As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on July 21, ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER and MURDERDOLLS will join forces for the "Halloween Hootenanny Tour" this fall.
So far the following dates have been announced:
Sep. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
Oct. 01 - San Diego, CA - Harrah's Rincon
Oct. 02 - Tuscon, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
The CD/DVD edition of Zombie's latest album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2", will arrive in stores on September 28 via Roadrunner Records. The expanded version of the album will feature three brand new tracks recorded with the band's current touring lineup, including SLIPKNOT drummer/MURDERDOLLS guitarist Joey Jordison, along with a reworked version of the song "The Man Who Laughs". A bonus DVD featuring live footage and a 30-minute touring documentary, dubbed "Transylvanian Transmissions", will also be included.
Dennis Dunaway, the original bass player of the Alice Cooper group, announced during an interview on WJCU's "Metal On Metal" radio program with host Bill Peters that he and fellow original Alice Cooper group member Neal Smith (drums) are going to be working with Alice on material for the legendary rocker's new studio album, the sequel to "Welcome To My Nightmare".
During the June 19 press conference at the Hellfest in Clisson, France, Cooper stated about his plans for the upcoming record, "I'm very happy with working with [producer] Bob [Ezrin] again. It's 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', and it's the next nightmare. Thirty years later, he has another nightmare, and this one is even worse than the last one.
"I [hadn't] worked with Bob in a long time. After the 35th anniversary of 'Nightmare', I said, 'Why don't we start writing something else?' And he said, 'Why don't we just do part two?' We'd never done part two, so I went, 'That's a great idea. Let's get me and you together, I think we can still get Steven Hunter and Dick Wagner. We'll put some of the original people on it and add some new people."
When asked what the next album will sound like and if the goal to simply "revisit the past," Cooper said, "I didn't think that we could recreate the sound, but the first three things we did are identical to that era. In fact, we purposely added a few '70s things to it to give it that '70s sound. Without even trying, it sounded just like 'Nightmare'. If we can keep that going, it will really be something. It captures an era."
MURDERDOLLS' new video, "My Dark Place Alone", was filmed with director Paul R. Brown, who has previously worked with SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN, GODSMACK and AVENGED SEVENFOLD, among others. The song comes off the band's sophomore album, "Women And Children Last", which will be released on August 31 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at a studio in Hollywood Hills, California with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD).
MURDERDOLLS's current touring lineup is as follows:
* Wednesday 13 (WEDNESDAY 13, GUNFIRE 76, BOURBON CROW) - Lead Vocals
* Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT, ROB ZOMBIE) - Guitar, Backing Vocals
* Roman Surman (GUNFIRE 76, BOURBON CROW) - Guitar
* Racci Shay Hart (WEDNESDAY 13, DOPE, GENITORTURERS) - Drums
* Jack Tankersley (BULLETS AND OCTANE) – Bass
Steven Rosen of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with original GUNS N' ROSES and current ADLER'S APPETITE drummer Steven Adler. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: As you're recalling and reliving these moments in [your newly released tell-all] book, you must have gone through some agonizing pain.
Adler: Well, of course; there's a lot of tears involved. But, like I said, it was day after day of believing and never doubting myself and working out my problems. Not everybody gets to write a book to get their inner demons out for them to be able to heal themselves. But you can take a piece of paper and write it down. All I can say to everybody out there who has these feelings stuffed down inside of them is "Get them out; talk to somebody. Write it down." It's so important; it's sometimes a sort of freedom in your soul. So I'm very happy. People can take it anyway they want; I lived a beautiful [life.] I mean I've known some wonderful talented [people] since I was 11, 12 years old. I got to hang with these people; I had a great childhood and as a teenager it was great. It wasn't until I got over-praised [for music] and over-indulged in drugs and lost perspective on my life and what was important and what wasn't.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Certainly you weren't the only crazy guy in GUNS N' ROSES.
Adler: Between the five of us in the GN'R day? I was the mellow one when it came to doing drugs. It wasn't until after all the excitement and the publicity and all the "yes" people; that's when things started changing. Then I lost perspective on my life and it's the easiest thing to do when you're doing the drugs. Or drinking or smoking cigarettes even. Anything.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Your most recent re-connection with the GUNS thing was when you played on the "Baby Can't Drive" track on Slash's solo record. In an interview with Slash, he told me, "Steven was amazing. The thing about Steven is that sound is such a recognizable part of the whole 'Appetite For Destruction' experience; a lot of it was driven by the drums. I haven't played with him in so long so when he got behind his kit, it just revisited that whole thing. So it's very cool. And he played great; he's been getting his shit together for a while. So I've sort of been with him while he's getting clean and I told him if he stayed clean for long enough, he can play on the record."
Adler: I'm finally starting to get the recognition and the respect that I so rightfully deserve to have. And it feels so great. And getting it from Slash, I want more than anything to have Slash's respect. Because we grew up together and he's a very respectable person and a very credible person and has helped me and said to me, "Steven, I'll do anything for you; I want to play music with you more often. All I need from you is to be reliable," and I strive to be reliable. Not just with him but with everything; in any kind of project that comes into my life. No more flaking; flaking is unacceptable.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Can you talk about the "Appetite" sessions? You talk about that in your book but how well rehearsed were you when you were recording your drum tracks? Was it simply locking in with Duff [McKagan, bass] in the studio or did it take some time to come up with those rhythm tracks?
Adler: Duff and myself would always go in an hour or two hours before the rest of the guys in the band would come in. And Axl [Rose, vocals], I can count on two hands out of two years of rehearsals, that he actually went to. So basically we were working on the music and me and Duff, we'd come in an hour or two hours early, and we would work on our parts. And it's such a rare thing that there are bands like like QUEEN and AEROSMITH where five guys can actually get in one room and all have the same idea and the same wants and the same beliefs and the same goals. There are millions, millions of guitar players, bass players, drummers, but it's the hardest thing in the world to get three, four or five guys that all could click. That's why there's so many bands out there but they're not big because three, four or five guys in that band just don't click together.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: When you were booted out of GN'R, the band was never the same.
Adler: The day it happened with GN'R and they kicked me out of the band, the whole chemistry changed. It didn't get better. There are bands like IRON MAIDEN where Bruce Dickinson came in the band, he took over somebody's spot, and the band got better but it's so rare. Like with Chip Z'Nuff, my bass player in ADLER'S APPETITE? I know what he's gonna do before he's gonna do it; and he knows what I'm gonna do before I'm gonna do it. And that's what you want. That's how you get close.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: When you heard what Matt Sorum ended up playing on the "Use Your Illusion" records, were you thinking, "Oh, shit, I should have been playing on those songs"?
Adler: Oh, yeah. His were just half-assed, crappy versions. Nothing personal against the guy, but he's like a goddamn drum machine. He's got no heart; he's got no soul; he's got no feel. And as life and the years have shown, obviously, I'm not the easiest drummer to replace. All I know is, "Use Your Illusion" would have been bigger than "Appetite".
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Do you really think so?
Adler: I know so and that's hard to come by. "Appetite" sold like 85 million records around the world; "Use Your Illusion" would have been bigger.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: But you've finally been able to come to terms with being thrown out of GUNS N' ROSES?
Adler: I started getting sober which is a growing and learning process everyday. Once I started working with Dr. Drew [Pinsky] on "Celebrity Rehab", I told Dr. Drew, "I don't think I can do this to the best of my ability if I don't talk with Slash." So he hooked up a meeting for me to talk to Slash and Slash came down to meet me and I apologized to him. See, I blamed him for 20 years for my misfortune and my downfall and it wasn't his fault; I did all of this to myself. But I kept it built up inside of me as we were talking about keeping things built up. I apologized to him and said, "I'm sorry that I blamed you for everything."
Ultimate-Guitar.com: How did that feel after you said those things to Slash?
Adler: The next day I woke up and my whole chest, my arms, my whole body hurt like when you don't workout for a long time and then you workout too much. That pain? I let this big, huge weight off my shoulder and I was able to do my recovery to the best of my ability and I'm still workin' on it. It's been two years now, two-and-a-half years. And I've relapsed a few times. Shit, that's part of recovery. You can't expect somebody who's done such damage and lived a certain way for so many years, for so many decades [to just change.] It was like going to the bathroom. "I've gotta go pee. Oh, I gotta go smoke drugs." It was kind of like that and it takes time to learn a new way of thinking. And being able to get that off my chest and out of my system and apologizing to Slash made everything so much easier and I was a much more likeable person [laughs.]
Ultimate-Guitar.com: In "My Appetite For Destruction", you talked about suing the band after they tried to take away your royalties.
Adler: I sued them because they wanted to give me $2,000 and just throw me out on the street as if I never existed. So then my accountant got me a lawyer and I sued the band and that was devastating because then I had to go to fuckin' court everyday and I had to look at their faces. Every day. And "I'm more fucked up than they are; they're more fucked up [than I am."] It was just terrible; it was very devastating. I went even farther off the deep end. All I know is the last 20 years I've tried to kill myself and I obviously keep failing because there's something more important and special for myself and a lot more happiness in my life to go through. And I'm going through that; I'm going through the positive part. I've gotta think positive.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Is there any chance for the original GUNS N' ROSES to get back together?
Adler: I would love that more than anything, but it's an Axl thing; it's up to him if he wants to do it. Put it this way, it's the stupidest thing in the world for us not to do it. If any band is wanted by the fans to do a tour, that the rock fans want to see? It would be GN'R. Shit, I would buy the ticket for my own show.
After the massive success of the Manchester, U.K. live recording by Abbey Road Live, legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) has decided to record the Australian shows in August and make a limited number of double-disc CD sets available to the fans Down Under and abroad.
The Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney shows will all be recorded and offer a limited number of CD sets per show, which are sure to sell out fast. Manchester sold out before the show even started.
Pre-order these as soon as possible to reserve your copy at www.abbeyroadliveus.com.
These shows will be fully mixed and mastered, just like Manchester. The sound will be amazing, and the quality unsurpassed. The twin discs are packaged in the superior digipak cases and will look as good on your shelf as the CDs will sound in your stereo.
You may pick your copy up at the show (while supplies last), or have it shipped to you. Either way, go to www.abbeyroadliveus.com now to pre-order and reserve your copy.
If you order a CD to be picked up at the show, you will be e-mailed a link to a "voucher". Make sure to print the voucher and take it with you to the venue. This is how you pick up your CD.
Stone Temple Pilots fans can expect to hear some treats on the next -- and most extensive -- leg of the group's tour promoting its new, self-titled album, according to guitarist Dean DeLeo.
"We've been in rehearsals the last week and a half," DeLeo tells Billboard.com. "We're playing some stuff we've never played live. We're doing some stuff from (1999's) 'No. 4' and some things off (1994's) 'Purple' that we haven't played since, like, '94." And, he adds with a laugh, "We actually worked up about five or six songs from the new record -- the fans' worst nightmare, right? 'We're gonna do a few songs from our new record...' "
Stone Temple Pilots: Summer Live Preview 2010
Actually, STP's fans haven't minded since the band started previewing the "Stone Temple Pilots" material before its May 21 release, and DeLeo says familiarity since then has only made their response fonder -- including a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200. This time out STP will likely be showcasing "Take a Load Off," the album's second single and successor to "Between the Lines," which hit No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
"It's a song I've had sitting around for a little while," DeLeo says, dating it back to the sessions for the lone Army of Anyone album he and his brother, STP bassist Robert DeLeo, made in 2006 with Filter's Richard Patrick and current Korn drummer Ray Luzier. "Rich wasn't really digging on it, so I was like, 'That's fine, my good friend, 'cause I know somebody who will take a good bite out of that. And Scott (Weiland) did his thing; I just offered him the music and he put together the entire melody and lyric for it, and it came out great."
Stone Temple Pilots Returning to Top of Billboard 200
DeLeo says STP is leaning towards "Cinnamon" as the third single from "Stone Temple Pilots," but he says the quartet hasn't broached the prospect of a next album yet. "Oh, goodness no," the guitarist says. "We have so much at hand right now with touring. We're kind of booked up through, like, February of next year."
STP's latest tour gets under way Aug. 7 at the Rock on the Range festival in Winnipeg and wraps Oct. 16 in Pensacola, Fla. Dean DeLeo says the group will play in South America in December, then head over to Europe in early 2011. Ultimately, however, he says STP hopes to avoid the nine-year gap that preceded "Stone Temple Pilots."
"Stranger things have happened," he says, "but I think we're all having a really good time doing this and, yeah, we'll just kind of see what happens. I know we're all excited about getting on the road again. I just want everything to be smooth around us and...work in a really pleasant environment, not just the band but the 18 people on the road who have families as well. We want to make sure everybody's content and happy, and so far that's been the case."
According to The Pulse of Radio, BUCKCHERRY is streaming its entire new album, "All Night Long", online ahead of its release next Tuesday (August 3). The record follows up 2008's "Black Butterfly", which did not sell much compared to the band's 2006's million-selling comeback effort, "15". Guitarist Keith Nelson told The Pulse of Radio that even with the decline of CD sales, he is not giving up on making albums. "I believe in the album as an artform," he said. "I don't think that putting two songs that are gonna be played on the radio and then a bunch of filler stuff — that's not why we do this. But I have lost faith in the number of records sold as an indicator of success, because our audience is growing, our business is growing. Nothing has receded, except the actual number of physical records that are sold. So I don't think that's a true indication of our success."
BUCKCHERRY recently teamed with the Natural Resources Defense Council to send all the proceeds from sales of their new song "Our World" to the NRDC's Gulf Recovery Fund.
A new version of the song, which was taken from "All Night Long", was made available for purchase as an iTunes exclusive. All the proceeds are going directly to Gulf Coast non-profit groups working to help people, wildlife and fragile ecosystems recover from the BP disaster.
BUCKCHERRY next plays Rock On The Range Canada in Winnipeg on August 7 and the Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 9. The band will join NICKELBACK on the road this fall.
BUCKCHERRY will perform on the Thursday, August 12 episode of ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (which will actually air the morning of Friday, August 13).
Veteran German thrashers KREATOR will headline this year's edition of the Christmas Metal Festival, set to take place December 4, 2010 in Lichtenfels, Bavaria, Germany.
The billing is shaping up as follows:
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
For more information, go to www.rock-in-concert.de.
PRESTO BALLET, the project led by ex-METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, has pulled out of its previously announced U.K. dates as the support act for John Jowitt's ARK. PRESTO BALLET says in a statement, "We have experienced some unexpected delays in recording our new album, and we feel that is where we need to focus our efforts right now. That said, the recording is rolling right along and we're still looking at a release date sometime later in the fall.
"We WILL be in the U.K. in the coming months; we're eyeing some early 2011 dates. More on all this will be posted in the coming weeks.
"Many thanks to ARK for being cool and understanding, and many thanks to the fans for your patience. We promise the new disc will be worth the wait!"
PRESTO BALLET's current lineup consists of Vanderhoof, former METAL CHURCH singer Ronny Munroe, drummer Bill Raymond, keyboardist Kerry Shacklett and bassist Bobby Ferkovich.
PRESTO BALLET released its second LP, "The Lost Art of Time Travel", in 2008 in the U.S. through ProgRock Records.
PRESTO BALLET's music was previously described as "highly reminiscent of '70s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as YES and KANSAS. Their debut album, 'Peace Among the Ruins', was released in 2005 to general praise and considerable press. Critics consistently commented on the album's warm and organic sound, a feeling created through the use of analog recorders and vintage instruments, played with great skill and precision. The band used no drum machines, digital recorders or sequencers in the studio."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD performed live for the first time since the death last December of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan this past Sunday (July 25), when the band played at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (See video footage of the performance below.) Behind the drum kit was DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy, who made his live debut with the group after doing the drum parts on their newly released album, "Nightmare".
AVENGED frontman M. Shadows told The Pulse of Radio what it was like for the band to play live again after their tragedy. "Collectively we were all very, very nervous to get back up there onstage, but there were so many signs that referenced The Rev, you know, just kids with signs that said 'Rest in peace, Rev' and had things written on them," he said. "You know, it was really awesome to see all the kids just so supportive. I mean, kids were just genuinely excited that we were getting back onstage and I think it was a really huge triumph for the band and for them to get us back out there and to feel like we're moving on at this point."
"Nightmare", AVENGED SEVENFOLD's fifth album, arrived in stores on Tuesday (July 27). It follows up the band's self-titled 2007 effort.
The record could debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard album chart if sales projections are right.
Portnoy is committed to playing on all the group's 2010 tour dates.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD will co-headline this summer's inaugural Uproar Festival tour with DISTURBED and STONE SOUR, beginning on August 17 in Minneapolis.
Italian symphonic metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release an epic monument called "The Cold Embrace Of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony" on October 15 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Comments RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli: "For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in seven 'acts.'
"Looking at the title, you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing the RHAPSODY's music.
"Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack-oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for."
The lyrics of this monumental, epic symphony are based on the "dark secret saga" and represent a new chapter, directly connected to the band's latest album, "The Frozen Tears Of Angels".
Luca: "After the long journey to the icy frozen northlands at the borders of the known world, while facing concrete natural obstacles and the inner demons lying in the depths of their conscience, the five main charachters reach the ancient gothic fortress of Har-Kuun, a real monument of evil trapped between ice and snow, the mystic place where the Erian's book could be finally found.
"'The Cold Embrace Of Fear' tells about the entrance of those bravehearts in the ancestral world of Har-Kuun and the dramatic search for the holy book of the angels, only possible way to understand something more about the dark secret threatening the whole known world. Also in this case I liked to create particular 'bridges' connecting the new chapter of the saga with our modern life on the basis of symbolism, ancient wisdom and spiritual evolution.
"To someone who knows something about modern psychology and the study of the different 'self,' the hidden geometries and gothic labyrinths of Har-Kuun will reveal themselves very clearly."
Once again, legendary actor Christopher Lee was chosen for the spoken parts as a main narrator. "We couldn't imagine to release something like this without his fundamental participation," Luca says. "Sir Lee is one member of the RHAPSODY OF FIRE's family since a lot of time and we love him not only as an actor but also as man. Because of his great and majestic personality he has surely the aura of a king of the ancient times."
RHAPSODY OF FIRE's latest album, "The Frozen Tears Of Angels", sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 52 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"The Frozen Tears Of Angels" registered the following first-week chart positions:
"The Frozen Tears Of Angels" was released in Europe on April 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli and it was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth at the Gate Studio (AVANTASIA, EPICA) in Wolfsburg, Germany. It was made available as a standard version jewelcase, as "a highsize digipak" with two bonus tracks and as a gatefold double-vinyl.
Canadian metal veterans ANNIHILATOR will embark on a headlining tour of Europe in the fall.
The dates are as follows:
Oct. 06 - Antwerp, BEL - Trix
Oct. 07 - Ludwigsburg, GER - Rockfabrik
Oct. 08 - Luxembourg, LUX - Den Atelier
Oct. 10 - Uden, NETH - Pul
Oct. 11 - Frankfurt, GER - Batchkapp
Oct. 12 - Cologne, GER - Stollwerk
Oct. 14 - Berlin, GER - C-Club
Oct. 15 - Hamburg, GER - Knust
Oct. 16 - Copenhagen, DEN - The Rock
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NOR - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Gothenburg, SWE - Sticky Fingers
Oct. 20 - Stockholm, SWE - Klubben
Oct. 22 - Helsinki, FIN - Tavastia
Oct. 23 - Tallinn, EST - Tapper Club
Oct. 24 - Riga, LAT - Black Friday
Oct. 26 - Warsaw, POL - Progresja
Oct. 27 - Krakow, POL - Loch Ness
Oct. 28 - Prague, CZR - Retro Music Hall
Oct. 30 - Wörgl, AUT - Komma
Nov. 01 - Pratteln, SWI - Z7
Nov. 02 - Nuremberg, GER - Hirsch
Nov. 03 - Milan, ITA - Live Club
Nov. 05 - Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
Nov. 06 - Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
Nov. 07 - Bilbao, SPA - Kafe Antzoki
Nov. 10 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
Nov. 11 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Nov. 12 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 14 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Nov. 15 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Nov. 17 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Nov. 18 - Bristol, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 19 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 20 - London, UK - Islington Academy
In other news, ANNIHILATOR has signed with Steve Strange of the U.K.-based booking agency X-Ray Touring. Steve (who also handles EMINEM, COLDPLAY, SNOW PATROL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) states, "I am very proud to be working with ANNIHILATOR as their international booking agent and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them. This is one band that you must see live."
Added ANNIHILATOR mastermind/guitarist Jeff Waters: " I need to thank Steve at X-Ray Touring for taking ANNIHILATOR on. His support is giving us opportunities we’ve not seen before.
"For all you Euro-metal fans, get ready! We are going to give 110% for you, as you are the reason that ANNIHILATOR is still going strong and even stronger than ever: Thanks to the fans!!"
ANNIHILATOR's new self-titled album, was released in Europe on May 17. The CD was made available in Europe via Earache Records, in Japan through Marquee and in Australia via Riot Entertainment. It has also been released in the U.S. and Canada via iTunes and most all other digital/online outlets.
Beyond the Dark Horizon recently conducted an interview with NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: I was really taken with "The Obsidian Conspiracy", the album sort of invokes a collective feel of NEVERMORE's past yet there's a new surge of vitality.
Jeff Loomis: Thank you. It was a little different approach for us this time around. I think a lot of our stuff in the past has been a little complex, notey. I think the new stuff is just more structured, the cords come in quicker, the songs are better arranged and I think that it's just going to go over better in a live situation. I would definitely think that Peter Wichers [SOILWORK], our producer, had a lot to do with that as well. He helped me with the arrangements and I think it just made a catchier record. The songs are shorter and more to the point.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: What are your thoughts on the writing process for this album?
Jeff Loomis: Well, I kind of did things the same way I always do them. I never really have a preconceived idea about what I'm going to do musically. I just let the music come out and its music that's from my heart and soul. I sat down, probably in the beginning of 2009 and just started demoing songs and I have a little home studio here at the house and I started writing and making demo tapes of different kinds of tunes and just started sending them to Warrel [Dane, vocals] and by the middle of 2009, we were in the studio recording them. So the process was very, very fast; I was writing something new about every week. Kind of a quick situation, but I can see kind of the downfall of how people say that it took us five years to put out a new album. What many people don't realize is that after our last album, "This Godless Endeavor", we toured in support of that record for almost two years. After that Warrel and I put out solo albums, so it had been quite
awhile but thanks to the fans for all their patience for waiting. We have a new record; we're back as a band we're going to tour again.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: Are your solos on "The Obsidian Conspiracy" spontaneous?
Jeff Loomis: Not really this time around, no. I've been known to do that in the past but this time around, Peter Wichers, our producer, really had a lot of input as far as me working out the solos. So we would literally just sit back and listen to each song, one by one and kind of create a storyline pattern of how the solo should really work within the song. So yes, I can honestly say that these solos were all worked out for this record.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: As a guitar player, your work is instantly recognizable and you are noted to be one of metal's top guitarists. How does that make you feel?
Jeff Loomis: Ummm... It makes me feel like shit! [laughs] It makes me feel awesome actually. It's like I never really thought I'd be one of these "guitar-god" noted sort of people. I've always wanted to be known as a good composer and a good songwriter. I think since I put out a solo instrumental record, a lot of people have started to notice my guitar playing. Things have been going good and that makes me feel really great. It's opened up a lot of new doors for me as a musician. I'm now doing guitar clinics and touring all over Europe, doing guitar clinics alone. It has given me the opportunity to meet and talk with all these young inspiring guitarists. I actually get to have a one-on-one conversation with these kids and talk to them about playing guitar. It's really cool and I don't take any of that for granted. If someone really digs my guitar playing and considers me a "guitar god," then that's cool and it makes me feel happy. That's awesome.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: Warrel Dane recently announced the reformation of [his pre-NEVERMORE band] SANCTUARY. Is there anything you can tell us about that?
Jeff Loomis: All I know at the moment is that Warrel wanted to get the band back together and do a couple of shows and I think we're going to do some festival shows. As far as a new record, I'm not quite sure if that's going to happen yet. That's actually still being talked about. But I can say that there will be a few SANCTUARY festival shows over in Germany.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: Do you plan to release a follow-up to your solo album?
Jeff Loomis: Yes, I do. I actually signed on for two more records and I'm working on the new one right now. There's still no title yet but I'm working on the music and hoping for a mid-winter release next year.
Beyond the Dark Horizon: You also recently introduced a new touring guitarist, correct?
Jeff Loomis: Yes. He's 24 years old and his name is Atilla Voros. He's from Hungary and we found him though YouTube, believe it or not. It was very interesting because he played all the NEVERMORE songs perfectly. It just so happens that both NEVERMORE and PANTERA are his favorite bands. So I auditioned him and I hardly had to show him anything. He knew all the songs already and we've taken him on roughly 10 festival shows so far, and we'll probably make the final announcement in a few months stating that he's our new official guitarist. Looks like 99.9 percent chance that he will become a permanent member of NEVERMORE.
Long-running Maryland biker doom masters EARTHRIDE have just released their third full-length album, "Something Wicked", via their own label, Earth Brain Records. The CD was recorded at The Polar Bear Lair in Middletown Maryland, with producer Chris Kozlowski (BLUE CHEER, PENTAGRAM, MELVINS, TROUBLE) and it features a guest appearane by Scott "Wino" Weinrich (SAINT VITUS, SHRINEBUILDER, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN) on the track "Supernatural Illusion".
"Something Wicked" track listing:
01. Something Wicked
02. Hacksaw Eyeball
03. Make Up Your Mind
04. Destruction Song
06. Watch The Children Play
07. Grip The Wheel
08. Supernatural Illusion
09. Force Fed Fear
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/earthridedoom.
Dutch singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (AGUA DE ANNIQUE, ex-THE GATHERING) will release a new live album, "Live In Europe", on October 15. She states, "The vast majority of the 12 songs were recorded during our spring 2010 tour in France and Spain. The touring band consisted of; Ruud Jolie (guitar), Jacques de Haard (bass) and Rob Snijders (drums). Yours truly sang, shook her booty and played piano and guitar. My front-of-house engineer Erik-Jan Dodd recorded and mixed the album. I'm really excited that the energy of a live show is captured well on this release!
"There will be three brand new up-tempo songs on it: 'Fury', 'Laugh It Out' and a song called 'Who I Am'. I wrote that one together with Devin Townsend while we were working on his 'Addicted' album. I've also re-recorded an old favorite of mine: 'Shrink'. I wrote this song when I was 19 years old and I first recorded it for a demo I made in 1992. It ended up on THE GATHERING's album 'Nighttime Birds' (1997) and now it's revived on 'Live in Europe'. It's a song dear to my heart and I'm proud to share it with you in a new arrangement.
"I had already chosen a picture for the album cover when Mehmet Turgut sent me a photo from a shoot I did with him in Turkey earlier this year. I fell in love with that shot instantly! Arda Aktas made a beautiful cover design."
"Live In Europe" track listing:
02. The World
03. My Girl
04. Who I Am
05. Day After Yesterday
06. Hey Okay!
08. Beautiful One
10. I Want
11. Laugh It Out
Anneke Van Giersbergen will embark on a Dutch tour on October 15 in support of the upcoming live CD.
ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN & AGUA DE ANNIQUE's "Wonder" video can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Erwin Arkema of IQ-Media.
"Wonder" comes off ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN & AGUA DE ANNIQUE's third album, "In Your Room", which was released on October 30, 2009. The 12-song effort was written entirely by Anneke except for two tracks: "Just Fine" was co-written with Devin Townsend and "Adore" was composed by AGUA DE ANNIQUE bassist Jacques de Haard and Cyril Crutz.
AGUA DE ANNIQUE has released three albums so far: "Air" (2007), "Pure Air" (2009) and "In Your Room" (2009).
Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS has issued the following lineup news:
"Our guitarist, party-hat chief and beer drinker extraordinaire, Pål [Olsen], has informed the rest of us that he is leaving the band. His decision is based on lack of time and a general wish to concentrate on the band that he co-founded, GUARDIANS OF TIME.
"We think it sucks to lose a talented guitarist as well as a genuinely great guy but this decision is probably for the best both for Pål, as well as for the band and we absolutely respect it and wish Pål much luck and happiness in the times to come.
"TRAIL OF TEARS will not bring a new member into the family as we are very much content with how the situation is at the moment and so the band will continue as a five-piece. We also want to make it perfectly clear that this will not affect the upcoming festivals and shows, nor will it affect the writing and pre-production work for the next album, a process that we are well underway with."
Pål had the following to say regarding his decision to leave TRAIL OF TEARS:
"Due to my commitment to GUARDIANS OF TIME, I can no longer give 100% of myself to TRAIL OF TEARS. Anything less than 100% feels wrong for me when it comes to such a great band, and I see no other option than to leave the band.
"My time in TRAIL OF TEARS has been a great run. I have been lucky enough to contribute to one of the band's best albums, 'Bloodstained Endurance', and we have played a lot of great shows together.
"My last gig with TRAIL OF TEARS at Metalcamp in Slovenia a few weeks ago was a good ending for me. We part ways as good friends, and I wish them the best of luck in the future."
TRAIL OF TEARS's sixth album, "Bloodstained Endurance", was recorded and mixed over a six-week period at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France with producer Terje Refsnes. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios in Finland. The cover artwork for the album was designed by acclaimed artist Travis Smith (AMORPHIS, OPETH, NEVERMORE).
In 2007, TRAIL OF TEARS was rejoined by vocalist Cathrine Paulsen, who sang on the group's 2002 album, "A New Dimension of Might".
Atlanta rap/metal pioneers STUCK MOJO will embark on the "Here Comes The Monster" European headlining tour in October/November. So far the following dates have been announced:
Oct. 29 - Schuur - Luzern, Switzerland
Oct. 30 - Rockstüble - Pforzheim, Germany
Oct. 31 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
Nov. 01 - Posthof - Linz, Austria
Nov. 02 - Duerer Kert - Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 03 - Marty's Club - Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Nov. 04 - L.A. - Cham, Germany
Nov. 05 - Alte Zuckerfabrik - Rostock, Germany
Nov. 07 - K17 - Berlin, Germany
Nov. 08 - Logo - Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 09 - Bastard Club - Osnabrück, Germany
STUCK MOJO 2010 (pictured below) is:
Lord Nelson - Vocals
Rich Ward - Guitar
Sean Delson - Bass
Frank Fontsere - Drums
STUCK MOJO's latest album, "The Great Revival", was released in November 2008 via Napalm Records. The CD — which was mixed at producer Andy Sneap's (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS) Backstage studio — was previously described by guitarist Rich Ward as " very heavy in spots and very mellow in spots. When it's angry, it's angry. When it's not, it's not. No politics, just songs about life and how our experiences have molded us. A record about friends, family, love, loss, success and failure. Any fan that has followed us over the years will not be super surprised as we have left a bread crumb trail over the last few years."
Dutch bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA, PESTILENCE), known for his signature six-string fretless playing in progressive death metal, will emigrate from Holland to Italy (Rossiglione) due to "significant changes" in his private life. Thesseling, who currently resides in Amsterdam, emphasizes that his move will not affect his work with either OBSCURA or PESTILENCE and he's looking forward to new opportunities while in Italy, such as offering lessons at Nadir Music Studios.
Thesseling comments: "Besides touring and recording with both bands, I'm starting a collaboration with Nadir Music Studios (the SADIST headquarters) in Genoa, Italy, offering bass lessons and working on album productions. I feel very positive about this move and look forward to other future collaborations on Italian ground."
For further information on bass lessons, interested parties can contact Jeroen via his official web site, www.jeroenthesseling.com.
OBSCURA recently entered Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS) to begin recording its new album for an early 2011 release via Relapse Records.
At A Loss Recordings will release the upcoming solo full-length from forward-thinking metal purveyor Bruce Lamont. The record is planned for a mid-fall release, with more details on the actual album to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago mindwarp metallers YAKUZA, Bruce Lamont has also contributed to a plethora of other projects, including BLOODIEST (featuring members of 90 DAY MEN, STERLING), CIRCLE OF ANIMALS (with Sanford Parker of MINSK and THE HIGH CONFESSIONS), DECAYIST (with Blake Judd of NACHTMYSTIUM and TWILIGHT) and SICK GAZELLE (with Eric Block and Sanford Parker). He's also recorded with SIGH, EAST WEST BLAST TEST, MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, RABID RABBIT, POISON ARROWS, SECTARA, BRUTAL TRUTH and HEX MACHINE.
In July 2006 Lamont made his solo live debut, utilizing saxophones, guitar, voice, harp, percussion and looping effects. He's since performed alongside countless musicians, including Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS, SHRINEBUILDER), John Cale (VELVET UNDERGROUND), Toby Driver (KAYO DOT) and Daniel Higgs (LUNGFISH).
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/brucelamont.
Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION will kick off the "March Of Brutality" tour with headliners EXODUS on August 16 in Portland, Oregon. Also appearing on the bill are HOLY GRAIL and BONDED BY BLOOD.
MALEVOLENT CREATION is in the middle of a two-week headlining run, which will be followed a video shoot for the song "Slaughtered" from the band's forthcoming album, "Invidious Dominion".
Fan-filmed video footage of MALEVOLENT CREATION's July 25, 2010 performance at Fubar in St. Louis, Missouri can be viewed below.
Commented the band: "We are a few shows into our U.S. tour and everything's going killer. The band's playing tight and the set list consists of several classics and one new song, 'Slaughterhouse'. A few more shows and then we start the 'March of Brutality' tour with EXODUS! We'll be shooting a video for 'Slaughterhouse' in the week in between tours as well.
"20-plus years and still no one can destroy this MALEVOLENT CREATION!"
MALEVOLENT CREATION's setlist for the "March Of Brutality" tour will be as follows:
01. Eve Of The Apocalypse
02. Multiple Stab Wounds
03. Blood Brothers
04. Injected Suffrage
06. Infernal Desire
07. Living In Fear
08. Malevolent Creation
MALEVOLENT CREATION's eleventh album, "Invidious Dominion", will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (three days later in Europe through Massacre). The effort will made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.
MALEVOLENT CREATION's new album was recorded at Mana Recording Studios (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, GOATWHORE) in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The band has also just signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (SUFFOCATION, ORIGIN).
"Invidious Dominion" track listing:
01. United Hate
02. Conflict Finalized
04. Compulsive Face Breaker
05. Lead Spitter
06. Target Rich Environment
08. Born Again Hard
10. Invidious Dominion
"Slaughterhouse" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
The album's cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN).
U.S. gore legends AUTOPSY have completed the recording of their first tracks since officially reforming last year. "The Tomb Within" was recorded mid-July 2010 at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz and sees the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-ABSCESS).
"The Tomb Within" consists of five new tunes of gore and depravity and will be released on September 13 through Peaceville Records on CD and 12-inch vinyl, with general release set for September 27. Cover art is supplied by renowned fantasy/horror artist Matt Cavotta.
AUTOPSY had previously decided to make an official comeback after working together on two songs for the special 20th-anniversary edition of debut album, "Severed Survival", in late 2008; the band having originally split before the release of its fourth album, "Shitfun", in 1995.
The 12-inch vinyl edition of "The Tomb Within" comes with a free poster of the stunning cover artwork and is limited to just 1,000 numbered copies. The CD edition comes with a special limited postcard for pre-orders.
The track listing is as follows:
01. The Tomb Within
02. My Corpse Shall Rise
03. Seven Skulls
04. Human Genocide
05. Mutant Village
Commented the band: "As many of you know, for years it has been repeatedly stated that AUTOPSY was over with and done for good. While that was indeed true for a long span of time, it is no longer the case. AUTOPSY has come to the solid realization that the time is now right to resume their mission of gore-soaked death metal brutality and to fulfill this mission with maximum intensity. Make no mistake about it, AUTOPSY is not about reliving the past, basking in nostalgia or riding on efforts from years long gone. The band is hungry to devour fresh minds and souls and has been amassing an arsenal of new and deathly material to unleash upon those who also hunger for such brutality. The surgical instruments are being sharpened and a pure death metal assault of the most horrific order is underway as you read these very words.
"On behalf of the band, thanks goes out to all who relented and simply would not allow this beast to remain in the grave. Your persistence will be met with unspeakable and unapologetic sonic atrocities."
AUTOPSY will be infest European shores in August with two special and exclusive headlining shows, at Germany's Party.San Open Air and Norway's Hole In The Sky festivals.
Veteran U.S. death metal act INCANTATION has been forced to cancel its appearances at this year's Stonehenge and Mass Deathstruction festivals.
Commented INCANTATION frontman John McEntee: "It is with great regret we announce that we had to cancel our headlining festival appearance at the Stonehenge fest in Holland and the Mass Deathstruction fest in Belgium this weekend.
"Between us and our booking agent, we did all we could to try to make the fest appearance happen, but only after many attempts we had to come to the conclusion that there was just no way to make it happen.
"We want apologize to both fest organizers for giving us this opportunity. We also want to thank all our supporters that were looking forward to our performances. we know that both promoters are very stand-up people, and I'm sure both fest will be a great success."
INCANTATION is still scheduled to appear at the Hostile City Death Fest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 27 as well as the Noctis IV festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 24.
VIRUS, the Norwegian band featuring Carl-Michael Eide (a.k.a. Czral; VED BUENS ENDE) and Einar "Esso" Sjursø (BEYOND DAWN), has issued the following update:
"VIRUS have parted ways with Season Of Mist and will take care of the release of our third album ourselves. We are just about to start mixing the album and are looking at a late (preferrably November) 2010 release. However, since we no longer have a label contributing to the studio costs (Season Of Mist covered some, but not all, of the studio costs of [2008's] 'The Black Flux'), we have decided to let you, our fans be 'a part' of completing this album.
"As of now, you can pre-order the upcoming album, 'The Agent That Shapes The Desert', on vinyl, CD and as a special 'fan package,' including a CD, a signed and handnumbered LP, a limited EP and a t-shirt.
"We have not set a release date in stone yet, due to the simple fact that it all depends on economy. The more preorders we get, the quicker we will be able to complete and print the album.
"This release will be a co-release between Virulent Music (our own label) and Duplicate Records (Einz' label) which will help with distribution and promotion. This means we basically do everything ourselves, with only some studio support from a few trust funds. We basically have to cover everything else (additional studio time, mastering, printing and promoting the album) ourselves.
"Thus, we hope as many of you will grab this opportunity to become our 'benefactors,' so to speak, and order the CD, the vinyl or the special package.
"Trust us, this is the album of our careers.
"Thanks for your support!"
For more information on how to pre-order "The Agent That Shapes The Desert", go to this location.
VIRUS recently parted ways with bassist Petter "Plenum" Berntsen (AUDIOPAIN) and replaced him with Bjeima (YUREI, DELIRIUM BOUND, KONSTRIKTOR, THE GHOST CONSPIRACY, M).
VIRUS' second album, "The Black Flux", was released in November 2008 via Season Of Mist. The CD was produced at Amper Tone Studios (ENSLAVED, MADRUGADA, SERENA MANEESH, AURA NOIR etc.) with Bård Ingebrigtsen.
Swedish black metallers WATAIN have issued the following update:
"Due to reasons entirely out of the bands control, the promotor has decided to cancel the three shows in Mexico, meant to take place this weekend.
"We want to underline that this decision has nothing to do with WATAIN whatsoever. We were very much looking forward to perform these rituals upon Mexican soil.
"To all the WATAIN militias and supporters who have wrote us about the upcoming shows and who have been preparing for our arrival; your support will always be cherished and honored, we look forward to join forces with you again very soon."
WATAIN's fourth album, "Lawless Darkness", entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 26 and dropped to No. 37 the following week.
"Lawless Darkness" sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 42 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Lawless Darkness" was released in Europe on June 7 in a limited three-panel digipack edition with die-cut and a cover of DEATH SS' "Chains of Death" as a bonus track.
"Reaping Death", the new CD single from WATAIN, which was exclusively distributed in Sweden via Sweden Rock Magazine, was certified gold in the band's home country on April 21 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. (Note: Each copy of the magazine sold in Sweden was counted towards the certification.)
WATAIN will embark on a European headlining tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from DESTROYER 666. A U.S. run with BEHEMOTH will follow in November.