May 12th 1988 #Megadeth released the single “Mary Jane” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

“Mary Jane” tells a story about a young witch buried alive by her father near the Loon Lake cemetery in Minnesota. According to legend, anyone who dared to disturb her grave was doomed to death.

May 12th 1979 #JudasPriest released the single “Evening Star” #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The single reached number 53 on the #OfficialCharts

May 12th 1986 #HolyMoses released their debut album “Queen of Siam” #Necropolis #BurstingRest #Roadcrew #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

They are well noted for being fronted by Sabina Classen and for being one of the first German thrash metal bands.

May 12th 1995 #Meshuggah released the album “Destroy Erase Improve” #Vanished #SufferInTruth #SoulBurn #Beneath #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

This was their first studio album to feature rhythm guitarist Mårten Hagström and the final to feature bassist Peter Nordin.

May 12th 1994 #MotleyCrue released the power ballad “Misunderstood” #HardRock

Did you know…

The video for the song was banned from #MTV because there was a suicide reference in the lyrics and a man putting a pistol in his mouth in one of the scenes.

May 12th 2017 #KobraAndTheLotus released the album “Prevail I” #HellOnEarth #LightMeUp #Victim #YouDontKnow #TriggerPulse #Gotham #HardRock

Did you know…

The band is from Calgary, Alberta and formed in 2009 by lead vocalist and songwriter Kobra Paige.

May 12th 2017 #Warrant released the album “Louder Harder Faster” #MusicMan #Faded #ChooseYourFate #LetItGo #Perfect #HardRock

Did you know…

This was the second Warrant album to feature Robert Mason on vocals.

May 12th 2008 #IronMaiden released the Greatest Hits album “Somewhere Back In Time – The Best Of: 1980 – 1989” #TheTrooper #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The cover artwork by Derek Riggs features the Pharaoh Eddie monument from Powerslave and Cyborg Eddie from Somewhere in Time.

May 12th 1992 #MercyfulFate released compilation album “Return of the Vampire” #BurningTheCross #DeathKiss #YouAskedForIt #CurseOfThePharaohs #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It contains rare demo tracks by them, recorded before their first official release in 1982.

May 12th 2017 #SacredOath released the album “Twelve Bells” #Bionic #TheLastWord #WellOfSouls #NewReligion #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band originally formed in 1985 by Rob Thorne and Pete Altieri while the two were classmates at Bethel High School.

May 12th 2007 #Trouble released the album “Simple Mind Condition” #MindBender #Seven #DoomMetal

Did you know…

This was Trouble’s last release with vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff Olson, who both left in 2008.

The album is dedicated to former drummer Barry Stern.

May 12th 2003 #Helloween released the album “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” #JustALittleSign #Liar #TheTune #DoYouFeelGood #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The Japanese version contains a cover of Accept’s “Fast as a Shark,” with the band’s new drummer, Stefan Schwarzmann.

‪May 12th 1989 #MorbidAngel released their debut album “Altars of Madness” #Suffocation #ImmortalRites #DeathMetal @THE_DVincent‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The overtly Satanic and occult lyrical themes were a significant influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.‬

May 12th 1958 #EricSinger drummer with #KISS and former with #BlackSabbath and #AliceCooper was born!! #HappyBirthday #HardRock

Did you know….

In his career, Singer has appeared on over 75 albums.

May 13th 1967 #ChuckSchuldiner guitarist and founder with #Death was born!! #RIP #TheFatherOfDeathMetal

Did you know…

He was ranked No. 20 in March 2004 #GuitarWorld’s “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists”.

May 13th 2016 #Destruction released the album “Under Attack” #ElegantPigs #Dethroned #Pathogenic #GenerationNevermore #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The limited edition bonus track was a cover of Venom’s “Black Metal”.

May 13th 2002 #Rage released the album “Unity” #LivingMyDream #Down #Insanity #SetThisWorldOnFire #PowerMetal

Did you know…

Originally the band’s name was to be Furious Rage, but it was eventually shortened to just Rage.

May 13th 2002 #Sentenced released the album “The Cold White Light” #Neverlasting #NoOneThere #GuiltAndRegret #GothicMetal

Did you know….

Limited copies contain the video for the song “Killing Me Killing You” from the previous album Crimson, plus a free Sentenced sticker.

May 14th 1988 #LedZeppelin reunited for the #AtlanticRecords 40th anniversary party at #TheGarden in #NewYorkCity

At this rate…. could we possibly see another reunion. SAY… 2030?

Don’t let those NEW bands steal your THUNDER!! There’s only one LED ZEPPELIN!!

May 14th 1991 #ArmoredSaint released the album “Symbol Of Salvation” #ReignOfFire #TheTruthAlwaysHurts #TribalDance #AnotherDay #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The songs on this album were written and demoed between 1988 and 1990 with original guitarist Dave Prichard.

May 14th 1996 #Amorphis released the album “Elegy” #BetterUnborn #Cares #TheOrphan #Relief #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s first album with vocalist Pasi Koskinen.

May 15th 1987 #MotleyCrue released the album “Girls, Girls, Girls” #DancingOnGlass #WildSide #BadBoyBoogie #FiveYearsDead #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 2 on the #Billboard chart.

The band did a cover of the Elvis song “Jailhouse Rock” for this album.

May 15th 1990 #SacredReich released the album “The American Way” #TheWayItIs #IDontKnow #WhosToBlame #CrimesAgainstHumanity #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The video for “The American Way” was used in the 1992 film Encino Man.

May 15th 1992 #Testament released the GREAT album “The Ritual” #ReturnToSerenity #ElectricCrown #SoManyLies #TheSermon #Agony #ThrashMetal

Did you know….

The album reached number 55 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

It was their last album to include drummer Louie Clemente.

May 15th 2001 #Megadeth released the album “The World Needs A Hero” #MotoPsycho #DreadAndTheFugitiveMind #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album peaked at number 16 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their last album with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and their only one with Al Pitrelli.

May 15th 1984 #KickAxe released their debut album “Vices” #StayOnTop #Maneater #CauseForAlarm #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album was produced by Spencer Proffer, who was notable for producing Quiet Riot’s multi-million selling 1983 album Metal Health.

May 15th 1990 #Dio released the album “Lock Up The Wolves” #HeyAngel #Twisted #WildOne #EvilOnQueenStreet #NightMusic #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 61 on the #Billboard chart.

May 15th 2009 #Stratovarius released the album “Polaris” #DeepUnknown #KingOfNothing #Blind #HigherWeGo #PowerMetal

Did you know…

It was their first album to feature bassist Lauri Porra and guitarist Matias Kupiainen

May 15th 2001 #SteelProphet released the album “Book Of The Dead” #TragicFlaws #Escaped #ChurchOfMind #Phobia #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The band re-recorded the instrumental song “Ruby Dreams (Fear And Hope)” from their debut album on this album.

May 15th 2012 #ShadowsFall released the album “Fire from the Sky” #TheUnknown #SaveYourSoul #NothingRemains #BlindFaith #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The album debuted at number 38 on the #Billboard 200 chart.

May 15th 1984 #CorrosionOfConformity released their debut album “Eye For An Eye” #RabidDogs #PositiveOutlook #TellMe #Indifferent #HardcorePunk

Did you know…

The band started out as a Hardcore Punk band.

The band did a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song “The Green Manalishi “ on this album.

May 15th 1990 #LitaFord released the album “Stiletto” #Dedication #Hungry #BigGun #BadBoy #Lisa #GlamMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 52 on the #Billboard chart.

She did a cover of the classic #AliceCooper song “Only Women Bleed” on this album.

May 15th 2007 #Megadeth released the album “United Abominations” #Sleepwalker #PlayForBlood #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The song “À Tout le Monde” was re-recorded for this album and featured Cristina Scabbia.

It was well received and debuted at number 8 on the #Billboard chart.

May 15th 1995 #Opeth released the debut album “Orchid” #ForestOfOctober #TheApostleInTriumph #ProgressiveMetal

Did you know..

It was reissued in 2000 with one bonus track called “Into the Frost of Winter”, an early unproduced rehearsal recording by the band.

May 15th 2009 @TimRipperOwens released his debut album “Play My Game” #StartingOver #Believe #TheCoverUp #NoGoodGoodbyes #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album features such guests as Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Jeff Loomis and Michael Wilton.

May 15th 1898 #Sabbat released the album “Dreamweaver” #TheBestOfEnemies #TheClericalConspiracy #Wildfire #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

It’s a concept album based on the 1983 book by British psychologist Brian Bates – The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer.

May 15th 1990 #Cancer released their debut album “To the Gory End” #WitchHunt #BloodBath #DieDie #BodyCount #DeathMetal

Did you know…

The image is a painting based on a still from the 1978 horror film, Dawn of the Dead.

May 15th 1995 #Immortal released the album “Battles in the North” #ThronedByBlackstorms #MoonriseFieldsOfSorrow #ThroughTheHallsOfEternity #BlackMetal

Did you know…

It was the band’s last album to feature Abbath on drums.

May 16th 1983 #IronMaiden released the GREAT album “Piece Of Mind” #TheTrooper #FlightOfIcarus #Revelations #WhereEaglesDare #DieWithYourBootsOn #HeavyMetal

Did you know..

The album reached number 14 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their first album with drummer Nicko McBrain.

May 25th 1983 #Dio released his GREAT debut album “Holy Diver” #RainbowInTheDark #DontTalkToStrangers #StandUpAndShout #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

In 2017, it was ranked 16th on #RollingStone’s list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”.

‪May 16th 2000 #Motorhead released the album “We Are Motörhead” #WakeTheDead #OneMoreFuckingTime #SlowDance #StayOutOfJail #HeavyMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪The album contains a cover of the punk band The Sex Pistols’ song “God Save the Queen”.‬

‪Bob Kulick produced the album.‬

May 16th 1989 #Obituary released the album “Slowly We Rot” #GatesToHell #InternalBleeding #Suffocation #Intoxicated #Bloodsoaked #DeathMetal

Did you know….

It was their only album to feature bassist Daniel Tucker.

May 16th 2014 #Sabaton released the album “Heroes” #NightWitches #ToHellAndBack #ResistAndBite #SmokingSnakes #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 99 on the #Billboard chart.

It was their first album to feature Chris Rörland, Thobbe Englund and Hannes van Dahl.

May 16th 2010 #RonnieJamesDio singer with #BlackSabbath and his band #Dio died after a battle with cancer. #RIP #HeavyMetal

Did you know….

He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and was known for his medieval-themed lyrics.

‪May 16th 2005 #Meshuggah released the album “Catch Thirtythree” #Shed #MindsMirrors #TheParadoxicalSpiral #Dehumanization #HeavyMetal ‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪ The song “Shed” is featured on the Saw III soundtrack. ‬

May 17th 1976 #Rainbow released the album “Rising” #Stargazer #Starstruck #ALightInTheBlack #TarotWoman #RitchieBlackmore #CozyPowell #HardRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

In issue 4 of #KerrangMagazine “Rising” was voted the GREATEST HEAVY METAL album of all time!!!

May 17th 1988 #VinnieVincentInvasion released the album “All Systems Go” #ThatTimeOfYear #Burn #LoveKills #LetFreedomRock #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

It featured vocalist Mark Slaughter, who replaced Robert Fleischman.

The album reached number 64 on the #Billboard chart.

May 17th 1988 #JudasPriest released the album “Ram It Down” #MonstersOfRock #ComeAndGetIt #BloodRedSkies #HardAsIron #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album reached number 31 on the #Billboard chart.

The band did a cover of the Chuck Berry song “Johnny B. Goode” for this album.

May 17th 2010 #Annihilator released the album “Annihilator” #Coward #NowhereToGo #TheOtherSide #Payback #ThrashMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Van Halen song “Romeo Delight” on this album.

The band is from Canada 🇨🇦 so they must be good right?

May 17th 2019 #CrazyLixx release NEW album “Forever Wild” #Wicked #Eagle #TerminalVelocity #BreakOut #HardRock

Did you know…

Anybody have some did you know stuff about the band?

May 17th 2019 #SavageMessiah release NEW album “Demons” #DownAndOut #Parachute #TheBitterTruth #VirtueSignal #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The band was formed by vocalist Dave Silver and also consists of guitarist David Hruska, bassist Míra Sláma and drummer Charly Carretón.

May 17th 1958 #PaulDiAnno former singer with #IronMaiden was born!!!#HappyBirthday #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

He was the singer for Maiden from 1977-1981.

He appeared on the albums Iron Maiden and Killers.

‪May 18th 1993 #Suffocation released the album “Breeding the Spawn” #IgnorantDeprivation #MaritalDecimation #TechnicalDeathMetal‬

‪Did you know…‬

‪They formed in 1988 on Long Island, by vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Todd German, bassist Josh Barohn, and an unknown drummer. ‬

May 18th 1992 #Saxon released the album “Forever Free” #HoleInTheSky #GetDownAndDirty #Grind #IronWheels #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The band did a cover of the Muddy Waters song “Just Wanna Make Love To You” on this album.

May 18th 1999 #WASP released the album “Helldorado” #DirtyBalls #HighOnTheFlames #CantDieTonight #CocaineCowboys #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The limited first edition had a 3D cover.

May 18th 2007 #UDO released the album “Mastercutor” #WalkerOfTheDark #OneLoneVoice #CrashBangCrash #TearsOfAClown #HeavyMetal

Did you know…

The album title, according to Udo Dirkschneider, is a shortened version of “master executor”.

May 18th 1998 #GraveDigger released the album “Knights of the Cross” #Lionheart #HeroesOfThisTime #OverTheSea #PowerMetal

Did you know…

The bonus track was a cover of the Black Sabbath song “Children of the Grave”.

It was also the second album of the Middle Ages Trilogy.

May 18th 1993 #Winger released the album “Pull” #BlindRevolutionMad #DownIncognito #InForTheKill #WhosTheOne #HardRock

Did you know…

Pull was recorded as a trio, as guitarist/keyboardist Paul Taylor left the band after the In the Heart of the Young tour in 1992.

May 18th 1999 #StormtroopersOfDeath released the album “Bigger Than The Devil” #Shenanigans #MakeRoomMakeRoom #CrossoverThrash

Did you know…

The cover design is based on Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast” album.

Oct 19th 1992 #Metallica released the single “Wherever I May Roam” #HeavyMetal

Did you know….

The single reached number 82 on the #Billboard singles chart.

This Week in Rock & Metal


In an age of chaos, an age of grief, the lost and the broken remnants of humanity swarm beneath the condemning gaze of dark gods. A thousand individual tragedies are played out unseen in the mass of screaming, bleeding, desperate souls; each one insignificant to those who have come to judge and dispense justice. Collectively mankind has been found wanting and the sentence is annihilation. An unspoken moment arrives and the vast tableau falls silent, the last second of existence for a doomed species and then unimaginable power is unleashed…the purification has begun.

Those steps towards destruction, that last held breath and then the explosion of a soul-scorching firestorm is encapsulated perfectly in the opening two tracks of Tyrmfar’s gargantuan Renewal Through Purification. The grandiose, portentous notes of ‘The Arrival…’ bring the promise of stories to be told, of vast, black clouds gathering and filling the endless skies – and then, after a fraction of a second where utter terror floods the mind, ‘…Of The Legions Of Eternity’ is upon you! The endless thunder of the drums obliterates the silence and black majesty, wild power held within a steel grip, descends. Yet Tyrmfar are about so much more than simple domination, as remarkable emotion burns between the towering ramparts of brute force riffs. Melodies steeped in loss and pain weave their way through the overwhelming avalanche of destruction – holding you hypnotised, captivated even as your inevitable doom crashes towards you.  

Hailing from the mountains of Switzerland, Tyrmfar’s story began in 2013 and their ascent has been a rapid one. Their first release was the 2015 EP, In The Depths Of A Dark Spirit which was followed in 2017 by the superb Human Abomination album – hailed by Daily Rock as “bloody and invigorating”. The band were soon playing major European festivals like the massive Metal Days event and performing with giants of extreme music like Krisiun; nor were they out of place on such bills with Daily Rock naming them “artists who can shake the most seasoned headliners of extreme music festivals.” All that experience has now been poured into the creation of their game-changing second album, Renewal Through Purification. This collection of breathtaking songs, due out in June through MTAF Records is a magnificent fusion of the atmosphere of black metal and the power of death metal. This is Tyrmfar announcing themselves as true contenders on the world stage, ready to carve their bloody path to the throne.

Tyrmfar are coming…prepare to be judged. 

Robin – Vocals
Mickael – Guitar
Kévin – Guitar
Julien – Bass
Quentin – Drums

Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal
For fans of: Kataklysm | Immortal | God Seed | Nile
Further Information:

“…melodious, deadly black metal…” – METAL INSIDE

Tyrmfar – Renewal Through Purification

Music is apparently a great place to hide secret messages. The Underground Railroad supposedly coded escape plans into slave work songs, and Mozart’s music features more secret Masonic symbolism than the back of a dollar bill. Well, it turns out some of the most popular musicians of the past 50 years have been getting in on the action too, and just not telling anyone. It’s almost like they knew the internet would be invented, and that the music fans who hang out there would have way too much time on our hands. How else can you explain …

10. Jimi Hendrix’s Hidden Alien Message

The song “Third Stone From the Sun” from Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced album is a trippy jazz/rock instrumental with some weird noises in the background. It’s the only instrumental track in the album and also the one most likely to trigger an acid flashback.

But what’s even trippier about it is that if you adjust the speed of your record player to play the song like a 45 rpm vinyl (a format usually reserved for singles), you can suddenly hear two aliens talking by radio as they approach Earth. What’s an alien message doing in an album about simple topics like kidnapping ladies and burning stuff? Nobody knows.

If you want creepy, you can always trust Nine Inch Nails to take things to the next level: The track “Erased, Over, Out” from their remix album Further Down the Spiral is long and repetitious … perhaps intentionally, because if you fast-forward through it on a regular CD player, you can clearly hear the words “ERASE ME” being repeated over and over and over. So if you ever heard that song at regular speed and afterward felt an inexplicable urge to format your hard drive, now you know why.

Purging your data is a perfectly natural response to NIN.

9. Radiohead Hides Entire Booklet (and a Conspiracy)

Radiohead’s 2000 album Kid A, a follow-up to the hugely successful OK Computer, seems to be particularly good at spawning conspiracy theories. In an article in The New Yorker, British novelist Nick Hornby called it “commercial suicide,” speculating that the band may have intentionally made it weird and experimental as way to piss off the label and get out of their record contract (too bad it went on to be a bestseller). And then there’s Spin magazine’s Chuck Klosterman claiming that Kid A unintentionally foreshadowed 9/11 a year before it happened.

Oddly enough, Kid A did include creepy clues to the future, but not on the album itself — they were hidden in the actual packaging. You see, besides the regular cover booklet with the usual stuff like lyrics and credits, there was a second, slightly more disturbing booklet hiding behind the album’s tray. The tray was all black, so the extra booklet wasn’t immediately visible. It featured strange art and snippets of lyrics, as well as some other pieces of text that seemed to be random bits of poetry.

It may have also been Thom Yorke’s rejected children’s book, You Will Never Sleep Again.

But it turns out those pieces of text weren’t just random writings from the band — they were actual lyrics from their next two albums, 2001’s Amnesiac and 2003’s Hail to the Thief. Yep, the satanic-looking secret booklet printed the lyrics for songs that wouldn’t come out for three years. Granted, it’s pretty common for bands to leave songs off of albums and re-use them later, but it’s still very cool that those who found the booklet got a preview of the future.

Thom Yorke’s bed-sheets and walls are covered in “previews” like this.

And what do you know, after Hail to the Thief, Radiohead was finally free of their recording contract and went independent for their next album, 2007’s In Rainbows. And speaking of In Rainbows 

8. Radiohead’s Decade-Spanning Secret Album

Radiohead’s In Rainbows came out on 10/10/2007, 10 years after OK Computer, and there are 10 letters in the names of both albums. Additionally, OK Computer‘s original working title was Zeroes and Ones, or “01,” (the mirror image of “10” … obviously). Even that last part alone is enough to make Radiohead fans start looking for a crazy conspiracy, as you’re probably aware if you’ve ever had to spend a long car ride sitting beside one. The scary part? This time they’d be totally right.

This is what doing a whippet on the highway looks like.

There’s a way to combine the tracks from OK Computer (hereinafter referred to as 01) and In Rainbows (hereinafter referred to as 10), to form one huge mega-album. As Puddlegum explains, “To create the 01 and 10 playlist, begin with OK Computer‘s track one, “Airbag,” and follow this with In Rainbow‘s track one, “15 Step.” Alternate the albums, track by track, until you reach “Karma Police” on OK Computer, making “All I Need” the tenth track on the 01 and 10 playlist.” It’s not that they sound nice together; it’s that these songs were definitely meant to make us s**t our pants when played like this. In the way that “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “The End” all flow into each other on The Beatles’ Abbey Road, these songs all flow into one another as well, as if they were all recorded in one big session.

Just listen to it. To get the full effect, you need to set your player with a 10-second crossfade between tracks (more 10s!), but you can notice most stuff without doing that. Thens**t your pants.

Is Thom York moody, or is he acting like he just crapped his pants
as a really subtle clue?

This blogger points out that the song “Nude” (10 album), starts with the reverb from “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (01 album) still lingering, and the beats at the end of “Airbag” (01) set the tempo for “15 Step” (10). There’s nothing unusual about that … except when you consider that those songs were written and recorded 10 years apart. The pants-shitting synchronicity also applies to the lyrics. Puddlegum gives some examples and says: “There appears to be a concept flowing through the 01 and 10 playlist. Ideas in one song [are] picked up by the next.” In fact, one of the songs from In Rainbows was originally written for OK Computer and not used for 10 years, and the title of another seems to sum up the whole thing: “Jigsaw Falling Into Place.”

Remember all that “10” stuff we mentioned up top, about the date, the time between albums, the number of letters in the titles and whatnot? Want more? Radiohead themselves announced In Rainbows only 10 days before it came out (which is rather unusual), and the announcement was followed by a series of 10 cryptic messagesposted by the band on their website. That’s nothing new: Cryptic messages might be the only way alternative rock musicians know how to communicate. But then Radiohead fans, being Radiohead fans, noticed that the messages emphasized the letter X (one image was titled “Xendless Xurbia”). And, say, isn’t “X” the Roman numeral for 10? Plus, let’s take a look at this cover art real quick.

Oh, look, two 10s. Huh

The band has never officially confirmed any of this, though Puddlegum claims Thom Yorke was annoyed by how long it’s taken people to figure it out. Come on, dude — not all of us are insane alien geniuses.

7. Tool’s Epic Do-It-Yourself Song

Three separate tracks from the latest Tool album can be assembled into a different one — it’s like Voltron, only with progressive metal songs instead of progressive metal robots (seriously, those guys had a woman pilot before most airlines). But plenty of bands do multi-part songs, so there’s nothing special about it, right?

You can’t spell “diVersity” without some of the letters in “Voltron”!

Well, the difference is that, in this case, you don’t get the full song by doing something as mundane as playing one track after the other — you get it by changing the order and playing them at the same time.

By themselves, the songs seem completely different: “10,000 Days” (11:13) is a long prog-rock number, “Wings for Marie” (6:11) is a quiet song that builds up into a crescendo, and “Viginti Tres” (5:02) is just a bunch of weird noises. 6:11 plus 5:02 adds up to 11:13 — that’s because you’re supposed to put “Viginti Tres” and “Wings for Marie” together (in that order) and play them at the same time as “10,000 Days.”

Sobriety is optional, but not recommended.

If that sounds too complicated for you, check out this demonstration at YouTube-Doubler. You’ll notice that the weird sounds from “Viginti Tres” seem to be in sync with the melody of “10,000 Days.” That demonstration doesn’t include “Wings for Marie”, though, which has the most impressive part: Near the end, the vocals from both songs alternate almost perfectly, forming completely different lyrics.

The band has never acknowledged any of this, but if you listen to the full song it’s pretty obvious that they did this intentionally … which is both mind-blowingly awesome and a little bit insane.

Also like Voltron.

6. Aphex Twin Gives You Nightmares

Calling Richard D. James (the founder and sole member of alternative rock band Aphex Twin) an eccentric is hardly a stretch. He lives in a converted bank office owns a tank and submarine, and has a deranged compulsion to plaster his face all over s**t, as seen most prominently in the insanely terrifying music video for “Come to Daddy.”

Things like this should not happen in music videos. Or anywhere.

But, apparently, exposing your eyes to images of abject horror isn’t good enough for Richard D. James. He wants you to hear those images, too. His 1999 single, “Windowlicker,” included a B-side with the catchy name of …

… (fans just call it “[Equation],” unless they’re real douchebags). Five minutes and 30 seconds into the song, a metallic, buzzing noise is heard, which is frankly nothing out of the ordinary for Aphex Twin. What IS fucked up is that when you run that section through a spectrograph (a program that converts sound waves into visible images), this comes out:

You weren’t planning on sleeping tonight, right?

The insane, nightmarish grin of Richard D. James himself is entering your ears in the form of sound waves. You can see the image being formed bit by terrifying bit here, if you must. Encoding photographs into sound is actually pretty simple (you just need to find the right software), but not everyone can get away with taking the resulting mess and slapping it into a song.

Richards isn’t the only one who has done it, though. Nine Inch Nails hid part of their album’s cover art in two songs from the album Year Zero, and lesser-known electronic artist Venetian Snares included spectrographic pictures of his cats … in an album titled Songs About My Cats.

5. Pink Floyd’s Real Backward Message

Putting backward messages into music (also known as “backmasking“) was all the rage back in the 80s — and by “all the rage” we mean “the subject of congressional inquiries.” Bands such as Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin were accused of including subliminal satanic mind-control messages in their songs, in what was undoubtedly one of the stupidest moral panics in American history.

We’re beginning to think these guys may not be the best role models.

The “satanic messages,” of course, were complete horseshit, because it’s practically impossible to purposefully sing or speak something that is intelligible both forward and backward. This is why most of the alleged messages sound like the singer is having a seizure. But backmasking has been used intentionally by bands like The Beatles … mostly because it sounds cool. They never meant to hide anything: it was done for purely aesthetic reasons.

Hundreds of pages of blotter acid counts as an aesthetic reason, right?

In 1979, Pink Floyd became the first popular band to include a reversed message that was actually intended to be hidden. On the first half of their classic album The Wall, the song “Empty Spaces” contains what sounds like mumbling when heard forward, but is actually muffled speech that reveals itself when reversed. Any concerned citizen desperate to find something to be outraged about must have gotten pretty excited when he reached that part … until he heard what it says (turn your speakers way up):

“Hello, hunters. Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont–“

… and then the speaker is interrupted by a female voice saying someone is on the phone. Not exactly “DELIVER YOUR ANUS UNTO SATAN.” We’re afraid that’s about as exciting as real instances of backmasking get — unless you count grunge band Ash hiding an entire song on their debut album, Trailer. When reversed, pitch-shifted and sped up, the noise at the end of Track 5 actually turns out to be a demo track of another song on the album. What’s so neat about that? The album was released in 1994, when the cost of the audio equipment and/or software to hear the song would have put it out of the reach of the vast majority of listeners. That’s several layers of hidden. This would all be a whole lot more impressive if anyone actually knew or cared who Ash was.

These guys look more like the roadies than the band.

4. Monty Python Album Makes You Question Your Sanity

Let’s say you’re listening to a record and you hear a track you like. In fact, you like it so much that you call some friends over to show them this amazing song. But then you play the record … and the song isn’t there. In fact, the whole record seems completely different from what you remember. Your friends laugh at you, your girlfriend leaves you, and your parents call you a disgrace. Eventually you’re institutionalized and die from insanity.

That is literally the only way that scenario can play out.

That’s probably (definitely) what happened to anyone who listened to Monty Python’s Matching Tie & Handkerchief album (which, to add to your mental stress, did not always come with a tie or a handkerchief). One side of the album had two completely different sets of tracks, and you never knew which one you’d get until you played it. How was this possible? Well, for starters, you need to have the original vinyl version of the album, which requires being over 40 and/or a weirdo.

Lots of vinyl albums used lock grooves. That’s when the needle reaches the end of the album and instead of, you know, ending, it keeps playing the last part in a loop. The Beatles did it with Sgt. Pepper’s, which ended with a “sound designed to annoy your dog” and an endless loop of laughter and gibberish.

In case you were wondering why they’d do that.

But then there are double grooves, which is when the album’s grooves are pressed in a way that makes it so you get a completely different set of tracks depending on where the needle lands. That’s what Monty Python did, and the best part is that they didn’t bother to tell anyone about it, creating real confusion in the audience. Also, the record sleeve didn’t even list the album’s tracks, presumably so that there was no f*****g way you could prove to your friends that you weren’t lying about what you heard. On top of that, both sides were labeled “Side 2,” making things even more maddening.

We’re fairly certain Graham Chapman was an Elder God.

Mr. Bungle later did something similar in Disco Volante: If you play the record from the beginning, you get the normal tracks, but if you drop the needle at a specific point in the middle, you can hear a secret song (as long as you have the U.S. vinyl version). But then again, chances are anyone listening to Mr. Bungle is already on drugs and won’t think much of that.

3. Led Zeppelin’s Changing Album Art

On first look, the artwork to Led Zeppelin’s In Through the Out Door is the most boring in their whole discography — the front cover is just a photo of some guy sitting in a bar, and the inner sleeve shows crude black and white drawings of the contents of the table. Where are the naked aliens crawling through rocks? Where are the exploding zeppelins, bizarre obelisks and satanic references?

Why have they stopped trying to make us feel uncomfortable?!

But the album art is only boring on the surface … literally. If you wash the inner sleeve with water, those lame black and white drawings become permanently colored. And since no one intentionally gets water on their albums, this means most people probably found out about this when his a*****e roommate spilled bong water on it.

“Hey, what the f**k are you … Whoa.

The artwork uses the same special watercolors employed by some coloring books, but the band never advertised or even mentioned this feature, so you could have owned the album for decades without realizing you could do this (as a simple eBay search reveals). And even then, most painted sleeves we could find are only partially colored, like the one above, probably because so many people had heart attacks shortly after discovering this.

2. Public Enemy Hidden Track Gives Critics the Finger

You probably know about hidden songs at the end of a CD, typically after a long silence or multiple blank tracks. Some, like “Endless, Nameless” from Nirvana’s Nevermind, are famous in their own right. On the final track of One for the Kids, Yellowcard has a hidden song that shows up only after a silence that lasts for exactly 4:20, because they’re very subtle.

It isn’t easy to find photos of Yellowcard concerts that aren’t obscured by billowing clouds of blunt smoke.

Most are just good for scaring the s**t out of you when you forget you left your CD player on and are starting to fall asleep. There are other ways to hide a song, though, like before the CD even starts.

Before the first track on any CD, there’s a section of data called the pregap, which is typically used to store structuring data for the disc itself. But a few enterprising artists found a way to place audio in the pregap, which is like putting the salami on top of the bread. To access the pregap, you must go against your every instinct by pressing and holding the rewind button at the beginning of the first track, until it can’t go back any further. This will often show a “-1” in the display window, with all the creepy associations that brings to Super Mario Bros. players.

Lots of bands have hidden stuff in the pregap, and they’re not always limited to the first track, either. Progressive rock band Dream Theater hid instrumental intros on half the songs on their album Octavarium. Most pregap tracks are stuff like that — short intros or band chatter — but then there are bands who try to get more creative with it, like Public Enemy did in their 1994 album Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age.

Public Enemy is usually associated with old-school hip-hop, but in this album, Chuck D recorded and hid a full freestyle rap titled “Ferocious Soul,” with lyrics mocking the critics who had accused the band of being “anti-black” for saying that gangster rap had negative messages, since it promotes unrealistic things like ridiculous wealth, being constantly surrounded by titties and owning insane amounts of jewelry (shaped like titties). Old-school hip-hop’s lyrics were considered silly in comparison by rap fans.

Pictured: A far less silly representation of life in urban America.

And all you have to do to listen to this rare gem is press rewind. Simple, right? Well, it would be, if it wasn’t for the fact that most pregap songs aren’t accessible anymore. Nowadays, electronics manufacturers have to build their products to a standard known as Red Book audio, and pregap audio goes against those standards. As a result, the majority of stand-alone CD players and computer optical disc drives can’t read pregap audio. ITunes and other media players won’t recognize it and the tracks are typically not available for sale from online music retailers. On the upside, this means those tracks the artists meant to hide are really well-hidden now.

1. Information Society Hides a Text File … on Vinyl

Information Society is pretty much the definition of the one-hit wonder, with 1988’s “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” basically being their only major single. So you probably don’t give a f**k about some New Wave band — we get that. We totally don’t either.

But despite utterly failing in the hair and scarf department, they did do one amazing thing no other band managed to do: hide a text file on a vinyl record. On their 1992 release Peace and Love, Inc., the band included a track titled “300bps N, 8, 1 (Terminal Mode or Ascii Download).” What probably seemed like a load of gibberish to most listeners was actually a set of instructions: If you take a standard modem, configure it with those settings, dial into it with a phone and play the track from the album into the receiver, you’ll end up with a plaintext file detailing an insanely exaggerated story about the band being extorted by the Brazilian government. Here’s a sample:

If this is as urgent as they say, you sort of question the logic of why they’d hide it in such an impossible-to-retrieve format. Most listeners at the time had no idea something like this was possible (s**t, we live in 2010 and we didn’t either), so even if they were computer-savvy enough to understand the title of the song, they probably thought it was an obscure joke.

“How do we make sure that only huge, huge nerds listen to our music?”

Before Information Society, other bands had used a similar method to encode stuff like lyric sheets, promotional information about the band and even a full adventure videogame in all its pixelated glory (you can play in your browser by clicking here). In those cases, you had to record the songs into an ordinary audio tape and then play the tape in a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer to watch the results (provided your mom didn’t yell at you while you were recording the audio, because then you were fucked). None of these were actually hidden, since they were all intentional and advertised features, but they’re still pretty awesome.

Artists from decades ago were so much more productive. All we get out of Kanye are a bunch of retarded tweets.

10 Mind-Blowing Easter Eggs Hidden in Famous Albums

Mother Puncher,” Mastodon from Live at the Aragon

The meaning of this song is in the ear of the beholder, but since everyone knows Mastodon is hiding tons of estrogen under their beards, lets just agree that this could be a love song to the womb, and “a life love unconditional.” Happy hairy mother’s day.

“Mother North,” Satyricon from Nemesis Divina

Though metal love songs about mothers are somewhat rare, Satyricon delivered a great one with this potent hymn to the all-encompassing winter forest goddesses that propelled Norway’s black metal scene in the 1990s. For headbangers too dense to grasp the concept, lovely Monica Bråten appears au naturel as the bewitching spirit of feminine power. Mama mia!

“Mother Night,” Samael from Lux Mundi

Switzerland’s early black metal pioneers Samaelcrossed over into industrial terrain during the 2000s, putting their Swiss precision to work and with this song venturing to dispense some motherly support and advice. Give your mom a five-minute break and listen to Samael’s message.

“Mother War,” Decapitated from Nihility

The harsh reality of so-called civilization is that entire generations are born into strife, conflict, and violence. Fortunately, we have crushing death metal songs like this that sort everything out for us.

“Rebirth of the Nemesis,” Melechesh from Emissaries

Woe to the poor woman who has to give birth to the nemesis not once, but twice.

“Integral Birth,” Cynic from Traced In Air

Listening to Cynic is like participating in a mental yoga wellness program. In this example, a million doves orbit the Earth, and some kind of higher-level understanding is achieved through a birth metaphor. Notably, there is now at least one birthing center and parenting clinic in the U.S. called Integral Birth. Way to go, metal band.

“The Birthing,” Baroness from Red Album

Another group with boatloads of estrogen sacked away behind burly riffs, Baroness has neverending flow and we’re taking comments below from all mothers who listened to The Red Album in the delivery room.

“Earth Mother,” Samson from Shock Tactics

During the early years of heavy metal, most long-haired ruffians were too busy rebelling against their parents to bother making any mention of mothers whatsoever. Enter the relative maturity of Bruce Dickinson, Thunderstick, and company, hurling themselves into this bawdy pit of S&M-tinged love.

“Mother Earth Father Thunder,” Bathory from Nordland I

The late Quorthon and Bathory defined black metal in the early 1980s, then went on to develop the Viking mythos, warrior themes, and Earth worship that remain hallmarks of the genre. A more full-throated and soulful version of the sentiments expressed by Satyricon, “Mother Earth Father Thunder” is a massive Mother’s Day card to the center of all creation, our planet.

“I Saw Your Mommy,” Suicidal Tendencies from Suicidal Tendencies

Championing motherhood is a noble thing, and then there’s mocking the mother of your hated enemies. It’s mean, spiteful, incendiary, and just plain funny.

“Mother 93,” Danzig from Thrall: Demonsweatlive

When underground stalwart Glenn Danzig left behind the subterranean realms he ruled in the Misfits and Samhain, his Rick Rubin-produced band Danzig immediately scored a hit with “Mother.” Reborn as a metal god in the 1990s, Danzig led stadiums of rebellious teenagers in this singalong. Meanwhile, plenty of oblivious moms were waiting outside in the parking lot. Mothers are great.

“Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?,” Misfits from Die, Die My Darling

In the end, there’s no louder love than what comes from the bond between an aggressive, frenetic child and the loving mother who understands such unusual needs. It’s just a metaphor… right?

Heavy Metal Playlist For Mothers Day

A new documentary on LED ZEPPELIN is currently in post-production. The as-yet-untitled film is being helmed by Bernard MacMahon, the director of the Emmy-nominated music documentary series “American Epic”, and will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late drummer John Bonham. It marks the first time members of LED ZEPPELIN have participated in a documentary about the group.

The documentary will launch in Cannes with CAArepresenting the U.S. rights and Altitude handling international sales. It is billed as the “definitive telling of the birth of the world’s biggest-selling rock band” and will be told solely from the band’s perspective, with never-before-seen archive film footage and photographs and state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band’s music.

Speaking of the upcoming release, Page said: “When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on the remarkable achievement that is ‘American Epic’, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story.”

Plant added: “Seeing Will Shade, and so many other important early American musicians, brought to life on the big screen in ‘American Epic’ inspired me to contribute to a very interesting and exciting story.”

Jones stated: “The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life.”

No official release date has been announced for the documentary.

An official LED ZEPPELIN book, “Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin”, came out in October.

LED ZEPPELIN: Official Documentary Announced For 50th Anniversary

Century Media Records has announced the signing of Norwegian black metal forefathers MAYHEM to a worldwide deal. The band’s sixth album will be released on October 25.

Founded in 1984, MAYHEM has released five studio albums as well as a number of demos, EPs and live albums since. Their debut full-length, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” (1994), is considered by many to be the most influential black metal album of all time. Having left behind the controversy surrounding its early years, MAYHEM continued to push boundaries and can nowadays be considered one of the most innovative forces of extreme metal and sinister art, which applies to both their live shows and their recent studio recordings.

The band comments: “Once again, MAYHEM is writing a new chapter in its 35-year history. We are excited to now have joined forces with Century Media and are eager to see what this partnership can do for us both in the future.”

Soon after the release of the new MAYHEM album, the band will embark on a European headline tour with special guests GAAHLS WYRD and GOST.

Tour dates:

Oct. 31 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje 
Nov. 01 – Leiden, Netherlands – Gebr De Nobel 
Nov. 05 – Paris, France – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge 
Nov. 06 – Rennes, France – L’etage 
Nov. 07 – Toulouse, France – Metronum 
Nov. 10 – Lyon, France – CCO 
Nov. 12 – Milano, Italy – Magazzini Generali 
Nov. 14 – Vienna, Austria – Szene 
Nov. 15 – Prague, Czech Republic – Meet Factory 
Nov. 16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra 
Nov. 17 – Lille, France – Tyrant Fest 
Nov. 19 – Kassel, Germany – Musik Theater 130BPM 
Nov. 21 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connextion Complex 
Nov. 22 – Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob 
Nov. 23 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinehalle 
Nov. 24 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset 
Nov. 26 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone 
Nov. 27 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia 
Nov. 29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset Klubben 
Nov. 30 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

MAYHEM‘s fifth full-length album, “Esoteric Warfare”, came out in on May 2014 via Season Of Mist. The follow-up to 2007’s “Ordo Ad Chao” was mixed at Mølla Studio in Gjerstad, Norway.

MAYHEM has gone through many lineup changes due to various circumstances. Therefore, even the loss of guitarist Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten “Teloch” Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded among black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon.


Necrobutcher – Bass 
Hellhammer – Drums 
Attila Csihar – Vocals 
Teloch – Guitar 
Ghul – Guitar

MAYHEM To Release New Album In October

The wait is nearly over: Tool’s long-awaited new album will be released on August 30th, 2019.

The band confirmed the news during their concert in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday night. According to fans on the ground, a video screen flashed the date “August 30th” during the set’s intermission. Frontman Maynard James Keenan then encouraged fans to share the news via social media, saying, “Alright, everyone, take out your phones, security stand down, and let these fuckers do whatever it is with their phones.”

The as-yet-untitled LP marks Tool’s first release since 10,000 Days in 2006. During their tour kick-off at Welcome to Rockville Festival on Sunday night, the band debuted two new songs: “Descending” and “Invincible”.

Tool will remain on the road through mid-May. You can enter to win tickets to the concert of your choice. They’re also available for purchase here.

Tool confirm release date for long-awaited new album