Music nStuff has uploaded video footage of former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo talking about the Paiste RUDE Power Ride "Reign" cymbal at last month's NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out the clip below.
Lombardo is a pioneer of speed metal drumming. In the beginning of the '80s, he massively raised the bar for speed and aggressiveness with SLAYER. The album "Reign In Blood" attained cult status, also thanks to Dave's legendary double-bass drumming. Since back then, Lombardo swears by the RUDE cymbals.
This year Paiste celebrates the 35th anniversary of the series that defines the sound of punk and metal until today. To commemorate the anniversary, Paiste collaborated with Lombardo to create the 22" RUDE Power Ride "Reign". It’s based on the original cymbal which can be heard on "Reign In Blood".
This extremely heavy ride cymbal features a cutting, metallic ping, always clear even in extreme volume situations. Its vitality supports Lombardo's preference for dynamic, agile playing. The large bell leaves nothing to be desired in terms of aggressiveness and fullness.
The raw look of the non-lathed 22" RUDE Power Ride "Reign" is a classic and underlines the lusty, brute power of the cymbal. The groove on the bell provides a shot of extra depth.
RUDEs are entirely made by hand in Switzerland from the original CuSn8 bronze using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.
MusicStoreLive.com has uploaded video footage of Gary Holt, the respected guitar player who started with EXODUS in 1981 and joined SLAYER in 2011, demonstrating his new ESP signature-model guitar. Check out the clip below.
During an appearance at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Holt unveiled his new signature model based on the ESP Eclipse. The Gary Holt signature models come in a high-end ESP version (ESP Gary Holt) and two LTD versions, the GH-600 and GH-200. All come with Floyd Rose tremolo system and dual humbucker pickups.
"We have three price-point models," Gary told "In The Vault With Shanda Golden" about his new signature guitars. "You have the top-of-the-line, most badass guitar I've ever seen and ever been associated with. And then you have, over there, you have the black-and-red one, which I think is as stunning as anything. It's affordable and it plays amazing — an incredible guitar. And here you have your starter guitar, which is still better than anything I started out with as a kid. It's, like, awesome."
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, an early bandmate and decades-long friend of Holt, commented, "Gary has influenced a whole generation of metal guitarists with his wicked riffs and leads in EXODUS. I'm happy that he's jumped on for the ESP ride!"
In a June 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, SLAYER's Kerry King stated about Holt: "I always regard Gary as the Glenn Tipton of our era — really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [JUDAS] PRIEST and Tipton that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about Gary. EXODUS have a huge following but a little more overlooked than METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX — the 'Big Four,' so to speak, so [it is great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherfucker kicks ass. Pay attention.'"
Holt joined EXODUS in 1981 shortly after their formation, and has been the band's main songwriter ever since. Holt has performed on every EXODUS album, and is considered highly influential in the world of thrash metal. In 2011, he began filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman at live shows, and became the band's full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of EXODUS. In October, EXODUS released its tenth studio album, "Blood In Blood Out", on the Nuclear Blast label.
A two-camera fan-filmed mix of if AMON AMARTH's January 28 performance in Leeds, England can be seen below.
Asked if AMON AMARTH has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2013's "Deceiver Of The Gods", the band's bassist, Ted Lundström, told Metal Recusants: "Yeah, we just started very recently. We have some ideas for songs and lyrics, but we haven't really sat down to put it together yet. But after this [European] tour, that will be our main focus, just to work on the album 24/7. So hopefully we can record it after the summer. That's the plan. But we don't have any finished songs yet."
Regarding when fans should expect to see the new AMON AMARTH album, Ted said: "I would hope that we can release it early next year. But it depends on so many factors: record label and release schedule and touring and studio time and all that. But hopefully early next year [we can get it out]. That would be our plan."
Ted also made it clear that AMON AMARTH will stay off the touring circuit throughout 2015, and will focus on making the new studio album instead.
"The plan is to stay out of shows," he said. "We will see. If something really interesting shows up, we might do something. But our plan is to not do any festivals whatsoever this year."
AMON AMARTH's latest album, "Deceiver Of The Gods", sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Metal Blade Records.
Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), "Deceiver Of The Gods" delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg's commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery.
Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have entered the studio with producer Colin Richardson (CARCASS, FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD) and producer/engineer Carl Bown to begin recording their fifth album for a tentative summer release.
Says the band: "We've been working hard on this record for over a year now, writing and demoing a ton of material in that time. As we sit here on the 1st of February 2015, we have the most songs we've EVER had written for an album before recording session, and now begins the difficult process of choosing the best of the best of them to make the cut for #BFMV5.
"Going into this process, we couldn't be more happy or excited to have our man Colin Richardson back behind the desk again. We worked with Colin on our first two records, 'The Poison' and 'Scream Aim Fire' (as well as the self-titled BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE EP) and as we listened back to those records during the writing process for this new album, we realized what a special vibe and excitement these records have, and why they're held in such high respect by our fanbase.
"This album, though, is not about going backwards. We're excited to work with Colin again, but equally excited to be working with Carl Bown for the first time, who we consider the most exciting new British record producer out there right now, and the guy to help take this BULLET record to exciting new places.
"Today we start the recording process for #BFMV5. We'll be taking and uploading one exclusive new photo from the studio per day on our Instagram account, so if you're not signed up yet, you're missing out, as we've just posted our first pic over there now.
"Get involved. #BFMV5"
A new song from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE titled "Raising Hell" was premiered on the November 18, 2013 edition of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter and was released digitally on December 10, 2013.
The bandmembers, who only released their latest album, "Temper Temper", in March of 2013, recorded and produced the track themselves at Metropolis Studios in between finishing touring America and before their U.K. arena tour, where they debuted the track live for the first time ever.
The official "Raising Hell" video can be seen below. The clip was directed, produced and edited by James Sharrock.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas told Billboard.com in an interview that the band's next album will be "completely different" from "Temper Temper".
"It's definitely more of a step towards our first two records," Thomas said. "We always like to keep changing our records and our sounds and stuff. I think you have to change, otherwise it gets boring for us and the fans get bored. Look at all the great bands through rock history; they changed on all their albums — especially METALLICA. Their albums have always changed, and they're the biggest metal band ever. So we just want to keep changing and get to another level each time out."
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck told the Germany's EMP Rock Invasion about the musical direction of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's new material: "[The new songs are] sounding very good. I don't know how to explain it, really… It's definitely more aggressive, edgier. It's definitely stepping back into the heavier side of what we've done in the past. And I don't mean that as in, like, a screaming way… just aggressive music, you know."
Asked about the mixed response to the "Temper Temper" album, Tuck said: "I wouldn't change that record for anything, really. That's the record we wanted to make, and that's what we should be doing; we should be doing what we want, and we shouldn't be trying to please anyone else. If the next album we write doesn't get well received for whatever reason, then it's, like… you can't do things for other people. We've gotta do it for ourselves, and that's the only way we can stay true as a band. I think a rule that we've always stuck by since Day One was we do it our way and we do it what we wanna do or we don't do it at all. I think someone else fucking up your career is not acceptable. So if we fuck it up, at least you can sleep at night, you know what I mean? So we're extremely happy with it, and here we are today still rocking big venues around the world. So we [must be doing] something right, you know?!"
Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he had no regrets about the band exploring its more melodic side on its last two albums. "The big thing that we've learned is, like, you're not gonna please everyone all the time," he said. "As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven't given away your integrity, you know, I don't really care if people go, 'Oh, it's not metal enough, it's not heavy enough.' It's like, that's not what we are."
"Temper Temper" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12, 2013 via RCA.
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His band is renowned for some of the most aggressive and explosive heavy metal shows on the planet, but Sid Wilson showed a far softer side to his personality when he turned up unannounced to enjoy an evening of jazz at Sheffield, England's Cubana venue.
The renowned DJ with American metal outfit SLIPKNOT was so impressed with the performance of Sheffield 70-year-old pianist Ralph Salt that he presented the older musician with the biggest tip in his fifty-year career!
Wilson, legendary in rock circles for his death-defying stage diving which once left him with two broken heels, spent six hours at the Leopold Square venue where he ate a selection of tapas dishes, drank vintage port and enjoyed the live jazz band.
His visit would have gone largely unnoticed — SLIPKNOT members are famous for rarely being seen without their trademark masks — if he hadn't been spotted by an eagle-eyed member of staff who is a fan of the band.
But the biggest surprise of the night was left for Cubana's resident pianist Ralph Salt who has been entertaining Sheffield crowds for five decades. Wilson presented him with a 100-euro note at the end of his set! And before the end of the night, Wilson treated Cubana guests — more au fair with Latin beats than SLIPKNOT-style heavy metal — to some tunes in the downstairs bar when he took to the piano.
Salt said: "Sid was a real gentleman and couldn't have been further removed from his SLIPKNOT persona. He was very appreciative of my performance and even asked me to play my choice of sentimental song as an encore. I thought a Joe Cocker song was the perfect choice, given his recent passing, and Sid listened intently throughout.
"It's fair to say I was presented with the biggest tip I've ever had in my career and it couldn't have come from a more unlikely candidate!"
Cubana is already a popular destination for high-profile guests.
The venue has been a personal favourite of legendary 13-piece Cuban outfit BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB who've made a beeline for the place after their regular sell-out Sheffield City Hall shows. Che Guevara's daughter also dined in Cubana just a few weeks ago.
In a brand new interview with Smells Like Infinite Sadness, MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf was asked if there are any plans for the band to tour the U.S. later this year.
"I've been trying to play the States but right now they're just not coming up with the dough," Wyndorf responded. "I mean, we can't get arrested in the fucking States. We'll probably play New York City. And if we can get out to the middle of the country and the West Coast, then we'll play L.A and Chicago. But everywhere else, man… it's like we're from a different planet or something. And sometimes the only people that do show up are like stuck in the '90s and go, 'C'mon, play 'Space Lord'!' And I'm, like, 'You'll get your 'Space Lord', plus you'll get all this other psychedelic stuff.' And it just doesn't seem to be enough."
He added: "The States is weird, and getting weirder."
Asked what he makes ofrock bands getting a better reception in Europe than in the U.S., Wyndorf said: "I think Europe has always had this way of looking at music, and all art, too, in fact. As if everything is a possible museum piece to be studied for its different merits. And it's not like they don't have their pop sensations there… they have plenty of stupid pop singers, over-the-top, ridiculous EDM and DJs. But there's a really big percentage of music goers, and young too, not just a bunch of old hair farmers… like, kids 18-30 who look at music the way that the mass public of the U.S. did in the early '70s, all the way through the '80s and '90s. Like, 'Okay, what do you got?' It's not just, 'What's the next big thing?' And I think that's kind of like what America's doing right now: What's the next big thing? Does it suit me? Is it worth going out for? Is it that important?' It's like the investigative spirit from the live concertgoer in America has gone down the toilet. They're, like, 'I checked this out online. It didn't look too good for me. I won't even give half the bands a chance by seeing them live. I watched a couple of YouTube shows. I don't like the way the guy looks, I saw the video.' It's stupid! It's just like they got it all figured out so they don't go!"
"I mean, do I sound crazy here? It used to be in the old days and it's still true in Europe where people discuss this shit. They're out their talking about it like they just went to the movies. Like, 'Did you see this band?' They're into it! Here? I just don't see that many people into it. I mean, I know they're out there somewhere. Maybe they're just inside! Maybe they got it all figured out. They're, like, 'This is not going to be cool. I watched a couple of YouTube shows… I saw their setlist online. I didn't like it!' And it's, like, you know something? Fuck you, guys; you don't deserve to get played to!"
Wyndorf continued: "The biggest thing in Middle America, the biggest bulk of what used to be touring… people are into either shit-kicking greatest hits like LYNYRD SKYNYRD, or hip-hop and shit rock. It's like the worst thing I've ever seen… no sense of humor. Art is like a dirty word out there. And you know the two cool guys in town? You know how like every one of those towns has like those two cool guys? Those two cool guys and that one cool girl are just fucking lonely. But you know what they do? They move to Austin, L.A. or New York…. somewhere where's there's an oasis of intellect. And that's what I just can't take about America.
"I guess I would play if there was just a bunch of dumbasses who would show up and pay the bills, but the two don't go together. At one point it did, but that was in the fat '90s when the economy was good. So I gave up… I mean, I could go back out there and beat my feet across the States two times a year, but I have a feeling it isn't worth it. Not right now. Now like what Europe offers where I can afford to do it there and pay my guys and the crowds are good and all kinds of stuff that doesn't happen here anymore.
"In Europe, if you want to go see a rock show and you're 15 years old, you get in. Over here, it's like pulling teeth to do an all-ages show. Insurance is more. People don't make as much as the bar. There's all kinds of economic reasons why these guys don't want to do an all-ages show, but that leaves bands playing to a much older audience, so there just ain't no growth… but in Europe, we've been going there for like 20 years and the shows get bigger… there's always new people. But here, with the exception of, say, Austin, which is an oasis of culture. Chicago is an oasis of culture… New York City, L.A, San Francisco… all the places you would imagine are cool are still cool. It's getting from one place to the other that's tough. I mean, everywhere else, people are just staring at their phone. It's, like, 'What's up? No, it's, like, what could be up? America is just waiting for something to happen for them on the other side of some device, like, 'Maybe this could be my big break! Something good's going to happen!' No. you're in something that's happening now! Pay attention to what's in front of your face right now! In Europe, it's not like that. They live in the moment."
Wyndorf added: "I would advise anybody that's into any kind of weird music… meaning, not mainstream, which is really not weird, because mainstream is just a wasteland right now. Anybody who is into anything besides what you hear in America on a daily basis, which is probably the most ungodly crap we've ever had… it's probably the worst it's ever been in mainstream music… There's no way any intelligent person would be, like, 'Yay, this is great! Anybody who is into any other type of music, go to Europe and don't look back. I mean, do you want to live your life playing in some shitty bar where some guy with a bald head and ponytail is looking at you going, 'Do 'Freebird''? Or do you want to go play in front of 26-year-old girls with big tits in Finland? That's where you want to go. And that's where I go!"
He concluded: "I do want to do as many shows as I can in the States, but without going broke. That's really the thing, because I have to keep the machine alive."
MONSTER MAGNET's "Milking The Stars: A Reimagining Of Last Patrol", a "reimagined" version of the band's latest studio effort, 'Last Patrol' — featuring four new songs and live tracks — was released in November via Napalm Records.
MARILYN MANSON was joined by members of support act UNLOCKING THE TRUTH for a performance of the song "The Beautiful People" on January 31 at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below (courtesy of Jim Powers).
UNLOCKING THE TRUTH is the heavy metal band from Flatbush, Brooklyn made up of three African-American boys, guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins and drummer Jarad Dawkins.
UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, which is managed by "Welcome Back, Kotter" co-creator Alan Sacks, began attracting attention with its street performances in both Times Square and Washington Square Park in New York City. They even booked a gig at Coachella last year, and were the youngest group to perform.
The band was invited by METALLICA to perform at the Heavy Metal Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in August 2014 and enjoyed a slot on the Vans Warped Tour last summer.
MARILYN MANSON's new album, "The Pale Emperor", was released on January 20 via the shock-rocker's own label — Hell, etc. — in a joint venture with Cooking Vinyl and Loma Vista Recordings.
Manson collaborated on the new album, his first in over two years, with noted film composer/producer Tyler Bates ("Guardians Of The Galaxy", "300", "The Watchmen"). Bates has also joined Manson as a member of his band on the American "The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour", which kicked off January 21 in Washington D.C. Manson's band on the national headlining tour also includes longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez, Gil Sharone on drums and Paul Wiley on guitar.
SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has spoken out against handful of "cyberbullies" who have allegedly attacked his wife on the Internet after she withdrew her support on their Facebook page over accusations of "distasteful, rude and disrespectful" behavior.
In an audio message posted on Sandra Araya's Facebook page, Tom said (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Hi. This is Tom Araya, and I'd like to talk to you about something that has recently spiraled out of control.
"I hate to blame an entire group for the actions of a few.
"There is a group on Facebook that associate themselves with my band, SLAYER, Claiming to be fans, they made up a sign that they use to represent themselves as SLAYER fans. They call themselves Fucking Slayer Gang, [or] FSG. They came into existence about eight months ago and had approached my wife, Sandra, under the guise of a family asking for support and if she would ask me if I would also show support by throwing the SLAYER hand sign that they had come up with.
"After a few months had passed, my wife did not like how this group was managing their Facebook page and decided it was best to leave their group and all other groups she was part of. The conduct that this group was showing, and has shown, is distasteful, rude and disrespectful to all SLAYER and metal fans.
"Now, I [flashed] this sign [for a photo] in support for my wife, who later told me that it was not a good idea to associate with this group or sign, that they were cyberbullies and that they would attack anyone who questioned their motives, and have even gone as far as attacking my wife publicly on SLAYER fan pages and metal fan pages.
"It has come to our attention that they have taken liberties with the photo of myself and my wife [throwing] the so-called 'SLAYER sign' by posting these pictures and claiming our support. Well, I'm here to say that it's not true. We do not support this gang or such behavior.
"The metal community is a growing community of loyal fans, not only to the bands that they support, but to each other.
Back on June 6, 2006 (6/6/06), an unrelated group of SLAYER fans launched the International Day Of Slayer, reminding listeners to "make [their] voice heard" every June 6 by, among other things, "listen[ing] to SLAYER at full blast at [their] place of employment" without using headphones. According to the organizers, "The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of Slayer. National holidays in America aren't just about celebrating; they're about forcing it upon non-participants."
In a 2013 video message to fans, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King spoke about the International Day Of Slayer and how it was hard not to be consumed with thoughts of Jeff Hanneman, SLAYER's founding guitarist who tragically passed away in May of that year. He said: "I'm pretty stoked. The fans are so adamant about [the International Day Of Slayer] existing that it's still here, what's this, seven years after they did it the first time, so that's pretty cool."
In the most unexpected guitar news of this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) has launched his own range of guitars and amps under his new brand Wylde Audio, with more products to follow. France's La Chaîne Guitare got a private viewing of what Zakk's been up to. Check out the clip below.
Wylde, who was previously sponsored by such companies as Gibson, Marshall, Dunlop and Electro-Voice, tells Billboard.com: "It's beyond an honor to have a signature anything. I still have great relationships with those companies, just like with Ozzy and [Osbourne's wife/manager] Sharon. I still love them, and you still talk to your folks, and you still hook up with them on the holidays."
Wylde says that there are plans for Wylde Audio to include "everything down to studio plug-ins with ProTools. Headphones. Anything you can think of audio: cable, strings; we'll be involved in that."
For more information, visit www.wyldeaudio.com.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's latest studio album, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican", sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" was released in Europe on April 7, 2014 via Mascot Label Group and one day later in North America through eOne Music.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and replaced him with Dario Lorina (LIZZY BORDEN).
BLACK LABEL SOCIETYs' "Angel Of Mercy" video was directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich of the Antimatter Studio. The clip depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band.
Frankie DiVita of the 95.5 KLOS radio station conducted an interview with former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick at this year's NAMM show, which took place January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about his decision to marry girlfriend Lisa Lane in Janaury 2014, Kulick said: "I had that kind of typical, I'll call it the 'trophy wife,' during the KISS years. And that worked for a little while, until we divorced right around when the KISS thing ended — unrelated, of course, actually, I will say. But it took fifteen years to find the right one and get married. And Lisa Lane is that. She's a beautiful singer, but not, like, rock, even though she can kind of do that. We just put the song that we did our first dance at at our wedding a year ago up on our anniversary. It's called 'I Dreamed Of You'. And [it's billed as] 'Lisa Lane' — like 'Lois Lane' but 'Lisa Lane' — 'featuring Bruce Kulick.' And it's like, jazz. It's a trio. And she's got a voice [that makes] everybody go, 'That's you?' I mean, I cry when she sings. She just has such a beautiful voice. [I'm] very proud of her."
Bruce, 61, proposed to Lisa on Christmas Eve in 2012 in London, England.
In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 35-year career.
Kulick's third solo album, "BK3", was released in Europe in January 2010 via Frontiers Records and in North America in February 2010 through Twenty 4 Records/Rocket Science Ventures. The first single from the album, "Hand Of The King", featuring Nick Simmons (son of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons), was a digital-only release available at all online music stores, including iTunes.
Things don't appear to have gone smoothly for Slash and his reported new girlfriend Meegan Hodges, who just moved into a new five-bedroom house in the San Fernando area in Los Angeles.
Writing on her Instagram, Hodges said: "Wow! What a 'welcome to the neighborhood.' Really like to thank TMZ (not) for showing my house on TV and sending wackos setting off my alarm. Thank god for the police their full swat team and helicopter to make me feel safe."
The couple, who previously dated some 25 years ago, also appear to have gotten a matching set of tattoos of GPS coordinates. The numbers correspond to addresses in Woodland Hills, California and Chicago, Illinois, although the locations' significance is unclear.
Slash filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, Perla Hudson, last month, citing "irreconcilable differences." Slash is asking for joint custody of their two sons: 12-year-old London and 10-year-old Cash.
Slash will tour Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South America for the next two months before returning to the U.S. for a handful of festivals.
Thanks a lot! NOT. 😠 pic.twitter.com/2V8w9E7Zov— Meegan Hodges (@KnightMeegan) January 30, 2015
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TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider performed at the 2015 Show Harley in Montreal, Quebec.
Snider was joined by openers THE DAWN TRUTH and EAGLE TEARS at the 36th Show Harley, which saw over 50 Harley-Davidson and custom motorcycles riding around in the Bell Centre, a presentation of the most spectacular custom bikes in America, and the 2015 Harley-Davidson apparel collection.
The event’s house band completed the bill, performing rock classics of METALLICA, AC/DC, IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, SCORPIONS and many more.
Fan-filmed video footage of Snider's performance can be seen below.
Snider will release a career-spanning compilation, "Rock And Roll Ain't Dead - Dee Snider Essentials 1983-2015", in March through Rhino. The collection will feature music from all of Snider's projects over the years — including TWISTED SISTER, WIDOWMAKER, DESPERADO, VAN HELSING'S CURSE and DEE DOES BROADWAY — as well as three brand new songs.
Snider's new solo band includes Nick Perri (SILVERTIDE, SHINEDOWN), guitarist Dan McCafferty (DEE SNIDER'S SMFS, DEE DOES BROADWAY), bassist Nicolai "Nosferatu" Nifoussi (AUTOMATIC 7) and drummer Joe Franco (WIDOWMAKER, VAN HELSING'S CURSE, TWISTED SISTER, GOOD RATS).
Speaking to Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast, Snider stated about his new solo material: "There are three new songs on there. One's called 'Rock And Roll Ain't Dead', which my son Jesse wrote. I've always loved the song, and it was my rebuttal to Gene Simmons and when people say the music scene is so dead. Then there's 'Soul Lady', and then there's 'To Hell And Back'. Those are the three new songs that are already recorded, and they will be on the retrospective record, and there may even be a fourth. I'm actually working with a very contemporary writer now, who is on a mission to write me a new anthem that's going to appeal to new generations. And he's approached me about recording a song that he's working on. So there may be a fourth. So there's gonna be new music for the first time."
Dee added: "Quite honestly… it's really just testing the water. Because we've talked about doing an album, and I said, 'Nobody's buying albums.' I said, 'Who knows if anybody is even fucking interested?' So [if] we put out this thing, and people react to the new material, and there's a positive reaction, it could lead to a more extensive… 'Cause Nick and I just connect. As a writer, he's very old school, but he's got a lot of new-school influences as well.
"Anyway… So you may hear more Dee Snider solo. And that's really the direction, if I'm doing [anything] musically, I'm heading in."
Dee then clarified: "I'm not leaving TWISTED SISTER; I wanna be clear. We've got four shows together this year — maybe five or six now this summer — but I'll be doing a lot more solo shows this year."
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will release a set of three skateboards, each depicting one of their classic album covers: 1980's "Iron Maiden", 1981's "Killers" and 1986's "Somewhere In Time".
According to Backstreet International Merchandise Limited, "Boards [are] produced with 100% hardrock U.S. Maplewood taken from areas under re-forestation programs. [They are] individually hot pressed to ensure uniformity and perfect lines. Each deck includes free IRON MAIDEN logo sticker."
The skate decks are available globally and can be ordered from Backstreet at this location. Expected ship date: February 20.
Influential alt-metal act FAITH NO MORE will release its long-awaited follow-up to 1997's "Album Of The Year" in May via the band's newly formed imprint Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. FAITH NO MORE founder and bass player, Bill Gould, is overseeing production.
In a new message on the FAITH NO MORE blog, the group's keyboardist, Roddy Bottum, writes: "Thanks so kindly for the interest and the continued curiosity in what the five of us are creating. We've been doing it an awful long time.
"It's been a super-unorthodox journey and the outcome is often too weird for the common ear. Having you guys here as a soundboard for us and champions of what we do make that journey worth it.
"The overwhelming response regarding the tour dates and the upcoming LP is really really profound. Basically, it's a super-cheesy sentiment, but if there wasn't a you, there wouldn't be an us, so thanks kindly for your support.
"We're preparing ourselves for the upcoming onslaught (I'm not privy to violent descriptives, but that seems to fit) and we're going to try and reach as many as you as we can in our process.
"Sorry if many of you are skipped, geographically on this first go round. We'll try and fix that.
"We can't guarantee anything, but it's honestly our intention to not leave anyone out.
"Thanks for being understanding in this regard.
"We continue our trek.
"Billy [Gould, bass] is finishing mixing the record, we're working on artwork, [Mike Patton, vocals] is finishing the last couple of tracks and he's done an amazing job. Truly.
"I can only say it sounds like us and it doesn't, in the best possible way.
"You know what to expect and we are going to honor that expectation in the only way we know how."
FAITH NO MORE has confirmed its first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.
Preceding the tour is the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, "Superhero", which will be available as a limited-edition seven-inch single on March 17 followed by a digital release on March 31.
FAITH NO MORE, which reunited in 2009 for a series of sold-out performances and international festivals, played a surprise set at Amoeba Records in San Francisco, California on November 28, 2014 in honor of Record Store Day's Black Friday event and the release of the band's "Motherfucker" single.
"Motherfucker" is the first new music to come from the influential alt-metal act since 1997's "Album Of The Year". It was made available as a digital release on December 9, 2014. The B-side of the physical release is a remix of the track by JG Thirlwell.
Among the songs set to appear on FAITH NO MORE's new CD is "Matador", which was written in early 2012 and first performed by FAITH NO MORE in concert that summer.
Prior to the new album's release, FAITH NO MORE will headline Australia's Soundwave festival in February.
FAITH NO MORE is Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar) and Mike Patton (vocals).
Former Metal Maniacs editor Katherine Ludwig died yesterday (Friday, January 30) a little after 1:00 p.m. at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York. She passed very quickly and peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's Reed Mullin had this to say about Katherine Ludwig: "I'm not sure folks today know just how instrumental [Katherine] was in introducing and exposing your typical 'metal maniac' of the early '90s to so many badass bands. A lot of which, like C.O.C., had never been given an audience like that before. We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the 'Blind' album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone's top ten metal albums of 1991."
He continued: "I can't overstate how important she was to C.O.C.'s success. Without her, 'Blind' wouldn't have sold what it did. And after that, I don't think it's a stretch to say there probably would never have been a 'Deliverance' album."
BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner stated: "I first met Katherine Ludwig in 1990 at Milwaukee Metalfest. Katherine was editor at Metal Maniacs magazine at the time. Katherine — along with her amigo, Borivoj Krgin — put BROKEN HOPE on the map in a big way as they featured the BROKEN HOPE demos and our photo in the 'Firing Squad' section of Metal Maniacs. I credit that exposure to getting us our first record deal and for turning BROKEN HOPE on to thousands of fans before we even had our first album out. For that, I'll always be grateful.
"Over the years, Katherine and I kept in touch. Like myself, Katherine was a writer of dark fiction and some sci-fi. She wrote some cool short pieces that had been published. In turn, I shared my own published and unpublished fiction with her and we'd offer each other criticism, suggest writing tools, and recommend books to each other. She always started her emails to me with these fabulous greetings like: 'Hello Mr. Death & Deviance in Things Musical and Literary,' or, 'Hi there, Deviant Sweetness' — 'Deviant Sweetness' was a term of endearment she gave me as she explained I wrote the sickest and scariest lyrics and novels while being the nicest, sweetest, kindest man at the same time.
"Katherine and I even had our own little book club once! It didn't last, but we both did complete one book at least: 'The Maltese Falcon' by Dashiell Hammett.
"Years ago I visited Katherine at her house in Trumansburg, New York. She loved being upstate and showed me around and gushed about how beautiful it was up there. As usual, we talked about books, and she showed me her little library full of novels and numerous metal books by the likes of Albert Mudrian and Ian Christe.
"Katherine was also a diehard vegan, and she took me to a vegan grocery store and gave me a full education on what veganism is all about, how good it is for you, and why she felt a healthy and ethical purpose to live that way. I admired that about her, though I told her that I didn't think I'd ever turn my back on a nice, thick filet mignon. She raised her eyeborws at that, but she never judged.
"When Katherine told me she was sick, I jumped into action and donated as much money as I could to help give her comfort as she went through medical hell. I reposted her donation page everywhere, and I gave her loving encouragement over the phone and text, etc. When the fine folks at Despumation Press approached me to contribute a story to 'The Healing Monsters' anthology to benefit Katherine (and also my friend Dustin Lavalley), I immediately fired up my Word program and churned out a 5,000-plus[-word] horror tale that would help Katherine and send chills down her spine. I think she would have a had a blast reading my story and all of the others!
"Katherine leaves behind a great son named Max, and many friends the world over. Moreover, Katherine Ludwig leaves behind a legacy of a strong woman in a 'man's metal world.' She was the face of Metal Maniacs for years, and was highly knowledgeable and passionate about extreme metal above and beyond her male peers in the business. Her work and drive should be noted and admired. And her love for all animals and the preservation of natural life made her an angel long before she left us.
"I love you, Katherine Ludwig… I'm lucky to have called you my friend, and I'll never forget you."
In a 2012 interview for Decibel magazine's "Women In Metal" issue, Ludwig said: "A lot of people tell me that by Metal Maniacs not being one-dimensional, it made them feel less alone. Like they weren't the only metalhead in the world who wasn't sexist, and read books, and actually questioned authority instead of just complaining about it. People have told me they became vegetarian, or vegan, or a feminist, or started voting because of the magazine. All of this floors me, stuns me, slays me. I still can't believe it."
Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig's assistant and was editor for several issues of Metal Maniacs, wrote a message yesterday on the Facebook page that set up in order to raise funds to help Katherine "annihilate her cancer." She said: "I will write a proper message when I can get my head around the fact that my dear friend is truly gone. For now, just let me say that she truly was thankful for all of the support that she got from everyone here, and told me many times how much it touched her that so many people cared. All of the well wishes, support, messages, benefit concerts/fundraisers and donations did make a huge difference in her quality of life."
Katherine Ludwig, you will be greatly missed.
Fan-filmed video footage of MPIRE OF EVIL (formerly PRIMEVIL) — the band formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals) — perfoming on January 30 at Atak in Enschede, The Netherlands can be seen below.
MPIRE OF EVIL's "Crucified" album came out in May 2013 via Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records). The booklet includes art by Mantas, lyrics and band pics.
"Crucified" bulldozes through eleven tracks — including nine re-recorded versions of VENOM tracks from Dolan's time with the group — opening with the driving "Temples of Ice" and not taking its foot off the gas through the closing beast, "Taking It All" (which includes the perfect anti-chant). The riffs are dense and mighty, rhythms propulsive, and the vocals relentlessly intense. The record takes on dystopian themes of destruction, evil, and corruption and, in the case of pointed tracks like "Blackened Are The Priests", all three.
MPIRE OF EVIL released its full-length debut, "Hell To The Holy", on March 26, 2012 via Scarlet Records. The CD was produced by Mantas and features cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER).
To mark the announcement of SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand Tour" with LAMB OF GOD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, thousands of fans posted great questions for SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor to answer. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.
Asked how he and KORN singer Jonathan Davis came up with the idea of covering the BEASTIE BOYS song "Sabotage" at the two bands' January 23 concert at The SSE Arena in London, England during their joint U.K. tour, Taylor responded: "Well, me and Jonathan did not come up with that idea, actually. That was [KORN bassist] Fieldy's idea. We had been kinda joking about doing something together at one of the shows, and Fieldy was, like, 'Why don't we just do 'Sabotage'?' We all kinda dug it, we got together, we jammed it out, and the rest is history. So, good on you, Field."
Prior to the London concert, a posting on KORN's Instagram account hinted that the two bands were "maybe doing a cover tonight in London" with a photo of the musicians performing together in soundcheck. KORN later announced on Twitter that a video of the entire "Sabotage" performance would be made available at some point in the future. They also released "a little teaser" of the collaboration, featuring footage shot with a GoPro camera that hovered over the band and the crowd.
In an October 2014 interview with the "Metal Hammer Radio Show", SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor stated about touring with KORN: "Not only were they the band that we loved, but we also aspired to what they had. It wasn't until a handful of years later that we actually got to meet them and we got to know them, we got to be very close with them, to the point where now it's very weird to think that [KORN frontman] Jonathan Davis has me on a first-name basis. It's crazy when the bands you look up to become your peers; that's a pretty big statement to what you've done, especially with that band, because I have so much respect for what they've been able to do and what they've accomplished, and just how far they've been able to push their music. I mean, it's fantastic. This is something that we've been trying to put together for a very, very long time. Just putting together a tour with them and finally, finally we get to do it and it just felt like the right time. They were available, we were ready to do it and the rest is going to be history."
Davis was similarly excited about sharing the stage with SLIPKNOT, telling a radio station in Philadelphia: "We've been longtime friends with the SLIPKNOT guys, so we're really excited to be doing this tour… We've done stuff together… We had Corey come out and sing 'Freak On A Leash' one time live, and then when I got sick back in Europe in '06, he covered for me on a show and sang a couple songs, because I was in the hospital and couldn't perform."
SLIPKNOT's first major U.S. headlining tour in support of its new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", dubbed "Prepare For Hell", also featured KORN and KING 810.
The trek kicked off on October 29, 2014 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7, 2014 in Boston.
".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21, 2014 via Roadrunner.
A little teaser @GoPro clip from tonight's show with our boys @Slipknot covering Beastie Boys "Sabotage" in London! Stay tuned for the full video! Video: @brandonbuchanan23 #Korn #Slipknot #PrepareForHellTour #Sabotage A video posted by Korn (@korn_official) on Jan 23, 2015 at 2:09pm PST
A little teaser @GoPro clip from tonight's show with our boys @Slipknot covering Beastie Boys "Sabotage" in London! Stay tuned for the full video! Video: @brandonbuchanan23 #Korn #Slipknot #PrepareForHellTour #Sabotage
A video posted by Korn (@korn_official) on Jan 23, 2015 at 2:09pm PST
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has denied ever being in talks with STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet about Sweet producing a Bach solo album.
During Sweet's appearance on the January 19 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Michael was asked if there was any truth to reports that he was supposed to be collaborating with Bach on some new music. Michael responded: "I don't wanna throw him under the bus or make him feel awkward or weird. I was approached to do a Sebastian album… to produce it and to co-write with him and basically try to kind of go back to those powerful songs from the past. Not make a dated record, but just that style, the anthemy SKID ROW stuff that everybody loves. And that was the plan."
He continued: "Management got involved, and Sebastian and I e-mailed each other back and forth. It was going down the track a little ways and all of a sudden it came to a screeching halt. He decided he wanted to do an acoustic album, or wanted to do this, or wanted to do that. And I was just, like, 'Guys, let me know what's going on, if it's going on.' And I never really heard any more about it, so I guess it's not happening. But it would have been cool."
Sweet added: "I'll tell you right now, I think I could have helped Sebastian make a killer album. But hey… We'll never know."
Michael also offered a theory as to why so few of Bach's 800,000 Facebook followers purchased the former SKID ROW singer's latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", when it was first released. Sweet told Trunk: "This isn't a bash against Sebastian at all; it's just my opinion. I think people wanna hear Sebastian of old. They wanna hear the SKID ROW Sebastian. They wanna hear the hits. And he's giving them modern rock. It's ['Give 'Em Hell'] a good album, it's a good-sounding album, but it's not the glory days."
After a fan wrote on Twitter that "the points M. Sweet made about fans wanting 'old school' Bach sounds - are ACCURATE. Not rude or mean. Just true," Bach responded: "ACCURATE? FACT: No member of STRYPER was EVER asked to produce ANY album by Sebastian Bach! EVER. Who do U think asks that?? Omg!"
Sweet has since taken to his own Twitter to clarify his proposed role in the making of Bach's solo album. Michael wrote: "I was asked by the LABEL to produce Sebastian Bach. I never said by Sebastian."
ACCURATE? @Shawman23 FACT: No member of STRYPER was EVER asked to Produce ANY album by Sebastian Bach! EVER. Who do U think asks that?? Omg!— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) January 29, 2015
ACCURATE? @Shawman23 FACT: No member of STRYPER was EVER asked to Produce ANY album by Sebastian Bach! EVER. Who do U think asks that?? Omg!
Video footage of Alex Skolnick's (TESTAMENT) January 22 clinic at the ESP Guitars booth at the NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California can be seen below.
Skolnick's acoustic-focused project PLANETARY COALITION released a 14-track debut album last November.
An ethnically flavored collective of diverse musicians from all over the world, PLANETARY COALITION is driven by Skolnick, whose work spans jazz (ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO), metal (TESTAMENT), and world music (RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, ISHTAR).
Skolnick's book, "Geek To Guitar Hero", is available on paperback via Amazon.
Alex is a true guitar hero. At sixteen years old, he joined a group of twenty-somethings who'd formed a thrash metal band called TESTAMENT. Alex stayed with the band through several critically acclaimed albums and countless tours with, among others, SLAYER, MEGADETH, JUDAS PRIEST and WHITE ZOMBIE. After hearing and seeing one of Miles Davis' electric bands on TV, Alex relocated to New York City to play and study jazz.
TESTAMENT is currently demoing material for the follow-up to the band's 2012 album "Dark Roots Of Earth".
SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Barrett Martin and the Seattle Symphony performed last night (Friday, January 30) at Benaroya Hall in Seattle as part of a special concert titled "Sonic Evolution". Cornell and the band played three MAD SEASON songs as well as the debut of an original symphonic work by McCready titled "Waking The Horizon". Other musicians that performed last night included McCready's PEARL JAM bandmates Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron (also of SOUNDGARDEN) and Sean Kinney (ALICE IN CHAINS).
Original MAD SEASON members McCready and Martin were joined by Cornell and McKagan for three songs — "River Of Deceit", "I Don't Know Anything" and "Long Gone Day". The original MAD SEASON lineup featured late musicians Layne Staley on vocals and John Baker Saunders on bass.
Cornell, Ament, Gossard and Cameron surprised the audience by playing two songs — "Call Me A Dog" and "Reach Down" — by SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM's one-off 1991 project TEMPLE OF THE DOG.
Check out a review of the concert by the Northwest Music Scene.
MAD SEASON's sole album, 1995's "Above", was reissued in 2013 and McCready told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that revisiting it was bittersweet. "That was a record I couldn't listen to for a really long time, just because of Layne and Baker both dying, and the darkness that had kind of followed that record," he said. "I'm very proud of it, and a lot of fans have come up to me and said that it's their favorite record and it's made a difference in their lives, so that made me kind of happy to know that it did that."
This was the Seattle Symphony's fourth annual "Sonic Evolution" concert.
The event also featured the premieres of orchestral works inspired by NIRVANA and PEARL JAM.