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2/16/2013

  • Blabbermouth reports GUNS N' ROSES' June 2012 performance at London, England's O2 Arena will be broadcast on VH1 Classic on March 9 as part of a five-hour GN'R special. The night will kick off at 8:00 p.m. with a one-hour, all-GUNS N' ROSES video block hosted by "That Metal Show"'s Eddie Trunk, followed by the London concert and a rebroadcast of the Axl Rose "That Metal Show" episode.  The big-screen premiere of GUNS N' ROSES' 2012 performance at O2 Arena was scheduled for last October at select theaters in Europe but was "postponed" by the band's management.  A trailer for the concert film, which promised to show the grand finale of the band's U.K. tour in "stunning" HD quality and Surround Sound, can be seen below.  GUNS N' ROSES has been added to The Governer's Ball festival, set to take place June 7-9 on Randall's Island in New York City. They join the likes of KANYE WEST, KINGS OF LEON, GRIZZLY BEAR, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, KENDRICK LAMAR and many others. GUNS N' ROSES will also co-headline this year's edition of Rocklahoma, which is scheduled to take place over the weekend of May 24-26 at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma. The event, now in its seventh year, will also feature sets from KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and many more older and newer acts.  In addition sole original member Axl Rose (lead vocals), the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES includes guitarists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock
 
  • Blabbermouth reports The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) will host guitarist Richard Fortus, member of legendary rock band GUNS N' ROSES, for a free, public master class on February 21 at at 7 p.m. in the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan in Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.  Fortus joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2001 and recorded on the band's "Chinese Democracy" album. He regularly collaborates with other artists, performing or recording, including Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, THIN LIZZY, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS, Fiona Apple, THE CRYSTAL METHOD, Jesse Malin, 'N SYNC and many more. He's also collaborated extensively with electronic artist and composer BT on various scoring projects for TV commercials, movie trailers, and video games.   Fortus is the latest in an impressive list of musicians and industry leaders who have visited the ACM@UCO. Past guests include Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Jackson Browne; Roger Daltrey, lead singer of THE WHO; singer-songwriter Ben Folds; Warner Bros. Records President Livia Tortella; Grammy-nominated producer Greg Kurstin; singer-songwriter Simon Townshend; blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa; and FLAMING LIPS' Steven Drozd.  Based on the successful model from the original ACM in Guilford, England, the ACM@UCO is an innovative music program unlike any other in the U.S., offering an industry-based, "real world" educational experience for those interested in a career in contemporary music.  From its location in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district, the ACM@UCO offers two-year associate degree programs in bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, music business, music production and vocals, with the option to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree.  To learn more about the ACM@UCO, visit www.acm-uco.com.  Read more at Loudwire

 

  • Blabbermouth reports former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo was interviewed for the cover story in the March 2013 issue of Revolver magazine. During the in-depth chat, the singer spoke about reconnecting with Sterling Winfield, co-producer of PANTERA's 2000 album, "Reinventing The Steel". "I didn't know there was a rift between Sterling and I until I spoke with him several months ago," Anselmo said of the first time they'd talked in 12 years. "He chose sides at one point, and picked Vinnie Paul's [Abbott, former PANTERA drummer] side, which is a psychotic side."  He continued: "I feel bad for Vince. People should pity the guy. I wasn't there when Dimebag [late PANTERA guitarist and Vinnie Paul's brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was killed on stage while performing with DAMAGEPLAN in December 2004] was murdered, but he sure as fuck was. That's his flesh and blood, murdered right in front of him. It's a shame that Vince never reached out to Rex [Brown, former PANTERA bassist] and I. I think the healing process would have been beneficial to him, instead of his knee-jerk reaction to fear, and his therapy through tit bars and whiskey."  Returning to his story about Winfield, Anselmo explained: "He said that he drank heavily after Dimebag's death. He admitted that he hated my guts but then he got sober. Over his first two years of sobriety, he realized that these bad feelings towards me were unfounded completely."  Anselmo also reflected on PANTERA's downfall, telling Revolver: "One guy can't break up a band. After we broke up, why was Rex with me and not with Dimebag and Vince? You have to understand, it goes all four ways when a band breaks up. Yes, I made mistakes. Yes, there was a lack of communication on both sides and some of it is my fault — a lot of it is my fault."  Anselmo, whose comments in the U.K. music press about how Dimebag should be "beaten severely" were unfairly linked to some of the guitarist's shooter's motive, stated about his former bandmate: "Two mornings ago, the first thing I thought of when I woke up was Dimebag. I think about Dime a lot. Last year was very rough. I don't know what it was about last year, but I got into a severe depression about the loss of Darrell and what it meant and how huge it is. How heinous it is for him not to be here and to go out the way he did. There are still a few days to go [before the eighth anniversary of Dimebag's death] [the interview was conducted in early December 2012. — Ed.], and hopefully it's just not as bad as last year. But if it is, so be it.  "Dimebag was a lifer," Anselmo continued. "He was meant to be this guitar hero. He was born for it. We would have made amends. I would like to think he would be proud of me for pulling myself out of the muck, the abyss. I'm not a believer in the afterlife. I think this is our shot. But I guess, in an atavistic way, you hope that the fallen one's mighty spirit is looking down and smiling on you. I just choose to remember the positive things. He was almost like the perfect counterpoint to me. We may have clashed to a certain extent, but we would always find a happy medium, It was a vital relationship that I miss greatiy."  "PANTERA had an almost supernatural freakin' alchemic chemistry, not of this world," he added. "I have not felt it since. DOWN has its own chemistry, but it's not PANTERA."  Read more at Loudwire and Noisecreep

 

  • Blabbermouth reports guitarist Herman Li of British epic metallers DRAGONFORCE will appear on CBBC's "How To Be Epic At Everything", a new series from the BBC aimed at demonstrating to young people how to excel in certain professions. At 10.30 a.m. on February 17 and March 17 on the CBBC channel, Li will will take his guitar through the paces, showing the next generation of guitarists how it's done.  For more information, go to BBC.co.uk.  In an April 2012 interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Li was asked if there was an "aha" moment when he was first starting to play guitar that he realized he was capable of great speed. "Maybe I can explain it this way: I'm not a person who's over-confident," he said. "If you think you know, you really don't know. Me personally, I think the more you learn, the more you realize the world of guitar is so big and you haven't really learned enough. There's not really a time that I feel I mastered anything. I think each album is just a snapshot of our lives and things change and people come out with other things and you go, 'Oh, that's cool,' and take some things from that. If I think I know, then I think the music becomes boring because there's nothing to pursue."  DRAGONFORCE's new album, "The Power Within", sold 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 74 on The Billboard 200 chart.  DRAGONFORCE's previous CD, "Ultra Beatdown", opened with 24,000 units back in September 2008 to land at No. 18.  DRAGONFORCE's recent North American headlining tour marked the band's first trek with new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on "The Power Within""The Power Within" was released in the U.K. on April 16 via the band's own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL have released the following statement:  "We are terribly sorry that we had to cancel our performance last night [Friday, February 15 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York], but let's put the rumors to rest, before speculation runs rampant.  "Blitz [singer Bobby Ellsworth] was diagnosed with what is called 'walking pneumonia,' and was medically advised to not perform due to it potentially getting worse if he did. When the health risk is no longer an issue, he'll be ready to kick ass once again."  OVERKILL and TESTAMENT are currently on the road in North America together part of "The Dark Roots Of Thrash" tour, also featuring FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and 4ARMOVERKILL's new album, "The Electric Age", sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded and mixed at Gear Recording Studios in New Jersey, owned and operated by OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni.  Read more at Loudwire

 

  • Blabbermouth reports TESTAMENT's February 15 concert at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York as part of "The Dark Roots Of Thrash" tour was professionally filmed for a 90-minute DVD, to be released later this year via Nuclear Blast.  "We haven't shot a live DVD or CD since our 'Live In London' release and we've had two killer albums since then," commented TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy. "We thought it would be cool to put out a live DVD/CD focusing on the last three records ('The Gathering', 'The Formation Of Damnation' and 'Dark Roots Of Earth') mixed in with a good amount of classics, too. Last time we recorded anything live in America was for 'Live At The Fillmore' on the West Coast. This time we thought we'd give the East Coast a chance to show the world how crazy and loud they can be."

    The band's setlist was as follows:

    01. Rise Up
    02. More Than Meets the Eye
    03. Burnt Offerings
    04. Native Blood
    05. True American Hate
    06. Dark Roots of Earth
    07. Into the Pit
    08. Practice What You Preach
    09. Riding the Snake
    10. Eyes of Wrath
    11. Trial By Fire
    12. The Haunting
    13. The New Order
    14. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
    15. 3 Days in Darkness

    Encore 1:

    16. The Formation of Damnation

    Encore 2:

    17. Over the Wall
    18. Disciples of the Watch

    TESTAMENT's new album, "Dark Roots Of Earth", sold more than 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No, 12 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on July 31, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records"Dark Roots Of Earth" was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.  Read more at Loudwire

 

  • Blabbermouth reports while on tour with ANTHRAX, bassist Frank Bello will appear at an exclusive Hartke clinic, co-sponsored by international Hartke distributor Electric Factory, as well as the ESP guitar company and international ESP distributor CMI Music & Audio, at Guitar Factory in Parramatta, Australia. Frank will demonstrate why he uses Hartke and ESP gear live and in the studio, as well as hold a meet-and-greet/signing with audience members at the following location:

    Tuesday, February 26
    7:00 p.m.
    Guitar Factory
    255 Church Street
    Parramatta, NSW 2150
    Australia
    (02) 9635 5552

    In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, Bello said about ANTHRAX's comeback 2011 album, "Worship Music", "After eight years, first off, it was hard enough to get the record out, just because getting management, lawyers out of the way all that garbage that gets in the way of music and personalities. We knew what we wanted ANTHRAX to be again — the real deal. 'Worship Music', we knew we had something special. We got Joey [Belladonna, vocals] in on it, and that was the cherry on top of it all. We're fans of this music, so we knew we had something good. Thankfully, the people, the fan base, has taken on this record — this is our biggest-selling record in a long time. It's just done really well, thank God, and thank the fans out there [for their] great support. That's why we're still on tour. In three weeks, we leave for a MOTÖRHEAD tour — pretty much all sold out in Europe, which is crazy. Think about it, 30 years in, Jackie, who would have thought we're still around — ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD in Europe, selling out places. We're very lucky, we're humbled. It's a really nice thing that's going on and we couldn't be happier; we're stoked.  Asked what has been the best thing about being in ANTHRAX in 2012, Bello said, "Well, right now it's nice to be back, and being accepted by not only our audience but there's a new audience out there: 15-, 16-year-old kids. I got 15-year-old kids coming up to me saying, 'You're an influence.' You don't realize how good that feels — it's something I've done right in my life and I'm very proud of it. It that kid could pick up a bass and feel the way I feel about it and make his day be a little bit better, that's what it's all about. It's like passing the torch a little bit. We've been lucky, we've had a great time, if I could make somebody feel as good as the bass and music has made me feel, that's what it's all about at this point."

 

  • Blabbermouth reports HATRIOT, the new San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band led by former EXODUS and LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza, is preparing to film a video for the song "And Your Children To Be Damned". The group states: "Not getting into details too much, but we need a little help. In an open search, we need two northern California HATRIOT ladies between the age of 19-26 to help us shoot our video. If you or someone you know would be interested to fill the spot out, please message our Facebook page. The video will be shot March 10th. So if you're interested to be a part of our video and helping us out, please message us for more details."  "And Your Children To Be Damned" comes off HATRIOT's debut album, "Heroes Of Origin", which was released on January 25 via Germany's Massacre Records. The CD was recorded with producer Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TESTAMENT) and features guest appearances BY TESTAMENT 's Chuck Billy and MACHINE HEAD 's Phil Demmel . The cover artwork, which can be seen below, was created by Mark DeVito, who has previously worked with MOTÖRHEAD and ANVIL CHORUS, among others.

    "Heroes Of Origin" track listing:

    01. Suicide Run
    02. Weapons Of Class Destruction
    03. Murder American Style
    04. Blood Stained Wings
    05. The Violent Time Of My Dark Passenger
    06. Globicidal
    07. And Your Children To Be Damned
    08. The Mechanics Of Annihilation
    09. Shadows Of The Buried
    10. Heroes Of Origin

    The entire album can now be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.  HATRIOT's new drummer is none other than Steve's son, Nicholas Souza. Nicholas auditioned for the band after the departure of Alex Bent and "proved himself to be the best choice," according to SteveHATRIOT's lineup also includes Zetro's son Cody, who got his first bass as a present from his father after Zetro bought it off current EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson. "I told him," Zetro said in a recent interview with Metalholic.com, "'You have to try out [for the bassist position in HATRIOT if you want to be in the band]. There's no nepotism here, boy. If you can hang, you're on.' So he actually tried out, and he got the gig."  Regarding HATRIOT's musical direction, Zetro said, "It's in the vein of typical Bay Area thrash, but these guys are a lot younger, so there's gonna be some blast-beats in there. There's gonna be some kind of death [metal] approach to it, a little bit. 'Cause these guys are new. They're raw, and they're fast, young, heavy, hard and aggressive, and I'm trying to convey that along as well."  He added, "These new kids seem to understand what we did in the '80s, but still bring a little bit of a new essence to it. We put that together with what I write vocally and it's turned out to be really, really killer. It's good stuff."  Asked why he thinks thrash metal has enjoyed something of a revival in more recent years, Zetro told Über Röck, "You know, I get asked this a lot, and I think it is because the first wave of thrash came and went so fast. I mean, it started in the mid-'80s and was gone by 1991 or so. The older bands still have something to say, and I feel that's why they are still able to put out great music so many years later. Now the fans that were young kids back then have bands of their own, so these new bands are naturally influenced by the old sound and it has come full circle. Of course, with technology and things like they are today, it is a totally different ballgame when it comes to marketing the music. I don't know that there will ever be another band as big as the 'Big Four' or anything, because the business structure just isn't there anymore, but it is really cool to see these new bands carrying the torch of what we helped invent back in the old scene."

    HATRIOT's "Blood Stained Wings" video can be seen below.

    HATRIOT is:

    Steve "Zetro" Souza - Vocals
    Kosta Varvatakis - Guitar
    Miguel Esparza - Guitar
    Nicholas Souza - Drums
    Cody Souza - Bass



    "Blood Stained Wings" video:

 

  • Blabbermouth reports San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have begun demoing material for the follow-up to 2010's "Relentless Retribution", due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.  Commented DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany: "Recording bass yesterday — Damien [Sisson] on it! Almost all the foundation tracks are on 'tape!' I just wanna write/record one more, then focus on vocals and leads.  "[I'm] SO pumped on our new music!! This album is gonna crush 'Relentless Retribution' (and I love 'Relentless Retribution'). Yeah, I said it!"  "Relentless Retribution" sold 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 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 band's previous album, "Killing Season", opened with around 2,300 units back in March 2008. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which registered a first-week sales tally of around 2,100 back in May 2004.  "Relentless Retribution" was released in the U.S. on September 14, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The cover artwork was created by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).  DEATH ANGEL's long-awaited DVD, "A Thrashumentary", will be released later in the year. Guitarist Ted Aguilar recently stated about the set, "It's gonna cover the history of DEATH ANGEL from the very beginning all the way up to the current version of DEATH ANGEL now. It's gonna be jam-packed with a lot of old footage, stuff from early D.A., even their side projects after D.A., when D.A. broke up and THE ORGANIZATION formed, and the reformation of the band [for an appearance at] Thrash Of The Titans [festival in 2001]."  According to a press release, "A Thrashumentary" is a combination live video and documentary, all wrapped up in one thrashing DVD. The footage was directed by Tommy Jones (SOILWORK, KATAKLYSM) and mixed by Chris Clancy of The Studio. The film gives the viewer an in-depth look into one of the longest-running thrash acts out of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region known for turning out historic thrash bands such as METALLICA, TESTAMENT and EXODUS.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD have released the following statement:  "VOIVOD has had to postpone any shows for the immediate future as Snake [vocalist Denis Belanger] needs four-six weeks rest due to a procedure for diverticulitis, a common digestive disease. This affects the MS Benefit in Ottawa and the SXSW shows, this should not affect the Santiago, Chile Metal Fest appearance in April. More tour news to be announced shortly."  VOIVOD's new album, "Target Earth", sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued on January 22 via the band's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century MediaVOIVOD's previous album, "Infini", opened with around 840 units back in July 2009.  "Target Earth" was recorded in early 2012 at Pierre Rémillard's (OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, MISERY INDEX) Wild Studio in a small town called St-Zénon in Quebec, Canada and was mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The follow-up to 2009's "Infini" contains the band's first music to be written with guitarist Dan Mongrain (MARTYR) following the passing of original axeman Denis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005. The original art was once again drawn by drummer Michel "Away" Langevin and features color schemes from each one of the band's previous albums.  Read more at Loudwire

 

  • Blabbermouth reports vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid of Swedish metallers SOILWORK will answer fans' questions on the band's Twitter page this coming Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern.  Tweet your questions to @_Soilwork using #TheLivingInfinite hashtag and they'll all be answered.  Don't have a Twitter account? Post your questions for Björn in the comments section on Facebook and they will be answered also on the band's Twitter wall.  SOILWORK's ninth studio album and first dual-disc release, "The Living Infinite", will be unleashed on February 27 in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1, and in North America on March 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. Produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH), the CD features artwork by MNEMIC's Mircea Gabriel Eftemie"The Living Infinite" features Justin Sullivan — lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY — as a guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy" and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).  SOILWORK's world tour launches with a 55-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March. Support will come from JEFF LOOMIS, BLACKGUARD, THE BROWNING and WRETCHED.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Tuomas Holopainen, keyboardist and main songwriter of the Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH, has eight songs "roughly ready" for his "The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck" project. According to Tuomas, there are "only two months" remaining until he hits "the demo studio" to record the material.  Tuomas previously stated about how the idea for the project came about: "It was back in 1999, during the 'Oceanborn' tour, that I remember first having the idea of writing a 'soundtrack' to my all-time favorite piece of Disney comic, 'The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck', by Don Rosa, the apparent heir of the almighty Carl Barks. This book has had such an overwhelming effect on me throughout these years, and finally I have the means and the time to make that dream a reality.  "It all started with a story called 'Last Sled To Dawson', which was published in a Finnish Donald Duck magazine in the late '80s. It instantly became one of my favorite Scrooge/Donald stories and also introduced Mr. Don Rosa to my Disney universe. This story is not part of the actual 'Life And Times' opus, though, but 'a companion story,' set in between the chapters #8 and #9. Then when the massive 12-chapter piece was released in mid-'90s, I was completely and utterly hooked. It was similar to reading 'The Lord Of The Rings' as an 8-year-old, or seeing 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' for the first time. Adventure, fun and the strangely familiar feeling of home.   "With Scrooge, there was also a much deeper level hidden between the stories and the gags.  "This is a book about life itself. What an unfathomable privilege it is, what are the things that truly matter during our existence. It's about the immense beauty of the world and its possibilities seen through the eyes of a very relentless, honest and complex character. It's about love and family, gain and loss, darkness and rebirth.  "And on top of that, well, it's just your good old-fashioned storytelling fun!  "I have been twiddling around with certain themes for some months now and have an idea for five songs, but I will start working on this project 24/7 after the Australian leg of the tour, in February 2013. The demo recordings are scheduled for May 2013, just before the festival season starts and we're off with NIGHTWISH again. The actual recordings then start in August-September and should be finished by the end of the year, making a release during the first half of 2014 a possibility.  "Mr. Pip Williams has agreed to do the orchestral and choral arrangements and we will use pretty much the same London session musicians as we did on 'Imaginaerum'. Troy Donockley will bring Scrooge's Scottish origins to life with his pipes and whistles, and there will also be a few more guest musicians and singers involved.  "This journey is very, very dear and personal to me and I'm honored to have Mr. Rosa's approval on the project. It'll be a beautiful storytime, once again!"  Read more at NME

 

  • Blabbermouth reports original TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson (who is currently playing with RETRO GRAVE and IN-GRAVED) will appear on TROUBLE's next, as-yet-untitled album, due for release later in the year. Olson states: "[I've] been working on some [keyboard] intros [for the CD]."  TROUBLE announced in February 2012 that it recruited Kyle Thomas as the band's new singer following the departure of the group's frontman of the four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).  Thomas, former lead vocalist for EXHORDER, FLOODGATE and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, was no stranger to TROUBLE as he previously fronted the band for four live shows between 1997 and 1999, including Stoner Hands Of Doom festival in Maryland and Expo Of The Extreme in Chicago. Thomas has also collaborated on projects with members of SLIPKNOT, DOWN, OBITUARY and DEICIDEOlson left TROUBLE in 1986 to teach music while also writing musical scores and later receiving a Bachelor Of Music degree in Film Scoring (cum laude) from Berklee College of Music. Olson returned to the band for the albums "Run To The Light" (Hammond Organ), "Trouble" (pre-pro for drums, keys), "Plastic Green Head" (drums), "Simple Mind Condition" (drums, French Horn), "Unplugged" and "Live in L.A.".  In July 2008, Olson announced his departure from TROUBLE. His last show with them took place at The End in Nashville, Tennessee on July 19, 2008.

 

  • Loudwire reports Chris Cornell’s brother Peter Cornell releases new music

 

  • Loudwire reports ailing Meshuggah frontman Jens Kidman returns for New York show

 

 

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock posts a song review of "You Can’t Fix This" from Stevie Nicks and Sound City Players

 

 

  • Classic Rock posts Dege Legg covers Black Sabbath’s Supernaut

 

  • Rolling Stone reports Cold War Kids preview new album at desert gig

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Chthonic in Taipei

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