TV Rock Live conducted an interview with Jeff Waters and Dave Padden of Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR at this year's Hellfest, which was held June 20-22 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below. ANNIHILATOR's latest album, "Feast", was re-released as a limited edition featuring re-recorded ANNIHILATOR classics on CD and the full Wacken Open Air festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover! This edition contains: * The new album "Feast" in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet * The 15-song bonus CD "Re-Kill" with newly recorded ANNIHILATOR classics * Plus a never-seen-before live DVD filmed at last yearâs Wacken Open Air, when the band opened the festival relentlessly regardless of the blistering heat! * Not to mention a brand new 3D cover taking over where the original "Feast" cover left us. Which means: More zombies, and they are coming closer! The "Feast" Ecolbook version was made available in U.S. on March 11. ANIHILATOR's 14th studio album, "Feast", was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim and reached the charts in several countries, among them Germany (#20), Finland (#17), Switzerland (#36) and France (#76). "Feast" sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. In an interview with Ghost Cult Magazine, Waters stated about "Feast": "As an artist, you're sometimes lucky when it all comes together, be it painting, singing or whatever. Sometimes you want to do something good and when you're busy with it, you seem to hit the nail on the head. When you listen back, it doesn't contain your best work. Sometimes it just works. Bands like IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER and also we in ANNIHILATOR have great records and we have our share of not-so-good records. Different times, different places, you know. Maybe we were lucky with 'Feast' and maybe we were inspired. A lot of it comes from that my partner in ANNIHILATOR, singer/guitarist Dave Padden, said that we should take a break for three years from writing music and focus on other things. We did a lot of touring, I worked in my studio, give guitar clinics for Gibson and Epiphone and we played the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, all these cool things. The break breathed a lot of new life in the ANNIHILATOR music and that's probably where a lot of the inspiration came from."
Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, spotlighted ALICE IN CHAINS in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on August 3 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). A clip of ALICE IN CHAINS performing the song "Check My Brain" as part of Guitar Center Sessions can be seen below. "Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry. ALICE IN CHAINS' latest album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue", which was the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.
MÃTLEY CRÃE's song "Kickstart My Heart" can be heard in the latest ad for the Dodge Charger. Check it out below. Dodge is the presenting sponsor of MÃTLEY CRÃE's "The Final Tour", which kicked off in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on July 2. The band is making more than 70 stops in the United States before the end of the year, and plans on dedicating 2015 to international concerts. The tour features support from legendary rocker Alice Cooper. "Whenever I talk to people about MÃTLEY CRÃE, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of the Dodge brand. "This irreverent 'staying power' resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100-year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band's final tour and the 25th anniversary of 'Kickstart My Heart' than to do it together?" Dodge and MÃTLEY CRÃE have had a relationship for some time. The automaker has used "Kickstart My Heart" song during other commercials for the Charger and Challenger.
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are "trying to use psychology on the fans" so that the fans will accept the new version of the band, which doesn't include Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Simmons and Stanley have chosen to have current KISS members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer dress up as Criss' and Frehley's respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas (designs owned by Simmons and Stanley). Asked about Stanley and Simmons' often-repeated claim that KISS can carry on without any original members, Frehley told Jim Kerr of the WAXQ-FM / Q104.3 radio station in New York City (see video at this location): "My feeling is they're trying to somehow validate the fact that they have two fake guys in the band wearing my makeup and Peter Criss' makeup, the makeup that we created. So to try to validate that, they're going, 'Oh, we're gonna be replaced too some day.' You know, that's like Mick Jagger saying, 'I'm gonna replace myself and Keith Richards and the band is gonna go on as THE ROLLING STONES.' I mean, give me a break. [Laughs] They're just trying to use psychology on the fans so that they'll accept Tommy and Eric. It's a joke. I mean, how could KISS go on without Paul and Gene? All it would be is a KISS cover band, and there's plenty of those around in this country." During a recent interview with The Weekender, Stanley spoke about the possibility of KISS continuing without him and Gene. "I know KISS won't end," Stanley said. "The question is, 'How long will I be a part of it, or Gene be a part if it?' I really don't know. As long as we can. "Though the band has never been better, I'm also aware that I'm not the only person that can do what I do. "I didn't invent what I do. I was influenced by a lot of great singers and performers, and there are people out there that are just chomping at the bit to get up on stage, and I believe there is more than one person that can go up there and blow people away. At some point, I won't be there." It was back in 2005 that KISS manager manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had "been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to... don the band's famous makeup." McGhee said, "KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They're more characters than the individual person. I think (new members) have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise." Simmons didn't necessarily disagree with that idea. He told Launch that the concept of original members isn't widely held by fans, and it isn't really accurate anyway. "There's no question that there's a core of fans â five-10 percent, my sense is â who believe in original members," he said. "And yet, when you look at original members, THE BEATLES are not original members â Ringo is not an original member; THE [ROLLING] STONES â barely. You know, they've had so many members come and go, but it's the STONES; and AC/DC's aren't original members; and VAN HALEN; and JOURNEY...you go down the list of every â almost every band you can think of." In a 2012 interview with The San Diego Union-Tribute, Stanley reaffirmed KISS' intention to continue after he and Gene Simmons depart. "The band is bigger than its members," said Stanley. "And it only takes, in this case, four like-minded people with a similar outlook and talent to further the cause and continue KISS. It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands, but we're not other bands. We don't live by those rules. We never have." Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine in March that there will come a time when he will no longer be able to tour with KISS due to the band's rigorous schedule. "I'm 64 now," he said. "Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind."
Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman tells RollingStone.com that he is a huge fan of BABYMETAL, the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal. Takayoshi Ohmura, the guitarist in Friedman's own solo band, is also the guitarist in BABYMETAL, whose members wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines and bang their heads violently. "I love aggressive music, death metal and stuff like that," Marty says. "But the lyrics just crack me up: the satanic stuff, I mean, really? I can't get into it. I love the sound of the music so much that I'm willing to put up with [the lyrics], but why not have that same aggressive sound in something that's a little bit more realistic, you know?" He adds: "I love the sound of metal but I've been doing it since I was a teenager, and I [felt I needed] to do something more unique with that sound. The sound of metal is what I love about it, but the fact that you have to stay within a genre, and you have to be in this really narrow genre, really turned me off. "BABYMETAL, if you strip off that heavy metal guitar stuff, all you have is your basic fun, quirky, Japanese pop stuff. But the interpretation is super-metal. To me, it sounds like MESHUGGAH with Japanese pop on top of it. So for someone like me who's been playing metal forever, it's really fresh to hear. I mean, I can hear another PANTERA song, and it's great, but we've heard it before a billion times." BABYMETAL played its first-ever U.S. show on July 27 at the sold-out Fonda Theatre (capacity: 1,200) in Los Angeles, California and supported pop superstar Lady Gaga on five American concerts. Many heavy metal fans have been reluctant to embrace BABYMETAL â which also includes producer Kobametal and a backing band of corpse-painted virtuosos â with some Internet forums calling them "the definition of a gimmick", "awful" and "metal for hipsters." CARCASS bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker recently stated that he is "starting to warm to the idea of what [BABYMETAL is] doing. It's actually fun, you know â like GHOST, to be honest," he said. 'Some people get very reactionary about a band like GHOST or BABYMETAL. It puts a smile on people's faces. That's what music's about, isn't it?! Enjoying it and not being so serious." CARCASS guitarist Bill Steer added: "I mean, obviously, we don't cover this ourselves, but the fun, entertainment angle [in music], it is important." One of the Nameless Ghouls from GHOST was also quick to defend BABYMETAL, telling TeamRock: "They obviously attract so much attention wherever they go, and for a reason, of course â they are bizarre in many ways. I mean, we obviously like bizarre, so they are obviously doing something right." Photo courtesy of Marty Friedman's Facebook page
Canadian guitarist Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) has collaborated with American singer Todd La Torre (QUEENSRÅ¸CHE, CRIMSON GLORY) on a song called "Discordia". The single will be available for digital download by the end of the week. Says Drover: "We are both very happy and proud of how this song turned out, and believe me, I'm EXTREMELY picky of anything I do!" A 50-second snippet of "Discordia" is available below. Asked if his desire to spend time more time with his family was the reason he left MEGADETH in 2007, Drover told the "Metal Attack MTL" radio show: "No, not necessarily. I mean, it was part of that, but there was a lot of turmoil going on in the band while I was there, and it wasn't as much fun. See, the first couple of years in MEGADETH, it was a lot of fun â it was a very healthy atmosphere â but towards the end it wasn't, and I think that kind of magnified the fact that I didn't wanna be a part of that kind of destructive kind of atmosphere, and I wanted to be at home with my family and then stage the next plan of attack for the next project, whatever that may be." Drover was replaced in MEGADETH by Chris Broderick, who has previously played with NEVERMORE and JAG PANZER. Glen's debut solo album, "Metalusion", was released in April 2011 via Magna Carta Records. Todd La Torre quit CRIMSON GLORY in February 2013, explaining in a statement that "the main reason for my resignation from CRIMSON GLORY is primarily due to its inertia status." La Torre, who joined QUEENSRÅ¸CHE in June 2012 as the replacement for Geoff Tate, became an official member of CRIMSON GLORY in April 2010 and played a number of shows with the band during the ensuing three years. La Torre's first studio album with QUEENSRÅ¸CHE, last year's self-titled effort, sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Century Media Records.
Century Media founder Robert Kampf has announced the formation of a new record label, Another Century. The label will focus on hard rock and has already signed three bands to the roster: Los Angeles rock veterans REV THEORY, New Zealand's rising stars LIKE A STORM and Chicago's THE BLOODLINE. Comments Kampf: "Twenty five years after starting Century Media, the excitement to do another version of the label could not be any larger. "My undying love for rock has driven the formation of this label, Another Century. "Over the years, great bands like OTHERWISE and IN THIS MOMENT have been released on Century Media but sometimes got lost or felt ill mixed among some of the heavier CM bands. Another Century now has a clear path and mission statement: To develop and break the best bands in rock to come!" OTHERWISE is gearing up to release its sophomore album, "Peace At All Costs", on September 16 and is having massive success with its single "Darker Side Of The Moon", which is currently #29 on the U.S. Active Rock chart. The album was produced by David Bottrill (TOOL, MUSE) and mixed by Jay Ruston (STEEL PANTHER). The band is set to hit the road with LIKE A STORM next month and will appear at Sacramento's Aftershock festival as well as Louisville's Louder Than Life fest. REV THEORY, formed in 2002, has sold over half a million albums and is currently wrapping up the recording its next album. The first single, "Born 2 Destroy", is making its way to radio soon. New Zealand's LIKE A STORM is the rock world's 2014 Cinderella story. The band independently released an EP, "Chaos Theory: Part I", and made its way over to the States touring with the likes of SICK PUPPIES, SHINEDOWN, ALTER BRIDGE and CREED as well as hit several festivals. The band sent its single "Love The Way You Hate Me" to radio and personally called stations to play the track. The song became a hit, soaring up the charts, where it currently is sitting at No. 22, making them the U.S.'s highest charting rock band ever from New Zealand. The band will have a new full-length out on Another Century on October 28 and is currently on tour now, meeting up with OTHERWISE next month. THE BLOODLINE was formed by Shaun Glass (SOIL) and features vocalist Travis Neal (DIVINE HERESY), guitarist Chuck Wepfer and Frankie Harchut on drums. THE BLOODLINE is currently in the studio recording its debut album and delivers a huge fresh sound in rock/metal with massive hooks, soaring melodies and pummeling grooves that will ignite any listeners' ears.
Oderus is missing. Once the Scumdogs in GWAR finally notice this (it takes them a while to notice stuff), they will set off on a journey to find their departed brother using every resource available â including recruiting an ancient Scumdog warrior. GWAR will need the help from everyone, even the lowliest Bohab, as their enemies are plotting to take advantage of the hole in GWAR's ranks. BalSac The Jaws of Death on the "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" and what to expect: "Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting destiny's final blow. This fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'" GWAR fans have been mourning the loss of Dave Brockie, GWAR's founder and lead singer, since March. The "GWAR Eternal Tour 2014" gives them an opportunity to gather and share a bunch of feels as a community while experiencing the sickest band in this or any other world. Jamison Land, Beefcake the Mighty's personal slave and bass tech: "Dave was our friend and anchor for as far back as anyone can remember. He's held us together, and sometimes he drove us apart. He is our brother and we love him. Unlike a lot of prominent musicians, he was friends with all of the fans. He made GWAR fans feel special on a personal level. The fans love Dave as much as we do and the 'GWAR Eternal Tour 2014' is our way of getting together and sharing that love." The first leg of the tour will include direct support from DECAPITATED; the second leg will have direct support from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. AMERICAN SHARKS will open all shows. The tour kicks off October 15 in Norfolk, Virginia and runs through December 13 in Baltimore, Maryland. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets go on sale this weekend. GWAR tour dates: Sep. 12 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest With DECAPITATED, AMERICAN SHARKS: Oct. 15 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva Oct. 16 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Oct. 17 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater Oct. 18 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium - "Rock and Shock Festival" Oct. 19 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom Oct. 21 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five Oct. 22 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater Oct. 23 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live Oct. 24 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues Oct. 25 - Austin, TX - Emo's - "Housecore Horror Film Festival* Oct. 26 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Oct. 28 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom Oct. 29 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Nightclub Oct. 30 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater Oct. 31 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall** Nov. 01 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater Nov. 02 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee Nov. 03 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory Nov. 04 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Concert House Nov. 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom Nov. 06 - Hollywood, CA - House of Blues Nov. 07 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live Nov. 08 - Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air Nov. 10 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House Nov. 11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater Nov. 12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO With AMERICAN SHARKS: Nov. 14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom With CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, AMERICAN SHARKS: Nov. 15 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House Nov. 16 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom Nov. 17 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall Nov. 19 - Fargo, ND - The Venue Nov. 20 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater Nov. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Nov. 22 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's Nov. 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection Nov. 25 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Nov. 26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Nov. 28 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall Nov. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory Nov. 30 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza Dec. 02 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In Dec. 03 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel Dec. 04 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall Dec. 05 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live Dec. 06 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade Dec. 07 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall Dec. 08 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater Dec. 09 - Toronto, ON - Opera House Dec. 10 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theater Dec. 11 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall Dec. 12 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place Dec. 13 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage * No AMERICAN SHARKS ** HAVOK plays on this show
During a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford spoke about how being clean and sober since January 6, 1986 has affected his live performance as well as his singing ability. "I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired," Halford stated about his decision to give up the partying lifestyle. "I was sick of waking up every morning and feeling like shit. I think I came to an understanding that I wasn't giving at my full capacity. I wasn't able to give to my full ability because it was being held in place by booze and drugs." Asked if he remembers his first sober show, Halford said: "I will always remember the first show I did clean and sober. It was one of the most amazing shows I had ever done. It was in New Mexico, in Albuquerque. I literally felt elevated as everything was coming with such clarity. I was able to really listen to, and love, and enjoy the performance of JUDAS PRIEST without having all of the other things in front of it. Since that day, it has been a miracle." He continued: "It is good that we're talking about this. Everybody has to face things in their lives at some point. It can not only be booze and drugs, it can be anything. You can eat too much, or you can not exercise, or whatever. "I think the most important thing we need to be pushing in rock and roll and staying clean and sober is that you have to be a very strong person to do that. It is not easy staying clean and sober in rock and roll. There are temptations galore from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, especially when you're on the road. "I think we're some of the strongest people, my friends and my other sober brothers in metal. We are way stronger now than we used to be. We are giving the best of ourselves now, more than we ever could before. I think that is the blessing of being sober." Regarding whether it was a moment of redemption when he was able to come back to PRIEST sober, Halford said: "For a lot of people in life, you just figure that maybe you want something different in life so you go down the street and turn left and see what happens. That is what I did. I enjoyed it and it was very fulfilling, and I still have ambitions in that respect left to complete. However, what I did discover when I was away from PRIEST, was that PRIEST really had given me everything that I really needed and wanted as a musician. It took a while for me to kind of make that journey back... for lots of different reasons. When I did come back, I loved the PRIEST tenfold and I couldn't wait to get back in the studio with 'Angel Of Retribution'. I couldn't wait to get back on stage with a band that I believe completes me." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have released the third in a series of video clips featuring footage from the making of the band's new studio album, due in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Check it out below. In the latest clip, NIGHTWISH offers a glimse at the songwriting process for the new CD. Commented keyboardist and main composer Tuomas Holopainen: "When I come up with a subject for the song, I always see it as a short movie. Each song is like a soundtrack for that movie in my head... It takes at least 12-18 month to write an album." Holopainen recently spent two and half weeks in Hattula, Finland with the band's producer/crew member Tero "TeeCee" Kinnunen recording a demo of the songs that will appear on NIGHTWISH's next studio album, the first to feature Dutch singer Floor Jansen. Commented Holopainen: "From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course, they will change after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change." Asked in a recent interview with Sweden's Metalshrine what Floor Jansen will bring to the next NIGHTWISH album, Tuomas said: "She [will] bring a lot of interpretations, some arrangements and positive energy for sure, but she [will] not [be] included in the songwriting process. She told me that the first time around, she has [her side project] REVAMP and Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] and I will do just fine for now." Speaking to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion at the end of last year, Floor stated about the songwriting process for the next NIGHTWISH album: "I think it's more like it's always been. So Tuomas is gonna start writing. And how it's gonna evolve later on, we'll see. But I don't feel the necessity of me being an active songwriting member, because the music is so good. It's about the songs and the music that goes first and not about my ego wanting to join like that. But if I can participate or add something with my creative input, of course I would love that. Of course, I have creative energy in me that needs to come out one way or another, but that's where REVAMP comes in." Regarding whether she has any fears that, due to the band's troubled history with lead vocalists, her time with NIGHTWISH will not last very long, Floor told Finland's Radio Rock: "No. And whether this is in NIGHTWISH or in anything with anyone in everyone's lives, what guarantees do you have? So it's just about what you make of it and with the chemistry that you believe in. And I believe in the chemistry that we have today, 'cause it's been very strong since the beginning and grew to be better throughout the months. It's still a very recent thing. But what feels good now, that's where you should go from, and that's what I do." NIGHTWISH released a new DVD, "Showtime, Storytime", on November 29 as a limited 2Blu-ray + 2CD digipack, limited 2DVD + 2CD digipack, limited 2CD digipack, 2LP (colored) in gatefold and an exclusive Nuclear Blast mailorder edition. The set NIGHTWISH's entire August 3, 2013 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The show, which was played in the front of 85,000 screaming metalheads, was directed by Ville LipiÃ¤inen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total running time of 85 minutes. The second disc consists of a 120-minute tour documentary, "Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours", also directed by Ville LipiÃ¤inen. In addition, there are two music clips: "I Want My Tears Back" (live at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland) and "Ghost Love Score" (live in Buenos Aires). The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of NIGHTWISH's "Imaginaerum World Tour", which saw the band and their Jansen playing 104 concerts in 34 different countries, with a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe. Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon. Tuomas Holopainen has known Jansen for more than 10 years already, having previously toured with her former band, AFTER FOREVER.
JUDAS PRIEST, SLIPKNOT, FAITH NO MORE, SOUNDGARDEN, LAMB OF GOD and FEAR FACTORY are among the confirmed bands for Australia's Soundwave XV festival, set to take place February 21-22 at Bonython Park in Adelaide and Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and February 28- and March 1 at Olympic Park in Sydney and Brisbane Showgrounds in Brisbane. According to Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah, running Soundwave as a two-day festival means fewer clashes and longer sets. He is also promising better staging, production and infrastructure. "In recent years we have lost great bands over too many bands wanting to play after dark," he says. "This new set-up also gives us twice the dark. I am also hoping that this will give fans better value for money and a less stressful day." Day 1 FAITH NO MORE SOUNDGARDEN INCUBUS LAMB OF GOD ANTEMASQUE MINISTRY GERARD WAY MAYHEM NEW FOUND GLORY FEAR FACTORY HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD ATREYU THE AQUABATS AREA 7 GODFLESH CROWN THE EMPIRE THE INTERRUPTERS ICON FOR HIRE EMILY'S ARMY PATENT PENDING FIREWORKS THE BENNIES THE COLOR MORALE MONUMENTS NOTHING MORE DEATHSTARS NE OBLIVISCARIS Day 2 SLIPKNOT SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS MARILYN MANSON FALL OUT BOY JUDAS PRIEST GODSMACK ALL TIME LOW PAPA ROACH OF MICE & MEN ESCAPE THE FATE APOCALYPTICA LAGWAGON TONIGHT ALIVE CROSSFAITH BUTCHER BABIES CONFESSION THE SWELLERS CONDITIONS COLDRAIN KING 810 DAYSHELL THIS WILD LIFE Soundwave XV dates Weekend 1: Saturday, February 21 - Bonython Park, Adelaide (Day 1) Saturday, February 21 - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (Day 2) Sunday, February 22 - Bonython Park, Adelaide (Day 2) Sunday, February 22 - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (Day 1) Weekend 2: Saturday, February 28 - Olympic Park, Sydney (Day 1) Saturday, February 28 - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (Day 2) Sunday, March 1 - Olympic Park, Sydney (Day 2) Sunday, March 1 - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (Day 1)
Vocalist Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA was recently interviewed on "The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show". You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis", "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors "Dante XXI" (based on "The Divine Comedy") and "A-Lex" (based on "A Clockwork Orange"). "The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson's (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the "Nation" (2001), "Revolusongs" (2002) and "Roorback" (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. In a 2013 interview with Live-Metal.net, SEPULTURA singer Derrick Green stated about the new album title: "We always have the simple one-word titles or very basic. And with this we knew what we wanted to do. We wanted to maybe make people think a little bit. "I think we have become lobotomized, including myself, because I'm not putting myself outside of anything. I think a lot of times we live in a time where people are thinking actions or creating ideas â doing something in their head but going right to their hands. And they're missing the essential part, the heart and the compassion, that's behind what you are doing. And (the title) came from a movie called 'Metropolis' (1927) by a director called Fritz Lang, and it's a silent movie. And it's actually the first thing you see in the movie. And the meaning behind it is just that: It's impossible to be human without having the heart dictate what you're doing and why you're doing certain things. "So I believe this album has that passion and drive and love for music. "So many things I've been hearing are just about trying to be perfect, with the digital age and trying to make everything sound perfect. Like on albums and things like that, it doesn't even sound real. It doesn't sound human anymore. So this is something going back to really trying not to be perfect. We're trying to pull out that love and desire and just grabbing that moment, placing it on an album and recording it, and not being worried about those other things."
HELLYEAH frontman Chad Gray says that MUDVAYNE is not over yet despite the fact that Gray's longtime MUDVAYNE bandmate Greg Tribbett was acrimoniously dismissed from HELLYEAH prior to the recording of the band's fourth album, "Blood For Blood". Asked in the new issue of Revolver magazine if Greg's exit from HELLYEAH hit him especially hard, seeing as the two of them started off paying together in MUDVAYNE, Chad said: "Yeah, man. He has always been my right-hand man. He's been the back I look at when I'm writing songs and the sounding board for my ideas. When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, Goddamn, I don't know if I'm ever gonna be able to do this without him." Questioned directly if MUDVAYNE is officially over, Chad replied: "I don't think so. We all still talk. I'm not ready to put a headstone on anything yet." Back in March, MUDVAYNE posted a message on its Facebook page denying that the band had broken up. The group wrote at the time: "Final explanationâ¦ MUDVAYNE is on hiatus. With respect to all the bandmembers, we are all doing something in music that satisfies our appetite right now. When the time is right, MUDVAYNE WILL be back in action. In no shape or form is this a disrespect to our fans. We love our fans and will give them all they can handle when it is time. 'Till then, patience is needed." It's been more than four years since MUDVAYNE released its self-titled fifth album and little has been heard about the band since then. But in a late 2010 interview with the music blog Warwick, MUDVAYNE bassist Ryan Martinie discussed the group almost entirely in the past tense. When asked about the quartet's musical evolution, Martinie said, "I think that what we did is valuable. It's become a cog in the wheel of music in some sort of way. We are a piece of musical history now . . . We were always just responding to our environment. I always saw the band to be important as an aspect of my life, as something that was supposed to take us places that are positive, and in that sense everything that happened with the band has happened for a reason." MUDVAYNE did not tour behind its fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release.
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo once again joined RODRIGO Y GABRIELA â the dynamic Mexican duo who became international world-music superstars with their self-titled album of aggressive acoustic guitars and irresistible Latin rhythms â on stage on August 17 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado to perform a medley of METALLICA covers. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years. "Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands â METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years." Asked in a 2010 interview if RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's metal connections were fading, Rodrigo said: "No, it's growing, actually. You go to our shows and you see a lot of metalheads. It was great to have the recognition from the kings, from METALLICA themselves, to be in touch with them and having the opportunity to jam with Robert pretty often. It's great, because that opened the door for a lot of metalheads to understand that we come from there. It's clear for the people that we love metal."
ARCH ENEMY singer Alissa White-Gluz joined TESTAMENT on stage on August 14 at the Summer Breeze festival in DinkelsbÃ¼hl, Germany to perform the TESTAMENT classic "Into The Pit". Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian. In a recent interview with 100PercentRock.com, Chuck Billy stated about Christian's latest exit from the band: "Well, I think Greg, he informed us that he wasn't going to be participating on the new record release and that was his last tour with us. We knew we had Australia coming up, so, of course, Steve DiGiorgio was probably one of the first ones to come to mind. He did 'The Gathering' record with us and we enjoyed that whole cycle of touring, so he was definitely, probably, our first choice. We didn't want to go through auditions and do all that. We just knew that he was here, and he could do it, and it was killer." Asked if there was a particular reason that Greg just had enough of it, Billy replied: "Well, I think that the last tour he just wasn't getting along, and he just decided that that was going to be the last tour with us, so we just kind of said, 'Well, okay. I guess we'll have to maybe look for what's coming up in the future.' You know â there's nothing we can do." ARCH ENEMY played its first show with 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 official lyric video for "Edge Of A Revolution", the new single from long-running Canadian rockers NICKELBACK, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, due this fall via the group's new label home, Republic Records. "I've been a fan of the band since their inception," Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman, who signed the band as a collaboration with Universal Music Canada CEO Randy Lennox, told Billboard.com. "Unfortunately, like many people, I had the opportunity to sign them and blanked, and missed one of the biggest opportunities of my career." Lennox told Billboard.com that that he and Lipman were "blown away" by NICKELBACK's new material, and that "[NICKELBACK mainman] Chad [Kroeger] and the band's writing is, I think, better than ever." NICKELBACK signed a 360 deal with Live Nation in 2008, and "Here And Now" was the final studio effort under its deal with Roadrunner. That effort has sold 1.02 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. NICKELBACK has amassed sales of more than 50 million albums worldwide, and the band's last five releases have debuted in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 â and at No. 1 in its homeland. Kroeger formed NICKELBACK in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, with his brother Mike on bass and guitarist Ryan Peake. Drummer Daniel Adair joined in 2005.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser joined ANTHRAX on stage last night (Monday , August 18) at the Rock al Parque festival in BogotÃ¡, Colombia. Professionally filmed video footage of the entire set can be seen below. (Note: Kisser first appears around the 46-minute mark.) Kisser toured with ANTHRAX in 2011 as the fill-in for ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian while Ian spent time with his family following the birth of his first child. Kisser made his live debut with ANTHRAX on July 2, 2011 at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany as part of a "Big Four" show with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH. In a letter addressed to Andreas on ANTHRAX's official Facebook page, the band wrote, "Words cannot express the feeling of love we have for you. From the first day, you were a part of the family. You were the only choice to fill in for Scott and that decision proved to be the right one. Thank you for being you." Speaking to RockAAA at the U.K. installment of the Sonisphere festival in 2011, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello said, "Andreas locks in with the band like he was always here. So there's not a thought to playing; we don't have to worry. It's nice to go on stage and not have to worry. That's the last thing we wanted to do. And he's good, he's so locked in, even with the cues, the vocals everything. Boom! It's ANTHRAX."
Italy's Linearock recently conducted an interview with British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE. You can now watch the chat below. DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Maximum Overload", was released on August 19 in North America via Metal Blade and August 18 in Europe through earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Ãrebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. It marks the band's first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom. "Maximum Overload" also features an all time first for DRAGONFORCE... a cover version! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers, every bandmember wrote down three songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DRAGONFORCE-ized it." "Maximum Overload" was released on standard CD, standard digital version, special edition CD with five bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, special edition digital version (same bonus material as special edition CD), and vinyl. The effort features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy. "Maximum Overload" is the follow-up to 2012's "The Power Within", which was the band's first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with DRAGONFORCE in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with IRON MAIDEN as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD. DRAGONFORCE recently parted ways with drummer Dave Mackintosh and replaced him with former BRAINDAMAGE and KILL RITUAL member Gee Anzalone. A native of Turin, Italy, Gee is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up DRAGONFORCE. Gee will make his live debut with DRAGONFORCE on the forthcoming "Maximum Overload" U.K. tour, which commences on September 17 in Edinburgh.
An audio snippet of "30 Years To Life", a brand new song from Slash and his band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from Slash's third album, "World On Fire", which will be released on September 15. Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". Among the other tracks on the record are "Shadow Life", "Automatic Overdrive", "Wicked Stone", "Bent To Fly", "Battleground" and the title track, which also serves as the set's first single. Slash told Music Radar about the new CD, "I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the 'Apocalyptic Love' tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September  I sat down and went through everything I'd recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in Mates rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, Mike Baskette, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. Myles came down and started working on his vocal partsâ¦ and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio." He continued: "The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there's a certain energy that carries the creative process and it's almost like you're not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That's how this record was. I can't think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow." Slash also spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his bandmates, telling Music Radar: "I think basically everyone's a great rock 'n' roll player. They're real rock musicians at heart â deep down. So when we get together, we've built up a certain chemistry. We started out with a certain kind of chemistry and we're just evolving from there. At this point, everybody feels very comfortable just being themselves and doing what it is that they do best. It's just an unsaid, natural synergy that happens. For example, this is probably one of Brent's [Fitz, drummer] best records as a player, being able to do all the things he wanted to do. And the same with Todd [Kerns, bass] and the same for me. But having such a great rhythm section means I have to really fuckin' put together some great guitar bits on top of it. The other thing that's cool is Mike Baskette was great. One of the reasons why I really wanted to work with him was he just loves guitars and it's rare to get anyone who brings any ideas other than the ones you bring to the table as far as sounds and tones or anything like that. And that's a limitation: you can only do as much as you know how to do in the studio and sometimes you really need to work with an engineer who knows something in the recording studio that you don't know. That's what Mike brought into it. He was so enthusiastic about getting guitar sounds. He would put as much time into that as I could possibly put it in â sometimes more so. It was really inspiring. I haven't had that in a long, long time." Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording. "Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun". The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH. "30 Years To Life" audio snippet:
Fan-filmed video footage of Sebastian Bach's August 1 performance in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada can be seen below. Bach's new solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on April 22 via Frontiers Records, the follow-up to 2011's "Kicking & Screaming" was once again produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, BLACK SABBATH and SHINEDOWN, among others. "Give 'Em Hell" was mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker. Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES), and not one but two top-class guitar players: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL). Rounding out the lineup on the CD are Devin Bronson (AVRIL LAVIGNE, PINK) on guitar and Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING) on drums. Duff and Sebastian previously collaborated on Duff's solo album "Believe In Me". The cover for "Give 'Em Hell" was once again handled by Richard Villa, who worked on "Kicking & Screaming". Incorporated into the album design is one of the paintings by Sebastian's late father David Bierk, who painted the artwork for SKID ROW's "Slave To The Grind", inside artwork for SKID ROW's "Subhuman Race", and Bach's solo albums "Angel Down" and "Bring 'Em Bach Alive!". The video for the CD's first single, "Temptation", was directed by Patrick Fogarty, who has previously worked with BLACK VEIL BRIDES, PICTURE ME BROKEN and THE BURNING OF ROME. In a recent interview with Steppin' Out, Bach stated about "Give 'Em Hell": "I absolutely love the record. I worked so hard on it. I tortured myself. "The process is pretty funny. I'm in the worst mood for a year when we're making it and then I hear what I want to hear at the end and I'm the happiest, most humorous guy in the world. "I think it sounds timeless. "There's certain singers that can still sound the same as they get older, like Steven Tyler [AEROSMITH], and I'm very lucky that I can do that as well, but I don't know how I pulled it off! It's also my best-sounding record. I'm a total audiophile as far as wanting a clear, clean sound and no separation between the instruments."