- Blabbermouth posts PAPA ROACH performed an acoustic version of the song "Scars" at the 25th annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, which was held on April 27 at the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville, California. Video footage of their appearance can be seen below. PAPA ROACH last fall entered the studio with producer James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, HALESTORM, SIXX: A.M., SCORPIONS) to begin recording its new album for a late 2012 release. In an October 2011 interview with the Albany, New York radio station Q103, PAPA ROACH lead singer Jacoby Shaddix said that the band was focusing on creating something unusual this time around. Shaddix stressed the importance of creating something "out of the norm" — including a duet with a female vocalist, which they'd never done before — that will be "aggressive and uplifting." Shaddix previously stated about PAPA ROACH's new music, "We want to separate ourselves from the pack again. When we came out in '99 and 2000, we were like part of an underground movement and then that was really cool. Then that movement kind of fell apart and there weren't many bands still out there doing it. So we evolved and separated ourselves again and evolved into more of a rock band. Now we have been lumped into all these rock bands and we are like, 'Cool we like that. We like that sense of community in rock.' But I want to evolve it into something more even of our own sound." He added, "I wouldn't necessarily say that is the move to make it creatively original. I just think the music we have been listening to, we have been listening to everything from honkytonk country music to electronic music to heavy metal to punk rock. I don't want to make an average white-guy rock record. I want to make a fucking record that inspires people to fuck, fight, love, forgive. An inspiring album that makes people want to move, makes people want to do something."
PAPA ROACH's 2010 release "Time For Annihilation... On The Road And On The Record", featured a mix of live tracks and new studio cuts. "Time For Annihilation" was PAPA ROACH's first release on Eleven Seven Music, after parting ways with Interscope/Geffen Recordsin 2010. Read more at Loudwire
- Ultimate Classic Rock reports a week after the death, of Levon Helm family, friends and fans of the late singer and drummer of the Band packed into his Woodstock, N.Y. barn/studio/performance space to pay their final respects to the legend. Helm passed away on April 19 after a long battle with throat cancer. Read more at Rolling Stone
- Ultimate Classic Rock reports many artists have opend for Bruce Springsteen but last night (April, 27th) The Boss opened for himself.
- Ultimate Classic Rock reports according to Rolling Stone guitaris Ronnie Wood the guys are recording together again.
- Blabbermouth reports MARILYN MANSON will release his long-awaited new album, "Born Villain", on May 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own label Hell, Etc. In a brand new interview with Billboard.com, Manson was asked if putting out his first CD not affiliated with Interscope was a liberating experience. "Yeah," he replied. "I've always had control over what I created, and in the past once I turned it over to the record label, what happened wasn't always to my liking. A lot of it was more their stupidity, trying to fit me into a hole I didn't belong in, and that would of course make you confused about what you're supposed to be as an artist, not even just as a person. So getting off Interscope gave me the ability to think exactly how you would when you're starting out." Regarding the direction of the new album, Manson said, "With the previous two records, I was making music to make people feel like I was feeling rather than to make them feel something — and I was feeling pretty shitty most of the time, so I don't think it was a good idea to do that, necessarily. I'm not discrediting the music, [but] my focus was in the wrong place. This record . . . emotionally it brings a different type of attitude that is more the spirit of me and feels interesting and fun for me to do." Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts fan-filmed video footage of the metal juggernaut known as HELLYEAH — featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN) — performing its new single, "War In Me", live at several stops on the band's current North American co-headlining tour with CLUTCH can be seen below. HELLYEAH's third album, "Band Of Brothers", will be released on July 17 via the band's new label home, Eleven Seven Music). The CD was recorded in Dallas, Texas at Vinnie Paul's home studio, VP's Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (GODSMACK, EVANESCENCE), who also served as engineer. Having produced track after track of heavy-hitting, in-your-face, feel-good rock and roll on their previous two albums (2010's "Stampede" and 2007's self-titled debut), HELLYEAH takes a slightly different musical direction on "Band Of Brothers". Drawing on their former bands' collective metal roots for inspiration, the influences and style of MUDVAYNE, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN and NOTHINGFACE are immediately recognizable in tracks such as "Band Of Brothers", "War In Me" and "Rage Burn", while the party anthem "Drink, Drank, Drunk" retains the essence of earlier HELLYEAH. Commented HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray, "I'm really excited about what we've done on this new album. I've always separated MUDVAYNE and HELLYEAH as much as I could, even though it was my voice. Melodies, lyrics and just the overall style of writing were different. With 'Band Of Brothers', I just quit being afraid of who I am in relation to this band. I think we've all really gotten back to the original roots of what we've done individually and brought it together on this album. As an artist, as long as you're painting with your own brush, no one can compare or challenge you. I just painted with a bigger, heavier brush than I had with HELLYEAH in the past. I think this is what fans have always expected to hear from us, and now were giving it to them."
"War In Me" performance footage:
- Blabbermouth posts Dee Snider, the unmistakable front-man of the rock band TWISTED SISTER, will release a new studio album, "Dee Does Broadway", on May 8 via Razor & Tie. The CD features Dee's powerful voice and theatrical persona as he exudes his rock ' n' roll take on several Broadway classics. The new album will coincide with the release of his first-ever autobiography, "Shut Up And Give Me The Mic" (Gallery Books). "Dee Does Broadway" features several special guest stars, including Broadway and television icon Bebe Neuwirth on the DAMN YANKEES song "Whatever Lola Wants", Broadway legend Patti LuPone on a "West Side Story" medley "Tonight/Somewhere", pop icon Cyndi Lauper on SWEET CHARITY's "Big Spender", Clay Aiken of "American Idol" on the GUYS AND DOLLS classic "Luck Be a Lady Tonight", the stars of the Broadway hit musical "Priscilla Queen Of The Desert" (Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon, and Nick Adams) on SOUTH PACIFIC's "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame", Mark Wood of the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA playing violin on the "Phantom Of The Opera" ballad "Music Of The Night", as well a special rendition of "The Joint Is Jumpin" from "Ain't Misbehavin'" with Dee's oldest son, Jesse "Blaze" Snider. Songs are also featured from classic Broadway shows including "Cabaret", "Chicago", "The Threepenny Opera", "Anything Goes" and "Sweeney Todd". "Dee Does Broadway" was spawned from a number of voicemails exchanged featuring "Broadway tunes" sung as messages between Dee Snider and Alice Cooper in 2009 and Dee's 2010 Broadway run in the Broadway rock musical "Rock Of Ages". Inspired to take this musical journey, the classically trained countertenor (who sang with his high school choir and always loud as hell) Snider enlisted producers Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen (whom Dee worked with on the metalized Frank Sinatra tribute called "Sin-atra"). The album was mixed by the legendary Ric Wake and Gustavo Celis, and features the incredible orchestrations and playing by the renowned composer/arranger Doug Katsaros and the bass guitar playing of one of rock's prolific players, the legendary Rudy Sarzo. Dee Snider explains the process: "Over the past year, I have worked closely with my team and collaborators picking from decades of musical hits with only two rules: The song had to speak to me as a singer on some level, and it could not be a rock song to begin with. No 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Grease', 'Hair', 'Rent', 'Rocky Horror', etc. What would be the challenge in that?" He continues, "There are many who think doing an album of rocked out show tunes is pure insanity on my part. Apparently, they haven't seen any photos of me from the '70s and '80s. Could I have been in a more theatrical band? Ever since I was a kid, I'd heard the real power inherent in a lot of songs from musicals and this record gives me the chance to show it". Read what Alice Cooper thinks at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth posts a five-minute video clip in which FOZZY frontman and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho discusses the differences between touring with WWE and FOZZY, plus what's coming up for FOZZY in the months ahead, can be seen below. FOZZY is continuing work on the follow-up to 2010's "Chasing The Grail", tentatively due before the end of year via the group's new label, Century Media Records. In a recent posting on his Facebook page, FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward stated about the band's new material, "Based on the songs and the early demos, my gut feeling is that when this album is completed, it will be the best overall album that I have been a part of." FOZZY last year parted ways with bassist Sean Delson and replaced him with Paul DiLeo (ADRENALINE MOB). FOZZY released the "Remains Alive & Chasing The Grail" two-CD set on July 18, 2011 via Edel's international rock label earMUSIC. FOZZY was already on the map as the band with the pro wrestler singer, but "Chasing The Grail" broke them as a proper band. It hit #6 on the U.S. Heatseekers charts and the single "Martyr No More" was a theme song for the WWE Royal Rumble. "Remains Alive" is a 2005 live album (recorded in Australia) that was previously available in digital format only. "Chasing The Grail" sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 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.
- Blabbermouth posts A "sneak peek" at the "Chemicals" video from LOVE AND DEATH, the new band led by former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, is available below. The intense, semi-animated clip was shot by POAB Designs/Martillo Pictures.
"Chemicals" is the title track of LOVE AND DEATH's debut EP, which was released on April 24. Regarding his decision to call his group LOVE AND DEATH, Welch recently said, "I put this band together in 2009. Since then, we've experienced some very intense highs and lows. Michael Valentine, Dan Johnson, J.R. Bareis and myself have toured around the world playing a lot of killer shows, but we've also had some heart-shattering difficulties along the way. To us, the name LOVE AND DEATH symbolizes everything we've been through as a band over the last few years. We love this band so much and we'll go through hell to connect with our fans. We've proven that to ourselves over and over again." With LOVE AND DEATH, the music now lives under its own banner. "Many people have confused my speaking dates and our band dates because they were both being booked as Brian 'Head' Welch," said Welch. "I have wanted to use a band name for branding my music for a few years. It has been an ongoing discussion with my management, but we were just starting to tour and I was in the middle of supporting my third book and it seemed like a bad time to switch names. Now with the new music coming out, it's time to really separate the things I do. I want the music to be about music. I will still be doing public speaking under Brian 'Head' Welch. I am happy that all the confusion will be over." LOVE AND DEATH formed when Welch decided to have open auditions on YouTube in 2009. "I picked the guys and then had a jam session in Phoenix," says Welch. "Over the last couple of years, there have been a few lineup changes as we went through normal growing pains. The current band has been together and touring for a while now and they are a big part of the new music and the future of LOVE AND DEATH." For more information, visit www.loveanddeathmusic.com. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports GREAT WHITE — Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals) — filmed a video for the song "(I've Got) Something For You" yesterday (Friday, April 27), in Tujunga, California. Photos from the video shoot can be found at this location. "(I've Got) Something For You" comes off GREAT WHITE's new studio album, "Elation", which is scheduled for a May 22 North American release (four days earlier in Europe) via Frontiers Records. The 12-song CD will mark GREAT WHITE's first effort with Ilous following the band's split with founding singer Jack Russell. "This is a new birth of the band," Desbrow said. "I wanted to call the album 'Tabula Rasa', which means rebirth, but we went for 'Elation' because of the euphoria in the atmosphere. It's a fresh and healthier start than ever before. I'm like a kid in a candy store."
- Blabbermouth reports due on May 22 via Radiant Records, "Cover 2 Cover" is the new CD from Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George. Together, this group of musicians hand-picked these classic cover songs to complete the second such CD in the bands extensive catalog. This widely diverse selection of songs is sure to capture the essence of the age of music that has impacted these accomplished musicians! "One of the first things myself, Neal and Randy usually start talking about when we gather for one of Neal's solo albums is what we can cover should we have some leftover time at the end of the session. And now over the course of both CDs, we have covered 28 songs!" says Portnoy. "Ranging from the obscure to the classics. Like the first 'Cover To Cover', most of the song choices on this CD are rooted in the '70s and are songs/bands we grew up with." With nine brand new songs along with five previously recorded ones, Morse, Portnoy and George once again create an album of songs that is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.
"Cover 2 Cover" track listing:
2012 Momentum Sessions
01. Lido Shuffle (BOZ SCAGGS)
02. I Saw the Light (TODD RUNDGREN)
03. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (STEELY DAN)
04. Teacher (JETHRO TULL)
05. Driven to Tears (THE POLICE)
06. Come Sail Away (STYX)
07. Southern Man / Needle and the Damage Done / Cinnamon Girl (NEIL YOUNG)
2008 Lifeline Sessions
08. Crazy Horses (THE OSMONDS)
09. Lemons Never Forget (THE BEE GEES)
10. The Letter (JOE COCKER version)
11. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (ELVIS COSTELLO)
12. Starless (KING CRIMSON)
Morse is one of the leading figures in progressive rock, whose notoriety follows his co-founding of the seminal band, SPOCK'S BEARD in 1995, recordings as a solo artist, and contributions to the super-group TRANSATLANTIC. Portnoy is one of the most popular and respected drummers in both metal and rock, and an accomplished writer and producer. He is the recipient of numerous industry accolades, including 26 Modern Drummer awards, Revolver magazine's Golden God award for "Best Drummer" and Drum magazine's "Drummer Of The Year". He rose to prominence as the leader, drummer, producer, and co-writer for metal/prog juggernaut DREAM THEATER, before moving on in 2010. That same year, he worked on AVENGED SEVENFOLD's #1 album "Nightmare" and their subsequent tour.
- Blabbermouth reports "The Industrialist", the new album from Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY, will be released in North America on June 5 via Candlelight Records (four days earlier in Europe through AFM Records). The effort will be made available in Europe on four formats: standard CD, a limited-edition deluxe digibook (featuring two additional songs), 180-gram double vinyl and the newly revealed limited box set, pictures of which can be seen below. A video overview of the box is available at this location. "The Industrialist" is a conceptual record based around a story written by vocalist Burton C. Bell. Lyrics to the album's ten songs divulge the narrative as discussed recently by Bell with Decibel magazine. The album's artwork was created by American designer Anthony Clarkson with additional direction from the band. Bell notes, "The protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man's demise." "The Industrialist" again pairs FEAR FACTORY with producer Rhys Fulber. Mixed by Greg Reely (PARADISE LOST, SKINNY PUPPY, MACHINE HEAD), with additional tracking by Logan Mader (GOJIRA, DIVINE HERESY), the album is the second written by Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares since reuniting in 2009 after a seven-year split. Cazares says, "Collaborating with Burton again on the new album was like magic. Everything just fell into place naturally. It felt good to recapture the true sound of FEAR FACTORY, taking it back to where it all started while raising it to new levels." Regarding Fulber, Cazares says, "Rhys has been our secret member. He is the one producer who has been able to understand what we have been trying to accomplish from the beginning and has opened our eyes to new things without sacrificing our original sound. His production and keyboard talents has made FEAR FACTORY stand out amongst the many bands of our genre." The new lineup of FEAR FACTORY made its live debut this past Thursday night (April 26) at Teatro Vorterix in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can now be seen here. FEAR FACTORY recently enlisted Matt DeVries as the band's new bass player. DeVries, previously of CHIMAIRA (where he played guitar) and most recently SIX FEET UNDER, joined FEAR FACTORY as the replacement for Byron Stroud (now with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD). FEAR FACTORY has tapped Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY, SYSTEM DIVIDE) as its new touring drummer. Commented Heller: "It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the new drummer for FEAR FACTORY! It's something I never would have dreamt of as a kid listening to 'Soul Of A New Machine' and 'Demanufacture'over and over again in middle school. It's also an incredible honor to be following in the footsteps of two of the most amazing and influential drummers in metal drumming history. I hope to continue their legacy, creating some of the most forward-thinking and innovative music available today."
- Loudwire posts an interview with Evan Seinfeld talking about Attika 7 and leaving Biohazard.
- Check out the new Municipal Waste video at Loudwire
- Check out a stream of Brandon Small's "Galaktikon" at Loudwire
- Loudwire reports Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit designs the new Landmine Marathon cover
- Ultimate Classic Rock reports Ian Anderson is taking the classic Jethro Tull album "Thick As A Brick" out on the road