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KAMELOT: Official Lyric Video For New Song 'Veil Of Elysium'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:06:13 +0000

The official lyric video for the song "Veil Of Elysium" from American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Haven", which will be released worldwide (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. The CD will be made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world. "Haven" track listing: 01. Fallen Star 02. Insomnia 03. Citizen Zero 04. Veil Of Elysium 05. Under Grey Skies 06. My Therapy 07. Ecclesia 08. End Of Innocence 09. Beautiful Apocalypse 10. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) 11. Here's To The Fall 12. Revolution 13. Haven Exclusive bonus CD track listing (available only with the limited mediabook and deluxe earbook): 01. End Of Innocence (Piano Version) 02. Veil Of Elysium (Acoustic Version) 03. Fallen Star (Orchestral Version) 04. Here's To The Fall (Orchestral Version) 05. My Therapy (Orchestral Version) 06. Fallen Star (Instrumental) 07. Insomnia (Instrumental) 08. Citizen Zero (Instrumental) 09. Veil Of Elysium (Instrumental) 10. Under Grey Skies (Instrumental) 11. My Therapy (Instrumental) 12. End Of Innocence (Instrumental) 13. Beautiful Apocalypse (Instrumental) 14. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) (Instrumental) 15. Revolution (Instrumental) Speaking to RAMzine at this year's Hammerfest, which took place last month at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli , Gwynedd, North Wales, KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik stated about "Haven": "I think it's even more diverse than the previous album [2012's 'Silverthorn']; it is, actually, more diverse. We went a little bit for that — to have this wide spectrum of different feels; not only bombastic stuff, but also melancholic, dark, slower stuff, even faster stuff, more aggressive stuff. So it's a really good… It's like a plethora of everything, which is really cool. We've got some really cool responses from the album so far." Asked whether "Haven" has a lyrical theme, Tommy responded: "At first, we didn't go for some kind of theme; it just happened, in a way, when we started writing and started looking at what we had, gathering the lyrics together and everything. Everything just fell into one basket, so to speak. Actually, it's about… It's not a theme like 'Silverthorn' was; it's a more loosely based theme, but it's about this topic… the world. We're a little bit reflecting on what we are doing in this world right now. Everyone's looking down at their phones and doing social media instead of talking to each other, and everyone's hunting for this perfect life, this perfection. And everything you post is about how good, perfect you are… everything. You don't get reality, actually. You get a fake picture of reality, which doesn't… People just feel bad and get stressed over it and stuff like that. So that's one thing of it; the overall stress of today. But that also translated into a little bit of a futuristic feel, you know. So I'm pretty happy with everything so far, and I just hope that people are gonna love it as much as we do." KAMELOT recently spent time in Belgrade, Serbia with director Ivan Colic (MOONSPELL, SOILWORK, HAMMERFALL, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SYMPHONY X) filming a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song from "Haven". Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Guest musicians on the CD include Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The breathtaking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes. Following the release of "Haven", KAMELOT will embark on a massive world tour, starting with North America in April/May, followed by European shows in the summer and with the "Haven" European tour in September/October.

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PENTAGRAM: Performance Clip From 'All Your Sins' DVD

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:58:38 +0000

U.S. doom metal legends PENTAGRAM recently released an extensive double-disc DVD collection, titled "All Your Sins", via Peaceville. The set features over six hours of numerous electrifying concerts spanning three decades — all straight from the band's collection. A performance clip of the songs "Relentless" and "Broken Vows" from "All Your Sins" — filmed on October 30, 1987 at the Hung Jury Pub — can be seen below. PENTAGRAM, the highly influential American heavy metal/doom act fronted by mastermind Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though their debut album — now known as "Relentless" — didn't see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, PENTAGRAM has become a legendary international act and have firmly stamped their name in the heavy metal history books. This first-ever official PENTAGRAM video collection, "All Your Sins" recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of these doomed metal pioneers and more. It contains two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, "All Your Sins - Video Vault". This definitive collection features numerous historical shows, including a charged performance in 1985 at the legendary CBGB club in New York City, with a mass of classic renditions from the band's catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years. Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fanbase, PENTAGRAM has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary "Last Days Here" following the life, trials & tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition; travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including "Best Music Documentary" at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne said that he saw the "Last Days Here" documentary, calling it a "very, very sad story, because [Bobby is] a guy... He's the only child of his elderly mom and dad and he lives in a crack-smoking, heroin-using world. And why that guy is still alive is beyond me. I mean, I've been there, done it, and by the grace of God, I got out of it. But, you know, I hope the guy doesn't die." Ozzy added: "I hope he has [cleaned up] because that video was like a good reason not to get stoned. And you know, for what it's worth: That could have been me. That could have been any number of people. That's why I say to myself every day, 'God, you're fucking lucky, Ozzy!'"

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DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN Slams New 'Daily Show' Host TREVOR NOAH Over Twitter Jokes About Jews

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:43:51 +0000

DISTURBED singer David Draiman has slammed newly named "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah over the South African comedian's old tweets which show jokes he made at the expense of Jews. Noah, who was born to a black South African mother and white Swiss father, has come under attack for remarks made on Twitter that some perceived as anti-Semitic and misogynist. Among Noah's controversial tweets, which were posted between 2009 and 2014, was one in which he wrote: "Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!" A 2012 post about an Argentine soccer player poked fun of Jewish women. Noah wrote: "Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him, but Messi doesn't go down easy, just like jewish chicks." In another tweet, Noah said: "Behind every rap billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man." He also once retweeted a message from a follower that read, "Muslims don't hate Jews. Jews hate Muslims." Some of Trevor's followers told him not to worry about it while others asked him to apologize. Trevor has since taken to Twitter to explain that to reduce his views to a few tweets is neither a reflection of his character nor his comedic evolution. During an appearance on Israel's public domestic and international radio service Voice Of Israel, Draiman — who has extensive family in Israel, including his brother, Jerusalem-based folk rock and ambient musician Ben Draiman, as well as his grandmother — stated about Noah (hear audio below): "You know, I'd love to have this mamzer [a Hebrew word referring to a person born of certain forbidden relationships] go ahead and call me on to his show. If he wants to go ahead and be a funny guy, go ahead. Have me on your show. Go ahead and start spewing anti-Semitic or Jewish jokes while I'm on your show. Somebody's gonna end up in the hospital and somebody's gonna end up in jail, and I'll give you three guesses who that's going to be." Asked how it could be that a public figure like Noah could "spout anti-Semitic rhetoric" to the world, Draiman responded: "I think that anti-Semitism has become fashionable. I think it's become acceptable in a lot of people's eyes." He continued: "The media continues to spin the State of Israel and Jews as war-mongering, evil people, which we are not. I think that it's become something that, where people used to quickly rise to condemn it, they more and more are being very, very lackadaisical about it, and it's becoming something that isn't offensive to the mass public, which is very, very disturbing. "I think that, back when I originally wrote my piece for the Gatestone Institute during the Gaza war, the last one, about why I support Israel, people criticized me for saying that the media was setting the stage for another Holocaust. Well, you know what?! Look around. Open your eyes. Look at what's happening throughout Europe. Look at what's happening in South Africa. Look at what's happening in South America. Look at the tremendous rise of anti-Semitism. And you know what?! It's all fueled by the way the media has portrayed this situation. It's all fueled by the way the media spins their story in their own anti-Israel, anti- Semitic way. And it continues to perpetuate. It's not stopping. And I don't understand why people aren't quick enough to condemn… I mean, to be honest, I don't even understand why organizations like the Anti-Defamation League aren't more on top of things like this." Draiman also defended his right to use his celebrity as a platform to express his thoughts and opinions. He said: "It's the least I can do. I've been blessed with a platform and a voice, and I owe it to myself and my family and our people to use it responsibly." He continued: "I try not to mix the politics as much with the band, per se, because my political views are my own; they're not necessarily the band's. Although they do support me and always have supported me, and I thank my brothers in DISTURBED for doing that. They've always been tremendously supportive, and, of course, protective of me, to be perfectly honest, which is kind of like the whole 'big brother' mentality, which is nice.' Draiman added: "But DISTURBED… The music is time for an escape. When you have the media reflection in songs like 'Never Again' that directly reflect anti-Semitism, obviously, it's much more blatant, but that's kind of a rarity within the body of work, But if I can, instead of being some person that gets on social media to just self-promote, and to try and push his visibility for no other reason than to further illuminate himself, which is really not my desire or wish, and not something that I look for. I could act like a lot of other people do. But I choose to use it responsibly. I've been an activist since before I ever was a professional musician, and so I think that it'll never leave me. And if I have an extended reach to use, and if I have an amplified voice to be able to raise up, believe you and me, I'm going to raise it." He went on to say: "It's scary times. You have to stand up. We're no longer a people that marches like sheep into the cattle cars off to the concentration camps. This is a different generation, this is a different mindset, and we are strong, we are steadfast. We are not gonna take it anymore. And I certainly won't. I have I don't know how many broken bones, over the course of my life, in my body that are directly from engaging anti-Semitism and fighting it. I remember every single one of them. And I'll continue to fight for it. I'm not afraid of being injured in the process of doing it either. It is what it is. There's a cost to preserving your soul. There's a cost to preserving your character and to trying to defend your people, and sometimes it's worth the cost. And I think it is. "I think that my fan base has always viewed me as someone of integrity, somebody that stands up for what they believe in, and somebody who doesn't back down in the face of people like this. And I will continue to be that person — whether I remain a public person or whether I become someone that retreats into privacy. It's never going to change. I will always be a proud defender of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel." According to Reuters, Noah made his mixed race a big part of his comedy. During his childhood under apartheid laws, blacks and whites were prohibited from living together. "They had me, which was illegal, so I was born a crime," he said in one of his comedy routines. Both of Draiman's maternal grandparents were survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while many others on his mother's side were wiped out by the Nazis. The DISTURBED song "Never Again", from 2010's "Asylum" album, was written about the Holocaust and calls out people who deny it. The United States Holocaust Museum has featured Draiman in its "Voices On Anti-Semitism" podcasts.

CROWBAR Featured In 'Ghosts Of The Road' Day-In-The-Life-Of Portrait Series

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:30:25 +0000

FreqsTV recently launched "Ghosts Of The Road", an intimate day-in-the-life-of portrait series, featuring some of today's top rock and metal acts as they navigate a rigorous life on the road. Filmed entirely on one day during a band's tour, these episodes capture the everyday goings-on of a modern rock tour from arrival until the band hits the stage. This fly-on-the-wall perspective aims to offer more to the fans than the traditional mic-in-the-face interview. "Ghosts Of The Road" presents a personal portrait of today's top acts as they work hard to bring the rock to the masses. New episodes are being released every Thursday and include such acts as AT THE GATES, PROTEST THE HERO, GOTTHARD, AMORPHIS, THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT and more. The series is presented by Germany's Guitar magazine. The latest "Ghosts Of The Road" episode featuring New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR can be seen below. FreqsTV is an all-music documentary channel on YouTube consisting of original programming focused on the rock and metal genres. Series will include tour documentaries, artist portraits, spotlights-on-scenes, features on independent labels and pioneers of DIY music technology. CROWBAR's latest album, "Symmetry In Black", sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27, 2014 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26, 2014 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).

KISS To Receive ASCAP Founders Award

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:23:21 +0000

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present rock heavyweights KISS with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at its 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 29 in Hollywood. The exclusive, invitation-only gala takes place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ASCAP Founders Award goes to ASCAP's pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Sir Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, STEELY DAN, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. KISS is one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, selling over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40-year career. Formed in the early 1970s, KISS has achieved staggering career milestones, boasting decades of record-breaking tours around the globe. Today, the KISS "brand" has infiltrated pop culture with its unforgettable personas Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Cat. With hits like "Strutter", "Shout it Out Loud", "Detroit Rock City", "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Christine Sixteen", "I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "Beth", KISS has 28 gold albums, the most of any American rock band, and in 2014 they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. As the band continues their 40th Anniversary World Tour with 2015 tours in Japan, South America and Australia — founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons also celebrate 40 years as members of ASCAP. The 32nd ASCAP Pop Music Awards precede the 10th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, the only national conference dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting and composing. The EXPO takes place April 30 - May 2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Many of the biggest names in music have shared their wisdom and music at the EXPO, including Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham interviewed by Sara Bareilles, Dr. Luke, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Justin Timberlake in conversation with Bill Withers and Ann and Nancy Wilson (HEART).

GARY HOLT Says He Would Have 'No Shortage Of Riffs' If He Was Asked To Write For SLAYER

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:14:48 +0000

In a brand new interview with Fuse.tv, Gary Holt was asked how his status as the touring guitarist in SLAYER is different from his normal duties in EXODUS. "In EXODUS, I do most of the heavy lifting," he said. "Whereas SLAYER, that would be carried by [bassist/vocalist] Tom [Araya]. [With SLAYER] I just show up, have a couple of drinks, go out and shred, play the set and then relax. We have a good time. My job description is very simple: Just go out and rage. It's easy for me." Asked if he would consider writing with SLAYER, Holt said: "[SLAYER guitarist] Kerry [King] wrote the whole [upcoming] album. I just go out and play guitar. It's refreshing to not have to go out and do all the other stuff. I don't have to do the press and all that. I just show up, go straight into my dressing room and get ready to play the show and get off stage and relax. In the future, I've been around four years, down the road if we get to another album and Kerry asks me to contribute, I've got no shortage of riffs." Regarding how he balances being in both bands, Holt said: "It's hard. There are times when EXODUS has to get someone to fill in for me because I'm locked up with SLAYER. We send out what I like to refer to as my 'stunt double,' whoever that may be! It's hard because I can't do it 12 months straight. I have a wife and children at home. I have to try to balance the three... family and two bands. It can be problematic but there are worse problems to have." Joining King, Holt and Araya during the recording sessions for SLAYER's new album is returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who replaced Dave Lombardo in 2013. Asked what Holt's contribution would be to the new SLAYER album, Kerry told Canada's Metro in a 2013 interview: "I've told Gary that I'd like him to play some leads, just to keep it interesting. "We've always been a two-guitar attack, so if you're looking to have a segment like the 'Angel Of Death' lead trade-off, you can't do that with one guitar. "As far as Gary being a contributing writer, number one, fans aren't ready for it, and number two, that's like throwing somebody to the wolves. "I think if there's another record after this one, and Gary is still with us at that point, I think that will be a time where I say, 'Hey dude, feel free to throw any riffs my way if you're interested.'" SLAYER's new album will be released later this year via Nuclear Blast

NICKELBACK's CHAD KROEGER: Touring Is 'A Lot Of Hard Work'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:29:31 +0000

On March 30, Samuli Väänänen of Finland's Radio Nova conducted an interview with NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. On the biggest misconception people have about touring: Kroeger: "Well, the first thing is that they think it's easy, and that you can do this, and it's one big luxury event. And it's a lot of hard work. I've had buddies come out and tour with me for about a week, and they just look at me and go, 'How do you do it? I couldn't do this.' Different hotel room every night, trying to sleep on the bus on bumpy roads. I mean, it's kind of like camping. You've got a nice tour bus, so it's kind of glamorous camping, but it's hard traveling all the time in all the airports and all the hotels. It is a lot of work, and you really have to get used to it, and you've really gotta love it. Because if you're homebody and you like being in your own bed every night and seeing your dog or your cat and just having your own favorite food, this is not the job for you. And I've seen a lot of people who've tried this job that I knew were gonna struggle with it — bands that I've produced, and bands that I've signed — and you can always spot that one, that you're just looking at him, going, 'You're not gonna last six months.' [Laughs] And it's hard." On the first NICKELBACK tour: "There's been lots of different stages of first tours. There's the very first tour you do in the van, and then there's the very first tour you do in the bus. There's the very first tour you do after you've gotten the record deal. And they're very significant and incredibly different. So the most interesting one would probably be the very first tour we did once we got to America after we signed the record deal. Our first show [was in] Atlanta. We toured for 14 months on that record, and opened up for absolutely everybody. We played every festival that they would let us on. And there was probably 12 of us on one tour bus. And it was one long 14-month party. [Laughs] I mean, just every single night. The drum tech and the guitar tech were out there… We'd finish up a show and they would be out there getting a ton of people to come back to the tour bus. And it was party, party, party… every single night." NICKELBACK's latest album, "No Fixed Address", sold around 80,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on November 17, 2014. The 11-song set is the first through the Canadian act's new deal with Republic Records. The band launched a six-month North American tour on February 14 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. NICKELBACK has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since breaking through with its 2001 album, "Silver Side Up".

Guitarist JOHN LECOMPT On Split With EVANESCENCE: 'We All Just Reached A Point Where We Weren't Happy'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:50:17 +0000

In a new interview with PureGrainAudio, guitarist John LeCompt spoke about his departure from EVANESCENCE and the curent status of WE ARE THE FALLEN. He said: "As far as the EVANESCENCE thing, I'm pretty sure that's old news. We all just reached a point where we weren't happy." He continued: "It's kind of sad when a group of people can't respect the opportunity that they have and turn it into a bad thing. After that, lessons were learned and applied and I think we all are better for it now as musicians and human beings in general." John added: "It was a good ride and I will hold that time very dear to my heart forever, despite the negative energy that was involved behind the scenes. I learned a lot about how something so precious is to be cultivated and respected." As for WE ARE THE FALLEN, John said: "[We are] technically still a group. [The band is] just on a very long hold because all the members have so many different aspirations and obligations. I hope that we can get together and put out something beautiful again, but only time will tell." LeCompt also spoke about NOMARA, his new project featuring lead singer Kelly Burdge. He said: "NOMARA is something that I've been involved with since its inception. Until last year I only wore the producer hat and cranked out the music for Kelly to write lyric and melody to. Now, because I've been the integral part to the songwriting, Kelly and I only thought it right for me to actually be in the band." He continued: "It's kind of hard sometimes to bring these musical pieces into the world, sell them to the highest bidder, and let them go. They are like my children and with the content that I've yielded to NOMARA, I want to see it through and make sure they are nurtured and given all the attention they need to be loved like I love them. Plus, it's a good opportunity for me to get back on the grid with something I am proud of and shake things up from the stage." LeCompt added: "The team that we've put together destroys the stage in the way that it should be done." LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray both played on the 2008 Grammy-nominated EVANESCENCE track "Sweet Sacrifice", which was a contender in the Best Hard Rock Performance category. The song is from the band's 2006 No. 1 album "The Open Door", on which LeCompt is credited for programming in addition to guitar. LeCompt and Gray started playing with EVANESCENCE in 2002, before they were Grammy-honored as 2003's Best New Artist. They both left the band in mid-2007. WE ARE THE FALLEN is the band featuring original EVANESCENCE member Ben Moody (guitar) alongside LeCompt, Gray and "American Idol" powerhouse vocalist Carly Smithson.

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Reunited PISSING RAZORS Announces New Bassist

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:26:25 +0000

Texas-based "groove" metallers PISSING RAZORS have announced the addition of bassist Geo Gomez to the group's ranks. The band is in the early stages of preparation for a 2015 release of new material and run of live dates planned for both stateside and abroad. PISSING RAZORS' upcoming CD will follow the vibe and direction of the band's Andy Sneap-produced 1998 self-titled effort as well as 1999's acclaimed "Cast Down The Plague" album, both of which were released through Noise/Modern Music. PISSING RAZORS's current lineup includes founding members Eddy Garcia (drums), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), who led the band to gain a loyal underground following in the mid/late '90s and early 2000s through constant touring, both stateside and abroad. PISSING RAZORS was formed by the Garcia brothers (Eddy and Danny) in the early '90s under the moniker BACK DOOR CYCLOPS, but changed its name to PISSING RAZORS in time for the release of the band's debut studio album, "Psycho Punko Metal Groove", in 1996. The CD was followed by "Pissing Razors", "Cast Down The Plague", "Fields Of Disbelief" (2000), "Where We Come From" (2001), the live record "Live In The Devil's Triangle" (2002) and the group's final release, "Evolution", in 2003.

SCOTT WEILAND: The Only Time STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Enters My Mind Is When I Get A Check

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:01:55 +0000

In a brand new interview with LA Weekly, former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland was asked if the decidedly rock direction on his new solo album, "Blaster", had anything to do with wanting to remind STP — the band that made him famous in the early '90s and ultimately fired him in 2013 — what they were missing. "No, you know, I don't think about STP," he responded. "Actually the only time it enters my mind is when I get a check." He continued: "Whatever they do is their own business. [New STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Chester's [Bennington] reason for doing it is his own reason. He must be a busy guy between LINKIN PARK and STP. But I wish them well and hope they do great and my focus is on [my solo band] THE WILDABOUTS." In a recent intervie with QMI Agency, Weiland spoke about his exit from STP. He said: "It's just a shame how it happened… I felt we needed six months off in order to do a 20th-year-anniversary tour and that 20th-anniversary tour didn't end up happening and I said, 'Okay, then we need to make a new record because we can't go on just playing the greatest-hits set'… I assumed we were all on the same page when we left tour and it turned out not so and they got different management and things just soured." STP fired Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his own solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band. The group then teamed up with Bennington, releasing an EP called "High Rise" in October 2013. A new studio album is in the works. Weiland added about STP, "Crazy things happen, especially when you end up getting different management. People see things one way and a lot of times how things are portrayed to the bandmembers are through the goggles of the management and filtered through that and that's what you end up hearing." The two sides sued each other, but eventually reached a settlement in 2014. Weiland's last album with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, a self-titled effort, came out in 2010. As previously reported, THE WILDABOUTS guitarist Jeremy Brown died on Monday (March 30). The cause of the 34-year-old musician's death has not been revealed. In a post on his Facebook page, Weiland wrote that he was informed of Brown's death via a phone call from the guitarist's family after Brown failed to show up for rehearsal Monday afternoon. Weiland wrote, "I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I've ever known. A true genius. It's impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts… Please keep his family in your thoughts." Weiland and THE WILDABOUTS had been scheduled to play a record release party in Hollywood on Monday night for "Blaster", which came out on Tuesday (March 31). Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of his second solo album, "'Happy' In Galoshes", and they have worked together ever since.

GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist BUMBLEFOOT Featured On WDHA's 'Box Of Rock' (Video)

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:40:34 +0000

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal was interviewed by Terrie Carr for the latest edition of "Box Of Rock" on WDHA-FM 105.5 FM, the rock music station licensed to Dover and Morristown, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below. Thal recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the Axl Rose-fronted band. Thal, however, stopped short of saying that he was no longer a member of GUNS N' ROSES, which has caused some fans to criticize him for not coming clean about where he stands with the group. Thal responded to one fan via Facebook about the lack of clarity surrounding his position in GUNS N' ROSES. He wrote: "I can't erase a decade of history and I can't stop the media from asking what they want to ask and making up their own titles on their interviews and posts. No matter how much I ask them not to do it." He added: "I've been honoring a request to not make any public statements about anything related to it, which continues to put me in a very awkward position that I don't want to be in. Not how I do things, repeatedly taking the bullet on this one." Bumblefoot joined GUNS N' ROSES in early 2006 as the replacement for Buckethead. He made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006. Bumblefoot 's latest solo album, "Little Brother Is Watching", was released on February 24. The disc was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

KAMELOT's TOMMY KAREVIK Did Not Want To Disappoint ROY KHAN Fans

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:58:21 +0000

TBFMonline.co.uk conducted an interview with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who has been fronting KAMELOT since 2012, at this year's Hammerfest, which took place last month at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli , Gwynedd, North Wales. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his approach to stepping in for KAMELOT's previous singer, Roy Khan, who left the band in 2011, Tommy said: "I get this question a lot, obviously. For me, it was a matter of not disappointing the old fans and still bring out a little bit of myself. Maybe this new album now [the forthcoming 'Haven'], the second album with me, is a little bit even more myself. But still, I put a lot of myself in the first album [2012's 'Silverthorn'] as well — not SEVENTH WONDER style, not my old band style, but still me. But still, I really… I felt like I owed it to the people to have some similarities with the old singer, with the old style of singing, which I found very challenging as well, really cool." He continued: "I just see it… I don't wanna see it like I stepped in and took over and like that. For me, it's more like carrying on the legacy as well. The thing [is], they have an amazing back catalog before me, and why not be happy for that? And also see that there's possibility to go forward — make new albums and make new cool stuff, but still have the old stuff. No one's gonna take that away from the fans. So I just try to honor that era of this band also by emulating some of that stuff." KAMELOT recently spent time in Belgrade, Serbia with director Ivan Colic (MOONSPELL, SOILWORK, HAMMERFALL, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SYMPHONY X) filming a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song from "Haven". "Haven" will be released worldwide (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. The CD will be made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world. Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Guest musicians on the CD include Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The breathtaking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes. Following the release of "Haven", KAMELOT will embark on a massive world tour, starting with North America in April/May, followed by European shows in the summer and with the "Haven" European tour in September/October.

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Video: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's JASON HOOK Gets Tattoo Removed At JEREMY SPENCER's New Business

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:31:21 +0000

Video footage of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook getting a tattoo removed at Phaze Laser Tattoo Removal, the new business owned by FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer, can be seen below. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Phaze Laser Tattoo Removal will officially open this Friday (April 3) at noon PT in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spencer will be on site most of the day as the company launches at 1131 East Tropicana in Sin City. Spencer said about the service: "People sometimes regret having a tattoo with a former lover's name, or one that was poorly executed. It's called tattoo regret." Spencer got his first tattoo at age 16, realizing a decade later that he no longer wanted an image of the cartoon character Yosemite Sam adorning his skin. But then he experienced the tedious and extremely painful of tattoo removal via laser beam. For his own store, Spencer has purchased the Astanza Duality laser, which combines short pulses and high energy for greater and more complete ink shattering. Spencer said: "There are all types of lasers of varying degrees of quality. Poor-quality machines require many sessions and some even lead to damaged skin. I searched everywhere until I found the latest and best technology. Others may offer a cheaper fix, but you get what you pay for." The store will be open seven days a week from noon to 8:00 p.m. The first 100 people who sign up for an appointment will receive a 50 percent discount on their first session. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently in production on its sixth studio effort, scheduled for release this summer. The band released its last effort, "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell", in two parts, with the first arriving in July 2013 and the second following in November 2013.

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MORGOTH: 'Voice Of Slumber' Video Released

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:18:12 +0000

"Voice Of Slumber", the new video from German death metallers MORGOTH, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Dirk Behlau of Pixeleye Interactive, who who has previously worked with such bands as ARCH ENEMY and SICK OF IT ALL. The song is taken from the band's new studio album, "Ungod", which will be released on April 7 in North America via Century Media. The CD will contain 11 tracks of dark and dismal death metal, combining the untamed ferocity of MORGOTH’s infamous EPs with the atmospheric density of the band’s two legendary full-length efforts, "Cursed" and "Odium". The atmosphere of "Ungod" was perfectly captured by Greek cover designer Seth Siro Anton (PARADISE LOST, SOILWORK, MOONSPELL), who transformed it into an eerie piece of delusion and despair. Comments MORGOTH: "We started with the songwriting in January 2013 and finished the recording process by the end of December 2014. "It was an awesome experience to go through the sometimes very complex and challenging process of writing and recording an album again. "Our goal was to present some real MORGOTH-style death metal, which closes the gap between 'Cursed' and 'Odium'. We hope that we have achieved this goal and our supporters and friends will like the final outcome." "Ungod" was recorded, mixed and mastered in November and December 2014 by Jörn Michutta and Matthias Klinkmann at Sound Division Tonstudio in the band’s initial home area of Sauerland, Germany, after having already successfully tested the studio for the "God Is Evil" EP. MORGOTH recently recruited singer Karsten "Jagger" Jäger (DISBELIEF) to replace the band's longtime vocalist Marc Grewe. MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION).

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KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Discusses Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul (Video)

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:06:59 +0000

Musician's Friend visited KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer at his home in Lake Sherwood, California in February 2015 to talk to him about his new Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul guitar — the perfect instrument for KISS fans looking to shred along with Tommy's thunderous chording and epic solo work. Check out the footage below. Asked how the White Lightning Les Paul is different from his signature Spaceman Les Paul, which came out in 2013, Thayer told Guitar World: "There are a lot of similarities. The look, design and color scheme are different, obviously. The pickups are different too. In the last year or two, I started using Seymour Duncan JB pickups again. I used them a long time ago. I was using Gibson pickups for a long time. I'm not sure why, but one day we put a set of JBs back in the guitar and it sounded great. It was just one of those things where you are chasing the sound; it was something different that piqued my interest." Regarding how the neck and the body shape of the White Lightning Les Paul are different from those on his other model, Thayer said: "The neck is the same. It's somewhere between a 1960 and a 1959 profile. It's not a baseball bat, but it's not super-thin either. It's kind of in between, which I like more. The cool thing is it has this great white metallic finish. It's a really stark white. It isn't a pearl color like some of the Gibson Custom models. I wanted it to be a really striking guitar that would look great on stage. I wanted to have all the chrome parts to offset that. The pickup rings and pick guard are all chrome. Originally the idea was to do a chrome binding as well. It became difficult even for Gibson to figure out exactly how to do that. When they did the original two guitars last summer, the ones that were the inspiration for the Epiphone, we couldn't figure out how to do a chrome binding. I ended up using a three-ply black-and-white binding, which actually was a better idea. I think it looks great."

SCORPIONS' RUDOLF SCHENKER Explains 'Return To Forever' Album Title

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:31:28 +0000

France's La Grosse Radio recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rudolf Schenker of German hard rock legends SCORPIONS. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the new SCORPIONS album title, "Return To Forever": "What can we do? We had every week another album title. We were calling the record company, 'What do you think about this? What do you think about this?' And they went crazy. Until one of the record-company guys called and said, 'Look, guys, I have a good title for you. Why are you not calling this album 'Return To Forever'?' And we said, 'Oh. Good. It fits perfectly with our [recently released documentary] film, called 'Forever And A Day'.' In this case, the perfect thing… You know it. If the time is right, the whole thing goes together like a puzzle. So working on this new album was really a good situation by going slowly on material, building new material to come up with an album which is now already, with all the reviews, a great success." On how SCORPIONS chose "We Built This House" as the first single from "Return To Forever": "Because it's the best song. I mean, for me, it was the best song anyway, already. But the record company… We always leave things open to a decision for the record company, because they have to present it, and sometimes they have a — especially for this kind of subtle things — a better ear than us. We [see] things from a different side. In this case, the record company [felt] the same way, and it was the right decision, because it's the perfect, perfect rock song. And the good thing, what I like on this song is it starts with a great… Okay, the intro is SCORPIONS-like, then going into the verse, going into the bridge, which sounds like a chorus. But then you go in the 're-chorus.' In this case, it's fantastic. It's one of my favorite songs. And also 'Rock My Car', which is one of the older ones. Because, by going on long tours, in American worldwide, going by limos, by plane, and by bus… I like to drive cars, you know. In this case, when I came home, I went immediately in my sports car and was driving like crazy on the motorway. And I came up with the idea, 'Rock my car, rock my car, push the pedal down to the metal.' So, in this case, it was inspired by life. Touring finished. You now rock the street and make speed." "Return To Forever" was released on February 20 on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector's Box, and several more digital and physical formats. "Return To Forever" was recorded with Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen, who had already produced "Sting In The Tail", and re-arranged the material for "MTV Unplugged" with guitarist Matthias Jabs.

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MICHAEL SCHENKER On Brother RUDOLF: 'He's More Like A Magician Than A Musician'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:52:47 +0000

Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se recently conducted an interview with legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. RockSverige.se: I'm sure you've been asked this many times before, but what was the reason for letting your strings dangle from the guitar? You never cut them. Michael: Everything just happens with me. It happens based on circumstances. I never picked the Flying V because of its look. I ended up with it, because my brother [Rudolf] was playing it before me and I just had to play his guitar because I didn't have my own. I heard the sound, combined with my amplifier, and I just understood that I had a great sound there. I had a different amplifier than Rudolf had, so he had a different sound with his guitar. I liked the sound so much, so that's how I got stuck with it, and because of the shape, you use it in the best way possible and then it becomes unusual and you can't even hold another guitar anymore, because you have developed a particular technique holding it. I had a certain way of doing my vibrato and that put me in the bent position and before I knew it, I had a particular look. For instance, people ask me why I have my cabinet upside down? It's the same thing. It was going straight into my ear and I couldn't stand it, so I decided to turn it upside down, so it would reflect down to the floor. It's all just based on circumstances. With the guitar strings, it was never necessary for me to cut them off. Why should I cut them off? It's just extra work. Just put them on and play, that's what I thought. [Laughs] RockSverige.se: Were you and brother Rudolf [SCORPIONS] competing with each other when you were younger? Michael: Not me. Absolutely not. Maybe he did. I don't know. For me, music is just about expression. If you're focusing on a trend, then you're in a race, and that's different. I guess my brother was focusing more on trends and maybe he studied anything that would keep him within the trend, but I would do the exact opposite. I would do anything to stay away from that and just focus on self-expression. That's the only thing that makes sense to me, and that's the only place I wanted to be in, and it's the only place where I can enjoy myself. There's no pressure and complete freedom. That's the reward in itself right there. We had two completely different visions. My brother had the vision of being in a famous band and my vision was to become a great guitar player. I'm six and a half years younger than my brother, so maybe I was born to help him out. I jumpstarted the SCORPIONS with my songs, then I left for UFO and then I came back to jump start them for America. Then I went on my own and came back in '93 to do a tour with them in England and get the houses full. Whenever he needed me, I was available to help him, but it was not a necessity for me to have. I admire my brother's success and how he made it with so little. He's more like a magician than a musician. RockSverige.se: Have you ever thought of writing a book? Michael: I did. In 1990 I wrote a book. It was 400 pages, but I destroyed it. It was therapeutic and I'm glad I didn't release it. It was too honest and just when I was about to release it, I thought, "What will my mother's neighbors say?" It was so bloody honest, but the reason for writing it was that I had a realization that if I could let the whole world know who I am, I would have half of the key to the place of freedom. That inspired me and I was really ready to let go. Today I know it was a test to help me transform myself into the next level. It was a very honest moment. It was an eye opener and it took a lot of weight off my shoulders. RockSverige.se: You don't think you'll write another one? Michael: If I write a book, it will maybe be really close to the end of my life. Making it very honest. I prefer to write something, not because it sells, but because of explaining of how it really was. It's not all unraveled yet, and there is more stuff to come. Read the entire interview at RockSverige.se.

CHESTER BENNINGTON Says The Music On Upcoming STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Album Is 'Pretty Insane'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:28:16 +0000

In a brand new interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington spoke about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for STP's new album, tentatively due this fall. "We're really trying to take the musicality to a different level and to bring a lot of energy," he said. "We got super funky. "This thing is as raw and real as it gets. Everything about it is us, the same way it has been since the beginning. "Everything we're doing is completely the four of us. It's fun to be a part of that and do it on that level this way. It's really interesting. I'm having a great time doing it." He added: "With LINKIN PARK, things are pretty literal. There's not a whole lot of poetry going on or clever lines that may not have a direct meaning but have some underlying meaning with what's going on. Writing for STP, I get to be a lot more poetic. I get to be a lot more clever with my wording. It makes it a lot of fun, because I get to be more colorful. "With this new record, the music is pretty fucking insane, dude. We're rocking over here. It's so fucking crazy, and it's so cool. "With the melodies, I'm getting funky and stepping out of my comfort zone, which is fun. It's definitely something I enjoy doing, because it helps me think differently in terms of how to get a point across. "In LINKIN PARK, because there are two writers with Mike [Shinoda] and I, we both need to believe in what we're saying to get a point across. As the only writer of lyrics and the only one who has to believe it as we perform it, it allows me to be a little more colorful in my phrasing, which is super fun." Asked when the moment was that he felt his collaboration with STP came together, Chester said: "I think it felt real the first time we rehearsed. We walked into a big rehearsal space. The guys hadn't played for a while, and I was helping them figure out the structure of the songs and which parts we were playing. These guys were, like, 'He knows the songs better than we do!' When I started going into it and laying down the vocals as we were performing was when these guys looked at each other, like, 'Oh, shit, this is real! It's really happening. STP is happening again.' That was great." "Touring-wise, there have been a lot of really good moments. All of our shows have been good. I can't remember one night where we felt like we had a bad show. I think that's special. "On this last tour we did at the end of 2014, there were some moments where we started playing 'Plush', and there was some magic happening. Also, in those moments when we performing some of the shows, it was so easy and effortless that we were like, 'Wow, this is getting really good. It feels like this is our band.' That was great." According to The Pulse Of Radio, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have finally been able to drop the added "With Chester Bennington" from their name after settling their legal issues with former singer Scott Weiland. The band began working with Bennington in May 2013 after firing Weiland three months earlier, but an exchange of lawsuits over, among other things, the use of the band name was part of the reason why the "Chester Bennington" clause was tacked on for a while. Bennington told The Pulse Of Radio that he's recovering but "still pretty sore" from a leg injury he suffered onstage with his main band, LINKIN PARK, which led the band to cancel most of its North American tour. He plans to be ready for April 8, when STONE TEMPLE PILOTS kicks off a U.S. tour in Seattle.

PAUL STANLEY: 'Charity Is Never An Option, It's Always An Obligation'

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:30:15 +0000

KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear, last month visited a four-year-old Canadian girl who was born without external ears and travelled to Los Angeles to have reconstructive surgery, Arabella Carter's procedure took place March 6, according to a posting on the Facebook page Ears For Arabella, and the next day, Stanley was at the child's bedside providing well wishes. A HooplaHa.com report about Arabella that includes an interview with Stanley can be seen below. Said Paul: "I think that in life, we need to realize that charity is never an option, it's always an obligation. It's something we can all do in one way or another. Everybody can't give the same, but everybody can all give. And this old adage that you give until it hurts is a distortion of the truth. You give until it feels good. Everybody knows what they're capable of giving, and that's what you should give." Thanks to the Mending Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for the those that suffer from Microtia, along with the support of Stanley, Arabella will receive the costly reconstructive surgery that will not only give her the appearance every child wants, but the gift of sound she's always dreamed of. In his memoir, last year's "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", Stanley talks frankly about his early struggles with hearing. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing. Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage. The Pulse Of Radio asked Stanley why he kept his ear a secret for so long. "Oh, it was painful," he said. "It was too painful. Y'know, you can only reveal things and you can only deal with things when you're ready to. And my experiences as a child were so debilitating and destructive that the best way for me to deal with my ear was to cover it and to — at least on the surface — ignore what was going on; although when something is invisible to others doesn't mean it's not visible and very much a part of your life." In an interview with CNN, Stanley talked about his rare birth defect. "I've had an implanted hearing aid for years now," Stanley said. "This is a device that is usually given to children at an early age or to adults who have lost their hearing due to a medical condition. This has been an ongoing adjustment for me as my brain has never processed sound coming in from my right side." He continued: "In the beginning, it was incredibly taxing and extremely confusing. It would be like you are suddenly developing an eye in the back of your head. That said, it has settled in quite a bit and I have to say, it has enhanced my day-to-day activities."

VAN HALEN Singer DAVID LEE ROTH's Nose Injury Explained With Slow-Motion Video

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:54:51 +0000

VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth bashed himself in the nose with a microphone stand just moments into "Panama", the opening song of the band's Monday night (March 30) performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" According to The Pulse Of Radio, Roth told the audience, "Ladies and gentlemen, I cut my nose on the microphone. I apologize," before he left the stage for nearly two and a half minutes to seek treatment for the injury. The rest of the band jammed until Roth returned and they restarted their eight-song performance for a crowd of thousands on a closed-off Hollywood Boulevard. Two of the songs — "Panama" and "Runnin' With the Devil" — aired Monday night, while three more — "Eruption", "You Really Got Me" and "Hot For Teacher" — were broadcast on Tuesday's (March 31) show. The set also included "Dance The Night Away", "Unchained" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love". During last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", the show's host used slow-motion video to explain how Roth cut his nose open. Check out the clip below. The performance was VAN HALEN's first on national television since Roth rejoined the band in 2007. The band performed on the show to promote the release of its first-ever live album with Roth, titled "Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert", which came out on Tuesday. VAN HALEN is next scheduled to appear on the Thursday (April 2) edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". The quartet will kick off a summer/fall North American tour on July 5 in Seattle, winding down on October 2 in Los Angeles. Tickets for the trek go on sale this Saturday (April 4) at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.


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