Posts Tagged “God”


 Powered by Max Banner Ads 

Ghost Ship Octavius is a progressive metal band formed in 2012 by lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, HIMSA, Warrel Dane), drummer Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes of Ares, Pure Sweet Hell) and vocalist Adon Fanion. Take a listen to the band’s new track “Alive” via a lyric video below

The post Ghost Ship Octavius Posts Lyric Video, Launches Kickstarter Campaign appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

Comments No Comments »

In the first of a two-part series of guest lessons, ROB ZOMBIE and ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) takes U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine on a shortcut to shred mastery. Check out the footage below.

John 5 recently spoke to Artisan News about his forthcoming solo album, an all-star affair which is tentatively due in 2014.

Rob Zombie is obviously my priority, and everything I do is just when he’s doing a movie or something like that,” he said. “And you know, I never play live with anyone else, I never tour, ’cause I never wanna confuse anyone. I’m just a writer. So as soon as they see a credit — ‘Oh, John 5 wrote on this Ricky Martin song,’ or whatever like that — then that will… So it doesn’t really get in the way. But I love doing my instrumental records and people really enjoy ‘em, so I’m always working on those. I’m working on one right now. I’ve got Elton John‘s bass player doing stuff. I mean, I have a bunch of guest stars on this one, so it’s gonna be really good.”

Regarding how his upcoming album will be different from his last effort, 2012′s “God Told Me To”, John 5 said: “The last one was half acoustic, half electric and I always like to change it up, so this one, I’m just gonna have a bunch of guest stars. So I’m gonna start asking my friends for favors and all this stuff. ‘Hey, come on in. I watched your house and I let your dog out that one time, so come play on my record.’ So I’m gonna start my long list of people to come and play. I think it’s fun.”

He continued: “These albums are a lot of fun. I just do ‘em for the love of guitar and to inspire a couple of people on the way… I just really enjoy doing that. It’s great. It was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. Right when I left MANSON, I was, like, ‘OK, so I guess I’ll finally make my instrumental record.’ And it did really well, and I’m on my sixth one. And I don’t do them for money or anything — I just do them for the love of the guitar — and I think the audience really can see that. I’ll do something like a Chet Atkins song and then some crazy death metal-type song. So it’s a very wide range of music; there’s no format and there’s no rules.”

Comments No Comments »

Jacky BamBam of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station recently conducted an interview with Jimmy Crespo about the former AEROSMITH guitarist’s involvement with “When Rod Was God”, the tribute band featuring the actual touring band that played and co-wrote many of Stewart‘s hits. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Jimmy is best known as the man who replaced Joe Perry in AEROSMITH from 1979 to 1984. In addition to appearing on the “Night In The Ruts” album, Jimmy co-wrote the majority of songs and performed almost all the guitar on “Rock In A Hard Place”.

Interview (audio):

Comments No Comments »

Quality fan-filmed video footage of SINISTER‘s September 7 performance at Patronaat in Haarlem, The Netherlands can be seen below.

SINISTER released its latest album, “The Carnage Ending”, in September 2012 via Massacre Records. The CD was once again recorded at Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn, Germany with producer Jörg Uken (GOD DETHRONED, OBSCENITY).

In a recent interview with Heavy Metal Artwork, SINISTER vocalist Adrie Kloosterwaard stated about the songwriting process for “The Carnage Ending”: “Before we started with creating new songs, Bastiaan [Brussaard, guitar] and me talked how the new songs had to sound. For sure, it had to sound like a mix from the old and new SINISTER. Bastiaan comes with a complete track to the practice room and there we make some small changes so that everybody is happy with it. I think at the end, we did a killer job, because it turned out the way we had in mind.”

Kloosterwaard also spoke about the cover artwork for “The Carnage Ending”, which was once again created by Mike Hrubovcak. “I come always with the ideas for the new cover and then Mike starts to work on this and send me every time previews so I can say or things have to be a bit different,” he said. “Most of the time he is also putting his own ideas in it, but that is no problem for me, because I know it will be only better. He will be also the man for the next SINISTER cover.”

Comments No Comments »

Photo by Rob Sheridan

Biffy Clyro have posted a response to Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor’s recent mini-rant aimed at both Biffy and Reading Festival‘s organisers for the way NIN’s mainstage slot was set up.

Trent had previously vented his frustrations at Nine Inch Nails being forced to perform a relatively stripped-down set, tweeting before the band’s Reading set: ”Should be an unusual show tonight at Reading…the lying promoter and the band following us (whoever the fuck they are) fucked us on our production.”

Biffy have now reacted to Trent’s somewhat unseemly comments, with frontman Simon Neil responding, ”He basically spat his dummy out. Nine Inch Nails are a huge band and they’ve been headlining loads of festivals everywhere and I think their manager or someone told him they weren’t headlining Reading and Leeds, God forbid, and he decided to take it out on us.”

“He played with us on the Friday night and there was no problem,” he adds, speaking to Faster Louder. “He didn’t care about the Leeds bands obviously and he knew damn fine who we were, so I think he was just being obnoxious.”

Biffy vs Nine Inch Nails, eh? There’s only one way to settle this one….

 

Comments No Comments »

“Saturn And Skies”, the first video from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the new band featuring Matt Wicklund (guitar; ex-GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE) and Van Williams (drums; ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL, ex-NEVERMORE), can be seen below. The group states: “We are very excited about the music we are putting together.”

Guitarist Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) recently announced his departure from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in order to focus entirely on making a new ARMAGEDDON album.

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS‘ vocals are performed by 17-year-old Adon Fanion, whose style, character and lyrics are said to “extend far beyond his years.”

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is seeking a suitable record company to release the band’s debut album, for which 13 songs have already been written, including “Released”, “Alive”, “Successor”, “Find The Light” and “Caged Love”.

Comments No Comments »

ROB ZOMBIE and ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) recently spoke to Artisan News (see video report below) about his forthcoming solo album, an all-star affair which is tentatively due in 2014.

Rob Zombie is obviously my priority, and everything I do is just when he’s doing a movie or something like that,” he said. “And you know, I never play live with anyone else, I never tour, ’cause I never wanna confuse anyone. I’m just a writer. So as soon as they see a credit — ‘Oh, John 5 wrote on this Ricky Martin song,’ or whatever like that — then that will… So it doesn’t really get in the way. But I love doing my instrumental records and people really enjoy ‘em, so I’m always working on those. I’m working on one right now. I’ve got Elton John‘s bass player doing stuff. I mean, I have a bunch of guest stars on this one, so it’s gonna be really good.”

Regarding how his upcoming album will be different from his last effort, 2012′s “God Told Me To”, John 5 said: “The last one was half acoustic, half electric and I always like to change it up, so this one, I’m just gonna have a bunch of guest stars. So I’m gonna start asking my friends for favors and all this stuff. ‘Hey, come on in. I watched your house and I let your dog out that one time, so come play on my record.’ So I’m gonna start my long list of people to come and play. I think it’s fun.”

He continued: “These albums are a lot of fun. I just do ‘em for the love of guitar and to inspire a couple of people on the way… I just really enjoy doing that. It’s great. It was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. Right when I left MANSON, I was, like, ‘OK, so I guess I’ll finally make my instrumental record.’ And it did really well, and I’m on my sixth one. And I don’t do them for money or anything — I just do them for the love of the guitar — and I think the audience really can see that. I’ll do something like a Chet Atkins song and then some crazy death metal-type song. So it’s a very wide range of music; there’s no format and there’s no rules.”

Comments No Comments »

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has issued the following recap of the just-completed world tour from his AVANTASIA project:

“Friends, finally I have cooled down a little after this extensive AVANTASIA world tour. Finally I have found a few moments to write down my thoughts on the tour.

“I have been on several world tours — I must have played something like 700 concerts in my life — and I have to say: it’s never been so difficult to say goodbye after a tour.

The Mystery World Tour was an amazing experience for me. Never before an AVANTASIA tour has been spread out over four months, never before I heard so many bad jokes (from anyone other than me) and never before I came home missing touring so much that it actually hurt, although I was happy to be back with my loved ones and get some rest. I wondered myself what it is that makes the difference between earlier tours and this tour, and I guess it’s simple: first of all, the tour was long enough to get used to being around those lovely fellow Avantasians. Second, if I compare it to EDGUY tours: whenever we say goodbye, we know we’ll meet a couple of months later to conquer the world again. With AVANTASIA, the future is completely uncertain.

“I was accused of lying when I hit the road for The Mystery World Tour after I had announced the end in 2011. But you can imagine it is not that easy to rely on a return of AVANTASIA, it depends on a lot of parameters, not at least all the musicians and their personal schedules.

“I thank God that He gave us the chance to bring that lineup together and do this tour, I hope we will do it again some day, but you can never take that for granted, nor plan it, let alone expect it to happen again. I just hope one day it will happen. For sure, there will be another album in a couple of years. But as much as I would love to do a tour, I do not know if we’ll ever find a timeframe in the future that will allow us to bring the project on the road again. The organisation, the schedules, everyone’s individual obligations with their individual bands, it’s grinding… That’s why I am rather thankful that I was given that chance.

“I wanna thank my agency, All Access, and my road manager, AC, in particular for making the impossible possible. I wanna thank my production manager, FD, for administrating everything with a vengeance and a whip, sending trucks from Slovakia to England and making the show look great from Costa Rica to Canada to Russia to Japan and back. I wanna thank the whole crew, who are the best technicians from East Bumfuck to Bali, and, of course, I wanna thank the immortals who I was given the chance to share the stage with. I will miss everyone of you (even Achim), and I will never forget that tour! I love you all!

“I also wanna thank YOU people out there who made this tour a very successful tour, who came in thousands to our shows, I enjoyed playing for each and everyone of you! Don’t think I take it for granted, I had the time of my life, and I know that I am blessed — having fans and friends like YOU!”

AVANTASIA made its North American debut on July 7 at the Quebec City Summer Festival (Festival D’été De Québec) in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

AVANTASIA‘s new album, “The Mystery Of Time”, was released on March 30. The effort was made available as a regular CD, limited-edition vinyl and limited-edition hardcover book with a 28-page booklet containing ten regular songs and two bonus tracks (“The Cross And You”, “Death Is Just A Feeling”). The cover artwork was hand-painted by world acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Among Rodney‘s most famous artworks are not only album covers for rock legends such as MAGNUM, THIN LIZZY, ASIA and NAZARETH, he has also designed the characters for the TV series “Lavender Castle” and created the covers for novels by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock and many more.




Comments No Comments »

Troy Culpan of May The Rock Be With You recently conducted an interview with former METALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist and current NEWSTED frontman Jason Newsted. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

May The Rock Be With You: So why was now the right time to unleash NEWSTED on the world?

Jason: Destiny chose it, man. There was no plan, I swear to God. I just went in to make this little demo tape, and somebody heard “Soldierhead” and it took off,and the next thing you know, we’ve got a world tour and managers and all that stuff. I swear to God. I never, ever, ever, ever planned on having a big band again, or putting my name on it or anything — it just happened — and people said, “Go for it,” and kept encouraging me. And actually, I went to play with the METALLICA guys at the end of 2011 and I got all excited about playing again, I wrote some songs, gave them to my buddies, we turned them into something. Next thing you know, it’s eighteen months later and I’m talking to you. I was never, like, “Here’s going to be the logo and this is going to be the thing and we’re gonna do this and gonna do that” — there was never any of that. I’ve mostly just been playing catch-up for the last eight months, from the managers and agents that booked me a bunch of shows before I really even had a band together, before I even had the fourth member of the band, they booked me a bunch of shows just because they knew I was coming back out and people were excited about it.

May The Rock Be With You: This is your first time fronting a band. What is it like being the singer after so many years of well, not…?

Jason: It’s a little bit scary and it’s also really fun. I think that even all the drummers in the world and even the guy on violin in the back, everybody wants to be the frontman at some point, no matter what they say [laughs], I think they want that, we all crave it a little bit, because everybody wants to be a show-off in this business. You’ve got to have that ego and want to show off and that’s kind of what the deal is. Early days in FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, I sang in FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and fronted the band before we had a singer and through time and with METALLICA, it was one verse of that song, another verse in that song, a couple of years later a few more verses, and by the end of it, I was singing a whole song, so I’ve built up that way little by little. As far as a vocalist playing bass and laying it all down like that, it’s a very new territory and there’s a lot of new roles to assume, so I’m mostly taking it as a challenge. Nervous excitement comes pretty quick when I know that the chips are down and I know that I’ve got to go and sing for everybody, but remembering the songs and getting to remember all the words again, getting to say what I want to between the songs to the people, I really like that part. I don’t exactly thrash the way I used to because I have to keep my mind on remembering everything, but there’s a lot of different things to it. We’ve got about fifty shows under our belt now. Each time it’s a challenge but each time it’s getting better as well.

May The Rock Be With You: The album is called “Heavy Metal Music” which screams the obvious, but what was the idea behind the name specifically?

Jason: For clarity for the fans around the world. In METALLICA, and I was raised in that band, and it was always instilled in me that it’s a global view, it’s a worldwide view — we play music for the world not just the United States, so it’s kind of the way it’s gotta be. I’ve played in a lot of countries in my life, so no matter what language or dialect or whatever that you speak, heavy metal music means heavy metal music and I want to make sure that everybody’s clear that if I’m going to do this again and go all the way in frickin’ neck deep. I want to make sure that there’s question as to what style I’m playing. It’s not ECHOBRAIN, it’s not GOV’T MULE, not SEPULTURA, not DJ Shadow, not any of that stuff that I’ve messed with before, this is “Heavy Metal Music”.

Read the entire interview at May The Rock Be With You.

Comments No Comments »

God of Atheists is the new project from Asgeir Mickelson, which also features Ihsahn, ICS Vortex, Vibeke Stene, and more. The project’s coming debut album was voted our most anticipated release of 2013 , although it was later revealed the album won’t be available until 2014. Asgier Mickelson has now checked in with the following update about writing lyrics for the songs as the recording progresses: “Here’s a quick status: The project is moving slowly during the summer months.

The post God Of Atheists Issues New Album Update appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

Comments No Comments »