Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with ALL THAT REMAINS guitarist Oli Herbert on Febraury 20 at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about ALL THAT REMAINS's songwriting process, Oli said: "We'll start with a couple of different ideas, and then they progress into a song. If we feel the song is good, we keep it, we use it. But we try to write quality over quantity. So we might have extra riffs floating about, but nothing like 30 songs, or 40 songs. W ejust don't work like that." Asked if he usually starts writing material for a new album when it's time to begin work on a new CD or if he also uses older ideas that have been collected over the years, Oli said: "It depends. I tend to write a little bit while we're on tour. But, usually, what I've been doing lately is kind of making a really big focus to start the writing process, when we get off the tour and just get into that mindset. 'Cause when you're on tour, it's hard to stay in that mindset for too long. 'Cause you've gotta work on the stuff you're playing that evening, so it's more of a balancing act. So when I get home and I have a stretch of a couple of months to really work on writing, I really work on writing." ALL THAT REMAINS's new album, "The Order Of Things", was released on February 24 via Razor & Tie. The CD follows up the group's 2012' effort, "A War You Cannot Win", which featured the massive rock singles "What If I Was Nothing" and the chart-topping "Stand Up". The new disc marks the first time that ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte collaborated on his lyrics, in this case with producer Josh Wilbur. Labonte told The Pulse Of Radio how that worked out. "He's the first guy that I collaborated lyrically with," he said. "It's always been a situation where we'll come up with vocal ideas, maybe cadences, and I'll come up with the ideas and words that go into it. So this record has really been vocally the most collaboration I've ever had from a producer/writer, working with, you know, the songs we came up with."
As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported as a "rumor" on March 14, it has now been made official that MEGADETH has hired drummer Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) to play on the band's new album. MEGADETH has released the following official statement announcing the collaboration: "Dave Mustaine, the creative driving force behind original American metal and hard rock crossover giants MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for the leaders of modern American heavy metal LAMB OF GOD, will join original bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH's anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH's roots." Dave Mustaine comments: "Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! "Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece â guitar, bass and drums â when we laid down the framework to our Grammy-nominated platinum album 'Rust In Peace'. "I want to thank the other members of LAMB OF GOD for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community." David Ellefson adds: "Chris has been an endearing friend to us in MEGADETH for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I'm very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of 'utmost heaviness' unfolding in MEGADETH's next chapter." Chris Adler offers: "MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across 'Killing Is My Business' and the bible of all metal, 'Peace Sells', in my formative years." He continues: "About 10 years ago, LAMB OF GOD toured with MEGADETH and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since. "When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must've been on a hidden-camera show. I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. "I'm coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can â not just throw names in the CD booklet or be a yes man. Together, I believe we can do something very special! "Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the MEGADETH legacy." In a 2006 interview with Xplosive Metal, Adler confirmed that MEGADETH was the band that made him want to start drumming to begin with. He said: "Definitely. For me and my brother [LAMB OF GOD guitarist Willie Adler], that's the band that made us wake up to heavy metal and made us become who we are today. And now to be able to sit down and have lunch with Dave Mustaine and tell him that story and have him talk about what he likes about LAMB OF GOD, it's pretty big for me." Speaking to Wondering Sound about the influence Dave Lombardo (SLAYER) and Gar Samuelson (MEGADETH) have had on his drumming style, Adler said: "Dave's the guy that made me want to go fast. There's so much power in what he does â both him and Gar Samuelson, who was the original drummer from MEGADETH. I think Gar was a little more jazzy, which I really liked, and I probably spent more time trying to emulate Gar than Dave, but both those guys were the guys who made me want to get faster. Now I realize that's kind of a fickle goal, but [Dave] was obviously one of the innovators, one of the first to do what metal is kind of known for now, with double kicks, and he's still absolutely one of the best." In addition to Mustaine, Adler and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH's new album is rumored to include Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA. MEGADETH has yet to announce permanent replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year. The band was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was "excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today." Drover quit MEGADETH on November 25, 2014 "to pursue [his] own musical interests." His statement can be found at this location. Guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from MEGADETH a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group "due to artistic and musical differences."
Video footage of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson playing the band's song "Five Magics" at the March 27 stop of his "My Life With Deth" spoken-word tour in Melbourne, Australia can be seen below. Speaking about why he chose Australia as the first country in which to do a spoken-word tour, Ellefson told Spotlight Report: "The idea of doing a spoken-word tour came from an Australian concert promoter, and I loved it. We started to talk about it last year. Ironically, it was right around the time we were scheduled to be here with Soundwave." He continued: "I've never done spoken word before. "I like taking chances and doing new things to broaden my horizon. "I enjoy working with new people, especially with forward-thinking people with out-of-the-box ideas, so this is really great. "I love the idea of getting into a new medium, like in this case spoken word, since there is so much you can do with that. And I really wanted to come back down to Australia. I love being in Australia, because it feels like being on vacation. Australian people have a unique spirit about them, and metal fans in particular." Asked what fans can expect from the "My Life With Deth" tour, Ellefson said: "There's a few things in the repertoire that I'm already preparing, as far as stories and the flow of it all go. "The repertoire should be loose enough for each evening to become unique. "I know the cities in Australia are all unique with their own flair, so I hope that each performance in each different city becomes a unique night. "When you prepare a show with a band, you prepare your repertoire, the setlist, the sound and lights, but because it is just me this time, it becomes much looser. "I like the idea of being able to talk pretty openly about my personal life, [my book] 'My Life With Deth', and everything else that goes on around it, and it also gives the audience the chance to do a [question-and-answer session]. "When I do bass clinics, the Q&A is usually one of my favorite parts, since we get to talk personal and we can open up for discussion â and I love doing that stuff."
As we've officially entered the Floor Jansen era of NIGHTWISH, the hangover from the Anette Olzon controversy has been, for all intents and purposes, chased away. Olzon's moved on with her solo album from last year, "Shine", while NIGHTWISH themselves look to outdo their widely embraced "Imaginaerum" from 2011. This includes the addition of not only Jansen, but Kai Hahto on drums, who replaces Jukka Nevalainen, on sabbatical. It also has a 23-minute number, "The Greatest Show on Earth", which condenses "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"'s lengthy Darwinist exhibition as the most ambitious work NIGHTWISH has yet attempted. Opening with a brief spoken passage by evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins, "Shudder Before the Beautiful" chugs forth, not so much with might but with a steady pulse and thick riffs to give Floor Jansen a rocking portal to gently work her way in. She doesn't assert herself more than she needs to, letting the instrumentation layer up and ultimately blossom with choral and string supplements. As NIGHTWISH's intent with "Shudder Before the Beautiful" is to point out the grandeur of the world around us, the song is beautifully structured and accented by Emppu Vuorinen's gorgeous guitar solo and Tuomas Holopainen's responsive key scales. As the guitars get a little more attention on this album aside from the encompassing orchestral elements, "Weak Fantasy" is as meaty as it is lavish. Floor Jansen spikes herself in spots to accent the increasing riffs on the choruses, but shrewdly maneuvers the verses with delicate tones. By instinct, Jansen has already learned her way around this band, and instead of flaunting the role of symphonic metal diva, she gives a richly filled song like "Weak Fantasy" (one bedecked by flamenco swipes and war drum percussion) a tasteful frontal nudge instead of a full-on rip, regardless of Floor's capacity to do the latter. Piano and Troy Donockley's uilleann pipes greet the bass-driven single "Elan", a tried 'n' true softie rocker (LEAVES' EYES, for instance, have made their bread and butter on songs like this). The sweeping harps and strings give the song added grace, which Floor Jansen handles with a confident, if restrained lilt. The more theatrical "Yours is an Empty Hope" follows afterwards like a xylophone and violin-aided pounce into a film action sequence. The guitars grind and Floor Jansen responds to the song's swell by showing off her tougher palettes in the shadow of choral gushes and battering backing vocals from bassist Marco Hietala. Jansen does the same later in the album on the sweatier moments of "Alpenglow". Wisely, neither she nor the band cheats "Yours is an Empty Hope" by getting over-aggressive. A terrific, stepped-back progression allows NIGHTWISH to create mystique before letting Jansen holler her way through a clamorous climax and a banging finale. Jansen's biggest moment to shine comes with the esthetic ballad "Our Decades in the Sun" and like her predecessors, she's seductive as sin within this gentle milieu. She will also have NIGHTWISH fans eating out of her hands chanting the hook-driven "My Walden"'s mantra of "higher, higher, higher" on the choruses. "My Walden" trickily turns a dime on itself by shifting from its peppy course toward an ambitious folk march draped with tin whistles and fiddles. The heavy guitars and sturdy pulse propelling the title track are so valuable in maintaining interest on an album this long, but NIGHTWISH keeps the throttle going on "Endless Forms Most Beautiful". A grand chorus doesn't hurt. As the symphonic layers pour upon the track from every corner, it seems, the base rock groove of the song is never lost. Then Tuomas Holpainen's calliope keys on the ridiculously catchy "Edema Ruh" are as beautiful as Floor Jansen's swoon. The six-minute "The Eyes of Sharbat Gula" is a somber trek guided by Troy Donockley's moving pipes, Tuomas Holpainen's melancholic piano melody and a velvety chant shared between Floor Jansen and Marco Hietala. Joined by a dazzling children's choir, the composition flows meditatively into the closing gala of "The Greatest Show on Earth". Is "The Greatest Show on Earth" NIGHTWISH's finest moment as a band? Let the listener stand judge for all 23 minutes, but what should be said is that this curiously omposed epic reaches for both heartstrings and the id and yanks on both as hard as it can. The opening five minutes alone feature some of the band's most emotive arrangements ever before another narrative from Richard Dawkins reminds us to absorb the majesty of our planet, all before the heavy business takes over. A modification â or at least a barely disguised tip of the hat â to MEGADETH's "Symphony of Destruction" ushers the track through a succession of double hammer and orchestral/choral wonderment. NIGHTWISH throws everything they have in their arsenal, including tribal rhythms and sampled animal exhalations into "The Greatest Show on Earth". To their credit, they plant extensive rock sections to keep a track of this magnitude rolling, since there's a message on behalf of Mother Earth from Dawkins to follow. NIGHTWISH makes the effort to throw as many music theories, external resonances (including a New Age aquatic foray) and a soaring cast chorus of "We were here", to push for a shared global experience. NIGHTWISH fans shouldn't drown themselves in sentiment by comparing Floor Jansen to Anette Olzon or Tarja Turunen, for that matter. It's pointless, since the band itself sounds energized and wildly inspired on "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", as if "The Greatest Show on Earth" isn't indication enough. A few regurgitated themes being this album's only fault, the transition to Floor Jansen is seamless and NIGHTWISH can look upon their new creation with as much pride as "Imaginaerum", "Dark Passion Play" and even "Once".
If there's one band constantly under fire whether they deserve to be or not, it's ALL THAT REMAINS. Long one of the forerunners in metalcore, they've reached a pinnacle of success despite constant scrutiny for their stylistic changes. Both the success and the scrutiny will assuredly carry on with their latest album "The Order of Things", an album finding the band testing the waters even more while sticking to their standard framework built upon hooks and breakdowns. The album's single "This Probably Won't End Well" actually opens well with a textured instrumental intro as Phil Labonte calmly sings over what becomes a pop metal number with Jason Costa attempting to give it a little urgency with his blast rhythms. Labonte reverts to growl mode over the much tougher "No Knock", a song that would've been better without the breakdown segments, yet still emits some of the heavier tones ALL THAT REMAINS has put out in some time. As if to spite, Labonte and his team go back to accessibility mode with the nearly happy-go-lucky "Divide". It's sure to please the band's more recent followers and piss off everyone else, but there's no denying the tune is well-crafted. Like its predecessors, "Divide" is efficient, while the four-minute successor "The Greatest Generation" plows along as a coddling anthem. Nonetheless, Phil Labonte's clean singing here is rally inducing and ALL THAT REMAINS' fans are going to be wailing bloody murder along to this one. The band changes things up with delicate acoustic plugs from Oli Herbert and Mike Martin on the agro ballad "For You" and by now, if you're needlessly holding onto the hope of a return to "This Darkened Heart", accept the reality of things or abandon ship. The closest you'll get is "Tru-Kult-Metal" and "A Reason for Me to Fight". The latter is a mostly brisk-moving pumper with, of course, fan-pleasing sing-alongs. "Tru-Kult-Metal", one of the album's fastest songs, also loosens the hard vocals amidst the gusting cleans. Unfortunately, the breakdown clichÃ©s here undoes a game effort from Herbert, Martin and bassist Jeanne Sagan, who flow together terrifically. "Bite My Tongue" crams as many melodies as quick tempos as it can withhold, but for fun, ALL THAT REMAINS tosses in a surprising jazzy progression along the way. "Victory Lap" rides a mostly straightforward, pumping rock groove despite the unabashed need to power pop its way through the choruses. Depending on your point-of-view, it's probably fitting Phil Labonte barks most of the way through the seven-minute closer "Criticism and Self-Realization", albeit the superb piano outro is the bigger part of the story. ALL THAT REMAINS is playing to the height of their talents and they make no bones on "The Order of Things" that metalcore is not merely a foundation, it's for their own reinvention. There are fast propelling moments on "Flat Empire" that are so invigorating it's hard to ignore this band outright. Only the formulaic parts do them disservice. Otherwise, Phil Labonte and his team are joyously doing whatever the hell they want, praise or scorn them all you like.
This past week, San Francisco's Fox affiliate KTVU got a chance to speak with two major figures from the Bay Area's influential thrash-metal scene when TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy and recently returned EXODUS lead singer Steve "Zetro" Souza visited the TV station's studio. You can now watch the chat below and read a text version of the interview at KTVU.com. Speaking about how Breaking Bands â the management group that Chuck is a major part of â had a big part in the early negotiations about Zetro rejoining EXODUS, Billy said: "The band and Rob [Dukes] â the previous singer â before we got involved with EXODUS, they had history with him. Without going to deep, we didn't know much about that. All we knew at that point was that we were getting ready to do a new record and that possibly Rob might not be on this one." He continued: "What do we do? Do we go out, start from scratch and get a new singer, or do we maybe bring Zet back into the fold? That's where it kind of went. So we all tossed it around and said, 'Well, probably the easiest thing that makes sense too is Zet, because Zet knows all the old material. Because he was in the band and I think he could step right in and nail the new record right away.' "So that's kind of where it started. We just had Zet come in and sing a song. Let's just start there with a new track off the new record. So Zet had about one day to listen to it. And he came in the next day and knocked it out in one take and we sent it to Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] and [the other guys in the band]. And they said, 'Okay. We know what we're going to do.' "And that's about how it happened. It wasn't a big management thing. We just facilitated and made sure they all were going to communicate. Because communicating among band members, especially bands that are trying to get back together, it's not the best. [Laughs]" Added Zetro: "It was ultimately their decision too. Gary is very much hands on with what goes on in EXODUS's business. Nothing goes by in this band without Gary taking a wink at it first. So if this was going to happen, it was obviously him and Tom [Hunting, drums] and Jack [Gibson, bass] and Lee [Altus, guitar] to would make that decision. And they did! And I think they're living with it quite well. I'm really proud of [the latest EXODUS album] 'Blood In, Blood Out'; it's a great record. I think they wrote a great record and I was very fortunate to get to sing on this album." Chuck also talked about how he came into TESTAMENT after Zetro left TESTAMENT precursor LEGACY. Said Billy: "It was pretty quick. I knew Zet because we grew up in Dublin and he was friends with my younger brother. So Zet was around the house and we were all around together. Zet started the band LEGACY and we were watching the guys play locally in the Bay Area. And Zet decided he going to leave and join EXODUS, and he called me up. I think at the time I had just finished some vocal training and he said, 'Hey, give [TESTAMENT guitarist] Alex Skolnick a call. Those guys are looking for a singer.' So I did. I went in there and auditioned and got the gig. And they actually had record deal with Zet. And I came along and did a demo and the deal still held up. And here we are 28 years later!" He added: "When I first joined [TESTAMENT], Zet had written all of those songs, so I had to learn that whole style of what the band was about at that point. And I came into my own during the second record, but over the years we've been friends. Actually, Zet is a songwriter in TESTAMENT with me. We still collaborate on lyrics together to this day!" Read more at KTVU.com.
RAMzine conducted an interview with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who has been fronting KAMELOT since 2012, at this year's Hammerfest, which took place earlier this month at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli , Gwynedd, North Wales. You can now watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KAMELOT's upcoming album, "Haven": "I think it's even more diverse than the previous album [2012's 'Silverthorn']; it is, actually, more diverse. We went a little bit for that â to have this wide spectrum of different feels; not only bombastic stuff, but also melancholic, dark, slower stuff, even faster stuff, more aggressive stuff. So it's a really goodâ¦ It's like a plethora of everything, which is really cool. We've got some really cool responses from the album so far." On whether "Haven" has a lyrical theme: "At first, we didn't go for some kind of theme; it just happened, in a way, when we started writing and started looking at what we had, gathering the lyrics together and everything. Everything just fell into one basket, so to speak. Actually, it's aboutâ¦ It's not a theme like 'Silverthorn' was; it's a more loosely based theme, but it's about this topicâ¦ the world. We're a little bit reflecting on what we are doing in this world right now. Everyone's looking down at their phones and doing social media instead of talking to each other, and everyone's hunting for this perfect life, this perfection. And everything you post is about how good, perfect you areâ¦ everything. You don't get reality, actually. You get a fake picture of reality, which doesn'tâ¦ People just feel bad and get stressed over it and stuff like that. So that's one thing of it; the overall stress of today. But that also translated into a little bit of a futuristic feel, you know. So I'm pretty happy with everything so far, and I just hope that people are gonna love it as much as we do." On how long it took to create "Haven": "I cannot really say how long does it take to record, because it's alsoâ¦ it's a creative work â you write as you go, and you redo stuff. But the whole process has taken a year. But then, of course, for me, it hasn't taken a year; it has taken six months, because the music also takes time to create." On how his songwriting process works: "Sometimes I create the melodies first, and I write the lyrics to that, when you have the phrasing and everything. But most of the time, it's just melodies and words fit together already from the beginning." KAMELOT recently spent time in Belgrade, Serbia with director Ivan Colic (MOONSPELL, SOILWORK, HAMMERFALL, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SYMPHONY X) filming a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song from "Haven". "Haven" will be released worldwide (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. The CD will be made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world. Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Guest musicians on the CD include Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The breathtaking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes. Following the release of "Haven", KAMELOT will embark on a massive world tour, starting with North America in April/May, followed by European shows in the summer and with the "Haven" European tour in September/October.
U.K. glam metal veterans TIGERTAILZ have announced the departure of singer Jules Millis "due to personal reasons." The band states: "We are really sad to see him go, but respect his decision as the band's priority is always that family, life and peopleâs well-being come first. "We've had some amazing times and played some incredible shows. So we wish Jules all the very best for the future. "We are currently in the studio working on the new TIGERTAILZ record ('Daggerz') and making great progress â so our plans are still on track and do not change. "We will complete the new record, but obviously now with a different singer. An announcement as to who this will be will be made at a later date, but for now we continue as normal and all future TIGERTAILZ live shows will go ahead as planned." Added Millis in a separate statement: "It's been an honor to have been a part of the TIGERTAILZ legacy and to have had the opportunity to be in a band that I have loved since I was a teenager, so I look back on my time fondly. To the 'TAILZ fans â thank you for your acceptance and support over the past three years. It was a pleasure to share the stage with Jay, Rob, Matt, Ace and Jason, I wish you all nothing but the very best for the future." TIGERTAILZ's latest EP, "Knives", was released on October 15, 2013 via Scarlet Records. The CD was recorded at Red Rock Studios in South Wales. Drummer Matt Blakout in 2013 rejoined the 'TAILZ lineup after a three-year absence. "Punched In The Gutz" video:
On March 17, Shabby Hasan of All Access Live conducted an interview with FILTER mainman Richard Patrick at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the progress of the recording sessions for FILTER's new album, Richard said: "I wanted to release something maybe towards the end of this summer. I'm hoping that could be the case. But, you know, I'm developing a completely new sound for the band â [what I like to call] 'new industrial.'" He continued: "I mean, I hate genres, and I guess creating a new genre is kind of where I'm at. "FILTER's always been so hard to place. And for people, [some of them are], like, 'I like the rock,' and [others are, like], 'I like the mellow stuff.' And so this is a completeâ¦ There are several songs that sound straight-up industrial, like old FILTER, and I have to stay true to that sound as well, but it's so important to venture forward and recognize that we're in 2015." Patrick added: "When you're creating something brand new, you really have to be honest and very on point on your criticism of it, or your style, or whatever. So it seems like it might be a little bit longer than the summerâ¦ You don't wanna rush anything. We did just release 'The Sun Comes Out Tonight' [in 2013], and I'm really proud of that record. But I'm alwaysâ¦ When I go home, I'm always trying to continue to write as much as I can. I've done a lot of thinking and I justâ¦ "Oumi [Kapila, new FILTER guitarist] and I have hit up a good songwriting approach, and it's veryâ¦ it's really a lot of sound design, a lot of new things that you haven't really heard FILTER do, and I don't think anyone's really done it. Butâ¦ So it's a really, really different, original-sounding thing, and I really love it." Guitarist Jonny Radtke announced his departure from FILTER in early March, explaining in a tweet that he has decided "to pursue other musical interests." FILTER's sixth studio album, "The Sun Comes Out Tonight", was released on June 4, 2013 via Wind-Up Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles at Blue Room studios with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ATREYU, SALIVA). The follow-up to 2010's "The Trouble With Angels" was written and recorded by Patrick and Radtke, as well as collaborator Marlette. There are also performances from touring members Jeff Friedl and Elias Mallin (drums) and Phil Buckman (bass).
MEGADETH's official Facebook page has been updated with a photo of what is unmistakably LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler wearing a MEGADETH shirt accompanied by the hashtag #âMegadeth15â¬, indirectly confirming rumors â as exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on March 14 â that Adler is laying down drums for MEGADETH's new album. Adler's involvement with MEGADETH will apparently be limited to studio work only, and he is not be expected to join the band on the road to promote the effort, which is currently being recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Adler were photographed last week having a discussion at what appeared to be a fast-food restaurant or a coffee shop in Tennessee. In addition to Mustaine, Adler and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH's new album is rumored to include Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA. MEGADETH has yet to officially announce replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year. The band was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was "excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today."
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Lloyd Grant, the guitarist who played on the original recording of the METALLICA song "Hit The Lights" in early 1982, was interviewed on the February 27 edition of the "Rockzone Legends" show. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked how he first got involved with METALLICA, Grant said: "There's a lot of different versions of what happened. My version is, me and Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] were jamming down there in Orange County, California, and we jammed with a few people, and we were looking for other people to jam with. And we met throughâ¦ they had a weekly newspaper down here called the Recycler, and we met through that. And that's how it started." He continued: "We were playing for a long time, and he came down to my place, my apartment, once, and he kept asking me to come by and jam with the band, but I was really busy doing other stuff. And I went down and played with themâ¦ me and him and James [Hetfield, METALLICA guitarist/vocalist]; just the three of us. James was playing bass and I was playing guitar and Lars was playing drums. And we rehearsed that 'Hit The Lights' song. But way before that, Lars let me hear that song. We were hanging out watching soccer, and he says, 'Hey, I met this guy,' blah blah blah, 'and he's exactly what we wanna jam with.' And he played this one song, and it was great, and that's how I first was introduced to 'Hit The Lights'. And after that, I went over and jammed a few times. Then he called me and said they were gonna be on this compilation album ['Metal Massacre'] and he brought over a tape of 'Hit The Lights' recorded on a four-track and asked me to make some solos for that, and they were gonna bring the four-track down and they were just gonna put it out an dump it on the compilation album." Grant also talked about what it was like joining METALLICA on stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of the week-long celebration of the band's 30th anniversary in December 2011. "Yeah, it was one of the greatest experiences of my lifetime, man," he said. "I went up there, and all these rock stars are showing up â Ozzy [Osbourne], Geezer Butlerâ¦ Everyone was totally well known and rock stars on the same stage that I was gonna play on that night, so that was a pretty wonderful experience. And those guys worked really hard on that stuff. I mean, they'd get there in the morning and they'd play all the songs they were gonna play in the set and they'd go over them several times. They'd start rehearsing in the morning, and they'd stop just before the show start[ed], so they worked really hard. So more power to them. They worked pretty hard. And not only that And not only that â they were really hospitable, and it was a great experience, to be honest. A really good experience." In his "Metallica Unbound" book, noted hard rock journalist K.J. Doughton wrote about Grant's brief time with METALLICA, "Lars and James decided, with only hours to go before the 'Hit The Lights' demo was due for submission [to be included on Metal Blade Records' 'Metal Massacre' compilation], that a second lead by a second guitarist would be essential! Lars knew a Jamaican guitarist named Lloyd Grant who was available. So, on the way to Hollywood's Bijou Studio where Brian Slagel [Metal Blade Records head honcho] was already finished mixing the other 'Metal Massacre' tracks, the band screeched into Grant's driveway, lugged the four-track into his front room, and watched him churn a second lead break. The 'Hit the Lights' recipe was now complete." "I remember we had this four-track recorder," explained Hetfield, recalling the last-minute struggle. "It had tracks for drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Because there were no vocals in certain parts of the song, we could punch a lead in on the vocal track. I remember we wanted to get another solo on, so we stopped by Lloyd's house and hooked up some little fuckin' amp and just ripped through a solo. It was the first take. We went into the studio and that solo ended up on the record. It's a fuckin' great solo, man!" Although many stories claim Grant was actually a member of METALLICA, James maintains that this single, slapdash encounter was the only time he was involved with the band. Other associates remember that Grant was a talented Delta blues player who had a knack for tasty leads. "He could play leads like a motherfucker," said James, "but his rhythm stuff was not very tight." The second and third pressings of "Hit The Lights" for "Metal Massacre" included Dave Mustaine and not Grant.
Each episode of "Preshow Rituals" features a band/artist revealing the rituals they do before taking the stage every night on tour. The latest episode, which was filmed on October 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, focuses on Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION. In a recent interview with Patch.com, WITHIN TEMPTATION vocalist Sharon den Adel satted about the band's plans for 2015: "It is going to be a very busy year. We will do a theater tour and a lot of summer festivals in Europe and we are hoping to come back to America to play places we did not get to [last] year. And we're writing new music at the same time. It is looking to be another fun year." WITHIN TEMPTATION released a new live DVD/Blu-ray/2CD, "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert", on November 14, 2014. The set features two of WITHIN TEMPTATION's most-talked-about arena shows ever. The two dates are 2012's resplendent 15th birthday "Elements" concert and the final night of the "Hydra" European arena tour at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall in May 2014. WITHIN TEMPTATION is renowned for releasing impressive live DVDs. Previous release, the best-selling "Black Symphony" DVD, helped make them one of the most popular bands in their genre. At their recent Awards show in Berlin, Metal Hammer Germany presented WITHIN TEMPTATION with the prestigious "Best Live Band" award. The new DVD underlines this title. "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert" was released in four formats â DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, 2CD, and digital album. The DVD and Blu-ray contain 34 live audio visual tracks in HD, mixed in 5.1 Dolby Surround. The 2CD and digital album comprise 32 live audio tracks. The two shows have a running time total of approximately 170 minutes.
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has announced the addition of bassist Kevin Chown to his solo band. Bach says: "Joining 'Give 'Em Hell' guitar player/songwriter Devin Bronson, along with my long-standing drummer Bobby Jarzombek, the addition of Kevin on bass is an exciting musical turn for the band. "Known for his bass work with CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, Tarja Turunen from NIGHTWISH, and Tony McAlpine, Bobby Jarzombek heavily recommended Kevin for the bass spot and I am very glad he did. "The band is going to be musically more progressive and heavy sounding. "We begin our 'Youth Gone Wild West Tour' on April 16 in San Juan Capistrano, California and we also have a ton of shows to be announced for this summer "Bobby, Devin and myself are very excited to raise the progressive rock bar with Kevin on bass. He plays perfectly and also sings like a bird, which is a real bonus these days! "We will see you soon, California, Nevada and Arizona! It's time to get wild in the Wild West! Let's rock!!!!!" Bach's latest album, "Give 'Em Hell", sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on April 22, 2014 via Frontiers Records, the follow-up to 2011's "Kicking & Screaming" was once again produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, BLACK SABBATH and SHINEDOWN, among others.
I am beyond excited to announce the addition of @kevinchown on Bass Guitar for the band! Joining 'Give 'Em Hell' Guitar Player / Songwriter Devin Bronson along with my long-standing Drummer Bobby Jarzombek, the addition of Kevin on bass is an exciting musical turn for the band. Known for his bass work with Chad Smiths Bombastic Meatbats, Tarja Turunen from NightWish, and Tony McAlpine, Bobby Jarzombek heavily recommended Kevin for the bass spot and I am very glad he did. The band is going to be musically more progressive and heavy sounding. We begin our #YouthGoneWildWest Tour on April 16 in San Juan Capistrano CA and we also have a ton of shows to be announced for this summer!! Bobby @mrmonkcat & myself are very excited to raise the progressive rock bar with Kevin on bass. He plays perfectly and also sings like a bird which is a real bonus these days! We will see you soon California Nevada and Arizona! It's time to get wild in the Wild West! Let's rock!!!!! Sebastianbach.com/tour VIP Mert & Greet Packages: sebastianbachlive.com Youth Gone WILD WEST Tour 20154.16 San Juan Capistrano CA Coach House Concert Hall4.17 Phoenix AZ Livewire4.18 Tucson AZ Pima County Fair4.19 Beverly Hills CA Saban Theater4.21 Solana Beach CA Belly Up4.22 Sacramento CA Ace Of Spades4.23 San Jose CA Rock Bar4.24 Reno NV Cargo4.25 Fresno CA Strummer's4.26 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn BowlPosted by Sebastian Bach on Saturday, March 28, 2015
France's TV Rock Live recently conducted an interview with HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale in Paris. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the making of HALESTORM's upcoming album, "Into The Wild Life", Arejay said: "Every time we go to make [a record], we have more touring experience, we have more... just experience in the studio and being in a band. We do cover EPs in between records, and that's just good studio training for us." He continued: "Going in to make this record, we did it a little bit different than the first two. The first two, we were with [producer] Howard Benson, and that was great working with him, 'cause he had his system how a record was done. The structure is very 'Bam! Bam! Bam! Done.' And with this one, we kind of did it differently. Instead of doing section by section, we did it one song at a time. So we would go in the studio, start on one song and then just keep working at it until it was done. And then sometimes we would put it aside and work on something else and then go back to it later. But there was a lot less structure, which is sometimes a bad thing, 'cause we're, kind of perfectionists. But it was actually a really good thing, 'cause we worked with this producer, Jay Joyce, and he had a great vision for who we were. And we felt more confident going into the studio â so confident that we just decided to record it live. Well, not live, but all of us playing together and recording the whole band playing all the music at the same time. 'Cause usually you do it piece by piece â you do the drums and then later you do the guitars and overdub them and put them together in Pro Tools." Arejay added: "The way records are made now, for me, I just didn't wanna do it that way, 'cause I felt like it kind of sucked the life out of the band. We're kind of an organic, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of band. If you come to a show, you see that we don't use tracks. We don't even play to a click track. "So, anyway, long story long, I think this record, we went into it with the objective of trying to capture more of what we do live, and try to capture that on tape. And I'm damn proud of it. I think we did great." "Into The Wild Life" arrives on April 14. The first single, "Apocalyptic", recently became HALESTORM's third No. 1 single at rock radio. HALESTORM plans to release a photo book called "To Hale And Back" in May. The book, for which the band teamed with photographer and longtime friend Rob Fenn, will document the group's career so far. Fenn has been traveling with the band since 2012 and a description of the book says that his pictures "capture HALESTORM at their most intimate, their most vulnerable and at their most triumphant moments via his trusty lens, and unwavering eye." The 272-page hardcover photo book is also described as "the storybook tale of one young bandâs rise to superstardom, as well as the build-up to their highly anticipated new album, 'Into The Wild Life'." After its current European tour ends, HALESTORM will begin a North American jaunt with THE PRETTY RECKLESS on April 22 in Nashville.
In a brand new interview with Australia's Reverb magazine, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked about drummer Chris Adler's (LAMB OF GOD) rumored involvement in the recording sessions for the band's new album, which is currently being tracked in Nashville, Tennessee. "It's all speculation, isn't it?" Ellefson laughed. "There's nothing that I can report at this point, but things are definitely moving forward. There's a lot of excitement building. In fact, even this last week, [there's been] some huge corners turned. Things are very optimistic for our future. We are pretty much immediately getting to work and things are rolling forward." He added: "It has been an interesting process, but now very optimistic. There have been a lot of new developments." MEGADETH has yet to officially announce replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on March 14, MEGADETH is rumored to have hired Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA) to play on the band's new CD. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Adler were photographed last week having a discussion at what appeared to be a fast-food restaurant or a coffee shop in Tennessee. The band was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was "excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today."
FEARED, the Swedish death-metal foursome led by THE HAUNTED guitarist Ola Englund, will release its fifth album, "Synder" ("sins" in Swedish), on May 25. The effort, which once again features the stunning artwork by Sylvain Lucchina of Razorimages, will be made available on digipack CD and as a digital download. The official video for the first single from "Synder", a track called "My Grief, My Sorrow", was directed by Englund and can be seen below. Said Englund about the clip: "'My Grief, My Sorrow' is about a person with mental problems who takes his life, only to wake up and relive the same day over and over. The endless circle drives him more into madness and the story never ends. Or it could be a tale about an honest man who has a special fondness of knives and old televisions." "Synder" track listing: 01. Synder 02. Your Demise 03. Of Iron And Ashes 04. Caligula 05. My Grief, My Sorrow 06. Dygder 07. By Silent Screaming 08. Wolf At The End Of The World 09. My Own Redemption 10. Dying Day 11. War Feeding War 12. The Narcissist 13. Godless Devotion
Vince Neil, lead singer of the iconic rock band MÃTLEY CRÃE, has announced that he will perform the National Anthem at the Las Vegas Outlaws' first game (vs. the San Jose SaberCats) on Monday, March 30 live at the Thomas & Mack Center. Neil will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" just before kick-off, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. PT. Doors to the public open at 6:30 p.m. PT. "I'm going to perform the National Anthem in honor of the Outlaws' first game, for the fans and families in attendance, and for our veterans and service men and women everywhere," said Neil. "The players and coaches are ready to get this season rockin' and to make Las Vegas proud of its awesome Arena Football team." Neil has been the lead singer of MÃTLEY CRÃE since 1980 and has enjoyed more than three decades in the music and entertainment business. Over the years, he engaged in other successful business ventures, including taking an ownership stake in the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football team, and as of late last year, the Las Vegas Outlaws AFL expansion team. Neil will be in attendance at the Outlaws' historic first game during his break from MÃTLEY CRÃE's "The Final Tour". In September 2014, it was announced that Neil would bring Arena Football back to Las Vegas. Since then, the Outlaws have been building its coaches and players roster, securing national television deals and pursuing local business sponsors including Dollar Loan Center. The team is actively seeking additional sponsors as a result of sports giant ESPN and CBS Sports signing on for television and online broadcasts. In its inaugural game, the Outlaws are facing a tough opponent from San Jose. With over 18 seasons of play, the SaberCats are considered one of the Arena Football League's most successful franchises. The SaberCats have a lifetime regular season record of 181â96 (winning 65% of games played). They are the 2014 Pacific Division National Champions. Their postseason record currently stands at 15â11.
The surviving members of TWISTED SISTER will reveal their future plans next week â less than fourteen days since the passing of the band's drummer, Anthony Jude "A.J." Pero. The band posted a new message to its Facebook page along with the above photo of singer Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda and bassist Mark "The Animal" Mendoza. "After two very emotional days with the amazing Pero family and close friends to honor of our brother, A.J. Pero, we met to plan our future," the group wrote. "Those plans will be made official next week. "The band and the Pero family thank our fans from around the world for their love and support during this very tough time." Pero died on March 20 at the age of 55. He was on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB at the time. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus, he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, New York hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack. A couple of days after Pero's death, Snider told a TMZ cameraman that TWISTED SISTER would "probably" would keep playing, "for [A.J.'s] family, because his family will benefit from us playing, financially." French sounded less certain about the band's future when he told radio host Eddie Trunk on March 23 that "it may be time" for TWISTED SISTER to call its quits in 2016 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of French, Snider and Ojeda first playing together. He said: "We need to look at this and say to ourselves, as a live, breathing entity, on which our reputation totally rests on â being a great live act â how do we honor that history? And how do we honor A.J.? And how do we honor the fans' loyalty? And I think you know me and Dee and the band enough to know that we are totally realistic and genuine when it comes to our relationship with our fans." Pero joined TWISTED SISTER in 1982, leaving the band in 1986 but returning in 1997. He remained a member of the group, which has toured on and off over the past 15 years, to this day. He played drums on six of the group's seven studio albums, except for 1987's "Love Is For Suckers". TWISTED SISTER rose to prominence from the New York club scene in the early 1980s. Their biggest album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", contained the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock". In addition to touring with TWISTED SISTER and ADRENALINE MOB, Pero also recently played with former and current members of IRON MAIDEN and DISTURBED in a band called THE FOUNDRY. He also hosted drum clinics and seminars.
According to The Star Online, British extreme metallers CARCASS have upset some of their Malaysian fans by posting picture of the Malaysian flag upside down after the band failed to get visas for a show in the country. "Sorry Malaysia, no show for you guys in May," the band wrote on its Facebook page. "Seems like your government officials still haven't updated their calendars to the 21st century â we've had our visas declined on the basis of our 'lyrical content.' Laughable and embarrassing. "Give us a call when you get yourselves a sensible secular state. PS if you're reading this you're too late, we already 'corrupted' your youth and played Kuching last year!" An inverted flag is usually used in distress situations or sometimes as a form of protest. CARCASS's Facebook post was unsurprisingly met with a strong reaction from the band's fans in Malaysia, with one fan writing: "That was uncalled for. So disappointed with your status." Another fan said other extreme metal bands â including LAMB OF GOD and KREATOR â were not allowed to play in Malaysia in the past, but they were not disrespectful. "It's not right to post a picture of a flag upside down. It is disrespectful," the fan said. A third fan added: "Your tone is nothing but disrespectful in general...I doubt this is the way to express your anger towards the situation." Back in September 2013, The Department Of Islamic Development Of Malaysia (Jakim) raised objection to a planned LAMB OF GOD concert in the country, claiming that the band's music was a mix of metal songs with the reading of verses from the Quran. Jakim's director-general, Datuk Othman Mustapha, said the objection was in accordance with the decision of the Fatwa (Edicts) Committee that the practices and acts of black metal groups were misguided and contrary to the true teachings of Islam. Othman hoped that the authorities would not approve the performance by taking into consideration the sensitivities of Muslims and to ensure that it did not open up crises related to faith and morality.
Vicky Hamilton, who is best known for managing the early careers of GUNS N' ROSES and POISON, in addition to serving as a management consultant for MÃTLEY CRÃE, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the release of her memoir, titled "Appetite For Dysfunction". Says Vicky: "I have been writing this book for seven years. While I was living it, I was as high as the bands I was working with. So in recounting the stories and going through the pictures, I really thought about what I was saying and feeling about these experiences and was really wanting to bring my true story of the '80s music scene to the page. I feel I have accomplished my goal. "Though I have had a very rich rock experience, I didn't make the money I would have liked, so I have chosen PubSlush to help me raise the money needed to put the finishing touches on the book. "I have finished writing the book, but it needs a professional edit, the book needs to be laid out by a professional. I need to pick the pictures, pay photographers for thier usage and make sure everything is nice and legal. I want to pay artist Maxine Miller to do a painting for the cover art. Once the package is complete, then I need to print the books. "Once the book is in print and ready for sale as an ebook, I want to promote the book through social media channels and hire a PR firm. I would love to do book signings and readings around the world." In the book "Watch You Bleed: The Saga Of Guns N' Roses" by Stephen Davis, Vicky stated about what it was like dealing with GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose during the band's early days: "He was so damaged. Today you'd call it bibolar. He was either childlike, or a dog from hell. I loved him dearly, but I also felt sorry for him because he could not trust anyone and already had big issues with paranoia and control." She added in a separate interview with Rolling Stone: "[Axl] has this very likable little-boy personality, and then he has the demon-dog-from-hell personality. The color of his eyes actually changes when he goes into this different person." After helping GUNS N' ROSES land a record deal with Geffen, Hamilton had a falling out with the group "because I had borrowed $25,000 for the band from Howie Hubberman [a vintage guitar expert who formerly owned Guitars R Us, a highly revered guitar store located on the Sunset Strip], and that was not included [in the deal with Geffen]," she told the Metal Sludge web site. "Howie was looking at me to get paid back, and every month the guys in the band would say, 'Yeah, we'll handle it.' But they never did, and I was not going to be left holding the bag for $25,000, so I eventually had to sue them. It was kind of ballsy, but I had to do it." She continued: "The statute of limitation was running out, so I hired a litigator who served [then-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] Slash in front of the Cathouse one night. I actually wound up getting $35,000, which was $25,000 for Howie Hubberman, $5,000 for the lawyer and $5,000 for me to get a new apartment because that was never included before." Original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler later said: "Vicky Hamilton â awesome woman! I wanted her to be part of it after we signed â because she got us signed. What happened was not my idea, and I did not have enough say-so in it [to do anything about it]." Added Slash: "We lived at her house, and she busted her ass twenty-four hours a day. She couldn't pay her rent because she spent all the money she could get her hands on trying to get us off the ground. She was the only person that â way back when we were doing our first gigs â she'd say, 'You guys are great, you're gonna make it. ' I've gotta tip my hat to her."