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JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class  

In 1978 when the music population was fixated on Disco or Punk an album was unleashed that would lay the blueprint for metal as we know it today...

Where politically charged teen angst, crash & burn punk rock like Sex Pistols or the Clash or Disco like Saturday night Fever today sounds 'of' its time Staind Class sounds timeless, so far ahead of its time when it was released many people did not appreciate it or take it seriously and laughed. Not to worry - Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica etc were yet to release any albums, but class was in - Priest layed down the curriculum and these young guys listening were taking notes..

When all the plebs at my school were listening to middle of the road Dire Straits and INXS, someone gave me a cassette, it looked kind of evil and twisted.. into the Walkman it went... Exciter.. Beyond the Realms of Death, Better By You, Better Than Me.. Saints In Hell this was like surgical precision with the rock n roll hand brake hacked right off, attitude, musicality & power, master craftmanship, something to be appreciated - this was the music that was forever.. the line was drawn in the sand that day and a lifelong metalhead was born.

General discussion / Re: RIP Paul Felton
« on: July 15, 2010, 07:05:41 AM »
RIP Felts

Yes if it ain't yours - then you have no right to damage other peoples property.

Would be interesting to see how these immature meatheads would react if someone paid them a visit and started smashing up their lounge room / hometheater system. 

This whole thing is pathetic - its movie cinema not a mosh pit. Distrespectful meatheads.   Those cinemas try do the right thing & don't make a lot of money, they deserve better than that - this is really dissapointing.

International / Jorn Song For Ronnie James
« on: July 07, 2010, 05:15:39 PM »
Song for Ronnie James:

From Jorns website:
Many people are too busy trying to reinvent the wheel, forgetting the talent, quality and originality of the people that paved the way, like Ronnie James Dio.

My intentions for writing "Song for Ronnie James" was to bow down and pay respect to one of the greatest, most influential and unique artists the world has ever known.

When Ronnie passed away so sudden, I wasn't sure whether or not the release of the song should be postponed for a while, but we decided to proceed with the release of the song as planned.

"Song for Ronnie James" was written before Ronnie got sick last year, and it makes me sad to know that he never got to hear it.

Western Australia / Re: Flyer / Poster Design Who Do You Recommend?
« on: July 05, 2010, 09:37:06 PM »
Cheers had someone contact me too so this is really helpful. thanks Hell Fueled nice work!

Western Australia / Flyer / Poster Design Who Do You Recommend?
« on: July 05, 2010, 02:09:06 AM »
Looking at a flyer for my online metal shop Heavy Metal Merchant, a basic layout with some product images, logo etc?

If anyone can assist, please send me message.. 


WA Gigs / Re: Ronnie James DIO - tribute show - 17th July
« on: July 03, 2010, 10:08:41 PM »
Heavy Metal merchant will be there with some DIO shirts and merch stuff in case anyone was looking for that classic DIO shirt / hat / badge / sticker whatever.

Rothgar were a speed metal band that should have gone further if only they released a CD it would be cult classic by now, especially in Europe. I think they went and did an alternative rock band after that, but if they just stuck to the metal they were good at and kept on improving they would have been picked up by a Euro metal label & tour for sure... a lot of talent for a bunch of young blokes.

The track 'Man made to Kill' was never recorded or released by Allegiance so it quite amazes me where big Dustin gets this stuff. lol..  

NGreat to see you sharing your music with the world - good work guys!

Western Australia / Re: History of Perth Metal.
« on: July 01, 2010, 06:15:40 AM »
Want some WA metal history then check out this video from 1983. Trilogy was probably WAs first ever metal hard rock band. Remember these guys were around before styles like most thrash or death metal really caught on - it was a different time than what we know now, Perth back then was nearly all cover bands, for a band to release a vinyl record let alone a hard rock / metal one was very rare in this town back then. 27 years on musicianship is still amazing.

They recorded an album called 'Life On Earth' released in 1983 if anyone is writing a history of WA metal then it pretty much starts here along with Black Alice..

General discussion / Re: RIP Manute Bol
« on: June 26, 2010, 06:07:37 PM »
Apparently his name means "special blessing" & from these reports a very special person too - looks like he did a lot of humanitarian work. He is going to be missed not just by people in the sporting world. 7' 7' holy cow has anyone actually seen another human that tall?

Yeah I heard about the Jorn Dio tribute - does anyone know if profits for that will be going to the 'stand up and shout fund'?

Judging from this it statement it seems the Magic Circle tribute seems legit:
Padavona writes, "Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Dan Padavona. I am Ronnie James Dio's son.

"Joey DeMaio [MANOWAR bassist] contacted me a few weeks ago to discuss his tribute CD to my father. Joey sought my advice for where I felt the proceeds from his project should be sent. My first two choices were M.D. Anderson, which nearly saved my father against all odds, and Dana Farber's The Jimmy Fund, to which I am a long-term donor. Today [Monday, June 21] I received CC'd copies of email correspondences between these two charities, and Joey's company [Magic Circle Music]. He has obtained the paperwork for donating to both causes as I requested, and I have no doubt that he will follow through with his promise.

"I will leave it to Joey to release any specific information he feels comfortable in releasing.

This you tube video looks pretty legit too:

MAGIC - 'A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio' the first tribute album released since the metal legends passing is now available for download.

MANOWAR and Magic Circle Entertainment have decided to honor one of metal's greatest legends with "Magic - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio", a new CD featuring Magic Circle Music artists and friends performing some of Dio's most inspired work.

Dio's son Dan Padavona has confirmed that Joey Demaio who is releasing this through his magic circle music label intends be directing profits to charity. Cover artwork was commissioned by famous fantasy artist & the main who painted the original Rainbow cover Ken Kelly.

TRIVIA: : Joey DeMaio who has put this album together worked for Black Sabbath on the Heaven & Hell tour. Its was Dio himself who introduced him to Ross The Boss and encouraged him to start his own band.

Good? Bad? cash in? Waste of time, worthy tribute? There has been some controversy surrounding this release what do you think?

You can check out the first track here:

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:42:43 PM »
Looks like that is already on the cards - from the apple insider:

Consumers desire for mobile content drove the explosion in digital music and the growth of iPods. However, consumers became enamored with the quantity of music that the iPod enabled them to access, and sacrificed quality, in our view," he wrote in the report. "Going forward, we believe that consumers will expect mobility and will increasingly look for higher quality as the next step in improving their music experiences, particularly as consumers increasingly use iPods and iTunes as a source of content for home and car stereos."

Hargreaves cited sources who suggest that the economic split between EMI and Apple is likely to remain constant for the higher-quality, DRM-free songs that begin to crop up on iTunes starting next month. Since the songs will retail for $1.29 rather than $0.99, he estimates Apple to receive $0.09 of incremental gross profit per song. While delivery fees should double due to the larger file size of higher-quality songs, the analyst has assessed those network costs at $0.02 or less per song.

Assuming that half of EMI tracks purchased through iTunes will be of the higher-quality DRM-free tracks, Hargreaves estimates the move could generate approximately $24 million of incremental revenue, and just under $6 million of incremental profit for Apple in a year. In his note to clients, the analyst acknowledged that those numbers may seem insignificant, but said they would grow quickly if other labels followed suit in offering the DRM-free tracks.

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 22, 2010, 03:29:34 AM »
I can certainly appreciate what your saying there but..

I am a metal merchandise shop, i don't sell new release Cds or DVDs, Video Games generally and i don't sell TVS or hi fi equipment etc or top 40. I don't really know what the competition is there with the retailer you mentioned we don't even sell any of the same things. I ship to Israel, Norway, Germany wherever, virtual staff and don't have a physical retail store I don't see any similarity or competition aspect. I would consider competitors to JB Hi Fi to be Harvey Norman or even Ebay etc not a niche market online seller like myself who sells Behemoth shirts, cannibal corpse patches, Opeth flags and Motorhead fridge magnets or Dimebag Darrel Statues to rock and metal fans..

My comment were coming purly from a 'consumer' aspect, i much prefer to shop online these days, i am over waiting in line at checkouts and haven't bought retail for a long time, prefering online experience out of personal preference..

I really didn't start this post with the intention to plug my shit or knock any competition - just curios to see the buying habits and who still bought CDs and in what formats, why and where from.  I reckon online is the winner, due to economic factors I pointed out,  and is only going to get bigger but thats for the consumer to decide not me, you don't get ahead by dragging others down thats for sure.

Thanks for your comments though I will be more humble in the future.

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 22, 2010, 02:56:52 AM »
I hope it does get serious because Dirt Chirt cheap CDs need to stop selling bootlegs, calling someone out for selling bootlegs, is not slander its doing the right thing!

The bands I am dealing with are in agreeance on this.  

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 22, 2010, 02:42:16 AM »
Thanks mate I really appreciate that - I honestly do!

You can ask all the bands I sell, Dysie anyone I pay them on time and more then you would get would be more than what they would get elsewere from a conventional retail out let.

I spend $1000's importing offical shirts because I believe in doing the right thing, so I really appreciate those who want to give the finger to these other assholes selling fake crap! I will stand up for what is right, and i will plug my stuff because I rely on the support of the metal community the most loyal people out there and like to make them aware of such things.

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 22, 2010, 02:28:57 AM »
Seems like propaganda to get people to buy CDs from your store to me.

thats exactly how I felt about his posts from the very beginning... same with the shirt one

Sorry if you feel that way but it was not certainly the intention.

Damn right I will plug my own stuff and the local bands I sell. But honestly I will never sell bootleg t shirts and will always pay bands a good margin. Plus you won't find a Watian shirt at Dirt cheap CDs just a shit Marilyn Mason shirt made in Thailand.  I am proud of what I do, offer good service, and try to keep costs low keep cost low.

And really does anyone think it is good that Dirt Cheap Cd scumbags are selling bootleg shirts?

« on: June 22, 2010, 12:37:42 AM »
I am an online retailer, I deal with all the official merchandise companies so I know what licenses are official etc - I keep a keen eye on it and i know how important it is to bands.
I'm also in contact with many bands etc. For example was recently in contact with Alex webster from Cannibal corpse, Dimmu borgir, Manowar etc - I can tell you for a fact these are not official.

Plus they are $10 each cmon. Thats $4 to the Thailand manufacturer. They don't print them here because no one would do it.

Think of it this way someone downloads a cd yea ok the artist doen't get paid.

Someone rips off a shirt - artist does'nt get paid PLUS these assholes make a profit as well. It would be like you selling your downloaded burnt CDs and making money on top of unauthorized duplication.

Shows you some people don't give a shit apart from making money anyway they can even if the process is wrong. Ripping off bands and customers with cheap junk.

Who is the CEO of Dirt Cheap CDs? making these misguded decisions - there are many who want want to kick his ass and also many bands would like too as well...

Just because you can does not mean its right - a prime example of lack of true leadership!

« on: June 21, 2010, 11:16:29 PM »
Anyone seen the totally crap bootleg shirts that Dirt Cheap CDs are selling fo? They have them online also.

They look horrible - really cheap knockoffs.  Makes you wonder why they stoop so low for a dollar ,why don't they just start burning up Cds as well?

Just shows you what happens when people focus on the purely on the bottom line but forget about the process.

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:00:22 PM »
Not at all mate if you buy a shirt or ticket or merch item generally more will go to the artist than a CD thats purchased at retail..

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 21, 2010, 10:46:55 PM »
I'm not sure where you got those figures from. I know distributors that give roughly 40% of sales from a retail store to the bands. Not 3 - 10%. Obviously not as good as the 100% from sales at shows or from Itunes, but it's not as bleak as you're putting it.
True yes your referring to an indi or no label deal yeah you might get $3 on $10 after gst and distro fee, but its not net (you have to pay for your own pressing / stock etc), you have to deduct production cost out of this 40%..  Yes you are right online digitial sales its pure cashflow 100% - your not paying to press up any product.

I've recorded for both indi and majors and can tell you this is legit for major label.  Also are there any distros left who put Cds in stores? I thought MGM and Ingrims went bust or are they still around.

International / Re: Physical format CD's anyone still buy them?
« on: June 21, 2010, 09:30:07 PM »
yes true but no kids or cash convertors i know give a shit about the VHS movie collection. :'(.. kids in the future will have 5 terabyte ipods on their wrist watch.

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