Vivian Campbell‘s former SWEET SAVAGE bandmate Ray Haller filled in for Jimmy Bain at LAST IN LINE‘s October 20 performance at the Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
A 13-minute video recap of Haller‘s trip to Japan with LAST IN LINE can be seen below.
LAST IN LINE is the band featuring Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB.
LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on.
Speaking to David “Gus” Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com at this past January’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, Campbell stated about reuniting with the original DIO band: “We’re calling it LAST IN LINE after the second [DIO] album. It’s the original DIO band — myself, Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and we found a terrific singer called Andy Freeman, who can totally do justice to the songs. Actually, he doesn’t sound anything like Ronnie [James Dio], which is great, [because] I don’t wanna draw that comaprison. Ronnie was a very unique singer, but Andy is a great singer in his own right, and he certainly sings the songs very respectfully.
“The original band, we actually wrote the majority of that material as a band, so I feel like we’re entitled to go out and play it. I don’t think we’re a tribute band or a cover band or anything like that.
“There’s obviously a big legacy of DIO music, and I think I’m right in saying that most people would think that those early DIO albums are the strongest, so we are just chuffed to play it.”
Campbell and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO albums — 1983′s “Holy Diver”, 1984′s “The Last in Line” and 1985′s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987.
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Kriss Panic of Dogday Production conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee on July 4 at Metaltown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about what he was planning to do with his free time after it was announced that MOTÖRHEAD had canceled a number of European festival appearances this past summer due to the health issues of the band’s frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, Mikkey said: “I enjoy my car and I enjoy going out on the ocean and fishing. As I said in the paper, I’ll probably be fishing a lot more this summer now.
“And you know what’s funny? This is the best… I read on the Internet. Some guys on Blabbermouth [wrote], ‘Well, fuck you, Mikkey Dee. You should care more about Lemmy.’ He thought I was just bummed because we’re canceling shows. And I didn’t say that at all.
“It’s funny how people react when we have to cancel. They get very disappointed, of course. And as I said in the papers, I know people plan their vacations and weddings and everything around festivals and their favorite bands. And you can just be honored by being in that position. But it’s funny how these guys go, ‘Well, fuck you, Mikkey. Care more about your bandmate.’ And I go, ‘I do care, you motherfucker. What do you think?’ That’s because I wrote, ‘I’d like to go fishing this summer now.’ That didn’t mean, ‘I don’t like to do festivals and I hate MOTÖRHEAD. I love fishing more.’”
MOTÖRHEAD‘s dates this past summer were called off when doctors discovered an unspecified haematoma, a pool of leaked blood gathered in Lemmy‘s muscles. The legendary rocker is also suffering from Type 2 diabetes, diagnosed more than a decade ago, and has had a defibrillator fitted earlier this year to iron out the uneven bumps in his heart.
Lemmy takes two pills every day for his diabetes, which has affected the circulation in his legs. As a result, his legs stiffen and ache if he walks too far and his back hurts if he stands for too long.
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It's crazy to think it's almost been a decade without "Dimebag" Darrell, one of the greatest shredders to ever live. Dime was taken from us nine years ago today, but his music still lives on stronger than ever. Let's take a moment to remember the greatness that was Dime…
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Hysteria Mag conducted an interview with vocalist Winston McCall of Australian metallers PARKWAY DRIVE during Vans Warped Tour Australia. You can now watch the chat below.
PARKWAY DRIVE‘s fourth album, “Atlas”, was released on October 30, 2012 via Epitaph Records. The deluxe package included the “Home Is For The Heartless” DVD, a unique travelogue that follows the band’s adventures touring to many obscure destinations including Colombia, China and India.
Yet another creative leap forward for the chart-topping Australian band, “Atlas” boasts some of the most up front and confrontational material PARKWAY DRIVE has ever released, while at the same time taking several unexpected turns into lush sonic terrain, redefining their trademark sound while reinforcing their position as leaders in their field.
Recorded in Los Angeles with esteemed producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, HATEBREED), “Atlas” sets the standard in musical progression by pushing musical boundaries and drawing from a wider scope of influence. From heavy, technically advanced riffs and rapid fire blast beats, to haunting death growls combined with fervent vocals and symphonic melodies, “Atlas”‘ ferocious mix of metal and hardcore reaches new horizons with songs such as “Dark Days”, “Old Ghost / New Regrets” and “The River”, all of which will have fans careening straight for the circle pit.
“Everything has been enhanced,” said McCall. “People don’t have to kiss the old parts goodbye. When you think of change, you think of things being taken away, but there’s not a case here where anything has been taken away. This is just more on top.”
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Spanish pornogrind band Vaginal Kebab is busy recording tracks for a new 2014 album, and has shared one of its new songs. Below is an upload of the promo version of that track, “Raquisectomia de Urgencia.” This concludes a busy year for Vaginal Kebab, who issued the full length “Que Puto Asco” at the tail end of 2012. The Jumilla duo is composed of the “uncle” team of Flitoris on guitars/vox/drum programming and Ramonstruacion on bass/cookie monster vox
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Australia’s The AU Review recently conducted an interview with guitarist Satchel and bassist Lexxi Foxx of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER. You can now watch the first part of the chat below.
STEEL PANTHER released “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World”, the first single/video from the band’s third album, “All You Can Eat”, which is due in early 2014.
Regarding the new CD title, singer Michael Starr said: “We feel like STEEL PANTHER is like a buffet. You know what I mean?! There’s a little bit of everything for everybody. And you can have as much of us as you want.”
STEEL PANTHER‘s new album was recorded in part in Sherman Oaks, California with producer Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, MEATLOAF).
The not-safe-for-work version of the official “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World” video can be seen below. (Warning: The video includes partial female nudity.) The clip includes celebrity cameos by “Jackass” star Steve-O, porn icon Ron Jeremy, “Breaking Bad” actor RJ Mitte and MMA fighter Chuck Liddell.
Speaking to the South Bend Tribune, STEEL PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia (real name: Darren Leader) stated about the band’s new CD: “If you liked [2009's] ‘Feel The Steel’ and [2011's] ‘Balls Out’, you will love this record. It is more heavy metal songs that are hooky and great and fun and make you want to rock and make you want to have a good time and party. Also, there is a lot of riffage on this album that I think anybody who has ever questioned this band — ‘Oh, those guys wear spandex and it is 2000-whatever’ — these songs are going to put all of that to rest.”
“Balls Out” sold nearly 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Interview – Part 1:
“Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World” video:
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Former WHYZDOM and current SERENITY vocalist Clémentine Delauney last week officially joined Austrian metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS as the band’s new female singer. She has released the following statement regarding the matter:
“I am now free to say that it is with great pleasure that I can officially announce that I am joining VISIONS OF ATLANTIS‘ history and universe.
“The band got in touch with me as they are willing to make a new start by going back to their musical origins and I am delighted to take part of this journey, offering me this unique chance to use my voice in a way I have never done within a band before.
“When I started to take classic singing lessons ten years ago, I discovered symphonic metal with female vocals on and I realized this was exactly the style of music I wanted to explore and to evolve in.
“VISIONS OF ATLANTIS wants to go back to the style of their two first releases, which will enable me to show other aspects of my voice and personality.
“I couldn’t resist the call to realize such an old dream of mine to sing like this and to offer it to those of you who still love this genre!
“Shall the SERENITY fans not worry; I absolutely do not drop the band! But I have to say that I am very happy to join a band I’ve been following for years and which, no matter what came to happen, always managed to stand as a reference in the symphonic metal scene for over a decade.
“Since SERENITY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS are good friends, it also makes me happy to tighten the links between these two Austrian bands.
“I am honored to join the raw of singers I got to meet and became close friends with: Melissa Ferlaak and especially Maxi Nil — thank you, girl, for your invaluable support and outstandingly pure friendship.
“I am deeply moved by the trust I’m being shown once again.
“I wish to not disappoint anyone and I promise to offer my best to honor VISIONS OF ATLANTIS‘ name, music and heritage as I’ll be part of this last crew sailing the seas under the VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Pavillon….
“To the band’s fans, I hope you share my excitement about this new adventure and I wish to meet you on the road soon!”
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THE SANITY DAYS — the project featuring four former members of legendary Bristol thrash metallers ONSLAUGHT — will enter the studio on January 11 to begin recording its debut album for a late spring release via Candlelight Records. The band states: “The album will feature nine original songs which have been written over the past 15 months and promises to be a mixture of dark, metallic, interweaving, spine-chilling riffs topped with melodic haunting vocals thunderous drums and a driving bass sound. Perhaps not what a lot of people are going to expect it to sound!
“The title track has been demoed and mixed and we are very pleased with what we are hearing.
“The final mix is being completed in London by a producer that we have selected to get this sounding exactly how we need it to sound. We don’t intend this to be a Pro Tools classic as much of the stuff you hear today is, but will have a more retro-sounding vibe with a more natural feel.”
Multi-camera video footage of THE SANITY DAYS performing a new song, “My Demon Mind”, on December 7, 2012 at Riffs Bar in Swindon, England can be seen below.
THE SANITY DAYS is intended as a bit of fun for the musicians and an opportunity for fans to hear music that no longer features in ONSLAUGHT‘s live repertoire.
THE SANITY DAYS was launched by Steve Grice, former drummer and founding member of the ONSLAUGHT, who played on all ONSLAUGHT albums thus far. He is joined in the new project by former ONSLAUGHT guitarist Alan Jordan (2007′s “Killing Peace”), bassist Jase Stallard (1985′s “Power From Hell” and 1986′s “The Force”), and ex-GRIM REAPER singer Steve Grimmett, who fronted ONSLAUGHT for the 1989 album “In Search Of Sanity”.
Released on London Records in 1989, “In Search Of Sanity” was the last album ONSLAUGHT recorded before it disbanded. Despite reaching the U.K. Top 50, its mainstream production proved controversial among bandmembers and fans alike. “We were always pleased with the songs, though,” states Grice. “Over the past few years, people have nagged me to play tracks from the ‘Sanity’ album, but we always struggled to get them sounding right without Steve Grimmett‘s involvement.”
Former GRIM REAPER frontman Grimmett lent his powerful voice to ONSLAUGHT for just this one album and now returns as a member of THE SANITY DAYS. “It’s been a long time since I sang any songs from ‘In Search of Sanity’, but this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he said. “I have also been asked to play these songs, but it never seemed the right thing to do after ONSLAUGHT got back together.”
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Dimebag Darrell: Still missed
Nine years ago, heavy metal suffered one of the most shocking tragedies to ever hit the music world when “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was cruelly snatched from us on that fateful night in Ohio.
Shot onstage by Nathan Gale while performing with Damageplan, Dimebag was one of four people killed that night, leaving behind his long-time girlfriend Rita Haney, his brother Vinnie and an incredible legacy as one of the greatest metal guitarists of them all.
It’s maddening trying to get a grip on the fact that it’s now nearly a decade since we lost him, and we still love and miss him dearly. We will never, ever forget him, his influence or what he’s meant to us as music fans. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today, raise a glass. RIP, brother.
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A huge load of my reviews posted at Blabbermouth today: Korn, Motorhead, Fates Warning, Melvins, Saxon, Metal Church, Leaves’ Eyes, Skeletonwitch, Czar, Monsterworks, Felix Martin, Argus, Coven 13, Beasto Blanco, The Mezmerist, Sirens & Sailors, Funeral Circle, Cursed 13, the 10th anniversary edition of Lamb of God’s masterpiece, As the Palaces Burn and the Black Label Society DVD, Unblackened. Yes, more to follow as they make it to the web.
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