Posts Tagged “Guest Appearances”

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently spoke to Gear Gods about his first piece of gear. Check out the clip below.

Friedman will release “Inferno”, his first solo album of original material in four years, in late May via Prosthetic Records (except in Japan, where the album will be released by Universal Music). The CD was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (DANZIG, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH) — features what Friedman recently told Guitar World is “the most intense writing and playing I can do.” The album also includes notable guest appearances by several artists influenced by Friedman, including flamenco/metal acoustic guitar duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho, SKYHARBOR mastermind Keshav Dhar and REVOCATION guitar whiz David Davidson, as well as Friedman‘s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in CACOPHONY, the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem.

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Ricktor Ravensbruck, guitarist for ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB, WOLFEN SOCIETY and ACHERON, is back with a new band called WOLFPACK 44. The group, which is fronted by Julian Xes of Florida black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL, is working on its debut album, “The Scourge”, for an early 2014 release. The CD will feature guest appearances by Jinx Dawson (COVEN), Reverend Thomas Thorn (ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB), Dana Duffey (DEMONIC CHRIST) and members of DARK FUNERAL.

The name of the label which will release “The Scourge” will be revealed on Halloween.


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“The Right To Rock” podcast conducted an interview with Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA). You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Kiko‘s June 14 concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was professionally filmed and recorded for DVD release in the next few months. The event featured three different musical styles and chapters in his solo career — metal, progressive and Brazilian fusion music. The shows also featured special guest performers, including Virgil Donati (PLANET X, ALLAN HOLDSWORTH) on drums.

Kiko‘s latest solo album, “Sounds Of Innocence”, was released in Japan at the end of June 2012 and was made available in the rest of the world in July 2012. The CD features guest appearances by Virgil Donati on drums and Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA, ALMAH) on bass. One track also features LIVING COLOUR bassist Doug Wimbish. The effort was produced by Kiko Loureiro, mixed by Dennis Ward and mastered by Jürgen Lusky.

“Sounds Of Innocence” track listing:

01. Awakening Prelude
02. Gray Stone Gateway
03. Conflicted
04. Reflective
05. El Guajiro
06. Ray Of Life
07. The Hymn
08. Mãe D’Água
09. Twisted Horizon
10. A Perfect Rhyme
11. Conflicted (back base) (bonus track)

Kiko‘s third solo album, “Fullblast”, came out in 2009.

Singer Eduardo “Edu” Falaschi last year left ANGRA. A replacement vocalist has not yet been announced.

Interview (audio):

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A teaser for “Open The Gates Of Hell”, the new video from Southern California metallers WINDS OF PLAGUE, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth album, “Resistance”, which will be released on October 29 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded with producer Will Putney, who has previously worked with SHADOWS FALL and SUICIDE SILENCE, among others.

WINDS OF PLAGUE last year parted ways with drummer Art Cruz due to creative differences. Sitting behind the kit during the studio sessions for the new album was Brandon Gallindo (ex-DEAD IN EXISTENCE).

WINDS OF PLAGUE will embark on a tour with BLEEDING THROUGH in early November.

WINDS OF PLAGUE‘s third full-length CD, “Against The World”, sold 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 60 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on April 19, 2011 via Century Media Records, the effort featured guest appearances from members of HATEBREED, TERROR, FOR TODAY, STRAY FROM THE PATH and former world heavyweight wrestling champion and sports entertainment legend Ultimate Warrior (who performs an epic spoken-word track entitled “The Warrior Code”).

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Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” NIGHTRAGE‘s former singer, Jimmie Strimell (ENDS WITH A BULLET, ex-DEAD BY APRIL, DEATHDESTRUCTION) was unable to rejoin the band for their September 20 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Handling lead vocals at the show was Ronnie Nyman from ALWAYS WAR. Also appearing with NIGHTRAGE founder/guitarist Marios Iliopoulos at the Gothenburg concert were drummer Marcus Rosell (ENDS WITH A BULLET, DORM PATROL) and guitarist Jesper Strömblad (THE RESISTANCE, CEREMONIAL OATH, ex-IN FLAMES).

Fan-filmed video footage of the September 20 performance can be seen below.

Vocalist Antony Hämäläinen left NIGHTRAGE in June in order “to explore other musical ventures.”

Iliopoulos recently revealed that he was preparing to begin the songwriting process for the band’s new album, which is expected in 2014. The group is also seeking a suitable label home for the upcoming CD following NIGHTRAGE‘s split with Lifeforce Records.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Hämäläinen was unable to perform with NIGHTRAGE at the Gothenburg Sound Festival on January 5 at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden. His replacement for this show was NIGHTRAGE‘s former frontman Tomas Lindberg from AT THE GATES.

Lindberg — who is also known for his work with THE CROWN and LOCK UP — appeared on NIGHTRAGE‘s first two albums (2003’s “Sweet Vengeance” and 2005’s “Descent Into Chaos”) before being replaced by Jimmie Strimell, who sang on 2007’s “A New Disease Is Born”.

NIGHTRAGE‘s fifth album, “Insidious”, was released in September 2011 via Lifeforce Records. The CD featured guest appearances by Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Tomas S. Englund (EVERGREY), Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), John K (BIOMECHANICAL) and Lindberg.


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We've had some interesting supergroups this year like Palms and Scar the Martyr, but Teenage Time Killer is an entirely new breed… mainly because there are guest appearances from a slew of legendary musicians and only two core members. All I'm saying is that picture of Randall Blythe with Corrosion of Conformity comes into play …

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Belgian based power/progressive at Epysode posted another song sample from the upcoming sophomore LP “Fantasmagoria.” A portion of the track “Morning Rose” – featuring Triosphere’s Ida Haukland can be heard streaming below. “Fantasmagoria” drops on October 11th via AFM Records and features guest appearances from: Mike LePond (Symphony X), Henning Basse (MaYaN), Tom Englund (Evergrey), Simone Mularoni (DGM), Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation), Julien Spreutels (Ethernity), Ida Haukland (Triosphere), Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Tezzi Persson (Between the Silence).

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Keith Chachkes of Ghost Cult Magazine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Ghost Cult Magazine: You have come back really quickly with “Savages” following “Enslaved” last year. Why the fast turnaround between albums?

Max: It felt good to bang out another record quickly. It’s not always the goal, but it was good to write some new music right away. We like to keep it moving. We had everything planned to do a new record for the new label Nuclear Blast. The deal with Nuclear Blast came through perfectly. My son, Zyon, came in to play drums. We had Terry Date on board to do the record. And I really love what Terry did with it. He did a great job, with a raw-sounding record. And we just went for it. It was great to have all of these great fucking people on the record! I love the guest appearances the most. “Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla” with Neil (Fallon), “K.C.S.” with Mitch (Harris) from NAPALM DEATH, Jamie (Hanks) from I DECLARE WAR on “Fallen”, and my son Igor on “Bloodshed”. For me, “Savages” is a combination of both worlds. It has the grooviness of the first SOULFLY album and it also has that extreme death metal-sounding songs. A lot of people liked “Enslaved”, so I didn’t want to get rid of it entirely. A lot of people wanted me to go back to the killer grooves of the very first SOULFLY album. So I decided to write an album that has more of that. And I also like the songs are quite long, like six minutes, seven minutes, ten minute long songs, like “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets”, on those old METALLICA records. The songs don’t even feel like seven minutes, to listen to them. Time just flies when you listen to it. It makes you feel good, and the songs are killer. Overall, I’m really happy with the record and I’m very stoked and I can’t wait to even play these songs live. It felt like the right record to make. Like I said, it’s a combination. “Fallen” is a perfect song, with Jamie from I DECLARE WAR. To me, it’s pretty much a death metal song. It’s got all of the elements of death metal. And “Cannibal Holocaust” is a pure thrash/grind/death metal song. But I didn’t want to make that same record again. I wanted to do something totality new. But a song like “Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla”, it something totally new. I never did anything like that before. It starts with like this country, cowboy riff, and Neil starts talking over it and it was so killer! And of course that line in the chorus “Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla” is from “Mad Max”. It’s probably my favorite song on the album. I don’t want to make the same record over and over. So “Savages”‘ got new things on it that no one has heard from me before, and I am really glad about that.

Ghost Cult Magazine: I think it is very difficult in music, especially in metal, to reinvent your self all the time. Do you keep that in mind from album to album?

Max: I kind of just go with it. I don’t think about that stuff. I just roll with it. If I think about it, it will make me crazy. I just make records. I don’t have a favorite one. They all fit together and they are all a part of my history. They are all a little different, which is great. I have been doing this a long time and I have a lot of records under my belt. What I am interested in is to keep going. I have a vision for my music, I see it going for a long time. We don’t have to write stupid radio songs. We write what we like, we play what we like. And the fans really connect with that. We are playing what we love. They know we are not writing stupid bubblegum, radio songs, concerned with getting played on the radio. That’s not what we’re here for. We are here for the heaviness, for the metal that we love. Because I love metal. Metal is in my veins and it is what I love. I want to keep doing this for a long-ass time. To me, this is only the beginning.

Ghost Cult Magazine: You have produced the vast majority of SOULFLY‘s albums yourself. What was it like to turn over the reigns to Terry Date?

Max: It was just the right time and the right place. Terry has been coming to SOULFLY shows forever. The last time was in Seattle with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. He came to the show and he was just hanging out. I said to him, “Man! When are we going to work together?” I kind of gave the question to him. And he said, “Just call me!” and we’ll do it. So when it came time to make the record, we called him. He gave me a great deal because he really wanted to work with me. We first met with the DEFTONES when they did “Around The Fur” I came into to do “Headup”. Terry is a really a rocker, man. He loves metal and he loves rock. He is a real professional. He has done so many amazing records, like the PANTERA records, DEFTONES, the SOUNDGARDEN records, like “Badmotorfinger”. Those are heavy records. Just classic fucking records. I was really excited and very motivated to work with him. So a lot of the writing for “Savages” had that in mind. I was thrilled that Terry was in charge of the record. I knew working with him, it had to be good. And he didn’t disappoint me. To me, it’s my favorite sound. This is the best-sounding SOULFLY record. Best guitar sound, best drum sound. Terry has done an amazing job and not to put any others down, even me, but this is the best one. The other records are good, but it doesn’t compare to Terry‘s stuff. Terry is just a master.

Read the entire interview at Ghost Cult Magazine.

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Belgian based metal act Epysode posted a video EPK for the upcoming sophomore LP “Fantasmagoria.” The album drops on October 11th via AFM Records. The album features guest appearances from: Mike LePond (Symphony X), Henning Basse (MaYaN), Tom Englund (Evergrey), Simone Mularoni (DGM), Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation), Julien Spreutels (Ethernity), Ida Haukland (Triosphere), Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Tezzi Persson (Between the Silence). The track list for “Fantasmagoria” is: 1

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“Collide”, the new solo video from SOUNDGARDEN bassist Ben Shepherd, can be seen below (courtesy of The track comes off Shepherd‘s debut solo album as HBS (his given name of Hunter Benedict Shepherd), “In Deep Owl”, which was released on August 27. The collection of songs was recorded in the industrial neighborhoods of Georgetown and Interbay in Seattle, Washington and was produced by Dave French, Ben Shepherd, Chad MacMurray and Nathan Yaccino. It features guest appearances by SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron and former PEARL JAM drummer Matt Chamberlain.

Regarding the CD title, Shepherd told Bass Player magazine: “That’s an old nickname for the neighborhood where I hang out.”

He added: “[The album] was done before SOUNDGARDEN returned to doing anything, and then it was put on the back burner.”

Speaking about the lyrical approach of his solo material, Shepherd told PureVolume: “I want to do that to give people freedom to think and feel about what it is. I don’t want to just blurt it out, unless it’s one of those songs where you want to say exactly what it is. I don’t tend to write journalistically like that when it comes to words. Like ‘Stone Pale’ was made up on the spot years ago. Then, I added a verse during the recording of this record because I thought it needed another verse instead of just repeating a verse.”


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