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bFOO FIGHTERS/b frontman bDave Grohl/b admitted in a new interview with bRolling Stone/b that he knew nothing about the history and culture of New Orleans before he and the band traveled there for the sixth episode of their bHBO/b series b"Sonic Highways"/b. According to bThe Pulse Of Radio/b, bGrohl/b explained, "Before I turned on the camera with bBen Jaffe/b from bPRESERVATION HALL/b (bJAZZ BAND/b), I said, 'I don't know shit about jazz and I don't know shit about New Orleans'… A lot of the interviews were like that. I'm a music nerd, but I'm not a musicologist. I love talking about music and hearing these stories, but I also love not knowing everything."
The New Orleans episode aired this past Friday night (November 21) and featured interviews with bJaffe/b, the bBLACK KEYS/b' bDan Auerbach/b, bTrombone Shorty/b and bBonnie Raitt/b, while also focusing on the careers of Big Easy legends like bDr. John/b, bAllen Toussaint/b and bTHE METERS/b.
Asked why he included New Orleans in the series, bGrohl/b said, "The celebration of life in that city is unlike anywhere else I've ever been… there's a soundtrack to that city everywhere, 24 hours a day. You're just immersed in music. It makes people smile and dance and drink and celebrate life."
Drummer bTaylor Hawkins/b told bThe Pulse Of Radio/b that the bFOO FIGHTERS/b felt more welcomed by the musical community in New Orleans than any other city. "The thing about New Orleans is all those musicians — it's like they all wrapped their arms around us as soon as we got there. They were all like, 'We're gonna be part of this too.' Because they wanna play. They're there to play. They were involved from second one, and that's the spirit of that place. We're here to play, everybody's gonna play. It's all about that shared sort of experience."
New Orleans was one of eight cities in which bFOO FIGHTERS/b recorded its new album, also titled b"Sonic Highways"/b, which the bHBO/b series has chronicled. There are two episodes of the series left.
bFOO FIGHTERS/b will tour North American stadiums and arenas next year in support of the album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart last week.
According to bThe Pulse Of Radio/b, the first fully authorized documentary about late bNIRVANA/b frontman bKurt Cobain/b, titled b"Montage Of Heck"/b, will premiere on bHBO/b in 2015. The film is written, directed and produced by bBrett Morgen/b and is the first to be made with the cooperation of bCobain/b's family. bCobain/b's daughter, bFrances Bean Cobain/b, has signed on as an executive producer for the project.
bMorgen/b and his team were given access to bCobain/b's entire personal and family archives, and the film will include footage from numerous bNIRVANA/b performances, along with previously unheard songs, never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.
bMorgen/b, who has been working on the project for some eight years, said in a statement, "Once I stepped into bKurt/b's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."
bMorgen/b told bNME/b back in 2013 that the movie would feature a mix of animation and live-action footage, although it's not clear whether that is still the case.
The movie has the same title as a musical and sound collage that bCobain/b created around 1988, which recently surfaced online. The collage exists in both eight and 36-minute versions and combines original sounds and effects with bNIRVANA/b demos, songs recorded from the radio and tracks sampled from bCobain/b's record collection.
A biopic about bCobain/b, produced in conjunction with his widow bCourtney Love/b, has been on and off in development for years, although there are no signs that it is going to emerge any time soon.
bAEROSMITH/b guitarist bJoe Perry/b was recently interviewed on b"Elliot In The Morning"/b, the morning radio talk show hosted by DJ bElliot Segal/b. You can listen to the chat in the bYouTube/b clip below.
Asked if anything has surprised him about how fans have reacted to his autobiography, b"Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith"/b, bPerry/b said: "One of the things I really wanted to get across was, after the first layer of the obvious, the rock and roll part of what I do and what my career has been and this tenure in rock and roll, the next level down, we're dealing with the same kind of problems that a lot of people deal with, in whatever walk of life, whatever career they have, or whatever they do for a living. And they have to deal with the same things — with family and friends and ego and human nature… I mean, I've run into brothers that hadn't talked to each other for ten years and have no intention of talking to each other. When you're in a band, you don't have that option. If you really wanna keep that magic and be able to play on stage with somebody, and you don't see eye-to-eye all the time, you have to figure out a way to make it work."
He continued: "I know a lot has been made of [bAEROSMITH/b singer] bSteven/b [bTyler/b] and my relationship, probably because of the amount of songs we've written together, but everybody in the band has their ups and downs with each other. And we've figured out how to make it work. And I think that people have picked up on that, and I'm really happy to see that."
b"Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith"/b spent its initial two weeks on the bNew York Times/b "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book entered the chart at No. 8 and remained in the Top Ten (No. 10) in week two.
b"Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith"/b came out on October 7 via bSimon Schuster/b.
The guitarist worked on b"Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith"/b with author bDavid Ritz/b, who has written books with bB.B. King/b, bJerry Wexler/b and bBettye LaVette/b.
bPerry/b, who participated in the writing of the 1997 bAEROSMITH/b band biography b"Walk This Way"/b, told bGMI Rock/b he wanted his book to be more than just a collection of his lurid rock 'n' roll stories.
"One thing I didn't want it to be was the usual sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll — band starts off, y'know, playing clubs, works hard, struggles, starves, somehow lucky enough to make it to a certain level and they continue and surviving through...the '70s and then completely falling apart and then coming back together and then having the kind of success," he said. "We've seen all that, the bVH1 'Behind the Music'/b thing, a million times. We lived it...That's in there. I certainly talk about those things and how it impacted us, but I wanted it to be more about the reasons why and some of the dynamics that are common just to be human, to human nature, and how people deal with each other, especially when they're kind of working within the family of choice as opposed to blood relatives and how we managed to make it work and kind of go our separate ways as grown men and having families and how we want to raise our kids and all that, but still have this common bond."
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Swedish black metallers bMARDUK/b will release their new album, b"Frontschwein"/b, in Europe on January 19 via bCentury Media Records/b.
On b"Frontschwein"/b — bMARDUK/b's first completely war-themed album since 1999's legendary b"Panzer Division Marduk"/b — 25 years of black metal history collide with eons of devastation and destruction amongst human beings. The result is an ugly, furious album true to bMARDUK/b's sinister legacy and true to the essence of black metal.
b"Frontschwein"/b track listing:
02. bThe Blond Beast/b
05. bRope Of Regret/b
06. bBetween The Wolf-Packs/b
08. bFalaise: Cauldron Of Blood/b
09. bDoomsday Elite/b
11. bThousand-Fold Death/b
The song b"Rope Of Regret"/b can be streamed using the bSoundCloud/b widget below.
In a January 2014 interview with bMetal Blast/b, bMARDUK/b guitarist bMorgan Steinmeyer Håkansson/b stated about the band's songwriting process: "I find it ridiculous when all the people talk about needing to go some desolated location to work on their lyrics. It's kind of a cheap 'artist' thing to do. I remember reading about bands that needed to travel out into the countryside to connect and write together. For me, it comes naturally. I can write or play guitar in the middle of the night or whenever; it just comes to me."
Speaking about bMARDUK/b's decision to stop using producer bPeter Tägtgren/b more than a decade ago, bMorgan/b told bMetal-Rules.com/b in December 2013: "We don't really need a producer. He wasn't really a producer, he was more the studio engineer, but, I mean, we recorded so many albums in his studio up there and we did it for so many years, we thought it was time for a change. Now we're recording more or less the same amount of albums in another studio, but the same studio for b'Plague Angel'/b , b'Rom 5:12'/b , b'Wormwood'/b  and b'Serpent Sermon'/b . In that studio we're actually going to do the next album as well, because our bass player owns it. For me, it's perfect to work from your hometown instead of travelling away, and we have full control and we produce everything ourselves and we get it the way we want."
bMARDUK/b's 12th studio CD, b"Serpent Sermon"/b, was issued in May 2012 via bBlooddawn Productions/b/bCentury Media/b.
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According to a href="http://www.cbs8.com/story/27495570/body-found-near-campsite-where-woman-went-missing" target="_blank"CBS8.com/a, authorities may have found the body of bMEGADETH/b mainman bDave Mustaine/b's mother-in-law, 76-year-old bSally Estabrook/b, who was last seen at a campground near Julian, California on October 4.
Sheriff's deputies say someone called 911 after they discovered a female body in some heavy brush in Julian around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, November 26.
Authorities say the clothing resembles what bEstabrook/b was wearing when she went missing.
The remains were found at 200 block of Coulter Ridge Road, which is a half a mile from the Pinezanita Campground where she was last seen.
Sheriff's deputies say it doesn't appear there was any foul play.
Search-and-rescue teams from four counties and the U.S. Border Patrol and more than 300 volunteers took part in the search for bEstabrook/b.
Speaking to the b101 KGB/b radio station in San Diego, bMustaine/b previously said about his mother-in-law's disappearance: "We live in Tennesse, and we have our house in California too, so we had just moved back to Tennessee and then we get this phone call [about bEstabrook/b being missing]. And it's, like, 'Well, is she in the campsite and you're gonna find her in an hour?' 'Is she at a girlfriend's camper or something, or is she gone?' And she's just plain gone. They had bloodhounds, they had cadaver dogs, they had helicopters, motorcycles, ATVs… everybody."
He continued: "The other thing, too, is even the most terrible of convicts still has a mother, and when they're driving down the road and they see this old woman, the person could have pulled over and helped her and have a criminal past and they can't say anything. It could be somebody of Latino descent that is here without documentation and is afraid that they're gonna get deported. It could be a number of different things. We don't care what the situation is. Just help us find my wife's mom."
Asked if he was happy with the job that the search-and-rescue teams and law enforcement were doing, bMustaine/b said: "I am, actually. They have gone on longer than they were supposed to. They held off on the cadaver dogs and switching from rescue to recovery longer than they should have. Even the pilots that were flying the helicopters, they've got a routine that they have to do over the city, and they were all flying back out to the site. They covered 60 square miles with the helicopter. There is no way she went that far."
bMustaine/b said that bEstabrook/b was in the "severe" stage of Alzheimer's disease and "couldn't put three words together." He added: "That's the thing that is of comfort to us, because we do know that at some point she's gonna go in Heaven, but we don't want it to happen now, for Christ's sakes."
bEstabrook/b is 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 145 pounds with shoulder-length, blond hair. She was last seen wearing a teal top and white, Capri pants.
b"The Words"/b, the new video from bSOEN/b — the Swedish progressive rock band featuring drummer bMartin Lopez/b (ex-bOPETH/b, bAMON AMARTH/b), vocalist bJoel Ekelöf/b (bWILLOWTREE/b), guitarist bJoakim Platbarzdis/b and bassist bStefan Stenberg/b — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's sophomore studio album, b"Tellurian"/b, which was released on November 4 via bSpinefarm Records/b.
The b"The Words"/b clip is more like a mini-film than it is a standard music video. The visuals advance a powerful and emotionally evocative plot and narrative, spliced with footage of the band performing in subdued fashion. Overall, the video is epic and cinematic in scope, just like the song.
As b"Tellurian"/b makes plain, bSOEN/b is not concerned with the simple or the shallow; their musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter bJosé Luis López Galván/b, that consistently challenges without being "clever-clever" or tough to enjoy.
The melodies are intricate, the playing muscular and the choruses soaring; overall, the feel is one of a band whose intent is very much in synch with the sort of core values — skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork — that seem to be back in vogue.
Produced by bPlatbarzdis/b, mixed by the legendary bGrammy Award/b-winning bDavid Bottrill/b (bTOOL/b, bSMASHING PUMPKINS/b, bMUSE/b, bKING CRIMSON/b) and mastered at bBob Ludwig/b's bGateway/b setup in the U.S. by bAdam Ayan/b, also a bGrammy/b winner, b"Tellurian"/b sees bSOEN/b taking the approach of their b"Cognitive"/b debut (2012, bSpinefarm/b) and pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice.
Rhythmic, experimental and flowing, and with the "muso" side never taking precedence over a good song and a telling chorus, b"Tellurian"/b ("relating to, or inhabiting the earth") will appeal to anyone with an ear for quality playing, and there's further reward to be had below the surface, with the lyrics taking a more direct route than on b"Cognitive"/b, and the construction of the material — including first single/video b"Tabula Rasa"/b ("Clean Slate") — allowing room for the raw emotion to shine through.
b"Tellurian"/b track listing:
02. bTabula Rasa/b
04. bThe Words/b
09. bThe Other's Fall/b
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A new interview with acclaimed British producer bAndy Sneap/b about the making of the latest bACCEPT/b album, b"Blind Rage"/b, can be seen in two parts below.
b"Blind Rage"/b was released on August 15 via bNuclear Blast/b. Like its two predecessors, 2010's b"Blood Of The Nations"/b and 2012's b"Stalingrad"/b, the new effort was helmed by bSneap/b, who has previously worked with bMEGADETH/b, bEXODUS/b, bTESTAMENT/b, bARCH ENEMY/b and bKILLSWITCH ENGAGE/b. The cover artwork was created by bDaniel Goldsworthy/b.
b"Blind Rage"/b sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Asked how it felt to see b"Blind Rage"/b, enter the German chart at No. 1, guitarist bWolf Hoffmann/b told bmyRockworld/b: "It feels great. Who could have believed that after 35 yeas or longer in this business, finally we get a Number One. It took us mostly by surprise, to be honest, but we're very happy about it. [It was Number One] in Germany and Finland and I think it made some really good chart positions in other countries all around Europe. But what's even more important to me than the chart position is how well it was received by the fans and all the critics. That, to me, means everything, really. A chart position is a chart position; it comes and goes and it's nice. But what's the staying power of an album and what do the fans really say at the end of the day? That's what's important. And so far the reactions have been overwhelming, amazing."
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According to a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6327860/motley-crue-final-tour" target="_blank"Billboard.com/a, box office for bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b's b"The Final Tour"/b sales total more than $28.5 million, based on Boxscores reported to bBillboard/b since the tour launched in July. The sold ticket count totals 496,833 from 38 concerts at 17 sheds and 20 arenas during the run.
The trek launched on July 2, with bALICE COOPER/b and bTHE RASKINS/b onboard as special guests, and wrapped for the year in Spokane, Washington on November 22.
There are tentative plans for bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b to end its b"The Final Tour"/b by playing "couple of nights" in Las Vegas in late 2015 and finishing off with a few shows in the band's hometown of Los Angeles.
"Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started," singer bVince Neil/b told a href="http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/ae/music/2014/sep/15/vince-neil-final-dates-motley-crue-final-tour-vega/" target="_blank"Las Vegas Weekly/a.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A.," bNeil/b added. "And then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b drummer bTommy Lee/b recently told bRolling Stone/b: ""We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1 a.m. show at the Whisky. Fuck, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
While announcing the first details of b"The Final Tour"/b at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b banner.
"The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," bMÖTLEY CRÜE/b bassist bNikki Sixx/b said before adding. "There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We'd have so much egg on our face."
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A bBLABBERMOUTH.NET/b vistor by the name of bPhilip L./b has filed the following report:
"I have just returned from [former bSLAYER/b and current bPHILM/b drummer bDave/b] bLombardo/b's clinic in Geneva, Switzerland (on November 26), which was very impressive.
"During the autograph session, bDave/b made it clear that he was open to the possibility of joining bMEGADETH/b if the invitation were extended to him.
"As bDave/b was signing my copy of bFANTÔMAS/b' b'The Director's Cut'/b, I mentioned that bMEGADETH/b are in need of a new drummer as of yesterday. bLombardo/b looked up with a big smile and said, before a number of other fans (verbatim): 'I know. I just heard. bDave/b [bMustaine/b] has my number, so I'm waiting.' He looked up at us, grinned, and moved on to sign the next fan's item. He might have made this reply in jest, but if nothing more, this indicates that bLombardo/b is open to the possibility of replacing bMEGADETH/b's bShawn Drover/b. He appeared genuinely interested in the opportunity.
"bLombardo/b stated during the clinic that he has touring plans with his new project, bPHILM/b, in the immediate future, but he didn't mention this in his reply to me concerning the bMEGADETH/b slot.
"If bDave Mustaine/b is interested and were to reach out to him, there are strong chances that bDave Lombardo/b would consider collaborating with bMEGADETH/b, especially now that he is no longer a member of bSLAYER/b.
"Other matters discussed:
* bDave/b mentioned that he is often called b'Il Padrino'/b ('The Godfather') by the younger generation of metal drummers who consider him an innovator and the first extreme metal drummer.
* bDave/b appreciates extreme metal drumming and enjoys borrowing some of its techniques (he used blast beats on b'Christ Illusion'/b, for example), while remembering that he in many ways paved the way for it. He described his attitude to it as a give-and-take relationship.
* bLombardo/b mentioned that he is self-taught, and a very open-minded musician. He grew up listening to jazz, classic RB and Cuban music, to which he added fast beats by hitting pots and pans in the kitchen as a child. He mentioned that he began that particular day by listening to bAndrea Bocelli/b. bLombardo/b in fact ended the clinic by adding double-bass and bSLAYER/b-style drumming over a bRay Charles/b track.
* He doesn't recommend smoking as a drummer...
* One of his worst experiences was a near-miss accident in the '80s when he lost control over his vehicle and the car started sliding on ice (the car was also occupied by bJeff Hanneman, /bbKerry King/b and a crew guy).
* bLombardo/b didn't use clicks while recording any of the bSLAYER/b albums (including b'Reign In Blood'/b!)
* When asked about bLars Ulrich/b's drumming, he smiled and said: 'Oh no, not again. I can't say anything about this anymore. No comment.'"
Drummer bShawn Drover/b quit bMEGADETH/b yesterday (Tuesday, November 25) "to pursue [his] own musical interests." His statement can be found at a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/drummer-shawn-drover-quits-megadeth/" target="_blank"this location/a.
Guitarist bChris Broderick/b announced his departure from bMEGADETH/b a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group "due to artistic and musical differences."
**UPDATE**: bNeil Turbin/b has posted the following statement on his bFacebook/b page regarding his early departure from the bONSLAUGHT/b tour:
"I agreed to do the bONSLAUGHT/b tour to fill-in for bSy Keeler/b who couldn't do the tour due to his son's illness. I turned down the offer three times because it was very low. I agreed after bNige Rockett/b wouldn't let it go and kept after me and increased it slightly.
"The contract was signed a month before the tour and that's the amount of time I had to learn an entire set of complex lyrics and vocals. There was no time on the road, except for poor situp sleeping in the van and numerous nights without hotel rooms, driving straight from gig to gig. That being said, upfront it was shared with bNige/b that the only way I could sing the proper lyrics would be with some help, since we never rehearsed once and four weeks was not enough time to learn the amount of lyrics.
"On Monday before showtime in Anaheim, I had a meeting with bNige/b and let him know I needed to be paid each of the last three shows the money that was owed to me which was a few hundred dollars, so he did not confirm or assure me that I would be paid and it was suspect the fact that he collected all the money from the Brazilian tour dates, even thought the tour cancelled.
"In Montreal before we played there were major arguments by some of the other members, with bNige/b expressing concern that they weren't being paid. With this concern heavily in mind, I asked bNige Rockett/b, who told me he needs to get paid $2000 by [tour manager] bNate/b. I then spoke with bNate Klug/b, tour manager, who said that all the money is going to the van and said bNige/b was supposed to pay me. When bNige/b didn't on Monday night after the Anaheim show, I then told bNige/b and the band C-ya. No Pay No Way No Show! Therefore his interview providing false information about what happened is just damage control.
"I left the tour on Monday by my own accord of not being paid for the final week of the tour. bNige Rockett/b stating that I was fired because of a teleprompter is total rubbish. I would like to add that whatever they pay bSy Keeler/b should be increased to double the amount to tolerate the verbal abusiveness and passive aggressive behavior of bMr. Rockett/b.
"I quit the bONSLAUGHT/b tour due to non-payment. bNige/b had no intention of good faith and no intention of paying me. That is the only reason I am not playing the last shows. The rest is bNige Rockett/b damage control and anger venting. His threat to me was, 'See you on bBlabbermouth/b.' It is a shame that he has resorted to lying to the media. I could say a lot more if necessary but I'll stop here now."
**UPDATE #2**: bNike Rockett/b has posted the following response to bTurbin/b's version of what happened to cause bONSLAUGHT/b and the singer to part ways:
"bNeil/b, I suggest you remove your totally slanderous post with immediate effect or you will be hearing from our lawyers forthwith..!! bONSLAUGHT/b will make a true and very detailed statement regarding your departure in due course..!"
bNige/b added in a separate post: "Further to my recent post, bMr. Turbin/b was paid in full each week as per contract. If he states otherwise, we have evidence to confirm each of these payments. In fact, bTurbin/b was paid over 300% in excess of what any other bONSLAUGHT/b band member was paid per week..! So no, bNeil/b was not ripped off, bNeil/b was not done wrong, bNeil/b got paid....!! Ask him to deny what I say..!!"
After bTurbin/b apparently deleted bRockett/b's posts from bNeil/b's bFacebook/b page, bRockett/b wrote: "Why you deleting my posts bTurbin/b, afraid of the truth..???"
The original article follows below.
British thrashers bONSLAUGHT/b have "fired" bNeil Turbin/b as the lead singer for their ongoing b"Thrash Invasion Tour 2014"/b, explaining that the former bANTHRAX/b frontman never learned their material properly.
bTurbin/b was hired to front bONSLAUGHT/b as the fill-in for the band's regular vocalist, bSy Keeler/b, who is sitting out the trek due to health issues with his son.
Speaking to bHeavy Metal Television/b VJ bSusie Von Slaughter/b prior to the band's November 25 performance in Tempe, Arizona, bONSLAUGHT/b guitarist bNige Rockett/b said (see video below): "Basically, the [North American] tour was booked April/May time. bSy/b's [son] has not been that well for a long time. We looked at it and we said, 'Well, let's soldier on and see what we can do.' And we ended up getting up getting the singer from the first bANTHRAX/b album, bNeil Turbin/b, to do the vocals on the tour. But I'm just about to tell you something very exclusive to you. We actually fired him yesterday [after the show in Anaheim, California]… Basically, I'm gonna be doing some vocals tonight."
He continued: "Things never really started off well with bNeil/b. He had a reasonable amount of time to learn the songs. He turned up at the first show in New York with a prompter on stage, and that prompter was still there yesterday. So tonight I will be doing my best to deliver [the lead vocals]."
bNige/b added: "The show goes on. I mean, we've done it with this tour, and we're not gonna skip out on the last two shows. I mean, we've just gotta do it."
Fan-filmed video footage of bONSLAUGHT/b's final performance with bTurbin/b on November 24 in Anaheim, California can be seen below.
bONSLAUGHT/b's sixth album, b"VI"/b, was released on September 20, 2013 via bAFM Records/b. The follow-up to 2011's b"Sounds Of Violence"/b was mixed by bThomas "Plec" Johansson/b (bTIAMAT/b, bSCAR SYMMETRY/b) at bPanic Room/b studios in Skara, Sweden.
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Performance footage (November 24 in Anaheim, California):
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Veteran Arizona metallers bFLOTSAM AND JETSAM/b have been rejoined by guitarist bMark Simpson/b, drummer bCraig Nielsen/b and bassist bJason Ward/b. bSimpson/b says: "[Guitarists] bSteve Conley/b and bMichael Spencer/b will continue their roles with the band, as we will be doing an bIRON MAIDEN/b-type situation. Unfortunately, I will be in the role of bJanick Gers/b, so I won't be doing anything really interesting besides prancing about onstage in various outfits. Work will begin on the new [bFLOTSAM AND JETSAM/b] record, tentatively titled b'Serious Guys, It's Really The Cold Out Here'/b."
A massive bFLOTSAM AND JETSAM/b world tour has been booked for early 2015.
Drummer bKelly Smith/b announced his departure from bFLOTSAM AND JETSAM/b yesterday to focus on caring for his family.
bKelly/b was instrumental in bringing bFLOTSAM/b back to its current form with a touring and festival schedule that, since 2013, saw the band perform live in 15 countries and across the U.S. for more than 80 shows.
bFLOTSAM AND JETSAM/b released b"No Place For Disgrace - 2014"/b, a re-recording of the band's second album, b"No Place For Disgrace"/b, on February 14 in Europe and digitally on February 18 in North America via bMetal Blade Records/b. The physical CD was made available in North America on March 4.
bFLOTSAM AND JETSAM/b returned to bMetal Blade Records/b for the release of the group's 2012 album, b"Ugly Noise"/b.
bEMG TV/b has uploaded footage of bALTITUDES ATTITUDE/b, the project featuring bANTHRAX/b bassist bFrank Bello/b and bMEGADETH/b bassist bDavid Ellefson/b, performing the song b"Tell The World"/b. Check out the clip below to hear bFrank/b playing the bEMG 81/b and bEMG 60/b on guitar and bDave/b using the bEMG 35DC/b and bEMG 35CS/b on his bass.
b"Tell The World"/b is taken from bALTITUDES ATTITUDE/b's self-titled EP, which was released on January 14.
b"Altitudes Attitude"/b track listing:
01. bBooze Cigarettes/b
02. bTell The World/b
03. bHere Again/b
The two bassists began writing music together while traveling the world during clinics now known as b"Metal Masters"/b.
"What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together," said bEllefson/b.
"Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It's exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. bFrank/b's singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities."
"We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn't expect from us — which is what bALTITUDES ATTITUDE/b is," added bBello/b.
Regarding how bALTITUDES ATTITUDE/b came together, bEllefson/b told bGuitar World/b: "We were doing bass clinics for our endorsement of bHartke/b bass amplification a few years back when the 'Big Four' were playing shows together. I just said to bFrank/b, 'We should really write some of our own material we can play for these clinics. Something unique just for us.' So last year at bBass Player Live!/b at the Key Club in Hollywood, bFrank/b got us talking to bANTHRAX/b producer bJay Ruston/b, who is also a bass player, and he got excited to get on board to record some songs for us. We agreed to do just a few songs we could release in EP format. This would make the workload easier with all of our schedules and even allow us to continue releasing more songs moving forward as well. bJay/b brought in bJeff Friedl/b on drums and even suggested bGus G./b to play the solos I wanted to have on the track b'Here Again'/b."
Asked when they found the time to write the material for b"Altitudes Attitude"/b, bEllefson/b said: "bFrank/b had a few full songs sitting around that he wanted to release. His label, bMegaforce/b, had already heard them and really liked them, so we knew we might have an outlet to release these tracks. I also thought we should have some material that was instrumental in nature for our clinics, which is why I brought in b'Here Again'/b. In fact, that song is specifically composed and recorded so we can use it as a clinic backing track to play bass solos over top of it, or we can perform it with the whole band including vocals."
b"Altitudes Attitude"/b EP recording credits:
bFrank Bello/b - lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar
bDavid Ellefson/b - 4-, 5- and 8-string bass guitars, rhythm guitars
bJeff Friedl/b (A PERFECT CIRCLE) - drums and percussion
Special guest: bGus G./b (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) - lead guitar on b"Here Again"/b
b"Here Again"/b performance clip:
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b"Tell The World"/b performance clip:
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b"Tell The World"/b video:
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bENUFF Z'NUFF/b's video for their cover version of the bBILLY SQUIER/b classic b"The Stroke"/b can be seen below.
Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest-working bands in show business, bENUFF Z'NUFF/b proudly presents this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their three-decade career! b"Covered In Gold"/b, a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including bDAVID BOWIE/b's b"The Jean Genie"/b, bNIRVANA/b's b"All Apologies"/b, bPRINCE/b's b"When Doves Cry"/b, bSMOKEY ROBINSON/b's b"Tears Of A Clown"/b and lots more, all of which showcase this group's incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes two rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group's 1989 hit single b"New Thing"/b plus another cover, of bTHE BEATLES/b' b"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away"/b, performed live on b"The Howard Stern Show"/b.
Founder, bassist, singer and namesake of the group, bChip Z'nuff/b has led the band through its highest highs as well as its most turbulent times. The band scored two major successes in 1989 with hit singles off of their self-titled debut album, the aforementioned b"New Thing"/b as well as the powerful ballad b"Fly High Michelle"/b, both spent 46 weeks in the Top Ten on bMTV/b and earned them a gold record. on bMTV/b. In 1991, the band released their second album b"Strength"/b, which had bRolling Stone/b magazine calling them "The Hot Band Of The Year" as well as earning them numerous appearances on b"The Late Show With David Letterman"/b. The mid-late '90s brought difficult changes, but bChip/b kept the bENUFF Z'NUFF/b torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums.
Now an esteemed statesman of the music world, bChip/b continues to grow the bENUFF Z'NUFF/b fanbase performing shows worldwide. He has also found a new passion in broadcasing, first as a frequent guest on bHoward Stern/b's radio program and more recently as co-host of the TV show b"Mancow TV"/b. b"Covered In Gold"/b, like bENUFF Z'NUFF/b, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of bSteven Tyler/b, bRobert Plant/b and bPaul Stanley/b. As bDavid Letterman/b says of the group, "When it comes to rock n' roll, you don't need anybody else."
b"Covered In Gold"/b track listing:
01. bEverything Works If You Let It/b (CHEAP TRICK cover)
02. bStone Cold Crazy/b (QUEEN cover)
03. bShe Sells Sanctuary/b (THE CULT cover)
04. bAll Apologies/b (NIRVANA cover)
05. bBelieve It Or Not/b (The Greatest American Hero theme)
06. bThe Jean Genie/b (DAVID BOWIE cover)
07. bRun For Your Life/b (THE BEATLES cover)
08. bWhen Doves Cry/b (PRINCE cover)
09. bTears Of A Clown/b (SMOKEY ROBINSON THE MIRACLES cover)
10. bThe Stroke/b (BILLY SQUIER cover)
11. bYankee Rose/b (DAVID LEE ROTH cover)
12. bJealous Guy/b (JOHN LENNON cover)
13. bYou've Got To Hide Your Love Away/b (live on "Howard Stern")
14. bNew Thing/b (live unplugged in London)
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Brazilian/Italian metallers bANGRA/b will release their new album, b"Secret Garden"/b, on January 16, 2015 via bearMUSIC/b. The CD was pre-produced by bRoy Z/b (bJUDAS PRIEST/b, bBRUCE DICKINSON/b, bHALFORD/b) and recorded and produced in Sweden by bJens Bogren/b (bKREATOR/b, bARCH ENEMY/b, bOPETH/b, bDRAGONFORCE/b).
The first in a series of video clips featuring footage from the b"Secret Garden"/b recording sessions can be seen below.
b"Secret Garden"/b "brings together everything that has established bANGRA/b as one of biggest bands in its style: contemporary sound combined with inspired compositions," according to a press release. It shows the maturity of a band that, after 23 years on the road, continues with the same motivation and passion for music that drove the glorious beginning of the group. The compositions mend together elements that made the band known around the world, foregrounding the unity of seemingly distinct styles and combining in a unique way styles such as rock - in its various forms, classical music and Brazilian music.
b"Secret Garden"/b is yet another masterpiece by the group and promises to become a great classic in the metal world. Like almost all of bANGRA/b's work, b"Secret Garden"/b is a concept album which brings up the question: can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent?
The songs tell the fictional story of scientist bMorten Vrolik/b who fights to restore his happiness after a tragic accident that took the life of his wife. Faced with the harsh new reality, bMorten/b is forced to revise his atheistic beliefs and values in order to recover a sense of personal contentment that was taken away by fate. The sudden change in his routine, the adaptability, synchronicity, loneliness, guilt, hope and the strength to rise anew are some of the topics discussed in the lyrics, always put to light under different perspectives — be they religious, scientific, philosophical or merely aesthetic.
bANGRA/b, the most representative band of the Brazilian power metal scene worldwide, is back with full power. Italian vocalist bFabio Lione/b embeds the music with his powerful voice and impressive performance whereas young prodigy bBruno Valverde/b impresses on drums, giving the group a more modern sound.
One of the great strengths of the album is the variety of great guest musicians: bSimone Simons/b from the Dutch band bEPICA/b divinely interprets the song b"Secret Garden"/b while the great metal diva bDoro Pesch/b sings an exciting vocal duet with bRafael Bittencourt/b on b"Crushing Room"/b. Actually, the various appearances of bRafael/b's lead vocals make for some of the strongest moments on this album, causing a contrast in tone and interpretation in comparison to bFabio/b. This also becomes evident in the cover that the band chose to record, b"Synchronicity II"/b by bTHE POLICE/b.
The front cover and album design cleverly interlace the music and story into a beautiful artwork — created by designer bRodrigo Bastos Didier/b, representing the dreamlike moments of the album's story. The entrance to the secret garden, a representation of the unconscious and the whole atmosphere of mystery intend to bring to the fan an experience that transcends merely listening to the songs.
Once again, bANGRA/b brings to the scene a bombastic, electrifying release, capable of generating new trends, justifying with greatness and elegance why they have been recognized as one of the leading global power and progressive metal bands for over two decades.
01. bNewborn Me/b
02. bBlack Hearted Soul/b
03. bFinal Light/b
04. bStorm of Emotions/b
05. bSynchronicity II/b
06. bViolet Sky/b
07. bSecret Garden/b (feat. Simone Simons)
08. bUpper Levels/b
09. bCrushing Room/b (feat. Doro Pesch)
10. bPerfect Symmetry/b
11. bSilent Call/b
For a first impression of the new album in the form of a lyric video for b"Newborn Me"/b, see below.
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German power metallers bHELLOWEEN/b recently entered bMiSueno Studio/b on the isle of Tenerife with producer bCharlie Bauerfeind/b (bGOTTHARD/b, bHAMMERFALL/b) to begin recording a new album for a May 2015 release via bNuclear Blast/b.
New footage from the guitar-recording sessions can be seen below.
bHELLOWEEN/b's forthcoming CD will be the band's first since their return to bNuclear Blast/b, the label that previously released released two bHELLOWEEN/b albums, b"The Dark Ride"/b (2000) and b"Rabbit Don't Come Easy"/b (2003), both of which were reissued last year with extended bonus material.
bHELLOWEEN/b's last album, b"Straight Out Of Hell"/b, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band's history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.
b"Straight Out Of Hell"/b was released in January 2013. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by bMartin Häusler/b, who previously worked with the band on the b"7 Sinners"/b and b"Gambling With The Devil"/b CDs.
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bMETALLICA/b released a 10th anniversary two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, b"Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster"/b, on November 24. The new edition of the film is available digitally and via VOD for the first time. It also contains a new bonus feature, b"Metallica: This Monster Lives"/b, a 25-minute follow-up segment filmed at the 2013 bToronto International Film Festival/b during the premiere of the band's second film, b"Metallica Through The Never"/b. The segment features interview footage with the band and b"Some Kind Of Monster"/b co-directors bJoe Berlinger/b and bBruce Sinofsky/b in which they all look back at the decade since the release of the film.
A new trailer for b"Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster"/b can be seen below.
Originally released on July 9, 2004, b"Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster"/b followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their b"St. Anger"/b album.
Asked by morning radio talk show host bElliot Segal/b in October if the raw and brutally honest film was still tough for him to watch, bHetfield/b said: "Yeah, it [is]. Hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Especially where bJoe/b and bBruce/b, the directors of this, they ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you're being yourself. And a lot of times I'm not really comfortable with myself and seeing myself in the situations, but, man, I learned a lot about what I don't like about me. Which was good — it was a good mirror. And I think everyone involved in that movie pretty much felt the same way about themselves."
As previously reported, bMETALLICA/b will release a limited 12-inch vinyl single of the new song b"The Lords Of Summer"/b on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28.
The single will feature the "first pass" studio version of the song as well as a live take recorded in Rome in July. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent record stores and bMetallica.com/b.
bMETALLICA/b is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015.
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Germany's bFiltr TV/b conducted an interview with bAC/DC/b guitarist bAngus Young/b and bassist bCliff Williams/b on November 6 in Düsseldorf, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by bBLABBERMOUTH.NET/b).
On the songwriting process for bAC/DC/b's new album, b"Rock Or Bust"/b:
bAngus/b: "The songwriting process pretty much has been the same… even for this. It's the same approach for the new album, b'Rock Or Bust'/b. It's been the same for any album we've ever done. You use some new ideas, some old ideas that were good ideas but you never used before. 'Cause over the years you have a lot of ideas that sometimes you had not finished. You had a good riff here and a good chorus. And sometimes you just get the spark and you go, 'Oh, these two go together. It's like they were made for each other.' But that has always been part of bAC/DC/b."
"A lot of the writing went with me and my brother bMalcolm/b [bYoung/b, guitar], who's not with us now. So a lot of that we always kind of did together. We worked everything out, especially the music side. And then usually when we had a lot of good ideas together, then we would let the guys know, 'Hey, we're ready to roll. We've got a lot of good material.' So when everyone's got a free calendar, we all hook up and then you start recording."
On whether any of bMalcolm/b's ideas were used on b"Rock Or Bust"/b:
bAngus/b: In the songwriting for the [new album], yes. Because [there are] a lot of bMalcolm/b's ideas. I mean, he was still putting ideas out, He was still doing material, even though he got to a point where he stopped, but he kept going with anything that he had. Which I've got — he made sure that [I would have] any new ideas that he had."
All 500 million of biTunes/b users can now listen to b"Rock Or Bust"/b a week ahead of its December 2 release date. The complete set is now streaming as part of biTunes/b' "First Play" program.
bAC/DC/b has used "rock" in a lot of song and album titles and bThe Pulse Of Radio/b asked bAngus Young/b why it felt like time to do it again. "Well, b'Rock Or Bust'/b, it's a good, strong title and it's got the word 'rock' in it, you know? [ilaughs/i] 'Cause everyone says, jeez, you know, how many songs have they got with 'rock' in the title in it. But they've got to cut us some slack — I mean, we've made 16 albums, you know."
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bThe Age Of Metal/b recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist bMille Petrozza/b of German thrash metal veterans bKREATOR/b. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked to weigh in on the Japanese pop-metal group bBABYMETAL/b, which has been described by some as the most polarizing thing to hit heavy metal in the past decade, bMille/b said: "I'm not the one to judge, man. It's not for me; I'm not their target [audience]."
He continued: "My [personal] opinion? If I listen to metal, I'll listen to the 'real' metal. I like some of the gimmick metal stuff. But on the other hand, I think if I really wanna listen to music, it's gotta be serious music. I don't like 'fun' music so much.
"I checked out this bBABYMETAL/b, who seems to be the enemy for some people. Like, 'Oh, how can you do this?' I'm, like, 'It's a big party. Everybody's going wild.' Maybe I could not enjoy it as much as the people that were there, but if people are enjoying it, why not? It's not harmful to any of us, to the 'real' metal bands. It won't hurt us. bBABYMETAL/b will not hurt bKREATOR/b and all the bands that are around that play 'real' metal. So don't worry; it's all fine. [iLaughs/i]"
bMille/b also spoke in more general terms about bands like bBABYMETAL/b who combine pop and edgy heavy metal, saying: "I'm a big fan of pop music, so if I wanna listen to pop, I listen to pop music, and not 'pop metal.' That doesn't make too much sense. Even though some people say that if you listen to b'British Steel'/b by bJUDAS PRIEST/b, that's also pop metal, but I guess that's in a cooler way, you know. I think there's a couple of bands that are just… Like I said, it's all fine, but it's just not my cup of tea, I'd say."
bPetrozza/b is not the first metal musician to come to BABYMETAL's defense. Earlier in the year, bassist bShane Embury/b of British grindcore pioneers bNAPALM DEATH/b wrote in a special article for UK's bMetal Hammer/b magazine: "I know young kids who already listen to grindcore. There are people who turn up to our shows with kids that are eight or nine years old, and bBABYMETAL/b is obviously way more accessible than what we do. I don't think that's a bad thing — I've got a baby girl who is eight months old, and if she starts bopping around to bBABYMETAL/b or their equivalent, I'd be cool with that."
He continued: "If you look at bSLIPKNOT/b, they took the heavy guitar to a imassive/i audience. You can look at a bSLIPKNOT/b fan and a bNAPALM DEATH/b fan and sometimes there's a crossover and sometimes there's not at all, but either way, those people are getting used to the heavy guitar and drums and it makes it easier for them to explore other bands later on. In the same way, bBABYMETAL/b will more than likely cross over to young kids and get them used to that heavy sound.
"Some people are also offended simply by bBABYMETAL/b being labelled as metal. Why? Why would you get offended? It's a big genre, metal. There's all kinds of bands crossing over. Bands like bEVANESCENCE/b or the whole folk metal thing. Some people could find it ridiculous, but I wouldn't be that negative. I might not like it, but I find it interesting that heavy guitars are used in different ways. For me, bBABYMETAL/b is an extension of that."
bEmbury/b's fellow British extreme metal pioneer bJeff Walker/b of bCARCASS/b expressed a similarly welcoming stance when the subject of bBABYMETAL/b came up at this past July's bSonisphere/b festival. He said:"I'm starting to warm to the idea of what [bBABYMETAL/b is] doing. It's actually fun, you know — like bGHOST/b, to be honest. Some people get very reactionary about a band like bGHOST/b or bBABYMETAL/b. It puts a smile on people's faces. That's what music's about, isn't it?! Enjoying it and not being so serious." bCARCASS/b guitarist bBill Steer/b added: "I mean, obviously, we don't cover this ourselves, but the fun, entertainment angle [in music], it iis/i important."
One of the Nameless Ghouls from bGHOST/b was also quick to defend bBABYMETAL/b when bTeamRock/b spoke to him at bSonishere/b. bGHOST/b performed on the main stage at the event immediately after bBABYMETAL/b, and the Nameless Ghoul admitted: "I actually stood on side stage when [bBABYMETAL/b] went on and I watched the chaos and the weirdness that surrounded them.
"They obviously attract so much attention wherever they go, and for a reason, of course — they are bizarre in many ways. I mean, we obviously like bizarre, so they are obviously doing something right.
"But, yeah, I mean, J-pop [Japanese pop] is always gonna be very weird.
"They seem to be a cool band, I guess. I've seen their b'Gimme Chocolate!'/b video, and I don't really know what to say about it. Someone really knows what they're doing behind it, but I'm not sure if [the girls] themselves know what they're doing."
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Former bSLAYER/b drummer bDave Lombardo/b says that bMETALLICA/b's bLars Urich/b is "a good drummer" whose songwriting input is intergral to the chemistry that has catapulted bMETALLICA/b to superstar status since the band's inception more than 30 years ago.
During a November 22 clinic at Cueva Rock in Quartucciu, Sardinia, Italy, bLombardo/b — one of thrash metal's premier sticksmen who famously filled in for bUlrich/b during bMETALLICA/b's performance at bDownload/b festival in England in June 2004 — was asked what he thinks of the members of bMETALLICA/b on a personal level.
"I love the band," he responded. "They're great guys. bJames/b [bHetfield/b], bLars/b and bKirk/b [bHammett/b] and bRobert/b [bTrujillo/b]… very nice people. I had a really good experience. I've had many great times… very crazy stories… but I can't talk about those."
Pressed to comment on the fact that bUlrich/b's drumming skills are constantly questioned, bLombardo/b replied: "I think bLars/b is a good drummer. He's a good arranger. He arranges… Without bLars/b, there wouldn't be a bMETALLICA/b. So you have to give him credit for what he does for the band."
bLombardo/b continued: "It's very important... When you have a chemistry within a band. There's four members of the band. When there's chemistry, like a special interaction between musicians, if you take one musician out, it's not the same. If you take bLars/b out of the equation, it won't be the same."
While speaking with UK's bRhythm/b magazine back in 2009, bLombardo/b was a bit more critical of bLars/b' drumming abilities, saying that playing with bMETALLICA/b at bDownload/b in 2004 was a great experience, but adding that it was good to "show 'em how it's done!" bDave/b continued. "No disrespect to bLars/b, because bLars/b is great and he's a very nice guy, but he needs to spend a week at my house and we need to sit down and play. I could show him — 'No, bLars/b, like this!'… 'Let's chill, let's relax, have some coffee and let's play!' [iLaughs/i]"
A few months later, bLombardo/b was asked by bNoisecreep/b if bUlrich/b had ever accepted his offer of drum lessons. "Oh man, no, he hasn't," bLombardo/b said laughing. "Yeah, but that was all done as a joke. It's just me having fun."
bLombardo/b added: "Of course someone ask[ed] me about bDownload/b festival. It's like, 'Yeah, show him how it's done.' [But] I don't need to show him, he's amazing, but there's always that kind of rivalry, that fun rivalry."
bUlrich/b blamed his non-appearance at the 2004 bDownload/b on exhaustion, caused by an unrelenting tour schedule and the break-up of his seven-year marriage to bSkylar Satenstein/b. He said in 2005 interview: "It was the first-ever bMETALLICA/b gig I'd ever missed."
He continued: "You wanna try laying in a hospital in Germany while bDave Lombardo/b — the greatest drummer on the planet — is playing with your band. That's not easy."
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b"Salvation"/b, the new video from Swedish metallers bENGEL/b, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth album, b"Raven Kings"/b, which will be released on November 28 via bGain Music Entertainment/b. The CD was produced by the band's founders bMarcus Sunesson/b and bNiclas Engelin/b (also of bIN FLAMES/b) and was mixed by bJacob Hansen/b (bVOLBEAT/b). The artwork was created by bJoachim Luetke/b (bARCH ENEMY/b, bDIMMU BORGIR/b, bKREATOR, /bbMARILYN MANSON/b, bMESHUGGAH/b) and can be seen below.
Commented bSunesson/b on the video: "The ground crumbles, the skies darken and the hills shake as the last music on earth is heard from a mountain top. Four dark figures, still standing. Sounds that paint a fitting masterpiece to accompany the elemental chaos. There is no Sanctuary from the apocalypse, no Salvation. And yet, that is precisely what they offer. Speaking not of good or evil, instead they offer stark reality."
Singer bMikael Sehlin/b made his live debut with bENGEL/b in January 2013 at the bGothenburg Sound Festival/b at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden.
bENGEL/b parted ways with singer bMagnus "Mangan" Klavborn/b in November 2012 and recruited bLenne/b (ex-bTWELVESTEP/b) as his temporary replacement. In a statement announcing his departure from the group, bKlavborn/b said: "I'm not going to rant about the who's and why's, just say goodbye." He added: "I have had a lot of good times and I am sad to leave it behind, but that's how it goes sometimes." bKlavborn/b has since joined reunited Swedish metallers bTHE DUSKFALL/b
bENGEL/b's last album, b"Blood Of Saints"/b, entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 60. Released on May 18, 2012 via bSeason Of Mist/b, the CD was recorded at bAntfarm/b studios in Aabyhøj, Denmark.
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