Fan-filmed video footage of CHEVELLE's entire July 18 performance at at the Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, Texas can be seen at this location. A couple of the clips are available below.
CHEVELLE's seventh studio album, "La Gárgola", sold around 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Epic.
"La Gárgola" was recorded in Pasadena, California instead of the band's usual spot in their hometown of Chicago, and follows up 2011's "Hats Off To The Bull".
The "La Gárgola" cover features a dark figure wearing a buttoned up coat and a beak-like mask worn by plague doctors back in the days.
Drummer Sam Loeffler explained the group's sound to Loudwire Reloaded, saying: "At the end of the day I think we sound like our band without trying to sound like somebody else, and that's important. But at the same time you hope your music evolves. To me, it does evolve, but it's still melodic hard rock music which is what inspires us to want to write."
The first single, "Take Out The Gunman", addresses the issues of guns and mass shootings, but Loeffler says it's also about more than that. "It is hitting a little close to home," he tells The Pulse Of Radio. "However, certainly it's about that but the real point is about how the media sensationalizes it and how it perpetuates it, because we talk about it so much and concentrate on it so much, which is — when you put something on television, it just becomes bigger than life and then, you know, the age-old question is, if you don't put it on TV and nobody knows about it, will it happen less? I don't know."
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis joined ASKING ALEXANDRIA on stage at the Gibson Brands AP Music Awards Monday night (July 21) at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, Ohio to perform a cover of DURAN DURAN's "Hungry Like The Wolf". Check out video footage of his appearance below.
In its inaugural year, the APMAs was hosted by six-time AP cover star Mark Hoppus (BLINK-182) and featured additional performances from A DAY TO REMEMBER, ALL TIME LOW, FALL OUT BOY, FALLING IN REVERSE, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, MACHINE GUN KELLY, MISFITS, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, twenty one pilots and Brendon Urie of PANIC! AT THE DISCO.
Fifteen awards in total were handed out at the APMAs, including Album Of The Year, Artist Of The Year, Song of the Year, Best Guitarist, Best Drummer, Best Bassist, Best International Band, Best Vocalist, Artist Philanthropic Award and Most Dedicated Fans, along with an Icon Award honoring Joan Jett and a Vanguard Award honoring Billy Corgan.
On July 20, SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo and bassist Rachel Bolan were interviewed at the studios of the WZZM television station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can now watch their appearance at this location.
Asked how SKID ROW's sound has changed since the release of the band's first two albums, Sabo said: "It hasn't. We've always remained true to what we do. It's the only thing we know how to do, to be quite honest. And one of the things that we pride ourselves on is that we've never been disengenious with the audience at all; we've always been very true to the spirit and the soul of the band."
He continued: "Songwriting is a very selfish act; you have to write for yourself first. But by doing that, you leave no stone unturned and you make sure that what you're giving the public is completely true and pure. And this way, you kind of leave it up to them to decide whether they like it or not; it's out of your hands at that point. But at least it's genuine. It's not something that's false."
Added Bolan: "We've never changed our… I don't wanna say 'formula,' but the way we write songs. We've always done it. We just get in a room, buy a six-pack of beer and we bounce ideas off each other for hours. Shut off the cell phone, you know…"
SKID ROW — Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — will release a new seven-song EP, "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", on August 5 via Megaforce Records. The CD will contain covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.
In a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon, Sabo spoke about SKID ROW's mindset while writing the new material. "I think we have also gotten to the point that we are so appreciative of what we have and are so thankful," he said. "We are really humbled by it all. I think with that comes a respect for the audience and what the band has been able to do over the course of the past 28 years. There is a respect for the songwriting, along with a respect for each other.
"Rachel and I really became conscious of how fortunate we are. To still be songwriting partners, band members and best buds after all this time is really something. That doesn't get lost on us through this whole process. We are keenly aware of being present and in the moment. It sounds cliché, but when it really does happen, it is something truly incredible. I think we are just going to take that philosophy and presence of mind into the next release and create from there. It is a great sampling and a great place to be in when you are both on the same page with one and other. The results are something to behold."
Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with former DRAGONFORCE and current I AM I singer ZP Theart at the SOS Festival, which was held on July 19-20 in Manchester, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about the recent departures of I AM I members Jacob Ziemba (guitar), Neil Salmon (bass) and Andy Midgley (guitar), ZP said: "Ultimately, fans are there for the music, and that's the bottom line. And as long as they appreciate that and the music gets played right, then [that's all that matters]."
He added: "You have to have the hunger, and after all this time, I've still got the hunger. Everyone else doesn't necessarily feel the same way about it as I do, and there you go. Things move on. I'm out here to be onstage and do music, and that's all I care about. And I wanna surround myself with people that feel the same way. Onwards and upwards."
Regarding I AM I's plans for the follow-up the band's debut album, 2012's "Event Horizon", ZP said: "We've already started writing, so there's a lot of stuff in the kitty already. And we're gonna take the next few months to sort all that out." He went on to describe I AM I's ne wmaterial as "very different. Ultimately the same, but very different. It's a bolder path we're taking, I reckon, and a lot of people are gonna be really puzzled and surprised at the same time. It's new energy. It's new people involved. So far everyone's [getting their ideas in]. We're actually sitting in a rehearsal room and coming up with riffs and working it out in the good, old-fashioned way."
Ziemba, Salmon and Midgley announced their departures from I AM I in February "due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band."
A founding member of DRAGONFORCE, Theart made four studio albums and a live record with the band and toured the world for a decade, eventually performing to audiences of up to 85,000 people. His time with the group also saw him nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
After his departure from DRAGONFORCE in 2010, ZP worked tirelessly to put together his own group and, after catefully handpicking a set of expert musicians, the result was one of the most exciting new rock bands of 2012, I AM I. A promotional single entitled "Silent Genocide" in the summer was followed by the release of a debut album, "Event Horizon", in September 2012. Written and produced by ZP and Polish-born guitarist Jacob Ziemba and mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (HELLOWEEN, MASTERPLAN), its stunning blend of melody-filled metal and riff-based rock topped off by ZP's soaring vocal performances completed a package that was acclaimed worldwide by critics and audiences alike.
Riff-Mag.com conducted an interview with Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA on June 24 at The Underworld in London, England. You can now watch the chat below.
ANGRA's current lineup includes acclaimed Italian vocalist Fabio Lione (VISION DIVINE, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT).
The band celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its 1993 debut album, "Angels Cry", with a special concert on August 25, 2013 at HSBC Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil.
As a means of celebrating its successful trajectory, the band took the opportunity to schedule a small tour through Brazil and Latin America, which culminated with the show in São Paulo, after 11 dates. If there was any aura of uncertainty towards the future, ANGRA shook it off for good with a very special concert, truly a night to remember. As guitar player Rafael Bittencourt put it, "For those who think we should quit, I tell you: we're just getting started". That pretty much summons up the very apparent joy that the band showed onstage, not only that night, but on the whole tour.
A stellar team of guests made everything even more special. Tarja Turunen, formerly of NIGHTWISH, lends her talent and angelic voice on two songs: "Stand Away" and Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights". On the latter, the legendary Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) is also featured, and shows why he is such a reference for the majority of guitar players around the world. The Brazilian string quartet FAMILIA LIMA appears in three songs, and drummer Amilcar Christopharo, from the band TORTURE SQUAD, grabs the sticks on "Evil Warning", representing the metal bands from Brazil.
"Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour" was released as a separate DVD and a double CD, containing over 20 tracks in total and extra behind-the-scenes footage captured during the latest tour.
Singer Eduardo "Edu" Falaschi quit ANGRA in May 2012. He explained in a statement, "There comes a moment in a man's life when it is necessary to make a radical decision in order to move forward with dignity and renewed energy."
Falaschi joined ANGRA in 2000 and appeared on the band's last four studio albums — 2001's "Rebirth", 2004's "Temple Of Shadows", 2006's "Aurora Consurgens" and 2010's "Aqua".
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo will resurrect his MASS MENTAL project for a couple of appearances in late August and early September. The first show will take place on Tuesday, August 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California and will be followed by a performance at Warwick in Markneukirchen, Germany. The second concert will be held on Saturday, September 6 on the Framus & Warwick grounds, during the Warwick Open Day 2014, the crowning conclusion of the Bass Camp. MASS MENTAL will hit Warwick's open-air stage at 5:45 p.m.
Tickets for the Whisky A Go-Go show can be purchased at TicketWeb.
There are just some bands who stand out from the crowd, and then there are those few who are absolutely out of this world. Without question, MASS MENTAL is such a monster of an act.
MASS MENTAL was founded in 1998 by Trujillo, formerly of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, along with SKINDRED singer Clive "Benji" Webbe, formerly of DUB WAR. In 1999, the band released "How To Write Love Songs", along with the live album "Live In Tokyo". Both CDs were made available exclusively in Japan. Shortly thereafter, MASS MENTAL broke up, allowing the bandmembers to return to their main projects. In 2002, MASS MENTAL reunited briefly with Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, SOULFLY) playing drums, although no new material resulted.
MASS MENTAL's lineup for the Whisky A Go-Go and Warwick Open Day 2014 shows will be as follows:
* Benji Webbe (SKINDRED) - Lead Vocals
* Robert Trujillo (METALLICA, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Bass
* Armand Sabal-Lecco (PAUL SIMON) - Bass
* Ken Schalk (CANDIRIA) - Drums
* Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL) - Lead Vocals (special guest)
In many ways, these will be once-in-a-lifetime events: Robert Trujillo is normally with METALLICA 365 days a year. Since all these musicians are constantly on tour or in the studio, it was no small feat for all of them to appear under one roof for the Warwick Open Day. However, since Robert Trujillo places so much worth on MASS MENTAL, he was able to make it happen.
Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has captured video footage of what he claims was an unidentified flying object (UFO) outside of his Studio City, California home on Monday, July 14. Check out the clip below.
Says Menza: "I was standing in my front yard with my two boys and this is what we saw. [It had] the shape of a triangular object with rounded tips glowing yellow and white. [I am] not sure what it is, but it looked totally awesome."
During a recent appearance on "Rock 'N' SeXXXy UnCensored", the Internet radio show hosted by adult film star Amber Lynn, Menza spoke about his forthcoming book, which is being written with J. Marshall Craig, best known for his critically acclaimed work as a writer for Eric Burdon's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist Chuck Leavell's "Between Rock And A Home Place" and the West Coast hip-hop history "Guilty By Association". Menza said: "My book is about me and my life. It includes all kinds of stuff, from my childhood up until just as of recently. And I'm actually adding another chapter to it, probably, because it's taking so long to finalize everything — legal stuff, the cover artwork, the picture that's gonna be used… we're not really sure yet."
He continued: "I don't know what I can tell you about it. There's a lot of funny things in it. It's all true stuff. There's some government conspiracies and alien coverups and all kinds of stuff in there. Now that I'm into space exploration and research stuff — that's kind of what I'm into right now. I've always been into aliens and stuff like that. We are are the aliens and that's why we're here. All the evolution of everything is from alien technology.
"Before, back in the Stone Ages, like when we were just regular humans, we didn't have brains in us and then the aliens came down and they intervened and they put brains in our heads and now we're all smart and we're starting to figure things out, ascending to the next level and a higher level of conscious awareness and that sort of stuff."
Originally announced as "Megalife", Nick's book will now be titled "Menzalife". He explained: "It got changed just as of recently, because I can't use 'Megalife'; someone's already using that name and it's trademarked. No big deal. It's still the same content inside. It's gonna be for sale at the stores and stuff like that. A publisher is gonna put it out. I don't have a deal as of yet, but the book is really cool."
Menza's first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.
Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, "Cryptic Writings", but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.
Legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne has asked his fans to "help unscramble Ozzy's new cover art by using the hashtag #OzzyRules on Facebook and Twitter. The more you share the sooner it unlocks."
You can see the progress and learn more at this location.
It is unclear if the cover art in question will be used for Osbourne's new solo studio album, which would be the follow-up to 2010's "Scream". Ozzy's touring guitarist, Gus G., told Noisefull in a recent interview, "Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that's for sure. As far as I know, he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don't know when he will finish them, if he'll do them and if I'm going to be a part of it, but I definitely know that he wants to do one more solo album."
In a May 2011 interview with Planet Rock, Ozzy revealed that he would go back to basics on his forthcoming CD. "On my next album, I can assure you it's going to be back to balls to the wall," he said. "I have already been writing some stuff, [working on] some ideas with my band."
Speaking to Metal Messiah Radio's "Heavy Metal Thunder" show, Ozzy stated about his planned follow-up to 2010's "Scream", "I wanna get more back down to basics with this next album.
"I haven't got a title. I've written a couple of ideas down. But I can't really give you much more information. It's not gonna take a long time, I don't think. All I can say to you is I've got a few ideas for songs, but I don't wanna say when it's going to be released because I don't know myself.
"I don't stick to a formula. I just try and experiment a lot. 'Scream' was more like a an experimental album because I didn't have a band at the time. [Guitarist] Gus [G.] came along and the guys played on the album after I'd done a lot of the work myself and my producer, Kevin Churko, in my studio."
Ozzy Osbourne's current touring drummer, Tommy Clufetos, told the "Talking Metal" podcast in 2011 that early work was already underway for a follow-up to "Scream" and that he thought Ozzy was "going to return to a classic rock band record." Clufetos added, "What he has expressed is that he wants to make it the band playing live in a room so wherever that takes us. Less technology and more amps and drums."
Ozzy recorded much of "Scream" in a studio at his home in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Churko, doing most of the writing and recording on computers. He told The Pulse Of Radio he liked working that way but wanted to do something different next time out. "At the end of the day, the end result was pretty cool, but I don't know whether I want to continue to do it that way," he said. "I like to — like the earlier albums, I'd go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album."
Clufetos told "Talking Metal" in 2011 that Ozzy and the touring band had already begun working on song ideas between shows on Ozzy's tour, saying, "We are already coming up with new ideas backstage, in the hotel rooms and at soundcheck and have a bunch of ideas recorded . . . time will tell what happens with them."
Ozzy's first album under the SABBATH banner in 35 years, "13", came out in June 2013 and topped both the U.S. and U.K. album charts, later winning a Grammy Award as well.
There's no timeline on when Ozzy might record his next solo effort. Ozzy has indicated that he would also like to record a new SABBATH album.
As previously reported, Ozzy will headline the Hyundai Card Citybreak music festival in Seoul this summer. The two-day event, which will be held August 9-10 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, will also include performances by the alternative rock band HOOBASTANK, former BON JOVI guitarist Richie Sambora, Japanese signature rock band LOCOFRANK, groove metal band COCOBAT and local punk rock band YELLOW MONSTERS.
Gene Greenwood of Farting Puppy Productions has uploaded video footage of former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and his solo band THE WILDABOUTS performing on June 27 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Check it out below.
The singer's tour with THE WILDABOUTS features him playing STP classics and select VELVET REVOLVER cuts alongside two songs from THE WILDABOUTS' forthcoming album, tentatively due in November. So far, seven songs have been recorded, with five more to come. It will be Scott's third solo studio LP and first since 2008's "Happy In Galoshes". Weiland has stated in recent interviews that the new album will be more of a full-band effort.
"It's like an indie rock 'n' roll record that has a garage element to it," Weiland told the Toronto Sun."The band — we're all friends and we have the same ideals and the same ideas musically, artistically, sonically, how we want things to sound, to be treated ... Kind of creating sort of a T.REX-meets-SABBATH (vibe) with a little bit of Appalachian feel in between."
He added in a separate interview with the Nanaimo News Bulletin: "It's definitely a lot more indie sounding than the big riffs that are STP or VELVET REVOLVER. It's rock 'n' roll, but it has a modern artistic approach to it. A lot of that is taking a lot of time thinking about what kind of tones to use, what kind of pedals to use. We're really kinda of leaning towards multi-fuzz boxes and adding octaves to that, like low octaves as far as the riffs go."
THE WILDABOUTS originally began as a five-piece but recently decided to drop down to a four-piece, a format that "works out a lot better" because it adds "so much more space between the notes and that space is really important," Weiland said.
Last year, Weiland embarked on the "Purple At The Core" tour, where he and THE WILDABOUTS delivered selections from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first two albums, 1992's "Core" and 1994's "Purple".
The Michigan Times journalist Alex Hinson took part in a roundtable interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer at the July 17 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhen Festival at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.
Asked what its like having guitarist Brian "Head" Welch back in KORN after an eight-year absence from the band, Munky said: "A lot of fans have said, 'Oh, it's so great to have him back,' and every time they say that, I always think, 'It is. But not as great as it is for me.' Because he's my brother with, like, left and right speaker, so having him back is just like… It's a family member. It's like you hadn't seen your brother in so long and now he's back in the family. I think the band really needed him for a long time. So now [we can] create that powerhouse that KORN is supposed to sound like — a wall of guitars. It's so pleasing to not only the fans, but us when we were in the studio, coming up with riffing and creatively. So it's a lot of fun. It's fun again."
The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America starting July 15.
For the "World Tour Edition", the Bakersfield quintet lock and load last year's critically acclaimed "The Paradigm Shift", with three brand new songs including their just-released single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork. It's the ultimate way to experience "The Paradigm Shift". Among the other unreleased material, Davis opens up about his young son Zeppelin's battle with diabetes on the powerful "So Unfair", while "The Game Is Over" slams with the intense catharsis fans worldwide expect from these legends.
Metal Injection recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he still enjoys touring more than three decades since OVERKILL's inception, Ellsworth said: "I do, yeah. I still, actually, get nervous, and I still get butterflies. And it doesn't matter if there's 200 or 20,000 [people in attendance]. I mean, that's always the way the process has been. I know that the guys have gelled into a great lineup, and we can get out there and we have a great time doing this, but the show is the most important thing. And that's because I think we play every show like it could be our last show. And if you think in those terms, if you think in that daily process, what you're putting into it is going to have those emotions and those physical changes come about you. Your eyes widen and you can't believe you're in Costa Rica, or Berlin, or New York, or in Tokyo. I mean, it's a great feeling. So I really do look forward to the touring."
OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age".
OVERKILL's videos for "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips.
"White Devil Armory" track listing:
01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There's Smoke...
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It's All Yours
10. In The Name
The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity.
Rob Zombie has apologized to his fans for pulling the plug on his band's headlining performance this past Sunday night (July 20) at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin because he was suffering from a throat ailment.
Zombie's appearance at the event came to an end after only two songs when the singer told the festival crowd there was "no way" he could finish the gig and walked offstage to a chorus of disappointed groans.
In a posting on his Facebook page earlier today, Zombie wrote: "I am very sorry to everyone who was at Rock Fest.
"Believe it or not, this is the first time in 29 years I have not been able to finish a show.
"I have played through many many nights with a fucked voice.
"I knew [my voice was shot] backstage, but came out and tried anyway, but failed.
"I understand people are pissed, but what can you do?
"It is easy to say, 'Man up and just do it,' but when no sound is coming out, there is nothing you can do.
"If you have ever lost your voice before, then you know it doesn't magically return just because you want it to.
"If there was a way to do the show, I would have done it, as I have many, many times before. Fuck, I done shows where I walked to the side of the stage between songs to vomit I was so sick.
"Whatever. I'm not looking for sympathy and I don't expect anyone care, but these are the facts.
"As far as everyone yelling, 'I've been a fan for 20 years and now I fucking hate you! you pussy rock star!' What can I say?! Fucking shitty stuff happens sometimes. I tried explaining it into the mic before I left the stage, but I could barely croak out a word.
"Do you think there was any upside to that show for me? Nope, it's all a big fucking mess that I wish never happened. We are trying to figure out a time and place to make it up to everybody.
"I don't take the fans for granted and I don't take this situation lightly. My goal is to never let the fans down, but on that night I did. Unfortunately, I had no choice."
Zombie also posted a photo of his inflamed throat, which you can see below.
Zombie's first-ever concert film, "The Zombie Horror Picture Show", came out on May 20. The set features Zombie leading his band through longtime favorites like "Living Dead Girl", "More Human Than Human" and "Dragula". The movie was filmed during stops on last year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour in Houston on August 3, 2013 and Dallas on August 4.
A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn is being published as a companion to the Blu-ray and DVD.
Zombie has also been working on a new studio album, telling Billboard, "It sounds fuckin' weird man. That's a really good thing… It's going good. I'll work on that for about a month and get as far as I can get. Then in July we have a little bit of a break where I'll probably finish the record, and then we have some more touring."
Zombie's fifth solo album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", came out in April 2013.
Amb Pirate of Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with Steve "Skinny" Felton of MUSHROOMHEAD at the Mountain View, California stop of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
MUSHROOMHEAD's eighth studio album, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous CD, 2010's "Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children", opened with over 11,000 units to land at No. 44.
MUSHROOMHEAD's 2006 effort, "Savior Sorrow", registered a first-week tally of 17,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 50.
"The Righteous & The Butterfly" was released on May 13 via Megaforce Records. Recorded in Cleveland with longtime co-producer Bill Korecky, the CD consists of 14 tracks, ranging from songs about survival and balance ("Devils Be Damned", "Qwerty", "Son Of 7") to emotionally charged anthems ("For Your Pleasure", "Worlds Collide") to a riff-heavy rendition of Adele's No. 1 hit "Rumor Has It".
MUSHROOMHEAD is comprised of drummers Skinny, Robert Diablo and Stitch; vocalists J Mann, Jeffery Nothing and Waylon; guitarist Church; keyboardist Schmotz; and bassist Dr. F.
The album's title, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", is a dedication to original guitarist J.J. Righteous and the band's former photographer (and drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton's wife) Vanessa Solowiow, who both passed away too soon.
TV Rock Live conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes at last month's Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.
On his career:
Holmes: "Tomorrow's my birthday. I'll be 56, man. It's alright. I'm still here, you know. I've been doing it a long time. I should be retired now.
"I quit [playing] for a few years, because it was so… what you played for, what you started playing for…. Like, Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] would say he started to play music so he could get his dick sucked. Well, I didn't, because I had no problem doing it before. And I don't know about doing it for money. It's something I enjoy doing.
"I'm a flamboyant person, I guess. I'm loud. I don't care what people think too much, so I have a fun time opening my mouth. But I'd like to say I've paid the price a few times by getting my teeth knocked out by [people I've offended]."
On his next project:
Holmes: "My new band, it's called MEAN MAN. I'm mixing the record and I'm finishing the whole shots for the front and stuff, and it should be out in February. I've got one guy from Finland I wanna work with. I'm looking for another guitar player — lead or whatever, rhythm — that can sing half the stuff. And then a bass player. So two other members. And I moved to Cannes. Not trash can. Cannes, in the south of France. And I actually caught two fish there the other day. I didn't know there was fish there. I kept throwing the lure out and finally I caught one. I was, like, cool."
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.
Holmes last year released a solo album called "Nothing To Lose". Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort. A follow-up CD, "Shitting Bricks", has already been recorded but has not yet been mixed.
Asked if he would ever rejoin W.A.S.P. if had the opportunity, Holmes told Seiska TV: "Never say never. Never say never. You know?! I'm half of W.A.S.P.; I was half of the situation. Even though I am not the voice [of the band], or whatever, I was the driving force of that thing."
Due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band's upcoming live dates.
Reads an official statement from the band: "We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He's been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That's a seriously bum shoulder. So he's going to get that repaired and rehabbed. During the interim, we've enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez, formerly of KYLESA, to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of TORCHE about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in TORCHE a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately."
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia, which will be followed by a two-week North American run, scheduled to commence on August 20 in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1. The band will be joined by BL'AST!, BRANT BJORK & THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND and LORD DYING.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's new album, "IX", was released on July 1 via Candlelight. The CD was produced by the band and longtime comrade John Custer.
Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) at the SOS Festival on July 20 in Manchester, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
On why he has been so busy on the road in recent months:
Blaze: "People seem now a lot more interested in what I do and people view my period with IRON MAIDEN in a much different way than I think at the time… It's 20 years ago that I joined IRON MAIDEN and it's 30 years since I started singing, and all of these kind of anniversary dates have come together. And I think people take a fresh look at it now, and they go, 'Well, 'The X Factor'  and 'Virtual XI'  albums were the start of a different era of IRON MAIDEN.' And outside of the U.K., people are a lot more fond of those albums. So it's really interesting. And people know me, I think, as much in the U.K. for WOLFSBANE."
On his upcoming projects:
Blaze: "I have my [upcoming concert] DVD release, so I have to finish the mixing of that, make sure the sound's really good. And then I'm preparing… I've got a big idea for my next album. And I wanna do something really fresh and new. So I'm starting to think about. As soon as the DVD is out and finished, then I'm more or less full time… all my spare time will be working on ideas and writing my new album…. I'm thinking of another concept album. I have an idea for a story. I've written a short story, and I think it's strong. I don't wanna say too much about that, but it's probably set in the future. I'm very keen on science and technology and the breakthroughs, so I always try and incorporate those things in some of my writing anyway. And I'll be working with a lot of different artists. I'll be working sometimes with Chris [Appleton] and the guys from ABSOLVA and sometimes with some guys from Norway and guys from Brazil. And the guy that I work with acoustically, Thomas Zwijsen, and the violinist, Anne Bakker. So I don't know what it's gonna sound like, but I want it to be something different. It'll be metal, because I just am metal, but it won't be trying to be metal. It'll just be an album of, hopefully, incredibly strong songs with a strong theme that goes through them."
Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013.
The singer's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.
The 51-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.
"Bright Enough", the new video from the Australian metalcore outfit I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's first album in six years, "Beloved", which was released on February 18 in the U.S. via Epitaph Records.
By their own admission, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN have endured a decidedly checkered past. Over the years the band saw multiple vocalist changes and other personnel exchanges, side-project sojourns and moonlighting in other bands, hiatuses and break-ups. Yet through it all, their musical output both live and on record has remained thoroughly inspired.
For several years, the band lay dormant, as members went on to play in other bands. In 2011, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN reclaimed their sound, style, history, and legacy with an all-new lineup, and original member Jona Weinhofen, who spent time with BLEEDING THROUGH and BRING ME THE HORIZON. Joined by new screamer Jamie Hope (ex-RED SHORE), Shane O'Brien on drums (DEEZ NUTS), Kevin Cameron on guitar, Benjamin Coyte on bass, and of course, Jona bringing vocal choruses, guitar and keyboard to the mix.
I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN entered the studio in 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström (BRING ME THE HORIZON, AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCHITECTS) to record "Beloved".
"We've really extended ourselves," says Weinhofen. "But we've done it in a way where it's tasteful and it makes sense with the music. It's not like we’ve gone from sounding like a metalcore band to sounding like DIMMU BORGIR. It still sounds very much like PROM QUEEN."
"Beloved" track listing:
01. Beginning Of The End
02. To The Wolves
03. Bright Enough
05. Thirty One & Sevens
06. Calvert Street
08. The Beaten Path
10. No One Will Save Us
"Live Like There's No Tomorrow", the new video from ILL NIÑO, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Till Death, La Familia", whichi is being released today (July 22) via Victory Records.
ILL NIÑO lead singer, Cristian Machado, told Arena.com that "Till Death, La Familia" "will absolutely surprise a lot of people." He continued: "I don't think we're the kind of band that releases the same album over and over. We always attempt to challenge ourselves musically in order to grow as artists and friends.
"The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I've ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album."
Speaking to 100% Rock Magazine, ILL NIÑO bassist Lazaro Pina stated about "Till Death, La Familia": "We try to do something different every record. I can tell you for sure that this one is going to demonstrate a whole new ILL NIÑO style. At first, it took a lot of courage, but I'm feeling so much better about it now that the vocal tracks are beginning to come in. It's turning out to be everything I think most of us envisioned it and kind of wanted in a new record. We're definitely taking ILL NIÑO to a new… an additional style. We're definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing Cristian singing like he's never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It's going to be interesting. I think that the fans'll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, 'Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they've been doing throughout the years.' It is… I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely ILL NIÑO demonstrating an additional style.
"You've got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don't innovate yourself, you're playing the same thing. We've been doing this for a long time, we're entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas."
Speaking about the difficulties of getting anything done while the members of ILL NIÑO are spread out in different parts of the country, Machado said: "Logistics are pure hell to work out. Every rehearsal, every album, every tour — flights have to be booked, cars have to be rented. It certainly is not cheap to keep this band active. Many times I wonder what it would be like if we all still lived in the same city. Luckily, at the moment three of us are in Southern California, another in Denver, another in New York, another in Dallas.
"I remember the days when it was as easy as calling everyone up and driving 15 minutes to rehearsal. This is no longer the case, but we keep going. Sometimes we may feel defeated, but that's when we thrive to become unstoppable.
Asked how some of the personal life changes have affected the band, with members having children, Cristian said: "I would say it definitely changes the perspective. We can no longer simply be on the road for the hell of it. All of us have family, some of us have children, so it is not easy doing what we do at the level we are at.
"There was a time in the music industry when money was abundant and the possibilities were endless. But those early days are slowly coming to a close. I do, however, feel very lucky and am very grateful to still have a career and most importantly to have so many loving fans. I can surely say without them, we wouldn't be here, still going strong."
ILL NIÑO's last album, "Epidemia", was released on October 22, 2012 via Victory Records.
NONPOINT will release its eighth studio album, "The Return", on September 30 via Razor & Tie (one day earlier internationally via Metal Blade Records).
After 17 years in the game, the Florida quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The riffs crack with intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. "The Return" remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians — Elias Soriano (vocals), Robb Rivera (drums), Rasheed Thomas (guitar), Adam Woloszyn (bass), and B.C. Kochmit (guitar) — get.
In February 2014, NONPOINT entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material. Soriano elaborates: "Last record, we stepped in a direction we've wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor.
"I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other NONPOINT record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven't gone back to old school. We didn't reflect on our past. We didn't discuss what works. We are not 'Statement' NONPOINT or even 'Bullet' NONPOINT... 'The Return' is NONPOINT right the fuck now."
Adds Rivera: "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves."
Elias explains the meaning behind the first single, "Breaking Skin": "It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it."
Robb adds: "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what NONPOINT does best."
Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins And Needles", which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce."
"Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head."
Ultimately, NONPOINT once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to."
Robb leaves off: "NONPOINT has always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile."
"The Return" track listing:
01. Pins And Needles
02. Breaking Skin
05. The Return
06. Take Apart This World
07. Forcing Hands
08. Goodbye Letters
09. Never Ending Hole
11. Never Cared Before
13. Know Myself
NONPOINT's latest, self-titled album sold 7,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Miracle" (2010), opened with around 8,000 units to land at No. 60.
BigMusicGeek.com recently conducted an interview with CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer. A couple of excerpts from the chat are below:
BigMusicGeek.com: Looking back, how would you describe the group's "Still Climbing" (1994) era? Considering the successes of "Night Songs" (1986) and "Long Cold Winter", it really seemed that the record had been lost in the shuffle of it all.
Tom: It was a hard record to make because at the end of the "Heartbreak Station" tour, I got hit with the paralysis. I knew we had to make another record immediately. The record company was down our throats. I couldn't sing. I couldn't sing at all. So I would describe it with one word: dark. I was trying to write songs for a voice that wasn't there. It was weird because they'd say, "You're never going to sing again, but if you are going to sing, you have to completely retrain your voice." So I started that process and I'm thinking, "Okay, what voice am I going to end up with?" I was basically trying to write songs for a voice that I don't know what the voice is yet. It was just a weird time, man. Eventually, we had the songs and it was time to go. We put off the record for almost three years while I was struggling with my voice. And then, when we finally got in, we had to record those vocals very differently from what we did on the three records. I'd walk in behind the mic and just sing the song top to bottom on four or five tracks and then we'd comp it… I couldn't do that on "Still Climbing". We had to really kind of go one line at a time and really piece all of the vocals together because I was in such a bad place."
BigMusicGeek.com: After the departure of (drummer) Fred Coury, how did everyone become interested with Kevin Valentine?
Tom: We ended up using (drummer) Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT, JOHN FOGERTY, JOHN MELLENCAMP) on that record. He was just amazing. The bottom line is that the drums came out really great. Actually, Fred said he thought it was the best drumming on any CINDERELLA record. Kevin had actually joined the band. When we got into the studio, (producer) Andy Johns is very good with drummers and Kevin, unfortunately, was not working out in the studio. So at that point, we brought in Kenny to cut it and then after the record was done, we were back to searching for a new drummer again. That's when we found Ray Brinker, who came from the band BAREFOOT SERVANTS. I don't know if you remember him. …He has also played with (classic rock vocalist) Pat Benatar, so he's an amazing drummer. He's actually the one who toured with us on that tour. …He's a great guy.
BigMusicGeek.com: Am I correct in understanding that after being signed to Portrait Records by (A&R legend) John Kalodner, the group recorded an album? What is the status of these recordings? Will they be ever fully released?
Tom: Actually, it never was finished. We were in the demo stage and the deal blew up. We ended up in court with a lawsuit. No record was actually ever recorded. We wrote a lot of stuff and demoed a lot of stuff and we were getting ready to hire a producer. I won't get into details, but we ended up having a falling out with Sony and a lawsuit occurred. We were tied up legally for quite a few years. In those situations, you have recording restrictions, so we couldn't record as a group for a while. That's when I started my solo record. (Bassist) Eric (Brittingham) and (guitarist) Jeff (LaBar) did their solo stuff and everybody kind of drifted apart. In terms of the recording aspect, we were still touring together pretty heavily back then. That's really all we wanted to do. We just wanted to be a band and play music because the deal was so ugly. Once you get into the lawsuit thing with courts and judges, you're pretty much screwed. It's probably why we haven't signed another record deal since. And honestly, it's why I produced my record without a label involved. Normally, you would take demos to a label, sign a deal, and then let them pay for, fund, and produce the record for you. I didn't want to deal with any of that, so when I started "The Way Life Goes", it was produced without a label involved. We used our own money, did it on our own time and money because we just wanted to have a finished product. We always had the idea that if it ever got finished that we would take it to a label for distribution and marketing because that's not something I wanted to do. When it was finished, we actually found a great home with Merovee Records. …They're such a great label. They're independent. They've had this really incredible faith in the record and in me and put everything into it. They've done a great job and I'm very grateful that I found them in that situation.
BigMusicGeek.com: Throughout your career, there have been countless rumors in regards to (BON JOVI frontman) Jon Bon Jovi having "discovered" CINDERELLA while playing at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia. Is this story entirely true?
Tom: Actually, I'm going to set the record straight because something came up online about this recently. Jon is credited with discovering the band. Or, in other words, his interest in the band actually led to a record deal. But if you went back a couple years before that, (KISS bassist/vocalist) Gene Simmons was actually the guy who first took an interest in the band. His interest did not lead to a deal for one reason or another. He took it to some labels and he actually did take it to Polygram, but they just weren't interested. He did take an interest in the band, so I guess in terms of discovery, you really could credit Gene, even though both Gene and Jon showed an interest in the band. Jon's interest did eventually lead to a deal, but that was pulling teeth, too. He told his A&R guy they were chumming about us and said, "You've got to go down and see them." He came down and he still wasn't convinced. He wanted to hear more material and sign us to a six-month development deal. It's not easy to get a record deal. Gene Simmons and Jon Bon Jovi can be singing your praises all day long and it doesn't mean you're going to get a deal. Gene was the first to take an interest and then a couple years later, Jon wandered into that club and went to his A&R guy. We finally won him over and he signed us to a full deal, but that was a bit of a process too. I'm grateful to both Gene and Jon for the interest they took in the band.
Read the entire interview at BigMusicGeek.com.