SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser took part in a workshop on February 26 at Oficinas Culturais do Estado de SP in Brazil. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Kisser's solo debut, "Hubris I & II", was nominated in the "Best Brazilian Rock Album" category at the 2010 Latin Grammys. SEPULTURA's new live offering titled "Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" was released in North America on September 16, 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. "Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" is available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band's history, Blu-ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and soundcheck footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage. SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN has joined forces with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter TÃ¤gtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) in a brand new project simply called LINDEMANN. The first teaser for LINDEMANN's forthcoming debut album, which is due in May, can be found below. PÃ¤r Hulkoff, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist for the Swedish industrial metal band RAUBTIER, claims to have had the opportunity to check out some of LINDEMANN's music and has said that "the small parts I heard really blew my mind." He added: "This will echo in eternity." RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, who is currently promoting the sophomore album from his EMIGRATE project, recently told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about RAMMSTEIN's future plans: "We have a live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD coming out, we have another live DVDâ¦ We have so many live DVDs right now that we have to work that through. So, I think, at the moment, everyone does his own thing. I think it's important, because, again, RAMMSTEIN was always a band that took their time, that listened to themselves, listened to what they need, how much time they need between [albums]." He added: "One good thing about that the music industry changed is that you don't have to do a record every year â it's not necessary â and I think a lot of people that did this put [out] records that weren't that great. So I like that idea, actually, to take breaks. Again, I think we will come back together. I love touring with RAMMSTEIN, and if somebody has a vision for a record, we'll do another record." In an interview with UK's Kerrang! magazine, Kruspe said that he and his RAMMSTEIN bandmates were keeping a healthy distance from each other during the group's downtime. "Flake's [keyboardist Christian Lorenz] writing a book, Till's doing some kind of solo thing, but I haven't heard anything," he said. "That's the other problem. We've been through so many years together, we've lost contact in a way. At 18 or 20, it's natural to have a gang around you. But in your 40s or 50s, it's not normal to be around five guys the whole year. Because normally you'd start a family, have children. It's like a marriage with six guys who are never having sex. People get frustrated!" He added: "EMIGRATE saved my place in RAMMSTEIN."
Legendary DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jello Biafra joined NAPALM DEATH on stage on February 20 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California to perform the DEAD KENNEDYS classic "Nazi Punks Fuck Off". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. NAPALM DEATH released its 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", on January 27 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD's striking artwork was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe (Friktion.com), who has previously worked on the band's "Utilitarian" album as well as with such other acts as AT THE GATES, TOTALT JÃVLA MÃRKER, THE HAUNTED and BURST. Asked if he feels that NAPALM DEATH is bigger now than it ever has been, the band's frontman, Mark "Barney" Greenway, told Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com: "It's not just a feeling. I mean, we're selling more records right now than we ever have done. And that's not just vinyl. For us, it's vinyl, CDsâ¦ everything is selling really, really well. And when you consider, we haven't done anything to gain a commercial advantage. In fact, we turn down stuff that could gain us a commercial advantage, because of our ethos. I think then that's kind of mindblowing. It just goes to prove that you stick to what you wanna do and not what some things that you might not feel comfortable with. You live and die by your own decisions."
A trailer for "Final Light", the new video from Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "Secret Garden", which was released on January 16 via earMUSIC. The CD was pre-produced by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD) and recorded and produced in Sweden by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, DRAGONFORCE). Directed by Drico Mello, who was also responsible for ANGRA's "Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour" DVD and the music video for the first single from "Secret Garden", "Storm Of Emotions", "Final Light" is completely different from everything ANGRA has made until now, recreating World War II air battles with vintage aircrafts and special digital effects, as seen on movies like "Red Tales". The scenes were filmed at the amazing TAM Museum in Brazil, and the entire production, makeup and aesthetics of the video were developed with the idea of having an authentic vintage feel. The immense arsenal of aircrafts in their warehouse was available for the making of the video. The full "Final Light" music video will be released in the second week of March. "Secret Garden" "brings together everything that has established ANGRA as one of biggest bands in its style: contemporary sound combined with inspired compositions," according to a press release. It shows the maturity of a band that, after 23 years on the road, continues with the same motivation and passion for music that drove the glorious beginning of the group. The compositions mend together elements that made the band known around the world, foregrounding the unity of seemingly distinct styles and combining in a unique way styles such as rock - in its various forms, classical music and Brazilian music. "Secret Garden" is yet another masterpiece by the group and promises to become a great classic in the metal world. Like almost all of ANGRA's work, "Secret Garden" is a concept album which brings up the question: can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent? The songs tell the fictional story of scientist Morten Vrolik who fights to restore his happiness after a tragic accident that took the life of his wife. Faced with the harsh new reality, Morten is forced to revise his atheistic beliefs and values in order to recover a sense of personal contentment that was taken away by fate. The sudden change in his routine, the adaptability, synchronicity, loneliness, guilt, hope and the strength to rise anew are some of the topics discussed in the lyrics, always put to light under different perspectives â be they religious, scientific, philosophical or merely aesthetic. ANGRA, the most representative band of the Brazilian power metal scene worldwide, is back with full power. Italian vocalist Fabio Lione embeds the music with his powerful voice and impressive performance whereas young prodigy Bruno Valverde impresses on drums, giving the group a more modern sound. One of the great strengths of the album is the variety of great guest musicians: Simone Simons from the Dutch band EPICA divinely interprets the song "Secret Garden" while the great metal diva Doro Pesch sings an exciting vocal duet with Rafael Bittencourt on "Crushing Room". Actually, the various appearances of Rafael's lead vocals make for some of the strongest moments on this album, causing a contrast in tone and interpretation in comparison to Fabio. This also becomes evident in the cover that the band chose to record, "Synchronicity II" by THE POLICE. The front cover and album design cleverly interlace the music and story into a beautiful artwork â created by designer Rodrigo Bastos Didier, representing the dreamlike moments of the album's story. The entrance to the secret garden, a representation of the unconscious and the whole atmosphere of mystery intend to bring to the fan an experience that transcends merely listening to the songs. Once again, ANGRA brings to the scene a bombastic, electrifying release, capable of generating new trends, justifying with greatness and elegance why they have been recognized as one of the leading global power and progressive metal bands for over two decades. "Secret Garden" track listing: 01. Newborn Me 02. Black Hearted Soul 03. Final Light 04. Storm Of Emotions 05. Synchronicity II 06. Violet Sky 07. Secret Garden (feat. Simone Simons) 08. Upper Levels 09. Crushing Room (feat. Doro Pesch) 10. Perfect Symmetry 11. Silent Call
Scott Edwards Gallery will present "Sean Yseult - SoirÃ©e D'Evolution: Tableaux Vivants et Nature Mortes". This exhibition features the most recent work of Sean Ysseult (former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist) based on a sordid secret society soiree in 1873 and the elaborate living pictures and still lifes staged as part of their lavish parties. Opening reception will be held Saturday, April 18 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The exhibit will be on display: Front Gallery: April 16 - June 14 Back Gallery: June 18 - August 9 (partial display) In 1873, the Crescent City was a cauldron of decadence, politics, voodoo and absinthe. Elite mystic secret societies were backed by the city's richest families, posing publicly as bon vivants while often cloaking much more sinister purposes. The location: A Garden District Mansion in New Orleans, 1873. The Omniscient Oracles of the Occult throw their annual party, titled "Soiree D'Evolution." A play on life devolving, the members are followers of Hesiod, a Deterioriationist. But as we follow our guests through a series of tableaux vivants and still lifes, it is obvious that they celebrate and revel in this decay and decadence, rather than mourn it. Large-scale staged photos tell the story of murder, mayhem and excess. Yseult reveals a world that is one part fairy tale, one part history, one part occult, with a dash of Edward Gorey. Limited-edition companion handmade books will also be available showcasing every piece from the exhibition, as well as the elaborate and decorative feel of the coveted invitations to these elite events. Art critic Doug MacCash said of her work: "Her faux-antique photos have the dreamy, gently erotic tone of vintage French champagne ads. But Yseult pushes her period photos abruptly into the 21st Century by back-lighting them like drive-through restaurant signs." In this show, her photos leap into the present with vibrant use of color, dark humor and super-sized scale. Sean Yseult is best known as the bass player from the multi-platinum, twice -Grammy-nominated band WHITE ZOMBIE. Sean spent her formative years at the North Carolina School of the Arts studying ballet and earned a BFA in photography and design at Parsons School of Design NYC. Upon WHITE ZOMBIE's breakup, she moved to New Orleans and began showing her photography. In 2010 her autobiographical photo-book "I'm In The Band" was published (Soft Skull Press), and in 2012 her first solo show debuted at the Scott Edwards Gallery. Her previous work can be viewed by visiting www.seanyseult.com.
Christian hard rockers STRYPER entered SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts earlier in the month to begin recording their new album, "Fallen", for a late 2015 release via Frontiers. An audio sample of one of the new STRYPER songs can be streamed in the video clip embedded within the Facebook post below. STRYPER guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet wrote: "Clint Lowery of SEVENDUST sent me this opening riff idea and it's epic! Yeah, STRYPER is wimpy :-." Regarding the musical direction of the new STRYPER material, Michael Sweet told Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live": "It's gonna beâ¦ I don't wanna scare any fans away or anything, but it's gonna be the heaviest album we've done. Not in the sense that it's gonna be thrash metal or anything like that. It's definitely got a little bit of a darker vibe to it lyrically and musically. Some of the songs are tuned down â not like the modern Drop B stuff; I'm talking like the E dropped to D, 'Unchained' VAN HALEN kind of stuff. And it's just got a heavy sound to it. And I think when people hear it, in a good way, they're gonna go, 'That's STRYPER? What?' I think they're gonna be shocked." Asked if there are still any religious references in the new STRYPER lyrics, Sweet told Canadian journalist Mitch Lafon: "Absolutely. Some of the words themselves are actually taken from the Bible, so that's still there. The lyrics are definitely on the bold and powerful side. They're not like the lyrics of old. "A lot of our lyrics, I read back through the lyrics, and at times I'm a little embarrassed because they were just so repetitive and shallow at times â just real simplistic 'Rock, rock rock. Jesus, Jesus.' These lyrics are definitely a lot deeper. I'm pulling from the Bible at times." He continued: "There's a song about God creating the heavens and the earth. It's called 'Let There Be Light'. And it's about in the beginning, and it's taken right from Genesis. There's a song about the Devil; it's called 'Fallen'. It just talks about how when the Devil, when he was Lucifer, an archangel in heaven, when he walked, he was the angel of music, and when he walked, there was music. It tells the story in that song of, basically, about how he's fallen, and why, and how. It's a real powerful song. "I've got a song called 'Big Screen Lies' that's about how the film industry portrays Christians as complete buffoons one million percent of the time. And that's just not the case. It is sometimes, but those buffoon Christians don't represent all of us."
KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), played its first-ever club show this past Tuesday, February 24 at 170 Russell in Melbourne, Australia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Elitch was unable to perform with KILLER BE KILLED at the event due to scheduling conflicts with his other band, ANTEMASQUE. Filling in for him is CONVERGE drummer Ben Koller. Sanders spoke to TeamRock about KILLER BE KILLED's first-ever concert, which took place on February 21 as part of this year's edition of Australia's Soundwave festival in Melbourne. He said: "It's very rare that you play your first show with a band. For me, my last first show with a band was 15 years ago with MASTODON. So it's a pretty rare moment. So it was a very positive anxiety. Just like, 'Okay, I wanna be good and play proper.'" He continued: "My personal favorite moment was just the first note of the first song, looking around and seeing a bunch of my friends and idols. I grew up â before I toured and met THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and SEPULTURA â I was listening to CONVERGE, who had been our drummer today. I don't knowâ¦ It's quite a pure camaraderie that organically fell into place to create what happened with my band today. So, on a personal note, it was very satisfying and just a little overwhelming. Pretty rare. Very rare." Sanders added: "I think it went way better than you could ever expect. I don't knowâ¦ We just practiced four times, and then you just jump into a scenario where there is a few thousand people in front of you. And it turned out that a lot of them were singing the lyrics and really into the tunes and knew the songs. So [it was] way better than we ever expected." Troy also talked about how KILLER BE KILLED went from coming together to write music to actually playing a gig. He said: "There was kind of three little phases of this band, KILLER BE KILLED. The first one was the idea of all getting together and writing music. The next step was to try to get together and record music, which happened in September of 2013. We had 21 days that we were all collectively off tour together. We came together in September of 2013 and recorded a record. In 2014, it came out. So the third and final step was: 'Could you ever play a show?' We kind of discarded that. [We thought], 'We'll probably never play a show.' But this was offered to us. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SOULFLY and MASTODON were all off tour at the same time. We said, 'We should go for it. It's probably the first and only shows we'll ever play.' Maybe we'll play dozens more. You don't know. But we never expected to play a show. So today was very, very special. I should probably go get a tattoo of today, of what this means." He added: "It's really rare to find a group of dudes that you just jam with for all the first reasons, as if you're 13 joining your first band. You're gonna hang out with cool people, you're gonna play music that you love, and that's it. No pressure of, 'This record's gotta be better than the next.' No, 'People are gonna think this, that.' Just get together, write some riffs. 'You like it?' 'Yes.' 'I like it?' 'Yes.' Record it. Have fun. Extremely simple. Very grass roots." Speaking to The Metal Review about the drummer change, Puciato said: "ANTEMASQUE confirmed at the same time we did. We didn't know what day we we're going to be on, and then it just became an issue whether we wanted to still do it or not, which we obviously did. Then it was, if ANTEMASQUE have a good slot, if we have a good slot, I didn't want to shuffle the band around to a shittier time slot just to accommodate Dave playing in both bands. ANTEMASQUE for Dave is a much bigger commitment; they're playing a lot of shows all the time. If he needs to do that, that's fine with me. Ben from CONVERGE is a fucking animal, so it'll be cool to play with him." KILLER BE KILLED's self-titled debut album sold around 5,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on May 13, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER.
Symphonic metal masters KAMELOT will release the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album "Silverthorn" worldwide (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. Titled "Haven", the CD will be made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world. "Haven" will be available to pre-order in multiple exclusive and limited bundle packages at the Napalm Records American and European webstores starting Thursday, February 26. A 25-second preview clip of "Haven" is available below. "The 'Haven' album has an undertone of a world going insane," says KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood. "There is a gray cloud that is forming over our world. We are here to find that silver lining with an album that is both dark and melancholy yet uplifting and giving the listener a 'Haven' in a world gone mad. "We are really proud of the song elements and diversity on 'Haven'." Adds vocalist Tommy Karevik: "The songs run the gamut from dark and melancholy to uplifting and melodic elements." KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai states: "'Haven' has an aggressive edge to it that is the representation of the band as The Revolutionary Change in the storyline." Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Guest musicians on the CD include Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The breathtaking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes. Following the release of "Haven", KAMELOT will embark on a massive world tour, starting with North America in April/May, followed by European shows in the summer and with the "Haven" European tour in September/October. "Haven" track listing: 01. Fallen Star 02. Insomnia 03. Citizen Zero 04. Veil Of Elysium 05. Under Grey Skies 06. My Therapy 07. Ecclesia 08. End Of Innocence 09. Beautiful Apocalypse 10. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) 11. Here's To The Fall 12. Revolution 13. Haven Exclusive bonus CD track listing (available only with the limited mediabook and deluxe earbook): 01. End Of Innocence (Piano Version) 02. Veil Of Elysium (Acoustic Version) 03. Fallen Star (Orchestral Version) 04. Here's To The Fall (Orchestral Version) 05. My Therapy (Orchestral Version) 06. Fallen Star (Instrumental) 07. Insomnia (Instrumental) 08. Citizen Zero (Instrumental) 09. Veil Of Elysium (Instrumental) 10. Under Grey Skies (Instrumental) 11. My Therapy (Instrumental) 12. End Of Innocence (Instrumental) 13. Beautiful Apocalypse (Instrumental) 14. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) (Instrumental) 15. Revolution (Instrumental) "Silverthorn" sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Poetry For The Poisoned", opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74. "Silverthorn" was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marked the band's first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).
TENACIOUS D was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. TENACIOUS D was nominated for its cover version of the DIO classic "The Last In Line", from the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album, 100% of proceeds from which go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. TENACIOUS D beat out several notable metal acts, including ANTHRAX, which was nominated for its own contribution to "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life", a cover of the BLACK SABBATH classic "Neon Knights". Speaking to Artisan News, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was asked about the grumblings of discontent in the metal community after TENACIOUS D â which is essentially a comedy rock duo â getting the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" nod. "The Grammys meanâ¦ What do they mean less to me than? The Grammys mean nothing to me," Ian said (see video below). "I really don't pay attention. If anyone has a problem with TENACIOUS D winning the Grammy, don't complain about them, complain about the Grammys. [TENACIOUS D's] Jack Black loves Ronnie James Dio." The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, and was co-founded by Dio's longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. All monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund go directly into cancer research. So far from the sale of "This Is Your Life", the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has raised $132,000 towards cancer research. Commented Wendy Dio: "We are so excited to see one of Ronnie's songs be awarded with a Grammy. "As soon as TENACIOUS D were announced as winners, Jack Black called me in excitement to tell me that we won the award. My only regret is to not have Ronnie here in body to see this happen." Added Jack Black and Kyle Gass of TENACIOUS D: "This Grammy is all about Ronnie James Dio. We are so proud to have known Ronnie and this is just another testament to his greatness." "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" was released in April 2014 via Rhino. "Dio was the master," Jack Black told Music For Good. "He was the Pavarotti of heavy metal vocalists. [He had] soaring melodies and a lion's roar to match. He was also one of the coolest guys I've ever had the honor of meeting. No one could touch his brillianceâ¦ on or off the stage." "It's hard not to pick a great Dio trackâ¦ but this one appealed to us," Kyle Gass said of "The Last In Line". "Recording the track was a blast. Our electric guitarist, John Konesky, shredded a solo. I said, 'That's pretty good, but let's try out my recorder.' Lo and behold, it shredded even more and added a unique element to the track." Gass fondly remembered Ronnie's cameo in TENACIOUS D's musical comedy film "The Pick Of Destiny", telling Music For Good: "Dio obviously has been a major influence and inspiration for the D. His performance in 'The Pick Of Destiny' was a magical moment for us, and we'll always miss him. Rock on, Dio."
Music Feeds conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the fan reaction to SLIPKNOT's new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", Corey said: "I think they were waiting for it. They were waiting for us to kind of share the story. And it's a heavy story, but at the same time, the music takes you so many different places that I don't think they were expecting. So I think, on one hand, it was the album that they knew they were gonna get. And on the other hand, they were completely surprised by just how far we were gonna take it." He continued: "I think the reception has been fantastic. It debuted at No. 1 in a bunch of different [countries]. You hope for that. But at the same time, you don't write music for that. We started with us, and we liked it, and it goes to the fans, and then after that, it's out of our hands." Jim and Corey also talked about SLIPKNOT's impressive live performance and continuous quest to expand the band's stylistic boundaries. "We've had a couple of days of practice," Root said. "We know our way around it at this point. Where we're from and what we do and the dues that we paid, we have a work ethic, and it's a very diligent and hard work ethic. And we stick with it. And we are passionate about what we do. And I guess that's where it all comes from. It's really simple and on the surface, but that's really what it is." Added Corey: "There's a lot of bands in our position who maybe take it for granted sometimes. We've been around long enough to see some ups and downs â not only on our part, but on bands that we used to tour with. So we know both sides of it, and we don't take anything for granted anymore. We go up there with that mindset of, 'Let's earn it again. Let's do it again. Let's go for it again.' And it's kept us in pretty good stead." SLIPKNOT has released a live video for song "Custer", shot at last year's Knotfest in Devore, California. "Custer" is the latest single from ".5: The Gray Chapter", which came out in October. SLIPKNOT recently unveiled the details of a massive summer headlining tour dubbed "Summer's Last Stand". The trek kicks off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5 in Dallas. The summer jaunt follows a brief spring run that SLIPKNOT will launch on April 25 in Fort Myers, Florida, ending on May 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Quality fan-filmed video footage of British/American rock legends UFO performing on February 25 at Alte Seilerei in Mannheim, Germany can be seen below. UFO released a new album, "A Conspiracy Of Stars", on February 23 in Europe (March 3 in the U.S.) via Steamhammer/SPV. The band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) recorded almost a dozen new songs, produced and mixed in the Kentish town of Deal by Chris Tsangarides, renowned for his work with acts such as JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY and GARY MOORE. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" was made available as a digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl double LP and for download. Says the band about the new CD: "'A Conspiracy Of Stars' is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas. We're confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money's worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!" "A Conspiracy Of Stars" presents UFO's current lineup for the first time: along with the original members Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, American bassist Rob De Luca joining the fold in 2012. De Luca is not only a brilliant instrumentalist but has also contributed two of the album tracks as a songwriter. The majority of the new material was composed by Vinnie Moore, the album also features a song by Paul Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. The lyrics were penned by frontman Phil Mogg. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start. Digipak 01. The Killing Kind 02. Run Boy Run 03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun 04. Sugar Cane 05. Devils In The Detail 06. Precious Cargo 07. The Real Deal 08. One And Only 09. Messiah Of Love 10. Rolling Rolling 11. King Of The Hill (bonus track) Jewel Case 01. The Killing Kind 02. Run Boy Run 03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun 04. Sugar Cane 05. Devils In The Detail 06. Precious Cargo 07. The Real Deal 08. One And Only 09. Messiah Of Love 10. Rolling Rolling LP Side 1 01. The Killing Kind 02. Run Boy Run 03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun Side 2 01. Sugar Cane 02. Devils In The Detail 03. Precious Cargo Side 3 01. The Real Deal 02. One And Only 03. Messiah Of Love Side 4 01. Rolling Rolling 02. King Of The Hill (bonus track)
MAIDEN UNITED, the acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) and Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), will release a new album, "Remembrance", on May 22 on CD, red 12-inch vinyl and as a digital download. The cover artwork for the album can be seen below. "Remembrance" track listing: 01. Strange World 02. Charlotte The Harlot 03. Killers 04. Remember Tomorrow 05. Burning Ambition (ft. Bob Verschoyle) 06. Futureal (feat. Blaze Bayley) 07. Aces High 08. Prowler (feat. Paul Di'Anno) 09. Still Life '15 Contributing musicians: * Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) - Vocals * Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION) - Guitar * Joey Bruers (UP THE IRONS) - Bass * Stef Broks (TEXTURES) - Drums * Huub van Loon (DEARWORLD, BARRY HAY) - Piano * Thijs Schrijnemakers (ORGEL VRETEN) - Hammond * Perttu Kivilaakso (APOCALYPTICA) - Cello on "Still Life" * Mike Coolen (WITHIN TEMPTATION) - Drums on "Prowler" * Marco Kuypers (CLOUDMACHINE) - Piano on "Prowler" * Bob Verschoyle (GYPSY'S KISS) - Vocals on "Burning Ambition" * Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN) - Vocals on "Prowler" * Blaze Bayley - Vocals on "Futureal" "Strange World" was released as a two-track single on CD and iTunes on January 30. Single track listing: 01. Strange World (album version) 02. The Evil That Men Do (alternate version feat. Wudstik on vocals) "Strange World" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. MAIDEN UNITED is an IRON MAIDEN tribute project which performs classic MAIDEN songs in new acoustic arrangements. "Remembrance" is the third full-length album released by this project. MAIDEN UNITED's debut album, "Mind The Acoustic Pieces" (2010), was an acoustic re-imagining of the entire classic IRON MAIDEN album "Piece Of Mind" with new arrangements. The second album, "Across The Seventh Sea" (2012), contained tracks from different MAIDEN albums. "Remembrance" can be pre-ordered at www.MaidenUnited.com.
The second in a series of webisodes leading up to the release of "Rivals", the comeback album from COAL CHAMBER, the reformed '90s alt-metal band fronted by current DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara, can be seen below. Due on May 19 North America via Napalm, the band's first CD in over thirteen years was recorded in part at Audiohammer studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). Comments Fafara: "This record was over 13 years in the making, and I promise this record won't disappoint and will be worth the wait! "'Rivals' is solid through and through, there's maturity and growth in the music while still maintaining the true COAL CHAMBER sound and delivering track after track of killer tunes! "We had a great time working together on this record and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!" "Rivals" track listing: 01. I.O.U. Nothing 02. Bad Blood Between Us 03. Light in the Shadows 04. Suffer in Silence 05. The Bridges You Burn 06. Orion 07. Another Nail in the Coffin 08. Rivals 09. Wait 10. Dumpster Dive 11. Over My Head 12. Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets) 13. Empty Handed 14. Worst Enemy The "Rivals" cover artwork can be seen below. COAL CHAMBER will embark on a North American headlining tour in the spring of 2015. Support on the trek â which kicks off on March 6 in Tempe, Arizona and runs through April 12 in Dallas, Texas â will come from FILTER, COMBICHRIST and AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE. COAL CHAMBER is offering an exclusive VIP Package for every date on the tour. It includes a meet-and-greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable). Bassist Nadja Peulen returned to COAL CHAMBER in November 2013 following the departure of Canadian musician Chela Rhea Harper, who joined the band in late 2011 and toured with the group for nearly two years. COAL CHAMBER rose to prominence with a gold-certified debut album in 1997 that established the group as one of the most promising bands on the then-emerging, so-called "nu metal" scene. Peulen replaced Foss in 1999 during Rayna's pregnancy for almost 12 months while the band was on the road supporting its second album, "Chamber Music". Rayna came back to the band after her pregnancy leave and recorded COAL CHAMBER's third album, "Dark Days". Shortly after recording "Dark Days", Rayna quit the band and Nadja was recruited for the touring cycle that followed the CD's release. The band broke up during the "Dark Days" tour in 2002 and reunited nine years later.
MOTÃRHEAD recently returned to the studio to begin work on its 22nd studio album for a late 2015 release. A couple of new video clips and photos from the sessions can be seen below. MOTÃRHEAD's song "Heartbreaker" was nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category at this year's Grammy Awards. MOTÃRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister, 69, in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band's European festival shows. He was also reportedly fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems. The reissue of MOTÃRHEAD's 21st studio album, "Aftershock", was made available on August 26, 2014 via UDR/MotÃ¶rhead Music. The CD was helmed by longtime producer Cameron Webb (MEGADETH, DISTURBED). The expanded edition contains a bonus live CD â also recorded by Webb â consisting of live material comprised from the band's historic appearances in early 2014. "Aftershock" sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart.
BLACK STAR RIDERS members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Scott Gorham recently took part in a question-and-answer session and acoustic performance at the studios of the U.K. digital radio station Planet Rock. Check out video footage below. BLACK STAR RIDERS' second album, "The Killer Instinct", was released on February 24 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2013's "All Hell Breaks Loose" was recorded in October at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON). "The Killer Instinct" was released in different formats: CD, limited 2-CD digibook, limited gatefold black vinyl and limited gatefold clear vinyl (available for mail orders only). BLACK STAR RIDERS frontman Ricky Warwick stated about the "The Killer Instinct" artwork: "It's a bit of a continuation from 'All Hell Breaks Loose'. People will see the link. It's very rock and roll. It's going to look cool." Ricky Warwick stated about the album title: "Life's not fair, never has been, never will. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness. Because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself." The energy in the studio from a year of touring, and BLACK STAR RIDERS gelling as a creative force has resulted in a truly powerful sophomore effort. From the Irish-tinged rock of "Soldierstown" to the balls-out twin guitar riffing of "Sex, Guns & Gasoline", rom the dirty groove of "You Little Liar" to the acoustic "Blindsided", this is a band coming of age. Said BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson: "Nick Raskulinecz came riding out of the sunset like a Viking warrior, with his record collection and arsenal of killer guitars and amplifiers and proved to be the world-class producer we had heard so much about. Indeed, the rumors are all true. There's no doubt that Ricky and I had written a sizable number of songs, but Nick patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band and made sure we focused on the material to best represent BLACK STAR RIDERS in 2015." BLACK STAR RIDERS will head out on a co-headline tour of UK and Ireland with EUROPE throughout March 2015. BLACK STAR RIDERS were one of the first signings to Nuclear Blast Entertainment by Monte Conner â the A&R guru who signed acts such as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA, and RUSH to Roadrunner. Nuclear Blast Entertainment is a new U.S. partnership co-founded by Conner with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. "All Hell Breaks Loose" sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort landed at position No. 5 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. BLACK STAR RIDERS last year parted ways with bassist Marco Mendoza and replaced him with Robbie Crane (RATT, VINCE NEIL, LYNCH MOB). Interview:
The twelfth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip sees the NIGHTWISH bandmembers explain the themes and inspirations for the CD. NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: "There's a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like 'Shudder Before The Beautiful', 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful', 'The Greatest Show On Earth' and 'Alpenglow' all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It's temporary character. Evolutionâ¦ Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album â that science can even be something profoundly spiritual." Adds drummer Kai Hahto: "It's a perfect theme to an album. Like, how did we come to be? And when our time here is done, what kind of mark do we leave? It's a pretty amazing theme." NIGHTWISH's new video, "Ãlan", can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville LipiÃ¤inen. Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Ãlan' is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called 'Urho' ('Braveheart')." Regarding "Ãlan", Holopainen said: "'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.' This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing 'Ãlan'. "The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us. "It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by." NIGHTWISH's new full-length CD, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", will be made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The "Ãlan" four-track single, which arrived on February 13, features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Ãlan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan". The cover artwork for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins appears as a guest on the effort. Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) replaced him. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats: * Standard CD * Digibook (including instrumental CD) * 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors * Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD) * Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl) * Download Pre-order your copy here. The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band in 2013, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain was interviewed earlier this week in the studios of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida. Asked for a health update on IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, who recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue, Nicko said (see video below): "We were all blown away when we heard the news. But the great thing is [Bruce is] in great hands back home in England, not only with his family, but his oncologists and all the people that are working with him. They were all very positive, as Bruce has been, through the whole thing." He continued: "Obviously, it's a blow for everybody to hear the news. Last week, the official announcement was made, after he finished his treatment. And all of that treatment went exceedingly well. And from not having spoken to Bruce for a couple of weeks, but talking to our manager, he was in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology, and he had three chemo sessions. So it's been pretty hard, as you can imagine. And he's apparently doing very well. He was in the office Wednesday last week, and apparently he went out. He goes down the pubâ¦ although he can't taste his beer. He said, 'At least I know it's a Trooper [IRON MAIDEN's official beer]. I've got the bottle in my hand.' [Laughs] I said, 'Does it still work?' 'Oh yeah!' [Laughs]" McBrain added: "So, just to let everybody know, from what we can gather, he's really in great hands, and he's doing extremely well. So we expect him to have a full recovery in the next couple of months. And then, watch this space, really. We have made an album. The album was ready to go this yearâ¦ and it still is. When I say 'was,' we were planning on going out and doing some work around the album, which now, we're all just holding on, and once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months, we'llâ¦ You never know when this might happen. You just never know, do you? [Laughs]" IRON MAIDEN has yet to make an official announcement about a new studio album, but the band's members have reportedly been spotted in Paris, France in recent months, along with their longtime producer, Kevin Shirley, who is said to have helmed the new effort. MAIDEN's 15th studio album, "The Final Frontier", sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4. The CD featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, "The Alchemist", clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, "When The Wild Wind Blows", lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds. IRON MAIDEN's previous album, 2006's "A Matter Of Life And Death", opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003's "Dance of Death" (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of "Brave New World", which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart. "The Final Frontier" was IRON MAIDEN's fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with "The Number of the Beast", in 1988 with "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" and in 1992 with "Fear of the Dark".
The official lyric video for the song "One Thousand Years Of Rain" from Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's thirteenth studio album, "In Times", which will be released on March 6 via Nuclear Blast. The CD's hand-painted artwork was created by longtime collaborating artist and "sixth ENSLAVED member" Truls Espedal. The main recording sessions for "In Times" took place at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar BjÃ¸rnson's Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of ValevÃ¥g south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds. "In Times" was produced by bandmembers Ivar BjÃ¸rnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver SandÃ¸y. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Ãrebro, Sweden. ENSLAVED guitarist and composer Ivar BjÃ¸rnson stated the following about the band's latest creation: "I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own ass, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any 'opinions' about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert songsmith. The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events. In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art. "I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our 'blacker' past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any senseâ¦ Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired." "In Times" track listing: 01. Thurisaz Dreaming 02. Building With Fire 03. One Thousand Years Of Rain 04. Nauthir Bleeding 05. In Times 06. Daylight The new albumâs total running time is fifty-three minutes.
Swedish rockers CRASHDÃET have parted ways with vocalist Simon Cruz. Says the band in a statement: "There is a reason for our lack of news lately. The reason for that is that Simon Cruz has left CRASHDÃET. Well, actually, he decided to leave in the midst of our mini tour in Japan... With no notice whatsoever. "The last few months have been confusing, to say the least, and we haven't been sure of what to make of this... other than that our collaboration with Simon is over. "However... The recording of the new album will proceed as planned and you can expect hear more from us soon!" Cruz, who was previously a member of the Stockholm act JAILBAIT, joined CRASHDÃET in 2009 as the replacement for H. Olliver Twisted (now in RECKLESS LOVE). Former CRASHDIET singer David Hellman (a.k.a. Dave Lepard) was found dead on January 20, 2006 at his apartment in the Swedish city of Uppsala, north of Stockholm. It was reported in several places that he hanged himself, although this was never officially confirmed. CRASHDÃET's fourth album, "The Savage Playground", entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 2. The CD was released in January 2013 via Frontiers. "The Savage Playground" was recorded during summer/autumn 2012 at Kingside Studios outside Stockholm with producer Otto Wellton. CRASHDÃET released a DVD titled "Shattered Glass And Broken Bones â Three Years Of Generation Wild" on December 4, 2012. The disc featured three hours of live and behind-the-scenes footage complied by the band with Bear Productions.
Jo SchÃ¼ftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo before PHILM's February 23 performance at the Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, New York. You can now watch the chat below. Asked what it was about later SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman that stood out about him, not only as a musician, but as a friend, Lombardo responded: "What was cool about Jeff [was] he never liked to do interviews; he was very mysterious. He liked to stay backstage, he liked to stay on the bus and just chill before the show. He never went inside â it was rare that he went inside â the venue before the show, unless we had a soundcheck. Everybody knows he was a great guy, and he's sorely missed. He's definitely a person that all wish that he was still here with us." Hanneman passed away in May 2013 from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. He is credited for writing many of SLAYER's classic songs, including "Angel Of Death" and "South Of Heaven". Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band. SLAYER is currently putting the finishing touches on its new CD with producer Terry Date for a tentative summer release. Joining Bostaph, guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album is guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past five years. SLAYER's next CD will be released on Nuclear Blast through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).