Saturday, December 29, 2012

STEPHEN PEARCY Backed By W.A.S.P. Bassist, Ex-WHITE LION Drummer At Wisconsin Gig (Video)


Fan-filmed video footage of Stephen Pearcy (RATT) performing the RATT classic "Back For More" on December 14 at Waverly Beach in Menasha, Wisconsin can be seen below. Backing Pearcy at the gig were former WHITE LION and ANTHRAX drummer Greg D'Angelo, guitarist Erik Ferentinos and W.A.S.P. bassist Mike Duda.

Original RATT bassist Juan Croucier rejoined the Californian rockers for their show at the M3 Rock Festival on May 12, 2012 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

Bassist Robbie Crane, who had played with RATT since 1997, quit the band in March 2012 to focus on LYNCH MOB. In September 2012, Crane "resigned" as the bass player of LYNCH MOB after "a wild two-year ride that [he] wouldn't change for anything," he said in a statement.

"Infestation", the first studio record in 11 years from RATT, sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 20, 2010 via Loud & Proud

Thursday, December 27, 2012

TERRA STIGMA Recording New Material With DISTURBED Bassist


Long Beach, New York-based hard rock band TERRA STIGMA will enter the studio in January with producer John Moyer (bassist for DISTURBED and ADRENALINE MOB) to record new material.

"We are thrilled to have a chance to work with such an accomplished music industry veteran on this record," said TERRA STIGMA bassist and songwriter Shawn Stuart. "We look forward to finally getting our new songs out there as they are our most meaningful, powerful songs to date."

TERRA STIGMA previously released two well-received CD EPs in 2008 and 2011, produced by Marc Jordan (VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT) and mastered by Tom Baker (DEFTONES, SEETHER). The gained a reputation for hitting the streets hard, playing over 200 venues and scoring opening slots for such national acts as REV THEORY, TAPROOT, ADEMA, REACH 454 and PHANTOM PLANET over the past several years. With the recent addition of lead guitarist Jared Elliot, more of the same is expected in 2013.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Craig Locicero of Forbidden Picks His Five Favorite Albums of the Year


Leading up to the end of the year, Revolver has asked some of our favorite artists to pick their Top Albums of 2012 and tell us why each record rules. Here, Craig Locicero (pictured left), guitarist of the thrash-metal band Forbidden, selects his faves.


5. Soundgarden, King Animal
“Most refreshing record of the last few years. I’m very glad they are back and sound like nothing else but Soundgarden!”



4. Jack White, Blunderbuss
“Jack White as a songwriter and a guitarist is incredible. I have a ton of respect for his entire career, even as a producer. This is one of his best records to date



3. Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage
“From the first note of this record, I was entranced and hypnotized. Their use of dynamics and syncopation keep me involved all the way from front to back. Also, some of the drum patterns are the catchiest things I’ve ever heard in metal.”



2. High on Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis
“Matt Pike = ferocious, snarling metal god! Love this record and the way it captures the bands unparalleled live power.”



1. Deftones, Koi No Yokan
“With all of the tragedy that has beset the Deftones, I am in awe of the brutal beauty that this record holds. The tones are by far the best of any record they have done and Chino Moreno’s voice has never been stronger. Chi Cheng must be proud of his brothers.”

Sunday, December 23, 2012

OBLIVION Featuring Former ALL SHALL PERISH Guitarist: 'Reclamation' Video Released


"Reclamation", the new video from San Francisco Bay Area "blackened, technical post-death metallers" OBLIVION, who feature in their ranks former ALL SHALL PERISH guitarist Ben Orum on bass, can be seen below. The special "End Of The World" version of the clip was directed by Brandon Hunt and is the first OBLIVION video to feature the band's two new members: Orum and guitarist Victor Dods (HACKSAW TO THE THROAT).

"Reclamation" comes off OBLIVION's debut album, "Called To Rise", which will be released on January 1, 2013.

OBLIVION is:

Nick Vasallo - Vocals
Ben Orum - Bass
Ted O'Neill - Guitar
Victor Dods - Guitar
Luis Martinez - Drums

Orum announced his departure from ALL SHALL PERISH earlier this month, explaining in statement that he "could not fulfill [his] duty as a touring musician any longer" due to the fact that he needed to provide for his family. He added: "While I am done with touring, I will never stop writing music. I am joining the extreme metal band OBLIVION as a bassist and contributing songwriter. We are beyond excited to unleash [our debut album] onto the metal world. I've always been into death metal and extreme music, [and] this is my return to true death metal."


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Interview: A Day To Remember Frontman Jeremy McKinnon on New Song “Violence (Enough Is Enough)” and Their Next Album(revolvermag.com)


A Day to Remember just premiered their new song, “Violence (Enough Is Enough),” which you can listen to here. Revolver got the exclusive interview with vocalist Jeremy McKinnon about the song and their highly anticipated new album due out next year.

REVOLVER: What’s “Violence (Enough Is Enough)” about?
JEREMY McKINNON: I was just trying to talk about different perspectives from the world and why people do terrible things to each other. It started out, to me, feeling like you’re helpless. It felt like everything is so much bigger than you–there are people above you no matter where you go. That kind of control of what you can and can’t do. It’s really not meant to be political as it might sound–that’s just never been our band. But it’s that feeling that things are out of your hands. I wanted it to have this dark, ominous feeling.

The Ke$ha song “Die Young” got pulled from radio stations earlier today due to the recentness of the school shooting in Connecticut. Considering the title of your new song, did you worry at all about how people would take it?
It really sucks. I was really upset with what happened the past week. It is really, really terrible timing and I’m worried sick that people are gonna read too much into things in this song. It’s terrible because I was really, really leaning on the music video to tie it all together. We were hoping we could have gotten the video shot and released the same day, but it just didn’t turn out that way. It’s been rough. We’re trying to get things done as fast as possible, but it just hasn’t been working out.

Let’s talk about something more positive. You’ve been doing some vocal recordings in your room. How is the new album coming along?
Yeah, we’re wrapping things up right now. I built a studio. We self-funded the entire record. It’s been a ride. I can’t really touch on the whole story because there are legal problems involved. [The band is in a legal battle with its former record label, Victory Records]. When this is said and done, it’s gonna be one hell of a story. It’s very hard. Really the only income we have is from playing shows. So no income for half the year. That will definitely drain your funds. But I always thought the sky’s the limit. I think this record is gonna show what this band is capable of. I feel like, honestly, we’ve figured it out–how to write really, really heavy parts.

This song sounds definitely more metal-influenced than a lot of your other songs.
We haven’t really had a huge metal influence since [2007’s] For Those Who Have Heart. I understand growing up listening to heavy music, a lot of bands when they get popular, they tend to drop the whole heavier portion of their music. It’s almost like the people who like that music are just waiting to pounce on you the second you do it. We’re gonna have more heavier songs than on the past two records together. But with A Day To Remember, it’s not that simple because A Day To Remember isn’t one band.

We are trying to be your favorite band. Period. We’re trying to play all of your favorite styles of music and not have to switch CDs because I want to hear a pop-punk song or a hardcore song or an acoustic rock ballad. I think us doing all these different genres and doing them better makes us stand out. You can see that with us going on tour. We go on tour with straight-up metal acts, straight-up hardcore acts, then we’ll come home and go on a straight pop tour. Show me another band that can do that.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Suicide Silence Announce Mitch Lucker Memorial Show Details


Suicide Silence have just released more details about their special memorial show for singer Mitch Lucker, who died tragically last month from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

The show will see the remaining members of Suicide Silence perform an extensive set featuring a different vocalist on each song.

Proceeds for the show will go to a memorial created in Lucker’s honor, which will go toward’s providing the singer’s young daughter, Kenadee, with an education. If you can’t make it out to the show, you can still donate to the fund at CLICK HERE

tickets are on sale at HERE

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Live Evil: My Dying Bride London Islington Academy Review


An appropriately cold December evening sees the return to the Vapital of Yorkshire’s finest doom-merchants, My Dying Bride. Following a storming set at last month’s Damnation festival, it’s fair to say that anticipation among the assembled masses is strong and judging simply from the ever-reliable t-shirt barometer, there’s clearly a huge number who are here for their second dose of British darkness in as many months.

Opening the ceremony is London’s own TALANAS [7] with a fairly unique progressive death metal horde that displays a strong combination of proficiency and heart. A relatively long set time means they have more than enough time to demonstrate the full range of their songwriting abilities. There’s a reasonable comparison to be made with the late, great Akercocke and when Jason Mendonca appears on stage for a guest vocal spot, it’s a set highlight that demonstrates a band with the ideas and abilities to go very far indeed.

My Dying Bride [9] have always been an incredibly weighty live experience. By the time they appear onstage to rapturous applause, there is a palpable atmosphere of anticipation and as the opening strains of Kneel Till Doomsday blast out into the room, it’s apparent that the band are more than capable of living up to expectations.

Turning in a set that spans the entire back catalogue, songs like To Remain Tombless and The Dreadful Hours resonate with devastating emotion. While on record, My Dying Bride have always been spectacular, it’s in a live setting that they really come to life, the sheer visceral force of each song being amplified by an order of magnitudes.

The juxtaposition between perfect melancholy and crushing brutality is marked and as the set progresses, it becomes easy to forget the outside world entirely. As the classic, timeless opening riff of The Cry Of Mankind open a triumvirate of closing songs, the emotional impact is complete and as the house lights come up it’s clear to all in attendance that My Dying Bride are one of the most powerful live forces in the entire heavy metal corpus.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rammstein Premiere New “Explicit” Music Video, “Mein Herz Brennt”

Rammstein have unveiled the new “explicit” video for “Mein Herz Brennt” from 2001′s Mutter. The clip appears in Rammstein’s new compilation Videos 1995-2012, due out January 15th. The set contains over seven hours of material featuring 25 music videos, 24 behind-the-scenes clips of the making-of-the-videos, and a 56-page booklet. Order your copy here

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Buckcherry Announce New Album, Release Free Download of New Song


Multi-platinum rockers Buckcherry have announced the release of their sixth studio album, Confessions, for early 2013.

Fans can get an early taste of Confessions by download a free copy of their new song, “Gluttony,” at this location. A lyric video for the track can also be seen below.

As previously reported, Buckcherry will join Kid Rock on his 2013 Rebel Soul Arena Tour. Full dates for the trek can be found below the video.

Confessions is out February 19, 2013 via Century Media.

Solo Shows:

12/27 Libertyville, IL Austin’s Fuel Room
12/28 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino And Resort
12/31 Las Vegas, NV Fremont Street Experience (with Queensrÿche, Quiet Riot, Pop Evil, Otherwise)
1/2 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
1/5 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
1/6 Calgary, AB Back Alley

With Kid Rock and Hellbound:

2/2 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
2/5 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
2/7 Beaumont, TX Ford Park Event Center

Solo Show:

2/9 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

With Kid Rock and Hellbound:

2/10 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
2/13 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
2/15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
2/16 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
2/18 Fort Myers, FL Germain Arena
2/20 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
2/21 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
2/23 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
2/24 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
2/26 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2/27 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium
3/1 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
3/2 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Pays Tribute to Dimebag Darrell


When did you first meet Dimebag Darrell?
ROB HALFORD Priest was in Canada rehearsing for the Painkiller tour. I was doing an interview from the hotel room and I turned the telly on to [Canadian music-video channel] Much Music. The sound was turned off, and I saw this guy and he’s got a British Steel T-shirt on. So I quickly finished the interview, and I turned the volume up and he’s just talking about his band, Pantera, and Cowboys From Hell. And just watching him and listening to him on the television, you just felt like, This is a great guy. Firstly, I saw a clip of the band. I was like, My God, this guitar player is fucking phenomenal, besides the rest of the band. And then just hearing him talk I thought, I really would like to meet this guy. So I called up Much Music and I said, “Was that Darrell? Is he still there?” It wasn’t Dimebag in those days, it was Diamond Darrell. They said, “Yeah, he still is” And he was like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe it, I’m wearing a Priest shirt.” And I said, “Yeah, I’ve just seen you on the Much Music.” He said, “Oh man, I’d love to see you. We got a show tonight at the club in Toronto.” I’m pretty much sure that it was Pantera and Stryper. So I went down there, and we had a great time together, and we just talked about metal, this, that, and the other. I think jammed “Metal Gods” with them. It’s a bit blurry, it should be more significant than this, but this is 1991. I was clean and sober then, but you know how things get jumbled up in your brain. So that was the start of that.

And I told [Judas Priest guitarists] Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing specifically after that, “I’ve seen this band. They’re absolutely fucking amazing and they are going to be huge. They are going to be huge!” And I said, “We should try to get him on the tour.” So, to cut a long story short, we brought them with us on the Priest Painkiller tour of Europe and nobody had a clue who they were. They had no distribution as far as I understood in Europe. So they went out blind, in front of Germans and French and whatever. I used to watch every show, and the first reaction fans gave them was, Who the hell is this? And it was like, Oh my fucking God, what’s going on in front of my eyes? They would just win an audience over in 30, 40 minutes. From playing fresh, new music that nobody had heard before. The communication was instant with that band. So there it was. So by the time we’d done the European tour, and they went back to the States, Cowboys was shooting up the charts. And that was it, they were off and running. They were just launched into the stratosphere on that first release.

You mentioned his British Steel shirt. He used to wear a razorblade necklace in honor of your album. Did he ever tell you about that?
Yeah, and he had it tattooed on his leg as well. He loved that record. It meant everything to him. It was one that he said was very inspiring to him as a guitar player and as a musician in general. That’s great, isn’t it?

Shortly after you toured with them, you worked with him on the song “Light Comes Out of Black,” for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack. How did that come together?
I was away from Priest. Sony were working on the soundtrack. They wanted Sony artists and asked me to write a song. I hadn’t written as a solo writer for years and years and years. But it’s one of those things where you don’t know what you can do until you put your nose to the grindstone. So I wrote “Light Comes Out of Black,” and I was stuck. And I got Dime’s number, and I called him up and I said, “Here’s the deal.” And he goes, “Let’s do it. Just get in the plane and come down to Dallas.” So that’s what I did the next day, went to the studio, laid the track down in a very short space of time. Phil wandered by, said “Oh, how’s it going, ‘metal god’?” So I told him and he said, “You got a spot for me?” I said, “Pfft, here’s the mic.” So Phil joins me on the back end of the song. And it turned out really god. It’s amazing to think that that’s a Pantera song really. It is Pantera with me on lead vocals, and Phil obviously doing the outro sections. But it’s a Pantera song really.


Did you play guitar on a demo and send it to him originally?
Yeah, I put my very primitive…I just don’t have the mental capacity to do what guitar players do.

What was exceptional about working with Dime?
His interpretation of the song. His phrasing, the feel was unique. Let’s face it. You look at rock and roll. You’ve got Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, you’ve got Eddie Van Halen. I’m just going through a list off the top of my head, you obviously got Dimebag. Obviously, Glenn [Tipton, Priest guitarist], [Iron Maiden’s] Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, all of these significant lead heavy-metal, hard-rock guitar players. And Dimebag…I’m mentioning them now because they’re very influential. All of those guitar players have been very influential to not only music but specifically to other guitar players around the world. And there’s no doubt that Dimebag’s impression was just monumental. If you took Dimebag out of the equation, metal would sound totally different right now, without a doubt it would, definitely.

What was the last time you talked to Dime?
I’m pretty certain it was Aladdin in Las Vegas on the Halford Resurrection tour with Iron Maiden. It might have happened maybe once, twice after that.

Where were you when you heard Dime had died?
I was in my house in Phoenix. I think somebody texted me or somebody called me, and my legs went from underneath me. I just hit the deck. This can’t be real. I put the TV on, and it was actually on CNN. I just sat there in disbelief. And then I balled like a baby, like you should do. I just cried my eyes out. And you just don’t know what to do. You’re full of confusion, you’re full of anger, you want to fucking smash things to pieces. You want to play the music; you want to call Phil. All of these things are going on in your head. And obviously, Pat [Lachman] was singing for Damageplan at the time. I wanted to call Pat. Do you call, do you not call? What the fuck’s going on? Just a bazillion things are going around your head at the same time. But it was just terrible. It’s just seems inconceivable. I don’t think, now, that’s never happened to anybody else, has it? I mean, we lost people through self-induced things, like booze and drugs. We’ve lost people like Ronnie [James Dio] with the kinds of illnesses. But to be fucking brutally murdered is just insane. Absolutely insane. John Lennon is the only other person, isn’t it? They’re both in good company, as far as what they mean and how they’ve lived on in our lives. How Dimebag will always live on. That’s the only bit of solace you’ve got. It’s that the work that they made will live forever. That’s the blessing.



Saturday, December 8, 2012

JASON NEWSTED Putting Finishing Touches On His New Band's Debut Album


Former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted has posted the following message on his Facebook page:

"I want y'all to know that I am ultra-proud of my time in [METALLICA]... I am thankful for the wonderful experiences of our 15 years together and I will always be open to jammin' with the boys... I am very happy in my life now! I have a new band that bears my own name, we're just finishing our first record, I'm feeling strong again playing bass and singing lead vocals and you all wiil be hearing it in one month's time!!!! New year, new band, new life!! Bless you all and I can't wait to share my music with everyone!! I'm entrusting all of my friends to help me get the word out!!! Jason's back!"

In a recent interview with Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Newsted stated about his plans to release original music via his newly launched official web site, NewstedHeavyMetal.com, "It'll be called Newsted Heavy Metal Music. Whatever it ends up being — if it's five songs, 20 songs, 50 songs… I don't even know what the heck I'm gonna do. I have so much music from over the years. I have a bunch of new stuff, I have so many mixes of projects with people — new players, young players, old-school players like myself — so I'm just trying to figure out exactly what I wanna unleash on everybody first. That's kind of what it's coming down to — the timing of things and how I wanna hit people with it, and which stuff [to release first]."

Asked how he plans to release his music, Jason said, "I see a couple of the old avenues still being there that will always be there in the purest form — making the vinyl and everybody having the special-edition vinyl to be able to read the lyrics, stuff like you and I loved the most, that's the closest to us that's the most endearing and the most personal. So that's always gonna be there and I never wanna dismiss that, so that will be percentage of it for the fans that really dig the real American kick-ass guitar music … And then the newest avenues that I'm just really now learning about as I expose myself to all this stuff… I saw a piece of one of ['That Metal Show' espisodes on VH1 Classic] and somebody talked about DOWN and some other bands doing four tracks at a time in EP form every few months, letting people have some fresh metal. I think that's a pretty good concept, a pretty good formula — I'm hip to that, [and] I'd like to warm up to that. Since it is new territory for me, I'm really open to that idea; I think it's a good way to spread stuff."

Newsted married his longtime girlfriend Nicole Leigh Smith in October.

In his acceptance speech at METALLICA's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April 2009, Jason thanked Nicole — whom he referred to as "the love of my life" — for "standing by me through the last seven years of challenges and adventures."

Thursday, December 6, 2012

STEVEN ADLER On His New Band ADLER: 'I Just Love Being Part Of A Team' (blabbermouth.net)


Joe Daly of The Nervous Breakdown recently conducted an interview with ADLER members Steven Adler (drums; also formerly of GUNS N' ROSES) and Lonny Paul (guitar). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Nervous Breakdown: You recently said that you haven't been this excited about playing music since your days in GUNS N' ROSES. What is it about this lineup that's so different?

Steven: It's just a great team. Growing up and having Slash as a best friend, I couldn't have been more blessed. But to meet someone when you're forty seven years old, like I did with Lonny Paul, to have another best friend when you're forty seven is a double-blessing. I just love being part of a team. I love that camaraderie where we're all on the same page, we're all after the same goal… we're like a Super Bowl team! We're trying to get to the Super Bowl, which for us is the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The Nervous Breakdown: Speaking of that, the last time I saw you was on the day that you received word that GUNS N' ROSES had been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. You walked into the Rainbow that morning, having just received the call. Looking back now, having been inducted, how did it all go down for you, personally?

Steven: I couldn't have asked for a better way to end that chapter of my life. And now, with this new record and new band, I couldn't have asked for a better way to start the new chapter of my life.

The Nervous Breakdown: When you sat down to put ADLER together, did you give any thought to how it might relate to your GN'R legacy? Specifically, was there a conscious decision to avoid sounding too much like "Appetite For Destruction"?

Steven: It didn't even enter my thinking. Of course, there's nothing wrong with the GUNS sound; I love the GUNS sound and I'm proud of the GUNS sound. But that was five different guys. And now there's four different guys that I'm working with now, and this is what we came up with and we had a blast making it. I just hope that the people listening to the record can hear the fun and the excitement and the passion that we had making this record. We're hoping you can hear that.

The Nervous Breakdown: Slash guested on this album (on the song "Just Don't Ask"). Steven, didn't you teach Slash his very first guitar chord?

Steven: Yeah, I first met Slash in junior high school. After we met up, we went to my grandmother's, where I lived off of Fairfax and Santa Monica. I had a little amplifier and a little cheap guitar and I knew two chords and two scales and he came over my house and we went into my grandpa's room and put my KISS record on, turned the little amplifier up and I did these crazy little Ace Frehley moves. I showed him the two chords and two scales that I knew and within a week he was already playing and writing songs. He's brilliant, and I couldn't have asked for a better best friend growing up.

The Nervous Breakdown: With everything that you guys have been through, together and separately, what was it like to finally play with him again?

Steven: It was the best way to start this new chapter of my life. He wouldn't let me watch him record… once he got there, we said hi, and he said, "Get out!" [laughs] But I didn't get out. I was hiding in the laundry room, right next to him. I was right next to his room! It was great. It made me feel good because he's very particular about who he works with. He wouldn't work with me in the past because of my addiction problems, and he just doesn't want to be around it. So for me, to have got myself to a place in my life where he's willing to come around me and wanting to be around me, I couldn't be happier and more proud. Things have changed. I'll tell you, the biggest change was when Dr. Drew got a hold of Slash and I got the opportunity to apologize to Slash for blaming him for everything that happened in my life. Once I took responsibility for my own actions and started making amends, everything in my life became so much easier. Of course, I still have issues but that's to be expected; I did drugs for thirty five years! It's like going in the ring with Manny Pacquiao; it's gonna take some time to heal after they kick you out of the ring. [laughs] It's just nice that I got to the point of my healing where Slash is wanting to be a part of my life again, and to have him work with me is a plus.

Read the entire interview from The Nervous Breakdown.

"The One That You Hated" video:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

METAL CHURCH Singer RONNY MUNROE: New Audio Interview Posted Online


On October 23, Jason Saulnier of the MusicLegends.ca web site conducted an interview with METAL CHURCH vocalist Ronny Munroe. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Ronny Munroe's "The Vision" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Jill Lange Nesbitt and features an appearance by Ronny's daughter Tianna.

Musicians featured in the video:

Vocals - Ronny Munroe
Guitar 1 - Rick Van Zandt
Guitar 2 - Dennis Drake
Bass - George Hernandez
Drums - Bobby Nesbitt

Munroe's new solo album, "Lords Of The Edge", came out on October 18, 2011 via Rat Pak Records. The CD features the guitar mastery of Stu Marshall (EMPIRES OF EDEN), Chris Caffery (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE), and Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE) and is described in a press release as "a true metal offering that delivers an onslaught of fist-pumping, guitar-driven heavy metal."

"We wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time, true metal fans could hear everything that we were influenced by growing up in the classic metal era," said Ronny. "'Lords Of The Edge' sounds a little bit like what would happen if you put METAL CHURCH's 'Light In The Dark' CD into a blender with QUEENSRŸCHE's first EP and JUDAS PRIEST's 'Painkiller', then mixed it with some present-day themes and a shot of pure adrenaline."

The opening tracks, "Just Breathe" and "Full Circle", offer fast and furious guitar assaults with high-energy vocals, while tracks like "The Vision" and "Touched By A Demon" take on a more haunting melodic approach that set up the listener for the gritty, power-metal influenced tracks like "Let Them Feed" and "Rock And A Hard Place".

Interview:
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The Vision" video:


Monday, December 3, 2012

LARCENY Signs With SAOL; Debut Album Due Early Next Year


Southern Germany-based melodic thrash metal sextet LARCENY will release its debut album, "My Fall", in early 2013 via SAOL (Service For Artist Owned Labels). The CD was recorded at R.E.D. studios with producer Achim Lindermair.

According to a press release, LARCENY has " a lot of different influences, like death, black and thrash metal, but also metalcore, which seems to be an interesting mix."

Comments the band: "We are seeing an influence from all sorts of styles of metal music (and occasionally even beyond metal) which at times makes things complicated. Yet there is a special type of harmony between us. We would never stop rehearsals before we are sure that we feel really good about our songs."

LARCENY is:

Anna Rantou - Vocals
Oliver Gaupp - Vocals, Guitar
Andreas Augat - Lead Guitar
Conny Ott - Keyboards
Lukas Frankenhauser - Bass
Dennis Siebert - Drums


Friday, November 30, 2012

METALLICA Takes Ownership Of Its Masters, Launches New Record Label



METALLICA announced today that they have taken ownership of all their master recordings including all music and long-form videos, a move almost unprecedented for musicians signed to recording contracts. Under provision of their renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all masters revert back to the band as of today, November 30, 2012.

"We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America," said the band's James Hetfield.

METALLICA also announced the launch of their new record label, Blackened Recordings. Blackened Recordings was created by the band as a home for all of their recordings, both audio and visual, and anything else that suits them. Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties and will enter into a deal with Rhino Entertainment, who will manufacture and distribute its releases in North America. Blackened Recordings will license their releases to the Universal Music Group internationally.

"It's always been about control for us as a band," said METALLICA's Lars Ulrich. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."

The first release from Blackened will be "Quebec Magnetic" on Monday, December 10, 2012. "Quebec Magnetic" is a live DVD capturing the two World Magnetic live shows from Quebec City in the fall of 2009. The setlist for the DVD was voted on by over 35,000 fans at Metallica.com this past September. Fans can order it from the band's web site, www.metallica.com.

A message from METALLICA to the band's fans: "We like to make it a point here not to bore you with the not-so-exciting business aspects of making and sharing music, but we're so psyched about our new adventure that we just had to tell you about it as we officially launch our very own record label, Blackened Recordings.

"Some of you, who have followed along throughout the years, are aware that in 1994 we renegotiated our contract with the Warner Music Group, which resulted in a joint venture with our record company for releasing all of our recordings including longform videos. Per that agreement, as of today we have taken ownership of all of our master recordings and Blackened Recordings will be the home of all of our current albums and videos along with all future releases including the December 10 release of the 'Quebec Magnetic' DVD and Blu-ray.

"You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things 'TALLICA to give you 110% on every single level every single time. Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny. We're looking forward to making more music and getting it all out to you in our own unique way.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

THIN LIZZY: Aalborg Concert Footage Available


Fan-filmed video footage of THIN LIZZY's November 25 performance at Skråen in Aalborg, Denmark can be seen below.

After a very successful two-year run with the current lineup, THIN LIZZY recently made a decision to not release a new album under the THIN LIZZY name.

Commented guitarist Scott Gorham: "Out of respect to [late THIN LIZZY frontman] Phil Lynott and the legacy he created, we have decided that we should not release a new album under the THIN LIZZY name. It was a very difficult decision as we put a lot of time and effort into rebuilding the THIN LIZZY brand over recent years. Releasing a new album was the only way to continue this success.

"We all know how much Phil meant to this band and the fans.

"We have written 20 songs that we all feel very strongly do the band and THIN LIZZY name credit. We believe Phil would have been proud of them.

"We always knew a new record was a touchy subject with some people and as such really want the quality of these songs to be heard by everyone without any judgment or prejudice. To that end, we have decided not to release these songs under the name THIN LIZZY.

"We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the years and to all our fans. We will release this material soon and you will be hearing some great new music with the classic THIN LIZZY sound intact. We will announce future plans early in the New Year."

Added frontman Ricky Warwick: "Our plan always was to put out new music to keep the name THIN LIZZY alive and fresh with all the band's fans — old and new.

"Nobody respects Phil as much as I do and singing his songs for the past two years has been an incredible honor and something I will never forget.

"Our plan was to always keep the band on top of their game, with great shows and great production to honor all that was Phil Lynott and his iconic body of work.

"Without a new album to gain new press and keep the momentum we have built up over the past two years, we are worried the THIN LIZZY brand and all it stands for will diminish to a point we would never want to see. Therefore, our regular touring as THIN LIZZY will cease at the end of this year after our European tour. I do want to stress that this does not necessarily mean we will never play together again as THIN LIZZY. If there are options for other parts of the world, in territories that this line up has never visited then, we may still play odd shows in 2013 and beyond if people want to see us."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bullet For My Valentine - Confirmed For Download 2013


Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine are a surprise confirmation for Download 2013. The announcement was made after Bullet For My Valentine mistakenly posted Download Festival dates on the tour page of their official website. Download Festival booker Andy Copping has later confirmed via Twitter that Bullet For My Valentine have indeed been added to the 2013 line-up.

They join headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, as well as Queens Of The Stone Age, Motörhead, Alice In Chains, HIM, Volbeat and more.

Bullet For My Valentine will also hit the following UK venues next year:

March 12th - O2 Academy, Birmingham
March 13th - O2 Academy, Glasgow
March 15th - O2 Apollo, Manchester
March 17th - Roundhouse, London

The band recently released a new video for their new single "Temper Temper", which is available below. Download 2013 organizers might have also had a bit of a temper after that full disclosure.



SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Will Always Be The Singer Of SKID ROW, No Matter What'


Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was interviewed on this past Friday's (Novermber 23) edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On his claim in a Twitter posting that he was in the studio recording with a "top-secret project that will revolutionize popular music as we know it":

Bach: "You know what's so hilarious? We've entered this new form of media where web sites make articles about tweets. I tweet all day and I mess with people. I sit there like this bored. I'm like this. [Makes snoring sound]

"I'm working on something. 'Cause I am working on two projects that I'm not allowed to tell you what they are yet, which really stinks. We have to wait until this week; they're gonna announce 'em … They're both my things… adding to my catalog. But one thing is a totally new thing. I can't tell you [what it is]; it sucks [that I am not allowed to talk about it]. I asked my manager, 'Can I announce this?' And they're, like, 'No.' They've very big, big, big, big projects. But I'm in the recording studio.

"And I'm just sitting there bored [and tweeting], 'I'm working on a project that will change the course of music history.' And, to me, every time I sing, that's changing the course of history. And then it's like, every web site [picks up the story]… 'Sebastian Bach…' And then I read in the comments, 'Oh, he's recording with Steven Spielberg on the new 'Star Wars' project.' [laughs] And I'll get in a spat with my girl, Minnie [Bach's model girlfriend Minnie Gupta], who I love with all my heart. And I'll say, 'We broke up,' and then every web site [will post an article], 'They broke up,' and then the next day we're back together. [And then they'll write] 'Oh, they're back together.' It's like, you can't make news articles out of every single tweet. I'm just tweeting."

On what he is working on now:

Bach: "This week I am announcing two gigantic projects. And I have a record deal on the table from Frontiers. [They just told me], 'Just turn it in whenever you’ve got 13 songs that you love.' But for me, I'm super-critical of what I put my name on, and it all has to sound really amazing to me."

"My next record will definitely be another solo record.

"[Bach's last solo album] 'Kicking & Screaming' did really good; everybody loved it. The video for the title track's got a million plays on YouTube. I mean, a million plays is a million plays."

On sobriety:

Bach: "[I've been sober] 17 [days] in a row. I had one slip-up, and before that slip-up, I was 10 days. So it's like [I've been sober] 27 days with one slip-up.

"I've been partying my whole life, and a couple of things happened that shocked me. Two things, specifically. My drummer of my solo band, Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell, died at the age of… He wasn't [even] 50. He was my best drinking buddy in my life.

"I joined the band MADAM X when I was 17, and he was five years older than me.

"When I was in MADAM X, I came from a band in Toronto called KID WIKKID. I was a beer-drinker then. I'd drink beers after… just like normal. Then I joined MADAM X, and hanging out with Mark, it was just our routine after every single rehearsal, or after every single show, or at the end of every day, we would drink a ton of beer. And it was fun. And everybody was doing it. We're talking about 1985, '86. And that was just the scene; that's what we did. And I was very young. And I kind of never knew any other way; I didn't know wnay other way to live. We'd do a show, get hammered, drive to the next town, wake up, and just do that for years. And, of course, SKID ROW, we toured with PANTERA — we were out with them on their first tour — and GUNS N' ROSES we toured with, and MÖTLEY CRÜE and AEROSMITH and BON JOVI, and all of those bands know how to party.

"I played with Mark for years and I had to not play with him, because he was taking things too far.

"I've never done a show drunk; I've never had a sip of alcohol before I go on stage. I'm always straight as an arrow because it means everything to me and I wanna be the best I can be. But afterwards, I'll make up for it.

"So he was always sad that we stopped playing together. He was on my Facebook page, saying, 'Hey, Baz, I heard you were trying to quit drinking. I know it's tough. But hang in there. You can do it.' And then I get a call that he's in the hospital out of nowhere. So I go, 'He's sick in the hospital? What?' And he went to the hospital and the doctor said, 'You've only got a couple of days to live. Your organs are failing,' and all this stuff. And then two days later, he's dead.

"[Rock and roll] supposed to be fun. And there are so many [artists] that have died — like Shannon Hoon, Amy Winehouse, Jani Lane… just from drinking. And I just wanna live and be happy and rock.

"Even more heavy to me than other musicians and stuff, I've got this girl that I'm so into… I'm six-foot-four — I'm a big dude — and she's like, 'Sebastian, you can't drink anymore.' I'm like, 'Why?' She goes, ''Cause you're so big, you're scary. You're in my face, spitting in my face, and your arms are all over the place and you're loud and I think you're gonna get in a fight or get hurt or get in a car crash or go to jail.' And she's like, 'You can either keep doing that, or you can be with me and not do that.' And I totally chose the latter."

On why a reunion of SKID ROW's classic lineup hasn't happened yet:

Bach: "There's one dude out of five that doesn't wanna do it; it's so simple. That's what's happening.

"I will always be the singer of SKID ROW, no matter what. There's no other guy. It's like… John Corabi [who was briefly in MÖTLEY CRÜE as Vince Neil's replacement in the mid-1990s], I love ya — it's great — but where's Vince? I mean, that's the way it is. Walk down the street with me and count how many times [people scream out], 'Youth Gone Wild! SKID ROW!' It's like people shout out of the cars.

"Dude, if a promoter comes to me with a legitimate business offer, it's very easy for me to walk on the stage and stand behind a mic and sing my own songs that I've been doing for 25 years.

"If one dude wants to make all the fans that put us where we are happy… I mean, we all talk about KISS all the time. KISS makes the fans the boss. I mean, I think it's kind of crazy. It's like you take your football and you go home and the game is over, 'cause it's your football. It's like, 'Can I borrow your football? 'Cause we've got a game going here.'"
(from blabbermouth.net)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

MACHINE HEAD Forced To Miss Tonight's Portland Concert


San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have released the following statement:

"MACHINE HEAD are currently stuck on the side of the road a few hours outside of Portland after their bus broke down earlier this afternoon, and unfortunately must announce that they will miss tonight's show [with DETHKLOK and ALL THAT REMAINS]. Pouring rain and heinous traffic mean that even if they could get the bus running, they'd never make it in time, frustrating all involved to no end.

"Sincerest apologies from the band to all of the fans expecting to see MACHINE HEAD play tonight. Trust that they're as disappointed as you are by these maddening circumstances.

"VIPs note: You will be contacted directly with info regarding obtaining a refund."

MACHINE HEAD was forced to miss the last several shows on the DETHKLOK tour after MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn underwent successful surgery on November 14 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota to repair his double inguinal hernia. He spent the past several days home in California recovering and preparing for what was supposed to be the band's first show back on the tour tonight in Portland.

"Machine Fucking Head Live", the new live album from MACHINE HEAD, sold 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It's the band's second live effort; "Hellalive" came out in 2003.

"Machine Fucking Head Live" was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band's expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like "Imperium", "Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End" and "Halo".

Sunday, November 18, 2012

SABATON: Gothenburg Concert Filmed For Upcoming DVD; Video Available


A series of clips from last night's (Friday, November 16) SABATON concert at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. The entire show was professionally filmed and recorded for the band's upcoming DVD and Blu-ray, tentatively due in 2013. The band states, "A huge thanks to the fantastic crowd! This was an amazing night that we never will forget!"

SABATON has just finished headlining the "Swedish Empire Tour" with support from ELUVEITIE and WISDOM.

SABATON's new album, "Carolus Rex", was certified gold in the group's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)

"Carolus Rex" was released on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which was made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

SABATON earlier in the year parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. The band's new touring lineup is as follows:

Joakim Brodén - Vocals
Pär Sundström - Bass
Chris Rörland (NOCTURNAL RITES) - Guitar
Thobbe Englund (WINTERLONG, RAUBTIER) - Guitar
Robban Bäck (BALTIMOORE, PREY) - Drums

Friday, November 16, 2012

ROYAL HUNT: '20th Anniversary - Special Edition' Promotional Video


Frontiers Records will release ROYAL HUNT's new box set, "20th Anniversary - Special Edition", on November 23 in Europe and January 21, 2013 in North America.

After the highly successful 20th-aniversary tour in support of ROYAL HUNT's latest album, "Show Me How To Live", ROYAL HUNT decided to celebrate the occasion with this very special "best-of" package containing three CDs and one DVD. The release will include the best ROYAL HUNT songs from all 11 albums, a brand new song plus three newly recorded acoustic versions of three additional tracks and a DVD featuring all the promotional video clips shot by the band during their long ride.

Disc 1:

01. Flight
02. Kingdom Dark
03. Stranded
04. Clown In The Mirror
05. Wasted Time
06. Epilogue
07. Time
08. Far Away
09. 1348
10. River Of Pain
11. Tearing Down The World
12. Message To God

Disc 2:

01. Cold City Lights
02. Follow Me
03. Surrender
04. The Mission
05. Can't Let Go
06. Paper Blood
07. Season's Change
08. The First Of Rock
09. Tears Of The Sun
10. The Well
11. Shadowman
12. Hard Rain Is Coming
13. Half Past Loneliness

Disc 3:

01. Save Me (new song)
02. One By One (new recording, unplugged version)
03. Bodyguard (new recording, unplugged version)
04. Restless (new recording, unplugged version)
05. Bad Luck
06. Double Conversion
07. U-Turn
08. Sixth Sense
09. Day Is Dawning

Disc 4 DVD:

Videos:

01. Land Of Broken Hearts
02. Day In Day Out
03. Clown In The Mirror
04. Far Away
05. Last Goodbye
06. Stay Down
07. River Of Pain
08. Tearing Down The World
09. Martial Arts
10. Third Stage
11. Wasted Time
12. Interview
13. Message To God

A promotional video for "20th Anniversary – Special Edition" can be seen below.

ROYAL HUNT mastermind, writer and keyboard player Andre Andersen says: “To our fans, this will be a great journey through memory lane and for the new fans, a chance to poses a sample of the BEST there is to offer from the Royalty itself! Enjoy!"

ROYAL HUNT is:

Andre Andersen - Keyboards
DC Cooper - Vocals
Allan Sorensen - Drums
Andreas Passmark - Bass
Jonas Larsen - Guitar

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NIGHTWISH Mainman Says No Decision Regarding New Singer Will Be Made Before 2014


Finnish television channel Nelonen's news program "Nelosen Uutiset" last week conducted a short interview with Tuomas Holopainen, keyboardist and main songwriter of the Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH. You can watch the segment below. An English-language translation follows.

Q: So, you have a temporary singer in the band now [Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen of REVAMP and AFTER FOREVER]. When are you going to reveal who is the permanent new singer of NIGHTWISH and how are you going to pick her?

Tuomas: "If only I knew. We have agreed with Floor that we'll perform the concerts that have been already scheduled through the end of next summer and we'll enjoy ourselves. The feeling in the band is amazing at the moment. But what happens after that and whether Floor will continue, we don't even want to think about yet. Anything is possible, but nothing will be decided before 2014."

Q: What kind of differences of opinion were there between the band and the former singer, Anette Olzon?

Tuomas: "Now we are touching on a subject that we don't want to discuss anymore. Everything we wanted to say was in the statement we gave month ago. So let's just leave it at that."

Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.

Floor handled lead-vocal duties on NIGHTWISH's recent North American and U.K. tours after the group parted ways with Olzon at the end of September.

In a blog post on her official web site at FloorJansen.com, Floor said, "It is now 10 years ago I joined NIGHTWISH on tour with AFTER FOREVER as their support act. We stayed in touch ever since and that made the whole situation so much easier and smooth."

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.

NIGHTWISH stated about the sudden singer switch, "In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover."

They added, "We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

"We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together."


Monday, November 12, 2012

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: 'Temper Temper' Video Released


"Temper Temper", the new video from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, can be seen below. The track is the title cut of the band's fourth album, which will be released on February 11, 2013 in the U.K. via Sony Music. The song will be released on November 25 across all digital providers.

"Temper Temper" was once again produced by Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE), who worked on the group's last LP, 2010's "Fever", and was mixed by noted engineer Chris Lord-Alge (DEFTONES, NICKELBACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD).

In a recent interview with South Africa's Voice Of Rock Radio, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck stated about the band's upcoming album, "For me, it's a huge compliment that [Gilmore] really didn't have much input [this time around], 'cause on the last record he did, and it kind of opened my eyes to write differently and to think about, not slowing things down, but kind of… there's no restraint on screaming and restraint on a million miles an hour. It's not necessary, really. We've kind of done that [already]. So on this record, [he kind of] sat back and let me do it without having much input, which to me, knowing Don, is a huge compliment, 'cause it means I've kind of done it right by my own. So, yeah, we've definitely fucking nailed it on this record. I know it's a long way before coming out and anyone's gonna hear anything, but I've lived with [it] and I know what it is, and trust me, it's good."

As previously reported, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will embark on a U.K. tour in March. Support on all dates will come from HALESTORM.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS: Quality Antwerp Fan-Filmed Video Footage


Quality fan-filmed video footage of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' November 2 performance at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium as the support act for STEEL PANTHER can be seen below.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS recently released a video for the song "50 Shades Of Evil", the second single from the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based female-fronted metal band's current self-titled album, released in August via Spinefarm Records.

Directed by Lisa Mann, whose previous credits include videos for APOCALYPTICA, THE USED and CASCADA, "50 Shades Of Evil" sees KOBRA AND THE LOTUS frontwoman Brittany Paige surviving a full-tilt attack on the senses, while her bandmembers run through the song like men (literally) possessed!

"50 Shades Of Evil" was released as a digital single on November 5. The bonus track is an acoustic cover of the DIO classic "Rainbow In The Dark" performed by KOBRA AND THE LOTUS during their acoustic session at the Bloodstock Open Air festival back in August.

In a recent interview with May The Rock Be With You, Brittany Paige stated about the band's sound, "KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is a traditional, straight-up heavy metal band. It's not a niche, it's just driving riffs, duelling guitars, there's a melodicness to the music and there is a classic metal vocal. We are all about traditional heavy metal, but bringing in the flavors of our generation for a slight twist."

She added, "Our music will always stay as heavy metal, even though it will evolve in some shape or form. But we all listen to such different things, which is a really great thing. There's certainly death metal and black metal influences, we've got experimental and folk metal, there's so many different things that come into play, and if you listen to the music, you can hear some of those coming through, but which you wouldn't really pick up on unless you knew someone in the band was into Gary Moore, or the blues, for example, then it makes sense."

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is:

Brittany Paige - Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski - Guitar
Griffin Kissack - Drums
Peter Dimov - Bass
Charlie Parra Del Riego - Guitar

Thursday, November 8, 2012

ALL THAT REMAINS: 'A War You Cannot Win' Projected To Sell 20K-25K First Week


"A War You Cannot Win", the new album from Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS, is likely to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on November 6 via Razor & Tie/Prosthetic.

ALL THAT REMAINS' previous album, "For We Are Many", opened with 29,000 units to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Overcome", the 2008 CD from ALL THAT REMAINS, registered a first-week tally of 29,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 16.

"A War You Cannot Win" sees ALL THAT REMAINS reunited with longtime producer Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE). The record is the culmination of an intense writing period for the group that began shortly after their 18-month tour in support of "For We Are Many".

The "A War You Cannot Win" cover artwork was created by Paul R. Brown (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN, GODSMACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and can be seen below.

ALL THAT REMAINS has created an exclusive new "A War You Cannot Win"-inspired super-limited-edition skate deck, which is available for purchase here.

A War You Cannot Win" track listing:

01. Down Through The Ages
02. You Can't Fill My Shadow
03. Stand Up
04. A Call To All Non-Believers
05. Asking Too Much
06. Intro
07. Just Moments In Time
08. What If I Was Nothing
09. Sing For Liberty
10. Not Fading
11. Calculating Loneliness
12. A War You Cannot Win

ALL THAT REMAINS has just hit the road with DETHKLOK, MACHINE HEAD and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. ALL THAT REMAINS is serving as direct support to DETHKLOK (alternating with MACHINE HEAD). The trek will make more than 30 stops throughout the United States and Canada before coming to an end in New York City.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

JON LORD: Promo Video For Documentary From 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra' DVD


A promotional video for the expanded edition of late DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra — which includes a CD, documentary DVD, and 80-page book — can be seen below. The set will be released on December 7.

The book contains Marco de Goeij's essay on how he struggled with his recreation of the Concerto and his initial meeting with Jon while he was on tour with DEEP PURPLE. Marco de Goeij caught him outside his hotel in Rotterdam and remembers the crucial moment, when Jon first heard about the reconstructed score: "Jon decided to have a look at my work right away. For the next two hours we sat in the lobby of the hotel discussing the score. With every turn of a page new thoughts and memories surfaced and at some points Jon could see his own handwriting coming through the printed score, remembering what the manuscript had looked like when he wrote it, complete with the stains caused by erasing mistakes. As he studied the work, it slowly dawned on him that it would now be possible to play the piece again. He grabbed my arm, asking, 'Are you real? Am I dreaming?'"

The DVD contains "The Making Of Concerto for Group and Orchestra", complete with unseen footage from the recording sessions in Liverpool and at Abbey Road Studios, along with filmed interviews with Paul Mann and Marco de Goeij.

Lord assembled guest musicians such as IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) and DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse at the Abbey Road Studios to work with his trusted partner, director Paul Mann, on the 2012 version of the legendary concert.

"Over these last years since leaving DEEP PURPLE, I've played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with PURPLE on the Concerto tour, so I've been honing the piece live on stage and I've had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren't sounding quite right," Lord said in a May 2011 interview. "It is therefore a marvelous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score."

He added, "I'm thrilled to have the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on board. I have immensely enjoyed working with them on several occasions since recording Durham Concerto with them in 2007. They are a wonderful group of players, and with Paul Mann conducting — a dear friend and a man who knows the score inside out — there couldn't be a better conductor and orchestra for this studio recording of the Concerto."

On July 16, Lord passed away in London at the age of 71. This album is a joyful testament of a great musician and fantastic man.

"His dignity and graciousness touched us all," the surviving members of DEEP PURPLE said in a statement following Lord's passing. "His music was an inspiration and took us to places beyond our imagination… A truly great man. We humbly express our eternal love and great respect."

Jon Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra was released on September 25 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Movement One
02. Movement Two
03. Movement Three

Monday, November 5, 2012

ANTHRAX Singer Talks RONNIE JAMES DIO In New Video Interview


Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund's second awards gala, which was held on October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, California. You can watch the chat below.

ANTHRAX recently spent time in the studio recording several cover versions of some of their favorite rock classics, to be included with the upcoming re-release of the band's latest album, "Worship Music".

In addition to RUSH ("Anthem") and BOSTON ("Smokin'") covers, ANTHRAX is also recording its versions of AC/DC's "T.N.T.", JOURNEY's "Keep On Runnin'" and BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights". The latter song is expected to appear on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio.

"Worship Music" has sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S. since its September 2011 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mitch Lucker Dead: Suicide Silence Frontman Killed In Motorcycle Crash


Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker died Thursday morning after succumbing to injuries from a motorcycle collision on Halloween night.

The 28-year-old musician lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a light pole in Huntington Beach at around 8:55 p.m., said police to Newport Beach Patch. The collision threw him from the bike, and the motorcycle kept sliding down the street until it struck a pickup truck. Lucker was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he died the next morning at 6:17 a.m.

No one else was injured, and police are investigating to see if alcohol played a role in the crash, reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Members of the band announced Lucker's death on Facebook and invited fans and supporters to a candlelit vigil in memory of Lucker at 8 p.m. on Huntington Beach Thursday. From the band's Facebook page:

There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.
R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker - We Love You Brother


Suicide Silence is a heavy metal band that has been around for ten years. The group toured on the Mayhem Festival in 2008 and 2011, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, and was slated to perform at the California Metalfest VI in San Bernardino on Nov. 24.

Lucker leaves behind wife Jolie Lucker and a 5-year-old daughter named Kenadee. She is pictured in the slideshow below, in the arms of her father while on stage.

UPDATE Nov. 2: More context about Suicide Silence, via the Associated Press.

Suicide Silence members include guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, bass player Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez.
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Suicide Silence has released three Century Media albums: "The Cleansing," "No Time to Bleed" and "The Black Crown."

Century Media's website describes Suicide Silence as the "modern death metal band for a new generation."

Lucker said on the record company website that the band is carving out an abrasive niche of its own.

"No imitators, no second guessing. I want it to be known," Lucker said. "It's the same thing as when you pop in a Korn, Deftones, or Slipknot CD: you know that stamp is there."



MIKE PORTNOY, BILLY SHEEHAN, TONY MACALPINE, DEREK SHERINIAN: Moscow Concert Footage


Fan-filmed video footage of the new supergroup featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), bassist Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), guitarist Tony MacAlpine (neo classical-metal style, STEVE VAI) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, PLANET X, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) performing on October 27 at Milk in Moscow, Russia during the band's European tour can be seen below.

Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine and Sherinian are playing an all-instrumental set consisting of material from each of their solo records and their previous collaborations as well as classic instrumental covers and extended solo spots.

Immediately following the European/Asian trek, the group will play a one-off U.S. show on November 18 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City

In a recent interview with Prog Sphere, Portnoy stated about the new band, "It's a blast. I love Derek; he's a fun guy. I still stand by the fact that I'm not sure if he was ever right for DREAM THEATER. But, that doesn't mean I don't love the guy as a player and person. I really do — I love being with him and I love playing with him and I'm glad to be able to work with him again. And, you know, it's a cool project because obviously it's very much… I think of everything I'm doing it's the most like DREAM THEATER or it's more even like LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, probably. But you know, it's just me being able to play that kind of music with some amazing musicians. Not only Derek, but, obviously, Billy Sheehan's a dear friend and I've got two different things going with Billy at the moment, and I love working with him; he's one of my favorite bass players of all time. And Tony MacAlpine is an amazing guitar player, so I'm honored to be playing with him as well. It's a great, great lineup and we have a DVD that's gonna come out soon from when we played together back in January and then we have this run of shows coming up in the fall.

Asked if he is going to create some original music with that band, Portnoy replied, "There's no plans for it, but obviously, we are gonna spend months together playing every day, so I'm sure it will inevitably be discussed, and who knows?! I think it could be very, very cool. So, you know, we'll see. I'm sure we'll talk about it."

Portnoy formed the lineup to perfom at two drum events at the NAMM show last January (footage below). Due to overwhelming response, that band has decided to take their show on the road.

"I knew when assembling this lineup that it would be a magical musical experience that would be a blast for us as well as the fans! I can't wait to play again with these tremendous musicians and share the experience with you all at these special shows!" said Portnoy.