Judas Priest have just announced that original guitarist K.K. Downing has made the decision to retire from the band ahead of what was to be their final tour. The official statement from the band reads: “It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore […]
When Baroness singer-guitarist John Dyer Baizley isn’t on tour, he creates vivid, psychedelic album art for his group and others. To date, his evocative images have graced the covers of discs by Darkest Hour, Pig Destroyer, Kylesa, Torche, and Skeletonwitch, as well as for the cover of Revolver’s new special issue devoted to the Big […]
Oh the humanity
As we bid farewell to a year full of tragedy, the new issue of Revolver magazine—available on newsstands everywhere on December 21—remembers many of hard rock and metal’s most dearly departed. The cover features a stunning painting by legendary comic-book artist J.G. Jones, acclaimed for his work on Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, as well as for co-creating the series Wanted, which was adapted into a 2008 movie starring Angelina Jolie. Jones depicts Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot’s Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold’s the Rev, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne’s Randy Rhoads, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster with the issue.
Metal Gods Judas Priest have announced their final world tour, the Epitaph tour, which will take place in 2011. The farewell stint will hit all the major cities around the world. The band has been confirmed for a handful of European summer festivals that will kick off the tour in June. You can check out the festival schedule here, and make sure to check back for the rest of the dates.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is currently doing a solo tour, opening for Ozzy Osbourne. He also recently released his fourth album with solo group Halford, Made of Metal, on his own Metal God record label. Here, he fills us in on the record, the tour, and what’s going on with his other band.
On stands now, the 2010 REVOLVER MAGAZINE GOLDEN GODS issue is not to be missed. The double-sized issue boasts an all-star cover featuring the REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS winners, performers and presenters—including OZZY OSBOURNE, LEMMY KILMISTER of Motörhead, ROB HALFORD of Judas Priest, DAVE GROHL, ALICE COOPER, CHINO MORENO of Deftones, ROB ZOMBIE, ZAKK WYLDE of Black Label Society, VINNIE PAUL of Hellyeah, JERRY CANTRELL of Alice In Chains, CHRIS JERICHO of WWE and Fozzy, KAT VON D, MARC COLOMBO of the Dallas Cowboys and Free Reign, and more.
Check out video of Alice in Chains talking about winning the Revolver Golden Gods Album of the Year award; the hilarious Golden Gods intro skit featuring Lemmy, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and Rob Halford, among others; Anthrax's Scott Ian talking about the Big Four tour; Slayer at their bloodiest shoot ever; and more right now on the Revolver TV Mobile app! Other items we've added over the past week include Dillinger Escape Plan's video for "Farewell Mona Lisa," Rise Against's "Savior" video, Andrew W.K. and Bleeding Through's Marta backstage at te Golden Gods, Drowning Pool performing "More Than Worthless" live, Olivia Munn visiting Skywalker Ranch, and more.
Ever since that creepy witch woman stared out from that field on the cover of Black Sabbath's first record, album cover art has been a vital part of the heavy-music scene—that’s why any diehard fan has at least a few T-shirts or posters emblazoned with their favorite cover images. In Revolver's new "The Art of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal" Special Issue—available on newsstands now—we’ve tracked down and interviewed the artists behind the covers of such landmark records as Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell, Queen’s Queen II, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven, Korn’s Korn, Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Ministry’s Psalm 69, Lamb of God’s Ashes of the Wake, and many, many others. We’ve also unearthed all kinds of rare sketches, photo shoot outtakes, and alternate versions, taking readers through the whole creative process behind these iconic album covers. Get your copy now!!!