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GHOST's Nameless Ghoul Talks Split Petition, PAPA Photo 'Leak' And Swedish Metal

One of the Nameless Ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST was recently interviewed on Chile's Radio Futuro. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why there are so many quality bands coming out of Sweden: "I get asked this every now and then, and I think that most Swedish bands do… I mean, there's no theory that originates from the idea of us having a lot of… Just because we have a very good social security system [in Sweden], which means that if you're an unemployed person, that doesn't mean that you automatically are thrown out in the street; you can still have an apartment, you can still have somewhat of a normal life, even though you don't have a job. That means that there are a lot of people that are young and might not have a job, and there's a lot of time to invest in being in a band. It's not a rich environment, but it still gives you the freedom of investing in your talent. But that is just one theory. I think that the other theory, which I also think goes hand in hand with that, is that ever since ABBA became big, and then in the '80s when we had both EUROPE and ROXETTE and bands like that, I think that there's a general… Even though not everybody is inspired to become those bands, I think that that opened up a lot of doors for a lot of people. And that is probably why it's so hard sometimes for bands from other countries to break out, because you normally don't hear from a lot of bands from this or that country. But if you have one band, there might as well be a second. And if you have two, there might as well be four. Because you open up the door out. So I think that a lot of it has to do with the bands of the past. But, from an underground point of view, [there were] very important bands from the '80s [coming out of Sweden], when we talk about metal, [which] are, obviously, BATHORY, CANDLEMASS, and when ENTOMBED created their first record with their sound, that obviously opened up a lot of doors for Swedish death metal bands, because all of a sudden, Swedish death metal was something that everybody thought of as qualitative. When you have that tag, being a metal band from a country where everybody expects everything from the country to be qualitative, obviously that means that you have a little advantage every time." On the recent launch of a Change.org petition to get GHOST to break up: "These petitions, I could not care less. It's completely, completely, just stupid. For us, it doesn't make a difference. There is no petition in the world that can make us change. I mean, why would we? For me, I didn't even know that you can petitions like that before this. So I was just laughing [when I first heard about it]. And then we went on to the next page of our lives. It's just laughable, because these people, don't realize that the more you talk about us, the more we're gaining? And if they don't understand that, you cannot do anything but laugh at the whole thing." On whether he has any comment on the recent release of a photo that appeared to show GHOST frontman Papa Emeritus II (believed to be Swedish musician Tobias Forge of MAGNA CARTA CARTEL, REPUGNANT and SUBVISION) without his trademark makeup posing backstage at a Dutch festival with BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski: "Not really. I mean, for us, it didn't make a difference, because it's just an assumption anyway. We are friends with Adam and the [rest of BEHEMOTH], so we don't really have a comment."

SCOTT WEILAND Says His Days Of 'Dope Use' Are 'Long' Behind Him

Ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland, who was accused by his former bandmates last year of battling drug addiction and chronic tardiness, says that his days of "dope use" are long behind him. STP fired Weiland in February 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer's struggles with drugs and alcohol. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS has since recruited a new singer, Chester Bennington of LINKIN PARK, and has released one critically acclaimed EP, "High Rise". Speaking to Canadian reporter Rudy Blair earlier this month, Weiland denied that his "demons" were still a factor as he continues to record and tour with his new band THE WILDABOUTS. "Past demons are past demons; that's stuff that I dealt with 14 years ago," he said. "I mean, I guess Keith Richards [of THE ROLLING STONES] gets asked about [his past drug use], so why shouldn't I? But it's not something that I think about, ever. Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me." Weiland's recent tour with THE WILDABOUTS featured him playing STP classics and select VELVET REVOLVER cuts alongside two songs from THE WILDABOUTS' forthcoming album, tentatively due in November. So far, seven songs have been recorded, with five more to come. It will be Scott's third solo studio LP and first since 2008's "Happy In Galoshes". Weiland has stated in recent interviews that the new album will be more of a full-band effort. Last year, Weiland embarked on the "Purple At The Core" tour, where he and THE WILDABOUTS delivered selections from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first two albums, 1992's "Core" and 1994's "Purple".

METALLICA's 'Ride The Lightning' Turns 30: CLIFF BURTON Photographer Recalls Jacket Shot

July 27 marks the 30th anniversary of METALLICA's "Ride The Lightning". Along with original shots from the SLAYER "Hell Awaits" album and the EXODUS landmark "Bonded By Blood", not to mention POSSESSED's "Seven Churches", the Bazillion Points photo book "Murder In The Front Row: Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter", by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, includes Cliff Burton's portrait from the back of METALLICA's stunning second album. Every photo in "Murder In The Front Row" has a pretty good story, and the background behind this particular Cliff pic is a pretty good one. Harald, who has played bass himself for almost 20 years with crossover legends D.R.I., tells the tale: "First of all, the shots almost didn't exist. Cameras weren't allowed at this show, so about halfway through I got mine taken away by security. They were just about to expose the film, but luckily I was able to roll it back into the canister before they were able to ruin it! I got the film confiscated, but lucky for me a buddy of mine was able to get it back. That roll had the classic Cliff shot from 'Ride The Lightning' on it. I never received a penny for the shot, but the credit was priceless." For a longer excerpt from the book, tales of thick smoke with Cliff Burton, and further 1983 photos of METALLICA live, visit the Bazillion Points blog.

OVERKILL's BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH Speaks To SROmaginc.com (Audio)

SROmaginc.com recently conducted an interview with OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. You can now listen to the chat in the youTube clip below. OVERKILL's new album, "White Devil Armory", was released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's "The Electric Age". OVERKILL's videos for "Bitter Pill" and "Armorist" wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the "Electric Rattlesnake" and "Bring Me The Night" clips. "White Devil Armory" track listing: 01. Freedom Rings 02. Where There's Smoke... 03. Pig 04. Armorist 05. Down To The Bone 06. Bitter Pill 07. King Of The Rat Bastards 08. Another Day To Die 09. It's All Yours 10. In The Name The limited-edition box-set version of "White Devil Armory" includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with "White Devil Armory", Ellsworth told Artisan News: "My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don't want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let's say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I'm most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being 'White Devil Armory', is that that's the push for it. No repetition. Let's get in there and let's define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — 'Don't repeat yourself,' 'Don't use this,' 'Don't use that' — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014."

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ZAKK WYLDE Interviewed On Brazil's 'Wikimetal' (Audio)

Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE). You can now listen to the first part of the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's new studio album, "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican", sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous studio CD, "Order Of The Black", opened with around 33,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's 2006 album, "Shot to Hell", registered a first-week tally of 32,000 to land at No. 21. This was less than the 45,000 copies shifted by BLS's "Mafia" (Artemis) back in March 2005 to debut at No. 15. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "The Song Remains Not The Same" opened with around 12,000 copies to land at No. 41. Released on May 10, 2011 via Entertainment One Music, the offering featured unplugged versions of material from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "Order Of The Black" album as well as additional material recorded during the "Order Of The Black" sessions. "Catacombs Of The Black Vatican" was released in Europe on April 7 via Mascot Label Group and one day later in North America through eOne Music. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY recently amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and replaced him with Dario Lorina (LIZZY BORDEN). BLACK LABEL SOCIETYs' "Angel Of Mercy" video can be seen below. Directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich of the Antimatter Studio, the clip depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band.

SIXX: A.M. Confirms Release Date For Third Album

SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, will release its third album on October 7. A video for the CD's first single, "Gotta Get It Right", was filmed in mid-June. Sixx spoke to Revolver magazine last year about how the new SIXX: A.M. CD is different than its predecessors. "When we did [our 2007 debut] 'The Heroin Diaries', it was the soundtrack to a book," he said. "And when we did 'This Is Gonna Hurt', there was a lot of inspiration that drew from the photography in my book 'This Is Gonna Hurt' as well as the bandmembers' personal experiences and how they related not only to the characters in the book, but what they'd gone through growing up. Without meaning to, it hinted at this whole concept of bullying. If you're different than other people you're made fun of and you're made to believe you'll never achieve your dreams. Loosely, that's what 'This is Gonna Hurt' was about. We feel like between 'The Heroin Diaries' and 'This is Gonna Hurt', we've exposed a lot of wounds and we've talked about how to recover from them, but we haven't had a chance to really celebrate. I think this album is a celebration." Asked if SIXX: A.M. took a different approach to writing the songs this time around, Sixx said: "We put a lot fewer restrictions on ourselves. We went into genres that you wouldn't expect us to possibly be influenced by, but unless you know the bandmembers, you don't know that there are all kinds of influences, especially from the '70s and some of the great bands that came out of that era. So when we started writing, it was almost ridiculous. The songs were so left of center that you're like, 'These could never be on a record.' We were creating something so different, and once we got the songs written, people said, 'God, it reminds me of QUEEN's 'Night At The Opera' at times. It reminds me of EDGAR WINTER GROUP 'Free Ride' and these amazing things off of 'They Only Come Out At Night'. There was still the drama and the texture that SIXX: A.M. brings, but there was this celebration happening. Then as we started layering in the guitars, bass, drums and vocals, you started to go, 'Wow, this is a SIXX: A.M. album!' But it started out as not." Sixx also spoke about whether he is concerned that the musical diversions won't appeal to fans of the first two SIXX: A.M. albums. "I think SIXX: A.M. fans are going to love this record and I think new people will come in and be really surprised by it and become fans as well," he said. "I don't think our first two records sound like the same type of record, but I do think there's a sound with the band and I think we're going to continue on that tradition." SIXX: A.M., made a rare appearance — its first in four years — on April 11, 2012 at Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. As each band member has been kept busy with their other careers — Sixx is also a syndicated radio host; Ashba is a member of GUNS N' ROSES; James Michael is a famed rock producer who has worked on records for PAPA ROACH, HALESTORM and others — this marked the band's first chance to perform in support of their "This Is Gonna Hurt" album, which supplied the #1 rock anthem "Lies Of The Beautiful People". "7", the latest EP from SIXX: A.M., came out in December 2011 and sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort contained acoustic versions of songs from the group's first two albums — 2007's "The Heroin Diaries" soundtrack and 2011's "This Is Gonna Hurt". Released on May 3, 2011, SIXX: A.M.'s sophomore album, "This Is Gonna Hurt" is a companion piece to Sixx's "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, "The Heroin Diaries".

KORN's BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH Reveals Working Title Of New Book

During a roundtable discussion with the media at the Pittsburgh stop of this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch revealed more details about his forthcoming fourth book, which is tentatively due in 2015. "The working title is 'With My Eyes Open', and it's about the eight years that I was away from KORN [between 2005 and 2013] to the road back to KORN," he said. "And it's crazy. I'm telling you… I found spirituality and I did have encounters with Christ, but I [spent time] around some wacky people too. And I went through some crazy stuff with, like, court cases, lawsuits… all this crazy stuff, man. So I'm writing about all that…" Welch also spoke about KORN's touring plans for after Mayhem, explaining: "We've got a possible big tour in the fall, too, in the U.S. Hopefully we can announce that pretty soon. But after that, maybe take six months off with KORN. I don't know… I would like to. I just think it's good to pull back a little bit and then come back out. But we'll see." As for the future of Welch's side project LOVE & DEATH, he said: "I would love to finish [a new] album or at least get really far [into the songwriting process], you know. Because once you get the ideas [together], I can just be working on the bus on lyrics and stuff like that and melodies, and it can come together pretty quick. So yeah, I hope to do that." Welch's previous books include 2008's "Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, And Lived To Tell My Story", a young adult variation on that called "Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With Korn And My Journey To Christ" and 2010's "Stronger: Forty Days Of Metal And Spirituality". Welch left KORN in 2005, got sober and embraced Christianity, saying that as a single father he did not want his daughter around the rock and roll lifestyle. "The last two years I was in KORN, I partied non-stop and started doing speed every day," he said. "I got so addicted that I got scared. I tried to go to rehab, but that didn't work. No one could help me. Then I ended up seeing if Jesus was real, and He instantly took the drugs away. He revealed Himself to me and gave me the strength. Once I figured that out, I knew I was accountable to God." Welch pursued a solo career for several years before rejoining KORN onstage in 2012 at a festival. He reunited with the group permanently last year and recorded his first album with them in 10 years, "The Paradigm Shift". When asked about his faith in a recent interview, Welch said, "I hate religion — I don't talk about religion at all — but the relationship through Christ is what I found. And I'm totally satisfied." LOVE & DEATH's debut album, "Between Here & Lost", was re-released in September 2013 as a "deluxe" edition containing a brand new track, "Empty", along with remixes of the songs "The Abandoning" and "Meltdown" by the CD's producer, Jasen Rauch (RED, BREAKING BENJAMIN).

PAUL STANLEY Says GENE SIMMONS Is 'Clearly Irreplaceable' As Member Of KISS

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley spoke to the Austin American-Statesman about the intraband tensions that ultimately resulted in the group's original guitarist, Ace Fehley, and drummer, Peter Criss, becoming permanently replaced by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively. "We were on the path of success, but that ultimately led us away from what we formed as and why," he said. "We could have gone out and sang 'It's A Small World'. It lost the essence of what we believed in and loved in the middle of it. And it's all part of this amazing story. As far as Ace and Peter, we created something terrific and had the potential to be monumental, but ultimately not with them. We wouldn't be here today with them." Stanley also reiterated his view that his longtime KISS collaborator Gene Simmons is like a brother and that their four-decade partnership works in spite of, or because of, their differences. "I think [being provocative is] part of who he is," Stanley said. "Why we do what we do is rooted in our childhood and our experiences. He likes to shock or annoy people and he does that very well. He's also a terrific partner and somebody who is clearly irreplaceable." Simmons previously told Classic Rock magazine about his relationship with Stanley: "Paul is the soul of KISS and I'm… the cock. Paul is much more emotional, and I'm drier. Paul will go see romantic movies, I'll throw up at them." Singer offered his own perspective, telling the magazine: "Gene loves the sound of his own voice, we all know that. But nothing happens in KISS unless Paul Stanley says it does." After weeks of bad-mouthing each other in the press, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, with all four — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — delivering warm, nostalgic and even sweet-natured speeches that put aside the simmering tensions for at least 12 minutes. KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

ANVIL: Fan-Filmed Footage Of HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival Performance

Fan-filmed video footage of ANVIL's July 25 performance at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany can be seen below. ANVIL's new album, "Hope In Hell", sold a little under 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The disc follows up "Juggernaut Of Justice", which opened with around 1,600 units back in May 2011. The 2009 re-release of the band's 2007 CD, "This is Thirteen", registered a first-week tally of 1,400 to enter the Top New Artist Albums chart at No. 19. Released on May 27, 2013 in Europe and May 24, 2013 in Germany on SPV/Steamhammer, "Hope In Hell" is available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, as a jewel case CD, double gatefold colored vinyl LP and as a digital download. These are the first cuts featuring ANVIL's new bassist Sal Italiano, who joined the band more than two years ago. "Hope In Hell" was written and recorded following an 18-month world tour which took ANVIL around the globe. Like "Juggernaut Of Justice", "Hope In Hell" was produced by Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, ALICE COOPER) at the NRG Recording studios in North Hollywood, California and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA).

OPETH's ÅKERFELDT, ÅKESSON Speak To TOTAL GUITAR Magazine About Their PRS Signature Guitars

U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine caught up with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH at this year's Download festival to take a closer look at their PRS SE signature models. Check out the footage below. OPETH's highly anticipated eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", will be released on August 26 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork was once again created by Travis Smith — with art direction by Åkerfeldt. "Pale Communion", which was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and PORCUPINE TREE frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, was heralded by the lead single "Cusp Of Eternity". Pre-orders for "Pale Communion" made via the iTunes Store will receive an instant download of "Cusp Of Eternity" as well as a second album track, to be released on July 15, with multiple configurations also available via both the Roadrunner Records webstore and O Merch. In a recent interview with Noisey, Åkerfeldt stated about "Pale Communion": "Normally when I start writing for a record, I'm a bit nervous. You don't know whether or not you're going to be able to come up with something that you like or come up with something at all, to be honest. I was inspired because pretty early on, I wrote a song on the new album — the last song on there, which I ended up being really happy with. So I had some type of guidelines which was more melody, I think." He continued: "[2011's] 'Heritage' was somewhat deliberately fucked up all over the place because I love fucked-up-all-over-the-place-type music, but I wanted to do something more melodic with this album, so there's stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall for this album. I was pretty consistent with that frame of mind throughout the writing process, so at least I had a plan with this album, and I normally don't, to be honest."

CANNIBAL CORPSE's 'Frantic Disembowelment' Gets Ukulele Treatment

Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon, who became an Internet sensation in May when he released a video for his ukulele cover version of SLAYER's "War Ensemble", has returned with yet another unconventional rendition of an extreme-metal song, this time with his ukulele take on "Frantic Disembowelment" by CANNIBAL CORPSE. Check it out below. According to CleartoneStrings.com, Scallon garnered attention from news outlets and music companies across the globe, including Kala Brand Music, which gifted him with an endorsement and a new U-Bass and ukulele. Kala endorsed Scallon after noticing he was playing one of their soprano ukuleles in his viral video. He told Ukulele magazine: "Kala contacted me after the video started really gaining traction to set up an artist relationship. I'll be proudly sporting more of their instruments soon." He also has a working relationship with Guitar-Pro tablature software, and is now signed to DFTBA Records, a YouTube-popular record label owned by vlogbrother Hank Green.

EVANESCENCE Singer AMY LEE Welcomes First Child

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee welcomed her first child, a son named Jack Lion, last Thursday, July 24. "I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into Technicolor," Lee wrote on Instagram. According to People.com, Jack Lion entered the world weighing 7 lbs., 13 oz. The 32-year-old singer has been married to Josh Hartzler, a therapist, since May 2007. The couple live in New York City. Lee told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that she missed her family when she was on the road and was starting to think about starting her own. "Definitely," she said. "That's something I long for more and more the older I get, for sure. Not just about kids of my own, but just spending time with my living family. [laughs] Something I really end up missing a lot on the road is that, you know, just down home family time. You miss a lot of that stuff when you're on the road and it's starting to hit me, like, 'Ooh, I can't get that back.'" With EVANESCENCE currently inactive, Lee recently completed her first film score, with collaborator Dave Eggar, for the movie "War Story". The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Lee sued her label, Wind-Up Records, for at least $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds, including efforts to sabotage EVANESCENCE's career. The most recent EVANESCENCE album, a self-titled effort, came out in 2011.

CINDERELLA's TOM KEIFER On Illegal Music Downloading: 'It's Kind Of Become The Accepted Norm'

During a recent interview with American Blues Scene magazine, CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer gave his thoughts on the subject of illegal music downloading. "I think there's been a mindset of entitlement with a certain percentage of the population out there, but with others I don't think it's intentionally done to harm anyone," he said. "I just think that people don't think about it, you know? It's just kind of like become the accepted norm almost. I don't know how that will change; I'm just not sure. I guess through continuing to educate people and really make them realize that ultimately it affects the art and the quality of music that they're receiving. "The general mentality not only impacts the art itself and new artists and arts development, but just in general the idea of piracy, there's more to it. It impacts four major industries. "Everyone's so concerned about the economy, and I don't hear a lot of people in Washington talking about this, but there's four major industries impacted by piracy: music, software, literature and movies. That's a huge segment of our economy. It is. And everyone's just kind of, like, 'Fuck it.' I mean, it's like, we already have laws in the books, they're called copyright laws, it's just no one's enforcing them on the Internet because they just think the Internet is this other crazy place where laws don't apply or something. "I don't know what they're thinking in Washington, but we have laws to stop all this, and my understanding is there's even technology, it just needs to be legislated as to who is responsible for installing it. Whether it's the servers or whatever. I've read a lot about it and it's just kind of crazy the way this bleeds into our economy, down to trucking and retailing and across the board in those four industries, it's a huge impact. Look at all the retail stores that have closed, between movies and music, it's just crazy. It's huge, I mean, it's millions of jobs there's no doubt about that." He added: "Walk into a bookstore with a copying machine and just start copying books, and see how long they would get away with it. "I don't think it's malicious, I don't think it's malicious on people's part, it's just become an accepted convenience to people, and I think until people realize how much it impacts our economy and how it affects jobs and how it affects the art and the artists who are trying to create this, and ultimately the quality of music and art. I think when maybe society needs to feel that impact before they make a change, you know? When artists can't afford to be artists anymore, and art suffers, and all the music and art that we're getting and literature and movies just outright suck, then maybe people will say, 'Wow, did we do this?'" Keifer's debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes", was released in April 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). In a interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Keifer was asked if, with where the industry is now, there was any point where he struggled with the idea of whether it still made sense to put out an album vs. just putting out songs. "Well, I gotta be honest, I just didn't even think about it," he said. "I always made records, and I grew up on records. And when we started this, that was the idea. You know, over the 10-year period that we made this record, we weren't thinking about markets, trends or technology. "To be honest, we went through three different recording formats during the making of this record. That's how fast technology and trends were moving. So it went from two-inch tape to one of the first digital RADAR machines and then into Pro Tools. We literally saw three different technologies come and go, and we just weren't thinking about any of it. Obviously, you want your record to be released, but you can't think about that when you're making a record. You've just gotta think about [the record]. It's why we produced it independently of a label, with the idea of shopping it to a label eventually, because you know, every artist wants their music to be released and heard. But during the making of it, we didn't think about any of that. [We were just focused] on making the music."

Report: SCORPIONS' 'Diva-Esque' Rider Demands Drove Up Finnish Concert Ticket Prices

According to YLE.fi, fans of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS were forced to fork out an extra 30 euros each to see the band perform at a festival in Finland because of the "diva-esque stipulations" made by the group in their agreement with the promoter. Among the items requested by SCORPIONS in the 38-page "rider" — a list of requirements for their performances — for their July 26 appearance the Kuopio RockCock festival in Kuopio were a chauffeur-driven Mercedes for each member, individual porcelain toilets and a record-breaking enormous stage. "The extent of the demands is huge," festival organizer Allu Koskinen told Savon Sanomat. "We're talking about tens of thousands of euros." The rider reportedly required of the organizers to build new, individual porcelain toilets for all five bandmembers, and provide a Mercedes-Benz car for each musician with matching, uniformed chauffeurs. In addition, the band requested a 20-by-14-meter stage, bigger than any stage that had ever been seen at the Kuopio festival before. Koskinen told Savon Sanomat that the list came as a surprise to the organizers. The ticket prices had already been announced before the SCORPIONS issued their demands. When SCORPIONS peformed at the Lahden Yöt festival in mid-July, their extravagant demands resulted in the event's ticket prices being raised by a whopping 30 euros, with single-day tickets going for 69 euros (approximately $93). "We didn't and still don't want to raise the ticket prices [for RockCock], even though the pressure is on due to these extra expenses," Koskinen told Savon Sanomat. "We just have to hope for a great turnout." SCORPIONS' latest release, "MTV Unplugged", was made available in North America on January 21 via Sony International. Material for the set was taken from the band's first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. rockcock2014_638

SUICIDE SILENCE Interviewed By MAZE MATTHEWS In Mansfield (Video)

Maze Matthews conducted an interview with guitarist Mark Heylmun and vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE at the July 22 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Mansfield, Massachusetts. You can now watch the chat below. SUICIDE SILENCE's new album, "You Can't Stop Me", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous album, "The Black Crown", opened with 14,400 units back in July 2010 to land at No. 28. SUICIDE SILENCE's 2009 CD, "No Time To Bleed", registered a first-week tally of 14,000 to enter the chart at No. 32. "You Can't Stop Me" first-week chart positions: USA: #16 Germany: #24 Australia: #30 Canada: #30 Austria: #43 Switzerland: #54 UK: #84 "You Can't Stop Me" is SUICIDE SILENCE's first album to feature new vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH) and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker. The CD was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown", but also on some instrumental demos for the new effort just prior to Lucker's death in the fall of 2012. The video for the "You Can't Stop Me" title track can be seen below. The clip was directed by Nathan "Karma" Cox, who has previously worked with LINKIN PARK, BLACK VEIL BRIDES and MARILYN MANSON, among many others. Mitch Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach that Halloween night. Regarding the decision to enlist Hermida, Heylmun told Metalholic.com: "There was really nobody else — we didn't want to try anybody out. We didn't want to call people and be, like, 'You wanna come and jam with us?' That's not how this situation seemed like it would work for us. Eddie was just a friend. Somebody that we know is extremely talented, and someone that could put the passion behind the job that it is. To not replace Mitch or be the singer of this band, but to treat the gig that it is. He's replacing an idol to so many people and he's also coming into a band that preexists, which is the other four members of it. We just knew he would be able to handle it with respect and knock it out of the park."

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BUTCHER BABIES Vocalist CARLA HARVEY To Release 'Death And Other Dances' Novel In August

BUTCHER BABIES vocalist Carla Harvey will release a semi-autobiographical novel, "Death And Other Dances", on August 25. In a recent interview with Detroit Live, Harvey stated about the book: "'Death And Other Dances' is a story about the human connection. And how touch connects us all. It's about loneliness and how in today's digital age we are more connected yet more disconnected since we don't actually interact face to face." She continued: "I worked hospice and funeral homes and I was also a dancer for years I and I saw a correlation between customers at the clubs and also my patients in hospice. I mean, most of the customers I met at the clubs were just lonely and didn't really have anyone at home. And in addition, a lot of the hospices patients I took care of seemed kind of abandoned by their families as well. And working in these environments, I just came to the conclusion that everyone wants pretty much the same basic thing; everybody wants to be touched, everybody wants to be acknowledged, everybody wants to be loved. We all go to different lengths to find that love in our lives… and that's what the novel is about. So far everyone who has read it loves it... so I can't want for it to come out." "Death And Other Dances" book synopsis: "Autumn Franklin is an awkward, biracial girl growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Already disconnected from her peers at an early age because of her background, she becomes even more withdrawn when her young parents divorce. Ever changing but stubbornly tenacious, she survives the cards she's been dealt by playing them against the odds. Hurt her and she will not hesitate to 'kill you off,' making it easier to walk away. "Transplanting herself from her factory-driven hometown to the alluring City of Angels, she has but one goal: to find herself. Struggling to make solid connections with those around her, Autumn swallows her reservations and pushes limits to the extreme as she transitions between two drastic career changes: from the bowels of the adult entertainment industry to her rebirth as a mortician. There amongst the dead, she learns what it is to live, love, and to allow others inside, finally landing in the most comfortable place of all: her own skin." For more information, and to order the book, go to this location. BUTCHER BABIES recently entered the studio with producer Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DEVILDRIVER, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) to begin recording some of its brand new material. The band's debut album, "Goliath", sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 107 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD came out on July 9, 2013 via Century Media Records. carlaharveydeathandotherbook

MACHINE HEAD To Tour North America With CHILDREN OF BODOM, EPICA, BATTLECROSS

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will embark on a 21-show North American tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from Finnish heavy metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM, Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA and American melodic death/thrash openers BATTLECROSS. The tour launches on October 4 in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1. Comments MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn: "MACHINE HEAD raised the bar with concert production for 2012‘s 'Locust' tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest U.S. show yet, and the strongest lineup out there for 2014, period! This is a must-see event for any heavy metal fan in America! "I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in CHILDREN OF BODOM, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in BATTLECROSS, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. EPICA's symphonic metal will add a touch of much-needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. "Come out and be a part of history, ladies and gentlemen!" Adds CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho: "We've rolled with MACHINE HEAD quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick-ass shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we'll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non-stop tour cycle for 'Halo Of Blood'!“ "With this killer lineup, this tour is bound to be a great success," states EPICA vocalist Simone Simons. "We will bring EPICA to a whole new level and I can't wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas." EPICA guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Mark Jansen adds: "MACHINE HEAD and CHILDREN OF BODOM are bands I listened to as teenager, so it's really amazing to be on this tour with EPICA." BATTLECROSS guitarist Tony Asta says: "What an honor to be asked to join a tour in support of MACHINE HEAD's first album release on their new label! We're really excited to reunite with Robb and the guys, as well as CHILDREN OF BODOM — both legendary bands and friends from last summer's Mayhem fest. And we'll get to see what EPICA is all about. This is a tour with something for every metalhead. We can't wait to bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast to coast. See you in the pit!" All tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. EST. MACHINE HEAD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EPICA and BATTLECROSS tour dates: Oct. 04 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues Oct. 07 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Oct. 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Oct. 11 – [to be announced] Oct. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy Oct. 15 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis Oct. 16 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 Oct. 17 - Worcester, MA - Palladium Oct. 18 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater Oct. 20 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall Oct. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Oct. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater Oct. 24 - Saskatoon, SK - O’Brians Oct. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center Oct. 28 - Vancouver, B.C - The Vogue – Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 29 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO Oct. 31 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater Nov. 01 - Hollywood, CA - Palladium Due in November via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, MACHINE HEAD's new album was recorded at GREEN DAY's JingleTown Recording compound in Oakland, California. The artwork for the CD is being created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco, who has previously worked with BELPHEGOR, EINHERJER, DIMMU BORGIR, THE FACELESS, NOCTEM, KEEP OF KALESSIN and BORKNAGAR. Tentative songtitles set to appear on the new MACHINE HEAD album include "Killers & Kings", "Beneath The Silt", "Eyes Of The Dead" (formerly "Ojos De La Muerte"), "Sail Into The Black", "Now We Die" (formerly "How We Die") and "Night Of The Long Knives". mhcobtour

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH, KIRK HAMMETT Talk About 30th Anniversary Of 'Ride The Lightning'

METALLICA's Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett spoke to RollingStone.com about the band's classic sophomore album, "Ride The Lightning", which celebrated its 30th anniversary this week. Asked if METALLICA was trying to do something different, musically, after 1983's "Kill 'Em All", Ulrich replied: "It was the first time that the four of us wrote together and we got a chance to broaden our horizons. I don't think it was a conscious effort to break away from anything musically. Obviously, listening to songs like 'Fight Fire' and 'Trapped Under Ice', we were obviously still into the thrash type of stuff. But we were realizing you had to be careful that it didn't become too limiting or one-dimensional." He continued: "All four of us were so into so many different things. And 'Kill 'Em All' was primarily written with James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] and I and [Dave] Mustaine [former METALLICA and current MEGADETH mainman]; so Kirk and Cliff [Burton, late METALLICA bassist] didn't really contribute to any of the songs on 'Kill 'Em All'. 'Ride The Lightning' was the first time that both Cliff and Kirk got a chance to add what they were doing. They just came from a different school, especially Cliff, who came from a much more melodic approach." Kirk spoke about the fact that riffs from songs by his previous band, EXODUS, "Die By His Hand" and "Impaler", found their way into "Creeping Death" and "Trapped Under Ice", respectively. "What I think happened was when Lars and James were thinking about getting rid of Dave [Mustaine], our sound guy, Mark Whitaker — who was EXODUS' manager — gave them EXODUS' demos," Kirk said. "I think 'Die By His Hand' might have caught their ears. So when they were writing 'Creeping Death', they went, 'Great. 'Die By His Hand'. Put it right there.' It was definitely not me going, 'I have a riff here in this EXODUS song, and it needs to be here in this METALLICA song.' By the way, I wrote that 'Die By His Hand' riff when I was, like, 16 years old." Ulrich also talked about the initial response to "Ride The Lightning" from METALLICA's hardcore fan base, a portion of which was less than pleased with the more melodic nature of some of the material on the record. "There was an odd reaction to 'Fade To Black' and to the variety of the record," Lars said. "It did surprise us a little bit, I guess. People started calling us sellouts and all that type of stuff. Some people were a little bit bewildered by the fact that there was a song that had acoustic guitars. That was kind of funny because every great BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, MERCYFUL FATE record, that was part of their arsenal, too. The fact that we followed down that path surely couldn't have surprised anybody." Thirty years later, "Ride The Lightning" "holds up very well," said Lars. "There's kind of a youthful energy that runs through the record. [laughs] A good portion of these songs are still staples of our live set. And between 'For Whom The Bell Tolls', 'Creeping Death', 'Fade To Black' and 'Ride The Lightning', that's not a bad batting average." Read more at RollingStone.com. metallica-ride-the-lightning

OBITUARY: New Album Title Revealed

Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY have set "Inked In Blood" as the title of their ninth studio album, tentatively due at the end of October via the band's new partnership with Relapse Records. OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy revealed the CD title during an interview with the Italian blog Metal Skunk before the group's July 17 concert in Rome. OBITUARY's first full-length CD in over five years was recorded by the band this past April at its own RedNeck Studio in Gibsonton, Florida. Fan-filmed video footage of OBITUARY performing the "Inked In Blood" title track on June 13 at the Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. Commented OBITUARY on the new material: "We don't know how to explain it but we really hit the 'metal nail' on the head with this album. "We have been writing and working on the new material for nearly three years now and we could not be more excited how these songs have all turned out. "All the stars seem to have aligned for us and this release, with the songs, production and overall feel of this record, the band is more solid than ever." The album recording was funded by an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2013. Now the band has partnered with Relapse worldwide to maximize the release and impact of what is surely their heaviest and most cohesive record in 20 years. The group elaborated on the decision to create the Kickstarter campaign and sign with Relapse. "We always knew that our fans were some of the most devoted fans on the planet and they proved it by stepping up, being a part of something new and supporting us with our Kickstarter campaign," says the band. "This was an amazing display of true fan support and we could not be more proud of everyone who helped raise the money to record this album by pre-ordering it, buying all the cool stuff we offered and just being a part of something that we believe will be the way of the future. Now we have teamed up with Relapse Records to have them get this new album out there, in stores and available to the fans worldwide. "We are very excited about our partnership with Relapse and are looking forward to working beside them with the release. They are a great label and super-cool people who have shown us that they are excited to have OBITUARY on their roster and are ready to push this album to its fullest potential." OBITUARY is: John Tardy - Vocals Trevor Peres - Guitar Donald Tardy - Drums Terry Butler - Bass Kenny Andrews - Guitar

OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Crazy Train' Covered By HARP TWINS (Video)

Identical twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt have covered the OZZY OSBOURNE classic "Crazy Train" as an electric duet harp arrangement. Check it out in the YouTube clip below. Known as the "harp twins," Camille and Kennerly perform internationally as a dynamic acoustic and electric rock harp duo. As the world's only known identical twin professional harpists, Camille and Kennerly have a passion and flair for arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duet. Camille and Kennerly are known for their remarkable duet harp arrangements of songs by artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA, AEROSMITH, AC/DC, DEEP PURPLE and many more. The twins also arrange and perform a jukebox of Broadway, video game, TV and movie soundtrack hits. In addition to being prolific arrangers, Camille and Kennerly compose and perform their own original pieces for harp duet. In December of 2013, Camille and Kennerly released their much-anticipated first cover albums, "Harp Attack", featuring 14 of their most popular rock and metal arrangements, and "Harp Fantasy", featuring 14 of their most popular TV and movie soundtrack, anime, and video game arrangements. 01. Fear Of The Dark (IRON MAIDEN) 02. Send Me An Angel (SCORPIONS) 03. Nothing Else Matters (METALLICA) 04. Paint It Black (THE ROLLING STONES) 05. Don't Fear The Reaper (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) 06. It's My Life (BON JOVI) 07. Smoke On The Water (DEEP PURPLE) 08. Wish You Were Here (PINK FLOYD) 09. Zombie (CRANBERRIES) 10. With Or Without You (U2) 11. Sweet Child O' Mine (GUNS N' ROSES) 12. Highway To Hell (AC/DC) 13. Stairway To Heaven (LED ZEPPELIN) 14. Dream On (AEROSMITH) Camille and Kennerly began posting harp duet music videos of their rock, metal and contemporary cover arrangements on YouTube several years ago. The twins have since acquired over 14 million total views on their 100 percent independently produced videos in addition to amassing legions of fans worldwide — including over 100,000 YouTube subscribers and over 100,000 Facebook fans. Camille and Kennerly are known for their personal interaction with their fans — responding to more fan messages and comments than any other artist of their echelon. "Crazy Train":

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