<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=52&bandname=Black+Sabbath>Black Sabbath</a> have surprised fans today by announcing their farewell tour. The end is near, my friend. Frontman Ozzy Osbourne <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24602">had revealed last year that there would be a farewell tour and album</a> from the legendary band. At least the tour part has now been confirmed. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=52&bandname=Black+Sabbath>Black Sabbath</a> story. The band's farewell tour begins on January 20th, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. See the dates announced so far! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27408>Read more...</a>
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4081&bandname=Cauldron>Cauldron</a> has signed with The End Records to release their long-awaited fourth studio album, titled <i>In Ruin</i>. The follow-up to <i>Tomorrow's Lost</i> is upon us. For the new album, the trio returned to the Lincoln County Social Club recording studio in Toronto, where they recorded two of their previous albums, including <i>Burning Fortune</i> (2011) and <i>Tomorrow's Lost</i> (2012). <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27405>Read more...</a>
Experimental metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5053&bandname=Shaolin+Death+Squad>Shaolin Death Squad</a> have announced the name of their long-awaited upcoming EP: <i>As You Become Us</i>. This five-piece EP will be the first record the band has produced since 2010's greatly-appreciated <i>Five Deadly Venoms</i>. The EP is set to be released via <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5053&bandname=Shaolin+Death+Squad>Shaolin Death Squad</a>'s long-time label, Do For It Records, and it was mastered by acclaimed producer Maor Appelbaum. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27407>Read more...</a>
In the five-minute video clip below, Mike Hranica from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA explains the story behind the second two songs on the band's "Space" EP: "Moongod'" and "Celestial Mechanics". THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA's first official release since 2013, the conceptual "Space" EP, was made available on August 21 via Rise Records. "Planet A" tells the story of Elizabeth, an interstellar explorer who captains a starship through the galaxies, subsequently suffering a horrible malfunction that sets the stage for the rest of the EP. The "Space" EP is comprised of six songs and is a wholly collaborative effort, with all band members — Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), Andy Trick (bass), Daniel Williams (drums), and touring musicians Jonathan Gering (keyboards), and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) — contributing. The end result is a collection of thematic songs that each explores a different point of view of space and those things that exist outside of the Earth's province - the sun, the moon, aliens, asteroids, and the interstellar space explorer. The very metal "Space" EP features some of the most sophisticated lyrics, arrangements, and musicianship THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA has produced, depicting the emptiness, loneliness and vastness of space. "Planet A" tells the story of an interplanetary ship's commander; "Alien" is straightforward and brutal, leaving no hope for the survival of mankind. Fear, arrogance and a near-incantation of what's really important in life are at the center of "Asteroids". "We learned a lot from the 'Zombie' EP," said Hranica of the band's critically acclaimed 2010 hit. "We wanted each song on the 'Space' EP to have a specificity about it, to have its own identity separate from the others, to have its own sound, but still have them all united in concept. We talked about a lot of different themes, but 'space' just felt right." Like zombies, "space opera" doesn't run too close to the personal interests of Hranica. "Making this EP was a great experience because it allowed me to open up my imagination and creativity, not to be hindered by having too much knowledge of the subject and become overly analytical, being able to write a more fictional narrative. We really look forward to making more records like this." "Space" EP track listing: 01. Planet A 02. Alien 03. Moongod 04. Interlude (instrumental) 05. Supernova 06. Asteroid
Video footage of Californian rockers PAPA ROACH rehearsing for their upcoming co-headlining tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH can be seen below. The trek kicks off on September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky, winding down on October 9 in Glen Falls, New York. Also along will be IN THIS MOMENT and FROM ASHES TO NEW. The two headliners actively involved their fans in the routing of the tour by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a "demand campaign." Some 1.5 million people responded and made their choices known. PAPA ROACH's latest album, "F.E.A.R.", came out at the end of January. The band's lead singer, Jacoby Shaddix, said in a recent interview that he believes rock music is "coming back pretty strong." Shaddix explained, "There's this new wave of younger, heavier bands that's coming up — OF MICE & MEN, BRING ME THE HORIZON, WE CAME AS ROMANS… with this fresh, new rock sound, but these were the kids that were listening to PAPA ROACH, KORN and DEFTONES when they were kids. And so there's kindred spirits between our bands, because they're, like, 'Yo, dude, you guys inspired us back in the day.' And we're looking at these bands, going, 'You guys are inspiring us now.'" Shaddix continued, "I definitely feel there's a resurgence in rock. And give it another five years, and it's gonna be the biggest thing on the planet again." The singer added that "everything's cyclical," saying, "We kind of see this resurgence of heavier-sounding bands. It's, like, cool. It's exciting."
Finnish industrial band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4294&bandname=Turmion+K%26auml%3Btil%26ouml%3Bt>Turmion Kätilöt</a> have had their new album, <i>Diskovibrator</i>, delayed by two weeks. The album was originally going to be released on the 11th of September but has been postponed until the 25th. Reasons for the delay include colorful incidents such as the drummer's dog eating the hard drive and one of the vocalists losing his falsetto voice (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4294&bandname=Turmion+K%26auml%3Btil%26ouml%3Bt>Turmion Kätilöt</a> in fact mostly use low-pitched, gruff vocals). The real reason, according to the band's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/turmionkatilot?fref=nf">official Facebook page</a>, is that the main vocalist, MC Raaka Pee, "got his second (not a joke) set of twins" which delayed the album's finishing process. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27403>Read more...</a>
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor "hijacked" the interview while talking to Derek Swanton of Fight Network 's Fight + Music during last month's Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicked off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will wrap on September 5 in Dallas. SLIPKNOT is supporting its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which came out in October. The latest single released from "The Gray Chapter" is called "Killpop". ".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which SLIPKNOT's original bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. Since the CD's release, several of the SLIPKNOT band members, including guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson, have expressed hope that the group could record the follow-up effort sooner than expected, with Root claiming in interviews to have already begin compiling ideas for SLIPKNOT's next release.
Chris Enriquez of Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED singer David Draiman. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the early stages of the songwriting process for DISTURBED's comeback album, "Immortalized", Draiman said: "I was busting my head on [guitarist Dan Donegan's rough song ideas] for the better part of a month and kind of was hitting a wall. Not that I wasn't coming up with ideas creatively, but I wasn't trusting them. I was being very, very… overly critical of my own stuff. I can be very helpful to other people, when it's someone else's work and I can look at it completely objectively, but when it's mine, it's really hard to remove myself from the equation. And I can come up with twenty ideas and not realize that three or four of them are really epic. And so I said to him, 'Let me come out to Chicago, and let's do this on the fly. Let's do this in person. Let me throw these ideas at you and Mike [Wengren, drums] as I'm thinking of them, and you guys will be my barometer. Just like we did in the beginning; that's kind of the key." He continued: "You can't replace that chemistry that exists between us. It was so amazing to rediscover that. It was inspiring for all of us. Every time we got into a room, great stuff was coming out… [And] I'll tell you: we'll never do it any other way." Draiman added :"After years and years of relying on technology and sending music files back and forth across the country — me in Austin, texas; Dan's still in Chicago, [and] Mike now lives outside of Milwaukee — it was nice to have it just be human and real and organic, and to have that instant reaction." DISTURBED landed its fifth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 chart with "Immortalized". The new disc opened with 98,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending August 27, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 93,000 were pure album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). DISTURBED is only the third group to score five consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums. They join METALLICA (five No. 1-debuting studio sets between 1991-2008) and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (six; 1998-2012). "Immortalized" is DISTURBED's first studio set since 2010's "Asylum", which opened atop The Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The act previously led the list with "Indestructible" (released in 2008), "Ten Thousand Fists" (2005) and "Believe" (2002). The only DISTURBED album to miss the top position was the band's debut, "The Sickness", which peaked at No. 29 in 2000.
Esa Holopainen, Tomi Joutsen and Tomi Koivusaari of Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal AMORPHIS took part in a live question-and-answer session with fans earlier today (Thursday, September 3) via the band's YouTube channel. You can now watch the discussion below. AMORPHIS's new album, "Under The Red Cloud", will be released on September 4 via Nuclear Blast. "Under The Red Cloud" track listing: 01. Under The Red Cloud 02. The Four Wise Ones 03. Bad Blood 04. The Skull 05. Death Of A King 06. Sacrifice 07. Dark Path 08. Enemy At The Gates 09. Tree Of Ages 10. White Night Bonus tracks (digipak & 2LP): 11. Come The Spring 12. Winter’s Sleep The "Sacrifice" video can be seen below. States AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen: "'Sacrifice' is the second release from 'Under The Red Cloud' and it presents a bit more familiar AMORPHIS with catchy choruses and melodic touch. "The video for 'Sacrifice' was shot in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna and follows the lyrical themes of the song. "Like 'Death Of A King', 'Sacrifice' was pretty much [producer] Jens's [Bogren] decision as a single track. The band finds it too difficult to pick up any single tracks. Haha!" Esa Holopainen previously stated about "Under The Red Cloud": "The artwork is done by Valnoir Mortasonge. Valnoir is well known from his works for LAIBACH, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH and many more. It was a great pleasure to work with him as he [captured] the lyrical topics really well. Colors and details describe the music perfectly." He continued: "'Under The Red Cloud' is produced by Jens Bogren, who did amazing job with the album. There's a lot's of elements in the songs but every note and element is in perfect harmony so that the result is fucking heavy and melodic. All I can say is that 'Under The Red Cloud' will be in my personal Top 3 AMORPHIS albums that we've ever done." Pre-order a copy of "Under The Red Cloud" at this location.
On August 26, SLAYER filmed a video for "Repentless" — the title track of the band's new album — at the Sybil Brand Institute, the women's prison in East Los Angeles. While SLAYER performed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the "prisoners" had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap. But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell's brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as "more like something for a feature film than a rock band's music video." Behind-the-scenes footage from the "Repentless" video shoot — courtesy of RollingStone.com — can be seen below. This is McDonnell's first stint directing a music video. He directed the 2013 horror film "Hatchet III", and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", "Ant-Man" and "The Interview". For SLAYER's "Repentless", he and the video's producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears ("Predators", "Friday The 13th"), Tyler Mane ("Halloween"), Jason Trost ("Hatchet III"), Danny Trejo ("Machete", "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Tony Moran ("Halloween"'s Michael Myers, "American Poltergeist"), Sean Whalen ("Men In Black", "Halloween II"), and Vernon Wells ("Mad Max 2", "Commando", "Weird Science") all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn't enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like "Planet of The Apes", "Anger Management" and "Daredevil". SLAYER's prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. While McDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it's safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls. The date for the premiere of SLAYER's "Repentless" music video will be announced shortly. SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" was produced by Terry Date, who has previously worked with PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN. The "Repentless" title track is an ode to SLAYER's late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013. "I call it the Hannemanthem!" King said of the song. "I wrote that for Jeff. Oh, dude, it's fast as fuck. You don't know what the fuck's coming!" He added: "It's my perspective of Jeff's perspective. It's what I think... If Jeff wrote a song for himself, 'Repentless' would be it." Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
X17, a Los Angeles paparazzi agency, has posted a new video clip of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne arriving at a party in Hollywood. Upon entering the elevator, they pass actress Tara Reid, presumably coming from the same place, and Sharon and Tara greet each other. Ozzy, meanwhile, is asked if he will run for president along with rapper Kanye West. Sharon has some choice words in reply. Kanye West announced that he was planning to run for president in 2020 during his 13-minute speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. "And, yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president," he said before literally dropping the mic — which may or may not have been sparked by fans shouting "Kanye for president!" Fellow pop superstar Rihanna chimed in on a possible Yeezus presidency, saying that it wasn't as far-fetched as some believe. "I mean people are voting for [Donald] Trump," she said. "Who wouldn't vote for Kanye?" Ozzy last year spoke about being a guest of honor at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, where he introduced by then-president George W. Bush. He told ShortList.com: "No one would come near me because I was off me fucking nuts. I've met him, I've met Bill Clinton, I've met loads of them. But they're very strange people. Hillary Clinton was wonderful, a very nice lady. George Bush, I never quite got his deal. The thing is, I don't suppose he expected World War 3 to begin when he got voted in, did he? It was a bit of a shocker, a kick in the pants. He hadn't been in office more than five minutes and 9/11 went down."
More <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3&bandname=Vanden+Plas>Vanden Plas</a> is always a good thing, right? And it's coming. The prog/power metallers are set to release the second chapter of the rock opera written in collaboration with famed German author Wolfgang Hohlbein. <i>Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld II</i> will be out on Frontiers on November 6th. As <i>Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld, Path I</i> ended, deliverance comes in the second half of the story, where the creative duo of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3&bandname=Vanden+Plas>Vanden Plas</a> and Wolfgang Hohlbein has merged again. The trailer is already sounding promising. Listen to it below! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27402>Read more...</a>
SiriusXM announced that legendary heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN has taken over SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel. The special takeover features classics, full concerts and all the new songs from the band's new album, "The Book Of Souls", which is scheduled to be released on Friday, September 4. The takeover also features major artists like ANTHRAX, DEFTONES, TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TRIVIUM and Chris Jericho (FOZZY) talking about IRON MAIDEN's music and the impact it has had on their lives. Additionally, vocalist Bruce Dickinson will host a live "Iron Maiden Pub Crawl" special on Thursday, September 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Dickinson will take calls from SiriusXM subscribers and give shoutouts to the bars and fans across North American hosting IRON MAIDEN listening parties the night before the album's release. IRON MAIDEN's takeover broadcast, which began airing Monday, August 31 at "2 Minutes to Midnight," will air through Tuesday, September 8 via satellite on Liquid Metal, channel 40, and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. Subscribers will also be able to listen to the broadcast via SiriusXM On Demand through the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other mobile devices and online at siriusxm.com. IRON MAIDEN announced in May that touring plans to support the album wouldn't happen until 2016 to allow Dickinson time to fully recuperate after his successful cancer treatment. "Whenever we do a new album, we always go out with a new stage show; that's exciting in itself," bassist Steve Harris said. "We always feel like every show is sacred these days anyway, and I suppose even more so now after the scare with what's happened with Bruce. It makes everything more important to us." He continued: "'The Book Of Souls' is a really powerful album, we're really proud of it and we can't wait to come out and play new songs on the tour. We're really looking forward to it."
Legendary Australian hard rockers AC/DC this week landed at position No. 3 on Billboard.com's "Hot Tours" list of top-grossing tours with $4 million in ticket sales from an outdoor Canadian performance on August 28 at the Plaines d'Abraham in Quebec City. Promoted by Live Nation and Montreal-based event producer Evenko, the concert drew 48,588 fans. The Quebec performance was the first of three outdoor events staged in Canadian markets during AC/DC's current North American tour. AC/DC's sixteenth studio album, "Rock Or Bust", has sold around 545,000 copies since debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart back in December. It's the band's first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested last November at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Although Rudd played on "Rock Or Bust", he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc. One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band's lineup for its performance on the February 8 Grammy Awards telecast. Slade is also behind the kit for the group's current world tour. The band's North American tour will wrap on September 28 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE will make their triumphant return to North America this fall for a headline tour. This marks the second time the band has toured through the U.S. and Canada in 2015, when they headlined alongside their Spinefarm labelmates in SANTA CRUZ. On this run, fans will enjoy the full AMARANTHE experience, as it is their headline run. The tour starts October 29 in Atlanta and runs through November 29 in San Jose. BUTCHER BABIES will provide direct support. LULLWATER will open the show. Tickets go on sale tomorrow Friday, September 4. Tour dates: Oct. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Oct. 30 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Nov. 01 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend Nov. 04 - New York, @ Webster Hall (Marlin Room) Nov. 05 - Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater Nov. 06 - Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub Nov. 07 - Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount Nov. 08 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre Nov. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar Nov. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Nov. 13 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop Nov. 14 - Green Bay, WI @ The Sandlot Entertainment Complex Nov. 15 - Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar Nov. 17 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Nov. 18 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Nov. 19 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar Nov. 20 - McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey Nov. 21 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill Nov. 24 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater Nov. 27 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades Nov. 28 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Nov. 29 - San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater AMARANTHE's third album, "Massive Addictive", was released on October 21, 2014 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was tracked at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA) at the helm. In a recent interview with The Grim Tower, AMARANTHE drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen stated about "Massive Addictive": "While other songs are more metal than anything else we have done, it's not as fast paced as our previous two albums, and a bit more groovy. Every song is distinctively different from the others, but it's not a concept album this time like on previous albums. Somehow I almost see the two first albums as part of a whole, while 'Massive Addictive' is a step in a little bit of a different direction maybe… You can easily hear that this is AMARANTHE, but it does contain new elements and a different approach than our earlier material." Regarding the songwriting and recording process for "Massive Addictive", Morten said: "We recorded with producer Jacob Hansen, as we have on our previous albums, but we wanted a bit of a different production this time. The songs this time leave more room for everything to be heard, since it's not quite as hectic as before. So we could go for a bigger and more open sound. Everything went pretty smooth, actually, even though we had been touring all the time and actually had to write a big part of the album either on the road or in the studio while recording. We had a pretty clear vision of how we wanted the album to turn out, but also left room for a lot of creativity in the moment. All in all, it has been a pretty rewarding experience this time."