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- Slash has released the official lyric video for "World On Fire," the first single and title track from the legendary guitarist's third solo album and second with his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. The song arrived at radio on June 13th and was released digitally on June 16th. The World On Fire album come out on September 15th. (Blabbermouth) Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock Blabbermouth posts an interview with Slash on "Nothing Left To Fear" movie in Mexico City
- The 13th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival took place over the weekend (June 12th - 15th) in Manchester, Tennessee. The four-day event featured a wide variety of artists, with headlining performances from Kanye West, Jack White and Elton John. Other acts that performed at the event included Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Damon Albarn, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Avett Brothers and many more. (FMQB) Read more at Diffuser, Billboard Billboard reports Bonnaroo 2014: Arctic Monkeys conquer the main stage after U.S. breakthrough Billboard reports Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John triumphantly closes fest with hits & Casey Kasem tribute Read more at Rolling Stone Billboard reports Bonnaroo 2014's Five Least Attended Acts: Which Ones Were Worth Watching? Billboard reports Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances
- System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new project, These Grey Men, with the goal being to produce a star-studded covers album and tour. The album will include new renditions of songs by artists such as Radiohead, Outkast, David Bowie and many more, recorded by a yet-to-be-announced band of all-star players led by Dolmayan and his collaborator James Hazley. Various incentives are being offered to investors, ranging from personal drum lessons and an opportunity to attend a recording session to a private backyard concert. (Noisecreep) Read more at Blabbermouth and Loudwire
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the official lyric video for "World On Fire":
Visit the Thee Grey Men page on Kickstarter here, and watch John Dolmayan explain the project below:
- Blabbermouth reports while being interviewed by Live Metal on the red carpet of the May 15 "Monster Energy Roast On The Range With Corey Taylor" event in Columbus, Ohio, the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman dropped some exciting news regarding SLIPKNOT's upcoming touring activities. When MUSHROOMHEAD was brought up during the chat, Taylor said he was working on a tour that would unite the two mask-donning bands. But that's not all. He added that he wanted GWAR and MUDVAYNE to be part of the bill, as well, potentially making this one of the biggest metal tours to happen in some time. Said Taylor: "I'm working on that [a tour featuring SLIPKNOT and MUSHROOMHEAD], honestly. It probably won't happen right away, just because [SLIPKNOT's] been gone for awhile and we have all these changes, and we've got a new album coming out. So we want to kinda take the first six or seven months and just kind of re-establish ourselves. But I can say it's on my radar and it's one of the things I want to do, like for real. Honestly now, especially now since [GWAR vocalist Dave] Brockie's dead — that was one of the guys that I really wanted to tour with. It was GWAR, [SLIPKNOT], MUSHROOMHEAD and MUDVAYNE. I really wanted to put that together. So trust me. Hopefully sooner than later we will see what happens." This isn't the first time that the possibility of SLIPKNOT and MUSHROOMHEAD sharing the stage has been discussed. Taylor revealed those same plans at the end of 2011 while taking questions from the audience during his solo tour. Corey said, "My problem has never been with that band, my problem was with their fans at the time. I would welcome it. I'd love to do something like that, you know. Especially now. I think it'd beautiful to put something like that together and just see what fucking happens — SLIPKNOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, GWAR and fucking MUDVAYNE. Because if it's one thing I've learned, you don't hold on to stupid shit, you let it go." Reportedly, there had always been animosity between the two groups because they are both heavy bands who wear masks. However, the real hatred reportedly started in 2002 when SLIPKNOT was playing in Cleveland and fans threw things at the group while on stage. SLIPKNOT believed that MUSHROOMHEAD put the fans up to it. J Mann of MUSHROOMHEAD had a slightly different version of how the SLIPKNOT / MUSHROOMHEAD feud started when he talked about it in a recent interview with Live Metal. He said: "As far as a feud goes, I really think that it was 99 percent media. I don't think we ever really had anything bad to say about them or vice versa. But media was all about trying to sell papers. This was back pre-Internet, in the early '90s when [SLIPKNOT] was taking off and we were signed and people were still trying to sell magazines. But it was really kind of invented, to be honest with you, because fortunately I had the opportunity to hang out with [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul [Gray] and he was a sweetheart of a man. It's sad that he passed away. He was a great guy, and we actually laughed about (the feud). And then we had a side project and [SLIPKNOT's] Sid [Wilson] is on it. You know what I mean? So the whole basis of it was crazy because we've actually hung out with the guys and we've actually worked with one of the guys. It's just one of those things where gossip sells and creates interest or intrigue. I listen to the band and think they're kickass, and one day I'd like to play with them." SLIPKNOT is currently working on a new studio album for a tentative late 2014 release. The band's first all-new CD since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" will also be its first since the 2010 death of Paul Gray and the late 2013 dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison, both founding members and primary songwriters. MUSHROOMHEAD's eighth studio album, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 13 via Megaforce Records.
- Blabbermouth reports MEGADETH is continuing work on material for the band's next album, tentatively due in 2015. MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson posted a couple of photos from the studio last Friday (June 13) and wrote in an accompanying message (see below): "Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] and I are in the studio this week in California working up some of the new riffs. We're having fun, just throwing it down and keeping it chill. These are essentially writing demos at this point, so just grinding out the tunes like a metal band should." MEGADETH will perform at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada on Friday, June 20 after recently canceling several dates following the death of Ellefson's brother, who passed away in May after battling cancer. MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover last month spent a week in the studio with Mustaine "tracking demo 'ideas'" for the band's next studio record. He said at the time: "[There are] some really heavy riffs going on here, and if I say it, you know it's true." Speaking to National Rock Review this past March, Drover was asked if MEGADETH will venture into new musical territories on its next studio album. "I don't think so," Drover replied. "We definitely branch out to a couple of different areas, stylistically speaking." He continued: "For me, I'm always an advocate for the heavy stuff, so that's usually what I present to the band — something a little more violent, a little more heavy and oftentimes fast stuff. Because that's how I write. Of course, MEGADETH has done so many different kinds of metal over the years, but for me, I'll always try to represent the more furious side of it, because that's just part of who I am, it's part of my creative DNA to try to write heavy riffs. Whether it gets accepted not, it obviously just depends on how it's going [with the writing process for] the record. We all have so many ideas, not everything is gonna make it. Case in point, on the 'Endgame' record, I had a song called 'Head Crusher', which was a pretty fast, heavy song. It was the first single, the first video and it was nominated for a Grammy Award. So you always try, but you just never know what you're gonna end up with. It just depends on how the recording process goes. But I'll always have ideas to submit, certainly." In a December 2013 interview with MetalTitans.com, Ellefson commented on the criticism that was levelled against the band's last studio effort, 2013's "Super Collider". "We're aware of the comments, for sure, because they're on our own web site or our MEGADETH Facebook page!" he laughed. He then added: "My personal thought is that the next record will be much different. "We go through these phases. Dave made three records when I wasn't in the band, and a couple of them quite good, I might add. They were good records because they were really good 'metal' records. That's what fans want to hear; because MEGADETH has this 30-year career, we have more than just one style in our cache. "Fans have discovered us at various times throughout our journey; there are fans became fans when they heard 'Risk', that's when they go into rock 'n' roll and they bought their record, and to them, that is their debut MEGADETH record. "I have learned not to criticize our own work, simply because there are naysayers out there and the fact that every record has significance to different people. Having said that, the first thing that people heard from the record was track 'Super Collider', which is a very mainstream, commercial song. I think had they heard 'Kingmaker' first, for instance, the reaction would have been much different. "The first impression is more often than not the most lasting impression. When you hear a song that sounds like MEGADETH right out the gate, you say, 'Awesome, man!' When you hear a song that you have to listen to several times, analyze it and get your mind around it, the first impression may not make you want to dig right into out of the gate. I get that. "I'm a fan. I used to buy KISS records as a kid and CHEAP TRICK records. I remember some records, I got it right out the gate, and there were records where I'd say, 'What the heck is this?' It wasn't what I was expecting. Some records take one listen, other take three or four listens other more. I think, for me, 'Super Collider' is one of those records." "Super Collider" sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. Read more at Loudwire
- Blabbermouth reports JUDAS PRIEST members Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, July 7 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with JUDAS PRIEST by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast. For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com. On July 8, Halford, Tipton and Faulkner will appear on SiriusXM's "Town Hall" program. Fans are being asked to submit questions that winners will be able to ask the band in person. JUDAS PRIEST's new studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", will be released in North America on July 8 (pushed up a week from the originally announced July 15) via Epic Records. The CD's title track was made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital service providers on April 29. Speaking to the "Trunk Nation" show, which airs on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, Halford stated about "Redeemer Of Souls": "When we finished [the] 'Epitaph' [tour], we just got so buzzed from the fans and the reaction wherever we went. Just to put the 'Epitaph' tour together, which was we tried to put a song from every record into the show, and we were living in the life of JUDAS PRIEST, all those decades, in one show, night after night on the world trek, and I think that really did something to us eternally; as musicians, it should do when you tour. So we realized that this next record really had to be really strong, full of energy, because it's relentless, the tracks are relentless. The energy that you feel off 'Redeemer Of Souls' is replicated in that direction time and time and time again." Asked whether the members of JUDAS PRIEST still feel good about "Nostradamus" six years after the album's release, Halford said: "If you look at bands of longevity, like PRIEST, you see the trail of music that we've left, I don't think we could have probably made as great a record as we have with 'Redeemer Of Souls' if we didn't have 'Nostradamus' as a reference point. It's a stepping stone to the next place. "Every record that we've made, we've tried to give it some distinction, some separate identity. 'British Steel' doesn't sound like 'Stained Class', 'Stained Class' doesn't sound like 'Painkiller', 'Painkiller' doesn't sound like 'Defenders Of The Faith'… So I think everything has its place and has its moments, and we've always fed off these different areas that we've gone into with our metal. So thanks to 'Nostradamus', we've got 'Redeemer Of Souls'." Regarding why there are five "bonus" tracks that are included on the deluxe version of "Redeemer Of Souls" and do not appear on the CD's regular version, Glenn Tipton said: "They are all great songs. The reason they are not on the album is because the 13 that we chose are very consistent with what we wanted to do, which was release an undisputable heavy metal album. The others, they are not lightweight by any chance, but they've got a different feel, a different texture. So it's not a case of trying to rip the kids off and trying to get more money for an extra album, it's just a case of, these five tracks seem to deserve to go on their own CD, and that's what we did." Added Halford: "We didn't want to drop the energy. From the opening thunder-and-lightning on 'Dragonaut' right up 'till the end of 'Battle Cry', it's just full-on, it's relentless. It's great."
"Redeemer Of Souls" CD track listing:
02. Redeemer Of Souls
03. Halls Of Valhalla
04. Sword Of Damocles
05. March Of The Damned
06. Down In Flames
07. Hell & Back
08. Cold Blooded
11. Secrets Of The Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning Of The End
15. Tears Of Blood
17. Bring It On
18. Never Forget
"Dragonaut" full song:
"March Of The Damned" full song:
"Redeemer Of Souls" full song:
- Blabbermouth reports late bassist Cliff Burton's resurrected pre-METALLICA band TRAUMA has inked a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The group's recently completed new 10-song album will be released later in the year.
Current TRAUMA lineup:
* Donny Hillier (ex-BLACK SUNDAY DREAM) - Vocals
* Kurt Fry (ex-HEIST, ex-MECHANIZM) - Guitar
* Kris Gustofson (ex-ST. ELMOS FIRE, ex-MECHANIZM, ex-MOON DOG MANE, ex-DUNMORE, ex-THREAT) - Drums
* Marcel Eaton (ex-SERPENT & SARRAH) - Bass
TRAUMA was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 as one of the first of the New Wave Of Bay Area metal bands. The group's original lineup included Michael Overton on guitar, George Lady on guitar, Dennis Shafer on drums, Cliff Burton (METALLICA) on bass, and Donny Hillier on vocals. TRAUMA quickly became well known throughout the California Bay Area and beyond, playing legendary venues like The Stone, Bill Graham's Wolfgang's, Whisky A Go Go, and The Troubadour. The first track TRAUMA ever recorded, "Such a Shame", was included on Metal Blade Records' "Metal Massacre II" compilation in 1982. After Burton's departure to join METALLICA, the band changed personnel and musicians Kris Gustofson (drums), Ross Alexander Merson (guitar) and Lucas Advincula (bass) joined Michael Overton and Donny Hillier in their new lineup. In 1984, TRAUMA recorded the "Scratch And Scream" album for Shrapnel Records. The LP received many excellent reviews from primarily American and European heavy metal magazines such as Kerrang!, Circus and Metal Forces, to name a few. The "Scratch And Scream" album, unavailable before on a legitimate CD issue, has long been considered a hard-to-obtain, classic heavy metal record. Released on October 22, 2013, the "Scratch And Scream" reissue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes bonus tracks that feature the gone-but-never-forgotten bassist. After a lengthy hiatus, TRAUMA reformed. Donny Hillier, Kris Gustofson and Lucas Advincula have been joined by guitarist Kurt Fry, a veteran songwriter and recording/touring artist. A special event for Burton was held on February 10, 2013 — on what would have been Cliff's 51st birthday — at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, California. For the first time in decades, TRAUMA actually performed never-heard-before songs written by Cliff himself. Also appearing on the bill were HELLFIRE and DAMAGE INC. TRAUMA's music was comparable to that of IRON MAIDEN and MONTROSE with faster tempos, which can be heard in the tracks "The Day All Hell Broke Loose" and "Lay Low" from their debut album. TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson went on to play in numerous other bands, most notably ST. ELMO'S FIRE. TRAUMA guitarist Michael Overton was interviewed for the 2009 book "To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton", written by U.K.-based author Joel McIver and published by Jawbone Press. Burton, best known as a heavy metal bass player who made use of distortion and special effects, was killed in an accident on September 27, 1986 at the age of 24, four years after joining METALLICA. It was Burton's early influence that helped create METALLICA's unique musical style for which the band has become famous. TRAUMA was recently interviewed on "In The Vault With Shanda Golden". You can now watch the chat below. Read more at Loudwire and Classic Rock
- Blabbermouth reports The City Drive Entertainment Group has announced it has made a deal to film Atlanta-based hard rock icons SEVENDUST for a landmark multi-show live DVD and documentary. Production on the feature-length documentary is set to begin immediately and take six months, and will include historical footage; footage from the band's current "An Evening With Sevendust" acoustic tour; interviews; and cameos from Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE), Scott Phillips (ALTER BRIDGE and also a member of SEVENDUST guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby's band, PROJECTED), Wolfgang Van Halen and many others. City Drive/DC3 will film the concert portion of the project in New York City. They expect to film two full-length shows back-to-back: an acoustic show followed by a plugged-in show — the band's last plugged-in show of 2014. The band will offer tickets for both shows to fans at one price and they're expecting a very quick sell out. Tickets will go on sale sometime in late June. On sale info will be announced soon. The plugged-in show will showcase more firepower than SEVENDUST has ever deployed, with pyrotechnics, spectacular lighting, video projection and screens, and special effects. Drummer/vocalist Morgan Rose promises: "We're going to bring on so much production, it will amaze people. We're going to blow shit up, we're going to have fire, we're going to have dragons, we're going to have fire-breathing dragons. It may be the only time fans will ever get to see us this way!" Guitarist Clint Lowery explains: "The essence of this band is playing live and that's what we're finally documenting for this project. What's unique about it is that it will share both sides of this band — the melodic and the aggressive — with our most die-hard fans. This film is a heartfelt way to show them, our children and the whole world who we were, who we became, where we are and where we're going." "We're already on the road to make this project happen," says award-winning film director Daniel Catullo III, CEO of The City Drive Entertainment Group and DC3 Music Group, the director and producer of the project. He started shooting Sunday, June 8 at the band's show in at the Starland Theatre in Sayreville, New Jersey, just across the river from New York City. "We aim to capture the band's live essence — acoustic and plugged-in — as well as to document their long history of genre-bending innovation in the hard rock arena." "Fans will be part of the films, and how could they not be?" Catullo adds. "They are the heart of SEVENDUST's success and literally made the band's current album possible." The film will feature interviews with up to 100 fans. Catullo urges fans that want to be interviewed for the film to put in their requests at Sevendust@citydrivefilms.com. City Drive/DC3 expects to release the DVD/CD project in early 2015. SEVENDUST's new acoustic album, "Time Travelers & Bonfires", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.
- Blabbermouth reports former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo is at Scott Frankfurt's studio in Woodland Hills, California laying down tracks for a new four-song EP from PHILM. In addition to Lombardo, PHILM features in its ranks guitarist/vocalist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR). PHILM is currently seeking a suitable label to release the band's recently completed sophomore album, titled "Fire From The Evening Sun". In an interview with Cyclic Defrost, Lombardo stated about PHILM's upcoming CD: "PHILM's first album, 'Harmonic', was a musical expression unlike any other album I've worked on. Blending structured songs and improvisations was the direction I intended to take the band. PHILM's ability to improvise and create music unlike the typical sounds that have emerged within the past 20 years is refreshing to me as an artist and drummer. As the producer of the band, I suggested for this album that we leave out the improvisations and focus on structured, concise movements. I always want to change it up and keep it fresh. As we write the third album, I'm reintroducing the double-bass drums which will take the songs to a different level." "Harmonic" came out on May 15, 2012 via Ipecac Recordings. "When people hear about my involvement in PHILM, they automatically assume that it will compare to SLAYER's sound," explained Lombardo. "They couldn't be more different. I have scaled down my drum set to a four-piece, reminiscent of the drummers from the late '60s that influenced me. Each song is unique in itself, I like to refer to it as 'rhythmic emotion.' It's almost like taking all the heavy songs of the '60s and bringing that era to a modern plateau, then blending them with the modern trance and psychedelic sounds of today." Lombardo recently joined AMEN, the band led by frontman Casey Chaos, for the recording sessions of a new studio album and a U.K. tour. The refreshed AMEN lineup — completed by John Fahnestock on bass, Duke Decter and John King on guitars — is recording the new CD with longtime producer Ross Robinson (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SEPULTURA). Lombardo sat out SLAYER's Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX). Dave has since been replaced in the band by Paul Bostaph, who was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the group.
- Blabbermouth reports BABYMETAL — the heavy metal offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUINthat performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and death metal — will support pop superstar Lady Gaga on five shows in July and August:
Jul. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena
Aug. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 02 - Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe
Aug. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Aug. 06 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
BABYMETAL will also play a headlining show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on July 27. BABYMETAL became the youngest artists to ever appear at Tokyo Nippon Budokan when they took the stage at the famed venue on March 1 and March 2. Sayuri Iwai, previous holder of the title, made her Budokan debut at 15 years old and one month. She was usurped by Suzuka Nakamoto (16), Moa Kikuchi (14) and Yui Mizono (14), who hold a mean age of 14.6 years. BABYMETAL released its debut album on February 26 via Toy's Factory. The effort was made available in regular and limited editions. The CD includes five of BABYMETAL's singles that were released in 2011 - 2013, from "Doki Doki Morning" (digital single) to "Megitsune", their B-sides and three new songs. BABYMETAL released its first-ever concert Blu-ray, "Live ～Legend I, D, Z Apocalypse～", on November 20, 2013 (the limited-edition DVD box was issued on October 19). The set contains footage of the band's performances at Shibuya O-East (October 2012), Akasaka Blitz (December 2012) and Zepp Tokyo (February 2013). BABYMETAL last year embarked on the "Death Match Tour 2013" and was accompanied by a "full metal band." In the spring of 2013, Suzuka Nakamoto graduated from junior high school and therefore had to "graduate" from the group SAKURA GAKUIN (which consists of girls of up to junior high). However, it was decided by the management that BABYMETAL would not dissolve and would continue their activities as a band. Read more at Loudwire and NME
Su-Metal - Vocals and Dance
Moametal - Screamer and Dance
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- Blabbermouth reports vocalist Serge Kasongo of the Belgian grindcore act LENG TCH'E joined PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS on stage last night (Monday, June 16) at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels to perform the PANTERA classic "Death Rattle" and SUPERJOINT RITUAL's "Fuck Your Enemy". Check out the footage below. LENG TCH'E last year commenced recording the follow-up to 2010's "Hypomanic". 2012 marked the tenth anniversary of the release of LENG TCH'E's debut album, "Death By A Thousand Cuts". "Hypomanic" was released in Europe in May 2010 and in North America in June 2010 via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at Parlour Studio in Kettering, United Kingdom with producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, EVILE). LENG TCH'E in 2011 parted ways with drummer Tony Van den Eynde and replaced him with Olivier Coppens. LENG TCH'E in 2008 split with vocalist Boris Cornelissen and replaced him with Kasongo from southern Belgian band ACKROS.
- Blabbermouth reports legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen spoke to Artisan News about his autobiography titled "Relentless: The Memoir", which came out last year via Wiley. "It's been such a crazy journey," Yngwie said about the process of writing the book (see video below). "It's a very retrospective thing to do this. Since I've been doing this for very, very long, I've gone through various phases, so to speak. At times, I look back at some of the things and [I think], 'Is that really me that did that?' So, yeah, it's very reflective — you have all the good things, all the bad things and all the crazy things and whatever." How does a kid from Sweden make his way to America at the tender age of eighteen and, within a month, have people lining up to hear him play guitar? Where did he get those chops? How did he develop his singular style of playing? And what happened next? In "Relentless", Malmsteen relives the greatest and worst moments of his storied career as one of the most admired, talked about, and emulated guitarists in the world — from how he managed to buy his first Strat and assemble his first wall of Marshall amps to the truth behind the title of his 2005 "Unleash The Fury" album and beyond. At the center of Yngwie's story is his lifelong rebellion against the conventions and restrictions of the Sweden in which he was raised. "Don't stand out," he was told when he dreamed of being a professional musician. "That won't work," he was warned when he wanted to play loud or little-known songs. His entire musical career has been a proclamation that he will stand out, and it will work. That determination drove the fourteen-year-old Yngwie to make his now legendary "Powerhouse" demo tape, the recording that later caught the ear of Shrapnel Records' Mike Varney, who brought Yngwie to America in 1982. It drove Yngwie to become the de facto leader of two already existing bands before launching a solo career just eighteen months later. It also drove him to act out in sometimes bizarre ways and develop a reputation as a mercurial, perhaps unstable, personality. Yngwie recounts these incidents with neither pride nor apology, but with a great deal of color. And he gets into the seedy and unscrupulous side of rock and roll, revealing how managers, record companies, and others ripped him off, before his wife, April, rescued both him and his business. Musicians will be drawn to Yngwie's descriptions of how he composed his greatest songs and his overall approach to composition and to band dynamics. He writes with admiration about musicians, from DEEP PURPLE's Ritchie Blackmore to nineteenth-century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who influenced his playing and the development of his unique neoclassical-metal style. Whether you're a total metal freak, an aspiring musician, or someone who just loves a pull-out-all-the-stops rock-and-roll biography, you will read "Relentless" relentlessly from first page to last. The 288-page book is available for order via Amazon. Praise for "Relentless": Slash: "Yngwie literally blew my mind when he came on the L.A. music scene in the early '80s. the fastest andmost articulate, fluid, melodic, classical based rock guitarist I'd ever heard. Still the best at what he does all these years later." Steve Vai: "When Yngwie Malmsteen hit the scene in the early '80s, it was as if a monolith appeared. He was playing electric rock guitar in a way that seemed completely unearthly and had to be seen to be believed. His tone was pristine and powerful, his vibrato, intonation and control was stunning, His harmonic and melodic sensibilities were unique, his emotional investment in his melodies was captivating, and his sheer speed and technical command of the instrument was utterly breathtaking to the point of frightening for some. He absolutely set a standard of virtuosity on the instrument that has yet to be matched. He was a breath of visceral fresh air that inspired the movement of a whole new subculture of music. He was always unequivocally and unquestionably dedicated to his passions and delivered without any excuses. And since then, the bastard has just been getting better!" "I have had the good fortune of knowing him for the past 25 years and have stood next to him on stage many times. It always felt as though I was standing next to a mountain, solid, giant and forever. "A few things about Yngwie that some may not know is that he is remarkably intelligent and has a fiery sense of humor that delivers on par with his musical gifts." Joe Satriani: "Yngwie Malmsteen loves to play guitar, and he's really good at it. I know this from personal experience. I've stood right next to him on many a stage, shoulder to shoulder, trading solos, celebrating our influences, taking chances, playfully testing each others limits and putting on a great show for our fans. At the end of every performance I was sure of two things: Yngwie is an amazing guitarist, and that there is only one Yngwie Malmsteen. Let's face it, every guitarist wishes they could do what he does with those six strings and a pick, but what he does is not only super human, it is undeniably unique and original too. There are imitators, some with equal proficiency, but none that can match the heart and the confidence behind his virtuosity. "The last time we played together was at Marshall's 50th-anniversary concert at Wembley Arena in London on September 22nd, 2012, and I think it was the best I'd ever heard him play. Yes, he's getting better! I was on stage just behind the curtain warming up with my guitar as I listened to Yngwie enthrall the audience with his impeccable and furious technique. But it's his passion for music that really lights everyone up in the audience up. It's the fire burning in those hands that make every note scream. He puts all of who he is, no excuses, no apologies, into every note and every sound he makes on his guitar. "There is only one Yngwie Malmsteen."
- Blabbermouth reports "War Eternal", the new album from Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY, has registered the following first-week chart positions:
The Netherlands: #36
Japan's Oricon chart (international artists): #7
Comments ARCH ENEMY guuitarist Michael Amott: "I am truly blown away by the fan and industry support for ARCH ENEMY and our new album. "Seeing 'War Eternal' surpass previous efforts after what we went through last year is extremely gratifying, to say the least! "There are too many people involved in this to thank them all for this initial success of the record. What I can say is that we know who you are! "ARCH ENEMY is energized by the response to the new music as we continue to tour hard throughout 2014/2015. The war has just begun!" "War Eternal" was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu. ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of THE AGONIST, on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic "Wages Of Sin" (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place. In a recent interview with Turk Gitar, ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott stated about Angela's exit from ARCH ENEMY: "It was a sudden change for the fans; we know that. But, of course, these kind of big steps in life don't come easily, and I believe this was a gradual thing that kept growing in Angela's mind for some time. "We had decided to take 2013 off from the road and any sort of band activity. The only thing we were doing was writing music and also there always the plan to go into the studio and record at the end of 2013. As the scheduled recording time got closer, Angela informed us last year that she would definitely be stepping down from her position in the band. "To be honest, it was not such a huge surprise to the rest of us, as there were a lot of conversations of that nature leading up to that point. I made the changes in the band that were necessary for ARCH ENEMY to continue and keep the music alive." Regarding Alissa's more versatile vocal approach compared to that of Gossow, Amott said: "Alissa has many different vocal styles that she can do very well… She is much more versatile in that aspect than Angela. But for ARCH ENEMY, we are sticking with the aggressive vocal style that we are known for. "When I started the band in 1995, I had the idea to make the most heavy melodic band of all time, combining elements of extreme death metal heaviness and thrash speed alongside traditional heavy metal and hard rock influences with the harmonies, melodies and solos. We are very much staying true to these roots of the band on 'War Eternal'." Speaking to Metal Underground, Alissa had the following to say about "War Eternal": "The circumstances surrounding the creation of this album, writing the lyrics and recording it, I'm just happy to have it finally come out. I think people are going to like it. The production quality is amazing! I always wanted an album that would sound this full. I'm a really big fan of this album, myself. Even if I weren't in the band and ARCH ENEMY put out this album, I would pick it up and say it's great. I'm really excited." On the topic of the new album title, Alissa said: "This album ended up being a lot more personal than maybe some of my previous or Michael's previous lyrics. In the past, a topic like war or a political or global issue was what we normally wrote about. We were writing in two different bands, but we happen to have similar topics in our writing. Then when we were writing for this album, we had a collection of lyrics for this album, but we found that we were actually writing on similar things. Fighting the ongoing war in your day-to-day life, everybody has their battle going on that nobody else knows about. And then there are song titles like 'Never Forgive, Never Forget' and on and on, I think it ties in very nicely. It wasn't something we planned out, but that is the way it turned out, so it worked out really nicely. I think we really saw eye to eye and were experiencing similar things in our lives, so we ended up writing about the same topics even though we have different styles of writing lyrics."
- Blabbermouth reports on Sunday, November 9, Dutch/Norwegian rockers THE GATHERING will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a one-time special show at the beautiful new Doornroosje venue in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. All past and present members of THE GATHERING — from 1989 until 2014 — will appear on stage and perform in this unique show together. Hans Rutten, one of the original THE GATHERING members who is still in the band, says: "After 25 years of diving into the unknown, making music from the heart and trying to renew ourselves, we are very happy to be able to celebrate this with all past and present bandmembers. It is a unique gathering and we feel blessed and privileged. We have made a lot of friends all over the world throughout the years and we hope to share this evening together." Ticket sales start this Friday, June 20 at 10:00 CET at the Doornroosje ticket site.
To coincide with this unique gig, THE GATHERINGwill release a "best of" album which will be available at Doornroosje on November 9. More details will be made available soon.
The following musicians will take part in THE GATHERING's 25th-anniversary concert:
* René Rutten
* Frank Boeijen
* Hans Rutten
* Silje Wergeland
* Anneke Van Giersbergen
* Hugo Prinsen Geerligs
* Marjolein Kooijman
* Jelmer Wiersma
* Bart Smits
* Marike Groot
THE GATHERING's tenth studio album, "Disclosure", was released in September 2013 via the band's own Psychonaut Records. The CD cover artwork was created by the Chilean artist Carlos Vergara Rivera. THE GATHERING's previous album, "The West Pole", was released in North America on June 2, 2009 via Season of Mist. The CD was issued in most of Europe on May 4, 2009 via the group's own label, Psychonaut Records. "The West Pole" marked the recording debut of new THE GATHERING singer Silje Wergeland, who was previously in the Norwegian band OCTAVIA SPERATI. Singer Anneke van Giersbergen announced her departure from THE GATHERING in 2007. She has since released five albums on her own and with her AGUA DE ANNIQUE solo project: "Air" (2007), "Pure Air" (2009), "In Your Room" (2009), "Everything Is Changing" (2012) and "Drive" (2013).
- Blabbermouth reports Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD will unleash their latest studio album, "BANG!", in North America via The End Records. On June 24, the band will release the digital version of "BANG!", with a deluxe version containing three bonus tracks scheduled for release August 12. For over 20 years, GOTTHARD has toured the globe throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia in support of 14 studio and live albums, and has collected multiple gold and platinum awards along the way. Recorded at the group's own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, "BANG!" was mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (MICK JAGGER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, TINA TURNER) by Ronald Prent (SCORPIONS, DEF LEPPARD, WITHIN TEMPTATION). For the members of GOTTHARD — Nic Maeder (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) — the dynamic boogie groove of the title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. For Maeder, "BANG!" is not only his second album with GOTTHARD, but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them and his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable. Title track "BANG!", the first single off the album, truly represents the GOTTHARD sound and evolution. Catchy hooks, wailing guitars and Maeder's lush vocals grab your ear, making "BANG!" a song you will never forget. These songs are set against a background of classic GOTTHARD rock tunes like "Get Up 'N' Move On", "Jump The Gun" and "My Belief" which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, "BANG!" presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of GOTTHARD. "You can't really compare different albums, but if one record comes closest in sound, it is probably 'Lipservice' (2005), except there's more of a playful feel to 'BANG!' and the arrangements spring one or two surprises," says Habegger.
01. Let Me In Katie
03. Get Up 'N' Move On
04. Feel What I Feel
05. C'est La Vie
06. Jump The Gun
07. Spread Your Wings
08. I Won't Look Down
09. My Belief
10. Maybe (Duet Version)
11. Red On A Sleeve
12. What You Get
13. Mr. Ticket Man
14. Thank You
U.S. bonus tracks:
15. I Want It All
16. You Can't Stop Me
17. My Daddy Told Me
GOTTHARD's last album, "Firebirth", marked the band's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under." GOTTHARD's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.
- Blabbermouth reports Swedish black metallers WATAIN played their only U.S. show of the summer on Sunday, June 15 at the Brooklyn Bazaar in New York. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. According to TMZ.com, WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson "present[ed] the audience with a goat skull full of animal blood... then drench[ed] the crowd. [The members of the band] use REAL pig's blood. You hear audience members shriek... and we're told some barfed and cried. Shockingly... cops say no one complained. And no one has heard a peep from the health department." WATAIN's fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt", sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was released on August 19, 2013 in Europe and August 20, 2013 in USA via the group's own label His Master's Noise through Century Media Records. Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, "The Wild Hunt" is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN's roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band's classic sound, "The Wild Hunt" also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as Erik Danielsson puts it, "is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world." Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of "The Wild Hunt" was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the "Lawless Darkness" artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN's temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.
- Blabbermouth reports THE DAGGER (formerly DAGGER) — the Swedish metal/rock band featuring Fred Estby (drums), Tobias Cristiansson (bass), David Blomqvist (guitars) and Jani Kataja (vocals), who have been active in bands such as DISMEMBER, GRAVE and SIDEBURN— will release its self-titled debut album on June 30 in Europe and on July 22 in North America via Century Media Records. "The Dagger"contains ten tracks that combine outstanding songwriting skills with the untamable power of early '80s NWOBHM and the spirit of epic '70s rock.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Ahead Of You All
02. Call Of 9
03. Ballad Of An Old Man
05. Electric Dawn
07. Dogs Of Warning
08. Nocturnal Triumph
09. Inside The Monolithic Dome
10. Dark Cloud
The song "Skygazer" can be streamed below. THE DAGGER was formed in 2009 with the aim to create real classic hard rock/heavy metal rooted in blues rock and to perform it simply the way they like to hear it themselves. After the release of the group's debut seven-inch single "Mainline Riders" (via High Roller Records), THE DAGGER started recording its debut album at Gutterview Recorders (astudio owned by Fred Estby and Nicke Andersson) in Stockholm, where bands like IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC, '77, BULLET and MORBUS CHRON already put their material on tape. In a recent interview with Terrorizer magazine, Fred stated about how THE DAGGER came together: "At the end of 2008, I was working on the NECRONAUT album. After I had all songs down, I realized I had a bunch of material that didn't really fit for NECRONAUT but was way too good to throw away. I talked to David about this as he participated on some of the NECRONAUT songs and it turned out he also had material in the same style as mine. Not long after this, Tobias told us he had been thinking about doing something different musically than what he was doing in DISMEMBER and GRAVE. This made us intrigued to see if we could get a band together playing hard rock the way we wanted to hear it. The stuff in between us three was surprisingly similar and not like other bands in the hard rock/heavy metal genre of today." Regarding the band's slight name change (from DAGGER to THE DAGGER), Fred said: "It was all about avoiding clashes with other bands called DAGGER. There have been a few and we don't wanna be caught in a name dispute. It has happened to quite a few bands lately, as we all know."
THE DAGGER is:
* Jani Kataja (SIDEBURN) - Vocals
* Fred Estby (NECRONAUT, ex-DISMEMBER) - Drums
* David Blomqvist (ex-DISMEMBER) - Electric Guitar
* Tobias Cristiansson (GRAVE, ex-DISMEMBER) - Electric Bass
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