THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), is putting the finishing touches on its sophomore album for a fall release in North America on Loud & Proud via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC.
In a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Portnoy said about the upcoming CD (hear audio below): "We're almost done with the new album. Richie's finishing up his tracks at the moment. And the album, the mixing begins [in July], so we'll deliver the record to the label [very soon]. And the tour is already scheduled to begin at the beginning of October in America. So the plan is to have the album out in time for the tour starting in October. So that's the plan right now. And then once it comes out, we'll begin the tour cycle, which will likely go well through 2016, and we wanna just play as many places as we can."
Kotzen was asked by GetYourRockOut whether he felt any pressure trying to follow up the success of THE WINERY DOGS' self-titled debut album as the group prepared to begin work on its sophomore CD. "Personally, no," Richie said. "With music, I'm one of those people that, like… I don't think about anything other that doing what feels right to me. I mean, I probably could have put myself in situations where a lot more people would know about me, but I don't, because I don't wanna play music that I don't wanna play. I learned that in the past. And so either, personally, I'll play music that I wanna play, that I believe in, or I won't play music at all. And I've done that; that's me. And I think the other guys [in THE WINERY DOGS], I won't speak for them, but making a record with them, and knowing them as well as I do now, I don't think THE WINERY DOGS would make a record that the three of us would put out that we all didn't love."
He continued: "Once you start looking at music like a math equation and you start making choices that are outside the realm of creativity, you put yourself in a situation for a lot of emotional failure. And when you are there, then the music is meaningless and everything suffers and then things fall apart. So, I think, whatever we do, we'll do what feels natural and what the three of us can get behind. Even in the decision-making process, if I make a suggestion and one of the other guys loves it, but the other guy doesn't, we don't do it. We don't move unless all three of us agree to move. And then that way, once you're in a position, at least you know all three of us decided to go here; it's not like we were drug here by… you know what I'm trying to say?! By someone that didn't wanna go there."
Long-running Canadian metallers INFERNAL MAJESTY have set "No God" as the title of their forthcoming album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
INFERNAL MAJESTY vocalist Christopher Bailey recently stated about the band's new CD: "It is our best work since 'None Shall Defy' . In my opinion, it's a combination of 'Unholier Than Thou'  and 'None Shall Defy' through together.
"The [first] video is called 'House Of War'. Basically, it's about what's been going on with all the shit in this world in this day and age.
"When we started work on the new album, a couple of the songs that will be on it were already in the works on the 'Demon God' demo : 'Nation Of Assassins' and 'Systematical Extermination'. Now, we took 'Systematical' and we took 'Nations'… They weren't just re-recorded.
"This album we spent three years writing. It is our best work since 'None Shall Defy'."
A trailer for the soon-to-be-released "House Of War" music video can be seen below.
INFERNAL MAJESTY's current lineup:
Christopher Bailey - vocals
Kenny Hallman - guitar
Steve Terror - guitar
Kiel Wilson - drums
In a 2006 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Bailey blamed his split with INFERNAL MAJESTY on the fact that Terror and Hallman "had been quietly collecting my royalties [for INFERNAL MAJESTY's classic debut album, 1987's 'None Shall Defy'] while denying that they were receiving even their own royalties… period — and instead of working something out, they chose to smear me, replace me and spread misinformation to the new band members and others about this issue." Bailey also shot the down the possibility of him ever rejoining INFERNAL MAJESTY, explaining: "It was devastating news to find this out about my co-band members and so-called 'friends,' and their actions afterwards made it like being decapitated and backstabbed."
INFERNAL MAJESTY performed "None Shall Defy" in its entirety with special guest vocalist George "Corpsegrider" Fisher from CANNIBAL CORPSE on August 20, 2011 at Rickhaw Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Asked in an interview why INFERNAL MAJESTY was dropped by Roadrunner Records after the release of "None Shall Defy", Steve Terror said, "At the time Roadrunner was just starting out in the States so they didn't have the clout that they have now. There have been many bands that have been unhappy with Roadrunner and I don't think we are any different. I think what really happened was, [former INFERNAL MAJESTY drummer] Rick [Hughes] went to New York to the label and told them that we didn't want to tour, but to put out a second album instead. The rest of us didn't find this out for about five years after the fact. The label wanted bands that wanted to tour so they became disinterested with us. You have to remember that at the time labels where signing everyone in sight and not really paying much attention to each band."
"You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", the new book from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor, will be released on July 7 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.
Taylor will promote the book with a combination of bookstore events and a solo tour which will be one-of-a-kind shows featuring readings from the book, acoustic performance, and audience discussion.
A clip of Taylor rehearsing a cover version of the LIVE song "Lightning Crashes" for the upcoming tour can be seen below.
During an appearance on the Nerdist podcast, Taylor stated about "You're Making Me Hate You": "It's fucking brutal. It's just me basically trashing everyone."
Taylor said that his original title — which the publisher refused to allow him to use — was "You're Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million Dicks To Make His Money)".
Taylor's last book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list.
His first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", also made the list at No. 26.
The singer told The Pulse Of Radio in 2013 that his third book would be a collection of columns he'd written over the past decade for U.K. magazine Rock Sound. It is not clear whether this is that book. Taylor also said he plans to write a novel.
Solo tour rehearsals have begun....Posted by Corey Taylor on Thursday, July 2, 2015
Solo tour rehearsals have begun....
In a brand new interview with Digital Journal, AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton was asked about the possibility of a follow-up to the band's 2012 album "Music From Another Dimension!" He responded: "It's hard to get [AEROSMITH singer] Steven [Tyler] to think about it right now because he's doing his little thing there [referring to Tyler's upcoming country solo album] ... I know Joe [Perry, AEROSMITH guitarist] is into it, I know I'm into it. I think once Steven's been through the cycle of his solo album, he's gonna want to come back and do another one…"
He continued: "We'll figure out a way — whatever it takes. There's still a lot of creativity in the band and there's still a lot of desire to get better and do something better than what we've done before. So as long as that's there, there's always a chance for a new AEROSMITH album."
Hamilton also talked about Tyler's recent comment that the other members of AEROSMITH were less than happy about his new solo project.
"I saw that quote where he sort of made a blanket remark that we're mad at him for doing it, which is ridiculous — that's his own perception," said Tom.
"It's funny; sometimes he'll talk about how he's been persecuted by the band over the years, but whatever... If it causes drama, let's show that! He wanted to do this creative exercise of going and making an album, and I can't blame him for wanting to do it. Joe's done it before, I'd love to do it someday. Why be angry about it?"
"Music From Another Dimension!" debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release.
The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.
AEROSMITH's summer tour includes a performance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Concert For Legends on August 7 in Canton, Ohio.
BackStory Events, a new series of curated live, feature-length interviews with iconic artists and musicians, announces guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani as an upcoming guest. The event will focus on Satriani's new album, "Shockwave Supernova", and much more, and will take place Friday, July 24 (the album launch date) at the AOL Studios in New York City.
Hosted by veteran music journalist Brad Tolinski, the event will allow guests to enjoy a seat at an exclusive, career-spanning live interview, a meet-and-greet with Satriani, an autographed copy of "Shockwave Supernova", plus complimentary beverages. Satriani will be interviewed one-on-one by Tolinski as they discuss the new album and much more. Tickets are available at www.backstoryevents.com.
The album sees Satriani once again joining forces with co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on "Shockwave Supernova", as they have on numerous albums, including 1986's "Not Of This Earth" and its follow-up, "Surfing With The Alien". Satriani assembled a trio of world-class musicians for the project — keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller.
BackStory Events kicked off in mid-June with guitar and production mastermind Nile Rodgers, who discussed his two-day, all-star event, FreakOut! Let's Dance Festival. Upcoming guests include world-renowned producer Timbaland as he launches his new autobiography, "The Greatest"; among others to be announced soon.
The live interview series is produced by Tolinski and partners. Best known as the editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine for 25 years, Tolinski is a respected journalist and the author of "Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page". Throughout his career, Tolinski has skillfully interviewed hundreds of musicians and plays guitar, violin and mandolin himself.
The MISFITS recently played four shows on the West Coast in preview of a new lineup and the band's fall 2015 tour plans. As some fiends may have heard, guitarist Dez Cadena (formerly of BLACK FLAG), is no longer in the band. Jerry Only's son, Jerry Jr., has stepped into the position on guitar joining his father's side, and Eric "Chupacabra" Arce remains on drums. Dez began with the 'FITS as a special guest on the 25th-anniversary tour in 2001, and shortly after became the permanent guitarist through to present.
The first official studio material from the new lineup will surface this fall in the form of the single "Zombie Girl" b/w "Vampire Girl" — two fiendish new songs written by MISFITS founding member Jerry Only.
This fall see the MISFITS revisit the "Static Age" — live! Fronted by Jerry Only (bass/vocals), the MISFITS 2015 lineup will perform the classic 1977 debut album, "Static Age", in its entirety — live in concert — nationwide! Each and every song from the historic release will be performed live, in album sequence, accompanied by video monitor backdrops orchestrated by Jerry Only himself. Revisit the "Static Age" live in concert, plus hear a full set of fiendish favorites from the band's cryptic catalog — past, present and future!
As a special incentive, offering a second consecutive night's residency of the band's performance at select participating venues on the fall 2015 tour, classic-era albums "Walk Among Us" and "Earth A.D." will be performed back to back in their entirety — live in concert. Each and every song from both historic releases performed live within one set, in album sequence — but only at the second consecutive night's performance at participating cities this fall.
In related news, Jerry Only has overseen the creation and formation of a new all-girl rock band of SHE DEMONS. The five-piece made its live debut opening for the MISFITS recent West Coast dates and will appear as the opener on all dates of the MISFITS fall 2015 North American tour. The SHE DEMONS are in the process of recording their studio debut, which features new original songs written specifically for the project by Jerry Only. Their debut album is slated to be available at the fall tour.
"Metalizer", the new live performance video from German thrash metallers PERZONAL WAR, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album, "The Last Sunset", which came out on June 23 via Metalville Records.
As the band triumphantly gravitate towards their 20th year together, the long-awaited follow up to 2012's "Captive Breeding" sees the quartet at the top of their game.
Recorded at Gernhart Studio in Troisdorf, Germany with drummer Martin Buchwalter at the controls (Buchwalter's credits include working with and recording albums for DESTRUCTION, SUIDAKRA, TANKARD), "The Last Sunset" is the most versatile album of the band's career.
Beneath well-known PERZONAL WAR hooks and riffs, for which the band have been highly praised by the press, fans can expect the band exploring new sounds as well.
"When compared to previous PERZONAL WAR releases, 'The Last Sunset' goes a bit back to the roots," says vocalist Matthias Zimmer. "We set out to create a good balance of heavy riffing and great melodies and took a more straight-to-the-face approach rather than a technical one."
Albums such as "Different But The Same" (2002) and "Faces" (2004) put the group on the map and displayed the big influence that bands like METALLICA had on the PERZONAL WAR sound.
PERZONAL WAR have found their own ultimate mixture of staying true to their roots but still evolve and walk through life without blinders, and their fresh, modern style befit fans of IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and MERCENARY.
"The Last Sunset" track listing:
02. Speed Of Time
03. 30 Years
04. Never Look Back
06. When Faith Has Gone Forever
07. What Would You Say
08. The Last Sunset
09. Times Of Hate
10. I See Nothing
PERZONAL WAR is Matthias Zimmer (vocals), Andreas Ballnus (guitar), Björn Kluth (bass) and Martin Buchwalter (drums).
Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On flying to Germany to write songs for new album "Haven" with keyboardist Oliver Palotai:
"We worked really hard on the core songs. We sent them over to Sweden where our singer Tommy [Karevik] worked on melodies and lyrics, and the final touches were done in Germany at our producer's place. That's sort of the way the songwriting's been for the last two albums. The inspiration, I had a little kick on some of these older post-apocalyptic-type movies. We're really seeing that those things are coming to fruition when it comes to technology, so we kind of wanted to incorporate that into the album — into the lyrics, and some of the themes for the songs."
On recording previous album "Silverthorn" with a new vocalist:
"I'm the kind of person that whenever there's an issue or any kind of situation, I address it immediately and then I never look back. I think with that situation, that was the perfect and only way to deal with it. We went into the 'Silverthorn' album a hundred percent confident. It took a lot of work and a lot of analysis in terms of what we felt was the right decision, and at the end of the day, we definitely made the right decision with Tommy. I'm never one of those guys who dwells too much on the past. It's a good lesson to never let anybody else sort of determine where you're going in life, whether it be some asshole at work, or whoever it might be, or a boss keeping you down. Take control of the situation, and make things happen."
On why previous vocalist Roy Khan parted ways with KAMELOT in 2011:
"I don't know. I still don't know the full explanation, and it's not something that I'm even interested in talking about anymore because we've basically moved on from that. We definitely made sure that we kept everything classy when it came to talking about it, though. We wish him hundred percent the best, and I'm totally happy for him because he's happy. That's really all that matters, is the guy's happy. We had to cancel a tour. That was kind of messed up, but other than that, people have to make decisions in their lives. For us, if that's what it takes to be a happy person, then go for it."
On past KAMELOT album mixes he likes and dislikes:
"The 'Siége Perilous' mix [August 1998] I've never really liked. That was done in Germany. I don't need to mention the mix guy, but I was never really happy with that mix. I just felt that the balances were kind of unusual. One of my favorite mixes was for 'The Black Halo' [March 2005]; there's something about that one that is unique and special. A lot of the time, it has to do with the songs. The songs are sometimes different, and so we want each record to sound different. Otherwise, it sounds like it's coming out of a factory. What I mean with some bands — their records sounding like they come out of a factory — every record has the same sound… I don't think that's cool, when the drums always have the same sound on each album. Each song has the same guitar sound. There's a certain sound for guitars, and eighty percent of the bands have this exact same sound — same drum sound, for example — which is safe, but is it really cool? Is it unique? Is it artistic? We want a killer guitar sound and we want a killer drum sound, but we also want it to be unique. I kind of like the old-school way, when bands like QUEEN and even DEEP PURPLE or LED ZEPPELIN were, like, 'This song needs a different snare,' or 'Let's use a different amp on this song than we did on the other song.' That old kind of approach to creating different pictures with the music."
On whether he would form a band in today's climate:
"I don't think if I was starting now I'd go for it, because it's just really difficult. Luckily, though, we have a foot in the door. We're able to tour, and that's where most bands are able to survive, is touring. With the new bands, you won't see the same growth. I don't think you'll see the same uniqueness that you did before, because there are less labels taking risks with artists and stuff. At the same time though, maybe there are too many bands out there. Too many bands that are just clogging up the whole thing, so maybe that will weed out some of that. I don't know."
Read the entire interview at MetalForcesMagazine.com.
Epiphone has announces the all-new Epiphone limited-edition Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom, designed by the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" himself and featuring Gibson USA Tony Iommi Signature Humbuckers, a 24-fret Ebony fingerboard, and a beautiful Ebony gloss color finish.
Tony Iommi is every guitar player's hero. He's not just the "lead guitarist" of BLACK SABBATH. He i BLACK SABBATH. BLACK SABBATH was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006 but he's been every shredder's idol since BLACK SABBATH's debut in 1970. For 45 years as the band's heart and soul and the originator of dozens of all-time classic riffs, Tony Iommi has helped to make the "SG" the iconic guitar for hard rock and heavy metal. Now, Epiphone presents a one-of-a-kind SG designed exactly to Tony Iommi's specifications.
"This guitar sounds like I want it to sound on stage," said Iommi. "I play it at home in the studio as well. It uses my signature pickups, which we worked on for quite a while over the years. It's got a great fretboard with a really nice feel. And, it's just a really classy looking guitar."
Legendary SG Power: The original SG dates back to 1960 when it was first released as a replacement for the Les Paul Standard, which went out of production for most of the 1960s. The SG's smooth frets, lightweight body, distinctive "horns" and long scale made it a must-have for lead guitarists like Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and young Tony Iommi from Birmingham, England.
The limited-edition Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom: The limited-edition Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom has a classic-styled SG body made from Mahogany with a gloss Ebony color finish and a 3-layer black/white/black pickguard. The 24.75" scale Mahogany neck has white binding and our popular 1960s SlimTaper™ D-profile that's glued into the body with a deep-set neck joint with a smooth transition heel.
Tony also introduced another first for his all-new signature SG, an Ebony fingerboard with pearloid "Cross" inlays designed by Tony with 24 medium jumbo frets, an adjustable truss rod, and a black graphite nut. The headstock features the famous Epiphone script logo in pearloid along with a 60s era "pineapple" inlay. On the back of the headstock is Tony's signature reproduced in silver silkscreen as well as an Epiphone limited edition logo in gold. The truss rod cover is bell-shaped like all classic SGs and Les Pauls.
Gibson USA Tony Iommi Signature Humbuckers: For his new limited-edition signature Epiphone, the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" chose his own Gibson USA Tony Iommi Signature Humbuckers for both the lead and rhythm positions. The Tony Iommi Signature Humbucker was Gibson's first Signature Series pickup and features both Alnico II and Ceramic magnets with special windings for an incredible sustain and full-shred tone. Each pickup is fully wax-potted and epoxied for absolute protection against unwanted feedback. Both pickups are powered by SG-style controls with Black "Top Hat" knobs with metal inserts and an Epiphone all-metal 3-way pickup selector with a black toggle cap.
Rock Solid Hardware: As with all Epiphones, the limited-edition Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom comes with rock solid nickel hardware including a rim-mounted Epiphone Heavy-Duty chrome metal jack plate, premium die-cast machine heads with a 14:1 ratio and Metal Tulip Buttons, and a classic LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge Stopbar tailpiece for incredible sustain and reliability.
Limited Lifetime Guarantee: Each Epiphone limited-edition Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom comes with a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity, binder, and photograph. And like every Epiphone, Tony Iommi's Signature SG comes with world famous 24/7/365 Gibson Customer Service and Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty.
TEAM SLEEP, the side project of DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno, has premiered the new version of the "Ever (Foreign Flag)". The track, which can be streamed below, was captured last fall during the band's live/in-studio sessions at the Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, New York. Due on July 10 via LP/CD, the "Woodstock Sessions" will be the collective's first official release in over 10 years!
An experimental and at times unclassifiable amalgamation of styles, TEAM SLEEP's loose roster includes Moreno, Chuck Doom (CROSSES), CrookOne, Rick Verret and Todd Wilkinson. New to the fold and manning the drum throne for the forthcoming album is Gil Sharone (of MARILYN MANSON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN fame).
Since their self-titled debut in 2005, the group has only sporadically reconvened for touring and demo recording. However, in October 2014, TEAM SLEEP descended on Applehead Studios to record "Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4". The album will include powerful reworkings of the band's classic material as well as official versions of songs heretofore only appeared in demo form.
As is the format for "Woodstock Sessions" events, a live audience attended the two-day session and watched the band compose, perform and record the album.
With this premiere, TEAM SLEEP is also announcing that several other releases are in the works for them. These will include a series of studio and instrumental EPs. Select live shows are also on the itinerary for the near future.
The "Woodstock Sessions" produce events that are a hybrid between audience-attended recording sessions and live performance. The products of these sessions are unique recordings and the ultimate fan experience. Sessions have included Rich Robinson (BLACK CROWES) and the BAD BRAINS.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS — the Swedish band featuring ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-FIREWIND) — recently wrapped three days of days of rehearsals and writing, which resulted in fifteen new original songs and two covers.
Speaking to Kaaos TV, Amott stated about the sessions: "Yeah, I just did three days of rehearsals and writing with the guys. Per [Wiberg], who used to be… the keyboarder, used to be in OPETH, and my drummer. So, yeah, we had a great time writing and recording some demos and ideas. We're actually going into a real studio in September and we're gonna track and album. I just booked, like, one week in the studio, and that's gonna be it, basically. So we have to be efficient. But it's that kind of music. We're just gonna track it live on the floor and do some overdubs, and that'll be that."
He continued: "[We came up with] over fifteen songs. I don't know what's gonna make the album. I think we're just gonna record everything, and if there's anything that doesn't turn out to our liking, we've still got an album's worth of material."
Regarding the musical direction of the new SPIRITUAL BEGGARS material, Amott said: "It sounds very lively, a lot of energy, a lot of… some good hooks, good melodies. It sounds very rocking. I'm very happy with it."
He continued: "It's in [the] vein [of 2013's 'Earth Blues']. We got a lot of good feedback on that album — a lot of people liked that album from us — and it's continuing with that sound."
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS reissued two of its classic catalog titles on October 14, 2013: the band's 2005 "Demons" album was made available for the first time ever on vinyl via InsideOut Music; and their acclaimed and hard-to-find debut LP, the self-titled "Spiritual Beggars" from 1994, was re-released with over 70 minutes of unreleased bonus material via Century Media Records.
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS is:
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS) - Guitar
Ludwig Witt (FIREBIRD) - Drums
Per Wiberg (OPETH) - Keyboards
Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, MERCYFUL FATE) - Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND) - Vocals
A snippet of "The Ride Majestic", the title track of the tenth studio album from Sweden-based melodic death metal experts SOILWORK, is available in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released worldwide on August 28 via Nuclear Blast. Joining the band on tour in support of the effort will be new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group HEARTS ALIVE. Wibom replaces longtime bandmember Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30.
SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid states: "We all, sooner or later, come to a crossroad in our lives when our focus of being fueled by the past is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now?
"Flink will forever be a symbol for SOILWORK and of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.
"So, where do WE go now? Let me introduce you to one of the finest and most stand-up people I know: Markus Wibom. He's been a longtime friend and is an overall multi-instrumental amazing musician. He's been with us before, on past world tours. He's also an amazing character and I couldn't think of a better person to fill Flink's shoes, which indeed are very big… literally. (Markus's shoe size is actually even bigger, if anybody wants to know)
"Anyway, as much as I will miss Flink, I'm just as excited to tour the world with one of my absolute best friends.
"Thank you, Flink; you will forever rule. Thank you, Markus, for taking this on. I know you will blow people's minds, once the world tour of 'The Ride Majestic' commences.
"Please give Markus a very warm welcome, everyone!"
Wibom adds: "It's a great honor and a true pleasure to play with such skilled musicians and amazing people! It's going to be awesome to share the stage with those guys after all these years on the road together, and with the new record coming up — it absolutely kills!"
Catch Wibom out on tour with SOILWORK on the band's upcoming European headline tour, dubbed "The Tour Majestic", with support from HATESPHERE. The European dates will follow SOILWORK's upcoming U.S. tour with SOULFLY, DECAPITATED and SHATTERED SUN, in addition to several European summer festival dates coming up soon.
Montreal-based death metallers KATAKLYSM will release new album, "Of Ghosts And Gods", on July 31 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the follow-up to "Waiting For The End To Come" was created by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Art By Surtsey and can be seen below.
The song "The Black Sheep", which appears on "Of Ghosts And Gods", can be streamed below.
Says KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono: "The time has come once again, KATAKLYSM on our twelfth studio album and still going strong. We are very proud of this record. It holds the best elements of the band's career and a completely new vibe and fresh outlook on death metal in 2015."
According to KATAKYSM, the "cover art echoes a sinister artwork depicting the reality of humanity's beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the mortal and the everlasting. The background shows an ancient Incantation written in Aramaic."
"Of Ghosts And Gods" track listing:
01. Breaching The Asylum
02. The Black Sheep
03. Thy Serpents Tongue
04. Soul Destroyer
06. Marching Through Graveyards
08. Hate Spirit
09. Carrying Crosses
10. The World Is A Dying Insect
Guitarist Jean-François "JF" Dagenais tracked drums, guitars and bass for the album, while vocals were recorded by producer Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The effort was mixed and mastered in the U.K. by British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMON AMARTH).
Says the band: "KATAKLYSM has been full of inspiration and are in full determination mode lately; a rejuvenated band that is out to conquer the world with no sign of stopping!
"This promises to be the album that will once and for all establish KATAKLYSM as one of the top pioneers of the genre!
"The latest material will be touching on some new ground while maintaining the aggressive edge the band has always been known for.
"The chemistry with new drummer Oli Beaudoin is incredible, and the four horsemen promise some crushing new material coming your way. Death metal hymns are arriving!"
KATAKLYSM had one of the busiest year in its entire career supporting "Waiting For The End To Come". The band launched a successful run in Australia and Japan and made its way to many other countries, including some first-time stops in places like Brazil and South Africa, among others.
"Waiting For The End To Come" was released in October 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
Band photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine recently met up with KORN's James "Munky" Shaffer to talk about his history with Ibanez and two signature models, the APEX200 and APEX20. Check out the clip below.
Shaffer last year spoke to Pop-Break.com about how reconnecting with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch for "The Paradigm Shift" album after an eight-year break might influence KORN's approach on the next CD. He said: "Head and I were talking [earlier today] about how we really want to keep the melodic element of what we captured on last record but really expand on the heavy riffs and get a bit dirtier. Maybe a little longer songs with longer intros, and a little more math rock, not prog-rocky but maybe some slower tempoed grooves that are 7-8 or 3-4s timing and stuff like that."
The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America on July 15, 2014. The set featured three brand new songs, including the single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of its debut album, KORN released a 300-page limited-edition hardcover book that chronicles and celebrates the band's history.
"Korn: 1994-2014 Photo Book" contains a bunch of photos from the KORN archives, as well as entries from the band about their 20-year journey.
"Into Mosh Pit", the new video from NERVOSA — the all-female thrash metal act from São Paulo, Brazil — can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's debut album, "Victim Of Yourself", which was released in March 2014 in North America via Napalm Records. The production, recording, mixing and mastering were taken care of by Heros Trench and Pompeu, both of the veteran Brazilian metal band KORZUS. The recordings took place at the studio Mr. Som, where NERVOSA recorded its first EP, entitled "Time Of Death", in 2012.
According to a press release, "the all-female thrash metal combo pushes the pedal to the metal and offers the listener high-speed riffs, furious drumming and raging leads. The songs have a brutal and raw energy and are crowned by murderous hooks and the aggressive vocals by bassist Fernanda Lira."
"Victim Of Yourself" track listing:
02. Twisted Values
03. Justice Be Done
04. Wake Up and Fight
05. Nasty Injury
07. Morbid Courage
09. Into Mosh Pit
10. Deep Misery
11. Victim of Yourself
12. Uranio Em Nos
Fernanda Lira - Vocals, Bass
Prika Amaral - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pitchu Ferraz - Drums
Los Angeles, California's ARMORED SAINT will join back up with the legendary SAXON for some additional shows in the U.S. this fall to continue touring in support of the band's highly acclaimed seventh studio album, "Win Hands Down". ARMORED SAINT will also perform one very special headlining date in the U.S. this year and it's in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill on July 11, so don't miss out if you are in the area.
ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera states: "We had such a great time playing these dates with SAXON last May, and now they've asked us to join them again in September? We're in! It's an honor sharing the stage with SAXON and we're super glad we get to bring this great package to other parts of the country. See you all soon."
ARMORED SAINT vocalist John Bush added: "What can we say? The first six shows with SAXON were so good, we added more! We're playing cities in the Midwest that we haven't played in years: Cleveland, Detroit, D.C. among others. Plus, San Diego! It's been awhile, thanks for your patience! The guys in SAXON are extremely cool. We look forward to kicking ass throughout America with them. Let's do this. Win Hands Down!!!"
ARMORED SAINT tour dates with SAXON:
Jul. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd (no SAXON)
Aug. 20 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Sep. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Centerstage
Sep. 12 - Stafford, CT - Palace Theater
Sep. 13 - Portland, ME - Asylum
Sep. 15 - Washington, DC - Howard
Sep. 16 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge
Sep. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Sep. 18 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Sep. 20 - St Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Slash discusses his love of horror movies in a new video posted online by Fandango Movieclips. The latest episode of the ongoing Fandango series "I Love Movies" features the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame guitarist describing how films like "The Exorcist" shaped his life as both a musical performer and, more recently, a movie producer.
Slash explains: "The first time I saw 'The Exorcist' was in the back of a Volkswagen in a drive-in theater. Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' theme was so perfectly creepy for 'The Exorcist' itself. A really great score like that one becomes an essential character in the movie."
Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that classic monster movies were a big influence on him as well. "I was turned onto anything that Boris Karloff did. You know, I loved 'The Wolf Man', 'Creature From The Black Lagoon', 'The Fly', and then went onto, you know, 'Alien' was a favorite, we talk about 'The Thing' all the time… I mean, all the way up until you had Mike Myers and Freddy Krueger and Jason. Then everything started to get very diluted. But up until then, I was pretty much drawn to any monster that looked scary."
Production on Slash's second film as a producer, "The Hell Within", is scheduled to begin next January under his Slasher Films banner.
Slash's first film as a producer, "Nothing Left To Fear", came out in 2013.
Slash and his band are currently touring Europe but will return for some U.S. dates in September.
In a recent interview with Artisan News, SLAYER guitarist Kerry King was asked for his opinion of the Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who share management with SLAYER and have toured with King's band in the past.
"Dude, I love the imagery… I love it," King responded (see video below). "I just hate the fucking music. I like them [as people]. You know, they've been on many tours with us. I just… I can't [get into their music]. And I tried. I wanna like 'em, and I can't. I got their CD from Brian Slagel from Metal Blade. It was when Gary Holt [EXODUS guitarist] first started playing with us, and I picked up Gary. And I'm, like, 'Brian said this is awesome, man.' So we put it in, going to practice. It wasn't awesome. It wasn't awesome for me. It wasn't awesome for [Gary] either. I'm, like, 'Well, maybe the first song sucks.' [Laughs] And we went to the next one. It's just not for me. I know GHOST is hugely popular, and I'm very happy for their popularity. And, like I said, [they're] the nicest guys you'll ever meet. It's just not my music. And I've tried so hard. [Laughs]"
GHOST's third album, "Meliora", will be released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam" was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES).
GHOST's June 3 show at at Doom in Linköping, Sweden served as the group's live debut with "new" singer Papa Emeritus III, the three-month-younger brother of GHOST's previous frontman, Papa Emeritus II.
GHOST will embark on the "Black To The Future" North American headlining tour in the fall. The procession will begin at The Fillmore in Washington, D.C. on September 22.
Due on September 11, SLAYER's new CD, "Repentless", will mark the band's first effort without both co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013, and original drummer Dave Lombardo, who was fired from the group earlier that same year.
KORN drummer Ray Luzier, THE WINERY DOGS/MR. BIG bassist Billy Sheehan and former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin performed a cover version of the DEEP PURPLE classic "Highway Star" last night (Wednesday, July 1) at Lucky Strike in Hollywood, California. The trio was accompanied during the performance — which was part of the weekly "Jam Night" at the venue — by guitarist Mayuko Okai. Check out video footage below.
Neil co-wrote and sang on ANTHRAX's debut album, "Fistful Of Metal", and co-authored most songs on "Armed And Dangerous", and a couple songs on "Spreading The Disease", which he performed live with ANTHRAX on their first North American tour in 1984.
First-call touring and session drummer, Luzier is known for his high-profile gigs with David Lee Roth, Jake E. Lee and ARMY OF ANYONE, and has been a member of KORN since 2007. From movie soundtracks to rock and metal albums, Luzier's playing can currently be found on over 70 recordings. As an educator, he was a Musicians Institute instructor for over 10 years and author of a well-regarded, self-titled instructional DVD.
Billy Sheehan rose to cult hero status in the '80s with his Buffalo-based band TALAS, and he was recruited by David Lee Roth to record two platinum-selling albums, "Eat 'Em & Smile" and "Skyscraper". He then launched the band MR. BIG in 1989 with guitarist Paul Gilbert and singer Eric Martin.
In a brand new interview with U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine, IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris was asked if singer Bruce Dickinson's cancer diagnosis at the end of 2014 affected the recording of the band's new album, "The Book Of Souls".
"Well, it didn't at all, because Bruce didn't know and none of us knew anything about… There was no inkling of any of it," Steve said. "He'd finished all his vocal bits completely anyway, and then there were some other bits and pieces we were doing. Really, we didn't know anything — he didn't show any signs at all. I mean, his singing, when you hear it… He's singing better than ever."
He continued: "It didn't cause any problems in that department at all. He wasn't showing any signs of being ill. I didn't even know until a few weeks afterwards, when he got his results back. It was such a shock to him and everybody else, because it just wasn't expected at all."
Harris declined to discuss how the rest of MAIDEN coped with Dickinson's diagnosis, telling the magazine: "It's such a personal matter for Bruce and the band that I don't think now is the time to talk about it. It's Bruce's story to tell when he feels the time is right. The one thing I can say is that Bruce is a trooper and more than ready for the next chapter of IRON MAIDEN. What matters now is that we've got an album coming out that I think our fans are going to love and we're all excited to share with them."
Due globally on September 4 through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.), "The Book Of Souls" was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from the tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.
Looking ahead to the touring cycle in support of "The Book Of Souls", Harris told Kerrang!: "Whenever we do a new album, we always go out with a new stage show; that's exciting in itself. We always feel like every show is sacred these days anyway, and I suppose even more so now after the scare with what's happened with Bruce. It makes everything more important to us."
He continued: "'The Book Of Souls' is a really powerful album, we're really proud of it, and we can't wait to come out and play new songs on the tour. We're really looking forward to it."