Rocktober's Metal Picks: Bloody Art, New Gwar Guitarist, Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem Trailer

Maria Vassett
Rob Zombie wishes you a happy October.
If there's one month that you can count on to be on metal's side, it's October. We're allowed to adorn our residences with skulls, fake blood, and motion-sensor demons without being judged. Hell, we are also allowed to indulge in an array of freaky, horrific activities, orchestrated by record companies and movie studios.

What other time of year do you find Clergy Appreciation Month and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month living peacefully side-by-side? Don't worry, Mental Health and Auto Battery Safety Awareness -- you're in there too. Throw in Day of The Dead, All Soul's Procession, and Halloween, and all the weirdos, punks, metalheads, wiccans, and neopagans are throwing calendar parties like it's nobody's business.

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So while you're carving up some pumpkins this month, here's a couple awesome things happening around the world of metal that might make your October that much better. Oh yeah, and remember that those jack-o'-lanterns you're slicin' and dicin' springs from the Samhain custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering lost souls held in purgatory. Cue Eric Cartman: Keeeewwlllllll.

But if you'd rather celebrate by toasting whiskey with a tranny in a nun's habit, and experimenting with jumper cables in the bedroom to attune your mental health to a six sense...well, you know us metalheads aren't going to judge you.

The release of Rob Zombie's new trailer, Lords of Salem

It's projected to be his best work yet, moving way down the spectrum from his usual shock-gore, comedic tales like Devils Rejects and House of a 1000 Corpses, and brushes up against such influences as Roman Polanski. A tale of psychological horror; a mind fuck (called so by both Zombie and John 5 in differing interviews). Sheri Moon supposedly provides a fantastic performance, channeling mental breakdowns and drug addict tendencies in a character nothing like she's ever done. As said in Uncle Squid's Horror Basement, this is "satanic horror done right." While the trailer made my week, it will be hard to wait for the movie to hit theaters in 2013.

Read what Zombie said about his new film in my recent interview with him here.

GWAR Names New Guitarist

Almost a year after GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot's untimely death, the band have named the guitarist who will be replacing him. The group made the announcement in their usual, always professional manner via their website:

"It was a little less than a year ago that the world was rocked by the passing of Flattus Maximus, back to the cosmos from whence he came. And since that day fans of GWAR have wondered how the mighty overlords of GWAR would deal with the void it left within the band. GWAR responded the only way they knew how-by soldiering on-and continued to play as a four-piece. But from the very beginning of that phase, the quest began to find the new Scumdog that was in every way as magnificent as his predecessor. Today the members of GWAR are pleased to inform their legions of followers, and even more so their many enemies, that once again the band is whole, with the proclamation that long-lost cousin of Flattus, Pustulus Maximus, has officially joined the band in the position of lead guitarist, and will join with the group on their upcoming "Fate or Chaos" tour.

Pustulus offered his first words to the press with the following, "At this point I have nothing to say to the press, even though I am talking to you. I will let my guitar speak for itself. But let me add that I am blood-sworn to honor the legacy of the great Flattus and indeed the whole Maximus tribe. I didn't come here to fuck around. HAIL FLATTUS!"

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