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British Columbia Metal Shop Wins Initial Trademark Battle Against Metallica

Blackened Recordings Metallica have been diligent over the years when defending their trademark, but one small metal manufacturing company has emerged victorious in retaining their name after an initial challenge from the band. The Burnaby metal shop known as Metallica Manufacturing will continue to operate under their title after a recent court ruling. Owner Bill Lawson told Burnaby Now , “It was a very innocent choosing of such a name from a 12-year-old kid.” Lawson says that the name was chosen in the late ’90s and though the band was around at that point, the Metallica moniker seemed appropriate given their chosen trade as a custom metal shop. According to Lawson, the British Columbia business operated unencumbered for four or five years, but began to receive legal inquiries when they tried to register for a domain name online. After several years of the band’s legal representation trying to stop them from using the name, they filed a trademark application in 2008 seeking to use the moniker in coordination with metal fabrications, welding and machining. Last September, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ruled that there was no likelihood of confusion between the company and the band, therefore giving Metallica Manufacturing a partial victory by allowing them to continue pursuing their trademark application. “This is not a gloating issue,” said Lawson after the ruling. “We just want to be left alone … We just want to be able to carry on and use the name. The whole city knows us.” It should be noted that Twisted Sister , who have been in the news lately for taking on small mom-and-pop businesses utilizing their name, recently commented on trademark law and not having a decision in who gets targeted. Guitarist Jay Jay French explained, “The fact of the matter is that trademark law doesn’t give me a choice on who and what to defend. The law is very clear: either defend your trademark or lose rights to it.” So while Metallica taking on small businesses over their name may seem like “David vs. Goliath,” should the band choose not to defend their trademark it would open themselves up to potentially allowing everyone access to the brand they’ve taken pride in building. [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Metallica Songs” align=”center”]

Sister Sin Unleash Video for ‘Hearts of Cold’

Swedish metal band Sister Sin recently revealed their new high octane video for ‘Hearts of Cold,’ the second single from their October 2012 release ‘Now and Forever.’ Directed by Eric Richter, the video plays out a story similar to the true crime that inspired the song, revolving around the gruesome tale of Juha Veikko Valjakkala and Marita Routalammi. Valjakkala and Routalammi are the Finnish couple who allegedly entered Sweden and killed a family of three after a fight over a bike. The two ruthless outlaws would go on to reportedly inspire the 1994 film ‘Natural Born Killers.’ In the exclusive clip seen below, frontwoman Liv Jagrell talks about the meaning behind the video, calling the crime one that truly impacted the band’s home country of Sweden. “For us in Sweden, we don’t have these kind of things so often,” recalls Jagrell. “Sweden was very frozen by this.” Jagrell went on to say that after being incarcerated, Valjakkala’s evil continued, explaining, “This guy, they put him in prison and I think he escaped like five times.” The video puts a new spin on the song and Jagrell gets to put her acting skills to the test throughout the video, playing the female role in the infamous duo, check it out above. Jagrell and Sister Sin are gearing up for a North American tour run that kicks off in February with some dates with Doro before initiating their own headlining run. Check out the dates below. Watch the Exclusive Behind the Meaning of Sister Sin’s ‘Hearts of Cold’ Video [button href=”” title=”Sister Sin, ‘Now and Forever’ – Album Review” align=”center”] Sister Sin Tour Dates: With Doro: 2/1- Tampa, Fla. – Brass Mug 2/2- Atlanta, Ga. – The Masquerade 2/3- West Springfield, Va. – Empire 2/4- New York, N.Y. – BB Kings 2/5- Baltimore, Md. – Soundstage 2/7- Toronto, Ontario –  Mod Club 2/8- Rochester, N.Y. – Montage Music Hall 2/9- Columbus, Ohio – Ace Of Cups 2/10- Cleveland, Ohio – Peabody’s 2/12-Westland, Minn. – Token Lounge 2/13- Joliet, Ill. – Mojoes 2/14- St. Paul, Minn. – Station 4 2/15- Waterloo, Iowa – Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb 2/17- Englewood, Colo. – Moe’s 2/19- Seattle, Wash. – El Corazon 2/20- Portland, Ore. –  Hawthorne Theatre 2/21- San Francisco, Calif. -Thee Parkside 2/22- West Hollywood, Calif. – House Of Blues 2/23- Tempe, Ariz. – Rocky Point Cantina Headlining Tour Dates: 2/24-Las Vegas, Nev. – LVCS 2/26- Austin, Texas – Dirty Dog Bar 2/27- Fort Worth, Texas – Tomcats West 2/28- Oklahoma City, Okla. – The Chameleon Room 3/1- St. Louis, Mo. – Fubar 3/2- Little Rock, Ark. – Downtown Music Hall 3/3- Atlanta, Ga. – The Masquerade 3/5- Spartanburg, S.C. – Ground Zero 3/7- Baltimore, Md. – Paparizza 3/8- Pittsburgh, Pa. – Smiling Moose 3/9- Trenton, N.J. – Championships

Daily Reload: Lostprophets, Soundgarden + More

Simone Joyner, Getty Images – Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been arrested on charges of some very heinous crimes. [ Loudwire ] – Dave Grohl has taken a shine to this directing thing, as he’s stepped behind the lens to film Soundgarden ‘s ‘By Crooked Steps’ clip. [ Loudwire ] – Flyleaf and Drowning Pool , both showing off new singers, will team up for a North American trek next year. [ Loudwire ] – Deuce provides a little cheer with new digital holiday cards. [ Loudwire ] – Twisted Sister ‘s Dee Snider will be roasted by the likes of Zakk Wylde and Scott Ian at the 2nd Annual ‘Rock & Roll Roast.’ [ Loudwire ] – Foster the People ‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ has been pulled from rotation by a Los Angeles station in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. [ ] – Former Ween member Aaron Freeman has apparently announced plans to undergo a sex change. [ ] – Bruce Springsteen , the Who and the Rolling Stones head up the new ’12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief’ benefit compilation. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Ted Nugent ‘s ‘Gun Country’ special will not be turned into a series for Discovery Channel. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ]

Daily Reload: Stone Sour + Papa Roach, Loudwire Music Awards + More

Mary Ouellette, (2) – North America, it’s your turn! Stone Sour and Papa Roach are bringing their co-headlining tour stateside in 2013. [ Loudwire ] – The 2012 Loudwire Music Awards voting continues with the addition of several newly revealed categories. [ Loudwire ] – Guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch says the timing is right to reunite with Korn for some upcoming gigs. [ Loudwire ] – Metallica tease their ‘Quebec Magnetic’ DVD with the new ‘Master of Puppets’ performance video. [ Loudwire ] – Mastodon are writing music for next summer’s ‘Monsters Inc.’ prequel, ‘Monsters University.’ [ Loudwire ] – The dates for Mountain Jam 2013 have been revealed. Check out a list of the Top 10 Mountain Jam performances. [ ] – The Rolling Stones ‘ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discuss their complicated relationship. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Fleetwood Mac intend on releasing three songs before their 2013 tour. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Twisted Sister have revealed plans for a Hurricane Sandy benefit show. [ Rock Music Report ]

Sister Sin Cancel Remaining 2012 Tour Dates as Singer Liv Jagrell Undergoes Vocal Surgery

Facebook: Sister Sin Swedish metal band Sister Sin have called off the rest of their dates on their 2012 tour because frontwoman Liv Jagrell will have to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Jagrell won’t take missing these dates lightly. In an interview with Loudwire, she expressed her passion about being on the road and being onstage. “I’ve learned that I love to be on tour and I love to be onstage and I only feel that I am myself. I’m one hundred percent Liv when I’m onstage. I feel that’s the only time I’m just me” Jagrell told us. The band released a statement regarding Jagrell’s condition and the cancellation of dates via their Facebook page : “Hey all! We´re coming to you with some bad news today…. -Liv has had issues with her voice starting way back in 2007-2008 & it turned out to be a node on her vocalchords. To avoid surgery she has been very strict with warmups, vocal exercises and what not but never the less things have taken a turn for the worst lately. After re-visiting her doctor last week it became apparent that surgery is now needed & unavoidable. -So it is with great regret we are forced to cancel the announced shows and planned dates for the rest of the year. This is very common amongst singers & expected recovery is only two months so we will be back stronger than ever in early 2013 and for the upcoming US tour in February. Cant wait to see you all again on the road & thank you all for your understanding & support! Much Love /SS” The band was supposed to hit the road in promotion of their latest record ‘ Now and Forever .’ Sister Sin are still scheduled to hit North America in 2013 with Doro. For a full list of cities and dates, go here . [button href=”” title=”Check Out Our Interview with Liv Jagrell of Sister Sin” align=”center”]

Sister Sin, ‘Now and Forever’ – Album Review

Victory Records Swedish metal outfit Sister Sin  have unleashed their brand new album ‘Now and Forever’ via Victory Records, and the disc holds true to the band’s rough and tough sound with the power to back it up. The disc starts off with ‘MMXII,’ Roman numerals for ’2012,’ then turns into the fast paced anthem ‘End of the Line,’ which happens to be the lead single off of the new record. “ F— you / F—k them and f—k the world, too / Do I look like some b—- to you ” is just the beginning of ‘Fight Song,’ one of the most raw and hard hitting tracks on ‘Now and Forever.’ The momentum and pace of the entire record continues to ascend when and takes the listeners to new heights with hard-rocking, balls-out tracks such as ‘In It for Life,’ ‘Hearts of Cold’ and ‘Hang ‘Em High.’ Frontwoman Liv Jagrell can croon and yell with the best of them and her no-nonsense, rough-around-the-edge deliverance of lyrics is not to be messed with. While the crunchy riffs, pounding bass lines and thunderously swift drum patterns of her talented bandmates further heighten the energy of the album. Sister Sin’s tunes have an old-school vibe with a refreshing new melodic twist. This balance is evident in tracks like ‘The Chosen Few,’ ‘I’m Not You,’ ‘Running Low’ and ‘Shades of Black.’ ‘Now and Forever’ ends with the incredible piano-driven ballad ‘Morning After,’ beautifully sung by Jagrell as she shows off yet another facet of her vocal abilities. In our exclusive interview , Jagrell says that to her the title of the album means, “We are here now and hopefully forever. We won’t give up.” From beginning to end, ‘Now and Forever’ serves as stellar representation of Sister Sin’s perseverance throughout their music career. ? ? [button href=”” title=”Check Out Sister Sin’s Video for ‘End of the Line'” align=”center”]

Sister Sin Singer Liv Jagrell Talks New Album ‘Now and Forever,’ Swedish Music Scene + More

Victory Records Swedish metal band Sister Sin are gearing up for the release of their new album ‘Now and Forever.’ The band is also set to invade the United States by supporting Doro on a string of dates next year. When we recently had the opportunity to chat with Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell, she spoke candidly about the new album ‘Now and Forever’ ( available here ) and how the band has fought tooth and nail to make it in the music business for almost a decade. In addition, Jagrell dished on women in metal today, as well as why she thinks so much good music keeps coming out of Sweden. Check out our exclusive interview with Liv Jagrell of Sister Sin below: What does the album title ‘Now and Forever’ mean to you? The title ‘Now and Forever’ is kind of a statement for us as a band. As a band and as individuals we have been through quite a lot of things, a lot of troubles and things that might break up bands but we’re so dedicated to this band. So that’s the title – we are here now and hopefully forever. We won’t give up even if something goes wrong – it’s tough to be in the music business today. Sister Sin have been a strong unit for a decade, for you what keeps the band going, secret to your longevity? Yes it’s been almost a decade at least for me and Dave [Sunberg] the drummer because we started the band from the beginning and yeah it’s kind of a decade now – that’s a long time. It’s really hard today with the business, there’s so many bands, so much competition out there, no money whatsoever and all the things with downloads – I mean it could be could but also bad, depending on how you look at it. When I started to play music at 15, the music business and scene was totally different and you could actually make money from it. When I was 15, I just decided, “I’m going to play music my whole life and I’m going to be a rock star” — that kind of attitude. So I spent all 15 years to convince myself that that’s the only thing I will ever, ever do so that’s why I can’t give up because I programmed my brain to believe that I will do this forever. I think that’s why we don’t give up and why sometimes other bands do – they find other opportunities and other things they love too, they have something else you actually can do and you’ll probably do that because that will make you money and a better living. If you just prepare your whole life to be in the music business and tell yourself “This is what I’m going to do, I’m not going to do anything else” it’s kind of foolish and childish but in that way you just can’t give up. People of course give up and I’m not saying I’m not going to do it years from now but right now I still feel like I have to fight for that dream that I had as a teenager. Obviously we all have gained a lot and experienced so much but we’re still a little bit far away that whole kind of – living with the music or for the music thing – close but still far away. [Laughs] I think that’s what drives us. What have you learned being in a band for almost 10 years that you didn’t know at the start of the journey? I’ve learned very much. [Laughs] I’ve learned that I love to be on tour and I love to be onstage and I only feel that I am myself. I’m one hundred percent Liv when I’m onstage. I feel that’s the only time I’m just me. I’ve also learned that I thought it would be ten times easier and I thought it would be not as hard as it is. Of course I want people to fight and live for their dream but they have to understand that the dream comes with a lot of sacrifice and I don’t think people understand really how much being in a band, how much sacrifice comes with being in a band. If you can do the sacrifice then you should be in a band because when you’re onstage, when you tour, when you record your songs it’s the best thing in the world, absolutely the best feeling in the world. What is your opinion on the way women in heavy metal are viewed today? Today is very much better than when I started, I’m very happy that I can see the progress. There are more women, more girls feel that they can take a spot in the metal scene – I didn’t really feel that when I started. There was this all girl Swedish band called Strange Stockholm and when I saw them I was like “If they can do it, I can do it too.” Before that I had Courtney Love but that’s not metal but I thought Courtney Love was really cool – she played the guitar and she was just a very outstanding person. Strange Stockholm was metal and it was an awakening that I could do this if I really want to – so for me that was the big thing when I discovered them and after that I just tried to push my way into the metal scene. I think it’s easier today, I hope it’s easier today – in Stockholm today we have a lot of female-fronted bands or all girl bands. I hope the girls today feel like they have people to look up to and I hope I can be one of them. I discovered Doro later, maybe 22 so when I was 15 I didn’t know much girls in metal. You did a cover of a Motorhead tune, what is another band you would like to cover that you haven’t yet. There are so many, I so love Twisted Sister. I really wanted to cover a Twisted Sister song but not their most known songs maybe some of the least known but a Twisted Sister song that would be really fun to do. Sometimes it’s better to think outside a little bit and not choose the very normal suggestion, people tell us all the time “You should do a Motley Crue cover or you should do a Judas Priest” but that’s kind of too easy. Sometimes it’s fun to find those diamonds somewhere in a song that people don’t know so much with a band – maybe that’s not even metal but you can make it your own. Many talented bands have come out of your home country of Sweden like In Flames, Opeth, Arch Enemy just to name a few. What do you think it is about all of this music coming out of Sweden that has such a broad appeal to people internationally? I think it could be two things, the first is that Sweden has always been a very good country when it comes to music – from when we’re a child we have opportunites to get into music school for free or for a very small fee at least when I grew up, I know it’s kind of changing now because we have another political power right now. When I grew up they would try to get kids into artistic things like music or theater stuff like that, it was that or sports. So you either get good at sports or music or art and drama so that’s why I think many people are very good musicians from Sweden because we learn from a very early age to do all of these kinds of things. The other thing is that Sweden is very cold, you can’t just be on the beach the whole day and surf or do many things outside, other than a couple of months, in December you have to be inside because it’s too cold here. So again if you want to do something at home – you go and play music or you go and do sports so I think that could be a reason why a lot of people in Sweden are dedicated and they have this kind of music coming out. There’s nothing else to do here, people tend to be drawn to being together and playing music. [button href=”” title=”Check Out Sister Sin’s Video for ‘End of the Line'” align=”center”]