• BLOODBATH Recruits PARADISE LOST's NICK HOLMES As Its New Singer

    Swedish death metal supergroup BLOODBATH, which features in its ranks KATATONIA's Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström, as well as OPETH's Martin Axenrot, has recruited PARADISE LOST's Nick Holmes as its new lead singer. Holmes will make his BLOODBATH debut on the band's new album, "Grand Morbid Funeral", which will be released on November 17 via Peaceville. The effort features guest appearances by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from AUTOPSY. "Ever since I got into 'Lost Paradise' back in 1990," Renkse tells Metal Hammer magazine, "Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!" Adds Nyström: "Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic 'Lost Paradise', or the genre-defining 'Gothic' and yet here we are decades later, fullfiling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it's an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in BLOODBATH's 'Grand Morbid Funeral'!" Regarding the musical direction of "Grand Morbid Funeral", Nyström says: "We're proud of all these different styled releases and we loved doing each and every one of them, but the objective was never to settle with a certain style, so our time has come to shift once more. "It was already decided right after the last album that the next record would not become a 'Fathomless Part 2', but in certain aspects it would actually to become its antithesis! So prepare yourselves for an ultimate blueprint of destructive, raw, heavy, organic and sludgy death metal! The time has come to stomp those HM-2 pedals once more and close the circle of the death metal archives with our 'Grand Morbid Funeral'!" Recorded once again at Ghost Ward Studios and the City Of Glass Studios in Stockholm, and mixed by David Castillo, "Grand Morbid Funeral" is undoubtedly the band's darkest and dirtiest opus yet; an organic collection of filth-ridden tracks straight from the grave, boldly eschewing the approach of somewhat over-produced modern death metal in favor of something altogether more rotten to the bone. Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror and the glory days of death metal (especially the old Florida and Stockholm "Sunlight" scenes), the band has remained a leading light of extreme metal since its "Breeding Death" EP was unleashed back in 2000, and a formidable force for 15 years, further cemented by the devastating — and most successful album to date — "The Fathomless Mastery" in 2008. BLOODBATH is set to appear on a string of festivals throughout 2015, including Inferno festival (Norway), Neurotic Deathfest (The Netherlands) and Maryland Deathfest (U.S.), with more to be announced. bloodbathgrandmorbidcd

  • NICKELBACK Challenges Status Quo In 'Edge Of A Revolution' Video

    NICKELBACK's video for the new single "Edge Of A Revolution" can be seen below. The track, which hit digital retailers on August 19, is taken from the Canadian act's eighth studio album, "No Fixed Address". The group's first release for its new label deal with Republic, a division of Universal Music, is due out this fall. Says NICKELBACK guitarist Ryan Peake: "This was our second video with [director] Wayne Isham and we really enjoyed working with him. He really clicked with the concept and helped us fill in the gaps. "The idea was to show that we don't have to accept things presented to us without question and that it's OK to challenge the status quo." "No Fixed Address" is an 11-song set which includes such other songtitles as "Million Miles An Hour", "What Are You Waiting For?", "She Keeps Me Up", "The Hammer's Coming Down", "Satellite" and "She's Got Me Runnin' Round". Although the new single is more politically oriented that previous NICKELBACK tunes, frontman Chad Kroeger told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he wants the group's sound to be as diverse as possible. "I never want to be the band that has to write the one kind of song," he said. "I mean, we already get crucified for that enough. It's like, 'Well, they always write the, you know, the 'How You Remind Me's and this, that and the other thing.' And it's like, yeah, we like those melodic kinds of songs, but some of the heaviest material we've ever recorded got to be a single." The new set will follow up 2011's platinum-selling "Here And Now". That album included the singles "Bottoms Up" and "This Means War". NICKELBACK has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since breaking through with its 2001 album, "Silver Side Up". NICKELBACK plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record.

  • BUCKCHERRY's KEITH NELSON Slams U2 For 'Telling People' Music 'Should Be Treated Like Something Free'

    BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson has slammed Irish rock giants U2 for giving their music away for free and "tell[ing] people that their music isn't worth anything." U2 stunned the music world last week by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free. 33 million of those iTunes account holders have accessed the free album, the company said on Monday. Asked how he feels about free digital downloads and music piracy and all those issues that have affected music, Nelson told Northwest Music Scene in an interview conducted on September 12: "I think music has been devalued in the eyes of the consumer, to the point now where a band like U2 decides to just give its music away and basically tell people that their music isn't worth anything, it should be treated like something free, and that's a bummer because I know what it takes to make a record, I know what it takes to write a meaningful record full of songs, and get it into the consumers' hands, and to me music still has a value, so it's definitely something that I still struggle with." Nelson went on to call U2's decision to give away the "Songs Of Innocence" album "crazy," adding that "I'm sure the band got paid, so they made their money, but they've sent a message to everyone that music is free, and that's disturbing. It's easy to do that when you're a multi-millionaire-billionaire and money isn't really something that you worry about, but when you're a working rock and roll band and you count on every dollar, it's disappointing to see someone do that. I don't really like the message that it sends that music is free." In a 2009 interview with AltSounds, Nelson lamented the decline of the album and the rise of music downloading. He said: "It's unfortunate that right now in the business of making music it seems like the record as we know it, the compact disc, whatever you want to call it, the recorded body of work, seems to mean less and less to people on a business side, because the big companies are having a hard time profiting off of it like they used to, so all that is really left is the live show. I think that illegal downloading is unfortunate and is a bit of a ripoff to the artist and the record company, and what it's done is created an environment that has made the live concert experience that much more valuable. I'm lucky enough to be in a band that excels at the live concert experience, so it's a double-edged sword."

  • GEOFF TATE Says OPERATION: MINDCRIME's Trilogy Will Be 'Very Complex' With 'Very Melodic Content'

    Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate says that the upcoming progressive rock trilogy from his new band OPERATION: MINDCRIME will be "very complex" with "a very melodic content" and urges his fans to experience it "one on one" when it is released early next year. Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band includes Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH), Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014) and Robert Sarzo (QUEENSRYCHE 2012 - 2014). OPERATION: MINDCRIME is scheduled to enter the studio this month to begin recording the trilogy project, which Geoff has been working on for the past two years. "It's a grim story that takes place in different locations around the world," Tate tells Albuquerque Journal. "The music reflects these places in the world, including Asia, South America and Europe. There are elements of those places in the music. Regarding the musical direction of the OPERATION: MINDCRIME debut, Tate says: "It's very complex. My focus is telling the story and inventing melodies. … It has a very melodic content." He adds: "I'm always kind of reluctant to describe music. One person's heavy is another person's light. It's always a puzzle to put into words. It's best experienced one on one." Tate previously told the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner about his upcoming trilogy: "I've been working on it for a couple of years now, and it's pretty far along, very developed. There's a story line that spreads out over three records; thus, we have a trilogy. And it's a very in-depth story, kind of like a mystery, in a sense. It's very, very much a progressive album; there's lots of notes [laughs] and lots of interesting time-signature changes. From a muso standpoint, it's gonna be the most interesting thing I've ever done. There's a lot of no holds barred, a lot of non-conforming to the past. Since the past is over, we're all kind of looking forward to the now and what we're doing next. So we've kind of thrown off a lot of the things that go along with the past, like song structure and themes and things like that. We're taking this in a very different way." Asked if he would describe his upcoming trilogy project as "Operation: Mindcrime" "on steroids," Tate said: "Well, I always hate to compare what I've done with what I'm doing now… It's very in-depth, and like 'Mindcrime', there's a lot of thought that goes into it. You have an outline and you have to write the story around the outline, and then you have to get very in-depth with the lyrics, of course, and then make sure that the melodies match up with the sentiment of what the lyrics are about. Then you've got the song structure itself — how do you present this idea the best way you can? There's a lot of thought that goes into it. Then you've gotta tie it all together so that it follows some sort of linear path and it doesn't lose your audience along the way. And you have to make it interesting, something that people will want to listen to over and over again rather than just putting it on once and going, 'Oh, I've got that.' I try to stay away from that kind of thing."

  • GENE SIMMONS: It's Sad That RAY RICE's Wife 'Isn't Copping To Fact She Was Abused'

    KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has commented on the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice indefinitely after video surfaced of Rice coldcocking his then-fiancée (now wife) at an Atlantic City, New Jersey casino earlier this year. During an appearance on this past Friday's (September 12) edition of the 94WIP "Mike & Ike Show", Simmons, who is a co-owner of the Arena Football League team the LA Kiss along with his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley, was asked by hosts Michael Barkann and Ike Reese if he would ever want to own an NFL team. "It's not appealing, and I'll tell you why," Simmons said. "Because the politics there are so much and mired in nonsense." He added: "I think elevators should be padded, don't you?" Asked how he would have handled the Ray Rice situation and whether he thinks Goodell was aware of the existence of the shocking video of Rice knocking out his fiancée inside a casino elevator, Simmons replied: "We're all in the peanut gallery. None of us know the specifics expect what we saw on TV. And if the NFL knew about it, whether it is the commissioner or anybody else, they're held accountable. But the saddest part of all is that — and look, I'm not involved, we're just watching it on TV, so we really don't know all the details — but it's sad that Rice's wife or fiancée isn't copping to the fact that she was abused. More than abused — knocked out, the physical stuff." He continued: "That guy needs… Well, my opinion is, if he was in jail for a day and became somebody's girlfriend, maybe he'd knew what abuse is like, but that's another story. "I'm against physical violence of anybody. You raise your hand to somebody, you should he held accountable, not just in the legal system. "It's unsportsmanlike. You know, there is such a thing as sportsmanlike behavior." According to Simmons, Rice's behavior never would have been tolerated on his watch. "Anybody on the [LA Kiss] team caught doing anything illegal or anyting like that is gone," the KISS bassist/vocalist explained. "In fact, one of the first moves we made [as owners of LA Kiss] is to make a serious offer to hire Tim Tebow [American football quarterback who is currently a free agent]. It was a serious offer, and media, unfortutely, played it up. "Here's a guy who's a devout Christian, who, religion is very important in his life, and people make fun of it. Really? You're picking on him because he's a Christian? He never tortured a dog, never knocked out his girlfriend in an elevator, is not up for murder of anybody, allegedly. And this is the guy you pick on? Why? 'Cause he's a Christian? Really? "Sometimes the media just riles me up. "If anything, you should hold him up as an example. This is a good guy. I've met him. Especially because he's a Christian. You should go, 'Wow! How come there aren't more people like that?'"

  • Hidden-Camera Video Of MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX 'Working' At New Jersey Record Store

    During a recent MÖTLEY CRÜE tour stop in New Jersey, rock icon and national radio host Nikki Sixx returned to his roots working at famous East Coast record store Vintage Vinyl to promote his other band SIXX: A.M.'s forthcoming album, "Modern Vintage", and offer a special giveaway to fans. Those who pre-ordered copies of "Modern Vintage" at the record store in Fords, New Jersey received a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl of "Gotta Get it Right", the first single from the new album that is due for release by Eleven Seven Music on October 7. While photos of Sixx working at Vintage Vinyl were shared across social media, exclusive hidden camera footage was also filmed by the people behind some of your favorite hidden-camera pieces, TV Boy. The resulting video of Sixx (a.k.a "Larry") working behind the store counter, including assisting customers with music searches, answering phone calls, and failed attempts to use a cash register, bag albums, all while denying his true identity, can be seen below. SIXX: A.M. features Sixx alongside James Michael and DJ Ashba.

  • MESHUGGAH: 'Do Not Look Down' Performance Clip From 'The Ophidian Trek' DVD

    Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the recording of their first EP, Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH will release a concert DVD / 2CD set and Blu-ray, "The Ophidian Trek", on September 30 via Nuclear Blast. With visual footage shot in the U.S. and Europe during "The Ophidian Trek" tour and festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany, the live audio was processed and edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand (DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH) and mastered by Mats "Limpan" Lindfors (ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO). The "Do Not Look Down" performance clip from "The Ophidian Trek" DVD can be seen below. Comments MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake: "We're really stoked about this new MESHUGGAH live DVD! "It's been four years since the release of 'Alive', and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there! "Audio/video was recorded during our European stretch of 'The Ophidian Trek' tour, as well as at the Wacken Open Air festival — and we're super proud of how it came out! "For this one, we used the extremely talented photographer Anthony Dubois for filming and editing, etc., and he's really done a stunning job with it! "Hope you guys dig it, and here's to another 25!! (or maybe just a little less;-) )” "The Ophidian Trek" track listing: Live DVD: 01. Swarmer 02. Swarm 03. Combustion 04. Rational Gaze 05. obZen 06. Lethargica 07. Do Not Look Down 08. The Hurt That Finds You First 09. I Am Colossus 10. Bleed 11. Demiurge 12. New Millennium Cyanide Christ 13. Dancers To A Discordant System 14. Mind's Mirrors / In Death - Is Life / In Death - Is Death 15. The Last Vigil Live CD 1: 01. Swarmer 02. Swarm 03. Combustion 04. Rational Gaze 05. obZen 06. Lethargica 07. Do Not Look Down 08. The Hurt That Finds You First 09. I Am Colossus Live CD 2: 01. Bleed 02. Demiurge 03. New Millennium Cyanide Christ 04. Dancers To A Discordant System 05. Mind's Mirrors / In Death - Is Life / In Death - Is Death 06. The Last Vigil "The Ophidian Trek" is MESHUGGAH's second live DVD, the first being 2010's "Alive", which debuted at position No. 8 on the Billboard Music DVD chart. MESHUGGAH in June returned to North America for a tour celebrating the band's 25th anniversary. Opening for them was North Carolina's BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. MESHUGGAH played a very special 25th-anniversary set by performing selections from its entire discography and some rare songs that haven't been played live in many years. In an interview with Australia's Loud magazine, Mårten Hagström was asked what the next step forward for MESHUGGAH is, creatively. "I have no idea, and I never do," he said. "And I think that's a good thing, 'cause people sometimes say that we're pretty unpredictable, but I don't really think we are, because we have a sound that's been with us since at least like the 'None' EP (from 1994), that's very us. [laughs] It doesn't really change all that much, but it's still a progression, and what I mean by taking a step forward is that we're still, we've been around now. We're veterans in this game [laughs], and we're still having fun with what we do, with experimenting with the music that we want to create. So as long as it feels like we're making it better, and as long as it feels like we're doing something that we can at least stand for and be proud of, that's all that we ask."

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  • FRANK BELLO: ANTHRAX Is Working On 'Heavy, Riff-Oriented' And 'Thrashier' New Album

    ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello says that the band's new material is "challenge to play" and has described it as "thrashier" that the songs that appeared on the group's acclaimed 2011 effort, "Worship Music". Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for ANTHRAX's next CD, Bello told WVOX "Metal Mayhem" host Matt O'Shaughnessy that there are "16 or 17 songs" that the band is working on right now, with plans for the bassist to get together with guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante in New York City "to do some more stuff — just make [the tracks] compact, just make them better and better." He added: "We nitpick songs; that's what we do." Regarding the musical direction of the new ANTHRAX material, Bello said: "It hurts to play it. How about that? [Laughs] "I'll tell you… Scott and I were jamming with Charlie in Chicago, just doing the demos as we do before we record the record… And you know, after we're done with a song and you're shaking your hand like do do a fast ball? I'm telling you, the blood needed to flow again… "I like the fact that we have to work for this. That means there's something going on with these songs — whether it's fast picking, whether it's just digging into it, something that both [Scott and I], we looked at each other and started laughing, and we started shaking our hands: 'That's gonna be a good one.' And that's the kind of record this is. "This is a heavy record, man. This is a heavy, riff-oriented record. It's more thrashier, with [singer Joey] Belladonna's big vocals and melodies, which is gonna be great. "I like the fact that this is a challenge to play this record. I wanna say that we're having fun with the challenge of playing this record. So that's what I look forward to." In a recent interview with Kaaos TV, Ian stated about ANTHRAX's recording plans: "There's no plan [for us to enter the studio by a specific date]. Just like 'Worship Music', when it's ready, it's ready. We're not rushing anything. When we feel like we've got the record we need to make, either this year or next year, whatever it is, that's when we'll go in to start recording it." Regarding whether he expected the recording process to be easier this time around since this will be Belladonna's second album with ANTHRAX since rejoining the band, Scott said: "Well, things weren't hard last time. Truthfully, the recording of 'Worship Music' couldn't have gone smoother with Joey. So I don't foresee any problems. We're doing it the same way we did the last record, and we're working with [producer] Jay Ruston again, producing it. So I don't know if that's a case of it being easier. It's not gonna be harder, I don't think; let's put it that way. I foresee it being very much similar, hopefully, to the process of last time, because last time it went great." On the topic of what the new ANTHRAX material sounds like, Scott said: "It sounds like ANTHRAX. I don't review ANTHRAX records; I leave that up to the fans. So, for me, it just sounds like ANTHRAX. The people that actually buy our records, I think it's awesome that they are the ones that will then listen to it and say, 'Oh, it's like this,' or, 'It's like this' or, 'It's like this.' And hopefully it makes them happy. To me, it all just sounds like ANTHRAX… "We don't think about it that hard. We just start writing songs, and it just kind of goes. And then at some point, you say, 'Hey, this has come together really well. Maybe we should start recording these.' That makes it sounds very easy, but it's not. It's usually about year's worth of banging your head against the wall to get it done. It's a lot of work, but at some point we'll know we're ready." "Every record we've made, we don't compare it to our previous catalog. I don't look at it as, 'OK, this is our eleventh record, or tenth record'; I'm not even sure which number it is. I just look at every record as being of its time, when we had the time to write those songs and record that record. That's it. We just do the best we can in the time we have. Like, now we started writing, whatever, last year, and we're still writing, and we'll probably still be writing for a few more months, and then we'll start recording it. And the record will be of that time period. And that's kind of how I look at every record we've ever made — we just did the best we could in the time period we had to write and record the album."

  • AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 'Hail To The King: Deathbat' Mobile Video Game Gets A Release Date

    AVENGED SEVENFOLD is almost finished putting together its Hail To The King: Deathbat mobile video game will be released on October 16. It will be available via the App Store and on Google Play. A new trailer for the game is available below. AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows revealed to Revolver magazine that Hail To The King: Deathbat will include an avatar of late drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Shadows explained, "With the blessing of his parents, we put The Rev in the game. Once you unlock his character, you can use him as your comrade to help you through the levels." Guitarist Synyster Gates told The Pulse Of Radio that the extended time needed to develop the long-awaited game will be worth it. "I mean, we've been spending the last two, two-and-a-half years developing this thing, and it's turning out outrageously, unbelievably perfect in every single way," he said. "But it's taken a long time. So we're really coming close with finishing, you know, everything on our end, and then it goes into testing and stuff like that. But yeah, it's definitely really impressive." M. Shadows said that each band member has his own custom weapon or power, including a double-edged sword for drummer Arin Ilejay, a demon with magic powers for Synyster Gates, a "Hell Sword" which rains blood on people for bassist Johnny Christ and "Shadow Sight" for Shadows himself. AVENGED SEVENFOLD and KORN co-headlined this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. AVENGED SEVENFOLD was touring in support of its 2013 album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 last year on the Billboard album chart.

  • SKID ROW's DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO: 'We Made The Necessary' Lineup Changes 'In Order For It To Be Enjoyable'

    SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo says that the band "made the necessary changes" in its lineup in order to ensure that playing music was still an "enjoyable" experience. Sebastian Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY. In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, now features a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and vocalist Johnny Solinger. "Scotti, Rachel and myself made a vow early on that once it wasn't fun anymore we weren't gonna do it," Sabo tells AXS.com. "And we did, until it wasn't fun anymore and we made the necessary changes in order for it to be enjoyable." He continued: "There should be no way that you're ever playing music unhappy or unsettled. It can't be a miserable experience and we made changes. "We figured it out that the three of us love making music together. We're proud of the songs that we created together and we wanted to play those songs again. We just wanted to do it with different people, so we did. "Do you want to hang out with somebody that you just don't get along with? It doesn't make any sense. I want to enjoy life. "[The latest SKID ROW] EP ['Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two'] was the most fun I've ever had with the SKID ROW record. That says something after doing this for 28 years." Bolan recently confirmed to Classic Rock Revisited that SKID ROW was "offered money" to reunite with Bach for a festival appearance or tour. "It's not as much as people would think, but we've been offered money to do it," he said. "I think us not doing it kind of says that it is not about money as to why we are not doing it." He continued: "I am not patting myself on the back, but with our past success, I have plenty of money. I am more about being happy at what I do. "As far as everyone pointing the finger at me [as being the main reason there hasn't been a reunion with Bach], that came from one person. "We are all individuals. If [the other guys in the band] wanted to do it, then I am sure I would have heard about it by now, as they are my best friends. It is what it is, and certain people say certain things, and you've just got to sit back and laugh." In an April 2014 interview with RockRevolt Magazine, Bach spoke about the friction between him and his former bandmates, saying, "When I read interviews with [members of] my old band [SKID ROW] and they say, 'We get along great with our new singer. We have barbeques and drink tequila together.' You know what? I don't give a fuck about barbeques. "You don't hear [THE ROLLING STONES singer] Mick Jagger saying that he loves working with Keith Richards and that they have barbeques together. You hear Mick saying that he hates working with Richards! "Newsflash: Rachel Bolan doesn't like me for what we've been talking about, but I would work with him anytime, because the result of that dynamic is really good music. "I don't think you have to be best friends with everybody to work with them." Bach in July 2012 posted a letter on his Facebook page in which he said he was willing to reunite with SKID ROW. "For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today," he wrote. "I do not personally want it myself. But it's not always about 'what I want.' If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself." Bach said he wanted to write the letter in response to Solinger's interview in which Johnny said a tweet by Bach about a possible SKID ROW reunion was an attempt to "get attention."

  • BRET MICHAELS: 'It Looks Like' POISON Will Tour In 2015

    POISON singer Bret Michaels has confirmed to the Cleveland Scene that the band is in talks to hit the road in 2015. "It looks like it will happen," he said. "It's been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone." Asked about the status of a new POISON studio album, Michaels said: "When the time's right, I'm sure it will happen," he said. "We are all just in different places right now — but we are never done making music." POISON drummer Rikki Rockett recently told the "Iron City Rocks" podcast that the band has been doing "corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January [2015]. But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we'll just have to see." Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn't hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was "making it a problem." POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the "Rock Of Ages" package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD. The last POISON album was 2007's covers set "Poison'd!", while the band's last collection of new, original music was 2002's "Hollyweird". To celebrate POISON's 25th anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band's top hits and fan favorites were gathered for "Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits", a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection which was released in May 2011 by Capitol/EMI.

  • SLASH To Play Private Concert For SiriusXM Listeners In New York City

    SiriusXM announced today that world-renowned musician and songwriter Slash and his band, featuring MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS will perform an exclusive invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners on Monday, September 15 at Santos Party House in New York City. The performance will air live on SiriusXM's Octane channel at 8:00 pm ET. In addition to airing live via satellite on Octane, channel 37, Slash's performance at Santos Party House will also be available through the SiriusXM Internet radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at SiriusXM.com. After the broadcast, the concert will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for listeners via the SiriusXM Internet radio app for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at SiriusXM.com. The private show and live broadcast is part of SiriusXM's "Slash Week", the week-long special on SiriusXM's Octane channel celebrating the release of Slash's new album, "World On Fire", scheduled to be released on September 16. "Slash Week" will also feature Slash hosting a live special from the SiriusXM studios — taking calls from listeners with special co-host Myles Kennedy, lead singer of THE CONSPIRATORS and ALTER BRIDGE. Listeners can call 888-897-4748 to talk with Slash. Additionally, throughout "Slash Week", Slash will debut tracks from his new album. On Friday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. ET, Slash will guest host on Ozzy Osbourne's SiriusXM channel Ozzy's Boneyard. Slash will spin tunes from his storied rock career and tell the stories behind the songs. Hear Slash with GUNS N' ROSES, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, VELVET REVOLVER, and tracks from "World On Fire" all throughout the weekend. For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

  • DOWNSET's BRIAN ARES SCHWAGER On 'Interviews From The Edge' (Audio)

    Tricia Weight of "Interviews From The Edge" recently conducted an interview with guitarist Brian Ares Schwager of reunited hardcore punk/rap metal veterans DOWNSET. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. DOWNSET released its new album, "One Blood", on July 21 after a 10-year hiatus. The video for the CD's title track can be viewed below. The clip was produced by Marcelo Palomino and Brian Cox of Digital Iris Productions. "Doing the 'One Blood' video was putting a big breath of fresh air into the lungs of DOWNSET," states guitarist Brian Ares Schwager. "We wanted to embrace our hardcore roots, our hip-hop roots, our graffiti roots and our Los Angeles roots, as well as unite many of our closest friends and family for a 'One Blood' debut show and reunion. The day of the shoot was a blast and working with Digital Iris Productions was a great experience capturing 'One Blood' on video." "When Marcelo called me to let me know we were doing the new DOWNSET video, I was ecstatic," states producer Brian Cox. "Being that I've been a fan of the band since my early teens and that he's been friends with those guys for years, we knew we had to produce what we felt best represents DOWNSET in its truest form. With 'One Blood', it was about bringing different genres, artistic styles and people together. We feel that idea of unity was encapsulated well in in the making of this video." "One Blood" is available for download now via iTunes and Amazon. Produced by DOWNSET guitarist Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman, the CD was recorded in three locations — Venice And Overland rehearsal studio in Culver City, California; The Basement in Baltimore, Maryland; and Creating Better Sounds studio in Palmdale, California. "One Blood" continues the epic tradition that only DOWNSET can truly express — hybridizing hip-hop and crushing riffs with lyrics that touch the world dramatically. "One Blood" reminds listeners of DOWNSET's critical position in this contemporary era of art, expression and music. DOWNSET recently finished up a brief East Coast tour, which included a stop at the famed This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia. Formed in 1986, DOWNSET released albums on the Mercury and Epitaph labels before disbanding in 2009. DOWNSET is: Ray Oropeza - Vocals Brian Ares Schwager - Guitar James Morris - Bass Chris Hamilton - Drums

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  • HALESTORM In The Studio: New Photos, Video Footage Posted Online

    HALESTORM has posted several new photos and short video clips on its Instagram page from the recording sessions for the band's third album, tentatively due in early 2015 via Atlantic. HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale told Loudwire in a recent interview that the band is "almost done" with recording its third album. Hale explained, "We have a lot of really great songs. I think we finally cracked the code for this next record… That's what I love about writing records, you don't really know what you want to say on a record when you begin writing it. At least we don't. It's always halfway through the process and then all of a sudden, the light bulb goes off and the floodgates open." HALESTORM debuted two new songs — "Heartbreaker" and "Mayhem" — at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring. The group began writing its third album in January, after completing more than 20 months of touring behind 2012's "The Strange Case Of…" Asked if "Mayhem" is a good indicator of what HALESTORM fans can expect to hear on the band's next album, Hale said: "Definitely. Especially since that one was the one that we felt like it needed a little bit of work, and we weren't really considering it one of our best songs. So we wanted to see how we could develop it on tour, and I think that the crowd has really gotten us excited about it now. So it might actually have a shot at being on the record." Drummer Arejay Hale added: "It definitely will help the writing process for the rest of the songs. Now we have an idea of, kind of, how the crowd reacts to certain things. So it kind ofgives you a good guideline, I guess." Hale added that fans might hear some more personal material on this record, saying, "I think that when our fans began to kind of let me into their lives a little bit, they made me feel so incredibly comfortable in my own skin that they're going to be hearing some stories on this record that they might not know about me." Hale also said that the band wants to "bridge the gap" between its live show and its recorded sound on the next album, remarking, "I'm really proud of the last two records, but I think its time to simplify and really get back to what, in all honesty, what we do best."

  • DREAM THEATER: 'Strange Déjà Vu' Performance Clip From 'Breaking The Fourth Wall' DVD

    Progressive metal giants will release "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)", a live Blu-ray/DVD set of the band's one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band's own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)" is over two hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College Of Music Orchestra And Choir. Due on September 30 via Roadrunner, "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)" will be available in multiple configurations including Blu-ray, a two-DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-ray/three-CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, DREAM THEATER has premiered a video of "The Looking Glass" (live) taken from "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)", which can be seen below. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download of "The Looking Glass" (live). The "Strange Déjà Vu" performance clip from "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)" can be seen below. DREAM THEATER's John Petrucci commented on the special event saying: "In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of DREAM THEATER's origins and ties with Berklee. "With John [Myung, bass] and I both being alumni and Mike [Mangini, drums] having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor. "We are extremely grateful for everyone's hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated." He continued: "All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity. "DREAM THEATER has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our 'Along For The Ride' world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video. "Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is, in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30-year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!" DREAM THEATER keyboardist, Jordan Rudess spoke to GetYourRockOut at this year's Sonisphere festival in the U.K. about whether the band has already begun thinking about the follow-up to last year's self-titled release. He said: "We haven't really gotten into serious band discussions about what's gonna happen next, although we've had little discussions between some of us about what we would like to see happen next. At the same, if I get a good idea in the middle of the night, or whatever, I'll record it onto my iPhone. I elected James [LaBrie, vocals] to kind of be the keeper of some of my ideas; I'll send him little YouTube clips of me playing something I think is cool. And then when it wraps around and we get into writing again and start our process, then we'll go back an see what we've got and kind of figure it out." Rudess also reassured fans that there are no plans for DREAM THEATER to stop making new music and become a nostalgia act. He said: "Oh, no no no. We love what we do. We're passionate about making music and as composers; that's just who we are. DREAM THEATER has never been a band that hit at a particular fashionable point and said, 'OK, that's basically it.' We're a band that really… It's important to us to write music and put it out there and to work together. And we love it. And that's why we keep going." DREAM THEATER's latest, self-titled album sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.

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  • MEGADETH's Previously Unreleased Video For 'Back In the Day' Sees Light Of Day

    10 years ago, MEGADETH's tenth studio album, "The System Has Failed", was released. In honor of that day (September 14), the band uploaded a previously unreleased video for the track "Back In the Day". This cli[ was produced in 2005 and not made available until now. In other news, Universal Enterprises (UMe) will issue the first five platinum-selling Capitol MEGADETH albums on limited-edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in North America on November 11. Titles include 1986's "Peace Sells…But Who's Buying?", 1988's "So Far, So Good…So What!" and 1990's "Rust In Peace", as well as 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" and 1994's "Youthanasia", both making their debut on picture disc. Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and will feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings. When MEGADETH signed to Capitol Records, they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering three-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!", and a string of now legendary West Coast live shows cemented their reputation. Their groundbreaking 1986 major label debut "Peace Sells…But Who's Buying?" featuring classics such as "Wake Up Dead", "Devil's Island" and "Peace Sells", reached #76 on The Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, going platinum in the U.S. and Canada. 1988's "So Far, So Good…So What!" reached #28 on The Billboard Top 200 and features "In My Darkest Hour", Dave Mustaine's dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced "Hook In The Mouth" and a cover of "Anarchy In The U.K.", further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original SEX PISTOLS' guitarist Steve Jones. 1990's critically acclaimed, platinum-selling "Rust In Peace" features live staples "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars…The Punishment Due". Upon its release, "Rust In Peace" reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200. 1992 saw the arrival of the Grammy-nominated, double-platinum release "Countdown To Extinction". It debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 and features the singles "Sweating Bullets", "Foreclosure Of A Dream" and "Symphony Of Destruction" all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock chart, with the latter making the Billboard Hot 100. MEGADETH's sixth studio release was the platinum-selling "Youthanasia". The album was released in 1994 and reached #4 on The Billboard 200 with the singles "Train Of Consequence" and "A Tout le Monde" both reaching Top 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks. MEGADETH has created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums, including 1992's two-million-selling "Countdown To Extinction". The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, "Super Collider", reaching #6 on The Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

  • Former ACE FREHLEY Bassist ANTHONY ESPOSITO Says He Was 'Tossed Away' And 'Dissed' By Original KISS Guitarist

    SROMaginc.com recently conducted an interview with former ACE FREHLEY bassist Anthony Esposito. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what it was like working with Ace Frehley: Esposito: "It started out really amazing, really great. We were really good friends, close friends. [We did] everything from riding Harleys together to going to Yankee games and stuff like that, just hanging out, being bros kind of thing. And we started working on the music for [2009's] 'Anomaly' [album], and then I put a band together for him and did a few gigs. And then we decided to record 'Anomaly'. And we were really, really close friends, and it was great working with him. He's a very talented guitar player and great songwriter. But over a period of time, different people come in and out of the circle, and so it kind of got stretched and twisted. But he was a really close friend of mine for a while." "When I met him, I think I had 14 years or sobriety, or 13 years of sobriety, and so a lot of it was based on [the fact that] he wanted to quit drinking at that time. So I guess he [needed] a good influence to put him on that path. But he did a lot of it on his own. He was pretty adamant about quitting." On whether it is true that he quit Frehley's band: Esposito: "Definitely not. I did not quit. When I first joined, we were gigging out and we were touring, and gradually, over a period of time, it got less and less. [We did] not [play any shows] in 2013, and we played five shows in 2012 and 15 shows in 2011. It was a gradual decline in the amount of touring that we were doing. So I reached out to him… He didn't use me on [this year's 'Space Invader'] record, which I thought was kind of hard after 'Anomaly' did so well and so many people liked it and I was really instrumental in that record, in putting it together and the riffs and the sounds of it and helping Ace put it together; I was around a lot for that. And I was surprised that I wasn't asked to be a part of this record ['Space Invader']. So I kind of saw that [coming]. He kind of moved to California, and I kind of got left behind. And when the record ['Space Invader'] was done… There were a lot of KISS fans that were posting [messages online asking me] whether I liked it or not. And I was getting blasted with messages on Facebook and texts on my phone, 'Are you gonna tour [with Ace]? Are you in [Ace's] touring band?' So I reached out to Ace. I was, like, 'Hey, Ace, I don't know if you're gonna go out and support this new album [with live shows], and I don't know if I'm in the touring band or not in the touring band.' And, basically, 'I'm getting all these messages and I would like to know how I should answer them.' And he texted me back and he was, like, basically, 'I'm gonna go in a different direction with West Coast musicians. Chris Wyse from THE CULT is my new [bass] player.' "I was in the band for seven years. And I kind of did a lot more than just play bass; I was the tour manager, stage manager, merch guy, I would settle all the money with promoters… I mean, [I was involved in setting up] the blue plexi backline, the walk-on music, he would always ask me about setlist questions. It was more than just a hired-bass-guy sideman. And I was kind of shocked that I was just tossed away. But I guess that's the nature of the job… "I just got asked to [make an appearance] September 13 at the KISS convention in New Jersey, so I'm bringing all of my [road gear and personal merchandise collection] and I'm just gonna sell it all off. Really, the way it ended left a bad taste in my mouth and I just wanna get rid of it. I feel kind of dissed. [But] what are you gonna do? It is what it is." On whether he would rejoin Frehley's touring band, if asked: Esposito: "No. A lot of things would have to change before I went back, and don't think they're gonna change, so I'm not interested in going back. The whole thing is, I tried to make the whole thing a pro organization with the selection of musicians and the way that every penny was accounted for. I appreciate that he trusted me to do all that, and I accounted for every penny, I accounted for everything."

  • SLASH Is 'So Proud' He Was Involved In Making Of GUNS N' ROSES' 'Appetite For Destruction'

    Journalist and musician Barbara Caserta of Italy's Linearock recently conducted an interview with legendary guitarist Slash. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the tremendous commercial success of GUNS N' ROSES' classic first album, "Appetite For Destruction", which is said to be the biggest-selling debut LP of the Eighties and the biggest hard-rock game-changer since "Led Zeppelin IV", Slash said: "I'm so proud of the fact that I was involved in a record that had that kind of impact. But if you were to tell me back then that that's what it was gonna be, I would never have believed you. It was just a record made by these five characters, and looking back on it, there was something in all that that spoke to people in a certain way. It was a very street-wise band but with a very naïve worldview. It was a social commentary, but it wasn't about the world at large, it was internal angst that teenagers, I guess, really related to and it was delivered with the kind of impact that really had a big effect on people. And it's the combination of emotions and energy and all this stuff that couldn't even really be replicated. It was just something that happened in the moment that's… I mean, I remember when the record was finished, I thought we'd be a really cool cult band. [Laughs]" In a 2012 interview with Australia's Triple M radio, Slash stated about "Appetite For Destruction": "'Appetite' is not what you'd call a favorite record [of mine]. I never even thought of it that way. It's a good record, but, to me, it's still that record that we made at the time when all that shit was happening. I mean, when we recorded [those songs], it was just what we were doing [at the time], and so I still look at it that way. I don't see it as being the big record that other people see it as; I'm too close to it." He continued, "When we got together, as far as I was concerned, we were definitely the only five guys that could have made up that band. There were a lot of different configurations — Steven [Adler, drums] and I; Steven, Duff [McKagan, bass] and I; Steven, Axl [Rose, vocals] and I; Izzy [Stradlin, guitar] and Axl; Izzy, Axl and Duff — and it finally finally settled into what became that band. And I don't think any of the other configurations could have possibly worked to make up what GUNS N' ROSES really was. And the record I just sort of a basic snapshot of life going on from 1984 to 1987, and it's a very honest record. I would never have thought in a million years that it was gonna be as successful as it became. Obviously, I thought we were a great band, I thought the songs were great, and I always stood behind that, but I thought we'd be more of a hard rock cult band. "At this point that it became so iconic, I think one of the reasons is the fact that it was talking about stuff that nobody really talked about at the time, it was delivered with an attitude that was so sincere that a lot of people really related to it because we said things that people would have felt uncomfortable about saying but felt those same things. And we were living really on the edge and singing about it and people were like, 'Wow, that's pretty brutal.' "The songs happened so quickly, they almost wrote themselves — honestly. With Axl, I know that he was always very, very conscientious of the lyrics and might have spent some more time with the lyrics, but the actual arrangements and the music itself would come together within an hour. We might have fine-tuned some stuff later on, but we'd be playing a new song in a club after only having worked on it for a couple of hours." Produced by Mike Clink (MEGADETH, UFO), "Appetite For Destruction" was certified on September 23, 2008 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. sales in excess of 18 million copies. The LP has reportedly accumulated worldwide sales in excess of 30 million. The album's original cover, based on the Robert Williams painting "Appetite For Destruction", depicted a robot rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger. After several music retailers refused to stock the album, they compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with a cover depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members (designed by Billy White Jr., originally as a tattoo), each skull representing one member of the band: Izzy Stradlin, top skull; Steven Adler, left skull; Axl Rose, center skull; Duff McKagan, right skull; and Slash, bottom skull. The photographs used for the back of the album and liner notes were taken by Robert John.

  • HIM To Release Limited-Edition Box Set Plus Four Deluxe Titles

    Finnish "love" metallers HIM will release a limited-edition box set, "Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03", on November 25 via The End. The box set includes the rare debut 1996 EP "666 Ways To Love: Prologue" on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl for the first time ever, along with an exclusive Heartagram logo slipmat and a USB drive with 37 bonus tracks, 80 tracks all together, all remastered. Also being released on November 25 are four of HIM's iconic albums, "Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666", "Razorblade Romance", "Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights" and "Love Metal", in multiple configurations, all remastered with bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes, and special packaging. "We feel truly blessed to have our sonic offspring of yore being given a new lease of life in the U.S. by The End Records, the home for many of our aural idols, both old and new," said HIM frontman Ville Valo. "For the past months, the infamous Love Metal archives have been extensively scoured by us for rare, exclusive and downright scary musical nuggets for an experience in Finnish melancholy like no other, so please consider yourself warned…" In support of the deluxe remastered releases, HIM will embark on a U.S. tour in December. Confirmed dates are as follows: Dec. 09 - Webster Hall - New York, NY Dec. 10 - House of Blues - Boston, MA Dec. 11 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ Dec. 12 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD Dec. 16 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA Dec. 17 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ Dec. 18 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA Dec. 19 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV HIM's latest album, "Tears On Tape", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Tears On Tape" was released on April 30, 2013 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29, 2013 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The "love metal" act's eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom". HIM has been a band for 23 years, releasing eight studio albums to date, of which their fifth LP, "Dark Light", was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America), making them the first Finnish rock band to have a gold album in the United States. They have had five of their studio albums certified platinum in Finland, with "Razorblade Romance" being certified double platinum in Finland and platinum in Germany.

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