Posts Tagged “Rehearsals”

On March 12, singer/bassist Schmier of German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION was interviewed by Nick Perkel (a.k.a. Japan Nick), a contributing writer for The Aquarian Weekly and host of “Japan Nick’s Rock And Metal Pandemonium” on Montclair State University’s WMSC 90.3 radio station. Asked about his recently announced side project with members of ACCEPT, Schmier said: “It’s actually the drummer, Stefan [Schwarzman], who used to play for RUNNING WILD for many years, and he’s playing for ACCEPT now for many years also. And it’s Herman Frank, the guitar player. We met on several festivals in the last years and we’ve been hanging out. And they’re great guys. And we liked each other since point one. And somehow we had this crazy idea that in between ACCEPT and DESTRUCTION breaks, we could do something together. Because Stefan lives very close by now; he moved down here where I live. So we started to do some stuff, some rehearsals, and it turned out really great.”

He continued: “I’ve been doing this HEADHUNTER project back in the ’90s, and that was also a mix of classical heavy metal with a little bit of DESTRUCTION. So now I’m gonna go back to using my DESTRUCTION vibes, but the music is gonna be much more classical heavy metal, but it’s also, of course, gonna be more heavy and a little more powerful than ACCEPT stuff. So it’s gonna be a nice mixture. It fits really well.

“We have already written five songs. It’s actually still not really so official. So you’re one of the first persons that is interviewing me about this. I only did one interview before, with a guy from Israel, who basically put this on Blabbermouth back in the day.

“We still don’t have a name for the band. We’re writing songs right now, and as soon as we have a demo, then we’re gonna put out an official statement. But we’re having those five songs recorded now as a pre-demo, so when I’m coming back from [touring] the States [with DESTRUCTION], then we’re gonna enter the studio and record a pre-recording for the final album. So I’m excited. It sounds great. It sounds fresh. To me, it’s something different than DESTRUCTION, so it’s a great experience. And the guys are, of course… especially Herman, he’s a little bit older than me. He’s like my big, old brother. He has a lot more experience. Even if I am in the business for a long time, he has some more years, so I can learn from him. And it’s very interesting.”

He added: “I love classical heavy metal; it’s my fucking favorite. And it’s gonna be fun to do that. So I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great side project.

“I’m not somebody who likes to sit at home the whole day. I like to be entertained and play music and have fun. And I’m looking forward to this new thing.”

Regarding whether fans can expect to hear the first music from the new project before the end of 2014, Schmier said: “It could be by the end of this year. If everything works out, we’re gonna have demos in April/May. Then look for a label. So we could enter the studio in the summer. So I hope it’s gonna happen. But, I mean, I have to do a DESTRUCTION album also, which will have top priority, of course. So we’ll see how everything goes. But I think the way it goes right now, the project will be [in the studio] earlier [than DESTRUCTION]. ‘Cause we have five songs done, and we already have new ideas. So if we find a good label fast, then it should be out by the end of the year.”

DESTRUCTION‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Spiritual Genocide”, was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Day Of Reckoning” was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter and was mixed by Andy Classen. The album features guest appearances by Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the “Mad Butcher”/“Release From Agony” lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — reunited for one song.

Photo credit: YellMagazine.com

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Reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN played their landmark 1994 “Superunknown” album last night (Thursday, March 13) at the iTunes Festival, which made its U.S. debut as part of the ongoing South By Southwest festivities in Austin, Texas.

The event was streamed live through the iTunes store and was available on all personal computers and mobile devices.

Fan-filmed video footage of SOUNDGARDEN‘s concert can be seen below.

Last month, SOUNDGARDEN announced that it will be releasing two special deluxe editions of “Superunknown”.

“Superunknown – Deluxe Edition”, which will feature the remastered album as well as b-sides, demos and rehearsals, will hit stores on June 3.

“Superunknown – Super Deluxe Edition” will also hit stores on June 3 but will be a full five CD set with a hardcover book and photos.

SOUNDGARDEN forntman Chris Cornell told Billboard.com that the idea for a “Superunknown” show came about after the group put together the special 20th anniversary deluxe editions. “It’s the idea of the reissue and recognizing it as an anniversary, which I don’t think is our instinct, ever,” Cornell explained. “But it seemed kinda to make sense for this album. If you can single out any of our albums as being, like, the most iconic one, it’s obviously this one. I think it’s an accomplishment, and I’m proud we did it. So it’s kind of a cool thing to do and concentrate on.”

As for the performance, Cornell opened by explaining to the audience: “I want to apologize ahead of time because there are so many different tunings on this album and when we sequenced it, we didn’t really care about that… so we’re going to switch guitars a lot on pretty much every single song.”

The singer told Billboard.com: “When you start with the tunings, it seems like a more disjoined album than it really is when you play it in order, because each tuning has its own personality. But the whole album seems to flow naturally, but when you look at it closer it seems less fluid in a way.”

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Canadian classic metal band IVORY KNIGHT has announced its reunion after eight-year break. The band is currently in rehearsals and intends to return to the live stage first before deciding on whether or not to resume writing and recording.

IVORY KNIGHT‘s second full-length album, titled “Unconscience”, was released in January 2005. The CD was mixed and mastered by the Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, and featured artwork by Gyula Havanscak.

During the late 1980s, IVORY KNIGHT was a name familiar to metal fans who witnessed the bands exciting live performances at venues including Ottawa’s Barrymores, Porter Hall, and (now-defunct) Roxannes in Hull. The band shared the stage with many great acts including SWORD and BLACKSTAR (featuring John Ricci and Jacques Belanger of EXCITER). The band recorded a demo, “Voices In Your Nightmare”, which received excellent reviews from all over the world. The band broke up in 1990 due to musical differences. Founding member John Devadasan Perinbam reformed the band in late 1999 with drummer George Nesrallah, bassist Steve Mercer, and guitarist Rob Gravelle. The group, featuring the soaring, powerful, passionate vocals of Perinbam and the virtuosity of Gravelle, recorded an album, “Up From The Ashes”, which received excellent reviews from fans and critics throughout the world. The band has played many shows in the Ottawa area including the Rainbow and Café Dekcuf.

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Drummer Brent Fitz (SLASH, VINCE NEIL, GILBY CLARKE, UNION) will embark on the Canadian “Sabian Cymbal Vote Tour” next week. It’s a free afternoon event in each city.

Says Brent: “I’ll be trying out and discussing new prototype cymbals and you will have a chance to play them and vote as well. A very interactive and musical day. We’re giving away plenty of cool prizes too! I’m really looking forward to saying hi to everyone. It’s gonna be a blast. See you there.”

The details are as follows:

Sep. 23 – Vancouver, BC – Long & McQuade
Sep. 24 – Calgary, AB – Long & McQuade
Sep. 25 – Winnipeg, MB – Long & McQuade
Sep. 26 – Ottawa, ON – Long & McQuade
Sep. 27 – Montreal, QC – Steve’s Music Store
Sep. 28 – Toronto, ON – Just Drums

Fitz, 43, joined Slash‘s band in 2010. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada native left his hometown in the mid-1990s to explore music opportunities in Los Angeles and he hasn’t looked back since.

“When I moved to L.A., I started at zero again,” Brent told the Winnipeg Free Press in 2012. “I had a lot of playing experience but didn’t know anybody. I started working with as many people as I could.”

“I can play multiple instruments and we had an incident in Russia [during a tour with Slash] where one of the musicians was sent home for emergency surgery so I played bass and my drum tech played drums,” Brent told the Winnipeg Free Press in 2010. ” I had no rehearsals and played two sold-out shows in Russia.”

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“Blood In The Water” and “Ordinary”, two more new songs from vocalist/guitarist Kenn Nardi of reunited St. Louis, Missouri-based progressive/melodic thrash metallers ANACRUSIS, can be streamed below.

Nardi revealed in an online post this past April that he is “planning to finish the new music and release it in some form, but I’m not sure of the details just yet. This will not be an acoustic project like CRUEL APRIL. It will be exactly the same album that I had intended to record with [fellow ANACRUSIS original members] John [Emery, bass] and Mike [Owen, drums].

“Basically. I have been recording new songs myself over the last couple of years (during the reunion rehearsals/shows/festivals) with the intention of going back and replacing the programmed drums and the bass parts that I recorded using the other guys. Unfortunately, this was going nowhere and we could just never find the time to get things moving. So I have left John‘s bass on a few songs that he had completed and have played everything else myself. There were rough drum tracks which Mike played and had planned to go back and re-do which I have just replaced like the rest of the demos (If you’ve heard the version of ‘Made’ I posted, you’ll have an idea as I was the only one on that recording).

“I have more than 20 songs completed and will be working on recording the last batch over the next few weeks. In the end, there will be maybe 30 songs making up two complete CDs packed full of new material. Most will be very much in the style of ANACRUSIS (or at least where we would be 20 years after ‘Screams And Whispers’) and some a bit more experimental and/or melodic. There will be thrash stuff, proggish stuff, melodic stuff and some things like you’ve never heard. I have even recorded a heavier version of ‘A Little Light’ from the CRUEL APRIL project. With 2 1/2 hours worth of songs, there should something for any fan of ANACRUSIS and more.

“I still plan to call it ‘Parallax Error’, though I am debating whether to put the name ANACRUSIS on it or not. Regardless, by any name, the album would be the same. I plan on posting a medley of samples soon to give everyone an idea what to expect.

“I personally have so much time and creative effort invested in these songs that I did not want to abandon the entire project just because we cannot find the time to be a band right now. Hopefully some of you will enjoy what I have created this time and the new recordings will be something fresh for those of you who’ve waited for new ANACRUSIS music.”

ANACRUSIS in 2010 spent time in the studio recording a “new” album entitled “Hindsight: Suffering Hour & Reason Revisited”. The two-CD set featured both ANACRUSIS‘ debut album, “Suffering Hour”, and its second release, “Reason”, along with the classic ANACRUSIS demo track “Apocalypse”, all fully re-recorded by the original lineup of Nardi, Kevin Heidbreder, John Emery and Mike Owen. The package also featured a 24-page, full-color booklet with lyrics and lots of photos both old and new. The cover art was created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SIGH, MEKONG DELTA, GWAR).

In 2009, Stormspell Records released the CD/DVD compilation, “Annihilation Complete: The Early Years Anthology”, which featured ANACRUSIS‘ demo and video footage of Nardi‘s pre-ANACRUSIS band, HEAVEN’S FLAME.

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Drummer Nigel Durham (ex-SAXON, ex-OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON) has joined the U.K. hard rock band MORPHEUS RISING.

Says the group: “Nigel is a fantastic drummer with an outstanding pedigree, and we’re delighted to welcome him into the band.

Nigel is no stranger to rock audiences, having played on SAXON‘s ‘Destiny’ album, and several albums with OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON, including ‘Re:Landed’ and ‘It’s Alive’. We are really looking forward getting stuck into rehearsals with him, preparing current material for the live set and new songs for the album sessions.

“We’re all looking forward to the new album and a new era with Melodic Revolution Records, and with Nigel joining the band too, we’re really hungry to get cracking.”

States Nigel: “[I] can’t wait to get my teeth into MORPHEUS RISING!”

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An hour-long interview former OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Bob Daisley in support of his newly pubpished memoir, “For Facts Sake”, can be seen below.

Daisley is selling signed copies of “For Facts Sake”, via his official web site.

Says Bob: “At last, my autobiography ‘For Facts Sake’ is ready to roll. It covers my whole life and my fifty-year career in music, and features everyone that I’ve ever worked with — CHICKEN SHACK, MUNGO JERRY, WIDOWMAKER, RAINBOW, THE BLIZZARD OF OZZ, URIAH HEEP, Ozzy (and Sharon) Osbourne, Gary Moore, BLACK SABBATH, the notorious Don Arden, and too many others to mention here. The stories reveal some interesting and, until now, unknown facts about many of these artists and characters, and with more than 460 photos throughout the text, it provides a pictorial view of my journey.”

In a 2012 interview with Rock Cellar Magazine, Daisley revealed that the 30th-anniversary remastered reissues of Osbourne‘s classic early albums, 1980’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” and 1981’s “Diary Of A Madman”, which came with a box set of previously unreleased live recordings, a coffee table book and other goodies, could have packed much more material than what actually made the release.

“There’d been talk about it during 2010, and it was then that I offered to supply tapes of our rehearsals and writing sessions, to go as proper bonus material,” Daisley said. “And I just said that I wanted a royalty out of it, because it’s my stuff. But they wouldn’t do it because they didn’t want to give me a royalty — they just wanted to buy it.

“So no agreement was made, and as a result the bonus material in the box set is minimal, which is unfortunate because I know the fans want to hear the stuff that I’ve got — recordings of the writing sessions, rehearsals and the songs taking shape. But the Osbournes wouldn’t come to the table, y’know. I didn’t even ask for an equal royalty, it was just a small royalty I wanted because it’s my stuff…”

Daisley added that he had “literally hours and hours of tapes I’ve got from us writing those albums and rehearsing it” that could have been included in the package. “You can hear the songs changing, the different parts taking shape, and all this stuff would have been perfect bonus material for the box set,” he said. “Sadly, the Osbournes are just too greedy and self-absorbed.”

Bob Daisley said in a 2010 interview with his web site that he had not been contacted about the 30th-anniversary editions of “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman”. The tracks played by Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake on both albums were replaced on a previous reissue after Daisley and Kerslake sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne over royalties.

Daisley told the web site, “Neither Lee nor I have been contacted, considered or consulted in the decision to re-release the original recordings. As for royalties, we have not been approached for a reconciliation and have been offered and promised nothing.”

Ozzy told The Pulse of Radio he was against the idea of replacing the original tracks when he found out about it. “Believe me, it wasn’t my doing,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know that was being done, ’cause Sharon was fighting all the legal things that were going down at the time. I said, ‘What did you do that for?’ And she said, ‘The only way I could stop everything was if it went to that level.’ And I said, ‘You know what, whatever the circumstances were, I want the original thing back.’ I mean, I wouldn’t have done that.”

The replacement tracks were played by current METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo and FAITH NO MORE drummer Mike Bordin.

Daisley says that he and Kerslake were fired because of disagreements with Sharon over a number of things, including refusing to do two shows in one day out of worry that Ozzy would blow out his voice.

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Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have completed all songwriting for their new album and rehearsals/pre-production will begin in a couple of weeks. The material has been described as a continuation of the band’s last CD, “Show Me How To Live”, but with new elements in in both the songwriting and production departments.

In order to upgrade its trademark sound, ROYAL HUNT is planning to employ a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir.

ROYAL HUNT‘s new album is expected to be released in November this year through Marquee/Avalon (Japan and Southeast Asia) and Frontiers (Europe and North America).

Frontiers Records released ROYAL HUNT‘s new box set, “20th Anniversary – Special Edition”, on November 23, 2012 in Europe and January 21, 2013 in North America.

After the highly successful 20th-aniversary tour in support of ROYAL HUNT‘s latest album, “Show Me How To Live”, ROYAL HUNT decided to celebrate the occasion with this very special “best-of” package containing three CDs and one DVD. The release will include the best ROYAL HUNT songs from all 11 albums, a brand new song plus three newly recorded acoustic versions of three additional tracks and a DVD featuring all the promotional video clips shot by the band during their long ride.

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German rockers FAIR WARNING have posted rehearsal footage for their upcoming Japanese tour.

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MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has uploaded backstage rehearsal day footage before Gigantour 2013 kicks off in New Hampshire.

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