Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the the 2014 MTV EMA (MTV Europe Music Awards), set to take place on Sunday, November 9 at the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Hosted by Nicki Minaj, the event will air live on MTV chann...
IN THIS MOMENT's new single, "Sick Like Me", is making its way up the rock radio chart as the band prepares for the release of its fifth studio album, titled "Black Widow", on November 18. Singer Maria Brink gave The Pulse Of Radio a little insight into what the song is about. "That's kind of about embracing more of these things in me that I used to kind of keep 'em inside and they're a little bit twisted and they're a little bit wrong, I guess," she said. "And also, when you find another person who really, I guess, knows who you are and they find all of these things that maybe I would consider flaws in myself — they find that beautiful and like, I guess, things that make me who I am." "Black Widow" was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Black Widow" is available for pre-order on the iTunes Store and other digital retailers. The album is being offered to fans in an array of distinctive configurations, including a very special vinyl piece exclusively available at Atlantic's webstore. All pre-orders will receive four instant grat downloads prior to the album release. IN THIS MOMENT last year inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records. "'Black Widow' is definitely the darker part of me," said Brink. "This album is about finding the weakness inside and turning it into strength. It's about being reborn, setting yourself free and realizing the balance in everything — the dark and the light. "We are very excited to be releasing this album through Atlantic Records," she added, "who have put out some of the greatest and most revered albums of all time. I am so ready and excited for the launch of this album. I think people will embrace its diversity and hearing different sides of us that they haven't experienced yet." "Here we go again," said guitarist Chris Howorth. "This was by far the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experience we've ever had making a record. We threw out the rulebook and tried to create something fearless, constantly pushing ourselves to make an album unlike anyone has heard before. Fans, get ready for this ride — everything is going to the next level." "Black Widow" is expected to feature several special guests, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody. Brink previously appeared on the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH track "Anywhere But Here", which was included on "The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1" album. IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including "Blood". "Blood" was IN THIS MOMENT's highest-charting album, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard album chart, while the title track became the band's first-ever Top 10 hit at rock radio.
Former KORN drummer David Silveria had thanked the band's fans on the 20th anniversary of the release of the group's classic debut album and has apologized for not being able to celebrate the milestone by taking part in KORN's upcoming tour. In a posting on his Facebook page, Silveria wrote: "To all the KORN fans around the world, I want to thank you with all of my heart for all of the success. Without the fans, KORN would just be a hobby. "As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I can't believe it's been 20 long years. "I'm sorry to all of the fans that I couldn't be there on tour to celebrate the anniversary, but that's just the way it goes. "I can't tell you all how much I appreciate all of the support from the fans around the world. To you, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all." Silveria was the second member of KORN's original lineup to depart, leaving in late 2006. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch exited the group in 2005. But while Welch continued as a solo artist until rejoining KORN last year, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant. KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he believed Silveria lost his passion for music. "David was there to write beats but he wasn't really there," he said. "He really didn't like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else." KORN plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the group's debut album by performing the disc from start to finish at selected shows on its upcoming tour itinerary. Davis told Philadelphia radio station WMMR, "We're gonna start doing, on festivals, we're gonna play the first album in its entirety. We're gonna start doing that. We're even gonna play [the song] 'Daddy'. And I said I would never do it, but I'm gonna do it anyway. So we're gonna do the complete album in its entirety and then tag on some songs at the end of the show. So it should be pretty cool." KORN has never performed "Daddy" live, since the song is about Davis' painful memory of being molested as a child. Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that he's amazed at where KORN is after 20 years. "I'm still blown away that it's been 20 years and we're still relevant, still making music, that people kind of don't count us out as just some nostalgic act, playing casinos and fairs the rest of our lives," he said. "You know, it's, we're still doing big things, which I'm very happy. I think everybody in the band feels the same way." Davis added that the performance of the first album will be "very stripped down… It'll be kind of like that down-and-dirty, cool, old-school vibe." KORN will head out on tour as special guests of SLIPKNOT on the latter's "Prepare For Hell" tour, which begins on October 29 in El Paso, Texas.
SROMaginc.com conducted an interview with BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson at the inaugural installment of the Louder Than Life festival, which was held on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at Louisville Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky....
NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to finance the recording of their next studio album, "ExtermiNation". The band has recorded a full-length covers CD titled "Party Killers" that is being offered as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers. The group is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a seven-inch vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28. "Party Killers", which is is available on CD and 12-inch vinyl, includes RAVEN's covers of "Ogre Battle" (QUEEN) and "In For The Kill" (BUDGIE). Comments RAVEN vocalist and bassist John Gallagher: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, Virginia, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it. The sounds were so good, we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: 'Party Killers' — a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home... songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the RAVEN overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album." RAVEN is currently on tour in the United States, with support from NIGHT DEMON. RAVEN released the "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Days Journey" two-disc DVD as a digipak in North America on July 2, 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort contains four hours and 30 minutes of concert footage from around the world, in the studio, backstage, interviews with the band, the fans, musicians and producer. It tells the story of over three decades of trailblaizing metal mayhem! RAVEN's latest album, "Walk Through Fire", was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 (one day earlier in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).
Ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland spoke to Songfacts about the songwriting process for the upcoming album from his solo band THE WILDABOUTS and how it differs from his past offerings, both as a solo artist and with his previous groups. Said Weiland: "Well, this album is different, the current one that I'm working on with the band. In the past, writing alone, I've written much more eclectic records. It's more obscure music. "The two big bands that I've played in up to this point, VELVET REVOLVER and STP, are known for big, D-tuned power riffs, power chords, and big sound. So it's different. "When I was writing with STP and VELVET REVOLVER, it was kind of the same thing: One of the guys would have a song idea and we'd kind of suss it out with the band and then I'd write my melodies and then write my lyrics to the melodies. And as a solo artist, I kind of felt free to go off and explore all different styles of music that I've been interested in over my lifetime and find some sort of cosmic melting pot for it. That was fun, but it was more difficult to bring that to the stage, because it meant we had to have more players and a lot of effects. We'd bring in loops and stuff — the loops that we created for the album, we'd bring them out live. Which was fun, but I think for a lot of the STP and VELVET REVOLVER fans, it was kind of a stretch for them to wrap their heads around because they were very left-of-center records, '12 Bar Blues'  and 'Happy In Galoshes' . This is much more of an indie-sounding record, but it still is very much a rock and roll record. There's big, fuzzy riffs and it's cool. It's a whole new experience. Weiland's recent tour with his solo band THE WILDABOUTS featured him playing STP classics and select VELVET REVOLVER cuts alongside two songs from THE WILDABOUTS' forthcoming album, THE WILDABOUTS originally began as a five-piece but recently decided to drop down to a four-piece. "The reason for doing that was, we started playing one time… like, there 's a couple of times Doug [Grean, guitar] was gone and we played, and we realized that it sounded a lot better as a four-piece; there was a lot more space between the beats, between the notes," Scott told MSN Canada. Last year, Weiland embarked on the "Purple At The Core" tour, where he and THE WILDABOUTS delivered selections from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first two albums, 1992's "Core" and 1994's "Purple".
Reigning queen of metal Doro Pesch kicked off the North American leg of her "30 Years Strong & Proud" anniversary tour this past Friday, October 10 in Wisconsin. The German singer is scheduled to rock eleven venues, including New York City's Gramercy Theater on October 20, where she will be joined by a host of special guests, including Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Jean Beauvoir (CROWN OF THORNS, LASMATICS) and Leather Leone (RUDE GIRL, CHASTAIN). The worldwide trek marks an astounding thirty years since the release of Doro's first record — WARLOCK's "Burning The Witches". Beginning with a mammoth headlining set at last year's Wacken Open Air, which boasted a record-breaking attendance of over 95,000 fans, Doro's tour included two special anniversary shows in her hometown of Düsseldorf as well as countless festival appearances and performances throughout Europe and Latin America. Remaining Doro North American tour dates: Oct. 12 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL Oct. 14 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH Oct. 15 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA Oct. 16 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON Oct. 18 - Salle Multi - Quebec City, QC Oct. 19 - Petit Campus - Montreal, QC Oct. 20 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York City, NY Oct. 23 - The Legendary Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA Oct. 25 - Revolution - Amityville, NY Doro is touring in support of "Raise Your Fist", released worldwide via Nuclear Blast in 2012. Dubbed "50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal" by Outburn, which crowned Doro "...the classiest lady in metal," the CD boasts guest appearances by MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and OZZY OSBOURNE/FIREWIND guitarist Gus G., and artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie. An import version of Doro's "Raise Your Fist - 30 Years Anniversary Edition" is currently available via the Nuclear Blast webshop to coincide with the tour and includes new and rare tracks plus a bonus CD titled "Powerful Passionate Favorites" comprised of cover versions of DIO, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA and KISS songs.
THE IRON MAIDENS guitarist Nita Strauss, who recently joined Alice Cooper's touring band, was, spoke to NI Rocks about the actual experience of performing with the legendary rocker. "There's definitely a lot going on," she said. "There's a lot going on visually and a lot going on musically. You definitely as a guitar player in a three-guitar lineup have to be mindful of what you're playing, not to make extra string noise and stuff like that. You really have to be mindful of what everyone else is playing and also where everybody else is on stage. There's a lot of people on that stage and a lot of props. Pretty sharp swords and guillotines! I know Tommy [Henriksen, guitar] got cut by the sword once. There's a lot going on, for sure! There's a lot going on from the audience perspective, but there's even more going on from the musicians' perspective." Strauss also talked about Alice's dedication to his fans. She said: "Alice is a true professional, true performer in every sense of the word. The man is a legend. I have never seen him have a bad show, and that's the honest truth. Like you said, he always gives everything he's got. He leaves it all on stage. Even off stage, he's really amazing with his fans. He's definitely passionate about what he does and is really amazing with the fans; even if someone interrupts him when he is having a meal or is busy with his wife Sheryl, who's on the tour with us, he always takes time to greet the fans, take pictures, answer questions and re-enact the 'Wayne's World' scene where they say 'we're not worthy.' [laughs] He always takes time for everybody." Cooper kicked off his summer run with three shows in Michigan in June before joining MÖTLEY CRÜE's final tour as a very special guest on July 2, running through late November. The trek marks the debut of Strauss, who was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World's list of "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know." She takes the place of Orianthi, who toured with Alice for a few years. Strauss, a longtime Ibanez signature series endorsee who made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss, has joined the rest of Cooper's band — guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.