It seems to have become a trend for bands to further their marketability out side of T-Shirts and back patches and into the realm of one of metals favorite things. Alcohol. Unfortunately, when this trend started many bands seemed to think wine was the best path to take. Well, in my humble opinion, fuck that. Metal ain’t no wine sipping music, and quite honestly, wine puts me right to sleep, and that ain’t something I want to be doing while at a metal show or raging against the machine with my buddies in their backyard while grilling up copious amounts of food. What I want in my heavy metal branded alcohol is what any rational, x-chromosome metalhead would want. Some ice-cold beer. Really, I thought that was a no brainer?
Anywho, it seems that some bands got my dearth of angry letters and bands like Iron Maiden, The Sword, Clutch, and others have started brewing their own craft beers, with the Iron Maiden one being especially tasty. But not to be left in the dust heavy metal legends GWAR have now began manufacturing their own brew. What really catches me about their beer is that instead of going with the fancy craft brew in those fancy-shmancy bottles, they have opted for average Joe Shmoe cans. So you could say Clutch’s beer is like a nice Long Trail Ale Double Bag brew and GWAR’s is like a Bud. Both serve their purposes for the beer aficionado. Really, pounding craft brews by the 30 pack is just not a great idea if you’re at a BBQ, but if you have an ice filled cooler topped off with cans of Bud you can suck them back without fear of vomiting up hundreds of dollars worth of brew later in the evening. So bravo GWAR on tapping that market.
So, start warming up the BBQ coals and send your significant other to the store with explicit instructions to by GWAR BQ Brew and get your midsummer partying on. Also watch the below commercial for GWAR beer, it’s pretty damn funny. And if you live near or around the Richmond, VA area celebrate the launch of GWAR beer at the GWAR BQ festival (info here). Peace Love and Metal!!!!
And on a side note, where the fuck is my heavy metal whiskey!?
Zombies. Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re a force in pop culture that isn’t going away anytime soon. From video games, to movies, to literature the living dead clawed, chewed, and gnashed their way into our hearts. Why do we love these bumbling husks of humanity so much? Probably because it gives us a chance to take our frustrations out on all the other ‘morons’ that get in our way on a daily basis. Walking down a crowded street, haven’t you wished at least once you could drive a bulldozer over all the people in your way but tucked that thought in the back of your mind due to the legal consequences that come with it. If everyone was a zombie I bet you wouldn’t even think twice before doing it.
Much like mowing down hordes of the undead in games and movies is a stress relief, so is music, and zombies have certainly found their way into that too, especially heavy metal. Here’s a bunch of songs and music videos in many different styles of metal that pay tribute to societies favorite monster, the zombie. What are some of your favorite metal songs and videos about zombies? Enjoy!! Peace Love and Braaaaaiiiinnnnssssss!!!!
Guitarist of the legendary metal band GWAR Cory Smoot(AKA Flattus Maximus) was found dead this morning (Nov. 3, 2011) as they were preparing to cross the Canadian border while on tour. In an official statement Dave Brockie(AKA Oderous Urungus) had this to say:
It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR’s current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him.
I (and the rest of A Metal State of Mind) wish to send our condolences to his family, friends, and bandmates. Cory was part of one of the most fun and original metal acts on this planet and theirs. Thank you Cory for bringing us the joy of metal and entertaining us with some of the most fun concerts we may have ever attended. RIP You will be dearly missed.
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