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THE END Feat. Former DEATH/MASSACRE Guitarist RICK ROZZ: 'Crawling Back To Life' Lyric Video

6 hours 29 min ago
The official lyric video for the song "Crawling Back To Life" from THE END, the new old-school Florida death metal trio featuring ex-DEATH/MASSACRE guitarist Rick Rozz, ex-MASSACRE drummer Mike Mazzonetto and vocalist/bassist Michael Grim, can be seen below. THE END's debut four-song EP, "Age Of Apocalypse", will be available in January 2016. The effort is being recorded at CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida with producer/engineer Tim Vazquez. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Age Of Apocalypse 02. Crawling Back To Life 03. Silent Screams Of Death 04. Inhale The Plague Says THE END: "Remember when metal was exciting? The first time you heard SLAYER or DEATH? Through the years it has seemed as if metal has lost its edge. The more extreme bands get, the more it loses its value. Given, some bands can be brutal and still hold water. But most cannot. Here at THE END, we know the value of a good melody. With promise to keep it brutal at the same time. We play death metal the old school way, for in our eyes, it's the only way! Soon you will get a taste of what is to come with our first offering, 'Age Of Apocalypse'. It's dark, vicious, and hungry! We feel that it is in the spirit of the glory days of death metal, but with fresh modern feel."

ANTHRAX Vocalist Talks "For All Kings", Paris Terrorist Attacks, 'Spreading The Disease' 30th Anniversary

6 hours 42 min ago
Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces conducted an interview with ANTHRAX vocalist Joey Belladonna during the band's current European tour with SLAYER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On ANTHRAX's forthcoming album, "For All Kings": "I think the band overall is sounding like it really wants to be. It's definitely heavier. For me, vocally, there's a little bit more room than usual. It's really, from the start, like the old days. We have finally had a chance to be a band; we haven't had any people in from the side, like this guy or that guy, and all that horse shit we used to go through [laughs], or they have been going through… I think it really just sounds like a new thing that we're doing. It's a bit of the old, a bit of the new, and it's kind of a darker album, too. It's got some really interesting moments. I just think we're really, really on top of our game, doing what we need to do." On the Paris terrorist attacks: "We had played Paris about a week to two weeks before that. Someone asked me about that, too, like what I think about the area and what's going on — even though that hadn't happened yet. I said 'You know what? It sucks.' What do you do? Does anybody really have any answers for that kind of stuff? The more and more I listen and the more and more people talk about it, it's a very complicated situation. It's deeper than it looks." On whether such attacks cause fear among bands and fans alike: "Yeah, and that's the thing. Every day goes on and every show that happens, you can't help but think about stuff like that. We're very sad to hear of any of that stuff go down, because we knew some of those people. There were caterers there that we knew, some lighting people that were there. You know what? Who would've even thought that with Dimebag [Darrell Abbott, late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist who was shot while performing onstage on December 8, 2004]? That somebody would come into a club and do shit like that? Any of that stuff, it's horrible. I wish I had an answer for it, and I wish I had… Who wants to stop? I don't wanna stop, and I don't want people to not come out. We don't wanna go home, and all that stuff. We're just carrying on right now. Everybody's taking as much measures as they can." On how he rates 1985's "Spreading The Disease" among ANTHRAX's catalogue: "Maybe three? I think it's 'Among The Living' [1987], 'Persistence Of Time' [1990], then 'Spreading The Disease'. I don't know. It's hard to rank them, but it's definitely in my top three just because it's a special record. Of all things, on that one, I had a little bit more room to sing a little bit straight ahead in some ways. It was my first record, and I had a lot of fun doing it. It was just one of those records where I wasn't stricken as much. As times went on, things started to change. It got faster. People were trying to make sure you didn't get too far away from what you were doing, like 'Let's try to do this.' People holing you into a style. Not to even bring it up, but look how they changed when they went and fucking got someone else… really, for whatever reasons. Just to make a change. I had nothing to do with that. How did I even know that my style was correct? At this time, you didn't even know what these guys were digging as a vocalist. Me and you could both listen to the same music, and go 'Fuck, I don't like that, because I like this.' 'Why do you like that?' 'Well, because I like his style and I don't like his.' You can have that in a band, too. Do you realize that each guy in each band has a certain likeness of how certain players are? How they perform, and what they like? Maybe they like a different style of drummer, you know? It's funny how people in your own band can judge you and rate you, and put you in a spot, so it's tough. I don't know. I just do what I do, and I try to be as good as I can. I didn't chase the '90s — I don't chase anything. I just do my own thing. I have my own style, and I do what I do." On the possibility of an autobiography: "A book from me? I've got a lot of things to say. [Laughs] People ask me about that. I don't know if I'm that anxious to do one. I'm not sure it'll take me more time than I want to, and I'm not even sure how to speak about things that I don't know if I really wanna say to people. I'm conflicted with that kind of thing, because I probably have a deeper story than a lot of people know. I could talk about a lot of stuff that might not be very friendly, just from the overall ins and outs of doing it from day one to now. There's certain things that maybe make you unhappy, and it could be small things. Do you really need to talk about it? I'm pretty quiet for the most part. For me to go out there, and start spilling shit? I don't know. I could talk. I mean, it doesn't really have to be that way either. It could be about how I grew up, what got me into music, what I did when I got out of high school, and all that kind of stuff. Is anybody interested? I don't even know. It would be cool if it didn't take me forever, but then again, I could go forever about it because I've got so much I could say." Read the entire interview at Metal Forces.

BUTCHER BABIES: Video Footage Of Sacramento Performance

8 hours 59 min ago
Fan-filmed video footage of BUTCHER BABIES' November 27 performance at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California can be seen below. BUTCHER BABIES' second album, "Take It Like A Man", was released on August 21 via Century Media. The CD was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and GOJIRA. In a recent interview with Houston Press, Heidi Shepherd, one of the two vocalists for BUTCHER BABIES, was asked if she ever feels like the media just focuses on the band's sexuality and not its music. She responded: "Yeah. [The fact that we once wore nipple tape at our live shows for a short period of time] has been pounded into everyone's head. The thing is, it wasn't part of who we are. It was only for like, six months. Most journalists have dropped it, but every now and then, it pops back up. It's just beating a dead horse, you know? There are just so many more exciting things you can ask. It will always come up. I completely agree [that media focuses on our sexuality]. We were approached just a little while ago by this outlet... they were doing this YouTube TV thing and they wanted us to do an entire sex-ed thing for their little show. We [fellow BUTCHER BABIES singer Carla Harvey and I] responded immediately with, 'Absolutely fucking no.' [Laughs] We were, like, a) we're not even experts in that; and b) why would I go on TV talking about that? I have so much more to talk about and I have so much more [to offer], so many more things to say, you know? That really did bother us. Carla and I were, like, we don't even want to interview with you guys if you guys just want to air all this kind of bullshit."

CLUTCH's NEIL FALLON: Playing In Paris Two Days Ago Was The Most Moving Concert Experience I've Ever Had

9 hours 22 min ago
Vocalist Neil Fallon of Maryland rockers CLUTCH has commented on the events of November 13 in Paris, France, when more than 129 people were killed in seven coordinated terrorist attacks. The greatest number of deaths took place at the Bataclan, a French music venue where EAGLES OF DEATH METAL were performing when terrorists began a siege that ended with 89 people in the club either shot to death or killed in explosions. In a post on his Instagram account, Fallon wrote: "I still don't have the words to speak about the evils that took place in Paris on November 13th. I doubt I ever will. Plenty has been said already. Some very moving words, some very ignorant. For myself, though, I find the commentaries on social media and online outlets to be too easy and too self-serving, however well-intended. I figured the best thing we could do was simply get on the stage and play some rock and roll. Having said that, it hasn't been easy. Not a show has gone by that I haven't thought about the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, their fans, the crew at The Bataclan, the patrons of Stade de France and all the other victims who were simply enjoying a beautiful evening in Paris. "A lot has been said about bands, particularly American bands, who have cancelled shows and tours. I do not fault them. Nor do I judge them. No one outside of those bands and venues knows the particulars of the circumstances. I do, however, find fault with those that judge them for doing so. It's too easy to proclaim 'what should be done' whilst sitting in a castle of online anonymity. "If the promoters here in Europe had asked us to reschedule, CLUTCH would have done the same. "I've been doing this for nearly 25 years now and [Friday] night's show in Paris was the most moving experience I've ever had while performing with JP, Tim, and Dan. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. People danced. People sang. People threw liters of beer across the room. By all accounts, it was a typical rock show. But these seemingly ordinary behaviors were extraordinary. The show wasn't about CLUTCH. It wasn't about rock and roll. It was about the fans. It was about Paris. It was about the indomitable spirit of humanity's best retaliating against its worst... with joy. However brief it may have been, I am so grateful to have been a part of that. "Thank you, Paris. FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR." A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including LAMB OF GOD, FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others. The attacks in Paris led to a military response by France against the radical Islamic organization ISIS, as French jets bombed a series of targets in Syria. The attacks have stepped up worldwide concern over ISIS, as well as a debate in the U.S. over whether to accept Syrian refugees.

KVELERTAK Is Almost Done Writing Material For Next Album

9 hours 39 min ago
Mike James Rock Show conducted an interview with singer Erlend Hjelvik of Norwegian rockers KVELERTAK during the band's current European tour with SLAYER and ANTHRAX. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what KVELERTAK has been up to the last few months, Erlend said: "We've had some time off this year and the end of last year and we've just been working on new material and doing the occasional show here and there. But we've been working on the new album since before the summer — just been spending a lot of time on that. [We're] almost [done putting together all the tracks]. We're missing maybe, like, two songs, so we'll just get on that once we get home now." According to Erlend, there is no concrete release date in place yet for the new KVELERTAK album, but fans who have seen some of the band's recent headlining shows might have gotten a taste of one new track which will appear on the forthcoming effort. He said: "We've been playing one new song on the 'off' shows [from the SLAYER tour], and it seems to be going over pretty well. It's just fun for us to play something new too and see how it works live. It's just cool to put something new on the table instead of playing the same stuff we've been doing for [the last couple of years]. It gives the people a reason to come out and watch us again." KVELERTAK's follow-up to 2013's "Meir" is tentatively due before next summer. "Meir" topped the official chart in Norway. The CD, which sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, was issued on March 26, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. It was produced by CONVERGE's Kurt Ballou and features cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley. KVELERTAK is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitar), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitar), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).

SOILWORK Singer On Touring In Wake Of Paris Terror Attacks: 'We Need To Keep The Show Going'

10 hours 22 min ago
Levi of Sticks For Stones recently conducted an interview with SOILWORK singer Björn "Speed" Strid. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked if the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe have affected SOILWORK's current European headlining tour, Strid said: "Not really. I mean, obviously, I would lie if I said that I'm not worried. But we came to the conclusion… I mean, the security so high right now in Europe… And, I mean, obviously, it's still scary, but… We feel like if we just cancel this tour, what's gonna happen next year? It might as well happen two years from now. You never know. So there's no way you can really defend yourself from it except just to keep the show running, I guess. That being said, I definitely respect people canceling as well — I do understand. I don't know… I mean, we're also on a different level. We can't really afford just canceling tours. We just came off a direct-support tour in North America to SOULFLY, and when you're the direct support, you normally don't end up with that much money to live with, so that's another factor. We need to keep going. This is our job, and we're not gonna let that affect us. As much as it scares us, we need to keep the show going." SOILWORK's tenth studio album, "The Ride Majestic", was released worldwide on August 28 via Nuclear Blast. Joining SOILWORK on tour in support of the effort is new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group HEARTS ALIVE. Wibom replaces longtime bandmember Ola Flink, who amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30.


10 hours 36 min ago
Dutch death metallers HAIL OF BULLETS have parted ways with vocalist Martin Van Drunen (PESTILENCE, ASPHYX). Said the band in a statement: "We are sorry to announce that Martin Van Drunen is no longer part of HAIL OF BULLETS. On a personal level, it's no longer possible for us to continue the cooperation with Martin. Unfortunately, this means we have to cancel all upcoming shows until further notice. "This does not mean the end of HAIL OF BULLETS. "The main reason for starting this band eight years ago was our mutual love for real death metal and to have fun playing our favorite kind of music and we did not want to lose this 'fun' part. "We acknowledge the fact that Martin's a good singer with a distinctive voice but he's not the only great singer on this planet. We wish him all the best in his future career. "To be continued…" HAIL OF BULLETS features GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen. HAIL OF BULLETS' third album, "III: The Rommel Chronicles", was released in October 2013 via Metal Blade Records.

SEPULTURA Is In 'Early Stages Of Demoing' Material For Next Album

11 hours 1 min ago
Rock N Reel Reviews conducted an interview with guitarist Andreas Kisser of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA on November 18 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if SEPULTURA has begun composing material for the follow-up to 2013's "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" album, Andreas said: "We started thinking about [the next album]. Of course, we have musical ideas flowing all the time. Especially nowadays [with the modern technology], it's so easy to record any idea [wherever you are]. And hopefully, if everything goes right, by the end of next year, we're gonna have something new. Let's see what happens." According to Kisser, SEPULTURA has not yet written any complete songs for its next CD. "We're just working on early stages of demoing — just riffs and Eloy [Casagrande, drums] has some drum loops that we might [use to] start [building] something [from]," he explained. "Me and Derrick [Green, vocals] are talking about some topics — maybe songtitles and lyrics and stuff — so we start really building something. But it's still very early — [there's] not really too much to talk about." SEPULTURA released a limited-edition seven-inch single to mark its 30th anniversary. "Under My Skin" features artwork of fan tattoos on its cover, with a live version of "Kairos" on the b-side. The single was issued on black, yellow and green vinyl, with only 200 copies of each version pressed. SEPULTURA recently recorded a new song called "DarkSide" for the Brazilian publisher DarkSide Books. The track was "inspired by the darker side of literature." This is not the first time a member of SEPULTURA has collaborated with DarkSide Books. Back in 2013, Kisser wrote the foreword to the BLACK SABBATH biography "Destruição Desencadeada". "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

SKID ROW's DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO: 'No One Feels Comfortable' With SEBASTIAN BACH Reunion Idea

11 hours 54 min ago
Tim Louie of The Aquarian Weekly recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. The Aquarian Weekly: In April, you guys dropped two bombshells in one day. First, the announcement on your website that Johnny Solinger was no longer with the band, leading many of us to believe there might be a reunion with that other guy [Sebastian Bach], but the second bombshell came on Eddie Trunk's show that former TNT singer Tony Harnell joined the band. Then a few weeks later, you released a new version of one of my favorite songs of all time, "18 And Life", with Tony singing, which pretty much shut the naysayers up. Why did you decide to go that route as opposed to just releasing a new song with Tony singing? Snake: Well, we wanted to make some noise. There's so much traffic out there as far as so much information being thrown at us every day. In order to be heard above the noise level that we exist in, you gotta do something that will hopefully turn some heads a little bit. So, we thought that if we just did this boom, boom, boom, hopefully people will notice. Tony has a stellar reputation, he's had success in his own right, so we felt that we needed to make as much of an impact in a small amount of time as we could. The last thing any of us wanted to do was make it a negative transition for Johnny or the band. Johnny spent a great amount of time in the band and there are a lot of good memories there. By the same token, we live in a different day and age, and for us, we had to really cut the cord and move on as quickly as possible, and I don't mean to sound callous with that, but it's more a case of survival. Plus, we had to start planning the upcoming year. It got to a point where it just wasn't fun anymore, and when Rachel [Bolan, bass] and I started this band, we made a vow that once it became overwhelming and not as much fun anymore, we would pull the plug. With Tony, there is a new excitement and a new energy with the band. The Aquarian Weekly: Are you still finishing the third and final part of the trilogy EP, "United World Rebellion", or will you be recording a new full-length with Tony? Snake: Well, we're trying to figure that out right now, whether we're gonna do a full-length or if we're gonna do one more EP. The record company perspective is that they want a full-length and I understand that. I just don't know if that is right for the band. We've written some stuff and we have a new member in the band. So that changed the dynamic completely, but when we're done touring, we're gonna have to sit down with each other and start figuring what exactly it is that we want to do. Once we do that, I think it will be a fairly speedy process, but we'll see. The Aquarian Weekly: I have to be honest, Snake, as a fan of SKID ROW since first seeing you at Studio One in Newark and then a few months later seeing you open for BON JOVI at the Brendan Byrne Arena, I was a skeptic of Tony Harnell fronting the band, but after hearing him at the [Food Truck & Rock Carnival] this past September, I have to admit that I was pretty impressed. I am a fan of the original guy too, but… Snake: That's awesome! You know, the funny thing is that most people think when talking to me or someone in the band that it might be sacrilegious to talk about our past. I'm proud of our past. Seriously, how could I not be? I think that would be incredibly ignorant not to be able to talk about it, but to be proud of what we accomplished. The five guys in the band, when we did the first record and stuff like that, was a different day and age, we were different people and whatnot, but it was a great time! Of course, as time went on, we grew apart and idiosyncrasies tend to come out, but this isn't about why the original five guys broke up or anything like that. I'm proud of it. Seriously, without that, I don't have a career. We don't have a career. So, I look back at much of that fondly, but sometimes you have to move on. Happiness, to me, is my spirit and my soul is more important to me than having dollars in my wallet. People may [not] believe that and that's okay. Anybody who knows me knows that to be true. I don't think you can place a price on happiness. We've been hit repeatedly over the years with, "Why don't you do a reunion tour?" And you know what? I understand the question and I get it. I really do, and if I were on the outside, I'd be asking the same question, but no one feels comfortable with that idea. Read the entire interview at The Aquarian Weekly.

Video: AC/DC Performs In Perth

12 hours 26 min ago
Fan-filmed video footage of AC/DC's November 27 performance at Domain Stadium in Perth, Australia can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Rock Or Bust 02. Shoot To Thrill 03. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be 04. Back In Black 05. Play Ball 06. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 07. Thunderstruck 08. High Voltage 09. Rock 'N' Roll Train 10. Hells Bells 11. Baptism By Fire 12. You Shook Me All Night Long 13. Sin City 14. Shot Down In Flames 15. Have A Drink On Me 16. T.N.T. 17. Whole Lotta Rosie 18. Let There Be Rock Encore: 19. Highway To Hell 20. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) AC/DC's sixteenth studio album, "Rock Or Bust", has sold more than 550,000 copies since debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart back in December 2014. It's the band's first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested last November at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Although Rudd played on "Rock Or Bust", he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc. One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band's lineup for its performance on the February 8 Grammy Awards telecast. Slade is also behind the kit for the group's current world tour.

QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Says Some Fans Possess A Sense Of Entitlement When It Comes To Communicating With Bands On Social Media

12 hours 53 min ago
Straus Project recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre. You can now watch the chat in three parts below. Speaking about the importance of artists engaging with their fans via social media due to diminishing music sales in the streaming age, Todd said: "These kinds of bands aren't selling arenas like the good old days that I love and you love, and so bands primarily rely on touring and selling merchandise. And because album sales aren't what they used to be and bands have to rely on touring, how do you get people…? I mean, if you don't hear our songs on the radio as much as either a) ever, or b) not to the degree that it used to be, how do you get people to know about you? And then there's this very personal aspect that's come into play that never did. I mean, music has always been very personal and it means a lot to different people." He conitued: "It seems there's a slight bit of entitlement, almost, by some fans. Like, 'I commented on your thing, and you didn't answer me back.' And I've had that. 'I've been commenting on all of your posts, and I don't think it's really you that checks. Why don't you answer me?' And it's, like, I'm the only one that runs my [Facebook] page. If anybody likes or says anything, it is me. But I can't get to everybody all the time. And so, there almost seems... There's like this personal, like, 'You owe me, because I liked your page.' "So social media can be great, and it can be slightly detrimental. Because everyone now has an opinion with not much of a filter, if any. And people's feelings get hurt really easily. And it's an interesting time. But we are very active on social media, and I would say that it more positively than negatively resonates with the audience and translates as a positive thing to maybe they were on the fence, and then you answer a question they have, and that could have been the turning point for them going, 'That was awesome. I'm gonna go see them.' And that's another ticket sold. And then they say, 'I wanna buy a t-shirt.' "People work hard for their money. We don't take that lightly. So when people come to a show, whether it's two hundred people, five hundred people or twenty thousand, or whatever it is, each person, to us, is valuable, and we do thank them for coming out, supporting live music, spending their hard-earned money on our product. But the records now are more or less a business card to get them to come see you. "I don't make a living on publishing. Don't get me wrong: I've done well for writing songs and selling CDs, but certainly that's not sustainable to earn any kind of a great living. Those days are not what they used to be." Todd added: "It's a fine line between being engaging with people and being too accessible. I think that there's a value in not being so accessible twenty-four hours a day, because then… You can't keep up with everyone, and so when you start doing that, then it's, like, 'Okay, why isn't he doing it now?' There's an expectation. And I think there's something nice about a little bit of a mystery still. Even me as a fan, if I knew that every time I could go on Bruce Dickinson's [IRON MAIDEN] Facebook page and asked him a question and he answered me… There's almost a thrill that there's a barrier, almost, as a fan. It's like a magic trick: you're amazed at the illusion and you wanna know the answer, but you don't wanna know the answer, because when you find it, it's so simple, you wish you hadn't seen it. And so sometimes, there are those moments where because it's very few and far between that an artist will engage, it's, like, 'Wow! Okay, that was awesome.'" QUEENSRŸCHE's latest album, "Condition Hüman", debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8. The Billboard 200 ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). "Condition Hüman" was released on October 2 via Century Media.

ACT OF DEFIANCE Feat. Ex-MEGADETH Members: Video Footage Of Brooklyn Concert

November 28, 2015 - 23:02
Fan-filmed video footage of ACT OF DEFIANCE, the band featuring former MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), alongside ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner, and SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand (bass), performing on November 13 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York can be seen below. ACT OF DEFIANCE's debut album, "Birth And The Burial", was released on August 21 via Metal Blade Records. The CD recording was split between three studios in three different states: Broderick handled vocal and guitar production at his own Ill-Fated Studio in Los Angeles, Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, REVOCATION, MUNICIPAL WASTE) worked with Drover tracking the drums in Dexter's Lab in Milford, Connecticut, while Bachand laid down his bass at ManShark, in Southampton, Massachusetts. Regarding how ACT OF DEFIANCE secured the services of Bonner, Broderick told The Age Of Metal: "Well, when Shawn [Drover, ex-MEGADETH drummer] and I first came up with the idea of actually forming a band, the first thing we started thinking about was who we were gonna have as the frontman. So we got a list of about thirty different people that we… Well, some were shooting for the stars, other [singers on the list] were unknowns. We were very open to the idea of anybody. We kind of got those lists and we narrowed them down based somewhat on logistics and stuff like that. Then we narrowed it down to, like, five that we thought we really liked, and Henry, of course, was on that list. We e-mailed demos out to them, and when Henry's came back, we knew he was the right fit." On the topic of playing smaller venues with ACT OF DEFIANCE compared to how it was with MEGADETH, Broderick said: "I think it's exactly what we expected in a way. I think the one thing we didn't expect was the amount of work that it takes. When you're designing your own merch and you're working on getting your RV ready and all these other just thousands of logistics, getting those things ready. So it is a lot of work at this level, but definitely we're willing to take it on, and we're having fun so far." ACT OF DEFIANCE kicked off its North American tour on October 22 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MIKE PORTNOY: 'I'm One Of The Hardest-Working Drummers In The World'

November 28, 2015 - 22:45
Rodney Holder of Australia's Music Business Facts recently conducted an interview with Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the current state of the music business: "Well, as you know, it's at its, probably, toughest point in the history of music. Record sales are at an all-time low, and record companies and labels are folding left and right, and it's just a tough time all around. That being said, though, I think it's created many opportunities that have actually benefitted the artist. I think for so many years… When I was starting out in the '80 and early '90s, the only way a band could get any kind of exposure, you had to sign away your life to a shitty record deal and the record companies kind of screwed you and kept everything to themselves while the artists weren't making anything. So everything was always loaded in the corporate side's favor and against the artist. Now, these days, it's sad because all the labels are closing, everything's folding, but at least the artists are in a position where now they can control their music. So I think that much is a good thing. I like the fact that, at this point, I don't have to be at the mercy of a record company to have a video seen or have a song heard. You have the Internet and you have YouTube and Twitter and Facebook that you could all utilize to yourself. So as much as it's a tough time, I think in a lot of ways, the artist is kind of getting the music back, which is nice in that respect." On whether he is very involved with taking care of his business affairs: "To be honest, I'm pretty horrible with the business side. Not only do all the bands I'm in — we have managers and agents and lawyers and all that crap — but even generally within the band chemistry of all the bands I'm in, I'm usually not the one that oversees that stuff. And luckily, I've aligned myself with other people in my bands that are generally good in that department. I've always been very much a leader in all the bands I've been a part of — I'm very, very hands on in every area — except for the business. That's the one area that I kind of shy away from, and I spend more time concentrating on the creative side. The merchandise and the web sites and the fan clubs and the discs and the directing and the producing, that's all the stuff I spend my time obsessing over. I have to admit I'm not the best business guy." On whether most of his income these days is generated from live performances: "Yeah, that's where most musicians are making money these days — is on the road. Merchadise is a big part of it. There's not much money in terms of record deals. When I was with DREAM THEATER, we were getting record budgets of seven hundred thousand per record or whatever. These days, those kind of budgets don't exist anymore, and luckily, you don't need budgets like that these days. These days, you can have your own home studio and make an amazing-sounding record for twenty thousand dollars and it will sound as good as anything else out there. So, luckily, you don't need those kind of budgets anymore, but the labels giving those kind of budgets, those days are gone. So, artists these days, you have to make your money on the road… touring, merchandise… wherever else you can — wherever you can kind of figure out a way to monopolize your situation." On whether the music business has made him what some would consider a wealthy man: "Well, everything is… Everything is… subjective… I don't know. I think I've been able to live a very comfortable lifestyle — thank God — but it didn't happen overnight. I've been doing this for thirty years now, so it was an accumulative thing that took many, many, many years of incredibly hard work. I mean, I'm one of the hardest-working drummers in the world. So I work my ass off for what I have. And I do have a wife and two children. My daughter's in college. So I work really hard, and luckily I've been able to provide for them comfortably. But it's all… you know, it's all… I don't know the word I'm looking for. But it's all in proportion. Yeah, I may do well compared to a lot of younger bands, especially compared to other bands that are in the metal or the prog world, but sure enough, if you compare me to a pop star or a rap star or an athlete, the way I live is extremely modest. So, you know, it's all… It's all relative; that's the word I'm looking for. It's all relative." Interview (audio):

MOTÖRHEAD Cancels Second Show Due To PHIL CAMPBELL Illness

November 28, 2015 - 21:33
MOTÖRHEAD has been forced to cancel the second consective concert — this time Saturday night (November 28) in Hamburg, Germany — after the band's guitarist, Phil Campbell, became ill and required hospitalization. Earlier today, the band tweeted: "Hamburg show is off today, rescheduled to December 9 at Sporthalle. See you all there. Thank you for all the well wishes for @MotorheadPhil." MOTÖRHEAD canceled several shows in the U.S. in September while mainman Lemmy battled health issues. Asked in a 2012 interview if he has ever considered making a solo album, Phil responded: "Yes, I have thought about it a lot. But I shelved it a couple years ago, because I've decided that I want to write a book about all the insane things that happen on tour. So, I'm trying to compile all of those stories and funny situations. So, at this point, I'm working on that. But, I'm a bit lazy, so it's taken a while. But as far as a solo record, I do have a studio at home, it's just hard finding the time. With Motorhead, we've been working so hard, for so long." Regarding whether there is anything that he would still like to accomplish as a member of MOTÖRHEAD, Phil said:" I've accomplished way more than I ever thought that I could when I was a young kid learning the guitar. We get great crowds every night, we've played some amazing concerts and places. It's nice that I got a Grammy Award, even if it wasn't for our own song. But we still got one, and I thought I would never have one of those on my mantle piece, along with several other awards. So, there's really nothing else that I desire to accomplish. But I think that our greatest accomplishment really is the fact that we are still going, and stronger than ever. I've been with Lemmy for [more than 30] years, so that's the main accomplishment, and we've done it with maintaining our dignity, and we still have a bit of sanity left. And people are still enjoying going to the shows. So, that's really our greatest achievement, when looking back on it. And just playing a good gig is satisfying to me, and just keeping it going." MOTÖRHEAD's 22nd studio album, "Bad Magic", was released on August 28. The CD was recorded at NRG Studios with longtime producer Cameron Webb.

Video: KAMELOT Performs In Cleveland

November 28, 2015 - 15:25
Fan-filmed video footage of KAMELOT's November 27 performance at the Agora theater in Cleveland, Ohio can be seen below. KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood recently told has finalized contractual plans for a new concert DVD. He said: "Now we have to figure out where we're gonna do it and whether it's gonna be part of a tour or it's gonna be a one-off concert, like we did before. That's all being planned right now, so we're not totally sure yet. But hopefully next year we'll be able to shoot that and [get it out] to the fans." Regarding what KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik has added to the band's sound since joining the group in 2012, Youngblood said: "He's an amazing frontman, a killer songwriter, great with lyrics, a team player. And I think he's injected a new spirit into the band, in terms of his energy and youth. I mean, I couldn't have scripted it better, honestly. During [the making of the latest KAMELOT album] 'Haven', he was crucial with his lyrics and his vocal melodies and some of the music." "Haven" sold around 7,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" features guest appearances by Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY, ex-THE AGONIST), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The g cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.

SLAYER's KERRY KING Is Surprised It Took This Long For Terrorists To Target Rock Concerts

November 28, 2015 - 13:36
Tom De Smet, a music journalist from Belgium who writes for the newspapers Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen and the magazine Rock Tribune, conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King shortly before the band's November 17 concert at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. Several excerpts from the chat, which was published on the Gazet van Antwerpen web site, follow below. (Original English-language quotes kindly provided to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by Tom De Smet.) On the events of November 13 in Paris, France, when more than 129 people were killed in seven coordinated terrorist attacks, including at the Bataclan, a French music venue where EAGLES OF DEATH METAL were performing: Kerry: "I am suprised that it took the terrorists this long to target a rock concert. Because they hate rock music. They hate our lifestyle. They hate our freedom and they hate that we enjoy ourselves. And, of course, it sucks. What happened makes everybody think twice about risking their lives to see a band play. But if you stop going to concerts or stop playing at them, you just do what the terrorists want you to do. It is very important to carry on and to do what you do, what you love doing. And, you know, I am not the kind of guy that goes through life worrying all the time. We took airplanes right after 9-11. We played shows right after Dimebag [late PANTERA guitarist] was shot. Sure, things can go wrong. But you might also step out this building here and get run over by a car. Just do what you love doing and stop worrying." "I have written a lot of songs about the negative influence of organized religion. What happened in Paris is once again an example of that. I don't believe what ISIS — or ISIL or whatever you have to call them these days — believe, so therefore I must perish. That's the most ridiculous thing I have heard in my life. People have been killing each other for centuries because of organized religion." On SLAYER's latest album, "Repentless", the group's first to be written and recorded without the contributions of co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013: Kerry: "After Jeff got injured, I started writing. Because his arm was just destroyed. They thought they might have to amputate it in the beginning. So I said, 'Well, I've got to look out for SLAYER.' And I just started to make stuff up. Playing guitar five or six days a week and try to come up with new material. When the tragedy [Jeff's death] happened, I had nine songs already. The first song I wrote was 'When The Stilness Comes'. That was my test. It sounds like a Jeff song. The intro riff had been around for twenty years, I just never made a song out of it. I didn't need to, because Jeff always did stuff like that. The fact that I could finish this 'slower' song gave me the courage to continue writing." "I have already seven songs for a new album. So I don't think the fans will have to wait another six years for a new record. Maybe [new SLAYER guitarist] Gary [Holt] will also contribute to the next record. We haven't talked about that yet." On leaving Rick Rubin's American Recordings and signing with Nuclear Blast: Kerry: "The deal with American ran its course. Our deal was up. They [American] made an offer that was just offensive. I wish that they rather would have said, 'We decline to make an offer.' It was that offensive. Nuclear Blast already had a deal on the table. So after the offer of American Recordings, Tom [Araya, bass/vocals] and I went to Nuclear Blast to talk with them. These guys like metal and know how to promote it. We are very happy with Nuclear Blast." On the end of SLAYER: Kerry: "Tom and I have an agreement: if one of us wants to stop, that will be the end of the band. He's the voice [and] I am now the only writer. We are the two remaining founding members. But I don't see the end of SLAYER happening soon. I'm 51, but I don't feel that old. When I grew up, being 50 was different than being 50 is now. I think our lifestyles are very different, I think our minds are more busy, I think we're physically more busy. I think 50 now is a far cry from when my dad was 50. I feel good, the shows are good, Tom sounds good, so until that changes, we will continue."


November 28, 2015 - 13:15
STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand says the band has no choice but to be patient with frontman Corey Taylor, who is juggling his duties between SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR. Taylor's touring schedule with SLIPKNOT means that STONE SOUR is effectively on hiatus until sometime next year when the band is expected to begin work on the follow-up to its last collection of original music, "House Of Gold And Bones", a double concept album which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013. Rand tells Music Radar: "The reality is this: Corey has obligations in SLIPKNOT. We are working on new material, but right now there's no timeline because we couldn't realistically support putting a record out." STONE SOUR has just released a new covers EPs to follow up last April's "Meanwhile In Burbank…" "Straight Outta Burbank" features covers of songs from the BAD BRAINS, SLAYER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, IRON MAIDEN and THE ROLLING STONES. Another EP, "No Sleep 'Till Burbank", which is expected next year, will focus on tunes from VAN HALEN, THE VIOLENT FEMMES, THE BUZZCOCKS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AC/DC. Rand tells Music Radar: "We live all over the U.S., really spread out; there's no city we all call home. So why not jam and do a few covers? We've all been influenced by different styles. For example, I really didn't know much about BAD BRAINS before this. I'm not much of a punk person, so doing that was like a whole new world to me. All in all, though, this came together pretty easy." Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio this past summer that he had written "about eight songs" for the follow-up to "House Of Gold And Bones". He said: "I've got a bunch of new songs, bunch of new music written. Everybody in the band has stuff. So we're gonna start kind of putting that together early next year, kind of just trying to get demos together to see where we're at. And then maybe in the fall go in and start making a new album." Taylor said in a radio interview that his new STONE SOUR material is "kind of going in a different direction than the older stuff — like a little more rock 'n' roll, a little more expanding the range again." But Taylor added that STONE SOUR won't record until he is finished with SLIPKNOT's current touring cycle, saying, "I've got SLIPKNOT until June of next year. So it's gonna be just kind of, where I can, filling in the blanks and getting everything ready for when that happens." STONE SOUR recently named guitarist Christian Martucci as the permanent replacement for Jim Root, who was dismissed from the band in late 2013 after he decided to sit out the group's last tour in order to begin working on the new SLIPKNOT album. Martucci was recruited to play on that tour and was confirmed as a permanent member on March 18 in a Facebook post. The situation made things awkward for Root and Taylor, but Root noted that the pair "didn't really have a lot of time to spend together" in the studio during the recording of the latest SLIPKNOT effort. Root did not speak kindly of STONE SOUR in interviews after he was fired, saying, "Some of the guys in STONE SOUR, I think they just want to be a radio band and write strictly for radio and try to be more of a poppy rock band. And that's not really what I'm into. There's at least one guy in the band that's only concerned about money. I really have no desire to associate with people like that anymore." Root played on all five STONE SOUR studio records to date, including 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and "House Of Gold & Bones".

TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER Explains Why 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Is Right Song For DONALD TRUMP

November 28, 2015 - 12:16
TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider has told Canadian Business in a new interview that he has no issues with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump using the band's signature anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" as the "exit song" at the controversial politician's recent campaign stops. Snider — who knows Trump personally after appearing more than once on "The Celebrity Apprentice" — said: "He called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, 'Look, we don't see eye to eye on everything — there are definitely issues that we're far apart on.' But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it's about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody's doing that, he sure is." He continued: "Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They're raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That's what 'We're Not Gonna Take It' is about. And we're friends. I have spent time with Donald and his family. I don't think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He's a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he's very self-deprecating. He makes jokes about being too orange and about his hair." Snider was fired by Trump on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2013. Asked what he learned from Trump, Snider said: "What I learned from him: Take credit for everything and put your name on it. It's 'Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale', 'The House Of Hair With Dee Snider', 'Dee Snider's Strangeland'. In a separate interview with The Huffington Post Canada, Snider stopped short of saying people should vote for Trump. "Should he be president? Oh, I don't know about that," Snider said. "He's a little too much of a narcissist. But he's stirring the pot, that's one thing he's definitely doing, he's shaking it up. I think that's why he's getting ratings he's getting, people are just sick of the status quo." He continued: "Now we have reality politics. The only mistake they made in that Republican [leaders'] debate, someone should have been voted off." In 2012, Dee Snider complained when Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan used "We're Not Gonna Take It" as his intro music at a rally in Pennsylvania.

KISS To Play Acoustic Show In Sioux Falls

November 28, 2015 - 11:51
KISS will perform a special acoustic show at the Badlands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Tickets are on sale right now at this location. Video footage of KISS performing the song "Love 'Em And Leave 'Em" on July 23, 2015 during a special acoustic concert at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, California can be seen below. According to the San Bernardino County Sun, KISS previously played at the same casino in April last year, an event that was billed as a no-makeup, stripped-down show featuring "stories and songs." This year's concert was simply touted as a makeup-free "acoustic evening with KISS." Asked by The Press-Enterprise why KISS decided to bring the acoustic and storytelling-style show back to San Manuel this year, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons said: "We enjoyed it. Like all things that we do, we do it only if we want to. Sometimes it takes a lot of work. Sometimes it's just seamless. Like when we do the KISS cruises, it's a lot of work. You're talking, making sure every person gets personalized signed stuff, pose for photos with every person and do a few shows. Playing at your place [San Manuel] is seamless. You sort of get up and it feels like somebody's in your living room, compared to the stadiums we play in. It's easy and we get a chance to not worry about the pyrotechnics and technical stuff. It feels informal." Asked if there are songs that work best for an acoustic set, Simmons said: "We're rehearsing in a couple of days and will dust off some nuggets that we haven't played. We're probably going to play some stuff we've never played live. We may do a ballad we've never played live. That's a kick for us, too." He continued: "We take our lead from the fans. We're very much connected to our bosses, and despite the fact that we're the ones on stage getting the accolades, ultimately we understand that if the fans weren't there, I'd probably be asking the next person in line, 'Would you like some fries with that?'"

Video: OLD FUNERAL Reunites For Performance At Norway's BLEKKMETAL Event

November 28, 2015 - 00:51
The original lineup of the Norwegian cult black/death metal band OLD FUNERAL reunited for a short set on November 15 at the BlekkMetal event in Bergen, Norway. Joining Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath; ex-IMMORTAL) on bass/vocals were Tore Bratseth on guitar and Padden on drums. OLD FUNERAL played the entire "Abduction Of Limbs" demo, which is said to be the first metal release to ever have been recorded at the legendary Grieghallen Studios in Bergen. They closed out their set with a cover version of CELTIC FROST's "Procreation Of The Wicked". A performance clip of the song "Annoying Individual" from the "Abduction Of Limbs" demo can be seen below. In existence from 1988 until 1992, OLD FUNERAL was one of the earliest bands in the Norwegian extreme metal scene. Influenced by such acts as CARCASS and MORBID ANGEL, the group's lineup also included Kristian Vikernes (a.k.a. Varg Vikernes; BURZUM) on guitar and Harald Nævdal (a.k.a. Demonaz; IMMORTAL) on guitar.