Sutro Introduces JAMES HETFIELD BLK Edition Sunglass

Sutro eyewear has released a limited-edition version of the original Sutro Hetfield frame that is the product of a design collaboration with James Hetfield of METALLICA. Featuring a special version of the Sutro 3Click hinge in black nickel finish, black mineral glass lenses by Barberini of Italy, and a black leather slip case hand-stitched by Mulholland in San Francisco.

James has been a great supporter of what we do, so we wanted to build a special edition of his frame,” Sutro says in a statement. “We sourced a blackened nickel finish for the hinge, choose mineral glass lenses for their superior optics and durability, and got our friends at Mulholland to craft a custom leather case.”

Each frame is boxed with a set of collector cards — marked with the frame number in the series. The production run has been limited to 800 frames worldwide.

Founded in 2006, Sutro is an independent specialty eyewear maker based in San Francisco.

Sutro eyewear is sold through specialty boutiques and optical stores in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

For more information or to purchase the Hetfield BLK Edition, visit www.sutrovision.com.

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DEATHSTARS: Second ‘The Perfect Cult’ Track-By-Track Breakdown Video

The second track-by-track breakdown video for “The Perfect Cult”, the fourth studio album from Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS, can be seen below. Due on June 13 via Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2009’s “Night Electric Night” was captured in several studios: drums, guitars and bass were recorded at Bohus Sound Recording in Kungälv, Sweden; vocals at Gig Studios in Stockholm, Sweden; and keyboards, orchestration and editing was done at Black Syndicate in Stockholm. The mix, as usual, was handled by Stefan Glaumann (RAMMSTEIN, WITHIN TEMPTATION), while DEATHSTARS guitarist/keyboardist Emil “Nightmare Industries” Nödtveidt took care of the production. For the drum, guitar and bass production, Nightmare worked with Roberto Laghi (ENTOMBED, IN FLAMES) at Bohus Sound Recording. The mastering was handled by Svante Forsbäck (VOLBEAT, RAMMSTEIN) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.

As far as the lyrics are concerned, vocalist Andreas “Whiplasher Bernadotte” Bergh states that “all the tracks are about our lives. Each song is a reflection on a situation or a topic that deals with our experiences, usually from a jet black perspective.”

With visions inspired by amoral excessive lives, human fears and decay, the songs will be nothing less than a dark playground set between straight forward tracks, atmospheric anthems and the unwashed loins of lawless rock.

“The Perfect Cult” track listing:

01. Explode
02. Fire Galore
03. All The Devil’s Toys
04. Ghost Reviver
05. The Perfect Cult
06. Asphalt Wings
07. Bodies
08. Temple Of The Insects
09. Track, Crush & Prevail
10. Noise Cuts

The “All The Devil’s Toys” video can be seen below. The clip was produced by Staca Stanimir Lukic of Serbia’s iCODE Team (SOILWORK, SIRENIA).

“Night Electric Night” landed at position No. 51 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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Video: AC/DC’s BRIAN JOHNSON Takes Lamborghini Trofeo For A Spin

A new series hosted by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, “Cars That Rock”, is airing in the U.K. on Thursdays starting on May 8 on Quest, Freeview Channel 38.

The Back2Back Productions series follows Johnson as he pursues his passion of cars, looking into the history, meeting the fanatics and of racing.

“Cars That Rock” is described as a series of six 60-minute episodes in which Brian looks at six of his favorite makes of car (three from the U.K. and three from other parts of Europe). Brian races some of the cars in professional races and he also drives other cars at high speed. From the Bugatti and Ferrari to the humble Mini, Brian delves into their fascinating histories, from big-screen appearances in blockbusters to some very famous owners.

A new video clip from “Cars That Rock” in which Johnson takes a Lamborghini race car onto the track that killed Ayrton Senna can be seen below.

“The first curve is the infamous Tamburello corner,” says the singer. “It’s a vicious, nasty, blind, never-ending thing. You’re flying down there. I was doing about 185 miles per hour, and it comes up on you real fast.

“It’s a shrine: flags and flowers and photographs, you just can’t miss it… and this guy was the finest driver of his time. I was wondering if I was gonna join him for a cup of tea!”

When Brian was asked to rank his Rolls Royce on a scale of 1-10 for an interview a while back, he gave his Phantom an “absolute 10.” He added: “To me, it’s the ultimate vehicle. It can go north of 60 in five seconds.” The more sentimental reason behind his love for the Rolls-Royce — his father’s friends used to say they would ride in one when they died. “That’s never going to happen to me. I always wanted to buy one before I died.”

Johnson previously stated about his love of cars: “A few years ago, AC/DC did a gig at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. There were 119,000 people gathered on the hills and stands. It was wonderful to stand up there with the band, but when I was on stage singing, I thought, I wish I could drive this track.

“If someone had asked me when I was a teenager whether I wanted to become a top driver or the lead singer with one of the world’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands, I’d have said driver. I always imagined myself as Stirling Moss or Graham Hill. Luckily, the music worked out and has meant I can live the dream of racing.

“I am often asked to compare the two. When you are strapped into a car hurtling towards the first bend, the adrenaline has to be greater than it is when you’re on stage. Maybe that’s because the risk of hurting yourself or worse on stage is not the same as in motor racing.

“I was once racing a Porsche when the engine of the car in front blew up. Driving through a wall of smoke, with oil all over the windscreen, I couldn’t see a thing. At times like that you wonder if you will emerge alive. Now I count myself as a lucky man in that I get the opportunity both to sing and to drive.

“The idea [for ‘Cars That Rock’] started when a TV producer read my book, ‘Rockers And Rollers’, and thought: ‘Rock ‘n’ roll and cars — let’s give it a shot.’ I was quite amazed because, apart from fronting a few fun short films about racing in America, I had not really done any presenting.

“They said to me: ‘Brian, can you pick six makes of car from the past 100 years that have made a significant impact on automotive history?’ Of course there are dozens, but I could pick only six. It was difficult, because I knew people would disagree with some of them. It ended up being Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Mini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. I was looking for individual genius: men who, through their inventiveness and design skills, changed the face of motorcars: Ettore Bugatti, Ferruccio Lamborghini and WO Bentley, for example.”

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