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It's been a few weeks since we last posted about a Rob Scallon video, so that must mean it's time to post about a new Rob Scallon video.

Here's a video in which Mr. Scallon performs a riff from 31 songs in 1 minute. In addition to transitioning nicely from one riff to the next, I must credit him for including Psyopus.

An amusing little exchange took place two days ago on the Facebook page of Ryan Hardwick, member of Cleveland, Ohio punk band Lawskof. Hardwick was commenting on his distaste for the APMAs (that award show Alternative Press puts on), and when Taking Back Sunday guitarist Eddie Reyes replied to Hardwick's post, Hardwick took the opportunity to confront Reyes about stealing one of his band's riffs:

Ryan Hardwick vs Eddie Reyes of Taking Back Sunday

It's difficult to discern just how much animosity Hardwick harbors (see below), but the main riff of each song sounds pretty much identical. Listen to both (if you can stomach it).

It's hard to dispute Hardwick's claim. Regardless, Reyes didn't seem particularly phased:

Taking Back Sunday's Eddie Reyes dismisses rift theft accusation

Notice that last comment from Hardwick. Unless he's being sarcastic, it would seem that he and Reyes either spoke on the side and settled things, or he was never that angry to begin with. But that doesn't change the fact that Taking Back Sunday borrowed Lawskof's riff. It should be noted that the two bands played a few shows together in 2013, after Lawskof had written their song, and prior to Taking Back Sunday writing theirs. It's possible that this is a case of so-called "subconscious plagiarism," or, Taking Back Sunday just flat out stole the riff.

Sigh. I can't believe I've typed this much about Taking Back Sunday. Forgive me.

Even if you've never personally participated in a 'Wall of Death' at a metal show, you've at least seen a gazillion 'Wall of Death' videos (just head to YouTube and look for "Lamb of God wall of death" if you haven't), but have you ever watched one in 360-degree video? Probably not.

Well, cross that off your list, as a clip shot during Heaven Shall Burn's July 18 performance at the Resurrection Fest in Spain has been uploaded in 360-degree format, facilitating interactivity on certain devices. Have a look below. The footage isn't the greatest, but whatever.

Mayhem Festival co-founder Kevin Lyman

Earlier this month, Mayhem Festival co-founder Kevin Lyman caused a minor uproar when he lamented the fading metal touring festival scene, saying that "metal got gray, bald and fat." Several days later Lyman apologized for the remarks, though the apology apparently doesn't hold much weight with one Kerry King, guitarist of 2015 Mayhem Festival headliners, Slayer.

In a new interview Howie D. from Hard Edge Radio and National Rock Review, King was asked about Lyman's comments and he had this to say:

"What a douche. I do care, because that directly affects this product [Mayhem festival]. But at the end of the day — let me say this — when you think of the old and fat and... Okay, I got the 'bald' part — I get it — but, I mean, when you think of that statement, do you think of me, or are you thinking fucking Lyman? Dude, I look like a fucking convict; I'm not here looking all old, fat and gray, you know?! It's, like, c'mon, man, speak for yourself. Don't put that label on us, the genre and your festival or anything. That's just fucking... That's one of the stupidest marketing things I've ever heard. It's not marketing. It's just somebody babbling."

You can listen to the full interview here.

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has a son named Jakobe Moreno, and Jakobe has a band called Death Rogen. This week the "powerviolence/skate thrash" outfit released a new EP titled Death Rogen EP 1, and you can stream it below.

[via ThePRP]

trash can mosh pit

Chicago beatdown crew Drowning played a hometown show on Thursday night, and while hardcore pits can indeed be a bit unpredictable, this one took a strange turn as a couple of trash cans made an appearance. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, the resulting bloodshed and headaches were captured on video. You can have a look below.

I'm not sure if props are increasingly being used to compensate for a lack of pit action or what, but whatever happened to the good old days of traditional mosh pit dancing?

earnings and attendance H2O Defeater

A large round concert earnings and attendance data was released today via Boxscore. The latest data includes shows from Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Of Mice & Men, In Flames, Coal Chamber, and The Devil Wears Prada.

Artist/Event Venue City/State Event Dates Gross Sales Attend/
Vans Warped Tour Fairplex Park Pomona, Calif. June 19, 2015 $593,611 14,783 /
$45, $39.50
Vans Warped Tour Ventura County Fairgrounds Ventura, Calif. June 21, 2015 $339,013 8,788 /
$45, $37.50
Nightwish Hammerstein Ballroom New York, N.Y. April 9, 2015 $144,765 3,053 /
$180, $45
Judas Priest, Saxon Horseshoe Casino, The Shoe Cincinnati, Ohio May 17, 2015 $117,450 2,940 /
Rob Zombie, DJ Ginger Fish Stage AE Pittsburgh, Pa. June 16, 2015 $110,670 2,782 /
$43, $39.50
Rob Zombie Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. June 6, 2015 $110,110 2,002 /
All Time Low Multipurpose Activity Center West Long Branch, N.J. April 17, 2015 $107,060 3,559 /
$35, $29.99
Judas Priest, Saxon Harrah's Stir Concert Cove Council Bluffs, Iowa May 20, 2015 $106,100 2,461 /
Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Mariachi El Bronx Stage AE Pittsburgh, Pa. June 12, 2015 $99,943 2,590 /
$40, $38.50
Rob Zombie Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre Simpsonville, S.C. June 4, 2015 $73,171 1,940 /
$39.50, $34.50
Of Mice & Men Best Buy Theater New York, N.Y. May 13, 2015 $50,503 2,150 /
$25, $24.50
The Used Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. April 21, 2015 $39,309 1,522 /
$33, $27.50
Of Mice & Men Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. May 11, 2015 $37,733 1,769 /
$25, $22
Atreyu Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. April 25, 2015 $36,645 1,887 /
$25, $20
Bad Religion Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. June 14, 2015 $36,334 1,476 /
$28, $25
Falling In Reverse Best Buy Theater New York, N.Y. May 20, 2015 $30,366 1,423 /
$25, $22
Falling In Reverse Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. May 23, 2015 $29,251 1,349 /
$25, $22
Black Label Society Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. April 6, 2015 $27,556 1,140 /
$38, $32
Testament Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. April 17, 2015 $24,860 1,103 /
$30, $25
In Flames Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. May 7, 2015 $24,439 1,021 /
$29, $25
Coal Chamber Trocadero Philadelphia, Pa. April 4, 2015 $16,842 509 /
The Devil Wears Prada Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. April 8, 2015 $15,529 854 /
$23, $19.50
Testament Trocadero Philadelphia, Pa. April 30, 2015 $14,837 459 /
Coal Chamber Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. April 3, 2015 $11,200 552 /
$30, $25
Suicide Silence, Villain of the Story, Within the Ruins, Emmure Mill City Nights Minneapolis, Minn. March 1, 2015 $10,991 610 /
$20, $17
D.R.I. Starland Ballroom Sayreville, N.J. May 31, 2015 $9,325 587 /
$19, $16, $10
Helmet Mill City Nights Minneapolis, Minn. March 11, 2015 $8,820 504 /
$20, $17
New Found Glory Music Farm Charleston, S.C. April 7, 2015 $8,481 307 /
$22, $17.50
mewithoutyou, Foxing, Lithuania The Independent San Francisco, Calif. June 25, 2015 $7,634 418 /
$20, $18
The Melvins A & R Music Bar Columbus, Ohio June 18, 2015 $6,800 400 /
Enslaved, Vulgaari, Ecstatic Vision, YOB Mill City Nights Minneapolis, Minn. March 16, 2015 $6,320 316 /
The Ghost Inside Music Farm Charleston, S.C. April 3, 2015 $6,130 181 /
$18, $16
Goatwhore, Black Breath, Ringworm, Theories Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minn. June 26, 2015 $4,800 348 /
$15, $13
H2O New Brookland Tavern Columbia, S.C. June 24, 2015 $2,777 45 /
$20, $17
Defeater New Brookland Tavern Columbia, S.C. April 2, 2015 $2,679 65 /
$15, $13
Barrier The Nether Bar at Mill City Nights Minneapolis, Minn. March 17, 2015 $1,207 89 /
$15, $10, $12

using death metal to attract sharks

As you know by now, it's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. One of last night's new specials was 'Bride of Jaws', in which filmmaker Andy Casagrande and company attempt to find an 18-foot great white called Joan of Shark who was last seen several years ago off the coast of Australia.

Among the techniques employed to lure great whites is blasting metal music via an underwater speaker, because supposedly "the dense tones of heavy metal simulate the low frequencies of struggling fish." To that end, a few Darkest Hour songs were played and several sharks did indeed show up for the "concert." True, I wouldn't call the songs chosen "death metal," but whatever, cool nonetheless. Here's a clip:

Kevin Lyman on Mayhem Fest challenges

Kevin Lyman knows a thing or two about the organization and production of tours and festivals. He is, after all, the founder of punk institution, Warped Tour, which attracts more than 700,000 people annually and is the longest-running festival tour in North America. Additionally, Lyman co-founded Mayhem Festival, a touring metal festival launched in 2008. As such, Lyman is uniquely positioned to compare and contrast metal tours with punk tours. Unfortunately, he doesn't appear particularly hopeful when it comes to metal.

In a new interview with Detroit Free Press, Lyman was brutally honest about this year's Mayhem Festival and its future, or lack thereof.

"It was the best available for what we had to work with," Lyman said about this year's bill, which includes Slayer, King Diamond, and The Devil Wears Prada. "We had pressure to keep the package at a certain price and make that work, and we had pressure on headliner expenses."

"I mean, Mayhem, it's at risk of going away at any given moment," Lyman eventually admitted. Here's his explanation for Mayhem's potential woes and the tentative future of big metal tours:

"The bands at the top all demand a certain level of fee to be on tour. Unlike punk rock, metal never knows how to take a step back to move the whole scene forward. That's how punk rock was. That's how we nurtured punk rock. Bad Religion would take a little less than they could on their own to bring the whole scene forward, so we could make sure we had a good (touring) package around them. Metal doesn't seem to have that concern, never has, never has since I was working in the clubs in the '80s. It's always about a me, me, me thing... What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged. Metal got gray, bald and fat. And metal was about danger. When you went to a metal show, it was dudes onstage; there was some danger in it."

Of course Lyman still thinks this year's Mayhem concerts will be a success. "We'll give the best possible show to kids that come out," he saiys. "And there will be a lot of people there. We'll probably do 8,000 or 9,000 people a show."

You can read the full piece here.

young metalheads might not be doomed after all
Photo: RWhite (Wikimedia Commons)

A study recently published in the journal Self and Identity concludes that contrary to 1980s research, young metal fans in the 80s did not roundly suffer poor developmental outcomes. In fact, it turns out that 1980s metalheads "were significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently."

Titled Three Decades Later: The Life Experiences and Mid-Life Functioning of 1980s Heavy Metal Groupies, Musicians, and Fans, the study examined 377 "heavy metal groupies, musicians, and fans at middle age" using "snowball sampling" from Facebook.

Here's the good news:

Results revealed that metal enthusiasts did often experience traumatic and risky "sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll" lives. However, the "metalhead" identity also served as a protective factor against negative outcomes. They were significantly happier in their youth and better adjusted currently than either middle-aged or current college-age youth comparison groups. Thus, participation in fringe style cultures may enhance identity development in troubled youth.

Don't start pumping your child's ears with Slayer or The Black Dahlia Murder just yet, however, as Pacific Standard does highlight one caveat: The study was composed of individuals who were "relatively high functioning" and volunteered to participate. This would of course likely eliminate anyone who ultimately fell victim to drug addiction, suicide, or any other negative outcomes of "a dark lifestyle."

Fortunately, research team leader and Humboldt State University psychologist Tasha Howe reports that "metalheads in general were not significantly more likely to attempt suicide or have sex at earlier ages than other youth. Nor were they more likely to miss work due to physical or mental health problems as adults."

See, we're not all going to grow up to be total losers!

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