Email from Korey A :
My worst nightmare ever, was when i dreamt about Scott Sapp that guy from Creed. In the nightmare, gasp, i dreamt i was at one of their concerts. Holy Shit it was scary, all those 13 year olds. And to make it even more scary, Scott was naked!!!! I will never recover from a nightmare as horrifying as this.

I doubt I won, even though this is by far the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. If I did:
korey a
Im afraid to go to sleep now.
CM responds:
AH! This is great! Now this is what I call creativity...and scary!
If I have any say in the winner of this contest, then you will be going a long, long way...
We stop taking submissions on the contest come July 20th...then the judging begins (on the Roadrunner site...first wave by us, and then the 10 finalists are picked by YOU)
best of luck! (let's just hope I don't have that same nightmare tonight)

Email from Mandy :
RR,
ok hey wassup? i am a 14 year old girl who is starting a band in pennsylvania the bands name is Satans Whores and we are one of the best local bands next to Razorwire. i'm one person that doesn't like to "beat around the bush" sortaspeak, but i was wonderin how u could get a sound test
w/roadrunner!?! The whole point of this e-mail is that my band and i are sick and fuckin tired of bein ridiculed by the local people in our town, because everyone (even our fans) say "y r u makin music when you know your not gonna get famous?" so if it wouldn't be any trouble could you please
answer this e-mail.
Satans Whore
lead singer
Mandy
CM responds:
1st, great band name! However, I am not sure how well the name Satans Whores would fly anywhere outside of my head.
2nd, PA, one of the greatest states in this country, ya? Home of the Steel City...

Anyway, there really is no such thing as a 'sound test' w/ Roadrunner. You can work at sending in stuff on your own...but the
best was to do it is to do it yourself. You are only 14, you say you just started the band...build a following, promote yourselves. If you have confidence in what you are doing and know it is right, then you will have the will to make things happen. Check out the WILDCARD on Dry Kill Logic that is currently up on our site (www.roadrunnerrecords.com/wildcard). They basically came to Roadrunner with a completed record - they did it on their own, and it wasn't overnight. Read their story, you might find it interesting AND informational.
all the best,
www.roadrunnerrecords.com

Email from MURDER :
HEY SUP IM MURDER FROM THE BAND WICKED KLOWNZ REDRUMS FREIND HE E-MAILED YOU.WELL WE WONT TO BE ON YOUR RECORD COMPANY IF YOU POOT A BAND TOGETHER WE WILL BE THE LEAD SINGERS AND YOUR BEST BAND YET. IF YOU CANT HAVE A HOLE BAND WE NEED BASS PLAYERE,DRUMER,ELECTRIC GUINTAR PLAYER,AND A TURN TABELER.GET BACK TO ME SOOM
IM OUT,MURDER
RP responds:
SUP MURDER REDRUMS FREIND WE GOTCHER EMAIL AND GOT BACK TO YOU AS SOOM AS WE COULD WELL WE WONT LOTSA THINGZ WE KANT GET INLIFE AND WE DONT UZUALLY POOT BANDS TOGETHER BUT IT MUS BE YOU'RE LUCKY DAY CUZ WE GOT A UNHOLE BAND AND SUM EXTRA BASS AND ELECTRIC GUINTAR PLAYERES. WE ARE SHORT ON DRUMERS AND TURN TABELERS WRITE NOW BUT WE HAVE A KAZOOER/TRIANGULIST WHOZE TRYIN TO HOOK UP WITH THE LEAD SINGERS OF OUR BEST BAND YET.

disclaimer - we do not put bands together. That is corporate rock. And remember what we learned in past Roadrunner Mailbag's about corporate rock? "Corporate Rock Still Sucks"

IM OUT

Email from Jazmyne :
I just thought you guys should know that there is a guy going around saying
that he is Corey Taylor of Slipknot. And not only is he lying to everyone he
meets but b/c people believe him, he gets free shit. I met him in New Orleans
(on my road trip) and now he is in Va Bch, VA. People believe him b/c we
never see the true faces of Slipknot so we can't tell the difference. He's
making up stories, huge lies, stealing from people, and signing fake
autographs. He doesn't carry an ID and he has no money. I just thought you
should know that this could be a danger to other Slipknot fans, if he tells
the wrong story about their tour or they get the wrong impression. If there's
anything else you would like to know, write me back. And don't think this is
a prank, I'm dead serious and my family knows too. --Jazmyne
CM responds:
someone pretending to be someone else...hell, I dress up like a cop sometime at night and pick up chicks loitering on street corners..if you know what I'm talking about...(just kidding).
Anyway, masks or not, I am sure people will be smart enough to know it is not Corey...especially with the band being on the road, how can this cat constantly be in the same city (i.e. in VA Beach whilst Slipknot is playing Toledo that night)? There must be many cracks in his line that people will see...

Email from Mike D :
Dear Recording industry PR or A&R Rep.

In the 80's and 90's to mid 90's massive attention was paid to Los Angeles and San Francisco bay area metal bands. It seemed all the bay area bands had gotten a record deal by 1990, bands like Testament, LazzRockit, Death Angel and Defiance and in L.A. not a week went by when some new hair band was
releasing it's first album. Yet in San Diego the Music Scene and all the great bands were totally ignored. The only bands in San Diego to do anything at all were the one's releasing their own Tapes and CD's and the Biggest band in San Diego Psychotic Waltz was signed not by an American label but a European one and relegated to obscurity in the US but was loved in Europe.

I am sending you this letter to ask if you have any insight for the reasons
San Diego and it's thriving local bands were totally ignored in the 80' and
90's

Any response would be greatly appreciated.

MIKE D
AC responds:
It's not that anyone hates the San Diego area or anything. When an A&R rep picks up a demo tape, the first thing on his/her mind isn't "hmmm, this band is from San Diego, I'd better not follow up on it, the dryness makes my throat sore", it's whether or not a band has potential to sell a good amount of records nationally. Right this very second, we have on our label a band from Iowa that sold over a million records, a gold-selling band from San Paolo, Brazil and a band from Alaska (36 Crazyfists - I think you can figure out the other two ). We'll sign anything we think has a chance to sell some records, no matter where it's from.

If we haven't signed anything from SD, it's because we haven't heard anything that has really made us jump out of our seats. That doesn't mean it's not out there. We have a network of A&R scouts and reps, but there are 270 million people in this country. If you know of a band that kicks ass, have them send us a demo either the traditional way (our address is on our website) or via our new web form (in our In the Pit section). We'll give it a look and if we like it, we'll do everything we can to follow up.

Email from Ackra K :
To the staff at Roadrunner,

I must start off by thanking you for providing heavy music fans what we have always wanted, great music and a revolving door of fresh and innovative acts.

My one complaint is the late release of the "limited edition" digipaks for the majority of your artists. The quality of the your digipaks is unmatched. Although it's great that you are releasing the additional tracks from the Spineshank digipak on MP3 for people who already have the album, the hardcore fans will want to purchase the digipak regardless for the additional photos, artwork, etc. This compels many of us to buy two copies of the same album.

I feel that Roadrunner should release the limited edition digipak simultaneously with the regular edition, as you did with Fear Factory's Digimortal. This will save hardcore fans money in the long run and create a much happier fan base.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to enjoying yo
Ackra K
AC responds:
Hi Ackra

Thanks for the props. We do what we do with heavy music because we love it as much as you do.

To a large extent we totally agree with what you're saying about digis. Before this 'Shank digi, the last three we released (FF, Soulfly and Sepultura) were released at the same time as the album and feature all the album tracks plus extras. Digipaks are meant as the "exclusive collector's item" version of the album. With this one, if you don't want to buy the new CD, you're welcome to download the extra parts. On the other hand, there are hardcore fans who want to buy the new disk.

Email from Jeff S :
I just have to say that it is a really big deal to us up here in Anchorage Ak that you
have 36 on your lable, yes they have earned it, but it had been a long time since we have been able to see these guys, sure most of us have the "in the Skin" Cd, and even a smaller few have
the suffer Tree EP, and if they have the Boss Buckle EP, well they just might get it Jacked. But what it all comes down to is in a Music scene like Anchorage, a band like 36 is a large part of our insperation, we grew up to them, they were almost God like to a 14 year old, and they really gave us hope. And now to see them go as far as they have is almost like we all have made it, they might not know it but we are so very proud of them. And just one thing you might tell them
guys, and this is strait from Anchorage, DONT EVER FORGET HOW TO PLAY 'Happy Day Riot", We all love that song, and we havent heard it for almost 5 years now. So anyway, thanks
agian for taking 36 under your wing, they have earned it. And Oh yeah, J.D Stewart lives in all of our hearts, he was a greatinsperation and a true friend, we will never forget him.

Jeff S
CM responds:
Very cool email. Not sure what to say except that we are excited about this band too, very excited. The feeling you described about seeing 36 Crazyfists live is the reason all of us work here.
thanks again
ps - your message has been forwarded to the band.