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MORBID ANGEL: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Copenhagen Concert

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

Fan-filmed video footage of MORBID ANGEL's December 16 performance in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. Asked about MORBID ANGEL's plans for 2015, the band's frontman, David Vincent, told Planet Mosh TV: "We're done [touring] for awhile. It's tim...


ENTOMBED A.D.: 13-Minute Video Report On Moscow Concert

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

DrugMetal.ru has uploaded a 13-minute video report on ENTOMBED A.D.'s December 7 concert at the Volta club in Moscow, Russia. Check it out below. It features performance footage of three complete songs: 01. Kill To Live 02. Eye For An Eye 03. Revel In Flesh ENTOMBED A.D.'s "Back To The Front" was released on August 5 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Studio Bohus (ABBA, EUROPE) in Kungälv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). The cover artwork was painted by Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, VADER). ENTOMBED A.D. is: Lars Göran Petrov - Vocals Nico Elgstrand - Guitar Victor Brandt - Bass Olle Dahlstedt - Drums In a recent interview with Revolution-Music.dk, Petrov stated about the band's decision to release "Back To The Front" under the name ENTOMBED A.D. in order to avoid a legal battle with ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid who didn't want his former bandmates to use the ENTOMBED moniker: "It had to be done, because without an album you can't tour. I mean, you can tour, but if there's seven years between albums, it's ridiculously long. So we did the right thing, and we did what bands should do, and still do — release an album and go on tour and headbang and have a good time with friends, and that's what it's all about." "There was too much bullshit — crying and whining about things. It's just ridiculous. "[The name] 'ENTOMBED,' nobody can use it right now. But the lust for touring and playing music, it's what we do. "Some people are comfortable staying at home, but then just step aside and let us do our thing. And sitting here, doing an interview, listening to bands, that's the way it should be. "We added two letters, but it's still the same band — [only] without people that wanna stay at home, or take millions of years [coming up with] a [new] riff." Asked if he thinks the ENTOMBED name has been damaged as a result of the drama surrounding the split with Alex Hellid and the decision to release an album as ENTOMBED A.D., Petrov said: "Nah, not really. A thousand people have a thousand different opinions — good and bad. But we do what we felt was right. And we're out here touring, and that's the most important [thing], I think. And leave the childishness aside and play metal, basically."

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ANTHRAX Celebrates Sixth GRAMMY Nomination With Unveiling Of Its Own Bourbon Brand, ‘Indians’

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

What better way for the members of ANTHRAX to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, "Indians". ANTHRAX has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition "small batch" whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. ANTHRAX's "Indians", a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in. "We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said bassist Frank Bello, "and 'Indians' was perfect." ANTHRAX's "Indians" bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company. "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in. ANTHRAXBello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna — lifted their "Indians"-filled shot glasses last Friday when they found out that "Neon Knights", the band's cover of the BLACK SABBATH song (from SABBATH's 1980 release "Heaven And Hell") recorded for the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards "Best Metal Performance" category. "It's been an honor everytime we've been nominated," said ANTHRAX's Benante, "but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best." ANTHRAX has just gone into the studio to begin recording their next album, the follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "Worship Music". anthraxindiansbourbon


AC/DC ‘Rock Or Bust’ Concert Tickets Going Fast

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

Tickets for AC/DC's 2015 tour are reportedly going fast, with the band's July 1 stop in Dublin, Ireland at Aviva Stadium (52,000 capacity) selling out in less than 20 minutes, according to Independent.ie, and all 72,500 tickets to the band's London Wem...


Star-Studded TEENAGE TIME KILLER Projects Inks Deal With RISE RECORS For Release Of Debut Album

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

TEENAGE TIME KILLER, the new project featuring singer/bassist Mike Dean and singer/drummer Reed Mullin of hardcore punk veterans CORROSION OF CONFORMITY alongside a number of well-known musicians from the metal and hardcore scenes, has inked a deal with Rise Records for the reiease its debuit album. The instrumental parts for the upcoming CD were recorded at Dave Grohl's (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl's acclaimed "Sound City: Real To Reel" documentary. The effort was mastered by Bill Stevenson (THE DESCENDENTS, BLACK FLAG). TEENAGE TIME KILLER, which is named after a RUDIMENTARY PENI, will feature contributions from the following musicians, among others: * Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) * Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS) * Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) * Neil Fallon (CLUTCH) * Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS) * Lee Ving (FEAR) * Tommy Victor (PRONG) * Nick Oliveri (MONDO GENERATOR, ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS) * Aaron Beam (RED FANG) * Pete Stahl (SCREAM, GOATSNAKE) * Greg Anderson (SUNN O)))), GOATSNAKE) * Karl Agell (ex-CORROSION OF CONFORMITY) * Tairrie B. Murphy (MY RUIN) * Mick Murphy (MY RUIN) * Vic Bondi (ARTICLES OF FAITH) * Clifford Dinsmore (BL'AST!) * Pat Hoed (BRUJERIA) * Max Cavalera (SOULFLY) * Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE, IRON REAGAN) * Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS) * Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG) * Phil Rind (SACRED REICH) Asked if there are any plans for TEENAGE TIME KILLER to go on the road in support of the upcoming CD, Mullin told INDY Week: "Touring, I don't know. Dave Grohl's folks — his management and marketing people — are going to help us do all that with the thing. We recorded about 98 percent of it at his studio. They were talking about — since there's so many people from so many different bands — maybe do something like '[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]' and have three or four different singers come out at one time, like Jello and Lee Ving, maybe Randy from LAMB OF GOD, something like that. All the songs are real short, so we could do, easily, four songs and not go over. But you know, we'd have Brian Baker come out and play guitar, Pat Smear play bass or guitar or whatever. It's pretty star-studded." He added: "It sounds really organic. It sounds like we — the people that we associated with for the different songs — wrote the songs together." Back in May 2013, Blythe posted an Instagram photo of him with Dean and Mullin in the studio and described his contribution to TEENAGE TIME KILLER, a track called "Hung Out To Dry", as "old-school C.O.C.-style thrash punk."


REED MULLIN’s Star-Studded TEENAGE TIME KILLER Projects Inks Deal With RISE RECORS

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

TEENAGE TIME KILLER, the new project featuring singer/drummer Reed Mullin of hardcore punk veterans CORROSION OF CONFORMITY alongside a number of well-known musicians from the metal and hardcore scenes, has inked a deal with Rise Records for the reiease its debuit album. The instrumental parts for the upcoming CD were recorded at Dave Grohl's (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl's acclaimed "Sound City: Real To Reel" documentary. The effort was mastered by Bill Stevenson (THE DESCENDENTS, BLACK FLAG). TEENAGE TIME KILLER, which is named after a RUDIMENTARY PENI, will feature contributions from the following musicians, among others: * Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) * Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS) * Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) * Neil Fallon (CLUTCH) * Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS) * Lee Ving (FEAR) * Tommy Victor (PRONG) * Nick Oliveri (MONDO GENERATOR, ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS) * Aaron Beam (RED FANG) * Pete Stahl (SCREAM, GOATSNAKE) * Greg Anderson (SUNN O)))), GOATSNAKE) * Karl Agell (ex-CORROSION OF CONFORMITY) * Tairrie B. Murphy (MY RUIN) * Mick Murphy (MY RUIN) * Vic Bondi (ARTICLES OF FAITH) * Clifford Dinsmore (BL'AST!) * Pat Hoed (BRUJERIA) * Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE, IRON REAGAN) * Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS) * Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG) * Phil Rind (SACRED REICH) Asked if there are any plans for TEENAGE TIME KILLER to go on the road in support of the upcoming CD, Mullin told INDY Week: "Touring, I don't know. Dave Grohl's folks — his management and marketing people — are going to help us do all that with the thing. We recorded about 98 percent of it at his studio. They were talking about — since there's so many people from so many different bands — maybe do something like '[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]' and have three or four different singers come out at one time, like Jello and Lee Ving, maybe Randy from LAMB OF GOD, something like that. All the songs are real short, so we could do, easily, four songs and not go over. But you know, we'd have Brian Baker come out and play guitar, Pat Smear play bass or guitar or whatever. It's pretty star-studded." He added: "It sounds really organic. It sounds like we — the people that we associated with for the different songs — wrote the songs together." Back in May 2013, Blythe posted an Instagram photo of him with Dean and Mullin in the studio and described his contribution to TEENAGE TIME KILLER, a track called "Hung Out To Dry", as "old-school C.O.C.-style thrash punk."


SLAYER ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ Tradition Continues

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

Locoape, a division of Toynk Toys LLC, has entered into another agreement with Global Merchandising Services who represent the worldwide merchandising rights for SLAYER. Locoape will again be producing the now iconic and annual SLAYER holiday sweater. Yes, the limited-edition ugly metal sweater that started it all is back! Following up on the massive success of 2012 and 2013's SLAYER Christmas sweater, Locoape will again fulfill fans request for more SLAYER sweaters. As the iconic SLAYER sweater has pre-sold out in each of the last few years, Locoape's retail arm Toynk.com — which is offering the item exclusively — has a very limited number of the SLAYER sweater in stock and available for immediate shipment! The unique sweater features the iconic imagery made famous by SLAYER, with that addition of the ugly holiday sweater vibe. The sweaters are made of a soft, super heavy poly-blend and run from size S to size XXXL. Limited quantities are available exclusively at www.Toynk.com. "Ugly Christmas sweater" or "tacky Christmas sweater" parties have been a holiday staple for several years, but there have been very few places to actually buy these sweaters. That has since changed, according to Time magazine, which reports that vintage stores, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are reaping the benefits of this craze, as are fast-fashion shops like H&M and high-end retailers such as Nordstrom. The market for ugly Christmas sweaters is so large that several stores even exist solely for the purpose of selling the the festive apparel. Locoape is a trademarked brand of Toynk LLC. The Locoape brand serves as a licensee/manufacturer focused on producing fun and unique products covering the world of popular culture, toys, apparel and collectibles with an emphasis on the music industry.


PAUL STANLEY: A Lot Of Young People Are Missing Out On Excitement Of Music Created By Human Beings

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 17th, 2014

In a brand new interview with Noisey, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley discussed the current state of music. He said: "Music is like food — there's two kinds: good and bad." He continued: "I think that there's a huge problem in that music nowadays that's most available on the radio is mechanically produced and interchangeable, and the people singing it really aren't singers — they're people that go into the studio and get Auto-Tuned. "Look, I grew up going to Fillmore East, seeing Jimi Hendrix, LED ZEPPELIN, HUMBLE PIE. Hendrix was like somebody from another planet. God bless Stevie Ray Vaughan, but there wouldn't be a Stevie Ray Vaughan without a Hendrix. And Hendrix was… It was so deep because it was so original, it crossed so many boundaries. There were no racial implications to what he was doing. He was just Jimi Hendrix. So he was very very dynamic and made a huge impression on me. I saw him twice. "I was lucky because in New York I could see people play for 2000 people or less. "The music today, my problem is if you don't wanna sing a song, then get somebody else to sing it. Because it's faceless, and that's the biggest problem, I think, nowadays. "Perhaps, I would hate to think, it's because I'm getting older, but it's a shame that a lot of young people are missing out on the excitement of music that is created by human beings. "The reason we love so much of the music we grew up listening to is because it wasn't perfect. What we've done is we replaced passion with perfection, and the music that I loved, Motown, was full of mistakes. The first ZEPPELIN album was a disaster. It's brilliant because Jimmy [Page] almost goes off the rails at times. That's what music is about. "Music is about pushing the boundaries in search of ecstasy. And that's missing today, for the most part. "If somebody says, 'What's your favorite new band?' It's the FOO FIGHTERS. [Laughs] He's [Dave Grohl] been doing this for what now, decades? "I just don't find a lot really does much for me, and if it does, it's because it reminds me of something else. And then I'd rather listen to that." KISS played a residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in November.


BATTLE BEAST: First ‘Unholy Savior’ Trailer

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 16th, 2014

The first trailer for "Unholy Savior", the third studio album from Finnish female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. The CD will be released on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. "Unholy Savior" track listing: 01. Lionheart 02. Unholy Savior 03. I Want The World….And Everything In It 04. Madness 05. Sea Of Dreams 06. Speed And Danger 07. Touch In The Night 08. The Black Swordsman 09. Hero's Quest 10. Far Far Away 11. Angel Cry The "Madness" video can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, who has previously worked with NIGHTWISH and HYPOCRISY, among others. "I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey — that's what I tend to I call it — which is my road onward," says BATTLE BEAST guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen. "Music-wise, the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs." He adds: "Like always, I wrote songs about the series 'Berserk', as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling." Regarding the song "Touch In The Night", for which a lyric video can be seen below, BATTLE BEAST bassist Eero Sipilä said: "'Touch In The Night' is probably the farthest away from typical BATTLE BEAST sound we've ever went. It really sums it up, that in the pre-production phrase went under the nickname 'Alphaville.' If JUDAS PRIEST covered 'Big In Japan', I believe this is where they would end up." He added: "True metal fans hold on to your hats — there'll be more blast beats for you later!" BATTLE BEAST will embark on a European tour with Swedish metallers SABATON in January. BATTLE BEAST's self-titled sophomore album entered the official chart in the band's home country of Finland at position No. 5. BATTLE BEAST in 2012 parted ways with lead singer Nitte Vänskä and replaced her with Noora Louhimo.

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JOE LYNN TURNER: Rock Is ‘Alive And Breathing Really Heavily’

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 16th, 2014

Legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has responded to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine in September — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it." Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, "It's finally dead. Rock is finally dead." Asked to weigh in on Gene's comments, Joe told "Totally Driven Radio" (hear audio below): "I don't know… I wonder what Gene was thinking about [when he made that statement]." He continued: "Rock isn't really dead. I've been all over this world, and it's still alive and breathing really heavily. Europe, Russia especially, there's a resurgence in… by all the bands going to Russia, because [the fans in Russia] were behind the curtain for so many years that they're begging for this music and they still love it. And I have three generations in the audience when I play — grandfathers, fathers, sons and all the women in between, and it's a wonderful experience, because all these people really still love rock — rock as we know it." Joe added: "They've got plenty of metal bands [in Russia], they've got plenty of progressive… you name it. They're not in fashion, in other words, where something takes over and all of a sudden the old is out and the new is in. They combine it all. In other words, there's what we call classic rock… There's all the genres there. It's just different genres. There's no excluding anyone." RATED X, the new band featuring Joe Lynn Turner, drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, MOTHER'S ARMY), bassist Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) and guitarist Karl Cochran (JOE LYNN TURNER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT), released its debut album in Europe on November 7 and in North America on November 11 via Frontiers Music Srl. The CD features all-new songs built upon a classic hard rock foundation, with a distinctly contemporary edge.


METALLICA’s LARS ULRICH To Appear In ‘Radio Dreams’ Movie

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 16th, 2014

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich will appear in "Radio Dreams", a new movie helmed by young Iranian director Babak Jalali. The offbeat comedy, which is based on a screenplay written by Jalali, started production on November 18 in San Francisco, with Ulrich shooting his scenes on December 8. In addition to Ulrich, "Radio Dreams" will feature Mohsen Namjoo, a well-known Iranian musician, and KABUL DREAMS, an Afghan rock band. In an interview with the Iranian METALLICA fan club Persian Magnetic, the movie's producer Marjan Moghimi stated: "We are currently in the process of shooting and producing the early stages of the film in San Francisco. "The movie is set in a radio station where Mohsen Namjoo is a radio writer who is planning to bring METALLICA and KABUL DREAMS, the first Afghan rock band, face to face." The "Radio Dreams" cast also includes Larry Laverty, Mohammad Tallani, Baala Verda, Mansoor Taeid, Mahmoud Shariker, Babak Mortazavi, Boshra Dastoor Nejhad, Zahra Rezayi Afshe and Firouzeh Mahmoudy. The film is set for release in 2015. Several photos from the "Radio Dreams" movie set in San Francisco can be seen below. Jalali, who holds a master's degree in political science, was born in 1986 in Gorgan, Iran, but has lived mainly in London since 1986. A graduate of the London Film School, Jalali's short film "Heydar, An Afghan In Tehran" was nominated for a BAFTA in 2006. "Frontier Blues", his first feature film, was developed through Cannes Film Festival's Cinefoundation residency. KABUL DREAMS is considered to be the first rock band to emerge from Afghanistan after the Taliban was overthrown. The group plays music in both English and Dari — one of Afghanistan's native languages.


IRON MAIDEN’s New Christmas Card Offers Hint Of Possible Return To The Studio

Metal News - Blabbermouth
December 16th, 2014

The Christmas card sent out this year by British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN to members of their fan club, Iron Maiden Fan Club, features an image (see below) of the band's official mascot, Eddie, running out from a studio and with a sign that says...

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