival Kortrijk, Belgium
Aug 09 Bloodstock Open Air Festival Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Aug 10 The Live Rooms Chester, United Kingdom
Aug 12 The Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug 13 The Craufurd Arms Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Aug 15 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Aug 16 The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Aug 17 The Underworld London, United Kingdom
Sep 13 Aftershock Festival 2014 Sacramento, CA

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH Announce Fall Tour Dates:
9/16 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
9/17 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena @ Metrapark
9/18 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
9/20 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Coliseum
9/21 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex
9/23 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter
9/25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena
9/26 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center
9/27 Albany, NY Times Union Center
9/30 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
10/1 Reading, PA Santander Arena
10/3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
10/7 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial
10/10 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/11 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Arena
10/12 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
10/14 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
10/16 Biloxi, MS MS Coast Coliseum
10/17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
10/22 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center
10/24 Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock

On May 28, Vinnie commented on the possiblity of Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde for revolvermag.com:
“If you had an ex-wife, and it was a pretty bitter split, you might not ever want to talk to her again. Who cares if everybody in the family and your friends want you to say hello again? It’s your choice whether you want to do it or not. And I think a lot of people are selfish. They say, ‘Oh, he oughtta just kiss and make up with Phil and everything will be cool. And then they can go get Zakk Wylde and everything’s gonna be great.’ No, everything’s not gonna be great.”

Philip H Anselmo and Rex Brown join Black Label Society for “I’m Broken” last night in Dallas, Texas!