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JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL: 'We Want To Be Out There And Doing What We Love'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:05:56 +0000

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill says that he is grateful for his band's decades-spanning career and says that there are no plans for PRIEST to retire, despite a 2010 announcement that the band's "Epitaph" tour would be its last. "When I look back over 40 years, I do so with a great sense of gratitude, really, and privilege to have done that over all of these years and be successful," Hill tells "And to have been able to earn your coin from it, it's been a brilliant, brilliant, very privileged sort of way of making a living." He adds: "We all still love it, and we're are still able to do it... What else are we going to do? Sit around gardening and stuff like that? That's not for old rock 'n' rollers. We want to be out there and doing what we love." In a recent interview with, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton explained that the addition of axeman Richie Faulkner to the band gave PRIEST a fresh lease of life and inspired the group to embark on a tour to promote its latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls". "When we got obviously new blood in the band, it was needed at the time," Glenn said. "It would be the same thing; you get some new blood in there and there’s energy and enthusiasm — motivation, you see things in a different way. He just gave everybody a kick up the backside, really. And that's what happened. We went from literally meaning it was our last tour to there's such great songs on this album, it's a shame we can't get out and play them. So, by any means, this isn't another world tour. I'm glad we're doing it. I feel that it would be great to get on stage and play these new numbers as well as the old classics." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: New Single 'Being Beige' Available For Streaming

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:29:56 +0000

SMASHING PUMPKINS have premiered "Being Beige", the first single from the band's album "Monuments To An Elegy", due out Tuesday, December 9 via Martha's Music/BMG. "Monuments To An Elegy" marks the iconic alternative band'seighth studio album and is the follow-up to their 2012 critically acclaimed album "Oceania". The new CD was recorded in Chicago with SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who's been in the band since 2007. Playing drums throughout is MÖTLEY CRÜE's Tommy Lee. "Monuments To An Elegy" was produced by Howard Willing (who first worked with the PUMPKINS during the "Adore" sessions), Corgan and Schroeder. It was mixed by David Bottrill and mastered by Howie Weinberg, who did the same honors for PUMPKINS classics in the '90s. "Monuments To An Elegy" is "an album within an album," part of their ongoing work-in-progress "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope" (with "Day For Night" as the project's last work). "Monuments To An Elegy" track listing: 01. Tiberius 02. Being Beige 03. Anaise! 04. One and All 05. Run2me 06. Drum + Fife 07. Monuments 08. Dorian 09. Anti-Hero Q: "Monuments To An Elegy" is the first of two albums that you've said will be released within a one-year period. What is inspiring this output of music in a relatively short amount of time? Billy Corgan: "My goal was having the impetus for a double record. But thinking of how it would be consumed in a surface-level culture made me want to split the work apart: which in itself has changed the process, writing, and review." Q: "Monuments To An Elegy" seems to sonically encompass the different eras of SMASHING PUMPKINS, definitely underlining the majestic and hard guitar sounds as well as keyboard/synth textures. What were you hoping to musically achieve with this album? Billy Corgan: "I rarely go into an album thinking what it 'has to be.' Albums, as a way of coalescing songs, are just an organizing principle, and each is different given what's going on within at that moment, and without. So if there was any sense here it was bringing all I'm interested in musically to the table at one go." Q: What inspired you to ask Tommy Lee to play drums on "Monuments To An Elegy"? What do you feel he has brought to the music? Billy Corgan: "The songs, in demo form, had a strut, and so the suggestion was made that we ought to get someone who 'plays like' Tommy. Jeff Schroeder, PUMPKINS' guitarist said, 'Why not get the real deal?' [On 'Monuments To An Elegy'] Tommy brings the power and grace he's known for, which gives the music a vibrancy that is both immediate and unmistakable." Q: Can you talk about the contributions of guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who's now been in the band since 2007, to "Monuments To An Elegy"? Billy Corgan: "To Jeff's own admittance, it's taken him some years to find his place within a sound that was uniquely formed before he came on board. For that he's turned to playing more melodically so his voice so to speak is additive. And it's that triumvirate between he, Tommy, and I that you hear most keenly on the record. Plus, Jeff's just a natural producer in a recording situation, and really pushed me to be my best in a way that most wouldn't understand how to: through patience, and encouragement." Q: What do you feel producer Howard Willing, who you first worked with on the "Adore" sessions, has brought to "Monuments To An Elegy"? The sound has grandeur and intimacy, always a trademark of SMASHING PUMPKINS. Billy Corgan: "Howard lives in the real world, unlike me. And so it was his task to be the traffic cop. To point out where the PUMPKINS' sound needed to come forward, and for that I'm appreciative, because it was never the idea of the band as conceived to live in the past, or to become a machine of sentiment. And like all good rock and roll scythes, we're back to chopping forward." Q: Thematically, how would you describe the songs on "Monuments To An Elegy"? Your singer-songwriter introspective sensibility is in full effect here. There's the directness/vulnernability of "Run2me", the fractured romance of "Being Beige", and in "Drum + Fife", there's the repeated line, "I will bang this drum until my dying day." Billy Corgan: "That I can't speak to. We honestly just tried to pick the best songs, of which there were about 80 ideas to choose from. And in that, Howard Willing was attracted to those with strong identities more so than just a good riff." Q: How will the second album, "Day For Night", be different from "Monuments To An Elegy"? Billy Corgan: "We're at work on it already, and it literally is the other side of the sonic moon. At this early stage it appears to be a deeper work: less shiny, and more personal; which is always a quizzical thing to bring out into the open."

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GEOFF TATE On Songwriting Process For His Upcoming Trilogy: 'It's Like I Saw God All Of A Sudden'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:25:55 +0000

Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate says that he is approaching the songwriting sessions for the forthcoming debut album from his OPERATION: MINDCRIME project in a very different way to how he used to compose music for his former band. "I'm doing a trilogy album," Tate told the "10songs" podcast. "And it's three records, and I'm recording all of it at once and then releasing it over a three-year period, one album per year." He continued: "It's a story. It's a complete story in three parts. It's kind of a really unique story, and I'm sorry I can't really talk about it right now, but it's kind of set in an international location — different places around the world. "What I'm trying to do is create music that kind of puts you in that place using instruments or melodies or sounds that are indigenous to the place where the story is taking place." Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band includes Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH), Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014) and Robert Sarzo (QUEENSRYCHE 2012 - 2014). Asked if the OPERATION: MINDCRIME album will be a band situation or more of a solo release, Tate said: "I'm in kind of a unique position now where I can work with who I want to work with. And I'm not in that band situation where it all has to be democratic and that kind of thing anymore. I respect that and I was part of that for many years. But I'm really enjoying the freedom of having different players play with me and sit in. It's really inspiring." According to Tate, the diminishing music sales in the streaming age have enabled him to throw out the rules book when it comes to songwriting and use his creativity to the fullest extent possible. "This new album I'm working on, I'm approaching it very differently than I've ever approached any album before," Tate said. "It's always been in my head to create music based on a commercial attangement — intro, verse, chorus, solo… that kind of thing. Just because my band always wrote music for radio, and [with] radio you had to conform to a format and a standard in order to get [the songs] on the radio. And I suddenly realized one day that, well, this album, it's not gonna be played on the radio. It won't be, because there's no money to promote it on the radio. So why am I following that same format? And all of a sudden, I just went, 'Oh my God. I don't have to follow the street signs anymore. I can do whatever I want.' And it was like this revelation. And I feel kind of ridiculous admitting it out loud, but it's true. It's like I saw God all of a sudden. So I've just been writing." He added: "It's so refreshing to not have to follow this to-minute, three-minute commercial format, arrangement, you know?! So I've been having a great time with it and just exploring melody. Which, I've always loved melody and figuring out variations on melody and I've tried to do that within the song structure since I started out. But in not having to follow this rigid format, it gives me a lot more of a chance… more space to create more melody. So when I get stated on a phrase, I can now take that phrase for two minutes and expand in harmony, or expand it and change it up in a rhythm structure way. So I'm just having a great time."

Video: Cult Metal Band BITCH Returns To Whisky A Go Go

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:03:14 +0000

Video footage of BITCH — the veteran Los Angeles metal band fronted by Betsy "Bitch" Weiss — performing on October 2 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. In August 2011, BITCH's classic album "Be My Slave" — which could be seen in the hands of Tipper Gore as she campaigned to save our children throughout the '80s — was repackaged with the "Damnation Alley" EP and a live DVD. The DVD includes BITCH's performance at the Keep It True festival in Germany in April 2011, along with a myriad of early '80s live performance and cable access footage. BITCH was the first band ever to be signed by Metal Blade Records, ultimately releasing five albums in the 1980s — "Damnation Alley", "Be My Slave", "The Bitch Is Back", "Betsy", and "A Rose By Any Other Name".


JOB FOR A COWBOY: New Song 'Eating The Visions Of God' Available For Streaming

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:41:53 +0000

Arizona extreme metallers JOB FOR A COWBOY will release their fourth full-length album, "Sun Eater", on November 11 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was poroduced by Jason Suecof, who has previously worked with TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL and DEVILDRIVER, among others. After JOB FOR A COWBOY wrapped up touring in 2013 as part of that year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band — vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and session drummer Danny Walker —decided to sharpen its focus and cook up a record that encompassed its full dynamic range of talent. The group had all agreed on the main course being a desire for futuristic tones, a wider spectrum of textures and tempos, and an emphasis on slightly more ancestral song construction. The result, "Sun Eater", does not just sound like a new record, it sounds like an entirely new band. Following the departure of longtime skinsman Jon Rice, JOB FOR A COWBOY, cognizant of the size of shoes that needed to be filled in addition to the depth and versatility demanded by the new material, enlisted the services of Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, MURDER CONSTRUCT, EXHUMED). Walker's mastery of his craft, coupled with his creativity and enthusiasm for the material, strongly influenced the outcome of the record, and it only takes a few minutes of listening to hear this is JOB FOR A COWBOY at their finest. Regarding composition, Sannicandro recalled: "This album came together very smoothly. We had the concept beforehand and I took it upon myself to try and portray that concept through the music. "I took a much more melodic approach than 'Demonocracy', focusing on the structuring and the layering that would complement the story to my ears." The other half of the guitar duo, Al Glassman, continued to be a driving force behind the band's sound. Schendzielos said that "Al riffs long and hard for greater the good of everyone involved. He really used a lot of foresight in his revisions during the writing process, creating ample room for me to mood out the tracks with bass that you can actually hear. in the end I think we really brought the character out in each and every song." With this new album, JOB FOR A COWBOY had the luxury of relative longevity in the core of their songwriting lineup. This led to a far stronger vibe and a much more realized final product. Audiohammer producer Jason Suecof, whose first collaboration with the band was 2009's "Ruination", has now worked with the band for over six years. Few are more familiar with how JOB FOR A COWBOY operates in the studio than Suecof, and he was also feeling the "vibe" on "Sun Eater". "This band is composed entirely of top notch musicians all the way around and they are clearly at the top of their game," he said. "This new album is a stellar combination of everyone's efforts and what we have now is something that conveys everyone's musicianship without being techy for the sake of being tech. This album has got feeling and it is fucking brutal!" "Sun Eater" track listing: 01. Eating The Visions Of God 02. Sun Of Nihility 03. The Stone Cross 04. The Synthetic Sea 05. A Global Shift 06. The Celestial Antidote 07. Encircled By Mirrors 08. Buried Monuments 09. Worming Nightfall Listen to the song "Eating The Visions Of God" below.


BERNIE MARSDEN's Video For 'Trouble' Song Featuring DAVID COVERDALE

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:35:14 +0000

"Trouble", the new video from former WHITESNAKE guitarist Bernie Marsden, can be seen below. The song, which features a guest appearance by WHITESNAKE, is taken from Marsden's new solo album, "Shine", which was released on August 18 via Provogue as a double-LP, CD and digital download. At a rough guesstimate, Marsden's name appears on a hundred albums — maybe more. In addition to a long-running solo career, the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist has been a recording musician since the early 1970s via membership of such groups as WHITESNAKE, UFO, WILD TURKEY, BABE RUTH, PAICE ASHTON & LORD, COZY POWELL'S HAMMER, ALASKA, M3 and many more. Though there's a tendency to pigeonhole him as a blues-rock guitarist, each of Marsden's acts had its own individual flavor. Devotees of the blues genre are unlikely to overlook the fact that "Shine" is released on Provogue — home of Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout and others — and many are likely to have put two and two together regarding its contents. But let's be clear, shall we? "Shine" is NOT a dyed-in-the-wool-blues album. "To me, it's a classic rock album with a modern feel," points out Marsden with customary good cheer. "When I asked the bosses at Provogue what type of album they wanted from me, they simply replied: 'Make a Bernie Marsden album.' And that's what I did." The light, airy commercial feel of "Shine" is largely attributable to producer Rob Cass, who pieced together its contents in Studio 3 of the legendary Abbey Road facility, though the backing tracks for three of its selections were cut at Riverside Studios in Somerset. During the 1980s, Cass had actually spent six months as the lead singer of Marsden's group ALASKA before carving a career as a successful producer with a wide range of rock, pop and classical artists. It was Cass who sought out Marsden, e-mailing him to suggest they catch up over a reunion lunch at the home of his production company, located at Abbey Road Studios. "Rob wanted to thank me for having sent him an air ticket to come to London from Ireland [to join ALASKA] and helping to get his career underway," Bernie relates. "Coincidentally, I was looking for a producer because I've been writing, playing and producing for too long. I really liked the sounds that Rob gets, and that's how the whole thing came together. If people think I was recording at Abbey Road because WHITESNAKE's 'Here I Go Again' made 18 gazillion quid, then they're quite wrong… though it did make 17 gazillion quid!" he adds with a hearty laugh. Marsden believes that the famous facility has an atmosphere that permeates the sounds created within its walls — hence the album's final instrumental song is titled "NW8", after the studio's postcode. “THE BEATLES recorded 'Revolver', my favorite album of theirs, in Studio 3, so it has that sense of history,” he says, "but I honestly believe Abbey Road to be the best studio in the world." Although Marsden was wary of flooding the credits with too many special guests, "Shine" does feature some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to WHITESNAKE singer David Coverdale and the DEEP PURPLE duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Jimmy Copley of Jeff Beck fame behind the kit and Mark Feltham of NINE BELOW ZERO also supplies some breathtaking harmonica playing. "I can't help it, I've got a lot of mates — and quite a few of them are guitar players," Bernie laughs. "Shine" track listing: 01. Linin' Track 02. Wedding Day 03. Walk Away 04. Kinda Wish She Would 05. Ladyfriend 06. Trouble 07. Who Do We Think We Are? 08. Bad Blood 09. Shine 10. Dragonfly 11. You Better Run 12. Hoxie Rollin' Time 13. NW8


VINCE NEIL Says MÖTLEY CRÜE Learned From All Its Mistakes

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:43:26 +0000

Army Sergeant Russell Toof recently conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he looks back on any of his experiences with regret, Neil said: "No, because any mistakes that we actually made, we learned from 'em. So you take those mistakes away and you're not gonna get any farther. So, yeah, we did some crazy, stupid things, but we got better for it." MÖTLEY CRÜE in August completed the first leg of its "The Final Tour" with support from Alice Cooper. The current leg of the trek kicked off on October 10 in Oklahoma City and will conclude on November 22 in Spokane, Washington. While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner. "The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," bassist Nikki Sixx said before adding. "There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We'd have so much egg on our face."

KERRY KING: Next SLAYER Album Will Contain 'Fast', 'Heavy' And 'Spooky' Material

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:15:22 +0000

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King says that fans will "dig" the band's next album because it contains much of the same type of material that SLAYER has covered on its previous efforts. SLAYER's new CD is being produced by Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following SLAYER's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. During an appearance on Scion AV's "The All Purpose Show", King stated about the band's upcoming CD: "By the time this record comes out, it's gonna be six years, almost, since the last one. So you can only beat the old the old material so much, you know, and then you've gotta have some new stuff to infuse in there. It's fun to do that too, though. It's fun to have new material you can play because, you know, at some point you get tired of playing certain songs. But we played 'Raining Blood', 'Angel Of Death', almost every show since '86, so… That goes both ways. There's some [songs] that you're just gonna play 'till you stop playing, and there's some you're, like, 'I'm ready to take four years off on this one.' So we'll have 10-12 new ones to play for everybody next year." Asked if there is any pressure on SLAYER to come up with a worthy follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood", King said: "I think there's more talk about pressure than anything. I mean, I've been making up this music for 30 years — not by myself, but I've been making it up for 30 years. So I think it's business as usual, pretty much. We've got fast material, we've got heavy material, we've got spooky material… So anything you dug about SLAYER historically, you should dig about this record." SLAYER's next CD will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. It will also be SLAYER's first album without the group's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven". Joining guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who stepped in for Jeff Hanneman after Jeff became ill four and a half years ago. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).

KORN's BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH Is 'Stoked To Be A Part Of' Debut Album's 20th-Anniversary Celebrations

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:12:50 +0000

KORN plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album by performing the disc from start to finish at selected shows on its upcoming tour itinerary. The actual 20th anniversary of its release was October 11. KORN will head out on tour as special guests of SLIPKNOT on the latter's "Prepare For Hell" tour, which begins on October 29 in El Paso, Texas. Speaking to Jack Antonio, KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch said about the 20th anniversary of the band's debut LP (hear audio below): "Yeah, it's pretty crazy. I don't feel like it's been 20 years, but it's been 20 years. "A lot of that stuff that Jon [singer Jonathan Davis] wrote about were wounds from his soul, and the first album, especially, it was real. I sat there and watched it happen in front as we were recording these songs. That busted open the door for people to be emotionally raw and real. And a lot of bands followed after that. "Yeah, it's a cool celebration, and I'm gonna be stoked to be a part of it." KORN will release a limited-edition 300-page hardcover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members. From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far. Pre-order it first along with lots more on Pledge Music. As previously reported, former KORN drummer David Silveria posted a message on Facebook in which he thanked the band's fans on the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, while also apologizing that he won't be able to celebrate by performing on the group's upcoming tour. Silveria wrote, "To all the KORN fans around the world, I want to thank you with all of my heart for all of the success. Without the fans, KORN would just be a hobby." He continued, "As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I can't believe it's been 20 long years. I'm sorry to all of the fans that I couldn't be there on tour to celebrate the anniversary, but that's just the way it goes." Silveria was the second member of KORN's original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Brian "Head" Welch exited the group in 2005 and continued working as a solo artist until rejoining KORN last year. Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.

PHILIP ANSELMO's Autobiography Will Paint 'More Upbeat' Picture Of PANTERA Years Than Did REX BROWN's 'Official Truth'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:15 +0000

Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo says that the "biggest aim" with his forthcoming autobiography will be to paint a "more upbeat" picture of his time with the band than bassist Rex Brown did in his 2013 memoir, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". Anselmo's book, which is tentatively titled "Mouth For War: Pantera And Beyond", is expected sometime next year via Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint. writer Corey Mitchell is co-authoring the book, which is described as "a no-holds-barred look inside of Philip's brain, his history with PANTERA, the loss of his best friend, Dimebag Darrell, and an unflinching examination into the downward spiral of pain and drug addiction that nearly cost him his life." Speaking to the "Talking Metal" podcast, Anselmo said about "Mouth For War": "I have definitely postponed this book thing for quite a while. And, really, it's a tough process to do, and it really takes a lot of heads-down work to do this, and I've been so incredibly busy with my first love in my life, which is music. I'm not a book writer — I'm a songwriter, I'm a live performer, and that's what I love and that's what I've been doing. But having said that, I think eventually I'll get around to doing it and writing it. "I think my biggest aim is to be more, I guess, upbeat about things than perhaps Rex's came across. Because there was a lot more good than there was bad — up to a certain point. "I've said this a million times, but there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of [late PANTERA guitarist] Dimebag in one fashion or another, and I don't think anything gets lower than that." In an interview with MetalSucks, Anselmo was asked for his opinion of "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". He said: "Honestly, [Rex's] assessment of me [in the book] — I don't care. Egotistical, self-centered, everything is always about me. Y'know what? I'm a lead singer and he's a bass player. That's his perception. So I'm fine with it. I don't hold any fucking grudges. But I think he did take some angry swipes and I don't need to be specific. There is a great deal of mythology when it comes to his 'quitting' DOWN. That particular chapter is a little disturbing." Anselmo also commented on the fact that former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was at times painted in a very negative light in Rex's book. "I'm not sure that type of beating [on Vince] was necessary," Anselmo said. "Vince is a difficult guy and was always a different type of guy. But did he deserve that type of beating? I don't think so. When I do my book, I want it to be known that it's not just a PANTERA book. And I'm not in a pissing contest with Rex. It's a shame." He continued: "Rex has many faults, just like anyone else. But it sure seems like he wants to put fault on other people to take away from his humanity. We're all full of faults. Maybe it's easier for some of us to admit." Speaking to Artisan News at last year's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles, Anselmo stated about his upcoming autobiography: "First and foremost, it's not just a PANTERA book. Now, PANTERA is a gigantic part of my life — let's not ever, ever mix these signals — but it's more a book about myself and how it took to get from all of the peaks, valleys and the in-betweens; that really, really sums things up. There is my persective, of course, but I think the hardest person I'm gonna be on is myself. Because we all get the cards that we're dealt, and it's up to us to deal with that how we deal with it."


METALLICA To Perform At BLIZZCON Gaming Convention

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:09:30 +0000

METALLICA will perform live at this year's BlizzCon gaming convention in Anaheim, California. As with previous years, the performance will take place during the convention's closing ceremony on Saturday, November 8. If you are not attending BlizzCon, you will be still able to watch the concert with the BlizzCon virtual ticket. "We're thrilled to have METALLICA blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home." BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft game universes. Taking place November 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center, this year's show will feature a wide array of activities, including discussion panels, tournaments, contests, hands-on play time with the latest Blizzard Entertainment games, and more. Tickets to the convention are sold out, but viewers at home can join the excitement by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket ($39.99 USD), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event — including the community contests hosted by Chris Hardwick on Friday evening and METALLICA's performance on Saturday night. In addition to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, DIRECTV customers in the United States have the option to watch the show from home by ordering the BlizzCon 2014 Pay Per View event, priced at $39.99 USD (includes access to the Virtual Ticket online stream). Visit for more details. As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show will be announced at With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available — visit for more information and to learn how to apply. Previous BlizzCon performers have included FOO FIGHTERS, TENACIOUS D, BLINK-182 and OZZY OSBOURNE. metallicablizzcon2014poster

OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON Says 'Majority' Of Band's Fans Have Embraced 'Pale Communion'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:51:05 +0000

GetYourRockOut recently conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the reaction to OPETH's latest album, "Pale Communion": Fredrik: "I don't read everything on the Internet, so there's probably a lot of shit throwing on there, as always, but it feels like the majority of OPETH fans get the idea. And still, the death metal part is a huge part of the OPETH sound. In the setlist, we try to play everything from every album, and that's what we do in this set; we play [songs] from every album, apart from the first [one], 'Orchid'. So, I think, if you're an old-school fan, you definitely get your dose of the death metal era as well. For the future, we don't know what's gonna happen. [There] might be an extremely brutal album ahead in the future." On whether OPETH will take the "Pale Communion" sound even further on the next album: Fredrik: "Maybe. It's so hard to say. It would only be speculations, to talk about the future, because I think we like to be a bit unpredicatable in that sense. And we don't know what's gonna happen. It's kind of exciting to have it like that. But I think, in a way, 'Heritage' and the last album, 'Pale Communion', is probably a continuation of 'Heritage' in a way. It's more late '70s/early '80s in the sound aspect. The drums are brought up a bit more, and I think this album has a bit more melody to it, and it's probably a bit easier to digest, maybe." OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Pale Communion" was released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.

BRING ME THE HORIZON: Video For New Single 'Drown' Released

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:56:15 +0000

British deathcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON will release a brand new single, "Drown", on December 7 via Epitaph. A new full-length album is tentatetively due to be recorded early next year for a late 2015 release. "Drown" can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below. BRING ME THE HORIZON's fourth CD, "Sempiternal", has sold 220,000 copies in the United States since its April 2013 release. The album's opening track, "Can You Feel My Heart", has sold over 100,000 singles and garnered more than 5.3 million video views. In July, BRING ME THE HORIZON took home Alternative Press ‘ awards for "Album Of The Year" and "Best International Band". BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes recently revealed that he was "addicted to a drug called ketamine" prior to the making of "Sempiternal".

HELLYEAH Singer CHAD GRAY: 'Metal Saved My Life Countless Times'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:41:34 +0000

HELLYEAH and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Gray told "Fuck that! No way, man. "Is rock dead because people don't buy records or whatever? "You know what it is? The dinosaur fucking mentality is dead. "You know what? Here's the deal: If you love HELLYEAH, support HELLYEAH. That's all we're asking. If you support us, we can't go anywhere; we're gonna stay. You keep us in the papers. You know what I mean?! When people don't support music, that's when rock dies. And, dude, people need metal. I've always needed metal. "Metal saved my fucking life. Metal saved my life countless times. I would have never been able to get through some of the trials of my life without that music to help me. And I support it still, those bands that got me through it, and I continue to support it by fucking playing metal. You know what I mean?!" HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:33:52 +0000

Eleven Seven Music Group has announced the signing of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA for the following territories: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia. The band's new album will be released in April 2015. "Successful artists are about talent that differentiates them from the rest of the pack. APOCALYPTICA have consistently proven that they have their own unique niche," says Eleven Seven CEO Allen Kovac. Adds APOCALYPTICA in a statement: "A lot of bands we really like or we are friends with are signed with Eleven Seven. "After our previous record deals with major record companies, we were aiming for a label home where we know the people and can rely on working with them for at least the period of an album cycle. Having Allen with us gives us this confidence, paired with a great team full of passion and ideas for what we do. We are excited being part of this!" APOCALYPTICA has tapped Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON) to helm the band's new CD new album. APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen states: "Nothing better could have happened than Nick being on board for this record. The pre-production time we spent with him in late August gave us so much confidence and input for the new songs. We are all excited and overwhelmed by his energy and creativity." Having collaborated with artists like Gavin Rossdale (BUSH), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER) and Ville Valo (HIM) on past studio albums, APOCALYPTICA have now taken on a new musical challenge: For the upcoming LP, the band is working with Franky Perez as exclusive singer on the vocal tracks — this time not only during production, but for the whole cycle, including the tour. Perez released his debut in 2003, later teaming up with SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan as SCARS ON BROADWAY. In 2009, Perez handled vocals for Slash's solo band, followed by collaborations with Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER) as well as Scott Shriner (WEEZER), Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and Dave Warren ("The Simpsons") as PUSHER JONES. After being honored as vocalist for THE DOORS at the L.A. Sunset Strip Music Festival, he released his latest solo album, "Addict", in 2013. APOCALYPTICA recently arrived at the studio in Nashville to record the material for the upcoming release. Toppinen says: "Having our singer [Franky Perez] with us for the last few months already made a big difference: For the first time, we couldn't get enough from spending time together at our rehearsal place in Finland, but being in Nashville with all our instruments, Franky and Nick now make us feel like little boys on Christmas. "Writing and recording is taking a little longer than expected, but I'm sure this will be one of the best APOCALYPTICA albums and we can't wait to bring it out for you to hear." Due to the extended album production process, APOCALYPTICA's European tour, which was slated to kick off on April 7 and wrap on May 7, 2015, has to be moved to October/November 2015. Says Toppinen: "In order to properly finish and promote the record, the European dates unfortunately need to be postponed. We are truly sorry to those of you who had purchased tickets and have been disappointed by the news, but we realized there is not enough time to put together and rehearse for a full headline show." Before APOCALYPTICA presents the new album, along with a new production on an extensive European headline tour later this year, fans will get a glimpse of the new material when the band supports SIXX: A.M. for their long-awaited North American dates in the spring. Says Toppinen: "When we heard about this tour, we loved the idea right away! We were on Nikki's radio show before and had a great time. I really liked SIXX: A.M.'s first two albums and am very much looking forward to the new record. Going on tour with SIXX: A.M. will bring a great night of music to all our fans."

Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO Is 'Really Excited' To Perform With FANTÔMAS Again

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:53:08 +0000

Star-studded noise-mongers FANTÔMAS — who feature in their ranks FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osborne, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, and ex-SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo — will perform at the first-ever RockOut festival, set to take place December 6 at Espacio Broadway in Santiago, Chile. FANTÔMAS last played together in 2009 and hasn't released an album since 2005's "Suspended Animation". Speaking about how the RockOut gig came about, Lombardo told Grammy Pro (see video below): "Mike and I have kept in touch via text messages and phone calls. Or if he's playing in L.A., I'll go to the show. Or if he's recording in L.A., we'll grab lunch or whatever. And he always told me that he'd like to get FANTÔMAS together again and do some shows. He said, 'Dave, that's one band everyone's been asking for. It's, like, 'When are you gonna get FANTÔMAS back together?'' So we have an opportunity to perform at a festival in Santiago, Chile on December 6. So I'm really excited to perform with that band again. I just saw Buzz Osborne of the MELVINS. PHILM and Buzz, we did a show together in Zurich, Switzerland, and he's really excited too. So it's gonna be a fun moment for the band." The brainchild of Patton, "Fantômas" is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the "lord of terror." "Suspended Animation" came out in June 2005. The effort contained 30 tracks, each titled after a different day in the month of April. FANTÔMAS' three previous releases regaled listeners with a sci-fi homage ("Fantômas", 1999), a celebration of the best in film composition ("The Director's Cut", 2001) and a one-song album ("Delirium Cordia", 2004). FAITH NO MORE, which reunited in 2009 for a series of sold-out performances and international festivals, is currently recording its first full-length album since 1997's "Album Of The Year". An April 2015 release is expected.

EXODUS' STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA Understands What GENE SIMMONS Means When He Says 'Rock Is Dead'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:36:12 +0000

Vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Souza told the Argentinian radio station Rock & Pop 95.9 FM: "I understand what he says. I think people took that out of his context. I do understand what he means, and I'm gonna explain. "When we grew up in the '70s, there was all kinds of rock and roll. It's what it was; it was rock and roll. There was really good soul, and there was rock and roll, man. There was Rod Stewart, there was HEART, there was Ted Nugent, there was the ALLMAN BROTHERS, there was LED ZEPPELIN… There was great rock and roll bands. The BEE GEES is a great rock and roll band. Elton John. [Bands] today, they do not play rock and roll. "So Gene is right. People don't pursue it. And you're gonna tell me rock and roll is MAROON 5. Okay? "So you know what? I kind of agree with Gene a little bit; I do. "We were just talking about 'The Midnight Special'. That was a show in the United States on a Friday night at 12 o'clock when they played a rock concert for an hour and a half. And it could be anybody from FLEETWOOD MAC to Helen Reddy to FOREIGNER… Rock and roll bands. Where's rock and roll today? Where is it? You know where it is? Heavy metal. 'Cause we're the only ones that stayed true and the only ones where our fans kept true. We still keep the rebel image [and] we still keep the rebel bit alive." EXODUS' new album, "Blood In Blood Out", was released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast.

JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: 'The Band Is More Than One Person'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:03:59 +0000

In a brand new interview with Rock Confidential, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about the departure of founding guitarist K.K. Downing and the addition of Richie Faulkner to the group's ranks in 2011. "I've always said the band is more than one person," Halford said. "I still believe that. It's all about chemistry and it's all about the abilities you bring with your musical expertise. When you combine all of those things, it becomes part of a process. At the end of that process, you end up with a bunch of songs on a record. "I can't say enough about Richie's contribution, musically. He's such a great guy and an amazing musician. He's a true player and can perform on stage and has amazing writing skills. Then there's the generation gap, which isn't a bad thing. "On the last tour, I saw that guy on the edge of the stage just playing away and it was so exciting. It makes you react. "If you can still pull together the elements of greatness, then surely great things will come of it, and that's certainly the case with Richie." Halford also talked about the responsibility JUDAS PRIEST feels to keep metal alive 40 years into the band's career. "I read [the Internet] message boards," he said. "Every day I read the PRIEST boards and at least a dozen metal web sites around the world. I read what people are saying about PRIEST. There is a tremendous display of passion and quite a serious tone attached to some of it as well. "You should have a responsibility to yourself to make the best music you can make — don't take second guesses or drop the bar. That's difficult in JUDAS PRIEST. It's like the waves coming in to the shore. Sometimes you have a really high tide and sometimes you have a really low tide. That's natural in any band that's had a long life. "The elements of being aware of what is being expected from you becomes quite strong the longer you do it. You're backing yourself up to your most successful moments. You don't want to fail your fans or yourself or diminish in any way. It's extremely important in PRIEST that we're aware of that. "We genuinely work hard. I'm not talking about working in the coal mines. Those guys really work hard. I'm talking about the mental attitude and the efforts and the hours you put into making good music. That's all very much intact in JUDAS PRIEST." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: 'We've Always Written Our Own Destiny And Steered Our Own Ship'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:31:40 +0000

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that the six-year recording break that followed the release of 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" was crucial in allowing the band enough time to deal with the passing of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray while also providing them with the inspiration to make a worthy follow-up effort. "I think [the break] was important on two levels," Corey told DIY magazine. "One, we needed the time to grieve, and to kinda make peace with the fact that this had happened, and it is what it is. We were all dealing with our own internal battles, basically. A lot of that is on the album. In one way, we just needed time to heal, and on the other hand, we've never done anything that we didn't want to do. Outside forces might've felt like, 'You need to go in and do something', but we've never felt like that. We've always written our own destiny and steered our own ship in a lot of ways. We knew that we weren't gonna be pushed — positively or negatively — into doing something that we didn't feel was time to do. At the same point, we didn't know what story we wanted to tell. By taking that time and allowing ourselves to naturally get to the point where we wanted to go in and make this music was really important, not just for the health of the music, but for the health of the band." Due on October 21, ".5: The Gray Chapter" has been described as SLIPKNOT's "most focused album yet" and, because of everything the band has been through, their heaviest — both musically and emotionally. "As you get older, the intensity with which you approach music changes, obviously," Corey told DIY. "But with this album, it wasn't really a challenge because we've never held anything back. We've always tried to go above and beyond, so for us, it was just about making sure that the subject matter of the song — whatever song we were working with — conveyed that emotion." He continued: "Without the album being a concept album per se, the album really is the story of the last four years for us. Whether it's a song like 'Goodbye', which is really all about the day we were sitting in my house, the day we lost Paul and the deep, deep sadness that comes into it, or there are songs about Paul on there, which are a celebration of his spirit. There are songs about the anger that we all felt, not only towards Paul for losing him — which is a very human thing to feel — but also towards ourselves; about that almost-guilt, the angry guilt of ‘Was there something else I could've done?' You'll keep yourself awake nights thinking about stuff like that. Each song was a piece of the puzzle and a story to tell, and it was all about making sure that we channelled that, didn't filter anything and made sure it was exactly the kind of emotional beat that we wanted to feel."

JOE PERRY Says His Autobiography 'Goes A Little Deeper Than The Usual Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-And-Roll Book'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:11:20 +0000

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke about his recently released memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", during an appearance on "Good Day Book Club" on FOX-TV's "Good Day New York". You can watch the segment below. Said Perry: "This book goes a little deeper than the usual sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll book. I mean, if you read any of these kinds of books or… VH1, actually, had a show for a couple of seasons, that just talked about that kind of a thing, 'Behind The Music', so that part of the story's been told. It's not what it is. I mean, there's no denying we had our ups and downs with that. But it's deeper than that. And I think that one of the things that people will be surprised at is the amount of tension and the amount of effort that went into keeping the band together after we got sober and all during the '80s and '90s when we were, arguably, more successful than we were in the '70s." "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" came out on October 7 via Simon & Schuster. The guitarist worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. Perry told during a recent interview that he was never into the groupie scene, even at the height of AEROSMITH's success. "I was always kind of a one-girl guy, and I was always looking for the right girl," he said. "I finally found her [wife Billie Perry]. We have a 30-year marriage, and we're still going strong."

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