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- Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message on his Facebook page: "25 years ago today I had two almost-fatal drug overdoses that changed my life forever. I can't even see myself these days as that kid who was running head strong into the abyss, but I know he taught me how to live when he finally decided to do it for himself. I would of [sic] never seen the birth of my four beautiful children and had such a wonderful life (even with its adversity) if I had not kicked drugs. "I can't say it loud enough, if your [sic] into them or considering doing them: DRUGS DON'T WORK. The downside is NEVER pretty. "I am extremely grateful to be able to look back over these last 25 years and have all the memories that would of [sic] otherwise gone down up flames. "Today I am going over more script material for 'The Heroin Diaries' for the Broadway play. "Life really is a crazy and fun journey, isn't it? "Have a great holiday season wherever you are. Live in the moment." As previously reported, Sixx's memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star", is being turned into a Broadway play. Sixx stated in an online posting last month, "We’re getting pretty far down the road. We hope for a late 2013 or early 2014 for it to open." "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star", which was supposedly taken from actual journals Sixx kept in the late '80s while in the grip of a near-fatal heroin addiction, was originally released September 18, 2007 via MTV Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster and debuted at #7 on the New York Times Book Review non-fiction best-seller list. The 400-plus page book, written in part with journalist Ian Gittins, was previously described as "a brutally honest look at Sixx's hellish year, one which saw him overdose and be declared clinically dead at one point while MÖTLEY CRÜE toured behind its 'Girls, Girls, Girls' album." Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN are offering a free download of the songs "Thousand Days Before" and "Rowing" from their recent performance on "Late Show With David Letterman" as a "thank you" to their fans for their support in 2012. Enter B33CMZ at this location to redeem the recording. SOUNDGARDEN tapped FOO FIGHTERS frontman and documentary director Dave Grohl to get behind the camera on Tuesday (December 18) and shoot the band's new video for its song "By Crooked Steps". The track is taken from SOUNDGARDEN's first album in 16 years, "King Animal", which came out last month and sold 83,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart. Grohl has directed a number of videos for FOO FIGHTERS, and has completed his first feature-length documentary, "Sound City", which will be released early next year. The film chronicles the history of the legendary Los Angeles studio where acts like NIRVANA, FLEETWOOD MAC, TOM PETTY, METALLICA and many others recorded classic albums. "By Crooked Steps" will likely follow "Been Away Too Long" as the second single from "King Animal". Singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio a little about the tune: "It's one of the earlier songs that we started working on, but I also felt like it, to me, is like definitely sort of a new chapter for us. If you wanted to take one example of SOUNDGARDEN progressing, that's a good one for me." SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called "Telephantasm" and a concert album titled "Live On I-5". The band kicks off a winter North American tour on January 18, 2013 in Washington DC.
- Blabbermouth reports Tina of MetalTalk.net conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach at the Hard Rock Hell festival, which took place between November 29 and December 3 at Hafan-y-Mor Holiday Camp in North Wales, United Kingdom. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. Asked to name his personal highlights of this past summer's touring season, Bach said: "Download [festival in the United Kingdom] was amazing. Sweden Rock [Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden] was amazing." He continued: "It's great when I play Download with my solo band. We get more people than… like, as many as any other band. It's completely been filled as far as you can see. And I'm not gonna name names, but some of the bands that came on after us, we blew their fucking ass out, as far as attendance. So that's very satisfying for me. Like Sweden Rock — it was our show. We opened for another band. When we played, there had to have been 65,000 people there. And then, when the next band played, who were supposedly bigger than us, I swear, 30,000 people fucking left. I mean, I'm not exaggerating. Maybe more. It was, like, absolutely shocking. "So, a lot of people say, 'When are you getting back with your old band [SKID ROW]?' I'm doing great on my own. [laughs] You can't do better than selling out Sweden Rock or Download. I mean, I don't need those fucking guys." According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Bach played in front of 14,000 people on June 7 between 9:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on the "Rock" stage at this year's Sweden Rock Festival. The same paper also reports that SOUNDGARDEN performed in front of roughly 20,000 fans at the start of their Sweden Rock set, which kicked off at 11:30 p.m. later that night on the "Festival" stage. The capacity of Sweden Rock Festival has been around 33,000 for the past couple of years. Bach in July posted a letter on his Facebook page in which he said he was willing to reunite with SKID ROW. "For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today," he wrote. "I do not personally want it myself. But it's not always about 'what I want.' If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself." Bach said he wanted to write the letter in response to current SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger's interview in which Johnny said a recent tweet by Bach about a possible SKID ROW reunion was an attempt to "get attention." Bach's most recent solo album, "Kicking & Screaming", sold 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart. The singer's previous CD, "Angel Down", opened with 6,400 units back in November 2007 to debut at No. 190.
- Blabbermouth reports the first song from FARMIKOS, the new band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE/DAVID LEE ROTH guitarist Joe Holmes, can be streamed at Farmikos.com. Holmes is joined in the new group by former LAIDLAW singer Robert "Robbie" Locke (pictured below with Holmes). Holmes, 49, took lessons from legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) in 1979 before forming the Los Angeles-based band TERRIFF in 1983. Holmes briefly left TERRIFF in 1987 to join LIZZY BORDEN and stayed with the latter group for a year before reforming TERRIFF. After guitarist Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS while recording DAVID LEE ROTH's album "A Little Ain't Enough" in 1990, Holmes stepped in to replace him. In 1995, after Ozzy Osbourne had finished recording the "Ozzmosis" album, a replacement for Zakk Wylde was needed for the tour and Holmes got the job. "It's really spooky," Ozzy once said in an interview, "because when Joe plays the Randy Rhoads stuff, he plays just like him — it's like I can see Randy's fingers." Holmes remained Ozzy's guitarist for five years, before leaving the band during the writing sessions for the "Down To Earth" album. Although Holmes does not play on the CD, the songs "Facing Hell", "Junkie" and "That I Never Had", which were co-written by Holmes, appear on the album.
- Blabbermouth reports Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with bassist Mike D'Antonio of Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE prior to the band's December 16 performance at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. You can now watch the chat below. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach announced during the Brooklyn show that the band's new studio album will be released in April 2013 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with ALL THAT REMAINS, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and AS I LAY DYING, among others. The mixing sessions were overseen by veteran British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE). Asked for more information about the status of the upcoming CD and how it came together, D'Antonio said: "We've got the title, I've got all the artwork finished for it. I've just gotta fit in the lyrics. [There are] 12 songs on it. It was hard to whittle down which songs were actually gonna make it on the record, 'cause we like them all; we're really excited about it." He continued: "It was weird. Jesse did two songs and then kind of wanted to get a feel for how the band was communicating and hanging out together. And he was, like, 'Let's go out on tour and see how it is and then I can come back and finish the rest of the record and really have a better headspace for what's going on with the band.' So he did two songs, we went out on tour, came back and all of a sudden, he started doing all this new stuff — like, eight or nine different, new voices we had never heard before. And we were were, like, 'Wait a minute, man! Now you're gonan have to redo the last stuff we did, because this stuff sounds so great.' So he just blew us away. This guy… I don't know if he's got split personalities or what's going on in his head, but he's got a million different voices going on there, and it sounds really cool on the record." KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's forthcoming album will mark the return of Leach, who rejoined the group earlier this year following the departure of Howard Jones after nine years and three successful albums. Leach sang on the band's first self-titled album, which came out in 2000, and on their landmark release, 2002's genre-defining "Alive Or Just Breathing".
- Blabbermouth reports vocalist Ville Valo of Finnish "love" metallers spoke to Revolver magazine this past Halloween night as he was putting the finishing touches on the lyrics for the band's ninth full-length album, entitled "Tears On Tape". "I'm stressed out to the max," admitted Valo. "It's just how it goes when you're working on new songs. I'm running out of time — I've got about six days left — and I'm trying to be a poet. We've recorded the whole album, so now I'm doing my shtick and hoping it all goes well." Recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL), the long-awaited follow-up to 2010's "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice" is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2013 release via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The CD will be mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom". "Basically, we're making what I'd call 'modern retro,'" Valo stated about the musical direction of the new album, which he says will sound like "ROY ORBISON meeting METALLICA." "We wanted it to be nasty, fucked-up, and messy, and have that punk-rock attitude. But then on the other hand, it would also have that Roy Orbison naive, sentimental, dream-like quality." According to Valo, HIM was originally scheduled to begin work on "Tears On Tape" at the end of last year, but a repetitive-strain injury suffered by drummer Mika Kristian Karppinen (a.k.a. Gas Lipstick) — which left the skinsman unable to lift even a cup of coffee, much less pound a drum kit — forced the bandmembers to re-evaluate their desire to carry on. "I think because he had the ailment, we had the opportunity to reassess what we had," Valo explained. "It was a miniscule existential crisis. We had to figure out what we really want to do and if we really like each other enough to continue through the hardest times-or do we want to call it a day?" Asked about the meaning of the new HIM album title, Valo said, "For me, what it means is how songs —I'm not talking about our songs, but songs in general — can be milestones. You hear a song and it brings you to where you heard that song for the first time, or when it meant something really big to you. 'Tears On Tape' means that I appreciate the people who have really poured their souls and hearts out on tape, and showed that to the rest of the world for the better or for the worse. I wouldn't be here without those tears of Elvis Presley on tape."
- Blabbermouth reports Mysterious Swedish buzz band GHOST will release its sophomore album, "Infestissumam", in the spring via Loma Vista Recordings, the new record label founded by Tom Whalley in partnership with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Frontman Papa Emeritus and his Nameless Ghouls summoned Nashville-based Grammy Award-winning Nick Raskulinecz (DEATH ANGEL, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH) to produce this offering. Speaking to Decibel for the magazine's February 2013 cover story, one of the Nameless Ghouls stated about GHOST's decision to use Raskulinecz: "The reason we wanted to work with Nick was because all the recordings he has produced sound uniquely like those bands. The RUSH album he did sounded like a RUSH album. The ALICE IN CHAINS album sounded like ALICE IN CHAINS; the FOO FIGHTERS sounded like FOO FIGHTERS, and so on. Whereas there are producers out there who are very fond of stamping whatever record they're producing with their own sort of sound. Nick is not one of those, and he seemed to be one of the few who seemed to understand our archaeological approach when it comes to our sound, which is something that we began doing on the first record. Now, with more resources, we're doing what we set out to do, which is to make a record that sounds like a real expensive record done in 1978, as opposed to a lo-fi album done in the '70s. Nick is one of the few who understood what we meant by that, and he's very devoted to Satan." Asked about GHOST's decision to sign with a major label and the impact it has had on the expectations for the new album, the Ghoul said: "In some aspects, [being on a major label] has changed things for the better. Obviously, we went into this with expectations and demands, and so far it's been surprisingly open-minded in terms of creative freedom. There haven't been any problems. Obviously, if you compare this with releasing an album like [GHOST's debut CD] 'Opus Eponymous', the expectancy is very different at this point. The planning and overall scheme for this release is much different than what we're used to. Nobody had any expectations for the first record, whereas obviously this record is going to be given to a lot of people who already have expectations. "Overall, it's not really as corporate as I expected it to be," he added. "I think a lot of the major labels have shifted from being these conglomerates of people who don't give a shit about music, because that didn't work. Those guys were kicked out. Now the ones that are actually still working there —not the owners, but the guys who work there — they're die-hard record-collectors, like guys who would run an independent label. They have dedicated their lives to rock 'n' roll debauchery, so they have first-row seats in hell, as do all people in show business. In that sense, they are true devil worshippers. But obviously this is our first record on a major label. It's an experiment. Ask me again in a year." One of the songs GHOST recorded during the sessions for "Infestissumam" is a cover version of ABBA's "I'm A Marionette" as a potential b-side or bonus track. "We are Swedish, and ABBA has always been a very, very strong part of our modern musical heritage," the Ghoul explained about what the move that might seem strange or even ill-advised on paper. "We all grew up with their music very present. Not only that-ABBA basically took a few hundred years of traditional Swedish music and made it into pop songs. I'm talking about folk music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Anybody outside Scandinavia probably isn't familiar with those tones or musical language. But one of the reasons ABBA broke through so enormously first in Sweden was probably because of their folk music influences. I think anyone from Scandinavia is easily infatuated with that sort of music, so ABBA has a deeper meaning to us, I think."
- Blabbermouth reports Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have tapped British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT) to helm their next studio album, tentatively due in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records. "We are still in the writing process, and are right now working on finishing the last pieces," AMON AMARTH guitarist Olavi Mikkonen tells Decibel magazine. Regarding AMON AMARTH's decision to work with Sneap after utilizing Jens Bogren for the band's last three studio efforts (2006's "With Oden On Our Side", 2008's "Twilight Of The Thunder God" and 2011's "Surtur Rising"), Mikkonen said, "We were looking for a change, and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper." AMON AMARTH's eighth studio album, "Surtur Rising", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Twilight of the Thunder God", opened with more than 11,000 copies back in 2008 to land at No. 48. In a March 2011 interview on Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, AMON AMARTH vocalist Johan Hegg stated about working with Bogren on "Surtur Rising": "He's very meticulous, he's very thorough in his work, and he cares very much about the production and we felt that when we sat down and talked to him about some of the stuff that we wanted to develop and [achieve] with this recording, we felt that he really had good ideas and we felt that he had a commitment to the band and to the recording that was really something that we wanted to have other than the production. And he's just a great guy to work with; he's almost like a slavedriver when you're in the studio, but then again he gets results, and that's also what we need — somebody to kick us in the butt to get things the way they should be. [laughs]"
- Blabbermouth reports progressive instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT will enter Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on January 2 with producer Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, HE IS LEGEND, FOR TODAY) to begin recording their new album, "The Migration", for a spring release via Prosthetic Records. A new video update about the songwriting process for the CD can be seen below (courtesy of Metal Injection). SCALE THE SUMMIT's third album, "The Collective", sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 39 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 follow-up to 2009's "Carving Desert Canyons", "The Collective" was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER). SCALE THE SUMMIT formed in 2005 while attending the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. The band relocated to Texas in 2006, where they recorded their first, self-released album. After signing with Prosthetic, they issued "Carving Desert Canyons", which Revolver called "a cinematic blast of intricately melodic fretwork and pummeling percussion," in 2009.
- Blabbermouth reports Greece-based metallers CRYSTAL TEARS have announced the addition of Danish singer Søren Adamsen (ex-ARTILLERY) and Hungarian guitarist Matt Nagy to the group's ranks. The band recently completed recording its third album with producer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis (MYSTIC PROPHECY, SUICIDAL ANGELS, DEVIL'S TRAIN) for an early 2013 release. The effort is currently being mixed and mastered at Prophecy & Music Factory Studios in Germany. Commented CRYSTAL TEARS drummer Chrisafis Tantanozis: "Our band was never afraid of storms for we've been constantly learning how to sail this ship and FOOOCK YEAH, things are shaping up for an absolute solid metal mayhem! "I'm so looking forward to the release of the album and bring this metal extravaganza on the road! "The band feels stronger than ever, well... it just feels right!"
New CRYSTAL TEARS lineup:
Søren Adamsen - Vocals
Kostas Sotos - Guitar
Mate Nagy - Guitar
Alex Hamalidis - Bass
Chrisafis Tantanozis - Drums
CRYSTAL TEARS is working on the first of two videos in support of the new album. The band's last CD, "Generation X", was released in June 2010 via 7Hard.
- Blabbermouth reports the progressive metal aficionados at New Jersey-based Sensory Records have announced the pending release of the newest album from Italy's KINGCROW, "In Crescendo". While working in a mostly progressive metal direction in the earlier days, KINGCROW has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock, nowadays rounded out in a culmination of strong atmospheric component similar to RIVERSIDE, PORCUPINE TREE and PINK FLOYD but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to OPETH and DREAM THEATER. This is boldly present on the band's fifth studio full-length, "In Crescendo", the new album encompassing nearly an hour over eight epic movements. Produced by the band's own Diego and Thundra Cafolla at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Over the past two years, KINGCROW has expanded the band's fanbase through a European tours in support of both REDEMPTION and JON OLIVA'S PAIN, in addition to performances at ProgPower Europe and ProgPower USA. Plans for a U.S. tour are being devised for 2013 in support of "In Crescendo". Sensory Records, a division of The Laser's Edge, will release "In Crescendo" in North America on February 12.
"In Crescendo" track listing:
01. Right Before
02. This Ain't Another Love Song
03. The Hatch
04. Morning Rain
05. The Drowning Line
06. The Glass Fortress
07. Summer '97
08. In Crescendo
Diego Cafolla - Guitar
Ivan Nastasi - Guitar
Diego Marchesi - Vocals
Thundra Cafolla - Drums
Francesco D'Errico- Bass
Cristian Della Polla - Keyboards
- Blabbermouth reports German metallers GLORYFUL have inked a deal with Massacre Records. The band's debut album will be released next summer. The CD is being recorded with legendary Swedish sound alchemist Dan Swanö. GLORYFUL was formed in summer 2010 by lead singer Johnny La Bomba and Shredmaster JB (a.k.a. Jens Basten, who is also NIGHT IN GALES' guitarist and songwriter). A three-track demo, "Sedna's Revenge", garnered great reviews in the classic heavy metal underground and the band played a number of shows with such acts as POWERWOLF, VICIOUS RUMORS, ORDAN OGAN and HELSTAR. According to a press release, GLORYFUL's "music is not about any clichés or bullshit. It's just what it is: heavy metal!" GLORYFUL's lineup is rounded out by Vito Papotto (guitar), Oliver Karasch (bass) and Hartmut Stoof (drums). Commented the band: "We are very happy to be part of the Massacre family now! As Massacre Records is one of Germany's most important and long-living addresses for quality metal music, it's an honor for us to release our debut album with them in 2013!"
Johnny La Bomba - Vocals
Jens Basten - Guitar
Vito Papotto - Guitar
Oliver Karasch - Bass
Hartmut Stoof - Drums
- Blabbermouth reports Turkish metallers PITCH BLACK PROCESS have completed work on their new EP, "Deceiver", for an early 2013 release via Sliptrick Records. The effort features three new songs, including the title track, which was written by Swedish guitarist Niclas Engelin of IN FLAMES and ENGEL. "Deceiver" was produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, SOILWORK) and mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering. Commented the band: "'Deceiver' was written by Niclas Engelin (except vocals, lyrics, keys and the melody on the break) for us as a result of our great relationship." PITCH BLACK PROCESS will follow up the EP with a full-length album, also recorded, mixed and produced by Bergstrand and mastered by Eberger.
Emrah Demirel - Vocals, Guitars
Kerem Inci - Guitars
Fikri Yargici - Drums
Emre Demirel - Bass
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