• ANGRA Interviewed By Riff-Mag.com In London

    Riff-Mag.com conducted an interview with Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA on June 24 at The Underworld in London, England. You can now watch the chat below. ANGRA's current lineup includes acclaimed Italian vocalist Fabio Lione (VISION DIVINE, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT). The band celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its 1993 debut album, "Angels Cry", with a special concert on August 25, 2013 at HSBC Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil. As a means of celebrating its successful trajectory, the band took the opportunity to schedule a small tour through Brazil and Latin America, which culminated with the show in São Paulo, after 11 dates. If there was any aura of uncertainty towards the future, ANGRA shook it off for good with a very special concert, truly a night to remember. As guitar player Rafael Bittencourt put it, "For those who think we should quit, I tell you: we're just getting started". That pretty much summons up the very apparent joy that the band showed onstage, not only that night, but on the whole tour. A stellar team of guests made everything even more special. Tarja Turunen, formerly of NIGHTWISH, lends her talent and angelic voice on two songs: "Stand Away" and Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights". On the latter, the legendary Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) is also featured, and shows why he is such a reference for the majority of guitar players around the world. The Brazilian string quartet FAMILIA LIMA appears in three songs, and drummer Amilcar Christopharo, from the band TORTURE SQUAD, grabs the sticks on "Evil Warning", representing the metal bands from Brazil. "Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour" was released as a separate DVD and a double CD, containing over 20 tracks in total and extra behind-the-scenes footage captured during the latest tour. Singer Eduardo "Edu" Falaschi quit ANGRA in May 2012. He explained in a statement, "There comes a moment in a man's life when it is necessary to make a radical decision in order to move forward with dignity and renewed energy." Falaschi joined ANGRA in 2000 and appeared on the band's last four studio albums — 2001's "Rebirth", 2004's "Temple Of Shadows", 2006's "Aurora Consurgens" and 2010's "Aqua".

  • METALLICA Bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO's MASS MENTAL Project Announces West Hollywood Concert

    METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo will resurrect his MASS MENTAL project for a couple of appearances in late August and early September. The first show will take place on Tuesday, August 26 at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California and will be followed by a performance at Warwick in Markneukirchen, Germany. The second concert will be held on Saturday, September 6 on the Framus & Warwick grounds, during the Warwick Open Day 2014, the crowning conclusion of the Bass Camp. MASS MENTAL will hit Warwick's open-air stage at 5:45 p.m. Tickets for the Whisky A Go-Go show can be purchased at TicketWeb. There are just some bands who stand out from the crowd, and then there are those few who are absolutely out of this world. Without question, MASS MENTAL is such a monster of an act. MASS MENTAL was founded in 1998 by Trujillo, formerly of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, along with SKINDRED singer Clive "Benji" Webbe, formerly of DUB WAR. In 1999, the band released "How To Write Love Songs", along with the live album "Live In Tokyo". Both CDs were made available exclusively in Japan. Shortly thereafter, MASS MENTAL broke up, allowing the bandmembers to return to their main projects. In 2002, MASS MENTAL reunited briefly with Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, SOULFLY) playing drums, although no new material resulted. MASS MENTAL's lineup for the Whisky A Go-Go and Warwick Open Day 2014 shows will be as follows: * Benji Webbe (SKINDRED) - Lead Vocals * Robert Trujillo (METALLICA, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Bass * Armand Sabal-Lecco (PAUL SIMON) - Bass * Ken Schalk (CANDIRIA) - Drums * Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL) - Lead Vocals (special guest) In many ways, these will be once-in-a-lifetime events: Robert Trujillo is normally with METALLICA 365 days a year. Since all these musicians are constantly on tour or in the studio, it was no small feat for all of them to appear under one roof for the Warwick Open Day. However, since Robert Trujillo places so much worth on MASS MENTAL, he was able to make it happen. massmentalwhiskyaug2014poster

  • Former MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA Films UFO From His Front Yard (Video)

    Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has captured video footage of what he claims was an unidentified flying object (UFO) outside of his Studio City, California home on Monday, July 14. Check out the clip below. Says Menza: "I was standing in my front yard with my two boys and this is what we saw. [It had] the shape of a triangular object with rounded tips glowing yellow and white. [I am] not sure what it is, but it looked totally awesome." During a recent appearance on "Rock 'N' SeXXXy UnCensored", the Internet radio show hosted by adult film star Amber Lynn, Menza spoke about his forthcoming book, which is being written with J. Marshall Craig, best known for his critically acclaimed work as a writer for Eric Burdon's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist Chuck Leavell's "Between Rock And A Home Place" and the West Coast hip-hop history "Guilty By Association". Menza said: "My book is about me and my life. It includes all kinds of stuff, from my childhood up until just as of recently. And I'm actually adding another chapter to it, probably, because it's taking so long to finalize everything — legal stuff, the cover artwork, the picture that's gonna be used… we're not really sure yet." He continued: "I don't know what I can tell you about it. There's a lot of funny things in it. It's all true stuff. There's some government conspiracies and alien coverups and all kinds of stuff in there. Now that I'm into space exploration and research stuff — that's kind of what I'm into right now. I've always been into aliens and stuff like that. We are are the aliens and that's why we're here. All the evolution of everything is from alien technology. "Before, back in the Stone Ages, like when we were just regular humans, we didn't have brains in us and then the aliens came down and they intervened and they put brains in our heads and now we're all smart and we're starting to figure things out, ascending to the next level and a higher level of conscious awareness and that sort of stuff." Originally announced as "Megalife", Nick's book will now be titled "Menzalife". He explained: "It got changed just as of recently, because I can't use 'Megalife'; someone's already using that name and it's trademarked. No big deal. It's still the same content inside. It's gonna be for sale at the stores and stuff like that. A publisher is gonna put it out. I don't have a deal as of yet, but the book is really cool." Menza's first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night. Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, "Cryptic Writings", but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.

  • OZZY OSBOURNE Unveiling Cover Art For Mystery Project

    Legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne has asked his fans to "help unscramble Ozzy's new cover art by using the hashtag #OzzyRules on Facebook and Twitter. The more you share the sooner it unlocks." You can see the progress and learn more at this location. It is unclear if cover art will be used for Osbourne's new solo studio album, which would be the follow-up to 2010's "Scream". Ozzy's touring guitarist, Gus G., told Noisefull in a recent interview, "Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that's for sure. As far as I know, he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don't know when he will finish them, if he'll do them and if I'm going to be a part of it, but I definitely know that he wants to do one more solo album." In a May 2011 interview with Planet Rock, Ozzy revealed that he would go back to basics on his forthcoming CD. "On my next album, I can assure you it's going to be back to balls to the wall," he said. "I have already been writing some stuff, [working on] some ideas with my band." Speaking to Metal Messiah Radio's "Heavy Metal Thunder" show, Ozzy stated about his planned follow-up to 2010's "Scream", "I wanna get more back down to basics with this next album. "I haven't got a title. I've written a couple of ideas down. But I can't really give you much more information. It's not gonna take a long time, I don't think. All I can say to you is I've got a few ideas for songs, but I don't wanna say when it's going to be released because I don't know myself. "I don't stick to a formula. I just try and experiment a lot. 'Scream' was more like a an experimental album because I didn't have a band at the time. [Guitarist] Gus [G.] came along and the guys played on the album after I'd done a lot of the work myself and my producer, Kevin Churko, in my studio." Ozzy Osbourne's current touring drummer, Tommy Clufetos, told the "Talking Metal" podcast in 2011 that early work was already underway for a follow-up to "Scream" and that he thought Ozzy was "going to return to a classic rock band record." Clufetos added, "What he has expressed is that he wants to make it the band playing live in a room so wherever that takes us. Less technology and more amps and drums." Ozzy recorded much of "Scream" in a studio at his home in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Churko, doing most of the writing and recording on computers. He told The Pulse Of Radio he liked working that way but wanted to do something different next time out. "At the end of the day, the end result was pretty cool, but I don't know whether I want to continue to do it that way," he said. "I like to — like the earlier albums, I'd go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album." Clufetos told "Talking Metal" in 2011 that Ozzy and the touring band had already begun working on song ideas between shows on Ozzy's tour, saying, "We are already coming up with new ideas backstage, in the hotel rooms and at soundcheck and have a bunch of ideas recorded . . . time will tell what happens with them." Ozzy's first album under the SABBATH banner in 35 years, "13", came out in June 2013 and topped both the U.S. and U.K. album charts, later winning a Grammy Award as well. There's no timeline on when Ozzy might record his next solo effort. Ozzy has indicated that he would also like to record a new SABBATH album. As previously reported, Ozzy will headline the Hyundai Card Citybreak music festival in Seoul this summer. The two-day event, which will be held August 9-10 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, will also include performances by the alternative rock band HOOBASTANK, former BON JOVI guitarist Richie Sambora, Japanese signature rock band LOCOFRANK, groove metal band COCOBAT and local punk rock band YELLOW MONSTERS. ozzyartwork41

  • SCOTT WEILAND And THE WILDABOUTS: Quality Footage of Entire Nanaimo Concert

    Gene Greenwood of Farting Puppy Productions has uploaded video footage of former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and his solo band THE WILDABOUTS performing on June 27 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Check it out below. The singer's tour with THE WILDABOUTS features him playing STP classics and select VELVET REVOLVER cuts alongside two songs from THE WILDABOUTS' forthcoming album, tentatively due in November. So far, seven songs have been recorded, with five more to come. It will be Scott's third solo studio LP and first since 2008's "Happy In Galoshes". Weiland has stated in recent interviews that the new album will be more of a full-band effort. "It's like an indie rock 'n' roll record that has a garage element to it," Weiland told the Toronto Sun."The band — we're all friends and we have the same ideals and the same ideas musically, artistically, sonically, how we want things to sound, to be treated ... Kind of creating sort of a T.REX-meets-SABBATH (vibe) with a little bit of Appalachian feel in between." He added in a separate interview with the Nanaimo News Bulletin: "It's definitely a lot more indie sounding than the big riffs that are STP or VELVET REVOLVER. It's rock 'n' roll, but it has a modern artistic approach to it. A lot of that is taking a lot of time thinking about what kind of tones to use, what kind of pedals to use. We're really kinda of leaning towards multi-fuzz boxes and adding octaves to that, like low octaves as far as the riffs go." THE WILDABOUTS originally began as a five-piece but recently decided to drop down to a four-piece, a format that "works out a lot better" because it adds "so much more space between the notes and that space is really important," Weiland said. Last year, Weiland embarked on the "Purple At The Core" tour, where he and THE WILDABOUTS delivered selections from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first two albums, 1992's "Core" and 1994's "Purple".

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  • KORN's MUNKY: The Band Really Needed BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH For A Long Time

    The Michigan Times journalist Alex Hinson took part in a roundtable interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer at the July 17 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhen Festival at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below. Asked what its like having guitarist Brian "Head" Welch back in KORN after an eight-year absence from the band, Munky said: "A lot of fans have said, 'Oh, it's so great to have him back,' and every time they say that, I always think, 'It is. But not as great as it is for me.' Because he's my brother with, like, left and right speaker, so having him back is just like… It's a family member. It's like you hadn't seen your brother in so long and now he's back in the family. I think the band really needed him for a long time. So now [we can] create that powerhouse that KORN is supposed to sound like — a wall of guitars. It's so pleasing to not only the fans, but us when we were in the studio, coming up with riffing and creatively. So it's a lot of fun. It's fun again." The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America starting July 15. For the "World Tour Edition", the Bakersfield quintet lock and load last year's critically acclaimed "The Paradigm Shift", with three brand new songs including their just-released single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork. It's the ultimate way to experience "The Paradigm Shift". Among the other unreleased material, Davis opens up about his young son Zeppelin's battle with diabetes on the powerful "So Unfair", while "The Game Is Over" slams with the intense catharsis fans worldwide expect from these legends.

  • OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH: 'We Play Every Show Like It Could Be Our Last'

    Metal Injection recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he still enjoys touring more than three decades since OVERKILL's inception, Ellsworth said: "I do, yeah. I still, actually, get nervous, and I still get butterflies. And it doesn't matter if there's 200 or 20,000 [people in attendance]. I mean, that's always the way the process has been. I know that the guys have gelled into a great lineup, and we can get out there and we have a great time doing this, but the show is the most important thing. And that's because I think we play every show like it could be our last show. And if you think in those terms, if you think in that daily process, what you're putting into it is going to have those emotions and those physical changes come about you. Your eyes widen and you can't believe you're in Costa Rica, or Berlin, or New York, or in Tokyo. I mean, it's a great feeling. So I really do look forward to the touring." OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". OVERKILL's videos for "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. "White Devil Armory" track listing: 01. Freedom Rings 02. Where There's Smoke... 03. Pig 04. Armorist 05. Down To The Bone 06. Bitter Pill 07. King Of The Rat Bastards 08. Another Day To Die 09. It's All Yours 10. In The Name The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity.

  • ROB ZOMBIE Says He 'Had No Choice' But To 'Let The Fans Down'

    Rob Zombie has apologized to his fans for pulling the plug on his band's headlining performance this past Sunday night (July 20) at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin because he was suffering from a throat ailment. Zombie's appearance at the event came to an end after only two songs when the singer told the festival crowd there was "no way" he could finish the gig and walked offstage to a chorus of disappointed groans. In a posting on his Facebook page earlier today, Zombie wrote: "I am very sorry to everyone who was at Rock Fest. "Believe it or not, this is the first time in 29 years I have not been able to finish a show. "I have played through many many nights with a fucked voice. "I knew [my voice was shot] backstage, but came out and tried anyway, but failed. "I understand people are pissed, but what can you do? "It is easy to say, 'Man up and just do it,' but when no sound is coming out, there is nothing you can do. "If you have ever lost your voice before, then you know it doesn't magically return just because you want it to. "If there was a way to do the show, I would have done it, as I have many, many times before. Fuck, I done shows where I walked to the side of the stage between songs to vomit I was so sick. "Whatever. I'm not looking for sympathy and I don't expect anyone care, but these are the facts. "As far as everyone yelling, 'I've been a fan for 20 years and now I fucking hate you! you pussy rock star!' What can I say?! Fucking shitty stuff happens sometimes. I tried explaining it into the mic before I left the stage, but I could barely croak out a word. "Do you think there was any upside to that show for me? Nope, it's all a big fucking mess that I wish never happened. We are trying to figure out a time and place to make it up to everybody. "I don't take the fans for granted and I don't take this situation lightly. My goal is to never let the fans down, but on that night I did. Unfortunately, I had no choice." Zombie also posted a photo of his inflamed throat, which you can see below. Zombie's first-ever concert film, "The Zombie Horror Picture Show", came out on May 20. The set features Zombie leading his band through longtime favorites like "Living Dead Girl", "More Human Than Human" and "Dragula". The movie was filmed during stops on last year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour in Houston on August 3, 2013 and Dallas on August 4. A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn is being published as a companion to the Blu-ray and DVD. Zombie has also been working on a new studio album, telling Billboard, "It sounds fuckin' weird man. That's a really good thing… It's going good. I'll work on that for about a month and get as far as I can get. Then in July we have a little bit of a break where I'll probably finish the record, and then we have some more touring." Zombie's fifth solo album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", came out in April 2013. robzombiethroatphoto

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  • MUSHROOMHEAD's STEVE 'SKINNY' FELTON Speaks To CAPITAL CHAOS TV (Video)

    Amb Pirate of Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with Steve "Skinny" Felton of MUSHROOMHEAD at the Mountain View, California stop of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below. MUSHROOMHEAD's eighth studio album, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 2010's "Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children", opened with over 11,000 units to land at No. 44. MUSHROOMHEAD's 2006 effort, "Savior Sorrow", registered a first-week tally of 17,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 50. "The Righteous & The Butterfly" was released on May 13 via Megaforce Records. Recorded in Cleveland with longtime co-producer Bill Korecky, the CD consists of 14 tracks, ranging from songs about survival and balance ("Devils Be Damned", "Qwerty", "Son Of 7") to emotionally charged anthems ("For Your Pleasure", "Worlds Collide") to a riff-heavy rendition of Adele's No. 1 hit "Rumor Has It". MUSHROOMHEAD is comprised of drummers Skinny, Robert Diablo and Stitch; vocalists J Mann, Jeffery Nothing and Waylon; guitarist Church; keyboardist Schmotz; and bassist Dr. F. The album's title, "The Righteous & The Butterfly", is a dedication to original guitarist J.J. Righteous and the band's former photographer (and drummer Steve "Skinny" Felton's wife) Vanessa Solowiow, who both passed away too soon.

  • Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES: 'I'm Loud' And 'I Don't Care What People Think Too Much'

    TV Rock Live conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes at last month's Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below. On his career: Holmes: "Tomorrow's my birthday. I'll be 56, man. It's alright. I'm still here, you know. I've been doing it a long time. I should be retired now. "I quit [playing] for a few years, because it was so… what you played for, what you started playing for…. Like, Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] would say he started to play music so he could get his dick sucked. Well, I didn't, because I had no problem doing it before. And I don't know about doing it for money. It's something I enjoy doing. "I'm a flamboyant person, I guess. I'm loud. I don't care what people think too much, so I have a fun time opening my mouth. But I'd like to say I've paid the price a few times by getting my teeth knocked out by [people I've offended]." On his next project: Holmes: "My new band, it's called MEAN MAN. I'm mixing the record and I'm finishing the whole shots for the front and stuff, and it should be out in February. I've got one guy from Finland I wanna work with. I'm looking for another guitar player — lead or whatever, rhythm — that can sing half the stuff. And then a bass player. So two other members. And I moved to Cannes. Not trash can. Cannes, in the south of France. And I actually caught two fish there the other day. I didn't know there was fish there. I kept throwing the lure out and finally I caught one. I was, like, cool." Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since. Holmes last year released a solo album called "Nothing To Lose". Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort. A follow-up CD, "Shitting Bricks", has already been recorded but has not yet been mixed. Asked if he would ever rejoin W.A.S.P. if had the opportunity, Holmes told Seiska TV: "Never say never. Never say never. You know?! I'm half of W.A.S.P.; I was half of the situation. Even though I am not the voice [of the band], or whatever, I was the driving force of that thing."

  • CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Drummer REED MULLIN Forced To Sit Out Live Dates

    Due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band's upcoming live dates. Reads an official statement from the band: "We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He's been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That's a seriously bum shoulder. So he's going to get that repaired and rehabbed. During the interim, we've enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez, formerly of KYLESA, to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of TORCHE about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in TORCHE a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately." CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia, which will be followed by a two-week North American run, scheduled to commence on August 20 in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1. The band will be joined by BL'AST!, BRANT BJORK & THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND and LORD DYING. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's new album, "IX", was released on July 1 via Candlelight. The CD was produced by the band and longtime comrade John Custer.

  • BLAZE BAYLEY: 'People View My Period With IRON MAIDEN In A Much Different Way' Than They Used To

    Felicity Hall of GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) at the SOS Festival on July 20 in Manchester, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. On why he has been so busy on the road in recent months: Blaze: "People seem now a lot more interested in what I do and people view my period with IRON MAIDEN in a much different way than I think at the time… It's 20 years ago that I joined IRON MAIDEN and it's 30 years since I started singing, and all of these kind of anniversary dates have come together. And I think people take a fresh look at it now, and they go, 'Well, 'The X Factor' [1995] and 'Virtual XI' [1998] albums were the start of a different era of IRON MAIDEN.' And outside of the U.K., people are a lot more fond of those albums. So it's really interesting. And people know me, I think, as much in the U.K. for WOLFSBANE." On his upcoming projects: Blaze: "I have my [upcoming concert] DVD release, so I have to finish the mixing of that, make sure the sound's really good. And then I'm preparing… I've got a big idea for my next album. And I wanna do something really fresh and new. So I'm starting to think about. As soon as the DVD is out and finished, then I'm more or less full time… all my spare time will be working on ideas and writing my new album…. I'm thinking of another concept album. I have an idea for a story. I've written a short story, and I think it's strong. I don't wanna say too much about that, but it's probably set in the future. I'm very keen on science and technology and the breakthroughs, so I always try and incorporate those things in some of my writing anyway. And I'll be working with a lot of different artists. I'll be working sometimes with Chris [Appleton] and the guys from ABSOLVA and sometimes with some guys from Norway and guys from Brazil. And the guy that I work with acoustically, Thomas Zwijsen, and the violinist, Anne Bakker. So I don't know what it's gonna sound like, but I want it to be something different. It'll be metal, because I just am metal, but it won't be trying to be metal. It'll just be an album of, hopefully, incredibly strong songs with a strong theme that goes through them." Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013. The singer's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy. The 51-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.

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  • I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN: 'Bright Enough' Video Released

    "Bright Enough", the new video from the Australian metalcore outfit I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's first album in six years, "Beloved", which was released on February 18 in the U.S. via Epitaph Records. By their own admission, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN have endured a decidedly checkered past. Over the years the band saw multiple vocalist changes and other personnel exchanges, side-project sojourns and moonlighting in other bands, hiatuses and break-ups. Yet through it all, their musical output both live and on record has remained thoroughly inspired. For several years, the band lay dormant, as members went on to play in other bands. In 2011, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN reclaimed their sound, style, history, and legacy with an all-new lineup, and original member Jona Weinhofen, who spent time with BLEEDING THROUGH and BRING ME THE HORIZON. Joined by new screamer Jamie Hope (ex-RED SHORE), Shane O'Brien on drums (DEEZ NUTS), Kevin Cameron on guitar, Benjamin Coyte on bass, and of course, Jona bringing vocal choruses, guitar and keyboard to the mix. I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN entered the studio in 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström (BRING ME THE HORIZON, AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCHITECTS) to record "Beloved". "We've really extended ourselves," says Weinhofen. "But we've done it in a way where it's tasteful and it makes sense with the music. It's not like we’ve gone from sounding like a metalcore band to sounding like DIMMU BORGIR. It still sounds very much like PROM QUEEN." "Beloved" track listing: 01. Beginning Of The End 02. To The Wolves 03. Bright Enough 04. Meilor 05. Thirty One & Sevens 06. Calvert Street 07. Kærjrlighet 08. The Beaten Path 09. Nightmares 10. No One Will Save Us 11. Brevity

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  • Video Premiere: ILL NIÑO's 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow'

    "Live Like There's No Tomorrow", the new video from ILL NIÑO, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Till Death, La Familia", whichi is being released today (July 22) via Victory Records. ILL NIÑO lead singer, Cristian Machado, told Arena.com that "Till Death, La Familia" "will absolutely surprise a lot of people." He continued: "I don't think we're the kind of band that releases the same album over and over. We always attempt to challenge ourselves musically in order to grow as artists and friends. "The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I've ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album." Speaking to 100% Rock Magazine, ILL NIÑO bassist Lazaro Pina stated about "Till Death, La Familia": "We try to do something different every record. I can tell you for sure that this one is going to demonstrate a whole new ILL NIÑO style. At first, it took a lot of courage, but I'm feeling so much better about it now that the vocal tracks are beginning to come in. It's turning out to be everything I think most of us envisioned it and kind of wanted in a new record. We're definitely taking ILL NIÑO to a new… an additional style. 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 is… I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely ILL NIÑO demonstrating an additional style. "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." Speaking about the difficulties of getting anything done while the members of ILL NIÑO are spread out in different parts of the country, Machado said: "Logistics are pure hell to work out. Every rehearsal, every album, every tour — flights have to be booked, cars have to be rented. It certainly is not cheap to keep this band active. Many times I wonder what it would be like if we all still lived in the same city. Luckily, at the moment three of us are in Southern California, another in Denver, another in New York, another in Dallas. "I remember the days when it was as easy as calling everyone up and driving 15 minutes to rehearsal. This is no longer the case, but we keep going. Sometimes we may feel defeated, but that's when we thrive to become unstoppable. Asked how some of the personal life changes have affected the band, with members having children, Cristian said: "I would say it definitely changes the perspective. We can no longer simply be on the road for the hell of it. All of us have family, some of us have children, so it is not easy doing what we do at the level we are at. "There was a time in the music industry when money was abundant and the possibilities were endless. But those early days are slowly coming to a close. I do, however, feel very lucky and am very grateful to still have a career and most importantly to have so many loving fans. I can surely say without them, we wouldn't be here, still going strong." ILL NIÑO's last album, "Epidemia", was released on October 22, 2012 via Victory Records.

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  • NONPOINT: 'The Return' Track Listing Revealed; 'Breaking Skin' Single Streaming

    NONPOINT will release its eighth studio album, "The Return", on September 30 via Razor & Tie (one day earlier internationally via Metal Blade Records). After 17 years in the game, the Florida quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The riffs crack with intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. "The Return" remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians — Elias Soriano (vocals), Robb Rivera (drums), Rasheed Thomas (guitar), Adam Woloszyn (bass), and B.C. Kochmit (guitar) — get. In February 2014, NONPOINT entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material. Soriano elaborates: "Last record, we stepped in a direction we've wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor. "I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other NONPOINT record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven't gone back to old school. We didn't reflect on our past. We didn't discuss what works. We are not 'Statement' NONPOINT or even 'Bullet' NONPOINT... 'The Return' is NONPOINT right the fuck now." Adds Rivera: "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves." Elias explains the meaning behind the first single, "Breaking Skin": "It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything, that tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it." Robb adds: "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what NONPOINT does best." Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins And Needles", which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce." "Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head." Ultimately, NONPOINT once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to." Robb leaves off: "NONPOINT has always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile." "The Return" track listing: 01. Pins And Needles 02. Breaking Skin 03. Razors 04. Misery 05. The Return 06. Take Apart This World 07. Forcing Hands 08. Goodbye Letters 09. Never Ending Hole 10. Widowmaker 11. Never Cared Before 12. F__K'D 13. Know Myself NONPOINT's latest, self-titled album sold 7,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Miracle" (2010), opened with around 8,000 units to land at No. 60.

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  • TOM KEIFER Says GENE SIMMONS, Not JON BON JOVI, 'Discovered' CINDERELLA

    BigMusicGeek.com recently conducted an interview with CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer. A couple of excerpts from the chat are below: BigMusicGeek.com: Looking back, how would you describe the group's "Still Climbing" (1994) era? Considering the successes of "Night Songs" (1986) and "Long Cold Winter", it really seemed that the record had been lost in the shuffle of it all. Tom: It was a hard record to make because at the end of the "Heartbreak Station" tour, I got hit with the paralysis. I knew we had to make another record immediately. The record company was down our throats. I couldn't sing. I couldn't sing at all. So I would describe it with one word: dark. I was trying to write songs for a voice that wasn't there. It was weird because they'd say, "You're never going to sing again, but if you are going to sing, you have to completely retrain your voice." So I started that process and I'm thinking, "Okay, what voice am I going to end up with?" I was basically trying to write songs for a voice that I don't know what the voice is yet. It was just a weird time, man. Eventually, we had the songs and it was time to go. We put off the record for almost three years while I was struggling with my voice. And then, when we finally got in, we had to record those vocals very differently from what we did on the three records. I'd walk in behind the mic and just sing the song top to bottom on four or five tracks and then we'd comp it… I couldn't do that on "Still Climbing". We had to really kind of go one line at a time and really piece all of the vocals together because I was in such a bad place." BigMusicGeek.com: After the departure of (drummer) Fred Coury, how did everyone become interested with Kevin Valentine? Tom: We ended up using (drummer) Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT, JOHN FOGERTY, JOHN MELLENCAMP) on that record. He was just amazing. The bottom line is that the drums came out really great. Actually, Fred said he thought it was the best drumming on any CINDERELLA record. Kevin had actually joined the band. When we got into the studio, (producer) Andy Johns is very good with drummers and Kevin, unfortunately, was not working out in the studio. So at that point, we brought in Kenny to cut it and then after the record was done, we were back to searching for a new drummer again. That's when we found Ray Brinker, who came from the band BAREFOOT SERVANTS. I don't know if you remember him. …He has also played with (classic rock vocalist) Pat Benatar, so he's an amazing drummer. He's actually the one who toured with us on that tour. …He's a great guy. BigMusicGeek.com: Am I correct in understanding that after being signed to Portrait Records by (A&R legend) John Kalodner, the group recorded an album? What is the status of these recordings? Will they be ever fully released? Tom: Actually, it never was finished. We were in the demo stage and the deal blew up. We ended up in court with a lawsuit. No record was actually ever recorded. We wrote a lot of stuff and demoed a lot of stuff and we were getting ready to hire a producer. I won't get into details, but we ended up having a falling out with Sony and a lawsuit occurred. We were tied up legally for quite a few years. In those situations, you have recording restrictions, so we couldn't record as a group for a while. That's when I started my solo record. (Bassist) Eric (Brittingham) and (guitarist) Jeff (LaBar) did their solo stuff and everybody kind of drifted apart. In terms of the recording aspect, we were still touring together pretty heavily back then. That's really all we wanted to do. We just wanted to be a band and play music because the deal was so ugly. Once you get into the lawsuit thing with courts and judges, you're pretty much screwed. It's probably why we haven't signed another record deal since. And honestly, it's why I produced my record without a label involved. Normally, you would take demos to a label, sign a deal, and then let them pay for, fund, and produce the record for you. I didn't want to deal with any of that, so when I started "The Way Life Goes", it was produced without a label involved. We used our own money, did it on our own time and money because we just wanted to have a finished product. We always had the idea that if it ever got finished that we would take it to a label for distribution and marketing because that's not something I wanted to do. When it was finished, we actually found a great home with Merovee Records. …They're such a great label. They're independent. They've had this really incredible faith in the record and in me and put everything into it. They've done a great job and I'm very grateful that I found them in that situation. BigMusicGeek.com: Throughout your career, there have been countless rumors in regards to (BON JOVI frontman) Jon Bon Jovi having "discovered" CINDERELLA while playing at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia. Is this story entirely true? Tom: Actually, I'm going to set the record straight because something came up online about this recently. Jon is credited with discovering the band. Or, in other words, his interest in the band actually led to a record deal. But if you went back a couple years before that, (KISS bassist/vocalist) Gene Simmons was actually the guy who first took an interest in the band. His interest did not lead to a deal for one reason or another. He took it to some labels and he actually did take it to Polygram, but they just weren't interested. He did take an interest in the band, so I guess in terms of discovery, you really could credit Gene, even though both Gene and Jon showed an interest in the band. Jon's interest did eventually lead to a deal, but that was pulling teeth, too. He told his A&R guy they were chumming about us and said, "You've got to go down and see them." He came down and he still wasn't convinced. He wanted to hear more material and sign us to a six-month development deal. It's not easy to get a record deal. Gene Simmons and Jon Bon Jovi can be singing your praises all day long and it doesn't mean you're going to get a deal. Gene was the first to take an interest and then a couple years later, Jon wandered into that club and went to his A&R guy. We finally won him over and he signed us to a full deal, but that was a bit of a process too. I'm grateful to both Gene and Jon for the interest they took in the band. Read the entire interview at BigMusicGeek.com.

  • SUICIDE SILENCE Interviewed By SOUNDCRAVE MAGAZINE (Video)

    Soundcrave Magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Mark Heylmun and vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE at the July 12 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can now watch the chat below. "You Can't Stop Me", SUICIDE SILENCE's first album to feature Hermida and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker, was released on July 11 in Europe (except in the U.K., where it arrived on July 14) and was made available on July 15 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "You Can't Stop Me" was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown", but also on some instrumental demos for the new CD just prior to Lucker's death in the fall of 2012. "The long and short of it is this," said guitarist Mark Heylmun. "Mitch left behind a set of lyrics with the title 'You Can't Stop Me'. This gave us chills, to say the least, and we knew we had the title and title track. This filled us with inspiration for writing sessions to empower us and empower you, the supporters of SUICIDE SILENCE." Mitch Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night. "We never talked about continuing and we never talked about quitting, so it was like an unspoken thing, 'cause with some people, a tragic happening, the last thing you want to do is talk about it," SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Chris Garza told Music Feeds. Ultimately, Garza explained, carrying on as SUICIDE SILENCE felt like the right thing to do. "I think keeping the SUICIDE SILENCE brand going and the name going keeps Mitch alive and I think it would be completely disrespectful to Mitch and everything that he worked for if we stopped going or changed the name," he added. Regarding the decision to enlist Hermida, Heylmun told Metalholic.com: "There was really nobody else — we didn't want to try anybody out. We didn't want to call people and be, like, 'You wanna come and jam with us?' That's not how this situation seemed like it would work for us. Eddie was just a friend. Somebody that we know is extremely talented, and someone that could put the passion behind the job that it is. To not replace Mitch or be the singer of this band, but to treat the gig that it is. He's replacing an idol to so many people and he's also coming into a band that preexists, which is the other four members of it. We just knew he would be able to handle it with respect and knock it out of the park."

  • METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Narrates 'The Hunt' Series; Fifth, Sixth And Seventh Episodes Available Online

    Twice a year, on the rugged island of Kodiak, Alaska, a select group of hunters head into the wilderness for the ultimate test against the elements and the largest land predator on Earth — the Kodiak brown bear. Narrated by James Hetfield, the voice of METALLICA, "The Hunt" is an eight-episode series that documents one of the most dangerous pursuits known to man. The series premiered on June 8 on the History channel and the fifth, sixth and seventh episodes, "Ambushed", "Death Charge" and "In The Crosshairs", respectively, can now be seen at History.com. Bear hunting on Kodiak goes back millennia, tracing back to the early Alutiiq people who sought these enormous creatures to provide food and raw materials. Today, the bear hunt remains a cultural fixture on Kodiak and is crucial to the delicate natural balance on the island. Strictly regulated by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, every year thousands of hunters apply for one of 496 tags that are given via a lottery system. While Alaskan residents may hunt by themselves, outsiders must hire seasoned guides who are experts in both the Kodiak brown bear and the island terrain. At the root of their craft, these guides have a profound reverence for this animal. The average Kodiak brown bear hunt is 10 days, most of which are spent living off the land with only the supplies carried on the backs of the guide and hunter. During that time, expeditions trek miles of treacherous terrain, often enduring ferocious weather changes that can become extremely dangerous at a moment's notice. The game they're hunting can grow to be 12 feet tall, 1500 pounds, and are armed with razor sharp claws and powerful jaws. The Kodiak brown bear also possesses an eerie elusiveness and a sharp intelligence that is not to be underestimated. They have the ability to blur the lines between the hunted and the hunter. Most of the hunters look at Kodiak as the hunt of a lifetime, yet less than half walk away with their tag filled. While getting a bear is no easy task, most hunters still value time-honored traditions by hunting with bow-and-Arrow, black powder single-shot rifles, and/or use the minimum amount of technology possible. Honoring the animal is paramount and taught to all hunters who come to the island. Hunters have an ethical and legal responsibility to strive for clean kills that is taken very seriously. There are pages of stringent regulations they must follow that ensure respect for the animal and the land. Brown bear co-existence with humans on the island is a delicate balance yet is regarded as one of the most successful conservation efforts in the world. Most hunters go after adult males, or boars, who when food is scarce are known to kill and eat cubs as well as cause trouble near populated areas. Aside from population control management, bear hunting is also vital to the economic viability of Kodiak. Hunting permits help pay for the conservation protection of the animals' habitat and preservation conservation of their species for generations to come. "The Hunt" is produced by Twofour America for History. Seth Goolnik, Austin Reading, Grady Candler and Danny Villa serve as executive producers for Twofour America. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Tim Healy and Matt Ginsburg serve as executive producers for History. A petition was launched online in May calling for the removal of METALLICA as headliners at last month's Glastonbury festival in the U.K. after it was announced that Hetfield was hosting "The Hunt". METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett addressed the petition during an interview with Kerrang! magazine, saying: "I mean, this whole animal activist thing? Really? It's ridiculous. They fucking sell hamburgers at Glastonbury, alright? Tell these people that they're looking under the wrong fucking rock." The 50-year-old Hetfield, who is a member of the National Rifle Association and an avid hunter, has been known to travel around the world to take part in shooting expeditions. METALLICA was the first metal act to ever headline Glastonbury in the festival's 44-year history and closed the show on June 28.

  • IN FLAMES Guitarist: 'Siren Charms' Is 'A Great Summarization Of Everything We've Done'

    Steven Rosen of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Björn Gelotte of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Ultimate-Guitar.com: What prompted you to go back into the studio and record the "Siren Charms" album? Gelotte: It was a timing thing. For this record, we weren't even signed when we started recording. Firstly, we're extremely lazy — or I am — so when we're touring I don't write anything at all. So I kind of need to deadline to start. Like, "We're gonna record in October so you better start writing." I need that. We had some time off and we said, "Wow, it would be nice to have a new record to tour on." Ultimate-Guitar.com: Did you have any song ideas at all? Gelotte: I had a riff bag with ideas that I didn't use that much for the record. But I started slowly doing that. Ultimate-Guitar.com: Why did you decide to record at Hansa Tonstudios [U2, DAVID BOWIE] in Berlin? Gelotte: Anders [Fridén, vocals] was down there and he was visiting and got to see all the facilities and got to meet the people working there and he just fell in love. Today recording is not the same thing it was 10 or 15 years ago. You don't normally go to a studio like this. You don't need to go to a studio like this to sound OK. Ultimate-Guitar.com: Now you can virtually record in your basement and sound amazing. Gelotte: There was something in the atmosphere. Being in Berlin for six weeks and being in that fantastic studio where all these fantastic records had been made, it adds something to it. I can't really put my finger on what it is. I know it helped Anders a very big deal to be there and get the atmosphere and to have something to get in the right mood I think. Ultimate-Guitar.com: Were you picking up on the atmosphere as well? Gelotte: For me, it was more of a very cool place to be. I was at I don't know how many concerts because every band in the world seems to be touring through Berlin and I can live with that. And they have great food, great beer and a lot of awesome people. So I had a blast down there. Ultimate-Guitar.com: IN FLAMES is one of the bands credited with creating melodic death metal but you're so much different than other bands in this style. Gelotte: It is because we like what we do. I'm not saying other bands don't tour, but we tour a shitload and you learn so much from that. Not only by seeing other bands, but about yourself and your writing and how structures in the song could be and how it could help you and how the actual show could benefit from having more dynamics in there. And how when you listen and look at other bands, you learn from their good ideas and perhaps even from what you might perceive as their mistakes. I think it's very important just to play live. That's where you really distill your sound a little bit and also evolve it. Ultimate-Guitar.com: IN FLAMES has gone through a lot of major changes so you must be really proud with what you've done on the "Siren Charms" album. Gelotte: It's the best one we've done up to date, obviously, because it's the freshest. It kinda portrays us as musicians where we are right now, not only playing-wise but writing-wise. This is where we are right now, and it's a great statement and summarization of everything we've done without looking back to the roots. Everything we've done has put us here now in this mode and in this way of writing. So, of course, I'm extremely proud of it. Read the entire interview at Ultimate-Guitar.com.

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  • STEEL PANTHER's SATCHEL: Me And My Guitar (Video)

    U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine recently guitarist Satchel (real name Russ Parrish; ex-FIGHT) of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER to cast his expert eye of the tiger over his main squeeze; a Bengal finish custom Kramer Pacer. Check out the footage below. STEEL PANTHER will support JUDAS PRIEST on a North American tour this fall. The run will kick off October 1 in Rochester, New York and will run through mid-November, wrapping up in Salt Lake City. The tour will make stops in major markets, including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and Los Angeles. Fans that join the STEEL PANTHER fan club, "Fanthers Worldwide", get exclusive access to ticket presales. Membership includes an exclusive STEEL PANTHER t-shirt and laminate/lanyard; access to ticket presales, members only Fanther Forum; access to exclusive videos, photos, contests and more. Current "Fanthers Worldwide" members can log in to their fan club membership for further information and access to presale tickets. Go to this location for more information. "I cannot believe that we are touring with JUDAS PRIEST. One of the most iconic heavy-metal bands of all time! We are going to have THE most amazing tour this fall," exclaims vocalist Michael Starr. "If you don't buy a ticket for the show, you must be a Justin Bieber fan. Death to all but metal!" STEEL PANTHER is offering a limited number of VIP Experiences for each of the upcoming shows with JUDAS PRIEST. The VIP Experience is an upgrade available to STEEL PANTHER fans that have already purchased a ticket to the show and will consist of all of the following: * Preshow meet-and-greet with STEEL PANTHER * Sexy Photo op with STEEL PANTHER (props & costumes provided) * Autograph signing by STEEL PANTHER (body parts encouraged) * Preshow VIP Host * Priority VIP check-in * Preshow drinks and crowd free merchandise shopping * Exclusive Groupie Merchandise and more! The VIP Experience is available via STEEL PANTHER's web site at SteelPantherRocks.com. STEEL PANTHER's third album, "All You Can Eat", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Open E/KLS.

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