The Distortion of Sound [VIDEO]

movieposterThe Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. It will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences.

The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence.

The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. Hopefully, this documentary will serve as a wake up call to consumers, content providers and musicians all over the world.

In a nutshell, this is an excellent short film on how we consume music and how convenience has replaced quality in the last decade.

Please forward or pass this info along to a friend as word-of-mouth is always the best way to spread knowledge. Most people are not even aware that they are listening to such low quality audio and that there is an actual difference!




Slash · Quincy Jones · Mike Shinoda · Snoop Dogg · Hans Zimmer

Metal Moment #8

Another [back stage] blast-from-the-past.

This time we have Twisted Sister and the Queensrÿche boys.

This is interestingly funny…notice the big dudes are on the right and the shorties on the left.

Peep that funky ‘jumpsuit.’

Queensryche and Twisted Sister

“They’re Not Gonna’ Take it…”

CLASS OF 1984 – Classic Metal Albums That Are Turning 30 This Year!


Yikes, now this post definitely makes me feel “old” – whatever that means! 1984 was a great year for hard rock and heavy metal.

*This was re-Blogged from VH1 | Ben Smith


It may seem like a distant memory now, [but at the time] 1984 was a very foreboding year. Whether in the dystopian George Orwell novel of the same name or the punk rock exploitation thriller Class of 1984, it had ominous connotations and the reality of it wasn’t much better. The threat of nuclear war between The United State and The Soviet Union hovered in the air, especially that summer when U.S. President Ronald Reagan glibly joked “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Reagan was the perfect And the soundtrack to such a bleak year, from Zürich, Switzerland to California’s San Fernando Valley, was heavy f**king metal.

1984 was an important year for heavy metal music which had gained commercial ground and going from artistic strength to strength since the late 1970s. Well-established acts like Judas Priest, Dio and Iron Maiden were at peak popularity and releasing the last of their classic albums. Seminal metal bands Motorhead and Deep Purple returned from sojourns, both brief and extended, to remind the faithful of their enduring greatness. The genre made significant inroads in the charts as well as glam-metal bands like Ratt and Twisted Sister released their biggest albums, supported by widely seen music videos on the upstart cable channel MTV.


Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford performing live in 1984. [Photo: Getty Images]

The enduring legacy of metal’s Class Of 1984 though is what was happening in the metal underground. As the Hollywood bands partied and put on make-up a new generation of malcontents subsisting on cheap beer, buzzsaw riffing and fifth-generation demo tape dubs lay in wait. 1984 was the year thrash metal sent its first shots across the bow as scene leaders Metallica released their crucial sophomore effort Ride The Lightning and Anthrax issued their searing début album, Fistful of Metal. Deeper into the underground still, Celtic Frost and Bathory issued their first recordings which would help shape the sound and imagery of black metal. Even further afield, Saint Vitus and Cirith Ungol released dark, sludgey doom metal epics whose impact wouldn’t even be felt for another 15 years.


Cliff Burton and James Hetfield

Cliff Burton and James Hetfield of Metallica on stage in 1984. [Photo: Getty Images]

Looking back now 30 years later, there were no less than 30 important heavy metal full-length albums released in 1984 which either sold in the millions or laid the groundwork for the genre’s future evolution. This list doesn’t even take into account important EP’s by the likes of Slayer, Overkill and Hellhammer not-to-mention crucial demos from the tape trading underground. So crack a beer, crank up your favorite metal album from 1984 and check out our gallery of 30 classic heavy metal albums that are celebrating their 30th anniversaries in 2014!

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*How many of these are in your collection?

King Diamond announces North American Tour 2014

Some of the best news that I’ve received in my “in box” lately. All hail the KING!

Go see this show – you will not be disappointed. They’ve always been consistent and deliver in a live setting.

*Notice Andy LaRocque and Hal Patino are in this line up. I remember seeing them in the 80’s @ Bogart’s in Ohio. I’ll scan some of the pic’s I took; I’ve got some excellent Vault-quality images to share with Demolish readers. \m/


King Diamond has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: the band will return to North America for a full tour this Fall! The tour will wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and begins on October 11 in Atlanta, GA. A limited edition King Diamond jacket will be available through the fan club presale, which begins tomorrow, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.

King Diamond will be joined on stage, of course, by long time band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will be bearing witness to the band’s full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest productions in North America in the band’s entire history. A special guest supporting act for the tour will be announced at a later date.


North American Tour 2014

10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores


On tour in Europe this summer

25/07 Stockholm, SE Gröna Lund
28/07 Berlin, DE Huxleys Neue Welt
30/07 Tilburg, NL 013 Poppodium
01/08 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/08 Oulu, FI Jalometalli

Let There Be Talk [Podcast] Steffan Chirazi/Metallica – So What! Magazine

LET THERE BE TALK Podcast cover art

Dean Delray Podcast EP70

I recently ran across this cool podcast series from following a link on Twitter. I enjoyed this talk so much that I decided to share it with our Demolish Magazine readers.Click the large orange “play” button below or download if you prefer to listen later or on another preferred device.


On this Episode of LET THERE BE TALK Editor and creative director of METALLICA – SO WHAT! MAGAZINE Steffan Chirazi stops by and talks about his life as a rock journalist and how he got his start working for the #1 metal band in the world Metallica.

Steffan and Dean also talk about all things rock and metal including Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Faith No More and the Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene.

2014 rocks!



SCHaving started rock’n’roll writing at the age of 15, 46-year old ex-pat Steffan Chirazi’s career could almost look like an old Batman cartoon speech bubble!

  • RIP
  • BAM
  • SPIN

…are just a few of the publications he has contributed to over the years, and for the last 14 years he has been the editor of Metallica’s own in-house publication, So What! magazine. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his family.