BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked how his life has changed since he joined PRIEST in 2011 as the replacement for K.K. Downing, Faulkner said: "In lots of ways. I mean, it's remained the same in the sense that I'm still doing what I've always done, which is play guitar with that kind of outlook — harmony guitar and heavy guitar; I didn't have to change my writing style or anything, so things like that have remained the same, fortunately, 'cause that's who I am as a guitar player. Other things have changed immensely. I mean, I'm never in the same place for more than a month or so, 'cause we've always got promotion to do, or some recording to do, or some writing to do… whatever it is, there's always something going on every few months. So I've become a bit of a heavy metal vagabond, really. I think I'm young enough to do that still and I don't have to settle down here too much. And just being a part of PRIEST, because you're going everywhere and you're so learning so much about the industry outside of playing guitar, and I welcome the challenge." He continued: "You know, there are challenges in life, and that's not really a big challenge. Moving around the world is part of PRIEST and learning all this information and how to conduct yourself in meetings and press and promo and all the things that you don't really learn about when you're focused on your instrument. Which is a good thing, because you should be focused on your instrument when you're practicing and learning. But then learning how to listen to others and express ideas and be accepting of other people, it's just a great education and a great experience, and every day there's something new to experience and learn. And some things you don't quite the hang of straight away, but you've got that drive to learn how to do it, which is the same drive that started you off playing an instrument in the first place. So there's all this knowledge to be gained, and there's a wealth of experience to [benefit from by working with] these guys. And I'm sure they're learning too, in some respects. When you get someone from the outside in, I'm sure they learn different things as well… different viewpoints and stuff like that. So, again, it's just an education for me, and continues to be, moving forward." Prior to hooking up with PRIEST, Faulkner was the guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris. JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with ENTOMBED A.D. guitarist Nico Elgstrand and vocalist Lars Göran Petrov at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the difference in ENTOMBED's sound since the addition of "A.D." to the the band's name, Nico said: "There isn't a difference, really. I mean, I've been with the band for 10 years. We've been doing what we have been doing as always, just now we're gonna get a bit more busy doing it properly as opposed to, like… I mean, seven years between every album, that's nonsense; you have to be just a bit quicker than that. So, from now on, it's gonna be as it should be." "Back To The Front", the album that was recorded last year by four members of the most recent lineup of the legendary Swedish metal act ENTOMBED — Lars Göran Petrov (vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass) — was released on August 5 via Century Media Records under the band name ENTOMBED A.D. 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). In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Elgstrand stated about the legal issues that forced the ENTOMBED name change: "We've had some internal turmoil that resulted in a separation of Alex [Hellid, guitar] from the band. [It] turns out he didn't wanna make music and tour on it. [We're] still not sure what the hell he wants to do! When we were about to release the album, he started bringing in lawyers and claimed that the name ENTOMBED belongs to him. Which, of course, it doesn't, but instead of getting into a lawsuit that would've gone on for a long time and wouldn't have made anyone happy except a bunch of lawyers, we decided to add 'A.D.' to the name and get on with what were supposed to do, which is making music and touring as a band. As of now, the name ENTOMBED is on hold for anyone to use until people involved come to a solution. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to happen in the near future."
Fan-filmed video footage of reactivated German death metallers MORGOTH performing a new song, "God Is Evil" on October 3 at LKA-Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany can be seen below. MORGOTH in August released a seven-inch EP/digital single titled "God Is Evil" featuring two brand new tracks. Comments the band: "Finally, after 17 years, we have some new tunes to share with you. "We are excited about the nearing release of the 'God Is Evil' single, which contains the title track as well as the song 'Die As Deceiver'. These two brand-new songs are meant to be a first teaser for our upcoming album, 'Ungod', which we will be recording later this year for a release early 2015 via Century Media Records." "God Is Evil" is available on black vinyl and limited golden vinyl (300 copies). The powerful artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu, who has previously worked with ARCH ENEMY, GRAVE, DARKTHRONE and many others. MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION). "Cursed To Live" is the documentation of MORGOTH's 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's all-time classic album "Cursed" (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off "Cursed". The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original "Cursed" art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for "Cursed". MORGOTH 2014 is: Marc Grewe - Vocals Harry Busse - Guitar Sebastian Swart - Guitar Sotirios "Soti" Kelekidis - Bass Marc Reign - Drums
The English-language edition of "Relentless: Thirty Years Of Sepultura", the first complete biography of SEPULTURA's epic career by Sao Paulo, Brazil-based U.S. author Jason Korolenko, will be made available on December 4 via Rocket 88, a UK-based publisher dedicated to exploring new worlds of music and popular culture. According to a press release, the book "tells the remarkable story of how Brazil's biggest musical act came to sell over 20 million albums worldwide. From their beginnings playing music that could have seen them arrested, through three decades of success, struggle and strife and including new details about members leaving, 'Relentless' uncovers the story of one of the world's most influential metal acts. Written with the support of the band, it is illustrated with over 70 photos, many from the band's personal archives, and most previously unseen." Said SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser: "There is fantastic research on Brazil and the political context. It has some very detailed stuff on the songs, the studio… It's awesome." "Relentless" was published in Poland on October 8 under the title "Sepultura - Brazylijska Fura" (which translates to "Brazilian Fury"). Korolenko is a widely published writer of horror fiction and music journalism. For more information, visit SepulturaBook.com. Former SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera released his autobiography, "My Bloody Roots", earlier in the year. Kisser told Australia's Loud magazine that he had no interest in reading Max's book, which was co-written by British author Joel McIver, explaining: "It's just [Max's] opinion, that's all. I'm not interested to get into a fight to say, who's right, who's wrong… Of course I don't agree with everything, but if you have a mind and a mouth, you might as well express what you feel. It's just what you're feeling, that's it. It's nothing to do with what we're doing now and stuff, you know? I didn't read it, but of course people always comment [to me] about features of the book: 'He said that, he said that.' That's fine; it's just not something that is really going to change anything of what we're doing today. If he felt the urge to put something like that out, that's his… We're very focused [on] here, today. The music that SOULFLY or CAVALERA CONSPIRACY or whatever is doing is nothing to do with what SEPULTURA is doing. We're so much apart. It doesn't matter what you say, at the end of the day… There's so many opinions around the world, and I respect them all. But we're doing something very special. I think we've respected our past, but live in the present very much."
Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo's SUPERJOINT RITUAL project will reunite for an appearance at this year's edition of Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell's groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, which will be held October 23-26 in Emo's in Austin, Texas. For legal reasons, the band will perform at the event under the abbreviated moniker SUPERJOINT. Asked in an October 5 interview with Jack Antonio if the SUPERJOINT RITUAL reunion will be a one-off or if there will be further activity beyond the Housecore Horror Film Festival appearance, Anselmo said: "It is a one-off, a hundred percent, as of right now, man, It's something that we get asked about quite a bit, but, really, for us, if you look at the guys that are in the band, original members, it's really me and Jimmy [Bower, guitar], and, of course, we've got Kevin Bond coming in on guitar and whatnot. But, really, if you look at just Jimmy and me alone, we're gonna be crazy busy coming up in 2015 as well, and Jimmy with EYEHATEGOD and whatever obligations DOWN decides to take on. But I think the main focus of next year would be, maybe around summer time, is getting [to work on] that third [DOWN] EP. And other than that, man, I wanna write another solo record and produce some bands. So, [there will be] not as much touring for me next year." He continued: "We realize this is the end of the push for this year, and SUPERJOINT just happens to be part of it. It's gonna be fun, man. It's gonna be a blast." A short video clip of SUPERJOINT rehearsing for the upcoming show can be seen below. Asked at the 2011 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival if there was any possibility of a SUPERJOINT RITUAL reunion at some point in the future, Anselmo replied: "Absolutely a hundred percent no fucking way. I know some people like that band, but there's too many sour feelings, too much bad business and I don't take steps backwards anymore, I'm fucking running forward. You hear me? Good." SUPERJOINT RITUAL's sophomore album, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred", was released in July 2003 via Sanctuary. Anselmo described his band's songs as "short blasts of hardcore blood" and said, to those who weren't around to witness AGNOSTIC FRONT and early SLAYER, "We're givin' you a fuckin' beautiful example of what it was like."
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.