• Guitarist GLEN DROVER: 'There Is NO Chance' I Would Ever Rejoin MEGADETH

    Former MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover says that there is "no chance" he would ever return to the band, explaining that he has "other cool things coming up." Drover left MEGADETH in 2007 and was replaced by Chris Broderick, who himself exited the band earlier this week, along with Glen's brother, drummer Shawn Drover. Writing on his Facebook page yesterday (Wednesday, November 26), Glen said: "I'm very sorry, but to those who want to see me back in MEGADETH, that will never happen. Other cool things coming up. Again, sorry, but there is NO chance I would ever do that. Now saying all of that, thanks a ton for all of your awesome support and it was fun while i was there playing all those cool shows and meeting a lot of you!" Asked if his desire to spend time more time with his family was the reason he left MEGADETH in 2007, Glen — who has also played with KING DIAMOND, TESTAMENT and EIDOLON — 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 — it was a very healthy atmosphere — 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." Glen's debut solo album, "Metalusion", was released in April 2011 via Magna Carta Records. On September 25, 2011, Drover took part in a "historic" performance that was webcast worldwide as part of the "Live At Metalworks" series from Mississauga, Canada. Glen's "Live At Metalworks" performance was released as a DVD via Magna Carta.

  • NICKELBACK: Video Footage Of BANDIT ROCK Question-And-Answer Session

    On November 13, guitarist Ryan Peake and guitarist/vocalist Chad Kroeger of Canadian rockers NICKELBACK took part in a question-and-answer session with Sweden's Bandit Rock radio station. You can now watch the chat below. NICKELBACK's new album, "No Fixed Address", sold around 80,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17. Kroeger told The Pulse Of Radio that title of the album was inspired by the way it was recorded. "We kind of did it all over the place," he said. "I mean, we were in Vancouver, we were in L.A., we were in Maui, we had a portable rig with us on a European tour and we were recording stuff there. So I mean, that's why we've titled the album 'No Fixed Address'." The 11-song set is the first through the Canadian act's new deal with Republic Records. The first single from the album, "Edge Of A Revolution", has already topped the rock radio airplay chart. The band will launch a six-month North American tour on February 14, 2015 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. NICKELBACK has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since breaking through with its 2001 album, "Silver Side Up".


  • Video: KISS Performs At 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    KISS played earlier today (Thursday, November 27) at the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The performance, which aired on NBC, can be seen below. The special appearance by KISS — which was secured by the band's brand management company, Epic Rights — was led by more than 600 cheerleaders from around the country, paying tribute to the band with a rocking KISS medley. The 88th edition of America's favorite holiday tradition began at 9:00 a.m, ready to entertain more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million viewers nationwide. "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most popular and visually spectacular holiday parade in America, and there is no doubt that KISS, unequalled in the world of concert performance, will deliver stunning theatrics at the Parade," said Juli Boylan-Riddles, EVP of global strategic partnerships and licensing. KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley jointly stated: "2014 has been a banner year for us and participating in one of the country's most beloved events caps off what has truly been a spectacular 40th anniversary." The cast of the NBC's "Today Show" hosted the broadcast, which also featured Sting, Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, the cast of "Sesame Street" and actress Quevenzhane Wallis, with Philadelphia's Taney Dragons and their star pitcher, 13-year-old Mo'Ne Davis, kicking things off.

  • ARCH ENEMY's ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ: It's Absurd To Call A Category Of Music 'Female-Fronted Metal'

    CrypticRock.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Amott and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz of Swedish / Canadian / American metallers ARCH ENEMY. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how she feels about female-fronted metal bands being lumped into the same category, Alissa said: "I agree that it's absurd to call a category of music 'female-fronted metal,' because if you look at OTEP or EPICA or ARCH ENEMY, we don't sound anything alike. Or LACUNA COIL or HUNTRESS or any other band you wanna put in there. It's all different kinds of metal. Just because the gender of the vocalist is the same, that doesn't actually tell you anything about the sound of the band." She continued: "But, yeah, I think it's a blessing and a curse, in a way, because there are some fans out there that, as soon as they see a female in a band, they're automatically supporting the band and they're happy to do it. And that's cool if that's what they like. I think it's a little weird, because sometimes maybe those bands really aren't as great as another band that has a male singer and won't get as much attention. But that being said, there's also the other side of the coin, which is that there's some people that just won't accept the band if there's a woman in the band. So there's a positive and a negative to being a girl in a boy's club. But I don't even think about it anymore, to be honest. 'Cause I've been doing it quite some time now. Probably when I was first starting out and didn't have as much of an established persona or whatever, I faced a lot more of the novelty-type attitude, like people just, like, 'Hey, you're hot,' or whatever. But now nobody even talks to me. [Laughs]" ARCH ENEMY earlier in the month parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and replaced him with Jeff Loomis. Loomis is making his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band's European tour, which kicked off on November 26. 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 CD was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.

  • DAVE GROHL: I Knew Nothing About New Orleans Or Jazz Before 'Sonic Highways'

    FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he knew nothing about the history and culture of New Orleans before he and the band traveled there for the sixth episode of their HBO series "Sonic Highways". According to The Pulse Of Radio, Grohl explained, "Before I turned on the camera with Ben Jaffe from PRESERVATION HALL (JAZZ BAND), I said, 'I don't know shit about jazz and I don't know shit about New Orleans'… A lot of the interviews were like that. I'm a music nerd, but I'm not a musicologist. I love talking about music and hearing these stories, but I also love not knowing everything." The New Orleans episode aired this past Friday night (November 21) and featured interviews with Jaffe, the BLACK KEYS' Dan Auerbach, Trombone Shorty and Bonnie Raitt, while also focusing on the careers of Big Easy legends like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and THE METERS. Asked why he included New Orleans in the series, Grohl said, "The celebration of life in that city is unlike anywhere else I've ever been… there's a soundtrack to that city everywhere, 24 hours a day. You're just immersed in music. It makes people smile and dance and drink and celebrate life." Drummer Taylor Hawkins told The Pulse Of Radio that the FOO FIGHTERS felt more welcomed by the musical community in New Orleans than any other city. "The thing about New Orleans is all those musicians — it's like they all wrapped their arms around us as soon as we got there. They were all like, 'We're gonna be part of this too.' Because they wanna play. They're there to play. They were involved from second one, and that's the spirit of that place. We're here to play, everybody's gonna play. It's all about that shared sort of experience." New Orleans was one of eight cities in which FOO FIGHTERS recorded its new album, also titled "Sonic Highways", which the HBO series has chronicled. There are two episodes of the series left. FOO FIGHTERS will tour North American stadiums and arenas next year in support of the album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart last week.

  • Authorized Documentary On KURT COBAIN Coming To HBO

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, the first fully authorized documentary about late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain, titled "Montage Of Heck", will premiere on HBO in 2015. The film is written, directed and produced by Brett Morgen and is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain's family. Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has signed on as an executive producer for the project. Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain's entire personal and family archives, and the film will include footage from numerous NIRVANA performances, along with previously unheard songs, never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks. Morgen, who has been working on the project for some eight years, said in a statement, "Once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media." Morgen told NME back in 2013 that the movie would feature a mix of animation and live-action footage, although it's not clear whether that is still the case. The movie has the same title as a musical and sound collage that Cobain created around 1988, which recently surfaced online. The collage exists in both eight and 36-minute versions and combines original sounds and effects with NIRVANA demos, songs recorded from the radio and tracks sampled from Cobain's record collection. A biopic about Cobain, produced in conjunction with his widow Courtney Love, has been on and off in development for years, although there are no signs that it is going to emerge any time soon.

  • AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY Talks Fan Reaction To His Autobiography (Audio)

    AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was recently interviewed on "Elliot In The Morning", the morning radio talk show hosted by DJ Elliot Segal. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked if anything has surprised him about how fans have reacted to his autobiography, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", Perry said: "One of the things I really wanted to get across was, after the first layer of the obvious, the rock and roll part of what I do and what my career has been and this tenure in rock and roll, the next level down, we're dealing with the same kind of problems that a lot of people deal with, in whatever walk of life, whatever career they have, or whatever they do for a living. And they have to deal with the same things — with family and friends and ego and human nature… I mean, I've run into brothers that hadn't talked to each other for ten years and have no intention of talking to each other. When you're in a band, you don't have that option. If you really wanna keep that magic and be able to play on stage with somebody, and you don't see eye-to-eye all the time, you have to figure out a way to make it work." He continued: "I know a lot has been made of [AEROSMITH singer] Steven [Tyler] and my relationship, probably because of the amount of songs we've written together, but everybody in the band has their ups and downs with each other. And we've figured out how to make it work. And I think that people have picked up on that, and I'm really happy to see that." "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" spent its initial two weeks on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book entered the chart at No. 8 and remained in the Top Ten (No. 10) in week two. "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" came out on October 7 via Simon & Schuster. The guitarist worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. Perry, who participated in the writing of the 1997 AEROSMITH band biography "Walk This Way", told GMI Rock he wanted his book to be more than just a collection of his lurid rock 'n' roll stories. "One thing I didn't want it to be was the usual sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll — band starts off, y'know, playing clubs, works hard, struggles, starves, somehow lucky enough to make it to a certain level and they continue and surviving through...the '70s and then completely falling apart and then coming back together and then having the kind of success," he said. "We've seen all that, the VH1 'Behind the Music' thing, a million times. We lived it...That's in there. I certainly talk about those things and how it impacted us, but I wanted it to be more about the reasons why and some of the dynamics that are common just to be human, to human nature, and how people deal with each other, especially when they're kind of working within the family of choice as opposed to blood relatives and how we managed to make it work and kind of go our separate ways as grown men and having families and how we want to raise our kids and all that, but still have this common bond."

  • MARDUK: 'Frontschwein' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed; 'Rope Of Regret' Song Streaming

    Swedish black metallers MARDUK will release their new album, "Frontschwein", in Europe on January 19 via Century Media Records. On "Frontschwein" — MARDUK's first completely war-themed album since 1999's legendary "Panzer Division Marduk" — 25 years of black metal history collide with eons of devastation and destruction amongst human beings. The result is an ugly, furious album true to MARDUK's sinister legacy and true to the essence of black metal. "Frontschwein" track listing: 01. Frontschwein 02. The Blond Beast 03. Afrika 04. Wartheland 05. Rope Of Regret 06. Between The Wolf-Packs 07. Nebelwerfer 08. Falaise: Cauldron Of Blood 09. Doomsday Elite 10. 503 11. Thousand-Fold Death The song "Rope Of Regret" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. In a January 2014 interview with Metal Blast, MARDUK guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson stated about the band's songwriting process: "I find it ridiculous when all the people talk about needing to go some desolated location to work on their lyrics. It's kind of a cheap 'artist' thing to do. I remember reading about bands that needed to travel out into the countryside to connect and write together. For me, it comes naturally. I can write or play guitar in the middle of the night or whenever; it just comes to me." Speaking about MARDUK's decision to stop using producer Peter Tägtgren more than a decade ago, Morgan told Metal-Rules.com in December 2013: "We don't really need a producer. He wasn't really a producer, he was more the studio engineer, but, I mean, we recorded so many albums in his studio up there and we did it for so many years, we thought it was time for a change. Now we're recording more or less the same amount of albums in another studio, but the same studio for 'Plague Angel' [2004], 'Rom 5:12' [2007], 'Wormwood' [2009] and 'Serpent Sermon' [2012]. In that studio we're actually going to do the next album as well, because our bass player owns it. For me, it's perfect to work from your hometown instead of travelling away, and we have full control and we produce everything ourselves and we get it the way we want." MARDUK's 12th studio CD, "Serpent Sermon", was issued in May 2012 via Blooddawn Productions/Century Media.


  • Body Of MEGADETH Mainman DAVE MUSTAINE's Mother-In-Law Found

    According to CBS8.com, authorities have found the body of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's mother-in-law, 76-year-old Sally Estabrook, who was last seen at a campground near Julian, California on October 4. Sheriff's deputies say someone called 911 after they discovered a female body in some heavy brush in Julian around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, November 26. Authorities say the clothing resembles what Estabrook was wearing when she went missing. The remains were found at 200 block of Coulter Ridge Road, which is a half a mile from the Pinezanita Campground where she was last seen. Sheriff's deputies say it doesn't appear there was any foul play. Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to try to determine the cause and manner of death. Search-and-rescue teams from four counties and the U.S. Border Patrol and more than 300 volunteers took part in the search for Estabrook. Speaking to the 101 KGB radio station in San Diego, Mustaine previously said about his mother-in-law's disappearance: "We live in Tennesse, and we have our house in California too, so we had just moved back to Tennessee and then we get this phone call [about Estabrook being missing]. And it's, like, 'Well, is she in the campsite and you're gonna find her in an hour?' 'Is she at a girlfriend's camper or something, or is she gone?' And she's just plain gone. They had bloodhounds, they had cadaver dogs, they had helicopters, motorcycles, ATVs… everybody." He continued: "The other thing, too, is even the most terrible of convicts still has a mother, and when they're driving down the road and they see this old woman, the person could have pulled over and helped her and have a criminal past and they can't say anything. It could be somebody of Latino descent that is here without documentation and is afraid that they're gonna get deported. It could be a number of different things. We don't care what the situation is. Just help us find my wife's mom." Asked if he was happy with the job that the search-and-rescue teams and law enforcement were doing, Mustaine said: "I am, actually. They have gone on longer than they were supposed to. They held off on the cadaver dogs and switching from rescue to recovery longer than they should have. Even the pilots that were flying the helicopters, they've got a routine that they have to do over the city, and they were all flying back out to the site. They covered 60 square miles with the helicopter. There is no way she went that far." Mustaine said that Estabrook was in the "severe" stage of Alzheimer's disease and "couldn't put three words together." He added: "That's the thing that is of comfort to us, because we do know that at some point she's gonna go in Heaven, but we don't want it to happen now, for Christ's sakes." Estabrook is 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 145 pounds with shoulder-length, blond hair. She was last seen wearing a teal top and white, Capri pants.

  • SOEN Featuring Ex-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: 'The Words' Video Released

    "The Words", the new video from SOEN — the Swedish progressive rock band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (WILLOWTREE), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's sophomore studio album, "Tellurian", which was released on November 4 via Spinefarm Records. The "The Words" clip is more like a mini-film than it is a standard music video. The visuals advance a powerful and emotionally evocative plot and narrative, spliced with footage of the band performing in subdued fashion. Overall, the video is epic and cinematic in scope, just like the song. As "Tellurian" makes plain, SOEN is not concerned with the simple or the shallow; their musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter José Luis López Galván, that consistently challenges without being "clever-clever" or tough to enjoy. The melodies are intricate, the playing muscular and the choruses soaring; overall, the feel is one of a band whose intent is very much in synch with the sort of core values — skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork — that seem to be back in vogue. Produced by Platbarzdis, mixed by the legendary Grammy Award-winning David Bottrill (TOOL, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MUSE, KING CRIMSON) and mastered at Bob Ludwig's Gateway setup in the U.S. by Adam Ayan, also a Grammy winner, "Tellurian" sees SOEN taking the approach of their "Cognitive" debut (2012, Spinefarm) and pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice. Rhythmic, experimental and flowing, and with the "muso" side never taking precedence over a good song and a telling chorus, "Tellurian" ("relating to, or inhabiting the earth") will appeal to anyone with an ear for quality playing, and there's further reward to be had below the surface, with the lyrics taking a more direct route than on "Cognitive", and the construction of the material — including first single/video "Tabula Rasa" ("Clean Slate") — allowing room for the raw emotion to shine through. "Tellurian" track listing: 01. Komenco 02. Tabula Rasa 03. Kuraman 04. The Words 05. Pluton 06. Koniskas 07. Ennui 08. Void 09. The Other's Fall


  • Producer ANDY SNEAP Talks About Making Of ACCEPT's 'Blind Rage' (Video)

    A new interview with acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap about the making of the latest ACCEPT album, "Blind Rage", can be seen in two parts below. "Blind Rage" was released on August 15 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy. "Blind Rage" sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Asked how it felt to see "Blind Rage", enter the German chart at No. 1, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann told myRockworld: "It feels great. Who could have believed that after 35 yeas or longer in this business, finally we get a Number One. It took us mostly by surprise, to be honest, but we're very happy about it. [It was Number One] in Germany and Finland and I think it made some really good chart positions in other countries all around Europe. But what's even more important to me than the chart position is how well it was received by the fans and all the critics. That, to me, means everything, really. A chart position is a chart position; it comes and goes and it's nice. But what's the staying power of an album and what do the fans really say at the end of the day? That's what's important. And so far the reactions have been overwhelming, amazing."


  • MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'The Final Tour' Has Already Been Seen By Half A Million Fans

    According to Billboard.com, box office for MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour" sales total more than $28.5 million, based on Boxscores reported to Billboard since the tour launched in July. The sold ticket count totals 496,833 from 38 concerts at 17 sheds and 20 arenas during the run. The trek launched on July 2, with ALICE COOPER and THE RASKINS onboard as special guests, and wrapped for the year in Spokane, Washington on November 22. There are tentative plans for MÖTLEY CRÜE to end its "The Final Tour" by playing "couple of nights" in Las Vegas in late 2015 and finishing off with a few shows in the band's hometown of Los Angeles. "Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started," singer Vince Neil told Las Vegas Weekly. "After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A.," Neil added. "And then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary." MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone: ""We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1 a.m. show at the Whisky. Fuck, we all used to live around the corner from that club." While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner. "The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx said before adding. "There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We'd have so much egg on our face." motleycruedodgefinaltour2014_638


    A BLABBERMOUTH.NET vistor by the name of Philip L. has filed the following report: "I have just returned from [former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave] Lombardo's clinic in Geneva, Switzerland (on November 26), which was very impressive. "During the autograph session, Dave made it clear that he was open to the possibility of joining MEGADETH if the invitation were extended to him. "As Dave was signing my copy of FANTÔMAS' 'The Director's Cut', I mentioned that MEGADETH are in need of a new drummer as of yesterday. Lombardo looked up with a big smile and said, before a number of other fans (verbatim): 'I know. I just heard. Dave [Mustaine] has my number, so I'm waiting.' He looked up at us, grinned, and moved on to sign the next fan's item. He might have made this reply in jest, but if nothing more, this indicates that Lombardo is open to the possibility of replacing MEGADETH's Shawn Drover. He appeared genuinely interested in the opportunity. "Lombardo stated during the clinic that he has touring plans with his new project, PHILM, in the immediate future, but he didn't mention this in his reply to me concerning the MEGADETH slot. "If Dave Mustaine is interested and were to reach out to him, there are strong chances that Dave Lombardo would consider collaborating with MEGADETH, especially now that he is no longer a member of SLAYER. "Other matters discussed: * Dave mentioned that he is often called 'Il Padrino' ('The Godfather') by the younger generation of metal drummers who consider him an innovator and the first extreme metal drummer. * Dave appreciates extreme metal drumming and enjoys borrowing some of its techniques (he used blast beats on 'Christ Illusion', for example), while remembering that he in many ways paved the way for it. He described his attitude to it as a give-and-take relationship. * Lombardo mentioned that he is self-taught, and a very open-minded musician. He grew up listening to jazz, classic R&B and Cuban music, to which he added fast beats by hitting pots and pans in the kitchen as a child. He mentioned that he began that particular day by listening to Andrea Bocelli. Lombardo in fact ended the clinic by adding double-bass and SLAYER-style drumming over a Ray Charles track. * He doesn't recommend smoking as a drummer... * One of his worst experiences was a near-miss accident in the '80s when he lost control over his vehicle and the car started sliding on ice (the car was also occupied by Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King and a crew guy). * Lombardo didn't use clicks while recording any of the SLAYER albums (including 'Reign In Blood'!) * When asked about Lars Ulrich's drumming, he smiled and said: 'Oh no, not again. I can't say anything about this anymore. No comment.'" Drummer Shawn Drover quit MEGADETH yesterday (Tuesday, November 25) "to pursue [his] own musical interests." His statement can be found at this location. Guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from MEGADETH a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group "due to artistic and musical differences."

  • ONSLAUGHT 'Fires' Singer NEIL TURBIN Two Days Before Completion Of North American 'Thrash Invasion' Tour

    **UPDATE**: Neil Turbin has posted the following statement on his Facebook page regarding his early departure from the ONSLAUGHT tour: "I agreed to do the ONSLAUGHT tour to fill-in for Sy Keeler who couldn't do the tour due to his son's illness. I turned down the offer three times because it was very low. I agreed after Nige Rockett wouldn't let it go and kept after me and increased it slightly. "The contract was signed a month before the tour and that's the amount of time I had to learn an entire set of complex lyrics and vocals. There was no time on the road, except for poor situp sleeping in the van and numerous nights without hotel rooms, driving straight from gig to gig. That being said, upfront it was shared with Nige that the only way I could sing the proper lyrics would be with some help, since we never rehearsed once and four weeks was not enough time to learn the amount of lyrics. "On Monday before showtime in Anaheim, I had a meeting with Nige and let him know I needed to be paid each of the last three shows the money that was owed to me which was a few hundred dollars, so he did not confirm or assure me that I would be paid and it was suspect the fact that he collected all the money from the Brazilian tour dates, even thought the tour cancelled. "In Montreal before we played there were major arguments by some of the other members, with Nige expressing concern that they weren't being paid. With this concern heavily in mind, I asked Nige Rockett, who told me he needs to get paid $2000 by [tour manager] Nate. I then spoke with Nate Klug, tour manager, who said that all the money is going to the van and said Nige was supposed to pay me. When Nige didn't on Monday night after the Anaheim show, I then told Nige and the band C-ya. No Pay No Way No Show! Therefore his interview providing false information about what happened is just damage control. "I left the tour on Monday by my own accord of not being paid for the final week of the tour. Nige Rockett stating that I was fired because of a teleprompter is total rubbish. I would like to add that whatever they pay Sy Keeler should be increased to double the amount to tolerate the verbal abusiveness and passive aggressive behavior of Mr. Rockett. "I quit the ONSLAUGHT tour due to non-payment. Nige had no intention of good faith and no intention of paying me. That is the only reason I am not playing the last shows. The rest is Nige Rockett damage control and anger venting. His threat to me was, 'See you on Blabbermouth.' It is a shame that he has resorted to lying to the media. I could say a lot more if necessary but I'll stop here now." **UPDATE #2**: Nike Rockett has posted the following response to Turbin's version of what happened to cause ONSLAUGHT and the singer to part ways: "Neil, I suggest you remove your totally slanderous post with immediate effect or you will be hearing from our lawyers forthwith..!! ONSLAUGHT will make a true and very detailed statement regarding your departure in due course..!" Nige added in a separate post: "Further to my recent post, Mr. Turbin was paid in full each week as per contract. If he states otherwise, we have evidence to confirm each of these payments. In fact, Turbin was paid over 300% in excess of what any other ONSLAUGHT band member was paid per week..! So no, Neil was not ripped off, Neil was not done wrong, Neil got paid....!! Ask him to deny what I say..!!" After Turbin apparently deleted Rockett's posts from Neil's Facebook page, Rockett wrote: "Why you deleting my posts Turbin, afraid of the truth..???" The original article follows below. British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have "fired" Neil Turbin as the lead singer for their ongoing "Thrash Invasion Tour 2014", explaining that the former ANTHRAX frontman never learned their material properly. Turbin was hired to front ONSLAUGHT as the fill-in for the band's regular vocalist, Sy Keeler, who is sitting out the trek due to health issues with his son. Speaking to Heavy Metal Television VJ Susie Von Slaughter prior to the band's November 25 performance in Tempe, Arizona, ONSLAUGHT guitarist Nige Rockett said (see video below): "Basically, the [North American] tour was booked April/May time. Sy's [son] has not been that well for a long time. We looked at it and we said, 'Well, let's soldier on and see what we can do.' And we ended up getting up getting the singer from the first ANTHRAX album, Neil Turbin, to do the vocals on the tour. But I'm just about to tell you something very exclusive to you. We actually fired him yesterday [after the show in Anaheim, California]… Basically, I'm gonna be doing some vocals tonight." He continued: "Things never really started off well with Neil. He had a reasonable amount of time to learn the songs. He turned up at the first show in New York with a prompter on stage, and that prompter was still there yesterday. So tonight I will be doing my best to deliver [the lead vocals]." Nige added: "The show goes on. I mean, we've done it with this tour, and we're not gonna skip out on the last two shows. I mean, we've just gotta do it." Fan-filmed video footage of ONSLAUGHT's final performance with Turbin on November 24 in Anaheim, California can be seen below. ONSLAUGHT's sixth album, "VI", was released on September 20, 2013 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Sounds Of Violence" was mixed by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (TIAMAT, SCAR SYMMETRY) at Panic Room studios in Skara, Sweden. Interview:

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  • ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Featuring MEGADETH's ELLEFSON, ANTHRAX's BELLO: 'Here Again' Performance Clip

    EMG TV has uploaded footage of ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the project featuring ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, performing the song "Tell The World". Check out the clip below to hear Frank playing the EMG 81 and EMG 60 on guitar and Dave using the EMG 35DC and EMG 35CS on his bass. "Tell The World" is taken from ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE's self-titled EP, which was released on January 14. "Altitudes & Attitude" track listing: 01. Booze & Cigarettes 02. Tell The World 03. Here Again The two bassists began writing music together while traveling the world during clinics now known as "Metal Masters". "What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together," said Ellefson. "Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It's exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank's singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities." "We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn't expect from us — which is what ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE is," added Bello. Regarding how ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE came together, Ellefson told Guitar World: "We were doing bass clinics for our endorsement of Hartke bass amplification a few years back when the 'Big Four' were playing shows together. I just said to Frank, 'We should really write some of our own material we can play for these clinics. Something unique just for us.' So last year at Bass Player Live! at the Key Club in Hollywood, Frank got us talking to ANTHRAX producer Jay Ruston, who is also a bass player, and he got excited to get on board to record some songs for us. We agreed to do just a few songs we could release in EP format. This would make the workload easier with all of our schedules and even allow us to continue releasing more songs moving forward as well. Jay brought in Jeff Friedl on drums and even suggested Gus G. to play the solos I wanted to have on the track 'Here Again'." Asked when they found the time to write the material for "Altitudes & Attitude", Ellefson said: "Frank had a few full songs sitting around that he wanted to release. His label, Megaforce, had already heard them and really liked them, so we knew we might have an outlet to release these tracks. I also thought we should have some material that was instrumental in nature for our clinics, which is why I brought in 'Here Again'. In fact, that song is specifically composed and recorded so we can use it as a clinic backing track to play bass solos over top of it, or we can perform it with the whole band including vocals." "Altitudes & Attitude" EP recording credits: Frank Bello - lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar David Ellefson - 4-, 5- and 8-string bass guitars, rhythm guitars Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE) - drums and percussion Special guest: Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) - lead guitar on "Here Again" "Here Again" performance clip:

    "Tell The World" performance clip:
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  • ENUFF Z'NUFF: Video For Cover Version Of BILLY SQUIER's 'The Stroke'

    ENUFF Z'NUFF's video for their cover version of the BILLY SQUIER classic "The Stroke" can be seen below. Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest-working bands in show business, ENUFF Z'NUFF proudly presents this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their three-decade career! "Covered In Gold", a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including DAVID BOWIE's "The Jean Genie", NIRVANA's "All Apologies", PRINCE's "When Doves Cry", SMOKEY ROBINSON's "Tears Of A Clown" and lots more, all of which showcase this group's incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes two rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group's 1989 hit single "New Thing" plus another cover, of THE BEATLES' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", performed live on "The Howard Stern Show". Founder, bassist, singer and namesake of the group, Chip Z'nuff has led the band through its highest highs as well as its most turbulent times. The band scored two major successes in 1989 with hit singles off of their self-titled debut album, the aforementioned "New Thing" as well as the powerful ballad "Fly High Michelle", both spent 46 weeks in the Top Ten on MTV and earned them a gold record. on MTV. In 1991, the band released their second album "Strength", which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them "The Hot Band Of The Year" as well as earning them numerous appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman". The mid-late '90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the ENUFF Z'NUFF torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums. Now an esteemed statesman of the music world, Chip continues to grow the ENUFF Z'NUFF fanbase performing shows worldwide. He has also found a new passion in broadcasing, first as a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio program and more recently as co-host of the TV show "Mancow TV". "Covered In Gold", like ENUFF Z'NUFF, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, "When it comes to rock n' roll, you don't need anybody else." "Covered In Gold" track listing: 01. Everything Works If You Let It (CHEAP TRICK cover) 02. Stone Cold Crazy (QUEEN cover) 03. She Sells Sanctuary (THE CULT cover) 04. All Apologies (NIRVANA cover) 05. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme) 06. The Jean Genie (DAVID BOWIE cover) 07. Run For Your Life (THE BEATLES cover) 08. When Doves Cry (PRINCE cover) 09. Tears Of A Clown (SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES cover) 10. The Stroke (BILLY SQUIER cover) 11. Yankee Rose (DAVID LEE ROTH cover) 12. Jealous Guy (JOHN LENNON cover) Bonus tracks: 13. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (live on "Howard Stern") 14. New Thing (live unplugged in London)


  • ANGRA: Video Footage From 'Secret Garden' Recording Sessions - Part 1

    Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA will release their new album, "Secret Garden", on January 16, 2015 via earMUSIC. The CD was pre-produced by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD) and recorded and produced in Sweden by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, DRAGONFORCE). The first in a series of video clips featuring footage from the "Secret Garden" recording sessions can be seen below. "Secret Garden" "brings together everything that has established ANGRA as one of biggest bands in its style: contemporary sound combined with inspired compositions," according to a press release. It shows the maturity of a band that, after 23 years on the road, continues with the same motivation and passion for music that drove the glorious beginning of the group. The compositions mend together elements that made the band known around the world, foregrounding the unity of seemingly distinct styles and combining in a unique way styles such as rock - in its various forms, classical music and Brazilian music. "Secret Garden" is yet another masterpiece by the group and promises to become a great classic in the metal world. Like almost all of ANGRA's work, "Secret Garden" is a concept album which brings up the question: can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent? The songs tell the fictional story of scientist Morten Vrolik who fights to restore his happiness after a tragic accident that took the life of his wife. Faced with the harsh new reality, Morten is forced to revise his atheistic beliefs and values in order to recover a sense of personal contentment that was taken away by fate. The sudden change in his routine, the adaptability, synchronicity, loneliness, guilt, hope and the strength to rise anew are some of the topics discussed in the lyrics, always put to light under different perspectives — be they religious, scientific, philosophical or merely aesthetic. ANGRA, the most representative band of the Brazilian power metal scene worldwide, is back with full power. Italian vocalist Fabio Lione embeds the music with his powerful voice and impressive performance whereas young prodigy Bruno Valverde impresses on drums, giving the group a more modern sound. One of the great strengths of the album is the variety of great guest musicians: Simone Simons from the Dutch band EPICA divinely interprets the song "Secret Garden" while the great metal diva Doro Pesch sings an exciting vocal duet with Rafael Bittencourt on "Crushing Room". Actually, the various appearances of Rafael's lead vocals make for some of the strongest moments on this album, causing a contrast in tone and interpretation in comparison to Fabio. This also becomes evident in the cover that the band chose to record, "Synchronicity II" by THE POLICE. The front cover and album design cleverly interlace the music and story into a beautiful artwork — created by designer Rodrigo Bastos Didier, representing the dreamlike moments of the album's story. The entrance to the secret garden, a representation of the unconscious and the whole atmosphere of mystery intend to bring to the fan an experience that transcends merely listening to the songs. Once again, ANGRA brings to the scene a bombastic, electrifying release, capable of generating new trends, justifying with greatness and elegance why they have been recognized as one of the leading global power and progressive metal bands for over two decades. Tracklist: 01. Newborn Me 02. Black Hearted Soul 03. Final Light 04. Storm of Emotions 05. Synchronicity II 06. Violet Sky 07. Secret Garden (feat. Simone Simons) 08. Upper Levels 09. Crushing Room (feat. Doro Pesch) 10. Perfect Symmetry 11. Silent Call For a first impression of the new album in the form of a lyric video for "Newborn Me", see below.


  • HELLOWEEN: New Footage From The Studio Posted Online

    German power metallers HELLOWEEN recently entered MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL) to begin recording a new album for a May 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. New footage from the guitar-recording sessions can be seen below. HELLOWEEN's forthcoming CD will be the band's first since their return to Nuclear Blast, the label that previously released released two HELLOWEEN albums, "The Dark Ride" (2000) and "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" (2003), both of which were reissued last year with extended bonus material. HELLOWEEN's last album, "Straight Out Of Hell", sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band's history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan. "Straight Out Of Hell" was released in January 2013. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the "7 Sinners" and "Gambling With The Devil" CDs.

  • METALLICA: New 'Some Kind Of Monster' Trailer Available

    METALLICA released a 10th anniversary two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", on November 24. The new edition of the film is available digitally and via VOD for the first time. It also contains a new bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", a 25-minute follow-up segment filmed at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival during the premiere of the band's second film, "Metallica Through The Never". The segment features interview footage with the band and "Some Kind Of Monster" co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky in which they all look back at the decade since the release of the film. A new trailer for "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" can be seen below. Originally released on July 9, 2004, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their "St. Anger" album. Asked by morning radio talk show host Elliot Segal in October if the raw and brutally honest film was still tough for him to watch, Hetfield said: "Yeah, it [is]. Hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Especially where Joe and Bruce, the directors of this, they ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you're being yourself. And a lot of times I'm not really comfortable with myself and seeing myself in the situations, but, man, I learned a lot about what I don't like about me. Which was good — it was a good mirror. And I think everyone involved in that movie pretty much felt the same way about themselves." As previously reported, METALLICA will release a limited 12-inch vinyl single of the new song "The Lords Of Summer" on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28. The single will feature the "first pass" studio version of the song as well as a live take recorded in Rome in July. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent record stores and Metallica.com. METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015.


  • AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG: Why It Was Time To Use Word 'Rock' In Album Title Again

    Germany's Filtr TV conducted an interview with AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams on November 6 in Düsseldorf, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the songwriting process for AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust": Angus: "The songwriting process pretty much has been the same… even for this. It's the same approach for the new album, 'Rock Or Bust'. It's been the same for any album we've ever done. You use some new ideas, some old ideas that were good ideas but you never used before. 'Cause over the years you have a lot of ideas that sometimes you had not finished. You had a good riff here and a good chorus. And sometimes you just get the spark and you go, 'Oh, these two go together. It's like they were made for each other.' But that has always been part of AC/DC." "A lot of the writing went with me and my brother Malcolm [Young, guitar], who's not with us now. So a lot of that we always kind of did together. We worked everything out, especially the music side. And then usually when we had a lot of good ideas together, then we would let the guys know, 'Hey, we're ready to roll. We've got a lot of good material.' So when everyone's got a free calendar, we all hook up and then you start recording." On whether any of Malcolm's ideas were used on "Rock Or Bust": Angus: In the songwriting for the [new album], yes. Because [there are] a lot of Malcolm's ideas. I mean, he was still putting ideas out, He was still doing material, even though he got to a point where he stopped, but he kept going with anything that he had. Which I've got — he made sure that [I would have] any new ideas that he had." All 500 million of iTunes users can now listen to "Rock Or Bust" a week ahead of its December 2 release date. The complete set is now streaming as part of iTunes' "First Play" program. AC/DC has used "rock" in a lot of song and album titles and The Pulse Of Radio asked Angus Young why it felt like time to do it again. "Well, 'Rock Or Bust', it's a good, strong title and it's got the word 'rock' in it, you know? [laughs] 'Cause everyone says, jeez, you know, how many songs have they got with 'rock' in the title in it. But they've got to cut us some slack — I mean, we've made 16 albums, you know."

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