The new lineup of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW played its third concert earlier tonight (Saturday, June 25) at the Gent Arena in Birmingham, England. Joining Ritchie in the group are LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT). The setlist was as follows: 01. Intro (Land of Hope And Glory, Over The Rainbow) 02. Highway Star (DEEP PURPLE) 03. Spotlight Kid 04. Mistreated (DEEP PURPLE) 05. Since You Been Gone 06. Man On The Silver Mountain 07. Soldier Of Fortune (DEEP PURPLE) 08. Difficult To Cure 09. Band Jam + Drum Solo 10. Catch The Rainbow 11. Perfect Strangers (DEEP PURPLE) 12. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll 13. Child In Time (DEEP PURPLE) 14. Stargazer 15. Black Night (DEEP PURPLE) Encore: 16. Burn (DEEP PURPLE) 17. Smoke On The Water (DEEP PURPLE) Fan-filmed video footage of the concert is available below. The new RAINBOW lineup made its live debut on June 17 at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Freilichtbühne in Loreley, Germany. Ritchie spoke to Dutch magazine Aardschok about his decision to enlist a new group of musicians to help him perform RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE classics at three European shows this summer. Asked why he chose not to hire a "more famous" vocalist, Blackmore said: "The whole idea was to find good musicians. Of course, there were many familiar names around, but this idea didn't appeal to me. Unlike many others, I prefer to discover new musicians who can add a fresh approach to my music. It's great to present new musicians to the public." He continued: "The singer Ronnie Romero is complete unknown. He's 34 and I'm sure that he'll have a great career in this scene. He is orginally from Chile, but lives in Spain. Bassist Bob Nouveau is from Connecticut, and Jens is a known and respected keyboard player. It's very easy to work with him, because he's so experienced. "With drummers, I always tend to be very selective. For instance, I do not like to work with showmen. On stage, I need a groove and a lot of these so-called 'famous' drummers often rely more on the show element than on feel. I know many guys who can make their sticks fly and use sixteen bass drums, but who are mediocre when it comes to music. David Keith, however, has a great feel for rhythm." Blackmore also talked about the renewed interest in classic rock and the media hype surrounding his return to rock. He said: "I never think about how good or bad things are going in a group. I'm just trying to create music of a high-quality standard. My music never really got into the charts. I think the most important thing is to believe in yourself. I think that RAINBOW made some memorable albums, which aren't less appreciated than any DEEP PURPLE album. Both groups were advanced for their time. "The nostalgia aspect certainly has a role in the upcoming shows. Some people will use this project to check if I can still do it, while others will probably see it as an opportunity to see me on a bigger stage once again." He added: "I don't want to sound morbid, but I do believe that thoughts like these come with the age that I have. I turned 70 and that has its disadvantages. Having a sore back or stiff fingers on stage is no fun. However, all this comes totally from myself. "There were moments, a few years ago, when I thought of how much fun it would be to play some of the old songs again. However, the longer I thought about it the less appealing it all became. It was not until I found out about Ronnie that the whole idea came back again and when I started realizing the idea. He has a great voice and his fresh input is what gave me the final push. I am quite demanding when it comes to singers, but with Ronnie is absolutely feels good. This guy has a great future in the scene. He sounds like a perfect fit for this job because he has a voice that reminds of [Ronnie James] Dio but is versatile enough to also handle the [Ian] Gillan songs well." Regarding the song selection for the summer shows, Blackmore said: "The setlist will be RAINBOW songs for about 70 percent, including 'Stargazer', because apparently that's a song everybody wants to hear. About 30 percent will be DEEP PURPLE songs. We will focus on the best-known songs. The Dio era will be a central part of the show, but we will also play songs from the Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet periods. As far as PURPLE is concerned; we will play the Gillan era but will also play something from the David Coverdale period." Blackmore also addressed the possibility of further shows being announced if these dates go well. He said: "I deliberately chose to only give three concerts, to see if I'm still able to do this. Of course, there have been a lot of attractive offers, especially from Sweden and Finland. However, we must remember that I have already planned a German tour for BLACKMORE'S NIGHT in July. As you know, after I suspended the activities of RAINBOW, I became very interested in playing renaissance music. To move back to the electrics from the acoustics won't be easy. I've rarely played rock music in the last years, and before these shows I have to cut my nails short. Because when I play this other music, I need long nails. Five days after the last RAINBOW show, there'll already be the first BLACKMORE'S NIGHT show, so it's unclear if I will have enough time to grow my nails back. If it won't work so fast, I have to rely on false plastic nails. I never had this problem before, but I'm glad that I can [do something to] help me out." He went on to say: "If we enjoy ourselves and the audience gives us a positive vibe back, then I won't rule out the possibility of continuing. However, the second round of dates will probably take place in 2017. But the crucial factor will be the chemistry between the musicians and the audience reaction. These shows will be recorded on video, so that we can release it later on. But my heart will always belong to renaissance music." (Thanks: Deep Purple Italia)
Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK: 'If You're Not On The Stage Playing Your Own Music, Why Are You Here?'
Former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick was interviewed on a recent installment of the "Thunder Underground" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below (beginning around the 34:30 mark). Asked if a desire to be more involved in the creative process contributed to his decision to leave MEGADETH and form ACT OF DEFIANCE, Broderick said: "That was the whole reason for the formation of this band — so that we could have our own say and be our own musicians and be our own people. Obviously, we're coming out here, we're grinding it out, we're building it again, and that's fine, because it's all about the music. Because, at the end of the day, Shawn [Drover, ex-MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer] and I could have stayed where we were at, but if you're not on the stage playing your own music, then, at some point, it's, like, why are you here?" With regards to the musical direction of ACT OF DEFIANCE, Broderick said: "The main consideration that Shawn and I had when we wrote the music was that we wanted it to be heavier. And that was it. Anything else was fair game. So any of my little classical interludes that I wanted to put in there, Shawn was, like, 'Cool. Whatever.' And any of Shawn's guitar work that he wanted that was slightly off center was fine, you know. The only thing we would ever have is little suggestions for each other every once in a while, and that was it." Chris also talked about the fact that he is still constantly referred to in the media as a former member of MEGADETH even though he's been out of the band for for a year and a half. He said: "Based on what I've seen with other members, past members [of MEGADETH], it's gonna take a little bit [before the media stops using that tag]. I was actually talking with [fellow ex-MEGADETH guitarist] Marty Friedman about that. He's, like, 'Man, I've been working so hard to get away from that stigma, and I finally feel like it's happening now.' And I have to agree with him — it's been much harder than I thought it would be to break away from that labeling. People still come up to me and they're, like, 'Hey, you're Chris Broderick of MEGADETH, right?' And I'm, like,' Oh, not anymore.' I mean, you think when you release information on the Internet that instantly everybody knows, but it's not the case." Los Angeles-area fans, if you attend ACT OF DEFIANCE's concert tonight (Saturday, June 25) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, you can enter a raffle to win a Jackson Pro Series Signature Chris Broderick Soloist seven-string guitar. Chris will use the guitar to play a cover version of PANTERA's "I'm Broken" at the show, and will then give it away. Get your tickets for the Whisky concert at this location. In addition to Broderick and Drover, ACT OF DEFIANCE features ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner and SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand (bass). ACT OF DEFIANCE's debut album, "Birth And The Burial", was released on August 21, 2015 via Metal Blade Records.
Today, you can discover a full new track from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7882&bandname=Witherscape>Witherscape</a>'s new album, <i>The Northern Sanctuary</i>, their second. Enjoy below the catchy track "In The Eyes Of Idols" in a lyric video designed by Cloud Music Typography. As usual, the Swedish duo <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7882&bandname=Witherscape>Witherscape</a> deliver a mix of progressive and death metal. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29539>Read more...</a>
Archetapes Industries in conspiracy with the masters of psychoprog black metal <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6833&bandname=Hail+Spirit+Noir>Hail Spirit Noir</a> is releasing a special pro-tape box set edition including their 2 masterpieces, <i>Pneuma</i> and <i>Oi Magoi</i> with a signed band photo exclusively for this release, under the titled <i>XAIPE ΠNEYMA</i>. The box set will be strictly limited to 50 hand-numbered copies. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29535>Read more...</a>
Industrial pioneers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=559&bandname=KMFDM>KMFDM</a> have joined earMUSIC for the release of <i>ROCKS - Milestones Reloaded</i> on September 9th, 2016. The album, a personal "best of" compilation by <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=559&bandname=KMFDM>KMFDM</a> protagonists and masterminds Sascha Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli, who claim the re-imagined, re-mixed pieces would be an "ideal playlist for a live set", commemorates the band's 32nd anniversary. This release is to be followed by a new studio album and an extensive tour in 2017. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29538>Read more...</a>
The Sumerian Alliance Europe will destroy stages in Europe from September 9th to October 8th 2016! The bill features <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4713&bandname=Veil+Of+Maya>Veil Of Maya</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4725&bandname=Born+Of+Osiris>Born Of Osiris</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7457&bandname=Volumes>Volumes</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8594&bandname=Black+Crown+Initiate>Black Crown Initiate</a>. View the dates below to see if it hits a town near you and don't miss it! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29537>Read more...</a>
On June 24, "Music Mania" podcast conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked if the incident during QUEENSRŸCHE's appearance at the 2012 edition of the Rocklahoma festival when the band's then-singer Geoff Tate told the crowd "you guys suck" as he tried to get the audience to respond more enthusiastically was a turning point in the group's decision to part ways with Geoff, Wilton said: "I mean, it was a bad day, obviously. You know, things in a career run [their] course. And to do it so publicly, I think, may [not] have been the way that it had to happen. But anyway… Just like with any business, you have your ups and your lows, and when you get to the point where no one is seeing eye-to-eye anymore, it's time to move on; something different needs to happen. And that's basically what it is. It needed to happen. Nobody, really, was vibing in the band. So that was the only alternative." Wilton also spoke the role the new QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre has played in rebuilding the band's classic sound and reconnecting with some of the early QUEENSRŸCHE fans who didn't care for the last few albums that the band recorded with Tate. "Well, obviously, it's critical," he said. "I mean, just how [the pairing with Todd] happened, I guess, it's fate. But thrust into that position, it's not an easy deal, and he's a trooper for doing it. He has the musical ability and he has the songwriting frenzy that we need. And we're touring a lot and everything, so it's been a good gelling, growing process for Todd. It's not easy when you've got such hardcore fans, but he's won the fans the over, he's won so many people over, and it's so great to see all the great crowds that are coming to see QUEENSRŸCHE now with Todd. The energy's back, the band's playing great, and he's a great frontman. He's the guy that's given everybody in the band a good shot in the arm of adrenaline. And we're having fun playing all over the world. He's definitely at home. And we get so many compliments of, like, 'You couldn't have found a more perfect person to replace your old singer,' and it's just like that every show that we go to; people are just so into Todd." QUEENSRŸCHE will embark on its next headlining tour of the United States I nthe fall. The month-long trek will kick off on November 15 in Seattle, Washington and conclude on December 15 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. QUEENSRŸCHE will be joined by ARMORED SAINT as direct support, along with MIDNIGHT ETERNAL on all dates for the upcoming tour. QUEENSRŸCHE has released two albums with La Torre on vocals: 2013's "Queensrÿche" and "Condition Hüman". "Condition Hüman" debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015.
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8691&bandname=Motionless+In+White>Motionless In White</a> have joined forces with Roadrunner Records and the successor to <i>Reincarnate</i> (2014) will drop on the new label. Before that, you can listen to the band's new single "570" and also get it digitally <a href="http://miw.lnk.to/570">here</a>. Alternatively, you can stream it below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29536>Read more...</a>
Fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND's June 21 performance at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, United Kingdom can be seen below. KING DIAMOND's November 25, 2015 and November 28, 2015 live shows in Philadelphia and Detroit, respectively, were flmed for the band's forthcoming DVD. The set is being helmed by director Denise Korycki (CANNIBAL CORPSE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), and will include additional footage from multiple shows throughout the band's most recent North American trek. KING DIAMOND performed its classic second album, 1987's concept effort "Abigail", in its entirety on the band's latest U.S. tour. "Dreams Of Horror", a 2xCD collection of KING DIAMOND songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy La Rocque themselves, sold around 1,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Released in November 2014, "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. Swedish bassist Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION'S SHARE, ZAN CLAN) joined KING DIAMOND following the departure of Hal Patino. King, 59, 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.
GEMINI SYNDROME will release its new album, "Memento Mori", on August 19 via Another Century. The alternative hard rock outfit continues to push the envelope both musically and thematically on the record, which is the follow-up to their 2013 debut, "Lux". "Memento Mori", which was produced by the legendary father/son duo of Kane and Kevin Churko, is a direct successor to "Lux" in a three-part trilogy; with the latter being a representation of birth, and the former acting a reminder of life. Brian Medina (drums) comments on the meaning of the album title and artwork (which can be found below): "The title of the new album, 'Memento Mori', essentially means 'Remember, We Die.' "The artwork is designed to show the different layers of our physical and spiritual form going through the phases of disintegration, ending in the release of the soul." Last week the band also announced that Daniel Sahagún (guitar) and Charles Lee Salvaggio (guitar) had joined the group. In addition to both men joining the band's touring lineup, they are also featured on the new record. "Memento Mori" track listing: 01. Anonymous 02. Remember We Die 03. Zealot 04. Gravedigger 05. On Point 06. La Devastante Veritá 07. Sorry Not Sorry 08. Eternity 09. Alive Inside 10. Inception 11. Lucido Somnium 12. Say Goodnight 13. Awaken 14. Ordo ab Chao 15. Brought To Light Medina also talked about the writing process for "Memento Mori" in comparison to "Lux". He said: "With 'Lux', we were a new band. It was our first raw expression of us as a group. Now we've gone through things like switching record labels and replacing band members, and the whole experience has strengthened us as a unit. We have a new sense of determination and feel that 'Memento Mori' shows us delivering on a higher level in every aspect." The official video for the first offering from "Memento Mori", the hard-hitting track "Anonymous", can be seen below. The song is a direct response to the war on mental freedom being waged by divisive elements, from the media to politics, with the goal being to protect the sovereignty of our mind and spirit. The virtual reality 360° clip directed by Brian Cox offers a unique and immersive viewing experience. Fans watching the video using their smartphones or any other device with VR capabilities will be able manipulate the camera angle, allowing them to view it from multiple perspectives. In support of the release of "Memento Mori", GEMINI SYNDROME has announced the first leg of its upcoming U.S. headlining tour, which is slated to start on July 13 in Salt Lake City. Joining the band are fellow Los Angeles-based rock groups and Another Century labelmates STITCHED UP HEART and 9ELECTRIC.
ALICE IN CHAINS singer/guitarist William DuVall was interviewed earlier this week by the Flint, Michigan radio station Banana 101.5. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below. Speaking about ALICE IN CHAINS' current tour, which includes several dates as the support act for GUNS N' ROSES, William said: "This kind of strikes me as more of like an interim, rev-up-the-engine tour. We do those every so often where it's not necessarily part of an album cycle, but we just like to get out there on the road and play. And especially when unique opportunities like this one with GN'R arrive, you've gotta do that. But in this case, this time we were gonna do our own tour anyhow, so we'll be going straight from the GUNS N' ROSES tour right into our own headlining tour. And that tour will actually be divided into two parts — one being the summer leg and another one being more of an autumn leg. And then after that, I suppose we'll talk about what it's time to do next. Maybe that might entail new music or some sort of pre-production or something. That's historically kind of how it's gone over the last ten years. So we'll just have to see." DuVall told the WRIF radio station a few days ago that it's "too early" to talk about ALICE IN CHAINS' new music, despite the fact that it's been more than three years since the release of their last studio album. "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" came out in 2013 was the band's second disc with DuVall, who joined in 2006 following the 2002 death of original vocalist Layne Staley. William also talked about ALICE IN CHAINS' songwriting process and how it has evolved over the years. He said: "We make a habit of kind of starting pretty much with a clean slate every time we've gone in. And that challenges you, so we'll have to see how it manifests this time. But we're not there yet." ALICE IN CHAINS recently announced the second leg of their North American headlining tour, adding Austin, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio and more to a run that begins with five arena shows with GUNS N' ROSES. The tour includes a second New York City date on July 26 following the immediate sell-out of their July 25 show at the Beacon Theatre. "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release. DuVall is also part of a new band called GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA alongside members of MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA's debut album, "Broken Lines", will be released on September 23 via Party Smasher Inc./ Cooking Vinyl. Interview (audio):
Former SEPULTURA members Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the band's classic album, "Roots", by performing the LP in its entirety at this year's edition of the Amnesia Rockfest on Friday, June 24. They were joined on the Jägermeister stage — complete with the original backdrop from SEPULTURA's 1996 Roots" tour — by their CAVALERA CONSPIRACY bandmates Marc Rizzo (guitar) and Johny Chow (bass). Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Interestingly enough, the current lineup of SEPULTURA — which includes the other two members of the band that played on "Roots", guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. — is also scheduled to appear at the two-day event, which is taking place June 24-25 in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. SEPULTURA will perform today (Saturday, June 25) at 3:45 p.m. on the Budweiser stage. Max spoke to Holland's FaceCulture about how he looks back on the "Roots" album twenty years later. He said: "Yeah, [the personal stuff around the band] was chaotic, but musically, it was good. I think 'Roots' is an excellent record. It's a very brave record. It's a very fearless record in terms of saying, 'We're gonna do this. No matter what people say, we're gonna do it.' And we did it. And it was a huge risk. Not many bands take that risk. And we stuck to our guns and put the album out. And I think it was a very interesting record, because I think it was the beginning of my experiences in world music, which I really love, and bringing metal… making metal different. You can combine indigenous sounds and stuff with metal and make something cool with it. So I think 'Roots' was the blueprint for all that; it was like the first one that was like that. We went to the Xavantes tribe and recorded with them. It was killer. It was an amazing experience." Asked in a December 2013 interview with DeadRhetoric.com if he was a proponent of the down-tuned guitar approach, like Max was, around the time when bands like KORN and the DEFTONES were just beginning to take off in terms of popularity, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser said: "At the beginning, not much. I was skeptical of the low tuning because bands like KORN or the DEFTONES, they don't have the fast pace of SEPULTURA's music. I was concerned to lose that kind of fast ability and the picking, the heavy picking on sloppy, low strings. But there are so many possibilities of using heavier-gauge strings, which give that kind of tension, and you don't lose that ability to play fast. 'Trauma Of War', the song that opens the [new SEPULTURA] album ['The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart'], it's in low tuning, but it's a very fast song, but we don't lose that kind of ability. I learned how to do deal with that, and you open a lot of worlds in music, but yeah, at the beginning I was a little skeptical." Speaking to Live-Metal.net in 2009, Max admitted that he drew inspiration from some of the so-called early "nu metal" bands during the songwriting process for "Roots". He explained: "SEPULTURA did [take] a little bit of an influence from KORN and DEFTONES in some areas. And the funny thing is that we influenced those bands from when they started out. I talked to the KORN guys and they said they listened to 'Chaos A.D.' religiously when they started — it was like one of their favorite records. So it's kind of a 360 degrees kind of influence — back and forth." "Roots", along with 1993's "Chaos A.D.", is considered SEPULTURA's most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager. Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).
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Rock 'N' Load conducted an interview with guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel of California metallers ATREYU at this year's edition of the Download festival, which was held June 10-12 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what the members of ATREYU were doing during the band's three-year hiatus prior to the making of 2015's "Long Live" album, Travis said: "We all just kind of did our own thing. Some of it involved music, some of it was just more personal-life, family stuff. 'Cause we toured for so long that a lot of us had homes that we never lived in yet, because we were out [on the road] so much. So, yeah, it was mostly just to stop and take a breather — smell the roses, if you will. But it definitely did us a lot of good, for sure." Asked if ATREYU has come back a stronger band after taking several years off, Dan said: "I think so, yeah. Absolutely. We've learned a lot. I feel everything that we've done — from the producers we've worked with, from the tours we've done, to the albums we've put out, to even the hiatus — the collective effort of everything, we needed all of that to truly know who we are, not just as a band, but as invididuals outside of the band. So I think we all feel complete now to where we know exactly what we need to be doing, what we're good at, what we're not good at. We're just a lot more focused now because of it." Dan and Travis also talked about how ATREYU has managed to retain its fanbase while also attacting new followers with the release of "Long Live". "You have a lot of the same old people that were coming out forever, [and they] have been, like, 'Oh, I've been watching you for the past fifteen years,'" Dan said. "We have some people that got into us right before we took a hiatus and never got a chance to see us. "We were doing some shows with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, and we had people come up to us after the show, and they were, like, 'I came here to see BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. I've never even heard of your band before. You guys were amazing. That was incredible. I didn't even know you guys were playing. I can't wait 'till you guys come back.' And it's interesting, because we're the same genre as them. We've been around longer than BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, so it's just interesting seeing these young faces. They get so excited about the style of music that we've been doing so long. "I feel, to an extent, we've kind of perfected the art of this style. We're one of the bands that first started doing it. And we just have it down. I mean, we go around watching other bands and kind of seeing where the bar's being held at. [And we think], 'All right. That's what that band's doing. They're only gonna do that? All right. All right. Well, we know what to do.'" Regarding ATREYU's plans for the coming months, Travis said: "When we get back from this [European] run, we have a couple of weeks off and then we head out on the Warped Tour in the U.S. for about two weeks. And then we go to Australia in October. I think we might do some touring after that; it's kind of up in the air. But hopefully sometime after the New Year, or maybe before, [we'll] start writing again." ATREYU's sixth album, "Long Live", was released in September 2015 through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm.
Metal Maniac video magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL at this year's Hellfest on June 17 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the relationship between the Internet's rise and the sharp decline in album sales, and how it has made it harder for bands to survive, Blitz said: "Back in the day, there was obviously no Internet. The Internet was invented while OVERKILL was existed; we existed prior to the World Wide Web." He continued: I think [the Internet is] a double-edged sword. I think that, sure, it's great to have that type of exposure and instant information, and it makes the world smaller; these are just obvious qualities that it has. "One of the things that social media has done has gotten so many people to think along an exact line or parallel line. There's no opposite thinking [anymore]. Whether you're a metal fan or a thrash fan or a pop fan or jazz fan, the Internet provides you with what you want. You consider it to be something that is… It's not just a necessity; it's just the way it should be. Free is the way it should be. Of course, all my friends think that way too. Does it make it right? It doesn't make it right. And it actually does hurt the scene. So you have to find ways to reinvent yourself. So instead of complaining about it, I look at it more as saying, okay, we have to reinvent. We have to partner with the right people. We have to — as business people — focus on our market. Who's the collectors? Who wants the vinyl? Who wants this? So you have to think differently to be able to survive in the age of the Internet. 'Cause the Internet will be really one of the reasons that this scene eventually will go away. It chips away at it continuously — it just eats it away and eats it away. It gives you great promotion, but on a slow, slow process, it's eating the scene." Pressed about whether he truly believes the heavy metal scene will eventually go away because of the Internet, Blitz clarified: "There'll always be a want for that emotional chord to be struck, but with regard to all your favorite bands, eventually they'll just have to go away. And that'll have nothing to do with age. That'll have to do with, 'We just can't do this anymore. It's just not possible to do this and eat.' [Laughs] And everybody'll say, 'Oh, that's just too bad.' But they've become the reason for it; that's really part of the reason. So [for bands like us] it's [about] reinventing yourself, it's figuring out ways to get YouTube to up their royalties, it's getting Spotify to up their royalties, Google Play, etc. etc. So, from a business perspective, I think it's reinventing." He went on to say: "I'm not concerned with regard to the result; I'm more about living in this particular moment. I'm not looking forward to my future. My future is in two hours on that stage; that's where I'd rather concentrate my efforts, because it's really a fruitless effort to say, 'Oh, this sucks and that sucks, and I should have more.' That's not what I'm saying. But I am saying that it's slowly eating it away and weakening it in places that it shouldn't be, and only because of common opinion. That's all." Blitz also talked about the progress of the recording sessions for OVERKILL's follow-up to 2014's "White Devil Armory" album. He said: "The new record comes out in October of 2016. The drums, guitars are done. D.D.'s [Verni] gearing up to do the bass as soon as we get home. I should be singing by July 1st. Andy Sneap will be mixing it. We'll do the production. This is kind of the way we work, on those schedules — by pushing and pushing and pushing." OVERKILL will embark on a European headlining tour in November. Support on the trek will come from U.S. sludge metal kings CROWBAR, Israel-based metallers SHREDHEAD and Aussie thrashers DESECRATOR. OVERKILL played a special anniversary show on April 16 at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany. The evening saw the group perform their classic records "Horrorscope" (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary) and "Feel The Fire" (30th anniversary) in their entirety. And if that wasn't enough, the show was professionally filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD and CD. OVERKILL utilized a stand-in drummer — their soundman Eddy Garcia, who is also a member of the El Paso, Texas band PISSING RAZORS — for their recent European tour because the band's regular drummer, Ron Lipnicki, was forced to stay home due to undisclosed family issues.
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke to So What!, the magazine of The Metallica Club (usually known as Metclub), the official METALLICA fan club, about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" album. He said: "I can say James [Hetfield, METALLICA guitarist/vocalist] and I had a blast doing back-up vocals last week, it was probably the most fun I've had during this album cycle; I wouldn't even call that work. It was just super fun blasting out those choruses. He had a big smile on his face and so did I, so that's something that I'll always remember, because I don't think I've ever done it on that level. I mean, we've done a couple things here and there, but that was a first for me, to be in the vocal booth with him. It was pretty cool. So I feel great. The bass sounds are crushing. I would say they're the best bass sounds that I've had with this band, for sure, and already for me that's a plus. I'm very proud of what Greg [Fidelman, producer] has done with the sound of my instruments, and I'm also proud of the way I played. We've had fun." Trujillo also talked about his role in METALLICA and whether Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich appreciate his work ethic and positive attitude. "I think so," he said. "I know it's important to James. I think there is a level of respect from him in knowing I'm staying on my game, so to speak, and that I'm happy. I think that's important to him that Robert Trujillo from METALLICA is happy with what he's doing as a musician, and that he's happy with what he's doing as a musician in METALLICA. But he also respects where I come from and what I did, and he likes the INFECTIOUS GROOVES music. He likes my style with that band. Not to say that that style specifically with the INFECTIOUS GROOVES is the style that's supposed to exist in METALLICA. No. It's not about that, he's more interested in celebrating what was good about SUICIDAL or INFECTIOUS in the same way Lars is. I think one of his favorite top ten albums quite possibly might be 'The Art Of Rebellion' by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, you know? He turned me back on to that album, okay? I forgot about that record. And he was talking about the record, about this one song, and I didn't know what one he was talking about because it had been so long. And then he had Kent [Matcke, METALLICA engineer] put it on the PA system in the studio, and then I'm listening to it going, 'Oh, shit. Yeah, that is good.' All of a sudden, it's coming back to me. And then what's funny is, I'm driving home from the studio about an hour later and then I realize that I wrote the song. I didn't realize that it was actually a song that I'd written." Trujillo also spoke about the level of care and attention to detail with which METALLICA approaches every project. "The thing about METALLICA is everything is top notch," he said. "There's always gonna be a focus on detail, and whether it's stage production or preparing a song, even a cover song. I mean, look at the nurturing process that happens with a cover song in the METALLICA universe. When we did the Ronnie James Dio 'Ronnie Rising' medley, you know? That composition to me encompasses the energy and the focus in developing and creatively collaborating jumping into what would be essentially a cover song, or a batch of cover songs. There's a lot of focus that goes into that, and I think that quality separates METALLICA from a lot of other bands." He continued: "There's just a lot of… how do you say it… a lot of pride that goes into every note that is played, even on a cover song let alone an original. The other thing that I've learned with METALLICA too is, the band is not afraid to take chances. The Lou Reed album ['Lulu'] is a fine example. A lot of METALLICA fans didn't like that record. For us, it was a great learning experience, and there were a few magic moments in there. I mean, in my career as a musician for as long as I've been doing this, there were a couple of magic moments that I would never really be able to explain to a person who doesn't understand what happens when you're connected, and when musically there's a certain energy. And I always value that, I keep that close to my heart because there was magic. So the point is, whether it's playing with an orchestra or Lou Reed or whatever, the band takes chances and tries different things." METALLICA's new album is currently being mixed for a tentative fall release.