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Synaptik "The Mechanisms of Consequence" Reissue Brain Spark edition remix

DeFox Records and Heart Of Steel Records are really excited to announce the Re-release, Remixed and Remastered version of debut album of prog metal band SYNAPTIK from England.
The album titled "The Mechanisms of Consequence" Reissue Brain Spark edition remix, contains 9 songs in vein of technical Progresive Metal, featuring Alan Tecchio ex Hades and Watchtower as special guest..
The digital release will be available on December 30th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Shazam...



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Did TRUMP's New Immigration Policies Cause Cancelation Of LOUDNESS's U.S. Tour?

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 09:00

The previously announced U.S. tour by veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS was canceled after the band was denied entry to the United States Tuesday night at a Chicago airport, apparently due to the new immigration policies from the Trump administration. The news of the tour's cancelation was broken by the Chicago club Reggies, where LOUDNESS was scheduled to perform Wednesday night. A statement on the venue's Facebook page read: "Due to the new strict policies the U.S. government has placed on foreigners entering the country, LOUDNESS was denied entry into the United States and sent back home this morning. All shows on the U.S. tour are canceled. Refunds for Wednesday’s show will be issued at original point of sale." LOUDNESS frontman Minoru Niihara confirmed in a post on his blog that the tour was scrapped. He wrote: "I stayed in Chicago for three hours and returned home." The singer added that neither he nor the band as a whole had ever before been denied entry to the United States. LOUDNESS's agency Katana Music told Japan Today that the band was able to enter the United States in the past with proper invitation letters but that the immigration this time requested visas for the musicians. Reggies owner Robby Glick told the Chicago Tribune that he spoke to the band's PR rep who cited an issue with "exemption papers," which were acceptable for entry the last time the band visited the U.S., but denied this time around. "It's a little bit harder," said Glick. "I don't know if it's a product of the administration or if LOUDNESS was flying by the seat of their pants, but there is a difference since our new president came in." loudnessreggiesapril2017poster

Former VAN HALEN Bassist MICHAEL ANTHONY Mourns Loss Of Infant Grandson

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 03:00

Condolences are in order for former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony on the death of his infant grandson Rex. The boy was born two weeks ago with a fatal heart problem. Anthony, who has two daughters, writes on Facebook: "We are tremendously proud of Rex. In the short time on Earth, he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish. "I am doing the 'Walk L.A.' in June for Children's Hospital L.A. with our families to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here. Our team is called 'Rex and the Heart Beaters.' "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any donation to support my walk for Children's Hospital L.A.!" Anthony revealed in a 2016 interview that he reconnected with VAN HALEN drummer Alex Van Halen less than a year ago after more than a decade of not speaking to each other. Anthony, singer Sammy Hagar, Alex and Eddie Van Halen last teamed up in 2004 for a VAN HALEN U.S. summer tour. In exchange for taking part in the tour, Anthony reportedly had to agree to take a pay cut and sign away his rights to the band name and logo. In 2007, the Van Halen brothers, Wolfgang Van Halen and singer David Lee Roth announced they would be hitting the road for a reunion tour. Anthony later told Music Radar that he "found out about that tour like everybody else did — in the press." Anthony has played primarily with Hagar in the thirteen years since he last performed with VAN HALEN, in groups like CHICKENFOOT and THE CIRCLE.

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RAY LUZIER Says KORN 'Feels Like A Powerful Force' With HEAD Back In The Band

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 02:00

In a brand new interview with Antihero Magazine, KORN drummer Ray Luzier was asked what made him audition for the band ten years ago. He responded: "My last band, ARMY OF ANYONE, you know, [which featured members of] the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and [the] FILTER singer, had the same manager KORN did. And when I saw this band not doing so well, I called my manager: 'Man, do you know any other gigs? And he's, like, 'What's wrong with KORN?' Their drummer left and now they have Joey [Jordison] filling in, and Terry Bozzio and Brooks Wackerman, who is now in AVENGED SEVENFOLD, all these guys filling in. [And he was] like, 'Yeah, they want someone permanent, they're looking.' And he said, 'You should audition.' I was, like, 'Why? I don't have tattoos.' I had long blond hair at the time. He said David [Silveria, original KORN drummer] doesn't either. David had a shaved head, he looked like a surfer guy, he doesn't have dreadlocks. True. And I said, 'Okay.' So, I went to my drum space in Los Angeles and just playing all the songs that I knew and I knew more than I thought. It's because I'm a fan; I was fan of all the old stuff. But I really wanted to learn the new record. Because I love 'Untitled', I love that record. And so that's why, when I walked in there [for the audition], I knew so many [songs], because I just kind of prepared. And that's it. I played six songs and they said,'Welcome to KORN. See you in Dublin.' Then I didn't hear anything for a month, two months. I called the manager: 'What's going on? Do I have the gig?' He said, 'Yes, of course. Why?' 'No one calls me. What are the songs we will play?' He's, like, 'They don't like to rehearse too much. You'll probably just go to Dublin and rehearse there.' 'What the… what are you talking about?' When I played with David Lee Roth, we rehearsed three or four weeks." Luzier also looked back on his ten years with KORN so far, saying: "I'm so glad that [guitarist] Head [Brian Welch] rejoined. I was in the band almost as long he has been out of the band, so when he rejoined, now it feels like a powerful force. He had reason for quitting. The original drummer just quit. He has just said, 'My heart's not in it anymore. I'm out. I gotta go.' And he left everybody. Head kind of left because he had a reason to. There was more of drug problems, and his daughter, and a lot of things. And he became a big rock star when KORN blew up. They were unstoppable. It was like on top of everybody, you know? It does a lot to your mind when you're in that game. I've joined a lot of bands, from David Lee Roth, and ARMY OF ANYONE, and Jake E. Lee from OZZY OSBOURNE. I have a lot of experience with big bands. But all my original bands in Los Angeles were not as successful. We'd get a little bit of success and then nothing. So yeah, it feels great, though. Just in the last few years I feel like, 'Okay, now I'm even part of this band and everything feels great.'" Silveria in 2013 gave Luzier a little bit of a slam while emphasizing how important he was to KORN's original sound. "I am a funky groove drummer and Ray is a heavy metal drummer," he said. "That's why KORN will never sound as unique as we used to… KORN lost their groove." KORN and STONE SOUR will join forces for a summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. KORN's latest album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", came out at the end of October. The track "A Different World" features a guest appearance from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor.

METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Says Each Video For 'Hardwired' Album Cost Between $15K and $20K To Produce

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 02:00

In the days leading up to the November 18, 2016 release of METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", the band posted videos for every song from the disc, beginning with "Dream No More" and dropping new visuals every two hours through 6 a.m. EST the day before the album's arrival. The clips were shot all around the world and served as the sneak peek for fans to get a listen to every track days before the group's two-disc tenth studio album officially went on sale. Asked in a brand new interview with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 if he was happy with how the "Hardwired" videos came out, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett said (hear audio below): "Oh, yeah. Some of the videos that we made, I think, are some of the best videos we've ever made. The video for 'Dream No More', I think, is just totally amazing and reminds me of a Kenneth Anger film that was filmed in maybe the '50s or '60s. From an artistic point of view, I think it's really cool. And also, it really gives us an knee up on all the situations where a band puts out a new album and someone hears a track, a new track, and decides, 'Oh, I'm gonna make a YouTube video around this track,' and then, all of a sudden that becomes the predominant YouTube video for that song. That happens; that's a pretty common thing that happens in the YouTube world, and we were aware of that. And so we wanted to take matters into our own hands and make sure that the video that we made for the song was the predominant video that everyone saw for that song, rather than someone else's vision of the song itself." Hammett was also asked if there are any older METALLICA songs that the band never made videos for that he thought would lend themselves well to strong visual interpretations. He responded: "It's interesting that you say that, because it's so much more inexpensive now, it's so much cheaper now, to make videos. It's crazy how much cheaper it is. Okay, I'll go back to 1988. The 'One' video cost us a lot of money — six figures — and we were just blown away by the cost. You couldn't figure it out, why it would cost so much. Okay, so you jump to 2016, 2017, a typical video that we made for 'Hardwired' nowadays cost between fifteen to twenty grand. It's totally amazing how much cheaper it is. And a lot of that is because of digital technology, things are smaller, things are more lightweight, more stealth. You can even use your iPhone to make a video if you really wanted to. Which leads me to the fact that since videos are so inexpensive these days, it would be interesting for us if we just retroactively decided to make a video for a track that we never made a video for — say, 'Carpe Diem Baby' off 'Reload'. It's a possibility these days, because it's so cheap to make videos. I don't know if we would actually find the inspiration to do something like that, but who knows? Maybe people will start doing retroactive videos." "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The platinum certification reflects a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams. The recent gain in "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" sales is owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band's stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album.

Watch New Lineup Of GHOST Perform In Zurich, Switzerland

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 23:00

Fan-filmed video footage of GHOST's April 18 performance at Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland can be seen below. As previously reported, GHOST frontman and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, is being sued by four ex-members of the group. The quartet of former Nameless Ghouls have accused Forge of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours. The lawsuit, filed in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where GHOST was originally based, claims that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group, while also carrying out management duties. The four musicians are asking the court to order Forge to disclose GHOST's revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 and reveal the company's assets as of December 31, 2016. If Forge fails to act as ordered, the musicians are asking the court to force Forge to pay a penalty of approximately $22,000 or an amount that the court considers reasonable. The lawsuit alleges that Forge has been collecting all revenues from sales of the band's merchandise and recordings since the band was formed in 2010, and has insisted that the "company" was not yet profitable while at the same time refusing to disclose financial statements. The situation became dire in 2012, when the band members did not receive any compensation at all. Forge was finally pressured to pay them, which he did only sporadically while still claiming that the band was broke. The four musicians were offered two separate contract proposals by Forge in 2016, which they rejected as "slave agreements." That may have led to Forge's wholesale firing of the band at the end of 2016. The new lineup of GHOST is rumored to include musicians who have previously played with THE SISTERS OF MERCY, KORN, PENDRAGON and BLOODBATH. Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its seven-year existence have gone unannounced. Forge writes almost all of the group's music and does most of the act's interviews disguised as a Nameless Ghoul. Asked for his reaction to the lawsuit by Swedish outlet Corren, Forge said: "I can't comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel."

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MR. BIG: Producer KEVIN ELSON Is 'Getting Amazing Sounds' For 'Defying Gravity Album

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 22:00

MR. BIG is continuing work on its new album, "Defying Gravity", tentatively due this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2014's "...The Stories We Could Tell" is being produced by Kevin Elson, who helmed all of MR. BIG's early LPs, including "Mr. Big" (1989), "Lean Into It" (1991) and "Bump Ahead" (1993). In a new video message for Japan's Young Guitar magazine, MR. BIG bassist Billy Sheehan stated about working with Elson again (see below): "He's quite a legendary guy. He's also one of the nicest, easiest guys to work with in the world." Added MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert: "I really enjoyed working with Kevin again — both to work with him and just to hang out with him. We had such good times back in the day, and he's getting amazing sounds for us. He's just doing everything you want a producer to do. And it's a pleasure. And it's working. We're getting a lot of stuff done." Sheehan also talked about the "Defying Gravity" songwriting process, explaining: "It's kind of cool to have the luxury of being together in the studio and coming up with parts as opposed to having to go fast and get everything done first. We really can create in here. With the help of Kevin Elson, it's been going really smoothly, and we're coming up with some cool stuff." "Defying Gravity" will feature MR. BIG's original lineup — on guitar, Eric Martin on lead vocals, Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums — with a special guest appearance by drummer Matt Starr. Starr has been filling in on the road for Torpey, who has had limited involvement with MR. BIG on the road since he was told he had Parkinson's disease in 2014. "…Stories We Could Tell" was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with DEEP PURPLE, WARRANT and KEEL. Formed in 1988, MR. BIG forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original lineup produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" and "Just Take My Heart".

CHRIS CORNELL To Perform 'The Promise' On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 21:00

SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell will perform his new solo track called "The Promise" on tonight's (Wednesday, April 19) edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". The program will air at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. The song is the title track from the upcoming film starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon, a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide. "The Promise" premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters April 21. Chris will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Chris's involvement in "The Promise" stemmed from his close friendship with the film's producer, Eric Esrailian. Having married into a Greek family, Chris had been exposed for years to stories about similar treatment suffered by the Greeks at the hands of the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire. "If it's something you or your family members went through, it's something you're faced with confronting on a daily basis," he said. Immersed in these stories and after further research, he was inspired by the strength and perseverance of those who were affected by these tragic events. Chris aimed to help tell the story of the film, but also to connect it to the kind of brutality we still face today. "The film and plot are your band mates and the song has to be true to the story and the characters in it," he added. "'The Promise', to me, is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it's also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words 'never again' seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the U.S., the warning signs — isolating groups based on race and religion — are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it's important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other's human rights." Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda", "Reservation Road", "The Shore"), "The Promise" takes place in 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medial student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photojournalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale) has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them. Cornell's most high-profile musical contribution to a movie was "You Know My Name", his theme to the 2006 James Bond film "Casino Royale". Cornell has also contributed songs or title themes to films such as "Great Expectations", "Machine Gun Preacher" and "12 Years A Slave". The singer told The Pulse Of Radio he prefers to make his solo material sound as different as possible from SOUNDGARDEN. "Writing any of my solo records, there's always this effort to try to make it different than the band that I'm known for," he said. "Mainly just 'cause I've never — as a music fan, never really liked when those two lines get kind of smeared." SOUNDGARDEN recently announced a North American tour that will kick off on May 3 in Atlanta, winding down on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. Support on selected dates will come from THE PRETTY RECKLESS and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. This will be SOUNDGARDEN's first trek since a summer 2014 co-headlining run with NINE INCH NAILS. SOUNDGARDEN has reportedly been working on material for its seventh studio album, which will follow up 2012's "King Animal".

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MEGADETH Boot Camp: AFFLICTION CLOTHING Video Wrap-Up

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 21:00

The Affliction Clothing video wrap-up of the first-ever Megadeth Boot Camp — which was described in a press release as "a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the ultimate MEGADETH fan" — can be seen below. The event took place on March 10-12 on MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's private estate in Fallbrook, California. Several "experience packages" for the event were sold, with prices ranging from $1999 to $5499. As part of the premium boot camp package, guests camped in a private furnished bell tent with beds and a lounge. Premium ticketholders were also provided breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, gaining priority access to various workshops and exclusive access to the intimate acoustic performance from MEGADETH. Fans opting for the $2000 second-tier package stayed at a hotel fifteen minutes away with shuttle service to the estate each day. Over the weekend, attendees were getting the opportunity to meet members of the band at a question-and-answer session, participate in guitar, bass and drum clinics, drink coffee from bassist David Ellefson's boutique coffee brand Ellefson Coffee Co. with Ellefson himself and go to a wine-tasting session with Mustaine. There was also time allotted for campfire stories with bandmembers. Ellefson, who is a pastor in the Lutheran church, also conducted a "contemporary non-denominational service" at the event, dubbed "Megadeth Church." Mustaine put the Fallbrook house on the market in October 2015 for $5.375 million — more than five times what he paid for it three years earlier — but that price came down in June 2016 by almost a million and a half to $3.895 million. The property now sits at an even lower price of $3.195 million, according to public records. Mustaine and his family moved to Nashville in October 2014.

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Video Premiere: NICKELBACK's 'Feed The Machine'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 20:00

The official video for "Feed The Machine", the title track of the forthcoming ninth album from the multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band NICKELBACK, can be seen below. Written by NICKELBACK and co-produced with Chris Baseford (SLASH, SHINEDOWN), the song is a defiant rock anthem featuring blistering guitar riffs and face-melting rhythm tracks. Set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future where machines have imprisoned humans (think "The Matrix" and "The Terminator"), the "Feed The Machine" clip sees NICKELBACK leader Chad Kroeger and his bandmates depicted as freedom-fighting revolutionaries who free the enslaved humans from their machine captors. "Feed The Machine" will be released on Friday, June 16 via BMG. NICKELBACK is set to hit the road this summer on the colossal headlining "Feed The Machine" tour. Produced exclusively by Live Nation, the "Feed The Machine" trek will begin on June 23 in Noblesville, Indiana, with 44 dates across North America including stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and more. DAUGHTRY will join NICKELBACK as their special guest for all of the U.S. dates, as well as Toronto and Montreal, while SHAMAN'S HARVEST will be seen on all dates. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame icons CHEAP TRICK will be special guests for the western Canadian leg of the tour. In June 2015, NICKELBACK canceled the majority of its tour dates in support of the band's eighth album, "No Fixed Address", so that Kroeger could recover from surgery to remove a cyst on his vocal cords. NICKELBACK filed a $13 million insurance claim with Lloyd's of London after scrapping the tour. But Lloyd's sued to cancel the singer's insurance, alleging that Kroeger already had the throat condition and failed to disclose it before taking out the policy. Last year, NICKELBACK countersued Lloyd's, claiming that the firm is making false allegations about the band so that it doesn't have to pay out the claim. "No Fixed Address" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November 2014. Photo credit: Richard Beland

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ANVIL Frontman Doesn't Believe Band's Follow-Up Documentary Will Get Funding It Needs To Be Completed

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 20:00

Guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL says that he doesn't expect the proposed follow-up to the band's first documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil", to ever see the light of day. He tells the "Thunder Underground" podcast (hear audio below): "They've got forty minutes of probably good footage. I don't really expect anything to ever come of it. The whole movie industry is in the shitter too, just like the music industry. Everybody's fucking downloading movies." He continues: "The director [Sacha Gervasi] paid for that movie ['Anvil! The Story of Anvil'] himself. He doesn't wanna do that again. So he's looking for financing from a movie company, like MGM or fucking Warner Brothers or one of the movie houses. Will they wanna fucking part with money? Who knows? They've looked at all the documentaries that have come out since the ANVIL movie and not one of 'em has gone big — nothing! We're like the only one. So then they're thinking, 'Should we or shouldn't we make a sequel? Hmm…' So that's where it all lies. "So is there gonna be a sequel? Who knows? Who knows, man? I don't know. Maybe, if worse came to worse, the director will put his own money out again, but, to be really honest, I don't really want him to do that. He already did that once. Why would he have to do it again? And he never made back all… You never make back all your money. But what it did for his career… like what he did for our career — same thing. He went and did the 'Hitchcock' movie, he's got a new movie coming out called 'November Criminals'. He's gonna do a movie about Hervé Villechaize, the midget from 'Fantasy Island'. Yeah, he'll be busy. He's got a career, and then some. But it's just a question of, will a movie company wanna buy it, wanna finance it? And it's not cheap. It won't be like a blockbuster — it's not gonna cost three hundred million dollars. You're talking about probably less than a million to make a documentary. I don't get paid. Documentary subjects never get paid. I'm not an actor. And it's doing my career such a huge favor, I haven't really got the right to go, 'Hey, why don't you pay me too? You're making the biggest advertising campaign that ever existed? Now why don't you pay me?' It's, like, that doesn't make sense. And he'd say 'no' and I wouldn't get the movie made." Lips adds: "So that's the big question: will there or will there not be? Who knows? I'm not gonna discount it. I'm not gonna say 'no.' I don't know enough. I'm not in that stream of the business, so I really don't know how to answer it. Now, having said that, the ANVIL movie did extraordinarily well, so it would be in their best interest [to finance the movie]. And it's, like, if you guys are lacking stories out there and storytellers and writers, here's something that's a natural, living, breathing fucking story. Why not continue it? You've got an automatic audience from all the people that saw it the first time. So it's got all those positive aspects going for it. But it's just a question of who's gonna open their wallet. [Laughs]" "Anvil! The Story of Anvil", was named one of 2009's best documentaries by a slew of film critics associations across the continent, including critics in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Las Vegas, as well as the International Documentary Association, the Online Film Critics Society, and the National Society of Film Critics. It also made the year-end Top 10 lists in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Village Voice. "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" was the directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi ("The Terminal") and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham ("The Kite Runner" and "The Motorcycle Diaries"). The film follows Kudlow and Reiner and their band, ANVIL, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's "Metal on Metal". The album influenced an entire musical generation of rock bands, including METALLICA, SLAYER, and ANTHRAX, who all went on to sell millions of records. ANVIL, on the other hand, took a different path — straight to obscurity. The film was both entertaining and touching as it followed their last-ditch quest for the fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them.