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Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer Involved In US Capitol Riots

Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer Involved In US Capitol Riots

Iced Earth guitar player / founder / songwriter Jon Schaffer was among the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC yesterday, January 6.

In a photo from Roberto Schmidt of the AFP agency, Schaffer is among a group of rioters who pushed past police and into the Capitol building.

Back in November, Schaffer was interviewed and said, “They will go down. They’re messing with the wrong people, believe me…If someone uses violence against us, we will react accordingly. Schaffer expressed his distrust of the US government, stating he was neither “a left-or-right guy.”

“I’m an American – that’s my country, that’s where I live,” he said. “I don’t trust my government. I don’t give a shit if it’s an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ next to the name of the person. I try to understand the bigger picture. I’ve done a lot of reading and a lot of studying. I’m a man of my convictions, and I don’t say stuff that I don’t truly believe.”

He continued, “You can’t put your hope into one president or one person, or a mayor or a governor or whatever. You’ve gotta be out there and actively put pressure on these people, let ’em know you’re paying attention. If you’re not paying attention, they’re gonna rob you and steal everything. Your freedom, too. Not just your money. They’re gonna steal your fucking freedom. ‘Cause they’re a bunch of sick control freaks.”

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Metal CDs Of 2020 We’ve Encountered

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This list is compiled from CD acquired while buying metal CD collections in the year of 2020. It is by no means a comprehensive list of every metal CD out there, these are just ones we have first-hand experience with. The values we had assigned is is based what we have sold them for and is not an aggregate.

1. Urn ‎– 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life ‎– NSOL001

1. Urn ‎– 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life ‎– NSOL001

Urn ‎– 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life ‎– NSOL00 – the special edition from this Finish thrash/black metal band that includes the DVD is RARE. Urn was a cool proto-Black Metal sound similar to “Show NoMercy” era Slayer – the full edition which includes a live DVD is almost impossible to find and goes for north of 100 bucks on a regular basis.

Sold 10/1 $159.00

2. The Black ‎– The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records ‎NR 003

2. The Black ‎– The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records ‎NR 003

The Black ‎– The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records ‎NR 003 – this CD has been re-issued several times including more recently on Osmose Productions – if you can find the original on Necropolis Records it can be worth a pretty penny

Sold 9/11 $99.95

3. Swans ‎– Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records ‎– YG03

3. Swans ‎– Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records ‎– YG03

Swans ‎– Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records ‎– YG03 – although The Swans are not technically a metal band, it is quite common to see their brand of gothic rock to be turning up in collections we buy. Original pressing of their CDs are very hard to come by and re-issues aren’t that common either, making most every CD in their catalog quite valuable.

Sold 8/8 – $79.95

4. Ingested – The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records

4. Ingested - The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records $99.95

Ingested – The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records – I will be honest when I first saw this one I thought it might be a fluke, but upon some investigation copies of those are really scarce and sell for north of $100 on Discogs on a monthly basis. It is also worth noting that Ingested sounds like a $99 per CD band, they play some ridiculously tight technical death metal and are one of my new favorites.

Sold 12/29 – $99.95

5. Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records ‎– CDGR002

5. Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records ‎– CDGR002

Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records ‎– CDGR002 Mexico – the original pricing from Mexico only list eight tracks, there are later reissues, but if you can find the first one it is quite valuable.

Sold 7/11 – $74.99

6. Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records ‎– SR-216 $74.95

6. Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records ‎– SR-216 $74.95

Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records ‎– SR-216 – Includes the advance tape from 1990. Many songs were subsequently renamed includes the “Boiled in Blood” live 7″ as a bonus.

Sold 9/10 – $74.95

7. Devourment ‎– Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005

7. Devourment ‎– Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005

Devourment ‎– Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005 – I was actually surprised that this one didn’t sell for more, this is the original version of this death metal classic from this brutal Texas-based outfit. Beware, there are many bootlegs floating around of this release.

Sold 8/9 $74.95

8. Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within CD 2003 Roadrunner

8. Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within CD 2003 Roadrunner

Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within 2x CD 2003 Roadrunner (2 From The Vault Series) – almost all of the CDs from Roadrunner’s discontinued “2 From The Vault” series fetch a pretty penny. Some other big ones to look for are Obituary and Exhorder.

Sold 7/7 – $74.95

9. Ancient Wisdom – For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music

9. Ancient Wisdom - For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music

Ancient Wisdom – For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music – this CD from this summer obscure but extremely talented Italian progressive black metal band is extremely hard to find, not to mention the music is amazing. These guys should’ve been much bigger!

Sold 6/6/ – $69.95

10. Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD 2008 Revolver USA

10. Amebix - No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD 2008 Revolver USA

Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD [Digipak] 2008 Revolver USA – although this one might fall more into the crust punk genre, Ambix is still quite popular among the metal crown. This gym was in wider distribution on Alternative Tentacles but if you can find the original it’s worth quite a bit.

SOLD 11/11 $66.95

GALLERY OF TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE CDS

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Arcturus ‎– Constellation LP 1997 Nocturnal Art Productions ‎ECLIPSE006 – 1st Press Rare

Arcturus ‎– Constellation LP 1997 Nocturnal Art Productions ‎ECLIPSE006

The Arcturus “Constellation” was released in a very limed run of just 500 copies in 1997. The first 500 copies are hand-numbered, and includes a black and white poster. The first pressing copies of this album are very rare and go for north of $300 on Discogs. From time to time, you can pick up a copy on eBay, but not often.

Arcturus’s style is quite different from most Noweiegen black metal bands. It includes elements of power metal, has some early keyboard/symphonic influences. This release featured Garm on vocals and Samoth on guitar, which was the line-up that recorded the “Constellation” mini-album. It was released on Nocturnal Art Productions in 1994. Samoth left the band in 1995 after an arrest for church burnings. Here is a selection from Youtube…

Arcturus ‎– Constellation Full Album

Track List and Info

Arcturus – Constellation
Label: Nocturnal Art Productions ‎– ECLIPSE006
Limited Edition, Numbered
Country: Norway
Released: 1997
Genre: Black Metal

Tracklist


A1 Raudt Og Svart
A2 Wintry Grey
A3 Naar Kulda Tar (Frostnettenes Prolog)
A4 Du Nordavind
B1 My Angel
B2 Morax
B3 Morax (Anno 1996 Ev)
B4 Outro (Radiant Star Befallen)

I buy metal collections like this and if you know anyone who has rare albums like this for sale I am always in the market!

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Mercyful Fate ‎– Black Message LP 1985 Evil Records – RARE / UNOFFICIAL

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Black Message is an unofficial bootleg release that came out in 1986 on a German label. The first version of the album had a white label with no writing or information on it. Because of the unofficial nature of this release, it is blocked for sale on Discogs. You can find it on eBay and it usually costs around $400 for the black version. There is also a multicolor swirl version that was released in 1986. It usually sells for a higher price — but collectors like the black version better because it comes with a real sleeve.

Photos Of Record and Sleeve

Tracklist 

A1 Curse Of The Pharaohs 4:09

A2 Shadow Night 7:05

A3 Black Message 4:23

A4 Evil 5:03

B1 Gypsy 3:09

B2 Into The Coven 5:21

B3 Welcome Princess Of Hell 5:20

B4 A Dangerous Meeting 6:20

Recording information.

Tracks 1 and 2 on side A were recorded in Denmark Fall 1981. 

Tracks 3 on side 1 to 2 and side B were recorded in Hilversum 21 January 1984. 

Tracks 3 and 4 on side B were recorded in Eindhoven 19 January 1984. 

Black vinyl version.

Matrix / Runout (Side A): BLACK/A

Matrix / Runout (Side B): BLACK/B

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Mercyful Fate ‎– “Live In Copenhagen ’82” LP 1987 Stone Records, Inc. ‎MV 16 (RARE/BOOTLEG)

Mercyful Fate ‎– Live In Copenhagen '82 LP

The Mercyful Fate ‎– “Live In Copenhagen ’82” LP is a rare bootleg that was released in 1987 on from Stone Records, Inc. ‎the catalog number is MV 16 if you have the first pressing. There are 5 other pressings (4 in 1987 and one more in 2011). The country of origin of the first pressing is not known, although later pressings are believed to have originated in France. The album has no writing on the label and it’s just a blank white label as can be seen below.

This release is blocked from sale on Discogs, what versions of this album to become available on eBay from time to time. The last copy sold for approximately $400.

VALUE

AUDIO (FULL ALBUM ON YOUTUBE)

Because it is an on official bootleg recording the sound quality is somewhat poor although it could be worse.

Tracklist 

A1 Intro

A2 Black Funeral

A3 Curse Of The Pharaohs

A4 Into The Coven

A5 A Corpse Without Soul

A6 Return Of The Vampire

B1 Devil Eyes

B2 Nightmare

B3 Nuns Have No Fun

B4 Satan´s Fall

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Killer New Golden Age Of Metal Vinyl Collection I Just Bought!

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It’s really hard to find good heavy metal vinyl collections, this is a rare exception. I managed to pick this one up with someone in Pittsburgh who answered my ad seeking vinyl collections. I paid a pretty penny for this collection, but it’s well worth it as is all the vinyl is in near-mint condition and contained many HUGE TILES (most first press). Check out this video of the unboxing.

You could check out this page where I listed the contents of all these albums, they are from the golden age of metal circa 1984 to 1989. A lot of good thrash metal and some hard to find hair metal records.

Gallery Of Some Of The Best Records…

if you or anyone you know is looking to sell your heavy metal CDs or thrash, classic rock vinyl I am constantly looking to buy them and I pay top dollar.

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CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER – Convicted LP 1986

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CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER - Convicted LP 1986

Cryptic Slaughter was a band from Southern California that came out in the early 80s and was the first to combine thrash metal with hardcore punk and some credit as being the godfathers of the grindcore movement. Convicted was the best known album along with Money Talks.

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Iranian Metal Band ARSAMES Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For “Playing Satanic Music”

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Earlier this month, members of the Iranian death metal band Arsames. were arrested. According to Metal Injection “The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for being in a satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government.”The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for being in a satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government.”

The band has been active since 2002, despite playing death metal being considered illegal in the country. The government recognizes metal as “satanic music”, which is not allowed to be played in the country. They have played festivals all over the region, in places like Turkey, Dubai and Armenia.

ARSAMES Videos

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Poll: Under the Guillotine: Best Kreator Song? We Say Yes!

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Under the Guillotine: Is It Best Kreator Song?

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Lyrics

Night is over
Now it’s dawn
Your final day
Has begun
Hear the steps
On the floor
Hear the sounds
Of the opened door
Too proud to scream
Too proud to beg for mercy
You will die by the executioner’s hand

Under The Guillotine

Tears are running
Down your cheeks
As you see
The axe of death
You were a prisoner
Didn’t care about the rules
Now it’s time
To pay for the fools

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CHUCK BILLY from TESTAMENT Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21).

According to TESTAMENTBilly had “been feeling unwell” since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of “The Bay Strikes Back 2020”European tour with EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL.

Billy, who didn’t reveal if he had any idea how he contracted the virus, says he has been quarantined since arriving home.

TESTAMENT‘s full statement reads as follows:

“As many of you already know, after returning from the ‘Bay Strikes Back’ over Europe Tour last week, some of us in TESTAMENT have been feeling unwell and have made the decision along with our Doctors to be tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As of yesterday morning, Chuck and [his wife] Tiffany Billy‘s tests have come back positive as well as some crew members.

“We wanted to reach out to everyone who has been supporting us and expressing concern to inform you that we are doing what’s right, and what’s safe, and have all been quarantining ourselves since our return home; since before we were even tested. We are of course concerned for our families, our friends, our crew, our fellow musicians, and our fans. We’ve reached out to support our fellow Bay Area Bands who are also being proactive in their own camps, staying quarantined and safe, and will speak on their individual situations if and when they are ready to.

“At this moment we are currently focused on staying safe and quarantined, resting, getting ourselves back to health, and of course, sending well wishes, prayers, and positive energy towards our friends who are also sick. We also want to send well wishes to all of our fans and supporters in this time of crisis. We’re taking all the necessary steps to stay safe at home and we ask our friends and fans to do the same. Please take care of each other, and stay healthy so we can continue to thrash in the not so distant future!”

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt revealed earlier in the week that he was exhibiting all the symptoms of COVID-19.

Holt said that he and his wife underwent coronavirus testing on Friday (March 20) but added that they will have to wait “seven to 10 days” for results.

DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll has been in an intensive care unit at a Northern California hospital since Wednesday (March 18) after being taken “very ill” following the completion of “The Bay Strikes Back 2020” trek.

TESTAMENTEXODUS and DEATH ANGEL canceled at least two shows on “The Bay Strikes Back 2020” tour due to the fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus: February 25 in Milan, Italy; and March 11 in Hannover, Germany.

More than 329,000 coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide and more than 24,000 deaths so far, putting public health systems and emergency services under immense pressure.

The fatality rate of the new coronavirus is believed to about 1 percent. “It’s about ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes Of Allergy And Infectious Disease, said in congressional testimony on March 11.

U.S. officials have repeatedly urged Americans to heed what federal, state and local officials are asking of them in order to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the virus on the population.

California recently estimated that more than half of the state — 25.5 million people — will get the new coronavirus over the next eight weeks.

new CDC report has offered proof that younger adults are just as likely as anyone to contract the virus, with nearly 40 percent of COVID-19 cases found between the ages of 20 and 54.

“I think everyone should be paying attention to this,” Stephen Morse, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, told The New York Times about the study. “It’s not just going to be the elderly. There will be people age 20 and up. They do have to be careful, even if they think that they’re young and healthy.”