Here it is, a brand new song from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=6456&bandname=Cloak+Of+Altering>Cloak Of Altering</a> for you to enjoy. "Stretching Infinity", the first single off the band's forthcoming album is available for streaming right now through the Soundcloud player below. Do you like it? Tell us how this 7-minute track compares to the Mories' previous achievements. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25053>Read more...</a>
DAVE LOMBARDO: 'If I Feel Something Is Not Right Within The Band, I Have No Hesitation To Get Up And Walk Away'
Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo was recently interviewed by Shor Bazaar, Pakistan's first international artist management services. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether it was easy for him to let go of something that he helped create when he first left SLAYER back in 1986: Lombardo: "I'm a firm believer that if you're not happy in a situation, you need to take yourself away from that situation. So, for me, if I feel that something is not right within the band, I have no hesitation to get up and walk away. I'm just confident that way. I take no shit. [Laughs]" On whether he felt he was being taken for granted when he first left SLAYER almost three decades ago: Lombardo: "It's not [that I was being] taken for granted, it's just I had responsibilities to meet. And if I'm playing for an organization and they're just not paying you because you're playing all these festivals, you're playing all these shows, you're on tour, and you're not seeing any money, something's wrong. So you just get up and walk away. And shortly after that, [SLAYER's then-producer] Rick Rubin was contacting me and telling me to go back to the band." On whether his original exit from SLAYER was partly caused by the fact that the group turned into an organization where the business became more important than the chemistry between the original members of the band: Lombardo: "No. I feel what happened was they realized that… or at least the producer realized that each and every one of us were as important as the other, each individual member was as important as [any other member], especially in a group like SLAYER, and he wanted to see the band continue to succeed and he felt that the four original members are key to making this music sound that SLAYER was." On where he found the musical inspiration and the strength to leave SLAYER after spending so much time playing in the band: Lombardo: "I've always been a person that has different projects and different works — I always like working with different styles of music. I released the first PHILM album in 2012, and I was still with SLAYER [at that time]. So, when things like that happen, it happens for a reason, and you just go with it. And luckily I had a band and I already had more music to release, and I felt it was important for to continue to write music and record for the fans, to show them that I wasn't gonna go away; I'm still an artist that's relevant. I just do what I love, and part of that is recording and writing music." Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. He has since been replaced by Paul Bostaph, who was previously SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band. PHILM released its sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR. The band's lineup is completed by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Paul Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Francisco "Pancho" Eduardo Tomaselli (WAR).
Drum-cam footage of SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph performing the song "Altar Of Sacrifice" during the band's November 19 concert at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas can be seen below. SLAYER recently returned to the studio to resume recording its new album for a tentative early 2015 release. Helming the sessions is Terry Date, who previously worked with the band on the song "Implode", which was made available as a free download as a "thank you" to the band's fans for their continued support following SLAYER's surprise performance at this past April's Revolver Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles. Joining guitarist Kerry King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya during the sessions for SLAYER's new album are returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo last year, and guitarist Gary Holt (also of EXODUS), who has been filling in for Jeff Hanneman on tour for the past four and a half years. Bostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified "Divine Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT. Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was effectively fired from SLAYER after sitting out the band's Australian tour in February/March 2013 due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).
Dominic of the program "Moshpit" on SYN 90.7 in Melbourne, Australia recently conducted an interview with vocalist Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked if all the drummer changes in the last ten years have affected SEPULTURA on a personal and creative level, Derrick responded: "[It's] definitely [affected us] creatively. We had to really pull together and stay focused on the music and the fact that there were so many different changes. I think in a lot of ways it's really helped us evolve. We've been fortunate enough to have incredible people that were artists that we played with, and so this helps a lot. So we've been able to create, I think, quality albums and actually have been evolving. But we're at a point now, in a very good phase, we're very strong and very well connected, along with a [recod label] label [Nuclear Blast] that's behind us, which helps tremendously. And I think it's gone in a way where it's helped us to stay focused, like I said, with the music, which is the most important thing, and try to forget all the drama that does happen around in this scene.But [it's really helped us] just stay focused on what's important and what we love to do." Regarding how SEPULTURA keeps a balance and a connection between the music it is creating today and the band's early records, Derrick said: "It's certainly a different band [today] and [these are] extremely different times [to what they were 30 years ago]. The biggest difference is definitely that, with time, the music and everything is changing, the music scene, but people are changing [as well]. I mean, the band has 30 years [of history], so I would think, as an artist, you would be a failure to be exactly the same after 30 years [laughs] and not have any change. I think you wouldn't be an artist. Being an artist is about evolving and having change and expressing that. So I think it's been an incredible road that SEPULTURA has had, and I think it's very unique and very special." SEPULTURA's latest album, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart" sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD came out on October 29, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
GLENN DANZIG Says One Of His New Songs Will 'Definitely' Appear On Next 'The Walking Dead' Soundtrack
A new Glenn Danzig song will appear on the next volume of the soundtrack to AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead". During an October 27 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, Glenn said: "I don't know if it's gonna be in an upcoming episode — they wanna find a place for it there — but it'll definitely be on the soundtrack." He added: "I actually wrote that song kind of just because I became a fan of the show. And I'm, like, 'I should write a song for them and see if they wanna use it.' And then my lawyer, Peter, was telling me about the soundtrack, and I submitted it, and they loved it." Glenn revealed that he was a latecomer to "The Walking Dead" show, but after watching it once, he was hooked. "I was surprised," he said. "I watched one episode. 'Cause someone had said, 'You've gotta watch this.' And I remember the indie comic. 'Cause I still have my comic company. And I remember the indie comic. And I started watching it, and then I watched another episode, and I [was like], 'Oh, I've gotta see all these back episodes.' [Laughs] It's a great show." "The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1" was released in March 2013 via Universal Republic Records and featured tracks from and inspired by "The Walking Dead". The CD peaked at number 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. As previously reported, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will make a cameo in the second half of the fifth season of "The Walking Dead". Another fan of the series, former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, recently appeared on "The Walking Dead" after-show "Talking Dead".
MR. BIG fans have been rejoicing by the group's steady output of albums since the 2008 one-off reunion featuring Paul Gilbert and his band mates including one-time guitarist Richie Kotzen. MR. BIG is only blowing up the charts in Japan and other ports overseas, but that doesn't stop them from releasing quality albums as if their standing in the American music market depends on it. Pat Torpey was unable to perform on "…The Stories We Could Tell" due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's, though he reportedly worked with a programmer for the album. Meanwhile, Ace Frehley's former drummer Matt Starr has been recruited to take over for Torpey on tour. MR. BIG works here with producer Pat Regan who last helmed their 1999 album, "Get Over It". Like most hang-about hard rock bands of their generation, MR. BIG's latest album, "…The Stories We Could Tell", is unapologetically rooted in the Eighties, but its conveyance into the now is undeniably appealing. Eric Martin gently vexes "Every song playing on the radio never did tell me something I should know" on "It's Always About That Girl", and it's a shared Gen X sentiment to be coddled and nurtured by the feel good vibe of "…The Stories We Could Tell". "Gotta Love the Ride" is a poke-along anthem that stands tall with Paul Gilbert's blaring guitar pulls and Billy Sheehan's trotting bass lines. The intro is pushed big and loud like the clock has been turned back, while there's a sage caution to the song that gives Eric Martin the room to vocally elbow his way in. There's a slight shaking off of some rust to his delivery on this track, but there's no questioning the desire behind it. His screech out of Paul Gilbert's guitar solo is on-the-dime and ardent. For that matter, Gilbert's solo hits an apex where it's safe to assume MR. BIG's recording studio suffered at least a hairline crack in the plaster. The energetic and funky "I Forget to Breathe" is a killer cut where everyone pumps from their stations behind the slamming rhythm. Eric Martin huffs with glee while Sheehan and Gilbert hit superb riffs to punctuate the pounding groove of the song. "Fragile" then slinks along as a moderated pop rock number on the verses, leading up to sentimental choruses which Eric Martin fields with sensitivity. Opting for a shucking blues groove on "Satisfied", Sheehan and Gilbert bellow a stout intro as the song slips into a mid-tempo bang, giving Eric Martin a hefty playground to frolic his pipes over. He sounds like he's having a blast on this cut (along with the countrified rawk blaster "What If We Were New"), letting himself hang loose in spots while tightening up in others. The acoustic ballad "The Man Who Has Everything" is a sweet bit of ear candy as Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert seem to be singing to each other amidst the synths and Billy Sheehan's laidback gullies digging behind them. Another acoustic-led ditty, "Eastwest", carries a nod back to hard rock heaven of yesteryear, coming off like a roundup of everything from Eighties HEART to TESLA. Some dreamy backing vocals fortifies Eric Martin's wayback wanderlust. Another ballad, "Just Let Your Heart Decide", is self-explanatory in title. If you're coming to "…The Stories We Could Tell" with the hopes of hearing some Billy Sheehan outbursts, you finally get one on the pimp striding "The Monster in Me" as Sheehan and Gilbertdance together, note-for-note amidst a tough beat. Gilbert's wah-kissed solo is as groovy as the hammered-down riffs he and Sheehan dump into the cut, as are their condensed volume jacked into the title track. You'll also hear Sheehan panting like horny lion behind Gilbert on "The Light of Day" and, of course, he drops a few rumbling bass scales during transitions on a few tracks. Otherwise, you might as well veer back to the first couple MR. BIG albums if you're in dire need of a Sheehan fix, "Addicted to that Rush" specifically. Or you can trip on TALAS, NIACIN, Sheehan's fantastic solo records or the David Lee Roth days. On this album, Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert are the showcases while Sheehan modestly plugs his fills and keeps the album humming. At the end of the day in 2014, that's all anybody should expect from MR. BIG.
MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK Performs 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' At UK's PLANET ROCK (Video)
MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (SCORPIONS, UFO), performed the song "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely" at the studios of the UK digital radio station Planet Rock. Check out video footage below. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's next studio album, titled "Spirit On A Mission", is tentatively due in early 2015. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK features Schenker alongside vocalist Doogie White, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell. MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK's last CD, "Bridge The Gap", marked the first time Schenker and fellow ex-SCORPIONS members Buchholz and Rarebell appeared on the same album since the classic 1979 SCORPIONS LP "Lovedrive". Asked if he is more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group, Schenker told Guitar World magazine: "Definitely as a solo artist. "It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine. "I hate being a box, and I'm glad I didn't get stuck in one for my entire career. "I love the fact that I don't know what's going to happen next for me. And that's the difference between me and my brother [SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker]: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We're opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music." Regarding how he came to join the SCORPIONS, Michael said: "My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called THE COPERNICUS. Our rehearsal space was right next to the SCORPIONS, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us — their singer was late for rehearsal — and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did."
<a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=384&bandname=Insomnium>Insomnium</a> will be the special guests and accompany <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=95&bandname=Ensiferum>Ensiferum</a> on their European tour next year. <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=95&bandname=Ensiferum>Ensiferum</a>'s European tour will then be an all-Finnish affair as <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=1261&bandname=Omnium+Gatherum>Omnium Gatherum</a> have also joined the bill. The trek will stop by Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and more countries. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25052>Read more...</a>
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was in Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday night (November 21) for an event at the Embassy Suites for the Alzheimer's Federation Of Chattanooga. The disease hits close to home for Johnson, whose bandmate, AC/DC's 61-year-old guitarist Malcom Young, was diagnosed with dementia, a brain disorder that interferes with a person's ability to carry out everyday tasks. "He was the man that started the band, he was the one that was behind AC/DC. He was our spiritual leader. He was our spitfire," Johnson told NewsChannel.com. Dementia can be reversed when it's caused by dehydration or other treatable conditions. But most forms of dementia worsen gradually over time and can't be corrected. According to WebMD, the average survival time for people diagnosed with dementia is about four and a half years. However, those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer. "You just expect that they are going to get better," Johnson said. "You think there's going to be a pill that's going to fix them. I don't know, you think there's going to be a miracle and of course, one day you wake up and realize there isn't and it hurts." A video report on Johnson's visit to Chattanooga can be found below (courtesy of WRCBTV.com). The Sydney Morning Herald reported in September that Malcolm was being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility is believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care." Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which is set to arrive on December 2. His replacement on the album and the band's upcoming world tour will be Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. The band officially announced in September that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
Here is your opportunity to listen to another new track from <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=4140&bandname=Sylosis>Sylosis</a>. As you probably already know, the British metallers are releasing a new album next year called <i>Dormant Heart</i>. Today, you can watch their new animated video for the song "Leech". Due to the nature of the video, they weren't able to premiere it on YouTube but you can watch it <a href="http://vimeo.com/112379498">here</a> on Vimeo. Possibly due to the blood and nakedness. Do watch it and tell us if you liked it. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25051>Read more...</a>
Spaniards <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2681&bandname=Angelus+Apatrida>Angelus Apatrida</a> are releasing a new album called <i>Hidden Evolution</i>. They have finally revealed the cover artwork that will grace their 5th studio album as well as a first teaser video featuring various song samples from the album. Check out the trailer below and hear a taste of what's to come. Hint: it's thrash! <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25050>Read more...</a>
German neofolk outfit <a href=/bands/band.php?band_id=2633&bandname=Poets+To+Their+Beloved>Poets To Their Beloved</a> has announced that singer Saskia Dommisse is leaving band. That leaves multi-instrumentalist Marcel Schiborr as the only member in the band now. But Marcel promises he is looking for a new vocalist and won't end the band. <a href="/events/news_comments.php?news_id=25044>Read more...</a>
METALLICA performed the song "Sad But True" on the fifth and final night of the band's week-long residency as the musical guests on CBS-TV's "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson". Check out video footage of the band's appearance below. On Monday, METALLICA kicked off its "Ferguson" residency with a performance of "Hit The Lights", the opening track to its 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All". Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield also sat down with Ferguson for an interview. Tuesday saw the band performing "Fuel" and Wednesday featured a performance of "For Whom The Bell Tolls". On Thursday, the group played "Enter Sandman". Ulrich told Ferguson he was a big fan of the legendary British rock band MOTÖRHEAD and recalled how a picture of him taken after he vomited on himself ended up on the inner sleeve of a MOTÖRHEAD album. "[MOTÖRHEAD frontman] Lemmy [Kilmister] came to town," Ulrich remembered, "and I was pretty nervous, so [I drank] a couple of shots of straight vodka....So I tried that outside of Lemmy's hotel, walked in and a couple of hours later I woke up and I'd been photographed and it ended up on the inner sleeve of the next MOTÖRHEAD album." Ulrich also spoke about the upcoming 10th-anniversary release of the two-disc Blu-ray edition of the band's 2004 documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster", which followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their "St. Anger" album. "['Some Kind Of Monster' co-directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky] came up to San Francisco to film the process of us making a new record," Ulrich recalled. "And then over the course of the next few months, one breakdown after another breakdown occurred." "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. EST. Ferguson announced his exit from the program in April, shortly after he was passed over to replace David Letterman, who also revealed that he would retire next year. METALLICA is reportedly getting back to work this fall on its 10th studio album, due out sometime in 2015. METALLICA will release a limited 12-inch vinyl single of the new song "The Lords Of Summer" on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28. The single will feature the "first pass" studio version of the song as well as a live take recorded in Rome in July. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent record stores and Metallica.com.
Fan-filmed video footage of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's November 20 performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York can be seen below. Frehley's touring lineup includes none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and is doing so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach. On bass and vocals is Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL. Finally, Scot Coogan is behind the drum kit for Frehley's tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON. "I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again." Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta. Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!" Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27. "Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have filmed a video for an as-yet-undisclosed track off their upcoming studio album, due in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast. A photo from the video shoot, courtesy of the band's Dutch lead singer Floor Jansen can be seen below. As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues. He was replaced in the studio by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY). NIGHTWISH recently revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band's eighth studio album. Jansen, who officially joined the band last year, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
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