chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara
's profile of AEROSMITH
for "60 Minutes"
air on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. on CBS
. The segment will include an
conducted with the band on their last tour.
began work on its first all-new album since 2001 last year,
with the rest of the band working on music while singer Steven Tyler
made his "American Idol"
The band has been working with producer Jack Douglas
, who collaborated
with them on classic early albums like "Toys In The Attic"
In a recent interview with RollingStone.com
singer Steven Tyler
stated about the band's forthcoming CD, "We're gonna have a vintage sound,
'cause we're going to tape and a lot of good things like that. We're keeping
tracks lean, not a lot of overdubs, and like I said, we're using Jack
his fullest. So you're gonna hear some stuff where you might think AEROSMITH
He added, "I'm having such a good time writing again. You got the songs
right now where they're like shells, with no lyrics and no melody, and I get to
fill in the blanks like I did with 'Back In The Saddle'
when it was just
guitarist Joe Perry
recently revealed via Twitter
that the band will embark on a U.S.
tour in June. Tickets will go on sale in March. Exact cities and dates will be
announced during the coming weeks.
In a recent interview with the QMI Agency
stated about AEROSMITH
new material, "It definitely has a feel like some of the early stuff.
We've tried to bring that back. People are always asking for something that
sounds like the old stuff, but you can't rewrite 'Mama Kin'
Old Song And Dance'
. All you can do is go in and start from the same place
you started when you made those records. So we just went in with (producer) Jack
and we all worked on the record. There's a song or two that the
band helped write, and Tom
bass) wrote and Brad
, guitar) has a track on there. So
from that point of view, it's a lot more like an early AEROSMITH
We were all in the room when we were pulling these songs together and recording
them. Every way that we used to make our records, that's what we did to get
this to where it is. Right down to what we're doing now, which is going over
the tracks and bringing them up to speed. Steven
] is finishing up the lyrics and
we're just going to put the finishing touches on it."
said at a recent press conference that sales of AEROSMITH
's back catalog
were up 260 percent since he began appearing on "Idol"
The 11th season of the series began with its two-night premiere on January 18.
WHITESNAKE will be on hiatus from touring throughout
2012 after completing its successful "Forevermore World Tour".
The band plans to spend 2012 in the studio, mixing live recordings made during
the 2011 tour. There are also plans to edit and mix a live in-concert DVD from
the tour. Other 'SNAKE-related projects are also in the works, including
new material, though there are no definite plans to record a full studio album
at this time. Some of the band members will be keeping busy with other musical
projects throughout 2012 and WHITESNAKE's official web site, Whitesnake.com,
will try to provide information related to their activities, as well as the
individual members' web sites.
WHITESNAKE's new album, "Forevermore", sold around
12,000 copies in the United
States in its first week of release to debut
at position No. 49 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded, produced
and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, guitarist Doug
Aldrich and Michael McIntyre).
WHITESNAKE's "Live At Donington 1990" DVD/live double
CD set was made available on June 3 in Europe and June 7 in North
America via Frontiers Records. This incredible,
never-before-seen, visual footage captures one of the most musically intense WHITESNAKE
lineups performing in front of more than 70,000 fans. Mixed in glorious 5.1 and
living, breathing stereo, it's the next best thing to actually being there! WHITESNAKE
1990 featured guitar greats Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg,
bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and, of course,
incomparable frontman David Coverdale. The "Live At
Donington" 1990 DVD also includes a substantial gallery of never
before seen stills of the band on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour
1990", plus an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary of the making-of
the "Slip Of The Tongue" album.
The "Live At Donington 1990" is available in 2CD set, DVD
coverpack, combo 2CD + DVD in digipak and digital edition.
If you are a METALLICA
fan, you can now own a bracelet made out of Kirk
's guitar strings, with all proceeds going to charity. Use the
coupon code KH1234 to get 10% off
. Each guitar
string bracelet is handcrafted from recycled fine silver and guitar strings
used and donated by the artist you select. The bracelets must slip over your
hand unless a custom clasp is added; please size accordingly. Bracelets are
packaged in recycled DVD cases with certificates of authenticity. Profits are
donated to charities selected by the artists. Each bracelet is custom made upon
order and production time can take up to three weeks before item ships.
-winning rock guitarist and songwriter Slash
will release his second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love"
, on May
22 via Slash
's own label Dik Hayd International
. To reflect singer Myles Kennedy
's (ALTER BRIDGE
increased contributions to the new CD, "Apocalyptic Love"
being made available under the name "Slash
and the CONSPIRATORS
." The disc will follow Slash
2010 debut album, "Slash"
, and his November 2011 first-ever
live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set "Made In Stoke 24/7/11"
Notably, the "Slash"
album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart
at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard
Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and
hit #1 on iTunes
in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top
5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
In the U.K., "Apocalyptic Love"
will be released on May 21 in
exclusive Classic Rock
Fan Pack form — providing a unique collectable
package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially
created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic
. The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts, including a pin
badge and artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail
outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and
online music retailers. Roadrunner Records
will simultaneously release
the record digitally. The standard physical release of the Slash
will follow through Roadrunner Records
on June 18.
For the new album, Slash
— along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy
(vocals), Brent Fitz
(drums) and Todd Kerns
(bass) — teamed with
producer Eric Valentine
, who also produced the "Slash"
disc. All the songs were written together by Slash
and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album.
on his official blog
: "A few weeks back we finished recording
the new Slash
album that has since been titled 'Apocalyptic Love'
after the lead-off track, which is earth-shattering!
"We finished up recording at Barefoot Recording
with [producer] Eric
and the very next day we were shooting an in the studio
performance for Mativision
. We performed all 13 songs from 'Apocalyptic
for the Mativision
cameras. The cool thing is that while
watching it on your computer, you'll be able to select what you wanna look at
and switch around 360 degrees all over the place. It is totally mind-blowing.
Crazy. I have no idea what format that's coming out in, but it is to be part of
some fancy release of the album.
"In the CONSPIRATORS
, we have a new face in the fold. Our brother
in arms of the past couple of years, Bobby Schneck
[guitar], has moved
on and I wish him all the best in the world. Bobby
is an amazing guy, a
great talent and a great friend.
"The newest Conspirator is none other than Frankie Sidoris
out! We got some young blood in the band. Gonna have to step up my game now! Frankie
comes from Las Vegas'
own THE CAB
and I jammed with a lot of people to find this
kid and he's gonna be a monster. In the future when you're all clamouring about
how wonderful Frankie is, remember it was us who found him!"
Rob Zombie and his bandmates — John 5
(guitar), Piggy D (bass) and Ginger Fish (drums) — will enter the
studio in June to begin work on an as-yet-untitled new album for a late 2012
Commented Zombie: "As production on [Zombie's upcoming film]
'The Lords Of Salem'
ends, it is time for music. We will be packing up the band and moving to remote
location to record. No distractions, just music."
In a May 2011 interview with ARTISTdirect, Zombie stated about
his plans for the band's next album, "We're very excited to get back to
it. I feel like it's been a journey back. It's like the long way around. 'Educated
Horses' was sort of this weird reformation of the band. 'Hellbilly
Deluxe 2' was edging back to the old days. Now, with the new band, we
really want to take it back to the beginning in a weird way — just a dark,
crazy Zombie record. It's almost exactly like what I think people would
want us to do."
ROB ZOMBIE and MEGADETH will embark on a co-headlining tour this
spring. The trek, which marks the first time the two bands have toured
together, kicks off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, New Jersey and encompasses
high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including M3 Rock
Festival, Rock On The Range and wraps Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma.
ROB ZOMBIE will headline Rocklahoma, co-headline Rock On The
Range (with INCUBUS), and will close all shows on the MEGADETH
This will be ROB ZOMBIE's first concert tour since last summer's "Hell
On Earth" co-headline trek with SLAYER. Zombie spent
last fall and winter shooting his sixth feature film, "The Lords of Salem" which he
wrote and directed and is making with the producers of the "Paranormal
Activity" franchise. With principal photography completed, the film is
currently in post-production.
Never one to play it safe, Zombie — with guitarist John 5,
bassist Piggy D and Ginger Fish on drums — will bring his
legendary stage show out in full force on these dates. Audiences will get what
they expect from a ROB ZOMBIE show — an amped-up, non-stop barrage of
sin, sex and Satan guaranteed to rip your face off, a true rock and roll
spectacle at its finest.
Rob Zombie's fourth solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2",
debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard album chart on February 10, 2010,
selling 49,000 copies in its first week of release. That total was less than 50
percent of the number of copies that his previous effort, "Educated
Horses", sold in its first week back in April 2006, when it moved
107,000 copies to land at No. 5 on the chart.
Zombie was originally supposed to issue the album in November 2009
through his longtime label, Geffen Records, but delayed its arrival to
February 2, 2010 after abruptly leaving to sign with the Roadrunner
label. He admitted to The Pulse of Radio that he was a little unsure at
first whether that was the right thing to do. "Well, I mean, it was weird
because at first you think like, well, you know, you're on Geffen, do
you want to make the switch, should you just change next time on the next
record, you know, just ride out what you started," he said. "I
struggled with it but I thought, you know, my gut is telling me this is the
thing to do because I have a feeling if I put it out in November, the label's
not gonna support it, and by December the record will be dead. And I just said,
you know, screw it. Whatever the repercussions, let's just do it."
The CD/DVD edition of "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" arrived in stores
on September 28, 2010 via Roadrunner Records. The expanded version of
the album features 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", is also
Marilyn Manson spoke to Revolver magazine
about his recently completed eighth studio album "Born Villain",
which is due out this spring through Cooking Vinyl Records. The first
single from the follow-up to 2009's "The High End Of Low", a song
called "No Reflection", will be released in May.
"It doesn't really sound like any of my old records," Manson
said about his new CD. "In fact it sort of sounds like what I listened to
before I made records — KILLING JOKE, JOY DIVISION, REVOLTING
COCKS, BAUHAUS, BIRTHDAY PARTY … It's very rhythm-driven.
It's actually very bluesy. It's the first record where I repeat verses. I just
sign the words in a different key, the next time. I've never done that before,
because I've always felt like I needed to write a lot of words in the past … I
think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all."
Manson, whose macabre lyrics and outrageous stage behavior have been
controversial, also spoke about how he defines "shock rock."
"People expect me to me a 'shock rocker,' but there's nothing you can do
anymore to be shocking," he told Revolver. "All you can do is
be confusing. Don't ever empty the bucket of mystery. Never let people define
what you do. It's not about zigging when you should zag. It's not about doing
something unprecedented and unpredictable. It's just about never being a word,
or something that is not in the process of transformation."
theater tour is scheduled to kick off April 27.
The singer last September unveiled a new music video for the song "Born
Villain" directed by actor Shia LaBeouf.
Drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) quit MARILYN
MANSON in February 2011 and has since joined ROB ZOMBIE. He has been
replaced by the Los Angeles-based drummer Jason Sutter.
MARILYN MANSON in 2009 parted ways with longtime record label Interscope
following the disappointing sales performance of "The High End Of
"The High End Of Low" was Manson's first album with
longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez since 2000's "Holy Wood".
of the Dallas Observer
recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH
bassist David Ellefson
: Both you and [MEGADETH
mainman] Dave Mustaine
Christians. One wouldn't think too many of your fans are living a Christian
: They are probably a lot like me. I grew up a confirmed
Lutheran, but when I didn't have to go to church anymore, I didn't go. I was
into playing rock and roll, but I had a good upbringing that steered me in the
right direction at the times when I needed to be redirected. Rock and roll is
about rocking out against the system and rocking out against the things that
have authority over you. And years ago, the church had a very authoritative
position over me. It's not so much like that anymore. A lot of corrupt people
in the church got called out on it. It's a different time now. Those same rules
don't apply today.
: There are people, both back then and today, who don't think the
words Christian and metal can go together.
: There are a lot of artists who are very open about their
faith. This has happened over the last 10 years. Nearly everyone comes from
some sort of faith background, even if you don't have any faith at all. If
someone wants to ask me about my personal life, I don't mind talking to them,
but I am there to play a MEGADETH
show. I am not out on a crusade.
: Dave Mustaine
has said there are certain songs that, as a
Christian, he no longer feels are appropriate to play. Do you feel the same
: Well, those are songs he wrote. Those lyrics were close to him
and he decided he didn't want to play those for those reasons. I definitely
stand by him.
of Hardrock Haven
recently conducted an interview with drummer
of British rock legends UFO
. A couple of excerpts
from the chat follow below.
: How did the band want to follow-up 2009's "The
: That's kind of a tough one. It's pretty much as always, you know.
We weren't absolutely sure we'd get another album because SPV
through some changes, but once they decided they were going to keep going and
that they wanted us to do another album. Then it's just basically pitching the
ideas and getting on with it.
: Can you describe how the UFO
of today typically
writes a new album?
: Well, normally it would be Vinnie Moore
, bass] when he was in the band. Obviously,
we don't have a full-time bass player right now, so the writing process is
pretty much left down to the rest of us. This time around I didn't really do
much. I had kind of a busy year. My kid was getting married and stuff, so…
yeah, we were on the road a lot, so it was kind of just when it came time to do
the album the guys pitched in their ideas. Traditionally, what happens is we
pitch in the ideas and Phil
, vocals] listens to them,
decides which ones he can kind of feed off of, and we come down to a short
list. Then we go into the studio and record those as backing tracks and he
works on his vocals from there. I mean, quite often he'll give us kind of a
lyric idea or a hookline or a melody… some kind of phrasing ideas, but we don't
normally hear the finished product until it is actually finished. I did the
drums… the drums and bass were done in Germany at Area 51
worked there, too… Phil
vocals. He tends to work out of his home studio in Delaware. He feels more comfortable there…
he's got all his stuff there. Paul
kind of worked between London at a studio he
likes in London
and Area 51
. It's not that far for him…from London
to Hanover so
it's a pretty close commute. I think the only reason he doesn't do everything
in Hanover is he likes to use a grand piano and a B3, so Tommy
have those there…so Paul
found a studio in London that did.
: Who performed the bass parts on "Seven
: By this time, if you remember last time around it was a German
bass player, Peter Pichl
, that we used. This time around, it's another
German bass player named Lars Lehmann
and he was a buddy of Vinnie
had used him in some solo stuff and suggested that he was a great
bass player, which he is…and a great guy. He was available and he was in Hanover, so that made
things easier because at least he was around when I put the drum tracks down,
which was nice. We got to do the bass and drums together.
: That kind of leads into the next question: how is Pete
: Eh, well I mean I haven't seen him probably in little over a year.
Last time I saw him he was pretty much the same, as usual. That's a tough one.
I mean, you know, the story with Pete
is he's basically on hiatus from
the band because of his lifestyle choices. It was really starting to affect his
performance and the band in general, although it really fell on Phil
shoulders to make the decision… that he kinda needed to sit out and pull
himself together. Poor old Pete
. He started off with a good attitude,
but he kind of fell by the wayside, so I don't see him returning anytime soon.
I mean, obviously we're all hoping that he will be back and that he will sort
himself out, but the last time I saw him he was still pretty much in the state
that he had been for a while. Now, funny enough, he's actually been doing some
stuff with Michael
], which I can understand, from a
fan's point of view, is pretty confusing, you know? Why is he out there with Michael
and not with us? It's just a matter of degrees with Pete
. I think the deal
was with Michael
is that Michael
had him along, but he also had
another bass player along to cover the playing duties… which works fine for Michael
but we won't do that. If he's going to be in the band then he has to step and
play, too, so… like I said, we love him to death.
Vocalist Ville Valo
of Finnish "love" metallers HIM
recently spoke to U.K.'s
what he and his bandmates have been up to in the two years since the release of
their seventh and most recent album, "Screamworks: Love In Theory And
After it was revealed in March of last year that HIM
had parted ways
following a six-year partnership that
produced three albums, the band closed down its official web site, with the
rest of 2011 seeing virtually no activity from HIM
"I know that things have been really quiet of late," Ville
"But our drummer [Gas Lipstick
] has suffered a
music-related injury — at least that's what he says it is. He has nerve damage
and it's been a problem for about a year now; obviously it's been terrible for
him, but it's also been stressful for the rest of the group. You can't make
rock music without a drummer."
On the split with Warner Music
said, "The thing with Warner
is really a kind of a familiar story. When we signed with [the label], there
were lots of people there who really loved the band, loved what we were doing;
people who worked hard for us and who really had our best interests at heart.
And now, of course, all of those people have left the company. So instead we
had a bunch of people that we didn't know, who didn't know us, and who we felt
didn't really understand what we are about and how to best represent us. All of
a sudden, it felt like we didn't have a home anymore. It was time for use to
When asked about whether he is worried about HIM
's standing and profile
in the rock music world after spending most of the last year away from the spotlight,
said, "I don't know, you tell me — should I be worried? This
break we've had has had its benefits, in that it's made me think about where we
were going as a band. That's why I shut down [the official HIM
site], because it was becoming too commercial, it was becoming just about
"There seems to be very little mystique in music at the moment," he
continued. "And I really miss that. I want to recapture some sense of
mystique, if I can. I want to make music that goes back to when we were
directly influenced by BLACK SABBATH
, which I can imagine would have
been very confusing to the people who work at Warner Brothers
would be complaining that they couldn't get this played on the radio. Who
cares? I don't. I'd like the album to be released on Rise Above
cult, underground doom metal label owned by CATHEDRAL
]. I think that would be great. We could get it back to being just
about the music, about the mystique; we'll get back into people's faces in the
best possible way and remind them exactly what we're capable of."
's discography on Sire
includes the 2005 album "Dark
, which was certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of 500,000
copies. Follow-up releases "Venus Doom"
(2007) and "Screamworks:
Love In Theory And Practice"
charted both in the U.S. and Europe.
"Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice"
sold 26,000 copies
in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 25
on The Billboard 200 chart. Recorded at The Lair
in Los Angeles, the CD was produced by Matt
(TAKING BACK SUNDAY
, THE USED
mixed by Neal Avron
, FALL OUT BOY
A 13-minute collection of outtakes from "Drumertá"
the forthcoming DVD from drummer Mike Portnoy
, AVENGED SEVENFOLD
) featuring drum-cam footage from the
recording sessions for ADRENALINE MOB
's debut album, "Omertá"
can be seen below. The DVD will be made available later this month exclusively
is the band featuring Portnoy
, SYMPHONY X
frontman Russell Allen
and guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando
will be released in the U.S.
on March 13 through the newly formed Elm City Music
in conjunction with EMI
and in Europe on March 19 in Europe
via Century Media Records
. The 11-song effort — which was produced by ADRENALINE
and mixed by Jay Ruston
, who has previously worked on ANTHRAX
and STEEL PANTHER
— includes a blistering reinterpretation of DURAN DURAN
classic "Come Undone"
featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale
04. All On The Line
05. Hit The Wall
06. Feelin' Me
07. Come Undone
(feat. Lzzy Hale)
08. Believe Me
09. Down To The Floor
10. Angel Sky
11. Freight Train
last month announced the addition of DISTURBED
bassist John Moyer
to the group's ranks.
will make his live debut with ADRENALINE MOB
on March 12 at
Hiro Ballroom in New York City.
in a statement: "Mike Portnoy
called me about
auditioning for his new band ADRENALINE MOB
. He had heard through the
grapevine that I was looking to stay busy while DISTURBED
is on hiatus.
After jamming with Russ
, Mike Orlando
, and Portnoy
chemistry as musicians was undeniable. I am super stoked about joining 'The
Family' and I can't wait to hit the road with these guys and see what kind of
musical mayhem we can create!"
will perform at several European festivals this summer,
including Graspop Metal Meeting
(June 22-24 in Dessel,
Belgium), Gods Of Metal
(June 21-24 in Milan, Italy)
and Sweden Rock
(June 6-9 in Sölvesborg,
's first-ever headline tour made stops in various markets,
including Chicago, Denver
and San Francisco.
also opened for GODSMACK
on select dates of the Massachusetts act's
formed in early 2011 when Orlando
some material the guitarist had written. Allen
refined those ideas, at which time Allen
reached out to longtime friend Portnoy
to see if he had any interest in playing with them. Portnoy
board and soon thereafter DiLeo
were recruited to join
the family. From the very first note, the chemistry was apparent and the beast
that is known as ADRENALINE MOB
Guitarist Rich Ward
) and bassist Paul
) announced their departures from ADRENALINE MOB
in January due to scheduling conflicts with their other projects.
British "glam punk rock" band SPIT LIKE THIS
has inked a deal with Dark Lord Records
, a brand new label set up by Grammy
producer Chris Tsangarides
, OZZY OSBOURNE
SPIT LIKE THIS
) and legendary STRAWBS
founder Dave Cousins
The group's second album, "Normalityville Horror"
, will be
released on May 7.
Commented SPIT LIKE THIS
vocalist Lord Zion
: "We have been
sitting on this album for a while, waiting for the formation of Chris
' label. When we recorded 'Normalityville Horror'
him, we enjoyed the whole experience so, when he mentioned his label and that
he would like us on it, we jumped at the chance!
is a real leap forward for us, musically
and thematically, and I cannot wait for our fans, old and new, to hear it at
added: "I can't wait for the release and on to the next
great project with SPIT LIKE THIS
SPIT LIKE THIS
For more information, visit www.spitlikethis.com
The first single and video from "Dee
Does Broadway", the new solo album from TWISTED SISTER frontman
Dee Snider, will be made available in early April. The full-length CD
will follow a month later.
"Dee Does Broadway" will
include guest appearances by Biff Byford (SAXON) and Sebastian
Bach (SKID ROW), among others.
In a 2011 interview with Goldmine, Snider stated about "Dee Does Broadway", "I'll preface this by
saying, no, it's not metal. I'm taking Broadway show tunes and I'm making them
rock. It's sort of a 'Twisted Christmas' taken to Broadway. But there
are some pretty metallic moments there, I'll tell you. 'Sweeney Todd'
translates into a metal song amazingly — bass, drums, guitar — so some of the
songs are really metallic, but it's a rock record. I'm doing it as a solo
Snider joined the cast of the Tony-nominated musical "Rock
Of Ages" in October 2010 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
The singer, who was seen in the A&E reality show "Growing Up
Twisted", played nightclub owner Dennis for an 11-week
engagement beginning October 11, 2010 and continuing through December 24, 2010.
He also hosted "Rock Senate Hearings," a weekly Tuesday-night
During an interview with MTV News, Snider talked about the difference
between performing in arenas and on Broadway. "The biggest difference
between a concert situation and a theater situation is that you can't curse out
the audience. I'm used to addressing situations. If something is going on in
the house that I don't like at a concert, or if the audience is not energized
or enthusiastic ... or if they're particularly energized and enthusiastic ... I
will stop a song just to comment on what's going on. I quickly realized that
was unacceptable on Broadway. I just have to stay in character and stay in the
Dee previously said that it was his
personal hope for "to bridge the gap between Broadway and rock 'n' roll
and introduce the hard rock audience to the amazing music of the Great White Way!"
will release his new full-length solo CD/DVD, "God Told Me
, on May 8 via Rocket Science Ventures
"God Told Me To"
was recorded and produced by John 5
, TOMMY LEE
) and Bob Marlette
, BLACK SABBATH
) in 2011. The cover art for the album is
illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie
, who is also tapping John 5
to score the entirety of his upcoming film, "The Lords Of Salem"
The CD portion of "God Told Me To"
features ten painstakingly
handcrafted pieces transcending multiple styles — an equal combination of
acoustic and electronically influenced tracks — each designed to gradually
reveal John 5
's innovative interpretation of his instrument. The
orchestration of "God Told Me To"
showcases John 5
ability to master the subtlety of dynamics, thus emphasizing the overall
production value of this body of work.
The DVD portion of "God Told Me To"
is hosted by retro-style
horror-host Mike Odd
and takes a look inside the world of John 5
during his terrifying trip into the realm of "God Told Me To"
The DVD features footage of John 5
in the studio while working on the
new album, exclusive videos taken on tour, a peek inside the photo shoot for
his 2011 remix album "Remixploitation"
, and more.
In an interview with AOL
, John 5
stated about his new album title,
"The title means more than what it sounds like. I wanted to do this so
badly, to be a successful musician. Not even like a rock star. My dreams didn't
go into that area. I want to make money playing guitar. I like prayed inside of
my head as a little kid. I didn't grow up in a religious home, but we went to
Midnight Mass. That was the only time I'd go to church, but when I did, I
prayed that I wanted to be a successful musician. I got my wish. . . [The title
is] a lot of things. Many serial killers will say 'God told me to.' It's a spin
Regarding the "God Told Me To"
album art, John 5
"It's funny. [Rob Zombie
, I and the rest of the band] were on tour
and I said, 'I need a great cover.' He is such a great artist. You know, he is
so busy. Live shows, writing movies, but I said, 'Hey man, you want to do the
album art?' He was like 'Sure.' He did it, and it's so incredible. It amazing
what this guy can do. He nailed it."
On the topic of some of the songs that can be found on "God Told Me
, John 5
said, "'Beat It'
is Michael Jackson
and it's instrumental and a tribute. And I tip my hat to Edward Van Halen
I wanted to say thank you to him, since he put an amazing solo in the original,
and he was such an influence and epiphany. Also, 'Noche Acasador'
'Night Stalker,' and it's about Richard Ramirez
, and it is a Spanish style
flamenco guitar piece. People will be surprised to hear it. Another one that I
love is 'Welcome To Violence'
. It starts the record with total
As well as the stunning cover art by Rob Zombie
, art from the solo
singles will also feature within the album. The single covers were created by ROB
bassist Matt Montgomery
's (a.k.a. Piggy D.
) and Emma
's web manager) from Nineteen76-Designs
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recently caught up with vocalist Jay
of the reactivated ORGY
, the "death pop" band from Bakersfield, California,
to discuss the group's reformation, the status of new music and their current
tour. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
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has been off the scene for a little while.
What the catalyst for rebooting and moving forward with the project?
: Ya know, it had just been too long. I was really interested in
getting back out on the road. That was the first thing I wanted to do. It had
been so long, I just wanted to get out there, brush the rust off and roll with
it to see what happens. To do that you have to have a band and start playing
gigs right away and that is exactly what I did.
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: Did you have any reservations about making that move?
: Sure, there were a few here and there at first. You are never truly
sure about anything you do in this business. I was worried about how the fans
would respond and if they would or wouldn't like it. I had my reservations but
I just went ahead with it and it has worked out really well.
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: I know there was a little controversy on the part of the
other original members about you reviving the band with a new lineup. Were you
surprised at their reactions?
: Honestly, yeah, I was surprised. I think a lot of people are,
because it is not like they are totally busy doing their JULIEN-K
so I don't really know what to say about that. I was surprised because I had
been talking to those guys off and on about getting together to do shows and
they were open to the idea, I believe. It just seemed to be taking so long. It
seemed like it was never going to happen. I felt like I was getting blown off
and nothing was getting done, so I decided to move on.
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: How did you go about assembling this new lineup and what
do they bring to the table?
: The new lineup is amazing! I don't plan on looking back, let's put
it that way, they are that good. They are all amazing artists. Both guitar
players, Carlton Bost
and Ashburn Miller
, came from DEADSY
The bass player, Nic Speck
came from RUN RUN RUN
. The drummer, Jamie
, is from SNOT
and THE START
. He is an amazing drummer!
All of the guys are truly amazing performers and we get along great.
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: Where are you in regard to new music for ORGY
: We are doing really well. We are actually going to start with a
couple of live mash-ups. We will be doing the Kill The Noise
one in the
next couple of days and then the Skrillex
one after that. Then we will
start adding new songs as the tour goes. We have already been writing a little
bit for the EP but that probably won't be put out until after I get back home.
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: Can we expect a full album of new music at some point?
: I don't know that it doesn't make more sense just to keep putting
out more EPs because they are faster and as you get a few songs done, you can
put something out. I think it is a good model to use because you can gauge what
you should be doing or what you shouldn't be doing. That isn't to say that
there couldn't be a full-length album; there certainly could be.
conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho
metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM
when the band played at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec,
February 27 as part of a North American tour with ELUVEITIE
and THREAT SIGNAL
. You can now watch the chat below.
CHILDREN OF BODOM
is scheduled to commence the songwriting sessions for
its next album this fall for a 2013 release. "I have ideas, but I haven't
done anything about it," Alexi
said. "'Cause the thing is, I
can't write when I'm touring; it's not the right kind of environment for me. I
know a lot of people do it, but I just can't. And it's OK, 'cause I build a lot
of ideas in my head, and my memory sucks, but one thing that I never forget is
the riffs; they're always in my head somehow. So it's really not a
CHILDREN OF BODOM
's last album, "Relentless Reckless
, sold nearly 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of
release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's
previous CD, 2008's "Blooddrunk"
, opened with 19,000 units to
land at No. 22. This number was roughly four times the opening tally of "Blooddrunk"
predecessor, "Are You Dead Yet?"
, which premiered with 5,000
units back in October 2005 to enter the chart at No. 195.
"Relentless Reckless Forever"
was certified gold in the band's
home country for first-day sales of over 10,000 copies. The CD was recorded in Finland's
with famed rock producer Matt Hyde
Mutant overlords GWAR have issued the following
"Like any band worth its salt, GWAR is constantly working on new
songs. What's different now is that the band has its own in-house recording
studio/jam space, so everything they do is tracked. There is no release date,
no gory details but rest assured of one thing... GWAR is working on a
new album, and it will be a tribute to their lost Scumdog brother, Flattus
GWAR will return to the road this spring on the second leg of their "Return
Of The World Maggot Tour". The trek kicks off with a special tribute
show for fallen bandmate and friend Cory Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus
Maximus, in Richmond, Virginia, at The National Theater on Friday,
March 16. All proceeds from the Richmond
show will benefit the Smoot Family Fund which has been established to
help support Cory's widow and their unborn child. Support on this run
will come from fellow Richmond metallers MUNICIPAL
WASTE, and California's
GHOUL. LEGACY OF DISORDER will join the tour on March 20 in Boston and the tour will run through April 11 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Smoot was found dead as GWAR was about to enter Canada on
November 3, 2011. He was 34 years old.
GWAR's latest album, "Bloody Pit Of Horror", sold
around 2,800 copies in the United
States in its first week of release. The
band's previous CD, "Lust In Space", opened with 5,000 units
to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart.
EDEN'S CURSE has announced the addition of Italian
vocalist Marco Sandron to the group's ranks. The band's new single and
promotional video, "Time To Breathe", has been made available
as a free download.
Hailing from Portgruaro, 50 miles from Venice, in the northeast of Italy, Marco
previously sang for Italian progressive metal act PATHOSRAY, who
released their self-titled debut on Sensory Records in 2007 and their
sophomore CD, "Sunless Skies", on Frontiers Records in
2009. That same year he also contributed lead vocals to French symphonic metal
outfit FAIRYLAND's "Score To A New Beginning" album,
which was released on Napalm Records.
"We had discussions with many amazing vocalists over the last four months,
but this was about more than just picking a singer — that was the easy part!"
explains bassist Paul Logue. "We had a stringent set of criteria
that the successful applicant would need to meet, and they absolutely had to be
fully exclusive to the band, in order for us to retain a sound that is
instantly recognisable as EDEN'S CURSE. That is why the search took
several months to complete, in order to ensure that we made the right choice
and I firmly believe we have the right man."
So how did Marco come to the band's attention?
Logue: "In true EDEN'S CURSE fashion, we stumbled across him
on the Internet. I was browsing through various videos on YouTube, related to
some of my favorite singers, and I found a cover version he had recorded of a SYMPHONY
X song. I'm of the opinion that Russell Allen is the greatest metal
singer around right now, so I was more than curious to hear what Marco
could do and simply I was blown away! I just had to find out more about him. I
then discovered he sang with PATHOSRAY and managed to track down their
albums and I found his vocal performances on those records simply staggering.
Surprisingly, Alessandro did not know of Marco, so I managed to
track him down on Facebook and made contact. I was delighted to receive
an instant reply stating that he was very interested in talking to us and that
he loved what he heard of our music. So we began a slow and painful (especially
for poor Marco) audition process, which included him going into a studio
to record a 'CURSE classic' and a brand new song. Eventually I flew out
at the beginning of January to meet and record Marco at Alessandro's
studio and we concluded the deal."
As a trained vocal coach, what did Alessandro make of Marco and
how did he feel about having another Italian in the band?
"My initial thought was to have another international singer and I really
didn't think about a singer from my homeland," stated Del Vecchio.
"One day Paul sent me a link of a song of Marco's and I
totally fell in love with his voice. His mix of clean, aggressive and
high-pitched tones instantly turned me into a fan of his vocal abilities.
Another Italian in the band? Hum ... OK, let's try it! It ended up being a joy
to have him on board and he has an outstanding talent in his craft. As a vocal
teacher, I'm really picky, so I was thrilled that in the studio we were able to
experiment and play around with the songs and have them really turned upside
down by the singer. His technique is brilliant and he has the pipes to sing
whatever he wants and whatever we ask him. I'm totally satisfied with our
choice. Marco really deserves to have his voice heard and I believe EDEN'S
CURSE is the band with which to make this happen."
Written by Paul Logue and Pete Newdeck, "Time To
Breathe"'s lyrics are very topical, as Newdeck explains.
"The lyrics stem from the current financial crisis grippling society today
and the ignorance people have to what we are doing to ourselves and this
awesome world we live in," he says. "We need to buy ourselves time or
it will be too late to put it all right."
And what does the Englishman think of the new boy Sandron?
"A real air of positivity has come over this band," Newdeck
says. "For me personally, I have a broad vision of how far this band can
go. I am sure people will agree with me that having Marc onboard is a
major plus and we are all excited to see what the future holds."
Accompanying the single release is a brand new promotional video, which was
filmed at Sky Park
in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of January with
Simon Jake Gillespie of Music Video Scotland in the director's
chair. "It was imperative to us that not only did the fan base get to hear
what Marco sounded like, but also what he looked like fronting EDEN'S
CURSE," explains Logue.
Director Simon Jake Gillespie of Music Video Scotland explains
the concept behind the video: "As well as capturing the band performance,
we wanted to portray the lyrical concept in a visual manner by showing four
different people from four different walks of life uniting together to help
each other escape from a situation. This symbolizes what we perceive needs to
happen in society today to work our way out of the mess we have found ourselves
The band is also thrilled to announce not one, but two festival appearances
this year, when they play PPM Fest in Belgium on Saturday, April 7
alongside ACCEPT, SONATA ARTICA and EVERGREY and then Dokk'em
Open Air festival in Holland on Saturday, June 30 alongside ARCH ENEMY,
JON OLIVA'S PAIN and DOMINICI.
Guitarist Thorsten Koehne spoke of his excitement of being just weeks
away from hitting the stage together for the first time with the new-look EDEN'S
CURSE lineup. "I can't wait to play live with Marco!" he
says. "He's such an exceptional singer and performer and the new line up feels
The band is also making great progress with the writing process for album
number four. "We have several songs in the can already, which is where the
single came from," says Logue. "We are progressing well, and
we hope to be in the studio by summer, for a release early 2013."
The last word, deservedly, goes to the new boy, Marco, who cannot hide
his delight at fronting EDEN'S CURSE. "I'm very proud to be the new
singer of EDEN'S CURSE!" he says. "This band is great. The
guys are simply awesome and very talented musicians, there are no egos, just
respect and true collaboration and we are working together simply to reach our
one true aim — creating great music! I simply cannot wait to rock some stages
and meet the wonderful CURSE fan base that the guys tell me so much
about, as well as completing songs for our new album. Yes, I'm very excited
because the new songs we are producing are so powerful, melodic as hell and
typically EDEN'S CURSE."
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of the
Swedish melodic rock newcomers DIAMOND DAWN. Due later this year, the
band's debut album will be mixed by Tobias Lindell, who has previously worked
with such artists as EUROPE, HARDCORE
SUPERSTAR, MUSTASCH and H.E.A.T.
DIAMOND DAWN was formed in early 2011 in Gothenburg and digitally
released the song "Standing As One", which caused a great buzz
in the underground scene. The group's sound represents the best from the
musical era of the '80s with a modern approach to melodic hard rock.
Commented the band: "We are incredibly proud to announce that we have
signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Records. This is an
important milestone in our career and we are thrilled about this cooperation,
which we believe will take the band to a whole new level. Working with Frontiers
Records is truly a dream come true for us since they are working with many
of our musical heroes."
Former KREATOR/SODOM guitarist Frank
"Blackfire" Gosdzik will lay down the guitar tracks on the debut
CD, "Proliferation Day", from BROOKLYN MILITIA, the new
"aggressive thrash metal/punk/hardcore" band featuring Joe
Cangelosi (WHIPLASH, KREATOR, MASSACRE) and Glenn
BROOKLYN MILITIA has been in the studio this month recording 12 brand
new tracks and Blackfire will take over the guitar duties. The group
states, "We are excited to have Frank aboard and we know this stuff
is going to be explosive."
Hansen previously stated about his involvement with BROOKLYN MILITIA,
"I guess it all comes down to honesty. When you take this band, you're
taking guys that have been in bands together since we were kids. We are like
brothers. When we play, the songs just flow naturally. It's just brutal musical
BROOKLYN MILITIA is:
* Rich Day (PRIMAL SCREAM, WHIPLASH, DEATHCORPS, BURN VICTIMS) - Bass
* Joe Cangelosi (WHIPLASH, KREATOR, MASSACRE) - Drums
* Glenn Hansen (WHIPLASH, MOONDOG) – Vocals
recently conducted an interview with KAMELOT
guitarist Thomas Youngblood
and keyboardist Oliver Palotai
couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
has been growing on an enormous scale ever since the release of "The
. Are you satisfied about where band stands today if you
look back on the days when the band was still fresh in the music industry?
: Absolutely. The band is still growing, too, both in terms of
fanbase as well as record sales. Our live shows have been a big factor as well
since we invest in bringing the fans something unique every time we visit.
Finding a new vocalist seems to be a very tough decision. What would you say
are some of the biggest attributes the future vocalist of KAMELOT
: Great voice, great stage presence, ability to travel and
also getting along with the other members. There are a lot of great singers out
there; I've heard so many. But when you dig deeper into their personal
situations, it becomes a bit more complex to see them in a professional working
band like KAMELOT
. Some have a nagging wife, some may be addicted to
something, some may not like flying in an airplane. If you want to be in a
band, then you cannot have those hang-ups.
: [It] would be great if he could pass by the keyboards on stage
without throwing them off the stand, haha! [I have] had some problems with that
in the past. Besides that, I find it important that they are teamworkers. No
ego crap. Musicians are always strong individuals, but you have to put some of
that aside to be successful.
You have been teasing us all an awful lot about the new singer, and you'll be
recording the new album soon. How is the process going?
: New songs are going great!! I am in Florida at the moment with Oliver and we are
really happy with the results. We will be in Germany soon to start recording the
new album. Vocals will be the last thing we do, which is always the case.
: It will be a real KAMELOT
record, that is for sure. Of
course, there will be again new things to discover, but I know our fan base
would be disappointed if it would be any different. So far I can say there is a
killer record coming up! It is only the early production I am listening to
right now, but that alone makes us working even harder to deliver it to our
fans as soon as possible. I am just looking forward to the feedback from the
people who love our music.
The old-school KAMELOT
is recognized by the medieval myths and themes.
Will these aspects remain in the past of KAMELOT
, or do you think that
there is still room for these themes in the future?
: Those themes came and went with the release of "The
Fourth Legacy". From the next album onward, we have kept our ideas and
topics varied and modern. At the time, it was fun but we will not return to
swords and dragons, that's for sure. I see the next album a mix of "The
with new and dark elements and ideas.
It seems that you're a very busy man as you work on several projects outside KAMELOT
do you ever feel that you're running dry on ideas?
: No. I am a pretty conservative worker regarding that. I get up
early, and compose and produce all day until late. I feel more related to the
composers of the Baroque era and before, when musicians were considered being
more craftsmen or working in the same area like mathematicians or physicians.
That whole image of the musical genius is actually a construction of later
eras. Which doesn't mean there's no magic in music, though. I am still
surprised that of the little steps I do every day there's a finished song or
album at the end. Many processes run on a subconscious level; I guess that is
what is called musical talent, which is just hard to define.
There have been some changes to the overall sound of KAMELOT
seven years; how do you keep fresh and adapt your signature style into these
: Luckily I can do whatever I want — in the end it mostly has
that specific personal sound, which is just part of my playing or composing.
For me it is just fantastic being in a band like KAMELOT
reinventing itself again and again, instead of playing it safe. Actually once I
quit a band after years because it basically played the same old stuff for
years and years. KAMELOT
is always keeping its character, but never
standing still either.
WAR OF AGES will release its fifth album, "Return To Life",
on April 24 via Facedown Records. The CD was recorded with producer Chris
"Zeuss" Harris at Planet Z Studios (SHADOWS FALL, CHIMAIRA,
HATEBREED) and it features some of the band's "most personal
material," according to a press release.
WAR OF AGES has toured with AS I LAY DYING, DEMON HUNTER, SOILWORK,
NORMA JEAN, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, and more, and will be
headlining this year's Facedown Fest on April 7 in Pomona, California.
Commented the band: "We are extremely excited about our 'Return To
Life' release in every way. Musically, we stuck to our roots, brought back
the heavy rhythmic style and mixed it with the maturity of having four previous
albums under our belts. We also joined forces with producer Zeuss, who
boasts a catalog with names like TERROR, EMMURE, HATEBREED,
etc... Not only is this album instrumentally rhythmic, it is also vocally
rhythmic. Leroy [Hamp, vocals] stepped out of his comfort zone
and ventured into the realms of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, COMEBACK
KID, and DARKEST HOUR, and mixed each with his own style. We plan to
continue in this direction lyrically, vocally, and musically for our future
"Return To Life" will be released on CD, LP and digital
Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak
) has penned a new
installment of his monthly "Metal For Life" column for the April
issue of Guitar World
magazine. In the April issue (on newsstands now; Eddie
cover), you can find Mike
's new column — "Twisted
Metal". In "Twisted Metal", Mike
dissects the challenge
of constructing a rhythmically and harmonically challenging, heavy single-note
riff. You can check out a preview video below.
In related news, Mike
has joined GuitarWorld.com
with his new
blog "10 Tips To Boost Your Practice Session." "10 Tips"
dispels the myths behind real world techniques that work when trying to achieve
a productive and positive result with your practice sessions. You can check out
the entry right here
"Metal" Mike Chlasciak
has revealed the songtitles that will
appear on his upcoming solo album, "The Metalworker"
later in the year. The CD features several instrumental tracks along with Mike
collaboration with vocal siren Carlos Zema
, known for his previous work
underground heroes OUTWORLD
. Also making appearances on the CD are Kevin
, HATE ETERNAL
) on drums and Mike
) on bass.
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