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Oderus Urungus Of Gwar Featured In Spin Magazine

2009 truly has been the year of GWAR. They released their 25th anniversary album Lust in Space on Metal Blade Records; they are currently on their 25th anniversary tour with Lamb of God, and The Red Chord. ODERUS URUNGUS has become the “Interplanetary Correspondent” for Fox News Red Eye, and now ODERUS URUNGUS is featured in the latest issue of SPIN Magazine.

The feature in the November 2009 issue of SPIN Magazine takes place at the Slave Pit in Antarctica and it is entitled “In My Room”. GWAR’s warty front-thing takes an exuberant amount of pride in showing off his room and all of his unique possessions, including his dead dog “Pookie” who has been with him since the beginning as his lover and his pet.

Speaking of pets and more specifically dogs, ODERUS URUNGUS, BEEFCAKE THE MIGHTY and BALSAC THE JAWS OF DEATH served as celebrity judges in the 14th Annual Burton Snowboard Pet Costume Contest in Burlington, VT. The event is held every year to benefit CHILL, a charity group dedicated to giving underprivileged children a chance to try snowboarding and other winter sports.

Photographer Jeremy Saffer Set To Release ‘Bring The Noise’ In April

Photographer Jeremy Saffer will release his first book of photography on Tuesday, April 21st. Entitled Bring The Noise, the 120-page hardcover collection features 156 full-color band images, all taken from Saffer’s extensive career shooting music’s best and brightest. Bring The Noise gathers a broad selection of artists, representing the varied spectrum of both the metal and hardcore scenes. Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through, All That Remains, Dimmu Borgir, Bring Me The Horizon, Norma Jean, Earth Crisis, Behemoth and many more all make appearances within the pages of Bring The Noise, which also contain a number of exclusive, never-before-seen images. The book is available for pre-order NOW on Saffer’s website, www.jeremysaffer.com/bringthenoise. “The word ‘talented’ absolutely belongs to Mr. Saffer,” says Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil.

Featuring a foreword penned by Saffer subject and Eighteen Visions bassist MickDeth, Bring The Noise will be made available to the public on Tuesday, April 21st. However, there will be a special early release for the book at the 2009 New England Metal And Hardcore Festival on April 17th, where Bring The Noise will be featured alongside official Metalfest merchandise. The book will be sold to festival-goers in advance at a special discounted price. James Hart of Eighteen Visions/Burn Halo declares Jeremy as “…one of the great rock and metal photographers of the last decade,” while Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta says of Saffer, “His photos speak to me; I admire his work, and all he captures with his lens.”

A native of Western Massachusetts, Jeremy Saffer’s dedication and drive has grown to become synonymous with the fertile and ripe New England underground which spawned him. A longtime contributor to Outburn Magazine, Saffer is also the house photographer for the esteemed Worcester Palladium, as well as the official photographer of the venue’s annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The photographer has also worked with many respected underground record labels, including Century Media Records, Nuclear Blast, Victory Records, Trustkill, and Prosthetic Records, as well as ESP guitars, Draven shoes, and Peavey Electronics…all of whom have been impressed with Saffer’s hard work, dedication, and talent.

Saffer, well known in industry circles for his fantastic images and vibrant style, is excited to finally document years of his work, saying “I’m really excited. For me, it holds many amazing memories of photo sessions I’ve done throughout my career. Everything from shooting Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil in a bathtub full of black water and doing the first US photo shoot Carcass has done in over ten years, to covering the first shoot Earth Crisis did since their break up in 2002, and the many other amazing shoots I was lucky enough to do in my first few years as a photographer. This book sums up my career thus far, so I’m really pumped on having a bunch of diverse work from different genres of heavy music all collected in one book. This is a chance for people to really see what I’ve done thus far, from all the angles of my career.”

“A lot of us take pictures, but Jeremy takes photographs,” enthuses David Ellefson, formerly of Megadeth. “Even though his subjects are some of the biggest icons of rock who are worthy of a thousand words to tell their story, Jeremy says it all in one snap of a shutter.”

Bring The Noise is a full color, hardcover, 8.5 x 11 book, with dust jacket, and retails at $49.99. Preorders receive a special $10 off discount, and come packaged with a limited edition Bring the Noise/Jeremy Saffer guitar pick collection courtesy of InTuneGP.com.

Pre-order link: www.jeremysaffer.com/bringthenoise

Chthonic’s Upcoming Record Release And Bassist In FHM

The Asian symphonic black metal band ChthoniC, who made international headlines by championing Taiwanese democracy from the Ozzfest and Wacken stages last summer, has recently finished recording their new album Mirror Of Retribution which is a concept album in Los Angeles with producer (and Anthrax guitarist) Rob Caggiano (Cradle of Filth, Bleeding Through). This marks the band’s first-ever recording sessions in America.

“We had a good time working in Denmark for three albums, but we had some exciting chemistry between us and Rob, a new producer with a fresh vision and a fresh environment,” says ChthoniC vocalist Freddy Lim. “We like Rob’s past work very much — especially the depth and strength of all the different instruments — and as a huge fan of Anthrax, it was our pleasure to work with him.”

Since wrapping up their 2007 “UNlimited” tour, which included 60 North American concerts, high-profile festival appearances and European tours with Ensiferum, Marduk and 3 Inches of Blood, ChthoniC has been busy both musically and politically, the group’s members have been active in Taiwan’s recent presidential elections. Vocalist Freddy Lim was even an official “youth spokesperson” for the pro-democracy DPP political party, and thanks in large part to his efforts, the youth vote (ages 20-29) for the DPP candidate — originally estimated to be just 20% — ended up being 56%.

Their previous studio effort, “Seediq Bale,” was recorded in 2005, although it was not released outside of Asia until more than a year later. Since then, they’ve seen the international reissue of 2002’s Relentless Recurrence and a live CD/DVD (A Decade on the Throne), as well as the European compilation, Pandemonium, which featured re-recorded versions of older ChthoniC tracks.

While the band was pleased to have their music finally available worldwide, they’re anxious for their newfound fans to hear their new material. “Although it’s still symphonic and extreme, it is a new style of metal for us,” Lim says. “There are more Oriental tastes, different genres of metal being mixed, and more emotional fluctuations in the music.”

In the meantime, Bassist Doris inked an exclusive worldwide deal with ESP Basses. She will be featured in the 2009 Catalog. Doris also appears on the cover of the November issue of FHM Taiwan. The issue soon climbed to the top of the Internet sales chart during the first week.

ChthoniC has been touring around the world in the past few years with lots of media attention. Among all the excellent members, Doris’s unique style is often favored by the international media. FHM approached Doris for her dual images of sexy fierceness and intrinsic charm.

During this photo op, Doris tried for the first time to wig her hair short. The stylists also provided a wide selection of wardrobe to make Doris a sweet girl next door, as well as the seductive goddess from the underworld. The most impressive piece was a black leather top with only two straps. The photographer was amazed by Doris’s attractive silhouette in this piece, thus decided the cover photo. Doris later told the interviewer, “I had never exposed myself so much since the nude photos my parents took when I was three-month-old.”

The feature and photo shoot with Doris has done so well (she is the number one girl in FHM Taiwan history) that it will be picked up by the FHM Magazines of Australia, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Mexico and Singapore as well!

When asked why she agreed to FHM’s proposal, Doris said, “I do not set limits for my life. Limits and standards are man made. Though human as I am, I do not want to limit my ideas to make music, to care about politics, just to think and to live.”

Be sure to pick up ChthoniC’s new album MIRROR OF RETRIBUTION, when it releases in April 2009.

Derek Hess To Give Away Free Obama Poster

To celebrate Barack Obama’s victory in this year’s Presidential election, Derek Hess will be giving away a free Obama poster with every purchase of his latest book, Please God Save Us. Supplies are limited, so be sure to get yours NOW.

“With the election over and the good guys winning, it looks like the change is in play, so I decided to give a signed ‘Change’ poster away with a book purchase,” says Hess.

Please God Save Us, by Derek Hess and Kent Smith, is available for purchase in stores and online at www.strhesspress.com and www.amazon.com.

Please God Save Us is a collaboration from Hess and Smith that features over 50 pieces of Hess artwork and covers an array of topics, all of which are ripped from US headlines. Thought provoking visuals and words address an array of important subjects including the Religious Right, Iraq War, censorship, evolution and global warming to name a few.

Derek Hess is an internationally known artist who launched his career creating rock-and-roll poster art. His work has graced the walls of hundreds of galleries and museums throughout the world and is part of the permanent collection of Louvre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2003, Hess launched a clothing line called Strhess showcasing his art.

Kent Smith is an award-winning Cleveland-area elected official who is also the head of the Democratic party in Euclid, Ohio. Smith is also finishing a PhD in Economic Development at Cleveland State University.

High resolution images, spreads from the book and the Obama poster are available for download at www.strhesspress.com/press.

Sonic Syndicate Bassist Karin Axelsson Featured In Kinkats Mag Germany!!!

Swedish stars SONIC SYNDICATE will release their new album Love And Other Disasters on October 14 in the US (September 19 in Europe). To celebrate the release, KINKATS Magazine Germany did an exclusive photo shoot with SONIC SYNDICATE bass player Karin Axelsson. The magazine will be in stores in Germany on September 10th. For a sneak-peek of the photo shoot, check out this Making-Of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lx-zb0Jgxs.

KINKATS will be featuring the band and reviewing Love and Other Disasters in that issue.

Get your KINKATS copy on September 10th and check out more pics of Karin!

As previously announced, the band has revealed the second part of the “Jack Of Diamonds” lyrics:

A kvasar from reality
With damaged mentality
I´ll start editing your life
Replace the captain of your brain ship
before we set sail for the fail

Chorus Part I + II:

LIVING IN A HOUSE OF CARDS
WAITING FOR IT ALL TO FALL

The third part will follow on Friday, August 22nd. The full song and complete lyrics will be posted on the band’s official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/sonicsyndicate) on August 29.

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