Special Editions Of Roadrunner Releases Available For Holiday Gift-Giving!

 
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, allow us to recommend picking up some of the best-reviewed albums of 2011. We've got special deals on the deluxe editions of multiple Roadrunner titles available now - and we'll even gift wrap them if you want! Click here to pick up the CD/DVD deluxe editions of Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events; Trivium's In Waves; Lenny Kravitz's Black and White America; Black Stone Cherry's Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea; and/or a special bundle, including the CD/DVD special edition of Machine Head's Unto the Locust and a T-shirt!.
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A Top Ten From Matt Heafy Of Trivium

 
Trivium's Matt Heafy sent us the following in response to our request for a top ten list; here it is, in full. Top Ten Turmoil, Twenty Twelve My bandmates and I typically prefer to opt out of "top tens." The "top ten albums list" is usually a subject of heavy criticism (and justifiably so) from all angles. One argument against the creation of "a list" is that all contents contained will be subjected to intense scrutiny from multiple parties from multiple stances who will be reading the top ten list. Colorful, classic reactions from the punters will include commentary like: "This list isn't metal enough.
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Kerrang Radio Names Trivium, Machine Head And Opeth Among Best Album Covers Of 2011!

 
The UK's Kerrang Radio has come out with a list of the 25 Best Album Covers of 2011, and three Roadrunner titles were represented - with Trivium's In Waves taking the top spot! The compilers called the In Waves art "bleak, surreal and visually arresting," and said, "it's hard to think of a more powerful sleeve this year." Machine Head's Unto the Locust came in at #9, and was described as "straight from a horror movie." Meanwhile, Opeth's Heritage, which took the #25 spot, was called out for being "packed with symbolism.".
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Video: Machine Head's Phil Demmel Explains His Live Rig

 
Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel took a camera crew from MusicRadar (and a contest-winning fan) through his live rig last week, when the group played Glasgow, Scotland on their current tour. He also showed off his various guitars, each of which has a name, and discussed the various tunings used on different songs.
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Machine Head's Robb Flynn Talks Coldplay And Curry

 
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn was interviewed by The Quietus last week, and he's got some surprising and interesting things to say - about his own tastes in music and food, about the band's relationship to its audience, and more. Says Flynn about his habit of letting fans come onstage to drink or even jam with the band, "I can’t go around living my life in that much fear. I mean that’s not to say that we don’t need security – we need security, obviously – we’re happy to have security and there’s obviously times when there are security threats that we have to deal with.
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Charity Auction Benefiting Veterans: Win Autographed Items From Machine Head, Megadeth And Trivium!

 
The Mayhem Metal of Honor auction is live now on eBay; proceeds will benefit veterans' assistance organizations. You can bid to win drum heads autographed by the members of Machine Head, Megadeth, or Trivium; there's also an autographed Megadeth poster listed, so head over there and put in a bid - it's for a really good cause..
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Video: Machine Head's Phil Demmel Interviewed In France

 
Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel was interviewed by HardForce.tv when the band played France as part of its recent European tour. In the video below, Demmel discusses the band's refusal to limit itself musically (talking about the presence of a string quartet on their new album Unto the Locust), the way their sound has evolved over two decades of existence, and more. Check it out below: Machine Head are currently on tour in Europe and the UK, and will be back in North America early next year.
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