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SISTER SIN Singer Reveals 'Crazy Tour Story' (Video)

October 3, 2015 - 21:40
Each episode of Digital Tour Bus's "Crazy Tour Stories" features a touring act giving you all the details about one or more wild things that have taken place while on tour. In this episode, which was filmed on July 12 in Tinley Park, Illinois, singer Liv Jagrell of Swedish heavy rockers SISTER SIN shares on crazy thing that happened while the group was on the road. SISTER SIN's fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", was released on October 27, 2014 via Victory. Jagrell told about "Black Lotus": "We always grow a little bit more into the metal scene for each record we do. But that's our roots. It's the really old kind of metal stuff. But also we get some inspiration from newer bands like ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES and stuff like that too." She continued: "I feel that we tried to get heavier on this record than the previous record. Also, the production of it we draw to the heavier kind of sound, and I really like that because I'm into the heavy kind of music." Regarding the recording process for "Black Lotus", Jagrell said: "We had limited time in the studio comparing to previous records. We had to find a way to make it work in the short amount of time that we had. So instead of doing the drums first, then bass, the guitar, and the vocals last, we actually did… well, we did do the drums first, of course, but then we kind of did vocals; and guitars we sometimes put after the vocals, and for us that was new. We had like two studios, so we worked simultaneously. I think it was good that we did some of the guitars after the vocals, because then we could actually work the guitars with the vocals better than we've done on the previous records. So that was kind of new."

Former FOREIGNER Singer LOU GRAMM Hopes To Release New Music In Early 2016

October 3, 2015 - 21:22
"The Five Count" radio show in Mankato, Minnesota recently conducted an interview with former FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his current relationship with FOREIGNER leader, guitarist Mick Jones: "We are on good terms. We speak to each other on a regular basis. We patched up the friendship before that [Songwriters] Hall Of Fame show [in June 2013]. And it was the first time that we played together in over ten years. So the relationship is good, and I'm very pleased that it is, 'cause we've done so much together and spent so much time together. It would be a shame to go through the rest of your life on a bad relation, you know." On whether it's hard to maintain his singing voice after all these years: "Well, it's not incredibly tough. You just have to have common sense. Obviously, no drugs, no alcohol, and a lot of water. And keeping it limber by doing scales or singing songs to yourself. If you don't sing at all for two weeks, when you finally open your mouth, everything's tightened up in there. I draw a comparison to a baseball pitcher. You have to keep the arm limber, and if it gets tired, then you've gotta give it a little rest. But you can't rest it so much that when you use it again, it feels like you can't do the job." On whether there are plans for him to release any new music: "I have a bunch of songs, and what we're gonna do with 'em, we're not sure. But I'm hoping that there'll be an album, or at least an EP, by sometime early next year." Mick Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that upon forming FOREIGNER in 1976, he knew that Lou Gramm would prove to be invaluable with a signature voice — with the songwriting chops to match. "I knew he had written, he was a writer too, and always felt that, y'know, it was important that the singer in any band had something to do with, [laughs] obviously, creating the songs, 'cause they're gonna sing them," he said. "Lou came up with some great titles; I think 'Head Games', I think 'Hot Blooded', too. And he developed into a really good writer."

Drum-Cam Footage Of ANTHRAX's JOEY BELLADONNA Performing JOURNEY's 'Separate Ways'

October 3, 2015 - 21:06
Video footage of ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna's classic-rock covers band called CHIEF BIG WAY performing the JOURNEY classic "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" on July 4 can be seen below. The upstate New York-based group, which features Belladonna, on drums and vocals, is rounded out by Dave Mickelson on bass, Joe Precourt on guitar and John Goodwin on keyboards. In a 2011 interview with Attention Deficit Delirium, Belladonna stated about CHIEF BIG WAY: "It's a three-piece, sometimes a four-piece with keyboards. We play TRIUMPH, DEEP PURPLE, RUSH, VAN HALEN, LED ZEPPELIN, THE WHO, PINK FLOYD, HENDRIX, CREAM, all classic stuff. We also do PRIEST, SABBATH and DIO. It's all older, straight-up-hits-type stuff. I'm on the drums with the [vocal] headset. There are no props and no gimmicks. I sing the whole night." Asked if it's difficult to sing and play drums at the same time, Belladonna said: "It's not an easy thing. I never thought that I would sing and play 'Tom Sawyer' [RUSH] at the same time. Something that you think is easy to play is often not. 'Heartbreaker' by LED ZEPPELIN has so many different [drum] accents that have nothing to do with the song vocally. It's a good challenge." Regarding whether singing different styles of music in his side projects is good for him, almost acting like "exercises" to keep his vocals in shape, Belladonna told Tricia Weight: "Yeah, it [is]. I mean, now I've got more projects than I've ever had. Even at home I sing to records, that's how I learned to do it anyhow, I used to pull out the coolest records and sing to 'em all day long, before I went out [on stage]. And I do it now, even [on the way] to the gig. If we've got an hour drive tonight — I'm rocking the stuff on the iPod all the way there!" ANTHRAX's 2013 EP "Anthems" EP included the band's cover version of JOURNEY's "Keep On Runnin'" alongside classics by RUSH, THIN LIZZY, AC/DC, CHEAP TRICK and BOSTON.

'Right Decision Was Made' By Having TOMMY THAYER And ERIC SINGER Wear 'Spaceman', 'Catman' Makeup

October 3, 2015 - 19:45
Stephen Cenatiempo of Australia's Grant Broadcasters radio network recently conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Speaking about the criticism levelled at KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for having Thayer and fellow current KISS member Eric Singer dress up as Ace Frehley's and Peter Criss's and respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas, Tommy said: "It doesn't [bother me]. I don't think too much of it. You've gotta figure, in this world, everybody's got a point of view and an opinion, and there are a few people out there that are, let's call 'em, 'very traditional' in terms of thinking that this shouldn't happen. But I think that the track record of what the band's done in the last ten [or] fifteen years speaks for itself. KISS is as big as ever and on top of the rock and roll touring world, and things work great." He continued: "I don't believe that [Paul and Gene] should have changed the makeup designs or invented new characters [for the new members] and that sort of thing; I don't think that that would have been a smart idea. And I think that, again, if you look at the last ten or fifteen years, the track record of the band really speaks for itself and just shows that the right decision was made on that." Asked about Stanley and Simmons' often-repeated claim that KISS can carry on without any original members, Thayer said: "I don't think it's completely out of the question that something like that could happen, because with KISS, it's all about pushing the boundaries and thinking outside the box. It's a never-say-never kind of thing." He continued: "I don't know exactly who that would be [that could replace Gene and Paul] or what it would be like, but I believe somebody could come along and walk in and blow everybody away and then could take over to do something like that — even though it's kind of hard to picture it right now. But, again, nothing's completely out of the question."

MAX CAVALERA: 'I'm Not Preaching To Anybody What They Should Be Or What They Should Not Be'

October 3, 2015 - 19:20
On September 30, Jimmy Cabbs recently conducted an interview with former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. Asked if he is worried that SOULFLY's new album, "Archangel", will be misunderstood because of its numerous biblical references, Cavalera said: "Being metal, we're always under scrutiny, and we're always being judged by society, so you kind of get used to that — the kind of feeling that you get at an airport sometimes. I'm sitting there and I see the looks of people, and you know what they're thinking, which is not always nice. And you always get searched for security… Random selection… right. [Laughs] It's always you. "But I don't know… I think the work on 'Archangel' is very… I'm not a Christian band, we're not a Christian group, and we're not pushing or selling religion to anybody. In fact, a lot of my favorite bands are stuff like WATAIN and BEHEMOTH, and they're pretty much Satanic, and I wear their shirts all the time. So I don't really care for that. "I just wanted to make something different and exciting, so I was reading the stories and they were really… Some of the Old Testament stories are so good for metal; it's perfect. They work really, really great. I even took phrases from the Old Testament in [the song] 'Sodomites'. "I've done almost kind of everything. I did a political phase with 'Chaos A.D.' and tribal phase with 'Roots' and slavery with 'Enslaved'. And 'Dark Ages' is about the death of Dimebag [PANTERA] and that dark time. "If I have a chance to do something new and exciting, why not? I go for it; I just jump right into it and try to do my best, but really have a mentality of non-preaching kind of style. I'm not preaching to anybody what they should be or what they should not be — that's not my business. I'm just making it into a song that I hope will be a kick-ass song, and that's all I want: a good song, a powerful song that people can embrace… sing along. [It's] one of my favorite things — working on the choruses — strong choruses. They're hard to come by — they don't come by all the time — but when it clicks, it clicks, and you get the whole crowd singing. Man, that's the best feeling in the world." SOULFLY has tapped Mike Leon (HAVOK) to play bass on the band's current North American headlining tour, which kicked off in Los Angeles. Handling bass duties for SOULFLY during the band's recent shows was Max Cavalera's son Igor, who also sings for the Phoenix, Arizona band LODY KONG. Former STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos left SOULFLY in May and is now touring with FEAR FACTORY. SOULFLY will embark on another U.S. tour with CROWBAR this November, following the Max Cavalera-fronted band's North American run with SOILWORK, DECAPITATED and SHATTERED SUN. Continuing with them on their campaign across the continent is SHATTERED SUN, along with the Phoenix, Arizona-based metal act INCITE.

SLIPKNOT's 'XIX' Video To Premiere On Monday

October 3, 2015 - 18:37
SLIPKNOT's music video for "XIX", the opening track from the band's 2014 album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", will make its online debut on Monday, October 5 at 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. BST. SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan constructed the song as a three-minute eulogy for the band's founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010 of an accidental overdose of morphine and the painkiller fentanyl. Crahan spoke the song's opening words, "This song is not for the living; this song is for the dead." But it's the lyrics that frontman Corey Taylor wrote that drove him to tears: "Walk with me, just like we should have done right from the start.... Walk with me, don't let this fucking world tear you apart." "I don't usually let people see me cry," Crahan told Rolling Stone magazine. "It's too hard. But when I heard what Corey Taylor sang on the song 'XIX', I cried and cried and cried. It hurt so bad." Taylor explained the song's title to Kerrang!: "It's pronounced 'XX', but it's supposed to represent a couple of different things," he said. "It's the 19th year of the band's existence, and it's also a metaphor for stage two, because track one on the 'Iowa' album was '515', and this is 'XIX', So in Roman numerals it's almost like a double of that. So it represents a new start, and seeing where the road leads to." Taylor added: "Lyrically, it's really about getting back up on your feet after getting smashed in the mouth, basically. It's just kind of the start of, you know, what would become to me the second stage of the band's career." Corey told Kerrang!: "What you hear on the record is what we did on the very first demo. It's all me, all raw, in one take, the first time we recorded it." The last single released from "The Gray Chapter" was called "Killpop". SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicked off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wrapped on September 5 in Dallas. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

XIX Music Video Premieres Monday, October 5th 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm BST

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KITTIE's Cover Version Of DAVID BOWIE's 'Space Oddity' Available For Streaming

October 3, 2015 - 16:14
KITTIE's cover version of the DAVID BOWIE classic "Space Oddity" can be streamed using the widget below. The song is featured on "A Salute To The Thin White Duke - The Songs Of David Bowie", which was released yesterday (Friday, October 2) via Cleopatra Records. KITTIE drummer Mercedes Lander stated about the band's inclusion on the album: "Cleopatra actually approached our label, eOne, for us to do the tribute. Morgan [Lander, guitar/vocals], Tara [McLeod, guitar], and I chatted about what song we wanted to do, we had a list of songs to pick from and narrowed it down to one or two. We thought that 'Space Oddity' would be the song that would translate the best, and it would be easy to 'KITTIE' the song up. We went into Beachroad Studios with [producer] Siegfried [Meier] in December and got it done in one day." "A Salute To The Thin White Duke - The Songs Of David Bowie" track listing: 01. Modern Love - ROGUE WAVE 02. John, I m Only Dancing - JESCA HOOP 03. Letter To Hermione - DUM DUM GIRLS 04. Heroes - THE TULIPS 05. Ashes To Ashes - ICKY BLOSSOMS 06. Starman - THE DEER TRACKS 07. Rebel Rebel - THE KVB 08. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) - MAGIC WANDS 09. Blue Jean - ELECTRIC SIX 10. Jean Genie - HEARTLESS BASTARDS 11. Suffragette City - UME 12. Fame - THE VACANT LOTS 13. Space Oddity - KITTIE 14. Moonage Daydream - BOY HITS CAR 15. Absolute Beginners - COVES 16. Changes - THE MUFFS KITTIE will release a career-spanning documentary next year. The trailer for the film premiered on September 25 in London, Ontario, Canada's historic Hyland Cinema in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of "Nintendo Quest: The Most Unofficial And Unauthorized Nintendo Documentary Ever!" as part of the London Comic Con convention. The film aims to deliver a certain perspective to the band's unique audience. It contains footage from all eras of the band and features a number of band members both past and present. It's rare that a band takes the time to catalog their entire career on video, but that's exactly what KITTIE did and it's another reason this film will be special. You will see the evolution of the band, and their music on screen. KITTIE last year raised $40,000 via a crowd funding campaign for the documentary. The Songs Of David Bowie by Kittie

Lullaby Versions Of EVANESCENCE Out Now; Audio Samples Available

October 3, 2015 - 15:37
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists," has just released "Lullaby Versions Of Evanescence" via Roma Music Group. "Lullaby Versions Of Evanescence" track listing: 01. Bring Me To Life 02. My Immortal 03. Going Under 04. Call Me When You Are Sober 05. Everybody's Fool 06. Lithium The song "Bring Me To Life" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Check out audio samples at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star was born for the parent that wants to pass along their biggest passion to their child, music. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star transforms popular music into instrumental lullabies perfect for babies, yoga or just relaxation. Now, parents can enjoy the music from LADY GAGA to METALLICA in soothing lullaby style. With over 135 titles to choose from, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the largest line of pop, rock, metal and jamband music lullabies in the world. These aren't novelty recordings. They are cute, they are soft but these are serious recordings. Roma Music Group, which releases Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, is run by two music industry veterans who put the fidelity of these recording at the top of the priority list. Let's face it, much like the brand name clothes you buy for your infant, this music is really for you. Whether you are raising a metal baby, rocker or hippie baby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has your music transformed from arena anthems into nursery classics.

SEBASTIAN BACH Says He Didn't Make Any Money By Selling Tickets To His Wedding Reception

October 3, 2015 - 15:11
Rodney Holder of Australia's Music Business Facts recently conducted an interview with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he has contracts with his backing musicians: "Not a signed contract, but we agree to everything before we go on the road, so there's no surprises. I do all my business before I get involved. I also don't talk business with my bandmates. My manager, Rick Sales, and his people that work for him talk numbers. That clouds a musical relationship. If you're always talking about money and publishing, you're not gonna even like the guy. I don't talk about that stuff with my guys in my bands. We have a relationship that is only about music. And they talk to my manager, and my manager talks to me, and we get everything figured out. And that's how that works." On how he splits songwriting credits with other people in a collaborative situation: "There's a way that that's done. If you're doing it honestly, you give credit where credit's due. I don't have to have that discussion with my musicians, 'cause I don't rip them off and I don't steal their publishing, because I want them to want to work with me. [Laughs] So the way you do it, if somebody brings in the riffs, they obviously wrote the music.Then I will come up with a melody line to sing over that music. So I'm coming up with the vocal melody line. Then I'll put words to the melody line. And music is fifty percent of the song, and lyrics and melody is another fifty percent. So, usually, the band… You know, the guitar player, like Steve Stevens, who brought 'Push Away', gets a hundred percent of the music, which is fifty percent of the song. That's how we do it. Then, if somebody comes up with a lyrical idea — like, Axl Rose [GUNS N' ROSES]. We had a song on 'Angel Down', and he came in and improvised some lyrics just on the spot. But he added two lines to the song, so he got a lyric co-write. If you're not ripping anybody off, you don't have to have that conversation. The only reason you would have that conversation is the way some guys say, 'It's my band and it's called 'Sebastian Bach,' so I get more publishing that you.' But I'm not like that. I hate that. [Laughs] I think that sucks. Who would wanna work with somebody like that? I wouldn't." On SKID ROW's record deal: "SKID ROW was only signed by Atlantic, three of the members. Atlantic Records only signed three of the five members of SKID ROW: me, Rachel [Bolan, bass] and Snake [guitarist Dave Sabo]. And so, those agreements are done before you go into the studio. You have entertainment lawyers that speak to each other about what's happening and then you sign everything and then you go do it. And the ironic thing is, I haven't been in a room with Rachel Bolan in twenty years, but we are still in a business relationship together. We have the same accountant, and I get statements and we get… It's very strange, 'cause we are close together in a business sense — still, and forever — but I don't even have any relationship with the guy. So it's very strange and weird." On whether he "did okay" financially as a member of SKID ROW: "We all did okay. When you sell twenty million records, everybody does okay. I mean, that's how many albums we sold and videos, singles… But, you know, we signed a publishing deal with [Jon] Bon Jovi's company, which gave him an extremely large cut of the first album. And when that happened, none of us realized it, really, and we were very bitter when we found that out. But our next record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, so quit your fucking whining. [Laughs] It's, like, I look back… He took us on tour… Nobody thought we'd make it. There was a million bands. We could have been BANG TANGO or TIGERTAILZ or… We could have been… There's a billion bands. We could have been BABYLON A.D. … Anyway, so, the fact that we were one of the bands that did make it was like a needle in the haystack. So for Bon Jovi to put us on the road in front of his crowd every night, that's how we made it. So he deserved to get paid for that. He could have taken any other band. So we re-did all those deals after the first album — for 'Slave To The Grind' and 'Subhuman Race' and the best-of album. We re-did all those." On whether he sees himself as a businessman: "Definitely. I am the president of Get Off My Bach Productions, and I am the boss in my band. I have a crew, I have a guitar tech, drum tech, soundman, tour manager, monitor man, band members… So, yes, I am a businessman. It depends on what interview I'm doing, you know, how I'm gonna answer that, as I said before. But, of course I am… Here's one thing that I should tell you: I sign my own checks. If this is a business article about business, here's something I'll tell you: you be the person that signs your checks. And that took me years to figure out. I had, in SKID ROW, accountants that sometimes I didn't even really know that would handle all the money and sign my checks for me. And you know what? That's not cool. I would say one of the greatest feelings I have is I'm the guy that signs my checks for my company — nobody else has that power, and people have tried to get it. And I'm, like, 'No, I'm the guy that signs checks for Sebastian Bach.' And so that would be a piece of advice that I would say would be good to keep." On whether it's true he charged people to attend his recent wedding reception: "We didn't run the whole wedding or reception. We got married at a place called RockBar Theater in San Jose, California. We played a concert there — my band — and after the concert, we were hanging out with the owners of the venue, and we were saying, 'Oh, we're getting married in August. And we're so excited.' And the owners of the venue said, 'You should get married here.' And I looked at my fiancée and we were, like, 'We can't get married at a rock bar.' And then they led us to this beautiful room with this amazing chandelier. And it was a gorgeous setting. And we looked at each other. We [went], 'We could actually get married here.' [Laughs] So it was their idea to have rock bands playing. Every wedding has a wedding band. Ours was different, 'cause we had a KISS tribute wedding band. And we had a party at the reception, and fans were allowed to come in. And I sang for… I don't know… two hours the first night [and] two hours the second night, and they got a picture with us and got to hang out. So it was just like a meet-and-greet kind of thing… it was a hundred and fifty dollars to come to the reception. I do VIP meet-and-greet sessions at every concert I do for more than that. When I do a meet-and-greet for, like, two hundred dollars or something — you know, every day, I do, like, ten of them at concerts — that's my reality of who I am. Every time I walk out in public, I am doing photos and I am signing things. This is my life twenty-four hours a day, and the only time it doesn't happen is when I tie my hair back and put a hat on and disguise myself. And then it still happens, 'cause I'm tall and my voice is kind of identifiable. [Laughs] But, for me, my life is like one big VIP meet-and-greet. [Laughs] It semed like the most natural thing in the world. When they said, 'Do you wanna have fans come to the reception when the KISS tribute band's playing?' I was, like, 'Of course.' Why wouldn't I? I don't wanna jam with a KISS tribute band just for my mom and my wife. They've seen me before. [Laughs] They're used to this. So, to me, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. When we did catch shit about it is when the venue came up with the price without asking us. It was, like, a lot of money, and so we made it more reasonable. But… I mean, KISS sells coffins, for god's sake. We didn't make any money off our wedding. If people think we did… we didn't. We got married and we lived happily ever after. The end. [Laughs] The venue [got the money from the ticket sales]. They put on the wedding. They paid for everything — the food, the band — and so they charged for tickets. There's Elvis weddings in Las Vegas. For years, people go to Vegas. There's a KISS chapel in Las Vegas at the KISS store. I'm not the first guy to do this. You can go get married by an Elvis impersonator, and people think that's normal. [Laughs] So what the heck? [Laughs] I've heard of a lot of weird weddings. Mine's not that weird, really. [Laughs]" Interview (audio):

Who Is The Greatest Heavy Metal Bassist? MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Weighs In

October 3, 2015 - 12:48
Poland's Top Guitar conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson at the fourth annual Warwick Bass Camp, which took place from August 31 to September 4 in Markneukirchen, Germany. You can now watch all three parts of the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET) On the most important thing when you want to play heavy metal on bass: "Well, there's two sides of it. Probably the most difficult part is to get a sound in a band, because guitars are really big, they're really loud; drums now have gotten very big and powerful, starting probably with some of the early IRON MAIDEN records and then certainly once we got into Vinnie Paul and a lot of that PANTERA production. Man, the drums just got huge, you know. And so getting a sound that works is a big part of it; it's as much a part of it as it is the notes you play, because metal, you're really creating a big sound. It isn't just, 'Here's the notes,' or, 'Here's the melody,' it's really a unique thing. And it's funny, because a lot of these jazz guys that are here at the camp… I'll be sitting down riffing through something. I ended up using a pick for most of my career, just because it helps me get that sound, and it's really a part of it. People come by and go, 'Man, dude, no one does that.' And I realized that that's kind of what I've grown up doing and I've developed my own thing. That's why I always like it when I see Kyle Sanders, for instance, from HELLYEAH playing with great finger playing and great tone. And he knows all the old KISS songs that we all know, yet he does his thing, which is very new, and he's got a fresh outlook on it. And the guys in MESHUGGAH, all these guys really get these really big, cool bass sounds. They have a real presence in the band. To me, I think that's a part of it — to really have a presence in the mix." On what he still wants to accomplish in music: "It's funny, I just kind of live day by day. An e-mail shows up, the phone rings, a things happens, and I just kind of really try to live in the moment. It's funny, I wrote that autobiography, 'My Life With Deth', and one of my tentative titles was gonna be 'All The Best Things That Happened To Me Were None Of My Ideas'. Because that's kind of how it works, especially in the creative domain like we live. A guy says, 'Hey, dude, come over here and play a part.' And, 'Hey, can you come over here?' and next thing you're on a tour, next thing you're in a studio. And I think that's… To stay out of your head and stay out of your ego and stay out of… you know, 'Is this gonna further my career?' Or, 'How am I gonna look?' I see a lot of people get caught up in that, and I've done it myself over the years; it's kind of human nature to do that. But I think staying out of here [points to head] and staying down here [points to chest] is the real answer." On who the greatest bassist in heavy metal is: "It's hard to say there's a greatest, the best… those kinds of things. I would say… Look, Steve Harris [IRON MAIDEN], to me, really changed the presence of bass in metal music. He was the guy that came… And, again, a lot of this is just, at my age, when I very impressionable, this group IRON MAIDEN came out, and next thing you know, the songwriter and the guy upfront with his foot on the monitors, who was almost like the lead singer of the band, was the bass player. [And I thought], 'Wow! This is awesome.' And I'd been listening to RUSH, and Geddy [Lee], of course, had a huge impact on me. Of course, Gene Simmons [KISS] before that. And Gene's a great bass player, man. He writes cool stuff, his bass lines are awesome and he breathes fire and spits blood while he does it. [Laughs] And, of course, Geezer Butler [BLACK SABBATH] and Bob Daisley, who played on those Ozzy [Osbourne] records and wrote a lot of that stuff. I like songwriter bass players; it's kind of a trend I've noticed. You know, Phil Lynott, Sting, Paul McCartney… on the more mainstream side of it. You know, there's something about guys that write that are… There's something different about how they weave themselves into the songs." MEGADETH's 15th studio album, "Dystopia", will be released on January 22, 2016 via Universal Music Enterprises / Tradecraft / T-Boy Records.

GHOST's Nameless Ghoul Answers Fan-Submitted Questions (Video)

October 3, 2015 - 11:35
One of the nameless ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions for Artisan News. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. GHOST's third album, "Meliora", entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8 with first-week sales of just over 29,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set follows the No. 28-peaking "Infestissumam", which was released in 2013 and has sold almost 70,000 copes in the U.S. to date. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). "Meliora" was released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The CD was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES). One of GHOST's Nameless Ghouls told TeamRock that "From The Pinnacle To The Pit" is the album's "fist in the air" track. He said: "I felt there was a place for a track like this on the album, a track with this level of intent. Sometimes simplicity is a good thing, that straightforward punch to the nose." He continued: "With the last album, some of the songs, even the more straight-ahead ones, weren’t always easy to bring into the live set, but with 'Pinnacle', once we started working on the demo, it just took on a life of its own."

Video: RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER Performs In Toronto

October 2, 2015 - 23:35
Decibel Geek has uploaded video footage of RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER, the new project featuring Juan Croucier (RATT), Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman, performing the RATT classic "Lack Of Communication" on September 26 at Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Check it out below. RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER, which exclusively plays songs from the RATT catalog, made its live debut on September 24 at the Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan. RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, who last month elected himself the CEO of WBS, Inc.RATT's touring entity and the sole and exclusive owner of the RATT trademarks — has filed a trademark infringement action against Croucier claiming that Croucier "formed a band which tours around the world under the name Juan Croucier's RATT's [sic] and plays the songs of RATT." Blotzer also objected to Croucier referring to himself "for marketing, promotions, advertising and for general purposes as 'The Other Voice of RATT," explaining that "Croucier was never the lead singer of RATT" and that "all members of [RATT] sang and sing harmony vocals during live shows and on records." According to Blotzer's complaint, "Croucier has been using trademarks which are identical, closely similar, or substantially indistinguishable" to the official RATT band logos "to promote Juan Croucier, his music, his services, Juan Croucier's RATT's [sic], his merchandise without [Blotzer's] permission or authorization." In addition, Blotzer alleges that Croucier has used the RATT logo "intentionally, knowledge and deliberate disregard, in order to draw RATT fans away from [Blotzer's] band's shows, to secure performances and venues so that [Blotzer's] band's could not secure those same performances and venues, to confuse consumers, promoters, and venues to believe that Juan Croucier is still a member of RATT or is some way affiliated, associated, endorsed or sponsored by [Blotzer]." Croucier rejoined RATT in 2012 for their show at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland. This marked his first appearance with the band since 1991. RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini earlier this week filed a lawsuit against Blotzer, claiming that the drummer is falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. Blotzer announced on September 23 that he was taking control of the RATT name and was planning to hit the road with a new version of the group, which played shows earlier in the year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE.

PHILIP ANSELMO On SUPERJOINT RITUAL: 'I Was F**ked Up Out Of My F**king Mind On Heavy Drugs'

October 2, 2015 - 22:28
In a brand new interview with the Phoenix New Times, former PANTERA and current DOWN and SUPERJOINT frontman was asked why he feels that SUPERJOINT's current live shows are so much better than those that he played with the band more than a decade ago when the group was known as SUPERJOINT RITUAL. He responded: "So-briety! [Laughs] Simply put. Sobriety." He continued: "You know, originally we were plugging along with SUPERJOINT, truth is, and I'm not a bit embarrassed or ashamed to admit it at all, I really don't remember much about SUPERJOINT from back then except for little pieces. I was fucked up out of my fucking mind on heavy drugs … and the overindulgence of booze. These days, don't get me wrong, I like my suds and I like a bit of the white grape…. But I think every damn one of us has a much clearer mind. A much more stable support system within that realm. And we're all veterans now, man. We've been through the lowest of times together, and this group of people — specifically, [guitarist] Jimmy Bower and [bassist] Kevin Bond — when it was time to say 'fuck this road to destruction,' we all kind of did that together. We all came off of heavy drugs at the same time. So I think there's this strength with knowledge there about what not to do. So really it just happened from our clear minds and fresh blood there. It's a positive thing. It feels like it's fun again, and isn't that the point? If you're going to make music and you're having fun while you're doing it, nothing in this world cane deter from that." Anselmo also talked in more detail about SUPERJOINT's stage show. He said: "I would just say, as far as energy goes, we know from being in the scene for 20, 30 years that we don't have to get up there and jump around and dance around for the kids anymore. All we need to do is throw our amps and drums up on stage… And play the music as tight as possible with no bullshit, man. Just lay it on them. And during this [fall], we're also going to be doing a multitude of shows with the mighty Glenn Danzig, who I've been friends with, for, geez, 25 years. He's always been a complete gentleman and supporter of myself and what I do. You look at a set like that … our game plan is to rip it song after song after song, with nary a break. And we will always have interaction with the audience because I love that part as well. But it comes down to leading people with a positive impression and playing as many songs as possible." SUPERJOINT's new lineup includes guitarists Kevin Bond (CHRIST INVERSION, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER) and Jimmy Bower (DOWN, EYEHATEGOD), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (WARBEAST, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) and bassist Stephen Taylor (PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, WOVEN HAND, 16 HORSE POWER). According to Anselmo, the direction of SUPERJOINT's new material will be very similar to that one the band's first two albums, 2002's "Use Once And Destroy" and 2003's "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred". "It won't sound any different, because myself, Jimmy and Kevin have always been the main writers in SUPERJOINT anyway, so, really — for the most part, really, me and Jimmy. So it shouldn't sound much different at all," he told Full Metal Jackie back in July.

BLACK STONE CHERRY: 'Me And Mary Jane' Performance Clip From 'Thank You: Livin' Live'

October 2, 2015 - 21:16
Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY will release their debut live DVD+CD, Blu+ray+CD, Digital Video and Digital Audio, "Thank You: Livin' Live" via Eagle Vision on October 30. The performance was shot on BLACK STONE CHERRY's "Magic Mountain" tour, exactly one year prior to the disc's scheduled release date, at the band's sold-out Birmingham LG Arena show on October 30, 2014. A clip of the song "Me And Mary Jane" from "Thank You: Livin' Live" can be seen below. In just seven years, BLACK STONE CHERRY progressed from playing 200-capacity club gigs in the U.K. to headlining their first arena tour. This DVD documents one of those triumphant shows, filmed at Birmingham's LG Arena and showcases the band's long-standing love affair with their British audience. Filmed in high definition and available on DVD, Blu-ray and twin DVD+CD pack, the incendiary live set features crowd favorites from all four of the band's studio albums, plus bonus interview material and additional live tracks shot at this year's Download Festival. The band is thrilled to bring this release to their fanbase, as guitarist Ben Wells attests: "We are beyond excited to bring you all this live DVD. Growing up watching my Elvis and AEROSMITH DVDs and VHS tapes, I never thought I would be in a band that would one day be releasing one — and in an arena at that! We are so honored, humbled, and thankful to have the fans and friends we have in this business and we couldn't do it without the grace of God and all of your support! Sit back and enjoy this live BSC experience. We had a blast filming it!" Frontman Chris Robertson continues: "I remember our first gig headlining in Birmingham at the Barfly and I thought about that night many times as we were filming this DVD. It was truly an amazing experience that we will cherish forever and we have to give all the credit to the amazing fans for showing up and making it all possible!" With a running time of over 2 hours, the DVD's track listing runs as follows: 01. Rain Wizard 02. Blind Man 03. Me And Mary Jane 04. In My Blood 05. Holding On...To Letting Go 06. Maybe Someday 07. Such A Shame 08. Things My Father Said 09. Fiesta Del Fuego 10. Sunshine Of Your Love 11. Like I Roll 12. Bad Luck And Hard Love 13. Drum Solo 14. Hollywood In Kentucky 15. Hell And High Water 16. Soul Creek 17. White Trash Millionaire 18. Blame It On The Boom Boom 19. Layla 20. Peace Is Free 21. Lonely Train (Can't Judge A Book) Bassist Jon Lawhon says: "We've worked very hard on putting all of this together for everyone and it was the crowd that made this a night we will not soon forget. Thank you all so much for your dedication and support. We love you all and hope you enjoy it!" The band's inimitable sticksman, John Fred Young, underlines their appreciation of BSC fans' loyalty and echoes the DVD's title when he says; "THANK YOU to everyone who stuck with us over the years and who came out and made this night such a special memory for us! This is for you!" BLACK STONE CHERRY is currently hard at work on album number five which is set to see the light of day in spring 2016. The band returns to the U.K. in late January to headline the U.K.'s inaugural "Carnival of Madness" tour with SHINEDOWN, HALESTORM and newcomers HIGHLY SUSPECT.

TOOL's MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Discusses Upcoming Authorized Biography

October 2, 2015 - 20:52
TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan's biography will be published in the fall of 2016 via Backbeat Books. The book will be written by Sarah Jensen and is authorized by Keenan, who will collaborate with Jensen on the book. Speaking to about how the idea for his biography came about, Keenan said: "One of my best friends in high school, we're still close, his sister's a writer, she's 10 years older than we are; she's kind of been around for a while, of course, seeing everything that went on pre–high school, high school, etc. So I approached her, because she's a writer, to see if she was interested in helping me work on a semi-autobiography. Because I didn't really want to write it as an autobiography, first-person — I'd rather have it be more in story form, like you're kind of along for the journey, with sidebars by me throughout, in my voice, kind of expanding on particular instances or anecdotes. But for the most part, it's just she and I on the phone a couple times a week, just going over timelines, going over stories, etc." Asked if he is giving Jensen license to incorporate all the information as she sees fit, Keenan said: "She'll write section-by-section; we'll go back and edit and fix and tweak, section-by-section, chapter-by-chapter. We have conversations twice a week to just go over... She'll send me the chapters, and I'll read them through, and then she'll have questions or clarifications, contradictions. You talk to somebody else; they didn't remember it the same way, so you had to rack your brain and go, 'Okay, was I drunk? Did I sleep through that?' A lot of just editing, fact-checking. But we're pretty much ... For the most part, it's not complete, but it's 90 percent complete, so we're hoping to have it out by fall, next fall." Keenan's other band, PUSCIFER, will release its third studio album, "Money Shot", on October 30. A six-week tour in support of the record will kick off on November 1 at the Monster Mash festival in Phoenix, winding down on December 12 in Las Vegas. TOOL will also appear at the Monster Mash event, but will play the day before on October 31. TOOL guitarist Adam Jones revealed in March that the band had finally settled a complicated lawsuit that had dragged on for eight years, setting back the band's recording plans. The group is now reportedly working at a faster pace on music for its first new studio set since 2006.

Video: Ex-IMMORTAL Frontman ABBATH's Version Of I's 'Warriors'

October 2, 2015 - 20:37
ABBATH, the band led by ex-IMMORTAL frontman Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath), has released a video for its version of the I song "Warriors", which was originally featured on the album "Between Two Worlds", issued by Nuclear Blast in 2006. Check it out below. ABBATH will release a seven-inch single, "Count The Dead", on December 11 via Season Of Mist. The A-side features the title track while the B-side consists of a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Riding On The Wind". "Count The Dead" will be released in two versions, which are both limited to 500 copies worldwide and exclusively available for pre-order through the Season Of Mist shop. ABBATH's video for the song "Fenrir Hunts" can be seen below. The clip is a live recording of a new ABBATH track, the studio version of which will appear on the group's forthcoming debut album, due in early 2016 via Season Of Mist. The band states: "We have performed 'Fenrir Hunts' live since our debut concert at Tuska festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with 'Fenrir Hunts', which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is 'Fenrir Hunts', the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!" The "Fenrir Hunts" video was directed by Fraser West. The song was recorded and mixed by Jamie Ward. Bass duties for ABBATH are being handled by a man familiar to metal fans across the world — Tom Cato Visnes, more widely known as King Ov Hell and main composer for several GORGOROTH albums as well as his own bands OV HELL, with singer Shagrath from DIMMU BORGIR, and GOD SEED, with exceptional black metal vocalist Gaahl. His fellow GOD SEED member and BORKNAGAR percussionist, Baard Kolstad, has also joined ABBATH on drums. Abbath announced earlier this year that he was moving forward under his own name. "I didn't want to go solo in the first place," Abbath told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. "I wanted the best for IMMORTAL. I didn't want it to end this way. First of all, I just wanted my music out. I wanted to record the [next] album [because] it's been so many years since 'All Shall Fall'. And both Demonaz and Horgh, they have kids and families now, and it just hit that point where I couldn't work the way they wanted to work any more. I wanted things on my terms and they wanted things on their terms, and it was very difficult." He continued: "I wanted to rehearse at least three times a week, but often it was only once a week and things went so slow. I sat there with all this material, I kept the rehearsal space and recorded the stuff on click track, but it was a very strained atmosphere and the Last time we worked together was in early June last year." Asked if the decision to part ways and seek out new band members was inevitable, Abbath said: "I was forced to do it this way. I wanted IMMORTAL to continue, but not the way it was. The dialogue has not been there and it's also my mistake. I should have brought up this shit a long time ago, but IMMORTAL, after Demonaz's problems with his arms, it never became a band after that." He continued: "IMMORTAL is a very special situation. [Demonaz] hasn't been in the band, but then I always wanted to do the best for everybody, to have the band spirit, and that's why when we decided to start IMMORTAL again, we tried to get the spirit back, and bring him on tour, and just share our thing and be a band and have a kick-ass time. But it never worked out. The chemistry wasn't there with the IMMORTAL guys and hadn't been for a while." Abbath added: "I believe in my music and I believe in my expression, but time flies and we grow apart. Maybe in the future we can go back again, I don't know, but right now I just want to do my thing and just be ABBATH and have people around me who support that."

LINDEMANN Feat. RAMMSTEIN Singer, PAIN/HYPOCRISY Mainman: Trailer For 'Fish On' Video

October 2, 2015 - 19:50
A trailer for "Fish On", the new video from LINDEMANN, the project featuring vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), can be seen below. The song will be released as a single on October 9. It will include the previously unreleased track "G-Spot Michael" as well as the Drago Baotic Smooth Version of "Praise Abort". Tägtgren recently told Kaaos TV about the response to LINDEMANN's debut album, "Skills In Pills": "It's been really good. I mean, some people are, 'Ah, the lyrics are so immature.' [But] I think it's funny lyrics. me and Till are immature people. So, you know, we're just having fun with… He's discovering the English words; he's always been writing in German [with RAMMSTEIN]. And now, his crazy ideas and all the English stuff, it's like plucking the tree, he always tells me, from fruit, because the German tree is already empty for him, he said. So it's really refreshing for him to do all these things in English. I mean, so far it really went very well — Number One in a lot of countries, including Finland. So it was surprising. Some [reviews] are more, like, 'Yeah, immature guys going crazy.' But, hey, it's a party album. It's like, you know, Billy Idol in 2015 on… I don't know… speed. It's a party album. We want people to get a good feeling when we do it. It's great party music, I think. It's an album that you can get in a mood before you go to a festival, or before you go out to the bar or something, to get a good feeling." Regarding LINDEMANN's plans to perform live, Peter said: "Mainly, it is that we have to see if the promoters are interested in it, and how should we do it? Should we do it huge, or should we do it very small club punk rock? We don't know anything yet. So we're still collecting info from our promoter. He's throwing out some lines here and there to see who is interested and what can we expect, and where will we be on the bill? Will we play in the bar, or in the tent or on the main stage? We need to know these things before we start planning: 'Okay, are we gonna go crazy with the stage, or should we go very small?' It's still a little bit too early to know." He continued: "I think if it's gonna happen, it's gonna be festivals. That's what I think right now. Everything changes constantly between me and [Till]. So you never know. Maybe tomorrow we're gonna play on the moon. So, we never know. We'll find out… It's better not to say too much until we know for sure. But I hope that we're gonna go out and play." "Skills In Pills" was released on June 23 via Warner Bros.. The album was made available in the following formats: * Standard Edition (2-panel digipack, 28-page booklet) * Special Edition (Blu-ray-packaging, 28-page booklet, bonus track "That's My Heart") * Super Deluxe Edition (large-size book, hardcover, 80 pages, telescope-carton, CD+bonus track "That's My Heart") * Vinyl (gatefold sleeve, 28-page booklet, bonus track, includes album-download code) * Digital Photo courtesy of Warner Music / Tomaso Baldesarini


October 2, 2015 - 18:00
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist Woody Weatherman has told West Michigan's Revue that the four-piece version of the band — featuring Pepper Keenan on guitar and vocals — hopes to hit the studio soon to record another album with John Custer, C.O.C.'s perennial producer. "With our last record [with Pepper Keenan], [2005's] 'In The Arms Of God' — we want to pick up where that left off," he said. "We were on to something there, and then [Hurricane] Katrina happened [in New Orleans, where Keenan is based]. Then the band went on hiatus and we never picked it back up until 2010 when we started doing the three-piece stuff." Weatherman believes "In The Arms Of God", which featured GALACTIC's Stanton Moore on drums, wasn't promoted properly. "We put a lot of effort into that and it took some doing to get it done," Weatherman said. "But I think it didn't get a fair shake. We got cut off from supporting it." Keenan played his first full show with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY since 2006 on March 7 at Manchester Academy 2 in Manchester, England. Speaking about the differences between writing music for CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and DOWN, Keenan told "Maximum Threshold": "The biggest difference with the C.O.C. stuff is that I'm singing, so my brain acts differently towards that writing songs for Phil [Anselmo, DOWN frontman] to sing. It's two different entities. I don't know how I split it in half, but I do it. I just go off the catalyst of what the last C.O.C. record was, which I thought was an extremely strong record. So we're just gonna shoot for that angle. And those guys have got a bunch of great riffs, and it's a different machine." Keenan joined CORROSION OF CONFORMITY in 1990, but he did not become the band's lead singer until the recording of "Deliverance", which came out in 1994.

TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY: 'I'm Singing Better Than Ever'

October 2, 2015 - 17:32
Banger TV recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what still excites him about playing music, Billy said: "It's the enjoyment that I had when I started it. My mom said, 'Don't be a singer. Don't be a musician. Go to school.' But this is what I love. And she's proud of what I've done and accomplished, sticking with what I do, 'cause I put my all into it." He continued: "Anything you do in life, the more you do it, you get better at it. Especially a band like us, we started and went through this whole scene back to where we are today, from the early '80s to the '90s, where metal wasn't happening, reviving back in 2000 and coming back strong again. And I think we are at our peak right now. Speaking for myself, I feel I'm singing better than ever." TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson recently told Lithium Magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth" album: "We're still working on it. I would say, probably, realistically, we're about halfway done. It depends on how it could just come to us and be done when I get home, or if you hit certain obstacles and different shows come up and tours. But I think the juices are starting to flow now… 'cause it's been so long, and we've been busting our balls and trying to get this record done, and I think we're getting it back into the whole vibe of what we really wanna do. 'Cause, I mean, we're on our eleventh record, and we're into this, like, 25, 30 years now. It's kind of, like, there's so many bands doing what we do, our style of music, and, I think, a band like us, when you've been around this long, you don't wanna just put out the same thing; you don't wanna do the cookie-cutter kind of thing, where you're just, like, 'Let's just copy what we did before.' For me, it's gotta come from the heart. So that's why it's taking so long. I think everybody will be stoked when it comes out." Regarding the musical direction of the new TESTAMENT material, Eric said: "When you're beginning [as a band], you're just evolving — you're not thinking about it — but once you get to a certain plateau, you start going, 'Okay, do we wanna sound like our older stuff, or are we gonna do something like the new bands are doing now?' Like, 'You guys have gotta sound like this,' or, 'You're gonna do this. You're gonna do that.' So, I think where we're at, we're kind of choosing what record we wanna sound like, and then when I go to write songs, they don't sound like that. 'Cause it's just, like, you can't do that. Who knows what I was doing or what I was thinking when I wrote that? So, I mean, it's gonna come out. You do your best of what you're into at the time, and I really like what I'm creating right now. The stuff that I've written so far is a lot more thrashy. And Chuck is on the edge of whether he wants to do 'death' vocals or clean vocals. I prefer when he's more of a singing style and using the 'death' stuff to throw it over the fence." TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan were forced to miss the band's appearance at the Heavy Montreal festival in early August due to their touring commitments in Europe with DEATH TO ALL (DTA). Replacing them at the show were Tilen Hudrap from VICIOUS RUMOURS on bass and Alex Bent from BATTLECROSS on drums.

Original KORN Drummer Predicts Band's Next Album 'Will Be The Same Crap They Have Been Putting Out For Years'

October 2, 2015 - 17:17
Original KORN drummer David Silveria says that the band's current lineup "just [doesn't] have it in them to [write] songs that can stand up" to the group's first three records and has predicted that KORN's next album "will be the same crap they have been putting out for years." Silveria, who left KORN in late 2006, made the disparaging comments on the band's official Facebook page below a post about a interview in which KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer said that the band is now at work on the follow-up to its 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift". Munky said: "I think it's time to solidify our legacy." Silveria, who retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant after his exit from KORN, wrote in the September 30 post: "I think KORN was solidified in our first few albums. They just don't have it in them to [write] songs that can stand up to our first three records. It's just Munky trying to give bullshit hype on another record that I believe will be the same crap they have been putting out for years. As soon as Jon [singer Jonathan Davis] stopped writing with the entire band, the music [went] to shit. And I'm sure their new record will be more shit. I can't blame him for trying to hype a new record when he knows fans have been disappointed by their last four records. You can call a turd a diamond but it doesn't make it so!" Silveria sued his former bandmates late in February, claiming that his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria said he still had ownership interest in KORN and was asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they've made since he left so that he can get his rightful share. Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact that KORN welcomed back guitarist Brian "Head" Welch two years ago but wouldn't do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013. KORN kicked off a fall North American tour on Thursday (October 1) in Chicago. The band is performing its self-titled 1994 debut in its entirety at every stop, finishing up on October 30 inOakland. Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December that he felt it was "wrong" for KORN to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had "just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record." KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, "The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens." Silveria told fans in 2013 that KORN was not the same since he left, saying, "Until they have the real 'funky drummer' it's just not gonna groove the way it could. I've made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove."