A new one-minute trailer for “Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Story” can be seen at Vimeo.com. The documentary about the legendary California hard rockers is being helmed by actress and filmmaker Regina Russell, who also happens to be engaged to QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali.

“I absolutely love their music,” she told AOL‘s Noisecreep, “along with they did. They unleashed the power of the hair bands of the ’80s when record companies thought hard rock bands had become dinosaurs. So I want to tell their story. These were real people in a real band that changed the face of music and so I thought it was time to make this happen.”

The synopsis for the film, which will be released through the festival circuit in 2012: “Our story follows Frankie Banali, a world-renowned drummer you probably remember from the ’80s band QUIET RIOT. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he’s a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when his singer Kevin Dubrow died in 2007. At a crossroads in his life, he must forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter.

“This film takes a trip back through time to the decade of debauchery and decadence. Real home videos shot backstage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and in hotel rooms with one of the ’80s top platinum-selling bands and most notorious bad boys. Never-before-seen footage from the milestones in Frankie‘s long career in music and his personal life now. Funny and deeply personal and poignant exploration of Frankie‘s longtime friendship with his bandmate Kevin Dubrow. The loss of his close friend and his career as he knew it, and his life after Kevin. Follow his journey at his current moment of truth. As he goes through the ups and downs of having to fill the void left by his singer and friend Kevin Dubrow and continue on with QUIET RIOT.”

“It’s been an amazing experience so far,” Russell told Noisecreep. “The people that I’ve been able to interview for the documentary, some very recognizable names, have all spoken from the heart about QUIET RIOT. Dee Snider, Glenn Hughes, Eddie Trunk are just a few. Then there’s the perspective of the other guys in the band and when you put it all together, a very interesting picture emerges. QUIET RIOT probably doesn’t get enough credit or respect for what they achieved. But when you take a good look at their career and listen to the people I’ve had the chance to film, they really do represent a very important chapter in music and I hope that once we release our film, that people will take another look at them.”

Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early ’80s was none other than QUIET RIOT. After years of struggling in Los Angeles clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the ’70s), the classic QUIET RIOT lineup of Kevin Dubrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever U.S. release in 1983, the classic “Metal Health”. Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal — “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” — the “Metal Health” album went on to become the first-ever metal U.S. debut to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.

Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band’s career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is…until now.

The video footage — directly from Banali‘s archives — will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of DUBROW (a short-lived name QUIET RIOT went by in the early ’80s), with Dubrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne‘s band at the time), and Cavazo‘s first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews — most of which has never been seen.

As Banali says, “The moment my friend Kevin Dubrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath.” But now, Dubrow and QUIET RIOT will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!”

For more information, visit www.quietriotmovie.com.

“Unto The Locust”, the new album from San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD, has registered the following first-week chart positions so far:

Germany: #5
Austria: #6
Australia: #10
Switzerland: #10
France: #13
Japan: #18
New Zealand: #19
Belgium: #22
Norway: #28
U.K.: #82

“Unto The Locust” is likely to sell between 18,000 and 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 27 via Roadrunner Records.

MACHINE HEAD‘s previous CD, “The Blackening”, opened with just under 15,000 units back in April 2007 to debut at No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marked MACHINE HEAD‘s highest Billboard chart number ever. The band’s 2004 effort, “Through The Ashes Of Empires”, premiered with less than 12,000 copies to land at No. 88.

“Unto The Locust” was recorded at GREEN DAY‘s Oakland, California’s JingleTown Recording compound, with guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn handling production duties for the third consecutive time, and mixing done at JingleTown by engineer Juan Urteaga and Flynn (who flew back to Oakland from the road on every day off during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival), along with Colin Richardson and his U.K.-based team of Carl Bown and Martyn Ford. “Unto The Locust” was tracked and mixed over the course of four months and saw the band bring in a string quartet by the name of Quartet Rouge, who ended up on no less than three of the album’s seven songs.

“Unto The Locust” standard CD track listing:

01. I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)
I) Sangre Sani
II) I Am Hell
III) Ashes To The Sky
02. Be Still And Know
03. Locust
04. This Is The End
05. Darkness Within
06. Pearls Before The Swine
07. Who We Are

“Unto The Locust” special-edition CD track listing:

01. I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)
I) Sangre Sani
II) I Am Hell
III) Ashes To The Sky
02. Be Still And Know
03. Locust
04. This Is The End
05. Darkness Within
06. Pearls Before The Swine
07. Who We Are
08. The Sentinel (JUDAS PRIEST cover) *
09. Witch Hunt (RUSH cover) *
10. Darkness Within (Acoustic) *

* Bonus tracks

DVD:

* “The Making Of Unto The Locust” Documentary

According to Roanoke.com, the parents of Morgan Harrington — the Virginia Tech student who was last seen at a METALLICA concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville in October 2009 — and two regional media and advertising companies released information about an online ad campaign designed to attract tips related to Morgan‘s slaying and to prevent a similar fate befalling another young woman.

The ads, which had a “soft launch” a few months ago, can be found on the web pages of some media outlets, including Media General‘s, with ties to the Charlottesville and Northern Virginia areas. The composite sketch shows a man believed to have been involved in a similar case in Fairfax County in 2005. DNA evidence has linked the two cases.

One ad shows a picture of Morgan as a child. The text says “she was the girl next door.” Then you see a picture of the suspect. The text reads “Is this the guy next door?”

Another ad shows a picture of Morgan. It mentions her age and her height. The words “Six Feet Under” then appear on the computer screen.

The third ad shows a picture of the suspect on a barf bag. The words “Spit Out Morgan Dana Harrington’s Killer” appear on the screen.

Morgan Harrington‘s mother realizes the ads are eye-opening. Gil Harrington told News 7, “I probably wouldn’t say it so much as in your face. Harsh perhaps. Stark. But you know what? That is our reality now. What has happened to our family is a very ugly thing.”

Harrington‘s skeletal remains were found January 26, 2010 in an Albemarle County hayfield nearly 10 miles south of where she was last seen.

No arrests have been made.

Morgan‘s father Dan told local TV station CBS 6, “This may sound strange, but we have found some peace in [the discovery of Morgan‘s body]. It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted but we know now where our daughter is and there is peace in that.”

Her disappearance led to national attention and an extensive search. METALLICA offered $50,000 for information about her whereabouts, in addition to the $100,000 reward that had been offered by her parents.

In a statement posted at their official web site, called “The Loss Of A Fan,” the band wrote in part, “We are profoundly saddened by the news of the discovery of Morgan Dana Harrington‘s body . . . Mere words cannot express the anguish and grief that we know her parents Dan and Gil are feeling, and our thoughts are with them.”

The band’s message added, “If you have any information at all about Morgan‘s death, please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 352-3467 or police@virginia.edu.”

http://www.wdbj7.com/videobeta/17ce0340-68f4-45a9-a7a0-a9347b798730/News/Morgan-Harrington-s-family-launches-eye-opening-online-ad-campaign

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