A few months ago, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was lucky enough to film an episode of AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead" as a flesh-eating walker, and that episode finally aired this past Sunday, March 1. Ian's gruesome-looking walker was only on screen briefly before one of the main characters, Carl Grimes, impaled him with a metal pole, ensuring that the hungry-for-flesh rocker no longer poses a threat to society. Watch Ian's appearance on the show below.
Speaking about "The Walking Dead" cast and crew, Ian told Radio.com: "I think a lot of them are into rock/metal. I can't say if they were excited to meet me. They did seem happy that I was there, and that I am a fan of what they are doing. Everyone was really cool on set and they treated me great. And yes, there was music on in the trailer, but they are always talking about the makeup they are applying, communicating with the set via radio, there are hair-dryers making noise, so the music was just background noise."
He added: "'The Walking Dead' is addicting because the writing is great. The actors and directors and FX guys are all great as well, but it's the story first and foremost. I don't compare any of them. I just enjoy them all."
Ian chronicled his latest transformation into a zombie in an episode of his horror FX show for Nerdist, "Scott Ian's Bloodworks" (formerly "Blood & Guts"). Check it out below.
Ian previously appeared in a "Walking Dead" webisode in 2011. At the time, he stated about how the opportunity to appear in the show came out: "I know Greg Nicotero ['The Walking Dead' producer and make-up artist]. We have a mutual friend, Kirk [Hammett] from METALLICA. I met Greg as far back as the late '80s through Kirk because Kirk's a big collector of horror memorabilia. So I'd gone to the set of the webisodes here in Los Angeles, and got to get made up as a zombie."
Tanzan Music and "Tony Iommi Fan-Tastic" team of Iommi supporters together with Facebook communities "Tony Iommi The Man The Master The Legend" and "Global Black Sabbath Convention" have announced the release of the compilation tribute in honor of BLACK SABBATH's true heart and soul, legendary riffmaster Tony Iommi.
Due on May 4, the first-ever tribute to Iommi, titled "Great Lefty: Live Forever - Tribute To Tony Iommi, Godfather Of Metal", is an act of solidarity towards Tony from pals and fans. The tribute includes participations of well known artists, best BLACK SABBATH tribute bands from all around the world, and the bands and solo artists "children of Iommi" as having Iommi's music as their major influence. All the songs are kindly donated for the cause. The profits from compilation sales will be destinied to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Some of the artists participating are:
* Dario Mollo (TONY MARTIN, VOODOO HILL)
* Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES, DOKKEN)
* Mario Parga (GRAHAM BONNETT, FORCEFIELD, COZY POWELL'S HAMMER)
* Victor Griffin (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW)
* Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH)
Also appearing is a young talented artist Kyle Cousins, singer and songwriter, huge Iommi fan, who also happens to have autism. He began his journey with autism at two years old by losing all his language. Through years of intensive interventions, he has made continual progress; so much so that now he loves nothing better than to express himself onstage through his music.
Cousins champions the autism awareness movement, being a source of hope and inspiration for the autism community.
Kyle Cousins expresses his love and admiration to BLACK SABBATH's guitar legend with producers Damon Elliott and Michael Politz, performing a song with Vinny Appice (former BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL drummer), Barry Goudreau (guitarist for BOSTON), Hugh McDonald (David Bromberg, ALICE COOPER, BON JOVI, LITA FORD).
01. DARIO MOLLO Featuring MARK BOALS - Never Say Die (3:54);
02. MANIAC RISE - Time Is Mine (5:05);
03. KYLE COUSINS - Heaven And Hell (6:16);
04. MARIO PARGA - Scarlet Pimpernel (5:13);
05. CHILDREN OF THE GRAVY - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (5:40);
06. IRONLUNG Featuring WIZARD OF OZZ - Electric Funeral (5:03);
07. TANZAN MUSIC ACADEMY - Neon Knights (4:45);
08. NICK DIDKOVSKY - Orchid (1:38);
09. DARKING - Law Maker (3:35);
10. INTO THE VOID - Loner (4:40);
01. REKUIEM - Paranoid (3:17);
02. PLACE OF SKULLS Featuring VICTOR GRIFFIN - You Won't Change Me (6:43);
03. BLACK SABBATH/DIO Tribute CZ - I (5:10);
04. PHIL JAKES - Behind The Wall Of Sleep (2:47);
05. GIUNTINI - Anno Mundi, featuring Tony Martin (6:14);
06. TONY REED - Live Forever (4:44);
07. KILL VAN KULL - No Stranger To Love (5:13);
08. APLANADORA Featuring SANTIAGO CABAKIAN - Hole In The Sky (4:20).
09. BLOOD SABBATH - Snowblind (5:33);
10. PHENOMENA - The Wizard (4:10);
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One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads — best known for his work with OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT — will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" on March 3 via UDR Music.
The entire "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" album can be streamed below.
A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), Vinny Appice (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH), Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), Dweezil Zappa and others.
The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.
Along with the album, "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" will contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy's mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads.
"Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" will also be available in double vinyl gatefold and digital formats.
Full track listing with performers:
01. Crazy Train (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Serj Tankian
Gtrs: Tom Morello
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice
02. Over The Mountain (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Gtrs: Jon Donais
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali
03. Mr. Crowley (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Chuck Billy
Gtrs: Alexi Laiho
Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads
Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice
04. Believer (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Gtrs: Doug Aldrich
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice
05. Back To The Coast (QUIET RIOT)
Vocals: Kelle Rhoads
Gtrs: Bruce Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali
06. I Don't Know
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Gtrs: George Lynch
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
07. S.A.T.O. (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick
Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice
08. Killer Girls (QUIET RIOT)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
09. Goodbye To Romance (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Gtrs: Gus G.
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
10. Suicide Solution (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Gtrs: Brad Gillis
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
11. Flying High Again (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens
Gtrs: Bernie Torme
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
Check out a trailer and EPK (Electronic Press Kit) below.
A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock 'n' roll as a 16-year-old when he formed a band, that soon became QUIET RIOT. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, BLIZZARD OF OZZ. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, "Blizzard Of Ozz" and "Diary of A Madman", and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.
When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.
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Glenn Danzig's "Danzig Legacy" TV special — which was filmed in May 2012 in Glendale, California with director Mark Brooks (Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse") — will be made available in a few weeks via Vimeo. Brooks and Danzig finished all editing and post EFX and "it came out epic," according to a posting on Danzig's official web site.
In an April 2013 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Danzig stated about the "Legacy" TV special: "The 'Legacy' TV special was an idea that was brought to me and it was an idea that Mark Brooks had; he does 'Metalocalypse'. It was basically to do like a DANZIG 'Legacy' TV show loosely based on the Elvis [Presley] '68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff. So we did that with the "Legacy" TV show, which is almost done now. It was performance pieces that I do, then there's the band playing live, we do [songs from] DANZIG, SAMHAIN. Then for the MISFITS thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia and we just did them all right there live, sitting and everyone's around us; there's no backstage, we're just on a little podium in from of everybody. And so we did a bunch of MISFITS songs and Steve [Zing] was just playing on a cylinder or something; it was pretty cool. We were doing the 'Legacy' shows anyway around that same time period, so we just thought we'd put it on film while everybody was there."
He added: "Especially when we were doing the shows, and then going and doing the TV special with the very intimate audience, it was really cool just seeing how much the music affected all of the people that are really into it. It's so many different generations of fans. It put a really cool perspective on it, and I think everyone's going to enjoy it. I know the people that were there really enjoyed it. I think I'm playing one of the songs and my tooth falls out, like a cap or whatever it is like in the middle when I'm about to sing. I'm, like, Hey, my fucking teeth fell out,' so it's just stuff like that that's just happening spur of the moment because it's live."
The new studio album from Glenn Danzig's namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due later this year. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers.
DANZIG's cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning", featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming in 2014. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig's covers album, which was also due to include Glenn's renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others.
The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, "Deth Red Sabaoth", sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Deth Red Sabaoth" was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.
"Desert Queen", the new video from Swedish female-fronted rockers SISTER SIN, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", which was released on October 27, 2014 via Victory.
"We took a bit of inspiration from ancient times and aimed for a darker feeling in this video," explains SISTER SIN guitarist Jimmy Hiltula.
"Since the song has a dark feel to it yet is very melodic, we wanted to capture that along with having the Desert Queen character in it. Also, we wanted to take some focus off the band and give more room for [singer] Liv [Jagrell] portraying this gypsy kind of woman, reading cards and being enigmatic."
Adds Hiltula: "The desert shots were absolutely crucial for the whole video and 11 Frames (producer) did an awesome job with these beautiful pictures.
"We couldn't be more excited about this video!
"We have all met the Desert Queen in our lives (or eventually will). The mystery lies beyond."
Jagrell told Examiner.com about "Black Lotus": "We always grow a little bit more into the metal scene for each record we do. But that's our roots. It's the really old kind of metal stuff. But also we get some inspiration from newer bands like ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES and stuff like that too.
"I feel that we tried to get heavier on this record than the previous record. Also, the production of it we draw to the heavier kind of sound, and I really like that because I'm into the heavy kind of music."
Regarding the recording process for "Black Lotus", Jagrell said: "We had limited time in the studio comparing to previous records. We had to find a way to make it work in the short amount of time that we had. So instead of doing the drums first, then bass, the guitar, and the vocals last, we actually did… well, we did do the drums first, of course, but then we kind of did vocals; and guitars we sometimes put after the vocals, and for us that was new. We had like two studios, so we worked simultaneously. I think it was good that we did some of the guitars after the vocals, because then we could actually work the guitars with the vocals better than we've done on the previous records. So that was kind of new."
According to a press release, SISTER SIN "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of MÖTLEY CRÜE, ACCEPT and JUDAS PRIEST, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HALESTORM."
"Amen", the new video from HALESTORM, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Into The Wild Life", which is due out on April 14.
In a recent interview with 100.3 The X Rocks, HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale called the entire recording process "very freeing."
She said, "We decided to throw away everything that the previous two records made us feel comfortable and safe. We threw caution to the wind and said, 'We're just gonna chase after whatever gets us excited.' And we made an actual album."
The band recorded the set in Nashville — where Hale says it was "isolated" with few distractions — aside from "the occasional beer run."
The new album, comes on heels of HALESTORM's Grammy-winning 2012 sophomore release, "The Strange Case Of…"
Around that time Hale told The Pulse Of Radio that the writing process for "The Strange Case Of…" was split in two distinct halves. "We went into it right off the road, so the first half of the record that we wrote was very — we were writing some of the most aggressive songs that we've ever written, I'm screaming my head off, you know," she said. "And then halfway through, started writing some of the most personal songs that, you know, we've ever written, and some things that I've never talked about before, and it's interesting — there's two definite sides and very real sides to what we do and who I am."
HALESTORM has been touring with Eric Church and will hit the road with THE PRETTY RECKLESS in April.
Celebrating their 30th year of existence, Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA will headline a North American tour with support from German thrashers DESTRUCTION and American melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS.
"It's going to be an amazing experience to celebrate a 30-year career with the strongest album we've ever made in our history," states SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. "We are coming back to America and Canada with full force and with a hunger to destroy everything! Can't wait to perform the songs from the new album on stage! See you all on the road!"
The mayhem begins in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10 and ends on June 14 in Grand Junction, Colorado. SEPULTURA will be performing one solo show on May 9.
"SEPULTURA - 30 Years" tour dates:
May 09 - Rock In Rio - Las Vegas, NV*
May 10 - Joe’s Grotto - Phoenix, AZ
May 11 - The Whisky - West Hollywood, CA
May 12 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
May 13 - Bossonova Ballroom - Portland, OR
May 14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
May 15 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, B.C. - CANADA
May 16 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - CANADA
May 17 - Pub Station - Billings, MT
May 19 - Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB - CANADA
May 20 - The Amsterdam - Minneapolis, MN
May 21 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
May 22 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL
May 23 - Expo Five - Louisville, KY
May 24 - Centerstage Bar & Grill - Kokomo, IN
May 26 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
May 28 - Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
May 29 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC - CANADA
May 30 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
May 31 - Jewel Nightclub - Manchester, NH
Jun. 01 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
Jun. 02 - The NorVA - Norfolk, VA
Jun. 03 - Holligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC
Jun. 04 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Jun. 09 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jun. 06 - Publiq House - New Orleans, LA
Jun. 07 - BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX
Jun. 08 - The Rail Club - Fort Worth, TX
Jun. 10 - Empire Garage - Austin, TX
Jun. 11 - Cine El Rey - McAllen, TX
Jun. 12 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
Jun. 13 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Jun. 14 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
* SEPULTURA only
SEPULTURA's new album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis", "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors "Dante XXI" (based on "The Divine Comedy") and "A-Lex" (based on "A Clockwork Orange").
"The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson's (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the "Nation" (2001), "Revolusongs" (2002) and "Roorback" (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past.
SEPULTURA's new live offering titled "Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" was released in North America on September 16, 2014 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
"Metal Veins - Alive At Rock In Rio" is available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band's history, Blu-ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and soundcheck footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage.
Former IRON MAIDEN member Tony Moore will release a brand new single on March 15. The song is called "Rockstars Don't Retire" and has a deeply personal meaning for Moore, because, in 1977, he was actually the original (and only) keyboard player for legendary rock band IRON MAIDEN. After many months rehearsing and arranging the songs that would go on to make up MAIDEN's eponymous debut album, Tony left after only one show when he felt that keyboards didn't work for the band. However, decades later, the positive experience of those early days has stayed with him and influenced the lyrics of his new single, which looks at how older "rock stars" have to deal with living in this modern new age. The song is upbeat and has an infectious tune that carries a positive message with a lot of humor in it. Tony says: "I wanted to create a piece of music that contains universal truths, but isn't depressing. Plus there is a little twist in it."
Ironically, "Rockstars Don't Retire" had already been scheduled for release when a recent spontaneous meeting of four members from the original IRON MAIDEN lineup from 1977 (including Tony Moore) took place at a London venue and sparked massive online interest around the world as it was the first time they were all together in over 37 years.
"Rockstars Don't Retire" will be released on Moore's own label miniMAJOR Music, which is distributed by Absolute via Universal. It is available now for pre-order on iTunes.
You can stream "Rockstars Don't Retire" at link textSoundCloud.com.
The World Health Organization, which recommends ways countries can cooperate more closely to protect global public health, says that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing by listening to "too much, too loudly" and that over 43 million people between the age of 12 and 35 are already living with hearing loss.
The health body says in a report: “The emerging pattern of listening regularly at high volume and for a long duration poses a serious threat.
“While it is important to keep the volume down, limiting the use of personal audio devices to less than one hour a day would do much to reduce noise exposure.”
Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, tells BBC: "As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss.
"They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk."
Krug adds: "What we're trying to do is raise awareness of an issue that is not talked about enough — but has the potential to do a lot of damage that can be easily prevented.
"We do realize this is a bit of a struggle, like alcohol consumption. Risk factors linked to pleasure are not easy to change. But we have to make people aware."
According to the WHO, a loud concert at 120 dB stops being safe after 28 seconds, and an audio device at maximum volume registers at 105 dB, and is safe for just four minutes.
Canadian metallers CANCER BATS recently joined a safety campaign headed by AllEarPlugs.com in order to raise awareness of the need to protect your hearing. Awareness is still low on hearing damage, especially among young people. Only 34 percent of those surveyed by Action On Hearing Loss believed that they would suffer damage in their lifetime. Even more worryingly, 90 percent of young people have experienced ringing in their ears — an early sign of damage — at least once.
CANCER BATS frontman Liam Cormier says: "I want to be able to crank PANTERA when I'm old and grey sitting on my porch, drinking a bucket full of black coffee. The only way I'm going to be able to still hear a thing is by taking care of my hearing now. Having a good pair of earplugs is just planning for the future."
"I.O.U. Nothing", a brand new song from COAL CHAMBER, the reformed '90s alt-metal band fronted by current DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara, can be streamed using the SoundCloud eidget below. The track is taken from COAL CHAMBER's comeback album, "Rivals", which will be released on May 19 North America via Napalm. The band's first CD in over thirteen years was recorded in part at Audiohammer studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE).
Comments Fafara: "This record was over 13 years in the making, and I promise this record won't disappoint and will be worth the wait!
"'Rivals' is solid through and through, there's maturity and growth in the music while still maintaining the true COAL CHAMBER sound and delivering track after track of killer tunes!
"We had a great time working together on this record and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!"
"Rivals" track listing:
01. I.O.U. Nothing
02. Bad Blood Between Us
03. Light in the Shadows
04. Suffer in Silence
05. The Bridges You Burn
07. Another Nail in the Coffin
10. Dumpster Dive
11. Over My Head
12. Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets)
13. Empty Handed
The "Rivals" cover artwork can be seen below.
COAL CHAMBER will embark on a North American headlining tour in the spring of 2015. Support on the trek — which kicks off on March 6 in Tempe, Arizona and runs through April 12 in Dallas, Texas — will come from FILTER, COMBICHRIST and AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE.
COAL CHAMBER is offering an exclusive VIP Package for every date on the tour. It includes a meet-and-greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable).
Bassist Nadja Peulen returned to COAL CHAMBER in November 2013 following the departure of Canadian musician Chela Rhea Harper, who joined the band in late 2011 and toured with the group for nearly two years.
COAL CHAMBER rose to prominence with a gold-certified debut album in 1997 that established the group as one of the most promising bands on the then-emerging, so-called "nu metal" scene.
Peulen replaced Foss in 1999 during Rayna's pregnancy for almost 12 months while the band was on the road supporting its second album, "Chamber Music". Rayna came back to the band after her pregnancy leave and recorded COAL CHAMBER's third album, "Dark Days". Shortly after recording "Dark Days", Rayna quit the band and Nadja was recruited for the touring cycle that followed the CD's release. The band broke up during the "Dark Days" tour in 2002 and reunited nine years later.
Acclaimed rockers STONE SOUR have announced details of "Meanwhile In Burbank…" a five-song "Record Store Day" exclusive EP featuring covers of legendary artists BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST and ALICE IN CHAINS. Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, "Meanwhile In Burbank…" will be available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18.
STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand commented on the EP: "Back in February of 2014 while STONE SOUR was touring, Corey [Taylor, vocals] approached me about STONE SOUR doing a cover of the METAL CHURCH song 'The Dark' for the movie 'Fear Clinic'. I thought it would be cool not only to record 'The Dark', but the five cover songs that we had played on that tour." Rand added: "The idea was not to shy away from a song because it was popular or pick a band that most people might not have heard, but to pick ones that truly meant something to one of us at some point in our life."
Earlier this month, STONE SOUR released their new digital single "The Dark", which was recorded for the film "Fear Clinic", the latest excursion into unrelenting terror by Anchor Bay Entertainment starring horror icon Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund alongside STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor in his acting debut. Originally performed by METAL CHURCH, "The Dark" is currently available via iTunes with a companion video piece streaming on "Fear Clinic"'s official YouTube channel. "Fear Clinic" is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
"Meanwhile In Burbank…" track listing:
01. We Die Young (ALICE IN CHAINS cover)
02. Heading Out To The Highway (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
03. Love Gun (KISS cover)
04. Creeping Death (METALLICA cover)
05. Children Of The Grave (BLACK SABBATH cover)
Corey Taylor said on "The Jasta Show" podcast about the record, "This is something that we've been talking about since the first album came out, with STONE SOUR. We've always wanted to do this. Even as people have come, people have gone, this is still something we've always come back to, and we just never had the opportunity to do it. And we just kind of said, 'Well, screw it.'"
Taylor added, "You're going back to these songs that you just love to listen to, not only just sing. And that's why it's called 'Meanwhile In Burbank', because, without giving too much away, that's where Roy lives — he lives in the Valley — so that's why we call it that. Because it's, like, that's what we're doing right now."
On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR played a different cover every night, including METALLICA's "Creeping Death", KISS' "Love Gun", JUDAS PRIEST's "Heading Out To The Highway" and PETER GABRIEL's "In Your Eyes".
Guitarist Christian Martucci joined STONE SOUR in late 2013 as the replacement for Jim Root, who was fired from the group after deciding he wanted to sit out the band's last tour in order to start work on the next album from SLIPKNOT, of which he is also a member.
MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen was interviewed by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine during this year's Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about his next project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, which he will record later this year with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso, Jourgensen said: "I want to do, before my days in music are done, the fastest album in the history of human kind or computer kind. I don't want anything less than 220 or 240 bpm [beats per minute], I want a lot of political shouting and social commentary. If you can do it that fast, good luck to you. That's what I'm gonna try. And that's gonna be my final parting shot — just the fastest record in the history of the world. To make a 50-minute CD, I'll probably need about 30 songs."
He continued: "I just wanna do something so over the top that [I will have] left no stone unturned. I've done country, I've done jazz, rock, pop… I've done everything. I just wanted to leave with something that's just gonna… maybe, in about twenty years, people might understand it. As times get more frenetic, it might fit in. It won't fit in next year, or the year after, or the year after, but that's fine; I can wait. Just leave it out there, and just go out with a bang."
Jourgensen also talked about MINISTRY's status as one of the pioneers of the industrial metal movement. He said: "ZZ TOP uses sequencesers, so do you consider them an industrial band? I don't. I consider them a good band. Us? I don't consider ourselves industrial. I consider us doing what seems to fit right for us."
He continued: "I don't wanna be part of a scene. I don't know of an industrial scene. I don't know of industrial bands…. I mean, if you really go to industrial bands, go back to STOCKHAUSEN, or THROBBING GRISTLE, or [EINSTÜRZENDE] NEUBAUTEN, or SPK or… so many bands. They were really doing… even KRAFTWERK… doing things methodically and through keyboards as opposed to rocking and all that. We've kind of been a hybrid. So I don't really consider myself part of any scene, I just consider myself part of getting my ass on stage and doing a good show. That's what I consider myself a part of. That's it."
Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new studio album titled "Spirit On A Mission" in the U.K. on March 23. Released by in-akustik, the collection of all-new material features Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK band — ex-SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, ex-RAINBOW singer Doogie White and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
"Spirit On A Mission" features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker's distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the SCORPIONS' 1979 album "Lovedrive".
The official video for the song "Live And Let Live" from "Spirit On A Mission" can be seen below.
Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album: "A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said 'as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.'"
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker's classic sound with his Dean seven-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.
"Spirit On A Mission" is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energized guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios in Münster, Germany; the same studio where 2013's "Bridge The Gap" album was laid down. The CD was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.
"After the 'Bridge The Gap' Japan tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the 'Spirit On A Mission' album," says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November."
During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?
"Yes, we got robbed [some guitars and some music] and got very upset about it," recalls Schenker. "Fortunately, it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger."
For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for "Spirit On A Mission" was very different from the 2012's "Bridge The Gap" album.
Says Schenker: "I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take 'Spirit On A Mission' to the next level by adding more seven-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo's with more of my writing like in my UFO days."
"Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing," adds Schenker. "Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.
"I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his seven-string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie's vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience."
The writing process and overall concept for "Spirit On A Mission" proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.
Says Schenker: "I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept. The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double-bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the seven-string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions."
Michael's TEMPLE OF ROCK shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.
"All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, "recalls Schenker. "Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding their amazing 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed."
The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player Wayne Findlay taking on a bigger role.
"Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999," says Schenker. "In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a seven-string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing."
"I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the seven-string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne's seven-string guitar on 'Bridge The Gap' as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called 'Neptune Rising' on the 'Bridge The Gap' album, and now on 'Spirit On A Mission', Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of TEMPLE OF ROCK."
"Coincidentally," says Schenker, "former SCORPIONS members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock 'n' roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013's 'Bridge The Gap' album, we had not played together since the SCORPIONS' 'Lovedrive' album (1979). 'Sprit On A Mission' is the second TEMPLE OF ROCK album to feature the former SCORPIONS rhythm section.
Former RAINBOW singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an "extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops". "How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?" says Schenker. "He's a real trooper."
What are Schenker's favorite songs from "Spirit On A Mission", and why?
Says Michael: "I love 'Live And Let Live' because it has everything. I love 'Vigilante Man' because it's heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. 'Something Of The Night' turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. 'Saviour Machine' is an epic. 'Rock City', 'Bullet Proof', 'Restless Heart' — I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other seven-string songs with a touch of '70s rock."
What are Schenker's overall plans to promote the new album? Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?
"Promotion is definitely the next step," says Schenker. "and tour-wise, including festivals, we will play wherever we can to promote 'Spirit On A Mission'.
"I want to make TEMPLE OF ROCK its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as 'TEMPLE OF ROCK'."
"Spirit On A Mission" track listing:
01. Live And Let Live
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine*
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
09. Let The Devil Scream*
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition)
All songs are written by:
Music - Michael Schenker
Lyrics - Doogie White
Except* music and lyrics by Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — the classic-rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Sharlee D' Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) — will release its second studio album, "Skyline Whispers", on June 9 via Coroner Records. The CD was recorded at Nordic Sound Lab Studios in Skara, Sweden, was engineered by THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and Bengan Andersson, was mixed by Sebastian Forslund and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson at Panic Room Studios in Skara.
"Skyline Whispers" track listing:
01. Sail On
02. Living For The Nighttime
04. Owaranai Palisades
05. Lady Jade
06. I Ain’t Old, I Ain’t Young
07. All the Ladies
08. Spanish Ghosts
09. Demon Princess
10. Skyline Whispers
11. Roads Less Traveled
12. The Heather Reports
13. Floridian Eyes (exclusive digipak bonus track)
Strid talked about the upcoming album on a recent installment of Canadian rocker Danko Jones' official podcast. You can listen to the chat and a snippet of a brand new song "Living For The Nighttime" (at the end of the podcast) using the SoundCloud widget below.
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA last year announced the addition of Sebastian Forslund (KADAWATHA) on congas, percussion and guitar.
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Strid and David Andersson (MEAN STREAK, session musician for SOILWORK) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007. Björn and David were bonding over what they considered "classic" or not, from rock and roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you're on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling. The classic escape. The never-ending road trip. The transatlantic night flight. It may sound simple and naive, but what it all comes down to is that we all need that soundtrack to feel extra special, whether you have been arrested in a lobby or not.
It didn't take long before bass player D' Angelo joined forces as well as keyboard player Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) and drummer Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK). The goal was to reclaim the '70s/early '80s sense for classic melody, the forgotten recipe to a timeless song, preferably a song mentioning a city, street name or an exhilarating alcoholic beverage. Anything that will have you spitting out the word "classic." From "Tarot Woman" to "Badlands", from "Rhiannon" to "Running on Empty", from "Blind Man" to "Night Moves", from "Deuce" to "Separate Ways", from "Elected" to "Set me Free". The list goes on. It's all about reclaiming the "classic."
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA made its live debut in August, 2013 at Dina-scenen in Lidköping, Sweden.
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is:
Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK) - Vocals
David Andersson (SOILWORK, MEAN STREAK) - Guitar
Sharlee D'Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) - Bass
Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) - Keyboards
Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK, ORCHID) - Drums
Sebastian Forslund (KADAWATHA) - Congas, Percussion, Guitar
Photo credit: Annicka Nilsson
Frontiers Music Srl will release the new album from KISKE/SOMERVILLE, titled "City Of Heroes", on April 17 in Europe and April 21 in North America.
The video for the CD's first single and title track, "City Of Heroes", can be seen below.
KISKE/SOMERVILLE is the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN, UNISONIC, PLACE VENDOME) and Amanda Somerville (TRILLIUM, AVANTASIA) and this new recording is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the season in rock music. Kiske's soaring overtones seem to blend perfectly with the ethereal quality and diverse range of Amanda's voice and this time the results are truly over the top.
"City Of Heroes" sees Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) and Magnus Karlsson (STARBREAKER, PRIMAL FEAR) handling most of the songwriting (with a song contribution "Breaking Neptune" from Sander Gommans, formerly of AFTER FOREVER, and Amanda Somerville herself) and with Sinner overseeing the production in various recording studios in Europe. Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, PRIMAL FEAR, PRETTY MAIDS, DORO) then took care of the mix of the album ensuring a sonic quality second to none.
KISKE/SOMERVILLE's self-titled debut album instantly aroused enthusiasm in the rock and metal community. The two videos off the CD — "If I Had a Wish" and "Silence" – amassed approximately three million plays to date.
Considered a "metal diva" in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter from Flint, Michigan whose catalog of projects, guest appearances and live shows is an impressive body of work. Since 1999, she has divided her time between the U.S. and Europe, primarily Germany and The Netherlands. She co-wrote the metal opera "AINA" and has been a vocalist, songwriter, producer and/or vocal coach for many bands like AVANTASIA, EPICA and KAMELOT, giving her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include working with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and many others.
Hamburg-born singer Michael Kiske is best known as the former lead vocalist for the German metal gods HELLOWEEN. After his departure from the band, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as PLACE VENDOME, and he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band UNISONIC, together with his former HELLOWEEN bandmate Kai Hansen, and began touring again after 17 years.
"City Of Heroes" will be released in CD, deluxe edition with a bonus DVD and two-LP vinyl gatefold sleeve.
"City Of Heroes" track listing:
01. City Of Heroes
02. Walk On Water
03. Rising Up
05. Lights Out
06. Breaking Neptune
07. Ocean Of Tears
08. Open Your Eyes
09. Last Goodbye
10. After The Night Is Over
11. Run With A Dream
12. Right Now
* City Of Heroes (video)
* Walk On Water (video)
* "Making of" documentary
An album trailer is available below.
"City Of Heroes" recording lineup:
Lead, Backing Vocals: Michael Kiske and Amanda Somerville
Guitar, Keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass, Backing Vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE OFFSPRING singer Dexter Holland told Loudwire in a new interview that there's no timetable for the band to finish its tenth studio album, despite the fact that the group recently released a new single called "Coming For You". Holland explained, "We've been recording the album at a real relaxed pace… Just when we feel inspired and go in and eventually we'll get it together and go in and really finish it — knock it out."
The singer told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he doesn't let commercial pressures get to him at this point. "It's easy to let that stuff mess with you," he said. "Like people ask me, 'Do you feel pressure writing an album?' And everyone wants to say, 'No, no, I don't feel any pressure,' but I don't think that's really true. You want what you put out to be respected, and you want it to be as good as what you've done before, but if you stay there, then you start thinking about what other people are expecting, or what do I think other people would like, and then you have to learn how to put that aside and do what it is you do, or you can't do good work."
Asked if taking time to make the record is a way to build anticipation for it, Holland replied, "We're not that clever, we're just lazy. Every other time we've done a record, we hunker down and go into the studio for a year or however long it takes. We just decided not to do it that way this time. We thought let's just do a couple of songs, work on them when we feel inspired and when we have it done, we thought, why wait? Let's just go ahead and put it out."
Holland said that the band is "maybe halfway" through writing the songs for the new record.
The band issued its ninth album, "Days Gone By", in 2012. It spent 2014 on the road promoting the 20th anniversary of its breakout album, "Smash", performing the disc in its entirety at a number of shows.
THE OFFSPRING will play in Tempe, Arizona on April 4 and Frisco, Texas on April 25, with more festival appearances on tap for later in the summer.
On October 9, 2014, Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon conducted an interview with FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares at T.J. Martell Foundation's Rock 'N' Bowl tournament at the PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about what FEAR FACTORY is trying to accomplish with its forthcoming album, the band's first since signing with Nuclear Blast Entertainment, Dino said: "It's still just to be who we are. We are 'cyber metal,' whatever you wanna call it, but it's still a lot of the killer riffs, killer double bass, Burt's [Burton C. Bell, singer] beautiful, melodic vocals. Conceptually, it's always still futuristic, man-versus-machine type of thing, but, you know, we thought we're gonna keep it real, keep it what we are and who we are."
Asked about how it feels to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of FEAR FACTORY's classic "Demanufacture" album in 2015 with only two members of the band's classic lineup remaining in the group, Dino said: "The two main members are in the band right now. The soul of the machine is still intact, and that's me and Burton. And I don't think anything has changed, really."
He continued: "Every album we do always has to have something a little different. From the beginning, from the first album, 'Soul Of A New Machine', it was very death metal inspired, [with] a little bit of industrial. The second album, 'Demanufacture', the classic album… Every record changes. 'Obsolete' was a big difference, you know what I mean?! But my right hand is still there, the passion is still there, Burt's killer melodic vocals are still there. So I think that's all that matters."
FEAR FACTORY last year entered NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California with longtime producer/collaborator Rhys Fulber and engineer Mike Plotnikoff to begin tracking its new album for a summer 2015 release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD will be mixed by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, EXODUS, TESTAMENT and ACCEPT, among many others.
Speaking to Silver Tiger Media, Bell stated about the new FEAR FACTORY album: "It's classic FEAR FACTORY sound, the sound that fans have always expected, but I think because we are taking our time, the songs are really well crafted. Without losing the edge or the angst. Without losing the essence of FEAR FACTORY, but they are well-crafted songs. We are working on the album cover right now. We have really connected with artist Dave McKean, who did the album cover for 'Demanufacture' and 'Obsolete'. He is working on something. We have an album title that we are happy with which really represents a good FEAR FACTORY title."
Asked if there is a particular subject focus of the album, Bell said: "It's based on science-fiction, essentially futuristic concepts. It's bringing the concept of man versus machine around again, but this time, the way I'm thinking about the machine is that it's fully cognitive and fully understands where its place is and what it needs to do. So the machine has very human qualities now."
In a separate interview, Cazares spoke about the musical direction of the band's new material. He said: "You do wanna take it to new places, but you never want to take it too far.
"FEAR FACTORY is a band that always been one that experiments a little here and there. From our very first record that came out in 1992, 'Soul Of A New Machine', there was a big jump between that record and 'Demanufacture', and then we just had to take it somewhere different on 'Obsolete' and then we took it somewhere different again on 'Digimortal'. Now when I re-entered the band, we took another big jump and we put out 'Mechanize' and then we kind of wanted to go back a little bit and we did 'The Industrialist'."
Dino added: "Now this record, it's probably going to be somewhere in between 'Demanufacture' and 'Obsolete'. It's got the groovier darker elements of 'Obsolete', but it has the fast riffing and the cold harshness from 'Demanafacture'."
In addition to Cazares and Bell, FEAR FACTORY's current touring lineup features drummer Mike Heller and bassist Matt DeVries.
FEAR FACTORY's latest album, 2012's "The Industrialist", sold 9,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil said in a new essay which he wrote for Rolling Stone that his band at first resisted early attempts to compare them to acts like LED ZEPPELIN. Thayil explained, "We started getting that a lot: 'ZEPPELIN, ZEPPELIN, ZEPPELIN,' and we were, like, 'Okay, let's check some of this out.' We were all very acquainted with it individually, but collectively we weren't sitting around the table listening them. So initially we would deny that influence."
Thayil added, "Eventually, after practice we'd be like, 'Let's check out 'Led Zeppelin IV'. Let's listen to 'Houses Of The Holy'.' Like, ‘Yeah, I guess I can kind of see that a little bit.' It became very important to us, because of the comparison, so we would listen to it and start referencing it. Ultimately, we started to re-embrace the ZEPPELIN, BEATLES, SABBATH and PINK FLOYD."
Thayil told The Pulse Of Radio where he thinks SOUNDGARDEN's style really came from. "As a band, I think we really sprang from two things: this sort of British, moody, goth-y, bass riff-oriented music like GANG OF FOUR, JOY DIVISION, BAUHAUS, KILLING JOKE, and then this guitar-oriented, post-hardcore thing in America, like the MEAT PUPPETS and HÜSKER DÜ and the BUTTHOLE SURFERS," he said. "I think those were two things that were really playing into what SOUNDGARDEN was about collectively when we formed, you know, in '84."
Thayil's Rolling Stone essay was written in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the release of LED ZEPPELIN's classic double album "Physical Graffiti". The record was reissued in a deluxe edition last week.
Thayil recently told The Sydney Morning Herald that SOUNDGARDEN plans to make a new album in the next few months for a 2016 release.
The new disc will be SOUNDGARDEN's seventh studio effort and will follow up 2012's "King Animal".
"In Times", the thirteenth studio album from Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED, is available for streaming in its entirety below. Due on March 6 via Nuclear Blast, the CD's hand-painted artwork was created by longtime collaborating artist and "sixth ENSLAVED member" Truls Espedal.
The main recording sessions for "In Times" took place at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Herbrand Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson's Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds.
"In Times" was produced by bandmembers Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson and Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
ENSLAVED guitarist and composer Ivar Bjørnson stated the following about the band's latest creation: "I was so deep into the songs and ideas for such a long time (or have my head so far up my own ass, if you prefer more direct language) that it is hard to have any 'opinions' about them that is anything else than the high-flying mumbo-jumbo of the introvert songsmith. The songs are extensions of my inner and outer life, the thoughts I am aware of having, as well as those that lie too deep to register in everyday consciousness. The songs are the resounds of grandiose altered states and mundane tiny micro-events. In addition, they are, of course, also the result of inspiration from other music and art.
"I do think this new album is the most consistent body of work we have so far: It incorporates our 'blacker' past with our influences from prog rock, our present sense of absolute freedom, and the joy of being in this band, if that makes any sense… Ha, ha, ha. It is higher in energy, more aggressive, yet more beautiful and subtle. It simply sounds inspired."
"In Times" track listing:
01. Thurisaz Dreaming
02. Building With Fire
03. One Thousand Years Of Rain
04. Nauthir Bleeding
05. In Times
The new album’s total running time is fifty-three minutes.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, LED ZEPPELIN fans will be able to see a cross-selection of the band's greatest concert performances on the big screen for one night only later this month. Fathom Events has teamed up with ZEPPELIN's labels Swan Song and Atlantic to present nearly two hours of classic ZEPPELIN footage shot in January 1970 at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970; July 1973 at New York's Madison Square Garden; May 1975 at London's Earl's Court; along with their record-breaking shows in August 1979 at England's Knebworth festival.
For theater and ticket information, log on to FathomEvents.com.
Jimmy Page explained to The Pulse Of Radio that as ZEPPELIN graduated from theaters and ballrooms to arenas and then to stadiums and open air festivals, everything about the live experience grew in proportion. "I think what happened was, it was very physical, the music, but in the early footage of us, we're sort of quite contained within it," he said. "But you start to explode more physically, as well, so, there was quite a physical performance to all of this. No, by this time, the sets are getting pretty long, ‘cause the hardest and most challenging thing was, as we did a new album, it was what material to put in and we'd just be extending the sets because you didn't want to drop anything. Because all the numbers, once the went in the set, you could have real fun with them and change them around on the night."