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SMASHING PUMPKINS' BILLY CORGAN Lands Job With Wrestling Organization

5 hours 1 min ago
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan has landed a position as senior producer, creative and talent development at TNA Wrestling, where he'll be responsible for, among other things, developing characters and creating storylines for TNA's "Impact Wrestling", which airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Destination America. Corgan said in a statement: "Saying I'm humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true. What's great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the SMASHING PUMPKINS." TNA president Dixie Carter said: "I've known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling. He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business." Corgan resigned last year as creative director for Resistance Pro Wrestling, saying in a statement at the time that the organization "was no longer the company I thought I’d helped build from the ground up." Corgan and the PUMPKINS will embark on an eight-city acoustic tour starting on June 15 in Buffalo, New York, to be followed by a full co-headlining trek with MARILYN MANSON that starts on July 7 in Concord, California.
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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Apologizes To São Paulo Fans For Missing MONSTERS OF ROCK Festival

11 hours 53 min ago
MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister has released a video message apologizing to the band's fans in São Paulo, Brazil for the cancelation of the group's appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festival. Said Lemmy: "Hello, São Paulo. I'm really sorry I missed the show. I got a stomach bug and was throwing up. So it's not much fun. I couldn't do it. But we are playing in Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. So, any of those, please come along if you can. Sorry one more time." MOTÖRHEAD is scheduled to play in Curitiba, Brazil, on Tuesday (April 28) and in Porto Alegre, also in Brazil, on Thursday (April 30). As a last-minute replacement for MOTÖRHEAD at Monsters Of Rock, the other two members of the band — guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee — took part in a jam session with Andreas Kisser and Derrick Green of SEPULTURA, along with other guests. British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, who were scheduled to play right after MOTÖRHEAD, added 30 more minutes to their set as a result of MOTÖRHEAD's cancelation. OZZY OSBOURNE closed the first day of the festival, which concluded Sunday night with performances by KISS, MANOWAR, ACCEPT, UNISONIC, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and STEEL PANTHER. Lemmy, who turned 69 years old in December, in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band's European festival shows. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Em vídeo, Lemmy pede desculpas aos fãs de SP por não poder se apresentar no Monsters Of Rock. Assista.

Posted by Monsters Of Rock on Monday, April 27, 2015
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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Says 'Killpop' Single Deals With His Love-Hate Relationship With Music Industry

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In a brand new interview with the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor spoke about "Killpop", the third single from the band's latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter". "You know, what's funny [is] over the last few weeks, I've really gotten everyone's interpretation of what that song means to them, and it's nowhere near what I wrote about," he said. "So it's kind of interesting to hear people's interpretations of what I'm singing about. And I'll be honest with you: the song is my reflection on my relationship with music. That's who the 'she' is. And not just music, but the music industry in general. So there's a love-hate relationship there that really kind of comes into view." He continued: "There's the old adage, 'Be careful what you wish for,' and, 'Be careful doing what you love, because sometimes it will turn on you.' And, you know, anytime you mix something that you love and business, you're gonna find the rusty cracks in there that piss you off. So that song, really, is about how much I still love making music, but also how much I just hate the business side, the numbers side, the people in the suits who try to run stuff, and having to deal with them and having to learn how to talk to them. And, you know, it's frustrating sometimes, but it is what it is. And luckily, we got a great song out of it, and we were able to really paint something really cool with it and just be able to put it out there for people to dig." SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicks off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5 in Dallas. Joining SLIPKNOT on the road trip will be LAMB OF GOD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. The summer jaunt follows a brief spring run that SLIPKNOT launched on April 25 at the Fort Rock festival in Fort Myers, Florida, ending on May 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The last single released from "The Gray Chapter", which came out in October, was called "Custer".
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Video: DUFF MCKAGAN As FAITH NO MORE's 'Gimp' Character

April 27, 2015 - 23:11
Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan reportedly appeared as FAITH NO MORE's Gimp character during the second Los Angeles show of the Mike Patton-fronted band's current North American tour. The FAITH NO MORE vocalist joked from the stage that McKagan was the Gimp on Thursday night, April 23 at at the Wiltern, and Duff tweeted a photo of himself dressed as the Gimp. The Gimp character has been accompanying FAITH NO MORE at all of their live shows in 2015. As previously reported, McKagan and Krist Novoselic (NIRVANA) will share the stage May 17 at The Neptune in Seattle, Washington, where the bassists from the biggest bands of the '80s and '90s will talk music, politics, life and celebrate the release of McKagan's new memoir, "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)", the follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)". Whereas "It's So Easy" told the story of McKagan's life, from his Seattle upbringing, the formation of GUNS N' ROSES and his brush with death, "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)" recounts some of the lessons he's learned along the way. McKagan shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom — from his time with GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family and experiencing what it's like to be winked at by Prince. FAITH NO MORE's two best-selling albums, 1989's "The Real Thing" and 1992's "Angel Dust", are being reissued in new editions featuring plenty of bonus rarities. The reissues will be available as either double-CD or heavyweight double-vinyl sets with the CDs available on June 9, one month after the band releases its first set of new music in 18 years, "Sol Invictus", on May 19. Neither disc will contain any previously unreleased tracks, but both will collect hard-to-find rarities in the form of live cuts, remixes and other B-sides and bonus tracks.

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— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) April 24, 2015
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EVANESCENCE Confirmed For OZZFEST JAPAN

April 27, 2015 - 22:47
EVANESCENCE has been confirmed for Ozzfest Japan, the first major international music festival to ever travel to Japan, which will return to Makuhari Messe Arena (just outside of Tokyo) Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22. The two-day event, which will feature more than 22 performers, will be headlined by two Ozzfest veterans: festival namesake OZZY OSBOURNE (who will perform as Ozzy & Friends) and KORN. EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee, who became a mother for the first time in July 2014, told Rolling Stone last year that she had no plans to hit the studio or the stage with EVANESCENCE, prompting many fans to fear that the band was finished. In an attempt to assure fans that EVANESCENCE wasn't over, Lee posted a message on her Facebook page in September, explaining that "EVANESCENCE is a part of me — it just isn't a complete picture of everything I'm capable of." Speaking to "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" co-host Jenn Marino, Lee voiced pretty much the same sentiments, saying: "It's kind of frustrating sometimes if you read the Internet, ever, about anything. So, literally, I get a little frustrated when I'll literally say, 'No, the band is not over. We're just not doing it now.' And then every response is, 'No. EVANESCENCE is dead.' It's like, 'Man, that's so not what I said. Why do you have to make drama?' I said we're not doing it now. I'm totally open-minded. And, I don't know… I would just get bored doing the same thing forever. There's more to me than that." Lee released a new album in August 2014 called "Amy Lee With Dave Eggar: Aftermath", consisting of music she wrote with Dave Eggar for an independent film called "War Story". The movie premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival. Asked how she decided when she is working on new music which ideas to use in EVANESCENCE and which to set aside for other projects, Lee told "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx": "That's always kind of a thought and a little bit of a decision. And I definitely feel like both things exist inside me. And there are songs that I have in the bank that are both. There are some things [where I think], 'That's like an EVANESCENCE song,' and that's sort of in the EVANESCENCE pile of the bank. And then there [are] other songs where I'm, like, 'I don't know what this is.' This is something that [I can use] for something else, and I haven't figured out what to do with it yet." She continued: "It's funny. I just went through a long period of time between 'The Open Door' and the last record where I didn't know what I was gonna do next and there was just all this music flowing out. And there's just a big pile of really cool stuff that I still wanna do something with that isn't exactly EVANESCENCE. So there's definitely more things to come out in the future." The last EVANESCENCE album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011. The "Aftermath" album sold 6,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart.
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Video: MARTY FRIEDMAN Talks To Argentina's CN23 About His ÁSTOR PIAZZOLLA Tribute

April 27, 2015 - 19:28
Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman teamed up with Argentine tango-jazz act ESCALANDRUM to pay tribute to Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger Ástor Piazzolla on April 9 at the Usina del Arte’s Sala Sinfónica in Buenos Aires. The concert featured such songs as "Tangueria", "Vayamos Al Diablo", "Oblivion", "Adiós Nonino", "Libertango" and Friedman's own "Undertow". Video footage of Marty's pre-show interview with the Argentinian TV channel CN23 can be seen below. Also available is footage of the entire performance. Friedman said that he discovered Piazzolla's music through his wife, Japanese cellist Hiyori Okuda. "It's all very coincidental because just when I started listening to his music, I got a call from my friend Rodrigo (from the Mexican guitar-duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and he said, 'Dude, let's do a Piazzolla song together,' and I was, like, 'You're kidding! I just heard about him and he is so fantastic!'" Friedman told the Buenos Aires Herald. "Shortly after, I was invited to play with ESCALANDRUM during my stay in Buenos Aires and that just blew me away." He continued: "I'm still new to Piazzolla's music because I don't really favor older music, I'm very much into the current Japanese pop music scene." As for the appeal of Piazzolla's works, Friedman said: "I believe Piazzolla's music has shameless pop melodies in it, something I can really relate to. "If you think about it, the main theme on 'Adiós Nonino' could be turned into a Britney Spears hit song. Yet, at the same time, the song features chaotic textures and complex arrangements that make the pop stuff sound so much more beautiful. I feel very close to him in that sense." He added: "People usually wonder angrily why am I so into pop music, but if they could take the time to listen to my work with J-pop bands, they would see there's a method to all the madness. Not that I'm even close to putting myself on the same league as Piazzolla, but I truly feel a relation." Interview: Performance:
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Video: METALLICA's 'Seek & Destroy' Gets 'Hillbillified' By STEVE'N'SEAGULLS

April 27, 2015 - 19:11
Finnish band STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS, which made headlines in 2014 by releasing its dueling banjo-standup-bass-washboard-and-more take on the IRON MAIDEN classic "The Trooper", has released a video for its cover version of METALLICA's "Seek & Destroy". Check it out below. What became a genuine international viral phenomenon actually started out on a farm in central Finland; in a barn, to be precise... There, a bunch of like-minded countrymen — with the emphasis on "country" — played a customized version of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" using homespun instrumentation, everything from banjo picking to anvil bangin' to achieve their original take on a classic. They filmed the event, posted the results on YouTube, and within a couple of weeks, the clip had accumulated over five million views. It's now topped out at 10 million. Pretty impressive, right? For STEVE'N'SEAGULLS, this was a bolt from the blue, but then, as history shows us, the greatest stories ever told tend to start in a stable... Yes, a stable. Now, the band is gearing up to release "Farm Machine" via Spinefarm on May 12. "Finally it's complete!" exclaims the band. "And the fruits of our labour please us. We are now preparing to take on the world!" The band has just revealed the video for its version on another AC/DC stalwart — "You Shook Me All Night Long". The clip features hilarious moments in the barn, as well as awkward moments at the ice hockey rink. If you need a refresher on who, exactly, STEVE'N'SEAGULLS are, then settle in and get schooled. Sporting possibly the greatest band name in history, STEVE'N'SEAGULLS, comprised of an acoustic guitarist/vocalist; a banjo player; a double-bassist; a big dude wearing overalls and a beaver hat playing mandolin/keyboards/accordion/whatever-he-gets-his-hands-on; and a cajon-straddlin' percussionist, have delivered a 13-track album featuring rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with "hillbillified" versions of immortal heavy metal standards — the track listing is below. It's a body of work best enjoyed with a bathtub of moonshine close at hand, but really, as foot-stompingly enjoyable as STEVE'N'SEAGULLS are on record, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you've experienced The 'GULLS live. The redneck show tours nonstop, rocking the honky-tonks overseas... for now. STEVE'N'SEAGULLS will skedaddle off to Swedish and Norwegian soil, before raisin' hell at European festivals. In September, they are planning to head over to the U.S. and Canada before returning to Europe for further merriment and mayhem. "Farm Machine" track listing: 01. Grand Opening 02. Black Dog (LED ZEPPELIN cover) 03. Thunderstruck (AC/DC cover) 04. The Trooper (IRON MAIDEN cover) 05. Ich Will (RAMMSTEIN cover) 06. Paradise City (GUNS N' ROSES cover) 07. Nothing Else Matters (METALLICA cover) 08. Over The Hills And Far Away (NIGHTWISH cover) 09. Seek & Destroy (METALLICA cover) 10. Holy Diver (DIO cover) 11. Run To The Hills (IRON MAIDEN cover) 12. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC cover) 13. Cemetery Gates (PANTERA cover)
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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' New York City Concert To Be Streamed On YAHOO!; More Dates Announced

April 27, 2015 - 18:57
As they wrap up their current sold-out tour, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have announced more dates this fall, kicking off September 15 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets go on sale to the public May 1, but a special pre-sale begins Wednesday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available that include a meet-and-greet with the band. $1 per ticket will be donated to Music For Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster relief and environmental protection. Funds raised will support long term Hurricane Sandy recovery in New Jersey including housing assistance and home repairs, mental health and social services as well as tree planting. Music For Relief is also responding to provide aid to Nepal following Saturday's devastating earthquake including clean water, sanitation, and emergency medical treatment. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS fall dates: Sept. 15 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Sept. 16 - Detroit, MI @ Filmore Sept. 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts Sept. 23 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre Sept. 25 - St. Paul, MN @ The Myth For further information, go to www.stonetemplepilots.com. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have teamed up with Live Nation and Yahoo! to live-stream their April 27 concert from Irving Plaza in New York City. This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation channel on Yahoo! Screen. Fans can tune in on April 27 at 9:15 p.m. ET at this location. Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms, including Apple TV, Roku and Xbox 360. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS recently dropped the added "With Chester Bennington" from their name after settling their legal issues with their former lead singer Scott Weiland. The band began working with Chester Bennington in May 2013 after firing Weiland three months earlier. So far it has released one EP called "High Rise" with Bennington on vocals.
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SLAYER: Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of New Orleans Concert

April 27, 2015 - 18:38
RockShowTrader.com has uploaded video footage of SLAYER's April 26 performance at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, Lousiana. Check it out below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. World Painted Blood 02. Postmortem 03. Hate Worldwide 04. Die By The Sword 05. Chemical Warfare 06. War Ensemble 07. Mandatory Suicide 08. Necrophiliac 09. Spill The Blood 10. Hell Awaits 11. At Dawn They Sleep 12. Altar Of Sacrifice 13. Jesus Saves 14. Disciple 15. Seasons In The Abyss 16. Snuff 17. Dead Skin Mask 18. Raining Blood 19. Psychopathy Red 20. South Of Heaven 21. Angel Of Death SLAYER — bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date — has completed recording its eleventh studio album and the band's first new effort since 2009's Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood". The CD is expected out later this year, and will be released on SLAYER's own as-yet-unnamed label through Nuclear Blast. SLAYER will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several "An Evening With..." SLAYER-only concerts. Following SLAYER's studio sessions in March 2014 that yielded the track "Implode", offered by the band as a free download, SLAYER recorded on and off between September and mid-January at L.A.'s Henson Studios, and has just finished mixing the album. Eleven songs have been recorded, but what will end up on the final track listing is yet to be determined. The new album marks the first time SLAYER has worked with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, SOUNDGARDEN, DEFTONES). It is also SLAYER's first CD since Bostaph's return to the band in 2013 and Holt's addition to the SLAYER touring lineup in 2011. It's also the firstSLAYER album without the presence of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, athough a Hanneman-penned song is on the final track listing. According to Araya, "Jeff had always been writing and demoing songs, even up until shortly before he passed. You can tell by the quality of his songwriting that this was his passion. There will be a song written by Jeff on the new album. Everything but the vocals had been completed, so we did the vocals and it's done. And there are a few more of Jeff's songs that we might record and release in the future." "With this new album," added King, "Tom, Paul and I put all of our ideas out on to the table, working in a more collaborative way toward the ultimate heavy outcome. And I've got to give big props to Gary, who played lead on several of the new songs. I think he got all of his leads done in one day — he's a maniac!"
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CHUCK BILLY Says Forthcoming TESTAMENT Album 'Is Definitely A Thrash Record'

April 27, 2015 - 18:14
Vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT was interviewed on the March 27-29 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A couple of excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: Chuck, how are you progressing with the new album and how much do TESTAMENT songs generally change over the course of the creative process? Chuck: They are constantly changing. They all just start with parts and ideas and hooks, and they keep developing. I think right now we are at a stage where me and Eric [Peterson, guitar] have done a lot of demoing, just us two, and when we get out on the road for the next two or three months together, we'll have a lot of time just to kind of work out what we've done on demoing, and hopefully by the time we get back in June or July, we'll hopefully be ready to get into the studio. So this is nice [that] we get to go out and go on tour, but we are actually looking forward to getting together and working on some new material together. Full Metal Jackie: The last two TESTAMENT albums have been exceptional. What keeps your band at that level of quality and consistency? Chuck: I don't know. I think we definitely just kind of write by what's inspiring us at the time. I think a lot of it… Eric pretty much leads the charge with anything that we write. So, depending on what Eric is kind of feeling… I think definitely the new record is definitely gonna be stepping back at some more of the thrash-style roots, and there is definitely a lot more blast beats in here, and it is definitely a thrash record. So it's good that we are taking it back to that. I think it's kind of leaning maybe toward that "The Gathering" kind of vibe. Full Metal Jackie: You and Eric Peterson have been the nucleus of TESTAMENT for a long time. Musically and personally, how do you complement each other? Chuck: Well, at this point, when we write, we kind of know our limits with each other. You know, vocally, with me, and we kind of just know… It's a natural feeling. It's so weird, 'cause when I write with other people, it's definitely not the same. So there is something special when I write with Eric, 'cause it just… I don't know… It fits like a glove, I guess, [if] I can use that phrase, but we have always had that chemistry. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.
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DANZIG's 'Legacy' Special Can Now Be Streamed For $9.99

April 27, 2015 - 17:26
Legendary frontman Glenn Danzig (DANZIG, MISFITS, SAMHAIN) has released the long-awaited "Danzig Legacy" TV special, produced and directed by Mark Brooks (Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse") and Evilive Records. A 50-minute showcase with appearances by former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, PRONG mainman Tommy Victor and Steve Zing, the special — which was was filmed in May 2012 in Glendale, California — is available for rent now for a 24-hour streaming period for $9.99 through Vimeo On Demand. Says Brooks: "My idea was to do a take on the Elvis '68 special, only with Danzig, showcasing all the aspects of his legendary career from MISFITS to SAMHAIN, and ultimately to his self-titled outfit DANZIG, that finally achieved him worldwide success." In an April 2013 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Danzig stated about "Legacy": "The 'Legacy' TV special was an idea that was brought to me and it was an idea that Mark Brooks had; he does 'Metalocalypse'. It was basically to do like a DANZIG 'Legacy' TV show loosely based on the Elvis [Presley] '68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff. So we did that with the 'Legacy' TV show. It was performance pieces that I do, then there's the band playing live, we do [songs from] DANZIG, SAMHAIN. Then for the MISFITS thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia and we just did them all right there live, sitting and everyone's around us; there's no backstage, we're just on a little podium in from of everybody. And so we did a bunch of MISFITS songs and Steve [Zing] was just playing on a cylinder or something; it was pretty cool. We were doing the 'Legacy' shows anyway around that same time period, so we just thought we'd put it on film while everybody was there." He added: "Especially when we were doing the shows, and then going and doing the TV special with the very intimate audience, it was really cool just seeing how much the music affected all of the people that are really into it. It's so many different generations of fans. It put a really cool perspective on it, and I think everyone's going to enjoy it. I know the people that were there really enjoyed it. I think I'm playing one of the songs and my tooth falls out, like a cap or whatever it is like in the middle when I'm about to sing. I'm, like, Hey, my fucking teeth fell out,' so it's just stuff like that that's just happening spur of the moment because it's live." In other news, Danzig is readying a series of catalog reissues, in some cases will be issued on new formats (including vinyl) for the first time ever. All titles will see release on Danzig's own Evillive Records in 2015. The new studio album from Glenn Danzig's namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due later this year. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers.
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Video: RUSH Guitarist ALEX LIFESON Guests On 'Renman Live'

April 27, 2015 - 16:59
Legendary RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson was a guest on the April 22 episode of the "Renman Live" web show from Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring web site founded by longtime industry veteran Steve Rennie (a.k.a. Renman). You can now watch video footage of the chat below. "People ask me all the time how you learn the music biz," said Rennie. "Simple. Hang out with smart people. "On my web show, 'Renman Live', I've been lucky to have had some of the smartest, most talented people in the music biz join me to share their stories, insights and advice with aspiring artists and music pros who are dreaming of doing something big on their own and need some inspiration and direction. "If you are interested in the music biz, watching an episode of 'Renman Live' is the next best thing to sitting on the couch with me and my guests." RUSH has announced a 34-city North American tour in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. The "R40 Live Tour" kicks off on May 8 at Tulsa, Oklahoma's BOK Center and winds down on August 1 in Los Angeles, California at the Forum. Out now is "R40", a RUSH video box set on six Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs. The collection includes live footage from all four decades of the band's career, including over two hours of previously unreleased material, a rare performance of "2112" in its entirety, three previously unreleased tracks from 1974, and more.
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Video: UNISONIC Performs HELLOWEEN's 'I Want Out' At Brazil's MONSTERS OF ROCK Festival

April 27, 2015 - 16:36
Fan-filmed video footage of UNISONIC — the band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany's PINK CREAM 69) — performing the HELLOWEEN classic "I Want Out" on April 26 at the Monsters Of Rock festival in São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below. Tobias "Eggi" Exel, bass player of the German metal band EDGUY, replaced Meyer during UNISONIC's performance at Monsters Of Rock. Meyer was unable to make the gig because he is taking part in a U.S. tour with Swiss rockers KROKUS. Said UNISONIC drummer and manager Kosta Zafiriou: "Eggi is not only a great guy, he's also an excellent guitar player. We were not aware of this fact until he joined our soundcheck several times during the collective tour of UNISONIC and EDGUY in Japan and Europe 2014. The first day he jammed with us, the second he had perfectly performed two of our songs with us." He continued: "If a band consists of members with such wide activities as UNISONIC does, of course we'll run into scheduling problems sooner or later. We know this and we've already had to decline interesting offers in the past. But receiving an offer to play the Monsters Of Rock festival in São Paulo in front of 50,000 crazy Brazilian fans, sharing the stage with bands like OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST and KISS, is something you can't turn down as a musician. "When we were considering who could replace Mandy for this show, Eggi's name came up instantly. We're happy to fill this gap with a friend!" UNISONIC's second album, "Light Of Dawn", was released in August 2014 via earMUSIC.
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DEFTONES To Release New Album In September

April 27, 2015 - 16:21
During appearance on this past weekend's edition of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter, DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno offered an update on the band's follow-up to 2012's "Koi No Yokan", which is tentatively scheduled for release on September 25. "The record, as far as music, has been all recorded, and I am currently working on the vocals," he said. "So I've been recording from my home studio here in Oregon. Slowly but surely, [we're] getting it done, man. It's coming out really good. It's just another DEFTONES record. And I feel like it's us reaching a little bit, getting more into the song structures and trying to challenge ourselves a little bit, you know what I mean? It's sounding good. I think it's gonna be a great record." Moreno also talked about DEFTONES' upcoming appearance at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec, Canada where the band will perform its 1997 album, "Around The Fur", in its entirety. "[It] should be fun," he said. "It might be a little bit of a challenge, 'cause there's some songs on that record that we haven't played for years. We've yet to really rehearse for that. That was before I started playing guitar too, so it's just, like, all I gotta do is go out there and sing for, like, 45 minutes. It should be pretty easy, but who's to say?!" Chino recently told RollingStone.com about the DEFTONES' next CD: "The songs are amazing, and we wrote them in a really cool way. We had all of us in a room together with one person expressing an idea and another person jumping on it. The songs are really built as a collective. We have five guys who have almost completely different takes on music, so when it works, it works great." According to Moreno, sixteen songs were written for the new album, which is once again being produced by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MONSTER MAGNET, WINDS OF PLAGUE). "I think it's a little more of a heady record," Moreno said when asked how the DEFTONES' new material compares to that on "Koi No Yokan". "I feel like we've gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven't done in the past. "It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record," he continued. "But it's definitely a DEFTONES record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We're not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box."
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Video: U.D.O. Performs In Gothenburg

April 27, 2015 - 16:00
Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. — the German metal band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider — performing on April 25 at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden can be seen below. Udo's 21-year-old son Sven Dirkschneider recently joined U.D.O. as the group's drummer. Sven made his live debut with U.D.O. on March 6 in Würzburg, Germany. U.D.O.'s new studio album, "Decadent", was released in Europe on January 26 via AFM. With recordings having taken place in Udo's current home, Spanish island Ibiza, and also at Redhead Audio Productions in Wilhelmshaven, this new album looks set to be yet another great statement of intent from a rock idol whose place in rock history is already well cemented. "Decadent" was made available in the following formats: digipak, standard CD, black vinyl, colored vinyl, and as a limited-edition fanbox. Asked if he felt it was important to deliver a political message with "Decadent", Udo told Music Enthusiast Magazine: "Yeah, and it was not directly planned for this album, but the first idea, lyric-wise, for 'Decadent' was when I saw an advertisement on TV about an organization that works with children. They were showing the poor kids in Africa, the kids that have nothing to eat and looked really horrible, so that was something I chose to write lyrics about." He continued: "We're living in a decadent world. Let's say Germany or America, they're rich countries, but they have something wrong in this world. That's where I came up with the idea to write lyrics for the 'Decadent' album, specifically the song 'Decadent'."
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SEBASTIAN BACH Apologizes To SKID ROW Fans

April 27, 2015 - 14:16
In a brand new interview with Loudwire, ex-SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach was asked if he had any conversations with his former bandmates prior to the group recently replacing singer Johnny Solinger with Tony Harnell. "No. I have not spoken to [SKID ROW bassist] Rachel Bolan in 19 years," he responded. "The last time spoke to him was in 1996. Let me repeat: 19 years. So, no — we didn't talk about that." He continued: "There's two things I don't get. How can you be mad at somebody for something they did 19 years ago? I mean, really, let's get serious: It's not like I saw him last week and threw him down a flight of stairs or anything. I haven't seen that guy in 19 years. I don't even know what to say. It's insanity. "The other thing I would like to say is that I would like to apologize to SKID ROW fans all over the world for one thing: SKID ROW does not acknowledge SKID ROW's legacy. "I go to Amoeba Records and I buy a 180-gram vinyl RUSH 'Fly By Night' and it is the greatest feeling. I am so excited that they put out these albums and I can go there and get a new copy with all the packaging and the stickers and the downloads. The RUSH 'Sector One' box set with the first album — I took it out and put the poster on the wall of our garage. It's so fun. "SKID ROW fans do not get that opportunity. I would like to say it's out of my control. "It makes me heartbroken that the first SKID ROW album came out 25 years ago and there is not a 180-gram vinyl addition with a poster and a… It makes me nuts. It makes me crazy, if you want to know the truth. "I don't even have to be in the same room with those guys to do that shit. Why don't we embrace the legacy like every other band? All I mean by that is put out a DVD, put out a vinyl record, put out a box set." Bach added: "I would like to apologize to my fans and SKID ROW fans. I'm sorry that you can't go enjoy what we made for you. It doesn't exist. There's not one DVD of our videos. You cannot go and buy a DVD of the '18 And Life' video — it doesn't exist. Why? I mean, why? "It's a bummer being in a business with guys that commit breach of fiduciary duty on a daily basis. I'm still in a company with them. I'm still in the corporation. It's me and Snake [guitarist Dave Sabo] and Rachel. We're the three guys that are the corporation. Not the replacement singer. He's not part of it. "We got offered a reunion show at [the] Sonisphere [festival in England], and I can tell you all the details because it never happened. We were offered $250,000 per show for two shows, a Friday and a Saturday night. We were going to get paid half a million dollars and Rachel didn't want to do it. If you're in a company with somebody and they are turning down your work, that's really a bummer. "I'm not a big fan of breach of fiduciary duties. Why do you have to breach your fiduciary duties?" In a July 2014 interview with Planet Loud, SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo was asked if there were any plans for the band to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of its debut album, which came out in 1989. "You know, I haven't even thought about it," Dave said. "We're constantly asked about a reunion [of the classic SKID ROW lineup] and have been since the twentieth anniversary and the offers have been phenomenal, but, for me, I don't know. At this point, I don't have an interest in it. Again, it's not like I have any hatred for it or anything like that. I'm where I'm at right now and it feels really good."
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TONY HARNELL: 'I'm Hoping To Be Accepted By SKID ROW Fans As Time Goes By'

April 27, 2015 - 13:48
Former TNT and current SKID ROW singer Tony Harnell was interviewed on a recent edition of "The Classic Metal Show", which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he landed the gig in SKID ROW: "It was an unexpected turn of events, certainly for me. There's a lot of things that led to this decision, separate from the TNT scenario. The [SKID ROW] guys and I go way back — we've known each other for years, and I think that out of… No disrespect to any of the other bands from that era — TNT was one of 'em — I think that SKID ROW then and have managed to remain, for lack of a better word, cool. And one thing that I had in my mind was that if I wasn't gonna be in TNT, if I was gonna be in a rock band, one of the things I wanted was a heavier band. And this is certainly a heavier band — other than the hit songs that were on the radio, especially the ballads. Which, really… I mean, '18 And Life' isn't even really a ballad; it's sort of almost a midtempo rocker, [but] it's just on the lighter side of what they do. I'm thrilled. They're great guys. They really have it together. They're very professional. "They did not just call me up. I was the first guy they thought of, as far as I know, and they went on YouTube to check, to make sure that I still could sing and still looked okay, and apparently were pleased with both of those things. But by no means did they call me and say, 'Are you free? And if so, would you like to do this?' and it was a done deal. I went through a semi-traditional auditioning process. I mean, it was pretty loose, and I wasn't sitting there in a room with five other guys that were competing with me, but it was daunting for me. It was definitely a little tough on my ego, being in this business as long as I have and selling some records myself and having the little bit of 'legacy' that I do have. And I don't mean that in an egotistical way whatsoever; I mean that in the humblest way possible. But I've been in the business for a long time. So would I have preferred a phone call that said, 'If you want it, you've got it?' Of course. But I do understand their concern based on the difference in sound between TNT and SKID ROW, for them to make sure that I can handle the material in my own way. Am I gonna sound like [former SKID ROW singer] Sebastian [Bach] on the Sebastian songs? Probably not. Am I gonna sound like [ex-SKID ROW singer] Johnny [Solinger]? Probably not. So I'm gonna have my own spin on it, but I'm gonna try to be as true to the original songs as possible. So they just wanted to make sure I was gonna fit in — both as a person too, by the way. They wanted to make sure that we were gonna get along and be buddies and all that stuff is gonna be there as well." On what the reaction has been like to the news that he has joined SKID ROW: "I sort of have these nightmare visions of getting on stage and seeing people holding up signs in the audience that say, 'Bring back Bach,' or people throwing beer at me, or, you know, any number of things. But what am I gonna do? I mean, I really, honestly have to say… just like Rachel [Bolan, SKID ROW bassist] said, he wasn't really a TNT fan, he was more of a Tony Harnell fan. I respect that. I always liked SKID ROW. Honestly, I did not dig into all their material. I was not a hardcore SKID ROW fan that sat and listened to their music. I knew the hits, and I saw the videos, and that was pretty much the extent of it. I would rather be in my shoes right now — I can tell you that — I'd rather be the guy replacing Johnny than to have been him replacing Sebastian. I mean, I can only imagine what he went through the first six months, a year, two years that he was doing that. So at least there's been a fifteen-year buffer between the two things. But I'm sure I'm still gonna get it. And I've already seen it. I try to avoid it; I try not to look at bad stuff. It seems to me that — and maybe I'm just fooling myself, but I'm getting the same thing from the guys in the band — it appears that the majority of people are behind this and seem to be embracing it, and that's encouraging. And I'm seeing what's being said. Again, I'm trying to stay away from the real nasty stuff. There's been some pretty funny things. I think one guy posted just… The best post I got so far was just simply a picture of a big pile of shit. That was the best one. There were no words at all — just a picture of a big pile of shit. Otherwise, like I said, it appears to be positive. So I'm just gonna go with that. Because, again, I'm doing my job. I don't wanna be involved in the soap opera. I want the fans to be happy. I want them to embrace me. My job is to win them over and make them feel happy about SKID ROW. It's about SKID ROW; it's not about Tony Harnell in this situation." On how he plans to approach SKID ROW-frontman gig: "With all due respect, in all my years that I've been doing this, this is the first time in thirty years or so that I have stepped into a situation where I am kind of center stage singing somebody else's material. Not that I don't do cover songs when I do acoustic shows, but they're cover songs of my choosing. It's a little different, 'cause I can put my own spin on them. With this, I'm gonna attempt to, but I also wanna stay true to what the SKID ROW fans are expecting. And not all the SKID ROW fans know Tony Harnell, don't care about Tony Harnell or his past. So I think that for a lot of the fans that know the band, they won't have any clue about my past and my history, and that's fine. My job, for everybody, is just to go try to do my best. And I don't wanna compete with Sebastian or Johnny or anybody. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Sebastian and what he created with the band and the legacy that he helped create with these guys. Rachel and Snake are phenomenal songwriters, and that helps a little bit for me to feel as though I'm singing songs that the guys that are standing next to me wrote. That makes the job a little bit easier to swallow, I guess you could say, rather than, say, the guy who replaced me in TNT [Tony Mills], who, I know, had to go out every night and sing my lyrics and my stuff. Look… Again, Sebastian is a hell of a talent, both as a performer and a singer, and he and I also go way back. And this is a very interesting situation for me to be in, but I'm not part of the soap opera, or part of the drama in any way, shape or form. I'm just a singer who's really happy to be — finally — in an American band, being that I am American, and be able to come back and play for all the American fans that TNT did build up in the '80s. Because, honestly, we had a bigger fan base here than we had anywhere else in the world. Even though we had gold and platinum records in other countries, America has more people. So, if TNT sold however many hundreds of thousands of records that we sold, we have a huge fan base. We have a big fan base in the U.S., and now they're gonna get to see me. I'm sure some of them would rather see me with TNT, but I tried real hard and I couldn't make that happen. So I'm gonna be doing it with SKID ROW, which is freakin' awesome, if you ask me." On whether he has talked to Sebastian Bach since he was announced as the new lead singer of SKID ROW: "Sebastian and I had a pretty close relationship when SKID ROW first came on the scene. We met before their first album came out and we became friends. And through the years, it's been off and on, and that's the honest truth. I saw him on Broadway, and I thought he was phenomenal; he blew me away. And then it's just been off and on. No animosity, no bad things — nothing like that at all. It's just an off-and-on thing. That's what kind of happens in this business. You have periods of time when you're really in touch with people and times when you're not, and this is one of the times that we're not. So that nay actually not be a bad thing for the time being; I don't know. I have no clue what he's thinking or feeling about it. I wish him all the best. He's got a great solo career going. Again, like I said, I don't wanna be a part of any of that stuff, because it has nothing to do with me. I'm joining a band I'm thrilled about joining, and, like I said, I've got a tremendous amount of respect for him and what he created with the band, and I know that the fan base… Those records are very sacred to them, just like the early TNT records are sacred to TNT fans. So I understand it and I get it. But to answer to your question straight up, I have not spoken to him, and I don't know at what point… It's not something that is at the forefront of my mind right now. What is at the forefront of my mind is getting these songs together and getting ready for these shows that are coming up." On the decision to re-record the SKID ROW classic "18 And Life" with his vocals: "The re-record was not to try to outdo the original, it wasn't to try to in any way replace the original version, at least from my standpoint. I don't know what their idea was. From my standpoint, it was… They asked me to do it, and I thought it was an interesting idea as a way to introduce me to the fan base. And I did my best to stay true to the original, which is what they wanted. I probably would have strayed more, if I could have, and done more Tony Harnell doing the song. But, you know, I tried to stay as true as I could to the original version. "This was recorded from scratch. This is a complete re-record. And, in fact, they purposely used the same exact gear, so all the amps, all the guitars, as far as I know, were exactly the same. The only difference is Rob Hammersmith is the new drummer… is the current drummer, I should say; he's not new anymore. So other than the drums, the guitars and the bass are all original, same exact gear — same amps and guitars, as far as I know, is what I was told. They did a great job duplicating, and they wanted to duplicate as closely as possible to that original version." On how it feels to be replacing a hugely popular singer like Sebastian Bach: "I will say this, and I'm gonna try to say it as tenderly and in as humble a way as possible. I've said it, and I'll say it forever… I have a tremendous amount of respect for Sebastian. When he first came out, like everybody else, I was blown away. The first time I heard the [first SKID ROW] record was on a cassette tape, with him sitting next to me in a taxi before the record came out. And he sat there pointing out notes and phrases that he was singing that he literally said were taken from my style. So, in this weird sort of way, I kind of… maybe not from a stage performance standpoint, but from a vocal standpoint, there are elements of this that are very different than what — and no disrespect to Tim ['Ripper' Owens, who replaced Rob Halford in JUDAS PRIEST] — but very different from what Tim did with JUDAS PRIEST. I sort of see this in a weird way as almost 'Rock Star' [the 2001 Warner Bros. movie starring Mark Wahlberg as a salesman-turned-rock star, was styled after Owens, who fronted a JUDAS PRIEST cover band before being tapped to become the new lead singer of the actual group] in reverse — meaning that when Sebastian met me, I was his idol, or one of heroes, and here I am, 25-some-odd years later going into this band. So I think that, if anything, maybe I'm doing him doing me. [Laughs] That sounds a bit incestuous and odd to say in that way, but I think that there are gonna be elements to… Obviously, look, he's got different qualities to his voice. I think he's got a little bit more of a punk and edgier kind of… I don't know… I really don't know how to describe it. I guess I'm more… There are differences; there obviously are differences between our voices, and that's totally fine. I will, as I go forward with the band live… They heard me in rehearsal get pretty damn rapsy, and there's gonna be nights where I'm gonna pour that on real thick, and I'm able to do that. I see this as kind of almost, I guess… and really, again, I wanna be careful about how I say this… I don't wanna say that I see it as a supergroup, because a lot of people don't know my past and my history, but I do think that of all the replacement singers I can think of, I do think that TNT had a stronger past, both with record sales and accomplishments, even if a lot of it was overseas. We did do huge tours in America, and we accomplished a lot here, and we accomplished things overseas and in Japan that a lot of America bands never came close to: gold, platinum albums; we won a Grammy [-equivalent] award over there; we were one of the biggest bands in Japan. When everybody was big [in Japan], we were one of the biggest. So we accomplished a lot. So I kind of feel like I'm not sort of just some guy that they grabbed off a YouTube clip and stuck up there on stage. But I do see this as a bit of a coming together of two forces. And I'm hoping to be accepted by the SKID ROW fans as time goes by, and that's gonna be my goal — to just try to be accepted and do my best, and give a lot of respect to the past. I don't expect that they're all gonna accept me immediately, but that is my goal as time goes by." On his latest departure from TNT: "I really wanna make it clear that I was leaving TNT for totally unrelated reasons, and that I was not leaving TNT for any other situation that was ahead of me. Because, honestly, in January, when I made my announcement, I was not in SKID ROW. We hadn't even really met for the first time yet. So I did not have the job. It was just… I was done. And I wanted it to be clear that it was an unrelated situation, and so that's what I did." "If you want me to be honest about it, I think the thing that's bugging me the most right now is the lying again. And it's not even lying… It's passive-aggressive posting, which is almost worse than kying. Well, they're both about the same, actually. You know, when it first happened and I made my announcement, there was no 'thank you.' There's never, ever, from the band, been, 'Thank you for thirty years of, basically, almost killing yourself flying all over the world so that we can be famous in Norway and Japan.' And that's fine. I have my own life. I don't need the approval or the recognition of the guys in TNT. I think they're all… I wish them all really well. But some of the posts that have come lately… purposely posting videos of my songs being sung by my predecessor, who is not coming back to the band, is weird. It's an odd way of handling your brand, and it makes no sense. So this last post wishing me well… Believe me, they don't wish me well. I got no private e-mails from the band saying, 'Good luck and have a great run with SKID ROW and we wish you well,' and all that; there was none of that. So anything that you saw online was just very bad P.R. What happened, basically, was that I never actually got grooved back in with the band. What happened was I had about three months' worth of conversations with Diesel [TNT drummer Morten Dahl]. We finally came to an agreement where I said I'll do two shows. And those two shows were about three months apart, maybe four months apart. And he said, 'Fine.' I said, 'Let's see how the first show goes. If it goes okay, then we'll talk about business and we'll figure out a way to, basically, operate as a band. Because we had no plan in place. It was just… Was I gonna be a hired gun in my own band? Was I gonna come back into the company? I mean, there were a lot of questions to be answered. In this particular situation, the drummer is the booking agent. And that was always a problem for me, because I think it's a conflict of interest. I don't think it's a problem for a bandmember to manage the band, which is the case with SKID ROW, but I do think it's a problem for a bandmember to book the band, which is what TNT does. So I was trying from the very beginning to change that. And when I said 'yes' the first two gigs, suddenly up on his web site for his booking agency, there was a photograph and, basically, saying that TNT was available for dates. So before I could even get grooved in and make any sort of agreement, there were ten dates booked, and then there were fifteen dates booked, and then twenty and so on and so on. You have to understand that in the business that we're in, he knew that he kind of had me by the balls, because once you book a show, and then you say 'no,' well, who's gonna get blamed? So to save face and to not… I was put in a very awkward situation, on purpose, and I was put on a spot. So being that I love the fans, and being that I love to perform live, I said, 'You know what?! Fine. We will work out the kinks as we go along. Let's do these shows, and as we go, we will have days off, and we will have meetings and we will work out the kinks. Well, try as I did, those meetings, which went on for hours, many of them, unfortunately, turned out to be completely a total waste of time. And there are many reasons why, and, again, I'm not gonna throw people under the bus and get into the details of why, but that's basically all I that I have to say about it. I did my very best to keep it together and to keep it professional. I wanted to stay in the band for the rest of my music career; that was my goal. I said, 'Okay, this is it. We can make this work.' People wanted the band. There were people all over the world that wanted to book the band and that were excited we were back together. The shows went phenomenally well. We were very well received at Sweden Rock, which is a wonderful festival, in front of 25,000 people on the night BLACK SABBATH played, and we did very, very well, and had a lot of shows like that. A lot of sold-out shows. So it was a very successful run. And the band went from being, basically, a struggling club band to getting back up to the stature where… close to the stature I had left it in 2006. But I couldn't get anywhere." "I guess the realization of it was, because we couldn't work the business out, I was back as far as the fans were concerned, and even as far as I was concerned, and probably as far as the band was concerned, I was back. The band was back together, and we fully intended on going forward for as many years as possible. It is being portrayed now as though the plan was that I was only coming back for 2014 to do an 'Intuition' reunion tour, and that is absolutely, completely one hundred percent false. We were all in it for the long haul, and I tried to make it work for that. But when September came and the touring ended, nobody wanted to talk to me anymore, and my calls were not being returned, and my e-mails were not being returned by the most important people in the band that had the most influence. And the manager that came in to quote 'save the day' actually sunk the ship." Free Electronic Press Kits template from ReverbNation.com
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SEPULTURA: New Song 'DarkSide' Available For Streaming

April 27, 2015 - 12:34
SEPULTURA has recorded a new song called "DarkSide" for the Brazilian publisher DarkSide Books. The track, which was "inspired by the darker side of literature," can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. This is not the first time a member of SEPULTURA has collaborated with DarkSide Books. Back in 2013, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser wrote the foreword to the BLACK SABBATH biography "Destruição Desencadeada". As previously reported, SEPULTURA will celebrate its 30th anniversary by releasing a special tribute to their fans. The band has asked fans to contribute to the artwork for a new track, and the result is "Sepultura Under My Skin", which will be released on June 5 on colored vinyl. The artwork for this release was created using pictures of tattoos of SEPULTURA fans all over the world. SEPULTURA will headline a North American tour in May with support from German thrashers DESTRUCTION and American melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS. The mayhem begins in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10 and ends on June 14 in Grand Junction, Colorado. SEPULTURA will also perform on May 9 at the Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas. SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
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REFUSED To Release 'Freedom' Album In June

April 27, 2015 - 11:46
Reunited seminal Swedish hardcore band REFUSED will release its new album, "Freedom", on June 30 via Epitaph. The CD was produced by Nick Launay (ARCADE FIRE, Kate Bush, Nick Cave) except for the songs "Elektra" and "366", which were helmed and co-written by Shellback, the Swedish pop superproducer who has worked with pop superstars Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Pink, among others. "It's not a reunion anymore," said REFUSED frontman Dennis Lyxzén in a statement. "This is one of the most radical things we've ever done, both musically and lyrically." "Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up," added drummer David Sandström. "Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us." "Freedom" will get a limited-edition CD release featuring a 28-page hardbound book with a poster and gold foil stamping on the album cover. "Freedom" track listing: 01. Elektra 02. Old Friends / New War 03. Dawkins Christ 04. Françafrique 05. Thought Is Blood 06. War On The Palaces 07. Destroy The Man 08. 366 09. Servants Of Death 10. Useless Europeans The song "Elektra" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. REFUSED last year parted ways with guitarist Jon Brännström. He revealed his exit from the group in an October 31, 2014 posting on REFUSED's Facebook page, where he wrote: "I was fired from REFUSED a while ago. I wasn't given a reasonable explanation and wasn't even invited to sit down and talk about it, so I'm not completely sure why they decided to go on without me." Back in 2012, REFUSED embarked on a reunion tour where the band performed tracks from its classic 1998 album, "The Shape of Punk To Come", at festivals around the world. The final show of the trek took place on December 15, 2012 in REFUSED's hometown of Umeå, Sweden. REFUSED's legacy was chronicled via the "Refused Are Fucking Dead" collection, which featured never-before-seen material and videos. In addition, REFUSED's landmark 1998 album, "The Shape Of Punk To Come", was remixed and remastered in 5.1 surround DVD audio format, and was re-released through Epitaph Records. Also re-released were remastered editions of REFUSED's "Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent" and "The EP Compilation" CDs.
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SOULFLY To Release 'Archangel' Album In August

April 27, 2015 - 10:53
Metal Wani's Dawn Brown recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, KILLER BE KILLED, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about SOULFLY's upcoming album, Max said: It's gonna be called 'Archangel', and it comes out in August on Nuclear Blast. And it's pretty much done now. The music is all recorded. I have to finish some vocals and mix and artwork and all that. But it's really good. I'm excited." He continued: "It's an interesting record. It's very epic, mystic kind of SOULFLY record that we don't really do every day. It's one of those [records] that come out once in a lifetime, an album like that comes out — really crazy sounds and very different dimensions. It's more experimental than the other stuff. It's still heavy as hell, and it's still fast. And Zyon's [Cavalera, Max's son] playing drums on it. He's actually playing really good. He reminds me of a young Dave Lombardo [SLAYER]. The fills that he's doing [are] really amazing; he surprised everybody in the studio. Matt Hyde is producing; he worked with SLAYER before. So it's really cool; a really good team." Max also talked about the new SOULFLY song "We Sold Our Souls To Metal", which he previously described as a "metal anthem." Asked about the mindset that is required to write a track like that, Max said: "It just happens. You can't explain it. It's one of those things… [When] you play it, it has an instant reaction on the listener." He continued: "I was very curious about that, so I was playing around with the song, playing it for people, to see what kind of reaction it gets. And almost everybody, the reaction was, like, 'This is so crazy. I can't wait 'till you guys play this live.' It's got this kind of New York hardcore chant that we do in the chorus — like, gang vocals. It's really, really fun, and everybody gets to sing together. That's why I was thinking that it's gonna become an anthem — the chorus, all the fans are gonna sing it together, and it's saying something. 'Cause, 'we sold our souls to metal,' I think every metalhead feels like that — that we did kind of a pact and we sold our souls for this music that we love so much. So it's something that I think [they'll] sing that with some kind of pride. I think it's gonna happen when that song comes out, at least. And then it ends [in a] very PINK FLOYD [-like way], which is really strange; I don't know why we did that. I still don't know if it was the right thing, but it came out like that. Marc [Rizzo] just did some really crazy guitars at the end of it that is just, like… It goes from total metal into crazy PINK FLOYD, but it works. I mean, it's really wild. And we like wild stuff. I always was drawn to weird, weird stuff, and that's definitely weird, in a good way." Regarding the musical direction of the new SOULFLY material, Max told The Front Row Report: "Some of the stuff is really fast, actually; like the first couple of songs on the album are all fast. And then it eventually slows down and there's some kind of really heavy stuff. But I think it's a really strong album that I'm very proud of, and I think a lot of people are gonna like it." SOULFY's ninth CD, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others.
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