In between a handful of festival appearances, Canadian deathmongers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=76&bandname=Cryptopsy>Cryptopsy</a> will do a handful of club gigs throughout Europe and United Kingdom with fellow death metal tanks <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=585&bandname=Blood+Red+Throne>Blood Red Throne</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2184&bandname=Psycroptic>Psycroptic</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27131>Read more...</a>
The German sludge sextet <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5988&bandname=Black+Shape+Of+Nexus>Black Shape Of Nexus</a> has been <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25609">working on new material</a> since earlier this year and have now released two new songs for the fans. Entitled "Sachsenheim" and "VII", both tracks can be streamed for free <a href="https://blackshapeofnexus.bandcamp.com/">here</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27130>Read more...</a>
Louisiana-based doomsters <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7351&bandname=Thou>Thou</a> have revealed a single, entitled "Eyehatethou", released by Adult Swim in their Summer Singles Program. The 8th single out of 19, "Eyehatethou" pays tribute to Louisiana's sludge pioneers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2703&bandname=Eyehategod>Eyehategod</a> and can be streamed <a href="http://www.adultswim.com/music/singles-2015/">here</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27129>Read more...</a>
During their performance in Salt Lake City, Utah, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1077&bandname=Between+The+Buried+And+Me>Between The Buried And Me</a> drummer Blake Richardson left the stage due to technical difficulties and severe nerve issues in his left leg since the start of the <i>Coma Ecliptic</i> tour, also featuring <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4972&bandname=Animals+As+Leaders>Animals As Leaders</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6084&bandname=The+Contortionist>The Contortionist</a> as support. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27128>Read more...</a>
Due to gear lost and not getting their passports in due time, German progressive metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2870&bandname=Obscura>Obscura</a> won't be able to participate in the coming <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=114853">Summer Slaughter</a> tour, taking off today in Denver, Colorado. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27127>Read more...</a>
Bob Suehs of Rock N Roll Experience conducted an interview with new RED DRAGON CARTEL singer Shawn Crosby (ex-JONES STREET) on July 23 at Fish Head Cantina in Halethorpe, Maryland. You can now watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he got the singer gig in RED DRAGON CARTEL: "Well, it's a long story. I thought I was retiring. I was in L.A. for thirty years, and I moved back to my hometown in Virginia. Anthony Esposito, the bass player for LYNCH MOB [and RED DRAGON CARTEL], called me up and said [RED DRAGON CARTEL] got rid of their singer and they needed somebody quick. So, I opened a skateboard shop in Alexandria, Virginia and closed it up and came out on tour, and I've been on tour since. So… I've known him since way before he was in LYNCH MOB back in the day." On whether he is RED DRAGON CARTEL's permanent singer now: "I don't know. We'll see. They say, 'Fifth time's the charm,' you know. I was really good friends with Ray Gillen [late BADLANDS and BLACK SABBATH singer]. I helped him… We used to write lyrics together a lot and stuff, and it's really just good to be able to walk in his footsteps now. It's very spiritual for me, and I'm having a great time doing it. My favorite stuff to sing is all the BADLANDS stuff. It's my gig. I love that stuff. Yeah, if it goes all well… you know." On how he got to know Ray Gillen: "I was one of the first guys he met when he moved out to L.A. from New York, and we just became hardcore friends. I used to work on Melrose, and I used to make guitar straps for John Sykes and all the heavy hitters back then. And Ray came in one day, and we just hit it off as singers together. We'd just write every day. He'd bring a notebook to work, and we'd sit and park and write stuff on my break and stuff, and that's how we became friends. Nd I would go to the rehearsals. And my band JONES STREET back then opened for them a bunch of times — BADLANDS — so we just always stayed tight." On whether he has a handwritten letter from Ray Gillen that carries with him on the road: "I do. It's… One day he came in and I wasn't there — I was on a lunch break — and he [wrote], 'Hey, Shawn. I don't know if you've checked out the new CD. If not, I'll bring one by for ya. I hope your singing's going great.' And it said, 'Ray Gillen.' And I found it in my storage literally a week — exactly a week — before these guys [RED DRAGON CARTEL] called me. And I just said, 'Ah, this is cool. I forgot I had this. I'm gonna bring it to the house.' And then Anthony called me [about the RED DRAGON CARTEL gig]. And I keep it with me on the road. So…. it's very cool." On whether RED DRAGON CARTEL mainman Jake E. Lee (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS) is easy to work with: "Jake is amazing. He's a quiet guy; he keeps to himself. [He's] an amazing person. The whole band's almost like a family. I just feel like… I've known Anthony forever. I didn't know the other guys, but it just all has meshed really well together. You know, 'cause you do have to spend 23 more hours off stage with these people. And that's the hardest thing to do — to be able to not get in anybody's face and everything. On a tour bus, it can get that way, but… we're having a great time.' On whether he intentionally tries to look like Ray Gillen on stage: "It's funny, 'cause I've been a blond almost my whole life, even though my hair is dark. And when I got divorced, I said, 'I'm gonna [make] a change.' That was, like, five years ago. I've always worn heavy shirts, like Ray did, and the jeans. That's just [my look]. I did not fathom at all — 'cause I'm five-seven; Ray was, like six-two — so… I did not fathom at all that I would be getting the 'He's channeling Ray.' 'Cause that's not it at all. Ray and I were great friends. I had blond hair the whole time. I just went black when I got divorced and said, 'I wanna do a new look.' And it's funny, because the new look… The black hair… I've got quarter Navajo in me, so I've got very dark hair. And once I got older, I just said, 'I don't wanna keep doing the blond thing. It's, like, a midlife crisis.' So I went black, and I've been getting great stuff ever since. So I should have done that a long time ago. But, yeah… [I'm] nowhere near trying to channel Ray whatsoever. I've been channeling him, but not on purpose. It just happened to fall that way. And the way that photographs have caught me is kind of cool that they caught me that way, but it wasn't intentional… I love Ray. He was one of my… He's still my favorite singer of all time. So to be able to… like I said, to be able to sing his music, as well as being with Jake, it's just great. I personally wish we could do all BADLANDS material, 'cause I can sing that all day long." RED DRAGON CARTEL most recently played several shows with Canadian singer Paul D'Eath (CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL). Prior to that, the band was fronted by Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, 3 LEGGED DOGG), Michael Beck and Darren James Smith, the latter of whom handled lead vocals on RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album. Beck made headlines in April when he sang the lyrics to Osbourne's "Now You See It (Now You Don't)" while the rest of RED DRAGON CARTEL played "The Ultimate Sin" at their first show together in Miami, Florida. Beck later blamed the mixup on the fact that he "had no monitors at all" and he "couldn't hear anything." RED DRAGON CARTEL in March announced the departure of bassist Greg Chaisson, who exited the group because he could "no longer take any more time away from [his] regular job." RED DRAGON CARTEL's debut CD 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. 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). Interview: Performance footage:
Fan-filmed video footage of CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer and his wife, Nashville singer-songwriter Savannah Snow, performing the CINDERELLA classic "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" on July 24 at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville, Pennsylvania can be seen below (footage filmed and uploaded by Randy Gill). Savannah wrote and co-produced some of Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", which sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on in April 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). In a 2013 interview with Daily News, Tom stated about his wife: "She is a very talented singer/songwriter in her own right, probably one of the best songwriters I've ever met. She is the co-producer [on 'The Way Life Goes'], and she wrote a lot of the songs on the record." "The Way Life Goes" was described in a press release as "a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride" that has been Keifer's life for the past 25 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.
Howie D. from Hard Edge Radio and National Rock Review recently conducted an interview with HELLYEAH and MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what he would still like to accomplish with HELLYEAH: "I just wanna fucking… I wanna do my thing, and I wanna fucking… I wanna continue this legacy that I'm talking about that's been going on for so long. It's really fucking important to me. There's a lot of shit out there and a lot of things out there that are trying to dumb music down. And it's frustrating as an artist, it's frustrating as a metal kid, it's frustrating as a metal fan. You know what I mean? I think people have intentions and I don't think that the business people's intentions are the best. They certainly don't support the listener as much. The business and the fast-food world is fucking dumbing music down, and it's fucking sad, and people need to stand up and kind of reel themselves in. I know I have. But I'm a fan of buying records, I'm a fan of whole albums, I'm a fan of bodies of work. A single is just one single. It's like looking at a puzzle, and the puzzle is made up of ten or eleven pieces, or twelve pieces, and you're trying to look at the picture that the puzzle creates by looking at one piece. It's not the way music is supposed to be listened to. It's certainly not the way metal music has been made to listen to. Metal music is not easy. It moves and it flows and it ebbs and fucking… If you look at a landscape painting, it's, like, 'Ah, that's easy' and shit. You look at a Jackson Pollock [painting], and it's, like, 'What the fuck?' You've gotta wrap your head around it a little bit. That fucking vanilla music that's just completely safe, that's not metal. You know what I mean? And that's what I love about metal: metal is not safe; it's nonconformist. And that's why I think… My goal right now is to just remind metal kids: don't just follow suit. Stay on your path and continue to fucking support heavy metal — however that is. You know what I mean? Don't let people dumb it down to where it doesn't mean anything." On taking part in this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour alongside SLAYER and KING DIAMOND: "[It's been] fucking great. We heard this was bad [with a turnout of] four thousand people, and it's, like, 'Fuck!' If we play in front of four thousand people, [it's] a win. It's a fucking victory. When we go out on our own, we can play [to] anywhere between nine hundred and thirteen hundred people, so, to me, this is a goddamn gift. And, like I said, this is 'Big Four' shit. We're playing in front of fucking metalheads that have been listening to metal for thirty fucking years, that wouldn't go to a HELLYEAH show, or wouldn't go to a fucking MUDVAYNE show, or any of the current fucking heavy bands. They're here to see fucking SLAYER. I have the opportunity to play in front of those people. And we come to impress. We come to fucking… We bring everything we've got, we give every bit of fucking energy we have. I'll lay it out there as hard as I can, and I wanna create that fucking family aesthetic that I believe that we are, as a community of fucking heavy metal fucking people." On what he thinks about the idea of having a classic metal band like JUDAS PRIEST headline a future edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: "I think that'd be great — to keep those fucking legacy bands fucking a part of this; like, th people that created it: the MAIDENs of the world, and PRIEST, and stuff like that. I mean, that's the history. As long as those dudes can still do it, which they can absolutely fucking do it. They still have validity; I mean, they're still real. They should definitely be a part of this. That's what this festival really is: it's, like, the old versus new. Your younger up-and-comers, second-stage bands, the WHITECHAPELs and stuff like that — fucking great bands, you know what I mean? Those are the guys that the torch gets passed to. And it's the evolution. And that's the thing. It's, like, you start at the beginning. And everybody can have that argument: who was the first metal band? I mean, you can ask ten different people, and ten different people will tell you ten different bands. But it doesn't matter, because heavy metal evolves by people taking… People take their influences, they process them in such a way and it comes out something different." HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott recently revealed that the band will enter the studio in October with "Blood For Blood" producer Kevin Churko to begin recording its new album for an early 2016 release. "Blood For Blood", was the band's first release since parting ways with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha in 2013. The new members of HELLYEAH are bassist Kyle Sanders and guitarist Christian Brady. "Blood For Blood" sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. Interview (audio):
StormFront Media announced today the release of a biography featuring the original heavy metal band, METALLICA, titled Orbit: Metallica. Few bands have achieved the success and status afforded the heavy metal pioneers known simply as METALLICA. METALLICA's sound, a raw fury few can match, has stood the test of time and placed members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett in an exclusive club of artists. Read about the formation of the band in this special issue of Orbit. Since 2008, StormFront Media (formerly Bluewater Productions) has been publishing comic books featuring current events, entertaining biographies of the famous and the infamous, and a burgeoning fiction line featuring the character Insane Jane (which was just optioned for a television show), Bettie Page, and more, a fact that makes publisher and president Darren G. Davis proud. "Growing up, I was a reluctant reader. I want to reach kids in similar situations that may be more apt to read a comic book instead of a chapter book," said Davis. "I have guest taught in schools and found comic books to be an excellent way to reach children and young adults." Davis added that his biographical lines are meant to both entertain and inform. "It's my hope that these books teach readers about the people behind the hype," he said. "You'll find our comics to be enticing a well as engaging. Comic books have grown up; they're not just for kids anymore." Past subjects have included everyone from Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie to Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson. Writer Michael L. Frizell agrees with Davis's assertion that comic books can be used to reach a wider audience. "Writing for StormFront is fascinating," said Frizell. "Crafting a book like this is also daunting, but worth it. I learned to read due to my love for comics. I was an avid reader of writer Bill Mantlo (who wrote titles like Rom: Spaceknight, The Micronauts, Spectacular Spider-Man and many more for industry leader Marvel Comics in the 1980s). I hope to instill my love for the form in StormFront's readers while perhaps giving them something they didn't expect: A peek behind the curtain.' Frizell has written many titles for StormFront, a fact of which he is quite proud. "As an educator myself — I run the Writing Center at Missouri State University — I like the idea of blending a popular form of entertainment with relevant, biographical information to create something unique," he said. However, Frizell admits that his knowledge of music was a bit lacking at the beginning of this journey. "I'd written biographical comics about Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Miley Cyrus and Prince and even crafted audiobooks about Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Michael Jackson and Big Time Rush (all available through StormFront Media), but never a group with such a rabid fan base as METALLICA," he said. Interior artist Jayfri Hashim was instrumental in assisting with much of the research necessary to craft the book. Hashim could be listed among the band's most ardent fans. "METALLICA's formation marks the beginning of metal, breeding thrash metal which progresses to heavy metal during the glam rock era," said Hashim. "Many people get it wrong when they say METALLICA is a rock band. They're not. They are the very definition of a metal band. They were daring, innovative, and the story of their beginning fascinates me." Writer Frizell agrees. "Hashim's artwork adds a sketchy darkness to the book," he said. "His power as an artist is making us feel his adoration for his subjects. Creating a comic book is a collaborative business, and Jayfri's style informed a large portion of this book." David Frizell (yes, he's the younger brother of the writer) is a rock artist famous for his work with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and WEDNESDAY 13, jumped at the chance to illustrate the cover for the comic book. "It's METALLICA!" he said. "What rock artist wouldn't jump at the chance to draw them? I've followed them their entire career. They are the most influential metal band ever." Much care went into the concept for the cover. "I spoke with my brother, brainstorming ideas until I came up with this," he said. "I wanted the cover to be iconic and to look like it could be their next album cover." Print copies of Orbit: Metallica start at $3.99 and can be ordered at Comic Flea Market via the web site www.comicfleamarket.com. Bluewater's vast catalog of titles can also be downloaded on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.
IRON MAIDEN's JANICK GERS On 'The Book Of Souls': 'There's All Types Of Different Songs On This Album'
IRON MAIDEN guitarist Janick Gers spoke to Glide Magazine about the band's forthcoming double album, "The Book Of Souls", which will be released globally on September 4 through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). Regarding what it was like making the new CD in the months prior to the announcement that MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson had a cancerous tumor on his tongue and would have to undergo extensive medical treatment, Gers said: "Actually, nobody knew that Bruce was ill when we did the album. We put the album together between September and early December and Bruce was singing fantastic. In fact, he was staying with me and we were staying in the same hotel — the rest of the band were in different places — so we were going out and having a drink and a chat about how things were going. We were really happy with the album and his voice was sounding great and he was his usual bubbly self — excited about the album and we were having great fun. It wasn't until afterwards when he got back to England that he said he got an abscess, which he's had before and he had a couple of teeth taken out, and it came back. It was only then he said to me, 'I've got this abscess back.' He couldn't drink because he was on antibiotics and I thought that was strange because he said that last year. I didn't have any clue — nobody had any clue — and then we got a message from Andy Taylor, one of our managers, who told me what happened. I was in shock, because Bruce was singing incredibly well." He continued: "Obviously we had to just scrap everything for this year. We had a tour booked, and we said forget that. Bruce was very positive, he found it very early, and the doctor told him it was going to be curable. It was on his tongue, nowhere near his vocal cords, and he's in the clear now. I saw him a couple of weeks ago and he was looking good. He was still a bit thin from his chemo; he's not back to running a 10K yet, but he looks fine, he's talking fine. I don't know what his singing voice is like, because he's had radiotherapy on his throat, so obviously his throat will be quite swollen. But when we did the album we had no idea about any of this; it only became apparent after we got to the end of the album. So it didn't affect the album in that way, it's just affected this year and the fact that we won't be touring." Asked why it has taken IRON MAIDEN so long to release a double album, Gers said: "This is a time when people's attention spans are so limited, they're so small and they've got the attention span of a gnat. This is a triple album in actual fact — it's a triple vinyl album and a double CD. We just do what we want to do and we've always done that — we always kind of fight against the tide. It wasn't that we set out to make a double album; we just brought so many ideas into the studio and they were all good ideas. Some of the songs weren't that long when they came in, but they ended up that long when we finished them. Everybody always brings in probably an hour's worth of music. You might only want to use 15 minutes of it, but you've got an hour of stuff that's really good. It's indicative of how creative everybody in the band is. This band's been going a long time and we never have to scrape around because there are always so many ideas to use — melodies, tunes, themes. It just ended up we had 11 songs in 92 minutes, which is quite too long for a single album. I think it's good; we just come in and try different things, and we never restrict ourselves in terms of melodies and tunes. If it's long, it ends up long, and it's as simple as that. If it feels right, that's what it is. This album just dictates where we are right now in 2015. We're not a band that looks backwards, we always look forward and we're always trying to develop new ideas, new strategies, new attacks of songs, and taking songs down different pathways. And I think this album proves that we're still valid; the songs are powerful and edgy. There's all types of different songs on this album and there's almost something for everybody — classically influenced, jazz influenced, rock and blues influenced — it's all there and it's just indicative of what the band's about." Read the entire interview at Glide Magazine . A listening party for "The Book Of Souls" will be held on September 3 at Rock N Roll Ribs, the barbecue restaurant owned by MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and close friend Mitch Tanne, in Coral Springs, Florida. "The Book Of Souls" will include "Empire Of The Clouds", an 18-minute track penned by Dickinson. The CD was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year.
In a brand new interview with MLive, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about how the heavy metal scene of today compares to the way it was in the mid '80s, when metal was enjoying its heyday on both sides of the Atlantic. "It's a different landscape today vs. the past," he said. "There's only one IRON MAIDEN, and only one BLACK SABBATH, of sorts. What we crafted in the '70s and '80s was our feeling. I think it's natural for new metal bands to strive to find their own direction. I personally could look around and see acts like [Jimi] Hendrix, DEEP PURPLE, etc. ... the beginnings of the metal scene, to an extent. We learned from the masters in some respect." He continued: "To me, it's always been about quality, not quality. I'm in this to make quality music that's going to stick, where you can look back 5-10 years from now and say it still sounds pretty darn good. I'm not dismissing the incredible talent out there now. People are in a band to make their dreams come true, and it's really tough." JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton recently said that he was proud to have had an influence on the current crop of up-and-coming artists, many of whom in turn have an impact on PRIEST's work. He said: "I think there's still some great young bands around. We've got a lot of respect for the younger bands. You can still learn from them, because they're creating new parts of heavy metal. Every year, every decade it changes, but the backbone is still heavy metal." He added: "If we've inspired some young bands, that's great, and it makes us proud. We're not stupid, we listen to the young bands as well, and we learn from them. We don't copy them, but we get inspired." JUDAS PRIEST is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", which was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008's double-disc concept album "Nostradamus" was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST's heavy-metal roots. "Redeemer Of Souls" sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Fairy Tale", a brand new song from SAINT ASONIA, the new act featuring ex-THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, can be streamed below. The track is taken from SAINT ASONIA's self-titled debut album, which will be released on July 31 via RCA. The album is available now for pre-order here; fans who pre-order the album will receive "Fairy Tale", "Live My Life", the band's debut single, "Better Place" and "Blow Me Wide Open", immediately. SAINT ASONIA recently filmed a video for the song "Better Place" in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown, who has previously worked with MARILYN MANSON, THREE DAYS GRACE, EVANESCENCE, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and MÖTLEY CRÜE, among others. Speaking about the video shoot, Gontier told Styles and Kaytie of the 92.7 QLZ radio station: "It was a great experience. I'm pretty proud of it myself. I co-directed the video with the director Paul Brown. And Paul is someone that I've worked with in the past, and he does great, great stuff. I wrote the treatment and got a chance to co-direct the video, which is something I have always wanted to do. I'm really, really proud of it." Gontier also spoke about his decision to take on directorial duties for the video himself. He explained: "When you put a single out, you get treatments from a lot of different directors, and we had a few treatments come in, but at the same time, I felt like, just being so close to the song and what it means to me, I felt like maybe I could write something that works best for the song, and it turned out that we gave that a shot and it worked. So it was a really, really cool experience. I learned a lot and hopefully I'll get a chance to do it again in the future." Regarding the "Better Place" video concept, Gontier said: "It's basically looking out at a few different people in different situations in their lives where they just finally, sort of, stop getting stepped on and end up in a better place. There's a few different ways that people will interpret the video, but it's a really, really cool idea and it's something that I don't think has really ever been done. So, yeah, I'm excited for people to see it and [to see] their reaction, for sure." The "Better Place" video is expected to be released on July 31. Produced by Johnny K. (SEVENDUST, DISTURBED, MEGADETH), the majority of "Saint Asonia" was co-written by Gontier and Mushok. According to The Pulse Of Radio, SAINT ASONIA started out as just Gontier and Mushok writing music together with no plans beyond that. But Gontier told The Pulse Of Radio that the moment arrived when they knew SAINT ASONIA could be a band. "When we got into the studio to record a couple of songs, we recorded three songs, and when they were done, I think that was probably the moment where we were like, 'Okay, so we've just recorded three songs, they turned out really good, we have another 10, let's do this,'" he said. "Obviously, Mike being basically on hiatus from STAIND for who knows how long, it just seemed to make sense." SAINT ASONIA also includes STUCK MOJO and DARK NEW DAY bassist Corey Lowery and FINGER ELEVEN drummer Rich Beddoe. The group played its first live show at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio in May. Gontier has kept a low profile since leaving THREE DAYS GRACE in December 2012. The band replaced him with Matt Walst and recently released a new album called "Human". Mushok's band, STAIND, has not released new music since 2011 and has no plans to return to the studio. Mushok played briefly in 2013 with ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted in his self-named band. Beddoe exited FINGER ELEVEN in late 2013. Lowery's resume includes stints with STUCK MOJO, SWITCHED, STEREOMUD, DARK NEW DAY and most recently EYE EMPIRE. Photo credit: Travis Shinn
As the death metal duo <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7401&bandname=%26AElig%3Bvangelist>Ævangelist</a> are working on a split, with French avantgardists <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=577&bandname=Blut+Aus+Nord>Blut Aus Nord</a>, and a follow-up to last year's <i>Writhes In The Murk</i>, multi-instrumentalist Matron Thorn have released an instrumental demo EP, entitled <i>Dream An Evil Dream</i>, featuring an improvised 38 minute long rehearsal recording from earlier this year. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7401&bandname=%26AElig%3Bvangelist>Ævangelist</a> will appear at <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=112597">Hells Headbash Part 2</a> and <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=108469">California Deathfest</a> this coming October and September. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27124>Read more...</a>
In a one minute teaser, short and to the point, San Francisco-located experimental metal band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5969&bandname=Deafheaven>Deafheaven</a> announced the release of their third full-length album, <i>New Bermuda</i>, due out October 2nd through Anti Records. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=27118>Read more...</a>
Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has told Simcoe.com that he quit using drugs 13 years ago and that he hasn't looked back since. "When I stopped doing drugs, I knew it was the end of that phase of my life," he said. "I was miserable. I went and detoxed and I knew from that point on I would never go back to it. It's not a way to live." He added: "The drug culture of rock and roll isn't quite so prevalent as it was in the 1990s." Weiland's current band THE WILDABOUTS has had several lineup changes since last year. Weiland fired his longtime guitarist and business partner Doug Grean in early 2014, while drummer Danny Thompson left to focus on his work with the ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT. Meanwhile, guitarist Jeremy Brown stepped up to take a bigger role following Grean's dismissal, but Brown's sudden passing in March forced the band to hire Nick Maybury. The cause of Brown's death was released in May by the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. The report states that Brown's death was an accident, and the result of intoxication from multiple drugs. THE WILDABOUTS' debut album, "Blaster", arrived on March 31, one day after Brown's death on March 30, and followed up Weiland's 2008 solo effort, "'Happy' In Galoshes".