RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has denied that he requested "special treatment" from a Seattle restaurant over the weekend, claiming instead that the eatery's doorman may have had "underlying motives" that eventually led to a war of words to erupt between the parties over the Internet.
Following his performance Friday night (September 26) at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Morello and his entourage tried to get into The 5 Point Cafe but were apparently turned away, causing the musician to take to his Twitter and blast the restaurant, writing: "Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word."
David Meinert, the owner of The 5 Point Cafe, released a response to Tom's tweet in which he insisted that his establishment was "totally pro worker" and claimed that Tom and his crew "wanted a special room in the back" even though the restaurant "was at capacity and there was a line" of people waiting to get in. He added that "rock stars don't get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn't give less of a shit."
Earlier tonight, Morello released the following statement regarding Friday's incident:
"I regret that my Twitter salvo about the treatment I received at a Seattle restaurant and the subsequent digital tempest in a tea pot may have taken away from the important work of those organizing for a $15 minimum wage and the Seattle show I played on their behalf.
"When next in Seattle, I would be happy sit down over a beverage — or sooner on the phone — and discuss the matter to conclusion with all concerned. The restaurant, the incident and my bruised feelings don't matter. What does matter is the hard, tireless work put in by those committed to fighting for a more just world.
"If interested however here is the non-140-character blow by blow of the 'Encounter At The 5 Point Cafe':
"Our team of musicians flew to Seattle for a benefit show for 15 Now, the grassroots campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15. I've long been a supporter of this particular campaign as well as the national drive for a living wage.
"The show itself at the former Off Ramp went great. I was reunited with former AUDIOSLAVE band mate Chris Cornell for the first time in years, and together with the raucous crowd, it was really a special evening. A good deal of money was raised for the 15 Now cause and we wandered into the Seattle late night happy... and hungry.
"Two of our hosts from 15 Now, a band mate of mine, a woman from management, and my brother from Kenya comprised our party. Someone suggested Five Point, a spot I remember fondly from back in the day. I had some reservations because one of our 15 Now friends said that while the owner was a good guy and treated staff well, the restaurant itself was on 'the wrong side of the minimum-wage issue' and had attempted to water down the $15 mininum wage legislation by drawing out the implementation period and adjusting for tips to make it more palatable to small businesses. I am 100% on the side of an undiluted 15 Now initiative which is in my view the only 'pro worker' position, but hey, we were hungry, so let's give it a shot.
"The restaurant was packed and spirited and we asked the doorman 'party of 6 for dinner?' He said they were at capacity and it would probably be a 10-minute wait. No problem. Then ten people or so left the restaurant. 'Can we come in now? Those people just left.' No. 'Why?' I'm not letting anyone in. 'Wait a second. Are you at capacity or are you not letting anyone in?' I'm not letting you in. 'So you're no longer at capacity but we can't come in?' No. 'Um ok. How about we order take out and sit at one of these 20 empty tables outside?' No. 'Ok what's really going on here dude? Some of us have traveled a long way. He's from Kenya! I'm from the '90s!' I'm not letting you in. 'Say, is your manager here? Maybe he's a RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE fan? He might even raise your pay to $15 an hour!' More people leave the restaurant. It's clearly under capacity. Then our friends see that inside the restaurant several tables are occupied by friends of ours from 15 Now. 'Hey look we don't even need a table. We'll just join our friends who are already inside?' No. 'Really? Why not?" I'm not letting you in. 'Can we just go TALK to them and see if they have room for us?' No. It was like a hipster version of a Studio 54 doorman. At that point, my band mate made a flavorful declaration and we decamped to the trusty, attitude-free, IHOP where we enjoyed a drama-free stack of hotcakes.
"To be clear: at no point did myself or anyone in our party 'demand special treatment,' a 'private room' or any other ridiculousness. I was, however, pissed at the rudeness of the doorman to my friends and my younger brother — of whom I'm quite protective. I question what underlying motives the doorman may have had. Bad day? Anti-Kenyan? Preferred the SPIN DOCTORS?
"Whatever the cause, it is unfortunate that MY actions in response have diverted attention from the great work done by 15 Now. 'Twitter bitching' is counterproductive as it invites grossly misinformed conjecture not easily dispelled in 140 characters. Lesson learned.
"As I've said before, Seattle is truly an advanced society with its $15 minimum wage, its legal pot, its gay marriage, its great music and its Seattle Seahawks.
"Next time we'll call ahead."
After Morello posted the above message, Meinert himself took to Facebook and offered the following response:
"Maybe he was 'Anti-Kenyan'?? Ok, enough, Tom. That's fucked up. Stop trying to portray the doorperson as a racist. That really sucks and is crazy abusive.
"Done with you.
"Maybe you don't realize you were acting the punk, but you were.
"Just because 10 people leave a place doesn't mean the place still isn't over capacity. Ugh.
"You should really STFU.
"I was totally willing to put an end to this but now you're really actually pissing me off.
And I tried to 'water down' the minimum wage by asking for a tip credit with a $10 base with increases tied to the CPI? Get it right, man. You're looking ignorant.
"Next time, don't call, IHOP is glad to take your money and donate it to right-wing politicians so keep going there and supporting the very thing you claim to rage against.
Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER says that he is "deeply puzzled" by the fact that sales of most bands' albums keep declining even as their social-media presence continues to grow.
STRYPER's latest studio album, "No More Hell To Pay", sold around 9,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. This was more than double the first-week tally registered by "Second Coming", a collection of re-recorded versions of STRYPER's classic songs, which opened with around 4,400 units back in May 2013 to land at No. 117.
STRYPER's covers album, 2011's "The Covering", premiered with around 4,600 copies to enter the chart at No. 175, while the band's previous collection of new material, 2009's "Murder By Pride", sold 5,900 copies to debut at No. 73.
While promoting STRYPER's latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called "Live At The Whisky", Sweet told the "Totally Driven Radio" podcast (hear audio below): "The one thing in this world, I think, every band faces — and I know Sebastian Bach has talked about it recently — and that is the album sales don't equate to the followers on Facebook and Twitter. If you have a million followers on Facebook and you sell ten thousand copies of an album, something's weird, something's wrong. I don't know what it is; I don't think anybody's figured it out. I mean, there are all the reasons that play into it, obviously, such as, you know, people just don't buy music these days, people download, the economy's bad, people don't have the money… blah blah blah… you know, it goes on and on and on. But there's still something puzzling about that — like, deeply puzzling. And it's very concerning, because it's, like, 'What's going on?' And it seems to be that the sales keep going down. And, again, [it's] all relative, but all around the board. I mean, it doesn't matter what genre in music, sales are just declining. People just, I guess, aren't buying, or, for whatever reason, don't wanna buy music anymore."
Sweet also commented on U2's decision to team with Apple to put the Irish rock band's new album, "Songs Of Innocence", on every single iTunes account in the world for free regardless of whether it was wanted or not. He said: "I'm not jealous or upset with the guys. They made their business move and made a whole ton of money, and then Apple gave their album away. But I still feel that that was a big blow to bands like us because we can't afford to give our albums away. And it sets the precedent that everyone's going to eventually expect for all albums to be given away."
He added: ""I just feel, though, by U2, one of the biggest bands in the world, [doing this], other big bands are gonna follow — you know, the Lady Gagas and the COLDPLAYs and all these bands that are huge. That's gonna be the new trend — at least that's my opinion — of music albums being given away, and then it's gonna set the trend for everybody. And the next album we release, if we're not giving it away, or giving it away for practically nothing, people are gonna say, 'We're not gonna pick it up,' or 'We can't afford it.' Or 'So and so's album is only $2.99 and yours is $10.99, or $9.99.' You know what I mean? It just sets the tone. I guess we have to follow."
After "Totally Driven" host Bay Ragni pointed out to Sweet that the U2 album can be easily removed from the iTunes music library once it has been downloaded, the STRYPER frontman said: "Well, I know. I read a lot of stuff and I heard a lot of concerns, and I understood some of them. I mean, for example, what if you don't want it? What if you're not a U2 fan, you don't like that kind of music, and you wake up and it's in your inbox. It's a bit like spam, right? Some people don't wanna be inconvenienced or hassled to have to delete it. I mean, as silly as it sounds, I get it. I understand. I mean, I get frustrated when I go in and I've got a porn in my inbox. Yeah, I just go delete it, but it still frustrates me that I have to."
The family of AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed that he has dementia, a brain disorder that interferes with a person's ability to carry out everyday tasks.
Dementia can be reversed when it's caused by dehydration or other treatable conditions. But most forms of dementia worsen gradually over time and can't be corrected.
According to WebMD, the average survival time for people diagnosed with dementia is about four and a half years. However, those diagnosed before age 70 typically live for a decade or longer.
"Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," his family said in a statement to People.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported last week that Malcolm is being treated in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia. The facility is believed to be Lulworth House in Elizabeth Bay. A Young family connection told the newspaper, "If you were in the room with [Malcolm] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care."
The 61-year-old guitarist is believed to have suffered a stroke sometime last year and was moved back to Australia from Europe, where he had been living.
Former AC/DC manager Michael Browning said, "I think [Malcolm's illness] came on very suddenly… It's shocking. It's terrible. Sadly for AC/DC, they're losing their creator, their mentor. He's the genius behind the band."
Malcolm did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's new studio album, "Rock Or Bust", which is set to arrive on December 2.
His replacement on the album and the band's upcoming world tour will be Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.
The band officially announced last week that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup.
Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
Legend has it that Stevie resembled his uncle closely enough that many fans reportedly didn't even know Malcolm had left the tour.
"We miss Malcolm, obviously," AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told TeamRock Radio this past July. "He's a fighter. He's in hospital, but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again.
"Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult. But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much."
AC/DC will embark on a world tour to both promote "Rock Or Bust" and celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, although details are yet to be confirmed.
Vince Neil, who is known worldwide for being the lead singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE, one of the most successful rock bands in music history, is also the CEO of Rockstar Sports Group, which was officially awarded an expansion team in Las Vegas by the AFL (Arena Football League). AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz made the official announcement during the third quarter of the 2014 Arena Bowl (XXVII), which was broadcast live on ESPN on August 23.
Neil, together with his business partners in Rockstar Sports Group, Bob Hewko, a former Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, aviation businessman Mark Daniels, and technology businessman Sohrob Farudi, will set out to begin building the Las Vegas-based team named the "Las Vegas Outlaws." Vince and his partners, who had become minority owners of the AFL Jacksonville Sharks in April this year, saw the opportunity to acquire an expansion team for the Las Vegas market and jumped on it. With the award of the Las Vegas team, the minority ownership in the Jacksonville team will be divested in compliance with AFL regulations.
"This has nothing to do with MÖTLEY CRÜE," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week. "I'm the singer for MÖTLEY CRÜE, but you've got to remember KISS is owned by two guys: Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons]," he explained, referring to the fact that the KISS leaders are also owners of the LA KISS Arena Football League team. "MÖTLEY's four guys, and three guys don't care about sports. This is my team with my partners." But he added: "I was thinking to have like MINI KISS and MINI MÖTLEY on either side for a battle of the bands."
Regarding what made him get involved in football, Neil said: "It's just a great sport. It's a lot of fun. Every time you get the ball, you figure it's going to be a touchdown. It's a 50-yard game, so the action's really fast and furious. If you like high-scoring games, this is what you go see."
Neil said that he and his business partners plan to make attending Outlaws games an exciting and enjoyable experience for everybody.
"We want to make it rock 'n' roll and make it a lot of fun for families," he said. "Everybody is competing for that entertainment dollar Saturday night. You can't take your kids to the casino on Saturday night, but you can take them to a football game and yell for three hours."
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons stands by his recent comment that "rock is dead" and says that declining record sales have made it impossible for newer rock bands to develop into iconic artists.
Simmons told Esquire magazine earlier in the 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."
During a September 28 appearance at Rock & Brews in Kansas City, Simmons was asked by Joel Nichols of KSHB's lifestyle show "Kansas City Live" to elaborate on his comments. Simmons said (see video below): "Rock and roll is dead. I'm gonna ask you a question, and you decide, okay? From 1958 until 1988, it's 30 years, name hundreds and hundreds of classic rock acts. Okay, I've got Elvis Presley, THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, Jimi Hendrix, LED ZEPPELIN… on and on and on. Even Motown… Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson. From 1988 until today, just give me five. You can't name [them]. Iconic [newer artists]? No. Nobody. How about that?"
When Nichols assumed that Simmons was implying "the economics of it all" was responsible for the death of rock, Gene corrected him. "No, I don't think it's the economics," the rocker said. "I think it really comes down to when technology outpaces the laws of the land, it's the Wild West; people just go and grab territory and don't pay for it. It devalues new bands. It doesn't affect me — I make a living — but it's sad, because the next BEATLES or the next KISS, it does not have a chance."
Simmons also acknowledged that some of his views tend to be controversial and defended his right to speak his mind. He said: "It's called America. You're allowed to say stupid things. You're allowed to voice your opinion. And I'm not better or worse than anybody else."
LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page says that "it doesn't look likely" that the band will ever reunite again but plans to form his own group and play material from his entire career, including his ZEPPELIN work.
During an appearance earlier today (Tuesday, September 30) at the playback of the remastered versions of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" at Olympic Studios in London, England, Page was asked directly by NME.com if remastering the albums made him want to reform the band again. He said: "I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that. I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?" When pressed on whether the holdup was down to frontman Robert Plant's reluctance to revisit the band, Page added: "I've just said it doesn't look very likely."
Page also spoke about desire to get a band together and hit the stage again. He told members of the media at the event: "If I was to play again, it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you. I haven't put them together yet, but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with THE YARDBIRDS. There would certainly be some new material in there as well."
Page added: "I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play — instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused', etcetera, etcetera…"
Plant, who's busy promoting his new album, "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar", was recently asked by Billboard if he heard anything revelatory in Page's archival snapshots in the reissues of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy". Plant dismissed the unreleased tracks, saying, "No, not really. Because it's so long ago. What you're hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff. Things on their way to completion, and maybe there's some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it's nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least."
Coming on October 28 will be the Page-remastered editions of 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" and 1973's "Houses Of The Holy", which will both be released with previously unreleased audio content in a variety of packages — including a limited-edition "Super Deluxe" box set.
Plant spoke about his use of ZEPPELIN material in his current live act, but hinted that it was the modern approach to the material that delivers the point across. "I think it's a way to enjoy the music," he said. "We do 'Black Dog' and 'Whole Lotta Love' and these other ones, and our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians' relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes."
Guitarist Jim Root says that he is still unsure as to why he was fired from STONE SOUR, claiming that he "hasn't talked to certain guys" in the band to get more insight about his departure from the group.
Root and SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor much of the last four years recording and touring behind three full STONE SOUR studio records, including 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and the double concept album "House Of Gold & Bones".
Root was dismissed from STONE SOUR at the end of last year — even as he and Taylor were working together on a new SLIPKNOT album. Root told Australia's Music Feeds: "I still haven't talked to certain guys in that band [STONE SOUR], so I really don't know what they were thinking or a hundred percent of the reason why they made the decision that they made. I mean, it was basically put to me over a phone call and I thought that was pretty lame. Whatever, it is what it is. Onward and upward. I think I have a little bit of a different opinion on how music should be done anyway. Maybe it is for the better."
Jim recently told Revolver magazine that "it became apparent to me near the end of the album cycle for 'House Of Gold & Bones' that it had basically run its course. But the band kept pushing for more dates, and I was just, like, 'It's time to stop!'"
He continued, "SLIPKNOT made it possible for STONE SOUR to have everything that it has and there were people in SLIPKNOT that have been sitting idly waiting to do a new album. And I had fans asking me every day, 'When are you doing SLIPKNOT?'"
Root told The Pulse Of Radio when he first revealed that he was sitting out the last STONE SOUR tour — before it was announced that he was let go — that he was already dealing with a lot of stress juggling the two bands. "You know, unfortunately I'm only one person," he said. "I can't really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into SLIPKNOT makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with STONE SOUR. It's crushing and it's heartbreaking and I really don't like the idea of not being out there, but I don't really see any other way to really do it."
Root said that he was dismissed from STONE SOUR in November 2013, revealing, "I was mad because STONE SOUR wanted to go do a tour and they didn't want me to be a part of it. So I had a little anger, and I had a little bit of depression. I was kind of hurt. But at the same time, it was probably all for the better, because I wasn't really happy in that band anymore."
Taylor addressed the issue as well, saying, "It was difficult, at first. It put a strain between he and I for a little bit. It was one of those things where the timing just sucked. But at the same time, we knew that, on both sides, we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do."
Taylor added that working together on the new SLIPKNOT album actually helped mend fences between him and Root, explaining, "We were able to kind of channel that and put it into what we were making, which I think in a lot of ways helped the overall aggression and emotion really get there."
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will enter the studio on November 24 to begin recording their new album, tentatively titled "Hammer Of The Witches", for a June 2015 release.
During a recent interview with the "Bleedin' Loud" podcast, CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani "Filth" Davey confirmed the band's split with guitarist Paul Allender and spoke about the group's plans for the new CD.
"Paul Allender has left [CRADLE OF FILTH] — which not everybody is aware of," Dani said. "We weren't planning on it, because it was the kind of thing that has been, kind of, brewing for the last year or so. Not so much on a personal level, but [him] living in America [in Minnesota] and then him doing his side project [WHITE EMPRESS] and getting kind of lost in that. I know I've got [my own side projects] DEVILMENT and, dare I say, TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON, but it never really came between CRADLE; I always found time to do it. For example, the DEVILMENT album, it'll come out, literally, the mirror's image of when the CRADLE [album] will come out — [the DEVILMENT album will come out] about autumn, and CRADLE's next album will come out spring next year. So the DEVILMENT and [CRADLE] won't meet anytime soon, so that's okay."
Asked about whether CRADLE OF FILTH has found a replacement guitarist for Allender, Filth said: "Well, that's the thing. We only really had one guitarist for the last two albums; Paul had a very strong opinion about doing that, and we're a two-guitar band. So that may be one of the things that kind of opened the fissure a bit."
He continued: "We were doing this [European] tour with BEHEMOTH [earlier in the year] and [Paul] had some personal issues and he couldn't do it, so we brought a Czech guy called Ashok [of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR] in, who's friends with Martin ['Marthus' Skaroupka], the [CRADLE OF FILTH] drummer, and then an English guy, Richard Shaw [of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26], who lives in Derbyshire, and we thought, 'Well, that's cool, 'cause he's an English guy.' And it was such a great tour and everybody got on so well, and these two other guys knew the band inside out, so when we started writing, which we were doing on the road — not out of necessity, but just 'cause we could — it just all came together, and it was, like, 'Wow! This is great.'… Everybody was, like, really, 'Yes! That was such a great tour.' [It was] a bit short — it was only three weeks long — so when we came back [home], I was, like, 'Wow, we should usually just be halfway through the tour by this point.' So being that invigorated, everybody just started writing, which has brought the album forward by a whole year. Which will please some, and annoy others."
As of late June, CRADLE OF FILTH's new lineup had "about eight [new] tracks" in various states of completion for the follow-up to 2012's "The Manticore And Other Horrors", and "it's sounding awesome," according to Dani. He previously said some of the new material is comparable to that of 'Dusk... And Her Embrace' , 'Cruelty And The Beast'  and 'Midian' , albeit with a fresher sound." He added: "I can't define it exactly, as it incorporates a wide variety of styles and dark emotions as one would come to expect from a CRADLE record. One thing is certain, though: this next release is going to be pushing the boundaries of what the band can achieve, and with forthcoming live shows peppering the writing process, I know this album is going to be fuelled by 101% metal fury!"
CRADLE OF FILTH's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors", sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.
SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan says that his band's decision to use "camel shit" as the official smell of the group's upcoming Knotfest is rooted in their belief that SLIPKNOT is "not a band anymore," it is "a culture," and every "culture has to have a smell."
In a press release announcing the Knotfest attractions — which include a SLIPKNOT museum, a "Fire Area/Thuderdome," a goat petting zoo and a junk car drum circle — the organizers state: "Knotfest [will have] its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by SLIPKNOT themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival."
"We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful," Crahan tells RollingStone.com. "[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can't huff it, but it's got this smell. And it's not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but it's not necessarily the worst thing, it's just remembering thoughts — it's gonna be a reoccurring thing."
He continues: "I write down things in life that are special, that only living in this thought process can you ever obtain. Freshly mowed grass. How it smells when a nice spring rain hits. Because of Iowa, I like being in a different state that doesn't even have grass and think that I smell fresh-cut grass. It brings me home. Makes me feel safe… So, I figure, since we're not a band anymore — we're a culture, everybody needs to get used to that real quick — that the culture has to have a smell. You have to be able to be somewhere in the world, maybe be in a little pain, and then all of a sudden smell that and feel good again."
According to Crahan, the camel shit won't actually be mixed with oil. Instead, it will be burned over charcoal, "like we're doing ribs," he said.
The second edition of Knotfest event will take place on October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. More than two dozen acts will join the headliners, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, OF MICE & MEN, IN THIS MOMENT, HELLYEAH, ATREYU and many others.
GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is currently using the downtime from touring to work on a new solo album and also has a fun new app on the iTunes App Store called Rock Science, which is a rock trivia game with a social gaming twist.
Asked by John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews if he has gained some perspective as far as how radically different it is for a band like GUNS N' ROSES to put out an album as opposed to an artist like him releasing a new solo CD, Ron said: "Yes, and it's two totally, totally different scenarios, absolutely. I don't even know how to begin to compare the two. For one thing, in my own situation, in 'Bumblefoot' world, I have all the keys to the whole project. I know I have to write an album, record it and release it. In the GN'R world, Axl [Rose, GN'R lead singer] holds the key, and [laughs] when he decides to do something is when he decides to do it, and it's definitely at a different pace than say when I do things."
He continued: "Axl and I are two different people with two different lives and two totally different sets of hurdles to jump over, which totally affects our ability to release what we create.
"It's very hard to bust out anything when life becomes more complicated or you have more people trying to pull you in a million different directions or distract you. The bigger a band gets, the more that happens; so at Axl's level, it's definitely not easy and there's a million fires to put out where at my level there is maybe ten fires or even two fires. [laughs]
"When there's not as many things or people distracting you or keeping you from getting in the zone, it really frees you up to do the simple stuff and things don't need to be so complicated. But I've realized that all those complications that are hurled at you, all of those distractions, they're all external, and they don't need to penetrate your skin and get into who you are, or stop you from doing what you do, or change the relationship that you have with music or creating it or releasing it or sharing it or performing it or anything. I've realized that can be untouchable and nobody can change that. People will try, and people will continue to try relentlessly, but they can't, unless you give them the power. Once you realize that as an artist, you realize that you can do anything you wanna do musically and there's really nothing at all that's truly stopping you after all."
Asked if he is surprised by the level of exposure or spotlight that Axl gives each of the GUNS N' ROSES musians during the band's live show, Ron said: "No, because at the same time we're a team, and we're there for a reason, and I will be ballsy and say we fucking earned it. [laughs] We've worked hard all our lives to get here, and it's not like we won the lottery or something. It's not like this is just something we stepped in. I've been busting my ass for 38 years musically, and after 30 years, I did my first show with GUNS, but even before that, I was out there touring and making music for TV shows, putting out albums and teaching at universities and producing bands and had my own studio. God, I had a whole second house that I just gutted and turned into a studio just to work on music. Yes, I am grateful for all the experiences I had with GUNS N' ROSES — good and bad — because the bad ones are just the 'unplanned' ones and you still learn and grow from them, so they still bring you something good inevitably."
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is the latest musician to comment on U2's decision to team with Apple to put the Irish rock band's new album, "Songs Of Innocence", on every single iTunes account in the world for free regardless of whether it was wanted or not.
Speaking to Billboard magazine, Ulrich said: "I think U2 are the coolest…
"It's 2014 and anybody who thinks outside the box, or attempts in any way, shape or form, to break the status quo in the world of music, should be applauded.
"To me, it's not about whether the endeavor is a success or not. It's the fact that they have the balls and the foresight to throw something this radical at all of us.
"We are embedded in our creative process right now and this type of attempt to reinvent the wheel inspires me immensely."
33 million of the world's 500 million iTunes users have reportedly accessed the U2 album, but there have been complaints about it as well. Apple gave an online tutorial on how to remove it, while BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson dissed the Irish supergroup for devaluing their own music.
Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne delivered the most scathing remarks via a Twitter rant in which she wrote, "U2, you are business moguls, not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free, 'cause no one wants to buy it." She also called the Irish quartet "just a bunch of middle-age political groupies" and the group, iTunes and record company president Jimmy Iovine "a bunch of megalomaniacs."
While U2 continues to be one of the world's biggest group, the band's last effort, 2009's "No Line On The Horizon", was considered a commercial failure — although the two-year supporting tour was the highest-grossing in history.
Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond has revealed to Full Metal Jackie that a comprehensive "best-of" collection from his namesake band will be made available on November 11 via Metal Blade Records.
The musician, who is also working on a new studio album from KING DIAMOND, says: "Metal Blade got the chance, through getting some of licenses from Roadrunner — well, Roadrunner is under Warner — so they got some licenses from them to actually release some vinyl of the old Roadrunner stuff, but also to do a best-of [collection]. And that's something that's coming out, a genuine best-of that is spanning the entire KING DIAMOND career. So there is one disc that is only Roadrunner material, one disc that is Metal Blade, but it's [being] released through Metal Blade, the whole thing. And it sounds amazing."
He added: "We went back to before all the remastering that was done on our stuff and got back to the original stuff and could tweak that. And you hear things that you… If you [got into the band] later on, you could only buy certain versions of the albums these days. And they don't all sound the way I would like [them] to sound. And now we got the chance to actually select the songs ourselves, me and Andy, and we worked on them hardcore with this new gear to get them as optimal as possible. And they sound very close to how they originally sounded. You will hear things you can't hear on the versions you can buy today."
Regarding his plans for a new KING DIAMOND LP, the vocalist said: "We signed a new deal with Metal Blade for another three albums. We have done a lot of stuff lately with that in mind. We have invested a lot of the new recording budgets for the next couple of albums into making Andy La Rocque's, the guitarist's studio in Sweden, better. We got new equipment in, I got a new vocal studio here in my house. It was finished a few days before I went over to Europe recently and I actually managed to rehearse in it, which was great. But it's Pro Tools, new speakers, it's a vocal booth from Portland, Oregon — VocalBooth.com. I got it in with the floating floor, the whole thing; it's amazing. The speakers are also handbuilt in the U.S., in Portland, Oregon, by Barefoot. It was actually a KING DIAMOND fan that was part of putting mine together. So I got a small pair, which is still twelve hundred and some watts between the amps in them, in my studio room and then some bigger ones in my living room. I didn't know music could sound like that. They are for mixing and mastering and everything — handmade in the U.S.A. And I didn't think they could sound like that. I'm still blown away by it."
King, 58, 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.
KING DIAMOND received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for the track "Never Ending Hill" off the group's latest album, "Give Me Your Soul … Please".
"Give Me Your Soul ... Please" sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 174 on The Billboard 200 chart.
FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — has announced the addition of bassist Jeff Rouse to the group's ranks. According to a press release, "Jeff is an incredible musician and singer who has spent the last decade playing in DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED and is also the lead singer and guitar player in THE GUESSING GAME. After former bassist Paul DiLeo amicably and mutually parted ways with FOZZY last May, Jeff stepped in and immediately injected his amazing musicianship and electrifying stage presence into FOZZY's already critically acclaimed live show."
"I'm stoked to have been asked to join FOZZY and to hit the road to support 'Do You Wanna Start A War'! Can't wait to see everyone out there!" Rouse said.
FOZZY guitarist and main songwriter Rich Ward added: "The first time I saw Jeff play with DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED, it was immediately apparent that I was watching a special talent. He's a pocket player with killer tone and amazing stage presence. One of the few total-package musicians that I have ever known and it's an honor to call him a bandmate and more importantly, my brother."
Jericho said: "I'm very excited to welcome Jeff into the band. His attitude, energy, charisma and playing skills instantly make FOZZY a better band and we are looking forward to a long, prosperous and sexy relationship with him!"
Currently in the midst of a successful U.S. run with THEORY OF A DEADMAN, FOZZY will embark on "The Cinderblock Party Tour" in November in support of its new single and title track of its most recent album, "Do You Wanna Start A War". The trek, which will kick off on November 20 in Flint, Michigan, will feature special guests TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION and SHAMAN'S HARVEST.
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Nov. 21 - Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall
Nov. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Nov. 24 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
Nov. 25 - Rockford, IL @ District
Nov. 26 - Kenosha, WI @ Brat Stop
Nov. 28 - Joplin, MO @ Rock 3405
Nov. 29 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
Nov. 30 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 02 - San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kaponse Live
Dec. 03 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Dec. 04 - New Orleans, LA @ Parish @ House Of Blues
Dec. 05 - Destin, FL @ Club LA
Dec. 06 - Jacksonville, FL @ Aqua in The Roc Bar Room
Dec. 07 - Cape Coral, FL @ Dixies Roadhouse
Dec. 11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Dec. 12 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
FOZZY's new album, "Do You Wanna Start A War", sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart.
FOZZY's previous CD, "Sin And Bones", opened with around 3,400 units in August 2012 to land at No. 143.
The band's 2010 effort, "Chasing The Grail", registered a first-week tally of around 2,200 to enter the Heatseekers chart at No. 6.
"Do You Wanna Start A War" was released on July 22 via Century Media. Produced by FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward, the album features 12 tracks, including the debut single, "Lights Go Out", the title track and the return of the Theremin in "Bad Tattoo".
Due on November 18, "The Art Of McCartney" is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney's long time band, classic tracks such as "Maybe I'm Amazed", "My Love", "The Long And Winding Road", "When I'm 64", "Let It Be", "Helter Skelter", "Eleanor Rigby", "Live And Let Die" have been recorded by some of the world's greatest artists.
The calibre of artists showing their respect to Paul's songwriting genius is truly staggering. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, THE CURE, THE WHO's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, DEF LEPPARD, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album.
Video footage of Cooper talking about his cover version of THE BEATLES classic "Eleanor Rigby" and the McCartney song "Smile Away" (the latter of which is featured on the limited-edition vinyl box set and deluxe box set) can be seen below.
"The Art Of McCartney" is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, BEATLES and McCartney fanatic Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 "Ram" sessions for a movie soundtrack. Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul's own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead.
Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney's gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wickens, plus the larger-than-life drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. They know Paul's extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago.
Ralph then set about approaching the world's greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation.
A key strength of "The Art Of McCartney" is the way these world-class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul's work. From his groundbreaking recordings with THE BEATLES, through to key moments with WINGS and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album.
Legendary Beach Boy Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of "Wanderlust" from the underrated 1982 album "Tug Of War".
There are very few artists whose own work rivals THE BEATLES. So when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan's choice was "Things We Said Today" — a track from THE BEATLES' soundtrack "A Hard Day's Night" – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version.
There are so many great interpretations here but look out for Willie Nelson's heartfelt "Yesterday", Roger Daltrey's frenzied version of "Helter Skelter", B.B. King's atmospheric "On The Way" and THE CURE's "Hello Goodbye". Also Smokey Robinson who makes his version of "So Bad" from Paul's "Pipes of Peace" album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction.
All aspects of Paul's peerless back catalogue have been explored from THE BEATLES to his experimental early solo work, to WINGS and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as "Junk" and "Every Night" are given a fresh outing and interpretation.
The lead off track from the album is THE CURE's take on THE BEATLES classic "Hello Goodbye" which is the band's first release in 6 years and also features Sir Paul's son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order "The Art Of McCartney".
Whether it is THE CURE's Robert Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel or KISS, they each bring their own special talent to Paul's much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time.
"The Art of McCartney" is the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of Sir Paul McCartney's songs and songwriting.
"The Art Of McCartney" is an audiophile's dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the McCartney fan in your life:
"The Art Of McCartney" is available to pre-order now via "The Art of McCartney" online store, iTunes and Amazon.
Swedish metallers THE DUSKFALL will release their fifth album, "Where The Tree Stands Dead", on November 21 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, November 24 in UK and the rest of Europe, and on December 2 in North America via Apostasy Records. The CD was recorded at Tico Tico Studio in Kemi, Finland and was mastered by Ahti Kortelainen (SONATA ARCTICA, MOONSORROW, SENTENCED). The artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, MORBID ANGEL).
"Where The Tree Stands Dead" track listing:
01. To The Pigs
03. I Can Kill You
04. Where The Tree Stands Dead
05. We The Freaks
07. Hate For Your God
08. The Charade
09. Burn Your Ghosts
11. We Bleed
THE DUSKFALL's current lineup includes former ENGEL singer Magnus Klavborn.
THE DUSKFALL 2014 is:
Says a press release: "['Where The Tree Stands Dead'] marks the band's return to the scene after seven years of silence and delivers all the strengths of the Swedish metallers! Intense guitar solos, unforgettable melodies and brutal death / thrash riffing are the most obvious elements of the band's style. Above all soars the aggressive, yet emotional voice of Magnus that gives a very special edge to anthems like 'Endgame', 'Farewell' or 'We The Freaks'."
Magnus Klavborn - Vocals
Mikael Sandorf - Guitar
Ronny Edlund - Guitar
Jonatan Storm - Bass
Fredrik Andersson – Drums
**UPDATE** Tom Morello has released a lengthy statement in which he offered his version of the events that transpired Friday night, including a response to accusations that he requested "special treatment" at The 5 Point Cafe. You can read his entire message at this location.
The original article follows below.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has slammed The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle for allegedly being "antiworker" and having a "super-rude staff" after reportedly being denied entry to the restaurant-bar over the weekend.
Following his performance Friday night (September 26) at the El Corazon as part of a benefit concert for 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, Morello and his entourage allegedly tried to get "a special room" at The 5 Point Cafe even though the place was already "at capacity" and there was "a line" of people waiting to get in. The restaurant's doorman apparently told Morello and his crew that he could not accommodate them, after which the guitarist took to his Twitter to blast the eatery, writing: "Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word."
David Meinert, the owner of The 5 Point Cafe, has since posted the following response on the restarant's Facebook page:
"For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement and profit share.
"Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it's usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
"I have to say, your attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I've been a fan for years, both of your work in RAGE and your work for workers rights since.
"P.S.: Rock stars don't get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn't give less of a shit. Sorry.
"And P.S.S.: I'm the owner of The 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a city-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road...
"P.S.S.S.: [It] turns out [Tom] and his crew didn't get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys: 'I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no ideas what it is like inside. I've told bigger rock stars than him no.'"
**Thanks for story tip to Jeff Solberg, who also took the photo below.
Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 27, 2014
Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.
Willing to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces #15Now min wage— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 29, 2014
Willing to forgive the Seattle Evil (Egg) Empire 5 Points Cafe doorman powertrip if good guy owner D Meinert fully embraces #15Now min wage
“@jdanielross: @tmorello Forgiveness with conditions isn't forgiveness. :)” call it leniency then— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 29, 2014
“@jdanielross: @tmorello Forgiveness with conditions isn't forgiveness. :)” call it leniency then
Pancake Gate update: Luv&respect the workers.Glad to sit down w/owner next time in Sea, happy about his commitment to pay raise for workers— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 30, 2014
Pancake Gate update: Luv&respect the workers.Glad to sit down w/owner next time in Sea, happy about his commitment to pay raise for workers
British power metal mercenaries TANK are currently writing and rehearsing material for the follow-up to their successful 2012 album, "War Nation". The band is scheduled to enter the studio in November to begin recording the new CD for a tentative early February release. The new album's arrival will coincide with TANK's performance on the 2015 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean, where the band will debut the entire LP to the fans on board as well as play a second show of TANK classics from the past 30 years.
Joining guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on TANK's new album will be former DRAGONFORCE frontman ZP Theart, who has been a member of TANK's touring lineup for the past two years. Also featured will be new recruits Bobby Schottkowski, formerly of SODOM, on drums, and current BLIND GUARDIAN member Barend Courbois on bass.
Says Tucker: "We recently completed our first tour of Brazil with this lineup and now we really want to capture the sound and energy of the band on record.
"Within seconds of first jamming together, we knew we had a great lineup that can once again stretch the boundaries of our particular style of metal.
"ZP, Bobby and Barend have given us a good kick in the ass and we can't wait to get into the studio and make some noise. And drink some beer."
Adds Evans: "Our last two albums we recorded with Doogie White ('War Machine', 'War Nation') were two of our most successful releases and proved to people that TANK is still a band at the cutting edge of metal and continually moving forward. We're not still stuck in the '80s.
"Working with Doogie was a real pleasure and we like to think that we have created a good body of work that will continue to be enjoyed by our fans around the world for years to come.
"Doogie has now moved on to front Michael Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK and will be heading out on tour soon. We wish him all the best.
"Now it's time to enter the next chapter of TANK and deliver another 'in-your-face' album of maximum metal."
TANK has also been confirmed for the 2015 edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany, with other festival and tour dates to be announced soon.
"Tabula Rasa", the new video from SOEN — the Swedish progressive rock band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (WILLOWTREE), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group's sophomore studio album, "Tellurian", which will be released on November 4 via Spinefarm Records.
Says Platbarzdis: "It is finally time for the first video from our forthcoming second album, 'Tellurian', to surface. The video features the song 'Tabula Rasa', and gives a glimpse into our common frustrations with the world, the way it's run today and how the effects of it exclude no one..."
The "Tabula Rasa" video was directed by Kirke Ailio Rodwell, whose work displays a flair for style, attention to detail and one-of-a-kind perspective. He says: "In a way, the video summarizes life, with its moments of zest and sadness.
"It was such a great experience to work with SOEN, who trusted me and my team to capture the extremes of life. They are talented musicians and have visions that closely coincide with my own — which is rare and truly special for me."
As "Tellurian" makes plain, SOEN is not concerned with the simple or the shallow; their musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter José Luis López Galván, that consistently challenges without being "clever-clever" or tough to enjoy.
The melodies are intricate, the playing muscular and the choruses soaring; overall, the feel is one of a band whose intent is very much in synch with the sort of core values — skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork — that seem to be back in vogue.
Produced by Platbarzdis, mixed by the legendary Grammy Award-winning David Bottrill (TOOL, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MUSE, KING CRIMSON) and mastered at Bob Ludwig's Gateway setup in the U.S. by Adam Ayan, also a Grammy winner, "Tellurian" sees SOEN taking the approach of their "Cognitive" debut (2012, Spinefarm) and pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice.
Rhythmic, experimental and flowing, and with the "muso" side never taking precedence over a good song and a telling chorus, "Tellurian" ("relating to, or inhabiting the earth") will appeal to anyone with an ear for quality playing, and there's further reward to be had below the surface, with the lyrics taking a more direct route than on "Cognitive", and the construction of the material — including first single/video "Tabula Rasa" ("Clean Slate") — allowing room for the raw emotion to shine through.
"Tellurian" track listing:
02. Tabula Rasa
04. The Words
09. The Other's Fall
Allen Kovac's Eleven Seven Music Group has announced the signing of ART OF DYING. The band — Jonny Hetherington (vocals), Jeff Brown (drums), Cale Gontier (bass) and Tavis Stanley (guitar) — has just completed work on its new album in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (BRING ME THE HORIZON, BREAKING BENJAMIN, OF MICE & MEN) for an early 2015 release.
Though the members of ART OF DYING are Canadian, the epicenter of the band's success has been in the U.S., with their album "Vices And Virtues" (2011, Reprise/Intoxication) spawning the hit singles "Die Trying" and "Get Thru This", both of which charted on U.S. mainstream, rock and alternative radio, and contributed to the band selling over 250,000 digital singles and 50,000 records.
"We're thrilled to join forces with Eleven Seven and Allen Kovac," says Hetherington.
"It's an honor to become label mates with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH and MÖTLEY CRÜE, bands that have inspired us over the years.
"Eleven Seven's passion for rock is fierce which is exactly the kind of energy that ART OF DYING fans have come to expect."
He adds: "I can't tell you how excited we are about the new music! Making this album was one of the most intense experiences we've ever been through, so we kept things pretty tight lipped in order to focus all of our energy into every lyric, note and beat of the creative process.
"We've seen all of the calls for new music coming in from our fans on our social media channels, and now I'm thrilled to say the record is done, and the wait is almost over!
Kovac states: "Having come off a #1 rock single and making their first album for Eleven Seven produced by David Bendeth, we are exceptionally lucky to have ART OF DYING join our roster."
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THREE DAYS GRACE has released a new song called "I Am Machine", accompanied by a lyric video. The track is the second new track issued this year by the Canadian act, following the chart-topping "Painkiller" earlier this year. Both songs are expected to appear on the group's upcoming fifth album, which will now have a March 31, 2015 release date.
Drummer Neil Sanderson told The Pulse Of Radio what to expect from the new disc musically. "This record, we really wanted to go back to the raw, really aggressive, you know, sometimes rough around the edges and just bruteness," he said. "And that's kind of what's coming out and maybe it's a reflection of just where our heads have been at and the experiences that we've had."
The yet-to-be-titled new album will follow up 2012's "Transit Of Venus".
It's the first to feature new frontman Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad Walst. Matt replaced original singer Adam Gontier in early 2013 and was officially made a member of the band last March.
The first new song written by the revamped band, "Painkiller", became the 12th No. 1 track of THREE DAYS GRACE's career at Active Rock radio this past summer.