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  • Blabbermouth reports according to Australia's Music Feeds, Soundwave festival promoter AJ Maddah has confirmed that METALLICA will not perform its 1991 self-titled effort in its entirety at this year's event, despite widespread rumors to the contrary.  Maddah confirmed the news via his Twitter account on Friday after a fan quizzed him on rumors that appeared on a METALLICA fan forum, indicating that the Soundwave slots were not going to be Black Album shows.  "Not a rumor. They're not doing Black album," Maddah tweeted.  It was previously reported that METALLICA will play a two-hour set at this year's Soundwave, complete with the "Snakepit" rig.  The last time this rig was used was during METALLICA's 2012 European tour where the LP was played backwards, starting with closing number "The Struggle Within" and ending with "Enter Sandman".  Asked whose idea it was for METALLICA to play the "black" album in reverse on the most recent tour, the band's drummer, Lars Ulrich, told Rolling Stone magazine, "If you like the idea, it was mine. If you don't, it was James' [Hetfield, guitar/vocals]. For better or worse, I'm the setlist guy. This is all subject to change if it doesn't work. But the idea of starting off with the lesser-known songs buried down there and ending up with 'Sad But True' and 'Enter Sandman' seems like a winner. You finish with the money shot, which is the first song."  "Metallica" in 2009 surpassed SHANIA TWAIN's 1997 record, "Come On Over", as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. To date, the black album has sold more than 16 million copies in the United States.  Although METALLICA had scored their first radio and video airplay with their previous effort, 1988's "...And Justice For All", the black album was the band's biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.


  • Blabbermouth reports the official BLACK STAR RIDERS logo, designed by "the extremely talented" Paul Tippett at Vitamin P Design in the U.K., can be seen below.  BLACK STAR RIDERS is 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. The group entered a studio in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, on January 7 with producer Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH) to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Nuclear Blast. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "All Hell Breaks Loose", "Someday Salvation", "Bound For Glory", "Kingdom Of The Lost" and "Hoodoo Voodoo".  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.  "Brian and Darren just don't want to be on the road 150 days a year. anti that's completely understandable," Warwick tells Classic Rock magazine. "But we do. We work very well together, and there's no better man than Jimmy to gel it together. This is a kick-ass band."  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.  "There's no way it could sound like THIN LIZZY with [late THIN LIZZY frontman] Phil [Lynott]," Gorham tells Classic Rock. But Johnson disagreees. "I think Scott is too dose to it," he says. "Ricky or I would bring in a song idea, and as soon as Scott starts playing on it, it sounds like THIN LIZZY, whether Scott realizes it or not. Everybody who's heard the new music says it has that dassic THIN LIZZY vibe. No, it can't sound like the original band. But that classic LIZZY vibe is absolutely there."  "I'm not gonna pull any punches here," says Warwick. "It sounds like classic THIN LIZZY brought up to date. l've been singing Phil's songs every night for two years, and although it sounds a bit crass because the man's not here, I feel like I've had these lessons from getting so deep into his work. Phil's songwriting, his lyrics, his phrasing, his pitching, his delivery — it's genius. And that's really helped me as a writer."  It was Warwick who named the new band BLACK STAR RIDERS, after an outlaw gang in the 1993 western movie "Tombstone". As Johnson tells Classic Rock: "Scott said from the very beginning that we did not want a name that was specifically related to THIN LIZZY, because this band has to stand on its own."


  • Blabbermouth reports STATIC-X will embark on the "Wisconsin Death Tour" later this year during which the band will perform its 1999 debut album, "Wisconsin Death Trip", in its entirety.  Speaking to Brian Engelman of The New American Media at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 25-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, STATIC-X mainman — and sole remaining original member — Wayne Static (guitar, vocals) said (see video below): "This year I'm doing the 'Wisconsin Death Tour'. We're gonna play 'Wisconsin Death Trip' front to back, and then we're gonna play a whole bunch of different songs after that for the encore… We don't have dates yet; we're just putting it together right now. But that's the big plan for this year — the 'Wisconsin Death Tour'."  "Wisconsin Death Trip" was released in March 1999 via Warner Bros. and was officially certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for shipments in excess of a million copies on June 8, 2011. The CD was produced by Ulrich Wild.  Original STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos — who is currently a member of SOULFLY — issued a statement in July 2012 indicating that he had "no interest in working with Wayne Static, now, or anytime in the foreseeable future."  Regarding his decision to resurrect STATIC-X, Wayne said, "I really just wanted to go back to old-school STATIC-X since the band has been gone for a few years. The last tour I was on I did a lot of my solo stuff, and I'm ready to get back to old-school STATIC-X stuff, which is actually new again."  STATIC-X's 2012 trek marked the band's first outing since they announced a hiatus in 2009.


  • Blabbermouth reports San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD held their first jam session a few days ago in hopes of sparking material for their next album. Writing in the latest installment of his "The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman... And Other Ramblings", MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn stated: "Dave [McClain, drums], Phil [Demmel, guitar] and I practiced the other day and it was a really productive first jam session. McClain had about five rockin' riffs, Demmel brought in the skeleton of what feels like a great song and I had a few riffs that we rocked on, no full songs, but solid riffs. It felt good, good to be moving on from [2011's 'Unto The Locust']. Super proud of that record, but it's time to move on, and we're ready to move on. Bring on the future with an open embrace."  Flynn last month played five acoustic solo shows around his appearance at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 25-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Regarding the performances, he said: "The shows were awesome — really, really, REALLY awesome! I needed this so bad.  "To everyone who came out to these shows and made them such a special and intense event, thank you. They got heavy, really heavy and I had no idea how heavy these would get. Therapeutic. I didn't know what to expect or what they would be like. I made no setlist except the opening and closing song. Chose songs we probably won't play live again or at least haven't played live in a reeeeeeeally long time, and cover songs we would never cover.  "To my surprise, I ended up telling a lot of stories before each song. Every time I thought I'd been going on too long with a story ('Am I talking too much?') people would ask for more. In Fullerton, I got a 'sto-ry, sto-ry, sto-ry' chant. It was hilarious.  "It was surprising how fun these shows were. Hell, I'm playing a bunch of acoustic songs, not party metal! But it was a party here and there, and more than anything for our small group of 100 to 200 each night, it was a release. A massive communal release. I was choked up more than a few times, sing-a-longs were life-affirming and in San Diego I got an encore!! San Diego was amazing."  "Machine Fucking Head Live", the new live album from MACHINE HEAD, sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It's the band's second live effort; "Hellalive" came out in 2003.   MACHINE HEAD's most recent studio album, "Unto The Locust", sold more than 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart — putting MACHINE HEAD in the Top 25 for the first time in the band's 17-year history.  "Machine Fucking Head Live" was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band's expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like "Imperium", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End" and "Halo""Machine Fucking Head Live" was mixed and mastered at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga and Robb FlynnMACHINE HEAD is currently seeking a new label home following the expiration of the band's contract with longtime record company Roadrunner Records.  Read more at Loudwire 


  • Blabbermouth reports ALMAH — the Brazilian metal band led by former ANGRA singer Eduardo "Edu" Falaschi — has announced the addition of bassist Raphael Dafras to the group's ranks.  Dafras previously recorded and produced the "A New Beginning" solo album from Germán Pascual (NARNIA).

    ALMAH 2013 is:

    Edu Falaschi - Vocals
    Marcelo Barbosa - Guitar
    Marcelo Moreira - Drums
    Gustavo Di Padua - Guitar
    Raphael Dafras - Bass

    ALMAH's "Living And Drifting" video can be seen below 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.  "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).


  • Blabbermouth reports Belgium-based metallers THURISAZ have announced the addition of bassist Bjorn "Bud" Vandewalle to the group's ranks.  Comments the band: "Bjorn is a great bass player, with a warm personality and a very enthusiastic attitude, just the way we like it! He also plays in the band OMERTA from Bruges and played in several music projects in the past!  "Bjorn's first live performances will be on March 1st in Wuustwezel and March 16th in Menen, his hometown!"  THURISAZ's third album, "The Cimmerian Years", was released in May 2011 via Greece's Sleaszy Rider Records. The CD was recorded and mixed at CCR Studio in Zulte, Belgium with producer Kris Belean. The artwork was created by the Dutch artist Geert van MookTHURISAZ in 2009 parted ways with bassist Lars Vereecke and replaced him with Hannes Leroy.  The band had its 2004 debut album, "Scent of a Dream", reissued in April 2008 through Shiver Records. The LP was remastered and contains an acoustic live version of "Years of Silence" as the bonus track.  THURISAZ' second full-length album, "Circadian Rhythm", was released in 2007 via Shiver.


  • Blabbermouth reports Norwegian-Spanish gothic metal band SIRENIA last fall entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2011's "The Enigma Of Life" for an early 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records.  Commented the group: "We've been in the studio again this weekend, recording some more vocals. Now we are half way with the vocals to be finished."  SIRENIA previously stated about the group's upcoming CD: "We feel confident that the sixth SIRENIA album will have some nice surprises up its sleeve, as we‘ve been determined to make this record somewhat different from the previous two albums."  SIRENIA's latest album, "The Enigma Of Life", was released on January 21, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.  The band's "The End Of It All" video was once again directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among many others.  SIRENIA recruited singer Ailyn (born: Pilar Giménez García) as the replacement for Monika Pedersen, who left the group in 2007 after only one album due to "musical differences."  Ailyn is best known as a former contestant on the Spanish version of "The X Factor", the biggest television talent competition in Europe.






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  • Blabbermouth posts video of Kreator, Doro, Helloween, Annuhilator, Rage members cover Judas Priest classic at "70000 Tons Of Metal"




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