Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and KISS axeman Tommy Thayer joined Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER on stage during their headlining performance at the intivitation-only NAMMJAM 2015 event on Friday, January 23 at The Grove Of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The event also featured appearances by HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, OTHERWISE and NICK COLIONNE, as well as an Affliction fashion show. There was also a silent auction for the House Of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Presented by Delve Texas and sponsored by Epiphone Guitars, Monster Energy, Affliction, FX Group, Newtek, Guitar World magazine, SIT Strings, Kramer Guitars, Band Gear and Gotham Stands, NAMMJAM 2015 was a rocking evening of music, fashion and camaraderie. NAMMJAM 2015 also had a charitable element with a silent auction benefitting the House Of Blues Music Forward Foundation featuring autographed Epiphone guitars and other memorabilia donated by music industry notables. Fan-filmed video footage of STEEL PANTHER's performance can be seen below. Delve Texas is a live action and experiential marketing, creative content and product development company headquartered in Austin, Texas. A NAMM member, Delve Texas is a music industry service provider. More information is available at www.DelveTexas.com.
MÃTLEY CRÃE and Alice Cooper appeared on January 20 edition of the Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends" to announce the date of CRÃE's last show ever. You can now watch the segment below. "The Final Tour" kicked off last year and will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs. Because of higher ticket demand, some cities will see them twice. CRÃE said in a statement, "In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year, so we're coming back to those places." Cooper will open all the shows. When their upcoming retirement was announced last year, the CRÃE actually signed a legal contract saying that they could not go back on their agreement to cease touring. To coincide with the announcement of the last show, the band released a new video, "All Bad Things", which includes clips from throughout their career. The 2014 leg of "The Final Tour" was one of last year's top-grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. Dates for 2015 will include five shows in Japan, a tour of Australia and New Zealand, European festival shows, and summer shows in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA), Marzi Montazeri (PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS), Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB), Rowan Robertson (DIO), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL), Phil X (BON JOVI), Mark Zavon (KILL DEVIL HILL) and Michael Angelo Batio are among the musicians who took part in last night's "Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration Of A Guitar Legend" concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below. "Randy Rhoads Remembered" salutes Rhoads, the brilliant original OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist. Show creator Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton conceived this event in 2013 after agreeing years before that Randy Rhoads deserved fresh recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads. Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne in 2000. On top of the best guitar players in the world rocking their favorite Rhoads songs, Randy's brother Kelle Rhoads performs and both his sister Kathy and he share their stories, making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved! "Randy Rhoads Remembered" was the second celebration event produced by Tichy & Sutton, with the first one selling out and taking place during NAMM weekend 2014. The show highlights the industryâs top guitarists playing every song from the iconic "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary Of A Madman" records and then some! Tichy says: "I get to play drums all night at 'Randy Rhoads Remembered' with so many amazing players on records I learned from as a kid! To me, there's no cooler place to be than at these mighty events! I feel like a wildebeest that's made it across a croc-infested river onto fresh grassland; heartily content!"
Members of SLIPKNOT joined KORN on stage last night (Friday, January 23) at The SSE Arena in London, England during the two bands' joint U.K. tour to perform at cover of the BEASTIE BOYS song "Sabotage". Fan-filmed video footage of the collaboration can be seen below. 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 tourâ¦ We've done stuff togetherâ¦ 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.
Dani Buarque of the "Lokaos Rock Show" recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how it feels for him to see ACCEPT continue with a new singer (ex-TT QUICK frontman Mark Tornillo) as his replacement, Udo responded: "What can I say? I mean, I was watching a show of ACCEPT in Hamburg, and I was a little bit disappointed. It was without any emotion. For me, there was no band on stage. Playing-wise, it was okay, but it was without any emotion. It was automatic â like, do it and then go." Regarding whether he woud ever consider reuniting with his former ACCEPT bandmates in the future, Udo said simply, "No." Dirkschneider also spoke about what he is able to do musically with U.D.O. that he couldn't do while he was a member of ACCEPT. "Let's say it in this way: With ACCEPT, the name ACCEPT, if I continued with the name ACCEPT, then you have to do somethingâ¦ what the people know under the name ACCEPT," he said. "I think with U.D.O., I think I'm more free." In a September 2014 interview with Music Enthusiast Magazine, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was asked if Udo Dirkschneider has tried to reach back out or re-establish communication with his ex bandmates in a recent years. "I haven't heard from him in forever other than indirectly in the press, and honestly none of us are even thinking about him," Wolf replied. "It's really not been an issue at all, I mean, we surely put it to rest with this album [the recently released 'Blind Rage']. Clearly it was a big deal the first time around for [2010's] 'Blood Of The Nations'; a lot of people were asking, 'Why?' and 'What?' and 'How come?' But the story has been told so many times now that it's clear that we've started a new life and Udo didn't want to be part of it. He made his choice, we're moving on, and that's that." In a September 2013 interview with BigMusicGeek.com, Udo stated about the possibility of another full-scale reunion between him and ACCEPT: "We did a reunion in '92 and did three albums together ['Objection Overruled', 'Death Row', 'Predator']. For me, the first one was a real ACCEPT album. We did the next one with only with one guitarist and for me, the sound with ACCEPT was always with two guitarists, so there was already some problems coming up. The whole atmosphere was completely gone. We did a tour and then we said, 'Okay, before we destroy the name ACCEPT, let's split up again.' Then they asked me twice after fifteen years to do another reunion and I said, 'Guys, I'm quite successful with U.D.O., and if I shut down U.D.O. again and join ACCEPT, we have to talk about a lot of things.' In the end, I said, 'Okay, if I do this and we split up again, I cannot come up for a third time with U.D.O. I have to continue under the name ACCEPT.' And I said to Wolf, 'You were stealing the name in the '80s. You get the rights on it without asking somebody, especially me.' And he said, 'No, I cannot do this.' and I said, 'Okay.' There was a lot of other points and then I said, 'Okay, guys. Sorry, but I don't want to do this. I will continue with U.D.O. I wish you all the best.' That was the whole thing with the reunion." Regarding the current lineup of ACCEPT, Udo said: "They put out a very good album in 2010 ['Blood Of The Nations'], but then again, I can imagine that after fifteen years, they would have enough time to write a good album. I wish I had fifteen years time to write songs. I expected them to do a good album and 'Blood Of The Nations' is a good album, but in my opinion, 'Stalingrad'  is not as good as 'Blood Of The Nations'." He added: "The new singer is a really good singer, but I think he has problems when he sings all the old ACCEPT songs." Asked if he is still on "speaking terms" with Wolf, Udo replied: "No. There is not talk anymore. I don't want to start a war, but Wolf was saying a lot of bad things about me and I don't understand why he did that. Then, later on, when they would come up to people who didn't know what they had said before, they changed completely. They'd say, '[Udo's current band] U.D.O. is great. Udo is such a nice guy.' So I said, 'Never ever talk to me again.' I don't care. I am happy and they seem to be happy, so what can I say?"
The official video for "Fearless", the third song from THE SIRENS, the collaboration between vocalists Kari RueslÃ¥tten (THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL), Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING) and Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES' EYES, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), can be seen below. Also available are previously released tracks "Sisters Of The Earth" and "Embracing The Seasons". The seeds for THE SIRENS were planted when Anneke approached Kari in early 2013 with the proposal of doing a duet for her "Drive" album (released in 2013). Seeing as Anneke regards Kari as an inspiration going in to do THE GATHERING's breakthrough album, "Mandylion", Anneke's intention was to pay tribute to Kari via the collaboration. The song didn't make the final cut as it didn't fit the album, but they remained in touch. Then, in July 2013, Anneke and Liv had a chance meeting at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic, and THE SIRENS concept was born. "We had a few minutes only to talk in between our gigs," Liv recalls, "but we agreed that we really should get together and tour. We both had to smile then, thinking that we were, with Kari, the 'originals' within our scene. Moreover, all three of us being mothers and still highly busy in music and art. Anneke told me that she had just talked to Kari, and that was the 'go' for THE SIRENS." It would be fair to call Kari the catalyst for THE SIRENS, as both Anneke and Liv saw her as a role model when they first made their way into music. "I find it hard to believe that I once inspired them," Kari admits, "but if so, it is truly flattering. It is a fantastic feeling to know that I will be singing live with two such amazing vocalists!" THE SIRENS tour was split into two parts, including festival appearances, and staged at the end of 2014 in October and December. It was a full concert showcasing the trio, one band, and a setlist featuring songs from THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, THE GATHERING and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY as well as tracks from Kari, Anneke and Liv's respective solo careers. They sang alone, performed duets, capping off the night with all three of them on stage, with a show that clocked in at around 100 minutes each night. "The female-fronted scene has become so big all over the world, sometimes it's hard to believe the three of us were at the very beginning of it," says Anneke. "I am very proud of that. Without intentionally wanting to start a new genre, our bands made it okay to sound and look as a girl singer on a metal stage. It was all very new and exciting. I think the tour is great to, in a way, celebrate those early days now that a third-wave of bands is appearing on the scene." There are noteworthy parallels in the lives of Kari, Anneke and Liv that bind them together. All three fronted influential bands, they went on to have lucrative solo careers and remain active, and they've successfully balanced music with family life. It's clear the trio share a chemistry that make THE SIRENS a rousing success. "Making music with kindred spirits is such a wonderful feeling," Anneke says. "I also love harmonizing with more than one singer on stage, so that [is] a cool aspect of the show as well."
MikeJamesRockShow.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Blake Meahl of the Los Angeles-based, occult-themed traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS during the group's European tour as the support act for AMON AMARTH. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the progress of the recording sessions for HUNTRESS's third studio album, which is being helmed by the production duo of Andrew Alekel (FOO FIGHTERS, NO DOUBT, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, CLUTCH) and James A. Rota ("Sound City" movie, FIREBALL MINISTRY), Blake said: "We're trying to get our record finished, and we keep getting these insane tour offers that are impossible to decline. We did [the] Download [festival in England in June], came home, wrote the album, left for [another] tour, then came back and started tracking it. And now as soon as we get back from [the European tour with AMON AMARTH], we'll finish it up." He continued: "We got it all ready and written. It's just the powers that be that make it really tough between booking schedules and timing and tour timing and then everybody's availability being the same and money coming at the right time to pay for it, and all that." Regarding HUNTRESS's approach for the upcoming CD, Blake said: "Our goal for this record, and for every record since our first one, is to get more organic and real with it." He continued: "The first two producers that we worked with, they liked to stick with that modern, edited sound where they're going, they're snapping things around and making sure, visually, everything lines up so it sounds extra tight. It's a byproduct of a little bit of Pro Tools and the whole situation. But you don't have to do it that way. The production we've got this time is awesome, 'cause they're using that technology, but we're doing full takes of everything and we're not editing things up. It's, like, yeah, if there's a fuckup, we'll punch it, but it's not all mechanized." Blake added: "All my favorite records are the old ones, and I think part of that is that real natural energy of sound of that human push-pull. When it's all glossed like that, it just slides right by. Everything is so even, it doesn't feel musical." HUNTRESS' sophomore CD, "Starbound Beast", was released in June 2013 in Europe and July 2013 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE). "Starbound Beast" included the track "I Want to Fuck You to Death", which was co-written for HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus by legendary MOTÃRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
According to Nola.com, former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo will be honored with the Musical Artist Of The Year award at the 2015 President's Arts Awards. This year's President's Arts Awards will be hosted at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in historic Downtown Covington, Louisiana on January 31 at 6 p.m. This years festivities will feature food from over 21 St. Tammany Parish restaurants, live music from Ronnie Kole and Christian Serpas, dance performance by Javier Juarez and a theatrical performance by the Slidell Little Theatre. You can purchase tickets at the following locations: St. Tammany Parish Government's Grants/CRT Offices, 21410 Koop Drive, Building C, 1st floor window Mandeville, LA 70471 St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Office 510 E. Boston St. Covington, LA 70433 Tickets for the Appetite for Art Gala are $75 per person or guests may purchase tickets to the Patron Party hosted by Chef John Besh and the Gala for $150. You can also purchase tickets or donate to the Public Art Program by mailing a check payable to The Northshore Community Foundation (Please be sure to write "President's Arts Awards" on the memo line) to: St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs ATTN: Jennifer Bushnell 21490 Koop Drive Mandeville, LA 70471 For more information or to purchase tickets please call (985)898-5243 or email email@example.com. Anselmo told Nola.com that he fancies himself "a wordsmith to a certain degree, so I'm always learning and expanding my lyrical repertoire." "Normally, like most bands, the music comes first, then the lyrics. But I'm always jotting down one-liners, or merely words that I may incorporate later," he added. "A lyric can inspire a riff, or a piece of music, so to collect as much phonetic info as possible is important. There is rhythm in everyday conversation, and I'm a believer in the fact that all rhythms in music haven't been investigated. That's what makes creating innovative music a blast."
Italy's SpazioRock.it recently conducted an interview with bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the fan response to MASTODON's latest album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", Sanders said: "We're very happy with the result of the new record, 'Once More 'Round The Sun'. The four of us in the band are very, very happy with it, and that's the most important thing. But it seems like a handful of people around the world seem to like it too, and that's wonderful." He continued: "Every record that we do is gonna sound different, because we always want to evolve and create our own musical path. And every record will be different. We do not wanna write the same record twice. And it's a musical journey that the four of us are on. And to any fans that we've ever had before, we want them to embrace it and grow with us, but we don't expect people to. We just write what we love, and we love what we write. And that's the path that it takes." Regarding the fact that there are more memorable choruses on "Once More 'Round The Sun" compared to some of MASTODON's previous albums, Sanders said: "We've tried to incorporate more melody â not only guitar-wise, but vocal melodies and vocal harmonies and vocal patterns that really are catchy; you know, like, hooks that bring you in and make a song more memorable. So we did spend more time and effort on trying to find those right vocal moments for this new record without cheating the song's music itself." He continued: "You can find vocal patterns that are catchy and meaningful to the song without just being cheesy about it and singing for the sake of not screaming. We're always trying to be better songwriters, and just continue to evolve and make songs that don't sound like the last song we wrote." "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24, 2014 via Reprise Records. "Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS.
The official lyric video for the song "Way To The Sun" from REVOLUTION SAINTS, the project featuring Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES, SHAW/BLADES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, BURNING RAIN), can be seen below. The song is taken from REVOLUTION SAINTS' self-titled debut album, which is scheduled for a February 24 release via Frontiers. The CD, which was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), features Castronovo on lead vocals and drums, Blades on bass and vocals, and Aldrich on guitar. Already well known for his drum talents for his work with JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are also in the spotlight on the REVOLUTION SAINTS release. On bass (and co-lead vocals on a few tracks), Blades is well known for his melodic-yet-hard-rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band NIGHT RANGER, as well as with the DAMN YANKEES and the SHAW/BLADES releases. On guitar, Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who recently left WHITESNAKE after a fruitful 12-year run, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists, having previously played with DIO. You can tell by the name (and the names involved) that this is not going to be your average rock 'n' roll album. It is a record that brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Or more simply, it is completely badass. The project was initially the vision of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, getting Deen, Jack and Doug together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process happened in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014. REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. REVOLUTION SAINTS is: Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums Jack Blades: bass, vocals on "Turn Back Time" and "Way To The Sun" Doug Aldrich: guitars Special guests: Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on "Way To The Sun " Arnel Pineda: co-lead vocals on "You're Not Alone" Neal Schon: guitar solo on "Way To The Sun" "Revolution Saints" track listing: 01. Back On My Trail 02. Turn Back Time 03. You're Not Alone (feat. Arnel Pineda) 04. Locked Out Of Paradise 05. Way To The Sun (feat. Neal Schon) 06. Dream On 07. Don't Walk Away 08. Here Forever 09. Strangers To This Life 10. Better World 11. How To Mend A Broken Heart 12. In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song) Bonus Tracks (deluxe edition only) 01. You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version) 02. Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version) 03. You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo version) DVD Content (deluxe edition only) 01. Making Of The Album Documentary 02. Turn Back Time (promo video) 03. Back On My Trail (promo video) 04. Here Forever (promo video) 05. Way to the Sun (lyric video) An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the album, as well as the video for the song "Turn Back Time", is available below.
Nev Pearce of Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast recently conducted an interview with Mikko SirÃ©n of Finnish cello rockersnAPOCALYPTICA. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked what his favorite song is to perform is from the forthcoming APOCALYPTICA album, "Shadowmaker", Mikko said: "We haven't played those songs in, maybe, four months. We rehearsed them a lot and then we recorded them, and ever since, we haven't been playing even together. We've been just, like, recording individual parts. Now the album's gonna beâ¦ I think there's two songs more to be mixed. So we're actually having our first band rehearsals now this Saturday, and then we're gonna rehearse for the next week. And the week after that as well. So I really cannot say what is the favorite track to play, because they have changed also during the recording process. So it's exciting." He continued: "I really like [the title track] 'Shadowmaker', which we have kind of put out for people to stream, which is this song which has got so many different styles within one song, so that's fun for that occasion. But there are a couple of really epic, mellow tracks â [with an] almost PINK FLOYD [-like] vibe. Very dark, very deep things which I expect that we can also do great justice [to] also live." The official video for the "Shadowmaker" title track can be seen below. The CD will be released in April via Eleven Seven Music Group in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia. APOCALYPTICA's new album was helmed Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON). APOCALYPTICA's Eicca Toppinen stated: "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 worked with Franky Perez as exclusive singer on the vocal tracks â 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. Before APOCALYPTICA presents the new album, along with a new production on an extensive European headline tour later next 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.
Video footage of FEAR FACTORY's January 22 performance at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. FEAR FACTORY recently entered NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California with longtime producer/collaborator Rhys Fulber and engineer Mike Plotnikoff to begin tracking its new album for an early 2015 release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD will be mixed by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, EXODUS, TESTAMENT and ACCEPT, among many others. Asked by Silver Tiger Media how far into the recording process for the new album FEAR FACTORY is at the moment, the band's vocalist, Burton C. Bell, said: "We are still working on it. [It's taking] longer than expected, but, you know, it's classic FEAR FACTORY sound, the sound that fans have always expected, but I think because we are taking our time, the songs are really well crafted. Without losing the edge or the angst. Without losing the essence of FEAR FACTORY, but they are well-crafted songs. We are working on the album cover right now. We have really connected with artist Dave McKean, who did the album cover for 'Demanufacture' and 'Obsolete'. He is working on something. We have an album title that we are happy with which really represents a good FEAR FACTORY title." Asked if there is a particular subject focus of the album, Bell said: "It's based on science-fiction, essentially futuristic concepts. It's bringing the concept of man versus machine around again, but this time, the way I'm thinking about the machine is that it's fully cognitive and fully understands where its place is and what it needs to do. So the machine has very human qualities now." In a separate interview, FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares spoke about the musical direction of the band's new material. He said: "You do wanna take it to new places, but you never want to take it too far. "FEAR FACTORY is a band that always been one that experiments a little here and there. From our very first record that came out in 1992, 'Soul Of A New Machine', there was a big jump between that record and 'Demanufacture', and then we just had to take it somewhere different on 'Obsolete' and then we took it somewhere different again on 'Digimortal'. Now when I re-entered the band, we took another big jump and we put out 'Mechanize' and then we kind of wanted to go back a little bit and we did 'The Industrialist'." Dino added: "Now this record, it's probably going to be somewhere in between 'Demanufacture' and 'Obsolete'. It's got the groovier darker elements of 'Obsolete', but it has the fast riffing and the cold harshness from 'Demanafacture'." In addition to Cazares and Bell, FEAR FACTORY's current touring lineup features drummer Mike Heller and bassist Matt DeVries. FEAR FACTORY's latest album, 2012's "The Industrialist", sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Earlier today (Friday, January 23), BLACK STAR RIDERS frontman Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson answered a number of fan-submitted questions live on YouTube. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. BLACK STAR RIDERS' second album, "The Killer Instinct", will be released on February 24 via Nuclear Blast. It will be made available in different formats: CD, limited 2-CD digibook, limited gatefold black vinyl and limited gatefold clear vinyl (available for mail orders only). Pre-order your copy of "The Killer Instinct" at this location. Warwick stated about the album title: "Life's not fair, never has been, never will. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness. Because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself." The energy in the studio from a year of touring, and BLACK STAR RIDERS gelling as a creative force has resulted in a truly powerful sophomore effort. From the Irish-tinged rock of "Soldierstown" to the balls-out twin guitar riffing of "Sex, Guns & Gasoline", rom the dirty groove of "You Little Liar" to the acoustic "Blindsided", this is a band coming of age. Said Johnson: "[Producer] Nick Raskulinecz came riding out of the sunset like a Viking warrior, with his record collection and arsenal of killer guitars and amplifiers and proved to be the world-class producer we had heard so much about. Indeed, the rumors are all true. There's no doubt that Ricky and I had written a sizable number of songs, but Nick patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band and made sure we focused on the material to best represent BLACK STAR RIDERS in 2015." BLACK STAR RIDERS will head out on a co-headline tour of UK and Ireland with EUROPE throughout March 2015. BLACK STAR RIDERS were one of the first signings to Nuclear Blast Entertainment by Monte Conner â the A&R guru who signed acts such as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA, and RUSH to Roadrunner. Nuclear Blast Entertainment is a new U.S. partnership co-founded by Conner with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. "All Hell Breaks Loose" sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. BLACK STAR RIDERS last year parted ways with bassist Marco Mendoza and replaced him with Robbie Crane (RATT, VINCE NEIL, LYNCH MOB).
Frontiers Music Srl will release LEVEL 10's debut album, "Chapter One", in Europe on January 23 and in North America on January 27. The CD features 12 songs performed in a true metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge. The official lyric video for the LEVEL 10 track "Cry No More" can be seen below. LEVEL 10 was born out of a collaboration between American powerhouse singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, ALLEN/LANDE) and the acclaimed German producer/bassist Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The pair met a few times during the years and swore to each other to find the time to work together. That occasion finally came about when Frontiers president Serafino Perugino managed to connect with the two and get them committed to the creation of a new metal album which could meld the more contemporary and aggro sound of ADRENALINE MOB with the more traditional European power metal assault of PRIMAL FEAR. Sinner quickly put together a killer lineup for the album, including his PRIMAL FEAR cohorts Randy Black (on drums) and Alex Beyrodt (on guitar) and called Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, VOODOO CIRCLE) to complete the lineup on lead guitar and keyboards respectively. On the songwriting side â besides the band members â the album also sees contributions from Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville. While the actual recording took a long time due to the "day job" commitments from the various musicians involved in this release, the result is an outstanding and super-heavy â yet infectiously melodic â album. With Allen's over-the-top vocals and a powerful lineup second to none, the resulting CD is, from start to finish, a true delight for all heavy metal fans. "The target was to write and record a traditional and powerful heavy rock album with some of the best players in this genre," says Sinner. "The result is just amazing. Russell's voice is in a fantastic shape, kick-ass songs and I'm really proud of the album!" Russell Allen adds: "When Mat and I met many moons ago we became fast friends. He's a great talent and a great guy. We had talked about working together in some way and it took shape in the form of level 10. I'm very excited for the world to finally hear this great record!" "Chapter One" track listing: 01. Cry No More 02. Soul Of A Warrior 03. When The Nighttime Comes 04. One Way Street 05. Blasphemy 06. Last Man On Earth 07. In For The Kill 08. Voice Of The Wilderness 09. All Hope Is Gone 10. Demonized 11. The Soul Is Eternal 12. Forevermore A trailer for the CD is available below. LEVEL 10 recording lineup: Russell Allen - Lead & Backing Vocals Mat Sinner - Bass & Backing Vocals Roland Grapow - Guitar Alex Beyrodt - Guitar Randy Black - Drums & Percussion Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards
MÃTLEY CRÃE performed its classic song "Girls Girls Girls" on last night's (Thursaday, January 22) edition of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". You can now watch video footage of their appearance below. MÃTLEY CRÃE's "The Final Tour" kicked off last year and will end New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after one more round of North American gigs. Because of higher ticket demand, some cities will see them twice. The band said in a statement, "In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year, so we're coming back to those places." Alice Cooper will open all the shows. Tickets for the final show in Los Angeles go on sale Saturday (January 24) at 10:00 a.m. PT. When their upcoming retirement was announced last year, the CRÃE actually signed a legal contract saying that they could not go back on their agreement to cease touring. To coincide with the announcement of the last show, the band released a new video, "All Bad Things", which includes clips from throughout their career.
UDR will release guitar legend Uli Jon Roth's brand new double album of 19 re-invented SCORPIONS tracks, titled "Scorpions Revisited", on March 10. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes. When you pre-order, you get the song "Catch Your Train" as an instant grat track. You can now listen to the song below. For over four decades, Uli Jon Roth has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the "sky guitar," a six-octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, Uli Jon Roth was a member of German rock giants SCORPIONS, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums "Fly To The Rainbow", "In Trance", "Virgin Killer" and "Taken By Force". It led to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite SCORPIONS songs. The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on "Scorpions Revisited", a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original SCORPIONS classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it's clear that Uli Jon Roth reinvents these songs from the soul up. "The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the SCORPIONS rehearsals 1973-1978," explains Roth. "Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early SCORPIONS period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I'm very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance." The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar). "Scorpions Revisited" track listing: CD1: 01. The Sails Of Charon 02. Longing For Fire 03. Crying Days 04. Virgin Killer 05. In Trance 06. Sun In My Hand 07. Yellow Raven 08. Polar Nights 09. Dark Lady CD2: 01. Catch Your Train 02. Evening Wind 03. All Night Long 04. We'll Burn In The Sky 05. Pictured Life 06. Hell Cat 07. Life's Like A River 08. Drifting Sun 09. Rainbow Dream Prelude 10. Fly To The Rainbow As noted, this is the first fruit from a re-engagement with his history that left Uli Jon Roth enjoying a surge of fresh creativity and approach to this classic material. Expect a further announcement for 2015. But for now, feast your ears, heart and emotions on Uli Jon Roth's unique return to his most famous musical legacy.
Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, PHILM) and Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) were honored with the "Legend" award at last night's (Thursday, January 22) "Bonzo Bash" at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California for pioneering the genre of music known as "thrash metal." Video footage of the award presentation (courtesy of Bizarre Guitar), as well as a performance of the LED ZEPPELIN classic "Stairway To Heaven" â featuring Lombardo on drums â can be seen below. "Bonzo Bash" highlights the industry's top drummers playing their favorite LED ZEPPELIN tunes. Show creator Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton have taken this "Bonzo Bash" one epic step further by including all four Ludwig drum kits John Bonham used throughout his career with LED ZEPPELIN. Each drummer was accompanied by house band THE MOBY DICKS, featuring Michael Devin (WHITESNAKE), Stephen LeBlanc (JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE), Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL), Chas West (BONHAM), Brent Woods (VINCE NEIL, SEBASTIAN BACH). Lombardo is a Cuban-American heavy metal drummer best known for his work with American thrash metal band SLAYER. Lombardo's music career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of more than 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as GRIP INC., FANTÃMAS, and TESTAMENT in addition to SLAYER. Lombardo's musical interest was sparked by playing along to a SANTANA record with bongo drums and was later influenced by the musical styles of LED ZEPPELIN and KISS. Lombardo is known as an aggressive heavy metal drummer and his use of the drums have been called "astonishingly innovative" and earned him the title "the godfather of metal double bass" from Drummer World. Over his career, he has had a significant influence on the metal scene, and has inspired many modern metal drummers. As the creative force behind ANTHRAX since day one, Charlie Benante could be called the "yin" to Scott Ian's "yang." Of course its much more complicated than that, but when it comes to what you see and feel in the band, Benante is likely behind it. Whether it's a drum kit, or computer, each is a tool that channels his aural and visual senses into the thrash metal monster that is ANTHRAX. But when it comes to taste, Benante's is held in the highest regardâ¦ and we're not talking fashion! His taste is of the palatable kind. A coffee fanatic, Benante not only sports a Starbucks tattoo (yep, true), he creates his own bean blends and signature roasts under his own brand of java greatness. When not caffeinating the world with his high-energy percussive ways in ANTHRAX, he can be found in his adopted hometown west of Chicago with his wife and young daughter.
Following the success of their 2013 covers release, "CovertÃ ", ADRENALINE MOB â the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X), Mike Orlando (guitar) and A.J. Pero (drums; also of TWISTED SISTER) â will release "Dearly Departed" through Century Media on February 9 in Europe (digital only) and February 10 in North America. In a departure from "CovertÃ ", "Dearly Departed" will feature, in addition to four cover tunes, a previously unreleased track from the sessions for ADRENALINE MOB's second album, 2014's "Men Of Honor", three acoustic renditions of songs from both 2012's debut, "OmertÃ ", and "Men Of Honor", and an edited version of the "Men Of Honor" track "Dearly Departed". Co-produced by ADRENALINE MOB vocalist Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando, "Dearly Departed" features the following tracks: 01. Snortin' Whiskey (PAT TRAVERS cover) 02. Dearly Departed (edited version of "Men Of Honor" track) 03. The Devil Went Down To Georgia (CHARLIE DANIELS BAND cover) 04. Crystal Clear (acoustic version of "Men Of Honor" track) 05. BLACK SABBATH Medley (BLACK SABBATH cover) 06. Gets You Through The Night (unreleased track from "Men Of Honor" sessions) 07. Angel Sky (acoustic version of Omerta track) 08. All On The Line (acoustic version of Omerta track) 09. Tie Your Mother Down (QUEEN cover) The cover version of CHARLIE DANIELS BAND's "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" can now be streamed below. ADRENALINE MOB last August tapped Erik Leonhardt (TANTRIC) as its new bass player following the departure of John Moyer (DISTURBED). Moyer, who had been a member of DISTURBED since 2004, joined ADRENALINE MOB in February 2012 and appeared on the band's "CovertÃ " EP (2013) and "Men Of Honor" album (2014). "Men Of Honor" sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's full-length debut, 2012's "OmertÃ¡", opened with around 6,600 units to enter the chart at No. 70. "Men Of Honor" was released on February 18, 2014 in North America and February 24, 2014 internationally via Century Media Records. Drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) quit ADRENALINE MOB in June 2013 due to "scheduling conflicts."
British/American grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH will release their 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", on January 27, 2015 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD's striking artwork, which can be seen below, was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe (Friktion.com), who has previously worked on the band's "Utilitarian" album as well as with such other acts as AT THE GATES, TOTALT JÃVLA MÃRKER, THE HAUNTED and BURST. "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" track listing: 01. Apex Predator - Easy Meat 02. Smash A Single Digit 03. Metaphorically Screw You 04. How The Years Condemn 05. Stubborn Stains 06. Timeless Flogging 07. Dear Slum Landlordâ¦ 08. Cesspits 09. Bloodless Coup 10. Beyond The Pale 11. Stunt Your Growth 12. Hierarchies 13. One-Eyed 14. Adversarial / Copulating Snakes A promotional video for the short and intense track "Smash A Single Digit" can be seen below. The clip was directed and produced by Michael Panduro, who has previously worked for bands like CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SAINT VITUS and JOB FOR A COWBOY. Trivia facts about this clip: The video is made up of 1093 unique drawings, each one hand-drawn in ink on paper by artist Lisbet Fredslund and actually 225 of the drawings are of the face of NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway, who checked in to comment the clip as follows: "Couldn't be happier with the 'Smash A Single Digit' video clip. It shows nothing of dignity or life's fundamental pleasures â only a snapshot of those unfortunate enough to only be deemed as numbers for production quotas in this world. When a 'digit' has therefore been expended, it is rubbed out (or consumed leaving no trace, as in the case of this video). In my opinion, Michael Panduro and the team produced a real work of art and I think the general style holds some really nice future artistic possibilities for NAPALM DEATH." "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" will be made available in the following formats: * Jewel Case CD with 20-page booklet (14 songs) * Digital Download (14 songs) * 180-gram LP with a double-sided A2 poster, lyric sheet and one bonus track (15 songs, bonus track: "Critical Gluttonous Mass") * Limited Mediabook CD with expanded 40-page booklet, a sticker and 3 bonus tracks (17 songs, bonus tracks: "What Is Past Is Prologue", "Oh So Pseudo" and the G-ANX cover version "Clouds Of Cancer / Victims Of Ignorance") * Digipak CD with 24-page booklet and one bonus track / North America only! (15 songs, bonus track: "Oh So Pseudo") * Limited red-coloured Cassette with one bonus track (15 songs, bonus track: "Critical Gluttonous Mass") * Limited Mailorder Boxset, 1000x copies worldwide (Content: Mediabook CD with expanded 40-page booklet, a sticker and 3 bonus tracks, a clear cassette version of the album with one bonustrack, an exclusive NAPALM DEATH beanie, a double-sided A3 poster and a button bag with 3 pins). The LP will be available in the following versions: * Unlimited Black LP * 200x Clear LP (Via CM Webshop Europe) * 300x White LP (Via CM Distro Europe) * 200x Transparent Green LP (Via Nuclear Blast Europe) * 800x Solid Red LP (Via CM North America) * 200x Solid Blue LP (Via CM Distro USA) * 200x Dark Green LP (Via CM Distro USA) NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway recently shot down speculation that the band's longtime guitarist Mitch Harris is officially out of NAPALM or is terminally ill. Harris took an indefinite break last fall to tend to a family situation and Wikipedia initially wrongly scrubbed him from the band roster. He has since temporarily been replaced by John Cooke (CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR). "There is no weirdness," Greenway told Decibel magazine. "It's something that you can't put a time limit on. I'd rather he sort his situation out and come back with the decks cleared. The situation might change at some point, but we are letting him get on with it, because it's heavy stuff. But we're trying not to be pessimistic." Greenway continued: "People think Mitch is terminally ill and he isn't. Or they think he has left the band for shady reasons and he hasn't. You have to cut people some slack. We did that for Shane [Embury, bass] when he had some problems." NAPALM DEATH and VOIVOD will join forces for a North American tour, aptly dubbed "Through Space And Grind", in January/February. NAPALM DEATH will appear at the 2015 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean (Florida / Jamaica) from January 22 to January 26, alongside bands like ARCH ENEMY, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MUNICIPAL WASTE and many more.
German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN will release their tenth studio album, "Beyond The Red Mirror", in Europe on January 30 and in North America on February 3 via Nuclear Blast. The sixth trailer for the album is available below. Four and a half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010's "At The Edge Of Time" was recorded at Twilight Hall Studio in Grefrath, Germany and produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (SAXON, HAMMERFALL, HELLOWEEN). The CD showcases BLIND GUARDIAN's collaborative work with three different classical choirs: one from the Czech Republic (Prague), one from Hungary (Budapest), and one from the United States (Boston). Two grand orchestras â each featuring 90 musicians â also lend their brilliant talents to the new recordings with absolutely spellbinding results. Transporting listeners via a mysteriously powerful red mirror into an otherworldly dimension that includes tyrants, gods, and the Holy Grail, the ten songs comprising "Beyond The Red Mirror"'s story lines revolve around the young protagonist we first met twenty years ago in the 1995 tracks "Bright Eyes" and "And The Story Ends". "A story between science fiction and fantasy," explains KÃ¼rsch. "The story begins with our 1995 album, 'Imaginations From The Other Side'. The two worlds described therein have changed dramatically for the worse since then. While there used to be several passages between the worlds, there is only one gate left now: The Red Mirror. It has to be found at any cost." Asked to describe the band's guiding principles for the creation of this new release, BLIND GUARDIAN guitarist AndrÃ© Olbrich shares: âWe want to surprise and impress with our music. Nowadays, music tends to be arbitrary and predictable. But we want to keep developing our music.â Opening with a tidal wave of surging emotion courtesy of a spine-tingling choir "Beyond The Red Mirror" unleashes its first gem, "Ninth Wave", a consciousness-expanding palette of landscapes and moods bearing the message of an urgent mission still seeking resolution. Closing with an explosion of heroic harmonies and choral glories with a nine-and-a-half minute, self-contained saga, "Grand Parade" (called "the best song we have ever written" by Olbrich), the grandiose, uplifting, and ingenious storytelling in "Beyond The Red Mirror" is guaranteed to leave you breathless. Come 2015, you will soon experience why BLIND GUARDIAN are so influential in their genre and without equal in the pantheon of heavy metal music. Featuring artwork by longtime collaborator Felipe Machado, "Beyond The Red Mirror" will be available in the following formats: * Jewel Case (10 songs) * Limited Edition Digibook (11 songs) * Double LP gatefold vinyl (11 songs) * Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, and liner notes) * NB-Mailorder-Earbook (12 songs plus illustrations, photos, liner notes + bonus 10") "Beyond The Red Mirror" is as follows: 01. Ninth Wave 02. Twilight Of The Gods 03. Prophecies 04. At The Edge Of Time 05. Ashes Of Eternity 06. Distant Memories (bonus track on limited editions + vinyl) 07. Holy Grail 08. The Throne 09. Sacred Mind 10. Miracle Machine 11. Grand Parade