- The Silversun Pickups will perform on the outdoor stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood on May 8th, the same day that the band's new album arrives in stores. The disc, called Neck Of The Woods, follows up the group's previous outing, 2009's Swoon. The first single, "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)," went to radio stations earlier this week. The Los Angeles-based Pickups intend to be on the road for most of 2012 and 2013 behind the set. (FMQB)
- A brand new Florence And The Machine song called "Breath Of Life" will appear on the soundtrack of the film Snow White And The Huntsman. According to MTV News, the song comes backed by a full orchestra and choir. There's no word yet on other artists or a release date for the soundtrack. Snow White comes out June 1st, starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the evil queen. (MTV News)
- Rush will release a new single called "Headlong Flight" to rock radio stations on April 19th. The track is the first single to surface from the band's upcoming studio album, Clockwork Angels, which is due for release on May 29th. The song will be edited for radio play from the album length of seven and a half minutes to five and a half minutes. The week before the single arrives, Rush will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Revolver Golden God Awards on April 11th in Los Angeles. (HenneMusic) Read more at Blabbermouth and Ultimate Classic Rock
- The U.K. edition of Europe's traveling Sonisphere festival, scheduled to take place from July 6th through the 8th at Knebworth, has been canceled. Acts that were slated to appear included Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Faith No More, Kiss, Queen and others. A message at the festival website said that "putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated." Other Sonisphere shows in Europe, most starring Metallica, are still going forward. (FMQB) Read more at Blabbermouth, Ultimate Classic Rock, Rolling Stone and Classic Rock
- The Rolling Stones announced via Twitter that their next "official bootleg" will be released on Tuesday, April 3rd and remastered by Bob Clearmountain. There's no word on what tour will be featured, but so far the Stones' have released shows from 1973, 1978, and 1981 through the online service Google Play.
- Paul Simon will be releasing several deluxe 25th anniversary editions of his 1986 Graceland album. The different variations were listed on Paul Simon.com, with most extensive being the Collector's Edition Box Set. The site posted that the two CD/two DVD set includes the remastered original album, the Under African Skies documentary film, extended interviews, the original 1987 African Concert from Zimbabwe, three original music videos, and the iconic Saturday Night Liveperformance of "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes."
- The box set also features the audio narrative The Story Of Graceland as told by Simon, replicas of an original Graceland poster and a handwritten lyrics pad, plus a deluxe 80-page book featuring new and archival photos and interviews with Simon. The box set also includes a special short audio documentary of Simon discussing the making of the record.
- Heart's Nancy Wilson confirmed her upcoming wedding plans on the band's official Facebook page, posting, "Hello good Heartmongers! Here is the latest love report: There have been some questions about a certain ring on my left hand and yes -- it's an engagement ring. There's a new love in my life! My fiancee Geoff Bywater is a senior exec at Fox who handles the music for Gleeamong many other shows. We are deeply in love, the same age, and both devoted parents. There is so much happiness we share together, and our blended families too. Send up a cheer! Love is GRAND. Nancy"
- In December 2010, Nancy Wilson finalized her divorce from filmmaker Cameron Crowe. The couple, which was married in 1986, has 11-year-old twin sons. Crowe, who started his career as a rock journalist for Creem, Circus, and Rolling Stone, is best known for writing Fast Times At Ridgemont High -- in which Wilson briefly appeared, and writing and directing the films Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous, among others. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Jerry Lee Lewis married for a seventh time on March 9th in Natchez, Mississippi. CNN.com reported that "The Killer" wed Judith Brown, the ex-wife of his cousin -- Rusty Brown -- who turns out to be the brother of his first wife, 13-year-old child bride Myra Gale Brown. Lewis, who is now 76, divorced his 6th wife, Kerrie McCarver, in 2004. Read more at Rolling Stone
- Blabbermouth posts AEROSMITH began work on its first all-new album since 2001 last year, with the rest of the band working on music while singer Steven Tyler made his "American Idol" debut. AEROSMITH is currently mixing a reworked version of its 1991 outtake "Legendary Child" (originally written during the "Get A Grip" sessions) for inclusion in the upcoming summer film "GI Joe: Retaliation" (which arrives in theaters around the U.S. on June 29). The song is also expected to appear on AEROSMITH's long-awaited new studio CD, which is tentatively due this summer. When asked by RollingStone.com if it was tough rebuilding the bridges with his bandmates to get everyone back in the same place so that they could work on the new album, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry said, "No, because the music does that. After a band's been together as long as we have, everybody just gets into their own rhythms. You can't force shit. People do what they're going to do outside of the band, whether it's Steven wanting to put his name on motorcycles or doing 'American Idol', or Joey [Kramer] writing a book or me putting out a solo record. But the five of us always have this band, and we're constantly amazed that it's still happening." Perry also spoke about AEROSMITH's renewed collaboration with producer Jack Douglas, who previously worked with them on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks" as well as on 2004's "Honkin' On Bobo". "'Honkin' On Bobo' was supposed to be this record," Perry said. "As it turned out, the energy around the band wasn't right, but we needed to put something out. We did it in a room not much bigger than this, everybody set up and playing live. And that was what we carried into this record: live, in-the-room excitement." He added, "I don't spend much time listening to the records when they're done. Usually I let go of it. Especially in the Eighties and Nineties – they were like product, almost. (There were) so many people involved, I felt like you lose ownership of the record. But I remember listening back to the tracks in the Seventies a lot, just for the fun of it. And this record, for some reason, I found myself doing that." AEROSMITH's "The Global Warming" tour will kick it off on June 16 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and wrap up on August 8 in Tacoma, Washington. Read more at Noisecreep Read an interview with Joe Perry at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth posts KISS' official web site, KissOnline.com, has uploaded video footage of the band performing the songs "Calling Dr. Love", "Shout It Out Loud" and "Hotter Than Hell" during soundcheck yesterday (Thursday, March 29) at New Orleans' Woldenberg Park. The KISS AT&T Block Party concert will be streaming live tonight, March 30 starting at 8 p.m. CT/ 9 p.m. EST at Uverse.com or for an interactive experience check it out live on Facebook here. KISS' free concert in Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans is part of a full slate of festivities throughout the college men's basketball championship weekend. KISS last performed in New Orleans during the 2009 Voodoo Experience in City Park. KISS has completed recording its new album, "Monster", for a summer release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "It's A Long Way Down", "Back To The Stone Age", "Shout Mercy", "Out Of This World", "Wall Of Sound" and "Hell Or Hallelujah". Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner following the March 20 press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of KISS' summer co-headlining tour withMÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley stated about the band's new CD, "'Monster' is really the culmination of everything this band has been in the past and where we're going. When we did [2009's] 'Sonic Boom', it was a big task for us because we were saying, 'How do we define who we are today without losing who we've been?' So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and 'Monster' is far, far beyond anything we've done in terms of 'Sonic Boom' and yet it's right up there with some of the best stuff we've done. It's KISS." So is there a single coming soon? Paul told VH1 Radio Network when to expect it and if it has a name. "It should be right around the time of the tour," he said. "It does have a name but we haven't chosen it yet. I think our problem right now is that we have 13 great songs and any one of them has possibilities." In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Stanley stated about the band's decision to return to the studio so soon after releasing "Sonic Boom", "I wasn't interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly. The band's all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that's essential. That's what made [2009's] 'Sonic Boom' so great, and this album is thunderously better."
- Blabbermouth posts earlier this week, Mark Lewis of Rock Over America conducted an interview with ADLER, the new band led by former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler. You can now listen to the chat at RockOverAmerica.com. ADLER will release its debut single, "The One That You Hated", via iTunes on April 10. The cover for the single, which was created by the band's guitarist, Lonny Paul, can be seen here. ADLER will film a video for "The One That You Hated" next week in the Kos Angeles area. In addition to Steven and Lonny, ADLER features Jacob Bunton (LYNAM, MARS ELECTRIC) on vocals/guitar. The group has been recording its debut album in Los Angeles with producers Jeff Pilson (former DOKKEN and current FOREIGNER/TOOTH AND NAIL bassist) and Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, ADRENALINE MOB). ADLER's CD will feature guest appearances by ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 and Steven's former GUNS N' ROSES bandmate Slash (guitar). "I love the music that we're creating!" states Adler. "I haven't been this excited about my band since the GN'R days. Jacob is exactly the singer I have been searching for. He has an amazing range and is a great writer and frontman. Lonny is an amazing guitarist and sonwriter and the vibe is amazing!" He added, "I'm so excited for everyone to hear this record!" Steven spent the past several years touring and recording with ADLER'S APPETITE, which played original material alongside cover versions of songs from GUNS' classic debut album, "Appetite For Destruction". In 2010, Adler collaborated with Slash on the latter's self-titled debut solo album. He appeared on the track "Baby Can't Drive", along with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea, Alice Cooper and Nicole Scherzinger. The song was featured on an expanded edition of the album released by Classic Rock magazine. Adler, Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin will all be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month in Cleveland, along with later GUNS N' ROSES members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
- Blabbermouth reports DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen is featured in the current issue of Sportbikes Inc. magazine in a five-page interview where he discusses how he's put his spin on the marriage of music and motorcycles throughout his career, from motorcycle courier at 17 to present day with DEF LEPPARD and MANRAZE. Go to this location to get a digital copy of the magazine. As a rock and roll guitarist in an internationally successful rock band, Collen, 54, didn't start out as a health and fitness enthusiast. After years of playing hard, partying hard, and leading a self-described "very unhealthy lifestyle," Phil decided to make a change. In his early thirties Collen decided to quit drinking and partying. His live-saving conversion came just before his DEF LEPPARD bandmate and "terror twin" of the party scene, Steve Clark, died of a prescription drug and alcohol overdose in early 1991. Inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle, the sober Collen no longer needed to "recover" each day from the previous night's debauchery, and instead found himself with numerous free hours in his day. Collen began exercising, running to start, and later taking up the martial art of Muay Thai kick boxing.
- Blabbermouth posts DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen's collection of visual art, "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change", is set for release on April 18 exclusively at RickAllenArt.com. Highly limited, only 300 prints will exist of this historic project, each numbered and signed by Allen. A two-minute video clip in which Allen talks about the collection can be seen below. Created over the course of 12 months, all of the pieces were made entirely from rhythmic performance and light by Allen. By capturing the various rhythms and translating them to visual form another dimension appears to viewers within the art. Though abstract in nature, the work is astonishing as distinct visual references begin to appear to whoever is looking. There are a total of 15 different visual pieces within "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change", all on canvas, and each large in size. The 300 collectors that will own a canvas in this exclusive collection possess a remarkable fete personally and creatively for Allen. With your request, you will have the first opportunity to experience it for yourself before its public unveiling. Pre-release opportunity to be announced. Allen is translating rhythm into a visual art medium through an extensive process involving drumbeat, light, photography, and graphic design. The result is a collection of abstract imagery built directly from Allen's rhythmic prowess. And as one of the pioneers in this new medium, Allen is holding true to a lifetime of breaking barriers and new ground. Rick Allen is one of the most acclaimed drummers in the history of rhythm. His powerful and unique rhythmic voice has profoundly influenced the signature sound of DEF LEPPARD in their rise to become one of the greatest rock bands in history selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. With "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change", music and art lovers are witnessing Allen's rhythm translated into the medium of visual art. Allen's legacy is rich, one of perseverance both professionally and personally. Following the loss of his left arm in 1984, Allen and DEF LEPPARD forged on together, developing some of their finest material and certainly their most commercially successful releases. Allen, who was already an idol to the music community, also became a leader in the philanthropic world with wife and musician Lauren Monroe. Together, the duo has founded the Raven Drum Foundation with a mission to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis. With a rich legacy of music and humanitarian work, Allen is gearing up for another chapter in his story with his fine art debut, "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change".
- Blabbermouth posts Barbara Caserta of Italian web radio Linearock.it conducted an interview with with guitarist Satchel of Los Angeles glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER before the band's first-ever performance in Italy — on March 22 at Alcatraz in Milan. You can now watch the chat below.
Photos of the concert are available on Musica Metal.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Supersonic Sex Machine
02. Tomorrow Night
03. Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)
04. Asian Hooker
05. Just Like Tiger Woods
06. Gold-Digging Whore
07. Guitar Solo
08. It Won't Suck Itself
09. Community Property
10. Eyes Of A Panther
11. Girl From Oklahoma
12. Party All Day (Fuck All Night)
13. Turn Out The Lights
14. Death To All But Metal
15. The Shocker
16. Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'
17. 17 Girls In A Row
STEEL PANTHER's sophomore album, "Balls Out", sold nearly 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on November 1 via Universal Republic Records, the follow-up to 2009's "Feel The Steel" contains 14 soon-to-be classics such as "Just Like Tiger Woods", "Gold Digging Whore" and "Weenie Ride". The album also features cameos by Dane Cook on the album opener "In The Future" and NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and EXTREME axeman Nuno Bettencourt show up on an instant classic "It Won't Suck Itself". "Balls Out" was produced by Grammy-nominated producer/mixer Jay Ruston who produced the band's "Feel The Steel" debut and is known for his work with ANTHRAX, MEAT LOAF, THE DONNAS and MORRISSEY, to name a few. STEEL PANTHER is Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums).
- Blabbermouth posts ANTHRAX and BIOHAZARD will perform on the main stage of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, set to take place on Monday, June 11 at Indigo2 in London, England. Meanwhile, FOZZY, SHADOWS FALL and ATTICA RAGE will all play the pre-awards show boat party that will be cruising up the Thames to the biggest and baddest metal event of the year.
The nominees for the 2012 Golden Gods are:
Best New Band
* ANIMALS AS LEADERS
* THE DEFILED
* KOBRA AND THE LOTUS
* PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION
Best Underground Band
* BLACK BREATH
* ANCIENT VVISDOM
* IN SOLITUDE
* SHINING (Norway)
* CANCER BATS
* PARKWAY DRIVE
* WHILE SHE SLEEPS
* MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
Best U.K. Band
* FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
* BLACK SPIDERS
Best International Band
* LAMB OF GOD
* FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
* MANOWAR returning to the U.K.
* IRON MAIDEN's U.K. tour
* Dave Mustaine playing with METALLICA
* Devin Townsend's DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT London shows
* Tommy Lee bringing his drumcoaster to the U.K.
Best Live Band
* IRON MAIDEN
Dimebag Darrell Shredder
* Satchel (STEEL PANTHER)
* Devin Townsend
* Dino Cazares (FEAR FACTORY)
* Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)
* Ol Drake (EVILE)
Metal As F*ck
* Zoltan Bathory (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
* Nik Kai
The following awards will also take place on the night, as voted for by the esteemed team at Metal Hammer:
* Drummer Of The Year
* Album Of The Year
* Riff Lord
* The Golden God
To cast your vote, go to this location.
- Blabbermouth posts John Doan of MusicFrenzy.net recently conducted an interview with drummer Reed Mullin of Raleigh, North Carolina legends CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. You can now listen to the chat in three parts below.
The new self-titled album from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY sold 3,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 157 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Corrosion Of Conformity" 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). The effort 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. 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. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth posts Fretes of Spain's GoetiaMetal.com recently conducted an interview with singer Marc Hudson of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. DRAGONFORCE has announced plans to return to North America for a spring tour. This outing marks the band's first trek with brand new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on "The Power Within". The album lands at retail on April 17 via Roadrunner Records. Hudson premiered his voice at a series of intimate North American shows last October. The performances were met with much praise and approval from the band's diehard fanbase. Now the vocalist will be able to showcase his pipes to other parts of the country and beyond, where a similar reaction is expected for this talented up-and-comer with undeniable chops. The tour kicks off April 21 at the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts and makes several stops on the East Coast before winding through Canada and into the Midwest before wrapping out west on May 11 in Anaheim, California. L.A.-based metal warriors HOLY GRAIL, and HUNTRESS, a five-piece metal band lead by vocalist Jill Janus, who delivers an unparalleled four-octave range thanks to her opera background, will provide support on this run. Pre-orders for "The Power Within" are available. You can pre-order "The Power Within" bundle and receive an exclusive autographed poster and a download of the album the day before it's available in stores. "The Power Within" will be released in the U.K. on April 16 via the band's own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music. Guitarist Herman Li recently stated about "The Power Within", "The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album. "This time around we've really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we've ever recorded ['Fallen World'] to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DRAGONFORCE album yet." Li added, "This is an exciting new era for DRAGONFORCE with Marc joining the band, so we figured this was an ideal time to take full control of our own destiny and establish our own record label for Europe. It's all hands on deck running it, but a great buzz!" There will also be a digital and vinyl version featuring bonus tracks "Cry Thunder (Live Rehearsal)", "Heart of the Storm (Alternative Chorus Version)" and "Avant La Tempête (Instrumental)", plus an exclusive box set. See the new webisode at Blabbermouth
- Blabbermouth posts Brian Giffin of Australia's Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Amott of Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. On the lyrical content of ARCH ENEMY's latest album, "Khaos Legions": Amott: "Religion always gets a good bashing from ARCH ENEMY. I think we just took things to the extreme lyrically on this album. Angela [Gossow, vocals] was just on a whole godless trip on this album. She'd read a bunch of books around that time and there was also the whole thing with the uprisings in North Africa going on — in the Middle East and North Africa. There was just a lot of interesting things going on in the world." "We always like to try to have a thread running through every album, like a bit of a concept. We don't like to call them concept albums, but there's always some sort of concept. When we make records, we figure out an idea we wanna go with lyrically and musically and then we piece it all together meticulously. It takes us a while. I think that's just what I grew up listening to. My favorite albums had that kind of feel. I don't know, I just like to have everything fit together." On songwriting: Amott: "It's not like I'm forcing myself. It's a natural process. I play guitar for hours every day. I guess I'm slightly retarded in that sense. Playing guitar all the time, and when I'm on the road I have even more time to play guitar, because you know you sit around in hotel rooms or backstage most of the time. I just play guitar really, and ideas will come out of that. And it's so easy to capture your ideas now these days. You used to stick them on cassettes, but now you can put them on the phone or laptop, whatever is convenient. And you just kind of build up an arsenal of killer riffs and melodies, ideas and bits and pieces. And then it's great to go back to that later when you're putting together a new album and have that there to pull from." Read the entire interview from Loud magazine. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports guitarist Andreas Kisser of Brazilian/American thrash metal veterans SEPULTURA has scheduled the following signing sessions for Fender Russia:
Mar. 30 - Kemerovo, Russia - Pr. Lenina, 27 (2 p.m.)
Apr. 02 - Novosibirsk, Russia - St. Lenina, 27 (3 p.m.)
Apr. 05 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - St.Karla Libknehta, 22 (4 p.m.)
Apr. 06 - Moscow, Russia - Krasnoholmskaya Nab., 3, Build. 1 (2 p.m.)
Kisser's solo debut, "Hubris I & II", was nominated in the "Best Brazilian Rock Album" category at the 2010 Latin Grammys, which aired live from Las Vegas on the Univision Network. "Hubris I & II" was released in June 2009 via Holland's Mascot Records. A two-disc set, the self-produced effort was recorded in part at A Voz do Brasil studio in São Paulo, Brazil. Kisser previously stated about the album, "I'm very pleased with the result and I'm excited to hear it all done. It was a long process, a learning process and a great experience. It's a musical journey through the influences I had for last 15 years of my life and at the same time it's very different from everything I did so far." "Hubris" comes from Greek word "hybris," which means "excessive pride, wanton violence." Listen to an interview with their drummer at Blabbemouth
- Blabbermouth posts Brazilian/Americal thrashers SEPULTURA will be joined by Les Tambours Du Bronx, featuring sixteen drummers from France, during their appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany. According to Wacken Open Air festival organizers, "this combination from heavy metal sounds and this incomparable percussion ensemble can only be seen two times in the whole world in this year." Founded in 1987, Les Tambours Du Bronx beat 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles. In more than 1000 concerts they've smashed about 16,000 barrels and more than 110,000 broken "drum sticks!" SEPULTURA will join forces with DEATH ANGEL, KRISIUN and HAVOK for a North American tour in April/May. SEPULTURA played its first show with new drummer Eloy Casagrande (GLÓRIA, ANDRÉ MATOS) on November 25, 2011 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Casagrande joined SEPULTURA as the replacement for Jean Dolabella, who left the band because he could no longer handle being away from home for long periods of time. Eloy is a 21-year-old drum prodigy from São Paulo, Brazil who won the Modern Drummer "Undiscovered Drummer" contest as a teenager in 2006. Dolabella left SEPULTURA after a five-year run of relentless touring and two studio albums. He joined SEPULTURA in 2006 following the departure of the band's original drummer, Igor Cavalera. SEPULTURA is touring in support of its 12th studio album, and Nuclear Blast Records debut, "Kairos", which hit stores in July 2011.
- Blabbermouth posts GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus has slammed Dave Mustaine for his controversial political views, saying that the MEGADETH mainman should "keep [his] mouth fucking shut." During an interview with Turbo from RSU Radio and the Metal Meltdown conducted this past Wednesday, March 28 (see video below), Oderus noted that both he and Mustaine have been in the press a lot lately. "Yeah, but see, the difference between Dave Mustaine and Oderus is that Dave Mustaine, every time he opens his mouth, he makes a fucking idiot out of himself," the GWAR frontman said. "You know what?! Keep your mouth fucking shut, Dave Mustaine. Play your fucking guitar, all right?! Maybe keep it to the lyrics of 'Peace Sells'. Anything else… We don't wanna fucking hear about how Obama was born in Africa and how Rick Santorum is your man; he hates fucking heavy metal. Shut the fuck up, Dave Mustaine. Shut the fuck up, you God, cock-s***ing f****t." Mustaine recently made headlines when he told Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos that he is certain that President Obama "was born somewhere else than America." "I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born," Mustaine said. "I know he was born somewhere else than America." When Stroumboulopoulos pointed out that this school of thought made the musician part of the so-called "birther" movement, Mustaine said, "I'm not calling a question to it, I just, you know, it's a point. How come he was invisible until he became whatever he was in Illinois?" Stroumboulopoulos tried to further challenge Mustaine on his claims, causing the MEGADETH frontman to attempt to change the subject. "I don't want to talk about my president," Mustaine said, before going on to admit that he was going to "have to do some more homework on where Obama came from." Read more at Loudwire and Metal Sucks
- Blabbermouth reports D'Addario strings recently conducted an interview with TWISTED SISTER guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda about the roots of their art. You can now watch the chat below. TWISTED SISTER's five-disc DVD box set, "From The Bars To The Stars", was released last November 8 via Eagle Vision,"From The Bars To The Stars". The set, which comes with instant fan collectibles for the crazed SMF TWISTED SISTER fan, includes the exclusive "Twisted Xmas: Live in Las Vegas" DVD, along with four other TWISTED SISTER DVDs ("Live At Wacken", "Live At Reading", and "Double Live", which includes "North Stage '82", as well as "NY Steel '01"), a TWISTED SISTER Christmas ornament, official NY Steel backstage pass, classic 2 ½-inch TWISTED SISTERpin, and a reproduction of the first ever SMF fan club letter.
- Blabbermouth posts John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews recently conducted an interview with bassist Jerry Dixon of California hard rockers WARRANT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. Legendary Rock Interviews: We knew you weren't too happy with the way that the 2008 reunion went down, but it really went unreported just how much the band tried to avert disaster with Jani [Lane, vocals] during that time. Jerry: Oh, absolutely, that's just it, John. For a while there, it seemed like that's all we were doing was trying to help Jani. It's really weird the way people communicate nowadays on Facebook and stuff being all immediate, it still seemed like there was a lot of bad communication about that particular topic. For starters, there still seem to be a large segment of our own fans that weren't aware of the fact that we really tried to do the reunion in '07/'08. They would post things about how we didn't try to get back with Jani after he left, and nothing was further from the truth. We really tried to make that reunion and we put Jani into rehab around that time and we visited him, we didn't ignore him. We even went to the extent of removing all alcohol off the backstage rider and bringing one of Dr. Drew's counselors out on the road with us and we still only made it through eleven shows. We have historically played at least 40-60 shows a year other than that one year, so of course, it was a huge blow to us, but it wasn't just business, I mean, we have hearts underneath our skin. It's crazy that people think we didn't do anything, but I guess we just didn't feel the need to make a big public announcement about it at the time. I mean, myself personally, I just try to speak nothing but facts on topics like this, because it's already hurt Jani's family and hurt us and as hard as it is, I try to keep my emotions out of it and stick to what happened. The facts are that the Lane era and the new era of WARRANT are two totally different eras and the Lane era was so long ago aside from the previously stated reunion attempt. I mean this as no disrespect, but it's been a long time and it's basically been as long that we've been without him as it was that we were with him. I guess what really upsets me about the people who make comments about us moving on is…. Where were all those people in 2008 when we tried the reunion and tried the rehab and he still was in the condition he was in at the Las Vegas show? I thought he was gonna die onstage at that show in Las Vegas. I mean, where were all these people who claim now to have been best friends with Jani then? It's really hard and I struggle to understand where all these people who paint us as the "bad guys" were back then, because they clearly weren't noticing how hard we all tried to help Jani and keep it together not only for the sake of our band but because, whether people believe it or not, we are human beings and we cared about our friend. If I could help a complete stranger struggling with those addictions, I would help them, because that's just the human thing to do. When someone like Jani dies, it's just a fact that people don't know how to process it and immediately try to find someone to blame. The fact is, it's just a fucking sad, sad tragedy and he had a bad, bad disease, which is what I call it, and he simply could not shake it. It's really not something that had very much to do with WARRANT. And another thing people seem to forget is that it was always Jani who left WARRANT and not the other way around. He literally left the band all the time. He didn't just bail on a tour or two or three. He left us hanging on a lot of things because he always envisioned himself as a solo artist. I mean, look at the cover of his solo album "Back Down To One", there's four dead body marks on the cover. Who do you think that is? Time and time again, he would have a change of heart and want to come back and we would let him, we were like, "Dude, you're fucking Jani Lane. Yeah, of course we want you back." When we did the "Born Again" album, it wasn't by choice that we didn't have Jani in the band, he left us, and I think people really forget about that. It always confused me that he would come and go like that because as a musician or artist you can't always be stopping and starting like that with no consistency. It makes you not want to be in the band when it's so inconsistent like that. Jani created this monster success as a member of WARRANT and then he hated it and shunned the whole thing. That's the other thing, it seemed like the only thing he was comfortable being proud of was the songwriting because that's all he ever talked about. It really was all he ever talked about and yes, he was a creative guy but he didn't need to take it that far that he just took 100% credit for WARRANT's success while at the same time being totally ashamed of it. I mean, if you go to BMI.com and search the songwriting credits, you'll see his name on a lot of them but you'll also see the rest of our names on songs like "Cherry Pie" as well. Erik [Turner] and I have worked incredibly hard at this band over the years with and without Jani's involvement. There's a lot more to this band than just one person and I wish sometimes Jani could have remembered that. It's like a football team, you might have Tom Brady for a quarterback, but you need a kickass coach and a great group of guys around him and a stadium and cheerleaders and a front office in order to win. I mean, who do people think found Jani Lane? We found Jani up a fuckin' tree and he and Steven [Sweet, drums] weren't doing shit until we got together to get things done. I'm not just talking shit; that's just me being honest. We formed a great team and one of the things he brought to the team was songwriting — he was really good at that, so why would we fuck with that? He would write a song like "Heaven", and I would be like, "Oh my god, dude, that is beautiful!" I'm not gonna let my ego get in the way of someone bringing a good idea to the table. If something's great, it's great and we don't care who gets credit for doing it; it's all about the team. Read the entire interview from Legendary Rock Interviews.
- Blabbermouth posts video footage of guitarist Roman Glick of Kennesaw, Georgia-based rockers JACKYL laying down the theramin on the band's new track entitled "Screwdriver" can be seen below. JACKYL ended 2010 with a bang by collaborating with Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame legend Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels from RUN DMC on the single "Just Like A Negro". The single is available for purchase at Jackyl.com and comes with a limited-edition "JACKYL featuring DMC" poster. It can also be downloaded from iTunes. Formed in 1990, JACKYL has enjoyed a career stretching two decades, bringing a hybrid of Southern metal to millions. From the band's debut in 1992 via Geffen Records, through today, they are notorious as one of the hardest-working bands in rock. JACKYL holds two Guiness world records, one for staging 100 shows in 50 days, and another for performing 21 concerts in a 24-hour period. Jesse James Dupree and partner Michael Ballard also brew Jessie James Dupree's America's Outlaw Beer.
- Blabbermouth posts U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a "rare-tracks" album with some very special gems for the fans. Entitled "Celebrator", the effort will be made available on May 4 via AFM Records. The full track listing will be announced next week. Check out the cover artwork below. U.D.O.'s November 16, 2011 perormance at Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria was professionally filmed for the band's next official live DVD, tentatively titled "Rev-Raptor Tour - Live from Sofia", for an August/September release. U.D.O.'s latest album, "Rev-Raptor", was released on May 20, 2011 via AFM Records. The recordings for the CD took place between June 2010 and February 2011 at Roxx studios (owned by U.D.O. guitarist and ex-ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann) in Pulheim, Germany. The effort was mastered by Manfred Melchior at MM Sound Digital studios in Steinhagen, Germany. The album's cover artwork is once again a comic-like motif: but the "Dominator" character is this time "a lot more effectual and colorful," according to a press release.
- Blabbermouth reports vocalist Biff Byford of British heavy metal legends SAXON has issued the following update: "We are very busy these days with the new album and we have already a few ideas together. I am writing melodies and lyrics and arranging them into songs. We will give the rest of the band a break for [holidays]. After that, we have a full session in April before heading to the mighty sugar loaf and rock Sao Luis! We are really looking forward to coming back to celebrate an awesome party with our South American fans! Needless to say that the Rock In Den Ruinen festival in Germany is also going to be great! And don't forget: Our new DVD will hit the stores in April! We are very proud of this product as it reflects SAXON at its best: big productions, great performances and a fabulous audience!!! We will keep you updated where you can get the special limited fan edition! When we've finished our short live break, we will enter the studio in the U.K. and will start recording the new album. Looking at a release date in the beginning of next year!" SAXON will release "Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken", the no-fat-no-bullshit-100%-pure CD/DVD featuring DVD highlights from the band's Wacken shows in 2004, 2007 and 2009 comprising thirty songs, plus a live CD from Glasgow in 2011. Each set captures the Barnsley-bred British heavy metal legends delivering classic after classic, from "Denim & Leather" to "Metalhead" to "Heavy Metal Thunder" to "Princess Of The Night" to "Crusader" in front of 75,000-pluds loyal, ravenous fans, who have come to expect (and receive) the levels of performance SAXON have been delivering for 32 years. "Heavy Metal Thunder - Live - Eagles Over Wacken" is available in a variety of formats, including the Golden Ticket D2C/Direct To Consumer Box. Strictly limited, this exclusive package contains the "Best Of Wacken" DVD, plus the full and complete SAXON Wacken Open Air performances from 2004/2007/2009 each on a separate DVD, plus a SAXON flag.
April 23 - U.K.
April 20 - Rest Of Europe
May 22 - North America
"Call To Arms" sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 51 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The digipack version of "Call To Arms" includes a glorious bonus — a free seven-track CD, "Live At Donington 1980".
- Blabbermouth posts Jason Saulnier of Music Legends recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Ricci of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. Music Legends: EXCITER just released "Death Machine" on Massacre Records? John: Yes, we just released "Death Machine" in the USA as a domestic release. It's actually been out since 2010 in Europe and considered an import in America. This way, instead of fans paying $20-$25 dollars for the CD as an import, I believe the price should around $15.00. Most of our records for the past 30 years mainly have been imports except for a brief period in the early '80s. Our first and second records were on American labels (1983's "Heavy Metal Maniac" on Shrapnel Records; and 1984's "Violence And Force" on Megaforce Records). Most of all the other releases were European. It's very exciting to have a USA release again. The response and reviews so far have been positive. For me this very satisfying because we've been around for so many years and obviously the media and fans are still interested. Music Legends: Where do you find the inspirations to write music? John: EXCITER's inspirations to write music comes from everyday news events, mostly of violent topics. Killings, murders, etc. We live in such a sick world, with senseless killings and unprovoked violence. The lyrics I write do not glamorize violence but condone it. Of course, some song topics include witches and Satan, but these topics are strictly fantasy. For example, if you watch a horror movie, it's not for real only make-believe. The instrumental part of EXCITER's music is always from an angry point of view. As far as I'm concerned, metal has to be played with aggression and simple power chords to get the message across to the listener. This has been the EXCITER formula for over 30 years. Music Legends: What's your vision on the Internet as a tool to promote and market music? John: Even though there is a lot of illegal downloads on the Internet, it is still promotion for the bands involved. It's not so good for record companies. It's hard to stop, because every time you put a halt to it, the culprits will find another way to make it available or illegally sell. But you are right — the worldwide web is definitely the best way to make your band known. It's a lot easier than the old days of sending out demos and promo packages! Read the entire interview from Music Legends.
- Blabbermouth posts "Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion", the new video from Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH, can be seen below. The performance clip was directed by Owe Lingvall of Sweden's Village Road Film. States MESHUGGAH vocalist Jens Kidman: "We were high on tacos and sodas when we recorded this video." "Break These Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" comes off MESHUGGAH's new album, "Koloss", which was 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.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. I Am Colossus
02. The Demon's Name Is Surveillance
03. Do Not Look Down
04. Behind The Sun
05. The Hurt That Finds You First
07. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
10. The Last Vigil
In a recent interview with MSN's metal music section Headbang, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake stated about the band'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." On the topic of how the band found the album artwork, Haake said, "I don't even remember, I think I was just looking through random art online probably three or four years ago I saw this guy's art the first time. I got in contact with him, and initially he was supposed to do something for the album but we trailed off into other things and we didn't stay in touch for a while. I just took for granted that the piece had been used for something already, but when I finally asked him he said no, it was up for grabs. He's done a lot of additions and renditions and versions of it for the whole layout, so he's spent a lot of time on it too, and we're really stoked that we ended up using this art." Regarding the suggestion that "Koloss" sounds like MESHUGGAH deliberately tried to expand its sound even more than on "ObZen", Haake said, "We definitely pushed ourselves hard with 'ObZen', too, but maybe that one feels even more like a flirtatious thing with the stuff we were doing earlier on and the stuff we grew up with. I still feel there's some of that on this one too, with the different tunings, and a couple of the songs are actually written for six-string guitar and not all of them being really down-tuned eight-stringed stuff. That's definitely to get that old-school thrash vibe in there, even though the music is different, of course. There's definitely a little bit of that going on this album, too. But apart from that, we basically tried to create something that we find intriguing. We always try to find new ways of writing our own music, so to speak, to see if there's an additional lateral movement, a sideways step that we can take for ourselves to feel that we did something new with this one and that we pushed ourselves into doing something that came out cool and refreshing. That's kind of what we always aim for, and this time it came out like this." Read more at Loudwire and Noisecreep
- Blabbermouth posts Amy Sciarretto of The Aquarian Weekly recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here. The Aquarian Weekly: Let's talk chocolate first…Blitz: My wife and I own a chocolate retail outlet in Nyack, New York, just outside of the Aquarian's reach. It's close to the Bergen County line. It's primarily imports. My wife is Dutch. I was about to open a studio and I thought, "She is not going to want to sit in a studio." She had done her legwork on this and had always been in service industry with her parents. We went that route. I've bailed [out] the LAMB OF GOD guys a few times on Valentine's Day when they need some chocolates. It's cool. Music and life changes. This is viable too. People who like the band also come get the high-end Belgian chocolates. We opened the store in 2004. We had one in Jersey for a while and one in Nyack. They were great niche businesses that had nothing to do with the recession. The business model is recession-proof. You are not jockeying for position by saving people 10 cents. If people want Belgian chocolate, they get it. We closed the Jersey one. Nyack is a great walking town and like a Greenwich Village. Chocolaterie [web site] is the name and quite simply, it means "chocolate shop." The Aquarian Weekly: So you've been thrashing since the '80s. What keeps you in the metal game after all these years, especially with your successful side business? Blitz: We've worked on a schedule, since 1985. You do it this long, you obviously love it. It's brought me, my wife, chocolate [and] getting to go on tour to all sorts of places. I find it funny. We're releasing our 15th record, we're going on [our] 15th world tour and there were still places I have not been. There are still some uncharted territories. There are still places to go. It's the same electric vibe with "The Electric Age". It's not overexposed and it's not polluted. It's pure. It still gives back what we put into it. Read the entire interview from The Aquarian Weekly.
- Blabbermouth reports influential heavy metal magazine Metal Forces finally has an official web site at this location. Launched in the U.K. during the summer of 1983, Metal Forces quickly established itself internationally as one of the most influential publications in the promotion of heavy metal and hard rock. Totally independent, the ground-breaking magazine championed the early careers of artists like METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, PANTERA and SEPULTURA — bands who at the time were virtually ignored by the mainstream rock press — and although Metal Forces was never a thrash publication per se, its coverage of the genre was unrivalled during the 1980s. Metal Forces was also relentless in its exposure of unsigned metal and rock bands from across the globe, with appearances in the magazine’s popular demo tape review section, "Demolition", leading to numerous recording contracts. In 1990, Metal Forces began producing the content for Fotodisk's "Metal XS" video series, and also created a number of high-profile off-shoot magazines, including Access All Areas and Thrash 'N Burn; the latter a monthly title dedicated to extreme metal that would eventually evolve into Xtreme Noize. A German language version of Metal Forces also appeared in 1992. Due to a changing musical landscape within a saturated rock magazine market in the U.K., the printed version of Metal Forces ceased production in 1993 but continued to sell via Internet outlets and for nearly 30 years has remained an important source of information, with early issues of Metal Forces now commanding high prices on eBay. The launch of the official Metal Forces magazine web site provides an online platform to peruse many of those vintage interviews and reviews, with additional archive material (including previously unpublished items) being added on a regular basis. The web site also delivers a daily dose of new content, which continues the Metal Forces policy of in-depth, informative articles and devotion to promoting quality metal of all genres, regardless of popularity or trends. Metal fans can be kept informed of published material both newly written and lifted from archive issues by joining Metal Forces on Facebook and Twitter.
- Blabbermouth posts Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with bassist Byron Stroud of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD before the band's March 21 concert at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. You can now watch the chat below. When asked what the reason was for his recent departure from FEAR FACTORY, Byron said, "It was just time to leave, man. The way I put it to everybody is that life's too short to spend it with people that don't love and respect you." 3 INCHES OF BLOOD' new album, "Long Live Heavy Metal", was released on March 27 via Century Media Records. According to a press release, "fans can expect a blast of pure metal assured to leave no face unmelted." For "Long Live Heavy Metal", 3 INCHES OF BLOOD reunited with producer and engineer Terry "Sho" Murray (CITY OF FIRE, EXHIBITIONISTS), who worked with the band on their seven-inch single, "Anthems For The Victorious". 3 INCHES OF BLOOD teamed up with Kim Thiessen to perfect their artistic vision for the album, which was released as a digipack and when opened, lays out similar to that of a book. 3 INCHES OF BLOOD is currently taking part in the "Metal Alliance Tour 2012" alongside DEVILDRIVER, THE FACELESS, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, IMPENDING DOOM and WRETCHED.
- Loudwire reports Evanescence singer Amy Lee revealed that the delay between the band's albums had to do with her search for an identity outside the band. That and the fact that she can't, you know, just "crap something out." Read more at Loudwire