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- Blabbermouth reports FullOnDrums.com conducted an interview with KORN drummer Ray Luzier at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how often he changes his cymbal setup, Luzier replied: "We're working on the new KORN record right now with producer Don Gilmore [LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE, LACUNA COIL, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE], and Don's got great ears. So he'll make suggestions, like, 'Hey, try this cymbal,' Or 'Try that.' And I just bring everything I've got and I just let him go through it. And his ears are so great, because my band tunes down to Z flat. It's so low, it's like you've gotta have something matched with those frequencies." KORN's latest album, "The Path Of Totality", saw the band teaming up with dubstep producers and DJs to add a whole new electronic layer to their sound. The band's guitarist, James "Munky" Shaffer, told the Phoenix New Times in an interview last October that while KORN's sound will continue to evolve, it is unlikely that the band's next CD will be like its predecessor. "I wouldn't say it's a 180[-degree turn] from the last album, but we're definitely taking a different approach," he said. "We're not going with the dubstep style, but we are using a lot of interesting recording techniques. Asked if the next album will be a bit heavier than "The Path Of Totality", Munky said, "I think it will be. I think once Jonathan [Davis] puts vocals on it, it has...it's more melodic and the guitars are more aggressive and much more in your face. I think what we did before was bold and took a lot of balls, in regards to the album devoted entirely to dubstep. To me it's very much a KORN album, but I want to feature more guitar on this album, on the one we're writing right now, we still have one foot in the electronic [style], not necessarily the dubstep [sound], and we still have a fresh approach on the guitar riffs with some melodic vocals. Jonathan is great at sort of delivering the aggressive lyrics and vocals." KORN will reunite with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch for several festival shows this summer, with Welch playing full shows with the band for the first time since 2004.
- Blabbermouth reports the details of the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods awards will be announced on on Wednesday, January 30 at noon PST. Last year's Revolver Golden Gods was held on April 11, 2012 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, California. For the first time ever, Revolver Golden Gods was broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. Hosting duties for last year's Golden Gods awards show were handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, who returned for the third consecutive year. The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, went to KISS demon Gene Simmons. (Other previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH.) Adding to the celebration, The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods awards show featured one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honored both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night's hard-rocking musical performances included sets by MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); iconic Grammy-winning guitarist Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and THE CONSPIRATORS; EVANESCENCE; SIXX: A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N' ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years); and 2011 "Best New Band" Golden Gods Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES.
- Blabbermouth reports former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has issued the following update: "Ideas are just starting to take shape for the next studio record. The legendary guitarist [and] great friend Steve Stevens [BILLY IDOL] has come up with one track so far that will definitely be on my next record. It is a kick-ass cool rock 'n' roll song that I guarantee will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Just how I like it. We are going to work on more songs together too. Also my guitar player, Jeff George, has come up with a couple of great ideas that we will also be demoing very soon. "We are really going to get cracking on the new material right away and have a new studio album out sooner than you think! "I am so happy to collaborate with Steve; he has always been one of my favorite guitar players! We are going out rock this bitch down to the ground in 2013, mother truckers!" Bach's brand new CD/DVD package, "ABachalypse Now", will be released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The "ABachalypse Now" Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year's Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. "ABachalypse Now" will be available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD. According to Sebastian, "ABachalypse Now" will include "special guest appearances by Jinxx from BLACK VEIL BRIDES, Roy Z (HALFORD), and Brent Woods (VINCE NEIL)." 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 Monster conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if there was ever a moment when he first felt that his band had "made it," King said: "Probably the first time we got a tour bus. One thing that I notice a lot… I can't say all the new bands, but a lot of the younger generation, they seem to expect things. They expect to go on tour and have the tour bus that their heroes have. When we came up, we had a Camaro and a U-Haul. And then when we got 'big,' we had a van and a u-Haul. So when you got the tour bus, it was, like, 'Alright, something's gotta be working,' you know. But I never expected it. It was just, like, 'Alright, if we deserve it, when our time comes, fuck yeah, we got a tour bus. That's awesome.' And then you get a different perspective. But people…. I see it a lot at these NAMM shows, people come in and present themselves like, 'Don't you wanna give me some?' without being anybody, without earning shit. And it wasn't like that when I grew up … I think they have a huge sense of entitlement." Regarding what keeps him going more than 30 years since SLAYER's inception, King said: "Shows are awesome; I love shows. And you know, when you make up new stuff, you're in quest of the perfect riff. I don't know if it's been written yet, and I may never know, but you're always making up new stuff and re-impressing yourself and re-energizing yourself, making up things that are, for myself, so SLAYER. And it's, like, 'How did we never write this before?' And that's fun." King, Chilean-born bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo are continuing to play shows with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt, who has been filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman for two years while Jeff recovers from contracting necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite. SLAYER last year entered the studio to record two new songs with producer Greg Fidelman for a possible EP release. In a summer 2012 interview with "Metal Zone" host Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone, King was asked whether Hanneman is contributing to the songwriting process for the new album. "On the last record [2009's 'World Painted Blood'], it was kind of, like, [split] down the middle [between me and Jeff]. On the records prior, it was mostly me. This one's been all me so far," he said. "He's welcome to contribute. It's just a matter of him [putting] something [together] and getting it to us."
- Blabbermouth reports due to conflicting tour schedules, bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH) will be forced to miss LOCK UP's upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to kick off on February 8. LOCK UP's "good friend and brother in grind" Danny Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, S.O.D.) will be stepping in again to handle bass duties on the 10-date trek. Lilker is no stranger LOCK UP, having toured with the band back in Febuary 2012 in the U.S. with GOATWHORE and STRONG INTENTION. Commented LOCK UP: "We're sad Shane can't make this run, but we fully understand NAPALM DEATH is his #1 commitment." In addition to Embury, LOCK UP features in its ranks Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, DISFEAR), Anton Reisenegger (PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL), Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) and Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR). LOCK UP's European trek, dubbed "Infiltrate And Destroy Europe 2013", will see the group — which is primarily an open-air-festival band and an act not really known for participating in the usual touring cycles due to the individual bandmembers' main commitments and busy full-time schedules — play 10 up-close-and-personal club shows in such territories as U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria and Belgium. LOCK UP's latest album, "Necropolis Transparent", was released in North America in July 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January 2011. "Necropolis Transparent" features guest appearances by HYPOCRISY/PAIN mainman (and one-time LOCK UP vocalist) Peter Tägtgren along with Jeff Walker (CARCASS, BRUJERIA). Originally formed by Embury, Barker and Jesse Pintado (NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER) to blast out the most caustic, skin-flaying brand of deathgrind, LOCK UP was joined by the raw throat of Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) for its debut album, 1999's fearsome "Pleasure Pave Sewers", and Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, DISFEAR) for 2002's "Hate Breeds Suffering", touring Japan and then falling into inactivity. Now joined by guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Chile's PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL) in place of the late Jesse Pintado, LOCK UP is back in the most uncompromising style possible.
- Blabbermouth reports Ara'Kus Productions, the minds behind the heavy metal opera "Aeterno Elementum", will perform at the Pacific Science Center's Laser Dome in downtown Seattle on February 19. The show will be divided into two sets that will include music from both "Aeterno Elementum" and from a brand new, upcoming production. Each set, occurring at 7 and 9 p.m., will be comprised of different songs from both the new production and "Aeterno Elementum", making each one unique for those who wish to experience both performances. Featuring the same dark and soaring musical style that are the hallmark Ara'Kus Productions, and with the addition of the laser choreography, this show will appeal to anyone with a love for both music and lasers. "The addition of the laser visuals to our already theatrical performances adds a completely new and surreal element to the mix, and we're really excited to be debuting some new compositions in this environment as well as revisiting old favorites," says Jeremiah Johnson, founder of Ara'Kus Productions and composer of "Aeterno Elementum". Alongside Jeremiah will be fellow Ara'Kus founder and lead guitarist Randy Haines as well as the rest of the Ara'Kus band and choir and many of the actors from the theatrical show.
These great talents will include:
Lauren "Razz" Palumbi - Lead Violin
BJ Becker - The Priest
Richard Chartrand - The Imp
Carrole Johnson - The Demoness
Jeremy Veleber - Drums
Rachel Brunson - Keyboards
John Perlic - Cello
Vivian Lee - Lead Soprano
Ray Salamon - Bass
For more information, visit www.HeavyMetalOpera.com.
- Blabbermouth reports Santa Cruz metallers ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS are in the studio with Zach Ohren (ANIMOSITY, ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, LIGHT THIS CITY) working on their fifth full-length album for a tentative late spring release. The band has welcomed original vocalist Remi Rodberg back into the band full time. Remi's vocals can be heard on early ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS releases like "Hits From The Bow" and "The Game Of Life", which were defining albums for the band and the genre itself. With the new material, look out for a faster, heavier, crazier, yet extremely focused ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS as the band looks to return to its roots, with Rodberg adding a key piece. In other news, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS will play the annual NSN Festival in Mission, Texas on Wednesday, March 13. The band will perform alongside ESCAPE THE FATE, ATTACK ATTACK!, CHIODOS, JONNY CRAIG, UPON A BURNING BODY, HANDS LIKE HOUSES, FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, THE MAINE, and many more. "Motherland", the fourth album from ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, was released in May 2011 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Castle Ultimate studios in Fremont, California with producer Zack Ohren (AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ALL SHALL PERISH)
- Blabbermouth reports Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will enter the studio in February to begin recording their new album for a tentative September release. The band will premier sme of its new material during an appearance at this year's edition of the Inferno festival, set to take place March 27-30, 2013 at the Rockefeller, John Dee, Rock In, Blå, Unholy, Victoria and Revolver venues in Oslo, Norway. In a June 2012 interview with MetalSickness.com, SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven stated about the band's decision to take a long break after completing its last extensive tour in 2009, "I felt that the cycle of SATYRICON had become very something different from what I wanted it to be. It became like this: write, rehearse, record, promote, tour, finish. [Then again] write, rehearse, record, promote, tour, finish. And again and again and again. And I came to a point in 2009 where I went, like, 'What's the point of this? Is this why I started [playing music]? Definitely not.' This was never my goal to come in a situation like this. It's not like I dreamt about living on a bus. It was not my goal in life. Or to live my life in a suitcase. Or in a backstage. It was never my plan. My plan was to write music, record music and release music and then do the occasional show and tour, but this became like a clusterfuck of events — all the time something going on and all this pressure all the time, especially from everyone around us. Plus, I also think that when you're working so intensely, there's sort of this tear-and-wear to people on a personal level. And also, as the leader of a company or a sports team or a metal band, you also have a responsibility to make some decisions that might be popular but unnecessary. And for those who just want to go on the road and play all the time, they don't want to have a break, and our agent and record company, they certainly didn't want any break. But for me, it became almost like a choice between quitting as a band or taking a break." SATYRICON's latest album, "The Age Of Nero" (2008), entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 73. It also landed on the national chart in Norway at position No. 5. This was SATYRICON's lowest chart entry in the band's home country since "Rebel Extravaganza", which premiered at No. 32 in 1999. "Volcano" (2002) entered the chart at No. 4, while 2006's "Now, Diabolical" came in at No. 2.
- Blabbermouth reports "Living And Drifting", the new video from ALMAH — the Brazilian metal band led by former ANGRA singer Eduardo "Edu" Falaschi — will make its online debut on January 31 at 10 p.m. Brazilian time (February 1 at 1 a.m. CET). The clip was filmed in Sao Paulo and directed by producer, musician and composer Diogo Araújo from Under Control Filmes, who is well known in Brazil for his work with more mainstream artists. The video is based on a certain concept and is expected to be the most significant visual production in the history of the band. A teaser for the "Living And Drifting" video is available below. "Living And Drifting" comes off ALMAH's third studio album, "Motion", which was released in Europe in October 2011 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded in May-June 2011 at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil and was mixed and mastered in July 2011 at Split Second Sound Studios in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES). ALMAH last year played several shows in Brazil with session bassist Raphael Dafras.
- Loudwire reports Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer discusses the possibility of "The Brutal Big 5" tour
- Loudwire reports Ozzy Osbourne and Linkin Park urge aspiring acts to get discovered via Grammy Amplifier Competition
- Loudwire reports Black Veil Brides turn New York City’s Best Buy Theater into church of the wild ones
- Billboard reports Morrissey cancels tour dates due to bleeding ulcer
- NME reports Paul McCartney: "My sheep die of old age because I can't send them to slaughter" Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
- NME reports The Who's Pete Townshend presented with Les Paul prize at TEC Awards
- NME reports Mike Joyce says "The Smiths reunion could still happen"
- NME posts another new Noel Gallagher demo
- NME reports My Bloody Valentine album will be released in "two or three days"
- Blabbermouth posts video footage of the vocal-recording seesiond of "Earth Rocker" from Clutch
- Blabbermouth posts new video footage from Society 1's new EP recording sessions
- Blabbermouth posts interviews with Halestorm, Jason Newsted (Read more at Loudwire), Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society guitarist Nick Catanese, Whitesanke guitarist, Anvil frontman, Doro Pesch, Circle II Circle, Dino Cazares from Fear Factory, Devin Townsend, Bonded By Blood, and Aeon
- Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Queensryche singer Todd La Torre with Stryper in Anaheim, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick Trio at NAMM, Soulfly/Cavalera Conspricy guitarist Marc Rizzo in Columbus
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