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BUTCHER BABIES Perform Cover Version Of S.O.D.'s 'Pussy Whipped' In Corpus Christi (Video)

Fan-filmed video footage of BUTCHER BABIES performing their cover version of the STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH classic "Pussy Whipped" on October 17 at Rock The Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas can be seen below. BUTCHER BABIES' studio recording of "Pussy Whipped" is featured on the band's EP of cover tunes, "Uncovered", which was released on September 30 in North America (October 6 in Europe) via Century Media Records. BUTCHER BABIES singer Heidi Shepherd told SoCalMusicToday.com about the decision to cover "Pussy Whipped": "'Pussy Whipped' was chosen by the band as a whole. I initially wanted to cover 'Bigger Than The Devil' off of S.O.D.'s 1999 album. So we narrowed down to about four S.O.D. songs that we thought would be fun: 'Kill The Assholes', 'Monkeys Rule' and 'Pussy Whipped'. After much deliberation, we figured it'd be funny to hear girls screaming 'pussy whipped.'" "Uncovered" track listing: 01. Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers 02. They're Coming To Take Me Away 03. Don't Give A Fuck 04. Crazy Horses 05. Pussy Whipped BUTCHER BABIES are currently working on material for the follow-up to last year's well-received debut, "Goliath", tentatively due in 2015. "This next album is really important to us," BUTCHER BABIES singer Carla Harvey told Fairfield City Champion. "It's the album that really says, 'Are you going to keep going as a band or just stop?' It's really important to make it the best it can be. "I think that it's going to be a little thrashier than the current album. We're working with a different producer too, and any time you use a different producer, there's going to be a bit of a different sound. We're really looking forward to bringing back a little more of the thrash element to our music."

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JORDAN RUDESS: DREAM THEATER Wanted 'Really Kind Person' To Replace MIKE PORTNOY

Brazil's Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On drummer Mike Mangini's addition to DREAM THEATER following founding member Mike Portnoy's departure in 2010: Jordan: "One of the things we really wanted was someone who would be this really kind person who is from the heart and that we just have a really good feeling with. Because, you know, after losing somebody and having it be so traumatic, we wanted to just feel comfortable. And Mike [Mangini], he's not only a great drummer, he's such a nice guy, and he makes us laugh; he's just a lot of energy all around. So there's a lot of joy when we're with him." On the response to DREAM THEATER's latest album, last year's "Dream Theater": Jordan: "It's interesting when DREAM THEATER sets out to do an album, because we usually have a very firm conceptual base for the album, and this one was totally the same. When we went in, we wanted to make songs that were to the point, more concise in a lot of ways, maybe a little bit shorter, and there are definitely songs on the album that are shorter, but at the same time not sacrificing anything that we love about DREAM THEATER. A lot of what happened over the last two albums since Portnoy left is that we had a chance to re-evaluate, or revisit, what DREAM THEATER is all about, and who we are as people, who we are as musicians, what we wanna do, and come up with what we feel is a very honest kind of offering from us, musically and personally. So this last album was very much within that kind of framework. And we had Mike Mangini as a real part of it from the beginning, which was great, because, although he played great on 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events', he wasn't really there for the writing process. So with this album, we got to kind of have his energy in there from the beginning, so we felt really good about putting it out. And then, when we put it out, the reception around the world was amazing; it was so great, it did so well around the world, and we were very, very pleased." "Dream Theater" sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.

BATTLE BEAST To Release 'Unholy Savior' In January

Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST will release their third studio album, "Unholy Savior", on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. "I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey — that's what I tend to I call it — which is my road onward," says BATTLE BEAST guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen. "Music-wise, the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs." He adds: "Like always, I wrote songs about the series 'Berserk', as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling." "Unholy Savior" track listing: 01. Lionheart 02. Unholy Savior 03. I Want The World….And Everything In It 04. Madness 05. Sea Of Dreams 06. Speed And Danger 07. Touch In The Night 08. The Black Swordsman 09. Hero’s Quest 10. Far Far Away 11. Angel Cry BATTLE BEAST will embark on a European tour with Swedish metallers SABATON in January. BATTLE BEAST's self-titled sophomore album entered the official chart in the band's home country of Finland at position No. 5. Released in Europe on May 17, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced and mixed by the band at JKB Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin (HALFORD, ARJEN A. LUCASSEN, MAGICA). BATTLE BEAST in 2012 parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo. In an interview with Metal Divas, Noora explained how she ended up fronting BATTLE BEAST: "[In] September [2012], I got a call from Anton [Kabanen, guitar] that they want me to join BATTLE BEAST. I had heard their music and loved the sound and the vocals, so the next day I called Anton and said I'm in. "Anton found me by accident on YouTube when he was searching for the new vocalist. He had been looking for a vocalist — male or female; [it did not] matter. The only thing that mattered was can that [he or she could] sing his songs without compromises. "I've been singing since I was 4 years old. While being a huge fan of heavy metal of '80s and a teenager, I had some classical singing lessons when I was 16 years old. Then at the age of 19, I started studying music in pop/jazz line. At the same time, I started doing some jam sessions at bars. There I found my first band (ADMIRAL OCTOPUS) in the blues bar. We used to play rock and blues music from '60s-'70s and Janis Joplin was the reason I got the rasp in my voice. After ADMIRAL OCTOPUS, in 2011, I took part in a singing competition ('Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star') at Henry's Pub of Tampere and won it with Janis Joplin's 'Piece Of My Heart'. That's how my single 'Relax' was born." BATTLE BEAST's debut album, "Steel" — which was originally released in Finland in 2011 via Hype Records — was made available internationally on January 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. battlebeastunholycd2014

MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Slams CHILDREN OF BODOM Fans, Frontman Over Response To Canceled Tour

MACHINE HEAD's Robb Flynn has slammed "shit-talking" CHILDREN OF BODOM fans over their reaction to the cancelation of the two bands' joint North American tour and has called out COB frontman Alexi Laiho for issuing a "little bitch-ass response" to the trek being called off. MACHINE HEAD last month announced the postponement of its North American tour in order to focus on completing the band's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds". A few days later, Laiho posted a message on his Facebook page in which he told the CHILDREN OF BODOM fans — affectionately known as the "hate crew" — that the trek was scrapped "without any fault of our own." He added: "I will not go into details on why or what happened, but I need you, my friends, to know that this had nothing to do with me or CHILDREN OF BODOM. But hey, you know what? Shit fuckin' happens, life goes on, and at least now we have an extra month and a half to write new COB shit. So, instead of focusing on the negative, I'm gonna start to write music this very second and it will be some angry shit." Writing in the latest installment of his online blog, "The General Journals: Diary Of A Frontman... And Other Ramblings", Flynn said: "The CHILDREN OF BODOM 'Hate Crew' has been out in full force in light of the U.S. tour being rescheduled. It's typical shit talking, albeit a ton of it to the actual MACHINE HEAD fans, saying 'how much better BODOM are than MACHINE HEAD' and how 'BODOM should've been headlining over MACHINE HEAD,' and 'fuck MACHINE HEAD.' "Most people usually need the motivation to act like fools and Alexi's little bitch-ass response certainly got the 'Hate Crew' fired up. "Hate Crew?… pffffft!… more like 'Alexi-ain't-that-Great-Crew!', more like, 'bought-a-ticket-too-Late-Crew!', more like, 'It's-not-my-fault-you're-a-virgin-and-can't-get-a-Date-Crew'!! "But to the weak attacking the MH castle? Whatever… we've got the Head Cases, the fucking MH diehards, armed to the teeth and defending us to the bitterest of deaths. "For every person that complains about the tour getting canceled the Head Cases are, like, 'Shut the fuck up, life goes on, M F’n H to the death!!!' So for every one of those people, I thank you VERY much. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the fact that you do that. Because shit DOES happen and sometimes life DOESN'T go the way you want it to." "Bloodstone & Diamonds" will be released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was recorded in part at GREEN DAY's JingleTown Recording compound in Oakland, California. mhcobtour

SAMMY HAGAR Has No Plans To Record Album With MICHAEL ANTHONY, JASON BONHAM

Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar says that he is having such a great time performing with THE CIRCLE, a combo consisting of Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, that he doesn't "even see a reason to make a record" with the group. THE CIRCLE "rocks" a setlist spanning four decades — including hits from MONTROSE, Hagar's solo career, VAN HALEN and beyond — and with Bonham on board, they also jam out a few LED ZEPPELIN classics. Asked by Ultimate Classic Rock if he has plans to do a lot of things with Anthony, Bonham and Johnson, Hagar said: "If I get offered a show, my first thing I'd find out is if THE CIRCLE is available before I say I will do it or not. Because I'm not sure that I would do it with any other people. "I think THE CIRCLE is the band that I want to play with right now. It's the band that I choose to play with over any band. Even CHICKENFOOT is hard, because we only play CHICKENFOOT. So I miss playing 'When It's Love' and 'Right Now' and 'I Can't Drive 55' and 'One Way To Rock' and 'Heavy Metal' and 'Rock Candy'. I miss doing that, as much as I love CHICKENFOOT." He continued: "THE CIRCLE is so satisfying that I don't even see a reason to make a record. We have so many great hits that we can choose from our catalog, all of those VAN HALEN hits, all of the Sammy solo, all of those MONTROSE hits, CHICKENFOOT hits, LED ZEPPELIN songs — we have that catalog to choose from for our shows, so to make a record would just be kind of a waste of time. I wouldn't say never, but first I'd like to put together the greatest set list that ever existed in rock 'n' roll, and I think we're pretty close to it right now with the one that we have, but it can even get better. There's a frikkin' goldmine to choose from of songs that I've written and sang in my life." Hagar's first-ever acoustic album titled "Lite Roast", was released on October 14 via Mailboat Records. Joining Sammy on the CD is Vic Johnson, longtime guitarist of WABORITAS, Hagar's backup band, on guitar and vocals.

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Talks About His Struggles With Depression (Video)

In the four-minute clip below, Corey Taylor, singer of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR, talks to The You Rock Foundation about his struggles with depression, how he overcame them with music, and reminds those who are still suffering that they are strong enough to do the same. "When I hit 17, I kind of started wrecking myself, and started lashing out at a lot of people," Corey said. "I thnk a lot of the anger and sadness was starting to bubble up into other areas. So I was starting to react to a lot of things. "When you're at that age, everything's developing still, so you don't have the coping mechanisms to deal with that. "I think the more the people don't get to work things out, they don't know how to do it later on as well." He added: "I was homeless, off and on, for about two years. And I didn't know what I was gonna do, I didn't know how I was gonna do anything with my life. I didn't have any money, I didn't have any notebooks. I was carrying my clothes around with me in a trash bag, living under a bridge on the south side of Des Moines. And it was heavy duty; it was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all. I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn't like I was going to end it, I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it. And I did, luckily. I ended up swallowing a bunch of pills. My grandma took me to the hospital, they fed me ipecac, I threw up, then they had to forcefeed me liquid charcoal to get my stomach to settle down. And that was probably the lowest moment of my life, because I'd done it to myself. The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it. It provided a way for me to get that primal scream out without having to scream. The scream was there if I needed it, but also being able to sing and really get a handle on the emotions that I was feeling without losing my mind. It was the sanity that I needed to kind of get my feet underneath me and move on and put a lot of that stuff behind me." In a 2006 interview with MTV, Taylor talked about how he, as a full-blown alcoholic, "tried to jump off the balcony of the eighth floor of the Hyatt on Sunset [Boulevard] on November 14, 2003." He said, "Somehow [my then-wife] stopped me. It wasn't the first time I tried to kill myself, either." "I took a good, long look in the mirror and I hated what I saw," he said. "I was very bloated, I looked like crap. It wasn't me. And that was it. I haven't touched a drop since." "The first year I was sober was probably the worst year of my life," Taylor continued. "My immune system was screwed. I completely isolated myself. I was weak all the time. I didn't know who I was. Sometimes you define yourself by your vices, and I was known as the partyer. I was the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots. And all of a sudden, I had to figure out who I was without that, and it took me a long time. I pushed my wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold dick." For more information on The You Rock Foundation, visit yourockfoundation.org.

OZZY OSBOURNE Hopes BILL WARD Can 'Get His Stuff Together' Before Next BLACK SABBATH Album, Tour

In a brand new interview with Esquire.com, Ozzy Osbourne confirmed that BLACK SABBATH will record a new studio album in 2015 and head out on one final tour. He said: "I'm not one of these guys to do my solo stuff one night and BLACK SABBATH the next. I can't do that, you know. It's too much to handle. So with the BLACK SABBATH thing, the record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff. And that's why I released [the solo career retrospective] 'Memoirs Of A Madman', to let people out there know I'm still functioning as a solo artist." Asked if he has started writing songs for the new BLACK SABBATH album, Ozzy said: "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?" He added: "What I'm really happy about is, if this is BLACK SABBATH's last hurrah, then we'll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was fucked up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst, you know. It ended on a bad note, so... The only thing sad about it is I hope [drummer] Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because... one of the biggest things I'm proud of in my life was that BLACK SABBATH wasn't a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one, and we still... Would you believe that it took 45 years to get our first No. 1 album in America? It was amazing to me." Ozzy recently told Metal Hammer magazine that Rick Rubin, who produced last year's "13" album, will likely be back for the next project. "13" was the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler together, with Ward the only founding member to sit out the record and world tour. "13" went to No. 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., a first for the band in America and only their second chart-topper in their native country since 1971. Butler said in a recent interview that the band had four tracks left over from the sessions for "13", which could give them a head start on writing the next album. Ward was on board for the SABBATH reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after. He later claimed that he sat out the recording and touring sessions because of unfair contractual terms, although the members of SABBATH have hinted in other interviews that he wasn't physically up to the task. SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", which came out in June 2013. Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma and had to return to England every six weeks for treatment throughout the course of SABBATH's year-long tour.

FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO: 'We're A Dangerous Band'

In a brand new interview with The Weeklings, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho spoke about the band's evolution from a covers act to playing some of the biggest music festivals on the planet. "I always compare FOZZY to PANTERA," Jericho said. "What I mean by that is that if you look at PANTERA, their original incarnation was different from what they became. They were doing 'Metal Magic' and 'Power Metal' and they were wearing makeup, they had a different singer and were doing more of a JUDAS PRIEST or VAN HALEN-type generic thing. Suddenly they get a new singer, they change their look, they change their vibe and they become the legendary PANTERA. It's kind of the same with FOZZY. Not like we're legendary like PANTERA is, but we started out doing covers. We were the original STEEL PANTHER. About two years into that, we decided we wanted to do more — we wanted to do something different. That was in 2002, so it's been twelve years and it took a long time to change people's perceptions of our band. Plus there's the fact that Jericho, the singer, is a wrestler, so people were like, 'Well, we don't know if we want to take this seriously.' So when we did the 'Chasing The Grail' record back in 2010, Rich [Ward, guitar] and I said, 'Look, we can take this to the next level. Let's see how far we can go.' Because we know that as songwriters, we have something different to offer. 'Grail' comes out and does great. 'Sin And Bones' comes out and does even better. Then 'Do You Wanna Start A War' comes out and kills it. Plus we've toured with some of the biggest bands in the world, from SHINEDOWN to GODSMACK to METALLICA to AVENGED SEVENFOLD. You can see that this band is going places. It's not Chris Jericho's band and it's never been that. It's five guys — five rock stars — playing killer music. We've worked for this, we deserve this and it's cool to see it happen." Asked where he sees FOZZY in five years, Jericho said: "I want the band to have progressed in the next five years in the same way that we have in the last five years. "I love playing music with these guys. I love being in a band with Rich Ward and Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (guitar) and Jeff Rouse (bass). "Once we started putting our full focus into the band and started giving a thousand percent, it started moving in leaps and bounds. "I say this with zero ego: we're dangerous. We're a dangerous band because you can put us in front of anybody." He continued: "My experience in show business all came from rock and roll. When I first started wrestling, I wanted to be the ultimate rock and roll frontman of wrestling. I wanted to be the Paul Stanley of wrestling. I took those qualities into wrestling and then I brought those qualities back into music. I know how to work a crowd. Rich knows how to work a crowd. We how to write songs that people will groove to. We know how to write the kind of songs that you hear in strip clubs. Chicks like our tunes. We don't take ourselves too seriously, but we'll whip your fucking ass. "We like the fact that people have low expectations for our band; we're hiding in the weeds and when we get our chance, we'll come out and bite you and you'll never forget us." Jericho added: "Give us the same chance for the next five years that we had for the last five years and I fully expect us to be headlining arenas. And that's my goal. If I didn't have that goal or if anybody in our band didn't have that goal, then quit. Go and get a job working at Sonic. "Over the next five years, for people who love us, it's going to be the greatest five years ever and for people who hate us, it's going to be miserable. We're not stopping. "If you like us, great, and if not, step aside and let the people who like us have your seat." FOZZY will embark on "The Cinderblock Party Tour" in November in support of its new single and title track of its most recent album, "Do You Wanna Start A War". The trek, which will kick off on November 20 in Flint, Michigan, will feature special guests TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION and SHAMAN'S HARVEST. "Do You Wanna Start A War" sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. FOZZY's previous CD, "Sin And Bones", opened with around 3,400 units in August 2012 to land at No. 143. The band's 2010 effort, "Chasing The Grail", registered a first-week tally of around 2,200 to enter the Heatseekers chart at No. 6. "Do You Wanna Start A War" was released on July 22 via Century Media. Produced by Rich Ward, the album features 12 tracks, including the debut single, "Lights Go Out", the title track and the return of the Theremin in "Bad Tattoo".

IRON MAIDEN Classic 'The Trooper' Gets Re-Imagined By Croatian Cello Duo 2CELLOS (Video)

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the Croatian cello duo known as 2CELLOS, have released a music video for "The Trooper (Overture)", a mashup of IRON MAIDEN's hit "The Trooper" and Gioachino Rossini's William Tell overture. In the clip, which can be seen below. the 2CELLOS star as two classical music-loving nerds who imagine themselves transformed into crowd surfing rock stars after seeing an ad for "Want To Be A Rock Star?" Sulic and Hauser of the 2CELLOS are best known for re-imagining pop and rock tunes performed on their cellos. The Croatian duo toured in Europe extensively over the summer and has upcoming tours in Russia, Australia and the U.S. Their third studio album will be released in early 2015. They have released two albums — "2Cellos" and "In2ition" — which are available on Sony Music Masterworks. They were the first instrumentalists to ever be featured on "Glee" and have also appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", "The Tonight Show" and others. They were most recently featured in "The Bachelor" live wedding special. In a recent interview with Thorium, Eicca Toppinen of Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA stated about 2CELLOS: "That's kind of funny. These guys, they are talented and everything, but what has been funny also for me is to see that they are treated like they invented something. It's, like, 'c'mon, we did this 20 or 30 years ago. Where's the beef? You know. [Laughs] But I don't know why they became so big. Maybe because the time different, and there's YouTube…" APOCALYPTICA's Mikko Sirén added: "Elton John did a lot for them. I think they were supporting him. And they are great. They are talented musicians. Hats off to them." Toppinen continued: "Yeah, they are very good. No bad word about them. I think more it's funny for the media and for the people. But maybe [because we live in this] Internet time and YouTube time, [where] things spread so massively fast. It's so different than [it was] at the end of the '90s. You might get a video on MTV, in night rotation, [like] we did, but still, it's marginal [compared to the way it is today]" He continued: "I saw the [2CELLOS] video. I checked it [out] — because of the social media, these kinds of video clips, they are spread, like, in one second. Everybody is sharing it: 'Oh, this is so great. This is so great.' And I checked the video, and I was, like, 'Ahhh…' This is, like, still working on the really old-school stereotypical thinking that having this baroque style of concert audience, and then, 'We're doing something really heavy.' [Laughs] But it's great. It's a lot of fun."

GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Announces Solo Shows

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna will play a series of solo shows this December. The trek will kick off on December 3 in Verona, New York and will conclude on December 14 in Boston, Massachusetts. Public on-sales for all the dates start this Friday, October 24. Fans will have the opportunity to buy an additional limited-edition VIP package upgrade through Erna's official web site. The package will include early entry, access to a meet-and-greet with Erna, an exclusive lithograph signed by Erna and a VIP laminate, all for $99 (not including the actual concert ticket). Erna said in a recent interview with HardDrive Radio that he intends to continue with his solo career when not recording or touring with his main band. Asked if he plans to make a follow-up to his 2010 solo debut, "Avalon", Erna replied, "I'm always working on material. I sit home, when I'm home, and the only thing I keep in my house is a drum set and acoustic guitar. I never really play electric at home. And because of that, whenever I'm noodling around, a lot of good ideas come up that are not always necessarily good for GODSMACK. So I tuck those away. So, for sure, I'll do another solo album at some point." Erna told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he enjoys having two distinct sides to his musical output. "You know, GODSMACK, we've done some acoustic things here and there, but we really don't belong in that world so much. I mean, we're really more of a big, hard rock, powerhouse band and that's where we should be. But for me, I really love that acoustic side. I love the piano, I love that — just acoustic instruments. And so, I'm so happy that I have carved out that path now because I need to explore that kind of music." Erna also told HardDrive that his solo music can extend his career once his heavy rock days with GODSMACK are over, explaining, "With the solo stuff, I don't ever wanna have that kind of limitations, because I think it's the place I'd like to go one day, when this is all said and done, if I still wanna play music, I can sit up on stage with a piano and an acoustic and do one of those 'storytellers' kind of evenings…" "Avalon" featured a very different style than what Erna does with GODSMACK, incorporating world music, female vocals, keyboards, cello, hand percussion and other diverse sounds. GODSMACK's sixth studio album, "1000hp" (One Thousand Horsepower), was released on August 5.

VOLBEAT To Take Six Months Off Before Starting Work On Next Album

SROMaginc.com conducted an interview with drummer Jon Larsen of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT at the inaugural installment of the Louder Than Life festival, which was held on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at Louisville Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On VOLBEAT's plans for a new studio album: Jon Larsen: "[There's] not really any new music in the works. I mean, we still have three weeks left of touring here in the U.S. and then we're gonna go to the UK for ten days. And after that we have six months off for the first time in two years. So we're gonna start focusing on writing new stuff. Michael [Poulsen, guitar/vocals] is already starting and planning, and having small bits and pieces. And once he's put some flesh on those bones, he and I will go to the rehearsal room and try and get [the songs] into shape and then the two other guys will come in, and we may end up with music. Who knows?" On the VOLBEAT songwriting process: Jon Larsen: "I'm kind of like the guy that Michael bounces his ideas off, back and forth, and we've done that almost ever since the beginning. It's no secret that he comes up with, let's say, 99.9 percent of all the material, but if any of the rest of us has an idea and he thinks it's good, then he will use it, of course. But he is the main songwriter. I mean, it's his band." VOLBEAT's latest effort, 2013's "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", has sold 252,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set features the No. 1 singles "The Hangman's Body Count" and "Lola Montez", as well as the Top 5 track "Dead But Rising" and new single "Doc Holliday". VOLBEAT's co-headlining tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH kicked off on September 16 in Salt Lake City.

SIXX: A.M.: Pro-Shot Footage Of iHeartRadio Performance

SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, released its third album, "Modern Vintage", on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music. SIXX: A.M. celebrated the CD release by playing its first full live show since 2009 the same night. The performance took place at the iHeart Theater in Burbank, California. The show, as well as a question-and-answer session with the band about the new album, its influences and the band's future plans was broadcast exclusively live on iHeartRadio and select Clear Channel radio stations. Professionally filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. SIXX: A.M. will embark on its first-ever headline tour in 2015, playing a limited number of dates across North America with special guest APOCALYPTICA. Says Sixx: "Fans have been asking for years, 'When is SIXX: A.M. gonna tour?' and we've finally announced our first headline tour. "We can't wait to play these songs live and put on a rock extravaganza for our fans. "We're excited to announce that we're bringing along APOCALYPTICA as special guest because we are fans of their music and think this is going to be an amazing night of music from beginning to end." Joining Sixx, Ashba and Michael on the road will be drummer Jeff Fabb (IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, FILTER), who also played on "Modern Vintage". Says Michael: "For three records now, we have been envisioning what a SIXX: A.M. headline tour would look and feel like. We are so excited to finally be bringing these songs to life." Ashba adds: "Over the years, we feel we have taken our fans on some pretty incredible and diverse musical journeys. However, they have only been able to experience half of our vision. For the first time, we are going to present a visual journey to go along with the music. This tour will be something you won't want to miss. This will be the ultimate SIXX: A.M. experience."

IN FLAMES' ANDERS FRIDÉN: 'I Don't Aim To Become The Best Singer In The Whole World'

Rockbook magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES when the band played at Barba Negra Music Club in Budapest, Hungary on September 28, You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the changes in his vocal style over the course of the last couple of albums were made "on purpose," Anders replied: "I mean, everything is for a purpose. It's not like I have someone forcing me, saying, 'You have to do this.' Everything that is on whatever album, if I'm unhappy, I don't put it out there. But my voice is my instrument. The other guys wanna become better at their instrument. I wanna become better at my instrument. I wanna be able to use it in many different ways, I wanna paint different types of paintings. I don't wanna [use] same colors, [create] same paintings again and again and again. "When I hear the music that we write, [the songs] talk to me a certain way, and that style came out. "With this album [this year's 'Siren Charms'], I couldn't do anything else… It is right there because it has a meaning, it has a purpose." He continued: "I don't think I've changed drastically. I've been using more and more melody from album to album. And this one, for sure, is more clean than [it's] ever been, but it's still my voice. I think it's still recognizable. No one will say, 'Oh, that sounds like…' blah blah, whatever whatever. It's, like, 'I hear it's Anders.' Fridén added: "I don't aim to become the best singer in the whole world, but I feel like I have a unique style that is mine, that I control and I do it the perfect way for me. But if I were to go on 'American Idol', or whatever, I would be, like, vote off. They would say, 'Fuck no! We can't [listen to] you. You're out.' Because they only want people that are perfect, that are great. But, to me, 'perfect' and 'great' is fucking boring. You need something personal, something that speaks to you, and I think that's what I'm trying to achieve." "Siren Charms" sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 26 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in the U.S. on September 9 via Sony/RED, the CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics.

Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO To Unveil Artwork Built From Rhythm

Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo is underway with art team SceneFour on the creation of an art collection built from the new medium of rhythm-on-canvas. Get exclusive information on the release date, the process involved and the opportunity to see the work before it's unveiled publicly by joining the interest list at DaveLombardoArt.com. SceneFour is the Los Angeles-based creativity house that has spearheaded the "collaborative art" movement through groundbreaking canvas work with the likes of RZA of WU-TANG CLAN, Chuck D of PUBLIC ENEMY and Bootsy Collins. How it's done: Hundreds of drum bursts are recorded, reduced to light impulses, digitized, evaluated by several photographers, graphic artists and all under the direction of the music artist. An experienced team of creatives spends over 100 hours creating a unique product mammoth in size, stunning in composition. SceneFour creative director Cory Danziger states: "This is something different than what people are used to seeing. It's a new medium. It's not acrylic or oil, it's light and color and sound captured. The rhythm is on display for you to see." davelombardoartad_638

SLIPKNOT's '.5: The Gray Chapter' Headed For No. 1 On Next Week's BILLBOARD Chart

SLIPKNOT's long-awaited fifth studio album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", is likely to sell between 100,000 and 110,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on October 21 via Roadrunner. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 29. SLIPKNOT's only competition for next week's No. 1 slot on The Billboard 200 chart appears to be Neil Diamond's "Melody Road", which is expected to shift between 70,000 and 80,000 in its first week of of release. SLIPKNOT's fourth album, 2008's "All Hope Is Gone", claimed the coveted No. 1 debut slot on the Billboard chart after an extraordinary SoundScan recount. The album was initially announced today as a No. 2 debut, a mere 13 units behind THE GAME's NO. 1 debut, marking the closest margin in SoundScan history. The chart positions resulted from a reported 238,272 copies of "All Hope Is Gone" its first week in stores, while THE GAME's "LAX" reported 238,285. With such an unprecedented margin, Roadrunner Records and WEA requested an historic recount. SoundScan obliged and chart positions were reversed, with SLIPKNOT claiming No. 1 and a new margin of 1,134 albums. Final recount numbers are 239,516 for "All Hope Is Gone" and 238,382 for "LAX" sold during first week of release. ".5: The Gray Chapter" caps a very turbulent period for the masked rockers in which they dealt with the death of Paul Gray and the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, both longtime members and songwriters. Despite it all, singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio he's proud of what the band has accomplished this time out. "The fact that we were able to kind of pull ourselves back up and not only go in and make a really good album, but make an exceptional album, in my opinion, I think it's a testament to just how talented this band is," he said. "It's a testament to how much passion we have for it. It's a testament to how much we're willing to fight to accomplish everything that we want to accomplish. I'm excited for people to hear this, because to me I think it's one of the best albums we've ever made." Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go last December, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the new album. Although the identities of their replacements have not been officially revealed, they are believed to be drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella. Meanwhile, Taylor defended himself in a new interview with Britain's XFM Radio from accusations that he orchestrated both Jordison's dismissal from SLIPKNOT and the firing of the band's guitarist, Jim Root, from the band that Taylor and Root founded together, STONE SOUR. Taylor, calling himself "one of the most hated dudes right now," explained, "That's the burden of being the frontman. [But] I'm not the boss. Trust me. I'm not the boss in either band. It's very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don't make decisions. But that's the perception.” SLIPKNOT will celebrate the arrival of the new disc this weekend with two headlining performances on Saturday (October 25) and Sunday (October 26) at its own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California, along with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, NOTHING MORE, ATREYU, IN THIS MOMENT, OF MICE & MEN and many more. SLIPKNOT will head out on a headlining North American tour immediately following Knotfest, with special guests KORN. slipknotgraychapterbigger2_638

POISON Reunites For Corporate Gig, Teases Possible 2015 Tour

Photos of POISON's first rehearsal for a performance at a private event in Southern California can be seen at BretMichaels.com. A posting on the site reads: "So far no fist fights, sounds great and feels great. Maybe a reunion in 2015…" POISON drummer Rikki Rockett recently told the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3 about rumors and speculation about a possible rift within POISON, particularly as it relates to him and singer Bret Michaels: "Actually, there's nothing wrong within the band that I'm aware of — I mean, unless something happened and nobody told me. "Sure, we're trying to put a tour together. And if we can put it together and it makes sense and we can get our crap together, we will do something. "What I was answering in one question [in a previous interview] was, 'At this moment, as I sit here, we're not contracted for a POISON tour next summer.' That's all I was saying. And it contradicted something Bret had said [in a separate interview], but not really. Bret didn't say we had a tour for sure either. He said, 'I think we're gonna probably be able to tour. And I'm not saying that we are.' He didn't commit to either. Whatever… It's fine." According to Rockett: "POISON has never disbanded. POISON will continue on as long as it makes sense. I mean, C.C. [DeVille, guitar] departed for a while and that was really the only time we weren't the original lineup. But we always will be until it just doesn't make sense anymore." Rockett told the "Iron City Rocks" podcast that POISON has been doing "corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January [2015]. But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we'll just have to see." Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn't hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was "making it a problem." POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the "Rock Of Ages" package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD.

BRUJERIA Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

Extreme metallers BRUJERIA have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band is putting the finishing touches on its fourth album for a 2015 release. BRUJERIA's current touring lineup includes CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker (a.k.a. El Cynico) on bass and NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury (a.k.a. Hongo) on guitar. BRUJERIA's last full-length effort, "Brujerizmo", came out in 2000 via Roadrunner. BRUJERIA is: * Juan Brujo (John Lepe) - Vocals * Fantasma (Pat Hoed) - Vocals, Bass * El Cynico (Jeffrey Walker) - Bass, Guitar, Vocals * Hongo (Shane Embury) - Guitar, Drum Programming * Hongo Jr. - Drums Auxiliary * Pinche Peach - Vocals, Samples * Pititis (Gaby Dominguez) - Female Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar * A Kuerno (Chris Paccou) - Guitar * Baby Brujo III

OPETH's MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Says He 'Never Talked' To BILL KELLIHER, BJÖRN GELOTTE About Possible Collaboration

OPETH vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt has shot down rumors of a possible side project with MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Bill Kelliher and IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte, explaining that he has "never talked" to the other two guys about it. Kelliher recently said that he was hopeful that the collaboration with Åkerfeldt and Gelotte would see the light of day, telling RockSverige.se: "We haven't really gotten [as] far [as writing music together] yet. It's harder than I thought it would be… [But] it is definitely a plan." Regarding how the idea for the project came about, Kelliher said: "We were on tour together, you know, and I was writing stuff and I was, like, 'Hey, how about I send you a riff,' and [I told Björn], 'You could play anything you want' and he's, like, 'Well, if you send it to me, it's going to be metal.'" Kellier added: "I could never get my riff to sound perfect, or as close to perfect as I wanted it to, to send it to him so. I stalled out on that. I've got to re-do it and try it again." But in a brand new interview with RockSverige.se, Åkerfeldt claimed that had never discussed the collaboration idea with Kelliher and Gelotte. He said: "I don't know of this. He's really cool, no doubt about it, and Björn is too, but we've never talked about this." OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. IN FLAMES' new CD, "Siren Charms", opened with around 9,000 units in to land at No. 26. MASTODON's sixth album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records.

ROB HALFORD Says Listening To Canadian Singer MICHAEL BUBLÉ Is 'Exciting' And 'Inspiring'

In a recent interview with the New York Post, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about his love for Canadian singer Michael Bublé. "Even though I'm a metal singer, the fact that I’ve been able to appreciate other types of performers has probably paid dividends," Halford said. "When I listen to Michael Bublé, it's exciting, it's inspiring. I feel the same way with Michael Feinstein or Ryan Adams. I'm drawn to singers who have something different to say vocally, and Adele would be in there. I saw [Barbra] Streisand in Phoenix and that was mind-blowing. Her voice is just so pure." He added: "I've also always had a passion for some types of opera — I've got a massive Pavarotti collection. I sing 'Nessun Dorma' when I warm up backstage." Asked if PRIEST is ever going to put out the tracks the band recorded in 1988 with producers Stock Aitken Waterman, of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley fame, Halford replied: "I personally would love to release them, but there's a different consensus within the band. "Our rendition of [THE STYLISTICS'] 'You Are Everything' is just beautiful — it's an '80s megarock ballad, with big drums, big vocals, sweeping strings. "People are a lot more open-minded now, whereas in those days it could have created a bit of push-back, maybe even some damage to our reputation." Halford recently expressed interest in collaborating with one of his current favorite artists, pop superstar Lady Gaga. He explained: "I love her just because, for a singer, she's a fucking amazing singer. And then she writes all this material. And, of course, you look at her past and she's a total metalhead. She started off strongly into rock and metal and you've seem pictures of her with Alice Cooper or Bruce [Dickinson] from [IRON] MAIDEN and all of these other people in metal; it just shows you that she's committed to that. She's just a really sincere, complete person as a musician."

OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Memoirs Of A Madman' Collection: First-Week Sales Revealed

Ozzy Osbourne's "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD has sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via Epic Records/Legacy Recordings, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along withunreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. Both sets offer fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy-winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from Ozzy's distinguished solo career. Osbourne 's ongoing solo career spans four decades — as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of BLACK SABBATH — and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. Ozzy's latest solo release — his tenth studio album, 2010's "Scream" — debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash "Let Me Hear You Scream". From the first notes of Ozzy's 1980's solo debut "Blizzard Of Ozz" and follow-up "Diary Of A Madman" to classic albums "No More Tears" and "Scream", no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers. Ozzy immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples "Crazy Train", "Mr. Crowley" and "Flying High Again". With the 1991 release "No More Tears", Ozzy continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles "No More Tears" and the smash hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home". The track listing is as follows: 01. Crazy Train 02. Mr. Crowley 03. Flying High Again 04. Over The Mountain 05. Bark At The Moon 06. The Ultimate Sin 07. Miracle Man 08. No More Tears (edit) 09. Mama, I'm Coming Home 10. Road To Nowhere 11. Perry Mason 12. I Just Want You 13. Gets Me Through 14. Dreamer 15. I Don't Wanna Stop 16. Life Won't Wait 17. Let Me Hear You Scream Details on the "Memoirs Of A Madman" 2-DVD set are as follows: DVD One features more than two dozen of Ozzy's classic and unforgettable music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and making-of footage from the videos "Let Me Hear You Scream" and "Life Won't Wait". DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning Ozzy's solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long-out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. Ozzy's union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD showcases that to brilliant effect. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD track listing is as follows: DVD 1 The Music Videos * Bark At The Moon * So Tired * The Ultimate Sin * Lightning Strikes * Crazy Train * Miracle Man * Crazy Babies * Breaking All The Rules * No More Tears * Mama, I'm Coming Home * Mr. Tinkertrain * Time After Time * Road To Nowhere * I Don't Want To Change The World (Live) * Changes * Perry Mason * I Just Want You * See You On The Other Side * Back On Earth * Gets Me Through * Dreamer * In My Life * I Don't Wanna Stop * Let Me Hear You Scream * Life Won't Wait * Let It Die Bonus * Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version) * The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream * The Making of Life Won't Wait DVD 2 Rochester, NY 1981 * I Don't Know * Suicide Solution * Mr. Crowley * Crazy Train Ozzy's Bunker Albuquerque, NM 1982 * Over The Mountain MTV 1982 New York, NY 1982 * Fairies Wear Boots (clip) Ozzy's Bunker Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986 (Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo) * Bark At The Moon * Never Know Why Ozzy's Bunker * Killer Of Giants * Thank God For The Bomb * Secret Loser Ozzy's Bunker Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * Bloodbath In Paradise * Tattooed Dancer * Miracle Man MTV 1989 Marquee, UK 1991 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * Bark At The Moon (clip) Studio 1992 San Diego, CA 1992 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo) * I Don't Want To Change The World * Road To Nowhere Japan 1992 * Ozzy's Bunker * No More Tears Studio 1992 * Desire MTV 1992 * Mama, I'm Coming Home Studio 1992 * "Ozzmosis" Recording Session 1995 Ozzfest 1996 (Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Perry Mason Fame & Fortune Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Gets Me Through Fame & Fortune Ozzfest 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin) * Not Going Away "Black Rain" Photo Shoot Las Vegas, NV 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman) * I Don't Wanna Stop "Scream" Recording Session 2010 London, England 2010 (Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman) * Let Me Hear You Scream Bonus Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo) * Flying High Again Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin) * Believer

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