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COHEED AND CAMBRIA To Release First Non-Conceptual Album 'The Color Before The Sun'

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:50:53 +0000

COHEED AND CAMBRIA will release its new album, "The Color Before The Sun", on October 9 via 300 Entertainment. The band is giving fans an early listen, streaming the song and lyrics for "You Got Spirit, Kid" below, with the digital download of the single available globally on July 10. "The Color Before The Sun" is the outfit's eighth studio album and their first non-conceptual release, with the previous offerings forming the larger story of "The Amory Wars", a science-fiction saga depicting the story of COHEED AND CAMBRIA Kilgannon. "The Color Before The Sun" was recorded at St. Charles Studio in Nashville, and produced by Jay Joyce (CAGE THE ELEPHANT, ERIC CHURCH, HALESTORM). "The Color Before The Sun" marks the first time Claudio Sanchez is exposing his raw feelings, narrated from his own perspective. "I kind of want people to know that COHEED can write that sort of record," he explained of the album's departure from "The Amory Wars". "I've always said in the past that there's never been a limitation on the band. It makes no sense to me to draw a line in the sand and never cross it." The New York-based band's album arrives via the recently formed label, 300 Entertainment who pride themselves on being an independent, creative driven record label that focuses on intense artist development. 300 Entertainment co-founder Lyor Cohen offers: "COHEED AND CAMBRIA have created a lane and legacy for themselves that is very much their own. Their DIY approach fits the ethos of 300. They've taken some brave artistic steps on this forthcoming new album and we are looking forward to sharing it with the world." Funny Or Die recently shared an unexpected new song from the band, with the quartet putting Supreme Court Justice Scalia's dissenting opinions from the Affordable Care Act and Same-Sex Marriage rulings to music. The video, which has been viewed over 250,000 times, was not only picked up by music and comedy outlets but led a chorus of tweets and re-tweets from politicos, including Michael Moore, Paul Begala and Chris Hayes. COHEED AND CAMBRIA return to the road in August with several festival appearances including headlining spots at Riot Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest as well as a trio of special European performances of "In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3". Photo credit: LeAnn Mueller

MORBID ANGEL Frontman STEVE TUCKER's WARFATHER To Record Second Album

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:24:41 +0000

Death metal horde WARFATHER, the project fronted by MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida this week to begin recording its sophomore album. The as-yet-untitled follow up to 2014's "Orchestrating The Apocalypse" will be released via Greyhaze Records. WARFATHER's new CD will be produced by former MORBID ANGEL guitarist Erik Rutan, marking the first time Tucker and Rutan have officially worked together since MORBID ANGEL's "Gateways To Annihilation" album. WARFATHER saw Tucker back to fronting a death metal outfit after over a decade since his departure from MORBID ANGEL, and over two years since his participation as a vocalist and writer in the well-received Nader Sadek project. Tucker said: "WARFATHER is more than just a metal band; it is a belief system and a meeting of the minds, the ones that can see what is truly happening in the times we are living in. [It] is a warning to the eyes that choose to be blind, and a call to arms to the minds that do feel the coming changes. It is pure blackened, apocalyptic death metal." "Orchestrating The Apocalypse" was recorded and mixed at Cincinnati-based TME studios by Tucker and mastered by Maor Applebaum at Maor Applebaum Mastering. MORBID ANGEL guitarist Trey Azagthoth announced on June 15 that the band had reunited with Steve Tucker and that they were working on material for the group's next record.

DORO Announces 'Strong & Proud' European Tour

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:11:16 +0000

German metal queen Doro Pesch will embark on the "Strong & Proud" European tour in November. Support on the trek will come from ARCHER. Says Doro: "These guys are really good, especially the guitarist is great. ARCHER fit super to the DORO band. In spring, they've already proved their qualities as support on our U.S. tour. I'm looking forward to present them to my German and European fans now." She added: "For my career, I've benefitted enormous from tours with JUDAS PRIEST and DIO. Young bands need these experiences. That's why I'm very keen on taking ARCHER with me on tour through Europe and that's why I'm deploying the Wacken Foundation for newcomer bands and musicians for years." "Strong & Proud" European tour dates: Nov. 20 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront Nov. 21 - Buckley, UK - Tivoli Nov. 22 - London, UK - Garage Nov. 27 - Fulda, Germany - Kreuz Nov. 28 - Leipzig, Germany - Brann Winterfest Nov. 29 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp Dec. 01 - Hamburg, Germany - Große Freiheit Dec. 02 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol Dec. 04 - Herford, Germany - X Dec. 05 - Duisburg, Germany - Steinhof Dec. 06 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 Dec. 10 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix Dec. 11 - Saarburg, Germany - Stadthalle Dec. 12 - Lüdenscheid, Germany - Schützenhalle Dec. 13 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn Dec. 15 - Wien, Austria - Szene Dec. 16 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv Dec. 18 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory Dec. 19 - Nürnberg, Germany – Löwensaal Doro recently told Metal Life magazine about when fans can expect to hear the follow-up to her 2012 album "Raise Your Fist": "We're in the middle of songwriting. We've got some great, ass-kicking ideas already. And we are doing the production for the DVD — it's the 30th-anniversary DVD, and we filmed all over the world. We started with Wacken, which looks awesome, and then we did a couple of things in my hometown, in Germany, in Düsseldorf, and in New York. And it will come out in autumn, and it will be a big package — like, two DVDs and one live album. Many more months it will probably take to do a new album, but songwriting is already going really great. And it probably takes another year to have a brand new album. But the DVD is coming out first… Good things always take longer than expected, and sometimes I wanna do it fast, and then two years go by, and I say, 'Wow!'" Dubbed "50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal" by Outburn, which crowned Doro "...the classiest lady in metal," "Raise Your Fist" boasted guest appearances by MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and OZZY OSBOURNE/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G., and artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie. An import version of Doro's "Raise Your Fist - 30 Years Anniversary Edition" is available via the Nuclear Blast webshop and includes new and rare tracks plus a bonus CD titled "Powerful Passionate Favorites" comprised of cover versions of DIO, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA and KISS songs. dorofall2015tourposter

SEBASTIAN BACH: I've Never Urged Fans To Put Their Cellphones Away

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:41:44 +0000

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has denied having ever urged his fans to put their cellphones away while attending one of his concerts, explaining that he is "just offering [his] opinion on the subject." In a recent interview with SiouxCityJournal.com, Bach lamented the fact that so many people attending shows nowadays are filming low-quality video clips of the performance which later end up on YouTube. He said: "Be in the moment. You're distracted and it's distracting to the performer as well. Like, put your fuckin' cellphone away, dammit! You're never even going to watch that footage." He continued: "If I go to a wedding and sing a song, it's on Blabbermouth the next day and everybody analyzes it. It's a really backwards way to watch a band. It's a drag sometimes when I go up there and the first thing I see is everybody getting their phones out and holding them toward my face. It makes you feel intimidated." Bach has since clarified his stance on the topic of fans taping his shows, saying that live performers should be given the same respect as films in movie theaters, which have a long-standing policy requiring audiences to silence their phones and putting away any recording devices during showings. The singer told KNAC.COM in a new interview: "Blabbermouth is a site that I actually like. I don't read the comments, I just read the stories, like every other musician. What they'll do is take a sentence I've said and turn it into a headline. The headline was; 'Sebastian Bach To Fans: 'Put Your Fuckin' Cellphones Away!' I've never urged any fans ever! I never did that! I was talking to a guy [during an interview]." He continued: "Here's my point: When I go to a fucking movie like 'The Avengers', right?!? There's a big fucking sign: 'Please Be Kind And Put Away Your Cellphones,' and if anybody's on a fucking cellphone, I want to fuckin' smack em'! In the movie theater, there's not even anyone on stage! We're watching the playback of a tape! So, for live performances, you don't give the same respect?!? You can't go to a movie and have your cellphone on, but when you have actual live human beings, it's fucking okay? That's fucking bullshit! It's not appropriate in our society to stand up in a theater and film the fucking movie, but it's totally acceptable to do that at a concert? I've done four fucking Broadway shows and you can't pull out your fucking cellphone or you'll get kicked out! Do you know why? Because it's distracting. It's just not the way to watch and enjoy a show." Bach went on to say: "I've toured with the best of the best. I've filmed shit on my cellphone from the side of the stage watching Axl [Rose] and everybody. Guess how many times I've watched that shit? Zero. I look at it and go, 'That sucks! Delete.' It sounds like shit and it looks like shit. I think it takes the mystery out of rock and roll. "With the KISS album 'Alive', they've admitted that they overdubbed shit — and that's what everybody loves. If you listened to 'Alive', then went to one of the 'Alive' shows, would you enjoy it as much? No, you wouldn't. That's my point. "We used to control what got released, which created an element of mystery and implemented quality control. Just because you film it doesn't mean you have to share it with everybody. [Laughs] " Sebastian added: "When I was in SKID ROW, there were times when we spent entire days doing photo shoots. I mean like eight hours of posing with all the lights and shit. When we would get the photo session back, we would end up with like seven hundred pictures and then we'd pick two and that's what everybody would see. People didn't get to see every fucking picture! We'd pick the best ones. That shit doesn't exist anymore! "Having said all that… I don't give a fuck. Film whatever you want. I don't care. I'm just offering an opinion, not telling anybody what to do or urging anyone to do or not do anything. I'm just offering my opinion on the subject." Bach is continuing to tour in support of his latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", which was released on April 22, 2014 via Frontiers Records. As previously reported, Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has set a January 19, 2016 release date for Bach's much-anticipated autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row".

APOCALYPTICA Members 'Love Being Naked'

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:11:17 +0000

Samuli Väänänen of Finland's Radio Nova recently conducted an interview with Franky Perez and Eicca Toppinen of Finnish/American cello rockers APOCALYPTICA. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of the band performing the songs "Shadowmaker" and a cover of the METALLICA classic "Nothing Else Matters" at the Radio Nova studios. Speaking about how APOCALPYTICA ended up recruiting the Las Vegas-based Perez as its vocalist, Eicca said: "When we started to search for a singer, we felt it [was] risky, because we thought it's hard to find a world-class singer. We thought that the singer needs to be on the level that our guests [on previous albums] have been. And how can you find a singer who's available and who can take the gig? It's not the easiest gig, you know, to take. You know, it's a partly instrumental band, and it's partly with vocals, on stage also. And it's not about finding a front face for the band; it's a totally different thing. The singer is one of us, and one of the musicians, actually, in this group. We just thought, we checked out all [of Franky's] stuff, [his] funk stuff, and all this stuff on the Internet, and we were, like, 'That guy is an amazing singer, but is he really…?' You know, he needs partly to move to Finland, he needs to spend a lot of time here. What kind of family situation he has, and is he available or willing to do it? It's a big step to take the job. So we were a little bit concerned. And it was funny that we never met [before]. We've been working with the same people, we know the same people in the music industry, and the same bands and musicians, but we never met in person. Even we were [playing] at the same festival [in 2008]." Asked about his impressions of the APOCALYPTICA guys, Franky said: "It's actually… and maybe the public will be happy to know that… these men are very proud of their country. And so they made a point of showing me proper Finnish culture. And I love it here. It's gorgeous here. And people have been very friendly… One thing you all should know… And maybe it's a Finnish thing, but I don't think so. I think it's an APOCALYPTICA thing. These guys love being naked. I don't get it. I've been naked once, but they're naked all the time." APOCALYPTICA's new album, "Shadowmaker", was released on April 21 via Eleven Seven Music Group's Better Noise imprint. The CD was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, MASTODON).

LEAVES' EYES Films 'The Waking Eye' Video

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:18:30 +0000

LEAVES' EYES — the German/Norwegian band formed by ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull and members of ATROCITY — filmed a video this past weekend in Norway for the group's new song "The Waking Eye". The track is taken from LEAVES' EYES' new album, "King Of Kings", which will be released on September 11 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded in Germany, Norway, England, Netherlands, Belarus and Switzerland and was produced by Liv's husband, ATROCITY singer and LEAVES' EYES co-vocalist Alexander Krull, at his Mastersound Studio in Germany. "King Of Kings" features a guest appearance by the London Voices Choir ("Lord Of The Rings", "Star Wars", "The Hobbit", "Harry Potter"). The artwork was once again created by Stefan Heilemann (LINDEMANN, NIGHTWISH, EPICA, KAMELOT). Kristine stated about the lyrical themes covered on "King Of Kings": "With our upcoming album, we would like to take you on a journey through a highly interesting chapter in Scandinavia's history. "Hafrsfjord, Norway's west-coast. A.D. 872. Did you hear what happened? "Harald Hårfagre (c.850-932), remembered by medieval historians as the first king of Norway. The battle of Hafrsfjord is described in the Saga of Harald Hårfagre (Harald Fairhair) in Snorri's Heimskringla. Harald defeated several petty kings and the battle is considered decisive in the unification of Norway. The seabed in Hafrsfjord hides many secrets and many traces. Moreover, Hafrsfjord is my birthplace. "Those of you who were present at our latest concerts surely noticed that there's one new song on our setlist, 'Halvdan The Black' — one chapter of the upcoming album, 'King Of Kings'! "Halvdanr Svarte (c.810-860) was a ninth-century king of Vestfold, Norway. He belonged to the House of Yngling (son of Odin' line) and was the father of Harald Fairhair. 'Halvdan The Black' is just the start of an amazing adventure!" LEAVES' EYES' last album, "Symphonies Of The Night", was released in 2013 via Napalm. leaveseyeskingofkingscd

KING DIAMOND: Quality Fan-Filmed Video Footage Of Phoenix Concert

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:54:04 +0000

Quality fan-filmed video footage of KING DIAMOND's July 3 performance at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona as part of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival can be seen below. In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, King Diamond stated about his plans for the band's next studio album: "I was supposed to be in the middle of writing right now, when suddenly we were… We were planning our own tour for this autumn, and suddenly we got the offer of doing [the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival]. And it kind of put a stop to the… 'Cause [my] home studio is ready now to go, but this [tour] is very important to do. So we don't wanna be rushed with writing a new album anyway. So we are gonna take our time, and it's gonna be the best you've ever heard from us — there's no doubt in my mind — 'cause we have all the tools at our fingertips this time. But it has put, you can say, the brakes on starting that process, so we'll pick it up when Mayhem is done. But it's always great to come off a tour and then start writing, 'cause you are very, very inspired. I am, certainly." "Dreams Of Horror", a 2xCD collection of KING DIAMOND songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy La Rocque themselves, sold around 1,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Released last November, "Dreams Of Horror" is the only "best-of" album covering the band's entire career. King Diamond and Andy La Rocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. Swedish bassist Pontus Egberg (THE POODLES, LION'S SHARE, ZAN CLAN) recently joined KING DIAMOND following the departure of Hal Patino. King, 59, whose real name is Kim Bendix Petersen, underwent open-heart triple-bypass surgery in November 2010. He has since completed his cardiac rehabilitation program and has stopped smoking entirely, changed his diet and is getting regular exercise.

JAKE E. LEE's RED DRAGON CARTEL Recruits Former JONES STREET Singer SHAWN CROSBY

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:24:56 +0000

RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, has recruited former JONES STREET singer Shawn Crosby (pictured) to front the group for its upcoming shows. Rounding out RED DRAGON CARTEL's current touring lineup are bassist Anthony Esposito (LYNCH MOB, ACE FREHLEY) and drummer Jonas Fairley. Said Crosby: "I will be out on tour singing for Jake E. Lee's RED DRAGON CARTEL for the month of July and, hopefully, for many months and years after. That is, if we can all play nice in the sandbox together! I'm sure we will. I couldn't be playing with a cooler bunch of guys." Crosby will make his live debut with RED DRAGON CARTEL on July 9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Video footage of Crosby performing the AC/DC classic "Highway To Hell" with STEEL PANTHER in 2012 can be seen below. RED DRAGON CARTEL most recently played several shows with Canadian singer Paul D'Eath (CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL). Prior to that, the band was fronted by Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, 3 LEGGED DOGG), Michael Beck and Darren James Smith, the latter of whom handled lead vocals on RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album. Beck made headlines in April when he sang the lyrics to Osbourne's "Now You See It (Now You Don't)" while the rest of RED DRAGON CARTEL played "The Ultimate Sin" at their first show together in Miami, Florida. Beck later blamed the mixup on the fact that he "had no monitors at all" and he "couldn't hear anything." RED DRAGON CARTEL in March announced the departure of bassist Greg Chaisson, who exited the group because he could "no longer take any more time away from [his] regular job." RED DRAGON CARTEL's debut CD sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).

MACHINE HEAD Announces Second Leg Of An Evening With' Tour

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:52:00 +0000

After a successful "An Evening With" run last year, San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD will once again headline an exclusive tour starting this November. No support bands. No locals. Just a crushing two-hour set of pure fucking MACHINE HEAD! Comments the band: "Head Cases of North America! MACHINE HEAD is fucking stoked to announce a second North American leg of our 'An Evening With...' tour!!! To-plus hours of mayhem, crushing riffs and metal anthems are coming back this November and December!" Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 02 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Nov. 04 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Nov. 07 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Rawkus Nov. 09 - Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre Nov. 10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The District Nov. 12 - Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo Center Nov. 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Nov. 14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre Nov. 15 - Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre Nov. 17 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom Nov. 19 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Nov. 20 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection Nov. 21 - Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre Nov. 22 - Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nov. 23 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall Nov. 24 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount Nov. 25 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater Nov. 27 - Portland, ME @ The Asylum Nov. 28 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Nov. 29 - Richmond, VA @ The National Nov. 30 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend Dec. 01 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn Dec. 03 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room Dec. 04 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre Dec. 05 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall Dec. 08 - Shreveport, LA @ Riverside warehouse Dec. 09 - San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater Dec. 10 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Dec. 11 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls Dec. 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater Dec. 14 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater Dec. 15 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock Dec. 17 - Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium Dec. 18 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage Dec. 19 - San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m. local time. MACHINE HEAD's recent shows in Los Angeles (February 20 at The Regent) and San Francisco (February 21 at The Regency Ballroom) were filmed for a new concert DVD. MACHINE HEAD's last concert DVD, "Elegies", was recorded at the Brixton Academy in London, England in December 2004 and was made available in October 2005. In addition to concert footage, the DVD featured film clips and a short documentary about the making of the band's "Through The Ashes Of Empires" album. MACHINE HEAD's latest album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds", sold around 18,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 21 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on November 10, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the CD was produced by Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi.

FEAR FACTORY To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of 'Demanufacture' On European Headlining Tour

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:35:45 +0000

Legendary pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal FEAR FACTORY have announced they will be touring Europe in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their highly revered second studio album, "Demanufacture". The trek will be a very rare event for fans, with FEAR FACTORY playing "Demanufacture" in its entirety. They will also showcase songs from their new album, "Genexus", due out August 7 via Nuclear Blast. Commented FEAR FACTORY's Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares: "If you had told us in 1995 that we would be touring 'Demanufacture' for its 20th anniversary in 2015, we would have said, 'Ya right! Get fucked!' "The years have flown by in colorful and adventurous memory. 2015 has arrived, and FEAR FACTORY will be performing 'Demanufacture' in its entirety for the very first time for the U.K. and Ireland fans in December. We are very excited to perform this seminal album for the audience that made 'Demanufacture' a legendary success." "Demanufacture" was a landmark release for FEAR FACTORY and for the metal genre. It is generally considered to be the band's defining work and a heavy metal classic, with its refined production, industrial textures, precise musicianship and greater dimension of sound. It succeeded in giving the band a more futuristic feel than previous works. The concept is based around one man's struggles against a machine-controlled government — with each song marking a chapter in his life, taking huge inspiration from the "Terminator" film series. The group's working relationship with "Demanufacture" producer Rhys Fulber continues to this day. Asked about how it feels to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of FEAR FACTORY's classic "Demanufacture" album in 2015 with only two members of the band's classic lineup remaining in the group, Dino said: "The two main members are in the band right now. The soul of the machine is still intact, and that's me and Burton. And I don't think anything has changed, really." He continued: "Every album we do always has to have something a little different. From the beginning, from the first album, 'Soul Of A New Machine', it was very death metal inspired, [with] a little bit of industrial. The second album, 'Demanufacture', the classic album… Every record changes. 'Obsolete' was a big difference, you know what I mean?! But my right hand is still there, the passion is still there, Burt's killer melodic vocals are still there. So I think that's all that matters." "The 20th Anniversary Of Demanufacture" tour dates: Nov. 07 - FIN - Helsinki - Unioni Festival Nov. 09 - RU - St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidanija Nov. 10 - RU - Ekateringburg - Tele Club Nov. 11 - RU - Moscow - Volta Nov. 13 - ISR - Tel-Aviv - Reading 3 Nov. 15 - P - Lisbon - Paradise Garage Nov. 16 - ES - Madrid - Arena Nov. 17 - ES - Barcelona - Razzamatazz 2 Nov. 19 - FR - Nimes - Paloma Nov. 20 - FR - Nilvange - Le Gueulard Nov. 21 - FR - Paris - La Trabendo Nov. 22 - NL - Eindhoven - Epic Fest Nov. 24 - DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Sal Nov. 25 - DE - München - Backstage Halle Nov. 26 - CH - Aarau - Kiff Nov. 27 - IT - Milan - Magazzini Generali Nov. 29 - AT - Vienna - Arena Nov. 30 - CZ - Prague - Meet Factory Dec. 01 - DE - Berlin - C-Club Dec. 02 - DE - Hamburg - Markthalle Dec. 04 - DE - Köln - Essigfabrik Dec. 05 - FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie Dec. 06 - BE - Ghent - Vooruit Dec. 07 - UK - Bristol - Motion Dec. 09 - UK - Manchester - Ritz Dec. 10 - IRE - Dublin - Academy Dec. 11 - NIRE - Belfast - Limelight Dec. 12 - UK - Glasgow - The Garage Dec. 13 - UK - London - The Forum The follow-up to 2012's "The Industrialist", "Genexus" was mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by Anthony Clarkson. Drums on "Genexus" were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY). FEAR FACTORY recently parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries (previously of CHIMAIRA, where he played guitar, and SIX FEET UNDER and replaced him with Tony Campos (ex-SOULFLY, STATIC-X, PRONG, MINISTRY). FEAR FACTORY will hit the road later this month with COAL CHAMBER. fearfactoryfall2015eurotour_638

AEROSMITH's TOM HAMILTON Says He Has A Clean Bill Of Health

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:16:48 +0000

AEROSMITH's Tom Hamilton was initially diagnosed with throat cancer in 2006. After the disease went into remission, it returned in 2011. Recently Hamilton gave fans an update on his health. According to The Pulse Of Radio, he told the Long Island Pulse: "My doctor thought I was pretty much done with the cancer that I had in '06 and then it came back a few years later. I was faced with losing my way of life… if not my life. But there's a guy here in Boston that Adele [mentioned when she got her Grammy], Steven Zeitels, who does novel surgeries and was able to do a procedure that got the cancer out of my throat without having to ruin the rest of it." He continued, "I just saw him the other day and he said, 'You beat this one. You can keep coming to see me if you want, but I don't think you need to worry about this cancer coming back.' I said, 'I'll come back to see you every six months from here until eternity, if it's alright with you!'" In the past, Hamilton told The Pulse Of Radio that successfully battling cancer gave him a new appreciation for life. "Y'know, one of the ironic things is that, and it's kind of a cliché, y'know, about the little things in life, but I'm constantly noticing little pleasures like that," he said. "And because — y'know, I'm pretty sure I'm cool, but you never know, you might go in there and they'll say, 'Oh, there's some kind of trouble going on,' so you really do put a priority on enjoying the stuff that's right in front of you." Tom's replacement at the AEROSMITH shows that he missed while receiving cancer treatment was David Hull, who has stood in for Hamilton on previous AEROSMITH tours. AEROSMITH's latest effort, 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!", debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.

Video: SLAYER Performs Three 'Repentless' Songs In Phoenix

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:24:21 +0000

Quality fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER performing three new songs ("Repentless", "When The Stillness Comes" and "Implode") from its forthcoming album, "Repentless", on July 3 at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona as part of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival can be seen below. SLAYER's eleventh studio album, "Repentless", will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast. The CD's title track is now on sale digitally virtually everywhere, including on Amazon, iTunes and Google. "Repentless" will be made available in a wide array of formats, as detailed below: * Limited CD + Blu-ray digipak (includes Blu-ray of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary) * Limited CD + DVD digipak (includes DVD of "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" and the "Making of Repentless" documentary) * Strictly limited 12-inch sized Box (includes CD + Blu-ray digipak, DVD, exclusive Repentless 12-inch picture vinyl, "Slayer Live at Wacken 2014" CD, 12-inch photo card, 12-inch fold-out poster) * CD jewel case * Vinyl in gatefold (audio mastered for vinyl) * Digital (all digital platforms) * Limited edition "Metal Eagle Edition" The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band's Tom Araya and Kerry King. The Metal Eagle Edition of "Repentless", is made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15" x 17" x 3" and weighing in at a hefty 7.8 pounds (yes, the final version is heavier than previously announced), the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the "Repentless" CD plus bonus material detailed below. The limited (only 3,000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mailorder online store. The Metal Eagle will include the following exclusive items: * Deluxe digipak (folds out into "inverted cross") * Bonus Blu-Ray and DVD including "Slayer Live At Wacken 2014" and "Making Of Repentless Documentary" * Bonus live CD "Slayer Live At Wacken 2014" * Fold-out poster * Album sticker * Numbered certificate The highly anticipated "Repentless" is SLAYER's eleventh studio album, the first since 2009's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "World Painted Blood" and the first with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, SLIPKNOT, SOUNDGARDEN). The band — Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitar), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Gary Holt (guitar), who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album's new tracks — started recording "Repentless" in March 2014, and made the track "Implode" available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, "Implode" was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and "When The Stillness Comes", used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.

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DISTURBED's DAN DONEGAN 'Can't Believe' The Response To Band's New Single, Album Announcement

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:00:42 +0000

Styles and Kaytie of the 92.7 QLZ radio station recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the response to the announcement of DISTURBED's return and the band's new single, "The Vengeful One", and album, "Immortalized": "Insane. It's insane. I mean, I'm just overwhelmed. I'm emotional over it. I can't believe the kind of response we've been getting. It's nice to see that, [after] this long of a break, we came back swinging. The fans have been waiting patiently for it, and they've reassured us that they've always been loyal to us. After all these years, I'm just very appreciative of it. It's been a tough secret to keep. To have this album, kind of, in the can, waiting to let the fans know that we secretly had it recorded, were ready to go and letting them know that the hiatus was over, and we're just excited to get going again." On how and why DISTURBED kept its recording plans a secret: "With social media, it's so difficult to do anything without it being leaked and getting out there. But I think we kind of used that to our advantage, in the way that we were recording the album in Las Vegas, but me and Mike [Wengren], our drummer, would come home as much as we could on the weekends and we would use social media to make sure that we were posting that we were home. He's in Waukesha, Wisconsin and I'm in Chicago, and we're trying to post all these things that we were with the families and the kids and our friends, so that any rumors that people had early on, it would kind of squash that, when they said, 'Well, I don't think they are… They can't be recording, because I've just seen Dan posted he's in Chicago doing this or doing that.' So we tried to use that social media in our favor to, kind of, get people off the scent of it. And the reason for the secret, we just wanted a little different process this time around. When we went in the studio, we had no timeframe, no deadline; we just wanted to really take our time… We didn't wanna speak too soon to the fans. We didn't wanna say something too early on, make them have to wait some more for it. And we figured, at this point, it would be a nice surprise and a nice gift to them to have it finished and then just drop the song, and nobody even knew that we were even talking. 'Here's the new single,' and everybody gets excited about it again, knowing that it's gonna be coming sooner than they expected." On working with producer Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT, PAPA ROACH, OZZY OSBOURNE) on "Immortalized": "Last summer, we went out… Once we realized we wanted to do things a little bit differently this time… We recorded everything in the past here in Chicago, and we thought, 'Maybe we should get out of our hometown for a minute. Let's just go somewhere where we can get away from it,' and see if there was somebody out there that we gelled with, somebody that we had a chemistry with. And time was on our side, and that was the great thing. So we took some meetings with some big, legendary producers [including Bob Rock and Rob Cavallo] and we just spent a couple of days with each guy and we just… It was a really good, eye-opening experience; we had some great moments. And when we got in there with Churko, it was just… Almost instantly, I'd say within the first hour or two at the most, we were already writing the title track, 'Immortalized'. And that came out of nowhere; there wasn't any idea coming in there. I just said, 'Hey, let's throw out a beat, and let me just write a riff.' I just came up with the riff on the moment, and David [Draiman, vocals] came up with the melody. So it just seemed undeniable that there was a chemistry being in the room with him. He is a very creative, very talented guy, and he's somebody that we can bounce ideas off of, and he could do the same to us. He's just another talented musician in the room that could just, maybe, push us or suggest things that maybe we wouldn't be thinking. So we hit it off really quick with him." "Immortalized", DISTURBED's first new album since 2011, is due out August 21. The CD follows 2010's gold-certified, chart-topping "Asylum". The video for "The Vengeful One" has racked up more than 2 million views since going online on June 23.

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CRADLE OF FILTH's DANI FILTH: 'Illegal Downloading Is Absolutely Choking The Music Industry'

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:53:48 +0000

Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey of British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. RockSverige.se: Do you look at the new album ["Hammer Of The Witches"] as your finest effort so far? Dani: Uhhhmmm… That's a little hard to say. We never come out of the studio unless we are a hundred percent happy. We're really proud of this one. Whether it's our finest album? Well, at least for the last ten years, I would say. That seems to be the premise and the opinion of the journalists I've spoken to. I went to France and Germany last week and did a bunch of [press] and it was a good vibe. Whether it's our best overall, I don't know. It needs to sink in and people need to hear the album with the special-edition tracks as well. Those particular songs didn't even know they were gonna be special-edition songs. The track list wasn't carved in stone 'till close to the end of the mix, actually. It was a band thing and we had to have two songs as bonus material and everybody had good points about all of them, but two didn't make the grade. But somebody might prefer one or both of the songs. Unfortunately, it's the way it is. We actually turned down three songs that were written for the album. We made a conscious decision not to spread ourselves too thinly. One of the tracks was one of my favorites, but that just proves there's democracy in this band. Everybody contributed, and that's testament to that the album is killer. RockSverige.se: How would you compare CRADLE OF FILTH today to when the band started out? A huge difference or kinda the same? Dani: The feeling and the passion is still there. Obviously, we're a lot older and probably a little bit more jaded, since you've been through the highs and the lows in the music industry. We've got the social media and all the bullshit that goes with that. It's a good thing, but it's a double-edged sword. Illegal downloading is absolutely choking the music industry and you can see how it's coming to a head. I sort of fear for the music industry in general because of what's happening. And the film industry is getting out of control. I don't know… The music industry seems to be fair game. But the atmosphere and the vibe is still here with CRADLE OF FILTH and it's evolving, I guess. When you were young, you saved at least enough money for an album and you were checking things out, going, "Oh, that guy's got a POSSESSED t-shirt!" and that was the magic of it. Today you can download a thousand albums in a matter of days and never listen to them, so… RockSverige.se: How do you look at the first CRADLE OF FILTH album today? Are there things you'd like to change? Dani: That sort of thing happens even now. When you're listening back to new albums for the thousandth time and you go, "You know what?! I should've done this," even though you're in the studio for hours making sure it's perfect. But then you think that it's there for a reason. I'm particularly proud of our first album, and it sounds quite barbaric when you listen to it. When that album came out, it was actually noted for its great production. It sounds dated now, obviously, but I'm particularly proud of that one. It's like a milestone in your career, and to other people as well, and things I hated about it people actually loved. Each to their own, I guess. RockSverige.se: Do you remember when you realized that the band was gonna work and that you would be able to make a living off it? Dani: It was a really strange chapter early on in our career. We were on another record label and our first album was getting various degrees of success. Because of that, we had two managers and the record company was shit and wasn't doing a good job. The managers pulled the band apart — three members went one way and three members stayed and took the record company to court and eventually won the rights to re-record and album we recorded for the record company, but it hadn't been released. We went from a year of abject misery and poverty to suddenly be able to re-record "Dusk… And Her Embrace" (1996), but in the meantime, we had already recorded something for the record company as a way to part ways, so we had two phenomenal releases in the space of a year. We went from a band on its knees to a band that was like a global band. The other three that went away had a little degree of success, but it all fizzled out because they just weren't thinking things through. Read the entire interview at RockSverige.se.

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ATREYU Drummer's HELL OR HIGHWATER Releases 'I'll Be Waiting' Single, Video

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:42:00 +0000

HELL OR HIGHWATER, the rock band featuring ATREYU drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller on lead vocals, is back with a brand new single and web site. The band just launched the video for "I'll Be Waiting", which you can watch below. The song is also available for free download. "I'll Be Waiting" was recorded by the band at its own The Spot Studio in Vista, California. "'I'll Be Waiting', in essence, is a love song," Saller said, offering insight into the track. "But further, it's a celebration of the feeling one has when you find someone that you truly can't live without. It's a feeling unmatched by anything in this world." He continued: "Everyone has a 'Jean Marie.' If you haven't found yours yet, you will know when you do. Here's to finding your 'Jean Marie' this summer." Since its inception, HELL OR HIGHWATER has earned comparisons to acts like FOO FIGHTERS and MUSE, thanks to the band's knack for crafting unforgettable and uplifting rock songs. They earned a spot on the annual Uproar tour in 2013 and also toured the world with the likes of AVENGED SEVENFOLD, whose frontman M. Shadows contributed vocals on the song "Go Alone", as well as STONE SOUR and THE USED. They've survived van wrecks and lineup changes. But they've emerged as strong as ever, armed with a killer new track in the form of "I'll Be Waiting".

EXODUS Singer STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA: 'I Was A Miserable Person'

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:11:54 +0000

On June 6, Holland's FaceCulture conducted an interview with vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza of veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his departure from EXODUS in 2004 and his return to the band ten years later: "Last time [in 2005] was the worst time — the whole period there. I wasn't comfortable. I pretty much did it because [late EXODUS singer] Paul [Baloff] had died. They were originally do it with Paul. And I had a young family at the time, and I had things going on, and I wasn't mentally ready to come jump back into this again. And so I took it very bitterly every time I was out [on tour]. I probably wasn't the nicest guy to be around, and things like that. It's different this time for me now — mentally, physically, musically… the whole ten yards." On what he has discovered about himself in the ten years that he was away from EXODUS that helped him become a better person: "Well, the problem started with me, basically. I was a miserable person. And when you're a miserable person in a band, it makes it hard for the other four people that are there, plus the crew and the management and everybody, so I had a lot to do with being the element [that was] a pain the ass. I was demanding. So I changed a lot about myself. I started with myself, and then, from there on, became a better person through that. So I'm sure if you were to interview the [other guys in the band], and ask them, 'How is [Zetro] now compared to before?' They'd be, like, '[It's like the difference between] night and day. He's so much fun now to be around and happy and in a good mood and ready to do this.' [Whereas before] I was, like, 'Just pay me and I'll do it.' [And] that's really not the drive at all anymore." On EXODUS's many lineup changes over the years: "I think EXODUS is bigger than any single member — the band itself. So you can't put yourself, saying, 'Well, the band will never be successful because I'm not in the band anymore.' I don't think any one person can be in this and say that — even [guitarist] Gary Holt. We love Gary — he's out with SLAYER right now — and we have a guy filling in. His name's Kragen Lum from HEATHEN, and he does a great job. But he's not EXODUS. Gary's EXODUS. But while he's not here, we still carry on — we play live — and if you close your eyes, you can't tell the difference." EXODUS's latest album, "Blood In Blood Out", sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, the CD 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". "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

GOJIRA Shows Postponed Due To Death In Family

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:31:55 +0000

French progressive metallers GOJIRA have postponed their next three shows after the mother of the band's guitarist/vocalist Joseph Duplantier and drummer Mario Duplantier passed away unexpectedly last night. Affected dates are: Luxembourg on July 6, Martigny on July 7 and Prattein on July 8. Says GOJIRA in a statement: "Best efforts will be made to reschedule these dates, and refunds will be available at point of purchase. "We sincerely thank all of you for your understanding and support during this difficult time." Joseph previously told RockSverige.se that fans can expect to see the next GOJIRA album sometime in early 2016. He explained: "We were [originally] aiming [to release it in] October this year, but we had to push the recording. I think the difficulty was… Mario [Duplantier, drums] brought a lot of ideas on the table… very challenging drum patterns. It's less complicated than before. It's more… I wanna say it's more straight to the point. That's what we were doing since we started. We're getting rid of layers and complicated things, just to keep the core of the idea. There's always an idea behind a song, and sometimes it gets too crowded. So we're trying to keep the core of each idea. So the energy that Mario has, it's a big signature for our band, GOJIRA — the drum patterns and the double-kick stuff. And I have my own impulse. So it's mainly Mario and me composing… I think the fans know that. And one of the biggest difficulties is to come together on these songs and to create something that, okay, we both feel like, 'This is it. This is the song.' It took a while to get there. Sometimes, on previous albums, Mario wouldn't be totally satisfied — like three [or] four songs — and for me, I [would be] like, 'Eh, this song is just like a drum solo with guitars on it.' And this time, I think we really found something — a balance. [It's] very powerful and exciting. We're very excited about the new record." GOJIRA's fifth album, "L'Enfant Sauvage", sold almost 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. "L'Enfant Sauvage" (which translates to "The Wild Child") was recorded at Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, New York with co-producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD).

BUCKCHERRY: Private Studio Tour With GUITAR WORLD Magazine (Video)

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:18:06 +0000

BUCKCHERRY's Josh Todd (vocals) and Keith Nelson (guitar) recently took Guitar World magazine on an exclusive tour of their studio. Check out the footage below. BUCKCHERRY will release its seventh studio album, "Rock 'N' Roll", on August 21 via F-Bomb Records/Caroline. In anticipation for the upcoming record, the band has premiered a new track/video for their first single, "Bring It On Back". Pre-order "Rock 'N' Roll" now at iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play and Bravado. On "Rock 'N' Roll", the Los Angeles quintet — Josh Todd (vocals), Keith Nelson (guitar), Stevie D. (guitar), Xavier Muriel (drums) and Kelly LeMieux (bass) — staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of new anthems primed to explode on impact and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact. It's something that the boys have done since day one, but it's more necessary now than ever. "There's been so much talk about how rock 'n' roll is dead and all of this bullshit," says Todd. "The funny thing is, that's been going on since we put out our first record in 1999. We wanted to call the new album 'Rock 'N' Roll', because this is what we've been doing our whole lives. We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavor of BUCKCHERRY." They rev up "Rock 'N' Roll" with the propulsive first single and opener "Bring It On Back". From the jump, a robust guitar groove struts right alongside an unshakable refrain. It's got the band's signature hallmarks, but Todd pulled lyrical inspiration from a new source altogether. "When I'm not on the road, I race Go-Karts for my hobby," he says. "The song is really about racing. I had a driver named Kurt Busch in mind when I wrote the lyrics. They call him 'The Outlaw,' and he's a badass. It captures that intensity of racing and the mentality. I love it." "Bring It On Back" is an immediate reminder that rock 'n' roll is alive and thriving in 2015. BUCKCHERRY have added fuel to the genre's fire for nearly two decades now. The Grammy Award-nominated outfit is responsible for smashes including "Lit Up" off their gold-certified 1999 self-titled debut as well as "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry" from 2006's platinum "15". Along the way, they've shared stages with everybody from AC/DC and MÖTLEY CRÜE to SLIPKNOT and ROB ZOMBIE, among others. "Rock 'N' Roll" track listing: 01. Bring It On Back 02. Tight Pants 03. Wish To Carry On 04. The Feeling Never Dies 05. Cradle 06. The Madness 07. Wood 08. Rain's Falling 09. Sex Appeal 10. Get With It

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Former W.A.S.P. Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES Releases 'Born Work Die' Video

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:55:45 +0000

"Born Work Die", the new video from former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes's MEAN MAN project, can be seen below. The track appears on Holmes' new album, "Shitting Bricks", to be made available later in the year via M & O Music. MEAN MAN celebrated the release of "Shitting Bricks" with a special show on May 2 at at Le Ferrailleur in Nantes, France. MEAN MAN is: Chris Holmes: Lead Guitar, Vocals Thomas Cesario: Guitar Pascal Bei: Bass Gabriel Candela: Drums In a recent interview with Noisey, Holmes was asked he was surprised by the attention he got with the video for his song "Let It Roar". "No," he responded. "I think it's just because people are talking trash about me. You know, once it gets on Blabbermouth, they start talking about how crappy it is. They're always gonna compare everything I do to W.A.S.P., no matter what. So they start bad-mouthing it. That's probably why it's gotten so viral. But you know, [the video] is just what I do in [my new hometown of] Cannes [France]. It’s a beautiful city. You see me fishing and stuff. I think one part of the video shows a wave hit the rocks and almost knock me off. [Laughs] It's a neat town. You can't do the same things in L.A." Holmes also talked about his decision to move to France last year. He said: "My wife is from France. But since I left W.A.S.P. I dangled around in L.A., trying to find musicians to play with, but it just didn't work out. The change of culture in the last ten years… My kind of music isn't played that much — not like it was in the '80s." He continued: "About two years ago, I pulled into a 7-11, and this kid got out of his car. He wasn't listening to rock. When I was his age, that's all I listened to. That made me realize the kind of music I do here anymore… [He was listening to] hip-hop. And I just don't play that kind of music." Holmes added: "I was talking to one of my friend's kids — he's in high school — and I asked him, 'Why don't you listen to rock, like DEEP PURPLE or something?' And he said, 'Man, that's pussy music.' This is a white kid. So I thought, if people don't listen to this kind of music anymore, why should I even be here? I'm in my 50s, but I want to still keep on going, kind of. So I talked to my wife and we decided to move. They listen to rock more over here. There's lots more concerts and stuff." Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since. Holmes in 2013 released a solo album called "Nothing To Lose". Chris composed, performed, and produced the music and vocals, and teamed up with former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor to perform on and engineer the effort.

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IGOR CAVALERA On Brazil's Humiliating World Cup 2014 Loss To Germany: 'They Deserved It'

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:28:14 +0000

Planet Mosh conducted an interview with Igor Cavalera (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA) at the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival, which was held last month in Donington Park. You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about the negative publicity surrounding Brazil's decision to spend colossal sums of money on new stadiums to host hundreds of thousands of tourists during last year's Wold Cup, Igor said: "It's crazy, 'cause it was very negative, of course, but it was [also] very positive in the sense that people stood up in Brazil and they were really not happy with a lot of the things that were done for the World Cup. And now we're, kind of, like, seeing the tip of the iceberg with the whole FIFA thing, how they work. And it's, like, people were already, in Brazil, they already were, kind of, like, predicting what was about to happen. They were, like, 'This is bullshit.' There was so much money being thrown everywhere. Every stadium they built there they overpriced by millions, and someone is just walking away with all this money. So it's cool to see that the people were the first ones to spot what was wrong. And I'm very proud of that. 'Cause, for many years, in Europe or other places, those things just happened and nobody said anything. So it's kind of cool to see… Football-wise, of course, it was a disaster for us, for Brazil, to have that kind of ending for, whatever… the run we had. But I also have to say that they deserved it. It was not a team that… I didn't feel really confident about the team. And still today, I'm not into it — the way they play, and some of the players, their attitude, and the coach… So I'm not happy with Brazil now. I thought it was gonna change after such a drastic result, but it's still shit there." The Brazilian soccer team experienced its worst loss ever in the form of a disastrous 7-1 hammering by Germany in the World Cup semi-final last year. Igor's brother and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY bandmate Max Cavalera told The Age Of Metal about Brazil's poor World Cup 2014 showing: "I got really mad after the [semi-final] game. I wanted to burn my [Brazil soccer] shirt. But it didn't burn. That's weird, right?! Maybe it was giving me a sign that, it won't burn. Give them another chance. Russia is coming. This is the revenge. And if I was the Brazilian coach, I would make them watch that game every game before they play in the Russian World Cup [in 2018]. Watch that as a reminder of never ever let that happen again. [Laughs]" CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's third album, "Pandemonium", sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 177 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by John Gray, who previously worked with SOULFLY.


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