Chad has been writing about music since the mid '90s in genres ranging from mainstream pop to extreme metal. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites across the globe. He's currently the heavy metal editor for About.com and contributes to many other publications. Chad has worked in radio for more than a quarter century and resides in Charlotte.
Slash Jams With School Kids in South Dakota
Back in his younger days, Slash lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle to the fullest. These days, he's a dad, and encouraging the next generation in their musical pursuits. And this past week, he jammed with students at the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dream Theater + Metallica Albums Debut in Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart
It was another good week for heavy music, with pioneers of two different metal genres landing in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Dream Theater's self-titled album cracks the chart at No. 7, while Metallica's 'Through the Never' soundtrack debuts at No. 9. Additionally, &apo…
Watch Avenged Sevenfold’s Full Rock in Rio Set
This year's Rock in Rio ended with a bang Sunday (Sept. 22) with rocking final day performances from Iron Maiden, Slayer and Avenged Sevenfold. You can watch A7X's full set above.
Sepultura Unveil New Song ‘The Age of the Atheist,’ Announce Fall North American Tour
The title of the upcoming album (set to be released Oct. 29) from veteran Brazilian metal act Sepultura is a mouthful: 'The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart.' Now, the band has unleashed the first single from the album, 'The Age of the Atheist' (listen above…
Black Label Society’s Live Disc ‘Unblackened’ Streaming While Band Works on New Album
Ahead of its Sept. 24 release, Black Label Society's 'Unblackened' live disc is streaming via Pandora Premieres (click here to listen). In the meantime, the band continues to work on a new studio album.
Slash on Pop Star Fergie Naming Her Baby Boy Axl: ‘I Think It’s Really Cool’
Last month, Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and her actor husband Josh Duhamel announced that they had named their son Axl. It's not a very common name, and Fergie has said she's a big Guns N’ Roses fan, meaning the kid was likely named after Axl Rose. This week, TM…
Metallica Unveil More Clips From ‘Through the Never’ 3D Movie
With the release date of Metallica's 3D concert film 'Through the Never' quickly approaching, fans can see both behind the scenes footage and clips from the actual movie in newly released videos.
Lita Ford Sets Release Date + Track List for Upcoming Disc ‘The B-tch Is Back…Live’
After her 2012 album 'Living Like a Runaway' was very well received, Lita Ford returns with the concert album 'The Bitch is Back...Live,' due to be released Oct. 22 in North America.
Perry Farrell Offers Latest on New Music From Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros
Jane's Addiction are currently co-headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, and the Rock It Out! Blog caught up with frontman Perry Farrell at the Chicago stop for a wide-ranging discussion (watch above).
Black Label Society Unveil Video for ‘Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone’
Black Label Society have unveiled the video for 'Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone,' a cover of the classic Bill Withers song. It's from the live CD 'Unblackened,' due out on Sept. 24. A live DVD, also called 'Unblackened,' but with a slightly different t…
Dir En Grey To Launch 2013 North American Tour
Japanese metal band Dir En Grey will return to North America for the first time in almost two years for a November headlining tour. The 'Ghoul' tour kicks off Nov. 3 in Dallas with special guests Dagoba.
Tim Lambesis’ Austrian Death Machine Finishing Up New Album
While As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis faces murder-for-hire charges, the release of his Austrian Death Machine project's third album ‘Triple Brutal’ is still very much in the works. In fact, it's actually nearing completion.