Banger Films announced today that international heavy metal icon and master shredder Alex Skolnick of Test is confirmed as the celebrity guest judge for the first season of its new digital series Shredders Of Metal — the first-ever talent competition show for heavy metal guitarists.
Named by Guitar World magazine as one of the fastest guitar players of all time, Alex Skolnick is an original member of Bay Area legends Testament, one of the most influential bands in thrash metal history, who have sold more than 4 million albums worldwide. He holds a BfA in Jazz from The New School in New York and is a respected improviser of multiple styles, who has released several critically acclaimed albums with his own trio and various artists.
“As a fan of Banger Films’ unyieldingly high quality output, from the Metal Evolution series to the docs on Rush and others, I was thrilled to be a judge on Shredders of Metal,” said Skolnick.
Shredders Of Metal will see seven heavy metal guitarists compete in a series of challenges testing skill and creativity in front of of three judges over six episodes. Each episode will showcase wicked shredding prowess and celebrate the mastery of lead guitar in metal music.
Joining Alex Skolick on the judges panel are Sam Dunn, co-founder of Banger Films, an award-winning film-maker and a global ambassador for the heavy metal community, and Daniel Dekay, lead guitarist for Toronto-based Diemonds and a host on BangerTV.
“I’m proud that Banger Films is creating Shredders of Metal because it’s the first-ever metal guitar competition show created by metalheads, for metalheads,” explained Sam Dunn. “Blistering lead guitar is essential to the sound of metal — and it’s about time that a competition show honoured this decades-old metal tradition. Bring on the shredders!”
Adds Daniel Dekay: “I jumped at the opportunity to nerd out over guitar with such esteemed company as Alex and Sam. It's poised to be a loud and intense competition and I can't wait to see whose licks reign supreme!"
The Shredders Of Metal digital series is produced by Banger Films with the support of the Bell Fund. It recently completed production and is preparing for a summer 2018 release. Details including the host and names of competitors coming soon.
Trooper Beer, the award winning collaboration between Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery and British music icons Iron Maiden, celebrated its 5th Birthday on Wednesday 9th May 2018.
Since its launch in 2013, the 4.7% ABV Premium British Beer has sold over 20 million pints, firmly establishing itself as a top 40 UK beer brand, whilst becoming a leading player amongst exported British Ales, having been sold in over 50 countries worldwide.
The Trooper family has grown to include three Limited Edition beers: Trooper 666 in 2015, with an ABV of 6.6%; Red ‘n’ Black, a porter style beer launched in 2016; and 2017’s Hallowed, a Belgium inspired hybrid ale.
2018 has also seen the launch of Light Brigade, a 4.1% ABV Golden beer brewed in support of Help For Heroes, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service, which is currently being rolled out across the UK.
These beers are the brainchild of Iron Maiden vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson, working in partnership with Robinsons’ Head Brewer, Martyn Weeks. Dickinson commented:
“I’m incredibly proud of the success that Trooper has had, and long may it continue. To sell over 20 million pints in 5 years is something that we couldn’t have imagined when we started out with just the simple plan to make a great session ale that didn’t compromise on flavour, and the quality of the end product speaks for itself. It has been great fun to work with Robinsons on Trooper and the various Limited Editions that we have created, each of which have been unique in their own way, and it’s exciting to see the reaction that our latest beer, Light Brigade, has had too. I’m delighted that our fans and beer lovers worldwide have enjoyed them so much, and who knows what we will come up with next... Cheers!”
Trooper has won multiple Gold medals at the prestigious British Bottlers’ Institute Awards, as well as picking up awards at the World Beer Awards, Global Beer Masters and International Beer Challenge.
Oliver Robinson, Managing Director (Beer Division) of Robinsons Brewery, added:
“The fact that Trooper is celebrating its 5th birthday shows that it isn’t just a ‘flash in the pan’. Together with Bruce and Iron Maiden we have created a globally renowned beer, which continues to venture into new countries (57 and counting!) and allows us to experiment with TROOPER Limited Edition beers. It’s a project that continues to excite everyone at the Brewery and I look forward to seeing what Bruce and Martyn are planning for the future!”
To celebrate the 5th Birthday, Trooper fans can get their hands on a Limited Edition badge at one of 86 stockists across the UK. Details can be found at www.ironmaidenbeer.com.
Trooper will also be available at all Iron Maiden 2018 UK Tour dates, listed at www.ironmaiden.com.
Online customers can take advantage of a special 24 hour offer on Wednesday 9th May, with a FREE TROOPER bundle with every TROOPER order purchased online, plus 5% off all TROOPER branded products.*
For more information on IRON MAIDEN BEER, please visit www.ironmaidenbeer.com,
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
During the longest siege a capital city has faced in the history of modern warfare, and amid the mortars and grenades, a heavy metal band agreed to play a concert…
Scream for Me Sarajevo is the astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994. Risking their lives, they were smuggled into the besieged city to play a concert for its citizens amidst the chaos of war.
The film is far from a straight concert movie and provides an insight into a wider story of the people of Sarajevo taking drastic measures to endure the privations of war and pushing the boundaries to survive. It reflects a thriving underground arts community who were living their lives in the shadow of war and making music in the face of devastating loss, and the huge impact the concert had on the people of Sarajevo at a time when they thought they had been forgotten by the rest of the world.
This must-see documentary includes footage of the gig and the war itself, as well as recent interviews with Bruce and his bandmates. The documentary also follows Bruce making an emotional return to Sarajevo, “War turns the world on its head, but this is an optimistic message”. Speaking of his experience Bruce said, “It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings”.*
In addition to the film’s release, via Eagle Vision, the music from the film is being released on CD/double LP via BMG.
Comprising music from the film which spans Bruce Dickinson’s solo career, the album features the rarities ‘Acoustic Song’ (previously only available as a bonus track on the 2001 Best Of Special Edition), ‘Inertia (Live)’ (previously only available as a bonus track on the expanded re-release of ‘Skunkworks’ in 2005) and the album closer ‘Eternal’ (previously only available as Japanese bonus tracks on ‘Tyranny Of Souls’).
Scream For Me Sarajevo the film and album is now available to pre-order exclusively via PledgeMusic at www.screamformesarajevo.com.
Awards: Sarajevo Film Festival: Audience Award; Human Rights Award; Special Jury Prize (Documentary) / Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (USA): Best Feature Documentary / DokuArt Bjelovar (Croatia): Audience Award; Young Jury Award/ dokuMfest (Bosnia & Herzegovina): Best Documentary / Tuzla Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina): Best Documentary
*Taken from Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography, ‘What Does This Button Do?’ available now.
Appearing on BBC Radio 1 Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show, Margot Robbie revealed one of her favourite bands is Download Main Stage artist Bullet For My Valentine. In the filmed segment Nick Grimshaw connects to a feed from Saskatoon Canada where the band are playing to 15,000 adoring fans and dedicate song ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ to the A List actress and successfully raise her heart rate to a whopping 134BPM
Bullet For My Valentine play Download Festival which takes place at Donington Park 8-10 June.
Headlined by: Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne.
Is this the strongest metal musician in the world? Finland's Tuomas Saukkonen (Before the Dawn, Wolfheart, Black Sun Aeon etc.)
Finnish winter metal band Wolfheart has quite a "strong" frontman.
Tuomas Saukkonen (Before the Dawn, Black Sun Aeon etc.) who is known from his several metal projects since the early 2000; is truly a familiar face in the gym! He just posted a video to his YouTube -channel where he benches 190kg´s which is almost 420lbs! Is he the strongest metal musician in the world?
Watch 'METAL vs. IRON' -video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Yn_5DlDxvT4
Wolfheart is currently continuing their 'Tyhjyss' - tour at the 70000tons of Metal - cruise.
THE WAIT IS OVER! ICONIC ‘TROOPER EDDIE’ comes to Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast Mobile game ahead of their 2018 European Tour.
Mobile games publisher, Nodding Frog and global rock legends Iron Maiden are proud to announce the arrival of seminal character, ‘Trooper Eddie’ to their award-winning Legacy Of The Beast mobile game.
Modelled on the character from the song, ‘The Trooper’ from 1983’s Piece of Mind album his arrival in the game emphasises the recent announcement that Maiden’s 2018 European Tour is named Legacy Of The Beast and takes inspiration from the mobile game and spin off comic book.
Comments Iron Maiden Manager, Rod Smallwood, “For this tour we decided to base the theme around the 'Legacy Of The Beast' name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to play a lot of 80’s favourites and to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! The game has always paid tribute to the recording and touring plans of the band with the timing, characters, worlds and even the launch of the PVP arena all having relevance to what the band were up to at any one time. With ‘The Trooper’ a mainstay of our touring set list for many years now I know our fans will finally love using ‘Trooper Eddie’ in the game. He looks incredible and his special ability is one of the wildest things we have seen in the game so far.”
The Trooper has finally been fully realised within Legacy Of The Beast and true to the lore of the doomed soldiers charging against all odds, he brings a series of team enhancing skills and abilities to make him and his brigade an unstoppable force on the battlefield…
Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space – taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets.
Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, is available now for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
For more information please visit - http://www.ironmaidenlegacy.com
UKEM (United Kingdom Extreme Metal) Records have the following announcement:-
"UKEM Records is 6 years old and it's been quite a journey! So to celebrate, we are offering 6% off all items in the web-store for 6 days plus FREE POSTAGE on everything! It's not much, but it's a small 'THANK YOU' to everyone that continues to support the label and distro. There has been a load of new arrivals and pre-order titles to chose from and remember that we now accept card payments! Thank you to you all - your support is very much appreciated."
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT....SUPPORT THE UK EXTREME METAL UNDERGROUND
Just in time for the holiday season, Blackened Death Records have begun pre-orders for their latest t-shirt - "In Conspiracy With Santa's Little Helper".
Blackened Death have had a number of popular shirt designs over the last few months including "Stop Supporting Racist Bands", "True Black Metal Weeaboo Trash", and "Heavy Metal Accepts All Sexualities and Genders".
Check out the shirt here.
Metal United World Wide (MUWW) is a project which brings together metal bands, fans, show organisers, media and other supporters for one big event. The idea is to have metal shows all over the world on the same date identified by the same banner. Everybody can be part and shows are individually organized. The aim is to create a world wide feeling of community as well as attract attention to the performing bands who are predominantly underground bands.
A community project needs community support. The project does not charge participation fees but relies on the support of the metal community. Around 20 show organisers have already agreed to put on a show on 5 May 2018 so far and there are a number of others interested. Below this text and at our website is the updated overview: www.metal-united-world-wide.com
Are you a band, show organiser, media representative or other metal institution? Do you already have a show or tour on that date? Do think this is a great project and you would like to get on board? Contact email@example.com. Everybody is welcome and can join. After all, this is Metal UNITED World Wide!!! \m/
Wacken Open Air has agreed to support our project. Please visit our list of partners to find out who else is on board. The list will be growing rapidly and of course you can be part.
Whatever you do, mark your diaries and be part of something special on May 5th, 2018! \m/
Scandinavia's premiere rock/metal label Mighty Music was established in the autumn of 1997. During the years over 200 albums have been released, countless singles, thousands of songs published, numerous live events and a helluva lot of merchandise. We have worked and still work with artists like Artillery, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Mike Tramp, Solbrud, SEA, No Return, Marco Mendoza, Dim Mak, Panzerchrist, Brutality, Blitzkrieg, Forsaken, Lucer, Black Book Lodge, Thorium, Vanir and lots of other great bands.
This year, they are celebrating our 20 years in the music business with a 2-day anniversary festival, taking place in the heart of Copenhagen at the new venue Halmtorvet 9.
"Alongside the music industry in general, we have had many ups and downs in the history of Mighty Music. From being an all CD focused record company up 'til today when we are embracing the new technology with digital streaming and alternative ways of releasing and promoting artists alongside old school CD & LP releases. I still remember the term "please return my stamps" and still remember all the hard work we put into the label back in the days and still do. I am very proud of the fact that Mighty Music are still around and bigger and stronger than ever. We will gladly take another 20 years in ring.I'm still metal, have long hair and a beautiful wife. My partner in crime, Bjarke Ahlstrand has short hair today, but a beautiful new wife and is still pretty metal :)" Michael H. Andersen, Mighty Music
MIGHTY MUSIC 20 years anniversary festival Line-Up
Friday the 10th of November 2017
INIQUITY (DK) "Serenadium" re-release party. The band is playing their cult album from 1996 from start to finish and some.
THE PETULANT (DK) "Death/thrash metal supreme, recently released their praised album "Dictum".
PARASIGHT (DK) "Crust metal/punk with members from The Kandidate and Pilgrimz".
Saturday the 11th of November 2017
SECRET HEADLINER "Probably the best classic hard rock band out of Denmark and a must see on your bucket list of bands, Robb Weir, Tygers Of Pan Tang".
CHIRO (DK) "Old school thrash metal. Est. in the late 80's and new album "Tunnel" out soon".
JUSTIFY REBELLION (DK) "Young, melodic thrash metal in the vein of early Metallica).
Presenters: Bjarke Ahlstrand & Michael H. Andersen
Tickets are 120 DKK per day and 200 DKK for 2-days. Buy tickets here www.billetto.dk
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