Posted in industry | music on July 16, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

You've come a long way baby...
Ick

They say you shouldn't kick people when they're down, but what if they're already kicking themselves? Guns 'N Roses announced that the new GNR track "Shackler's Revenge" from the right-around-the-corner Chinese Democracy will premiere in the Harmonix Music Systems video game Rock Band II due this September.

The band's decision to officially introduce material from their sixth album via a computer game is an unusual one, but it's a move likely to become more popular as the industry begins to recognise just how important music-related video games are. Since its launch in 2007, Rock Band has won several industry awards and netted its developer Harmonix Music Systems $208 million. Music by the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and the Who is currently available on the first version of the game, which allows players to form a virtual band and play along to famous songs. Like its rival Guitar Hero, the music video game has found success by tapping into the long-established history of air-guitar playing among music fans into a competition with an all-star soundtrack. [Guardian]
The news came days before Metallica announced that their entire upcoming album, Death Magnetic (as in a magnet to your coinage) would be available for download/play on Activision's Guitar Hero III. GnR and Metallica still feuding after all these years..... and what's more metal than feuding via corporate synergy?

Metallica's Death Magnetic was produced by Rick Rubin, an encouraging sign considering hewhoshallnotbenamed has produced every album since ...And Justice For All. (Sorry guys, I do have an eensy teensy glimmer of still ridiculously skeptical faith.)

In other news that would make Cliff spin is his grave, Death Magnetic will be released in a collectors edition Coffin box set (where have I seen that before?) with a CD of demos, a DVD detailing making-the-album, a limited edition (natch) tee, a flag, guitar picks, and a fold out poster. The "Coffin" is in addition three other releases on their Mission: Metallica website. I think I'll go for that fan-friendly 5LP set, what about you guys?

Metallica recently played all the classics at Bonaroo.

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Comments (18)

Gawd... They were soooo hawt back then!!!! Mmmmmmm..
Mebeefcakikaka

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:12 PM

in the future, all your music will arrive in game form.

Posted by drewo | July 16, 2008 3:12 PM

Lars smells like poop.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:22 PM

Who cares about G'n'R when we have Mr Brownstone!?

Posted by wembley | July 16, 2008 3:23 PM

Listen to the first audio clip of the intro to this Web site: http://myfirsttimetheplay.com/

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:28 PM

I think everybody knows how excited Rocky Napoli is for these two releases.

Posted by Rocky Napoli | July 16, 2008 3:47 PM

It's only appropriate that one once great but now totally and totally tarnishing their reputation band rips off another once great but now totally shitty and tarnishing their reputation band. Metallica and the Misfits should both be elected to the money grubbing rock star hall of fame.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:47 PM

I think Cliff has been spinning in his grave since 1990... so this shouldn't come as much of a surprise to his carcass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:48 PM

There's an evil feeling in our brains, but it's nothing new, you know it drives us insane

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:50 PM

Anon 3:48 agreed.

Posted by BBG | July 16, 2008 3:52 PM

It's only appropriate that one once great but now totally and totally tarnishing their reputation band rips off another once great but now totally shitty and tarnishing their reputation band. Metallica and the Misfits should both be elected to the money grubbing rock star hall of fame.
^^^

KISS already sealed the door shut from the inside

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 3:54 PM

I'm seeing Ricky Gervais tonight if anyone wants to kick my ass.

Posted by A Manhattan Not Brooklyn Asshole | July 16, 2008 4:34 PM

just heard AMNBA's new album and it's like the the no age of today.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 4:35 PM

I hope Metallica will talk about their feelings on the new record, just like in the movie.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2008 7:45 PM

Didn't Bob Rock produce the Black Album? Not trying to split hairs... but place blame where it's due.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2008 11:31 AM

yes, he produced the black album. which was the first metallica album to suck (even though not as much as the ones that followed). which is what black bubblegum was implying, no?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2008 12:34 PM

That is exactly what I was inplying

Posted by BBG | July 18, 2008 11:11 AM

WOW, Metallica looked like fags back then.

Posted by SoldierSide77 | July 19, 2008 7:38 PM

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