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  • Robert
    Aug 23, 2013
      Corbin Reiff of the Seattle Weekly recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
      Seattle Weekly: [BLACK SABBATH singer] Ozzy [Osbourne] has said that a lot of the songs on the ["13"] album were arranged in a manner that would be conducive to playing live. Do you agree with him in that regard?
      Iommi: Yes, absolutely. When we spoke with [producer] Rick Rubin, we talked about Ozzy singing more in his range and trying to sing more in a lower register like on the early albums. Like on "Black Sabbath", Ozzy sang more in his range in a lower tone and that's what we wanted to get back to with this album so that we could do them live onstage.
      Seattle Weekly: In your opinion, how are the new songs stacking up against some of your older classic material and how does it feel to bring something new into the set?
      Iommi: They are fitting in really well with the old material and it is really great to be able to do these songs. We've got a big catalog of the old stuff and we've sort of gotten locked into doing so many of them and certain ones Ozzy couldn't do because they were so high — "Hole in the Sky" and things like that. We're also throwing some older ones in there that we haven't played since 1970, so it's been quite good.
      Seattle Weekly: Last year you were diagnosed with lymphoma, which has been successfully treated. How are you holding up health-wise currently and what sorts of accommodations are being made with your health in mind?
      Iommi: It's early days, but I'm all right at the moment. Our first couple of shows I got really tired when we were through. Of course, we've also been playing out in the open air, and with the heat, I've been drenched, so it's been a bit of a jump in the deep end for me. But yeah, I'm holding up all right, I hope. We have had to work the tour around my treatments because I can't go out indefinitely now. I have to do two months or seven weeks and then go back to England for treatment. That knocks me about for ten days or so, then I start feeling better, then it's on to the next leg.
      Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
      On the band's new album, "13", topping sales charts across the globe:
      Butler: "It's just amazed us. We thought there'd be some interest in it. But never in our wildest dreams would we have expected it to go to No. 1. Around the world, all over the place, it's doing well."
      On the original BLACK SABBATH lineup being considered the band's most definitive incarnation:
      Butler: "When you mention it to the average person, they'll know BLACK SABBATH with Ozzy [Osbourne, vocals] in the band. That was our breakthrough (period) in the '70s. People so often associate Ozzy with SABBATH, and SABBATH with Ozzy. It's the same thing with a band like VAN HALEN — people like David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, but the classic lineup would be Dave."
      On producer Rick Rubin's contribution to the new album's success:
      Butler: "When we tried to do albums in the past, we all had different ideas of what it should be like, and it never ended up being successful. This is what we needed — we needed a producer. Rick Rubin had always made it known he wanted to be the first-choice producer if we all got back together.
      "He wanted to go back to the old, basic sort of SABBATH sound — not a lot of overdubs, just a couple of guitar solos. You capture the feeling. With a lot of bands these days — and we have in the past — you'll go put the drums down, the next day you put on the bass, then guitar. It doesn't have the same feeling as being in the room together with Ozzy singing. That's how we did the first three albums."
      On BLACK SABBATH's current touring drummer Tommy Clufetos, who has previously played with Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie:
      Butler: "Tommy's a real nice bloke to get on with as well. He's a phenomenal drummer — he picks things up so quickly. It's incredible the way he works. He's really dedicated to the stuff he does."
      On original SABBATH drummer Bill Ward's absence from the "13" recording sessions and current tour:
      Butler: "It would be great if Bill ever came back, it really would, if all the stars and planets were aligned. It would be a democratic decision, really. If Bill felt up to it, and played like he used to be able to play, we'd have welcomed him with open arms. But you have to maintain a certain standard. You can't go on with someone not up to standard, no matter who they are."
      old your excitement, metal fans, here's the ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp specifically for you metalheads. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp is proud to present JUDAS PRIEST bandmembers — including singer Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis, and guitarist Richie Faulkner. (Please note: Glenn Tipton is still in the band but is unable to attend the camp.) More metal masters include Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE). This camp will be hosted in Las Vegas at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp complex and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino from Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 2, 2014.
      Over the course of four metal-filled days, campers will be placed into bands led by rock star counselors, including Rudy Sarzo (QUEENSRŸCHE, QUIOT RIOT), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE), and Lita Ford (THE RUNAWAYS). Musicians will hone their stage presence, learn to play some of metal music's greatest songs, get tips on playing as a band and hear stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors. Campers will also attend master classes with these renowned musicians prior to performing live with their band in front of an audience at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas!
      According to the New York Daily News, METALLICA is rumored to be taking part in New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera retirement ceremony on September 22 at Yankee Stadium.
      METALLICA's 1991 classic has been a staple of Yankees games for years, heralding the entrance of Rivera, who is considered to be one of the greatest relief pitchers of all time.
      METALLICA is teaming up with SiriusXM to bring back the Mandatory Metallica channel, and will celebrate with a special show on September 21 at Harlem's world-famous Apollo Theater in New York City that will air live nationwide.
      Rivera was presented with a METALLICA gold record by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on May 13 for "Enter Sandman".
      Said Rivera: "I've got a gold record, brother. Without even singing, I have a gold record."
      The presentation was made by Indians team president Mark Shapiro and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame president Greg Harris.
      The pitcher, who is retiring after this season, told the paper: "I think it was well done. Whoever thought of the idea of giving me a gold record with the song 'Sandman', it was great. I appreciate that and I know it will have a special place in my house."
      "Enter Sandman" was featured as the opening track and lead single from METALLICA's eponymous 1991 album. The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the simplest concept of a child's nightmares.
      The "Enter Sandman" single was certified gold in the United States for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured on all of METALLICA's live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts. It is considered to be METALLICA's signature song to the general public.
      METALLICA's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
      Daily-Rock.ca recently conducted an interview with GUNS N' ROSES and SIXX: A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
      Daily-Rock.ca: When you are creating new music or have some inspiration coming in, how do you decide for which band that inspiration goes to?
      Ashba: You know, I'm a songwriter, also a producer, so I really study the style and I eat, sleep and breathe that style or that band while I am writing for that band. For me, SIXX: A.M. and GUNS N' ROSES [are] two completely separate worlds. It's easy for me to separate my brain; it's like painting black-and-white versus colors. There's no GUNS N' ROSES song that will ever sound like a SIXX: A.M. song and vice versa.
      Daily-Rock.ca: How do you manage to make your brain work for both music and art?
      Ashba: You know, it comes from my heart. I don't watch what other people are doing, there is no bullshit with me. Not everything I do succeeds, but the greatest thing about failure is that you can start over, with more intelligence.

      Daily-Rock.ca: Since you are basically multitasking all the time, do you have some tips? How do you that?
      Ashba: Well, I have a great group of people that surrounds me and works for me. We have a lot of projects going on; we have the clothing line, Ashba Media, Cirque du Soleil… I love to work, that's my passion. Every day, I'm a creator; I love to create, you know. Half of my brain is music, the other is art so when I get off tour, it's nice to do something creative that has nothing to do with music.

      Daily-Rock.ca: Talking about creativity, how would you describe your projects? Do you put a lot of passion into them?
      Ashba: I really do. You know, it doesn't matter if it gives you money… none of that matters! I don't need the money from the clothes, it's just about creating stuff that people enjoy wearing and that's something I'm very proud of it. When I see a fan wearing a t-shirt from the collection, that's winning. Knowing that this t-shirt has come from a little sparkle in my mind, that's awesome… There is no money that can buy that! Whatever I put my stamp on, I really do care about the quality, high quality that people enjoy.

      Daily-Rock.ca: What is the best thing about being you, DJ Ashba?
      Ashba: Honestly…when I lay down at night, I'm just proud. I made a lot of mistakes but always did things from my heart but I don't regret any of the mistakes I have made. I have a very blessed life and I pinch myself every day that I'm in one of the greatest bands in the world. I take a few steps forward and try to be a good person.
      "Mind Your Manners", the new video from PEARL JAM, can be seen below. The clip, which was produced by famed photographer and film director Danny Clinch, features the band performing in front of a screen filled with partially animated scenes of violence and mass devastation.
      PEARL JAM's new album, "Lightning Bolt", will be released on October 15 in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and on the band's official web site.
      PEARL JAM has been working on the new disc since 2011. It follows up 2009's "Backspacer".
      PEARL JAM's tour will begin on October 11 in Pittsburgh and wind down on December 6 in the band's hometown of Seattle.
      Clinch previously directed PEARL JAM's 2007 concert documentary film "Immagine In Cornice".
      THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury has spoken out on the incident at the band's August 13 concert at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when a fan attending the concert was ejected from the venue for allegedly texting and being disrespectful during the performance (see video footage below).
      Speaking to Michael Christopher at Vanyaland.com, Astbury said: "Initially the guy was filming the whole show — he was filming everything…. It's kind of a disease that we have where people aren't present and after while it kind of trips you up, it becomes a distraction. Usually you don't let things like that trip you out, but when it's right in front of you doing it… one guy was sitting on the side of the stage eating cake [laughs] and that tripped me out too, but I went over and ate his cake.
      "So the barricade was very close to the stage; and I think the subtext of this is, as musicians, we've seen our so-called industry be decimated to the point where the expectation level of individual fans raises to the point where you're doing them a service, this idea that musicians are now the bottom of the food chain. When Spotify is paying 0.00004 of a cent per play — a million plays will get you 5,000 dollars. Who listens to a track a million times? Nobody. You wait like three years to get a royalty check for 18 dollars. It's getting worse and worse and worse.
      "The only thing you have control over is the performance environment. When you have habitual filming going on, it's disruptive to the performance. When you've got someone visualizing the show through a cell phone, that action spreads out through the crowd.
      "And this genius, first of all, I politely asked him to stop filming; I don't mind if you take pictures, that's cool, filming little bits – but don't film the entire set; enough's enough. At first I was kind of amused, but the next thing, he's texting during a song. That's incredibly disruptive, watching people in the front row so disconnected from the process — not even present. You might as well stay at home.
      "I commented to this guy, 'Will you please stop texting?' He didn't pay attention.
      "I had water in my mouth, I sprayed it right next to him, and he just exploded — exploded; trying to climb over the barriers, trying to get into a fight with me, he's flipping me off, he's screaming at me, 'Fuck you…' And I was just like, 'You're rude. This is our house, you're behaving disrespectfully, you're disruptive, you're affecting the functioning of the whole evening, and you're disconnected — so why bother coming?'
      "When it goes on YouTube, it looks like shit, sounds like shit — you missed the moment. We didn't spend blood sweat and tears creating this music to be snubbed in that way.
      "Stay at home.
      "I've been at performances on Broadway where the actors stop to say, 'Turn off the cell phone. Stop texting. You're breaking the spell. Be present.' If you want to do it, go to the back and text – almost like smoking at the airport, you should have a texting area.
      "If you feel like you have to? Then you have a little area you can go do it in. It's amazing how possessive people are of their entitlement in these environments. Don't poke the animals in the cage — you will get bitten.
      "Some people say, 'You're being self-righteous and indignant, these people paid to come to the show they should be able to do what they want.' So if you invite people into your home, and it is our home for the evening, would you expect them to piss on the floor and shit in your flowerpot?
      "Initially when we walk out onstage, pretty much 60 percent of the audience had a phone up. That's pretty much just the way it now, upfront, and that's cool, we have no problem with that. But when it bleeds into the entire show and you're doing songs like 'Embers', for example, which is a very intimate song, a very revealing song, and people are just really disconnected and it does break the spell. It's like a cancerous cell of disconnection in the room."
      THE CULT's current "Electric 13" tour sees the band performing its 1987 album "Electric", on its entirety. The live show also includes a second set pulling from the band's eight other studio albums.
      Fan-filmed video footage of Electra Mustaine, the 15-year-old daughter of MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, and Jason Kertson, the grandson of Rob Lind, a member of THE SONICS, a Seattle-area band that helped shaped the punk rock music sound in the '60s, performing their version of the MEGADETH song "A Tout Le Monde" last night (Thursday, August 22) at Louie G's Pizza in Fife, Washington can be seen below.
      According to King5.com, the concert benefitted Operation Ward 57, a non-profit organization that helps wounded servicemembers and their families.
      Electra and Jason previously performed their version of "A Tout Le Monde" on King 5 TV's "New Day" with Margaret Larson, then joined Margaret to talk about their families' respective musical legacies and why it's important for them to respect and support the military. Brittney Hamilton, founder of Operation Ward 57, shared more about the work the group does and praised Electra, Jason and other young people who take such an active role to salute and support the military.
      In a 2005 interview with Musician's Friend, Dave Mustaine was asked if either of his children were musically inclined and if so, if there were any desires to follow in dad's footsteps as a rock star. "My son [Justis] plays guitar in the band at the school he goes to," Dave said. "He goes to a Christian Academy and he plays in the worship band there. Which, go figure, Dave Mustaine's kid's playing worship songs! Which I'm very thrilled about, because when he was born, all I wanted was him to be able to know God's word, and be a black belt in the martial arts style that I've been training in, so he could take care of himself and if he's meant to die that he would go to Heaven. Pretty much everything I've wanted out of this kid, he's done. He gets great grades, he's beautiful like his mom, and he actually can play! When we were in Germany, he was soundchecking, and we found some peckerhead out there with a video camera taping him. I'm like, 'You ain't getting the exclusive on this kid, guy!' We nabbed the camera. The drummer Shawn Drover's son, his name is Ryan, was playing drums and Justis was up there jamming on guitar. Now, Electra, my daughter, plays piano, and she's got a really good voice, but she's still seven, so a lot of that is just seven-year-old, childlike, angelic singing. Most really young children, when they sing, sound angelic and as soon as they cross that little imaginary line of puberty their voice starts to sound like two cats having sex in an alley."
      On August 22, Chad Tyson of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida conducted an interview with former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland. You can now listen to the chat below.
      Speaking about his legal battle with his former bandmates over the use of the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name, Weiland said: "We're in litigation. There's a band agreement, a band contract agreement. They didn't follow the rules that were set down as to… for any member, if you were to… There has to be a reason for letting go a member, you have to give them a certain period of time to deal with it whatever different ways you want them to do. But it's just ridiculous, 'cause they can't use the name with me not being in the band without us coming to an agreement. So I just don't really see that… They'll have buy me out of the company, because I have major value in the company and in the brand. So that's where we're at. The lawyers will deal with it."
      STP fired Weiland earlier this year and recruited LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington to take over.
      The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band's name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band's career.
      Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.
      STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, featuring Chester Bennington, will release an EP this fall, in conjunction with a North American tour that kicks off on September 4 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and winds down on September 27 in Las Vegas.
      Weiland told The Pulse Of Radio that he and Bennington were good friends before this, but he doesn't see Bennington's move as a betrayal. "Yeah, I mean, I've known Chester for a long time," he said. "I got to be pretty close with him on the Family Values tour. I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo [Dean, guitar and Robert, bass], they can be pretty persuasive."
      Weiland recently embarked on a new run of solo tour dates beginning on August 2 in Los Angeles. As with his other shows earlier in the year, Weiland is playing material from STP's first two albums, "Core" and "Purple", as well as a smattering of covers, solo tunes and other STP tracks.
      Weiland's use of STP songs in his solo shows was reportedly one of the reasons why the band sacked and then sued him. The band members claim that this, along with his erratic behavior and substance abuse issues, damaged their career.
      The 20th-anniversary edition of PANTERA's "Far Beyond Driven" album will be in made available sometime in 2014.
      The seventh LP by PANTERA, "Far Beyond Driven" was released on March 22, 1994 through East West Records. Upon its release, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first extreme metal album to top the chart.
      "Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up," former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo tells Artisan News (see video below). "I don't know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it's gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can't name the show yet, because I think it's a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I'm trying to think of specialties or whatnot [that will be included as well]."
      Asked what he thinks made "Far Beyond Driven" so special, Anselmo said: "The chemistry within PANTERA… In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by 'Vulgar Display Of Power', it was, like, 'Just let me handle the lyrics.' And then by 'Far Beyond Driven', I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man."
      PANTERA manager Kimberly Zide Davis, who joined Concrete Management in 1994, and served as vice president of artist management until the organization ceased operations in 2003, was interviewed for Guitar World's January 2010 issue, which paid tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. During the chat she stated, "I wish there was more [previously unreleased material], but that's one thing about PANTERA; they didn't do extra material. What they did is what everybody got. They didn't do throwaway songs."
      Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
      Accoding to The Pulse Of Radio, AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band's career this week with "Hail To The King", the title track of its upcoming album. What sets AVENGED SEVENFOLD apart from a number of other current rock acts is that they have not used outside songwriters to help them write songs for the radio. In fact, singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio it never occurred to them. "I didn't even know many rock bands used other writers," he said. "I knew they did in the past — I knew Alice Cooper used to and, you know, AEROSMITH would use other writers. Coming from Warped Tour and the punk rock background that we came from, it never even crossed our mind. To us, it's like, we try to create our art, and if we don't have that creative outlet and it's not working, I'd rather just wait it out until something that we want to say and we want to put down comes. But bringing in another writer never, ever crossed our mind."

      "Hail To The King", the band's sixth studio album, will arrive on August 27.
      The CD is AVENGED SEVENFOLD's follow-up to 2010's chart-topping "Nightmare".
      AVENGED SEVENFOLD will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.
      The band is playing a free show for fans in Los Angeles on Monday (August 26), the day that the new record comes out.
      AVENGED SEVENFOLD, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (with Chester Bennington), ALICE IN CHAINS, ROB ZOMBIE, KORN and MEGADETH are among the confirmed bans for the 2014 edition of Australia's Soundwave Festival, set to take place in late February and early March.
      The billing is shaping up as follows:
      (w/ Chester Bennington)
      10 YEARS
      ILL NINO
      The dates are as follows:
      Feb. 22 - RNA Showgrounds - Brisbane
      Feb. 23 - Olympic Park - Sydney
      Feb. 28 - Flemington Racecourse - Melbourne
      Mar. 01 - Bonython Park - Adelaide
      Mar. 03 - Claremont Showgrounds - Perth
      Tickets go on sale on September 5.
      THE MELVINS cut their August 19 concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada short after the band's lead vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne was hit in the chest with a bottle that was thrown by someone in the crowd.
      A fan who attended the gig told Alternative Nation: "Towards the end of the show, someone threw a bottle that reportedly hit Buzzo in the chest. The music stopped, he said 'Fuck you, guys' and walked off. Dale [Crover, drums] came up and demanded to know who had thrown it. When no one owned up, he said 'See ya' and the roadies proceeded to take down gear. One roadie collected all the setlists and put them in his pocket. However, the perpetrator had been apprehended by some of the crowd members and handed over to security. He was brought outside and identified by Buzzo himself who proceeded to get into a vehicle and leave, ignoring everyone but the authorities. The bottle thrower was arrested."
      Fan-filmed video footage of the incident can be seen below. (Note: The bottle can be seen hitting Buzz around the 35-second mark.)
      THE MELVINS will release "Tres Cabrones", a 12-song release that finds Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover reuniting with original drummer Mike Dillard, on November 5 via Ipecac Recordings.
      According to The Pulse Of Radio, JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain feels that the band needs to stay true to their '80s sound to stay alive on modern rock radio. JOURNEY's last studio album, "Eclipse", was released in May 2011. The Walmart exclusive debuted on The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 13 — eight spots lower than the band's previous album, 2008's "Revelation" — which also went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Although Cain co-wrote all but one song on the album, guitarist Neal Schon had pressed the band into trying a heavier sound than casual fans might've expected.

      Cain told The Pulse Of Radio that for JOURNEY to continue to make in-roads in radio, they need to have one foot in the past and one in the now. "It's hard when you bring a new guy in to, y'know, get that commitment in radio," he said. "Y'know, 'cause it's not Steve Perry, it's the new guy, 'Well, why should we play this?' 'Cause it sounds like JOURNEY, that's why! Y'know? So there's signs of it, y'know? It's gotta be undeniably soundin' like the new JOURNEY. It can't be soundin' like some heavy version of JOURNEY. They're just not gonna go for it. And it has to be so recognizable, that they're like 'Oh, wow, we gotta do this. We gotta play this!'"
      The Independent Lens documentary "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" chronicles the rags-to-riches story JOURNEY's current Steve Perry-sound-alike lead singer, Arnel Pineda, from his poverty stricken days in the Philippines to fronting the band today.
      "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will receive its TV premiere on September 30.
      German power metallers RUNNING WILD will release their new album, "Resilient", on October 4 in Germany and October 7 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV.
      RUNNING WILD mainman Rolf "Rock'n'Rolf" Kasparek has come up with twelve storm-proof numbers, ten of which are scheduled for release on the regular CD. Two bonus tracks and a poster will be included on the limited version of the album.
      Kasparek was working full throttle on this new album since February 2013. Due to his intense involvement with GIANT X, his band with guitarist Peter Jordan, Rolf had consciously taken a break from RUNNING WILD and has now resumed work with the band with zest and lots of new ideas.
      "The break was important and extremely refreshing for me," he explains. "I felt that renewed vigor as soon as I started writing the material for 'Resilient', tracks such as 'Fireheart' and 'Soldiers Of Fortune' just came pouring out of me. The dynamic pace of 'Soldiers Of Fortune' in particular kicked off a whole avalanche of creativity in me."
      Rolf explains that "Resilient" is audibly tougher and more compact than its predecessor, "Shadowmaker", clearly enjoying his revived zest. "'Shadowmaker' happened to come about slightly unexpectedly and spontaneously, even for me," he says. "The album has brought back the fun I used to have with RUNNING WILD, and my fans will get to feel this fun when 'Resilient' comes out in October!"
      The album's opener, "Soldiers Of Fortune", and the title track, "The Drift" and "Run Riot" will be three typical RUNNING WILD numbers. The most outstanding song on the album, however, is called "Bloody Island", with almost ten minutes playing time one of the longest tracks in RUNNING WILD's career to date. Rolf says: "As a composer, it's, of course, difficult for me to pigeonhole the new material stylistically, but friends who have heard the demo version of 'Bloody Island' claim that it would have fitted in on 'Pile Of Skulls'."
      In terms of lyrics, there are the familiar fusillades that we've come to expect from RUNNING WILD: "Bloody Island" and the bonus track "Payola & Shenanigans" see Rock'n'Rolf criticize the curse of greed that we've seen specifically in the European banking crisis of recent years. "Crystal Gold" is about the obviously politically motivated privatization of drinking water, and "Fireheart" and "Run Riot" are warnings to RUNNING WILD's fans to be confident of themselves and vigilant towards authorities. Rolf says: "For me, that's the attitude which stands for that true rock'n'roll feeling."
      "Resilient" was produced by Rock'n'Rolf himself, supported by Niki Nowy during the mixing and mastering process, as well as Katharina Nowy and Peter Jordan, who contributed a number of guitar solos. For the first time, Rolf worked with precise vocal lines during the demo recordings.
      "The targeted use of lyrics and vocal melodies during the demo stage was new for me, but it worked out really well and I've never gone to the studio as well prepared as I did this time around," he says. "I didn't have to try and test things but only had to put a few finishing touches to my singing at the studio. A definite advantage!"
      As to whether RUNNING WILD will present this brilliant album live on stage. Rolf says: "We've had a lot of festival offers for summer 2014, which we will look at carefully. We'll know more in a few months' time and will inform our fans as soon as we've made up our minds."
      "Resilient" digipak track listing:
      01. Soldiers Of Fortune
      02. Resilient
      03. Adventure Highway
      04. The Drift
      05. Desert Rose
      06. Fireheart
      07. Run Riot
      08. Down To The Wire
      09. Crystal Gold
      10. Bloody Island
      11. Payola & Shenanigans (bonus track)
      12. Premonition (bonus track)
      "Resilient" jewel case track listing:
      01. Soldiers Of Fortune
      02. Resilient
      03. Adventure Highway
      04. The Drift
      05. Desert Rose
      06. Fireheart
      07. Run Riot
      08. Down To The Wire
      09. Crystal Gold
      10. Bloody Island
      "Resilient" LP track listing:
      LP 1
      Side 1
      01. Soldiers Of Fortune
      02. Resilient
      03. Adventure Highway
      Side 2
      01. The Drift
      02. Desert Rose
      03. Fireheart
      LP 2
      Side 3
      01. Run Riot
      02. Down To The Wire
      03. Crystal Gold
      Side 4
      01. Bloody Island
      The reunited METAL CHURCHRonny Munroe on vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Rick Van Zandt on guitars, Steve Unger on bass, and Jeff Plate on drums — recently inked a deal with Rat Pak Records. The band's tenth studio album, "Generation Nothing", will be released in the early fall via Kurdt's label Body Of Work Recordings in conjunction with Rat Pak.
      "Generation Nothing" track listing:
      01. Bullet Proof
      02. Dead City
      03. Generation Nothing
      04. Noises In The Wall
      05. Jump The Gun
      06. Suiciety
      07. Scream
      08. Hits Keep Comin'
      09. Close To The Bone
      10. The Media Horse
      Audio samples of the songs "Hits Keep Comin'" and "Scream" can be streamed below.
      According to Vanderhoof, "Generation Nothing" — which was recorded at Kurdt's English Channel studio in Washingtion — marks a "return to [METAL CHURCH's] classic metal sound. It has elements of the first album and 'The Dark', but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past."
      Munroe said in a recent interview with Metal Assault that the new METAL CHURCH effort would contain material that is "very reminiscent of the old days with some stuff that's very 'now.'" He added: "There's a bit of… I'm not going to say 'prog' because it's not, but there's a couple of elements in there that are a little bit progressive. For the most part, out of this batch of songs, they really sound more reminiscent of the early days than anything we've done before with this lineup. This excites me very much, and I think the fans are really going to dig it."
      Regarding the circumstances that led to METAL CHURCH's breakup in 2009, Ronny said: "Well, in a nutshell, without going into a huge and long story here, it was certain aspects of things that had continued to happen to the band throughout its career. Not having the proper management and the proper people in place that were handling us. You know, we ended up taking some shows we shouldn't have taken and that just led to where Kurdt was really getting fed up and then we all kind of got that way. Basically, we figured before we end up disbanding because of other reasons such as maybe starting to fight with one another or whatnot, we decided to go ahead and end it then. We all ended up friends and we wanted to keep it that way. So I won't go into specifics, but we all know what the music industry is like now compared to what it was like back then. We just didn't have the right people in our camp."
      Asked what the band is going to do differently this time around to avoid falling into the same trap, Ronny said: "This time around we're going to release this next record on Kurdt's label. Basically, Kurdt and the band and whatnot are taking a lot more control of the situation. Yes, maybe the downloading thing is even worse than 2009, but also on the other hand, if you know what you're doing and you use the Internet correctly, you can actually have success. Kurdt's been doing that with his prog band PRESTO BALLET and whatnot. In this day and age, the time is right to go and try something on your own. If it doesn't work, you can always end up going out and searching for a label or something. We're going to take a shot at it and see what happens and I think we're probably going to have some decent success."
      Fan-filmed video footage of former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach's August 17 performance in Wauconda, Illinois can be seen below.
      Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer's last solo CD, 2011's "Kicking & Screaming". Sebastian recently told fans in an online post to "expect high-energy music.... perfect for driving quickly, or jack-hammering concrete." He added about his lyrical approach on the new songs: "[I] don't want to beat you over the head with sobriety, or ex-wives, or ex-bandmembers, or any of the other constant bullshit that I seem to be personally dealing with. So I am choosing my words carefully... because this music is straight-up, balls-to-the-wall, kick-you-in-the-nuts rock 'n' roll. And I need the words to reflect that."
      Bach's next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA's lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be bassist Duff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED, VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES).
      Bach's brand new CD/DVD package, "ABachalypse Now", was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The "ABachalypse Now" Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year's Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. "ABachalypse Now" was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD.
      Dutch rockers VENGEANCE will release their new album, "Piece Of Cake", on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer.
      "People can expect what to my ears is the best VENGEANCE album to date," declares guitarist Timo Somers. "The songs are a nice blend of old-school VENGEANCE (think 'Arabia') and some more modern-sounding songs. This time the instrumental side of the band is really outspoken; it features a lot of nice intros, solos and instrumental pieces. And to top it off, Leon [Goewie, vocals] sounds better than ever."
      Somers promises eleven gripping new compositions: "'Raintime' is the fastest song on the album. The song kind of sounds like a Malmsteen song with Leon on vocals. Double bass, big chorus and a fast guitar solo are the keywords." The most typical song is the title track "Piece Of Cake". Somers says: "We needed a party song for the album and we wrote this together in about an hour in the studio. It's this typical AC/DC thing with Leon going nuts and some Van Halen-like guitars." The most unusual song is "Back To Square One", a blues rock ballad in the vein of Gary Moore. "I don’t think a lot of people know this side of VENGEANCE," Somers suggests, "but it showcases our more soulful side."
      VENGEANCE will embark on a European tour with labelmates MAD MAX this fall. "This is a double tour together with MAD MAX to celebrate our new albums being released on the same day," Somers says. "I'm pretty sure we'll be on tour in spring 2014 as well — we're working on that at the moment."
      Imagem Music USA has signed a worldwide, multi-year administration agreement with Jason Newsted, the American metal bassist, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy Award winner.
      Best known as an integral component of METALLICA, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, VOIVOD, Ozzy Osbourne's touring band, and countless other fan and critical favorites, Jason is now fronting his own band, NEWSTED. The group's debut album, "Heavy Metal Music", was released on August 6, and they just completed Gigantour, a North American tour featuring MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.
      Newsted commented: "We are proud to join forces with Imagem to help continue our quest to bring true heavy metal music to the universe!!! Let's fukkin rock!!"
      "Jason is a heavy metal titan," said Rich Stumpf, president of Imagem Music. "He's rocked with the best of them and made every band he's played in better. Now, as the frontman of NEWSTED, with their release 'Heavy Metal Music', his passion and energy are unleashed in a way not seen or heard before. I couldn't be prouder to welcome Jason to the Imagem Music family."
      Pictured above, left to right:
      Samantha Cox - BMI
      Jesus Mendez Jr. - NEWSTED Drummer
      Jessie Farnsworth - NEWSTED guitarist
      Jason Newsted - NEWSTED bassist/vocalist
      Rich Stumpf - Imagem Music President
      Molly Seel - Imagem Music A&R
      Mike Mushok - NEWSTED guitarist
      Rob Gold - Imagem Music creative coordinator
      Radiosuicide Photography's RSPTV conducted an interview with guitarist Herman Li of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE on August 10 at the Getaway Rock festival in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
      DRAGONFORCE is recording the follow-up to last year's "The Power Within" album, which was the band's first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the group in July 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with DRAGONFORCE in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with IRON MAIDEN as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the CD.

      With a newfound wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the DRAGONFORCE machine was at its most powerful when it entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few, Jens will undoubtedly help DRAGONFORCE make a killer-sounding album.
      "The Power Within" sold 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 74 on The Billboard 200 chart.
      The second behind-the-scenes clip from SABATON's August 2 appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.
      SABATON will release its new DVD and Blu-ray, "Swedish Empire Live", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast. The disc features the band's live performance at the renowned Polish Woodstock Festival in 2012, where over half a million fans had gathered to watch SABATON in action. Besides this main feature, the first-ever SABATON live offering also features even more live footage of the band's performances in Gothenburg, London and Oberhausen on their extensive "Swedish Empire Tour".
      "Swedish Empire Live" will be made available in the following formats:
      * 2Blu-ray digi
      * 2DVD digi
      * DVD (Poland only)
      * CD digi
      * 2LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster)
      * 2LP (limited yellow vinyl in gatefold + poster) (Nuclear Blast mailorder only)
      * Earbook (2Blu-ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48-page earbook)
      * Special Leather Hardcover Earbook (Nuclear Blast mailorder only) (2Blu-ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48-page earbook)
      SABATON's latest album, "Carolus Rex", was recently certified gold in Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The band was presented with gold plaques during their signing session in Warsaw. The CD was also certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)
      "Carolus Rex" was released on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which was made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).
      SABATON last year parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr.
      Vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD has uploaded a short film called "Prague: The Devil Is The Details", which he shot earlier this year while he was on trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic in connection with the death of a fan more than three years ago.
      In a posting on his Randonesia blog, Blythe stated about the film: "This is a movie I made in Prague during my trial. I filmed the footage with a Canon EOS 60D, edited it with Final Cut Pro X, and wrote the music using Reason.
      "I wanted to release a slightly different version of the film right before my judgement was rendered by the court (the very last shot in this version was not there until after I was pronounced innocent). My idea was to show my mind set through film and music during the process of my trial, and have a more ambiguous ending heading into my final day in court.
      "I did not know what was going to happen to me, only that I felt I was doing the right thing by being there. Working in a creative capacity during the trial helped me to remain calm — it is what I know how to do, so I wanted to share it with people.
      "I showed the clip to my lawyer and he advised against releasing it until after the trial was over, thinking the authorities might not understand what I was trying to say with the movie. It is all over now, so here is my poor attempt to try and create art in a time of great personal uncertainty.
      "Note: the Devil plays an important part in Czech fairytales, and marionettes are a bit of Czech folk culture I came to love while I was there — the marionette hangs in my study now.
      "The Devil is different in Czech fairy tales though, to my understanding — the puppet is representative of me, the way I viewed myself, the way I was viewed by society at different times — all sorts of things. It is not representative of evil — just wanted to clarify that."
      "Prague: The Devil Is The Details" can be viewed at this location.
      Prague, Czech Republic's High Court upheld Blythe's "not guilty" verdict on June 5 in connection with the aforemention death. The court's decision is final.
      Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a May 2010 incident in which Daniel Nosek, who attended a LAMB OF GOD performance in Prague, died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage.
      Though Blythe faced up to 10 years in prison, during the closing argument, prosecutors only asked the judge for the minimum sentence of five years.
      The self-titled debut album from SCAR THE MARTYR, the new band led by SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, will be released on October 1 via Roadrunner Records.
      Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, SCAR THE MARTYR's CD was helmed by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits include FEAR FACTORY, ROB ZOMBIE, MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and more. The album was written by Joey and lead vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (NINE INCH NAILS), as well as Simon and Norris, who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album.
      "Scar The Martyr" track listing:
      01. Intro
      02. Blood Host
      03. My Retribution
      04. Soul Disintegration
      05. Cruel Ocean
      06. Dark Ages
      07. Sign Of The Omeneye
      08. Anatomy Of Erinyes
      09. Prayer For Prey
      10. White Nights In A Day Room
      11. Effigy Unborn
      12. Never Forgive Never Forget
      13. Mind’s Eye
      14. Last Night On Earth
      Bonus tracks:
      01. Flatline & Fracture
      02. Digging For Truth
      03. Coat Of Arms
      04. Complications
      SCAR THE MARTYR filmed a music video to accompany the CD's lead single, "Blood Host", which can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
      SCAR THE MARTYR is currently on the road as the support act for DANZIG on a North American tour which also includes performances by former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and HUNTRESS. The trek kicked off August 9 at Sound Academy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will wrap up on August 31 at Tempe, Arizona's Marquee Theatre.
      In addition to Jordison, SCAR THE MARTYR's lineup for the tour features singer Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).
      "With this project, I focused my efforts on writing for the better of the song," says Jordison. "I wasn't worried about flash or persona... It's all about writing a good solid song. I'm writing music that people can grasp and hold on to...something that resonates. If you don't have that, then you have nothing."
      "I'd been working on new SLIPKNOT material since the end of the 'All Hope Is Gone' tour cycle, but I ended up with so much stuff I had to take a step back and stop working on it," he explained to Metal Hammer magazine. "The time wasn't right. But I came up with a bunch of material that was really killer and heavy and started taking some of it in a different direction. I started focusing on a lot of the post-punk and industrial stuff that I've always loved and started putting super heavy and brutal guitars over the top of it. That's how it started. It's taken me a couple of years to get to this point, but I can honestly say this is the most satisfied I've ever been in the studio. I can't wait for everyone to hear this shit."
      For a complete list of dates, visit ScarTheMartyr.com.
      Has TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan secretly been working on lyrics for the band's long-awaited fifth album since the spring? According to The Pulse Of Radio, Keenan appeared on comedian Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast and, when asked about new TOOL music, replied, "I'm gonna stop by the rehearsal space today. In theory, having beaten them up going, 'Please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music,' they have a CD for me today. They're like, 'Look, listen to some jams so we can get this thing going.'"

      What's interesting, however, is that while the podcast was broadcast last Sunday (August 18), the interview itself was recorded in March — with Keenan even making a reference to his 49th birthday happening in April. So has Keenan been working on the new TOOL record since last March?
      Keenan said he needed to hear music before he could begin to formulate lyrics, explaining, "I can't write words 'til I hear the sounds, and I haven't heard the sounds . . . I've gotta listen to the sounds and go from the sounds."
      The vocalist told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he gets restless at TOOL's slower pace of doing things. "I can't sit still, so when those guys hesitate, it takes us so long to do stuff, and it's like a snake eating its own tail situation, 'cause then I get distracted and I go off and do a thing, and then I get blamed for not being around to do the (TOOL) thing," he said. "But nothing was getting done when I was standing there, so I got bored and left. It's just an endless cycle."
      To make matters more confusing, drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire in July that Keenan had not yet started working with the rest of the group, saying, "It's still the three of us right now and four of us it will be soon."
      TOOL has not released a new album in seven years, since 2006's "10,000 Days".
      Maynard James Keenan's side act, PUSCIFER, has three releases coming out in the next few months. First up is "All Re-Mixed Up", a track-by-track remix of the band's sophomore album, "Conditions of My Parole". November 26 will see the release of "What Is…", a DVD combining sketch comedy with concert performances that replicates the act's multimedia live shows.
      Finally, coming on November 29 is a limited edition concert album called "Puscifer's 8-Ball Bail Bonds - The Berger Barns Live In Phoenix". The nine-song live album will be available on red vinyl at independent record stores nationwide.
      Due to a U.S. "immigration administrative delay," MPIRE OF EVIL (formerly PRIMEVIL) — the band formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals) — has been forced to cancel its participation in the proposed North American tour with RAVEN. <

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