Metal News!!

We've Lost Another Hero!

photo by Luke Seagrave - © 2004

will never forget those that died a senseless death on Dec. 8th 2004. 
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott gave us his flavor of All American Metal!! His squealing southern style while in Pantera will NEVER be duplicated again. Dimebag's positive influence has touched us all. ROKHEDZ correspondent Steve Anderson had the honor of hanging out with Damage Plan in Portland, Oregon where he received a health tip from Dimebag. Steve was doing an interview with Pat Lachman when Darrell handed him a newly imported Energy Drink. Steve, being a part time grocer, had never seen such a drink and proceeded to try it out. It kicked ass, I tried some when I was up that way for The Seattle Metal Fest. Dimebag was that kind of person, always trying to pass on a good time... We'll miss him. For more on Dimebag Darrell and the interview with Pat Lachman check out Crave Magazine and for some killer pics check out

Bay Area Metal/Hardcore/Punk Scene Looses AJ...

ROKHEDZ will never forget the strong, hardworking, always moving, devoted AJ.  AJ managed (An Insipid Production).  AJ loved the music scene and gave her life to promote Heavy Music.  AJ brought hundreds of kick ass bands to the San Francisco Area. She dared to venture where others may not have and we praise her for it. ROKHEDZ always made sure she knew we appreciated her and everything she provided for the scene. AJ knew what the PIT is all about! ROKHEDZ will miss AJ... 

Slayer's "Wall of Blood" To Create Gory Downpour

"Still Reigning" DVD Has a Confirmed
November 2 Release Date

For years, artists have looked to create exciting and innovative stage designs for their fans - thrash/punk/metal gods SLAYER will push that concept right over the edge this fall with an effect dubbed the "Wall of Blood."  Slayer's Wall of Blood will make its North American debut when the band headlines the Jagermeister Music Tour, set to kick off October 29 in Springfield, MO (full itinerary below).

At select shows (determined by each venue's technical specs) during Slayer's classic song "Raining Blood," the band, their instruments, and the stage will be drenched by a downpour of "blood."  The "Wall of Blood" will rain more than 150 litres of theatrical blood over an area measuring from 32-feet to 40-feet wide (determined by the size of the venue’s stage), 25-feet high, and six-feet deep.  The device is a dedicated truss and sprinkler system that utilizes a unique pump technology, and was designed exclusively for Slayer by UK-based Hangman Productions.

Slayer used the "raining blood" effect last July in Augusta, ME while filming their brand-new DVD, "Still Reigning."  The Dean Karr-directed DVD opens with the the band's 1986, 28-minute benchmark album "Reign In Blood" performed live in its entirety by Slayer's original line-up - Tom Araya (vocals, bass), guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombardo, who permanently rejoined the band in 2003.  "Still Reigning" also offers bonus material including live performances of Slayer classics such as "War Ensemble," "Hallowed Point," "Necrophobic," "Mandatory Suicide," "Spill The Blood," "Hell Awaits," and "South of Heaven," as well as exclusive interviews and backstage footage.  "Still Reigning" has a running time of more than 80-minutes and a confirmed November 2, 2004 release date.

Slayer’s “Wall of Blood” will be in effect at as many venues on the Fall Jagermeister Music Tour as possible; the confirmed “bloodbath” cities/venues will be announced shortly, and you can always log onto to Slayer’s website – – for updates.

29      Shrine Mosque, Springfield, MO
30      Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA
31      The Pageant, St. Louis, MO

2       Quest Club, Minneapolis, MN
 3       Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
 5       Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
 6       Harpo’s Detroit, MI
 7       Egyptian Room @ Murat Centre, Indianapolis, IN
 9       Ice Garden, Belle Vernon, PA
10      The Staircase, Pittston, PA
11      Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
12      Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
13      The Palladium, Worcester, MA
15      Lupo’s @ The Strand, Providence, RI
16      State Theatre, Portland, ME
18      Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
19      Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
20      Dome Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY
21      Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
23      Nation, Washington, D.C.
24      Norva Theatre, Norfolk, VA
25      Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
26      Masquerade, Tampa, FL
27      Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
28      Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
30      House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

2       Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
 3       Sunset Station, San Antonio, TX
 4       Concrete Street Amphitheatre, Corpus Christi, TX
 5       Gypsy Ballroom, Dallas, TX
 7       Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
 8       Shrine Auditorium, Billings, MT
10      The Premier, Seattle, WA
11      The Big Easy, Spokane, WA
12      Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
14      The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
15      House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
16      Soma, San Diego, CA
17      Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA

We remember a Warrior! was honored to have come in contact with Dennis Miles "D-ROC the Executioner". 
The Left-handed axeman for Body Count has passed to the other side...We are forever changed by his energy! Dennis had the will to break barriers, and we thank him... Please check out his Memorial site and the Body Count site:
Be sure to check out the photos from our encounter!
(click here)

HOSTILITY captured on Jager Tour 2004!!

HOSTILITY and worked together to create a Killer Promo DVD for distribution to record companies and for possible public distribution at a later date. was honored to capture the moment in Sacramento! Snake from Skinlab engineered the live audio for an excellent soundtrack. Juan Urtega of Trident Studios also provided engineering to help pound out a kick ass live performance to open the show! HOSTILITY is looking for the right label to sign them up. So, If any of you Reps reading this are interested, please check them out. They kick ASS!! And a special thanks goes out to all of you that helped us get the job done.   
The photos you see her a from an earlier show at the Phoenix In Petaluma, CA. We had a problem with security so we were unable to take any stills of the performance.
for more on HOSTILITY check out their website...(click here)

Ozzfest 2004!! was able to capture some killer pics from Ozzfest 2004! Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA hosted the event.

MAGNA-FI was the first band we were allowed to capture. 

God Forbid pumped it up on the early stage. Spewing forth aggressive licks at 10:30 am...

Lacuna Coil drew lots of attention with a combination of grace and power! They took control of the Bay Area fans!

Otep gave us something to think about! Both from a musical point of view and a philosophical point of view...

take this note for instance...
We like the question authority part!

We're sure the authorities would try to tell this man to get some shoes! And we know that Hank III would tell them politely what to do with their suggestion. Hank III RULES!

Lamb of God tore it up!!

Pummeling the crowd with sheer speed and brutality!
Be sure to check out the photos!
(click here)

NAMM 2004!!
Was the best it's been so far!

Snake and Mick Thompson hangin out at NAMM 04! You may ask yourself, What is NAMM 2004? NAMM is The International Music Products Association. Every year NAMM holds a four day event in Anaheim, California. A convention created to help music manufactures and artists get together. This years theme was "Believe in Music". 

With insane artists like Seven from Slipknot gettin in touch with fans, who can disbelieve? When you visit NAMM you can expect the unexpected! Everywhere you go there are tons of intense toys!

And around every corner awaits a Metal GOD!!

Left to right George Lynch, Tom Araya, and Dave Mustaine sign at the ESP booth! Stay tuned for more on the event, we'll have a video clip showcasing NAMM 2004! In the meantime check out the photos!
(click here)

The District Finals for Guitarmageddon 2004 were AWESOME!!! If you didn't make it, you missed out on a killer event. If you love guitars this was the place for you! It took place in Concord, CA. Tuesday April 27th at 7:00pm. was honored to cover this event! It's great to see business help support local artists and provide a place for them to see each other work.  The winner, Andrew Zendejas (in the pic above), will go on to the next round of Guitarmageddon! To be held in Los Angeles, CA (date TBA) Thank you, Guitar Center, Gibson, Line 6, Bose, and NADY for coming together to provide local musicians with an opportunity to showcase their rippin talent! More on the show later... For info on the contest check out the link below. Be advised you'll need the latest flash player for this link...
for more...(click here) And be sure to check out the pics from this event we've posted some screen captures from video (soon to be in The Metal Theater!) and some photos as well. Check out the photos!
(click here)

The District Finals for Guitarmageddon 2004 are going to be happening in Concord, CA. Tuesday April 27th at 7:00pm. will be there to cover this event, so make sure you come out and see who will go on to the next round of Guitarmageddon! It's great to see Guitar Center, Gibson, Line 6, and Bose come together to provide local musicians with an opportunity to showcase some rippin talent! If you are a guitar player or aspire to be, get out and sink your teeth into this yearly event! Be advised you'll need the latest flash player for this link...
for more...(click here) 

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