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As many of you likely know from reading this website, being nicknamed "The Rock Father" comes from my long-standing ties to the music world. I still direct/edit the occasional music video, and this weekend there's a new one to share - "Revolution of Destruction" by PRODUCT OF HATE.  The song comes from their Napalm Records debut album, Buried in Violence, and is tied to the one-year anniversary of that album's release. Check it out below...

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Wednesday, January 11 2017 22:22

Here's a 'Monster' Spotify Playlist...

What makes a monster song? For many reasons, the title "Monster" is one that is often used by a host of artists that transcend genres. From Product of Hate's blistering metal single (for which I directed the music video), to Kanye West's legendary collaboration with Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver... from the pop stylings of Lady Gaga and Paramore to the folksy grooves of Mumford & Sons... and from the metallic crunch of Disturbed to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, countless artists have birthed their own "Monster." To celebrate this oddity is to enjoy it together, and I've curated a new Spotify Playlist featuring 23 distinct songs (nearly an hour and a half of music) that share just one similarity - the single-word title, "Monster." Stream it in the web player below, or click here to follow the playlist on Spotify. 

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It was one year ago today that Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister died (obit here), just four days past his 70th birthday. In the weeks that followed, many artists and bands paid tribute to a true rock and roll legend, and with the anniversary of his death now upon us, another round of tributes have arrived, with the surviving members of Motörhead encouraging fans to share their own with the #rememberingLemmy hashtag. One particular tribute that sticks out for me is one that comes from close to home - a performance of "Iron Fist" from my boys, Product of Hate. This video was captured during a hometown show celebrating the release of their Napalm Records debut, Buried in Violence, earlier this year. See it below...

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Nope, you're not having deja vu, though I did say that exact same thing once before. You see, the Halloween season brings with it some perennial favorites, and over the stretch of some years and some past lives, I've had the good fortune to be a part of a few... one of which is PRODUCT OF HATE's UNHOLY MANIPULATOR. Whether you call it a "short film" or a "longform music video," it's a pretty special thing in that it paired the then-unsigned band with HELLRAISER's Ashley Laurence (who'd also appeared in Slipknot's "Snuff") and some big talent behind the camera (see below). And then there's the fact that yours truly handled directing/editing duties. The video gained a life of its own, eventually helping to secure the band a deal with Napalm Records, who issued PRODUCT OF HATE's debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE here in 2016. The video itself was originally released independently in 2012, reissued by Napalm for Halloween 2015, and now I'm featuring it in 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine once more! Evil monsters... wicked clowns... homages to RESERVOIR DOGS, FARGO, and THE WARRIORS... see it below!

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As my boys from PRODUCT OF HATE (I've been working with them since 2010) prepare to hit the road next week for the 2016 Hammer Out the Hate Tour with their Napalm Records labelmates, HAMMER FIGHT, the band is unleashing a preview of what to expect with an all-new music video filmed on their last tour. "...As Your Kingdom Falls" (Tour Edition) re-visits a fan-favorite song from their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE (a lyric video cut by yours truly was previously-released), set to footage shot and edited by Josh Apple of Monobloc Studios during PRODUCT OF HATE's spring 2016 tour with MUSHROOMHEAD, MADAME MAYHEM and SUMO CYCO, the video is a taste of what a PRODUCT OF HATE live show is like. Check out the new video below!

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My boys from PRODUCT OF HATE are hitting the road once more, teaming up with their Napalm Records labelmates, HAMMER FIGHT, for a Fall Tour set to hit markets in the eastern half of the United States. The "Hammer Out the Hate" Tour kicks-off on September 28 at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, NYC, wrapping October 15 back on their home turf, Route 20 Outhouse in Sturdevant/Racine, Wisconsin. Check out the full details below!

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