SROmaginc.com conducted an interview with drummer Johnny Kelly (KILL DEVIL HILL, TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG, A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH) at the Rocklahoma festival, which was held May 23-25 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma. You can now watch the chat below.
KILL DEVIL HILL in March recruited Kelly to replace Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, LAST IN LINE).
“I’m really excited about coming on board with KILL DEVIL HILL,” said 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 played their first shows with Kelly behind the kit April 4-6, three warm-up shows before embarking on an Australian run with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
Added 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!”
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.
Fan-filmed video footage of DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s May 24 performance in Minsk, Belarus can be seen below.
On its North American tour, DARK TRANQUILLITY sold a seven-inch EP entitled “A Memory Construct”, which will also be released digitally in the beginning of March. Recorded during the “Construct” sessions, the single contains the two songs, is limited to 500 copies worldwide and is available on a transparent red wax. Featured tracks are the previously unreleased “A Memory Construct” and “Sorrows Architect”, previously only available as a limited flexi seven-inch released with issue #106 of Decibel magazine.
DARK TRANQUILLITY‘s tenth studio album, “Construct”, was released on May 27, 2013 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH, KATATONIA) at his Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden.
DARK TRANQUILLITY filmed a music video for the song “Uniformity” on April 13, 2013 with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN are currently in the studio recording their fourth album for a late 2014 release via Victory Records.
The first in series of video blogs featuring footage from the studio can be seen below.
SISTER SIN‘s newly remastered version of its first studio album, “Dance Of The Wicked”, was released as a CD+DVD package on June 25, 2013 via Victory Records.
The CD includes:
* All eight tracks from the original album “Dance Of The Wicked”, released in 2003
* Three bonus previously unreleased demo tracks
* Two cover songs, one of which features a guest appearance by Doro Pesch
* All-new artwork in a digipack
* Full-color foldout gig poster
The DVD includes:
* All 10 music videos on one DVD
* Additional bonus material
SISTER SIN‘s third album, “Now And Forever”, entered the official chart in the band’s home country of Sweden at position No. 44. Released on October 23, 2012 via Victory Records, the CD was recorded at Standstraight Studios in Stockholm with producer Chris Snyder and was mixed by Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION, DANZIG).
REVAMP — the Dutch band led by former AFTER FOREVER frontwoman and current NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen — recently embarked on its first-ever tour of South America.
The first in a series of clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the trek can be seen below.
REVAMP‘s second album, “Wild Card”, was released in Europe on August 23, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at SandLane Studio in Rijen, The Netherlands with Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and features guest choir parts by Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Daniël de Jongh (TEXTURES).
“Wild Card” track listing:
01. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
02. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
06. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
12. Sins (bonus track)
The CD features additional guest appearances by Mark Jansen (EPICA), Johan van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) and Devin Townsend.
Jansen told About.com Heavy Metal about the songwriting process for “Wild Card”: “When AFTER FOREVER stopped, I didn’t want to first find a band, then see if I could write with them, figure that whole thing out, then record an album. Instead I worked with people I knew would be good songwriters out of an idea how I thought it would sound like. So I worked with a German guitar player (Waldemar Sorychta) and Joost van den Broek from AFTER FOREVER. We wrote the album and played on it and hired a drummer. That’s basically how it was done. Then I formed a band with the current lineup. The ambition was to continue as a band and start writing. The cool thing is that it worked. Mainly the guitarist Jord (Otto), keyboardist Ruben (Wijga) and myself came up with all the ideas. Joost became the supervisor of the whole songwriting process and producer of the album.”
REVAMP last year announced the addition of bassist Henk Vonk to the group’s ranks. He replaced Jaap Melman, who left REVAMP before the band entered the studio to begin recording its second album. The CD was eventually completed with the help of STREAM OF PASSION bassist Johan van Stratum, who filled in on short notice and “did an amazing job to record and edit the bass parts,” according to a press release.
REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Video footage of SACRED REICH‘s May 29 performance at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below.
SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Phil Rind posted a message on the band’s Facebook page last October letting fans know that they should not expect a new studio album from the group. “I can confidently say we have no plans to record, no songs to record and no idea what SACRED REICH even would sound like [right now],” he wrote. “We appreciate the fact that any of you even care about hearing a new record.
“We thank each and every one of you for supporting and continuing to support the band. We think it’s amazing that after 25 years, and 16 years since a new record anyone still remembers who we are. So we thank you.
“Enjoy the old records. That’s what we can offer you. If we ever change our minds, you will be the first to know.”
SACRED REICH‘s “Live At Wacken” DVD+CD package was released in North America in November 2012 through Metal Blade. The set contains professionally filmed and recorded footage of the band’s August 4, 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany in front of 60,000 heavy metal fans.
In an interview with MetalRecusants.com, Rind was asked why the band hasn’t made a new studio album after reuniting for sporadic live shows eight years ago. “Our lives are different now,” he said. “I mean, it’s funny… Our old drummer Dave‘s [McClain] in MACHINE HEAD and they’re touring and doing great; they’re very successful. And I said [to the other guys in SACRED REICH recently], I wouldn’t even wanna [get back into a full recording and touring cycle]. I wouldn’t wanna be gone from my family. I have four kids. As much as I like this, as much as I appreciate the fans, what’s important — the family or playing live music? I mean, really?! What’s important — being a dad to my kids? My kids need their dad more than the fans need a new SACRED REICH record. And that’s really the bottom line. It’s a choice. We have a choice to make. What do you wanna do? You have kids now. What are you gonna do — blow it off or are you gonna be their dad? The world will be a better place if I’m [my kids’] dad.”
The remastered edition of SACRED REICH‘s classic 1992 album “Independent” was released as a digipack and jewelbox on March 15, 2010 via Displeased Records. The first 2,500 copies contain a free SACRED REICH patch.
Displeased Records‘ reissue of SACRED REICH‘s classic album “The American Way” came out in February 2009. With upgraded layout, to-the-point remastering plus unreleased pre-production demo bonus tracks and a video clip, this new and improved CD reissue is an essential addition to every thrash metal collection.
“The American Way” was made available in a limited digipak version and standard jewel case version. The first 2,500 copies came with a free logo patch.
MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has revealed via his Facebook page that he “spent this week in the studio with [MEGADETH mainman] Dave [Mustaine] tracking demo ‘ideas’ for the [band’s] next [studio] record.” He added: “[There are] some really heavy riffs going on here, and if I say it, you know it’s true.”
Speaking to National Rock Review this past March, Drover was asked if MEGADETH will venture into new musical territories on its next studio album. “I don’t think so,” Drover replied. “We definitely branch out to a couple of different areas, stylistically speaking.”
He continued: “For me, I’m always an advocate for the heavy stuff, so that’s usually what I present to the band — something a little more violent, a little more heavy and oftentimes fast stuff. Because that’s how I write. Of course, MEGADETH has done so many different kinds of metal over the years, but for me, I’ll always try to represent the more furious side of it, because that’s just part of who I am, it’s part of my creative DNA to try to write heavy riffs. Whether it gets accepted not, it obviously just depends on how it’s going [with the writing process for] the record. We all have so many ideas, not everything is gonna make it. Case in point, on the ‘Endgame’ record, I had a song called ‘Head Crusher’, which was a pretty fast, heavy song. It was the first single, the first video and it was nominated for a Grammy Award. So you always try, but you just never know what you’re gonna end up with. It just depends on how the recording process goes. But I’ll always have ideas to submit, certainly.”
In a December 2013 interview with MetalTitans.com, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson commented on the criticism that was levelled against the band’s last studio effort, 2013’s “Super Collider”. “We’re aware of the comments, for sure, because they’re on our own web site or our MEGADETH Facebook page!” he laughed. He then added: “My personal thought is that the next record will be much different.
“We go through these phases. Dave made three records when I wasn’t in the band, and a couple of them quite good, I might add. They were good records because they were really good ‘metal’ records. That’s what fans want to hear; because MEGADETH has this 30-year career, we have more than just one style in our cache.
“Fans have discovered us at various times throughout our journey; there are fans became fans when they heard ‘Risk’, that’s when they go into rock ‘n’ roll and they bought their record, and to them, that is their debut MEGADETH record.
“I have learned not to criticize our own work, simply because there are naysayers out there and the fact that every record has significance to different people. Having said that, the first thing that people heard from the record was track ‘Super Collider’, which is a very mainstream, commercial song. I think had they heard ‘Kingmaker’ first, for instance, the reaction would have been much different.
“The first impression is more often than not the most lasting impression. When you hear a song that sounds like MEGADETH right out the gate, you say, ‘Awesome, man!’ When you hear a song that you have to listen to several times, analyze it and get your mind around it, the first impression may not make you want to dig right into out of the gate. I get that.
“I’m a fan. I used to buy KISS records as a kid and CHEAP TRICK records. I remember some records, I got it right out the gate, and there were records where I’d say, ‘What the heck is this?’ It wasn’t what I was expecting. Some records take one listen, other take three or four listens other more. I think, for me, ‘Super Collider’ is one of those records.”
During a November 2013 interview with Detroit Metro Times, Mustaine was asked why he thinks critics have been harsh on “Super Collider” while fans seem to “love” the CD. Mustaine replied: “Critics have to listen to a whole bunch of records and don’t really have time to live with them like they used to when we were younger. They’ll listen to a record once. If it grabs them, they’ll say something about it. If it doesn’t, they’ll say something else about it. If somebody has said something good about it before, journalists nowadays can be impressed by a mob mentality. They’ll jump on the bandwagon instead of being an individual and having their own opinions. There’s also that psychosis where, if a guy doesn’t like a person and he listens to the record, then it can be a masterpiece and they’ll say it sucks. I know there have been a lot of misconceptions about me over the years and my autobiography cleared a lot of that up, but not everybody’s read it.”
Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, Mustaine stated about “Super Collider”: “There are gonna be people who are gonna take exception with the record because they’re people that wanna hear ‘Black Friday’ the rest of their lives. And I feel for them, man. I know the first time I heard AC/DC versus what they put out now, it’s a different time. I think that’s the whole thing about if you’re really a fan of the band, you grow with them or you stop being a fan. I always loved early AC/DC and I totally respect older AC/DC, but I was weaned on Bon Scott.”
“Super Collider” sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. “TH1RT3EN” opened with 42,000 units back in November 2011 to enter the chart at No. 11. The band’s 2009 CD, “Endgame”, premiered with 45,000 copies to debut at No. 9. This was slightly less than the 54,000 first-week tally registered by 2007’s “United Abominations”, which entered the chart at No. 8. 2004’s “The System Has Failed” premiered with 46,000 copies (No. 18) while 2001’s “The World Needs A Hero” moved 61,000 units in its first week (No. 16).
In a brand new interview with Alternative Nation, VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Dave Kushner was asked about the band’s current singer situation, more than six years after the dismissal of the group’s original frontman Scott Weiland. “I think it’s one of those things that no one wants to close the door on it, but I also agree that replacing Scott is a hugely arduous task for anybody,” he said. “I don’t know if we actively look all at the same time. Everyone has stuff going on: Matt [Sorum, drums] has his solo record and is involved in a lot of different things, Slash [guitar] obviously has his solo thing, Duff [McKagan, bass] has other bands like LOADED and WALKING PAPERS, I’ve been doing a lot of work as a composer and doing my other project PUSHER JONES. We all have kids and busy lives, so it just depends on, for a lack of a better term, when the stars align and we all start a conversation for some reason. Because we’re always playing together in some different iteration… Unfortunately so far it has not been a unanimous decision on whoever gets thrown in a hat [as a potential replacement for Scott]. But there’s always someone. Someone has a friend that says, ‘Yeah I know this guy that might be right.’ Or some producer or record industry person or A&R guy says: ‘Hey, you guys still looking for a singer?’ And maybe we’ll hear something that piques everyone’s interest. Now with the Internet, it’s so easy to just obviously send MP3s and say: ‘Hey check out this guy, here’s his site, here’s what he looks like, here’s what he sounds like.’ We get to move forward that way without having to get too physically or emotionally involved. It’s like a dating service, you can look at the pictures online and talk to the people online, and see an interview with them, before you even set up a date with them. That’s what the Internet affords you for trying out singers.”
VELVET REVOLVER released two full-length albums through RCA/Sony BMG — 2004’s “Contraband” and 2007’s “Libertad” — before dismissing Scott Weiland in April 2008.
VELVET REVOLVER reunited with Weiland for a four-song set in January 2012 at a Los Angeles tribute concert for late songwriter John O’Brien, but the band has otherwise remained inactive.
At one point it was reported that VELVET REVOLVER was going to team with STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Slash. The group and Taylor recorded demos of 10 songs together.
In a recent interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, Sorum called the launch of VELVET REVOLVER the” biggest moment” of his career. He explained: “Because at a certain point during the formation, I was like, ‘Can we really do this? Can we really pull this off again?’ And we all did. We got together and had a very successful band after GUNS N’ ROSES. That was really icing on the cake, especially for Slash, Duff and myself. To be able to come out of a band that big, and basically have Hollywood turn their back on us, was initially very difficult — and the answer to the low point. To go back and reinvent ourselves wasn’t easy. When we managed to do just that, we were very, very ecstatic.
“Duff and I came out of a subway one day in New York City and some kid yelled at us, ‘Hey! You’re Duff and Matt from VELVET REVOLVER!’ That was the first time we ever heard that after years of, ‘Hey it’s Duff and Matt from GUNS N’ ROSES!’ And we knew right then that everything was going to be alright. We were able to move on; we were able to move forward.”
Canadian rockers KILLER DWARFS have been forced to postpone their previously announced June 7 appearance at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto due to the injuries sustained by the band in a serious crash following their performance at the Rocklahoma festival last weekend.
Says the group in a statement: “The band is very loyal to their fans and feel they are unable at this time to give the fans the performance they deserve.
“We will be re-scheduling the show for a later date [to be announced] and will honor any tickets purchased for this event.
“If you require a refund please contact HRrefunds@smoothlinegroup.net and you will be refunded.
“It saddens us to do this but under the circumstances we hope you #DwarfNAtion will understand under the circumstances.
“There are no other cancelations anticipated at this time.
“Thank you all for all the well wishes and prayers. DwarfNation are the best fans in the world!”
The accident took place just before 2:00 Monday afternoon (May 26) near a construction zone along interstate 70 in Indiana when the band’s pickup truck — driven by KILLER DWARFS bassist Johnny Fenton — pulling a box trailer failed to slow or stop and hit a vehicle and another pickup truck. The second truck then hit a SUV. Vocalist Russ Graham was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for head injuries while Fenton, drummer Darrell Millar and guitarist Gerry Finn suffered only minor cuts and bruises.
A video report on the incident from WTHI TV can be seen below.
KILLER DWARFS was formed in Toronto in 1981 and continues to rock, showing no signs of slowing down. From its first single, the anthem “Keep The Spirit Alive”, to its 2013 album “STaRT @ oNe”, the band’s timeline includes extensive MTV airplay, recording for major labels, racking up a few Juno nominations and playing some of the largest venues throughout the world.