All-star covers band Camp Freddy staged a three-night residency at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles just before Christmas, with the list of surprise guests including Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, singer Lana Del Rey and others. Camp Freddy's regular members include singer Donovan Leitch, Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Chris Chaney and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum. (Loudwire) Read more about the Lemmy show at Blabbermouth Read more about the Zakk Wylde show at Blabbermouth
- Pearl Jam have released a pair of recordings from last year's PJ20 20th anniversary concert as a gift to members of their fan club. The first is a B-side from the Binaural album called "In The Moonlight," featuring Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age, while the second is a live version of "All Night" featuring Glen Hansard and others. Pearl Jam is expected to get back to work on its next album in March. (Consequence Of Sound) Read more at Loudwire, Spinner and Rolling Stone
- Slash and former Screaming Trees/Queens Of The Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan have streamed a track that they recorded together called "So Long Sin City." The song was recorded for the little-seen 2011 film This Is Not A Movie. Slash has already begun working on his third solo album, the follow-up to this year's Apocalyptic Love, saying recently, "I definitely feel like I'm cresting a wave in my career where I'm having a really great time, I love what I'm doing, I love the people I'm working with and I'm feeling very energized. I haven't had that feeling since when Guns (N' Roses) started." (Classic Rock)
- Ministry and Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia died early Sunday morning (December 23rd) after suffering a sudden heart attack onstage while performing with the latter band at a club in Fort Worth, Texas. The 47-year-old Scaccia launched Rigor Mortis in 1983, with the group releasing its major label debut in 1988. Scaccia then got a full-time gig as Ministry guitarist in 1991, playing with the legendary industrial act right up to the present. An online fundraiser for Scaccia's family and tribute show are both planned. (Jam! Music) Read more at Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Classic Rock1, Classic Rock2, Noisecreep and Rolling Stone Read what Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen says at Blabbermouth, Loudwire and Classic Rock. Read what Rigor Mortis frontman Bruce Corbitt says at Blabbermouth. Read memorial plans at Blabbermouth
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Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman died of a suspected heart attack on December 21st at age 70. Dorman played on the band's 1968 album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 1969's Ball, and the band's two 1970 albums, Live and Metamorphosis. Barring a few hiatuses, following their split in 1977, Dorman remained a principal in the band's ongoing career. (Vintage Vinyl News) Read more at Blabbermouth, Ultimate Classic Rock, Classic Rock, Noisecreep and Rolling Stone Check out the top 10 Iron Butterfly songs at Ultimate Classic Rock
- ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons will reunite with his psychedelic early band, the Moving Sidewalks, for a single New York City show. The Houston band's original lineup -- Gibbons, bassist Don Summers, drummer Dan Mitchell, and keyboardist Tom Moore -- will perform in the heart of Times Square on March 30th at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. The band, who released one album, 1968's Flash, made a local name for themselves opening for such major acts as Jimi Hendrix and the Doors, among others. The upcoming show is a tie-in for their new compilation, called, Moving Sidewalks: The Complete Collection. (Gibson.com) Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason came to the rescue of his childhood music store, Foote's, by purchasing the shop rather than see it go under. Mason bought his first drum kit at the London store back in 1958 for about $12, and started up his first band, the Hot Rods. Foote's sales director Rob Foote will continue to manage the shop, and told mi-pro-co.uk, "At the eleventh hour, our business loan was turned down by our bank. It was a major blow to our plans, but Nick came to our rescue. Without him, and our collective of generous investors, Foote's would be no more." (Noise 11) Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Spinner
- Kansas is heading back on the road early next month. The band kicks off its 2013 shows on January 5th in Biloxi, Mississippi and has dates on the books up through March 24th in Salamanca, New York.
- Kansas tour dates (subject to change):
January 5 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
January 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Rock Legends Cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Liberty Of The Seas
January 18 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Theatre
January 19 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
February 1 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
March 24 - Salamanca, NY - Event Center At Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
- Blabbermouth reports Monte Pittman — who has recorded and toured with PRONG in addition to playing guitar for Madonna and "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert — has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the cost of recording his next "heavy" album, "M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2". Says Pittman: "As some say the music business is bleak and will never be what it was before, musicians have never had a more promising future for getting their music out there to the public. More and more bands, artists, and entrepreneurs are turning to Kickstarter to seek funding for their project. The artist has complete freedom and YOU are now the record label. "Almost two years ago now, I was completely blown away (and overwhelmed!) by the support of my first Kickstarter project for my second album, 'Pain, Love, & Destiny'. Again, I want to thank everyone who supported that. The album was an incredible success for me mainly because people tell me how much both them and their kids love it or that it hasn't left their CD player since they first got it — over a year ago... "Now I'm on to my third album, 'M.P.3: The Power Of Three'. It's coming out in three parts because I have songs that fall into three different categories. 'M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1' was released (download only on iTunes and CD Baby — go get it!) on November 19th, 2012. It contains four stripped down, acoustic and vocal songs. "My current project is for 'M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 2'... the heavy one... You will hear some clips of the demos in the video [see below]. "I have 10 songs written and ready to go. There are no slow songs on this one. Just songs that make you want to drive fast or run fast. If some of you know me from when I had my band MYRA MAINS in Texas, I've kind of gone back to a little bit of that... It's funny how music revolves in cycles..."Joining me in the studio will be Kane Ritchotte on drums and Max Whipple on bass. Two of my favorite musicians I've ever played with. We are recording at the end of January/early February in Copenhagen with producer Flemming Rasmussen [METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL, EVILE] at Winding Road Studios. Flemming recorded 'M.P.3: The Power Of Three, Pt. 1' as well as a few of my all-time favorite albums. It's a complete honor to be working with him. "I wasn't sure if I was going to do another Kickstarter project for this album. The last one is still one of the most successfully funded albums from the rock music genre and it was a lot of work. After some people asked if I would do another one, I thought about it and it IS a great experience to have everyone involved. "I'm keeping the goal low at $5,000.00. If that's all I raise, then at least it will help with out with airfare and hotels (we are flying to Denmark to do this!). I am hoping it does much better than that, of course. Making albums is expensive!!! Not only are there flights, hotels, and shipping gear overseas. There is also studio costs, mastering costs, album artwork, and paying the musicians. "There are certain incentives that I wouldn't do again but certain ones I would definitely do again. I get asked about guitar lessons often but because of my touring schedule, it's hard to do. That's something that is staying in the incentive list. With the quality of technology we have today, I can teach you over the computer anywhere in the world. House parties were a big hit and a lot of fun last time. Let's do it again! I'm not making physical CDs of this until all 3 parts are out (yes, there is a part 3!). "There will be 'random tokens of appreciation' to ALL backers from me to you just to say thanks...every #MonteMonday beginning at the launch date. (whether this gets funded or not). "Whether you choose to support this project or not, please — ALWAYS support your local and independent music. There are so many cool projects you will find here on Kickstarter. Very clever and talented artists. There's something here for you and for someone you know..."
- Blabbermouth reports MEGADETH and the band's official web site, Megadeth.com, hold an annual Christmas card contest where the top ten winners all win a prize, and the first-place winner receives a phone call on Christmas Day from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, along with other prizes. This year, the winner allegedly submitted the artwork of another artist. A posting on Megadeth.com reads: "Although we were notified of the possible plagiarism by an anonymous fan in Brazil after the Christmas Day call was already placed, we are investigating this matter further. We stand by the fact that [the chosen winner] is innocent until proven guilty, and if our winner did indeed use someone else's artwork, we will be notifying the second-place winner to award him the first place prize and he will receive a phone call from Dave Mustaine. We hope to clear this up as quick as possible."
To see the winning artwork and what appears to be the original 2009 piece it is taken from, follow the links below.
* Winning artwork
* Original piece that the winning artwork was allegedly taken from
Before the alleged fraud was uncovered, Mustaine had the following to say regarding the winning artwork: "The reason that I picked this card over the others: "Text: Some were funny, some were serious, and some were just simple text or bad clichés. I preferred both the classic and the funny, but there is only so much room for a funny Christmas card; although I have picked funny ones in the past. This year I leaned more toward the traditional 'Christmas' cards, since there is so much ridiculous disputing whether a 'Christmas tree' should be called a Christmas tree or a holiday tree — the idiot who came up with that is the mayor in Rhode Island, I believe. "Style: some were obviously cut-and-pasted, some were hand-drawn, and some were done in applications. It is unfair for the contest entrants that have no resources to expensive programs like AI, Photoshop, etc., and it is equally unfair for a normal Droogie with the desire to enter this contest to go up against someone who is a graphic artist. Having said that, one of the top ten was obviously a rendition of Charlie Brown and was an illustration, but I ended up going with the entry that had the horses and the outdoor winter scene. "The call: The winner and I talked for about 5 or more minutes and we discussed several things, like music, art, politics, and future designs for MEGADETH. Our winner lives in Greece and it is no secret that the corruption of the officials in Greece (it's just as bad here in the U.S.) has led to terrible financial death for the beautiful people of Greece. We talked about the taxes are destroying the hopes and dreams of people all around the world, and how the world bankers are behind it all, and that they are using puppets to run our world governments and doing their bidding. We also discussed when we were going back to Greece, doing future artwork for MEGADETH (which I didn't rule out, but we are very happy with John Lorenzi and we are planning on using a picture for the new cover anyway). "Hanging up: I asked our winner if there was anything else that he wanted to ask me and we talked for a few more minutes, we wished each other a merry Christmas, and then we hung up. "I enjoyed this year’s Christmas card contest, and I really enjoyed talking to our winner. I can't wait for next year's contest to see what you creative Droogs will come up with next!"
- Blabbermouth reports Former Yankees star Bernie Williams joined TWISTED SISTER on stage on December 16 at The Emporium in Patchogue, New York, as part of a benefit concert for the families affected by Hurricane Sandy, to perform the band's classic song "We're Not Gonna Take It". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. A review of the show at TwistedSister.com reads: "To bring us back to a good place, out came NY Yankee Bernie Williams, guitar in hand, and we had a club shaking rendition of 'We're Not Gonna Take It', and no — there were no coffee-makers in sight — three guitars gave it an extra heavy sound. Unfortunately, Dee [Snider, TWISTED SISTER singer] was plagued with wireless mic issues and as it went dead in his hand, he snatched the mic off Jay Jay's [French, guitar] stand and 'went old school' with it. Eddie [Ojeda, guitar] switched back to his new black bullseye and for the first time that I can recall, we had a nice shot of all four guitars in a row — Bernie, Jay Jay, Eddie and Mark [Mendoza, bass]!" The Emporium donated 100% of the net proceeds from ticket and bar revenue to worthy Sandy recovery causes and charities: Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank (25%); the Island Park Music Program, whose musical instruments were lost in the flood waters (25%); and the remaining 50% to local families in need.
- Blabbermouth reports legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO) says that he decided to join Geoff Tate's newly assembled version of QUEENSRŸCHE because the the opportunity to work with a "world-class vocalist" like Tate was too good to pass up. "My motivation for joining the band is, you know… Working with great singers is always the toughest thing to find," Sarzo told Artisan News at the December 12 premiere screening in Los Angeles, California of "Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years", the first documentary film to be released on the late guitarist. "Of course, somebody that plays at the level of Randy Rhoads, of course, that's one in a million times that you're gonna find that. But a vocalist, a real word-class vocalist like Geoff Tate, they're very rare, especially the ones that happen to be available. So when he called me up and said to join forces, of course, I said 'yes' — immediately." Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE also includes drummer Bobby Blotzer (RATT), guitarist Kelly Gray (MYTH) and keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH). Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE will hit the road next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group's epic 1988 release, "Operation: Mindcrime". The performance of "Operation: Mindcrime" next spring will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as "Revolution Calling", "Operation: Mindcrime", "I Don't Believe In Love" and the closing track, "Eyes Of A Stranger". It will also feature other selections from the QUEENSRŸCHE catalog, including songs from "Operation: Mindcrime II". Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) announced his departure from Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE last month before playing a single show with the band. He said in a statement: "I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. I feel really bad for those who were excited about the idea, and to Geoff himself, who, I have to say, was very nice to me on my past trip to Seattle. I, of course, am very disappointed for arriving at this point, and making this decision, to say the least. I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future." Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June after fronting the group for three decades, recently sought to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the QUEENSRŸCHE name without him. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added. Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports BLACK STAR RIDERS, the new band formed by THIN LIZZY alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, DAVID LEE ROTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) on drums, will enter a Los Angeles studio next week with producer Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH) to begin recording its debut album for a May 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. In October 2012, THIN LIZZY announced that they would not be recording new material under the THIN LIZZY monicker. The last incarnation of the band — Gorham, Brian Downey, Wharton, Warwick, Johnson and Mendoza — would be looking to form a new project. According to a press release, Brian Downey decided to not become involved with BLACK STAR RIDERS because he didn't want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on DARE and other music and film projects. The BLACK STAR RIDERS album will feature material the band wrote while touring as THIN LIZZY and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The BLACK STAR RIDERS record is the next step in the evolution of the THIN LIZZY story. "We are all very excited about the music that we have created for BLACK STAR RIDERS. The synergy between the five of us has been phenomenal and I can't wait for the world to hear these songs," says Warwick. BLACK STAR RIDERS was signed to Nuclear Blast by Monte Conner — the former Roadrunner A&R guru who has worked with such acts as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA and RUSH. Conner recently joined Nuclear Blast as the president of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a new U.S. partnership he co-founded with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. Says Conner: "As a lifelong THIN LIZZY fan, I was floored by this line-up's new material. Not only do the new songs sound like THIN LIZZY but they sound like CLASSIC THIN LIZZY. BLACK STAR RIDERS totally captures the essence of what was great about the original band while at the same time adding something totally fresh and modern. Even when I heard the band decided to change their name, my interest in signing them did not waver for one second." The band are looking to support their May album release with European festivals shows in the summer of 2013 and follow this up with worldwide touring. The setlist will consist of material from the new album and classic THIN LIZZY material.
- Blabbermouth reports Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) and Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) are among the musicians who will perform at a special concert on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Slim's in San Francisco, California, reminding the world that Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet. Proceeds from the second Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet festival (the first one was held in March 2011) will go towards medical supplies for Jason as well as a trust fund to provide for his future security. Jason Becker, a onetime guitar prodigy first known as part of the metal duo CACOPHONY, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) at age 20, shortly after joining David Lee Roth's band for the gold-selling 1991 album "A Little Ain't Enough". Although the disease robbed him of his ability to play guitar — and eventually left him both paralyzed and unable to speak — Becker continues to compose music with the help of computers, collaborators, and a system of communication using eye movements that was devised by his father Gary. Even after his once prodigious axe skills left him, Jason's music continued to earn the respect of his peers. Joe Satriani called 2001's "Perspectives" — Jason's first recorded work after losing his motor functions (originally self-released in 1996) — "a triumphantly powerful and beautiful album." Fellow virtuosos joined the chorus of praise, including Steve Vai, who said, "Jason has discovered a brilliant source of inspiration within himself. His deep soul searching has resulted in a body of music that reveals courage and insight and is deeply moving." Jason's original partner in CACOPHONY, Marty Friedman added, "To call Jason a genius is an understatement. He doesn't cater to trend, target audiences, marketing gimmicks or anything like that. He plays out the emotions from his heart and makes real music that is a salute to the human spirit. Jason is a prodigy and on 'Perspectives' he realizes his miraculous potential." Jason's most recent album, 2008's "Collection", is a mix of old recordings and new compositions, with guest guitar work from Satriani, Vai, Friedman, Michael Lee Firkins, and Greg Howe. The January 23 Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet festival at Slim's in San Francisco is a tribute to Jason and celebration of his amazing story, as well as an opportunity to educate music fans and guitar aficionados about the effects of ALS and the quest for a cure. The idea for the show originated with Bay Area guitarist Dave Lopez of FLIPSYDE and BANG DATA. The DVD version of the documentary film "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" was made available on December 18 via Kino Lorber. For more on Jason Becker and his fight with ALS, go to www.jasonbeckerguitar.com.
- Blabbermouth reports Christian hard rockers STRYPER will be joined by several guest musicians during their January 26 concert at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE, CRIMSON GLORY) will sing the IRON MAIDEN classic "The Trooper" and STRYPER's "Surrender". Legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will tackle the QUEEN classic "Tie Your Mother Down" and STRYPER's "All For One". Additional guest appearances will be revealed soon. STRYPER will release a collection of re-recorded versions of the band's classic songs in March/April 2013 via Frontiers Records. The CD will contain a total of 16 cuts — two from "The Yellow And Black Attack", six from "Soldiers Under Command", six from "To Hell With The Devil", as well as two new tracks, "Bleeding From Inside Out" and "Blackened". Commented STRYPER frontman Michel Sweet: "[The re-recorded songs are] sounding awesome! Better than the originals in many ways!! One word to describe the record? Heavier." STRYPER's "Live In Indonesia At Java Rockin' Land" DVD was released in October via MVD Visual. The set was recorded in front of an enthusiastic crowd in 2010. In a recent interview with Guitar World, Michael Sweet stated about the band's plans for the next studio album, "We're going into this new record with the mentality and thinking of making it like a 'To Hell With The Devil 2'. That's not to say it will actually sound like that album, but we really want it to be as great as 'To Hell With The Devil', which was our biggest album. We want people to put on this record and go; 'Whoa! Wow! This is as good as or better than 'To Hell With The Devil'!' We want the new album to be a powerhouse and we're going to do whatever it takes to make that happen."
- Blabbermouth reports a three-minute trailer for "The Divinity Of Purpose", the new album from Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED, in which the band's frontman, Jamey Jasta discusses the CD's lyrics, can be seen below. "The Divinity Of Purpose" is available for pre-order on iTunes (in the United States and Canada). When fans pre-order the album, they'll also receive an instant download of the opening track, "Put It To The Torch". "The Divinity Of Purpose" will be released on January 29, 2013 in North America via Razor & Tie and on January 25, 2013 in Europe through Nuclear Blast. The CD was co-produced by HATEBREED, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), with Wilbur also handling mixing duties. The cover artwork was created and illustrated by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR) and can be seen below.
"The Divinity Of Purpose" track listing:
01. Put It To the Torch
02. Honor Never Dies
03. Own Your World
04. The Language
05. Before The Fight Ends You
07. Dead Man Breathing
08. The Divinity Of Purpose
09. Nothing Scars Me
10. Bitter Truth
11. Boundless (Time To Murder It)
12. Idolized And Vilified
Regarding the musical direction of the new HATEBREED material, singer Jamey Jasta told "Maximum Threshold", "We did enough experimenting, I think, on the last record… A lot of people really liked that record and it did gain us a lot of new fans, but on this record, with the 10-year anniversary of [HATEBREED's 2002 album] 'Perseverance' and with Wayne [Lozinak, guitar] being back in the band — this will be his second record with us — it's just fun to kind of keep with the old-school influences. I hear more CRO-MAGS and KILLING TIME and SHEER TERROR and OBITUARY and BOLT THROWER and SLAYER and ENTOMBED and those kind of '80s and '90s influences in there. Which is fun for us, because we emulate the bands that we love. We try to make it our own sound and make it our own style, but at the end of the day, we're just fans of those styles of bands." "The Divinity Of Purpose" will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2014. HATEBREED recently completed a tour with LAMB OF GOD, IN FLAMES and SYLOSIS and will headline the Persistence Tour 2013 in Europe in January.
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"The Divinity Of Purpose" trailer #1:
"Put It To The Torch" lyric video:
- Blabbermouth reports Finnish love metallers HIM debuted a brand new song entitled "I Will Be The End Of You" during their headlining concert last night (Wednesday, December 26) at Klubi in Turku, Finland. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Nalle Österman). HIM recently finished recording its ninth full-length album, "Tears On Tape", at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) for an early 2013 release. The CD, which will be made available via an as-yet-undetermined record label, was 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,'" HIM singer Ville Valo told Revolver magazine 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 Michael Foster (FIREHOUSE) will fill in for WARRANT drummer Steven Sweet for the band's shows until February while Sweet is "on the mend" following last month's neck surgery. Foster, 46, has been playing drums since he was 5 years old. In 1984, he auditioned for a band called WHITE HEAT where guitarist Bill Leverty played. He got the job, and eventually they met C.J. Snare and Perry Richardson, eventually changing the band's name to FIREHOUSE in 1988. WARRANT's new album, "Rockaholic", was released in North America on May 17, 2011 via Frontiers Records. At the helm of the CD was mega-producer Keith Olsen (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, SCORPIONS), with the mixing duties having been handled by Pat Regan (KISS, DEEP PURPLE, TED NUGENT).
- Blabbermouth reports DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken was interviewed on the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show". The program can be streamed using the Mixcloud player below. (Note: The Don Dokken interview begins around the nine-minute mark.) Speaking about DOKKEN's plans for the immediate future, Don said: "[DOKKEN guitarist] Jon [Levin] had to have surgery on his arm. [It's] pretty serious. He had some nerve damage on his left arm and he won't be able to play for four or five months. They actually took out a rib and had to cut into his shoulder and his neck and it was pretty serious. He was losing the feeling in his hand and it was painful, so he had to have surgery. So Jon and I talked. Jon Levin has been in the band 10 years now. We're gonna probably be both be playing guitar on the next tour. I think it will sound bigger and fuller with two guitars. Plus when it comes to solos, have a rhythm just keep going in the background. I played in DOKKEN on the first couple of albums and tours, I played guitar, and I'm gonna go back to that style." DOKKEN's eleventh studio album, "Broken Bones", sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on September 25 via Frontiers Records, the effort was made available in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive "Making Of The Album" documentary. "Broken Bones" was produced by Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band's signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.
- Blabbermouth reports former ANVIL bassist Glenn Gyorffy (a.k.a. Glenn Five or G5), who left the band in January 2012, citing creative differences, has posted the following message on his Facebook page: "So happy to have spent this past year playing with great musicians who are also great people. Such a pleasure to express myself with people who bring enjoyment to playing music and have no egos or hang-ups about trying new things. It's been amazing to jam with solid players who keep my feet planted on the ground instead of hovering all over the stage. I feel like a musician again and not just a player! Much thanks to my new 'jamily' for accepting me into your lives and treating me with love and respect. Gone are the days of working with self-righteous, narcissistic, sociopathic, stiff, boring, grumpy old men who kill all the fun and enjoyment out of living the dream. Also gone are the days of pretty much everyone I know asking me why I was so dedicated to two people who didn't appreciate my dedication and contribution. And how a decade of not getting paid and going through the same hell they did, when nobody knew who we were, didn't count for anything. Gone is the way I was meant to feel expendable, and how I was treated like I was riding their coattails after 15 years of loyalty and love for what I was part of. "I don't have any regrets from my days in that band, and I cherish many of the memories I have, and feel proud of all my accomplishments. And I don't take for granted all the great experiences I had. It's just a shame that I had to experience it all with two people who treated me like I wasn't even there at all. "I appreciate all the support I've gotten over 2012. Much love to all my family and friends, peers and fans who have taken the time to lift my spirits. All the letters and messages have been great. Keep 'em coming! "Here's to 2013." Glenn Five joined ANVIL in 1996 and appeared on seven of the band's albums, including "This Is Thirteen" and the group's latest release, "Juggernaut Of Justice", on which he wrote and sang the song "This Ride". He has since been replaced by Sal Italiano — a member of the Long Island, New York IRON MAIDEN tribute band LIVE AFTER DEATH and original progressive metal act THE NIGHTMARE STAGE, as well as a former member of the acclaimed '80s heavy metal group CITIES. Speaking to Metal Shock Finland about Glenn's exit and Italiano's addition to ANVIL, guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow said, "We hired an old friend to do the tour and are currently working with a new, improved bassist. There was no major issue in fixing this at all, and in fact, everything was sorted out within a few hours of Glenn departing. Glenn tried to make it difficult by leaving without proper notice but we've been preparing for this for quite some time. This did end up for the better, as it is a huge improvement with our new guy, both musically as well as personally." Read more at Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Former THE GATHERING singer Anneke Van Giersbergen wil play two exclusive U.S. shows in Chicago at the end of March. Also appearing on the bill both nights are Anneke's "dear friends" NOVEMBERS DOOM.
The details are as follows:
March 23 - Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL (full band show)
March 24 - Ultra Lounge - Chicago, IL (acoustic solo set)
Anneke van Giersbergen announced her departure from THE GATHERING in 2007. She has since released four albums on her own and with her AGUA DE ANNIQUE solo project: "Air" (2007), "Pure Air" (2009), "In Your Room" (2009) and "Everything Is Changing" (2012). "Everything Is Changing" was released on January 20, 2012 via PIAS Holland. The CD was recorded at Ultrasound Studios in Braga, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso. Check out audio samples at Amazon.com.
- Blabbermouth reports Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have issued the following update: "The year 2012 slowly draws to a close and we are very happy that our upcoming album, 'Ethera', is finally also very very close to be finished! Almost one year of writing and another year of recording, improving, re-recording and more will soon turn into our most ambitious album to date! So keep an eye on our [Facebook] page as the release dates, artwork, brand new band pictures and more are on their way! The next three months promise a lot to be found here at first hand!!" VISIONS OF ATLANTIS' fifth album, "Ethera", is scheduled for an early 2013 release via Napalm Records. Regarding the new album title, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS said, "'Ethera' is a word mix out of 'ether' as the quintessence of this band, the energy between the five band members, the fifth album and 'era,' leading VISIONS OF ATLANTIS to some new and interesting musical and lyrical shores while still remaining typically VISIONS OF ATLANTIS!" Fabio D'Amore (SERENITY) and Ivan Moni Bidin, who is also a master at the mixing desk, produced this latest work. VISIONS OF ATLANTIS' "Maria Magdelena" EP was released in October 2011.
- Blabbermouth reports Charly Steinhauer, guitarist/vocalist of long-running German metallers PARADOX, was scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery on December 24. His bandmates state: "The heart surgery of Charly has been moved to today.... so right now he just is over it. We wish him all the best and we will let you know as soon as we hear from him if everything went fine... please keep your fingers crossed for him!" In an online posting last week, Steinhauer stated about his heart procedure: "I will survive and carry on making some good music for you. PARADOX will never die! I don't know if I will be able to go on stage again... Right now, I don't think so." The official lyric video for the song "Brutalized" from PARADOX can be seen below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Tales Of The Weird", which was released on December 14 via AFM Records. The CD was produced by Steinhauer and was mixed and mastered by Victor Bullok (a.k.a. V. Santura; TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS) at Woodshed Studio in Landshut, Germany. The cover art was created by Claudio Bergamin. "Tales Of The Weird" features guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) and Gus Drax (SUNBURST).
The new PARADOX lineup is as follows:
Charly Steinhauer (vocals, guitar)
Christian Muenzner (guitar)
Olly Keller (bass)
Daniel "Evil Ewald" Buld (drums)
"Brutalized" lyric video:
- Blabbermouth reports former AMBERIAN DAWN singer Heidi Parviainen has launched a a new project called DARK SARAH. She plans to release a promotional CD with two songs in early 2013 along with a music video for the song "Save Me". Says Parviainen: "I used to look at the world with blue eyes, I used to love with an open heart but I was naïve; the world needed to show it to me. I got angry for my weakness and angry with the world. In the darkest swirls of my mind, I got stronger and meaner and started to change. I worked with my fear and I became DARK SARAH. I'm not bitter, I'm just bittersweet." A teaser for the "Save Me" video can be seen below. Parviainen left AMBERIAN DAWN in November. Her final appearance with the band was at the Metal Female Voices Fest at the end of October in Belgium. She has since been replaced by Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen. Parviainen sang on AMBERIAN DAWN's first four albums — "Circus Black" (2012), "End Of Eden" (2010), "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" (2009) and "River Of Tuoni" (2008).
- Blabbermouth reports GLORYHAMMER, the "heroic fantasy power metal" project led by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate metal sensation ALESTORM, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal, will release its debut album, "Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife", on March 29, 2013 via Napalm Records. The CD, which will tell an original story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reigns supreme, was recorded at LSD Studios in Germany. A concept of such epic proportions requires a truly talented vocalist, and for this purpose Thomas L. Winkler from Swiss power metal band EMERALD was hired to provide majestic soaring vocals. The lineup is completed by Paul Templing, James Cartwright, and Ben Turk, who honed their battle skills in various underground U.K. metal bands.
Christopher Bowes - Keyboards
Thomas Winkler - Vocals
Paul Templing - Guitars
James Cartwright - Bass
Ben Turk - Drums
The cover artwork for "Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife" was "painstakingly handcrafted" by Dan Goldsworthy (ACCEPT, HELL, SYLOSIS). The art depicts the great hero Angus McFife, questing valiantly through the frozen highlands, wielding the Hammer of Glory.
"Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife" track listing:
01. Anstruther's Dark Prophecy
02. The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee
03. Angus McFife
04. Quest for the Hammer of Glory
05. Magic Dragon
06. Silent Tears of Frozen Princess
07. Amulet of Justice
08. Hail to Crail
09. Beneath Cowdenbeath
10. The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder
There will also be a limited first-pressing "Heroic Edition" of the album, presented in a luxurious digipak format with alternate artwork, featuring the bonus track "Wizards!".
"Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife" "Heroic Edition" artwork:
"Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife"standard CD artwork:
- Blabbermouth reports a 17-minute video clip in which guitarist/vocalist Kurt Bachman of Pennsylvania-based technical thrash metal veterans BELIEVER answers questions that were submitted by fans via Facebook can be seen below. BELIEVER is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its fifth album, due next year via Metal Blade Records. "The writing for the basic tune parts [is] almost complete," Bachman said. "Hopefully we'll start recording the drums within the next couple of weeks here for the new record. We're shooting, again, [to have] 12 tunes [on the CD], maybe 13. We'll see." Bachman previously stated about the writing process for the new BELIEVER album: "I feel that this will be the most sensual of all BELIEVER releases. Once again we are striving to create something unique while not throwing away any riff just because it might not fit the typical BELIEVER mold. This is part of the process we love and hate. We love being creative, yet we place intense pressure on ourselves to write something we'll enjoy hearing and playing at least 2060 times. Of course, we are sticking to our two main goals: 1) Have fun and 2) Don't die in the process." BELIEVER's last album, "Transhuman", was released in April 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was produced by Trauma Team Productions and was mixed by Kevin Gutierrez (RAVEN, PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS) at Assembly Line Studios in Virginia. The mastering duties were handled by Maor Appelbaum of Maor Appelbaum Mastering in Los Angeles. The band's fourth album, "Gabriel", was released in March 2009 through ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Howard Jones's imprint label Cesspool Records via Metal Blade. The CD featured guest appearances by Jones, Joe Rico (SACRIFICE), CKY/WORLD UNDER BLOOD guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller and Rocky Gray (EVANESCENCE, SOUL EMBRACED, LIVING SACRIFICE).
Kurt Bachman - Guitar/Vocals
Joey Daub - Drums
Jeff King - Keyboards/Guitar
Kevin Leaman - Guitar
- Blabbermouth reports drummer Jaska Raatikainen of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM has issued the following update: "Today we had the last rehearsals before entering the studio tomorrow to record drums for the new album. "Last two days have been quite intensive. Playing the songs over and over again, lots of fuck-ups and broken drum sticks, sweating, frustration, coffee and what have you, a little bit of arranging and all that shit. "I am convinced that the new songs are great. A little bit of black metal, heavy metal, metal, old-school death metal, melodies, solos and anything you need to make a nice album. And the most important, new ideas à la CHILDREN OF BODOM!" CHILDREN OF BODOM's new CD is tentatively due in late spring/early summer 2013 via Marquee Inc. in Japan and Nuclear Blast in other parts of the world. CHILDREN OF BODOM in November canceled its appearance at next year's edition of the Tuska festival, set to take place June 28-30, 2013 in Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland, "in order to be able to be part of a big tour in USA," according to the group's bassist, Henkka Seppälä (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith). CHILDREN OF BODOM released a photo book, "Roadkill", on August 8 via Hatecrew.com. The first 666 copies are numbered and personally signed by the band. Photography for "Roadkill" started in 2007. It includes exclusive material of life on the road, shows, promo shoots, recording sessions, album cover production and the worldwide "hate crew," as the band's fans are affectionately known. The book also contains comments and diary entries by the band and the photographer, Jussi Hyttinen of FLC415. CHILDREN OF BODOM's most recent release was "Holiday At Lake Bodom (15 Years Of Wasted Youth)" , a very special CD+DVD career retrospective in celebration of the band's 15th anniversary.
- Blabbermouth reports PSYCHO SPOON, the "raw rock and roll" band formed by Pete Hammoura, ex-drummer and founding member of the South Carolina death metal band NILE, has tapped NILE mainman Karl Sanders to produce the group's debut album. Entitled "Incognito", the recording sessions for the CD will begin in January, with a scheduled release date of April 2013. Grammy Award-winning producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, NILE) will mix and master the effort. PSYCHO SPOON was formed in the fall of 2009 by longtime friends and musical collaborators Rick Ballenger (vocals) and Hammoura. They had a clear vision of what they wanted to accomplish with this band, and that was to play rock and roll from the heart. Five songs were written in a short period of time, at which point the band entered the studio to lay down the tracks. PSYCHO SPOON's goal as a band is to continue writing songs and playing to live audiences as often as possible because they are very much a live audience band. You'll be able to tell that they love what they do from the moment they hit the stage. Their purpose is "to lay down pure, live rock and roll!"
- Blabbermouth reports CANNIBAL CORPSE members Rob Barrett and Paul Mazurkiewicz will reunite with their former band, TIRANT SIN, at a special show to celebrate Rob's wedding to Irina on January 11, 2013 at Club Infinity in Williamsville, New York. Also scheduled to perform at the event is another pre-CANNIBAL CORPSE act, LEVIATHAN, which will feature Rob Barrett and Jason Blachowicz (MALEVOLENT CREATION), plus MANIC JASPER, MONARCH, VILE VINDICTION, AXEMEN and MAD POSTURE. There will also be a a cover band performing that Rob Barrett will play guitar for, with MALEVOLENT CREATION's Brett Hoffman handling the vocals. For more information, go to this location. TIRANT SIN previously reunited for a an appearance at the benefit concert for SONS OF AZRAEL guitarist Tony Lorenzo on January 7-8, 2012 at Club Infinity.
- Classic Rock posts the top 30 rock videos of 2012: Nos. 25-21
- Classic Rock reports Ozzy Osbourne warns rising stars: “Enjoy those first few years because you never recapture them”
- Classic Rock reports Adam Lambert admits performing with Brian May and Roger Taylor was a balancing act: “It’s Freddie Mercury – you don’t want to fuck with that” Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- Noisecreep reports Thinning the Herd drummer Rick Cimato killed in car accident. Read more at Loudwire
- Spinner posts 50 or Bust: Which Bands Will Make It to the Five-Decade Mark?
- Rolling Stone posts a song premiere of Pet Shop Boys, "Memory of the Future (Ulrich Schnauss remix)"
- Rolling Stone reports Steven Tyler slams "Spinal Tap" in rare Library of Congress interviews
- Rolling Stone reports Pulp record new song with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy
- Blabbermouth posts video footage from the "Tetragrammaton" mixing sessions from The Monolith Deathcult
- Blabbermouth posts on the ninth tour webisode of "On The Road With Trillium and Magnum"
- Blabbermouth posts new music videos from Ankor "My Own Angel"
- Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Varg in Oakland, Strife in London, a new song from Kvelertak