Polish death metal blasphemers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=50&bandname=Behemoth>Behemoth</a> have launched a preorder of a new vinyl/CD today. It is <b>Live At The BBC</b>, which contains four tracks, played live at The BBC/ Maida Vale Studios, recorded for The Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, on the 8th of December 2014. It was first broadcast on December 12th, 2014. See the trailer below and all the details of the release. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28003>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=107&bandname=Fear+Factory>Fear Factory</a> had a rough night yesterday. The American industrialists are currently <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=116443">touring in Europe</a> as part of their <i>Demanufacture</i> anniversary tour, performing the album in its entirety. However, their tour bus had an accident last night while they were leaving Aschaffenburg, Germany. The good news is that despite the damage, the band members and crew are all fine. Days before, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=107&bandname=Fear+Factory>Fear Factory</a> played in Paris at La Trabendo as well. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28006>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=532&bandname=Cult+Of+Luna>Cult Of Luna</a> will be celebrating 10 years of one of their crowning jewels, 2006's classic <i>Somewhere Along The Highway</i>. And they will do that by performing the entire record at <b>Roadburn 2016</b> in The Netherlands. The band performed at both the 2008 and 2013 editions of Roadburn and are among the most requested bands. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=532&bandname=Cult+Of+Luna>Cult Of Luna</a> will be playing the album in full at the 013 venue on Thursday, April 14th, 2016. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28005>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3365&bandname=Varg>Varg</a> are back with new material. They have released the EP <i>Rotkäppchen</i> this year and next year the main course, the album <i>Das Ende Aller Lügen</i>, will arrive in stores. In anticipation, the German folk metallers are now showcasing precisely the title track of the album. They made a video for "Das Ende Aller Lügen" and you can watch it now here. How do you like the new video? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28004>Read more...</a>
In other line-up changes news, also Danish doomsters <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1771&bandname=Saturnus>Saturnus</a> have announced that keyboardist Mika Filborne left the band. While the band didn't go into much detail on the reasons for Mika Filborne's departure, they went on to say that it was a personal decision. According to the band, Mika has decided to leave the band immediately and they wish him all the best in the future. He had been in the band since 2013.
After recently announcing a <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27348">new singer</a>, British NWOBHM band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8948&bandname=Jaguar>Jaguar</a> (once interviewed for <a href="/pub/interview.php?interview_id=722">Metal Storm</a>) is on a singer hunt once again. Lars-Göran Persson (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=258&bandname=The+Storyteller>The Storyteller</a>) left because the rest of the band is living in England and he is in Sweden, making it difficult logistically. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=28000>Read more...</a>
PAPA ROACH has dropped off the remaining European tour dates with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH due to "logistical challenges and uncertainties" in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe. Says PAPA ROACH in a statement: "It is again with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of the remainder of our European tour. "We pride ourselves for rarely canceling shows, but our crew is an essential part of our organization and because they, unfortunately, could not continue the tour due to their logistical challenges and uncertainties, we could not either. We respect them and have had to accept their difficult choice to return home. We shall return next year. We will announce more details on rescheduling as soon as we are able to. " Adds FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in a separate statement: "Despite some significant challenges in Europe since the horrible events in Paris recently, we have continued on our tour and remained dedicated to our mission of providing you, the fans, the highest quality show in the safest possible show environment. As a result of new and increased travel/transportation restrictions and challenges, in some cities we are scheduled to play, we are unable to fulfill this promise, so we were forced to postpone those shows. We continue to face additional challenges but remain committed to finishing out the tour as best as we can. "We are not a band that is used to postponing or canceling shows. In fact, we have always prided ourselves on showing up onstage no matter what, so these extenuating circumstances have been particularly challenging for us, as artists, given the high standard we place on ourselves to deliver for the fans. "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will finish out the remaining European tour dates without PAPA ROACH and DEVIL YOU KNOW in Düsseldorf, Germany and at Wembley Arena in the U.K. The lineup for Düsseldorf will include FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ESKIMO CALLBOY, SKINDRED and NOTHING MORE. For Wembley it will be FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SKINDRED, AS LIONS and THE ONE HUNDRED. The show in Brussels will be postponed, but we will be back soon to play for our Belgian fans. "We appreciate everyone's support as we continue to navigate these largely uncharted waters. Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than delivering the best show possible in the safest conditions." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (November 22) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries. The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan. The rumors of the attacks came a week after a deadly terrorist attack at seven locations in Paris, including an EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert where 89 people were killed. The hacktivists said the information about the fresh attacks was received from "several pro-(ISIS) accounts." A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others.
JUDAS PRIEST's GLENN TIPTON 'Couldn't Care Less' About Being Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton and bassist Ian Hill were interviewed by the 94.3 The Shark radio station prior to the band's November 5-6 two-night stand at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On JUDAS PRIEST's decision to go back to a classic sound on last year's "Redeemer Of Souls" album following the 2008 double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus": Tipton: "I think we knew what we've gotta do. 'Nostradamus' was a mammoth task. We had to get one off our chest, you know, a concept album. And our manager suggested Nostradamus. I mean, this guy lived in the 1500s and he's still talked about now. So it was a bit special, really. And it wasn't so much his predictions; it was his life. He not only came up with these predictions, but his wife and daughter died of the plague, he was extradited from France, exiled, he found a new life and a new love, and that, cominbed with his prophecies, just made for a great story. And we actually composed quite a bit of it on keyboards and then transposed it to the guitar to give it a classical feel or even an operatic feel in places. So, having said that, it was a very complex album, something we're very proud of; I don't regret doing that at all. But it wasn't what all our fans wanted from us; we knew that. It was a high-risk project anyway, but… We're very, very proud of it, and it just led us to realize exactly what the fans wanted from PRIEST, and that was 'Redeemer'. And we just wrote in a natural style, and it just emerged as JUDAS PRIEST — raw JUDAS PRIEST — which is what the kids want, you know." On whether they feel they are long overdue for an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Tipton: "I couldn't care less, honestly. And I'll tell you why… It's no disrespect to… I mean, it's not gonna change our life, to start with. And secondly, there's some bands in there that really deserve to be in there, but there's almost as many bands in there that don't deserve to be in there. If it really was the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, there's been some serious acts overlooked, you know, and there's been some one-hit wonders put in there. I don't even know who chooses… I mean, is there a body of people up in the sky that sit with God and say, 'Well, that's the band there…' I don't know… But they seem to make some strange choices sometimes. So if I'd got perhaps more respect for their judgment calls and we were selected, yeah, I'd be proud to be in there. But as it stands, I don't think that accolade means anything, really." On JUDAS PRIEST's plans for 2016: Tipton: "I think we've got a meeting scheduled tomorrow to decide what we're gonna do next year, so… We don't really know. We're gonna finish this year, we finish December the 18th, and then there's Christmas to get out of the way. And we have some time off maybe in January. But then we'll sit down and maybe start to write again and see what happens. Which is what we've always done. We're not saying the band is gonna wind it down after this tour. We're not sure; we really aren't sure. I mean, we probably won't go out and tour next year, 'cause we've been out for eighteen months, or we will have done by the end of the year. But I've got a feeling we've got another album in us, and we'll take it from there. We love our time on the stage with the fans, and it would be very hard for us to give up. But there will be a point when we've gotta hang the hat up, and I'd rather hang my hat up than have somebody else hang it up." Interview (audio): Interview (video):
FEAR FACTORY was involved in a bus crash early Wednesday morning (November 25) while en route to the band's next concert in Munich, Germany during their European headling tour. FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares said: "Everyone is okay, just a little shaken up. It doesn't help when it's 4:30 a.m. and snowing outside!" FEAR FACTORY's current European trek sees the band playing the "Demanufacture" album in its entirety. They are also showcasing songs from their new CD, "Genexus", which came out on August 7 via Nuclear Blast. HINDER and THE GHOST INSIDE were both involved in separate tour bus crashes last week. All bandmembers survived, but THE GHOST INSIDE's driver was killed when their vehicle collided with a car in El Paso, Texas. Meanwhile, HINDER bassist Mike Rodden and a crewman suffered broken ribs in Cookeville, Tennessee, and their driver has since undergone emergency surgery. In a 2012 interview with Lithium Magazine, FEAR FACTORY singer Burton C. Bell stated about the hardships of touring: "Some people are just not cut out for that kind of lifestyle, and some are. It really comes down to the individual and the real drive that they have to pursue their dream of music. If you're going to pursue music, you've got to go all the way, you can't do it half-assed. You have to give it your all, and touring is a big part of that — live shows in front of people all over the world. That's what we do and if it's not in you, you're not going to last."
Former PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Guitarist Found Out Through The Internet That He Wasn't In The Band
Jack Antonio of "Do You Know Jack?" radio show recently conducted an interview with former PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS guitarist Marzi Montazeri. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. Asked if he would agree with Philip Anselmo's recent comment that the former PANTERA singer "jumpstarted" Marzi's career with their THE ILLEGALS collaboration, Montazeri responded: "Oh, man, clearly. Absolutely. Absolutely. Of course. Me and Philip had a run in SUPERJOINT RITUAL [years ago], and that didn't work out. It had nothing to do with Philip, actually; it was the drummer of the band. That's about as much as I've actually said about that project, the SUPERJOINT thing. [They were a] great band, great guys, and now they've got a current lineup. Everything's great with everybody, man. Everybody's moved forward doing their own thing, which is wonderful, you know what I mean? I didn't start playing guitar when I met Philip." He continued: "As far as getting the notoriety that I have now, [Philip] clearly is instrumental in having to do a big part of that, and I appreciate that clearly. I went into it in March 2010, and things were quite different then, having the intention of doing the same exact thing for Philip — which was to just kind of get him back in there. And that's what we did with THE ILLEGALS. [I] did three tours, one album, two EPs, and then, you know… The only thing I can say about them is the best — the best to 'em, man. Best to 'em. Nothing but the best. Positive vibes." Asked if he is on speaking terms with Philip and the rest of the ILLEGALS guys, Marzi said: "Well, I ain't talked to 'em. It's kind of funny. You're the only one that's asking me these questions… Well, I mean, I'll tell you the truth. No, I haven't spoken to any of 'em, and I found out through the Internet that I wasn't in the band. But we're gonna leave it at that, man. Again, like I said, I wish them the best. And I'm doing my thing, and there's no hard feelings on my camp or me, period. And if anything, I appreciate the fact that Philip gave me a chance so that the rest of the world could know who I am. That's that, man." Marzi also talked about the possibility of one day collaborating with Anselmo again in some capacity. He said: "You can never say never. You have to understand something: whatever the premise of this may have been — God knows — I love him like a brother. And you don't say that one minute, and then when you don't speak to someone and shit hits the fan without you knowing, and you're gonna, like, hate on somebody. That's not gonna happen. You see, I've known him for a long time and I've known his family, and I adore and love them. And that's that. As far as making music goes, I would say it's more of a sad event that him and I can't collaborate. But, man, let me tell you something: I'm not a follower, I'm a leader. And that's that." Montazeri is currently involved a new project called HEAVY AS TEXAS, which he has described as "a southern groovy band." He said: "It's got extreme levels to it, but it's not just an all-out extreme band, to label it that. I always called it 'heavy Texas blues and beyond.' The 'beyond' part is all the psychedelic stuff, man. You know, growing up with [BLACK] SABBATH and [LED] ZEPPELIN and PINK FLOYD. And then getting into other bands, growing up… I saw a movie my dad took me to called 'Thief' with James Caan and I just remember seeing that movie and thinking, 'Damn, man, the soundtrack was so killer.' I'd come to find out it was a band called TANGERINE DREAM. So a lot of those bands kind of played a big role… I always loved the long epic rock songs. And a lot of '70s, late '60s influence, so that is the core of HEAVY AS TEXAS. But then you add to it the tone that I have today and the way we write today, and it's kind of different." Anselmo recently told MetalUnderground.com about THE ILLEGALS' split with Montazeri: "What I wanted to do with Marzi anyway was jumpstart his career, which I did. He's the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he's got that now and I'm happy for him. More power to him." Regarding how the addition of guitarist Mike DeLeon came about, Anselmo said:"Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez], and my other guitar player/bass player from SUPERJOINT, Steve [Stephen Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, 'DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!' I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam, it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He's great. He's a pleasure to work with." PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut album, "Walk Through Exits Only" sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over a couple of years at Philip's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair.
WHITESNAKE has released a video for "The Gypsy", a song from the band's twelfth studio album, "The Purple Album", released in May via Frontiers Music Srl. The clip contains footage from WHITESNAKE's "The Purple Tour", which kicked off in the U.S. several days after the CD's release. "The Purple Album" is billed as "a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE's Mark III and Mark IV studio albums." PURPLE classics revamped for the new set include "Stormbringer", "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier Of Fortune" and "Sail Away". Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE's frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band". Coverdale explained that shortly before DEEP PURPLE co-founder Jon Lord's 2012 death, he was eyeing a DEEP PURPLE gig featuring all the band members throughout the lineups. The Pulse Of Radio asked Coverdale what if any relationship he has with the frontman he replaced — the great Ian Gillan. "Ian was one of the nicest blokes I met," he said. "I'd flown over to [England to] do a charity show for Roger Glover at the [Royal] Albert Hall — a thing called 'Butterfly Ball' [in 1975] — and Ian was there and we ended up carousing for, like, four days and nights. I ended up sleeping from the moment the plane took off from Heathrow back to Los Angeles. Woke up as we landed. The perfect journey! [Laughs] But, yeah, I have absolutely no problem sharing a microphone with Ian. None. Y'know? To me, it would be the ultimate expression of gratitude to breathtaking loyalty from PURPLE fans. It's amazing. It truly is." The deluxe edition of "The Purple Album" features two bonus tracks, four music videos and a "Behind The Scenes" featurette on the recording of the album. WHITESNAKE's new touring lineup — David Coverdale (vocals), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) — made its live debut on May 28 at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington.
With new album <i>The Earth Is The Sky</i> three days away, Swedish sludge/post-metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8129&bandname=The+Moth+Gatherer>The Moth Gatherer</a> proudly present a lyric video for the new song "Attacus Atlas", which features David Johansson from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4387&bandname=Kongh>Kongh</a> as a guest vocalist. Check out what the band has created below and share your impressions. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27999>Read more...</a>
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke to MetalIreland.com about his friendship and working relationship with the band's new drummer, Chris Adler, who also plays for LAMB OF GOD. He said: "LAMB OF GOD and MEGADETH had toured together many years ago — we did Gigantour together. And I got to know Chris and really liked him. I had no idea how much he looked up to me, and to MEGADETH. And especially with Gar [Samuelson, late MEGADETH drummer], he was very impressed by Gar's playing. So we became incredibly close, in a short period of time." He continued: "There is no drummer, other than Gar, that I've gotten that close to. Honestly! There was Chuck [Behler], there was Nick [Menza], there was Jimmy DeGrasso, there was Vinnie Colaiuta, there was Shawn Drover — and they're all talented, but in terms of being close with someone and really enjoying being in their company and calling someone up and saying, 'Hey, where are you? Wanna do something?' That's where we're at right now." Mustaine added: "You know, I don't want to cause LAMB OF GOD any problems, and I'm hoping we'll be able to continue to do this. But if a time comes when we won't be able to continue doing this, I'm extremely grateful for his contributions." Dave also talked in more detail about the personal connection between him and Adler. He said: "[Chris is] funny! You know I went to some concert, to go some New Wave kind of guy, in Nashville where we live, and the songs they were playing, you know they're probably on the radio, but, to me, they just sounded awful. Really noisy, feedback-y kind of stuff. And that was part of the style of the songs. So I wrote to Chris, and I was like, 'Yeah, I'm here with [my daughter] Electra, for her birthday, at this concert and it's just horrible.' And he just replied, 'Yeah, suck it up, buttercup.' And I was, like, 'Ha! Are you signing that 'buttercup' or are you calling me buttercup?'" He continued: "So we just hit it off, and when I showed my wife, and Electra, my daughter, what he'd wrote, they said, 'I like him.'" Mustaine added: "I honestly prefer a guy who will be honest with you and who will josh with you, instead of being a puss, and saying stuff about you behind your back." Adler said in a recent interview that he wasn't particularly concerned about Mustaine's reputation as someone who is difficult to work with. "We [LAMB OF GOD and MEGADETH] had toured together in 2005; we did Gigantour together, and he and I have caught up and become… I wouldn’t say friends, but, you know, acquaintances," he said. "And so, we would talk throughout the day and throughout the tour, and it was fun then. So, coming back into it, that really didn't scare me at all. And I've heard those stories too. I think people like to pick on Dave, because it's easy to pick on the king. This is the guy, for me, that created this whole thing, so it's always easy to pick on the guy at the top." MEGADETH's new album, "Dystopia", will be released on January 22, 2016. The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" marks the recording debut of MEGADETH's new lineup, which also includes Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.
<i>À Boire Et À Manger</i> is the new album from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4018&bandname=Pens%26eacute%3Bes+Nocturnes>Pensées Nocturnes</a> and it has just been announced! The French black metal outfit of mastermind Vaerohn shared its first details today. The record has been recorded and mixed at Le Studio de la Pipe and will be mastered at White Wasteland Studio. Cäme did the cover artwork as on the previous <i>Nom D'une Pipe!</i>. Two songs, "Le Rat des Goûts" and "Les Yeux Boiteux", can already be listened to on <a href="http://penseesnocturnes.bandcamp.com/">Bandcamp</a> and SoundCloud with a provisional mastering. It's something! Dive into the music here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27998>Read more...</a>
Germany's Music nStuff recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman and guitarist Dan Donegan. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if he still pays attention to online comments about his band's new videos, Draiman said: "I don't read those things anymore. I look at the numbers… I don't read the comments because the people who comment are the ones who have nothing better to do. The average consumer, the average person, they watch or they don't; they like or they don't. The people who will take the time to actually write something and bitch about it aren't really worth our time…" He continued: "Look, we still all look at the DISTURBED Facebook pages and we look at comments and we're encouraged to see… But that's not what ends up pushing it. What ends up pushing it is our desire to be able to play this, our desire to be able to set people free, our desire to be able to empower people, to be able to take this music, go out and play it, and just give people a reason to forget about the problems with their lives for an hour and a half or two hours. So it's a much more pure sort of method." Draiman also talked about how the ease of distributing, listening and replenishing music has made it all feel somewhat disposable. He said: "However people wanna listen to our music, that's fine. However people wanna enjoy DISTURBED is up to them. They don't have to be completely focused and concentrating on it to enjoy it; it can be background. To each, their own. At the end of the day, what we're about is taking these songs and unleashing them live upon thousands of people. And as long as we're still able to do that, let them listen on whatever they want. It makes no difference to me." DISTURBED landed its fifth No. 1 album in a row on The Billboard 200 chart on August 30, when its sixth studio effort, "Immortalized", entered the chart in the top spot with first-week sales of 98,000 copies. DISTURBED is only the third group to score five consecutive chart-topping records, joining an elite club in which METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND are the only other members. "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. The band's previous No. 1 debuts include 2008's "Indestructible", 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists" and 2002's "Believe". The only DISTURBED album to miss debuting at the top of the chart was the band's 2000 debut, "The Sickness", which peaked at No. 29.