Glenn Danzig was interviewed on the September 12-14 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.
To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.
Asked when fans can expect to see the follow-up to DANZIG's 2010 album, "Deth Red Sabaoth", Glenn said: "I'm working on that right now." He added: "It seems like time just slips out of your hands. You wake up and, like, two or three years have passed.
"DANZIG did a lot of touring on this last record — I think more touring than I've ever done before. But it was spaced out over X amount of years.
"I think it's time to just sit back a little after these shows in the fall and try and get everything I've been doing out."
Danzig recently spent time in the studio working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. A tentative early 2015 release is expected.
DANZIG's cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song "Some Velvet Morning", featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming last year. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig's covers album, which was also due to include Glenn's renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others.
Danzig was in the studio in February with DANZIG guitarist/bandmate Tommy Victor (also of PRONG) recording three new tracks for the next DANZIG album. As of six months ago, Glenn had five new songs in various stages of completion.
The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, "Deth Red Sabaoth", sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Deth Red Sabaoth" was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.
PARADISE LOST drummer Adrian Erlandsson has revealed to Greece's Rock Overdose that there are "about nine songs" ready in demo form for the band's next studio album and "they're quite a lot heavier" than those on PARADISE LOST's last CD, 2012's "Tragic Idol". He added: "I think some people will be surprised."
Asked what style of vocals PARADISE LOST singer Nick Holmes will adopt on the band's next album, Adrian said: "I can't say, 'cause it's only demos [that have been recorded] so far. I think there will probably be a mixture, but it will, in parts, probably, possibly be heavier than 'Tragic Idol'. But you don't know until it's been recorded [properly]. Okay, there may be one thing on the demos, but when you come to do the album, it becomes something else."
As previously reported, PARADISE LOST will perform with an orchestra on September 20 at the Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For the one-off concert, the band will be joined by the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra founded nearly 70 years ago and made up of over 100 highly qualified musicians. The orchestra has its roots in the hundred year old orchestral tradition in Plovdiv and over the years has launched the careers of many world-famous conductors.
The prestigious evening will be promoted by the Bulgarian independent radio station Tangra Mega Rock and orchestrated by conductor Levon Manukyan who wrote the first metal ballet and is the founder of the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum orchestra. During his career, Levon has given the classical treatment to rock and metal works by MARILYN MANSON, ALICE COOPER, DREAM THEATER, AC/DC, EVANESCENCE, GUNS N' ROSES, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN, NIRVANA and JUDAS PRIEST, and worked with world-famous soloists including ex-NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen.
Said the band: "We have recorded elements of orchestration many times in the studio over the last two decades, as many of our songs lend themselves well to classical arrangement. However, we have never before had the chance to play with a real orchestra in a live situation, so it's very exciting to have the opportunity to play with Plovdiv Philharmonic and in such a prestigious location as the Roman theatre."
"Tragic Idol" sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 32 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.
Released in April 2012 via Century Media Records, "Tragic Idol" was recorded in part at The Chapel studios in Lincolnshire, England and features cover art by by Parisian designer Valnoir, who has previously worked with MORBID ANGEL, LAIBACH, ULVER and WATAIN, among others.
Impact metal channel conducted an interview with PRONG guitarist/vocalist Tommy Victor before the band's August 7 concert in Dublin, Ireland. You can now watch the chat below.
PRONG is touring North America in support of its latest release, "Ruining Lives", which came out earlier this year via SPV/Steamhammer. The tour kicked off on September 10 in Los Angeles, California and will run through October 14 in San Francisco, California. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters OVERKILL. Following a quick break, the band will take part in SLIPKNOT's Knotfest on October 25 in San Bernardino, California.
PRONG recently completed filming a video for the song "Remove, Separate Self", taken from "Ruining Lives". Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the clip, which can be seen below.
Comments PRONG mainman Tommy Victor: "PRONG has made a video for the song 'Remove, Separate Self', the new single from our recent LP, 'Ruining Lives'. The song and the video are distinctively PRONG, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe. As a follow-up to 'Turnover', we will release it on seven-inch vinyl as well. The single and video will correspond with our U.S./Canada tour starting September 10 through October 14. Enjoy the video and we'll see you out on the road!"
SPV/Steamhammer released a new digital single of "Remove, Separate Self". There are two versions of the single, which was made available on September 12. The seven-inch single will be released on October 24. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:
01. Remove, Separate Self (album version)
02. "Separate Self, Remove" inspired by and created from "Remove, Separate Self" by PRONG (Matt Heafy de-mix)
Comments TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy about the "de-mix" he created: "With 'Remove, Separate Self', I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line — the title itself — the idea of 'separating yourself' made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future. The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place.
"Sometimes 'remixes' do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a 'remix' is in the first place, even one's idea of what a song should sound like."
The exclusive iTunes edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck". This song was taken from PRONG's "Unleashed In The West - Official Bootleg".
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that firing Joey Jordison, the band's drummer of 18 years, was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, but insists that he and his bandmates are "happy" to have moved on.
SLIPKNOT announced its split with Jordison in December 2013 but did not disclose the reasons for his exit. The drummer subsequently issued a statement saying that he did not quit the group.
Speaking to UK's Metal Hammer for the magazine's October 2014 issue, Taylor stated about Joey's departure from SLIPKNOT: "I can't talk too much about it because we're going through the legalities of everything right now and settling everything, but it's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made."
He continued: "We're all happy right now and we hope that he is. I've known him since '91, and that was before we were in bands together, and he's incredibly talented; he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are... in the nicest terms."
Asked to address rumors that Joey's dismissal from SLIPKNOT was drug related, Corey replied: "There's only so far that I can give an explanation. For me, that has to be a sign of growing up, because before I would've just railed at whatever I thought the supposed evil was, but now it's like, how do you explain to the fans? And that's the hardest part, because no matter what explanation you give, it's not gonna make them happy. I'm sure there are fans out there who have their own theories about it…"
According to Corey, he no longer has a relationship with Jordison. "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest," he told the magazine. "That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to. It's just a fucking shame."
SLIPKNOT on Friday (September 12) revealed its new masks and its new members — at least what they look like — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the band's upcoming album ".5: The Gray Chapter". The clip, directed by percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, shows off the new headgear worn by the seven original members, while giving us brief glimpses of the band's new drummer and bassist, who are both wearing the same mask.
The band has not revealed the identity of either new member, but now new evidence has surfaced online that the man replacing Gray is named Alessandro "Vman" Venturella. Venturella has served as a guitar tech for MASTODON, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and others, while also playing in the band KROKODIL.
A side-by-side comparison of Venturella's distinctive hand tattoo and that from the person playing bass in the "The Devil In I" video reveals that they appear to be the same.
SLIPKNOT's new drummer is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.
".5: The Gray Chapter", SLIPKNOT's fifth studio album, arrives on October 21 and is the band's first without Jordison and bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010.
Kaytie The Rock Goddess of the Rock 105.7 WOBG radio station in Fairmont, West Virginia recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Fish of the British deathcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON. You can now listen to the chat using the SondCloud widget below.
Speaking about BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes' recent revelation that the singer was "addicted to a drug called ketamine" prior to the making of the band's latest album, "Sempiternal", Fish — who joined BRING ME THE HORIZON in 2012 — said: "It was weird because I first met Oli and the rest of the guys when I was in another band before, and he was a big fan of my old band, so that's kind of how I got to know him. And the first few times I met him, I didn't even know him very well, but I just thought he was a bit crazy, 'cause he always erratic, I guess. Yeah, I mean, I just thought he liked to drink."
He continued: "When I first met him, he was just going through [his addiction], and they went away to write. This was before I'd even been involved. They went away to write, and it didn't go well. I know he kind of had a bit of an epiphany type thing, like, 'Shit, I need to actually go to rehab,' or whatever. And he went for a while. He was in there for over a month, I think. And I was still texting him on and off around that time. And when he came out, he said, 'Do you wanna come and write with the band?' The writing sessions they'd done before he went in had not been productive at all, really; they'd come out with nothing, because, obviously, he was going through so much and stuff like that. So when I came in, it was kind of, like, fresh… He'd just come out and he was okay, but it was all very new, and I think everyone around him was still concerned about him, 'cause he'd been through so much and stuff. It was a very weird time. So then I went to Sheffield — 'cause I don't live in the same place as the rest of the guys — and the first time I went up, I just worked with him for a couple of days. And we got really into it. And the first song we did was 'And The Snakes Start To Sing'; that was the only demo that they'd brought forward from those sessions. It was just the guitar chords that Lee [Malia] had written for the bulk of the song. So then we worked on that. We got really stuck into it.
"I can't speak for Oli, but I think from that point on, when we worked on that song, and it came out really cool, and he was really into it, really excited by it, and it was a new way of writing for the band and stuff, and I kind of think that gave him a good drive and good focus. And I think it helped a lot for him to have re-found his love for writing music and stuff, 'cause then after that, I went up pretty much every week for about two and a half months. And it's a three-hour drive for me… so I was, like… And I wasn't in the band at that point, so I was just doing it… I didn't really know what I was doing. At first I was helping out with electronics, then I was kind of writing with Oli and Lee. Every week, I'd go up and I'd sit there with Oli and Lee and we wrote the whole album that way.
"So, yeah, I think for him it was quite a cathartic process, because he'd just been through it and he was re-finding and rebuilding his relationships with everyone.
"I've heard a lot from the other guys and Oli has told me a lot about how bad it was beforehand, and I definitely didn't see it at its first, so I don't know the ins and outs of it. But my experience with Oli has just been as a level-headed, for the most part… Obviously, I knew him kind of before, but most of my relationship has been since he came out of rehab, and he's a completely different person, from what I can tell."
Sykes publicly owned up to his addiction while accepting the "Album Of The Year" award for "Sempiternal" at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of July. He told the crowd: "I want to say something that I never thought I'd actually talk about. Before we wrote 'Sempiternal', I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine; I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my fucking brother wanted to kill me; everyone wanted to kill me, everybody wanted to fucking take me to hell, but they didn't. They stood by me, they supported me through all of that shit and we wrote 'Sempiternal' because of it.
"No one fucking knows, no one fucking knows this, but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you guys — you had no fucking idea that I was in rehab — but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails.
"And when I got out of that rehab I didn't want to fucking scream anymore, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. And it's all thanks to you, so thank you very much."
BRING ME THE HORIZON's fourth album, "Sempiternal", sold 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Epitaph.
"Fear Clinic", the new horror flick which marks SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor's first featured role in a film, will receive its world premiere on October 22 at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, California. Taylor, along with the movie's director, Robert Hall, will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.
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"Fear Clinic" stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber.
"Working with Corey was amazing," said Hall. "He's such a huge horror fan and his enthusiasm and excitement shine through. His involvement brings the film to a whole new level, and fans are going to freak when they see him in the role."
As a lifetime horror fan, Taylor said, "I'm such a horror geek, comic geek and action figure geek. I'm inspired by so much — from Hunter S. Thompson and Quentin Tarantino to 'The Dark Knight' and 'Halloween'. Just show me something that doesn't suck, and I'm happy," he laughed.
Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio what it was like to work with a horror icon like Englund. "One of the coolest dudes I've ever met," he said. "You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he's telling me stories from the '80s of being at the Rainbow with GUNS N' ROSES and I'm like, 'Please tell me more!' You know? Sweetest dude I've ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time."
Taylor told Full Metal Jackie about his involvement in "Fear Clinic": "That was a blast! I was approached by [METALLICA bassist] Robert Trujillo. His friend Robert Hall was the director for 'Fear Clinic' and Rob had offered Robert the part. But Trujillo couldn't do it; he was going to Antarctica with METALLICA. He said, 'Who is someone you’d love to work with?' I guess Rob said Corey Taylor. So he put us in touch and within two weeks I was on the set. It was pretty sweet.
"I had always said I wanted to be in a movie and try my hand at it. It was kind of the perfect opportunity.
"It was a fantastic learning experience. I learned a lot just from watching everybody.
"I really got into it, I grew a mustache for the part so I could look extra creepy.
"I had a super blast with it.
"You always want to do something you love.
"I could definitely see myself doing more of that stuff in the future."
In the film, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com, Taylor plays a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie centers around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people.
METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message:
"We've been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we've done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening... sometimes even hours! Over the years we've been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the 'old-school' compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we're going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we've played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.
"We want to keep it simple so we'll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we're also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There's that special concept of a volume discount and you'll have a box to store all your CDs in. CD's will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either LiveMetallica.com or in the Met Store.
"And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly METALLICA HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl... YOU choose from the 27 shows we've played this year by voting for your favs here. We'll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015. Voting will close on September 26.
"Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!"
METALLICA played the following shows in 2014:
March 16 - Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia
March 18 - Parque Bicentenario, Quito, Ecuador
March 20 - Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru
March 22 - Estadio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 24 - Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay
March 27 - Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile
March 29 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 30 - Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 12 - MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
May 28 - Sonisphere at Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland
May 30 - Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden
June 01 - Sonisphere at Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway
June 03 - State Prison Open Air, Horsens, Denmark
June 04 - Sonisphere at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
June 06 - Rock Im Park at Zeppelinfeld, Nurnberg, Germany
June 08 - Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany
June 09 - Pinkpop Festival at Megaland, Landgraaf, Netherlands
June 28 - Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Great Britain
July 01 - Rock in Rome Sonisphere at Ippodromo Cappannelle, Rome, Italy
July 03 - Rock Werchter at Werchterpark, Werchter, Belgium
July 04 - Sonisphere at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
July 06 - Sonisphere at Knebworth House, Stevenage, Great Britain
July 08 - Aerodrome Festival at Incheba Open Air, Prague, Czech Republic
July 09 - Krieau Rocks at Krieau Open Air, Vienna, Austria
July 11 - Sonisphere at National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
July 13 - ITU Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
Aug. 09 - Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec
METALLICA's performance at the Heavy Montreal festival in early August marked the sole North American date on the "Metallica By Request" tour, which hit Europe and South America earlier in the year. The trek featured the band playing 17 songs requested online by fans in each city, with the final slot in the set list taken by a new song, "Lords Of Summer".
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Metal Hammer in an interview that "Lords Of Summer" went over well with fans hearing it live on the band's "By Request" tour. Ulrich explained, "It's fun to play. It seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the 'Snake Pit' the other day with a homemade 'Lords Of Summer' T-shirt on, which was very endearing."
Ulrich added, "It's a good song. Hey, listen, who knows by the time the next record comes out whether it will be in its same shape or format. But it's fun to play. And I think it's going down well, from what I can tell, from my little spot."
Ulrich said that in the past when the band has played fresh material live, sometimes the songs have not even had finished lyrics or titles. But he remarked that "Lords Of Summer" is "a little further along in terms of it being, sort of, together, so we're quite comfortable playing it. It's kind of written for this tour."
The drummer recently told "Metal Zone" about the band's next record, "I'm pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it's just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It's just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song."
Frontman James Hetfield said something very similar when The Pulse Of Radio asked him a while back about the status of the band's new material. "We've come up with enough material for a record, for sure," he said. "We've gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that's on our riff CDs, but we've got enough for an album. We just haven't had the time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling at these masterpieces, hopefully."
Former DEATH and current CYNIC member Paul Masvidal (guitar, vocals) spoke to France's TV Rock Live about his decision to openly discuss for the first time his sexuality in the context of his band's music.
Masvidal, 43, came out to friends and family in 1991 and later began exploring drag bars and gay nightclubs while on tour. His CYNIC bandmate, Sean Reinert, also 43, took a bit longer to come out.
"Sean and I have been living this way, as gay men, for over 20 years, so it wasn't something that we weren't comfortable with ourselves," Paul told TV Rock Live at this summer's Hellfest, where he performed with the DEATH tribute project DEATH TO ALL. "But in terms of associating it with our work, which we always wanted to just keep the focus on the music; we were concerned that it would become all of a sudden, 'They're the gay band' or something. But, thankfully, it seems like it's been very positive. And the scene's been open; it's come a long way. And in our minds, it was an opportunity to really kind of speak for other people, the kids out there that don't have someone in their scene who's homesexual."
He continued: "It's one of those things where it's nice to kind of… I don't know it was… I think Harvey Milk [American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California] said this… He was one of the big, forward-thinking… He said that everybody who's gay should come out, regardless of what profession you're in, because we're a minority, and regardless, you should be out there with it. It just helps the whole thing along, you know, so… That's how I felt about it. It was, like, 'It's about time to just talk about it.'"
Asked if he was surprised at the reaction from the metal scene to Masvidal and Reinert openly discussing their sexuality in a Los Angeles Times article this past May, Masvidal said: "I was, actually, a bit surprised. I mean, it started with the Los Angeles Times, the cover story, and all then all the press picked it up. And it seemed like it got a lot of attention, but in the right way; it wasn't bashing. There was little things here and there, but most of those people keep to themselves."
He added: "I think most people born post-1980 [or] -'85, they're not fazed by it in the same way, especially if they grew up in cities, as to where 20 years ago, it was a different mindset, I think, and even 10 years ago. So we've come a long way. But we still have a long way to go. There are still seven countries in the world where it's punishable by death to be homosexual. I mean, we still have a lot of work to do."
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who revealed he was homosexual during a 1998 appearance on MTV, commended Masvidal and Reinert (drums) for speaking out about their sexuality, telling Metal Injection: "I really applaud the guys from CYNIC for standing forward and just telling… They didn't need to do that. I didn't need to do that. They did it for themselves, like I did for myself. It might appear to be a bit selfish, but it's not.
"I always quickly say: you set yourself free, you stop all the lying, you stop all the innuendo, you stop all the damaging, attacking comments, because they bounce off you. Because [you go], 'That's who I am. That's what I am. What are you trying to say? You can't attack me anymore, because I'm now bulletproof because of this honesty.'
"So I applaud them. I think it's really, really cool. And I can't wait to see them."
New York hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL will release their new album, "The Last Act Of Defiance", in Europe, Australia and New Zealand on September 29, and in North America on September 30 via Century Media.
Asked what he wants fans to walk away with after hearing "The Last Act Of Defiance", SICK OF IT ALL drummer Armand Majidi's answer is very simple: "I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic."
The eye-catching cover artwork for "The Last Act Of Defiance" was created by Ernie Parada, who has already designed posters, merchandise and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as HATEBREED, PROPAGANDHI, RANCID and THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM.
"The Last Act Of Defiance" was helmed by SICK OF IT ALL's longtime friend and producer Tue Madsen, who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, New York and mixed it at his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.
Stated Majidi about why Madsen is the perfect match for SICK OF IT ALL: "Not only do we get along famously, but he has always understood how to capture the band's intensity in the quietly controlled, less-than-intense studio setting.
"It was always difficult for us to find an engineer who could capture our live sound before meeting Tue, so now that we've found him, he's our guy.”
"The Last Act Of Defiance" track listing:
01. Sound The Alarm
03. Road Less Traveled
04. Get Bronx
05. Part Of History
06. Losing War
07. Never Back Down
08. Facing The Abyss
09. Act Your Rage
10. Disconnect Your Flesh
11. Beltway Getaway
The lyric video for the song "DNC" can be seen below.
The video for "Reincarnate", the title track of the third studio album from the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based metalcore quintet MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, can be seen below. Directed by Chad Michael Ward (MARILYN MANSON, COMBICHRIST), the clip was shot at the allegedly haunted Hotel Alexandria's Valentino Room in Los Angeles, California.
"Reincarnate" was released on September 16 via Fearless. Produced by Dan Korneff (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, BREAKING BENJAMIN, LAMB OF GOD), the follow-up to "Infamous" features guest appearances by Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH), Maria Brink (IN THIS MOMENT) and Tim Skold (SKOLD, MARILYN MANSON).
"Reincarnate" track listing:
01. Death March
03. Puppets III (The Grand Finale) [feat. Dani Filth)
05. Everybody Sells Cocaine
06. Conptemptress (feat. Maria Brink)
07. Break The Cycle
08. Generation Lost
09. Dark Passenger
11. Final Dictvm (feat. Tim Skold)
12. Carry The Torch
13. Sinematic (acoustic version) [bonus track]
"I think I speak for most artists of any kind when I say that it's a rarity to step back from something you created and feel 100% satisfied without seeing the flaws or things you wish you had made differently," said MOTIONLESS IN WHITE singer Chris Motionless. "This is the first time in my life I've composed an album and have departed from the studio feeling like everything I've ever wanted to accomplish, has finally materialized. I put past mistakes behind me and focused on becoming a new body of musical existence, while maintaining the characteristics that I enjoyed most about our band. As it is mine, this will absolutely be your favorite MOTIONLESS record."
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE will support LACUNA COIL in Europe starting on October 31 in Bristol, United Kingdom.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has carved out a corner in the metal scene with its aggressive electro-tinged anthems, crowd-empowering choruses, melding with their dark and profound message. The band recruited a collection of devout fans across the world, having toured with metal juggernauts such as MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, A DAY TO REMEMBER, ESCAPE THE FATE and BLACK VEIL BRIDES.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's sophomore album, "Infamous", was released on November 13, 2012 via Fearless.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans 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".
The second of five video clips featuring footage from the making of "Blood In Blood Out" can be seen below. The footage is taken from the "Blood Upon The Goat" DVD, which will be included in the album's digipak and import box set versions.
Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to "Blood In Blood Out" opener "Black 13" is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON, DELTRON 3030).
"[Dan and I] ran into each other a couple times," shares EXODUS guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt. "I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it."
TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track "BTK", one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, who recently said: "Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together; we know each other really well. So if I'm doing my vocals and he's there, I can trust him to go, 'No way, Zet, [it] doesn't sound good like that. Do it like this,' or, 'Yeah, that's killer.' If he says it sounds killer, I know it is."
Original EXODUS guitarist Kirk Hammett, who has been a member of METALLICA for the past 31 years, contributed a solo to "Salt The Wound", which can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
"This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official EXODUS release," states Holt. "He did the early demo, and then joined METALLICA and didn't do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer."
"It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett told RollingStone.com. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me."
He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them."
"Blood In Blood Out" track listing:
01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02. Blood In Blood Out
03. Collateral Damage
04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05. Body Harvest
06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08. My Last Nerve
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms
Bonus DVD includes:
* "Blood Upon The Goat" making-of footage
* Behind-the-scenes tour footage
* Footage from Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEVIL After-Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con
The digital version of "Blood In Blood Out" will include the digital bonus track "Angel Of Death" (ANGEL WITCH cover).
The album’s Japanese edition includes the "Protect Not Dissect" bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.
"When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like 'Gangland' and all these locked-up prison reality shows," said Holt. "And I thought, 'Yeah, that's like EXODUS.' It's a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out.
"I've been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager, and I'll be doing it 'till I can't physically do it anymore."
The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explained: "The concept came from Pär Olofsson. I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it's perfect! One of my favorite covers we've ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!"
"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.
Asked what EXODUS is doing differently on "Blood In Blood Out" compared to the band's previous efforts, Souza said: "I just think it's way more brutal now. I think if you look at the production value in the albums, from 'Bonded By Blood'  and even 'Impact Is Imminent'  and now you look at them, from 'Tempo Of The Damned'  and then 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine'  and 'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A'  and 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition'  and now to 'Blood In, Blood Out', I just think the maturity level and knowing what you wanna sound like and knowing what you're going for and knowing what you do well. Not trying to second-guess yourself and go, 'Oh, we've gotta do this because of this.' It's not like that anymore. Now it's all about, 'Hey, we're EXODUS. We've been EXODUS for 30 years. And let's just be EXODUS.'"
The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA webshop in CD, digipak, and 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last).
EXODUS will head out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run in November with fellow metal titans SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11 with two shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.
Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS is making their VIP Experience packages available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day.
For fans who have already purchased their show ticket and would like to be part of the EXODUS VIP Experience, contact SLO Customer Service at 888-756-4849 or email@example.com.
Hammett was a member of EXODUS' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.
Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band's studio albums — "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (2005), "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A" (2007), "Let There Be Blood" (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS' classic 1985 LP, "Bonded By Blood") and "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (2010).
In a brand new interview with Metal Talk, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner spoke about the task of replacing original PRIEST axeman Kenneth "K.K." Downing and getting involved in the songwriting process for the band's new album, "Redeemer Of Souls".
"I grew up with JUDAS PRIEST, and guitar music in general, and I think being aware of everything that comes with that — the whole mindset of standing up for what you believe in, doing what you do, and being proud of it," Faulkner said. "That's been a part of PRIEST's music since day one for me, that's how I interpreted it.
"They have always flown the flag for what they do, and for metal. It was kind of inherent — you have to respect what came before you.
"Ken was a huge hero of mine, and then with Glenn [Tipton], and the rest of the guys in the band.
"You've got to respect what came before, but you've also got to be respectful to yourself. As I said, get all of the mentality that comes with that music, and kind of set up what it is you're doing. You want to put your own stamp on things, you want to make your own way, and carve your own niche, but at the same time be respectful and aware of what came before.
"It's almost second nature, if that makes any sense. It's not like it's an easy thing to do, but at the same time it's kind of organic. It's something that's ingrained in you as a musician, really. It's really natural and organic, and it's worked really well. I'm very pleased."
Faulkner also talked about living up to JUDAS PRIEST fans' expectations in the concert setting, especially after one half of the band's signature twin-guitar attack has been replaced.
"We just wanted the band to continue — we knew it was working, and we just wanted to get out and unleash it on the world," Richie explained.
"I think the skepticism that some people might have, or have had was just a testament to how passionate they are about the band, you know? It's almost the same as when Ritchie Blackmore left DEEP PURPLE, or when Michael Schenker left UFO. There was a healthy amount of skepticism that comes from that passion, and I think that's a healthy thing. That's a testament to the fans. And thanks to the fans for trusting in the band, buying tickets, coming down to the show.
"Within 30 seconds, man — they had their hands up in the air, and they're screaming along. It was just instant, really, so a big 'hats off' to them for doing that."
JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
According to Las Vegas Weekly, there are tentative plans for MÖTLEY CRÜE to end its "The Final Tour" by playing "couple of nights" in Las Vegas in late 2015 and finishing off with a few shows in the band's hometown of Los Angeles.
"Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started," MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil told the site.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A.," Neil added. "And then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone: ""We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1 a.m. show at the Whisky. Fuck, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx added. "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off.
"I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the fucking years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter."
MÖTLEY CRÜE last month completed the first leg of its "The Final Tour" with support from Alice Cooper. The next leg of the trek will kick off on October 10 in Oklahoma City and will conclude on November 22 in Spokane, Washington.
While announcing the first details of "The Final Tour" at a Los Angeles press conference in January, the four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE revealed that they took the unusual step of having their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.
"The only loophole is if all four members agreed to break the contract," Sixx said before adding. "There is no amount of money that would ever make me do it again. We'd have so much egg on our face."
After the completion of the farewell tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars is expected to put the finishing touches on his long-in-the-works debut album as well as a memoir. Sixx will focus much of his efforts on his other band, SIXX: A.M., while Neil will continue his solo career. Lee's plans have not yet been revealed, but he did tell Newsday: "I am writing and putting things aside. It's a different direction from my last solo work because I'm changing around all the components. It won't be something you've heard or seen before. Believe me, I'm not done after this."
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN will release their fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", on October 27 via Victory.
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."
Says Revolver magazine: "If you think SISTER SIN are just another female-fronted metal band, you've got another thing comin'. Spiked and leather-clad, these Swedes crank out music for fighting hard and partying harder."
The lyric video for the "Chaos Royale" song from "Black Lotus" can be seen below.
The "Chaos Royale" digital single and "Black Lotus" digital pre-order are available now at iTunes and Amazon Music.
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. Released on October 23, 2012 via Victory Records, the CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder and was mixed by Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION, DANZIG).
HURTSMILE, the band led by the third VAN HALEN frontman, Gary Cherone (also of EXTREME), who took over when Sammy Hagar left the group (or was fired, depending on whom you ask) in 1996, will release its sophomore album, "Retrogrenade", in North America on October 7 via Cherone's own Slipkid Records. Following up on the band's acclaimed self-titled debut in 2011, the fan-funded "Retrogrenade" pays homage to almost every genre Cherone has excelled at in the past. Inspired by the classic rock records they grew up on, "Retrogrenade" is the collective effort of HURTSMILE flexing their musical muscle.
The song "Rock N' Roll Cliché" from "Retrogrenade" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
Of "Retrogrenade", Gary Cherone commented, "The strength of this record is that all the members of the band contributed to the songwriting process which resulted in a wonderfully creative diversity. This second effort has been a natural progression and we've yet to repeat ourselves musically."
Gary Cherone's career is rooted in classic rock, but his innate diversity and broad influences have created unexpected detours and surprises. EXTREME is the formidable genesis of Cherone's career; its "funky metal" roots and ubiquitous #1 smash hit "More Than Words" introduced Cherone to the mainstream, but it was EXTREME's captivating performance at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert that finally put him on the world stage. A few years later, Cherone would be asked to join the legendary VAN HALEN and co-write their "VH3" album with the band and tour the world once again.
In 2011, Gary teamed up with his brother Mark Cherone (FLESH, SUPERZERO), Joe Pessia (TANTRIC, DRAMAGODS) and Dana Spellman to record the self-titled debut, "Hurtsmile", a musically aggressive sucker punch to the face featuring Cherone's most provocative lyrics to date.
HURTSMILE's music is chock-full of swaggering guitars, soaring vocals and trademark eclecticism, with the Boston Globe declaring the quartet, "hard-hitting."
HURTSMILE is Gary Cherone (vocals), Mark Cherone (guitar), Joe Pessia (bass, mandolin) and Dana Spellman (drums, percussion).
"Retrogrenade" track listing:
01. Rock N' Roll Cliche
02. Hello, I Must Be Going
03. Big Government
04. I Still Do
05. Sing A Song (My Mia)
06. Anymore (Don't Want My Love)
07. Where Do We Go From Here
08. A Melody For You
09. Wonder What
10. Walk Away
12. Pump It Up
Legendary LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant says that he doesn't find much of value in the band's ongoing reissue campaign, calling the previously unreleased bonus tracks "mostly work-in-progress stuff" that offer "nothing relevant" to him personally.
The ZEPPELIN reissues are being made available in a range of digital, CD, vinyl, and deluxe box sets through Atlantic/Swan Song, accompanied by previously unreleased bonus tracks including rough mixes, backing tracks, alternative versions, and new songs.
Asked if these versions shed any new light on the music for him personally, Plant tells Billboard.com: "No, not really. Because it's so long ago. What you're hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff. Things on their way to completion, and maybe there's some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it's nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least."
Plant remains respectful of his accomplishments with guitarist Jimmy Page and LED ZEPPELIN, telling The Telegraph in a recent interview: "I had no history to speak of, really, before I met Jimmy. I hadn't stepped into my physical personality. In ZEPPELIN, I learned how to apply myself, how to express myself as a writer, how to shut up and listen. So I grew, I got some of my chops."
During LED ZEPPELIN's 2012 New York City press conference to publicize "Celebration Day", Robert Plant admitted that the pressure of making music under the LED ZEPPELIN moniker is tremendous. "I think expectations are horrific things," he said. "I mean, if you go off and play in North Africa, or something like that, you just, you know you're going to have a good time and you're going to work with people and there's nothing else about it. That's how we started, in a little room with Jason's [Bonham] dad [John Bonham, late LED ZEPPELIN drummer] all that time ago. So, to actually, to do anything at all together is such a kind of incredible weight, because I think we were really propelled by Jason [who played drums at ZEPPELIN's 2007 reunion show] and his enthusiasm."
In a brand new interview with The Indian Express, vocalist Burton C. Bell of Los Angeles cyber metallers FEAR FACTORY was asked about how the group developed its sound and whether FEAR FACTORY considers itself purely an industrial band.
"Our sound was an early exploration through experimentation," he said. "Learning our tools, and developing our songwriting was truly 'trial and error.'
"Dino [Cazares, guitarist)]and I were always interested in the sounds of industrial. Dino and Ray [Herrera, former drummer] were in death metal bands, and I came from a post-rock sound of early-noise/industrial. Our style combined as we began writing. It was not until Rhys Fulber [producer] came into the mix with 'Demanufacture' [FEAR FACTORY's second album] that we settled with our sound.
"I consider FEAR FACTORY an industrial metal band due to the repetitive and rhythmic beats, much like a working machine with gears and cogs would sound."
Bell also spoke about the inspiration for his lyrics in FEAR FACTORY, which have always had an emphasis on science fiction, with concepts like "man versus machine" being explored over various albums.
"As a boy, I was fascinated with sci-fi," he explained. "My father was a reporter in Houston, Texas, and he was following NASA during the Apollo 11 launch. I remember watching 'Star Trek', 'Twilight Zone' and 'Night Gallery' on TV with him.
"In the early days of FEAR FACTORY, Dino and I watched a lot of movies which inspired and influenced us — 'Terminator', 'Blade Runner', 'Robocop' and 'Full Metal Jacket', to name a few.
"As a lyricist, I try to be poetic.
"All our lyrics are poems.
"My poems are about emotions that make us human: love, hate, fear, jealousy, and pain.
"Can androids feel these too?
"This concept was perfect for the direction Dino and I wanted to take.
"We were struggling to survive in Hollywood then. We experienced the L.A. riots firsthand. We remember the National Guard patrolling the roads of L.A., setting up post at the 7-11 across the street. This was not science fiction, this was pure struggle. But these are the experiences that create science fiction; because we were struggling, we were fighting the establishment; the machine."
FEAR FACTORY has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment for the release of its next studio album, tentatively due in early 2015. The band will enter the studio in October with longtime producer/collaborator Rhys Fulber to begin recording the CD, which will be mixed by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT).
Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON were the musical guests on last night's (Monday, September 15) episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The band played several songs on the show's outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
Video footage of MASTODON's "The Motherload" performance from "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" can be seen below.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m.-12:37 a.m., ET) and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.
MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records.
MASTODON's fifth album, 2011's "The Hunter", opened with 39,000 units to enter the chart at No. 10. The band's previous CD, "Crack The Skye", registered a first-week tally of 41,000 copies back in April 2009 to debut at No. 11. MASTODON's 2006 effort, "Blood Mountain", came in with just over 24,000 units — significantly more than the 8,000 first-week total of its predecessor, 2004's "Leviathan" — which put it at No. 32.
"Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS. Also available on June 24 was a stunning deluxe 2LP vinyl edition of "Once More 'Round The Sun". This limited edition includes two discs pressed onto 180-gram black vinyl housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by Skinner, plus a CD of the complete album. The package includes four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork.
In a brand new interview with the Houston Press, vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL was asked if the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — were ever expanded to a "Big Five," who would get the extra slot: TESTAMENT, EXODUS or OVERKILL?
"Aw man, that's gonna put me in a corner!" Ellsworth laughed. "We measure our success in days, not dollars! But maybe you can find the answer in what I'm going to say.
"When [playing thrash metal] became harder in the '90s with grunge music, we never had a question about if we would stop doing it and go work for our moms and dads or something," Ellsworth offered. "We just needed to make it happen. We weren't going to let grunge stop us. And if it did, we'd just go back to the underground. I liked it there anyway!"
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine last year spoke to Radio.com about which band should have been included if the "Big Four" were expanded and considered the "Big Five". Mustaine said: "You know, people will say there's a whole another generation, like the 'Medium Four' [laughs], and I think there's a lot of great bands that fit that bill, too. But I think probably EXODUS, because there was nobody else at the time that had that kind of pull or that kind of importance in the metal community. Granted, it was with [late EXODUS singer Paul] Baloff, and Baloff had a voice that you had to have an acquired taste for, but you know, I liked him."
In a 2010 interview with Metal Asylum, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt was asked if he feels the "Big Four" should have been expanded and considered the "Big Seven", including EXODUS, TESTAMENT and OVERKILL.
"Well, I think it should be the 'Big Five' with EXODUS, because we were there at the start of thrash metal with METALLICA in the real early '80s," he said. "Same thing with MEGADETH because [Dave] Mustaine was a part of METALLICA's birth and he also created MEGADETH. And SLAYER are SLAYER. ANTHRAX are also great and old friends, but if you listen to those first few records, they have definitely changed. TESTAMENT has every right to be part of the thrash metal legends, but it just came down to timing because they came later. And OVERKILL have been their since the beginning also. But I don't get hung up on that shit, because I know how it all started and I know where I was when the shit got created. We [EXODUS] certainly deserve to be part of the founding fathers, but you know who often gets excluded are the Germans — KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM. Everybody looks to America and forgets those guys. KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM all released records in the early '80s."
He continued: "Really, the "Big Four" is solely based on sales and the ones who sold the most. But if you compare records, I will put EXODUS' last few albums up against anybody's shit. SLAYER is always awesome; the last TESTAMENT album [at the time of the interview], 'The Formation of Damnation', was great; the new MEGADETH [2009's 'Endgame'] is one of their best; METALLICA are still finding their feet again, and their last album, 'Death Magnetic', was a step in the right direction. The new OVERKILL, 'Ironbound', is one of their best records ever; it's so good. And KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, and SODOM still make great new music. What I think it boils down to is the bands who've been doing this the longest still can do it the best. METALLICA are still a mighty force live, but they lost their way for quite a while. But then again I've never had to deal with the horrible problem of having millions of dollars. [Laughs] Maybe if I had that kind of money, it would distract my hunger for doing this kind of shit, too. But, unfortunately for me, I have to keep kickin' people in the teeth, I don't have the funds to go art-shopping. My version of fine art is a new edition of Hustler magazine. [Laughs]"
Earlier this year, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked by U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine if it's strange to him how much METALLICA has eclipsed the other "Big Four" bands in terms of commercial popularity.
"I try not to spend too much time thinking about stuff like that because whatever I think of is still not going to be a satisfying enough explanation," he replied. "It's just the way things are and how the chips fell.
"EXODUS in the '80s had some bona fide problems, but I think their first album [1985's 'Bonded By Blood'] is just as good as [METALLICA's debut] 'Kill 'Em All'. We were just playing the music we wanted to hear because no one else was playing it and it wasn't being played on the radio. It was only a small group of people who knew about it and it was almost elitist in that 'No posers allowed!' thing."
Slash's third solo album, "World On Fire", can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of USAToday.com). The disc is the second to feature Slash's regular backing band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, and follows up 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". Although the album's title sounds like a political or social statement, Slash told The Pulse Of Radio it wasn't meant that way at first. "There's no social commentary originally about the album title," he said. "It was a song on the record basically about sex. But when I started looking for an album title, something about that title stuck out to me. I think it was because a lot of stuff has been going on — the whole thing with the Malaysian flight, and Israel, and all the stuff going on with Russia at the time. So 'World On Fire' all of a sudden had a much broader connotation."
Slash told Classic Rock magazine that the "World On Fire" album title was in place before the artwork was commissioned. "We decided on 'World On Fire', and that immediately brought chaos to mind," he said. "So I looked at different artists, to see if they had anything already painted that represented what I was thinking. I'd been following Ron [English] on Instagram, and he's always got these great, freaked-out ideas going on, so I called him up."
English previously worked with Slash on a limited-edition skull sculpture, which can be purchased from the artist's web site for $7500.
Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.
"Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun".
The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee just wrapped up a summer tour with AEROSMITH and will play three shows in West Hollywood next week before heading out to Europe.
The shows will take place at three legendary Hollywood music venues: the Troubadour on September 23, the Roxy on September 25 and the Whisky on September 26.