• SEPULTURA Frontman DERRICK GREEN: Talking S**t Can 'Come Back To Hit You In The Face'

    Singer Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA was interviewed on a recent edition of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show". You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the constant talk of a hypothetical reunion of SEPULTURA's original lineup, a lot of which has been fueled by the band's former frontman, Max Cavalera (now the leader of SOULFLY): Derrick: "I think it's great to grab people's attention when you take things out of context or try to creat some type of flow [and generate] controversy. I think the negative energy can go both ways. It can also backfire in your face if you're putting out that negative energy. And I feel that happens most of the time, if not all the time. When you're out there and you're just putting so much crap or shit out there, as far as talking and blah blah blah, then it's definitely gonna come back to hit you in the face. I think, in a way, people believe a lot of things that are being said that are completely ridiculous. It happens in everything, not only in music, but just in media itself, as far as mainstream media. People see it and they go, 'Oh, I believe that, totally,' And it's just not true. Unfortunately, that can have an effect on us, and it has, I think, in the past in certain ways. But at the same time, I remember being young and just 100 percent into hardcore and just, like, 'I don't like any other styles of music.' It was hard for me to open up. I remember, I was at a point where I was talking shit about a band, a local band from Cleveland, or at least someone in the band, and the shit got back to me. It was, really, walking down the street and I saw the dude, and it was just, like, 'Pop!' Like, right in the face. [Laughs] I was, like, 'OK, I'm on the ground now. I should probably just keep my mouth shut.' And I learned a lesson from that. I was, like, 14 or something, 15, and I was just, like, man, you have to be really cautious with what you say, 'cause it can really come back when you least expect it." On Jasta's belief that the best way to deal with the breakup of the classic SEPULTURA lineup is to support all the projects from the involved parties: Derrick: "I think there are a lot of people that do do that, in reality. There's people [that go], like, 'I just saw them [SOULFLY or CAVALERA CONSPIRACY] play. I just saw you guys play.' And it's not really a big deal for them. I think those people, actually, are there for the music. They're there to see the band perform and not really make a big deal out of it. But, I mean, it's [the criticism of the current lineup] bound to happen. It was happening when I joined the band and [drummer] Igor [Cavalera] was still in the band. There was still the massive amount of flow of criticism and things like that. There's also, now, the big difference now is there's so many younger people who have never seen SEPULTURA in that time period. And there's people that are just pretending that they've seen them. They're just, like, 'Oh, yeah, I know all this stuff.' I can just tell when there's complete posers who are just trying to fit into a scene and they see that everybody else is saying the same thing, and they kind of wanna join in and not be an outcast. Like, 'What are you talking about? You don't know. I was there.' And it's, like, so what? It's been, what, 16-something years I've been in the band, so there's people who have never seen that formation, the original formation, so for them it's not really that much of a big deal, because that time period has already passed. It's what's happening now that's more important to them."

  • On The Tour Bus With SKID ROW (Video)

    Digital Tour Bus, which gives fans "an all-access pass" to the tour buses that their favorite bands travel in, has posted its latest "Bus Invaders" episode, focusing on SKID ROW. The six-minute clip, which was filmed on July 12 in Arlington Heights, Ilinois, can be seen below. "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", the new EP from the current lineup of SKID ROW — Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD, which came out on August 5 via Megaforce Records, contains covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks. In a recent interview with Finland's Kaaos TV, SKID ROW guitarist Dave "The Snake" Sabo stated about "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two": "[This was] the most fun that I've personally had making a SKID ROW record in our history of the band… for a number of reasons. "We're afforded a freedom that not many artists get to enjoy. So we do everything on our own schedule. And the writing process was so stripped down and fun. "[SKID ROW bassist] Rachel [Bolan] and I have been friends and started the band together 28 years ago, and so, after all that amount of time, 28 years later, to be able to sit in a room with this guy, and he with me, and actually have fun creating music, there's something special to be said about that. And so, that, combined with the fact that we just always seemed like we were on the same page throughout the whole process. [We had] a couple of little disagreements there, but nothing that was detrimental in any way; it was helpful. And every day, we would listen to the music and we'd have the same thoughts: 'It's close, but it's not there yet.' 'it's close, but it's not there.' 'OK, we're right there. We're at the door.' 'OK, it's done.' Everything was just right on the same page. That's the first time that's ever happened. And we just had a great experience the whole way through. Everybody really came to the table and loved the music and brought their 'A' game. I mean, we were in and done in a couple of weeks, which is amazing. And it wasn't like we were cutting corners or anything like that. Everyone just practiced the crap out of the music and the songs — we rehearsed really hard — and everyone loved the music so much that they made it their own, and thus, they performed that way. And it is. It's all of ours'. It's five guys." Asked about the main differences are between last year's "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" EP and "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", Bolan told Finland's Kaaos TV: "Well, there's not many differences except in the recording process. We recorded in a few different places with the first EP, where we recorded the whole thing in the same studio with the second. But we took the same approach to writing and recording. The writing for the first one, I'd say, we labored a little more, because we were trying to go back to our roots, and I know that's a cliché saying for bands to say, but it was true. And after 25 years, it's really hard — harder than you would think — to retrace your steps to where you were when you were that 22-year-old kid jamming in front of a mirror and playing your first big gigs or whatever. So we really had to find our roots and rediscover what got us off in the first place, the guys that wrote the first two records, and I think we succeeded in it. That was the biggest difference — I think it was a little harder to write the songs [for the first EP] — but I think what we came out with, the final product, was well worth it."

  • GHOST's Nameless Ghoul Interviewed By Argentina's VORTERIX (Video)

    Argentina's Vorterix conducted an interview with one of the Nameless Ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST before the band's August 31 concert in Buenos Aires. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if GHOST could one day exist without the outfits and the theatrical stage show, a Nameless Ghoul told Ghost Colombia in a separate interview: "I don't think so. I am very comfortable with the idea of not potentially being anonymous, because, in many ways, we are not anymore. Every show there's 50 people outside our bus and we do informal meet-and-greets all the time, because we have to. We cannot… The laws of gravity… in the sense that we cannot play an enclosed arena where we can completely shy away from everybody, just hovering in a helicopter." He continued: "We have chosen not to officially claim anything, just because that was never the idea. Whether or not we will do that in the future, we'll see, but I think that what is the most important thing is that we don't change too much of how the actual craft is being presented. "I wouldn't like to see GHOST as being just a normal band… I mean, on stage, the way that we portray ourselves. Just because people wouldn't know, like, the name of a member or anything like that… It's not like we're gonna start writing out the names on the record. So I think there is a way where these things [GHOST members' identities being known to the public and the bandmembers portraying themselves as 'nameless' on stage] can coexist. But obviously, that's up to fans to decide. If knowing who we are destroys everything, OK." BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski recently posted a photo on Instagram of him hanging out backstage at the FortaRock festival in The Netherlands with Swedish musician Tobias Forge — believed to be none other than GHOST frontman Papa Emeritus II. The photo was accompanied by the caption "If you have ghosts... U have everything;)", a line from the ROKY ERICKSON song "If You Have Ghosts", which was covered by GHOST on their EP "If You Have Ghost", released in November 2013. Speaking to Jägermeister at last month's Sonisphere festival in the U.K., one of the Nameless Ghouls from GHOST stated about the photo leak: "I mean, it's… We don't really know what to say about that except for we keep our identities as secret as we possibly can, of course, but at some point it's bound to happen, some things that are not really optimal for us, of course. But the identity part is always gonna be, for as long as can take it, it's gonna be a hassle in many ways, and I think we have managed to keep it below the radar, for the most part, at least." GHOST's sophomore album, "Infestissumam", sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart. GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for "legal reasons."


  • NONPOINT: New Song 'Never Ending Hole' Available For Streaming

    "Never Ending Hole", a brand new song from NONPOINT, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's eighth studio album, "The Return", which will be released on September 30 via Razor & Tie (one day earlier internationally via Metal Blade Records). After 17 years in the game, the Florida quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The riffs crack with intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. "The Return" remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians — Elias Soriano (vocals), Robb Rivera (drums), Rasheed Thomas (guitar), Adam Woloszyn (bass), and B.C. Kochmit (guitar) — get. In February 2014, NONPOINT entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material. Soriano elaborates: "Last record, we stepped in a direction we've wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor. "I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other NONPOINT record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven't gone back to old school. We didn't reflect on our past. We didn't discuss what works. We are not 'Statement' NONPOINT or even 'Bullet' NONPOINT... 'The Return' is NONPOINT right the fuck now." Adds Rivera: "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves." Elias explains the meaning behind the first single, "Breaking Skin": "It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it." Robb adds: "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what NONPOINT does best." Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins And Needles", which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce." "Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head." Ultimately, NONPOINT once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to." Robb leaves off: "NONPOINT has always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile." "The Return" track listing: 01. Pins And Needles 02. Breaking Skin 03. Razors 04. Misery 05. The Return 06. Take Apart This World 07. Forcing Hands 08. Goodbye Letters 09. Never Ending Hole 10. Widowmaker 11. Never Cared Before 12. F__K'D 13. Know Myself


  • MR. BIG: New Song 'Gotta Love The Ride' Available For Streaming

    "Gotta Love The Ride", brand new song from MR. BIG, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band's eighth studio album, "…The Stories We Could Tell", which will be released on September 30 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. The band's original lineup — comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums — got together this past June to begin recording and laid down the 13 new tracks in just a month. "…Stories We Could Tell" was produced by Pat Regan, known for his work with DEEP PURPLE, WARRANT and KEEL. "...The Stories We Could Tell" track listing: 01. Gotta Love The Ride 02. I Forget To Breathe 03. Fragile 04. Satisfied 05. The Man Who Has Everything 06. The Monster In Me 07. What If We Were New? 08. East/West 09. The Light Of Day 10. Just Let Your Heart Decide 11. It’s Always About That Girl 12. Cinderella Smile 13. The Stories We Could Tell 14. Addicted To That Rush (live; exclusive bonus track) MR. BIG recently announced that Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band's upcoming world tour. He did complete all of the drumming on "…The Stories We Could Tell", but, unfortunately, touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Filling in for him will be Matt Starr, who is the current drummer for original KISS drummer Ace Frehley. MR. BIG expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participate in the group's acoustic set. MR. BIG's last album, "What If…", was the band's first "all-original" album since the reunion of the four original members back in early 2009. Formed in 1988, MR. BIG forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original lineup produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover".

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  • MIKE PORTNOY Has No Regrets About Leaving DREAM THEATER

    In a brand new interview with Rocksverige.se, drummer Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) was asked if he had any regrets in his life, personal or musical. "I don't think I do," Mike replied. "I think there's a difference between regret and… Let me rephrase that. I actually have a tattoo on me that says 'no regrets,' and I actually try to live by that. "I find that there's lots of actions you take in your life and if it turns out to be something that brings a result that you didn't want or you weren't anticipating, it's not something you should regret, it's just simply something you should learn from. "There's a lot of things in my life that I've learned from and, ultimately, I don't regret them, because they got me to where I am right now. "I'm as happy as I've ever been and as musically fulfilled as I've ever been. "There's a quote that I love and I kind of used it in the song 'Repentance' and it's 'It's better to regret something you've done, than something you haven't done,' and I absolutely love that. "I'm not gonna use the DREAM THEATER example because I can already see the headlines, so I won't say it. [Laughs] I'll paraphrase like this: when I came to that crossroad four years ago, if I hadn't made the decisions I had, I probably would've spent the rest of my life wondering, what if? What if I left the band? "I think it's better to follow your heart and take the risk than wonder what could've been." Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 27 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Portnoy revealed that he tried to rejoin DREAM THEATER months later, and was rebuffed. In the latest issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, Portnoy was asked by TESSERACT's Jay Postones what the chances are of Portnoy ever playing with DREAM THEATER again. "If I was a betting man, I wouldn't put money on it," Portnoy replied. "And that's not my doing. I never say never and haven't closed any doors. "I'm a very nostalgic person; I forgive and forget very easily… but I think the guys [in DREAM THEATER] have made it very clear they have no interest in looking backwards. "Those guys were a huge part of my life for a very long time, so I'm open to anything, anytime. "I guess the ball's in their court. We shall see." In an October 2013 interview with Brazil's "Wikimetal", DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie stated about his current relationship with Mike Portnoy: "I haven't spoken to Mike since he left the band. "Myself, personally, and the way that the band feels is we're moving forward. Mike Mangini is our drummer and he will remain our drummer until the day that we're finished doing this. It's just the way that it is. "The reason that DREAM THEATER is moving on is because we have somebody that completely clicks with the band, he understands the band and he's helping us fulfill our musical aspirations. "Mike [Portnoy], you know, he's moved on, he's working with musicians and doing the things that he wants to do musically, and I think he's happy with that. But as far as DREAM THEATER [is concerned], this is who we are and this is who we will continue to be. Mike Mangini is our drummer, and he will be."

  • SLASH: 'I Have A Hard Time Picturing' Any Kind Of Future Collaboration With AXL ROSE

    In a brand new interview with GuitarWorld.com, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash was asked whether he could ever envision himself writing and recording with GN'R lead singer Axl Rose again. "People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it," Slash replied. "There hasn't been any communication along those lines between he and I. I have a hard time picturing it, because I'm always focused on the next show. I'm one of those people who lives in the moment. I don't look too far into the future and I don't dwell too much on the past." Slash recently told the Irish Examiner that he blames the media for causing "unnecessary conflict" between him and the other members of GUNS N' ROSES. Slash explained "I'm not bored with the fascination with [GUNS N' ROSES]. What I'm bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about... the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism — everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I'm sick of it." Slash, who left the group in 1996, told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he never imagined he'd still be talking about GUNS N' ROSES years later. "It's weird because the hype and the, you know, sort of mythic whatever about the band has snowballed to where it's at at present, and it's bigger now than it was when the band was still together, which is really sort of, very surreal," he said. Slash pointed the finger at the media despite Axl Rose calling him a "cancer" in a 2009 interview. Ex-GUNS bassist Duff McKagan echoed Slash's words in his own interview with the Irish Examiner a few years back, saying, "The media starts running a little crazy with things. There was a Rolling Stone story about [Axl] a few years ago that painted him as a Howard Hughes sort of figure. And everybody used that as the template to write about Axl. None of it is true." McKagan buried the hatched with Rose several years ago, and has since performed with the current version of GUNS N' ROSES a number of times. Slash and Axl, however, have not spoken since Slash left the band 18 years ago. Rose said in a 2009 interview with Billboard, "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is." GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Slash, McKagan and original drummer Steven Adler attended the ceremony, while Axl and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home. Slash's new solo album, "World On Fire", comes out September 15.

  • KISS Confetti Blamed For Security Guard's Injuries

    According to Courthouse News Service, KISS vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons and his associated company have been sued by a security guard working at the band's 2012 concert in Indiana, claiming that the guard was injured after the group band "foolishly" sprayed the stage with water and confetti (see fan-filmed video below). Also named as defendants in the lawsuit were the concert venue (Klipsch Music Center) and Live Nation World Wide Inc. Timothy Funk says in his lawsuit, which was filed in Hamilton Superior Court, that he fell on the "slippery, waxy, and glassy" stage after "some or all of the defendants" sprayed water from hoses "on the stage, the area around the stage, and on some of the crowd." The defendandts also sprayed confetti around the stage and crowd "in a foolish and reckless manner," Funk claims. Funk is seeking compensation for his injuries, loss of wages and other charges.

  • STEEL PANTHER Featured In 'Musician Portrait Project' (Video)

    Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER are featured in the latest installment of the the Musician Portrait Project. Check it out below. The concept of the Musician Portrait Project is to display a moving portrait of various musicians. A new video will debut every Wednesday. Ultimately, the collection will be displayed in galleries, with each musician on their own individual video screen. STEEL PANTHER will support JUDAS PRIEST on a North American tour this fall. The run will kick off October 1 in Rochester, New York and will run through mid-November, wrapping up in Tacoma, Washington. The tour will make stops in major markets, including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and Los Angeles. Fans that join the STEEL PANTHER fan club, "Fanthers Worldwide", get exclusive access to ticket presales. Membership includes an exclusive STEEL PANTHER t-shirt and laminate/lanyard; access to ticket presales, members only Fanther Forum; access to exclusive videos, photos, contests and more. Current "Fanthers Worldwide" members can log in to their fan club membership for further information and access to presale tickets. Go to this location for more information. "I cannot believe that we are touring with JUDAS PRIEST. One of the most iconic heavy-metal bands of all time! We are going to have THE most amazing tour this fall," exclaimed vocalist Michael Starr. "If you don't buy a ticket for the show, you must be a Justin Bieber fan. Death to all but metal!" STEEL PANTHER is offering a limited number of VIP Experiences for each of the upcoming shows with JUDAS PRIEST. The VIP Experience is an upgrade available to STEEL PANTHER fans that have already purchased a ticket to the show and will consist of all of the following: * Preshow meet-and-greet with STEEL PANTHER * Sexy Photo op with STEEL PANTHER (props & costumes provided) * Autograph signing by STEEL PANTHER (body parts encouraged) * Preshow VIP Host * Priority VIP check-in * Preshow drinks and crowd free merchandise shopping * Exclusive Groupie Merchandise and more! The VIP Experience is available via STEEL PANTHER's web site at SteelPantherRocks.com. STEEL PANTHER's third album, "All You Can Eat", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Open E/KLS.

  • BLACK STAR RIDERS' SCOTT GORHAM Talks Upcoming Sophomore Album, Bassist Change (Video)

    MetalTalk's Mark Taylor recently conducted an interview with BLACK STAR RIDERS and THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham. You can now watch the chat below. 2014 has proved itself a landmark year for BLACK STAR RIDERS. The men in black took their acclaimed live show on the road in Europe and then stormed stages in the United States and Japan for the first time; the reactions have been nothing short of amazing! 2014 is also the year BLACK STAR RIDERS returns to the studio to record its as-yet-untitled sophomore album and follow-up to 2013's highly lauded debut release "All Hell Breaks Loose". It was originally announced that DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott would oversee production duties on the new material joined by longtime DEF LEPPARD sound guru Ronan McHugh. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and schedule conflicts, Joe and Ronan have had to back out of the process. Elliott explained: "It is with great reluctance that I have had to pull out of the production job for the BSR second album. When I agreed to do it after a great meeting with the boys, it was at was at a time when DEF LEPPARD weren't exceptionally busy. Things changed and I found myself in a situation where the amount of time I could allocate to the album would not have done justice to the record or the band. They deserve someone who can do the job without rushing it or having to bail out half way through due to other commitments. I KNOW they're are going to make a great second album and maybe sometime down the road, we can revisit the idea of working together again. Myself, Ricky [Warwick], and Scott [Gorham] have a very long-standing and firm friendship which goes back decades!! I wish them nothing but the best and much success with the new album." "Joe is like a member of the family," shared BLACK STAR RIDERS vocalist Ricky Warwick. "I was very excited by the prospects of Joe working with us on the new record, but sometimes things happen that we cannot control. I know we will work with Joe in the future." The great news is that this change in Joe's schedule has allowed BLACK STAR RIDERS to find someone they are all very excited to work with. Taking over the production duties will be heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has been at the desk for a number of incredible releases from such artists as the FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, RUSH and MASTODON. "I have been a fan of Nick's work for some time,” Warwick stated eagerly. “So when it became apparent that Nick wanted to work with us, we were all very excited! He has done some amazing work with other artists in the past and I can't wait to hear what we manage to create together in the studio." BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson added: "Nick is an amazing talent and I know he is going to help take BLACK STAR RIDERS to the next level. His résumé is staggering, his reputation is stellar, and his enthusiasm for our band and our songs is incredibly exciting." "I was a fan of the first album, and I'm really excited about the songs they've written for their new record," said Raskulinecz. "I'm really looking forward to getting into the studio with them to help bring those songs to life." BLACK STAR RIDERS is set to enter the studio in September to begin its recording sessions. A spring 2015 release is expected. BLACK STAR RIDERS were one of the first signings to Nuclear Blast Entertainment by Monte Conner — the A&R guru who signed acts such as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA, and RUSH to Roadrunner. Nuclear Blast Entertainment is a new U.S. partnership co-founded by Conner with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger.

  • THE HAUNTED: Entire 'Exit Wounds' Album Available For Streaming

    "Exit Wounds", the new album from Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED, is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Released on August 25 in Europe and September 2 in North America via Century Media. the CD was once again recorded with the group's longtime producer Tue Madsen at Denmark's Antfarm Studio (DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SICK OF IT ALL) and features THE HAUNTED's revamped lineup: founding members Jonas Björler (bass) and Patrik Jensen (guitar) along with with returning members Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and Marco Aro (vocals), and the band's latest addition, guitarist Ola Englund. "Exit Wounds" features two special guests appearing on the song "Trend Killer": Jed Simon (SCAR THE MARTYR, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) on lead guitar and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT) on vocals. Said Billy: "I have always been a THE HAUNTED fan and became friends with the band over the years. When they asked if I would like to sing on a song for the new album with Marco singing, I didn't have to think twice about doing it. When I received the track and listened for the first time, I said, 'Fuck Yeah...this is gonna be brutal!'" "Exit Wounds" track listing: 01. 317 02. Cutting Teeth 03. My Salvation 04. Psychonaut 05. Eye Of The Storm 06. Trend Killer (feat. Chuck Billy, Jed Simon) 07. Time (Will Not Heal) 08. All I Have 09. Temptation 10. My Enemy 11. Kill The Light 12. This War 13. Infiltrator 14. Ghost In The Machine Comments Aro: "This time around we've found our way back to where we once started! You could say that we've gathered the old crew, both in music and the artwork. "Our old friend Andreas 'Diaz' Pettersson is back, an amazing artist with a rap sheet which includes the artwork on no less than four THE HAUNTED albums. He always finds a way to put our thoughts into print where he sometimes even scares us a bit...and this release in no different. "We decided on 'Exit Wounds' as being a good title for the album given the recent history of the band, but also a sort of a phoenix rising. "We are so excited about this little thing we've created! "Can't wait to get out there and start playing these songs and for me personally, I could not be more proud of what we have done. I really hope you're going to enjoy it!" THE HAUNTED released a new three-song single, "Eye Of The Storm", on January 20 in Europe and January 21 in North America via Century Media Records. "Eye Of The Storm" was made available as limited-edition seven-inch EP (1,000 copies split as follows: 500 on black vinyl, 300 on red vinyl and 200 on white vinyl) and as digital single, featuring the new songs "Eye Of The Storm", "Infiltrator" and "My Enemy". THE HAUNTED's 2014 lineup: * Patrik Jensen - Guitar * Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED) - Guitar * Marco Aro (THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) - Vocals * Jonas Björler - Bass * Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST) - Drums


  • Founding ALICE COOPER Band Drummer NEAL SMITH Releases 'KillSmith And The Greenfire Empire' Album

    From Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame drummer, songwriter and founding ALICE COOPER band member Neal Smith comes "KillSmith And The Greenfire Empire", the third in his solo KillSmith series. This conceptual metal adventure will undoubtedly be the last rock opera, destined to become a movie! The story of a poor boy who grows up in the jungles of South America, then becomes "Diablos the Emerald King," the most ruthless and powerful drug lord in the world. As a young boy, he makes a discovery of an ancient secret that has been hidden for thousands of years in pre-Colombian jungle ruins. The secret he discovers is an ancient sacrificial drug called "GreenFire." As GreenFire's deadly addiction spreads like wildfire around the globe, it reaches a country called "Blue Soul Land." The havoc it creates in "Blue Soul Land" will unleash the rage of KillSmith with grave consequences. "KillSmith And The GreenFire Empire" track listing: 01. Blessings And Curses 02. Good Morning Blue Soul Land 03. Screaming Bloody Murder 04. The Kill$Mith Överture 05. Palacio De Esmeraldas 06. Greenfire - Born Of Pöison 07. I Want Money 08. Pändemönium 09. I Remember Blue Soul Land 10. Death To The King 11. Noelle No Wonder "GreenFire Born Of Poison" is the first single off of the album. Neal Smith is best known worldwide for his innovative drumming and outrageous stage antics with the original ALICE COOPER band. His solid drumming is the hallmark sound behind such classic 1970s ALICE COOPER hits as "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy". Neal is also a prolific songwriter, who helped pen many of the group's best known songs. "KillSmith And The GreenFire Empire" features: * Neal Smith - lead vocals, backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar and synthesizer * Peter Catucci - bass, backing vocals and lead vocals on "Noelle No Wonder" * Lady Elizabeth Dellinger - backing vocals and intro lead vocals on "I Want Money" * Kevin Franklin - lead guitar * Pete "Keys" Hickey - synthesizer and keyboards * Hubert Martin - lead vocals on "Good Morning Blue Soul Land" * Joe Meo – saxophone * Rick Tedesco - lead guitar, rhythm guitar and backing vocals * Doug Wahlberg - lead guitar Photo credit: Road Dog killsmithandthegreenempirecd

  • ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN: 'None Of Us Are Even Thinking About' UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER

    In a brand new interview with Music Enthusiast Magazine, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was asked if the group's former lead singer Udo Dirkschneider has tried to reach back out or re-establish communication with his ex bandmates in a recent years. "I haven't heard from him in forever other than indirectly in the press, and honestly none of us are even thinking about him," Wolf replied. "It's really not been an issue at all, I mean, we surely put it to rest with this album [the newly released 'Blind Rage']. Clearly it was a big deal the first time around for [2010's] 'Blood Of The Nations'; a lot of people were asking, 'Why?' and 'What?' and 'How come?' But the story has been told so many times now that it's clear that we've started a new life and Udo didn't want to be part of it. He made his choice, we're moving on, and that's that." In a September 2013 interview with BigMusicGeek.com, Udo stated about the possibility of another full-scale reunion between him and ACCEPT: "We did a reunion in '92 and did three albums together ['Objection Overruled', 'Death Row', 'Predator']. For me, the first one was a real ACCEPT album. We did the next one with only with one guitarist and for me, the sound with ACCEPT was always with two guitarists, so there was already some problems coming up. The whole atmosphere was completely gone. We did a tour and then we said, 'Okay, before we destroy the name ACCEPT, let's split up again.' Then they asked me twice after fifteen years to do another reunion and I said, 'Guys, I'm quite successful with U.D.O., and if I shut down U.D.O. again and join ACCEPT, we have to talk about a lot of things.' In the end, I said, 'Okay, if I do this and we split up again, I cannot come up for a third time with U.D.O. I have to continue under the name ACCEPT.' And I said to Wolf, 'You were stealing the name in the '80s. You get the rights on it without asking somebody, especially me.' And he said, 'No, I cannot do this.' and I said, 'Okay.' There was a lot of other points and then I said, 'Okay, guys. Sorry, but I don't want to do this. I will continue with U.D.O. I wish you all the best.' That was the whole thing with the reunion." Regarding the current lineup of ACCEPT, Udo said: "They put out a very good album in 2010 ['Blood Of The Nations'], but then again, I can imagine that after fifteen years, they would have enough time to write a good album. I wish I had fifteen years time to write songs. I expected them to do a good album and 'Blood Of The Nations' is a good album, but in my opinion, 'Stalingrad' [2012] is not as good as 'Blood Of The Nations'." He added: "The new singer [ex-TT QUICK frontman Mark Tornillo] is a really good singer, but I think he has problems when he sings all the old ACCEPT songs." Asked if he is still on "speaking terms" with Wolf, Udo replied: "No. There is not talk anymore. I don't want to start a war, but Wolf was saying a lot of bad things about me and I don't understand why he did that. Then, later on, when they would come up to people who didn't know what they had said before, they changed completely. They'd say, '[Udo's current band] U.D.O. is great. Udo is such a nice guy.' So I said, 'Never ever talk to me again.' I don't care. I am happy and they seem to be happy, so what can I say?"


  • ATREYU Has Surprise Planned For Fans This Friday

    ATREYU entered a brief period of dormancy in 2011, after having steadily risen to the top of the metalcore heap during the American metal Renaissance of the '00s. The inactivity is over. The beast has risen. The dust has been shaken off. ATREYU is back and it is poised for big things through the rest of 2014 and beyond. ATREYU has a September 11 gig at Chain Reaction in its native Orange County, California — tickets to which sold out in less than a minute — and a much-heralded appearance at the 2014 edition of Aftershock on the horizon. They also have quite a surprise in store for fans this Friday, September 5. Drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller has offered a hint of what's to come, indicating that it is the fans that keep the ATREYU engines running at full throttle. He said, "This is the rebirth of ATREYU. You have stood by us for countless years. This is for you. Thank you." Singer Alex Varkatzas concurred, saying, "We can't wait to share this with our fans and the world. We are revitalized!" Tune in Friday, September 5 at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET to find out exactly what ATREYU has in store for fans and the metal world. With over one million records sold in the U.S. alone, ATREYU made a dent on the metal scene over the last decade with fan-coveted releases like 2006's "A Death-Grip on Yesterday" (#9 Billboard Top 200), 2007's "Lead Sails Paper Anchor" (#8 Billboard Top 200) and 2009's "Congregation Of The Damned" (#18 Billboard Top 200), and then bowed out in 2011 to recharge and focus on their personal lives. The wait is over...

  • SCORPIONS Mourn Loss Of Manager And 'Dear Friend' PETER AMEND

    German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have released the following statement: "On September 1st 2014, our dear friend Peter Amend passed away. "Peter Amend was more than just a manager and economic and legal consultant for us. He was an important part of the SCORPIONS and was also a driving force in the artistic and strategic decisions of the band with his infinite knowledge and his sensitivity to the music. Due to his advice and influence, we achieved great international success in recent years. "Peter, you will always be in our hearts forever and a day." SCORPIONS recently announced plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a special tour and new studio album. SCORPIONS' latest release, "MTV Unplugged", was made available in North America on January 21 via Sony International. Material for the set was taken from the band's first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs.

  • Lullaby Versions Of FAITH NO MORE Due This Month; Audio Samples Available

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists," will release "Lullaby Versions Of Faith No More" on September 16 via Roma Music Group. "Lullaby Versions Of Faith No More" track listing: 01. Evidence 02. Falling To Pieces 03. From Out Of Nowhere 04. Easy 05. Last Cup Of Sorrow 06. Midlife Crisis 07. A Small Victory 08. Kindergarten 09. Epic 10. King For A Day 11. Mouth To Mouth 12. Ashes To Ashes 13. As The Worm Turns The song "Falling To Pieces" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Check out audio samples at this location. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star was born for the parent that wants to pass along their biggest passion to their child, music. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star transforms popular music into instrumental lullabies perfect for babies, yoga or just relaxation. Now, parents can enjoy the music from LADY GAGA to METALLICA in soothing lullaby style. With over 135 titles to choose from, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the largest line of pop, rock, metal and jamband music lullabies in the world. These aren't novelty recordings. They are cute, they are soft but these are serious recordings. Roma Music Group, which releases Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, is run by two music industry veterans who put the fidelity of these recording at the top of the priority list. Let's face it, much like the brand name clothes you buy for your infant, this music is really for you. Whether you are raising a metal baby, rocker or hippie baby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has your music transformed from arena anthems into nursery classics.


  • IN FLAMES: Entire 'Siren Charms' Album Available For Streaming

    "Siren Charms" the eleventh album from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. Due in the U.S. on September 9 via Sony/RED, the CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics and can be seen below. "Siren Charms" track listing: 01. In Plain View 02. Everything’s Gone 03. Paralyzed 04. Through Oblivion 05. With Eyes Wide Open 06. Siren Charms 07. When The World Explodes 08. Rusted Nail 09. Dead Eyes 10. Monsters In The Ballroom 11. Filtered Truth The "Through Oblivion" video was once again helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE and LACUNA COIL, among many others. In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte said: "I think 'Through Oblivion' is really cool. It's something we didn't try before. It's a very simple song, but there are elements in it that make it really complex. That one is very fun. I think it's going to go over very well live. That's going to be interesting to see how it turns out." Speaking about the band's mindset going into the making of "Siren Charms", Gelotte said: "We changed the scenery from how we normally do records. We've done quite a few in Gothenburg. We've done a few experiments. We went to Uppsala once. We did one record in Denmark. We rented a huge house, built two studios in there, and just winged it. It turned out great. It was an awesome experience. This time around, Anders [Fridén, vocals] fell in love with the Hansa studios in Germany. It's a classic studio in Berlin. So many classic albums have come from there, and so many artists have been there. He felt that maybe he could get inspired from that or something might rub off in the studio. I was like, 'Fuck it. For me, it doesn't really matter. I can record anywhere.' He was absolutely certain it was important for us to do that. I went down there and fell in love with it too. Anders explained the history of the place. David Bowie, U2 and DEPECHE MODE have all recorded there. All of these huge records have come from there. I was pretty sure it wasn't going to change anything. Listening back to it now, it did. Something came in there. There's a certain melancholic vibe to the album that I'm not sure would've happened anywhere else." He continued: "It was a genius move from Anders. He talked us into it. Basically, we weren't really hard to convince when we saw the studio and heard the history of it. It was an interesting thing to do. It changed things a little bit. We came down there with the same goal to make the eleventh record… We wanted to make something special out of it, and we really did… I think it's a sense of melancholy. It's not something depressing or sad in a bad way. It strikes a certain note — at least in my heart. There's a vibe in it. I could never recreate it just by using the same formula. It's something that just happens. It's a mix of a lot of things. The ideas Anders is talking about in the lyrics all the way until the final mix and the way we put on extra guitars and the effects are all a little sadder in a sort of uplifting and refreshing way. There are so many things that work together in giving it that vibe."


  • It's Official: FAITH NO MORE Begins Recording First Studio Album Since 1997's 'Album Of The Year'

    FAITH NO MORE, who reunited in 2009 for a series of sold-out performances and international festivals, is currently recording their first full-length album since 1997's "Album Of The Year". A limited-edition (5000 copies) seven-inch single of the song "Motherfucker" will precede the April 2015 release, available via Record Store Day's "Black Friday" event (November 28). The single will be released digitally on December 9. "We've always shared a chemistry between ourselves that’s unique to this band, but these past few years of touring together have made us aware that we not only play better as a unit, but we like the new stuff we’re coming up with," explained FAITH NO MORE founder and bass player Bill Gould. "So we've decided: we're going to get busy in 2015… make an album we're proud of, kick things up a notch, get out there and perform it and maybe even dedicate a little more focus to our fans in the States this time." The as-yet-untitled album is being recorded in an Oakland, California studio with Gould handling production. The release will be the first from FAITH NO MORE's newly formed imprint Reclamation Recordings, which will be distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Asked what the new material sounds like, Gould told RollingStone.com: "What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as FAITH NO MORE. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of 'space.' "Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. Hopefully it doesn't sound like a bunch of 50-year-old men... which we are! [Laughs]" He added: "There's going to be a lot of space and scope — big, big sound-stage space — but I also think there's gonna be a lot of those things that we already have. All I can say is what we're doing just feels right." Prior to the new album's release, FAITH NO MORE will headline Australia's Soundwave festival in February 2015. Worldwide tour dates will be announced soon. FAITH NO MORE is Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar) and Mike Patton (vocals). Photo credit: Margaret Banda

  • Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer MATT SORUM's Concern For Adopted Bear

    Rock legend and animal activist Matt Sorum is keeping tabs on a moon bear he's named Phoenix (pictured below) who has been treated by vets at a former Chinese bile farm. Phoenix has been rescued by animal welfare charity Animals Asia as part of the world's biggest bear rescue as they transform a one-time bear farm in Nanning, China into a sanctuary. Matt, the former GUNS N' ROSES drummer, now increasingly revered for his animal welfare work, has adopted the bear who has been receiving recent medical attention. As a result of years on the farm suffering regular bile extractions for use in traditional Chinese medicine, plus poor diet and care, Phoenix had been in a bad way. But with Animals Asia taking over, Phoenix is now stronger due to a new diet, and vets are working to improve her health. Phoenix still has scarring where "free drip" extractions had taken place — literally a hole carved in to her body for the bile to leak out. Although healed on the outside, she will be prioritized for the removal of her gall bladder in future due to the damage it has suffered. Vets have already removed a number of teeth — damaged by bad diet and from Phoenix literally trying to chew her way out of her cage. Sorum said: "I've been kept up to date with Phoenix's progress by Jill Robinson, the founder of Animals Asia. Including Nanning Bear Farm, they have rescued over 500 bears in Vietnam and China. That's an incredible number, but this connection with a single bear really brings it home to you. The years of pain and suffering she has endured is heartbreaking. "Their work continues to inspire and the fate of China's moon bears is one the world needs to know about. We can all help. It must end." The good news for Phoenix is that Animals Asia is converting the site into an open-air sanctuary. As her rehabilitation continues, Phoenix will swap her current concrete cell and cage for an open enclosure alongside the rest of the rescued bears. In China, there are over 10,000 bears still in bear bile farms — a practice that Animals Asia is campaigning hard to end. Robinson added: "Matt is a wonderful ambassador for us and the bears. He never stops working, and his concern for Phoenix is incredibly touching. "Matt is a true animal lover and we're proud to work with him. "To say that a Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer is now as revered for his animal welfare work just shows you his incredible level of commitment. "Thank you, Matt." Matt also joined the "Sh!t In The Woods" campaign to end bear bile farming. Join Matt and pledge your support by visiting www.bearinthewoods.org. phoenixbear

  • Story Of QUEEN Guitarist BRIAN MAY's Home-Made Guitar Told In 'Red Special' Book

    Hal Leonard has set an October 21 release date for "Brian May's Red Special: The Story Of The Home-Made Guitar That Rocked Queen And The World". Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every QUEEN album and in all of QUEEN's live shows around the world. In this book you will discover everything you ever wished to know about Brian's unique instrument. Brian talks about every aspect of the Red Special, from its birth to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics — and beyond. All of this is accompanied with original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, as well as a great selection of photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and x-rays. "My dad and I decided to make an electric guitar," explains May. "I designed an instrument from scratch, with the intention that it would have a capability beyond anything that was out there, more tunable, with a greater range of pitches and sounds, with a better tremolo, and with a capability of feeding back through the air in a 'good' way.'" Although May is best known to the world as the lead guitarist of the supergroup QUEEN, he has a PhD in astrophysics and is an expert in 3-D photography. He co-wrote "Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe" with Chris Lintott and Patrick Moore, "A Village Lost And Found" with Elena Vidal, and "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell" with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming. brianmayredspecialcover_638

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