<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=151&bandname=Sepultura>Sepultura</a> have plenty of news to share these days. The Brazilian metallers are celebrating their 30th anniversary by releasing a special tribute to their fans. The band asked fans to contribute to the artwork for a new track, and the result is "Sepultura Under My Skin". The artwork for this historical release is created with the tattoos of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=151&bandname=Sepultura>Sepultura</a> fans all over the world. See it below. Furthermore, you can check out the band's upcoming dates for Europe where they will be playing songs they normally don't perform. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26359>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=217&bandname=Mot%26ouml%3Brhead>Motörhead</a>'s South American tour dates didn't begin on a high note, quite the contrary. The legendary band was forced to pull out of the <b>Monsters Of Rock</b> Festival in Brazil over the weekend. Bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister came down ill just hours before and the band cancelled their performance, sadly for Brazilian fans. However, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee did have a jam session with <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=151&bandname=Sepultura>Sepultura</a> members. The good news is that Lemmy is doing better now and the band will continue the South America dates. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26357>Read more...</a>
Original <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=52&bandname=Black+Sabbath>Black Sabbath</a> drummer Bill Ward announced he has been working on two solo albums <i>Accountable Beasts</i> and <i>Beyond Aston</i>. In fact, the new album <i>Accountable Beasts</i> has now arrived onto ITunes and is available for digital download <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/accountable-beasts/id989453990">here</a>. This is Ward's first solo album in 18 years. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26350>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1797&bandname=Britny+Fox>Britny Fox</a> has returned from a long hiatus fully charged and ready for more. The band plans to book and perform select dates only at this time and they are currently in the studio writing and recording a new album. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26353>Read more...</a>
Metal Wani's Dawn Brown recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, KILLER BE KILLED, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about SOULFLY's upcoming album, Max said: It's gonna be called 'Archangel', and it comes out in August on Nuclear Blast. And it's pretty much done now. The music is all recorded. I have to finish some vocals and mix and artwork and all that. But it's really good. I'm excited." He continued: "It's an interesting record. It's very epic, mystic kind of SOULFLY record that we don't really do every day. It's one of those [records] that come out once in a lifetime, an album like that comes out — really crazy sounds and very different dimensions. It's more experimental than the other stuff. It's still heavy as hell, and it's still fast. And Zyon's [Cavalera, Max's son] playing drums on it. He's actually playing really good. He reminds me of a young Dave Lombardo [SLAYER]. The fills that he's doing [are] really amazing; he surprised everybody in the studio. Matt Hyde is producing; he worked with SLAYER before. So it's really cool; a really good team." Max also talked about the new SOULFLY song "We Sold Our Souls To Metal", which he previously described as a "metal anthem." Asked about the mindset that is required to write a track like that, Max said: "It just happens. You can't explain it. It's one of those things… [When] you play it, it has an instant reaction on the listener." He continued: "I was very curious about that, so I was playing around with the song, playing it for people, to see what kind of reaction it gets. And almost everybody, the reaction was, like, 'This is so crazy. I can't wait 'till you guys play this live.' It's got this kind of New York hardcore chant that we do in the chorus — like, gang vocals. It's really, really fun, and everybody gets to sing together. That's why I was thinking that it's gonna become an anthem — the chorus, all the fans are gonna sing it together, and it's saying something. 'Cause, 'we sold our souls to metal,' I think every metalhead feels like that — that we did kind of a pact and we sold our souls for this music that we love so much. So it's something that I think [they'll] sing that with some kind of pride. I think it's gonna happen when that song comes out, at least. And then it ends [in a] very PINK FLOYD [-like way], which is really strange; I don't know why we did that. I still don't know if it was the right thing, but it came out like that. Marc [Rizzo] just did some really crazy guitars at the end of it that is just, like… It goes from total metal into crazy PINK FLOYD, but it works. I mean, it's really wild. And we like wild stuff. I always was drawn to weird, weird stuff, and that's definitely weird, in a good way." Regarding the musical direction of the new SOULFLY material, Max told The Front Row Report: "Some of the stuff is really fast, actually; like the first couple of songs on the album are all fast. And then it eventually slows down and there's some kind of really heavy stuff. But I think it's a really strong album that I'm very proud of, and I think a lot of people are gonna like it." SOULFY's ninth CD, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others.
MOTÖRHEAD has released a statement regarding the cancelation of the band's April 25 appearance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Says the group: "Due to a food-related tummy problem, unfortunately, [MOTÖRHEAD frontman] Lemmy was not able to perform the show in São Paulo. He is already feeling much better and ready to continue the South America dates! Next stop Curitiba! "Lemmy regrets this mishap very much and is looking forward to making it up to all the fans." MOTÖRHEAD is scheduled to play in Curitiba, Brazil, on Tuesday (April 28) and in Porto Alegre, also in Brazil, on Thursday (April 30). As a last-minute replacement for MOTÖRHEAD at Monsters Of Rock, the other two members of the band — guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee — took part in a jam session with Andreas Kisser and Derrick Green of SEPULTURA, along with other guests (see video below). British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, who were scheduled to play right after MOTÖRHEAD, added 30 more minutes to their set as a result of MOTÖRHEAD's cancelation. OZZY OSBOURNE closed the first day of the festival, which concluded Sunday night with performances by KISS, MANOWAR, ACCEPT, UNISONIC, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and STEEL PANTHER. Lemmy, who turned 69 years old in December, in 2013 suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel), causing the cancelation of a number of the band's European festival shows.
Fan-filmed video footage of Sebastian Bach's April 25 performance at Strummer's in Fresno, California can be seen below. SKID ROW fired singer Johnny Solinger over the phone on April 6, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Solinger, who joined SKID ROW in 1999, released a statement that same day claiming that he had "decided to leave SKID ROW to pursue [his] solo career." Bach in July 2012 posted a letter on his Facebook page in which he said he was willing to reunite with SKID ROW. "For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today," he wrote. "I do not personally want it myself. But it's not always about 'what I want.' If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself." Bach said he wanted to write the letter in response to Solinger's interview in which Johnny said a tweet by Bach about a possible SKID ROW reunion was an attempt to "get attention." Pressed by Revolver magazine on why a SKID ROW reunion hasn't happened yet after he spent the past few years "teasing" it, Bach said: "I wasn't teasing. I go onstage every night and I sing my songs. Those are my songs. That's my voice. I'm part owner of the band, but it's not my call." Asked what caused such bad blood between him and the rest of SKID ROW, Bach said: "I don't even remember. If you put a gun to my head, I couldn't tell you. They're happy doing what they're doing. I think it's an insult to everybody who ever bought a record. But they do the opposite of what the audience wants and they don't care." Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY. In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, most recently featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Dave "Snake" Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and Solinger.
Long-running American metallers VIRGIN STEELE have changed the title of their new album from "Hymns To Damnation" to "Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation". The CD will be released on June 17 in Scandinavia, June 19 in Germany, June 22 in the rest of Europe and June 23 in the USA via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be made available in physical format with three different covers — as a standard 1CD version (the gargoyle cover), 2CD digipak version (the angel cover), 2LP gatefold version (the flute playing skeleton cover) — and as a digital download. Comments VIRGIN STEELE singer David DeFeis: "Our new album, which is called 'Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation', is not a concept album per se, but there is a through line that connects the tracks. The lyrics essentially deal with relationship issues, and by that I mean the connections between entities, as in all sorts of beings, not only human being, but also gods and goddesses, spirits, elements, or whatever, plus various creatures, animal, vegetable and or mineral, but largely the album is about connections between people. People and their belief systems, people and their gods or goddesses, people and their life philosophies and also the various substances we invest or inject into our daily or nightly rituals and our worldview, and all the complexities of what drives us, makes us who we are and takes us where we may or may not be going. "To sum it up, this album is about all the various ways in which humans can entangle themselves, or destroy themselves, so the album's title essentially encompasses what the vibe of the whole work is about. "The title relates to the album in the way that the title 'Noble Savage' or 'Age Of Consent' expressed each of those particular works. The title provides a framework and connective tissue, but each song is really its own thing. "Musically, the album is pretty heavy, high energy, often dark, at turns melancholy, and at turns aggressive or angry sounding. It does have that over-the-top bombastic heaviness that we are about, and the whole barbaric-romantic thing that we are known for. "The overarching theme that comes to mind when I think about the album or listen to it is passion… raw passion. There are big monolithic riffs, moody chord changes, 'classical' type bits, sort of bluesy moments.... It retains the VIRGIN STEELE signature, but it adds new dimensions to it. In a strange way, it 'feels' to me like it could have been the album we might have made to follow up 'Noble Savage' had I been able to devote all my energies into the more bombastic or progressive side of my musical nature at that time, rather than trying to appease some of the other 'factions' around me who wanted some kind of a 'hit'...whatever that meant at the time. "So, to conclude, we have infused the recordings with all that we have gone through over these past months, every fiber of our being, and I think this album will be something our fans will really enjoy."
Reactivated Southern California metallers ATREYU have set "Long Live" as the title of their comeback album, due in September through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the newly announced joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm. ATREYU drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller recently told Australia's Music Feeds about the band's upcoming CD: "We're stoked. It came out great. We're very much just shooting from the hip with this record, and whatever came out first is what we did. [Vocalist] Alex [Varkatzas] is fucking as brutal as ever. And it's fun. It's a very fun, cool record." Regaridng frontman Alex Varkatzas's decision to do away with clean singing on ATREYU's forthcoming effort, Saller said: "Here's the thing. When we started the band, we were a hardcore band, and we wanted to progress and do… We always wanted to do bigger, better, bigger, better, bigger, better… every [album we released] at the time. And when we did [2007's] 'Lead Sails Paper Anchor', it was, like, 'What's our next step?' We've gotten as big as a hardcore band can get, I think. What's the next step? So we were, like, 'Cool. Let's fucking do whatever the fuck we want. So we wrote a bunch of rock songs. A lot of heavy songs, a lot of rock songs… It was just an expansion of Alex wanting to do something different, and us wanting to do something different." He continued: "We did 'Lead Sails', and it was a fucking really great record, and it sold a lot of records and it opened our band up to radio, opened our band up to tour with a lot of different bands we never would have before, and it was fun for us. But I think everyone loves their comfort zone and everyone just loves what they do, and it was kind of, like, 'It was rad to write this record and it was cool to tour it,' and whatever, but 'I just wanna get there and fucking be pissed and go fucking apeshit.' And we love that about him too. So I think going away for a while and not being in this band and coming back and being able to think about what you love most about the band… I mean, those were conversations that we had… Like, what do we love most? What's out strong suit? What do we feel most comfortable doing? 'Cause that's what we wanna do, 'cause that's the most fun. So I think, for him, he was, like, 'I just wanna fucking come out and rip people's heads off.' So it was, like, 'All right. Cool. You don't wanna sing? You don't sing. That's how we started. I'll sing. And you just fucking go nuts.' And everyone's stoked on it. And he's doing different shit. He's doing a lot of different stuff on the new record — different shit he's never done before. But it's brutal. It's fucking awesome." ATREYU's "So Others May Live" video can be seen below. The song touches on an important topical issue —what veterans who serve our country feel and experience upon returning home from duty. The track's heartfelt subject is matched by its musical heft. This live footage, which captures the band in its most natural state, was filmed at The Observatory in California in December 2014. In addition to this adrenalized live video, which proves that ATREYU have not lost a step since returning to action and that they are as vital and vibrant as they ever were, the band participated in Record Store Day, which was Saturday, April 18. They released a seven-inch single featuring both "So Others May Live" and the brand new track "When the Day Is Done". These are the first new ATREYU songs to surface in years.
Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) have released nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalog albums which have been Mastered For iTunes, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high resolution masters and now remastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new remasters from their original analog sources, exclusively produced for iTunes. A behind-the-scenes look at the latest IRON MAIDEN remastering process can be seen below. All 15 studio albums, two best-of compilations and two live albums were personally selected by MAIDEN's founder member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique: * "Iron Maiden" * "Killers" * "The Number Of The Beast" * "Piece Of Mind" * "Powerslave" * "Somewhere In Time" * "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" * "No Prayer For The Dying" * "Fear Of The Dark" * "The X Factor" * "Virtual XI" * "Brave New World" * "Dance Of Death" * "A Matter Of Life And Death" * "The Final Frontier" * "Somewhere Back In Time" * "From Fear To Eternity" (2CD) * "Live After Death" (2CD) * "Rock In Rio" ( 2CD) Steve comments: "The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard. So, of course, I was very keen for the MAIDEN albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution, but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it's great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve. For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first MAIDEN album, but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved, in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley, who worked closely with me on the project, did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters, and together we've re- mastered them all digitally and I'm really happy with the results." Tony Newton adds: "The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital convertor was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band. "When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980s, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this, the new A/D convertors are far superior now, and, of course, it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. "I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project. I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.” Fans can download the Mastered For iTunes versions of the albums now from iTunes and learn more about Mastered For iTunes at this location.
VENOM INC., the new band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, made its live debut this past Saturday, April 25 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Nalle Österman). VENOM INC., which plays a full set of VENOM classics, will continue with shows in China, Japan and Taiwan in July, followed by a full European tour with Polish death metallers VADER in September. There are also plans to record a brand new album in the coming months. Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 — "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992). Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in a new band called M-PIRE OF EVIL, which released its full-length debut, "Hell To The Holy", in March 2012 via Scarlet Records. A follow-up effort, "Crucified", came out in May 2013 via Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records). In a March 2015 interview with PowerOfMetal.dk, Dunn revealed that he was writing a book about his life, focusing heavily on VENOM's early years. "I've been asked for a long time to write a book, but I've always avoided it," he said. "But a couple of years ago, I was in Japan and I was speaking to some people who told me I should really write a book to, you know, tell the truth about what happened. What's being said in the press today and what I read on the Internet is complete horseshit." He continued: "I'm talking to an Italian publisher and there a couple of other publishers who are interested [in releasing the book]. I don't yet know whether it's going to be released by one publisher or whether it's going to be licensed in different countries. Currently I'm roughly halfway through writing the book. "For me, it's more complicated than putting an album together, because, besides writing it, you've got to check dates and lots of other stuff. There's so much writing involved, one thing leads to another, and your memory gets jogged about certain incidents. "You know, there's a lot to go into there, and it doesn't just concentrate on the VENOM thing. I'm taking it from Day One, from when I was born, and all the way through my early childhood, influences… It's basically my life story, with the VENOM thing in it as well. It's from the beginning to where we are today." In an April 2014 statement on his Facebook page, Dunn shot down the possibility of a reunion of VENOM's classic lineup, featuring Conrad "Cronos" Lant on bass/vocals. He explained: "I received a call almost one year ago regarding this matter from the original management who had an enquiry regarding the possibility of a reunion of the original lineup. My response to this was that I was willing to talk, but I did not believe for one minute that there would be any realistic chance of this happening given the past history between the members, I was, however, open to discussion and would await further information. "In 2005, I had a lengthy telephone conversation with Conrad ['Cronos' Lant; VENOM bassist/vocalist] initially regarding the return of a product licence. It was during this conversation that he asked if I was OK with him continuing as VENOM. I said yes and wished him well with it. At this point in my life, VENOM was of no concern to me as my mother had suffered a serious stroke, and later in that year, after a long battle, she passed away, so my focus had obviously been on her. "As you are all aware, Conrad has since been actively gigging and recording as VENOM, and as you know, I am continually busy with M-PIRE OF EVIL. "As time went by and rumours and discussions of a reunion increased, but without any input from Conrad or myself, it became obvious to me that the two people who had to communicate in some way were the two of us, as we both have active and ongoing careers, so I made the decision to contact him to get an answer which would basically come down to a simple 'yes or no.' In my heart of hearts, I already knew and was prepared for the answer, and quite honestly I also had my reservations about the validity and practicality of such a venture. "As you may have already guessed, the answer came back as 'no,' so I can hereby officially say that there will be no reunion of the original lineup. "I will include only one line from Conrad's response as these were personal and private communications between him and myself. In his response he stated: 'I've personally got no interest whatsoever in trying to work with the original lineup ever again.' "This was something that I fully expected and understand." The classic lineup of VENOM — Lant, Dunn and Bray — is often credited with kickstarting the whole black metal movement, but is more accurately seen an early example of extreme metal. VENOM's second album, 1982's "Black Metal", was a major influence on on the early Norwegian black metal scene.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Eddie Van Halen told Guitar World in a new interview that he was okay with leaving mistakes on VAN HALEN's new concert album, "Live: Tokyo Dome In Concert". Eddie explained, "There are mistakes. After it was mixed I listened to a few parts and went, ‘Okay, I fucked that up.' But that's how it sounded that night so we just left it. It's like a photograph of that evening and we didn't Photoshop it. When you fix parts or mistakes, it's not a real live experience any more." Eddie added that the honest approach creates more excitement, saying, "There’s this uncontrolled energy. It's never really right or perfect, but it creates tension. It's like, 'Okay, who's going to blow it?' When you keep waiting for someone to fuck up but no one does, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's the real thing." The members of VAN HALEN left the ultimate selection of the show for the live album to singer David Lee Roth, who chose from more than 150 concerts recorded between 2007 and 2012. The set is the first live album that the group has done with Roth on the mic. VAN HALEN will begin a North American tour, its first in three years, on July 5 in Seattle. Eddie has been saying in recent interviews that the band is likely to record a new studio album after completing the trek.
With the critically acclaimed debut <i>Funerals From The Astral Sphere</i> in 2011, the Austrialian one-man band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7497&bandname=Midnight+Odyssey>Midnight Odyssey</a> can finally reveal the details for the upcoming 140 minutes long album <i>Shards Of Silver Fade</i>, due out June 8th through I, Voidhanger Records. Released as a digipack, with a 28 page booklet, <i>Shards Of Silver Fade</i> will be co-released with Swedish label Nordvis in a vinyl boxset later this year. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=26358>Read more...</a>
Dorraine "Dore" Williams, the wife of former NEVERMORE and current ASHES OF ARES and GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS drummer Van Williams, was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer on April 16. Dore is still undergoing tests to confirm where else the cancer has spread. However, she underwent surgery on Thursday, April 23 and will shortly begin an aggressive chemotherapy plan that will continue for as long as necessary. Although currently employed, Dore will have exhausted her paid time off at the end of April. After that, she will not be receiving any income. Going through this treatment will be quite expensive. First there is a high deductible on the medical plan and the increased expenses for travel, but also the cost of Dore's insurance premiums after May 1. These items, along with the Williams' normal monthly expenses — which include raising Dore and Van's seven-year-old son Killian — spell out great financial difficulties for the family. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to assist Dore and her family with the financial difficulties that lie ahead of them in the coming months. Said Van: "Dore and I have been together forever. She is truly one of the coolest people you can know and my rock. She has always been a very positive person and is gearing up to kick the SHIT out of cancer's ass!" Dore and Van relocated to Seattle, Washington in 1993 but moved back to New York four years ago to raise their son around family. Dore has spent the last 15 years helping others either as an HR professional or as an insurance broker.
STONE SOUR's "Meanwhile In Burbank…", a five-song EP featuring covers of legendary artists BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST and ALICE IN CHAINS, will be released digitally via iTunes on April 28. Recorded live at Room 237 in Burbank, California, "Meanwhile In Burbank…" was initially made available on vinyl exclusively at select record stores on April 18. "Meanwhile In Burbank…" track listing: 01. We Die Young (ALICE IN CHAINS cover) 02. Heading Out To The Highway (JUDAS PRIEST cover) 03. Love Gun (KISS cover) 04. Creeping Death (METALLICA cover) 05. Children Of The Grave (BLACK SABBATH cover) STONE SOUR will release two more EPs of cover songs following the arrival of "Meanwhile In Burbank…". STONE SOUR vocalist Corey Taylor revealed that the next two will be titled "Straight Out Of Burbank" and "No Sleep 'Till Burbank" and will feature five songs each, including new versions of tracks from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MÖTLEY CRÜE, BAD BRAINS and the VIOLENT FEMMES. Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio why he enjoys covering other artists' songs. "The thing I love about playing covers is that a) it's a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes," he said. "It's a chance to have fun. There's a certain amount of relaxation that comes when you don't have to worry about your song. This is someone else's song, you know. This is where you can relax and just remember why you're a music fan in the first place." Taylor said on the "Jasta Show" podcast, "We just wanna share some of these songs that we grew up loving, and we just kind of wanna pay homage to the bands that got us into music in the first place." On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR played a different cover every night, including songs that made the EP such as METALLICA's "Creeping Death", KISS's "Love Gun" and JUDAS PRIEST's "Heading Out To The Highway". Taylor is currently on tour with his other band, SLIPKNOT, and did not indicate when the next two covers EPs will see the light of day.