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MARILYN MANSON's New Album 'Is Prepared For Landing'

7 hours 26 min ago
bMarilyn Manson/b's new studio album "is prepared for landing," according to the latest tweet from the shock rocker. bMarilyn Manson/b's most recent full-length album, b"Born Villain"/b, his eighth overall, debuted in the Top 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD earned bManson/b his fourth bGrammy/b nomination at the 2013 bGrammys/b in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category for the album's lead single, b"No Reflection"/b. bManson/b has been cast in a recurring role in the hit bFX/b series b"Sons Of Anarchy"/b. bManson/b will play bRon Tully/b, a "white supremacist prison shot-caller" who bCharlie Hunnam/b's character, b"Sons Of Anarchy"/b president bJax/b, uses to expand his power base during the show's seventh season. bManson/b has been steadily working his way into television in the past couple of years, making appearances on bShowtime/b's b"Californication"/b, the bSundance Channel/b's b"Wrong Cops"/b and bHBO/b's b"Eastbound Down"/b, along with voicing a demonic character on bABC/b's b"Once Upon A Time"/b. The shock-rocker made his TV scoring debut in April with the song b"Cupid Carries A Gun"/b, heard on the new bWGN/b series b"Salem"/b. bManson/b told bThe Hollywood Reporter/b that the song "was the last track we just finished for my new album," adding "I liked the themes of b'Salem'/b. It looks at the witch trials without being cliche like most modern films." div align=center blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"pMaking more mayhem on SOA. And...the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts./pmdash; Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) a href=""September 2, 2014/a/blockquote script async src="//" charset="utf-8"/script /div

SLAYER In The Studio With Producer TERRY DATE: New Photos Posted Online

7 hours 31 min ago
bSLAYER/b has returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. Helming the sessions is bTerry Date/b, who previously worked with the band on the song b"Implode"/b, which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following bSLAYER/b's surprise performance at this past April's bRevolver Golden Gods/b awards in Los Angeles. New photos from the studio can be seen below. bSLAYER/b's next CD will be released on bNuclear Blast Records/b through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with bRick Rubin/b and bAmerican Recordings/b. It will also be bSLAYER/b's first album without the group's co-founding guitarist bJeff Hanneman/b, who passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of bSLAYER/b's classic songs, including b"Angel Of Death"/b and b"South Of Heaven"/b. "I never go online and see what people are talking about because people are ten foot tall behind a computer screen, you know?!" bSLAYER/b guitarist bKerry King/b told bARTE Concert/b at last month's bWacken Open Air/b festival in Wacken, Germany. "But, you know, a lot of [the reaction to b'Implode'/b] was positive, a lot of people said, 'For anybody that was worried about what bSLAYER/b was gonna sound like post-bHanneman/b, don't worry about it.'" He continued: "I know people are gonna think that [we can't make another quality album], people are gonna expect us to fail because it's the first record without bJeff/b; I get it. But I'm also very proud of what of we've done so far towards new material. It's fast, the slow stuff's heavy. I mean, it's… Everything that people liked bSLAYER/b for in the past is on this record." Joining bKing/b and bassist/vocalist bTom Araya/b during the sessions for bSLAYER/b's new album are returning drummer bPaul Bostaph/b, who replaced bDave Lombardo/b last year, and guitarist bGary Holt/b (also of bEXODUS/b), who has been filling in for bHanneman/b on tour for the past four and a half years. bBostaph/b was bSLAYER/b's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified b"Divine Intervention"/b (1994), the 1996 punk covers album b"Undisputed Attitude"/b, b"Diabolus In Musica"/b (1998), b"God Hates Us All"/b (2001) that received a bGrammy/b nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD b"War At The Warfield"/b (2001), also certified gold. In addition to bSLAYER/b, bBostaph/b has been a member of bFORBIDDEN/b, bEXODUS/b, bSYSTEMATIC/b and bTESTAMENT/b. Original bSLAYER/b drummer bDave Lombardo/b was effectively fired from bSLAYER/b after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was bJon Dette/b (bTESTAMENT/b, bANTHRAX/b). div align=center iframe src="//" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"/iframe /div div align=center iframe src="//" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"/iframe /div div align=center iframe src="//" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

SLASH Talks To Switzerland's JOIZ (Video)

7 hours 38 min ago
Swiss social television channel bJoiz/b recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist bSlash/b. You can now watch the chat below. bSlash/b will release his new album, b"World On Fire"/b, on September 15. The former bGUNS N' ROSES/b guitarist and his backing band, bMYLES KENNEDY THE CONSPIRATORS/b, recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's b"Apocalyptic Love"/b. Among the tracks on the record are b"Shadow Life"/b, b"Automatic Overdrive"/b, b"Wicked Stone"/b, b"Bent To Fly"/b, b"Battleground"/b and the title track, which also serves as the set's first single. bSlash/b told a href="" target="_blank"Music Radar/a about the new CD, "I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the b'Apocalyptic Love'/b tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September [2013] I sat down and went through everything I'd recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in bMates/b rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, bMike Baskette/b, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. bMyles/b came down and started working on his vocal parts… and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio." He continued: "The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there's a certain energy that carries the creative process and it's almost like you're not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That's how this record was. I can't think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow." bSlash/b also spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his bandmates, telling bMusic Radar/b: "I think basically everyone's a great rock 'n' roll player. They're real rock musicians at heart — deep down. So when we get together, we've built up a certain chemistry. We started out with a certain kind of chemistry and we're just evolving from there. At this point, everybody feels very comfortable just being themselves and doing what it is that they do best. It's just an unsaid, natural synergy that happens. For example, this is probably one of bBrent/b's [bFitz/b, drummer] best records as a player, being able to do all the things he wanted to do. And the same with bTodd/b [bKerns/b, bass] and the same for me. But having such a great rhythm section means I have to really fuckin' put together some great guitar bits on top of it. The other thing that's cool is bMike Baskette/b was great. One of the reasons why I really wanted to work with him was he just loves guitars and it's rare to get anyone who brings any ideas other than the ones you bring to the table as far as sounds and tones or anything like that. And that's a limitation: you can only do as much as you know how to do in the studio and sometimes you really need to work with an engineer who knows something in the recording studio that you don't know. That's what bMike/b brought into it. He was so enthusiastic about getting guitar sounds. He would put as much time into that as I could possibly put it in — sometimes more so. It was really inspiring. I haven't had that in a long, long time." bSlash/b released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on bALTER BRIDGE/b member bKennedy/b for both touring and eventually recording. b"Apocalyptic Love"/b earned bSlash/b his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with b"You're A Lie"/b and b"Standing In The Sun"/b. The former bGUNS N' ROSES/b member and bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with bAEROSMITH/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div


7 hours 57 min ago
bThe Front Row Report/b recently conducted an interview with bSEVENDUST/b guitarist bJohn Connolly/b. You can now listen to the chat in the bYouTube/b clip below. bSEVENDUST/b's new acoustic album, b"Time Travelers Bonfires"/b, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on April 15 via b7Bros. Records/b, in conjunction with bADA Label Services/b. The Atlanta band — bLajon Witherspoon/b (vocals), bMorgan Rose/b (drums/vocals), bClint Lowery/b (guitar/vocals), bJohn Connolly/b (guitar/vocals) and bVince Hornsby/b (bass/vocals) — recorded b"Time Travelers Bonfires"/b at bArchitekt Studios/b in Butler, New Jersey (where they recorded their previous b"Black Out The Sun"/b album). It is a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded bSEVENDUST/b classics. Newly re-recorded songs include b"Black"/b, b"Gone"/b, b"Denial"/b, b"Karma"/b, b"Trust"/b and b"Crucified"/b. Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album. It's not the first time bSEVENDUST/b has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed b"Southside Double-Wide"/b live acoustic album was released in 2004. "People liked [b'Southside Double-Wide'/b] so much and have asked for so many years for us to do it again that we had a meeting and said, 'Hmm, why don't we do an acoustic album and see what happens," bWitherspoon/b told "We went in full guns blazin', man," he added. "It was serious work. It was a serious project. We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that bSEVENDUST/b vein that we're still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to." div align=center iframe width="638" height="479" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

DEEP PURPLE's ROGER GLOVER: Having All Former And Current Members Perform At ROCK HALL 'Would Be A Nightmare'

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bDEEP PURPLE/b bassist bRoger Glover/b was interviewed on a recent edition of the weekly two-hour classic hard rock and metal show b"Noize In The Attic"/b (a href="" target="_blank"web site/a). You can now listen to the program using the widget below. (Note: The bGlover/b interview begins around the 32-minute mark.) A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by bBLABBERMOUTH.NET/b). On whether bDEEP PURPLE/b would consider performing the entire b"Perfect Strangers"/b album live to celebrate the LP's 30th anniversary: "No. We did it once; we did it with b'Machine Head'/b some years ago. It was an American tour; we didn't do it anywhere else. But it kind of reinforces that 'classic rock' chain around our necks, which we don't get in the rest of the world, it's only in America. 'Cause radio deems that you are that, and that's that. In the rest of the world, we don't have that moniker." On whether he still enjoys performing the bDEEP PURPLE/b classics like b"Smoke On The Water"/b: "Absolutely. First of all, we don't do an act; we're not some kind of carnival act. It's musicians playing music. It's always a different interpretation slightly every night. And we know people enjoy it, and we enjoy it. I think if we did all new material, we'd… I don't know what would happen, actually. I don't know. But we enjoy playing it anyway. As [current bDEEP PURPLE/b guitarist] bSteve Morse/b once said, 'If b'Smoke On The Water'/b was a button you could press that made the audience go nuts, you'd wanna press it.'" On whether he misses former bDEEP PURPLE/b guitarist bRitchie Blackmore/b: "Yeah, we were friends. Yeah. I mean, 'miss' maybe isn't the right word, but certainly they're not all bad feelings. Some of the best and worst things happened to me because of bRitchie/b, but at least there were the best. He's a wonderful, wonderful guitarist, writer, character… It's not all doom and gloom. We got on really well for years. You know, that's him. I'm happy he's happy." On whether he would be open to having all the former bDEEP PURPLE/b members up on stage at the band's eventual bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b induction ceremony: "No. No. That would be a nightmare, in my humble opinion. We're kind of ambivalent about [the bHall Of Fame/b]; we don't care about it that much. If they do [induct us], then they're at least 20 years too late as far as I'm concerned. They should have done it when [former bDEEP PURPLE/b keyboardist] bJon/b [bLord/b] was still alive when it probably would have had a bit more meaning. Yeah, we were never that fashionable a band. In fact, one of the jurors [was quoted as saying] that bDEEP PURPLE/b are just one-hit wonders. It's also an American institution, it's not a world institution, so if we do or if we don't, it's actually no big deal to us. But if we ido/i, and we ido/i decide to accept it — which, again, is up in the air; we might just say, 'Forget it.' It would mean more for the fans and for the family, who wanna be proud of us. And I think bIan Gillan/b [bDEEP PURPLE/b singer] and I differ slightly. He says bSteve/b's been in the band 20 years… But I think bRitchie/b deserves to be there. [The right] thing, if we ever do it, would be to have both of them there, if that’s possible. What's the reason we're there? The reason we're there is because of what happened in the early '70s. And just having everyone on stage is gonna be a bit of a mess. I don't know. I don't have the answer to that, really. div align=center iframe height='85' width='620' frameborder='0' marginheight='0' marginwidth='0' scrolling='no' src='' allowfullscreen/iframe /div

LED ZEPPELIN Collaborates With British Fashion Designer PAUL SMITH On Range Of Scarves

September 1, 2014 - 23:48
According to a href="" target="_blank"The Independent/a, bLED ZEPPELIN/b has collaborated with British fashion designer bPaul Smith/b to produce a series of limited-edition scarves, to be sold in-store and online from October 23. The artwork of bLED ZEPPELIN/b's first three releases — b"Led Zeppelin"/b, b"Led Zeppelin II"/b and b"Led Zeppelin III"/b — has been reinterpreted on three different scarves, each measuring 1.5 by 1.5 meters. A photographic weaving technique had to be applied for the largely monochromatic b"Led Zeppelin"/b, with the red detail being added using a fine fil coupe yarn. Four high-quality yarns were combined to produce the eight colors of the bright b"Led Zeppelin II"/b image, while the psychedelic b"Led Zeppelin III"/b has been recreated using a combination of boucle and merino wool. The scarves will be available to purchase exclusively from and bPaul Smith/b Albemarle Street in London. On October 28, bLED ZEPPELIN/b will release deluxe editions of its 1971 album, b"Led Zeppelin IV"/b, and its 1973 follow-up, b"Houses Of The Holy"/b.

Former SURVIVOR Singer JIMI JAMISON Dead At 63

September 1, 2014 - 22:55
Former bSURVIVOR/b lead singer bJimi Jamison/b has died of an apparent heart attack. He was found at home around 1 a.m. Monday morning by his son. The musician was 63 years old. bJamison/b served as bSURVIVOR/b's lead singer from 1984 until 1988, recording three albums with the band, 1984's b"Vital Signs"/b, 1986's b"When Seconds Count"/b and 1988's b"Too Hot To Sleep"/b. bJamison/b rejoined bSURVIVOR/b in 2000 for another six years. Family attorney bJeff Ward/b released the following statement: "This afternoon renowned musical performer and lead singer of bSURVIVOR Jimi Jamison/b passed away at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. "bJimi/b was a friend to everyone he met. He was a loving father and grandfather and was always a person who valued people more than anything else. "The family has asked for privacy during this extremely difficult time. "In lieu of any demonstrations of sympathy, the family has requested that donations be made to bJimi/b's favorite charity, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital." Often referred to as one of the American top rock vocalists, bJamison/b was the singer with bTARGET/b, bCOBRA/b and bSURVIVOR/b, apart from being an accomplished solo artist on his own. bJimi/b performed backup vocals on recordings by bZZ TOP/b, bJoe Walsh/b and numerous other recording artists. bBilly Gibbons/b refered to bJimi/b as the fourth member of bZZ TOP/b and bCasey Kasem/b, on his nationally syndicated radio show b"American Top 40"/b, called bJimi Jamison/b "The Voice." Among bJamison/b's best-known performances are b"Burning Heart"/b, from the b"Rocky IV"/b movie, which hit No. 2 on the bBillboard/b chart, b"High On You"/b (No. 8), and b"The Search Is Over"/b (No. 4). His solo career started in 1991 with the release of b"When Love Comes Down"/b, followed in 1999 by b"Empires"/b, the album which included the theme b"I'm Always Here"/b for b"Baywatch"/b. In 2008 bJamison/b teamed up with the other former bSURVIVOR/b bandmate bJim Peterik/b, who wrote and produced for him the acclaimed album b"Crossroads Moment"/b. On the heels of this superb release, bJimi/b toured Europe a few times, culminating with an appearance at the popular bFirefest/b in the UK in 2011. bJamison/b's final solo album, b"Never Too Late"/b, came out in 2012. div id="fb-root"/div script(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));/script div class="fb-post" data-href="" data-width="638"div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"a href=""Post/a by a href=""Survivor Music (Official FB Page)/a./div/div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div (Thanks: bNJthrasher/b)

IAN HILL: Being In JUDAS PRIEST Is 'Like A Drug'

September 1, 2014 - 21:59
bDamian J. Cousins/b of a href="" target="_blank"Myglobalmind/a webzine recently conducted an interview with bJUDAS PRIEST/b bassist bIan Hill/b. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. bMyglobalmind/b: What is the writing recording process for bJUDAS PRIEST/b in 2014, as opposed to earlier years? What was the studio vibe with bRichie/b [bFaulkner/b, guitar], who also writes? bIan/b: It was great. Richie slotted straight in. Where bKen/b [former bJUDAS PRIEST/b guitarist bK.K. Downing/b] left off, he fit in seamlessly like he'd always been there. We did the b"Epitaph"/b tour, and when we started it, bRichie/b was a talented colleague, and by the end of the tour, we got to know the bloke and he's a friend as well. Which is always a good factor for the writing process. The recording was in the same format as when we did b"Nostradamus"/b and no different, really. As far as being different from the early days, the differences are unbelievable. Everything went down on a reel-to-reel tape [ilaughs/i], if any of the young people even know what that is. Back then we played live as a band and the basic tracks would be myself and rhythm guitars, drums, and a guide vocal. And we'd keep playing the song 'till everybody was happy with each part. And then the lead breaks and whatever production would go on. You had a finite amount of tracks. Even with a tight level of recording, you had 48 at most, and that was really pushing it. With digital now, the amount of tracks is infinite, which is a major difference. Plus, you can do it individually. Every time you play a tape, it starts to degenerate and lose sound quality. With digital, that's not an issue, so we can afford to take our time and play our parts until it actually seamlessly fits into the track. And I'm not just talking about playing it right. If you nail your parts, you can listen back and see if there's room for improvement. So you end up with a very polished album at the end of the day. bMyglobalmind/b: How happy are you with the response b"Redeemer Of Souls"/b has been getting? There's a lot of "best album since b'Painkiller'/b" talk and high praise of that nature. bIan/b: Well, we knew we've got a good album. We have 13 songs on the standard album. We haven't had 13 songs on an album ever, I don't think, unless it was a double album. But when we recorded, the material was such that we couldn't really drop any of it. We knew we had a decent album on our hands, but we've been really surprised and flattered at the chart positions we've been achieving, you know? I think it's our highest chart position in the States ever. And it seems to have echoed throughout. Wherever albums have sold, it's been doing record business, which is great news. It's nice to see we've still got something to offer after all these years. bMyglobalmind/b: In all the years of playing with the mighty bPRIEST/b, what sticks out to you most about being in this band? bIan/b: The thing is, it's been so long, it's a part of me now; I think it's part of all of us. It's not so much what's great about being in the band, more so of being terrified of it stopping. It's like a drug. We're all fans of the band at the end of the day. And we were talking about slowing down, which is what b"Epitaph"/b was all about, not touring as often, and when we do it, it'll only be two or three shows a week. Next thing you know, we're back on a regular bPRIEST/b tour and nobody batted an eyelid or said, "Wait a minute. Aren't we supposed to be slowing down?" Everybody is just as excited as we were 30 years ago. I look back on my career with a great sense of gratitude, really. It's a privilege to be able to do something you love for all these years and make a living at it. I'm a very lucky person. Read the entire interview at a href="" target="_blank"Myglobalmind/a.

PAUL GILBERT: 'Every MR. BIG Album Is An Event'

September 1, 2014 - 21:44
bFredrik Polback/b of classic rock program b"Radio Fireball"/b (a href="" target="_blank"Twitter/a) in Jönköping, Sweden recently conducted an interview with bMR. BIG/b guitarist bPaul Gilbert/b. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On the new bMR. BIG/b record, b"... The Stories We Could Tell"/b, which will be released on September 19 in Europe and September 23 in North America via bFrontiers Music Srl/b: "It rocks. It got some great grooves. bEric/b [bMartin/b, vocals] is amazing on it, he really sings well. Some great harmonies. I love all my guitar solos. There are some great rhythm parts. But it's hard to describe. I think you just have to put it on and start nodding your head and singing along. "Every bMR. BIG/b album is an event. This one was not as live (as previous bMR. BIG/b album b'What If'/b), more put together in the studio because of everybody's schedule. bBilly/b [bSheehan/b, bass] was on tour, bEric/b's been doing a lot of shows. When anybody was in town, we recorded as much as possible. It still came together really well. If I'm playing live with somebody or if I'm just hearing the recording and playing along with them that way, I can still connect. So I had a good time." On bPat Torpey/b's health (it was recently announced that the drummer has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease): "bPat/b's actually doing a lot better. He's dealing with a serious disease and it's certainly been difficult for him and for us. We try to support him as much as we can. Along with the physical part of the disease comes the mental part and that actually noticed the most. He was just down. It was very difficult for him to deal with it. But recently he's been much more up. He's been happier and I hope that his work with us cheers him up. He's learning how to deal with this new challenge in his life and I think he's dealing with it better and better so I'm really proud of him." On the tensions in bMR. BIG/b in the past: "You could take any four people, no matter how wonderful they are, and if you make them live together on a tour bus for eight years and don't give them any time off, after a while everybody gonna start going crazy. We worked really hard in those early days. We all loved the band and we wanted to establish the band in the world. We hardly ever took a vacation. If anything, we just needed a break." On the vibe in bMR. BIG/b today: "It's fantastic. We just did a bunch of photo sessions, and a couple of days ago, we were in the studio to do a couple of background vocals together and had a great time. We've experienced so much. We can always remember things that happened to us on tour. We just start laughing. It's nice to have that depth of shared experience." On his new solo album, b"Stone Pushing Uphill Man"/b, a guitar-oriented instrumental record on which bPaul/b covers some of his favorite songs, including b"Back In The Saddle"/b by bAEROSMITH/b and b"Why Can't We Do It On The Road"/b by bTHE BEATLES/b: "I was doing a lot of teaching on my online guitar school and I started to use vocal melodies as a way of teaching my students. To be able to do that, I had to learn them myself. And I was really enjoying it. It was very interesting to work on the vocal part and try to play it on guitar. It was very enjoyable, because I never had a problem with how high the vocal was. If I try to sing something, my voice isn't high enough to hit the high notes. But with the guitar, it's easy. I just had to get some of the expression that a vocalist has, and that was a challenge. I enjoyed it so much, so I though I'd keep going." img src="" alt="mrbigstoriescd" width="600" height="600" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482487" / img src="" alt="mrbigband2014_638" width="638" height="282" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-482468" /

RICHIE KOTZEN Interviewed On Brazil's 'Wikimetal' (Audio)

September 1, 2014 - 21:18
Brazil's a href="" target="_blank"Wikimetal/a podcast recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist bRichie Kotzen/b (bTHE WINERY DOGS/b, bMR. BIG/b, bPOISON/b). You can now listen to the chat using the bSoundCloud/b widget below. When bRichie Kotzen/b plays his guitar, you know it's him. The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that's both instantly recognizable and immediately striking. This unique style courses through b"The Essential Richie Kotzen"/b, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on bLoud Proud Records/b. It encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (b"War Paint"/b and b"Walk With Me"/b), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with b"Lie To Me"/b, is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month. bKotzen/b personally curated b"The Essential Richie Kotzen"/b from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work. "I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person," he says. "I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist." b"War Paint"/b builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by bKotzen/b's gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing. He explains, "It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments. I think I accomplished that on this track." At the same time, b"Walk With Me"/b sees bKotzen/b evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem. "There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song," he reveals. "I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one. I spent a couple of weeks learning it. I used that where the lead guitar would normally go. It was a really rewarding departure for me." With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, bRichie Kotzen/b has built a remarkably diverse 20-year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. During that span, bKotzen/b toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan. In 1996, bFender/b guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars. His signature model bTelecaster/b is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand. In 2006, bKotzen/b received one of his biggest personal honors when bTHE ROLLING STONES/b chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows, placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date. He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including jazz legends bStanley Clarke/b and bLenny White/b. He currently plays guitar and fronts the band bTHE WINERY DOGS/b with bassist bBilly Sheehan/b and drummer bMike Portnoy/b (the band's self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on The Billboard 200 chart). With his 20th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, bRichie Kotzen/b's legacy is only continuing to expand. "When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place," he concludes. "It's another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics. That's the ultimate reward." b"The Essential Richie Kotzen"/b track listing: CD1: 01. bWar Paint/b * 02. bWalk With Me/b * 03. bLove Is Blind/b 04. bGo Faster/b 05. bFooled Again/b 06. bOMG (What's Your Name?)/b 07. bHelp Me/b 08. bBad Situation/b 09. bLie To Me/b * 10. bFear/b 11. You Can't Save Me 12. bDoing What The Devil Says To Do/b 13. bRemember/b (reprise) * previously unreleased * CD2: 01. bWhat Is/b (2014) 02. bHigh/b (2014) 03. bChange/b (2014) 04. bSpecial/b (2014) 05. bPaint It On/b (acoustic version) 06. bHolding On/b (acoustic version) 07. bUntil You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice)/b (acoustic version) 08. bThe Road/b (acoustic version) 09. bRegret/b (original demo version) 10. bDamaged/b (original demo version) DVD: 01. bWalk With Me/b (2014) 02. bPaying Dues/b (2009) 03. b24 Hours/b (2011) 04. bLarger Than Life/b (2009) 05. bLosing My Mind/b (2005) 06. bHelp Me/b (2012) 07. bChase It/b (2008) 08. bPlayer/b (2011) 09. bThe Shadow/b (2011) 10. bMy Angel/b (2011) 11. bI Would/b (2008) div align=center iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=falseamp;hide_related=falseamp;show_comments=trueamp;show_user=trueamp;show_reposts=falseamp;visual=true"/iframe /div img src="" alt="richiekotzenessential" width="638" height="638" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-480208" /

BLACK VEIL BRIDES In The Studio With Producer BOB ROCK: Third Video Blog Posted Online

September 1, 2014 - 21:14
The third in a series of video blogs featuring footage from the recording sessions for the fourth album from Los Angeles theatrical rockers bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b can be seen below. Due on October 28, the follow-up to the band's third CD, last year's b"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones"/b, was helmed by producer bBob Rock/b, whose resume includes albums by bMETALLICA/b, bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b, bTHE CULT/b and many others. Asked how bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b approached the writing process for the new CD, bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b singer bAndy Biersack/b told U.K.'s a href="" target="_blank"Rock Sound/a: "One of the most interesting things about working with bBob Rock/b this time was that he requires weeks and weeks of pre-production, just writing and jamming together. "I knew that the guys in my band are very talented musicians, but we've never taken the time to sit in a room facing each other, and continuously write for weeks on end — there was just a small mic in the middle of the room, and bBob/b would orchestrate us. If something came up that we liked, we'd try to cut a demo of it just from that. The idea is that if you write all together, you'll find great material, and know it from the ground up. "When you're doing stuff the way we were previously, it's very difficult to go back and adjust, because the elements are all built simultaneously. This has given us a chance to do something organic, to know the songs a lot better. So heading into the studio, with twelve or fifteen songs that we feel strongly about, is a new experience. Through writing in advance, I feel like we've found our definitive sound. It's a lot more heavy, traditional rock 'n' roll than anything we've done before." Regarding whether that was the band's aim from the start, bBeirsack/b said: "More than anything, even before we found out that bBob/b was interested in doing it, we wanted to make a return to the darker, heavier material — in tone at least. We touched on that with the first record, but weren't as mature songwriters back then; I don't think we've ever truly executed the sound we've wanted to have as a band. "We've always evolved, and I've always been excited about everything we've done, but this was something all of us have wanted to do. "If we'd have been as good songwriters five years ago, the record we would have made then would have sounded a lot like this new one. That was an exciting notion, going back to the things we talked about when starting the band together. It's a return to the things we really love. bBob/b was a great fit for that. So many of the records that influenced us or that we loved growing up were produced by him. It was something we'd been talking about for the last year, and when we found out bBob/b was interested, it was a nice coincidence." Asked if bBob/b played a role in the songwriting process, bBiersack/b said: "We've picked up a lot of things about the songwriting process from him, how to really structure a song. "There's no way this record won't be fantastic to me. I feel like through doing this, I've learned so much about what it is what we do, what we've been trying to do for the last half-decade. It helped that bBob/b is one of the sweetest, easiest to work with, most insightful people I've ever met. When you talk about nice people: he's a Canadian who lives in Hawaii. [ilaughs/i] I can't imagine anyone with a nicer disposition, let alone someone so talented." b"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones"/b came out in January 2013 and featured the Top 15 rock radio single b"In The End"/b. bBiersack/b has launched a side project called bANDY BLACK/b, which he described as a "fun and artistic way for me to try something that musically I wouldn't want to force into bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b." In an interview with a href="" target="_blank"Kerrang!/a magazine, bBiersack/b explained how the "dark wave" project came into being, saying, "My whole life, I've loved '80s synth and goth rock like bTHE SISTERS OF MERCY/b and bDEPECHE MODE/b. My biggest love has always been the music bBLACK VEIL BRIDES/b make, but that doesn't mean I don't listen to or enjoy other things." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

Ex-FEAR FACTORY Drummer RAYMOND HERRERA Says 'The Industrialist' Album Would Have Sounded 'Way Better' With Real Drums

September 1, 2014 - 15:57
bMetal Wani/b's bWilliam Richards/b and bSairaj Kamath/b conducted an interviw with former bFEAR FACTORY/b drummer bRaymond Herrera/b. You can now listen to the chat in the bYouTube/b clip below. Asked if he has heard the two bFEAR FACTORY/b albums — 2010's b"Mechanize"/b and 2012's b"The Industrialist"/b — that were recorded after his departure from the band and what he thought of them, bHerrera/b said: "I thought b'Mechanize'/b was really good, actually. I thought bGene/b [bHoglan/b] did a great job [playing drums on the record]. It was probably a little too thrashy for me, but for the most part, I think, from the interviews, it sounded like they were kind of trying to kind of recapture the b'Demanufacture'/b [1995] feeling, so I think they did a pretty good job doing that. [b'The Industrialist'/b] I didn't like at all. I was really surprised that they used a drum machine [on the album], because I actually had thought about us doing that back when we did [2004's] b'Archetype'/b. I played around with the idea of possibily trying to record… or doing the album on a drum machine rather than me having to play it, but every time we did it, it came out really, really stale. Our demos were always with a drum machine, but it always sounded incredibly stale." He continued: "I would have loved to hear bGene/b on that record [b'The Industrialist'/b]; I think it would have been way better… I was really surprised that they went down the drum-machine route, because, like I said, we tried to do that, like, 12 years ago, and it didn't sound very good. We were able to come up with a couple of workarounds, but at the end of the day, it just doesn't sound the same, it just doesn't feel the same. Unfortunately. I wish it did. 'Cause it would have a been a lot easier for me over the years than having to learn all the songs that I would program… I mean, originally, most of the bFEAR FACTORY/b drum parts were programmed on a drum machine, then I had to learn them, then I had to play them live. So it would have been way easier for me to just program them and not have to learn them and not have to play them. So, yeah, they kind of cut a lot of corners doing that, and I think there's been a lot of backlash about it too. "[Using a drum machine] makes it [lot] easier [during the] recording [process], 'cause you don't have to deal with setting up drums, getting drum sounds, your compressions, all your mics, you don't have to worry about editing… any of that stuff. So, I mean, it saves you a lot of time and a lot of money, but it doesn't sound very good, unfortunately. Like I said, I tried to do that a long time ago, so… As soon as you start to play a lot of the faster stuff… If you play really slow — like more 1-2 beats and more rock stuff — you can get away with doing it with a drum machine, 'cause it's not as noticeable. But if you start playing faster, it's very noticeable." Asked if he can foresee himself and former bFEAR FACTORY/b bassist bChristian Olde Wolbers/b ever reuniting with bFEAR FACTORY/b for a new album and tour, bRaymond/b said: "I don't see that happening. I doubt it. I don't think it'll happen. I thnk there's too much… How can I say? There's too much water under that bridge. But who knows? I guess you can never say no, right?! But there are no plans to do that, that's for sure." In a 2012 interview with bReGen Magazine/b bFEAR FACTORY/b guitarist bDino Cazares/b defended the band's decision to embrace drum-machine technology completely on b"The Industrialist"/b. He said, "The songwriting process was much quicker, much more efficient, much more cost effective. "Obviously, a band like bFEAR FACTORY/b has always embraced the technology from the beginning — we've always been open about it, we've always talked about it. We've always talked about guys like [producer] bRhys Fulber/b helping us out, ever since b'Fear Is The Mindkiller'/b, which was after b'Soul Of A New Machine'/b. We've embraced all that. "Most people are saying, 'Them using drum programming is no different. It doesn't really sound any different.' You know what I mean?! They can expect it from a band like bFEAR FACTORY/b. Again, it's very cost effective. "The way music is going today, a lot of people don't make much money anymore, unless you're a big radio band or something like that. But for metal bands like us, we make most of our money just on touring and selling merchandise. And the record company is not giving much advances anymore. So you have to find ways to cut corners, financially, to try and save money. But this is nothing new for us, again, at the same time, 'cause when me and bBurt/b [bC. Bell/b, vocals] first did our first demo back in 1990, it was with a drum machine. . . So it's nothing new for us. We started that way. . . And then it wasn't until we met bRhys Fulber/b when we did the remix album, b'Fear Is The Mindkiller'/b, which was in 1992, and that was when we were like, 'OK, bRhys/b can afford all this technology. Let's bring it in, let's embrace it, let's use it.' And ever since then, we've always gotten criticized for it. Because most metal fans, they just don't… At the time, back in 1992, it was not really well known in metal to do that kind of [stuff]… I'll put it this way: it wasn't really spoken about. I mean, bands have used other members and other stuff, samplers and stuff like that, to do certain things, but it was never talked about, they never brought it to anybody's attention. We embraced it and that has has kind of always been our concept." div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

RACHEL BOLAN Says SKID ROW's Refusal To Reunite With SEBASTIAN BACH Proves That 'It Is Not About Money'

September 1, 2014 - 15:30
bJeb Wright/b of a href="" target="_blank"Classic Rock Revisited/a recently conducted an interview with bSKID ROW/b bassist bRachel Bolan/b. An excerpt from the chat follows below. bClassic Rock Revisited/b: Are you satisfied with bSKID ROW/b's legacy, or do you think you're still making it? bRachel/b: A little bit of both. I am really proud of what we've accomplished. Every time I think we've hit our absolute peak something else comes up. It could be a show that is so amazing, or you get booked to play at a huge festival where you play in front of a half a million people. [The bPrzystanek Woodstock/b festival in Poland] will be the biggest show we will ever play in our career. I think that is safe to say. We played bHellfest/b a few weeks ago in France and we were on in the middle of the day, and we were a little bummed out about it. We went out, and there were sixty thousand people there! After the show we were thrilled, as we could not even see the end of the crowd. We were wondering what a half a million people will look like. bClassic Rock Revisited/b: If it was just about money, then you would tour with [former bSKID ROW/b singer] bSebastian Bach/b. Everyone points the finger at you as to why this won't happen… bRachel/b: Well, there are a couple of things. We've been offered money. It's not as much as people would think, but we've been offered money to do it. I think us not doing it kind of says that it is not about money as to why we are not doing it. I am not patting myself on the back, but with our past success, I have plenty of money. I am more about being happy at what I do. As far as everyone pointing the finger at me, that came from one person. We are all individuals. If they wanted to do it, then I am sure I would have heard about it by now, as they are my best friends. It is what it is, and certain people say certain things, and you've just got to sit back and laugh. bClassic Rock Revisited/b: bJohnny/b [bSolinger/b, current bSKID ROW/b singer] has had to put up with a lot of shit. You have all survived the anti-fans out there… bRachel/b: You have the purists that are scared of change. That is why we called the album b"Thickskin"/b... the first one with bJohnny/b. You have to have thick skin. You know what's funny, bJeb/b? We had about 85% supporters, especially outside of the United States. People like bSKID ROW/b music and they welcomed bJohnny/b in. I am on the inside and it is not as bad as people would think. Read the entire interview at a href="" target="_blank"Classic Rock Revisited/a.

Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO Interviewed By Brazil's GUIMA DRUM (Video)

September 1, 2014 - 14:44
Former bSLAYER/b and current bPHILM/b drummer bDave Lombardo/b was interviewed by bGuima Drum/b druing his current Brazilian clinic tour. You can now watch the chat below. In a recent interview with Brazil's bPortal 7/b, bLombardo/b was asked if he has any plans to ever get back together with the members of bSLAYER/b. He replied: "I have no plans. I mean, they can knock on my door, but I don't know if I'll answer. [iLaughs/i]" bLombardo/b continued: "I don't know. Right now I'm focused on my new band, I'm focusing on my drum clinics, writing music, on staying creative. And I just stay focused and don't let what happened in the past bother me or in any way inhibit my progress with the future." bLombardo/b was effectively fired from bSLAYER/b after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was bJon Dette/b (bTESTAMENT/b, bANTHRAX/b). bLombardo/b told b"Let There Be Talk"/b podcast about the musical chemistry of the original bSLAYER/b lineup: "I appreciate the nucleus of the band. Like [bJohn/b] bBonham/b. When bBonham was part of [/bbLED/b] bZEPPELIN/b. When his son [bJason/b] took over, oh my God. C'mon. Really? I have respect for bJason/b and for what he's done, but when he put a double-bass pedal on a single bass drum, that just blew it for me. It's, like, 'Really, dude? Your dad was about single bass.' "There is a certain magic — just like with bSLAYER/b, just like with bAC/DC/b with bBon Scott/b — there's a certain magic when you have those musicians and nobody could replace that. Nobody. That's it. You can't. Yeah, bSLAYER/b's new drummer [bPaul Bostaph/b], yeah, a lot of fans like him. But there's that magic. It's chemistry. It's like when you meet a girl and you two get along really well, and it's like a chemistry; it's something special. Same thing with the band: you get these four guys, [and] they may hate each other, but on stage, there's magic. And that's what's missing, I personally believe." bPHILM/b will release its sophomore album, b"Fire From The Evening Sun"/b, on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via bUDR/b. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist bGerry Paul Nestler/b (bCIVIL DEFIANCE/b), and bassist bFrancisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli/b (bWAR/b). div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="davelombardosouthamericanclinictour2014" width="638" height="911" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483498" /

PHIL RUDD Talks To New Zealand's THE ROCK FM About Solo Debut, New AC/DC Album (Audio)

September 1, 2014 - 14:10
bTracey Donaldson/b of bThe Rock FM/b radio station in New Zealand recently conducted an interview with bAC/DC/b drummer bPhil Rudd/b. You can now listen to the chat at a href="" target="_blank"this location/a. bRudd/b released a solo album, b"Head Job"/b, on August 29 via bUniversal Music Australia/b. The official lyric video for the CD's first single, b"Repo Man"/b, can now be seen below. Over the past 20 years or so amidst spending time drumming for Australia's favorite rock export bAC/DC/b, running a studio and a restaurant, racing cars, flying helicopters and a bit of farming in the land of the long white cloud; Melbourne-born drummer bPhil Rudd/b has been quietly writing an album's worth of songs. From the rollicking first single b"Repo Man"/b, a gentle reminder about karma; to the rocking title track b"Head Job"/b, which does not have intimate connotations but is a play on words about going to the pub to commiserate with your mates about someone doing your head in… from the upbeat dirgy groove of b"Bad Move"/b to the relationship-driven b"Crazy"/b; bRudd/b has delivered a very personal album "about the shit that goes on," as the great man himself said. Perhaps with the exception of b"40 Days 40 Nights"/b, these songs were more inspired by everyday personal experiences in life rather than being about touring the globe with the world's biggest rock band. Citing influences ranging from bRingo Starr/b and bFREE/BAD COMPANY/b's bSimon Kirke/b, to bMOUNTAIN/b's bLeslie West/b and bAC/DC/b bandmates bMalcolm/b and bAngus Young/b, these songs and lyrics are all very special to bRudd/b and when talking about the release of this album which has had such a long gestation, he said, "I'm very happy for it to finally make its way out there and for people to hear it!" The songs were penned primarily by bRudd/b with the assistance of bAllan Badger/b and bGeoffrey Martin/b — musicians bPhil/b met on the local scene, which he says "turned out to be a great musical partnership." "bBadge/b" and bMartin/b also perform vocals, guitars and bass on the album, with bRudd/b sitting in the producer's seat. The tracks came together over a period of time recorded at several locations including the studio that bRudd/b built himself not far from his restaurant Phil's Place in Tauranga, New Zealand. "I hope everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that's the idea," bRudd/b told bTriple M/b. "We didn't put anything on there that we didn't like. There's no filler. There's plenty of bPhil/b, but no filler." bRudd/b joined bAC/DC/b in 1974. He had previously played with bAngry Anderson/b in bBUSTER BROWN/b and left that band to join the bCOLOURED BALLS/b with bLobby Loyde/b. When bAC/DC/b bassist bMark Evans/b left the band in 1977, bRudd/b became the only Australian-born member of bAC/DC/b. bRudd/b exited bAC/DC/b in 1983 and was replaced by bSimon Wright/b, then bChris Slade/b. When bSlade/b left in 1993, bRudd/b rejoined the band. According to, bRudd/b moved to Tauranga, New Zealand in 1983 and has lived there ever since. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="philruddheadcdbigger_638" width="638" height="639" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-480541" /

CINDERELLA's JEFF LABAR Talks To 93.3 WMMR's JACKY BAMBAM About Solo Album (Audio)

September 1, 2014 - 13:52
bJacky BamBam/b of Philadelphia's b93.3 WMMR/b radio station recently conducted an interview with bCINDERELLA/b guitarist bJeff LaBar/b. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. bLaBar/b's solo video for the song b"No Strings"/b was directed by bJames Erdman/b and features drummer bMatthew Arnn/b, bJeff/b's son, guitarist bSebastian LaBar/b, and bassist bJasmine Cain/b. b"No Strings"/b was recorded with bTESLA/b drummer bTroy Luccketta/b and was mixed by bCINDERELLA/b drummer bFred Coury/b. It is taken from bJeff/b's solo debut, b"One For The Road"/b, which was released on August 26 through bRat Pak Records/b. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with longtime friend and noted engineer bRonnie Honeycutt/b, and was mixed and mastered by bChris "The Wizard" Collier/b (bKXM/b, bLYNCH MOB/b, bLITA FORD/b). "I wrote b'No Strings'/b following my first marriage and subsequent divorce," bLaBar/b tells a href="" target="_blank"Ultimate Classic Rock/a. "The relationship was awesome; the breakup, not so much." bJeff/b's first solo release highlights both his songwriting and guitar-playing abilities. It is also the first of two seven-song offerings of classic, hard rock style material that will be released via bRat Pak/b. About the album, bJeff/b states: "This record is written about parts of my life since the heydeys of bCINDERELLA/b... and there is a lot more where that came from!" The song b"Ode To Page"/b is bJeff/b's acoustic tribute to bLED ZEPPELIN/b guitarist bJimmy Page/b. Other tracks set to appear on b"One For The Road"/b are b"Asking For A Beating"/b, b"Muse"/b, b"Hello Or Goodbye"/b, b"Nightmare On My Street"/b and b"One For The Road"/b. Tracks on the CD range from classic, early bCINDERELLA/b-style hard rock, to groove-laden blues rock and really captures the magic and spirit of the genre that bJeff/b helped create. In a June 2013 interview with a href="" target="_blank"Legendary Rock Interviews/a, bLaBar/b stated about his upcoming solo album: "The way it started was, I've been threatening to do a solo album or years and at the end of [the summer 2012] bCINDERELLA/b tour, my tour manager bLarry Morand/b and my wife bDebi/b called me on it. They said, Look, bTom/b's [bKeifer/b, bCINDERELLA/b frontman] solo album is coming out this spring, he'll probably tour on it through the summer. Now is the time, bJeff/b. It's time to get in the studio and start putting your money where your mouth is.' So, that's what I've been doing." Asked how the direction of his solo material is different from what he has done with bCINDERELLA/b, bJeff/b said: "The first song I recorded could have been a bCINDERELLA/b song, I think, but you know when you get guitar players putting out solo records, from what I've seen, they are very self-indulgent in terms of guitar playing or even sometimes, they're instrumental records. Mine is self-indulgent in the sense that it will cover a lot of different types of music. The first song I did is called b'No Strings'/b and like I said, it's a rock song, it could be a bCINDERELLA/b song. The second song I recorded is a total blues waltz/shuffle. The latest song I've done is almost like a bFLEETWOOD MAC/b-type ballad. I've also written a slow, chunky metal song, a blues slide song and a flat-out metal burner, fast song so I think I am really trying to explore all of my different influences. It's all me singing and playing everything but drums." Asked if he enjoys singing, bJeff/b said: "Absolutely, I've been singing all my life. Since I started playing guitar at the age of nine or ten, I was also singing, sitting in my bedroom with [bLED/b] bZEPPELIN/b and bBEATLES/b songbooks. I didn't just learn how to play the songs I loved, but I learned how to sing 'em too. I actually started out as a drummer and aspired to be a guitar player, and then when I became a guitar player, I aspired to be a singer. [ilaughs/i] I got the chance to do a lot of background vocals over the years in bCINDERELLA/b, but make no mistake, I see myself and believe in myself as a singer." div align=center audio id="wp_mep_1"src="" type="audio/mp3" controls="controls" preload="none" object width="400" height="30" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="" param name="movie" value="" / param name="flashvars" value="controls=trueamp;file=" / /object /audio /div div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div img src="" alt="jefflabaronefortheroadcd" width="638" height="687" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-480461" /

THE AGONIST Featuring New Singer VICKY PSARAKIS: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Entire SUMMER BREEZE Concert

September 1, 2014 - 13:40
Fan-filmed video footage of bTHE AGONIST/b's entire August 15 performance at the bSummer Breeze/b festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany can be seen below. bTHE AGONIST/b will release its new album, b"Eye Of Providence"/b, on November 11 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via bCentury Media/b. The band's first CD with new vocalist bVicky Psarakis/b was recorded at bThe Grid/b studio in their hometown with producer bChris Donaldson/b (bCRYPTOPSY/b). bVicky/b joined bTHE AGONIST/b as the replacement for bAlissa White-Gluz/b, who left the band to focus on her new gig as the frontwoman of bARCH ENEMY/b. bTHE AGONIST/b released a two-song digital single on April 29 via bCentury Media/b. These tracks were the first to feature bPsarakis/b. Commented bTHE AGONIST/b guitarist bDanny Marino/b: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience so far. "bVicky/b has breathed new life into the songwriting process and we are so excited to share these first two tracks with the world! "The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for bTHE AGONIST/b. We're also thrilled to be back in the studio with our old friend and longtime engineer bChris Donaldson/b. "We can't thank our fans enough for their ongoing support in this new and exciting chapter of bTHE AGONIST/b!" bTHE AGONIST/b's third album, b"Prisoners"/b, debuted at No. 19 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. bTHE AGONIST/b 2014 is: bVicky Psarakis/b - Vocals bDanny Marino/b - Guitar bChris Kells/b - Bass bSimon McKay/b - Drums bPascal "Paco" Jobin/b - Guitar div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

VINNIE PAUL: 'There's No Bad Blood At All' Between Me And Other Former PANTERA Members

September 1, 2014 - 12:55
Current bHELLYEAH/b drummer bVinnie Paul Abbott/b has denied that there is any bad blood between him and his former bPANTERA/b bandmates, claiming that he is "just not interested" in reconnecting with singer bPhilip Anselmo/b and bassist bRex Brown/b. Asked by a href="" target="_blank"Metal Blast/a if he would consider reuniting with bAnselmo/b and bBrown/b, with guitarist bZakk Wylde/b (bBLACK LABEL SOCIETY/b, bOZZY OSBOURNE/b) standing in for bVinnie/b's late brother, b"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott/b, bVinnie/b once again rejected the idea, explaining, "Ah, man, I'm happy with doing what I'm doing here. bPANTERA/b had 14 amazing years, and without my brother being here to be a part of it, it would be a travesty, man. I'm just not interested in it at all." Pressed if he thinks the bad blood that exists between him and his former bandmates can be put to rest eventually, bVinnie/b replied: "To me, there's no bad blood at all. It's like when you get a divorce from somebody, there's a reason why you got a divorce. You don't have to stay in touch with that person, you don't have to fucking see that person, or do anything with them. I'm just not interested." bVinnie Paul/b recently told Germany's bEMP Rock Invasion/b that it is "not right at all" for fans to continue to clamor for a bPANTERA/b reunion. He explained, "People are selfish, man. They want what they want; they don't care what you want. And 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." bVinnie/b added, "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." bPANTERA/b broke up in 2003 due to an ongoing rift between bAnselmo/b and the rest of the band. bDimebag/b was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with his and bVinnie/b's post-bPANTERA/b act bDAMAGEPLAN/b at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. bVinnie/b and bPhilip/b's 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. bVinnie/b and bHELLYEAH/b are touring in support of their latest album, b"Blood For Blood"/b, and will head out on a North American tour later this month as guests of bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b and bVOLBEAT/b.

BATTLE BEAST: Multi-Camera Footage Of 'Sabaton Open Air' Performance

September 1, 2014 - 12:29
Multi-camera fan-filmed video footage of Finnish female-fronted metallers bBATTLE BEAST/b performing the song b"Out Of Control"/b at the bSabaton Open Air/b on August 16 in Falun, Sweden can be seen below. bBATTLE BEAST/b's self-titled sophomore album entered the official chart in the band's home country of Finland at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17, 2013 via bNuclear Blast Records/b, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at bJKB Studios/b in Helsinki and mastered by bMika Jussila/b at bFinnvox Studios/b. The cover artwork was created by bClaudio Bergamin/b (bHALFORD/b, bARJEN A. LUCASSEN/b, bMAGICA/b). bBATTLE BEAST/b in 2012 parted ways with lead singer bNitte Vänskä/b and replaced her with bNoora Louhimo/b. In an interview with bMetal Divas/b, bNoora/b explained how she ended up fronting bBATTLE BEAST/b: "[In] September [2012], I got a call from bAnton/b [bKabanen/b, guitar] that they want me to join bBATTLE BEAST/b. I had heard their music and loved the sound and the vocals, so the next day I called bAnton/b and said I'm in. "bAnton/b found me by accident on bYouTube/b when he was searching for the new vocalist. He had been looking for a vocalist — male or female; [it did not] matter. The only thing that mattered was can that [he or she could] sing his songs without compromises. "I've been singing since I was 4 years old. While being a huge fan of heavy metal of '80s and a teenager, I had some classical singing lessons when I was 16 years old. Then at the age of 19, I started studying music in pop/jazz line. At the same time, I started doing some jam sessions at bars. There I found my first band (bADMIRAL OCTOPUS/b) in the blues bar. We used to play rock and blues music from '60s-'70s and bJanis Joplin/b was the reason I got the rasp in my voice. After bADMIRAL OCTOPUS/b, in 2011, I took part in a singing competition (b'Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star'/b) at Henry's Pub of Tampere and won it with bJanis Joplin/b's b'Piece Of My Heart'/b. That's how my single b'Relax'/b was born." bBATTLE BEAST/b's debut album, b"Steel"/b — which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via bHype Records/b — was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through bNuclear Blast Records/b. div align=center iframe width="638" height="359" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen/iframe /div

Author JOEL MCIVER Discusses 'Know Your Enemy: The Story Of Rage Against The Machine' Book (Audio)

September 1, 2014 - 11:48
Renowned author and biographer bJoel McIver/b's b"Know Your Enemy: The Story Of Rage Against The Machine"/b is available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions on bAmazon/b. bMcIver/b wrote this compelling, insightful and entertaining look into bRAGE/b's convoluted 25-year history, uncompromising politics and worldwide success after receiving the go-ahead by founding member and guitarist bTom Morello/b in 2012 to write an unofficial biography of his legendary group. b"Know Your Enemy: The Story of Rage Against the Machine"/b is described in a press release as "an unbiased look at the group's views on important social and political issues, seamlessly presented with a comprehensive history and chronology of their remarkable career, highlighted by more than 20 million albums sold worldwide and two bGrammy Awards/b." Said bMcIver/b: "I've wanted to write a bRAGE/b book for some years now, but felt that the story needed to wait until the band's glory years are behind them, as they now almost certainly are. A natural peak came in 2009 and 2010 with the b'X-Factor'/b-slaying b'Killing In The Name'/b and the Victory show in London, and I was lucky enough to have the organizer bJon Morter help out with that side of /bbRAGE/b's fairly insane tale. Elsewhere in the book, I enlisted the help of several learned writers and academics to illuminate the various sociopolitical issues which bRAGE/b address in their music and offstage activism, making 'Know Your Enemy' rather different from the usual rock yarn. I even got guitarist bTom Morello/b's blessing to write it, although the band themselves declined to be involved." An interview with bJoel McIver/b about b"Know Your Enemy: The Story Of Rage Against The Machine"/b which was originally recorded this past May for b"The Brad Bogner Show"/b can be streamed using the audio player below. bRAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/b disbanded in 2000 but reunited in 2007 and has played sporadic live shows ever since. The Californian four-piece band has earned the distinction of being the only heavy metal group to sell out major stadiums in numerous countries while featuring intensely political songs presented in direct opposition to mainstream popular music. The band also made international news when it topped Simon Cowell's immensely popular TV series "X Factor" for UK Christmas No. 1 in 2009. Interview (audio): div align=center audio id="wp_mep_1"src="" type="audio/mp3" controls="controls" preload="none" object width="400" height="30" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="" param name="movie" value="" / param name="flashvars" value="controls=trueamp;file=" / /object /audio /div img src="" alt="knowyourenemybookcover" width="596" height="854" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-483942" /