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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 4

So as we hit the three days left in 2011 mark let me ask you something. Did anyone else think that the year flew by us at a record pace? I know it did for me and perhaps this instant society we are living in with the Internet being such a core of our daily happenings and Facebook/Twitter addictions being par for the course are the reasons. Whatever the case may be here we are once more in our presentation of the “New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012” from some of the finest musical people that I have had the opportunity to interact with. Please enjoy our fantastic fourth chapter.

Johnny Kelly (drummer for Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death): Not sure if I have a resolution or not. My first one isn’t music related and that’s to stop smoking! My musical one though is to keep working hard to be able to do something that I still love doing. I want to see great things happen for APHND and I want the new Seventh Void record to come out in 2012!

Steve Blaze (lead guitarist for Lillian Axe): …to become a better, more patient human being. This will enable me to become more well rounded and pure iin all aspects of what I feel are the important elements of a truly great musician. Talent is one aspect but the soul and spirit are what drive it to its limits.

Margarita Monet (lead vocals for Edge Of Paradise): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is, besides writing the best song ever made, to further solidify and spread the heavy sound of my band. It’s not very common these days that bands have their own sound distinguishing them from thousands of other bands, like Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden have, when you hear their songs, you instantly know that it’s Sabbath! So this is the New Year’s resolution, to strive to create epic music with a sound that’s unique to ourselves and of course to tour the world and make everyone hear it 🙂
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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 3

Hello again, it’s great that you are sticking with our New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012 Blog Series, and welcome to Wednesday or our “third times the charm edition”. As you have seen over the last couple of days posts, we posed the inquiry to a number of musical greats about what their resolutions might be as it relates to Metal or Music on the whole. I’ve loved what we got back from them and without any further adieu, please enjoy this chapter.

Stu Block (lead vocals for Iced Earth): My New Years Resolutions for 2012 is, to broaden my knowledge to the things that are happening in my country, politically and financially. Eat healthier and work out more.

Oliver Palotai (keyboards for Kamelot & Sons Of Seasons): My New Years Musical Resolution is to continue making good music and to further kick the mainstream in the ass!

Nick Avila (bassist for Powerglove): Powerglove’s New Years Metal resolution for 2012 is to overcome our Skyrim addictions, and write and record a new Video Game album for you. We are also exploring the logistics of building a Starburst cannon, setting up a Powerglove video game metal convention, touring Japan, and entering the world beard and moustache championships. Seeing as none of us currently have moustaches, we have our work cut out for us, but with a combination of Rogaine, miracle grow, and self determination, I believe we have a good shot at failure. Cheers to failure, and Happy New Year to you all!
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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 2

Welcome back, I’m so glad you could join us. You might remember how I recently posted a little more than a handful of New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012 by some truly great musical personality. Well, please enjoy the continuation of this enlightening and fun group of insights as we ask the Metal Community great to finish the sentence “My New Year’s Metal Resolution for 2012 Is……”

Alex Skolnick (lead guitarist for Testament/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Alex Skolnick Trio): My New Year’s Musical Resolution is to sift through the endless musical ideas I’ve recorded as voice memos or on MP3’s or cassette in the last few years and develop some of them into real songs.

Lance King (lead vocals for Avian, Pyramaze, more): My New Years Metal Resolution is “To incite the Metal Masses, awaken them from their apathy, to get their collective asses in gear to support the scene wherever they live in any way they can. To help spread the word and to go out to see the touring bands, help them make ends meet by paying the ticket price, having a head banging great time and buying a shirt, music or both!!! Seriously, the scene in all countries needs a huge shot in the arm. People need to take up the support roles of the fallen in promoting shows, championing artists with PR, sponsorships, media coverage, video skills, radio, new marketing ideas, alternate sources of revenue so bands are able to get out and do what they love to do best, share the music with the fans live. There simply is nothing in tech and home media that can reproduced a live metal concert’s experience when done well.

Sammy Avigal (vocals for Avigal): My new year’s Metal resolution is to continue living the Metal dream, enjoy what I love, and do best, and hopefully influence the next generation of Metal heads, as I was influenced as a young Metal head myself by the Metal elders of my generation.
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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 1

With Christmas now out of the way and Chanukah pretty close to ending as well our minds gets focused on the plans for the coming new year. We seem to always strive to change something in ourselves or do things a little differently from before when a new year begins and this got me to thinking a little bit. I wondered aloud about what the New Years Metal Resolutions for 2012 might be for some of the talented people that I have been fortunate enough to meet or communicate with in my role as founder of the PiercingMetal.com website. With that in mind I put the question out there and asked them to complete the sentence “My New Year’s Metal Resolution for 2012 Is….”

The first few responses are below and I’ll be adding a new post each day as 2011 counts down toward its close. I hope you enjoy them.

Carmine Appice (legendary drummer of Cactus, Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra, Blue Murder (whew…): My New Year’s Musical Resolution for 2012 Is to play with an even wider variety of artists and musicians.

Zak Stevens (lead vocals for Circle II Circle): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is to bring my music to as many fans in the world as possible this year. This is one of those “be careful what you asked for” years….Even though the task is daunting, it’s time to bring things to a new level in 2012! Horns up and pierce the world with metal!!

Brian Tatler (lead guitar for Diamondhead): My New Years Metal Resolution is… to keep looking out for new and interesting bands and to keep the Diamond Head flag flying for as long as possible. Thanks.
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Congrats To Revolver Magazine & Their 100th Issue!

Wow. So apparently Revolver Magazine has just reached their 100th issue and with this being the case and I wanted to take a moment to say kudos on the achievement. I’m a long time fan of the comics medium, which I speak about in my Comic Book Insight section on the site, and when you follow that kind of stuff you tend to realize that reaching 100 issues is not all that easy to do. When it happens in the comics there is often a big hoopla so why not do the same thing when a magazine that supports the same scene that I walk upon in the Metal Republic. Check out the cool cover.

Revolver Magazine Issue #100

The main feature of this particular issue is their picks for the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the segment runs for twenty nine pages and gives the reader a photo and some quick background on the artist. Some of them get a little more page space than others which I didn’t understand how one ranked against another and there was no numeric order to the listing to speak of. Despite this it was interesting to read.

So who are the “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” according to Revolver Magazine? Well, I decided to take the time to type up the whole run down in their order, are you ready? OK here goes nothing: Axl Rose, Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor, James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Vince Neil, Amy Lee, Lemy Kilmister, Billy Corgan, Angus Young, Trent Reznor, Maynard James Keenan, Blackie Lawless, Kid Rock, Sully Erna, Kerry King, Jimmy Page, Ted Nugent, Nergal, Danny Worsnop, Taylor Momsen, Serj Tankian, Steven Tyler, Till Lidemann, Dave Navarro, Henry Rollins, Scott Ian, Chester Bennington, Nikki Sixx, Ivan Moddy, Marilyn Manson, Dave Mustaine, Al Jourgensen, Rob Zombie, Ching Moreno, Rob Halford, M. Shadows, Josh Homme, Scott Weiland, Jonathan Davis, James Durbin, Flea, Ville Valo, Kind Diamond, Sebastian Bach, Sammy Hagar, Chris Cornell, Glenn Danzig, Duff McKagan, David Draiman, David Lee Roth, Iggy Pop, Randy Blythe, David Coverdale, Skrillex, Aaron Lewis, Tommy Lee, Billie Joe Armstrong, Phil Collen, Shaun Morgan, Lars Ulrich, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Roger Waters, Ronnie Radke, Bret Michaels, Dave Grohl, Brian May, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell, Robert Plant, Billy Idol, Jacoby Shaddix, Dee Snider, Zakk Wylde, Chad Kroeger, Vinnie Paul, Billy Gibbons, Pete Townsend, Kirk Hammett, Alice Cooper, Jeremy McKinnon, Tom Morello, Slash, Mick Mars, johnny Rotten, Brian Johnson, Davey Havok, Bruce Dickinson, Tony Iommi, Nathan Explosion, Alexi Laiho, Gerard May, Joe Perry, Geezer Butler, Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, Andy Biersack.

After reading this I will say that some of the list surprised me based on a few of the inclusions and some omissions made me scratch my chin but oh well. These lists are always something that sparks debate with the Metal Republic but I don’t have time to get one started right now. I did entertain offering up a quick list of my own “25 Top Metal Providers” but that will have to be a feature I add to the blog in the coming year. Let’s see what happens.

The 100th issue also features a number of other cool articles and their top albums of 2011 which is some solid reading. If you want to know what those are you will have to pick up a copy on the newsstand or order online via their website. Congrats once more on the milestone I raise a glass to you and of course the prerequisite “horns”; Here’s to your next 100 issues.

Official Website: http://www.revolvermag.com