- Blabbermouth reports emerging from the blues and psychedelic rock of the 1960s and '70s, heavy metal has been a driving force in music for nearly 50 years — known for its massive sound, extended guitar solos, and unrelenting intensity. Despite being critically reviled throughout its history, metal has stood the test of time with bands such as BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and MÖTLEY CRÜE achieving legendary status, unfathomable wealth and exerting a profound influence on generations of musicians and fans. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose followers are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime — it's a lifestyle. Written by veteran rock journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) was assembled from more than 300 interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, KORN, PANTERA, VAN HALEN, LIMP BIZKIT and many others, conducted over a 25-year span. Turman and Wiederhorn dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never- before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal's most explosive legends. With an introduction by Scott Ian of ANTHRAX and an afterword by Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for. Icons of the genre offer candid and confessional commentary, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Kerry King, Philip Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. The many musicians interviewed offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists and porn stars) provide additional insight. "Louder Than Hell" explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal — from metal progenitors such as BLUE CHEER, LED ZEPPELIN, and the MC5 to current day innovators including SLIPKNNOT, MASTODON and LAMB OF GOD — "Louder Than Hell" is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres. Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE): "Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. 'Louder Than Hell' is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear." Alice Cooper: "This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal's earliest days to the headbanging present. I'm not saying this just because I'm in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then 'Louder Than Hell' is a must-read." Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Noisecreep
- Blabbermouth reports according to Mondo Metal, reactivated cult late '80s/early '90s Brazilian thrash metal band CHAKAL is putting the finishing touches on its sixth studio album, "Destroy! Destroy! Destroy!", for release later in the year. The CD will feature 10 tracks, including one instrumental piece; "Possessed Landscape (The Island Of The Dead)", which was released as a single and video in 2011; and "Anubis, The Lord of Necropolis", which the "Mondo Metal" radio show on Elo FM premiered last year.
"Destroy! Destroy! Destroy!" tentative track listing:
01. Exorcise Me 02. Killing Van Helsing 03. God Of Gore 04. Headshooting For Dummies 05. Equinox 06. Possessed Landscape (The Island Of The Dead) 07. Anubis, The Lord Of Necropolis 08. Disturbia 09. Destroy! Destroy! Destroy! 10. [as-yet-untitled instrumental]
In 2008, Cogumelo Records reissued two albums from CHAKAL — "The Man Is His Own Jackal" (1990) and "Death Is A Lonely Business" (1993) — as part of the Cogumelo Remasters series. Both albums came in a special edition slipcase CD featuring "exceptional" artwork. The disc also included a bonus instrumental track, an outtake from the "Death Is A Lonely Business"sessions.
- Blabbermouth reports Andreas "Vintersorg" Hedlund (VINTERSORG, BORKNAGAR) and Øystein G. Brun (BORKNAGAR mastermind have relaunched CRONIAN and are currently finishing up the production of a new album. Comments Brun: "Due to different reasons, CRONIAN went into hibernation after the release of 'Enterprise' in 2008. We had a tight time schedule and we had to make some priorities that forced us to keep CRONIAN on ice for some years. But the urge for doing another album has been haunting us ever since. "Shortly after the release of BORKNAGAR's 'Urd' in February 2012, we decided to gather some musical and lyrical ideas to see where it would take us. So, during the last year we have been working quite intensely with new material and we are just now about to complete the production of the new album. "The album has evolved to become something vastly greater than we ever dared to hope for; we have outdone our visions and in terms of the music and production it pretty much feels like a leap to a greater division. From our point of view, this album represents both the peak and the culmination of our musical careers combined. The album is grandiose, monumental, diverse, flavored, catchy, heavy, profound, progressive and unique in every aspect. There is simply no better way to put it! "The cover for the new album is already done by the Brazilian visual artist Marcelo Vasco (also been working for SOULFLY, DIMMU BORGIR, BORKNAGAR, SATYRICON, etc.) and again he has proven to be the master of visual wizardry — no less! "CRONIAN is currently unsigned but we are in dialogue with a couple of labels and hope settle things in order to get the album out by summer/early autumn 2013. So for the first time in both our — and joint — careers, we have been able to work under 100% autonomic and independent circumstances in our respective studios — and doing absolutely no compromises in terms of budgets, tight release schedules, supervising A&Rs and so forth. In other words, we have been aiming for perfection and we can't wait to get this bastard out! Songtitles, album title and the cover for the new album will be launched soon — so keep tuned!"
- Blabbermouth reports Stockholm Sweden-based dark hardcore outfit NO OMEGA has signed to Throatruiner Records. The band entered the studio in late January to record "Shame", the follow-up to its 2012 effort "Metropolis". This new full-length is due out this spring on 12-inch vinyl, just before a European tour with THIS GIFT IS A CURSE. According to a press release, "a lot has happened since 2010 and NO OMEGA has managed to form a pretty solid foundation to build upon. Both the music and the lyrics are more experienced. It's a lot more polished and finished in a fashion. The love for experimenting is still there. The love for expressing angst and fixating on the darker and more negative aspects of life and of our species is still there. The love for heavy and melodic post/modern hardcore is still there."
- Loudwire reports Machine Head’s Robb Flynn reflects on the death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton
- Ultimate Classic Rock posts 2013 Grammy Awards Classic Rock Preview: McCartney, Springsteen, Elton John & Sting
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- NME reports Fall Out Boy: "We plan on being a band for a long time"
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- Blabbermouth posts new music videos from Lord "Digital Lies" (Lyric Video)
- Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Cinderella frontman kicking off his tour, Dying Fetus in San Francisco