Tuomas Holopainen â the keyboardist and main songwriter of NIGHTWISH â recently answered ten questions for Sweden's Rocksverige web site. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. Holopainen spent most of 2013 writing and producing his solo album based on a graphic novel called "The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck", written and illustrated by Don Rosa. "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" is scheduled for release on April 11 via Nuclear Blast. "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" contains 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music is said to be in the soundtrack / classical / folk genre in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya. Pip Williams did the orchestral arrangements for the "Life And Times Of Scrooge" disc, continuing his collaboration with Tuomas after the NIGHTWISH records "Once", "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginaerum". There are a number of guest musicians appearing on "Life And Times Of Scrooge", including the London Orchestra, The Metro Voices (a choir from London) and four lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen and Tony Kakko. Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars and banjo), Teho MajamÃ¤ki (didgeridoo), Jon Burr (harmonica) and Dermot Crehan on the solo violin. The recordings took place during August - October 2013, first at Angel Studios in London, then in various locations around Scotland and Finland.
Heavy music presenter Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV conducted an interview with TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN axeman Ben Weinman during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below. TESTAMENT's recent tour of Australia was the band's first with returning bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, ICED EARTH). TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian. DiGiorgio rejoined TESTAMENT as Christian's replacement. Steve was previously a member of TESTAMENT on "The Gathering" (1999) and "First Strike Still Deadly" (2001) albums. Christian was forced to leave the band's North American tour with LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in November 2013 for "personal reasons." Filling in for him was EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14 through the band's own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia. "One Of Us Is The Killer" was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (GLASSJAW, THE CURE, SUICIDE SILENCE), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman's studio. Mastering was handled by Tom Baker (DEFTONES, NINE INCH NAILS, BEASTIE BOYS).
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor last year joined the cast of an upcoming horror film called "Fear Clinic". The movie began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com. The series starred Robert Englund, famous for playing Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", Lucas Till from "X-Men: First Class", Danielle Harris of "Halloween 4" fame and Kane Hodder, best known for playing Jason in several of the "Friday The 13th" movies. The first teaser trailer for "Fear Clinic" can be seen below. Englund returns in the film to his lead role as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber. The series, which focused on a different phobia every episode, reached over five million hits on FearNet.com. It has since been added to On Demand, YouTube and Hulu. In the film, Taylor plays a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people. "Fear Clinic" is scheduled for a Halloween 2014 release. Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was more interested in screenwriting than acting. "I have no aspirations to really get into acting, you know," he said. "I mean, it's something that -- I've always wanted to write for movies, you know, I've always wanted to write a screenplay and I've written a couple in the past and what not. But yeah, if it happens, it happens, you know. It's not something that I pursue." Taylor and fellow SLIPKNOT member Shawn "Clown" Crahan have their own film production company called Living, Breathing Films, although to date the company has yet to announce or produce a movie. Crahan is reportedly set to make his directing debut with "Officer Downe", based on a graphic novel. "Fear Clinic" teaser trailer:
Rocksverige conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH in February during the Swedish leg of the band's European co-headlining tour with CRADLE OF FILTH. You can now watch the chat below. BEHEMOTH's new album, "The Satanist", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. BEHEMOTH's ninth full-length studio CD, 2009's "Evangelion", opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56. "The Satanist" was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world. "The Satanist" deluxe box, which is available in North America as an European import, includes: CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase with a high-quality 44-page booklet (with gold foil, UV gloss lamination), supersize poster flag (approx. 3.5' x 5'), wooden black inverted rosary cross, metal pin, black envelope with black communion wafers. The DVD, "Live Barbarossa", includes a professionally filmed show in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as well as 30-minute documentary about the creative process behind "The Satanist". "The Satanist" was produced by BEHEMOTH, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand at Hertz Studio. The CD was mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER) and mastered by Ted Jensen (METALLICA, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound in New York City. The cover art for "The Satanist" was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist Denis Forkas. The paint used included some of Nergal's own blood. Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (PARADISE LOST) and Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST). BEHEMOTH's video for the new single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" was produced by Grupa 13 and is one of the band's most unsettling and unique works to date.
Video footage of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH performing the song "Beneath The Howling Stars" live during their recently completed European co-headlining tour with BEHEMOTH can be seen below. Guitarists Paul Allender and James McIllroy both sat out CRADLE OF FILTH's European tour with BEHEMOTH due to "hugely important family matters" and "serious neck surgery," respectively. Filling in for them were Ashok of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR and Richard Shaw of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh", the historic debut album from CRADLE OF FILTH on Cacophonous Records. To honor this momentous occasion, CRADLE OF FILTH is planning a whole smorgasbord of exciting stuff, including the first-ever CRADLE OF FILTH comic, the release of a career-spanning double disc best-of, and, of course, the subsequent touring. CRADLE OF FILTH's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors", sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum took part in an interview and acoustic performance this morning (Friday, March 7) on "The Heidi & Frank Show" on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below. Sorum will release his new album, "Stratosphere", under the moniker MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services. "Stratosphere" is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album. "Over the years, I've been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn't always been for the better," says Sorum. "But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind. "With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It's as real and exposed as anything I've ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it." Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano. "I've always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record," Matt says. "I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion. "I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well." Pre-order "Stratosphere" now on iTunes and get an instant download of "The Sea". MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY - "Stratosphere" track listing: 01. Intro - Stratosphere Part 1 02. The Sea 03. What Ziggy Says 04. For the Wild Ones 05. Goodbye To You 06. Gone 07. Lady of the Stone 08. Ode to Nick Drake 09. Blue 10. Josephine 11. Land of the Pure 12. Killers N Lovers 13. The Lonely Teardrop 14. Outro - Stratosphere Part 2 Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the "Stratosphere" CD: "I'm known as a rock guy, but I've always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes. "I've always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N' ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn't the predominant songwriter, but I've always been involved in the process. "When I put 'Stratosphere' together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I'd been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone's expectations." Asked if MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: "We're going to tour, but it isn't going to be a typical rock show. If I'm going to front a band, I can't see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?"
QUEEN will return to North America for a 19-date arena tour with "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert once again fronting the band. On Thursday (March 6) co-founders Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Lambert met the press at New York's Madison Square Garden â which the band will return to play on July 17 for the first time since the group's 1982 tour in support of "Hot Space". The 2014 dates begin on June 19 at Chicago's United Center and winds down a month later on July 20 at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Video footage from yesterday's press conference can be seen below. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Brian May explained that he was eager to bring the current show to North America and hinted that this might be not only QUEEN's last hurrah â but the last chance to thank fans with a musical spectacle never to be forgotten. "We're very excited, I must say," he said. "It's been a while, but this is a combination, which we feel works really well, and Roger and myself are feeling, y'know, it'll be great to do this one more time â this is what we do. It's very significant that we're here in Madison Square Garden; and actually that was my condition for touring. I said to Jim Beach, our manager, 'Get us Madison Square Garden, get us the Forum in L.A. and we can do this one more time.' And, y'know, this is the man to do it with. I'm thrilled to be here and let's do this." Roger Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the success of QUEEN's live shows with Lambert simply comes down to musical chemistry. "We've worked with Adam a few times now," he said. "We had a wonderful tour, a short tour in Eastern Europe and in England, and that was probably the longest we've worked. Each time we've worked with Adam, it's just worked very well with our music. He's the most incredible frontman and we're delighted to announcing a tour of North America. It's just such a delight for us." Adam Lambert admitted that he stepped into pretty big shoes when he agreed to take the stage fronting QUEEN â a band that had perhaps the most legendary and charismatic frontman with the late Freddie Mercury. "At first, it was a little daunting, when we started our first incarnation of this. I was definitelyâ¦ I was apprehensive," he said. "He's a big idol for me, and I thought to myself, y'know, 'I hope that the fans dig this,' y'know? 'Cause there was a possibility that they wouldn't. And it felt really good, the reception was warm, the press reaction to it the first time was very warm. And it's such a treat to get on stage and pay my respects and pay tribute to one of my favorite singers ever â and to sing some of the greatest music ever written."
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will play a special concert on March 21 at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. Says the band: "We will be joined by a brass ensemble consisting of members from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Some of these guys performed both on 'Now, Diabolical' and 'The Age Of Nero', and live with SATYRICON in the past. "With Nocturno Culto from DARKTHRONE already confirmed as special guest on 'Nemesis Divina' songs, THORNS mastermind Snorre Ruch will be there performing classic THORNS songs that Satyr recorded with him, and Sivert HÃ¸yem is joining for the new single 'Phoenix', the list of special guest is complete and one we are proud of. "The cult act THORNS is one of black metal's first and most inspirational band, influencing bands like MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, EMPEROR, BURZUM and so on. Satyr has worked closely with THORNS' music, and Mr. Ruch worked closely with SATYRICON on 'Now, Diabolical' and 'The Age Of Nero'. Together, we will perform classic songs from the album THORNS that Satyr co-produced and did vocals on. THORNS do not play live, so this is the first time these song will be performed live with one of Norwegian black metal's most influential artists on stage for this exclusive." SATYRICON's self-titled album sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This is roughly in line with the opening-week performance of the band's previous CD, "The Age of Nero", which premiered with 1,700 units back in November 2008. "Satyricon" debuted at position No. 1 on the official chart in the band's home country â the first time one of the group's releases topped the chart in Norway. "Satyricon" also saw success internationally, debuting at No. 6 in Finland, No. 23 in Germany and No. 26 in Austria. By comparison, SATYRICON's previous studio album, "2008'a "The Age Of Nero", entered the chart at No. 5 in Norway and No. 73 in Germany. "Satyricon" was recorded in Norway between January and May 2013 and was produced by SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven. Mixing took place in Seattle by Adam Kasper and Satyr.
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD entered GREEN DAY's Oakland, California's JingleTown Recording compound on February 9 to begin recording their new album for a late 2014 release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Comments MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn in the latest installment of his online blog, "The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman... And Other Ramblings": "As I step off the insane recording treadmill I've been on for a few weeks, one thing is for certain, it's all about slow and steady progress. I mean, I really wish I had more of an exciting update to give you, but I've been slammed recording guitars, laying down vocals, and working on some killer packaging ideas with the Nuclear Blast crew. "Less than a week before we got into JingleTown, we finished a pair of songs, one of which was literally not even an idea the week previous. Phil [Demmel, guitar] brought in some great, GREAT stuff at the 11th hour and we were able to turn it into a really cool song with the working title of 'Sharkbite Days Revisited'. The other song, formerly known as 'Blazing Saddles', just wasn't working. Even though it had some cool parts, it was just too goddamned hard to play and make it sound natural, so we back-burnered it for a while. It was the type of song where we finally realized our mortality, LOL! One of those 'dammit, I can't play this fast at my age anymore' kind of moments! But it was a song that came at a time when we needed a good kick in the ass, and it completely helped break my writer's block. It was the crack in the dam, and after that, all hell flowed. So if anything, it served its purpose well! "So on the second to last day of rehearsals, [Dave] McClain [drums] and I deconstructed 'Blazing Saddles', and then reconstructed it into a far simpler structure, and it's fuckin' rockin'! Less of a SLAYER/SLIPKNOT vibe, and more of a 'Screaming For Vengeance'-era JUDAS PRIEST feel to it. Appropriately, it has now been given the working title 'Simmering Saddles'. "I laid down some scratch vocal ideas on the 3 'newest' tunes, and made some huge progress on the song (working title: 'Riffnado'). I can already tell it's gonna be really cool. "So that's about it for now. I know it doesn't look like much, but as my engineer Juan says, 'There some blood on the board there' (pic below)." "Killers & Kings". The B-side will be a cover version of the track "Our Darkest Days" from one of MACHINE HEAD's favorite bands, IGNITE. The third of four tarot cards making up the cover artwork for the "Killers & Kings" single can be seen below. Also available is video footage of MACHINE HEAD members Phil Demmel (guitar), Dave McClain (drums) and Jared MacEachern (bass) laying down backing vocals on the "Our Darkest Days" cover version. Says MACHINE HEAD guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn: "I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs. You searched them out. Thankfully, my buddy Jim was a big 'tape trader,' and through trading, we had both METALLICA demos, EXODUS demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes 'years' before they came out. "I knew how to play every note of 'Pleasure Of The Flesh' by EXODUS easily two years before the record was out. I had SLAYER's 'Reign In Blood' three months before it came out. I remember it still had the hi-hat counts starting the songs!! "My friends and I would debate the merits of each (the demo was always better, LOL!). "It's so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! "So we're gonna do that for you. "I can't wait for you guys to hear this stuff. Then you can debate it, haha!" Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include "Killers & Kings", "Beneath The Silt", "Eyes Of The Dead" (formerly "Ojos De La Muerte"), "Sail Into The Black", How We Die" and "Night Of The Long Knives". (Thanks: NJthrasher)
Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rockers POP EVIL have filmed a music video for their current single, "Torn To Pieces". Helmed by veteran Swedish director Johan CarlÃ©n, this will be the band's fourth video installment from their highly successful "Onyx" LP. Says POP EVIL frontman Leigh Kakaty: "There's nothing more haunting and torturous to the human soul than the feeling of losing someone close to you without saying goodbye." The band launched a social media initiative using Instagram late last week surrounding "Torn To Pieces". Since the song deals with the loss of Kakaty's father, fans are encouraged to upload their own photos depicting what the song means to them. Fans have been tagging Instagram photos with #petorntopieces since its launch and the collection is ever growing. The band is overwhelmed with its success and encourage fans to visit their official site and keep it up. POP EVIL is on its way to a yet another chart-topping single with "Torn To Pieces". The song has gone from being No. 1 most added to No. 13 on the Active Rock chart in just 5 weeks. The band has already seen a career-shattering two No. 1 singles off of its latest LP, most recently with "Deal With The Devil" and first with "Trenches". As can be expected from these veteran road dogs, POP EVIL just wrapped up an intense run with STONE SOUR and headed over to Europe for its first full run off U.S. soil with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. "Onyx" was released on May 14, 2013. Asked if "Onyx" is a continuation or progression from the previous record, Kakaty told Metalholic: "To me personally, it's a progression in the fact that it totally destroys the previous two records. "For the first time in years, this feels like a rock band. Before it was, we did the independent thing, then we got a record deal and we signed and we had to remix and remaster. Then 'War Of Angels' was really our first time that we got to record with an 'A'-list producer, and then we left the record deal. So there's always turmoil. "All of our records, ironically, have succeeded, though they never were really released properly. There's always some obstacle that held the album back. The label wasn't on the same page or we were leaving the label. There was always just so much drama that was involved. Now for the first time at eOne, our new label, it's all full guns-a-blazing and everyone's believing in this music. Everyone's excited about the album. And most important, in the band we're all really excited about each other. We all understand our roles and we're not fighting each other internally. Everyone's very supportive of each other."
Ken-David Masur, Grammy-nominated producer and associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony, and Ann Spira Campbell, deputy general director of the San Diego Opera, spoke to the Valley News about "Symphony Interrupted", the upcoming classical concert featuring MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and the San Diego Symphony. The event will see Mustaine perform Richard Wagner's "Ride Of The Valkyries" with the orchestra, as well as solos of Vivaldi's concertos from "The Four Seasons", plus Bach's classic "Air". "This is a completely different kind of concept and experience that is basically being pioneered by this collaboration," said Masur. "We will perform the 'Roman Carnival' overture by Berlioz to set [Mustaine] up as a soloist, and he will come out like all the other great soloists in the world come up on stage, and then we will perform Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'," he said. "When I met Dave in person, I saw the most talented, incredible human being â someone with 5 million Facebook followers who appeals to a younger generation," Ann Campbell said. "You have a real leader here â someone the younger generation looks up to as an edgy artist. To be a draw for the younger generation is too beautiful of a storm to pass up." Asked what the program will consist of for his performance with the San Diego Symphony, Mustaine told Sam Pittis of Classic FM: "Basically, the songs that we've chosenâ¦ There are several rumors around what we're playing, and most of them are inaccurate. I can tell you right now accurately what it's gonna be. We're looking at a little bit of a rendition of the song 'Symphony Of Destruction' for me to enter to, so that we have a little bit of a MEGADETH connection. And then we'll probably segue from there into the piece 'Winter' [movement from Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons']. And they'll go to an intermission probably with the song 'Air On The G String' by Bach. And I'll, of course, be playing the lead violin in both performances on an electric guitar. So you've heard the parts, but just imagine if it was done with a little bit of distortion and a little bit of a darker theme to it. It may be a little faster than what people are used to, it may be a little bit slower than what people are used to â 'Air' may be a little faster, 'Winter' may be a little slowerâ¦ whatever. And then we're gonna have an intermission. We're gonna come back toâ¦ They're planning on playing Wagner's 'Ride Of The Valkyries', but I'm not sure that I'm gonna play on that one yet, 'cause I haven't really looked at that song yet. We're gonna close with 'Summer' [movement from Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons'], and then that's it, and [we'll see] see how everybody likes it." Mustaine also spoke about the difficult technical challenges of performing classical music parts on an electric guitar, saying: "Some of the songs, it's natural â it's just in my soul to be playing some of these transitions â but some of the other things, it's pretty daunting, and it's made me a better player. "When I was started, I used to surf when I was a kid and I listened to punk rock music a lot and jazz and classical, so that's why MEGADETH had such a peculiar starting, because it was a classically jazz, punk-rock-style metal band. Go figure." "Symphony Interrupted" will take place at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, California on Saturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at SanDiegoSymphony.org.
KING'S X frontman Doug "dUg" Pinnick spoke to MikeMcGuff.com about the state of his Houston-formed band plus his new projects like NAKED, KXM, PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN, GRINDER BLUES and THIRD EAR EXPERIENCE. Doug also talked about his recent health scare and how he's doing now. Check out the chat below. Pinnick underwent hernia surgery last July after avoidning it due to the fact that he didn't have health insurance. He had toured, recorded and rehearsed regardless of his painful condition. A GiveForward campaign to help raise funds for Pinnick's surgery was launched in the spring of 2013 and it raised more than $26,000 from 599 donations. Pinnick released his new solo album, "Naked", in May 2013 via RockArmy Records. The CD was described in a press release as "deeply personal and overflowing with [Pinnick's] unmistakable tone, groove, and heart-wrenching vocals. PEARL JAM's Jeff Ament said that 'heavy music didn't start in Seattle, it started in Katy, Texas with KING'S X' and 'Naked' is proof that Pinnick remains at the top of his game." Pinnick is best known as the vocalist/bassist for KING'S X, the influential hard rock act that also features guitarist Ty Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill. KING'S X celebrated 32 years of activity as a band in 2012 with a run of U.S. dates alongside KANSAS. The band's most recent studio album, "XV", was released in 2008 and was their highest-charting album since 1996's "Ear Candy". In 2005, VH1 included KING'S X in its list of "100 Greatest Artists In Hard Rock."
Professionally filmed video footage of KORN drummer Ray Luzier performing "Sluggo's Revenge" at Guitar Center's Drum-Off finals on January 18 in Los Angeles can be seen below. Special guests include Jeff Kollman on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and DJ/producer Sluggo. After 25 years of celebrating the country's best drummers, Guitar Center's Drum-Off has become one of the most loved events in the drumming community. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the night honored Steve Ferrone, renowned drummer for TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS and AVERAGE WHITE BAND, with an induction into Guitar Center's RockWalk and featured exclusive performances from a host of renowned drummers, including Questlove, Chad Smith, Steve Ferrone, Ray Luzier and Chris Dave. Judges for the evening included such respected musicians as Adrian Young (NO DOUBT), Nisan Stewart (P DIDDY, MISSY ELLIOT), Brooks Wackerman (TENACIOUS D, BAD RELIGION), Aaron Spears (USHER), Chris Johnson (RIHANNA) and more. Starting in August, over 5,000 drummers from across the country signed up to compete in Guitar Center's 25th annual Drum-Off. Five finalists were chosen out of the thousands of hopefuls to battle it out for the title of Guitar Center's Drum-Off champion and a prize package valued at nearly $50,000. The winner â Dawud Aasiya-Bey â joins an esteemed group of highly talented past winners who have gone on to play for the likes of Prince, Beyonce, Jay Z and more.
"The Raven's Cry", the new video from French melodic death metallers T.A.N.K. (THINK OF A NEW KIND), can be seen below. The clip was shot at the band's sold-out show at La Boule Noire in Paris and includes footage from T.A.N.K.'s last tour. "The Raven's Cry" is taken from the band's sophomore album, "Spasms Of Upheaval", which was released on October 2012 via Symbol Musik (with distribution through Season Of Mist). The CD features a guest appearance by Canadian singer Jon Howard (THREAT SIGNAL, ARKAEA). "Spasms Of Upheaval" track listing: 01. Life Epitaph 02. The Raven's Cry 03. Unleash The Craving 04. Spasms of Upheaval 05. Through The Disgrace 06. Inhaled (feat. Jon Howard) 07. Slumber 08. Conflict 09. Stillness Withered 10. A Life Astray 11. Cryptic Words 12. Daze Howard joined T.A.N.K. on stage on March 24, 2012 in Paris, France to perform "Inhaled". Check out pictures of his appearance at this location. T.A.N.K.'s debut album, "The Burden Of Will", was released in June 2010 via Symbol Musik. The CD featured guest appearances by Guillaume Bideau (MNEMIC, ONE-WAY MIRROR, SCARVE) and Steve "Zuul" Petit (ZUUL FX). T.A.N.K. is: Raf Pener: Vocals Symheris: Lead guitar Nils Courbaron: Rhythm Guitar ClÃ©ment Rouxel: Drums Olivier d'Aries: Bass
Madcap Music Review's John Golden recently conducted an interview with THE IRON MAIDENS, the world's only female tribute to the legendary band IRON MAIDEN. You can now watch the chat below. Formed in 2001, these five women comprise excellent musicianship with an elaborate stage show with effects and appearances from IRON MAIDEN mascot, "Eddie", and other theatrical characters that have gained the band national and international recognition. This female musical force has the energy and chemistry reminiscent of IRON MAIDEN itself. Asked in a 2012 interview with Live4Guitar if being a girl has opened more doors for her as a heavy metal musician than would otherwise have been the case, THE IRON MAIDENS guitarist Nita Strauss said: "The opposite! Less! A girl has to work twice as hard, especially playing heavy metal, to find a band that's willing to have her. Outside the metal world, it's a challenge to be taken seriously as a 24-year-old girl when you're going up against seasoned guitar players, all men, that have been in the music business for 30-40-plus years. You have to be on point all the time. You have to put aside a lot of your natural feelings and reactions. It's not easy. The trick is to make it look like it is." Regarding what her favorite MAIDEN song to play with THE IRON MAIDENS is and why, Nita told Revolver magazine: "My favorite songs to play live with any band are the ones that get the big crowd reactions. I think 'Fear Of The Dark' is one of the most fun MAIDEN songs. It's really exciting to play, and I get that really catchy Dave Murray solo, plus it has that awesome part in the intro that gets the whole crowd singing along. When we were in South America, I saw some of the guys in the crowd actually tear up when we started that riff! It was seriously amazing." THE IRON MAIDENS is: * Kirsten Rosenberg (a.k.a. Bruce Chickinson) - Lead Vocals * Linda McDonald (a.k.a. Nikki McBurrain) - Drums * Wanda Ortiz (a.k.a. Steph Harris) - Bass * Courtney Cox (a.k.a. Adriana Smith) - Guitar * Nita Strauss (a.k.a. Mega Murray) - Guitar For more information, visit www.theironmaidens.com.
Drumtalk, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch, conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK) on June 16, 2013 in Bremen, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. In a 2010 interview with Invisible Oranges, Hoglan stated about how he first started drumming: "I was a super air-drummer when I was a kid. I'm a big proponent of air-drumming helping you out when you first get out in the kit. For three or four years, I had my pair of sticks, and I would just air-drum to all my favorite records [while] growing up. Then when I got on the kit, I already had sort of an aptitude for it. I could air-drum all the parts, so when I [had] drums in front of me, it was like air-drumming â without the air." Asked what the three most influential songs were on his playing, Hoglan said: "Probably side one of '2112' from RUSH. That was my first moment of 'Wow.' I had already air-drummed to a lot of KISS songs. Then when I heard '2112' from RUSH, I remember learning all of that â on the air drums, of course. And then after I got on my kit, when I started playing, the song 'Brother To Brother' by Gino Vannelli was a big lightbulb moment. That has some really killer drumming on it. And another song called 'Presto Vivace' by UK on their live album 'Night After Night'. That had Terry Bozzio on drums. I remember figuring that out when I was a kid. That's got some stuff to it. It's not like it's 'The Black Page' [a notoriously difficult song] by Frank Zappa, but for a 13-year-old kid trying to figure out some drums, I was really psyched when I learned how to play big chunks of that song." Regarding whether it was a conscious decision to not be a very demonstrative drummer in terms of gestures, Hoglan said: "I used to be [demonstrative] when I was younger. I like headbanging while I play. [But] a lot of times the patterns that we play these days don't allow for a lot of demonstrativeness. In order to play a full set and pound as hard as I do â I don't know if it looks like I'm hitting hard or not, but I'm one of the louder hitters out there. So I figure if I'm being demonstrative while doing it, that takes away from the power of what I'm doing. [But] I [do] try to be demonstrative. I've got a lot of stick flips and stick twirls and goofy things like that in the middle of thrash metal mayhem. All those '80s rockers used to do stick flips while doing [simple patterns]. And that's so lame. So, hell, put a stick flip or a stick twirl in the middle of a blastbeat â that's fun."
Honda Deutschland has uploaded an 11-and-a-half-minute video clip of guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM taking part in an intervew while sitting in a Honda Civic. Check it out below. TRIVIUM's new album, "Vengeance Falls", made Top 10 chart debuts in Japan, Australia, Germany and Austria as well as a Top 15 debut in Canada and a Top 25 debut in the United Kingdom. This marks the acclaimed metallers second consecutive Top 15 debut in the U.S. and highest-career debuts around the globe â including a No. 2 debut in Japan. "Vengeance Falls" sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record â which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) â arrived in stores on October 15, 2013 via Roadrunner. TRIVIUM's previous CD, "In Waves", opened with 22,000 units to land at No. 13 â the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career. The group's 2008 effort, "Shogun", premiered with just under 24,000 copies to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up "The Crusade", which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25. TRIVIUM's "Strife" video was filmed in July 2013 at Studio One in Orlando and was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. TRIVIUM recently finished touring North America with DEVILDRIVER.
Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein of New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR for the "Metal Hammer" radio show on TeamRock Radio. You can listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. CROWBAR will release its new album, "Symmetry In Black", in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which will be made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Comments Windstein: "We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all-time high. "We are 100% ready to get this juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again. "CROWBAR will not be stopped!" The release of "Symmetry In Black" will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the CROWBAR's inception. Windstein continues: "CROWBAR is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of. "It's an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago! "We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour." Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf. CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. CROWBAR is: Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals) Matt Brunson (Guitar) Tommy Buckley (Drums) Jeff Golden (Bass) Interview (audio):
LAST IN LINE, the band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB, will enter the studio in April to begin recordings its first freshly composed original material. Asked by Tickets There how the new LAST IN LINE music is sounding and how the band can avoid DIO's legacy hanging over it, Vivian said: "It's obviously always going to sound a bit like DIO, We're playing those songs that we wrote and recorded. The difference is that Andy doesn't sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio] and that's actually what motivated me to go out and do some gigs. If he'd come in there being a Ronnie clone, I'd have been very disinclined to go any further with it, because I don't want it to just be a tribute to Ronnie's voice. Furthermore, I think that Ronnie is a really, really tough act to try and duplicate. He had such a unique-sounding voice. So the fact that Andy didn't sound anything like him really appealed to me. The reason for that was that it put the focus on the songs and the original band. The focus goes to the guitar, the bass and the drums, and therefore the guys that made the records. Not only did we make those records, but what a lot of people don't even realize is that we wrote the songsâ¦obviously, including Ronnie's input, which was monumental, but there was a real sound that we had. The fact that Andy didn't sound like Ronnie somehow resonated with me that it was OK to go out and play those songs and have the focus somewhere else. People then started asking me, 'Are you going to start making new music?' At first, I said no because it was never on my field of thought, but then it became more apparent that for LAST IN LINE to move forward and to be taken to that next level, that's what we needed to do. Furthermore, we got into the studio just a few weeks ago, in early January and started writing. Just Jimmy, Vinny and myself, and it was so effortless the way we came across new music, it just fell out of us like it did on the first record, on 'Holy Diver'. It was so easy for us to come up with musical ideas. We act as great springboards for each other. Like when I play something for the guys, they instinctively know where to go and vice versa. We came up with a half a dozen song ideas in a matter of days. Then Andy came in and we exchanged vocal and melody ideas and we're kind of kicking around in the middle stage between now and April 20th when we're going into the studio to start recording. Hopefully it'll finally gel and that final 5-10% will come into place." Vivian Campbell's former SWEET SAVAGE bandmate Ray Haller filled in for Jimmy Bain at LAST IN LINE's October 20, 2013 performance at the Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums â 1983's "Holy Diver", 1984's "The Last in Line" and 1985's "Sacred Heart" â before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987. ROCKwellUnScene.com has uploaded multi-camera video footage of LAST IN LINE performing the song "We Rock" on October 12, 2013 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California. Check it out below. Photos of the concert are available at this location.
Rob Zombie will release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray, titled "The Zombie Horror Picture Show", on May 20. To go along with the DVD and Blu-ray, there will be a "killer book" by photographer Rob Fenn, according to Zombie. "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" will feature footage filmed during stops on last year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Mayhem Festival tour in Houston on August 3, 2013 and Dallas on August 4. DVD and Blu-ray track listing is as follows: 01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy 02. Superbeast 03. Super-Charger Heaven (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE) 04. Living Dead Girl 05. We're An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover) 06. More Human Than Human (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE) 07. Sick Bubblegum 08. Never Gonna Stop 09. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga 10. Meet The Creeper 11. Mars Needs Women 12. House Of 1000 Corpses 13. The Lords Of Salem 14. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown 15. Thunder Kiss '65 (originally by WHITE ZOMBIE) 16. Dragula Zombie has never released a concert DVD before and told an Albany radio station that he always thought of doing one as a "huge nuisance," adding, "After the show is done, I don't care. I don't want to relive itâ¦ I never wanna hear about it again, I never wanna see it again. Like, I never watch anything â a TV show I've been on; I don't care. Once it's done, it's done. But I figured at least once we should film it." Zombie did roll cameras during his 2008 "Educated Horses" tour, but had very different plans for that still-unseen footage. "I didn't want to really just make a live DVD 'cause I thought, like, who cares," he told The Pulse Of Radio. What I really did was I made, like, a tour documentary, where like it starts with the first rehearsal through building the stage through, you know, traveling and flying and playing every show and after show and this and that. And, you know, it's so many hundreds of hours of footage." Zombie's fifth solo album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", came out last April and entered the Billboard album chart at No. 7 with first-week sales of 34,000 copies. Zombie will kick off a 12-date run of shows on April 26 in Fort Myers, Florida at the Fort Rock festival, mixing other major rock festival stops with headlining shows before wrapping it up on May 10 in Camden, New Jersey.