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TABLE OF CONTENTS pg.8 (hed) PE pg.11 The Expendables pg.14 Disturbed pg.18 MC 2 EmCee -Caus/01 pg.20 CD Reviews pg.22 Comic Reviews pg.24 Snot pg.26 Bomb Town pg.28 Norma Jean pg.29 Bleeding Through pg.30 NorCal Metal Report pg.32 Wu-Tang Clan Centerfold Calendar pg.35 Your Music Olympicks bands pg.36 Cylinder pg.38 The Devil Himself pg.39 Sarah Jane pg.40 Archer pg.41 Dirty Penny pg.43 The Backup Razor pg.46 Marriage Made In Hell pg.48 Man Automatic pg.50 Metallica pg.54 Jamaica Dyer pg.57 Your Music Olympicks Calendar pg.58 Concert Calender


(hed) P.E. is a classic example of the strands of truth explosively unraveling before your very eyes while stimulating your brain with an intense array of creatively refreshing music designed to spark a severely observant catalyst of thought. Their new album “New World Orphans” just hit the shelves this January through Suburban Noize records and has already sparked an incredible buzz. I sat down with front man Jared Gomes to discuss the release and his general musical/life philosophies…

a conversation with

The Truth is Undeniable

You’ve been playing a lot lately, looks like you’re hitting up Japan soon after you get done with the U.S… Jared: Touring you say? Yeah definitely, been putting in some work, and I do enjoy going out to Japan, I haven’t been there in about two years. English is such their second language for them and they are really into American music as well. So how do you feel about your brand new album “New World Orphans?” Jared: Loving it! I’m quite interested in this concept of “New World Orphans”… Jared: Yeah, it’s basically just saying that in the context of the so called New World Order, those of us who oppose it or choose not to be included would be orphans from it. So then it’s kind of up to us to find our own voice right? Jared: Yeah,

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there’s so much information out there that our records are used to spark thought amongst the youth to go and do their own research. I noticed you’ve been doing some pretty cool features lately, specifically having Tech N9ne on your new album and a couple of other Hip Hop artists... Jared: Tech N9ne is definitely a great artist and has been an influence on me so it was a blessing to get him on the album, and we’ve toured with him a couple of times as well. Right now, we’re on tour with a guy from his label Cut Calhoun, so there’s kind of a cross marketing of the underground there; the underground family is big. What do you think you’re gonna do after you’re touring endeavors, you gonna kick back for a while or hit the studio again? Jared: We’ve got a new DVD to put out this year, we put out an episode a


year and I got a solo album that I’m gonna be putting out before the next (hed) P.E. album drops. I got a pretty full plate ahead of me. What’s your solo album gonna be like? Jared: I’m gonna make it more Hip Hop since (hed) P.E. has got so much heavy music. When did you get into Hip Hop? Jared: I’d say around the time of N.W.A…nowadays, I use the Hip Hop formats vocally but I wouldn’t call myself a rapper, if someone wants to call me a rapper than whatever. I guess it works for other guys except for me, I sing so much and I scream so much it would be hard for me to call myself a rapper. Ok, so we have a question that a reader of the magazine wanted us to ask you…The questions is: “Why do you spell your name the

way you do and what does your name mean? Jared: Ok well, P.E. stands for Planetary Evolution and the (hed) stands for the fact that everyone’s reality starts with inside their head. It’s like a complex formula and as far as it being spelled lowercase and in parenthesis it’s just insinuating something like a phonetic spelling and some kind of higher learning or thinking.


On personal level, what’s all this like? Do you feel like your living your dream come true? Jared: Oh yeah! I’m so grateful and I feel blessed. It’s like you just said, living a freakin’ dream! Let’s make it perfectly honest, I’m a blue collar man, I live in a suburban middle-class neighborhood with a 2 car garage and I am not by any stretch of the imagination “well off,” but… I still know that I’m lucky and extremely blessed. You can’t really ask for much more… Jared: I don’t. Alright, shifting gears…what do you think about the way our country is heading? Does the inauguration we just had change the way you see things? Jared: I have high hopes for Obama. I think he is a good man. I’ve heard that he’s a member of the Syrian Council of Nine which is a member of Elevated Souls. He is in an extremely powerful position with all kinds of demons around him in Washington cuz they’re all a

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bunch of crooks. We just gotta hope that he’s empowered by all the hopes of the people. There are definitely some good guys in Washington, it’s kind of a Spy vs Spy thing going on, or a good vs evil where we don’t get to see what’s really going on. I think the fact that he won the election shows that the tide is turning and the scales are tipping towards the favor of the people, the common man. And you know, when artists like yourself just get out there and speak the truth, regardless of other people telling you to tone down your lyrics, it’s quite an inspiration for people and other artists as well. Thank you for doing what you do… Jared: Oh dude my pleasure. Just let your readers know, keep in touch on myspace.com/hedpe and if you really want to know where we get our information from…the more specialized website is:

www.NewWorldOrphans.com

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In a time when most people are crying about the great depression of 2008, it looks like The Expendables had a great year! Can you give us some highlights from 2008? Ryan: We have been so busy over the last few years it’s hard to remember exactly when a year starts and ends for us. The best part of 2008 was our 2nd national headlining tour that stretched from Seattle to New York down to Florida to San Diego and everywhere in between. The tour was a few days shy of 2 months and we took Rebelution as main support and OPM as the opener. The highlights of this tour, besides becoming best friends with the bands, was definitely the last week of shows where we sold out Phoenix theater in Petaluma, Senator Theater in Chico, House of Blues Hollywood and San Diego and the Vet’s Hall in San Luis Obispo. It’s a good feeling when you end a long tour with a week of killer shows back home in California. Raul: Every band’s career is filled with peaks and valleys. We are just lucky to be enjoying a peak right now during this economic climate. There were a lot of great highlights for us across the country this year especially since we got to open some great shows. Opening up for Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, and Sly and Robbie at the Greek Theater in Berkeley was amazing. That was one of the coolest venues I have ever played. Getting lucky enough to be a download on Guitar Hero III was pretty shocking and we are very grateful for that opportunity. Hopefully it will expose us to an audience that would never have thought to give us a listen otherwise. We had a blast touring all year long with a lot of great bands, and there was a very limited number or sharp objects thrown at my face. All in all it was a great year. We like to ask bands what their dream gig would be. If you asked me I’d say playing with NOFX in Hawaii would be ideal. How did those shows go? Ryan: We’ve never done shows in Hawaii or with NOFX anywhere so having the chance to put those two together was awesome. NOFX is the raddest band in the universe and them

and their crew were all very nice to us; we got along great. Geoff: My dream gig would be anywhere with any band. The only thing that would make it a dream come true would be if I got paid in a lifetime membership to Pebble Beach golf course. Sounds lame but golf gives me a boner. The Expendables put on a great show at The Catalyst on New Years Eve! New to me was the Maiden/ Metallica style intro, which really showcased some shredding guitar work. Where did that come from? Is this a new direction for the band? Ryan: Its not the new direction but it is a new song we’ve been working on. We’ve always mixed a metal style with reggae. We like to get weird. Geoff: The metal stuff is something we all like to play. It’s challenging for us so it keeps driving us to become better players. I think it also comes from playing parties around town back in the day. At those parties there was always some drunk tattooed dude yelling “Slayer! play some Slayer pussies!”, so it’s taken us 10 years to be able to play songs to make that dude happy. About time, huh? I heard you were working on a new CD. Is this true? Ryan: Yeah, we’ve been working

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on new songs for another album. We’ve preproduced and recorded about 14 songs in our practice room with our friend’s mobile studio. We’re still writing and trying to get one more session of prepro in so by early summer we’ll have 20 or so brand new songs to record at Total Access Recording Studio down in Redondo Beach. We’re still not sure on a release date or an album title yet. What are your plans for touring in 2009? Ryan: We are going on tour with Less Than Jake in March. We start in Florida and hit the east coast and Midwest before we make it back to the west. The tour ends April 1st at the Warfield in San Francisco. Where are your favorite places to play? Ryan: Janus Landing in St. Petersburg, Florida - actually anywhere in Florida because the fans are crazy out there. Anywhere in California is cool too, especially the Fillmore SF, the Roxy Hollywood, Canes San Diego, any of the House of Blues. I think I’m the only one who finds this interesting but what do you guys eat on the road? Ryan: Now that we are in an RV we try to buy groceries and stay away from the fast food. Geoff: We have the worst diet on the road. Not by choice either. A lot of times we’re driving 300+ miles, so we eat lunch when we get gas. Gas station food is not healthy at all. I usually grab a water, a hot pocket, some Funions and some toilet paper in preperation for diarrhea.

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Raul: Adam and I are big on food so we love this question. We try to

eat regional foods wherever we go. Chowder in Boston, Blue Crab in Maryland, everything in New York, BBQ in Texas and the MIdwest, sushi on the coasts, etc. This hole in the wall, the Beaten Bath, is the best place. Unfortunately when you’re travelling in the country in a van or R.V. or bus you are making pit stops whenever you can and often times have somewhat of a limited budget. So you can count on at least one gas station meal a day which usually makes for horrific gas. Other than that all you can do is pray for a venue to provide catering. The best chain restaurants are Cracker Barrel (like Denny’s but the food is good), and Ruby Tuesday’s (good choice and prime burgers with a great salad bar and phenomenal croutons). Expect to gain weight and miss all your favorite restaurants from home. They know nothing of salad and vegetables between Texas and Florida, and the Mexican food is usually gut busting and disgusting. Also if you’ve been drinking and want a fun hang out with a side of diarrhea for later, I recommend Waffle House. Is there any advice you can give to local bands that are looking to step beyond their local market? Ryan: Three words - hit the road. There was a time when we would play anywhere for anything and that’s the mentality you need for exposure. Geoff: Keep your band together! I think that’s why most bands fizzle out. They just can’t stay together long enough to really create good songs and keep playing any gig possible. That’s another thing - play any gig possible. The more you play live the better performer you will be. It’s one thing to be a good band and another to be a good performer. Have both. I think performance helps communicate your


music and message to the audience. Also, get better at your instrument. No matter how good you think you or your band is there is always someone that will shred over you. If you think you rip, rip harder, maybe take lessons. You can never be too good for your instrument. If you want to get out of town and start touring, do it. Don’t hold back. Contact other bands in your genre and see if you can book shows together in your town and theirs. Again, play anywhere possible. We started out by doing weekend trips of 2 to 4 shows up and down

California. California is really special because you have a lot of markets to play and a lot of bands to play with all within a nine hour drive. Where do you guys see The Expendables in 2 years? 5 years? Ryan: Doing the same thing we have always done - play shows, release albums, create a bigger fan base and have the time of our lives while we are doing it. Oh yeah, and be in a bus touring.


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By Tracy Forsyth-

Disturbed is one of today’s hottest acts and I am so proud to have them join our family of pure rockers here at Your Music Magazine. Disturbed give 100% in the studio as well as on stage and each album they produce seems to tower over the last. This Grammy nominated band seems to be just like a fine Scotch or wine – with time they are just getting better, finer & smoother. Disturbed is arguably the best ‘new metal’ band that has been produced in many years and rank right up there with Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and even Metallica. The band is comprised of David Draiman (vocals), Mike Wengren (drums), John Moyer (bass) and Dan Donegan (guitar). This kick ass quartet gets on stage, plays like no other and leaves you wanting more! Dan took the time to speak with me last month a week before their show here in Calgary & here is what we had to talk about!

I received an advanced copy of your CD a few months ago and I was completely blown away. Thank you so very much for producing an album full of such passion and substance. I think you guys hit the nail on the head when you stated that you “think we are releasing the kind of music that the industry needs right now” – without a doubt you have done that. DD: Cool! Well thank you very much. We are obviously very very proud of this one and it’s challenging each time to try and outdo ourselves and it’s a new challenge each time we are trying to do stuff that’s not rehashed and trying to be creative and trying to just push it in slightly different directions every now and then. ‘Inside the Fire’ is getting HUGE radio airplay here. Is it surprising to you that 14 this song IS getting the

airplay it is getting? DD: Um…yeah I guess. Kind of…I mean, the way it’s been reacting in certain territories and certain markets throughout the US and in Canada, because the subject matter of that song is a little surprising. The people are embracing it a little bit more because it is a little more controversial with the meaning behind it. It’s great that they are playing it and getting the message out there. When you guys are writing – is there a primary writer or is it all out collaborative effort by all of you? DD: It goes in kind of stages for us I think. Everything always starts with me and with guitar riffs – I kind of just piece together a rough idea that feels good to me musically. From there Mike our drummer will come down to my house, I’ve got a drum kit at


What or who drew you into music as a career? DD: It was just growing up, going to concerts, and seeing some of my favorite bands. Just seeing how powerful it was to have 4 or 5 guys on stage that were attracting such a big crowd, as well as girls in the crowd that were going to the show (laughing). That’s appealing to a young teenage kid that is going to come out and say ‘WOW’ – it was just very appealing to me – I’ve always wanted to be a musician and be in a band and make music. It seemed like a good form of expression. I’m typically kind of a quiet guy. I’ve been a shy quiet guy growing up except for within my group of friends. It’s just a good way to have that alter ego and that different side of you - to just flip that switch when you go on stage, everybody always sees the mean or intense guy on stage – it’s a good way to get that release. If you could go back in time – knowing then what you know now – would you change anything about your career or are you happy with where the cards fell? DD: You know, I can’t complain at all. I mean it’s been a great life. It’s been everything that I hoped for - even the down side of things the sacrifices you make to get there, that’s just part of it. No, I’m not going to give a sob story of how rough it is but that’s part of being in this business, you know. The thing you don’t think about growing up when you want to be a rock star is you’re going to miss your family and friends. You’re going to miss weddings, you’re going to miss

funerals – you’re going to have to time your own weddings and funerals because you’re out on the road touring and things are a little different in that sense. BUT – the upside is I get to play music that I created for tens and hundreds of thousands of fans all of the time. I can’t believe that we have been going strong for this long. I think everything happens for a reason. I’m glad that we have our own sound and we were always hard to fit into a certain group or certain label. I don’t need that. It doesn’t matter to me and I don’t want to be a part of a trend. I like that it has been a slow steady climb for us and we still feel like we’re getting bigger. We still feel like we are getting new fans each time we go out. I wouldn’t change that because I know that it’s real, it’s organic and we built this from the ground up. It wasn’t that we just got the success off of this mass exposure or from the media or anything else. We got it from hard touring and being on the road. Of course the high profile tours and radio and some of that definitely helped the success of the band in a big way but I think just from us touring hard and delivering it live has built our fan base over the years, and I wouldn’t change that. READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW AT:

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my house, and we will just play with beats. Once we get a good feel of what sounds right to us we get it to David. We’ll just make a basement recording of it and then just kind of mess around with it and strike something with David. It’s a back and forth process from there until everything is coming together and everyone has put in their ideas or their two cents. You know – it’s just always kind of been that way. We anticipate each guys move and what we are capable of doing and we still push each other. If anything we are NOT concerned about our own part. We are always concerned about the other guys’. Its part of pushing each other to get better performances and fresh new ideas out of each other.

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ve MC with California nati the ever a is ic st au C to Kid ility to adapt n remarkable ab of Hip Hop while maintai ce om fr pa it ng gi ke an Ta ch progression. a firm grip on its fire like his breath gets e me, this cat sp inhales bits of brimston n he ow r kn te t it be fresh af ones just to lezone. ph ro ic m in rn l bu his own lyrica that he owns s, enjoy… Anyway Where are you from Kid Caustic? Kid Caustic: I’m from Fremont, California. Union City, Hayward, Oakland this entire area is mine, I love this place and I feel like I ain’t going anywhere else anytime soon. So let’s talk about what drives you musically, I know you listen to a lot more than just Hip Hop, what are some of your influences both regarding Hip Hop and other element beyond that spectrum? Kid Caustic: Hip Hop wise, influentially I would just have to say the beginning. The roots and all the great ideas that came out of it, I’d say a lot of my area was Nas, Big L and Diggin in the Crates scene, alotta stuff that pioneered a way to be free about your rhyme-styles. Outside of rap music I’ve definitely gained a lot from old classic rock and new alternative rock and punk rock, all of it really because it’s all relevant. Anything that evoked emotion for me initially. That’s really the whole concept behind my music, my whole goal is to make you feel a different way at the end of the day and even if I made you think slightly different for one moment…then that means I’ve done my job. What do you see coming in the future as far as you and your style particularly what you plan on bringing to the table this year, and also…what do you see for Hip Hop in general. Kid Caustic: Answering the second part first, ideally, I’d like to see all this diversity amongst the genre kinda take a backseat and hopefully we’ll figure out that we can all get our message across through our words and our art and everything we do in our lives. Hopefully, I’d like this era of segregation to come to an end. Hopefully, we can all perform on the same stage and get the same reaction and evoke the same emotions for people. For myself, emotion has been a big word lately because I’m trying

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shock myself and make myself think different at the end of the day as well as ya’ll. So what are you working on right now? Kid Caustic: I’m working on a project called “Hiding in Plain Sight” which I feel is probably the most appropriate thing I’ve named anything. I feel like the title alone speaks for a lot of people in my situation who have worked really hard at this music and put a lot of effort into this music. We’re all trying to find our exposure, our niche and reach people, it’s all about what you’re exposed to and how you meet people. Now…we’re gonna end this interview with some good old fashion word association:

to tap a little deeper into myself and challenge myself to say something new that I never thought I would say before, that’s what it’s really all about. As far as me trying to express myself and get my point across, it’s really just trying to

Music – Creativity Life – Progress Lyrics – Originality Kid Caustic- Heat The Future – Soon Hip Hop – also Soon


Les Claypool

Tom Gabel

Of Fungi & Foe

Heart Burns

Prawn Song

Sire

From the mind of the man that has brought you so many years of blissful musical oddities, Primus’ Les Claypool unleashes the weird once more. A compilation of material he’s recorded over the past few years, ranging from an expanded version of Les’ hit Mushroom Men video game theme to the impromptu jam session with Gogol Bordello’s madman Eugene Hutz that led to the track “Bite Out Of Life”, this album is no Electric Apricot, kids. Check out next month’s issue for an exclusive interview with the Les Claypool!! - Itay K

Static-X Cult Of Static Reprise Records Static-X is set to release their sixth studio album on March 17th and fans of the band won’t be disappointed. There are some surprises like the rerecording of “Lunatic” (which originally appeared on the sound track release to “Punisher: War Zone”) featuring a guest guitar solo by Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine. Check out track 5 Tera-Fied for some Pink Floyd style syth work.

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First, let us shake off the shackles of expectation. This is not a revival record. Against Me! die-hards hoping for Gabel to return to his low-fi, low-profile, lowbudget roots will be wholly disappointed. While they’re pining for things past, Tom Gabel is evolving. Heart Burns’ approach is brazenly modern (see drum machine and elaborate vocal effects) and clashes with his thoughtful songwriting to create a sound that is original, distinct and avant-garde. Gabel gets downright journalistic with “Anna is a Stool Pigeon,” a sort of true crime ballad about a would-be domestic terrorist falling for an FBI informant. Equally about revolution and law as it is about emotional betrayal, Gabel editorializes: “Anna thinks she’s a hawk, she’s just a fucking snitch.” Standing out as the record’s most memorable song, we realize that Gabel is at his best writing wordy songs with topical subject matter rather than the esoteric cultural criticisms that he sometimes focuses on. At its worst, Heart Burns is lesser version of Against Me!, lacking the elemental qualities of intensity and camaraderie and thus is less entertaining. At its best it’s an interpretive account of an era. The present is paramount in these songs about justice, war, elections and trying to get by in the modern world and Gabel has never seemed more focused on the now. The lyrics have a quality of defining the year like a time capsule buried in the earth. His summation: “Don’t miss your chance to see it while it’s all happening. These are once in a lifetime events and time will wait for no one.” - Kevin Madness


Rose Funeral The Resting Sonata Metal Blade

In classical music, the term “Sonata” refers to a large scale instrumental work, typically characterized as having a complementary tonal center and an argumentative interplay between the themes and phrasings. Fully expecting a relaxing orchestral piece, I pressed play and reclined in anticipation. You can imagine my surprise when the first track, entitled “Sodomizer” began. First of all, the string arrangements were loud and distorted, the composer didn’t do a very good job of establishing a theme, and frankly, it sounded vaguely satanic. Also the lyrics were difficult to make out, but I think I heard him say, “You’re loosing tons of blood!” and since the song was called “Sodomizer,” I could only assume it was out of his rectum. How inappropriate! I nearly spilled my glass of red wine when I heard that. However, as the album progressed I became more and more fond of this Death Metal sound with its blasting beats, heavy rhythms and rolling guitar riffs. The vocalist had a particularly interesting style, utilizing two distinct sounds set against each other, one high and raspy and the other a low growl. My favorite track is “Remain in Dirt” on account of it’s explosive sound and expert interaction between the guitar and drums. So although I was initially disappointed it wasn’t 18th century chamber music, The Resting Sonata turned out to be pretty good. If only Beethoven had song titles like “Created to Kill” and “Embalming the Masses,” he really could have been more successful. Or if Johann Sebastian Bach had more screaming in his music, everybody wouldn’t have thought he was such a pussy. They could learn a lot from these guys. - Kevin Madness

The Vox Jaguars

The Vox Jaguars self-titled Anodyne Records

Now, I didn’t really know what to expect when I got this. I’d heard the band’s name around town, seen a few fliers, but never really took the time to expand beyond name recognition. Then I received this lovely little 4 song EP in the mail. I put the CD on and was immediately drawn to the raw power of the first track, “Swagger”. (I come to find out later that the song was featured in an episode of the Fox TV show Canterbury Law... ...don’t look at me... I don’t watch that shit...what do you want from me?) I think I listened to the album 4 or 5 times until I put something else on... I’m a big fan of bands such as The Strokes, We Are Scientists and The White Stripes who combine a bit of that classic rock & punk energy with a modern and unique feel. So needless to say, The Vox Jaguars were definitely a pleasant surprise. And as it turns out, these little fuckers are still in high school... If that’s the case, I’d say these guys have a long and prosperous career ahead of them. - Itay K

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blow it out... they’re back! By: Josh Pierson What were you doing in the mid-late 90’s? If I had to guess you were watching the beginning of TRL on MTV with bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn becoming more popular by the day. The sad part was that the internet still wasn’t the premier spot to download music quite yet, and underground hard rock and metal bands still were only getting around through word of mouth. The truth to it is that there were a slew of bands coming out in the mid-late 90’s that were musically better, and all around more talented in some people’s eyes, and didn’t ‘do it all for the “nookie.” While the Bizkit was busy having Fred Durst come out of a giant toilet on main stage at Ozzfest, Snot was on second stage causing all kinds of trouble, getting arrested and causing viewers to witness a much more ferocious blend of hard rock, punk, and whiteboy funk for the non-trendy kids who didn’t feel like sitting at main stage. On December 11th, 1998 when singer Lynn Straight died in a horrible car accident, some including myself thought it was the end of Snot, a band that most definitely ended far before their time. But after talking with the band before their triumphant return to the scene with new singer Tommy Vext, I realized that maybe that was their time, that maybe Snot is supposed to be remembered the way they were and be the huge influence they were on a ton of bands. Now, re-organized and ready to bring on a new life and new, younger fans I was able to sit down with Mikey Doling (Guitar) and Sonny Mayo (guitar) before their San Francisco opening Mudvayne. Fran Fr anci an cisc ci sco sc o sh show ow ope o p ni pe ning ng g for for Mud M udva ud vayn va y e. yn

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How’s the tour going so far with Mudvayne? Mikey: The tours been great, the guys in Mudvayne have been treating us great, and this is our first national tour as Snot in over 10 years. Has the crowd been pretty receptive? Mikey: Yes, I can honestly say they love it. Was this tour set up through you guys or through the agency? Mikey: It was a phone call between me and Chad (Mudvayne), he’s a buddy of mine. I toured with Hell Yeah when I was in my other band Invitro. When Snot decided to get back together, I just made a phone call to Chad. One or two days later we had the tour locked in. Is Invitro going to continue? Mikey: Invitro is kind of a side thing; I mean we wear tin foil on our heads! It’s strictly for fun, just a good time. Since Snot stopped back in ’98, you’ve been with Amen and Sevendust, how does it feel to be back with Snot? Sonny: Feels great man, I didn’t suspect we were going to get back together after ten years, I didn’t really consider it. When I departed from Sevendust, and Mikey departed from Invitro, we had already been jammin’. When we were both free, we were like we should probably work on some music. Started to put some music down, didn’t really know what we wanted to do at first, we had some great singers come down. Then Chad and Dez (Devildriver) said they wanted to take us out, it was great man. I’m thankful for every moment I get to play music, and I get to jam with my boys. Now how did you find Tommy? Mikey: We found him in a dark alley gutter! Tommy was a fan of Snot at like 15 years old, and used to come out to our shows in NYC and bring us food and gifts, and we used to take pictures with him and autographs. Lynn took a real fondness to him, he even brought a picture to the tryout of him and Lynn, and he ended up moving to LA to start a band with another dude who I really don’t care to mention. That didn’t work out, and we were trying out singers, and it just didn’t feel right yet and Tommy was available, so I called Tommy and three days later he came down and from the first second, Sonny and I were instantly like, yeah. He completely kicked ass! With the new singer, is there a new album? Mikey: I think it’s going to be soon. We want to write a bunch of music, and labels have been calling, and


yeah we’d love to put a new record out next year. We’ll see, it’s likely. Sonny: It would be ideal, do the record and tour the world, cause Snot never left the United States. We didn’t even make it to Canada. We’ve all been all over the freaking world, but in other bands. On the myspace page, and all the shirts, there’s a lot of Lynn everywhere, would you consider this a tribute tour? Sonny: In a way, we’re paying homage to Lynn by playing songs. Those are his lyrics, all of them. Mikey: It’s out of respect, he is a member of Snot, he’s just not here to perform. We miss him tremendously, we gotta give that respect, and his spirit has still got to be kept alive. Sonny: Before we ever did our first show back, his mom and both of his sisters came to rehearsal and hung out with us and Tommy had the picture of him and Lynn. We got their blessing, we had to get the blessing first. We kind of just wanted to do it as right as we could. When Lynn called you back in the 90’s to join the band, how was that conversation? Sonny: That’s classic right there. It was Easter Sunday, I had been gone all day, I got back to my house playing Sega Genesis or something, and my girl comes in and she goes hey there’s someone on the phone for you. I’m like Hello? He’s like “This Sonny? Man I’ve been trying to get a hold of you all day? This is Lynn.” I was like, well what do you want? And he said, “I want Metal!” I replied, “You called the right place.” He called me back in ’95. I had a town house, I had a job, I was ready to go like that. I had no expectations I was just ready, and when I got off the phone with Lynn that day I talked to each guy in the band, and I told him to send me the demo. After I got off the phone my girlfriend sits down and she’s like, “you’re going huh?”

When Snot first came out, the scene was all over the place, it’s kind of getting that way now again, you guys had a lot of different influences. Do you see any similarities between now and then? Mikey: I can almost say I’ve said that recently, it seems like it’s ok for Snot to play again right now. Maybe four or five years ago I don’t know if it would have been as cool, there was all this metal core and emo scene. Everything was very very serious and people forgot how to have a good time. It seems like it’s a good time for Snot to come back, music is starting to loosen up again, and people want bands to sound different again. A lot of these emo kids out there, God bless ‘em and their little hair cuts. But they all have the same formula. Sonny: People always ask me what kind of band we are, metal? sure, we’re all those elements, but we’re a rock band! Any new bands you guys are diggin’? Mikey: Airbourne, killer band, they’re like AC/DC went “damnit! we need to have some babies!” Tommy: I like Gojira, a French band. I got a chance to hear the new record, it’s really good French heavy metal, and it’s different. Mikey: The new Bleeding Through is ferocious stuff. Years from now when you look back, what do you want people to remember, and what do YOU want to remember? Mikey: It was a good time. We’re not here to change the world man, we’re a rock band. I hope people have a good time for that hour or so they jam to us. It’d be cool if some kids were in a band that got big and Snot was one of their influences.

In the recording of Straight Up how was the experience on that? Mikey: There were a lot of vocalists on that, and all the music was written by Toomer, Shannon Larkin, myself, and Sonny had a part in it as well. The hard part was getting the singers in from the tours into Los Angeles. It was a hard process, at first it was all good intentions, it was for my friend who died, but at the end of it I was pulling my hair out. It was definitely hard, I’m glad I did it now but it definitely didn’t come out quite like i wanted it to. But it was a tribute for Lynn.

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bomb town By Maxwell Barna Tommi Infamous has been a very influential figure in the New Jersey and East Coast Ska, Reggae, Punk, Dancehall and Hardcore scene for years. His band, Bomb Town, has just released their second CD ?!INTERROBANG?! on Stubborn Records. I caught up with Infamous at their CD release party in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We sat down to discuss a little bit of Bomb Town history, a little bit about ?!INTERROBANG?! and tied off some other odds and ends. Alright, so first and foremost – how long has Bomb Town been around? Like, how’d it all come to be? Give me a brief rundown. Tommi Infamous: Bomb Town’s basically, I guess, four-years old pretty much. I’d been playing drums in a band called The Insults for a while, basically just straight up punk rock. At that point I just determined that I wanted to go back to singing and I felt that I wasn’t really that great at playing drums anyway. So I started trying to piece together a band and slowly but surely it became Bomb Town. Who or what are some of the things that have influenced you as both a musician and an individual? Tommi: Well basically just Jamaican music. Not even Jamaican music specifically, but any type of “struggle music.” Punk Rock, Hardcore, Ska, Reggae; every time I hear a song that I’ve probably heard a million times it makes me feel like, “this is the fuckin’ shit.” Whether it’s Punk, Hardcore, Hip Hop, what ever. I got so into just hearing those tunes and basically came to the conclusion that it’s great; the best fuckin’ music in the world. Through the different phases of my life there have been different types of music attached to it. It’s basically been a giant sound track. Everybody knows that you’ve been playing music for a while. Whether it be the

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front man for Bomb Town, your various other side projects, and even Dub The Punx. What is one of your favorite memories of being on the road, or one of your favorite show memories? Tommi: Well I mean whenever Bomb Town went anywhere, it was always really fun because they’re fun dudes. They’re my best friends, so it’s always fun. I would say that my hands-down most influential experience in music was having the blessing to go on tour with the English Beat and RX Bandits. Dave Wakeling from the English Beat is just an awesome dude. I learned a lot from him about music and music business. To think that I listened to the English Beat for so long and then had the opportunity, the honor, to go on tour with them. It was great, man. It’s been out for a while that you guys have had a bit of a hard time putting out the new album,?!INTERROBANG?!, One of the problems that you guys have had was a pretty intense line up change. Who left and who stepped up? Tommi: Well basically, Chris, Jen and Matt left and were replaced by Joe and Jimbo. Skooch played a few shows with us and King Django played a couple shows on trombone. That’s basically it. As both an artist and a musician, what kind of message are you trying to send


The band was in a really different place. I think ?!INTERROBANG?! still has the funny aspect of Bomb Town but it is also performed a little more maturely. Logical Reality was cool, but with ?!INTERROBANG?! I wanted to play more Reggae than Ska. to the world? Tommi: I’ve kind of had a recent adjustment in that kind of situation. I guess when I was younger I wasn’t really super conscious about what I was putting out into the universe. I guess now, I’m more aware of it. So as of right now, I’m trying to make songs that are real, honest, and generally have a positive message. When you’re a musician, whether you’re Dave Wakeling, Korn, or just playing your guitar in your basement, you have a platform that a lot of people don’t really have. So I personally believe in the idea that if you put positivity out, you’ll receive positivity in return. I feel that a lot of people aren’t conscious of that. As a musician I feel as though it’s almost a responsibility that at no matter what level of whatever it is that you’re doing, it is a responsibility that you’re taking onto yourself for these listeners.

Is there anyone you want to give a shout out to? Any last words? Tommi: I just want to thank the people, my best friends, the rest of the band who actually stuck by this vision, this idea. Thank Jimbo for coming to our aid and playing guitar. Thank anybody that supported us while we were doing this. Thank you for doing this interview. I feel like the scene is like bamboo where it needs itself to hold itself up. The scene can’t just have a bunch of awesome bands. It needs awesome people to support it. Thank people that do reviews, show promoters, everybody. It means a lot.

Let’s get back to ?!INTERROBANG?! – Who produced it? Tommi: The record was produced by myself and King Django. We basically did all of the production with it. He was great. He really pushed the band into working in a way it never has before. He’s been harder on me with my lyrics and with my actual singing and various other things. We are a really good team. How long did it take to write? Tommi: Basically, when you’re in a band like that you get songs and then new songs, and new songs, and new songs, and the next thing you know you have a record. Then you’re like, “we should go record this now.” So it was over the course of maybe, well I guess it was three years from the release of Logical Reality. Speaking of Logical Reality, what makes ?!INTERROBANG?! different from that? Tommi: It was a totally different thing, really.

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By Matt Weir I had been sitting at the Catalyst’s bar upstairs for almost an hour when I was told that my interview with Norma Jean, the Georgia based metalcore band, wasn’t going to happen. I sat looking at my third beer, half-finished, contemplating which bastard was going to get revenge for burning me so when “Moon over Marin” by the Dead Kennedys began to play. “What would Jello Biafra do?” I asked myself. Certainly not sit there and take this injustice like some hippie, peacefully waiting for the day the authorities finally give in. Hells no. That just wasn’t going to happen. I had been listening to Norma Jean’s fourth and newest album, Vs. The Anti-Mother for a couple of weeks now, not only to beef up for the interview but also because it simply kicks ass. Anti-Mother seems like a turning point for Norma Jean. While previous albums sound like a four-piece chaotic assault, Anti-Mother ‘s songs are structured enough to show that the band has matured much over four albums. Vocalist Corey Putman even sings on several songs, breaking away from metal’s recent, unwritten law, that everyone needs to scream like the Cookie Monster. When life gives you roadblocks, blow that shit up. For me, that meant going to the tour bus and getting the story. After some crafty maneuvering I was able to catch up with singer Corey and drummer Chris for a quick cigarette and some questions before their sound check.

YMM: First, thanks for doing this. So you guys just started the “Anti-Mother” tour fresh off the heels of playing the entire summer at Warped. Corey: Yep. YMM: How’s that going? Are you sick of it yet? [Chris and Corey look at each other] Both: Yes! [laughter] Chris: No, no, it’s been good, it’s been good. We’ve just all been gone way too long this year. YMM: Missing the families? Corey: Yeah definitely. Right before this tour I wrote a message on our website. I think the title was, “I’m pretty sure touring this much is bad for you but we’re gonna do it anyways.” [we all laugh] YMM: Well hopefully it won’t take too much of a toll. I gotta say, I’ve been listening to the new album pretty much nonstop the past couple of weeks. You guys brought a new sound to it, like you took a step in the melodic direction. What changes did you go through to write the new album? Corey: I think the thing about writing this record is that we didn’t know what we wanted to do. We all went into the studio with little ideas here and there; we all contributed in different ways. It

was all very. . .spontaneous. . . Chris: Yeah, we didn’t plan anything. Corey: Exactly. We just kinda played and whatever came out came out. Chris: If it was good we kept it. If we didn’t like it, we moved on. YMM: Wow, that’s surprising. I felt that much of the album was based around a concept with songs like “Birth of the AntiMother,” and “Death of the Anti-Mother.” So I guess my next question is, what does the “Anti-mother” mean to you? Corey: The Anti-Mother is that thing . . .that other personality of ourselves. I feel like everyone has motherly qualities about them; to take care of yourself, to protect yourself. But we all also have things about us that are destructive-diseased. YMM: That evil side... Corey: Exactly. That’s the Anti-Mother, that’s where that comes from. YMM: Well that leads me to the next topic. Norma Jean is often labeled as a “Christian” metal band. How do you guys feel about that labeling? As a Christian band do you face different pressure than a “regular” metal band? Chris: We don’t really care about the labeling too much. I think the biggest issue we face is that sometimes people can be closed-minded. Corey: Yeah, as far as our music goes, it doesn’t affect us at all. We write music the same as everyone else, you know? We’re music fans; we’re in a band because we love music not because we’re Christians. As far as the content of our songs, it’s definitely going to be a cornerstone for what we sing about but not necessarily affect us musically. YMM: So you guys are a band that happens to be Christian, not a “Christian band.” Corey: Yeah exactly. I mean, if someone were to call us a “Christian band,” whatever. It doesn’t bother us. YMM: I found what you said about people being “closed minded” interesting. So many people love to claim that they are “open-minded” but as soon as you talk about a god or “creating force” those same people think you’re the one with the closed-mind. Corey: Oh sure, that’s very true. We deal with the same things everyone else does. It’s not like we’re in a cave all day, isolated from society. We just are more open-minded to the idea that there is a creator. Some may say that’s really open-minded [laughs]. YMM: Alright, good answer. Final question: Where do you see the future of metalcore? Chris: Wherever we want to take it! Corey: Yeah, there seems to be a lot of carbon copies, of carbon copies, of carbon copies. So, for us, there really is no telling. We want to go into the studio and do something different every time; that’s what Norma Jean is all about.


By Jameson Ketchum Bleeding Through’s steady rise to the top of the hardcore heap has been a long time coming. Armed with their new album Declaration, Bleeding Through is poised to make another leap even further into the unknown. I recently had the chance to chat with bassist Ryan Wombacher as he was traveling to Las Vegas. YMM: How did the first album release show go? RW: We played a show, Liskfest, out by Irvine Lake and it wasn’t the release show. We don’t have those shows for a while. It was the first show we played since the record has been out and it was the first time we had the record for sale, so it went well. We are saving some of the new songs for the Bullet For My Valentine tour. YMM: What would you say was your main source of inspiration regarding writing Declaration? RW: Frustration with the state of the music industry and our record label. It’s a lot of pissed off inspiration. YMM: Tell me a little about the recording process of Declaration and how recording with Devin Townsend went. RW: It was great. We were up in Vancouver for about six weeks in a little studio. For the first 10 days we mapped out our new songs and played them over and over. It was very repetitive. After that everything went very fast and smooth, having the click tracks in place. YMM: The album art for Declaration is very interesting. What is the story behind it? RW: That is a better question for Brandon. It is a lot about his lyrics. When we came up with that logo we had been looking for one for a while; everything is based around that symbol, which is kind of World War II looking. YMM: What do you think of the influx in recent years of Christian hardcore bands? RW: Christian bands have been huge for years. Cornerstone is huge and that is a full Christian festival. Bands like Project 86 have been around forever and are supported huge by the church and have been making a living off of it for years. Underoath has been around longer than us. It’s just another angle and they believe what they believe in. I don’t think religion has a place in music really. Its like when people put politics in their lyrics. I always felt music was a place for me to get away from politics and a lot of punk has politics but I’d rather just enjoy the music. I don’t believe politics or religion belong in music. YMM: Where do you see hardcore heading in the next 10 years? Since you guys are pretty much seen as pioneers, how does Bleeding Through plan to continue to be noticed? RW: We’ve been doing what we do since day one and we’re going to continue doing the same thing. Because of the economy, its going to get a lot harder to tour and the bands that get made up on Myspace where the labels pay for everything won’t have any money behind them because labels can’t afford it. It might go more underground again somewhat. Bands like us, Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God, have broken out a bit of that and it’s about as mainstream as its going to get. It’s insane how big it has gotten in the last few years. It’s going to regress and weed out some of the weaker bands. YMM: What are you looking forward to most about your upcoming shows in Europe? RW: We will be in Russia for a few days so we’re looking forward to that a lot. I love playing the UK because it’s enough like the states so we always do pretty well and they’re always great shows. Playing in front of new crowds that we haven’t played in front of before so we’re odd men out but we scare kids into liking us. YMM: If you could put together your ideal tour including Bleeding Through, whom would you choose to join you? RW: Black Flag, for sure. YMM: As one of the most respected hardcore acts today, what bands do you suggest we should keep an eye out for? RW: Hour of the Wolf from Arizona. They’re very Misfits/Black Flag/rock/thrash punk style and not many are doing this now. You can’t tell just by looking at them what they are about. They’re working hard for tours barely making any money. We have taken them out a few dates and they are actually good so no one likes them. Kids didn’t get it but as soon as they covered The Misfits or Black Flag the kids got it. YMM: Tell us something about Bleeding Through that we might not know. RW: Everyone in the band is married and everyone has a dog. The whole band is straightedge. We never promote it, but it’s a rule for the band.


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Right as it looked like they were going to make a huge impact on the scene, South Bay-based Interseed has parted ways. Not to worry, though – guitarist Jason Wolfe and bassist Marco Luzzi will continue on in a new project dubbed A Thousand Kingdoms. They have already recruited drummer Anthony Gullo into their ranks and are actively searching for a dynamic frontman to complete the lineup. You can hear a rough demo of the material they’re working on at www.myspace.com/ altarentertainment. Heck, maybe YOU could even fill the position! Send your sample vocal tracks or links to videos of you to athousandkingdoms@gmail.com. Imagika and guitarist Corey Krick, who played on the band’s 2008 album Feast for the Hated, have decided to part ways. The amicable split, which sees Krick leaving to pursue other ventures, comes about a year after joining the band and a realization that both parties were coming from different musical directions. The band has already started to write and demo new material for their label, Locomotive Records, and is planning to hit the studio in the summer. Guitarists on a pro level with lead and rhythm capabilities interested in filling the new vacancy can send a picture and samples of their playing to imagika6@gmail.com. Sacramento’s evil horde known as Killgasm have two new splits coming out in the near future. First up is a split 7-inch with Red Bluff’s Slaughterbox. The latter half will be called The Loss of Human Dignity; the former half will be called Crippler, in homage of the late, great Chris 30

Interseed Benoit. This one is slated for a February release. Then in the summer, they will release a split full-length CD with Lousiana’s Catholicon, entitled Bloodbath of Satanic Vengeance. Pete Sattari. Mark Aceves. Rich Harris. Do these names mean anything to you? Well, they mean a lot to me – they are the original members of long-defunct South Bay metal outfit Stitch! Following some hiatus and Mark and Pete’s involvement with The Mercury Sound, the three have reconvened on a new, as-yet-unnamed project, with guitarist Greg Lopez. They hope to start doing shows within the next couple of months, and I for one will run over all of your mothers to check them out. Thrash legends Forbidden make their return to the South Bay on April 3rd with a show at The Voodoo Lounge in San Jose; the one-off show will feature support from fellow locals Imagika, Desecrator, and Mystic Rage. In case you hadn’t heard, the reunion is over and the band is officially back, with guitarist Steve Smyth and drummer Mark Hernandez joining original members Russ Anderson (vocals), Craig Locicero (guitars), and Matt Camacho (bass) to begin work on their first album since 1997’s Green. This will not affect Locicero’s work with SpiralArms, who plan to release a new album this year as well.


Following the departure of guitarist Eric Ruxton, Livermore’s Falling to Pieces has welcomed guitarist Scott Danough (exBleeding Through) into the fold. The band is currently finishing up writing new material for an EP tentatively titled Awaken the Weak, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2007 full-length debut, Left to Rust. Expect the new EP to be released early this spring. RedFall will release their long-awaited new EP, Para Los Muertos, on February 21st. The release will coincide with the launch of an allnew MySpace page, a “making of” video, and a plethora of new merchandise. Since no CD release is complete without a CD release show, theirs will take place at The Venue in Los Gatos alongside Santa Cruz’s own Arsonists Get All the Girls. Speaking of which, they recently had their Hits From the Bow debut rereleased via Century Media Records with new artwork and liner notes, and will be hitting the studio this month to begin work on their third album. Oskorei, who feature in their ranks bassist Cody Souza and drummer Nick Souza (both sons of ex-Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza), has recruited guitarist Vince Avitto (exHysteria) to replace the departed Alex Beck. Death Angel is pleased to announce the addition of bassist Sammy Diosdado. The

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Bay Area native, formerly of The Sick and currently with All Time Highs (which also features DA vocalist Mark Osegueda ), replaces recently departed original bassist Dennis Pepa. In March, the band heads over to Australia for a string of dates with Armored Saint, and is looking to squeeze in some West Coast dates before that. On March 5th, Taang Records will be releasing

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all three Attitude Adjustment albums on two CDs. One CD will contain their American Paranoia full-length, the 1986 Thrasher magazine flexi-disc with the track “Destruction’s End,” and the 10 song Dead Serious demo. The other will contain all three full-length albums: American Paranoia, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and Out Of Hand. The band will be touring the US, Europe, and Japan this year in support of these releases. Fans in the South Bay and Berkeley areas should watch out for dates this month. Finally, here are my picks for the top local albums of 2008. In the past I have excluded bands on major/major indie labels, but due to the great number of quality releases this year, I decided to modify that a rule a bit so I could include some young bands on those types of labels who have not yet reached national prominence. As always, though, any album in my overall top 10 was not eligible. For the record, that list included albums from Testament, Zero Hour, Agenda of Swine, and Imagika. 1. Laaz Rockit - Left For Dead 2. Early Graves - We: The Guillotine 3. Hatchet - Awaiting Evil 4. Repaid in Blood - Follow the Blood Trail 5. Cormorant - The Last Tree 6. Bomb and Scary - Black Wishing Well 7. Greenhouse Effect - Ants in the Afterbirth / White Witch Canyon - S/T 8. Flametal - Master of the Aire 9. All Shall Perish - Awaken the Dreamers 10. Total Eclipse – Spellcaster / Claymation Horror Show - S/T Well, that draws this article to a close. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it again. If you have some news you’d like to see printed here, or just want to toss a series of words my way, you can send it to:

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Video interview by Jake Student with Cylinder 1/22/09 from YourMusicMagazine.com. 2008 Your Music Olympicks Platinum award goes to Cylinder! YMM: Today we are speaking with Mike the bass player, Shane the singer, and Will the old new drummer. Cylinder kicked some major ass in the 2008 YMO. Let me see if I can get all your awards straight: You got a Gold in the Santa Cruz “Live Performance” Event, a Silver in the Monterey “Live Performance” Event, Another Gold in the San Jose “Live Performance” Event, also Shane won a Gold in the Monterey “Best Vocalist” Event and a Silver in the Santa Cruz “Best Vocalist” Event! Which gives Cylinder the 2008 Platinum award. Well played gentlemen, what do you have to say for yourselves? Mike: It’s all about the fans; they kick ass and always come out to the shows, every time every place. Shane: They kick ass, thank you. YMM: You’ve always taken promotion seriously...what got you started on that, what made promotion valuable to you? Will: For us it’s always been cool to talk to other bands that we play shows with and mingle with our fans, try to get to know them and have them be part of our family at the same time. Mike: He’s right, good answer. Promotion is huge I think, you gotta be on top of it or you might miss an opportunity. Mingling and networking, telling everyone about everything is huge. Shane: You gotta take everything to the next level. Everything you do should be above and beyond whatever you feel you can do. Mike: We’re really big on seeing what’s going on in the industry and trying to see how we can better it. We don’t have all the money so we have to be really resourceful; try to do what we can with what we got. YMM: How is 2009 looking for you?


YOUR MUSIC OLYMPICKS-LIVE PERFORMANCE EVENT Will: It’s going to be an awesome year. We have a new CD coming out in May. Our CD release party is May 30th and we plan on going on tour for summer. Then we’re going to see if any record companies are interested in signing us. YMM: What would be your ultimate dream? What’s the main thing you would like to see come out of all of this? Will: I think it’s for people to have a CD and really enjoy it. Our goal is to have fun and possibly make it a career if we can. Shane: I was going to say a Lamborghini Diablo. Mike: For me it would just be to tour, to get out of town. It would be my opportunity to go see everything there is to see. Shane: You could see everything from a Lamborghini Diablo. YMM: What do you think about you new album, what are some of the influences shining through? Mike: Everything. Blood, sweat, and tears. Shane: I believe it’s a mixture of a lot of things. We have like 6 or 7 songs that were originally written when we first started the band and then we have 3 or 4 that we just threw in the mix in the last 6 months. So you can see two different sides of Cylinder within this album. You can see where we started and where we have evolved too. It’s a whole mixture of emotions and really great stuff. YMM: And, Cylinder will be playing the 2009 Your Music Olympicks SC Live performance event at The Brookdale Inn and Spa on March 27th with The Backup Razor and The Naysayers. Shane: And I’ll be in the Vocal event at The Britannia Arms Saturday March 28th. I heard The Deadringers have some new covers in their vocal selection/song list. YMM: Anything else you want to say to your fans? Will: Thank you! Thanks for always supporting us and coming to all our shows. Mike: They are kick ass man, they barged to all the different cities. We got a lot of comments from other bands that they were amazed they followed us around so that makes us want to keep going, so thanks you guys.

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Video interview by Mike Lyon with The Devil Himself 1/9/09 from YourMusicMagazine.com YMM: Okay, it is Friday, January 9th and we are in the Your Music Magazine office. I will be your host Mike Lyon, off the set. Today we will be interviewing The Devil Himself. So let’s get started by introducing your newest member. Dave: Our newest member is Shane. Go ahead. Shane: Shane Hunnington, bass player. YMM: What is your musical background? I heard you play drums. Shane: Yeah, I played drums for a long time in a band called WYRM. Played guitar in SANE and then Knotsane, and now I’m a devil. Dave: I’m Dave and I’m the guitar player/singer. And right here we got… Dan: Dan, they call me Danimal. I play guitar for The Devil Himself. Coming at ‘cha. Dave: He goes big or he goes home. Dan: Every time. Dave: And Jason, our drummer, he couldn’t make it today but he will be here in spirit. YMM: So you guys came by the office today to talk about your new CD. You just got out of the studio… Dan: Word. The Way Souls Sway, you gotta fuckin’ hear this. Dave: We’re gonna be playing our CD release at Coasters down at The Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, March 7th. Don’t forget 3 Up Front and Honest Mistake will be there. And you’re going to be able to get the CD for admission price. It’s part of the deal. Dan: What a deal. Dave: You come to the show, you get the CD. It’s 11 tracks of magic. Dan: And don’t blame us if it never comes out of your CD player either. YMM: Where did you guys record that? Dave: We recorded it at Wavegrade in Eerie, CA, with a friend of mine, who owns it. I’ve been doing work with him for a long time. YMM: Besides the release, where will people be able to get it? Dave: You’ll be able to get it on iTunes, one of our shows, Streetlight Records, and Myspace.com/devilhimselfmusic, where we give you guys free downloads. Shane: And a free CD if you go to our show. YMM: What are you guys gonna do with that CD? Dave: We have plans for a tour in the works; going down south down through L.A., down though San Diego, over to Arizona, up through Vegas, Tahoe, and Sacramento. We’re gonna add dates along the way. Check us out on myspace.com/devilhimselfmusic. Shane: Book us! YMO Fri. 4/3 @ Coasters Lounge THE DEVIL HIMSELF


YOUR MUSIC OLYMPICKS-LIVE PERFORMANCE EVENT Video interview by Mike Lyon with Sarah Jane 1/21/09 from YourMusicMagazine.com MikeL: How long have you been singing and performing? Sarah Jane: For around 10 years. I got my first guitar when I was fifteen and I started writing songs from there. MikeL: Do you write all your songs? Sarah Jane: I write all the songs, but we do some cover songs live to get the crowd dancing. MikeL: Explain your song writing process. Sarah Jane: I don’t know where it comes from but I usually write the lyrics and melody in my head first. Then I’ll go home and try to write a guitar part then I just fill in the rest with whatever the band can come up with. MikeL: You perform live with a full band. Who’s in your band? Sarah Jane: Matt Kermin is playing drums for me and one of the most awesome drummers in Santa Cruz I must say. Daniel Dewer is playing bass for me and he’s also the owner of Emerald City Music. We are auditioning guitarists right now but our original guitarist Rob Simmons is playing. MikeL: If someone wants to audition for electric guitar in your band where can they contact you? Sarah Jane: You can contact me via myspace.com/sarahjaner. I had to add the r at the end because Sarah Jane was taken. MikeL: I heard you were working with a new label, is that true? Sarah Jane: Yes, with Blackout Kandy Records. It’s a new label and Paul Guiterrez is the owner. I’m really excited about joining with them; we’ve already got some great opportunities and connections. We are going in the studio on the 30th down in Burbank to start recording my first single for my next album. I’m really excited. It’s Coney Island studios and the two producers I’m working with are Joel Soyfer and Kevin Declue. I’m trying to go for a real cohesive sound on this CD as opposed to my last CD where I was trying to find myself musically. Now I’ve zeroed in on my sound I’m going for, which is more Pop/Rock & Roll. That’s what I’m more comfortable writing, singing, and playing. MikeL: I wanted to bring up your art; you are an amazing artist as well. Sarah Jane: Tom always tries to kick me off of myspace, so I have to put little black marks over boobies. MikeL: Everyone should go to www.sarahjaner.com and check out the different things she has going on. Sarah Jane will be playing the first preliminary show of the 2009 Your Music Olympicks SC “Live Performance” event at The Brookdale Inn and Spa February 27th. Feb. 18th Sarah Jane will be at The Elbo Room in San Francisco. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO INTERVIEW ON LINE @ WWW.YOURMUSICMAGAZINE.COM. YMO Fri. 2/27 @ The Brookdale Inn and Spa RAPID FIRE-SARAH JANE-THE ARCADISTS

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Video interview by Mike Lyon with Archer 1/21/09 from YourMusicMagazine.com MikeL: Today I am here with bass playa Isaiah Black, guitarist and lead vocals Dylan Rose, and old new drummer Duke T McB from the power rock band Archer. So what’s the Duke T scoop? Duke T McB: Sometimes you need a year to grow up and realize you want to play music. Dylan: He’s back, better than even. MikeL: Archer has been kicking ass, you’ve made a couple trips to Europe haven’t you? Dylan: We went over in the summer of 2007 & 2008. Last summer we played a big metalfest in Sweden . Isaiah: The big names on that show were Tesla, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Poison, Whitesnake, At The Gates, Ministry, Testament. We had breakfast with Testament. It’ was so funny to see these old Swedish guys in their Bermuda shorts and penny loafers standing in line with Chuck Billy; big metal dude shovelin’ his shit on a plate. Dylan: The summer of 07 we played with Heaven and Hell and Judas Priest. MikeL: What are the fans like in Eourope? Isaiah: They’re the best fans out there. Dylan: Europe’s the best place to go to play all your metal, even if you’re unknown. Isaiah: We played in Germany for the Bang your Head festival and we had a huge row of kids. They’d never seen us before live but they were singing every single song, they were headbanging their asses off. Dylan: They really seem to accept you, they don’t need to know you beforehand. MikeL: Did you just play the N.A.M.M. show with Puddle of Mud? Duke T McB: Yea, cool guys that my first big show back with the band. MikeL: For people who don’t know what’s the N.A.M.M. show down in L.A. Dylan: National Association of Music Merchants. It’s the biggest music gear and industry trade show in the world every year. It’s a zoo but there are a lot of good musicians and artists. A lot of networking. MikeL: So now you are going out on another killer tour in March what’s that one. Dylan: We will be opening up for Black Label Society, it’s like a dream come true for the band. Me personally, I’ve been looking up to Zack Wilde for years. We will also be playing with Dope. MikeL: Archer has a killer CD out and I recommend people go get one online at CD Baby or Itunes.


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Video interview by Mike Lyon with Dirty Penny 1/16/09 from YourMusicMagazine.com YMM: Today we’re are talking to a couple of members from the sleeze-rock band Dirty Penny. Bass player Tyno and vocalist Binge. YMM: Who’s missing? Binge: Jonny Prince, guitar player. Tyno: And Spanky Savage on drums. He is getting ready for the studio right now. YMM: So let’s jump into it then. You guys are going in the studio to record? What’s up? Tyno: We are working on our 2nd album and we’re goin’ in to work on recording tonight. The drums are getting tracked tomorrow. We already have some of the rhythm tracks. It’s gonna be good. We are working at Suspect Studios in San Jose, California. Binge: Our producer is Johnny Lima, melodic rock icon. YMM: Have you worked with him before? Binge: He was our producer for the last album Take it Sleazy. YMM: What is the new title? Binge: We do not have a title yet… YMM: Any working titles? Tyno: We’ve got a couple ideas, but we’re figuring we will figure out a name in the process of recording. Binge: Fans up in Chico threw out Recipe for a Riot and we all kind of liked that one, but we don’t know if we’re gonna go with it or not. YMM: If someone wanted to e-mail you the perfect title for a CD, where would they e-mail it? Tyno: Booking@dirtypennysucks.com. Binge: Or myspace.com/dirtypennysucks YMM: How long are you guys gonna be in the studio? When do you plan on releasing your CD? Tyno: We’re shooting for an April release. Binge: Probably all the way through February definitely, and maybe a little bit into March and then it’s gotta get pressed and printed and all that good stuff. We should have a new music video coming out as well, one of our favorite songs off the new album. There are going to be fourteen tracks on this new album, I believe. YMM: You guys gonna do the whole production sleeve and everything? Tyno: A digi-pack. Binge: We might do digi-pack. Save the environment, no plastic. We are from Santa Cruz after all. YMM: So you guys had a pretty good year. 2008 was nice to you. Give us some highlights. Tyno: Well, we did a lot of touring. One leg was two and a half months. Hit some festivals: Rocklahoma, Rock The Bayou. Our album got number 39 of top 50 albums of 2008 for Classic Rock Magazine, out of the UK. YMM: So you guys are touring all over America? Binge: Basically what we did is we started in Sacramento and then up to Seattle. And then from Seattle we just kind of headed east all the way out to New York, down the East Coast and then back to the middle of the country for Rocklahoma, and then back to Santa Cruz. YMM: How was that [Rocklahoma]? What’s Rocklahoma for anyone who hasn’t been there. Tyno: It was awesome. Hot and sweaty, and full of rock bands from back in the day. Our stage collapsed, but we still were able to play another stage. Binge: We survived. Tyno: Our stage collapsed in a horrible Mid-West storm, but they built another one and we got up on that like two days later. Binge: The festival was a great time. I think it is 5 days long and there is a lot of great bands out there, a lot of good music. It’s just a huge party for about a week or so, out there in Oklahoma. Rockin’ it. YMM: You guys actually have a lot of merch for sale, as I noticed on your website and myspace. What do you got goin’? Tyno: T-shirts, hats, CDs, bandanas, maybe some girls underwear, some beer cozies. Binge: I think we still have some foam fingers left. YMM: Where can people get those? Tyno: Dirtypennysucks.com. Everything. Tour dates will be on there. Also our myspace is pretty good about keeping up with where we’re at, what’s going on. We have a link to our store on myspace. YMM: Do you guys ever go to the Chop Shop in downtown Santa Cruz? They are our newest sponsor. Tyno: Our drummer Spanky is actually roommates with the owner. They do both Spanky and Jonny’s hair. YMM: Well they’re both stellar do’s so obviously they do a good job down there by the Red Room.

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Video interview by Jake Student 1/16/09 with The Backup Razor from YourMusicMagazine.com Jake: Today we are in Santa Cruz with: guitarist & vocalist Nick Hardesty, drummer Jonathan Mumma, bassist Jesus Lopez, screamer Jesse Williams, and Wes Grant is not here today. We’ll start with an easy question; how did you guys meet, how long have you been together? Jesse: Nick looked me up about a year and a half ago. Nick: He was on a casual encounter ad on craigslist, so we hit him up, then found out he likes to sing too. We clicked right away, as far as Jesse comin’ in the mix his vocals just made things take off. Jake: What influences the band? Jesus: I’ve been in punk bands since high school, it’s always no doubt been a big influence for me. Nick: No Doubt is a big influence for me as well. I love Gwen Stephani. Jonathan: I’ve always been into aggressive music. It started with Metallica and Gun’s N’ Roses. I’ve always wanted to play in a punk band or something with that energy. Jake: What are you doing as far as recording CD’s? Jesse: We do a lot of home recording releasing all our stuff DIY. Our 5th member Wes runs Dead Rail Studios. He’s got some genius stuff going on, he’s got some really nice equipment and a great setup over there. Nick: That’s where we’ve recorded our last 2 EP’s, we’re on our way to getting a full length produced. Jake: What are most of your songs about? Jesse: A lot of our songs are about our disappointment in society and hatred of humanity. ANTI….mostly everything. Jake: What’s been your worst show, ever? Jonathan: SC Vet’s Hall. Jesse: The only thing good about that night was a sale on beer at the Long’s down the street. Jake: Where did you get the name The Backup Razor? Jesse: Our old bassist Martin came up with that from some movie? Jake: How is the future looking for The Backup Razor? Jesse: Golden! Jake: Be sure to check these guys out at the 2009 Your Music Olympicks “Live Performance” event Friday March 27th at The Brookdale Inn & Spa.


San Francisco Your Music Magazine band Olympicks are coming to SF. Watch our website (yourmusicmagazine.com) for the announcment next month. Bands wishing to participate e-mail mikelyon@ yourmusicmagazine.com. Be sure to check out our friend Ace at REALITY CHECK TV - FRIDAY NIGHTS 1:00 AM COMCAST CABLE CHANNEL 29 SF. REALITY CHECK TV is proud to announce that footage supplied by us hits the airwaves on E! Entertainment Television! Coming soon: another E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY on BRET MICHAELS containing RCTV footage is in the works. www. realitychecktv.com. 2008 YOUR MUSIC OLYMPICKS PLATINUM WINNERS CYLINDER PLAY THE EROTIC METAL BALL AT FAT CITY! On Janurary 24th at Fat City in San Francisco, Nevuary Productions threw The Erotic Metal Ball, an intense showcase of several raw Bay Area Metal groups and a great excuse for the ladies to show some skin while showing off their pole dancing skills. Personally, I enjoyed the experience of watching women seductively wrap themselves around the pole in perfect accordance with the wide variety of adrenaline-fused, “blow the top off your head” metal that was cranked out on stage by these bands: Nova, Cylinder, Spiral Arms, Krawl, and A Place to call home. Hosted by Ace of Reality Check TV, The Erotic Metal Ball was a blast, great bands, great fans, and a stellar sound system kept this night rocking at full tilt speed.

Monterey; this year’s event will feature bands in those markets, as well as San Francisco and Sacramento. Be sure to go to our website (yourmusicmagazine.com) to view up to the minute YMO updates, and check out page 58 in this issue for the current SCYMO calendar. Don’t forget, without your support your favorite bands won’t move on to Catalyst Finals and have a chance to walk away with some of the over $7000 in cash and prizes. The top SCYMO bands will also get an opportunity to participate in future YMO events. Be sure to get out and support this year’s sponsors, because without their support Your Music Magazine and the Your Music Olympicks would not be possible.

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Epiphone Guitars- Thanks to them, over $16,000 worth of brand new guitars will be earned by hard working independent bands in this year’s events. Frenchy’s Cruzin’ Books and Video- Dedicated to helping make your erotic fantasies into reality. Indigital Recording Studio- With the finest recording equipment in town, owner Brody Bergholz Upcoming shows to keep an eye out for: has worked with most of the successful local bands February 10: Cradle of Filth – Satyricon- Septic- here in Santa Cruz. flesh at The Regency Center. Coffeetopia- 3 local locations, friendly service, and February 13th: NOFX at The Fillmore. they support you, the local musician! February 28th: Mudface, War Prayer, Psychomatic I’m proud to report that Sierra Nevada Irritant, Scorched Earth Policy at Fat City. Brewing Co. has signed on for a second March 6th: Black Label Society at The Fillmore. year as a sponsor of Your Music Magazine. April 1: The Expendables and Less Than Jake with Every person who enjoys YMM (and the The Flatliners at The Warfield.

local events that are featured in the mag) needs to realize how important it is to supTHE 2009 SANTA CRUZ YOUR MU- port the businesses that believe in what SIC OLYMPICKS KICKS OFF AT THE we’re trying to accomplish, such as giving local musicians a voice in their community BROOKDALE INN AND SPA ON FRI(and beyond). DAY, FEB. 27TH!

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This year’s SCYMO will feature over 40 local bands at the best live music venues in town (The Brookdale Inn and Spa, Coaster’s Lounge, Parish Publick House, The Britannia Arms in Aptos, and of course The Catalyst Finals on Friday, May 1st). After working out the kinks in the ’08 YMO event, this year’s competition will be smooth and refined. Last year we awarded over $25,000 in cash and prizes to the top bands in Santa Cruz, San Jose, and

Special thanks to our newest YMM advertisersIrie Motivations (THEY REPAIR GLASS! See their ad on page 4), Chop Shop (Cool local stylists who love local music), and CSUMB (check out their venue, the Black Box Cabaret) down in Monterey.


The Britannia Arms in Aptos in cooperation with Mars Studios is having a songwriters contest every Tuesday, February through April. Sign up at www.mars-studios.com. There’s going to be another great show on Feb. 7th at Coasters Lounge (down by the Boardwalk). Local favorites Honest Mistake, The Devil Himself, and The Naysayers will be helping Doug (Doogie, Honest Mistake) throw a most excellent birthday bash. Can you have good clean fun mixed with total debauchery? Obviously you can, as anyone who went to this year’s Lodgeapalooza would already know. Don’t miss this show!

Sacramento Man Automatic is playing a benefit for UCDavis Children’s Hospital on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14th at Club Retro. There will be two stages with performances by: Save & Continue, The Grumpy, Fair Game, Tyler Weinrich, For Steven, Steve Mahoney’s Posse, and Larisa Bryski. The benefit is sponsored by: 98 Rock Local Licks, Circle Of 5ths Entertainment, Children’s Miracle Network, and The DNS Agency. Check out Man Automatic on Tour: Feb 1 2009Tigi Bed Head Event -Long Beach, CA Feb 2 2009 The Scene -Glendale, California Feb 14 2009 Club Retro (KRXQ 98ROCK Event) -Citrus Heights, California Mar 13 2009 Arco Arena -Sacramento, California Mar 14 2009 Los Angeles, CA Mar 15 2009 Hollywood, CA Mar 16 2009 Phoenix, AZ Mar 17 2009 Tucson, AZ Mar 18 2009 Zepplins -El Paso, Texas Mar 19 2009 Texas Rock Fest -Austin, Texas Mar 20 2009 Texas Rock Fest -Austin, Texas Mar 21 2009 Texas Rock Fest -Austin, Texas Mark Gilmore hosts the longest running local music showcase in Sacramento radio (called Local Licks), check him out Sunday nights at 10:00 on 98Rock! Local Licks February Artist of the Month FAIRGAME After an amazing year of playing, Fairgame has finally taken the time to put together their first album, No Strings Attached, which was released April 21st, 2008 online. Fairgame was drawn together as if by psychic musical forces, vocalist Adrian Maldonado and bass-player Victor Frost, both with roots in Merida, Mexico, and Sacramento natives Leo Reyes and Sam Sever, converged in Northern California and erupted in the high-

Fri Feb 6 @ Britannia Britannia Arms Br Cupertino Left of Christ, Desecrater, Kinetic, Embrace Forever Sat Feb 14 @ Britannia Arms Valentine's Day Show! with The Moderna Complex, and more TBA Wed Feb 25 @ VooDoo Lounge Bands TBA Thurs Feb 26 @ Catalyst - Atrium Stage (ALL AGES) Silent Treatment, Whatever Fits, and one more TBA Sat March 14 @ Britannia Arms Red Sunday, RubberSideDown, One Over Eight, Automatic Rival Wed March 18 @ VooDoo Lounge Bands TBA Sat March 28 @ Britannia Arms The Devil Himself, Etched In Red, Six Ounce Gloves Sat April 25 @ Britannia Arms Jade of Days comeback show with The Moderna Complex, My Monster, Point 3 Sat May 9 @ West Valley College (ALL AGES) West Fest - a multi-genre festival/concert with bands TBA

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energy fusion of progressive rock and funk, with undertones of jazz and blues, that is known as FAIRGAME. With wild guitar riffs, funky bass lines and powerful drum beats ignited by the spark of energetic melodic vocals, their dynamic hybrid sound really brings something fresh to the music world! “When you come together as a band to create your music, the individuals have a set idea of what the sound should be like, but through the creative process, the songs evolve into something that goes beyond what you expected. It is the blend of ideas and influences that all the band members bring to the table that gives our music its originality,” says bassist Victor Frost. Currently the guys are working on new music and scheduling shows for a mini tour this spring in support of their new CD.

Find A Villain, She’s A Robot, and Contain Her. There will be a masquerade party and it all goes down at The Blank Club; 44 S. Almaden Ave. Downtown San Jose. Check www.kungfuvampire.com for more info.

Our friends Sexciety went through a line-up change recently. Jeff will be taking over on lead vocals and Sammy K is singing in the band Damaged, a totally different sound for him. Sexciety said the split was mutual and there are no hard fellings.

Pin-Up Productions is putting on a show with Arsonists Get All The Girls February 21st. Also performing: Redfall, 5 Characters in Search of an Exit, A Portrait in Grey, 4 New York Ave, Martyrdom Cherub, Betrayer, and Within High Walls @ The Venue -Los Gatos, California.

San Jose Kung Fu Vampire will be performing live in February on Friday the 13th w/ One Soul Project, Poeticali Distherbd, Brain Cell Massacre, Can’t

Barb Rocks has some great shows this month; check her ad on page 44 or go online to: www. myspace.com/barbrocks. Halo Guitars is celebrating the grand opening of their custom guitar shop in Cupertino. Go check them out at 21621 Stevens Creek Blvd, Mon.-Fri. 9am – 6pm (408) 873-8606.


"This is the end". Those four one-syllable words were the vanguard that catapulted "The End" and the Doors into international fame and infamy as some might judge. Recognized through out the music listening world, those four words marked the beginning of an aural journey into an apocalyptic darkness where "all the children are insane". The Doors wrote and developed this epic at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles where they were booked for several months. Just before their last song of the evening, they would start performing "The End", adding to it, adjusting it and experimenting with sound and dynamics. All the while, Jim Morrison would lead the charge improvising lyrics and melodics on the spot. His poetic lyrics and vocal dynamics, from soft to loud to soft to screams and verbal exhortations were accompanied by Ray Manzarek's tastefully restrained but haunting organ, both raising the quality of the melodic minor scale. Lucky were those in attendance as "The End" evolved or devolved, as some would have it, into an 11 plus minute song on their self-titled debut album (released January 4, 1967). This song length was unheard of at that time for a rock song and shook many a song length purist to their collective cores. But this soon opened the door for other singer songwriters to step out of the shackles of the 3 to 4 minute song convention. And, it apparently attracted the keen attention of artists in other fields. Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was based on Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". This novella, in turn, was based on an episode in Conrad's life when he was in the British Merchant Marines. After many years, he achieved the rank of captain and traveled through out Asia, Australia, India and Africa (especially, the Congo region of West Africa). During his stint as a riverboat captain, Conrad was actually given the order to proceed up the Congo River to an isolated station to rescue a company agent who had fallen ill. Conrad draws upon these experiences in writing his novella, which is basically about the journey into the soul of a man. In "Heart of Darkness", Conrad's isolated, ailing agent is named Kurtz and his last words before dying were: "The horror, the horror". Both of these were lifted directly by Coppola and placed into his script. The film begins with a backdrop of the jungle, a tight row of trees with massive foliage, and helicopters flying across the screen with the beginning of the Doors' song, all very subdued but tinged with horrible expectation. The sound and sight of the helicopters convey their destructive power. Soon, they target the jungle setting it aflame with Agent Orange. Just as this is happening, there are the tight, staccato drum rolls followed by the heavy clanging of cymbals and explosive drumbeats - just one of several crescendos in the song that the director makes apt use of. And the movie itself was such a theatrical force that later versions of "The End" that were released, included the sound of whirring helicopter blades in the intro.

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If there were ever a marriage made in hell, the joining of the song "The End" by the Doors with the cinematic masterpiece Apocalypse Now, is it. As if the visual intensity of the film was not enough to paint the diabolical nature of war, the intensity, drama and tones of "The End" only serve to heighten to a razor blade edge the fear and moral compromise of war. Almost through out the entire movie there is music in the background, complementing the scene on the screen. A particularly intriguing moment in the movie is that of a helicopter captain's use of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries". Blasting out of powerful speakers mounted on the copter skids, this rousing classic announces to the villages coming into view below, imminent death and destruction. In the opening scene, whirring helicopter blades almost become a part of the song. In fact, later versions of "The End" incorporated the sound of those whirling blades. Check out the version from The Doors Greatest Hits (should Coppola have been given writing credit?). The intense and moody keyboard of Manzarek, mixed with off balance harmonies begin and conclude the beginning of the soundtrack. It is the Doors' dissident tones that create the needed tension and confusion. They can be disturbing to listen to but that is the intent. From the get go the intensity is present. A major contributing reason for this is the song "The End" by The Doors. This epic piece is one of the most intense and affecting songs of all time. With the dark, somber vocals of Jim Morrison vocalizing the disturbing lyrics of death and despair, the opening scenes of the movie alert the audience that a dark journey is about to begin. Robbie Krieger's slinky, snake like diatonic underscores this notion. The audience is not watching a movie - it is experiencing a movie due in no small part to "The End". Towards the end of the movie, the concluding section of "The End" signifies the insanity and death of Kurtz. At the movie's conclusion, during the climax of the song, the screen switches back and forth from scenes of Willard killing Kurtz with a long bladed knife and the true life ceremonial slicing of a yak almost in half by indigenous tribe members. Coppola has essentially framed his movie with the first half of "The End" and the second half of "The End". It is between these two posts that he unfolds and develops the journey into darkness and madness. Each of the major components of Apocalypse Now are on their own a chronicle of a journey into the heart of darkness wherein truth, evil, and morality become ambiguous and insanity and suicide become options out. Joseph Conrad's novella chronicles the main character's journey up the Congo River into his own personal heart of darkness as well as that of Conrad's. "Heart of Darkness" became the script for Coppola's movie. As detailed in "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" which was filmed by Coppola's wife during the making of the movie, Frances Ford Coppola underwent his own journey into the heart of darkness with a nervous breakdown and threats of suicide. But in grand fashion, the Doors were there first with 1967's epic song "The End", one man's (Morrison's?) frightful and convincing trip into darkness and insanity. In spite of the visual power of Apocalypse Now, sound plays a critical role in sustaining the symbolism and mysterious, surreal themes of madness and savagery. More specifically it is the music of "The End" with its own recounting of madness and savagery that helps make Apocalypse Now the cinematic masterpiece that it is. MEMORABLE QUOTES ] Chef: Why do all you guys sit on your helmets? Soldier: So we don't get our balls blown off. - Kilgore: Charlie don't surf! - Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. - Kurtz: You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill. Photojournalist: What are they gonna say about him? What are they gonna say? That he was a kind man? That he was a wise man? That he had plans? That he had wisdom? Bullshit man!

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ORACLE ARENA DECEMBER 20, 2008 By Owen Valuch, Laura Destito and Alan Ralph Photos: Alan Ralph (PhotographN.com) For the finale of their 2008 U.S. tour, Metallica came back to their Bay Area hometown ready to party. The arena was abuzz with thousands of fans, ranging from first timers, dads with kids on shoulders, and of course, the true old-school metal fans. When the lights went out you could almost sense the band still backstage jamming in their little studio room knocking off the rust. I could picture Lars doing his exercises; Robb stretching and getting ready to wield his 4-string beast on stage; Kirk stretching each finger preparing them for the two hours of fast paced passion he was about to lay down; and of course James testing the

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vocals and stomping around waiting to take center stage and fuck the entire place up. Before those lights went down at 9:15, though, we were treated to a few of the finest opening bands, Lamb of God and The Sword, that Metallica had taken on the road with them. Not since 1997 with Corrosion of Conformity, or even 1994 with Suicidal Tendencies, has Metallica had a worthy opening act. I’m sure you would forgive me for not accepting Godsmack, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, or Candlebox as decent opening bands. Having seen The Sword on a regular club stage just before this tour started, I was a little hesitant on how they would pull it off on Metallica’s massive ‘in-the-round’ center-stage, but since this is Lars’ favorite band of 2008, I knew they could withstand the pressure. Unfortunately, even though two hours had passed since the doors opened, the arena was still only mildly crowded, and so the majority of Metallica fans never even saw The Sword. Lamb of God, on the other hand, was likely seen by every person in the building, whether it was their whole 45-minute set or the last few songs. Randall Blythe ran about the stage as if someone set him on fire and the rest of the band followed-up that intensity with their pummeling riffs. They played


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many of the songs we expect to hear, like “Laid To Rest,” “As The Palaces Burn,” and “11th Hour,” and even played a new song from their upcoming CD called Wrath. Lamb of God had done the seemingly impossible task of mesmerizing the Metallica fans with their energy and music. At last, back to 9:15, with the crowd finally coming down off of The Sword and Lamb of God, the lights go down for the final curtain call. Unsure of what the opener will be, you can feel the excitement… will it be Puppets; Creeping Death; Harvester; something off of Death Magnetic… it was like Christmas morning wondering what’s in the box under the tree with your name on it. The first one out was Lars, then James, Kirk, and Robb running to take complete control of the blacked-out arena, ready to open the lid on the most famous pits in the business. In true form, the band not only surprises everyone with a new song, “That Was Just Your Life,” as the opener, but also with a full-on laser lightshow

spectacular! For the next two hours, both the new fans who had no idea what was about to take place, as well as to the old-school veterans, in their faded old Metallica shirts and jean jackets, were about to get pummeled! It was not until the third song, though, that we heard “classic” Metallica. “Creeping Death” was a true classic for the old-school fans and the new members of the Metallica army to enjoy; a song where everyone can shout “DIE, DIE, DIE” in harmonious bliss. Yet almost as quickly as the 1980’s Metallica resurgence began, it is interrupted a few songs later,

with “Broken, Beat and Scarred” and “Cyanide.” Given some time, many of these new songs will undoubtedly become additions to the ‘classic’ set list. The vibe 51 was still there but the


KIRK HAMMETT energy still wanted more of the old! Throughout the rest of the show, there was still a good mix of the new (“All Nightmare Long,” “The Day That Never Comes”) and the old (“Blackened.” “Master of Puppets”). Unfortunately, not once, but twice, did Metallica tone down the energy, vibe, and pace of the show, with “The Unforgiven’” and “Nothing Else Matters,” two songs that easily could have been skipped over – but hey, everyone needs a bathroom or beer break. Two hours later, the night was coming to a close and you just knew what was coming – the song that propelled Metallica onto every rock radio station across the land – “Enter Sandman.” Looking around the arena, I think even the old-school diehards, who shunned the Metallica of the 1990’s, were singing “off to never never land!” A great way to end the show… but was it really over? The band members were still within an arm’s length of their instruments, so of course that means encore! Then the heart pulsing sound – “I got something to say; I 52 killed your baby today”

– how’s that to begin an old-school medley of “Last Caress,” “Whiplash,” and “Seek and Destroy!” “Seek and Destroy” was an unreal experience to watch. The house lights were on for the entire song, so you could see all the tired, yet still wanting more, faces of the fans. Then, the entire ceiling opened up with an onslaught of black Metallica beach balls. This is something that I have never seen before at a metal show, and honestly I think it puts Metallica one step closer to the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and Grateful Dead. Bouncing beach balls aside, that was a mere footnote to the end of the show, because just when you think it’s all over, it’s not! All of a sudden, at the end of “Seek and Destroy,” 20 people can be seen chasing Lars around the stage and in the barricade, assaulting him with cream pies and silly string! This end of tour prank was also an early birthday celebration for the now 45-year old drummer… and James dutifully made it known by then having the entire arena sing “Happy Birthday.” It was quite a sight to see once all the dust settled, and after another round of ‘Thank You’, James, Robb, Kirk, and Lars left the stage for the final time.


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Online comics are popping up everywhere you look. I guess it makes sense... Printing costs are crazy and anybody can start a website. But among those thousands of web comics out there in cyberspace, only a few really stand out. Weird Fishes is one of those few. Written and drawn by Jamaica Dyer, the comic is both visually stunning and a fun read. What got you started in comics? I fell in love with Catwoman at a young age and I was always drawing and telling my own little stories, so it pretty quickly turned into drawing my own little superhero comics (there was Bison Man and Mustang Woman, if I remember). As I got into indie comics as a teen I realized I could publish my own comics and ever since then I’ve been photocopying my own books and distributing them at cons. This, pared with working in a comic shop and being fully saturated in my animation career makes comics and drawings pretty much everything. What inspired you to write Weird Fishes? Where did the idea come from and what are your plans for the story once it’s done? It came from my love of ducks. I’m not sure what it is about Dee and The Bunny Boy (the stars of Weird Fishes), but I started drawing their stories in a strip for my university’s newspaper and I was doing little animations with Dee and Bones (a little girl wearing a devil hoodie and her talking goldfish) before that. During the planning stages of Weird Fishes they were just begging to have their story told now that they are older kids. I can’t exactly say I know where their stories come from, but there’s always a part of my mind scripting out what they’re up to next and making sure the story arc is going well. Right now I’m planning on a graphic novel collecting the stories, and it’s about halfway finished. It looks like I found a home for the book, and I’m going to start ramping up my page output each week so we can see it soon. Stay tuned! What are your thoughts on the current boom of web comics?

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Webcomics are pretty great, especially because it allows you to reach such a large, diverse audience quickly and with very little effort on your part. For those same reasons, just like bad webpages, there’s so many bad webcomics out there! But for the ones that are great and amazing I think the whole process is well worth it. There’s a lot of great new


artists popping up on the internet and, I can vouch for this, it’s way easier than photocopying your book and distributing them by hand. How did you get hooked up with Dark Horse Comics for your Wine Hobo story? Shawna Gore, my editor at Dark Horse, is a fantastic lady and we met at ComicCon years ago when I was trying to get attention as a kid. She was totally supportive and when I started putting out Weird Fishes and Myspace Dark Horse Presents was in full-swing, she and the Myspace crew realized we might have a fit. Wine Hobo was the weirdest of the bunch of stories I pitched at them, and I’m super glad they all appreciated it so much. Do you listen to music when you write? Who are some of your favorite bands? Yes! Wait, what? I switch between music and videos, music when I script and movies when I don’t have to concentrate as much. My favorite music contains The Flaming Lips, Pulp, Of Montreal, Radiohead, Eels, Gogol Bordello, Pixies, Animal Collective, Smog, Beck, Gorillaz… music references make their way into my comics as they influence my ideas. Usually I just play them off my computer but I’ve got a growing interest in good sound systems and vinyl.

to get jaded. So besides wearing my Superman 3D glasses, I’m eagerly awaiting the next Scott Pilgrim book, which is genius in mixing so much pop culture and slice-of-life and battles into one book. I just bought the LOCAL hardcover and that’s an investment that’s well worth it. In webcomics I’m reading FreakAngels, Octopus Pie, DAR and Girls with Slingshots on a constant basis. Can I mention TV shows? Because it’s all about the IT Crowd and Mighty Boosh. Between the great writing and all the art bits in the background of IT, and the animated insanity of the Mighty Boosh, it just makes me want to move to London for good.

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