MASTODON vocalist and guitarist Brent Hinds, who likes to blow off steam by doing some wood carving in his spare time, has been working on a new sculpture of a large penis. The "giant pawnus," as Hinds called it on Instagram, is Brent's first carving in over a year. Two Instagram photos showing the sculpture's progress can be seen below. The cover artwork for MASTODON's 2011 album "The Hunter" was created by AJ Fosik, a wood carver who was also responsible for the backdrop the band was using live. MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records.
Fan-filmed video footage of QUIET RIOT's July 23 performance at The Paramount in Huntington, New York can be seen below. QUIET RIOT released a new album, "10", on June 27 via iTunes and Amazon through RSM Records. The effort contains six new songs â including the single "Rock In Peace" â with the band's current singer, Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT), on vocals and four live tracks from 2007 with late QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow, which are from the last professionally recorded live shows DuBrow and QUIET RIOT played. The effort will feature guest appearances by bassists Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Tony Franklin (QUIET RIOT, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER, WHITESNAKE). QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali told Loudwire about the new CD: "One of the things Kevin and I always took great pride in was to continue to record new music and release records even when we knew that in the deflated almost nonexistent music industry, records don't sell or are illegally downloaded. We continued to do it for the music, for the fans, for promotion and for self fulfillment. That was my mindset, to continue the recorded history of QUIET RIOT beyond the loss of Kevin. I wanted to do it because guitarist Alex Grossi had yet to appear on a QUIET RIOT record. This is also the first time in 18 years that Chuck Wright has recorded with the band. I also invited Rudy Sarzo to play on two songs; he last appeared on record with QUIET RIOT 12 years ago in 2001 and Tony Franklin on two tracks, who played bass on the 2006 'Rehab' record." Asked what he thinks Kevin would have to say about all of this, Banali replied: "Knowing Kevin as I did, he knows why I do things and how I do things and he would approve. "We always prided ourselves in doing the best we could for QUIET RIOT and this is no exception. "With the new songs, I know he would get it, and there is one song in particular which is my personal farewell to Kevin and very tongue in cheek. And don't expect it to be a ballad! "The choices I made for the four live songs would be the same ones Kevin would have agreed with. "Kevin and I had an understanding. I always expected to die before Kevin and we had both agreed that no matter who went first, the other would continue QUIET RIOT. That was set in stone years before Kevin died. I just never saw it coming and even knowing that Kevin was fine if I continued QUIET RIOT past his lifetime, it still took me three years of mourning to even think about continuing and here I am six years later still trying to get it right." QUIET RIOT's new lineup â featuring Pearl â made its live debut on New Year's Eve (December 31, 2013) at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona. "I knew that resurrecting QUIET RIOT was going to be a major challenge and undertaking," Frankie said. "You simply don't replace a singer and personality like [late QUIET RIOT singer] Kevin DuBrow because he was the complete package, the real deal and my best friend. "I never set out to replace Kevin, I set out to continue the band in his memory. "We tried to work with Mark Huff on vocals and he just wasn't right for the band. We tried it with Scott Vokoun on vocals and in the end he also just wasn't a fit, and we parted company amicably. "It's not just about singing, performing, work ethic, priorities, perception and personality, it is about all of those things and so much more. "If I am guilty of anything, I am guilty of trying to get it right for QUIET RIOT." Regarding Pearl's addition to the band, Banali said: "We've all known Jizzy for many years and toured together but in separate bands. Kevin was quite fond of Jizzy and thought he was a good singer and very intelligent. Jizzy made sense because he has the range and timbre to handle the QUIET RIOT material while still bringing his own sound and style to QUIET RIOT, which I welcome with open arms. He's also a pro, which makes it easy to work with; he knows the drill of being in and working in a band." QUIET RIOT's current lineup is as follows: Jizzy Pearl - Vocals Frankie Banali - Drums Chuck Wright - Bass Alex Grossi - Guitar Kevin DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.
"Noize In The Attic" has unleashed a two-hour celebration of the new JUDAS PRIEST album, "Redeemer Of Souls", with special guests Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner and featuring in-depth interviews, classic cuts, deep tracks and loads of rarities. You can listen to the show using the PodOmatic widget below. JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. "This album has got vikings, dragons, aliens, a bit of bible thumping and some guns," Halford told Ultimate Classic Rock. "That's what you need in a metal record. It's strong and it's intense, but there's a lot of fun and exploration, through at least that side, with the lyrical content." "We felt it was important to make another classic metal album, which is generally what PRIEST has been famous for over the last 40 years," Halford continued. "We had great success with [2008's] 'Nostradamus', which was something that we'd always wanted to try. I think there was a nice enough space of time, musically, to do a lot of things but primarily just to kind of get all of the pieces into place to make what we feel is one of our best records â with all of the elements of what classic PRIEST stands for." "It's nice to get back to what people want to hear," Tipton added. "This album just typifies JUDAS PRIEST."
"Set Me On Fire", the new video from the alternative, hard rock band FLYLEAF, can be seen below. The clip was shot with director Noel Maitland (SPEECHLESS, KINGS OF SUMMER) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. The explosive track marks the first single off the group's fourth studio album, "Between The Stars", which is set for release on September 16 via Loud & Proud Records. "We're excited to release our first single, 'Set Me on Fire' and we can't wait for people to hear it," explains FLYLEAF lead vocalist Kristen May. "It's about the passion we feel when we first fall in love and our emotions are running high, along with our thirst for this great life and all it has to offer. There is so much beauty, excitement and hope in this world and when we collide with one another and fall in love, magic happens. I hope everyone turns this song up to eleven, and sings at the top of their lungs." Other songtitles set to appear on the new FLYLEAF album include "Magnetic", "City Kids", "Marionette", "Thread" and "Well Of Lies". After working with with producer Howard Benson (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM) on the band's first three albums, FLYLEAF decided it was time for a change and turned to Don Gilmore, who has previously helmed recordings by LINKIN PARK, KORN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and LACUNA COIL. "Howard runs his studio like a laboratory, which I love â you go in there and you know exactly what's going to happen and it's all about getting these perfect sounds and these perfect takes," FLYLEAF guitarist Sameer Bhatacharya tells Billboard.com. "And with Don you go in there and it's total, like, 'Let's feel it out, man.' It's all about the spontaneity and the energy and the moment." Kristen May replaced original vocalist Lacey Sturm after the latter abruptly departed the group in October 2012. Sturm left the band on the eve of the release of its third album, "New Horizons", which came out on October 30, 2012 and sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart.
METALLICA's first-ever headlining show in Europe, which took place thirty years ago did in the small Dutch village of Zwaagwesteinde (De Westereen), is the subject of a new Dutch TV documentary, "How Metallica Raised Hell In De Westereen" (original title: "Hoe't Metallica De Westereen Op 'E Kop Sette"). Produced by Dutch public broadcaster Omrop FryslÃ¢n, the 30-minute program, which aired on June 22, contains new interviews with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich, as well as other players involved in organizing the June 9, 1984 gig, which featured TWISTED SISTER in the support slot. "I clearly remember the venue," Kirk said. "I remember that from the dressing rooms, Cliff [Burton, late METALLICA bassist] and I watched TWISTED SISTER play. And we thought that it was the greatest thing, because it was the first time we were on tour in Europe with another band who was American." Added Lars: "[TWISTED SISTER was] a very big band in America that had a couple of hit singles and big radio hits. So the fact that we were kind of on the same level as TWISTED SISTER was a pretty big deal to us. [laughs]" After completing a recent European festival run, METALLICA has just one show on its calendar for the rest of 2014, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal on August 9. The band is slated to enter the studio and begin recording its 10th studio album this fall.
RIOT V, the new band featuring nearly all the surviving members of the most recent lineup of U.S. metal pioneers RIOT, will release its new album, "Unleash The Fire", on August 27 via SPV/Steamhammer. RIOT V is continuing on in honor of the late great founding RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, who died from complications from Crohn's Disease in early 2012. The musicians decided to continue on with the blessings from the estate of Reale to keep the music and spirit of RIOT alive. The continuing members decided to alter the name to RIOT V as the fifth chapter of the band's long history as well as Todd Michael Hall being the fifth singer following Guy Speranza (March 1956 - November 2003), Rhett Forrester (September 1956 â January 1994), Tony Moore and Mike Dimeo in the some 30-odd years of the band's existence. RIOT V's lineup features longtime RIOT members Mike Flyntz (guitar), who has been Reale's guitar partner for over 25 years, and bassist/songwriter Don Van Stavern ("Thundersteel", "Privilege Of Power", "Immortal Soul"), new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (BURNING STARR, REVERENCE) and RIOT's "Army Of One" drummer Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE, LIEGE LORD). Although Reale can never be replaced, RIOT V recruited former student-turned-teacher at Mike Flyntz's guitar school in Long Island, New York, 26-year-old guitar virtuoso Nick Lee, to handle the lead-guitar duties on the band's recent tour and upcoming album. "Unleash The Fire" track listing: 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down 05. Unleash The Fire 06. Land Of The Rising Sun 07. Kill To Survive 08. Return Of The Outlaw 09. Immortal 10. Take Me Back 11. Fight Fight Fight 12. Until We Meet Again 13. Thundersteel (live bonus track) Fan-filmed video footage of RIOT V performing the new song "Metal Warriors" on February 9 in Athens, Greece can be seen below. Said Flyntz: "This record is for my friend Mark Reale. I am very proud of it. We made a great record on a shoestring budget. When it is released, you will hear Mark's spirit throughout. We couldn't have done it without the constant support from the RIOT fans and, of course, the support of [Mark's father] Tony Reale." Regarding the addition of Lee to RIOT V's lineup, Flyntz said: "The decision whether to add a guitarist or try it myself was very difficult. We did play some shows without Mark when he was sick. Although they went as well as could be expected given the circumstances, I felt it was better for the music to add a second guitarist, as Mark added me in 1989. "It is very important to me that everyone knows that Nick is not Mark's replacement. Mark Reale can never be replaced. I [am] taking on Mark's parts and Nick [is] doing most of my parts. "Nick studied with me weekly from ages 9 to 17. "Nick has always been a perfectionist and has always poured his heart into his music. He is a great writer and performer. I am very proud of him. He lives and breathes music and is one with his guitar. He has met Mark and saw us play live. "I know there is no one else better matched to come in and help us recreate the RIOT sound. After the first rehearsal, I was convinced that we are doing the right thing by carrying on Mark's music and legacy. "At our first rehearsal playing our opener 'Narita', I actually shed a tear hearing the song that I had played so many years side by side with Mark, but know the band will shine on in his honor and not disappoint the diehard fans."
As a "thank you" to the bandâs fans for pushing them past one million "likes" on Facebook, Pennsylvanian rockers HALESTORM â who are now based in Nashville, Tennessee â have posted a video performance of the previously unreleased song "Sweet Love". The track, which was first performed by HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger on July 26 as part of their acoustic show at The Basement in Nashville, Tennessee, was written in 2011 with WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo during the sessions for HALESTORM's "The Strange Case Ofâ¦" album. In a May 2012 interview with a Syracuse radio station, Lzzy said working with with Rivers Cuomo on "Sweet Love" was her "favorite collaboration." She explained: "He's the sweetest guy. He's a little nuts. He stopped for an hour for him to meditate. I'll do something again with him." Hale has told Loudwire in a recent interview that HALESTORM is "almost done" with recording its third album. Hale explained, "We have a lot of really great songs. I think we finally cracked the code for this next recordâ¦ That's what I love about writing records, you don't really know what you want to say on a record when you begin writing it. At least we don't. It's always halfway through the process and then all of a sudden, the light bulb goes off and the floodgates open." HALESTORM debuted two new songs â "Heartbreaker" and "Mayhem" â at shows in Tennessee and England this past spring. The group began writing its third album in January, after completing more than 20 months of touring behind 2012's "The Strange Case Ofâ¦" Asked if "Mayhem" is a good indicator of what HALESTORM fans can expect to hear on the band's next album, Hale said: "Definitely. Especially since that one was the one that we felt like it needed a little bit of work, and we weren't really considering it one of our best songs. So we wanted to see how we could develop it on tour, and I think that the crowd has really gotten us excited about it now. So it might actually have a shot at being on the record." Drummer Arejay Hale added: "It definitely will help the writing process for the rest of the songs. Now we have an idea of, kind of, how the crowd reacts to certain things. So it kind ofgives you a good guideline, I guess." Hale added that fans might hear some more personal material on this record, saying, "I think that when our fans began to kind of let me into their lives a little bit, they made me feel so incredibly comfortable in my own skin that they're going to be hearing some stories on this record that they might not know about me." Hale also said that the band wants to "bridge the gap" between its live show and its recorded sound on the next album, remarking, "I'm really proud of the last two records, but I think its time to simplify and really get back to what, in all honesty, what we do best."
The second clip featuring footage of the recording sessions for "White Devil Armory", the new album from New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL, can be seen below. The CD was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music and on July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. OVERKILL recently 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. "White Devil Armory" track listing: 01. Freedom Rings 02. Where There's Smoke... 03. Pig 04. Armorist 05. Down To The Bone 06. Bitter Pill 07. King Of The Rat Bastards 08. Another Day To Die 09. It's All Yours 10. In The Name Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", vocalist 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 â a thrash metal band â [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 â 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' â and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."
PHILM â the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, AMEN), guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR) â will release its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. A one-minute trailer for the CD can be seen below. "UDR is honored to be working with PHILM. This partnership seems very instinctual," said UDR's head of A&R/Marketing Jay Lansford. "Dave Lombardo and I worked together during the GRIP INC. years," he added. "After hearing PHILM's new album, this alliance was clearly divine will. Powerful, intense... urgent. These three prolific musicians have created something that is refreshingly not mundane, but ear-shattering and groundbreaking." Lombardo states that the follow-up to 2012's "Harmonic" will mark a different turn in the band's musical journey. "'Harmonic' is still an amazing work to me," he said. "It's improvisational and raw. It was my first time producing an album and I am very proud of it. The new album is a completely different animal. It is again produced by me, but mastered and mixed by a couple of musical giants... Tyler Bates and Robert Carranza. "I believe this album has a daring, callous temperament about it that really sums up our mindset right now. No improvising, no fluff. It's heavy and in your face from start to finish. "You may think you know what PHILM is, but you don't. If you haven't seen us live, you have no idea. We thrive on being out of our comfort zones and want fans to take that ride." In an interview with Cyclic Defrost, Lombardo stated about PHILM's upcoming CD and how it compares to the debut: "'Harmonic', was a musical expression unlike any other album I've worked on. Blending structured songs and improvisations was the direction I intended to take the band. PHILM's ability to improvise and create music unlike the typical sounds that have emerged within the past 20 years is refreshing to me as an artist and drummer. "As the producer of the band, I suggested for [the second PHILM] album that we leave out the improvisations and focus on structured, concise movements." Speaking to CV Weekly back in March, Dave elaborated on the differences in the songwriting approach PHILM took on "Harmonic" and "Fire From The Evening Sun". "The band has had a chance to grow musically," he said. "'Harmonic' had about five songs that were with the old bass player, so then Pancho came in and the new songs were written with him after we had gone out on tour together and weâre more of a unit now. Now Pancho really understands mine and Gerry's writing methods. The songs on the second album are more concise and structured." With his demanding and innovative drumming, Lombardo provides for the rhythmic base on which songs like the impulsive opener "Train", "Blue Dragon" with its detailed guitar and bass play or the drum-'n'-bass-influenced "Turn In The Sky" can unfold. Nestler adjusts his vocals to this varied music and masters imploring whispering or coaxing clean vocals as superior and emotional as aggressive shouting or nearly manic screaming. PHILM pay special attention to the haunting atmosphere of their songs that evokes goose bumps over and over again. Be it the malign undertone in "Lady Of The Lake", the dark beginning und the nearly psychedelic guitar solo of "Silver Queen" or "Corner Girl", which closes the album in a laid-back but also sinister mood. "Fire From The Evening Sun" track listing: 01. Train 02. Fire From The Evening Sun 03. Lady Of The Lake 04. Lion's Pit 05. Silver Queen 06. We Sail At Dawn 07. Omniscience 08. Fanboy 09. Luxhaven 10. Blue Dragon 11. Turn In The Sky 12. Corner Girl PHILM has already commenced the songwriting process for the band's third album, which will likely arrive sometime next year. "We have about five songs that are still in their skeletal form without vocals yet and are much heavier," Lombardo told CV Weekly. "And I've added double bass on the third album, which I didn't do on the first two. I'm kind of rediscovering myself and reinventing myself. That album is a whole different direction." PHILM will hit the road this fall in support of the album by performing several shows throughout Europe and the U.S., with more dates to be confirmed.
Fan-filmed video footage of METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett performing the BLUE ÃYSTER CULT classic "Godzilla" with his first band, EXODUS, on Friday, July 25 at at Kirk's "Fear FestEvil After Party" at the San Diego Comic-Con International can be seen below. Hammett has revealed to RollingStone.com that he recently laid down a guitar solo on song "Salt In The Wound" on "Blood In, Blood Out", the new album from EXODUS. "It felt really casual, really cool â just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett said. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me." He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them." Hammett was a member of EXODUS' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.
Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER) and his wife welcomed a new daughter named Lei Li Agostina Maria on Friday, July 25 at 7:19 p.m. The baby weighed in at 7 pounds and measured 19 inches. The news was revealed via PUSCIFER's Instagram account earlier today. Keenan has an 18-year-old son named Devo who sang backing vocals on A PERFECT CIRCLE's "Thirteenth Step" and was later credited as a cellist on the song "Sword" from ASHES DIVIDE, the solo project of A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel. Devo also performed at Maynard's 50th-birthday party in Los Angeles earlier this year. A PERFECT CIRCLE last year released both a greatest hits set called "Three Sixty" and a concert boxed set titled "A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone And Echo". TOOL guitarist Adam Jones and drummer Danny Carey recently revealed the real reasons why the band has not made an album since 2006 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The biggest hold-up has been a "multi-level lawsuit" that started in 2007 when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted credit for it. Then an insurance company that TOOL had hired for the sole purpose of defending the band against lawsuits turned around and sued the band over technicalities regarding the case. The band countersued the insurer, with the case finally going to trial next January after seven years.
GODSMACK's entire new album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), is available for streaming on iTunes. The follow-up to 2010's "The Oracle" will be released on August 5 via Republic Records. GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told journalist Gary Graff that after taking a break from the band, the quartet found it easy to work together again. "Looking back now, in hindsight, we just needed a break," he said. "That's what it was, and we weren't allowing that before, not long enough. And we kind of were touring so relentlessly that we had to get away from each other, I think. And now the band came back and we started talking and we were in such a strong place. We really missed each other. The love was still there, man. The brotherhood is stronger now than it's ever been. And when it was time to start writing again, y'know, the guys had brought in a batch of songs and I had a batch of songs I'd been working on and we kind of laid it on the table and started carving through them and seeing which ones we were gonna lighten up and which ones were gonna make the cut." The "1000hp" title track and GODSMACK's first all-new single since 2011 arrived at rock radio stations on June 9. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio how the track came together: "It's one of those songs that surprisingly came out and was written from back to front in, like, an hour. I started putting one thing together with the next, and then Shannon [Larkin, drummer] started jumping in and then we arranged the whole song, and literally within an hour, maybe 90 minutes, this whole song was written and it was one of the last songs that we wrote, and it ended up becoming the first single." Erna described the sound of the "1000hp" album to The Pulse Of Radio as "a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man â I'm really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn't that excited about writing this record at first." "1000hp" track listing: 01. 1000hp 02. FML 03. Something Different 04. What's Next 05. Generation Day 06. Locked & Loaded 07. Livin' In The Gray 08. I Don't Belong 09. Nothing Comes Easy 10. Turning To Stone 11. Life Is Good (Best Buy bonus track) GODSMACK is among the confirmed bands for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, set to kick off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and run through September 21.
"Snake Pit" footage of METALLICA's July 6 performance at the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival, which was held at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire, can be seen below. The Snake Pit is a section carved out of the middle of the band's stage where fans can stand and watch the band perform above and around them. The Snake Pit was last used on METALLICA's 2012 summer tour, but has been around almost as long as METALLICA has been using "in-the-round" staging at arenas. The band's setlist for the concert was as follows: 01. Battery 02. Master Of Puppets 03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 04. Ride The Lightning 05. The Unforgiven 06. Fuel 07. Lords Of Summer 08. Sad But True 09. Fade To Black 10. Creeping Death 11. One 12. For Whom The Bell Tolls 13. Blackened 14. Nothing Else Matters 15. Enter Sandman Encore: 16. Whiskey In The Jar 17. ...And Justice For All 18. Seek & Destroy As previously reported, METALLICA stars in the latest ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" ad. The clip, which debuted on Monday night (July 14) during this year's All-Star Home Run Derby, plays off the idea that the band members don't know what to do with themselves since Yankees star reliever Mariano Rivera retired last season and took his "Enter Sandman" entrance music with him â so the band begins a desperate search for something else to do. Drummer Lars Ulrich said, "Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others. ESPN's commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, 'That sounds like a good time.' The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it." The long-running series of comical "This Is SportsCenter" ads promote ESPN's "SportsCenter" sports news show. The commercials, which debuted in 1994, are presented in a deadpan mockumentary style, lampooning various aspects of sports and sports broadcasting. After completing a recent European festival run, METALLICA has just one show on its calendar for the rest of 2014, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal on August 9. The band is slated to enter the studio and begin recording its 10th studio album this fall.
During a brand new interview with Guitar World magazine, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was asked why he thinks his former bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are always so quick to disparage him publicly. "I don't know," he replied. "I think they're just cranky. "For years, when I was fucked up, Gene used to say that I was a drunk and a drug addict and that I was unemployable. Kick a guy when he's down, right? But they can't do that anymore, so it's like they're scratching their heads trying to come up with new ways to insult me. The most recent thing was that I'm anti-Semitic, that I'm a fucking Nazi. That's just below the belt. Next I'll be a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And my fiancÃ©e is Jewish! My whole life I've worked with Jewish people in all different capacities â my accountants, my attorneys, people on the road. Jesus Christ, I can't believe the stuff that comes out of their mouths. But the truth is that I don't want to be negative. I just want to keep everything light and be happy. "Paul has been so goddamn cranky lately. I mean, what's wrong, Paul, aren't you happy? I know they must be frustrated because people are always writing about how Ace was the real guy or Ace was the real deal. It's gotta rub them the wrong way. They would like nothing more than for me to start drinking again, start taking drugs again and end up as a bum on skid row. But that's not gonna happen. "Anybody who says anything bad about me is foolish, because a lot of people like me. You're gonna make enemies when you put down Ace Frehley. And that's because I'm a straight shooter â I tell it like it is. Gene is that way too. He'll sit across from you in a room and say this or that and tell it like it is. Whether you like it or not, he lays it out, right to your face. Paul will tell you one thing, then walk out the door and stab you in the fucking back. That's Paul Stanley. And now he's trying to take credit for the fucking KISS logo? Unbelievable. I designed the logo â all he did was draw straighter lines. "And you know, I told Paul to wear the star on his eye. Do you know what his makeup was before he put the star on his eye? It was a round circle. He looked like the dog from the 'Little Rascals' [Pete The Pup, a.k.a. Petey]. It told him it looked kinda silly and that he should put one star on his eye. But do I go around taking credit for that? No. I let him say he designed it. Who cares, you know? Let's not be petty. "You would think that if Gene and Paul had half a brain, they would realize what's going on and start saying good things about Ace. I mean, keep bad-mouthing me. No one's gonna show up at your fucking tour this summer." After weeks of bad-mouthing each other in the press, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, with all four â Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss â delivering warm, nostalgic and even sweet-natured speeches that put aside the simmering tensions for at least 12 minutes. KISS did not perform â the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup â which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer â performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.
Former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott recently spoke to U.K's Metal Hammer magazine about the 20th-anniversary reissues of PANTERA's early major-label releases, including "Far Beyond Driven", which came out this past spring. You can now watch the clip below. Asked about the persistent talk of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion featuring Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on guitar, Vinnie told Brazil's "Wikimetal": "The bottom is they call it a reunion, and that means to bring the original members back, and we can't bring Dime back, and he was such a huge part of PANTERA. I don't wanna damage or tarnish the legacy of him or the band. We had 14 amazing years together and it's time for everybody to move on. And I have definitely moved on in my life. I don't live in the past. I like to live for today and what's coming up tomorrow, and I love what we're doing with HELLYEAH. And that's my focus and that's my goal, man." Regarding the PANTERA reissues, Vinnie said: "The bottom line is [the label is] gonna do it, whether we participate or not. And so, we all put our best effort in to finding the best stuff that we can to put in there to make it a very special package for the fans, 'cause we did have the greatest fans in the world." He continued: "Like I said, I don't live in the past, so I don't sit around and listen to those records or think about them. I was part of the remastering, and that was probably the first time I'd heard 'Far Beyond Driven' in 20 years; I mean, honestly, since we finished making it. And it blew me away. It still sounds just as fresh today as it did back then to me, and I think it was definitely ahead of its time, and [PANTERA was] definitely an earth-shaking band that really touched so many people and inspired a lot of other bands." Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer. Haney told the producers of "Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera" that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California.
The Rockpit recently conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. The Rockpit: It certainly seems like you are a happy band these days. Everyone seems to be getting on so well, and to see you guys playing out there, live, so much, it really rubs off on the audiences and the crowds. Snake: Yeah, and it's genuine. You can't fake that stuff; it's impossible! I think we're the closest we've been as a band for a long time. I think one of the thing that has really come to the forefront of our consciousness is that everyone really appreciates the fact that, and we are humbled by the fact that, we are able to do this for a living, and able to make music for a living and that does not get lost on us any way whatsoever. I get up every day, and to be honest with you, it's very much part of my consciousness, no matter if it's a shitty day or whatever, I still get to go up on stage and make music for a living. It's a pretty incredible thing, I think a lot of people don't recognize that in us, and certainly with us it is an amazing gift. What we do is not a birthright, it's a privilege, and we treat it with that respect. To know that people are making a conscious effort to go out and buy a ticket to come and see the band is pretty awesome, and that's our mindset when we go out on stage, that we have a responsibility to that audience to perform to the best of our abilities. I kid you not, it is really humbling. The Rockpit: [The new SKID ROW EP, "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two"], there is some wonderful songs on there. The overwhelming vibe that we get from it, is that it has that classic SKID ROW sound, it's the sound of the first two albums, songs like "We Are The Damned", and "Give It The Gun" has a slightly more AEROSMITH feel to it. Snake: Oh, I love that you said that!! Thank you, that's a great compliment!! When we started working on the record, Rachel [Bolan, bass] and I always get together and have a conversation about life. We've known each other for twenty eight years now, and we probably know each other better than we know anybody else in our lives, and that's including family members. We talk every day and hang out every day. So we sat down to write this, and just started talking about things that were important to us and one of the first things we said was, "Why do we do this? What propelled us in the first place to do this?" And it forced us in to going back to being that 15- or 16-year-old kid, standing in front of the mirror, pretending to be Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons or Joe Perry or whoever, and that was our form of expression. We were socially awkward, we didn't fit into a certain group of people and we didn't know how to express ourselves, and all of a sudden music came along, and we found our voice, and we found the release valve, and the lightswitch went on. So, we got back to that, and you realize that, and while things that you may experience at a young age, or in your teens, they may seem mundane now, being an adult, but the impact of them is still the same. At 16, some of those problems mean the world, they can be potentially soul-crushing, and earth-shattering, even though you may look back and go, "Oh, my god," but at that point in your life they are, they're impactful, so music was the way to express ourselves and release our inner emotions, and realize that it's the same thing today. I mean, the problems may be different, but the impact is still the same. You peel back the layers of life and you get back to that bare essence again. It's like a lightswitch went on and the gates opened, and we kept that same space throughout the writing and the recording of the EP, and I think that's carried in to the whole touring process. We have a really , really good grasp of how fortunate we are to be able to do this. The Rockpit: So, hence, the cover versions that are appearing on there as bonus tracks as well? Presumably they are the bands that really meant that much to you guys when you were growing up, like QUEEN, AEROSMITH, JUDAS PRIEST on the previous EP, is that fair to say? Snake: Yeah, absolutely! That was the hardest part of doing the EP, finding those couple of songs to cover, because we didn't really argue over the songs that we were writing, but the whole back and forth was a bit frustrating for everybody because we just couldn't figure out which two songs we were going to do! Everybody has their favorite song, so it's difficult sometimes, but after trial and error, we finally got there, and I love both of them. Not that I don't love the two on the first EP, they're a reflection of who we are and what influences us, and what has influenced us, and I know we did them with tremendous respect, and I hope that comes across. Read the entire interview at The Rockpit.
Rock Hard Live conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED, SEPULTURA) on July 27 in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, has set "Pandemonium" as the title of its third album, due in October via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY. Max's autobiography, "My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond", was co-written by Max Cavalera and Joel McIver, author of 25 books on music. The foreword was written by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA). It is available for pre-order at various online outlets and will appear in bookstores shortly. SOULFY's ninth album, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013 via SOULFLY's new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" include SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG). The self-titled debut album from KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera, Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), sold around 5,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 58 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Killer Be Killed" was released on May 13 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER.
The second of three trailers for "Blind Rage", the new album from German/American metallers ACCEPT, can be seen below. The CD will be released on August 15 (postponed from the previously announced July 18) via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy. "Blind Rage" standard version track listing: 01. Stampede 02. Dying Breed 03. Dark Side Of My Heart 04. Fall Of The Empire 05. Trail Of Tears 06. Wanna Be Free 07. 200 Years 08. Bloodbath Mastermind 09. From The Ashes We Rise 10. The Curse 11. Final Journey The limited-edition digipak will include either a bonus DVD or Blu-ray disc. It features ACCEPT's complete April 12, 2013 concert at Teatro CaupolicÃ¡n in Santiago, Chile during the "Stalingrad" tour. Bonus DVD / Blu-ray disc track listing: 01. Intro 02. Hung, Drawn & Quartered 03. Hellfire 04. Restless & Wild 05. Losers & Winners 06. Stalingrad 07. Breaker 08. Bucket Full Of Hate 09. Monsterman 10. Shadow Soldier 11. Amamos La Vida 12. Guitar Solo Wolf 13. Neon Nights 14. Bulletproof 15. Aiming High 16. Princess Of The Dawn 17. Up To The Limit 18. No Shelter 19. Pandemic 20. Fast As A Shark 21. Metal Heart 22. Teutonic Terror 23. Balls To The Wall A single, "Stampede", preceded the full-length album on July 11, available digitally and as a limited vinyl edition. The "Stampede" video can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in the high desert of California at the Devil's Punchbowl (a rock formation that looks like it's from another world) with director Greg Aronowitz ("Batman & Robin", "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"). You can pre-order "Blind Rage" from the Nuclear Blast webshop. ACCEPT will promote "Blind Rage" with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In a recent interview with Metal Assault, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stated about the musical direction of "Blind Rage": "I think what we have here is really a collection of totally typical ACCEPT songs with the classic feel, and, of course, as always, there's an overriding theme of aggression and rage in all our music. I mean, otherwise it wouldn't be metal. "People call our music at this point 'classic metal,' I believe, and we just fell in love with the title 'Blind Rage' and the artwork. Interestingly enough, we don't even have a song called 'Blind Rage'. We just have a collection of songs that to me all feel totally 100 percent classic ACCEPT." Regarding the songwriting and recording process for "Blind Rage", Wolf said: "Andy is such a good partner now, we couldn't even imagine working without him on this album. He's such a natural fit and he did a great job on the last two albums. The only thing that we did way different this time from 'Stalingrad' is, we really took our time. 'Stalingrad' was really made almost in a rush, to be honest, because we had so many commitments right before we went to the studio to do the album and right after. Basically, by the time we started working on that album, we already knew when it had to be finished and what gigs we had booked. So that put us under enormous pressure, but this time, we really made sure it's right before it's ever released. We didn't work excessively long, we just took a little more time to make sure that we were in a little more comfortable place. These last few weeks we've just refined and tweaked little things that we normally wouldn't have the time to do." Speaking to Metal Wani ACCEPT singer Mark Tornillo stated about what fans can expect to hear on "Blind Rage": "You can expect more of the same, but you can also expect, on this album, a little more diversity, I think. And the way I see it, some of the songs sound more classic than the stuff that we've done. I mean, there are songs, I think, when I hear the opening riff, I go, 'Wow! That could be on 'Balls To The Wall'.' So you're gonna get a few differentâ¦ I mean, we're not searching for a direction at this point. We're writing to please ourselves and to please our fansâ¦ We're not changing horses in the middle of a stream. I mean, if something works for us, we're gonna stick with it. We're certainly not gonna change direction, but I think we're not afraid to step out a little bit. We're also not afraid to go back and be what the band was in the '80s, which is what we've really strived for." On the topic of the vibe in ACCEPT during the songwriting process for "Blind Rage", compared to how it was for its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", Tornillo said: "The vibe is good. We're, I think, more relaxed at this point. 'Blood Of The Nations' wasâ¦ We really had no idea where we were going at that point; we didn't even have a record deal when we wrote that record. We had no idea what was gonna happen and where it was gonna go, and we had a lot of time to do it. And then the response came, and we set the bar pretty darn high with that record. And then when we went back to do 'Stalingrad', we didn't have that luxury of time; they gave us a deadline, that they wanted the record by such and such a time, and it was a little more hectic. There was a lot more pressure than [there was on 'Blood Of The Nations']. Plus we had 'Blood Of The Nations' out there, and we had to try to top it, if possible, or at least try to get to where that record was. This one, we've had a little more time. This past year, all we did was festivals, which was nice, which gave us time to write on the road. And when we were done touring, we had a good three or four months to complete everything, which is a nice time frame."
Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA, stopped by the WDHA 105.5 FM radio station in New Jersey and performed "The Flower Song" live in Studio D. Check out video footage below. "The Flower Song" is taken from Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", which sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 30, 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). "The Way Life Goes" is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer's life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music. "It's pretty scary," Keifer said of his vocal paralysis. "I've had six surgeries to deal with the collateral damage. Performingâ¦ has been difficult for me because of the vocal issues I've had. I work several hours every day on that. That's a difficult thing for me every day." The collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for CINDERELLA. Rolling Stone praised Keifer as "a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger." "This record was a labor of love," Keifer told TriCities.com. "When I started this record, CINDERELLA was in the middle of a lawsuit with Sony Records. This record is not in any way to be taken as me stepping away from CINDERELLA." "I took a lot of time making this record," he continued. "I made it over 10 years. I wanted to make something I loved. My wife, Savannah (Snow), co-wrote a lot of the songs with me. It was a blessing to me. "Each song has something to do with life. It's just life, love, love lost, being crazy, going crazy, being lost. The record, there's no change, really, in style. It has the peaks and valleys. "I've always approached music, played music that I like. I've never chased trends through CINDERELLA and with this album. It reflects what's in me."
"One Of The Boys", the new video from DOWN 'N' OUTZ, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album "The Further Adventures Ofâ¦", which is the third instalment of the project fronted by DEF LEPPARD's lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to MOTT THE HOOPLE. The project was born in 2009 when MOTT THE HOOPLE reformed and asked longtime friend and fan Elliott to get involved. Joe formed the DOWN 'N' OUTZ with THE QUIREBOYS' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Phil Martin (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by MOTT THE HOOPLE and spin-off projects of MOTT, IAN HUNTER and BRITISH LIONS to a wider audience. In 2009 DOWN 'N' OUTZ supported MOTT THE HOOPLE at one of the band's five Hammersmith Apollo shows, which garnered much interest with fans. The fan demand eventually led to the bandlooking to create an album. 2011 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut "My Re-Generation" through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). "My Re-Generation" included the singles "England Rocks" and "Overnight Angels" that reached No. 4 and No. 1, respectively, on the U.S. Mediabase rock chart â keeping Eric Clapton's new single off the top of the chart for two weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called "Live At Hammersmith Apollo". DOWN 'N' OUTZ' new album, "The Further Adventures Ofâ¦", picks up where the live DVD left off and features the driving groove of album opener â and first single â "Rock And Roll Queen". The collection also includes the good time of rock 'n' roll tune "One Of The Boys", and ballad "The Journey", plus the drum-heavy song "Violence". The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. It was recorded at Joe Elliott's own studio Joe's Garage. Elliott says: These songs make up a huge portion of who I am and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to record them and hopefully give them a new lease of life, which, quite frankly, is long overdue." Morgan Fisher (keyboardist MOTT THE HOOPLE 1973/1974 and also MOTT and BRITISH LIONS) expresses: "It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of MOTT's finest songs!" Ian Hunter says: "I'm blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on 'The Journey' is one of the best I've heard. These songs really suit Joe's voice also. It's a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!" After supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE in 2009, DOWN 'N' OUTZ played the main stage of inaugural High Voltage festival at Victoria Park, London during the summer of 2010. Following this memorable performance, they toured the U.K. as main support to Paul Rodgers in 2011. The band is currently working on live dates for 2014/2015. "The Further Adventures Ofâ¦" track listing: 01. Rock And Roll Queen 02. Stiff Upper Lip 03. Marionette 04. One Of The Boys 05. Whizz Kid 06. Violence 07. The Journey 08. Drivin' Sister 09. The Original Mixed-Up Kid 10. Crash Street Kidds 11. Broadside Outcasts 12. The Revenge Of The Shipwrecked Hedgehog 13. Sea Diver (iTunes bonus track) 14. One Of The Boys (radio edit; iTunes bonus track)
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