A new interview with acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap about the making of the latest ACCEPT album, "Blind Rage", can be seen in two parts below.
"Blind Rage" was released on August 15 via Nuclear Blast. Like its two predecessors, 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad", the new effort was helmed by Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. The cover artwork was created by Daniel Goldsworthy.
"Blind Rage" sold around 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Asked how it felt to see "Blind Rage", enter the German chart at No. 1, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann told myRockworld: "It feels great. Who could have believed that after 35 yeas or longer in this business, finally we get a Number One. It took us mostly by surprise, to be honest, but we're very happy about it. [It was Number One] in Germany and Finland and I think it made some really good chart positions in other countries all around Europe. But what's even more important to me than the chart position is how well it was received by the fans and all the critics. That, to me, means everything, really. A chart position is a chart position; it comes and goes and it's nice. But what's the staying power of an album and what do the fans really say at the end of the day? That's what's important. And so far the reactions have been overwhelming, amazing."
According to Billboard.com, box office for MÖTLEY CRÜE's "The Final Tour" sales total more than $28.5 million, based on Boxscores reported to Billboard since the tour launched in July. The sold ticket count totals 496,833 from 38 concerts at 17 sheds and 20 arenas during the run.
The trek launched on July 2, with ALICE COOPER and THE RASKINS onboard as special guests, and wrapped for the year in Spokane, Washington on November 22.
There are tentative plans for MÖTLEY CRÜE to end its "The Final Tour" by playing "couple of nights" in Las Vegas in late 2015 and finishing off with a few shows in the band's hometown of Los Angeles.
"Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started," singer Vince Neil told Las Vegas Weekly.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A.," Neil added. "And then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone: ""We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1 a.m. show at the Whisky. Fuck, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.
"The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx said before adding. "There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We'd have so much egg on our face."
A BLABBERMOUTH.NET vistor by the name of Philip L. has filed the following report:
"I have just returned from [former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave] Lombardo's clinic in Geneva, Switzerland (on November 26), which was very impressive.
"During the autograph session, Dave made it clear that he was open to the possibility of joining MEGADETH if the invitation were extended to him.
"As Dave was signing my copy of FANTÔMAS' 'The Director's Cut', I mentioned that MEGADETH are in need of a new drummer as of yesterday. Lombardo looked up with a big smile and said, before a number of other fans (verbatim): 'I know. I just heard. Dave [Mustaine] has my number, so I'm waiting.' He looked up at us, grinned, and moved on to sign the next fan's item. He might have made this reply in jest, but if nothing more, this indicates that Lombardo is open to the possibility of replacing MEGADETH's Shawn Drover. He appeared genuinely interested in the opportunity.
"Lombardo stated during the clinic that he has touring plans with his new project, PHILM, in the immediate future, but he didn't mention this in his reply to me concerning the MEGADETH slot.
"If Dave Mustaine is interested and were to reach out to him, there are strong chances that Dave Lombardo would consider collaborating with MEGADETH, especially now that he is no longer a member of SLAYER.
"Other matters discussed:
* Dave mentioned that he is often called 'Il Padrino' ('The Godfather') by the younger generation of metal drummers who consider him an innovator and the first extreme metal drummer.
* Dave appreciates extreme metal drumming and enjoys borrowing some of its techniques (he used blast beats on 'Christ Illusion', for example), while remembering that he in many ways paved the way for it. He described his attitude to it as a give-and-take relationship.
* Lombardo mentioned that he is self-taught, and a very open-minded musician. He grew up listening to jazz, classic R&B and Cuban music, to which he added fast beats by hitting pots and pans in the kitchen as a child. He mentioned that he began that particular day by listening to Andrea Bocelli. Lombardo in fact ended the clinic by adding double-bass and SLAYER-style drumming over a Ray Charles track.
* He doesn't recommend smoking as a drummer...
* One of his worst experiences was a near-miss accident in the '80s when he lost control over his vehicle and the car started sliding on ice (the car was also occupied by Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King and a crew guy).
* Lombardo didn't use clicks while recording any of the SLAYER albums (including 'Reign In Blood'!)
* When asked about Lars Ulrich's drumming, he smiled and said: 'Oh no, not again. I can't say anything about this anymore. No comment.'"
Drummer Shawn Drover quit MEGADETH yesterday (Tuesday, November 25) "to pursue [his] own musical interests." His statement can be found at this location.
Guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from MEGADETH a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group "due to artistic and musical differences."
**UPDATE**: Neil Turbin has posted the following statement on his Facebook page regarding his early departure from the ONSLAUGHT tour:
"I agreed to do the ONSLAUGHT tour to fill-in for Sy Keeler who couldn't do the tour due to his son's illness. I turned down the offer three times because it was very low. I agreed after Nige Rockett wouldn't let it go and kept after me and increased it slightly.
"The contract was signed a month before the tour and that's the amount of time I had to learn an entire set of complex lyrics and vocals. There was no time on the road, except for poor situp sleeping in the van and numerous nights without hotel rooms, driving straight from gig to gig. That being said, upfront it was shared with Nige that the only way I could sing the proper lyrics would be with some help, since we never rehearsed once and four weeks was not enough time to learn the amount of lyrics.
"On Monday before showtime in Anaheim, I had a meeting with Nige and let him know I needed to be paid each of the last three shows the money that was owed to me which was a few hundred dollars, so he did not confirm or assure me that I would be paid and it was suspect the fact that he collected all the money from the Brazilian tour dates, even thought the tour cancelled.
"In Montreal before we played there were major arguments by some of the other members, with Nige expressing concern that they weren't being paid. With this concern heavily in mind, I asked Nige Rockett, who told me he needs to get paid $2000 by [tour manager] Nate. I then spoke with Nate Klug, tour manager, who said that all the money is going to the van and said Nige was supposed to pay me. When Nige didn't on Monday night after the Anaheim show, I then told Nige and the band C-ya. No Pay No Way No Show! Therefore his interview providing false information about what happened is just damage control.
"I left the tour on Monday by my own accord of not being paid for the final week of the tour. Nige Rockett stating that I was fired because of a teleprompter is total rubbish. I would like to add that whatever they pay Sy Keeler should be increased to double the amount to tolerate the verbal abusiveness and passive aggressive behavior of Mr. Rockett.
"I quit the ONSLAUGHT tour due to non-payment. Nige had no intention of good faith and no intention of paying me. That is the only reason I am not playing the last shows. The rest is Nige Rockett damage control and anger venting. His threat to me was, 'See you on Blabbermouth.' It is a shame that he has resorted to lying to the media. I could say a lot more if necessary but I'll stop here now."
**UPDATE #2**: Nike Rockett has posted the following response to Turbin's version of what happened to cause ONSLAUGHT and the singer to part ways:
"Neil, I suggest you remove your totally slanderous post with immediate effect or you will be hearing from our lawyers forthwith..!! ONSLAUGHT will make a true and very detailed statement regarding your departure in due course..!"
Nige added in a separate post: "Further to my recent post, Mr. Turbin was paid in full each week as per contract. If he states otherwise, we have evidence to confirm each of these payments. In fact, Turbin was paid over 300% in excess of what any other ONSLAUGHT band member was paid per week..! So no, Neil was not ripped off, Neil was not done wrong, Neil got paid....!! Ask him to deny what I say..!!"
After Turbin apparently deleted Rockett's posts from Neil's Facebook page, Rockett wrote: "Why you deleting my posts Turbin, afraid of the truth..???"
The original article follows below.
British thrashers ONSLAUGHT have "fired" Neil Turbin as the lead singer for their ongoing "Thrash Invasion Tour 2014", explaining that the former ANTHRAX frontman never learned their material properly.
Turbin was hired to front ONSLAUGHT as the fill-in for the band's regular vocalist, Sy Keeler, who is sitting out the trek due to health issues with his son.
Speaking to Heavy Metal Television VJ Susie Von Slaughter prior to the band's November 25 performance in Tempe, Arizona, ONSLAUGHT guitarist Nige Rockett said (see video below): "Basically, the [North American] tour was booked April/May time. Sy's [son] has not been that well for a long time. We looked at it and we said, 'Well, let's soldier on and see what we can do.' And we ended up getting up getting the singer from the first ANTHRAX album, Neil Turbin, to do the vocals on the tour. But I'm just about to tell you something very exclusive to you. We actually fired him yesterday [after the show in Anaheim, California]… Basically, I'm gonna be doing some vocals tonight."
He continued: "Things never really started off well with Neil. He had a reasonable amount of time to learn the songs. He turned up at the first show in New York with a prompter on stage, and that prompter was still there yesterday. So tonight I will be doing my best to deliver [the lead vocals]."
Nige added: "The show goes on. I mean, we've done it with this tour, and we're not gonna skip out on the last two shows. I mean, we've just gotta do it."
Fan-filmed video footage of ONSLAUGHT's final performance with Turbin on November 24 in Anaheim, California can be seen below.
ONSLAUGHT's sixth album, "VI", was released on September 20, 2013 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Sounds Of Violence" was mixed by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (TIAMAT, SCAR SYMMETRY) at Panic Room studios in Skara, Sweden.
EMG TV has uploaded footage of ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the project featuring ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, performing the song "Tell The World". Check out the clip below to hear Frank playing the EMG 81 and EMG 60 on guitar and Dave using the EMG 35DC and EMG 35CS on his bass.
"Tell The World" is taken from ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE's self-titled EP, which was released on January 14.
"Altitudes & Attitude" track listing:
01. Booze & Cigarettes
02. Tell The World
03. Here Again
The two bassists began writing music together while traveling the world during clinics now known as "Metal Masters".
"What started out as simple bass ideas quickly developed into some really great songs together," said Ellefson.
"Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us. It's exciting to write melody with diversity while still pushing the limits of lead-bass playing. Frank's singing, and both of us playing guitars and other instruments, gave us a whole new dimension for creative opportunities."
"We thought it would be cool to let fans hear something they wouldn't expect from us — which is what ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE is," added Bello.
Regarding how ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE came together, Ellefson told Guitar World: "We were doing bass clinics for our endorsement of Hartke bass amplification a few years back when the 'Big Four' were playing shows together. I just said to Frank, 'We should really write some of our own material we can play for these clinics. Something unique just for us.' So last year at Bass Player Live! at the Key Club in Hollywood, Frank got us talking to ANTHRAX producer Jay Ruston, who is also a bass player, and he got excited to get on board to record some songs for us. We agreed to do just a few songs we could release in EP format. This would make the workload easier with all of our schedules and even allow us to continue releasing more songs moving forward as well. Jay brought in Jeff Friedl on drums and even suggested Gus G. to play the solos I wanted to have on the track 'Here Again'."
Asked when they found the time to write the material for "Altitudes & Attitude", Ellefson said: "Frank had a few full songs sitting around that he wanted to release. His label, Megaforce, had already heard them and really liked them, so we knew we might have an outlet to release these tracks. I also thought we should have some material that was instrumental in nature for our clinics, which is why I brought in 'Here Again'. In fact, that song is specifically composed and recorded so we can use it as a clinic backing track to play bass solos over top of it, or we can perform it with the whole band including vocals."
"Altitudes & Attitude" EP recording credits:
Frank Bello - lead vocals, electric guitar, 8-string bass guitar
David Ellefson - 4-, 5- and 8-string bass guitars, rhythm guitars
Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE) - drums and percussion
Special guest: Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) - lead guitar on "Here Again"
"Here Again" performance clip:
ENUFF Z'NUFF's video for their cover version of the BILLY SQUIER classic "The Stroke" can be seen below.
Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest-working bands in show business, ENUFF Z'NUFF proudly presents this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their three-decade career! "Covered In Gold", a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including DAVID BOWIE's "The Jean Genie", NIRVANA's "All Apologies", PRINCE's "When Doves Cry", SMOKEY ROBINSON's "Tears Of A Clown" and lots more, all of which showcase this group's incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes two rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group's 1989 hit single "New Thing" plus another cover, of THE BEATLES' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", performed live on "The Howard Stern Show".
Founder, bassist, singer and namesake of the group, Chip Z'nuff has led the band through its highest highs as well as its most turbulent times. The band scored two major successes in 1989 with hit singles off of their self-titled debut album, the aforementioned "New Thing" as well as the powerful ballad "Fly High Michelle", both spent 46 weeks in the Top Ten on MTV and earned them a gold record. on MTV. In 1991, the band released their second album "Strength", which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them "The Hot Band Of The Year" as well as earning them numerous appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman". The mid-late '90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the ENUFF Z'NUFF torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums.
Now an esteemed statesman of the music world, Chip continues to grow the ENUFF Z'NUFF fanbase performing shows worldwide. He has also found a new passion in broadcasing, first as a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio program and more recently as co-host of the TV show "Mancow TV". "Covered In Gold", like ENUFF Z'NUFF, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, "When it comes to rock n' roll, you don't need anybody else."
"Covered In Gold" track listing:
01. Everything Works If You Let It (CHEAP TRICK cover)
02. Stone Cold Crazy (QUEEN cover)
03. She Sells Sanctuary (THE CULT cover)
04. All Apologies (NIRVANA cover)
05. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
06. The Jean Genie (DAVID BOWIE cover)
07. Run For Your Life (THE BEATLES cover)
08. When Doves Cry (PRINCE cover)
09. Tears Of A Clown (SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES cover)
10. The Stroke (BILLY SQUIER cover)
11. Yankee Rose (DAVID LEE ROTH cover)
12. Jealous Guy (JOHN LENNON cover)
13. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (live on "Howard Stern")
14. New Thing (live unplugged in London)
Brazilian/Italian metallers ANGRA will release their new album, "Secret Garden", on January 16, 2015 via earMUSIC. The CD was pre-produced by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD) and recorded and produced in Sweden by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, DRAGONFORCE).
The first in a series of video clips featuring footage from the "Secret Garden" recording sessions can be seen below.
"Secret Garden" "brings together everything that has established ANGRA as one of biggest bands in its style: contemporary sound combined with inspired compositions," according to a press release. It shows the maturity of a band that, after 23 years on the road, continues with the same motivation and passion for music that drove the glorious beginning of the group. The compositions mend together elements that made the band known around the world, foregrounding the unity of seemingly distinct styles and combining in a unique way styles such as rock - in its various forms, classical music and Brazilian music.
"Secret Garden" is yet another masterpiece by the group and promises to become a great classic in the metal world. Like almost all of ANGRA's work, "Secret Garden" is a concept album which brings up the question: can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent?
The songs tell the fictional story of scientist Morten Vrolik who fights to restore his happiness after a tragic accident that took the life of his wife. Faced with the harsh new reality, Morten is forced to revise his atheistic beliefs and values in order to recover a sense of personal contentment that was taken away by fate. The sudden change in his routine, the adaptability, synchronicity, loneliness, guilt, hope and the strength to rise anew are some of the topics discussed in the lyrics, always put to light under different perspectives — be they religious, scientific, philosophical or merely aesthetic.
ANGRA, the most representative band of the Brazilian power metal scene worldwide, is back with full power. Italian vocalist Fabio Lione embeds the music with his powerful voice and impressive performance whereas young prodigy Bruno Valverde impresses on drums, giving the group a more modern sound.
One of the great strengths of the album is the variety of great guest musicians: Simone Simons from the Dutch band EPICA divinely interprets the song "Secret Garden" while the great metal diva Doro Pesch sings an exciting vocal duet with Rafael Bittencourt on "Crushing Room". Actually, the various appearances of Rafael's lead vocals make for some of the strongest moments on this album, causing a contrast in tone and interpretation in comparison to Fabio. This also becomes evident in the cover that the band chose to record, "Synchronicity II" by THE POLICE.
The front cover and album design cleverly interlace the music and story into a beautiful artwork — created by designer Rodrigo Bastos Didier, representing the dreamlike moments of the album's story. The entrance to the secret garden, a representation of the unconscious and the whole atmosphere of mystery intend to bring to the fan an experience that transcends merely listening to the songs.
Once again, ANGRA brings to the scene a bombastic, electrifying release, capable of generating new trends, justifying with greatness and elegance why they have been recognized as one of the leading global power and progressive metal bands for over two decades.
01. Newborn Me
02. Black Hearted Soul
03. Final Light
04. Storm of Emotions
05. Synchronicity II
06. Violet Sky
07. Secret Garden (feat. Simone Simons)
08. Upper Levels
09. Crushing Room (feat. Doro Pesch)
10. Perfect Symmetry
11. Silent Call
For a first impression of the new album in the form of a lyric video for "Newborn Me", see below.
German power metallers HELLOWEEN recently entered MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL) to begin recording a new album for a May 2015 release via Nuclear Blast.
New footage from the guitar-recording sessions can be seen below.
HELLOWEEN's forthcoming CD will be the band's first since their return to Nuclear Blast, the label that previously released released two HELLOWEEN albums, "The Dark Ride" (2000) and "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" (2003), both of which were reissued last year with extended bonus material.
HELLOWEEN's last album, "Straight Out Of Hell", sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band's history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.
"Straight Out Of Hell" was released in January 2013. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the "7 Sinners" and "Gambling With The Devil" CDs.
METALLICA released a 10th anniversary two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", on November 24. The new edition of the film is available digitally and via VOD for the first time. It also contains a new bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", a 25-minute follow-up segment filmed at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival during the premiere of the band's second film, "Metallica Through The Never". The segment features interview footage with the band and "Some Kind Of Monster" co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky in which they all look back at the decade since the release of the film.
A new trailer for "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" can be seen below.
Originally released on July 9, 2004, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" 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.
Asked by morning radio talk show host Elliot Segal in October if the raw and brutally honest film was still tough for him to watch, Hetfield said: "Yeah, it [is]. Hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Especially where Joe and Bruce, the directors of this, they ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you're being yourself. And a lot of times I'm not really comfortable with myself and seeing myself in the situations, but, man, I learned a lot about what I don't like about me. Which was good — it was a good mirror. And I think everyone involved in that movie pretty much felt the same way about themselves."
As previously reported, 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.
METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015.
Germany's Filtr TV conducted an interview with AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams on November 6 in Düsseldorf, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the songwriting process for AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust":
Angus: "The songwriting process pretty much has been the same… even for this. It's the same approach for the new album, 'Rock Or Bust'. It's been the same for any album we've ever done. You use some new ideas, some old ideas that were good ideas but you never used before. 'Cause over the years you have a lot of ideas that sometimes you had not finished. You had a good riff here and a good chorus. And sometimes you just get the spark and you go, 'Oh, these two go together. It's like they were made for each other.' But that has always been part of AC/DC."
"A lot of the writing went with me and my brother Malcolm [Young, guitar], who's not with us now. So a lot of that we always kind of did together. We worked everything out, especially the music side. And then usually when we had a lot of good ideas together, then we would let the guys know, 'Hey, we're ready to roll. We've got a lot of good material.' So when everyone's got a free calendar, we all hook up and then you start recording."
On whether any of Malcolm's ideas were used on "Rock Or Bust":
Angus: In the songwriting for the [new album], yes. Because [there are] a lot of Malcolm's ideas. I mean, he was still putting ideas out, He was still doing material, even though he got to a point where he stopped, but he kept going with anything that he had. Which I've got — he made sure that [I would have] any new ideas that he had."
All 500 million of iTunes users can now listen to "Rock Or Bust" a week ahead of its December 2 release date. The complete set is now streaming as part of iTunes' "First Play" program.
AC/DC has used "rock" in a lot of song and album titles and The Pulse Of Radio asked Angus Young why it felt like time to do it again. "Well, 'Rock Or Bust', it's a good, strong title and it's got the word 'rock' in it, you know? [laughs] 'Cause everyone says, jeez, you know, how many songs have they got with 'rock' in the title in it. But they've got to cut us some slack — I mean, we've made 16 albums, you know."
The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked to weigh in on the Japanese pop-metal group BABYMETAL, which has been described by some as the most polarizing thing to hit heavy metal in the past decade, Mille said: "I'm not the one to judge, man. It's not for me; I'm not their target [audience]."
He continued: "My [personal] opinion? If I listen to metal, I'll listen to the 'real' metal. I like some of the gimmick metal stuff. But on the other hand, I think if I really wanna listen to music, it's gotta be serious music. I don't like 'fun' music so much.
"I checked out this BABYMETAL, who seems to be the enemy for some people. Like, 'Oh, how can you do this?' I'm, like, 'It's a big party. Everybody's going wild.' Maybe I could not enjoy it as much as the people that were there, but if people are enjoying it, why not? It's not harmful to any of us, to the 'real' metal bands. It won't hurt us. BABYMETAL will not hurt KREATOR and all the bands that are around that play 'real' metal. So don't worry; it's all fine. [Laughs]"
Mille also spoke in more general terms about bands like BABYMETAL who combine pop and edgy heavy metal, saying: "I'm a big fan of pop music, so if I wanna listen to pop, I listen to pop music, and not 'pop metal.' That doesn't make too much sense. Even though some people say that if you listen to 'British Steel' by JUDAS PRIEST, that's also pop metal, but I guess that's in a cooler way, you know. I think there's a couple of bands that are just… Like I said, it's all fine, but it's just not my cup of tea, I'd say."
Petrozza is not the first metal musician to come to BABYMETAL's defense. Earlier in the year, bassist Shane Embury of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH wrote in a special article for UK's Metal Hammer magazine: "I know young kids who already listen to grindcore. There are people who turn up to our shows with kids that are eight or nine years old, and BABYMETAL is obviously way more accessible than what we do. I don't think that's a bad thing — I've got a baby girl who is eight months old, and if she starts bopping around to BABYMETAL or their equivalent, I'd be cool with that."
He continued: "If you look at SLIPKNOT, they took the heavy guitar to a massive audience. You can look at a SLIPKNOT fan and a NAPALM DEATH fan and sometimes there's a crossover and sometimes there's not at all, but either way, those people are getting used to the heavy guitar and drums and it makes it easier for them to explore other bands later on. In the same way, BABYMETAL will more than likely cross over to young kids and get them used to that heavy sound.
"Some people are also offended simply by BABYMETAL being labelled as metal. Why? Why would you get offended? It's a big genre, metal. There's all kinds of bands crossing over. Bands like EVANESCENCE or the whole folk metal thing. Some people could find it ridiculous, but I wouldn't be that negative. I might not like it, but I find it interesting that heavy guitars are used in different ways. For me, BABYMETAL is an extension of that."
Embury's fellow British extreme metal pioneer Jeff Walker of CARCASS expressed a similarly welcoming stance when the subject of BABYMETAL came up at this past July's Sonisphere festival. He said:"I'm starting to warm to the idea of what [BABYMETAL is] doing. It's actually fun, you know — like GHOST, to be honest. Some people get very reactionary about a band like GHOST or BABYMETAL. It puts a smile on people's faces. That's what music's about, isn't it?! Enjoying it and not being so serious." CARCASS guitarist Bill Steer added: "I mean, obviously, we don't cover this ourselves, but the fun, entertainment angle [in music], it is important."
One of the Nameless Ghouls from GHOST was also quick to defend BABYMETAL when TeamRock spoke to him at Sonishere. GHOST performed on the main stage at the event immediately after BABYMETAL, and the Nameless Ghoul admitted: "I actually stood on side stage when [BABYMETAL] went on and I watched the chaos and the weirdness that surrounded them.
"They obviously attract so much attention wherever they go, and for a reason, of course — they are bizarre in many ways. I mean, we obviously like bizarre, so they are obviously doing something right.
"But, yeah, I mean, J-pop [Japanese pop] is always gonna be very weird.
"They seem to be a cool band, I guess. I've seen their 'Gimme Chocolate!' video, and I don't really know what to say about it. Someone really knows what they're doing behind it, but I'm not sure if [the girls] themselves know what they're doing."
Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo says that METALLICA's Lars Urich is "a good drummer" whose songwriting input is intergral to the chemistry that has catapulted METALLICA to superstar status since the band's inception more than 30 years ago.
During a November 22 clinic at Cueva Rock in Quartucciu, Sardinia, Italy, Lombardo — one of thrash metal's premier sticksmen who famously filled in for Ulrich during METALLICA's performance at Download festival in England in June 2004 — was asked what he thinks of the members of METALLICA on a personal level.
"I love the band," he responded. "They're great guys. James [Hetfield], Lars and Kirk [Hammett] and Robert [Trujillo]… very nice people. I had a really good experience. I've had many great times… very crazy stories… but I can't talk about those."
Pressed to comment on the fact that Ulrich's drumming skills are constantly questioned, Lombardo replied: "I think Lars is a good drummer. He's a good arranger. He arranges… Without Lars, there wouldn't be a METALLICA. So you have to give him credit for what he does for the band."
Lombardo continued: "It's very important... When you have a chemistry within a band. There's four members of the band. When there's chemistry, like a special interaction between musicians, if you take one musician out, it's not the same. If you take Lars out of the equation, it won't be the same."
While speaking with UK's Rhythm magazine back in 2009, Lombardo was a bit more critical of Lars' drumming abilities, saying that playing with METALLICA at Download in 2004 was a great experience, but adding that it was good to "show 'em how it's done!" Dave continued. "No disrespect to Lars, because Lars is great and he's a very nice guy, but he needs to spend a week at my house and we need to sit down and play. I could show him — 'No, Lars, like this!'… 'Let's chill, let's relax, have some coffee and let's play!' [Laughs]"
A few months later, Lombardo was asked by Noisecreep if Ulrich had ever accepted his offer of drum lessons. "Oh man, no, he hasn't," Lombardo said laughing. "Yeah, but that was all done as a joke. It's just me having fun."
Lombardo added: "Of course someone ask[ed] me about Download festival. It's like, 'Yeah, show him how it's done.' [But] I don't need to show him, he's amazing, but there's always that kind of rivalry, that fun rivalry."
Ulrich blamed his non-appearance at the 2004 Download on exhaustion, caused by an unrelenting tour schedule and the break-up of his seven-year marriage to Skylar Satenstein. He said in 2005 interview: "It was the first-ever METALLICA gig I'd ever missed."
He continued: "You wanna try laying in a hospital in Germany while Dave Lombardo — the greatest drummer on the planet — is playing with your band. That's not easy."
"Salvation", the new video from Swedish metallers ENGEL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fourth album, "Raven Kings", which will be released on November 28 via Gain Music Entertainment. The CD was produced by the band's founders Marcus Sunesson and Niclas Engelin (also of IN FLAMES) and was mixed by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT). The artwork was created by Joachim Luetke (ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR, KREATOR, MARILYN MANSON, MESHUGGAH) and can be seen below.
Commented Sunesson on the video: "The ground crumbles, the skies darken and the hills shake as the last music on earth is heard from a mountain top. Four dark figures, still standing. Sounds that paint a fitting masterpiece to accompany the elemental chaos. There is no Sanctuary from the apocalypse, no Salvation. And yet, that is precisely what they offer. Speaking not of good or evil, instead they offer stark reality."
Singer Mikael Sehlin made his live debut with ENGEL in January 2013 at the Gothenburg Sound Festival at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden.
ENGEL parted ways with singer Magnus "Mangan" Klavborn in November 2012 and recruited Lenne (ex-TWELVESTEP) as his temporary replacement. In a statement announcing his departure from the group, Klavborn said: "I'm not going to rant about the who's and why's, just say goodbye." He added: "I have had a lot of good times and I am sad to leave it behind, but that's how it goes sometimes." Klavborn has since joined reunited Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL
ENGEL's last album, "Blood Of Saints", entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 60. Released on May 18, 2012 via Season Of Mist, the CD was recorded at Antfarm studios in Aabyhøj, Denmark.
NICKELBACK's new album, "No Fixed Address", sold around 80,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17.
NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger told The Pulse Of Radio that title of the album was inspired by the way it was recorded. "We kind of did it all over the place," he said. "I mean, we were in Vancouver, we were in L.A., we were in Maui, we had a portable rig with us on a European tour and we were recording stuff there. So I mean, that's why we've titled the album 'No Fixed Address'."
The 11-song set is the first through the Canadian act's new deal with Republic Records.
The first single from the album, "Edge Of A Revolution", has already topped the rock radio airplay chart.
The new set will follow up 2011's platinum-selling "Here And Now". That album included the singles "Bottoms Up" and "This Means War".
The band will launch a six-month North American tour on February 14, 2015 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
NICKELBACK has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since breaking through with its 2001 album, "Silver Side Up".
Chad Kroeger formed NICKELBACK in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, with his brother Mike on bass and guitarist Ryan Peake. Drummer Daniel Adair joined in 2005.
NICKELBACK has been nominated for five Grammys, three American Music Awards, 12 Juno awards and were named "Group Of The Decade" by Billboard magazine in 2009.
IN THIS MOMENT's fifth studio album, "Black Widow", sold around 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17.
IN THIS MOMENT's previous CD, "Blood", opened with around 20,000 copies back in August 2012 to debut at No. 15.
The band's 2010 effort, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", registered a first-week tally of 10,500 to enter the chart at No. 40.
IN THIS MOMENT's sophomore effort, "The Dream", sold more than 8,000 copies back in its first week of release in October 2008 to land at No. 70.
"Black Widow" was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Black Widow" track listing:
01. The Infection
02. Sex Metal Barbie
03. Big Bad Wolf
04. Dirty Pretty
05. Black Widow
06. Sexual Hallucination
07. Sick Like Me
08. Bloody Creature Poster Girl
09. The Fighter
11. Natural Born Sinner
12. Into The Darkness
13. Out Of Hell
The band is currently on tour and singer Maria Brink told The Pulse Of Radio that she can feel the excitement from fans about the new album. "We're definitely feeling it and I think that where we most see it is in the crowd response, you know," she said. "Where it used to just be like, you know, they'd clap and they're happy and that's it at the end of a song, where now it's like they're screaming, like, with everything that they have in them. And some people are crying and it's definitely like going to a brand new level for sure that we've never had before."
IN THIS MOMENT last year inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records.
IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood".
British black metal pioneers VENOM will release their new studio album, "From The Very Depths", on January 27, 2015 via Spinefarm. The effort will be made via CD and download, with a double vinyl format to follow shortly after.
Commented VENOM bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant: "This album is perfect.
"All three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production.
"We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording. Danté created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well.
"It's a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure black metal.
"We can't wait to play the new songs live for the Legions... Hell yeah!"
Added VENOM drummer Danny "Danté" Needham: "The new songs are sounding amazing; the whole album has a great feel.
"I'd say the strength of this band comes from our determination to create great music, and that comes from forward thinking, new ideas and fresh challenges."
VENOM's last studio album, "Fallen Angels", was released in November 2011 via Spinefarm.
Video footage of reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN rehearsing on November 15 at N3 in Trollhättan, Sweden can be seen below.
THE CROWN's new studio album, "Death Is Not Dead", will be released on January 12, 2015. The CD's cover artwork was created by Björn Gosses of Killustrations and can be seen below.
Says the band: "So, what's new in THE CROWN camp? Well, in just a few months we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in the name of death metal.
"Can you believe it? 25 years filled with blood, sweat and tears and one hell of a pile of good albums to be really proud of.
"But this celebration is not only to look back and be nostalgic. It's also to embrace the very bright future of this band. We feel great at the moment and we will make 2015 the best year so far.
"Do you wanna join the ride? Well, then don't hesitate to continue to read.
"We know that a lot of you folks out there have waited and waited for some new shit but guess what!? The wait is over.
"For the past two years, we have worked really hard writing and recording our new album, 'Death Is Not Dead', and it's finally ready to be unleashed upon mankind January 12, 2015.
"'Death Is Not Dead' is something that we're extremely proud of. We truly hope that you will dig it and give it the support that it needs and deserves. We have definitely done our best to produce a death metal classic."
"Death Is Not Dead" track listing:
03. Iblis Bane
04. Eternal (PARADISE LOST cover)
05. Struck By Lightning
06. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead)
07. Herd Of Swine
08. Horrid Ways
09. Ride To Ruin
Bonus CD on limited digipack edition:
01. We Come In Peace (Piece by Piece)
02. Agent Orange (SODOM cover)
THE CROWN recently parted ways with drummer Janne Saarenpää.
THE CROWN last year announced the addition of guitarist Robin Sörqvist (IMPIOUS) to the group's ranks.
THE CROWN played its first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand on May 5, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This marked the band's first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and was the group's only show in Sweden that year.
THE CROWN's last album, "Doomsday King", came out in September 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was the group's first — and only — release to feature vocalist Jonas Stålhammar.
Swedish rock label Threeman Recordings and German company SPV have entered into a distribution agreement for Europe and the USA to re-release of some essential ENTOMBED back-catalog items beginning with the band's classic albums "DCLXVI-To Ride, Shoot Straight And Speak Truth", "Same Difference" and "Uprising" in early 2015. Each album will come in a high-class casebound package with a bonus CD and 24-page booklet, including rare photos, liner notes and much more. In addition, each album will be released in a heavyweight 180-gram colored vinyl version.
Said Dave Thorne of Threeman Recordings: "It's great to finally find a home for the ENTOMBED back catalog, and I know that with their many years of experience, SPV is the perfect partner to handle these historic albums and really do them justice. The fans can expect nothing less than the highest quality from these and future releases!"
Added Frank Uhle of SPV: "ENTOMBED is one of the originators of the death metal genre and we are more than happy to be working with Threeman Recordings to maintain the history of this great band!"
"Back To The Front", the album that was recorded last year by four members of the most recent lineup of ENTOMBED — Lars Göran Petrov (vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass) — was released on August 5 via Century Media Records under the band name ENTOMBED A.D. The CD was recorded at Studio Bohus (ABBA, EUROPE) in Kungälv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). The cover artwork was painted by Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, VADER).
In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Elgstrand stated about the legal issues that forced the ENTOMBED name change: "We've had some internal turmoil that resulted in a separation of AlexENTOMBED belongs to him. Which, of course, it doesn't, but instead of getting into a lawsuit that would've gone on for a long time and wouldn't have made anyone happy except a bunch of lawyers, we decided to add 'A.D.' to the name and get on with what were supposed to do, which is making music and touring as a band. As of now, the name ENTOMBED is on hold for anyone to use until people involved come to a solution. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to happen in the near future."
Photo (from left to right): Frank Uhle (Managing Director SPV), Alex Hellid (Threeman Recordings, ENTOMBED), Dave Thorne (Threeman Recordings), Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer)
"The Grand Collapse", the new video from Swedish metallers EVERGREY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Hymns For The Broken", which was released on September 26 in Europe and September 30 in the U.S. via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at a few different studios and mixed at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPYSODE, PRETTY MAIDS, DORO).
EVERGREY's current lineup includes guitarist Henrik Danhage and drummer Jonas Ekdahl, who have rejoined the band four years after leaving the group in 2010.
Not too long ago EVERGREY was almost dead. It wasn't a decision Englund had spent hours or weeks brooding over, but as time passed following the band's "Glorious Collision" album from 2011 he felt less and less inspired to continue. Perhaps it was the splintering of the band lineup in 2010 — which saw Henrik Danhage (guitars), Jonas Ekdahl (drums), and Jari Kainulainen (bass) leave on friendly terms — or maybe it was the business side of the music that had worn him down, but Englund had seriously considered throwing in the towel. Fate had other plans, however, and he found himself working alongside his former bandmates due to circumstances beyond his control. The end result of that unplanned collaboration, which was meant to be temporary, resulted in a re-energized EVERGREY creating "Hymns For The Broken", arguably the strongest album in the band's 16-year career.
"We needed a stand-in drummer for a few shows that had already been booked," Englund explains, "because Hannes [Van Dahl] had been offered the chance to join SABATON, so I naturally called Jonas to see if he was available. We also needed a second guitarist, so I asked Henrik and he was fine with it. While we were doing those shows, we realized that we were having a lot of fun with the music again."
"I'd say that the guys coming back saved EVERGREY because I wasn't 100% set on doing an album," Englund admits. "And I'm amazed. The band sounds hungry, the album sounds awesome, and I can say there's not a weak song on it. I like it a lot, which is strange because usually I'm so tired of the music after working on an album for such a long time. Honestly, I've never felt I've been as close to the music as I am with 'Hymns For The Broken' because all the bits and pieces are in there. It's exactly what my vision for the album was. Usually you get about 80% of it right, but this is 100% what we wanted."
EVERGREY treads familiar musical territory on "Hymns For The Broken', but they most certainly haven't rehashed any of their previous eight albums. Their trademark elements of dark and light, rage and melancholy, and Englund's signature vocals are all intact, but there's a raw energy in EVERGREY's new music that hasn't been heard in years, if ever.
"I think you can hear that the album is full of energy, full of life," says Englund. "It's definitely hungry, and it sounds different from any of the other releases we have. I'm not bashing our other albums at all; 'Hymns For The Broken' is just a different approach. I sang pretty much everything in writing mode, so the initial ideas were there from the beginning. We didn't try to go back and polish things up. Also, bass and drums were recorded together live in the studio, and we didn't stop until we had the take we wanted. We were after the spontaneity and I think you can hear it."
Hansen mixed "Hymns For The Broken" and is considered by Englund to be the best man for the job. According to Tom, Hansen knew instinctively what the band wanted to do with the new music. Working from the original demos, "he made the songs sound 100 times better."
Taking the cover art and song titles on "Hyms For The Broken" at face value, it seems the thread woven through the album is tied to the concept of battle, war and revolution. EVERGREY isn't making a political statement, however. Nothing could be further from the truth. "Hymns For The Broken" is about the human struggle that has been so present on all of EVERGREY's albums.
"For the last six years I've gone through a major transition, which has pushed me into corners where I've discovered things about myself that I didn't know existed," Englund reveals. "It's an album about finding out you're not the person you thought you were, which is something that can be scary and terrifying and rewarding. It's been one hell of a journey. I'm not saying that my journey has ended or that I have the answers to anything. I'm confident enough to stand here and do this again. I think we've used our music as a forum for people who feel the same way we do about things, to make people feel less alone in some way."
EVERGREY 2014 is:
Tom S. Englund - Guitar, Vocals
Rikard Zander - Keyboards
Johan Niemann - Bass
Henrik Danhage - Guitar
Jonas Ekdahl - Drums
The as-yet-unnamed new "supergroup" featuring former MEGADETH members Chris Poland (guitar), Nick Menza (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass) will make its first public appearance next month on the sixth episode of the brand new Internet TV program "Inside Metal" hosted by Bob Nalbandian.
Tune in on Tuesday, December 9 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST to listen to the world premiere of audio samples from the new band's upcoming full-length debut release.
For more information, go to this location.
According to Menza, Poland "already has six heavy original songs in the can" that the new group has started working on.
Menza and Lomenzo's first jam session took place on June 25 at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California where they cracked through some of the old MEGADETH catalog along with some of their favorite METALLICA and LED ZEPPELIN songs.
Poland is best known for his work on MEGADETH's first two albums — "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" (1985) and "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" (1986).
Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired and replaced with Shawn Drover. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared."
Lomenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group's studio albums, 2007's "United Abominations" and 2009's "Endgame". He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced with returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.