Ozzy Osbourne has posted a new photo from a a Los Angeles studio where he is currently
laying down vocals on the new BLACK SABBATH album. Check it out below.
As previously reported, BLACK SABBATH took part in a photo shoot on
November 30 with famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi clarified the status of the
band's new CD in an October interview with "The Blairing Out With Eric
Blair Show". Although it has been reported that the band has recorded
15 songs, Iommi explained, "That's wrong . . . We've written 15
songs and we've played them all. But now, at the moment, we're recording them.
We recorded them at my house first, in England, just as demos, but now
we're doing them for real. So we're about six tracks in now, at the
Iommi, Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler are recording
their first album together under the SABBATH name since 1978's "Never
The drums on the disc are being handled by Tommy Clufetos, who has
replaced founding drummer Bill Ward due to a contractual dispute between
Ward and the rest of the group.
Asked if there is any chance of Ward rejoining the band, Iommi
said, "We'll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it's gone
past that now, because it's gone on so long that I don't see that happening at
the moment. Maybe at some point we might [play together again]."
Meanwhile, SABBATH has announced an Australian tour for April and has
also revealed that it will headline the first-ever Japanese version of Ozzfest
on May 11-12, with SLIPKNOT also on the bill.
Photo below courtesy of Ozzy Osbourne's Facebook page
What started as a legal war between Steven Tyler's former
management company and his lawyer has grown into a bigger turf war that has
other musicians taking sides.
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In October, Kovac Media Group alleged in a lawsuit that attorney Dina
LaPolt had cost Tyler a $6 million-$8
million deal after she supposedly poisoned the negotiations for Tyler to return as judge
on Fox's American Idol. The lawsuit claimed that LaPolt was
so disastrous in deal negotiations that Tyler was offered no raise, which prompted
him to exit the program.
After filing the lawsuit, Kovac Media Group, run by Allen Kovac,
added new claims, asserting that in retaliation for the lawsuit, LaPolt has
been “conspiring” to “set up a competing management company” to steal away a
“world-famous rock band” that Kovac has repped for 15 years.
That band is Motley Crue, and on Monday, its members made its objections to
Kovac's claims very loud and clear. Declarations by Crue guitarist Mick
Mars and drummer Tommy Lee were filed along with new
court papers by LaPolt that urge a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to reject
the lawsuit in accordance with California's anti-SLAPP statute.
It's not uncommon for attorneys and managers to share many big-name clients.
After all, reps in the industry often pick up their clients through referral.
As this lawsuit illustrates, there are ways this can become a major source of
conflict should controversy arise.
So it goes for Tyler, who has chosen to stick by his lawyer's side.
In a declaration in December, Tyler
said about his former manager: “It is an understatement to say that I was very
unhappy with the services and conduct of Allen Kovac. Among other things, he
was disrespectful and rude to my business associates, insulted and verbally
abused my fiancee, my lawyer, my family, my assistants and my accountants.”
On Monday, Mars and Lee followed Tyler
in voicing displeasure with Kovac and others who have been taking the manager's
According to Mars' declaration, he first learned of what had happened on
Oct. 15, when he got an e-mail from LaPolt describing the dispute and stating
that he should get an independent attorney if he was concerned. Mars says he
was "completely shocked and mad that Motley Crue's manager had sued our
lawyer. I trust Dina implicitly, to the point that she is my trustee if I die
or become disabled."
A few hours after getting the e-mail, he says he was informed that Pam
Malek, the band's business manager, had told one of Kovac's attorneys
to draw up documents giving Kovac $200,000 of Motley Crue money. According to
Mars, the money was supposed to repay a personal loan that Kovac had given to
the band's singer Vince Neil (no longer a shareholder in the
band), but Mars said that he never voted for that to happen.
"Once I saw Pam Malek's e-mail, I got very concerned about her ability
to be unbiased and act in my best interests," says Mars. "Because Pam
is also the business manager for 11-7 Recording Corp. (one of Allen Kovac's
companies) and represents many of Allen Kovac's clients, I felt she was
controlled by him and would do whatever he demanded, whether or not it was in
my best interests."
Eventually, Malek was terminated, and Mars hired new representatives. Mars
calls Kovac's assertion that LaPolt was interfering and guiding him to retain
new business reps to be "false and ridiculous" and that "any
strain between Motley Crue and Allen Kovac is caused by Allen Kovac's actions."
Lee echoes that same sentiment, saying that he is also upset that Kovac has
added claims against the band's lawyer, LaPolt. Lee is angry that he now has to
give a deposition and feels like he was entitled to a better heads up about
this. "Obviously, I would have the right to know that they were having
problems performing under our management agreement," he says.
Meanwhile, LaPolt's attempts to kill the lawsuit continue in other ways. In
particular, the defendant is relying upon California's
anti-SLAPP statute, which protects against litigation that arises from First
Amendment activity -- in this case, what LaPolt alleges to be her statements on
the eve of litigation about Tyler's
American Idol negotiations and LaPolt's conduct as an attorney both
before and after the filing of the lawsuit.
To counter this, Kovac and his attorney Skip Miller have
asserted that that they have a right to bring claims because of the
relationship that existed between the parties. Namely, that in some capacity,
LaPolt previously was acting as the plaintiffs' lawyer.
LaPolt's attorneys, Christine Lepera and Bradley
Mullins at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, dispute there was any
such evidence that would suggest such a relationship.
"There is admittedly no retainer agreement, no e-mails discussing any
attorney-client relationship and not a single document listing LaPolt as
counsel for the sophisticated (Kovac) companies, TSE and 11-7."
LaPolt's lawyers tell The
that the new filings "show that there is no
basis for any of Allen Kovac’s companies’ claims against [LaPolt] and her firm.
As Ms. LaPolt’s motion papers demonstrate, this is not a case about an
attorney’s ethical duties, as LaPolt was not a lawyer for Allen Kovac’s
companies, and Plaintiffs are unable to demonstrate otherwise."
Contacted for comment, Miller referred to his legal papers that his own side
had submitted at the end of last month in opposition to the defendants'
attempts to strike the complaint.
Those papers lay out how LaPolt allegedly "committed one of the most
egregious acts that a lawyer can commit: she disclosed attorney-client
information and violated her duty of loyalty..." The papers also say that
LaPolt was representing Tenth Street Entertainment and after hearing
confidential information, that the attorney used it to "curry favor with American
Idol producers so that they would refer the legal representation of other
artists to LaPolt."
frontman Lemmy Kilmister
will be the
special guest at the post-CES
(Consumer Electronics Show
party for Motörheadphönes
at MÖTLEY CRÜE
vocalist Vince Neil
Girls Girls Girls
strip club in Las Vegas, Nevada tomorrow (Tuesday,
will host an exclusive press conference earlier in the day to
unveil the new product and then bring the party to Vince
's club later
's Girls Girls Girls
features "some of the most
beautiful women on the planet and truly epitomizes sex and roll 'n' roll,"
according to a press release.
The new brand, Motörheadphönes
has had unprecedented success throughout
Europe prior to making their debut in the United States at the CES
were developed by the hard-rocking,
mega-successful metal band MOTÖRHEAD
, who harnessed the energy of their
own music and created a life-style brand of headphones that are unprecedented
in sound, capability and performance. All about attitude, Motörheadphönes
are targeted to the rock audience, one of the largest audiences of music
The new product features professional audio quality, tooled to reproduce rock
music or any played music. Motörheadphönes
give smooth warm bass,
bombastic drums and clear mid-range plus distinct high-end because of the 40mm
neodymium high power speakers that takes 6-10 times more power than a standard
For more information, visit www.motorheadphones.com
On November 14, reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN
performed at the
legendary Electric Lady Studios
York City as part of SiriusXM
's Town Hall
series which also featured an intimate question-and-answer session moderated by
drummer Taylor Hawkins
Video footage of SOUNDGARDEN
performing its single "Been Away
and the classic "Rusty Cage"
can be seen
below. Also available is a question-and-answer portion with Hawkins
where they talk about being covered by the late Johnny Cash
tapped FOO FIGHTERS
frontman and documentary director
to get behind the camera
on December 18 and shoot the band's new video for its song "By Crooked Steps"
. The track
is taken from SOUNDGARDEN
's first album in 16 years, "King
, which came out in November and sold 83,000 copies in its
first week of release to debut at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart.
"By Crooked Steps"
will likely follow "Been Away Too
as the second single from "King Animal"
told The Pulse Of Radio
a little about the tune:
"It's one of the earlier songs that we started working on, but I also felt
like it, to me, is like definitely sort of a new chapter for us. If you wanted
to take one example of SOUNDGARDEN
progressing, that's a good one for
reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a
retrospective collection called "Telephantasm"
and a concert
album titled "Live On I-5"
The band kicks off a winter North American tour on January 18 in Washington D.C.
has released the G7593T Billy Duffy White Falcon guitar,
which has immediately become one of the most unique and bewitching White Falcon
guitars ever made. Featuring much of what Falcon fans hold dear, THE CULT
guitarist's inimitable instrument has several unique aesthetic differences that
separate it from the rest of the "Falcon" flock, namely its
period-correct '70s Baldwin-era styling, pure White gloss nitrocellulose
lacquer finish, V-shaped Falcon headstock, Silver Sparkle binding, custom wound
hot "Black Top" Filter'Tron pickups with three-point adjustable
'70s-style metal bezels and Duffy
's preferred Bigsby tailpiece.
In addition, Duffy
's signature bird of prey features a 17" wide, 2
¾" deep single cut-away three-ply maple body with a three-ply maple arched
top and back and two spruce parallel tone bars and sound post, a three-piece
maple neck with ebony fingerboard, a chrome-plated truss rod cover with Duffy
signature emblazoned on it, a chrome-plated output jack plate, pearloid
wide-block fretboard inlays, '70s-style aluminum "G" arrow knobs and
a premium gray speckled "Billy Duffy" case.
"This guitar is very personal to me," said Duffy
hard to separate the guitar from the evolution of (THE CULT
's) sound. In
essence, the big white Gretsch
became synonymous with the band very
quickly. I'm not really that much of a sentimental person, but in a house fire
it would be the first non-living thing that I'd be going for.
"It's not for the faint-hearted," he added. "It's massive.
You've got to have big hands and you've got to really command the instrument
when you play it. You can't really play it with any degree of fear."
burst out of London's early '80s post-punk scene in THEATRE OF
before meeting Ian Astbury
and forming one of rock ‘n' roll's
most powerful, unique and long-lasting duos as what would become THE CULT
's combination of thick power chords steeped in rich chorused
delay, melodic Morricone
-inspired lead phrases and filthy feedback-laden
solos created an unparalleled sound larger than most venues could contain.
's first two albums, "Dreamtime"
solidified their place among the pre-"alternative" elite, with the
latter album featuring what would become their most popular single, "She
, which remains a global staple on rock radio twenty
years on and was even featured on a 2012 Super Bowl
advertisement in the
States. Every track on those iconic albums featured his Gretsch
Falcon exclusively, and Duffy
has made a point to include it on every
subsequent album, most notably the chart-topping "Electric"
their most recent critically acclaimed release "Choice Of Weapon"
For more information, go to www.gretschguitars.com
Video footage of MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine and Chris
Broderick recording tracks for the band's forthcoming fourteenth studio
album at Vic's Garage studio in San
during late December 2012 can be seen below.
MEGADETH's new CD is being produced by Johnny K (full name: John
Karkazis), who has previously worked with DISTURBED, SEVENDUST,
MACHINE HEAD and STAIND. The effort will surface later this year
via an as-yet-undisclosed label following the band's recent split with Roadrunner
Mustaine previously told NME about the direction of MEGADETH's
new material, "Some of it's a little darker, some of it's a little faster.
Being in this position right now, not knowing where we're gonna go or what
we're gonna do, it's kind of like the world's ours to do what we want. Are we
gonna go back to the speed and thrash metal roots that made us who we are? Are
we gonna experiment and rely on the melody that we've discovered in MEGADETH
Mustaine also spoke about how he likes to keep MEGADETH's music
more melodic than that of most thrash bands. "We've tried to do that in MEGADETH,
have a little melody so that it's not just the same old grinding music like
everybody else has," he said. "We're just happy to get going and get
to the studio."
Johnny K produced MEGADETH's last album, 2011's "TH1RT3EN",
which was also recorded at Vic's Garage.
"TH1RT3EN" sold 42,000 copies in the United States
in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200
chart. The CD marked the recorded return of bassist David Ellefson who
was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that
delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing
live with MEGADETH in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage
ever since. This was the first time Ellefson has played on a MEGADETH
record since 2002's "Rude Awakening".
has blasted CNN
for not getting its "facts
right" by claiming the MEGADETH
mainman "still holds a grudge
30 years after being kicked out of the group.
CNN posted an article
on January 4 about Mustaine
online rant against Men's Wearhouse
, with the writer ending his piece by
stating: "Despite his own superstar status, Mustaine
still holds a
grudge against the more successful METALLICA
In a tweet earlier today, Mustaine
reacted to the CNN
writing: "Get yer facts right @CNN! I don't still have a grudge
w/Metallica, but I do w/you now. Guess ya missed the Big 4 tour?"
joined his former METALLICA
bandmates on stage on
December 10, 2011 for the fourth and final intimate show at the Fillmore in San
Francisco as part of the group's week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary
as a band for fan club members only.
, who was one of the original members of METALLICA
fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich
in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk
and went on to form MEGADETH
and achieve worldwide success
on his own.
conducted an interview with ANTHRAX
during the band's recent European tour with MOTÖRHEAD
. You can
now watch the chat in two parts below.
Guitarist Rob Caggiano
announced his departure from ANTHRAX
Friday (January 4) to focus on his other passion: producing records. A
replacement axeman has not yet been announced. The remaining members of ANTHRAX
said in a statement: "Rob
has been an integral part of ANTHRAX
for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of
all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous.
While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success
going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the
Last September, Ian
said that he was confident that ANTHRAX
most recent formation would carry them into retirement.
"I've gone on record saying this will be the only version of ANTHRAX
until there is no ANTHRAX
told the Georgia Straight
"That's how I feel, absolutely, in my heart. I don't see why we would do
anything different. This band sounds so great; we made a great record. And I'm
super-excited about the future of this band creatively."
recently spent time in the studio recording several cover
versions of some of their favorite rock classics, to be included with the
upcoming re-release of 2011's "Worship Music"
, the group's
first new album in eight years and first with singer Joey Belladonna
In addition to RUSH
) and BOSTON
also recorded its versions of AC/DC
's "Keep On Runnin'"
, THIN LIZZY
and CHEAP TRICK
's "Big Eyes"
, which Ian
may also possibly surface as digital
downloads for those who already own the "Worship Music"
"It was a lot of fun, especially because a lot of those [songs] aren't, I
guess, normal for us or like so much of our repertoire — although they are
because they're songs we all knew," Ian
explained. "Maybe on
paper the idea of us doing something like that seems weird, until you hear them
and then it makes sense. And Joey
's performance on the JOURNEY
song, specifically, really blows my mind. Someone mentioned that [JOURNEY
guitarist] Neal Schon
better not hear this or we might lose our
also also laid down a cover version of BLACK
's "Neon Knights"
for the upcoming Ronnie James
tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and
longtime manager Wendy Dio
"A Traveler's Guide To Space And Time"
, a strictly
limited-edition BLIND GUARDIAN
box set with 15 CDs in 13 high-quality
digipacks and only 8000 copies worldwide, will be released in Germany, Austria
on February 1 and the rest of the world on February 4.
Looking back over BLIND GUARDIAN
's career from the here and now in 2013,
you see a success story gone global, the likes of which very few other German
metal bands have ever experienced. This band from Krefeld has been just about
everywhere, conquering the North American market in the same way as they
stormed the charts in Asia or packed concert venues in South America and even
South Africa. From their (at that point purely) German beginnings with debut
album, "Battalions Of Fear"
(1988), followed by their first
international recognition with the second album, "Follow The
(1989) and the euphoria which went round the world when "Tales
From The Twilight World"
(1990) and "Somewhere Far
(1992) came out, right through to their masterpiece of
composition in "A Night At The Opera"
(2002), the name of the
band developed to become an unmistakable world brand. There are lots of reasons
for this, but no doubt much of it is down to the extraordinary skill of
everyone involved, their virtuoso dexterity and that gift for bringing mystical
themes in tune with unusually complex metal directives. Something else which
really makes BLIND GUARDIAN
stand out is the way they have always kept
so close to their fans. Even more proof of their unconditional commitment to
the huge fan-base is being released now; "A Traveler's Guide To Space
, a strictly limited edition deluxe box set with a total of
15 CDs in 13 high-quality digipacks, which the musicians and the record company
have been working on together for almost a year. A particularly long time to
create a compilation you may think, but a glance at just how much this box set
encompasses explains why their conscientious and time-consuming preparation
took so long.
"A Traveler's Guide To Space And Time"
not only includes all
the albums released during the so-called Virgin
years (the record
company brought out all the bands' records between 1988 and 2004) but also all
their previously unreleased demo recordings, rare bonus tracks and alternative
versions of famous pieces from this era, and all of them have been remastered
and some even remixed. To be precise; it includes the seven studio albums "Battalions
, "Follow The Blind"
, "Tales From The
, "Somewhere Far Beyond"
From The Other Side"
, "Nightfall In Middle-Earth"
"A Night At The Opera"
, and on top of all that you get the
live albums "Tokyo Tales"
as "The Forgotten Tales"
compilation, all of them now with
2012 mastering and some of them with new mixes. Above and beyond that, BLIND
have dug deep into their archives and come up with some real
treats: in "Imaginations Through The Looking Glass"
very first time the phenomenal concert they put on in Coburg, Germany in June
2003 appears in audio format on two CDs. And another first, in a special
edition of "Nightfall In Middle-Earth"
, the musicians also
present the legendary 1998 studio album without any breaks (including a new mix
of "Blood Tears"
). This precious box is rounded off with "An
, which includes so-far-unreleased demo versions of
the pieces "Welcome To Dying"
, "Lord Of The
, "The Bard's Song (In The Forest)"
Bard's Song (The Hobbit)"
, "Theatre Of Pain"
and "I'm Alive"
never-before-released, around-90-seconds-longer version of the song "The
Quest For Tanelorn"
as well as the comparatively rare number "Harvest
So, there is so much to find, enjoy and rediscover in this outright opulent
deluxe box which is accompanied by a 20-page glossy booklet (size: 27cm x 27cm)
containing comments from the members of the band and more than 100 rare and
mainly unpublished photos belonging to the musicians. A limited-edition and
numbered BLIND GUARDIAN
art print on special paper (sized 27cm by 27cm)
and a guitar plectrum engraved with the band's logo have also been added to the
"With 'A Traveler's Guide To Space And Time'
, we document how much
has BLIND GUARDIAN
developed between 1988 and 2004 in, as I see it, a
particularly impressive and vivid way," explains singer/bassist Hansi
who, together with original members André Olbrich
, still controls the destiny of this amazing group. Kürsch
adds: "The brand new mastering also makes sure that all 15 CDs are on the
same level as far as the dynamics are concerned so theoretically you can listen
to the whole box at one go, without having to adjust the volume level at
Of course this jam-packed compilation also includes all the compositional
climaxes and milestones along BLIND GUARDIAN
's career path; "Majesty"
from their debut album "Battalions Of Fear"
was the first time
the band presented their unusual song writing combined with the boundless
energy which still makes BLIND GUARDIAN
stand out so much today. "Traveler
from "Tales From The Twilight World"
puts the band's epic approach into focus. "The Bard's Song"
has developed into a real classic, creating that perfect symbiosis between band
and audience at concert after concert and reinforcing the folklore element
within the typical BLIND GUARDIAN
Of course, in this box, BLIND GUARDIAN
also present the sublime title
track from the album "Imaginations From The Other Side"
its capable mixture of anthemic power metal and progressive directives, as well
as the downright cinematic number "Time Stands Still (At The Iron
from the album "Nightfall In Middle-Earth"
The experts reckon the fantastic "And Then There Was Silence"
from "A Night At The Opera"
was the icing on the cake of those
Virgin years and you can hear it in all its glory on "A Traveler's
Guide To Space And Time"
With "A Traveler's Guide To Space And Time"
, BLIND GUARDIAN
stay true to their reputation of not doing anything only halfway. As always with
this band you get the full-on thing, on both the composition and technical
production sides. This box is also full of rare photos from the musicians'
private collections as well as previously unreleased demo recordings, once
again documenting how far this group will go to give their fans the best
possible product. And as Hansi Kürsch
put it: "We poured our heart
and soul into 'A Traveler's Guide To Space And Time'
, making it a well
worthwhile box for our fans which fully meets the demands we make of ourselves
as well as those of our fans. And that is exactly what we were aiming
For the complete track listing, visit Blind-Guardian.com
Best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based
blues-rock band CINDERELLA, Tom Keifer is making his debut as a
solo artist with the release of his long-awaited and highly anticipated solo
album, "The Way Life Goes", on April 30 via Merovee Records
(through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group).
The collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks
to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have
always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15
million records worldwide for CINDERELLA. Rolling Stone praised Keifer
as "a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw
comparisons to Mick Jagger."
"The Flower Song", the album's first single, will be serviced
to AAA radio stations nationwide on February 4, while "Solid
Ground" will be serviced to all rock formats on March 11.
"The Way Life Goes" is a raw, introspective look at the roller
coaster ride that has been Keifer's life for the past 15 years. From
being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed
left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo
debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will,
when combined with a true love of music.
In touring news, Keifer will launch his first-ever solo tour on February
9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at Ziggy's. The 14-city trek
of small, intimate rooms is an up-close and personal preview of songs from "The
Way Life Goes" along with some CINDERELLA classics. Dates
beyond February 28 are currently in the works.
Keifer recently spoke with HuffingtonPost.com about "The
Way Life Goes". "The idea for a solo record started in the
Nineties when the band parted ways and we left Universal," he said.
"There was just a changing of the guard in the industry at that time and I
started thinking about a solo record. I wrote for it for many years and the
songs just kept going on the pile and I never got around to actually making a
record... We started cutting tracks for this record in 2003 and I went to the
pile of songs that had been building up and picked some that I liked and I've
just been working on it ever since. It was produced independently of a label,
because the idea from the beginning was to just work and record until I was
happy with it. I wrote with a lot of different people — my wife, Savannah, who's a
great writer, co-wrote a lot of the songs on the record and also co-produced
the record with me, and a good friend of ours, Chuck Turner, who's a
great engineer and producer. So from the beginning, the attitude was, 'Let's
have fun and just make a great record and it'll be done when it's done.' Little
did we know it'd be nine years later… it's done and we went through some crazy
stuff and mixed and remixed and reworked things over and over and probably made
a lot of mistakes along the way, but finally got it where we were all happy
with it, so here it is."
"The Way Life Goes" track listing:
01. Solid Ground
02. A Different Light
03. It's Not Enough
04. Cold Day In Hell
05. Thick And Thin
06. Ask Me Yesterday
07. Fools Paradise
08. The Flower Song
09. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain't That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
Check out Tom Keifer at any of the following stops:
Feb. 09 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
Feb. 11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Feb. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - JC Dobbs
Feb. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Feb. 16 - Salisbury, MA - Blue Ocean
Feb. 17 - Portland, ME - Asylum
Feb. 19 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Feb. 22 - Chicago, IL - Viper Alley
Feb. 23 - Lexington, KY - Buster's
Feb. 24 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag
Feb. 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Feb. 27 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century
Feb. 28 - White Marsh, MD - House of Rock
editor-in-chief Rick Florino
recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA
and current DOWN
frontman Philip Anselmo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
: [Your solo tracks] "Family, 'Friends,' And
from the "War Of
split [with WARBEAST
] simply slay. They're
truly intense, but they still showcase another evolution for you.
: I appreciate the kind words, man. I really do. I think those
songs are still a far cry from the full-length ["Walk Through Exits
] that will be coming out this upcoming summer, though. To me,
they're more in line with the straight-ahead songs I've come up with. Be
prepared for a different listen when you hear the upcoming full-length. I
wanted to do something different with a lot of fucking energy that would, I
guess, come off as faster or more energetic than your basic fast playing at a
million miles an hour with blast beats. There's absolutely nothing wrong with
that. It's just been overdone so many times. In my mind, there are ways to
rhythmically capture a lot of energy without having to resort to the common way
or speed-for-the-sake-of-speed feel. If you look at the basic drum beat on "Conflict"
it's not a blast beat. It's a big syncopation of kick drums and toms. It
creates a massive energy with the double-picking guitar. It's a first taste
people can wrap their heads around. Be forewarned when the full-length comes
: Lyrically, "Family, 'Friends,' and
throw a real gut punch. Is
this a little more direct than the DOWN
material which is more visual,
hypnotic, and ethereal?
: I would agree with you one hundred percent. With the DOWN
lyrics, the listeners can take them and interpret them in their own ways. With
the solo shit, I'm being very direct. There isn't any wordplay. There isn't any
hidden message. It's all right there in front of you. There it is.
: How important is it to have time to really think
: With a band like DOWN
, one thing we have definitely
discovered about ourselves is we can't overthink the product. If you put the
five of us in the same room, it's going to sound like DOWN
when the objective is to write DOWN
songs. It's going to turn out
sounding like us. There isn't some big fucking science to it or anything like
that. Even with the second record or definitely with the third record, maybe we
were thinking too much or trying to put too much emphasis on trimming fat or
overthinking production — whatever the hell it may be. It made us very
cognizant of why people would choose "Nola"
over the second or
third record as their favorite. Really, we took the same approach as we did
with the early demos for the EP. That was "Don't fucking overthink the
goddamn thing, man. Don't put too much emphasis. Don't waste so much fucking
time trying when you damn well know how to fucking do it." For us, the
best way to do things is to get true and honest sounds. On the new EP, we let
stuff be very raw. Of course, that's fine by us. The records we generally
listen to are under-produced and raw. Those are some of our favorite fucking
records. That part of it was easy. Approaching the lyrics was very easy for me.
It seems like the more I detached myself from the project, the more honest it
became and the easier it became. You've got to figure, on "Nola"
there are parts on some people's favorite songs like "Stone The
where I'm not even saying anything. In time, those
incomprehensible yellings become words and people can sing what they think I'm
] It all becomes one fucking organic type of real jam
session. The less time you spend fucking moping over the situation, it turns
out better. At least it's that way with DOWN
recently conducted an interview with
former BLACK SABBATH
singer Tony Martin
. A couple of excerpts
from the chat follow below.
On the reissue of BLACK SABBATH
's "Eternal Idol"
his recorded debut with the band:
: "I was not a writer on 'Eternal Idol'
, I was just a
session singer for that album. So I would not be included in the release
[process] of that."
On how he looks back on the experience of being in BLACK SABBATH
: "I am 10 years younger than those guys and our circles didn't
really cross, so it was a bit isolating. It doesn't mean I hated the
experience; I was just completely inexperienced and they didn't have the time
or the inclination to really accommodate that. It felt like they just wanted my
voice and writing ability."
On his upcoming solo album, "Book Of Shadows"
, which is around
two thirds done:
: "'Book Of Shadows'
got put on hold, of course, because
it's a solo album and solo albums are the worst because you are too close to it
and it's never perfect. But apart from that, you still have to pay the bills
and so I do other projects too, and that takes me away from the solo album. But
I do intend to have all those re-recorded and released."
On the SILVER HORSES
project, which features Tony
on guitar, Andrea Castelli
on bass and Matteo
and drums and was described by Tony
"beautiful bluesy stuff, a kind of LED ZEPPELIN
: "SILVER HORSES
is dead in the water right now. It
turned nasty because they tried to release it without having the rights and
contracts in place, and we are fighting over the way forward. As things are, we
don't have a release, but we are still working on it and maybe we can recover
it, but it doesn't feel the same now."
According to Shropshire Star
, former JUDAS PRIEST
has has started a career as a rock promoter under
the banner The Future Of Heavy Metal
. His first show will be at The
Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, England on May 16, followed by a gig at The
Asylum in Birmingham
the following day. The shows will feature Black Country
, along with the French act MORAY FIRTH
. Two more
bands will also appear.
told Shropshire Star
was moving into rock promotion with
Bridgnorth-based music guru Dave Coleman
, who has been involved in the
industry for many decades.
"The Black Country and Birmingham
are known as the home of heavy metal and now it's time for the next generation
to step up to the plate," Downing
"In some ways, it has been difficult for other bands to fill the void.
Back in the '70s and '80s the Black Country and Birmingham produced so many good rock bands,
from BLACK SABBATH
and LED ZEPPELIN
to JUDAS PRIEST
features in its ranks bassist Alex Hill
, son of JUDAS
's Ian Hill
. The band's debut album, 2011's "Eve Of
, was produced by Downing
Not only did K.K.
's debut CD, he also wrote and
performed on the song "Avenger"
, the first time the guitarist
has ever written for a band outside of PRIEST
interested in HOSTILE
's talent and potential after seeing them perform
at a club called JB's in Dudley, Midlands.
In April 2011, Downing
revealed that he would be leaving JUDAS PRIEST
prior to the band's "Epitaph"
world tour. In October that same
spoke to Valley Radio Online
about what happened,
although he declined to go into specifics.
"It was a set of circumstances that led me to not go out [on tour with PRIEST
this year," Downing
said. "I was kind of geared up for it, but
there was a multitude of reasons. It pretty much came down to an unsettlement
on my part with working relationships.
"It's like anything else. If anybody out there is thinking it's hard to
live with one woman, they should try to live with four guys and hold it
's place in the band was filled by new guitarist Richie
"It was a massive consideration," Downing
"Obviously, the fans, who I love, and many of them have become very good
friends. But I just hoped that they would appreciate that I couldn't continue
with the way that I felt inside for reasons which I'll… I mean, certain reasons
I will never, ever disclose.
In a brand new interview with Believer
magazine, FAITH NO MORE
was asked if the band's reunion was "still happening." He
replied: "It's sort of petered out. We're also maybe a little too
conscious for our own good. Meaning there's a lineage of bands that maybe did
some nice things and then needed the cash and got back together and basically
just sprayed diarrhea over their entire body of work. We're very worried about
that. We don't want to overdo it.”
Speaking to IHeartGuitarBlog.com
last November, Patton
about the possibility of FAITH NO MORE
releasing any live material from
the band's reunion tours: "Right now, we have no plans whatsoever — live,
recording or anything. We've done what we set out to do with the reunion, and
it's all great, but it's just, 'Let's see what happens next.' And I think you
need to take a pause to actually reflect on something like that, because
otherwise we could just keep playing, and we're very conscious of overdoing it,
y'know, milking material that's so old. You can only do that for so long, and I
feel that we've done pretty well. The whole band's naturally came to this
conclusion, so now we're just sitting tight."
According to Patton
, one of the reasons the FAITH NO MORE
didn't happen sooner is the fact that they wanted to avoid making it feel like
a nostalgia thing — like "Here's FAITH NO MORE
"We wanted it to feel fresh and still somehow vital," he said.
"It wasn't an money grab. It's funny to say, but we all kind of
reconnected, and after quite a long time we all kinda looked at each other and
were like, 'Man, we actually spent half of our lives together.' It's
interesting to see it through that set of glasses as opposed to the ones you
wore back then. I suppose, at least personally speaking, I've grown up a lot
since then, and I think I approach the music differently, and I felt better
about the music than I did then."
FAITH NO MORE
made a comeback in June 2009 with a headlining performance
at the Brixton Academy
in London, England and has played sporadic
shows for the past three years.
FAITH NO MORE
's last LP, "Album Of The Year"
, came out
Heavy-hitting British metal band ORANGE GOBLIN will release a live
CD/DVD set, "A Eulogy For The Fans - Orange Goblin Live 2012",
on March 11 via Candlelight Records. The artwork was created by Jimbob
Isaac and can be seen below.
CD/DVD set features:
** Disc 1 (CD)
Complete set live at Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 11, 2012 at
Catton Park, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom
** Disc 2 (DVD)
Complete pro-shot sets live at Bloodstock Open Air festival on August
11, 2012 at Catton Park, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom and Hellfest
on June 15, 2012 in Clisson, France. Plus promotional videos, the making of "Red
Tide Rising" documentary, "Highway To Hellfest" short
film, photo galleries and more.
The live audio from Bloodstock Open Air festival will also be released as a
double gatefold vinyl.
ORANGE GOBLIN's latest album, "A Eulogy For The Damned",
was released in February 2012 via Candlelight Records. The ten-track
offering was recorded at The Animal Farm studio in South London,
produced and engineered by Jamie Dodd and mastered two-time Grammy-nominated
PINK FLOYD engineer Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering.
"A Eulogy For The Damned" was released on CD and
limited-edition colored vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
Formed in 1995 (as OUR HAUNTED KINGDOM), ORANGE GOBLIN has
released six full-length albums, developing an enthusiastic fan base that
revels in the band's aggressive sound built on "booze-sodden riffs and
attitude." Longtime label Rise Above Records has reissued the
group's super-heavy back catalog.
The four members of Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD — vocalist Denis
"Snake" Bélanger, guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain,
bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault and drummer Michel
"Away" Langevin — will attend a listening party for their new
album, "Target Earth", on January 24 at Café Chaos in
Montreal, Quebec, Canada starting at 8 p.m. Admission to this 18-and-over event
"Target Earth" will be released on January 22 (one day earlier
internationally) via VOIVOD's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and
Century Media. The CD was recorded in January 2012 at Pierre
Rémillard's (OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, MISERY
INDEX) Wild Studio in a small town called St-Zénon in Quebec, Canada
and was mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM).
The follow-up to 2009's "Infini" contains the band's first
music to be written with Mongrain (MARTYR) following the passing
of original axeman Denis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005. The original
art was once again drawn by Langevin and features color schemes from
each one of the band's previous albums. The effort will be available as a CD,
gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently returned from taking most
of 2012 off by debuting a new song called "Carry On" in last
year's most anticipated video game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. Not only
did the band contribute the tune, but they also appeared as characters during
the game's closing credits to perform it. Singer M. Shadows told The
Pulse Of Radio about the work involved in turning AVENGED SEVENFOLD
into video game avatars. "We had two full days of motion capture, so the
band went in there, put on silly outfits and we danced around and pretended
like we were playing in front of an audience," he said. "Hopefully
none of those pictures will leak. But we did that, and then we went in there and
for vocals I had to sit there and put my head in this vise, and they did motion
capture of me singing the words a bunch of times. Between acting and pretending
that you're playing onstage when there's nobody there, it was a pretty fun
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's video game counterparts do a little acting and
fighting in the game in addition to performing "Carry On".
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II arrived in stores last November and has been
selling in record-breaking numbers.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD is entering the studio this month to begin recording
its sixth studio album, with Shadows recently telling Metal Hammer
that the set "has a lot more of a [BLACK] SABBATH / [LED]
ZEPPELIN feel to it."
The band's next album is due out this summer and will follow up 2010's "Nightmare",
the first No. 1 record of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's career.
VOODOO CIRCLE's third album, "More Than One Way Home",
will be released on February 22, 2013 via AFM Records. The CD's first
single, "Cry For Love", will be made available on February 1.
The cover artwork for "More Than One Way Home" can be seen
An audio sample of the song "Graveyard
City" from "More
Than One Way Home" can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
VOODOO CIRCLE is the German/British band featuring members of PRIMAL
FEAR and PINK CREAM 69.
VOODOO CIRCLE's sophomore CD, "Broken Heart Syndrome",
entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64. The effort was once
again mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, KROKUS),
and was described in a press release as "a huge step forward and shows the
band's boundless musical possibilities."
Alex is well known throughout the rock and metal scene as the mastermind
of SILENT FORCE, former guitarist of SINNER and touring guitarist
of PRIMAL FEAR. His exceptional compositions and instrumental skills
secured him highest respect from other musicians and a strong worldwide fan
base. In Japan,
where quality is still the most important aspect when it comes to music, he is
hailed as a "guitar hero" and fills the venues.
According to a press release, "Alex chose to walk in huge footsteps
with VOODOO CIRCLE,
because the immense impact and influence that bands like RAINBOW and DEEP
PURPLE had are undeniable. But if there is just one German musician who can
fill this big boots and arouse with new energy, we definitely talk about Alex
VOODOO CIRCLE is:
Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, SILENT FORCE, SINNER) - Guitar
David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) - Vocals
Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR) - Bass
Markus Kullmann (DEZPERADOZ) - Drums
Zlatko "Jimmy" Kresic (LIQUID HOME) - Keyboards
VOODOO CIRCLE's self-titled debut album was released in 2008.
recently spoke to bassist Amos Williams of
U.K. progressive metallers TESSERACT
about the band's forthcoming album,
which is due later this year. The CD, which is rumored to be titled "Altered State"
, will mark the band's
first release with new lead singer, Ashe O'Hara
, following the departure
of American vocalist Elliot Coleman
, SKY EATS AIRPLANE
) in June 2012.
"The new album has shaped up to be something of an evolution for TESSERACT
said. "Obviously, there's the new voice, which is exciting
for us to work with. Ashe
brings such an intense level of emotion to the
table, it feels as if we have added another dimension to the music. We've also
travelled so much and met so many incredible and inspiring musicians since the
first album. This has had a huge impact upon our songwriting."
He continued: "Also, we now enjoy playing with dynamics and
instrumentation. This came from releasing an acoustic EP last year. We're no
longer afraid to mix things up or stray from the expected path, which we feel
we did with our first album. That was in the box, whilst this album is way out
there for us. Don't be afraid, though — whilst it has evolved, our music is
still somehow TESSERACT
. It's like there is something just beneath the
surface of everything we do, that shapes all we produce
into a distinctly TESSERACT
, a brand new song from TESSERACT
, can be
streamed using the SoundCloud
Comments the band: "'Nocturne'
, is one of the most uplifting and
exciting pieces of music we have created. It faithfully continues down the same
vein of groovy and euphoric progressive soundscapes that we're known for.
Whilst at the same time allowing for the musical evolution that is essential
for any band that has a lineup change."
Hailing from Northampton,
spent his early years singing in many different groups, from choirs
to musical theatre, and has more recently been involved with a number of
ambient/alternative metal projects in addition to doing session work. Ashe
currently resides in Hove, East Sussex.
: "I have always been an admirer of their work so
it's pretty awesome to be passed such a challenging flame. I am very aware of
the anticipation and I am certainly feeling the weight of it, but I am equally
excited for what shall be an amazing and shithot experience!"
recently picked up the "New Blood" award — as voted
for by readers of Prog
magazine — at the first-ever Progressive Music
in the U.K.
Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
— singer Jesse Leach
guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz
, bassist Mike D'Antonio
, guitarist Joel
and drummer Justin Foley
— have set "Disarm The
as the title of their upcoming sixth album. The 12-track
record is due out April 2 on Roadrunner
and is the follow-up to 2009's
self-titled release. "Disarm THE Descent"
is the band's first
album with original singer Leach
at the vocal helm since 2002's
now-classic, genre-defining "Alive or Just Breathing"
returned to the band in January 2012 after a decade-long absence.
The first single, "In Due Time"
, will be made available
digitally on February 5. Album pre-orders will kick off in early February, as
well, with more details forthcoming.
"Disarm The Descent"
was selected by Alternative Press
magazine for its "Most Anticipated Albums of 2013" issue, and the
band was profiled in Guitar World
as one to watch in 2013. Clearly, buzz
from fans and the metal and hard rock community regarding new KILLSWITCH
"It is with a grateful spirit that we prepare for this record's
said. "From the music, to the lyrics, to the
artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished. To me, this is by far
my best vocal performance, much thanks to Adam
's guidance and faith in
my abilities. I am very grateful to be where I am in life, back in an amazing
band with a record we are all excited for the world to hear. Thanks to all the
fans for their warm welcome back and their undying love for KILLSWITCH
2012 marked a busy year for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
firmly installed as the frontman for the last 12 months, the
band spent its summer on the road. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
shook the bedrock
of venues across the country as part of the first-ever Trespass America
tour alongside FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
The band recently embarked on a tour that celebrated the 10th anniversary of "Alive
Or Just Breathing"
. They performed the album in full, with a few fan
favorites and hits from their gold-selling albums, 2004's "The End Of
and 2006's "As Daylight Dies"
into the setlist. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
were also profiled by Decibel
in the magazine's highly respected "Hall of Fame" feature for "Alive
Or Just Breathing"
In between tours, the band put its nose to the grindstone to work on what would
become "Disarm The Descent"
, with Dutkiewicz
The wheels have been turning for the past year, as the band supplemented
recording with touring. The time is upon us for the next chapter of KILLSWITCH
, who were at the forefront of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal
resurgence that defined the '00s and have remained vital into the new decade.
"Disarm The Descent"
01. The Hell In Me
02. Beyond The Flames
03. New Awakening
04. In Due Time
05. A Tribute To The Fallen
06. The Turning Point
07. All That We Have
08. You Don't Bleed For Me
09. The Call
10. No End In Sight
12. Time Will Not Remain
"Disarm The Descent"
was mixed by veteran British producer Andy
, who has previously worked with MEGADETH
, ARCH ENEMY
"[The recording process] was great," Leach
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