Saturday, February 3, 2007

METALLICA, SLAYER, PANTERA, AC/DC Music Featured On 'Kerrang!

You may not get to sing to 70,000 at Wembley Stadium… You may not get to power slide across the stage at Download… But you can jump around your living room in your pants!

The first-ever "Kerrang! Karaoke" presents 16 monstrous anthems hand-picked by the K! team to provide the ultimate high voltage rock 'n' roll experience, featuring a gluttony of legendary rock artists and Kerrang! favorites, including FOO FIGHTERS, GREEN DAY, NIRVANA, AC/DC, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, IRON MAIDEN and many more.

No band to play in? No problem — with Kerrang! you can star in all the greatest ever bands to rock your world. No longer feel pangs of jealousy watching Axl shimmy or Anselmo roar or Ville croon, for now you can practise your vocal and musical talents to perfection. Special features include Vocal Version, Karaoke Version, Backing Version, No Lead Guitar Vesion, No Bass Guitar Version, No Drums Version, Video Backdrop, Blue Screen Option.

Following a massively successful pre-Christmas limited release to Kerrang! magazine readers, Kerrang! Radio listeners and Kerrang! TV viewers, the now-infamous "Kerrang! Karaoke" DVD hits the shops on February 26. The "Kerrang! Karoke" DVD is also available to buy online at, or via your mobile — text ROCK to 80908 for further details. (Text messages charged at standard network rates.)

"Kerrang! Karaoke" DVD track listing

01. AC/DC - Highway To Hell

02. IRON MAIDEN - Number Of The Beast

03. GREEN DAY - American Idiot

04. GUNS N' ROSES - Sweet Child O' Mine

05. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

06. SLAYER - South Of Heaven

07. METALLICA - Enter Sandman

08. SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity

09. FOO FIGHTERS - Monkey Wrench

10. NIRVANA - Smells Like Teen Spirit

11. PANTERA - Walk

12. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Under The Bridge

13. BLINK 182 - All The Small Things

14. EVANESCENCE - Bring Me To Life

15. H.I.M. - Buried Alive By Love

16. GOOD CHARLOTTE - Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous

METALLICA: HOT New Studio Photos Posted Online

Several brand new photos of METALLICA in the studio working on material for their new album have surfaced online:






As previously reported, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke to Revolver magazine (web site) about the writing process for the CD, tentatively due before the end of the year via Warner Bros. Records. "It's nice not to walk into the studio and all of sudden there's three cameras in your face and you have to sit down and talk for four hours about how you were feeling last night," he said, referring to the film crew that documented every detail of METALLICA's meltdown during the recording of 2003's "St. Anger". We're kind of past that phase. Everybody gets along now. These days, it's fun going down to the studio — it's actually something I look forward to instead of dreading it. And I think that's a reflection of how far we've come."

A one-minute audio clip of METALLICA's version of "The Ecstasy of Gold", the song from the classic film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" which has been opening METALLICA live shows since 1983, has been posted online at this location. METALLICA's cover will be released on February 20 via Sony Classical as part of a tribute to composer Ennio Morricone, also featuring some of the greatest names from the worlds of contemporary pop, rock, jazz, and classical music.

LARS ULRICH's Girlfriend On 'Monster' Film: 'To See That Openness And Honesty Was Kind Of Cool'

Connie Nielsen is probably best known as Lucilla, Russell Crowe's unconsummated love in "Gladiator." But the stunning, Danish-born actress has a wide-ranging resume that includes its share of big-budget films ("The Devil's Advocate," "Basic"), indies ("One Hour Photo," "Brothers") and TV (she subbed for "Law & Order: SVU's" Mariska Hargitay during her recent maternity leave). That, and she's the live-in girlfriend of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. Freelancer Lewis Beale caught up with the actress, whose latest film, the Iraq War drama "The Situation," opened Friday, after her stint on a WNBC talk show.

"The Situation" is about the Iraq War. "Brothers" is about Afghanistan. Did you choose to make them for political reasons?

It's political in the sense that it's relevant to my life. This concerns you and me, and because it concerns us, I'm interested in it.

What is "The Situation" trying to say about the Iraq War?

It's exactly that - the situation. If you are interested in trying to understand who are the Iraqis, what are they living with, what is it like trying to be a normal person - if you want to see what it's like to live through this, then you should go see this movie. This is not a spy story, or a detective story. It's not even a war film in the traditional sense. This movie tries to show you a slice of life there.

You just finished shooting "Battle in Seattle," about the rioting during the World Trade Organization meeting there in 1999. It's another hot-button topic. Why do you go for films like this?

I pick these movies because they ask relevant questions. To not ask the questions is to be culpably indifferent. That's where I come from. These movies are not didactic, they're just trying to give you a sense of what a thing is like and to make you have empathy for these people. I am not a propagandist.

You recently guest-starred for several episodes on "Law & Order: SVU." What was it like doing TV after being in movies for so long?

It was hard work. I take my hat off to TV actors. The amount of work that is done is incredible to me. I did it for two months, and if I had to do it for 10 months, I don't think I could take it. But I really liked the character. I like women who are a little bit tortured.

Over the past few years, you've successfully bounced back and forth between big-budget and indie films. Is that a conscious career decision?

I like doing the big popcorn movie. But there are a lot of Hollywood female characters I won't have anything to do with; all you're doing is feeding these ridiculous male roles. The girl is only there to make him look hotter, sexier, younger. I go back and forth because they're roles I enjoy, and I do like sometimes to go from lighter fare to a more painful place.

You're 41. Are you worried about what's going to happen when you're 50 or 55, when it becomes tougher for actresses to get certain types of roles?

I think it's a myth. If you look at the last 10 years of Oscar, look at the roles that have been nominated. At least half have been women of that age. And once you're 55 you can play anything between 50 and 75. It's a huge range. I am a perpetual optimist. At 55, I'm thinking the male role in "Children of Men" will be played by a woman. Why not?

Did you find at a certain point in your career that you had to work against your looks?

Always. Constantly. I cannot tell you how bummed out I was throughout my 20s, having a personality that is very different from the idea people had of me. It freaked me out that someone would talk to me as if I was an inferior and inferiorly intelligent human being. I've never gotten over that. It really was stunning to me that someone would take me for a bimbo.

You're now living with Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Were you together when the 2004 documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," a film about the band's personal and personnel problems, came out?

No. I think the third date he took me to see a private screening of it, and after seeing it, I was like 'Are you crazy, showing me that movie? I don't even know if I want to go out with you anymore.' I was a little stunned. But to see that openness and honesty, that was kind of cool.

You have a 17-year-old son. Now you're pregnant again. What's it like to be with child after such a long time?

It was something to stand there with a huge stomach and at the same time filling out college applications. But I gotta tell you, I feel pretty much the same as when I was running around Rome, pregnant, 17 years ago with the first one. I feel really, really good.