Category: Metal News – Blabbermouth


DEVILDRIVER’s DEZ FAFARA Shares Tour Tips (Video)

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August 6th, 2014

Each episode of "Tour Tips" features a touring act sharing five pieces of advice for artists who want to hit the road. In this episode, which was filmed on June 4 in Joliet, Illinois, vocalist Dez Fafara of California metallers DEVILDRIVER shares his t...


ABYSMAL DAWN: ‘Obsolescence’ Album Details Revealed

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Modern death metallers ABYSMAL DAWN will release their fourth full-length album, "Obsolescence", on October 28 via Relapse. The effort will be available in CD, LP and digital formats. ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical-yet-memorable riffs, throat-shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine-gun precision. With "Obsolescence", ABYSMAL DAWN unleash a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like. "Obsolescence" was produced by Mike Bear at Artisan Road and was mixed and mastered by John Haddad at Trench Studios. The cover artwork was created by Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESS, SPAWN OF POSSESSION) and can be seen below. Comments ABYSMAL DAWN frontman Charles Elliott: "Three years have passed since the release of 'Leveling The Plane Of Existence', and it's high time we released another slab of epic, bludgeoning death metal. "This album took over a year and a half to come to fruition between writing and recording, and I think the blood sweat and tears definitely show in the final work of art. "The title of the record is inspired by the term 'planned obsolescence,' and is applied to all of mankind. In business terms, it means to manufacture a product that's made to break down after a certain amount of time so that it can be replaced. "People. Societies, governments and religions all have an expiration date for their usefulness in this world; they break down and are replaced just like any other commodity. "If you follow the band, you know that dehumanization is a running theme with us, and you'll be relieved to know we aren't singing about rainbows, puppies and the girl next door on this one. "I also have to say, it was a great pleasure of mine to have our friend and amazing guitarist, Christian Muenzer, lay down a guest solo on a track. My teenage guitar hero Bobby Koelble shreds on a song as well, making it the only metal album I can think of that he played on since [DEATH's] 'Symbolic'! That in itself is a huge honor for me. "We even did a cover song of DISSECTION 'Night's Blood' that I think everyone will enjoy. We tried hard to obtain the integrity and vibe of the original and I think we achieved that. It's the first cover we ever recorded. So we made sure we did it right! "When all is said and done, I believe this is to be our crowning achievement so far, and I'm sure the fans will agree once they hear it." "Obsolescence" track listing: 01. Human Obsolescence 02. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer) 03. Inanimate 04. Devouring The Essence Of God (featuring Bobby Koelble) 05. One Percent Incomplete 06. Loathed In Life / Praised In Death 07. By My Demons 08. Laborem Liberat Te 09. The Inevitable Return To Darkness Bonus track: 10. Night's Blood (DISSECTION cover) abysmaldawnobsolcd


WHILE HEAVEN WEPT To Release ‘Suspended At Aphelion’ In October

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Virginia's long-running epic metallers WHILE HEAVEN WEPT will commemorate their 25th year with the October 27 release of their sixth full-length album, "Suspended At Aphelion", via Nuclear Blast. "Suspended At Aphelion" is undoubtedly the band's most ambitious, epic, and progressive album so far, featuring a single track divided into 11 parts, performed by the entire "Fear Of Infinity" lineup as well as several esteemed guests, including FATES WARNING alumni drummer Mark Zonder and co-founding guitarist Victor Arduini — uniting two eras of FATES WARNING for the first time ever. WHILE HEAVEN WEPT mainman Tom Phillips offered more insight into the album: "While most of our albums have been thematic, this is the first time we've released something entirely of a conceptual nature in the grand tradition of PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, RUSH, MARILLION, IRON MAIDEN, KING DIAMOND, QUEENSRŸCHE, and, of course, FATES WARNING...and musically, this album falls somewhere in the middle of all of that with a touch of Viking-era BATHORY as well." The signature sound of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT remains fully intact, yet has evolved; Phillips explains: "We've always been characterized by emotional sincerity, bombast, sweeping melodies, and dense orchestration, and 'Suspended At Aphelion' is no exception — however, this really is another level for us in that it's the first album featuring all-new material composed in this decade (as opposed to previous releases which often culled from years of archival material), it's full of twists, turns, modulations, time changes, harmonic content rarely heard in metal, and tons of counterpoint. This is all augmented by actual cellos, violins, classical guitars, an array of percussion, and genuine analog synths." He continues: "Over the last few years, we've had some audiophiles reaching out to us regarding the 'loudness wars,' so we were very much committed to delivering an album with a wide dynamic range, with very little peak reduction or compression...insuring it was as dynamic and organic as possible versus being Pro Tooled to death or overtly compressed/limited for loudness... not unlike our labelmates SATYRICON, who definitely impacted our approach to 'Suspended At Aphelion'...so you may have to turn it up compared to 'X album' from 2014, but we feel like this epic journey is even more gratifying because of this." "Suspended At Aphelion" track listing: I: Introspectus II: Icarus And I III: Ardor IV: Heartburst V: Indifference Turned Paralysis VI: The Memory Of Bleeding VII: Souls In Permafrost VIII: Searching The Stars IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers X: Lifelines Lost XI: Retrospectus The cover art for "Suspended At Aphelion" was once again created by Gustavo Sazes (MORBID ANGEL, ARCH ENEMY), and three separate audio masters were optimized for LP, CD, and digital download formats. WHILE HEAVEN WEPT also reunited with producer/engineer Kevin "131" Gutierrez (RAVEN, DECEASED, DYSRHYTHMIA) at Assembly Line Studios for the recording of "Suspended At Aphelion" 12 years after creating their classic "Of Empires Forlorn" album together, solidifying an already strong team for their most epic of epics! whileheavensuspended


Former DEVILDRIVER Members Reunite In BELLUM

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

"Kill The Man", the title track of the forthcoming debut album from the Santa Barbara, California based metallers BELLUM, who feature in their ranks two founding members of the bands DEVILDRIVER (Evan Pitts and Jonathan Miller) and BUILT ON DECAY (Alex...


Video: DEF LEPPARD’s PHIL COLLEN Demos Signature Jackson PC1 Guitar

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

A three-minute video clip of DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen demonstrating the new version of his signature Jackson PC1 guitar in menacing satin black can be seen below. The PC1 Ninja is now available to the public in two different versions — one with a maple fingerboard and another with an ebony fingerboard. The limited-edition run will feature only 25 of each model. Collen is working with an "extreme blues" group called DELTA DEEP, which also includes STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. DEF LEPPARD released a deluxe, expanded edition of 1996's "Slang" album on February 11. As previously reported, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell will receive a stem-cell transplant in September after doctors discovered his cancer had returned and is now in remission. Campbell — who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE — went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis last summer, but announced in November 2013 for the first time that he was in remission. Campbell's health setback was not expected to affect the recording sessions for DEF LEPPARD's' next album, the follow-up to 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge", which is being laid down in several sessions. Campbell told a Florida radio station in April: "Our third and final instalment will be in November, to finish up the record. We're hoping for a release for early spring, 2015."


EVANESCENCE’s AMY LEE To Release ‘Aftermath’ Album Featuring Music Inspired By ‘War Story’ Movie

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee will release a new album, "Amy Lee Featuring Dave Eggar: Aftermath", on August 25 via 110 Records, Inc. The disc is a film-score collaboration with Dave Eggar for the movie "War Story", which premiered in January at the Sund...


SKID ROW’s RACHEL BOLAN On Singer JOHNNY SOLINGER: He Is Not Flamboyant And He Means What He Says

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

TV Rock Live conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo and bassist Rachel Bolan after the band's June 21 performance at the Hellfest in Clisson, France. You can watch the chat below. Speaking about SKID ROW's lead singer of the past 15 years, Johnny Solinger, Bolan said: "Johnny grew up listening to a lot of the same stuff I did. He's not a super-flamboyant guy. He's just one-to-one, shortest-way-between-two-points kind of guy. And he just goes out, says what he means and means what he says. And his whole thing is, like, 'Let's go out and have fun and I'm gonna sing my ass off.'" In a recent interview with Metal Assault, Solinger was asked how he feels about still being seen by a lot of fans as just a "replacement" for Sebastian Bach. "The band would have either ceased to exist or they had to rebuild," Solinger replied. "It was just like a divorce. I'm the new wife and I knew what I was getting into when I took this on. "You can be an old fan, of course, and then you can be a new fan, as long as you're a SKID ROW fan. The bulk and the heart of the band is still there — that's Rachel Bolan, Snake Sabo and Scotti Hill. You hear those guitars and that songwriting, you know who it is. "I was very lucky to become a part of this, and 'Chapter Two' will be my fourth record with the band. "For those who abandoned us, that's fine! If you're looking for pureness, you're not going to find it in this world. [laughs] If AC/DC can do it, so can we. So I don't really have a problem, and I don't see myself as a replacement. I see it as an evolution, just the way it turned out. I wear my own shoes and my own pants. I love singing the old songs but they're mine now. People that give it a chance seem to really like it, and I think my fan base has grown as the years have gone on. It's just been so long since the old lineup played live, it's been a decade and a half. So if they can't get over it, then we'll just lose those fans and get new ones. [laughs]" SKID ROWSolinger, Scotti Hill (guitar), Bolan, Sabo and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — has just released a new seven-song EP, "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", via Megaforce Records. The CD contains covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.


Former NIGHTWISH Singer ANETTE OLZON Releases A Cappella Video Of ‘Turn Loose The Mermaids’

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

A video clip of former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon performing an a cappella version of the band's song "Turn Loose The Mermaids" can be seen below. Anette's debut solo album, "Shine", was released in March via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. "Shine", which was co-produced by Anette Olzon and Johan Kronlund, is a collaboration with some of the most successful teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia: Stefan Örn (songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest-winning track "Running Scared") and Johan Glössner. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette). Olzon previously stated about her solo CD: "The album is very personal with songs I have started writing already in 2009 but also very recent songs. "The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life — making you shine… no matter what." Regarding the CD's musical direction, Anette said: "In the end, it is a rock album. Well, a pop rock album, maybe, or would you call it pop metal?" Olzon was fired from NIGHTWISH in September 2012 in the middle of the band's North American tour. She has since been replaced by former AFTER FOREVER and current REVAMP singer Floor Jansen. In a recent interview with Metal Blast, Olzon stated about how she has been portrayed since her departure from NIGHTWISH: "It was really hard for me. You can always say 'no comment' and say nothing about what happened, or you can open your mouth, as I have done. It was really hard for me to decide if I should say something or if I should keep quiet. But I felt that in order for me to move on, I needed to tell my story. I also knew that there would be a lot of hate and negativity directed toward me; I can feel that many people do hate me because I have told people my truth. At first people were a bit more negative, but since then it has been less and less of that. I hope that now it can become more about me and 'Shine'. I know there's some negative PR, but people who know me would say it's a big laugh, me being called a diva. I just hope that all the negativity will fade away quite soon so we can all move on."


STEEL PANTHER’s MICHAEL STARR Says Negotiations For TV Show Are Still Ongoing

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Alex Obert of Journey Of A Frontman recently conducted an interview with singer Michael Starr (real name Ralph Saenz; ex-L.A. GUNS) of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Journey Of A Frontman: What would you say are the best parts about being in STEEL PANTHER? Michael Starr: I would say one of the cool things is we get free beer and shit, free Red Bull. And now that we're older, we get Diet Red Bull, sugar-free Red Bull. It has less calories. And then free drugs is pretty cool. You have to be careful when you take drugs from people for free, because some people don't like heavy metal and they like to give you drugs that will kill you. Lexxi [Foxx, bass] took what was supposed to be Oxycontin and I don't think it was, it was a roofie. He was out for two days. You've gotta be careful. Journey Of A Frontman: Regarding a live show, what do you feel are the most important factors in being a frontman? Michael Starr: I would say the most important, number one, top, double A, one, one, one would be charisma. For people that don't really understand how charisma relates to a lead singer, it's really simple. You have to be able to tell a story, look them in the eye, get them engaged in what you're talking about, get them engaged in what you're singing about, and you have to have the ability to make people feel like you care about what they think. And it's not easy. It takes a lot of work and it's definitely a gift from Heaven, I think. It's hard, people expect it. I'll be walking on a beach and people expect me to engage them and I don't have it, I'm off right now. I'm just walking and doing this interview. It's a burden, dude. It's a burden being wonderful. Journey Of A Frontman: Recently you did some shows with FOZZY and bonded with them. They're very high on you guys now. Michael Starr: FOZZY, fuck yeah! Great band. Great dudes. We befriended each other in Australia, we were on tour together. It was FOZZY, then BUCKCHERRY, then STEEL PANTHER. It was a great tour. We got to know everybody. They played me some of their music from the new upcoming record and I asked if I could sing on a song. They said yes, which was really cool. So I sang on a song called "Tonight". It was great. And one thing I learned from Chris [Jericho] is always get grilled chicken backstage. I went backstage and I saw him having a plate full of grilled chicken breast and I was like, "Where the fuck'd you get that?" He's, like, "Ah, man, I put it on my rider. Otherwise they're gonna give me fucking deli meat, which is full of salt and I get bloated before the show. I don't look as good as I could." Damn! So I stole that. Now we get grilled chicken backstage. Journey Of A Frontman: And I'm hearing about a TV show in the works for STEEL PANTHER. Michael Starr: Oh, dude, it's so laboring, dealing with this fucking TV show. Getting a record deal, I thought that was hard. It's like finding a golden nugget the size of your balls. It's really, really hard to get a record deal, but it's even harder to procure a TV deal. There's so much going on with it. So where we're at with it, we are in negotiations to start shooting. That's where we're at. We've been in negotiations to start shooting episodes for about a year now. It's like dating a retarded chick — are we gonna fuck or not? Either fuck or get out of bed. Our show's gonna be based on what people don't know about STEEL PANTHER because there's a lot of awareness that could be raised about STEEL PANTHER. And I think people will be engaged when they get a chance to see what we're all about. People hear about us, they know our names, and this way, they can see what's going on in Europe, what's going on in Australia, see how we actually live our life. I think it'll be pretty rad. We've spent Monday nights on the strip for fourteen years and that's the longest-running heavy metal show in the history of Hollywood. So we were thinking that we deserve a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Part of the journey with STEEL PANTHER will be us getting that star. Gotta fight the cause! Journey Of A Frontman: We discussed FOZZY, but you're also good friends with Corey Taylor [SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR]. How did that relationship begin? Michael Starr: That started back in '99/2000. We used to play The Viper Room, Sunset Strip, every Monday. Monday nights are a great night for people that are in the industry to go out because there's really nothing going on. So any band that was coming through touring or recording, they all would come to our show. Corey was a dude who would come to our show all the time. This is when he had long hair to his shoulders, he looked like a fuckin' ragdoll. Then he'd get up and he'd just jam. It'd be weird, I'd hear, "Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT's enjoying it! Get him up to jam!" We'd get him on stage, "Dude, what do you wanna jam?" "'Nothin' But A Good Time' by POISON!" What?! We'd go into the song, fuckin' killed it. That guy is a great singer and we became great friends, we'd hang out a lot and do that. And we got to know each other, once we became a touring band, we'd be on the same festivals and hang out. He had his wedding reception at our show in Vegas. Read the entire interview at Journey Of A Frontman.


DARKEST HOUR’s MIKE SCHLEIBAUM Talks To TheToneKing.com (Video)

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

TheToneKing.com conducted an interview with guitarist Mike Schleibaum of Washington D.C. metallers DARKEST HOUR at a recent stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below. DARKEST HOUR's self-titled album was released on August 5 via Sumerian Records. The CD was recorded at Oceanic Recording with producer Taylor Larson. According to a press release, "Darkest Hour" is the band "most accomplished and innovative offering" to date. The album "showcases each individual pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone implementing more clean vocals with expanded dynamic melodies rooted firmly in thrash metal with bombastic shredding guitar solos. This offering is soon to be yet another benchmark in heavy metal history." Comments Mike Schleibaum: "Along with a new rhythm section, we also chose a very different route for the album's production this time around. While we have worked with well known producers in the past (Brian McTernan, Devin Townsend, Fredrik Nordström), we chose a much younger and more local producer in Taylor Larson. He recently gained a lot of attention after his work with PERIPHERY, and after spending some time working with him, we knew he was the man for the job." He continues: "Tasked with making the most sonically modern, melodic and diverse DARKEST HOUR album yet, Taylor looked the challenge right in the eyes. His uncompromising approach to pushing us as songwriters and musicians was unrivaled. It took a young heart with a fresh perspective to get this album moving in the right direction and Taylor was the man in the driver's seat." DARKEST HOUR's sixth CD, "The Human Romance", sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 185 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.


ENUFF Z’NUFF Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Release Of First-Ever Covers Album

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest-working bands in show business, ENUFF Z'NUFF proudly presents this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their three-decade career! "Covered In Gold", a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including DAVID BOWIE's "The Jean Genie", NIRVANA's "All Apologies", PRINCE's "When Doves Cry", SMOKEY ROBINSON's "Tears Of A Clown" and lots more, all of which showcase this group's incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes two rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group's 1989 hit single "New Thing" plus another cover, of THE BEATLES' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", performed live on "The Howard Stern Show". Founder, bassist, singer and namesake of the group, Chip Z'nuff has led the band through its highest highs as well as its most turbulent times. The band scored two major successes in 1989 with hit singles off of their self-titled debut album, the aforementioned "New Thing" as well as the powerful ballad "Fly High Michelle", both spent 46 weeks in the Top Ten on MTV and earned them a gold record. on MTV. In 1991, the band released their second album "Strength", which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them "The Hot Band Of The Year" as well as earning them numerous appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman". The mid-late '90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the ENUFF Z'NUFF torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums. Now an esteemed statesman of the music world, Chip continues to grow the ENUFF Z'NUFF fanbase performing shows worldwide. He has also found a new passion in broadcasing, first as a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio program and more recently as co-host of the TV show "Mancow TV". "Covered In Gold", like ENUFF Z'NUFF, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, "When it comes to rock n' roll, you don't need anybody else." "Covered In Gold" track listing: 01. Everything Works If You Let It (CHEAP TRICK cover) 02. Stone Cold Crazy (QUEEN cover) 03. She Sells Sanctuary (THE CULT cover) 04. All Apologies (NIRVANA cover) 05. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme) 06. The Jean Genie (DAVID BOWIE cover) 07. Run For Your Life (THE BEATLES cover) 08. When Doves Cry (PRINCE cover) 09. Tears Of A Clown (SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES cover) 10. The Stroke (BILLY SQUIER cover) 11. Yankee Rose (DAVID LEE ROTH cover) 12. Jealous Guy (JOHN LENNON cover) Bonus tracks: 13. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (live on "Howard Stern") 14. New Thing (live unplugged in London) enuffznuffcoveredcd


SATAN To Release ‘Trail Of Fire – Live In North America’ In October

Metal News - Blabbermouth
August 6th, 2014

British heavy metal legends SATAN will release a live album in October to celebrate their live debut appearances earlier this year on the North American soil in support of their latest and very succesful album "Life Sentence", released on Listenable in...

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