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Decapitated - Involved In Serious Van Accident

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 21:25

Polish death metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=478&bandname=Decapitated>Decapitated</a> are currently touring in North America with <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=383&bandname=Gwar>Gwar</a> but unfortunately they reported today that they had a serious van accident this Friday. The good news is that they are all okay and the tour will continue despite the accident and the state of their van. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24825>Read more...</a>

Carcass - Lyric Video For New Song Released

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 21:07

Extreme metal legends <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=200&bandname=Carcass>Carcass</a> have recently released a lyric video for the new song entitled "Livestock Marketplace". The song, which was the last remaining song from the <i>Surgical Steel</i> recording sessions yet to be released, will appear on the band's forthcoming EP <i>Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel</i>. The EP also features the 3 other non-album tracks recorded during the <i>Surgical Steel</i> sessions. The video for the new song can be streamed below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24822>Read more...</a>

FATES WARNING Singer Blames Band's 'Lackadaisical' Attitude For Lack Of DREAM THEATER-Level Commercial Success

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 18:03

FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder believes that the group's "lackadaisical" attitude towards recording and touring was was what ultimates cost him and his bandmates the kind of sustained commercial success that is enjoyed by DREAM THEATER, a band that many consider to be the premier progressive metal outfit in the world. Formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut, FATES WARNING went through a number of lineup changes in its 30-year-plus career while releasing eleven studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, one VHS, three DVDs (each of them features live concerts) and four demo tapes. The band experienced major American commercial success with the 1986 release of their third studio album, "Awaken The Guardian", which peaked at No. 191 on The Billboard 200 chart and became the first LP released on Metal Blade to enter that chart. Their next three albums, "No Exit" (1988), "Perfect Symmetry" (1989) and "Parallels" (1991), were also successful; the first two peaked at No. 111 and No. 141 on the Billboard 200, respectively. Asked by Brazil's "Wikimetal" what he thinks about former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy saying DREAM THEATER often gets mistakenly credited for creating a genre that FATES WARNING launched years earlier, Alder said: "I get asked that a lot." He continued: "It's funny. They changed everything a lot, DREAM THEATER. They're amazing, amazing musicians, and I'm very happy that they have all the success they have. But their formula was much better than ours. You know, we would do an album and do a tour, and then we'd stop for a couple of years, or four years, and we'd another album and tour. They had the right idea — do an album, tour, do an album, tour, do an album tour — and they built their fan base by being there all the time. And the lack of us touring and putting albums out, it certainly hurt us a bit as far as fans [are concerned]. You know, we [release albums and play to] our fans that are there, and then we're not there anymore, so they move on to something else. I think a lot of it is our fault for being a bit lackadaisical in our performance and writing and things like that… Well, not in our performance — we definitely give everything we have when we play live — but I think that's probably one of the things." Alder added: "But it doesn't bother me at all [that DREAM THEATER gets that kind of credit]. I mean, again, I wish them all the luck in the world, and it seems like they have it. [Laughs]" In a 2009 interview with The Mooreatorium, former FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder was asked what he would say to those who credit the band with defining the progressive metal genre. "I think 'Eye To Eye' and 'Monument' are pretty close to perfect songs," Mark replied. "That is a very nice compliment, but it would have been nice for the band to progress and become a bit more successful in the commercial sense. I think that would have helped things along instead of us always sort of struggling with good tours, etc." FATES WARNING's eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1, 2013 via InsideOut Music.

SKID ROW To 'Do Some Writing' For Next EP In January

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 16:09

Rock N Reel Reviews conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo during the band's recently completed UK tour. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SKID ROW's plans to release another EP to follow up this year's "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two": Sabo: "This one will be a set of three [EPs], so we'll start working on it… We'll do some writing in January. We've done some writing already. We consciously made a point not to write everything all at once. We wanted everything to maintain that urgency and that immediacy and have the music be 'in the moment' at that particular time where we're at. And this way allows us to use the life experiences that we've gone through while touring the world and to apply that to the music as well." On whether there is a common thread running through all the EPs: Sabo: "There's a common thread that runs through all of them. We've pretty much had a common thread through all our music since our debut record. It's always been about individuality but inity, strength in numbers, community, just doing the right thing… Being good. Just doing the right thing." On how SKID ROW's newest material is going over live: Sabo: "We're doing two [songs] off the first EP and two off this EP. And it's cool because they have a great energy to them, and so I think if people aren't necessarily familiar with all the lyrics or the songs themselves, there's an energy and a groove that goes along with them that allows people to, sort of, navigate toward and get close to it, even if it's unfamiliar from, like I said, a lyrical perspective or something like that. It's like if you never heard [LED ZEPPELIN's] 'Immigrant Song', that groove forces you to get into it. It seems that the vibe and the groove and the tempos of the songs are grabbing the people." "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", the new EP from the current lineup of SKID ROWJohnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD, which came out on August 5 via Megaforce Records, contains covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.

DECAPITATED Involved In 'Serious' Van Accident

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 15:23

Polish death metallers DECAPITATED were involved in a serious van accident yesterday afternoon (Friday, October 24) while en route to a show in New Orleans, Luisiana. The band says in a statement: "We are all okay (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky." On October 29, 2007, a tour bus accident claimed the life of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, and gravely injured the band's lead singer, Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who has yet to make a full recovery. After he underwent what was deemed to be "successful" neurosurgery, a 36-hour pharmacological coma ended with Covan suffering a cardiac arrest and diffuse cerebral hypoxia (wherein brain impairment occurs due to low blood oxygen levels) because of alleged "medical negligence." Covan returned home after another six months of treatment in October 2008. Since then, Covan has made vast improvements, but still is unable to communicate and care for himself and requires 24-hour care. DECAPITATED's sixth album, "Blood Mantra", was released on September 26 via Nuclear Blast. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Decapitated.

DEATHSTARS Narrowly Avoid Tragedy After Tour Bus Catches Fire

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 15:10

Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS narrowly escaped a tragedy early this morning (Saturday, October 25) when the tour bus they were travelling in caught fire in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The group had just picked up the bus in Graz, Austria, where it was left for repair, and was on its way to a gig in Italy. It was around 8 a.m. when the bus driver became aware that something was not right. "He asked if the back door was closed, so we went and checked it," DEATHSTARS singer Andreas Bergh told the Swedish newspaper Expressen. "It had something to do with the electrical system. All of a sudden he shouted that the bus was on fire. "It only by a stroke of luck that we got out of the bus in time," the singer added. "We could have died in there." Between 15 and 16 people were travelling on the bus, and those who were asleep were quickly awoken and told to run out of the vehicle, which had just come out of a tunnel. Within a few minutes, the rear of the bus, where most of the bunks were located, exploded, causing extensive damage to the trailer that was attached to the bus and destroying the musicians' instruments. "Luckily, some of us were awake" when the incident happened," Bergh said. "Had we been stuck in the tunnel at the time of the explosion, we would have run the risk of everything becoming one big puff of smoke and a truck slamming into the bus. It could have been a disaster." Ambulances and emergency services were quickly on the accident scene, which was cordoned off. The bandmembers were then taken to an alpine hut near Graz where they were being taken care of by rescue personnel. "Psychologists and police and nurses are here," Bergh told Expressen. "We are still in shock over the fact that we made it out alive." He added: "We may cancel the gig in Italy, but we're going to Munich [Germany] late [Saturday] so hopefully it will go well. We plan to continue the tour." Bergh thinks it will take a while for the band to get over the emotional stress of the accident. "It was really extremely, extremely close, and it could have been much worse," he said. "Imagine the whole damn bus catching fire while you are sitting inside it, and then it explodes. "We literally had gotten out with seconds to spare, since the incident happened just outside the tunnel." Check out photos of the burned out bus at Krone.at.

Legendary CREAM Bassist JACK BRUCE Dies

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 14:31

Legendary CREAM bassist/singer Jack Bruce died today of liver disease. He was 71 years old. His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Bruce's death was confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers. She said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family." CREAM was formed in 1966, and consisted of Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock, combining imaginative lyrics, often written by poet Pete Brown, Eric Clapton's innovative blues guitar playing, Jack Bruce's operatic voice and fluid bass playing, and Ginger Baker's jazz-influenced drumming. The group soon evolved further creating a trademark approach built around each musician's virtuoso playing. Their live performances soon became renowned for lengthy improvisational pieces based on traditional blues structures such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", modern blues such as "Born Under A Bad Sign", and their own songs such as "White Room" and Ginger Baker's powerhouse showcase "Toad". Following their first pop hit single "I Feel Free" in January 1967, CREAM's debut, "Fresh Cream", set the tone for group's inventive mix of blues standards and more eccentric original material and reached No. 6 in the UK album charts. It offered a unique blend of blues — Robert Johnson's "Four Until Late" and Skip James' "I'm So Glad" — inventive originals such as "Dreaming" and the showcase, near-instrumental "Cat's Squirrel". Before the end of the year, CREAM released the follow-up "Disraeli Gears", its distinctive Day-Glo psychedelic cover designed by underground illustrator Martin Sharp. Recorded in May in New York during their first American tour, it includes landmark songs such as "Strange Brew", the melodic but heavy-riffing "Sunshine Of Your Love" and more surrealistic, wah-wah drenched "Tales Of Brave Ulysses"; in all a brilliant, textured, multi-dubbed sound that went beyond blues. Non-stop touring soon saw CREAM break through in America where "Wheels Of Fire", released in August 1968, topped the U.S. charts for a month and was the world's first platinum-selling double album. It comprised one album "in the studio" — including the Jack Bruce- and Pete Brown-penned classics "White Room" and "Politician" — while the other side was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, highlighted by expansive readings of "Crossroads" and "Spoonful".

SUICIDE SILENCE Unveils New Mobile App

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 13:32

Powered by DiscipleMedia, the new, exclusive SUICIDE SILENCE mobile app — compatible with all handheld iOS and Android devices — has been unveiled. Get yours here: * iOS/Apple users * Android/Google users As an added incentive for those who download the app within the first 24 hours, SUICIDE SILENCE and Disciple Media will randomly select three lucky winners who'll receive a special SUICIDE SILENCE merch pack that includes a limited-edition vinyl version of the latest album, "You Can't Stop Me", two posters, a laminate, and guitar picks. SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist and songwriter Mark Heylmun shares the following about the band's newest endeavor: "This new SUICIDE SILENCE app is a game changer — and I hate that term. This isn't the same old band app with the same old crap. This gets you guys — our fans! — closer to us and us closer to you. My favorite thing about it is live streaming where we can show you what we're doing wherever we are, either playing a show or just hanging out. This app is everything SUICIDE SILENCE. Check it out!" A one-stop destination for all things SUICIDE SILENCE, the app is a direct, two-way channel of communication between the members of the band and their dedicated fan base. App users will receive all breaking SUICIDE SILENCE news first, listen to exclusive music, watch live video streams, see exclusive photos, have access to upcoming pre-sale tour tickets and special band merchandise, and enter app-only contests. "We're really excited to work with SUICIDE SILENCE on their new app, it's going to be great! They're such a forward-thinking band who want to share exclusive content and get closer to their fans via mobile. We can't wait for the app to be out there for SUICIDE SILENCE fans to experience," states Benjamin Vaughan, CEO of Disciple Media. In addition to accessing all of SUICIDE SILENCE's existing social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram), fans can also join the band's exclusive community to friend, message, chat, comment, and like with other SUICIDE SILENCE fans, in one-to-one or group messaging. "We have tons of exclusive content for you to check out," adds lead vocalist Eddie Hermida. "I hope you are all ready to tune into our day to day lives, everyone… we will be waiting for you!" The free, five-week trial launches today, October 24. Come December 1, fans can subscribe for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.69 per month to retain the exclusive features or opt out to use its basic functions for no charge. SUICIDE SILENCE is currently on a co-headlining tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and openers CHELSEA GRIN and ALTERBEAST, which runs through October 30.

Arch Enemy - Stream Judas Priest Cover

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 13:08

Currently on tour in North America in support of their new album <i>War Eternal</i>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=42&bandname=Arch+Enemy>Arch Enemy</a> will be releasing a 7" split with <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=142&bandname=Kreator>Kreator</a>, who are direct support on the run. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=42&bandname=Arch+Enemy>Arch Enemy</a>, now fronted by Alissa White-Gluz, covered the <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=78&bandname=Judas+Priest>Judas Priest</a> classic "Breaking The Law" for this special release. To hear their version of the track, just click play on the Soundcloud player available below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24821>Read more...</a>

SISTER SIN: Entire 'Black Lotus' Album Available For Streaming

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:59

Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN will release their fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", on October 27 via Victory. The CD is now available for streaming in its entirety below. SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell tells Examiner.com about "Black Lotus": "We always grow a little bit more into the metal scene for each record we do. But that's our roots. It's the really old kind of metal stuff. But also we get some inspiration from newer bands like ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES and stuff like that too. "I feel that we tried to get heavier on this record than the previous record. Also, the production of it we draw to the heavier kind of sound, and I really like that because I'm into the heavy kind of music." Regarding the recording process for "Black Lotus", Jagrell said: "We had limited time in the studio comparing to previous records. We had to find a way to make it work in the short amount of time that we had. So instead of doing the drums first, then bass, the guitar, and the vocals last, we actually did… well, we did do the drums first, of course, but then we kind of did vocals; and guitars we sometimes put after the vocals, and for us that was new. We had like two studios, so we worked simultaneously. I think it was good that we did some of the guitars after the vocals, because then we could actually work the guitars with the vocals better than we've done on the previous records. So that was kind of new." "Black Lotus" track listing: 01. Food For Worms 02. Chaos Royale 03. Au Revoir 04. Desert Queen 05. Count Me Out 06. Stones Throw 07. The Jinx 08. Ruled By None 09. Sail North According to a press release, SISTER SIN "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of MÖTLEY CRÜE, ACCEPT and JUDAS PRIEST, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HALESTORM." The lyric video for the "Chaos Royale" song from "Black Lotus" can be seen below. Exclusive SISTER SIN pre-order packages for "Black Lotus" are available now at VictoryMerch.com. Starting at just $19.98, various packages include the "Black Lotus" CD or limited-edition colored vinyl with exclusive t-shirts, hooded sweatshirt, koozie and more. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the track "Chaos Royale". SISTER SIN's third album, "Now And Forever", entered the official chart in the band's home country of Sweden at position No. 44.

Euphonia - Julie Kiss And Tom MacLean&#039;s New Band Releases New Single

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:47

With <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2135&bandname=To-Mera>To-Mera</a> on a hiatus, two of the band's founding members, vocalist Julie Kiss and guitarist Tom MacLean are now focusing on their new project: <b>Euphonia</b>. Described as an "atmospheric prog rock project," <b>Euphonia</b> just presented their new single, called "Breathless". You can listen to the track for free at their <a href="http://euphonia.bandcamp.com/track/breathless">Bandcamp page</a>. Did it whet your appetite? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24820>Read more...</a>

Cadaveria - New Single Released, Streaming Online

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:33

While you wait for the new <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=205&bandname=Cadaveria>Cadaveria</a> album to drop, the band has released a new single which is included on their upcoming album entitled <i>Silence</i>, to be made available on November 18th via Scarlet Records. The single is entitled <i>Carnival Of Doom</i> and it can already be found on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/carnival-of-doom-single/id932101229?l=en">iTunes</a>. You can view the cover artwork for the single below. As for the music, check out the song "Carnival Of Doom" streaming exclusively on <a href="https://scarletrecords.bandcamp.com/album/silence">Bandcamp</a>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24816>Read more...</a>

METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO: How I Helped Recover PASTORIUS' Infamous 'Bass Of Doom'

from: Blabbermouth, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:25

Jaco Pastorius has long been regarded as one of, if not the, most influential bass guitarist of all time and is METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo personal hero. So upon overhearing a phone conversation that Jaco's legendary "Bass Of Doom" had resurfaced after being missing for over twenty years, but was tied up in an ugly legal battle, Robert instinctively offered to assist the Pastorius family in its recovery. "There was a legal situation going on at the time," Trujillo told Bass Guitar Magazine. "It's settled now, but the family was really stressed out about it. Basically, Jaco's famous Fender Jazz, which had been missing for 20 years, was in the hands of a collector in New York City. The bass had been rumoured to have been stolen and/or sold. It's doubtful that Jaco would have sold his bass for drugs or anything. It was open to interpretation. Our feelings were that it had been taken when Jaco was homeless in the park in New York City. It had been broken into, like, 50 pieces. I've seen the photos: insanity. Jaco had sent the bass down to Florida to [bass tech] Kevin Kaufman, who rebuilt it. Jaco got the bass back and it was then taken. He did one recording with it with Mike Stern before that happened. So Kevin came up to New York, authenticated the instrument and that was where the problems started, because the family obviously wanted the bass back but the guy wouldn't give it up. So I sponsored the money to get the bass back." He continued: "I'm not a collector, but I felt at the time that it was important for me to help the situation, so we got the bass back. I'm its legal owner, but I made a point of ensuring that any decision made about the instrument has to go through the family. To them, it was like the family pet that used to lie around the house, without even being in a case. Felix Pastorius [Jaco's son and twin of Julius Pastorius] has it right now. I've played it and it's incredible, it was in pretty good shape." Trujillo added: "There's a lot of misinterpretation about the situation. I'm not one to go on the Internet: I'm completely aloof to all that shit, but I've been approached by people in the street who have the wrong idea, who thought that I bogarted the instrument [i.e. kept it for himself], that I found it in New York City and I paid all this money and took it. That always upsets Johnny and Felix very much, because the situation was completely the opposite. I'm a person that takes on situations from passion. I get passionate about things, and I try to help." Like so many other musical greats, Jaco Pastorius died young, only 35, but his legacy has lasted the test of time. With his pioneering techniques, charismatic and outrageous stage performances and his unmistakable singular style, Jaco left behind a musical legacy that has continued to inspire and influence ongoing generations worldwide. Through his critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut album, his work with break-through fusion/jazz group WEATHER REPORT, whose "Heavy Weather" album is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and his collaborations with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, Jaco's reputation and influence grew to permeate many musical styles and genres. The legendary "Bass Of Doom", nicknamed by Jaco himself, is a 1962 Fender jazz bass that Jaco removed the frets from and refinished the neck with boat epoxy. This customized bass was the only fretless instrument Jaco ever recorded with throughout his career right up until it was stolen from a Manhattan park bench in 1986. Despite repeated attempts from friends and family to locate it, the whereabouts of the famous bass remained unknown until it showed up in early 2006 in a small guitar shop on New York's West Side. Unfortunately the owner of the shop refused to return it to the Pastorius family resulting in protracted legal squabbles. Almost two years passed before Robert was able to jump in and help make it possible for the family to settle out the case and regain control of their father's prized bass.

The Deathtrip - Debut New Song

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:22

By now, <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24441">you have probably heard</a> of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8515&bandname=The+Deathtrip>The Deathtrip</a>. This Norwegian black metal band features Bjørn "Lord Aldrahn" Dencker (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3479&bandname=Thorns>Thorns</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4955&bandname=Zyklon-B>Zyklon-B</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=902&bandname=D%26oslash%3Bdheimsgard>Dødheimsgard</a>) on vocals, guitarist Host and drummer Daniel "Storm" Mullins (<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3052&bandname=The+Axis+Of+Perdition>The Axis Of Perdition</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=48&bandname=Bal-Sagoth>Bal-Sagoth</a>). The band has now premiered the first track off the forthcoming debut album. You can listen below to "Flag Of Betrayal" and get a taste of this opus. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24819>Read more...</a>

Downfall Of Gaia - Stream Another Song

from: Metal Storm, on: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:34

German post-metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7561&bandname=Downfall+Of+Gaia>Downfall Of Gaia</a> are streaming online another new track off their upcoming album <i>Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay</i>. The nearly 9-minute song is called "To Carry Myself To The Grave" and you can give it a listen <a href="http://www.rockhard.de/news/newsarchiv/newsansicht/39095-downfall-of-gaia-feiern-songpremiere-von-to-carry-myself-to-the-grave.html">at this location</a>. Satisfy your curiosity. Was it worth your time? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24818>Read more...</a>