Video footage of the reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER â guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson â performing on April 24 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-KÃ¶nigshofen, Germany can be seen below. Speaking to the "Talking Metal" podcast last year, Ricci stated about how he mended fences with the other original members of EXCITER: "Well, we haven't even spoken about [the issues that caused to have a falling out back in the day]. [laughs] When we had our [initial] meetings, those topics never even came up. We basically said, 'What happened in the past happened. It's water under the bridge.' But [before we had our initial meeting to discuss the reunion], I very rarely spoke to Allan. I mean, we had no reason to speak to each other for anything, really. But things happened through word of mouth and the media, and 'He said this' and 'He said that.' You don't know what to believe. I mean, are they actually saying things, or is it just fabricated? So at the time, that's the way I felt." He continued: "I had no idea in 2014 we'd get back together. I'm completely surprised myself. But I think Dan and Allan â and I can't speak for them â they might have a certain level of frustration as well that they really wanted to get back with me and continue the music that we made. 'Cause the three of us have incredible chemistry when we play our instruments. A lot of great bands â I'm not saying we're a great, fantastic band â but a lot of classic rock and metal bands, they have incredible chemistry when you put certain individuals together. So I think Dan and Allan, over the years, realized that, and they probably thought, 'Let's get back together with John and just keep going, having fun and playing our music.'" Asked if there is still a friendship between the original members of EXCITER or if they are working together purely as business partners, Ricci said: "Our first meeting, when we sat down, we did not discuss business, we just reminisced and talked about the old days and all the fun times that we had. 'Cause, I mean, we toured quite a bit. In 1985, we did a MOTÃRHEAD tour across the U.S., coast to coast, we also did a MEGADETH tour, coast to coast, we played shows with MERCYFUL FATE, we did a couple of shows in upstate New York with ANTHRAX when we were signed with Megaforce. We had a really good time and everything. So our first meeting was just four hours ofâ¦ You know, we were sitting at a bar, just drinking beer and talking about the old times. So yeah, we're still friends." He continued: "Our level of dedication to EXCITER, no one has ever questioned it. Yes, we have a difference of opinion on certain business issues, but when it comes to music, we're exactly on the same wavelength â like, our headspace is exactly the same, musically speaking. And it makes it so much easier when you're writing songs, that everyone recognizes everyone else's vision; you don't have to shove down their throat. But, I mean, on the other hand, for the past 20 years I've been continuing EXCITER, in most cases I handle all the band's business dealings. So the same thing will stay â I will be handling a lot of the business stuff. But because we're the original three guys, everyone's opinion counts when it's time to make decisions; I'm not just gonna be railroading those decisions â I'll ask Dan and I'll ask Al their opinion â and we'll move forward with whatever opinion we take." The original EXCITER lineup recorded three classic albums in the 1980s â "Heavy Metal Maniac" (1983), "Violence & Force" (1984) and "Long Live the Loud" (1985) â before Ricci left he group and was replaced by Brian McPhee. EXCITER's latest album, "Death Machine", which featured Ricci as the sole remaining original member, was released on October 29, 2010 via Massacre Records.
Video footage of LYNCH MOB's April 12 performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy can be seen below. Asked about singer Oni Logan's latest return to LYNCH MOB in time for the recording sessions for the band's new EP, "Sun Red Sun", Lynch told "The Classic Metal Show": "We've had a history of that happening. [Laughs]" He continued: "Lead singersâ¦ go figure. I don't know. I'm kind of done trying to figure it out, psychoanalyze the LSD [Lead Singer's Disease] syndrome." Lynch added: "I've loved Oni's voice and I've loved his lyrics and I love things about him, things that he does, but again, I've been frustrated my whole life with singers in general. And I just got to the point now where I just kind of let it go. I'm not trying to control the universe. I just do what I do. If people wanna work with me, they work with me. If notâ¦ I try to do the right thing. I treat everybody fairly. So Oni's back. Things are going well right now. We're actually working on another record for next year, for Frontiers Records, a spring release. The album is coming out fantastic. Right now everything is wonderful. We're in our honeymoon period. It's kind of like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; we just keep getting married over and over again. We get divorced so we can get married again." "Sun Red Sun" once again highlights the unique pairing of Logan and Lynch, showcasing their ever-evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed and mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (LITA FORD), it offers up straight-forward rockers like "Believers Of The Day" and "Play The Game", as well as more groove-oriented cuts like "Erotika" and "Subliminal Dream". The CD also features a dynamic Lynch guitar solo track called "Black Waters" as well as an acoustic ballad called "Sun Red Sun", which is a tribute to late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer Ray Gillen, who died on December 3, 1993 of AIDS-related complications. The release also features a cover of BAD COMPANY's "Burnin' Sky", and includes four remastered bonus tracks from the original "Sound Mountain Sessions" EP: "Slow Drag", "World Of Chance", "City Of Freedom" and "Sucka".
Ozzy Osbourne was interviewed by Brazil's Jornal Da Globo on April 24 â one day before his performance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the Portuguese-language report below. As previously reported, Ozzy will undergo surgery in May, forcing the singer to cancel his planned Ozzfiesta event scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from May 27 to May 31. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that despite abusing his body for decades with drugs and alcohol, his overall health was good. "I went to my doctor a while ago and he says to me, 'Your liver's perfect, your blood's perfect, your heart's perfect, your kidneys are perfect...'" he said. "He says to me, 'You know what? You're a testament to what the human body can take.' You know, Keith Richards, he smokes, he drinks vodka like there's no tomorrow, he used to do heroin, you know, I don't know how that guy's sucking in air." Osbourne still has two more dates in Brazil and one in Argentina scheduled for late April and early May. Ozzy's only other confirmed live plans at the moment are two shows in Mexico in August, an October solo residency in Las Vegas and a late November concert in Japan.
"You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", the new book from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor, has had its release date pushed back to July 7 from the previously announced June 30 9via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group). Official book description: "In the tradition of the late great George Carlin, New York Times bestselling author and lead singer of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR Corey Taylor sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off. "Whether it's people's rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, eye-searingly terrible fashion choices, dangerously clueless drivers, and â most of all â the sorry state of much modern music, Taylor's humor and insight cover civil society's seeming decline â sparing no one along the way, least of all himself. "Holding nothing back and delivered in Taylor's inimitable voice, 'You're Making Me Hate You' is a cathartic critique of the strange world in which we find ourselves." During an appearance on the Nerdist podcast, Taylor stated about "You're Making Me Hate You": "It's fucking brutal. It's just me basically trashing everyone." Taylor said that his original title â which the publisher refused to allow him to use â was "You're Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million Dicks To Make His Money)". The "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left" book cover can be seen below. Taylor's last book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list. His first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", also made the list at No. 26. The singer told The Pulse Of Radio in 2013 that his third book would be a collection of columns he'd written over the past decade for U.K. magazine Rock Sound. It is not clear whether this is that book. Taylor also said he plans to write a novel. Taylor is currently on the road with SLIPKNOT, who are touring in support of the band's latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter".
Fan-filmed video footage of QUEENSRÅ¸CHE's April 20 performance on the Monsters Of Rock cruise can be seen below. QUEENSRÅ¸CHE recently entered Uberbeatz Studio in Washington with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED, SOULFLY, SHADOWS FALL) to begin recording new album, due later in the year via Century Media. In an interview with Metal Nation Radio, QUEENSRÅ¸CHE singer Todd La Torre spoke about what fans can expect to hear on the band's follow-up to 2013's self-titled album. He said: "The songs that we have right now are, I would say, melodic. There are some heavy tunes on there that are just, like, really rocking. I mean, some of the songs remind me, again, of 'Rage For Order', '[Operation:] Mindcrime'â¦ We'll probably slip in something that's got a commercialâ¦ Not that we're trying toâ¦ Something with a more commercial appeal, like the song 'In This Light' did on the record that I did before. But, overall, I'm hopeful that, when it's all said and done, this record will have a really good drive, great, melodic choruses, great guitar parts, very dynamic... A little more progâ¦ There's a little more proggy elementsâ¦ "When you've got two years [between albums], you don't want [people] to say, 'Wow, that's the best they could come up with?' You never want that. You always want, 'Hell yeah! This is another great QUEENSRÅ¸CHE record.' And that's all that you can really hope for. But it's definitely going to have, again, what I consider all of the elements that the true QUEENSRÅ¸CHE fans will enjoy: great drumming, solid foundation, bass driven, great guitar work and harmony thingsâ¦ Vocally, there's some things where I get into the upper register pretty good." QUEENSRÅ¸CHE's latest, self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Century Media Records.
Alexi Laiho of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM is turning the Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland into an amazing metal arena. Alexi is composing a commissioned song for the Helsinki Festival, and he is inviting 100 electric guitarists to join him in performing it on the big stage on August 14 at 6:00 p.m. In the video below, Alexi plays a short riff that he wants to see and hear you play in your audition video. From the auditions, he will pick 100 guitarists to play with him on the Senate Square in Helsinki. For more information, visit www.100guitarsfromhel.fi. CHILDREN OF BODOM recently entered an as-yet-undisclosed studio to begin recording its ninth album, due later in the year. CHILDREN OF BODOM's last CD, "Halo Of Blood", was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The effort, which sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release, was made available in June 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami SaramÃ¤ki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll".
BENEDICTUM frontwoman Veronica Freeman joined THE RODS on stage Friday night (April 24) at Suzy's Tavern in Auburn, New York to perform three classics that were originally sung by Ronnie James Dio â "The Mob Rules" (BLACK SABBATH), "Heaven And Hell" (BLACK SABBATH) and "Stand Up And Shout" (DIO). Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Randy "MetalWulf" Smith from The Metallic Onslaught). David "Rock" Feinstein of THE RODS is the cousin of Ronnie James Dio (both played together in ELF) and THE RODS drummer Carl Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer who has worked on classic early releases by MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and OVERKILL. THE RODS' seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie and Wendy Dio) was titled "Vengeance" and was made available in May 2011. The album arrived on the heels of Feinstein's solo album, "Bitten By The Beast". The first single off "Vengeance" was "The Code", which featured vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010). Ronnie also appeared on the headbanging anthem "Metal Will Never Die", which was included on Feinstein's solo effort, "Bitten By The Beast". In a 2010 interview with Artisan News, Feinstein stated about "Metal Will Never Die": "About two years ago, Ronnie was coming back home [to upstate New York] more frequently because his mother had gotten ill, so he was making frequent trips back to Cortland. And one of the times he had called me and said, 'I'm gonna be up, I'm gonna be there for a few extra days. It'll be a good time. I can sing a couple of songs.' And I said, 'That'd be great.' And when I got my solo record done, Wendy [Dio's wife/manager] and both decided, 'Hey, let's put one song on your solo album and the other song could go on the new THE RODS record.' The horrific turn of events, with Ronnie passing away, the fact that I wrote that song, the fact that he chose that week to come up and sing it, it's just kind of an eerie thing, because it was kind of meant for him to write it, meant for him to sing it. And now this song is part of his legacy; it's a tribute to him, really, in a way. And now it becomes, like, the most important song I've ever written."
Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson is working on the follow-up to his 2013 solo album "Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall", tentatively dubbed "Free Fall II". Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, ex-DEEP PURPLE), Jorn Lande (ALLEN/LANDE, ex-MASTERPLAN), Jakob Samuel (THE POODLES), Harry Hess (HAREM SCAREM), Rebecca De La Motte and Jaime Salazar (ALLEN/LANDE, LAST TRIBE). Karlsson started his cooperation with Frontiers Records in the year 2000 when his band LAST TRIBE was signed by the Italian label. After two more records with this group, Magnus was asked by Serafino Perugino, Frontiers Records label president, to write and produce some of their artists. This started a successful journey of collaborations with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the hard rock/metal world. The list includes the successful ALLEN/LANDE trilogy, STARBREAKER, BOB CATLEY, KISKE/SOMERVILLE and the list goes on and on. He finally joined the German heavy metal icons PRIMAL FEAR in 2008 and with them he toured the world and recorded three successful albums that climbed high on the charts in several countries. "Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall" featured guest appearances by Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB), Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR, GAMMA RAY), Tony Harnell (TNT, STARBREAKER), Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THE CODEX), Rick Altzi (MASTERPLAN, AT VANCE), Mike Andersson (STAR ONE, FULL FORCE), Rickard Bengtsson (LAST TRIBE), Herman Saming (A.C.T.), David Readman (PINK CREAM 69, VODOO CIRCLE). Rounding up the lineup on the album was Daniel Flores on drums.
Fan-filmed video footage of ACCEPT's April 23 performance at Vivo Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil can be seen below. ACCEPT earlier in the month announced the addition of guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams to the group's ranks. ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann last December. The band explained in a statement at the time: "We and the fans all knew that [Herman and Stefan] had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control." Herman joined ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the release of the band's "Restless And Wild" album and exited the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983's "Balls To The Wall" LP. When ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Herman handled second-guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann, with Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit. Frank and Schwarzmann were involved in ACCEPT's comeback with new singer Mark Tornillo and have appeared on their last three studio albums: 2010's "Blood of the Nations", 2012's "Stalingrad" and 2014's "Blind Rage". Frank and Schwarzmann are currently involved in a new project called PANZER, also featuring vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of DESTRUCTION.
Fan-filmed video footage of KROKUS's April 20 performance during the Monsters Of Rock cruise can be seen below. KROKUS's U.S. tour kicked off on Monsters Of Rock cruise and will continue through a series of cities, leading to the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on May 6. KROKUS celebrated its 40th anniversary with a homecoming show where they began in Solothurn, Switzerland, culminating in their sweaty new live album, "Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House of Rust". "Dirty Dynamite", the 17th studio album from KROKUS, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 17. This marked the first time in KROKUS' history that the band landed in the Top 20 of the German chart. "Dirty Dynamite" was released on February 22, 2013 in Europe via Sony Music and in North America on March 5, 2013 via The End Records. The CD marked the return of KROKUS guitarist Mandy Meyer after 30 years. Sound engineer for the recording sessions was again Dennis Ward, who also recorded the band's previous album, "Hoodoo". Drummer Freddy Steady left KROKUS in May 2011 because he "concluded that he really wanted to play music just for fun in small clubs rather than conquering the world, playing arenas on huge stages with pyro props, etc.," according to guitarist Fernando Von Arb. KROKUS has since recruited Flavio Mezzodi as the band's new drummer. KROKUS is: Marc Storace - Lead Vocals Chris Von Rohr - Bass, Vocals Fernando Von Arb - Guitar, Vocals Mark Kohler - Guitar Mandy Meyer - Guitar Flavio Mezzodi - Drums
MOTÃRHEAD was forced to cancel its performance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Brazil earlier today (Saturday, April 25) after the band's frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, was taken ill. According to local media reports and festival organizers, MOTÃRHEAD's appearance was called off a few hours before the band was scheduled to take the stage at Arena Anhembi, SÃ£o Paulo because Lemmy was suffering from gastric distress and dehydration. Kilmister is reportedly undergoing tests at a local hospital and is unable to perform at this weekend's event. As a last-minute replacement for MOTÃRHEAD, the other two members of the band â guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee â will take part in a jam session with Andreas Kisser and Derrick Green of SEPULTURA, along with other guests. British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, who were scheduled to play right after MOTÃRHEAD, will add 30 more minutes to their set as a result of MOTÃRHEAD's cancelation. OZZY OSBOURNE will close the first day of the festival, which concludes tomorrow with performances by KISS, MANOWAR, ACCEPT, UNISONIC, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and STEEL PANTHER. MOTÃRHEAD is scheduled to play in Curitiba, Brazil, on Tuesday (April 28) and in Porto Alegre, also in Brazil, on Thursday (April 30). It is not yet clear if Lemmy's latest health woes will affect those shows. Lemmy 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. The rocker, who turned 69 years old in December, told Classic Rock he didn't expect to still be here at 30, "I don't do regrets," he said. "Regrets are pointless. It's too late for regrets. You've already done it, haven't you? You've lived your life. No point wishing you could change it. "There are a couple of things I might have done differently, but nothing major; nothing that would have made that much of a difference. "I'm pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I've brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I'm true to myself and I'm straight with people." Asked if his illness in 2013 has made him more aware of his own mortality, Lemmy said: "Death is an inevitability, isn't it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don't worry about it. I'm ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good."
AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has announced details of an exclusive U.K. and Ireland drum clinic at Whelan's on Tuesday, June 30, the day before AC/DC play the Aviva Stadium. Tickets go on sale at 9.00 a.m. on Friday, May 1. Strictly over 18s. This up-close-and-personal clinic aimed at the hardcore AC/DC fan provides fans the ability to meet, hang and chat with Mr. Thunderstruck himself in a very intimate environment, as capacity is limited to 200. AC/DC has never, and will never, offer public meet-and-greet packages while touring. This is as good as it gets for Irish fans on what may quite possibly be their final ever concert in Ireland. What you get with your ticket: * 1 x event exclusive t-shirt * 1 x photo with Chris Slade * 1 x drumhead signed personally to you by Chris Slade * 1 x 8 x 10 signed photo * 1 x laminate for the clinic * 1 x pair of AC/DC branded and Chris Slade signed drumsticks * Chance to ask Chris a question from the audience while he is on stage * Fans can bring a maximum of 2-3 items for Chris Slade to sign. (Restriction of 2 items will apply based on final numbers) Also making an appearance is Dublin AC/DC tribute WHOLE LOTTA VOLTAGE, along with stalls from merch store Asha and others to be announced. Fans are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite AC/DC member and join in on the fun and camaraderie of this very special night. Tickets for this event â priced at â¬180.00 plus B/F â go on sale Friday, May 1 will be available online only from www.whelanslive.com and www.sdentertainment.co.uk.
Video footage of ARCH ENEMY drummer Daniel Erlandsson performing the band's song "Avalanche" during this year's Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany can be seen below. ARCH ENEMY in November 2014 parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and replaced him with former NEVERMORE axeman Jeff Loomis. Loomis made his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band's most recent European tour. ARCH ENEMY played its first show with singer Alissa White-Gluz in May 2014 in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic "Wages Of Sin" (2001), stepped down as frontwoman and is focusing on management, while Alissa is taking her place. ARCH ENEMY's latest album, "War Eternal", sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44. The CD was released on June 10, 2014 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says that he was once offered an opportunity to appear in "Rock Of Love", VH1's hit reality dating series in which 25 women would comete to be his girlfriend. The three seasons of "Rock Of Love" â which aired between 2007 and 2009 â featured POISON singer Bret Michaels as a lothario who searched for the woman of his dreams amid a sea of implants, tattoos and thongs. A fourth season was offered to Michaels, but he turned it down in favor of a family-centric reality show with his longtime girlfriend and their two children. During an appearance on the April 14 edition of the "STP Cast" on the Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM, Taylor said (hear audio below): "I've gotten offered a lot of [non-music-related projects] over the years. I actually got calledâ¦ I wanna say about seven years ago, I got called about being on 'Rock Of Love'. I think Bret had passed on it, on one of the seasons. And I was, like, 'Don't ever call me again.'" He continued: "Honestly, I was sitting thereâ¦ I was, like, [trying to figure out] who in their right mind thought I was the perfect dude for 'Rock of Love 12' or whatever the hell it was. And I was just, like, there's some idiots in this business. I'm just letting you know. I don't know if you got that memo. There's some stupid people [who] were given the keys to the kingdom." Taylor added: ""I was talking to my manager. I was, like, 'Where the hellâ¦? What conversation were they having where they went from one end to me? How the hell did you get to me and thought that I would be down with that?' At first I was pissed, and then I just started laughing myâ¦ I was just, like, 'You've gotta be kidding! Really?!'" According to Corey, he later had second thoughts about turning down the opportunity to appear on "Rock Of Love", explaining that he could have turned into something different from what would have been expected. He said: "In retrospect, I was, like, 'Man, I should have just done one week and just ruined it.' [I should done] the complete opposite of what could have been and just destroyed these people's dreams. But at the same time, it's, likeâ¦I've got a pretty good vibe for what works for me and what doesn't." He continued: "I've had a lot of people call me about collaborations, and I've turned them down, because it doesn't work for me. I've had a lot of offers in different movies, and I've turned them down, because it doesn't work for me. Either I don't have time [and] I wouldn't be able to give a hundred percent of what I can do creatively to it, or it's just really stupid." Taylor added: "I'm not gonna be that guy that kind of cashes in my name for a quick paycheck. I would rather do what works for me, and hopefully have people come with me on that journey, than worry about anything like that. Because as long as you stick to your guns and do what works for you, you're gonna keep the lights on, you're gonna be able to pay your rent. And that's all that matters to me, really." SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicks off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5 in Dallas. Joining SLIPKNOT on the road trip will be LAMB OF GOD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. The summer jaunt follows a brief spring run that SLIPKNOT will launch on April 25 at the Fort Rock festival in Fort Myers, Florida, ending on May 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band is supporting its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which came out in October. The latest single released from "The Gray Chapter" is called "Custer". Interview (audio):
Guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT was interviewed on the April 7 edition of the "STP Cast" on the Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for VOLBEAT's follow-up to 2013's "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", Poulsen said: "We are in the writing process right now. I'm writing every day, using a lot of hours to get into the right material. And it's pretty much like the old days: I'm writing most of the material, but then I have certain spots open for Rob [Caggiano, guitar], where he can put in some of his ideas and stuff, and it's working out pretty good." Polusen also talked about VOLBEAT's overall musical direction, which has been described as a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly. "When I sit and write, it's not like I'm locked into one certain style," he said. "I love metal, I love blues, I love gospel, country, punkâ¦ whatever it is, as long as it does something to me [and] I get that good feeling. And that's the exact same feeling I need to get when I write my own material. So I don't wanna paint myself into a corner where I say, 'This has to be only a metal song.' That's not what VOLBEAT is all about." He continued: "I have so much respect for all those great metal bands out there who just found their style, and you really don't want them to change anything, because that's what they do; they do their metal stuff. But when it comes to VOLBEAT, I would not even say that we're metal or rock and roll or anything. I guess we're just something. But we blend a lot of metal, rock and roll, a little bit of blues and country and punkâ¦ whatever it is." Poulsen added: "We were not aware that we had something unique going, because, I think, if we were, we wouldn't have that kind of success that we have, because our songsâ¦ they are very honest. So we're not trying to create something very special. We pretty much just became aware of it when people kept on saying to us, 'You've got something going. You've got something special there.' And we were, like, 'We do?' I think that's the magic behind it. We were just playing. So maybe we were there at the right time. But one thing I can say for sure is that we have been sacrificing a lot to be able to tour as much. We quit our day jobs, our girlfriendsâ¦ and there's been so many sacrifices to being able to do what we do. "We started like everybody else, going out in a cold nine-seater and just actually paying to play. That's just how it works now. "We're pretty much aware that we earned our stripes, but we take good care of our stripes. We don't take anything for granted." VOLBEAT recently signed a North American management agreement with Q Prime, the New York-based music management firm founded and run by Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch. Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, VOLBEAT has released five studio albums and two live offerings. "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" has sold almost 300,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The title has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland and Sweden. The album has also been certified gold in Canada. VOLBEAT's spring 2015 tour with ANTHRAX serving as direct support and CROBOT opening the show kicked off on April 24 in Denver, Colorado. Interview (audio):
Chicago metallers VEIL OF MAYA will release their fifth album, "Matriarch", on May 12 via Sumerian Records. When VEIL OF MAYA was recording "Matriarch", the group found itself with a lot of new ideas, but no singer. Enter Lukas Magyar. "I'm from this small town in Wisconsin, where there's not a lot of music and nobody's really as serious about it as I am," says Magyar. "I had followed VEIL for a few years, and was really impressed by them. When I heard they needed a new singer, I got in touch." Magyar, however, had never toured before. Or even been on a plane. Not a problem. "We flew him out, auditioned him and hired him on the spot," reveals guitarist Marc Okubo. "He was great. He could sing, too, which is something we'd wanted to do for a while. It really opened up some possibilities." After making his live debut in front of thousands at last year's Knotfest, Magyar quickly joined producer Taylor Larson (PERIPHERY, DARKEST HOUR) and the rest of VEIL OF MAYA (rounded out by Okubo, drummer Sam Applebaum and bassist Dan Hauser) in the studio to record "Matriarch". It's an album that finds Magyar bringing a new addition to VEIL OF MAYA's arsenal; a mix of harsh and clean singing. "There was controversy when we released the single, 'Mikasa'," Okubo admits. "But for every 10 kids who complained online, we gained hundreds of new fans. I think 'Mikasa' is the most popular song we've ever put out." You'll definitely hear Lukas's presence and influence on "Matriarch". Yes, VEIL OF MAYA is still, as AllMusic posited, "possessed of a malevolent fury and almost mechanical precision." But there's growth here. The grinding "NYU" slides up against the more atmospheric tracks like "Phoenix" and "Leeloo". The title track gets playful, almost like a Danny Elfman tune. VEIL OF MAYA has spent the past ten years grinding it out on the road through countless tours and festivals around the world, gaining an enormous following for its evolving blend of progressive metal technical brutality. The band reached a critical peak with 2012's successful "Eclipse", co-produced by PERIPHERY's Misha Mansoor. VEIL OF MAYA has announced a late spring headlining tour with special guests REVOCATION, OCEANO, GIFT GIVER and ENTHEOS. The "Matriarch" tour begins May 20 in Detroit.
'80s glam rockers BRITNY FOX, featuring bassist Billy Childs, vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tommy Paris and drummer Johnny Dee, alongside new lead guitarist Chris Sanders, have returned from a long hiatus fully charged and ready to rock. The band is currently writing material for a new album, with plans to book and perform select dates. In late 2014, Childs re-established contact with his former manager Wayne "Doobie" Dubay. Childs and Doobie then reconnected with Paris and Dee. Due to commitments, original BRITNY FOX lead guitarist Michael Kelly Smith is unable to take part in the reunion and has been replaced by Sanders. "How can I tell you how great it is to be back with these guys, and working on a new album? It is fantastic," says Childs. "Johnny and I basically grew up in this business together and the tightness we have had over the years as a rhythm section is still there. "Tommy Paris hasn't lost a step, lyrically or vocally. "Chris is a breath of fresh air for the band, and adds elements that were never there before, but very much in line with us as we prepare to bite down even harder this time around. "Doobie is the guy that pulled us all together and said, 'Get your heads out of your asses and make another 'Bite Down Hard'.' He's pretty big, so best just to agree with him! For other reasons as well, though, we all agreed it was time." BRITNY FOX is currently in studio writing and recording the follow-up to 1991's "Bite Down Hard" album, which is described in a press release as "a musical jewel [that] is a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988." "It's awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again, [and] Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks," exclaims Paris. "The new songs are ass-kicking, fun heavy rock! "It's a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! [I] can't wait to get back out on stage!" BRITNY FOX 2015 is: Tommy Paris: Vocals/Rhythm Guitar Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar Billy Childs: Bass Johnny Dee: Drums Guitarist/vocalist "Dizzy" Dean Davidson left BRITNY FOX after the release of the band's second album, 1989's "Boys in Heat". After Davidson exited BRITNY FOX, he was replaced by Las Vegas native Tommy Paris, who sang on the band's last two studio albums, "Bite Down Hard" and 2003's "Springhead Motorshark".
Original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) have rejoined forces with ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan in a brand new band called VENOM INC. VENOM INC. will make its live debut at this weekend's Keep It True festival in Lauda-KÃ¶nigshofen, Germany, and will continue with shows in China, Japan and Taiwan in July, followed by a full European tour with Polish death metallers VADER in September. VENOM INC. will play a full set of VENOM classics, with plans to record a brand new album in the coming months. Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 â "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992). Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in a new band called M-PIRE OF EVIL, which released its full-length debut, "Hell To The Holy", in March 2012 via Scarlet Records. A follow-up effort, "Crucified", came out in May 2013 via Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records). In a March 2015 interview with PowerOfMetal.dk, Dunn revealed that he was writing a book about his life, focusing heavily on VENOM's early years. "I've been asked for a long time to write a book, but I've always avoided it," he said. "But a couple of years ago, I was in Japan and I was speaking to some people who told me I should really write a book to, you know, tell the truth about what happened. What's being said in the press today and what I read on the Internet is complete horseshit." He continued: "I'm talking to an Italian publisher and there a couple of other publishers who are interested [in releasing the book]. I don't yet know whether it's going to be released by one publisher or whether it's going to be licensed in different countries. Currently I'm roughly halfway through writing the book. "For me, it's more complicated than putting an album together, because, besides writing it, you've got to check dates and lots of other stuff. There's so much writing involved, one thing leads to another, and your memory gets jogged about certain incidents. "You know, there's a lot to go into there, and it doesn't just concentrate on the VENOM thing. I'm taking it from Day One, from when I was born, and all the way through my early childhood, influencesâ¦ It's basically my life story, with the VENOM thing in it as well. It's from the beginning to where we are today." In an April 2014 statement on his Facebook page, Dunn shot down the possibility of a reunion of VENOM's classic lineup, featuring Conrad "Cronos" Lant on bass/vocals. He explained: "I received a call almost one year ago regarding this matter from the original management who had an enquiry regarding the possibility of a reunion of the original lineup. My response to this was that I was willing to talk, but I did not believe for one minute that there would be any realistic chance of this happening given the past history between the members, I was, however, open to discussion and would await further information. "In 2005, I had a lengthy telephone conversation with Conrad ['Cronos' Lant; VENOM bassist/vocalist] initially regarding the return of a product licence. It was during this conversation that he asked if I was OK with him continuing as VENOM. I said yes and wished him well with it. At this point in my life, VENOM was of no concern to me as my mother had suffered a serious stroke, and later in that year, after a long battle, she passed away, so my focus had obviously been on her. "As you are all aware, Conrad has since been actively gigging and recording as VENOM, and as you know, I am continually busy with M-PIRE OF EVIL. "As time went by and rumours and discussions of a reunion increased, but without any input from Conrad or myself, it became obvious to me that the two people who had to communicate in some way were the two of us, as we both have active and ongoing careers, so I made the decision to contact him to get an answer which would basically come down to a simple 'yes or no.' In my heart of hearts, I already knew and was prepared for the answer, and quite honestly I also had my reservations about the validity and practicality of such a venture. "As you may have already guessed, the answer came back as 'no,' so I can hereby officially say that there will be no reunion of the original lineup. "I will include only one line from Conrad's response as these were personal and private communications between him and myself. In his response he stated: 'I've personally got no interest whatsoever in trying to work with the original lineup ever again.' "This was something that I fully expected and understand." The classic lineup of VENOM â Lant, Dunn and Bray â is often credited with kickstarting the whole black metal movement, but is more accurately seen an early example of extreme metal. VENOM's second album, 1982's "Black Metal", was a major influence on on the early Norwegian black metal scene.
Warner Bros. has set a June 23 release date for "Skills In Pills", the debut album from LINDEMANN, the new project featuring vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter TÃ¤gtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). The first single from the CD, "Praise Abort", will arrive on May 29. "Skills In Pills" will be made available in the following formats: * Standard Edition (2-panel digipack, 28-page booklet) * Special Edition (Blu-ray-packaging, 28-page booklet, bonus track "That's My Heart") * Super Deluxe Edition (large-size book, hardcover, 80 pages, telescope-carton, CD+bonus track "That's My Heart") * Vinyl (gatefold sleeve, 28-page booklet, bonus track, includes album-download code) * Digital Speaking to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, TÃ¤gtgren stated about how his collaboration with Lindemann came about: "It started around 1999 or 2000, after we got to know each other. Till was helping me put vocals on one of my albums, but it never happened because we were so busy all the time. But we kept in contact, and two summers ago, RAMMSTEIN were in Sweden and Till invited me over; we talked a bit before he went on stage, and he said that RAMMSTEIN were going to have a break for two years and we should do something." He continued: "I was starting to think of doing another PAIN album, but as soon as Till came in, that's when I really started to work. I figured I'd just keep on writing. I started triggering his ideas and he started triggering mine. All of a sudden there was no PAIN album!" Regarding the musical direction of LINDEMANN, Till told Metal Hammer: "It's a baby between RAMMSTEIN and PAIN â at least, it's a mix of RAMMSTEIN vocals and PAIN music. "Peter's a real metalhead and I'm into this gothic thing. "I know a lot of hardcore RAMMSTEIN fans may not like it, because they'll miss the German language and harsh sounds, but this is a side project and I bring a lot of personality into my half. There's a lot of different colors to this record." Till added that there are plans for LINDEMANN to play some live shows and record a follow-up album, explaining that making the debut CD "was too much fun to just keep as a singular project." "Skills In Pills" track listing: 01. Skills In Pills 02. Ladyboy 03. Fat 04. Fish On 05. Children Of The Sun 06. Home Sweet Home 07. Cowboy 08. Golden Shower 09. Yukon 10. Praise Abort 11. That's My Heart
Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "Eternal", for an August 14 release via the earMUSIC label. The CD's arrival will be preceded by a performance at Wacken Open Air festival, and will be followed by a full European tour. STRATOVARIUS's last three albums â "Polaris", "Elysium" and "Nemesis" â were released close to each other as the consequence of the renewed creative energy the band gained following the arrival of new members, guitarist Mattias Kupianen (prolific songwriter and producer of all the albums, including "Eternal"), virtuoso bass player Lauri Porra, and the young talent Rolf Pilve, one of the best drummer of his generation who had to replace JÃ¶rg Michael after the latter decided to move into a new role in STRATOVARIUS management. STRATOVARIUS's most recent CD, "Nemesis", included the single "Unbreakable", which became one of the most streamed songs ever released by the band. Timo Kotipelto (vocals) and Jens Johansson (keyboards) proudly carry the torch of the glorious STRATOVARIUS tradition, but now many fans of the band consider the current lineup "classic STRATOVARIUS." "Since 'Polaris', we have released a new studio album pretty much every two years," reflects Jens Johansson, "but after 'Nemesis', we all decided to take a little bit of time off after we finished the world tour. Now we're all tanned and rested and it's about fucking time to get back into the saddle. Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for 'Eternal'." Song details and formats (including a limited deluxe edition as in the STRATOVARIUS tradition) will be revealed in the next weeks, as well as details for a tour in Finland.