If you have heard <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4467&bandname=Marty+Friedman>Marty Friedman</a>'s new album <i>Inferno</i>, you will know this song, "Undertow". Following a trek across the UK, the guitar virtuoso presents his brand new music video for the song today. According to Friedman (who currently resides in Tokyo), the video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture. The clip is available below. What do you think of it? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25288>Read more...</a>
TREMONTI, the band led by CREED and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti, recently finished recording its second album for an early 2015 release. The follow-up to 2012's "All I Was" was helmed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH. Video footage from the studio can be seen below. A listening party and live performance for the second TREMONTI album will be held on January 31, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen joined Tremonti's solo band for touring purposes after ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall dropped off the project. With ALTER BRIDGE and CREED both still active, The Pulse Of Radio asked Tremonti a while back how he knows which songs are right for each project. "I've just gotten this filter, this intuition that tells me what songs go to which band, and with my solo stuff, the rhythm section is so different from the other bands, I think it really stands apart," he said. "I think it's a little more aggressive than both the other bands." Tremonti recorded "All I Was" using ideas rejected by his ALTER BRIDGE bandmates, who felt some of the material was too "speed metal" for their sound. Tremonti revealed, "I tried it with them about 10 times and it would never stick. I didn't want those ideas to go to waste . . . Now it's a living, breathing band so we gotta keep it going." Tremonti's other act, ALTER BRIDGE, released its fourth album, called "Fortress", last year.
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor joined ROYAL MACHINES on stage this past Saturday night (December 20) at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California to perform the ALICE IN CHAINS classic "Them Bones". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. ROYAL MACHINES is the new "all-star covers fun-times band" featuring former CAMP FREDDY members Dave Navarro (JANE'S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Billy Morrison (ex-THE CULT bassist, current CIRCUS DIABLO vocalist), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), and Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION, ALANIS MORRISETTE), alongside frequent CAMP FREDDY collaborator, singer Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), and acclaimed drummer Josh Freese (THE VANDALS, DEVO, A PERFECT CIRCLE). Freese was unable to make last night's show and was temporarily replaced by Adrian Young of NO DOUBT. Since its formation ten years ago when they rocked the opening of The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles at the invitation of Brent Bolthouse, CAMP FREDDY had performed on both coasts of America and on national television shows ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn", "Last Call with Carson Daly").
American experimental act <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4664&bandname=Pyramids>Pyramids</a> have announced today that their new album will be titled <i>A Northern Meadow</i>. The follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut will be released through Profound Lore Records on March 17th, 2015. You can also take a look at the cover artwork that will grace this new opus below. Further details shall be announced soon. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25286>Read more...</a>
"The Devil In I", the new performance video from SLIPKNOT, can be seen below. The clip was filmed during the band's Knotfest, which was held October 25-26 in Devore, California. "The Devil In I" is taken from SLIPKNOT's new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21 via Roadrunner. A disgruntled former drumtech for SLIPKNOT has revealed the identity of the band's newest members by posting a picture of a backstage call sheet on Instagram. The sheet, posted by Norm Costa, shows the names Jay Weinberg, their new drummer and Alessandro Venturella, the bassist. While the sheet doesn't point out who is who, Venturella's identity was pretty much revealed on accident in SLIPKNOT's music video for "The Devil In I", where Venturella's hand tattoos were visible. Singer Corey Taylor admitted he was unhappy when distinctive tattoos on Venturella's hand identified him as SLIPKNOT's new bassist. At the time, Corey said, "I was, like, 'Why didn't we make him wear gloves?' I was so upset. I was, like, we thought of all this stuff. We put the hood on him and then the mask... And then there is his tattoos for everybody [to see]. I was, like, 'Well, we missed the mark on that one.'" SLIPKNOT's first major headlining tour in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", dubbed "Prepare For Hell", also featured KORN and KING 810. The trek kicked off on October 29 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7 in Boston.
Since the breakup of visual kei juggernauts <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3250&bandname=Versailles>Versailles</a> in 2012, vocalist <a href="http://chateau-agency.com/kamijo/">Kamijo</a> has been vigorously pursuing a solo career, churning out a run of singles and full-length debut <i>Heart</i>. Now, to commemorate his twentieth year in the music industry, he has announced a world tour that will see him performing on at least four continents. Thus far, only dates for the tour's European and Japanese legs have been confirmed. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25285>Read more...</a>
"Undertow", the new video from former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, can be seen below. The clip features an unsullied look at Japanese culture, says Friedman, who moved to Japan in 2003. "'Undertow' gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports, like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime," he says. "It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western 'Japanophile' view of it." Regarding the video's concept, Friedman explains that "the 'Undertow' video attempts to show that when you see a thing of beauty, there is often an undercurrent of true sadness and hardship behind the scenes which creates the motivation to do something extraordinary." Friedman recently spoke to Wondering Sound about his decision to leave MEGADETH in 1999 in order to make the kind of music that he was passionate about: Japanese pop music, or J-Pop, which Friedman calls "embarrassingly happy." "I found myself touring with MEGADETH, and in my hotel room I'd be blasting this Japanese music all the time. What's wrong with this picture?" he said. As his interest in J-pop grew, Friedman started enjoying MEGADETH less. "I thought I was doing myself a disservice just playing the same old stuff and not really enjoying it," he told Wondering Sound. "Making money from fans who want to see you play when you're not into it didn't really sit right with me." According to Marty, he simply outgrew metal, explaining that MEGADETH's music began to bore him, and he singled out the band's popular ballad "A Tout Le Monde" as an example. "The melody's like duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh. It's kind of the same thing over and over again," he told NPR in a separate interview. "I'd go play the show at night with MEGADETH. And I'd be like, you know, what what I'm listening to is just so much more exciting than what I'm playing as my gig." Friedman told his MEGADETH bandmates that he would leave the group at the conclusion of a 16-month-long tour, but "only stayed three more months." He explained to Wondering Sound: "It was just too much. I'm the kind of guy who can't fake it that well. It wasn't very nice, but I just couldn't go on anymore." Focusing on the J-Pop genre, Friedman noted that going for the opposite of metal was the whole point. "There's not a whole lot of happy music going on," he told NPR. "Especially in the heavy metal world, where everybody's just trying to out-lame each other, you know, with darkness and monsters and crap like that." Marty's new solo album, "Inferno", sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 186 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 26 via Prosthetic Records (except in Japan, where the album was made available through Universal Music).
CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein believes that bands like KISS should quit making new albums because their latest material doesn't come close to matching the quality of their classic output. Windstein, who credits KISS with inspiring him to play music when he first heard the Paul Stanley- and Gene Simmons-led outfit back in 1975, tells Echo Asylum 's Insanity: "You hate to say it, but some bands, as they get older, they put out a record as an excuse to go on tour." He continues: "As big a fan as I am of KISS, and, actually, after reading Paul Stanley's book, I have a whole new insight on why they have Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in KISS, and I do agree with Gene and Paul that at this point they probably do belong in KISS, even though Ace [Frehley] is my favorite character and member. But with a band like KISS, honestly, I wish that they would quit making records, because I haven't liked the last couple of records that they've done. I understand they wanna make new music, but Jesus, the guys are getting close to their mid-60s now, and it's, like, let's be honest… For the most part, the people [buy KISS concert tickets] to see… they wanna hear 'Detroit Rock City', 'Rock And Roll All Nite', 'She', 'God Of Thunder', 'Shout It Out Loud'… I mean, they're not buying the tickets to hear the songs off the new record, and it's kind of like an excuse, like I was saying to just… It's just my opinion, [and] it doesn't mean shit, but, to me, I think they should just continue to do the classic KISS stuff." Windstein adds: "The thing is there are a lot of bands that have been around a long time that are putting out amazing records, like EXODUS and TESTAMENT, a lot of bands that were very popular and kind of died down and are popular [again]… You know why? Because, I mean, it is nostalgia, to a degree, but they're also putting out records that are fucking amazing. So we wanna be one of those bands. We don't wanna live off anything we've done in the past, we want to continue to build our audience with CROWBAR and look forward. We don't have rearview mirrors on our fucking mirror. [We] just look forward and roll." CROWBAR's latest album, "Symmetry In Black", sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 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. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1&bandname=Nightwish>Nightwish</a> start their week by revealing all about their new album. Firstly, it will be called <i>Endless Forms Most Beautiful</i>. Their long-awaited new album comes out on March 27th (Europe), March 30th (UK) and March 31st (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. The detailed cover artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel and the album features eleven new songs. Feast your eyes on the cover below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25284>Read more...</a>
Danish folk metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3177&bandname=Svartsot>Svartsot</a> have announced their new album title and release dates. Their fourth album is being released in cooperation between <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3177&bandname=Svartsot>Svartsot</a>'s newly established company, Of Wood And Iron Productions, and the Hungarian label Nail Records, the home to <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2472&bandname=Dalriada>Dalriada</a>. It drops on February 20th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and three days later in the rest of Europe. A taster from <i>Vældet</i> can be heard in the form of the song "Kilden - I Marker og I Lunde" below. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25280>Read more...</a>
On December 14, DEF LEPPARD and DOWN 'N' OUTZ lead singer Joe Elliott was interviewed by Mick Burgess of Metal Express Radio before DOWN 'N' OUTZ's concert in Newcastle, England. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for DEF LEPPARD's next studio album, Elliott said: "We've got lyrics to write for about four or five [songs], which I should be [getting back to work on], as soon as I get [done with this DOWN 'N' OUTZ tour], I will be straight back in that mode. We've got about fifteen songs going. Seven or eight of 'em are [completely] written. The other seven are musically written that need melodies. I will get straight back [to work on that] in January." Regarding the musical direction of the new DEF LEPPARD material, Elliott said: "I don't know. It's a good question. It sounds like LEPPARD. It sounds like what LEPPARD should be doing at our age as well. It's a bit more… I don't wanna say 'mature'; that's the worst word you could ever say. But it's certainly not a childish record. I mean, there's a couple of songs on there that absolutely are typical LEPPARD anthemic things. But there's a lot of cool stuff which is a lot more musical, if you like, and a lot more experimental, if you want, without being jazz or anything like that." Guitarist Vivian Campbell, who once again has successfully battled back against Hodgkin's Lymphoma, told a Canadian radio station that because the band tends to record in stages, one is never really sure what the end result will be. "The way DEF LEPPARD records work, the last guy in the studio gets to have the final word," he said. "So who knows? I'm not gonna be there because I have too much medical stuff going on. I'm kind of done at this stage. There may be a final session in January or February that I'll not be party to, so I have no idea what the final thing's gonna be." He went on to joke: "All I can tell you is my involvement was with the first part of the record, and it was a hard rock record at that stage, so if it comes out being wussy, I'm not accepting blame. I'm throwing my hands in the air."
Here is some <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=5323&bandname=Gnaw+Their+Tongues>Gnaw Their Tongues</a> music for you today. The experimental one-man band has premiered a song from the upcoming release <i>Collected Atrocities 2005-2008</i> which is coming on February 3rd, 2015 through Crucial Blast. Furthermore, you can take a look at the "cutting edge" cover artwork as well as the tracklist below. The previously unreleased track "Slaves" is available for your listening pleasure <a href="http://soundcloud.com/earsplit/gnaw-their-tongues-slaves/s-bYCEi#new-timed-comment-at-353999">over here</a>. What are you waiting for? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25283>Read more...</a>
Video footage of former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy performing the song "Slip Of The Lip" on December 19 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. Pearcy told the "Inappropriate Earl" podcast this past summer about his most recent split with RATT: "It's a permanent vacation. I mean, 30 years is enough time to be in something that's so volatile. "People have a different opinion and impression of what goes on in rock and roll, per se, or anything in the music industry. But time spent, and I just felt it was enough, things weren't proper, and it's okay, it's all good. I have other things to do and business ventures that take up a lot of my time. "I mean, I'm out doing [select] shows [with my solo band], but I don't wanna go out and do massive tours. I just wanna go out and have a good time. Hence my solo band and why I do what I do… "I do have a better time [my solo band]. There's less drama and there's less overall business structure; it's more back to basics. And, like I say, I've spent my time in this beast I created. And I'm enjoying what I do. I just like getting out there once in a while. Once in a while." Pearcy also revealed that, in his view, the dysfunctional relationships between the RATT members took a turn for the worse following tragic passing of guitarist Robbin Crosby, who died of a heroin overdose in 2002 after battling addiction for many years, contracting HIV and eventually full-blown AIDS as a result of his drug use. He said: "The end of the RATT tale, so to speak, is when Robbin passed. I knew it would never be the same. And it didn't matter if we went out there and did what we did, or continued doing it. It's never gonna be the same. No disrespect to Carlos [Cavazo], who's an amazing guitarist and person, or [John] Corabi, or whoever else stepped in. It's just not the same, and it never will be, and I knew it was. And hence all the catastrophe that followed." Even though Pearcy announced his depature from RATT in April, he once again reiterated during the "Inappropriate Earl" interview that he '[left] the door open" to make another album with the band, which would mark RATT's first studio release since the return of bassist Juan Croucier. "If it's the original four guys, that would be cool," he said. "If it's not, well, then you'll get what you got before — 'Infestation' or the self-titled record. But until then, we'll see." If it turns out the RATT never releases another album with Pearcy or regroups with the singer for a tour, Stephen claims to be satisfied with what the band has achieved. "I'm happy with my legacy," he said. "I mean, we do very well for ourselves in publishing; we didn't give everything away. So it's all good. I'm content. I can live with it and move on, as I have many times before. "If somebody holds a grudge or they got their feelings hurt because I can do other things, then that's their problem. I don't need to beat a dead rat, so to speak. And we'll end it at that. "I like moving on. The heyday is over with, you know what I mean?! Some people like to live that heyday 24 hours a day, even at their age. I don't. There's better things to do." During an April 2014 interview with the "Trunk Nation" show, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer slammed Pearcy over the singer's latest exit from the group, saying: "Everything [Stephen] says is delusional and complete lies. He's so destructive… Stephen doesn't know how to play ball, he's not a team player. It's Stephen's way or there's no way at all… He walks on everything. He's walked four times. Again, this year, he's walked… He's tortured us. I mean, he's kept us hostage for years. 'I'm quitting. I'm not going.' He's canceled shows, he's canceled tours. "I think the rest of the band has proven — and you can go to YouTube, that we do — we go out there and we kick ass, and we're concise and we fucking play really good. "But do I want him in the band? Yes, I do. I want the nice Stephen in the band."
The 2015 Deathwish Fest Europe has been announced! This is a select group of shows featuring <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3527&bandname=Converge>Converge</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1055&bandname=Trap+Them>Trap Them</a>, Harm's Way, and <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=7889&bandname=Young+And+In+The+Way>Young And In The Way</a>. These shows start at Temples Festival 2015 alongside a multitude of bands, then run for a week in select cities. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3527&bandname=Converge>Converge</a> alone then heads to <a href="/events/event.php?event_id=107934">Forta Rock Festival</a> in The Netherlands to play alongside <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1106&bandname=Slipknot>Slipknot</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=294&bandname=Lamb+Of+God>Lamb Of God</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=288&bandname=Exodus>Exodus</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4212&bandname=Clutch>Clutch</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6430&bandname=Red+Fang>Red Fang</a>, and many more. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25282>Read more...</a>
The Parisian quintet <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=8575&bandname=Cowards>Cowards</a> will release their new album <i>Rise To Infamy</i> next year. However, you can already listen to it in full now here. Their second full-length is available for <a href="http://store.throatruinerrecords.com/bands/cowards">pre-order</a>, full streaming and <a href="http://store.throatruinerrecords.com/freedownloads">free download</a>. As for the release, it is set for February 9th via Throatruiner Ṙecords and Ruins Records. Enjoy! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25281>Read more...</a>