Show me your metal face

1. The good news: the above gentlemen are playing a free show at Avalon Axis next month. The bad news: it's one of those contest-winner-only deals. Click for details on a bunch of's back-to-school gigs in Boston, September 9+ 10: Dashboard Confessional + Tegan & Sara, DangerDoom + RJD2, Phantom Planet + Damone, and more.

2. Blender's "Hot 100" list this month says Avenged Sevenfold is "the best band ever to have a bassist named Johnny Christ." And we were like what? Oh, right, bassist. That was pretty close, though: thought we were gonna have to fight that dude.

3. Or at least get babygirl to hurl eggs and bottle caps and ice at him, then have wifey go call the bitch a prick. Because that's how you do metal beef these days. (Shit's turned into a soap opera, if you feel like reading the whole story.)

4. The 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Photos of All Time.

5. Son Of the 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Photos of All Time.

Which suggests a musical question:

6. LISTEN: "Do They Know It's Halloween?" (stream).

"An epic journey into the pulsating heart of fear." Beck, Sum 41, Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sloan, Peaches, Feist, Devendra Banhart, Wolf Parade, Postal Service, Buck 65, David Cross, Malcolm McLaren, Elvira, Roky Erikson, Sparks, and many more team up to expose the Halloween season for what it is: a godless holiday responsible for the damnation of millions of souls. In stores October 11.
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