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3/28/2012

  • Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn and his wife welcomed a son into the world last Friday (March 23rd). No other information about the birth is available yet. Meanwhile, in other Slipknot news, Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson has revealed that he is collaborating on a new project with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Wilson said, "I'm going to do an EP with Fred Durst. I don't want to say too much, but it's definitely part of this new, dirtier approach to music making I'm doing right now. It's great to work with Fred, he understands the harder edge of the world that I'm into." (Blabbermouth)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins will release their first full-length album since 2007, titled Oceania, on June 19th. The follow-up to Zeitgeist is a standalone part of the larger Teargarden By Kaleidyscope project, which is slated to ultimately include 44 tracks. Late 2012 will also bring reissues of early Pumpkins albums including 1995's Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High and 1998's Adore. (Billboard)  Read more at Blabbermouth and Classic Rock


  • 3 Doors Down will hit the road this spring and summer on the Gang Of Outlaws tour, which will also feature ZZ Top and, on most of the dates, Gretchen Wilson. The trek kicks off on May 25th in Manchester, New Hampshire and winds down on June 29th in Hinckley, Minnesota. 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold said in a statement, "The tour is huge! We have the honor to share the stage with some amazing artists, including one of my favorite bands, ZZ Top! We can't wait to bring Gang Of Outlaws to your town."  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and  Noisecreep.  Check out tour dates at Ultimate Classic Rock
 

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports all 100,000 tickets to METALLICA's five shows at the Sports Palace in Mexico City — scheduled for August 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 — are now officially sold out. As a result, the band has added yet another date in Mexico City: August 9 at the same venue.  Tickets for the sixth show will go on sale on Thursday, March 29 at 11 a.m. CST at Ticketmaster.mxMETALLICA announced on March 15 that the band will unveil what the group's publicist described as a "mind-blowing new stage" in Mexico "that needs to be seen to be believed." The 140-foot-by-50-foot stage will feature "colossal components and striking visual elements spanning METALLICA's entire 30-year career."  The band itself went further in a post at its official web site, saying, "After years in the making, we are beyond excited to finally unveil the all new, out of control, massive stage and METALLI-show . . . Mexico will be the first to see what will be the cornerstone of our touring escapades for years to come."  It is not clear whether this production is the highly theatrical show that the band first discussed back in 2010, with co-manager Peter Mensch saying it would be METALLICA's "equivalent of [PINK FLOYD's] 'The Wall'" and would "blow your mind."  When The Pulse Of Radio asked drummer Lars Ulrich about that idea recently, he said it was one of many projects METALLICA was considering. "That's still circling also," he said. "None of this stuff goes away. I mean, we just throw these balls up in the air and then we try to tackle them one at a time. That one's still in the air, nothing definitive, but it's still circling. None of these things go away, they just get bigger and costlier and overwhelm us more (laughs)."  METALLICA last appeared in Mexico in 2009, playing to over 150,000 fans during three sold-out nights at Foro Sol Stadium that were captured for a live DVD.  The new stage show is said to be twice the size of the production that METALLICA has been using since 2008 on its "World Magnetic" tour.  Before all this happens, METALLICA will headline its own two-day musical event, the Orion Music + More festival, scheduled for June 23-24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Over 20 acts are slated to perform.

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Orion Music + More — the two-day festival created by METALLICA that will take place on June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey — has announced the addition of Ktulu's Rock 'N' Roll Emporium.   Check out dozens of vendors hawking their collectibles and vinyl, gig posters and gear.   For more information, go to this location.  An entire stage at Orion Music + More devoted to punk and thrash music — Damage Inc. Stage — will be headlined by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and SEPULTURA, and will feature up-and-comers TORCHE, RED FANG, KYNG, LANDMINE MARATHON, BLACK TUSK, THY WILL BE DONE, and more.   Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of METALLICA's bandmembers' many personal interests. METALLICA will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play "The Black Album" in its entirety one night and "Ride The Lightning" in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012.  Orion Music + More has launched a complete web site where fans are able to explore the full Orion Music + More lineup by clicking any band name for a bio, video, streaming music and more. They will also be able to use the Custom Scheduler to make their own personalized lineup.  Tickets for Orion Music + More are currently on sale for $150 for a two-day pass including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.

 

  • Blabbermouth posts Vivien of Italian web radio LineaRock.it recently conducted an interview with KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu. You can now watch the chat below.  KORN's latest album, "The Path Of Totality", swathe band teaming up with dubstep producers and DJs to add a whole new electronic layer to their sound.  Much of the material for the album was recorded at singer Jonathan Davis' home studio, and he laid down vocals at home or in hotel rooms while on tour.  Davis said that title refers to the fact that "in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time. That's how this album came together . . . I'm not sure it could ever happen again."  The album was released in two configurations: as a standard 11-song CD and a special edition CD that included bonus tracks as well as a DVD of "The Encounter", a full-length video concert of KORN's mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime performance in the middle of a 900-foot-long crop circle in a wheat field in Bakersfield. The complete concert, previously seen in 2010 on TV and online in an abbreviated form, was offered in its entirety to those who purchase the deluxe version.

 

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) will be the musical guest on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Tuesday, April 10. Slash and his band will perform on the show's outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.  "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs at 12:05 a.m. ET and PT/11:05 p.m. CT.   Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Apocalyptic Love", the second solo album from Slash, can be streamed at Amazon.com.  Due on May 22 via his own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI, the CD will follow his 2010 debut album, "Slash", and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set "Made In Stoke 24/7/11". Notably, the "Slash" album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.  In the U.K., "Apocalyptic Love" will be released on May 21 in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form — providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash album will follow through Roadrunner Records on June 18.  For the new album, Slash — along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass) — teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the "Slash" disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album.

 

  

  • Blabbermouth posts AEROSMITH members Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Joe Perry took part in a special press event earlier today (Wednesday, March 28) at The Grove in Los Angeles, California to announce the band's upcoming "The Global Warming Tour". You can now watch video footage of the question-and-answer session below.  "Well, we've been underground for four months doing what we do best," began singer Steven Tyler, "and we've been known to set the world on fire with our type of music, for the last couple of years, to say the least. So, we decided to call this 'The Global Warming Tour', and come from under the hood, to tell you all that we've got a new album and a new tour."  "The Global Warming Tour" will play 18 markets beginning on June 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Support on the trek will come from CHEAP TRICK.  "The old AEROSMITH is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers," says Steven Tyler.  Joe Perry adds, "Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long."  Live Nation is the national tour promoter for AEROSMITH's North American tour. This summer's hottest ticket will go on sale March 30 and 31 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly. Beginning on Thursday, March 29, fans that visit www.livenation.com/aerosmith and RSVP to the presale will have early access to tickets.   Bassist Tom Hamilton says, "After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans. We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio. Can't wait to get to Minneapolis!"  AEROSMITH is currently mixing a reworked version of its 1991 outtake "Legendary Child" (originally written during the "Get A Grip" sessions) for inclusion in the upcoming summer film "GI Joe: Retaliation" (which arrives in theaters around the U.S. on June 29). The song is also expected to appear on AEROSMITH's long-awaited new studio album, which is tentatively due later this year.   AEROSMITH began work on its first all-new album since 2001 last year, with the rest of the band working on music while singer Steven Tyler made his "American Idol" debut.  The band has been working with producer Jack Douglas, who collaborated with them on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks".

  • Blabbermouth reports on March 22, Martell of WeLoveMetal.com conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow hereWeLoveMetal.com: The big announcement right now is two of the biggest rock bands in the world taking the stage together. MÖTLEY and KISS together — you must be pretty excited about it.  Mick: Oh yeah, yeah. We played with them once, more than one time, but on a short tour with them, and it was crazy then. And it's going to be way over the top this time.  WeLoveMetal.com: Are we going to hear any of this new music when you are out this time?  Mick: It's not very likely. I don't want to say "no" for sure, but it's pretty unlikely. We're trying to put together something that's really amazing so I don't want to give away a lot. It could be a single or an EP or it could be a full album. Whatever it is, we'll try to give the best we've really recorded for a long time. It's going to be like a "Dr. Feelgood"… that kind of quality. I don't mean like stepping back into the '80s. It will be very modern. It will just be good quality music.  Read the entire interview from WeLoveMetal.com.  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee were interviewed earlier this week on the "Bo & Jim" morning show on the Dallas, Texas radio station Lone Star 92.5. You can now listen to the chat below.  KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will kick off their co-headlining tour — dubbed simply "The Tour" — on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia.  "The Tour" is currently scheduled to wrap on September 23 in Hartford, Connecticut. Although the bands are officially co-headlining the tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE will open for KISS each night.  Simmons told The Pulse Of Radio that attending a KISS concert should be viewed as nothing less than a religious rock experience. "There's something else going on, that somehow words don't really get to — in the same way that, perhaps, when you think about a, a Southern Baptist church revival," he said. "Your spirit is lifted when you walk out of there. You feel glad to be alive another day. I'd like to think that when you leave our show, you feel exhilarated — physically exhausted, but there's something to talk about."  MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx told The Pulse Of Radio that the band always has one goal whenever it goes onstage. "If we're the greatest we can be, that's exciting, and that's what I believe that Mick (Mars) and Tommy (Lee) and Vince (Neil) all want too," he said. "They want to be the greatest rock band that MÖTLEY CRÜE can be. That's why we always try to come up with new, twisted versions of our production, and I think our shows are so potent and, I think, contagious. It's fun and it's horrifying all at the same time."  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock



 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference on March 20 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of their co-headlining 2012 North American summer tour, simply dubbed "The Tour". The trek — which will see KISS closing the show each night — will kick off on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia and will run through September 23 in Hartford, Connecticut.  After the press conference, Jeremy Meyer, a columnist with Examiner.com, sat down with members of KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE to discuss everything from Tommy Lee first meeting KISS 30 years ago, bad opening acts, iconic songs and more. You can now watch the 15-minute chat below.  Said MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx: "Growing up, I had a KISS poster, AEROSMITH poster and SWEET on the wall, and for me to go out and do this together, it's an honor. I know what KISS is about — I've been watching them for years — and I think it's a perfect, perfect match. Maybe a match made in hell, in some places in America they may think, but it's a perfect match and it's gonna be all night long — hits, bombs, girls, topless a few. MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS — I can't wait to experience it myself."  Added KISS frontman Paul Stanley: "Nikki and I have been in touch with each other and just going, 'This is awesome.' This is something we're all really fired up about. It's double what either one of us could do, so exponentially it's that much bigger. Whatever either band is capable of doing, you do it double on one night. It's out of the park, man. We're gonna level each city, literally."  With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are more than just iconic; they remain today as the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will share a stage since 1982.



 

  • Blabbermouth reports U.K. rockers THE TREATMENT will support KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE on their upcoming North American co-headlining tour, simply dubbed "The Tour", which will kick off on July 20 in Bristow, Virginia and run through September 23 in Hartford, Connecticut.   Commented MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx: "I am very happy for them. We played them nine months ago on 'Sixx Sense' [Nikki's radio show] and fans really loved what they are about. Give them a warm welcome."   THE TREATMENT is currently touring the U.K. as the support act for STEEL PANTHER and will next hit the road with legendary rockers THIN LIZZY in May.  In other news, THE TREATMENT was recently in the studio laying down tracks for a brand new EP; as with the band's debut album, "This Might Hurt", released by Spinefarm Records last year, production has been overseen by Laurie Mansworth at IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris' Barnyard Studios, with Tony Newton taking care of the mix.  Read more at Classic Rock

    The track listing for the EP — a choice selection of '70s covers — is as follows:-

    01. Run Run Run (JO JO GUNNE)
    02. Take Me Bake 'Ome (SLADE)
    03. Evil Woman (ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA)
    04. Motorbikin' (CHRIS SPEDDING)
    05. Let's Work Together (CANNED HEAT)


  • Blabbermouth posts DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott recently spoke to BIG 100.3's (web site) Lisa about the band's upcoming tour with POISON and LITA FORD; his favorite rock and roll memorabilia; and his recent obsession with Brazilian music. You can now listen to the chat below.  In an interview with AOL's Noisecreep, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen stated about the band's upcoming road activities. "We're actually going to be back on tour around when the [film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical 'Rock Of Ages'] is out, and it would be a lot of fun to get some of the other bands featured in 'Rock Of Ages' out with us," he said. "We went out with POISON in 2009, and we all had so much fun."  "Rock Of Ages" is a love story told through the music of DEF LEPPARD, PAT BENATAR, BON JOVI, JOURNEY, POISON, TWISTED SISTER and other artists from the 1980s.  "Rock Of Ages" stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman and many others. It scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 1.  In a 2009 interview, Elliott defended his band's decision to tour with POISON — a group that, just a year earlier, he trashed in the media. Speaking to Noisecreep, Elliott explained, "I didn't say that [POISON's] music had no substance, I said that ours had more. That's a totally different thing. Yes, it was taken out of proportion. Truth be known, it was a dumb question from a foreign journalist in a press conference where I could barely hear what was going on and I was getting really agitated with being in the room in the first place, so I couldn't hear the questions. It was a dumb question from a dumb journalist, to a dumb singer about a dumb subject."  He added, "My belief is that we're better than them ... but I would say that if they just said it about any band whether it be THE WHO or [THE  ROLLING  STONES] or THE BEATLES — not because I'm an arrogant idiot, but because when you're in a band, you are absolutely 100 percent allowed to believe that you're the best band in the world.  "So if that question had been asked of Bret Michaels, I would have expected him to have answered it in a very similar way. He's entitled to think that they're a better band than us, because he's in the band, you know what I mean? So that certainly wasn't ... it's not that I thought they had no substance, I just thought that we had more."

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports original AC/DC singer Dave Evans will embark on a U.K. tour in June/July. Dave's band, the UK BADDASSES, this time features brothers Chris and Luke Appleton (both from Dave's labelmates FURY UK) on guitar and bass, Martin McNee (FURY UK) on drums and Tom Atkinson (VICE) on guitar.

    The dates are as follows:

    June 22 - Bury, The Towler
    June 23 - Birkenhead, Revolver
    June 24 - Blackpool, Uncle Tom's Cabin
    June 29 - Ebbw Vale, Odin's Rock Club
    June 30 - Chester, Brookers Bar
    July 05 - Oldham, Whittles
    July 06 - Grimsby, Yardbirds Rock Club
    July 07 - Burnley, Sanctuary Bar

    Evans was a member of AC/DC from the band's inception in 1973 until 1974. Following his departure from AC/DC, Dave Evans formed the wild hedonistic rock band RABBIT, Melbourne '80s rock outfit DAVE EVANS AND THUNDER DOWN UNDER, and lastly DAVE EVANS AND HOT COCKEREL. Dave Evans has also toured as a solo act, and in 2008 released "Judgement Day" through MGMEvans claimed last year that he was dropped from the "Long Live Bon Scott" series of tribute concerts because of pressure from the family of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.  "To me it is an insult," Dave told Undercover. "Bon would be rolling in his grave."  He added, "I never had a problem with Bon. He had an opportunity to take my place and become the singer for AC/DC. I would have done the same thing."  "Bon was a rock and roller and as hard as me. I left home when I was 16 and was knocking about the Cross. He was quite a few years older than me but we grew up tough and did the hard knocks. My relationship with Bon has nothing to do with this. I have always showed great respect to Bon and the fans will attest to that. My fans are up in arms about this."

 

  • Blabbermouth posts on March 21, Amy Francis of the Wilmington, Illinois radio station 105.5 The Kat conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can now listen to the chat in the You Tube clip below. A one-and-a-half-minute video for "Manuscriptum Regius", the spoken-word lyric from "Unsung: Words And Images", the brand new book by David Ellefson, can be seen below.  "Unsung: Words And Images", featuring never-before-published original lyrics and images, is available now for purchase through Blurb.com in a deluxe hardcover "Gift" edition, softcover high-gloss version and instant downloadable version through the iBooks app for iPad and iPhone.  Dark, light, inquisitive and inspirational, "Unsung" expresses a uniquely diverse side to David's creativity. He enthuses that "as a musician, my past lyrical work has always been set to music. But, with this new book I set out to explore a new medium using both words and images as the canvas for an exciting new mosaic of storytelling."  "Unsung" is also David's first venture into the realm of self-publishing. As a result, he encourages the reader to utilize these original lyrics under license from him for their own songs. In this manner, song-writers of all levels can actually become a co-writer with David. This is truly an innovative way for fans and musicians to co-create with one of metal music's most iconic and inspirational artists!  In a recent interview with GuitarWorld.com, Ellefson stated about the inspiration for "Unsung", "I have a lot of lyrics from just the past few months, ideas that were really good, but I wasn't necessarily inspired to go through the process of writing music around them all. Setting the lyrics to photo images opened up a whole new realm of creativity with these words and didn't confine me to having to edit ideas to fit into a specific musical genre, either. . . Much like when you compile a musical album, the lyrics started to shape the book very naturally. Once I realized the potential, I had to not be locked into writing only genre-specific lyrics, other ideas started to flow effortlessly. Pieces like 'Sweet Affections', 'Goddess Divine' and even 'The Cycle' really helped round out the book and give it some unique emotion and variety that I may not have been able to put on a musical album with many of the same lyrics."  "Unsung" is available now for purchase through Blurb.com in a deluxe hardcover "Gift" edition, softcover high-gloss version and instant downloadable version through the iBooks app for iPad and iPhone.  As a co-founder the rock group MEGADETH, David has been a regular contributor to one of metal music's most enduring legacies. Followers of David's work will be delighted that "Unsung" proves to be yet another unique narrative from a man who is known for creating fresh and innovative ways to inspire and connect with his fans.  For more information, visit DavidEllefson.com.

    Interview:



    "Manuscriptum Regius" video:



  • Blabbermouth posts on March 3, LA Lloyd conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Michael Poulsen of Danish metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT on the final night of Gigantour 2012 backstage from ACL Live at Moody Theatre Austin, Texas. You can now watch the chat below.  Guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE) made his live debut with VOLBEAT on January 26 at the opening show of this year's Gigantour at the Susquahana Bank Arena, in Camden, New Jersey.   Shermann most recently shared the stage with METALLICA at one of four intimate shows which took place at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of the week-long celebration of METALLICA's 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.   "It's a true honor getting to work with Hank, whose guitar work has inspired all three bandmembers long before VOLBEAT was formed," Michael Poulsen said in a statement. "I'm very thankful that Hank [had] the time to join us on Gigantour in his busy schedule."  VOLBEAT recently parted ways with guitarist Thomas Bredahl, who had been a member of the band since 2006.  VOLBEAT last year released "Live From Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" via Vertigo/Universal on double DVD, Blu-ray, limited double DVD + audio CD, CD, digital download and VOD. The set includes footage from VOLBEAT's sold-out show in front of 10,000 fervent fans at the Forum in Copenhagen, to the House of Blues in Anaheim, California and the Rock Am Ring show in Germany. It's VOLBEATconquering performance territory Stateside and across Europe, showing fans that the band is just as comfortable, charged and throttled in front of an audience as intimate as 1,100 or as vast as 80,000.

  • Blabbermouth posts punk rock icon Henry Rollins was interviewed for the latest edition of "Radioactive Metal". You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.  "Radioactive Metal" is broadcast on Pure Rock Radio Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. EST at www.purerockradio.net.

    Interview (audio):




    The 51-year-old Rollins, who counts singer/songwriter, radio DJ, actor, author and spoken-word artist among his achievements, released his first travel book, "Occupants", in 2011. A collection of photographs taken on his global trawls, the book captures moments in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, and is accompanied by a written commentary.  "I put out my point of view in a pretty cogent, sober manner," Rollins tells Adelaide Now of his quest to gather life experience for his spoken-word gigs. "I go far and wide into the world and get information from crazy, distant places and bring it back to report to you, the audience member, with as much clarity and hopefully vivid storytelling interest as I possibly can. . . I go very far and wide and make sure the information comes from a lot of sweat and choleric burn so I can justify taking two hours of your life every 18 months. By the time you hear me say something from the stage I have busted my arse coming up with every possible angle of that thought."


 
  • Blabbermouth reports after thrilling sold-out crowds with their critically acclaimed U.S. tour last month, reunited British rockers THE DARKNESS will return stateside this May for select dates as well as three festival appearances: Saturday, May 19 at InfieldFest (Baltimore, Maryland); Sunday, May 20 at Rock On The Range (Columbus, Ohio); and Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma (Pryor, Oklahoma).   Hailing from Lowestoft, Suffolk, THE DARKNESSJustin Hawkins (vocals/guitars), Dan Hawkins (guitars/backing vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass) and Ed Graham (drums) — are ready to launch a full-scale invasion with the release of their third studio album and first in eight years. Due out late summer, the as-yet-untitled CD marks the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified debut, "Permission To Land", which spawned fan favorites "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" and "Get Your Hands Off My Woman" as well as the sophomore CD, "One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back", which featured "One Way Ticket" and "Is It Just Me?".

    THE DARKNESS U.S. tour dates:

    May 18 - New Haven, CT – Toad's Place
    May 19 - Baltimore, MD - Preakness Stakes InfieldFest, Pimlico Race Course
    May 20 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range, Crew Stadium
    May 22 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
    May 23 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
    May 25 - Austin, TX – Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
    May 26 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma, Fever Music Festival Grounds
    May 27 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues

    The video for "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us", the first new song in six years from THE DARKNESS, can be seen here"Nothin's Gonna Stop Us" was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Brine in Norfolk, England and mixed in Austin, Texas by Chris "Frenchie Smith". The video for the song was created by artist Thom Lessner and director Ted Passon.   THE DARKNESS made its U.K. live comeback in June 2011 in front of just 200 people at the Norwich Waterfront.  THE DARKNESS' first album, "Permission To Land", was released in 2003, hitting the No. 1 spot in the U.K. chart and winning "MasterCard British Album" at the 2004 Brit Awards (along with "Best British Group" and "British Rock Act").   Between 2003 and 2006, THE DARKNESS was honored with many awards and accolades; along with three Brit Awards, the band won an Ivor Novello in 2004 for "Songwriters Of The Year", four Kerrang! Awards, two Metal Hammer Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award and even an Elle Style Awardin 2004 for "Most Stylish Band".


  • Blabbermouth posts a teaser for "No Surrender", the new video from the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT, can be seen below. The full clip will make its online debut on April 4.  "No Surrender" comes TAPROOT's new album, "The Episodes", which will be released on April 10 via Victory Records. The CD was produced by Tim Palatan, who previously worked with the group on 2010's "Plead The Fifth".  "The Episodes", nearly six years in the making, is a complexly developed concept album. Guitarist Mike DeWolf told Loudwire about the CD, "It's a life journey kind of concept about growing up and making choices and the effects of the choices you make in your life — one way or the other. It's got three main characters and it's something that hopefully each person can take something different away from — something that can be special to each person individually."  Regarding the songwriting process for the new album, DeWolf said, "It came together a thousand times faster than any other album. We did everything completely different. We had this idea — 'What if we wrote a story, broke it into ten pieces, and then wrote the music around that?' Instead of the opposite because the music always comes pretty easy to us but the lyrics usually take a little while longer. We were kind of getting the hard part out of the way right off the bat and having fun with it all the rest of the way. It came together, literally, in 15 days — written and demoed."  Read more at Loudwire

    TAPROOT is:

    Stephen Richards - Guitar, Vocals
    Mike DeWolf - Guitar
    Philip Lipscomb - Bass
    Nick Fredell - Drums

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM recently made a guest appearance on ADRENALINE MOB's blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN's classic "Come Undone", which is featured on the MOB's debut album, "Omertá".  Commented Hale: "After touring together last summer [as part of the Uproar tour], I was approached by legendary drummer and equally as legendary great guy... Mike Portnoy. He was kind enough to ask me if I'd like to join them to remake the DURAN DURAN hit 'Come Undone'. Of course, I said yes, and ran to Mike Plotnikoff's home studio to do it! Now, coming from someone who has lived and played with her own zany drummer all her life, I must say, it was next to orgasmic to sing against Mr. Portnoy's stylings. Truly an honor! Thank you so much to all the guys in ADRENALINE MOB for including me on their record, 'Omertà'. Go get it!"  ADRENALINE MOB is the band featuring featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer"Omertá" sold around 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in Europe on March 19 in Europe via Century Media Records and in the U.S. on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services. The 11-song effort was produced by ADRENALINE MOB and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX's "Worship Music" and STEEL PANTHER's "Balls Out"ADRENALINE MOB travelled to Los Angeles earlier in the month to film a video for the song "Indifferent". The clip, which was directed by Scott Hansen (A DAY TO REMEMBER, UNEARTH, WILLIE NELSON), was shot in the desert in California and throughout Los Angeles and should be making its debut in the next few weeks.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer — will perform after the San Antonio Rampage American Hockey League game against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, April 7 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with performances by Natural Ear Music School bands THE NEXT DAY and ARISEN in the Bud Light Courtyard.   The Natural Ear Music School is owned and operated by Moyer and teaches kids to play rock 'n' roll by ear by grouping kids in a similar age and experience range to form a functional band unit. The school was established in Austin, Texas in 1991 will open a school in San Antonio this summer.  Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling a Rampage representative at 210.444.5554 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 210.444.5554 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or online at sarampage.com.  ADRENALINE MOB travelled to Los Angeles earlier in the month to film a video for the song "Indifferent". The clip, which was directed by Scott Hansen (A DAY TO REMEMBER, UNEARTH, WILLIE NELSON), was shot in the desert in California and throughout Los Angeles and should be making its debut in the next few weeks.  "Indifferent" comes off ADRENALINE MOB's debut album, "Omertá", which sold around 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in Europe on March 19 in Europe via Century Media Records and in the U.S. on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services.  The 11-song effort — which was produced by ADRENALINE MOB and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX's "Worship Music" and STEEL PANTHER's "Balls Out" — includes a blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN's classic "Come Undone" featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM.  ADRENALINE MOB will embark on a European tour in June.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Bram Teitelman of Metal Insider recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow hereMetal Insider: In a recent interview, Russell [Allen, SYMPHONY X and ADRENALINE MOB singer] said he didn't care what DREAM THEATER or SYMPHONY X fans thought of ADRENALINE MOB and that the criticism doesn't really bother him. Do you have any thoughts on what DREAM THEATER fans have thought of the [ADRENALINE MOB] record ["Omertá"] so far?  Portnoy: Well, I guess, if anything, I'm guilty of caring too much. I really do care what people think, and I revolved my whole career and all the twenty five years with DREAM THEATER… I ran that band and made decisions based on caring what the fans thought and wanted. I'd love to sit here and say I don't care what they say, but the truth is that I do. That stuff carries a lot of weight with me. It hurts when people say negative things, because I'm at a place in my career where I'm trying to stay very positive and optimistic, and everything is very good in my world right now. When I see people trying to drag it down and do all this negative trolling online, it really hurts. I find myself a much happier person when I turn off my computer and live my life. So I have to say that stuff matters to me. But I understand that ADRENALINE MOB is not going to be every DREAM THEATER fan's cup of tea. I totally get that, I understand that, it's different world. I know there are a lot of DREAM THEATER fans that do like the heavier side of music, but there are some that don't. Different strokes for different folks. I get that and I understand it. I just don't see the need for the negative, mean responses. There's no need for that. If you don't like it, move on. If it's not your cup of tea, then just move on. As far as I'm concerned, variety is the spice of life and that's where I'm at right now. I want to do different things with different bands and different musicians, and I really want to dive into many different styles and genres. I'm a music fan first and foremost. I can find the beauty in JELLYFISH and U2 just as much as OPETH and LAMB OF GOD, just as much as I can with RUSH and YES. So I want to do all those things in my career. I don't want to do just one.  Metal Insider: Did you think it was going to get to this point with social media when it started out?  Portnoy: Well, I guess it was inevitable. I mean, even before social media in the late Nineties, early 2000s, just with the Internet itself and message boards. It began that open line of communication and suddenly you're able to see what the fans were saying. Back in the '80s, when I was starting out in this business, you basically put out your record and the only feedback you ever got was journalists either in magazines or on TV or on radio and that was it. The fans never had a say or an opinion. Once the Internet came around in the late Nineties, suddenly I was reading message boards and web site digests and blogs, and suddenly everybody is given a voice. And it's a great thing, but it's also a dangerous thing. You see all these negative trolls on Blabbermouth and they're using their computers as a weapon. Half of them I bet are thirteen-year-old kids sitting in their parents' basement looking to stir shit up. It's frustrating to see people using the Internet as a weapon, but I'd like to think that for every one asshole that's doing that, there's ninety nine using it productively and creatively and in a more positive manner. But it's always the one that makes me fucking insane and crazy as oppose to the ninety nine that are saying great things. It just takes that one rotten apple to ruin the party.  Read the entire interview from Metal Insider.  Read more at Noisecreep

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports vocalist Joey Tempest of Swedish hard rockers EUROPE has admitted to Classic Rock magazine that he and his badmates have thought about dropping all of their older material from their live set to concentrate solely on songs from the last four studio albums since their reunion in 2003.  "We have seriously talked about it," Tempest told Classic Rock, "and yes, it would include leaving out 'The Final Countdown'. But right now, we don't feel it's the right thing to do. Fans come along to shows expecting to hear certain old favorites, and they wouldn't be happy if we did this. But it is something we could certainly do in the future."  "The Final Countdown" was the first single released from EUROPE's third studio album, "The Final Countdown", in 1986. The band's most recognizable and popular song, it reached No. 1 in 25 countries, including the United Kingdom. In the United States the song peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 18 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The single was certified gold in the United Kingdom in 1986.  Sweden's Expressen TV (Expressen newspaper's online video channel) in 2009 posted video footage of Joey Tempest commenting on what has been dubbed "the worst cover band ever" performing a disastrous version of the EUROPE mega-smash "The Final Countdown". Also available is the original YouTube clip of "the worst cover band ever"'s performance — which has been viewed nearly 3.5 million times so far — and footage of EUROPE playing the same song live in 1986.  EUROPE's ninth studio album, "Bag Of Bones", will be released on April 27 via earMusic/Edel. The CD, which features a guest appearance by blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), was produced by Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with IRON MAIDEN, JOE BONAMASSA, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK STONE CHERRY and JOURNEY, among others.  Read more at Classic Rock

    EUROPE frontman comments on the "worst cover band ever":



    "Worst cover band ever" performing EUROPE's "The Final Countdown":



    EUROPE performing "The Final Countdown" in 1986:

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports according to the Courthouse News Service, GREAT WHITE's lead singer and founding member Jack Russell has filed a lawsuit against his estranged bandmates claiming that they fired him and stole the group's name while he was recovering from surgery to repair a perforated bowel. Named in the complaint were GREAT WHITE lead guitarist Mark Kendall, drummer Audie Desbrow, guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist Michael Lardie and talent agency Bigg Time Entertainment.  The March 22 federal lawsuit — which can be downloaded as a PDF file at this location — states: "In August of 2010, plaintiff was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery for a life threatening condition. While he recuperated from this surgery, other singers filled in for him during [GREAT WHITE's] live performances, however, it was undisputed that plaintiff's absence was temporary, and that he retained his position in the band's lineup and would resume singing with the band upon his recuperation.  "By December of 2011, plaintiff had recuperated sufficiently to be able to once again perform as lead singer. However, defendants, who had apparently decided that they would prefer that band continue without plaintiff, stated that he would not be 'permitted' to return to his band until he agreed to a lengthy set of conditions (including, for example, that he agree to no longer take the pain medications or even the anti-inflammatory medicines that had been prescribed by his treating physicians) that was clearly designed to keep him from returning to the band."  Russell recently enlisted former members of FIREHOUSE, FIGHT and GREAT WHITE to perform with him under the name JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE. That band kicked off its "High Seas" tour on March 3 at Route 46 in Sanford, Florida and is scheduled to headline this summer's "America Rocks Tour" with support from FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, PRETTY BOY FLOYD and LILLIAN AXE.  According to Jack's complaint: "In an attempt to injure the business reputation of plaintiff and interfere with his band's prospective economic advantage, defendants posted defamatory material about him on their website claiming that he was too infirm to perform as a musician. Defendants also claimed to be the true owners of the 'GREAT WHITE' trademark, and posted threats to litigate against any venue or promoter that booked plaintiff's band. Plaintiff has also been informed by various venues that defendants, by and through their agents, contacted bookers that had employed plaintiff's band and threatened litigation."  Kendall, Desbrow, Lardie, bassist Scott Snyder and singer Terry Ilous recently announced plans to release a new GREAT WHITE studio album, "Elation", via Frontiers Records. Due in May, the 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE's first effort with Ilous following the band's split with Russell.  According to Jack's lawsuit, "[The] release of the ['Elation'] album [under the GREAT WHITE name] will irretrievably alter the discography of the band 'GREAT WHITE,' tarnishing and diluting the trademark, reputation, and goodwill that plaintiff has developed over 30 years."  Read more at Noisecreep

 

  • Blabbermouth posts The "MK Ondergrond" (meaning "Underground" in Afrikaans) conducted an interview with bassist Peter Iwers of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES during the Johannesburg edition of this year's RAMfest music festival. They chatted about touring South Africa, the Gothenburg scene, the band's sonic evolution and plenty more. You can watch the chat below (Note: The intro is in Afrikaans, but the interview was conducted in English).  "MK Ondergrond" (Facebook page) is South Africa's first dedicated underground music variety show, hosted by a macabre crew of animated characters, featuring band interviews, video reviews, gig guides and the best in local and international underground music videosIN FLAMES' latest digital single, "Where The Dead Ships Dwell", contains three completely different remixes for the title track. With versions by German rapper Casper, drum-and-bass act THE QEMISTS and Kristof Bathory, vocalist of the black metal band DAWN OF ASHES, there should be something everyone can enjoy.  IN FLAMES' tenth album, "Sounds Of A Playground Fading", sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.  IN FLAMES' previous CD, "A Sense of Purpose" (Koch) opened with 20,000 units to land at No. 28. This was slightly less than the opening tally of "Come Clarity" (Ferret), which shifted just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to enter the chart at position No. 58.

 

  • Blabbermouth posts Joe Daly of The Nervous Breakdown recently conducted an interview with SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow hereThe Nervous Breakdown: Looking back, some of those [SLAYER] songs are coming up on thirty years. How does it feel to still get that big response when you play them?  Lombardo: Lucky. It feels very lucky. For anybody to last more than five years in this business is rare. You have to count your blessings in this business because you never know when it's gonna end. I'm very fortunate and proud of the fact that I'm part of a band that's legendary.  The Nervous Breakdown: What's happening with you personally? What's on tap for the year ahead?  Lombardo: I have a new album coming out May 15. The band's called PHILM. It's my first production — I actually produced it and I'm really excited. It's very old school. Very reminiscent of the old CREAM, LED ZEPPELIN, Jimi Hendrix style of playing. I play a four-piece drum set, instead of the big double bass kit, with a single pedal instead of the double pedal. And it's a trio–bass player and guitar player who sings. It's fifteen songs, there's improvising, there's very moody soundscape stuff, and some very heavy songs but yet very bluesy songs. It's very diverse and very different. And it doesn't have any "Pro Tools paralysis."  The Nervous Breakdown: So what's happening with SLAYERLombardo: Writing new music. Kerry [King, guitar] and I are writing new material. We have nine songs and everything's moving forward.  The Nervous Breakdown: What does it sound like so far?  Lombardo: SLAYERThe Nervous Breakdown: So old-school fans will be happy?  Lombardo: Traditional fans will be pacified and non-traditional fans will be like, "Again?"  The Nervous Breakdown: Any estimation when the album could see the light of day?  Lombardo: I don't know, but we're going to do a three- or four-song EP to keep the fans pacified until we come out with the full-length record. Kind of like what we did with "Psycopathy Red", which was like a two-song 45.  Read the entire interview from The Nervous Breakdown.  Read more at Metal Hammer

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT, ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO), one of the most legendary and influential thrash metal guitarists, will serve as a special guest judge for Round 4 of Heavy MTL's Battle Of The Bands, where the cities heaviest and loudest bands take to the stage for a chance to win one of two prized spots on the Heavy MTL 2012 lineup at Parc Jean-Drapeau this August.  Round 4 will take place at Les Katacombes (1635 St. Laurent) on Wednesday, April 11, with the bands ERIMHA, HOLLOW, MAGNUM STALLION and VALFREYA competing for the symphonic metal night.  For more information, go to link textthis location.  Heavy MTL will take place on August 11-12 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. Weekend passes are on sale via HeavyMTL.com, by phone at (514) 790-2525 or 1-877-668-8269 in person at the Bell Centre box office.

 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports the new Songpier app from reformed German heavy metal legeds ACCEPT is available at this location. The free app enables you to listen to the new ACCEPT single "Stalingrad" while reading the song's lyrics, check out ACCEPT's entire discography, biography, tour dates, and get news and information on the band's new album, "Stalingrad", and be able to purchase any album or piece of merchandise using your smartphone. All you have to do is bookmark this URL on the home screen of your smartphone and you'll be able to access it over and over again like a regular mobile app.  "Stalingrad" will be released on April 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was once again helmed by British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY), who worked on the band's critically acclaimed comeback effort, "Blood Of The Nations".  Commented ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman: "ACCEPT and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with 'Blood Of The Nations' and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the ACCEPT family."  Regarding the musical direction of ACCEPT's next album, Hoffmann told The Rock Pit last year, "We're just gonna have the same attitude, the approach; we're just gonna do more of the same, you know, without it being the same. More similar-style stuff, hopefully fresh new ideas. And I mean, we're not gonna… The intention is not to change it right now. I mean, why would we? . . . But I have to say, it's always easier said than done. It's incredibly difficult to write songs that are sort of reminiscent of the past but they're not, you know, rip-offs of your own music. That sounds incredibly very simple, but it's really not, especially if you have a sort of history of 15 albums or whatever we have. Then there are always similarities that you have to avoid. It can't be too close, but it can't be too far away from it. So it's a pretty fine line that you have to walk sometimes, but, you know, hopefully we'll manage again."  ACCEPT's July 15, 2011 performance at last year's edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany marked the band's return to a five-piece format after the group spent a couple of months touring as a quartet due to the fact that guitarist Herman Frank suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a stage fall on May 6, 2011 in San Antonio.


 

 

  • Blabbermouth reports not in the mood for a quiet holiday season? This December, 40 of the most extreme metal bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a five-day and four-night trip to the undead!  Make no mistake, this is not one of the cruises where you share the ship with regular cruise guests... It's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.  See every band play two live shows on our three stages, each with its own unique atmosphere: The luxurious "A Chorus Line" theater, the cozy "Spectrum" club and the jewel: the open-air stage on the pool deck. Get all your memorabilia signed at the meet-and-greet sessions. Be part of the infamous "metal karaoke" and many other very special activities with the artists on board. Last but not least: Don't forget that there will be bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done!

    So far, 16 out of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed for Barge To Hell, the world's most extreme metal cruise:

    ARTILLERY
    ENSLAVED
    HACKNEYED
    HYPOCRISY
    KRISIUN
    LOUDBLAST
    MOONSPELL
    MORGOTH
    PARADISE LOST
    POSSESSED
    ROTTING CHRIST
    SACRED REICH
    SANCTUARY
    SEPULTURA
    SIX FEET UNDER
    SODOM


    Barge To Hell will sail Monday, December 3, 2012 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7.  Ticket prices start at $666 plus $289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24-room service!  Go to www.bargetohell.com for more information and register now to book before the general public.

  • Blabbermouth posts Guitar World magazine has uploaded video footage of Justin Hagberg and Shane Clark of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD talking about their new album, "Long Live Heavy Metal", and playing a few riffs. Check out the clip below.  "Long Live Heavy Metal" is being released on March 27 via Century Media Records. According to a press release, "fans can expect a blast of pure metal assured to leave no face unmelted."  For "Long Live Heavy Metal", 3 INCHES OF BLOOD reunited with producer and engineer Terry "Sho" Murray (CITY OF FIRE, EXHIBITIONISTS), who worked with the band on their seven-inch single, "Anthems For The Victorious"3 INCHES OF BLOOD teamed up with Kim Thiessen to perfect their artistic vision for the album, which is being released as a digipack and when opened, lays out similar to that of a book.

    "Long Live Heavy Metal" track listing:

    01. Metal Woman
    02. My Sword Will Not Sleep
    03. Leather Lord
    04. Chief And The Blade
    05. Dark Messenger
    06. Look Out
    07. 4000 Torches
    08. Leave It On The Ice
    09. Die For Gold (Upon The Boiling Sea IV)
    10. Storming Juno
    11. Men Of Fortune
    12. One For The Ditch

    3 INCHES OF BLOOD recently recruited Byron Stroud (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY) as its new bassist.  Stroud and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD have been working together on a variety of things, and Stroud is beyond pleased shift his involvement to a creative level.   3 INCHES OF BLOOD is currently taking part in the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012" alongside DEVILDRIVER, THE FACELESS, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, IMPENDING DOOM and WRETCHED.





  • Blabbermouth reports vocalist Jakob Samuel of Swedish hard rockers THE POODLES will release his debut solo album, "Pastpresent", on June 6. A single, "Stars And Grace", preceded the full-length effort on February 20. The official video for the track can be seen below.  THE POODLES' fourth album, "Performocracy", entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 1. Released on April 15, 2011 in Europe (May 5 in North America) via Frontiers Records, the CD was again produced by Mats Valentin, but this time Tobias Lindell (EUROPE, MUSTASCH) mixed the 12 outstanding tracks that make up the effort.




  • Blabbermouth posts vocalist Johannes Eckerström of Swedish metallers AVATAR was interviewed on the March 14 edition of the "Across The Board" radio show. You can now listen to the chat in the You Tube clip below.  AVATAR's fourth full-length album , "Black Waltz", was released on February 14 via eOne Music. The CD was produced by Tobias Lindell (EUROPE, MUSTASCH, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR) and includes songs from a limited-edition EP that was released in Sweden at the end of October 2011.

    "Black Waltz" track listing:

    01. Let Us Die
    02. Torn Apart
    03. Ready For The Ride
    04. In Napalm
    05. Black Waltz
    06. Blod
    07. Let It Burn
    08. One Touch
    09. Paint Me Red
    10. Smells Like A Freakshow
    11. Use Your Tongue

    The "Black Waltz" clip, which was directed by Johan Carlén and shot in Sweden's largest amusement park, features an appearance by the world-famous American circus sideshow Hellzapoppin.  AVATAR's third, self-titled album was released in 2010.  Read more at Loudwire

    AVATAR is:

    Johannes Eckerström - Vocals
    John Alfredsson - Drums
    Jonas Jarlsby - Guitars
    Simon Andersson - Guitars
    Henrik Sandelin - Bass



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