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2/21/2013

Buckcherry's new album, Confessions, is likely to sell between 12,000 and 15,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release. The estimate for the band's sixth studio effort was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on Tuesday (February 19th). Buckcherry's previous set, 2010's All Night Long, sold around 28,000 copies in its first week to land at Number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. (Hits Daily Double)  Read more at Blabbermouth  Check out Buckcherry acoustic at Blabbermouth

 
 
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs will issue a new single called "Sacrilege" on Monday (February 25th). The track is the first to be released from the band's upcoming fourth album, Mosquito. The trio's first new disc since 2009's It's Blitz! will arrive on April 16th, with the group set to preview the new material at a showcase in Austin later this month during the South By Southwest festival. (Diffuser)  Read more at NME

 


 

  • Wednesday (February 20th) marked the 10th anniversary of the fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, which claimed the lives of 100 people and injured more than 200. The blaze started during the opening song by that night's headliner, Great White, when the band's road manager, Daniel Biechele, set off their pyrotechnics. The sparks unexpectedly ignited the foam used for soundproofing on the ceiling of the club. The flames spread quickly and engulfed the venue, with many dying inside as the exits quickly became jammed with fleeing clubgoers. Among those who perished was Great White guitarist Ty Longley. Biechele stood trial and pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter, leaving prison in 2007 after serving two years of a four-year sentence. The owners of the club pleaded "no contest" and one of them served the same time as Biechele. Various settlements amounting to $175 million have reached the families of the victims, while the site itself is now a memorial. (Ultimate Classic Rock)  Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock  Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Great White with Jack Russell at the Corona Concert 
 
  • How To Destroy Angels, the band led by Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor, is streaming its first full-length album, Welcome Oblivion, in its entirety. The group, which also features Reznor's wife Mariqueen Maandig on vocals, will release the disc on March 5th. It follows up last year's debut EP, An Omen. Check out the album stream at http://pitchfork.com/advance/33-welcome-oblivion/ (Pitchfork)  Read more at Loudwire  Read about tour dates at Loudwire
 
  • Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears in a local Chicago TV ad for Resistance Pro, the wrestling company he started and owns, and Walter E. Smithe, a Chicago-area furniture maker. The spot features wrestlers from Corgan's team getting into a brawl as Corgan attempts to save the upscale furniture from destruction -- and Billy looks happy for a change as the ruckus ensues around him. (Badass Digest)  Read more at LoudwireSpinner, Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Billy Corgan in this spot for his wrestling organization and a local furniture maker:

 

  • John Mayer and Katy Perry are reportedly making wedding plans. According to Yahoo, the couple would like to get married near where Katy grew up in Santa Barbara and they want to keep it a low-key affair. A source said, "Katy and John want to have a really intimate traditional ceremony with only their closest friends and family. They're both from fairly traditional families and don't want a big party. They had so much fun when they visited her hometown that Katy and John have both agreed it would make sense to do it there. They loved San Ysidro because it's so private and peaceful with amazing scenery."

 

  • Blabbermouth reports guitarist John 5 has been a busy artist this last year in between tours with ROB ZOMBIE and solo undertakings. John 5's extraordinary talent has led him to be an integral part of rock icon and auteur filmmaker Rob Zombie. Last year John 5 stepped up to fully to score Zombie's upcoming movie release, "The Lords Of Salem", and once again partnered with Zombie for the new album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor".  For his first time ever, John 5 scored a full-length motion picture.  "This was a huge challenge for me," explains John 5. "It was like 10 times the intensity of writing a record. It took months and months as the timing is key to each scene. The music was very challenging and sometimes there was no key signature or time signature for this music, which is all orchestral and acoustic with the exception of one death metal song. You had to be able to follow the story and create emotions for each scene with the music. I cannot wait for people to see and hear this movie. It is incredible!"  "The Lords Of Salem" tells the tale of Heidi (played by Rob's wife Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a "gift from the Lords." Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are "The Lords Of Salem" returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?  John 5, in full collaboration with Zombie, created "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", which streets April 23, and includes the first single "Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town", along with such tracks as "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga", "Lucifer Rising", "Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures" and a heavy-duty cover of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's "We're an American Band".  "I can only describe this album as an aggressive, live-sounding and totally unique album," states John 5. "This album has a little bit for everybody. The guitar tones are not traditional. There is also an instrumental track called 'The Theme For The Rat Regeneration Vendor' which is a all played aggressively with an electric sitar."  Last year, in addition to working on all of these music projects and recording, John 5 dominated the touring world in 2012, blowing away audiences with his guitar mastery on the road with MEGADETH, then with MARILYN MANSON for the "Twins Of Evil Tour".

 

  • Blabbermouth reports British hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE will release their 19th studio album via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group, on the following dates:

    Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Spain: April 26
    UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Caech Republic, Norway, Denmark: April 29
    North America, Italy: April 30
    Sweden: May 1

    A short audio teaser for the CD is available below.  After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER, KANSAS). The CD is expected to contain 13 tracks, including "Out Of Hand", "Hell To Pay", "Weirdistan", "Uncommon Man" and "Above And Beyond". The latter song references the band's late keyboard player, Jon Lord, in the lyric "Souls having touched are forever entwined."  According to earMUSIC, the CD is "rumored to be the perfect match from the original spirit of '70s PURPLE, and a fresh and modern production."  Regarding the album title, Gillan offered the following cryptic comment to Classic Rock: "There's a big question mark over the name at the moment. And possibly an exclamation mark as well. You can read what you like into what I've just said. All will become clear — as mud — later on. That's all I'm allowed to say. The question mark and the exclamation mark might get you intrigued."  earMUSIC will reveal details about the new DEEP PURPLE album in real time as soon as they will become available on a dedicated web site where all band members will also be able to post and interact with the fans: www.deeppurple2013.comDEEP PURPLE's 18th studio album, "Rapture of the Deep", was released in November 2005. It was the fourth studio CD from DEEP PURPLE since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.  "Rapture of the Deep" was produced by Mike Bradford, who also worked on the band's previous release, 2003's "Bananas".  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock and Classic Rock

 

  • Blabbermouth reports SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo has released the following statement:  "I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.  "So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I'm saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.  "Last year, I discovered 90% of SLAYER's tour income was being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band's business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my bandmates know, and Tom [Araya, bass/vocals] and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents.  "I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year's sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a longform contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.  Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry [King, guitar] and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for SLAYER to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn't interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 p.m. as scheduled, but Kerry did not show Rather, at 6:24 p.m. I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.  "I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the three of us original SLAYER members. I look forward to seeing you in the future."  Shortly into the tour for SLAYER's 1986 album "Reign In Blood", Lombardo left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione of WHIPLASH was recruited to replace Lombardo; however, this lineup was short-lived, as Lombardo returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King. Paul Bostaph of FORBIDDEN took over as the band's drummer for 1994's "Divine Intervention" and 1996's "Undisputed Attitude", the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of "Undisputed Attitude", Jon Dette replaced Bostaph, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette was fired a year later and Bostaph returned to the fold. In 2001, Bostaph left SLAYER for good and was replaced by a returning Lombardo. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo has remained with the band ever since.  SLAYER has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.  Read more at LoudwireClassic Rock and Noisecreep

 

  • Blabbermouth reports according to Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah, SLAYER has tapped drummer Jon Dette (pictured below) to sit to sit behind the kit for the California thrash band's appearances on this year's festival tour, which is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane, Australia.  Asked by a fan via Twitter if SLAYER was pulling out Soundwave after drummer Dave Lombardo revealed that he was not going to be joining his bandmates on this year's trek, Maddah said, "No. Dette is already here and knows SLAYER songs well."  Dette joined SLAYER in 1996 when Paul Bostaph left to work on his side project, THE TRUTH ABOUT SEAFOOD. Dette performed with SLAYER at the 1996 Ozzfest to promote the band's covers album, "Undisputed Attitude".  Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT's "Live At The Fillmore" album, which came out in 1995.  Dette is currently playing with ANTHRAX as a temporary replacement for the band's longtime drummer Charlie Benante, who "is dealing with personal issues right now and can't leave" the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott IanLombardo released a statement last night indicating that he was being replaced for SLAYER's Australian dates after he requested access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents regarding how the band's tour income was being distributed. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER's tour revenue is "being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us."  SLAYER has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.  Read more at Rolling Stone and NME

 

  • Blabbermouth reports several metal musicians have weighed in on SLAYER's decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo (pictured below) for the upcoming Australian tour following a disagreement over internal financial issues. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER's tour revenue is "being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us."  Russ Strahan (HOUNDS OF HASSELVANDER, PENTAGRAM, LAND OF DOOM): "I have a deep respect for SLAYER and their music. This is one of the original thrash metal bands and a band that so many have been influenced by. Like most, I am shocked by the current situation but I have to say, being a musician who has been in several bands and has toured, there are things that go deeper than people outside the band realize.  "I am not by any means condoning or supporting any decisions based on selfishness and greed. I just know from experience that there is usually more than meets the eye on the inside of any major change like this.  "I hope that this is not as it seems and that the guys can work it out, but like a lot of you that have commented, it doesn't look good and I do agree that Dave is a master and just as major a part as everyone else in the band. Again, I hope that this is something that can be worked out, because there are a lot of disappointed fans!  "On one final note… I can't even afford one of those $5,000.00 American BC Rich guitars and have to work a stinking 9-5 job that I hate just to get by, so to put it in perspective, Kerry [King, SLAYER guitarist], you got it pretty damn good compared to most of us."  Gus Pynn (SACRIFICE): "Just read Dave Lombardo's press release. Kerry King is a douche. How long before Tom [Araya, bass/vocals] leaves? Man, some guys are just dickheads. So glad almost 26 years ago when they came knocking I said 'NO!!' I hope Tom leaves. Kerry will just replace him with some clone and take 90% of the gate which is the way he wants it. Sleep well, Kerry.  "Paul Bostaph is crushing... but Dave is a fucking monster. [I] just watched fixed camera shot on him just two days ago and man the only guy to match him on crush would be Tom Hunting [of EXODUS]. You can put a clone in his place, but his touch you can't replace."  Bård G. Eithun (a.k.a. Faust; SCUM, ABORYM, EMPEROR): "So, Kerry King, did all the ink give you any sort of brain damage? Stop fucking around and just realize that Lombardo is just a big of a star as you are. If not bigger. Who wants to see SLAYER without good 'ol Dave anyway? Cut the crap."  Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT): "Disappointing news. Hung with Dave at NAMM and Kerry King a few days later. Never would've guessed. Not my place (or anyone else's, really) to comment on others' business. But as a fan and friend of the band, you hate to see falling out."  According to Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah, SLAYER has tapped drummer Jon Dette (pictured below) to sit to sit behind the kit for the California thrash band's appearances on this year's festival tour, which is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane, Australia.  Dette joined SLAYER in 1996 when Paul Bostaph left to work on his side project, THE TRUTH ABOUT SEAFOOD. Dette performed with SLAYER at the 1996 Ozzfest to promote the band's covers album, "Undisputed Attitude".  Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT's "Live At The Fillmore" album, which came out in 1995.  Dette is currently playing with ANTHRAX as a temporary replacement for the band's longtime drummer Charlie Benante, who "is dealing with personal issues right now and can't leave" the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian

 

  • Blabbermouth reports SLAYER has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band's decision to replace drummer Dave Lombardo for the upcoming Australian tour:  "SLAYER confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo's Facebook post, SLAYER does not agree with Mr. Lombardo's substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon. The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, SLAYER will not be commenting further. SLAYER is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows."  Lombardo released a statement last night indicating that he was being replaced for SLAYER's Australian dates after he requested access to detailed information and the necessary backup documents regarding how the band's tour income was being distributed. According to the drummer, 90% of SLAYER's tour revenue is "being deducted as expenses, including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us."  Shortly into the tour for SLAYER's 1986 album "Reign In Blood", Lombardo left the group, citing financial concerns. Tony Scaglione of WHIPLASH was recruited to replace Lombardo; however, this lineup was short-lived, as Lombardo returned in 1987. In 1992, Lombardo left the group again due to friction with the other band members, particularly King. Paul Bostaph of FORBIDDEN took over as the band's drummer for 1994's "Divine Intervention" and 1996's "Undisputed Attitude", the latter being an LP of cover tunes. Following the recording of "Undisputed Attitude", Jon Dette replaced Bostaph, who left to concentrate on other projects. Dette was fired a year later and Bostaph returned to the fold. In 2001, Bostaph left SLAYER for good and was replaced by a returning Lombardo. Although this reunion was initally announced as temporary, Lombardo has remained with the band ever since.  SLAYER has spent the past two years touring without guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is still recovering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease, which he is believed to have gotten from a spider bite. Hanneman is being temporarily replaced on the road by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.  Prior to joining SLAYER, Dette appeared on TESTAMENT's "Live At The Fillmore" album, which came out in 1995.  Dette is currently playing with ANTHRAX as a temporary replacement for the band's longtime drummer Charlie Benante, who "is dealing with personal issues right now and can't leave" the U.S., according to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.  Read more at Classic Rock and Noisecreep

 

  • Blabbermouth reports legendary guitarist Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT) has issued the following update:  "Now that the asteroid has safely passed us by, I feel it's time to break my cyberspace silence and let you all know what I've been up to these last few months.  "After returning home from the last of three incredible G3 tours, I got down to writing music for a new solo record. A very prolific and cathartic two months followed resulting in a bundle of new music I was very excited to get recorded.  "With 16 of the songs selected for the project, all heading in different directions and touching on a variety of musical influences, I realized I needed to assemble a new studio band. The idea was to crank up the energy level of the sessions, and allow for more individual expression of the material, from each player I pulled into Skywalker Sound with Mike Keneally on keyboards, Chris Chaney on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. The chemistry between these awesome players was fantastic, and we blazed through all the tracks with everyone laying down amazing performances.  "On Valentine's Day I finally finished all the overdubs, reviewed the tracks with engineer/producer Mike Fraser and started loading out of the studio, elated! Now it's on to Vancouver, British Columbia, to mix.  "The new record will be called 'Unstoppable Momentum' and should see a release date of May 7th. I'm not sure how many songs will make it to the final sequence as I still have a lot of work ahead of me in that department.  "As you can see from the tour page [on my official web site], we are gearing up to bring the new music on tour starting in mid-May and continuing through 2013. My touring band will consist of Mike Keneally on keys and guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums. I'm so excited about tearing it up on stage with this new band! See you out there on tour..."  Joe released his 11th studio album, "Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards", in October 2010 and followed this with extensive North American and European tours. The following year, CHICKENFOOT's second album, "III", was released to critical acclaim.  In January 2012, Satriani embarked on a European tour with CHICKENFOOT. By April 2012, he released the DVD/Blu-ray of his much-talked-about 3D concert film "Satchurated: Live In Montreal". During the same year, he embarked on G3 tours of Europe and Australia with Steve Vai and Steve Lukather.  Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock

 

  • Blabbermouth reports the BRITISH LION European tour got off to an electrifying start in Portugal last night with a sold-out charity show at the Moto Clube de Faro's new 600-capacity clubhouse. The venue was packed to the rafters as fans saw IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris and fellow BRITISH LION bandmates perform a 90-minute, blistering set of album tracks, new songs and covers.  The band burst onto the tiny Faro stage and launched immediately into a mesmerizing performance of album opener "This Is My God", followed by "Lost Worlds" and the electrifying "Karma Killer", vocalist Richard Taylor proving a natural frontman with wonderful command of the crowd, working an already-hyper audience into a virtual frenzy. So much so that the barrier in front of the stage looked in serious danger of giving way under the throng and had to be stabilised by the Moto Clube security team. With Steve Harris center-front with Richard Taylor, flanked by guitarists Grahame Leslie and David Hawkins and Simon Dawson on drums behind, band and crowd seemed to all merge into one swirling, sweaty, seething, rock and roll mass.  A new song, "Father Lucifer", came next, catching the crowd's imagination with its sensuous hypnotic beat, the entire audience now under singer Taylor's spell, including Steve, who was mouthing every word and looking absolutely in his element. Next up came "The Chosen Ones", intensifying the super-charged atmosphere, the whole crowd singing along with Richard Taylor's soaring, melodious vocals, complemented by the twin guitars and the whirling-dervish movements of Grahame Leslie, who often looked as if he might simply spin clear off the stage and disappear into the crowd.  After a stirring performance of "These Are The Hands" came three new songs ("Guineas And Crowns", "The Burning", "Last Chance"), all equally well-received before delving back into the BRITISH LION album for the most recent single "Us Against The World" and "A World Without Heaven". Then came the first cover song of the night, a take on the catchy "Do Ya Do Ya Want Me", for which Taylor once again had the crowd eating out of his hand, singing along with the chorus and obeying his every command.  Not until the band broke into dreamy, reflective "Judas", the last song of the set, did the frenetic pace slightly abate before once again gathering momentum for the song's climax. The band left the stage momentarily then reappeared to break into the second cover of the night, UFO's "Let It Roll", which sent the by-now delirious audience into overdrive, the whole venue by now in meltdown. The biggest cheer of the night came for closing song "Eyes Of The Young", which, if this opening night is anything to go by, is sure to become the anthem of this tour.

    The setlist for the show was as follows:

    01. This Is My God
    02. Lost Worlds
    03. Karma Killer
    04. Father Lucifer
    05. The Chosen Ones
    06. These Are The Hands
    07. Guineas And Crowns
    08. The Burning
    09. Last Chance
    10. Us Against The World
    11. World Without Heaven
    12. Do You Want It
    13. Judas

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    14. Let It Roll
    15. Eyes Of The Young

    Video footage of the concert can be seen below.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Pat Egan, longtime director of retail sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday, February 18 after a battle with pneumonia and related complications. In honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20-track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including MASTODON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, Brian Posehn, RED FANG, DEATH, and many more, including a never-before-released track from EXHUMED. 100% of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for Pat's young daughter KatieRelapse thanks each band for contributing music and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat's beloved family.  The compilation is available via Bandcamp at this location for only $5 but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want. Direct contributions may also be made via PayPal to wellmissyoupat@relapse.com.   A memorial event for Pat has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST at Idle Hands Bar in New York City. Everyone is invited to attend to pay tribute to a dear friend, colleague and family man who left behind an amazing wife and a wonderful daughter. All proceeds from the event will go directly to his daughter Katie's college fund.  More information on the event can be found here.
    The tracklisting for the compilation is as follows:
    01. BRIAN POSEHN - More Metal Than You 02. EXHUMED - The Beginning After The End (Previously Unreleased) 03. MASTODON - Mother Puncher
    04. KINGDOM OF SORROW - Screaming into the Sky 05. BARONESS - Take My Bones Away 06. RED FANG - Wires 07. DEATH - A Moment Of Clarity 08. REVOCATION - Teratogenesis
    09. BRUTAL TRUTH - Old World Order 10. DYING FETUS - Second Skin 11. BLACK ANVIL - Ultimate Reality 12. AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED - Sword Swallower 13. ZOMBI - Siberia 14. PIG DESTROYER - The American's Head 15. TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Sound The Charge 16. MURDER CONSTRUCT - No Question, No Comment 17. HORSEBACK - Arjuna 18. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Sunshine the Werewolf 19. ABYSMAL DAWN - In Service of Time 20. TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION - In The Process of Correcting Thinking Errors
    Brann Dailor, drummer for MASTODON (who contributed "Mother Puncher" to the compilation), shared his thoughts on Egan's passing in a statement to Billboard.biz: "Pat was one of the most passionate metalheads we have ever had the pleasure to work with. It was that same passion that drove him to fight as hard as he could for the bands he loved and worked with. He definitely played a huge role in the success of MASTODON and for that we are eternally grateful. We are so sad to hear of his passing. We know he had a wife and daughter that he loved very much. He talked about them all the time. We're gonna miss hanging with him and hearing all the concert stories he had. I'm pretty sure he had seen any band of importance over the last 30 years at least 5 times. Our hearts go out to his friends and family."  In addition to Katie, Egan is survived by his wife, Melinda.
    Services will be held Friday, February 22 at New York's Lindenhurst Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward his daughter’s college fund, care of:
    Melinda Egan 577 Outlook Ave. West Babylon, New York 11704

 

  • Blabbermouth reports veteran rockers SKID ROW have inked a deal with Megaforce Records. The band's new EP, "United World Rebellion - Chapter One", will be released in North America on April 16, with an international release date to be announced shortly. Some of the sessions for the CD, which was mastered last month, took place at Open Sky Studio, the Atlanta, Georgia-based facility owned and operated by producer/drummer Mike Froedge (DREADED MARCO, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DOUBLEDRIVE, SPEED X), and the Bonehead Studio, also in Atlanta.  Commented SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo: "We've known the Megaforce family and their various incarnations since 1982. Their history and legacy speaks for itself. We always thought that at some point we would work together and this turned out to be the perfect time and vehicle for us to finally do it. They have a sincere belief in what we're doing and what our vision is which is really rare today. Needless to say, this is a very exciting time for us!"  The first new release from SKID ROW since 2006's "Revolutions Per Minute", "United World Rebellion - Chapter One" is the first of three plus three EPs that will be made available over the next 12-18 months.  Explained SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan: "We wanted to do something different. Living in an age of information overload, it seemed like the perfect time to try something new. We came up with the idea to release three consecutive EPs over the course of the next year or so. This way we have new music out there on a consistent basis. And who better to do that with than Megaforce? They practically invented the EP! 'United World Rebellion – Chapter One' ROCKS!"  SKID ROW singer Johnny Solinger recently stated about "United World Rebellion - Chapter One": "This truly is a special record. Can't wait for you all to hear it."  A first look at the "United World Rebellion - Chapter One" cover art is available below.  An audio sample of the song "Kings Of Demolition" can be streamed using the audio player below.  To coincide with the "United World Rebellion - Chapter One" release, SKID ROW will embark on a world tour beginning April 4 in Ipswitch, England. This will carry them through the U.K., along with stops in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Mexico and Korea, just to name a few. In the coming months, this will be followed by a full-on North American tour.  SKID ROW's last album "Revolutions Per Minute", was released on October 24, 2006 via SPV Records.  The band in 2010 parted ways with drummer Dave Gara and replaced him with Atlanta native Rob HammersmithRob spent many years touring and recording with Atlanta-based rockers ROCKETS TO RUIN and has performed with GUNFIRE 76, the band featuring MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13.

    "Kings Of Demolition" audio sample:

     

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS will release their new album, "Dirty Dynamite", on February 22 in Europe via Sony Music and in North America on March 5 via The End Records. The band has recorded another cover song inspired by their time at Abbey Road Studios in London, England. KROKUS covers the early THE BEATLES classic "Help" with Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING, SOUL DOCTOR) contributing guest vocals on this track together with KROKUS frontman Marc Storace.  According to a posting on KROKUS' Facebook page, fans should not expect the band's version of "Help" to sound like THE BEATLES original. Instead, KROKUS took THE BEATLES song "and slooowed it down, giving it a complete new vibe."  A two-minute video clip in which the members of KROKUS talk about their decision to record a cover of "Help" can be seen below.  KROKUS's official video for "Dirty Dynamite" title track can be seen below.  Sony Music is offering a free download of the song at this location (e-mail sign-up required). It was the last track that was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England at 5 o'clock in the morning. Bassist Chris Von Rohr added some honky tonk piano licks on the original "Lady Madonna" piano at the studio.  KROKUS has tapped Dani Löble (HELLOWEEN) to sit behind the kit for the band's upcoming "Dirty Dynamite Tour", which is scheduled to kick off in early May.  "Dirty Dynamite" marks the return of KROKUS guitarist Mandy Meyer after 30 years.

    KROKUS 2013 is:

    Marc Storace - Vocals
    Chris Von Rohr - Bass
    Fernando Von Arb - Lead Guitar
    Mark Kohler - Rhythm Guitar
    Mandy Meyer - Guitar

    Drummer Freddy Steady left KROKUS in May 2011 because he "concluded that he really wanted to play music just for fun in small clubs rather than conquering the world, playing arenas on huge stages with pyro props, etc.," according to guitarist Fernando Von Arb.  Read more at Classic Rock



 

  • Blabbermouth reports STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet's autobiography, "Honestly", went to editing last week. There is a 12-song solo record to go hand in hand with the release of the book.  Writing on the band's Facebook page, Sweet states: "Writing and finishing my autobiography has gone WAY beyond my expectations, good and bad. It's been much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it's been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER. I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the disfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.  "I'm almost 50 yet I feel like I've lived the life of a man who is almost 90. I look back on everything and all I can say is thank you God for allowing me to serve you and for giving me my gift, my life!  "'Honestly' will be available soon and I can say from the bottom of my heart, it is brutally honest and my hopes and prayers are that it touches you in some way."  Michael's new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael's brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER's Timothy Gaines.  Regarding Harnell's appearance on the CD, Sweet previously stated, "I think Tony is truly one of the most underrated singers of all time. He's always been one of my favorites and is an incredibly nice, humble guy to boot. I've always wanted to work with Tony and I knew this would be the perfect song and opportunity to do so. 'Taking On The World Tonight' is very heavy with a combination of old-school riffs and solos yet it's got a very modern, relevant sound as well. It's the best of both worlds!"  Writing on Facebook, Sweet stated about reaction to his previously released solo album sampes, "To the handful of people who think it sounds like STRYPER — well, earth to moon, I am the singer/guitarist/songwriter for STRYPER so there is the remote chance that their will be similarities right? Maybe you can't comprehend that but I think most people here do.  "For those of you who wonder why it isn't a STRYPER record, the truth is that I had the opportunity to make a record and I took it. It's been almost 12 years since my last solo release and I felt it was long overdue. There is a lot of down time with STRYPER and life goes on, you've got to do what you've got to do … We all have done solo projects over the years and it's a great way for all of us to be artistic and express our musical ideas individually."  Sweet's last solo album, "Touched", was released in December 2007 exclusively through Michael's official web site, MichaelSweet.com. The CD, which included reworked versions of four STRYPER songs, was not made available in stores.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES is planning to make a special announcement — which will apparently include a new album — on March 13.  Says the band: "Get ready for the new SUICIDAL TENDENCIES release. Also, we are working on the new website which will be released soon.  "U.S. tour dates, as well as more details on the new album and the new website/webstore will be announced later this week. Stay tuned."  When asked why he thinks the sound of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has stood the test of time, the band's frotnman, Mike Muir, told Loudwire in a 2012 interview, "I think for us, when we started we didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't really set out and try to do something for other people. We stood there and did what we liked. We didn't care what other people thought. After we did our first record, one of my good friends came up to me and said, 'Yo, Mike, I got to talk to you. People aren't going to like the album. It's not music. You have an opportunity to make music that people can listen to on the radio.' But I didn't think that was an opportunity because I didn't like what I was hearing on the radio. Our barometer is not what people are going to think or how many records we can sell. We just want to be proud of what we make. That's why it stands the test of time. We did records that we thought were really good."  On the topic of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' plans to release a new studio album, Muir said, "We've always had new music in the works. Now it's actually to the point that we have some that we're ready to put out. Now is the time to put out a new record and we feel really, really good about it. There will definitely be a record out this year.  Regarding what fans can expect from the upcoming CD, Muir said, "The way we look at it is that next year will be the 30th anniversary of our first record. When we look at a record, we don't want to have it sound like 2012. We want it to sound awesome 25 years from now, so when a kid who wasn't even born when we made it listens to it, he's like, 'Damn, that's a cool record!' I just had a guy from a radio station tell me that some listeners have been requesting the new song 'Institutionalized'. The young listeners don't realize that's an old song! Something like [METALLICA's recent Orion Music + More festival] is good for us, too, because a lot of people who wouldn't have listened to us will check us out because they know Robert [Trujillo, METALLICA bassist] was in the band."

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN have inked a worldwide deal with Napalm Records.  A statement from the label reads as follows: "Last week, DELAIN's Charlotte and Martijn hopped on a plane to Austria in order to pay the Napalm Records headquarters a visit and to sign a worldwide contract. As you can see in the picture below], they did it voluntarily without being coerced into anything. The new partnership was celebrated by hitting the snowy and icy slopes surrounding Eisenerz, where Austrian and Dutch racers met in a friendly competition. As behind the microphone, Charlotte gave 110% and broke her arm while racing to a well-deserved victory. Don’t worry, though, she’s fine and DELAIN is the latest addition to the ever-growing Napalm Records family! Welcome!"  Added the band: "We are so much looking forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. This is the perfect label for us, and this cooperation makes it possible for us to build on and reach out to our fans."  Stated Thomas Caser, head of A&R at Napalm: "Having been a fan and follower of the band since its beginning, I personally am extremely proud that DELAIN are now part of our roster. The band shares our visions and together we will bring DELAIN to the top!"  DELAIN's third full-length studio album, "We Are The Others", was released in North America via the New Jersey-based top-tier progressive metal label Sensory Records. CNR Entertainment handled the release in The Netherlands and Roadrunner Records issued the CD in the rest of Europe.  The "Get The Devil Out Of Me" video can be seen below. The clip features footage from the recording sessions for the new CD and live material, including footage from the Sonisphere festival in the U.K. (used with kind permission of BlinkTV).  Described as "the band's most powerful, most atmospheric and intoxicating album to date," "We Are The Others" was helmed by producer Jacob Hellner — renowned for his work with RAMMSTEIN, CLAWFINGER and APOCALYPTICA — while the vocals were tracked with the Epicentre team of Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikström (SCORPIONS, BACKYARD BABIES).

    "Get The Devil Out Of Me" video:

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Former AFTER FOREVER and current NIGHTWISH touring singer Floor Jansen has finished recording the vocals for the second album from her REVAMP project. She says, "I am super excited and proud."  REVAMP's new CD will be released in the fall via an as-yet-undisclosed label.  An 11-minute video-clip in which members of REVAMP answer fan-submitted questions about their forthcoming second album — filmed last September — can be seen below.  REVAMP returned to the live stage in January 2012 at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands as the support act for EPICA.  Video footage of REVAMP performing a brand new song, entitled "Sins", during the concert can be seen below.  Jansen appeared at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil in November 2011 as a special guest of MAYAN, the band featuring EPICA/ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst. This marked his first live appearance since her burn-out in 2011, which forced her to put on hold all concert activities.  REVAMP's self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

    REVAMP is:

    Floor Jansen: Songwriter/Singer
    Arjan Rijnen: Guitar
    Jord Otto: Guitar
    Jaap Melman: Bass
    Ruben Wijga: Keyboards
    Matthias Landes: Drums


    "Sins" (new song) performance footage:

 

  • Blabbermouth reports according to to Greece's Rock Overdose, German power metallers GAMMA RAY have set "Empire Of The Undead" as the title of their new album, due later in the year via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.  Commented GAMMA RAY mainman Kai Hansen: "The new album will be very strong and heavy, fast and full of energy, and there are also some experiments we've tried. The two new songs that will be featured in the 'Master Of Confusion' EP, which will be released on March 15 and will be the forerunner of the new album, will be included in 'Empire Of The Undead' and will be indicative of its sound direction, and will probably include a ballad as well."  "Master Of Confusion" will be released on March 15 via earMUSIC.  In addition to the brand new title cut, "Master Of Confusion" features a second new studio track, "Empire Of The Undead", showing the heavier side of the band, with an explosion of energy and pure GAMMA RAY sound at its best.  The release is not free from tasty rarities: a brand new studio cover versions of British glam rock band SWEET ("Lost Angels" — "the reason I have joined a band many years ago," stated GAMMA RAY frontman Kai Hansen) and a hidden treasure of NWOBHM ("Death Or Glory" by HOLOCAUST).  "Master Of Confusion" is rounded off with six live versions ("The Spirit", "Wings Of Destiny", "Farewell", "Gamma Ray", "Time To Break Free" and "Insurrection", recorded in Bochum) that were already included on the Blu-ray "Skeletons & Majesties Live" but were not featured on the CD release (which included the show recorded in Pratteln).

    "Master Of Confusion" track listing:

    Side A

    01. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
    02. Master Of Confusion (new studio track)

    Side B

    03. Death Or Glory (Holocaust studio cover version)
    04. Lost Angels (Sweet studio cover version)

    Side C *

    05. The Spirit / 06. Wings Of Destiny / 07. Gamma Ray
    08. Farewell / 09. Time To Break Free / 10. Insurrection

    *Recorded live in Bochum

    "Master Of Confusion" and "Empire Of The Undead" are the first two new studio songs by GAMMA RAY to be released after the successful studio album "To The Metal!" which brought GAMMA RAY at the highest positions in the charts worldwide.  "We have been away for quite some time," declared Hansen. "We have released what we consider a very beautiful live product, 'Skeletons & Majesties Live', but we felt it was time to release some new music by the Rayz…  "Yes, we planned to have an album ready by now but deadlines are not our best friends. No, seriously, although we have already started working on the new album, we did not want to wait any longer and thought we should let the fans listen to these two new songs before the world tour with HELLOWEEN. We have also recorded cover versions of two songs we have always loved and… before anybody could say that a CD can feature more minutes of music… we are also releasing the live material recorded for the 'Skeletons' Blu-ray that could not be included on the live CD.  "OK, it's not a new album. But it's 60 minutes of music… call it the longest single in metal, if you like!"  With its 60 minutes of pure and raw GAMMA RAY, "Master Of Confusion" is a great way to wait for the new album, scheduled for the end of 2013.  GAMMA RAY always takes its music and the relationship with their fans very seriously, and the band wanted this release to be priced as a mid price mini-album.  Kai & Co. are not afraid to celebrate their peculiarity with humor and irony.  Reading the lyrics of the song "Master Of Confusion", not too many clarifications are necessary…   GAMMA RAY are indeed the masters of confusion, a trait all the fans and also the music industry had no option than to accept and appreciate. They bring chaos to other people's lives, they miss important deadlines, they reschedule the release of the desperately awaited new long player, but they never miss a show, they never let a fan down, and in a world of calculated and career-driven rock stars, they are among the few remaining honest true heavy metal heroes.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports British doom legends CATHEDRAL will release their final studio album, "The Last Spire", on April 29 via Rise Above Records. Produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings, with assistance from Jaime Gomez Arellano, the CD will feature the following track listing:

    01. Entrance To Hell
    02. Pallbearer
    03. Cathedral Of The Damned
    04. Tower Of Silence
    05. Infestation Of Grey Death
    06. An Observation
    07. The Last Laugh
    08. This Body, Thy Tomb

    And lo, Lee Dorrian, mouthpiece of CATHEDRAL for 23 years, doth solemnly intone the death rites of this mighty British metal Titan. Born in the dying days of Thatcher's Britain, bonding over then-unfashionable, obscure names like SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM, TROUBLE and DREAM DEATH, CATHEDRAL's sole ambition was to record a demo tape. In fact they revolutionised doom metal, first pushing their influences into new avenues of grinding extremity, then pioneering groovier forms of '70s-indebted stoner doom.  They've remained a reassuring and singular presence in our lives, building a rabid following worldwide with their wholly distinctive blend of rollicking British heavy metal, true doom, 70s hard rock, psych-folk, mad prog and spiky crust-punk. There was a worrying hiatus between 2005 and 2010 when some dared to wonder if CATHEDRAL were coming back at all — but they re-emerged with "The Guessing Game", an overflowing treasure chest of weird and wonderful goodies exploring new, bold variations on their craft. So when news came that CATHEDRAL really were approaching the Endtyme, it was a shock.  "Personally speaking, this is the album I've been waiting to do since the first one [CATHEDRAL's 1991 debut, 'Forest Of Equilibrium']," says Dorrian. "It almost feels like we made our second album last in some respects. We actually recorded a lot more material but decided to sacrifice many of the tracks to make the overall album feel more complete in its nihilism.  "I don't like happy endings, I never have. So many good films are ruined by happy endings and I didn't want that to be the case with CATHEDRAL. It was my dream to bring everything full circle."  CATHEDRAL recently released its first new recorded material in three years exclusively via Decibel magazine's subscriber-only Decibel Flexi Series. The song, "Vengeance Of The Blind Dead", can be heard in the flexi included in the February 2013 issue. The track is also streaming on Decibel's SoundCloud page. Limited quantities of the issue with the flexi can be ordered on DecibelMagazine.com.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports OF EARTH, a musical endeavor featuring Rob De Luca (UFO, SEBASTIAN BACH), will release its second album, "The Monarch", this spring. The CD, which will be releamade available via Lovember Records, was co-engineered by "Album Of The Year" Grammy winner Tom Camuso and mastered by Howie Weinberg. In addition to singing and playing bass on "The Monarch", Rob De Luca produced and mixed the album.  The first single from "The Monarch", entitled "Prototype", is out now and available this week for free on CD Baby. Head to this location to download the track.  De Luca will head back out on the road this month, playing bass with legendary British rockers UFO in Europe.

    OF EARTH is:

    Rob De Luca - vocals, bass
    Paul Casanova - guitar, vocals
    Rik De Luca - drums
    Matt Baram - keyboards

 

  • Blabbermouth reports German metallers FREEDOM CALL will release an anniversary album, "Ages Of Light", on April 26 in Germany, April 29 in the rest of Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer"Ages Of Light" is a best-of double album filled to the brim with 18 of the most important songs from the band's history, plus a bonus CD entitled "Masqueraded", featuring six FREEDOM CALL tracks in a new, unusual guise. The stylistic range includes folk, reggae, rockabilly, ska and swing!  "Ages Of Light" combines not only the essence of the best songs from the seven FREEDOM CALL studio recordings to date, but also marks a meeting of various former and current band members. Along with Chris Bay and guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, three different drummers can be heard on the bonus tracks: founder member Dan Zimmermann, along with his successors Klaus Sperling and Ramy Ali, whom fans know from the most recent FREEDOM CALL tour. The two bassists, Samy Saemann and original bandmember Ilker Ersin, and guitarist Cédric "Cede" Dupont, who was part of FREEDOM CALL between 2001 and 2005, are also featured.  "It was great fun to work with old and new friends alike at the studio, turning previously typical FREEDOM CALL numbers into unusual songs," Chris Bay explains, stressing that the group will commence working on a new studio album after the tour in spring 2013. "But first we want to celebrate our anniversary in style!"

    "Ages Of Light" track listing:

    CD 1 "Ages Of Light"

    01. We Are One
    02. Tears Falling
    03. Freedom Call
    04. Farewell
    05. Metal Invasion (live)
    06. Warriors
    07. Land Of Light
    08. Hunting High And Low
    09. Mr. Evil
    10. Far Away
    11. Blackened Sun
    12. Thunder God
    13. Tears Of Babylon
    14. A Perfect Day (live)
    15. Hero On Video
    16. Power & Glory
    17. Rockstars
    18. Back Into The Land Of Light

    CD 2 "Masqueraded"

    01. Metal Invasion - Metal Folk Version
    02. Mr. Evil - Melodic Reggae Version
    03. Hero on Video - Speed Ska Version
    04. Rockin' Radio - Killerbilly Version
    05. Freedom Call - Camp Fire Strumming Version
    06. Age of the Phoenix - Power Swing Version

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Multinational melodic metallers MASTERPLAN will release their new album, "Novum Initium", on April 26 via AFM Records.  The band earlier in the month filmed a video for an as-yet-undiclosed new track in the Luftverteidigungsbunker Erndtebrück, also called "Bunker Erich."  Joining drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH) are vocalist Rick Altzi (AT VANCE, SANDALINAS, THUNDERSTONE), who replaces Jorn Lande, and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS, SYMFONIA, DEVIL'S TRAIN).  Commented MASTERPLAN guitarist/leader Roland Grapow: "The last years have not been easy for MASTERPLAN. Because of several factors, we have been unable to play festivals and tours — even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now.  "I'm very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities, they both fit perfectly into our team.  "We feel a huge motivation to get things going now.  "2013 will be see a new MASTERPLAN album, several festivals and a tour! It's time to return with full force."

    MASTERPLAN's new lineup:

    Rick Altzi - vocals
    Roland Grapow - guitars
    Axel Mackenrott - keyboards
    Jari Kainulainen - bass
    Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka - drums

    Back in March 2012, Grapow revealed that he had 15 songs written for MASTERPLAN's next album. He added, "We are looking for a more powerful album this time... still with great melodies and feelings, but also with more orchestration and faster stuff again… just more metal."  In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz, Grapow stated about the status of the songwriting sessions for the next MASTERPLAN album, "This time we tried not to make demo productions, which have a poor sound — so we wanted to make really nice pre-production [recordings] which sound very close to the album sound, which is very easy [to do] in my studio now. I think we have many, many new ideas which, I guess, are a little bit more modern and more aggressive as well. So we try not to follow any trends of MASTERPLAN — I'm not saying we're reproducing the first album or the third one or the fifth one. I think we always have to try to make some surprises for the people. The 'Time To Be King' album is great, but this new album sounds a bit different again. I always want to do this, because I'm not that kind of guy who wants to make every year the same album."  On the topic of MASTERPLAN's numerous lineup changes, Grapow said, "I think it's always difficult in this band, I guess. If you see, the first album just came out after a big turbulence — leaving HELLOWEEN, Uli [Kusch, drums] and me. I think this band always needs some very bad moments to some great songs. [laughs] And it looks like MASTERPLAN, basically, is my main band, and whoever will sing and whoever will play in the band, I'm happy with. But, basically, at the moment, I'm thinking the main songwriters are Axel now and me. So whatever happens, this band will continue. It's very important for me to show that we still have the power and the ability to write beautiful melodies and some aggression and rock and metal songs. Whatever we do, we want just to make good-quality stuff."  MASTERPLAN's last CD, "Time To Be King", was released on May 21, 2010 through AFM Records. The CD's first single, "Far From The End Of The World", was issued on April 16, 2010.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports German heavy rockers PUMP have announced the addition of vocalist Oliver Weers (RIPE, D.I.M.) to the group's ranks.  A video snippet of a new PUMP song, "Tear Down The Walls", featuring Weers, can be seen below.  Commented PUMP bassist Michael Vetter: “We had many candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really good musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!"  Added guitarist Aki Reissmann: "We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Oliver Weers into the band as vocalist. Oliver has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first week of jamming with him we were able to finish the recoding of the new album, 'Waiting For The Rapture', soon. Oliver's voice add new dimensions to our sound."

    A photo of the new PUMP lineup can be seen below.



    Pictured below (left to right): Marcel "Selly" Bernhardt - Guitar, Andreas Minich - Drums, Oliver Weers - Vocals, Axel "Aki" Reissmann - Guitar, Michael Vetter - Bass

 

  • Blabbermouth reports British band DOOGIE WHITE & LA PAZ will release its sophomore album, "The Dark And The Light", on May 27 in Europe and June 4 in USA via Metal Mind Productions. The drums and most of the bass guitar parts were recorded in Gorbals Sound in Glasgow. The guitars, additional bass parts and keyboards were recorded at The Farm, owned by Chic McSherry, while the vocals were recorded at Kinman Studio in London. Mixing was done again by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios in Germany.  Commented guitarist Chic McSherry: "After 'Granite' was finished and released, I went on holiday in Mexico, near LA PAZ, actually. I was out on the Pacific Ocean for a few days and the constant thrum of the boat engine was just morphing into all sorts of noises and beats in my head. The beer probably contributed to that as well… When I got back from the trip, the earworms just wouldn't go away, so I eventually called Doogie and said, 'I got some ideas, man. I think I will make up a couple of demos.' To my surprise, he immediately said, 'Yeah. Why not? Send them down when you're ready and I'll take a listen.' I started to record the basic framework ideas and emailed them to Doogie as I finished them, and he kept coming back and saying, 'Yep. That's good, what else you got?' Over three weeks, I wrote 11 pieces of music, 10 of which have made it onto 'The Dark And The Light'. After Doogie and I had agreed which ones we would work on further, the demos then went to the other flying LA PAZ brothers and they immediately started adding their unique and distinctive styles and ideas to them to bring the final work together.  "This is the real heart of the thing for me. I have no ambition to be judged amongst the virtuoso guitar players out there, many of whom Doogie has worked with and is still working with on other projects. I have no illusions about where I stand next to those guys, many of whom are my heroes! I have just been lucky enough to write a lot of songs with Doogie, songs that we both really enjoy and are proud of, and then we get to play them with the great musicians in LA PAZ. I guess that if you believe that music is an art form, you could think of me as the guy who makes the canvas upon which others can create some magic!  "'Granite' was a great album for us to do, but in a lot of ways we were playing music that we already knew really well. This was much more of an exploration of new territories for everyone and we all have had SUCH a blast putting it together."  Added Doogie: "Chic is very driven, creatively and emotionally, and I get bored when I am not working. It therefore makes for the most wonderful combination for us to write songs together.  "I personally never thought that LA PAZ would never record another album. I knew we had at least another one in us. It's a natural thing we have. Chic knows, I know, and together we both know that between us we can write a song or two. Then when you add in the solid foundation of Big Al and Wee Paul, it's all there. Of course 'Posh Boy' Andy has his part to play on the keyboards to make it really become LA PAZ.  "Chic's songs for this album have 'traditional' LA PAZ influences, but we are older and more travelled and his ideas outwit the great traditions of what LA PAZ should sound like, shines a new light on the music we write. It was challenging for us both to write it, but we knew what we needed. For some people, a few of the songs may be challenging and unexpected, both musically and lyrically. But that's the joy of LA PAZ.  "We came from nothing and we may return to nothing, but the road we ventured on has been so satisfying and creative. We may even send each other Christmas cards this year!  "I think we have made ourselves proud with this record. 'Granite' was easier, as it was taking old ideas and revamping them. Then we added some twists on the new songs. 'The Dark And The Light' is different, but when all five of us are working together like that, it fair brings a smile to one's face."  LA PAZ was formed in Lanarkshire, Scotland in the summer of 1984 by Chic McSherry (guitar), Doogie White (vocals) and Alex Carmichael (bass). At the first rehearsal together, they hit it off immediately on a personal level. They also liked the same music and they had the same influences and heroes (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, JOURNEY, Gary Moore) so they started to recruit other members to try to form a band and go do some gigs. Andy Mason (keyboards) joined the trio and he fitted in from the start, even though he was still at school when he joined. Drummers were always a problem, and, over the life of the band, LA PAZ went through almost as many as SPINAL TAP. Unquestionably the loudest and the most accomplished was/is their current drummer, Paul McManus. LA PAZ played live regularly, sometimes playing up to a hundred gigs in a year. They appeared at the world-famous Marquee Club in London as well as at some festivals in Milton Keynes and they were featured regularly in Kerrang! (Derek Oliver becoming a big fan of the band) and attracted interest from a number of U.K. and U.S. record companies, finally agreeing terms with one of them for a three-album deal. But it was not to be — for reasons which were never explained by the record label, the deal fell through at the very last minute. Sadly, the band didn't survive for very long after that. They did their last gig on October 15, 1988 and then Doogie moved to London to join MIDNITE BLUE, RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW, CORNERSTONE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and now the mighty TANK. And then legendary DJ Tom Russell of 96.3 Rock Radio called Doogie and asked him if he would do some acoustic numbers at The Garage in Glasgow for Rock Radio's birthday bash in January 2008. Doogie agreed and asked Chic to play guitar. Almost 1000 people attended, with Doogie singing alone and Chic with one flamenco guitar!  "We had such a blast though and it woke up so many great memories in both of us that we decided to give it a go with the full band for my 50th birthday," said Chic.  And so the full band started to rehearse and it was clear that they could still play a bit. The band just gelled: just like old times and the gigs were a terrific success. And so the idea of re-recording some of the favourites from the set that had never had a proper production job was conceived. The final result could be heard on the album "Granite", released on February 13, 2012 in Europe and March 6, 2012 in USA. It was an album with its roots in the past but its energy in the present.

    DOOGIE WHITE & LA PAZ is:

    Doogie White - Vocals
    Chic McSherry - Guitar
    Alex Carmichael - Bass
    Andy Mason - Keyboards
    Paul McManus - Drums

 

  • Blabbermouth reports New York death metal veterans IMMOLATION have set "Kingdom Of Conspiracy" as the title of their ninth full-length album. The follow-up to 2010's "Majesty And Decay" will be released on May 14 in North America, both digitally and physically, via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).
    "We are really looking forward to getting the new CD out there to the fans," commented IMMOLATION guitarist Robert Vigna. "I don't think they are going to know what hit them after they hear this one! 'Kingdom Of Conspiracy' is one intense and miserably dark record!" For photos of the band in the studio, click here.  Catch the band on the Decibel Magazine Tour this spring with CANNIBAL CORPSE and NAPALM DEATH.   Asked if he agrees with the opinion that the divide between death and black metal is artificial and that these styles are simply two sides of the same coin, IMMOLATION bassist/vocalist Ross Dolan told MetalSerbia.com, "I think so. Because if you really look at it, we all came from the same roots. We were all inspired by the same bands. If you talk to us, and you talk to MARDUK, and you talk to, maybe, the IMMORTAL guys, you talk to AVERSE SEFIRA, whoever you talk to, we all were inspired by the same bands. It's just different interpretations. We took that and we all went in our own directions. But it's all extreme metal, it's all very dark. I've heard people say that we kind of crossed the boundaries between death metal and black metal. If you had to put us in a genre, I would consider us definitely death metal, but I can see where we would appeal to black metal [fans], because our sound is very unorthodox for death metal, definitely very dissonant, very dark, and very bleak. So I totally understand that connection, and I agree with that. I think we all came from the same starting point, so it makes sense."  "Majesty And Decay", was released in March 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 29 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.

 

 

  • Loudwire reports Mark Tremonti talks Alter Bridge, future solo project plans and more

 

 

  • Loudwire reports Lamb of God book first 2013 show at Spain’s Resurrection Festival

 

  • Loudwire reports Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix on making "The Connection," sober living and more

 

 

 

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock reports Hawkwind founder Nik Turner to perform legendary "Space Ritua"’ album live in Los Angeles

 

 

 

  • Diffuser reports Mumford and Sons and Adele are clearing space for more trophies after cleaning up at the 2013 BRIT Awards  Read more at Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME Read about the performances at NME Read more about Adele at NME

 

  • Diffuser reports recent Grammy winner Frank Ocean is pairing up with Depeche Mode‘s Martin L. Gore on a track read more at NME

 

  • Classic Rock reports Australian Pink Floyd show to play Jodrell Bank

 

 

  • Classic Rock reports Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn guests on Rage Of Angels debut

 

  • Noisecreep posts Frankie Banali, fiancée discuss upcoming Quiet Riot documentary.  Read more at Blabbermouth

 

  • Noisecreep posts South Korean Heavy Metal: 10 bands you should check out

 

  • Noisecreep posts Danny Diablo, "Lethal Aggression" video

 

  • Noisecreep reports Davey Havok, "Pop Kids": AFI frontman to release debut novel

 

  • Rolling Stone posts hear readers' 10 favorite Foo Fighters songs

 

 

  • Rolling Stone posts a flashback: Axl Rose joins the Rolling Stones for "Salt of the Earth"

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts official making-of footage of "Sacrifice" from Saxon

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the third "Power & Volume" trailer from Free Fall 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the "Fast Loud Death" track-by-track breakdown part 2 from Lost Society

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the trailer for "More Than One Way Home" from Voodoo Circle

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the third episode of "Tracking The Trade" from Mary Zimmer and VK Lynne

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the first "Darkness Unbound" studio reports from Demonica

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts new music videos from Humanity Delete "Frozen Apparition" and Fen "A Long Line Final"

 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage from Slash joined by Michael Monroe in Helsinki

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