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CHRISTMAS CRACKERS & NEW YEAR SMACKERS!


pippa lang


Dinosaur eggs, double-edged axes, micro pigs .... Just some of the prezzies our favourite Metal musicians would like to find in their Christmas stockings this year! STEVE HARRIS, KORY CLARKE, EVIL SCARECROW, RISE TO REMAIN, DRAGONLAND, STAMPEDE, SENSER, ROBIN BECK and more also divulge their New Year Resolutions. Find out who would like to 'feed Justin Bieber's family McDonalds until their skin goes yellow'... nasty.


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KORY CLARKE

What do you want for Christmas?

A recording system that works!

New Year Resolutions?

To get drunk again, to drink more... oh and have two new albums completed.

ironmaidensteve

STEVE HARRIS

What do you want for Christmas?

West Ham to get to the top of the table.

New Year Resolutions?

To stop swearing.

reubenarcher


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Chip off the ol' Dickinson block

AUSTIN DICKINSON: RISE TO REMAIN

What do you want for Christmas?

Modern Warfare 3!!! Get that shit under my tree and watch days turn to months.

New Year Resolutions?

To tour and tour well. This year has been incredible, so we're gonna keep it up! See you on the road.

robinbeckmed

OLOF MORCK: DRAGONLAND/AMARANTHE

What do you want for Christmas?

After spending so much time on the road this year touring, I just would love to spend time at home in Sweden with my friends and family.

New Year Resolutions?

Play more live shows!

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EVIL SCARECROW

What do you want for Christmas?

DR RABID HELL: A fembot all of my own!

BROTHER DIMITRI PAIN: A dinosaur egg!

KRAVEN MORRDETH: I want a new decapitator 3000 double-edged axe with the nonstick gore finish...and someone to turn it into a bass!

RINGMASTER MONTY BLITZFIST: I want to go back to the circus, those bastards kidnapped me you see! Back at the circus I get to whip things in rapid succession!

PRINCESS LUXURY: Wine and swans obviously, same as every year.

xmastree

New Year Resolutions?

DR RABID HELL: To get more Robosex!

BROTHER DIMITRI PAIN: To become MORE pitiless!

KRAVEN MORRDETH: Make sure I get the right person at executions! It turns out people don't feel satisfied when presented with a consolation prize of a lovely goldfish or rabbit if I accidentally slay the wrong person.

RINGMASTER MONTY BLITZFIST: I suppose I should get some therapy to sort out my obsession with whipping things (particularly circus folk).

PRINCESS LUXURY: To put all the swans and all the chavs who say "be ream" in one big arena and make them fight. Oh and to buy more chains. ;)

xmastree
Chip off the ol' Harris block

LAUREN HARRIS

What do you want for Christmas?

A major record deal.

New Year Resolutions?

To stop being late for everything.

xmastree

JAMES BARRETT: SENSER

What do you want for Christmas?

World peace, X-box kinect, time travel, booze and world domination.

New Year Resolutions?

To have more of the good stuff from last year in abundance.

robinbeckmed

ROBIN BECK

What do you want for Christmas?

Health and happiness... Now, as for my stocking - that's another story. An invitation to sing a duet with John Waite would be nice...oh yes, and an iPad. :-)

New Year Resolutions?

To be more active and play out more, starting with Rock Meets Classic in Europe!

robinbeckmed

BEN FORTE: FALLSTAF

What do you want for Christmas?

That all our families and friends stay healthy and happy for the new year. Nothing more.

New Year Resolutions?

That we have to go to bed early after our shows!!! Very hard thing to do!!

Greetings everyone!

reubenarcher300

REUBEN ARCHER: STAMPEDE

What do you want for Christmas?

A bottle of endless Faustina rioja.

weapondanny

DANNY HYNES: WEAPON

What do you want for Christmas?

Weapon want to sign to an honest management company, record label and agency.

New Year Resolutions?

To seek out, name and shame all the lying bastards in the music business and then line them up against a wall and shoot the motherf*****s!

weapondanny

OL DRAKE: EVILE

What do you want for Christmas?

1. What do you want for Christmas? Guitar/band gear or money to buy said gear, hahaha. Alternatively some extra time on my hands and a copy of Skyrim; I may avoid this game though, as I've got a feeling it'll ruin my life.

New Year Resolutions?

I never do this, because I always forget about two weeks into the New Year; just like everyone else (don't pretend). I just try to be good and positive all the time. Tying it down to one thing is pointless to me; just like 'good deed for the day', just do good deeds all the time!

reubenarcher

BARRET KLESKO: ALL ELSE FAILS

What do you want for Christmas?

Pretty much anything gear-related, I've been eyeing a new condenser mic for my recording rig.

New Year Resolutions?

My resolution this year is to find three indie bands I really love and produce really kickass albums for all of them.

robinbeckmed

THE HYPE THEORY:

What do you want for Christmas?

KATY: A micro pig.

SEAN: One of those guitars what tunes itself.

TOM: Nose hair trimmer.

JOSH: A hover board.

New Year Resolutions?

KATY: Exercise more and watch less Jeremy Kyle.

SEAN: Drink more alcohol.

JOSH: I never make any.

TOM: Be more organised

robinbeckmed

SANGUINE

What do you want for Christmas?

TARIN: A hoard of baby bunnies which follow me around, eventually I could train them to pull carts behind them adorned with jingle bell harnesses.

NICK: Justin Bieber's head on a spike of some description (spike is optional - just his head will do).

New Year Resolutions?

TARIN: Normal stuff - exercise more, smoke less, sleep more, speak less, sing more...sex more!

NICK: To hunt down Justin Bieber's family and ensure they stop breeding or just feed them Mcdonalds until their skin goes yellow.

robinbeckmed
'Justin Bieber's head on a spike' (we'll second that)

DAVID GREGOR: MORTA SKULD

What do you want for Christmas?

I would like a BC rich custom Warlock NJ with a case.

New Year Resolutions?

What are your New Year's Resolutions? To play out and tour Europe if that would be possible.

robinbeckmed

BLOODLOSS

What do you want for Christmas?

MARK & ROB: Would both like EVH 5150 III guitar amps, we fell in love with the amp after using one to record the album!

MATT: Would like anything as long as it's not socks!

DAN: Would like stronger drumsticks!

DAVE: Would like Katy Perry!

ALL: Would like a replica A-team van for touring and a sweet record deal!

robinbeckmed

New Year Resolutions?

MARK: Work on the guns.

ROB: Get more tattoos.

DAN: Drink more beer!

DAVE: Eat more fried chicken!

MATT: Stop drying my clothes in the microwave.

ALL: Increase our profile and play more festivals!

izegrim

IZEGRIM

What do you want for Christmas?

Oh my.... an appropriate answer would be something like world peace and no starvation worldwide, right? Well, this is never going to happen so I'm glad my narcissistic personality disorder kicks in. I really hope we finish the shooting of our new videoclip at the end of this year. We've been working on the script, got our actors together and now it's time to get this damn thing taped. Yes, that's what I wish for Christmas, nothing more... nothing less... Oh, and a lot of good single malt whisky of course!

New Year Resolutions?

I quit smoking for about ten years ago and I'm not planning to stop my drinking when I'm going out. One has to enjoy life to the fullest! I really want to play more guitar and have a good time with my friends. This year has been a very busy one with a shitload of interviews and gigs that took some of my precious spare time (but in the end it's been all worth it!). One goal we have set ourselves for 2012 is a European tour. It might not be considered as a real New Year's Resolution, but I am perfectly happy with this new commitment for 2012. Playing live with Izegrim is our passion!

izegrim

JUSTIN MCCONVILLE: HM KIDS

What do you want for Christmas?

A mistress.

New Year Resolutions?

To make some good money and travel more.

xmastree

JAMES MONTEITH: TESSERACT

What do you want for Christmas?

A new laptop to replace our seven-year-old Dell, a new soundcard to back up the one we use live, an AxeFX 2, a communal fleshlight for the tour bus, some detol wipes, some new clothes that aren't band shirts, lots of wine, cheese, meat and to be with my family.

New Year Resolutions?

Learn how to make my own doner kebab.

voodoohighway

FILIPPO CAVALLINI: VOODOO HIGHWAY

What do you want for Christmas?

Peace in the world, the end of the crisis and a truck full of libidinal girls.

New Year Resolutions?

To make those girls happy, work hard in life, music and in all the human things and maybe, if there is time, get rich beyond our wildest dreams. :)

voodoohighway

MARSHALL 'FUCKING' BECK: REIGN OF VENGEANCE

What do you want for Christmas?

Brutality, Bloodshed, Death and fun.

New Year Resolutions?

What does the word 'resolutions' mean?

robinbeckmed

MATT MITCHELL: FURYON

What do you want for Christmas?

Right now it would be great to have a good deal in place for our album 'Gravitas' plus future albums. Oh...and maybe some scandalous beauties in stockings too. ;)

New Year Resolutions?

New Year's resolutions are to work our asses off even more to get this band and it's songs out to the masses. And enjoy ourselves in the process.

robinbeckmed
'Scandalous beauties in stockings...'

THE GARDNERZ

What do you want for Christmas?

Well since I don't celebrate it, I don't want anything. Okay, I have one wish, that people would grow up and put a end to this Christmas nonsense.

New Year Resolutions?

I don't celebrate New Year's either, maybe I'm too much of a cynic, but why should I celebrate this rocket/firecrackers salesman's wetdream.

xmastree

FLORIAN RAVET: NEPHELIUM

What do you want for Christmas?

X-box live gold account (my gamertag is flamby666 - if you want to share I'll be happy to play with Metalheads).

New Year Resolutions?

My resolution for the new year will be 1024x768.

xmastree

DIVA SUICIDE

What do you want for Christmas?

-XS-: A tour supporting someone like My Chemical Romance wouldn't be bad at all...

ANDRE: I'd like my first guitar back. That's one thing I regret selling.

MAX: A pair of unbreakable drumsticks.

DAV aka DJ GRUDGE: To play a game for AC Milan.

New Year Resolutions?

-XS-: Well, Im not gonna give up sweets or chocolate, so maybe something easier like stop stealing cool accessories from my band mates!

ANDRE: To watch less hip-hop videos LOL.

MAX: Learn all of the new Animals As Leaders songs

DAV-aka DJ GRUDGE: To get better at football on the Playstation!

xmastree

LIVIN IN A VALVESTATE

What do you want for Christmas?

EMLYN NEWTON: For Jessica Jane Clement to rub massage oils all over me.

MITCH PIKE: A bottomless pack of cigarettes.

New Year Resolutions?

EMLYN NEWTON: Not to get arrested and not to be distracted by hot women as we record a new album early 2012!

MITCH PIKE: To not let our bass player's rig destroy my ears and to rock anyone we haven't played to yet.

xmastree
Jessica Jane Clement (ooer)

STU MARSHALL: EMPIRES OF EDEN

What do you want for Christmas?

More guitars! After having over thirty you can never have enough!

New Year Resolutions?

To work on the third Empires Of Eden CD - it's never work! Haha, but that is definitely towards 2012.

xmastree

DREW MURPHY: HAMMERFIGHT

What do you want for Christmas?

Hulk Hands.

New Year Resolutions?

TOUR, TOUR, TOUR!
xmastree

HIRAM LOHR: THOUSAND YEAR WAR

What do you want for Christmas?

A sacrificial bloody goat offering laid upon a black moldy altar encrusted with satanic semen and a choir of dead children singing from the Book Of The Dead...no, just kidding, I don't own a Book Of The Dead. I love Cchristmas. I really do! I want all my family together drinking some Solstice mead with a belly full food. Maybe a cup of hot cocoa with snow falling outside the window. Me, my kids and wife will all be wearing our finest turtle-necks while I puff my tobacco pipe. haha! But seriously a BC Rich Pro X Bich or Warlock would be excellent!!

New Year Resolutions?

Get on tour with TYW is number one! Finish our EP, 'Vulture Eyes', and have our next full-length written by the end of the year. To not be working for anybody but myself!!!

xmastree

Merry Christmas and a Happy Metal Year from www.MetalTalk.net!

Compiled by Pippa Lang


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Iconic German metal trio Rage are set to release their new studio album 'The Devil Strikes Again' on June 10th...

bon scott LIFE-SIZED STATUE OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT UNVEILED IN KIRRIEMUIR
The bronze statue is the result of a two-year crowdfunding campaign which was supported by AC/DC and the band's former bass player Mark Evans officially unveiled it...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT GOLDEN GODS, HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Ticket price is a very reasonable £6.66 with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: MOTÖRHEAD'S MIKKEY DEE ANNOUNCED AS SCORPIONS DRUMMER
"We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority..."

alex dickson gun BREAKING NEWS: ALEX DICKSON REJOINS GUN
As exclusively predicted by MetalTalk last week, guitarist Alex Dickson has re-joined Scottish rockers Gun...

cockney rejects WEST HAM UNITED TRIBUTE 'GOODBYE UPTON PARK' TO BE RELEASED BY COCKNEY REJECTS
"We were all born within a mile or so from the hallowed Boleyn ground and have all stood on the terraces through snow, rain and sunshine from a very early age."

ac/dc AC/DC RELEASE TICKET REFUND DETAILS FOR MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
If you don't want a refund, then we'll see you at The Olympic Stadium in London as we think we're about to witness a major piece of rock history...

deep purple IAN PAICE AND DON AIREY SCHEDULE SOLO EUROPEAN DATES AS 2016 DEEP PURPLE TOUR APPROACHES
Deep Purple are kicking off their 2016 tour next month in Japan, before heading to Israel, Russia and Europe in June and July.

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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