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THE CROWN: New Rehearsal Footage Posted Online

Video footage of reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers THE CROWN rehearsing on November 15 at N3 in Trollhättan, Sweden can be seen below. THE CROWN's new studio album, "Death Is Not Dead", will be released on January 12, 2015. The CD's cover artwork was created by Björn Gosses of Killustrations and can be seen below. Says the band: "So, what's new in THE CROWN camp? Well, in just a few months we are celebrating our 25th anniversary in the name of death metal. "Can you believe it? 25 years filled with blood, sweat and tears and one hell of a pile of good albums to be really proud of. "But this celebration is not only to look back and be nostalgic. It's also to embrace the very bright future of this band. We feel great at the moment and we will make 2015 the best year so far. "Do you wanna join the ride? Well, then don't hesitate to continue to read. "We know that a lot of you folks out there have waited and waited for some new shit but guess what!? The wait is over. "For the past two years, we have worked really hard writing and recording our new album, 'Death Is Not Dead', and it's finally ready to be unleashed upon mankind January 12, 2015. "'Death Is Not Dead' is something that we're extremely proud of. We truly hope that you will dig it and give it the support that it needs and deserves. We have definitely done our best to produce a death metal classic." "Death Is Not Dead" track listing: 01. Reign 02. Headhunter 03. Iblis Bane 04. Eternal (PARADISE LOST cover) 05. Struck By Lightning 06. Speed Kills (Full Moon Ahead) 07. Herd Of Swine 08. Horrid Ways 09. Ride To Ruin 10. Meduseld 11. Godeater Bonus CD on limited digipack edition: 01. We Come In Peace (Piece by Piece) 02. Agent Orange (SODOM cover) THE CROWN recently parted ways with drummer Janne Saarenpää. THE CROWN last year announced the addition of guitarist Robin Sörqvist (IMPIOUS) to the group's ranks. THE CROWN played its first concert with returning vocalist Johan Lindstrand on May 5, 2012 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. This marked the band's first appearance in Gothenburg in 12 years and was the group's only show in Sweden that year. THE CROWN's last album, "Doomsday King", came out in September 2010 via Century Media Records. The CD was the group's first — and only — release to feature vocalist Jonas Stålhammar.

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ENTOMBED Back Catalog To Be Reissued

Swedish rock label Threeman Recordings and German company SPV have entered into a distribution agreement for Europe and the USA to re-release of some essential ENTOMBED back-catalog items beginning with the band's classic albums "DCLXVI-To Ride, Shoot Straight And Speak Truth", "Same Difference" and "Uprising" in early 2015. Each album will come in a high-class casebound package with a bonus CD and 24-page booklet, including rare photos, liner notes and much more. In addition, each album will be released in a heavyweight 180-gram colored vinyl version. Said Dave Thorne of Threeman Recordings: "It's great to finally find a home for the ENTOMBED back catalog, and I know that with their many years of experience, SPV is the perfect partner to handle these historic albums and really do them justice. The fans can expect nothing less than the highest quality from these and future releases!" Added Frank Uhle of SPV: "ENTOMBED is one of the originators of the death metal genre and we are more than happy to be working with Threeman Recordings to maintain the history of this great band!" "Back To The Front", the album that was recorded last year by four members of the most recent lineup of ENTOMBED — Lars Göran Petrov (vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass) — was released on August 5 via Century Media Records under the band name ENTOMBED A.D. The CD was recorded at Studio Bohus (ABBA, EUROPE) in Kungälv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). The cover artwork was painted by Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, VADER). In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Elgstrand stated about the legal issues that forced the ENTOMBED name change: "We've had some internal turmoil that resulted in a separation of AlexENTOMBED belongs to him. Which, of course, it doesn't, but instead of getting into a lawsuit that would've gone on for a long time and wouldn't have made anyone happy except a bunch of lawyers, we decided to add 'A.D.' to the name and get on with what were supposed to do, which is making music and touring as a band. As of now, the name ENTOMBED is on hold for anyone to use until people involved come to a solution. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to happen in the near future." Photo (from left to right): Frank Uhle (Managing Director SPV), Alex Hellid (Threeman Recordings, ENTOMBED), Dave Thorne (Threeman Recordings), Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer)

EVERGREY: 'The Grand Collapse' Video Released

"The Grand Collapse", the new video from Swedish metallers EVERGREY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Hymns For The Broken", which was released on September 26 in Europe and September 30 in the U.S. via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at a few different studios and mixed at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPYSODE, PRETTY MAIDS, DORO). EVERGREY's current lineup includes guitarist Henrik Danhage and drummer Jonas Ekdahl, who have rejoined the band four years after leaving the group in 2010. Not too long ago EVERGREY was almost dead. It wasn't a decision Englund had spent hours or weeks brooding over, but as time passed following the band's "Glorious Collision" album from 2011 he felt less and less inspired to continue. Perhaps it was the splintering of the band lineup in 2010 — which saw Henrik Danhage (guitars), Jonas Ekdahl (drums), and Jari Kainulainen (bass) leave on friendly terms — or maybe it was the business side of the music that had worn him down, but Englund had seriously considered throwing in the towel. Fate had other plans, however, and he found himself working alongside his former bandmates due to circumstances beyond his control. The end result of that unplanned collaboration, which was meant to be temporary, resulted in a re-energized EVERGREY creating "Hymns For The Broken", arguably the strongest album in the band's 16-year career. "We needed a stand-in drummer for a few shows that had already been booked," Englund explains, "because Hannes [Van Dahl] had been offered the chance to join SABATON, so I naturally called Jonas to see if he was available. We also needed a second guitarist, so I asked Henrik and he was fine with it. While we were doing those shows, we realized that we were having a lot of fun with the music again." "I'd say that the guys coming back saved EVERGREY because I wasn't 100% set on doing an album," Englund admits. "And I'm amazed. The band sounds hungry, the album sounds awesome, and I can say there's not a weak song on it. I like it a lot, which is strange because usually I'm so tired of the music after working on an album for such a long time. Honestly, I've never felt I've been as close to the music as I am with 'Hymns For The Broken' because all the bits and pieces are in there. It's exactly what my vision for the album was. Usually you get about 80% of it right, but this is 100% what we wanted." EVERGREY treads familiar musical territory on "Hymns For The Broken', but they most certainly haven't rehashed any of their previous eight albums. Their trademark elements of dark and light, rage and melancholy, and Englund's signature vocals are all intact, but there's a raw energy in EVERGREY's new music that hasn't been heard in years, if ever. "I think you can hear that the album is full of energy, full of life," says Englund. "It's definitely hungry, and it sounds different from any of the other releases we have. I'm not bashing our other albums at all; 'Hymns For The Broken' is just a different approach. I sang pretty much everything in writing mode, so the initial ideas were there from the beginning. We didn't try to go back and polish things up. Also, bass and drums were recorded together live in the studio, and we didn't stop until we had the take we wanted. We were after the spontaneity and I think you can hear it." Hansen mixed "Hymns For The Broken" and is considered by Englund to be the best man for the job. According to Tom, Hansen knew instinctively what the band wanted to do with the new music. Working from the original demos, "he made the songs sound 100 times better." Taking the cover art and song titles on "Hyms For The Broken" at face value, it seems the thread woven through the album is tied to the concept of battle, war and revolution. EVERGREY isn't making a political statement, however. Nothing could be further from the truth. "Hymns For The Broken" is about the human struggle that has been so present on all of EVERGREY's albums. "For the last six years I've gone through a major transition, which has pushed me into corners where I've discovered things about myself that I didn't know existed," Englund reveals. "It's an album about finding out you're not the person you thought you were, which is something that can be scary and terrifying and rewarding. It's been one hell of a journey. I'm not saying that my journey has ended or that I have the answers to anything. I'm confident enough to stand here and do this again. I think we've used our music as a forum for people who feel the same way we do about things, to make people feel less alone in some way." EVERGREY 2014 is: Tom S. Englund - Guitar, Vocals Rikard Zander - Keyboards Johan Niemann - Bass Henrik Danhage - Guitar Jonas Ekdahl - Drums

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Former MEGADETH Members To Premiere New Music On 'Inside Metal' Show

The as-yet-unnamed new "supergroup" featuring former MEGADETH members Chris Poland (guitar), Nick Menza (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass) will make its first public appearance next month on the sixth episode of the brand new Internet TV program "Inside Metal" hosted by Bob Nalbandian. Tune in on Tuesday, December 9 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST to listen to the world premiere of audio samples from the new band's upcoming full-length debut release. For more information, go to this location. According to Menza, Poland "already has six heavy original songs in the can" that the new group has started working on. Menza and Lomenzo's first jam session took place on June 25 at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California where they cracked through some of the old MEGADETH catalog along with some of their favorite METALLICA and LED ZEPPELIN songs. Poland is best known for his work on MEGADETH's first two albums — "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" (1985) and "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" (1986). Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired and replaced with Shawn Drover. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared." Lomenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group's studio albums, 2007's "United Abominations" and 2009's "Endgame". He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced with returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.

JIMMY PAGE Says He Saw His 'Life Flashing By' When Compiling Photo Memoir

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page feels that his new photographic memoir, titled "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", may actually be more personal because of the candid and revealing shots of his life and career. The 512-page oversized tome covers every aspect of his career; his London session work and stint in THE YARDBIRDS, LED ZEPPELIN, THE FIRM, his solo work and collaboration with David Coverdale, the mid-'90s teamup with Robert Plant, LED ZEPPELIN's 2007 reunion concert and beyond. Page says that he was able to do something with the book, that few people's are ever able to really do. "It starts off there when I’m about 12, 12 or 13, but it goes through, to, like 70," he said. "So, y’know, you definitely sort of see your life flashing by and you see the decades, but it’s alright, though, because, y’know, I managed to put something together here, which nobody had done before: a complete autobiography in photographs. You see yourself growing up, really." Originally conceived as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies worldwide, the first printing of "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" sold out within weeks of release. In the spring of 2010, it became the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history. "I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin," said Page. "I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey. "I always like to do something different," added Page. "If you're inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration. That goes for music, as well as anything else — even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well, and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people."

JOE PERRY Calls AEROSMITH's Continued Relevance 'A Miracle'

According to The Pulse Of Radio, AEROSMITH's Joe Perry pulled no punches in his recent autobiography, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", either about his life and career or AEROSMITH's now-infamous inner-band troubles. His biography is the third from the band, following AEROSMITH's 2003 joint bio, "Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith", drummer Joey Kramer's 2009 memoir "Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top", and frontman Steven Tyler's 2011 book, "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" Joe Perry told The Pulse Of Radio that ultimately, the thrill of what AEROSMITH accomplished musically trumps all the problems that the band has endured due to drugs, women, management and ego issues. "It's really the five of us, y'know, as a band," he said. "And it's still exciting to walk out onstage with these guys. And that, I think, is the glue that keeps us coming back. Sometimes I ask that question myself, y'know, ‘Why am I still doin' it?' Well, when I walk out onstage in Moscow and everybody out there is singing words to songs that we wrote in the basement, or, y'know, in some studio somewhere. It's nothin' short of a miracle, y'know? And so we kind of have a lot of respect for that." AEROSMITH's latest effort, 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!", debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.

Drummer KELLY SMITH Quits FLOTSAM AND JETSAM To Focus On His Family

Drummer Kelly Smith has left veteran Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to focus on caring for his family. Kelly was instrumental in bringing FLOTSAM back to its current form with a touring and festival schedule that, since 2013, saw the band perform live in 15 countries and across the U.S. for more than 80 shows. Kelly has issued the following personal message to the FLOTSAM fans: "As of August, my family has suffered the loss of two family members and a third is now in critical condition. With all that has taken place, it has taken me away from the focus of my duties in FLOTSAM for the foreseeable future. "In 1982 FLOTSAM (first as DREDLOX, then as DOGZ) was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on my parents back patio. Despite all the progress we have made, I am regretfully unable to continue on this journey, as always I only want the best should my comrades continue the good fight. Flotz til Death." As Kelly departs, FLOTSAM continues work on a new album that is still scheduled for a spring 2015 release, to coincide with the band's upcoming European tour and festival dates. Details on the upcoming album and new drummer will be released soon. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM recently parted ways with guitarist Edward Carlson and bassist Jason Ward and replaced them with Steve Conley and Michael Spencer, respectively. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM released "No Place For Disgrace - 2014", a re-recording of the band's second album, "No Place For Disgrace", on February 14 in Europe and digitally on February 18 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The physical CD was made available in North America on March 4. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM returned to Metal Blade Records for the release of the group's 2012 album, "Ugly Noise".

Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK Quits MEGADETH

MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick has released the following statement: "Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from MEGADETH to pursue my own musical direction. "I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of MEGADETH for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. "I wish Dave [Mustaine] and everyone in MEGADETH all the best. "I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it." Drummer Shawn Drover quit MEGADETH yesterday (Tuesday, November 25) "to pursue [his] own musical interests." His statement can be found at this location. Broderick joined MEGADETH in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover, who left the group in order to focus on family life. Chris has been playing guitar since he was eleven years old and had been teaching for 15 years prior to joining MEGADETH. Styles range from classical, rock, blues, and jazz. He started taking lessons at 14 years of age studying guitar as well as voice, violin, and piano. Chris has a degree in classical guitar music performance at the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music. He has performed in many master classes including ones given by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, and his primary instructor, Ricardo Iznaola. In addition, Chris has taken classes such as jazz improvisation, chord voicing, advanced music theory, and sight-reading.

NIKKI SIXX: Artists Should Force Change In 'One-Sided Business Model'

MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx has clarified his position in the ongoing debate surrounding Taylor Swift decision to pull her music from Spotify, saying that a more important issue artist lawyers need to address is a "legal loophole" called "breakage," where record labels "get advances, which they don't recoup and hence don't pay the artist." Earlier in the month, Swift declined to release her new album, "1989", to Spotify, which has both free and paid tiers, insisting that she wanted access to her music to be restricted to Spotify's paid version, which provides higher royalty rates. Her record label, Big Machine, opted to release the album only as MP3 download and compact disc and is limiting access to her catalog to premium streaming subscribers. Writing on his Facebook page, Sixx added his thoughts on the controversy, saying: "I wanna break this down into simple terms for everybody since I've been getting calls from press and artists. This can be confusing and I believe clarity is important. So here it goes. "A record label signs an artist to a recording contract to sell their music at different destinations. An example of that would be a one stop-shopping destination like iTunes where you can download music. They also license the music to streaming companies like Spotify, etc. When they do that, they get around 70% of the money. Now on downloads (just like on hard goods, i.e. CDs, etc), they pay a royalty to the artist but on streaming they don't. They use a legal loophole called 'breakage' and they get advances, which they don't recoup and hence don't pay the artist. "This is something artist lawyers need to address. They need to be strong and protect the artist and not the labels. "We should all get paid for our music and force an honest payment plan that will ensure new artists have a future as well as established artists who should also get paid for there whole catalog. "Some might say the bigger artists have made enough money, but that being said, we still wrote the music, performed the music and promoted the music. But what about the new bands, singers, and songwriters? If we continue allowing this one-sided business model to continue, they really don't have a hope in hell, do they? "I'd like ALL artists to do what their managers and lawyers for the most part haven't done and stand up and force a change… "I still don't understand why a majority of reporters haven't investigated and report this in a robust way." The most popular subscription service, Spotify reportedly has around 40 million users, a fourth of whom pay for monthly plans while the rest get advertising along with their music. Spotify pays artists and labels based on the number of streams they generate. The per-stream payout for a song streamed on the service is reportedly between 0.006 cents and 0.0084 cents.

Drummer SHAWN DROVER Quits MEGADETH

MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has released the following statement: "After 10 years, I have decided to quit MEGADETH to pursue my own musical interests. "I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire MEGADETH family, as well as thanking all the amazing MEGADETH fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. "Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey." During a January 2012 interview with Legendary Rock Interviews, Drover was asked to recount the very unusual story of how he joined MEGADETH. "It was 2004 and my brother Glen was in the band as their guitar player," Shawn said. "They were in rehearsals for their tour and I was in contact with him every day and checking on him and stuff and seeing how things were going. "The situation just came up where they didn't want Nick [Menza, former drummer] in the band anymore, so I came home and my brother got hold of me and said, You better sit down.' And I was like, 'Why? What's going on?' And Glen was like, 'Well, they want you on the next plane to come out here.' [laughs] This was six days before the first day of the tour, so to be honest with you, that was quite a shock, you know, and I was just like, 'Jesus, man,' because I was well aware of when the tour was starting. So I called my wife and filled her in real quick and I was on a plane bound for Arizona a few hours later to rehearse with the band. We rehearsed for four days, travelled the fifth day, and the sixth day was the first show of the tour. "It was quite a daunting task, but looking back now, I probably wouldn't want to do it any other way. It was pretty cool and I really didn't have time to freak out or be nervous or anything like that. I was so focused on learning the songs that I didn't know yet, they had just put out 'The System Has Failed' and I hadn't heard a note of it at all because it was just released. I tried to learn and cram as much material as I could in those four days of rehearsal. "The first show was in front of thousands of kids and was off the hook; it was a great show. It's funny, because for some reason, the barricades weren't up at that venue and the kids were jumping all over the stage and going crazy. I guess nobody remembered to, or whatever, so it turned into an old-school MEGADETH thrash show with kids stagediving and the whole bit, so I thought that was how it was going to be all the time, which was fine by me, you know, because I am definitely from that era. [laughs] Come to find out someone messed up and everyone was like, 'What happened to the barricade?' and I was like, 'Oh, OK….' [laughs] It was pretty funny and I have a lot of fond memories of that time. It was nerve-wracking, of course, but it was so exciting and I was just so focused on learning that it kind of all worked out." MEGADETH's latest album, 2013's "Super Collider", arrived in stores via mainman Dave Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Arrives Late For Court Hearing, Backs Car Into Path Of Truck

A New Zealand judge threated to issue an arrest warrant for AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd after he failed to show up for his court hearing Wednesday morning (November 26). Rudd was due to appear in the High Court at Tauranga at 9 a.m., according to Radio New Zealand. When the drummer didn't show, Justice Timothy Brewer gave him until 9:30 a.m. to arrive before issuing the warrant. Rudd's attorney Paul Mabey told the judge he had spoken with his client but the musician was not present for the court proceedings. After arriving around 15 minutes later, Rudd offered no plea to the three charges he faces: threatening to kill a man, methamphetamine and cannabis possession. He was remanded on bail, and his case was transferred to Tauranga District Court. Rudd will next appear in court on December 2. As he left court, Rudd nearly caused an accident by jumping into his car and backing into the path of an oncoming truck. Check out photos of Rudd taken after the court hearing at Radio New Zealand. On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Mabey, and police. Mabey said that Hollister-Jones reviewed the case and concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge." Mabey added that Rudd had "suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified." The 60-year-old drummer was alleged to have tried to hire a hitman to kill two men in late September.

OPETH's FREDRIK ÅKESSON Talks 'Pale Communion', State Of Music Industry (Audio)

Radio Bocconi conducted an interview with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH on November 3 in Milan, Italy. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. OPETH will celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary as a band next year with a very special event at the legendary London Palladium on October 18, 2015. After being the heaviest band to play the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, they will no doubt be the heaviest band to also play the Palladium. The unique show, dubbed "An Evening With OPETH", will feature two sets from the progressive Swedes, including 2005's much-lauded "Ghost Reveries" album in its entirety (which in turn is celebrating its 10th anniversary), plus a second set of classics from their 25-year career. OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Pale Communion" was released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson.

Video: Reunited Original Lineup Of EXCITER Performs In Porto Alegre

Video footage of the reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER — guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson — performing on October 5 in Porto Alegre, Brazil can be seen below. The first rehearsal photo of the reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER — guitarist John Ricci, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson — can be seen on this page (courtesy of Allan Johnson). On episode 475 of the "Talking Metal" podcast, Mark Strigl conducted an interview with Ricci. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he had anything to do with the announcement that was made in February 2014 that he was "retiring" from the music business: Ricci: "No, never, I never did. The former members [drummer Rik Charron, bassist Rob 'Clammy' Cohen and vocalist Kenny Winter] just decided they were gonna word it that way. When I had a falling out with the other members, I was so stressed out — I don't wanna get into the details about the whole thing — I did say to them, 'I need a break from music.' But, to me, that's not saying I'm retiring. So they interpreted that as, 'Oh, John doesn't wanna play music anymore.' So I never even hinted at that. They were just covering up what the real story behind the whole uprising was, in my opinion. So when they made that announcement, I got flooded with more e-mails from all over the world, saying, 'John, we don't believe this. We know you'll never retire. You are the band. What's the real story?' So that's one issue I had to deal with." On how the other members of the last EXCITER lineup could think that they could continue as EXCITER without any of the group's original members: Ricci: "It's a very complicated story. I've been doing this for many, many, many years. But I can't tolerate stress. Some situations I can't handle because I'm just gonna lose it, and I'm trying to be sane in this business. So, technically, I removed myself from the band, because I was so fed up with their behavior, and I just couldn't take it. So they thought, 'OK, if John's removed himself from EXCITER, we can continue as EXCITER.' Now, it's a very complicated story. I don't wanna… It would get into legal stuff, and I just don't wanna get into it right now. So, skipping all the details, yes, they were gonna try to continue as EXCITER without me. [But] how could you get bookings calling yourself EXCITER without at least one original guy in the band. So, what happened was the three of them ended up, as far as I hear through the grapevine — I mean, I don't know; I haven't really spoken to any of them since all of this has happened — they had a falling out among each other, so now there's no band. And the name was surrendered back to me, which I am the lawful owner of the name. I'm skipping a lot of details here; there's probably a lot of blank things that [I have not talked about]… The three of them kind of had disagreements among each other, and I wasn't involved in any of it. And they basically dissolved… We could have fixed what was happening at the time. But as far as I'm concerned — it's just my personal opinion — what was happening, we could have fixed it and continued, after I made the changes in the band. But it didn't happen that way. So any kind of apology, and they're making apologies on the Internet for the whole world to see, well, it doesn't matter anymore, 'cause the damage is done. I mean, they've toured with me, they've toured with the world, people want their autograph, people want their picture taken with them, you'd think… I'm not criticizing those guys — they played a great role in the band's music and everything — you'd think they'd sort of see clear my position in the band. I'm the guy who started the band in the '70s, I continued the band, I did most of the songwriting. In the recent version of EXCITER, I did all the lyrics, I did the melodies. You'd think if you're playing with someone like that, you'd have a little more devotion. Things could have turned out better for everybody, but it didn't happen that way. And they can make all the apologies they want, it doesn't matter anymore. The damage is done." On how he mended fences with the other original members of EXCITER, drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler and bassist Allan Johnson: Ricci: "Well, we haven't even spoken about [the issues that caused to have a falling out back in the day]. [laughs] We've had two meetings. We're only gonna start rehearsing this coming week. And when we had our meetings, those topics never even came up. We basically said, 'What happened in the past happened. It's water under the bridge.' But back then when I did that last interview with you, I very rarely spoke to Allan. I mean, we had no reason to speak to each other for anything, really. But things happened through word of mouth and the media, and 'He said this' and 'He said that.' You don't know what to believe. I mean, are they actually saying things, or is it just fabricated? So at the time, that's the way I felt. I had no idea in 2014 we'd get back together. I'm completely surprised myself. But I think Dan and Allan — and I can't speak for them — they might have a certain level of frustration as well that they really wanted to get back with me and continue the music that we made. 'Cause the three of us have incredible chemistry when we play our instruments. A lot of great bands — I'm not saying we're a great, fantastic band — but a lot of classic rock and metal bands, they have incredible chemistry when you put certain individuals together. So I think Dan and Allan, over the years, realized that, and they probably thought, 'Let's get back together with John and just keep going, having fun and playing our music.'" On whether there is still a friendship between the original members of EXCITER or if they are working together purely as business partners: Ricci: "Our first meeting, when we sat down, we did not discuss business, we just reminisced and talked about the old days and all the fun times that we had. 'Cause, I mean, we toured quite a bit. In 1985, we did a MOTÖRHEAD tour across the U.S., coast to coast, we also did a MEGADETH tour, coast to coast, we played shows with MERCYFUL FATE, we did a couple of shows in upstate New York with ANTHRAX when we were signed with Megaforce. We had a really good time and everything. So our first meeting was just four hours of… You know, we were sitting at a bar, just drinking beer and talking about the old times. So yeah, we're still friends. Our level of dedication to EXCITER, no one has ever questioned it. Yes, we have a difference of opinion on certain business issues, but when it comes to music, we're exactly on the same wavelength — like, our headspace is exactly the same, musically speaking. And it makes it so much easier when you're writing songs, that everyone recognizes everyone else's vision; you don't have to shove down their throat. But, I mean, on the other hand, for the past 20 years I've been continuing EXCITER, in most cases I handle all the band's business dealings. So the same thing will stay — I will be handling a lot of the business stuff. But because we're the original three guys, everyone's opinion counts when it's time to make decisions; I'm not just gonna be railroading those decisions — I'll ask Dan and I'll ask Al their opinion — and we'll move forward with whatever opinion we take." The original EXCITER lineup recorded three classic albums in the 1980s — "Heavy Metal Maniac" (1983), "Violence & Force" (1984) and "Long Live the Loud" (1985) — before Ricci left he group and was replaced by Brian McPhee. EXCITER's latest album, "Death Machine", which featured Ricci as the sole remaining original member, was released on October 29, 2010 via Massacre Records.

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Talks DEREK JETER's Legacy, 'Chile On Hell' DVD And 'Big Four' At Yankee Stadium

Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. You can now watch the chat below. Ian's autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press. For "I'm The Man", Ian worked with Jon Wiederhorn, co-author of the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Ian recently told Lithium Magazine about how his memoir is different form other rock and roll autobiographies out there: "What makes mine different is that it doesn't take the usual story arc that most of these rock/metal biographies and autobiographies do. That arc is usually the rise to fame, the fame, the crash and burn and then some sort of redemption. I don't have that story arc. I don't know what you would call my story genre, but it's more about coming from nothing and being able to do all that I have done. I think it's about being able to show anybody that no matter where you come from, whether you're a scrawny kid from Queens [New York], you do have the opportunity to make something of yourself. I am the living proof of that. And you don't have to take the normal road that's portrayed in these books. You don't have to take the MÖTLEY CRÜE road."

KORN's RAY LUZIER Explains Move To Nashville

KORN drummer Ray Luzier was recently interviewed by the Nashville rock radio station 102.9 The Buzz. You can now watch the chat below. On how he likes living in Nashville, where he moved from Los Angeles in June 2014: Ray: "It's awesome, man. [I spent] 26 years in L.A. The traffic, the smog, the people… People actually say 'hi' to you here [in Nashville] and they mean it. It throws me off. I'm like, 'You messin' with me?' They're, like, 'No. Hi. How are you doing?' I'm like, 'Oh, hey. I'm pretty good.' So it's taken me a little bit. I'm a little bit jaded from L.A." On his childhood years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Ray: "It's changed a lot. I was born and raised there. And I moved in '88 to go to L.A. to pursue music and do what I'm doing now. But, like most cities today, they've come a long way. It's building and it's really good. But there was not too much there when I was [living there]. I moved from a 118-acre farm to Hollywood Boulevard. It was a big shock, to say the least." KORN will release a limited-edition 300-page hardcover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members. From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far. The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America starting July 15. For the "World Tour Edition", the Bakersfield quintet lock and load last year's critically acclaimed "The Paradigm Shift", with three brand new songs including the single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork.

MACHINE HEAD: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of 'Now We Die' Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Now We Die", the new video from San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD, can be seen below. The clip was filmed on October 3 in Oakland, California with director Mike Sloat, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT and HATRIOT. "Now We Die" is taken from MACHINE HEAD's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds", which sold around 18,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi. Regarding the musical direction of "Bloodstone & Diamonds", Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album." He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive." Regarding the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album title, Flynn said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, 'Now We Die'. "In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band."

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OZZY OSBOURNE/FIREWIND Guitarist GUS G. Reveals Favorite Tattoo

Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, recently answered "five random questions" for Shockwave magazine. You can watch the question-and-answer session below. A special expanded edition of "I Am The Fire" was released in Europe on November 3 (digitally in North America on November 4). This limited CD + DVD digipak features four bonus tracks and a 62-minute bonus DVD (including the album's four official video clips so far, plus three live tracks, six guitar tutorials, as well as an EPK and track-by-track commentary). "I Am The Fire" entered the official chart in Greece at position No. 27. The CD sold around 700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. "I Am The Fire" was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus' home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013.

RAVEN: Audio Samples Of SWEET, SLADE And DEEP PURPLE Covers

NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to finance the recording of their next studio album, "ExtermiNation". The band has recorded a full-length covers CD titled "Party Killers" that is being offered as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers. The group is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28. "Party Killers", which is is available on CD and 12-inch vinyl, includes the following tracks: * "Too Bad Too Sad" (NAZARETH) * "Bad Reputation" (THIN LIZZY) * "Cockroach" (SWEET) * "Fireball" (DEEP PURPLE) * "Hang On To Yourself" (DAVID BOWIE) * "He's A Whore" (CHEAP TRICK) * "In For The Kill" (BUDGIE) * "Is There A Better Way" (STATUS QUO) * "Ogre Battle" (QUEEN) * "Queen Of My Dreams" (EDGAR WINTER) * "Tak Me Bak 'Ome" (SLADE) Snippets of RAVEN's versions of "Cockroach" (SWEET), "Tak Me Bak 'Ome" (SLADE) and "Fireball" (DEEP PURPLE) can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. Comments RAVEN vocalist and bassist John Gallagher: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good, we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' — a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home... songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the RAVEN overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album." RAVEN released the "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Days Journey" two-disc DVD as a digipak in North America on July 2, 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort contains four hours and 30 minutes of concert footage from around the world, in the studio, backstage, interviews with the band, the fans, musicians and producer. It tells the story of over three decades of trailblaizing metal mayhem! RAVEN's latest album, "Walk Through Fire", was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 (one day earlier in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).

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AGNOSTIC FRONT To Begin Recording 'The American Dream Died' Album In December

New York hardcore veterans AGNOSTIC FRONT will enter Buzzbomb Sound Labs on December 5 to begin recording their 11th studio album. Paul Miner (TERROR, H2O, ATREYU, DEATH BY STEREO) will engineer, mix and master the CD for an early 2015 release via Nuclear Blast. Artwork and layout will be handled by artist Todd Huber, who works with vocalist Roger Miret's clothing line American Made Kustom. "We are excited to be working with Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Sound Labs on our new record which we are calling 'The American Dream Died'," comments Miret. "This recording promises to be mean, fast and furious; with elements of our classic styles, adding chaotic blasts of real old-school hardcore!" AGNOSTIC FRONT's latest album, "My Life My Way", was released in March 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and featured 13 anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.

QUEENSRŸCHE's MICHAEL WILTON: How Diminishing Budgets Have Affected Recording Process

Progressive metallers QUEENSRŸCHE recently took part in a question-and-answer session with listeners of the Pennsylvania radio station 97.9 X. You can now watch the discussion below. Asked how QUEENSRŸCHE approaches the recording process today compared to a time when recording budgets were in the high six figures, guitarist Michael Wilton responded: "Very carefully. This is the modern age. We all have computers with Pro Tools systems on, so you get a lot of the initial work kind of 'pre-done.' These days, you can do most of the recording on your own personal studio, so that brings the budget way down. We usually rent out a big room for drums, and that's usually the biggest expense as far as the production cost. And everything else is kind of… Overdubs are subbed out into smaller places — sometimes our homes, sometimes our rehearsal halls. Generally, the budgets have shrunken, so you just have to be wise with your money, because sometimes the producer eats up a big portion of that, and then what's left is kind of what the start-up is for your tour. It's really a mathematical game, to try and just figure out what you actually get to keep out of that recording budget." Singer Todd La Torre, who says that QUEENSRŸCHE has been his favorite band since he was 15 years old, joined the group several months after meeting QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton at the 2012 edition of the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. QUEENSRŸCHE is currently working on material for a new studio album for a tentative early 2015 release. QUEENSRŸCHE's self-titled album sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Century Media Records.