Gus G has released a video for his track What Lies Below, featuring Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd.
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Nov 25 2015
Gus G has released a video for his track What Lies Below, featuring Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd.
Papa Roach have pulled out of their European tour with Five Finger Death Punch – and Skindred have stepped up to fill in on some of those dates.
Behemoth have revealed a trailer for their upcoming Live At The BBC vinyl release.
Panic! At The Disco are the first headliners to be announced for next year’s Slam Dunk Festival.
Fear Factory last night escaped a tour bus crash without injury when their vehicle was involved in a road incident in Germany.
Nov 24 2015
PAPA ROACH has dropped off the remaining European tour dates with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH due to “logistical challenges and uncertainties” in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe.
Says PAPA ROACH in a statement: “It is again with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of the remainder of our European tour.
“We pride ourselves for rarely canceling shows, but our crew is an essential part of our organization and because they, unfortunately, could not continue the tour due to their logistical challenges and uncertainties, we could not either. We respect them and have had to accept their difficult choice to return home. We shall return next year. We will announce more details on rescheduling as soon as we are able to. ”
Adds FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in a separate statement: “Despite some significant challenges in Europe since the horrible events in Paris recently, we have continued on our tour and remained dedicated to our mission of providing you, the fans, the highest quality show in the safest possible show environment. As a result of new and increased travel/transportation restrictions and challenges, in some cities we are scheduled to play, we are unable to fulfill this promise, so we were forced to postpone those shows. We continue to face additional challenges but remain committed to finishing out the tour as best as we can.
“We are not a band that is used to postponing or canceling shows. In fact, we have always prided ourselves on showing up onstage no matter what, so these extenuating circumstances have been particularly challenging for us, as artists, given the high standard we place on ourselves to deliver for the fans.
“FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will finish out the remaining European tour dates without PAPA ROACH and DEVIL YOU KNOW in Düsseldorf, Germany and at Wembley Arena in the U.K. The lineup for Düsseldorf will include FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ESKIMO CALLBOY, SKINDRED and NOTHING MORE. For Wembley it will be FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SKINDRED, AS LIONS and THE ONE HUNDRED. The show in Brussels will be postponed, but we will be back soon to play for our Belgian fans.
“We appreciate everyone’s support as we continue to navigate these largely uncharted waters. Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than delivering the best show possible in the safest conditions.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (November 22) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries.
The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.
The rumors of the attacks came a week after a deadly terrorist attack at seven locations in Paris, including an EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert where 89 people were killed.
The hacktivists said the information about the fresh attacks was received from “several pro-(ISIS) accounts.”
A number of artists halted their European treks in the wake of the Paris attacks, including FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES and others.
Nov 24 2015
JUDAS PRIEST’s GLENN TIPTON ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ About Being Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMEPosted by vBoogieMan in Blabbermouth
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton and bassist Ian Hill were interviewed by the 94.3 The Shark radio station prior to the band’s November 5-6 two-night stand at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On JUDAS PRIEST‘s decision to go back to a classic sound on last year’s “Redeemer Of Souls” album following the 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”:
Tipton: “I think we knew what we’ve gotta do. ‘Nostradamus’ was a mammoth task. We had to get one off our chest, you know, a concept album. And our manager suggested Nostradamus. I mean, this guy lived in the 1500s and he’s still talked about now. So it was a bit special, really. And it wasn’t so much his predictions; it was his life. He not only came up with these predictions, but his wife and daughter died of the plague, he was extradited from France, exiled, he found a new life and a new love, and that, cominbed with his prophecies, just made for a great story. And we actually composed quite a bit of it on keyboards and then transposed it to the guitar to give it a classical feel or even an operatic feel in places. So, having said that, it was a very complex album, something we’re very proud of; I don’t regret doing that at all. But it wasn’t what all our fans wanted from us; we knew that. It was a high-risk project anyway, but… We’re very, very proud of it, and it just led us to realize exactly what the fans wanted from PRIEST, and that was ‘Redeemer’. And we just wrote in a natural style, and it just emerged as JUDAS PRIEST — raw JUDAS PRIEST — which is what the kids want, you know.”
On whether they feel they are long overdue for an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame:
Tipton: “I couldn’t care less, honestly. And I’ll tell you why… It’s no disrespect to… I mean, it’s not gonna change our life, to start with. And secondly, there’s some bands in there that really deserve to be in there, but there’s almost as many bands in there that don’t deserve to be in there. If it really was the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, there’s been some serious acts overlooked, you know, and there’s been some one-hit wonders put in there. I don’t even know who chooses… I mean, is there a body of people up in the sky that sit with God and say, ‘Well, that’s the band there…’ I don’t know… But they seem to make some strange choices sometimes. So if I’d got perhaps more respect for their judgment calls and we were selected, yeah, I’d be proud to be in there. But as it stands, I don’t think that accolade means anything, really.”
On JUDAS PRIEST‘s plans for 2016:
Tipton: “I think we’ve got a meeting scheduled tomorrow to decide what we’re gonna do next year, so… We don’t really know. We’re gonna finish this year, we finish December the 18th, and then there’s Christmas to get out of the way. And we have some time off maybe in January. But then we’ll sit down and maybe start to write again and see what happens. Which is what we’ve always done. We’re not saying the band is gonna wind it down after this tour. We’re not sure; we really aren’t sure. I mean, we probably won’t go out and tour next year, ’cause we’ve been out for eighteen months, or we will have done by the end of the year. But I’ve got a feeling we’ve got another album in us, and we’ll take it from there. We love our time on the stage with the fans, and it would be very hard for us to give up. But there will be a point when we’ve gotta hang the hat up, and I’d rather hang my hat up than have somebody else hang it up.”
Nov 24 2015
FEAR FACTORY was involved in a bus crash early Wednesday morning (November 25) while en route to the band’s next concert in Munich, Germany during their European headling tour. FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares said: “Everyone is okay, just a little shaken up. It doesn’t help when it’s 4:30 a.m. and snowing outside!”
FEAR FACTORY‘s current European trek sees the band playing the “Demanufacture” album in its entirety. They are also showcasing songs from their new CD, “Genexus”, which came out on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.
HINDER and THE GHOST INSIDE were both involved in separate tour bus crashes last week. All bandmembers survived, but THE GHOST INSIDE‘s driver was killed when their vehicle collided with a car in El Paso, Texas. Meanwhile, HINDER bassist Mike Rodden and a crewman suffered broken ribs in Cookeville, Tennessee, and their driver has since undergone emergency surgery.
In a 2012 interview with Lithium Magazine, FEAR FACTORY singer Burton C. Bell stated about the hardships of touring: “Some people are just not cut out for that kind of lifestyle, and some are. It really comes down to the individual and the real drive that they have to pursue their dream of music. If you’re going to pursue music, you’ve got to go all the way, you can’t do it half-assed. You have to give it your all, and touring is a big part of that — live shows in front of people all over the world. That’s what we do and if it’s not in you, you’re not going to last.”
Nov 24 2015
Former PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Guitarist Found Out Through The Internet That He Wasn’t In The BandPosted by vBoogieMan in Blabbermouth
Jack Antonio of “Do You Know Jack?” radio show recently conducted an interview with former PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS guitarist Marzi Montazeri. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below.
Asked if he would agree with Philip Anselmo‘s recent comment that the former PANTERA singer “jumpstarted” Marzi‘s career with their THE ILLEGALS collaboration, Montazeri responded: “Oh, man, clearly. Absolutely. Absolutely. Of course. Me and Philip had a run in SUPERJOINT RITUAL [years ago], and that didn’t work out. It had nothing to do with Philip, actually; it was the drummer of the band. That’s about as much as I’ve actually said about that project, the SUPERJOINT thing. [They were a] great band, great guys, and now they’ve got a current lineup. Everything’s great with everybody, man. Everybody’s moved forward doing their own thing, which is wonderful, you know what I mean? I didn’t start playing guitar when I met Philip.”
He continued: “As far as getting the notoriety that I have now, [Philip] clearly is instrumental in having to do a big part of that, and I appreciate that clearly. I went into it in March 2010, and things were quite different then, having the intention of doing the same exact thing for Philip — which was to just kind of get him back in there. And that’s what we did with THE ILLEGALS. [I] did three tours, one album, two EPs, and then, you know… The only thing I can say about them is the best — the best to ‘em, man. Best to ‘em. Nothing but the best. Positive vibes.”
Asked if he is on speaking terms with Philip and the rest of the ILLEGALS guys, Marzi said: “Well, I ain’t talked to ‘em. It’s kind of funny. You’re the only one that’s asking me these questions… Well, I mean, I’ll tell you the truth. No, I haven’t spoken to any of ‘em, and I found out through the Internet that I wasn’t in the band. But we’re gonna leave it at that, man. Again, like I said, I wish them the best. And I’m doing my thing, and there’s no hard feelings on my camp or me, period. And if anything, I appreciate the fact that Philip gave me a chance so that the rest of the world could know who I am. That’s that, man.”
Marzi also talked about the possibility of one day collaborating with Anselmo again in some capacity. He said: “You can never say never. You have to understand something: whatever the premise of this may have been — God knows — I love him like a brother. And you don’t say that one minute, and then when you don’t speak to someone and shit hits the fan without you knowing, and you’re gonna, like, hate on somebody. That’s not gonna happen. You see, I’ve known him for a long time and I’ve known his family, and I adore and love them. And that’s that. As far as making music goes, I would say it’s more of a sad event that him and I can’t collaborate. But, man, let me tell you something: I’m not a follower, I’m a leader. And that’s that.”
Montazeri is currently involved a new project called HEAVY AS TEXAS, which he has described as “a southern groovy band.” He said: “It’s got extreme levels to it, but it’s not just an all-out extreme band, to label it that. I always called it ‘heavy Texas blues and beyond. The ‘beyond’ part is all the psychedelic stuff, man. You know, growing up with [BLACK] SABBATH and [LED] ZEPPELIN and PINK FLOYD. And then getting into other bands, growing up… I saw a movie my dad took me to called ‘Thief’ with James Caan and I just remember seeing that movie and thinking, ‘Damn, man, the soundtrack was so killer.’ I’d come to find out it was a band called TANGERINE DREAM. So a lot of those bands kind of played a big role… I always loved the long epic rock songs. And a lot of ’70s, late ’60s influence, so that is the core of HEAVY AS TEXAS. But then you add to it the tone that I have today and the way we write today, and it’s kind of different.”
Anselmo recently told MetalUnderground.com about THE ILLEGALS‘ split with Montazeri: “What I wanted to do with Marzi anyway was jumpstart his career, which I did. He’s the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he’s got that now and I’m happy for him. More power to him.”
Regarding how the addition of guitarist Mike DeLeon came about, Anselmo said:”Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez], and my other guitar player/bass player from SUPERJOINT, Steve [Stephen Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, ‘DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!’ I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam, it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He’s great. He’s a pleasure to work with.”
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut album, “Walk Through Exits Only” sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over a couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair.
Nov 24 2015
WHITESNAKE has released a video for “The Gypsy”, a song from the band’s twelfth studio album, “The Purple Album”, released in May via Frontiers Music Srl. The clip contains footage from WHITESNAKE‘s “The Purple Tour”, which kicked off in the U.S. several days after the CD’s release.
“The Purple Album” is billed as “a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale‘s time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE‘s Mark III and Mark IV studio albums.” PURPLE classics revamped for the new set include “Stormbringer”, “Lady Double Dealer”, “Soldier Of Fortune” and “Sail Away”. Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE‘s frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums “Burn”, “Stormbringer” and “Come Taste The Band”.
Coverdale explained that shortly before DEEP PURPLE co-founder Jon Lord‘s 2012 death, he was eyeing a DEEP PURPLE gig featuring all the band members throughout the lineups. The Pulse Of Radio asked Coverdale what if any relationship he has with the frontman he replaced — the great Ian Gillan. “Ian was one of the nicest blokes I met,” he said. “I’d flown over to [England to] do a charity show for Roger Glover at the [Royal] Albert Hall — a thing called ‘Butterfly Ball’ [in 1975] — and Ian was there and we ended up carousing for, like, four days and nights. I ended up sleeping from the moment the plane took off from Heathrow back to Los Angeles. Woke up as we landed. The perfect journey! [Laughs] But, yeah, I have absolutely no problem sharing a microphone with Ian. None. Y’know? To me, it would be the ultimate expression of gratitude to breathtaking loyalty from PURPLE fans. It’s amazing. It truly is.”
The deluxe edition of “The Purple Album” features two bonus tracks, four music videos and a “Behind The Scenes” featurette on the recording of the album.
WHITESNAKE‘s new touring lineup — David Coverdale (vocals), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) — made its live debut on May 28 at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington.