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1/31/2014

  • Blabbermouth reports SLAYER's official Facebook page has been updated with the following message:  "Today would have been [late SLAYER guitarist] Jeff Hanneman's 50th birthday, presenting us with another reminder of how much we all miss him since he passed last May 2.  "The entire SLAYER family appreciates the fans' tributes and recognition of the trails Jeff blazed in thrash metal and the songs he wrote that defined a genre.  "We — the fans, the press, the SLAYER family — know what Jeff's accomplishments were, we know the long-lasting effect his talent will continue to have on young musicians just starting their careers.  "Jeff Hanneman belongs to US, the rebels, the misfits, the mavericks, the ones who go left when everyone else goes right, the ones who push against the grain and introduce real change into the world — just like Jeff did.  "Happy birthday, Jeff!"  Jeff Hanneman died last year from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven". The guitarist, who passed away in Los Angeles on May 2, 2013, had actually not been playing with SLAYER for more than two years since he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease, from a spider bite in his backyard in January 2011. The infection ravaged the flesh and tissues of Hanneman's arm, leading to numerous surgeries, skin grafts and intense periods of rehab that forced him into semi-retirement and left him near death at several points.  Hanneman's last appearance with SLAYER was in April 2011, when he played an encore with the band at the "Big Four" concert in Indio, California.  Read more at Loudwire and Noisecreep
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Jessica Jackson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada's Best Rock, 100.3 The Bear, conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars earlier this week. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. MÖTLEY CRÜE announced at a Los Angeles press conference on Tuesday (January 28) that the band will launch its "Final Tour" later this year, with the group planning to play 72 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015. Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.  Asked what he plans on doing after MÖTLEY CRÜE retires from touring, Mars said: "A solo record. People have been asking me for that for years and years and years. And 'Why hasn't Mick written a book?' So that, of course, is gonna be in the works. I haven't started anything or figured out who I want to write with me, or help me write it. But doing that kind of a thing. Putting together, probably, a cool band with some cool friends of mine and stuff, and going out and doing some… you know, a few weeks here and a few weeks there, touring… but not as the MICK MARS BAND; I won't do that. [laughs] You'll see, like, a name, and you'll go, 'Hey, who's that?' 'I don't know' That's the name of the band."  Singer Vince Neil was asked why the band decided to call it quits now after more than 30 years. "We started talking about it a few years ago," he said. "You know, we didn't want to be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it or somebody's brother or something like that. You know, we wanted to be — we want to go out with the four founding members of MÖTLEY CRÜE and go out on top, and leave a legacy of a band called MÖTLEY CRÜE."  The special guest on the entire North American tour will be ALICE COOPER, marking the first time that the legendary shock rocker and the CRÜE will join forces live.  "The Final Tour" will kick off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with tickets for 60 of the shows going on sale Wednesday (January 29) to fan club members.  VIP ticket packages were made available to the general public on Thursday (January 30) at 10:00 a.m. local time. The general public ticket sale for most shows starts on Friday (January 31). All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com.  In an effort to allow all fans a chance to see the tour, some ticket prices may be kept as low as $15 or $20.  The band will head overseas for the international portion of the trek in 2015.  No mention was made of whether the CRÜEwill record a new album to go along with the tour, although the group hinted at the possibility.  Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock and Noisecreep

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  • Blabbermouth reports MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was interviewed this morning (Friday, January 31) on the "Shmonty And Conklin In The Morning" show on 93.3 KDKB in Phoenix, Arizona. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.  MÖTLEY CRÜE announced at a Los Angeles press conference on Tuesday (January 28) that the band will launch its "Final Tour" later this year, with the group planning to play 72 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015. Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.  Asked if MÖTLEY CRÜE would ever consider coming out of retirement for a one-off show if the offer was high enough, Vince said: "Somebody just brought up that up. They go, 'OK, how about this? If a Saudi prince had a birthday party for his daughter and gave you ten million each, would you do it?' [And we wouldn't.] It's, like, everybody's looking for the loophole, for the gray area. We're done.  "[Another thing] they said: 'If you're inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, would you get back together?' Probably so. But that would probably be it. I mean, there's no more touring."  He continued: "Here's the thing: MÖTLEY CRÜE's not breaking up. We're still gonna be making music. We're still [gonna be selling] merchandise and stuff like MÖTLEY CRÜE things."  Asked if the band will continue to record albums but just not touring in support of them, Vince said: "Well, probably not an album. We'll probably just make music — do songs for certain things. MÖTLEY CRÜE will still be around, we're just not gonna tour anymore. That's really kind of it."  "The Final Tour" will kick off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with tickets for 60 of the shows going on sale Wednesday (January 29) to fan club members.  VIP ticket packages were made available to the general public on Thursday (January 30) at 10:00 a.m. local time. The general public ticket sale for most shows starts on Friday (January 31). All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com.  In an effort to allow all fans a chance to see the tour, some ticket prices may be kept as low as $15 or $20.  The special guest on the entire North American tour will be ALICE COOPER, marking the first time that the legendary shock rocker and the CRÜEwill join forces live.  The band will head overseas for the international portion of the trek in 2015.

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  • Blabbermouth reports on December 9, 2013, Eddie Trunk — co-host of the VH1 Classic television program "That Metal Show" who has a long-running radio show, "Eddie Trunk Rocks" (formerly "Friday Night Rocks"), on New York's Q104.3 FM — conducted an interview with Jake E. Lee (OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS, RED DRAGON CARTEL) for Eddie's show "Trunk Nation", which airs live Mondays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, XM channel 39 and Sirius channel 39. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.  On his new band, RED DRAGON CARTEL: Jake: "Everything's looking really rosy right now… I was somewhat surprised at the amount of love that's out there for me. And I'm not saying I'm deserving of it, but... The band, we've been rehearsing now for a couple of days, and this band is just a great rock and roll band. I couldn't be happier with the people in it. It's not Jake E Lee going out there and reprising the glory days. It's a brand new band and it's a great band, and I can't wait for people to hear it."  On why he retired from the music industry:  Jake: "Back in the mid-'90s, I think the Jake E Lee shelf life expired. There comes a time when you're just not cool anymore and [back then] it wasn't cool to be me anymore… BADLANDS was my baby and, to me, it was the best band in the whole world. When we were playing gigs, in the middle of a show, I would just say [to myself], 'Damn it, this is as good as it gets.' I loved BADLANDS and when it broke up, more for financial reasons than anything else, it broke my heart. So I was a bit broken-hearted and I wasn't cool anymore, so I just figured I'd just try to bow out as gracefully as possible. 'Cause I'd had a good career. And I'm not one of those guys that needs attention. I don't need to be in the spotlight. I tend to shun it, if anything. So I really had no problem just retiring."  On the different rumors that had circulated about him while he was away from the spotlight:  Jake: "There were so many rumors, and there might have been a bit of truth to a lot of them. One of the rumors was that I was living as a car mechanic, which was not true. But I did like to tinker on cars. So it's, like, a little thing gets out and it turns into a big thing, where I was a full-on car mechanic, and I never was. I'm probably not good enough to be one. [Another rumor was] that I had fallen into a drug haze. I'm not an angel — I've done drugs — but I never got to a point where I was down and out. It was responsible drug abuse, I guess. [laughs] I don't know. I have done drugs. I've done drugs my whole life."  On whether he is still doing drugs:  Jake: "Actually no, I don't do them anymore. In truth, I did drugs as a teenager and I even did drugs when I was in RATT. I mean, everybody did; that's how you partied. After I got in Ozzy, and once I saw Ozzy and saw what a mess he was… When I was in Ozzy, that was his absolute messiest. And it kind of turned me off of drugs. So I really kind of quit doing drugs, pretty much, while I was in Ozzy, 'cause I always had that example of, 'Yes, you could be him if you keep this up.' Although I don't think I could have ever kept up with Ozzy; he was a monster, and I mean that as far as his ability to intake massive amounts of poison and still wake up the next day. So I quit doing it there. And in BADLANDS, we partied a little, but it was never anything on, like, a MÖTLEY CRÜE level. So even though I retired, I still went out and partied. [But] I never got that bad — not nearly as bad as anybody thought. I did drugs, and then, I'd say maybe five or six years ago, I decided, 'Ehh, it's kind of boring,' and I quit doing anything that I was doing. Now I just concentrate on fine Scotches."  On how he supported himself during his "retirement" from the music scene:  Jake: "During my retirement years, I had a lot of gear, and I would occasionally sell a piece of gear and pay my rent. Which is funny, because somebody would find out about me selling gear, and I'd see it on the Internet, and they'd say, 'Oh, look how bad into drugs he is. He's selling his gear for drugs.' Why can't I be selling my gear to pay the rent? [laughs] If you're that down and out, why is it whenever you sell something, it has to be for drugs? Maybe my power bill needed to be paid, and that was the case. I would sell off gear that I wasn't using anymore, and that helped keep me through those years — just having a large amount of gear and selling it off when I needed some money. But yeah, the royalties, I don't make enough on royalties to actually support myself."  On whether he gets any royalties from the two Ozzy records he played on:  Jake: "I get ASCAP checks from 'The Ultimate Sin', 'cause my name's on there. I don't have any publishing, which… well, since I don't have any publishing I don't know how much money that is. But I've been told that's where the real money is. I don't have any publishing for 'The Ultimate Sin', but I do get writer's checks, and I get writer's checks for the BADLANDS tuff."

     

     

     

     

     

  • Blabbermouth reports MEGADETH mainman and longtime Shure user Dave Mustaine recently talked with Shure about the group's new record deal, his first time he picked up a guitar, and what his relationship with Shure means to him. You can now watch the chat below.  Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, announced in November 2013 that it had signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Mustaine. Warner/Chappell will administer Mustaine's songwriting from MEGADETH's recently released album "Super Collider", as well as future songwriting.  In 1983, Mustaine founded MEGADETH and, in 1985, they released their first album which established the band as pioneers in the thrash metal movement. The band has since sold 50 million albums worldwide, including five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums in the U.S., while garnering 11 Grammy nominations. The band's 14th studio album, "Super Collider", was released this past summer and debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 album chart. It was the first MEGADETH album to be released via Mustaine's own imprint, Tradecraft. Prior to MEGADETH, Mustaine was an early member of METALLICA. Before leaving the band in 1983, he had co-written a half dozen songs that would appear on the band's first two albums. In the video game arena, Mustaine composed the Grammy-nominated MEGADETH track "Sudden Death" for the 2010 release Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock. The game also featured two other Mustaine-composed MEGADETH songs: 1990's "Holy Wars… The Punishment Due" and 2009's "This Day We Fight!"  Noted rock author/journalist Joel McIver ranked Mustaine No. 1 in his 2009 book, "The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists", and 2010 saw the publication of Mustaine's New York Times bestselling autobiography, "Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir". Mustaine is also the organizer of the traveling heavy metal music festival known as Gigantour. Throughout MEGADETH's various personnel changes over the years, Mustainehas remained the band's sole constant member.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Jon Donais, lead guitarist for SHADOWS FALL and ANTHRAX, has launched a guitar-centric site at www.JonDonais.com. It features performance videos, rare videos, concert photos, guitar tips and tricks by Jon.  The web site is accepting fan photos (send to webmaster@jondonais.com ) for the upcoming fan gallery and fans can submit videos for the "Shredder Of The Month" contest. The best guitar cover of any SHADOWS FALL tune will be featured on the site.  ANTHRAX's next album will mark the recording debut with the band of Donais, who replaced Rob Caggiano in January 2013.  Regarding whether Donais is now officially an ANTHRAX member, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian told Metal Insider: "For all intents and purposes, he's in ANTHRAX. He's going to be there for everything we do moving forward. As far as how you title it, yeah. As far as I'm concerned, Jon is in ANTHRAX and will be playing leads on the record and will be touring with the band starting at the end of May 2014."
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN will release their new album, "The Human Contradiction", via Napalm Recordson the following dates:

    Germany, Austria, Switzerland, April 4
    Rest of Europe: April 7
    USA, Canada: April 8

    "The Human Contradiction" track listing:

    01. Here Come The Vultures
    02. Your Body Is A Battleground
    03. Stardust
    04. My Masquerade
    05. Tell Me, Mechanist
    06. Sing To Me
    07. Army Of Dolls
    08. Lullaby
    09. The Tragedy Of The Commons

    The CD will once again feature a guest appearance by Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH and TAROT.  Comments DELAIN: "We are very excited about the much-anticipated return of vocal force Marco Hietala on our upcoming record.  "After our collaboration with Marco on our first two albums, we can't help but hearing his voice in some of the songs we write! We love his contributions on 'The Human Contradiction': Marco adds greatly to the power of 'Your Body Is A Battleground' as well as to the melancholia of 'Sing To Me'."  Says Marco: "I've done quite a few visitations on select albums during my career. DELAIN and their albums are among the most frequent. If you listen to their stuff, you'll know why. Martijn and his group seem to have plenty to say, both musically and lyrically. Keep it up, mates!"  DELAIN performed the new song "My Masquerade" at their special show, also dubbed "My Masquerade", on November 8, 2013 at Patronaat in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The evening featured never-before performed songs, special versions of other tracks, special effects, special guests and a lot of surprises.  Fan-filmed video footage of the "My Masquerade" performance can be seen below. DELAIN lastyear released a special album, "Interlude", via Napalm Records. The effort was described in in a press release as "a fantastic blend of brand-new songs, special versions and mixes of popular DELAIN tracks, covers, and the beautiful single 'Are You Done With Me'. Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a new-found splendor. The album includes a special DVD featuring exclusive live footage and clips from the band's career.  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.

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  • Blabbermouth reports FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos has completed work on "Halo Effect", an experimental guitar album. The effort will be available February 17 via Burning Shed.  Says Matheos: "This is a guitar album. There are no keyboards or sound effects on this recording. All the sounds were created by an acoustic guitar (for those interested in such things, a 1973 Alvarezclassical with very old strings) which has been digitally processed to varying degrees, sometimes minimally, other times until the original signal is unrecognizable. To create each piece, multiple tracks were improvised separately, without a set key or tempo. The various ideas were then edited, combined, and layered together to form these songs. I hope you enjoy them."

    "Halo Effect" track listing:

    01. Halo Effect 1 (5:27)
    02. Halo Effect 2 (4:25)
    03. Halo Effect 3 (4:06)
    04. Halo Effect 4 (7:07)
    05. Halo Effect 5 (5:18)
    06. Halo Effect 6 (4:50)
    07. Halo Effect 7 (7:47)
    08. Halo Effect 8 (3:15)

    FATES WARNING's eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1, 2013 via InsideOut Music. Featuring founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, "Darkness In A Different Light" was produced by Matheos and mixed by longtime FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA, ANVIL) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California. The cover artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.  In addition to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" was made available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180-gram vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with four bonus tracks.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports France's MARS RED SKY has inked a deal with Listenable Records.  Considered one of the greats of the European stoner rock scene, MARS RED SKY has gained international recognition due to a unique sound, based on thick infectious grooves and melodic aerial guitar riffs. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, wrapped up by Julien Pras' ethereal vocals, Matgaz' powerful rhythms and Jimmy Kinast's pachydermic bass lines. Somewhere between doom metal and '70s psyche pop, MARS RED SKY intrigues and attracts the masses to celebrate this cosmic ritual of solar burning fuzz and reverberated atmospheres.  Driven by the huge success of their eponymous debut record, recorded in Spain's mystic Bardenas Desert and released in 2011, the band was invited to play on the largest European stages with KYUSS LIVES!, DINOSAUR JR. and SLEEP, as well as popular festivals like Eurockéennes de Belfort, Roadburn, London and Berlin Desertfests, Sziget Festival and SXSW (USA). All in all, MARS RED SKY has played in more than 20 countries. With their incredibly heavy and hypnotic performances, MARS RED SKY has been considered one of the most thrilling live acts among the international stoner rock scene. In 2012, they paired up with French doom metal monsters YEAR OF NO LIGHT to release a three-track split record, which sold out in a blink of an eye.  The release of their "Be My Guide" EP in 2013 opened the path for an extensive tour across Europe, then across the Atlantic for gigs in Latin America. This is where the band recorded their new album, due out this spring on Listenable Records. A limited-edition seven-inch EP containing exclusive material will be released in March.
 
  • Blabbermouth reports "War Master", the classic third album from battlefield-influenced death metal legends BOLT THROWER, is now available as a limited-edition 2LP at CM Distro. Pressed in a double gatefold format, this special reissue features three sides of "blood-drenched" hymns on red/silver splattered white wax with side 4 being an exclusive etching. The packaging also includes: (1) an 8-page booklet, (2) a collectible 24x36 fold-out poster, and (3) 2 printed LP jackets.  Limited to 500 copies worldwide, this War Master 2LP will surely appease any collector's appetite for unforgiving, punishing death!

    "War Master" track listing

    Side A

    01. Intro ... Unleashed (Upon Mankind)
    02. What Dwells Within
    03. The Shreds Of Sanity
    04. Profane Creation

    Side B

    01. Final Revelation
    02. Cenotaph
    03. War Master

    Side C

    01. Rebirth Of Humanity
    02. Afterlife

    Side D

    Etching (no audio)

    The last three albums from BOLT THROWER"Mercenary" (1998), "Honour Valour Pride" (2001) and "Those Once Loyal" (2005) — were reissued on vinyl on October 24, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. All three albums were released as gatefold LPs in colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 units each.  BOLT THROWER indefinitely postponed plans to record a new studio album after the band realized that the new stuff it had written "just doesn't match up" to the group's last CD, "Those Once Loyal". "We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best-of' album," BOLT THROWER explained in a statement.  "Those Once Loyal" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 — the group's highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride" was recorded at Andy Faulkner's Sable Rose studios and was the band's first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.

 
  • Blabbermouth reports guitarist Christian Muenzner (OBSCURA, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, PARADOX, ex-NECROPHAGIST) is working on his second all-instrumental solo album, following his 2011 debut CD, "Timewarp". The new effort will be entitled "Beyond The Wall Of Sleep" and will feature the OBSCURA rhythm section of Hannes Grossmann on drums and Linus Klausenitzer on bass, as well as keyboard virtuoso Jimmy Pitts (PITTS/MINNEMANN, SPASTIC INK, THE FRACTURED DIMENSION). Estimated release date is around April/May.  "Beyond The Wall Of Sleep" will contain 11 high-intensity instrumental tracks, and, like "Timewarp", will be mixing different genres, such as neoclassical, thrash metal, progressive metal, fusion, '80s heavy/speed metal and even elements of death and black metal. The album theme will revolve around old mystery stories and supernatural themes, which will also be reflected in the album's artwork, created, once again, by Anestis Goudas. Some of the songtitles include "Shadow Over Innsmouth", "Evil Spell (The Book Of Belial)", "The Pit And The Pendulum", "Demon's Gate", "The Witch Of Endor" and "The Crawling Chaos".  Comments Muenzner: "The majority of the album is recorded by now. We're just working on a few guitar overdubs and additional keyboard arrangements, and then the whole thing is ready to be mixed.  "The songwriting took place between October 2012 and May 2013.  "I have been working on the album on and off for most of the last year, whenever touring activties and my busy teaching schedule allowed it. It is also a very important step and personal statement in my career, as about two years ago I was diagnosed with focal dystonia and had to face the possibilty of never being able to play again. Even though I'm still dealing with the condition on a daily basis, I have been able to improve a lot with the help of some great people, without whom this album would never have been possible. It took some time, but I am convinced that this is the best and most intense playing I have recorded up to date.  "Compared to my first album, there is a lot more focus on riffing this time, but also the neoclassical elements and '80s Shrapnel influences will be more apparent, and it contains some of the best melodies I wrote so far. I think the music is a little bit more straight to the point and in your face, but the album is once again going to include an eight-minute prog epic. In addition, Jimmy, Hannes and Linus have all delivered mindblowing performances. I am very lucky to be able to work with such outstanding musicians.  "This instrumental solo stuff is what I enjoy working on most recently, as it allows me the most creative freedom. I hope that this time I will also get the chance to tour and present the music of both albums in a live format."
 
  • Blabbermouth reports Swedish neo-classical metallers NARNIA are back and stronger than ever. The band will celebrtate the 15th anniversary of the release of its "Long Live The King"album with bombastic live shows and a deluxe reissue of the album on CD and limited-edition vinyl.

    NARNIA 2014 is:

    Christian Liljegren (vocals)
    CJ Grimmark (guitars)
    Andreas "Habo" Johansson (drums)
    Martin Härenstam (keyboards)
    Andreas Passmark (bass)

    When singer Christian Liljegren and guitar viruoso CJ Grimmark formed NARNIA in 1996, they knew little about the adventures which lay ahead: tours, six albums, live album/DVD, TV, radio and trips to Japan, The Faroe Islands, Mexico and, of course, Europe.  NARNIA has toured with such bands as DIO, STRATOVARIUS and SONATA ARCTICA. They played several festivals, such as Sweden Rock Festival and Gates Of Metal, where thousands of fans enjoyed NARNIA's energetic live show.  The resurrected NARNIA hopes to visit countries which it has not previously played.  NARNIA's sixth album, "Course Of A Generation", came out in Europe on July 24, 2009 via Massacre Records. The CD marked the recording debut of lead singer Germán Pascual (MIND'S EYE, MENDEZ), who replaced Christian Liljegren. The cover artwork was created by Carlos Barbosa from Artiside, Brazil and the logo was redesigned by Rainer Mittelstädt of InLine Design in Germany.  "Course Of A Generation" was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 
  • Blabbermouth reports GODFLESH's self-titled debut, a genre-defining album that launched the sludge-industrial metal scene, is now available as a limited edition 2LP at CM Distro. Pressed in a double gatefold format, this special reissue showcases three sides of groundbreaking music on white marbled clear wax with side 4 being an exclusive etching. The packaging also includes: (1) 2 bonus tracks originally only available on the CD re-release from 1990, (2) 2 double-sided 12" lyric/picture panels, and (3) a collectible double-sided 24x36 poster.  Limited to 500 copies worldwide, this GODFLESH2LP will disappear fast!

    "Godflesh" track listing

    Side A

    01. Avalanche Master Song
    02. Veins
    03. Godhead
    04. Spinebender

    Side B

    01. Weak Flesh
    02. Ice Nerveshatter
    03. Streetcleaner *

    Side C

    01. Wounds *

    Side D

    Etching (no audio)

    * bonus tracks originally only available on the CD re-release from 1990


    GODFLESH released its first new recording in over 12 years through Decibel magazine's Flexi Series. A cover of the track "F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)" by legendary death thrashers SLAUGHTER (Canada) was included in the subscriber version of the magazine's November 2013 issue.  In an interview with the French radio station Le 106, GODFLESH's Justin K. Broadrick stated about the band's forthcoming album — which is tentatively titled "A World Lit Only By Fire" and due in May— "It will be [musically] similar to the first two or three [GODFLESH albums]. I just think, like we're playing these shows, we feel very pure about we're doing and honoring the initial intentions with what we originally set out to do. Which, I think, like most bands and musicians and all the rest of it, by the time you get on to your fourth album, it's somewhat of a dilution going on to what you initially tried to achieve. It will definitely sound aggressive and it probably won't sound like any of the other records we've made, but it will have the minimalism of the first few records."  Added GODFLESH bassist G.C. Green: "It won't sound like the first two record; it will be more the spirit… When you make records over the years, you change as people, you change as musicians, you progress, you develop and you take other styles on, but I think, having had a break from it and come back to it, it seems that we've gone straight back into what the essence of it was originally, and that's why it feels good."  Continued Justin: "It's getting straight back to the core of what this is all about. And I think having a break from it has probably even more inspired… It's like refocusing and obviously, we're somewhat older and wiser. It's gonna be a really interesting record. It's extremely minimal and very, very brutal — a fairly unforgiving record, really, I think."

 
  • Blabbermouth reports CONQUERING DYSTOPIA, the new project featuring former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis and Portland, Oregon studio musician Keith Merrow, is mixing its debut album at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). A spring release is expected.  The recording lineup for CONQUERING DYSTOPIA's first CD is completed by Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) on bass and Alex Rudinger (THE FACELESS) on drums.  Says CONQUERING DYSTOPIA: "We feel that we have a very cool and unique band lineup, which will make for a memorable album for the listener."  Loomis previously contributed a guest guitar solo to Keith's second full-length instrumental album, "Awaken The Stone King", which came out in January 2011.  According to his official bio, Merrow's extreme style of guitar playing is a unique blend of traditional metal with a dash of obscurity. In May 2009, he released a self-produced EP titled "Lonestar Transcend". The six-song instrumental effort was a compilation of songs that were first heard on Merrow's YouTube page, where he posted play-through videos of the songs. Just six months later, in November 2009 came "The Arrival", which marked Merrow's first album that he wrote from start to finish.  Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from NEVERMORE in April 2011 due to personal differences with singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard. Their replacements have not yet been announced.  The Age Of Metal spoke with Loomis and Merrow prior to CONQUERING DYSTOPIA's debut performance at this year's NAMMshow in Anaheim, California. Check out the chat below.

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  • Blabbermouth reports resurrected 1990s Florida-based death metallers MASSACRE will release their long-awaited comeback album, "Back From Beyond", on March 24 in Europe and April 1 in North America via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded and mixed by Tim Vazquez of CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and features original MASSACRE members Rick Rozz (guitar; ex-MANTAS/DEATH) and Terry Butler (bass; OBITUARY, ex-DEATH/SIX FEET UNDER), as well as Ed Webb (vocals; ex-DIABOLIC/EULOGY) and Mike Mazzonetto (drums; ex-PAIN PRINCIPLE). The cover artwork was created by Toshihiro Egawa (CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, DEVOURMENT) and can be seen here. Comments Butler: "MASSACRE is very excited and proud of our new album, 'Back From Beyond'.  "We've worked hard over the past few months and we believe that the old-school and new-school fans will be pleased.  "Ed Webb and Mikey Mazzanettoare great additions to the band and did an amazing job on the album.  "This is Florida death metal at its best!  "We plan on making 2014 a busy year!!!"

    "Back From Beyond" track listing:

    01. As We Wait To Die
    02. Ascension Of The Deceased
    03. Hunter's Blood
    04. Darkness Fell
    05. False Revelation
    06. Succumb To Rapture
    07. Remnants Of Hatred
    08. Shield Of The Son
    09. The Evil Within
    10. Sands Of Time
    11. Beast Of Vengeance
    12. Back From Beyond
    13. Honor The Fallen

    Video footage of MASSACRE's entire March 29, 2013 performance at the Florida Metal Bash at The Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida can be seen below.  MASSACRE released a seven-inch single, "Condemned To The Shadows", on July 30, 2012. The single, which is available as a regular black-wax version, a transparent wax limited edition and a yellow-wax limited edition, contains two brand new songs — "Succumb To Rapture" and "Back From Beyond" — that were recorded in February 2012 at CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida with Tim Vazquez at the helm.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports fan-filmed video footage of TERROR's January 22 performance in Solothurn, Switzerland during which a young man suffered fatal injuries following a stage dive can be seen below.  According to Blick.ch, the 28-year-old Solothurn man — identified as Felix A. — dove off the stage into the audience during the TERROR portion of the "Persistence Tour" concert, which was headlined by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and featured additional performances by STRIFE and EVERGREEN TERRACE. "Unfortunately, crowd members failed to properly catch him and he fell to the ground," said Pipo Kofmehl, head of the Kulturfabrik Kofmehl venue, where the event took place.  In the clip below, TERROR frontman Scott Vogel can be heard introducing the band's next song and inviting the audience members to "stagedive, stagedive, come on, stagedive!"  The venue is far from full, and there are significant gaps in front of the stage. A few of the men do as the singer says and climb up before jumping into the crowd.  Is Felix A. one of them? It is not clear in the video.  Felix reportedly appeared to be fine after hitting the ground and was attended to by security staff and was seen walking around the venue afterwards.  Staff insisted Felix seek professional medical advice before heading home and he checked into a local hospital, where he suffered an epileptic seizure and died two days later.  Earlier today (Friday, January 31), TERROR posted the following message on Facebook: "Someone losing their precious life is saddening beyond belief — we are devastated. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Felix."  The prosecutor's office has launched an investigation into the incident.

     

 
  • Blabbermouth reports Marco Barbieri has returned to Century Media Records in the role of label president. He will oversee the creative content through marketing, artist development, relations and develop the core focus of Century Media. Marco led the label from 1995 to 2007 and in that time, Century Media enjoyed some of its most profitable years, signing and developing a large number of bands.  "I am extremely happy to welcome Marco Barbieri back to being president of Century Media," states Robert Kampf, Century Media founder. "Marco is a passionate, music driven, creative leader who will catapult Century Media to new heights in rock and metal."  "I am very happy to return to Century Media," says Barbieri. "Some of my best memories are while working here and I look forward to collaborating with staff and artists to write the next illustrious chapter."  "We are very happy that Marco returns to the label. He already proved his ability to develop the label in the direction of success," adds Antje Lang, Century Media CEO.  In his time away from Century Media, Marco moved back to Las Vegas to work on his family's property management and investment business. He also managed several successful touring/recording acts and promoted local shows.
 
  • Loudwire reports Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley discusses touring, 2014 album plans, love of Converge and more
 
  • Loudwire posts Lionfight – Exclusive EP Stream
 
  • Loudwire reports Frank Bello, David Ellefson, Bumblefoot and Lzzy Hale to appear on "That Metal Show"  Read more at Noisecreep
 
  • Loudwire reports Vital Vinyl: Nashville Pussy guitarist talks new LP "Up the Dosage" and general love of vinyl
 
  • Loudwire reports Letlive’s Jason Butler shares life-changing Deftones concert experience
 
 
 
 
 
  • Classic Rock reports Ginger Wildheart confirms his 7th record in 2 years "Albion" due in March ahead of Wildhearts UK tour
 
  • Classic Rock reports Swedish hard rockers Grand Magus release seventh record "Triumph And Power" on Monday ahead of UK tour in March
 
  • Classic Rock reports Status Quo have teamed up with Wychwood Brewery to launch a real ale named after classic album Piledriver
 
  • Noisecreep reports Battle Royale: Stryper start new streak atop Video Countdown
 
  • Rolling Stone reports Mick Jagger's fiery eyes and 11 more highlights from "The Sixties"
 
 
  • Rolling Stone reports Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist joins Tinariwen for new LP  Read more at NME
 
  • Rolling Stone reports U2 say "Invisible" is a "Sneak Preview" of new album
 
  • Rolling Stone reports Broken Bells' James Mercer on turning dark songs into a party record
 
  • Rolling Stone reports Rocket From the Crypt reboot for first headlining iour in a decade
 
  • Rolling Stone reports Jimi Hendrix biopic starring André 3000 among SXSW 2014 films  Read more at NME
 
  • Billboard reports Bubbling Under: Kongos start "Now" at rock radio
 
  • Billboard reports My Super Bowl Moment: Past Performers Discuss Their Halftime Shows
 
  • Billboard reports Arlo Guthrie temembers Pete Seeger: "He Brought Humanity Together With His Actions"
 
  • Billboard reports The Fray's sonic shift on "Love Don't Die" follows "Dark Time" for the band
 
  • Billboard reports The Grammys: By The Numbers
 
 
  • Billboard posts the 10 worst National Anthem performances ever
 
  • Billboard reports Casting Crowns, Of Mice & Men heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200
 
  • NME reports The Cure add extra Teenage Cancer Trust gig date
 
  • Blabbermouth posts video of Steel Panther's Paris press conference
 
  • Blabbermouth posts video of Machine Head in the studio recording a cover of "Our Darkest Days" by Ignite
 
 
  • Blabbermouth posts new music from Minor Crisis, "Stomp The Page" and Ahola, "Road Of Creation"
 
  • Blabbermouth posts new music videos from One Machine featuring ex-Testament, Mercnary and ex-Mnemic members, "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth", Polar, "Mountain Throne", Fallen Fate, "Blackened Within", Darkane, "Mechanically Divine", and Profane Omen, "Sonic Wings" (Lyric Video)
 
  • Blabbermouth posts interviews with former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward on his art piece "High On A Memory"  former Megadeth guitarist Marty FriedmanRudy SarzoJizzy Pearl on Love/Hate and Quiet Riot, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick on his ESP signature guitar, Exodus drummer Tom Hunting, Amoral on the making of "Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows" album
 
  • Blabbermouth posts performance footage of Sabaton at a Swedish gym and Lake Of Tears, "The Greymen" performance clip from "By The Black Sea" DVD and Strife in Moscow

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