Demon Hunter rules.
Several hours this week have been consumed by my tireless editing of the full-length Demon Hunter DVD, which will be included with this Halloween's Special Edition re-release of "The Triptych" (which will also boast four bonus tracks!).
The live show, which my friend Brundy is working on, is killer. I have been working on the "Undying" tour documentary and a new edit of the "Making Of" documentary that was exclusively available to customers who pre-ordered the album on Tower.com last year when it was originally released.
In other news, there is an excellent article in this week's Rolling Stone (with Christina Aguilera on the cover) about the music that the troops in Iraq are listening to in order to get them through. The top 10 songs included Linkin Park, Tupac, DMX, System Of A Down -- and Hatebreed! I reached out to Jamey Jasta right away to let him know. He was stoked and so is the team at Roadrunner behind their new record.
I have been working on setting up some shows through the USO for two of my bands -- Demon Hunter and Throwdown -- to play for the troops. Hatebreed is potentially interested in the same thing and it would be killer to link all of them up! We'll see.
Regardless of your feelings about the war (I was *personally* against it from the outset, and I covered the anti-war protests in Los Angeles the day the war started for MTV News, with a piece that included footage of my cameraman being beaten by police batons), the majority of the troops who are over there putting their lives on the line -- many of them low-income Americans and some "illegal" immigrants who have families to provide for -- deserve nothing but our utmost respect and support.
Speaking of the war, you've got to check out this hip-hop video from a British MC lampooning the post-9/11 terror state: http://www.myspace.com/rizmc
Darth Vader calls the Emperor to tell him a random band of teenagers blew up his Death Star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYUw1rdJWh4
Darth Vader just generally being a jerk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tao_mvcL-vA&NR
And finally, the gay robot: http://www.myspace.com/gayrobot
I have been listening -- a lot -- to a band called The Gates Of Slumber. It is doom/ sludge in the vein of St. Vitus and it is highly radical. My close friend Jason McCash, who played bass in my old band Burn It Down, is in the group. Their new album, "Suffer No Guilt," is over 70 minutes of pure excellence. http://www.myspace.com/thegatesofslumber
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