- May 15th has been set as the release date for the 20th anniversay deluxe edition of Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power. The two-disc set will include the original album remastered as well as a bonus cut called "P***." Also included will be a bonus DVD containing an unreleased live performance filmed at the Monsters Of Rock show in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 12th, 1992, along with music videos for "Mouth For War," "This Love" and "Walk." (FMQB) Read more at Blabbermouth and Loudwire. Read more about the unreleased track "Piss" at Loudwire. Read about "Vulgar Display Of Power" turning 20 at Loudwire
- Legendary punk act the Sex Pistols have signed a deal with Universal Music to release an "expanded and repackaged edition" of the band's single album, 1977's Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, later this year. The release will tie in with the record's 35th anniversary. The Pistols formed in the U.K. in 1975 and had a major impact on what became known as punk rock. (Billboard) Read more at Blabbermouth
- Faded rap-rockers Limp Bizkit have signed with hip-hop label Cash Money. Rap star Lil Wayne announced the deal in a phone call with a New York hip-hop station, and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst later confirmed it with a series of tweets. Limp Bizkit's original lineup released its first full album in 11 years, Gold Cobra, in 2011, but the disc flopped. (Billboard) Read more at Blabbermouth and Loudwire. Read the confirmation at Blabbermouth and Loudwire. What do you think about Limp Bizkit take the readers poll at Loudwire.
Adam Levine may seem to be a confident tatted up star -- but Adam admits that he has one particular tattoo that he regrets. Adam told Anderson Cooper that the tattoo on his right shoulder is stupid. He said, "I have one that's pretty stupid. I saw a guy with these really cool Russian tattoos that I can't get cause I'm not tough. So I kind of got some sort of horrible bastardized version of that. Then I tried to not cover it up but surround it with something and it got even worse and now it looks like a cauliflower with a sun in the middle of it."
John Mayer is heading out on tour for the first time in two years. After going through vocal cord surgery, John is back at it and the tour will lead into Mayer's upcoming fifth album, Born and Raised. He will debut his new album at a performance at SXSW on March 17. Mayer's tour is in partnership with the Northern California Institute of Research And Education to provide veterans with a healthy reintegration into civilian life. Concert goers can participate with different ticket selections benefitting the cause.
John Mayer Spring Tour 2012 Schedule: (subject to change)
Monday, April 9: Bloomington, IN; the IU Auditorium
Tuesday, April 10: East Lansing, MI; the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, April 12: Grand Rapids, MI; DeVos Performance Hall
Friday, April 13: West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University); Elliot Hall of Music
Saturday, April 14: Detroit, MI; Fox Theatre
Tuesday, April 17: Orono, ME (University of ME); Collins Center for the Arts
Wednesday, April 18: Providence, RI; PPAC Providence Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 19: West Point, NY; Eisenhower Hall Theatre
Saturday, April 21: Buffalo, NY; Shea's Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 22: Wallingford, CT; The Oakdale Theatre
Tuesday, April 24: Richmond, VA; Landmark Theater
Thursday, April 26: Tuscaloosa, AL; Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Sunday, April 29: New Orleans, LA; Jazz & Heritage Fest
Monday, April 30: Memphis, TN; The Orpheum Theatre
Wednesday, May 2: Kansas City, MO; Starlight Theatre
Friday, May 4: Albuquerque, NM; Sandia
Saturday, May 5: Las Vegas, NV; The Joint
Sunday, May 6: Phoenix, AZ; Comerica Theatre
- Blabbermouth posts legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) joined ALTER BRIDGE on stage last night (Sunday, February 26) at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia to perform the song "Rise Today". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be viewed below. ALTER BRIDGE singer Myles Kennedy has served as Slash's touring vocalist for the past couple of years, and has contributed vocals and songwriting to all of the guitarist's forthcoming second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love", which will be released on May 22 via Slash's own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI. To reflect Myles' increased contributions to the new CD, "Apocalyptic Love" is being made available under the name "Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the CONSPIRATORS." 'Just because I'm in Oz doesn't mean we're not busy mixing ['Apocalyptic Love']," Slash wrote on Twitter. "We're 9 songs in. Modern technology." ALTER BRIDGE will release its new DVD, "Live At Wembley", on March 27. The disc contains footage of one of the biggest headline shows of ALTER BRIDGE's career, which took place on November 29, 2011 at Wembley Arena in London, England. The 2D version (complete with a live CD) will be released everywhere late next month while the 3D version will come out in the summer of 2012. Longtime ALTER BRIDGE director Daniel E Catullo III ("Live From Amsterdam", "One By One", "Isolation", webisodes, etc.) was brought in to direct "Live At Wembley" by The Dude Films, a new production and distribution company with offices in Laguna Beach, California and Maui, Hawaii headed up by "One By One" executive producer Stuart Margolis and executive producer Chris LaBabera. Lionel Pasamonte, who produced the band's last DVD, "Live From Amsterdam", is producing with Catullo. ALTER BRIDGE drummer Scott Phillips told Stereoboard that it's unlikely fans will hear from the band again until 2013, but that they shouldn't take that as a bad sign. Phillips explained, "We'll certainly be visible [in 2012], but it'll be on various projects and then probably 2013 will be the reunion there of ALTER BRIDGE and we'll diligently get to work on a new record and tour as soon as we can." ALTER BRIDGE spent much of 2011 on the road behind its last album, "AB III", but 2012 will see singer Myles Kennedy return to work as the lead singer in Slash's band, while the other three members of the group will reunite with vocalist Scott Stapp for a new CREED tour and album. Phillips said, "Each of us have our own thing. I think we've got a lot of different paths we're heading on in 2012," adding that in addition to working with CREED, guitarist Mark Tremonti is prepping his first solo album for release. Last fall, ALTER BRIDGE released a special edition of "AB III" featuring three previously unheard songs and an hour-long documentary on the group's career. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts legendary guitarist Slash was interviewed earler this week on Australia's long-running rock station Triple M. You can now watch the three-minute chat below. Slash has released "You're A Lie" to radio today worldwide. The hard-charging song, which is available for streaming in its entirety at Loudwire.com, marks the first single off the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter's forthcoming second studio album "Apocalyptic Love". "'You're A Lie' is the second song I brought to the band in 2011 during the last tour,” explains Slash. "We worked on it at soundcheck somewhere, I can't remember where. It's gone through some minor changes along the way, mainly the chorus. But for the most part, it's remained true to its original arrangement. I can't wait to play this live." "Apocalyptic Love" will be released on May 22 via the guitarist's 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., the album 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 reports according to the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site Black-Sabbath.com, the band's Bill Ward paid tribute to SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi on the February 25, 2011 edition of the drummer's "Rock 50" monthly radio show, which airs between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PST on WPMD, a college radio station at Cerritos College in California. Bill talked about Tony's recent 64th birthday and played several SABBATH songs, personally selected by Ward to showcase Tony's different playing styles. After the tracks were over, Bill reminisced a little about a few of the songs. To listen to a "replay" of the program, go to this location. BLACK SABBATH will play one U.S. date sometime this summer, according to a VH1 Radio Network interview with Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon revealed, "They're gonna be doing one show in America this summer but I can't say yet because we can't announce it, the promoters have to, but they are doing one show in August here together." The news follows the cancellation of all SABBATH tour dates abroad except for a headlining slot at the U.K.'s Download Festival in June, due to Iommi's battle with lymphoma. As for whether original Ward will participate in the U.S. show, Sharon said, "We don't know yet, we really don't know. It's up to Bill. The door is open for him to join us, so it's up to him." Meanwhile, Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler are in London continuing to record their first album together in 33 years, although without Ward it is not the original SABBATH reunion announced last November. Sharon said about the recording sessions, "It's going good. They're doing really well in the studio. Gosh, they must've written 15 new songs already and it's going great." She also denied that she was responsible for Ward's current absence from the project, saying, "Everybody's got their own manager, so we have an independent group of people that have come in to manage the project, and I don't, and I get the blame because Bill doesn't want to play with the band; he doesn't like his deal and I get the blame. It's like, 'All right, I'm a big girl, I can take it.'" Ward has been sitting out the sessions due to being offered what he called "an unsignable contract" in an open letter to SABBATH fans. Ward posted an update on February 17 in which he said he "remains hopeful" for a positive outcome to the situation. The rest of SABBATH's scheduled European summer gigs will be replaced by "Ozzy And Friends", at which the singer will be joined by Butler, former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde and other special guests, including Slash on selected dates.
- Blabbermouth posts heavy music presenter Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison when the band performed in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday, February 25 during this year's Soundwave Festival. You can now watch the chat below. SLIPKNOT percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan and vocalist Corey Taylor last November spoke to Billboard.com about the possibility of the band recording a new studio album. Taylor has been ambivalent about working on new material following the death in May 2010 of the group's bassist, Paul Gray, although Crahan and Jordison have been much more confident about the band recording again. According to Crahan, he and his bandmates are "just taking our time. Everyone is still getting through the grieving process their way, remembering Paul Gray the way they need to and helping themselves get through this time because it's still very fresh and it's still very serious and hurtful and unbelievable." Crahan adds that "There's no talk of a new record, but there's a lot of stuff that everybody's got. Everybody's got ideas and everybody's writing, but it won't happen until we get together as a band and have a big discussion about what it is we want to accomplish. We lost a very important piece of our enigma, and we're not going to get together and bust through it just to bust through it because everybody wants us to." He predicted that the next album "is going to be very sad. It will have that layer of anger and hate and evil that will come with being just so sad, but... I think a really, really, really special change in our career is coming. I don't think it's going to be better, and I don't think it's going to be worse. I just think it's going to be different. I think that's what we want, and I know that's what Paul would want." Echoing Crahan's comments, Taylor told Billboard.com, "We know that everything we do on that album is going to be about Paul. It's going to be very melancholy. It's going to be a more saddened form of rage when it does happen, and it'll be a whole path that we've never gone down before." He adds that he personally is "not as anxious to make a new album as maybe certain people in the band are, and I know a lot of the guys in the band feel the same way I do, whether they want to admit it or not. It just makes more sense to try and figure things out before we try to get into a studio... I don't want to risk losing what we've built because somebody's trying to prove a point." SLIPKNOT completed a European festival run last summer, which marked the band's first live gigs since Gray's passing. Jordison told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that he thinks the band's next album could be its most intense. "We're a family, and losing a family member sucks," he said. "But you can't help that, but you need to move on and I think that what we're gonna do might be the most powerful thing that we've ever created." SLIPKNOT's last record, "All Hope Is Gone", was released in 2008. SLIPKNOT will take part in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem festival this summer. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor made a special in-store appearance to sign his book, "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", at Dymocks in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday, February 28 at 12 p.m. Video footage of the signing session can be seen below. A preview of the audio version of "Seven Deadly Sins" is available in the YouTube clip below. The audio version of "Seven Deadly Sins" was released on September 26, 2011 in the U.S. and Canada. Order from Amazon.com at this location. Taylor told Artisan News that had a backup plan if he didn't get to read the book himself. He said, "I always had a plan that if I didn't get to read it, I had three people that I wanted to read it: Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken or Betty White. Those are my three that, I'm just like, I would love to have that happen. But I'm not gonna get out of it; I'm gonna have to read it myself. Which is fine, seeing as it's my kind of flow." Recording an audiobook shouldn't have been too difficult since Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio the book was meant to feel like a dialogue. "People who know me, they call me and it's like, 'Dude, I can't get your voice out of my head when I'm reading this book. It's like I'm talking to you!'" he said. "And that, that's the best compliment I could ever get, you know, because that's really what it's supposed to be, is a conversation. It's supposed to be me trying to make a point and trying to make an argument, and apparently I've done pretty well." Taylor said that his publisher was originally not interested in an audiobook version of "Seven Deadly Sins", but that a deluge of requests changed that. The book made the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best sellers list after it came out in July 2011, debuting at No. 26. Taylor promoted the book by doing appearances where he reads, performs a few songs and signs copies. Released in the U.S. via De Capo Press, "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good" sees Taylor speaking directly to his fans and sharing his worldview about life as a sinner. While the 256-page hardcover book is Taylor's personal story, it's also described as "a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a 'good' person or a 'bad' one." "Seven Deadly Sins" is Corey's story, told through the prism of the seven deadly sins. His years of excess eventually made him sit down and start to think about what it was to "sin" and whether "sinning" could — or should — be recast as a good rather than bad thing. Yes, Corey's hurt people, and done bad things, but if sin is what makes the man, then can it ever be wrong? This isn't a straightforward memoir, this is Corey's no-holds-barred story told through his own unique philosophy, honed through years of the craziest and most hedonistic excess in rock.
Sydney book signing:
"Seven Deadly Sins" audio version preview:
- Blabbermouth posts Jose Mangin, host/producer MTV.com's web-only show "Headbangers Ball" (and program director/DJ on SiriusXM Octane and Liquid Metal), conducted an interview with HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott at the Dean Guitars booth at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention which took place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. In addition to Vinnie Paul, HELLYEAH features Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN). HELLYEAH's third album, "Band Of Brothers", will be released on June 5 via HELLYEAH'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." Added Jeremy Parker, "It's impossible not to have a good time jamming this record. It has the anger and violence of PANTERA and MUDVAYNE, but a party vibe that can only be HELLYEAH!" In a recent interview with Loudwire, Vinnie stated about "Band Of Brothers", "On our first two records, we were a new band. We really wanted to branch out and expand and experiment with all different styles. We all come from traditional metal bands and backgrounds, so it was a great breath of fresh air to play in a band that was rock 'n' roll, blues and Southern rock. We got that out of our system and got really focused on going back to our metal roots. It's heavy, focused, groove-oriented and I'm excited about it."
- Blabbermouth reports according to The Telegraph, legendary guitarist Gary Moore suffered a heart attack brought on by a massive amount of alcohol he consumed prior to being found dead in bed at a luxury Costa del Sol hotel last February. Moore had 380 mg of alcohol per deciliter of blood in his system, enough to put himself nearly five times over the the legal limit for drunk driving, tests have shown. That amount was just short of the 416 mg pop singer Amy Winehouse had in her body when she died surrounded by three empty vodka bottles. Karen Rice of the U.K.'s Mail Online last year penned an extensive article detailing Moore's final days with his girlfriend Petra Nioduschewski, who was the last person to see Gary alive at the five-star Kempinski resort on the Costa del Sol in Spain. A hotel source told the Mail Online, "At around four o'clock in the morning [on Sunday, February 6], [Petra] called for help and a security guard went to the room and found Gary on the bed in his underpants. "He tried to pump his heart but he was already cold. She was in a bathrobe, completely shocked. She had tried to resuscitate him before the security guard got there. When the ambulance came, they didn't try to shock his heart because he was already gone.' A friend said: "Petra tried to help Gary. She gave him mouth to mouth and tried his heart until help came — they told her she did everything right. There were no signs of trouble, he had been fine all day and then he just stopped breathing. She knew there was something up when she couldn't hear him breathing any more." Read the entire article from Mail Online.
- Blabbermouth posts America's only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show is back for 2012! The fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show presented by Epiphone will take place Wednesday, April 11 at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. "Our exclusive collaboration with Revolver magazine on the Golden Gods event shows just how far Xbox LIVE has come as an entertainment destination," said Ross Honey, GM of Xbox LIVE Entertainment & Advertising. "We're excited to deliver this live original content to all Xbox LIVE members globally." Also on April 11, The Grammy Museum, next door to Club Nokia, will open its new exhibit "Golden Gods: The History Of Heavy Metal". Mounted in coordination with Revolver, the exhibit will feature never-before-displayed artifacts including instruments, stage props, handwritten lyrics, clothing and costumes, alongside original album artwork, posters and live-performance and interview footage. The exhibit will also feature a variety of interactive displays. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Revolver to tell the story of metal," states Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, "and offer fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite artists in such a personal way." Hosting duties for the Golden Gods awards show will be handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, who returns for the third consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different categories, plus the recipient of this year's prestigious "Golden God Award," were revealed on February 15 at a press conference held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Alice Cooper, Munky (KORN), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Vinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, HELLYEAH), James Michael (SIXX: A.M.), Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, KILL DEVIL HILL), BLACK VEIL BRIDES, Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB), John Moyer (DISTURBED, ADRENALINE MOB), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Wendy Dio (wife of Ronnie James Dio) and pro motocross rider Brian Deegan to announce the nominees. A two-minute TV commercial for the fourth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show presented by Epiphone — featuring appearances by Cooper, Wylde, Vinnie Paul and Appice, among others — can be seen below. Fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for "Best Guitarist", "Best Drummer", "Best Vocalist", "Album of the Year", "Best Live Band", "Most Metal Athlete", "Comeback of the Year", "Riff Lord", "Paul Gray Best Bassist", "Best International Band" and "Most Dedicated Fans". Voting starts today at GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 1. The complete list of nominees in each category is listed below. The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will go to KISS demon Gene Simmons, whose band will release their highly anticipated 20th studio album, "Monster", this year. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH.) Simmons commented, "It's an honor and privilege to accept the Golden God Award. A God is only as powerful as the faithful who worship him. Signed GOD OF THUNDER." Adding to the celebration, The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods awards show will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night's hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); iconic Grammy-winning guitarist Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS; EVANESCENCE; SIXX: A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N' ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years); and 2011 "Best New Band" Golden Gods Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES, who will perform their only U.S. show of 2012 so far. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks. "Every year, the Revolver Golden Gods grows bigger and more badass. The 2012 edition is without question the most epic one yet, from the performers and presenters to the nominees and honorees," states Revolver Editor in Chief Brandon Geist. "And this year, with the Grammy Museum launching its tie-in 'Golden Gods: The History Of Heavy Metal' exhibit, and Xbox LIVE broadcasting the show around the world as it goes down in its entirety, the event will truly encompass the full timeline of heavy music and span the globe. Epic, indeed." "Epiphone and I are thrilled to participate in the Golden Gods awards show and celebrate some of music's best talents — including this year's performers from our Epiphone/Gibson family Nikki Sixx and Slash," said Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone. "We are excited to share this year's event with Epiphone players and metal fans across the globe with the show's inaugural live broadcast. Every year, the show gets better and better!"
- Blabbermouth posts heavy music presenter Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV conducted interviews with members of SHADOWS FALL, HELLYEAH, STEEL PANTHER, COAL CHAMBER and KILL HANNAH when the bands performed yesterday (Sunday, February 26) at Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia during this year's Soundwave Festival. You can now watch the footage below.
Remaining Soundwave Festival dates:
Mar. 02 - Showgrounds - Melbourne
Mar. 03 - Bonython Park - Adelaide
Mar. 05 - Claremont Showgrounds - Perth
For more information, visit www.soundwavefestival.com.
- Blabbermouth posts Kerrang! Radio's Danielle Perry recently conducted an interview with SHINEDOWN vocalist Brent Smith. You can now watch the chat below. It's a month to go before SHINEDOWN releases its fourth studio album, "Amaryllis", but the band is giving fans a taste of what to expect. The quartet has posted samples of several tunes from the disc at its official web site, including the title track, "Adrenaline", "Unity", "Through the Ghost", "Nowhere Kids" and more. The Pulse Of Radio asked frontman Brent Smith how he feels the band has evolved musically on this record. "The musicianship got way stronger, the songwriting got way more sophisticated, and I think that overall we were able to push ourselves in a direction that was — I don't necessarily know if it was the obvious next step, but we enjoyed the journey with each other," he said. "Amaryllis" arrives on March 27 and follows up SHINEDOWN's biggest success yet, 2008's "The Sound Of Madness". That disc sold more than a million copies and produced six hit singles, including a number of rock radio chart-toppers. The first single from "Amaryllis", called "Bully", is a Top Five hit at Active Rock radio. SHINEDOWN announced on January 30 that it will lead the 2012 edition of the Avalanche Tour. The North American trek will kick off on March 27 in Anaheim, California, with ADELITAS WAY, NEW MEDICINE and ART OF DYING also on the bill.
- Blabbermouth posts video footage of the Atlantic recording group HALESTORM performing an acoustic version of their new single, "Love Bites (So Do I)", at the studios of Kerrang! Radio can be seen below. The song comes off the band's new album. "The Strange Case Of…", which arrives in stores and at all DSPs on April 10. "Love Bites (So Do I)" — as well as three other highlights from "The Strange Case Of…" — is featured on HALESTORM's new EP, "Hello, It's Mz. Hyde", which is available at all leading digital retailers. Produced by Howard Benson (who previously collaborated with the Pennsylvania-based hard rock band on their self-titled 2009 debut), "The Strange Case Of…" was recently named among Revolver's "Most Anticipated Albums of the Year." "Led by one of our favorite rocker babes, singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale, (HALESTORM) promise a more personal album for their follow-up," the magazine noted. "But don't expect them to get all sappy on us. There should still be more than enough of the band's now signature raucous attitude and righteous riffs for any headbanger to get off." HALESTORM will hit the road hard to support "The Strange Case Of…", beginning with a major U.S. trek alongside GODSMACK and fellow Atlantic recording group STAIND. The dates get underway April 13 at Augusta, Georgia's John Paul Jones Arena and then continue through mid-May. Formed by frontwoman Lzzy Hale and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, HALESTORM has been hailed far and wide as an incendiary new force in modern hard rock. "Halestorm" made a top 5 debut on SoundScan's "Hard Music" chart upon its 2009 release, simultaneously bursting into the top 40 on the comprehensive The Billboard 200. The album subsequently sold more than 300,000 copies, and half a million cumulative tracks. Produced by Howard Benson (DAUGHTRY, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, FLYLEAF), the album earned extensive acclaim for its infectious hard rock anthems, sexy hooks, and rough-and-tumble grooves. "The Strange Case Of…" marks HALESTORM's first release since last year's "ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP", which saw the band putting their unique stamp on a diverse collection of classic songs, including tracks by GUNS N' ROSES, THE BEATLES, HEART, TEMPLE OF THE DOG, SKID ROW, and LADY GAGA. HALESTORM also unleashed their first-ever live CD/DVD, "Live In Philly 2010", featuring such favorites from the band's self-titled debut as "It's Not You", "Familiar Taste of Poison" and the rock radio smash "I Get Off". True road warriors, HALESTORM made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such artists as SHINEDOWN, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DISTURBED. Last year saw the band traveling the country on the blockbuster "Avalanche Tour 2011", joining such hard rock luminaries as STONE SOUR, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, ART OF DYING, and fellow Atlantic recording group SKILLET.
"Love Bites (So Do I)" acoustic performance:
- Blabbermouth posts Harry of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X recently conducted an interview with ex-METALLICA guitarist and current MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine . You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. When asked about the status of his proposed "supergroup" with David Ellefson (bass; MEGADETH), James Hetfield (guitar/vocals, METALLICA) and Lars Ulrich (drums; METALLICA), Mustane said, "Yeah, that was just me talking. I don't think [James and Lars are] interested in doing that. It would be cool, and I've mentioned it to them before. I just think that they're so busy that they don't have time to do something like that. My wife and James' wife are friends, and they talk a lot. From what I know, too, there's a lot of work that those guys do, and they're gone a lot, and they tour a lot, so for them to take on a project like that, I think it would have to really be a labor of love. Of course, David and I would do it, 'cause I think it would be great to play with them again. When I went up there and did the 30th-anniversary thing, I thought it was really cool. MEGADETH is doing really fine right now. I'm not in the place to be asking for favors from anybody. I like who I am right now, I'm satisfied with where my career's at. But don't kid yourself, if we got together and played, I imagine it would be really cool. It wouldn't be anything like MEGADETH, of course, and it wouldn't be anything like METALLICA. But we'll see what happens. Maybe with enough people asking them, they'll buckle. [Laughs]" Mustaine joined his former METALLICA bandmates on stage on December 10, 2011 for the fourth and final intimate show at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of the group's week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only. Mustaine, who was one of the original members of METALLICA, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts Bay Area Backstage conducted an interview with MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick on February 23 at the Gigantour stop at the Event Center at San Jose State University. You can now watch the chat below. Gigantour — the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH — is making its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL all personally picked by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine — kicked off on January 26 in Camden, New Jersey. Before wrapping February 28 in Denver, Colorado, the tour will have made stops all across the U.S. and Canada, including a February 24 show in Los Angeles. MEGADETH was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's tenth Grammy nomination was for its new single, "Public Enemy No. 1", off MEGADETH's latest album, "TH1RT3EN", which came out on November 1, 2011. "Public Enemy No. 1" actually marked the second Grammy nomination for music from "TH1RT3EN", as the song "Sudden Death" was first unveiled in the 2010 video game "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" and received a "Best Metal Performance" nod.
- Blabbermouth reports during a brand new interview with I Heart Guitar, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke about his future plans. He said, "I've started working on a new album, I'm writing a new book… there are a lot of good things on the horizon. At this point, I think [the next book is] just going to be an extension of [Ace's 2011 memoir] 'No Regrets'. There's so much I left out because of the deadline, but after talking with so many different people I've got so many stories that have eluded me over the years. And there just wasn't enough room to put them into 'No Regrets', and I was past the deadline as it was. But I think I'm going to come out with something in the effect of like a 'No Regrets II'. But I also have the idea to put out a guitar book with all my guitar effects, tricks, recording techniques… I've learned a lot of tricks from working with a lot of great producers over the years, and I think I should write a book about it." Ace Frehley's book, "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir", landed at position No. 10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book, which is described as a look back at Ace's "life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll," arrived on November 1 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. "No Regrets", which was published under Gallery's VH1 Books imprint, was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored "The Last Great Fight" about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James "Buster" Douglas' tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990. Frehley performed with KISS from its inception in 1973 until his first departure in 1982 before rejoining KISS in 1996 for a very successful reunion tour. Frehley's second stint lasted until 2002 as Ace went back to being a solo artist again, but the stories and memories still remain from touring in one of rock and roll's most successful acts of all time. As previously reported, Brookvale Records, in partnership with Rocket Science, will release the Ace Frehley "Anomaly" album on vinyl. Due on April 10, it will be a double LP set in special gatefold packaging with the vinyl silver in color. Only 1,000 copies hand-numbered copies will be made. The album will also be available at select retailers starting April 10. For more information, go to this location. "Anomaly", sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. In addition to the standard CD release, unique "Anomaly" packages were made available at Wal-Mart and Best Buy locations. The Wal-Mart version includes an Ace autographed tattoo while the Best Buy edition is printed on silver stock, like the KISS "Double Platinum" album. Released on September 15, 2009 via Ace's own Bronx Born Records, with Rocket Science providing a full label service platform in the U.S., "Anomaly" was produced and recorded in Westchester County, New York between 2007 and 2009 and was mixed in Los Angeles. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Jerry Gaskill, drummer for legendary rockers KING'S X, suffered a heart attack Sunday, February 26, and was rushed to the hospital. After undergoing an emergency operation, Jerry was placed in intensive care (where he currently remains). In light of Jerry's sudden hospitalization, all previously announced North American tour dates for KING'S X have been cancelled. Jerry will be taking the time to recover back to full health so that he can hopefully join the band behind the drums at some point in the future. KING'S X was scheduled to launch a three-week tour on March 28 in Austin. Gaskill and Doug Pinnick have been playing together since 1979, when they met in Springfield, Missouri. KING'S X is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its self-titled Atlantic debut this year. KING'S X's 2008 album, "XV", sold 4,450 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 145 on the Billboard 200 chart. This marked the first time in over a decade that the band had cracked the Top 200 in the first week of release. KING'S X's "Gretchen Goes To London: Live At The Astoria 5.6.90" DVD was released in November 2008 via Molken Music. The set documents the historic show at the Astoria Theatre in 1990 and includes never-before-seen footage. The DVD was produced by Wally Farkas and has a running time of 64 minutes. Read more at Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth posts Doug Pinnick, the bassist and singer for the progressive hard rock band KING'S X, was interviewed on the latest edition of "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson", the Internet radio show hosted by original TROUBLE drummer and current RETRO GRAVE mainman Jeff "Oly" Olson. You can listen to the chat in its entirety using the audio player here. As previously reported, KING'S X drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a heart attack Saturday night (February 25). The musician was operated on and is said to be in stable condition. KING'S X was scheduled to launch a three-week tour on March 28 in Austin. There is no word yet on whether those dates will be postponed or canceled. Gaskill and Doug Pinnick have been playing together since 1979, when they met in Springfield, Missouri. KING'S X is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its self-titled Atlantic debut this year. KING'S X's 2008 album, "XV", sold 4,450 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 145 on the Billboard 200 chart. This marked the first time in over a decade that the band had cracked the Top 200 in the first week of release. KING'S X's "Gretchen Goes To London: Live At The Astoria 5.6.90" DVD was released in November 2008 via Molken Music. The set documents the historic show at the Astoria Theatre in 1990 and includes never-before-seen footage. The DVD was produced by Wally Farkas and has a running time of 64 minutes.
- Blabbermouth reports MOTÖRHEAD will not perform at tonight's (Tuesday, February 28) Gigantour show at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado. The band's founder, bassist and principal songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has lost his voice and has decided to give it the night off. Things should be OK for the last three shows of the tour. The other bands on the Gigantour bill — MEGADETH, LACUNA COIL and VOLBEAT — will go ahead and perform this evening as scheduled. Motörhead Music/UDR has just released "The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else", a blistering DVD containing some of the finest moments from MOTÖRHEAD's 2011 tour. Mixed by the band's long-time producer Cameron Webb, "The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else" is stuffed with the classics Motörfans demand, from "Overkill" to "Ace Of Spades" to "Killed By Death" as well as some old gems like "Over The Top" and new favorites such as "I Know How To Die". "The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else" gives you the complete set from the band's supreme performance in Chile at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago on April 9, 2011, shot by Banger Films and Sam Dunn ("Iron Maiden Flight 666", "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage"). The DVD continues with some tasty morsels from New York's Best Buy Theater and the Manchester Apollo. "The Wörld Is Ours Vol. 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else" is a pure testament to the power, glory and sheer voltage of the finest rock 'n' roll played by real legends. Accept NO substitute! The digital package contains full 90-minute concert in Santiago, Chile plus selected songs from the New York and Manchester concerts. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts on February 7, Jason Saulnier of the MusicLegends.ca web site conducted an interview with vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. LACUNA COIL's new album, "Dark Adrenaline", sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Shallow Life", opened with 21,000 units back April 2009 to land at No. 16. LACUNA COIL's 2006 album, "Karmacode", premiered with 34,000 copies back in April 2006 to enter the chart at No. 28. It has since sold more than 200,000 units in the U.S. The band's 2002 album, "Comalies", has shifted more than 300,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
- Blabbermouth posts Andrew Haug of Australia's Soundwave Pirate Radio show recently conducted an interview with HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abott. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
In addition to Vinnie Paul, HELLYEAH features Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN). HELLYEAH's third album, "Band Of Brothers", will be released on June 5 via HELLYEAH'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." Added Jeremy Parker, "It's impossible not to have a good time jamming this record. It has the anger and violence of PANTERA and MUDVAYNE, but a party vibe that can only be HELLYEAH!" Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts Andrew Haug of Australia's Soundwave Pirate Radio show recently conducted an interview with drummer Tomas Haake of Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
A one-minute video trailer for MESHUGGAH's new album, "Koloss", can be seen below. The effort will be released in Germany on March 23 and the rest of Europe on March 26 (March 27 in North America) as a CD digi, limited-edition Magic Cube (CD digi plus DVD exclusive to Nuclear Blast mail order) and two-LP brown vinyl via Nuclear Blast Records. Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on "Koloss", the new album from Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH, can be streamed at Amazon.co.uk. In a recent interview with MSN's metal music section Headbang, Haake stated about MESHUGGAH's decision to call the new album "Koloss", "It's not so much like a theme, it's kind of how the overall album is more towards something heavier than anything that we've ever done. We wanted something that had that sound to it, something monolithic, something huge. Also a few things that tied into that was the stress and anxiety that a few of us went through up until we started recording this album because of previous sessions where we felt we were doing things the wrong way. That lingers with you, you don't want to do the same mistakes again, you want to save the mental health of a few in the band as well, try to do things another way. So it felt like a colossal thing to get out of the hat this time, even though it went smoother in a lot of ways. Also once we knew what artwork we were using, because it's not artwork that was designed for this album, it was an existing piece of art by this Russian artist Luminokaya, we just fell in love with the piece and we found out it hadn't been used for anything, so we could buy the rights for it. Once we saw that, and we already had the title 'Colossus', we had that song in there, we just felt like this creature on the cover looks like, is it a god, is it a devil, what is it? The word 'Koloss' just fit for some reason." Released in March 2008, MESHUGGAH's last album, "obZen", debuted at No. 59 on The Billboard 200 chart and at No. 14 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart. MESHUGGAH's first DVD, "Alive" sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on the Top Music Videos chart.
- Blabbermouth posts vocalist Mitch Lucker of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE talked about some of his tattoos for PitCam Production's "Behind The Ink" segment. The clip, which was filmed last October in Berlin, Germany, can be viewed below. SUICIDE SILENCE's new album, "The Black Crown", sold around 14,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "No Time To Bleed", opened with 14,000 units in July 2009 to land at No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. "The Black Crown" was released in North America on July 12, 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded with heavyweight producer Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE, HATEBREED) and features guest appearances by KORN singer Jonathan Davis and SUFFOCATION frontman Frank Mullen. The cover artwork for "The Black Crown" was created by the Delaware-based freelance graphic designer and illustrator Ken "K3N" Adams, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD.
- Blabbermouth posts CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff LaBar was interviewed prior to boarding the new metal cruise Monsters Of Rock - The Voyage, which set to sail on February 25, 2012 and is scheduled to return three days later via Ft. Lauderdale / Bahamas / Key West. You can now watch the chat below. Featuring some of the greatest artists of the '70s and '80s, the Monsters Of Rock cruise will be an epic voyage, not to be missed by the avid heavy metal fan. Artists include CINDERELLA, TESLA, KIX, STRYPER, Y&T, UFO, NIGHT RANGER, LYNCH MOB, FIREHOUSE, BLACK 'N BLUE, BANG TANGO, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KEEL, XYZ, John Corabi, Eric Martin of MR. BIG, Ted Poley of DANGER DANGER, RHINO BUCKET, HELIX, ODIN, DC4, BUILT BY STEREO, FLAMETAL and the ATOMIC PUNKS. This historic cruise journey will visit Key West, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas, sailing the emerald waters of the Bahamas in this unprecedented heavy metal festival at sea. The cruise is based on a legendary rock festival at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England… Seven metal bands and thousands of rabid fans converged on the soggy turf of Donington Park and became part of rock history as a historic event was born… the Monsters Of Rock! Fast forward to today…the tradition of the Monsters Of Rock is reborn, this time in the Bahamas aboard a luxury cruise ship, showcasing the greatest floating '80s heavy metal festival in history! For more information, go to this location. In a 2011 interview with Sweden's Metal Shrine blog, CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer was asked if there are any plans for the band to record a new studio album. "There's nothing on the horizon right now," he replied. "We attempted that in '98 with Sony and [former A&R executive] John Kalodner and it turned into a big legal hassle and lawsuit, which prevented us from recording the material that they claimed they owned, for five years. . . . Even though they didn't want to record it. It's typical in recording contracts. It's called re-record rights. Once they claim they own the songs, you can't re-record it for five years. They claimed ownership and decided not to make the record. It was like two years of writing and demos of material that we weren't allowed to record. Needless to say, we had a slightly bad taste in our mouth. . . It's not that there's a lack of desire, it's just that we've had a lot pushing us down that we've been trying to crawl back from. The last four years before the tour last year, I think we were all just more worried whether we were even gonna be a band again, because the stuff with my voice was so serious that the future of the band was literally a question mark. Last year we were getting our legs and we're getting back on the road now, so… to answer the question of a new record, it would be great to do. I know it would have to be the right situation and a label who is really serious in making a great record and producing it right. You never know. We'll see if that opportunity pops up. I'm getting ready to put mine out, hopefully this year. I'm shopping for a deal right now. I wanna see that through and you'll never know what the future will hold, but we are certainly open to the idea." When asked about his long-awaited solo album and whether it's going to be a whole lot different from CINDERELLA, Tom replied, "No, not really, because being the lead singer and the main songwriter and I did a lot of the guitar work in CINDERELLA, it's kind of hard to run from my sound. I had a lot of influence over those records so… I'm just doing what I do and that's hard rock inspired by blues and roots music. What I did in CINDERELLA is what I love to do and what I'm doing on my own is what I love to do. I try to be true to what I like. It's similar in that way, you know. Dynamically the records, the CINDERELLA records, and especially as they went on into 'Long Cold Winter' and 'Heartbreak Station', they had a lot of different flavors and colors and dynamics and different types of songs, which I always like because the bands that I grew up on, like, [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE [ROLLING] STONES, they really covered a lot of area musically. My solo record does that too and I think it makes for a more interesting record when it's not just the same song for 14 tracks."
- Blabbermouth reports Dee Cernile, guitarist for the '90s Canadian hard rock band SVEN GALI, died this past Saturday, February 25 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 46 years old. "Dee was a great guitarist, singer, and songwriter who always wore his heart on his sleeve," David Bendeth, the executive who signed SVEN GALI to BMG Canada and produced their 1992 self-titled debut, told Billboard.biz. "His love of music and life made him a true rockstar. He will be missed by many that had the great fortune to work with him and hear that great infectious laugh. He was larger than life." SVEN GALI's aforementioned first CD went gold in Canada (signifying shipments in excess of 50,000 copies) and was nominated in the "Hard Rock Album Of The Year" category at the 1993 Juno Awards. The band's second LP was recorded in Seattle with Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE) while their 1995 album, "Inwire", featured guest appearances by BLIND MELON's Christopher Thorn and CANDLEBOX's Kevin Martin. SVEN GALI disbanded the following year, but reformed 11 years later. According to Cernile's Facebook page, he'd been working on a new record toward the end of his life. "It won't be another SVEN GALI record, but it will rock," he wrote. Video footage of Cernile playing at a SVEN GALI reunion show in Thorold, Ontario in 2011 can be seen below. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts reformed heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release their new album, "Stalingrad", 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". "The "Stalingrad" title track is available for streaming in the YouTube clip below. 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. "Blood Of The Nations" was released in North America on September 14, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Sneap's Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England, the CD marked the debut of the band's latest addition, vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK).
- Blabbermouth posts Riff-Mag.com conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER when the band played at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon, Portugal on February 26. You can now watch the chat below. DREAM THEATER's new album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", sold 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8. The band's previous CD, 2009's "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", opened with 40,000 units to land at No. 6. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, "Systematic Chaos", which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005's "Octavarium" premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36. DREAM THEATER was among the nominees in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
- Blabbermouth reports Ex Lives", the highly anticipated new album from magnificently brutal rockers EVERY TIME I DIE, can be streamed in its entirety at this location. The CD is set for release on March 6 via Epitaph Records. "Ex Lives" was helmed by renowned heavy rock producer Joe Barresi (THE MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, PARKWAY DRIVE) and offers an unrelenting onslaught of ingeniously composed and furiously executed cathartic hardcore. This is the band’s highly anticipated follow up to their 2009’s raging masterwork "New Junk Aesthetic", which Absolute Punk heralded as a musical "weapon of mass destruction."
"Ex Lives" track listing:
01. Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space (02:43)
02. Holy Book Of Dilemma (01:49)
03. A Wild, Shameless Plain (01:49)
04. Typical Miracle (02:25)
05. I Suck (Blood) (02:55)
06. Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow (03:12)
07. The Low Road Has No Exits (02:51)
08. Revival Mode (03:46)
09. Drag King (04:11)
10. Touch Yourself (02:17)
11. Indian Giver (04:09)
12. Grudge Music (bonus) (02:24)
13. Business Casualty (bonus) (02:45)
14. Starve An Artist, Cover Your Trash (bonus) (02:53)
The intensely moody and ambitious cinematic accompaniment to the song "Revival Mode" can be seen below. Commented EVERY TIME I DIE singer Keith Buckley: "We worked with director Robert Schober who has done incredible work for MASTODON, DEFTONES, METALLICA and now, us. The clip has a very ambiguously creepy David Lynch vibe to it and might be the first time we've never included a single one of our instruments in lieu of a story line that exists outside of us as members of a band. It's dark and weird and while not completely adhering thematically to the lyrics, it sets a larger, broader mood which marries the song perfectly." Director Robert "Robo" Schober adds,"The video is a surrealist crime drama set on a lost highway...the story loosely interprets key phrases from the song...the guys were awesome and put up with many hours of freezing temperatures in the middle of the desert." EVERY TIME I DIE is currently on tour and will spend the summer adding their patented punk-infused metal to the annual Vans Warped Tour.
- Blabbermouth reports "Those Eyes", the new digital single from SHOK PARIS, is being released today via iTunes and other major digital retailers. It is the band's first commercially available new music in 23 years. The song, which was recorded and mixed at Mercinary Studios in Cleveland, Ohio by Jason Vanek (ETERNAL LEGACY), will appear on SHOK PARIS' fourth full-length album, "Full Metal Jacket", due later this year via Auburn Records. "This one's literally hot off the presses," says SHOK PARIS guitarist and main songwriter Ken Erb. "It's the newest of the new SHOK PARIS songs. Our first commercial release since 'Concerte Killers'. I am very happy with the way it turned out. Jason did a great job with the recording and mix." "You know everyone has a fear that has stayed with them since they where a young child," adds SHOK PARIS vocalist Vic Hix about the song's lyrics. "As you grow up, you learn to hide these fears, but if you search deep down inside, you will find that fear never leaves you. It's always there no matter how old you are. It can be many fears, like the fear of the dark, the fear of what's under the bed at night or the fear of sleeping alone. Every child has one. My fear has always been of a dark figure lurking in the room with those haunting eyes, so 'Those Eyes' represents all of my fears and maybe some of yours. I hope these fears doesn't come back to haunt ya'!" SHOK PARIS will headline the first night of the Up The Hammers VII festival, set to take place March 2-3, 2012 in Athens, Greece. This will be the band's first visit to Greece. "We are releasing this new song as a special thank you to our Greek fans for supporting the band and my label all these years," says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. "The song is dedicated to them." A live version of "Battle Cry", recorded in Cleveland on May 1, 2010 at the Beachland Ballroom during a special performance of the band's 1984 debut "Go For The Throat" album in its entirety, was also released as the digital B-side to "Those Eyes". Tony Alberts from Spectrum Sound recorded and mixed the live track.
- Blabbermouth reports Southern California female-fronted heavy rockers IN THIS MOMENT recently headed in to the studio to begin work on their fourth album for longtime label Century Media Records. The band has once again tapped producer Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) to helm the as-yet-untitled CD, which is slated for a summer 2012 release. IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Commented IN THIS MOMENT frontwoman Maria Brink: "There are no words to describe how excited we are... We are on fire with this record. It's by far the most powerful material we have ever written. "IN THIS MOMENT has gone through some big changes. I admit sometimes change is scary, especially when facing the unknown, but in this case everything has been perfectly meant to be. It's a brave, dark, hard-hitting album that will make you feel dirty inside, but still wanting more." Added guitarist Chris Howorth: "Over the last six months, we have undergone some interesting changes within the band. As a result, Maria and I were brought closer together united in our mutual determination to top everything we have previously done with IN THIS MOMENT. It's our fourth album and we definitely have something to prove this time. During the writing process Maria, Kevin and I are pushing ourselves to make sure every song is something unique and special. I honestly feel this is the most focused and powerful music we have ever created and I am beyond psyched to get it out there for people to hear." In a recent interview with Australia's Loud magazine, Maria stated about IN THIS MOMENT's new material, "We brought some stuff to the table that we've never done before and it really sounds like something special, something new. I can't explain it; I mean, if you know our old music, when you hear the new stuff you're going to go, 'Holy shit, okay, I totally get it.' But I don't want to give away anything either, it's just unique; it's something new we've brought to the table. We found something special within us; we found this certain thing, so I'm excited for it." Regarding IN THIS MOMENT's split with Fabb and Bunzel, Brink said, "You know how sometimes, you don't realize sometimes something happening (that's) traumatic, that it can be the most beautiful thing that could have happened to you? It's like one of those situations. It got really stripped back down to me and Chris [Howorth, guitar], and me and Chris started this band together, just me and him, and then it was like everybody came to the table, everybody brings their own influence. I believe it was all meant to be, all of those albums with them. I love them, I wish them the best. But it was almost like this new, with just me and Chris, this new fire, this new strength within me that I just… magical things started happening between what we started creating. And it's just so meant to be; it's meant to be that they moved on and some other things in my life, it's so cool 'cause it's just like this brand new everything and it feels really awesome. And you're going to be able to hear it." IN THIS MOMENT is currently taking a short break from recording to play at the Soundwave Festival in Australia and will return to the studio immediately following those dates. Upon completion of the new album and in advance of the summer touring season, the band will head out on a brief run of American tour dates in May including an appearance at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts the second and final short conceptual studio report clip that will give you some additional insight into the making of "Tragic Idol", the forthcoming album from British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST, can be seen below. The band was holed up in The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England, recording the CD and in the first part of the studio report, Adrian Erlandsson, PARADISE LOST's drummer, sheds light on the drum recording session by explaining the equipment and recording procedure. "Crucify", a brand new song from PARADISE LOST, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off "Tragic Idol", which will be released on April 24 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded in part at The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England and features cover art by by Parisian designer Valnoir, who has previously worked with MORBID ANGEL, LAIBACH, ULVER and WATAIN, among others. Stated vocalist Nick Holmes about "Crucify": "My father always used to say that typical life stresses were crucifying him. I always thought it was such a dramatic way of stating that. He was just uncomfortable with a situation that would soon be remedied. I also refer to an actual person as a literal crucifixion at the end. The words 'for eternity you’re my sentence' is my favorite line on the whole album." PARADISE LOST's last full-length effort, "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us", came out in October 2009.
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- Blabbermouth posts Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will headline the annual Pulp Summer Slam festival on April 28 at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City in Manila, Philippines. Also scheduled to appear are AUGUST BURNS RED, BLESSTHEFALL, DARKEST HOUR, PERIPHERY and WE CAME AS ROMANS. The lineup will be supported by six more bands which are yet to be announced. Tickets to Pulp Summer Slam 12: The Apostles will cost P400 (approximately 9 U.S. dollars) and will include freebies such as beer, pizza, soda, cellphone load, condoms, and discount to the official festival shirt. Presented by Colt 45, Pulp Summer Slam 12: The Apostles will also conduct a video filming for ARCH ENEMY's upcoming live concert DVD. This will be the third time for the festival to host a filming — DEATH ANGEL filmed parts of their documentary, "A Thrashumentary", at the festival last April 2011 which will be released in spring of 2012 while SHADOWS FALL released "Madness In Manila" in October 2010, also filmed at the festival and venue in 2009. Last year, Pulp Summer Slam was headlined by ANTHRAX, HELLYEAH and DEATH ANGEL. Thousands of rock and heavy metal fans all over the country, as well as neighboring countries, flocked to the Amoranto Stadium to witness the 15-hour show which was highlighted by ANTHRAX's performance followed by a two-minute pyro show.
- Blabbermouth posts Tricia Weight (a.k.a. A Geek Girl) of "Interviews From The Edge" recently conducted an interview with guitarist Phil Demmel of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD. You can now watch the chat below. MACHINE HEAD has just completed a North American headlining with support from SUICIDE SILENCE and DARKEST HOUR. MACHINE HEAD's new album, "Unto The Locust", sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's 17-year history. MACHINE HEAD has consistently averaged more than 100,000 copies sold in the U.S. for each of its seven albums and has shifted double that overseas (accruing several silver records in the U.K.), resulting in cumulative worldwide sales of more than 2.4 million. 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. The band's 2004 effort, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", premiered with less than 12,000 copies to land at No. 88.
- Blabbermouth posts Zero To Hero Films conducted an interview with PRONG mainman Tommy Victor when the band performed at Avalon in Santa Clara, California on February 16. The eight-minute clip, which includes performance footage can be seen below. PRONG will release its new album, "Carved Into Stone", on April 24 in North America via Long Branch Records/SPV. The CD was recorded with producer Steve Evetts, who has previously worked with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, SEPULTURA and HATEBREED, among others. The cover artwork was created by Vance Kelly (DOWN, THE SWORD) and can be seen below. According to a press release, "Carved Into Stone" "is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band's earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York's Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today's post-metal and rock scenes." Comments Victor: "It was hardest I've ever worked in the studio on any record I've ever been involved with." PRONG — whose lineup is rounded out by bassist Tony Campos and drummer Alexei Rodriguez — has taken a major step forward in their constantly evolving brand of sonic schematics. "I always believed there were many dimensions to PRONG," says Tommy. "Every record we've been associated with different scenes — hardcore, metal, industrial — even dance! I think this record brings all of that together and sounds very modern at the same time." Founded in 1986, PRONG is considered to be a pioneer of the American post-hardcore and post-metal scenes whose influence is still being felt today. PRONG's last release was "Power Of The Damn Mixxxer", the remix counterpart to the band's 2007 album "Power of The Damager".
- Blabbermouth posts Shauna O'Donnell of Alternative Addiction recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENDFOLD). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. Alternative Addiction: ADRENALINE MOB is unlike projects that you have done in the past. Do you see that as being a challenge for you both musically and with getting the fans to the shows and buying records? Portnoy: A bigger challenge is getting the fans to accept something that is so different from anything I have done in the past. Musically, it is not really difficult for me. For me, it is very easy to jump into different musical environments. I'm a big fan of many different styles of music, so I'm as at home playing this kind of music as I am with technical and progressive music. Really the challenge for me was the anticipation and expectations of my existing fan base who are kind of expecting something to be very progressive, whereas in this case it is a very different style from what I used to do in DREAM THEATER. That has been the challenge so far, getting people to put there pre-conceptions aside and listen to this for what it is. It is basically riff-driven, groove-oriented and melodic, song-oriented music. You don't need to use a calculator to enjoy it. You basically just bang your head and get into the bounce of the groove. Alternative Addiction: You guys just added a new member to the band, John Moyer from DISTURBED. He will be filling the bass player spot. You are actually the one that gave him the call about joining the band right? Portnoy: Yes, I've known John for a couple years now. We toured together when I was playing with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and he was with DISTURBED. We did Uproar festival together. I spent a lot of time hanging out with him and I knew what a cool guy he was. I knew musically he would also fit in because he comes with that background of what he has done with DISTURBED. I knew musically and personally he would fit in, but most important for us right now is scheduling. That is an important thing for us. The issue that we had with our previous bass player was scheduling, commitments, obstacles and conflicts with other bands that he was playing with and committed to. We needed somebody that had an empty schedule and no other band commitments. With DISTURBED on an indefinite hiatus, it worked out perfectly that John would be available and not have any scheduling conflicts in the coming year or so and just be able to devote himself to ADRENALINE MOB. With all three of those elements, the personal, musical and scheduling, he worked out to be the perfect guy for us. He fits like a glove. Alternative Addiction: Are you guys running all of your own social media sites? Portnoy: I do mine, to me that is very important. My Facebook page has over 600,000 people and my Twitter has over 125,000. I oversee those day to day and I value an open relationship with my fans, I always have. In all my years with DREAM THEATER, the most valuable and important thing for the band and me was the relationship with the fans. Now that I'm on my own, I still value the relationship with the fans. I still continue to stay in touch with them daily and let them know everything that is going on. Read the entire interview from Alternative Addiction.
- Blabbermouth posts Andrew Haug of Australia's Soundwave Pirate Radio show recently conducted an interview with Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STEVE VAI, LAMB OF GOD, DARKEST HOUR, GWAR). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Townsend played four shows in London in November 2011 dedicated to his tetralogy album concept — a great journey through Devin's different states of musical moods — which he started in 2009 with the albums "Addicted" (2009) and "Ki" (2009) and finished with last year's "Deconstruction" and "Ghost". The concerts were professionally recorded and filmed for a unique box-set release, which he has decided to call "By A Thread". Speaking to AOL's Noisecreep, Townsend stated about the upcoming multi-disc package, "I submitted the mixes for the audio and we just finished the cover. I think the entire project is like a 10-disc set or something ridiculous. . . We're going to do the four DVDs, four audio discs [CDS], one of bonus footage, and because the shows are too long to fit the encores on the audio discs, we have a disc of just the encores. . . There's bonus material from 'Ghosts' and 'Deconstruction'. We did a bunch of PUNKY BRÜSTER stuff [Townsend's 1996 project] and for 'Addicted' [concert] we did a bunch of old catalog stuff, just to flesh it out. So the people that come to the show are not just feeling ripped off that we played for 55 minutes and then buggered off." Devin also spoke about his next project, which he will begin recording next month after completing his appearance at Australia's Soundwave Festival. "I'm doing this record called 'Epicloud'," he said. "Over the course of the full record, there's sort of new agey stuff, jazzy stuff, really heavy stuff. We basically cover the gamut. 'Epicloud' is the first record that I felt confident enough to include all those things on one record so it goes between melodic hard rock to schizophrenic heavy metal to country to really ambient stuff and it's all in one place. I'm using a gospel choir, a string section and a horn section for this one as well. On 'Deconstruction', I got to use the Prague Philharmonic and really go far into making an absurd album as over the top as possible and on 'Epicloud' I'm trying to take the same advantages to make some things musically very pleasing, as opposed to just claustrophobic." DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT released "Contain Us", a special tribute box set for its epic quadrology ("Ki", "Addicted", "Deconstruction" and "Ghost") on November 29, 2011 in North America. "Contain Us" was designed and created by Man Alive's Tom Bejgrowicz (who also conceived the classic and must-have MISFITS "Coffin" box-set) and is the ultimate collection for every diehard Devin fan. The standard box-set is priced at $80.00 while the hand-numbered box with the 10" and a lithograph drawn and autographed by Devin is $100.
- Blabbermouth posts heavy music presenter Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD during this year's Soundwave Festival. You can now watch the chat below. MACHINE HEAD has just completed a North American headlining with support from SUICIDE SILENCE and DARKEST HOUR. MACHINE HEAD's new album, "Unto The Locust", sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's 17-year history. MACHINE HEAD has consistently averaged more than 100,000 copies sold in the U.S. for each of its seven albums and has shifted double that overseas (accruing several silver records in the U.K.), resulting in cumulative worldwide sales of more than 2.4 million. 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. The band's 2004 effort, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", premiered with less than 12,000 copies to land at No. 88.
- Blabbermouth reports "The Moneychangers", the new video from Raleigh, North Carolina legends CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will premiere this Thursday, March 1 on MTV.com's web-only show "Headbangers Ball". The clip was filmed in Raleigh by Charles Cardello and features the band in a storyline that brings the song's lyrics out visually (even Jesus makes an appearance). A couple of photos from the video shoot can be seen below. "The Moneychangers" comes off CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's new self-titled album, which is being released today (Tuesday, February 28) in North America via Candlelight Records. The CD was recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in Northridge, California and was produced by the band in cooperation with longtime collaborator John Custer. It was mixed by John Lousteau (FOO FIGHTERS) and features artwork by Seldon Hunt (MELVINS, HIGH ON FIRE). "Corrosion Of Conformity" is available on standard CD, deluxe digipak, and two exclusive vinyl formats. Featuring the esteemed "Animosity" lineup of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's album closes a six-year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band. "The Doom" and "Time Of Trials" can be streamed in the YouTube clip here. Mullin co-founded CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1982 as a hardcore punk act alongside Weatherman and Dean before leaving the band in 2001 amidst health concerns.
- Blabbermouth posts SOCIETY 1's new video, "Kill Me", which was directed by Amy Sampson and SOCIETY 1 frontman Lord Zane, can be viewed below. The first song from the group's upcoming EP, "Screams Of A Sadist", signals "a return to the earlier industrial roots of SOCIETY 1 yet the video breaks new ground conceptually compared to previous efforts of the band," according to a press release. Comments Zane: "This video ties in directly to the lyrical content where every other video SOCIETY 1 created had a very vague connection to the song if any at all. I really wanted the images to reflect what I am singing about so I made the scenes very literal yet interesting. The song is called 'Kill Me' and that's what is happening in the majority of the video. I'm being killed through erotic asphyxiation, I'm bleeding out during an orgy after getting my wrists slashed, I'm dying through crucifixion which is the most famous way of being murdered thanks to Jesus Christ so on and so forth." These scenes, when understood within that context, make perfect sense but there is the one role Zane plays in the video that is bound to raise some questions of his intentions. "I actually play Adolf Hitler in the video," he says. "It is the first time I acted out a role as someone else. It was an interesting transformation I had to go through in order to be able and do it. You have to drop all social stigma associated with the symbols and history and approach it from the other direction. As if it's something you believe in or the character wouldn't really come across well." This still leaves the question of why he would portray Hitler in the first place. Zane explains how this decision was again based on the lyrical content of the song. "I talk about Hitler in the song as if I could have been him in a previous life because of how hated I am in this life, not to mention how horrid my karma has seemed to be these past seven years," he says. "It's kind of been a joke between my close friends and I. They would always ask why everyone seems to hate me with such intensity. I would say I must have been Hitler in my past life. The melding of that idea and expressing it through music finally happened, and if you ask me, my portrayal of him is rather disturbing." The "Kill Me" single can be purchased on iTunes.
- Blabbermouth posts Premier Guitar's Rebecca Dirks conducted an interview with guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM on February 21 when the band performed at House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois as part of their North American co-headlining tour with IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below. TRIVIUM's latest album, "In Waves", sold 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart — the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career. The group's previous CD, "Shogun", opened with just under 24,000 units back in October 2008 to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up "The Crusade", which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25. "In Waves" was recorded primarily at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida (with only the drums having been tracked at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida) with the production/mixing team of Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY) and Martin "Ginge" Ford, along with engineer Carl Bown. A two-disc special edition is also available. It features five bonus tracks, plus a DVD with a 40-minute, behind-the-scenes documentary, as well as an exclusive concert filmed in a warehouse located in Orlando, Florida, which is the band's stomping grounds. This concert features the first performances of tracks from "In Waves", along with TRIVIUMclassics.
- Blabbermouth posts Metalship conducted an interview with bassist John Campbell of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD when the band performed in Tokyo on February 22 as part of their Asian tour. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. LAMB OF GOD's seventh album, "Resolution", sold around 52,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Wrath", opened with around 68,000 units back in March 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This figure was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by 2006's "Sacrament", which shifted around 63,000 units to debut at No. 8. It also represented almost double the amount of records sold by its predecessor, "Ashes Of The Wake", which premiered with 35,000 copies in September 2004. "Resolution" was released in the U.S. via Epic and internationally through Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at various studios in Virginia and New York with producer Josh Wilbur, who worked on the band's last effort, 2009's "Wrath". "Resolution" features 14 songs and comes in a digipack with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams.
- Blabbermouth reports acclaimed extreme-metal drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL, DIVINE HERESY, VITAL REMAINS, HATE ETERNAL) is available for private drum lessons within the Los Angeles area as well as studio work throughout the year, schedule permitting. He can also offer lessons while he is on the road. Interested parties can contact Tim at email@example.com. With the inspiration of a songwriting mother and artistic father, Tim began playing drums in 1990 at the age of eleven. Within a few short years he was recording demos and playing live shows within the local muisc scene in upstate New York. He attended Hochstein School Of Music in Rochester and got his first big break in 1997 when he joined the death metal band HATE ETERNAL. Now based in Los Angeles, Yeung has performed and worked with such national acts as ALL THAT REMAINS, HANK WILLIAMS III, NILE, VITAL REMAINS and DECREPIT BIRTH. His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with his band DIVINE HERESY, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as more mainstream genres. For more information, visit Tim's new official web site at TimYeung.com.
- Blabbermouth reports vocalist Göran Edman (JOHN NORUM, YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN) and drummer Scott Rockenfield (QUEENSRŸCHE, SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM) appear on the two new singles from reactivated '90s Italian heavy metal band HEADLESS. The first single, "Primetime", was released on December 14, 2011, and can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon. The second track, "Sink Deep In A Fairy Tale", was mastered in Hollywood, California by Warren Sokol and was issued on February 14. It can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon.
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- Blabbermouth posts Vivien of Italian web radio LineaRock.it recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway of British/American grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH at Radio Lombardia / LineaRock studios in Milan. You can now watch the chat below. NAPALM DEATH has just released its 14th studio album (excluding the cover album "Leaders Not Followers"), "Utilitarian", via the band's longtime partner, Century Media Records. The cover artwork (see below) perfectly fits the album's theme and was created by the Danish artist Frode Sylthe, who is also responsible for THE HAUNTED's "rEVOLVEr" artwork. Greenway explains the album title and concept: "After some deliberation, we have decided on 'Utilitarian' as the album title. We generally try to avoid generic titles, and this seemed to have a lot of scope to it. I won't explain the full meaning of utilitarianism here because it's an ethical theory, and as ethical theories go, the depth and debate around it is quite heavy at times. It has a certain 'morality' aspect to it and that isn't something that drives me, so I also certainly have issues with it." Read more at Loudwire