Painter Franck De Las Mercedes Pays Tribute To Latinos In Metal

Nicaraguan-born, New York City-based artist Franck de las Mercedes has begun a new series of paintings under the heading "A Quiet Riot: Latinos Making Noise in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal." For decades, Latinos have been a vital part of the worldwide metal scene, including many who never make their cultural identity an explicit part of their musical persona (like, who knew Stryper's Oz Fox was Latino?) and many who do - like Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy leader Max Cavalera, pictured above. The whole series of paintings, to which more are being added day by day, can be seen at de las Mercedes' website. Here's one more: his portrait of current Ratt guitarist Carlos Cavazo: .
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Ratt's Bobby Blotzer Says Band Is Writing New Material

Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer was interviewed by, and says the band is "in writing mode" for a new album to be released in 2012. He recalls being pleasantly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to the band's last album, 2010's Infestation, saying, "We were just individually writing and collectively taking each other's songs, and then putting our own individuality into our own songs. And they just came out sounding like a record that would have fit in between Out of the Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy, respectively.
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Weekend Poll: Which Roadrunner Artist Should Write A Book?

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor's book, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good, has hit the New York Times bestseller list. You can see the list here; Seven Deadly Sins is at #26, right between former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's On China and...Shit My Dad Says. Anyway, this made us think that other Roadrunner artists probably have stories to tell, and philosophies of life, that readers would enjoy.
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