General Music News: See footage + setlist of band’s first gig since 2011.
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Mar 18 2014
General Music News: See footage + setlist of band’s first gig since 2011.
Sep 29 2013
Elize Ryd of Swedish metallers AMARANTHE has uploaded an audio recording of her singing the NIGHTWISH song “Nemo”. Ryd laid down the vocals for the track in 2006 when the Finnish symphonic metal band was seeking a replacement for Tarja Turunen. Check it out below.
Says Ryd: “I’ve been saving this for a special moment. And now when I became a singer as I was dreaming of… and been travelling all over the world and met fantastic people and also NIGHTWISH on stage. And have such wonderful fans.
“It is a amazing memory from the day when NIGHTWISH sent me a demo with music and ask me to put my voice on it!! So here it is. ‘Nemo’ from the NIGHTWISH audition 2006!!”
Ryd, who has been touring the world as a backing singer vocalist for KAMELOT, filled in for then-NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon for a show in Denver, Colorado in September 2012 because Olzon was suffering from fever and vomiting and was forced to spend the night at a local hospital.
In a recent interview, Ryd stated about the Denver gig: “It was a very special thing.
“I love NIGHTWISH and I’ve sung their songs many times for myself. [laughs]
“They asked me if I would be willing to sing for them that night, and we decided that if the audience agreed it was okay for them that I sing, of course I was going to help NIGHTWISH out so they could do the show. At least with some singing so they wouldn’t have to do it all instrumental.”
She added: “It was a little bit like a dream come true for me because I always wanted to sing for NIGHTWISH. [laughs] I did audition for them years ago, so to actually be on stage with them was great. And the response from the crowd really helped. I was almost crying on stage because the people were so supportive.”
Sep 29 2013
Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with legendary extreme-metal drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal Assault: Coming to your “Gene Hoglan Experience” stuff that you’ve been doing, I think you’ve done one show so far in Calgary. What was that like and people who’re going to see the shows in the coming few days, what can they expect from this event?
Hoglan: A whole lot of fun! That’s one thing I try to bring — a real sense of fun — and this thing kind of borders on stand-up comedy for me, because everything I do is completely ad-lib. Footage from that Calgary show has made it on the Internet — I don’t know how much, but I’ve only seen the concert portion of it with me actually playing. But everything is a completely different night. It is an individualistic night, and it’s so interactive that fans are free to ask any kind of questions. I don’t have a time limit on the [question-and-answer] section or anything like that. You can ask me about anything. If you want to keep it about myself or some of the bands I’ve played with or some of the people I’ve worked with, that’s cool. Even if I miss out some people who have their hands up during the session, they can always come up to me with their questions afterwards. So it is a lot of fun, every night is its own experience, and no two nights will be the same on this. At times I’d probably end up telling the same story here and there if somebody asks, but I do have a wealth of information and entertainment inside my head and I just want to get that out. It’s a very light-hearted night, you know. Plus, I play drums! I play to a bunch of different tracks that a lot of people enjoy and I talk in between them. It’s kind of spoken-word/gig, a one-man gig where the tracks are booming and I’m playing along with them. It’s a really special night and I hope everybody that comes out enjoys it and I guarantee you will. There’s not going to be a frown on any face at the end of the night. I’ve done lots of these shows, but it’s only now that we’re calling it “The Gene Hoglan Experience”. Nobody has been disappointed and everybody has been leaving with big ol’ smiles on their faces, and that’s really cool to me.
Metal Assault: Right, so there’s no planned set list or schedule for these shows, then? It’s just all free form and wherever it takes you.
Hoglan: Absolutely. I do have a pre-planned idea for a night, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be married to it. If somebody shouts out, “Hey, man! Can you play this song?” If I’ve got the backing track, hell yeah! I’ve done that sometimes. I’ve got a lot of tracks, but at times I don’t have what they ask for. So then somebody else yells out, “I’ve got a copy of it in my car!” I’m like, “Well hey, bring up the CD and I’ll try playing along to it!” Off the top of my head, that’s the way the whole night goes. It’s very interactive, so that’s one thing that I really appreciate about it. You don’t get shout-out request nights when your favorite bands are playing and you don’t get to ask questions as they are on stage. So this is something that’s very different and I’m trying to make it open and accessible to everyone. This is not just about drums. It’s inclusive for everybody. It’s not just a night of drum talk or isn’t a drum clinic. This is me getting on stage and playing some songs. Am I going to talk about the drum parts in those songs? Well, if the fans are interested in that, then cool. When I’ve done these kinds of things in the past, I’ve asked how many drummers I’ve got in the crowd and it’s usually never more than a third of the audience. So, it is inclusive for metal fans, drum fans, Gene fans and fans of any of my bands. Or, you don’t even have to be a metalhead. If you want to come out and be entertained, this is going to be an entertaining night. So there you go!
Metal Assault: You’re also putting out a new DVD which is a sequel to “The Atomic Clock”. This time what have you done that you didn’t do on the first one?
Hoglan: Well, I managed to get licenses to a lot of songs that I’ve played. We put together a small track listing of me playing along to the actual recorded versions of a lot of people’s favorite tunes. On the next one, I’m getting even more licenses, but on this one I’ve included a bunch of bands that I’ve played for and still playing for. That’s the notable difference. On the first “The Atomic Clock”, I didn’t get any licenses so I merely played to the band MECHANISM, which at the time was my main focus. I even played two instrumental tracks of MECHANISM as opposed to playing the whole song. This time I’m not playing instrumental tracks except for one from one of my more popular bands, but I’ve got all the basic instrumental backing tracks and I’m playing along to those as opposed to having all the vocals, samples and everything else on it. For the most part, that’s a major difference and that’s really exciting, seeing myself play to actual recorded tracks to some of these cool bands. It’s in the stages of editing right now. It’s coming along great; it looks better than the last one and way more pro. It’s an improved version of the last one. I’m still pretty light-hearted in it and I don’t take myself real seriously. It’s got a lot of footage that the last one didn’t have. So I’m sure people checking it out will see that it’s definitely a departure from the first one. That was done on a shoe-string budget, pretty much all by myself, but for this one I’ve got a team of experts helping me with it. So it’s really great and it’s called “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two”.
Read the entire interview at Metal Assault.
Remaining “The Gene Hoglan Experience” dates:
Sep. 29 – San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
Sep 26 2013
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about metalcore again right now, and few have managed to revive its most basic and shameless formula in such emphatic, well-executed fashion as Bury Tomorrow. The South Coast crew released a hum-dinger of an album with last year’s chorus-stacked The Union Of Crowns, but amazingly, this week sees their first proper headline trek in honour of that album.
They’ve been racking up support slots, festival sets and overseas tours aplenty over the past 18 months, but fans will finally get the chance to get the full BT experience shoved in their faces during this particular tour, with all dates either sold out or perilously close to doing so.
This will be your final chance to catch the lads before they fully throw themselves into recording album number three, so if you’re able to snag a ticket, grab one, have a big old mosh and a singalong and help celebrate the rise of one of the UK’s most promising young acts.
Catch them on the dates below:
Sep 26 Southampton Mo Club
The Union Of Crowns is out now via Nuclear Blast
Sep 18 2013
James Anaya of “The Hellion Rocks” on Bleach Bangs Radio recently conducted an interview with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked about his current gig as the touring bassist for the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, Sarzo told Frankie DiVita, radio personality at Southern California’s 96.7 KCAL Rocks: “[The reception from the fans has been] incredible. I mean, going out there and just watching the audience react to what we’re doing. We’re actually performing the whole ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ record — every single song — and it’s just such an iconic album; it’s a timeless piece of music.”
Regarding how performing with QUEENSRŸCHE is different to what he has done with his previous bands, Sarzo said: “I have not in the past ever toured doing a concept album. Once you do a concept record, you perform it live, you’re telling the story for an hour-plus rather than telling vignettes, which is separate songs. So it’s a whole different mindset, because there’s much more to grab onto as a performer. Rarely do you ever get to perform a whole album, even if it’s the band or the album that you recorded… unless it’s the first tour, like [with QUIET RIOT‘s] ‘Metal Health’, yes, we did the whole album, because that’s all we knew. And we started headlining, so we had to, like, find rejects — songs that did not make the album — and start including them in the set. But as far as a concept album, that there’s a storyline to it, it’s a very unique situation, to go on stage like that.”
On the topic of what it’s like to perform with Geoff Tate, Sarzo said: “Oh my God! He’s unbelievable. Just to be on stage next to him — the power and his passion, it’s contagious.”
Sep 18 2013
Pair reunite for first time since Caggiano left Anthrax.
Sep 14 2013
In the five-minute clip, former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) shares his tip five tips for being on tour while on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Ginger Fish drummed for MARILYN MANSON from 1995 to 2011. His simple-yet-powerful approach was the driving force behind MANSON‘s hit albums “Antichrist Superstar” and “Mechanical Animals”.
Ginger cleverly combines modern drum sequencing and sample loops with traditional drum instruments.
Ginger, a left-handed drummer who sets up right-handed, always goes for simplicity and taste in his approach to his playing. According to Ginger, this is why he landed the MANSON gig.
Rob Zombie‘s fifth album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Sep 14 2013
Dave Williams of Australia’s Triple M radio station recently conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.
STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.
The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.
Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.
Sep 13 2013
In the brand new Metal Hammer, we speak exclusively with Metallica’s Rob Trujillo about the metal legends’ plans for the long-awaited follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic.
“This next record, I believe, is gonna be very special,” says the bassist. “We had so much fun jamming. We have an /overwhelming/ number of riffs. Every time James Hetfield turns a tone knob or tunes a guitar, he comes up with an incredible riff. He has, like, 800 riffs! Even his worst riff would be something most bands wish they could have! 2014 is definitely about new Metallica music.”
Also in our exclusive interview, Rob tells us all about Metallica’s recent groundbreaking gig in Shanghai, China, and how being a member of the biggest metal band on the planet remains “an edge-of-your-seat experience”.
“It’s such a great opportunity [to play in China] and it’s also a great challenge, because a lot of these places probably wouldn’t have been able to handle a show like this in the past,” the bassist tells us. “The fans really embraced the moment. There was a lot of magic in there and we felt that, big time. We feed off that, so I’m happy to say that we’ll be getting over to Asia a lot more than once every ten years now. The doors are opening and the fans are there.”
To read more about Metallica’s Chinese adventure, the story of their 3D cinema extravaganza ‘Metallica: Through The Never’ and their plans for a brand new studio album, make sure you grab a copy of the new Metal Hammer, out September 18. Head over to our Facebook for a look at the cover…
Sep 12 2013
R’n’b metal. Whoever you are and whatever your tastes, if you have any interest at all in alternative music, that right there is a phrase that is guaranteed to spark a reaction. Luckily, not only do Issues nail their mix of crushing riffs, nu metal flourishes and big, poppy hooks with aplomb, but they’re fast winning over legions of fans through offering something new, fresh and startlingly different in an age where people want more than just heavy verses and catchy choruses.
They’re going to be massive and it’s going to be brilliant, and this week, the Atlanta sextet kicked off their first ever UK tour alongside Crown The Empire. They still have nine dates left to go, and we reckon you’ll struggle to have a more fun, ridiculous and banger-filled night out any time soon, so check the dates below to see if they’re hitting up a venue near you and grab your ticket. Go on.
Issues UK Tour
Thurs 12 Sep- Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff