Metallica to release “…Monster” 10th anniversary edition


Metallica will release a 10th anniversary edition of their documentary film Some Kind of Monster next month.

Originally released in 2004, the film documented turbulent times in the Metallica camp, including the departure of bassist Jason Newstead, frontman James Hetfield’s battles with addiction, drummer Lars Ulrich facing off with Megadeth man Dave Mustaine’s firing from the band, and “performance coach” Phil Towle becoming directly embroiled in the interpersonal fallout.

Speaking with US radio host Elliot Seagal about whether the film still makes for difficult viewing, Hetfield said: “Yeah – hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the directors, ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you’re being yourself.”

“A lot of times I’m not really comfortable with myself, seeing myself in the situations. But, man, I learned a lot about what I don’t like about me, which was good – and I think everyone involved pretty much felt the same way about themselves.”

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Listen! Exodus stream new song “Salt The Wound”

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Thrash legends Exodus are streaming new song “Salt The Wound.”

The song is the band’s first new material with vocalist Steve Souza since 2004, and features a guest solo from none other than Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.

Take a listen to the track below!

Exodus’ new album, Blood In Blood Out, will be released via Nuclear Blast on the 13th of October.

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Avowed metalhead wins Indonesian Presidential election

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Joko Widodo, a dedicated fan of Heavy Metal music, has won the Indonesian Presidential election.

The Indonesia electoral commission announced that Joko Widodo had been victorious with a 53.15% share of votes cast. His rival, Prabowo Subianto, achieved 46.85%.

Joko is sighted regularly at rock and metal shows in Indonesia, and once owned a bass guitar that had been played and signed by Metallica’s Rob Trujillo. Unfortunately Joko gave up the guitar, in case it was perceived by colleagues and public alike as a bribe.

Indonesia’s metal scene is a burgeoning one, and you can only imagine that it will continue to go from strength to strength now that its President is a confirmed fan of Metallica, Napalm Death and Led Zeppelin.

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Metallica appear in spoof ad for US sports channel

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Anyone suggesting that Californian metal band Metallica lack a sense of humour may need to re-consider their assessment.

The band have appeared in a spoof advertisement for US sports channel ESPN SportsCenter.

The ad sees the band effectively out of work and desperately searching for someone to use their music as a TV theme tune.

You can watch the clip below:

Metallica recently played well received sets at both this year’s Glastonbury and Sonisphere festivals. You can read Skin Back Alley’s verdict on the controversial Glastonbury set here.

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The Skin Back Alley Sonisphere playlist!

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Glastonbury Schmastonbury! Tour De Who?! Metalheads’ sights are now firmly set on this this weekend’s Sonisphere festival!

The show at Knebworth Park is set to see performances from a raging horde of metal’s finest, including Glastonbury conquerors Metallica with their By Request set, UK new wave legends Iron Maiden, thrash merchants Anthrax and Slayer and whole bunch more!

So what better way to get yourself into the metal mood (like you needed an excuse!) than with Skin Back Alley’s very own Sonisphere Spotify playlist?!

Click through below to get your metal mosh on!

Find out more about this weekend’s Sonisphere festival at their official website, and check out the full line up below!


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