On December 9, LYNCH MOB will release the "Sun Red Sun" EP via Rat Pak Records. The CD was written and recorded by the same lineup as the "Sound Mountain Sessions" EP: George Lynch on guitar, Oni Logan on vocals, Robbie Crane on bass and Scot Coogan on drums. "Sun Red Sun" once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier ( LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like "Believers Of The Day" and "Play The Game", as well as more groove-oriented cuts like "Erotika" and "Subliminal Dream". The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called "Black Waters" as well as an acoustic ballad called "Sun Red Sun", which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY's "Burnin' Sky" and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original "Sound Mountain Sessions" EP: "Slow Drag", "World Of Chance", "City Of Freedom" and "Sucka". "I was brothers with Ray," Oni explained to "The Double Stop" podcast. "He was a good dude. He was a great guy to me. When I arrived into L.A., he was a beautiful man to me. He was an unbelievable talent. So this 'Sun Red Sun', it's his extension for him. And this song 'Sun Red Sun' is written in the idea of that I'm speaking for him and I'm speaking for me. 'Sun Red Sun'â¦ you know, shine on me forever. That kind of thing. So you'll hear it in the lyrics when you hear the song. So Ray is a dominant and principal meaning in the title of the album." Asked what it is about his chemistry with Lynch that keeps him coming back to the band after leaving the group several times in the last few years, Logan said: "It's [George's] undeniable riffage â the riffage of the sexiness that he supplies to me that I get from no other. I can never get it from any other. "We have a special thing going on. It's been like that forever. And if you were to ask him, [he would tell you] the same thing: it's like no other. It's just the way that it works. Somehow, the energy and the synergy of what it about, it works together. He evokes the riffs that just make me wanna fucking write. That's fine and simple. That's it. He's magical, he's a purist, he's a deep thinker, and I think he acknowledges me as the same. "When he tells me, 'Oh, man, that was a great lyric,' I take that and run home with it. 'Cause we're acknowledging each other. "I think we just need to let things happen at this stage. And I'm always gonna be there for it." LYNCH MOB's last release was the "Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios" EP, which came out in March 2013.
"Victims Of Contingency", the new video from Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Remko Tielemans (TEXTURES) and was produced by the Kunstoff Kollectiv, the same team who were responsible for the band's music video for "Storm The Sorrow". Comments EPICA guitarist Mark Jansen: âWe've picked a heavy and brutal track this time as we wanted to surprise everybody. As 'Victims Of Contingency' is also a fan favorite, we are convinced that it is the right choice. "The video for 'Storm The Sorrow' has been received very well by the fans, so we were very happy to work with Remko and his team again. "We think the end result for 'Victims Of Contingency' is astonishing and I am very excited that we can finally share this video with all of you!" "Victims Of Contingency" is taken from EPICA's sixth studio album, "The Quantum Enigma", which sold around 3,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 110 on The Billboard 200 chart. In a recent interview with Aux Portes Du Metal, Jansen stated about the lyrical themes covered on "The Quantum Enigma": "'The Quantum Enigma' means that in quantum physics we can't observe little particles without influencing them. It's been proven in a very famous experiment called the dual slit experiment. As we are all made out of an infinite amount of particles, what does all of this mean for the world as we know it? Is the world still there when we're not watching? Or is it a holographic projection coming from ourselves in a way? What is real and what is an illusion? The 'solid' matter as we know it isn't that solid after all. It's all energy which is spinning and turning in a way that it gives us the illusion of being solid. "'The Quantum Enigma' is pointing out such questions which are dealing about, thoughts, dreams, illusions of the mind. 'The Second Stone' talks about Alzheimer; people who get this disease die mentally for a first time, then after a while they die physically for a second time. 'Victims Of Contingency' talks about taking responsibilities for your deeds, and the power to learn from mistakes in order to grow as a human being. 'Chemical Insomnia' talks about the sleeping pill culture that goes totally out of proportions these days."
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who has been clean and sober since January of 1986, credits his belief in a higher power for helping him in his recovery. "I'm a different guy to when I was 20," Halford said furing an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show" (hear audio below). "I've been able to look at the world and see the world and find out what really is the most important and valuable thing, to me, as I live from day to day." He continued: "When I got clean and sober 28 years ago, that was a major change in my life. And part of my recovery is just having this higher-power belief. And it works. It works, man. It really, really is important." Halford added: "There probably will be people listening to [this] podcast who don't have anything like that in their life, and that's great; it's all about acceptance. But I always say to people, if you're thinking about it, the simplest thing I do is I pray. I pray quite a bit, actually. And even if you don't believe in prayer, just have a go. Pray for a good day, or just pray for your friend, or whatever it might be. And it's amazing, man, 'cause it absolutely works. I guarantee, it genuinely does work. And now I'm sounding like [American evangelical Christian evangelist] Billy Graham, but I'm just trying to express some of the things that are important to me on a day-to-day basis that make me able to walk out on that stage each night and do my work." While Halford states that he doesn't want to preach and force people to drink and act responsibly, he is quick to warn up-and-coming musicians that there will be consequences to their actions. "Whenever I have an opportunity to speak to new, young bands, and they go, 'Rob, give us a bit of information,' I just say, 'Man, just go out there and do everything. Don't listen to me. You're gonna do stuff anyway, because it's your life. But you'll make choices that may kind of backfire a little bit along the way, and then when they do, think about it and think about what you've gotta do to overcome those things where you don't feel good anymore or you're angry about something,'" he said. "Because, if you become dependent, a lot of it is due to that kind of imbalance." He continued: "In a band, it's really important to try and stay healthy. Because these people work hard, they put their money down to buy a ticket, they come to the show, they come and see you, they come and hear you, and they deserve the best show you can give them. So don't go stumbling out on that stage feeling sick because you were up all night boozing or doing whatever. That's disrespectful to your audience. And that's just, again, wisdom." Halford added: "I hope I don't sound like I'm preaching. I'm just trying to give [the] listeners just a little bit of an insight to what I think, again, is really important." In a recent interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Halford spoke in more detail about his decision to quit using substances. He said: "I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I will always remember the first show I did clean and soberâ¦ It was in New Mexico, in Albuquerque. I literally felt elevated, as everything was coming with such clarity. I was able to reallyâ¦ enjoy the performance of JUDAS PRIEST without having all of the other things in front of it. Since that day, it has been a miracle." Halford added, "Everybody has to face things in their lives at some point. It [doesn't have to] be booze and drugs. You can eat too much, or you can not exercise, or whateverâ¦ It is not easy staying clean and sober in rock and roll. There are temptations galore from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, especially when you're on the road. [But] I think we're some of the strongest people, my friends and my sober brothers in metal."
In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar was asked if he could see any scenario where he would play with VAN HALEN again. "I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love," Hagar replied. "That would include VAN HALEN, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me. That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again. I'm too happy as a human being to be that miserable ever again. I was miserable for the last 40 shows. The first 40 shows I was thinking, 'Well, maybe Eddie [Van Halen] will straighten out' or 'Maybe this can come together.' But that didn't happen, and by the last 40 I was miserable. I would, however, be in the original band that we started. That was a love fest full of creativity." Hagar, who has been touring with THE CIRCLE, a combo consisting of Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that he occasionally pines for VAN HALEN: "Y'know, I miss VAN HALEN," he said. "I don't like them fuckers and fuck those guys for what they did to Mikey [Anthony, former VAN HALEN bassist], especially â not me. Unnecessary. Bad guys. But I miss 'em, y'know? [Laughs] I miss that musicianship and that creative spark and that friction that made it all work, y'know?" VAN HALEN reunited with original singer David Lee Roth in 2007 after a 23-year gap, touring several times and releasing an album called "A Different Kind Of Truth" in 2012. Original bassist Michael Anthony was left out of the reunion, replaced by Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang. Photo credit: RockScene.com / Mark Weiss Photography
METALLICA is seeking help from the band's fans while preparing remastered, deluxe editions of their first two albums, 1983's "Kill 'Em All" and 1984's "Ride The Lightning", which they hope to put out in 2015. Anyone who has photos of the group and memorabilia or audio of concerts METALLICA played between 1983 and 1985 is being asked to submit them for possible inclusion in the reissues. "We want it all," the band wrote on its web site. "Did you manage to sneak a video camera into a show long before they fit in your pocket? Maybe your old instamatic camera for some snapshots? A cassette Walkman with a microphone? We're looking for anything and everything...audio, video, photos, fliers, ticket stubs, the set list you picked up off the floor and in general any mementos you may have from that around that time." Fans with items of interest, including stories, can e-mail METALLICA at email@example.com. The band added, "By submitting it, you're saying we can use it should your piece of history land on a release (yes, the lawyers made us add this part!)." Originally issued on July 25, 1983 through the independent label Megaforce Records, "Kill 'Em All" was recorded in two weeks on a miniscule budget in upstate New York. Although only 1,500 copies were initially pressed, the album was reissued by Elektra Records after the band signed to that label in 1984 and has since been certified triple platinum for sales of more than three million copies. The varied sounds of "Ride The Lightning", which included the first METALLICA ballad in "Fade To Black", drew mixed responses from some fans. The band's drummer, Lars Ulrich, told Rolling Stone magazine: "It did surprise us a little bit, I guess. People started calling us sellouts and all that type of stuff. Some people were a little bit bewildered by the fact that there was a song that had acoustic guitars." Noting that at least four songs from the album are still part of METALLICA's live set today, Ulrich said that "Ride The Lightning" "holds up very well," adding, "There's kind of a youthful energy that runs through the record." To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of METALLICA's six-time-platinum third album, "Master Of Puppets" â the band's last record with bassist Cliff Burton â in 2016, the group is collaborating with an author named Matt Taylor on a book about the making of the LP. Taylor, who wrote an acclaimed and extensively detailed book on the making of the movie "Jaws", contacted the band with a proposal to create a definitive history of "Master Of Puppets". The band explained: "When we took a spin through 'Jaws: Memories From Martha's Vineyard', we were so blown away by the presentation, thorough coverage, and attention to detail that went into it, we knew he was the man to help us celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of that release." The group stated that Taylor "has been very busy doing extensive interviews with all of us, our managers, record company staff, people we hung with then and Cliff's dad Ray," but added, "Matt's plan for the 'Master Of Puppets' book is to lean heavily on amateur, fan-taken photos and stories reflecting the grassroots vibe of the time."
Fan-filmed video footage of Californian rockers PAPA ROACH performing the title track of their eighth full-length album, "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", last night (Wednesday, October 29) in Berlin, Germany can be seen below. The official video for "F.E.A.R." will make its online debut on November 4. The follow-up to 2012's "The Connection", "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)" was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio, which is owned and operated by Canadian producer Kevin Churko. Churko has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT and HELLYEAH. It will be released on January 27, 2015 via Eleven Seven Music. As far as the title goes, the writing was on the wall â literally. "Jacoby [Shaddix, vocals] wrote 'F.E.A.R.' on the wall of the studio in spray paint," laughs bassist Tobin Esperance. "When we started the record, he was like, 'I want construction paper hung up on the walls everywhere so I can write down all of these thoughts.' That was the only thing he ended up writing on the wall. It stuck." "Fear is something I face every day," the singer admits. "It's about taking a negative and turning it into a positive. When you see the word, it looks like Fear. If you look deeper, it's Face Everything And Rise." "It felt like such a great concept to write an album around," says Jerry. "It's about facing your fears and knowing that no matter what happens, you'll be alright." "We pride ourselves on having that powerful aspect to our recordings and shows," adds Tony. "We were able to convey that here." "F.E.A.R." track listing: 01. Face Everything And Rise 02. Skeletons 03. Broken As Me 04. Falling Apart 05. Love Me Til It Hurts 06. Never Have To Say Goodbye 07. Gravity 08. War Over Me 09. Devil 10. Warriors The song "Warriors" can be streamed below.
SLAYER fan Jake, who shot a near-perfect spoof of Matthew McConaugheyâs Lincoln commercial in an attempt to sell his car in order to raise money for tickets to the band's concert in Los Angeles in Los Angeles next month, has been rewarded for his creativity. After seeing Jake's clip â which was actually produced by the experts at the Merit/Andrew ad agency, where Jake reportedly works as a production coordinator â the members of SLAYER decided to give Jake tickets to the show. A video message from SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya to Jake can be seen below. Comedian and actor Jim Carrey recently made headlines with his parody of McConaughey's Lincoln ads during Jim's guest-hosting appearance on the October 25 episode of "Saturday Night Live". Others who have mocked McConaughey's trippy stream-of-consciousness narrations of his wanderings in a Lincoln MKC SUV include Conan O'Brien, "South Park" and Ellen DeGeneres.
Paul Rodgers, whose distinctive vocals have been been heard on some of the best rock albums released over the years â from FREE to BAD COMPANY to THE FIRM to QUEEN â is a rare singer whose voice has not only defied the years, but actually become stronger with time. Asked by IndiePower.com how he has managed to retain his chops beyond his early middle age â unlike so many of his peers â Rodgers said (see below): "As a young kid, I went through that whole stage where temptation was there in front of me, and I did kind ofâ¦ yeah, one overindulges when you're younger, and you pay the price in later years. But I always realized how important it was for me to take care of myself and my voice if I was gonna have a voice when I was older. And I'm glad that I did, ultimately, because I'd like to think I'm still learning. It's all still very fresh for me, it's still new. When I get up on stage with [other musicians], it's like the first time. And I wanna keep it that way, I wanna keep it exciting for me, 'cause I think it's not gonna be exciting for the listener if it's not exciting for the artist. So I want to be inspired by it, and I am." Rodgers' career spans nearly half a century. During that time, he formed and led three of rock's legendary bands FREE, BAD COMPANY and THE FIRM along with his own career to worldwide success. He has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums which have gone on to sell over 90 million in total. His songs have left an indelible mark on music topping several charts and winning numerous awards - while his voice has earned him acclaim as one of rock's greatest singers. A consummate writer and performer, he has recorded and/or performed with the who's who of rock including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Motown's Sam Moore, and THE FOUR TOPS while continuing to tour internationally.
Highlights from Rob Zombie's two performances at his Great American Nightmare Halloween attraction will be heard Halloween night â Friday, October 31 â from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101. The concerts were recorded at the September 19 opening night for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona and the September 26 Great American Nightmare opening night in Villa Park, Illinois. Both Great American Nightmare locations will be open October 30 and 31, and November 1 for those that would like to experience the ultimate Halloween horror event firsthand. Great American Nightmare features attractions based on Zombie's own horror films. At WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, patrons take a sensory-deprived journey through "The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out" before witnessing the debut of "Captain Spaulding's Clown School In 3D and The Devil's Rejects". The Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois, near Chicago features "The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out", "The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D", and "Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses" â first seen at the inaugural Great American Nightmare in Pomona, California in 2013. The fully immersive haunted house experience at both Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare locations include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment â including STREET DRUM CORPS' renowned Blood Drums (Scottsdale) and Prime Evil Percussion (Villa Park) â roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. Tickets for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare are on sale now at GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at $25. A limited number of VIP packages are also available for purchase. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.
STONE SOUR has set "Meanwhile In Burbank" as the title of its upcoming covers album, tentatively due next year. There's no word yet on which songs the band intends to include on the disc, which is being recorded at the Burbank, California studio of the group's drummer, Roy Mayorga. During an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show", STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor said: "We've been talking about [recording a collection of covers] forever. I mean, this is something that we've been talking about since the first album came out, with STONE SOUR. We've always wanted to do this. Even as people have come, people have gone, this is still something we've always come back to, and we just never had the opportunity to do it. And we just kind of said, 'Well, screw it.' "Roy's been slowly but surely kind of building his house studio. So we just started doing it like that â fucking low dough, and it sounds killer. There's no fucking pressure. You're just having fun. You're going back to these songs that you just love to listen to, not only just sing. And that's why it's called 'Meanwhile In Burbank', because, without giving too much away, that's where Roy lives â he lives in the Valley â so that's why we call it that. Because it's, like, that's what we're doing right now." On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR treated fans to a different cover every night, including METALLICA's "Creeping Death", KISS' "Love Gun", JUDAS PRIEST's "Heading Out To The Highway" and PETER GABRIEL's "In Your Eyes". Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio why he enjoys covering other artists' songs. "The thing I love about playing covers is that it's a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes," he said. "It's a chance to have fun. There's a certain amount of relaxation that comes when you don't have to worry about your song. This is someone else's song, you know. This is where you can relax and just remember why you're a music fan in the first place." STONE SOUR completed the touring cycle earlier this year for its recent double album, "House Of Gold And Bones", which was issued in two parts in 2012 and 2013. Jim Root, who has played on all five STONE SOUR records to date, did not perform on the last tour. Although the official reason given at the time was that he was staying home to work on the new SLIPKNOT album, it was later revealed that he was dismissed from STONE SOUR. He has since been replaced by Christian Martucci Root said in a recent interview that he was fired by phone and is still not sure why he was dismissed in the first place. Root and Taylor continue to work together in SLIPKNOT, whose new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", came out on October 21.
"Don't Look Down", a brand new song from the British deathcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track, which features a guest appearance from rapper Orifice Vulgatron of FOREIGN BEGGARS, is taken from an upcoming re-scoring of the soundtrack for the film "Drive". Addressing the inclusion of rapping and dubstep elements in the song, BRING ME THE HORIZON: "We appreciate the level of passion both good and bad for 'Don't Look Down'. "We are really proud of what we created, but at the same time, we understand people's confusion and panic after hearing the track. "We were approached by [BBC] Radio One to score a piece of music for a rescore of the movie 'Drive'. Now if you've seen 'Drive', I'm sure you will agree neither anything from our previous albums, nor 'Drown', would [have] fit very well with the vibe of that particular movie, so we decided to create a piece of music that did justice to the amazing scene we was given. "We took the opportunity to make something completely different, to do something completely different, something that we wouldnât usually do â although I feel that doesn't really make sense anymore, because we never do the same thing [twice]. We experiment, we change it up, We take risks because we donât want to stay the same and we want to breathe life into this lacklustre genre, and we want to keep you guessing what's coming next. "Big up Orifice Vulgatron of FOREIGN BEGGARS for collaborating on the track. "The movie is an amazing project, and we think we smashed our part, and hope you guys feel the same once you've seen it." A new BRING ME THE HORIZON album is tentatively due to be recorded early next year for a late 2015 release. BRING ME THE HORIZON's fourth CD, "Sempiternal", has sold 220,000 copies in the United States since its April 2013 release. The album's opening track, "Can You Feel My Heart", has sold over 100,000 singles and garnered more than 5.3 million video views. In July, BRING ME THE HORIZON took home Alternative Press' awards for "Album Of The Year" and "Best International Band". BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes recently revealed that he was "addicted to a drug called ketamine" prior to the making of "Sempiternal".
British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH will release their 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", on January 27, 2015 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway had the following to say regarding the album's title and concept: "Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album title, but following the Rana Plaza disaster of last year (collapse of a textile sweatshop building in Bangladesh), it spurred me on to try and craft an expose of slave labour in the modern world (and the surrounding conditions propping it up). "Some in power like to declare that slavery is consigned to the history books. But if you look beneath the surface, it is alive and well in many different forms â it just has a different face now, and exists in ways that may seem ethically ambiguous. "Using the terminology of evolution particularly interests us, so in this case the 'Apex Predator' represents those who bring the slavery to bear (and capitalize from it), and the 'Easy Meat' is of therefore those who feel they have no option but to comply. "Fittingly, the music on 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' is punishing. We feel it's more ambient, more expansive, more unsettlingly discordant than ever, and importantly, still extremely rampant at excessive speed. We hope in every respect â both musically and lyrically â this album will make your eyes burn with the harsh sonics and harsh visions of the dumping ground of globalisation." Songtitles set to appear on "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" include "Copulating Snakes", "Dear Slum Landlord", "What Is Past Is Prologue" and "Stunt Your Growth". NAPALM DEATH will appear at the 2015 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean (Florida / Jamaica) from January 22 to January 26, alongside bands like ARCH ENEMY, BEHEMOTH, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MUNICIPAL WASTE and many more. NAPALM DEATH's last album, 2012's "Utilitarian", sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 14 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Fan-filmed video footage of BOLT THROWER's October 3 performance in LKA-Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany can be seen below. The last three albums from BOLT THROWER â "Mercenary" (1998), "Honour Valour Pride" (2001) and "Those Once Loyal" (2005) â were reissued on vinyl on October 24, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. All three albums were released as gatefold LPs in colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 units each. BOLT THROWER indefinitely postponed plans to record a new studio album after the band realized that the new stuff it had written "just doesn't match up" to the group's last CD, "Those Once Loyal". "We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best-of' album," BOLT THROWER explained in a statement. "Those Once Loyal" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 76 â the group's highest-charting release in Germany so far. The follow-up to 2001's "Honour, Valour, Pride" was recorded at Andy Faulkner's Sable Rose studios and was the band's first album since the return of original vocalist Karl Willetts as a full-time member.
On Sunday, October 26, Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED, WALKING PAPERS) and Duff's daughter Grace McKagan, who plays in the band THE PINK SLIPS, on the red carpet at an evening of art with Billy Morrison and Joey Feldman benefiting the Rock Against MS foundation at Village Studios in Los Angeles, California. You can watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On reuniting with Axl Rose and the current version of GUNS N' ROSES for some live shows earlier in the year: Duff: "It was great going and playing those shows with him. We had a good time." On whether he would consider doing some recording with GUNS N' ROSES again: Duff: "I never say never to anything, actually, these days. I've kind of learned. You never know what's around the corner. And all that aside, I'm just glad he and I were able to get together and talk about some stuff and then laugh about a lot of other shit that happened." On the status of WALKING PAPERS: Duff: "We just finished our second record. We actually over-recorded. We recorded 21 songs, and on the drive here, we were just listening, trying to pare it down to 12." On what makes WALKING PAPERS special: Duff: "I think it's a unique band because, number one, [former SCREAMING TREES member] Barrett Martin, the drummer, plays rhythms that are influenced by his time in Senegal and the Peruvian Amazon, and you just don't get that ever. [Laughs] Jeff Angell, his lyrics are hard, from living through it. We have a wacky and truly gifted keyboard player [Benjamin Anderson], and just the whole thing together, we're taking chances. I've never been one to just play safe music and think that's all there is to it. I get to be in a band that's pushing the envelope." On whether he wants there to be another VELVET REVOLVER album: Duff: "I don't think we're done. Yes." On whether VELVET REVOLVER has any potential lead singers in mind to replace Scott Weiland: Duff: "We played with some guys only two weeks ago, as a matter of fact. All really talented guys, but it's justâ¦ We'll know when he walks in the room, I think."
Video footage of DEVIL CITY ANGELS, the band featuring former L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns alongside drummer Rikki Rockett (POISON), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL), performing on October 27 in the studios of 97X, the commercial classic rock radio station licensed to Moline, Illinois, can be seen below. "It was kind of by accident how it came together, it really was," Tracii told Lithium Magazine about DEVIL CITY ANGELS' formation. "Rikki and I had done a John Entwistle/Keith Moon tribute show together. We went backstage after playing our songs and the guys backstage were all kind of chanting, 'Guns and Rocketts, Guns and Rocketts' as a joke. And we kind of laughed it off but then Rikki suddenly turned around and said, 'Guns and Rocketts' actually has a pretty nice ring to it, don't you think. So we decided right there to start a band." Guns, who has a solo project called LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, continued: "[LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN is] more of a vanity project. I wanted something that I could go and tour with and be in a real band. We thought of a few different players and Rikki said he knew Brandon. He said he knew this guy who was younger than us, but should have been born decades earlier. He had a real bluesy sound and played with Eric. We decided to check him out so I called him and he was a really cool dude. And before you knew it, we had him ask Eric if he was interested. He said absolutely and they flew out here a couple weeks later and we recorded [our] first song [called 'All My People']." Regarding "All My People", Tracii said: "The song was written by Rikki and Brandon a couple of years before. They each did their parts separately and then we did the vocal tracking. They went home and I spent the rest of the time doing the lead guitar stuff. And we sent it to Anthony Focx, who is an amazing engineer and mixer who has worked with [former] METALLICA [bassist Jason Newsted] and AEROSMITH and a bunch of other bands. He is a good friend of ours and he mixed it really good and we put it out." He added: "It was eight days from recording to releasing it. It was beautiful the way it came together, kind of old school." Tracii also spoke about DEVIL CITY ANGELS' musical direction, saying "It's basic. It's simple. We might groove out a little more on some things and we might have a ballad or two. But other than that, we're going to keep it pretty straightforward 1977 rock. Since we have a winner with 'All My People', we are just going to stay in that framework. We feel that kind of music and Brandon surely delivers it."
Jo SchÃ¼ftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED, SEPULTURA) on October 13 at Idle Hands bar in New York City. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about SOULFLY's current U.S. tour, Max said: "It's the first time I'm playing only SOULFLY [songs] on the whole show. Yeah, so I decided to experiment with that and see how it's gonna be, if some people are gonna be mad or if people will understand. And to me surprise, people really understand and they really like it. Even some people commented to me, they say they wanted to see that for a long time, because they think SOULFLY has so many records. We've got nine records out now, so it's a lot of music. And we do a pretty full setlist â an hour and a half, playing a little bit from every record; from the first one all the way to [SOULFLY's latest album] 'Savages'. And we're having a lot of fun. The lineup is the same: me, Marc [Rizzo, guitar], Tony [Campos, bass] and Zyon [Cavalera, drums]. And Zyon's kicking ass, doing great on drums. And we're just having fun, man, playing small places for the hardcore fans, which is what I like about this tour; it's an intimate situation [where] you get real close to your fans. You can actually smell them and get their sweat on you, and get the mic stand knocked down a couple of times. But it's a lot of fun, man. I'm really enjoying it." SOULFY's ninth album, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013 via SOULFLY's new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" include SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG).
In a brand new interview with the Cleveland Scene, Ozzy Osbourne spoke about his distaste for making music videos, especially during the '80s when MTV's popularity was on the rise and videos became an essential marketing tool for a single and album. "You think these fucking directors were making 'War And Peace'," Ozzy said. "They were only three-minute videos. "I remember when I was making the video for 'Mama, I'm Coming Home'. I went to this sky blue room and had to get a side of pork and walk across the room. I thought, 'What the fuck does this mean? [This is] going to cost 900,000 dollars.' I went and used the cameraman who did the NIRVANA video for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. He just did a video with me in the car. That cost about 10,000 dollars. I prefer the one I did because it was cheap and there was no elaborate fucking trickery. MTV played them both. "Sometimes I would just go, 'What are you fucking thinking?' It's only a music video. It didn't warrant spending millions of dollars." Ozzy has worked with a number of acclaimed video directors over the years, including Rob Zombie, Jonas Ã kerlund and Wayne Isham. The BLACK SABBATH singer's "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via Epic Records/Legacy Recordings, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. BLACK SABBATH will release one final studio album and tour behind it in 2015, with Ozzy telling Esquire, "The record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff."
Attendees of the Chiller Theatre expo were in for a surprise treat when some living legends took the stage on October 25 in Parsippany, New Jersey to perform their classic hits. THE RUNAWAYS' Cherie Currie and Lita Ford, Marky Ramone of the RAMONES, along with LIFE OF AGONY's Alan Robert rocked out to THE RUNAWAYS' smash "Cherry Bomb" followed up by the RAMONES' "Rock 'N' Roll High School". Fan-filmed video footage of the "Cherry Bomb" performance can be seen below. Currie and Ford reunited on stage for the first time in 37 years on October 19, 2013 at the sixth annual Malibu Music Awards at Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California to perform "Cherry Bomb". In 2010, the movie "The Runaways" was released starring Kristen Stewart of "Twilight" fame as singer Joan Jett. The band formed in 1975, with Ford on lead guitar. She was 16 at the time. "The Runaways" was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who is best known for directing music videos by such artists as David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Sheryl Crow. In an interview with Metal-Rules.com, Lita stated about the possibility of a RUNAWAYS reunion: "Well, Cherie and I talk all the time. We're all for it both of us. You know I'm friends with Vicki [Blue, bass] and I'm friends with Jackie [Fox, bass]. Of course, Sandy [West, drums], unfortunately, is not around, but Joan is the only missing link." For the first time since 1977, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and Lita Ford were in a room together on April 23, posing for cameras backstage at the Revolver Golden Gods awards where Joan was the first female recipient of the Golden God Award. Ford last fall partnered with Currie to record a special holiday song. "Rock This Christmas Down" marked the first time Lita and Cherie recorded new music together since 1977. The single was released on iTunes on December 3, 2013.
In a brand new interview with Alternative Nation, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, was asked if if there are any plans for FIREWIND to write and record its eighth studio album. "Not at the moment," Gus replied. "The band is on a break and we still haven't found a singer we want to work with, so we're going to take our time and there's no rush. I'm also very busy with my solo thing right now. I'm out on the road until Christmas and then I will be doing more touring in the beginning of 2015. I think there'll be another solo record from [me] before we see another FIREWIND album." FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album in June 2013 via Century Media Records in Europe. Titled "Apotheosis - Live 2012", the CD contained 17 songs recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band's "Few Against Many" tour in 2012. It marked FIREWIND's final release with singer Apollo Papathanasio, who decided to leave the group at the end of 2012. FIREWIND toured in 2013 in support of "Apotheosis - Live 2012", with Kelly Sundown Carpenter (ADAGIO, BEYOND TWILIGHT) handling lead vocals on the trek. FIREWIND's latest album, "Few Against Many", entered the official chart in Greece at No. 42 and in Germany at No. 90. Released in Europe on May 21, 2012 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida. A special expanded edition of Gus' solo album, "I Am The Fire", will be released in Europe on November 3 (digitally in North America on November 4). This limited CD + DVD digipak will feature four bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album's four official video clips so far, plus three live tracks, six guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary).
"Unforgiven", the new video from British progressive metallers THRESHOLD, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "For The Journey", which came out on September 22 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2012's "March Of Progress" was produced at Thin Ice Studios in England by THRESHOLD members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland. "For The Journey" marks THRESHOLD's second release with vocalist Damian Wilson since his return to the band in 2007. Damian told Prog magazine about the band's relationship and how easy it was recording the new album: "I think it's just the fact that we've become really good friends and it's the companionship in the band," he said. "We seem to care a lot about each other and we've become really close. So we thoroughly enjoy making music together." "For The Journey" track listing: 01. Watchtower On The Moon 02. Unforgiven 03. The Box 04. Turned To Dust 05. Lost In Your Memory 06. Autumn Red 07. The Mystery Show 08. Siren Sky Bonus tracks: 09. I Wish I Could (digipak, vinyl and digital versions) 10. Lost In Your Memory (acoustic version) (vinyl and digital versions) Commented West: "'For The Journey' is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I've probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that's it's over, I still can't stop listening to it!" The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Leszek Bujnowski, whom THRESHOLD found on the Internet. "He's designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect THRESHOLD cover," stated West.