Hirax frontman and all-around thrashman Katon De Pena kindly dropped us a note over the weekend to apprise of the Jackson-wielding band’s new disc, Noise Chaos War, which combines three EPs—Barrage of Noise (2001), Chaos and Brutality (2007) and Assassins of War (2006)—all re-mastered in one fiendish package. That’s 18 songs and more than 50 minutes of exemplary thrash. Plus, should you require further incentive, it includes video footage of “Bombs of Death” performed live in Japan in February 2009.
Don’t take our word for it, though; watch this promo video:
Jackson recently received a giant horns-up from across the pond in Dear Olde Blighty, namely, an outstanding Phil Demmel Signature PDX review in the landmark 200th issue of the U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine.
The Phil Demmel Signature PDX, released earlier this year, was designed as a high-quality and highly affordable sibling to the fearsome Demmelition King V model. The Machine Head guitarist and we at Jackson aren’t all at ashamed to be somewhat biased in favor of the guitar, but the TG editors aren’t at all—and they wrote a veritable rave for the PDX.
It’s the only product called out in that issue’s “Rock and Rated” area (see photo below), and, in said review section, a number of pieces of gear are covered, but only one got the lead-in page picture—the PDX, with the sterling review appearing on the right-hand page opposite.
Some Total Guitar Phil Demmel Signature PDX review highlights:
“Two years down the line, TG still has bittersweet memories of testing Phil Demmel’s Jackson King V signature model. Sweet because we got to luxuriate in its elitist, grand-plus spec, spew white-hot riffs and feel like the god of thunder for an afternoon. And bitter, because giving it back to Jackson felt like losing a limb. Phil feels our pain, because he was once like us. That’s why the Machine Head hero has just emerged from the Jackson workshop with a new X-Series Demmelition that looks the same but costs half … it’s streets ahead of most electrics in the sub £500 price bracket.”
“… a sleek, well-balanced body that leads into a wide, flat neck whose compound-radius fretboard practically screams ‘solo on me!’”
“This guitar is all about the metal and it knocks that out of the park, delivering a tone that roars at the neck, crunches at the bridge, and will satisfy punters hoping to approximate Machine Head’s dark thrash.”
“It actually represents better value, looking the part, getting admirably close to top-dollar performance and blowing the already competitive mid-range metal market wide open.”
Born in Glendale, Ariz., in 2003, Job For a Cowboy has ridden a long way in the past seven years. After a short break from a relentless touring schedule, the band re-saddled and headed out to the prestigious Download Festival in England earlier this month. Not only were the band on the bill of the first day of the three-day metal marathon, they deservedly headlined the festival’s Third Stage on Friday, June 11, 2010. And thanks to their brutal, patented blend of death metal and hard-core, they quickly whipped the large throng watching them into a headbanging frenzy of circle pits.
Just before their triumphant Download performance, the band’s Jackson-wielding axeman, Al Glassman, graciously found the time to rap with us about his axe and amps. Thanks for taking the time before kicking some serious ass onstage, Al!
… and you can witness one of only seven global appearances at a theater near you today — June 22, 2010*
*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you can’t make it, or if your local theater is already sold out, there will be an encore presentation in select theaters on Thursday, June 24.
Two proud members of two of the elite “Big Four” bands – both abusing Jacksons: Scott Ian of Anthrax and David Ellefson of Megadeth.
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the ominous presence and staying power of thrash metal. Simply put, it’s the Carcharodon carcharias — the great white shark — of the heavy metal world: a remorseless, intimidating, brutally savage yet strangely graceful and beautiful creature that is both totally fearless and relentlessly unstoppable. Thrash’s evolutionary perfection was born of four U.S. bands in the mid-1980s: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. And while the undeniable influence of these four have spawned countless other bands – some of them truly amazing – none will ever equal let alone top their impact, influence and longevity. Hence the well deserved “Big Four” label bestowed on these founding fathers of thrash.
Strange as it may sound, and despite the fact that these four U.S. thrashers are all friends (for the most part!), they’ve never performed together — until now. Finally, after years of wishful thinking by the metal-loving masses and countless online rumors spreading virulently (like, say, anthrax), the dark dreams of many fans have finally been answered. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax recently announced seven dates together for their multi-band Sonisphere tour of Europe. The only trouble is that said shows are in pretty weird and wonderful locations (unless you live in said places, of course). June concert dates and the seven lucky cities are:
As previously reported in the Bloodline Blog, on Saturday, June 12, 2010, Lamb of God turned in a staggeringly brilliant performance on the main stage of the 2010 Download Festival in England. We were fortunate enough not only to witness them pummeling a 100,000-strong crowd from the side of the stage, but also to film some of it for our site! As you’re about to see firsthand, it was a jaw-dropping sight. Then, post-show, came the proverbial “icing on the cake” or ”beer on the house” — despite being exhausted, our exuberant pair of LoG signature artists, Mark Morton and John Campbell, took time to give us an exclusive interview. Here’s some of what we ended up with from side-stage and backstage. Enjoy — and if you’re a dad, HAPPY FREAKIN’ FATHERS DAY!
We can’t believe this hasn’t happened before, but, like all thrash metal fans, Jackson is psyched to report that the “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal—Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax—played together for the first time ever on the night of Wednesday, June 16, before 81,000 horn-throwing fans at the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.
There’s much shared history among the four bands, and they all occasionally cross paths with each other as they crisscross the worldwide concert circuit, but the June 16 event in Poland was in fact the first time that all four seminal bands have shared a stage.
“It’s kind of a big deal because the four bands have never actually played on the same stage together,” said Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo a few days before the event. “I’ll show up, bass in hand, ready to throw down. It should be cool. Hopefully it will be all peace and love and a lot of loud music.”
Several more Big Four shows are scheduled to take place in Europe; a June 22 concert in Bulgaria will be beamed to U.S. movie theaters (see clip below).
Members from all four bands met on June 15 in Warsaw for a pre-tour dinner and get-together that Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson called “very relaxed and comfortable” and “a class way” to ease into the tour.