Singer Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the band's participation in this year's "Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock" tour alongside SICK PUPPIES, EYES SET TO KILL and CILVER. "This thing about the hottest chick, it's been following me around since 2007," she said. "That's when I was on the cover of Revolver [magazine] for the first time. "In one way, it's frustrating, because I'm still a singer, I'm not a model ... but I can't deny it's flattering. It's not a bad thing that they consider you a good-looking woman. ... A lot of people stay there all the time, but when they hear me singing, the problem goes away." She added: "I don't really look at myself as a hot chick at all. I really feel like a tomboy. I have a lot of doubts about what the word 'hot' means. It's so much more behind the look that's attractive to me. Just looking at a picture of someone hot, what does that mean? That they look hot naked? That I would have sex with this person? It's a question mark. ... "(In photo shoots) they never showed my boobs. I never went out half naked. That means I can communicate hotness in a different way, and that makes me proud. Asked what it's like being the only female on a tour bus, Cristina said: "I'm a little bit of a tomboy. I'm constantly with the guys in a tour bus, 24 hours a day for months. "I never saw myself as a girlie girl; that might be the key... "The only privacy you have is in your bunk. "It's a tough one. You just need to have it in your blood as a lifestyle. It's much more than, 'Ooh, you're going out to play for a lot of people. Must be cool.' There's a lot of sacrifice, especially since we're not making millions. We're struggling, too." LACUNA COIL's new studio album, "Broken Crown Halo", will be released in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW. "Broken Crown Halo" is LACUNA COIL's seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to "Dark Adrenaline", which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart.
GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein of New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR before the band's February 28 concert in Manchester, England. You can now watch the chat below. CROWBAR will release its new album, "Symmetry In Black", in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which will be made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Comments Windstein: "We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all-time high. "We are 100% ready to get this juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again. "CROWBAR will not be stopped!" The release of "Symmetry In Black" will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the CROWBAR's inception. Windstein continues: "CROWBAR is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of. "It's an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago! "We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour." Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf. CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. CROWBAR is: Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals) Matt Brunson (Guitar) Tommy Buckley (Drums) Jeff Golden (Bass)
California rockers TESLA last month entered the studio to record eight or nine new songs, to be included on the band's forthcoming album. Says TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon: "I must say that this new TESLA album is really gonna be awesome. "We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than 'Forevermore', and the style is pure TESLA back to our roots. "The band is working and producing it as we did 'Into The Now'... with help from the legendary Tom Zutaut, who helped us make our best albums. "The title of the new album is gonna be 'Simplicity' and I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!" He added: "The opening track is called 'MP3' and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values... and has a heavy-ass riff! Then we segue into a rock and roll song called 'Ricochet' that talks about Uncle Ted... "Can't wait to play this stuff live!" A new TESLA song, "Taste My Pain", was released last summer via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5-6, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento, with plans to include it on the upcoming CD. According to the group, "It's a heavier song with a hard-driving beat and TESLA trademark blazing guitars." TESLA's latest album, "Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions", was released in July 2011 via Scarlet Records. The CD featured six songs that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat's J Street Recorders studio — which also served as the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch — and six newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from TESLA's entire catalog and two brand new songs, "Second Street" and "Better Off Without You". TESLA released a live album, "Alive In Europe!", in Europe on April 23, 2010 via Frontiers Records. TESLA's latest studio album, "Forever More", sold more than 16,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on October 7, 2008 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings. The European version of the album, which was made available on November 7, 2008 via Frontiers Records, contains two bonus tracks not found on the American version.
Former BADLANDS bassist Greg Chaisson filled in for Ronnie Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL's March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, "Badlands" (1989) and "Voodoo Highway" (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album "Dusk", consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998. RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio — owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko. RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Darren James "D.J." Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals, Ronnie Mancuso (BEGGARS & THIEVES) on bass and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums. JAKE E. LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).
Former SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera joined SOULFLY, the band led by his brother, and fellow CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and ex-SEPULTURA member, Max Cavalera, on stage on March 1 at O2 Academy Islington in London, England to perform the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY song "Sanctuary" and the SEPULTURA classic "Troops Of Doom". Fan-filmed video footage of Igor's appearance can be seen below. 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). After Max exited SEPULTURA, there was a rift between him and Igor, one that was eventually repaired through the redemptive power of music. Some time had passed and Max and Igor were unable to resist the musical pull in their magnetic fields and their musical collaboration was renewed. The duo are back for round two with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which released its debut album, "Inflikted", in March 2008 and follow-up effort, Blunt Force Trauma", in March 2011. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's third album will be released this fall via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY recently recruited Nate Newton of CONVERGE as its new bassist. Max and Igor played together for the first time in 10 years at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Festival on August 17, 2006 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.
As you may already know, Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. is ready to release his solo album I Am The Fire in Europe on March 17th and North America on March 18th through Century Media. Here you can find further details. The Greek guitar virtuoso already shared with us the track "My Will Be Done", featuring Candlemass' Mats Levén, while today we have the chance to enjoy the official video for the title track, "I Am The Fire", featuring Devour The Day. Read more...
Beneath the burden of their fans' anticipation with regards to the new vocalist, Barren Earth plans to enter the studio in March to partially record the follow-up to their 2012 release, The Devil's Resolve. Due to keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson's schedule conflicts, they will return to the studio to finish off the album later in the year. Jón Aldará, who stepped in for renowned Swallow The Sun frontman Mikko Kotamäki, hails from Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð. You can read up on the subject over here and here. Read more...
The official new album details from Brazilian black metal horde Patria are here. First of all, the band is very pleased to announce that they have recently signed with Indie Recordings, which will unleash their upcoming effort, Individualism, on April 21st (Norway/Europe) and April 25th (Germany/Austria). The album mastering was made by Øystein Garnes Brun from the almighty Borknagar, and the cover art was created by the artist Costin Chioreanu. Other details are available below, as well as the band's new single "Blood Storm Prophecy", which can be streamed through the YouTube player. Read more...
La Séance De Rattrapage has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of SEPULTURA performing the song "Refuse/Resist" on February 25 at Le Bikini in Toulouse, France. Check it out below. SEPULTURA's new album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang's classic 1927 movie "Metropolis", "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors "Dante XXI" (based on "The Divine Comedy") and "A-Lex" (based on "A Clockwork Orange"). "The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson's (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and was mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the "Nation" (2001), "Revolusongs" (2002) and "Roorback" (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. In a 2013 interview with Live-Metal.net, SEPULTURA singer Derrick Green stated about the new album title: "We always have the simple one-word titles or very basic. And with this we knew what we wanted to do. We wanted to maybe make people think a little bit. "I think we have become lobotomized, including myself, because I'm not putting myself outside of anything. I think a lot of times we live in a time where people are thinking actions or creating ideas — doing something in their head but going right to their hands. And they're missing the essential part, the heart and the compassion, that's behind what you are doing. And (the title) came from a movie called 'Metropolis' (1927) by a director called Fritz Lang, and it's a silent movie. And it's actually the first thing you see in the movie. And the meaning behind it is just that: It's impossible to be human without having the heart dictate what you're doing and why you're doing certain things. "So I believe this album has that passion and drive and love for music. "So many things I've been hearing are just about trying to be perfect, with the digital age and trying to make everything sound perfect. Like on albums and things like that, it doesn't even sound real. It doesn't sound human anymore. So this is something going back to really trying not to be perfect. We're trying to pull out that love and desire and just grabbing that moment, placing it on an album and recording it, and not being worried about those other things."
Southern California heavy rockers FU MANCHU have finished recording their 11th album. The follow-up to 2009's "Signs Of Infinite Power" was tracked by Andrew Giacumakis (MOAB) and Jim Monroe (THE ADOLESCENTS, X) and is being produced by the bandmembers themselves. The CD will be released in May via the band's own At The Dojo label and will coincide with a month-long U.S. tour. Dates in Europe and the rest of the world will follow, leading up to FU MANCHU's 25th anniversary in 2015. Writing for the album began in the summer of 2012, with a break for a tour of Europe in the fall of that year and a U.S. tour in the spring of 2013, reissuing and playing "The Action Is Go" LP in its entirety and an appearance at METALLICA's Orion Music + More festival in June 2013. FU MANCHU soon found itself with enough material for two albums. A hint of what the new songs will sound like was released in October in the form of "Robotic Invasion", a split seven-inch single with MOAB, presented by Scion. Slower, longer and heavier than most of the recent material the band has released, the new songs find FU MANCHU exploring different time changes and heavy sonics that the band is known for, with some atmospheric and conceptual lyrics and artwork that will hopefully be tying one, if not two, new records together that the band hopes will be released this year. FU MANCHU's first full-length, "No One Rides For Free", has been reissued on At The Dojo as a gatefold vinyl. The record celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS announced today that they plan to expand their Rock & Brews restaurant brand into Kansas and Oklahoma. The rock icons have signed a franchise agreement for five new locations, with the first set to open in May in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas. Joining the Rock & Brews family as the first multi-unit franchisee is Kansas native, Kirk Williams, president of Legacy Restaurant Group, an established restaurant operator who currently owns 21 Wendy's restaurants in Kansas and Missouri. Williams has formed Kanbrews, LLC to develop, open and operate the five Rock & Brews in Kansas and Oklahoma over the next five years, and has the option for an additional five in Missouri and Nebraska. "Rock & Brews is unlike any full-service restaurant company I have experienced," said Williams. "The concept is very family and neighborhood friendly, offering superior classic American cuisine at affordable prices, an unparalleled selection of international and craft beers and an atmosphere that is energized and welcoming. After one hour at the company's flagship location near Los Angeles International Airport in California, I knew that we needed to bring this dynamic brand to the Midwest." The new Rock & Brews in Overland Park will be part of the highly anticipated Prairiefire development, a 58-acre, mixed-use, "city-within-a-city" that will feature luxury residences, office space, a luxury boutique hotel, casual and fine dining, retail and entertainment facilities, and vast outdoor recreational space. Prairiefire will also be home to The Museum of Prairiefire, featuring renowned exhibitions and authentic artifacts from the American Museum of Natural History of New York, one of the world's most celebrated museums. "Prairiefire, like Rock & Brews, is a truly unique destination experience and a perfect location for us," said Stanley. "Our goal is to provide a sensory experience for rockers of all ages with incredible food, a broad selection of craft beers and an exciting rock-themed environment." Stanley and Simmons, along with their co-founding partners, restaurateur and hotelier Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano, are thoughtfully planning for worldwide expansion of the brand. The franchise agreement with Williams is the first of a handful of select regional, multi-unit franchise partners that Rock & Brews will engage for the expansion. "We have opportunities around the world, and are carefully reviewing each and every one of them and interviewing appropriate partners," said Simmons. "While the demand is high, we will expand the brand cautiously because, like every one of our concerts, each restaurant is special." Rock & Brews Overland Park will join the brand's growing roster that includes three Los Angeles-area locations, including its flagship location in El Segundo, one in Redondo Beach, and one at LAX Terminal 5; its first international location in Los Cabos, Mexico, and its newest location in Paia on Maui. In addition to Overland Park, several Rock & Brews restaurants are in development in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and Texas. The more-than-6,000-square-foot Rock & Brews Overland Park will feature the brand's signature casual American cuisine, a full bar that includes a broad selection of premium wines and international and craft beers, and an atmosphere reminiscent of a family-friendly concert environment, featuring concert lighting, multiple televisions and concert-style rock music. Guests can dine indoors or al fresco on heated patios. And, with something for everyone, Rock & Brews Overland Park will be dog-friendly and offer a lively play area for children. Rock & Brews Overland Park will introduce 75 new full- and part-time jobs for restaurant employees and dozens of construction jobs. While the restaurant is expected to open by May 1, grand opening activities hosted by Simmons and Stanley and their co-founding partners are set for May 29 and will include a luncheon for wounded warriors, veterans and active military and an evening gala. For information, visit www.rockandbrews.com.
Queens, New York hardcore veterans SWORN ENEMY will release their new album, "Living On Borrowed Time", on May 13 via Rock Ridge Music/ADA. The artwork for the CD can be seen below. Frontman Sal LoCoco states about the new album and the band's upcoming plans: "It's been a while since I've been this excited about SWORN ENEMY and for good reason. "We have a brand new record coming out through Rock Ridge Music. "With some tours lined up for summer and fall, it's an all-around good feeling in the SWORN ENEMY camp." SWORN ENEMY established itself in 2000 with the release of "Negative Outlook" on HATEBREED frotnman Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records. The record was a mix of old-school hardcore punk and new school breakdowns, and quickly gained the band attention in the underground scene. Since its inception, the band has gone on to release six highly successful and critically acclaimed albums. Now following a short hiatus, SWORN ENEMY has reformed and once again, it continues its legacy with the addition of new guitarist Matt Garzilli and bassist Mike Puccciarelli. SWORN ENEMY is: Salvatore Michael LoCoco - Vocals Jeffrey Cummings - Guitar Matthew Garzilli - Guitar Michael Anthony Pucciarelli - Bass Daniel E Lamagna - Drums
Austin, Texas-based rock musician John Moyer — best known as the bass player for the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling hard rock band DISTURBED, and currently performing with ADRENALINE MOB — announced today that he will debut his own clothing line on the Heart of Texas Rockfest stage during Austin's music week on Friday, March 14. Inspired by his own unique "metal-meets-cowboy" style and his signature dreadlocks, Moyer has teamed up with Biohazard Apparel to create a line of clothing under the brand name Dread. "What better way to celebrate the launch of this new business than here in my hometown of Austin during one of the most important weeks for music! And I could not think of a better venue than Adam Brewer's Rockfest stage," said Moyer. While Heart Of Texas Rockfest is not officially part of the South By Southwest music conference, Brewer's outdoor stages at 7th and Neches have been providing more rock-centric bands with an alternative place to showcase during music week for the past 15 years. "Having both lived in Austin, I have known John for a long time and I'm thrilled that we can provide him with a forum from which he can promote his new venture and help shine a spotlight back on balls to the wall rock and roll!" says Brewer. Moyer's Dread line won't be the only thing he will be showing off that night. Moyer has been expanding his music producer credits as of late and one of the bands that he is working with, the New Jersey-based band NEW DAY DAWN, will perform immediately after Moyer's appearance. Moyer has produced two tracks on the band's last CD, "Rise Above This", and is currently working with the band on tracks for their next release. In addition to the expected types of apparel like t-shirts and hoodies, the line will include some unique items such as smartphone cases, headware and vests. "John is a perfect guy to partner with for this type of venture," says Kevin Kelly, Biohazard's CEO. "John has a strong sense of his own style and recognizes that it is smart for musicians to invest in and build their own personal brands." Biohazard Apparel will also be on site all week at Rockfest to inform musicians and independent bands about their on-demand custom printing and online store services. The launch will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the outdoor stage at 7th and Neches on Friday, March 14. For more information, visit www.biohazardapparel.com or call 866-245-1272.
Do you want to listen to a new song from symphonic metallers Delain? The band just released the first single off their new opus The Human Contradiction and you can stream it online at your pleasure. The song is called "Your Body Is A Battleground" and it features Marco Hietala (Nightwish). Listen to the song through the lyric video below and tell us what you think about it. Read more...
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was interviewed on the February 28 – March 2 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. Scott Ian last year inked a deal with Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, for the release of his book entitled "I'm The Man". Da Capo executive editor Ben Schafer made the deal with Jim Fitzgerald at the James Fitzgerald Agency. In this fast-paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the leader of a band that proved to the masses that brutality and fun didn't have to be mutually exclusive, Ian will tell his life story, starting with his upbringing as a nerdy Jewish boy in Queens, New York, and evolving through his first musical epiphany when he saw THE WHO on television and decided he wanted to play guitar. Not long after, Ian saw KISS at Madison Square Garden and realized what he wanted to do with his life. The book will chronicle his adolescence in a dysfunctional home, his escapism through the turbulent world of heavy metal, and the complete history of ANTHRAX, starting with the band's formation through the present day reinvigoration with the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, the release of "Worship Music", and their triumphant performance at Yankee Stadium with the Big Four of thrash: METALLICA, SLAYER, and MEGADETH. The book will also feature eye-popping full-color autobiographical comic book inserts. For "I'm The Man", Ian will be working with Jon Wiederhorn, co-author of the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Wiederhorn is a senior writer at Revolver and a regular contributor to Guitar World, Noisey.com, eMusic.com, and Yahoo Music! He has also worked on staff at Rolling Stone, Guitar, Guitar.com, and MusicPlayer.com. Following the resounding success of the U.K. leg of his "Speaking Words" tour, Scott picked up up the mic again for a 15-city North American leg, which kicked off in Chicago, Illinois on February 20. Don't mistake this for your run-of-the-mill spoken word tour. In Scott Ian's own words, "it ain't no poetry reading" either. "Speaking Words" is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he's met, and the events that coincide. During each show, Scott will take part in a special question-and-answer session with the audience. Interview (audio):