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bSTRYPER/b frontman bMichael Sweet/b says that he was approached to produce a solo album from bSebastian Bach/b, claiming that the plan was to write music that was reminiscent of "those powerful songs from [bBach/b's bSKID ROW/b] past."
During bSweet/b's appearance on the January 19 edition of bEddie Trunk/b's bSiriusXM/b satellite radio show, b"Eddie Trunk Live"/b, bTrunk/b brought up the issue of bBach/b a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sebastian-bach-wonders-why-only-half-of-one-percent-of-his-facebook-fans-bought-his-new-album/" target="_blank"wondering in a recent interview/a why so few of his 800,000 bFacebook/b followers purchased the former bSKID ROW/b singer's latest solo album, b"Give 'Em Hell"/b, when it was first released.
bSweet/b told bTrunk/b: "This isn't a bash against bSebastian/b at all; it's just my opinion. I think people wanna hear bSebastian/b of old. They wanna hear the bSKID ROW Sebastian/b. They wanna hear the hits. And he's giving them modern rock. It's [b'Give 'Em Hell'/b] a good album, it's a good-sounding album, but it's not the glory days. And I think that's the one thing bSTRYPER/b at least tried to do, and I saw the numbers to prove it."
He continued: "Our album b'Reborn'/b, which is a little more modern... b'Murder By Pride'/b was in between modern and old... they sold less than 5,000 the first week out. We come out with b'No More Hell To Pay'/b, which is going right back to our roots, giving the fans what they want and wanted, and we did almost 10,000 units first week out."
Asked if there was any truth to reports that he was supposed to be collaborating with bBach/b on some new music, bMichael/b said: "I don't wanna throw him under the bus or make him feel awkward or weird. I was approached to do a bSebastian/b album… to produce it and to co-write with him and basically try to kind of go back to those powerful songs from the past. Not make a dated record, but just that style, the anthemy bSKID ROW/b stuff that everybody loves. And that was the plan."
He continued: "Management got involved, and bSebastian/b and I e-mailed each other back and forth. It was going down the track a little ways and all of a sudden it came to a screeching halt. He decided he wanted to do an acoustic album, or wanted to do this, or wanted to do that. And I was just, like, 'Guys, let me know what's going on, if it's going on.' And I never really heard any more about it, so I guess it's not happening. But it would have been cool."
bSweet/b added: "I'll tell you right now, I think I could have helped bSebastian/b make a killer album. But hey… We'll never know."
After bSweet/b's comments were first published online, bBach/b reportedly wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted: "Dear @michaelhsweet : shut your mouth. Before I shut it for you."
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According to a href="http://www.tmz.com/#Article/2015/01/28/black-sabbath-geezer-butler-arrested-bar-fight" target="_blank"TMZ.com/a, bBLACK SABBATH/b bassist bGeezer Butler/b was arrested last night (January 27) following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California.
The 65-year-old musician was booked at the Inyo County Jail under this full name of bTerence Michael Butler/b. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism and has since been released "after detox and citation," the bInyo County Sheriff's Department/b said in a press release.
The a href="http://www.inyocounty.us/so/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Butler-arrest.pdf" target="_blank"full press release/a reads as follows:
"Shortly after midnight on January 27th, Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.
"After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation — resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. bTerence Michael Butler/b, a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, California, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.
"bButler/b was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation."
bGeezer/b's mug shot can be seen above.
A founding member of bBLACK SABBATH/b, bButler/b is also the lyricist of such bSABBATH/b classics as b"War Pigs"/b, b"Iron Man"/b, b"Paranoid"/b and others.
bButler/b, singer bOzzy Osbourne/b and guitarist bTony Iommi/b reunited in late 2011 and released a comeback album, b"13"/b, in June 2013.
bSABBATH/b will issue one final studio CD and tour behind it in 2015, with bOzzy/b telling bEsquire/b, "The record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff."
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In a brand new interview with a href="http://www.themusicbiz.org/interview-david-ellefson/" target="_blank"TheMusicBiz.org/a, bMEGADETH/b bassist bDavid Ellefson/b was asked how he managed to develop a distinctive bass style at a time when no one quite knew how to be a metal bass player, especially in terms of thrash.
"Well, y'know, for me, I grew up on a farm in a very rural part of the United States, in Minnesota," he responded. "The music bug came on me; it lit me up. I felt alive and like I had a purpose, so I looked for every opportunity and every person I could play with. I would play with the church acoustic guitar player, I'd play with the third-grade band teacher. I was 12 and getting asked to join bands with guys who were 16 years old and knew every bLYNYRD SKYNYRD/b song. I would play with anybody and everybody. Then there came a time when I was in my mid-teen years where I was playing in a jazz band in high school and listening to bJaco Pastorius/b, bWEATHER REPORT/b, bSpyro Gyra/b, bAl DiMeola/b. Anything I could get my hands on to play. Largely, I went well out of the school of rock and roll to develop my skills. And so by the time I was 18 and I graduated high school and moved to California and met bDave/b [bMustaine/b, bMEGADETH/b mainman], certainly by this time bIRON MAIDEN/b had come out, and bSteve Harris/b had really opened my eyes to what a bass player could do."
He continued: "I knew of bass players who were singers and songwriters, like bGeddy Lee/b [bRUSH/b] and bGene Simmons/b [bKISS/b], but for bSteve/b to be the bass player and a songwriter but not a singer was very intriguing to me. And I liked it because I was never a good lead singer. I sang backups in a few bands. I sang lead a little as a kid, but I never had a good lead vocal voice. But I'm the bMichael Anthony/b [bVAN HALEN/b], a good back-up singer guy, y'know? Like the harmony in b'Peace Sells'/b, that was me going for that. I jumped on what I call the bMichael Anthony/b harmony. The high third and fifth. And that's just where I go when I'm singing harmonies usually."
bEllefson/b added: "So when I met bDave Mustaine/b, it's funny because the bMETALLICA/b stuff he was playing was always pretty complex but it was simpler, and bMEGADETH/b, especially that first year in '83, we lived in Hollywood right by the bMusicians Institute/b. And we were very influenced by this school and the students that were there. There was one guy we'd jam with, this guy bEd/b who would come over every day after school, and he was really big into bUli/b [bJon Roth/b of bSCORPIONS/b], and me and bDave/b loved the early SCORPIONS stuff, and bDave/b was a big fan of bUli/b's guitar playing and bMichael Schenker/b, and it really developed how progressive bMEGADETH/b's early music was. And we took it to a whole other level of complexity. So all those years of growing up playing all these different types of music, playing in the jazz band and stuff, all those experiences were able to be brought together and harnessed basically to a blank canvas called bMEGADETH/b where we created this sound and style. And certainly with bChris Poland/b and bGar Samuelson/b in the band, they were hardcore jazz fusion guys so that escalated my playing to another level.
"When people ask me what they should do as a musician is they should play with as many musicians as they can."
bEllefson/b is heading to Australia in March for a spoken-word tour. b"An Evening With David Ellefson"/b will feature stories from life on the road and about life as a founding member of one of the biggest metal acts in the world, documenting all the trials and tribulations. The night will also feature a bass demonstration and audience question-and-answer session which will allow fans to delve deeper into all things bMEGADETH/b and bDavid/b's autobiography, b"My Life With Deth"/b, a story about the complex history of the band.
From bMEGADETH/b's inception in 1983 until the band's temporary split in 2002, bEllefson/b was the only constant member other than bandleader bDave Mustaine/b. bDavid/b was a pivotal part in bMEGADETH/b's progression from a ferocious jazz infused thrash group to a state-of-the-art speed metal band and into a multiplatinum, chart-topping, global juggernaut.
After bMEGADETH/b disbanded in 2002, bEllefson/b pursued a variety of projects, including playing with bSOULFLY/b and forming the band bF5/b, amongst other endeavours. In 2010 bDavid/b rejoined bMEGADETH/b for the 20th-anniversary tour of the band’s seminal, genre-defining classic b"Rust In Peace"/b. Since then, he has reclaimed his rightful place within one of heavy metal's most revered bands.
Through highs and lows, bEllefson/b has experienced the gamut of rock star fame, fortune and excess and lived to tell the tale. This is your only chance to get a personal insight into the history and behind the scenes of one of metal's most iconic bands, bMEGADETH/b.
For more information, visit a href="http://www.metropolistouring.com/tour.php?tour=2015_david_ellefson_of_megadeth" target="_blank"MetropolisTouring.com/a.
bBanger Films/b and bVH1 Classic/b present b"Rock Icons"/b, an original documentary series profiling the most legendary artists in the history of rock music, premiering Saturday, February 21 on bVH1 Classic/b.
b"Rock Icons"/b is 10 groundbreaking 30-minute episodes that go past the veil of mystery and beyond the velvet ropes with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are, and the road that lead them to their iconic status today. Each episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews, never-before-seen footage with featured artists and key people who helped shape their exemplary careers.
Over the past year, bBanger Films/b' bSam Dunn/b has been traveling to meet with some of the biggest names in rock and metal music. Some of them will be very familiar, like the metal heroes he’s had the privilege to interview before, people like bRob Halford/b of bJUDAS PRIEST/b, bJoe Elliott/b of bDEF LEPPARD/b, bGeddy Lee/b of bRUSH/b, and bSlash/b of bGUNS N' ROSES/b and bVELVET REVOLVER/b. He also had the chance to sit down for the first time with such iconic artists as bAnn Wilson/b of bHEART/b and bDaryl Hall/b. He traveled to bMEGADETH/b mainman bDave Mustaine/b's winery, bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b's radio studio, bSMASHING PUMPKINS/b leader bBilly Corgan/b's home and even got invited back to the Texas sanctum of bTed Nugent/b.
Bringing together elements of celebrated shows such as Classic Albums, Biography, Iconoclasts, and bBanger/b's own hit show b"Metal Evolution"/b, b"Rock Icons"/b is a landmark series celebrating the innovative artists who defined the history of rock music.
The first episode features the remarkable bGeddy Lee/b of bRUSH/b.
Future episodes will include:
* bRob Halford/b (JUDAS PRIEST)
* bTed Nugent/b
* bAnn Wilson/b (HEART)
* bDave Mustaine/b (MEGADETH)
* bNikki Sixx/b (MÖTLEY CRÜE)
* bSlash/b (GUNS N' ROSES)
* bDaryl Hall/b (HALL OATES)
* bJoe Elliott/b (DEF LEPPARD)
* bBilly Corgan/b (SMASHING PUMPKINS)
Watch a teaser video below.
Pictured below: bSam Dunn/b with bDave Mustaine/b
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b"Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors"/b by bLukasz Dunaj/b serves as the definitive bBEHEMOTH/b biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by bBEHEMOTH/b, is an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn't "Poland's response to bMOTLEY CRÜE/b's biography b'The Dirt'/b." Simply put, b"Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors"/b is the story of bBEHEMOTH/b, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland.
A 490-page, hardcover tome that is being released by bMetal Blade/b in February, b"Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors"/b includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author's narrative, plus interviews with bTomas Krajewski/b, bRob Darken/b, bGraal/b, bHavok/b, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets, etc.
Pre-orders are available now at a href="http://www.metalblade.com/behemoth" target="_blank"metalblade.com/behemoth/a, and include a bundle with an exclusive shirt available ONLY with this pre-order. The passages below serve as previews of the book.
From the foreword by bKrzysztof Azarewicz/b: "If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which bBEHEMOTH/b's music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might."
bBEHEMOTH/b frontman bAdam "Nergal" Darski/b discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: "The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Of course, not as a religion experience — I didn't understand anything and couldn't care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you're ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos — a guitar."
In related news, bBEHEMOTH/b is currently leveling stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates bCANNIBAL CORPSE/b. The month-long winter live takeover kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana and will wind its way through nearly three-dozen cities, coming to a close on March 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden's finest metal exports: bAEON/b and bTRIBULATION/b.
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bSLIPKNOT/b percussionist bChris Fehn/b says that "it's incredibly difficult" for newer bands to get a good record deal nowadays, explaining that "record labels are struggling" because "people don't really care anymore about sound quality."
During a brand new interview with a href="http://www.rocksins.com/2015/01/interview-chris-fehn-slipknot-closer-long-time-23471/" target="_blank"Rock Sins/a, bFehn/b was asked how he thinks bSLIPKNOT/b would fare as a new band today compared to how it was when the group released its debut album more than 15 years ago.
"I think it's incredibly difficult, because of the way that record sales and everything have dropped off, to get a good contract; being a new band, [it] is nearly impossible.
"The way that the new deals are structured, you know, [the record companies] own everything. So it's like…"
He continued: "It's really sad that record labels are struggling, because they can't… they're just… It's all the Internet. People don't really care anymore about sound quality. It's just eaten up so fast and it's so easy. You know, I'm guilty of it too. I'll buy records off biTunes/b just because I'm in my car and I want it right now and I do it. I do also have a huge CD collection. I still do buy CDs, but I think…"
bFehn/b added: "Man, that's a good question. I think that we would still be different than what's out today, and we would still make an impact. So, yeah, I don't know… I think if it started today as versus '99, we would still wanna be seen, I guess."
Asked if he personally gets influenced by newer bands that are out there, bFehn/b said: "I don't, personally. There's not too many things out that are new that I like. I'm still an old metalhead, I guess. So I continue to listen to that stuff. Once in a while, I'll hear something new that catches my eye, but it's usually something obscure. But other than that, everything's just kind of stale."
He continued: "I appreciate any band that puts out a record and goes on tour and does what we do for a living. It's amazingly hard, you know, and it's difficult to continue to have passion for it on a night-to-night basis, depending on what's going on in your personal life and within the band, within everything. But as far as being a music fan, there hasn't been that next bPANTERA/b to me, there hasn't been that type of band… there hasn't been another bKORN/b. There hasn't been another bSLIPKNOT/b to where I was like, 'Wow, man. I'm totally into it. I would go see the show.' It just hasn't affected me yet like that…. I don't look too hard though either, I really don't. I'm pretty into what I'm in to and it's probably my loss… I'm probably missing out on some things but… it's just I got a lot of other things to do, too."
bSLIPKNOT/b's first major headlining tour in support of its new album, b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b, dubbed b"Prepare For Hell"/b, also featured bKORN/b and bKING 810/b.
The trek kicked off on October 29, 2014 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7, 2014 in Boston.
b".5: The Gray Chapter"/b sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21, 2014 via bRoadrunner/b.
On Tuesday January 27, bPOISON/b singer bBret Michaels/b returned to Detroit, Michigan to perform at a sold-out bNBA/b halftime concert during the bDetroit Pistons/b vs. bCleveland Cavaliers/b game at the Palace Of Auburn Hills. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
"The bPistons/b Concert Series halftime performances are another opportunity to thrill our fans and add value to the overall game night experience," said bHarlan Hendrickson/b, Vice President of Marketing for Palace Sports Entertainment and the bPistons/b.
A sports fanatic since birth, bMichaels/b was honored to bring his rock and roll party to the bNBA/b, this pair of storied basketball franchises and their fans.
"Around the bNBA/b, both bPistons/b and bCavs/b teams in particular have an amazing amount of talent with a passionate, sports-minded fan base," bMichaels/b said prior to the game. "The showdown between bPistons/b star bBrandon Jennings/b vs bCavs/b star and MVP bLeBron James/b is one for the ages and we are bringing the right mixture of rock and roll to help set the vibe."
bMichaels/b released a new solo single, b"A Beautiful Soul"/b, in April 2014. He also performed the track on b"Oprah's Lifeclass"/b.
His last CD, b"Bret Michaels: Jammin With Friends"/b, was released in June 2013 and featured a myriad of legendary guests, including bJoe Perry/b (bAEROSMITH/b), bLoretta Lynn/b, bJimmy Buffett/b, bAce Frehley/b (bKISS/b), bMichael Anthony/b (bVAN HALEN/b) and members of bLYNYRD SKYNYRD/b.
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Iconic guitarist bSlash/b received the prestigious bLes Paul Award/b during the 30th annual bNAMM Technical Excellence Creativity Awards/b on Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian bSinbad/b provided the laughs as the evening's host. The bNAMM TEC Awards/b honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.
The bLes Paul Award/b named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries, including bPete Townshend/b, bPaul McCartney/b, bBrian Wilson/b, bStevie Wonder/b, bNeil Young/b, bTodd Rundgren/b and bPeter Gabriel/b.
Video footage of bSlash/b's acceptance speech and performance at the bNAMM Technical Excellence Creativity Awards/b can be seen below.
As a critically acclaimed British-American musician and songwriter, bSlash/b has amassed album sales topping 100 million copies, garnered a bGrammy Award/b, seven nominations and was inducted into the bRock And Roll Hall Of Fame/b. bTime/b magazine named bSlash/b second, behind only bJimi Hendrix/b, on its "Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time" list. His famous guitar solos in songs, including b"November Rain"/b and b"Sweet Child O' Mine"/b are adored by rock fans worldwide. In 2003 he helped form the rock Grammy-winning supergroup bVELVET REVOLVER/b, releasing two successful imprints with bScott Weiland/b and former bGUNS N' ROSES/b bandmates.
bSlash/b now enjoys a thriving solo career with his new band bSLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS/b. On September 16, 2014 the band unleashed their top ten new album, b"World On Fire"/b, to worldwide acclaim. The CD marks bSlash/b's third straight album to debut in the Top Ten. The title track, b"World On Fire"/b, ascended to No. 1 at U.S. rock radio. b"World On Fire"/b features bSlash/b with bMyles Kennedy/b (vocals), bBrent Fitz/b (drums) and bTodd Kerns/b (bass). The album was released on bSlash/b's label bDik Hayd International/b, which is distributed through bCaroline/b.
bSLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS/b are on a world tour.
bSlash/b supports efforts to revitalize music education programs in public schools, as an honorary board member of bLittle Kids Rock/b.
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bGary Holt/b, the respected guitar player who started with bEXODUS/b in 1981 and joined bSLAYER/b in 2011, is now part of bESP Guitars/b' acclaimed artist endorsement roster.
During an appearance at this past weekend's bNAMM/b show in Anaheim, California, bHolt/b unveiled his new signature model based on the bESP Eclipse/b. The bGary Holt/b signature models come in a high-end bESP/b version (bESP Gary Holt/b) and two bLTD/b versions, the bGH-600/b and bGH-200/b. All come with bFloyd Rose/b tremolo system and dual humbucker pickups.
"We have three price-point models," bGary/b told b"In The Vault With Shanda Golden"/b (a href="http://www.inthevaultwithshandagolden.com" target="_blank"web site/a) about his new signature guitars (see video below). "In the center, you have the top-of-the-line, most badass guitar I've ever seen and ever been associated with. And then you have, over there, you have the black-and-red one, which I think is as stunning as anything. It's affordable and it plays amazing — an incredible guitar. And here you have your starter guitar, which is still better than anything I started out with as a kid. It's, like, awesome."
bMETALLICA/b guitarist bKirk Hammett/b, an early bandmate and decades-long friend of bHolt/b, commented, "bGary/b has influenced a whole generation of metal guitarists with his wicked riffs and leads in bEXODUS/b. I'm happy that he's jumped on for the bESP/b ride!"
In a June 2012 interview with bFull Metal Jackie/b's nationally syndicated radio show, bSLAYER/b's bKerry King/b stated about bHolt/b: "I always regard bGary/b as the bGlenn Tipton/b of our era — really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [bJUDAS/b] bPRIEST/b and bTipton/b that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about bGary/b. bEXODUS/b have a huge following but a little more overlooked than bMETALLICA/b, bMEGADETH/b, bSLAYER/b, bANTHRAX/b — the 'Big Four,' so to speak, so [it is great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherfucker kicks ass. Pay attention.'"
bHolt/b joined bEXODUS/b in 1981 shortly after their formation, and has been the band's main songwriter ever since. bHolt/b has performed on every bEXODUS/b album, and is considered highly influential in the world of thrash metal. In 2011, he began filling in for bSLAYER/b guitarist bJeff Hanneman/b at live shows, and became the band's full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of bEXODUS/b. In October, bEXODUS/b released its tenth studio album, b"Blood In Blood Out"/b, on the bNuclear Blast/b label.
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Californian rockers bPAPA ROACH/b recently stopped by bYouTube Space/b in New York to put on an acoustic performance of a few songs, including tracks from their eighth full-length album, b"F.E.A.R."/b, which was released on January 27 via bEleven Seven Music/b. They also took some time to answer questions from their fans. Check out video footage of the event below.
b"F.E.A.R."/b was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. bPAPA ROACH/b worked with the father-and-son producing team of bKevin/b and bKane Churko/b on the new CD.
Frontman bJacoby Shaddix/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that he wasn't very happy at first about going to Sin City to record. "I ended up in this city where I've had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know," he said. "And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that's what pulled me through."
bShaddix/b admitted that the band went into the studio this time with almost no new material prepared, explaining, "Usually when we begin working, we'll have a bunch of demos, and I'll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn't have those things this time."
Guitarist bJerry Horton/b added, "We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect."
bPAPA ROACH/b and bSEETHER/b teamed up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicked off on January 9 in Orlando, Florida and winds down on February 7 in Las Vegas.
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bHALESTORM/b has just released the official video for its new single, b"Apocalyptic"/b, and singer bLzzy Hale/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that the song strikes a middle ground between the band's older material and the new directions it's exploring on its next record. "I didn't want to scare you guys too much with the first single [ilaughs/i], so we decided to go with this one. But there's a lot on this record that… I don't know, you just kind of throw caution to the wind, and there's a certain freedom that comes with that. But then there's also this kind of, there's a nervousness. But, you know, bottom line is that we came out with a record that we're really proud of."
b"Apocalyptic"/b is taken from bHALESTORM/b's third studio album, b"Into The Wild Life"/b, which will be released in Europe on April 3 and North America on April 7.
b"Into The Wild Life"/b follows up bHALESTORM/b's bGrammy/b-winning 2012 sophomore effort, b"The Strange Case Of…"/b
The new disc was recorded last year in Nashville and features 13 new songs.
bHALESTORM/b is currently touring with bEric Church/b and has announced a series of live dates with bTHE PRETTY RECKLESS/b that will begin in late April.
bHale/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that "I've been wanting to tour with [bTaylor/b] for a long time. I don't know what it is about her, but she's a freakin' rock star, and I really enjoy listening and seeing the way that she carries herself. She's carrying that rock 'n' roll torch. We're gonna have a blast and it's gonna be awesome."
bHale/b said she was asked the same questions about rivalry when bHALESTORM/b toured with bEVANESCENCE/b, explaining, "bAmy Lee/b is one of the coolest chicks I've met in this world. Everybody said the same thing to me beforehand: 'I don't know, man.' I'm like, 'Don't knock it until you try it, baby!' And we had so much fun."
bHale/b was asked in the same interview if she finds it difficult to maintain a relationship while on the road. bHale/b replied, "In a relationship, you have to literally have everything out there to this other person, and they have to do the same thing with you, or it's not gonna work. I've never been a jealous person either, and as of right now, I'm dating someone who is the same way. So we have a very amazing trust thing going on."
She added, "I think you have to work hard, no matter what, at a relationship, but, really, the first couple of steps — laying everything out there — has been total saving graces for me and my relationship."
bHale/b has been rumored a href="https://twitter.com/MoriahLMusic/status/333755688071340033" target="_blank"as recently as 2013/a to have dated bHALESTORM/b guitarist bJoe Hottinger/b, but the singer has not revealed who she is in a relationship with now.
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b"My Witness, Your Victim"/b, the new video from Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers bTHE AGONIST/b, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, b"Eye Of Providence"/b, which will be released on February 24 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via bCentury Media/b. The band's first CD with singer 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.
Guitarist bDanny Marino/b had this to say about the b"My Witness, Your Victim"/b video: "We're thrilled to release the b'My Witness, Your Victim'/b video!
"This is the first video we are releasing that was directed and edited by our very own bassist bChris Kells/b. bChris/b shoots music videos for other bands when he is not touring with us and it was really cool to finally do one for bTHE AGONIST/b.
"Lyrically, this song dives into the album theme of the b'Eye Of Providence'/b.
"We live in a world where everything is being tracked and the more we interface with technology the more we lose our humanity.
"We're really happy with how the video turned out and believe it or not the actor was not harmed (too much) during the shoot!"
b"Eye Of Providence"/b track listing:
01. bGates Of Horn And Ivory/b
02. bMy Witness, Your Victim/b
03. bDanse Macabre/b
04. bI Endeavor/b
05. bFaceless Messenger/b
06. bPerpetual Notion/b
07. bA Necessary Evil/b
08. bArchitects Hallucinate/b
09. bDisconnect Me/b
10. bThe Perfect Embodiment/b
11. bA Gentle Disease/b
12. bFollow The Crossed Line/b
13. bAs Above, So Below/b
bTHE AGONIST/b released a two-song digital single on April 29, 2014 via bCentury Media/b. These tracks were the first to feature bPsarakis/b.
Commented bMarino/b: "Creating this album has been an amazing experience.
"bVicky/b has breathed new life into the songwriting process.
"The songs on this album represent a culmination of the past 10 years, as well as a new beginning for bTHE AGONIST/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 2015 is:
bVicky Psarakis/b - Vocals
bDanny Marino/b - Guitar
bChris Kells/b - Bass
bSimon McKay/b - Drums
bPascal "Paco" Jobin/b - Guitar
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In a brand new interview with a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/01/18/avenged-sevenfold-ready-rock-jakarta.html" target="_blank"The Jakarta Post/a, bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b singer bM. Shadows/b spoke about the band's musical evolution and the group's connection to the metalcore genre, which bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b is often credited with pioneering.
Asked if fans can expect a comeback of the "metalcore" elemens of bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b's sound, bShadows/b said: "The metalcore has been left behind. It's not something that any of us find enjoyment in listening to, so it's obviously that the direction we would write songs in. I wouldn't hold my breath for a comeback. We are ever evolving and never repeat ourselves."
Regarding how he would like to see bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b develop as a band, bShadows/b said: "I want to stay away from trends and do what we want to do musically.
"We write music because we have to — it's a part of our very being. As we develop, I just see us following our heart on this musical journey."
Asked if the resurgence of metal heroes such as bBLACK SABBATH/b, bIRON MAIDEN/b and bMETALLICA/b affected bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b as a band, bShadows/b said: "It has been good for us, because there are some big bands to play with.
"People think this is a competition between bands, when the reality is the more successful bands the better. It really does help everyone when there are some big bands leading the charge."
bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b's latest album, b"Hail To The King"/b, was certified gold in July 2014 by the bRIAA/b (bRecording Industry Association Of America/b) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. Released in 2013, it was the band's second straight CD to debut at No. 1 on the bBillboard/b chart, following 2010's b"Nightmare"/b.
The special edition reissue of bAVENGED SEVENFOLD/b's second album, b"Waking The Fallen"/b, sold around 22,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart. The 2003 disc was the first to feature guitarist bSynyster Gates/b and bassist bJohnny Christ/b as full-fledged members, and its last independent release before signing a major deal with bWarner Bros. Records/b.
Although the record sold just 3,000 copies in its initial week of release, it was eventually certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies in 2009.
bddrum/b conducted an interview with drummer bTim Yeung/b (bMORBID ANGEL/b, bDIVINE HERESY/b, bVITAL REMAINS/b, bHATE ETERNAL/b) at this year's bNAMM/b (bNational Association Of Music Merchants/b) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about bMORBID ANGEL/b's upcoming activities, bTim/b said: "I've been in bMORBID ANGEL/b for freakin' five years — half a decade — and we're working on some material to do a new album hopefully sometime… Maybe start it at the end of this year."
bMORBID ANGEL/b frontman bDavid Vincent/b told bPlanet Mosh TV/b last month that the band is "done [touring] for awhile" and that "it's time to write" material for the follow-up to the band's 2011 album b"Illud Divinum Insanus"/b.
bDavid/b also addressed the mixed fan reaction to b"Illud Divinum Insanus"/b, explaining: "Listen, I thought a lot of that stuff [that ended up being on the record], it was really interesting to me as well. bTrey/b [bAzagthoth/b, guitar] came in and he had some crazy ideas. And I [said], 'Great. Let's have fun with it.'"
He continued: "We're not really a traditional band; we sort of follow our own path. And it is what it is. I mean, it's always been that way with this band. Most of our records sound different than everything that's ever been out there, [and I think that's] good. I don't wanna sound like everybody else."
bVincent/b added: "Listen, I've said it before. I'm not very good at being anybody else, but I'm pretty good at being me. So I'll stick with what I know."
b"Illud Divinum Insanus"/b sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 141. The effort marked bMORBID ANGEL/b's first CD to feature bVincent/b since 1995's b"Domination"/b.
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bANNIHILATOR/b mastermind bJeff Waters/b invited the band's former vocalist, bCoburn Pharr/b, to feature in their performances when the b70000 Tons Of Metal/b cruise sailed to Jamaica last week. bPharr/b was lead vocalist on bANNIHILATOR/b's critically acclaimed and best-selling 1990 release b"Never, Neverland"/b, which includes classics such as b"Road To Ruin"/b, b"I Am In Command"/b, b"Reduced To Ash"/b and b"Phantasmagoria"/b.
Fan-filmed video footage of bPharr/b's appearance with bANNIHILATOR/b on b70000 Tons Of Metal/b can be seen below.
bWaters/b commented: "Seeing as how it is the 25th anniversary of my favorite bANNIHILATOR/b album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to invite bCoburn/b with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of."
bWaters/b also hosted the bJamming With Waters In International Waters All-Star Jam/b which featured members from the 60 bands on board b70000 Tons Of Metal/b, including bARCH ENEMY/b, bAPOCALYPTICA/b, bBEHEMOTH/b, bBLIND GUARDIAN/b, bCANNIBAL CORPSE/b, bDESTRUCTION/b, bMICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK/b, bNAPALM DEATH/b, bTHERION/b, bVENOM/b and many more.
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bAdam "Nergal" Darski/b of BEHEMOTH joined bVENOM/b frontman bConrad "Cronos" Lant/b, bJeff Waters/b of bANNIHILATOR/b, bMike Sifringer/b of bDESTRUCTION/b and bFlorian "Specki T.D." Speckardt/b of bIN EXTREMO/b on stage to perform a cover version of the bMOTÖRHEAD/b classic b"Ace Of Spades"/b during the infamous all-star jam aboard the b70000 Tons Of Metal/b cruise, which set sail Thursday, January 22 ofrom Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returned to the real world on Monday, January 26.
Said bNergal/b: "Out of all the bullshit preaching by Christians, one is true: miracles DO happen!
"I remember when I was 8-9 year old kid, I'd be coming back home and instead of reading books, I would crank up [bVENOM/b's] b'Bloodlust'/b real loud and do air guitar in front of the mirror.
"It took me 30 years to stand next to bCronos/b on the same stage covering bMOTÖRHEAD/b!
"Yes, I am living my dream… And these words sooo defining my whole life: 'if you like to gamble, I'm your man, you win some, you lose some, it's all the same to me…"
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Legendary guitarist bEddie Van Halen/b will speak at the bSmithsonian/b's National Museum of American History and Zócalo Public Square in Washington D.C. on February 12. The event will be broadcast online, so fans will be able to watch video of bEddie/b's speech the very next day.
The Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen will discuss his American journey, his role in creating one of the biggest American rock bands of all time, how he has reinvented the way the guitar is played and designed, and he will answer the question, "Is rock 'n' roll about reinvention?" Entertainment journalist bDenise Quan/b will moderate the sold-out event.
Best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of bVAN HALEN/b, bEddie Van Halen/b is recognized for his innovative performance and recording styles, two-hand tapping, scorching solos and energetic concerts. bVan Halen/b has invented guitar technology, technique and instruments that have redefined how the guitar is played and heard.
For the event, bVan Halen/b and bFender/b will donate a master-built replica of bVan Halen/b's infamous white-with-black-stripe bStratocaster/b. This is the guitar that changed the guitar world in 1978 when bVan Halen/b cross-pollinated bGibson/b electronics with bFender/b body and neck designs. To represent the path of progressions in his instrument designs, a Stealth finished bEVH Brand Wolfgang/b will also be included to represent his modern-day workhorse.
In addition to the guitars, bVan Halen/b and bFender Musical Instruments Corp./b will donate an bEVH Brand 5150-III/b amplifier and speaker cabinet to embody the journey and progression of his amplifier designs from the early '70s through the modern day.
The February 12 event is sold out, and no public tickets are available.
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the bNational Museum Of American History/b explores the richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. For more information, visit americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.
bZocalo Public Square/b, a proud affiliate of bArizona State University/b, is a not-for-profit bIdeas Exchange/b that blends live events and humanities journalism. bZocalo/b partners with educational, cultural and philanthropic institutions, as well as public agencies, to present free events and conferences in cities across the U.S. and beyond and to publish original daily journalism that is syndicated to more than 160 media outlets.
Video footage of bIN THIS MOMENT/b performing an instrumental version of the bPANTERA/b classic b"Cowboys From Hell"/b on January 24 at The Grove Of Anaheim in Anaheim, California can be seen below.
bIN THIS MOMENT/b's new album, b"Black Widow"/b, sold around 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17, 2014.
bIN THIS MOMENT/b's previous CD, b"Blood"/b, opened with around 20,000 copies back in August 2012 to debut at No. 15.
The band's 2010 effort, b"A Star-Crossed Wasteland"/b, registered a first-week tally of 10,500 to enter the chart at No. 40.
bIN THIS MOMENT/b's sophomore effort, b"The Dream"/b, sold more than 8,000 copies back in its first week of release in October 2008 to land at No. 70.
b"Black Widow"/b was once again helmed by bKevin Churko/b (bOZZY OSBOURNE/b, bFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH/b, bHELLYEAH/b, bPAPA ROACH/b) at his bThe Hideout Recording Studio/b in Las Vegas, Nevada.
bIN THIS MOMENT/b in 2013 inked a new deal with bAtlantic Records/b, a division of bWarner Music Group/b, following the completion of its contract with bCentury Media Records/b.
bIN THIS MOMENT/b released all four of its previous studio efforts through bCentury Media/b, including b"Blood"/b.
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Polish extreme metallers bHATE/b will release their new album, b"Crusade: Zero"/b, on February 10 in North America via bNapalm Records/b. The follow-up to 2013's b"Solarflesh"/b was recorded at bHertz Studio/b in Bialystok, Poland with the bWieslawski/b brothers.
b"Crusade: Zero"/b track listing:
01. bVox Dei (A Call From Beyond)/b
02. bLord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Wrath/b
03. bDeath Liberator/b
05. bDoomsday Celebrities/b
06. bHate Is The Law/b
07. bValley Of Darkness/b
08. bCrusade Zero/b
09. bThe Omnipresence/b
10. bRise Omega The Consequence!/b
11. bDawn Of War/b
12. bBlack Aura Debris/b
13. bThe Reaping/b (bonus track)
The official lyric video for the song b"Leviathan"/b can be seen below. Also available is the clip for the track b"Valley Of Darkness"/b.
Commented bHATE/b guitarist/vocalist bAdam "ATF Sinner" Buszko/b: "While you wait for b'Crusade:Zero'/b to attack your senses quite soon, we give you this blasphemous and haunting picture for the song b'Valley of Darkness'/b.
"I chose this song as a first glimpse into b'Crusade'/b because of its morbid seriousness and blasphemous atmosphere which, I believe, constitues a main foundation for the album.
"The song is a requiem for the civilization as we know it. All you do is 'following a death cult caravan through valley of darkness...'"
bHATE/b in March 2014 announced the addition of drummer bPawel "Pavulon" Jaroszewicz/b to the group's ranks.
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bIRON MAIDEN/b guitarist bDave Murray/b has teamed up with bFender/b for a new signature model, dubbed the bDave Murray California Series Stratocaster/b.
The bDave Murray California Series Stratocaster/b is inspired by bMurray/b's longtime onstage go-to guitar, combining time-honored bStrat/b tradition with the modern roar of three bSeymour Duncan/b humbucking pickups, the fast feel of a compound-radius fingerboard, and the high-performance reliability of a bFloyd Rose/b bridge and nut.
According to bFender/b, the new guitar should hit retailers' shelves in mid-February.
For more information, go to a href="http://intl.fender.com/en-CA/guitars/stratocaster/dave-murray-stratocaster-rosewood-fingerboard-2-color-sunburst/" target="_blank"www.fender.com/a.
bIRON MAIDEN/b is believed to be putting the finishing touches on its new studio album with longtime producer bKevin Shirley/b for a 2015 release.
bMAIDEN/b's 15th studio album, b"The Final Frontier"/b, sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.
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