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On September 20, Honduras rock journalist Alvaro Villatoro (a.k.a. Lemmy Simmons) of Hard Heavy conducted an interview with former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

Asked about his 2002 solo album “Life Afer Death”, Menza said: “Putting songs out with MEGADETH, it was really difficult; it was like pulling teeth to write songs in that band, because Dave [Mustaine], he’s so driven as far as having songs — he’s got many songs, so it’s hard to write a whole song by yourself. I kept bringing songs in and bringing songs in, and he was, like, ‘Nah, you just stick to playing drums and let me worry about the songwriting.’ And I was, like, ‘I’m just gonna make a solo record. So I had all these songs left over. So after I got fired, I said, ‘You know what? I’m just gonna put these out.’

“It was more of a personal thing and a project for me to do; I play everything on it. It was kind of, like, to kill some time and put out a record. Now they’re asking me to put it out again, and I’m, like, ‘Man, I already made that record.’

“I’ve got another record in the can right now that I’m ready to put out — THE ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR, it’s called; that’s the name of my new project. And it’s very heavy. I’m very pumped. And I’m kind of looking to see to get some other players in there — whether they’re known guys or unknown guys. ‘Cause right now it’s just me doing everything and I can’t very well tour on that by myself. But I can definitely release a couple of tracks and see where it goes from there. I’m trying to do a cartoon with it for TV and a comic book. And it’s really cool. The whole concept is THE ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR… It’s got some governmental, conspiracy, alien stuff in it. It’s mostly about current stuff that’s going on in the world. And the music is very metal, but more contemporary style — like MESHUGGAH-type, OPETH, GOJIRA. It’s heavy.”

Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, “Nick Menza: Megalife”, by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig.

MEGADETH was a big part of my story,” Menza says, “but it was just one part. Jeff [Craig] has got me to talk about it all!”

Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which was written over the past 18 months. It features rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he’s ever been in, including, of course, MEGADETH.

“It’s a memoir of music,” writer Craig says. “But a lot more. It’s a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick‘s fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path.”

Menza‘s first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.

Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, “Cryptic Writings”, but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.

What does Nick have to say about it all now?

“Buy the book. It’s all in there!”

“Nick Menza: Megalife”, by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions, in late 2013.

J. Marshall Craig is best known for his critically acclaimed work as writer for Eric Burdon‘s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist Chuck Leavell‘s “Between Rock And A Home Place”, West Coast hip-hop history “Guilty By Association” (Damizza and J. Marshall Craig). Author of more than a dozen books, his work has been translated and published all over the world.

Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.”

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Live Metal recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Live Metal: We’re obviously here to talk about the new [SOULFLY] album, “Savages”, which is due out Oct. 1, 2013. My first question is, what does “Savages” refer to? Are these savages of the past, present, or our society as a whole?

Max Cavalera: It’s pretty much mostly about right now and the state of the world. We claim to be sophisticated, and with the Internet and computers, but we’re still decapitating each other, chemical-gassing people — it’s just (savagery). I think the human spirit is still very much a savage, so that’s why I thought the name would be cool. I think (savages) is a cool word, a simple word, but it works with the album cover, with the big skull. And we love the stuff that’s going to go inside with the record. The lyrics — stuff like “Cannibal Holocaust” and “El Comegente”, that deals with serial killers and cannibal people. I think all together it really works on the level and the whole savagery idea for the whole record.

Live Metal: Obviously, you have been a part of so many influential and just classic metal records, again, going back to the SEPULTURA days, and even for those guys, too, it almost set the standard for everything you guys have done since. Now is this pressure that you feel going into each and every album trying to live up to the past SEPULTURA and SOULFLY albums, and to fans expectations?

Max Cavalera: A little bit. There’s always a little bit of pressure, but I work good with pressure. I think it’s motivation. And it’s always a challenge making a new record. I just gotta follow my heart really on an album and don’t even pay attention about what people are gonna say. You now, a lot of people didn’t like “Roots” when it first came out. There was a lot of negative reaction. And now it’s a classic record. Now people praise the album. So you let the time do the talking. I think time fixes everything. And to me, the way I feel about records is, if the record’s good and powerful, I’m good with it. And that’s how I feel about “Roots”, and that’s how I feel about “Savages”. It’s a powerful record done from the heart and exactly what I wanted the record to sound like. And 10 years from now, we’ll see where that record will be in people’s minds. But I think it will remembered great.

Live Metal: What’s the status of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY? Are we gonna hear any more of that in the future from you and (your brother) Igor (Cavalera)?

Max Cavalera: Yeah, we’re making another record next year — all grindcore. I wanna do a grindcore record with that.

Live Metal: A grindcore record?

Max Cavalera: Yeah. (laughs)

Live Metal: Seriously?

Max Cavalera: Yeah, I think it would be really cool. People haven’t heard that from me yet, and I think people will be surprised. I love that kind of stuff — (bands like) WORMROT, NAILS and PULLING TEETH. Just super-heavy with like one-minute songs and kind of old NAPALM DEATH style. I think Igor is going to go for it, man. I think we’re going to pull it out. And then we’ll really shock the world with that.

Live Metal: That sounds very cool, very interesting.

Max Cavalera: It’s always good to do something new, something exciting. I thought of the grindcore idea when I was going through my music collection, and I thought, “I’ve never done a grindcore album. OK, well maybe it’s time to do one? OK, let’s do it with CAVALERA (CONSPIRACY) … OK, let’s do it.”

Live Metal: I’m not trying to put you on the spot here or anything, but with the new SEPULTURA album coming out with Ross Robinson as producer, I’m very interested to hear that. He, of course, did the “Roots” album and the first SOULFLY record, so I think I have good expectations for this thing coming out. Are you interested to hear their new album — or have you heard any of it — and what are your thoughts of them getting back together with Ross Robinson?

Max Cavalera: Ross hasn’t done anything good in a long time. He had spent the last 10 years without anything except Vanilla Ice or some shit like that, which I was like totally disappointed, you know? It’s like, “What is he doing? What the hell is he doing recording with Vanilla Ice, man?” You know, … that’s not cool. I don’t know. I don’t really care for SEPULTURA. To me, I kind of don’t care what they do. It’s kind of a hard topic because I created the band and still consider that part of my life. And it’s really hard to deal with the fact that they continue with the name without me — without any Cavalera. After my brother left, it was even more hard for me to look at them seriously. There’s nobody original in the band. It’s like if MEGADETH was playing without Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, it would be like, “Why are they still calling it MEGADETH?” That’s how I look at SEPULTURA, and I think a lot of fans share the same opinion. I talk to a lot of fans, and they don’t take them seriously either. You know, I don’t know, maybe Ross can get something out of them, but nobody else could. But I really don’t care what they do. It’s not important for me. I got all my life, my work, my projects, and that’s what I care about. I’ve been in SOULFLY now longer than I was in SEPULTURA, and I love SOULFLY and I love what SOULFLY has created. And I’m very busy here, so I don’t really give a fuck about what those guys do.

Read the entire interview at Live Metal.

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Former SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera joined SOULFLY, the band led by his brother, and fellow ex-SEPULTURA member, Max Cavalera, on stage on August 25 at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil to perform the classic SEPULTURA song “Arise”. Fan-filmed video footage of Igor‘s appearance can be seen below.

In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max‘s wife Gloria as their manager.

Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to “artistic differences.” His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA‘s touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).

After Max exited SEPULTURA, there was a rift between him and Igor, one that was eventually repaired through the redemptive power of music. Some time had passed and Max and Igor were unable to resist the musical pull in their magnetic fields and their musical collaboration was renewed. The duo are back for round two with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which released its debut album, “Inflikted”, in March 2008 and follow-up effort, Blunt Force Trauma”, in March 2011.

Max and Igor played together for the first time in 10 years at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Festival on August 17, 2006 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.




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PIERCE THE VEIL members Vic Fuentes and Jamie Preciado were “really shocked” to hear that AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested for conspiring to have his wife murdered by a hitman.

“We hung out with them about a month before that happened,” Fuentes told KROQ (a Radio.com station) during a recent interview. “I didn’t get any killer vibes.”

“Some of our crew members used to work for that band, and we’ve known that band forever,” added Preciado. “We’ve looked up to that band. They’re from San Diego as well. They hung out [with us] like two months before all that stuff came up.”

“I think everybody was just really shocked,” interjected Fuentes. “Like [Preciado] said, a lot of our crew used to be AS I LAY DYING crew, so they spent years with them. They were just blown away by it. I didn’t know him personally, so I couldn’t really say one way or another.”

“From our interactions, that was like the last thing… It was crazy, for sure, when we found out,” mused Preciado about the charges against Lambesis. “We were just like, ‘uhhh…'”

“I mean, I could see Jaime doing something like that,” Fuentes joked, lightening the mood. “He wouldn’t get caught, though. He’d go down to Tijuana in Mexico. He knows a guy.”

“I literally have two people in my phone right now that will do the job,” Preciado laughed, giving his singer a comically evil glare. “You’re out of here.”

Prosecutors allege Lambesis had twice told a man at a gym that he wanted his wife killed, then met with an undercover detective known as “Red“, and gave the agent an envelope containing $1,000 in cash, photographs of his wife, and the security gate code to her house. He also allegedly told the agent the dates he would be with the couple’s three adopted children, in order to give himself an alibi.

Lambesis, who was originally booked into jail on suspicion of two felonies — conspiracy and murder-for-hire — was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and turn in his passport and was warned by the judge that he must stay away from his immediate family. The conspiracy charge was dropped before Lambesis was arraigned.

Tim‘s wife Meggan filed papers in September 2012 in San Diego Superior Court seeking a dissolution of the couple’s marriage.

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Belgian metallers CHANNEL ZERO have posted a four-minute video tribute to their fallen drummer, Phil Baheux, who passed away this past Saturday (August 10) at the age of 45. Check it out below.

CHANNEL ZERO is scheduled to pay tribute to Phil Baheux tonight (Wednesday, August 14) by playing a short acoustic set on the stage of the Mont des Arts at the Brussels Summer Festival.

For all the bandmembers, as well as for the fans, this will be an homage to the musician and the man Phil Baheux used to be.

The organizers will install a big screen on stage for this occasion.

All other previously announced CHANNEL ZERO shows will be canceled due to this tragic event.

Baheux founded CHANNEL ZERO in 1990, along with singer Franky De Smet-Van Damme and bassist Tino De Martino. In 2010, they reformed the band with the addition of American guitarist Mikey Doling [SNOT, SOULFLY].

At the time of Phil‘s death, the band was in the process of recording a new studio album.

CHANNEL ZERO‘s latest album, “Feed ‘Em With A Brick”, received a wider European release in June 2012 via Graviton Music Services. The CD, which was originally made available in June 2011 in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg through Roadrunner Records, was recorded at a Los Angeles-area studio with producer Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA).

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STONE SOUR‘s video for the song “Tired” can be seen below. The track comes off “House of Gold & Bones – Part 1”, the first part of STONE SOUR‘s two-album series, “House of Gold & Bones”, which sold 31,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The “House Of Gold & Bones” albums were recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of the band’s native Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (TOOL, MUSE) at the helm.

STONE SOUR recently issued a music video for “Do Me A Favor”, the first official single from “House Of Gold & Bones – Part 2”. A four-issue comic book series adapted from singer Corey Taylor‘s story was released this past spring and early summer.

STONE SOUR has tapped Johny Chow as its live bassist for the band’s tour behind “House Of Gold And Bones”. Chow has formerly played with metal acts SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and FIREBALL MINISTRY, and replaces Shawn Economaki, who bowed out of the band last year for personal reasons.

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Mark Morton of Examiner.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo.

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Metal4 magazine conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) at this year’s Rockharz open-air festival, which is taking place July 11-13 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany.

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Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has denied committing 23 sexual offences involving children.

The 35-year-old appeared in Cardiff Crown Court today via videolink alongside two women who are also accused.

Among Watkins’ charges are two of raping a one-year-old girl, conspiracy to rape another child, sexual assault, aiding and abetting sexual assault and conspiracy to sexually assault a child.

He’s further accused of making, taking and possessing indecent images, plus a 24th charge of possessing extreme pornographic images involving an animal.

The vocalist only spoke during the hearing to confirm his identity. Afterwards a statement from him was read outside court which said: “I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for their continued support throughout this whole ordeal. Your support gives me strength, I deny all the allegations made against me and will continue to fight to the end to clear my name.”

The next hearing takes place on Thursday.

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Topps baseball cards will be including metal legends now in their card packs. It's all a big conspiracy to turn young kids on to good metal and I've never been so happy about it. So Topps are including cards now of legends like Lita Ford, Scott Ian, Sebastian Bach, and seven others in on their …

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