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Sofia Samrad of DCW50 conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and drummer Paul Bostaph at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can watch the report below.
Asked about the title of SLAYER's forthcoming album, "Repentless", Kerry said: "I made [the word] up. I didn't realize I made it up. I mean, it seemed like a word to me, and then I looked it up and it wasn't there. [Laughs]"
He continued: "To me, 'repentless,' you know, is, basically, having no regrets, not looking back and saying, 'I wish I should have done things differently.' 'Repentless' is meaning I have no reason to repent."
Asked if there is anything that stands out that he wishes he would have done, Kerry said: "No, I like where we're at. I mean, if I said anything, I'd probably wish I would have paid more attention in the '90s, but we got past it."
The "Repentless" title track is an ode to SLAYER's late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. "I call it the Hannemanthem!" King said of the song. "I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it's fast as fuck. You don't know what the fuck's coming!"
He added: "It's my perspective of Jeff's perspective. It's what I think... If Jeff wrote a song for himself, 'Repentless' would be it."
SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN.
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor released his third book, "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", on July 7 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. The book acts as a commentary on society and pop culture and has been described as "Taylor's take on Peter Griffin's 'You Know What Really Grinds My Gears'."
Taylor promoted the book with a combination of bookstore events and a solo tour which were one-of-a-kind shows featuring readings from the book, acoustic performance, and audience discussion.
Fan-filmed video footage of Taylor's entire July 11 appearance at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois can be seen below.
Taylor said that his original title — which the publisher refused to allow him to use — was "You're Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million Dicks To Make His Money)".
Taylor's last book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list.
His first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", also made the list at No. 26.
of Metal Express Radio
conducted an interview with BIOHAZARD
drummer Danny Schuler
on July 6 in Newcastle, England. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET
's forthcoming follow-up to 2012's "Reborn In Defiance"
"We've got a bunch of songs, and we're still working on it. We should be getting it done pretty soon, I think."
On where BIOHAZARD
gets inspiration for new songs:
"Life. I mean, like everybody else — just
like everybody else — things happen in life that can motivate you or inspire you or frustrate you, can instigate you. So there's always those things going on in our lives, so we never run out of material, we never run out of motivation, I guess."
's current bassist/vocalist Scott Roberts
, who replaced Evan Seinfeld
's great. He likes to get to work and actually be a part of it, which is nice, 'cause it didn't use to be like that. It's great having Scott
as a part of the band. He's really come into his own. It's difficult for him to do what he does… in the eyes of a lot of people, it's very difficult. It's a hard job. But he does a great job."
On how the music business has changed since BIOHAZARD
started in the late 1980s:
"I think the bands have an opportunity now to take back the business from those that they think haven't done a good job promoting their music or whatever. You know, a partnership with a record company to physically produce the music and distribute it can be a good idea if you can make it work. I'm not anti-record company, but the way the music business now is, it's very difficult to make money selling records, [because] people don't buy 'em anymore. Which is crazy to me, because I never stopped buying records — I've always bought records — and now I just buy 'em… you know, I buy MP3s and I have it on my iPod. I mean, I still buy all my music. I couldn't imagine how… I don't understand how people could just steal music. I just don't do that. I don't know… Like, a band like LED ZEPPELIN
doesn't need the money, but if they put something out, like they did recently, I buy it. You know, I buy. You support the bands. I also like the convenience of just having it on my iPod. But, like, my friends' bands, I buy every one of 'em. If I wanna support them and hear their music, I don't ask for a free copy. I go buy it. I don't understand that whole thing — how you can justify stealing music."
Performance footage (Dynamo Metalfest
in Eindhoven, The Netherlands):
Arte conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield and singer Todd La Torre at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is taking place this weekend in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On QUEENSRŸCHE's current linup:
Scott: "In the last three years, we went through some great changes in the band. We had to make a transition and do some things for the band to get QUEENSRŸCHE up on top and making the music that is important to QUEENSRŸCHE and to the QUEENSRŸCHE. And that transition involved us hooking up with our good buddy Todd. Todd's been in the band now for over three years with us. And we have a chemistry together. We needed to find somebody that could work with us and support the QUEENSRŸCHE legacy and then make new music with us."
Todd: "I've become very close with everyone in the band. And I was a huge fan of QUEENSRŸCHE since I was [in my] early teens. So I understand both sides — one, being in the band now; and two, from a fan's perspective. There's just been kind of a new energy that the band seems to have. That's what a lot of the fans seem to say, and our peers, and even the three original guys in the band. So, you know, we're just having a great time, and I'm just doing the best that I can for the guys in the band and the fans first."
Scott: "QUEENSRŸCHE is back making music that we wanna make, and the fans are enjoying it. And we're just gonna keep doing it. We have a new record that's done right now. It's coming out in the next couple of months. And we're just gonna keep supporting that around the world, playing shows and having fun."
On QUEENSRŸCHE's new album, "Condition Hüman", which will be released on October 2 via Century Media:
"There's a diversity on the album that I think really appeals to the old, the true QUEENSRŸCHE fans from the [first] EP days, even to new, current fans that the band is getting, but it still maintains the continuity of the QUEENSRŸCHE sound, but with a fresh approach today, which is a tricky thing — to have a band like QUEENSRŸCHE, with that many years behind them, to create music that still sounds rooted, with the dynamics and the writing style that the band has, while also sounding current. And I think that this album really does reflect that. And so we're just really excited for the fans to hear the new release coming up."
"Condition Hüman" was recorded in part at at Uberbeatz Studio in Washington with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED, SOULFLY and SHADOWS FALL.
GUNS N' ROSES
drummer Frank Ferrer
was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon
for a recent edition of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon"
podcast (Facebook page
). You can now listen to using the Spreaker
widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET
On whether he is still a member of GUNS N' ROSES
"I am a member of GUNS
. [GUNS N' ROSES
] and I text all the time. But, yeah, I am a member of GUNS
, and GUNS
On GUNS N' ROSES
' current status as a band:
"Well, the best way to answer that is [to say] that GUNS
has a future. GUNS
definitely has a lot of moving parts, and there's a lot of things in the works. And once we're ready to announce something, the whole world will know. But everything is moving forward."
On when GUNS N' ROSES
will play out again:
"As of right now, we don't have anything booked, but I'm hearing rumors that there probably might be stuff towards the end of this year [or] beginning of next year, but there's nothing booked as of yet."
On why it took Axl Rose
so long to release GUNS N' ROSES
' last album, "Chinese Democracy"
"I guess the only thing I can say is he wasn't ready, he just wasn't ready, to put it out. He didn't feel like it was completely done. It’s his baby, and he wanted it to be perfect. Still today, even today, he wants everything to come off just right. And that's a lot of pressure to put on yourself. And he deals with it in his own way. He is probably one of the greatest living rock stars in the history of music, and they're becoming rare, as you know. I mean, think of a rock star in the last fifteen years that's popped up. You can't think of anybody. Everybody's still… NINE INCH NAILS
is still headlining festivals, and SOUNDGARDEN
, and ALICE IN CHAINS
. It's, like, there's nobody out there. And Axl
puts that pressure on himself. That's a lot of pressure. He just wants it to be right. That's the only thing I can say: he wants everything to be just right. That's who he is. That's what every artist is. They're perfectionists in their own right. Very rarely… For every one great song you hear, they've written sixty songs that probably are great, but they don't feel are great. That's the way they think. He has a lot of pressure on him."
Guitarist D.J. Ashba
issued a statement on Monday (July 27) announcing that he was leaving GUNS N' ROSES
joined GUNS N' ROSES
in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck
and other members of GUNS N' ROSES
have hinted in the last year that recording and touring plans were on tap for 2015, none have materialized.
Meanwhile, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in GUNS N' ROSES
. He has stopped short, however, of saying that he was no longer a member of the band.
Asked by journalist Gary Graff
to clarify his status with GUNS
said: "That is the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to now."
The Rave TV's Alex Stafford conducted an interview with Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE before the band's July 31 concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach recently finished laying down vocals on five songs for the band's forthcoming seventh full-length album. The follow-up to 2013's "Disarm The Descent" is tentatively due in early 2016 via Roadrunner.
Leach wrote in a post on Instagram: "[I am] pretty stoked on the song I just finished. It turned out to be quite unique sonically and lyrically. It's an ode to the road, the trials and triumphs, the friendships and long-distance love."
He continued: "So far this record has a little bit of everything, and I couldn't be happier with it. [I am] also pushing my voice to higher registers and allowing the grit to come through, which definitely suits my style as a vocalist.
"The topics are pretty heavy so far on the first four (even though they are all very different from each other,) so this one rounds it out with a more uptempo sing-along feel (almost punk rock meets '80s metal riffs with double bass for good measure)."
Jesse added: "I truly hope KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans of all types will be able to find something they dig on this record. That being said, so far I truly feel I've put my everything into this record."
A KILLSWITCH ENGAGE concert film shot on October 31, 2014 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts will be included on the band's next DVD release, tentatively due before the end of the year. The performance footage was filmed by the direction team of Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (FEAR FACTORY, MESHUGGAH) using five Canon C300 cameras outfitted with Zeiss Prime Super Speed Lenses.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE recently finished recording a new song, "Loyalty", that is featured on the mixtape for HBO's hit fantasy series "Game Of Thrones".
According to WJHL.com
singer Steven Tyler
will perform at the Bristol Motor Speedway's Irwin Tools Night Race on August 22 in Bristol, Tennessee. Tyler
will play his first country single, "Love is Your Name"
, along with some familiar AEROSMITH
is not just an American icon, but a worldwide phenomenon," said Jerry Caldwell
, general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. "You put him together with the Night Race, one of the top five motorsports events in the world, and the energy in the grandstands will just be amazing."
He added: "Steven Tyler
's heard some loud applause throughout his career, but the roar that will go up on race night will be a new experience for everyone involved.
"Ticket sales are already strong, and having Steven
here will help take the Night Race to a whole new level.
"We have a big Bristol family that includes lots of rockers, lots of country music fans, and we're all excited to welcome him to the birthplace of country music."
The "Love Is Your Name"
clip was filmed just outside Nashville and was previewed on ABC
's "Good Morning America"
before it went live online. The track, written by Lindsey Lee
and Eric Paslay
, was aided by hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia
stations in its first day of release (May 13); Tyler
also performed the song that night on the season finale of Fox
's "American Idol"
, who recently signed to Dot Records
underneath the Big Machine Label Group
umbrella (Taylor Swift
, Tim McGraw
), issued the single across multiple media properties and promoted the track with exclusive interviews.
revealed to USA Today
that he won't get a chance to complete his solo album until after AEROSMITH
finishes a two-month North American tour in August.
Drum-cam footage of ANTHRAX
's Charlie Benante
performing the song "A.I.R."
with his bandmates this past Wednesday, July 29 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California can be seen below.
spoke to Metal Onslaught Magazine
about the progress of the recording sessions for ANTHRAX
's long-awaited follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music"
album. He said: "I think its going to be released the beginning of next year. I would like to have this 'Spreading The Disease'
30th-anniversary [reissue] out at the end of . I think this album is going to take a little bit longer to finish and complete, because there is about 20 songs. The problem with having 20 songs is that you have 20 songs. It's not the problem that you have the twenty songs, it's just the problem that you have to complete the 20 songs. The bigger problem is that we do not know which ones we are going to choose. It's been taking a lot to really consider which ones are the best and which ones are [just] okay. So it's a hard decision to come up with. We are giving each song 100 percent, so that's why its taking a little longer to complete."
Regarding the musical direction of the new ANTHRAX
said: "It's metal! It's definitely metal. I don't think we are really experimenting. We are not doing any dub step, we are not doing any waltzes or anything like that. It's strictly hard rock and heavy metal. Like the songs on the last record, if they were fast, these will be faster. [Laughs
] So it's going to be that type of evolution. It's definitely something that has progressed really well."
Speaking about the lyrical themes covered on the new ANTHRAX
said: "The way these songs are created, usually I will come in with the basic framework for the tune. And Scott
, guitar] will take the songs and really put his lyric hat on. Sometimes we will discuss certain topics, like this aspect or that aspect, and it kind of comes like that. So some of these titles have deeper meanings, but they probably have more meaning to Scott
. I always wondered about that, especially with RUSH
, because Neil
] is the lyricist of the band and how does Geddy
bassist/vocalist] then take it and sell it?"
's new album, which is once again being produced by Jay Ruston
, STEEL PANTHER
), will include such songtitles as "The Battle Chose Us"
, "You Gotta Believe"
and "The Evil Twin"
recently completed a six-week North American tour with VOLBEAT
. The band's setlist included the new song "Soror Irrumator (Lords Of The Rock)"
's contribution to the the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape"
, for HBO
- and Golden Globe
-winning series "Game Of Thrones"
Arte conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci and vocalist James LaBrie of progressive metallers DREAM THEATER at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is taking place this weekend in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about DREAM THEATER's follow-up to 2013's self-titled album, Petrucci said: "We've been in the studio since January. In fact, this tour has broken up our time in the studio. In fact, we're doing some work here on the road as well. We're very busy in hotel rooms, [doing] some last-minute writing and getting some things done. But, yeah, we've been in the studio since January. It's going great. We'll be wrapping up probably in the fall and it'll come out early next year."
On the topic of DREAM THEATER's three-decade-long career, Petrucci said: "It's amazing. Not a lot of bands can say that they've been together for that long. And it's still going incredibly well. We definitely feel like the best is yet to come, and we built something that's really special. So it's amazing. I mean, John [Myung, bass] and I, we've played together since we were, like, 12 [or] 13 years old, and I'm still standing on stage with John on bass, looking across. It's a wild feeling."
Added LaBrie: "It's pretty amazing to be in the kind of industry that we are and to say that we've been around for thirty years and we're still relevant today. You know, the fact is that we still feel that we're evolving as a band. We're continuing to grow musically, and we see that our audience and our fan base is continually being cultivated. So, just to be in a situation as that says so much. It's so much to be grateful for."
"Dream Theater" sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner, earned DREAM THEATER its second Grammy nomination, for "Best Metal Performance" for the single "The Enemy Inside".
The new CHASTAIN album "We Bleed Metal" will be released worldwide on November 6. It will be made available on CD and vinyl as well as all digital formats. Guitarist David T. Chastain states: "This is a continuation of the 'Surrender To No One' sound with, hopefully, some improvements all the way around. [Singer] Leather [Leone] has never sounded better and I believe this is my most shredtastic CHASTAIN lead guitar playing since 'The 7th Of Never' era." Drummer Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN'S MIND) and bassist Mike Skimmerhorn return once again to complete the lineup.
The CHASTAIN albums "Surrender To No One" and "We Bleed Metal" will be released in vinyl format later in the year on Pure Steel Records.
The CHASTAIN classic albums "The 7th Of Never" and "The Voice Of The Cult" were recently reissued on CD by Divebomb/Tribunal Records. These reissues were nicely redone with new mastering, packaging, interviews, old reviews and more.
The "uncut" version of CHASTAIN's comeback album, "Surrender To No One", was made available on digital format on Leviathan worldwide.
The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985's "Mystery Of Illusion", 1986's "Ruler Of The Wasteland", 1987's "The 7th Of Never", 1988's "The Voice Of The Cult" and 1990's "For Those Who Dare". After the "For Those Who Dare" tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years before reuniting in 2013.
Leather in 2012 released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, "Imagine Me Alive". The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track "Egypt" for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and performed at Germany's Keep It True festival in April 2011.
, a brand new song from Swedish occult rockers GHOST
, can be streamed at this location
. The track is taken from the band's third album, "Meliora"
, which will be released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings
. The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam"
was helmed by Klas Åhlund
, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS
, and was mixed by Andy Wallace
, LINKIN PARK
, GUNS N' ROSES
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
08. Devil Church
10. Deus In Absentia
The cover artwork for the CD can be seen below.
's June 3 warm-up show at at Doom in Linköping served as the group's live debut with their "new" singer, Papa Emeritus III
, the three-month-younger brother of GHOST
's previous frontman, Papa Emeritus II
Asked if there is any kind of special audition process for picking a new Papa Emeritus
, a nameless ghoul from GHOST
told Music Radar
: "Fortunately for us, we don't have to do auditions where you put people through the paces. We just expect somebody to be on time, in tune and somewhat glad. Usually we don't see much of our Papas
— 'cause they're hanging out with the mamas. [Laughs
] They tend to appear as we go on stage and disappear just as quickly. We don't socialize or fraternize that much, which is cool. I don't know him very well, really. He's very new to me."
Regarding whether the fact that the various Papas
are "emeritus'" means that they never really go away, the nameless ghoul said: "Well, that's the ironic thing. 'Emeritus' in the tradition of popes means that you're dead — you never get that title until after you've died. Benedictus
was the first pope in something like 400 years who was named 'emeritus' while he's still alive. He got to retire with that title. So our Papa Emerituses
get to retire, but they're still here."
will embark on the "Black To The Future"
North American headlining tour in the fall. The procession will begin at The Fillmore in Washington, D.C. on September 22.
TERROR has released the music video for the song "Mind At War", giving another peek into the band's new album, "The 25th Hour".
Frontman Scott Vogel says of the track: "When Nick [Jett, drummer] first showed me this song, I immediately thought it had a D.R.I. 'Four Of A Kind' crossover feel to it, which I love and is pretty fresh for TERROR. Lyrically, everyone can relate to this. All our minds are at war within ourselves and this fucked up world. We needed a visual that bought to life the dark side of our thoughts and the Tom Soares legendary production really shows on this track."
"The 25th Hour" is scheduled for release on August 7 via Century Media.
For another taste of TERROR's most venomous and angriest album to date, check out the track "The Solution" below. Vogel states about the cut: "This is the hardest-hitting song that we've had in a while. The lyrics are about children that had grown up in households that are negative, violent, and destructive to their innocence. As the cycle continues, they soon will too become bitter and aggressive in their lives."
"Deathless", the new album from Ohio metallers MISS MAY I, can be streamed in its entirety via the YouTube playlist below. The CD will be released on August 7 via Rise Records.
"Deathless" was produced by Joey Sturgis (OF MICE & MEN) and Nick Sampson (ASKING ALEXANDRIA) and was recorded at The Foundation Recording Studio in Connersville, Indiana. The band's fifth record follows their 2014 breakout, "Rise Of The Lion", which debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"We are very excited about this release," said MISS MAY I singer Levi Benton. "Not only have we been working on this record for almost a year, but we recorded it with our old friend Joey Sturgis who did our first two records and really brought out the best in us. This record is about how the last two years have tested us on many levels and how we have come through it all stronger and better. That's where the title comes from, because we are deathless."
MISS MAY I's new record is not only a turning point for the band's career, it's also a return to form. Since their inception in 2007, they've steadily amassed a worldwide army of fans with four records, the last three of which have charted higher with each consecutive release. With "Deathless", the band has never sounded more aggressive while remaining as accessible as always.
"Deathless" track listing:
01. I H.E.
02. Trust My Heart (Never Hope To Die)
03. Psychotic Romantic
05. Bastards Left Behind
07. Turn Back The Time
08. Empty Promises
09. The Artificial
10. Born From Nothing
According to journalist Gary Graff
, a "confirmed source" with GUNS N' ROSES
has clarified the status of Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
, saying that the guitarist is indeed out of the band — and has been for some time.
The source tells Graff
quit last year. I don't understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band — he quit in South America. He told [GUNS N' ROSES
lead singer] Axl
] he was done and [the second GN'R
Las] Vegas [residency] would be his last run with the band."
recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the Axl Rose
-fronted band. Thal
, however, stopped short of saying that he was no longer a member of GUNS N' ROSES
, which has caused some fans to criticize him for not coming clean about where he stands with the group.
Asked by Graff
earlier this week to clarify his status with GUNS N' ROSES
said: "That is the thing I am not to elaborate on. I think there's enough clues out there for you to figure out what I'm up to now."
He continued: "I'm a real busy guy and really enjoying everything I'm doing, and I think that everything I'm doing has a future and a bigger plan — the solo stuff, the other bands, the producing, the charity and educational things I'm doing. These are all the things I love that I've really missed, and I'm very happy to be putting my time back into that. It's really what I should be doing."
joined GUNS N' ROSES
in early 2006 as the replacement for Buckethead
. He made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006.
Back in 2013, Bumblefoot
expressed his frustration over the fact that GUNS N' ROSES
had not made any new music since the release of 2008's "Chinese Democracy"
. He said: "If something came out at this point, it would be very old material that is just being released now. So it would be unheard material, but to me, I don't consider that a new record, I consider that just releasing old material from a band that doesn't exist anymore. And we need to make an album of this band right now." He added: "I'm all about making music; that's why I make music — to make music. So I'd like to really do that. I would be very happy if GUNS N' ROSES
could do that…. I wanna make some music with these motherfuckers. It's a damn good band and we should really have the opportunity to give what we can to all [the fans], and make some music for [the fans]."
released a new solo album, "Little Brother Is Watching"
, in February. The disc was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot
at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang
Another GUNS N' ROSES
guitarist, D.J. Ashba
, issued a statement on Monday (July 27) saying that he was leaving GUNS N' ROSES
. His statement read in part, "It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with GUNS N' ROSES
into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band SIXX: A.M.
, my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."
added: "I want to take a moment to thank Axl
from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years."
said earlier in his statement that working with GUNS N' ROSES
was "the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined."
On October 16, British heavy metal legends SAXON will release their 21st studio album, "Battering Ram", in North America via UDR Music.
On "Battering Ram" — with Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term "shredding" with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter's bass and Nigel Glockler's drums — the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten-song collection which will instantly be hailed as a SAXON classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album's commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic SAXON with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as "Destroyer" and "Stand Your Ground", but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love.
"This one's a natural progression from 'Sacrifice'," says Byford, "There's a bit less rock 'n' roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much."
Produced by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ACCEPT) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, SAXON were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let "Battering Ram"'s riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early '80s without for one moment sounding dated.
"Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he's done a great job and we're both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership," adds Byford.
Lyrically, "Battering Ram" covers a variety of social situations, like the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers ("Battering Ram") or engaging in some good old fashioned myth ("The Devil's Footprint" — a 200-year-old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain).
"When I'm writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock'n'roll," says Byford, "I thought the whole folklore behind 'The Devil's Footprint' made it great material for a metal song, being that it's both historic and mythical.
"With 'Queen of Hearts', I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's 'Alice In Wonderland', and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like 'Destroyer' and 'Hard And Fast' which are '80s-inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I'm a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with 'Hard and Fast', it's, as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it's going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!"
There is also the album's closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, "The Kingdom Of The Cross", where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. "This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band HELL, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn't want it to be typical SAXON, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave."
The official video for the CD's title track can be seen below. In this no-nonsense, sharp clip, Biff and the boys are captured at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K, throwing down a thunderous performance.
"Battering Ram" is available for pre-order now via iTunes, with "Battering Ram" as the instant grat track.
Coming soon, "Battering Ram" will be available for pre-order via Amazon and various formats will include CD in ecolbook, 180 gram vinyl, limited edition boxset (containing CD, vinyl and a bonus CD with the band performance of their "Denim & Leather" tour "Saxon Over Sweden 2011", featuring 18 tracks).
"Battering Ram" track listing:
01. Battering Ram
02. The Devil's Footprint
03. Queen Of Hearts
05. Hard And Fast
06. Eye Of The Storm
07. Stand Your Ground
08. Top Of The World
09. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross
In celebration of the release of "Battering Ram", SAXON will play select dates with MOTÖRHEAD, and others with ARMORED SAINT, in the U.S. beginning August 19.
Following the critical success of "Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here There's No Way Back", the feature documentary on the seminal heavy metal band QUIET RIOT, drummer Frankie Banali is enjoying a newfound appreciation both for his contributions to music and devotion to keeping the memory of his friend and former frontman Kevin DuBrow alive.
Banali sat down with Steve Lacy, the 10 o' clock anchor at Fox 5 in New York City, for a wide-ranging discussion about his rock 'n' roll roots, drinking all night with Alex Van Halen before the US Festival and Kevin Dubrow's brother, famous plastic surgeon and reality TV star Dr. Terry Dubrow.
When asked about the current state of music and singing competition series like "American Idol", Banali summed it up about as well as you can, saying: "Being in a band should be something that's organic; it should not be something that's corporate or, you know, you put it in a microwave and it's done in 30 seconds. You've gotta bake it for a number of years.
"I'm really grateful that, living in New York, and then I was living in Chicago for a while, when you were in a bar band, you did four, five and six sets a night of cover songs, so you had to learn a huge variety of music by a huge variety of artists and styles," he continued. "That's a lost art. Nobody does that anymore. They wake up on Monday, they decide that this is the kind of music that they like and this is the kind of music they're gonna do, and by Friday, it's on 'American Idol', sink or swim."
Banali added: "You've gotta do the time. Look at it this way: a surgeon doesn't become a surgeon in one year. Any professional does not become at the top of their game in one year. It takes time."
Frankie also spoke about how the advent of the Internet and cell phones has changed the touring lifestyle. He said: "It keeps you honest in that you can do a performance… I mean, I can tell you that we've done a show and when I go back to the hotel room, I've got an alert on my e-mail, and it's already on YouTube. So it keeps you on your toes." He added that things were much different in the 1980s when a touring band was "like pirates. It was, like, the tour bus was the ship and we'd roll into town, and it was 'rape and pillage,' and it was great," he said. "And you got away with a lot — because nobody could track you down; there were no cell phones, [there were] early versions of fax. Now you get on a tour bus and you've got satellite TV and you have your cell phones and you can go online and all that. Back then, you had the bar; that was it. You had nothing else."
Speaking about the success of "Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here There's No Way Back", Banali said: "I didn't know it at the time when director/producer Regina Russell came to me with the idea, after we had a conversation on the subject of QUIET RIOT, and she thought it might be a good idea to do a documentary. And at the time I had no idea, first of all, how it was possible and how it was gonna turn out, but I had no idea that what it has done is that, on one level, it's elevated the band interest, or the interest in the band. But, on a much greater level, what it's done is it's shown the fans of QUIET RIOT and people that weren't fans of QUIET RIOT and weren't aware of the band, what it really is like to be in a band. It's not as glamorous… It can be, for that two hours on stage, but it's not as glamorous as a lot of people think. It's a lot of work, and a lot of the problems that so many people have in life, just in regular jobs, you can see that we have within this thing called being in a band. And it's really, really helped the perception of the band. So there's a much greater interest in the band ever since the documentary came out."
In addition to Banali, QUIET RIOT's current lineup, which includes singer Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT), bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi.
Florida metallers TRIVIUM will release their new album, "Silence In The Snow", on October 2 via Roadrunner. The follow-up to 2013's "Vengeance Falls" was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, ALTER BRIDGE, THE AMITY AFFLICTION) and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD). The album is further heralded by its first official music video; the sweeping "Silence In The Snow", which can be seen below.
Long known as one of modern metal’s most potent live acts, TRIVIUM will celebrate "Silence In The Snow" with an epic worldwide schedule highlighted by the upcoming 2015 HardDrive Live Tour. The dates — which see TRIVIUM co-headlining alongside TREMONTI — get underway September 9 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Culture Room and then continue through mid-October. The band will then head straight to San Bernardino, California for an October 24 main-stage performance at the upcoming Knotfest, headlined and curated by TRIVIUM's labelmates SLIPKNOT.
In the meantime, the Orlando, Florida-based band will spend the remaining summer lighting up Europe, including headline appearances at such hard rock and metal festivals as the U.K.'s Bloodstock, Belgium's Alcatraz, Germany's Summer Breeze, and France's Motocultor.
TRIVIUM's seventh studio album, "Silence In The Snow" stands as a long gestating creative milestone for the acclaimed band. The collection had its genesis moment back in 2007 and was directly influenced by the time TRIVIUM spent touring alongside the legendary HEAVEN & HELL that year. Ultimately, it would take eight years before they felt equipped to tackle the challenging work of weaving their classic influences into a modern record. Fueled by the inspiration of true classic metal — spanning BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW, IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA and SLAYER, MEGADETH and METALLICA — TRIVIUM challenged themselves to attain similar levels of greatness, taking on vocal coaches and guitar lessons to further their creative evolution. The result is extraordinary, bridging the history of hard rock and metal while simultaneously powering it forward into the future on tracks like the epic "Blind Leading The Blind" and the upcoming first single "Until The World Goes Cold".
"Silence In The Snow" track listing:
02. Silence In The Snow
03. Blind Leading The Blind
04. Dead And Gone
05. The Ghost That's Haunting You
06. Pull Me From The Void
07. Until The World Goes Cold
08. Rise Above The Tides
09. The Thing That's Killing Me
10. Beneath The Sun
11. Breathe In The Flames
TRIVIUM in May 2014 parted ways with drummer Nick Augusto due to personal differences. Stepping in for him on TRIVIUM's most recent dates was the band's drum tech, Mat Madiro.
TRIVIUM's last album, "Vengeance Falls", made Top 10 chart debuts in Japan, Australia, Germany and Austria as well as a Top 15 debut in Canada and a Top 25 debut in the United Kingdom. This marked the acclaimed metallers' second consecutive Top 15 debut in the U.S. and highest-career debuts around the globe — including a No. 2 debut in Japan.
"Vengeance Falls" sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record — which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) — arrived in stores on October 15, 2013 via Roadrunner.
"Better Place", the first video from SAINT ASONIA, the new act featuring ex-THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown, who has previously worked with MARILYN MANSON, THREE DAYS GRACE, EVANESCENCE, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and MÖTLEY CRÜE, among others.
Speaking about the video shoot, Gontier told Styles and Kaytie of the 92.7 QLZ radio station: "It was a great experience. I'm pretty proud of it myself. I co-directed the video with the director Paul Brown. And Paul is someone that I've worked with in the past, and he does great, great stuff. I wrote the treatment and got a chance to co-direct the video, which is something I have always wanted to do. I'm really, really proud of it."
Gontier also spoke about his decision to take on directorial duties for the video himself. He explained: "When you put a single out, you get treatments from a lot of different directors, and we had a few treatments come in, but at the same time, I felt like, just being so close to the song and what it means to me, I felt like maybe I could write something that works best for the song, and it turned out that we gave that a shot and it worked. So it was a really, really cool experience. I learned a lot and hopefully I'll get a chance to do it again in the future."
Regarding the "Better Place" video concept, Gontier said: "It's basically looking out at a few different people in different situations in their lives where they just finally, sort of, stop getting stepped on and end up in a better place. There's a few different ways that people will interpret the video, but it's a really, really cool idea and it's something that I don't think has really ever been done. So, yeah, I'm excited for people to see it and [to see] their reaction, for sure."
"Better Place" is taken from SAINT ASONIA's self-titled debut album, which is being released today (Friday, July 31) via RCA.
Produced by Johnny K. (SEVENDUST, DISTURBED, MEGADETH), the majority of "Saint Asonia" was co-written by Gontier and Mushok.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SAINT ASONIA started out as just Gontier and Mushok writing music together with no plans beyond that. But Gontier told The Pulse Of Radio that the moment arrived when they knew SAINT ASONIA could be a band. "When we got into the studio to record a couple of songs, we recorded three songs, and when they were done, I think that was probably the moment where we were like, 'Okay, so we've just recorded three songs, they turned out really good, we have another 10, let's do this,'" he said. "Obviously, Mike being basically on hiatus from STAIND for who knows how long, it just seemed to make sense."
SAINT ASONIA also includes STUCK MOJO and DARK NEW DAY bassist Corey Lowery and FINGER ELEVEN drummer Rich Beddoe.
The group played its first live show at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio in May.
Gontier has kept a low profile since leaving THREE DAYS GRACE in December 2012. The band replaced him with Matt Walst and recently released a new album called "Human".
Mushok's band, STAIND, has not released new music since 2011 and has no plans to return to the studio. Mushok played briefly in 2013 with ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted in his self-named band.
Beddoe exited FINGER ELEVEN in late 2013.
Lowery's resume includes stints with STUCK MOJO, SWITCHED, STEREOMUD, DARK NEW DAY and most recently EYE EMPIRE.
Band photo credit: Travis Shinn
California metallers HUNTRESS
will release their third studio album, titled "Static"
, on September 25 release via Napalm Records
. The highly anticipated record was produced by Paul Fig
-nominated engineer who has previously worked with ALICE IN CHAINS
) and Jim Rota
, executive producer for "Sonic Highways"
series and producer of "Sound City"
movie), and was engineered and mixed by Fig
The official lyric video for the "Static"
can be seen below.
Said HUNTRESS vocalist Jill Janus
is catchy and hard rock, it's lusty and bloody, a blackened-party metal make out song.
"When my bandmates brought me the killer composition, I wrote the lyrics as my storyline unfolded like bizarre film noir. A female serial killer who would transform into a demonic seamstress, preying upon women. She desires their flesh for fashion.
"Once again, I've collaborated with the immensely talented Vance Kelly
to bring my story to life. Our telepathic artistic connection has created a twisted romantic lyric video for a summer of lust. Enjoy!"
has teamed up with Pledge Music
to offer pre-sales of the new album. When you order "Static"
, the band's Pledge Music
page is "unlocked," giving fans an exclusive pass to HUNTRESS
content. Unique pre-sale packages have been created just for their fans.
In true HUNTRESS
fashion, the band filmed a hilarious promotional video. You can watch it now on the Pledge Music
page and get the new album today.
, ALICE IN CHAINS
) has once again delivered stunning album artwork for HUNTRESS
. The band's creative unity with Kelly
remains strong, with Vance
having also created album covers for HUNTRESS
's previous CDs "Spell Eater"
and "Starbound Beast"
comments: "The evolution of HUNTRESS
bleeds into 'Static'
, our third and most prolific album. It is the heaviest and catchiest record we've written.
"The process of writing and recording was new and exciting, at times very difficult for all involved, having to record in between relentless touring.
"Never have I been so honest in my approach to songwriting; I reveal lifelong personal obstacles that I previously feared weaving into my lyrics.
"I'm so pleased to reveal the cover art for 'Static'
by my treasured art warlock Vance Kelly
will hitting the high seas this September as part of the Mötorboat
cruise. The band will appear alongside heavyweights MÖTORHEAD
, and ANTHRAX
, just to name a few. Expect high-energy sets from HUNTRESS
featuring favorites off the first two albums and new headbangers from "Static"
. The cruise takes place September 28 – October 2. Additional tour dates in support of "Static"
will be announced soon!
04. I Want To Wanna Wake Up
06. Four Blood Moons
08. Harsh Times On Planet Stoked
09. Noble Savage
10. Fire In My Heart
11. Black Tongue
12. Vultures Can Wait
(7" vinyl exclusive)
Century Media Records recently started a collaboration with Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES) and his label Razzia Notes.
BLACK TEMPLE, from Helsingborg, Sweden, will be the first release Razzia Notes licensed to Century Media for all territories outside of Scandinavia and North America.
BLACK TEMPLE's debut album, "It All Ends", will be released on August 28 via Century Media (world excluding North America, Scandinavia) and Razzia Notes (Scandinavia). The album will be available as limited-edition digipak, LP+CD (including bonus track "Skullfucker") and as digital album.
A new lyric video for the track "Oncoming Fire" can be seen below.
"It All Ends" is an intense story with impressive dynamics. With Magnus Lindberg (CULT OF LUNA) in the producer's seat, the band — which has been called the country's most violent live act — explores new territory in their musical landscapes: a primitive primordial drive fights it out with immediate melodies, performed with an ever present sense that each note can be the last. The end may be near, but "It All Ends" is just the beginning.
Anders Fridén comments: "First time I heard BLACK TEMPLE, I freaked and I said to myself, 'I gotta work with these guys somehow.' The whole expression of their music is a perfect introduction to Razzia Notes and our new collaboration with Century Media.
"Do yourself a favor and get a copy of 'It All Ends'. It's a monster of an album."
Jonas, BLACK TEMPLE singer and bass player, comments: "To become labelmates with three of my favorite bands at the same time is a bit like a wet dream... I mean, c'mon — DARK FUNERAL, MARDUK and WATAIN... And this is just the top layer, in my opinion, of what this behemoth of a label has released through the years. Simply — such a great honor!"
BLACK TEMPLE will support IN FLAMES on their European tour this fall and will soon kick off a Scandinavian tour with THE SWORD.