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4/9/2012

  • Just when you thought that music-based video games were dead, Rock Band publisher Harmonix has announced that it will release Rock Band Blitz this summer for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN. According to Joystiq, the game's initial 25 songs will include Foster The People's "Pumped up Kicks," Blink-182's "Always," Quiet Riot's "Bang Your Head" and more. Could this be the beginning of a Rock Band comeback? (Audio Ink Radio)
  • Veteran '90s alternative act Candlebox has released its first studio album in four years, titled Love Stories And Other Musings. In addition to nine new songs, the disc comes with five bonus re-recordings of the group's biggest rock radio hits, including "Far Behind" and "Cover Me." About redoing "Far Behind," possibly its biggest hit, frontman Kevin Martin said, "We wondered if we could go back in the studio now, have fun with it, better it." Candlebox just launched a tour that brings it to Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday (April 10th). (Audio Ink Radio)  Read more Blabbermouth  Read an interview at Loudwire and Noiscreep  Check out more about the first single "Believe In It" at Blabbermouth and Loudwire 



  • Lollapalooza 2012 will reveal its lineup at midnight on Wednesday (April 11th), with the Black Keys, Jack White, The Shins, M83 and many others all rumored to be part of the lineup. A series of ads displayed both online and in Chicago's transit system has been hinting at a potential lineup by displaying lyrics from some of the artists that may be attending. Lollapalooza will take place at Chicago's Grant Park on August 3rd, 4th and 5th. (Consequence Of Sound)  Read more at  The New York Times
  • Blabbermouth posts GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna debuted a brand new song called "Falling Through Glass" during his April 6 concert at Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.  Erna just finished a short tour to promote the release of "Avalon Live", his upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray that features the singer and an eight-piece band performing songs from his 2010 solo debut, "Avalon". A late spring release for the disc is planned, although an exact arrival date has yet to be confirmed.  Many fans feared when Erna announced his solo project a couple of years ago that it would mean the end of GODSMACK. But Erna told The Pulse Of Radio that nothing could be further from the truth. "For me, I didn't go off and do a solo thing because I was angry at my band," he said. "As an artist, I need both for balance. It's just creative, you know, juices that need to come out and I can't write some of the stuff I wrote for the solo record and fit it into GODSMACK's world. It doesn't work, it's not the same texture."  The limited edition of "Avalon Live" will include the show, a documentary and behind-the-scenes footage on three DVDs, two CDs, a book, T-shirt, guitar pick, poster, incense, and a custom Sully Erna engraved metal box with a suede lining. There will only be 5,000 of the box sets produced.  GODSMACK will release a live album called "Live And Inspired" this spring. The effort will include 13 songs recorded at a show in Detroit, Michigan on the band's last tour and will be packaged with a bonus disc containing four cover songs.

  • Blabbermouth reports according to Billboard.com, QUEEN's Roger Taylor and Brian May will play four shows with "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert in June and early July. On tap is a June 30 show in Moscow, a concert with Elton John in Kiev as well as two early July shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in London to provide "some alternative... for some of the people who had bought tickets" to the recently canceled Sonisphere festival, where QUEEN was supposed to be one of the headliners.  "We're really excited about it," Taylor tells Billboard.com. "Adam... of course he has this unbelievable range, like Freddie (Mercury) had range. Adam can really cover it. He's an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality." Regarding the possibility of further activity with Lambert, Taylor says that "we're just going to see what happens, how well it goes, how we get on." He does acknowledge, however, that he and May have been approached to be part of the Summer Olympics closing ceremonies in London but adds that "I don't think we're meant to say too much about it yet."  Read more at Spinner and Classic Rock

  • Blabbermouth reports taking a break from their current U.S. tour, Los Angeles glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER will appear on tonight's (Monday, April 9) episode of ABC's top-rated program "Dancing With The Stars". The producers of the show were looking for some help in teaching Cuban-born actor William Levy some style essentials for the show's Rock Week theme and STEEL PANTHER were more than happy to help out. The band offered William and partner Cheryl Burke some advice on everything from fashion tips, most comfortable spandex and best brands of hair spray. The boys will also be attending tonight's show to witness the final product first hand and to cheer on newfound PANTHER fans, Levy and Burke.  "Dancing With The Stars" airs on ABC at 8:00 p.m. and is one of the highest rated shows on TV.  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.  When asked what lessons STEEL PANTHER learned from its 2009 debut, "Feel The Steel", that he and his bandmates applied to this new album, guitarist Satchel told Guitar International, "It's funny because we haven't learned any lessons from our first record. We don't even think of it as our sophomore album, we think of it as our second debut release. Many bands will try to make a different-sounding record for their second release, but we couldn't really get any better than our first record. Our first record was awesome, so we decided to go in and make the same record for our second album, just better. We didn't really grow as writers. We didn't grow as musicians. In fact, I think I got a little bit worse . . . But because of that it's much better. It's kind of like a fine wine. If you let it sit there and let it get moldy, that's what they do with wine, right? Then you let the mold fester in the bottom of the bottle, that's what our music is like on this record. We're like a moldy cheese that's been left out in the sun all summer. You wouldn't think that it would taste good at the end of the summer, but surprisingly, it does. That's us in a nutshell."  STEEL PANTHER is Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums).  Read more at Noisecreep

  • Blabbermouth posts while combing the PANTERA vaults for the 20th anniversary reissue of "Vulgar Display Of Power", drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott made an astounding discovery: "Piss", an incendiary blast of vintage PANTERA from the original recording sessions that had long been forgotten. After 20 years, "Piss" will finally make its debut this Wednesday, April 11, when the newly created video for the song will premiere at the Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast live on Xbox Live, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. The video will make its worldwide premiere right before the show starts at approximately 10:55 p.m. ET / 7:55 p.m. PT. The song will then be released to radio outlets and all digital music retailers the following day. PANTERA are also the subject of a Revolver special issue, which hits newsstands everywhere on April 15.  For the "Piss" video, PANTERA put out a call through their Facebook page for fans to submit home videos of them rocking out to the band or attend a video shoot in Los Angeles. The resulting video is an amazing collection of fans of all ages, from around the world, moshing, jumping, punching, kicking, and just plain rocking out to PANTERA. The video, directed by Zach Merck, also features some amazing slow-motion shots that recreate the face punch from the iconic cover of "Vulgar Display Of Power".  "'Piss' is the only unheard complete PANTERA track in existence, "said Vinnie. "It was recorded at the same time as 'Vulgar Display Of Power' and it's 100 percent PANTERA with attitude and our signature groove! After mixing it, I can't believe it didn't make the record! So it's 2012 and 20 years later and new PANTERA music has been delivered."  In anticipation of the reissue of one of the greatest metal albums of all time, PANTERA's 1992 masterpiece "Vulgar Display Of Power", Revolver magazine has created a PANTERA special issue, which includes the whole story of the band, an in-depth look at the making of "Vulgar", fallen guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's final interview, and more.  Revolver will host a release party for the issue on April 12 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Plus, cover illustrator Tim Bradstreet will be on hand to sign copies of the issue. Providing the soundtrack for the evening will be members of SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, and some very special guests, who will all be putting on the "Metal Masters 3" clinic for musicians, presented by Samson, Zoom, and Hartke.  February 25 marked the 20-year anniversary for PANTERA's "Vulgar Display Of Power", a landmark album widely acknowledged as one of metal's most enduring and influential masterworks. Recorded by singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, the album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and features several of the group's most iconic songs including "Walk", "Mouth For War", "This Love" and "Fucking Hostile".  To celebrate, Rhino channels the album's relentless blitzkrieg of musical aggression onto a two-disc Deluxe Edition. The CD includes the original album remastered and "Piss", a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains an unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992 plus the three official music videos from the album.  Due out May 15, 2012 from Rhino, the CD/DVD set will be available at retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98. A version of the release will also be available digitally.  Along with the unreleased song, "Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)" also features unreleased video of the quartet performing six songs at the Monsters Of Rock show in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 12, 1992. The set list draws almost exclusively from "Vulgar" ("This Love", "Rise", "Mouth For War"), but also includes the title track from their previous album, "Cowboys From Hell", and a melding of "Vulgar"'s "Hollow" and "Cowboys"' "Domination", which was a live staple of the band. Video of PANTERA performing live during this era is extremely rare, making the DVD one of the few ways to see them in their prime.  Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On Dec. 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.

  • Blabbermouth posts on March 29, Jason Saulnier of the MusicLegends.ca web site conducted an interview with ADLER, the new band led by former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.  "The One That You Hated", the first single from ADLER, can be streamed below.  The song will be released on April 10 via iTunes.  The cover for the single, which was created by the band's guitarist, Lonny Paul, can be seen below.  ADLER filmed a video for "The One That You Hated" last week in the Los 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 songwriter 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 this month in Cleveland, along with later GUNS N' ROSES members, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.

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  • Blabbermouth posts ANTHRAX's sold-out March 15 concert at O2 Islington Academy in London, England was filmed for an upcoming DVD. When asked by Decibel magazine what made the band decide to film the London show, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian said, "It was a total last-minute thing. We'd been working with the company that does the 360 stuff for a while so to shoot this just made sense."  Regarding the setlist for the London show and whether fans would hear more of the "Persistence Of Time" material during the concert, Ian said, "We rehearsed 'Belly Of The Beast' [the day before the London show], so that, 'Got The Time' and maybe one more. We've rehearsed 'Keep It In The Family' and we've rehearsed 'In My World'. It's just a case of we came up with a set for the first leg of this tour, and we'd been out on tour in the States for two months already and the set was working so well with the balance of new material and old material; it was acutally this guy Warren, who is one of the guitar techs for Jeff Hanneman [SLAYER] and Gary Holt [EXODUS, SLAYER touring guitarist], and is out with LAMB OF GOD right now, on one of those legs he was like, 'You guys gotta play 'In My World', you gotta!' So we played it at soundcheck for him one day. But the song is so long that we just couldn't figure out where to put it in the set, and at that time it came down to the fact we were only playing an hour on that tour with SLAYER and MEGADETH so there was no way to fit in a six-and-a-half minute song into the set. The only way would be by taking something else out. Now, we're on the headline shows it gives us a little bit more leeway to play longer, so we're just trying to figure out a way to get more 'Persistence…' in because I feel that that album was kind of lacking as far as being represented live and there are a lot of great songs on it."  On the topic of whether it has gotten any easier putting together an ANTHRAX live show nowadays, Ian said, "Easier? You would think it would get easier, but it doesn't! We still deal with the same shit whether we're playing here or Sonisphere, or playing Yankee Stadium with the Big Four. It doesn't matter; the bigger the show or the smaller the show, I swear to god, it is the same crap on a daily basis. We've had a few lucky streaks, but when you're doing one-off shows, it just sucks because you can't ever get into a groove. But, y'know, we've just been out in the States for a month-and-a-half, headlining, and it was a week into the tour before things started working smoothly. It takes a week for everything to run smoothly, to get all the bugs out, and then it runs like clockwork. That's the way I should have answered it; it's always the first week, the first week of any tour sucks. So we're only doing three shows here, then one show in Moscow, then we go back home and then go to Asia, so by the time we get to the Russian show, things will probably be running smooth, then we'll go home, have a week off and then go to Asia and start off again. It takes a week of shows before everything runs smoothly, so you just walk in there and everything's just right and you're crew is just running around like mad trying to fix crap."  Read another inteview at Loudwire

  • Blabbermouth posts Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate. You can now stream the podcast using the Mixcloud player below. (Note: The Tate interview begins around the 11-minute mark.)  Tate entered the studio on February 29 to begin recording his second solo album. He wrote on Facebook, "I'm very excited about this record and I'll be sharing a lot more info about it in the weeks to come."  Tate released his first solo album in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. Self-titled, the LP was a huge departure from the work he had previously done with QUEENSRŸCHE.  Geoff played a handful of acoustic solo dates, billed as GEOFF TATE AND FRIENDS, beginning on January 26 at Anthology in San Diego, California. According to Tate, he performed "acoustic renditions of songs from my solo album as well as some of my favorite QUEENSRŸCHE songs."  Professionally filmed, multi-camera video footage of the San Diego concert can be seen below.  In a recent interview with AnthologySD.com, Tate was asked if he is looking into any future solo projects. "I am!" he replied. "I'm actually working on one right now that I hope to have wrapped up pretty soon. This show that I'm doing [on the solo tour] is an acoustic show with some friends of mine who are fantastic acoustic players. We're doing kind of a blend of my last solo album, some QUEENSRŸCHE songs, and we'll toss in some new ones that haven't been released yet. It'll just be a really fun night. Very homey, intimate, we'll probably take requests, things like that."  He added, "For the last couple of years, I've been doing more stuff outside of QUEENSRŸCHE in order to just stretch out. But I'll tell you, even though I've sang shows in front of hundreds of thousands of people and also intimate shows of a few hundred, but whenever I go out to an event or something and someone asks me to sing a song with them, I'm petrified! (Laughs) I don't know much material outside of my own material that I've written, and so if someone asks me to sing 'Danny Boy', I couldn't sing it! Not even if someone offered me a million dollars could I sing that song. So I'm trying to be a bit more versatile and learn more stuff."



  • Blabbermouth reports SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist Clint Lowery have launched their new project, CALL ME NO ONE, with a first single titled "Biggest Fan". The track, which will be available to purchase on iTunes on April 24, is taken from the outfit's debut disc, "Last Parade", which will arrive on June 5.  "Biggest Fan" is already the #2 most added record at Active Rock, with Loudwire declaring, "with crushing drum patterns, blistering guitar riffs and a serious solo, 'Biggest Fan' is going to pound your ear drums."  Rose told The Pulse Of Radio that CALL ME NO ONE has turned into something bigger than he and Lowery first envisioned. "This isn't really a side project. This is another band," he said. "I mean, other people have done it, but I guess that the closest thing we could compare it to is like STONE SOUR to SLIPKNOT, you know. I mean, we're gonna go ahead and do this, then when this runs its course, it should be right on time for SEVENDUST to get back and rolling."  Lowery recently described the sound of CALL ME NO ONE as "kind of NINE INCH NAILS meets FOO FIGHTERS."  SEVENDUST guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby also recently launched a new project, joining forces with CREED/ALTER BRIDGE drummer Scott Phillips in a new outfit called PROJECTED.  PROJECTED has already entered the studio to begin recording its debut disc, to be made available later in the year.  SEVENDUST itself will begin writing its ninth studio effort this summer, with plans for an early 2013 release. SEVENDUST issued its most recent outing, "Cold Day Memory", in April 2010.

  • Blabbermouth reports female rockers VIXEN have canceled their Kickstarter campaign, which they launched in order to raise capital for the recording of a new album on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the release of their first LP.  The band in late February set out to collect $35,000 towards recording a brand new CD, but ended up receiving less than 5% of their goal ($1,370).  Said VIXEN in a statement, "We are very happy to report that we recently received an offer that was too good to refuse, as they say, so we thought it was appropriate to cancel this project and focus on other opportunities. The good news is, as we have promised before, we will be recording a new album this year and we expect to release it in honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of the first Vixen album."  VIXEN's self-titled debut was released in 1988, and fueled by heavy radio and MTV rotation of the single, "Edge of a Broken Heart", the album surpassed the gold sales mark in the U.S. and went on to sell over one million copies around the world. VIXEN's follow-up album, "Rev It Up", was released in 1990, and the singles "How Much Love" and "Love Is A Killer" spent some time on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart.  VIXEN's original members, Janet Gardner (vocals), Jan Kuehnemund (guitar), Share Pedersen (bass) and Roxy Petrucci (drums) appeared together on VH1's "Bands Reunited" in October 2004 to reminisce about their start on L.A.'s Sunset Strip and their rise to fame in the late 1980s, before the onset of grunge in the early 1990s displaced metal at the top of the charts. They also took part in a short performance for the program.  Read more at Classic Rock
  • Blabbermouth reports reunited hard rockers UGLY KID JOE filmed a video for the song "Devil's Paradise" last week in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with Mike and Dave Hatchett of Standard Films. The track is one of six cuts the band recorded last year for a new EP, to be released in the coming months.  Another new song, "Love Ain't True", was premiered on the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone last September and can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.  In a 2011 interview with the NY Rock Music Examiner, UGLY KID JOE drummer Shannon Larkin (also of GODSMACK and ANOTHER ANIMAL) was asked about the rumors that UGLY KID JOE had reunited and was recording new material. "The rumors are true!" Larkin said. "Whit, Klaus [Eichstadt, guitar], Cordell [Crockett, bass], Dave [Fortman, guitar] and myself got together this year and made six new songs for an EP to put out at some point. We are really stoked at how it came out — pure UGLY KID JOE, dude! We have no label, agent, or management and did the record by ourselves without a real plan other than getting together in a room again after all these years and jamming out!"  UGLY KID JOE released three full-length albums and toured extensively throughout the 1990s before disbanding in 1997.

  • Blabbermouth reports Florida death metal veterans SIX FEET UNDER will release their new studio album, "Undead" in North America on May 22 via Metal Blade Records. The 12-track CD was produced by Mark Lewis (DEICIDE, DEVILDRIVER) and mixed by Jason Suecof (WHITECHAPEL, JOB FOR A COWBOY), at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.  Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, possessor of one of the most dominant and instantly recognizable voices of the death metal genre, "Undead" offers up an overhauled lineup. Now featuring Barnes alongside new guitarist Rob Arnold (ex-CHIMAIRA), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson, new bassist Jeff Hughell, and drummer Kevin Talley, whose history blasting for DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX, and CHIMAIRA speaks for itself, SIX FEET UNDER 2012 finds the band reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral, in-your-face, and downright horrifying tunes in their renowned discography of brutality both, lyrically and musically.  Comments Barnes: "I'm in pretty much the best headspace I've been in since myself and [former guitarist] Allen West started this band in 1993. I'm super excited about the new record. It's a rejuvenation; it's a rebirth of SIX FEET UNDER, and fans will definitely latch on to my excitement and how focused I am in the lyrics I've written… The hypocrisies of daily life, things that affect us that spawn aggression, loneliness, sadness, there's a lot of emotions going on across the record, and I guess that the dark horror that humans cause is my niche.”  The song "Formaldehyde" is available for streaming below.  In conjunction with the release of "Undead", SIX FEET UNDER will embark upon a near three-week run of live rituals this June. Dubbed the "18 Nights Of Blood Tour", the beatings will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8 and ravage its way across the country before coming to a close on June 29 in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by DYING FETUS and REVOCATION.  SIX FEET UNDER's European tour will kick off on August 11 in Jaromer, Czech Republic and will conclude on August 18 in Hamburg, Germany. Support on the trek will come from DEW-SCENTED.  SIX FEET UNDER recently parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries and replaced him with Jeff Hughell, formerly of the Santa Cruz, California technical death metal band BRAIN DRILL and Concord, California death metal group VILE, and currently of RECIPROCAL.  Bassist Terry Butler and drummer Greg Gall announced their departures from SIX FEET UNDER in January 2011. Butler has since joined OBITUARY as a permanent member.  Read more at Metal Blade


  • Blabbermouth posts Justin M. Norton of Metal Sucks recently conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Glen Benton of Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow here.  Metal Sucks: What about a guy like Rick Santorum, who has some of the same views as your old foe Bob Larson?  Benton: He has as much of a chance of winning as I do [laughs]. Y'know? I can tell you the Democrats are rallying behind Obama and the Republicans are struggling, but will rally around Romney. I hate to say it, but get ready for four more years of Obama.  Metal Sucks: Would you vote Republican?  Benton: I voted for Reagan and I voted for Bush.  Metal Sucks: What about someone like Dave Mustaine who became a Christian and supports Santorum?  Benton: He's a prolapsed rectum. One minute you're in, the next you're out. Let's just say prolapsed rectum.  Read the entire interview from Metal Sucks.


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