After recently releasing their new double release <i>Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega</i>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5269&bandname=Periphery>Periphery</a> celebrate it by premiering a music video for the song "Alpha". You can watch below the clip directed by Wes Richardson, who also collaborated with the band on the "Make Total Destroy" video on the previous album. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25589>Read more...</a>
Funeral doom/death quartet <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7876&bandname=Lycus>Lycus</a> has signed to Relapse Record. The band will now enter Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, California this April to record their second full-length, to follow <i>Tempest</i>, and Relapse debut. The album should be released sometime next fall. You can start preparing for new material from the group. Are you excited about it? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25588>Read more...</a>
Spinefarm Records is proud to welcome <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3156&bandname=Airbourne>Airbourne</a> to their roster. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3156&bandname=Airbourne>Airbourne</a>, the champions of the hard rock cause, have signed a worldwide deal with the label. Now, with album number 4 likely to be released later this year, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3156&bandname=Airbourne>Airbourne</a> have joined forces with Spinefarm Records in a new global deal that sees Spinefarm partnering with Universal Germany's Vertigo imprint for the German-speaking markets. The group is working on new material at the moment. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25575>Read more...</a>
Singer Tony Harnell (ex-<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6616&bandname=TNT>TNT</a>) is teaming up with guitarist Magnus Karlsson (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=57&bandname=Primal+Fear>Primal Fear</a>) again for a brand new <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8371&bandname=Starbreaker>Starbreaker</a> album! Frontiers Music Srl will unleash the album in early 2016. The band has released two albums so far, the last one being <i>Love's Dying Wish</i> from 2008. Stay tuned for further details about this.
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet says that he was approached to produce a solo album from Sebastian Bach, claiming that the plan was to write music that was reminiscent of "those powerful songs from [Bach's SKID ROW] past." During Sweet's appearance on the January 19 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Trunk brought up the issue of Bach wondering in a recent interview why so few of his 800,000 Facebook followers purchased the former SKID ROW singer's latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", when it was first released. Sweet told Trunk: "This isn't a bash against Sebastian at all; it's just my opinion. I think people wanna hear Sebastian of old. They wanna hear the SKID ROW Sebastian. They wanna hear the hits. And he's giving them modern rock. It's ['Give 'Em Hell'] a good album, it's a good-sounding album, but it's not the glory days. And I think that's the one thing STRYPER at least tried to do, and I saw the numbers to prove it." He continued: "Our album 'Reborn', which is a little more modern... 'Murder By Pride' was in between modern and old... they sold less than 5,000 the first week out. We come out with 'No More Hell To Pay', which is going right back to our roots, giving the fans what they want and wanted, and we did almost 10,000 units first week out." Asked if there was any truth to reports that he was supposed to be collaborating with Bach on some new music, Michael said: "I don't wanna throw him under the bus or make him feel awkward or weird. I was approached to do a Sebastian album… to produce it and to co-write with him and basically try to kind of go back to those powerful songs from the past. Not make a dated record, but just that style, the anthemy SKID ROW stuff that everybody loves. And that was the plan." He continued: "Management got involved, and Sebastian and I e-mailed each other back and forth. It was going down the track a little ways and all of a sudden it came to a screeching halt. He decided he wanted to do an acoustic album, or wanted to do this, or wanted to do that. And I was just, like, 'Guys, let me know what's going on, if it's going on.' And I never really heard any more about it, so I guess it's not happening. But it would have been cool." Sweet added: "I'll tell you right now, I think I could have helped Sebastian make a killer album. But hey… We'll never know." After Sweet's comments were first published online, Bach reportedly wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted: "Dear @michaelhsweet : shut your mouth. Before I shut it for you."January 27, 2015
According to TMZ.com, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler was arrested last night (January 27) following an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California. The 65-year-old musician was booked at the Inyo County Jail under this full name of Terence Michael Butler. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism and has since been released "after detox and citation," the Inyo County Sheriff's Department said in a press release. The full press release reads as follows: "Shortly after midnight on January 27th, Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park. "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses, it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation — resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler, a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, California, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. "Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation." Geezer's mug shot can be seen above. A founding member of BLACK SABBATH, Butler is also the lyricist of such SABBATH classics as "War Pigs", "Iron Man", "Paranoid" and others. Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited in late 2011 and released a comeback album, "13", in June 2013. SABBATH will issue one final studio CD and tour behind it in 2015, with Ozzy telling Esquire, "The record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff."
As <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=50&bandname=Behemoth>Behemoth</a>'s frontman Nergal prepares to release his autobiography <a href="https://www.behemoth-store.com/Confessions_of_a_Heretic"><b>Confessions Of A Heretic</b> in English</a>, the band just announced the release of their official biography on Metal Blade Records. <b>Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors</b> by Łukasz Dunaj serves as an in depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band and a definitive <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=50&bandname=Behemoth>Behemoth</a> biography. If you want to get your hands on this book, you can already pre-order it. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25585>Read more...</a>
In a brand new interview with TheMusicBiz.org, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked how he managed to develop a distinctive bass style at a time when no one quite knew how to be a metal bass player, especially in terms of thrash. "Well, y'know, for me, I grew up on a farm in a very rural part of the United States, in Minnesota," he responded. "The music bug came on me; it lit me up. I felt alive and like I had a purpose, so I looked for every opportunity and every person I could play with. I would play with the church acoustic guitar player, I'd play with the third-grade band teacher. I was 12 and getting asked to join bands with guys who were 16 years old and knew every LYNYRD SKYNYRD song. I would play with anybody and everybody. Then there came a time when I was in my mid-teen years where I was playing in a jazz band in high school and listening to Jaco Pastorius, WEATHER REPORT, Spyro Gyra, Al DiMeola. Anything I could get my hands on to play. Largely, I went well out of the school of rock and roll to develop my skills. And so by the time I was 18 and I graduated high school and moved to California and met Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman], certainly by this time IRON MAIDEN had come out, and Steve Harris had really opened my eyes to what a bass player could do." He continued: "I knew of bass players who were singers and songwriters, like Geddy Lee [RUSH] and Gene Simmons [KISS], but for Steve to be the bass player and a songwriter but not a singer was very intriguing to me. And I liked it because I was never a good lead singer. I sang backups in a few bands. I sang lead a little as a kid, but I never had a good lead vocal voice. But I'm the Michael Anthony [VAN HALEN], a good back-up singer guy, y'know? Like the harmony in 'Peace Sells', that was me going for that. I jumped on what I call the Michael Anthony harmony. The high third and fifth. And that's just where I go when I'm singing harmonies usually." Ellefson added: "So when I met Dave Mustaine, it's funny because the METALLICA stuff he was playing was always pretty complex but it was simpler, and MEGADETH, especially that first year in '83, we lived in Hollywood right by the Musicians Institute. And we were very influenced by this school and the students that were there. There was one guy we'd jam with, this guy Ed who would come over every day after school, and he was really big into Uli [Jon Roth of SCORPIONS], and me and Dave loved the early SCORPIONS stuff, and Dave was a big fan of Uli's guitar playing and Michael Schenker, and it really developed how progressive MEGADETH's early music was. And we took it to a whole other level of complexity. So all those years of growing up playing all these different types of music, playing in the jazz band and stuff, all those experiences were able to be brought together and harnessed basically to a blank canvas called MEGADETH where we created this sound and style. And certainly with Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson in the band, they were hardcore jazz fusion guys so that escalated my playing to another level. "When people ask me what they should do as a musician is they should play with as many musicians as they can." Ellefson is heading to Australia in March for a spoken-word tour. "An Evening With David Ellefson" will feature stories from life on the road and about life as a founding member of one of the biggest metal acts in the world, documenting all the trials and tribulations. The night will also feature a bass demonstration and audience question-and-answer session which will allow fans to delve deeper into all things MEGADETH and David's autobiography, "My Life With Deth", a story about the complex history of the band. From MEGADETH's inception in 1983 until the band's temporary split in 2002, Ellefson was the only constant member other than bandleader Dave Mustaine. David was a pivotal part in MEGADETH's progression from a ferocious jazz infused thrash group to a state-of-the-art speed metal band and into a multiplatinum, chart-topping, global juggernaut. After MEGADETH disbanded in 2002, Ellefson pursued a variety of projects, including playing with SOULFLY and forming the band F5, amongst other endeavours. In 2010 David rejoined MEGADETH for the 20th-anniversary tour of the band’s seminal, genre-defining classic "Rust In Peace". Since then, he has reclaimed his rightful place within one of heavy metal's most revered bands. Through highs and lows, Ellefson has experienced the gamut of rock star fame, fortune and excess and lived to tell the tale. This is your only chance to get a personal insight into the history and behind the scenes of one of metal's most iconic bands, MEGADETH. For more information, visit MetropolisTouring.com.
JUDAS PRIEST, GUNS N' ROSES, RUSH, DEF LEPPARD Members To Be Profiled In 'Rock Icons' Documentary Series
Banger Films and VH1 Classic present "Rock Icons", an original documentary series profiling the most legendary artists in the history of rock music, premiering Saturday, February 21 on VH1 Classic. "Rock Icons" is 10 groundbreaking 30-minute episodes that go past the veil of mystery and beyond the velvet ropes with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are, and the road that lead them to their iconic status today. Each episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews, never-before-seen footage with featured artists and key people who helped shape their exemplary careers. Over the past year, Banger Films' Sam Dunn has been traveling to meet with some of the biggest names in rock and metal music. Some of them will be very familiar, like the metal heroes he’s had the privilege to interview before, people like Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, Joe Elliott of DEF LEPPARD, Geddy Lee of RUSH, and Slash of GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER. He also had the chance to sit down for the first time with such iconic artists as Ann Wilson of HEART and Daryl Hall. He traveled to MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's winery, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's radio studio, SMASHING PUMPKINS leader Billy Corgan's home and even got invited back to the Texas sanctum of Ted Nugent. Bringing together elements of celebrated shows such as Classic Albums, Biography, Iconoclasts, and Banger's own hit show "Metal Evolution", "Rock Icons" is a landmark series celebrating the innovative artists who defined the history of rock music. The first episode features the remarkable Geddy Lee of RUSH. Future episodes will include: * Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) * Ted Nugent * Ann Wilson (HEART) * Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) * Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) * Slash (GUNS N' ROSES) * Daryl Hall (HALL & OATES) * Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD) * Billy Corgan (SMASHING PUMPKINS) Watch a teaser video below. Pictured below: Sam Dunn with Dave Mustaine
The Greek astro-grinders <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6918&bandname=Dephosphorus>Dephosphorus</a> have shared some new music from their impending split album with <a href="https://www.facebook.com/haapojaband/timeline">Haapoja</a>. You can listen to their 3-minute brand new song "Abstraction Maze" right now <a href="https://soundcloud.com/stereogum/dephosphorus-abstraction-maze/s-4fRMc">at this location</a>. But that is not all. The song "Pakon Sanelema" from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/haapojaband/timeline">Haapoja</a> is also available to stream online. You can give it a listen <a href="https://soundcloud.com/stereogum/haapoja-pakon-sanelema/s-4fRMc">right here</a>. So, what are your thoughts on these new cuts? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25583>Read more...</a>
"Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" by Lukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive BEHEMOTH biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by BEHEMOTH, is an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn't "Poland's response to MOTLEY CRÜE's biography 'The Dirt'." Simply put, "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" is the story of BEHEMOTH, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland. A 490-page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade in February, "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author's narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets, etc. Pre-orders are available now at metalblade.com/behemoth, and include a bundle with an exclusive shirt available ONLY with this pre-order. The passages below serve as previews of the book. From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz: "If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH's music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might." BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: "The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it's true. Of course, not as a religion experience — I didn't understand anything and couldn't care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you're ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos — a guitar." In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently leveling stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates CANNIBAL CORPSE. The month-long winter live takeover kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana and will wind its way through nearly three-dozen cities, coming to a close on March 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden's finest metal exports: AEON and TRIBULATION.
SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn says that "it's incredibly difficult" for newer bands to get a good record deal nowadays, explaining that "record labels are struggling" because "people don't really care anymore about sound quality." During a brand new interview with Rock Sins, Fehn was asked how he thinks SLIPKNOT would fare as a new band today compared to how it was when the group released its debut album more than 15 years ago. "I think it's incredibly difficult, because of the way that record sales and everything have dropped off, to get a good contract; being a new band, [it] is nearly impossible. "The way that the new deals are structured, you know, [the record companies] own everything. So it's like…" He continued: "It's really sad that record labels are struggling, because they can't… they're just… It's all the Internet. People don't really care anymore about sound quality. It's just eaten up so fast and it's so easy. You know, I'm guilty of it too. I'll buy records off iTunes just because I'm in my car and I want it right now and I do it. I do also have a huge CD collection. I still do buy CDs, but I think…" Fehn added: "Man, that's a good question. I think that we would still be different than what's out today, and we would still make an impact. So, yeah, I don't know… I think if it started today as versus '99, we would still wanna be seen, I guess." Asked if he personally gets influenced by newer bands that are out there, Fehn said: "I don't, personally. There's not too many things out that are new that I like. I'm still an old metalhead, I guess. So I continue to listen to that stuff. Once in a while, I'll hear something new that catches my eye, but it's usually something obscure. But other than that, everything's just kind of stale." He continued: "I appreciate any band that puts out a record and goes on tour and does what we do for a living. It's amazingly hard, you know, and it's difficult to continue to have passion for it on a night-to-night basis, depending on what's going on in your personal life and within the band, within everything. But as far as being a music fan, there hasn't been that next PANTERA to me, there hasn't been that type of band… there hasn't been another KORN. There hasn't been another SLIPKNOT to where I was like, 'Wow, man. I'm totally into it. I would go see the show.' It just hasn't affected me yet like that…. I don't look too hard though either, I really don't. I'm pretty into what I'm in to and it's probably my loss… I'm probably missing out on some things but… it's just I got a lot of other things to do, too." SLIPKNOT's first major headlining tour in support of its new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", dubbed "Prepare For Hell", also featured KORN and KING 810. The trek kicked off on October 29, 2014 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7, 2014 in Boston. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21, 2014 via Roadrunner.
Video: BRET MICHAELS Performs At NBA Halftime Show During Detroit Pistons Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game
On Tuesday January 27, POISON singer Bret Michaels returned to Detroit, Michigan to perform at a sold-out NBA halftime concert during the Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Palace Of Auburn Hills. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below. "The Pistons Concert Series halftime performances are another opportunity to thrill our fans and add value to the overall game night experience," said Harlan Hendrickson, Vice President of Marketing for Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Pistons. A sports fanatic since birth, Michaels was honored to bring his rock and roll party to the NBA, this pair of storied basketball franchises and their fans. "Around the NBA, both Pistons and Cavs teams in particular have an amazing amount of talent with a passionate, sports-minded fan base," Michaels said prior to the game. "The showdown between Pistons star Brandon Jennings vs Cavs star and MVP LeBron James is one for the ages and we are bringing the right mixture of rock and roll to help set the vibe." Michaels released a new solo single, "A Beautiful Soul", in April 2014. He also performed the track on "Oprah's Lifeclass". His last CD, "Bret Michaels: Jammin With Friends", was released in June 2013 and featured a myriad of legendary guests, including Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (KISS), Michael Anthony (VAN HALEN) and members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
Iconic guitarist Slash received the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards on Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian Sinbad provided the laughs as the evening's host. The NAMM TEC Awards honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries, including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel. Video footage of Slash's acceptance speech and performance at the NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards can be seen below. As a critically acclaimed British-American musician and songwriter, Slash has amassed album sales topping 100 million copies, garnered a Grammy Award, seven nominations and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Time magazine named Slash second, behind only Jimi Hendrix, on its "Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time" list. His famous guitar solos in songs, including "November Rain" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" are adored by rock fans worldwide. In 2003 he helped form the rock Grammy-winning supergroup VELVET REVOLVER, releasing two successful imprints with Scott Weiland and former GUNS N' ROSES bandmates. Slash now enjoys a thriving solo career with his new band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. On September 16, 2014 the band unleashed their top ten new album, "World On Fire", to worldwide acclaim. The CD marks Slash's third straight album to debut in the Top Ten. The title track, "World On Fire", ascended to No. 1 at U.S. rock radio. "World On Fire" features Slash with Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). The album was released on Slash's label Dik Hayd International, which is distributed through Caroline. SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS are on a world tour. Slash supports efforts to revitalize music education programs in public schools, as an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock.
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=902&bandname=D%26oslash%3Bdheimsgard>Dødheimsgard</a> have released a short sample of the song "Aphelion Void" from their upcoming new album <i>A Umbra Omega</i>. The anticipated album from the experimental extremists will be out on the 16th of March on Peaceville Records. They haven't released new music in a long time. Give the little teaser a listen below! Does it make you even more curious about the new album? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25582>Read more...</a>