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In Memory Of HAROLD RAMIS…

As you may have heard, Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spangler in Ghostbusters) has passed away at the age of 69. It’s being reported that his death was due to “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis”.

In memory of this great talent, here the Ghostbusters theme mashed up with AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ dubbed ‘Thunder/Busters’.

Kickstarter Hacked, User Data Stolen

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According to a recent post on Cnet, the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter was recently hacked…but apparently credit and bank card information was not breached as full card data is not stored on their severs. Otherwise, those might have been snagged too.

Though no credit card information was taken, the site said, attackers made off with usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.

See the full article on Cnet here.

 

SCAM ALERT: Pyramid Scheme Being Targeted Toward Bands

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It has come to my attention that at least one page on Facebook (who shall remain nameless) is trying to convince bands to participate in a multi-level marketing/pyramid scheme using “making it” as the bait. This is just so wrong on so many levels. Even if using this suddenly gave bands “infinite wealth” that doesn’t mean that every band will suddenly become huge. Money doesn’t buy success, though it may be a catalyst for it. What makes an artist/band successful is talent (or at least should be) and the hard work put forth by label reps, managers, agents, band-aids, etc. that are networking and making things happen. Knowledge of music business is essential. You can’t just wave money around and expect to sell out arenas while selling a million copies of every release. These people are just giving bands false hope and should be ashamed of themselves.

Here is the Facebook post I saw:

ATTENTION UNSIGNED BANDS ONLY

Big Things Are Now Coming Your Way From (omitted).

We’ve been working on putting together some really cool projects for up-and-coming bands.

Finally, we are officially launching one of these projects.

We are looking for at least 50 people (each belonging to a different band) who are looking for a real chance at making it in the metal music industry.

(*Not everyone will qualify to participate in this project, so please read the following carefully before deciding to participate.)

QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

1. In order for you to qualify as a participant, you must:

• Be determined and seriously dedicated enough to make your band a true success.
• Be in an unsigned band that has at least 2 other members.
• Be 18 years of age or over.
• Have a valid form of ID (Such as: Driver’s License, Passport, State ID, Student ID).
• Own or legally have access to a valid credit or debit card.
• Have access to the Internet.

2. The 2 (or more) other members of your band must each:

• Be willing to participate in the project,
• Meet the same qualifications outlined above, and
• Be able to find at least two people from DIFFERENT bands that also meet all of the above qualifications.

If you meet the above qualifications, and want to participate in this project, go here:

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We expect this project to do amazing things for you and your band’s future!

Then once you click the link that I intentionally left out, you come to a page that says…

*UNSIGNED BANDS ONLY!
Get $7,000 to $10,000
For Your Band
Over and Over Again!

We’re Changing Lives!
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*IMPORTANT: If you are not truly serious about making this happen for you and your band, please do not fill out the information below. Many people are already doing big things with this after putting their hearts into it and following our project guidelines.
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Enter Your Name & Email to Watch the Free Video Everyone is Talking About!

Notice how it says “Unsigned bands only” – why? I’m guessing it’s because labels have lawyers. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM! If stuff like this actually worked…nobody would work at a job and every company would be begging to give people jobs. Think about it….

-Max ‘ManJewky’ Wallis
KM Co-Founder / Blog Editor

This Speaker Setup Could Literally Kill You

A buddy of mine sent me this link to a video report on CNN exploring the ESA (European Space Agency) and their Large European Acoustic Facility. Their speaker setup will “literally kill you, or at least completely rupture your eardrums.”

You can check out the video report here, there’s even a Manowar reference!

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According To Vikings, The World Will End In Less Than A Month

In what I can only equate to pure shenanigans, it seems as though the Viking derived “end of the world” event Ragnarok is set to take place around February 22nd…at least that’s what Yahoo news in the UK is saying in an article from January 22nd titled Ragnarok: One Month Left Before Viking Apocalypse Ends Life on Earth.

Personally, I believe in this as much as I believe in the “rapture” – which is needless to say not at all.

According to the article:

There is just one month left before the Viking apocalypse is upon us, at which point the nine worlds of the cosmos will be destroyed in a cataclysmic event.

Ragnarok, or the end of the world, will begin when the wolf, Fenrir, son of Loki, breaks out of his prison. A chain reaction will then take place, with the Midgard snake Jormungand rising from the sea and a wolf devouring the sun.

These events will accumulate in a huge battle, where the Gods, mankind and all races from the nine worlds will fight.

Sounds fuckin’ Metal! Will Amon Amarth be providing the soundtrack? Oh wait…they’ll be on tour in Australia during that time. So evidently they aren’t bothered by this Ragnarok.

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Image Of Satanic Monument Proposed For Oklahoma State Capitol Revealed

You may remember our post regarding New York’s Satanic Temple filing plans for a monument honoring Satan on the state capitol grounds of Oklahoma – in response to them approving a Ten Commandments monument. Well, they have revealed their proposed Baphomet monument and a picture can be seen below.

According to their filing  application, the proposed monument features a large pentagram and “a 7-foot tall goat-headed Baphomet that sits cross-legged flanked by a child on both sides. The lap will serve as a seat for visitors.”
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Read the full story at Philly.com.

Satanists Seek To Create Monument On Oklahoma State Capitol

In response to a legislation approved ‘Ten Commandments’ monument that was put up at the Oklahoma state capitol building in 2009, New York’s Satanic Temple has filed plans to create a monument honoring Satan at location. A spokesman for the temple, Lucien Greaves, stated in a letter to the state’s Capitol Preservation Commission that “We believe that all monuments should be in good taste and consistent with community standards….our proposed monument, as an homage to the historic/literary Satan, will certainly abide by these guidelines.”

You can see a video report along with the full story at this location.

Facebook Admits To Limiting ‘Organic Reach’ In Favor Of Paid Ads

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This isn’t anything new for most of us, but it is the first time that Facebook has openly admitted to it (that I’ve noticed anyway). According to a story by Ad Age, a leaked document which was basically a 3-page sales deck outlined that Facebook expects “organic distribution of an individual page’s posts to gradually decline over time” and marketers are told they should consider paid distribution “to maximize delivery of your message in news feed.”

We here at Kosher Metal have noticed for a while now that our posts get seen by an average of about about 2% – 10% of our total number of fans/followers. It is highly frustrating to say the least. Needless to say, if you got here from a Facebook link then we highly recommend that you subscribe to the blog so you can stay updated on all the Metal news, videos, etc. that we post. If you are on Facebook and don’t like our page then do us a solid and do that here.

We, the bands and pages who are on Facebook need to get more creative (in a non-spammy way) when it comes to utilizing Facebook as a guerrilla marketing and promotion tool. It’s not time to give up….just time to start thinking about how to be more engaging and stand out from the rest.

You can read the full story on the “leaked document” here.

 

R.I.P. Elwood (‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ of 2007)

It appears as though Elwood, 2007’s World’s Ugliest Dog, died at the age of 8 on Thanksgiving morning. It is believed that he had some form of cancer. Poor little dude…

You can read the full story here.

Sriracha Factory Has Been Shut Down!

I wish I was joking, but this is really happening. You may remember that there was a shut down scare back in October as a result of  the factory’s neighboring residents complaining about the “offensive” chili odor , but a judge had given the factory a “grace period” to remedy the situation. That grace period is now over and the factory responsible (Huy Fong Foods, Inc) has been forced to temporarily shut down, according to an article on Huffington Post.

I have no idea how long the shut-down will last, but I suggest you stock up now.

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