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  • Early GUNS N' ROSES And POISON Manager VICKY HAMILTON To Release 'Appetite For Dysfunction' Memoir

    Vicky Hamilton, who is best known for managing the early careers of GUNS N' ROSES and POISON, in addition to serving as a management consultant for MÖTLEY CRÜE, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the release of her memoir, titled "Appetite For Dysfunction". Says Vicky: "I have been writing this book for seven years. While I was living it, I was as high as the bands I was working with. So in recounting the stories and going through the pictures, I really thought about what I was saying and feeling about these experiences and was really wanting to bring my true story of the '80s music scene to the page. I feel I have accomplished my goal. "Though I have had a very rich rock experience, I didn't make the money I would have liked, so I have chosen PubSlush to help me raise the money needed to put the finishing touches on the book. "I have finished writing the book, but it needs a professional edit, the book needs to be laid out by a professional. I need to pick the pictures, pay photographers for thier usage and make sure everything is nice and legal. I want to pay artist Maxine Miller to do a painting for the cover art. Once the package is complete, then I need to print the books. "Once the book is in print and ready for sale as an ebook, I want to promote the book through social media channels and hire a PR firm. I would love to do book signings and readings around the world." In the book "Watch You Bleed: The Saga Of Guns N' Roses" by Stephen Davis, Vicky stated about what it was like dealing with GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose during the band's early days: "He was so damaged. Today you'd call it bibolar. He was either childlike, or a dog from hell. I loved him dearly, but I also felt sorry for him because he could not trust anyone and already had big issues with paranoia and control." She added in a separate interview with Rolling Stone: "[Axl] has this very likable little-boy personality, and then he has the demon-dog-from-hell personality. The color of his eyes actually changes when he goes into this different person." After helping GUNS N' ROSES land a record deal with Geffen, Hamilton had a falling out with the group "because I had borrowed $25,000 for the band from Howie Hubberman [a vintage guitar expert who formerly owned Guitars R Us, a highly revered guitar store located on the Sunset Strip], and that was not included [in the deal with Geffen]," she told the Metal Sludge web site. "Howie was looking at me to get paid back, and every month the guys in the band would say, 'Yeah, we'll handle it.' But they never did, and I was not going to be left holding the bag for $25,000, so I eventually had to sue them. It was kind of ballsy, but I had to do it." She continued: "The statute of limitation was running out, so I hired a litigator who served [then-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] Slash in front of the Cathouse one night. I actually wound up getting $35,000, which was $25,000 for Howie Hubberman, $5,000 for the lawyer and $5,000 for me to get a new apartment because that was never included before." Original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler later said: "Vicky Hamilton — awesome woman! I wanted her to be part of it after we signed — because she got us signed. What happened was not my idea, and I did not have enough say-so in it [to do anything about it]." Added Slash: "We lived at her house, and she busted her ass twenty-four hours a day. She couldn't pay her rent because she spent all the money she could get her hands on trying to get us off the ground. She was the only person that — way back when we were doing our first gigs — she'd say, 'You guys are great, you're gonna make it. ' I've gotta tip my hat to her."

  • Video: STEEL PANTHER Performs KANYE WEST Song In Wiesbaden

    Fan-filmed video footage of STEEL PANTHER's March 26 performance in Wiesbaden, Germany can be seen below. STEEL PANTHER's current setlist includes the Los Angeles-based band's musical response to Kanye West following the rapper's unexpected appearance onstage this year's Grammy Awards. The track, in which STEEL PANTHER accuses West of sounding like everything from "hamster turds" to "a donkey fart," also references KISS frontman Paul Stanley's comment about West, saying that "Beck should kick you in the nuts with steel-toed boots." The one-minute tune concludes with STEEL PANTHER's "Michael Starr singing: "You're friggin' hypocritical. I hope you get the cancer on your Johnson and your testicles." West came up onstage during Grammy Awards when Beck's "Morning Phase" was announced as the surprise winner of "Album Of The Year." Although many at first assumed West was jokingly re-enacting his storming of the stage when Taylor Swift won a few years back, the hip-hop star later blasted the Grammys in a rant in which he suggested that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Beck told Us Weekly, "I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?" As for beating out Beyonce for the award, Beck added, "I thought she was going to win. Come on, she's Beyonce!" Beck was nominated for "Album Of The Year" twice before, in 1997 for "Odelay" and 2001 for "Midnite Vultures", and lost both times. West said after the ceremony, "I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more… and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce." West didn't back down, saying on February 9, "Beck knows Beyonce should have won… I love Beck. But he ain't have album of the year." According to The Pulse Of Radio, GARBAGE singer Shirley Manson weighed in on the issue with an open letter to Kanye on Monday, in which she wrote, "It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like Beck." Manson continued, "You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt. In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around."


  • EXODUS/SLAYER Guitarist GARY HOLT Talks About His Pedals (Video)

    A three-minute video clip in which EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt talks about the pedals and effects he uses — which include Vortex Flanger, Shaker Vibrato and G-major 2 from TC Electronic — can be seen below. During an appearance at this past January's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Holt unveiled his new signature model based on the ESP Eclipse. The Gary Holt signature models come in a high-end ESP version (ESP Gary Holt) and two LTD versions, the GH-600 and GH-200. All come with Floyd Rose tremolo system and dual humbucker pickups. METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, an early bandmate and decades-long friend of Holt, commented, "Gary has influenced a whole generation of metal guitarists with his wicked riffs and leads in EXODUS. I'm happy that he's jumped on for the ESP ride!" In a June 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, SLAYER's Kerry King stated about Holt: "I always regard Gary as the Glenn Tipton of our era — really good, really polished and nobody talks about him. To this day, nobody really references [JUDAS] PRIEST and Tipton that much as guitar players and I feel the same way about Gary. EXODUS have a huge following but a little more overlooked than METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, ANTHRAX — the 'Big Four,' so to speak, so [it is great] to be able to bring him to the forefront and shove him down people's throats and say, 'Hey, this motherfucker kicks ass. Pay attention.'" Holt joined EXODUS in 1981 shortly after their formation, and has been the band's main songwriter ever since. Holt has performed on every EXODUS album, and is considered highly influential in the world of thrash metal. In 2011, he began filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman at live shows, and became the band's full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of EXODUS. In October 2014, EXODUS released its tenth studio album, "Blood In Blood Out", on the Nuclear Blast label.

  • MEGADETH: More CHRIS ADLER-Like Drum-Cam Footage From The Studio

    Another 15-second video clip of an as-yet-unidentified drummer — believed to be Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) — laying down tracks for MEGADETH's new album can be seen below. A photo that was taken on March 19 of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Adler having a discussion at what appeared to be a fast-food restaurant or a coffee shop was posted on Twitter by former MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE drummer Bob Bryar. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET exclusively reported on March 14, MEGADETH is rumored to have hired Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA) to play on the band's new CD. If true, Adler's involvement with MEGADETH would apparently be limited to studio work only, and he would not be expected to join the band on the road to promote the effort, which is currently being recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. MEGADETH was still finalizing the recording lineup for its new album earlier in the month, with Mustaine tweeting on March 10 that he was "excited to be auditioning one of my final picks for my new guitarist today." The band has yet to officially announce replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the group last year. Speculation has been rife over the last three months as to whether fans could expect a reunion of MEGADETH's classic late 1980s and early 1990s lineup featuring Nick Menza on drums and Marty Friedman on guitar. Both Menza and Friedman indicated in recent interviews and online postings that they weren't opposed to rejoining MEGADETH, with Menza saying: "I'm open to whatever could possibly happen. That's up to Dave [Mustaine." Friedman, who was also part of the band's "Rust In Peace" lineup, said in January that he "would not be against considering" a possible return to the band as the replacement for Broderick, but cautioned that fans shouldn't "get [their] hopes up either."


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  • SEVENDUST Completes Recording Tenth Studio Album

    SEVENDUST has finished recording its tenth studio album for a tentative July release. The CD was once again recorded at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey. In a recent interview with Loudwire, SEVENDUST guitarist John Connolly stated about the band's new material: "It's funny, you come out of acoustic world and immediately you're, like, 'All right, let's get metal again. Let's get heavy.'" He continued: "There's a lot of heavy on this one, but there's also a lot of melody. There's a lot of spillover from where our headspace was at on an acoustic perspective, which is great. "I love being as heavy as we can be but Lajon [Witherspoon], he's a melodic singer, and I think he's going to be excited about a lot of stuff. As heavy as we're trying to be, there's still a ton of melody on it. "I know Clint [Lowery, guitar] is busy writing a ton of demos and everyone is trying to get back into that headspace." Connolly added: "We've had such a good time during the last two records, collaborating together as a five-piece which is something we haven't done since the first album. All we had was a rehearsal room, each other, paying the rent and a few shows. Someone would come up with a riff or a demo and bring it in and we'd really hammer it out as a band. We had so much fun on 'Black Out the Sun' and 'Time Travelers & Bonfires', really, just being in each other's face instead of wondering is this going to work or is that going to work? "Having five cooks in the kitchen at all times, most times, with most bands can be counterproductive, but for us, it just works so much better for us; we're so much more efficient. We're much happier without the guesswork. You play a riff, then Vinny [Hornsby, bass] starts playing, then Clint comes in, and questions get answered, and then you move on to the next thing. "It's the stuff that we create together that's usually the stuff that gets us the most excited." SEVENDUST's latest acoustic album, "Time Travelers & Bonfires", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on April 15, 2014 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.

  • QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI: KEVIN DUBROW 'Was My Biggest Asset And My Biggest Liability'

    In a brand new interview with Bucks Local News, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali was asked what changed his mind after he said in 2008 that the band was over following singer Kevin DuBrow's death. "Kevin, rest in peace, passed in November of 2007," Frankie responded. "After spending the greater part of my musical career sharing the world stage with Kevin for over 27 years, and what became a lifelong friendship, I just couldn't see past his tragic death and loss. "The catalyst for trying it one more time was a product of, and the idea of, making the QUIET RIOT documentary and the process of going through my QUIET RIOT archives, which span over three decades." Speaking about QUIET RIOT's current lineup, Frankie said: "The last lineup of QUIET RIOT with Kevin included longtime bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi. Kevin was really happy and comfortable and stable with that lineup, so they were the ones I enlisted once I had decided to move forward. After a couple of false starts with two other singers, we found the right vocalist for QUIET RIOT as it is now with Jizzy Pearl. Jizzy has done a great job in meeting the vocal requirements and sound of QUIET RIOT while still retaining his own style and personality." Banali also talked about DuBrow, who died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He said: "Kevin was a truly honest person — told anyone and everyone exactly what he thought with no filters. This, of course, got him into a lot of trouble and made him a lot of enemies. "Kevin was my biggest asset and my biggest liability; but he was also the best friend I ever had, even with all the difficulties in our careers and our personal friendship over the years. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him or wish he was here. "I'm very close to Kevin's mom and the DuBrow family. They are all well and love the QUIET RIOT movie, and they are in it!" The QUIET RIOT documentary "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" aired on Showtime in January and will be made available to purchase via iTunes and on DVD in May. QUIET RIOT topped the charts in 1983 with the first #1 heavy metal album ("Metal Health") which sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and paved the way for successful metal bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and BON JOVI turning the 1980s into the decade of heavy metal hair rock.

  • SLAYER's New Album To Feature One Song Recorded Before JEFF HANNEMAN's Death

    SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya spoke to Revolver magazine about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's eleventh studio album, due later in the year. "We're in kind of the beginning stages of the finishing stages, if that makes any sense," he said. "We're doing the mixing and mastering now, but we still need to sit down and figure out the album title, the album cover, the song titles, and the song list. We've recorded 13 songs for it; we'll probably put ten on there, but who knows? Maybe you'll get lucky and we'll put all 13 on there!" The follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood" was recorded over a four-month period at Hollywood, California's Henson Studios with producer Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, SOUNDGARDEN and KORN, among others. The 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. It will also be SLAYER's first album without the group's co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who 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". "The whole process of this album started three years ago, when Jeff was still a part of it," said Araya. "There is one track on there that we recorded with him, that he did play on, which was completely done except we hadn't finalized the vocals for it. So we were fortunate to have something that he had participated in." According to Araya, it's been "just odd and strange" making the new album without Hanneman "because he's never gonna be there again, you know?" he said. "Even when we were doing stuff without him while he was still alive, that felt strange. Yeah, I missed him during the process. But the way things turned out, I think he was definitely a part of it, even if he wasn't there physically." Joining Araya and guitarist Kerry King during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four years. Asked if he has found himself tempted to write the kind of songs that Jeff might have contributed to an album, Kerry told Metal Hammer magazine in an early 2014 interview: "I think that would be shooting myself in the foot. I can't pretend to be Jeff. We both learned from each other in 30 years of writing together. As far as going out of my way to write something that Jeff might've done? I won't do that. If it happens to end up sounding that way, good for me!" At the time of the Metal Hammer interview to it was still undecided as to whether any of Hanneman's previously unused ideas would make it to the next SLAYER album. "There was a song we finished on the last record, but I know for a fact [Jeff] wanted to rewrite the lyrics on, so that one got to deconstruct and make better," Kerry said. "I've said, and I'll continue to say, that if we use any of Jeff's songs, I don't want it to come out just because Jeff wrote it. I want it to come out because it's awesome," he added. "We've just got to put out something that I think Jeff would be proud of." Regarding what fans can expect from the new SLAYER material, King said: "I've got a surprising amount of heavy stuff for me. I do tend to lean on the fast side, but I have some exceptionally heavy tunes, Like, 'Wow, man, where did that come from?' I expect my stuff to be angry and fast, but it's all over the map. I'm stoked. We'll have enough so we can pick great stuff whether we use any of Jeff's material or not. It should add up to as good a record as we can hope for with one of our original songwriters being gone."

  • HELMET's PAGE HAMILTON To Unveil Art Collection From Guitar Performance

    On May 1, HELMET leader Page Hamilton will unveil an art collection from a new medium, guitar performance. Get information more information and see it before the release by signing up at www.pagehamiltonart.com. In a January 2012 interview, Hamilton stated about his musical upbringing: "I'm 51 years old and I've been playing for 35 years. I got a guitar when I was 17, and fell in love with it in hindsight. I knew that when I went to college that I wanted to be a musician. I went to a community college and learned how to read music, and then I started studying classical guitar, jazz guitar right away. Then, I auditioned at the University of Oregon. I finished out my degree, then I moved to New York, and got my master's degree in jazz guitar, and formed HELMET in 1989." While non-aficionados may not hear the jazz aspect in the band's latest album, 2010's "Seeing Eye Dog", Hamilton said it's there. "What people make the mistake of is saying, ‘Well, I don't hear jazz.' I'm not playing jazz," he said. "It's not jazz. But I can hear the jazz influences. Name me one other band on the planet that's using a major-7 sharp 11 chord with a 13 in the chorus. None. This is my tuning. None. I guarantee it."

  • OVERKILL Signs Worldwide Deal With NUCLEAR BLAST; New Box Set Due In The Fall

    New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL have inked a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label for Europe only, OVERKILL's first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast will be a special box set comprised of the band's entire back catalog, due out this fall. "OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world," states OVERKILL manager John Finberg. "I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late, and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band’s career." Adds Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez: "Nuclear Blast is proud to announce a worldwide deal with OVERKILL. We’ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!" OVERKILL and SYMPHONY X will join forces for a North American tour in September/October. The 24-date co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17 — the first time in the bands’ combined histories that they'll play a show together in their own backyard. Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com until April 15, when they go on sale everywhere. VIP packages include a meet-and-greet session with both bands and an exclusive poster. OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 22, 2014 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18, 2014 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" included a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. OVERKILL filmed videos for the songs "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth told Artisan News: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being 'White Devil Armory', is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."

  • FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: Video Footage Of JASON BITTNER Recording Drums For New Album

    Veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have entered the studio to begin recording their new album — the band's first to feature new drummer Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, ANTHRAX). Video footage of the drum-tracking sessions can be seen below (courtesy of Sick Drummer Magazine). FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has announced the first wave of confirmed club and festival dates for their upcoming 2015 European tour that is scheduled to start in May and run through August. The trek will mark the band's return to Europe, coming off the heels of 2012's "Ugly Noise" album and last year's re-recording of the band's classic 1988 "No Place For Disgrace" LP. Initially set to start in April, the tour was pushed out a month to May in order to allow FLOTSAM AND JETSAM time to continue writing material for the band's new CD. FLOTSAM's current linup includes Steve Conley on guitar and Michael Spencer (who previously contributed to the writing of the band's classic 1988 release, "No Place For Disgrace") on bass. Spencer recently stated about the new FLOTSAM AND JETSAM material: "There's a great, old-school thrash vibe going on with the direction of the songs and what originally influenced the band, mixed with a little of what we like about today's sound, in metal." FLOTSAM AND JETSAM returned to Metal Blade Records for the release of "Ugly Noise".

  • OVERKILL And SYMPHONY X To Join Forces For North American Co-Headlining Tour

    New Jersey metallers OVERKILL and SYMPHONY X will join forces for a North American tour in September/October. The 24-date co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17 — the first time in the bands’ combined histories that they'll play a show together in their own backyard. Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com until April 15, when they go on sale everywhere. VIP packages include a meet-and-greet session with both bands and an exclusive poster. Tour dates (SYMPHONY X headline dates marked with **): Sep. 18 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA Sep. 19 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY ** Sep. 20 - Dome Theater - Niagara Falls, NY Sep. 22 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH Sep. 23 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI ** Sep. 24 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL Sep. 25 - Rave - Milwaukee, WI Sep. 26 - Mill City Nights - Minnesota, MN ** Sep. 27 - Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB ** Sep. 29 - Mac Ewan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB ** Sep. 30 - Union Hall - Edmonton, AB ** Oct. 01 - Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA ** Oct. 02 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC Oct. 03 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA ** Oct. 05 - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center - San Francisco, CA ** Oct. 06 - The Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA ** Oct. 07 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ Oct. 09 - The Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX Oct. 10 - 210 Kapones - San Antonio, TX ** Oct. 11 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX Oct. 13 - The Ritz - Tampa, FL Oct. 14 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA ** Oct. 15 - The Filmore - Charlotte, NC ** Oct. 16 - The Filmore - Silver Spring, MD Oct. 17 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", sold around 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 22, 2014 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18, 2014 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" included a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. OVERKILL filmed videos for the songs "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. SYMPHONY X is putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited follow-up to 2011's "Iconoclast" for a late 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. Regarding the musical direction of the new SYMPHONY X material, the band's bassist, Michael LePond, told the "Talking Metal" podcast: "I think this album is not gonna be as heavy as our last one, 'Iconoclast'. If I had to compare this one, I would say it's a combination of [2002's] 'The Odyssey' meets [2007's] 'Paradise Lost'. It has a lot of classic SYMPHONY X elements in it, and I think our old fans are really gonna appreciate this one. So we're really excited about it." According to LePond, "It wasn't a conscious decision to go back to the older sound; it just kind of happened. That's the way we write songs. We just start writing songs, and wherever it takes us, it takes us. But there's a lot of really cool, classic SYMPHONY X things in there. It's very, very musical. It concentrates just more on solid songs and great melodies." "Iconoclast" sold more than 7,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 76 on The Billboard 200 chart. symphonyoverkilltour2015_638


    LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has posted a photo of him wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the words "Not Robert" written on the front. The picture apparently pokes fun at the fact that the venerable news organization the Associated Press recently confused the rap-rocker with Robert Durst, the wealthy real estate heir who is accused of murdering his friend Susan Berman in 2000 and who is the subject of the just-completed HBO documentary series, "The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst". On March 17, following the final episode of the series, in which Robert is overheard making a seeming confession to the murder of Berman and perhaps others, he was arrested in New Orleans for Berman's killing as well as weapons charges. The initial AP report read, "A Louisiana State Police trooper says millionaire Robert Durst has been booked on weapons charges in that state — on top of a first-degree murder charge lodged by Los Angeles authorities. Trooper Melissa Matey told the Associated Press that an arrest warrant was issued for the former LIMP BIZKIT frontman and he was rebooked in the Orleans Parish Jail on Monday under two new charges." The AP corrected itself later in the day, issuing a statement which read, "The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir; Fred Durst is the former frontman of LIMP BIZKIT." They still got it wrong because Fred Durst is still the lead singer of LIMP BIZKIT, who performed at California's Epicenter festival earlier in the month. In addition to the murder of Berman, Robert Durst has been long suspected of being behind his wife Kathleen's disappearance in 1982. Berman, who may have had knowledge of Kathleen's disappearance, was found murdered execution-style on December 24, 2000. Robert Durst was also tried in 2003 for the murder of Morris Black, a neighbor of his in Galveston, Texas. He was acquitted on grounds of self-defense.


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  • IMPELLITTERI: 'Venom' Video Released

    Frontiers Music Srl will release the brand new IMPELLITTERI studio album, titled "Venom", on April 17 in Europe and April 21 in North America. The official video for the CD's title track can be seen below. "Venom" is described in a press release as "a record filled with addictive and memorable riffs, guitar solos that feature Chris Impellitteri's blistering shredding technique coupled with strong melody and taste. Rob Rock's vocals are mesmerizing, melodic, and will make the listener sing along with each song long after the record is over. Lastly, the band boggles the mind with brutal drumming (featuring John Dette, formerly of TESTAMENT, SLAYER, etc.) filled with speed and groove and beastly bass playing (curtesy of James Pulli) that supports IMPELLITTERI's sonic madness! The result is a record that excites and musically satisfy every Metal and Rock fan, and every musician around the world. To add to their quest, IMPELLITTERI also wanted to create music that would take the listener on a musical journey thru different time periods of metal and rock." Chris Impellitteri is heralded as one of the world's greatest guitar shredders. He has won "Best Rock Guitarist" awards in several magazines during the years for his guitar soloing. He is the first guitarist to be called the fastest guitarist in the world by the international media. Impellitteri was recently officially voted second fastest guitarist in the world by Guitar One magazine; and Guitar World magazine listed Impellitteri within its top 50 fastest guitarists of all time! Chris Impellitteri formed IMPELLITTERI in 1987, along with vocalist Rob Rock. That year, they released an EP called the "Black Album" which was well-received, and IMPELLITTERI went on to release the full-length album "Stand In Line" in 1988. To date, IMPELLITTERI has released a total of nine acclaimed studio albums and "Venom" follows after 2009's "Wicked Maiden". Frontiers will release the album with two superb new exclusive bonus tracks. "Venom" track listing: 01. Venom 02. Empire Of Lies 03. We Own The Night 04. Nightmare 05. Face The Enemy 06. Dominoe Theory 07. Jehova 08. Rise 09. Time Machine 10. Holding On 11. Rock Through The Night (bonus track) 12. Reach For the Sky (bonus track) Check out the trailer below. Recording lineup: Chris Impellitteri - Lead Guitar Rob Rock - Lead Vocals James Pulli - Bass Jon Dette - Drums

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  • BEHEMOTH's NERGAL: First Taste Of Forthcoming Acoustic Project?

    In a recent interview with the Broward Palm Beach New Times, guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH revealed that he was working on a solo project which he described as "very stripped down and simple. The most primitive, acoustic-based stuff. That's what I'm really into." He added: "I'm always creating. I always do stuff on the side, and some of it's not suitable for BEHEMOTH, and I've got some other projects that will eventually see the light of day. Or not. Nothing is for certain! [laughs]" Nergal has now posted two short video clips of what appears to be the studio sessions for his forthcoming acoustic project. Check them out below. Nergal also confirmed that there are no immediate plans for BEHEMOTH to return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2014's "The Satanist". "Like anything, I think the future is good with thrills and... options," he said. "I'm not really counting on my future further than the touring cycle goes these days. That's really it. We're going to surprise people with some amazing projects in the coming months, but there's no new record in sight, to be honest. I don't know even when or where we'll start working on it — it's in the last position on my list of priorities." "The Satanist" sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's ninth full-length studio CD, 2009's "Evangelion", opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56. The definitive BEHEMOTH biography, "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" by Lukasz Dunaj, was released in February via Metal Blade. The 490-page, hardcover tome includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author's narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets, etc.

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  • HAMMERFALL Gives Fans An Unforgettable Tire-Changing Experience

    The Vianor Tire Center in Gothenburg, Sweden gave its customers an unforgettable tire-changing experience by having Nokian Summer tires installed on their cars while being serenaded by the Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL. Vianor knows its customers and many of them are HAMMERFALL fans. So, with the band's cooperation, they planted a hidden camera in a garage where Vianor customers came to get their tires changed. It was at that point that local heavy metal gods HAMMERFALL came out and surprised them with a headbanging performance of the song "Last Man Standing". Video footage of the experience, which was been viewed over half a million times on Facebook, can be seen below. Vianor's key competitive advantage is their ability to offer unsurpassed customer experiences based on in-depth client understanding. In this case, Vianor noticed that in the Gothenburg region, heavy metal was a common interest among its customers in a sizable percentage. The members of HAMMERFALL were contacted and a surprise heavy metal pitstop was performed. Happiness ensued. Commented HAMMERFALL singer Joacim Cans: "It was a great experience being part of this and giving something back to some of our devoted and die-hard fans. "When Vianor approached us with this idea, we didn't hesitate for a second. We totally loved the idea! The fans were totally taken by surprise and and their reactions ere priceless for us to witness. "I think this was an unforgettable day not only for the fans, it was a day to remember also for us in the band." The Hammerfall Pitstop At Vianor campaign was developed by SEK. SEK is part of the Salomaa Group, the largest family-owned marketing and consultancy agency in Scandinavia.


    TREMONTI, the band led by CREED and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti, will release its sophomore album, "Cauterize", on June 9 via Fret 12. The follow-up to 2012's "All I Was" was helmed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH. "We are extremely excited for the fans to hear this album," states Tremonti. "We feel it is our best work to date." From the first riffs of album opener "Radical Change" to the final notes of the epic closer "Providence", it is apparent that Mark Tremonti is at a whole new level with his songwriting. His hard rock/heavy metal influences shine throughout the album on songs like "Flying Monkeys", "Arm Yourself" and "Sympathy". The debut single from "Cauterize" is the uptempo track "Another Heart". The song was released on iTunes where it shot to the Top 5 on the iTunes Rock Singles chart "Cauterize" track listing: 01. Radical Change 02. Flying Monkeys 03. Cauterize 04. Arm Yourself 05. Dark Trip 06. Another Heart 07. Fall Again 08. Tie The Noose 09. Sympathy 10. Providence TREMONTI will tour around the globe in support of "Cauterize" without bassist Wolfgang Van Halen due to scheduling conflicts with his main band, VAN HALEN. "I am still part of TREMONTI and very excited for the release of 'Cauterize', but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas, due to my prior commitment with VAN HALEN for the upcoming summer tour in support of the 'Tokyo Dome Live In Concert' album," states Wolfgang. "Look forward to seeing all of the TREMONTI fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!" The upcoming tour kicks off in the United States in April before heading over to Europe in June. The band will be making stops at some of the largest festivals in the world, including Welcome To Rockville, Rock On The Range and Download. TREMONTI will be opening some dates for SEETHER while also headlining shows in the United States. Mark Tremonti told The Pulse Of Radio that "Cauterize" is not the only disc he has coming out in the near future. "We put together two albums," he said. "We have this album that's [coming] out, but in the same recording session we recorded another album called 'Dust'. That's gonna be coming out who knows when, but probably within a year. So I want people to know that that record is part two of this record. It's not necessarily record three, it's just the second disc of this album. So there's two 10-song albums." tremonticauterizecd

  • MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'People Really Want Me To Play As Aggressive And As Exotic As Possible'

    Rolling Stone Brasil recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his latest solo album, "Inferno", Marty said: "'Inferno' was a very ambitious project for me, because my last previous five albums or so were released only in Japan. And so I got an offer from an American record label called Prosthetic. They said, 'I don't know if you know this, but people in America are still interested in what you're doing. I know you're ignoring them, 'cause you're in Japan.' And I said, 'No, I'm not ignoring them. I'm just really busy doing this stuff.' [And they said], 'We wanna release your five albums from Japan. And we want to release a new album from you after that.' And I thought, 'That's a very nice offer.' So I wanted to make sure this first new international release was something that maybe people who forgot about me could say, 'Look, this is Marty. This is exactly what I wanna hear from this guy.' No bullshit. No, like, kind of avant-garde jazz explorations or anything like that. I think people really want me to play as aggressive and as exotic as possible. And so that's what I did. And I tried to tailor it to the whole world rather than just my narrow Japanese world." "Inferno" sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 186 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 26, 2014 via Prosthetic Records (except in Japan, where the album was made available through Universal Music). The effort was the 52-year-old musician's first collection of material recorded for the U.S. market since 2003's "Music For Speeding". Among the guest collaborators that appear on the effort are CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho, REVOCATION's Dave Davidson, acoustic flamenco-metal hybridists RODRIGO Y GABRIELA and Friedman's pre-MEGADETH bandmate in CACOPHONY, Jason Becker. Speaking to Guitar World magazine, Friedman said: Each of the guests on this record took a song from scratch — they would write it and then I would arrange it and add my parts to it. That way we were both invested in it and it's a little bit of a deeper experience."

  • UNLOCKING THE TRUTH's Record Industry Nightmare

    UNLOCKING THE TRUTH — the heavy metal band from Flatbush, Brooklyn made up of three African-American boys, guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins and drummer Jarad Dawkins — spoke to The Daily Beast about their decision to sever ties with Sony, less than a year after signing with the major label. "It was pretty difficult at times with [our] meetings [with Sony] — especially with this one particular lady at the label, who had a meeting with us once where she was just talking at us for six hours," Alec said. "We were pretty young at the time so we were pretty restless and wanted to get up and do something else, but she just had us in this meeting for six hours." "There are so many different types of meetings," added Jarad. "Sometimes we have meetings at our lawyer's office, sometimes we have a meeting with a company. It depends on what the occasion is." "It's been very difficult. We're speaking to our attorneys about leaving Sony, and it's very complicated," said Alec. "The album is ready, but because our attorneys are talking about us leaving the record label, it's going to be a whole process of getting our music back." As part of its guaranteed two-album deal with Sony, UNLOCKING THE TRUTH was reportedly due to receive $60,000 to record the first disc and possibly as much as $325,000 for the second CD. Sony reportedly had an option to release a total of five albums from UNLOCKING THE TRUTH that could have pushed the label's financial investment to around $1.8 million ($325,000 for the second album, $400,000 for the third, $450,000 for the fourth and $550,000 for the fifth). It should be noted, however, that the band was only supposed to see the real money after an initial $60,000 advance if their debut album sold more than 250,000 copies, a prospect that seemed highly unlikely in an age of diminishing record sales. Luke Meyer, the director of "Breaking A Monster", a documentary about the band's rise to success, told The Daily Beast: "The $1.8 million is what happens if you add up all their advances for five records, and it increases in amount with each successive album. "That's what everyone says about the music industry — it's got all this glitter on it, but it's always less flashy than it looks." The members of UNLOCKING THE TRUTH famously got permission from a New York judge last July to sign the Sony deal. The musicians needed the judge's approval because they are minors. UNLOCKING THE TRUTH has already played the Coachella festival and has supported GUNS N' ROSES. In addition, the band has appeared in a national ad campaign for Verizon Wireless. UNLOCKING THE TRUTH credits bands such as METALLICA, SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, CHELSEA GRIN, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and ESCAPE THE FATE as its influences. "Breaking A Monster" is looking for distribution.


    Bassist Greg Chaisson has announced his departure from RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee. Greg says: "I'm afraid to say real life just jumped right up and got in the way of my good time. I can no longer take any more time away from my regular job. I want to thank everyone in the RED DRAGON CARTEL organization, and most of all, my best friend Jake E. Lee. And a very special thanks to all of you who have treated me so great! They will continue on without me and it will be fantastic as always." Chaisson's replacement in RED DRAGON CARTEL is Anthony Esposito, who has previously played with Ace Frehley. Chaisson and Jake E. Lee were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, "Badlands" (1989) and "Voodoo Highway" (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album "Dusk", consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998. RED DRAGON CARTEL last week announced the departure of singer Darren James Smith. He has since been replaced by Michael Beck. Michael Beck is the owner, engineer, and producer at SoundVision Recording Studio in Mesa, Arizona. He has worked with such acts as SOILWORK, MARILYN MANSON, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and DAATH. RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28, 2014 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko. RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS). Video footage of RED DRAGON CARTEL performing in Dayton, Ohio:

  • AC/DC Honored At Germany's ECHO Awards

    Hard rock legends AC/DC were honored in the "Rock/Alternative International" category at this year's Echo music awards, Germany's equivalent of the Grammy awards, which was held last night (Thursday, March 26) in Berlin. Video footage of their acceptance speech can be seen at this location. Also nominated in the "Rock/Alternative International" category were FOO FIGHTERS, LINKIN PARK, NICKELBACK and SLIPKNOT. AC/DC released its new album, "Rock Or Bust", in December 2014; opened the Grammy Awards telecast in February 2015; and will kick off its world tour headlining at Coachella on April 10. The "Rock Or Bust" tour continues in Europe, May 5 through July 25, and opens in North America on August 22. "Rock Or Bust" is AC/DC's first album without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. As previously reported, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will now stand trial beginning on April 21 in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, according to the AFP. Rudd was originally scheduled to go to trial on February 10 but the date was moved after his lawyer unexpectedly quit the case by what was said to be mutual agreement. Rudd will face a "judge-alone" trial, meaning that he will go before just a single judge with no jury present. Rudd was arrested last November at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. A "not guilty" plea to the charges was entered by his lawyer in December. Rudd faces several years in prison if convicted of the charges. Although Rudd played on "Rock Or Bust", he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc. One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band's lineup for its performance on the February 8 Grammy Awards telecast. Slade will also be behind the kit for the group's upcoming world tour.

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    AC/DC have won the Echo 2015 (most important music award in Germany) :)

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