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Iron Bonehead Productions has set April 21st as the international release date for Skelethal’s “Deathmanicvs Revelation.” The label also issued the following announcement: “Skelethal’s debut MLP, Deathmanicvs Revelation says everything it needs to in its title: absolute DEATH WORSHIP, wielding the metal of death like a scythe, an axe, and blunt hammer simultaneously, all in obeisance to occult forces beyond the mien of man. “At 22 lean, licentious minutes, Deathmanicvs Revelation allows this French duo to gallop forth into – and beyond – the realms of death, utilizing a morbid, miasmic thrust and an execution that sounds utterly possessed. “Despite their young years, Skelethal are well learned in the ancient ways of death metal, and the resultant sound across Deathmanicvs Revelation is not so much ‘old school’ nor ‘retro’ as it is simply respectful of its traditions, adding their own hideous flair to the form.” The track listing is as follows: 1

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The Great Southern Brainfart recently conducted an interview with GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Great Southern Brainfart: This is an exciting time to be a GWAR fan. After the passing of Flattus Maximus, it was really awesome to see the metal community pull together to support the band and his immediate family. It made me feel proud to be a fan of a band. When you saw that outpouring of love how did it make you feel?

Oderus: Well, it made us feel very proud to have such awesome fans. They weren’t going to let us fail or stop and they were going to support us every step of the way. They all came out and showed us how much they really love us and it really meant a lot to us. We couldn’t have done it without their strength and we may have never made it through that period. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t miss Flattus but somehow we’ve made it through and Pustulous Maximus is settled in his new position and he’s kicking fucking ass. Life goes on.

The Great Southern Brainfart: What can you tell us about Pustulous Maximus and what can we all expect to see from him?

Oderus: Well, he’s a little bigger than Flattus. He’s a little more obnoxious and meaner. He’s a little more rowdy on stage and he breaks more stuff. His guitar playing is a big more vicious as well. He’s a different player than Flattus. Flattus has a smoother shredding style whereas Pustulous is just all over the fucking place. He’s capable of playing the smooth shit but yet he can play incredibly vicious as well. His sound has definitely taken GWAR into a new direction musically. I’m not exactly sure what that direction is. Maybe even a little more like our old-school thrash metal kind of sound. It definitely doesn’t sound like “Bloody Pit Of Horror”, that’s for sure.

The Great Southern Brainfart: I’ve been listening to the new album, “Battle Maximus”, a good bit and I fucking love this album. It sounds more like the old-school stuff than anything GWAR‘s done in years. Was that intentional or was this brought on by the new blood, pun intended?

Oderus: [laughs] No, it just kind of happened naturally. We just kind of let it kind of rally behind Pustulous‘ playing and we didn’t try to make it go in any direction. We just let it kind of organically suggest itself. That’s the way Pustulous sounds when he plays guitar so there for GWAR followed right along with him. It’s got the sound of those old GWAR albums but it has the additional excellence of the fact that it sounds better. We’ve been in the studio longer and we know what we’re doing now. We’ve got our own studio and we know exactly how to get the best sounds out of it. It’s got that old-school GWAR sound that everyone likes, but it sounds better than all the old records.

The Great Southern Brainfart: Looking back on GWAR‘s vast catalog, is there anything you look at and say, “I wish we would’ve done that differently?”

Oderus: Nah, I wouldn’t change a fucking thing. If you change anything about GWAR, you might ruin something that was incredibly perfect. I’m not really how GWAR started to begin with, but I do know that it’s hard to change or mess around with it very much. You could ruin that balance that made it so great to begin with. I’ve been completely satisfied with everything we’ve done. I wouldn’t change a goddamn thing.

The Great Southern Brainfart: GWAR not too long ago released a great cover of ALICE COOPER‘s “School’s Out”. Are there any future covers that we can look forward to hearing GWAR unleash on us?

Oderus: Right now we are working on a cover of “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by BILLY OCEAN for The AV Club. We did KANSAS“Carry On My Wayward Son” last year, so we’re doing this one this year. Matter of fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see an entire GWAR covers album at some point.

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“Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology” is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980’s and 1990’s. This collection will be released October 1st, on Trev Records

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Comments No Comments » recently conducted an interview with KORN singer Jonathan Davis. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How has the band been since Brian‘s [“Head” Welch] return?

Jonathan: One word: happy. It’s so nice to see my bandmates, Fieldy and Munky and Ray, just up there smiling and having such a good time cause he’s back and I missed him so much. And he’s not crazy anymore. He’s not preaching or doing any of that stuff. He was gone for almost ten years… he’s like a little kid again. He’s experiencing this for the first time all over ’cause he was so messed up on drugs, so I’m having a blast watching him. Seeing Brian‘s return, former drummer David Silveria [1993-2006] has made it public that he’d come back if asked.

Jonathan: I don’t think it’s the right time or place… Right now we’re really really happy where we’re at. I guess that’s all I can say. The first single, “Never Never” has a big electronic breakdown toward the end. Is that indicative of the rest of “The Paradigm Shift”?

Jonathan: We wanted to do what we did on “Follow The Leader” when we infused hip-hop with rock. We wanted to write for fun, do interesting music and just see what happens and then add electronic elements after. “Never Never” is probably the most electronic one on the album. On this record there’s a song for everybody. There’s a song for old-school fans, a song for new-school fans, it’s all over the place. I think it’s the best album we’ve done in a long long time. In the trailer for “The Paradigm Shift”, there’s a focus on six words: money, fame, fortune, separation and depression. How does each one come into play on the album?

Jonathan: I think money screws things up. I think money takes away from your creativity. If you get anything you want than your creativity goes away. It’s an easy out. Fame has changed our lives. Being able to go and do things… do what we used to do. I remember when my oldest was out with me and people would come up to me, it would scare him and really freak him out. My other kids love it, they eat that shit up. I’ve bought everything I could dream of. I remember when I bought my first Bentley. I always loved those cars as a kid and growing up and I could finally afford one. And then it became the stupidest thing I ever bought. Over the years… I think money ruins everything. It’s nice to have it and not worry about but it also brings a lot of problems. Addiction. This is pretty self-explanatory. I’m sure [Brian Welch] was depressed through all that, but I’ve always been battling depression so it’s a part of our band. When he [Brian] was going through all that stuff, he had to separate himself from us in order to go get his head together again. He was a single dad. He had a daughter to take care of, he had all kinds of things going on in his life and he couldn’t be in a band and deal with all that.

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FMQB recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

FMQB: You’re about to kick off your next North American tour with old school British Metal group SAXON. Why did you choose to tour with them, instead of a newer band?

Jericho: SAXON is a legendary, influential band; huge all around the world; sold millions of records all around the world; and this is their first extensive U.S. tour in years. When the opportunity came up for us to go out with them, I thought it was a great mix because the most important thing when you tour with other bands is that you want to gain new fans. I’ve got a lot of respect for SAXON, I’m a big fan of theirs, but most importantly their new album, “Sacrifice”, is one of the best records they’ve done ever. They’re not phoning it in. They’re still putting out great material and they’re still a vibrant, living, breathing rock n roll band. It’s a really cool mix, because there’s going to be a lot of SAXON fans that don’t know FOZZY and a lot of FOZZY fans that don’t know SAXON. We all come from the same place, we both have very heavy but melodic music, and at the end of the night, I think we’re both going to have new fans gained. People that are there that don’t know one of the bands are going to leave as fans of both and that’s the most important thing, so it’s a great mix. Our last U.S. tour, we went out with SHINEDOWN and GODSMACK, and now we’re going out with SAXON, so you get a real diverse, cross section of fans that are seeing us and that’s the way to build our band.

FMQB: One thing that’s really impressive about FOZZY is the lengths you go to with your fans. How do the VIP meet-and-greets work before your shows?

Jericho: We’re very fan-friendly, from everything that we do on social media to the shows themselves. We demand a lot of audience participation from our fans, and we get it. That’s one of the reasons we have such a great reputation as a live band. We started a VIP program a few years ago. I was looking at other bands doing VIPs, but I thought that bands were charging a lot of money and not really delivering a lot. So we came up with a whole VIP meet-and-greet system that’s a little bit different from the norm. We let fans watch the soundcheck. If we’re headlining, we have dinner with the fans, if not, we make sure to spend time with them and take them on the bus, and get to know people a little bit. It’s not just a run-and-gun, and I think we’ve created a whole new society of FOZZY fans that met each other just from our VIP program. People have gotten married from meeting each other as FOZZY VIPs. It’s a cool, underground society that we have cultivated. Especially in Europe, because we’ve toured there so much, and we’re really excited about doing that on this tour as well.

FMQB: What’s next for FOZZY beyond this fall tour?

Jericho: We have this tour with SAXON coming up, then I think we’re going to Australia before the year’s end. We’ve already started writing the new record. We plan to have all the songwriting done by the end of December, and start recording it in January, February and March, and then have it out and ready to for next summer. So that’s the plan and we’re excited, because there’s a lot of great momentum with FOZZY. We’ve done a lot of touring on “Sin And Bones”, I think we’re up to 100 gigs already, and when you get to three digits on one record, that’s success. So we want to keep that going and keep it rolling.

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“Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology” is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980’s and 1990’s. This collection will be released October 1st on Trev Records. This release includes Gang Green’s original 1985 version of the song “Let’s Drink Some Beer.” This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett from Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame.

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The official lyric video for the song “The Order” from Swedish death metallers DEMONICAL can be seen below. The track comes off the band’s fourth full-length album, “Darkness Unbound”, which will be released on September 20 via Cyclone Empire. The CD, which will be available as a limited first-pressing digipack and LP, was once again recorded at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm.

Comments the band: “We are confident that ‘Darkness Unbound’ will be an important milestone not only for us as a band but also an album that will have a certain impact on the current death metal scene and especially the Swedish old-school wave.

“The artwork and visual concept of the album follows the same somber path as the music, making it a solid entity of perpetual death metal darkness.”

“Darkness Unbound” track listing:

01. Darkness Unbound
02. The Order
03. An Endless Celebration
04. Contempt and Conquest
05. King of All
06. The Healing Control
07. Hellfire Empire
08. Words Are Death
09. Deathcrown
10. The Great Praise
11. World Beyond (KREATOR cover) *
12. Burned Alive (re-recording) **

* bonus track on the limited digi-CD and LP
** bonus track on the limited digi-CD

DEMONICAL‘s new lineup is as follows (left to right in photo):

Daniel Gustavsson – Guitar
Johan Haglund – Guitar
Sverker Widgren – Vocals
Ämir Batar – Drums
Martin Schulman – Bass


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Swedish old school death metal act Abscession has decided to give away the three track debut “Death Incarnate” for free.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin based act Victim has released debut CD “1985.” The band comments: “If you like old school speed metal with blazing drums and shredding solos then this is a MUST HAVE! Victim is National Recording Sessions Player Angelo Petropoulos on guitar and programming and Agustin Alvarez Jr on bass and lead vocals. “The disk is recorded and released by Sonic Dreams Studio and Music Production Company based out of Brookfield Wisconsin, and mastered at the famed Stabbing Studio in St.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, the members of AVENGED SEVENFOLD have defended their musical choices in a new interview with the U.K.’s TeamRock Radio. Discussing the band’s newly-released sixth studio effort, “Hail To The King”, the bandmembers stand behind their decision to make a record that sounds more like old-school heavy rock, with singer M. Shadows saying, “We wouldn’t have been happy making another [2010 album] ‘Nightmare’, we wouldn’t have been happy making a [2003 second CD] ‘Waking The Fallen’, so if you’re not happy doing it, what’s the point of releasing it?”

Shadows adds, “To me that’s the definition of a sell-out, is people that don’t write the music that they truly want to write.”

The singer told The Pulse Of Radio that he holds AVENGED SEVENFOLD records to very high standards. “We’re not writing a record for money or to go on tour again,” he said. “We’re writing a record for our legacy. Like, we want to put out only good records, and we want to take our time with them and make sure it’s the best thing that represents us at this time. And so, a lot of times we sit there and go, like, we don’t want any filler, we don’t want this, we need to get it tighter, tighter, tighter, better, better, better.”

Shadows said a few months back that the sound of the new CD was channeling earlier records from acts like PANTERA, METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH and others, a far cry from the band’s original, more hardcore style.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career as the song “Hail To The King” reached the top of the Active Rock radio chart.

The band will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

“Hail To The King” is likely to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on Tuesday (August 27). That figure should be good enough to land the group its second straight No. 1 debut. AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s fifth album, “Nightmare”, opened with 162,500 copies back in August 2010 to land at the top of The Billboard 200 chart.

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