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“MK Ondergrond” (meaning “Underground” in Afrikaans) conducted an interview with DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno prior to the band’s August 10 performance at the Oppikoppi Festival 2013 in South Africa. You can now watch the chat below.

“MK Ondergrond” (Facebook page) is South Africa’s first dedicated underground music variety show, hosted by a macabre crew of animated characters, featuring band interviews, video reviews, gig guides and the best in local and international underground music videos.

DEFTONES released several different vinyl editions of its current album, the critically acclaimed “Koi No Yokan”, in January. The four configurations are as follows: a standard retail version pressed on 140-gram black vinyl (3,000 units); a direct-to-consumer version on 180-gram black vinyl with foil-stamped numbered jackets (1,000 units); an international edition pressed on 180-gram vinyl; and an exclusive edition sold through Hot Topic retailers pressed on 140-gram clear-colored vinyl (1,500 units).

“Koi No Yokan”, the band’s seventh studio album, was released November 13, 2012 via Warner Bros Records. It debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with over 65,000 copies sold first week. Revolver declared it their “Album of the Year,” Spin selected it as one of its Top 50 Albums of 2012 (and its No. 5 Metal Album Of The Year), the New York Post hailed it as “one of the best rock albums of the year,” and Penthouse said “If you hear an album this year that combines the ferocious and the sublime as well as DEFTONES‘Koi No Yokan’, please write us an email and flag it ‘urgent.'”

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BACKYARD BABIES and MICHAEL MONROE guitarist Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) will not be touring with the former HANOI ROCKS singer for the remainder of the year so that Dregen can focus on promoting his debut solo album, available now in Sweden via Universal Music.

Says Dregen: “I was part of making two damn good rock n’ roll records at the same time. Both records are too good not to tour them and neiter Michael Monroe or me will disappoint our fans! The fantastic guitarist Rich Jones will temporarily fill in for me [on the road with Monroe].

“Please try to catch a show with both Dregen and Michael Monroe this autumn! They will both rock. And roll.”

Michael Monroe‘s new album, “Horns And Halos”, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies within the first week of the CD’s release.

Released on August 27 via Spinefarm Records, “Horns And Halos” is the follow-up to the 2011 critically acclaimed “Sensory Overdrive”, winner of Classic Rock magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in Monroe‘s Finnish homeland.

The official video for Dregen‘s first solo single, “Just Like That”, can be seen below. The song received its world premiere on August 10 on Swedish national radio P3. It was then released on August 14.

Produced by Dregen and Pär Wiksten (THE WANNADIES), Dregen‘s first solo venture in a 25-year career that has seen him at the core of such internationally acclaimed acts as BACKYARD BABIES and THE HELLACOPTERS features all new material, and is a contemporary and inventive distillation of the Stockholm-based guitarist’s far-reaching record collection.

Recorded for the most part in Pär Wiksten‘s Hospital1 studio in Stockholm, with mixing handled by Michael Ilbert at the legendary Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, these 10 tracks come in a variety of hues and colours, moods and textures, veering from hard-hitting blues (“Flat Tyre On a Muddy Road”), through sinewy, snake-hipped funk (“6-10”) and onto kool, KISS-inspired strut ‘n’ roll (“Mojo’s Gone”).

BACKYARD BABIES announced in November 2009 that they were going on an indefinite hiatus after completing a European tour.

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Carcass: legends return

Two big albums from very different ends of the metal spectrum this week – but both are deserving of your attention.

First up comes the much-anticipated new album from British death metal royalty, Carcass! The band’s first album of new material for 17 years (yes, it’s really been that long), Surgical Steel is a stunning, muscular display of fret-tearing musicianship, relentless death metal aggression and irrepressible heavy metal melody. It’s a definite shout for the best extreme metal album of the year, and it underlines exactly why we’ve missed them. Get it now on Nuclear Blast and don’t forget to catch the guys on Defenders of the Faith in November!

Also released this week is the fifth album from Ohio metalcore heavyweights, The Devil Wears Prada. Definitely a band that have got better and better with age, TDWP continue their rich run of form with 8:18; another collection of modern metal anthems destined to have people flipping inanimate objects and pitting their way over barriers across the globe. It’s really bloody good, it’s out now via Roadrunner, and you can also read more about it in our brand new issue! How’s that for a cheap plug?!

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Chicago doom metal legends TROUBLE have announced the addition of bassist Rob Hultz to the group’s ranks.

Hultz is no stranger to the heavy metal, hard rock, and doom metal genres as his lengthy music resume boasts. While still in high school, he joined an East Coast hardcore band called SOCIAL DECAY which served as his introduction to recording and touring. After a decade, he left with the guitar player to form the doom metal band GODSPEED and was signed to Atlantic Records. Their debut album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York and produced by Rachel Bolan of SKID ROW. The band was represented by Gloria Butler Management and toured with iconic bands such as BLACK SABBATH, DIO and CATHEDRAL, to name just a few.

In 1996, Hultz helped form SOLACE, another notable doom metal band, which was signed to Meteor City Records, and played large arenas, clubs, and festivals such as Roadburn and Hellfest. Their last recording, “A.D.”, was released on Small Stone Records in 2010 and voted Best Metal Album of the Year on iTunes. Since then, Hultz has lent his talents on projects for LETHAL AGGRESSION and DISEASE CONCEPT.

Commenting on the band’s decision, TROUBLE founder and guitarist Rick Wartell states, “Bruce Franklin and I played the bass parts on ‘The Distortion Field’, with the exception of one song. However, as we began preparing to tour in support of the album, it became really important to choose the right person for the band. Rob is not only a great bass player but also a total pro with an impressive band history, and he’s got the TROUBLE personality so he definitely fits in well. We look forward to him joining us on the road and being a bandmate for a long time to come.”

Hultz has already begun rehearsals and will debut live with the band for a series of European show dates scheduled for October 2013, the details of which are still pending and will be announced separately.

“The Distortion Field”, the first studio album in six years from TROUBLE, sold around 760 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Due in Europe on August 23 via FRW Records, the 12-song follow-up to 2007’s “Simple Mind Condition” was helmed by veteran producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., ARMORED SAINT, DARK ANGEL, SACRED REICH, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, D.R.I.) and marks the recording debut with TROUBLE of lead singer Kyle Thomas following the departure of the group’s frontman of four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).

“The Distortion Field” track listing:

01. Sink Or Swim
02. Paranoid Conspiracy
03. Glass Of Lies
04. The Grey Chill Of Autumn
05. When The Sky Comes Down
06. Butterflies
07. Your Reflections
08. Have I Told You
09. The Apple From The Snake
10. Hunters Of Doom
11. Sucker
12. The Broken Have Spoken

Decibel magazine is streaming three songs from the album: “When The Sky Comes Down”, “Butterflies” and “Sucker”. Check them out using the SoundCloud widget below.

Says TROUBLE founder and guitarist Rick Wartell: “Kyle is one of the most impressive singers I’ve ever heard, and by far the most extraodinary singer I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s got incredible range, incredible power, and an incredible knowledge of TROUBLE, as he’s been a fan for 20-something years. We’ve known him forever, and he innately understands what TROUBLE is about. He’s like the perfect guy to come in and do this job. It’s awesome.”

He adds: “Musically, I think this album is a true TROUBLE record.

“In the early days, we used to just write what we felt and didn’t really care about what anyone said. We just wrote heavy riffs and played our music our way. But outside influences can kind of get a hold of you and start telling you what to do.

“When we were writing this album, the thinking was, we don’t care what anybody thinks. We’re going to write what we write. So this is basically a return to our roots, while combining some reflections of our band’s long history as well.

“With the two different music writers, Bruce [Franklin, guitar] and myself, we have a slight variation in our writing; Bruce has more of a ’70s groove to his writing, and I’m more the old-school doomy metal thing. And when you put it together, you get TROUBLE.”

TROUBLE 2013 is:

Kyle Thomas: Vocals
Bruce Franklin: Guitar
Rick Wartell: Guitar
Mark Lira: Drums
Rob Hultz: Bass


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Chicago doom metal legends TROUBLE have announced the addition of bassist Rob Hultz to the group’s ranks.

Hultz is no stranger to the heavy metal, hard rock, and doom metal genres as his lengthy music resume boasts. While still in high school, he joined an East Coast hardcore band called SOCIAL DECAY which served as his introduction to recording and touring. After a decade, he left with the guitar player to form the doom metal band GODSPEED and was signed to Atlantic Records. Their debut album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York and produced by Rachel Bolan of SKID ROW. The band was represented by Gloria Butler Management and toured with iconic bands such as BLACK SABBATH, DIO and CATHEDRAL, to name just a few.

In 1996, Hultz helped form SOLACE, another notable doom metal band, which was signed to Meteor City Records, and played large arenas, clubs, and festivals such as Roadburn and Hellfest. Their last recording, “A.D.”, was released on Small Stone Records in 2010 and voted Best Metal Album of the Year on iTunes. Since then, Hultz has lent his talents on projects for LETHAL AGGRESSION and DISEASE CONCEPT.

Commenting on the band’s decision, TROUBLE founder and guitarist Rick Wartell states, “Bruce Franklin and I played the bass parts on ‘The Distortion Field’, with the exception of one song. However, as we began preparing to tour in support of the album, it became really important to choose the right person for the band. Rob is not only a great bass player but also a total pro with an impressive band history, and he’s got the TROUBLE personality so he definitely fits in well. We look forward to him joining us on the road and being a bandmate for a long time to come.”

Hultz has already begun rehearsals and will debut live with the band for a series of European show dates scheduled for October 2013, the details of which are still pending and will be announced separately.

“The Distortion Field”, the first studio album in six years from TROUBLE, sold around 760 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Due in Europe on August 23 via FRW Records, the 12-song follow-up to 2007’s “Simple Mind Condition” was helmed by veteran producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., ARMORED SAINT, DARK ANGEL, SACRED REICH, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, D.R.I.) and marks the recording debut with TROUBLE of lead singer Kyle Thomas following the departure of the group’s frontman of four years, Kory Clarke (of WARRIOR SOUL fame).

“The Distortion Field” track listing:

01. Sink Or Swim
02. Paranoid Conspiracy
03. Glass Of Lies
04. The Grey Chill Of Autumn
05. When The Sky Comes Down
06. Butterflies
07. Your Reflections
08. Have I Told You
09. The Apple From The Snake
10. Hunters Of Doom
11. Sucker
12. The Broken Have Spoken

Decibel magazine is streaming three songs from the album: “When The Sky Comes Down”, “Butterflies” and “Sucker”. Check them out using the SoundCloud widget below.

Says TROUBLE founder and guitarist Rick Wartell: “Kyle is one of the most impressive singers I’ve ever heard, and by far the most extraodinary singer I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s got incredible range, incredible power, and an incredible knowledge of TROUBLE, as he’s been a fan for 20-something years. We’ve known him forever, and he innately understands what TROUBLE is about. He’s like the perfect guy to come in and do this job. It’s awesome.”

He adds: “Musically, I think this album is a true TROUBLE record.

“In the early days, we used to just write what we felt and didn’t really care about what anyone said. We just wrote heavy riffs and played our music our way. But outside influences can kind of get a hold of you and start telling you what to do.

“When we were writing this album, the thinking was, we don’t care what anybody thinks. We’re going to write what we write. So this is basically a return to our roots, while combining some reflections of our band’s long history as well.

“With the two different music writers, Bruce [Franklin, guitar] and myself, we have a slight variation in our writing; Bruce has more of a ’70s groove to his writing, and I’m more the old-school doomy metal thing. And when you put it together, you get TROUBLE.”

TROUBLE 2013 is:

Kyle Thomas: Vocals
Bruce Franklin: Guitar
Rick Wartell: Guitar
Mark Lira: Drums
Rob Hultz: Bass


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Tony Iommi on BBC HARDtalk last week

Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi talks 13 getting a rad reception, bagging two Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards last month and being bros with Lemmy, in an exclusive interview in our killer new issue.

“When we were in the studio, all of us, including our producer Rick Rubin, were focused on proving that there was still creativity in what we could do, and that we’re not just going after easy money,” says our Tony. “A lot of hard work and passion went into those songs, and when you get someone like Metal Hammer telling you that you’ve made the best album of the year…well, you just can’t stop grinning with pride!”

On the band’s upcoming UK dates, the guitarist adds, “Right now, I don’t know what we will do in the set for those dates. But we will try to make them memorable. There will be some of the new songs, and as it’s Xmas, well, you can never tell who might join us on stage!”

Of this month’s cover star, the mighty Lemmy, Tony has some rather, um, unique memories.

Lemmy: Shy lad, isn’t he?

“We’ve gone on the road together so often. We’ve had some fun times. I remember on one occasion, Lemmy came into our dressing room with a birthday cake for me. But it wasn’t Lemmy as you’d expect to see him. He had on a black dress, stockings and high heels and was wearing make-up. He looked a right sight. Did I fancy him?! You’re joking! It’s still Lemmy! He is a one-off. We will never see his like again.”

Luckily, the one we’ve already got has promised us he ain’t going anywhere yet, confirming last week that despite a minor health scare, he’ll be back and firing on all cylinders very soon. Which is nice.

To read more from Tony and Lem (new odd-couple sitcom, anyone?), CHECK OUT OUR NEW ISSUE.

Black Sabbath hit the following UK venues this winter:

Dec 10: 02 Arena, London, UK
Dec 12: Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Dec 16: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Dec 18: Arena, Manchester, UK
Dec 20: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
Dec 22: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK

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The 2013 Best Album Award goes to…

BLACK SABBATH – 13

Black Sabbath 13 cover

How do you make a comeback? With the best metal album of the year, of course. To say that 13 is worthy of being compared to Sabbath’s early, greatest work is all that needs to be said about this stunner of a record. Well played, Sabbath. They also bagged Best UK Band! Not bad!

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Holy fucking shit. Anyone else smell that when they heard the news? Smells like a potential album of the year. Behemoth never disappoint, and this will be their finest moment without any doubt in my mind. Okay, so let's get down to business here. What we know right now is that the album is called …

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Mastodon: new album incoming!

Mastodon have revealed that they’re busy ploughing away at a brand new album! Hooooraaaay!

“For those of you who are interested, yes, we have been VERY busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio Mastodon album,” confirm the band in their statement. “We are down at our space hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album.”

Mastodon’s last mighty opus, 2011′s fucking spectacular The Hunter, was crowned our Album of the Year in the end-of-year critics’ polls, so the bar’s set pretty damn high. Our prediction: Riffs. And some proggy stuff.

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Canadian rock legends RUSH were honored in the “Rock Album Of The Year” category at this year’s Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards), for their latest studio CD, “Clockwork Angels”.

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