METALLICA performed the song "Sad But True" on the fifth and final night of the band's week-long residency as the musical guests on CBS-TV's "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson". Check out video footage of the band's appearance below. On Monday, METALLICA kicked off its "Ferguson" residency with a performance of "Hit The Lights", the opening track to its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All". Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield also sat down with Ferguson for an interview. Tuesday saw the band performing "Fuel" and Wednesday featured a performance of "For Whom The Bell Tolls". On Thursday, the group played "Enter Sandman". Ulrich told Ferguson he was a big fan of the legendary British rock band MOTÃRHEAD and recalled how a picture of him taken after he vomited on himself ended up on the inner sleeve of a MOTÃRHEAD album. "[MOTÃRHEAD frontman] Lemmy [Kilmister] came to town," Ulrich remembered, "and I was pretty nervous, so [I drank] a couple of shots of straight vodka....So I tried that outside of Lemmy's hotel, walked in and a couple of hours later I woke up and I'd been photographed and it ended up on the inner sleeve of the next MOTÃRHEAD album." Ulrich also spoke about the upcoming 10th-anniversary release of the two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", which followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their "St. Anger" album. "['Some Kind Of Monster' co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky] came up to San Francisco to film the process of us making a new record," Ulrich recalled. "And then over the course of the next few months, one breakdown after another breakdown occurred." "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. EST. Ferguson announced his exit from the program in April, shortly after he was passed over to replace David Letterman, who also revealed that he would retire next year. METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015. METALLICA will release a limited 12-inch vinyl single of the new song "The Lords Of Summer" on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28. The single will feature the "first pass" studio version of the song as well as a live take recorded in Rome in July. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent record stores and Metallica.com.
Fan-filmed video footage of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's November 20 performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York can be seen below. Frehley's touring lineup includes none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and is doing so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach. On bass and vocals is Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL. Finally, Scot Coogan is behind the drum kit for Frehley's tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON. "I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again." Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta. Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!" Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have filmed a video for an as-yet-undisclosed track off their upcoming studio album, due in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. A photo from the video shoot, courtesy of the band's Dutch lead singer Floor Jansen can be seen below. As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues. He was replaced in the studio by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY). NIGHTWISH recently revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band's eighth studio album. Jansen, who officially joined the band last year, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
"And now listen to my unmistakable demand upon this world: turn back on your sacred warpath and find the path of peace before it's too late. Our music will help you!" So decreed by Tom Angelripper of SODOM. While some may seek to dissect and even scrutinize this statement as farce, those who have been following this act throughout their decades-long history will agree Angelripper's in earnest. For a band making its name off of death metal and once churning out songs called "Volcanic Slut" and "Witching Metal" plus having its cover art banned for a gratuitous orgy scene (including bestiality), SODOM is at-heart, a protest band. By now it's hardly a secret. Targeting their venom against war, politics and hate mongers, the trio issues "Sacred Warpath", a four-track EP including one new cut and three live tracks. "Sacred Warpath" was intended for SODOM's upcoming full-length, but Tom Angelripper and the band decided to issue it alone with cover art Angelripper did back in the Eighties for a demo, now given an oil paint upgrade by Christian Emmel. Thus the intent of "Sacred Warpath" is to go old school, much as SODOM did with the rebranded overhaul "The Final Sign of Evil" album and its successor, "In War and Pieces". The good news for SODOM fans is that "Sacred Warpath" is a hell of a song and well-worth the grab. The 5:47 track sounds like KREATOR and SLAYER and, of course, SODOM themselves. "Sacred Warpath" seldom hits thrash speed, but from the scorching intro yell of Tom Angelripper to the steady, banging clout from Markus "Makka" Freiwald, the dirty choke of the song feels cooked upon the same embers as "Persecution Mania", but with more of the explorative progressions of "Agent Orange". All while keeping an intentionally raw feel and sicko screeches from Angelripper tapped out of the "Obsessed by Cruelty" days. When SODOM accelerates the tempo on the choruses, Angelripper hits an undeniable impression of Tom Araya. Bernd "Bernemann" Kost, who has been doing this band honor since the mid-Nineties, is a one-man clean-up crew as his tight riffs and superb guitar solo keep the song's ire from exploding. There's so much going on in this song you'll want to back it up a few times before letting the live tracks "The Saw is the Law", "City of God" and "Stigmatized" roll out. This is no longer a Tom Angelripper who wants to masturbate so hard as to kill himself, but that vicious, sinewy slaver from long ago makes its return here and "Sacred Warpath" is a monster cut. Lick your chops, fans. If this is any indication of what's coming next from SODOM, it could get deadly. The vinyl edition is limited to a thousand copies. Snag it while you can.
Long one of the inarguable best of the doom-stoner sect is ORANGE GOBLIN. You either know them or you don't, and you if you do know them, dissatisfaction is not a part of the intake. Their latest project, "Back from the Abyss", is everything ORANGE GOBLIN fans are craving: a bit of BLACK SABBATH, a bit of MOTÃRHEAD and a whole lotta cool. "Sabbath Hex" is merely a warm-up for how good "Back from the Abyss" is and by itself, the title is explanatory enough. Perhaps one reason why ORANGE GOBLIN, like CATHEDRAL and WITCHFINDER GENERAL before them, is so stellar at this game is having been raised in the same turf as the originators of the whole doom enchilada. Not that doom practitioners around the world haven't gotten it right, since CANDLEMASS are doom sovereigns by their own Gothic design. Yet ORANGE GOBLIN carries a sense of authenticity that seldom gets praised outside their own circle. "Sabbath Hex" is 4:48 tribute to all that BLACK SABBATH is and has been to the metal scene, one that continues to churn acolyte after acolyte over the years. Accordingly, ORANGE GOBLIN rolls out this cut with every lick of passion they have inside them, flexing a BLACK SABBATH-spirited shit-kicker with a little American mud boogie flung from their treads. Ben Ward's gravelly pipes and his shared riff procession alongside Joe Hoare are set at amp's strain and filled out beauteously by Martyn Millard's unstinting bass. "The Devil's Whip" is as MOTÃRHEAD as MOTÃRHEAD gets themselves, with a hair of VENOM lurking beneath the fast-riding 2:22 blues mosher. Like VENOM, there's a hilarious in-joke as ORANGE GOBLIN plays Beelzebub to snarky effects. When the mid-tempo rock jive of "Demon Blues" shakes out behind it, there's a carryover lyrical hilarity to the whole thing, but ORANGE GOBLIN pounds it out with a MOTÃRHEAD grit and if you're listening hard, you'll pick up a fleeting trace of BAD COMPANY. The choruses on "Demon Blues" are bipolar to the main melody, but they're nonetheless terrific and infectious. The 6:20 "Heavy Lies the Crown" is a great blues rock number with a Jimi Hendrix nod twinkling through the first half of the intro and later along the ride. Even when Ben Ward drills his throaty vocals, there's a murky nod to Hendrix as ORANGE GOBLIN takes a sonic ride into Valhalla, mincing the blues into their metallic Viking romp. Historically a subject for power and folk metal, "Heavy Lies the Crown" turns the lore upon its proverbial horned helmet. Afterwards, the 7:07 "Into the Arms of Morpheus" takes a slower SABBATH-licked doom nod on the heels of Martyn Millard's chunky bass lead, then follows a long, blaring jam guided by Chris Turner's shuffle-step groove. On the song plods with a slightly faster click than your typical doom bomb, as Ben Ward rejoices about a valium-assisted exodus into the next life. The frolicking instrumental outro hints at ORANGE GOBLIN's purported bliss in death that you have to be a metalhead to fully appreciate. Afterwards, the band takes another SABBATH glory ride across the high seas, keelhauling their way through the rousing "Mythical Knives". With a song called "Bloodzilla", you can expect to take it as seriously as werewolf sex, but ORANGE GOBLIN kicks the crap out of this cut with some MOTÃRHEAD nudges and it's a burner, pun intended. The only surprise is how long "Bloodzilla" goes at 4:10, which is largely due to a prolonged bridge that also serves as the song's escape chute. Cheers to ORANGE GOBLIN for this impulsive unpredictability. A pair of instrumentals thrown toward the end of "Back from the Abyss" ("Titan" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth") bookend the blaring "Blood of Them", the latter sounding as much of a leadoff track as the setup to close. All-told, ORANGE GOBLIN delivers that rare album where even 54 minutes doesn't seem like enough. "Back from the Abyss" gives and gives some more, but when it's this fun, an encore seems trite.
A decade ago, QUEENSRÅ¸CHE guitarist Michael Wilton started a little project called SOULBENDER. SOULBENDER originally featured Wilton with MY SISTER'S MACHINE vocalist Nick Pollock, second guitarist Dave Groves, drummer Wes Hallam and bassist Marten Van Keith. Along the way, SECOND COMING vocalist Travis Bracht and none other than Tim "Ripper" Owens have fronted SOULBENDER. Even one-time NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams had a brief stint in this camp. Wilton, Groves, Hallam and Pollock have since kicked SOULBENDER back into action, at least part-time, to lay down four new tracks for inclusion on this year's re-master of the original "Soulbender" album from 2004. Three of these bonus cuts aren't quite up to par with the main selections from "Soulbender", which is a bit heavier and far grungier than QUEENSRÅ¸CHE and MY SISTER'S MACHINE. In other words, postulant of ALICE IN CHAINS and MAD SEASON. When in Rome, or in this case, Seattle. Of the new songs, "Turn Anger Up" starts "Soulbender II" on an agro pump barely within reach of the original album's material. The band rides upon a steady crash and hits stride on the seething choruses where the singular verse riffs pick up steam. On the flipside, the next new cut "Shoal" lulls with a faint breeze. The guitars frolic over the slow pace of the song and become more the story than the song itself. The choruses are catchy enough, but the emphasis on jacking up the guitar tiers are the real reason to hang with the overdrawn cut, which rolls past six minutes. "Slave to Reality" is a bit meatier than its predecessors with some chiseled out verses, while the so-so but catchy choruses seem to merely pass the time. "Seraphim", the best of the new tracks (and minute cousin to "Three Towers" from the original album), rolls through trance grooves and two sets of guitar lines, one willowy and one dirty. Inevitably, the 6:26 "Seraphim" comes off like ALICE IN CHAINS, but there's undeniable focus (even with its drowsy jams) and sparkling guitar solos that should please the band's followers, particularly when the tempo picks up and rocks out. The original cut of "Soulbender" was recorded at three different studios, yet culminating a sound derived from the surrounding vibes Seattle had to offer outside of QUEENSRYCHE and MUDHONEY. That being said, there's a solid polish and energy to songs like "Fix", "Clockwork and Compass", "Samsara", "Shoot Poem" and "Hunger" giving the album a basic entertainment value. On the other hand, there's a feeling this record's going nowhere past its grunge origins, which was probably all SOULBENDER ever sought to accomplish. In 2004, ALICE IN CHAINS had seen its heyday and was still reeling from the demise of Layne Staley two years prior. Whether or not Michael Wilton and his SOULBENDER posse took it upon themselves to honor Staley in their modest way, modest is the operative word. The grunge-driven riffs of the songs are appropriately bare bones and Nick Pollock's vocals are fittingly maudlin. Michael Wilton's guitar solos are sometimes apposite spectacles, especially on "Rabbit Hole", "This Ocean", "Three Towers" and the scratchy intro and transitions for "The American Dream". Grunge as interpreted by a heavy metal migrant. For devoted QUEENSRÅ¸CHE and MY SISTER'S MACHINE fans, "Soulbender II" will be an oddity album to pick up for completion sake if they haven't already. "Hunger" is the closest SOULBENDER gets to QUEENSRÅ¸CHE (barely, at that), so take it into consideration if you're a newcomer. The brisk-paced bitch-out of "Samsara" is worth dialing into, but otherwise, William DuVall's holding it down better than anyone could've expected in ALICE IN CHAINS.
POWERMAN 5000 guitarist Nick Quijano has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "I just wanted to let you know that we were all involved in a 10th-floor fire at the Radisson [hotel] in [Marietta], Georgia this evening around 6 p.m. "We checked into our rooms to relax before our show at 120 Tavern and [POWERMAN 5000 frontman] Spider One went to turn off his air conditioner unit in his room when an electrical fire broke out within the unit, shooting large flames across the room and filling the entire 10th floor with smoke. To make matters worse, the alarm and sprinkler system in the hotel was defective and didn't go off to warn anyone in the hotel of the fire. We had to run down the hall and yell to all the other inhabitants to get them to clear the floor and get to safety. "Other than some smoke inhalation, we are all okay and will still be playing the show tonight at 120 Tavern and continuing our tour through the USA with AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE. "We are left wondering what will happen next on this run, but we want to let everyone know that the tour is STILL RUNNING as planned and expect to see everyone out at the remaining shows through North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas." A photo of Spider One in front of the emergency vehicles earlier tonight can be seen above. Also available (below) is a video report from WSB-TV. For a list of remaining POWERMAN 5000 shows, visit www.powerman5000.com. POWERMAN 5000 is touring in support of its latest album, "Builders Of The Future", which sold around 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 63 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on May 27, the CD is the first release through POWERMAN 5000's partnership with T-Boy Records, a co-venture with Universal Music Enterprises founded by veteran rock manager Andy Gould.
TWISTED SISTED frontman Dee Snider was recently interviewed on the 89 WLS radio station in Chicago, Illinois. You can now watch a clip from the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On TWISTED SISTER's rise to fame in the mid-1980s: Dee: "It was a shock. I mean, I never expected to be a band that became a household word and had hit records. I thought we'd be one of those bands that went from town to town and sold records at every show. [A band] like [Southern rock veterans] BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, a band nobody ever heard of on the radio, but still was popular. But we just suddenlyâ¦ MTV came out and they were looking for visual bands and we fit the bill." On how his life philosophy has changed in the last 30 years: Dee: "It hasn't changed one iota. Yeah, man! But my philosophy on life has always been pretty against the norm. I mean, I never did drugs, I never drank, I was always into fitness, I've been with the same woman 38 years. I was an alien in the rock and roll community; they were looking at me, going, 'What is this guy's deal?' And I'm looking at them, going, 'You don't get it. This is a long game, man. You're looking to exit at 30, I'm looking to exit in my 90s. I wanna be like [American television writer and producer] Norman Lear [who is 92].'" On his new musical, "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale", which is playing the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago through January 4: Dee: "I'm a dad of four with three grandkids, and a big Christmas guy, and I wanted a show I could bring the family to. So that was rule No. 1: it had to be something [where we could have] a shared experience. But I wanted it to be cool. I said, 'I think itâs time for a show that rocks.' So the 'Rock & Roll Christmas Tale' was born â the story of a struggling heavy metal band who sell their souls to the devil, but find the magic of Christmas instead. A story as old as time itself. I wanna show that you can be warm and fuzzy and hard and heavy at the same time. You can be a dad, you can be a granddad and still be cool."
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor took part in a question-and-answer session with music students at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on November 9. Check out video footage of the session, as well as an interview with the B102.7 radio station, below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent statement that "rock is dead": Corey: "This is the problem with technology, [which] is that there was a whole explanation behind what Gene was trying to say that has been filtered out, because people take that one-liner and they turn it into a microcosm, and that just kind of becomes whatever. With all due respect to Gene, I think the old way is dead, but the new way seems to have a foothold and it's allowing bands like ourselves and other bands around the world to use that technology as a new way to promote rock and to promote heavy metal. So I don't think rock is dead, I think the old guard is dead. And a lot of it is because the record label system couldn't figure out a way to live in a system with the technology the way it is. But in a lot of way it's good for the artist, because it puts the power back on them. And now you're seeing more and more independent artists really be able to use the Internet as a tool to get their music out everywhere, whereas before you had to wait for the record label to give you the money to do it, to put the money up for distribution and everything like that. So I don't think rock is dead. I think the old way is dead. We just had a No. 1 album, so if it's dead, then this zombie's swinging for people." On how he manages being in two very popular bands: Corey: "It's all about priorities, to be honest. For me, it's always been very simple. I'm in two great bands who are very understanding and they let me kind of get away with it, in a way. But when I'm working on SLIPKNOT, that's my focus. We're working on an album, [then] we're gonna tour. When I do STONE SOUR, it's the same thing: working on the album, then tour. So with the exception of getting together and working out things to tide the fans over between [album-tour cycles], it's all about your focus, it's all about your time, it's all about the amount of attention that you give to it. When I'm working on something, that's all I'm doing. So I've been able to â hopefully successfully â manage that time correctly and make sure that everybody is getting the kind of attention and focus that they need while not selling out the music, or watering it down, really. Because music is honestly the only thing I'm good at â besides making people laugh, for the most part. And even that, I don't even knowâ¦ You might just be nice to me. Which, please, be nice all you want. But, you know, it's the one thing that I just know instinctively I do differently than other people, so when I'm making music and performing music, that's all I care about." On now he knows he is writing music for SLIPKNOT and when he is writing for STONE SOUR: Corey: "I just instinctively know. The thing that I get asked a lot if, 'How is 'Snuff' a SLIPKNOT song?' Especially when it was first released, people were, like, 'What? What?' And I'm, like, 'You have to listen to it,' because the honest truth is I wrote that song specifically for SLIPKNOT, because of how heavy the subject matter was, how dark that sadness and melancholy can go, I knew just instinctively that SLIPKNOT would be able to put the edge in that music. And now, as time's gone on, people look at it in context and go, 'Oh, right. I get it.' But the problem is that anytime I sing melodic with SLIPKNOT, people call those STONE SOUR songs, and then on the other side of that, anytime I bark out and get crazy with STONE SOUR, people are, like, 'Oh, it's a SLIPKNOT song.' And I'm, like, 'No, not really. Not if you listen to the music.' Both bands are made up of very distinct and very awesome players. So [people] just kind of have to listen to it with different ears." The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy gives children the opportunity to grow by offering free music lessons to those that may not be able to get them. They help keep children off the streets, away from drugs, and offer a positive environment that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Brennan Rock & Roll Academy founder Chuck Brennan has a lifelong love for rock and roll. Before founding Dollar Loan Center in Sioux Falls, Brennan opened and operated one of the largest rock concert halls in the Midwest, The Blitz Ballroom. In order to rock at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, a youth must be a member of the Boys & Girls Club. By participating in the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, students will go through their own unique musical journey. In addition to learning to play instruments or sing, youth will learn how to work in groups and gain confidence that will serve them throughout their lives.
Fan-filmed video footage of ARCH ENEMY's November 19 performance at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois can be seen below. ARCH ENEMY earlier in the month parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and replaced him with Jeff Loomis (pictured; ex-NEVERMORE). Loomis will make his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band's upcoming European tour, which kicks off November 26. Said Loomis: "I'm very excited to be playing with ARCH ENEMY. "[ARCH ENEMY guitarist] Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in NEVERMORE. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I'm really looking forward to. "2015 is going to be a great year... See you all on tour!" Said Cordle: "With [the latest ARCH ENEMY album] 'War Eternal' I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future." U.S. fans are able to catch a special reunion as Christopher Amott (the brother of ARCH ENEMY founder/bandleader Michael Amott) has joined the band for the remainder of their American headlining tour. Said Michael Amott: "We all wish Nick the very best in his new endeavors and we are sure that you will hear much more from him. We're also super grateful to my brother Christopher for stepping in to finish the current American tour! "The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! "Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world, in my opinion, as well as being a longtime friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the 'War Eternal' touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!" ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic "Wages Of Sin" (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place. ARCH ENEMY's new album, "War Eternal", sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44. The CD was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
Canadian hardcore-punk-metal band CANCER BATS will release its fifth studio album, "Searching For Zero", in the U.S. on March 10, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. The CD features 10 tracks, includign the first single, "Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake", for which the lyric video can be seen below. The iTunes version of the album will include two exclusive tracks titled "Kill Me Pleaseâ¦" and "Rust and Bone". Produced by Ross Robinson (AT THE DRIVE-IN, SLIPKNOT, THE CURE, SEPULTURA, GLASSJAW), "Searching For Zero" is simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing CANCER BATS release. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, "Birthing The Giant", and more metal leanings of 2008's "Hail Destroyer", while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010's "Mayors Bears Scraps And Bones" and 2012's darker "Dead Set On Living" to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. Inspired by both Robinson and their metal idols BLACK SABBATH, whom they cover extensively under their alter ego, BAT SABBATH, CANCER BATS' 10 songs that make up "Searching For Zero" boast a more raw and organic tonal signature than any previous BATS release. Robinson brought a bare-bones aural aesthetic to the material, capturing a sound that unites the thrashy metal-tinged hardcore of the bands previous releases with a meaty lo-fi intensity, found only in their live shows amongst the sweaty masses. The melodic elements both musically and vocally were inspired by the bands love and admiration of BLACK SABBATH. "In learning all those SABBATH songs, I ended up having to figure out how to really sing," laughs lead vocalist Liam Cormier. "In the studio Ross was the one really pushing me to use that new voice I had discovered." Thematically, "Searching For Zero" comes from a place of heavy contemplation for its creators, and at times, that contemplation grew grim and dark. In the end, the result is an acceptance of the realities that come with pursuing a passion, leaving CANCER BATS with a reinvigorated drive to do right by themselves and the people that have followed them this far. "We were coming out of what was a really heavy year for all of us, with a lot of challenges, non-stop touring and the deaths of people really close to the band. With all of these things we've had to deal with this past year, we were all at the point of saying 'no more bullshit,' we've dealt with everything, nothing is standing in our way," Cormier explains about the headspace he shared with his bandmates. "We've found our absolute zero, where there can no longer be a negative, and from that point, everything moving forward can only be positive" And that positivity â that willingness to change what you can and let go of the rest â is the source of resolution. "There are real reasons we do this," Cormier says assuredly. "We love being in this band, and we love the people that we're lucky enough to share this with." Since first turning heads in 2006 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut, CANCER BATS â made up of Cormier, guitarist Scott Middleton, drummer Mike Peters and bassist Jaye Schwarzer â have arduously and unrelentingly toured across the globe, averaging 300 shows a year in both 2011 and 2012 alone. Truly one of the hardest working bands in rock, CANCER BATS have graced the covers and pages of countless tastemaking publications, including Kerrang!, Exclaim!, Revolver, and Rock Sound and have been nominated for numerous awards from the Canadian Junos to Metal Hammer's Golden God Awards. "Searching For Zero" track listing: 01. Satellites 02. True Zero 03. Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake 04. Beelzebub 05. Devil's Blood 06. Cursed With A Conscience 07. All Hail 08. Buds 09. Dusted 10. No More Bullshit 11. Kill Me Pleaseâ¦ (iTunes exclusive track) 12. Rust And Bone (iTunes exclusive track)
"Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel", a collection of previously unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from British extreme metal icons CARCASS, sold around 1,840 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. All the songs on the EP were recorded during the "Surgical Steel" sessions, which was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, GOREFEST, CANNIBAL CORPSE, SINISTER, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT). "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" was made available on physical and digital formats via Nuclear Blast. "Well, let's call this tying up loose ends," commented CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker. "We thought we'd make all the tracks available from the 'Surgical Steel' album session on an EPâ¦ just in case you bought the jewel case version, didn't buy the digipak, didn't buy the Japanese import, or maybe you never bought the Decibel magazine issue with the flexi disc? Well, here you go; ALL the songs on one disc along with an previously unreleased track. Even Trevor Strnad's arm makes a guest appearance! Enjoy." "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP (digipak CD) track listing: 01. A Wraith In The Apparatus 02. Intensive Battery Brooding 03. Zochrot 04. Livestock Marketplace 05. 1985 (reprise) "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP (10-inch black 140-gram gatefold vinyl) Side A: 01. A Wraith In The Apparatus 02. Intensive Battery Brooding Side B: 01. Zochrot 02. Livestock Marketplace 03. 1985 (reprise) "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP (10-inch silver 140-gram gatefold vinyl) Side A: 01. A Wraith In The Apparatus 02. Intensive Battery Brooding Side B: 01. Zochrot 02. Livestock Marketplace 03. 1985 (reprise) Joining Walker and guitarist Bill Steer in CARCASS' current incarnation are drummer Daniel Wilding (ABORTED, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON, DESOLATION, LIQUEFIED SKELETON). In a recent interview with AndrewHaug.com, Steer stated about whether he has begun thinking ahead to CARCASS' follow-up to "Surgical Steel": "There's plenty of incentive there. Speaking for myself, I would love to do another record. I've heard Jeff [Walker, bass/vocals] say similar things, and I know Dan [Wilding, drums] would love to. We're just gonna take it as it comes, really, 'cause, obviously, we're still some way into our touring schedule. We're not really gonna be done with that untilâ¦ I don't knowâ¦ towards the end of November, I think. So we can't realistically even look at new material until December. We'll take it from there. All I know is we would the next record to be very strong indeed, so as long as it takes, that's all I can say. Not that I am anticipating a long time in the studio, but we'll spend as long writing as we need to. You get very conscious of the passing of time, especially when you're at the age that Jeff and myself are at, so you don't wanna waste your time, or the audience's, with something that is mediocre." "Surgical Steel" sold around 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 41 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16, 2013 in the U.K., September 13, 2013 in the rest of Europe and September 17, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
A three-minute video wrap-up of this year's edition of SLIPKNOT's Knotfest festival, which was held on October 25-26 in Devore, California, can be seen below. The Vixlet-sponsored GTV Knotfest simulcast included SLIPKNOT's two full performances, as well as select songs from most of the bands performing at the festival. Saturday and Sunday were each highlighted by SLIPKNOT's unique closing sets on Stage 001, featuring brand new music from their latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter" and an entirely new stage set and experience. More than 20,000 people reportedly packed the San Manuel Amphitheater for Knotfest U.S. â powered by Rockstar Energy Drink â which featured a massive lineup of over 50 bands playing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday. SLIPKNOT was joined by some of the biggest names in metal, including DANZIG, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, ANTHRAX, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, IN THIS MOMENT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, OF MICE & MEN, TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, ATREYU, HELLYEAH, and dozens more. The festival was an epic experience for Maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music, with the SLIPKNOT-curated Slipknot Museum, the Fire Zone, Ring Of Fire carnival ride, Thunderdome, Fitz Army Freestyle Motocross Show, Junk Car Drum Circle, and more. In addition, Friday night's VIP Pre-Party Bash featured exclusive performances from SUICIDE SILENCE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BUTCHER BABIES and more for those that purchased VIP or Camping Packages. Based on the overwhelming success of Knotfest U.S. 2014, discussions are underway for a possible return to Southern California in 2015.
Nobel Peace Prize Concert organizers have announced that iconic songwriter and prolific singer Steven Tyler, hip-hop star Queen Latifah, Bollywood sensation Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, British soul singer Laura Mvula, Norway's Gabrielle, the inspirational Girls Of The World, and a sparkling Bollywood number will entertain audiences at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert on December 11 in the Oslo Spektrum arena. It was announced earlier that the Concert will be hosted by Queen Latifah. "We are thrilled to have these great artists at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert," said Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. "This year we will focus more than ever before on the Prize winners. The reason for the Concert is to honor them and we have two such eloquent winners with such dramatic stories to tell! We will showcase music from their home countries with a Bollywood celebration in addition to our major international stars Queen Latifah and Steven Tyler." This year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert will honor Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education." Executive producer Odd Arvid StrÃ¸mstad noted that there is tremendous interest in this year's Prize winners which provides the opportunity to showcase some of the best artists from Pakistan and India, in addition to a multi-talented host and artists. "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists," said Steven Tyler. This is the twenty-first Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which is a musical celebration honoring the year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The Concert is broadcast to a global audience and reaches up to 350 million households and 100 countries. Over the years, the Concert has featured top global artists, including Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Sting, Santana, Alicia Keys, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Wyclef Jean, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, BON JOVI, A-HA, Bernhoft and Youssou N'Dour. The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Al Gore and other prominent individuals and organizations.
FOO FIGHTERS are offering their own contribution to this year's "ugly Christmas sweater," a ubiquitous feature of the holiday season which began to sprout up in the last several decades. "Ugly Christmas sweater" or "tacky Christmas sweater" parties have been a holiday staple for several years, but there have been very few places to actually buy these sweaters. That has since changed, according to Time magazine, which reports that vintage stores, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are reaping the benefits of this craze, as are fast-fashion shops like H&M and high-end retailers such as Nordstrom. The market for ugly Christmas sweaters is so large that several stores even exist solely for the purpose of selling the the festive apparel. The FOO FIGHTERS 2014 "ugly Christmas sweater" features a black metal gingerbread man and the FOO FIGHTERS name written in EMPEROR-inspired typeface. To purchase your own FOO FIGHTERS "ugly Christmas sweater," you can pick it up for $30 at the band's webshop.
During a July 2014 interview with Jo SchÃ¼ftan of Horns Up Rocks!, KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer and drummer Ray Luzier were asked for their opinion on the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion featuring Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on guitar. "I would love to be a part of that show," Munky responded (see video below). "Yeah, that would be insane." "Zakk, he'd be the perfect [guy to do it]," Ray added. "'Cause heâ¦ To this day, every time I talk to Zakk, he's always looking to the sky, he kisses the sky towards Dime. I don't think he ever got over it. He never, ever got over it." "Maybe this is a good way for him to put some closure on it," Munky said. "It's an homage and also it's a good way to celebrate the life and the music [Dimebag] left us with. I think [there isn't] a better memorial than to kind of resurrect those songs. I'd be there in a fucking minute [if it happened]." Former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott was dismissive about the prospect of a PANTERA reunion when he spoke to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion earlier in the year. He said: "It's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get Zakk Wylde to jump up there on stage and it's PANTERA again.' No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple. If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, Zakk, go play for VAN HALEN. Just call it VAN HALEN.' You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all." He continued: "They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With PANTERA, it'll never be possible." Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer. Haney told the producers of "Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera" that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California.
"Faith Is A Room", the new Jamie Brown-directed video from KXM, the project featuring drummer Ray Luzier (KORN), bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick (KING'S X) and guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, DOKKEN), can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which sold around 9.800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. "KXM" was released on March 11 via Rat Pak Records. The CD was produced by KXM and Chris Collier, who is known for his work with LYNCH MOB, Lita Ford and Tommy Bolin, to name a few. KXM takes its name from the combination of the members' other projects: K from KORN, X from KING'S X and M from LYNCH MOB. In an interview with Revolver magazine, Luzier, Lynch and Pinnick spoke about how KXM came together. "I had a birthday party for my son and invited a bunch of friends and musicians," Ray said. "Doug and George ended up in my home studio picking up my guitars and jamming around a bit. George said, 'We should all do a record together sometime,' and I said, 'That would be a dream come true!' "I've been a huge KING'S X fan for decades and have been following George and had respected his playing for decades. We just tried to figure out everyone's schedules to make it happen. I give it up for George for being so persistent in getting this going. KORN tours all year, every year, and with Doug and George's crazy schedules, it's just awesome that we made it happen. I'm very pleased with the result." Pinnick added: "George was the instigator. Ray and I have known each other for quite a while and always talked about doing something together, but George brought it up at Ray's party and we agreed. George got after it and Ray did the same! Before I knew it, we were in a studio in the mountains, got a record deal, a video and a CD. As they say in Texas, 'You gotta get after it!' George has an incredible amount of energy and humor, and he gets things done. I've learned a lot from him. He's a true genius with the heart of a saint â and he comes up with some crazy guitar parts." Lynch said: "When you're working as a pro musician in L.A., you're frequently running into other players who you know and respect. A lot of times, the 'dream band' conversation comes up. It's fun to talk about. A lot of times, it's the alcohol talking. But the reality for most of us is that we're locked into other commitments and obligations that in the cold light of day don't really afford us the time or flexibility to pull off these projects that look great on paper. "I'm not trying to take credit here, but I gotta honestly say I was determined to follow through and at least push hard enough to see if we could get any momentum going. Ray jumped right in and was obviously really excited about making it happen, despite his insanely busy schedule with KORN. I think for Doug, it was sort of like, 'Well, yeah, sure, I'll invest some time and energy into this,' but I don't think he realized how profound and potentially musically rewarding and even important KXM could become. But as the writing and recording started to happen and evolve, he became like a little kid in a candy store!" "KXM" track listing: 01. Stars 02. Rescue Me 03. Gunfight 04. Never Stop 05. Faith Is A Room 06. I'll Be OK 07. Sleep 08. Love 09. Burn 10. Do It Now 11. Human Friction 12. Tranquilize (bonus track) 13. Rescue Me (radio edit) (bonus track)
Oklahoma-based rockers HINDER have signed with The End Records. The band's new single, "Hit The Ground", will be released on November 24 and will be followed by a full-length album in 2015. The official "Hit The Ground" lyric video can be seen below. Comments HINDER drummer Cody Hanson: "We couldn't be more excited to team up with The End for our new release. It's a great feeling to develop a partnership that shares such knowledge and passion about the music." Joe "Blower" Garvey, Mark King, Mike Rodden and Cody Hanson entered the studio with their new singer, Nolan Neal, in the spring to record a brand new effort that was co-produced by Hanson and Marshal Dutton. There are no boundaries, and every idea was fair game throughout the process. Hanson says: "We like to think we can do anything. We don't want to be stuck in a rut with one type of sound or formula. One song might have a country influence, while another might have a pop influence. Then there are some heavy metal moments. We have every element covered on this record. You've got to do what's best for the song." In addition to finding a new label home, HINDER has partnered with veteran manager Mark Adelman of Career Artist Management. After nearly a decade, HINDER is stronger than ever. Hanson concludes: "This band was built around a strong core of hard work and friendship. Like it or not, we're going to be around for a long time." HINDER parted ways with singer Austin Winkler in November 2013. Winkler left the lineup during a tour earlier last year for what was said to be "personal reasons," although it was later confirmed that the hard-partying vocalist had entered rehab for the second time in his career. Jared Weeks from SAVING ABEL filled in for Winkler on what was then a temporary basis. HINDER spent much of 2013 on the road in support of its fourth album, "Welcome To The Freakshow", which came out in 2012.
Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Songfacts: Do you still enjoy singing the MAIDEN classics? Paul: Yeah, I do. There are days where you don't really want to do it. You feel like, "Oh God, what am I doing?" You know, we've done it for so long on and off and I've been lazy â I don't make records, which I should do! I just think, Oh God, I'm going to be stuck doing this for the rest of my life. There are days when I say, "I don't want to do this," but as soon as I get on the stage, everything's fine. We play a lot heavier, as well. Songfacts: How would you describe the songwriting in IRON MAIDEN? Paul: Well, it's [IRON MAIDEN bassist] Steve Harris, isn't it? [Laughs] Steve's band, Steve's rules, Steve does what he wants, and if you're lucky, you get to write the odd song. Songfacts: But as far as the songs that you had a hand in writing, such as "Remember Tomorrow" and also "Running Free", was it the lyrics that you contributed? Paul: Yeah, I did some of that. "Running Free" is basically my song. I asked Steve to play this certain bass line, he did, and I actually ended up getting a songwriting credit. I thought, "Oh... great!" But Steve would have an idea and I would make up some lyrics on the spot, or make up some sort of melody line, and then we'd just carry on with it after. Songfacts: Regarding the song "Running Free", did you pretty much write all the music, as well? Paul: Yeah. I had the idea for it all. I stole the idea off of Gary Glitter, with a drumbeat and stuff like that. I wanted that kind of vibe and feel for it. It's quite simple. I think it was "Rock And Roll, Parts One And Two" â it was the same drum beat, we just sped it up a little bit. Read the entire interview at Songfacts.
Fan-filmed video footage of MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (SCORPIONS, UFO), performing a brand new song, "Vigilante Man", on November 14 at Le Forum in VaurÃ©al, France can be seen below. The track will appear on MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's next studio album, titled "Spirit On A Mission", which is tentatively due in early 2015. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK features Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's last CD, "Bridge The Gap", marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP "Lovedrive". Asked if he is more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group, Schenker told Guitar World magazine: "Definitely as a solo artist. "It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine. "I hate being a box, and I'm glad I didn't get stuck in one for my entire career. "I love the fact that I don't know what's going to happen next for me. And that's the difference between me and my brother [SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker]: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We're opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music." Regarding how he came to join the SCORPIONS, Michael said: "My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called THE COPERNICUS. Our rehearsal space was right next to the SCORPIONS, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us â their singer was late for rehearsal â and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did."