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Those who know me are usually aware of my dislike for door-to-door solicitors and telemarketers. They're scummy professions in my eyes (don't call my cell, don't ring my bell - maybe I should trademark that!), so I love it when there's an opportunity to fight back... with a little humor, of course. On December 4, Metal Blade Records will unleash TERRORIZING TELEMARKETERS: VOLUME 6, the latest collection of phone-based retaliation from JIM FLORENTINE and DON JAMIESON. Available via iTunes, Amazon, and the like, physical CDs will be available exclusively at live shows. Check out "In a Pickle..."

Published in Comedy

There's a lot of bands that never get their proper due, and it seems that I tend to find myself a fan of many of them - bands that sometimes disappear for a bit, and then return. HELMET, FAITH NO MORE, PRONG - all of those fit that bill, and now we can add CANDIRIA to that mix. A genre-bending Brooklyn band that melded metal, jazz, funk - even hip-hop elements into their sonic mix, it was a horrific van crash that changed everything. Now, they've signed to Metal Blade Records and will release their first album since 2009 next year.

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While STAR WARS Day is officially over, a lot of people like to carry things into May 5th each year by switching "May the Fourth Be With You" into "Revenge of the Fifth," so let's roll with that for a second. My boys from PRODUCT OF HATE (NAPALM Records) recently wrapped their first North American Tour, which found them on the road with ALLEGAEON (Metal Blade). Since the tour wrapped, ALLEGAEON guitarist Greg Burgess has been posting some pretty impressive one-take videos on Facebook, and yesterday's found him celebrating STAR WARS Day with a full suite of John Williams' famous score pieces performed on classical acoustic guitar. There's the "STAR WARS Main Title (Theme)," "Binary Sunset," "Cantina Band," "Imperial March," "Parade of the Ewoks," and the "Throne Room/End Title" in there. Check it out..

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What's the best news I'm gonna share here on THE ROCK FATHER today? It's that ALLEGAEON have announced the "Get Rekt" Tour, and in addition to including THE AGONIST on select dates, my boys, PRODUCT OF HATE (PoH) will be along for nearly the entire run. As some of you may know, in addition to running this website, I do have some other irons in the fire, one of which is serving as Co-Manager for PRODUCT OF HATE - my dear friends, who I've known since 2009 and have been working with since 2010. PRODUCT OF HATE will be touring in support of their debut album for NAPALM Records, which is currently being mixed by James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) at SafeHouse Production in Florida. While a release date has not yet been set, you can check out the band doing what they do best when they roll through town with their brothers and sisters from ALLEGAEON and THE AGONIST. First-round dates below with more to-be-announced...

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Yes, after 28 years of threatening the possibility, GWAR are headed for Japan. The band will bring their unique brand of sonic terror to the resting place of Godzilla on Thursday, March 6 at Club Quattro in Osaka, Japan, and Friday, March 7th at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo.

Published in Music for Grownups

I think that GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus is contemplating becoming a parent. After reading GOODNIGHT MOON to mixed results recently, seemingly out-of-nowhere comes THE ANIMATED ADVENTURES OF GWAR, a new GWARtoon cartoon over at Funny or Die. In the nine-minute short film, Orderus becomes a children's performer... breaking out the acoustic guitar for some kindie rock action, which is oddly appropriate here on The Rock Father. Now, keep in mind... this is GWAR we're talking about here, and despite an appearance by "Weird Al" Yankovic, this cartoon is being featured in my "For Grownups" section because it's definitely not safe for the kids, and it's probably not safe for work (unless you work somewhere really cool). Enjoy...

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