Jay Nanda of San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS on November 18 in Austin, Texas during the band's tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On sharing the stage with former EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph, who last year rejoined SLAYER: "I love Paul Bostaph; he's awesome. He's an amazing drummer. The stuff he did on [the 2005 EXODUS album] 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' was absolutely fantastic. And when we're doing a headlining set, I have to go out and emulate some of the shit he did from that [album]. It's not easy. He's machine. [Laughs]" On why they chose to thank former EXODUS members Rob Dukes (vocals) and Rick Hunolt (guitar) in the credits for the new EXODUS album, "Blood In Blood Out": "We're happy with all the music that we made with Dukes. I think it's kind of screwed up that we were at an impasse when it came to making this album with him. But it was album No. 10 and it needed to be special. But we love those guys. We love all the music that we created with Dukes singing, and obviously, Rick's a big part of the history of this band as well." "Blood In Blood Out" sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist PÃ¤r Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood". "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was a featured guest on this past Friday's (November 21) edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Page and DeGeneres discussed the rocker's newly released photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" and the ongoing LED ZEPPELIN reissue campaign. They also addressed the UK tabloid rumor that ZEPPELIN lead singer Robert Plant had turned down an $800 million offer from British mogul Richard Branson for a ZEPPELIN reunion tour. "Well, I don't know anything about it," said Page. "No, I really don't. I've heard all manner of detail on this and I thought, 'Well, I don't know anything about this.' I didn't know anything about it all." Asked if the group would consider reuniting for a tour, Page said, "Well, I don't know. He's becoming very difficult, isn't he?" referring to Plant. "I think you've got the wrong one sitting here," implying the question needs to be answered by the singer. He added: "I love playing LED ZEPPELIN music, let's put it that way." Both Plant and Branson have issued denials that any LED ZEPPELIN reunion offer had been made. Page has remained busy throughout all the rumor mongering and he-said, she-said games pertaining to the tour that never was, and instead has focused on publicizing the new expanded reissues of ZEPPELIN's "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" collections. The Pulse Of Radio asked Page if there's footage of any LED ZEPPELIN recording sessions. "No, no there isn't," he said. "Because it was a very sort of private world, it was ruthlessly efficient in nits delivery of the music and there was no time for waiting to see whether somebody'd put a magazine in his camera and all of that. I mean, it was like pulling teeth just having a photographer in there on a couple of occasions. They were just interfering with the flow of what the music was about."
Audio samples of the debut album from TERRANA, the new three-piece power rock trio led by renowned drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AXEL RUDI PELL, MASTERPLAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE), can be streamed below. Due on November 29, the CD was recorded at Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, Italy with producer Tommy Talamanca (SADIST mastermind). Formed last year, TERRANA prides itself on making music using "no computer tricks" and describes its material as "just pure live organic rock and roll with a positive message." TERRANA is: Fabri Kiarelli - Guitar, Lead Vocals Alberto Bollati - Bass, Lead Vocals Mike Terrana - Drums Mike Terrana is an American drummer, principally in the hard rock genre. His first professional work was in 1984 with the MCA band HANOVER FIST, after which he recorded and toured with various bands, playing various styles of music in Western New York state. Between 1987 and 1997, he was based in Los Angeles, working with artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Steve Lukather (TOTO), Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK), Kuni and BEAU NASTY. In 1997 Terrana moved to Europe, first in Holland for six months and then Germany. He worked with GAMMA RAY, RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) and SAVAGE CIRCUS. Terrana currently tours with Tarja Turunen. He is engaged in projects in the instrumental fusion genre and performs drum clinics around the world for the companies he endorses.
In a recent appearance on MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist Nikki Sixx's "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" radio show, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recalled one of the more painful passages from his recently released autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", involving his parents during a particularly turbulent period in his life. "There is a story in the book about how my dad had to stop my mother from jumping out of a moving car," Ian said (hear audio below). "He knocked her outâ¦ he punched her in the face and knocked her out and drove her to the emergency room. I just learned that three months ago or something." According to Ian, he found out about the incident through his co-author, Jon Wiederhorn, who previously worked on the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Ian said: "[Jon] said [to me], 'Hey, man, when I did the Al Jourgensen book, I actually interviewed Al's dad to fill in some holes in [Al's] childhood.' And he goes, 'So what do you think if I interviewed your mom and your dad? And it'll all just come from your point of view in the story.' And I was, like, 'Yeah, that sounds like a cool idea.' So he interviewed my parents, and I found that out. I'm, like, 'Holy crap! I'm 50 years old and I'm just finding this out now.'" Asked what his initial reaction was when he learned about the episode, Ian said: "I've gotta admit, I was a little bit pissed off at my mother. [Laughs] Truthfullyâ¦ Not even so much that I didn't know. This happened early onâ¦ Not that early, but this was in 1975, so I was 11. This was, like, when my parents wereâ¦ My parents had split up, my mom's mom died â my grandmother had passed away â and my mom was going through a hell of time. Also booze and drugs and all that [were involved]. I knew things were bad â I have all my memories of that time â I just didn't know they had gotten that insanely bad. Like, I had no idea that she had gotten that far. I just think my initial reaction was kind of, like, 'Really? She wanted to do that and not be there for my brother and I?' So, initially, I did get a little bit pissed off, but I got past that pretty quick, because my mom's 77 years old and she's doing fine, so I'm not gonna be mad at her for 1975." Ian said that his family â including his mother and his wife, Pearl Aday (daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf) â has been very supportve of his decision to publish his autobiography. He said: "My mom's read it, and we haven't really talked about it all that much. She actually saidâ¦ I did one of my talking shows in L.A. last week, and [former ANTHRAX singer] John Bush was at the show, and he was talking to my mom after the show, and I guess she made some kind of comment about how she loves the book except for pages 1 through 26. [Laughs] But, you know, this is allâ¦ It's allâ¦ A lot of it is from her mouth, as well as my dad's and mine. There's nothing false in there; it's just the reality of it. I guess the fact that it's in the book is not that thrilling, but at the same time, she stood in line at my show and bought a copy of my book and had me sign it. I'm, like,'What are you doing?' [She stood there] with a big smile on her face." "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax" was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press.
The music of CARCASS and GOATWHORE was featured in this past Thursday's (November 20) episode of the CBS crime drama series "Elementary". The scene in question, which was uploaded to YouTube and can be seen below, also contains an apparent nod to Chuck Schuldiner in the form of a character named after the late DEATH frontman. A full recap of the episode can be found at CelebDirtyLaundry.com. "Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the New York City Police Department's most impossible cases. The series recently began its third season on CBS. Before "Elementary" premiered in late 2012, it was met with some criticism given it followed closely on the heels of the BBC's modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation "Sherlock".
Daily Mail has posted new photos of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd "rocking on" outside his New Zealand home earlier today (Sunday, November 23) â just four days before he is scheduled to appear in court. The 60-year-old musician was seen "larking around with a mate," playing tunes on a guitar and chatting to residents, according to the tabloid. Rudd was arrested on November 6 and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others. AC/DC guitarist Angus Young addressed Rudd's legal problems in a new interview with Australia's long-running rock station Triple M, saying that the drummer is "in a strange place and a strange situation." Young told Triple M's Lee Simon: "Phil is in a strange place and a strange situation. I know he's living in New Zealand, but it's something we've gotta get resolved. If we're going forward, we've gotta get something resolved." He continued: "We had a few problems [with Phil] ourselves before he got into this situation, because there was a lot of strange behavior going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing. "When you have to get to a stage when you've gotta convince someone to be there, it wears thin after a while. But it's something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark." Young recently told Rolling Stone magazine about Rudd's current legal troubles: "Phil created his own situation. It's a hard thing to say about the guy. He's a great drummer, and he's done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He's not the Phil we've known from the past." The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd's seeming decline, adding, "I don't know the exact situationâ¦ I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out." AC/DC issued a statement on Rudd's arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the December 2 release of the band's new album, "Rock Or Bust", and the group's upcoming tour. Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for the filming of the videos for singles "Play Ball" and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot. Rudd's arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia.
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford says that appearing on the animated TV program "The Simpsons" was "the biggest thrill" of his life and has commended the show's producers for indirectly apologizing to the band after the episode mistakenly referred to PRIEST as "death metal." The cartoon's January 5, 2014 installment, titled "Steal This Episode", saw Homer getting involved in illegal film downloading, prompting the FBI to launch an anti-piracy investigation. When Homer's family sought refuge in a Swedish consulate, an overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy subsequently went after him, and Halford wound up singing a parody of the band's classic "Breaking The Law" in an effort to nab Homer. "There's only one surefire way to get fugitives out of a foreign building," said the FBI agent. "Blasting death metal." "Swedes love death metal," a headbanging consulate member said in the episode. "It reminds us of death!" Speaking to Seattle's KISW radio station, Rob stated about the experience of being on "The Simpsons": "They invited me to a read-through, so I said, 'Yeah, I'll come and hang out.' So we're in a room, and they invite a lot of guests, and the writers are down at the other end with their notepads and watching everybody that's looking at the table. And then the producer goes, 'Welcome, everybody, to the read-through. Blah blah blah blah blah. 'The Simpsons' is the longest-running, most successful animated TV series ever.' He sets up the storyline, and he said, 'We open up with Homer talking about so-and-so.' And then Homer starts speaking, and Homer is about two feet to my left. And then Marge starts speaking, and then Bart starts speaking. It was, like, the most surreal thing ever, but the biggest thrill of my life, because I've been a 'Simpsons' fan since that show first kicked off." He added: "It was very, very sweet. Some of the actors knew PRIEST and we shook hands and we took some pictures and so forth. That's another thingâ¦ With PRIEST, we're in that kind ofâ¦ What's that thing called? The Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon? That's where we find ourselves now all of these years later. It seems like there's this great kind of seven degrees going on everywhere where PRIESThas touched somebodyâ¦. That sounds bizarre [referring to the 'priest touching somebody' comment]â¦ PRIEST has reached out musically and we brought everybody into the PRIEST family." After the original episode aired, much of the metal community showed its disapproval online, making it clear that JUDAS PRIEST is not, and never has been, a death metal band. Word evidently got back to "The Simpsons" creators, who made amends by having Bart scrawl the words "Judas Priest is not 'death metal'" repeatedly on the chalkboard in the introduction of a follow-up episode. "What was really cool about that was that we didn't even think about the script side of the show," Rob told KISW. "And then, of course, when it was released, instantly, all of the fans were going on the PRIEST Facebook, [going], 'What are they saying? PRIEST aren't a death metal band. What are they talking about?' And then, like two episodes later, we see Bart making up and kind of doing that thing at the blackboard. They didn't need to do that. But that's what I love about 'The Simpsons' people. They're sooo protective of their brand and everything that's associated with it that that was a really, really beautiful gesture on their part to throw that back at PRIEST. Because we treasure everything about PRIESTâ¦ so they needn't have done that, but they did, and I though that was a really, really cool thing."
Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani thinks the CHICKENFOOT project has "a couple of more records" left in its career despite singer Sammy Hagar's recent assertion that he didn't "see any reason" to make a new album. The band, which also included ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony andRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, has not made a CD in three years and Hagar told Rolling Stone that there were no plans to work on a new one in the near future. He explained, "I love making music. But doing it on CHICKENFOOT's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records, it's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning." During an interview for VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk's podcast, "Eddie Trunk Podcast", Satriani was asked if he thinks CHICKENFOOT will ever release another album. He responded: "I'm not sure. I'm always that guy that's bugging them. I think I drive them crazy, because I'm always writing songs, I'm sending them demos and saying, 'C'mon, let's do it. Let's do it. Let's do it.'" He continued: "First of all, Sam, Mike and Chad, they've got other things to do. And Chad, of course, is right in the middle of an album project with the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and so that's a difficult thing; that's his main band. And Sam and Mike are now part of Sammy's band [THE CIRCLE, also featuring drummer Jason Bonham], and they have a schedule. And then Sammy, along with all of his businesses, both for profit and for charity, is also extremely busy. So I come back from being around the world and touring and doing this stuff, and I'm, like, 'C'mon, let's go. Let's go.' And they're, like, 'Well, hold on a minute.' And then I'm off again. So I guess I'm partly to blame because of my busy schedule. "[CHICKENFOOT] is the only band I've ever been in, really, since I left New York that made records. I became a solo artist sort of by accident, and then I've been doing that since '86. And all of a sudden I get a chance [to launch a band] from the ground upâ¦ "It's different from playing with DEEP PURPLE or Mick Jagger; this is a band of equals writing original material. And so I really want it to fly, you know what I mean?! I really wanna put in as much time as I can get into the band. But it's a little different for the other guys, because they have history and they have current commitments â especially Chad; he's in a world-famous band already. [Laughs] So I think that's where it's always a bit funny. We're trying to get our priorities straight, and we probably never will. But I do think there's a couple of more records in there somehow." Satriani added: "It becomes a little bit stranger as the music industry changes; it's rolling away from focusing on albums. And I think that puts CHICKENFOOT in an even more awkward position, because I think a rock band needs to put out a record and tour; I think that's what you've gotta do. And the putting out a full album and touring is something that, I think, that the four members of CHICKENFOOT are having a hard time fitting into their future schedule. Recording songs, that'd be a piece of cake and we'd love to do it, but I think it's how we proceed after we record songs. Because we're not a singles band, really, we're not a video band, we're not a band that shows up at a TV show with a huge production with clowns and animals and dancers and explosions and stuff; we're a rock and roll band." CHICKENFOOT reissued its gold-selling 2009 self-titled debut as a double-disc set. The new version features bonus live tracks recorded on the group's tour behind its sophomore studio effort, "III" CHICKENFOOT's most recent touring lineup included legendary drummer/musician Kenny Aronoff, who was filling in for Smith while Chad was on the road with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. "III" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6. Hagar's current band, THE CIRCLE, plays songs from all eras of its members' lives, including tracks from VAN HALEN and LED ZEPPELIN.
SWEET & LYNCH â the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (T&N, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James Lomenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (S.U.N., WHITESNAKE) â will release its debut album, "Only To Rise", on January 27, 2015 via Frontiers Music srl. The CD was produced by Sweet, who also helmed the last STRYPER album, "No More Hell To Pay". In a new post on his Facebook page, Sweet writes: "Why did I decide to do SWEET & LYNCH? "I was approached by Serafino at Frontiers Records to sing and write for what he was referring to as a 'supergroup' project (one of the first) that Frontiers would be putting together and releasing. I was, of course, not only intrigued by the idea but also humbled that he would ask me! Jon Levin (DOKKEN) was suggested as the possible guitarist and I suggested to Serafino getting the man himself, Mr. Scary (George Lynch) involved. Serafino was, of course, excited about the idea. Frontiers has told me how happy they are with my production on the new STRYPER albums so I immediately suggested producing as well. Serafino also agreed. I contacted George [as soon as possible] and he quickly agreed to be a part of this exciting project. It was decided that he and I would co-write everything together and that I would produce. "I knew George from a few STRYPER/LYNCH MOB shows and we seemed to hit it off in terms of personalities. "Many of you know that George considers himself to be a freethinker/atheist and I'm, of course, a devout Christian. "You may ask how does an atheist and a Christian work together in a band situation? The answer is respect. Although I don't agree with George's spiritual/religious views (and he doesn't agree with mine, assumedly), we respect each other as musicians, friends and human beings. "I'm free to do many things with the hope that maybe, just maybe, my life might have a profound effect on people I come in contact with. "I've spoken with George many times over and he always strikes me as a genuine soul and someone who cares for and loves people. Bottom line? He's a great guy and I'm proud to be a part of this with George. "Although we don't see eye to eye in our beliefs, we respect each other enough to not let that come between us. "I believe that the uniqueness of each other helped created a very unique piece of art. "'Only To Rise' could not have turned out any better, in my humble opinion, and George is equally as thrilled as I am. Now add to this Brian Tichy (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass), and together the four of us have painted a masterpiece (in my opinion) and we cannot wait for all of you to hear it in its entirety. "A little more history: George wrote 60-90-second ideas (intro, verse, chorus) guitar oriented riffs/songs and then I arranged and wrote lyrics and melodies and mapped everything out. I then flew Brian and James out and we tracked the basic tracks (drums, bass, guitars) and then we tracked the background vocals (Robbie LaBlanc and Charles Foley). "A funny side note: some people have said that the vocals sound like STRYPER. I'm not even singing within the background vocal stack, just the lead vocal over the vocal spread/stack. "Also, some people have said that some of the songs sound like STRYPER. Well, either George Lynch is the biggest STRYPER fan on the planet or oddly enough, the guitar/song idea he came up with just so happen to have a little STRYPER flare. I think it's very different than STRYPER and the only common ground is the sound of my voice, which is instantly recognizable." "Only To Rise" track listing: 01. The Wish 02. Dying Rose 03. Love Stays 04. Time Will Tell 05. Rescue Me 06. Me Without You 07. Recover 08. Divine 09. September 10. Strength In Numbers 11. Hero-Zero 12. Only To Rise EPK (Electronic Press Kit):
Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo was recently interviewed by Shor Bazaar, Pakistan's first international artist management services. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether it was easy for him to let go of something that he helped create when he first left SLAYER back in 1986: Lombardo: "I'm a firm believer that if you're not happy in a situation, you need to take yourself away from that situation. So, for me, if I feel that something is not right within the band, I have no hesitation to get up and walk away. I'm just confident that way. I take no shit. [Laughs]" On whether he felt he was being taken for granted when he first left SLAYER almost three decades ago: Lombardo: "It's not [that I was being] taken for granted, it's just I had responsibilities to meet. And if I'm playing for an organization and they're just not paying you because you're playing all these festivals, you're playing all these shows, you're on tour, and you're not seeing any money, something's wrong. So you just get up and walk away. And shortly after that, [SLAYER's then-producer] Rick Rubin was contacting me and telling me to go back to the band." On whether his original exit from SLAYER was partly caused by the fact that the group turned into an organization where the business became more important than the chemistry between the original members of the band: Lombardo: "No. I feel what happened was they realized thatâ¦ or at least the producer realized that each and every one of us were as important as the other, each individual member was as important as [any other member], especially in a group like SLAYER, and he wanted to see the band continue to succeed and he felt that the four original members are key to making this music sound that SLAYER was." On where he found the musical inspiration and the strength to leave SLAYER after spending so much time playing in the band: Lombardo: "I've always been a person that has different projects and different works â I always like working with different styles of music. I released the first PHILM album in 2012, and I was still with SLAYER [at that time]. So, when things like that happen, it happens for a reason, and you just go with it. And luckily I had a band and I already had more music to release, and I felt it was important for to continue to write music and record for the fans, to show them that I wasn't gonna go away; I'm still an artist that's relevant. I just do what I love, and part of that is recording and writing music." Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band. PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).
Drum-cam footage of SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph performing the song "Altar Of Sacrifice" during the band's November 19 concert at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas can be seen below. SLAYER recently returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. Helming the sessions is Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following SLAYER's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. Joining guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four and a half years. Bostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band â the gold-certified "Divine Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).
Dominic of the program "Moshpit" on SYN 90.7 in Melbourne, Australia recently conducted an interview with vocalist Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked if all the drummer changes in the last ten years have affected SEPULTURA on a personal and creative level, Derrick responded: "[It's] definitely [affected us] creatively. We had to really pull together and stay focused on the music and the fact that there were so many different changes. I think in a lot of ways it's really helped us evolve. We've been fortunate enough to have incredible people that were artists that we played with, and so this helps a lot. So we've been able to create, I think, quality albums and actually have been evolving. But we're at a point now, in a very good phase, we're very strong and very well connected, along with a [recod label] label [Nuclear Blast] that's behind us, which helps tremendously. And I think it's gone in a way where it's helped us to stay focused, like I said, with the music, which is the most important thing, and try to forget all the drama that does happen around in this scene.But [it's really helped us] just stay focused on what's important and what we love to do." Regarding how SEPULTURA keeps a balance and a connection between the music it is creating today and the band's early records, Derrick said: "It's certainly a different band [today] and [these are] extremely different times [to what they were 30 years ago]. The biggest difference is definitely that, with time, the music and everything is changing, the music scene, but people are changing [as well]. I mean, the band has 30 years [of history], so I would think, as an artist, you would be a failure to be exactly the same after 30 years [laughs] and not have any change. I think you wouldn't be an artist. Being an artist is about evolving and having change and expressing that. So I think it's been an incredible road that SEPULTURA has had, and I think it's very unique and very special." SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A new Glenn Danzig song will appear on the next volume of the soundtrack to AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead". During an October 27 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, Glenn said: "I don't know if it's gonna be in an upcoming episode â they wanna find a place for it there â but it'll definitely be on the soundtrack." He added: "I actually wrote that song kind of just because I became a fan of the show. And I'm, like, 'I should write a song for them and see if they wanna use it.' And then my lawyer, Peter, was telling me about the soundtrack, and I submitted it, and they loved it." Glenn revealed that he was a latecomer to "The Walking Dead" show, but after watching it once, he was hooked. "I was surprised," he said. "I watched one episode. 'Cause someone had said, 'You've gotta watch this.' And I remember the indie comic. 'Cause I still have my comic company. And I remember the indie comic. And I started watching it, and then I watched another episode, and I [was like], 'Oh, I've gotta see all these back episodes.' [Laughs] It's a great show." "The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1" was released in March 2013 via Universal Republic Records and featured tracks from and inspired by "The Walking Dead". The CD peaked at number 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. As previously reported, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will make a cameo in the second half of the fifth season of "The Walking Dead". Another fan of the series, former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, recently appeared on "The Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead".
MR. BIG fans have been rejoicing by the group's steady output of albums since the 2008 one-off reunion featuring Paul Gilbert and his band mates including one-time guitarist Richie Kotzen. MR. BIG is only blowing up the charts in Japan and other ports overseas, but that doesn't stop them from releasing quality albums as if their standing in the American music market depends on it. Pat Torpey was unable to perform on "â¦The Stories We Could Tell" due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's, though he reportedly worked with a programmer for the album. Meanwhile, Ace Frehley's former drummer Matt Starr has been recruited to take over for Torpey on tour. MR. BIG works here with producer Pat Regan who last helmed their 1999 album, "Get Over It". Like most hang-about hard rock bands of their generation, MR. BIG's latest album, "â¦The Stories We Could Tell", is unapologetically rooted in the Eighties, but its conveyance into the now is undeniably appealing. Eric Martin gently vexes "Every song playing on the radio never did tell me something I should know" on "It's Always About That Girl", and it's a shared Gen X sentiment to be coddled and nurtured by the feel good vibe of "â¦The Stories We Could Tell". "Gotta Love the Ride" is a poke-along anthem that stands tall with Paul Gilbert's blaring guitar pulls and Billy Sheehan's trotting bass lines. The intro is pushed big and loud like the clock has been turned back, while there's a sage caution to the song that gives Eric Martin the room to vocally elbow his way in. There's a slight shaking off of some rust to his delivery on this track, but there's no questioning the desire behind it. His screech out of Paul Gilbert's guitar solo is on-the-dime and ardent. For that matter, Gilbert's solo hits an apex where it's safe to assume MR. BIG's recording studio suffered at least a hairline crack in the plaster. The energetic and funky "I Forget to Breathe" is a killer cut where everyone pumps from their stations behind the slamming rhythm. Eric Martin huffs with glee while Sheehan and Gilbert hit superb riffs to punctuate the pounding groove of the song. "Fragile" then slinks along as a moderated pop rock number on the verses, leading up to sentimental choruses which Eric Martin fields with sensitivity. Opting for a shucking blues groove on "Satisfied", Sheehan and Gilbert bellow a stout intro as the song slips into a mid-tempo bang, giving Eric Martin a hefty playground to frolic his pipes over. He sounds like he's having a blast on this cut (along with the countrified rawk blaster "What If We Were New"), letting himself hang loose in spots while tightening up in others. The acoustic ballad "The Man Who Has Everything" is a sweet bit of ear candy as Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert seem to be singing to each other amidst the synths and Billy Sheehan's laidback gullies digging behind them. Another acoustic-led ditty, "Eastwest", carries a nod back to hard rock heaven of yesteryear, coming off like a roundup of everything from Eighties HEART to TESLA. Some dreamy backing vocals fortifies Eric Martin's wayback wanderlust. Another ballad, "Just Let Your Heart Decide", is self-explanatory in title. If you're coming to "â¦The Stories We Could Tell" with the hopes of hearing some Billy Sheehan outbursts, you finally get one on the pimp striding "The Monster in Me" as Sheehan and Gilbertdance together, note-for-note amidst a tough beat. Gilbert's wah-kissed solo is as groovy as the hammered-down riffs he and Sheehan dump into the cut, as are their condensed volume jacked into the title track. You'll also hear Sheehan panting like horny lion behind Gilbert on "The Light of Day" and, of course, he drops a few rumbling bass scales during transitions on a few tracks. Otherwise, you might as well veer back to the first couple MR. BIG albums if you're in dire need of a Sheehan fix, "Addicted to that Rush" specifically. Or you can trip on TALAS, NIACIN, Sheehan's fantastic solo records or the David Lee Roth days. On this album, Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert are the showcases while Sheehan modestly plugs his fills and keeps the album humming. At the end of the day in 2014, that's all anybody should expect from MR. BIG.
MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (SCORPIONS, UFO), performed the song "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely" at the studios of the UK digital radio station Planet Rock. Check out video footage below. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's next studio album, titled "Spirit On A Mission", is tentatively due in early 2015. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK features Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's last CD, "Bridge The Gap", marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP "Lovedrive". Asked if he is more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group, Schenker told Guitar World magazine: "Definitely as a solo artist. "It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine. "I hate being a box, and I'm glad I didn't get stuck in one for my entire career. "I love the fact that I don't know what's going to happen next for me. And that's the difference between me and my brother [SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker]: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We're opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music." Regarding how he came to join the SCORPIONS, Michael said: "My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called THE COPERNICUS. Our rehearsal space was right next to the SCORPIONS, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us â their singer was late for rehearsal â and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did."
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was in Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday night (November 21) for an event at the Embassy Suites for the Alzheimer's Federation Of Chattanooga. The disease hits close to home for Johnson, whose bandmate, AC/DC's 61-year-old guitarist Malcom Young, was diagnosed with dementia, a brain disorder that interferes with a person's ability to carry out everyday tasks. "He was the man that started the band, he was the one that was behind AC/DC. He was our spiritual leader. He was our spitfire," Johnson told NewsChannel.com. Dementia can be reversed when it's caused by dehydration or other treatable conditions. But most forms of dementia worsen gradually over time and can't be corrected. According to WebMD, the average survival time for people diagnosed with dementia is about four and a half years. However, those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer. "You just expect that they are going to get better," Johnson said. "You think there's going to be a pill that's going to fix them. I don't know, you think there's going to be a miracle and of course, one day you wake up and realize there isn't and it hurts." A video report on Johnson's visit to Chattanooga can be found below (courtesy of WRCBTV.com). The Sydney Morning Herald reported in September that Malcolm was being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility is believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care." Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which is set to arrive on December 2. His replacement on the album and the band's upcoming world tour will be Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. The band officially announced in September that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
METALLICA performed the song "Sad But True" on the fifth and final night of the band's week-long residency as the musical guests on CBS-TV's "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson". Check out video footage of the band's appearance below. On Monday, METALLICA kicked off its "Ferguson" residency with a performance of "Hit The Lights", the opening track to its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All". Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield also sat down with Ferguson for an interview. Tuesday saw the band performing "Fuel" and Wednesday featured a performance of "For Whom The Bell Tolls". On Thursday, the group played "Enter Sandman". Ulrich told Ferguson he was a big fan of the legendary British rock band MOTÃRHEAD and recalled how a picture of him taken after he vomited on himself ended up on the inner sleeve of a MOTÃRHEAD album. "[MOTÃRHEAD frontman] Lemmy [Kilmister] came to town," Ulrich remembered, "and I was pretty nervous, so [I drank] a couple of shots of straight vodka....So I tried that outside of Lemmy's hotel, walked in and a couple of hours later I woke up and I'd been photographed and it ended up on the inner sleeve of the next MOTÃRHEAD album." Ulrich also spoke about the upcoming 10th-anniversary release of the two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", which followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their "St. Anger" album. "['Some Kind Of Monster' co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky] came up to San Francisco to film the process of us making a new record," Ulrich recalled. "And then over the course of the next few months, one breakdown after another breakdown occurred." "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. EST. Ferguson announced his exit from the program in April, shortly after he was passed over to replace David Letterman, who also revealed that he would retire next year. METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015. METALLICA will release a limited 12-inch vinyl single of the new song "The Lords Of Summer" on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28. The single will feature the "first pass" studio version of the song as well as a live take recorded in Rome in July. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent record stores and Metallica.com.
Fan-filmed video footage of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's November 20 performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York can be seen below. Frehley's touring lineup includes none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and is doing so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach. On bass and vocals is Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL. Finally, Scot Coogan is behind the drum kit for Frehley's tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON. "I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again." Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta. Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!" Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have filmed a video for an as-yet-undisclosed track off their upcoming studio album, due in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. A photo from the video shoot, courtesy of the band's Dutch lead singer Floor Jansen can be seen below. As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues. He was replaced in the studio by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY). NIGHTWISH recently revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band's eighth studio album. Jansen, who officially joined the band last year, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
"And now listen to my unmistakable demand upon this world: turn back on your sacred warpath and find the path of peace before it's too late. Our music will help you!" So decreed by Tom Angelripper of SODOM. While some may seek to dissect and even scrutinize this statement as farce, those who have been following this act throughout their decades-long history will agree Angelripper's in earnest. For a band making its name off of death metal and once churning out songs called "Volcanic Slut" and "Witching Metal" plus having its cover art banned for a gratuitous orgy scene (including bestiality), SODOM is at-heart, a protest band. By now it's hardly a secret. Targeting their venom against war, politics and hate mongers, the trio issues "Sacred Warpath", a four-track EP including one new cut and three live tracks. "Sacred Warpath" was intended for SODOM's upcoming full-length, but Tom Angelripper and the band decided to issue it alone with cover art Angelripper did back in the Eighties for a demo, now given an oil paint upgrade by Christian Emmel. Thus the intent of "Sacred Warpath" is to go old school, much as SODOM did with the rebranded overhaul "The Final Sign of Evil" album and its successor, "In War and Pieces". The good news for SODOM fans is that "Sacred Warpath" is a hell of a song and well-worth the grab. The 5:47 track sounds like KREATOR and SLAYER and, of course, SODOM themselves. "Sacred Warpath" seldom hits thrash speed, but from the scorching intro yell of Tom Angelripper to the steady, banging clout from Markus "Makka" Freiwald, the dirty choke of the song feels cooked upon the same embers as "Persecution Mania", but with more of the explorative progressions of "Agent Orange". All while keeping an intentionally raw feel and sicko screeches from Angelripper tapped out of the "Obsessed by Cruelty" days. When SODOM accelerates the tempo on the choruses, Angelripper hits an undeniable impression of Tom Araya. Bernd "Bernemann" Kost, who has been doing this band honor since the mid-Nineties, is a one-man clean-up crew as his tight riffs and superb guitar solo keep the song's ire from exploding. There's so much going on in this song you'll want to back it up a few times before letting the live tracks "The Saw is the Law", "City of God" and "Stigmatized" roll out. This is no longer a Tom Angelripper who wants to masturbate so hard as to kill himself, but that vicious, sinewy slaver from long ago makes its return here and "Sacred Warpath" is a monster cut. Lick your chops, fans. If this is any indication of what's coming next from SODOM, it could get deadly. The vinyl edition is limited to a thousand copies. Snag it while you can.