American brutal death metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6061&bandname=Unmerciful>Unmerciful</a> have revealed the details for their sophomore album (their first new album in 10 years!), <i>Ravenous Impulse</i>, due out on July 22nd, 2016 via <b>Unique Leader Records</b>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29371>Read more...</a>
Former Members Of MORBID ANGEL, GOD FORBID Pay Tribute To NICK MENZA With 'Symphony Of Destruction' Performance
Former MORBID ANGEL drummer Tim Yeung and ex-GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle paid tribute to late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza with a performance of the MEGADETH classic "Symphony Of Destruction" during this past Tuesday's (May 24) "Ultimate Jam Night" at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. They were joined by Howie Simon (guitar, vocals) and Ben White (bass). Check out video footage below (courtesy of California Rock News and Alex Kluft Photography). Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack after the third song of OHM:'s set on May 21 at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. He was 51 years old. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of natural causes. The cause of Menza's death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Menza had reportedly dabbled with drugs in the earlier part of his career but had been completely sober for eight years. Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1989 recording "Rust In Peace" and for the next nine years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era. "Ultimate Jam Night", which debuted its Whisky A Go Go residency on March 29, features a wide range of music genres, a circus atmosphere, every Tuesday night at the Whisky A Go Go. Chuck Wright, longtime bassist of QUIET RIOT, started "Ultimate Jam Night" over a year ago at Lucky Strike and has now moved it to the Whisky A Go Go. It remains a no-cover show.May 23, 2016
RIP to Nick Menza. Seeing the "Symphony of Destruction" video was the spark that made me fall in… https://t.co/lni9EAipMk— Doc Coyle (@DocCoyle) May 22, 2016
Reunited cult New York thrash metal act DEMOLITION HAMMER played its first comeback concert yesterday (Sunday, May 29) at the Maryland Deathfest at Edison Lot in Baltimore, Maryland. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. As previously reported, DEMOLITION HAMMER will also play at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, June 17. The band will also perform at the Netherlands Deathfest II in March 2017. DEMOLITION HAMMER's 2016 lineup consists of original members Steve Reynolds (vocals, bass) and James Reilly (guitar) alongside longtime guitarist Derek Sykes and the group's latest addition, drummer Angel Cotte (EYES LIKE CYANIDE). Sykes told BLABBERMOUTH.NET about DEMOLITION HAMMER's future plans: "We'll do some limited touring and festivals. We haven't discussed new music yet, but we'll see where all this goes." DEMOLITION HAMMER was active between 1986 and 1994 and released three full-length albums — "Tortured Existence" (1990), "Epidemic Of Violence" (1992) and "Time Bomb" (1994) — all through Century Media. A DEMOLITION HAMMER compilation, "Necrology: A Complete Anthology", was issued in 2008, also through Century Media. The set contained the band's entire three-album discography across two discs. Shortly before the compilation's release, Sykes released a statement taking issue with "the allegations" included in the liner notes which suggested that the band "didn't have time to contribute" to the anthology. He explained: "In fact, DEMOLITION HAMMER was quite involved in the initial realization of the project. But ultimately, due to qualitative differences, we decided to let our past work with Century Media speak for itself." In March 2015, Century Media reissued "Tortured Existence" and "Epidemic Of Violence" on vinyl.
Norwegian death metallers EXECRATION have inked a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. EXECRATION comments: "We're really excited to pen this deal with Metal Blade. Metal Blade is a legendary label, with legendary bands and releases from all the way back to the beginning, and joining the ranks is a true privilege. "After an eventful year with touring and receiving a Norwegian Grammy Award [equivalent] for our latest album, we are now ready to embark on the next chapter for EXECRATION, and we're confident that Metal Blade is the perfect partner in doing so." EXECRATION formed in 2004 and unleashed a few demos and an EP before releasing their debut full-length, "Syndicate Of Lethargy", in 2008. It wasn't until 2011 and the release of their sophomore effort, "Odes Of The Occult", that the band gained more recognition in the scene, which resulted in acclaimed reviews and high-profile festival performances, including Inferno, Beyond The Gates, Killtown Deathfest — plus a tour of southern Europe. On this album, EXECRATION incorporated a wider set of influences: namely black metal, but also more obscure sounds, such as open strung riffs and a general focus on atmosphere over brutality. Before the next release, EXECRATION replaced the B-tuned guitars with regular E tuning, which offered new opportunities in terms of sound and what kinds of riffs would work well. This sparked the creative period that created 2014's "Morbid Dimensions" — the band's third album — which received even better reviews and landed EXECRATION a Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy equivalent) in January 2015. Following this release, they played gigs over most of Norway — including the country's biggest festivals (Inferno, Blastfest) — plus, completed a brief tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, in addition to festival appearances in Germany (Chaos Descends) and the U.K. (Live Evil). EXECRATION is now in the final stages of the song-writing process for their fourth album, but unlike the previous two releases, their upcoming effort will not mark a dramatic stylistic shift. It will be the most compact execration album to-date - shorter, and with tighter compositions. Fans can expect an array of catchy, complex, prog-infused, intense tracks that will surely garner accolades once again. EXECRATION is: Jorgen Maristuen - guitar/vocals Chris Johansen - guitar/vocals Jonas Helgemo - bass Cato Syversrud - drums
If you were going to attend <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=117793"><b>Temples Festival 2016</b></a>, we have bad news to share. The U.K. festival set to take place in June has just been cancelled despite the previous band announcements. According to their lengthy statement, the fest is cancelled due to lack of funding after they were left with debt following Temples 2015. Ticket refunds are available, of course. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29370>Read more...</a>
Quality fan-filmed video footage of French progressive metallers GOJIRA performing a new song, "Stranded", at this year's Rockavaria festival, which was held May 27-29 in Munich, Germany, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's brand new studio album, "Magma", which will be released on June 17 via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2012's "L'Enfant Sauvage" was recorded at GOJIRA frontman Joseph Duplantier's Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York. "Magma" track listing: 01. The Shooting Star 02. Silvera 03. The Cell 04. Stranded 05. Yellow Stone 06. Magma 07. Pray 08. Only Pain 09. Low Lands 10. Liberation The cover artwork for "Magma" can be seen below. Joseph told RollingStone.com in a new interview that GOJIRA worked on twelve songs for the album before ultimately deciding on ten. "We want a short album," he said. "Something less epic than what we usually do. People's attentions are shorter now. So a lot of the songs are four minutes." Joseph and his brother, GOJIRA drummer Mario Duplantier, who make up the band's songwriting core, were forced to put the sessions for the new album on hold when their mother got sick and eventually died last summer. "I felt physically, mentally exhausted," Joseph told RollingStone.com. "At the same time, though, the way it happened was beautiful. We were all around her. We had to cancel a few shows when she died, but it was very enriching at the same time. We learned a lot about death." "When you read Joe's lyrics, for me, I cry right away," Mario said. "They're very deep and to the point. No bullshit. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music." "Mario was recording drums, and I was playing guitar with him, just trying to help him know where he's at in the song, and both of us would start crying at the same time," Joseph added. "The songs were half-written while she was sick," he said. "After she died, I still had to finish them. So one song was like, 'You're going to make it,' but the second verse is 'You didn't make it.'" "Stranded" performance: "Stranded" official video:
HELLYEAH's TOM MAXWELL On Why New Rock Bands Aren't Selling A Lot Of Records: 'People Don't Wanna Buy Dogs**t'
Finland's Kaaos TV recently conducted an interview with HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why so many new rock bands are having a difficult time selling records in the digital age: Tom: "Well, people don't wanna buy dogshit. You know what I mean? I think that's why. That's really basically what it comes down to. There's just so much oversaturation and just so many bands, and none of them sound original; everybody sounds like the band you just listened to before. I put on a heavy metal radio station here in the States, [and] nine times out of ten, I can't tell who's who. So why would people go out and spend good money on music that fucking sucks? So, yeah, I get it [why] people will buy one or two songs at a time, because usually that's the only… most records only have one or two good songs nowadays, so why would they wanna go spend all their money on a whole record that sucks ass. "If you really dig deep and put together a record — from song one until the end — that is just great, and you don't have any songs that you fast-forward to the next song for, then, you know, they might need that record, they might need to have all of it, the whole package, not just one song. "I think with technology nowadays, with, obviously, all the downloading an streaming, it gives people an opportunity to listen to your record and judge whether they wanna go out and buy it or not. So, yeah, I think if more bands put more time and quality into the writing, they might actually sell more records." On whether it still makes sense for bands like HELLYEAH to release full-length albums: Tom: "You know, I don't know. I kind of battle with that decision too sometimes, whether it's worth doing whole records. Sometimes I wonder if it'd be better off just writing an entire record but releasing it in increments, you know what I mean? Like, three songs a quarter or something — just have something special for them to listen to every time. But most record labels won't do that, because retail buys all the records upfront, so, yeah, they want their money; they make money off a CD still, because retail pays upfront. You can't really make sales when you're releasing things virally, I would say, so they still wanna get paid for those hard copies." On whether he thinks YouTube and other streaming services are good for newer bands: Tom: "Sure. I mean, any kind of promotion, anything you can use to promote your band is good. Nowadays I wonder if making videos is worth it anymore, but our 'Moth' video has been shown over ten million times, so people are watching. I think there's good and bad in all the technology. You can't just look at it as all bad. It's a double-edged sword; there's good and there's bad. You just have to use the good to your advantage and try to work around the bad and strategically do things that will benefit you in a world where streaming, for example, could be a problem for most people. [You have to look at it] as a tool to get the music out there to more people." On whether he uses Spotify himself: Tom: "Yeah, I mean, sometimes; sometimes I'll put it on. I don't really see the big deal. Some people get pissed off that their music is up there, but unless you're selling five million records a week and it's affecting your sales to that extent, then, yeah, it might be an issue for somebody who can't afford to put a brand new Jacuzzi in their palace or whatever. But for upcoming bands and bands that aren't really selling or making the kind of music [that results in those kinds of] record sales or whatnot, yeah, you need it. Why not? What's the big deal? It's just another tool for people to hear your music." HELLYEAH's fifth album, "Unden!able", will be released on June 3. The disc marks the first time that HELLYEAH's current lineup — which includes Vinnie, Maxwell, Gray, guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders — has recorded together as a unit. HELLYEAH recorded "Unden!able" at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, where it was produced by Kevin Churko, who co-wrote all the songs.
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo once again joined RODRIGO Y GABRIELA — the dynamic Mexican duo who became international world-music superstars with their self-titled album of aggressive acoustic guitars and irresistible Latin rhythms — on stage on May 29 at the BottleRock festival in Napa, California to perform a couple of METALLICA covers: "Orion" and "Battery". Video footage of his appearance can be seen below (courtesy of Walter Morgan) Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA, a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years. "Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands — METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years." Asked in a 2010 interview if RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's metal connections were fading, Rodrigo said: "No, it's growing, actually. You go to our shows and you see a lot of metalheads. It was great to have the recognition from the kings, from METALLICA themselves, to be in touch with them and having the opportunity to jam with Robert pretty often. It's great, because that opened the door for a lot of metalheads to understand that we come from there. It's clear for the people that we love metal."
Former THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving has joined forces with ex-FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero in a new project called DRESS THE DEAD. The group, whose lineup is rounded out by Mark Hernandez on drums, James Walker on bass and Dan Delay on guitar, has revealed its mission statement: "We intend on making heads bang, bodies move and bones shake." DRESS THE DEAD is: * Peter Dolving (IAMFIRE, THE HAUNTED, MARY BEATS JANE) - Vocals * Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS, MANMADE GOD) - Guitar * Mark Hernandez (FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, RE:IGNITION) - Drums * James Walker (MANMADE GOD, ORION) - Bass * Dan Delay (DRAWING HEAVEN) - Guitar Previously a vocalist for MARY BEATS JANE, Dolving joined THE HAUNTED in 1997 and sang in their debut self-titled album. In 1998, he left the group to concentrate on a band called ZEN-MONKEY but returned in 2003 following the departure of Marco Aro (the vocalist which took over Dolving's spot after Peter's 1998 exit). He has since appeared on the studio albums "Revolver" (2004), "The Dead Eye" (2006), "Versus" (2008) and "Unseen" (2011). Dolving left THE HAUNTED again in February 2012, explaining in a statement that he "had fucking had it with dysfunctional bullshit." He has since been replaced by a returning Marco Aro. FORBIDDEN's last album, "Omega Wave", was released in October 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD landed at position No. 27 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. Locicero spent the last few years focusing all his attention on SPIRALARMS, the San Francisco Bay Area-based heavy rock band also featuring Tim Narducci (ex-SYSTEMATIC) on vocals, Chris "Cornbread" Lombardo on bass, Brad Barth on keyboards, Anthony Traslavina on rhythm guitar and Ron Redeen (THE ESSENESS PROJECT) on drums.
LA Rock of the Rock 105 radio station conducted an interview with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory at this year's Rock On The Range festival, which was held May 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's upcoming co-headlining U.S. tour with SHINEDOWN, Zoltan said: "When you put together a lineup [for a tour], there are many factors: who's available, who's not, who's in the studio, who's not, and who's committed to other tours. So a tour is being planned, like, a year in advance. And we have to look at their timeline; like, what is SHINEDOWN doing?" He continued: "SHINEDOWN, [they are an] awesome band. Actually, I listen to those guys a lot. I think they write awesome fricking songs. Great voice… That band is a great band, in my opinion. And they have their own fanbase, and it's a huge fanbase. You put these two bands together, and we're gonna fill up massive arenas. And everybody gets equal opportunity; we never limit anybody's sound. It's a co-headline; they bring whatever they want. This is not a competition for who's louder, who's not; it's about bringing back that hard rock family, what it used to be. Whoever comes out to the show should have a good time, basically. And an arena tour means we are inside, so even the first band, it doesn't matter that they go on first; they have lights, they have whatever they want." Support on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's tour with SHINEDOWN will come from SIXX A.M. and AS LIONS. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records. The first album with Rise Records, the BMG-owned rock label, will be released following the completion of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's obligation to its current label, Prospect Park. It was revealed last month that FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's label, Prospect Park, filed a lawsuit against the band, accusing it of allegedly trying to violate its recording contract by rushing to make a new album despite the addiction problems of Ivan Moody. The group fired back, calling the suit "the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics used by our former manager and current label CEO Jeff Kwatinetz to extract money from and wield power against the band."
On May 24, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford was one of the guest speakers at a business seminar in Sweden called "Världens Farligaste Möte" (English-language transation: The World's Most Dangerous Meeting). The event is a yearly e-commerce seminar in Gothenburg arranged by the company Star Republic, which has previously hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty speakers as Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Yngwie Malmsteen. During the 45-minute question-and-answer session, Halford talked about what it was like making the first PRIEST albums, future plans, growing up in post-war Britain, his only jail incident in Arizona, how he started singing in the school choir, his grounded life off stage scrubbing toilets and his love for PRIEST fans all over the world. After the Q&A, Rob took time out to pose for pictures with fans and event staff (as well as a lifesize copy of himself) and even made it up to the roller coaster ride "Helix". The CEO of the surf brand About:Blank attended the seminar and said: "Rob was the coolest guy ever. He really took time out to take pictures with everybody, shook hands, said 'thank you' to everyone who came up and was extremely humble to everyone involved. "For me, growing up with giant JUDAS PRIEST posters on the wall in the '80s, it was a dream come true getting to say hi to him. It was also really cool seeing him up at the roller coaster afterwards without any ego or bodyguards — just hanging out. The rock world needs more Rob Halfords." Photos courtesy of Kenny Bergander
As they are about to release a new album, <i>The Last Stand</i>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1362&bandname=Sabaton>Sabaton</a> have announced the first dates for their massive European tour for 2017. <b>The Last Tour</b> is their biggest tour yet and scheduled to kick off on January 7th at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Very special guests are heavy metal legends <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=291&bandname=Accept>Accept</a>. Find all dates below! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29369>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=9708&bandname=Gutter+Instinct>Gutter Instinct</a> are a blackened death metal band from Sweden and they have just released their debut album, <i>Age Of The Fanatics</i>, via Prosthetic Records. Following their debut EP, <i>The Insurrection</i>, this new opus develops a blackened edge to their haunting death metal, drawing influence from bands such as <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4453&bandname=Teitanblood>Teitanblood</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7974&bandname=B%26ouml%3Blzer>Bölzer</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7838&bandname=Grave+Miasma>Grave Miasma</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7241&bandname=Black+Witchery>Black Witchery</a> and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4721&bandname=Portal>Portal</a>. If you are curious, hear the album below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29368>Read more...</a>
Latvian thrash metallers <b>Huskvarn</b> decided to call it a day in 2013, and in 2015 the band played their farewell concert. Now, they have decided to play again and use the original name <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5207&bandname=Husqvarna>Husqvarna</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=29366>Read more...</a>
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield joined CORROSION OF CONFORMITY on stage last night (Sunday, May 29) at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California to perform the song "Seven Days", which appeared on C.O.C.'s 1994 album "Deliverance". Video footage and photos of his appearance can be seen below. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has a long history with METALLICA, having opened for the Hetfield-fronted band in the late 1990s. Hetfield sang backing vocals on the song "Man Or Ash", from C.O.C.'s 1996 album "Wiseblood", and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY frontman Pepper Keenan guested on METALLICA's cover of LYNYRD SKYNYRD's "Tuesday’s Gone", which appeared on METALLICA's 1998 "Garage Inc." EP. Hetfield last year said that Keenan returning to CORROSION OF CONFORMITY was one of his "Top Ten Things Of 2015."