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VINNIE PAUL: People Really Have To Come To Grips With The Fact That PANTERA Is Over

4 hours 15 min ago
During a recent interview with bAnt May/b of a href="http://planetmosh.com/" target="_blank"PlanetMosh/a, former bPANTERA/b and current bHELLYEAH/b drummer bVinnie Paul Abbott/b was once again asked about the possibility of a hypothetical bPANTERA/b reunion featuring bZakk Wylde/b (bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b, bOZZY OSBOURNE/b) filling in for the late b"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott/b on guitar. "It's been answered a million times, and I'll answer it again," bVinnie/b said (hear audio below). "Without bDimebag Darrell/b, there iis/i no reunion. And that's all there is to it. We were a very influential band, and we touched millions and millions of people with that band, but it's over. People really have to come to grips with that, and that's all there is to it. If all of us were still here, then the possibility would truly be there, but since it's not, you know… It's selfish of the fans to want something that they can't have. And they don't ever understand that, and I get it. There's things I want in this world too. You know, people in fucking hell want ice water, but they're not gonna get it. So… Anyways, I'm glad that the people who have decided to follow me in bHELLYEAH/b do, and hopefully more of them will. And the ones that wanna live in the past are gonna live in the past." bVinnie/b was similarly dismissive about the prospect of a PANTERA reunion when he spoke to Germany's bEMP Rock Invasion/b earlier in the year. He said: "It's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get bZakk Wylde/b to jump up there on stage and it's bPANTERA/b again.' No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple. If bEddie Van Halen/b was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, bZakk/b, go play for bVAN HALEN/b. Just call it bVAN HALEN/b.' You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all." He continued: "They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With bPANTERA/b, it'll never be possible." Asked if he ever feels pressure with bHELLYEAH/b to live up to the immense legacy of bPANTERA/b, bVinnie/b said: "Never, because it's a different band. If you played for a soccer team and you get traded to another soccer team, you're gonna kick ass for that soccer team just like you did the other one. You may not achieve the same goals, or you may achieve higher goals; you never know. But that's what happens when you change teams and do different things." bDimebag/b's longtime girlfriend bRita Haney/b in 2011 called on bVinnie/b and former bPANTERA/b singer bPhilip Anselmo/b to settle their differences in honor of bDimebag/b, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with bDAMAGEPLAN/b at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. bVinnie/b, who is bDimebag/b's brother, and bAnselmo/b have not spoken since bPANTERA/b split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when bVinnie/b indirectly blamed bPhilip/b for bDimebag/b's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about bDimebag/b in print just weeks earlier might have incited bDimebag/b's killer. bHaney/b told the producers of b"Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera"/b that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California. Interview (audio): div align=center audio id="wp_mep_1"src="http://planetmosh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Hellyeah-interview-August-2014.mp3" type="audio/mp3" controls="controls" preload="none" object width="400" height="30" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data=" http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/flashmediaelement.swf" param name="movie" value="http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/flashmediaelement.swf" / param name="flashvars" value="controls=trueamp;file=http://planetmosh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Hellyeah-interview-August-2014.mp3" / /object /audio /div
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ROB ZOMBIE Guitarist JOHN 5 Says His Upcoming Pay-Per-View Concert Will Be 'Cool'

4 hours 43 min ago
On October 18, former bMARILYN MANSON/b and current bROB ZOMBIE/b guitarist bJohn 5/b will play his first-ever solo concert, bringing his twisted musical visions to life as he performs songs spanning his entire solo career including, live tracks from his new studio album, b"Careful With That Axe"/b, released this past August through b60 Cycle Hum/b. The event will be hosted by bChris Broderick/b of bMEGADETH/b and will see bJohn 5/b backed by bTHE CREATURES/b consisting of bRodger Carter/b (drums) and bLarry "Bones" Dennison/b (bass; bDIO/b, bTONY MACALPINE/b, bLITA FORD/b). This live online experience allows the audience personal time with bJohn 5/b in an in-depth question-and-answer session in real time, which bBroderick/b will moderate. The audience will also have a chance to win unique giveaways throughout the show for the Top 13 supporters, including a signed bJohn 5 Squire Telecaster/b, several signed bBOSS/b pedals and other cool signed gifts. This event will be broadcast online only, on October 18, 2014, across three time zones; The Americas at 7:00 p.m. (PST); Europe at 7:00 p.m. (BST); and the Pacific Rim at 7:00 p.m. (HKT). This pay-per-view event goes on sale September 18. This will not be archived for later viewing, so get your tickets before it sells out. Details can be found at a href="http://www.john-5.com/" target="_blank"www.john-5.com/a. Speaking to bRock Hard Live/b at this past weekend's bAftershock/b festival in Sacramento, California, bJohn 5/b said (see video below): "I'm gonna do three concerts 'cause of three different time zones — one for America and Canada, one for Europe and one for Japan and Australia. It's totally live and you can ask questions. It's gonna be kind of set up like b'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'/b, but with a lot of music. Actually, the guys that are putting it on worked on b'The Tonight Show'/b the whole time and the bJohnny Carson/b show. So it's funny. It's gonna be cool." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5Y2E5q9QySA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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BUSH To Reissue Four Older Albums

5 hours 17 min ago
According to bThe Pulse Of Radio/b, bBUSH/b will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994's b"Sixteen Stone"/b, 1996's b"Razorblade Suitcase"/b, 1999's b"The Science of Things"/b and the 1997 remix LP, b"Deconstructed"/b. Frontman bGavin Rossdale/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. "We've done some remastering of the stuff and we've got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things," he said. "It's been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It's fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once." All of the tracks — including hits like b"Glycerine"/b, b"Machinehead"/b and b"Comedown"/b — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings. bBUSH/b's sixth studio album, b"Man On The Run"/b, will arrive on October 21 through bBUSH/b's own imprint, bZuma Rock Records/b. It features the single b"The Only Way Out"/b. The new disc follows up the band's 2011 comeback effort, b"The Sea Of Memories"/b, which was the first all-new bBUSH/b album in a decade.
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HELLYEAH's CHAD GRAY On New Lineup: 'The Energy On And Off The Stage Is F**king Amazing'

5 hours 25 min ago
On September 14, a href="http://www.capitalchaostv.com/" target="_blank"Capital Chaos TV/a conducted an interview with bHELLYEAH/b vocalist bChad Gray/b and bassist bKyle Sanders/b at the bAftershock/b festival in in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what it's like playing in a band with former bPANTERA/b drummer bVinnie Paul Abbott/b, bGray/b said: "He's a great dude. He's one of the warmest dudes you'll ever meet, one of the most generous people you'll ever meet. He believes in this fucking band so much. I believe in this band so much. bKyle/b believes in this band so much, [bChristian/b] bBrady/b [guitar] and bTom/b [bMaxwell/b, guitar]… It's our whole life. I mean, [bVinnie/b] really embraces it. If it wasn't for him… He makes a lot of things possible for us. 'Cause, you know, supergroup, all that shit, whatever, man, people can say whatever they want. We didn't say it. Somebody else said it. I believe bRevolver/b [magazine] said it, and we've had to live up to that tag since then. But we're starting over; we really are. And we're fucking four records in, and we're starting over. And with the lineup change [referring to recent departures of bassist bBob 'Zilla' Kakaha/b and guitarist bGreg Tribbett/b], even more so. But we love where we're at. The energy on and off the stage is fucking amazing." bHELLYEAH/b's fourth album, b"Blood For Blood"/b, sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the bBillboard/b chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's b"Band Of Brothers"/b, opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. bGray/b and bMaxwell/b revealed in a separate interview with bLoudwire/b that the band came close to breaking up before it finally parted ways with bTribbett/b and bKahaha/b. bMaxwell/b explained, "They just pretty much had a lot of other stuff going on in their life that just took the focus of the band away, and for us to continue, we had to part ways with them. It was a toxic situation that almost broke the band up. They just couldn't get it together and it was a very painful time for us, it was very emotional, but I think, you know, with the love we have for each other and the band, we needed to kind of do the worst case scenario and part ways with them." bMaxwell/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that both bKahaha/b and bTribbett/b had their own specific issue that were hurting the group. "I don't think bBob/b ever really was as passionate about this band," he said. "He never became a full member or anything like that. It just didn't gel, so it was just time just to part ways, you know. And with bGreg/b, I think he had just a lot of stuff that happened to him in his life in recent years that really affected him and became distracting for us and we just couldn't go forward." bGray/b said that the recording sessions for the band's new album, b"Blood For Blood"/b, were emotionally volatile, saying, "This is such a heavy record on so many levels — it's not just the anger, the frustration, the angst, but its also the helplessness that we felt." bHELLYEAH/b is currently touring North America as guests of bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b and bVOLBEAT/b. Interview: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/72gZp8O2FD4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div Performance: div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KRJIDwLL3xY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Hnh4Vg4R02I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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SYMPHONY X's New Album Will Really Please The Band's Old Fans

5 hours 55 min ago
American progressive metal veterans bSYMPHONY X/b have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2011's b"Iconoclast"/b for an early 2015 release. Regarding the musical direction of the new bSYMPHONY X/b material, bSYMPHONY X/b bassist bMichael LePond/b told the b"Talking Metal"/b podcast (hear audio below): "I think this album is not gonna be as heavy as our last one, b'Iconoclast'/b. If I had to compare this one, I would say it's a combination of [2002's] b'The Odyssey'/b meets [2007's] b'Paradise Lost'/b. It has a lot of classic bSYMPHONY X/b elements in it, and I think our old fans are really gonna appreciate this one. So we're really excited about it. And hopefully we can get it all recorded by the end of the year and then hopefully get it released early spring." According to bLePond/b, "It wasn't a conscious decision to go back to the older sound; it just kind of happened. That's the way we write songs. We just start writing songs, and wherever it takes us, it takes us. But there's a lot of really cool, classic bSYMPHONY X/b things in there. It's very, very musical. It concentrates just more on solid songs and great melodies." The bassist also spoke about bSYMPHONY X/b's continued success and seeming ability to gain new fans without compromising the musical ideals that form its core identity. "One thing that's really amazing about bSYMPHONY X/b and about our fans is, it seems like every record, we move up a little bit more, we get just a little bit more popular," he said. "We don't jump up into stardom; it's a slow climb. I mean, the band's been together just about 20 years now, and it just seems like with every album, our fan base grows just a little bit more, and we've been able to hold the old fans too. So, thankfully, we're still growing." He continued: "It's always an amazing thing to see someone really young discovering bSYMPHONY X/b. It just gives you the gas to keep going and just keep working hard." bSYMPHONY X/b's ninth studio album, b"Iconoclast"/b, sold more than 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 76 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, b"Paradise Lost"/b, opened with around 6,500 copies back in July 2007. b"Iconoclast"/b was released in June 2011 via bNuclear Blast Records/b. bUDR/b/bWarner/b has set a September 26 release date for the first-ever solo album from bLePond/b. b"Mike LePond's Silent Assassins"/b is described in a press release as "a fantastic heavy, power metal album that combines all influences of bMike LePond/b's favorite bands from the past and present. This album is packed with kick-ass vocals, scorching riffs and epic styling; there's something in there for any style of metalhead!" b"Mike LePond's Silent Assassins"/b features guest performances by guitarist b"Metal" Mike Chlasciak/b (bHALFORD/b, bTESTAMENT/b), lead guitarist and drum producer bMichael Romeo/b (bSYMPHONY X/b), vocalist bAlan Tecchio/b (bHADES/b, bWATCHTOWER/b), and, of course, mainman bMike LePond/b on bass and rhythm guitar. div align=center iframe src="//www.spreaker.com/embed/player/standard?autoplay=falseepisode_id=4974146" style="width: 100%; height: 131px; min-width: 400px;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"/iframe /div
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5 hours 56 min ago
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GLENN DANZIG Talks To FULL METAL JACKIE About SAMHAIN, Next DANZIG Album (Audio)

11 hours 36 min ago
bGlenn Danzig/b was interviewed on the September 12-14 edition of bFull Metal Jackie/b's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the bPodbean/b widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to a href="http://www.fullmetaljackieradio.com/" target="_blank"FullMetalJackieRadio.com/a. Asked when fans can expect to see the follow-up to bDANZIG/b's 2010 album, b"Deth Red Sabaoth"/b, bGlenn/b said: "I'm working on that right now." He added: "It seems like time just slips out of your hands. You wake up and, like, two or three years have passed. "bDANZIG/b did a lot of touring on this last record — I think more touring than I've ever done before. But it was spaced out over X amount of years. "I think it's time to just sit back a little after these shows in the fall and try and get everything I've been doing out." bDanzig/b recently spent time in the studio working on an EP of bElvis Presley/b covers. A tentative early 2015 release is expected. bDANZIG/b's cover version of the the classic bLee Hazelwood/b/bNancy Sinatra/b song b"Some Velvet Morning"/b, featuring a guest appearance by bCherie Currie/b (bTHE RUNAWAYS/b), was made available for streaming last year. The track was supposed to appear on bDanzig/b's covers album, which was also due to include bGlenn/b's renditions of classic songs from bBLACK SABBATH/b, bELVIS PRESLEY/b and bZZ TOP/b, among others. bDanzig/b was in the studio in February with bDANZIG/b guitarist/bandmate bTommy Victor/b (also of bPRONG/b) recording three new tracks for the next bDANZIG/b album. As of six months ago, bGlenn/b had five new songs in various stages of completion. The first new bDANZIG/b studio album in six years, b"Deth Red Sabaoth"/b, sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. b"Deth Red Sabaoth"/b was released on June 22, 2010 via bEvilive/b/bThe End Records/b. Produced by bGlenn/b, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009. div align=center iframe src="http://www.podbean.com/media/player/audio/postId/5297637/url/http%253A%252F%252Ffullmetaljackie.podbean.com%252Fe%252Fglenn-danzig-on-full-metal-jackie-radio-1410916358%252F/initByJs/1/auto/1" width="100%" height="100" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"/iframe /div
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PARADISE LOST's ADRIAN ERLANDSSON Says Next Album Will 'Surprise' Some People

12 hours 28 min ago
bPARADISE LOST/b drummer bAdrian Erlandsson/b has revealed to Greece's a href="http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=33716" target="_blank"Rock Overdose/a that there are "about nine songs" ready in demo form for the band's next studio album and "they're quite a lot heavier" than those on bPARADISE LOST/b's last CD, 2012's b"Tragic Idol"/b. He added: "I think some people will be surprised." Asked what style of vocals bPARADISE LOST/b singer bNick Holmes/b will adopt on the band's next album, bAdrian/b said: "I can't say, 'cause it's only demos [that have been recorded] so far. I think there will probably be a mixture, but it will, in parts, probably, possibly be heavier than b'Tragic Idol'/b. But you don't know until it's been recorded [properly]. Okay, there may be one thing on the demos, but when you come to do the album, it becomes something else." As previously reported, bPARADISE LOST/b will perform with an orchestra on September 20 at the Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For the one-off concert, the band will be joined by the renowned bPlovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra/b founded nearly 70 years ago and made up of over 100 highly qualified musicians. The orchestra has its roots in the hundred year old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors. The prestigious evening will be promoted by the Bulgarian independent radio station bTangra Mega Rock/b and orchestrated by conductor bLevon Manukyan/b who wrote the first metal ballet and is the founder of the bLevon Manukyan Collegium Musicum/b orchestra. During his career, bLevon/b has given the classical treatment to rock and metal works by bMARILYN MANSON/b, bALICE COOPER/b, bDREAM THEATER/b, bAC/DC/b, bEVANESCENCE/b, bGUNS N' ROSES/b, bKISS/b, bLED ZEPPELIN/b, bNIRVANA/b and bJUDAS PRIEST/b, and worked with world-famous soloists including ex-bNIGHTWISH/b vocalist bTarja Turunen/b. Said the band: "We have recorded elements of orchestration many times in the studio over the last two decades, as many of our songs lend themselves well to classical arrangement. However, we have never before had the chance to play with a real orchestra in a live situation, so it's very exciting to have the opportunity to play with bPlovdiv Philharmonic/b and in such a prestigious location as the Roman theatre." b"Tragic Idol"/b sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in April 2012 via bCentury Media Records/b, b"Tragic Idol"/b was recorded in part at bThe Chapel/b studios in Lincolnshire, England and features cover art by by Parisian designer bValnoir/b, who has previously worked with bMORBID ANGEL/b, bLAIBACH/b, bULVER/b and bWATAIN/b, among others.
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PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR Talks To IMPACT Metal Channel (Video)

September 16, 2014 - 22:37
a href="https://www.facebook.com/IMPACTmetalchannel" target="_blank"Impact/a metal channel conducted an interview with bPRONG/b guitarist/vocalist bTommy Victor/b before the band's August 7 concert in Dublin, Ireland. You can now watch the chat below. bPRONG/b is touring North America in support of its latest release, b"Ruining Lives"/b, which came out earlier this year via bSPV/b/bSteamhammer/b. The tour kicked off on September 10 in Los Angeles, California and will run through October 14 in San Francisco, California. Many of the dates will see bPRONG/b playing alongside thrash masters bOVERKILL/b. Following a quick break, the band will take part in bSLIPKNOT/b's bKnotfest/b on October 25 in San Bernardino, California. bPRONG/b recently completed filming a video for the song b"Remove, Separate Self"/b, taken from b"Ruining Lives"/b. bBrian Cox/b and bMarcelo Palomino/b directed the clip, which can be seen below. Comments bPRONG/b mainman bTommy Victor/b: "bPRONG/b has made a video for the song b'Remove, Separate Self'/b, the new single from our recent LP, b'Ruining Lives'/b. The song and the video are distinctively bPRONG/b, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe. As a follow-up to b'Turnover'/b, we will release it on seven-inch vinyl as well. The single and video will correspond with our U.S./Canada tour starting September 10 through October 14. Enjoy the video and we'll see you out on the road!" bSPV/b/bSteamhammer/b released a new digital single of b"Remove, Separate Self"/b. There are two versions of the single, which was made available on September 12. The seven-inch single will be released on October 24. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks: 01. bRemove, Separate Self/b (album version) 02. b"Separate Self, Remove"/b inspired by and created from "Remove, Separate Self" by PRONG (Matt Heafy de-mix) Comments bTRIVIUM/b's bMatt Heafy/b about the "de-mix" he created: "With b'Remove, Separate Self'/b, I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line — the title itself — the idea of 'separating yourself' made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future. The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place. "Sometimes 'remixes' do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a 'remix' is in the first place, even one's idea of what a song should sound like." The exclusive biTunes/b edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of b"Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck"/b. This song was taken from bPRONG/b's b"Unleashed In The West - Official Bootleg"/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uRYE21TW5LM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_tjAnALwPq8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/prongdublin2014poster_638.jpg" alt="prongdublin2014poster_638" width="638" height="902" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485074" /
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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: Firing JOEY JORDISON 'Was One Of The Hardest Decisions We Ever Made'

September 16, 2014 - 21:45
bSLIPKNOT/b singer bCorey Taylor/b says that firing bJoey Jordison/b, the band's drummer of 18 years, was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, but insists that he and his bandmates are "happy" to have moved on. bSLIPKNOT/b announced its split with bJordison/b in December 2013 but did not disclose the reasons for his exit. The drummer subsequently issued a statement saying that he did not quit the group. Speaking to UK's a href="http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-09-16/nine-things-we-learned-in-metal-hammer-issue-262" target="_blank"Metal Hammer/a for the magazine's October 2014 issue, bTaylor/b stated about bJoey/b's departure from bSLIPKNOT/b: "I can't talk too much about it because we're going through the legalities of everything right now and settling everything, but it's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to bJoey/b. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made." He continued: "We're all happy right now and we hope that he is. I've known him since '91, and that was before we were in bands together, and he's incredibly talented; he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are... in the nicest terms." Asked to address rumors that bJoey/b's dismissal from bSLIPKNOT/b was drug related, bCorey/b replied: "There's only so far that I can give an explanation. For me, that has to be a sign of growing up, because before I would've just railed at whatever I thought the supposed evil was, but now it's like, how do you explain to the fans? And that's the hardest part, because no matter what explanation you give, it's not gonna make them happy. I'm sure there are fans out there who have their own theories about it…" According to bCorey/b, he no longer has a relationship with bJordison/b. "I haven't talked to bJoey/b in a while, to be honest," he told the magazine. "That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to. It's just a fucking shame." bSLIPKNOT/b on Friday (September 12) revealed its new masks and its new members — at least what they look like — in the video for b"The Devil In I"/b, the first single from the band's upcoming album b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b. The clip, directed by percussionist bShawn "Clown" Crahan/b, shows off the new headgear worn by the seven original members, while giving us brief glimpses of the band's new drummer and bassist, who are both wearing the same mask. The band has not revealed the identity of either new member, but now new evidence has surfaced online that the man replacing bGray/b is named bAlessandro "Vman" Venturella/b. bVenturella/b has served as a guitar tech for bMASTODON/b, bCOHEED AND CAMBRIA/b and others, while also playing in the band bKROKODIL/b. A side-by-side comparison of bVenturella/b's distinctive hand tattoo and that from the person playing bass in the b"The Devil In I"/b video reveals that they appear to be the same. bSLIPKNOT/b's new drummer is widely believed to be bJay Weinberg/b, son of longtime bBruce Springsteen/b drummer bMax Weinberg/b. b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b, bSLIPKNOT/b's fifth studio album, arrives on October 21 and is the band's first without bJordison/b and bassist bPaul Gray/b, who died in May 2010. img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/metalhammerslipknotcover.jpg" alt="metalhammerslipknotcover" width="638" height="907" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485071" /
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BRING ME THE HORIZON Keyboardist Says OLI SYKES Is 'A Different Person' After Overcoming Addiction

September 16, 2014 - 19:52
bKaytie The Rock Goddess/b of the bRock 105.7 WOBG/b radio station in Fairmont, West Virginia recently conducted an interview with keyboardist bJordan Fish/b of the British deathcore act bBRING ME THE HORIZON/b. You can now listen to the chat using the bSondCloud/b widget below. Speaking about bBRING ME THE HORIZON/b frontman bOli Sykes/b' recent revelation that the singer was "addicted to a drug called ketamine" prior to the making of the band's latest album, b"Sempiternal"/b, bFish/b — who joined bBRING ME THE HORIZON/b in 2012 — said: "It was weird because I first met bOli/b and the rest of the guys when I was in another band before, and he was a big fan of my old band, so that's kind of how I got to know him. And the first few times I met him, I didn't even know him very well, but I just thought he was a bit crazy, 'cause he always erratic, I guess. Yeah, I mean, I just thought he liked to drink." He continued: "When I first met him, he was just going through [his addiction], and they went away to write. This was before I'd even been involved. They went away to write, and it didn't go well. I know he kind of had a bit of an epiphany type thing, like, 'Shit, I need to actually go to rehab,' or whatever. And he went for a while. He was in there for over a month, I think. And I was still texting him on and off around that time. And when he came out, he said, 'Do you wanna come and write with the band?' The writing sessions they'd done before he went in had not been productive at all, really; they'd come out with nothing, because, obviously, he was going through so much and stuff like that. So when I came in, it was kind of, like, fresh… He'd just come out and he was okay, but it was all very new, and I think everyone around him was still concerned about him, 'cause he'd been through so much and stuff. It was a very weird time. So then I went to Sheffield — 'cause I don't live in the same place as the rest of the guys — and the first time I went up, I just worked with him for a couple of days. And we got really into it. And the first song we did was b'And The Snakes Start To Sing'/b; that was the only demo that they'd brought forward from those sessions. It was just the guitar chords that bLee/b [bMalia/b] had written for the bulk of the song. So then we worked on that. We got really stuck into it. "I can't speak for bOli/b, but I think from that point on, when we worked on that song, and it came out really cool, and he was really into it, really excited by it, and it was a new way of writing for the band and stuff, and I kind of think that gave him a good drive and good focus. And I think it helped a lot for him to have re-found his love for writing music and stuff, 'cause then after that, I went up pretty much every week for about two and a half months. And it's a three-hour drive for me… so I was, like… And I wasn't in the band at that point, so I was just doing it… I didn't really know what I was doing. At first I was helping out with electronics, then I was kind of writing with bOli/b and bLee/b. Every week, I'd go up and I'd sit there with bOli/b and bLee/b and we wrote the whole album that way. "So, yeah, I think for him it was quite a cathartic process, because he'd just been through it and he was re-finding and rebuilding his relationships with everyone. "I've heard a lot from the other guys and bOli/b has told me a lot about how bad it was beforehand, and I definitely didn't see it at its first, so I don't know the ins and outs of it. But my experience with bOli/b has just been as a level-headed, for the most part… Obviously, I knew him kind of before, but most of my relationship has been since he came out of rehab, and he's a completely different person, from what I can tell." bSykes/b publicly owned up to his addiction while accepting the "Album Of The Year" award for b"Sempiternal"/b at the inaugural bAlternative Press Music Awards/b in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of July. He told the crowd: "I want to say something that I never thought I'd actually talk about. Before we wrote b'Sempiternal'/b, I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine; I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my fucking brother wanted to kill me; everyone wanted to kill me, everybody wanted to fucking take me to hell, but they didn't. They stood by me, they supported me through all of that shit and we wrote b'Sempiternal'/b because of it. "No one fucking knows, no one fucking knows this, but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you guys — you had no fucking idea that I was in rehab — but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails. "And when I got out of that rehab I didn't want to fucking scream anymore, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. And it's all thanks to you, so thank you very much." bBRING ME THE HORIZON/b's fourth album, b"Sempiternal"/b, sold 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. 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'Fear Clinic' Film Featuring SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR Frontman COREY TAYLOR: World Premiere Announced

September 16, 2014 - 19:17
b"Fear Clinic"/b, the new horror flick which marks bSLIPKNOT/b and bSTONE SOUR/b frontman bCorey Taylor/b's first featured role in a film, will receive its world premiere on October 22 at the bScreamfest Horror Film Festival/b in Hollywood, California. bTaylor/b, along with the movie's director, bRobert Hall/b, will be on hand for a question-and-answer session. For more information, a href="http://screamfestla.com/film/fear-clinic" target="_blank"click here/a. b"Fear Clinic"/b stars bRobert Englund/b, best known as bFreddy Krueger/b in b"A Nightmare On Elm Street"/b, as bDr. Andover/b, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber. "Working with bCorey/b was amazing," said bHall/b. "He's such a huge horror fan and his enthusiasm and excitement shine through. His involvement brings the film to a whole new level, and fans are going to freak when they see him in the role." As a lifetime horror fan, bTaylor/b said, "I'm such a horror geek, comic geek and action figure geek. I'm inspired by so much — from bHunter S. Thompson/b and bQuentin Tarantino/b to b'The Dark Knight'/b and b'Halloween'/b. Just show me something that doesn't suck, and I'm happy," he laughed. bTaylor/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b what it was like to work with a horror icon like bEnglund/b. "One of the coolest dudes I've ever met," he said. "You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he's telling me stories from the '80s of being at the Rainbow with bGUNS N' ROSES/b and I'm like, 'Please tell me more!' You know? Sweetest dude I've ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time." bTaylor/b told bFull Metal Jackie/b about his involvement in b"Fear Clinic"/b: "That was a blast! I was approached by [bMETALLICA/b bassist] bRobert Trujillo/b. His friend bRobert Hall/b was the director for b'Fear Clinic'/b and bRob/b had offered bRobert/b the part. But bTrujillo/b couldn't do it; he was going to Antarctica with bMETALLICA/b. He said, 'Who is someone you’d love to work with?' I guess bRob/b said bCorey Taylor/b. So he put us in touch and within two weeks I was on the set. It was pretty sweet." He continued: "I had always said I wanted to be in a movie and try my hand at it. It was kind of the perfect opportunity." He added: "It was a fantastic learning experience. I learned a lot just from watching everybody. I really got into it, I grew a mustache for the part so I could look extra creepy. I had a super blast with it." In the film, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site bFearNet.com/b, bTaylor/b plays a clinic employee named bBauer/b who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G4O_kgSEcH0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/coretaylorfearclinicpromo.jpg" alt="coretaylorfearclinicpromo" width="500" height="312" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485061" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/screamfest2014poster_638.jpg" alt="screamfest2014poster_638" width="638" height="101" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485062" /
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METALLICA To Release 27 Live Albums On CD

September 16, 2014 - 18:57
bMETALLICA/b's official web site has been updated with the following message: "We've been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we've done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening... sometimes even hours! Over the years we've been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and bApple/b lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the 'old-school' compact disc. To celebrate ten years of bLive Metallica/b, we're going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we've played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays. "We want to keep it simple so we'll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we're also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There's that special concept of a volume discount and you'll have a box to store all your CDs in. CD's will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either bLiveMetallica.com/b or in the bMet Store/b. "And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly bMETALLICA/b HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl... YOU choose from the 27 shows we've played this year by voting for your favs here. We'll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015. Voting will close on September 26. "Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!" bMETALLICA/b played the following shows in 2014: March 16 - Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia March 18 - Parque Bicentenario, Quito, Ecuador March 20 - Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru March 22 - Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil March 24 - Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay March 27 - Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile March 29 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina March 30 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina May 12 - MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA May 28 - Sonisphere at Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland May 30 - Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden June 01 - Sonisphere at Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway June 03 - State Prison Open Air, Horsens, Denmark June 04 - Sonisphere at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany June 06 - Rock Im Park at Zeppelinfeld, Nurnberg, Germany June 08 - Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany June 09 - Pinkpop Festival at Megaland, Landgraaf, Netherlands June 28 - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Great Britain July 01 - Rock in Rome Sonisphere at Ippodromo Cappannelle, Rome, Italy July 03 - Rock Werchter at Werchterpark, Werchter, Belgium July 04 - Sonisphere at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland July 06 - Sonisphere at Knebworth House, Stevenage, Great Britain July 08 - Aerodrome Festival at Incheba Open Air, Prague, Czech Republic July 09 - Krieau Rocks at Krieau Open Air, Vienna, Austria July 11 - Sonisphere at National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland July 13 - ITU Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey Aug. 09 - Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec bMETALLICA/b's performance at the bHeavy Montreal/b festival in early August marked the sole North American date on the b"Metallica By Request"/b tour, which hit Europe and South America earlier in the year. The trek featured the band playing 17 songs requested online by fans in each city, with the final slot in the set list taken by a new song, b"Lords Of Summer"/b. bMETALLICA/b drummer bLars Ulrich/b told bMetal Hammer/b in an interview that b"Lords Of Summer"/b went over well with fans hearing it live on the band's b"By Request"/b tour. bUlrich/b explained, "It's fun to play. It seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the 'Snake Pit' the other day with a homemade b'Lords Of Summer'/b T-shirt on, which was very endearing." bUlrich/b added, "It's a good song. Hey, listen, who knows by the time the next record comes out whether it will be in its same shape or format. But it's fun to play. And I think it's going down well, from what I can tell, from my little spot." bUlrich/b said that in the past when the band has played fresh material live, sometimes the songs have not even had finished lyrics or titles. But he remarked that b"Lords Of Summer"/b is "a little further along in terms of it being, sort of, together, so we're quite comfortable playing it. It's kind of written for this tour." The drummer recently told b"Metal Zone"/b about the band's next record, "I'm pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it's just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It's just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song." Frontman bJames Hetfield/b said something very similar when bThe Pulse Of Radio/b asked him a while back about the status of the band's new material. "We've come up with enough material for a record, for sure," he said. "We've gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that's on our riff CDs, but we've got enough for an album. We just haven't had the time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling at these masterpieces, hopefully."
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Ex-DEATH Guitarist PAUL MASVIDAL Didn't Want CYNIC To Become Known As 'The Gay Band'

September 16, 2014 - 17:48
Former bDEATH/b and current bCYNIC/b member bPaul Masvidal/b (guitar, vocals) spoke to France's bTV Rock Live/b about his decision to openly discuss for the first time his sexuality in the context of his band's music. bMasvidal/b, 43, came out to friends and family in 1991 and later began exploring drag bars and gay nightclubs while on tour. His bCYNIC/b bandmate, bSean Reinert/b, also 43, took a bit longer to come out. "bSean/b and I have been living this way, as gay men, for over 20 years, so it wasn't something that we weren't comfortable with ourselves," bPaul/b told bTV Rock Live/b at this summer's bHellfest/b, where he performed with the bDEATH/b tribute project bDEATH TO ALL/b. "But in terms of associating it with our work, which we always wanted to just keep the focus on the music; we were concerned that it would become all of a sudden, 'They're the gay band' or something. But, thankfully, it seems like it's been very positive. And the scene's been open; it's come a long way. And in our minds, it was an opportunity to really kind of speak for other people, the kids out there that don't have someone in their scene who's homesexual." He continued: "It's one of those things where it's nice to kind of… I don't know it was… I think bHarvey Milk/b [American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California] said this… He was one of the big, forward-thinking… He said that everybody who's gay should come out, regardless of what profession you're in, because we're a minority, and regardless, you should be out there with it. It just helps the whole thing along, you know, so… That's how I felt about it. It was, like, 'It's about time to just talk about it.'" Asked if he was surprised at the reaction from the metal scene to bMasvidal/b and bReinert/b openly discussing their sexuality in a bLos Angeles Times/b article this past May, bMasvidal/b said: "I was, actually, a bit surprised. I mean, it started with the bLos Angeles Times/b, the cover story, and all then all the press picked it up. And it seemed like it got a lot of attention, but in the right way; it wasn't bashing. There was little things here and there, but most of those people keep to themselves." He added: "I think most people born post-1980 [or] -'85, they're not fazed by it in the same way, especially if they grew up in cities, as to where 20 years ago, it was a different mindset, I think, and even 10 years ago. So we've come a long way. But we still have a long way to go. There are still seven countries in the world where it's punishable by death to be homosexual. I mean, we still have a lot of work to do." bJUDAS PRIEST/b singer bRob Halford/b, who revealed he was homosexual during a 1998 appearance on bMTV/b, commended bMasvidal/b and bReinert/b (drums) for speaking out about their sexuality, telling bMetal Injection/b: "I really applaud the guys from bCYNIC/b for standing forward and just telling… They didn't need to do that. I didn't need to do that. They did it for themselves, like I did for myself. It might appear to be a bit selfish, but it's not. "I always quickly say: you set yourself free, you stop all the lying, you stop all the innuendo, you stop all the damaging, attacking comments, because they bounce off you. Because [you go], 'That's who I am. That's what I am. What are you trying to say? You can't attack me anymore, because I'm now bulletproof because of this honesty.' "So I applaud them. I think it's really, really cool. And I can't wait to see them." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FURkaGzugQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div
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SICK OF IT ALL: Lyric Video For New Song 'DNC'

September 16, 2014 - 17:30
New York hardcore veterans bSICK OF IT ALL/b will release their new album, b"The Last Act Of Defiance"/b, in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on September 29, and in North America on September 30 via bCentury Media/b. Asked what he wants fans to walk away with after hearing b"The Last Act Of Defiance"/b, bSICK OF IT ALL/b drummer bArmand Majidi/b's answer is very simple: "I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic." The eye-catching cover artwork for b"The Last Act Of Defiance"/b was created by bErnie Parada/b, who has already designed posters, merchandise and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as bHATEBREED/b, bPROPAGANDHI/b, RANCID and bTHE GASLIGHT ANTHEM/b. b"The Last Act Of Defiance"/b was helmed by bSICK OF IT ALL/b's longtime friend and producer bTue Madsen/b, who recorded the album at bNova Studio/b in Staten Island, New York and mixed it at his own bAntfarm Studio/b in Denmark. Stated bMajidi/b about why bMadsen is the perfect match for /bbSICK OF IT ALL/b: "Not only do we get along famously, but he has always understood how to capture the band's intensity in the quietly controlled, less-than-intense studio setting. "It was always difficult for us to find an engineer who could capture our live sound before meeting Tue, so now that we've found him, he's our guy.” b"The Last Act Of Defiance"/b track listing: 01. bSound The Alarm/b 02. b2061/b 03. bRoad Less Traveled/b 04. bGet Bronx/b 05. bPart Of History/b 06. bLosing War/b 07. bNever Back Down/b 08. bFacing The Abyss/b 09. bAct Your Rage/b 10. bDisconnect Your Flesh/b 11. bBeltway Getaway/b 12. bSidelined/b 13. bOutgunned/b 14. bDNC/b The lyric video for the song b"DNC"/b can be seen below. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OpWlTQP6bxI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/sickofitalllastactcd.jpg" alt="sickofitalllastactcd" width="410" height="410" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-480794" /
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MOTIONLESS IN WHITE: 'Reincarnate' Video Released

September 16, 2014 - 17:01
The video for b"Reincarnate"/b, the title track of the third studio album from the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based metalcore quintet bMOTIONLESS IN WHITE/b, can be seen below. Directed by bChad Michael Ward/b (bMARILYN MANSON/b, bCOMBICHRIST/b), the clip was shot at the allegedly haunted Hotel Alexandria's Valentino Room in Los Angeles, California. b"Reincarnate"/b was released on September 16 via bFearless/b. Produced by bDan Korneff/b (bMY CHEMICAL ROMANCE/b, bBREAKING BENJAMIN/b, LAMB OF GOD), the follow-up to b"Infamous"/b features guest appearances by bDani Filth/b (bCRADLE OF FILTH/b), bMaria Brink/b (bIN THIS MOMENT/b) and bTim Skold/b (bSKOLD/b, bMARILYN MANSON/b). b"Reincarnate"/b track listing: 01. bDeath March/b 02. bReincarnate/b 03. bPuppets III (The Grand Finale)/b [feat. Dani Filth) 04. bUnstoppable/b 05. bEverybody Sells Cocaine/b 06. bConptemptress/b (feat. Maria Brink) 07. bBreak The Cycle/b 08. bGeneration Lost/b 09. bDark Passenger/b 10. bWasp/b 11. bFinal Dictvm/b (feat. Tim Skold) 12. bCarry The Torch/b 13. bSinematic/b (acoustic version) [bonus track] "I think I speak for most artists of any kind when I say that it's a rarity to step back from something you created and feel 100% satisfied without seeing the flaws or things you wish you had made differently," said bMOTIONLESS IN WHITE/b singer bChris Motionless/b. "This is the first time in my life I've composed an album and have departed from the studio feeling like everything I've ever wanted to accomplish, has finally materialized. I put past mistakes behind me and focused on becoming a new body of musical existence, while maintaining the characteristics that I enjoyed most about our band. As it is mine, this will absolutely be your favorite bMOTIONLESS/b record." bMOTIONLESS IN WHITE/b will support bLACUNA COIL/b in Europe starting on October 31 in Bristol, United Kingdom. bMOTIONLESS IN WHITE/b has carved out a corner in the metal scene with its aggressive electro-tinged anthems, crowd-empowering choruses, melding with their dark and profound message. The band recruited a collection of devout fans across the world, having toured with metal juggernauts such as bMARILYN MANSON/b, bSLIPKNOT, /bbA DAY TO REMEMBER/b, bESCAPE THE FATE/b and bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b. bMOTIONLESS IN WHITE/b's sophomore album, b"Infamous"/b, was released on November 13, 2012 via bFearless/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CVQC3bx_AXs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/motionlessreincarnatecd.jpg" alt="motionlessreincarnatecd" width="638" height="640" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-477511" /
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EXODUS Guitarist LEE ALTUS Discusses 'Blood In Blood Out' Album In Second Making-Of Clip

September 16, 2014 - 16:44
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans bEXODUS/b will release their tenth studio album, b"Blood In Blood Out"/b, in North America on October 14 via bNuclear Blast/b. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist bPär Olofsson/b, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including bEXODUS/b' b"Let There Be Blood"/b. The second of five video clips featuring footage from the making of b"Blood In Blood Out"/b can be seen below. The footage is taken from the b"Blood Upon The Goat"/b DVD, which will be included in the album's digipak and import box set versions. Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to b"Blood In Blood Out"/b opener b"Black 13"/b is electronic music producer bDan the Automator/b (bGORILLAZ/b, bMIKE PATTON/b, bDELTRON 3030/b). "[bDan/b and I] ran into each other a couple times," shares bEXODUS/b guitarist and songwriter bGary Holt/b. "I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it." bTESTAMENT/b frontman bChuck Billy/b lends his signature roar to the track b"BTK"/b, one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist bSteve "Zetro" Souza/b, who recently said: "bChuck/b and I have known each other forever. We work really well together; we know each other really well. So if I'm doing my vocals and he's there, I can trust him to go, 'No way, bZet/b, [it] doesn't sound good like that. Do it like this,' or, 'Yeah, that's killer.' If he says it sounds killer, I know it is." Original bEXODUS/b guitarist bKirk Hammett/b, who has been a member of bMETALLICA/b for the past 31 years, contributed a solo to b"Salt The Wound"/b, which can be streamed in the bYouTube/b clip below. "This was actually the first time bKirk/b got to play on an official bEXODUS/b release," states bHolt/b. "He did the early demo, and then joined bMETALLICA/b and didn't do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer." "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," bHammett/b told bRollingStone.com/b. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the bEXODUS/b demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with bEXODUS/b. It was a huge thing for me." He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then bGary/b comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, bGary/b and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them." b"Blood In Blood Out" track listing: 01. /bbBlack 13/b (featuring Dan the Automator) 02. bBlood In Blood Out/b 03. bCollateral Damage/b 04. bSalt The Wound/b (featuring Kirk Hammett) 05. bBody Harvest/b 06. bBTK/b (featuring Chuck Billy) 07. bWrapped In The Arms Of Rage/b 08. bMy Last Nerve/b 09. bNumb/b 10. bHonor Killings/b 11. bFood For The Worms/b Bonus DVD includes: * b"Blood Upon The Goat"/b making-of footage * Behind-the-scenes tour footage * Footage from bKirk Hammett's Fear FestEVIL After-Party/b at this year’s San Diego bComic-Con/b The digital version of b"Blood In Blood Out"/b will include the digital bonus track b"Angel Of Death"/b (bANGEL WITCH/b cover). The album’s Japanese edition includes the b"Protect Not Dissect"/b bonus track featuring bRat/b from bTHE VARUKERS/b/bDISCHARGE/b. "When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like b'Gangland'/b and all these locked-up prison reality shows," said bHolt/b. "And I thought, 'Yeah, that's like bEXODUS/b.' It's a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. "I've been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager, and I'll be doing it 'till I can't physically do it anymore." The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by bOlofsson/b based on the album title alone, as bGary Holt/b explained: "The concept came from bPär Olofsson/b. I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it's perfect! One of my favorite covers we've ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!" b"Blood In Blood Out"/b is bEXODUS/b' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, bRob Dukes/b, and the return of his predecessor, bSteve "Zetro" Souza/b, who previously fronted bEXODUS/b from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. Asked what bEXODUS/b is doing differently on b"Blood In Blood Out"/b compared to the band's previous efforts, bSouza/b said: "I just think it's way more brutal now. I think if you look at the production value in the albums, from b'Bonded By Blood'/b [1985] and even b'Impact Is Imminent'/b [1990] and now you look at them, from b'Tempo Of The Damned'/b [2004] and then b'Shovel Headed Kill Machine'/b [2005] and b'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A'/b [2007] and b'Exhibit B: The Human Condition'/b [2010] and now to b'Blood In, Blood Out'/b, I just think the maturity level and knowing what you wanna sound like and knowing what you're going for and knowing what you do well. Not trying to second-guess yourself and go, 'Oh, we've gotta do this because of this.' It's not like that anymore. Now it's all about, 'Hey, we're bEXODUS/b. We've been bEXODUS/b for 30 years. And let's just be bEXODUS/b.'" The album a href="http://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/shop/" target="_blank"can be pre-ordered/a from the bNuclear Blast/b USA webshop in CD, digipak, and 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last). bEXODUS/b will head out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run in November with fellow metal titans bSLAYER/b and bSUICIDAL TENDENCIES/b. The bScion/b-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11 with two shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official bEXODUS Facebook/b page. Due to the overwhelmingly demand, bEXODUS/b is making their VIP Experience packages available for the entire tour via bSLOtix.com/b. Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day. For fans who have already purchased their show ticket and would like to be part of the bEXODUS/b VIP Experience, contact bSLO/b Customer Service at 888-756-4849 or customerservice@slotix.com. bHammett/b was a member of bEXODUS/b' original lineup before replacing bDave Mustaine/b in bMETALLICA/b in 1983. In fact, bHammett/b was not only the person who came up with the bEXODUS/b name, but also the first from the band to meet original bEXODUS/b singer bPaul Baloff/b and brought him into the group. bDukes/b joined bEXODUS/b in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band's studio albums — b"Shovel Headed Kill Machine"/b (2005), b"The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A"/b (2007), b"Let There Be Blood"/b (2008, a re-recording of bEXODUS/b' classic 1985 LP, b"Bonded By Blood"/b) and b"Exhibit B: The Human Condition"/b (2010). div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bmYQq8xGnao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NdL56FHEFOw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CMs9yNlBp4c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/exoduspreorderimagebloodin_638.jpg" alt="exoduspreorderimagebloodin_638" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483815" / img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/exodsbloodinart.jpg" alt="exodsbloodinart" width="499" height="499" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-481678" /
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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Says Filling K.K. DOWNING's Shoes Was 'Almost Second Nature'

September 16, 2014 - 16:26
In a brand new interview with a href="http://www.metaltalk.net/columns/20107227.php " target="_blank"Metal Talk/a, bJUDAS PRIEST/b guitarist bRichie Faulkner/b spoke about the task of replacing original bPRIEST/b axeman bKenneth "K.K." Downing/b and getting involved in the songwriting process for the band's new album, b"Redeemer Of Souls"/b. "I grew up with bJUDAS PRIEST/b, and guitar music in general, and I think being aware of everything that comes with that — the whole mindset of standing up for what you believe in, doing what you do, and being proud of it," bFaulkner/b said. "That's been a part of bPRIEST/b's music since day one for me, that's how I interpreted it. "They have always flown the flag for what they do, and for metal. It was kind of inherent — you have to respect what came before you. "bKen/b was a huge hero of mine, and then with bGlenn/b [bTipton/b], and the rest of the guys in the band. "You've got to respect what came before, but you've also got to be respectful to yourself. As I said, get all of the mentality that comes with that music, and kind of set up what it is you're doing. You want to put your own stamp on things, you want to make your own way, and carve your own niche, but at the same time be respectful and aware of what came before. "It's almost second nature, if that makes any sense. It's not like it's an easy thing to do, but at the same time it's kind of organic. It's something that's ingrained in you as a musician, really. It's really natural and organic, and it's worked really well. I'm very pleased." bFaulkner/b also talked about living up to bJUDAS PRIEST/b fans' expectations in the concert setting, especially after one half of the band's signature twin-guitar attack has been replaced. "We just wanted the band to continue — we knew it was working, and we just wanted to get out and unleash it on the world," bRichie/b explained. "I think the skepticism that some people might have, or have had was just a testament to how passionate they are about the band, you know? It's almost the same as when bRitchie Blackmore/b left bDEEP PURPLE/b, or when bMichael Schenker/b left bUFO/b. There was a healthy amount of skepticism that comes from that passion, and I think that's a healthy thing. That's a testament to the fans. And thanks to the fans for trusting in the band, buying tickets, coming down to the show. "Within 30 seconds, man — they had their hands up in the air, and they're screaming along. It was just instant, really, so a big 'hats off' to them for doing that." bJUDAS PRIEST/b's 17th studio album, b"Redeemer Of Souls"/b, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Play Three Arena Shows In L.A. And Final Concert At Whisky A Go Go, Says VINCE NEIL

September 16, 2014 - 15:39
According to a href="http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/ae/music/2014/sep/15/vince-neil-final-dates-motley-crue-final-tour-vega/" target="_blank"Las Vegas Weekly/a, there are tentative plans for bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b to end its b"The Final Tour"/b by playing "couple of nights" in Las Vegas in late 2015 and finishing off with a few shows in the band's hometown of Los Angeles. "Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started," bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b singer bVince Neil/b told the site. "After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A.," bNeil/b added. "And then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary." bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b drummer bTommy Lee/b recently told bRolling Stone/b: ""We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1 a.m. show at the Whisky. Fuck, we all used to live around the corner from that club." bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b added. "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off. "I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the fucking years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter." bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b last month completed the first leg of its b"The Final Tour"/b with support from bAlice Cooper/b. The next leg of the trek will kick off on October 10 in Oklahoma City and will conclude on November 22 in Spokane, Washington. While announcing the first details of b"The Final Tour"/b at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b banner. "The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," bSixx/b said before adding. "There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We'd have so much egg on our face." After the completion of the farewell tour, bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b guitarist bMick Mars/b is expected to put the finishing touches on his long-in-the-works debut album as well as a memoir. bSixx/b will focus much of his efforts on his other band, bSIXX: A.M./b, while bNeil/b will continue his solo career. bLee/b's plans have not yet been revealed, but he did tell bNewsday/b: "I am writing and putting things aside. It's a different direction from my last solo work because I'm changing around all the components. It won't be something you've heard or seen before. Believe me, I'm not done after this."
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SISTER SIN To Release 'Black Lotus' Album In October; 'Chaos Royale' Lyric Video Available

September 16, 2014 - 14:47
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers bSISTER SIN/b will release their fifth studio album, b"Black Lotus"/b, on October 27 via bVictory/b. According to a press release, bSISTER SIN/b "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b, bACCEPT/b and bJUDAS PRIEST/b, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like bTHE PRETTY RECKLESS/b and bHALESTORM/b." Says bRevolver/b magazine: "If you think bSISTER SIN/b are just another female-fronted metal band, you've got another thing comin'. Spiked and leather-clad, these Swedes crank out music for fighting hard and partying harder." The lyric video for the b"Chaos Royale"/b song from b"Black Lotus"/b can be seen below. The b"Chaos Royale"/b digital single and b"Black Lotus"/b digital pre-order are available now at biTunes/b and bAmazon Music/b. Exclusive bSISTER SIN/b pre-order packages for b"Black Lotus"/b are available now at bVictoryMerch.com/b. Starting at just $19.98, various packages include the b"Black Lotus"/b CD or limited-edition colored vinyl with exclusive t-shirts, hooded sweatshirt, koozie and more. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the track b"Chaos Royale"/b. bSISTER SIN/b's third album, b"Now And Forever"/b, entered the official chart in the band's home country of Sweden at position No. 44. Released on October 23, 2012 via bVictory Records/b, the CD was recorded at bStandstraight Studios/b in Stockholm with producer bChris Snyder/b and was mixed by bCameron Webb/b (bMOTÖRHEAD/b, bSOCIAL DISTORTION/b, bDANZIG/b). div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/s8Y_H-tV3EM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/sistersinblacklotuscd.jpg" alt="sistersinblacklotuscd" width="475" height="475" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-485043" /
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