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Singer Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the band’s participation in this year’s “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” tour alongside SICK PUPPIES, EYES SET TO KILL and CILVER.

“This thing about the hottest chick, it’s been following me around since 2007,” she said. “That’s when I was on the cover of Revolver [magazine] for the first time.

“In one way, it’s frustrating, because I’m still a singer, I’m not a model … but I can’t deny it’s flattering. It’s not a bad thing that they consider you a good-looking woman. … A lot of people stay there all the time, but when they hear me singing, the problem goes away.”

She added: “I don’t really look at myself as a hot chick at all. I really feel like a tomboy. I have a lot of doubts about what the word ‘hot’ means. It’s so much more behind the look that’s attractive to me. Just looking at a picture of someone hot, what does that mean? That they look hot naked? That I would have sex with this person? It’s a question mark. …

“(In photo shoots) they never showed my boobs. I never went out half naked. That means I can communicate hotness in a different way, and that makes me proud.

Asked what it’s like being the only female on a tour bus, Cristina said: “I’m a little bit of a tomboy. I’m constantly with the guys in a tour bus, 24 hours a day for months.

“I never saw myself as a girlie girl; that might be the key…

“The only privacy you have is in your bunk.

“It’s a tough one. You just need to have it in your blood as a lifestyle. It’s much more than, ‘Ooh, you’re going out to play for a lot of people. Must be cool.’ There’s a lot of sacrifice, especially since we’re not making millions. We’re struggling, too.”

LACUNA COIL‘s new studio album, “Broken Crown Halo”, will be released in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW.

“Broken Crown Halo” is LACUNA COIL‘s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to “Dark Adrenaline”, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

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Rise Above The Anchor recently conducted an interview with CHIMAIRA guitarist Emil Werstler. You can now watch the chat below.

CHIMAIRA‘s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via eOne Music.

CHIMAIRA‘s previous CD, “The Age Of Hell”, premiered with more than 7,000 units in August 2011 to debut at No. 54. The band’s 2009 effort, “The Infection”, registered a first-week tally of 15,000 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the opening number of CHIMAIRA‘s 2007 album, “Resurrection”, which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.

CHIMAIRA recently made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, singer Mark Hunter stated about CHIMAIRA‘s new CD: “‘Crown Of Phantoms’ is the culmination of three years of going through tons of changes, harsh realities but also excitement. It’s something brand new and when you put all those things together you get ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ as a result. These are exciting times for the band and it’s the polar opposite of where I was with the band two years ago.

Regarding whether he thought of packing it in after the numerous lineup changes that CHIMAIRA went through since the release of 2011’s “The Age Of Hell”, Hunter said: “Many people on the Internet thought we were done for. By the timing and the speed things were unraveling, I had the luxury of not thinking rationally and I simply soldiered on. It was happening so fast and not thinking about quitting was a sort of defense in a way. I defended what I hold dear and what I wanted to fight for. Of course there were moments of insecurity and doubts. Luckily, I had a good team and a good support system of friends and family around me telling me that I was crazy if I wanted to change the band name or quit altogether. They pointed out that bands like MEGADETH and BLACK SABBATH went through countless lineup changes. BLACK SABBATH had a super successful era without Ozzy. Of course, with MEGADETH, ‘Rust In Peace’ was one of their best albums and it wasn’t recorded with the same lineup who did ‘Peace Sells’, which is another MEGADETH classic. There are more examples of bands that went through major lineup changes and still had major success. Of course, to be in this situation is scary as hell.”

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Rick Horton of The Metallic Onslaught conducted an interview with CHIMAIRA frontman Mark Hunter on August 24 at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester, New York. You can now watch the chat below.

CHIMAIRA‘s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via eOne Music.

CHIMAIRA‘s previous CD, “The Age Of Hell”, premiered with more than 7,000 units in August 2011 to debut at No. 54. The band’s 2009 effort, “The Infection”, registered a first-week tally of 15,000 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the opening number of CHIMAIRA‘s 2007 album, “Resurrection”, which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.

CHIMAIRA recently made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, singer Mark Hunter stated about CHIMAIRA‘s new CD: “‘Crown Of Phantoms’ is the culmination of three years of going through tons of changes, harsh realities but also excitement. It’s something brand new and when you put all those things together you get ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ as a result. These are exciting times for the band and it’s the polar opposite of where I was with the band two years ago.

Regarding whether he thought of packing it in after the numerous lineup changes that CHIMAIRA went through since the release of 2011’s “The Age Of Hell”, Hunter said: “Many people on the Internet thought we were done for. By the timing and the speed things were unraveling, I had the luxury of not thinking rationally and I simply soldiered on. It was happening so fast and not thinking about quitting was a sort of defense in a way. I defended what I hold dear and what I wanted to fight for. Of course there were moments of insecurity and doubts. Luckily, I had a good team and a good support system of friends and family around me telling me that I was crazy if I wanted to change the band name or quit altogether. They pointed out that bands like MEGADETH and BLACK SABBATH went through countless lineup changes. BLACK SABBATH had a super successful era without Ozzy. Of course, with MEGADETH, ‘Rust In Peace’ was one of their best albums and it wasn’t recorded with the same lineup who did ‘Peace Sells’, which is another MEGADETH classic. There are more examples of bands that went through major lineup changes and still had major success. Of course, to be in this situation is scary as hell.”

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Metal Storm recently conducted an interview with CHIMAIRA vocalist Mark Hunter. You can now watch the chat below.

CHIMAIRA‘s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via eOne Music.

CHIMAIRA‘s previous CD, “The Age Of Hell”, premiered with more than 7,000 units in August 2011 to debut at No. 54. The band’s 2009 effort, “The Infection”, registered a first-week tally of 15,000 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the opening number of CHIMAIRA‘s 2007 album, “Resurrection”, which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.

CHIMAIRA recently made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, singer Mark Hunter stated about CHIMAIRA‘s new CD: “‘Crown Of Phantoms’ is the culmination of three years of going through tons of changes, harsh realities but also excitement. It’s something brand new and when you put all those things together you get ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ as a result. These are exciting times for the band and it’s the polar opposite of where I was with the band two years ago.

Regarding whether he thought of packing it in after the numerous lineup changes that CHIMAIRA went through since the release of 2011’s “The Age Of Hell”, Hunter said: “Many people on the Internet thought we were done for. By the timing and the speed things were unraveling, I had the luxury of not thinking rationally and I simply soldiered on. It was happening so fast and not thinking about quitting was a sort of defense in a way. I defended what I hold dear and what I wanted to fight for. Of course there were moments of insecurity and doubts. Luckily, I had a good team and a good support system of friends and family around me telling me that I was crazy if I wanted to change the band name or quit altogether. They pointed out that bands like MEGADETH and BLACK SABBATH went through countless lineup changes. BLACK SABBATH had a super successful era without Ozzy. Of course, with MEGADETH, ‘Rust In Peace’ was one of their best albums and it wasn’t recorded with the same lineup who did ‘Peace Sells’, which is another MEGADETH classic. There are more examples of bands that went through major lineup changes and still had major success. Of course, to be in this situation is scary as hell.”

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Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of CHIMAIRA‘s August 9 performance at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. Check it out below.

CHIMAIRA‘s seventh studio album, “Crown Of Phantoms”, sold around 7,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 52 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30 via eOne Music.

CHIMAIRA‘s previous CD, “The Age Of Hell”, premiered with more than 7,000 units in August 2011 to debut at No. 54. The band’s 2009 effort, “The Infection”, registered a first-week tally of 15,000 to land at No. 30. This figure was roughly in line with the opening number of CHIMAIRA‘s 2007 album, “Resurrection”, which shifted 16,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 42.

CHIMAIRA recently made headlines by way of crowd-funding a fan version CD/DVD where they doubled their initial goal via IndieGoGo.

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, singer Mark Hunter stated about CHIMAIRA‘s new CD: “‘Crown Of Phantoms’ is the culmination of three years of going through tons of changes, harsh realities but also excitement. It’s something brand new and when you put all those things together you get ‘Crown Of Phantoms’ as a result. These are exciting times for the band and it’s the polar opposite of where I was with the band two years ago.

Regarding whether he thought of packing it in after the numerous lineup changes that CHIMAIRA went through since the release of 2011’s “The Age Of Hell”, Hunter said: “Many people on the Internet thought we were done for. By the timing and the speed things were unraveling, I had the luxury of not thinking rationally and I simply soldiered on. It was happening so fast and not thinking about quitting was a sort of defense in a way. I defended what I hold dear and what I wanted to fight for. Of course there were moments of insecurity and doubts. Luckily, I had a good team and a good support system of friends and family around me telling me that I was crazy if I wanted to change the band name or quit altogether. They pointed out that bands like MEGADETH and BLACK SABBATH went through countless lineup changes. BLACK SABBATH had a super successful era without Ozzy. Of course, with MEGADETH, ‘Rust In Peace’ was one of their best albums and it wasn’t recorded with the same lineup who did ‘Peace Sells’, which is another MEGADETH classic. There are more examples of bands that went through major lineup changes and still had major success. Of course, to be in this situation is scary as hell.”




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Slayer

Two men down: Slayer are on the road without Lombardo and Hanneman

Slayer guitarist Kerry King says frontman Tom Araya has had doubts over drummer Dave Lombardo for a while – but King wanted to keep him.

It was only when “trouble in paradise” flared hours ahead of their Australian tour that the axeman made the call to have him replaced.

Jon Dette is currently behind the kit for the thrash giants Down Under – and they’re not sure whether Lombardo will return.

Asked whether he saw the dispute coming, King tells Soundwave TV: “Tom did. Tom’s been on the fence about Dave for a while and I was pretty much the one that said, ‘Nah, I’m not comfortable moving on.’

“Then it got thrust in our face, and I took action immediately.

“It’s unfortunate that Dave couldn’t be with us. I planned on him being here up until the Monday before I left – then I saw trouble in paradise. Since I’m the mastermind on making decisions like this, I was like, ‘Alright, I’ve got a backup plan.’ I did what I thought was best and we pulled it off.”

Dette, who’s also standing in for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante during the Australian festival tour, was a member of Slayer between 1996 and 1997.

King says: “I’m like, ‘How are we going to get a visa for whoever goes with us?’ I went, ‘Jon’s with Anthrax, Jon knows our stuff. If he couldn’t do it I don’t think I could have taught it to anybody in time.

“We rehearsed three times and the first show was Brisbane. He’s doing really good. He was completely out of playing for a while, he told me. To just be at the level of playing he is, it’s really awesome.”

King has put together 11 tracks for Slayer’s next album – but he doesn’t know how or when they’ll start work in the studio. And when they do, he doesn’t know if fellow guitarist Jeff Hanneman will have returned from recovering after his near-fatal spider bite in 2011. He’s been temporarily replaced by Exodus man Gary Holt.

“I would like to do it between Australia and Europe in June,” says King. “It could get mixed while I’m out on tour and be out in September or October.

“I’ve been working on the new material a lot – I worked on it a lot with Dave. So I haven’t decided.”

Anthrax called Dette up after drummer Charlie Benante became unable to appear in Australia due to ongoing “personal issues.” It’s not known if those issues are related to an incident last year when he and his wife were arrested and charged with domestic battery in front of a child.

 

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Brussels, Belgium based act The Link has announced a farewell show to occur this coming September. Full details are available in the show poster below. You can also still check out The Link’s music over at Facebook here. The Link’s bio reads:

“The Link was born near the end of 2007, emerging from a few Brussel based musicians willing to create, innovate and complete the belgian underground scene.
But that doesn’t really matter.

“The Link matured, evolved and is working hard every single day to make itself strong and mature, brick after brick. Its architects are Nico, John, Greg and Mike surrounded by a few friends, pushing them ahead. But that doesn’t really matter.

“The Link is a self produced band, unsigned and wishing to play live. Again, again and again, despite the weather, the conditions, the mood, the obstacles, the critics and the doubts.
But that doesn’t really matter actually. The point is that the Link wants to see your head banging, eyes closing up, sweat and smile when listening to their sound, live or from their recordings.

“The Link wants to share pure energy with you all and send shivers down your spines. THAT does matter.”

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Snowy Shaw of symphonic metal act Therion has posted a new video update online titled “The Blog Of Heavy Metal: Part 1 – 25th anniversary of Therion.” Check out the clip below. Therion also commented last week on a canceled El Salvador show:

“The concert in El Salvador was cancelled by the local promoter because of so severe technical problems that a concert could not be performed. There were also a very serious security issue that delayed everything very badly. While it is always very sad to have a show cancelled, we agreed with the promotors decision, there was no other way. So we agreed on making a statement for the local media, where we of course expressed our desire to come back and do the show at some future date.

“It was suggested that we should return shortly after Mexico, but that was not possible as we already had tickets booked home and had other obligations booked (for example orchestral recordings for the new album). It would not be possible to play any concerts at all until after the summer.

“However, to fly in the band from all over the world to do just one concert is a very expensive project. So we have serious doubts that it will happen. Especially as the local promoter still owe our Latin American booking agent money. So we are at the moment very pessimistic about the possibilities of coming back anytime soon and we would advice any fan with a ticket to the cancelled show to claim back the money and not wait for a replacement show. We would love to come back and give our fans the show that they were looking for, but due to the mentioned reasons we don’t see it happening in the near future. We are of course sorry for this mess, but it’s beyond our control and out of our responsibilities.”

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Poland’s Centurion recently held a release party for the new LP “Serve No One.” Performance footage has now been posted online from the show. Check out the clips of “Ego Ultimus” and “No One To Serve” below. A photo gallery from the event is also available here.

Guitarist AD Gore commented, “Recently I’ve been having some doubts regarding the potential of an audience on the underground concerts, but the hell that had happened under the stage on our release party was a crushing adrenaline shoot. It was good to see a large group of devoted maniacs, that know our songs, despite the fact that the CD has been available since three days before. It was fucking amok, and we got in infected with this madness as well. Hope that there will be more such gigs in the near future.”

Vocalist Caesar added, “I’m positively surprised with the audience on the show. The commitment of maniacs was extreme under the stage. The concert was a success, good attendance and support bands shows, makes that release party was great. Big thanks to Belzebong, Cryptic Rites and Soul Snatcher, who have substituted Supreme Lord in last moment, because they cannot play this evening. Party after the show was a great too. I think, that anybody who was there can’t be disappointed and I regret only one thing, that I couldn’t have drink with everybody who suggest me drinking! See you on the next show!”

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Guitarist/songwriter Tobias Carlsson of the Swedish traditional metal band Katana issued the following update on the band’s forthcoming sophomore LP “Storms of War,” which is expected for release in May 2012 through Listenable Records:

It was once again recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. We were very focused and determined right from the beginning to create a sound that no one had heard on an album since the 80s. To accomplish this, we and Andy listened a lot to albums produced by Martin Birch when mixing and setting the sound. Mostly Rainbow, Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath, Killers by Iron Maiden and Assault Attack by MSG. It became almost our motto in the studio to ask “How would Martin have done it?” whenever we had doubts about something. The songs are mostly completely new, mixed in with some very old ideas and stuff that weren’t finished in time for the last recording.

The band has been around for nearly ten years now, and for the first album we had that long to write the material. This time, most of the songs were written and rehearsed over a period of a couple of months. This has been a challenge, but a positive one that has forced our song writing to its best, and beyond.We have broken new ground with this album and played around with things that we have never done before, thus widening the range of what we are capable of musically. But at the same time, we feel that we have come a long way in defining a unique style and sound for Katana. I would say the album is as diverse as the first one musically, yet more uniform.

The Japanese influences are there, especially in the epic song about the great Mongolian emperor Kubilai Khan who twice tried to invade Japan, and failed miserably both times. It is a grand story of Japanese history and mythology. But we are not limited by the Japanese influences and there are songs on this album that explore both other mythological subjects as well as themes taken from popular culture and everyday life.

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