Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have uploaded behind-the-scenes and performance footage from their March 5 concert at Fort Canning Park in Singapore. Check out the two-minute clip below. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently selected its surprising cover of the classic folk song "The House Of The Rising Sun" as the next single from the band's recently released album, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2". The disc came out on November 19, 2013 and is the second half of a two-record set, with "Volume 1" coming out in July 2013. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH filmed a "gasoline and rocket-fuel-soaked video" for "The House Of The Rising Sun" in the desert. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the original author of "The House Of The Rising Sun" is unknown and the song's roots may date back to the 16th century. The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934. The most successful commercial version was recorded by the English rock group THE ANIMALS in 1964, which was a No. 1 hit in the U.K., the U.S., Sweden, Finland and Canada. The members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH discussed in a recently released video clip how they changed up the classic song to give it a hard-rock vibe, most notably, by switching the song's time signature from 6/8 to 4/4. "We had the idea to do this for a while," explained guitarist Zoltan Bathory. "The interesting thing about this song is that [it's] actually in a time signature of 6/8 which is a waltzâ¦ and rock music and waltz doesn't necessarily mix right." He continued: "So basically the challenge was: 'How do we make this song work? How do we take away that goofy vibe and how do we make it into a rock structure?'" "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2" sold 77,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The first half of "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 113,000 copies in its first week of release.
JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Richie Faulkner (guitair) and Scott Travis (drums) took part in the first all-metal edition of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp, which ran from February 27 to March 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also serving as counselors were Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Geoff Tate (QUEENSRÅ¸CHE), Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) and Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE). Commented JUDAS PRIEST: "We had a great time at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. [We] met some great fans and had a really good time performing with all the campers bands and seeing some old friends!" Check out photos at this location. Video footage can be seen below. Halford told Billboard.com last August that the fantasy camp organizers wanted PRIEST to participate "for quite a long time, actually. Just because of various points on the colander, we were never able to attend and to be involved." "I think they're just looking for some professional tips and want to hear from the voice of experience," Halford said about the campers. "It's one thing to sing in the shower and it's another thing to sing on stage. They're two totally different worlds. So it'll be an opportunity for me to do the best I can to answer questions â How do you sing this note? How do you manage to scream like that? How do you breathe? How are you able to keep up that type of intensity? I'll try to explain myself as best as possible and give some insight into what it's like to be a metal singer." JUDAS PRIEST is putting the finishinig touches on its new studio album for a tentative late 2014 release. Halford described the CD's sound to Billboard.com as "hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST â I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered."
Brazil's Heavy Metal On Line recently conducted an interview with British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE). You can now watch the chat below. (Note: The Bayley interview begins around the 12-minute mark.) Bayley's current "Soundtracks Of My Life" tour will see Blaze play 33 gigs in 40 days in 15 countries, celebrating Blaze's 30 years in the industry. Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013. Metal Mind Productions recently released the two-CD version of Blaze Bayley's "Alive In Poland" (previously available only as part of the limited-edition "Alive In Poland" DVD) in Europe and North America. "Alive In Poland" was recorded in Poland in April 2007 during the 21st edition of Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland. It features a fantastic, over-one-and-a-half-hour show during which Blaze presented the best tracks from his discography, as well as select tracks from IRON MAIDEN ("Man On The Edge", "Futureal"). Bayley's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy. The 50-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to replace Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN.
Fan-filmed video footage of SEPULTURA's March 7 performance at Atak in Enschede, The Netherlands can be seen below. SEPULTURA's new album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis", "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors "Dante XXI" (based on "The Divine Comedy") and "A-Lex" (based on "A Clockwork Orange"). "The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson's (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the "Nation" (2001), "Revolusongs" (2002) and "Roorback" (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. In a 2013 interview with Live-Metal.net, SEPULTURA singer Derrick Green stated about the new album title: "We always have the simple one-word titles or very basic. And with this we knew what we wanted to do. We wanted to maybe make people think a little bit. "I think we have become lobotomized, including myself, because I'm not putting myself outside of anything. I think a lot of times we live in a time where people are thinking actions or creating ideas â doing something in their head but going right to their hands. And they're missing the essential part, the heart and the compassion, that's behind what you are doing. And (the title) came from a movie called 'Metropolis' (1927) by a director called Fritz Lang, and it's a silent movie. And it's actually the first thing you see in the movie. And the meaning behind it is just that: It's impossible to be human without having the heart dictate what you're doing and why you're doing certain things. "So I believe this album has that passion and drive and love for music. "So many things I've been hearing are just about trying to be perfect, with the digital age and trying to make everything sound perfect. Like on albums and things like that, it doesn't even sound real. It doesn't sound human anymore. So this is something going back to really trying not to be perfect. We're trying to pull out that love and desire and just grabbing that moment, placing it on an album and recording it, and not being worried about those other things."
The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ted Aguilar of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. You can now watch the chat below. DEATH ANGEL's seventh album, "The Dream Calls For Blood", sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. DEATH ANGEL's previous CD, "Relentless Retribution", opened with 2,700 units in September 2010. The band's 2008 effort, "Killing Season", registered a first-week tally of around 2,300. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which premiered with around 2,100 copies back in May 2004. Released on October 11, 2013 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it arrived three days later) and October 15, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, "The Dream Calls For Blood" was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Asked how DEATH ANGEL was able to construct such fast, aggressive, brutal material for "The Dream Calls For Blood" while many of the band's contemporaries have, to varying degrees, abandoned thrash and speed metal, DEATH ANGEL singer Mark Osegueda told Metal Blast: "I think with us we kind of went the opposite direction. We got all of the experimentation out while we were young back in the '80s; we tried to push the envelope then and maybe pushed it a little too much. When we reformed in 2001, we were writing new material, sort of fishing a bit, not knowing which direction things would go in. Over time, we started getting on the same page a lot more. Then we lost a couple of the original members, which in turn brought us two younger players who were very hungry to play, very eager to tour, and were also much more thrash-based players. Will [Carroll] is a much more thrash-styled drummer than Andy [Galeon, former drummer], who was a much more groove-based, almost '70s rock kind of drummer. Dennis [Pepa, former bass player] was a much more punk-derived player than Damien [Sisson] is. When Rob [Cavestany] was coming up with the riffs for the new record, he was definitely playing off those strengths. So all of that lead to us going back to our thrash roots and coming up with some of the strongest material we've written to date."
FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with Dutch singer Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER). You can now watch the chat in three parts below. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what her role in NIGHTWISH is going to be now that she has been upgraded from a touring singer to a full-time/permanent member: Floor: "I guess that's something that needs to be seen, how I can grow into my role within the band, because I have been a guest musician for the whole 'Imaginaerum' tour. So, of course, I knew I was gonna stay, but the whole concept of all that was already there. So for the upcoming album, I don't know how that will grow. I, of course, have my experience, and so do the guys, and I can't imagine myself, with my personality, sitting back and saying, 'Yeah, do whatever and I'll follow.' But on the other hand, they know exactly what they're doing â they've proven to be able to write great songs and to put out something that totallyâ¦ where all the pictures match and where the whole concept is one. And I guess it's a process to see how I can add with my creativity and how my input is gonna be there. I can imagine, I have my feelings and ideas about stage outfits, but also with the songwriting, Tuomas [Holopainen, NIGHTWISH keyboardist] is definitely the master of the writing process, he's the guy in charge, but Marco [Hietala, NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist] also writes and the whole band comes together and makes the puzzle work. So somewhere in that puzzle I'll get my share." On whether she will be moving to Finland from The Netherlands in order to be closer to NIGHTWISH's home base: Floor: "Out of practical reasons, I don't have to move to Finland. I mean, it's quite nearby, and you're there always for certain periods of time, for either a show or now for the recording period and there are facilities there where I can stay. But I'm studying Finnish, and it's one of the five most difficult languages in the world. And the more I learn, the more I realize that's definitely true. [Laughs] So I might move to Finland, at least for a while, to learn the language a bit better, 'cause you don't learn any language better than in the country itself." On why she is studying Finnish: Floor: "Well, imagine being in a group of 25 people. There are 20 Finnish people, there's one German, there's one Dutchie, and there's oneâ¦ Or 20 people, let's sayâ¦ And there are only two or three people who do not speak Finnishâ¦ whether it's a group of German people, Dutch people â wherever you're from. You always speak the language you hear most. So if there are 20 people, and 18 of them are Finnish, most people will speak Finnish amongst each other. Regardless of how well the NIGHTWISH guys and everyone involved speaks English, and they're very willing to translate, they still need to translate. And I feel if I wanna be part of the whole circus even more, be more involved, understand everyone better, even now that I'm studying, understanding the culture a bit better, in the long run, it's gonna make me feel like I fit in a little bit better. Even though they have welcomed me with open arms and I already feel at home â I call them my brothers and my family â I think being able to speak the language makes the unity even bigger."
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to Artisan News about his current "Speaking Words" spoken-word tour. You can watch the report below. Speaking about what made him decide to do a spoken-word tour, Ian told The Aquarian Weekly: "Well, when [punk rock icon Henry Rollins] first started doing it in the early '90s or whenever he started doing it, he was definitely relating a lot of road stories, and he wrote that book 'Get In The Van'. Some of the shows that I saw back then, it was definitely kind of like that' where he's just up there telling stories. He hadn't really gotten political yet, but over the years, his show has changed and grown. Mine is just starting. So, I'm basically just coming from a place that I feel real comfortable with and there are a lot of these stories that I do tell are stories that I've sat around in bars with my friends over the years. I would go, 'Oh my God, you're not going to believe thisâ¦' Then I would tell the story and it never failed, we'd be cracking up. It was just something that in the back of my mind, I always felt I could do. I just really didn't know how. "I certainly wasn't being proactive about it. It's not like I was out there looking to go do these dates. I'm not the type of guy looking for reasons to travel anymore. I'm busy enough with ANTHRAX that I don't need something else to take me away from my wife and my son. It would have to be something that I was obviously really, really enjoying in a different way and it has to be something that was fulfilling me in a different way than I already have with my band. "So, I did a one-off in London a couple of years ago. I got offered to do it and they asked me to come over and do a solo show. I thought they meant come with my guitar and sing and I was like, 'I don't do that!' And they were like, 'No, stupid. It's a speaking show! Just come and tell stories.' I thought, 'Oh, well, that I can do.' I really didn't give it much thought. I figured I can do that, so I said yes because I had like five months to prepare for it. "I had this big grand plan that I was going to be super professional about it and write my show and invite some of my comedian friends over to watch me do my show at my house and they can give me notes on it and help me put together this perfectly crafted talking show. And I didn't do any of that. I spent five months not even thinking about it until the night before the gig, where I really had no idea what I was gonna do. [Laughs] I was gonna call my agent and tell him I had the flu and to cancel the show. Because, really, it was, like, who cares? It's 200 people in a club. It's not like we're canceling some big rock show and whatever. People will get on with their lives. My wife, Pearl, pretty much just said, 'That's beat. There's no reason for you to cancel. You know what you're doing. These stories are a part of you. All you have to do is go in there like you're hanging out with your friends in a bar and tell stories.' That's kind of all the advice I needed. It just really calmed me down. It got me on stage the next night. And then cut to two hours later at the end of the show, I'm in the dressing room asking my agent how do I do more of this because I had so much fun doing it. And that's how that snowballed into a full tour in the U.K., a show in Germany, and a couple shows in Australia. Now, I get to bring it back home and do it in the States and Canada." Asked if it shocks him that he was asked to do a spoken-word show, Ian said: "I don't know if shock is the right word, but I was definitely flattered that someone was willing to take a chance on me. Take a risk on something that's really not what I'm known for and it's not what I do. Someone thought that I had enough of a point of view and the ability to actually get on stage and entertain people who are paying money to come and see me. That takes a lot of faith and trust. It's not like I had some kind of a DVD out already where people can see what it was. I didn't even know what it was until I started doing it. And then I really learned how to do it. Just by being on tour and doing show after show. I really learned how to do this by doing it. I talked to a lot of my stand-up comedian friends, who all said the same thing: 'The only way to learn it is to do it in front of people, and that's how you get better at it.' And it's still fun for me to do. I still look forward to it because there are so many unknowns about it to me. It's something I'm obviously learning as I go. So I'm excited about these shows because it's only gonna get better."
Singer Geoff Tate â who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band QUEENSRÅ¸CHE in 2012 after fronting it for three decades â has apologized to the group's fans for the "totally distasteful" war of words that played out in the press and court documents following the split, saying that there will be a "bright side" once a settlement has been reached over the rights to the QUEENSRÅ¸CHE name. During an appearance on last night's (Friday, March 7) edition of "Eddie Trunk Rocks" (formerly "Friday Night Rocks") radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Tate addressed QUEENSRÅ¸CHE fans directly, saying: "Thank you for all the amazing letters and support people have given me in the last couple of years. It's been inspiring. "I feel so sorry for people that have loved this band and watched this totally distasteful situation happen in the press." He continued: "It's so confusing for people, 'cause they can't discern what is hype and what is Internet rumor versus what is truth and what's a court case. In any other court case, there's so much untruth that gets said because people are trying to win. And the fans really get caught up in the middle of it. It's a very frustrating, confusing situation and I'm so sorry that it had to play out this way. But there will be a bright side, I promise everybody, and I'm looking forward to that as much as I'm sure they are." Tate and his former bandmates recently requested more time to hammer out a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group's name. King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus signed a new order continuing trial date, allowing the parties four more weeks to come to an agreement over the use of the QUEENSRÅ¸CHE name and its associated trademarks. If they cannot reach an agreement during that period, the five-day, non-jury trial is set to begin on April 7. Tate and his former bandmates were previously granted five additional weeks in two separate trial continuances in January and February to work on the details of their settlement agreement. Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRÅ¸CHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRÅ¸CHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices. While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added. Tate's QUEENSRÅ¸CHE now features Tate along with guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRÅ¸CHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and the band's latest additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO, ANIMETAL USA) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET). "Frequency Unknown", the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRÅ¸CHE, sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on April 23, 2013, the CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.
British metalcore act ASKING ALEXANDRIA recently took part in an interview and acoustic performance at the studios of Australia's Music Feeds. Check out the footage below. ASKING ALEXANDRIA's third album, "From Death To Destiny", sold 38,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. In a recent interview with Kill Your Stereo, ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce stated about the band's musical progression on "From Death To Destiny": "When we recorded 'Stand Up And Scream', we were kids â we were 17 to 19 years old. We all loved '80s music then. [However] I don't think we were brave enough or competent enough to show our passion for '80s rock back then at the time. With 'Reckless And Relentless', it was the same thing; there was a little bit more of it and you could see our '80s rock 'n' roll love coming through, but again, I don't think we had the balls to go out and fully do it. But this time around, we sat down and intentionally said, 'OK, we want to show our love of '80s music in this record.' But we don't want it to sound like a regurgitated '80s album because we've been there, we've done that. It wouldn't be fun, it wouldn't be fresh and it wouldn't work, so we had the challenge to try and incorporate modern day rock and metal into our love and passion for the '80s. I think we did a really did a good job of it." Asked how important social media is in promoting a band like ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Bruce said: "I think it's a vital part of promoting a band. There are so many different bands out there. It's not like back in the day where you were put in a magazine and everyone would subscribe to that magazine. You knew lots of people were going to read about you in a magazine. These days, magazines still sell but they've taken a huge hit, just as record sales have. The biggest platform anyone has these days to release any information regarding whatever it may be, for instance, our new album, is the Internet. The harder you work at that and try and connect with your fans, the more they feel a connection with their favorite band and therefore the more interested they become. It grows. We have 3.5 million followers on our Facebook page, which is a shit-ton of people. [laughs] You can't even imagine 3.5 million people. Although it's just a number on a screen, essentially you are writing a letter to each one of these people to tell them about our album coming out or we'll be playing this city on this day, so I think it's absolutely vital these days to make the most of your social networking."
South Africa's Rolling Stone caught up with members of the American metal group TRIVIUM in Cape Town on Thursday, March 6, the day before their first RAMfest performance at Villiersdorp this weekend. They discussed life on the road; their latest album, "Vengeance Falls"; physical and digital record sales and social media, among other things. You can wath the chat below. TRIVIUM's new album, "Vengeance Falls", made Top 10 chart debuts in Japan, Australia, Germany and Austria as well as a Top 15 debut in Canada and a Top 25 debut in the United Kingdom. This marks the acclaimed metallers second consecutive Top 15 debut in the U.S. and highest-career debuts around the globe â including a No. 2 debut in Japan. "Vengeance Falls" sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record â which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) â arrived in stores on October 15, 2013 via Roadrunner. TRIVIUM's previous CD, "In Waves", opened with 22,000 units to land at No. 13 â the highest U.S. chart entry of the band's career. The group's 2008 effort, "Shogun", premiered with just under 24,000 copies to debut at No. 23. The effort followed up "The Crusade", which registered a first-week tally of 31,000 copies in October 2006 to enter the chart at No. 25. TRIVIUM's "Strife" video was filmed in July 2013 at Studio One in Orlando and was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. TRIVIUM recently finished touring North America with DEVILDRIVER.
In February 2014, Sweden's Rocksverige conducted an interview with singer Erlend Hjelvik of Norwegian rockers KVELERTAK in Gothenburg. You can now watch the chat below (in Swedish/Norwegian, with English subtitles). KVELERTAK was honored in the "Metal" category at the 42nd annual Spellemann awards (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy Awards). The largest and oldest Norwegian music awards show was held on January 18 at Konserthus in Stavanger, Norway and was broadcast live on the Norwegian channel NRK1. KVELERTAK's sophomore album, "Meir", topped the official chart in Norway. The CD, which sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, was issued on March 26, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. It was produced by CONVERGE's Kurt Ballou and features cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley. Asked how the band came up with the concept for the "Bruane Brenn" music video, vocalist Erlend Hjelvik told About.com Heavy Metal: "It was Vidar [Landa, guitar] and Marvin's [Nygaard, bass] idea. I guess we didn't have time to be in the video ourselves, so they came up with an idea of having a bunch of kids in the video. A friend of ours, who's a Norwegian movie director, Stian Kristiansen, then kind of developed the idea and made a small story out of it. It turned into a fun and great looking video that fits really well with the lyrics." Regarding the recording process for "Meir", Erlend said: "I thought it was even more fun than last time. Mostly because we've all gotten more confident and experienced from all the touring we've done on our first album. Also Kurt is an awesome guy to work with; he's professional and has a great ear for what things should sound like." KVELERTAK is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitar), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitar), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil GjermundrÃ¸d (drums).
Fan-Filmed video footage of FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's March 7 performance at Atak in Enschede, The Netherlands can be seen below. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM released "No Place For Disgrace - 2014", a re-recording of the band's second album, "No Place For Disgrace", on February 14 in Europe and digitally on February 18 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The physical CD was made available in North America on March 4. Comments FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: "We have re-recorded 'No Place For Disgrace' because we have had a lot of requests to remix this record. "The master tapes have been very difficult to obtain so we decided to re-record the album and use some of today's technologies to recreate it. The aim was not really to change but to enhance it with the opportunity with the use of new tools. We have the time available as well, and it just seemed like a no-brainer. "A lot of the die-hards are really nervous about it, but we think after the final result, they will embrace it. The sound quality is 100% better and more refined!" FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will play a special concert at the Keep It True XVII festival, set to take place April 25-26, 2014 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-KÃ¶nigshofen, Germany. The band's set will consists of songs only from their first two classics â "Doomsday For The Deceiver" (1986) and "No Place For Disgrace" (1988). FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's lineup for Keep It True XVII will consist of four of five original members â Eric "A.K." Knutson (vocals), Kelly Smith (drums), Ed Carlson (guitar) and Michael Gilbert (guitar). Playing bass at the show will be Michael Spencer, who replaced Jason Newsted in 1987 and did the first European tours with the band. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently returned to Metal Blade Records to release their new album, "Ugly Noise". "Ugly Noise" is FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow-up to their 2010 album "The Cold". The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith, who hadn't recorded with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM since "High" in 1997. Funding for the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM album was aided by the PledgeMusic.com project, which encourages fans to contribute funds to the recording of albums and the artists themselves to donate to charity as a part of their fundraising.
TOOL has released a statement to RollingStone.com explaining how a misunderstanding between the band's guitarist and a fan led to speculation that the group had completed its new studio album. "Last night, Adam Jones, in a private conversation with fans attending the Portland TOOL concert, joked that the band's new album was not only finished but coming out the next day," the statement reads. "Unfortunately, his off-the-cuff joke was taken out of context. Work on the forthcoming album is ongoing and as soon as it is done, trust me, we will be the first to let everyone know." Jones posted a message on his Twitter profile stating, "FYI, 'The record's done and it's coming out tomorrow' is what I said yesterday, followed by 'just kidding. . . '" TOOL kicked off its spring tour at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington on Tuesday (March 4) with a two-hour collection of fan favorites but not a single new tune in sight. According to RollingStone.com, the Los Angeles band opened its set with "Hooker With A Penis" and blasted through hits like "Vicarious", "Schism" and "Jambi" before ending with the triple knockout of "Forty-Six & 2", "Ãnema" and "Stinkfist". The instrumental members of TOOL have acknowledged working on new music for a large portion of the past year, but have yet to give any sign that they are ready to hit "record." TOOL's last album, "10,000 Days", came out in 2006. The band has toured a few times since then. Keenan has kept himself busy with his Arizona wine-making business and his band PUSCIFER, along with doing some live work and a little new music with A PERFECT CIRCLE.
VH1 Classic's syndicated radio show "On Tap With Nik Carter" (web site) conducted an interview with MÃTLEY CRÃE guitarist Mick Mars earlier in the week. The full chat will air later in the month. A clip from the interview in which Mars reveals which actor he'd like to see portray him in the long-awaited film adaptation of the band's biography "The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band", can be seen below. MÃTLEY CRÃE has tapped "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" director Jeff Tremaine to helm the film adaptation of "The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band". According to Deadline.com, the "Dirt" will be produced by LBI Entertainment's Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn, along with 10th Street Entertainment and Erik Olsen. Amanda Adelson is co-producing. Tom Kapinos ("Californication") took care of the script. It was reported in 2008 that MÃTLEY CRÃE was trying to extricate itself from a deal with MTV Films, a division of Paramount Pictures, to make the "The Dirt" movie. A deal was first announced for the film version in 2006 but had since gone nowhere. Bassist Nikki Sixx told Reuters that MTV was "a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip...They are not the right partner."
Tuomas Holopainen â the keyboardist and main songwriter of NIGHTWISH â recently answered ten questions for Sweden's Rocksverige web site. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. Holopainen spent most of 2013 writing and producing his solo album based on a graphic novel called "The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck", written and illustrated by Don Rosa. "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" is scheduled for release on April 11 via Nuclear Blast. "Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge - Written And Produced By Tuomas Holopainen" contains 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music is said to be in the soundtrack / classical / folk genre in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya. Pip Williams did the orchestral arrangements for the "Life And Times Of Scrooge" disc, continuing his collaboration with Tuomas after the NIGHTWISH records "Once", "Dark Passion Play" and "Imaginaerum". There are a number of guest musicians appearing on "Life And Times Of Scrooge", including the London Orchestra, The Metro Voices (a choir from London) and four lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen and Tony Kakko. Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars and banjo), Teho MajamÃ¤ki (didgeridoo), Jon Burr (harmonica) and Dermot Crehan on the solo violin. The recordings took place during August - October 2013, first at Angel Studios in London, then in various locations around Scotland and Finland.
Heavy music presenter Christina Rowatt of Soundwave TV conducted an interview with TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN axeman Ben Weinman during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below. TESTAMENT's recent tour of Australia was the band's first with returning bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, ICED EARTH). TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian. DiGiorgio rejoined TESTAMENT as Christian's replacement. Steve was previously a member of TESTAMENT on "The Gathering" (1999) and "First Strike Still Deadly" (2001) albums. Christian was forced to leave the band's North American tour with LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in November 2013 for "personal reasons." Filling in for him was EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's fifth full-length album, "One Of Us Is The Killer", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 14 through the band's own Party Smasher Inc., in partnership with Sumerian Records in North America. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House for Japan and Remote Control in Australia. "One Of Us Is The Killer" was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (GLASSJAW, THE CURE, SUICIDE SILENCE), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman's studio. Mastering was handled by Tom Baker (DEFTONES, NINE INCH NAILS, BEASTIE BOYS).
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor last year joined the cast of an upcoming horror film called "Fear Clinic". The movie began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com. The series starred Robert Englund, famous for playing Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", Lucas Till from "X-Men: First Class", Danielle Harris of "Halloween 4" fame and Kane Hodder, best known for playing Jason in several of the "Friday The 13th" movies. The first teaser trailer for "Fear Clinic" can be seen below. Englund returns in the film to his lead role as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber. The series, which focused on a different phobia every episode, reached over five million hits on FearNet.com. It has since been added to On Demand, YouTube and Hulu. In the film, Taylor plays a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people. "Fear Clinic" is scheduled for a Halloween 2014 release. Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was more interested in screenwriting than acting. "I have no aspirations to really get into acting, you know," he said. "I mean, it's something that -- I've always wanted to write for movies, you know, I've always wanted to write a screenplay and I've written a couple in the past and what not. But yeah, if it happens, it happens, you know. It's not something that I pursue." Taylor and fellow SLIPKNOT member Shawn "Clown" Crahan have their own film production company called Living, Breathing Films, although to date the company has yet to announce or produce a movie. Crahan is reportedly set to make his directing debut with "Officer Downe", based on a graphic novel. "Fear Clinic" teaser trailer:
Rocksverige conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH in February during the Swedish leg of the band's European co-headlining tour with CRADLE OF FILTH. You can now watch the chat below. BEHEMOTH's new album, "The Satanist", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. BEHEMOTH's ninth full-length studio CD, 2009's "Evangelion", opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56. "The Satanist" was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world. "The Satanist" deluxe box, which is available in North America as an European import, includes: CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase with a high-quality 44-page booklet (with gold foil, UV gloss lamination), supersize poster flag (approx. 3.5' x 5'), wooden black inverted rosary cross, metal pin, black envelope with black communion wafers. The DVD, "Live Barbarossa", includes a professionally filmed show in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as well as 30-minute documentary about the creative process behind "The Satanist". "The Satanist" was produced by BEHEMOTH, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand at Hertz Studio. The CD was mixed by Matt Hyde (SLAYER) and mastered by Ted Jensen (METALLICA, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound in New York City. The cover art for "The Satanist" was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist Denis Forkas. The paint used included some of Nergal's own blood. Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (PARADISE LOST) and Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST). BEHEMOTH's video for the new single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" was produced by Grupa 13 and is one of the band's most unsettling and unique works to date.
Video footage of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH performing the song "Beneath The Howling Stars" live during their recently completed European co-headlining tour with BEHEMOTH can be seen below. Guitarists Paul Allender and James McIllroy both sat out CRADLE OF FILTH's European tour with BEHEMOTH due to "hugely important family matters" and "serious neck surgery," respectively. Filling in for them were Ashok of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR and Richard Shaw of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh", the historic debut album from CRADLE OF FILTH on Cacophonous Records. To honor this momentous occasion, CRADLE OF FILTH is planning a whole smorgasbord of exciting stuff, including the first-ever CRADLE OF FILTH comic, the release of a career-spanning double disc best-of, and, of course, the subsequent touring. CRADLE OF FILTH's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors", sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum took part in an interview and acoustic performance this morning (Friday, March 7) on "The Heidi & Frank Show" on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below. Sorum will release his new album, "Stratosphere", under the moniker MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services. "Stratosphere" is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album. "Over the years, I've been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn't always been for the better," says Sorum. "But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind. "With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It's as real and exposed as anything I've ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it." Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano. "I've always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record," Matt says. "I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion. "I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well." Pre-order "Stratosphere" now on iTunes and get an instant download of "The Sea". MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY - "Stratosphere" track listing: 01. Intro - Stratosphere Part 1 02. The Sea 03. What Ziggy Says 04. For the Wild Ones 05. Goodbye To You 06. Gone 07. Lady of the Stone 08. Ode to Nick Drake 09. Blue 10. Josephine 11. Land of the Pure 12. Killers N Lovers 13. The Lonely Teardrop 14. Outro - Stratosphere Part 2 Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the "Stratosphere" CD: "I'm known as a rock guy, but I've always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes. "I've always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N' ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn't the predominant songwriter, but I've always been involved in the process. "When I put 'Stratosphere' together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I'd been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone's expectations." Asked if MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: "We're going to tour, but it isn't going to be a typical rock show. If I'm going to front a band, I can't see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?"
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