Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES have set October 28 as the release date for their fourth album. The group began pre-production for the follow-up to the band’s third CD, last year’s “Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones”, in March with producer Bob Rock, whose resume includes albums by METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CULT and many others.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES singer Andy Biersack hinted to The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the new album may be another concept disc like “Wretched And Divine”. “I think we’re gonna go in a bit of a darker, heavier direction on the next one,” he said. “We’ve got some concepts. I don’t think we’re gonna do a sequel or a follow-up to this story, but we’ve kind of got a new story that we’re working on and I think we wanna follow that concept record route at least one more album.”
“Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones” came out in January 2013 and featured the Top 15 rock radio single “In The End”.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES was originally formed in Cincinnati in 2006.
The group issued two EPs on their own before moving to Los Angeles in 2009.
The band’s debut album, “We Stitch These Wounds”, came out in summer 2010, followed by “Set The World On Fire” in 2011.
Biersack has launched a side project called ANDY BLACK, which he described as a “fun and artistic way for me to try something that musically I wouldn’t want to force into BLACK VEIL BRIDES.” In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Biersack explained how the “dark wave” project came into being, saying, “My whole life, I’ve loved ’80s synth and goth rock like THE SISTERS OF MERCY and DEPECHE MODE. My biggest love has always been the music BLACK VEIL BRIDES make, but that doesn’t mean I don’t listen to or enjoy other things.”
METALLICA played the song “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” live in its entirety for the first time ever on Wednesday night (May 28) during the band’s set at the Sonisphere festival in Helsinki, Finland. The group had previously played the song’s intro many times before, but always went from that into another track entirely. Wednesday night’s performance was part of the band’s “Metallica By Request” format for its current European tour, on which fans have selected each night’s songs online.
“The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” is taken from METALLICA‘s 1988 fourth album, “…And Justice For All”. Until Wednesday night, it was the last original song from the first five METALLICA studio albums that had never been performed live.
Prior to the Helsinki show, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett told MTV about the “Metallica By Request” format: “It’s really amazing because, at the onset of this, we thought that the fans would pick all weird stuff and kind of leave all the songs that we’ve been playing forever and ever alone, but as the results started coming in, people just voted for all the same stuff that we already played. Like, the top songs were songs like ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Sad But True’, ‘Creeping Death’… And in a lot of different places, it was similar, too, which was interesting to us. There have been, like, three or four songs that have come through that have been songs that we don’t usually play, and we were hoping that we would get a few more of those types of songs, but we didn’t. But when we looked at all the results — because we got the results before the tour started — we noticed that the most weirdest, most unusual request was from Finland, and it was for ‘The Frayed Ends Of Sanity’. And we thought, ‘Yes! We have a place where they actually wanna hear ‘The Frayed Ends Of Sanity’.’ Because we’ve never played that before. It was a song that we never paid much attention to, it’s a pretty deep cut. So we’ve been rehearsing that song a lot, and we’re gonna play it tonight for the very first time, and we’re really psyched. I just hope that we’ll be able to play it well, because it’s so cold onstage. But yeah, I think it’s gonna be pretty exciting, and it’s gonna be a METALLICA first tonight here in Helsinki.”
Bassist Robert Trujillo told CraveOnline.com last year that “The Frayed Ends Of Sanity” was METALLICA‘s “most challenging” song to learn on bass.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told the Delaware County Daily Times about playing the song, “We’re going to have sit down and spin that one around for an hour or two.”
METALLICA‘s setlist for the Helsinki concert:
02. Master Of Puppets
03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
04. Ride The Lightning
05. The Unforgiven
06. Lords Of Summer
07. …And Justice For All
08. Sad But True
09. Fade To Black
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity
17. Whiskey In The Jar
18. Seek & Destroy
METALLICA spent some time this spring working on material for the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, but the band’s 10th studio album is not expected out until 2015.
POISON singer Bret Michaels was physically forced to leave the stage last night (Thursday, May 29) during his solo concert at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire due to complications involving insulin shock and severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion, dehydration, fever and the noro flu virus. Michaels attempted to return to the stage to finish the show. However, it was clear to the band, crew, and audience that he would not be able to continue, as he walked of the stage and became violently ill. Paramedics present at the show immediately responded and 911 was notified. Michaels was unable to keep substance in his system complications with his insulin levels and inability to balance his blood sugar levels arose. The rocker was rushed by ambulance to CMC (Catholic Medical Center), and monitored through the evening as doctors tried to bring his blood sugar back to healthy levels.
Under strict medical direction, Michaels will not be able to perform this evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as doctors have ordered him to let the flu virus run its course and let his blood sugar rebalance and remain consistent. While hoping to perform tomorrow in Albany, Bret‘s type 1 diabetes complicates health issues such as the nora flu virus and must be monitored and taken very seriously.
According to WebMD, noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause inflammation of the stomach and large intestine lining (gastroenteritis); they are the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S.
In recent years, Michaels, who has known about his type 1 diabetes since he was six years old, has undergone an emergency appendectomy, heart surgery and suffered brain hemorrhaging.
“From the cradle to the grave — and I mean this as sincere as I can say this — you either make a choice that you are living, or you’re dying,” Bret told “Oprah’s Lifeclass” about his biggest life lesson. “It’s all in the way you look at it.”
In a 2010 interview with Diabetes Forecast magazine, Michaels discussed his health struggles and the everyday challenges of living with diabetes and explained how he has taken control of his health after years of a rock-and-roll lifestyle.
“Life is not perfect, but it’s how you roll with it,” said Michaels. “I have been knocked down professionally and even worse medically, but I am a kicker and a fighter — mental attitude is what it’s all about.”
Bret also spoke about how his recent health challenges have changed the way he tours. “I absolutely have an itinerary of where the really good hospitals are, just in case I have another hemorrhage or heart problems,” he said. “I am really focused on what to do if something happens to us, not just me, but my band and my crew. But the shows I am playing are as fun and as wild and as upbeat as ever. Everything else is life as usual, on the road.”
Reactivated influential alt-metal act FAITH NO MORE has hinted at the possibility of new music 17 years after the release of the band’s last LP, “Album Of The Year”.
The group, which made a comeback in June 2009 with a headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, England and has played sporadic shows for the past few years, has just launched a new Twitter account and one of the first posts reads as follows: “The reunion thing was fun, but now it’s time to get a little creative.”
FAITH NO MORE will play a number of European summer festival shows beginning on June 28 in Hungary.
Speaking to IHeartGuitarBlog.com in November 2012, FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton stated about the possibility of the band releasing any live material from its reunion tours: “Right now, we have no plans whatsoever — live, recording or anything. We’ve done what we set out to do with the reunion, and it’s all great, but it’s just, ‘Let’s see what happens next.’ And I think you need to take a pause to actually reflect on something like that, because otherwise we could just keep playing, and we’re very conscious of overdoing it, y’know, milking material that’s so old. You can only do that for so long, and I feel that we’ve done pretty well. The whole band’s naturally came to this conclusion, so now we’re just sitting tight.”
According to Patton, one of the reasons the FAITH NO MORE reunion didn’t happen sooner is the fact that they wanted to avoid making it feel like a nostalgia thing — like “Here’s FAITH NO MORE again.” “We wanted it to feel fresh and still somehow vital,” he said. “It wasn’t an money grab. It’s funny to say, but we all kind of reconnected, and after quite a long time we all kinda looked at each other and were like, ‘Man, we actually spent half of our lives together.’ It’s interesting to see it through that set of glasses as opposed to the ones you wore back then. I suppose, at least personally speaking, I’ve grown up a lot since then, and I think I approach the music differently, and I felt better about the music than I did then.”
Hey! Stay tuned for more Tweets from Twats!!! The reunion thing was fun, but now it's time to get a little creative. pic.twitter.com/6RBFE7aHbd
— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) May 30, 2014
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.
“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:
02. I’m Breakin’ Free
04. Live Every Day (Like Its The Last)
05. Permission To Die
06. Precious Metal
07. Swimmin’ With The Sharks
09. Enemy Mine
11. Turn Back The Tide
12. You Might Just Save My Life
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.
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).