MEGADETH: Teaser For 'Post American World' Video Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:10:49 +0000
A teaser for MEGADETH's video for the song "Post American World" is available below. The full clip, which was filmed in late April, will make its online debut soon.
"Post American World" is taken from MEGADETH's latest album, "Dystopia", which came out in January.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently told Noisey about "Post American World":"It talks about how you might not like the America that it is right now, and people are saying, 'Get the fuck out of my country, we don't want your military presence here, we don't want that,' but then there's a dichotomy at how quickly do people want to move here? There are so many things that have happened that have been good for places to have that Western mentality, but the same thing, you look at democratic countries, the U.K., Canada, stuff like that, that's pretty much considered the new frontier, the new West, so I'm not just saying a post-United States of America world."
Mustaine told the Houston Press that he considered "Post American World" to be a spiritual (and riff-wise) follow-up to MEGADETH's popular track "Symphony Of Destruction".
"There are all kinds of governmental backdoor meetings and agreements that [the U.S. government] has with people that you and I as Joe Q. Six-Pack have no fucking idea of the why, whens or how," Mustaine said. "People don't want America everywhere. And we can be like, 'Okay, screw it. We'll pull out.' And then they can see what happens."
"Dystopia" shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28.
In addition to Mustaine, MEGADETH's current touring lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson, Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, and SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren.
MEGADETH will announce the details of its upcoming North American headlining tour this week. Joining MEGADETH on the five-week trek, which is expected to take place this fall, will be AMON AMARTH, along with METAL CHURCH, HAVOK and an as-yet-undisclosed fifth act.
MEGADETH's last full U.S. tour took place earlier in the year and featured support from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and HAVOK.
LORDI To Release 'Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy' Album In September Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:54:05 +0000
Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI have set "Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on September 16 and in the U.S. on September 30 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2014's "Scare Force One" was produced by Nino Laurenne (APOCALYPTICA, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS), who previously worked on the band's 2008 effort "Deadache".
"Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy" track listing:
01. SCG8: One Message Waiting
02. Let's Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be The Beast-Man In The Masters Of The Universe)
03. Hug You Hardcore
04. Down With The Devil
05. Mary Is Dead
06. Sick Flick
07. None For One
08. SCG VIII: Opening Scene
10. The Unholy Gathering
11. Heaven Sent Hell On Earth
12. And The Zombie Says
13. Break Of Dawn
14. The Night The Monsters Died
Speaking to Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, LORDI frontman Mr. Lordi stated about the band's new album: "We are trying to do something different within the LORDI frame this time. It's like a split album between ourselves.
"There's two kinds of LORDI material on the album. The first six songs are your classic LORDI kind of stuff â€” three- or four-minute songs with hooky choruses and stuff; eighties-orientated hard rock, like the shit that we're doing. That's our main stuff. But now, the last six songs of the album is gonna be a story.
"It's our first conceptual half an album â€” not a full conceptual album, but half of the album is a conceptual storyline with six songs. And musically, also, it's a lot more modern for us; I mean, it's nothing new in the world of music, but, for us, for LORDI, it's completely different. It's more metal. It's more progressive. The songs are eight minutes long, and there are a lot of different parts. And it's a storyline. Because I'm a huge KING DIAMOND fan; I have always been.
"I am really fucking thrilled about the result, how it came out. It's different for us. I know that it's gonna be different for the LORDI diehard fans too. I don't know for your average rock or metal fan. It's, like, 'Ehâ€¦.' But, for us, it is really breaking new territory, definitely."
Mr. Lordi went into more detail about the lyrical themes covered on the new LORDI album. He said: "It's a horror story. It's called 'Demonarchy'. It has, like, these classic old-school monsters having rivalsâ€¦ They are having territorial rivals. There's one vampire, one witch, on zombie, and a werewolf. And they are having a bit of a dispute about how to share their territory, because they all live in the same town. That's the story."
The LORDI frontman also spoke about the band's brand new look, which can be seen in the photo above.
"It was really shitty that the timing was overflapping now. 'Cause originally we were supposed to be in the studio [to record the new album] already in December . Then we were supposed to have the album out already in May, last month. But then my father died two weeks before the studio [was scheduled to start], so everything [got pushed back]. And then there was the Christmas break and the fucking New Year, and we lost our original producer, Mikko Karmila, who was supposed to do it. And then we were kind of, like, 'Oh, what the hell do we do now?' So, well, we found Nino Laurenne, who actually produced 'Deadache' eight years ago, nine years ago or something, which was fucking awesome to go back to the same studio. So it will come out in September. So, of course, now the timeline was, all of a sudden, really pushing. So that means that at the same time we were in the studio, I had to start doing the new costumes and masks.
"It's cool, actually. The new costumes are also something different. Like I said, the album is like a split album with ourselves. The costumes are gonna be split in half too. There's this half and that half, so there's something new also in the costumes. It's like two different versions of each character."
LORDI will launch a headlining tour in support of the new album on October 1.
DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN: 'People Have Become Genre Snobs' Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:31:53 +0000 Tigman of the Q103 radio station conducted an interview with DISTURBED singer David Draiman before the band's July 12 concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked how it feels to have a Top 40 radio hit â€” a first for DISTURBED â€” with its cover version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "The Sound Of Silence", Draiman said: "It feels great. Everyone and anyone is welcome to come on board. You know, music is meant to cross boundaries. I think that people are tooâ€¦ They've become genre snobs. Many people have eclectic tastes. Many people like to listen to all kinds of different music. I mean, I do; I'll listen to many different styles inside a day, a week, a month, a year. It doesn't matter. So why not? Sometimes it depends on what your mood is, what you're gonna end up wanting to hear. And I think that we're in some great company. There is some incredible talent at the format. So I'm very, very proud of it."
Draiman previously told The Wall Street Journal that he "couldn't be more flabbergasted" by the success of "The Sound Of Silence". He added: "[It's a song] that my parents can play for their friends with pride without having to warn them not to be frightened ahead of time. I have fans saying, 'Finally, me and my mom can actually agree on music for once!'"
DISTURBED's record label, Warner Bros., credited the song's popularity to the video for "Silence", which was released in December 2015. To date, the clip has been seen more than 77 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.
DISTURBED's cover of "The Sound Of Silence" can be found on the quartet's latest album, "Immortalized", which became the band's fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at No. 1 â€” a feat shared only with METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.
Watch BLACK SABBATH's Entire Last-Ever Moscow Concert Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:32:22 +0000
Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK SABBATH's entire July 12 concert at Olympiski stadium in Moscow, Russia can be seen below.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Black Sabbath
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. After Forever
04. Into The Void
06. War Pigs
07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
09. Hand Of Doom
10. Drum Solo
11. Iron Man
12. Dirty Women
13. Children Of The Grave
14. ParanoidBLACK SABBATH has announced that it will play its last show ever in the U.S. on November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The gig will take place nearly five years to the day that the legendary act announced their reunion.
San Antonio is also home of the Alamo which is a significant place in Ozzy Osbourne's legend since he was arrested for public urination and intoxication at the landmark in February 1982. He revisited it and apologized, again, for his upcoming series on History.
The group has also added two more headlining shows to its North American trek, on November 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and November 10 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
These dates and the previously announced headlining slot at at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend event on Saturday, September 24 in San Bernardino, California come at the end of the band's North American tour, which kicks off on August 17 in Wantagh, New York.
SABBATH is currently on tour in Europe for a mix of summer headlining and festival performances. They will make their final visits to Mexico and South America at the end of the year as they wind down their farewell tour.
Bassist Geezer Butler told The Pulse Of Radio that it's a melancholy feeling visiting some countries for the last time. "It's sad, especially when we're in Australia or New Zealand, I was just thinking, 'I'm never gonna come to these places ever again,'" he said. "It's too far to go on holiday. But yeah, it is sad. It's like, you enjoy it."
SABBATH will bring its storied career to a close in the band's native England, with seven shows booked there in January and February. The last two, on February 2 and February 4, will take place in SABBATH's hometown of Birmingham and will likely be their final shows.
The original lineup of SABBATH came together in 1969 with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the '90s and 2000s for live work.
They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after just a few months. The remaining trio issued the "13" album in 2013 and backed it with a successful world tour â€” despite Iommi being treated for lymphoma since 2012.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's JESSE LEACH: 'I Have Been Mourning The Current State Of The World For Days Now' Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:09:44 +0000 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Jesse Leach says that he "won't give up on trying to make this world a better place" despite the fact that "we have been conditionally dumbed down, divided and controlled" by "those in high authority."
In a lengthy statement on his Facebook page, the singer blasts the use of death as a "political platform" and the pervasive "denial of deep-rooted inequality" in modern society, but vows to "be an instrument of light and hope" by writing "lyrics and songs for ALL of us."
Leach's statement reads as follows:
"Knowing full well the insurmountable ridicule and abuse I may receive from this post (by those polarized in one direction or the other), I cannot stay silent anymore.
"I realize my thoughts, concerns and observations may mean nothing to you. If that is the case, simply stop reading. For those reading on, thank you and back to your regular unscheduled program of social media to resume in a minute or two.
"I can't just take a 'side' or allow a hashtag to define my grief (we all have our ways to mourn with respect).
"I have been contemplating and mourning the current state of the world and this country for days now. I still find it hard to find the words, but I wouldn't be able to look myself in the mirror tomorrow if I didn't attempt to formulate my thoughts and speak my mind and heart.
"I mourn the murder of any human!
"The fact that we as a people use death as a political platform or an agenda is despicable. The denying of deep-rooted inequality is also equally despicable!
"How can we foster progress and actual equality when no one is willing to listen to each other?
"We must be willing to be considerate and walk in one another's shoes to find understanding. I don't see much of that, sadly â€” just division and disregard for one another.
"What a sad, troubled and shockingly ignorant state of affairs we are caught in these days.
"The division between us as a people grows daily due tragic events paired alongside calculated disinformation and false flag or 'wagging the dog' (look up these terms if you are not familiar and then examine certain current events that change over time).
"There is much outside of our history books and news reports to learn from.
"These days, we are swallowing blindly what they feed us.
"Instead of uniting to stand against a common enemy (the ones in power that manipulate justice and care not for the common people), instead we are divided against each other! While we bicker and fight over hashtags and who's killing who, the clandestine dismantling of this country and the world economy continues unchecked.
"Racism (among many other warped and conditioned hateful thinking) is alive and well, people! It is being arrogantly displayed by many on both 'sides' of the current issues. Yet we are distracted by social status, fantasy games and vanity glued to our phones like zombies. We swallow manufactured media as clickbait conspiracies to occupy our minds.
"We have been warned for decades about these times from literature, to movies and songs. Yet here we are in the midst of yet another crucial downfall and all we are doing is infighting and pointing fingers at each other. When, in fact, the blame lies upon those in high 'authority.' Those very few at the top who oversee the passing and amending of laws, the controlling of wealth and the distribution of power ARE the divisors and dictators of the system.
"We have been conditionally dumbed down, divided and controlled. This is 'idiocracy' in full effect, but the vast majority can't see it! We have been indoctrinated and brain washed so cleverly, patiently and precisely that the vast majority are completely unaware of the state of emergency. We lash out against one another in fear and anger. Anyone trying to make a change and speak out is violently and or verbally struck down by an opposing view. It's ether that or threatened, ridiculed or simply... silenced in death.
"How many more of 'US' will die before we realize the truth has been disguised?
"How long do we allow those in control to manipulate us, humiliate us, steal from us and kill us like pawns in their game of power?
"There has got to be a better way. There has got to be a radical change. Sadly, I fear the worst as it seems most are too far gone, trapped in the 'matrix,' as it were.
"The only thing I can offer is my personal action. My lyrics in my music, my choices, the companies I support or boycott with money. The effort I will put forth to be understanding, compassionate and, yes, loving when I have the strength.
"My faith is that there is enough good with us all to begin to heal and help one another (even in small simple ways).
"For those of you who believe in God, I urge you to pray.
"For those of you who gather in protest and activism, do so in peace.
"For those of you in uniform, show honor and control.
"For those of you who have compassion and charity to give, give it in abundance.
"We are facing troubling times, and I feel it will only get worse before it improves. In the meantime, pause and think before you speak or act and ask yourself: am I a part of the problem or a part of the solution? You can control and change the way you think and act.
"Think about this, if only for a moment.
"I am just a man trying to find understanding and do the best that I can to help in anyway.
"I will continue to strive to write lyrics and songs for ALL of us.
"I will strive to be an instrument of light and hope in this world of darkness (albeit a flawed, sarcastic, head case of an instrument)... but it's all I have and all I can offer at present.
"I am heartbroken for us all, but I won't give up on trying to make this world a better place one little tiny effort after another.
"Be good to one another.
"With respect and sincerity.
"Peace, love, wisdom, strength and light to all!"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's new album, "Incarnate", debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 35,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 17.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE: '570' Video Premiere Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:42:03 +0000 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's new music video for the song "570" can be seen below. The clip was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE is currently hard at work on its fourth studio album and full-length Roadrunner debut, slated for an early 2017 release.
"570" marks the band's first new release since 2014's "Reincarnate", which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart as well as at No. 9 on The Billboard 200. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE's third studio album was highlighted by the blockbuster title track, a top 20 Active Rock radio favorite accompanied by a striking companion video now boasting close to ten million views.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE is promoting "570" with nearly non-stop touring, kicking off with this year's Vans Warped Tour. The dates â€” which see the band topping the new Monster Energy Party Zone â€” began June 24 at Dallas, Texas's Gexa Energy Pavilion and will continue through mid-August. From there, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE will join forces with KORN and BREAKING BENJAMIN on the eagerly awaited "Nocturnal Underground Tour". The trek â€” also featuring SILVER SNAKES â€” gets underway September 27 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa's US Cellular Center and then runs through mid-October.
As if that weren't enough, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE will perform at a number of upcoming heavy music festivals, including Chester, Pennsylvania's Rock Allegiance (September 17), Louisville, Kentucky's Louder Than Life (October 1), and Sacramento, California's Aftershock (October 22).
Founded in 2005, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE has won over audiences worldwide with its aggressive music and arresting imagery. The band â€” which consists of lead singer Chris Motionless, guitarists Ryan Sitkowski and Ricky Horror, keyboardist Josh Balz, bassist Devin "Ghost" Sola, and drummer Vinny Mauro â€” has proven a ferocious and inventive live act, earning an increasingly fervent fan following via countless headline shows, festival sets, and tours alongside such iconic acts as SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD and A DAY TO REMEMBER, among others.
Watch DEEP PURPLE Perform In Genoa, Italy Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:01:48 +0000
Fan-filmed video footage of DEEP PURPLE's July 12 performance at Arena Del Mare in Genoa, Italy can be seen below.
DEEP PURPLE postponed two shows in Sweden last month after drummer Ian Paice suffered a "mini-stroke" or TIA.
The band recently finished recording its new album for a late 2016 release. The follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!", which was tracked earlier this year at a studio in Nashville, Tennesse, was once again helmed by Bob Ezrin, who has previously worked with KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER and KANSAS, among others.
DEEP PURPLE â€” which has been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades now â€” finally entered the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016. The band's first three lineups were inducted, including drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, late keyboardist Jon Lord, and various singers and bassists â€” Rod Evans; Ian Gillan and Roger Glover; and David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
RED FANG To Release 'Only Ghosts' Album In October Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:49:52 +0000
Fun-loving Portland-based rock band RED FANG will release its new album, "Only Ghosts", on October 14 via Relapse. The disc was produced by Ross Robinson, who has previously worked with SLIPKNOT, SEPULTURA and KORN, among many others. The effort was recorded earlier this year at Robinson's Venice, California studio.
In a recent Revolver magazine interview, RED FANG bass player Aaron Beam joked that the experience of working beachside was "pretty miserable," later adding that working with Ross encouraged the band to take a different approach to recording. "He really digs into the meaning behind the songs so that when you're recording, you're doing it with conviction and purpose," he said. "It's less about the little technical things. He's more concerned with getting a performance and focusing on what you're trying to give the world by making this music in the first place." Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL, MELVINS) mixed the album.
"Working with Ross and Joe on this record was a huge leap forward for us," said the band. "The process was very challenging and rewarding, and I think we're a better band for it. This album expresses exactly where we're at. We're super proud of it and can't wait for people to hear it!"
"Only Ghosts" track listing:
02. Cut It Short
04. No Air
06. Not For You
07. The Smell of the Sound
08. The Deep
09. I Am a Ghost
10. Living in Lye
The song "Flies" can be streamed below.
RED FANG's last album, "Whales & Leeches", was released in October 2013 via Relapse Records. The 11-song effort landed the band on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and in a world of trouble in the zombie-infused video for "Blood Like Cream", which featured guest Fred Armisen. Alternative Press said "Whales & Leeches" was "bigger, bolder, heavier, catchier and even more savagely fun."
Photo credit: Whitey McConnaughy
MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE's 'The End' Coming To TV Pay-Per-View And Video On Demand In The U.S. And Canada Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:29:10 +0000
Beginning July 16, music fans can experience the final performance from iconic rock band MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE during a month-long pay-per-view and video on-demand run of "MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e: The End". The once-in-a-lifetime event â€” held at the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve 2015 â€” will be available through leading cable, fiber and satellite television providers in the U.S. and Canada.
Also, beginning July 16, fans around the world will be able to catch all the action from MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE's final show via a digital PPV stream of "MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e: The End" at Motley.com. In addition to the live show fans will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage of the band's final performance night.
Completing their 35-year touring career as a band, this epic concert viewing experience gives MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE's fans a chance to relive mega-hits such as "Kickstart My Heart", "Girls Girls Girls", "Home Sweet Home" and "Dr. Feelgood".
In January, 2014, MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE held a press conference announcing their "Final Tour", complete with a "cessation of touring" agreement signed by all members prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE name. MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE's two-year concert trek saw the band â€” Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) â€” perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets grossing over $100 million.
Known for their over-the-top production, MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year's Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx's bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee's "CrÃ¼ecifly" drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements. Lead singer Vince Neil delivered an emotional "thank you" speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, "Kickstart My Heart" with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching "cherry-pickers." Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of "Home Sweet Home" from the second stage riser in the center of the audience.
"MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e: The End" was produced by Nate Parienti and Live Alliance, directed by Christian Lamb with Jeff Tremaine, creator of the "Jackass" series, directing the documentary segment.
This exclusive pay-per-view event will be distributed by Vubiquity, the leading global provider of services connecting content owners and video providers to deliver entertainment on any screen. Vubiquity has captivated music fans (across the U.S. and Canada) through live PPV musical events including IMAGINE DRAGONS and KISS, as well as "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Year Of Grateful Dead", the largest syndication of a music PPV event in history.
Check local listings for "MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e: The End" (Rated TV-14; $19.95 SRP; 112 minutes), available from July 16 to August 15 on PPV and VOD in SD or HD.
TRIVIUM Announces North American Tour With SABATON, HUNTRESS Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:51:16 +0000
Florida metallers TRIVIUM have announced detail of a fall North American headline tour. The trek, which gets underway September 15 at Columbus, Ohio's Newport Music Hall, will feature special guests SABATON and HUNTRESS. Presale tickets will be available beginning Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. local time, with general on sale starting Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The headline tour will also see TRIVIUM making several mainstage festival appearances at Rock Allegiance (September 17), Ozzfest Meets Knotfest (September 25), JJO Sonic Boom (October 1), Louder Than Life (October 2) and Rock & Shock (October 14).
TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy commented on the band's excitement to return stateside exclaiming: "America! We're coming back to party with all of you.
"This year has already seen countless cities in numerous countries, and now is the time to bring it back to our home country with our brothers and sisters of metal.
"We are beyond excited to have one of our favorite bands on the planet, SABATON, on the bill; and we are absolutely stoked to have the incredible HUNTRESS out with us as well.
"We will be bringing you a show to remember; playing all your favorite tunes off your favorite records."
SABATON also remarked on the upcoming tour, stating: "On the 'Heroes' tour, we came to North America three times and now it's time to return. This time we will do it with our brand new album 'The Last Stand', which will hit stores on August 19th. This means that fans in North America will be able to enjoy the new songs before anyone else.
"We are joining the great band TRIVIUM for the full run and are sure that fans who come to see us will have a great evening!"
TRIVIUM North American tour dates:
Sep. 15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall*
Sep. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage*
Sep. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Rock Allegiance - Festival^
Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
Sep. 20 - Little Rock, AR - Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center*
Sep. 22 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall*
Sep. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
Sep. 24 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre*
Sep. 25 - San Bernardino, CA - Ozzfest Meets Knotfest - Festival^
Sep. 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
Sep. 29 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium*
Sep. 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights*
Oct. 01 - Janesville, WI - JJO Sonic Boom - Festival^
Oct. 02 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life - Festival ^
Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!*
Oct. 07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar*
Oct. 08 - Tulsa, OK â€“ Cain's Ballroom*
Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE*
Oct. 11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
Oct. 14 - Worcester, MA - Rock & Shock â€“ Festival^
Oct. 15 - Binghamton, NY - Magic City Music Hall*
Oct. 17 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm*
Oct. 18 - Tampa, FL - State Theater *
Oct. 19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live*
Oct. 21 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues*
* With SABATON and HUNTRESS
^ Festival date
THE AGONIST: Teaser For New Album Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:40:36 +0000
Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based melodic death metallers THE AGONIST have posted a teaser for their forthcoming album â€” their first since signing a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The CD was recorded with producer Mike Plotnikoff, who has previously worked with BUCKCHERRY, OTEP, HALESTORM, DROWNING POOL, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, 3 DOORS DOWN, FEAR FACTORY, FLYLEAF and SKILLET, among others.
THE AGONIST guitarist Danny Marino stated about the band's new material: "Since recording 'Eye Of Providence', we have been exploding with creativity and are set to record our best record to date. We've been working non-stop on the material on and off the road and now after four albums we have really found ourselves.
"Vicky [Psarakis, vocals] and I seem to operate on a hive mind where we know exactly what the other is going for in the writing before it happens. It can actually be freaky sometimes. We are also very excited to be recording this album with Mike Plotnikoff. His experience and input will really help take our sound to a new level."
"Eye Of Providence" was released in February 2015 via Century Media. The band's first CD with Psarakis was recorded at The Grid studio in their hometown with producer Chris Donaldson (CRYPTOPSY).
Vicky joined THE AGONIST as the replacement for Alissa White-Gluz, who left the band to focus on her new gig as the frontwoman of ARCH ENEMY.
GEOFF TATE's OPERATION: MINDCRIME To Release 'Resurrection' Album In September Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:13:07 +0000 Frontiers Music Srl will release "Resurrection", the new album from OPERATION: MINDCRIME, the band led by former QUEENSRÅ¸CHE singer Geoff Tate, on September 23.
"Resurrection" is the second part of Tate's musical trilogy. One year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, OPERATION: MINDCRIME continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former QUEENSRÅ¸CHE vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.
"The album 'Resurrection' is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy," explains Tate. "It continues the story that began on the first album 'The Key' with the near death experience of the lead character known as 'H' and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, 'H' has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called 'The New Reality'. Or does he..."
Tate continues: "I'm excited for people to hear and experience 'Resurrection' because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, 'The Key'. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written."
"Resurrection" track listing:
02. When All Falls Away
03. A Moment In Time
04. Through the Noize
05. Left For Dead
06. Miles Away
07. Healing My Wounds
08. The Fight
09. Taking On The World (feat. Tim "Ripper" Owens and Blaze Bayley)
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side You're On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine
Musicians featured on "Resurrection":
* Geoff Tate - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
* Kelly Gray - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
* Scott Moughton - Guitar, Keyboards
* Randy Gane - Keyboards
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH) - Bass
* John Moyer (DISTURBED) - Bass
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) - Drums
* Scott Mercado - Drums
* Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE) - Drums
* Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) - Vocals
* Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) - Vocals
* Mark Daily - Vocals
* Nick Greatrex - Guitar
GENE SIMMONS Rules Out Reunion Of Original KISS Lineup: 'We've Tried That' Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:59:48 +0000
In a brand new interview with the Calgary Herald, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked if ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's recent collaboration with Paul Stanley means there's a hope of another reunion of the band's original lineup. "No, that means nothing," he responded. "We've tried that. Ace and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] came into the band and were thrown out three different times because of drugs and alcohol. I mean, how many strikes do you want? And to new fans, it means nothing. When you go see AC/DC, do you think anybody stands up and says, 'Where's Bon Scott?'"
After the interviewer pointed out to Gene that AC/DC fans now say "Where's Brian Johnson?" because Axl Rose is fronting the legendary rock band on the remaining dates of its "Rock Or Bust" tour, Simmons quickly shot back: "It doesn't matter. The team has got to be bigger than any member in it, and that includes Paul and myself. I would like nothing more than on the day that we finally play our last concert that four new, deserving, young men are going to be stepping up and wearing the crownâ€¦ But doing it justice, not going through the motions. They'll know the songs, they'll keep the personas, the personalities alive, and continue on. Why not?"
Stanley recently dashed fans' that his renewed friendship with Ace opened the door for a possibility of Frehley one day returning to KISS, even if it's just for a limited number of live shows. He told the "Phone Booth Fighting" podcast: "I don't see it. And, to me, that makes it even better. The fact that you can have people in your life, and maybe who they are and what they are in your life changes over time. Because I'm happy to see Ace and would love to see himâ€¦ We text. He was on the radio last week, and I texted him, 'I'm listening.' It doesn't need to go further than that, but the fact that it's there is a terrific thing. Reading into it, and where's it gonna lead, and maybeâ€¦? There is none of that. There is just the joy and satisfaction in reconnecting â€” in a different way, perhaps. But it doesn't negate our differences, and that's okay. You can have people in your life. There are things we don't agree about and never will, [and] that's okay. Maybe it goes back to what I said earlier: the best relationships understand the limitations of the relationships."
Frehley left KISS after the band's 2002 "Farewell Tour" dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Play First Show Following JOE PERRY's Health Scare (Video) Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:25:50 +0000 HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES played their first show since Joe Perry's recent health scare Tuesday night (July 12) at Fraze Pavillion in Kettering, Ohio. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
The AEROSMITH guitarist, who did not perform with the VAMPIRES in Kettering, is said to be stable condition after being forced to leave the stage Sunday (July 10) while playing a cover of SPIRIT's "I Got A Line On You" with HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES during their Brooklyn gig at the Coney Island Amphitheater.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES canceled Monday night's scheduled performance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert", but is expected to play the remaining dates on its summer U.S. tour, which hits Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Wednesday.
The exact nature of Perry's illness has not been revealed, although unconfirmed reports suggest the 65-year-old rocker suffered a heart attack.
Joining Perry, Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp in the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES are their rock-star musician friends Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT) on drums, Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) on bass, Tommy Henriksen (ALICE COOPER) on guitar, and Bruce Witkin (THE KIDS) on piano, percussion and guitar.
PAPA ROACH Helps Raise Awareness And Fights Human Trafficking With Benefit Show Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:58:43 +0000
Veteran photographer Kevin Estrada has shot some of rock's biggest names over the years, including NIRVANA, KISS, REM and GREEN DAY. Once more, he is using his connections in the world of rock for a good cause â€” to fight human trafficking through the celebrity charity event "Rock For Freedom" on July 28 at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood fueled by Monster Energy.
"Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today â€” second only to drug activity. This is tragically happening to hundreds of thousands of girls, and boys, every year â€” some of these girls are as young as 7 years old. This isn't just happening elsewhere in the world, it's happening right here in our own backyards," states Estrada.
"Rock For Freedom", a mixture of live music and celebrity bowling, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with all-star rock 'n' roll bowling teams where fans can auction to win a spot on the team and bowl alongside their favorite musicians. Some of the scheduled bowling captains include members of HOOBASTANK, Nick Carter of the BACKSTREET BOYS, legendary bass player Rudy Sarzo, current OZZY OSBOURNE bass player Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, an all-star team of classic L.A. metal legends, and lots more being scheduled. Throughout the night will be silent auctions and raffles featuring autographed guitars, skateboards, books, set lists, drum cymbals, etc. by such bands and artists as KORN, RAMMSTEIN, PAPA ROACH, BACKSTREET BOYS, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM, LITA FORD, MÃ–TLEY CRÃœE, ATREYU, SLAYER, ANTI-FLAG and more. PAPA ROACH will perform a headline set at the event, with local acts EDGE OF PARADISE and THE MENDENHALL EXPERIMENT sharing the stage.
Like Estrada's successful "Rockers Against Trafficking" previous all-star benefit show at Paladino's in Tarzana, California, the proceeds from this event will help to rebuild the lives of these young victims with housing, medical assistance, legal aid, and job placement. These donations will also be used to build and set up monitoring stations on the borders between countries that are known for human trafficking. Estrada says: "Our goal is not only to raise awareness, and to fight human trafficking here in the United States, but to contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of its young victims."
You can learn more about the foundation and watch the PSA/TV Spot starring Nikki Sixx, Lemmy Kilmister, Nick Carter and Mark McGrath at RockersUnited.org.
Tickets are on sale now at LuckyStrikeLive.com and are very limited.
The Rockers United Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity founded by Estrada. All donations are tax deductible.
GUNS N' ROSES Denies Having 'Where's IZZY?' Sign Destroyed At Nashville Show Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:39:29 +0000
According to The Pulse Of Radio, a GUNS N' ROSES fan named Caroline Campos is claiming that a poster she brought to the band's concert in Nashville on July 9, which read "Where's Izzy?" â€” asking why original guitarist Izzy Stradlin was not involved in the current tour â€” was taken from her and ripped to shreds at the request of the band itself.
Campos wrote: "When the original drummer â€ª#â€Žstevenadlerâ€¬ came out to play his set, I held up my sign with cheers from most of the people in my section. Axl looked at my sign and started laughing and said 'That's a good question!' He seemed to appreciate the sign." But Campos then said that 15 minutes later, her section got "swarmed" by security and stage crew members asking "Who has the 'Where's Izzy' sign?"
She continued, "Eventually theyâ€¦ saw the sign tucked under my chair. A guy in jeans and a black shirt tapped my shoulder and said 'Is that your sign? You need to give it to me.' I said 'Why? Who are you?' He showed a badge and said 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.' I said, 'We aren't allowed to have signs?? But I read that..' and he cut me off and said 'You can't have THAT sign. Give it to me.' I gave it to him and he walked away folding and ripping it up."
A representative for GUNS N' ROSES later told Ultimate Guitar, "GN'R would never make this request! Izzy/b> is family!"
Campos later told TeamRock: "I do want to try to convey that the sign wasn't meant to be rude or malicious to the band, especially Richard Fortus.
"Asking 'Where's Izzy' is not meant to insult Fortus any more than cheering for drummer Steven Adler would convey anything negative about Frank Ferrer. I made the sign as a tribute to the 'Don't Cry' video, where the 'Where's Izzy' sign is featured for a split second. "It's my favourite GN'R video and I tried to recreate the sign exactly. I'm not sure how anyone could take it to mean anything negative about the band.
"My husband and I paid a lot of money and drove a long way to see the band. I'm just so disappointed it happened. But I thought they all put on a great show, including Fortus."
While former drummer Steven Adler has played a couple of songs each at two recent GUNS shows, Izzy Stradlin remains the last "classic"-era member of the band to keep his distance from the current reunion featuring core members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
There were unconfirmed reports that Stradlin was approached about the reunion, but did not wish to tour and/or was not happy with the money he was offered.
GUNS N' ROSES next plays on Thursday (July 14) in Philadelphia.
SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR To Guest On New KORN Album Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:07:20 +0000 SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor will guest on KORN's upcoming twelfth album.
KORN guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer tells U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine: "We have Corey singing on one track and it's going to be a fan favorite because he really lets loose."
The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2013's "The Paradigm Shift" is tentatively due later this year and marks the second KORN album since the return of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.
"On a heaviness scale of one to ten, with ten being the 1994 self-titled, this album is a definite nine," Munky said.
"When Head came back to us on the last record, it was our way of getting the wheels greased. Now everything is well-oiled and the machine works really well.
"When Head and I start writing riffs together, we have this endless stream of creativity â€” we're like KORN's yin and yang."
Welch recently told HardDrive Radio about KORN's upcoming album: "I would definitely describe the new KORN music as intense. Every song, I think, is a live song. And so it's gonna be hard to choose which ones we play live, because that's how the whole record's written. And Jonathan [Davis, KORN singer] justâ€¦ He always digs deep and shares painful stuff, but I feel like he grabbed his soul and ripped it open for this record again, like he used to do, and people are gonna feel that."
KORN will hit the road this fall for the "Nocturnal Underground Tour" where they will share co-headlining duties with BREAKING BENJAMIN and will be joined by special guests MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and SILVER SNAKES.
The "Nocturnal Underground" arena tour will kick off on September 24 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota, taking KORN deep into the heart of America through late October. On this trek, the band will pass through such markets as Omaha, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Biloxi, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tulsa and beyond. In between, KORN will appear at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on October 2.
Video: UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Performs ACCEPT Classics At Ukraine's ATLAS WEEKEND Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:13:35 +0000
Video footage of DIRKSCHNEIDER, the band fronted by former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider performing at the Atlas Weekend on July 8 in Kiev, Ukraine can be seen below.
Dirkschneider will embark on a North American tour in January 2017 during which he will perform ACCEPT songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good.
Asked about his decision to perform classic songs from ACCEPT for the last time under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, Udo told rock journalist Mitch Lafon: "A lot of people ask me, 'Why do you do this?' And I saidâ€¦ Always people are asking, 'Oh, can you play this ACCEPT song and this ACCEPT song and this ACCEPT song?' I mean, I have fifteen U.D.O. albums out, and, for me now, U.D.O. is U.D.O. Of course, I know that the people like to hear ACCEPT songs with my voice, but I wanna close something â€” I wanna close, like a book, and say, 'Okay, that's it. I read it.' Sometimes you have to come to an end with something. I wanna close up everything with ACCEPT. And this will be the last time. And I said, okay, I'll do one more tour. It will be a world tour. And yeah, that will be the last time that youâ€¦ When we are on tour with U.D.O., we'll never play any ACCEPT songs again."
He continued: "I also wanna stop to be compared withâ€¦ Now ACCEPT is still on tour, and they have a new singer, and they are doing also 'Balls To The Wall' and they are doing also 'Metal Heart', they do 'Princess Of The Dawn'. And I don't wanna be always compared and have to say, 'What do you think about this and this and this?' This is also another reason. I wanna close the ACCEPT chapter. I mean, it was a greatâ€¦ I mean, in a way, I was creating this band, you know. Sometimes you have to say, 'Okay, that's it.' I have enough U.D.O. songs, so I can play more U.D.O. songs and be U.D.O. I can say without being arrogant, U.D.O. has its own fan base now. Sometimes you have to say, 'Okay, that's it.'"
To those fans that still want to experience the classic ACCEPT songs performed live, Udo has this message: "There is a band called ACCEPT. And please, if you wanna hear these songs, please go then to [see] ACCEPT. [Laughs] So that's the only thing I can say. Now you'll have the chance [this] year to hear it with the original voice, but Mark [Tornillo, current ACCEPT singer] is doing a â€” I would say â€” really good job on it, so please go there and listen then to ACCEPT and U.D.O. is then U.D.O."
Regarding what makes the classic ACCEPT songs so special, Udo said: "I don't know what is special. You never can tell it, really. Like [DEEP PURPLE's] 'Smoke On The Water', in a way, something like this. Sometimes there's a song that, in a way, that stays forever."
The April 2 DIRKSCHNEIDER concert at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany was professionally filmed and recorded for a DVD and CD release later this year.
Udo Dirkschneider - lead vocals
Fitty Wienhold - bass
Andrey Smirnov - guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen - guitar
Sven Dirkschneider - drums
MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Says There Was 'A Weirdness' Between Him And MARTY FRIEDMAN Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:50:15 +0000 Interactive Guitar magazine conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine at the end of February in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat in two parts:
* Part One
* Part Two
A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether playing with various guitar players in MEGADETH over the years brings out something different in his own playing:
Mustaine: "There's not really that much of a difference when you're playng with guitar players. There is something that's of a personal nature. And I feel that the couple of months I've been with [current MEGADETH guitarist] Kiko [Loureiro], we have become very close friends. And there was a weirdness with [former MEGADETH guitarist] Marty [Friedman] that â€” and [MEGADETH bassist] David Ellefson will concur â€” we could not cross that barrier, that he would just not let people in. [Former MEGADETH guitarist Chris] Poland and I had a very turbulent time, and [former MEGADETH guitarist] Jeff Young I never really got that close to either. With Kiko, we have so much fun goofing around and doing silly stuff all the time. And I think that's important, because when you leave home and you're gone for this long, and you're with a guy that you barely know, it can be really bad."
On whether he is still having fun playing in MEGADETH after all these years:
Mustaine: "Absolutely. It's really fun for us, because we make people happy, and I think that's probably the most important thing right now, especially in these days that we're living in right now with no real certainty where our nation is going. And you see the way that the music industry has been changed a lot with all the technology. There's a lot of people that are out on the road playing that are not developed yet. And these guys, I feel sorry for them. They go out on the road and they try it and they end up quitting. And you never know how many wonderfully talented musicians you're never gonna get to hear because they just give up."
MEGADETH will announce the details of its upcoming North American headlining tour this week. Joining MEGADETH on the five-week trek, which is expected to take place this fall, will be AMON AMARTH, along with METAL CHURCH, HAVOK and an as-yet-undisclosed fifth act.
MEGADETH's last full U.S. tour took place earlier in the year and featured support from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and HAVOK.
MEGADETH is continuing to tour in support of its fifteenth album, "Dystopia", which shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH's highest-charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. "Dystopia" also logged the group's best sales week since 2007, when "United Abominations" landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.