Here is a nice gesture. Steven Wilson and friend Mariusz Duda (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=536&bandname=Riverside>Riverside</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6445&bandname=Lunatic+Soul>Lunatic Soul</a>) have teamed up to record a song together, and for a very special reason. Alec Wildey, a fan and member of the <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7&bandname=Porcupine+Tree>Porcupine Tree</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3930&bandname=Steven+Wilson>Steven Wilson</a> street teams, has passed away after battling a cancer of the lymphatic system and liver cancer at the age of just 26. With a short time left, Alec emailed Steven Wilson to ask if it was possible that his two favourite musicians could set one of his poems, "The Old Peace" to music. To honor him, the song "The Old Peace" with Alec's lyrics is now available for purchase and download. All profits go to raising money for cancer charities. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24874>Read more...</a>
Dutch death metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7564&bandname=Antropomorphia>Antropomorphia</a> have recently released a new album entitled <i>Rites Ov Perversion</i> a month ago. In order to promote their newest record, they now revealed a new video for the track "Nekrovaginal Secretions". The video was directed by S. Roth and you can view the censored version of the video below, or, if you want to see the band being faithful to the song title, the uncensored version is available on their <a href="http://www.antropomorphia-official.com/nekrovaginal-secretions-unsencored/">website</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24871>Read more...</a>
The official video for "Scare Force One", the title track of the seventh studio album from Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI, can be seen below. The CD will be released on November 3 via AFM. "Scare Force One" track listing: 01. SCG7: Arm Your Doors And Cross Check 02. Scare Force One 03. How To Slice A Whore 04. Hell Sent In The Clowns 05. House Of Ghosts 06. Monster Is My Name 07. Cadaver Lover 08. Amen's Lament To Ra II 09. Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein 10. The United Rocking Dead 11. She's A Demon 12. Hella's Kitchen 13. Sir, Mr. Presideath, Sir The first single from the CD, "Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein", can be streamed below. To celebrate the release of the new album, LORDI will play one of its infrequent domestic shows — the record-release party is set for November 1 at The Circus in Helsinki. According to LORDI mainman Mr. Lordi, the material on "Scare Force One" is more experimental than before. It's not a theme or concept record, per se, but there is a red thread that runs through all the songs. Says the singer: "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there. The basic LORDI building blocks are still present however, so there's no shortage of melodic hooks in the songs. The first single, 'Nailed By The Hammer Of Frankenstein', is pretty representative of where the band is right now." In addition to its sound, the band has also tweaked its outward appearance. The new costumes, designed and built by Mr. Lordi as always, will be debuted at the record release show. "I wanted to make the band's colour scheme more unified than it has been and I think it worked out quite nicely," Mr. Lordi says. "Hella and Mana have probably changed the most, and with the trip to a hair salon for a new dye job, they're looking great." LORDI's last two albums were made in Nashville under the watchful eye of legendary producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, WARRANT). But this time the band wanted to do it differently and recorded the album with veteran Finnish producer Mikko Karmila. "We really wanted to make this record in Finland, with a Finnish producer," Mr. Lordi. "We finally managed to get Mikko Karmila to work with us, which is great. He has come up as a potential producer for the band on several previous occasions but now, we've really nailed it. We've definitely had no reason to regret this decision so far and are extremely happy with the album." LORDI's last CD, "To Beast Or Not To Beast", was released on March 1, 2013 in Europe (excluding Finland) via AFM Records. The CD was made available in North America on March 19, 2013 through The End Records.
A public memorial for legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) will be held on the fifth anniversary of his death at his gravesite at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles. His wife and manager Wendy Dio tells the "Maximum Threshold" radio show: "Next year, the 16th of May will be five years [since] Ronnie's passing, so we are inviting all the fans to come from all over the world. We're gonna do a big public memorial up at Forest lawn in the Hollywood Hills. And we'll have bands playing. It will be a celebration of Ronnie's life. And the night before, we're gonna do celebrity bowling. And we're gonna do a 'ride for Ronnie' with motorcycles on the Sunday, which is on the 17th, and ending up with a barbecue in the park." Wendy also revealed that the fifth annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund awards gala will probably be held in October 2015. She added: "We're raising money all the time for cancer. And we've raised over a million dollars, actually, since Ronnie passed, and we've given M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center in Houston, Texas] over $200,000, with Dr. Ajani — he was Ronnie's doctor, actually, and he's a cancer specialist for stomach cancer. And we've also given T.J. Martell [Foundation] over $400,000 and that goes to gastric cancer, stomach cancer, prostate and colon cancers, and it goes to the Vanderbilt research center in Nashville. So we've been really busy raising money and giving money away to people, which is what we wanna do. We're trying to also make sure that men get checked. Women are really good — they usually go to the doctors and get checked — men, you have to drag them there, so we're trying to make sure that they get checked. Early detection saves lives, and they should get checked." According to Wendy, "Ronnie was a very charitable person, and we used to do a lot of things when Ronnie was alive. And I just have done more since he passed, because I wanted to make something of his passing — something positive to come out of it — and that's how I feel. I feel that life has been good to me, and it's always good to give back and raise money for different causes, and my causes are animals, cancer and veterans." Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians. In March 2011, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of DIO would embark on a project with former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens under the name DIO DISCIPLES. Rock and metal musicians around the world paid tribute to Dio in the weeks and months following his death. STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor shared his feelings with The Pulse Of Radio about the fallen metal icon. "When I got that news that he had passed away, man, it seriously — it broke my heart. It broke it in two. Because honestly, I just feel like there will never be another Ronnie James Dio. He had such a pure voice — and still singing his ass off. I just know he'll be missed, and I will miss him as well." Ex-VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony also shared his memories of Dio with The Pulse Of Radio. "I don't know anybody that didn't grow up listening to his stuff," he said. "You know, VAN HALEN, we used to do from the first RAINBOW album, we did 'Man On The Silver Mountain'. I remember one time, the second VAN HALEN tour we were doing some festivals in Europe, and we actually played on the same show as Ronnie's band. Real powerful voice, you know, and definitely a driving force in hard rock music, that guy was." Slash told The Pulse Of Radio that he felt the loss of Dio very keenly. "He's just somebody I was influenced by," he said. " I played all the RAINBOW stuff, I played the DIO stuff, the SABBATH stuff when I was in, you know, high school. I don't think that it's really set in what a, you know, huge figure in rock 'n' roll we lost, you know. Really major. Probably one of the most influential heavy metal singers of all time."
Fan-filmed video footage KING DIAMOND's October 28 concert at Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington can seen below. KING DIAMOND played its first show with new bassist, Swedish musician Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION'S SHARE, ZAN CLAN), on July 25 at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden. Egberg joined KING DIAMOND following the recent departure of Hal Patino. Patino released a statement on July 20 calling KING DIAMOND's frontman and namesake "a tired, bitter, old man" and denying that he has a drug problem, despite the singer's implications to the contrary. After King announced Hal's exit from KING DIAMOND, Patino posted a message of his own claiming that he was offered a "totally ridiculous" salary for the band's five shows this summer, calling the move "disrespectful" and insisting that he quit the band in disgust two days before King announced Patino was "relieved of his duties" as the bassist for KING DIAMOND. King then responded with a lengthy posting on his Facebook page, accusing Patino of "putting out extreme lies" about King's character and slamming Hal for asking for more money at the last minute after the rest of the band and the crew already accepted the same salary as they had received for last year's European tour. King, 58, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise. "Dreams Of Horror", a 2xCD collection of KING DIAMOND songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy La Rocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records on November 11. "Dreams Of Horror" is the only "best-of" album covering the band's entire career. King Diamond and Andy La Rocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.
"Eat You Alive", the new video from EMIGRATE, the side project of RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in Berlin, Germany by director Zoran Bihac, the man behind RAMMSTEIN's legendary "Mein Teil" video. The "Eat You Alive" single sees Kruspe emerging from the deep in truly striking style, flanked by some of the musicians who appear on the forthcoming "Silent So Long" album, with Joe Letz from COMBICHRIST taking over on drums (Letz also appears in the clip for "My World", a track from the debut EMIGRATE album, released in 2007; APOCALYPTICA's Mikko Siren handles drum parts on the new album). Alongside Kruspe and Letz, the video also features Margaux Bossieux on bass and Arnaud Giroux on guitar, with vocalist Frank Delle — from chart-topping German collective SEEED — reprising his role on the album with evangelical zeal; Bossieux was previously with New York punk band DIRTY MARY, while Frenchman Arnaud plays bass on the new album, as well as lending his production skills — in fact, his work on both EMIGRATE albums has been central to the cause. For Kruspe, tapping into such varied musical personnel is very much in keeping with the "open door" ethos of the project; as well as allowing the guitarist to keep his creative instincts finely honed, EMIGRATE was conceived as a vehicle for other musicians to have their say and leave their mark, harking back to the early, ever-shifting punk scene in East Berlin where he originally cut his teeth. The result of re-kindling this spirit is a new 11-track album, "Silent So Long", that sees a number of special guests adding to the overall flavour (Lemmy, Marilyn Manson, Peaches, etc.), plus a new single/video, "Eat You Alive", that shows the kind of chemistry that might be conjured up were the musicians to decide to take to the road. In the meantime, "Eat You Alive" is available as an "instant grat" when "Silent So Long" is pre-ordered on iTunes. "Silent So Long" will be released on November 24 via Spinefarm Records.
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=21&bandname=Pain+Of+Salvation>Pain Of Salvation</a> have launched a new video. The atmospheric video clip was directed by Stefan Daniels for the brilliant song "1979". The track first appeared on the Swedish proggers' album <i>Road Salt Two</i> (2011) and is also taken from the upcoming acoustic album <i>Falling Home</i>. Don't forget to watch the new video here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24873>Read more...</a>
Norwegian group <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4726&bandname=Shining+%28NOR%29>Shining (NOR)</a> has clarified their drummer situation after being asked who their drummer is: Torstein Lofthus, who has been in the band since 1999, or Tobias Ørnes Andersen, who has been performing live with the band since 2013. The frontman Jørgen Munkeby has stated that Torstein Lofthus is officially out of the band and Tobias Ørnes Andersen (ex-<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3965&bandname=%26Oslash%3Brkenkj%26oslash%3Btt>Ørkenkjøtt</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5167&bandname=Leprous>Leprous</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1937&bandname=Ihsahn>Ihsahn</a>) joined permanently. Also, the band has been recording new songs that they plan to release next year but the details are still under wraps. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24872>Read more...</a>
Alaskan metallers 36 CRAZYFISTS have emerged from a four-year recording hibernation to sign a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. The band's new album, "Time And Trauma", will be released in February 2015. "We have found a new home at Spinefarm Records. And although the label is new to us, some of the staff are old friends and we couldn't be more grateful to unleash the beast that is 'Time And Trauma' with their help," says frontman Brock Lindow. "20 years in and it feels like Spinefarm is a killer home to hang our hats. See you all on the road in 2015!" Spinefarm senior director of marketing Tim Brennan echoed that sentiment, saying, "We are thrilled to have 36 CRAZYFISTS be part of the growing Spinefarm family! They are a genuine band of brothers that has grinded for 20 years to create a truly committed fan base. 'Time And Trauma' is an incredible way to begin the next 20 years for the band.” A new 36 CRAZYFISTS song, "Also Am I", can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. 36 CRAZYFISTS will close out 2014 with a slew of U.S. tour dates, including a December anniversary show in their native state. 36 CRAZYFISTS debuted the "Time And Trauma" title track during the band's U.K. tour at the end of last year. 36 CRAZYFISTS in 2012 announced the addition of drummer Kyle Baltus to the group's ranks. In addition, the band was rejoined by bassist Mick Whitney following the departure of Brett "Buzzard" Makowski. 36 CRAZYFISTS's last album, "Collisions And Castaways", sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 161 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Polish black metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6601&bandname=Blaze+Of+Perdition>Blaze Of Perdition</a> released a statement regarding their upcoming new album entitled <i>Near Death Revelations</i>. As of yet, it is not known when the band plans to release this new record, but they revealed the cover artwork as well as the tracklist for it, both of them available below. The band <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=21743">was involved in a terrible car accident last year</a> which ended with the death of their bassist and with heavy injuries sustained by their vocalist and drummer. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24866>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=120&bandname=Freak+Kitchen>Freak Kitchen</a>, who released the new album <i>Cooking With Pagans</i> in September, have debuted their new video. The animated video is for the track "Freak Of The Week" and was created by Juanjo Guarnido (of <b>Blacksad</b> and <b>Disney</b> fame). A successful Kickstarter campaign brought in no less than a $140,000 to finance the work of drawing an entire video, frame by frame. So, this should be good right? See it for yourself here below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24870>Read more...</a>
U.S. power metal act <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6035&bandname=Titan+Force>Titan Force</a> recently inked a deal with <b>Skol Records</b>. The band's first release for the label will be <i>Force Of The Titan</i>, a collection of 12 previously unreleased studio tracks recorded in the 80s: the complete demo from 1985 - recorded when the band was using the <b>Titan</b> name, featuring John Flores on vocals - and eight classic tracks from the first two <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6035&bandname=Titan+Force>Titan Force</a> albums in alternate and previously unreleased demo versions, with Harry Conklin on vocals. The <i>Force Of The Titan</i> cover artwork was painted by Dimitar Nikolov. Check it out below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24863>Read more...</a>
The second trailer for "Bloodstone & Diamonds", the new album from San Francisco Bay area metallers MACHINE HEAD, is available below. Audio samples of the songs that are set to appear on the CD can be found at MachineHead1.com. "Bloodstone & Diamonds" will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi. Regarding the musical direction of "Bloodstone & Diamonds", Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album." He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive." Regarding the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album title, Flynn said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, 'Now We Die'. "In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band." "Bloodstone & Diamonds" track listing: 01. Now We Die 02. Killers & Kings 03. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones 04. Night Of Long Knives 05. Sail Into The Black 06. Eyes Of The Dead 07. Beneath The Silt 08. In Comes The Flood 09. Damage Inside 10. Game Over 11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental) 12. Take Me Through The Fire
Judging by the brand new video for SEETHER's latest single, "Same Damn Life", "retirement" just got a whole lot more fun! Watch as SEETHER redefines the phrase "aging gracefully" in the clip below. SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan came up with the "Same Damn Life" video concept in close collaboration with director Nathan Cox (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, FOO FIGHTERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, MARILYN MANSON); the pair have wanted to work together for years. "Same Damn Life", the highly melodic second single from SEETHER's latest studio album, "Isolate And Medicate", is fast on the rise at Active Rock radio, already busting into the Top 10 after a few short weeks. "Isolate And Medicate" sold 37,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart. Morgan told The Pulse Of Radio that the "Isolate And Medicate" title describes almost exactly the conditions under which he wrote the group's new songs. "It sums up the process of writing the album," he said. "I felt pretty sequestered at the time and I was in an interesting place personally. So I took refuge in this little studio that I built basically by hand and I won't lie, there was plenty of red wine drank up there, there was, you know, the odd cigarette was smoked up there... It was definitely just that, it was me isolating myself and medicating myself in various different ways and making music." "Isolate And Medicate" follows up 2011's "Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray". It marks the group's debut with Concord Record Group after spending the first decade of their career on Wind-Up Records. The band teamed up again with ace producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) to deliver the most poignant, passionate and powerful record of their career. SEETHER, GODSMACK and others took part in the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival this past summer.
New WHITESNAKE Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA Says Next Album Will Contain 'Great, Straight-Ahead Rock And Roll'
Former NIGHT RANGER guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who recently joined WHITESNAKE as the replacement for Doug Aldrich, spoke to the Myglobalmind webzine about the status of the recording sessions for WHITESNAKE's new studio album, tentatively due early next year. "There is a litte bit of work to do, recording-wise, in terms of overdubs," he said. "We are very close to sticking a fork into it and entering into mix mode. I am heading out to [singer] David's [Coverdale] here shortly and we are shifting into promo gear for a bit. Pictures and videos and things of that nature." Speaking about the direction of the new WHITESNAKE material, Joel said: "The only thing that I can tell you is that it is really cool. It's great, straight-ahead rock and roll. Blues-inspired rock that you have known and grown to love coming from WHITESNAKE." He continued: "We are not going to hit anybody with a formula change and move to smooth jazz. "Working with David so far has been great; he is just an unbelievably great guy. We get along great, and he is so funny. He puts me at ease and I feel like he just wants me to be myself as a player. "I am certainly interested in paying homage to all the players that have been through the camp and do my very best to represent historically what made WHITESNAKE so great as well. "Honestly, a lot of that is still ahead of me. It was really jump immediately into doing this album, so a whole lot of that is just me doing what I do. "Before the tour next year, when it comes to covering other people's material, is when I will do a lot of shedding on people's styles, if you will." Asked why he chose to leave NIGHT RANGER to join WHITESNAKE, Joel said: "It doesn't have as much to do with me wanting to leave NIGHT RANGER as much as it was me wanting to take the WHITESNAKE gig. "I was texting with Doug Aldrich, who is a friend of mine, the night before the news was leaked. He didn't say anything specific to me, but he just said that there was news coming. The next day I woke up, I checked my Twitter and people were suggesting me for a potential replacement for something. I went, 'For what?' I clicked on it and it was for Doug in WHITESNAKE. I thought, "Oh, man, that would be actually a really good fit and be kind of cool.' So just to see what the deal was, I sent off an e-mail to put feelers out and see if there was going to be auditions and anything like that. I did hear back — eventually. [Laughs] Not at first. Then, I think, a couple of well-respected people had put my name forward to David Coverdale. We ended up getting together in late May, just meeting and a little bit of auditioning, so to speak. A little bit of playing on some pre-production. That went fantastic and we got along great, which is always important. Really, at that point he just said, 'Why don't you come back and play on the album in August?' At that point, I just thought, 'Well, we have got this penciled in, more or less, and we will see how it goes.' I just kept things quiet and when I went back out in August, I really started to get enthused playing on the album. I got along great with David and Reb [Beach, guitar] working on that. Reb and I got some great guitar work done together." Hoekstra appeared on two NIGHT RANGER studio efforts, 2011's "Somewhere In California" and the recently released "High Road", as well as on 2012's 30th-anniversary acoustic concert set "24 Strings & A Drummer". Aldrich left WHITESNAKE on May 7, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable." Aldrich played on the last two WHITESNAKE studio albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and 2011's "Forevermore", and appeared on several live releases, including last year's "Made In Japan" and "Made In Britain/The World Records".