Romania's Metal Maniac conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR on August 6 at the Brutal Assault festival in Josefov, Czech Republic. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when fans can expect to see KREATOR's follow-up to the 2012 album "Phantom Antichrist": "I'm having ideas for a couple of songs, but, to me, it's important to wait for the right moment to come, to get together with the band to rehearse the songs. At the moment, I don't have much to say, really. Maybe in 2017. But maybe next year we'll start writing. I don't think it's gonna come out next year, though. You know how quick time passesâ¦ "I don't wanna put out an album just for the sake of it. I wanna put out an album that really, really [matters]." "In my perfect world, we would start rehearsing for the album in January 2016, then record it in the summertime, because we wanna go to Sweden [to record the album with producer Jens Bogren], and we don't wanna go there in the wintertime. And then release it in 2017â¦ January or something. That's my plan, but I don't know if that's gonna [pan out]. "[All of us in the band are] on the same page â we don't wanna release something that we're not a hundred percent happy with. And I'm always preparing the songs, and then we go in and play. And when we jam sometimes, we have better ideas even. "It was just not the time yet. I don't feel that I have anything to say yet. To me, it's important to come up with songs that matter. And if I don't have anything to sing about, and I'm not inspired, I'd rather not come up with something." On why he is not interested in teaming up with SODOM, DESTRUCTION and TANKARD for the "Teutonic Big Four" tour: "If you work as a band and you try to come up with good stuff and write great albums that matter and stand the test of time, so to speakâ¦ I don't think about the past too much. And this whole 'Teutonic Big Four' thing is a thing of the past, if you ask me, so that's why I'm not really interested. But I love the guys; I love all of those guys â I love [SODOM's] Tom [Angelripper], I love [DESTRUCTION's] Schmier; they're awesome guys â but I'm just not into going too deep into this, because it's a thing of the past. "To be honest with you, we live in the present, and I want the present to beâ¦ For us, for KREATOR, the present should be what matters the most." "To me, KREATOR has always been about progressing, changing, developing with the scene â being a part of the scene, being a part of the extreme metal scene. That, to me, is more important than going on a nostalgic trip. So KREATOR's about the here and now, and that's why we take our time [to make] albums. We really plan things; we don't just do things randomly. And that's why I'd rather concentrate on my new record [and] on the live shows than recycling the past." "Phantom Antichrist" sold 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
PureGrainAudio spoke to Chad Gray, lead singer of HELLYEAH and MUDVAYNE, on July 15 at the Toronto, Ontario, Canada stop of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for episode 8 of "Tales Of Touring Terror". Gray is no stranger to travel. He's fronted bands that have played the world over dozens of times and as such he's amassed his share of crazy touring tales. Check out what he has to say in the clip below. HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott recently revealed that the band will enter the studio in October with "Blood For Blood" producer Kevin Churko to begin recording its new album for an early 2016 release. "Blood For Blood", was the band's first release since parting ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha in 2013. The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and guitarist Christian Brady. "Blood For Blood" sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart.
New Zealand's hottest export since Peter Jackson, LIKE A STORM have released a lyric video for the third single from their latest album, "Awaken The Fire" (Another Century Records). "Become The Enemy" is impacting radio and is the #2 Most Added at Active Rock Radio this week in between rock legends Chris Cornell and the FOO FIGHTERS. The lyric video was filmed during the band's recent European tour and can be seen below. LIKE A STORM are no strangers to success at the Active Rock format. Their previous singles, "Love The Way You Hate Me" and "Wish You Hell", have both charted at the format. "Love The Way You Hate Me" reached #22 at Active Rock, was #1 for five weeks on SiriusXM Octane, and the video was a viral hit that has been viewed over 3.2 million times to date. The follow-up, "Wish You Hell", reached #17 and gave the band the distinction of being the only artist from New Zealand to break in to the Active Rock Top 20. LIKE A STORM is currently on tour opening for THREE DAYS GRACE after building a rabid fan base supporting the likes of ALTER BRIDGE, SHINEDOWN, STEEL PANTHER and Slash. They will also be performing at the Food Truck & Rock Carnival (September 20), Sonic Boom (September 26), Louder Than Life (October 3) and next year's Shiprocked cruise (January 18-22, 2016). Known as one of the hardest working bands out there, LIKE A STORM fought hard to be heard. The New Zealand brothersâ Chris Brooks (lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming), Matt Brooks (vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming), and Kent Brooks (bass, vocals, keys/programming) â came to the United States knowing no one, and built a diehard and devoted fan-base by tirelessly touring. Their intense work ethic fosters the fertile creativity that is apparent in everything they do even today. LIKE A STORM write, perform, record and produce all of their records themselves.
The stars are aligning for the new Rossetti Productions movie "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You". The rock stars, that is. Writer/director Chip Rossetti announced the project in June and cameras will roll this fall in Nashville, Tennessee. There has been a constant stream of news coming out of the Rossetti Productions camp about the movie and the hype around the project continues to increase as posts about cast members stir excitement on social media and the Internet at large. Initial interest swelled with the release that PETRA singer John Schlitt was cast as one of the lead characters in the movie. Following this was that up-and-coming rockers CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE would be playing the band IRON CROSS in the movie. After that, the stars have continued falling into place. STRYPER drummer Robert Sweet joined the cast playing, of all people, himself. "Robert was one of our first choices for this," Rossetti said. "This story is very similar to STRYPER's story, and who better to be involved then someone that lived through it?" This week Rossetti Productions followed up the Robert Sweet casting with the announcement that rockers Troy Luccketta and Eric Brittingham would also be bringing their talent to the film. Luccketta is best known as the drummer for the '80s mega band TESLA. Troy started playing drums at 10 years old and has a wide variety of musical tastes, including CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, Neil Diamond, LED ZEPPELIN, and Latin-style percussion. Troy grew up in the east San Francisco bay area playing in bands such as WHISPER, BENNY AND THE JETS, 415 and the ERIC MARTIN BAND before joining TESLA in 1985. A firm believer and outspoken Christian, Troy is excited to join the cast of "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You". "As soon as I read the script," Luccketta said, " I knew it was a truly inspirational story for those who take a stand in faith. I loved it". Brittingham is best known for playing bass in the iconic '80s band CINDERELLA. Eric was born in Salisbury, Maryland. In addition to CINDERELLA, he was in a side-band with CINDERELLA bandmate Jeff LaBar, of which his wife, Inga Brittingham, was the lead vocalist. Now living in Nashville, Eric saw it as a great opportunity to join the cast of the movie. "I'm excited to be a part of a movie with such a positive message", Brittingham said. "And the fact that it is about a band in 1987 just makes it that much more awesome." Set in 1987, "God Gave Rock n Roll To You" tells the story of IRON CROSS and their attempt to cement their place in rock 'n' roll history. Production of "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You" is slated to begin in early November in and around the Nashville, Tennessee area. Rossetti Productions has produced 15 feature films, all in the Christian, faith-based and family genres.
A free guitar lesson from SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery for the band's song "Mountain" can be seen below. The clip is taken from Lowery's recently instructional DVD as part of Fret12's "The Sound And The Story" series. Lowery's musical journey is one of the most unbelievable stories you've never heard. As one of modern music's finest songwriters and guitarists, his name has become synonymous with memorable songwriting melody paired with heavy rhythm and groove. It is a sound unlike any other. It is a sound that is quintessentially Clint Lowery. Get ready to experience Clint Lowery like never beforeâ¦ Hear the story behind one of modern heavy music's most-talked-about guitarists. With a signature sound and songwriting style that is instantly identifiable, Clint Lowery has helped define the sound of every musical project he has been a part of. Fret12 gets you one on one with Clint â to hear his musical story, plus learn his most memorable songs and guitar techniques. This guitar instructional feature covers material from SEVENDUST, DARK NEW DAY, HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS, CALL ME NO ONE, and much more! What you're getting: * "The Sound" - Learn some of Clint's most popular songs, solos, and riffs â from all of his bands! * "The Story" - For the first time ever Clint tells his complete story * 2+ hours of song tutorials, teaching solos, riffs and more * 2+ hours of guitar instruction covering guitar technique * Live concert footage plus a full rig tour of Clint's gear * Never-before-seen interviews with bandmates, family, and more * Outtakes and blooper reel * Downloadable tablature PDF included For more information, visit Fret12.com.
According to a program description by LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler's cable provider or TiVo programmer, tonight's episode of the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" talk show will feature a musical performance by the "Christian heavy metal band" LAMB OF GOD. Adler shared the amusing image on his Facebook page along with the caption: "So..., will you be watching? âª#âLambOfGodâ¬ on âª#âJimmyKimmelâ¬ TONIGHT (Thursday)." "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m.-12:37 a.m., ET) and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. LAMB OF GOD was previously banned from performing at the Forum in Inglewood, California (which is owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church) due to an unusual offense: their former band name. "We used to be called BURN THE PRIEST," LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe explained in 2005 interview. "We changed our name, because we didn't want to be lumped as just a generic satanic metal band, because we don't sing about the devil or anything. The name is pretty harsh. We didn't feel the name represented what we were about, so we changed it." He continued: "The people that own the Forum are a large church. Some of their congregates, I suppose, were not too fond of our former moniker. They own the place, so it's their right not to have us there. But I think they're being very closed-minded and small-minded. They obviously haven't done any research. They don't know what we're about. That's their deal." LAMB OF GOD's seventh full-length album, "VII: Sturm Und Drang", was released on July 24 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America.
SLAYER filmed a music video for an unspecified new song yesterday (Wednesday, August 26). The clip will feature a guest appearance by actor Danny Trejo, the star of Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" film series and a frequent collaborator with the director. His previous films include "Desperado", "Con Air", the "Spy Kids" movies, and "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas". On television, Trejo had memorable roles in "Breaking Bad" and "Sons Of Anarchy". SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The "Repentless" title track is an ode to SLAYER's late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. "I call it the Hannemanthem!" King said of the song. "I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it's fast as fuck. You don't know what the fuck's coming!" He added: "It's my perspective of Jeff's perspective. It's what I think... If Jeff wrote a song for himself, 'Repentless' would be it."
El nuevo videoclip de Slayer contarÃ¡ con la participaciÃ³n del actor Danny Trejo pic.twitter.com/B5Co2pEDpM— El Cuartel Del Metal (@cuarteldelmetal) August 27, 2015
Spent the day on the set of the new SLAYER video. Was so good to meet Danny Trejo. Such a good dude!Posted by Paul Bostaph on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott spoke to Grand Forks Herald about the band's forthcoming self-titled album, tentatively due before the end of the year. He said: "It's finished. We're just doing simple, last-minute adjustments. The first song is going to go to radio next month. It's a 14-track, 55-minute album. It's just called 'Def Leppard' because that's what it sounds like. It doesn't sounds like any one specific era of DEF LEPPARD. It's got everything. You'll listen and you go, 'Oh, that sounds like DEF LEPPARD,' or you'll go, 'That is LEPPARD, but sounds a bit like LED ZEPPELIN or QUEEN but you can hear the AC/DC or the CROSBY, STILLS & NASH coming through.' We have not shied away from anything that's influenced us in our growing up periods of our life. Just because we've made the kind of music we've made doesn't mean to say we don't like all of this other stuff." He continued: "We made this record as an artistic statement that we'd be happy to play in 10 or 15 years in time and go, 'You know what? That is a great record. That was a great period in our career.' "For this new album, [stars] seemed to have [aligned] for us, because we all played and sang great and wrote well. There's some great variety on there. Every single aspect of anything we've ever wanted to put out â acoustic, heavy, soft, slow, fast â it's there. That's why we call it 'Def Leppard' because, just like QUEEN were, we're capable of coming up with vastly different kinds of songs." DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen recently told Mike Hsu of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF about the band's upcoming CD: "It's probably the most diverse thing we've done. And I think it's the best thing we've done since 'Hysteria'; I really do. I've said that, and I've heard that come back as a quote, and I sincerely believe it. It's the loudest rock guitars we've ever had on some tracks. Some of the stuff we've done as a band in the studio â we all played along live and then added to it â and then other tracks were pure studio stuff.' Asked about the word "experimental" being used in connection with the new DEF LEPPARD album, Collen said: "I don't think that's the right word. I think 'Hysteria' was experimental, because we were using all this new technology. This is more just expressive, is the right word. Instead of pandering to anyone â whether it be fans, a record company or whatever â we actually have just done our own thing. There was a purity to it that we haven't had before. There wasn't one time when someone said, 'Oh, I don't think it's gonna work.' Everyone tried it. And I don't know whether that's experience or what. It's certainly not age, 'cause most people, they get a little more uptight as they get older, but this isâ¦ It's the opposite; there's a more relaxed feel, and, because of that, it kind of flows. So I don't think 'experimental' is the right word. I think it's more liberating and expressive, is the way I would go with it."
ABBATH, the new band led by ex-IMMORTAL frontman Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath), will release its debut album in January 2016 via Season Of Mist. ABBATH made its live debut in June at the Tuska open-air metal festival in Helsinki, Finland. Bass duties for ABBATH are being handled by a man familiar to metal fans across the world â Tom Cato Visnes, more widely known as King Ov Hell and main composer for several GORGOROTH albums as well as his own bands OV HELL, with singer Shagrath from DIMMU BORGIR, and GOD SEED, with exceptional black metal vocalist Gaahl. His fellow GOD SEED member and BORKNAGAR percussionist, Baard Kolstad, has also joined ABBATH on drums. At Tuska, ABBATH premiered a brand new song titled "Fenrir Hunts" alongside classic IMMORTAL material, including "One By One". A handful of songs from Abbath and King's 2006 project I were performed live for the first time. Fan-filmed video footage of ABBATH performing on August 8 at the Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada can be seen below. Abbath announced earlier this year that he was moving forward under his own name. The musician last year claimed that he rightfully attempted to secure exclusive rights to the IMMORTAL name and logo after lyricist/guitarist Demonaz (real name Harald NÃ¦vdal) and drummer Horgh (real name Reidar Horghagen) effectively quit the legendary Norwegian black metal group. "I didn't want to go solo in the first place," Abbath told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. "I wanted the best for IMMORTAL. I didn't want it to end this way. First of all, I just wanted my music out. I wanted to record the [next] album [because] it's been so many years since 'All Shall Fall'. And both Demonaz and Horgh, they have kids and families now, and it just hit that point where I couldn't work the way they wanted to work any more. I wanted things on my terms and they wanted things on their terms, and it was very difficult." He continued: "I wanted to rehearse at least three times a week, but often it was only once a week and things went so slow. I sat there with all this material, I kept the rehearsal space and recorded the stuff on click track, but it was a very strained atmosphere and the Last time we worked together was in early June last year." Asked if the decision to part ways and seek out new band members was inevitable, Abbath said: "I was forced to do it this way. I wanted IMMORTAL to continue, but not the way it was. The dialogue has not been there and it's also my mistake. I should have brought up this shit a long time ago, but IMMORTAL, after Demonaz's problems with his arms, it never became a band after that." He continued: "IMMORTAL is a very special situation. [Demonaz] hasn't been in the band, but then I always wanted to do the best for everybody, to have the band spirit, and that's why when we decided to start IMMORTAL again, we tried to get the spirit back, and bring him on tour, and just share our thing and be a band and have a kick-ass time. But it never worked out. The chemistry wasn't there with the IMMORTAL guys and hadn't been for a while." Abbath added: "I believe in my music and I believe in my expression, but time flies and we grow apart. Maybe in the future we can go back again, I don't know, but right now I just want to do my thing and just be ABBATH and have people around me who support that."
WE CAME AS ROMANS and ALL THAT REMAINS will co-headline the "HardDrive Live Fallout Tour" this fall. The trek kicks off on October 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and runs through November 7. EMMURE will be direct support for the entire tour. RED SUN RISING will open from October 14 through October 16 and October 19 through October 28. FAILURE ANTHEM will open from November 2 through November 7. "HardDrive Live Fallout Tour" dates: Oct. 14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection Oct. 15 - Green Bay, WI - The Watering Hole Oct. 16 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's Entertainment Center Oct. 17 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium Oct. 19 - San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall Oct. 20 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live! Oct. 22 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater Oct. 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue Oct. 28 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall Nov. 02 - Knoxville, TN - The International Nov. 03 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz (Raleigh) Nov. 04 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts Nov. 06 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom Nov. 07 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium Tickets will be available Friday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time at www.HardDriveLiveFallout.com. WE CAME AS ROMANS vocalist Dave Stephens comments, "We've known ALL THAT REMAINS for almost as long as we've been a band and we're ecstatic we've finally got a chance to tour together. It's an idea we've always talked about, so we figured why not finally make it happen. It's a true blessing to be on tour with these bands and be a part of the HardDrive Live Fallout Tour." ALL THAT REMAINS lead vocalist Phil Labonte adds: "ALL THAT REMAINS is excited to announce we'll hitting the road with WE CAME AS ROMANS and working with HardDrive again this fall. Last time we did a 'HardDrive Live' tour was in 2008 and we had a great time! We expect the same this time! VIP packages will be available so get your tickets early!!" EMMURE's Frankie Palmeri comments on the upcoming tour: "We are happy to hit the road again with our friends WE CAME AS ROMANS and ALL THAT REMAINS." ALL THAT REMAINS continues to tour in support of its latest studio album, "The Order Of Things", which was released this past February via Razor & Tie. WE CAME AS ROMANS released its self-titled album on July 24. The CD was recorded with multi-platinum, award-winning producer David Bendeth (BRING ME THE HORIZON, PARAMORE, OF MICE & MEN).
QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali will unveil an art collection crafted from the new medium of "rhythm-on-canvas" on October 2. Banali has been working with art team and publisher SceneFour on the collection titled "Cum On See The Noize: The Electric Art Of Frankie Banali". SceneFour is the team responsible for the "Rhythm-On-Canvas" medium, having released blockbuster art collections over the last five years with a highly select group of drumming legends, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH) , Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD), Mickey Hart (GRATEFUL DEAD), Jose Pasillas (INCUBUS) and Dave Lombardo (SLAYER). The process of creating artwork from rhythm is an extensive one that begins with the drummer utilizing a bevy of drumsticks that light in a variety of ways similar to that of a painter utilizing brushes with different colors. In the creation process, the drummer is crafting rhythms that translate visually to abstract imagery before they are brought into the SceneFour studio, manipulated meticulously, and laid to canvas. Those interested in learning more and getting an early preview of "Cum On See The Noize: The Electric Art Of Frankie Banali" are encouraged to join the interest list at www.frankiebanaliart.com.
Wacken TV has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of Swedish metallers AT THE GATES performing the song "The Book Of Sand" on July 31at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. Check it out below. Asked if there are any plans for AT THE GATES to head back into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to last year's comeback album, "At War With Reality", singer Tomas Lindberg told GetYourRockOut in June: "Right now, we're just doing this, because the album took so long; it was lots of hard work for us. And we are so happy with how it's received. And we are so happy to be able to play it live. Because we don't wanna do it as a career thing; we just wanna enjoy where we are. We're enjoying this now and this is what we do. When we feel like we're done touring this record, that's when we'll sit down and see, 'Do we have any more songs?' It's very undramatic. We don't want this to get stale either. When we're done with this record, that's when we'll start thinking about the new one." On April 6, AT THE GATES released a very special split seven-inch EP (together with VOIVOD) to accompany the band's latest tour. The EP featured the AT THE GATES bonus track "Language Of The Dead" from the "At War With Reality" sessions â previously unreleased on vinyl! â while VOIVOD contributed a new track, "We Are Connected". The EP was "double A-sided" (meaning, each band has their own, reversible front-cover side!) and came with artwork created for both bands by VOIVOD's Michel "Away" Langevin. "At War With Reality" was released on October 28, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD, which sold 7,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 53 on The Billboard 200 chart, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and was mixed at Fascination Street Studios in Ãrebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR).
Grammy Award-winning iconic rock band MOTÃRHEAD was honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, August 26 in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary and the release of the group's new album, "Bad Magic". Councilmember JosÃ© Huizar conducted the honor, which took place at 10:00 a.m. at the Council Chambers at City Hall. Video footage of the event can be seen below. Huizar said (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We are here today to honor MOTÃRHEAD's 40th anniversary. It's about honoring music in the city of Los Angeles and MOTÃRHEAD's place in that history. "This year signals the 40th year of MOTÃRHEAD's triumphant existence, something which will be celebrated throughout the rest of 2015 and 2016. They will tour the world once more and show that if it's too loud, you're too old. "Throughout the 40 years, this is a band that stuck to its artistic guns and has never been interested in musical fads and trends, the kind that happen in every generation. "MOTÃRHEAD has chosen to lose themselves in their music. "Lemmy and company have stayed true to their own vision and execution of incredibly mesmerizing and thundering, feel-it-in-your-gut rock and roll. "Lemmy lives here in Los Angeles, and the band has recorded a number of albums here. He's an Angelino; he calls Los Angeles home. And they will be releasing their latest album, 'Bad Magic', which comes out this Friday. We're all looking forward to it, right? "They are the precursor to the 1970s with the British invasion of heavy metal. They set a trend, and they have had hits like 'MotÃ¶rhead', 'Ace Of Spades' â which is one of my top three songs of all time â 'Bomber', 'Iron Fist' and many, many others, and they have created a legacy that is hard to match. And here in the city of Los Angeles, home of many great influential rock bands â more than you can count â greats like GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA have cited MOTÃRHEAD as a major inspiration for their sound. In fact, GUNS N' ROSES member Duff McKagan once penned a column titled, 'Without Lemmy and MOTÃRHEAD, there wouldn't be GUNS N' ROSES, NIRVANA or METALLICA. Period.' I couldn't agree more, and that's why we're here: to honor a band that continues to make brilliant music while inspiring other musicians here in Los Angeles and all over the world to play well, to play hard and to honor their own visions and rock and roll, just like MOTÃRHEAD has done for 40 years. "Lemmy and crew epitomize what it means to live rock and roll, and fans from throughout the world continue to view MOTÃRHEAD as the torchbearers of that elusive music we call rock and roll. And who couldn't love a group that starts its live concerts with these words: 'We're MOTÃRHEAD and we play rock and roll.'" Lemmy thanked Huizar and added: "Well said. As none of us are from Los Angeles, this is a very great honor. [Drummer Mikkey Dee is] Swedish, [guitarist Phil Campbell is] Welsh and I'm English. Soâ¦ I came over here years ago, and I love it over here, so it's a great honor for me. Thank you." Said Dee: "What can I say? I used to live here â eleven years. I moved back to Sweden in 1996. And this is great. We've been honored here and there for music in the music industry, but nothing like this before, so, of course, this is very, very special for us. So, thank you very much. It's great. We're gonna continue another 40 years â I hope." Added Campbell: "It's just something you never expected to get â an honor like this. We enjoy playing our music and writing our songs, and this is unbelievable, so thank you very much." Lemmy has lived in Los Angeles for 25 years. "Home is in here," he told The Independent, tapping his temple. "Where you live is just a geographical preference. I like it [in L.A.] because the sun shines a lot and you don't get the cynical fucking English bitching about everything. I find the Americans quite refreshing. Everybody sneers at the 'Have a nice day' thing but it's a lot nicer than having your change thrown at you." MOTÃRHEAD's 22nd studio album, "Bad Magic", will be released on August 28. The CD was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood with longtime producer Cameron Webb. In 2013, Lemmy underwent an operation to implant a cardioverter-defibrillator into his chest, a device that helps prevent an irregular heartbeat turning into no heartbeat. Then, shortly afterwards, he suffered a hematoma. Earlier this year, MOTÃRHEAD was forced to cancel shows after he suffered a gastric illness. Lemmy has cut back on booze and cigarettes â he's down to a pack a week, and has swapped from Jack and Coke to vodka and orange, apparently to help with his diabetes.
SHINEDOWN's much-anticipated new album. "Threat To Survival" â the rock band's first new album in three years â arrives everywhere on September 18 via Atlantic. "Threat To Survival" follows 2012's RIAA gold-certified "Amaryllis". The "Threat To Survival" song "State Of My Head" can now be streamed below. "'Threat To Survival' refers to that primal instinct in all of us that determines how we respond to crisis and conflict â the idea of 'fight or flight' and the choices we make in any given situation," explains SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith. "This album represents those deciding moments for us as a band. It's a collection of scenarios that made us who we are, and is, by far, the most autobiographical album we've created to date." "Cut The Cord" â produced by SHINEDOWN's own Eric Bass â arrived last month and fast ascended to #1 at Active Rock radio outlets across the country. The single's immediate success continues a record-setting streak in which every one of the 19 singles released over SHINEDOWN's decade-plus career has ascended to the upper regions of the radio charts â a feat that no other rock band has achieved. In addition, the "Cut The Cord" companion video recently had its world premiere on Billboard.com. The powerful clip â directed by the band's longtime collaborator Darren Doane ("Devour", "Sound Of Madness", "Bully") â has already earned over 1.5 million individual views and can now be viewed at SHINEDOWN's official YouTube channel. SHINEDOWN is currently traveling the U.S. on a very special summer tour, their first major trek in more than two years. The dates see SHINEDOWN visiting theatres and other intimate venues across the country, performing a unique set that includes classic hits, deep cuts, and best of all, new songs from the upcoming "Threat To Survival". Support on most dates comes from special guests NOTHING MORE. SHINEDOWN will then return to the road in October to headline a string of festivals: Mobile, Alabama's Bayfest (October 2), Louisville, Kentucky's Louder Than Life (October 4) and Sacramento, California's Monster Energy Aftershock (October 24). The band is already set to kick off 2016 by crossing the Atlantic for the inaugural United Kingdom version of the "Carnival Of Madness Tour", joining fellow hard rock icons BLACK STONE CHERRY, Atlantic Records labelmates HALESTORM, and newcomers HIGHLY SUSPECT for arena dates slated through mid-February. More fall touring plans in support of "Threat To Survival" will be announced soon. "Threat To Survival" track listing: 01. Asking For It 02. Cut The Cord 03. State Of My Head 04. Outcast 05. How Did You Love? 06. It All Adds Up 07. Oblivion 08. Dangerous 09. Thick As Thieves 10. Black Cadillac 11. Misfits SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith told The Pulse Of Radio what we can expect from the record. "A lot of bands and a lot of artists take the initiative to say â if they're lucky enough to get to a fifth album â 'Yeah, it's such a different record' and all these things," he said. "And you listen to it and you go, 'That's cool, it sounds exactly the same as your last records.' That's really not the case with this. It's a devastating record. It's a heartbreaking record. It's a beautiful record, but it's ferocious." Smith said in a statement about "Cut The Cord": "In your truest moment of weaknessâ¦ When everyone and everything has betrayed you, and evil and hatred has wrapped itself around your mind, body and soulâ¦ this is the song that you play. This is the statement to the world that you will not give up, you will not give in, and you refuse to fail!!! Now is your timeâ¦ to 'cut the cord.'"
The long-awaited new album from the classic-rock band THE LIZARDS, featuring former members of BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, CACTUS and RIOT, will be released in September on Hyperspace Records in partnership with drumming legend Carmine Appice's Rocker Records. Titled "Reptilicus Maximus", the band's seventh album features guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Frank Marino (MAHOGANY RUSH) and Vinnie Moore (UFO). Once again, the breathtaking cover artwork was created by longtime LIZARDS artist Rick Klemann. THE LIZARDS are drummer Bobby Rondinelli (RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, BLUE ÃYSTER CULT), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (RIOT, MASTERPLAN), bassist Randy Pratt (who also plays harp with CACTUS) and guitarist Patrick Klein (who recorded and mixed the album). The band's 2006 release, "Against All Odds", and their covers album from 2009, "Archeology", garnered rave reviews from fans and music press alike worldwide, catapulting THE LIZARDS into legendary status. Says bassist and band leader Randy Pratt: "On our seventh CD, 'Reptilicus Maximus', we brought in a few of our touring buddies. David Lanik of SHARKS, kicks ass on 'Ton On The One', the opening track on the CD. "Frank Marino, of MAHOGANY RUSH, was the headliner on our first tour and dazzles on 'Evil Eyes', the second track. "Vinnie Moore and UFO were the headliners on our LAST tour (so far). Vinnie shreds beautifully on 'Crash', a song I wrote the lyrics to in the hospital after my brutal car crash that sidelined us for awhile. "We did a two-month tour with Glenn Hughes and he came to New York to record four songs on our sixth CD, 'Against All Odds'. 'Miracle Man' is a song that he wrote specifically for THE LIZARDS, and I believe we slay it. He and Mike DiMeo do another one of their over-the-top duets on the closing number on the record. "We added Scott 'The Doctor' Treibitz on keys for this CD, adding some new textures, from dark and brooding synths and majestic pipe organ to honky tonk piano and funky hammond organ." He continues: "The music runs from progressive rock to swampy blues, lyrics ranging from the sacred to the profaneâ¦ all in the name of ROCK. "Bobby Rondinelli told us that we got some of the best playing of his career on this record. Since he played with RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE ÃYSTER CULT, you can believe the drums are world class throughout!"
DEATH DEALER, the band featuring MANOWAR and the DICTATORS guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN), and drummer Steve Bolognese (INTO ETERNITY), will release its sophomore album, "Hallowed Ground", on October 2 via SMG. The 13-track CD was mixed and mastered by Stu Marshall at Frontier Studios in Sydney, Australia, and contains "massively epic orchestrations, speed metal anthems, and singalong headbangers," according to a press release. "Hallowed Ground" track listing: 01. Gunslinger 02. Break The Silence 03. Plan Of Attack 04. SÃ©ance 05. Llega El Diablo 06. The Way Of The Gun 07. K.I.L.L. 08. I Am The Revolution 09. Total Devastation 10. The Anthem 11. Corruption Of Blood 12. Skull And Cross Bones 13. U-666 The official video for the song "Break The Silence" can be seen below. Said Ross The Boss: "'Hallowed Ground' satisfies from start to finishâ¦ It is what metal should sound like!" Regarding the formation of DEATH DEALER, Peck told Bonavox: "Stu and I came up with the idea to put a band together as we were doing a lot of writing together and had become close friends. There is a back story I may reveal one day, but, basically, one night on Skype we decided to do a band with this name and I called up the band one by one and introduced myself and everyone jumped on board. It was really weird how it happened." DEATH DEALER's debut album, "War Master", was released in August 2013 through Steel Cartel Records. "The DEATH DEALER sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians," explained Ross. "It's classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision." DEATH DEALER in 2013 parted ways with drummer Kenny "Rhino" Earl (MANOWAR) and replaced him with Bolognese. A former drummer for INTO ETERNITY and a Berklee College Of Music instructor, Bolognese is often spoken of as "the drummer's drummer," having received mentoring from drum prodigy Mike Mangini (DREAM THEATER).
After touring the world for many years and making many highly acclaimed albums, British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) has started to create his eighth, and he hopes, his greatest ever studio album. For the first time he wants to offer his fans an insight into the creative part of this process. Writing this project started in March 2015. It is an album based on a science fiction story that Blaze is writing. He is still in the early stages of putting together the huge concept for this studio effort, so he felt it would be a right time to give his fans the opportunity to get involved. When pre-orders start on September 1, fans will have the opportunity to opt in on an exclusive membership. As members, they will receive exclusive items and monthly e-mail updates on the new album. These monthly updates will contain information on the development of the artwork, the album and songtitles, videos of writing and recording sessions and rehearsals, and interviews with the musicians involved. When the album is released in March 2016, the members will also receive a printed magazine and a "making-of" DVD. These items will be created by Blaze for the exclusive members to celebrate the journey he has taken with them. Blaze will also give those fans a chance to talk with him during this process. For a few hours each month, he will be available for personal calls with the members to discuss the progress of the album and any other questions those fans may have. Some lucky fans will even have their voices on the album! Fans that are ultimate members will be able to take part in an exclusive competition. The winners' voices will be a part of the dream song on the album. Even though Blaze Bayley has always strived to keep his fans as involved and informed as possible, he is now taking it to a whole new level. "I've always had a strong interest in science and cosmology and A.I. and those subjects have featured in a lot of my songs on past albums," he said. "Now I'm taking this to the next level by having a complete concept album set 100 years into the future. This is a story that follows on from the ideas and songs I had on my first two solo albums, 'Silicon Messiah' and 'Tenth Dimension'. "I'm really excited about being able to have some of my fans involved so much at this stage of the process. "There are always struggles, great moments, little bits of magic and some kind of crisis that happens during the process of making every one of my albums so far. I'm sure this one will be no different. "I can't wait to share these moments with the fans. "I want to say a massive thank you to all my fans. Your support has made it possible for me to be independent and to continue making music. Now I will attempt make the best record I have ever made." More details on the pre-order packages can be found on the web site www.blazebayley.net and. The pre-orders for the new album start on September 1 at 8 p.m. U.K. time. The 52-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to join MAIDEN, with whom he recorded two studio albums â 1995's "The X Factor" 1998's and "Virtual XI" â before Bruce Dickinson returned to the group. Bayley released a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31, 2013. The singer's latest studio album, "The King Of Metal", was released in March 2012. The CD was recorded at Fear Studio in Ravenna, Italy.
"Until The World Goes Cold", the new video from Florida metallers TRIVIUM, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Silence In The Snow", which will be released on October 2 via Roadrunner. The follow-up to 2013's "Vengeance Falls" was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (SLASH, ALTER BRIDGE, THE AMITY AFFLICTION) and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD). Long known as one of modern metal's most potent live acts, TRIVIUM will celebrate "Silence In The Snow" with an epic worldwide schedule highlighted by the upcoming 2015 HardDrive Live Tour. The dates â which see TRIVIUM co-headlining alongside TREMONTI â get underway September 9 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Culture Room and then continue through mid-October. The band will then head straight to San Bernardino, California for an October 24 main-stage performance at the upcoming Knotfest, headlined and curated by TRIVIUM's labelmates SLIPKNOT. TRIVIUM's seventh studio album, "Silence In The Snow" stands as a long gestating creative milestone for the acclaimed band. The collection had its genesis moment back in 2007 and was directly influenced by the time TRIVIUM spent touring alongside the legendary HEAVEN & HELL that year. Ultimately, it would take eight years before they felt equipped to tackle the challenging work of weaving their classic influences into a modern record. Fueled by the inspiration of true classic metal â spanning BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW, IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA and SLAYER, MEGADETH and METALLICA â TRIVIUM challenged themselves to attain similar levels of greatness, taking on vocal coaches and guitar lessons to further their creative evolution. The result is extraordinary, bridging the history of hard rock and metal while simultaneously powering it forward into the future on tracks like the epic "Blind Leading The Blind" and the upcoming first single "Until The World Goes Cold". "Silence In The Snow" track listing: 01. SnÃ¸fall 02. Silence In The Snow 03. Blind Leading The Blind 04. Dead And Gone 05. The Ghost That's Haunting You 06. Pull Me From The Void 07. Until The World Goes Cold 08. Rise Above The Tides 09. The Thing That's Killing Me 10. Beneath The Sun 11. Breathe In The Flames TRIVIUM in May 2014 parted ways with drummer Nick Augusto due to personal differences. Stepping in for him on TRIVIUM's most recent dates and on the new album was the band's drum tech, Mat Madiro. TRIVIUM's last album, "Vengeance Falls", sold 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The record â which was produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) â arrived in stores on October 15, 2013 via Roadrunner.
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will revisit the album that raised them from underground heroes to bold contenders on the world stageâ¦ the timeless and towering "Nemesis Divina". SATYRICON will return in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this seminal masterpiece, with a never-to-be-repeated series of exclusive European shows, wherein the Norwegian trailblazers will perform the album in its entirety for the first and last time. "It's not what we do and it won't happen again!" avows frontman and creative mastermind Satyr. "This band, as you know, is definitely not retrospective. But we started playing live in 1996. Our most groundbreaking milestone record came out in 1996. 'Nemesis Divina' is the only one of the first three records that has aged really well. It's the only one that we still play several songs from in our set to this dayâ¦ so if I'm ever going to do anniversary shows and do a reissue and make it a big deal, it's gonna be 'Nemesis Divina' and it has to be now." When SATYRICON released their third album in 1996, their status as one of the most significant and creatively vital bands in Norwegian black metal was already beyond dispute. But "Nemesis Divina" was no ordinary record or just another step along the road to infamy. Instead, this was a revolutionary and groundbreaking piece of work from a band that had suddenly hit their stride on every conceivable level. From its uniquely vibrant and impactful artwork, which broke every supposed rule in the black metal handbook with its vivid colours and refined aesthetic core, to the supremely confident and idiosyncratic songs and individual performances that heralded a newfound sophistication and a freshly incisive vision, "Nemesis Divina" almost single-handedly took black metal from its voluntarily shadowy and obscure origins into the glaring spotlight of the international metal scene. There are many classic albums to salute from the Norwegian scene of the early '90s and while the likes of MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE, EMPEROR and IMMORTAL undoubtedly share SATYRICON's esteemed position in the genre's spectral hall of fame, it was arguably "Nemesis Divina" that most vigorously announced the arrival of this arcane musical phenomenon to the rest of the world, destroying the notion that black metal was an entirely self-contained and inward-looking subculture in the process. Most of all, however, "Nemesis Divina" showcased a band that finally had the skill and the musical intuition to back up the undeniable potency of their artistic vision. Sonically devastating and compositionally meticulous, songs like "Mother North" and "The Dawn Of A New Age" redefined what black metal was capable of, while proudly retaining the genre's ageless essence and aesthetic values. "Everything expanded tenfold with 'Nemesis Divina'," Satyr states. "For most people who liked the first two records, SATYRICON climbed to a whole different level on 'Nemesis Divina' and people really started to love the band. This album has a special place in our history. Suddenly we were selling 80,000 and then 100,000 records, and those numbers were unheard of in our small part of the world. That was the record that everyone that was into this scene wanted to buy. "If you say there are two stages of evolution in black metal â the '80s, with VENOM and CELTIC FROST and BATHORY, and then the '90s with the Norwegian stuff and everything followed in its wake â there are, at most, a handful of albums and a handful of songs that really define modern day black metal. 'Nemesis Divina' is definitely one of those records and 'Mother North' is definitely one of those songs." To herald the 20th anniversary of this most illustrious piece of dark art, "Nemesis Divina" will be re-released in spring 2016, newly remastered by Satyr himself and boasting upgraded and revamped packaging worthy of an album that has had a huge and enduring impact on both the black metal scene and underground heavy music in general. SATYRICON will then embark on a series of exclusive one-off shows, performing the record in full for the first and only time. "Next year it's 20 years since SATYRICON made its live debut as a band, and 20 years since we released 'Nemesis Divina'," Satyr states. "I thought, 'Either we do multiple shows, re-release the album and do it properlyâ¦ or we don't do it at all.' So here we are. We'll be performing 'Nemesis Divina', front to back, doing only a few exclusive shows in 2016 and we look forward to sharing this unique experience with our loyal fans."
Peacebuilding charity International Alert has announced the launch of Peace Tracks, a global collaborative music project that brings together internationally celebrated recording artists with musicians from conflict zones. The musical collaborations will be released in September, in the run up to UN International Day of Peace (September 21). High-profile recording artists from different musical backgrounds, from rock and pop to classical, have contributed exclusive audio elements to a common digital "music box." They include BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler, Philip Glass, AngÃ©lique Kidjo, Anoushka Shankar and DURAN DURAN's Roger Taylor. From August 17 onwards, musicians from conflict-affected regions around the world are collaborating and building upon these contributions, drawing on their own diverse styles and musical heritage to create songs using the online platform Ohm Studio. The best-recorded songs will be released online on September 8, when the public will also have the chance to download them from Ohm Studio to remix them. The project aims to bring together musicians across cultural and conflict divides, who might never otherwise have a chance to create music together, and give them a platform to express themselves, and their views on issues of conflict and peace. Butler, BLACK SABBATH's bassist, lyricist and co-founder, said: "From the earliest SABBATH stuff, I've written lyrics about the grim reality of war. Peace Tracks can hopefully bring more people around to world to think about peace." Ilaria Bianchi, Head of Communications at International Alert, said: "Collaboration is key to music making, but it's also integral to peacebuilding. Through this project, we hope to demonstrate the opportunities that music and technology open up for building new relationships across borders and cultures, and sparking conversations about important global issues." As part of this initiative, a group of 30 musicians from conflict zones, in partnership with In Place Of War, collaborated in a music studio in Sheffield, U.K. on August 25-26 to build on the original audio elements and create unique pieces. The songs are being produced by Reverend and the MAKERS frontman Jon McClure. These musicians will perform the songs live at Shambala Festival in Northamptonshire on August 27-28 and at Festival No. 6 in Wales on September 3-6. The initiative takes place as part of Alert's second annual Talking Peace Festival (September 3 - October 3), a month-long series of events designed to spark conversations about peace through creativity. In addition to music, it also features art, food, technology, talks and comedy.