"The American public has always had a taste for the morbid, ghoulish entertainment, and a whole vein of humour based on self-deprecation" -Iggy Pop
With that in mind, fangs for entering the crypt; I've been expecting you...Welcome to our home, and stay a while, myself and my staff have worked very hard to present these words and images that breathe "sex, horror, and rock n' roll" to you, the reader. We trust that you won't forget us, and please don't hesitate to visit us at anytime. Our presentation is different than most other media outlets, as we do not cater to trends and the like. It is to say that the music is what matters most, not who has the biggest record sales and/or the biggest stardom. However, artists that have earned such a designation more by the power of their music rather than aggressive pr will be pursued, and have been as evidenced in this premiere issue. Because they have withstood the true test; the test of time. There's no arguing with that.
Also, we will continue to cover artists and bands that draw from sexuality, horror, death, darkness, and the like, but we will not limit ourselves to 1 specific genre. There's way too much infighting amongst the aficionados of these specific genres, not to mention fighting between fans of different genres; it's sick, ridiculous, and absurd. The notion that was inherent from the rock n' roll's early days of us vs. them has been losing its appeal. Whether it's Punk, Heavy Metal, Gothic, Alternative, or otherwise, it's all rock n' roll. That's where all of it comes from. It's true, and that's why we don't call ourselves a Metal mag, or a Punk mag or what have you. Plus, It's too restricting, boring, and doesn't allow as much creativity. Understand that sex and death has set the tone for rock n' roll since it began and it's what ties Elvis to the Rolling Stones to Iggy Pop to The Sex Pistols to Marilyn Manson, and everything in between. It can be traced back even further, to ancient African rituals and superstitions brought over to the new world by slaves and then passed on by their descendents. Which is to enjoy life to its fullest, filled with momento moris that death is always around the corner. Also, what could possibly lie beyond the mortal world. In addition, it is and was a pure outpouring of emotion and rebellion against the oppression of authority and organized religion. Finally, there's the cinematic horror that Hollywood has presented for over 100 years; the outcasts, the misfits, the misunderstood, and the fearful based strongly in the Caucasian or European literary tradition and superstition. When you combine these 2 aspects, that's what we're all about, and as long as an aritst stays true to form in 1 way or another, you will see them in these pages. However, there is good and bad in rock n' roll and other creative outlets. Therefore, with the possible exception of album and/or movie reviews, if you don't see an artist being interviewed or reviewed here, consider them either not worthy of our time or we just haven't heard (or heard of) them yet. You see, this is for the die-hards, the true connoisseur who see this as more than just mere entertainment, but something that sparks emotions and desires deep within. To some of you, what you are seeing here may appear to be a nightmare, but we want it to be an escape from the living nightmare that is the real world. That is our goal, and that's why we're back from the grave to give you this magazine. So enjoy, as there's no turning back now...and be sure to tell your friends to enter the crypt...it's UNdead in here!
On a technical note, as you can clearly see, this magazine is being given to all of you free of charge. I hope you appreciate this. However, at some point in the future, we will be going into print. Therefore, a small charge shall be issued to cover our costs at the very least. Have no fear, it will be well worth it. Stay tuned. Also, keep in mind that this premiere is but a mere preview for bigger and better things to come. We understand that some of the material here might be considered "past the sell by date," but that will soon change...stay tuned for that as well.
Now, I am hereby making the following announcement; if you are, or know someone that is interested, we are looking for the following to help us with our endeavors:
Promo Bitches aka Models (female, please)
For more information, and to send a sterling example of your work, email yours truly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and now, a few words from our Contributing Editor, Mark L.
Time To Come Together
By Mark L.
"Stand for the last time and cry out, Hear the call, WE ARE the Last Command!!!"-WASP
It is in the wake of the murder of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which ironically happened 24 years to the day, and within 1 hour of when John Lennon was murdered(12-08-1980, R.I.P, John) that I write this. I want to address something in this editorial that needs to be said. It is time for all Rock-N-Rollers to come together and start supporting the Rock-N-Roll scene in a way that hasn't ben seen since the 1980's. We have lost so many in Rock-N-Roll(Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Alan Freed- who coined the phrase Rock-N-Roll and was instrumental in the early days back in the 1950's, Lynott, various members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Scott, Randy Rhoades, and too many others too countless to name) and this week we lose another brother. Unfortunately, this tragedy is in some ways bringing Rock-N-Rollers together. It is too bad it took this to do it. It is at this time that Motley Crue and Judas Priest have completely reunited and poised to retake their respective Rock-N-Roll thrones. XM and Sirius Satellite radio are playing metal and hard rock 24/7 and not just playing the same 3 KISS songs and same couple AC/DC songs over and over. They are also playing new metal that is emerging from the likes of Metal Church, WASP, DIO, Edguy, Feinstein, Motorhead, Danzig, and many others. Commercial Rock radio dropped the torch after the "Grunge" scene hit and never bothered to pick it back up. Now they just see fit to kinda poke and prod at it, but they don't want to get their hands dirty and play some great music. It used to be that whether it was Punk, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Rockabilly, straight Rock, etc, it was considered "all good" and all cool. Now you have Grunge, Alternative, Emo-look in the dictionary under the word "crap", "Hair Bands"- I hate that term with a passion, New Metal, Rap Metal, and everything in between.
As I said earlier, as Judas Priest and Motley Crue are ready to set fire to the world again, along with a whole host of new and old Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands, we are about to see something truly glorious that we haven't seen since the 1980's. and we should get out there and do everything in our power to support and promote this. Punks and Metalheads, Goths and Hard Rockers, we all need to come out and support the music. Call your local radio stations en masse and request the new, the old, the obscure. E-mail them en masse. Got to radio station appearances or call in during request shows and request stuff they don't always play, stuff they need to dust off, stuff they played last year but won't play this year, because it isn't consdered in or trendy by today's standards. I say "To HELL with the trendyness in the music industry" Let's get back to the real music, loud, brash, rude, obnoxious, in your face, "Blow Your Speakers", blow out your windows, wake the neighbors Rock-N-Roll. If it's Punk it's still Rock, if it's Metal, it's still Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Goth, Horror, etc, it is all still Rock-N-Roll, which comes directly from the blues, and it's all good. It is time for us to rise up and go out to the clubs, and concert theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, etc, with out fists raised high in the air, together, in unison, like one huge army. Whether it is a national act or a local act, let's go out there and support it. Take your wife out, get a babysitter, or take the kids too. Go with your friend's, drag your boy or girlfriend, but go, Go, GO!!!!! And see a show. And for all who wonder, Hard Rock/Heavy Metal is coming back, and with a VENGEANCE!!!!!! The time is now, the time is right. Let's not let what happened in the early '90's happen again. Seldom do you get a second chance in life. This is ours, and let's make sure we don't blow, because we may never get another!!!!!! Mark L.
"The rock rolls forever on, Like thunder comin' down!!!" "Forever, never stop!!!"- Blackie Lawless
Acknowledgements are in order, so I would like to thank the following people, places, and things: God, Satan, my father, my brother, my mother (R.I.P), Eleanor Bartels (R.I.P.) Dr. John Eloian, Kevin "The Beast" Cole, Mark Lewis, Tim Danielak, Janet Thornton, Melonie Palmer, Andy Sokol, Tom Damien, Evil Michelle, Ara Belian, Christopher Lee and John Janos of DBY, Devilman 138 of the7thhouse.com, Keith Howarth of Noir Leather in Royal Oak,MI, Jervis Webb, Craig Toth, Doug Herring, Nevin Hernandez, Jay Lawrence, Bernie Alpert, Matt Rubin, Eek, Joey Alcala, Sin of @ntidote Records, Jim Quinn @ Eagle Rock Entertainment, my staff and contributors; Ava, The Pusher, Ken 9, Scott Weaver, James Lawson. My journalistic inspirations; Howard Stern, Lonn Friend, Chuck Eddy, SL Duff, Lester Bangs (R.I.P.), Dave Marsh, Jeff Pike. Cleopatra Records, Kelly Coleman of Genitorturers Inc, Tracy Zamot @ Virgin Records, Julie Lichtenstein @ Virgin Records, Island/Def Jam publicity, Richard @ urbanimage.tv, 1and1.com, Victory Records, MSO PR, Amanda @ Lisa Vega PR, Susan Blond, Inc, Sid McCain @ V2 Records, Jean Fontaine @ Capitol Records, Chipster PR, Hal Satan, Terry Wang @ Interscope, Ellie Scuccimarra @ PMK/HBH, Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, MI, Paradise Memorial Gardens, Las Vegas, NV, Palm Memorial Park, Las Vegas, NV, Todd Nakamine @ Universal Music, Centerfold Lounge in Detroit, MI, Bada Bing in Pompano Beach, FL, Club Platinum in Las Vegas, NV, Katy Krassner @ Sanctuary Records, Ginger Greager PR, Roadrunner Records publicity, Churchill's Pub in Miami, FL, Nothing Records, Mazur PR, Carol Kaye of Kayos Productions, Bill Masterson @ Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, MI, The Rosebud Agency, Beyond Records, Margo Plotkin @ Sony Music, Atlantic Records, Chris Lehman @ Universal Music, Brian Albertson @ The Palms Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, Stardust Hotel and Casino (where I win the most, see?), Las Vegas, NV, Metal Blade Records, Matt @ Century Media, Tim Koukos of Screaming Ferret Records, Koch Records, Woody Graber @ Sound Advice Ampitheater, West Palm Beach, FL, Restless Records, Heidi Robinson, Carl Schultz @ Relapse Records, Bobbie @ The Labrynth, Detroit, MI, Artie Phille @ Go Kart Records, Jeff Corey @ The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI, Bev Chin @ Scorch Marketing, John Fletcher, Warner Bros. Records, Chef Leroy, Necrophilia and The Necro Tonz, San-D and the Peccadilloes (it's still a cover of a cover, damnit), Sin City Ghouls (who is this?), Bob @ The Double Down Saloon, Las Vegas, NV, Joseph of Abusement Park Entertainment, All Books and Records in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Marlboro and Rothmans cigarettes, Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi, Diet Coke, Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam, Jagermeister, all the deadly beauties in world, all of the great horror and skin flicks, all of the b-movies, and last but certainly not least the artists (and celebrities) who either gave me time out of their busy schedules, give us all of this wonderful noise, and who made this magazine possible from this creepy crypt to yours; Glenn Danzig, Steve Zing, Genitorturers, Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, and the Stooges, Jane's Addiction, Type O Negative, Electric Hellfire Club, DBY, Irene DeCook, Darla DeCook, Ruyter of Nashville Pussy, the 2 girls from Japan, Mortiis, Motorhead, GBH, Testament, Scott Chamberlain, Slayer, Jack Off Jill (R.I.P.), Iron Maiden, Circle Jerks, Impotent Sea Snakes, Cult of The Psychic Fetus, Nuclear Assault, Samael, Nocturne, Entombed, King Diamond, KISS, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Rock City Morgue, Fear Cult, Sin City Ghouls, The Necro Tonz, The Exploited, The White Stripes, The Datsuns, Penis Flytrap, Blitzkid, Pissing Razors, Fink, The Graveyard Boulevard, and The Everdead.
To anyone I forgot...fangs for your support and believing in me. It's been a rocky road, but I made it...
To anyone that didn't believe, fangs as well, revenge is a great motivational tool...still, you can fuck off. heh eh...
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