Loudwire has published their take on the top 50 metal albums of all time. VDOP did very well!

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Summarizing heavy metal history with 50 of its greatest albums is, needless to say, a daunting task. After all, if you view Black Sabbath’s arrival in 1970 as the metal genre’s year zero, simple mathematics would only allow for just over one album from each year. The point being, mathematics were no help to the Loudwire staff as we set about compiling, debating, challenging and insulting, and finally reluctantly agreeing to the list you now see before you in the gallery above.

In it, you’ll find some obvious names, like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Slayer, some expected ones like Megadeth, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Pantera, and hopefully some surprises, but our goal was to represent the albums containing the very best music and displaying the greatest influence within a genre that has been thriving for 40 plus years with no signs of slowing down.

So check out Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time in the gallery above! And check out more Loudwire lists below.

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-albums-of-all-time/

*NEW DATES ADDED FOR Philip H Anselmo’s SUPERJOINT*

Danzig is bringing back the “Blackest of the Black” tour for 2015 and Superjoint is going with them! Superjoint has added dates on some of the Blackest of the Black off days. Here are the newly added Superjoint dates:
Oct. 02 – Window Rock, AZ @ Window Rock Sports Center (w Prong)
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage ( W/ Prong & Witch Mountain)
Oct. 15 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva (W/ Prong & Witch Mountain)
Oct. 30 – Sacramento CA @ Ace Of Spades ( W/ Prong)

Here is the full list so far:
*Oct. 02 – Window Rock, AZ @ Window Rock Sports Center (w Prong)
Oct. 03 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Oct. 05 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Oct. 07 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
Oct. 09 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
*Oct. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage ( W/ Prong & Witch Mountain)
Oct. 11 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Oct. 12 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Oct. 14 – Charlotte, NC @ the Fillmore
*Oct. 15 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva (W/ Prong & Witch Mountain)
Oct. 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Oct. 17 – Worcester, MA @ “Rock & Shock” the Palladium
Oct. 18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Oct. 20 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Oct. 21 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
Oct. 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct. 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct. 25 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Oct. 27 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
Oct. 29 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
*Oct. 30 – Sacramento CA @ Ace Of Spades ( W/ Prong)
Oct. 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theatre
*not with Danzig

Vinnie Paul and his bandmates in HELLYEAH are about to play 3 shows for the US Troops in Japan!

Get Folding Hostile with the Sock Puppet Parody of Walk! Dye hard fans: stay till the last drumbeat.

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Get folding hostile in the sock pit with Hamptera’s new single “Walk”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sockpuppetparody
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SockParody
Bandcamp: https://sockpuppetparody.bandcamp.com

Directed and Edited by
Brady Tulk

Produced by
Johnny Zero-Forever

Music Performance
Kitty V from 762 Recording

Vocals
Texx From Creeper

Backup Singers:
Johnny Zero-Forever
Kitty V

Puppet Design
Carolina Govea

Cinematography
James Bedrich

2nd Unit Camera
Brennan Witterstaetter

AD
Leigh Silver

2nd AD
Elizabeth Ortiz

Playback
Lee Russell

Lighting Designer
Daniel Castaneda

Art Director
Gabe Duron

Production Designer
Adriana G Aguilera

Art Department
Max Brown
Randall Day
Leigh Silver

PA
Hanford Dunn
Trevor Haggerty
Ethan Moon

Gaffer
Conner Hocking

Grip
Silviano Moncada
Max Brown

Behind The Scene
Mario Laracuente
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Puppeteers
Brady Tulk – Lead Singer
Carolina Govea – Lead Singer arms
Randall Day – Guitar
Sean Stone – Bass
Zachary Kelly– Drums
David Jr Castillo – Drums arms

Press Release writer
Xavier Gonzalez

Special thank you:
Audio playback on Sound Bridge speakers: http://www.soundbridge.com
Skater Socks for the many socks used on set: http://www.skatersocks.com
Filmed on location at Gas Monkey Live: http://gasmonkeybarngrill.com

Extras (Cowboys from Smell)
Bruno Govea
Letisia Cruz
Rosa Sanchez
Veronica Castillo
Vica Castillo
Zenaida Castillo
Michael Pisterzi
Jorje Cruz
Peyton Manby
Letty Manby
Lydia Deaver
Robert Burns
Leslie Litvik
Sarah Brownlee
Jeff Brownlee
Brian Charles
Aaron Castaneda
Nick Barry
Ian Saint
Jennifer Orr
Abraham Quinones
Marco Cruz
Rhonda S/ Fullerton
John Manby

Happy Birthday Dime! Check out tributes posted around the web.

Aug 20 is Dime’s birthday and stories, pictures, and videos surfaced all around the web today in recognition of this. Take a look and some of it below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metal Insider’s Top 5: Non-Pantera Tracks Featuring Dimebag Darrell

Loudwire: Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Rock + Metal Musicians Pay Tribute to the Pantera Legend

Guitar World: 18-Year-Old Dimebag Darrell of Pantera Shreds in 1984 — Video

Guitar World: Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Chooses His 12 Favorite Songs in 1993 Guitar World Interview

From Shinedown:

New interview with Pepper Keenan by Loudwire (Darrell wasn’t even brought up beforehand):
Loudwire: Would you rather have lunch with a music icon who has passed away or a music icon who is still alive? And who would it be?
Pepper: Well, I’d like to have lunch with [Dimebag] Darrell. That would be awesome to do that again. Let me tell you he would have been a blast on the Motorboat Cruise or any of those things. Oh my God, he’d be hanging out with me out there, doing shots with the kids and making them go f—ing apes—t.

The Top 10 Heavy Metal Album Openers by Guitar World

No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.”

It’s a fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind.

The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.

Read the countdown and see where Pantera fits in here: http://www.guitarworld.com/top-ten-heavy-metal-album-openers

Ultimate-Guitar.com posted their list of 10 Ripping Pantera Bass Lines By Rex Brown.

If you’re in a band with Dimebag Darrell and you want your performance to be noticed, you better bring your A-game.

For over two decades, Rex Brown stood by Dime’s side and became a crucial element of Pantera’s bone-crushing rhythm section, managing to find his role in the mix alongside Dimebag’s massive tone and Vinnie Paul’s relentless drumming.

Check out the entire article here:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/entertainment/10_ripping_pantera_bass_lines_by_rex_brown.html?no_takeover

Check out this recently released book by Greg Prato: Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s.

Rex Brown wrote the foreward and both Philip Anselmo & Rex were interviewed for the book. And you may recognize the guys on the cover as well. Pick it up at Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/survivalbook or Barnes & Noble here: http://smarturl.it/bnsurvival

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Official Live 101 Proof was released 18 years ago today!

Official Live 101 Proof was released 18 years ago today! You can stream the songs, read the lyrics, find album details, comments on the album from the band and other metal legends on the CFH discography page here: http://pantera.com/live101proof

Cowboys From Hell turns 25 today!

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Cowboys From Hell was released 25 years ago today. You can stream the songs, read the lyrics, find album details, comments on the album from the band and other metal legends on the CFH discography page here:: http://pantera.com/cowboysfromhell/

The 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell and the Reason It Matters: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/the-25th-anniversary-of-panteras-cowboys-from-hell-and-the-reason-it-matters-7508834

Cowboys From Hell: 25 Facts About the Pantera Classic: http://www.vh1.com/news/39689/pantera-cowboys-from-hell-facts/?fb_ref=fbshare_web

25 Years Ago: Pantera Transform From Footnote to Heroes on ‘Cowboys From Hell’: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/pantera-cowboys-from-hell/

Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell Turns 25: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2015/07/panteras-cowboys-from-hell-turns-25/

‘Cowboys From Hell’ turns 25: http://wallofsound.org/2015/07/24/cowboys-from-hell-turns-25/

Check out this video compilation of musicians celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cowboys From Hell! Rob Halford, Slash, and members of Anthrax, Korn, Slipknot, and more telling stories of their first impressions of Pantera and Cowboys From Hell.

Hear a sample of “Dying Song”, Philip’s track with Metal Allegiance

Remaining Superjoint Summer 2015 Tour Dates:
Click on the date/venue to purchase tickets!
7/23 — Clarksville, Tenn. — Warehouse Live
7/24 — Pensacola, Fla. — Vinyl Music Hall
7/25 — Shreveport, La. — Warehouse
7/26 – New Orleans, La. — House Of Blues

Check out where our guy Vinnie Paul comes in on Loudwire’s Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time!

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While frontmen and guitarists get a lot of the glory in rock bands, drummers are very much a driving force behind the music, especially when it comes to hard rock and heavy metal. In the gallery above, we salute the men behind the kit with our picks for the Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time.

Some of these drummers were chosen based on their world-topping chops; some based on their historical influence; others based on knowing when to not show off their virtuosity; and ofttimes they were chosen based on some combination of all the above, among other talents.

But the end goal was to celebrate 50 drummers who have helped define the music we love, and now dominate our record collections. So take a seat and take the ride, and check out our list of Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time by clicking here.

USA Dimebag Commemorative ML Limited Run 100 PC

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Limited run of 100 pieces. Please contact deanusa@deanguitars.com for order/dealer inquiries.

The USA Dean Dimebag Darrell Commemorative ML Guitar is one of the most recognizable guitars in the world; seen on countless stages across the globe and heard on Dime’s recordings for decades. Dean Guitars has now proudly recreated this iconic guitar for you.

Limited to only 100 pieces worldwide, this extremely collectable guitar follows the specifications as Dimes Original “Dean From Hell.”

Key features include a solid mahogany body; set mahogany V shaped neck with rosewood fingerboard and mild roll over cream binding. Top mounted Floyd Rose tremolo system, vintage Style Grover Tuners, Switchcraft pickup selector switch, DBD Traction knobs, neck angle, and the same approximate weight as Dimes original DFH.

Each instrument is painstakingly finished with a hand airbrushed Lightning Bolt motif in exacting detail to Dime’s beloved Dean From Hell.

No detail has been overlooked; Dean has even replicated the signature “The Dean From Hell” that was handwritten by Dime himself on the headstock logo that adorns his original ML as well.

A limited edition custom hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Dime’s brother Vinnie Paul round off this amazing instrument.

More info here.

Philip announces that Superjoint will headline Housecore Horror Film Festival 3

Remaining Superjoint Summer 2015 Tour Dates:
Click on the date/venue to purchase tickets!
7/21 — Greensboro, N.C. — Greene Street
7/23 — Clarksville, Tenn. — Warehouse Live
7/24 — Pensacola, Fla. — Vinyl Music Hall
7/25 — Shreveport, La. — Warehouse
7/26 – New Orleans, La. — House Of Blues

New Dimebag Darrell ad in the September 2015 Edition of Guitar World (The Future of Shred edition)!

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