UK progressive metallers <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3777&bandname=TesseracT>TesseracT</a> have a new label home. They are joining the Kscope family. The band has already found a new creative energy having recently <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=23825">reunited with singer Daniel Tompkins</a> and have already written half of their third album, the follow-up to <i>Altered State</i> (released on Century Media), which is slated for a 2015 release. So, you don't have to wait that long to have another <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=3777&bandname=TesseracT>TesseracT</a> album. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24619>Read more...</a>
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=74&bandname=Cradle+Of+Filth>Cradle Of Filth</a>, who are about to head off to the wilds of Russia for an extensive tour crusade throughout October (see dates below), confirm November 24th as the date they will be entering the studio to start recording their new album, with a release date tentatively etched for the beginning of June 2015, and raw working title of <i>Hammer Of The Witches</i>. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24618>Read more...</a>
According to the Los Angeles Times, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx sold his place in a gated Calabasas, California community for $2.409 million. Set on a third-acre corner lot and designed for entertaining, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home Mediterranean-inspired house features wood floors, an office with built-ins, a loft and a music room/home theater. There is also a waterfall in the garden courtyard, plus a swimming pool, spa and barbecue center with fireplace and pizza oven. The 55-year-old rocker bought the property for $1.89 million in 2011, public records show. Sixx and his new 28-year-old wife and How2Girl founder, Courtney Bingham, recently spent $4.125 million on a Westlake Village house, which has 10,300 square feet of living space. MÖTLEY CRÜE may be on its "Final Tour" with Alice Cooper at the moment, but it looks like life after the road may include changing some diapers if Sixx's wife has anything to do with it. After the couple wed back in March, she's ready to start a family. Bingham told Radar Online, "Something great is coming to an end but new things are around the corner . . . When the tour is over, we intend to have a little rocker of our own! I am so excited to have my first baby with the love of my life.” The newlywed also shared what being married to Nikki has been like so far. She said, "Married life is everything I dreamed it would be. I still wake up and pinch myself every day when I see my husband. He then surprises me with lovely flowers and shows me the appreciation that anyone would want from a true gentleman. I am literally living my dream." Sixx already has four other children. He had three kids with Brandi Brandt: 23-year-old Gunner Nicholas Sixx, 20-year-old Storm Breanne Sixx and 19-year-old Decker Nilsson Sixx. Sixx also has a 13-year-old daughter with Donna D'Errico named Frankie-Jean Mary Sixx.
The fourth in a series of video blogs featuring footage from the recording sessions for the fourth, self-titled album from Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES can be seen below. Due on October 28, the follow-up to the band's third CD, last year's "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones", was helmed by producer Bob Rock, whose resume includes albums by METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CULT and many others. The 11-track album features some of BLACK VEIL BRIDES' most aggressive and diverse songs to date. "Black Veil Brides" track listing: 01. Heart Of Fire 02. Faithless 03. Devil In The Mirror 04. Goodbye Agony 05. World Of Sacrifice 06. Last Rites 07. Stolen Omen 08. Walk Away 09. Drag Me To The Grave 10. Shattered God 11. Crown Of The Thorns "Heart Of Fire" was premiered on the September 8 edition of BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter. The song is described in a press release as "an upbeat rocker that showcases the band's signnature dual-guitar attack and driving rhythm section all behind a positive lyrical message the band has become known for." The album cover was designed by longtime friend and previous album cover illustrator Richard Villa and can be seen below. BLACK VEIL BRIDES recently filmed videos for two singles, including "Heart Of Fire", which was shot in Santa Clarita, California. "The plan is just to do something that is a high-impact performance video," Biersack told VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner early last month. "I think that the song calls for it. We're not going to do a whole lot of storyline in it. Obviously we made a whole movie out of the last record so we really want something that is very performance based and kind of shows more of what the live show is like. And also, it''s still going to be ridiculously over the top and theatrical, 'cause it's us." The new album follows up last year's "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones", which featured the Top 15 rock radio single "In The End". BLACK VEIL BRIDES will launch a massive U.S. headlining tour on October 21 in Niagara Falls, New York, with dates booked all the way through December 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
<a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24491">After showcasing the first song off their new album</a>, <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4907&bandname=Amaranthe>Amaranthe</a> now give you another new song. This one is called "Trinity" and can give you another hint of what's to come when <a href="/pub/review.php?review_id=12924"><i>Massive Addictive</i></a> is released. Watch the lyric video and enjoy the new song right now here. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24617>Read more...</a>
In a brand new interview with Soundcrave Magazine, guitarist Rob Caggiano of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT was asked when fans can expect to hear the follow-up to the band's fifth album, "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", which was released last year. "We have been floating around some ideas," he said. "We will probably go back to the studio next year, maybe in August. We have some much-needed down [time] coming up. We finish this album cycle in November in the UK, then obviously the holidays and some family time. Next year, we will start getting into creative mode and start doing some stuff." Caggiano also spoke about whether there is pressure from record labels to stay out on the road 365 days a year in order to capitalize on the band's popularity. "No," he said. "When you're in a band and doing things on this level, there is like almost a certain protocol. You make a record, you go tour and do the entire album cycle playing as many places as you can then you regroup. You have to take some time to think about more music; that's just how it works! The crazy thing for me is that I don't feel like I have had any time off for an extreme amount of time. Like, years, because there was ANTHRAX, then THE DAMNED THINGS [project], back to ANTHRAX then to VOLBEAT. So I didn't follow the cycle most musicians do. [Laughs] So, I have been on the road constantly. It's completely insane. It's, like, when I go home, I can't sleep; I am just so used to being on a bus. But I just love this stuff!" VOLBEAT's co-headlining North American tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH kicked off on September 16 in Salt Lake City. Caggiano announced his departure from ANTHRAX in January 2013 to focus on his other passion: producing records. The following month, it was revealed that he had joined VOLBEAT after serving as producer on VOLBEAT's latest album, "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", alongside longtime production partner Jacob Hansen, who produced and mixed the band's prior four albums. Caggiano's other producer credits include THE DAMNED THINGS, BLEEDING THROUGH and ANTHRAX, and he was a member of ANTHRAX for two tenures — from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2007 to 2013.
In a brand new interview with Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times, Slash has once again responded to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine earlier in the month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Slash told The Irish Times: "All things considered, there are a lot of issues that have popped up over the last 20 years or so that have had a huge effect on the industry as a whole. "I don't think that the file-sharing necessarily is the catalyst to the plight that rock music is in. "If they don't want to waste money on bands and artists that aren't doing what you consider popular music, that's more because every single record company has been digested by a huge corporate conglomerate and they just want to do what makes the most money. "There are still some indie labels out there signing good rock bands. "I sort of appreciate the landscape at the moment because it has forced us to really feeling strongly about expressing ourselves in the rock 'n' roll format and really believe in it. That's the people who are really passionate about it. But being part of a live audience is people appreciating what rock 'n' roll music is all about. I don't think that has changed. "The quality of commercial music is in the toilet, but the people who do it for real and mean it are still fantastic. They just don't have the outlets they used to have. Asked what he meant when he used the word "plight" to describe the state of rock music, Slash said: "Rock 'n' roll is a genre. In terms of what popular music is all about in terms of record sales and radio and all of that, it is probably at its lowest ebb of all time. But I know a lot of it does have to do with the fact that everybody is streaming online. But as far as the industry is concerned, rock 'n' roll is very much the ugly cousin. I sort of dig that because it provides a certain sense of rebellion and attitude that was missing. And all the popular so-called heavy metal bands that do make it to radio are so conformist that I can't stand them. All the real heavy metal bands, they've been doing the same thing for years and years on the same level, and they keeping putting out music and doing what they do. I like that." Slash released his third solo album, "World On Fire", on September 16. The disc is the second to feature Slash's regular backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and follows up 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee just wrapped up a summer tour with AEROSMITH and played three shows in West Hollywood before heading out to Europe.
Former IN FLAMES Guitarist JESPER STRÖMBLAD Says Alcohol Played Only A 'Small Part' in His Decision To Leave
Former IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad claims that his alcohol addiction was only a "small" part of the reason he left the band and says that IN FLAMES' current musical direction does not match his original "vision" for the group. While answering questions from fans on his official Facebook page, Jesper addressed the most popular query: Will he ever return to IN FLAMES? "No one never knows what the future brings, but the chances [of me rejoining IN FLAMES] are slim as they embarked on a different musical journey, they have a solid lineup and I'm on a totally different path in life right now," Jesper wrote. "I would never go into details why I quit, but there is always one official story and there is the other… Alcohol is a quite small part of it. "That can also answer the next question: What do I think of their new stuff? Listen to [my new band] THE RESISTANCE and that explains a bit of it. "We simply went [in] different directions. "I need to stand behind and feel inspired with what I do 100%, I owe it to the fans and, obviously, the band. "All respect to IN FLAMES and their new approach, but, for me, the band was a guitar/riff-based melodeath band. And it's not anymore, but still amazing musicianship and I don't think it's wrong. But it's not the vision I had when we started out. But still, all respect to them and the huge success; [it is] highly deserved! "So please, I wish, change the comment from 'Come back to IN FLAMES' to 'Welcome Niklas Engelin,' who is one of the nicest talented guys, and the one who fill my shoes perfect, and brings back an amazing energy live and personally! "So there you have it. "I do not and will never compromise with my music. I'm on a new path together with the guys in THE RESISTANCE who made me want to play again and the good feeling of being a part of a band. Dedication, friendship, genuine passion for the music! Money, fame, Grammys, etc., doesn't matter a crap if you you're not comitted 100% to it. "I also have a solo album coming up, a facebreaking EP and album with THE RESISTANCE and some other other excitiing projects. "So... everyone is where they belong.. I'm in a band I love. IN FLAMES do their thing great... All good." Strömblad announced his departure from IN FLAMES in February 2010, explaining in a statement, "I'm determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all." The remaining members of IN FLAMES added: "The door to IN FLAMES is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be, behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery." THE RESISTANCE's full-length debut, "Scars", was released in May 2013 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. In addition to Strömblad, THE RESISTANCE features in its ranks current THE HAUNTED frontman Marco Aro.
"The Only Way Out", the new video from the alt-rock band BUSH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's new album, "Man On The Run", which will be released on October 21 via Zuma Rock Records/RAL. BUSH (vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge) recorded "Man On The Run" with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (MASTODON, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS) at Studio 606, the Northridge, California-based studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. BUSH has also teamed with PledgeMusic for a special campaign that offers fans a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the new album, along with a number of Pledge exclusives, including limited-edition vinyl, hand-written lyrics, pre-order opportunities and more. "Man On The Run" is the follow-up to 2011's "The Sea Of Memories", which was BUSH's first release in 10 years. That album saw them return to the top of the charts in grand style, with lead single "The Sound of Winter" making rock radio history as the first independently released song ever to hit No. 1 at Alternative Rock radio (where it stayed for six consecutive weeks). According to The Pulse Of Radio, BUSH will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994's "Sixteen Stone", 1996's "Razorblade Suitcase", 1999's "The Science of Things" and the 1997 remix LP, "Deconstructed". Frontman Gavin Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. "We've done some remastering of the stuff and we've got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things," he said. "It's been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It's fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once." All of the tracks — including hits like "Glycerine", "Machinehead" and "Comedown" — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings.
Guitarist Gary Holt, drummer Tom Hunting and vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS were interviewed on Scion AV's "The All Purpose Show" before the band's July 25 performance at METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett's "Fear FestEvil After Party" at the San Diego Comic-Con International. You can now watch the chat below. EXODUS will release their tenth studio album, "Blood In Blood Out", in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood". Asked how he would compare the musical direction of "Blood In Blood Out" to that of previous EXODUS albums, Holt said: "I think it's a pefect blend of, like, the new, modern — or, as people say, the 'way too modern' — EXODUS and, like, a little of the classic stuff. But it's not in any way a throwback album. I mean, there's gonna be some people who say the songs are still too long and Gary Holt doesn't know what he's doing." Souza added: "I think that's with anything that you do. You'll attract the likers and the haters with everything." Original EXODUS guitarist Kirk Hammett, who has been a member of METALLICA for the past 31 years, contributed a solo to the song "Salt The Wound". "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
KROKODIL, the UK band featuring rumored new SLIPKNOT bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, will release its debut album, "Nachash", on November 10 via Spinefarm Records. "Nachash" is now available to pre-order. Pre-order bundles include a limited run of lithographs featuring the album artwork (created by KROKODIL guitarist Dan P.Carter), an exclusive T-shirt design, plus CD/vinyl options, with the first run of vinyl available in a very limited translucent finish (pantone 666!). KROKODIL's new single, "Reptilia Familiar", one of the 12 tracks that make up "Nachash", can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. Following the album release, KROKODIL will embark on a tour as the support act for MASTODON in November and December. Also appearing on the bill — which will make stops in Ireland, UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Germany – is U.S. sludge-metal trio BIG BUSINESS.
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=419&bandname=Primordial>Primordial</a> have unveiled a new song titled "Where Greater Men Have Fallen" from the upcoming album with the same name. This is the first song you can listen to from the follow-up to <i>Redemption At The Puritan's Hand</i>. Furthermore, the band has revealed everything you need to know about the new album <i>Where Greater Men Have Fallen</i>. That includes album artwork, tracklist and more details. Check out the new 8-minute track on the lyric video below. Was it worth the wait? <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24614>Read more...</a>
AVATARIUM, the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release a new vinyl/digital-only EP, "All I Want", on November 14 via Nuclear Blast. A teaser for the EP is available below. In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards and Jennie-Ann Smith on vocals. In early 2014, AVATARIUM felt the need to break new musical ground and, after listening to some old vinyl records, the desire to get closer to this kind of material was born. With a new demo track at hand, Edling was joined by Jidell to work on the song that would be called "All I Want". While the two musicians got deeper into exploring where they want to take the music of AVATARIUM and how they can keep things interesting for themselves and for the fans, yet another song was created, and the idea to make a new EP was fully set. The old spirit comes even more alive, with psychedelic percussionist Michael Blair, who has worked with Tom Waits and Lou Reed, among others, guesting on "All I Want". Commented Jidell: "[Michael] showed up at the studio with a big 'bag of tricks' with metals, crashers, shakers and a lot of strange things which he made sound like if you throw in a punkrocker at Woodstock and feed him with psychedelic pills!" About the new songs, he adds: "We tried to keep things simple and spontaneous during the recordings, something I hope people will be able to hear. Also, I think that Jennie-Ann Smith has reached new levels with the way she sings on both of the new songs!" "All I Want" EP track listing: 10-inch single: Side A (45 RPM) 01. All I Want 02. Deep Well Side B (33 RPM) 01. Pandora's Egg (live) 02. Tides Of Telepathy (live) 03. Bird Of Prey (live) The three live songs were recorded at the 2014 edition of renowned Roadburn festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, which was the second ever AVATARIUM show and the first one outside of Sweden. Due to his health condition, Edling was unable to perform with AVATARIUM at some of the band's most recent gigs. Filling in for him once again was Anders Iwers from TIAMAT. AVATARIUM's self-titled debut album was released in Europe on November 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. AVATARIUM's first release was a 12-inch mini-LP, "Moonhorse", featuring the title track, the B-side "Boneflower" as well as an acoustic cover version of BLACK SABBATH's "War Pigs". It arrived on September 20, 2013. AVATARIUM is: Leif Edling: Bass Jennie-Ann Smith: Vocals Marcus Jidell: Guitar Lars Sköld: Drums Carl Westholm: Keyboards
Another episode has been released from Noisey's <b>NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues From The Bayou</b> seven-part series. You can now watch below all three episodes unveiled so far. On this particular episode, guitarist/drummer Jimmy Bower discusses his come up with Shell Shock, the origin of <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2703&bandname=Eyehategod>Eyehategod</a> and his place in the sound of New Orleans, including where he thinks the roots of the music lie. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=24616>Read more...</a>
Although JUDAS PRIEST is his primary focus for the foreseeable future, vocalist Rob Halford hasn't ruled out making more solo albums when time permits. Rob's last CD with the HALFORD band, "Halford IV - Made Of Metal", came out in September 2010 and was the follow-up to 2009's "Halford III - Winter Songs", which was the singer's first solo release in more than seven years. Asked by Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast (Facebook page) if he plans to revisit his solo career at some point down the line, Halford said: "I'm still curious about other things that can be made in music; that's just my nature as a musician. I think that if you have a sense of what could happen if you hooked up with this person or that person, then why stop yourself? Having said that, as I've always said, PRIEST is the love of my life in metal, and I get a lot of things that I want as a metal musician from this band, and I think you can hear that roaring from [the new JUDAS PRIEST album] 'Redeemer Of Souls'. But I'm interested, you know. And, as I've always said again, PRIEST comes first for me. And when time allows, as I'm sure it will in the not-too-distant future, I'll see what else I can do in the solo world." After the release of JUDAS PRIEST's 1990 album "Painkiller", Halford wanted to do a solo record, but the rest of the group wouldn't let him. So he left the band and did it anyway, while his bandmates continued without him. PRIEST recruited vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens in 1996 and released two studio albums, 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition", before reuniting with Rob in 2003. Speaking about his time away from PRIEST, Halford told Lafon: "PRIEST was going through an extraordinary time in the early '90s. The band had been working literally non-stop from those very first releases. And you could suggest that, yeah, if we could have all taken a hiatus of sorts, things might have turned out differently. But hey, that's life, you know?" He continued: "Life isn't a smooth journey. I've never wanted a smooth journey in life; I just wanted all the craziness that comes with it. And so I look back at that time, and it was extreme, it was a bit dangerous. But again, I think something good came out of it, from my perspective. PRIEST forged ahead with my good friend Tim 'Ripper' Owens; he was holding the mic and doing a fantastic job." He added: "Hey, I'm not the first guy that's stepped out a band and done something of that nature. It was fulfilling. But I'll tell you, what it did kind of bring home to me was just how much I valued and how much I needed JUDAS PRIEST in my life. I missed all my bandmates, I just missed all that really tight type of experience that you have with each other when you're in a band, especially a band of the nature of JUDAS PRIEST. So I kind of went for a walk and did my stuff and then was eager to find a way to come back, and, of course, it's been suggested that the [HALFORD's 2000] 'Resurrection' album was the bridge back to the world of PRIEST. So when that opportunity arose and we were able to reform at that particular time, it was a tremendous feeling from everybody, from everybody in the band at the time, and, of course, most importantly, the fans who have stood with us — old PRIEST fans, new PRIEST fans; they've all been with us every step of the way supporting us. So it was just a fantastic feeling to be regrouped again."