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BRUJERIA Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:30:33 +0000

Extreme metallers BRUJERIA have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band is putting the finishing touches on its fourth album for a 2015 release. BRUJERIA's current touring lineup includes CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker (a.k.a. El Cynico) on bass and NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury (a.k.a. Hongo) on guitar. BRUJERIA's last full-length effort, "Brujerizmo", came out in 2000 via Roadrunner. BRUJERIA is: * Juan Brujo (John Lepe) - Vocals * Fantasma (Pat Hoed) - Vocals, Bass * El Cynico (Jeffrey Walker) - Bass, Guitar, Vocals * Hongo (Shane Embury) - Guitar, Drum Programming * Hongo Jr. - Drums Auxiliary * Pinche Peach - Vocals, Samples * Pititis (Gaby Dominguez) - Female Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar * A Kuerno (Chris Paccou) - Guitar * Baby Brujo III

OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Says He 'Never Talked' To BILL KELLIHER, BJÖRN GELOTTE About Possible Collaboration

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:36:57 +0000

OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt has shot down rumors of a possible side project with MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Bill Kelliher and IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte, explaining that he has "never talked" to the other two guys about it. Kelliher recently said that he was hopeful that the collaboration with Åkerfeldt and Gelotte would see the light of day, telling RockSverige.se: "We haven't really gotten [as] far [as writing music together] yet. It's harder than I thought it would be… [But] it is definitely a plan." Regarding how the idea for the project came about, Kelliher said: "We were on tour together, you know, and I was writing stuff and I was, like, 'Hey, how about I send you a riff,' and [I told Björn], 'You could play anything you want' and he's, like, 'Well, if you send it to me, it's going to be metal.'" Kellier added: "I could never get my riff to sound perfect, or as close to perfect as I wanted it to, to send it to him so. I stalled out on that. I've got to re-do it and try it again." But in a brand new interview with RockSverige.se, Åkerfeldt claimed that had never discussed the collaboration idea with Kelliher and Gelotte. He said: "I don't know of this. He's really cool, no doubt about it, and Björn is too, but we've never talked about this." OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. IN FLAMES' new CD, "Siren Charms", opened with around 9,000 units in to land at No. 26. MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records.

ROB HALFORD Says Listening To Canadian Singer MICHAEL BUBLÉ Is 'Exciting' And 'Inspiring'

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:05:38 +0000

In a recent interview with the New York Post, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about his love for Canadian singer Michael Bublé. "Even though I'm a metal singer, the fact that I’ve been able to appreciate other types of performers has probably paid dividends," Halford said. "When I listen to Michael Bublé, it's exciting, it's inspiring. I feel the same way with Michael Feinstein or Ryan Adams. I'm drawn to singers who have something different to say vocally, and Adele would be in there. I saw [Barbra] Streisand in Phoenix and that was mind-blowing. Her voice is just so pure." He added: "I've also always had a passion for some types of opera — I've got a massive Pavarotti collection. I sing 'Nessun Dorma' when I warm up backstage." Asked if PRIEST is ever going to put out the tracks the band recorded in 1988 with producers Stock Aitken Waterman, of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley fame, Halford replied: "I personally would love to release them, but there's a different consensus within the band. "Our rendition of [THE STYLISTICS'] 'You Are Everything' is just beautiful — it's an '80s megarock ballad, with big drums, big vocals, sweeping strings. "People are a lot more open-minded now, whereas in those days it could have created a bit of push-back, maybe even some damage to our reputation." Halford recently expressed interest in collaborating with one of his current favorite artists, pop superstar Lady Gaga. He explained: "I love her just because, for a singer, she's a fucking amazing singer. And then she writes all this material. And, of course, you look at her past and she's a total metalhead. She started off strongly into rock and metal and you've seem pictures of her with Alice Cooper or Bruce [Dickinson] from [IRON] MAIDEN and all of these other people in metal; it just shows you that she's committed to that. She's just a really sincere, complete person as a musician."

OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Memoirs Of A Madman' Collection: First-Week Sales Revealed

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:44:18 +0000

Ozzy Osbourne's "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD has sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via Epic Records/Legacy Recordings, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along withunreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from Ozzy's distinguished solo career. Osbourne 's ongoing solo career spans four decades — as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of BLACK SABBATH — and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. Ozzy's latest solo release — his tenth studio album, 2010's "Scream" — debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash "Let Me Hear You Scream". From the first notes of Ozzy's 1980's solo debut "Blizzard Of Ozz" and follow-up "Diary Of A Madman" to classic albums "No More Tears" and "Scream", no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers. Ozzy immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples "Crazy Train", "Mr. Crowley" and "Flying High Again". With the 1991 release "No More Tears", Ozzy continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles "No More Tears" and the smash hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home". The track listing is as follows: 01. Crazy Train 02. Mr. Crowley 03. Flying High Again 04. Over The Mountain 05. Bark At The Moon 06. The Ultimate Sin 07. Miracle Man 08. No More Tears (edit) 09. Mama, I'm Coming Home 10. Road To Nowhere 11. Perry Mason 12. I Just Want You 13. Gets Me Through 14. Dreamer 15. I Don't Wanna Stop 16. Life Won't Wait 17. Let Me Hear You Scream Details on the "Memoirs Of A Madman" 2-DVD set are as follows: DVD One features more than two dozen of Ozzy's classic and unforgettable music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and making-of footage from the videos "Let Me Hear You Scream" and "Life Won't Wait". DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning Ozzy's solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long-out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. Ozzy's union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD showcases that to brilliant effect. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD track listing is as follows: DVD 1 The Music Videos * Bark At The Moon * So Tired * The Ultimate Sin * Lightning Strikes * Crazy Train * Miracle Man * Crazy Babies * Breaking All The Rules * No More Tears * Mama, I'm Coming Home * Mr. Tinkertrain * Time After Time * Road To Nowhere * I Don't Want To Change The World (Live) * Changes * Perry Mason * I Just Want You * See You On The Other Side * Back On Earth * Gets Me Through * Dreamer * In My Life * I Don't Wanna Stop * Let Me Hear You Scream * Life Won't Wait * Let It Die Bonus * Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version) * The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream * The Making of Life Won't Wait DVD 2 Rochester, NY 1981 * I Don't Know * Suicide Solution * Mr. Crowley * Crazy Train Ozzy's Bunker Albuquerque, NM 1982 * Over The Mountain MTV 1982 New York, NY 1982 * Fairies Wear Boots (clip) Ozzy's Bunker Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986 (Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo) * Bark At The Moon * Never Know Why Ozzy's Bunker * Killer Of Giants * Thank God For The Bomb * Secret Loser Ozzy's Bunker Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * Bloodbath In Paradise * Tattooed Dancer * Miracle Man MTV 1989 Marquee, UK 1991 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * Bark At The Moon (clip) Studio 1992 San Diego, CA 1992 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * I Don't Want To Change The World * Road To Nowhere Japan 1992 * Ozzy's Bunker * No More Tears Studio 1992 * Desire MTV 1992 * Mama, I'm Coming Home Studio 1992 * "Ozzmosis" Recording Session 1995 Ozzfest 1996 (Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Perry Mason Fame & Fortune Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Gets Me Through Fame & Fortune Ozzfest 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin) * Not Going Away "Black Rain" Photo Shoot Las Vegas, NV 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman) * I Don't Wanna Stop "Scream" Recording Session 2010 London, England 2010 (Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman) * Let Me Hear You Scream Bonus Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * Flying High Again Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Believer

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NICKELBACK's CHAD KROEGER Sings LED ZEPPELIN, CHICKENFOOT Reunites At SAMMY HAGAR's Birthday Bash (Video)

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:35:34 +0000

NICKELBACK's Chad Kroeger joined Sammy Hagar over the weekend to perform a cover version of the LED ZEPPELIN classic "Whole Lotta Love" during Hagar's huge birthday bash at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Also appearing at the event were the Red Rocker's CHICKENFOOT bandmates Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, who came up on stage to play a few CHICKENFOOT tracks with the legendary ex-VAN HALEN singer. CHICKENFOOT performed "Sexy Little Thing" from their 2009 debut and "Big Foot" from 2011's "Chickenfoot III". Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Hagar's first-ever acoustic album titled "Lite Roast", was released on October 14 via Mailboat Records. Joining Sammy on the CD is Vic Johnson, longtime guitarist of WABORITAS, Hagar's backup band, on guitar and vocals. NICKELBACK's new album, "No Fixed Address", arrives on November 18. Kroeger's personal life did make headlines recently when it was reported that his year-old marriage to singer Avril Lavigne was on the rocks. Kroeger has not commented officially on the rumors.

AMARANTHE's ELIZE RYD: 'Women In Metal Always Get Objectified In A Different Way Than The Guys'

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:04:07 +0000

In a brand new interview with Australia's The AU Review, singer Elize Ryd of Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE spoke about the pros and cons of being the only woman in an all-male band. "Well, within the band, it's fine, because they see me as their sister, you know?" she said. "But sometimes we are very different, because I like to do different things than the guys do, so sometimes I feel very alone. And also, I feel that the women in metal always get objectified in a different way than the guys, and I think it's very unfair. I'm definitely a feminist in that perspective. It's usually the haters that write bad things about the women, and I think it's just wrong." She continued: "It's different for me than [it is for someone like] Floor [Jansen in NIGHTWISH, for example], because I am one of three singers in the band, and usually, when someone has a bad comment about the band or the sound, they usually put the focus on me, even though there are five other guys they could have criticized. I also read very, very, disrespectful comments that are focused towards me because I'm a woman — not because I'm an artist just like the other guys — so there is a difference. But I also get a lot of good critique. Mostly it's love." Elize also spoke about her recent blog entry in which she decided to name and shame someone who had written some disrespectful and sexist comments about her on her official Facebook page. She said: "I actually got a lot of e-mails about that from women who wrote that they had been treated very bad and had lived with this kind of hate, and they really appreciated it — and they feel better when they hear that it also happens to me." She added: "You should not take it personally, but it's very hard sometimes not to. "My wish is that there is going to be a change in that perspective of not saying certain things to women." Asked how she stays positive in this business, Elize said: "I stay positive thanks to all the positive critique I get, and the love I get from so many fans. I have so many fans who I feel the most amazing love from, so it's thanks to them I get more and more strong. It's definitely the good responses that I'm sucking in, and all the bad stuff, I try to keep it outside my life. I still think it's very important to actually point at people who are disrespecting you because you are a female — I don't have any patience or acceptance for it." AMARANTHE's third album, "Massive Addictive", will be released on October 21 via Spinefarm Records. The "Drop Dead Cynical" video can be seen below. The clip was once again helmed by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE, LACUNA COIL and IN FLAMES, among many others. amarantheband2014newshot_638

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RAVEN Covers DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, SWEET, NAZARETH, QUEEN Classics On 'Party Killers' CD

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:37:06 +0000

NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to finance the recording of their next studio album, "ExtermiNation". The band has recorded a full-length covers CD titled "Party Killers" that is being offered as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers. The group is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28. "Party Killers", which is is available on CD and 12-inch vinyl, includes the following tracks: * "Too Bad Too Sad" (NAZARETH) * "Bad Reputation" (THIN LIZZY) * "Cockroach" (SWEET) * "Fireball" (DEEP PURPLE) * "Hang On To Yourself" (DAVID BOWIE) * "He's A Whore" (CHEAP TRICK) * "In For The Kill" (BUDGIE) * "Is There A Better Way" (STATUS QUO) * "Ogre Battle" (QUEEN) * "Queen Of My Dreams" (EDGAR WINTER) * "Tak Me Bak 'Ome" (SLADE) Comments RAVEN vocalist and bassist John Gallagher: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good, we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' — a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home... songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the RAVEN overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album." RAVEN is currently on tour in the United States, with support from NIGHT DEMON. RAVEN released the "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Days Journey" two-disc DVD as a digipak in North America on July 2, 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort contains four hours and 30 minutes of concert footage from around the world, in the studio, backstage, interviews with the band, the fans, musicians and producer. It tells the story of over three decades of trailblaizing metal mayhem! RAVEN's latest album, "Walk Through Fire", was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 (one day earlier in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS). ravennightdemontour

BUTCHER BABIES' Cover Version Of NAPOLEON XIV's 'They're Coming To Take Me Away': Official Video

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:20:03 +0000

Taking a page from heroes METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES, Los Angeles metallers BUTCHER BABIES have recorded an EP of cover tunes that will surely please fans of the band, as well as fans of the artists that performed them originally. Titled "Uncovered", this EP was released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) and features the following five tracks: 01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers 02. They're Coming To Take Me Away 03. Don't Give A Fuck 04. Crazy Horses 05. Pussy Whipped The official video for BUTCHER BABIES' cover version of NAPOLEON XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away" can be seen below. BUTCHER BABIES' Carla Harvey (vocals) comments: "It was a blast recording songs that we have been fans of our entire lives and putting our spin on them. "We all chose a song that had some significance to us. My pick was 'They're Coming To Take Me Away' by NAPOLEAN XIV, because I have a vivid memory of my stepdad, who I considered completely insane, playing it over and over again on his car stereo when I was a pre-teen. The song is about being taken away to a mental institution. I can still see him tapping his fingers on his steering wheel to the beat..." BUTCHER BABIES' Heidi Shepherd (vocals) adds: "As an eight or nine-year-old little girl, I used to rummage through my parents' albums and 8-tracks looking for some cool music. In hopes that my parents had at least a little bit of good taste, I would play every single song looking for something that I could latch on to. That's when I came across 'Crazy Horses' by THE OSMONDS; it was the heaviest song I had heard at that age. I would play that song over and over and over again, I was addicted. To this date, it's still one of my favorite songs and reminds me so much of growing up in Provo, Utah." In regards to BUTCHER BABIES' cover of THE OSMONDS' "Crazy Horses", Donny Osmond comments: "When we released 'Crazy Horses", we were pushing against what THE OSMONDS were known for, but it became a greatest hit. The BUTCHER BABIES have reinvented this song in a creative and innovative way — and that's what music is about. Now...What if I had recorded 'Puppy Love' like this?" About the "They're Coming To Take Me Away" video, Shepherd says: "As kids, we always loved this creepy, quirky song around Halloween time. So, we thought it would be perfect to ring in the Halloween season with this video reminiscent of old slasher films."

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SLIPKNOT's JIM ROOT Defends Band Against Accusations They 'Didn't Care' About PAUL GRAY's Drug Addiction

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:30:45 +0000

SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root says that he and his bandmates did everything they could to get the group's late bassist Paul Gray the help he needed to deal with his drug addiction, explaining that Paul had a "sickness" that he simply could not beat. Paul's widow Brenna Gray testified in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated Paul in the days before his 2010 death that she tried reaching out to some of Paul's bandmates in SLIPKNOT just days prior to the bassist's death but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved. They told me it was my problem." Asked if Brenna was wrong in making those comments during the trial, Root told Sweden Rock Magazine (original English-language quote provided exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think she's probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting Paul into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him. I would stop by at Paul's house with my ex-girlfriend and he'd still be in bed. "There are a lot of circumstances and dynamics there and I'm sure that she is hurting very deeply and trying to find some way to maybe put the blame somewhere. "At the end of the day, Paul was sick and Paul had a problem and we were there for Paul. "Paul wasn't always available. "I feel bad. I feel bad for the whole situation. "Brenna's always got brothers that she can count on, and October will always have eight uncles that give a shit." Pressed on whether he was saying the other members of SLIPKNOT did in fact care enough about Paul's well being, Root replied: "Absolutely. He's our friend, he's our brother, he's our compatriot. He's always gonna be a part of our lives no matter what. "What can you do? If you have a sickness, you gotta fix that sickness, but you can't keep putting somebody into treatment over and over and over again. What are you supposed to do? Babysit someone and live with them? What can you do?" Brenna revealed in a 2011 interview with Revolver that her husband had agreed to get help for his drug problem just one day before he died on May 24, 2010. Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and SLIPKNOT were based. He was 38 years old. He left behind his widow and a daughter, October, who was born three months after his death. Brenna said on the witness stand at the Polk Country District Court in Iowa in April 2014 that Paul's final weeks were a "blur of extreme drug abuse," which neither his doctor nor his bandmates would help his wife confront. Daniel Baldi was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of Gray and eight others. Baldi was accused of causing the deaths with his careless prescription habits. Baldi denied the claim, with his lawyer saying that Baldi didn't prescribe the drugs that resulted in the deaths. Brenna testified on the stand that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax for Paul despite knowing that the musician was a drug addict, saying, "I just wasn't really sure why he was on it, why he needed it along with the medication he was taking for addiction." Baldi's lawyer cross-examined Brenna, asking her if she was aware that her husband overdosed on the painkillers fentanyl and morphine, neither of which Baldi ever prescribed to him. SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio back at the one-year anniversary of Gray's death how he felt about the loss of his friend and bandmate. "I just miss him, you know," he said. "I miss him so much sometimes that it doesn't feel like he's gone, and there are times when I'm thinking and he's in my train of thought and I have to stop myself and go, 'Oh, God, he's not here.' But you know, I mean, there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him. I mean, not even as far as the band goes — I wish that he was there to watch his daughter grow." slipknotswedenrockcoveroct2014

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: 'Rock Will Never Die'

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:57:26 +0000

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Ian told the Portsmouth, New Hampshire radio station WHEB (100.3 FM): "I think the exact opposite. I don't look at things from a strictly business standpoint like I think Gene does. Just because the media may not be paying attention like it used to, or record labels are only looking for the next 16-year-old pop star…" He continued: "We come from a different place. ANTHRAX started in the underground in New York City in what was not even called thrash metal yet, but we were an underground band, and, in a sense, us and METALLICA and SLAYER, even as big as METALLICA is, we're all still in a way underground. METALLICA, being one of the biggest bands in the world, they still don't get the same media attention as Rihanna or Beyonce and Jay-Z and stuff like that, yet METALLICA is arguably [one of the] top five biggest bands on the planet. Yet, still, in a commercial way, in a media-type way, they are still considered underground, and that's kind of where we come from." Ian added: "So, for me, rock is never dead, as long as there's bands that wanna play this music. It has nothing to do with what the media is pushing down people's throats. I've never looked at it that way, because we've never needed radio and we've never needed MTV to do what we do. All we do is we write the best songs we can and we've been the best live we can be for over 30 years. And that's why rock will never die. It has nothing to do with the media, it has nothing to do with the business. It only has to do with bands playing music from their gut, and that's all that matters to me." Ian's autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Due on November 13 via Megaforce Records, Ian's "Swearing Words In Glasgow" DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of his "Swearing Words" tour in Glasgow, Scotland, and was funded by a wildly popular PledgeMusic campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans.

OZZY OSBOURNE Doesn't Understand Politicians

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:28:49 +0000

Noisey has uploaded the second of three "Back & Forth" videos featuring legendary BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne. Check it out below. During a brief discussion about politics, Ozzy recalled running into former British prime minister Tony Blair at a charity event. He said: "I met Tony Blair one time, the old English Prime Minister, and he looked at me and he comes over, and this was just when the Iraq war started. I thought he was gonna come up to me and say, 'You could very good for the country by doing a song or something for the troops.' He comes up to me and he goes, 'Do you know I was once in a band? Although I couldn't quite get the chords to 'Iron Man'.' And I [thought], 'Is that all you've got to fucking say?'" He added: "We vote these people in, and they never seem to pull off all this shit that they promise us to get [into office]." Osbourne sounded a similar sentiment during an interview with Esquire, telling the magazine: "One thing I try to stay away from is talking politics. I don't understand them. I don't. I don't understand how we all go nuts for a few months to get the people into office and then they never do a fuckin' thing they said they were gonna do anyway. If there's a job ad in the newspaper saying 'Builder wanted' and you show up for the job and they say 'Can you do this?' and you say 'Yeah, yeah!' And they go 'Start Monday' and then Monday they say 'Can you do what you said?' and you say 'No,' you'd be fuckin' fired! So what's the deal with politicians, eh? I don't get it. They should all start to play rock and roll, I think." Ozzy Osbourne's recently released compilation, "Memoirs Of A Madman", serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. It is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture-disc-set configurations.

Music Industry Web Site Predicts AC/DC's 'Rock Or Bust' Will Sell 250K-350K Copies First Week

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:56:55 +0000

Music industry web site Hits Daily Double is predicting that AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust", will sell between 250,000 and 350,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This would be a significant drop from the opening number of AC/DC's last CD, 2008's "Black Ice", which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S., where it sold an incredible 784,288 in its first week — marking the band's first-ever No. 1 debut on the U.S. album chart. "Black Ice" went on to sell another 270,923 units in its second week, bringing the first two weeks' sales in the U.S. to over 1 million copies. Sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and ACDC.com in the U.S., "Black Ice" quickly became the biggest-selling rock record of 2008. "Rock Or Bust" will be released on December 2. The 11-song set is AC/DC's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. AC/DC made it official last month that Malcolm would no longer record or perform with the group. His family disclosed a short time later that he was afflicted with dementia. The guitarist was rumored to have suffered a stroke earlier this year. AC/DC last week released an official new publicity photo of the band and notably absent from it is drummer Phil Rudd, who was also a no-show at the group's recent video shoot on October 3 and October 4 for the two new singles, "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards, with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." Neither Rudd nor the band has issued any further comment on his absence from the shoot. "Rock Or Bust" track listing: 01. Rock Or Bust 02. Play Ball 03. Rock The Blues Away 04. Miss Adventure 05. Dogs Of War 06. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder 07. Hard Times 08. Baptism By Fire 09. Rock The House 10. Sweet Candy 11. Emission Control

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EXODUS' 'Blood In Blood Out' Cracks U.S. Top 40

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:40:11 +0000

"Blood In Blood Out", the new album from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS, 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. The band's previous CD, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", opened with around 4,600 units back in May 2010 to land at No. 114. EXODUS' 2007 effort, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", registered a first-week tally of 3,600 copies. "Blood In Blood Out" was released in North America on October 14 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 the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004. Souza states: "I'm very stoked and excited to see that EXODUS has charted at #38. This band being around over 30 years and being on our 10th album, this is truly amazing. I'm excited for our management, I'm excited for our record label, I'm excited for our booking agency, and I'm excited for everyone else in the staff. I'm mostly excited for all of our fans who have supported us over the years through thick and thin — I'm glad you're all still here. We're all very proud to have you as our fans, and when you come out to see us live, we will not disappoint you. You are truly our inspiration and we will keep doing this for as long as we can bang out heads. Thanks, everyone." "EXODUS could not be any more excited about the awesome chart positions 'Blood In Blood Out' has achieved,” adds EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. "This is, in many ways, a milestone record for us, and for it to be so embraced by the metal world is quite simply amazing! We worked our asses off and people have responded in a way we only dreamed of! "Thanks to all our fans for making this happen!" EXODUS co-manager Maria Ferrero of Breaking Bands LLC and Adrenaline PR states: "Breaking records… breaking barriers… On behalf of Breaking Bands LLC, I am proud to see EXODUS, my longtime friends of 31 years, get the recognition that they deserve. "To finally see Kirk Hammett record with his first band is just the icing on the cake. "The team kicked ass. The reviews have been amazing and the fans stepping up to take action with their unwavering support speaks volumes. The fans don't lie! "This is a great day for thrash metal. "It is my honor to protect, promote and support such an iconic band." EXODUS co-manager at Breaking Bands LLC and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy adds: "The Breaking Bands LLC team is very proud to be a part of the success of the new EXODUS album, 'Blood In Blood Out'. "The band has worked very hard to deliver a monster of a record that is shaking up the metal community. "We would like to congratulate the band and wish them continued success on their world domination. They should be very proud of their accomplishment for kicking the door down in a declining music industry. "Great job, boys. Let the EXODUS attack begin." "Blood In Blood Out" track listing: 01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator) 02. Blood In Blood Out 03. Collateral Damage 04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett) 05. Body Harvest 06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy) 07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage 08. My Last Nerve 09. Numb 10. Honor Killings 11. Food For The Worms Bonus DVD includes: * "Blood Upon The Goat" making-of footage * Behind-the-scenes tour footage * Footage from Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEVIL After-Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con The digital version of "Blood In Blood Out" includes the digital bonus track "Angel Of Death" (ANGEL WITCH cover). The album's Japanese edition includes the "Protect Not Dissect" bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE. Asked what EXODUS is doing differently on "Blood In Blood Out" compared to the band's previous efforts, Souza said: "I just think it's way more brutal now. I think if you look at the production value in the albums, from 'Bonded By Blood' [1985] and even 'Impact Is Imminent' [1990] and now you look at them, from 'Tempo Of The Damned' [2004] and then 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' [2005] and 'The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A' [2007] and 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition' [2010] and now to 'Blood In, Blood Out', I just think the maturity level and knowing what you wanna sound like and knowing what you're going for and knowing what you do well. Not trying to second-guess yourself and go, 'Oh, we've gotta do this because of this.' It's not like that anymore. Now it's all about, 'Hey, we're EXODUS. We've been EXODUS for 30 years. And let's just be EXODUS.'" EXODUS' support run with fellow metal titans SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES launches on November 11 with two shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. exoduspreorderimagebloodin_638 exodsbloodinart

DORO Joined By BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, JEFF WATERS, JEAN BEAUVOIR, LEATHER LEONE At NYC Show (Video)

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:25:40 +0000

Reigning queen of metal Doro Pesch kicked off the North American leg of her "30 Years Strong & Proud" anniversary tour on October 10 in Wisconsin. The German singer has rocked ten venues so far, including New York City's Gramercy Theater on October 20, where she was joined by a host of special guests, including Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Jean Beauvoir (CROWN OF THORNS, PLASMATICS) and Leather Leone (RUDE GIRL, CHASTAIN). Fan-filmed video footage of the New York City concert can be seen below. The worldwide trek marks an astounding thirty years since the release of Doro's first record — WARLOCK's "Burning The Witches". Beginning with a mammoth headlining set at last year's Wacken Open Air, which boasted a record-breaking attendance of over 95,000 fans, Doro's tour included two special anniversary shows in her hometown of Düsseldorf as well as countless festival appearances and performances throughout Europe and Latin America. Doro's sole remaining North American tour date is October 25 at Revolution in Amityville, New York. Doro is touring in support of "Raise Your Fist", released worldwide via Nuclear Blast in 2012. Dubbed "50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal" by Outburn, which crowned Doro "...the classiest lady in metal," the CD boasts 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 currently available via the Nuclear Blast webshop to coincide with the tour 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.

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GENE SIMMONS: Success Offers You Freedom

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:36:40 +0000

In a brand new interview with Examiner.com, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked if there was a word he could use to define what success meant to him. "Freedom," he replied. "When you don't have money, you don't have freedom. You don't have freedom of what to do with your day; you've gotta go to work at whatever time to go to work. You've gotta get up at 7 a.m. to be at work by 9 a.m.; there's no freedom there. If you're working for somebody, you don't have freedom to determine what to do, and you will be told where to go, what time to be, and what to do. There's not much freedom to do anything else. Being successful, in other words, being rich, enables you to determine for yourself what you want to do, if you want to do it, and when you want to do it. It offers you the freedom to support your family, give to charity, buy your mother the hip operation she needs, to do everything. Without money, you can't do any of it." He continued: "[People say] 'But love is the most important thing in the' — well, yeah, that's true, but not really, not in real life. Unless and if you have the money — and the hard work that goes before that — first you need hard work, then you get the money. Without the money, you can't even feed your kids, no matter how much you love them. First money, then the implementation of money, love, then everything else is fine. And whoever said 'money is the root of all evil' probably still lives in their mother's basement. The truth is, lack of money is the root of all evil. If you have all the money in the world, why would you want to hold up a 7-Eleven? The people that hold up 7-Elevens don't have money." Simmons, who is the owner of the LA Kiss arena football team, Simmons Records, the Cool Springs financial services firm, and Rock & Brews restaurant chain, among other ventures, has just released a new book out based on his approach to business, titled "Me, Inc.", in which he shares the secrets of KISS' 40 years of success.

PHILIP ANSELMO Stars In 'Metal Grasshopper' Weekly Series: Second Episode Posted Online

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:21:07 +0000

Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo stars in "Metal Grasshopper", a web series produced and directed by Chris Lee, the SUPAGROUP guitarist-and-singer-turned-web–series-producer, who is married to Sean Yseult, the former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist. The series, which was shot mostly at Anselmo's wooded compound north of Lake Pontchartrain in southeastern Louisiana, follows the misadventures of a budding hard rock star, played by comedian, radio host, author and musician Dave Hill, as he seeks guidance from a metal mentor, played by Philip. "Metal Grasshopper" pairs the unlikely duo of metal master Anselmo with comedian, dandy, and NPR darling Dave Hill. Dave begs Phil to mold him into "the baddest metal motherfucker of all time." Phil begrudgingly relents and the abuse and absurdity reach epic levels. If you like stuff with corpse paint, burning pentagrams, medieval weaponry, irritable goats rented by the hour, couples counseling, delicious smoothie recipes, and real live chickens, you will love "Metal Grasshopper", because it has all that stuff and then a bunch of other awesome stuff on top of that too. Conceived by Hill, Anselmo and writer/director Chris Lee during a torchlit ceremony in the goddamn woods while it was seriously late at night, "Metal Grasshopper" begins with Hill showing up unannounced at Anselmo's secret compound somewhere in the sticks outside of New Orleans to learn directly from the master. Anselmo isn't exactly crazy about the idea at first, but after Hill eventually proves he's not messing around, Anselmo reluctantly agrees to take Hill under his heavily tattooed wing, share his unholy wisdom, and let Dave crash in one of the upstairs guest rooms. Over the course of the series' five episodes, Anselmo educates Hill on everything from headbanging to crowd work to even the most extreme of all breakfast cereals. Will Hill survive and come out the other end even more metal than before? Or will Anselmo scare Hill straight back to his parents' basement in Cleveland? Check out the second episode — in which Anselmo schools Hill on headbanging, heavy metal vocals, and the most extreme of all breakfast cereals — below. Oh, and Hill takes a phone message for Anselmo from King Diamond, which is awesome.

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SLIPKNOT Members Look Back On Nearly Two Decades Of Trials, Tribulations, Victories And Tragedies (Video)

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:19:26 +0000

As they release their long-awaited fifth studio album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", the members of SLIPKNOT look back on the last four years since the passing of their co-founder and bass player Paul Gray, and at their nearly two decades of trials, tribulations, victories and tragedies as a band. Forget the headlines, look past the masks, and watch below as Corey Taylor, Mick Thomson, Jim Root, Chris Fehn and Shawn Crahan tell the story of SLIPKNOT. SLIPKNOT's first new album in six years, ".5: The Gray Chapter" caps a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of Paul Gray and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, both longtime members and songwriters. Despite it all, singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio he's proud of what the band has accomplished this time out. "The fact that we were able to kind of pull ourselves back up and not only go in and make a really good album, but make an exceptional album, in my opinion, I think it's a testament to just how talented this band is," he said. "It's a testament to how much passion we have for it. It's a testament to how much we're willing to fight to accomplish everything that we want to accomplish. I'm excited for people to hear this, because to me I think it's one of the best albums we've ever made." Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go last December, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the new album. Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella. Meanwhile, Taylor defended himself in a new interview with Britain's XFM Radio from accusations that he orchestrated both Jordison's dismissal from SLIPKNOT and the firing of the band's guitarist, Jim Root, from the band that Taylor and Root founded together, STONE SOUR. Taylor, calling himself "one of the most hated dudes right now," explained, "That's the burden of being the frontman. [But] I'm not the boss. Trust me. I'm not the boss in either band. It's very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don't make decisions. But that's the perception.” SLIPKNOT will celebrate the arrival of the new disc this weekend with two headlining performances on Saturday (October 25) and Sunday (October 26) at its own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California, along with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, NOTHING MORE, ATREYU, IN THIS MOMENT, OF MICE & MEN and many more. SLIPKNOT will head out on a headlining North American tour immediately following Knotfest, with special guests KORN.

JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL: 'We Want To Be Out There And Doing What We Love'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:05:56 +0000

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill says that he is grateful for his band's decades-spanning career and says that there are no plans for PRIEST to retire, despite a 2010 announcement that the band's "Epitaph" tour would be its last. "When I look back over 40 years, I do so with a great sense of gratitude, really, and privilege to have done that over all of these years and be successful," Hill tells GreenvilleOnline.com. "And to have been able to earn your coin from it, it's been a brilliant, brilliant, very privileged sort of way of making a living." He adds: "We all still love it, and we're are still able to do it... What else are we going to do? Sit around gardening and stuff like that? That's not for old rock 'n' rollers. We want to be out there and doing what we love." In a recent interview with AXS.com, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton explained that the addition of axeman Richie Faulkner to the band gave PRIEST a fresh lease of life and inspired the group to embark on a tour to promote its latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls". "When we got obviously new blood in the band, it was needed at the time," Glenn said. "It would be the same thing; you get some new blood in there and there’s energy and enthusiasm — motivation, you see things in a different way. He just gave everybody a kick up the backside, really. And that's what happened. We went from literally meaning it was our last tour to there's such great songs on this album, it's a shame we can't get out and play them. So, by any means, this isn't another world tour. I'm glad we're doing it. I feel that it would be great to get on stage and play these new numbers as well as the old classics." JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: New Single 'Being Beige' Available For Streaming

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:29:56 +0000

SMASHING PUMPKINS have premiered "Being Beige", the first single from the band's album "Monuments To An Elegy", due out Tuesday, December 9 via Martha's Music/BMG. "Monuments To An Elegy" marks the iconic alternative band'seighth studio album and is the follow-up to their 2012 critically acclaimed album "Oceania". The new CD was recorded in Chicago with SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who's been in the band since 2007. Playing drums throughout is MÖTLEY CRÜE's Tommy Lee. "Monuments To An Elegy" was produced by Howard Willing (who first worked with the PUMPKINS during the "Adore" sessions), Corgan and Schroeder. It was mixed by David Bottrill and mastered by Howie Weinberg, who did the same honors for PUMPKINS classics in the '90s. "Monuments To An Elegy" is "an album within an album," part of their ongoing work-in-progress "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope" (with "Day For Night" as the project's last work). "Monuments To An Elegy" track listing: 01. Tiberius 02. Being Beige 03. Anaise! 04. One and All 05. Run2me 06. Drum + Fife 07. Monuments 08. Dorian 09. Anti-Hero Q: "Monuments To An Elegy" is the first of two albums that you've said will be released within a one-year period. What is inspiring this output of music in a relatively short amount of time? Billy Corgan: "My goal was having the impetus for a double record. But thinking of how it would be consumed in a surface-level culture made me want to split the work apart: which in itself has changed the process, writing, and review." Q: "Monuments To An Elegy" seems to sonically encompass the different eras of SMASHING PUMPKINS, definitely underlining the majestic and hard guitar sounds as well as keyboard/synth textures. What were you hoping to musically achieve with this album? Billy Corgan: "I rarely go into an album thinking what it 'has to be.' Albums, as a way of coalescing songs, are just an organizing principle, and each is different given what's going on within at that moment, and without. So if there was any sense here it was bringing all I'm interested in musically to the table at one go." Q: What inspired you to ask Tommy Lee to play drums on "Monuments To An Elegy"? What do you feel he has brought to the music? Billy Corgan: "The songs, in demo form, had a strut, and so the suggestion was made that we ought to get someone who 'plays like' Tommy. Jeff Schroeder, PUMPKINS' guitarist said, 'Why not get the real deal?' [On 'Monuments To An Elegy'] Tommy brings the power and grace he's known for, which gives the music a vibrancy that is both immediate and unmistakable." Q: Can you talk about the contributions of guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who's now been in the band since 2007, to "Monuments To An Elegy"? Billy Corgan: "To Jeff's own admittance, it's taken him some years to find his place within a sound that was uniquely formed before he came on board. For that he's turned to playing more melodically so his voice so to speak is additive. And it's that triumvirate between he, Tommy, and I that you hear most keenly on the record. Plus, Jeff's just a natural producer in a recording situation, and really pushed me to be my best in a way that most wouldn't understand how to: through patience, and encouragement." Q: What do you feel producer Howard Willing, who you first worked with on the "Adore" sessions, has brought to "Monuments To An Elegy"? The sound has grandeur and intimacy, always a trademark of SMASHING PUMPKINS. Billy Corgan: "Howard lives in the real world, unlike me. And so it was his task to be the traffic cop. To point out where the PUMPKINS' sound needed to come forward, and for that I'm appreciative, because it was never the idea of the band as conceived to live in the past, or to become a machine of sentiment. And like all good rock and roll scythes, we're back to chopping forward." Q: Thematically, how would you describe the songs on "Monuments To An Elegy"? Your singer-songwriter introspective sensibility is in full effect here. There's the directness/vulnernability of "Run2me", the fractured romance of "Being Beige", and in "Drum + Fife", there's the repeated line, "I will bang this drum until my dying day." Billy Corgan: "That I can't speak to. We honestly just tried to pick the best songs, of which there were about 80 ideas to choose from. And in that, Howard Willing was attracted to those with strong identities more so than just a good riff." Q: How will the second album, "Day For Night", be different from "Monuments To An Elegy"? Billy Corgan: "We're at work on it already, and it literally is the other side of the sonic moon. At this early stage it appears to be a deeper work: less shiny, and more personal; which is always a quizzical thing to bring out into the open."

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GEOFF TATE On Songwriting Process For His Upcoming Trilogy: 'It's Like I Saw God All Of A Sudden'

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:25:55 +0000

Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate says that he is approaching the songwriting sessions for the forthcoming debut album from his OPERATION: MINDCRIME project in a very different way to how he used to compose music for his former band. "I'm doing a trilogy album," Tate told the "10songs" podcast. "And it's three records, and I'm recording all of it at once and then releasing it over a three-year period, one album per year." He continued: "It's a story. It's a complete story in three parts. It's kind of a really unique story, and I'm sorry I can't really talk about it right now, but it's kind of set in an international location — different places around the world. "What I'm trying to do is create music that kind of puts you in that place using instruments or melodies or sounds that are indigenous to the place where the story is taking place." Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band includes Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), Randy Gane (MYTH), Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014) and Robert Sarzo (QUEENSRYCHE 2012 - 2014). Asked if the OPERATION: MINDCRIME album will be a band situation or more of a solo release, Tate said: "I'm in kind of a unique position now where I can work with who I want to work with. And I'm not in that band situation where it all has to be democratic and that kind of thing anymore. I respect that and I was part of that for many years. But I'm really enjoying the freedom of having different players play with me and sit in. It's really inspiring." According to Tate, the diminishing music sales in the streaming age have enabled him to throw out the rules book when it comes to songwriting and use his creativity to the fullest extent possible. "This new album I'm working on, I'm approaching it very differently than I've ever approached any album before," Tate said. "It's always been in my head to create music based on a commercial attangement — intro, verse, chorus, solo… that kind of thing. Just because my band always wrote music for radio, and [with] radio you had to conform to a format and a standard in order to get [the songs] on the radio. And I suddenly realized one day that, well, this album, it's not gonna be played on the radio. It won't be, because there's no money to promote it on the radio. So why am I following that same format? And all of a sudden, I just went, 'Oh my God. I don't have to follow the street signs anymore. I can do whatever I want.' And it was like this revelation. And I feel kind of ridiculous admitting it out loud, but it's true. It's like I saw God all of a sudden. So I've just been writing." He added: "It's so refreshing to not have to follow this to-minute, three-minute commercial format, arrangement, you know?! So I've been having a great time with it and just exploring melody. Which, I've always loved melody and figuring out variations on melody and I've tried to do that within the song structure since I started out. But in not having to follow this rigid format, it gives me a lot more of a chance… more space to create more melody. So when I get stated on a phrase, I can now take that phrase for two minutes and expand in harmony, or expand it and change it up in a rhythm structure way. So I'm just having a great time."


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