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Rex Brown

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down, Kill Devil Hill) has debuted a new single titled “Crossing Lines” and will release his debut solo album, Smoke on This … on July 28 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown said about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.” 

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will get the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below, along with digital and physical preorders options. (more…)

Rex Brown

Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne) with plans to release a debut solo LP later this year.

“I’ve been working on these songs for a long time,” Brown said.

The yet-to-be-titled full-length album will be the first time in Brown’s career in which he will serve as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.

“I am thrilled to have such an influential artist like Rex join the growing Entertainment One rock family,” said Scott Givens, SVP Entertainment One. “He’s influenced not just our other artists, but myself as well. It’s an honor for all of us to work with him.”

Brown wields a six-string guitar as confidently as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down. His voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power. It’s a crunchy drawl that’s somewhere between the achingly resonant spiritual shamanism of Tom Waits and the instantly recognizable everyman AM radio vibes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. (more…)

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Photos by Greg Maki (more…)

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Kill Devil Hill 2014: Rex Brown, Mark Zavon, Dewey Bragg, Johnny Kelly

Interview: Johnny Kelly Part 2 – Remembering Peter Steele and Type O Negative

I think the entire metal community was surprised when bassist Rex Brown was fired/quit (whatever side you choose to believe) the Phillip Anselmo-led Down in 2011. After all, between Pantera and Down, Rex and Phil had played in bands together for parts of three decades. The departure wasn’t without its drama, as posted here, but what might have been even more surprising was Rex uniting with legendary skins-man Vinny Appice (former Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio) to form a metal “supergroup” called Kill Devil Hill that same year. Rex describes the band’s music as “like a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in.” Together with ex-Pissing Razors frontman Dewey Bragg and acclaimed session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon, Kill Devil Hill released its debut, self-titled album in 2012, and then Revolution Rise on Oct. 29, 2013. Not long after, it was announced that Appice had departed the new band he co-founded (on good terms it seems). But with a new record just out, Kill Devil Hill was left unable to tour and support it until they found a new drummer in March 2014, none other than former Type O Negative/A Pale Horse Named Death drummer Johnny Kelly. With Kelly in the fold, Kill Devil Hill is set with a new lineup and shows booked up.

Kelly and Brown also go way back, with Type O Negative having toured with Pantera in 1995. At that time, it would have been hard to imagine the two playing in a band together almost 20 years later. Funny how things work out.

Live Metal’s Jeff Maki recently had a lengthy chat with Kelly, so long that it had to be broken up in two parts. In part one, Kelly talks about his joining Kill Devil Hill, along with a number of other bands he’s still playing in. Did we mention he’s also the touring drummer for Danzig and has two of his own bands? Read on. (more…)

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

2. Pantera – “Cowboys from Hell”

RIP Dimebag Darrell. No one knew the previous incarnation of the glam Pantera, so when these Southern boys debuted with “Cowboys from Hell” from the album of the same name, it took the metal world by storm. Packed into a small club, with a crowd in a near stage-diving frenzy, Phil Anselmo and the boys slam it home live and in the process molded a new, harder, pissed-off brand of metal that led into the ’90s and changed the mold of American heavy metal.

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Let’s get one thing out of the way: Over the Under (also known as Down III, depending on who you ask) is no NOLA. The 1995 debut album by the New Orleans-based band featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera), guitarists Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), bassist Todd Strange (Crowbar)—replaced by Pantera’s Rex Brown in 2002—and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), fueled by unforgettable songs like “Lifer,” “Stone the Crow” and “Bury Me in Smoke,” was an instant classic. It’s unfair to hold any band to that standard.

Now, on to our regularly scheduled review. (more…)