Jimmy Page is keeping busy with the recent publication of his photo biography called "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page", and the ongoing LED ZEPPELIN reissue campaign. Page's deluxe remastering job on the band's fourth and fifth albums, 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy", is coming on October 28. The Pulse Of Radio asked Page if while handling the band's classic masters while upgrading their quality, he was ever tempted to throw them back up on the board and do some minor tweaking to them. "I'm not into re-writing history, I'm just re-presenting," he said. "All of the music that you hear across the companion disc is all basically mixes from the time. I thought it was essential to have mixes from the time, because you've got the mindset, it's showing the mindset of what's being done. To go to the multi-tracks and start remixing, then that's a whole different total ballgame. I wasn't into that. I really wanted something whereby totally reflected what was going on at that point of time â of the time capsule, if you like, of when these things are being recorded. That's what the idea was of this." The Jimmy Page-remastered editions of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" will both be released with previously unreleased audio content in a variety of packages â including a limited edition "Super Deluxe" box set. Earlier this year, LED ZEPPELIN's recent live set, "Celebration Day", recorded during their 2007 London reunion concert, won the Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album" beating out releases from BLACK SABBATH, DAVID BOWIE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NEIL YOUNG with CRAZY HORSE and KINGS OF LEON.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has finally released its long-in-development mobile role-playing game, "Hail To The King: Deathbat". The game is available on the App Store and Google Play for $4.99. Video footage of AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows and developer Michael Stragey talking about the development of "Hail To The King: Deathbat" can be seen below. M. Shadows said in a statement: "The process of developing this game has been a new and challenging experience for us as we've worked hard to create a game that we are not only proud of but more importantly, a game that is fun to play. We think we've achieved that and hope you enjoy the game." Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the fan response to the game after just one day has been the most gratifying part for him. "Putting this thing out was very scary in a way because it's, you know, a lot of people would want to say, 'Hey, you're a band, don't give me a game, I don't want it,' he said. "And from the reaction today that we're getting from when it's out and just seeing Twitter explode and seeing people playing it online and being excited about it and getting to walk around in our world that we created for them, it's been amazing and just puts a smile on my face. I'm super, super happy with them." "Hail to the King: Deathbat" features classic AVENGED SEVENFOLD tracks along with a new and original score composed by the band. AVENGED SEVENFOLD also has a DVD in the works and will tour Southeast Asia in early 2015. In August the group reissued its 2003 second album, "Waking The Fallen", in a special edition featuring previously unheard music and demos, new artwork and a documentary on the making of the record. AVENGED SEVENFOLD was touring in support of its sixth album, "Hail To The King", which debuted at No. 1 in August 2013 on the Billboard chart.
The NHL team Minnesota Wild has announced that for all its upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, they will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL. "When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild' by HAMMERFALL, it was like a gift, because everything about it fits so well to what we try to do for game presentation," states Minnesota Wild team representative Paul Loomis. "The energy, the drive, and, of course, just having 'Wild' in the title makes it a perfect fit. And for the band to go out of their way to make an instrumental version rocks the State Of Hockey!" HAMMERFALL lead singer Joacim Cans comments on the alliance with Minnesota Wild: "It's a tremendous honor to have a team in the NHL use one of our songs as their intro, and Minnesota is a great fit due to the Scandinavian heritage of many of the state's inhabitants. "We always felt heavy metal and hockey was a great mix, and this is the ultimate proof. "The State Of Hockey has got new fans in the Templars of Steel!" The next Minnesota Wild home game is against the Arizona Coyotes on October 23. Watch Swedish defensemen Jonas Brodin and Christian Folin, forward Mikael Granlund of Finland, Minneapolis' own Zach Parise, and the other stars of Minnesota Wild as they take to the ice with "Fury Of The Wild" blasting in the arena. HAMMERFALL's new album, "(r)Evolution", sold around 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, "Infected", opened with around 1,700 units back in 2011. The CD debuted at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. HAMMERFALL recently parted ways with longtime drummer Anders Johansson due to "increasing musical differences." He has since been replaced by David Wallin of PAIN. In addition, HAMMERFALL bassist Fredrik Larsson will be on parental leave through March 2015 to take care of his second child, which is due in December. Handling the four-string duties in Fredrik's absence will be none other than HAMMERFALL's former guitar player Stefan Elmgren.
According to Los Angeles Times, Maynard James Keenan of TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE and PUSCIFIER has sold his house in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles for $2.37 million. The home, which was originally listed for just under $2.8 million, boasts a pool, hot tub and uncluttered view of the famous Hollywood sign. The Mediterranean-style house also has a lot of Middle Eastern touches and a bold use of different colors in every room, reflecting the fact that Keenan once went to school for interior design. Check out photos of the property at LATimes.com. Keenan now lives in Jerome, Arizona, a former mining village and one-time ghost town that's home these days to artists, writers and other independent types. He told The Pulse Of Radio why it's a fascinating place. "It's a magic spot, and it was a copper mining, gold mining town back in the late 1800s, early 1900s," he said. "And, of course, the mines slowed down and closed up, and a lot of people bailed, and it went down to about a population of 50. It's one of the most active ghost towns in theory. It's been voted a couple of times in different 'ghost' publications as being the most haunted town in the United States." Keenan's Caduceus Cellars wine business is located in unincorporated land in the nearby Sedona area. Although TOOL was founded in Los Angeles, Keenan has no love for the city â he sang about his hopes that it would fall into the sea in the classic TOOL track "AEnema". According to the 2010 census, the population of Jerome is 444. The town was incorporated in 1889 and produced more than one billion dollars in copper, gold and silver mining over the next 70 years. After the last of its mines closed in 1953, Jerome's population declined to around 50 people by the end of that decade. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is now a popular tourist destination.
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach is the latest musician to respond to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine last month â in an interview conducted by his son Nick â that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked what we can do to keep rock alive, Bach IndiePower.com: "Well, you have to ask [Gene] that. I get enough rock in my life. I rock as hard as I can, and then I go to sleep. "Obviously [the old way of doing business in the music industry doesn't work anymore], but, I mean, that's not like a big news story. "[Sarcastically] There's this thing called the Internet. It's wrecked everything. I hope it's just a fad. "Prince says the Internet's just a fad. It's gonna be gone soon." Bach's latest solo album, "Give 'Em Hell", sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. Bach's previous CD, "Kicking & Screaming", opened with 6,600 units back in October 2011 to land at No. 73. The singer's 2007 effort, "Angel Down", registered a first-week tally of 6,400 back to enter the chart at No. 190. "Give 'Em Hell" was released on April 22 via Frontiers Records.
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD filmed a video for the song "Now We Die" on October 3 in Oakland, California. The clip is being helmed by director Mike Sloat, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT and HATRIOT. Photos from the video shoot can be seen below. "Now We Die" is taken from MACHINE HEAD's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds", which will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi. Regarding the musical direction of "Bloodstone & Diamonds", Flynn told Metal Hammer magazine: "There's definitely a lot of urgency on this record. It's a really heavy record arid there's a dark and evil vibe to a lot of it, but I feel like there's more of a rock vibe in there too. It's stripped down at times, and I like that. I think that sense of urgency has carried over from the demos we did, which were all done very quickly and spontaneously. We tried to keep that spontaneous vibe on the album." He continued: "At one point we started getting really anal on the tracks and spending tons of time on stuff, and we'd listen back and say, 'You know what? This doesn't have the vibe of the demos.' The demos were so fuckin' frantic, so we changed our mindset and now it's a little bit looser. Some of the guitar takes are basically live. Often, 40 or 50 percent of a song came from a spontaneous, live take and that's killer! It adds energy and makes the songs feel alive." Regarding the "Bloodstone & Diamonds" album title, Flynn said: "Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth. It is also a lyric from the opening track of the album, 'Now We Die'. "In many cultures, the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife's apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band."
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody says that he is still working on his debut solo album but that he will wait until the timing is right to release it. During an appearance on HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's official podcast, "The Jasta Show". Moody said about his solo CD: "It's not done yet. I'm taking my time on it. My plate's full. 5FDP is my meat and potatoes, and our fan base, and if I take away from that right now, it'd be bad timing. So I'm just taking it stride by stride. And when it comes out, it'll come out. I'm working with people like [DEVILDRIVER drummer John] Boecklin and [former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist] Logan Mader [who] engineered [the first FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album]. [Logan's] just an amazing guitar player." In a June 2013 interview with Sweden's Metalshrine, Moody said that he was "most definitely" working on music that isn't always right for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. He added: "I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle. I've already got a few guys on the line that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with." He added: "I talked to the guys [in FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH], and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other, and that way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again. I'm definitely looking forward to do this side project." Despite releasing two albums' worth of material last year, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is already looking toward its next studio project. The band's drummer Jeremy Spencer told Artisan News, "We're at the studio right now, and we're recording some new material. And after we finish the [fall North American co-headlining] tour with VOLBEAT, we're gonna go back in and try to finish up everything in the winter and then get something out late spring [or] early summer." Spencer added that the band has demoed four songs so far, saying, "I'm liking what I'm hearing, but there's a long way to goâ¦ We'll judge the body of work when it's done." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on September 16 in Salt Lake City.
On October 14, former VAN HALEN and current CHICKENFOOT bassist Michael Anthony was interviewed on the "Lamont And Tonelli Show", which airs on the Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. After Anthony was told by the radio hosts that he is such a great lead singer in his own right that he could probably front his own band, Michael said: "Yeah, you know, but I don't need that kind of pressure on me. Lead singers, they're their own breed." He added: "It wasn't until the fourth or fifth VAN HALEN record that people would go, 'Wow! You're singing backgrounds on those records. That's not David Lee Roth.' And I go, 'Hell, no! That's not David Lee Roth.'" Asked which classic VAN HALEN song he would pick to sing lead vocals on, if he had to choose one, Anthony said: "Ahhâ¦. Oh my Godâ¦ I sang 'Somebody Get Me A Doctor'. That actually goes over quite well. But I don't knowâ¦ Man, I'd sing any of 'em. I could sing any of that crap. C'mon! I can sing it all. [Laughs]" In a February 2013 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth spoke about the touchy subject of Anthony potentially replacing current bassist â and Eddie Van Halen's son â Wolfgang Van Halen. He said: "Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar soloâ¦ What we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever â that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in EARTH, WIND & FIRE, as identifiable as the high voice in the BEACH BOYS. VAN HALEN is an indelicate house blend of both â that's intentionally." In October 2011, ex-VAN HALEN vocalist Sammy Hagar accused the band of using tapes of backing vocals originally done by Anthony on its 2007/2008 reunion tour, for which Anthony was replaced by Wolfgang. Hagar told Attention Deficit Delirium, "Those vocal harmonies on the last tour were Mike on tape. Mike should've reamed them for it. Wolfie don't sing like that, and Ed sure as hell don't. Go on the Internet and listen to Ed's voice live from the reunion with me. Hear him sing on 'When It's Love' and some of those songs. Ed can't sing, and his voice is shot if he can, from cigarettes and booze anyway." Anthony and Hagar both last played with VAN HALEN on a 2004 reunion tour that ended acrimoniously. Both maintain that Anthony was booted from VAN HALEN for maintaining a friendship and working relationship with Hagar. Hagar told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks VAN HALEN made a grave mistake leaving Anthony out of the reunion tour with Roth. "Anyone in their right mind would know if you're gonna get Roth back finally! after all these abortions they've had, you get Mikey and you do the reunion tour, what the world really was waiting for. Not just fuck it up again. It's almost like they don't care about their fans. They just want to badger them until â see how much they'll take."
"Steeple Of Blood", a brand new song from Chicago death metallers THESE ARE THEY, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's third full-length album, "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals", which will be released on November 17 via The End Records/Unruly Sounds. Recorded at Bell City Sound Studios in Racine, Wisconsin, the CD was once again engineered by Chris Djuricic, with mixing and mastering handled by Dan SwanÃ¶ of Sweden's Unisound Studios. In addition to the core writing team of vocalist, Paul Kuhr (NOVEMBERS DOOM), guitarist Steve Nicholson (formerly of NOVEMBERS DOOM) and guitarist Justin Jurgevich (formerly of HURTLOCKER), THESE ARE THEY now includes bassist Mike Flaherty (formerly of LOUDMOUTH) and drummer Tony Bettenhausen (formerly of HURTLOCKER). Said Nicholson: "'Steeple Of Blood' is the apex moment of the story of Lucius Mortimer, an unholy gunman bent on greed, who celebrates death... At The Feast Of Seven Funerals." Added Flaherty: "When you hear this song, you'll start throwing tables!" Encompassing a faster and more aggressive approach than previous efforts, "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" pushes the band forward in its experimentation, musicianship and overall production. "'Disposing Of Betrayers' was a big leap forward for us, defining our own sound," said Kuhr. "With 'At The Feast Of Seven Funerals', we wanted to take a step further into the aggression, and to stand out among our peers. I believe we succeeded in this. "Following a concept-driven album like the past releases, 'At The Feast Of Seven Funerals' deals with the American West in the 1800s, as the concept and story was conceived through the mind of Steven Nicholson. "This is pure old-school Chicago death metal." "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" track listing: 01. Hell Rides At Dawn 02. Palace Of Sin 03. Sixth Shot For The Mortician 04. Gospel Of A Bullet 05. Penelope Dies 06. Steeple Of Blood 07. Feat Of Seven Funerals 08. Hangmanâs Knot 09. Buried Neath The Willows "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" can be pre-ordered at this location.
Duff McKagan (WALKING PAPERS, LOADED, GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) was interviewed on episode 118 of the "Let There Be Talk" podcast with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Speaking about how people listened to full-length records during GUNS N' ROSES' early days in the '80s, before the invention of the compact disc, McKagan said: "People did records then. It's, like, what's missing now. We'd think about, 'How does this record go from beginning to end?' And, 'How's the middle part?' And when you flip over the record, what to start the second side with. How do you end the first side? People don't even think in those terms anymore. 'Cause we grew up through records. [We would think] How is the first side gonna sound? How is it gonna begin and end? "Anybody who is probably under 45 listening to this is probably going, 'What? What are they talking about?' "But, yeah, if you made a record [back in those days], you would think about the order on each side, and how the first side would end, and how you would open up the second side of the record, and how you would end the whole record, and all of the body of work in between that. You know, does this whole thing tell a story?" "People don't listen... I don't wanna generalize, but I have two teenage kids. They listen to a song by one [artist], a song by somebody else, a song [by somebody else]. And [I go], 'Don't you wanna listen to the rest of the record?' They look at me, like, 'What's up, antique? What are you talking about?' "I'm not saying one [way] is better or worse, but we just grew up in a different time when we got to enjoy that whole [experience of listening to albums from beginning to end]â¦ I got a [turntable] back at home now. I got one, like, a year and a half ago. And it's the bestâ¦. Going out and buying records and putting a record on, it's so killer."
"Sick Like Me", the new video from IN THIS MOMENT, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, titled "Black Widow", which will be released on November 17. The CD was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Black Widow" is available for pre-order on the iTunes Store and other digital retailers. The album is being offered to fans in an array of distinctive configurations, including a very special vinyl piece exclusively available at Atlantic's webstore. All pre-orders will receive four instant grat downloads prior to the album release. "Black Widow" track listing: 01. The Infection 02. Sex Metal Barbie 03. Big Bad Wolf 04. Dirty Pretty 05. Black Widow 06. Sexual Hallucination 07. Sick Like Me 08. Bloody Creature Poster Girl 09. The Fighter 10. Bones 11. Natural Born Sinner 12. Into The Darkness 13. Out Of Hell "Sick Like Me" is making its way up the rock radio chart and singer Maria Brink gave The Pulse Of Radio a little insight into what the song is about. "That's kind of about embracing more of these things in me that I used to kind of keep 'em inside and they're a little bit twisted and they're a little bit wrong, I guess," she said. "And also, when you find another person who really, I guess, knows who you are and they find all of these things that maybe I would consider flaws in myself â they find that beautiful and like, I guess, things that make me who I am." IN THIS MOMENT last year inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records. "'Black Widow' is definitely the darker part of me," said Brink. "This album is about finding the weakness inside and turning it into strength. It's about being reborn, setting yourself free and realizing the balance in everything â the dark and the light. "We are very excited to be releasing this album through Atlantic Records," she added, "who have put out some of the greatest and most revered albums of all time. I am so ready and excited for the launch of this album. I think people will embrace its diversity and hearing different sides of us that they haven't experienced yet." "Here we go again," said guitarist Chris Howorth. "This was by far the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experience we've ever had making a record. We threw out the rulebook and tried to create something fearless, constantly pushing ourselves to make an album unlike anyone has heard before. Fans, get ready for this ride â everything is going to the next level." "Black Widow" is expected to feature several special guests, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody. Brink previously appeared on the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH track "Anywhere But Here", which was included on "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" album. IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood". "Blood" was IN THIS MOMENT's highest-charting album, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard album chart, while the title track became the band's first-ever Top 10 hit at rock radio.
Rooster of the 94.5 FMX radio station in Lubbock, Texas recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked what he would recommend as a hangover remedy, Vinnie said: "There's a couple of things. There's two things that would really do it for you. Obviously, the one that people are pretty aware of that we've been doing for years, which is pedialyte [the electrolyte-loaded liquid, which is given to dehydrated babies]. It definitely has about, I don't know, ten times the electrolytes of Gatorade or anything like that. [Drink] a bottle of that and that'll get you back on the right track. And then, to me, even a more immediate cure, which I discovered that I really love, is pickle juice, man. I don't know what it is, but something about the vinegar gets up right up to your muscles and rehydrates you and gets you back going. I drink almost a bottle of pickle juice every day, man, and it keeps me going great." HELLYEAH's fourth album, "Blood For Blood", sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, 2011's "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19. HELLYEAH is currently touring North America as guests of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT.
The official lyric video for the song "Down From The Mountain" from Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Russell Allen's (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB) fourth ALLEN / LANDE collaborative album, "The Great Divide", can be seen below. The CD was released on October 17 in Europe and will be made available on October 21 in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Following three successful discs written, played and produced by Swedish musician Magnus Karlsson (of PRIMAL FEAR and STARBREAKER), "The Great Divide" represents a substantial change in that former STRATOVARIUS guitarist and main composer Timo Tolkki took on the challenge to write and produce the new recording. Tolkki also performs all instrumentation on the album except for drums, which are handled by Jami Huovinen. Work on the album started in late 2013 when the first songs were demoed and sent to the two singers, who loved the direction of the new music. Also, for the first time, Lande has contributed vocal melodies and lyrics to the album. The final result is certainly outstanding and the crisp mixes from Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC) make for an amazing-sounding album. Stunning cover art created by French artist Stan Decker completes the package. "The Great Divide" track listing: 01. Come Dream With Me 02. Down From The Mountain 03. In The Hands Of Time 04. Solid Ground 05. Lady Of Winter 06. Dream About Tomorrow 07. Hymn To The Fallen 08. The Great Divide 09. Reaching For The Stars 10. Bittersweet "The Great Divide" pre-order links: * Amazon * iTunes A three-song trailer is available below. The third ALLEN / LANDE collaborative CD was released in November 2010 via Frontiers. Entitled "The Showdown", the CD was mixed by Achim KÃ¶hler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, SILENT FORCE). "Down From the Mountain" lyric video:
"Symmetry In White", the new video from New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR, can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios (GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, EYEHATEGOD), who previously directed the band's video for the track "Walk With Knowledge Wisely". "Symmetry In White" is taken from CROWBAR's new album, "Symmetry In Black", which sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart. CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. "Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus "100%" on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band's longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf. CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group's ranks. Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida. CROWBAR is: Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals) Matt Brunson (Guitar) Tommy Buckley (Drums) Jeff Golden (Bass)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based rockers THEORY OF A DEADMAN have released a video for their new song "Savages" starring Alice Cooper. The track is from their album of the same name which was released in July. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Alice's contribution is a spoken-word message saying, "Time after time we never learn from our mistakes / When we will realize we're all just the same / We're all humans fighting human nature to stay alive / We're predators teaching our children to be just like us / To fear and hate like us / Will we ever realize we're just savages? / God save us all." The legendary rocker's part was recorded at his home studio in Phoenix. Tyler Connolly, vocalist and guitarist of THEORY OF A DEADMAN, recently told Loudwire, "He was great, you know he was a pro. He had never seen the lyrics before. He said, 'I have this.'" For more than a decade, THEORY OF A DEADMAN has been among the most distinctive and popular bands in hard rock history, combining frank, earnest lyricism and extraordinary melodies with massive power and electrifying dynamics. With singer/songwriter Tyler Connolly at the helm, the Vancouver-based band has earned a fervent fan following as well as a long line of multi-format hits, among them the #1 Mainstream Rock breakthrough "Bad Girlfriend" (found on 2008's RIAA platinum-certified "Scars & Souvenirs"). THEORY OF A DEADMAN is: Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, lead guitar), David Brenner (rhythm guitar), Dean Back (bass), and Joey Dandeneau (drums).
IndiePower.com recently conducted an interview with legendary RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson. You can now watch the chat below. On the people that inspired him to become a musician: Lifeson: "I loved music, period. I mean, from the BEACH BOYS to Jimi Hendrix and everything in betweenâ¦ THE WHO, LED ZEPPELINâ¦ Like most kids [growing up in] the Sixties, it's all those bands and all kinds of music." On what it was about the '70s that is still so powerful today over all the decades: Lifeson: "I don't knowâ¦ I guess it was an era in music, and there's staying power in a lot of that music. Things were so different then. Communication is so instant now and everybody's got thousands of songs on their iPhone. It's a whole different thing. Certainly the most of that era, for the most part, is quite enduring." On what advice he would give to young musicians today: Lifeson: "Just persevere, I guess. I mean, it's very, very difficult, I think, these days. You've just gotta keep at it."
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "C'est La Vie", the new video from Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD, can be seen below. The clip was filmed on location in Cuba. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album, "BANG!", which was issued in North America via The End Records. On June 24, the digital version of "BANG!" was made available, with a deluxe version containing three bonus tracks released on August 12. For over 20 years, GOTTHARD has toured the globe throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia in support of 14 studio and live albums, and has collected multiple gold and platinum awards along the way. Recorded at the group's own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, "BANG!" was mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (MICK JAGGER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, TINA TURNER) by Ronald Prent (SCORPIONS, DEF LEPPARD, WITHIN TEMPTATION). For the members of GOTTHARD â Nic Maeder (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) â the dynamic boogie groove of the title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. For Maeder, "BANG!" is not only his second album with GOTTHARD, but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them and his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable. Title track "BANG!", the first single off the album, truly represents the GOTTHARD sound and evolution. Catchy hooks, wailing guitars and Maeder's lush vocals grab your ear, making "BANG!" a song you will never forget. These songs are set against a background of classic GOTTHARD rock tunes like "Get Up 'N' Move On", "Jump The Gun" and "My Belief" which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, "BANG!" presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of GOTTHARD. "You can't really compare different albums, but if one record comes closest in sound, it is probably 'Lipservice' (2005), except there's more of a playful feel to 'BANG!' and the arrangements spring one or two surprises," says Habegger. "BANG!" track listing: 01. Let Me In Katie 02. BANG! 03. Get Up 'N' Move On 04. Feel What I Feel 05. C'est La Vie 06. Jump The Gun 07. Spread Your Wings 08. I Won't Look Down 09. My Belief 10. Maybe (Duet Version) 11. Red On A Sleeve 12. What You Get 13. Mr. Ticket Man 14. Thank You U.S. bonus tracks: 15. I Want It All 16. You Can't Stop Me 17. My Daddy Told Me GOTTHARD's 2012 album, "Firebirth", marked the band's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under." GOTTHARD's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.
In a brand new interview with Aesthetic Magazine Toronto, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Maryland rockers CLUTCH spoke about the band's longevity and how the group has managed to keep its original lineup intact for nearly 25 years. "You have to be honest about what it is you're in a band for," he said. "For us, it was because we wanted to play good shows and make good records. "We didn't do this because we wanted a career; we didn't do this because we wanted to party; we didn't do this for the chicks or to be big stars on MTV. We did this because we like music. That's not to say that those other reasons are illegitimate, but if you want to keep your shit together in the long run, make sure that your bandmates are like-minded. "Whatever your goals are, it's going to be a better deal for everyone when you're all on the same page. "We all have a unified attitude towards the small and big things. We're all at practice on time. We're all at soundcheck on time. If you can't all be as dedicated to the work aspect of being a band, then it's going to be really tough being a band." Gaster also talked about placement of the band's music in television shows, including "The Walking Dead", "Sons Of Anarchy" and during countless UFC fights, as well as being part of soundtracks for video games like "Left 4 Dead", "Tony Hawk's Underground" and "Need For Speed: Pro Street". "Up until now, we just found our music involved in projects that we thought were cool anyway," he said. "If someone approached us to have a song in a movie we just thought looked like shit, for example, we probably wouldn't go for it. "There are a couple of things to remember here, though: the industry itself is a shell of what it used to be. Maybe years ago bands would find themselves in a situation like that and say, 'I'm not going to sell out.' And maybe years ago you could have made that argument, but at this point, bands are struggling at the local pubs, let alone getting gigs across the country, let alone a record deal. So the fact is, if this is what you do for a living, you have to find ways to make money any way that you can. For some people that means sacrificing who you are artistically." He continued: "You never know what's going to come from what. We've talked to fans who'd never had the chance to see us live but ended up hearing us because we ended up in a video game or on a TV show. That's what they were into and maybe they wouldn't have been exposed to us otherwise. "Any way that you can get your music out there, it's going to benefit your band. "It's important for bands to create and utilize as many tools as they can get their hands on. "You're never going to make your living purely off record sales. You've got to profit from concert tickets, merch and whatever else comes your way. That's how a musician has to think these days. "We're all here to make a living off of music â you really just have to do whatever you can to spread the word."
The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011's reunion record "Immortal Soul". Due on October 22 in Scandinavia, October 24 release in Germany, October 27 release in the rest of Europe and October 28 in the U.S. and Canada via SPV/Steamhammer, "Unleash The Fire" marks the first release from the band without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on "Immortal Soul" because of his health issues. The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and will dedicate this new offering to him. The album promises to please fans of the "Thundersteel" era of RIOT, as main songwriter and longtime Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern does much of the writing, as he did on "Thundersteel" and "The Privilege Of Power". Don is joined by longtime RIOT bandmate, songwriter and Reale's guitar partner of over 20 years, Mike Flyntz, to create what they feel is something they are proud to call a RIOT record. The RIOT V lineup is completed by powerhouse vocalist extraordinaire Todd Michael Hall (BURNING STARR, REVERENCE), Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE, RIOT's "Army Of One") and former Mike Flyntz guitar student and resident shredder Nick Lee. This new onslaught headlined sold-out shows in Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy and played the prestigious festivals Metal Assault and Metal Apocalypse earlier this year, and will headline next year's Keep It True festival, which is already sold out. "Unleash The Fire" will be available as a digipak version with one bonus tack, a double gatefold colored vinyl version with one bonus track, as a standard version and as a digital download. "Unleash The Fire" limited digipak (including one bonus track): 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down 05. Unleash The Fire 06. Land Of The Rising Sun 07. Kill To Survive 08. Return Of The Outlaw 09. Immortal 10. Take Me Back 11. Fight Fight Fight 12. Until We Meet Again 13. Thundersteel (live) (bonus track) "Unleash The Fire" jewel-case version: 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down 05. Unleash The Fire 06. Land Of The Rising Sun 07. Kill To Survive 08. Return Of The Outlaw 09. Immortal 10. Take Me Back 11. Fight Fight Fight 12. Until We Meet Again "Unleash The Fire" double gatefold LP, blue vinyl (including one bonus track): Side 1 01. Ride Hard Live Free 02. Metal Warrior 03. Fall From The Sky 04. Bring The Hammer Down Side 2 01. Unleash The Fire 02. Land Of The Rising Sun 03. Kill To Survive Side 3 01. Return Of The Outlaw 02. Immortal 03. Take Me Back Side 4 01. Fight Fight Fight 02. Until We Meet Again 03. Thundersteel (live) (bonus track) The official trailer for "Unleash The Fire" is available below.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes that illegal music downloading is "morally" and "ethically wrong," and laments the fact that new artists "don't have a chance in hell" of "ever getting that pot of gold." During an appearance on the "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast, Stanley was asked what KISS' chances of success would be like if the band was starting out today. He replied: "We'd be fucked, in plain English, because the music industry as it exists today is not even an industry, it's just shambles. And now artists are in a position to have to take what the public, so to speak, is willing to give them. In other words, with this onset of 'file sharing'â¦ well, file sharing is just a fancy way of saying 'stealing.' You can't share what you don't own. The idea that somebody is taking songs or music off the Internet and taking it for free and calling it 'file sharing' is like me saying 'transportation borrowing,' and I steal you car." He continued: "When people create art with the hope of being not only accepted but also being rewarded so they can pay their rent and send their kids to school and things like that, and that doesn't happen, that's what stealing does. But the person who steals on the Internet somehow doesn't feel the same as going into a store and stealing a cassette â which don't even exist anymore. But if you go into a store, if you go into a Barnes & Noble or some place and steal a book, that's blatantly, and very clearly, illegal. Downloading something somehow skirts the ethical and moral question of taking something that doesn't belong to you and not paying the person for itâ¦ "The truth is what you don't own you can't take for free. You can, but it's wrong. It's morally wrong, it's ethically wrong, and it hurts people." Stanley added: "Look, for me, it's a question more about morality in my case. It's not gonna change my life any, but it sure bothers me that somebody is taking what they don't own, and it bothers me that somebody who's trying to succeed now and starting off doesn't have a chance in hell, more than likely, of ever getting that pot of gold." When Rogan pointed out to Stanley that is still possible for some artists to get that "pot of gold" through touring and merchandise sales, Stanley replied: "Yeah, but that shouldn't be dictated to by the circumstances, that should be a choice. The idea, 'Well, you're still gettingâ¦' Well, who are you to decide where I get my money? 'Well, you're still getting it over there?' But since when do you have jurisdiction over my revenue." Stanley also spoke about other artists' reluctance to join METALLICA's infamous lawsuit in 2000 against the Napster file-sharing service and drummer Lars Ulrich's legal battle with the company, which effectively drove Napster out of business. The KISS frontman said: "Well, a lot of artists are wondering where their royalties are now. You can't put milk back in a bottle â spilled milk â and, unfortunately, things transpired that there's really no getting around at this point. So was Lars out of line? No. He was just saying, 'I should be paid.' It has nothing to do with whether he's wealthy or not. Who are you to dictate that he has enough?" Asked if there is any way for artists and music fans to "meet in the middle" and find an acceptable solution to the illegal music downloading problem, Stanley said: "Why do I have to meet you in the middle? Why do I have to compromise because of circumstance? You should respect my integrity and you should respect my art instead of me going, 'All right, well, you got me. So I'll take 50 cents on the dollar instead of you giving me the dollar?' Wrong. It's wrong." He continued: "Was it Thom Yorke and his band [RADIOHEAD]â¦. Didn't they do an album [2007's 'In Rainbows'] where they offered it on the Internet and said, 'Just pay what you would like for it'? Well, they got nothing. You know how much they got? Nothing. Look and see what it averaged per album. It was a total stupid move. And I don't think they'll do that again." Stanley added: "Most of the time, the guy who wants to share the most has the least to share."