To promote the Japanese release of their debut album <i>Fascinating Violence</i> on September 3rd via <b>Victor Entertainment</b>, Japanese extreme power metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8060&bandname=Gyze>Gyze</a> have released a video for the song "Desire". The album was originally released in June 2013 by Italian label <b>Coroner Records</b>. The video can be watched below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24341>Read more...</a>
With only a few days left before their newest opus is set to be released, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3170&bandname=Darkspace>Darkspace</a> have given us an album teaser to listen to. Their label Avantgarde Music has released a seven-minute teaser through YouTube with snippets of tracks from their newest album, <i>Dark Space III I</i>. The album is set for release on the 6th of September and will follow his predecessors in being released initially on limited digipack CD format. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24337>Read more...</a>
After <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2698&bandname=Sleep>Sleep</a> was confirmed to headline the fourth annual DesertFest London in 2015 at the Koko, now <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3248&bandname=Orange+Goblin>Orange Goblin</a> and <b>My Sleeping Karma</b> are the newest additions. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3248&bandname=Orange+Goblin>Orange Goblin</a> will play their third album <i>The Big Black</i> in its entirety for the first time ever alongside a selection of songs from their back catalogue that have either rarely or never been played live before. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24340>Read more...</a>
The Finns <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2805&bandname=Amoral>Amoral</a> have released a live video for the song "Prolong A Stay" as an appetizer for the upcoming <b>Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows Tour</b>. The video was filmed at Nosturi, Helsinki earlier this year at the band's 10-year anniversary show by ETE Media Production. Watch the video here. You might know the song if you listened to the band's newest album <i>Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows</i> released this February. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24339>Read more...</a>
Melodic black metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4078&bandname=Nachtblut>Nachtblut</a> will unleash a new album this year. The Germans are set to release their upcoming album <i>Chimonas</i> on October 17th in Europe via Napalm Records. The cover artwork and tracklist have already been unveiled. Take a look at them here and stay tuned for new music soon! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24338>Read more...</a>
Bob "Moz" Moczydlowsky, the recently appointed head of music at Twitter and former senior vice president of product and marketing at Topspin Media, has posted a short snippet of some new FOO FIGHTERS music. Check it out below. Bob took to Vine to post: "Holy guitars, Batman! New @foofighters record makes 'em sound 100 feet tall. Coming soon." FOO FIGHTERS recently released an extended, three-and-a-half minute trailer for "Sonic Highways", the upcoming eight-part HBO documentary that chronicles the making of the band's new album of the same name. The trailer not only offers up quick excerpts of new FOO FIGHTERS music, but reveals many of the personalities that frontman and director Dave Grohl interviewed for the series, including Slash, Dan Auerbach of the BLACK KEYS, LL Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, CHEAP TRICK ‘s Rick Nielsen, Paul Stanley of KISS, Joe Walsh, ZZ TOP's Billy F. Gibbons, Macklemore, Buddy Guy and even President Barack Obama. The recording of the 44-minute disc took place in iconic studios in eight different cities around the United States, with the FOOs also collaborating with and interviewing local artists in each region. The eight-episode HBO series will follow the band to a different location each week. Dave Grohl says in the trailer, "I really believe the environment in which you write or record an album influences the musical result." At another point in the trailer, Grohl remarks, "This is a musical map of America. It's a chronicling of our journey to unravel our musical identity." The series premieres on October 17, while the album will arrive on November 10.
Guitarist Emil Werstler has decided to leave CHIMAIRA after a three-year tenure with the band. Werstler spent the first few months playing bass for CHIMAIRA, but switched back to his original instrument in 2012 following the announcement that guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries were leaving the group at the end of 2011. Emil, best known for his gypsy jazz-infused guitar playing with LEVI/WERSTLER and DÅÅTH, has issued the following statement about his departure: "My time in CHIMAIRA has, unfortunately, come to an end. It is time for me to move on as I continue to focus on harvesting my abilities as a musician. "I'm very fond of everyone in the band and wish them all the best in the future. "Although this was a difficult choice to make, I feel it was necessary in order to take the next step in my career. The best is still yet to come and I'm very excited for the multiple projects I am working on. "I would like to thank the band, management, and, most importantly, all the fans for the endless support and understanding." Werstler is featured on CHIMAIRA's seventh studio album, "Crown Of Phantoms", which sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30, 2013 via eOne Music.
Sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday, August 29 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 31 at Kidroom Studios in Greven, Germany, where Michael Schenker is recording the new TEMPLE OF ROCK album, "Spirit On A Mission", thieves broke in and stole and number of Schenker's Dean Flying V and Michael Voss' guitars. At the moment, the full extent of what has been stolen is being assessed and the crime scene fingerprinted. However, Schenker's brand new Chrome V is one of the guitars that have been taken. A source close to the band said: "The Dean Chrome V is one of only three ever made. Michael's version is unique and made to his own specifications. There is not another like it, so it will be hard to sell." German police are examining evidence and the studio for fingerprints and DNA evidence to help catch the criminals. There will be more details once the extent of the damage and a thorough inventory has been taken at the crime scene. Anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact the Greven Police Station on +49 2571 9280. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's last CD, "Bridge The Gap", featured Michael Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell. The effort marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP "Lovedrive".
Fan-filmed video footage of the August 28 performance by Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas can be seen below. In a brand new interview with the Daily Herald, Tate once again admitted that he is still perplexed as to why his former bandmates fired him from QUEENSRŸCHE in June 2012, a move which instigated lawsuits over the dismissal and sparked a protracted legal fight over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name. "I didn't see it coming," he said. "I didn't even think it was possible. First off, why would you break up a band that is incredibly successful and has been successful for years and years and years, for 30 years? There's no sense, it's very difficult, very difficult and becoming even more difficult day by day to operate and to be successful in the record industry. It's no mystery that it's hurting badly. And so why would you take this incredible successful entity and break it all apart? "And why would you fire the main writer? Why would you do that — and the person who is the face of the band and is the identifying key figure in the success of the group? I don't mean that to sound egotistical because it's not. It's just the truth. Why on earth would you do that? It sounds like career suicide, especially at our ages. We're all in our 50s. ... Why would you break apart this successful thing at this point in life? I can see if you had some grand plan that, if you're in your 20s and you had all this time and all these years ahead of you. But we're all in the last decade of our working lives. It just sounds like madness to me." Tate, who will continue with a new band called OPERATION: MINDCRIME while his former bandmates carry on recording and touring as QUEENSRŸCHE, believes that the settlement agreement will make it clear to fans the new QUEENSRŸCHE group — featuring Todd La Torre on vocals — is drastically different from what it was up to Geoff's dismissal in 2012. "I think (the settlement) makes people, or at least spells out for them, what actually is the situation," Tate said. "And by that I mean I wrote the majority of the music in QUEENSRŸCHE all of these years. And Chris [former guitarist Chris DeGarmo, who left QUEENSRŸCHE in 1998], when he was in the band, wrote the majority of the music in the band. So he and I were the ones that came up with the concepts and the soundscape and the image of the band. Everything that people associate with QUEENSRŸCHE, he and I did that. We were responsible for that. So what you have now with him not in the band and me not in the band, is you have the people who were responsible for what people associate with QUEENSRŸCHE not in QUEENSRŸCHE anymore. So QUEENSRŸCHE means something completely different now than it ever has before. See what I'm saying?" Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band will include Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH) and Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014). OPERATION: MINDCRIME will enter the studio in September to begin recording a trilogy project that Geoff's been working on for the past two years.
SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Sixx Sense" radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx. You can now listen to the chat below. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Morgan has opened up in a new interview with Music Radar why SEETHER has not been able to hold onto a lead guitar player, with Johan Greyling, Patrick Callahan and Troy McLawhorn all joining and leaving the lineup since 1999. Morgan explained, "What drummers were to SPINAL TAP, lead guitarists are to SEETHER… The problem is that a lot of these guys have ego problems, plain and simple. We've seen guys become rock stars overnight, which becomes a problem because that's not how we operate." After spending a few years as a trio, the band enlisted lead guitarist Bryan Wickmann earlier this year for live work. Morgan told The Pulse Of Radio that ever since joining the band's crew as a guitar tech three years ago, Wickmann has gotten more involved with the band. "We were looking for somebody to augment the live sound again, so we asked him to do it, and in fact he's been involved on pretty much the past three album covers and artwork. He actually painted the painting that's on the cover of the new one. He's been highly behind the scenes but highly active in the SEETHER camp for a while, so we figured we'd put him onstage for a change." Morgan played all the guitar parts on SEETHER's new album, "Isolate & Medicate". "Isolate & Medicate", SEETHER's sixth album, sold 37,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart earlier this month. SEETHER, GODSMACK and others are taking part in the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, which kicked off August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan.
Video: ROB ZOMBIE, DUFF MCKAGAN, BILLY IDOL, STEVE JONES Perform At 10th Annual JOHNNY RAMONE Tribute
Rob Zombie hosted the 10th annual Johnny Ramone birthday on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The show included live sets of RAMONES classics performed by some of Johnny's closest musician friends, including Zombie, Billy Idol, former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan and SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones. Fred Armisen ("Portlandia", "Saturday Night Live") also appeared at the tribute and brought along his punk rock alter ego, Ian Rubbish, to the festivities. According to RollingStone.com, Zombie and his band played a five-song set consisting of "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Rock 'N' Roll High School", "Beat On The Brat", "Lobotomy" and MOTÖRHEAD's tribute song "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." "We're here for one reason, and one reason only: to pay tribute to our good friend Johnny Ramone," Zombie told the crowd. "I miss him every day. He was a wonderful kind guy. There was nobody like him. There was nothing like the RAMONES, so we're here for Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy." "I was freaked out by the RAMONES," McKagan said during a panel question-and-answer session. "As a 13-year-old kid living up in Seattle, the RAMONES were the first punk band to come play. They were like my KISS. So 10 or 12 years later, 'Appetite [For Destruction]' came out, I got an opportunity to meet the RAMONES, and I actually didn't want to because I didn't want to ruin anything. They still remain bigger than life to me." Cited by both Time and Rolling Stone magazines as one of the most influential guitarists ever, the Johnny Ramone Tribute brings family, friends and fans together to celebrate the late punk guitarist's music and legacy with question-and-answer sessions, screenings of Johnny's favorite movies and musical guests. Past participants have included Tommy Ramone, Johnny Depp, Rob Zombie, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Chris Cornell, Nick Cage, Kirk Hammett, Steve Jones, Rose McGowan, Henry Rollins, John Waters, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Shepard Fairey, Dita Von Teese and Billy Zoom, among many others.
It seems like the always prolific <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=556&bandname=Melvins>Melvins</a> recently premiered the first taste of their new record <i>Hold It In</i>. While the album will only be released on October 14th via Ipecac Recordings, you can now listen to the first tune "Brass Cupcake" below. This is also the opening track of the album. Have fun! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24336>Read more...</a>
A stool hand-assembled by Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH while recording the band's 2007 album "United Abominations" is being auctioned to benefit three children's charities as part of the TeamRock Monster Rock Auction, a charitable project launched by the Heavy Metal Truants. The stool, which was donated by "United Abominations" producer Andy Sneap, bears a note of authenticity signed by Mustaine himself. As previously reported, MEGADETH is continuing work on material for the band's next album, tentatively due in 2015. "We're taking our time with this one," Mustaine told Loaded Radio in a recent interview. "The last record we've done, we felt we were really on a positive upswing with [producer] Johnny K and we were excited to get in and do the record. But looking back over time, all the records that we had a lot of success with, personally…. Because, I mean, at the end of the day, if you don't like what you're doing, then what's the point? But the ones that we really got the most enjoyment out of was the ones that took the longest to write. We would sit with the songs and let them digest and assimilate and become part of us, instead of, 'OK, that's a great song. Let's go.' Or versus, 'You know what? Would it be better if we [played] this part one more time or cut that one in half or sped this up a little bit. There's so many variables." MEGADETH latest album, 2013's "Super Collider", sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS Returns With Third ATKINS MAY PROJECT Album 'Empire Of Destruction'
ATKINS MAY PROJECT, the band featuring original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May, will release its third album, "Empire Of Destruction", on September 29 via Gonzo Multimedia. "Empire Of Destruction" track listing: CD 01. Dog Eat Dog 02. Whisper To The Wind 03. A World At War 04. The Midas Touch 05. Here Comes The Rain 06. Darkness Within 07. Reckless Child 08. Paranoia DVD * Welcome To The Nightmare * Fight * The Shallowing (unplugged) * The Darkness Within * Enslaved To Love * Interview with Paul May and Al Atkins A seven-minute collection of audio samples of the tracks that will appear on "Empire Of Destruction" is available below. ATKINS MAY PROJECT's first CD, "Serpent's Kiss", was released in 2011 via Gonzo Multimedia. A follow-up effort, "Valley Of Shadows", came out in 2012. Atkins is the co-writer of several PRIEST songs which are included on the band's first two albums, "Rocka Rolla" and "Sad Wings of Destiny", both of which eventually went gold. Atkins co-penned the heavy metal classic "Victim of Changes", which was a combination of Rob Halford's song "Red Light Lady" and Atkins' own "Whiskey Woman". He also co-wrote "Winter", "Never Satisfied", "Dreamer Deceiver" and "Caviar and Meths". In 1989 Atkins released his debut solo album, "Judgement Day", to great acclaim. But it was "Heavy Thoughts" and "Victim of Changes" (the latter being his collaborative album with ex-JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland) that brought him strong sales and critical acclaim around the world. JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill penned the foreword to Al Atkins's autobiography, titled "Dawn of the Metal Gods: My Life in Judas Priest and Heavy Metal". The book, which was written with Neil Daniels — a freelance rock writer and heavy metal fan who befriended Atkins during the writing of Neil's book "The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith" (Omnibus Press) — was released in 2009 via Iron Pages.
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has apparently responded to Ted Nugent's recent comments about him in which the legendary rocker described Bach as "incredibly gifted… but… weak." In an interview with Radio.com, Nugent stated about Bach: "I love the guy, he's incredibly gifted, a gentleman for the most part, but he's weak. He's weak. And he doesn't understand the concept of the [body as a] Sacred Temple. He doesn't understand accountability. He doesn't understand — clearly — how his indulgences and his poisons ruin his life. And his relationships, and his marriage. And his musical capabilities. I love the guy and if he's watching this, I love you, but when you're the drunk Sebastian Bach, you're nowhere near the Sebastian Bach that you are when you're clean and sober. Case closed. That isn't a Ted Nugent opinion, that's scientific truism." After Nugent's comments were posted on BLABBERMOUTH.NET on Friday, Bach took to his Twitter account to write: "Being a racist is fucking weak." Nugent has consistently denied that he is a racist, explaining back in a 2003 statement: "Throughout my 40-year career in the media, I have constantly praised the long list of black musical influences that shaped me as a young musician and continue to inspire me today. Furthermore, I have hired blacks and Mexicans to play in my band. Yet I'm a racist? I'll admit I'm a racist when you admit that one plus one equals seventeen." Nugent in February apologized for referring to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mongrel," calling that word grouping "street-fighter terminology" and saying he wished he used "more understandable language," such as "violator of his oath to the Constitution." In a 2012 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Bach stated about Nugent, with whom he appeared on "SuperGroup", the 2006 VH1 "reality" TV program also starring ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER): "To be honest with you, I think that Ted's political beliefs and social opinions overshadow how great a guitar player he is. More people know Ted for his outrageous views and political viewpoints. His music is so great, but a lot of people are disgusted by him. They don't like guns. People don't like racism, but he says some things that are from the Fifties. People don't think like that anymore; it's not acceptable. It's a shame because I love his music and he is funny as hell. He is so abrasive with his beliefs, it takes the fun out of it."
Being a racist is fucking weak— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) August 30, 2014