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- Sharon Osbourne revealed to Howard Stern on Wednesday (December 11th) that she was lying about having had vaginal rejuvenation surgery during a recent appearance on the Graham Norton Show. She explained, "I made it up just to be flippant. I have not had it done…I made it up. I swear on my children's lives that I made it up just to be flippant. How could I do that after I've had so much ill health? Now I'm not gonna start putting scaffolding up my vagina."
- Blabbermouth reports METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett presents "Unfit For Human Consumption", the brand new video from reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS. Check it out below. CARCASS is one of several bands who will perform at Hammett's first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEviL, which will take place February 6-8, 2014 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. Visit www.FEARFESTEviL.com for the latest information on horror's newest and coolest fan convention. CARCASS' new album, "Surgical Steel", sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16 in the U.K., September 13 in the rest of Europe and September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in CARCASS' current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). Decibel magazine's third cross-country domination — set to take place next spring — will feature CARCASS alongside melodeath powerhouse THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, technical death metal heroes GORGUTS and emerging death/thrash squad NOISEM. The third time's the harm, as CARCASS — the Liverpool legends responsible for "Surgical Steel", Decibel's number one album of 2013 — embark upon their first sustained domestic tour in five years. The 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour will fester across North America for 21 putrefying dates, once again seamlessly integrating the past, present and future of extreme music. Ever-acerbic CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker finds it difficult to contain his enthusiasm. "This is possibly the unsexiest Decibel Tour lineup yet," he quips. "We're all bringing the 'girth' back to the U.S., along with gray hair and sensible footwear. But it's the music that matters, right? Just close your eyes and think of England. If that fails, think of Tampa." There will be a number of VIP premium packages available in each market, providing you with a T-shirt, poster, "Skip the Line" pass and free digital sampler from Nuclear Blast. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports although the year is winding down, the music keeps rockin' at AXS TV especially on Sunday, December 29 when DEF LEPPARD takes over the network providing exclusive commentary throughout the day's 12 hours of concerts, including the broadcast premiere of the "Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria" concert at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. Famous for rock classics such as "Rock Of Ages", "Love Bites" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me", the award-winning band released the concert film "Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria" nationwide in theaters last October but now, fans will be able to watch it for the first time on broadcast TV. Filmed earlier this year at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the concert includes a full, front-to-back, live performance of the 12-time platinum album "Hysteria", along with many of the band's greatest hits. Viewers will hear firsthand from DEF LEPPARD members Rick Savage (bass), Joe Elliott (vocals), Rick Allen (drums), Phil Collen (guitar, vocals) and Vivian Campbell (guitar), as they provide behind-the-scenes commentary about their "Hysteria" album in custom interstitial wraps throughout the marathon. "Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria" is part of a marathon dubbed "Day Of Hysteria" that also includes the broadcast premiere of "Cheap Trick At Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance - Live From The El Rey Theatre" at 9:35 p.m. ET (6:35 p.m. PT). AXS TV was on hand to film this historic concert shot at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre last April. The Grammy Award-winning band performed the identical set they previously played at their legendary show in Budokan, Japan, in 1978. The album, "Cheap Trick At Budokan", catapulted the band to super stardom with such hit singles as "I Want You to Want Me" and "Ain't That A Shame". In addition to these two network premieres, the "Day Of Hysteria" marathon also features other concerts such as NEW YORK DOLLS, "Bon Jovi - Lost Highway"; "Sammy Hagar And Friends"; and "Kiss Monster World Tour: Live From Europe". Singer Joe Elliott shed some light DEF LEPPARD's recent Vegas residency at the 4,000-capacity Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, telling The Pulse Of Radio, "We've been asked for many years if we'd ever play an album in its entirety, and the answer was always no because we'd be out promoting a new album. Then in March and April 2013 when we had no new music to promote, we had a chance to revisit arguably our most important album. It was an easy decision to make." He went on to say that the stigma involved in rock musicians playing "Sin City" has long passed: "As for Vegas, it's no longer perceived as the place crooners go to die! Artists like MÖTLEY CRÜE, ELTON JOHN, GUNS N' ROSES and CHEAP TRICK have recently done residencies and rock n' roll has definitely moved in! So, there was no better place for us to take the show. It was a fantastic experience for us and for our fans." Read more at Rolling Stone and Billboard
- Blabbermouth reports ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel — whose other credits include Vivian Campbell, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, SIXX: A.M. and IMPELLITTERI — will enter the studio on Monday, December 16 to begin tracking songs for DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell's forthcoming solo record. Sobel is a member of Campbell's club band, SIR SODOFF & THE TRAINWRECKS, which can be seen playing shows around the Los Angeles area. Campbell revealed via his Facebbok page that he is making a rock record which will contain "lots of guitar." He adds: "I intend to sing [on the album]. However, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages." Joining Campbell and Sobel in the studio for the making of his new solo album is bassist Lou Castro.
Sobel has also tracked drums for the upcoming Alice Cooper covers record which is due out in 2014. A collection of classic tunes, it will feature a variety of yet-to-be disclosed special guests. Cooper will resume touring next year, including a confirmed Sweden Rock Festival headline appearance on June 5, 2014.
Drum-cam footage of Sobel's solo from the Cooper band's August 2013 performance in Slupsk, Poland can be seen below.
- Blabbermouth reports film producer Scott Lynch is working on a documentary about legendary rock bassist Jimmy Bain (DIO, RAINBOW, LAST IN LINE). A video announcement in which Bain and Lynch detail the crowdfunding campaign to complete the project can be seen below. LAST IN LINE is the band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB. LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on. Campbell's former SWEET SAVAGE bandmate Ray Haller filled in for Bain at LAST IN LINE's October 20 performance at the Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. Bain was arrested in August 2012 in Burbank, California on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. The 65-year-old musician caused a collision, failed a subsequent a field sobriety test and was found to be in possession of Vicodin pills without a valid prescription. Bain, who had an outstanding felony warrant for drugs, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, possessing narcotic pills and the warrant.
- Blabbermouth reports ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the new project from longtime friends Frank Bello of ANTHRAX and David Ellefson of MEGADETH, will release its self-titled EP on January 14. The two bassists began writing music together while traveling the world during clinics now known as "Metal Masters". "What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together," says Ellefson. "Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It's exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank's singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities." "We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn't expect from us — which is what ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE is," adds Bello.
"Altitudes & Attitude" track listing:
01. Booze & Cigarettes
02. Tell The World
03. Here Again
Listen to an advanced preview at this location.
"Altitudes & Attitude" EP recording credits:
Frank Bello - lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar
David Ellefson – 4-, 5- and 8-string bass guitars, rhythm guitars
Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE) - drums and percussion
Special guest: Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) - lead guitar on "Here Again" Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports the new SLAYER biography "Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff And Dave Years…" is now available in paperback, exclusively via Amazon.com. The full-length book features 59 chapters, 400 footnotes, 3 appendices (e-book, 2 in the paperback), 11 illustrations, and 33 photos by photographers including Harald Oimoen of "Murder In The Front Row" renown. Artwork includes Jeff Hanneman's stick-figure diagram for the "Live Undead" picture disc and lost sketches by "Live Undead"/"Hell Awaits" illustrator Albert Cuellar, who was later an integral part of the Museum Of Modern Art's third-most-popular exhibit ever. The paperback includes a full index. The e-book has been No. 1 at the Amazon Kindle Store's Hot New Releases chart for nine days straight. It has been No. 1 on the Kindle Store's Popular Culture chart for 7 of the last eight days (No. 1 for the past three). Steven Blush, the author and filmmaker behind "American Hardcore", writes: "D.X. Ferris' engrossing 'Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff And Dave Years' tells the real story behind the greatest modern metal band's most crucial era. Enter to the realm of Satan!" David Konow, author of "Reel Terror" and the metal history "Bang Your Head", says: "The biography the band has always deserved… A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no SLAYER fan should be without."
The timely book spans from the members' boyhood days to its just-wrapped old-school tour. It concludes with a photo taken November 20, 2013 at Pittsburgh's Stage AE. Its full title is "Slayer 66 & 2/3: The Jeff & Dave Years, A Metal Band Biography. From Birth To Reborn, Including Slaytanic Profiles, A New History Of The Thrash Metal Kings' Early Days, ‘Reign In Blood' Tours, A European Invasion, The Palladium Riot, The Seat Cushion Chaos Concert, The Whole Diabolical Discography, Newly Unearthed Details From Dave Lombardo's Turbulent History With The Band, Artwork And Photos You've Probably Never Seen Before, Jeff Hanneman's Hard Times, The Big Four's Big Year, Lombardo's Final Exit, The Top 11 Hanneman Tributes, The Mosh Memorial Service, Untold Stories, Updates, Relevant Digressions, And More Scenes From The Abyss". The first six and a half chapters can be read at the Kindle book's Amazon.com page. Author D.X. Ferris is an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter Of The Year. He began writing the project shortly after the band and drummer Dave Lombardo parted ways for the third time, in February 2013. After guitarist Jeff Hanneman's unexpected death in May 2013, it turned into a career-spanning look at the classic lineup's ups, downs, hiatuses, and final dissolution. The book combines original interviews and extensive archival stories to reevaluate the band's early days, controversial episodes, Hanneman's untimely demise, and Lombardo's multiple splits with the group. Ferris recently discussed the book on "The Classic Metal Show" with host Chris Akin. Both versions of the biography are available exclusively available via Amazon worldwide. The e-book that can be read on any smart phone, tablet, or computer that can run the free Kindle app. For a limited time, the electronic version costs $6.66 (U.S.). The 320-page paperback is temporarily priced at $16.66, but an introductory discount has further reduced the price to $14.99. The book ships free with orders over $35. Says Ferris: "If any other press published this book, they would have stretched it into 400 pages, printed a hardback, charged an extra $15, and made you wait a year for a paperback. As a fan, I hate it when people do that to books I want. We're keeping the price down." For more information, visit www.SlayerBio.com.
- Blabbermouth reports Fuse spoke to SLAYER members Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass, vocals) and Paul Bostaph (drums) prior to the band's November 27 concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. You can now watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On Kerry King's appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show the day of Jeff Hanneman's death (May 2) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where he said that Hanneman would have wanted "noise" rather than a moment of silence and then drank two shots in his bandmate's honor: Kerry: "The Internet is a good and a bad thing, as we all know. And I remember when I did the [Revolver Golden Gods] award show the night Jeff died. And I actually — which I don't usually do; I don't usually go look up things — but I looked up on YouTube, because I was a mess and I wanted to see how I did, really, see what I said. I was up there presenting [an award] with Zakk [Wylde], and I scrolled down a little bit and people were really giving me shit because I didn't show enough sorrow, I wasn't exuding condolence. And my only thought to that is, I'm, like, 'You don't know me. You don't know how I mourn, and you're judging me from a fucking computer. Get over yourself. That's ridiculous.' "I'm, like, 'What am I am gonna do?' 'What would Jeff wanna do?' 'What would Jeff wanna have done?' 'If the ghost of Jeff is sitting over there, how am I gonna impress him?' And that's what I came up with. It's an award show; it's not a funeral, it's not anything like that. "Did the day suck? Damn sure it sucked. I did what I thought was the best thing I can do to give Jeff a little… I don't know… Make people enjoy the fact that he gave us 30 years of great stuff." On returning to the road so soon after Jeff Hanneman's passing: Tom: "Three weeks after Jeff passed, we were out on the road. It's all about... You've got contractual obligations, so you can't really just… you can't really drop the ball. "We've been at this for a fucking long time; 33 years is a long time to be doing what we do. It's not something you really think about. 30 years later you just find yourself sitting here talking to you, thinking time sure flies." Kerry: "[People say] 'It's not SLAYER without Jeff.' 'It's not SLAYER without [drummer] Dave [Lombardo].' If you shut your eyes and went out there and listened, you wouldn't know the difference. And that's as good as I can present SLAYER; it sounds just the same. You don't notice who's not there if you're not watching. And I think that's as good as you can do it, really. It's not work to do SLAYER; it's work being good enough." On paying homage to Jeff on stage: Tom: "Me and Jeff, we always worked really well together, which was really, really cool, and I think that that's… I'm gonna miss that." Kerry: "I think every show we've done since May, we've had his Hanneman guitar on stage, we've got the Hanneman backdrop for the last couple of tunes. There was a video that Tom put together that went over in the last song or two when we were in South America [on] video screens and stuff." Tom: "I wanted to do more [to honor Jeff], I was hoping to do more. But the nature of the business… The management gets involved in anything we do, and they fucked it up. I'm throwing them under the bus, and it realy upset me, 'cause it would have been more than just that." Kerry: "We'll probably be doing that for awhile, because I think it helps the fans deal with it as well. 'Cause it's not just us; I mean, he touched tons of people." Tom: "But in all honesty, we pay homage to him every fucking night we play. 'Cause every fucking song on this setlist was written by Jeff, and every fucking song that we ever play in our lifetime, 99 percent of the songs we play are Jeff, all influenced by Jeff, written, musically or/and lyrically, by Jeff. So every night we pay homage to him, and we celebrate his music. So… I think that says a lot. "You know… I lost a good friend."
- Blabbermouth reports SLAYER's manager Rick Sales has released a statement clarifying reports that the band was seeking a new label home and was no longer working with American Recordings, the label headed up by SLAYER's longtime supporter and one-time producer Rick Rubin. SLAYER guitarist Kerry King has stated in several recent interviews that the band was currently without a label and was in process of negotiating a new record deal. Furthermore, SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya added fuel to speculation that the group was planning on leaving American for good when he revealed in an interview with Fuse that he recently tried reaching out to Rubin but has not yet heard back from him. Sales' statement regarding SLAYER's label situation reads as follows: "With Jeff's [Hanneman, SLAYER's founding guitarist] tragic passing and SLAYER's eventual hectic touring schedule over the past several months, there has been a bit of mutual 'holding off' on jumping into any new long-term recording commitment, but we would like to clarify the comments that Tom and Kerry made in the Fuse interview. "It is true that SLAYER is currently out of contract, as they delivered their final required album to American Recordings some time ago. Rick Rubin began a new distribution agreement with Universal last year and American/Universal absolutely has made a significant proposal to re-sign the band. "Both parties had been in substantial negotiation over that proposal at the time of Jeff's passing; and in fairness to everyone, a little space has been given on all sides in terms of closing any new deal. "We are excited about the possibility of re-signing with Rick Rubin's venture, and are also considering several other options that have been presented since the previous long-term contract with American expired. "The band has been taking much needed time to regroup and consider their various options for the future, and looks forward to a new beginning, wherever that may be." SLAYER is tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in early 2014 to begin recording its new album. Joining King and Araya during the sessions will be returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo earlier in the year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Hanneman on tour for the past three years. Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Guitar World magazine's January 2014 issue includes a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature on SEPULTURA's Andreas Kisser, who discusses the band's lengthy new album title, filling in for ANTHRAX's Scott Ian during the "Big Four"'s European tour dates, and his experience auditioning for METALLICA as James Hetfleld's temporary replacement (on guitar only) while James recovered from being burned onstage back in 1992. Asked if he has any regrets about the way things went down with guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera leaving the band in 1996 and whether he would ever consider playing in a band with Max and Igor Cavalera (former SEPULTURA drummer) again, Kisser said: "To talk about regrets is weird. You learn from all the stuff that happens in your life, especially from the mistakes and all the fucked-up things that happen. You really have to let the anger go and think reasonably to resolve things. So I have no regrets. "I know it was really hard for us to keep everything in place at that time. A lot of stuff was happening and we were growing very fast Max and Gloria [Max's wife and SEPULTURA's then-manager] were marrled with kids, and she was always on the road with us. She was more like a tour manager than a manager, and that really got in the way of how SEPULTURA always was: four guys going everywhere in the world and doing stuff. That's why we never had problems on the stage or inside the practice room, because nobody went in there except us four. That was our sacred place where we managed to put all the problems away and really jam and enjoy. So everything was kind of a mess, and after we said that we wanted to replace Gloria with another manager, Max basically said fuck off and left. With the band he formed, SOULFLY, he basically just kept the same structure that we took 10 years to build — recording in the same studio where we did 'Roots', using the same producer, the same mixer... everything. "For us, we really had no choice but to start from scratch and find a new manager and new singer. But like I said, you learn from those bad moments and from struggle. We have such a great structure now, with great people working with us — a great label and a great album. Sometimes when one door closes, 10 more open. And to play with them agaln — who knows? That's not my plan. There's nothing in place for that to happen." In a recent interview with RockMusicStar, Max stated about his split with SEPULTURA: "My only options were, at that time, to stay with them and do what they wanted me to do, which was fire Gloria, which I thought was the wrong thing to do, or me leaving. And I was left with no choice, so I ended up just leaving it. I had faith in myself that I would do something else. I didn't know exactly what it was, what I was going to do right away. It took six months to get SOULFLY going. But, I knew in my heart, I always want to make music and I was going to continue making music, and I was going to try my hardest to make whatever band I was going to make next be as powerful as it could be. I'm, you know, in a way, kind of now looking at how it turned out. I'm actually really happy, because, I think maybe, if I would have stayed with SEPULTURA, maybe it wouldn't have been that good, you know? Maybe it would have been too hard to maintain the high-caliber quality that we were used to in all the SEPULTURA records. And SOULFLY is really great for me, because it's really a freedom band that I can do all kinds of stuff that I like to do with metal. I like metal to be different; I like to push the boundaries of metal. I like to bring all world music themes, I like to do all these guest songs, and SOULFLY lets me do all of that. So, in a way, I think it was a blessing in disguise that I ended up leaving SEPULTURA." He continued: "Everybody that knows what's going on knows that that band is actually taken hostage by Andreas, by guys that weren't even there in the beginning. They were not there in the beginning. SEPULTURA was formed by me and Igor, it had all different people. Paulo [Xisto Pinto Jr., bass] and Derrick [Green, current SEPULTURA vocalist] are not former band members; they are not original band members. The way I see it, they took the band hostage, and they are just using the name, promoting themselves. But they're dragging the name down, because they're getting less and less popular, and I don't really hear anything good about their records. So, it's like, to me, I don't really care what they do. You know, for me there's always the classic SEPULTURA that I love. I think we did some amazing records, but it's all in the past. Pick up a copy of the Guitar World issue at your nearest newsstand or order it online at this location.
- Blabbermouth reports Napalm Records has announced the signing of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. The thrash metal outfit, which released the critically acclaimed and universally praised albums "Inflikted" and "Blunt Force Trauma" through Roadrunner Records, has found a new home at the Austrian label. The band revolving around the legendary brothers Max and Igor Cavalera — both founding members of SEPULTURA — is currently working on its as-yet-untitled third studio effort. Metal fans can expect another groundbreaking and innovative record that will shake the foundations of the music scene! "I am so excited that CAVALERA CONSPIRACY has signed with Napalm Records," says Max. "This is gonna be our third album and it's going to be a brutal grindcore style. I am already working on the riffs, and it is going to come out next year. Get ready to be brutalized by CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and Napalm Records!" "I am very excited to record the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY record," adds Igor. "Me and Max have been planning this for a while, and all I can say is that it will be a 'brutal' record. Also I'm super proud to join Napalm Records, home of lots of amazing artists." "Blunt Force Trauma" sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 122 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's debut CD, "Inflikted", opened with 9,000 units to enter the chart at No. 72. "Blunt Force Trauma" was once again tracked with ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, who co-produced the LP with Max. Logan also mixed the effort.
- Blabbermouth reports after more than 10 years on hiatus, veteran rock band GUARDIAN has returned to the music scene with a new record, "Almost Home", and brand new rock single entitled "The Real Me", which will be released through digital music outlets on December 13. More than two years in the making, the "Almost Home" project reunites all original GUARDIAN members: vocalist Jamie Rowe, guitarist Tony Palacios, bassist David Bach, and drummer Karl Ney. The album was produced by veteran guitarist Jamey Perrenot (LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift), who also recently joined GUARDIAN for a reunion tour of Latin America. The Kickstarter-funder project was not without drama as the band struggled to regroup creatively after so many years apart. "This new record was a marathon… definitely not a sprint," said Bach. "With lots of stops and starts along the way…and a few epic band fights thrown in for good measure." Recorded in Perrenot's studio in the Nashville area, the album shows the band returning to their hard rock roots while still retaining the acoustic sensibilities of previous releases. "Jamey Perrenot brings a whole new dimension to GUARDIAN," Bach added. "His acoustic prowess and innovative production really bought out a new chapter in GUARDIAN and we think these are possibly some of the best songs we have ever written." Originally slated for a 2012 release, the album went through continued delays as the group labored to break new musical ground without riding current trends or fads. "It was actually a bit like training for a prize fight," Bach said. "Things got more intense as we finished the record. I think that the first single 'The Real Me' embodies that struggle. It's about breaking free and shedding the layers that we all pile on ourselves trying to fit in somewhere. Musically, its loud guitars in your face. It's definitely the opening bell." "The Real Me" is available on Friday, December 13 through iTunesand all major digital stores. The official lyric video can be seen below. Read more at Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports Candlelight Records has set a February 24 as the North American release date of "Consolamentum", the label debut from English doom metallers THE WOUNDED KINGS. Produced by Chris Fielding (ELECTRIC WIZARD), the album will be available for preorders via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 13. Discussing the CD earlier this year, guitarist and band founder Steve Mills revealed: "this album will be our most expansive and heaviest." Indeed it is. The album's opening song, "Gnosis", clocks in at a mammoth 13 minutes. From there, it latches on to your soul as it travels a dark and desolate sonic terrain. "The entire album was recorded and mixed in six days during the hottest week of the year in a studio miles from anything in the Cornish countryside," shares producer Chris Fielding. "Recorded completely live, it captures the natural feel of the band. I find it to be a real step forward musically and very rewarding." Overcoming numerous lineups since their formation in 2005, Mills and the rest of the KINGS have amazed audiences with their powerful stage personae. The two-time Roadburn alumni are cherished by attendees and the popular festival promoters, who call the band "British doom of staggering power that is made all the more distinct by the unsettling presence of singer Sharie Neyland, who stands on stage almost trance-like, invoking her lyrics in a chanted voice that holds the entire venue in thrall." To date, the Dartmoor-based five piece has released three full-length studio albums and a well-received split album with Richmond, Virginia's COUGH. The band has been finding a growing American audience since the release of its 2011 album, "In the Chapel Of The Black Hand". It is the first to feature Neyland.
"Consolamentum" track listing:
02. Lost Bride
03. Elige Magistrum
05. Space Conqueror
06. The Silence
THE WOUNDED KINGS is guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.
- Blabbermouth reports Australia. Botswana. Norway. HUSK does not call one place home, but was formed in Oslo in 2013. Two expatriates, Michael Jozefowicz (vocals) and Rob Hamilton (guitar/vocals), bonded over a mutual obsession for engaging music and recruited Oslo locals, Daniel Flygh (bass) of ANEURISM and Lage Jensen (drums) of BLODSPOR. Their sound is kinetic, spitting conviction with lyrical themes covering society, politics, religion and the endeavour for self-betterment. Pounding together elements of metal, hardcore, punk and sludge, this four-piece don't mess around. With the threat of deportation looming, the "Hymns" EP was recorded in three chaotic days at Caliban Studios by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. Mixing was completed on the touring road and mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, with artwork by Simón Prades. The "Hymns"EP will be released for download in early 2014 and later on 10-inch vinyl, but for now a teaser track is available below.
- Blabbermouth reports Earache Records has announced the signing of British guitar virtuoso Ol Drake to a multi-album, worldwide recording deal. Ol Drake is currently working on his debut solo album, which is due to be released in 2014 under the project name of OLD RAKE and is set to include a number of guest musicians. Ol Drake comments: "Very excited to announce signing a solo deal with Earache Records. "I established a great friendship with the guys at Earache over the years while I was with EVILE and I was happy to hear they wanted to work with me in a solo capacity. "This will be a studio project entitled 'OLD RAKE.' I won't be touring, and I'm thankful to Earache for being understanding of this and for giving me this opportunity; I wouldn't rule out doing a few clinics here and there though. "I've always been inspired by Steve Vai, and I've always wanted to do something in a similar approach orientated around metal with injections of other styles and ideas which interest me. "After recently seeing the film 'Not Dead Yet' about the amazing and inspiring genius Jason Becker, it really kicked me into gear to do something with my playing; music is all I can really do, so I'm thankful for the opportunity and ability to still create music for people to hear. "Looking forward to getting the music out there!" Ol Drake made his name as lead guitarist for Huddersfield thrashers EVILE, during which time the band released four critically-acclaimed albums, scored a Top 10 album in the U.K. Rock charts, toured around the world with such high-profile bands as MEGADETH, and won numerous accolades, including a prestigious Metal Hammer Golden Gods award. In 2010, Ol Drake was asked to join Australian comedian/musician Tim Minchin on stage at the U.K.'s Sonisphere festival to help perform his track "Rock N Roll Nerd", and in 2012 was nominated in the "Dimebag Darrell Shredder" award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, alongside the likes of Devin Townsend and FEAR FACTORY's Dino Cazares.
- Blabbermouth reports AVULSED mainman Dave Rotten has unleashed the first demo of his solo project, rightfully called ROTTEN. Cryptic Catacombs"contains four songs of "utterly dark, heavy, primitive and cryptic death metal," according to a press release. Here he plays all instruments and does everything. It's only available on cassette (handmade).
"Cryptic Catacombs" track listing:
01. Arcane Visions
02. Crimson Rust
03. Rot In Pieces
04. 44 Candles of Doom
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- Blabbermouth reports Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA, will join Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON on stage on December 20 at the final stop of SATYRICON's European tour at Debaser Medis in Stockholm, Sweden to perform the song "Phoenix". The official video for "Phoenix" featuring a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem can be seen below. The performance footage for the "Phoenix" clip was filmed on September 8 at Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway, where SATYRICON was joined by the 55-strong Norwegian National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. "Phoenix" comes off SATYRICON's new, self-titled album, which sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This is roughly in line with the opening-week performance of the band's previous CD, "The Age of Nero", which premiered with 1,700 units back in November 2008. "Satyricon" debuted at position No. 1 on the official chart in the band's home country — the first time one of the group's releases topped the chart in Norway. "Satyricon" also saw success internationally, debuting at No. 6 in Finland, No. 23 in Germany and No. 26 in Austria. By comparison, SATYRICON's previous studio album, "2008'a "The Age Of Nero", entered the chart at No. 5 in Norway and No. 73 in Germany. "Satyricon" was recorded in Norway between January and May 2013 and was produced by SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven. Mixing took place in Seattle by Adam Kasper and Satyr. Speaking to Noisecreep at this year's Inferno festival, Satyr stated about SATYRICON's new album: "To me, it sounds very authentic, it's organic-sounding. And in this digital age where music is mostly played through computers, a lot of that analog vibe gets lost in translation when you play music through medias like that, but I still wanna do it because there's nothing quite like it. To me, it just makes everything sound the way it's supposed to sound — it's dynamical; the music is alive, it's not overly compressed, the levels are not pushed. So, musically speaking, it's a very atmospheric record… This record is full of life. There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it's gonna be a record that's gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future."
- Blabbermouth reports i the December issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent and producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA) talk about the recording of the band's classic album "Covenant", widely considered to be the best-selling death metal LP of all time. For the feature, Rasmussen has also shared private photos from the 1993 recording session in Morrisound in Tampa, Florida. When asked if he'd be open to working with MORBID ANGEL again, Rasmussen said: "That would probably be fun. They actually called me last summer and asked if I was interested. I was, but since then I haven't heard from them. I have no idea how far into the creation of a new album they are." Regarding why MORBID ANGEL chose to perform the "Covenant" album in its entirety on the band's North American tour, Vincent told Invisible Oranges: "This tour was just an idea that I had been thinking about for a few years, and we eventually talked about it and thought it'd be something cool to do — a themed tour where everyone knows what we'll play." He added: "I always tell people that when you've done nine or ten records, there are certain songs that you kind of have to play, that people expect to hear. Those take up probably half the set. Then you have the other half of the set, where you're trying to touch on this and touch on that. Sometimes that half works well and sometimes it doesn't. It seems like if you do a themed tour, you can add a couple songs here or there from all over, and that's what we're doing here." Vincent also spoke about what it was like for MORBID ANGEL to be the first death metal band to sign to a major label. "I looked at it as an opportunity more than anything else," he said. "It gave us some muscle to get us into the big boys' swimming pool, as it were. We had to work a lot harder, obviously, but we had some opportunities available to us that weren't before. We got on some really good tours. We had some really good videos. It takes a lot of money to do some of these things, and Warner has very deep pockets. They allowed us to realize some of our dreams — we got to do some things that I enjoyed a lot, and that the fans tell me they enjoyed as well."
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- Blabbermouth posts new music videos from Anvil, "Badass Rock N Roll", Mayan, "Faceless Spies" (Lyric Video), Snakeyes, "Shadow Warriors" and Forgotten Tears, "Breathe New Life"
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