Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES, SHAW/BLADES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, BURNING RAIN) have joined forces in REVOLUTION SAINTS, a new project which recently completed recording its debut album for a 2015 release via Frontiers. The CD, which was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), will feature Castronovo on lead vocals and drums, Blades on bass and vocals, and Aldrich on guitar. Already well known for his drum talents for his work with JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are also in the spotlight on the REVOLUTION SAINTS release. On bass (and co-lead vocals on a few tracks), Blades is well known for his melodic-yet-hard-rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band NIGHT RANGER, as well as with the DAMN YANKEES and the SHAW/BLADES releases. On guitar, Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who recently left WHITESNAKE after a fruitful 12-year run, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists, having previously played with DIO. You can tell by the name (and the names involved) that this is not going to be your average rock 'n' roll album. It is a record that brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Or more simply, it is completely badass. The project was initially the vision of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, getting Deen, Jack and Doug together was a dream come true for the president of the label. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process happened in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014. REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Aldrich left WHITESNAKE on May 7, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable." Aldrich played on the last two WHITESNAKE studio albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and 2011's "Forevermore", and appeared on several live releases, including last year's "Made In Japan" and "Made In Britain/The World Records". NIGHT RANGER's latest studio album, "High Road", came out on June 10 in North America via Frontiers. JOURNEY's most recent studio album, "Eclipse", was released in May 2011. The Walmart exclusive debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13 â eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's "Revelation" â which also went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
Kaaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Barrett of Florida death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE on October 15 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the problems CANNIBAL CORPSE encountered on its recent Russian tour, Rob said: "We tried to do eight shows in Russia, but ended up only doing four and a half due to some problems over there with somebody that was getting our shows shut down. So we actually only were able to do four full shows and then we got stopped half way through a fifth one. But at least we got to do more than half, so that was a success in itself. We didn't get arrested or deported, orâ¦ Well, we got canceled several shows, butâ¦ Other than that, the shows were really good over there. The shows that we weren't allowed to play, we actually stuck around and did a signing and took pictures with a bunch of people just so then they didn't feel like we were just leaving and not really caring about them." Asked how he feels that there are still some countries like Russia, where concert cancelations are believed to have been related to complaints by Dmitry Tsorionov, the head of "God's Will," a Russian Orthodox social movement, about CANNIBAL CORPSE's lyrics, which Tsorionov claims violate Russia's anti-blasphemy law, Rob said: "I don't really wanna say my full opinion about it, but it seems at least over there that the wall is back up, you just can't see it." In July 2013, Russia passed a new anti-blasphemy law introducing fines and possible prison sentences for offending the "feelings of religious believers." CANNIBAL CORPSE's tour of Russia kicked off on October 2 in Krasnodar and was scheduled to include eight concerts. However, only four shows went ahead as planned, with the band's October 5 gig in Ufa getting axed when the venue abruptly closed "for technical reasons." CANNIBAL CORPSE's October 10 concert in Nizhny Novgorod was shut down by armed masked police officers 30 minutes after it had started. A number of fans were detained and taken for compulsory drug tests. According to the police, the detained fans were charged either with "disorderly conduct" or with "being drunk in public," offenses that are punishable by fines or up to 15 days in prison. CANNIBAL CORPSE is far from the only Western rock band to have run into problems in Russia recently. Back in June, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was forced to cancel his show in Moscow due to a bomb threat while another concert in Russia was scrapped over fears his performance would insult Orthodox believers and promote sadomasochism. One month earlier, Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH had their concerts in Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar canceled following a string of protests by Christian activists.
Superskum.com conducted an interview with vocalist Sharon den Adel of Dutch symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION during the band's recently completed North American tour. You can now watch the chat below. Asked why it takes WITHIN TEMPTATION a minimum of three years to release a new studio album, Sharon said: "The problem is you guys always want us back very soon, and longer and longerâ¦ The problem is, when you're touring, it's very exhaustingâ¦ That's how it goes most times when you're on the road. You don't really write that much, and then you come home, and then we've all got our families. And besides that, there's also the theater tour that we're gonna do. It takes a lot ofâ¦ We have to rebuild our songs; it's almost like a whole studio project. And then you have the festivals again; you don't do much then, because it's flying around with airplanes, and you don't take your gear with you that you have in the studio. And we don't just tour America; we also tour the whole of Europe extensively. But also outside of Europe â like Asia, we also go to. So it's a lot of shows that we do. And before you know it, it's three years later, and you still have to write an album, and that takes a year also. And if you do it in a year, that's quite quick, actually, with recordings and everything." WITHIN TEMPTATION will release a new live DVD/Blu-ray/2CD, "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert", on November 14. The set features two of WITHIN TEMPTATION's most-talked-about arena shows ever. The two dates are 2012's resplendent 15th birthday "Elements" concert and the final night of the "Hydra" European arena tour at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall in May 2014. When it comes to the live experience, WITHIN TEMPTATION's status is of a league extraordinaire. These two performances showcase every nuance of their fierce reputation plus stunning imagery and special FX, including even giant fire-breathing dragons! In November 2012, WITHIN TEMPTATION challenged themselves to create one of their most impressive arena shows ever, to celebrate the band's 15th birthday. The result was the one-off symphonic "Elements" show, held at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. A dazzling event with 15,000 fans, the band's dream came to life. Newly inspired, the group went forth to write their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, "Hydra". In early 2014, WITHIN TEMPTATION unleashed "Hydra". This monster record claimed more than 10 European Top-10 chart positions, a No. 2 position in the iTunes World Charts, and the band's highest U.S. Billboard Top-20 chart position to date. The album success was followed by a 33-date European arena tour, selling out noted venues like Wembley Arena in London, Le Zenith in Paris, and the legendary Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam (twice). Over 15,000 fans joined the "Elements" show celebrations and more than 120,000 fans witnessed the "Hydra" beast on stage in Europe, but WITHIN TEMPTATION is far from done. The "Hydra" world tour is currently in full swing in North America. With South America and Japan still to come, more than half a million fans will have seen WITHIN TEMPTATION by the end of this year. WITHIN TEMPTATION is renowned for releasing impressive live DVDs. Previous release, the best-selling "Black Symphony" DVD, helped make them one of the most popular bands in their genre. At their recent Awards show in Berlin, Metal Hammer Germany presented WITHIN TEMPTATION with the prestigious "Best Live Band" award. The new DVD underlines this title. "Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert" will be released in four formats â DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, 2CD, and digital album. The DVD and Blu-ray contain 34 live audio visual tracks in HD, mixed in 5.1 Dolby Surround. The 2CD and digital album comprise 32 live audio tracks. The two shows have a running time total of approximately 170 minutes.
New York Rocks TV host/producer Phil Fiumano has uploaded video footage of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' October 21 appearance at Barnes & Noble in New York City for a signing session of Simmons' new book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business". Check out the report below. "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business" was released on October 21 via Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Official book description: "The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning executive â KISS' Gene Simmons âshares his manifesto for business success. "KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons' lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes lifetime achievement award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own â no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible. "In 'Me, Inc.', the marketing and finance wizard gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. Simmons teaches you how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by 'The Art Of War', 'Me, Inc.' is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success, drawn from Simmons' own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams." Although Simmons has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", paints a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera's review of "Face The Music" in The Times-Picayune, Paul writes in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS' financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers â not Simmons â encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities. "I saw the term 'marketing genius' used in reference to Gene quite frequently .â.â. [and] it turned my stomach," Stanley wrote of Simmons. "Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals. "He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No." Despite the barbs directed at Simmons, Stanley said in a recent interview that his longtime bandmate and business partner "had no arguments with" the comments Paul made in "Face The Music". "We've always been very honest with each other," insisted Stanley.
Guitarist Jim Root has opened up in a new interview with Australia's Triple J radio station about his dismissal from STONE SOUR late last year â even as he and singer Corey Taylor were working together on a new SLIPKNOT album. Root said, "I think, in some ways, there are certain people in that band [STONE SOUR] that are just extremely impatient, and they think that they need to have everything that they have, and they need to realize that the only reason they have anything of what they have is because SLIPKNOT made it possible for them to have what they have. SLIPKNOT has graciously and kindly stepped aside and let this other band do everything that it's ever needed or wanted to do, yet this band can't seem to take a break for SLIPKNOT to do what it needs to do. And, I don't knowâ¦ For me, it seemed like it was a little bit of a smack in the face. So it just got to the point, for me, where I couldn't stand it anymore, and I needed to work on SLIPKNOT, it was apparent, and it was becoming more and more apparent the more shows that we were doing." Asked whether his departure from STONE SOUR may have improved his relationship with Corey by taking some pressure off it, Root replied: "It may [have]. But I've never had a problem with Corey. You know what I mean?! Corey and I understand each other a lot better than anybody else from the other bands could, because we've been pullng double duty for all these years. And when you've got other people in the bands that you're in that don't share that common thing, they could never really understand what it is. And after a while you become so spread thin that it becomes really hard to give a hundred percent to both things, and eventually there comes a time where you have to say, 'Enough is enough,' and, 'I need to put my focus a hundred percent into what it is that made this all possible for all of us,' And let's face it: SLIPKNOT is a world-class, cult-status band, and it's where my passion lies. That's not to say I'm not passionate about STONE SOUR â I'm absolutely passionate about everything that I contributed to STONE SOUR â but there are certain people in that band that have a different idea of what STONE SOUR should be, and I don't necessarily wanna be in a radio band, so to speak, you know what I mean?! I'd rather be creative and be artistic and be able to play intricate music that moves and really takes you on a journey. About the closest STONE SOUR ever came to that were the two records that we just released, and I don't know that they'll ever do that again in the future." Root told The Pulse Of Radio when he first revealed that he was sitting out the last STONE SOUR tour â before it was announced that he was let go â that he was already dealing with a lot of stress juggling the two bands. "You know, unfortunately I'm only one person," he said. "I can't really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into SLIPKNOT makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with STONE SOUR. It's crushing and it's heartbreaking and I really don't like the idea of not being out there, but I don't really see any other way to really do it." Root said that he was dismissed from STONE SOUR in November 2013, revealing to Revolver magazine: "I was mad because STONE SOUR wanted to go do a tour and they didn't want me to be a part of it. So I had a little anger, and I had a little bit of depression. I was kind of hurt. But at the same time, it was probably all for the better, because I wasn't really happy in that band anymore." Taylor addressed the issue as well, telling Revolver: "It was difficult, at first. It put a strain between he and I for a little bit. It was one of those things where the timing just sucked. But at the same time, we knew that, on both sides, we've gotta do what we've gotta do.â Taylor added that working together on the new SLIPKNOT album actually helped mend fences between him and Root, explaining: "We were able to kind of channel that and put it into what we were making, which I think in a lot of ways helped the overall aggression and emotion really get there." Taylor and Root spent much of the last four years recording and touring behind three full STONE SOUR studio records, including 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and the double concept album "House Of Gold & Bones". STONE SOUR recently entered a Burbank, California studio to begin recording a covers album for a tentative early 2015 release. There's no word yet on which songs the band intends to include on the disc, which will mark the recording debut with the band of new guitarist Christian Martucci. SLIPKNOT's new set, ".5: The Gray Chapter", arrived on October 21.
Vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT answered "five random questions" for Shockwave magazine aboard MOTÃRHEAD's MotÃ¶rboat cruise, which took place September 22-26. You can watch the question-and-answer session below. Asked to name his "favorite sappy balad," Peterson said: "I would say 'The Legacy' [from TESTAMENT's 1990 album 'Souls Of Black']. The last time we played that song was in Mexico City. Some kid came to us and had a picture of a girl that just died. And he was, like, 'He wanted to come to the show so bad.' And it was an unfortunate death. She was obviously young. I think she was 18. I forgot her name. But [the song] wasn't even in our set, and he asked us, can we play the song for her? And I remember when we played it, the lighters came up, and we had her picture on the drum riser, and it was pretty sappy. I started crying. I was just, likeâ¦ Chuck was singing killer. It was great. That was the last sappy ballad I could think of." TESTAMENT is writing material for the follow-up to 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth" album for a tentative early 2015 release. Billy said in a recent interview that would like the new CD to sound along the lines of 1999's "The Gathering", "because 'The Gathering', for me, was such a turnaround record for the band. I think we really found our style and place, and the songs on that, to me, are probably gonna be some songs that stand the test of time, for sure. I think, 'cause we started experimenting with blast beats and a different style of guitar rhythms and picking on the guitars, it was different for us, and I really like where that went. So we hope that's where it all kind of ends up, and that's what we're shooting for." TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian and return of Steve DiGiorgio.
According to Examiner.com, 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 in March. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. Asked if there is any other musical ground that he is interested in covering, Danzig laughed and said, "No, probably 'Danzig Sings Elvis' will be about it." He added: "I'm pretty lucky in that a long time ago I started my own label. So I can just put out stuff when I want as long as I have a good distributor and no one can kick me off my own label. So I make sure that it sounds like what people expect DANZIG to sound like and hopefully they'll like the product when it comes out. That's really all that I do." 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 last year. 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. Danzig was in the studio in February with DANZIG guitarist/bandmate Tommy Victor (also of PRONG) recording three new tracks for the next DANZIG album. As of six months ago, Glenn had five new songs in various stages of completion. 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.
According to Hot Metal, CINDERELLA guitarist Jeff Labar has recruited Nashville bassist Jasmine Cain and her band to back him at his upcoming solo dates. Labar, who lives in Nashville and recently released his debut solo album, "One For The Road", said: "I have booked a few shows â I'm going to try it out. "I've never been the frontman, the singer of a band before, but I'm going to try it out November 15 in Indianapolis and a couple more shows in December. "But I think next year I might start hitting it hard with my bass player, who is Jasmine Caine. She's a bass player in my video, 'No Strings', and she's a great singer-songwriter-performer-artist in her own right." Cain's band is rounded out by Zach Ballard (drums) and Benjamin Johnson (guitar). Labar continued: "Basically, her band is backing me up. They're taking me under their wing, basically. "This will be the first â¦ Jasmine and I have been crossing paths for years and we finally got to work together in my video. "We're going to put it to the test live." LaBar's video for the song "No Strings" was directed by James Erdman and features drummer Matthew Arnn, Jeff's son, guitarist Sebastian LaBar, and Cain. "One For The Road" was released on August 26 through Rat Pak Records. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with longtime friend and noted engineer Ronnie Honeycutt, and was mixed and mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (KXM, LYNCH MOB, LITA FORD).
At last, the head-nodding horror that is the Dani Filth bobblehead doll has arrived, kicking and screaming all the way from the City of Dis. These little beauties make a great desktop feature to preside o'er your poison-pen letter writing skills and are available for a limited time. Rendered in his signature spiked bondage suit, the CRADLE OF FILTH frontman comes complete with his face gholishly made up in haunting corpse paint. He stands approximately 7 inches tall, is cast in durable polyresin for stability and features exquisite detail. This is a hand-numbered, limited edition release of only 1,500 bobbleheads, so order yours now by clicking here. CRADLE OF FILTH will enter the studio on November 24 to begin recording its new album for a tentative June 2015 release. The CD will mark the first release with the band's new lineup, which includes new guitarists Ashok (of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR) and Richard Shaw (of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26).
Fan-filmed video footage KING DIAMOND's October 13 concert at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland seen below. KING DIAMOND played its first show with new bassist, Swedish musician Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION'S SHARE, ZAN CLAN), on July 25 at GrÃ¶na Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. Egberg joined KING DIAMOND following the recent departure of Hal Patino. Patino released a statement on July 20 calling KING DIAMOND's frontman and namesake "a tired, bitter, old man" and denying that he has a drug problem, despite the singer's implications to the contrary. After King announced Hal's exit from KING DIAMOND, Patino posted a message of his own claiming that he was offered a "totally ridiculous" salary for the band's five shows this summer, calling the move "disrespectful" and insisting that he quit the band in disgust two days before King announced Patino was "relieved of his duties" as the bassist for KING DIAMOND. King then responded with a lengthy posting on his Facebook page, accusing Patino of "putting out extreme lies" about King's character and slamming Hal for asking for more money at the last minute after the rest of the band and the crew already accepted the same salary as they had received for last year's European tour. King, 58, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise. "Dreams Of Horror", a 2xCD collection of KING DIAMOND songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy La Rocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records on November 11. "Dreams Of Horror" is the only "best-of" album covering the band's entire career. King Diamond and Andy La Rocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.
METALLICA will release 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 will be available digitally and via VOD for the first time. It will also contain a new bonus feature, "Metallica: The 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. 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 earlier today (Thursday, October 23) 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 â it was a good mirror. And I think everyone involved in that movie pretty much felt the same way about themselves." In other news, 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.
Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's October 18 performance at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Dragonaut 02. Metal Gods 03. Devil's Child 04. Victim Of Changes 05. Halls Of Valhalla 06. Love Bites 07. March Of The Damned 08. Turbo Lover 09. Redeemer Of Souls 10. Beyond The Realms Of Death 11. Jawbreaker 12. Breaking The Law 13. Hell Bent For Leather Encore: 14. You've Got Another Thing Comin' Encore 2: 15. Living After Midnight 16. Defenders Of The Faith 17. Beginning Of The End Asked if there was a negative vibe swirling around the band during the "Epitaph" tour, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told Guitar World magazine: "I don't know if it was a negative vibe around us as much as it was a little bit unsure of what the future held for JUDAS PRIEST. For me, the 'Epitaph' tour was one of the most satisfying and gratifying tours we had ever done. It was a grueling task to go out and play for two and a half hours every night, but to play a song off every album brought out a lot of sentimental feelings, and I think we all rose to the occasion. But there was a little bit of uncertainty around the band â what we were going to do next, that kind of thing. And it wasn't until we started writing the album and really getting into the meat and potatoes of it that we realized, Hold on, this is going to be more than just another album â there's something special going on here. And that starts to breed enthusiasm. You look forward to the future. You look forward to playing these songs onstage. So I think the band has evolved since the 'Epitaph' era into a different way of thinking. We've never been more content, and we're excited about the future." Added PRIEST singer Rob Halford: "In light of the 'Epitaph' experience, if and when the final note is played, we certainly won't be announcing it. I think it's just going to happen one day, and that's probably the nicest way to do it. You take very small steps back until you're done, and I think it'll be that way for us. But the fact that PRIEST's music will live forever, the way Beethoven and Bach's music lives forever, that really is the most incredible accomplishment that you can dwell on and feel proud of." Regarding whether it was disappointing to join a legendary band like JUDAS PRIEST and suddenly have people speculating about the group's demise, guitarist Richie Faulkner said: "When I came onboard and was welcomed into the family, I was very aware of where the band were in their career. Not that I wasn't already aware of it, since I'm a fan of the band, but it certainly wasn't something I was going to pass up just because there's a chance that the band was coming to the end of its career. And maybe if there was any sense within the band of winding down, maybe I'm the one who's keeping them going. And some people out there might not like me for that, but what was I going to do? Not join the band? Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns. And as a result, here we are with 18 new studio tracks and a new JUDAS PRIEST album." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
FAITH NO MORE, who reunited in 2009 for a series of sold-out performances and international festivals, is currently recording their first full-length album since 1997's "Album Of The Year". Several photos from the studio can be seen below. A limited-edition (5000 copies) seven-inch single of the song "Motherfucker" will precede the April 2015 release, available via Record Store Day's "Black Friday" event (November 28). The single will be released digitally on December 9. The as-yet-untitled album is being recorded in an Oakland, California studio with Gould handling production. The release will be the first from FAITH NO MORE's newly formed imprint Reclamation Recordings, which will be distributed by Ipecac Recordings. The cover artwork for the "Motherfucker" single was revealed on Ipecac.com. "We've always shared a chemistry between ourselves that's unique to this band, but these past few years of touring together have made us aware that we not only play better as a unit, but we like the new stuff we're coming up with," explained FAITH NO MORE founder and bass player Bill Gould. "So we've decided: we're going to get busy in 2015â¦ make an album we're proud of, kick things up a notch, get out there and perform it and maybe even dedicate a little more focus to our fans in the States this time." Asked what the new material sounds like, Gould told RollingStone.com: "What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as FAITH NO MORE. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of 'space.' "Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. Hopefully it doesn't sound like a bunch of 50-year-old men... which we are! [Laughs]" He added: "There's going to be a lot of space and scope â big, big sound-stage space â but I also think there's gonna be a lot of those things that we already have. All I can say is what we're doing just feels right." Prior to the new album's release, FAITH NO MORE will headline Australia's Soundwave festival in February 2015. Worldwide tour dates will be announced soon. FAITH NO MORE is Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar) and Mike Patton (vocals). Band photo credit: Margaret Banda
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine believes that his mother-in-law, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was picked up by someone shortly after she went missing almost three weeks ago and is asking anyone with any information to come forward. 76-year-old Sally Estabrook was last seen at a campground near Julian, California on October 4. Her husband noticed she was gone when he returned from a shower and couldn't find her. Search-and-rescue teams from four counties and the U.S. Border Patrol and more than 300 volunteers took part in the search for Estabrook. Speaking to the 101 KGB radio station in San Diego, Mustaine said: "We live in Tennesse, and we have our house in California too, so we had just moved back to Tennessee and then we get this phone call [about Estabrook being missing]. And it's, like, 'Well, is she in the campsite and you're gonna find her in an hour?' 'Is she at a girlfriend's camper or something, or is she gone?' And she's just plain gone. They had bloodhounds, they had cadaver dogs, they had helicopters, motorcycles, ATVsâ¦ everybody. And that's why now we're appealing to the community, expanding the perimeter and trying to make people aware of this, because somebody picked her up. There's no way a 76-year-old woman can trek all the way down a mountain like that. So somebody was being nice and trying to help her. And we're thinking that the person who tried to help her is afraid that maybe they did something wrong. We don't care. We just wanna know where she is." He continued: "The other thing, too, is even the most terrible of convicts still has a mother, and when they're driving down the road and they see this old woman, the person could have pulled over and helped her and have a criminal past and they can't say anything. It could be somebody of Latino descent that is here without documentation and is afraid that they're gonna get deported. It could be a number of different things. We don't care what the situation is. Just help us find my wife's mom." Mustaine added: "If people think they have to keep her, if they see her, and they wanna hold on to her, you don't have to do that. Just tell us the general direction or the area that she's in. Because, like I said, if there is any reason whatsoever â and I've got a checkered past; I don't care â that somebody doesn't want to have the authorities involved, but they know where she's at, just call 911 and tell us where she's at." Asked if he was happy with the job that the search-and-rescue teams and law enforcement were doing, Mustaine said: "I am, actually. They have gone on longer than they were supposed to. They held off on the cadaver dogs and switching from rescue to recovery longer than they should have. Even the pilots that were flying the helicopters, they've got a routine that they have to do over the city, and they were all flying back out to the site. They covered 60 square miles with the helicopter. There is no way she went that far. Somebody picked her up." Mustaine said that Estabrook was in the "severe" stage of Alzheimer's disease and "couldn't put three words together." He added: "That's the thing that is of comfort to us, because we do know that at some point she's gonna go in Heaven, but we don't want it to happen now, for Christ's sakes." Estabrook is 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 145 pounds with shoulder-length, blond hair. She was last seen wearing a teal top and white, Capri pants. Because Estabrook suffers from Alzheimer's, she isn't very communicative, but might respond to her name. Anyone who sees Estabrook should call 911 or the sheriff's department at (858) 565-5200.
The official lyric video for the song "Stranger In Us All" from RATED X (formerly LEGACY X), the new band featuring legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, MOTHER'S ARMY), bassist Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) and guitarist Karl Cochran (JOE LYNN TURNER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT), can be seen below. The track is taken from RATED X's debut album, which will be released in Europe on November 7 and in North America on November 11 via Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label known for embracing new music from legendary rock artists. The CD features all-new songs built upon a classic hard rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge. RATED X was formed at the suggestion of Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, who mentioned to singer Joe Lynn Turner that a band of highest-caliber musicians should be assembled to create an album of classic hard rock music. Turner, the former lead vocalist for both RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE and a solo artist in his own right, agreed, and the search for the right players was on. Carmine Appice, who already had a relationship with Frontiers, was on board immediately. A true percussion icon, Appice's resume is one that rock legends are made of: VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART, BLUE MURDER, KING KOBRA and others. Appice's former BLUE MURDER bandmate and bassist Tony Franklin (best known for his work with THE FIRM, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, David Gilmour, Kate Bush and WHITESNAKE) signed up next. After a lengthy search for the right guitarist, they settled on longtime Turner collaborator Karl Cochran, who has also worked with Ace Frehley in the past. "I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge," says Turner. "The songs are classic rock, but then that's an understatement. They are what they are; and they transformed as we went along recording. So, all in all, we are very happy to finish the record and finally able to get it out to the public. Everyone in this band is a true individual and stylist. When you put it all together, you have RATED X." The debut album, simply titled "Rated X", is remarkable in that it sounds like a band that has worked together as a unit for years. The songs are powerful and the performances are tight and innovative. Frontiers in-house producer Alessandro del Vecchio not only handled studio production but added keyboards on several tracks. Pat Regan (MR. BIG, DEEP PURPLE, GOTTHARD, KISS, DORO) mixed the album. Says Appice: "With [Alessandro's] help in coming up with the song ideas and working together with the band, I believe we came up with the sound from the late '70s-'80s. To me, it sounds like BLUE MURDER with Joe Lynn Turner singing. Having Tony and myself as the rhythm section and with the heavy guitars, it gives the record a BLUE MURDER vibe. Then, adding Alessandro on keys gave us a bit of the DEEP PURPLE thing. It all works together and I loved playing each song.â "Rated X" track listing: 01. Get Back My Crown 02. This Is Who I Am 03. Fire And Ice 04. I Don't Cry No More 05. Lhasa 06. Devil In Disguise 07. You Are The Music 08. Peace Of Mind 09. Maybe Tonight 10. On The Way To Paradise 11. Our Love Is Not Over 12. Stranger In Us All An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the album is available below.
Fan-filmed video footage of MÃTLEY CRÃE's October 22 performance at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina can be seen below. According to Las Vegas Weekly, there are tentative plans for MÃTLEY CRÃE 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," MÃTLEY CRÃE singer Vince Neil told the site. "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." MÃTLEY CRÃE 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." Sixx added. "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off. "I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the fucking years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter." MÃTLEY CRÃE in August completed the first leg of its "The Final Tour" with support from Alice Cooper. The current leg of the trek kicked off on October 10 in Oklahoma City and will conclude on November 22 in Spokane, Washington. While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÃTLEY CRÃE 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 MÃTLEY CRÃE banner. "The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," 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." After the completion of the farewell tour, MÃTLEY CRÃE guitarist Mick Mars is expected to put the finishing touches on his long-in-the-works debut album as well as a memoir. Sixx will focus much of his efforts on his other band, SIXX: A.M., while Neil will continue his solo career. Lee's plans have not yet been revealed, but he did tell Newsday: "I am writing and putting things aside. It's a different direction from my last solo work because I'm changing around all the components. It won't be something you've heard or seen before. Believe me, I'm not done after this."
"Feels Like Forever", the new video from the Orange County, California-based rock band OF MICE & MEN, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Nathan William and filmed in Los Angeles. "In the studio, 'Feels Like Forever' was the FIRST song we demoed, and ended up being the LAST song we finished recording," says OF MICE & MEN lead singer Austin Carlile. "It fought back. It's a song that everyone in the band has a personal attachment to for various reasons. Bringing it to life visually and in our own backyard of Southern California was a great experience. Sand in my shoes still and all." "Feels Like Forever" appears on OF MICE & MEN's latest album, "Restoring Force", which was produced by David Bendeth (PARAMORE, BRING ME THE HORIZON). It follows previous single "Would You Still Be There", the video for which has racked up over 2 million views. OF MICE & MEN â vocalist Austin Carlile, guitarist Alan Ashby, drummer Valentino Arteaga, vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley and guitarist Phil Manansala â will play "Feels Like Forever" and other fan favorites from "Restoring Force", 2011's "The Flood" and 2010's "Of Mice & Men" during their upcoming European tour with LINKIN PARK, which kicks off November 3 in Zurich and includes two nights at Londonâs 02 Arena. "LINKIN PARK is a band thatâs been a major trailblazer for heavy music for over a decade," says Carlile. "We're honored and incredibly excited to be part of this amazing tour, and can't wait to see our fans in the UK and Europe." Before they head overseas, OF MICE & MEN will join SLIPKNOT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT and many more on Sunday, October 26 at Knotfest in San Bernardino, California.
Former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott says that he still loves all the legendary musicians that he grew up listening to but is unable to appreciate many of the newer extreme-metal sticksmen because they "play too much." During an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show", Vinnie said about his drumming influences: "I always really loved the guys that made me wanna play drums. John Bonham, probably the greatest drummer ever. All of us wanted to play drums like him. "Alex Van Halenâ¦ I loved his playing because he had so much energy; he made those songs exciting, along with everything else that went with him. "Tommy Aldridge is the guy that made me wanna play double kick, man. I heard him play 'Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)' with the Pat Travers band and he was doing stuff with his feet that I couldn't even hear people do with their hands. I was, like, 'Man, I've gotta get another bass drum.' "That's a whole another funny story. I went to my dad. I said, 'Man, I've gotta have another bass drum, dad.' And he was, like, 'Why? What's wrong with the one you've got, son?' And I said, 'Nothing. I need two.' And he just looked at me, like, 'Two? What's that for?' I said, 'I'll show you. Just get me another one, man.' And so that's how I got started on that. "And then, somebody that really doesn't reflect in my playing, but I'm a huge fan of, is Neil Peart; he's an amazing drummer. "But the new guys, to me, a lot of them play too much â to me. "I always considered myself a groove drummer, and a blast beat don't have much of a groove to it. And a lot of these drummers play so much that it's not about the song anymore, it's like a show-off session. 'Watch me. Here I go.' It's over the top. "To me, I always felt like drums have to be the support and the driving factor in a song, and there's places where the drummer has to show off and do things and get the spotlight, but not all the time. You've gotta pick and choose. And it's always gotta be about the song. That's really the bottom line." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.
"Babylonian Pandemonium", the new video from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, can be seen below. The song is taken from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's third album, "Pandemonium", which will be released on November 4 (one day earlier internationally) via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY. "Pandemonium" track listing: 01. Babylonian Pandemonium 02. Banzai Kamakazi 03. Scum 04. I, Barbarian 05. Carmunhao 06. Apex Predator 07. Insurrection 08. Not Losing The Edge 09. Father Of Hate 10. The Crucible 11. Deus Ex Machina 12. Porra Commented Igor Cavalera on the "Pandemonium" artwork: "It is exciting to work with one of the most amazing living artists, who is also one of my best friends. "Stephan Doitschnoff expresses in a beautiful way what is tense and ambiguous and makes people think through images and words. For me, it's the best fit to combine with one of the most exciting pieces of music I have written, which is 'Pandemonium'." During an appearance on the "Metal Hammer" magazine show on TeamRock Radio, Max stated about the upcoming effort: "It's very, very heavy â the heaviest of all the three [CAVALERA CONSPIRACY albums]. I was really possessed to get Igor back to his 'Arise' [SEPULTURA] era of drumming, everything fast." Max recently told HardRockHaven.net about "Pandemonium": "There aren't really any guests on the album. Nate [Newton] from CONVERGE plays bass and he sings one song called 'The Crucible' â it's about the witches of Salem; we did a song about that. Nate's got a great voice, 'cause he sings for DOOMRIDERS and I love his voice, so I got him to sing one song. That's the only guest. The CAVALERA album is really more about me and Igor [Cavalera, drums], the brothers, thrashing. This one is almost grindcore. I was really a dictator in the studio with Igor to try to keep him from going into the groove and tried to keep him playing fast; I wanted him play fast for most of the record. So every time he'd go into the groove, I would be, like, 'Fuck the groove! Get out of the groove! Go back to the fast shit.' And I succeeded, man. It's a really brutal album. I think it's definitely the most brutal of all the CAVALERA albums and it's definitely gonna turn some heads when people hear this one." Gray stated about the "Pandemonium" recording process: "This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera. "Max, Igor and Marc [Rizzo, guitar] were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process. "I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary. Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso. "I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he's under pressure. "What can I say about Nate Newton â he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth. I'm really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him some day." Added Newton: "It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record. For me, it was a challenge to learn the songs sight unseen and record them. It was a pretty interesting look into the way Max writes songs and I am glad to have been a part of it."
Fan-filmed video footage of BUTCHER BABIES performing their cover version of the STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH classic "Pussy Whipped" on October 17 at Rock The Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas can be seen below. BUTCHER BABIES' studio recording of "Pussy Whipped" is featured on the band's EP of cover tunes, "Uncovered", which was released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) via Century Media Records. BUTCHER BABIES singer Heidi Shepherd told SoCalMusicToday.com about the decision to cover "Pussy Whipped": "'Pussy Whipped' was chosen by the band as a whole. I initially wanted to cover 'Bigger Than The Devil' off of S.O.D.'s 1999 album. So we narrowed down to about four S.O.D. songs that we thought would be fun: 'Kill The Assholes', 'Monkeys Rule' and 'Pussy Whipped'. After much deliberation, we figured it'd be funny to hear girls screaming 'pussy whipped.'" "Uncovered" track listing: 01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers 02. They're Coming To Take Me Away 03. Don't Give A Fuck 04. Crazy Horses 05. Pussy Whipped BUTCHER BABIES are currently working on material for the follow-up to last year's well-received debut, "Goliath", tentatively due in 2015. "This next album is really important to us," BUTCHER BABIES singer Carla Harvey told Fairfield City Champion. "It's the album that really says, 'Are you going to keep going as a band or just stop?' It's really important to make it the best it can be. "I think that it's going to be a little thrashier than the current album. We're working with a different producer too, and any time you use a different producer, there's going to be a bit of a different sound. We're really looking forward to bringing back a little more of the thrash element to our music."