New Orleans, Louisiana's sons of American no-frills-black-metal-meets-death-'n'-roll GOATWHORE have completed work on their sixth full-length album, due later in the year via Metal Blade Records. The CD was once again recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer with Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL) and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York. Says Rutan: "I could not be more proud of all our efforts. "This is my fourth album with GOATWHORE and their loyalty and commitment is something I respect tremendously. "To record mostly to analog was incredible and the results exemplify that. Amazing tones and performances. This is the real deal!" He adds: "It takes a lot of guts to record an album to tape in a day and age of metal where conformity and sterility are more commonplace then originality and vibe. "It has been nine years since I have recorded anything to two-inch tape, since HATE ETERNAL's 'I Monarch' and SOILENT GREEN's 'Confrontation', but I guarantee it won't be my last! "I cannot wait for everyone to hear this album and I give GOATWHORE my complete and utter respect. "It has been an honor to work with GOATWHORE once again and I thank them for bringing out the best of me! Performance over perfection." GOATWHORE's last album, "Blood For The Master", sold around 3,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at 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. The band's previous albm, 2009's "Carving Out The Eyes Of God", opened with around 2,700 units to land at No. 16 on the Heatseekers chart. "Blood For The Master" was released in North America on February 14, 2012 via Metal Blade Records.
SKID ROW will play a song on opening night of 500 Songs For Kids on April 10 at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, Georgia. All proceeds will go to the Songs For Kids Foundation, which brings musicians year round to children's hospitals across the United States. Songs For Kids Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 2007 with the mission to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness or hardship. They work year round to bring music to children's hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and the Songs For Kids Records songwriting and recording program. SKID ROW has finished recording "United World Rebellion - Chapter Two", the second in a series of EPs that the reincarnated band â Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Scotti Hill (guitar), Johnny Solinger (vocals) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) â plans to release in the near future. The CD was laid down at Cock Of The Walk studio in Kennesaw, Georgia. SKID ROW's last EP, "United World Rebellion - Chapter One", was released in Europe on May 24, 2013 via Germany's UDR Music. The European version of the EP includes two bonus tracks, both of them cover tunes: "Fire Fire" (EZO) and "United" (JUDAS PRIEST). "United World Rebellion - Chapter One" sold around 1,500 copies in the Unted States in its first week of release. The CD was made available in North America on April 16, 2013 via MRI.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum will release his new album, "Stratosphere", under the moniker MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services. "Stratosphere" is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album. "Over the years, I've been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn't always been for the better," says Sorum. "But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind. "With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It's as real and exposed as anything I've ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it." Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano. "I've always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record," Matt says. "I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion. "I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well." Pre-order "Stratosphere" now on iTunes and get an instant download of "The Sea". Check out the ffth and final webisode about of the making of "Stratosphere" below. MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY - "Stratosphere" track listing: 01. Intro - Stratosphere Part 1 02. The Sea 03. What Ziggy Says 04. For the Wild Ones 05. Goodbye To You 06. Gone 07. Lady of the Stone 08. Ode to Nick Drake 09. Blue 10. Josephine 11. Land of the Pure 12. Killers N Lovers 13. The Lonely Teardrop 14. Outro - Stratosphere Part 2 Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the "Stratosphere" CD: "I'm known as a rock guy, but I've always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes. "I've always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N' ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn't the predominant songwriter, but I've always been involved in the process. "When I put 'Stratosphere' together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I'd been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone's expectations." Asked if MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: "We're going to tour, but it isn't going to be a typical rock show. If I'm going to front a band, I can't see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?" Making of "Stratosphere" webisode 5:
RockRevoltMagazine.com conducted an interview with vocalist Andrea Ferro of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. You can now watch the chat below. LACUNA COIL's new studio album, "Broken Crown Halo", will be released in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW. "Broken Crown Halo" is LACUNA COIL's seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to "Dark Adrenaline", which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÃRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart. "Broken Crown Halo" track listing: 01. Nothing Stands In Our Way 02. Zombies 03. Hostage To The Light 04. Victims 05. Die & Rise 06. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name) 07. Cybersleep 08. Infection 09. I Burn In You 10. In The End I Feel Alive 11. One Cold Day LACUNA COIL is touring as a quintet following the departures of guitarist Cris "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano "Criz" Mozzati. Marco "Maus" Biazzi is handling all guitar duties on the trek while drummer Ryan Blake Folden is once again sitting behind the kit. The band states: "Fans will already be familiar with Ryan, as he performed live with LACUNA COIL on the majority of the 2012 and 2013 'Dark Legacy' and 'Dark Adrenaline' tours." Regarding the departures of Migliore and Mozzati, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia told U.K.'s Metal Hammer: "It's something we announced [on February 14] but knew for a few weeks, and honestly, I feel good, because we couldn't have a better â I don't even wasn't to use the word âsplit'; that sounds like, 'Oh, we had a big fight and we don't want to see each other anymore.' "It was something that was coming from the heart, very sincere. They just decided they wanted to change their lives. It's not like they didn't like the band anymore, but this lifestyle is not easy. You're on tour all the time, you don't have any private life anymore. "Being on tour is really surreal, because time moves in a different way, so I think it's absolutely normal that after so many years together, some of us want to carry on doing what we do because we still enjoy it, and some of us would want to move on, keeping the great memories we have together. I mean, they're not planning to join other bands. It's not going to be a huge difference, because we will have the same songwriter, and we are determined to go on. So I'm sad that they're leaving, but we will continue seeing each other outside the band. They are happy, we are happy, everyone is happy." She continued: "It's too early to think about replacements, and we don't even know if we want that. We might work with session musicians for a while, because even if we are serene and happy, it's hard for us, because we lost two brothers, so we don't want anyone to come into the family just like that. It would be wise, I think, just to go on with us four and then move on with friends like Ryan, who is a great drummer and very easy to get along with. And that's an important factor, because if you're going to share a tour bus with people, you have to be able to get along with them!" The Revolver-magazine-presented "The Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour runs through March 20 in Anaheim, California. Visit www.hottestchickstour.com for additional details and VIP packages.
U.K. rock journalist Mark Taylor recently conducted an interview with former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow. On whether she has had any contact with the other former NIGHTWISH singer, Tarja Turunen: "We are on the same record label, and the only contact we've had was that I got her album... I asked the record label if I could have her new album since I do like her music a lot, and then I wrote on my blog that she made a really good album. And she thanked me on her Facebook, I think it was. So that was the first time we ever, you know, exchanged any blessings or greetings. But we haven't met personally. I am thinking, if I have the time, if I should go up and watch her show. She's coming to Gothenburg in May, I think. So if I'm at home and I have the time, maybe I'l ask if I could go and see her show, and maybe we could meet. I hope she would like to meet me; you never know what she thinks about me. But I think it would be a really nice thing to just say hello, you know. We have been singing in the same band and we have some history, so it would be nice. And she's done a really nice solo career, so maybe she has some good hints for me. [Laughs]" On whether she will perform any NIGHTWISH songs when she tours with her solo project: "No, I won't. For sure, I will not sing any NIGHTWISH songs. That is something I have decided. I've done that, you know. They have a new singer, Floor [Jansen], and I think she should do the songs now. And every era has its singer, and it's NIGHTWISH songs â they're not mine, even if I sang them for [five] years â it's Tuomas' [Holopainen, keyboards] songs and he owns them, soâ¦ I wish them good luck with the songs, and I will do my songs. [Laughs]" Olzon's debut solo album, "Shine", will be released via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group, on the following dates: Germany: March 28 France: March 31 Italy: April 1 Benelux: March 31 Poland: March 31 Czech Republic: March 31 Sweden: March 26 Finland: March 28 Norway: March 31 Denmark: March 31 Russia: March 28 Spain: March 28 UK: March 31 USA: April 8 "Shine", which was co-produced by Anette Olzon and Johan Kronlund, is a collaboration with some of the most successful teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia: Stefan Ãrn (songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest-winning track "Running Scared") and Johan GlÃ¶ssner. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette). Olzon's "Lies" video from can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE, KAMELOT). Regarding the CD's musical direction, Anette said: "In the end, it is a rock album. Well, a pop rock album, maybe, or would you call it pop metal?" Olzon announced in April 2011 that she decided to push back the tentative release date of her debut solo album to after NIGHTWISH had completed touring in support of its then-yet-to-be-released new studio album, "Imaginarium". Olzon worked on material for her solo CD in 2009 with Swedish producers Stefan Ãrn and Johan GlÃ¶ssner. The album was slated to be co-produced by Swedish producer/songwriter Anders Bagge, who has previously worked with MADONNA, CELINE DION, JANET JACKSON and JESSICA SIMPSON, among others. He was also one of judges on the Swedish TV talent competition "Idol" and a producer of the TV series "Made in Sweden". Olzon in 2009 hired a personal manager â the Swedish management company Hagenburg Management, which also represents EUROPE and THE CARDIGANS. Olzon was fired from NIGHTWISH in September 2012 in the middle of the band's North American tour. Interview (audio):
On March 10, journalist Mitch Lafon conducted an interview with ACCEPT and TT QUICK singer Mark Tornillo. You can now watch the chat below. On the progress of the recording sessions for the new ACCEPT album: "I literally finished singing the vocal tracks a week ago Sunday." On whether fans of the first two ACCEPT albums with Tornillo on vocals â 2010's "Blood Of The Nations" and 2012's "Stalingrad" â will be happy with the musical direction of the new ACCEPT album: "Yeah, I would say. It's more of the same, but even more of a classic feel than the other ones, I think. There's some songs on this one, I think, that when you hear the opening riffs, you're gonna go, 'Wow! This could have been on 'Balls To The Wall'. This could have been on 'Metal Heart'.' It's just very classic-sounding stuff, classic-sounding ACCEPT stuff. But with a lot of very diverse things on this record as well. I mean, you've got the heavies and the double basses, but some things that, I think, are a little different." On whether the songwriting process for the new ACCEPT album was more comfortable for him, having done two albums already with the band prior to this one: "It is more comfiortable for me. I think it's a little more comfortable for everyone. 'Stalingrad' was the one, I think, that threw us all for a loop, more than anything, because we had set the bar so high with 'Blood Of The Nations'. And we were really searching for a niche with 'Blood Of The Nations' still, searching for an identity for the band. So 'Stalingrad' was actually more of a challenge, I think, than this one was. We really kind of settled in with this one and are not afraid to take a chance here and there now too. So we'll see what happens. I'm loving it. So I'm just hoping the fans will feel the same way." On the status of the the first official ACCEPT documentary, "Acceptology", featuring footage from ACCEPT's humble beginnings as a garage band in their German home town of Solingen in the late '70s, their '80s "Balls To The Wall" "glory days," and all the way up their most successful reincarnation with Tornillo: "'Acceptology' is still being recorded. Actually, Stefan Kaufmann [former ACCEPT drummer and U.D.O. guitarist] is spearheading that whole project. So I know that we did some extensive video during the recording of this album that's gonna be on some of that stuff. But there are two live DVDs now; there's one from South America, and there's one from Bang Your Head!!! festival last year in Germany. Now, the way I understand it, one of these is going to be released with the new album [as a bonus disc]. I'm not sure which one â I think possibly the German one; I don't know all the details â but the way I understand it, there will be a live DVD with the new album. 'Acceptology', I'm not sure when that's gonna be released and how it's gonna be released." On TT QUICK's future plans: "We've talked about [doing some recording and scheduling some more dates]. There's talk about us maybe doing a few shows, actually, this summer while I'm home. I'm gonna be here, now that we're done with recording the new ACCEPT album, I'm gonna be in the neighborhood now until probably the end of July when we're gonna start touring again [with ACCEPT]. So it gives us some time to do some TT QUICK stuff this summer. David [Dipietro, TT QUICK guitarist] and I have actually been throwing ideas back and forth, so there's a good possibility we may just do an EP, release it digitally and see what happens." Tornillo's pre-ACCEPT band TT QUICK will reunite once again for a performance at the "Rock N' Roll Heaven Presents" event on May 3 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Also appearing on the bill will be KING'S X, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX and the BLACK SABBATH cover band BLACK REIGN. This time around, TT QUICK will play a full set after their "teaser" appearance at Rock N' Roll Heaven and the Old Bridge Metal Militia's reunion concert and fundraiser in May 2013 to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy. TT QUICK was a popular club band during the 1980s in the New York and New Jersey area and was known for the guitar work of David Dipietro and the powerful vocals of Mark Tornillo. Dipietro's skills were especially singled out as he had given lessons to both Zakk Wylde of the OZZY OSBOURNE band and SKID ROW's Dave Sabo. TT QUICK disbanded and later reunited sporadically and released a few more albums, including a live CD from one of their reunion gigs ("Thrown Together Live") and a studio effort, "Ink", which came out in 2000.
Fan-filmed video footage of from guitar virtuoso Gus G. â well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND â performing this past Saturday, March 8 at Block 33 in Thessaloniki, Greece can be seen below. Gus was joined at the gig by acclaimed Swedish hard rock vocalist Mats LevÃ©n (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION). Gus G.'s debut solo album, "I Am The Fire", will be released on March 18 in North America via Century Media Records. "I Am The Fire" track listing: 01. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats LevÃ©n) 02. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats LevÃ©n) 03. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day) 04. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson) 05. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez) 06. Just Can't Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton) 07. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan) 08. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats LevÃ©n) 09. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr) 10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) 11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund) 12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats LevÃ©n) The cover artwork, pictured below, was designed by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, KAMELOT, DREAM EVIL). The video for the album's opening track, "My Will Be Done" (featuring Mats LevÃ©n), was produced by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others. Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on "I Am The Fire", and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O'Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN, LITA FORD), and vocalists Mats LevÃ©n (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN, ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). "I Am The Fire" was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, STEEL PANTHER) and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus' home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album's tracks include "Eyes Wide Open", "Redemption", "End Of The Line" and "Blame It On Me". The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to Gus G.'s soulful playing. Gus G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL (Sweden), MYSTIC PROPHECY (Germany) and NIGHTRAGE (Greece), but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band that have helped him emerge as one of the world's top metal and rock guitarists. His work on Ozzy's "Scream" album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player magazine's "Best Metal Guitarist," the "Dimebag Darrell Shredder" award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece "Best Guitarist" on four separate occasions.
ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando was interviewed on the latest edition of "The Classic Metal Show", which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. In other news, Orlando will perform at an exclusive VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life" and awards gala on March 17 at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. There will be a very limited amount of Dio fan tickets for $25 each, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. You will get to hear the entire album two weeks before you can buy it and there will be very special live performances by HALESTORM, Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), Oni Logan (LUNCH MOB, DIO DISIPLES), Jimmy Bain (DIO, LAST IN LINE, RAINBOW), Rowan Robertson (DIO), Brian Tichy (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) and many other special surprise guests all performing their renditions of Ronnie's songs. There will also be awards presented during the evening, including an award to "The Metal God" Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST. Said Orlando: "I am extremely honored & proud to be performing at Ronnie James Dio 'This Is Your Life' concert and album release party. It will be an honor to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time alongside an amazing cast of performers! "ADRENALINE MOB is featured on ['This Is Your Life'] with our cover of [BLACK SABBATH's] 'Mob Rules'. A HUGE honor for ADRENALINE MOB." ADRENALINE MOB's second album, "Men Of Honor", sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart. ADRENALINE MOB's full-length debut, 2012's "OmertÃ¡", opened with around 6,600 units to enter the chart at No. 70. "Men Of Honor" was released on February 18 in North America and February 24 internationally via Century Media Records. ADRENALINE MOB's current lineup includes Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X), Mike Orlando (guitar), John Moyer (bass; also of DISTURBED), and the band's latest addition, drummer A.J. Pero (also of TWISTED SISTER). "Men Of Honor" features 11 new original songs produced by Allen and Orlando. Drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) quit ADRENALINE MOB in June 2013 due to "scheduling conflicts." In an interview with Brazil's "Wikimetal", Allen stated about Portnoy's departure from ADRENALINE MOB: "He's been, obviously, real busy with THE WINERY DOGS. The truth of it is we wanna keep working, we wanna keep doing ADRENALINE MOB and we don't wanna wait around for Mike to have the time [to put into ADRENALINE MOB]. And he doesn't know when he will have the time again, so that's really what's going down. Mike Portnoy was asked to be in the band by myself. Me and Orlando had already written all the material, so [ADRENALINE MOB's debut album] 'OmertÃ¡' was completely finished before Mike joined the act. And it's a bummer, but he's got his sights on other things, and he's not gonna stick around. So we wish him the best of luck, but the MOB's gotta go on." ADRENALINE MOB released "CovertÃ¡", an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the group's favorite songs, on March 12, 2013. Interview (audio):
Spirit Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ted Aguilar of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. You can now watch the chat below. DEATH ANGEL's seventh album, "The Dream Calls For Blood", sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. DEATH ANGEL's previous CD, "Relentless Retribution", opened with 2,700 units in September 2010. The band's 2008 effort, "Killing Season", registered a first-week tally of around 2,300. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which premiered with around 2,100 copies back in May 2004. Released on October 11, 2013 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it arrived three days later) and October 15, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, "The Dream Calls For Blood" was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Asked how DEATH ANGEL was able to construct such fast, aggressive, brutal material for "The Dream Calls For Blood" while many of the band's contemporaries have, to varying degrees, abandoned thrash and speed metal, DEATH ANGEL singer Mark Osegueda told Metal Blast: "I think with us we kind of went the opposite direction. We got all of the experimentation out while we were young back in the '80s; we tried to push the envelope then and maybe pushed it a little too much. When we reformed in 2001, we were writing new material, sort of fishing a bit, not knowing which direction things would go in. Over time, we started getting on the same page a lot more. Then we lost a couple of the original members, which in turn brought us two younger players who were very hungry to play, very eager to tour, and were also much more thrash-based players. Will [Carroll] is a much more thrash-styled drummer than Andy [Galeon, former drummer], who was a much more groove-based, almost '70s rock kind of drummer. Dennis [Pepa, former bass player] was a much more punk-derived player than Damien [Sisson] is. When Rob [Cavestany] was coming up with the riffs for the new record, he was definitely playing off those strengths. So all of that lead to us going back to our thrash roots and coming up with some of the strongest material we've written to date."
MÃTLEY CRÃE held a press conference on January 28 at Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles where they announced that the band will launch its "Final Tour" later this year, with the group planning to play 72 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015. Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal "cessation of touring" agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÃTLEY CRÃE banner. No mention was made of whether the CRÃE will record a new album to go along with the tour, although the group hinted at the possibility. During an appearance on the March 3 edition of Eddie Trunk's show "Trunk Nation" on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, MÃTLEY CRÃE guitarist Mick Mars revealed: "I just wrote a new song with Nikki [Sixx, MÃTLEY CRÃE bassist], and we're gonna be finishing it up, like, within the next couple of months. There'll be a new single [released in time for the upcoming tour]." Sixx in January said that that it's unlikely that the band will release another full-length album of new material and will instead make select tracks available via special projects in order to maximize their impact. "My take on it right now and the way that things work is very much reverted back to the '60s where people buy singles," Mars told Trunk. "I don't want an album full of fillers. And that's why I said I would release [a solo] EP or singles." Sixx told the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station 95.1 KSKY: "We have music written, [but] it's not put together yet." He added: "It's hard, to be honest with you, to spend six [or] nine months to write eleven songs â all those lyricsâ¦ everythingâ¦ the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the sonics, the mixing, the mastering, the artworkâ¦ You put it out and nothing [happens], because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go, 'Why don't we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people. That's how we're thinking. I don't know if it's right or wrong, but that's how we're thinking." MÃTLEY CRÃE in 2012 released a brand new song called "Sex" to coincide with the launch of the band's North American co-headlining tour with KISS. Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, "Sex" was the first studio track from the CRÃE since their June 2008 release of "Saints Of Los Angeles". The song was recorded at MÃTLEY CRÃE drummer Tommy Lee's studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California.
Music journalist and band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland has published a book entitled "Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal" featuring a foreword by German metal queen Doro Pesch. Told in their own voices â through a series of intimate interviews and photographs of prominent and influential women in the metal industry â "Not Just Tits In A Corset" details the unique history, challenges and triumphs women have encountered throughout their careers in metal music, while also celebrating the compelling global community these women have created amongst each other and the fans. It's not just musicians featured, but the women behind the scenes also tell their stories, all of them offering inspiration and support to the up-and-comers. Featured women include: * Lita Ford * Ann Boleyn * Doro Pesch * Betsy Bitch * Leather Leone * Anneke Van Giersbergen * Elize Ryd * Sharon Den Adel * Alissa White-Gluz * Angela Gossow * Maria Brink * Floor Jansen * Tarja Turunen * Cristina Scabbia * Charlotte Wessels * Roxy Petrucci * Linda McDonald * Lzzy Hale * Simone Simons The book is now available as a hardcover or softcover printed book or e-book on the author's web site and will be available through other online retailers soon. A book launch party open to the public (all ages) will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse in Dunellen, New Jersey. Female-fronted metal bands MINDMAZE, A SOUND OF THUNDER, and FLAMES OF FURY will be performing that night with other special guests. Excerpts from the book: "We just wanted to play metal in the boys' club. We were metal. And the music represented us. I remember early on at shows when I saw females in the audience I'd try to bring them in so they'd get it. I don't want to f*ck him. I want to be him." - Leather Leone (CHASTAIN) "A lot of the male fans say it is so hard to even find a girl who likes IRON MAIDEN, how on earth did we find 5 girls who like MAIDEN so much they want to play it?" - Linda McDonald (ex-PHANTOM BLUE, THE IRON MAIDENS) "Ten years ago I heard [from women], "Since I saw you in a metal band, I thought, 'Okay, I can do this as well.'" Sometimes we need a little bit of an example." - Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING, solo artist)
As the music world prepares to descend upon music week in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2014, the Grammy-winning, iconic guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame artist Slash has announced the Slashathon. Powered by Geeklist, Slashathon is the first-ever artist-focused hackathon whereby developers create applications and technology within a 12-hour period. The music-oriented Slashathon will offer developers a unique challenge to create solutions for musicians to engage their communities in new ways for an album release. Slashathon will take place Wednesday, March 12 at Capital Factory (701 Brazos St., STE 1601, Austin, Texas). The entire Slashathon will be live-streamed all day, via Livestream. Slash will be joined by Bram Cohen (chief scientist and founder of BitTorrent) and Robert Scoble (first employee at Microsoft, creator of Hackathons, Rackspace) onsite in Austin to judge the Slashathon. Also, a major entrepreneur in the world of tech will make a surprise guest appearance. The Grand Prize includes a Gibson guitar autographed by Slash, $1,000 dollars and the opportunity to have Slash use the winning hack with the release of his new album, coming out in late 2014. Register for the Slashathon at: www.slashathon.com. *SXSW badges are not required to participate. Slashathon Wednesday, March 12 @ Capitol Factory, Austin 8:30 a.m.: Registration 9:00 a.m.: API presentations 10:00 a.m.: Hacking begins 1:30 p.m.: Lunch 7:00 p.m.: Presentations 8:30: Awards A pioneer in blending tech and music, Slash launched his first two music apps "Slash360" and "Slash AmpliTube", to promote the "Apocalyptic Love" album (2012) featuring his band MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. The critically acclaimed album "Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 rock radio hits â "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun" â and stormed onto The Billboard 200 chart at No. 4, marking the top rock debut for that week. Last year, Slash also partnered with the Swedish company Rovio â creator of the popular mobile game Angry Birds â to create a theme song for the "Angry Birds Space". Slash and his band are currently in the studio working on a new album, to be released in the fall of 2014.
Eagle Rock Entertainment, in association with Banger Films, has announced the world premiere of "Super Duper Alice Cooper" at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, where it will screen as part of their Spotlight section. Taking us through his life and career, Alice presents his story in the first ever "doc opera" film â a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. "Super Duper Alice Cooper" is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock 'n' roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the '60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the '70s to his triumphant comeback as '80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other's souls. Alice's story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Dee Snider. In order to make "Super Duper Alice Cooper" as interactive for his devoted fans as he possibly can, Alice Cooper is putting together a special pre-recorded "Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice" question-and-answer session that will run following each theatrical screening. In order for Alice to give some wild answers, he'll require some burning questions from fans, so he's inviting YOU to ask him anything now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com (click the "Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice" graphic). Once the submission period is closed, Alice will personally handpick select questions and answer them via video, serving as the aforementioned Q&A. "Super Duper Alice Cooper" is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of "Iron Maiden: Flight 666" (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film "Monkey Warfare". The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. In a 2012 interview with Spinner.com, Dunn stated about the Cooper documentary: "We know Alice through various projects that we've done. We interviewed Alice for 'Headbanger's Journey'. He's also featured pretty prominently in two episodes of [the new groundbreaking documentary series] 'Metal Evolution', both in [the] Shock Rock and Early Metal U.S. [episodes]. He's a pretty fascinating character, who has been through a lot in his life. He's one of those musicians that maybe he hasn't had a hit in a long time, but everyone knows who Alice Cooper is because of his influence on pop culture and the big songs he had in the '70s. "We're exploring a different stylist approach with this film. It won't be talking heads; it's going to be more of an archival and animated journey through his career. "He's such a rich visual artist, it makes so much sense to try and do it in a different way. "I think we're just a little bit sick of doing talking head interviews, to be honest [laughs], after doing 300 of them for 'Metal Evolution'. So it's really the story of Alice's career from the '60s right up to the '80s and everything he went through â the ups and the downs, battles with alcoholism, being raised in a Christian family, rebelling against that but then coming back to faith later in his career, and moving from town to town, and trying to find his place." Alice Cooper's latest album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cooper's previous CD, 2008's "Along Came A Spider", opened with just under 10,000 copies to land at No. 53. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare" album in 1975, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
The debut album from the CYBERNAUTS, a collaboration between two members of DEF LEPPARD (Joe Elliott and Phil Collen), the former rhythm section of David Bowie's SPIDERS FROM MARS (Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey) and keyboard player Dick Decent, will be digitally released for the first time sometime in the next year. Originally issued in 2000, "Cybernauts Live" contains 22 tracks written by David Bowie, plus one by Jimi Hendrix, one by Lou Reed (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND) and one by Craig Fuller (PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE). According to Darren's UK Def Leppard Site, Collen first mentioned a possible re-release of "Cybernauts Live" with bonus tracks during a KLOS radio interview in November 2013. Plans to play live again were ruled out following the deaths of both Dick Decent and Trevor Bolder. But Joe now says he and Woodmansey are going to try to release material digitally for the first time. "I've been talking to Woody Woodmansey, the drummer on that particular recording, and, of course, on the original version of that, which was from an album by David Bowie and the SPIDERS FROM MARS called 'Aladdin Sane'," Elliott said this past weekend during his weekly radio show. "We were talking about the fact that the CYBERNAUTS album is not available on iTunes and we're gonna go out of our way over the next year or so to try and get some bonus tracks put together and get the thing up on digital, 'cause it's about time it was." In 2001, CYBERNAUTS released a two-CD set consisting of the live album plus the EP "The Further Adventures Of The Cybernauts", which contained studio recordings, via the U.K.'s Arachnophobia Records. "If people are wondering why me and Phil are doing this, they should check out the original versions of these songs and see why we are who we are," Elliott said shortly before the CYBERNAUTS album's original release. "There is so much good material on the original albums, you might understand why we are always going on about them. "Mick Ronson was such a good guitar player, he is possibly the only guitarist that Phil would willingly copy, almost like a kid in his bedroom miming with the old tennis racquet! "It's fair to say that my own musical career went in a totally different direction to the music of David Bowie and the SPIDERS FROM MARS, but that doesn't mean that I don't hold it dear to my heart. "If I was going to be marooned on a desert island and was allowed to take ten CDs with me, Bowie would be a big part of it, and mostly all the stuff we're doing with the CYBERNAUTS right now."
Fret12 recently conducted an interview with STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand. You can now watch the chat below. Rand last fall released the "The Sound And The Story" DVD via Fret12. Get to know Rand's one-of-a-kind story â a story which, until now, has never been told. Learn his music the way it was meant to be played, by learning straight from Josh himself. Get his story the way it was meant to be told, through the people who know it best! With a massive amount of guitar content, lessons, exercises, interviews, gear tours, and more, this DVD gives you all-access the STONE SOUR guitarist. Whether you are a guitarist or a fan; you will experience the instrumental sounds and life stories that have combined to make him the musician he is today. Features * "The Sound" â over 1.5 hours of guitar footage in a series of unique lessons taught by Josh Rand himself. * "The Story" â Josh Rand's biography featuring never-before-seen footage and photographs plus interviews with fellow musicians, friends, and family * Instruction for 7 hit STONE SOUR songs, including selections from 2012 and 2013 "House Of Gold And Bones" parts 1 and 2 * Over 55 lessons, warm-ups, and exercises designed to improve lead playing * 8 music-theory and guitar tutorials, including alternate picking, finder independence, hammer-ons/pull-offs, string skipping, sweep picking, musical modes, exotic scales, Josh's favorite warm-ups and more! * Complete backstage gear tour covering guitars, amplifiers and pedals * Personal studio tour of Josh Rand's guitar effects and accessories * Never-before-seen interviews with Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT) and Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR) * 44-page guitar-tablature book included * Bonus content, including concert footage, outtakes and more! "Josh Rand: The Sound And The Story" is available via Fret12.com. Asked if he takes formal lessons or online classes, Rand told Ultimate-Guitar.com, "I have in the past; I actually have my certificate from Berklee. I just got it last year. Right now I only have the 'rock guitar' certificate, which is, like, six courses but I'd like to get my 'master guitar,' which is eight." He added: "The day you think you know it all, you don't evolve anymore. You can learn new things every day and never master the instrument. I've come to open up to a lot more styles of music where I used to be one of those guys who thought if it's not metal, it sucks. Listening to new kinds of music has opened up new worlds for example there is a song on ['House Of Gold & Bones'] part 2 called 'Sadist' and the pre-chorus to that is very jazzy guitar-wise. It uses ninths and sevenths and jazz style chords and that is directly because I took those classes and I've begun to incorporate those different styles into what we do." Rand also revealed that the first guitar he ever got was "a knockoff Fender Stratocaster. He said: "I got it when I was nine for Christmas. It was cool for that day and then it got put in a closet and eventually it got given away, I believe. Then when I started playing again, I played bass. I got a Squier bass. Then when I started playing guitar again, the first guitar I got was an RG 560 that was black. I was quite a bit older that that time."
"Dreamin' Of You", the new Shan Dan-directed video from Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's sixth studio album, 2013's "Confessions", which sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd tells Loudwire about the clip: "I grew up in Orange County, California, and before I got into music, when I was super young, I would surf every day and I wanted to be a pro surfer. So I spent a lot of time at the ocean, sitting on the beach thinking and I had a lot of things in my head that came from just sitting and looking out at the ocean." He adds: "It's always been something very peaceful for me and that's what I wanted to capture in the song. I just felt like it fit the song. So to go down there and have a nice time and sit by the campfire and sing a song, that's what 'Dreamin'' kind of feels like to me. So that's why we did it. It was something really simple and cool." As previously reported, BUCKCHERRY has completed work on a new EP that will follow up last year's "Confessions" album. Todd revealed the news in an interview with PopCultureMadness.com, saying, "We just made an EP that we're gonna be releasing in the spring that we're really excited about. I don't wanna give it away yet, but there's definitely a theme to this EP, and if you're a BUCKCHERRY fan, it's a must-have. So it's really cool, and probably one the funnest times I've had writing songs." Todd admitted that the band continues to make records despite the fact that CD sales across the board continue to decline. He explained, "The record will go away at some point, because it's a single-driven market now. Everybody's going on iTunes and they just buy the songs that they like â that's it. They don't buy records. I mean, you see it all the time now, even in pop music â (there'll be) a big pop single, and they'll sell millions of singles, and then the record drops and they sell, like, 15,000 units." BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he wasn't discouraged by CD sales. "I believe in the album as an artform," he said. "I don't think that putting two songs that are gonna be played on the radio and then a bunch of filler stuff â that's not why we do this. But I have lost faith in the number of records sold as an indicator of success, because our audience is growing, our business is growing. Nothing has receded, except the actual number of physical records that are sold. So I don't think that's a true indication of our success." Todd said in his interview that BUCKCHERRY has to tour more than ever to make up for the lack of CD sales, revealing, "You've gotta be on the road if you wanna make a living at this. There's no longer these days where you drop a single and sell millions of records and go out and tour for six months and then you can just chill and enjoy your life." BUCKCHERRY will be on the road this month, starting on March 12 in Anaheim, California.
KILL DEVIL HILL has parted ways with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, LAST IN LINE) and has replaced him with Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG, A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH). "I'm really excited about coming on board with KILL DEVIL HILL," says Kelly. "I've been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It's also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I'm ready for that challenge as I prepare for KILL DEVIL HILL's next chapter. This is gonna be a blast!" KILL DEVIL HILL will play their first shows with Kelly behind the kit April 4-6, three warm-up shows before embarking on an Australian run with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. More expansive North American dates will be announced shortly. Adds KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown: "We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honored to have jammed with him over the last few years. We wish Vinny well with all his future endeavors, it has been a blast!" "It's been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love," says Appice of his decision to leave the band. KILL DEVIL HILL's sophomore album, "Revolution Rise", sold around 2,150 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Released on October 29, 2013 via Century Media Records, the CD was produced by KILL DEVIL HILL and Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER, DIO) and was mixed by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER). The cover artwork was created by Sam Shearon, who has previously worked with ROB ZOMBIE, IRON MAIDEN and FEAR FACTORY, to name just a few. Said Brown of the new album: "This new KILL DEVIL HILL record is definitely one of my favorite moments of my career â it's got balls, great melodies, awesome guitar riffing and a low end that'll set your ass on fire!"
A one-and-a-half-minute video clip introducing HELLYEAH's new bassist, Kyle Sanders (former member of BLOODSIMPLE and the brother of MASTODON's Troy Sanders), can be seen below. HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott spoke with RockNLive.org about the band's recent dismissal of bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha and guitarist Greg Tribbett, the recruitment of Sanders and the recording of its fourth album, "Blood For Blood". On the lineup change, Abbott said, "We wanted to make sure that we brought somebody in that was a 'bro,' somebody that we felt comfortable with. We didn't wanna go through an audition process and bring a whole bunch of different people in that we had no idea, anything about their character or dynamic or what they were all about. And Kyleâ¦ was the first guy that came to our mind." Abbott also revealed that the band will bring in a touring guitarist, hinting, "We haven't announced who that is yet, but I can tell you he's a hell of a guitar player." Abbott said that HELLYEAH is "gonna be stronger than ever" as a result of the changes, adding, "There's nothing like having some fresh blood out on the road with you." "Blood For Blood" will be released on June 10 via Eleven Seven Music. The CD was helmed by producer Kevin Churko at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts. A press release describes "Blood For Blood" as a "welcome return to form" for the band, adding that it "sounds like a recharged HELLYEAH, taken up many notches." "Blood For Blood" track listing: 01. Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood) 02. Demons In The Dirt 03. Soul Killer 04. Moth 05. Cross To Bier (Cradle Of Bones) 06. DMF 07. Gift 08. Hush 09. Say When 10. Black December HELLYEAH filmed a video for the song "Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)" with director Robert Sexton (SOULFLY, DEATH ANGEL, THE DWARVES, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, AMEN, MONDO GENERATOR, GENÃCIDE) in Hollywood, California. The track is the first single from "Blood For Blood". "Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)" will hit rock radio in April. HELLYEAH will hit the road this spring, starting with several festival slots in April and May. HELLYEAH was formed in 2006 by NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and bassist Jerry Montano, MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, and former PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. Montano left a week after the release of the band's self-titled debut album in 2007 and was replaced by Bob "Zilla" Kakaha, who had played with Abbott in DAMAGEPLAN. HELLYEAH's other albums include 2009's "Stampede" and 2011's "Band Of Brothers". MUDVAYNE has not released an album since 2009 while Gray and Tribbett have been working with HELLYEAH.
KILLER BE KILLED, the new band comprised of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), will release its self-titled debut album on May 13 (one day earlier internationally) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur, whose credits include work with GOJIRA, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ESCAPE THE FATE, P!NK and STEVE EARLE. Cover art and packaging was executed by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature Design, the Grammy-nominated design firm whose clients include ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, CHRIS CORNELL, DEVILDRIVER, MONSTER MAGNET, WOLFMOTHER and DEMON HUNTER. "He's a Polish worker in the back of a dark truck, but he looked like a criminal to me," explains Clark about his choice for the cover's image. "Multiplying his face seemed to give him a sort of split personality/schizophrenic vibe, which feels like a good mesh. Not just for the band name but the idea of a (for the lack of a better term) supergroup." "Killer Be Killed" track listing: 01. Wings of Feather And Wax 02. Face Down 03. Melting Of My Marrow 04. Snakes of Jehova 05. Curb Crusher 06. Save The Robots 07. Fire To Your Flag 08. I.E.D. 09. Dust Into Darkness 10. Twelve Labors 11. Forbidden Fire 12. Ghosts Of Chernobyl (vinyl-only bonus track) MetalSucks placed Puciato at #1 on their list of the Top 25 Modern Metal Frontmen, but he also expresses himself through the dark electro-pop of THE BLACK QUEEN, together with NINE INCH NAILS touring guitarist Josh Eustis of TELEFON TEL AVIV and Maynard James Keenan's PUSCIFER. Puciato made a guest appearance in 2012 with MIXHELL, the DJ project of Max's brother, SEPULTURA co-founder Igor Cavalera. Cavalera is no stranger to collaborations, of course, having invited multiple guests onto SEPULTURA's genre-defining "Roots" and SOULFLY's gold-selling debut album in 1998. One such SOULFLY guest, Chino Moreno, has often joined Puciato onstage with both THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and DEFTONES. Max was one-half of the incendiary NAILBOMB, together with English record producer and FUDGE TUNNEL mastermind Alex Newport. The pair released one studio album in 1993 and performed a blistering set at the Dynamo festival in 1995. "We did the song on SOULFLY's 'Omen' and then we started talking about doing an entire album together, the way he had with Alex Newport," Puciato explains. "We eventually got together with some riffs we both had and wrote a bunch more material in a 72-hour blast out in the desert. We left with about 15 demos we made using the same drum machine and four track Max used working on 'Chaos A.D.'" Cognizant of the reputation both of them have cultivated after working with some of the world's best drummers, Puciato called upon David Elitch, who had toured internationally with the mind-bendingly psychedelic group THE MARS VOLTA. His expertise in everything from jazz to metal has led to live and studio collaborations with a diverse range of major artists including Justin Timberlake, French electronic wizards M83 and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne SundfÃ¸r. KILLER BE KILLED has come together even as their main projects hit a collective stride: Max just released his ninth studio album with SOULFLY, "Savages", to many of the strongest reviews of his legendary career. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's "One Of Us Is The Killer" debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Album chart earlier this year. MASTODON's most recent album, "The Hunter", was Album Of The Year in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Total Guitar in 2011. MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have toured together many times. During one such tour in the U.S., in late 2011, Puciato was telling Sanders about the new project. Before too long, Sanders and Cavalera were meeting at a festival in South America for the first time: "Hey, I'm Troy. And I think we're in a band together." The electric chemistry was apparent the first time they all assembled. "Having met, created and recorded an album together, this experience has easily exceeded my initial expectations," says Sanders. "The collective energy and mutual respect for one another eased the entire process and has been very therapeutic for me." KILLER BE KILLED is: Greg Puciato - vocals, guitar Max Cavalera - vocals, guitar Troy Sanders - vocals, bass Dave Elitch - drums Photo credit: Glen La Ferman
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SHINEDOWN singer Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will release four more acoustic cover songs on March 18, including their take on ADELE's hit "Someone Like You", for which the duo have just released a new video (see below). The four tracks were originally part of an album called "(Acoustic Sessions)", but did not get certain permissions in time from the original artists, forcing the six other tunes to be issued as an EP. Smith told The Pulse Of Radio how he went about singing "Someone Like You". "Well, you have to understand it's a song written from a female point of view, and it's a very, very emotional song," he said. "I still stayed very true to the song, but I sang it more like how I would have sung it. I still stayed true to the melody, but I had to kind of make that song a little bit more mine, whereas the other ones, I really kind of just stayed true to the format." The four additional songs, which also include covers of BON JOVI's "Wanted Dead Or Alive", PEARL JAM's "Black" and PHIL COLLINS' "In The Air Tonight" will come out under the title "(Acoustic Sessions, Pt. 2)". Each of the songs was recorded in a single take. Smith told Billboard that he and Myers "are so excited that finally all 10 cover songs are available for the world." The first six covers was released in January and included songs from THE CLASH, OTIS REDDING, METALLICA, SOUL ASYLUM, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD and THE BLACK CROWES. SHINEDOWN is also in the early stages of recording its fifth album, the follow-up to 2012's "Amaryllis". The sessions will be filmed for an accompanying documentary.