The Damned Things Ironiclast Cover Revealed


This art is meant to represent a example of an “ironiclast”. The $1 bill is one of the most iconoclastic images we, as a band, could think of. Every time we kept musing on other widely recognized bits of imagery, we always came back to this bank note for some reason. It felt relevant, regardless of the meaning one decides to attach.

It can that represent everything from the American dream and total independence, to capitalism and a loss in sight of what’s really important in this world.  It could be representative of not just the current American economy, but also of the world economy and it’s piss poor state of being. This could also conjure up the old “money is the root of all evil” adage. Maybe you just hate George Washington and you feel like this is really sticking it to him…FINALLY!  Or maybe you love George Washington and have been dying to give him a cool makeover. This is all left up to you.

Many meanings can be attached to this imagery. It’s all in how you choose to interpret it.

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The Damned Things Announce Album Title

The Damned Things, the supergroup containing memebers of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die, have announced that Ironiclast will be the title of their debut album.

The album will be released on the 13th of December.

Interview: Chris Jericho of Fozzy

I had a chat with WWE superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho before Fozzy’s sold out show in Glasgow.

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More Dio Tributes

Biff Byford (Saxon):

“Today I heard my friend Ronnie Dio has lost his battle.

“It is a great loss to us all.

“I first met Ronnie in the early Eighties when we played with Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, the infamous ‘Black and Blue’ tour.

“I first heard him sing on The Butterfly Ball and from that moment I understood what great singing was all about; he was at the top of his game from then on.

“His voice was always powerful and soaring; his phrasing was uniquely his, copied by many but never bettered.

“I will miss him as we all will.

“The last time we met was in Finland last year, both bands stranded in an airport with flight delays. What do you do?! Go to the bar, get drunk and tell rock and roll stories.

“He told great stories.

“Deepest condolences to his family.

“Somewhere in the night a candle burns for you

“To absent friends.”

Jeff Waters (Annihilator):

“Ronnie was a super-nice person, uniquely talented and has left us all with great music. In a way, it will strange to live and work in a world and business where Ronnie James Dio is no longer on tour, at the festivals, putting out his music.

“You will never be forgotten and will live on in the music of so many others.

“Stand up and shout.”

Random AKA Mega Ran:

“Still speechless.. wow.. R.I.P to the greatest voice in metal. Now there truly is a Rainbow in the Dark.”

Lemmy (Motorhead):

“I’m truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show.

“Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace.

“I’m devastated”

Corye Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

“One of the strongest, purist and consistent singers of all time. Ronnie sang like he lived — all out, from the heart, with so much honesty and joy. He was a great man with a smile and a handshake for fans and peers alike. He spoke his mind and stood his ground for decades. I will miss him dearly.”

Kerry King (Slayer):

“Few people have had the ability to carry a song like Dio, literally demanding your attention as he effortlessly recreated live the amazing things he did on record, it’s odd how things get taken from you quickly…I just saw him a month ago. I know I was lucky to have known Ronnie. One of the nicest guys in the business, without a doubt. He will be hugely missed.”

Duff McKagan (ex Guns n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Jane’s Addiction):

“My part in this ‘summer music playlist’ it is going to be a touch bittersweet as it turns out.

“Last weekend, Ronnie James Dio succumbed to his battle with stomach cancer. From what I understand, Ronnie fought like a warrior to the end.
“I was supposed to pick a new-ish song for this list, but when it comes to rocking out in the summertime, sometimes you just got to go a little bit old-damn-school.

Last In Line is an ass-kicker right up there with anything, punk, rock, and/or metal, and us rockers owe a bit of reverence to this great man.

“R.I.P., RJD!”

Steve Vai:

“Dio was a shining light of rock/metal authenticity. He was a completely dedicated artist with massive talent. It’s likely that his vital contributions will continue to inspire well into the future. He is now legend. But more than all this, Ronnie was a really cool guy. I mean reeeally cool.

“God bless you, brutha.”

Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind, ex Dream Evil):

“On the night of May 16th, I was shocked to read the news. Ronnie James Dio, a true rock giant, is no longer with us.

“My condolences go out to his family and close ones and my thoughts are with you.

“His music with Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow has had a huge impact on me and Firewind‘s sound. One of the bands I used to play in also got its name from one of his songs — that was Dream Evil.

“While I never had the chance to meet him, Firewind played a festival with Heaven & Hell in 2009 and I got to see him perform. No doubt, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and I was amazed by his energy and how spot-on all his notes were.

“His music will continue to inspire and his legacy will live on forever.

“Thank you for your magic, Ronnie James Dio.”

Ozzy Osbourne:

“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices. My heart goes out to his family and to his many fans.

“Love and respect.”

Joey Belladonna (Anthrax):

“Ronnie was a big inspiration, influence and dear friend of mine. He was a true gentleman and kind hearted individual. He always would go out of his way to make you feel welcome and important. Without a doubt he was one of the best, top notch and a class act. I will truly miss him.”

Henry Rollins:

“Backstage at the venue. Listening to Rainbow, tonight’s walk-in CD is burning away in my laptop. All Dio all night.

“Ronnie James Dio, the great vocalist of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell passed away Sunday morning.

“What a loss.

“I have been getting mail all afternoon about it.

“There was an Internet rumor of his passing and it was great to hear that it wasn’t true. I came back from the gym a few hours ago and Angel, our merch man, told me that it was indeed true.

“What a voice, what a loss.

“Dio’s passing made me think of my old bandmates in Black Flag as we used to listen to those records quite a bit.

“Damn, at least he left some amazing records behind.

“The metal world is stunned, I am sure.

“Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest singers ever.”

Even More Comments On Dio’s Death

Paulo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Dio defies any sort of genre-fication, he was metal before the word even was used to describe the music we all worship as religion. There may never be a voice as true and pure in metal ever again, in fact in my opinion there surely won’t be. It is sad to see someone as legendary as Dio pass away, but I think one positive that can be seen out of this sad time is the fact that he remained active through his entire career, through trends with in the genre he helped create, right until the day he died.

I was lucky to have seen Dio many years back, one of my first concerts actually. It was Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen and Doro, all in one night at a local club in Boynton Beach, FL. Up until that point, my heavy metal concerts where few and far between (mostly death metal shows at a place called the Culture Room.) This entire show blew my mind, the vocals and music of all these bands was top notch. But Dio’s show topped them all, it was an actual show! Before that I was blown away by 4-5 dudes playing their instruments very loud and banging their heads. Dio was a totally different experience, it was literally like he was from another time. Putting on arena shows no matter what the venue, he was second to none and his voice was unreal.

Fast forward about 7-8 years to Loud Park Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Heaven and Hell are headlining, and we are lucky to not only be a part of the festival, but to be supporting them for three extra shows. It’s unreal, just us and them on one stage. All four members of Heaven and Hell are practically god’s. They made metal what it is, Metallica are just one of millions of pupils that graduated from the school they created. We really weren’t worthy to be on this bill, but for whatever reasons we were allowed to be apart of these three amazing nights. We had played with Dio once previously on a small festival in Belgium. He was playing the entire Holy Driver album start to finish, that in itself was a massive check off of my “Thing’s to Witness/Hear/Do Before I die List.” We met him briefly at this show, and he was so nice to us!! Down to earth, extremely well spoken, and very kind to anyone that wanted to share a few moments with him. This had a major impact on me personally, seeing how he carried himself around the festival. He had star power, but wielded it were it matter most, on stage. Which brings us back to Loud Park and the side shows that we played. Heaven and Hell owned these nights, it wasn’t even about us trying to go out and think we could even compare to a band this powerful. All I wanted to do was take in every moment playing with a band of this caliber and just being in the presence of greatness. These shows were amazing for us, the crowds were very gracious and respectful even if we were holding up Heaven and Hell from coming on for forty minutes. After we finished, we had the chance to meet Dio and thank him for the chance to play before them. He gave us some kind words of encouragement and reciprocated the thanks to us for being on the shows as well.

We knew we were lucky to apart of those shows and have the chance to meet Dio, yet nothing like the passing of someone as important to music as he was can make you realize just how lucky you truly are to have those moments. The lesson I learned for these experiences and his music was to be true to yourself and your music, and to appreciate everything and everyone that has helped get you to where you are at.

Thank you Dio for the inspiration, REST IN PEACE!

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Trivium had the privilege of meeting Dio while touring with Heaven and Hell in Japan in 2007. We were just happy to be on the shows and didn’t expect to spend any time with any of the guys in Heaven & Hell. Every single night of that tour Heaven & Hell blew our minds; we were fans in awe of how good they were. They had it all and to watch a group of musicians that deep into their careers so absolutely on top of their game like that was inspiring.

One night after a show in Nagoya, I was able to pop in real quick to say “hey” to Dio in his dressing room. I’ve been able to meet many heroes of mine in my life, but few have made impression on me like Ronnie James. He greeted me not as a support band member, but he welcomed me as a fellow musician and performer. He gave me a hug, invited a couple of us into his room where we all sat and talked and drank wine together. I remember our conversation crystal clear to this day. I told him how I met Bruce Dickinson on his BBC radio show and was asking Bruce about vocals and vocal techniques, and I shared with Dio that Bruce felt that I had started to develop my own vocal style and with work someday would further develop a stylistic similarity to Dio. Dio smiled and chatted about how he knew that Bruce was a fan of his voice, and from there we were able to just relax and talk shop about vocals and singing. Although it was a quick visit, Ronnie made me feel at home and was a really sweet dude. He gave us props, we finished our wine, we hugged and said “See ya tomorrow.” It was amazing that I received vocal coaching from quite possibly the greatest metal voice of all time. I am truly grateful for the time he gave me and his personal insight into our shared craft. For that I will always be thankful.

King Diamond:

“It’s with a heavy heart that I pay my respects to Ronnie James Dio .

“What an amazing singer and entertainer.

“Throughout my career, he has always been in my top 10 list of vocalists. The mystery and emotion in his vocal style always lured me in for more.

“Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure to meet him in person, but, fortunately, I did have the extreme pleasure of experiencing his uncanny frontmanship in concert so many times I can’t even count it. I saw him with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and almost had one of my wishes fulfilled when Heaven & Hell asked King Diamond to go on tour with them in the USA last year. Unfortunately, my back problems prevented that dream from coming true.

“I always had the highest respect for him and he will forever have his music playing in my home.

“My deepest sympathy goes out toRonnie’s family.

“I wish you a safe journey to the other side.”

Brian May(Queen):

“It’s a shock to hear that Ronnie has gone. Even though we had all known he was battling with cancer for some time, he was such a wiry fighter, and of such an amazingly optimistic nature, I think I assumed he would go on forever.

“Well, he fought to the very end… was gearing up to go back out on tour.

“I know this will be a very hard blow for my friend Tony Iommi.

“When I last saw Ronnie in Los Angeles, he was as full of life and positivity as anybody I’ve ever known .. and sang up a storm with Heaven & Hell in the Universal Amphitheatre.

“In my opinion, Ronnie was one of the creators of the genre of heavy metal. I’m not an expert on his work — there are many people much more knowledgeable than me… but our paths crossed many times over the years, and I had clear glimpses of his unique spirit and personality. He was in many ways the antithesis of the current mould of TV-bred singers. He had no apparent desire for fame, in the sense that so many “X-Factor” contestants seem to. He was not a TV face, a ‘celebrity.’ He just loved doing what he did. So, to his millions of fans, there was an unquestionable feeling of reality to his persona, his songwriting, and his performances. His lyric-writing was very distinctive, and set a style in heavy metal which has influenced many bands over the years. To me, it was as if his mind operated in layers — on the surface, a hard-working honest singer, with a great humanity and strong sense of humour — and underneath, in the world of his songs, his subconscious seemed to be populated by hobgoblins of all kinds, and palpable evil forever on the march. His lyrics, dark and mysterious, in tune with the metal ethos, always represented the sword of goodness in triumph over evil.

“I don’t know if he invented the devil-horn salute, but he was certainly the man who, more than ever, made it a universal symbol, a worldwide salute of metal.

“He was universally loved in the community of rock music, and will be sorely missed.”

Joey Vera (Armored Saint, ex Anthrax):

“Ronnie James Dio.

“His name shall be part of the very definition of the term heavy metal.

“All of us in this community owe a big part to him as he helped shape our entire genre. And he did it with complete originality and sincerity. He is the real deal.

“By now you’ve read much about him and how every person who’d had the pleasure of meeting the man use the words ‘kind,’ ‘nice,’ ‘humble’ and so on. I can tell you that these descriptions are truly accurate.

“I had the honor of being on tour with Dio on two occasions. Once on his Magica tour in 2001 while I was in Armored Saint and then later in 2004 while I was touring with Anthrax. I would watch Ronnie every night side stage and I was continuously blown away by his high level of performance. I must have seen over 40 shows from this vantage point and I never, ever saw or heard a single flaw. You always knew he was a great singer but It was then that I was convinced that he was a gift to us from some other place. Then there’s all the times I saw him with Sabbath.

“I can’t even go on…

“When you have the privilege of meeting someone like Ronnie — an idol, a legend — you almost expect a person like this to be overly confident, cocky, and they deserve to be, really. But Ronnie was the complete opposite. He really was the most humble, sincere and kind person you’d ever meet. He would always find time to stop in his tracks and say a few words to you. He was so down to earth and generous.

“Through his humility he’s taught us all that a man is not measured by the size of his wallet, or trophy collection, but instead by the size of his heart.

“I myself am glad that he chose the profession of singing because even though his body has been taken from us, his voice will stay here for all eternity.

“We’re all trying really hard here, but Ronnie, we can’t thank you enough.”

Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth):

“I saw the news last night and I hated them.

“Ronnie James Dio is gone…. I love him almost like a family member, and I feel empty and lonely knowing he’s not around anymore. He sits on my wall as he has since my family moved in here. Can’t bring myself to hear him sing right now, even though I think it might be comforting if I did.

“I was fortunate enough to meet him and share a few drinks with him once, and it’s a memory I will treasure to the end of my days. He blew my mind, quite honestly.

“Thank you, Ronnie James Dio, for everything!

“Our collective condolences goes out to his familes and friends and the musicians that were fortunate enough to work with him.

“I was thinking about this for quite some time, and I think we can say for sure that even if he was taken from us too soon (100 years from now would’ve been to soon), I’m sure he felt happy with his life and what he had achieved. But it hurts, though, it really fucking hurts…. I can’t stop thinking about it.

“There is a massive hole in my heart.

“Love you, Ronnie. Rest in peace.

“Your fan, Mikael Akerfeldt”

Belladonna Rejoins Anthrax

The rumours are true, Joey Belladonna has rejoined Anthrax.

Scott Ian:

“I am super-excited about this, Joey and the rest of the band came to see me play at a club in New York, I hadn’t seen Joey for years, since the end of the reunion tour. Joey taps me on the shoulder, instant big hug, it felt like no time had gone by. The band dynamic is an interesting one — in Anthrax, Joey and I spent so many years of our lives together, we grew up together, we know each other so well, so it was like no time was lost.”

“We’ve got an unusual luxury of hindsight, We finished an album a year ago, we’ve lived with those 12 songs since then, and we can look back on them and see what we really love and what we can make even better, especially with Joey back in the fold.”

“John was a real stand-up guy about the situation, he knew we wanted to move forward at full speed, that we needed a total commitment to Anthrax, and he knew that wasn’t what he wanted. We certainly wish John well. We’ve had so many great times with him, and we appreciate his stepping in last summer at the last minute, and performing with us since then. He will always be an integral part of the Anthrax family.”

Joey Belladonna:

“I had been in touch with Charlie and Frank, then I got a call from their manager who said that everyone wanted me back in the band. I thought, ‘are you guys for real? You want me up there, fronting the band like it was before?’ I was thrilled. We’ve already started to reconnect with the old ways of having conversations. Everything is easy going and feels really good.”

Charlie Benate:

“We’re going to do these summer shows and gel as a band, get comfortable playing with each other again, and the energy from that should go right into making new music.”

“There are five or six songs from a year ago that we don’t want to change, we love them the way they are, other than having Joey making them his own with his vocals. Then there’s another five or six that we may want to rework, and then there are a bunch of other tunes that are still in the early stages, that we want to finish.”

“The band has been on an emotional roller coaster since last summer, but I think everything that we’ve had to deal with during that time was pushing us toward this, to Joey being back in Anthrax, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect or appropriate. To have Joey with us playing these shows with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth is the way it should be — as Anthrax’s vocalist from ’85 to ’92, he was part of the ‘Big Four.'”

Personally, I think they should have got John Bush, but I understand that it obviously wasn’t possible for them. Hopefully, when Worship Music (or whatever it might get called) comes out it’s a great album. The only question left is: Will the reunion last long enough for another album, or will they fall out again?

Joey Belladonna Rejoining Anthrax?

The rumour circulating the web right now is that Joey Belladonna will be rejoining Anthrax, just in time for the big four Sonisphere dates.

Supposedly Belladonna was spotted at a Fozzy concert in New York with Charlie Benante and Frank Bello. Also, on the Swedish Sonisphere website, on the Anthrax page, it says:

“Who is singing? Let’s say this: His initials are J.B. And he has one goal: a mosh, for everyone.”

That could mean John Bush also, but Belladonna did sing on Caught In A MOSH.

There are two ways to look at this story, Belladonna was a great singer back in the day, and recorded some of Anthrax timeless thrash classics, such as Among The Living and Persistence Of Time, but on their last reunion tour, his voice wasn’t up to scratch. John Bush, on the other hand, is flawless and since performing with Anthrax again, there has been nothing but positive feedback.

Personally, I think Belladonna is the wrong choice, but it would fit in with the big four tour.

The Damned Things For Download?

In the recent issue of Rocksound magazine (Issue 134) there is an article about The Damned Things, the band featuring members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die.

At the end of the article it says:

“Catch the band live at Download festival in June”

They have not been confirmed for the festival, but Rocksound may know something we don’t and have let this slip.

This is by no means an official announcement, but you never know…

Interview: Joey Vera of Armored Saint

We recetly had a chat with Joey Vera, bassist of Armored Saint and former bassist of Anthrax:

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Anthrax And Public Enemy To Tour???

MC Lars posted this on his Twitter:

“Scott Ian from Anthrax told me at a Brooklyn party that he was working on booking a reunion tour with Public Enemy soon.#bringthenoise2010

If this is true it will be fantastic, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the original tour. Plus hopefully this time, Anthrax will have John Bush, who regularly played Bring The Noise with Anthrax.

I’m putting it down as a rumor for now, but I think this would be a great way to bridge the increasing gap between Hip Hop and Metal (again).

Also, am I the only one who thinks MC Lars should open for them?