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I am in (drum)hog heaven

Holy crap: Danny Carey sat in premier Genesis tribute band The Musical Box the other night! Am I stoked that this clip is of the song “Can-Utility And The Coastliners”? Not exactly… but I’ll take what I can get.

(By the way, if I haven’t yet extolled the virtues of The Musical Box: they are absolutely amazing live.

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Holy crap

How can this be?! It sounds like thrash… but it’s from Hardrockica!

New (double) album comes out in November. If the rest of the album sounds like this, I’ll actually be looking forward to seeing Metallica in the next Arsies.

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This explains a lot, sadly

The PRP called out the fact that at Sunday’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, while accepting an award for being metal royalty, an emotional Joey Jordison revealed that he left Slipknot in 2013 because his transverse myelitis destroyed his ability to play drums.

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Trying something new

In my continuing efforts to make The Arsies the best imaginary metal tournament on the planet, I’ve started work on a new scoring system, which feeds into the First Listens. Now, instead of coming up with an arbitrary rating (0 to 4 stars), I’m scoring an album on multiple criteria. This adds up to a star rating, which hopefully will influence the battles come next January.