Hear METALLICA's 'Enter Sandman' Mashed Up With HALL & OATES's 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 00:24

A SoundCloud user who goes by name of neilcic has uploaded a mash-up of METALLICA's "Enter Sandman" and HALL & OATES's "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)". Dubbed "I Can't Enter That (No Sandman)", the mash-up — which can be streamed below — features the backing track from HALL & OATES's 1981 No. 1 hit combined with the vocal track from METALLICA's 1991 smash. neilcic's previously posted mash-ups include one that combines ELTON JOHN's "Crocodile Rock" and SYSTEM OF A DOWN's "Chop Suey", and another that mixes LOVERBOY's "Working For The Weekend" with SMASHING PUMPKINS' "Bullet With Butterfly Wings". "Enter Sandman" was featured as the opening track and lead single from METALLICA's eponymous 1991 album. The song was produced by Bob Rock, and the music was written by Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield. Vocalist and guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the simplest concept of a child's nightmares. The "Enter Sandman" single was certified gold in the United States for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured on all of METALLICA's live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts. It is considered to be METALLICA's signature song to the general public. METALLICA's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

ROB HALFORD Tears Up While Recalling Conversation With Dying JUDAS PRIEST Fan (Video)

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 22:18

During the latest episode of VH1 Classic's "Rock Icons", an original documentary series profiling the most legendary artists in the history of rock music, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford got very emotional while recalling speaking to a "huge PRIEST fan" who was dying of cancer. He said: "You'll hear many, many, many stories of how metal music has helped people through difficulties in life." He continued: "I don't know whether this is the right time to say this — we may have to cut this out — but just recently I was contacted by someone to speak to somebody that was about to pass from cancer. [Long pause and deep sigh] So I was able to speak to him, and he was really, really weak… [pause] but he was saying that he was a huge PRIEST fan and that that side of his life was so important to him, that metal was a really, really important way that he got through this horrible cancer that was eating him away." After the Halford "Rock Icons" episode aired last weekend, Eddie Trunk, who co-hosts VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show", revealed in an online posting that he was "the one who asked [Rob]" to place the call to the dying fan. Trunk explained: "This happened about a year ago and I never said anything about it simply because I didn't know if Rob wanted people to know he did it and I didn't want to start a trend of always calling on friends like Rob for favors." He continued: "I was asked by a friend who works at SiriusXM if I would reach out to Rob. It was his best friend who was a huge PRIEST fan and sadly had days to live. A call from Halford was something he could have only dreamed about. "The story was very moving and I reached out to Rob and told him about it. I didn't want to put him on the spot and knew how incredibly difficult it would be for him to call someone he didn't know at all who was dying, so I didn't pressure at all and just told him the story. Rob said to me to set a date and time and to send him the number and he would call. Sure enough, at the appointed day and time, Rob called this man in the hospital and had a nice chat with him. "I was not there and I didn't know the man who was ill. It was his best friend Steve who I knew and who contacted me. Steve called me shortly after, thanking me for setting it up and blown away by Rob doing it and what it meant to his friend. "Sadly [his friend] lost his battle with cancer a few days later. But, needless to say, it was an incredibly powerful moment for all. "When Rob talked about it in the 'Icons' show, you could see how moving it was for him as well." He continued: "I was surprised and pleased he revealed he did this. Why? So many artists go on about how much they love their fans, and many truly do. But so few would go the extra mile of calling a complete stranger at an incredibly tough time to help lift their spirits for a few minutes. That is Rob Halford. Rob reminds me a lot of our mutual late friend Ronnie James Dio in that way. Always will going the extra mile for their fans and truly truly appreciating them. "Needless to say, shortly after the show aired Saturday, my friend Steve contacted me again. He was watching and saw the emotion in Rob's face when he mentioned it in the show. It caught everyone off guard who was in on making it happen and all were grateful Rob did it." Trunk added: "I only relay this all to you because it is important to acknowledge the total class act Halford is. Having him as a friend for a very long time, I always knew this. But in a day and age where all most media seems to do is want to pounce on people or celebrate the train wrecks, I think it is cool to hear stories like this and give credit where credit is due to not only phenomenal talents in our genre of music, but equally awesome human beings."

Royal Thunder - Share New Song

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 21:42

<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7077&bandname=Royal+Thunder>Royal Thunder</a> is sharing new music today. The Atlanta metallers are about to release their new album <i>Crooked Doors</i> next month and to whet your appetite, they have revealed another new song called "Time Machine," the album opener. You can enjoy the 7-minute track <a href="">over here</a> right this minute. Very melodic, the song gives plenty of room for MLny Parsonz's voice to shine. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25919>Read more...</a>


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 21:37

Guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) has joined forces with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) in a new band called GUNZO. The new group's lineup is completed by singer Keith St. John (X-DRIVE, BURNING RAIN, MONTROSE, QUIET RIOT) and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon. GUNZO made its live debut on February 27 at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of California Rock News). Guns recently denied that he was leaving DEVIL CITY ANGELS, the band he formed with drummer Rikki Rockett (POISON), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL). In an interview with The Music Room, Gibbs addressed the rumors of Guns' departure from DEVIL CITY ANGELS. He said: "Tracii is a musical guy and he doesn't want to sit home at all and not play. Well, this recording process [for DEVIL CITY ANGELS' debut album] takes time. We've been touring a little bit in between, but we're just really trying to buckle down. If I fly home and Tracii does a gig or something, we support him. It's not that he's leaving the band. It's Tracii going out as Tracii. He never left the band. He's always been in the band. He's been a very instrumental piece in the band. And he'll most likely always be in the band, I'm hoping, until he says he doesn't want it anymore. We love the guy and that's what's so funny. Rikki and I are sitting there scratching our heads saying, just because he's taking a gig here or taking a quick tour doesn't mean he quit the ANGELS. It's junk. Don't worry about it." (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by GUNZO.

THE BLOODLINE Preparing To Hit The Road With DOYLE

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 20:46

Chicago-based metal band THE BLOODLINE, which features former members of DIRGE WITHIN and DIVINE HERESY, will release its debut album, "We Are One", on May 5 via Another Century. The CD was recorded last year with producer Joel Wanasek (RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA, VINYL THEATRE). In other news, THE BLOODLINE will support DOYLE on the following shows: March 06 - Route 20 Outhouse - Sturtevant, WI (no DOYLE) March 13 - Beckley, WV @ Muncheez March 14 - Hagerstown, MD @ Hard Times March 15 - New York, NY @ The Studio At Webster Hall (no DOYLE) March 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom March 19 - Reading, PA @ Reverb March 20 - Springfield, VA @ Empire March 21 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement The official lyric video for the THE BLOODLINE song "With Fire (Comes Absolution)" can be seen below. "I met Travis [Neal] while he was singing for DIVINE HERESY," recalls THE BLOODLINE guitarist Shaun Glass. "DIRGE WITHIN parted ways with its singer, and I reached out. We did a week of shows in the Midwest. However, as soon as we started writing new material together, it hit us. This is a new entity. I'd never experienced chemistry that powerful." Regarding the musical direction of "We Are One", Glass said: "It's very groove-heavy with huge melodies and epic hooks. The listener can nod their heads and really lock in." He continued: "This has been a long growing process. Everything fell into place. Nothing was forced. "I hope people get addicted to the album. I want them to crave it. They can be a part of this with us forever." Speaking about the decision to put their former band, DIRGE WITHIN, to rest, THE BLOODLINE members previously said: "Once we began writing the new music, it truly took on a new life of its own, [and] all of us felt it was best to admit this is not DIRGE WITHIN in many ways. [In addition] the four of us do not want to limit ourselves in any form as musicians." THE BLOODLINE is: Shaun Glass - Guitar Frankie Harchut - Drums Chuck Wepfer - Guitar Travis Neal - Vocals

DAVE LOMBARDO: 'If You Ever See Me On Stage Again With SLAYER…'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 20:12

"That Metal Show", VH1 Classic's centerpiece in original programming, returns with an all-new episode this Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, repeating at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. This week, former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo stops by the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. Lombardo discusses his musical influences, how he never warms up before he performs, and that he feels better than ever now that he is 50. The hosts ask Dave about his much-publicized departure from SLAYER and if he would ever reunite with the band, to which Dave replies (see video below): "Let's just say, if you ever see me on stage again with SLAYER, you'll know everything's resolved. That's it." Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band. During a December 2014 interview for Trunk's podcast, "Eddie Trunk Podcast", Lombardo was asked if he would ever consider playing with SLAYER again. He responded: "Would I go back? For the fans, and to retire that band correctly, I'm not gonna close any doors. Like I said before, when all this went down, my door's open, and that's basically all I have to say. So [it's] all good." Regarding whether he has had any contact with the other members of SLAYER since the tragic passing of the band's founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May 2013, Lombardo said: "Yeah, that was really hard, and no, there hasn't been any communication between the guys and myself." PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16, 2014 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 19:54

David "Gus" Griesinger of recently conducted an interview with FLYLEAF singer Kristen May. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about FLYEAF's switch from longtime producer Howard Benson to Don Gilmore for the band's fourth studio album, "Between The Stars", Kristen said: "Howard Benson was obviously amazing with them, and I worked with him on a couple of songs whenever I just joined the band, whenever we put out the 'Who We Are' EP, we wrote one song, 'Something Better', as our original song, with Sonny from P.O.D., to kind of show a little bit of a taste of where we were going. Not that we really knew where we were going — let's be honest — but something to show what we do together. And I certainly liked him. But I think, whether the band felt it at first, I thought, 'Okay, I'm a new singer for you guys. We have the opportunity to try something new. It's already gonna be different, because I'm a different person than your previous lead singer. It's still gonna be FLYLEAF, obviously, because four out of five members are still there.' I was one of the people that said, 'You know, could we just at least entertain the idea of trying something different.' I just felt something in my gut, like maybe we should. And then the guys started to think,'You know, maybe that could be a good idea.' And surely, we could have gone back and worked with Howard, but Don Gilmore was super interested and loved our demos that we did in Texas and seemed to be just such a great guy. And he's obviously done some amazing stuff, with DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, LINKIN PARK and PEARL JAM, so we thought, 'We might as well try that.' And it turned out great. He was awesome to work with." In an interview with Music Radar, FLYLEAF guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya talked about what it was like working with Don Gilmore on "Between The Stars". "This is a more uninhibited record for us," he said. "It's full of spontaneity. Don calls it 'capturing the magic,' and that's what it really is. Before, we were so obsessed with details and getting what we thought were perfect takes and perfect sounds, but Don was like, 'Chill out. We're not capturing perfection; we're capturing magic.' That was a new thing for us — letting go. If there was a mistake or if something was a little offbeat in a take, a lot of times Don would say, 'That's the one. There's something in that performance I like.' That was hard for us to get our heads around at first." Asked at what point he got more comfortable with what Gilmore wanted from the band, Bhattacharya said: "I don't think it was until we got the master tracks back. [Laughs] I was pretty nervous the whole time, actually. I'm still so used to Howard Benson's approach. He would go in with a plan: how we're gonna track things, how everything was gonna sound, what kinds of programming he'd use. He put a lot of programming on things; you might not notice it, but it was there. He worked it all out beforehand. Don was very laid-back: 'Hey, man, let's just throw it against the wall and see what sticks.' And I guess that comes out of trust — he trusted that we'd come up with good stuff. Like I said, it was new territory for us to explore." Regarding what made FLYLEAF want to work with Don, Bhattacharya said: "Howard is a phenomenal producer, and if we would've gone back to him, it wouldn't have been the wrong choice. For me, the main thing was that I wanted a set of fresh ears. Plus, I didn't want the new record with Kristen to be compared with the old records, which it would have been if we did it with Howard. It was important to work with somebody who never did anything with us before; that way, nobody was locked in the past."


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 19:18

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell makes a guest appearance on the new album from country rockers the ZAC BROWN BAND. The disc, titled "Jekyll + Hyde", arrives on April 29 and the track that Cornell performs on is called "Heavy Is The Head". This is the second time that Brown has collaborated with an artist associated with the Seattle rock scene: in 2013, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl produced a four-song EP for the band called "The Grohl Sessions: Vol. 1". "Jekyll + Hyde" will be ZAC BROWN BAND's album first as part of a new partnership between Zac's Southern Ground Records, fashion designer John Varvatos and Big Machine Records/Republic Records. The other super-busy member of SOUNDGARDEN, drummer Matt Cameron, took time out during the band's current Australian tour to discuss pulling double duty behind the kit for SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM. He explained, "I’m not 25 anymore, and I don’t really need to be out on the road as much as I have in the past. I definitely want to be home a lot more with my family… I’ve got kids. And that’s part of the equation too." On whether he would ever decide to give up one band and cut down on his live schedule, Cameron said, "I certainly don't want to trip anyone up. If it ever gets to that state, then we just have to sort of figure it out at that point. But so far it's been working out great. We're all been friends, and we've all been in bands for a long time. We all know that's the reality of our job at this point." Cameron sat out most of SOUNDGARDEN's live work last year due to commitments with PEARL JAM. His replacement on the road was Matt Chamberlain. SOUNDGARDEN plans to reconvene in the studio later in the year and begin working on a follow-up to its 2012 album, "King Animal".

RICHIE KOTZEN: Preview Of Forthcoming Concert DVD

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 18:53

A preview of the forthcoming concert DVD from guitarist/singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen can be seen below. Kotzen's 20th solo album, "Cannibals", was digitally released on January 8 via his Headroom-Inc label. "'Cannibals' is an interesting record for me," Kotzen explains, "because much of this material is comprised from recordings that are as old as 10 years. The title track is the most recent song I've written. That was from 2014, but 'Come On Free', for example, was originally recorded back in the early 2000s. I always liked the track, but never knew how to fit it into one of my records. Somehow I thought now was the time, so I went back to the original recording and did a remix. The only new overdub is the chant at the end, which happened recently one night when I was playing the song for my friends. I had a bunch of friends in the studio from Brazil and they all started chanting. I was like, 'ALL THAT!' and put up the microphone and we recorded it with no headphones. Everyone was having a great time. It was so spontaneous. "The track 'Time For The Payment' is also an older recording from 2008. I would have included that on my album 'Peace Sign' back then, but it didn't seem to make sense at the time. That recording is unchanged. I just had it mastered and I think it is a great closer for the record. "'In An Instant' and 'The Enemy' were both written by combining new song ideas with previously recorded material. I wrote 'The Enemy' chorus in 2014 when I originally recorded the song, but I didn't like the verse I had written. After spending a day listening to old song ideas, I found an older song of mine with a great verse idea and intro, and basically copied and pasted that recording into the current recording. Then I sang everything over, made some creative edits, re-wrote some lyrics, and ended up with 'The Enemy'. I probably shouldn't reveal this, but half the song has a drum and guitar performance from several years ago and the rest of the song is comprised of new recorded performances. Crazy concept, but somehow it worked and I ended up with a recording that I'm very happy with. I did the same trick with the song 'In An Instant'. "I suppose my proudest moment on 'Cannibals' is the song I wrote with my daughter, August, called 'You'. I originally released this as a single/video at the end of 2014. It was born from a piano idea she had written when she was 13 or 14 years old. I found the original recording of her piano performance on my computer and wrote lyrics to it last summer. Probably one of my favorite things I've ever recorded. "I also did a duet with someone who I've always been a fan of, Doug Pinnick from KING'S X. I was at a house party and Doug was there, and we were talking about how we should do something together one day. When I went back to the studio I was working on the song 'I'm All In' and then it hit me. I called Doug and asked him if he would trade vocals with me on the tune and we did it! He added a whole other dimension to the track. I'm glad I called him!"

Insomnium - Announce North American Tour

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 18:36

Finnish melodic death metal band <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=384&bandname=Insomnium>Insomnium</a>, winners of <a href="/awards/categories.php?cat_id=4">Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album</a> on <b>Metal Storm Awards 2014</b> with <i>Shadows Of The Dying Sun</i>, have announced a tour with their country mates <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1261&bandname=Omnium+Gatherum>Omnium Gatherum</a>. This is <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=384&bandname=Insomnium>Insomnium</a>'s first ever USA headlining tour, as well as the second tour announced with <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1261&bandname=Omnium+Gatherum>Omnium Gatherum</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25917>Read more...</a>

Thulcandra - New Music Video Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 18:25

German melodic black/death metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5239&bandname=Thulcandra>Thulcandra</a>, featuring <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2870&bandname=Obscura>Obscura</a>'s mastermind Steffen Kummerer, are pleased to present a brand new music video for the track "The Second Fall". The song appears on the band's latest offering <i>Ascension Lost</i>, which was issued back in January, 2015 via Napalm Records. Feel free to check out the video clip through the player down below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25918>Read more...</a>

HATEBREED Frontman JAMEY JASTA Releases New Solo Song 'The Immortal'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 16:51

JASTA, the solo project of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, has unleashed a new track titled "The Immortal", written as the entrance song for UFC fighter Matt "The Immortal" Brown. Fans can purchase both extended and original versions of the track at "The Immortal" will be released on March 10 via iTunes and will also be available for streaming via Spotify. Jasta states: "I've been thinking about releasing new JASTA tunes for a while now, so when Matt 'The Immortal' Brown asked me if I'd be interested in putting something together for his entrance music, an idea instantly came to mind. I'm a big fan of his, so this worked out perfectly. Matt is fighting March 14th at UFC 185; it's gonna be a war!" Make sure to catch Matt "The Immortal" Brown fighting Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks as part of the UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos pay-per-view main event on March 14 in Dallas, Texas. Catch JASTA performing at this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 17 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jamey Jasta's debut solo album, "Jasta", sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 133 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Jasta" was released in North America on July 26, 2011 via eOne Music and in Europe one day earlier through Century Media Records. During an interview with Metal Assault, Jamey stated about his solo album, "It's just more of the thrash and rock element in it. I think there's a lot more clean singing than I'm used to doing. It's a lot of stuff that I recorded for other artists, but it ended up sounding cool so I just left it in there. My engineer was really liking the stuff that I was doing. I still have a lot of guest parts on there Randy Blythe from LAMB OF GOD, Zakk Wylde, Phil Labonte [of ALL THAT REMAINS], Tim from AS I LAY DYING, Mark Morton from LAMB OF GOD so it's just like a fun project before we do the next HATEBREED album." He continued: "I did all of it by myself, except for the guest parts. I did it all throughout 2008, 2009 and 2010 so it was fun to go back, listen to those old tracks and go, 'These are still good, let's release them!' I'm just very lucky that I'm in a position to be able to do this." The Immortal (Deluxe Edition) by Jasta

IN FLAMES Singer ANDERS FRIDÉN: 'We Have Something That's Unique To Us'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 16:32

Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Songfacts: What would you say is the best IN FLAMES album from a songwriting perspective? Anders: [Laughs] I don't know. The latest ["Siren Charms"], I guess. I think we've become better songwriters. We understand how the song will transcend from an album to the live environment and that is something that we didn't know early on or didn't really think about. We just got to the studio and you could record 20 layers of guitar and you'd be like, "Wow, this is fab. This is awesome." And then you go to the stage and you only have two guitar players and it's like, "Hmmm, something missing in here." And that is something that we learned, obviously. Anyway, we aren't doing rocket science. We aren't trying to write the most difficult song ever. We want to get to the point pretty quick. And what we've done through all these years, we want to create really good melodies. In the beginning we could do it on guitar mainly, and now we can do them on vocals, keyboards, and guitar. So that changed the spectrum of our sound and the possibilities that we have. But the mentality of the band, it's pretty much the same. Songfacts: Would you say that the best promotion for heavy metal bands is still doing videos for songs at this point? Anders: Depends on who you're talking to and what band you are, because there are a lot of videos out there that no one sees. It's a combination between having people with knowledge around you, a hardworking crew and record company, or independent people that put you out there. Today it's easier than ever to get your album or your music out, but it's very tough to be heard. So I wouldn't really agree that the video is the most important thing. We don't have that many channels anymore. Our band talked to a record company through the years, like, "Is it really necessary to make a video?" Dump a lot of money into something like that. Also, I don't think it's that fun to make a video. I'm a musician, not an actor. But it's still important on YouTube and Vimeo and all these channels — they get a lot of spins, depending on what band you are and what genre you're in. Songfacts: The last question I have is a description that I've seen linked a lot to IN FLAMES over the years: "melodic death metal." Would you say that you agree with that description? Anders: No, I wouldn't agree with that anymore. We came from that era and that scene, and I loved it. But I don't think we are that anymore. We don't try to stay away, it's just we sound different. We are a melodic metal band and metal has always been our closest passion. We looked into other genres, as well, and tried to incorporate that in some ways. What I feel with IN FLAMES is that we have a unique sound. It sounds like IN FLAMES. People know when there's an IN FLAMES song. That is something I'm really proud of, that we have a unique sound. Not to say that we're better than anyone else, it's just that we have something that's unique to us. Read the entire interview at Songfacts.

BLACK STAR RIDERS: 'The Killer Instinct' Video Released; First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 15:49

The official video for "The Killer Instinct", the title track of the second album from BLACK STAR RIDERS, can be seen below. Released on February 24 via Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2013's "All Hell Breaks Loose" was recorded in October 2014 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON). "The Killer Instinct" first-week chart positions: United Kingdom: #13 Germany: #23 Ireland: #29 Sweden: #29 The Netherlands: #171 "The Killer Instinct" was released in different formats: CD, limited 2-CD digibook, limited gatefold black vinyl and limited gatefold clear vinyl (available for mail orders only). BLACK STAR RIDERS frontman Ricky Warwick stated about the "The Killer Instinct" artwork: "It's a bit of a continuation from 'All Hell Breaks Loose'. People will see the link. It's very rock and roll. It's going to look cool." Ricky Warwick stated about the album title: "Life's not fair, never has been, never will. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness. Because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself." The energy in the studio from a year of touring, and BLACK STAR RIDERS gelling as a creative force has resulted in a truly powerful sophomore effort. From the Irish-tinged rock of "Soldierstown" to the balls-out twin guitar riffing of "Sex, Guns & Gasoline", rom the dirty groove of "You Little Liar" to the acoustic "Blindsided", this is a band coming of age. Said BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson: "Nick Raskulinecz came riding out of the sunset like a Viking warrior, with his record collection and arsenal of killer guitars and amplifiers and proved to be the world-class producer we had heard so much about. Indeed, the rumors are all true. There's no doubt that Ricky and I had written a sizable number of songs, but Nick patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band and made sure we focused on the material to best represent BLACK STAR RIDERS in 2015." BLACK STAR RIDERS will head out on a co-headline tour of UK and Ireland with EUROPE throughout March 2015. BLACK STAR RIDERS were one of the first signings to Nuclear Blast Entertainment by Monte Conner — the A&R guru who signed acts such as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, SEPULTURA, and RUSH to Roadrunner. Nuclear Blast Entertainment is a new U.S. partnership co-founded by Conner with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. "All Hell Breaks Loose" sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. BLACK STAR RIDERS last year parted ways with bassist Marco Mendoza and replaced him with Robbie Crane (RATT, VINCE NEIL, LYNCH MOB).


from: Blabbermouth, on: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 15:25

Considered to be a pioneer of the "shred guitar" genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective. Due on April 14 via Rat Pak Records, "Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio" not only highlights Michael's best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael's most memorable performances including a dynamic version of RUSH's "What You're Doing", which features QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre, METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric, METAL CHURCH/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell. There is also a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Burn" with La Torre and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also includes Michael's tributes to Eric Clapton ("Slowhand"), Randy Rhoads ("RRR"; also featuring Rudy Sarzo on bass), and a new version of Michael Angelo Batio's unique tribute ("Diamond") to the late great Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott of PANTERA, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of QUEENSRŸCHE. Also included are some of Michael Angelo Batio's most notable instrumental tracks such as "8 Pillars of Steel" (with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy), "Juggernaut" (featuring ex-MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike LePond and Michael Romeo). Pre-order bundles are now available at this location. An official audio stream of "What You're Doing" can be found below. "I feel that 'Shred Force 1' is the culmination of my best musical work," exclaims Batio. "These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!" Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered "standard techniques" amongst guitarists worldwide. Michael not only invented, but was the world's first player of the double-guitar, and was also voted one of the world's "Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time" by Guitar World magazine. He also holds the YouTube record for his instructional video "Speed Kills", which has had the most views for a guitarist, coming in at over 15 million! Michael Angelo Batio has performed over 1,700 shows in 58 different countries since 1993 and continues his relentless touring and clinic schedule in 2015. Michael will bringi his shred abilities to television when he makes his debut on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT as the guest guitarist. "Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio" track listing: 01. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky) 02. Burn (featuring Todd La Torre and Mark Tremonti) 03. Juggernaut (featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo) 04. What You're Doing (featuring Todd La Torre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate and Craig Blackwell) 05. 8 Pillars Of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, Craig Goldy) 06. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek) 07. 2X Again 08. Slowhand (featuring Warren Dunlevy Jr.) 09. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton, Elliott Dean Rubinson) 10. Rainforest 11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek) 12. No Boundaries 13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock) Bonus Tracks (digital version only) 14. I Pray The Lord 15. Peace