Video: SLIPKNOT Singer COREY TAYLOR At TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor attended the Texas Frightmare Weekend on May 3 to talk about his involvement with the film “Fear Clinic” from director Robert Hall. Video footage of Corey‘s appearance can be seen below (courtesy of SoundBox).

“Fear Clinic” is Corey Taylor‘s first featured role in a film. The movie stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, as Dr. Andover, a doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside an invention he calls the Fear Chamber.

“Working with Corey was amazing,” says Hall. “He’s such a huge horror fan and his enthusiasm and excitement shine through. His involvement brings the film to a whole new level, and fans are going to freak when they see him in the role.”

As a lifetime horror fan, Taylor said, “I’m such a horror geek, comic geek and action figure geek. I’m inspired by so much — from Hunter S. Thompson and Quentin Tarantino to ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Halloween’. Just show me something that doesn’t suck, and I’m happy,” he laughed.

Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio what it was like to work with a horror icon like Englund. “One of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met,” he said. “You know, we were sitting in the makeup trailer and he’s telling me stories from the ’80s of being at the Rainbow with GUNS N’ ROSES and I’m like, ‘Please tell me more!’ You know? Sweetest dude I’ve ever met, super fun, super awesome and we had a really good time like making that stuff. And I had a handful of scenes with him and I, I had a really good time.”

In the film, Taylor will play a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. The movie will center around one traumatic event that induces phobias in a group of different people.

Also appearing in the movie, which began life in 2009 as a five-episode series for the web site FearNet.com, is Lucas Till from “X-Men: First Class”, Danielle Harris of “Halloween 4” fame and Kane Hodder, best known for playing Jason in several of the “Friday The 13th” movies.

There is no word yet on a release date for the film, although producers are aiming for Halloween 2014.

Taylor and the rest of SLIPKNOT are currently at the work on the band’s first studio album in six years, which should arrive in late 2014.

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HOUSE OF LORDS: ‘Precious Metal’ Video Released

“Precious Metal”, the video for the title track of the new album from HOUSE OF LORDS, can be seen below. The CD was released in Febraury via Frontiers Records.

“Precious Metal” is HOUSE OF LORDS‘ ninth studio album, following up the critically acclaimed “Big Money”. This brand new release, recorded and produced by the band’s singer and mastermind James Christian, again has a stellar sound, with solid and baroque songwriting mixed with unique melodic sensibilities and amazing musical skills.

Musically, “Precious Metal” shows a return to the roots of the band’s sound. James Christian, as usual, sings his heart out and he sounds better than ever on these new songs. Guitarist Jimi Bell shines with heavy, but melodic riffs throughout the album, with Chris McCarville and B.J. Zampa bringing a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to the HOUSE OF LORDS sound.

In James Christian‘s words: “When we started to write this record, we knew after the first song that we were on to something special. The energy level was off the charts for all of us. Jimi Bell came out swinging and B.J. and Chris were just crushing it.

“Recording this album was very easy as the songs already had arrangements that were complete.

‘Precious Metal’ is a testament to years of being a band that loves what they do and has so much more to offer in the years to come.”

HOUSE OF LORDS debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a monumental arena hard rock release which showcased the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-ANGEL and GIUFFRIA member Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as WHITESNAKE, DEEP PURPLE and VAN HALEN, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans. After another two albums released until 2002, HOUSE OF LORDS went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing of the controversial “Power And The Myth” an album which featured a sound leaning more towards progressive hard rock with ’70s rock influences.

After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark arena rock sound of HOUSE OF LORDS, putting together a new lineup. Since 2006, the band has a stable lineup featuring Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass which has been delivering impressive shows and fine releases such as “World Upside Down”, “Come to My Kingdom”, “Cartesian Dreams” and the recent “Big Money”.

“Precious Metal” track listing:

01. Battle
02. I’m Breakin’ Free
03. Epic
04. Live Every Day (Like Its The Last)
05. Permission To Die
06. Precious Metal
07. Swimmin’ With The Sharks
08. Raw
09. Enemy Mine
10. Action
11. Turn Back The Tide
12. You Might Just Save My Life

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ADELITAS WAY Singer Explains ‘Stuck’ Album Title

Las Vegas-based quartet ADELITAS WAY will release its third album, “Stuck”, on July 29. The follow-up to 2011’s “Home School Valedictorian” was recorded over the course of eight weeks in a cabin deep in the woods outside Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE). Frontman Rick DeJesus spoke with The Pulse Of Radio about the significance of the title. “I’ve seen through the eyes of so many people, from my friends to just my peers, myself, everyone — at some point, you know, they feel stuck in life, they feel like their feet are in the mud,” he said. “You know, they feel like they’re trying to pull out and trying to move forward and trying to grow, and just sometimes you can’t.”

DeJesus has said in recent interviews that ADELITAS WAY worked for a year and a half on “Stuck”.

After releasing their dark and sexy video for the CD’s first single, “Dog On A Leash”, ADELITAS WAY is inviting fans to go behind the scenes of their video with personal moments of the band plus never before seen action. DeJesus explains the track is about “feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you’re under the mercy of someone else, whether it’s your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever.”

On September 10, ADELITAS WAY will embark on a tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS.

GRAVE DIGGER: ‘Season Of The Witch’ Lyric Video Released

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will release their 1th studio album, “Return Of The Reaper”, via Napalm Records on the following dates:

July 11: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux
July 16: Spain, Sweden, Norway
July 14: Rest of Europe
July 15: USA, Canada

The “Return Of The Reaper” cover artwork (see below) was created by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules Illustration And Design, who has been responsible for all GRAVE DIGGER artwork since 2004’s “The Last Supper”.

The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany.

GRAVE DIGGER vocalist Chris Boltendahl recently revealed that “Return Of The Reaper” will be stylistically reminiscent of GRAVE DIGGER‘s classic albums “Heavy Metal Breakdown” (1984), “Witch Hunter” (1985) and “The Reaper” (1993).

“Return Of The Reaper” track listing:

01. Return Of The Reaper
02. Hell Funeral
03. War God
04. Tattooed Rider
05. Resurrection Day
06. Season Of The Witch
07. Road Rage Killer
08. Dia De Los Muertos
09. Satan’s Host
10. Grave Desecrator
11. Death Smiles At All Of Us
12. Nothing To Believe

The official lyric video for the song “Season Of The Witch” can be seen below.

GRAVE DIGGER‘s last album, “Clash Of The Gods”, was released on August 31 , 2012 in Europe and September 4, 2012 in North America via Napalm Records. A six-song mini-CD, “Home At Last”, preceded the full-length effort on July 27, 2012 in Europe and August 7, 2012 in North America.

“The Clans Are Still Marching”, the latest DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).

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OVERKILL Filming ‘Bitter Pill’ And ‘Armorist’ Videos With Director KEVIN J. CUSTER

New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL are filming videos for the songs “Bitter Pill” and “Armorist” with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the “Electric Rattlesnake” and “Bring Me The Night” clips.

“Bitter Pill” and “Armorist” are both taken from OVERKILL‘s new album, “White Devil Armory”, which will be released in July in North America via eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s “The Electric Age”.

The limited-edition box-set version of “White Devil Armory” includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity. It is available for pre-order from Nuclear Blast.

“White Devil Armory” track listing:

01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There’s Smoke…
03. Pig
04. Armorist
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It’s All Yours
10. In The Name

The cover artwork for “White Devil Armory” can be seen below.

Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, OVERKILL vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth stated about “White Devil Armory”: “The new record has a blend of what we’ve done over the past half decade. I’m noticing it’s a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don’t know. But my feeling is it’s an eclectic collection of moments from us. ‘The Electric Age’ came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it.”

OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of “The Electric Age” in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as a four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.

“The Electric Age” sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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BLACK SABBATH: Video Footage Of Abu Dhabi Press Conference

Gulf News TV has uploaded video footage of BLACK SABBATH‘s May 28 press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ahead of the band’s concert Thursday night at du Arena, Yas Island. Check it out below.

As previously reported, BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler seem to have slightly different takes on whether the reunited band will record a follow-up to “13”. Asked about guitarist Tony Iommi‘s recent remark that their upcoming concert in London’s Hyde Park could be their last, Ozzy told Guitar World, “If it’s goodbye, we’re ending it on a high note… But I’m up for another BLACK SABBATH album and tour. If we can, great. If not, I’ll just carry on doing my own thing.”

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Butler, meanwhile, thinks that the threesome already have a head start on a new record, explaining, “We’ve still got four tracks left over from [’13’]. So maybe we’ll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album — if it’s right. We wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.”

Ozzy added, “I never say never. I never thought after 35 years I’d [be back with BLACK SABBATH], have a No. 1 record and a sold-out tour.”

“13”, the first SABBATH album since 1978 to feature Ozzy, Butler and Iommi, was No. 1 in the U.S., the U.K. and nearly a dozen other countries.

Iommi, who has battled cancer since 2012, said recently that the massive July 4 gig at London’s Hyde Park could be the band’s last because the touring can be tough on him.

Iommi, who is in remission, admitted, “To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”

The Hyde Park show will feature SOUNDGARDEN and others in addition to the headliners.

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KORN: 23-Minute Video Recap Of Australia’s SOUNDWAVE Festival

A 23-minute video recap of KORN‘s participation in this year’s Soundwave festival, which took place in February and March in Australia, can be seen below.

KORN‘s eleventh studio album, “The Paradigm Shift” (Prospect Park), sold 46,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8, 2013 via Prospect Park.

“The Paradigm Shift” is the first KORN disc to feature guitarist Brian “Head” Welch since 2003’s “Take A Look In The Mirror” and follows up 2011’s dubstep experiment, “The Path Of Totality”.

Welch told Rolling Stone that the new album has “the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really good mix of old KORN mixed with some new elements. It’s got a fresh new KORN 2013 sound.”

Welch left KORN in 2005 after he converted to Christianity and got off drugs. He rejoined them for a handful of live performances in 2012 before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013.

ARCH ENEMY: ‘War Eternal’ Track-By-Track Breakdown Part 1 (Video)

The first track-by-track breakdown video for “War Eternal”, the new album from Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY, can be seen below. The CD will be released in North America on June 10 via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.

ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of THE AGONIST, on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.

Check out photos of the concert at Metalhead.ro.

In a recent interview with Turk Gitar, ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott stated about Angela‘s exit from ARCH ENEMY: “It was a sudden change for the fans; we know that. But, of course, these kind of big steps in life don’t come easily, and I believe this was a gradual thing that kept growing in Angela‘s mind for some time.

“We had decided to take 2013 off from the road and any sort of band activity. The only thing we were doing was writing music and also there always the plan to go into the studio and record at the end of 2013. As the scheduled recording time got closer, Angela informed us last year that she would definitely be stepping down from her position in the band.

“To be honest, it was not such a huge surprise to the rest of us, as there were a lot of conversations of that nature leading up to that point. I made the changes in the band that were necessary for ARCH ENEMY to continue and keep the music alive.”

Regarding Alissa‘s more versatile vocal approach compared to that of Gossow, Amott said: “Alissa has many different vocal styles that she can do very well… She is much more versatile in that aspect than Angela. But for ARCH ENEMY, we are sticking with the aggressive vocal style that we are known for.

“When I started the band in 1995, I had the idea to make the most heavy melodic band of all time, combining elements of extreme death metal heaviness and thrash speed alongside traditional heavy metal and hard rock influences with the harmonies, melodies and solos. We are very much staying true to these roots of the band on ‘War Eternal’.”

Speaking to Metal Underground, Alissa had the following to say about “War Eternal”: “The circumstances surrounding the creation of this album, writing the lyrics and recording it, I’m just happy to have it finally come out. I think people are going to like it. The production quality is amazing! I always wanted an album that would sound this full. I’m a really big fan of this album, myself. Even if I weren’t in the band and ARCH ENEMY put out this album, I would pick it up and say it’s great. I’m really excited.”

On the topic of the new album title, Alissa said: “This album ended up being a lot more personal than maybe some of my previous or Michael‘s previous lyrics. In the past, a topic like war or a political or global issue was what we normally wrote about. We were writing in two different bands, but we happen to have similar topics in our writing. Then when we were writing for this album, we had a collection of lyrics for this album, but we found that we were actually writing on similar things. Fighting the ongoing war in your day-to-day life, everybody has their battle going on that nobody else knows about. And then there are song titles like ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ and on and on, I think it ties in very nicely. It wasn’t something we planned out, but that is the way it turned out, so it worked out really nicely. I think we really saw eye to eye and were experiencing similar things in our lives, so we ended up writing about the same topics even though we have different styles of writing lyrics.”

Video Premiere: CROWBAR’s ‘Walk With Knowledge Wisely’

“Walk With Knowledge Wisely”, the new video from New Orleans sludge metal veterans CROWBAR, can be seen below. Directed by Mike Holderbeast (DOWN, EYEHATEGOD), this is the first of two clip fans can expect to see from the band’s new album, “Symmetry In Black”, which came out this week.

“For this video, we decided to let the music do the talking,” said CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein,

“Working with Mike was a breeze and a pleasure. He has filmed many of our live shows and he is a true professional.”

Windstein added about the track: “‘Walk With Knowledge Wisely’ is the perfect opener for ‘Symmetry In Black’. It has every element of the CROWBAR sound and is like an anvil to the face. It’s CROWBAR at its finest.”

“Symmetry In Black” came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).

“Symmetry In Black” track listing:

01. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
02. Symmetry In White
03. The Taste Of Dying
04. Reflection Of Deceit
05. Ageless Decay
06. Amaranthine
07. The Foreboding
08. Shaman Of Belief
09. Teach The Blind To See
10. A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing

The release of “Symmetry In Black” coincides with the 25th anniversary of the CROWBAR‘s inception. Windstein said: “CROWBAR is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago!

“We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length and to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour.”

Windstein exited DOWN in September 2013 in order to focus “100%” on CROWBAR. He was replaced in DOWN by the band’s longtime stage manager and HONKY founding guitarist Bobby Landgraf.

CROWBAR last year announced the addition of bassist Jeff Golden to the group’s ranks.

Jeff is from Bolton, Connecticut, but currently resides in Estero, Florida.

CROWBAR is:

Kirk Windstein (Guitar, Vocals)
Matt Brunson (Guitar)
Tommy Buckley (Drums)
Jeff Golden (Bass)

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AXL ROSE Talks About New GUNS N’ ROSES Music, Possibility Of More Shows With DUFF MCKAGAN

During a brand new interview with Revolver magazine, GUNS N’ ROSES singer Axl Rose was asked where things stand as far as recording the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album “Chinese Democracy”. “We recorded a lot of things before ‘Chinese’ was out,” Axl said. “We’ve worked more on some of those things and we’ve written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of ‘Chinese’. That’s already recorded. And then we have a remix album made of the songs from ‘Chinese’. That’s been done for a while, too. But after Vegas [GUNS N’ ROSES is performing a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that is scheduled to wrap in early June — Ed.], we’re going to start looking very seriously at what we’re doing in that regard.”

Rose also spoke about his reunion with ex-GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, who filled in for current GN’R bassist Tommy Stinson during the group’s recent South American tour because Stinson went back to THE REPLACEMENTS for two high-profile dates at Coachella.

“It went really well,” Axl said. “[Duff] worked really hard on the parts, and he liked playing the newer songs from ‘Chinese’. And, you know, it’s pretty funny because we’d go to talk about certain things from ‘Use Your Illusion’, and there’s things he doesn’t remember, there’s things I don’t remember. We kind of finish some of each other’s memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn’t really the Duff that I knew from what I’d call ‘old GUNS‘ or the ‘Appetite For Destruction’ lineup or the ‘Illusion’ lineup. Because with this band, with this lineup, everybody goes out and tries to do their very best, and every guy’s on. I don’t have to tell the other guys what to do or anything, they do it on their own. They push each other really, really hard. That also pushed Duff, and he liked the challenge of that. And he got along with the guys really well. He and some of the band and crew were doing their yoga together during the days we were out there, so…”

Asked if he thinks he and Duff will do more work together, Axl said: “It’s possible. I don’t know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy wants to do with THE REPLACEMENTS and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There’s people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!”

“Chinese Democracy”, the 2008 album released by the current edition of GUNS N’ ROSES after a 15-year wait, re-entered The Billboard 200 chart in April 2011 after it was made available at BestBuy.com for a reduced price of $1.99.

Best Buy was the exclusive U.S. retailer for “Chinese Democracy”, reportedly paying $14 million for 1.6 million copies. But the album was a major sales disappointment, moving less than 700,000 copies to date despite the curiosity and hype surrounding its release.

The CD was officially certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 3, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of one million copies.

“Chinese Democracy” came out 15 years after its predecessor, 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident”. It took more than a decade to record, during which every original member of the band except Rose was replaced and four different producers were used.

In addition sole original member Axl Rose, the current lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES includes guitarists Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: ‘My Book Is Basically A Love Letter To America’

John Parks of Legendary Rock Interviews recently conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Legendary Rock Interviews: I wanted to start by asking you about your autobiography which was released last year, “Relentless”. Writing a book can be pretty self-revelatory and can also answer a lot of the questions fans or journalists ask you repeatedly over and over the years. Did you find that to be the case in documenting your life story?

Yngwie: Yeah, but I think it goes even a little deeper than that. It was a long experience. I started writing it back in about 2006. I wrote it. and then I stopped a little bit. and then I got back into it. and stuff like that. So… If you read the book, or have followed my career, or know something about me, then you know I have been through a lot of different phases, so to speak. The thing is, when I look back on what I’ve done, some of the stuff, I am, like, “Wow, that can’t be me. That can’t be something I did. That has to be someone else.” Some of it almost feels like watching a movie to me, almost like “Wolf Of Wall Street” with this totally fucking crazy, outrageous lifestyle. Just totally off-the-wall behavior which is nothing like how I am now. [laughs] I am just the most clean-living, normal, I guess some people would call it boring [laughs] person now, because I just don’t do anything like that. I just play guitar.

Legendary Rock Interviews: You’re a family man.

Yngwie: Yeah, and you know, I feel better than ever and in better shape than ever. I feel very together, very focused and just feel amazing. It’s really nice but when I look back at some of the things I did or use to do I am just like, “Wow, I can’t fucking believe that.” It really does feel unbelievable, or like you’re watching a movie, or reading this story about someone completely different, so that was one part of the reflection in writing the book, you know. The other thing is, I was surprised that my memory is very, very good, I remember everything and in some respects that is hard to believe because of some of the things I’ve done over the years, but it’s true that I remember everything. Everything in that book is true also, which is important. There have been so many things written about me in magazines or the Internet or even other unauthorized books and most of it is just complete bullshit, so getting the true story out there was another reason I felt very strongly about releasing the book. I also wanted to tell the story more from the angle of the personal experience of becoming what I am or whatever or being what I am if that makes more sense to you.

Legendary Rock Interviews: There are quite a few things in the book that I never knew about you or knew but didn’t understand including your really early years in Sweden as a kid. Do you think a lot of Americans have some misconceptions about your homeland or you as a kid?

Yngwie: Yeah. Coming from a very obscure place to begin with, and growing up in an environment much different from that in America. Most Americans, I don’t think, could fathom the society that I grew up in. It is a completely different philosophy from America’s. You are basically told what you can be by the educational system. They would look at you in the United States and say, “OK, little Johnny, you can be a doctor or a musician or the President,” but in Sweden, they would look at you and say, “You are nothing, you are never going to be anything, you’re a piece of shit. Now shut up and stay in your fucking place.” That’s the way they did things, but that didn’t work on me. I’m a very bombastic kind of person and very strong-willed, I’m relentless, basically, and the more they pushed me, the harder I pushed back, so obviously I needed to get outta there. The whole thing, which I discuss so much in the book, is that what I was looking to do was basically impossible to do there in Sweden, which is why I have so much love for America. My book is basically a love letter to America. I love this country more than anything in the fucking world; you can’t even imagine how much I love America.

Legendary Rock Interviews: Is a lot of that love based on the musical freedom and career freedom you enjoy?

Yngwie: Yeah, but it goes a lot deeper than that. Everything that I think that a society should offer someone, which is nothing other than the ability to be able to do what you wanna do, is offered by America. You get nothing for free. I’m not asking for anything for free, and no one should get anything for free, but what they should have is the opportunity to do whatever the fuck they want whenever the fuck they want, and no one should be able to stop you. If you succeed, wonderful, if you don’t, tough shit, bro, but in Sweden, you didn’t even have that ability or opportunity to try, and that mentality is what I am going against. I am convinced that there are few, if any, American people that could even start believing or understanding what living in a socialist country does to a person. It kills the person, it kills the soul, it kills everything, it kills the whole purpose of a person being alive to begin with. It is the worst thing that you can do to a person. In a situation like that it is like Russia Lite, as much as it is a societal system, it is much more than that. It is a mental embedding in people, like brainwashing, and it’s bad, man. In this country, everything, all of that freedom, is sometimes taken for granted or not even thought about. It’s like, “Oh, do you wanna do that? OK, go do it!!” That’s how it is in America, and I just love that.

Read the entire interview at Legendary Rock Interviews.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA Asks Fans To Save A Life By Giving Shelter Dogs A Chance

Fans who can’t wait for ASKING ALEXANDRIA to hit this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour — or who can’t make it to any of the back-to-back shows — can still get a look at the British metalcore band’s newest project: a brand-new ad for peta2, PETA‘s youth division, that stars frontman Danny Worsnop and guitarist Ben Bruce alongside a canine pal and below the words “Save a Life: Adopt, Don’t Buy.” The ad goes on to encourage everyone to “give shelter dogs a chance” by refusing to support pet shops or breeders.

In an exclusive video interview with peta2, the musicians — who call themselves “the coolest people you know from the coolest band you know” and spend half the interview mocking one another — talk about their own adopted animal companions, including Bruce‘s recently adopted dog. “She was abused, and she had a terrible life before,” Bruce says. “There’s loads of dogs out there that already need a home. … Plus, they’re so much more appreciative if you’ve rescued them from a shithead. They’ll love you even more.”

Adds Worsnop, “We’re a band of dog lovers and animal lovers and have been our whole lives. It keeps the world going round. We’d be well fucked up if it wasn’t for animals.”

Six to 8 million cats and dogs end up in U.S. animal shelters every year, and roughly half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. For every puppy or kitten bought from a breeder or pet store, a dog or cat in an animal shelter loses his or her chance of finding a home. The best way to help dogs and cats is to adopt — and, of course, always spay and neuter.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA joins a growing list of musicians and other celebrities — including ARCHITECTS, Cristina Scabbia of LACUNA COIL, WHITECHAPEL, Morrissey, ARCH ENEMY‘s Alissa White-Gluz, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, JANE’S ADDICTION‘s Dave Navarro and THE ACACIA STRAIN‘s Devin Shidaker — who have teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.

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