THE DAMNED THINGS ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES *NEW ALBUM, ‘HIGH CRIMES,’ OUT APRIL 26TH* **MUSIC VIDEO FOR “CELLS” OUT NOW**

The TRUE lords of chaos, THE DAMNED THINGS have announced they’ll make their long-awaited return to the stage for a U.S. tour in May in support of their upcoming album, High Crimes, that’s due April 26via Nuclear Blast Records. The month long excursion will kick off on May 1st with an intimate and undoubtedly unruly show at The Whisky in Los Angeles and will wrap in San Diego on May 25th. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, March 8th (10:00AM Local Time) at thedamnedthings.com. Fans can pre-order High Crimes in both digital and physical formats from this location: nuclearblast.com/thedamnedthings-highcrimes.  

High Crimes was produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAXSTONE SOURAMON AMARTH) and is the follow up to 2010’s hugely successful debut album, Ironiclast. The music video for “Cells,” directed by Brandon Dermer (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, NEKROGOBLIKON), can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdULf6iCng

Nine years ago, Scott Ian – guitarist and co-founder of legendary thrash metal outfit, ANTHRAX – took a meeting with the Joe Trohman  (also a guitarist, and a co-founder, of the band FALL OUT BOY). He and Scott hit it off, and started making songs together.  With the help of drummer Andy Hurley (FALL OUT BOY) and the irreverent vocals of Keith Buckley (EVERY TIME I DIE)THE DAMNED THINGS were formed. The band has gone through changes since its inception and now features Dan Andriano of ALKALINE TRIO on bass.   

THE DAMNED THINGS are:
Dan Andriano – Bass Keith Buckley – Vocals Scott Ian – Guitar Andy Hurley – Drums Joe Trohman – Guitar 

The Damned Things Tour Dates:

May 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whiskey

May 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville

May 6 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon

May 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar

May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex

May 10 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

May 11 – Rockingham, NC – Epicenter Fest

May 12 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

May 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation @ The Intersection

May 16 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop

May 17 – Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge

May 18 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom

May 19 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

May 21 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

May 22 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

May 24 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Marketplace (KUPD Concert Series)

May 25 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

 

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The Damned Things To Release New Album “High Grimes” On April 26th

THE DAMNED THINGS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ‘HIGH CRIMES,’ ON APRIL 26TH
PRE-ORDER THE RECORD NOW
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “CELLS”

THE DAMNED THINGS announce their long-awaited return with today’s release of their new single, “Cells,” off their forthcoming album High Crimes due April 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order High Crimes in both digital and physical formats from this location: nuclearblast.com/thedamnedthings-highcrimes.

High Crimes was produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, AMON AMARTH) and is the follow up to 2010’s hugely successful debut album, Ironiclast. The music video for “Cells,” directed by Brandon Dermer (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, NEKROGOBLIKON), can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdULf6iCng

“Normally, when career bands say they made a record for fun, they didn’t – but we actually did. Maybe that’s why this band doesn’t have a career?” said THE DAMNED THINGS’ Joe Trohman. “Anyway, we’re genuinely proud of it. Check it out, and watch the video to see how severely injured we got during the process!”

Nine years ago, Scott Ian – guitarist and co-founder of legendary thrash metal outfit, ANTHRAX – took a meeting with the Joe Trohman (also a guitarist, and a co-founder, of the band FALL OUT BOY). He and Scott hit it off, and started making songs together. With the help of drummer Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) and the irreverent vocals of Keith Buckley (EVERY TIME I DIE), THE DAMNED THINGS were formed. The band has gone through changes since its inception and now features Dan Andriano of ALKALINE TRIO on bass.

THE DAMNED THINGS are:
Dan Andriano – Bass
Keith Buckley – Vocals
Scott Ian – Guitar
Andy Hurley – Drums
Joe Trohman – Guitar

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Film Review “The Damned United”

Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Rated: 15 (uncut)
Running time: 97 mins

With a ‘93% Fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, The Damned United was almost universally praised critics upon release in 2009, but panned by most of the characters it portrays.

Having read David Peace’s novel of the same name (on which the film is based), this writer enjoyed the movie, but understands and agrees with some complaints that it plays liberties with the truth…

What’s the film about?

The Damned United chronicles Brian Clough’s 44 days in charge of Leeds United in 1974. The backstory portrays his rise as co-manager of Derby County and his rivalry with Leeds’ legendary boss, Don Revie (Colm Meaney).

What I don’t like about the film

Liberties with the truth

Much of the appeal of the film lies in the fact that its main character is a real person – the highly-successful and colourful Brian Clough.

After Clough achieved promotion to the second flight and won the league within just two seasons, he was the natural choice to take over from Revie at Leeds, after the latter took on the England job in 1974. The story of Clough’s ensuing 44 days at Leeds is a compelling one and much of the interest in the film stems from the truth in the story.

The problem with the film is that it ignores facts and adds elements for its own ends. By using a real person as its main protagonist, The Damed United capitalises on the fame of the real man, while offering no genuine insight into Clough’s thoughts or actions behind the scenes– and that is where the danger lies when fact meets fiction.

Several of the characters’ real-life counterparts, including Leeds’ midfielders Johnny Giles and Peter Lorimer, complained that the film (and novel) portrays events and dialogue didn’t actually occur.

Former Derby player Dave MacKay even sued the film’s production company for suggesting he broke a 1973 players’ revolt to take the latter’s place as manager at Derby. In fact, MacKay left Derby in 1971 to become manager of Swindon Town.

It’s small details like this which distort the truth unnecessarily, while also spreading potentially harmful lies about real people.

What I liked about The Damned United

Performances and story

The Damned United is a great film. Michael Sheen is uncanny as Clough and has the accent and mannerisms down pat. He really inhabits the character.

Meanwhile, Clough’s relationship with co-manager and friend Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall) is full of warmth; their story (both real and fictional) is one of success and triumph over adversity. While there are other great football films, the true story which underpins The Damned United arguably makes it one of the best about the sport.

Less offensive to Clough than the novel

While the novel is narrated by Clough’s inner voice and portrays him as a vengeful and bitter alcoholic, the film softens these nastier edges. This is a good thing, because when writing the novel, there’s no way Peace could’ve known what Clough was thinking. While Clough’s family still hated the film, the on-screen character is much more likeable than the one in the novel.

 

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Album Review: Charred Walls of the Damned “Creatures Watching Over the Dead”

“Creatures Watching Over the Dead”
Charred Walls of the Damned
Metal Blade
Producer: Jason Suecof
Tracks: 9

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“Creatures Watching Over the Dead” is the latest release from the heavy metal group Charred Walls of the Damned. The band which features Tim “Ripper” Owens, Steve DiGiorgio, Jason Seucof and Richard Christy has laid down 9 brand new tracks which pull from each of the member’s diverse history in both the modern and classic heavy metal genres. Produced by guitarist Jason Suecof and released via Metal Blade Records on September 23rd “Creatures Watching Over the Dead” is sure to make up for the five year lapse between release from the group which first debuted in 2009.

If you are looking for a near perfect mixture of both new and old heavy metal then the latest offering from Richard Christy’s Charred Walls of the Damned is right up your alley. Extended gaps between releases can often be detrimental to a bands sound and or its members however Charred Walls of the Damned sounded better than ever. Songs like the albums opener “My Eyes” and “Reach into the Light” explode out of the gate with reckless abandonment while tracks such as “Afterlife” and “Lies” which both start off with melodic acoustic intros which give way to the groups new meets old style of metal providing a unique listening experience

For those familiar with the members various other projects the material contained on “Creatures Watching Over the Dead” will come as no surprise. Each of the bands 4 members appear to have given their all making this album as the album’s 9 songs have something for everyone. From thunderous double bass, ripping guitar solos and soaring vocal passages. The latest from Charred Walls of the Damned is a solid package.

Track Listing:
1.) My Eyes
2.) The Soulless
3.) Afterlife
4.) As I Catch My Breath
5.) Lies
6.) Reach Into the Light
7.) Tear Me Down
8.) Living in the Shadow of Yesterday
9.) Time Has Passed

Be sure to check out interview with Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy in the interview portion of the site.

Blu-ray Review “Queen of the Damned”

Directed by: Michael Rymer
Starring: Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah, Marguerite Moreau, Vincent Pérez, Paul McGann, Lena Olin
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Running Time: 101 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

“Interview with the Vampire” is a very hard film to follow-up.  “Queen of the Damned” had high expectations surrounding it, especially for an Anne Rice adaption.  It’s also took a risky move of casting R&B singer,  Aaliyah, to lead the film.  Unfortunately, then she end dying in a plane crash months before the film’s release, which added to it’s issues.  The film is very ambitious and Gothic but it’s overall end product has too many issues.  What the film does have doing for it is one of the best soundtracks in a horror film.  The film’s music is also created by Korn’s Jonathan Davis and is nothing short of amazing!  Not the best film ever but definitely worth the HD upgrade.

Warner’s definitely delivers a very impressive Blu-ray.  It’s 1080p transfer comes with a lot of love.  It is presented a sharp picture and works well with the dark scenes. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track works perfectly in sync with the score and the heavy metal tunes in the film.  The special features are ported from the DVD release and do not disappoint at all.  First we have a decent commentary track with director Michael Rymer, producer Jorge Saralegui, and composer Richard Gibbs. Next up, there are 13 deleted scenes that are decent also cut for a good reason.  There are three documentaries focusing on the behind-the-scenes aspect of the film.  “Creating the Vampires” features cast/crew talking about their roles in the film. “Aaliyah Remembered” is a memorial for the late singer.  Lastly “The Music of Lestat” has interviews with composer Richard Gibbs and lyricist Jonathan Davis. To compliment that feature, there are three music videos for Lestat (“Redeemer,” “Forsaken,” “System”), a music video by Static X’s “Cold,” and also extended Lestat’s concert footage. Lastly there is a gag reel, photo galleries and a theatrical trailer for the film.

After years of slumber, the legendary vampire has awakened and found acceptance in a tattooed, pierced and black-clad world. He’s a rock star. And his awesome goth-riffed sound has echoed around the globe…and stirred to life the fearsome Mother of All Vampires. Based on “The Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice, whose work previously came to the screen in “Interview with the Vampire.”

Buy It 9/18 on Blu-ray
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