Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL will release their fifth album, "Where The Tree Stands Dead", on November 21 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, November 24 in UK and the rest of Europe, and on December 2 in North America via Apostasy Records. The CD was recorded at Tico Tico Studio in Kemi, Finland and was mastered by Ahti Kortelainen (SONATA ARCTICA, MOONSORROW, SENTENCED). The artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, MORBID ANGEL). "Where The Tree Stands Dead" track listing: 01. To The Pigs 02. Farewell 03. I Can Kill You 04. Where The Tree Stands Dead 05. We The Freaks 06. Endgame 07. Hate For Your God 08. The Charade 09. Burn Your Ghosts 10. Travesty 11. We Bleed THE DUSKFALL's current lineup includes former ENGEL singer Magnus Klavborn. THE DUSKFALL 2014 is: Says a press release: "['Where The Tree Stands Dead'] marks the band's return to the scene after seven years of silence and delivers all the strengths of the Swedish metallers! Intense guitar solos, unforgettable melodies and brutal death / thrash riffing are the most obvious elements of the band's style. Above all soars the aggressive, yet emotional voice of Magnus that gives a very special edge to anthems like 'Endgame', 'Farewell' or 'We The Freaks'." Magnus Klavborn - Vocals Mikael Sandorf - Guitar Ronny Edlund - Guitar Jonatan Storm - Bass Fredrik Andersson â Drums
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has slammed The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle for allegedly being "antiworker" and having a "super-rude staff" after reportedly being denied entry to the restaurant-bar over the weekend. Following his performance Friday night (September 26) at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Morello and his entourage allegedly tried to get "a special room" at The 5 Point Cafe even though the place was already "at capacity" and there was "a line" of people waiting to get in. The restaurant's doorman apparently told Morello and his crew that he could not accommodate them, after which the guitarist took to his Twitter to blast the eatery, writing: "Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word." David Meinert, the owner of The 5 Point Cafe, has since posted the following response on the restarant's Facebook page: "For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share. "Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it's usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick. "I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I've been a fan for years, both of your work in RAGE and your work for workers rights since. "P.S.: Rock stars don't get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn't give less of a shit. Sorry. "And P.S.S.: I'm the owner of The 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road... "P.S.S.S.: [It] turns out [Tom] and his crew didn't get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys: 'I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I've told bigger rock stars than him no.'"
Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 27, 2014
British power metal mercenaries TANK are currently writing and rehearsing material for the follow-up to their successful 2012 album, "War Nation". The band is scheduled to enter the studio in November to begin recording the new CD for a tentative early February release. The new album's arrival will coincide with TANK's performance on the 2015 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean, where the band will debut the entire LP to the fans on board as well as play a second show of TANK classics from the past 30 years. Joining guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on TANK's new album will be former DRAGONFORCE frontman ZP Theart, who has been a member of TANK's touring lineup for the past two years. Also featured will be new recruits Bobby Schottkowski, formerly of SODOM, on drums, and current BLIND GUARDIAN member Barend Courbois on bass. Says Tucker: "We recently completed our first tour of Brazil with this lineup and now we really want to capture the sound and energy of the band on record. "Within seconds of first jamming together, we knew we had a great lineup that can once again stretch the boundaries of our particular style of metal. "ZP, Bobby and Barend have given us a good kick in the ass and we can't wait to get into the studio and make some noise. And drink some beer." Adds Evans: "Our last two albums we recorded with Doogie White ('War Machine', 'War Nation') were two of our most successful releases and proved to people that TANK is still a band at the cutting edge of metal and continually moving forward. We're not still stuck in the '80s. "Working with Doogie was a real pleasure and we like to think that we have created a good body of work that will continue to be enjoyed by our fans around the world for years to come. "Doogie has now moved on to front Michael Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK and will be heading out on tour soon. We wish him all the best. "Now it's time to enter the next chapter of TANK and deliver another 'in-your-face' album of maximum metal." TANK has also been confirmed for the 2015 edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany, with other festival and tour dates to be announced soon.
"Tabula Rasa", the new video from SOEN â the Swedish progressive rock band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH), vocalist Joel EkelÃ¶f (WILLOWTREE), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg â can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's sophomore studio album, "Tellurian", which will be released on November 4 via Spinefarm Records. Says Platbarzdis: "It is finally time for the first video from our forthcoming second album, 'Tellurian', to surface. The video features the song 'Tabula Rasa', and gives a glimpse into our common frustrations with the world, the way it's run today and how the effects of it exclude no one..." The "Tabula Rasa" video was directed by Kirke Ailio Rodwell, whose work displays a flair for style, attention to detail and one-of-a-kind perspective. He says: "In a way, the video summarizes life, with its moments of zest and sadness. "It was such a great experience to work with SOEN, who trusted me and my team to capture the extremes of life. They are talented musicians and have visions that closely coincide with my own â which is rare and truly special for me." 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 JosÃ© Luis LÃ³pez GalvÃ¡n, 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 â skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork â 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 â including first single/video "Tabula Rasa" ("Clean Slate") â 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
Allen Kovac's Eleven Seven Music Group has announced the signing of ART OF DYING. The band â Jonny Hetherington (vocals), Jeff Brown (drums), Cale Gontier (bass) and Tavis Stanley (guitar) â has just completed work on its new album in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (BRING ME THE HORIZON, BREAKING BENJAMIN, OF MICE & MEN) for an early 2015 release. Though the members of ART OF DYING are Canadian, the epicenter of the band's success has been in the U.S., with their album "Vices And Virtues" (2011, Reprise/Intoxication) spawning the hit singles "Die Trying" and "Get Thru This", both of which charted on U.S. mainstream, rock and alternative radio, and contributed to the band selling over 250,000 digital singles and 50,000 records. "We're thrilled to join forces with Eleven Seven and Allen Kovac," says Hetherington. "It's an honor to become label mates with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH and MÃTLEY CRÃE, bands that have inspired us over the years. "Eleven Seven's passion for rock is fierce which is exactly the kind of energy that ART OF DYING fans have come to expect." He adds: "I can't tell you how excited we are about the new music! Making this album was one of the most intense experiences we've ever been through, so we kept things pretty tight lipped in order to focus all of our energy into every lyric, note and beat of the creative process. "We've seen all of the calls for new music coming in from our fans on our social media channels, and now I'm thrilled to say the record is done, and the wait is almost over! Kovac states: "Having come off a #1 rock single and making their first album for Eleven Seven produced by David Bendeth, we are exceptionally lucky to have ART OF DYING join our roster."
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THREE DAYS GRACE has released a new song called "I Am Machine", accompanied by a lyric video. The track is the second new track issued this year by the Canadian act, following the chart-topping "Painkiller" earlier this year. Both songs are expected to appear on the group's upcoming fifth album, which will now have a March 31, 2015 release date. Drummer Neil Sanderson told The Pulse Of Radio what to expect from the new disc musically. "This record, we really wanted to go back to the raw, really aggressive, you know, sometimes rough around the edges and just bruteness," he said. "And that's kind of what's coming out and maybe it's a reflection of just where our heads have been at and the experiences that we've had." The yet-to-be-titled new album will follow up 2012's "Transit Of Venus". It's the first to feature new frontman Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad Walst. Matt replaced original singer Adam Gontier in early 2013 and was officially made a member of the band last March. The first new song written by the revamped band, "Painkiller", became the 12th No. 1 track of THREE DAYS GRACE's career at Active Rock radio this past summer.
The lyric video for the song "The Glass Sentient" from Australian death machine AVERSIONS CROWN can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Tyrant", which will be released on November 24 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Formed in 2010 in Queensland's Brisbane, the same sunny stretch of Australian coastline that is responsible for launching the careers of PORTAL and THE AMITY AFFLICTION, AVERSIONS CROWN developed its pummeling blend of mechanized brutality and haunting atmospherics by utilizing three guitarists brandishing eight-string guitars. Appearing live as a wall of muscle, guitars and flailing hair, the band have logged serious road miles across Australia and Europe with acts like THY ART IS MURDER, THE ACACIA STRAIN, OCEANO, ALL SHALL PERISH, CATTLE DECAPITATION and appearances on the Vans Warped Tour. "Tyrant", the follow-up to AVERSIONS CROWN's 2011 debut, "Servitude", was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane's summer with THY ART IS MURDER's Andy Marsh producing and Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, CARNIFEX) of AudioHammer mixing. With a thematic fixation on dystopian nightmares and hostile extraterrestrial encounters, the relentless barrage AVERSIONS CROWN churn out across these ten songs will soundtrack either a solid Halo session or the coming invasion. The striking artwork was created by Swedish visionary PÃ¤r Olofsson, who has worked with acts like PYSCROPTIC, ABORTED, ABYSMAL DAWN and THE FACELESS. "Tyrant" track listing: 01. Hollow Planet 02. The Glass Sentient 03. Conqueror 04. Vectors 05. Earth Steriliser 06. Avalanche 07. Xenoforms 08. Overseer 09. Controller 10. Faith Collapsing AVERSIONS CROWN is: Colin Jeffs - Vocals Chris Cougan - Guitar Jay Coombs - Bass Jayden Mason - Drums Hayden Lee - Guitar Mick Jeffery - Guitar Photo credit: Thomas Savage
ILL NIÃO's video for the song "I'm Not The Enemy" can be seen below. Shot on the streets of Los Angeles, the clip tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life. Says ILL NIÃO vocalist Cristian Machado: "We wanted something traditional and classic that represented the everyday struggle between the good side of society, the bad side of society, and the judged side of society." The "I'm Not The Enemy" video was produced by Scott Hansen (OTEP, A DAY TO REMEMBER) and co-directed by ILL NIÃO bassist Lazaro Pina. The song highlights the band's distinctive dual guitar strike and groove-laden percussion while Machado scathingly questions authority: "I'm the bad guy in the backseat. Am I the enemy?" "I'm Not The Enemy" is taken from ILL NIÃO's new album, "Till Death, La Familia", which was released on July 22 via Victory Records. Pina recently stated about the CD: "We're definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing Cristian singing like he's never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It's going to be interesting. I think that the fans'll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, 'Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they've been doing throughout the years.' It isâ¦ I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely ILL NIÃO demonstrating an additional style." He continued: "You've got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don't innovate yourself, you're playing the same thing. We've been doing this for a long time, we're entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas."
ATKINS MAY PROJECT, the band featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May, will release its third album, "Empire Of Destruction", on September 29 via Gonzo Multimedia. Like its predecessors, "Empire Of Destruction" comes once again straight out of the heart of "Black Country" in the United Kingdom, the "Home Of Metal". The album continues its classic rock theme with enough metal moments to melt your face off, yet features an abundance of imagination and class to intrigue even the most progressive of tastes. Says Al: "From 'A World At War' to 'Whisper To The Wind', it will take you on a journey of battle fields to sombre tears..." Adds Paul: "Our first album, 'Serpents Kiss', set the bench mark for the second, 'Valley of Shadows', a mature classic metal affair, that in turn set a much higher new bench mark for 'Empire Of Destruction', which has evolved into something I believe will stand the test of time, an to be album to proud of.â The first 1,000 CDs comes with a limited-edition DVD. "Empire Of Destruction" track listing: CD 01. Dog Eat Dog 02. Whisper To The Wind 03. A World At War 04. The Midas Touch 05. Here Comes The Rain 06. Darkness Within 07. Reckless Child 08. Paranoia DVD * Welcome To The Nightmare * Fight * The Shallowing (unplugged) * The Darkness Within * Enslaved To Love * Interview with Paul May and Al Atkins A "shortened" version of the song "Here Comes The Rain" can be streamed below. ATKINS MAY PROJECT's first CD, "Serpent's Kiss", was released in 2011 via Gonzo Multimedia. A follow-up effort, "Valley Of Shadows", came out in 2012. Atkins is the co-writer of several PRIEST songs which are included on the band's first two albums, "Rocka Rolla" and "Sad Wings of Destiny", both of which eventually went gold. Atkins co-penned the heavy metal classic "Victim of Changes", which was a combination of Rob Halford's song "Red Light Lady" and Atkins' own "Whiskey Woman". He also co-wrote "Winter", "Never Satisfied", "Dreamer Deceiver" and "Caviar and Meths". In 1989 Atkins released his debut solo album, "Judgement Day", to great acclaim. But it was "Heavy Thoughts" and "Victim of Changes" (the latter being his collaborative album with ex-JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland) that brought him strong sales and critical acclaim around the world. JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill penned the foreword to Al Atkins's autobiography, titled "Dawn of the Metal Gods: My Life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal". The book, which was written with Neil Daniels â a freelance rock writer and heavy metal fan who befriended Atkins during the writing of Neil's book "The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith" (Omnibus Press) â was released in 2009 via Iron Pages.
SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album, "Modern Vintage", on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. SIXX: A.M. will celebrate the CD release by playing its first full live show since 2009 the same night. The performance will take place at the iHeart Theater in Burbank, California. The show, as well as a question-and-answer session with the band about the new album, its influences and the band's future plans will be broadcast exclusively live on iHeartRadio and select Clear Channel radio stations. SIXX: A.M. is also expected to make a big announcement at the event that evening which will have fans buzzing. Joining Sixx, Ashba and Michael for the Burbank performance will be drummer Jeff Fabb (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, IN THIS MOMENT). Ashba told Legendary Rock Interviews about Jeff: "[He is the] same guy who played drums on the 'Modern Vintage' album. He is an incredible drummer. It was a lot of fun to work with him and we were really happy to have him on the record. He agreed to come in and do the show with us, which just makes sense." According to Ashba, "Modern Vintage" marks the first time SIXX: A.M. has used a live drummer on one of its albums, having previously relied solely on programmed drums while in the recording studio. "It was the first album where we actually felt it was important to capture that big album vibe we were going after," he explained. "To bring in a live drummer, it really made a huge difference, you know; it gave the whole entire album and songs a new breath of fresh air, which was really cool." As previously reported, SIXX: A.M. will sign copies of "Modern Vintage" during the group's first-ever in-store appearance on Wednesday, October 8 at Best Buy in Burbank, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Best Buy Store #137 1501 N. Victory Place Burbank, CA 91504-1647
In a brand new interview with Legendary Rock Interviews, guitarist DJ Ashba was asked if GUNS N' ROSES has any recording or touring plans in 2015. "We are planning on doing quite a bit of touring this coming year," he said. "The focus is getting in a studio and putting together what we all feel is the best GUNS N' ROSES record. Lack of material is not an issue. We have tons of stuff. Axl [Rose, GN'R lead singer] has two full albums that he has recorded. He has played me a bunch of songs off of that that are incredible! I can't wait to get in and kind of dive into those as well. I've written tons of songs and demoed up a bunch of stuff. I think it is just a matter of getting in and sifting through the piles of material." Rose hinted in a rare interview with Revolver magazine that a follow-up to the 2008 album "Chinese Democracy" could be in the works. Rose explained, "We recorded a lot of things before 'Chinese' was out. We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of 'Chinese'. That's already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from 'Chinese'. That's been done for a while, too." GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal told Rolling Stone last year that there is music ready to go for GUNS N' ROSES' follow-up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy". He explained, "There's a lot of stuff, it's just a question of all of us organizing. We're still doing shows, and I think once we clear our schedule and focus more on new music, it'll happen. We just have little things on the back burner, just waiting for the right time for us to organize and make something new out of it. Hopefully we can make more music â that's what it's about."
In concert with f.y.e., BLABBERMOUTH.NET is pleased to continue its series of guest posts written by FOZZY's Chris Jericho. Join us again in welcoming Chris with his personal take on a few heavy releases. FOZZY's new album, "Do You Wanna Start A War", debuted at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was produced by FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward, was released on July 22 via Century Media. MASTODON - "Remission" "I'm really digging the reissue album from one of the best, weirdest bands in the world today! I hosted the Metal Hammer Awards a few years ago, and between Brent Hinds walking onstage as his drunk redneck cousin alter ego and Brann Dailor's 'Two Time Grammy Award Loser' t-shirt, it was quite the night!" DRAGONFORCE - "Maximum Overload" "Do you like it hard and fast? Like REALLY fast? Then DRAGONFORCE is the band for you!! My boy Herman Li and his crew play the fastest guitar solos I've eeevvveeerrr heard in my 30 years of listening to metal!" ACCEPT - "Blind Rage" "Has there been another hard rock band with as big of a late career resurgence as ACCEPT? From 'Blood Of The Nations' to 'Stalingrad' to 'Blind Rage', their releases over the last 5 years just keep getting better and heavier! Wolf Hoffmann and his gang have struck gold... or should I say metal... yet again!!" ILL NINO - "Till Death, La Familia" "FOZZY played only one show with ILL NINO in Frankfurt, Germany a few years ago, but it's a gig I'll never forget. NINO were on fire that night and they continue to burn on this album!" DEMON HUNTER - "Extremist" "It's been awhile since we've seen a great band with Christian overtones, but DEMON HUNTER has changed that. Chunky riffs and thought provoking lyrics have made this album one to worship! "That's all for this month. Be sure to catch my band FOZZY out on tour now!" Pick up any of the selections above at your local f.y.e. store or online.
Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM have been locked away for three weeks in Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts for the band's next CD have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo VÃ¤Ã¤nÃ¤nen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals. ENSIFERUM bassist Sami Hinkka comments: "For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it's time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned." ENSIFERUM's next album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2015 on Metal Blade Records. ENSIFERUM's most recent album, "Unsung Heroes", was released on August 27, 2012 via Spinefarm. The CD was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) at Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) in Hollola, Finland and other locations in the HÃ¤meenlinna area. ENSIFERUM is: Petri Lindroos - vocals/guitar Markus Toivonen - guitar/backing vocals Sami Hinkka - bass/backing vocals Janne Parviainen - drums Emmi Silvennoinen - keys/backing vocals
Heavy metal all-star band METAL ALLEGIANCE â featuring members of PANTERA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT â played a set of heavy metal's most influential and recognizable songs during MOTÃRHEAD's MotÃ¶rboat cruise, which took place last. Taking part in the performance were singers Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX), and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), guitarists Chris Broderick (MEGADETH), Jon Donais (ANTHRAX, SHADOWS FALL), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Mark Zavon (KILL DEVIL HILL), bassists Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, ex-PANTERA) and David Ellefson (MEGADETH), and drummers Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) and Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER). Fan-filmed video footage of METAL ALLEGIANCE's set can be seen below. The first annual MOTÃRHEAD's MotÃ¶rboat sailed from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. "The Loudest Boat In The World" featured MOTÃRHEAD, ANTHRAX, METAL ALLEGIANCE, TESTAMENT, DOWN, HIGH ON FIRE, KILL DEVIL HILL, Zakk Wylde, JIM BREUER BAND, DANKO JONES, FIREBALL MINISTRY, WILSON and CILVER, as well as a spoken-word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship. Prior to the cruise, event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment said. "The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can't get anywhere else â and bringing METAL ALLEGIANCE onboard with metal's most loyal fans fits that bill." Added Ellefson: "METAL ALLEGIANCE is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal." "I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The ALLEGIANCE jam is sure to be the best jam I've been involved with yet," said Philip Anselmo. Rex Brown said: "We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but METAL ALLEGIANCE is gonna blow EVERYONE on the MotÃ¶rboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!" Portnoy agreed: "I've been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there's something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the MotÃ¶rboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much."
Norway's progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED have entered the studio to begin recording their thirteenth album for an early 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled CD are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway, with additional tracking at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar BjÃ¸rnson's Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of ValevÃ¥g south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous "Thorn" seven-inch single in 2012. The effort is being produced by bandmembers Ivar BjÃ¸rnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver SandÃ¸y. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Ãrebro, Sweden. Cover artwork will once again be created by longtime artist and "sixth ENSLAVED member" Truls Espedal, who has painted all of the band's album covers since 2001's "Monumension". From his home in Bergen, Norway, ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar BjÃ¸rnson takes some time to provide the following update: "My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with ENSLAVED to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us againâ¦ O joy! "As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass and vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals and keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it. "I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. "I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it. "It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second." ENSLAVED's twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR", sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. ENSLAVED's previous album, "Axioma Ethica Odini", opened with 1,400 units back in September 2010 to debut at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums chart. ENSLAVED's previous two CDs â "Vertebrae" (2008) and "Axioma Ethica Odini" (2010) â were released via Indie Recordings in Europe and Nuclear Blast in North America.
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford tells Billboard.com that the band is so energized by the sessions for its 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls" â which 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 â that he's already "ready to jump into the next JUDAS PRIEST record." "There's a sense that there's another great metal song to write, another great metal album to put together, another great tour to go out on," says Halford. "It's the hunger. If you've still got that, that serves a series of purposes and reasons why you still do it. Maybe we're chasing the elusive finale, but right now I feel like it's amazing to think what might come next from PRIEST." Speaking to the "Trunk Nation" show, which airs on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, singer Rob Halford stated about "Redeemer Of Souls": "When we finished [the] 'Epitaph' [tour], we just got so buzzed from the fans and the reaction wherever we went. Just to put the 'Epitaph' tour together, which was we tried to put a song from every record into the show, and we were living in the life of JUDAS PRIEST, all those decades, in one show, night after night on the world trek, and I think that really did something to us internally; as musicians, it should do when you tour. So we realized that this next record really had to be really strong, full of energy, because it's relentless, the tracks are relentless. The energy that you feel off 'Redeemer Of Souls' is replicated in that direction time and time and time again." Asked what the band was looking to achieve artistically on this record, Halford told VH1.com: "We never ever sit down and kind of premeditate what we're going to do. That's the great purity of PRIEST's music. It does come from the heart. We just sit down with a bunch of guitars and the riffs start cranking and we put the vocal melodies together and so on. So it comes from a very pure source. I think this was an opportunity after 'Nostradamus', our first concept record, which we had an amazing time putting together, but enough time had passed from it to kind of want to reaffirm who we are, which is a classic British heavy metal band. So with that thought in mind the metal started roaring and we feel that all of these songs from 'Redeemer Of Souls' reemphasize that statement about what this band is trying to be in the heavy metal world." Regarding his lyrical approach on "Redeemer Of Souls", Halford told Radio.com: "We've been humorously talking about the fact that this record has dragons, it has Vikings, it has aliens, it has zombies, it has a little bit of a religious statement to make. So, those are all the elements that have been in metal for a long time, but I've always felt that, you know, you can make some parallels. PRIEST has always been in the real world as much as weâve been in the fantasy world. And there are not that many degrees of separation in some instances.
According to WTVR.com, the man suspected of abducting 18-year-old Hannah Graham from the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month is forensically linked to the 2009 disappearance of Morgan Harrington, 20-year-old METALLICA fan who vanished after leaving one of the band's concerts, only for her remains to be found several months later. "Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in [the Harrington] case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue," Virginia State Police said in a statement. "There is a still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the publicâs patience as we move forward." Morgan's mother, Gil Harrington, said: "We worked five years to get to this point, so we are relieved." Gil Harrington previously told Noisecreep about METALLICA: "It has been humbling from the very beginning. Two days after Morgan was abducted, they could have distanced themselves from an ugly occurrence. But [METALLICA frontman] James Hetfield called this house to speak to Dan [Harrington, Morgan's dad], as a father, and asked, 'What can we do?' [More than] three years out, they [still did] things. James participated with the FBI and did public service announcements." METALLICA also added $50,000 to the $100,000 reward already offered by the Harringtons for information on their daughter's murder, and invested another $50,000 in a scholarship named in her memory. Morgan vanished while hitchhiking home from the band's show on the Virginia Tech campus on October 17, 2009. Her remains were found on a farm about 10 miles from the venue in January 2010. METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo told The Pulse Of Radio at the time how he felt when he first heard about the tragic incident. "I mean, I was crushed," he said. "Stuff like this just really, really bums me out, especially when you are a parent and you have children. I mean, it's the worst thing that you could ever imagine." Pictured below: Jesse L. Matthew Jr. and sketch composite of suspect in Morgan Harrington case
Californian rockers PAPA ROACH filmed a video for the title track of their eighth studio album "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)", this past weekend. PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton described the experience as "tiring, painful, and dry, but totally worth it!" He added: "I can't wait for you to see [it]." PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix co-directed the "F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)" video, for which he also came up with the concept. He told DutchScene: "Me and my partner from Luminous Pictures [Ezio Lucido, which] is another endeavor I'm involved in â it's a filmmaking company, but also we do music videos â this will be the first music video that I co-direct." He continued: "It's pretty cool, man, 'cause the band is trusting me to co-direct this music video, which is the first time we've done something like this. And I've been trying to encourage Jerryâ¦ Jerry is going to shoot the photography for the album cover. And so, it's, like, we just kind of wanna take everything back into our hands instead of going, 'OK, cool. I wanna hear your interpretation.' Well, no. I wanna visually let you see what's in my heart when I'm creating this music." Horton said in an interview conducted last month at England's Reading festival that he will be publishing a book of his own photography in the near future. Horton explained, "It's in the works. I enjoy photography on an amateur level and being fortunate enough to travel everywhere, I wanna take advantage of it." Horton added, "I don't necessarily have any sort of focus on any one particular thing; I just shoot whatever strikes me â landscapes, portraits â and somebody within our camp said, 'You need to do something with this stuff.' So we're gonna try and put out a book." Horton also spoke about the recording process for "F.E.A.R.", revealing that the band worked with two producers, Kevin Churko and Kevin's son Kane, saying, "We did the first five songs with Kevin, the dad, and then the last seven with the son, because [Kevin] had a prior engagement with IN THIS MOMENTâ¦ It was a different sort of workflow, but we got into it and it was cool. And I think we came out with some really good stuff." The follow-up to 2012's "The Connection", "F.E.A.R." was recorded in Las Vegas, with Horton saying, "It was incredibly dry. Each one of us had humidifiers in our bedrooms. We felt our skin cracking." Shaddix told Kerrang! magazine that "F.E.A.R." is "probably the most positive record we've written," adding, "There's obviously been an element of hope within the despair of the music that we write, and I think that that's always key, and that's very important to what we do, is to always have that element of hope, and that's laced throughout the record." Shaddix, a recovering alcoholic and drug user, said he was nervous about camping out in Las Vegas during the recording sessions for the new album. He explained, "I've been sober for a few years now, and it was just, like, 'All right, how am I gonna go to Vegas and stay focused?' And I just had to put my spiritual armor on and just go out there and do my best to be creative." Shaddix described the new album as "all things good PAPA ROACH â it's big, banging riffs, it's a very guitar-heavy record . . . It spans across the board, from heavy to reflective, to just in your face, out of control. It's just everything that we believe is great about PAPA ROACH."
Finished shooting the video for Face Everything and Rise. It was tiring, painful, and dry, but totally worth it! I can't wait for you to see— Jerry Horton (@jerryhorton) September 29, 2014
"The Motherload", the new video from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", which sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records. MASTODON's fifth album, 2011's "The Hunter", opened with 39,000 units to enter the chart at No. 10. The band's previous CD, "Crack The Skye", registered a first-week tally of 41,000 copies back in April 2009 to debut at No. 11. MASTODON's 2006 effort, "Blood Mountain", came in with just over 24,000 units â significantly more than the 8,000 first-week total of its predecessor, 2004's "Leviathan" â which put it at No. 32. "Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS. Also available on June 24 was a stunning deluxe 2LP vinyl edition of "Once More 'Round The Sun". This limited edition includes two discs pressed onto 180-gram black vinyl housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by Skinner, plus a CD of the complete album. The package includes four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork.
"A World Lit Only By Fire", the new album from reformed U.K. industrial metal pioneers GODFLESH, can be streamed in its entirety at NPR.org. The CD, which takes its title from the 1992 New York Times bestseller by William Manchester, a former professor of history at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, will be released on October 7 via GODFLESH frontman Justin K. Broadrick's Avalanche Recordings. "A World Lit Only By Fire" track listing: 01. New Dark Ages 02. Deadend 03. Shut Me Down 04. Life Giver Life Taker 05. Obeyed 06. Curse Us All 07. Carrion 08. Imperator 09. Towers Of Emptiness 10. Forgive Our Fathers "It's very much back to the spirit of the old stuff," GODFLESH bassist G.C. Green tells Decibel magazine about the new album. "We're not using loads of samples, we're not using a drummer as we did on later releases â it's quite stripped down. It's about keeping the essence of what we were. There was something there all the way through, but as time went along and we had to deal with labels and agents, I think too many things got thrown into the mix. Now it's back to like it was when we started. And it doesn't feel forced. We're not doing it for the money or the glory. We're doing it because it feels right." Lyrically, Broderick tells Decibel that he took some inspiration from Manchester's book and transposed it upon modern times. "We stole the title from a book that covers the brutality of medieval times throughout Europe, but for us it's indicative of many things. In many ways, it's a resignation to what we are, which is essentially flawed savages. "A lot of the frustration of GODFLESH is internal â it's the human condition, the frailty, and that we're essentially amoral. There's so little to sway us. It's a resignation to the fact that we're just beasts, and the world always has been and always will be lit only by fire. We've always been primal, and we still are. We see it in all four corners of the globe. Savagery happens everywhere, even in our own backyards. So, it's looking at oneself and being disgusted, but also resigned. You are good and you are evil, and there's very little in between sometimes." GODFLESH's "Decline & Fall" EP was released on June 26 in the U.S. via Avalanche Recordings. The Japanese version of the EP includes two bonus songs. GODFLESH released its first new recording in over 12 years through Decibel magazine's Flexi Series. A cover of the track "F.O.D. (Fuck of Death)" by legendary death thrashers SLAUGHTER (Canada) was included in the subscriber version of the magazine's November 2013 issue. Band photo credit: VB / Rarely Unable