• Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO Is 'Really Excited' To Perform With FANTÔMAS Again

    Star-studded noise-mongers FANTÔMAS — who feature in their ranks FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton, MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osborne, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, and ex-SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo — will perform at the first-ever RockOut festival, set to take place December 6 at Espacio Broadway in Santiago, Chile. FANTÔMAS last played together in 2009 and hasn't released an album since 2005's "Suspended Animation". Speaking about how the RockOut gig came about, Lombardo told Grammy Pro (see video below): "Mike and I have kept in touch via text messages and phone calls. Or if he's playing in L.A., I'll go to the show. Or if he's recording in L.A., we'll grab lunch or whatever. And he always told me that he'd like to get FANTÔMAS together again and do some shows. He said, 'Dave, that's one band everyone's been asking for. It's, like, 'When are you gonna get FANTÔMAS back together?'' So we have an opportunity to perform at a festival in Santiago, Chile on December 6. So I'm really excited to perform with that band again. I just saw Buzz Osborne of the MELVINS. PHILM and Buzz, we did a show together in Zurich, Switzerland, and he's really excited too. So it's gonna be a fun moment for the band." The brainchild of Patton, "Fantômas" is an anti-hero from a series of pre-WWI French crime novels, sometimes dubbed the "lord of terror." "Suspended Animation" came out in June 2005. The effort contained 30 tracks, each titled after a different day in the month of April. FANTÔMAS' three previous releases regaled listeners with a sci-fi homage ("Fantômas", 1999), a celebration of the best in film composition ("The Director's Cut", 2001) and a one-song album ("Delirium Cordia", 2004). FAITH NO MORE, which reunited in 2009 for a series of sold-out performances and international festivals, is currently recording its first full-length album since 1997's "Album Of The Year". An April 2015 release is expected.

  • EXODUS' STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA Understands What GENE SIMMONS Means When He Says 'Rock Is Dead'

    Vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Souza told the Argentinian radio station Rock & Pop 95.9 FM: "I understand what he says. I think people took that out of his context. I do understand what he means, and I'm gonna explain. "When we grew up in the '70s, there was all kinds of rock and roll. It's what it was; it was rock and roll. There was really good soul, and there was rock and roll, man. There was Rod Stewart, there was HEART, there was Ted Nugent, there was the ALLMAN BROTHERS, there was LED ZEPPELIN… There was great rock and roll bands. The BEE GEES is a great rock and roll band. Elton John. [Bands] today, they do not play rock and roll. "So Gene is right. People don't pursue it. And you're gonna tell me rock and roll is MAROON 5. Okay? "So you know what? I kind of agree with Gene a little bit; I do. "We were just talking about 'The Midnight Special'. That was a show in the United States on a Friday night at 12 o'clock when they played a rock concert for an hour and a half. And it could be anybody from FLEETWOOD MAC to Helen Reddy to FOREIGNER… Rock and roll bands. Where's rock and roll today? Where is it? You know where it is? Heavy metal. 'Cause we're the only ones that stayed true and the only ones where our fans kept true. We still keep the rebel image [and] we still keep the rebel bit alive." EXODUS' new album, "Blood In Blood Out", was released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast.

  • JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: 'The Band Is More Than One Person'

    In a brand new interview with Rock Confidential, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about the departure of founding guitarist K.K. Downing and the addition of Richie Faulkner to the group's ranks in 2011. "I've always said the band is more than one person," Halford said. "I still believe that. It's all about chemistry and it's all about the abilities you bring with your musical expertise. When you combine all of those things, it becomes part of a process. At the end of that process, you end up with a bunch of songs on a record. "I can't say enough about Richie's contribution, musically. He's such a great guy and an amazing musician. He's a true player and can perform on stage and has amazing writing skills. Then there's the generation gap, which isn't a bad thing. "On the last tour, I saw that guy on the edge of the stage just playing away and it was so exciting. It makes you react. "If you can still pull together the elements of greatness, then surely great things will come of it, and that's certainly the case with Richie." Halford also talked about the responsibility JUDAS PRIEST feels to keep metal alive 40 years into the band's career. "I read [the Internet] message boards," he said. "Every day I read the PRIEST boards and at least a dozen metal web sites around the world. I read what people are saying about PRIEST. There is a tremendous display of passion and quite a serious tone attached to some of it as well. "You should have a responsibility to yourself to make the best music you can make — don't take second guesses or drop the bar. That's difficult in JUDAS PRIEST. It's like the waves coming in to the shore. Sometimes you have a really high tide and sometimes you have a really low tide. That's natural in any band that's had a long life. "The elements of being aware of what is being expected from you becomes quite strong the longer you do it. You're backing yourself up to your most successful moments. You don't want to fail your fans or yourself or diminish in any way. It's extremely important in PRIEST that we're aware of that. "We genuinely work hard. I'm not talking about working in the coal mines. Those guys really work hard. I'm talking about the mental attitude and the efforts and the hours you put into making good music. That's all very much intact in JUDAS PRIEST." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

  • SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: 'We've Always Written Our Own Destiny And Steered Our Own Ship'

    SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that the six-year recording break that followed the release of 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" was crucial in allowing the band enough time to deal with the passing of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray while also providing them with the inspiration to make a worthy follow-up effort. "I think [the break] was important on two levels," Corey told DIY magazine. "One, we needed the time to grieve, and to kinda make peace with the fact that this had happened, and it is what it is. We were all dealing with our own internal battles, basically. A lot of that is on the album. In one way, we just needed time to heal, and on the other hand, we've never done anything that we didn't want to do. Outside forces might've felt like, 'You need to go in and do something', but we've never felt like that. We've always written our own destiny and steered our own ship in a lot of ways. We knew that we weren't gonna be pushed — positively or negatively — into doing something that we didn't feel was time to do. At the same point, we didn't know what story we wanted to tell. By taking that time and allowing ourselves to naturally get to the point where we wanted to go in and make this music was really important, not just for the health of the music, but for the health of the band." Due on October 21, ".5: The Gray Chapter" has been described as SLIPKNOT's "most focused album yet" and, because of everything the band has been through, their heaviest — both musically and emotionally. "As you get older, the intensity with which you approach music changes, obviously," Corey told DIY. "But with this album, it wasn't really a challenge because we've never held anything back. We've always tried to go above and beyond, so for us, it was just about making sure that the subject matter of the song — whatever song we were working with — conveyed that emotion." He continued: "Without the album being a concept album per se, the album really is the story of the last four years for us. Whether it's a song like 'Goodbye', which is really all about the day we were sitting in my house, the day we lost Paul and the deep, deep sadness that comes into it, or there are songs about Paul on there, which are a celebration of his spirit. There are songs about the anger that we all felt, not only towards Paul for losing him — which is a very human thing to feel — but also towards ourselves; about that almost-guilt, the angry guilt of ‘Was there something else I could've done?' You'll keep yourself awake nights thinking about stuff like that. Each song was a piece of the puzzle and a story to tell, and it was all about making sure that we channelled that, didn't filter anything and made sure it was exactly the kind of emotional beat that we wanted to feel."

  • JOE PERRY Says His Autobiography 'Goes A Little Deeper Than The Usual Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-And-Roll Book'

    AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke about his recently released memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", during an appearance on "Good Day Book Club" on FOX-TV's "Good Day New York". You can watch the segment below. Said Perry: "This book goes a little deeper than the usual sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll book. I mean, if you read any of these kinds of books or… VH1, actually, had a show for a couple of seasons, that just talked about that kind of a thing, 'Behind The Music', so that part of the story's been told. It's not what it is. I mean, there's no denying we had our ups and downs with that. But it's deeper than that. And I think that one of the things that people will be surprised at is the amount of tension and the amount of effort that went into keeping the band together after we got sober and all during the '80s and '90s when we were, arguably, more successful than we were in the '70s." "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" came out on October 7 via Simon & Schuster. The guitarist worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. Perry told Billboard.com during a recent interview that he was never into the groupie scene, even at the height of AEROSMITH's success. "I was always kind of a one-girl guy, and I was always looking for the right girl," he said. "I finally found her [wife Billie Perry]. We have a 30-year marriage, and we're still going strong."

  • GUS G. Says OZZY OSBOURNE Taught Him A Lesson About Stamina And Energy

    SROMaginc.com recently conducted an interview with Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND . You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his upcoming activities with Ozzy: "We're doing the Ozzfiesta next year in Mexico. So we're gonna do that show over there. And I don't know if there's gonna be more stuff; we'll see. I know [Ozzy is] also gonna go back in the studio with SABBATH. I think probably there's gonna be another Ozzy [album] after the next SABBATH record, or it depends whenever they decide to finish it up. It's not up to me." On whether Ozzy will ever retire from performing: "You never know with Ozzy, man. You never know. That's the thing. You can't predict that. I think he's one of those guys like Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger; he'll be doing it until he's 80 or something. I think so. "I'll tell you what: He taught me a lesson about fuckin' stamina and energy up on that stage. He jumps up and down more than any 20-year-old I've seen. I mean, he's 65 and he's still doing frog jumps. [Laughs]" On how he approached playing with Ozzy when he first landed the gig in 2009: "It's one of those gigs… it's that exact gig that you just shit your pants as a guitar player to get that spot. For me, it was the happiest day of my life, and, at the same time, the most nerve-racking day of my life. But you've just gotta rise to the occasion. It's one of those things where I got called up to do this now, so I'd better practice twice as hard. You just have to approach this gig with a lot of respect for the guys that were there before you and just be yourself, basically. I mean, you can't replace those guys — guys like Zakk Wylde or Randy Rhoads or Jake E. Lee — you can't replace them, you can't be them. They are their own guys, they are their own legends. So you've just gotta bring your own thing to the table, but at the same time, you have to respect those songs and play them as they are." Gus G. has tapped Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) to sing for Gus' backing band on his North American West Coast tour, which kicked off on October 15 and concluded on October 19. Joining Gus and Jeff on stage for these dates were Marty O'Brien (bass; TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN, LITA FORD) and Jo Nunez (drums; FIREWIND, NIGHTRAGE). A special expanded edition of Gus' solo album, "I Am The Fire", will be released in Europe on November 3 (digitally in North America on November 4). This limited CD + DVD digipak will feature four bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album's four official video clips so far, plus three live tracks, six guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary).

  • JIMMY PAGE Didn't Want To Rewrite History With LED ZEPPELIN Remasters

    Jimmy Page is keeping busy with the recent publication of his photo biography called "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", and the ongoing LED ZEPPELIN reissue campaign. Page's deluxe remastering job on the band's fourth and fifth albums, 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy", is coming on October 28. The Pulse Of Radio asked Page if while handling the band's classic masters while upgrading their quality, he was ever tempted to throw them back up on the board and do some minor tweaking to them. "I'm not into re-writing history, I'm just re-presenting," he said. "All of the music that you hear across the companion disc is all basically mixes from the time. I thought it was essential to have mixes from the time, because you've got the mindset, it's showing the mindset of what's being done. To go to the multi-tracks and start remixing, then that's a whole different total ballgame. I wasn't into that. I really wanted something whereby totally reflected what was going on at that point of time — of the time capsule, if you like, of when these things are being recorded. That's what the idea was of this." The Jimmy Page-remastered editions of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" will both be released with previously unreleased audio content in a variety of packages — including a limited edition "Super Deluxe" box set. Earlier this year, LED ZEPPELIN's recent live set, "Celebration Day", recorded during their 2007 London reunion concert, won the Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album" beating out releases from BLACK SABBATH, DAVID BOWIE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NEIL YOUNG with CRAZY HORSE and KINGS OF LEON. ledzeppelinivdeluxe ledzeppelinhousesdeluxe

  • AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer M. SHADOWS Talks About Development Of 'Hail To The King: Deathbat' Game (Video)

    AVENGED SEVENFOLD has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, "Hail To The King: Deathbat". The game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99. Video footage of AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows and developer Michael Stragey talking about the development of "Hail To The King: Deathbat" can be seen below. M. Shadows said in a statement: "The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we've worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we've achieved that and hope you enjoy the game." Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him. "Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it's, you know, a lot of people would want to say, 'Hey, you're a band, don't give me a game, I don't want it,' he said. "And from the reaction today that we're getting from when it's out and just seeing Twitter explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it's been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I'm super, super happy with them." "Hail to the King: Deathbat" features classic AVENGED SEVENFOLD tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band. AVENGED SEVENFOLD also has a DVD in the works and will tour Southeast Asia in early 2015. In August the group reissued its 2003 second album, "Waking The Fallen", in a special edition featuring previously unheard music and demos, new artwork and a documentary on the making of the record. AVENGED SEVENFOLD was touring in support of its sixth album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 in August 2013 on the Billboard chart.

  • HAMMERFALL Partners With NHL Hockey Team MINNESOTA WILD

    The NHL team Minnesota Wild has announced that for all its upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, they will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL. "When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild' by HAMMERFALL, it was like a gift, because everything about it fits so well to what we try to do for game presentation," states Minnesota Wild team representative Paul Loomis. "The energy, the drive, and, of course, just having 'Wild' in the title makes it a perfect fit. And for the band to go out of their way to make an instrumental version rocks the State Of Hockey!" HAMMERFALL lead singer Joacim Cans comments on the alliance with Minnesota Wild: "It's a tremendous honor to have a team in the NHL use one of our songs as their intro, and Minnesota is a great fit due to the Scandinavian heritage of many of the state's inhabitants. "We always felt heavy metal and hockey was a great mix, and this is the ultimate proof. "The State Of Hockey has got new fans in the Templars of Steel!" The next Minnesota Wild home game is against the Arizona Coyotes on October 23. Watch Swedish defensemen Jonas Brodin and Christian Folin, forward Mikael Granlund of Finland, Minneapolis' own Zach Parise, and the other stars of Minnesota Wild as they take to the ice with "Fury Of The Wild" blasting in the arena. HAMMERFALL's new album, "(r)Evolution", sold around 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, "Infected", opened with around 1,700 units back in 2011. The CD debuted at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. HAMMERFALL recently parted ways with longtime drummer Anders Johansson due to "increasing musical differences." He has since been replaced by David Wallin of PAIN. In addition, HAMMERFALL bassist Fredrik Larsson will be on parental leave through March 2015 to take care of his second child, which is due in December. Handling the four-string duties in Fredrik's absence will be none other than HAMMERFALL's former guitar player Stefan Elmgren.

  • TOOL Singer MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Sells Hollywood Hills Home For $2.37 Million

    According to Los Angeles Times, Maynard James Keenan of TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE and PUSCIFIER has sold his house in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles for $2.37 million. The home, which was originally listed for just under $2.8 million, boasts a pool, hot tub and uncluttered view of the famous Hollywood sign. The Mediterranean-style house also has a lot of Middle Eastern touches and a bold use of different colors in every room, reflecting the fact that Keenan once went to school for interior design. Check out photos of the property at LATimes.com. Keenan now lives in Jerome, Arizona, a former mining village and one-time ghost town that's home these days to artists, writers and other independent types. He told The Pulse Of Radio why it's a fascinating place. "It's a magic spot, and it was a copper mining, gold mining town back in the late 1800s, early 1900s," he said. "And, of course, the mines slowed down and closed up, and a lot of people bailed, and it went down to about a population of 50. It's one of the most active ghost towns in theory. It's been voted a couple of times in different 'ghost' publications as being the most haunted town in the United States." Keenan's Caduceus Cellars wine business is located in unincorporated land in the nearby Sedona area. Although TOOL was founded in Los Angeles, Keenan has no love for the city — he sang about his hopes that it would fall into the sea in the classic TOOL track "AEnema". According to the 2010 census, the population of Jerome is 444. The town was incorporated in 1889 and produced more than one billion dollars in copper, gold and silver mining over the next 70 years. After the last of its mines closed in 1953, Jerome's population declined to around 50 people by the end of that decade. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is now a popular tourist destination.

  • SEBASTIAN BACH On GENE SIMMONS' 'Rock Is Dead' Claim: 'I Get Enough Rock In My Life'

    Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked what we can do to keep rock alive, Bach IndiePower.com: "Well, you have to ask [Gene] that. I get enough rock in my life. I rock as hard as I can, and then I go to sleep. "Obviously [the old way of doing business in the music industry doesn't work anymore], but, I mean, that's not like a big news story. "[Sarcastically] There's this thing called the Internet. It's wrecked everything. I hope it's just a fad. "Prince says the Internet's just a fad. It's gonna be gone soon." Bach's latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. Bach's previous CD, "Kicking & Screaming", opened with 6,600 units back in October 2011 to land at No. 73. The singer's 2007 effort, "Angel Down", registered a first-week tally of 6,400 back to enter the chart at No. 190. "Give 'Em Hell" was released on April 22 via Frontiers Records.

  • MACHINE HEAD Members Get Strung Up And Hung For 'Now We Die' Video Shoot

    San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD filmed a video for the song "Now We Die" on October 3 in Oakland, California. The clip is being helmed by director Mike Sloat, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT and HATRIOT. Photos from the video shoot can be seen below. "Now We Die" is taken from MACHINE HEAD's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds", which will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi. Regarding the musical direction of "Bloodstone & Diamonds", Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album." He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive." Regarding the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album title, Flynn said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, 'Now We Die'. "In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band."

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  • FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's IVAN MOODY Taps DEVILDRIVER Drummer, Ex-MACHINE HEAD Guitarist For Solo Album

    FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody says that he is still working on his debut solo album but that he will wait until the timing is right to release it. During an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show". Moody said about his solo CD: "It's not done yet. I'm taking my time on it. My plate's full. 5FDP is my meat and potatoes, and our fan base, and if I take away from that right now, it'd be bad timing. So I'm just taking it stride by stride. And when it comes out, it'll come out. I'm working with people like [DEVILDRIVER drummer John] Boecklin and [former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist] Logan Mader [who] engineered [the first FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album]. [Logan's] just an amazing guitar player." In a June 2013 interview with Sweden's Metalshrine, Moody said that he was "most definitely" working on music that isn't always right for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. He added: "I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle. I've already got a few guys on the line that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with." He added: "I talked to the guys [in FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH], and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other, and that way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again. I'm definitely looking forward to do this side project." Despite releasing two albums' worth of material last year, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is already looking toward its next studio project. The band's drummer Jeremy Spencer told Artisan News, "We're at the studio right now, and we're recording some new material. And after we finish the [fall North American co-headlining] tour with VOLBEAT, we're gonna go back in and try to finish up everything in the winter and then get something out late spring [or] early summer." Spencer added that the band has demoed four songs so far, saying, "I'm liking what I'm hearing, but there's a long way to go… We'll judge the body of work when it's done." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on September 16 in Salt Lake City.

  • MICHAEL ANTHONY Says He Can Pull Off Lead Vocals On Any Classic VAN HALEN Song

    On October 14, former VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony was interviewed on the "Lamont And Tonelli Show", which airs on the Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. After Anthony was told by the radio hosts that he is such a great lead singer in his own right that he could probably front his own band, Michael said: "Yeah, you know, but I don't need that kind of pressure on me. Lead singers, they're their own breed." He added: "It wasn't until the fourth or fifth VAN HALEN record that people would go, 'Wow! You're singing backgrounds on those records. That's not David Lee Roth.' And I go, 'Hell, no! That's not David Lee Roth.'" Asked which classic VAN HALEN song he would pick to sing lead vocals on, if he had to choose one, Anthony said: "Ahh…. Oh my God… I sang 'Somebody Get Me A Doctor'. That actually goes over quite well. But I don't know… Man, I'd sing any of 'em. I could sing any of that crap. C'mon! I can sing it all. [Laughs]" In a February 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth spoke about the touchy subject of Anthony potentially replacing current bassist — and Eddie Van Halen's son — Wolfgang Van Halen. He said: "Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo… What we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever — that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in EARTH, WIND & FIRE, as identifiable as the high voice in the BEACH BOYS. VAN HALEN is an indelicate house blend of both — that's intentionally." In October 2011, ex-VAN HALEN vocalist Sammy Hagar accused the band of using tapes of backing vocals originally done by Anthony on its 2007/2008 reunion tour, for which Anthony was replaced by Wolfgang. Hagar told Attention Deficit Delirium, "Those vocal harmonies on the last tour were Mike on tape. Mike should've reamed them for it. Wolfie don't sing like that, and Ed sure as hell don't. Go on the Internet and listen to Ed's voice live from the reunion with me. Hear him sing on 'When It's Love' and some of those songs. Ed can't sing, and his voice is shot if he can, from cigarettes and booze anyway." Anthony and Hagar both last played with VAN HALEN on a 2004 reunion tour that ended acrimoniously. Both maintain that Anthony was booted from VAN HALEN for maintaining a friendship and working relationship with Hagar. Hagar told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks VAN HALEN made a grave mistake leaving Anthony out of the reunion tour with Roth. "Anyone in their right mind would know if you're gonna get Roth back finally! after all these abortions they've had, you get Mikey and you do the reunion tour, what the world really was waiting for. Not just fuck it up again. It's almost like they don't care about their fans. They just want to badger them until — see how much they'll take."

  • New Song Premiere: THESE ARE THEY's 'Steeple Of Blood'

    "Steeple Of Blood", a brand new song from Chicago death metallers THESE ARE THEY, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's third full-length album, "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals", which will be released on November 17 via The End Records/Unruly Sounds. Recorded at Bell City Sound Studios in Racine, Wisconsin, the CD was once again engineered by Chris Djuricic, with mixing and mastering handled by Dan Swanö of Sweden's Unisound Studios. In addition to the core writing team of vocalist, Paul Kuhr (NOVEMBERS DOOM), guitarist Steve Nicholson (formerly of NOVEMBERS DOOM) and guitarist Justin Jurgevich (formerly of HURTLOCKER), THESE ARE THEY now includes bassist Mike Flaherty (formerly of LOUDMOUTH) and drummer Tony Bettenhausen (formerly of HURTLOCKER). Said Nicholson: "'Steeple Of Blood' is the apex moment of the story of Lucius Mortimer, an unholy gunman bent on greed, who celebrates death... At The Feast Of Seven Funerals." Added Flaherty: "When you hear this song, you'll start throwing tables!" Encompassing a faster and more aggressive approach than previous efforts, "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" pushes the band forward in its experimentation, musicianship and overall production. "'Disposing Of Betrayers' was a big leap forward for us, defining our own sound," said Kuhr. "With 'At The Feast Of Seven Funerals', we wanted to take a step further into the aggression, and to stand out among our peers. I believe we succeeded in this. "Following a concept-driven album like the past releases, 'At The Feast Of Seven Funerals' deals with the American West in the 1800s, as the concept and story was conceived through the mind of Steven Nicholson. "This is pure old-school Chicago death metal." "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" track listing: 01. Hell Rides At Dawn 02. Palace Of Sin 03. Sixth Shot For The Mortician 04. Gospel Of A Bullet 05. Penelope Dies 06. Steeple Of Blood 07. Feat Of Seven Funerals 08. Hangman’s Knot 09. Buried Neath The Willows "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" can be pre-ordered at this location.

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  • DUFF MCKAGAN Says Kids Today Don't Listen To Full-Length Albums

    Duff McKagan (WALKING PAPERS, LOADED, GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) was interviewed on episode 118 of the "Let There Be Talk" podcast with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Speaking about how people listened to full-length records during GUNS N' ROSES' early days in the '80s, before the invention of the compact disc, McKagan said: "People did records then. It's, like, what's missing now. We'd think about, 'How does this record go from beginning to end?' And, 'How's the middle part?' And when you flip over the record, what to start the second side with. How do you end the first side? People don't even think in those terms anymore. 'Cause we grew up through records. [We would think] How is the first side gonna sound? How is it gonna begin and end? "Anybody who is probably under 45 listening to this is probably going, 'What? What are they talking about?' "But, yeah, if you made a record [back in those days], you would think about the order on each side, and how the first side would end, and how you would open up the second side of the record, and how you would end the whole record, and all of the body of work in between that. You know, does this whole thing tell a story?" "People don't listen... I don't wanna generalize, but I have two teenage kids. They listen to a song by one [artist], a song by somebody else, a song [by somebody else]. And [I go], 'Don't you wanna listen to the rest of the record?' They look at me, like, 'What's up, antique? What are you talking about?' "I'm not saying one [way] is better or worse, but we just grew up in a different time when we got to enjoy that whole [experience of listening to albums from beginning to end]… I got a [turntable] back at home now. I got one, like, a year and a half ago. And it's the best…. Going out and buying records and putting a record on, it's so killer."

  • IN THIS MOMENT: 'Sick Like Me' Video Premiere

    "Sick Like Me", the new video from IN THIS MOMENT, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, titled "Black Widow", which will be released on November 17. The CD was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Black Widow" is available for pre-order on the iTunes Store and other digital retailers. The album is being offered to fans in an array of distinctive configurations, including a very special vinyl piece exclusively available at Atlantic's webstore. All pre-orders will receive four instant grat downloads prior to the album release. "Black Widow" track listing: 01. The Infection 02. Sex Metal Barbie 03. Big Bad Wolf 04. Dirty Pretty 05. Black Widow 06. Sexual Hallucination 07. Sick Like Me 08. Bloody Creature Poster Girl 09. The Fighter 10. Bones 11. Natural Born Sinner 12. Into The Darkness 13. Out Of Hell "Sick Like Me" is making its way up the rock radio chart and singer Maria Brink gave The Pulse Of Radio a little insight into what the song is about. "That's kind of about embracing more of these things in me that I used to kind of keep 'em inside and they're a little bit twisted and they're a little bit wrong, I guess," she said. "And also, when you find another person who really, I guess, knows who you are and they find all of these things that maybe I would consider flaws in myself — they find that beautiful and like, I guess, things that make me who I am." IN THIS MOMENT last year inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records. "'Black Widow' is definitely the darker part of me," said Brink. "This album is about finding the weakness inside and turning it into strength. It's about being reborn, setting yourself free and realizing the balance in everything — the dark and the light. "We are very excited to be releasing this album through Atlantic Records," she added, "who have put out some of the greatest and most revered albums of all time. I am so ready and excited for the launch of this album. I think people will embrace its diversity and hearing different sides of us that they haven't experienced yet." "Here we go again," said guitarist Chris Howorth. "This was by far the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experience we've ever had making a record. We threw out the rulebook and tried to create something fearless, constantly pushing ourselves to make an album unlike anyone has heard before. Fans, get ready for this ride — everything is going to the next level." "Black Widow" is expected to feature several special guests, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody. Brink previously appeared on the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH track "Anywhere But Here", which was included on "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" album. IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood". "Blood" was IN THIS MOMENT's highest-charting album, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard album chart, while the title track became the band's first-ever Top 10 hit at rock radio.

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  • VINNIE PAUL Says Pickle Juice Is Ultimate Hangover Remedy

    Rooster of the 94.5 FMX radio station in Lubbock, Texas recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked what he would recommend as a hangover remedy, Vinnie said: "There's a couple of things. There's two things that would really do it for you. Obviously, the one that people are pretty aware of that we've been doing for years, which is pedialyte [the electrolyte-loaded liquid, which is given to dehydrated babies]. It definitely has about, I don't know, ten times the electrolytes of Gatorade or anything like that. [Drink] a bottle of that and that'll get you back on the right track. And then, to me, even a more immediate cure, which I discovered that I really love, is pickle juice, man. I don't know what it is, but something about the vinegar gets up right up to your muscles and rehydrates you and gets you back going. I drink almost a bottle of pickle juice every day, man, and it keeps me going great." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.

  • ALLEN / LANDE: 'Down From The Mountain' Lyric Video Released

    The official lyric video for the song "Down From The Mountain" from Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Russell Allen's (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) fourth ALLEN / LANDE collaborative album, "The Great Divide", can be seen below. The CD was released on October 17 in Europe and will be made available on October 21 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Following three successful discs written, played and produced by Swedish musician Magnus Karlsson (of PRIMAL FEAR and STARBREAKER), "The Great Divide" represents a substantial change in that former STRATOVARIUS guitarist and main composer Timo Tolkki took on the challenge to write and produce the new recording. Tolkki also performs all instrumentation on the album except for drums, which are handled by Jami Huovinen. Work on the album started in late 2013 when the first songs were demoed and sent to the two singers, who loved the direction of the new music. Also, for the first time, Lande has contributed vocal melodies and lyrics to the album. The final result is certainly outstanding and the crisp mixes from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC) make for an amazing-sounding album. Stunning cover art created by French artist Stan Decker completes the package. "The Great Divide" track listing: 01. Come Dream With Me 02. Down From The Mountain 03. In The Hands Of Time 04. Solid Ground 05. Lady Of Winter 06. Dream About Tomorrow 07. Hymn To The Fallen 08. The Great Divide 09. Reaching For The Stars 10. Bittersweet "The Great Divide" pre-order links: * Amazon * iTunes A three-song trailer is available below. The third ALLEN / LANDE collaborative CD was released in November 2010 via Frontiers. Entitled "The Showdown", the CD was mixed by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, SILENT FORCE). "Down From the Mountain" lyric video:

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  • CROWBAR: 'Symmetry In White' Video Released

    "Symmetry In White", the new video from New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios (GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, EYEHATEGOD), who previously directed the band's video for the track "Walk With Knowledge Wisely". "Symmetry In White" is taken from CROWBAR's new album, "Symmetry In Black", which sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf. CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. CROWBAR is: Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals) Matt Brunson (Guitar) Tommy Buckley (Drums) Jeff Golden (Bass)

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