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4/21/2013

  • Blabbermouth reports on April 20, the title track and first single from MEGADETH's new album, "Super Collider", was premiered on Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio metal show. The song will be released digitally on April 23 via iTunes.  The "Super Collider" album is scheduled for a June 4 release via MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, which is distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Horn player Bob Findley — who previously appeared on the track "Silent Scorn" from MEGADETH's 2001 CD, "The World Needs A Hero" — is a featured guest on the song "A House Divided" on the new album. Other tracks set to appear on the effort include "Forget To Remember", "Dance In The Rain", "The Blackest Crow", "Burn", "King Maker" and "Don't Turn Your Back", a snippet of which can be streamed at MegadethGame.com.  In a recent interview with the "Shockwaves"/"HardRadio" podcast, Mustaine stated about the "Super Collider" title track and cover artwork: "I was up in Santa Barbara, and USA Today, as a newspaper, I started reading a long time ago because it had Sudoku in it. I'm not really down with a lot of the viewpoints of the newspaper, but I kind of got used to reading it because of the puzzles in it — 'cause I love word puzzles; I like to enrich my word power. And there was a story in there about how they finally had identified the mass that goes around the molecules and stuff; it's called the Higgs Boson and we had done that with the Super Collider. And I thought, 'Wow, that's a really cool story.' Actually, the stuff's called the 'God particle.' And I thought, knowing how closed-minded people are with my faith and thinking that that's gonna change who I am as a person — which it did — and that that would also correlate into changing my guitar playing, which it didn't, I didn't wanna have a song called 'God Particle', because every village has its idiots, and unfortunately for me, a bunch of them follow me on the Internet. So we opted to call it 'Super Collider'. And this first song is kind of, like, a song about no matter how bad things get, come with me, we'll take the high road and we'll hang out and have a great time and we'll stick together until the end of the world, so to speak, when the world explodes like a Super Collider. Because the whole theory of the super collider is atoms swirling into one another at millions of miles an hour, I guess. I love the concept, I love the artwork that we have for this record — it's the Hadron Collider, and that is a remarkable machine. And if you look at the Super Collider, the thing itself — whether it does a damn bit of good or not, nobody really knows; I don't know how it's gonna correlate to lowering gas prices or anything like that, or getting people to stop trying to run everybody's lives right now and the dumbing down of America… But it's really cool if you look at how big it is. A lot of pictures on the 'Net will show this enormous machinery and guys the size of ants next to it. And the one picture that we used for our cover was, like I said, the Hadron Collider and it's just beautiful stuff, man. Science is really interesting. I mean, I don't believe in evolution, I believe in creation, so science only goes so far with me, but I really dig looking at that whole way that's set up with the tubing and the piping and the reactors and all the stuff that goes along with it. You have to see it for yourself."  "Super Collider" is MEGADETH's first release since its recent split with Roadrunner Records.  Read more at Loudwire

 

  • Blabbermouth reports former KROKUS drummer Dani Crivelli has died. The band says in a statement: "Our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."  A native of Solothurn, Switzerland, Dani (far left in photo below) joined KROKUS in 1987, replacing Jeff Klaven. Dani appeared on the group's 1988 LP, "Heart Attack", which included such staples like "Rock'n'Roll Tonight" and "Winning Man"KROKUS' 17th studio album, "Dirty Dynamite", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 17. This marked the first time in KROKUS' history that the band has landed in the Top 20 of the German chart.  Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Noisecreep

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar lesson videos with L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns.

    At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by Tracii Guns:

    * "Early L.A. Guns" (Sex Action, No Mercy)
    * "Jimmy Page Esque/One Four Five"
    * "Must Know Blues Licks In A"
    * "Must Know Blues Licks In A" (Part 2)
    * "Never Enough"
    * "Ted Nugent/Joe Walsh Esque"
    * "Ballad Of Jayne"
    * "Tracii's Home Studio" (John Bonham Drum Sounds, Busing Tracks, Condenser Microphones)
    * "Tracii's Home Studio" (Tuning Drums)
    * "Tracii's Home Studio" (Recording Drums With One Microphone)
    * "Tracii's Home Studio" (Recording Bass)
    * "Tracii's Home Studio" (Abbey Road Brilliance Control Plug In, Tape Echo On Guitar Solos)
    * "Tracii's Style" (Early Influences, Hybrid Picking)

    "Jimmy Page Esque/One Four Five" can be viewed in Flash and Quicktime HD format at this location.

    PlayThisRiff.com is owned and operated by Bob Balch from FU MANCHU.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports THE WINERY DOGS, the new project featuring Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG) and Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), will kick off its world tour by playing two shows in Japan this summer: July 16 in Osaka and July 17 in Tokyo. Dates for the rest of the world will be announced soon.  Due on May 15 in Japan via Victor Entertainment, THE WINERY DOGS' debut album was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: "I'm really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course Mike annihilated on drums. [It's a] really cool, unique record."  Regarding how THE WINERY DOGS got its name, Portnoy said: "It was Richie's name. We had a list of about 50 names. I had about 10 that I preferred over THE WINERY DOGS, but you know, when you're in a band, you have to give and take and choose your battles, and Richie really, really loved this band name. So, you know, it was, like, 'OK.' A name is a name. If you feel that strongly about it, then go for it. So that's who we are."  At the end of 2011, Portnoy and Sheehan tapped Kotzen to be the guitarist/vocalist of their new project following the departure of John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY).  Although Portnoy and Sykes demoed a dozen or so songs at a Los Angeles studio in 2011, their vastly different work ethics and conflicting schedules were solely to blame for the dissolution of their collaboration.  During an interview that aired on the July 13, 2012 edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Portnoy said, "I love John personally, and we get along great — he's a sweetheart of a guy — but I need to keep moving. I can't sit still and kind of wait to make an album over the next three years, I need to put things on the calendar and move forward and get them done, and John's kind of just a 'wait, wait, wait' guy. Sadly, it kind of just stopped in its tracks, and Billy and I said, 'Look, let's do something.' And you [Eddie] were the one, actually, that suggested Richie Kotzen and I thought it was a brilliant suggestion, because he's an unbelievably underrated talent, not only [as] a guitar player but a phemonal singer, and just an amazing songwriter and artist. I think people just kind of lump him, or write him off as the guy that was with POISON and MR. BIG. I think they have no idea what he's really capable of."  When asked to describe the musical direction of the project, Portnoy said, "It's a classic-rock kind of power-trio sound. If you picture the classic-rock bands of… the classic ones — [LED] ZEPPELIN, CREAM, [JIMI] HENDRIX, GRAND FUNK [RAILROAD] — if you take that classic-rock power-trio sound of the early '70s, and then you sprinkle it on top with some of the modern kind of sounds of SOUNDGARDEN and ALICE IN CHAINS or BLACK CROWES or LENNY KRAVITZ… It's in that vein; it's kind of a [mixture] of all of those bands. But on top of it all you've got the phenomenal playing that Richie and Billy do, and I could play a couple of things on the drums as well [chuckles], so... And all three of us are singing — Richie is the lead vocalist, obviously, but me and Billy are also singing."

 

  • Blabbermouth reports some of the names may have changed, but Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE are back in full force to reclaim their position as one of the heaviest and most hard-hitting bands ever. And don't call it a comeback, because these guys just took a break... to gather their strength and focus on what's important.  Joining CARNAL FORGE's founding guitarist Jari Kuusisto in the band's current lineup is Jens C. Mortensen (vocals), who sang on CF's latest full-length album, 2007's "Testify For My Victims", along with longtime members Lars Lindén (bass) and Petri Kuusisto (lead guitar) and the group's latest addition, drummer Lawrence Dinamarca (LOCH VOSTOK, BLEEDING UTOPIA).  CARNAL FORGE is currently working on two brand new song at Petri Kuusisto's Studio SoundPeaQ in Sala, Sweden.

    CARNAL FORGE 2013 is:

    Jens C. Mortensen - Vocals
    Petri Kuusisto - Lead Guitar
    Jari Kuusisto - Rhythm Guitar
    Lars Lindén - Bass
    Lawrence Dinamarca - Drums

    "Testify For My Victims" was released in the U.S. in May 2007 via Candlelight Records.

 

  • Blabbermouth reports Italian symphonic death metallers FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE are working on their third full-length album at 16th Cellar Studio with producer Stefano Morabito. "We are tracking guitars now, and the result is amazing," says guitarist/vocalist Cristiano Trionfera. "Stefano is nailing it and we know the album will sound incredibly powerful." For this album the band also used a collaboration of very talented guests, which contributed in making this record a unique piece of art.  Adds guitarist/vocalist Tommaso Riccardi: "The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticulous research, we managed to create a metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We're sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are."  "It's difficult to recap in a few words all the elements contained in our new work, but we are sure this will absolutely be THE album for us," elaborates drummer Francesco Paoli. "We have spent a lot of time composing these new songs and, even if recordings are not finished yet, we can firmly declare that this material is simply incredible, more mature and definitely a huge step forward from all our previous works. Epic complex harmony, sophisticated touching melodies, a true vocal aggression, photonic grooves and back to articulated riffing... these are just few things you will find in this album. It's fucking quality music, you will see."  FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE's as-yet-untitled third album is tentatively due in August via Nuclear Blast Records.  The band's second full-length CD, "Agony", was released in August 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort's intricate cover design was handled by Marco Hasmann, who previously worked with the band on the "Mafia" and "Oracles" releases.

 

  • Loudwire reports Rachael Becker on creating guitar straps for Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler

 

 

 

  • Ultimate Classic Rock reports Jeff Lynne on possible touring: "I Haven’t Given Up the Idea of Doing It"

 

  • Classic Rock posts a new video and free download from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

 

  • NME reports Sharon Osbourne agrees £2million return to X Factor?

 

  • Blabbermouth posts video of Kings Of Chaos performing Guns N' Roses, Deep Purple and Def Leppard classics

 

  • Blabbermouth posts the documentary of three-robot band Compressorhead at Musikmesse

 

  • Blabbermouth posts behind-the-scenes video of Sonata Arctica in Mexico City 

 

  • Blabbermouth posts more studio video footage from Deathdestruction

 


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