Guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT, PAINMUSEUM) was a special guest judge for the School Of Rock‘s all-star “Metal Fest”competition that took place this past Saturday, April 7 at New York City’s Gramercy Theater.
Metal Mike judged competing bands from nine School Of Rock locations, with the winning honors ultimately going to the Tenafly, New Jersey school for their rendition of METALLICA‘s “Master Of Puppets”.
During the evening, Mike additionally joined the winners for a performance of HALFORD‘s “Locked And Loaded”.
“I had a great time with the young metalheads,” said Mike. “It is just killer to see so much passion and talent. I have seen the kids perform great tracks by JUDAS PRIEST, NIGHTWISH, MAIDEN, DEATH and SABBATH, among others, and let’s face it — carrying the torch is what it is all about. For me, the big picture is partly about embracing the up-coming generation of metal musicians and giving them a supportive hand to help them grow and become as great as they wish to be.”
Mike is currently putting the finishing touches on his solo album, “The Metalworker”. The CD features Mike along musicians Kevin Talley (DAATH, MISERY INDEX, SIX FEET UNDER), Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) and Carlos Zema (ex-OUTWORLD).