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Feature: Kirk Hammett’s “It’s Alive!” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

It’s a well-known fact that legendary Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is an avid collector of horror and sci-fi art and memorabilia, but it’s quite another thing to gaze at the incredible spectacles inhabiting his collection in person. Part of the proof currently lives in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and has had a pleasant stay there since the opening on August 12 of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Once I found out that on November 5th, Kirk Hammett would be visiting the exhibition personally for a catalog signing event, I made […]

Interview: Kirk Hammett of Metallica

November 5th, 2017, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA – the site of his exhibition, “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection” – for a book signing. Amidst all the busy preparations for the event, Kirk Hammett sat down with Metal Magnitude to offer some insight into his ever-growing collection, and of course, some outlook on the Metallica front. Check out the interview on YouTube right here: https://youtu.be/MEjGPWbFFoM. Metal Magnitude: http://metalmagnitude.com https://www.facebook.com/metalmagnitude https://twitter.com/MetalMagnitude https://www.pinterest.com/metalmagnitude/ Kirk Hammett: https://www.facebook.com/kirkHammett/ https://twitter.com/KirkHammett https://www.instagram.com/kirkhammett/ https://www.metallica.com Special thanks to the Peabody Essex Museum Staff for making this […]

Album Review: Jim Crean – Insatiable

Not too long ago, I reviewed a Northeastern stop of the Appice Drum Wars series of shows, one which took place to promote the recent release from the Appice Brothers, Sinister. In light of this new album being the first officially recorded collaboration between Vinny and Carmine, much of the attention was on these drummer brothers. But now, it’s time to focus entirely on the singer whose powerful vocals fronted that very Drum Wars show, not to mention his role as a featured vocalist on Sinister following a long history with the Appices, plus his own far-reaching solo career – […]

Operation: Mindcrime To Complete Concept Trilogy with New Album

One by one and once a year since 2015, Operation: Mindcrime has been releasing each chapter of a premeditated musical trilogy through a series of concept albums. The Geoff Tate-fronted band began with The Key, Operation: Mindcrime’s debut that formed the foundation on Frontiers Music Srl and paved the way for a part two in Resurrection. This 2016 follow-up led to a music video featuring Blaze Bayley and Tim “Ripper” Owens alongside the former Queensrÿche frontman for the track “Taking On The World”, as well as a spin-off tour highlighting the collaboration known as Trinity. Now, it’s time for the third and final part […]

Concert Review: Appice at Tupelo Music Hall

Perhaps you’re a fan of Vanilla Fudge, or caught Carmine Appice during his time with Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, or Cactus. Maybe you were in a crowd somewhere along the “Sacred Heart” tour and saw Vinny Appice behind the kit with Ronnie James Dio, and were always a fan of Black Sabbath’s “Dio Years” – or you might be a more recent Kill Devil Hill fan, or possibly have spotted a Last In Line show last year. It could be some, all, or none of the above, but in any case, it’d be pretty difficult to call yourself a Rock […]

Interview: Carmine Appice

On September 23rd, Appice, the project consisting of iconic drummers and brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice releasing their new collaborative album Sinister later this month, hit Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire. Just before the start of the show, the legendary Carmine Appice was kind enough to sit down with me for a great interview, where he gave an in-depth explanation of the record’s connection to late great Ronnie James Dio, plus an inside look into the Vegas video shoot for the track “Monsters and Heroes”. We also chatted about the Hall of Heavy Metal History, and the history of “Drum […]

Concert Review: Warrant at Tupelo Music Hall (With Red Sky Mary)

“Louder, Harder, Faster!” The chant which united the voices of a packed house with the strong pipes of Robert Mason when Warrant rocked Tupelo Music Hall last weekend. Through a rock and roll call and response of sorts, the audience was thrilled to join in as the Down Boys played their new track on this Northeastern stop along the Louder Harder Faster Tour 2017. September 17th marked the date for Warrant’s second New Hampshire stop of the year, but it wasn’t only new songs that made it onto the setlist that night in Derry – just about all the tracks […]

“Bowl for Ronnie” Adds More Celebrity Guests

The Third Annual “Bowl for Ronnie” charity event was announced not too long ago, and the long list of rockers on the celebrity teams just keeps getting longer. The team led by Eddie Trunk will face off against the team headed by KLOS DJ Gary Moore, with return guests/last year’s winners John 5, Tom Morello, Jeff Scott Soto, and Rock Feinstein joining in. The roster of guests now includes members (and former members) of Guns N’ Roses, Dio, Lynch Mob, Billy Idol, Cinderella, Ratt, Whitesnake, Armored Saint, Budderside, Hellion, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Black Star Riders, Rough Cutt, and many […]

Motörhead’s Under Cöver Released

Under Cöver is officially out – the covers album by Motörhead has been released digitally this week, and it can be purchased via iTunes (affiliate link). While there’s still some time to wait for any physical formats of the record, as October 13th is when the CD and Vinyl will see the light of day from the Motörhead Music label, the 11-track compilation is available to give fans the full experience of the legendary band as they took on tracks by some other legends over the years, including The Ramones, Judas Priest, Metallica, and more. A music video surfaced not too […]

Appice to Perform Debut Album at Select Live Shows

There’s something “sinister” on the way from a project formed by two legendary figures in the rock and metal worlds…and they just happen to be brothers who are both drummers. Appice is the name, and Carmine and Vinny have signed to the SPV/Steamhammer label to put together a debut album under their new moniker. Sinister has a long list of guests to round out the collaboration, which Vinny sums up nicely by stating, “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.” The full lineup of the record is as follows, classified by instrument: Carmine Appice (drums & vocals) Vinny Appice (drums) Jim […]

Metallica to Reissue “Master of Puppets”

Metallica’s iconic Master of Puppets is set for a reissue. The band’s own label, Blackened Records, will be offering a variety of digital and physical forms of the remastered album beginning on November 10th. The release will also feature deluxe and expanded editions that include previously unreleased tracks, videos, and photos, plus instant downloads upon pre-order. James Hetfield shows off everything the Deluxe Master of Puppets reissue has to offer in a special unboxing video, which you can see here. Visit www.metallica.com for more information on the album and Metallica’s upcoming WorldWired European tour dates.

Overkill to Hit the Road on Metal Alliance Tour

The Metal Alliance tour is almost ready to take off, with East Coast thrash legends Overkill at the helm. Kicking off on September 8th, this set of US dates will cover plenty of ground over 20 stops through the month of September. Overkill’s latest record, The Grinding Wheel came out on Nuclear Blast earlier this year, and NJ’s legends are still going strong in support of it. Speaking of support, joining Overkill on the road will be the “sludgy” Southerners Crowbar, along with another set of thrashers in the form of Havok, Black Fast, and Invidia. Show info and tickets […]

Third Annual Bowl for Ronnie Officially Announced

For the third year in a row, the season approaches for the rock ’n’ roll celebrity charity event known as Bowl for Ronnie. Taking place in Studio City, California, the bowling party’s proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The event will feature teams of rockers, metallers, and on-air personalities, including a team led by Eddie Trunk, who is not only the official host of the event, but the first place winner in last year’s Bowl for Ronnie competition. Celebrity guests include Tom Morello, John 5 (both returning from last year’s winning team), Steven Adler, […]

Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons Announce Recording and Tour

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – the Nuclear Blast-signees consisting of former Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and his three sons, plus a vocalist who doesn’t share the last name of Campbell – are on their way to releasing their debut full-length as of this week. They’ve just entered the studio to begin recording the album this week, and there’s not too many details to reveal just yet in these early stages, but according to Phil Campbell, “We have spent the last few days at the legendary Rockfield studios in Wales, soaking up the atmosphere and getting inspired! We hope […]

Ride for Dime to hit the East Coast This Month

It’s time to Ride for Dime – later this month, Sayreville, NJ will mark the spot for a charity event, auction, and concert held in honor of the late Dimebag Darrell – the first ever Ride for Dime in the East Coast Tri-State chapter. This will be an all-day event featuring a variety of guest hosts from the worlds of comedy, reality TV, and of course – Metal. An array of rock and metal bands from the tri-state area plus an All-Star Jam featuring members of Black Label Society, Danzig, Soulfly, Symphony X, Seven Witches, Prophet, Monster Magnet, and many […]