• AEG Responds To OZZY OSBOURNE's Lawsuit: We Have 'Always Worked Hard To Put Artists First'
    on March 22, 2018 at 10:51

    AEG has responded to the lawsuit Ozzy Osbourne filed against the concert agency, saying that the company "has always worked hard to put artists first." The BLACK SABBATH singer has alleged that AEG is using a practice called "block-booking" to force him to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against his wishes. Ozzy had tentatively agreed to perform at London's O2 Arena on February 11, 2019 as part of his "No More Tours 2" farewell run, but he claims that AEG added a provision stating that if Osbourne played an indoor arena within 25 miles of Los Angeles that was promoted by competitor Live Nation during the tour, he would have to play the AEG-owned Staples Center as well. Osbourne's attorney Daniel Wall with Latham Watkins accuses AEG of being a "monopolist" and trying to force Ozzy to play AEG's venue in Los Angeles in exchange for a London date at the arena. AEG has now responded to Ozzy's lawsuit, telling Billboard in a statement: "This suit is without merit and we will vigorously fight it. We welcome a closer look at the global live entertainment market and, specifically, our practices and the practices of our competition. AEG has always worked hard to put artists first. At the same time, we must respond to the actions of those we compete with, specifically Live Nation and Madison Square Garden. Fighting for a level playing field is fair competition at its core." Osbourne wants a judge to invalidate the provision in his contract that forces him to perform at Staples. Variety reported that AEG's O2/Staples requirement came about in response to a challenge from MSG that found the company refusing to book acts into Madison Square Garden if they played at AEG's Staples Center in Los Angeles instead of the MSG-operated Forum. In response, AEG informed agents and promoters that acts who perform at The Forum instead of Staples will not be booked at London's O2 Arena. Ozzy's final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It's slated to last until 2020. […]

  • MONSTER MAGNET: Lyric Video For New Song 'I'm God'
    on March 22, 2018 at 10:19

    The official lyric video for the song "I'm God" from MONSTER MAGNET can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's 11th album, "Mindfucker", which will be released on March 23 via Napalm. The disc "is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of hard rock music, kindled by the unpretentious proto-punk era," according to a press release. "Up-tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, 'Mindfucker' is the real deal! The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new MONSTER MAGNET album." Commented MONSTER MAGNET leader Dave Wyndorf: "'Mindfucker' is a fuzzed out, headbangin' celebration of hard rock and 21st Century paranoia. Ten fuel-injected, nitro-burning tracks of fiery rock 'n' roll and garage psych madness, all done MONSTER MAGNET style. It's also an album that gets right to the point: the world is out of its fucking mind and I'm livin' it…. for better or worse. It's simple, really. In these crazy times, I've been wanting to just drive my car at 100 miles per hour and howl, you know what I mean? So I wrote songs I can do that with. And with lyrics that don’t deny the times we're living in. Feels good, feels right. Rock is alive, baby!" MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Phil Caivano told Metal Express Radio in May 2016 that the band's follow-up to 2013's "Last Patrol" was "very aggressive, very straight-ahead, very 'Detroit.' Once again, [it's] back to some of our American roots. We did the 'space rock' thing on the last couple of records. Being the huge HAWKWIND fans we are, AMON DÜÜL fans, GROUNDHOGS fans… that whole thing. 'Last Patrol' was very, very influenced by space rock, and there'll always be elements of space rock in MONSTER MAGNET stuff, but we brought it back to what we were influenced by as kids, which would be the Detroit thing: STOOGES, MC5, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Very punchy, American… That's really what it is. All I can say is the word 'Detroit' always keeps coming to mind." "Mindfucker" track listing: 01. Rocket Freak 02. Soul 03. Mindfucker 04. I'm God 05. Drowning 06. Ejection 07. Want Some 08. Brainwashed 09. All Day Midnight 10. When The Hammer Comes Down MONSTER MAGNET's last release was "Cobras And Fire (The Mastermind Redux)", which came out in October 2015. The album was dubbed an "alternative listening experience" to the band's 2010 effort "Mastermind". The approach was similar to what MONSTER MAGNET did in 2014 when they took "Last Patrol", pulled the songs apart and rebuilt them as "Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol". MONSTER MAGNET is: Dave Wyndorf (vocals, guitar) Garrett Sweeny (guitar) Phil Caivano (guitar) Chris Kosnik (bass) Bob Pantella (drums) Photo credit: Jeremy Saffer […]

  • BIG KIZZ Feat. Former GRAVEYARD, WITCHCRAFT Members: 'Music Is Magic' Album Due In May
    on March 22, 2018 at 10:12

    BIG KIZZ — the rock band featuring drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-GRAVEYARD), guitarist John Hoyles (SPIDERS, ex-WITCHCRAFT) on bass and vocalist/guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage outfit LADY BANANA — will release its debut album, "Music Is Magic", on May 18 via Tee Pee Records. The first video from the disc, "I Want My Girl", can be seen below. BIG KIZZ plays good-time rock 'n' roll energized with elements of power pop, garage rock and punk that will have toes tappin', ears ringin' and mouths singin' from the moment the needle hits the wax! BIG KIZZ burst onto the scene in 2017 with its debut, "Eye On You", an EP filled with upbeat rock 'n' roll circa 1976, when proto-glam and punk rock were hardly distinguishable from each other. Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a tongue-in-cheek flair for the absurd, the band's impending long-player, "Music Is Magic", is an explosive fusion of BEATLES-esque melodic hooks, WHO-styled power, and a twisted sense of humor. Lyrical content deals with universal themes such as unrequited love and — of course — stickin' it to the man; something we can all get behind. The record also includes a blistering cover of the BIKINI KILL classic "Rebel Girl". "BIG KIZZ have gathered influences from across the musical spectrum, fed them through our ingenious, Phil Spector-esque hit-creating rock machine and spewed out an eclectic swirl of instant heavy hitters!" says Sjöberg. "With a nod to Ty Segall and Shocking Blue, a tip of the hat to Tina Turner and Ray Charles, and a thumbs-up to VELVET UNDERGROUND and BIKINI KILL, we have delivered a masterclass in wearing our influences on our sleeve, but crucially, fired them out with — what is surely soon to be known as — our signature BIG KIZZ flair." 01. Music Is Magic 02. I Want My Girl 03. I Gave Up Tears Ago 04. Baby Boy 05. Lose My Love 06. Long Distance Call 07. High 08. Rebel Girl (BIKINI KILL cover) 09. I Hate R 'N' R 10. Eye On You 11. Legalt […]

  • SEPTICFLESH Guitarist's CHAOSTAR: Entire 'The Undivided Light' Album Available For Streaming
    on March 22, 2018 at 09:54

    "The Undivided Light", the new album from CHAOSTAR, the band led by SEPTICFLESH guitarist Christos Antoniou, can be streamed in its entirety below. The disc is due on March 23 via Season Of Mist. CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki comments: "Every blessed virtue in this world multiplies and growths when being shared and not constrained. Like wisdom, knowledge, and patience, the flame of light itself can brighten a room, but when being divided and shared can illuminate the entire world's human intellect. This has been the motivational thinking that flared up the creation of the new CHAOSTAR album. Our existence consists of dust formed into concrete shapes of hard stones, awaiting to degrade back into the light-weight form of dust and finally to the liberated state of time, light, and space." "The Undivided Light" track listing: 01. Tazama Jua (3:48) 02. Blutbad (4:25) 03. Stones And Dust (4:59) 04. The Undivided Light (5:11) 05. Mέμνησο (6:15) 06. Silent Yard (10:51) 07. Ying & Yang (7:09) "The Undivided Light" comes as an invitation to a fascinating musical journey around the globe, which is equally true for space as well as time. CHAOSTAR was conceived out of Christos's longing to create music that reflects more on his aspect as an academy trained composer and go beyond the possibilities that his orchestral arrangements for SEPTICFLESH offer. After all, the guitarist finished his studies of classical composition in London with honors and distinction. When SEPTICFLESH released its single "The Eldest Cosmonaut" in 1998, the Greek band took a step towards classical music, which in turn inspired Christos to create CHAOSTAR to pursue this course even further. Out of a timeless confrontation of different sounds and styles rose an avant-garde concept for emotional music to which vocalist Natalie Rassoulis added a feminine voice. After a first statement of intent via a demo titled "The Underworld" in 2000, CHAOSTAR released the albums "Chaostar" (2000), "Threnody" (2001) and "The Scarlet Queen" (2004), as well as the "Underworld" compilation in 2007. After a self-imposed hiatus of both CHAOSTAR and SEPTICFLESH, Christos decided to revive his project as well when the latter reunited. The former returned with their fourth full-length, which was based on a Greek word roughly translating as "sin". "Anomima" featured the celestial vocals of new singer Androniki Skoula, who also contributed most of the lyrics. "Anomima" brilliantly combined rich, classical orchestration with lush soundscapes and modern textures, and even some elements of extreme music. CHAOSTAR easily adopted a global musical language that induced the listener into a dreamlike trance with geographically unchained sounds. With the "The Undivided Light", CHAOSTAR takes its experimentation another step further. Classic orchestration, traditional instruments, electronica, rock, and more are deconstructed by Christos only to be reassembled into something fresh and exciting. "The Undivided Light" gives new meaning to the term world music. CHAOSTAR is: Christos Antoniou: trigger, synth, orchestration Androniki Skoula: vocals, lyrics Charalampos Paritsis: electric violin Nikolaos Velentzas: drums, percussion Guest musicians: Kiara Konstantinou: cello Vahan Galstyan: duduk Stella Valasi: santur George Emmanuel and Greg Eleutheriou: guitars on "Ying And Yang" Nikolaos Velentzas: guitars on "Blutbad" Margarita Stadler: girl's voice on "Blutbad" […]

  • It's Official: SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS To Release New Album In The Fall
    on March 22, 2018 at 09:43

    SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS will return this fall with its as-yet-untitled third studio album. The group — Slash (guitar), Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass, vocals) and Frank Sidoris (guitar, vocals) — has entered the studio with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (ALTER BRIDGE, IGGY POP, INCUBUS). Expect the group to announce a full North American tour for the fall. "I'm excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record; it's got some cool songs and it's got a great live feel," explains Slash. "I've been working with Myles, Brent and Todd for about eight years now. It's been an amazing ride so far; as a band we continue to get better which is great. With the addition of Frank since the 'World On Fire' tour, I feel we have hit a great, creative stride which I definitely think shows on this next record." Slash adds: "GUNS N' ROSES will be headlining European festivals this summer, it's going to be a 110 percent performance and a huge blast. I love doing European fests and this is the first time we've done any proper festivals over there on the 'Not In This Lifetime' tour. It's indescribable to explain these shows. I'm looking over and seeing Axl, Duff and Dizzy whom I've known forever, but it also feels like an entirely new experience with Richard, Frank and Melissa. It's like being in a new band, except there's a chemistry that is established from days of old, so it's a natural thing that’s always been there." Rumors of a new CONSPIRATORS disc were started last December when Slash's girlfriend Meegan Hodges told a fan on Instagram that the guitarist was in the studio with singer Myles Kennedy recording the next CONSPIRATORS album. But Kennedy claimed in a radio interview a short time later that there were no concrete plans for him to reunite with Slash and work on new music. The vocalist, who also fronts ALTER BRIDGE, went on to say that he would spend most of 2018 touring in support of his solo album, "Year Of The Tiger", with 2019 likely to be dominated by his commitments to ALTER BRIDGE. After a fan reached out to Meegan on Instagram asking her to clarify her previous comments following Kennedy's remarks, she responded, "Maybe you should ask the band guys," and followed it up with a smiley face. Kennedy has said in various interviews that he and Slash had about half an album's worth of new material in the works toward the end of the "World On Fire" touring cycle, but Slash's touring commitments with GUNS had prevented him from becoming involved in any other projects. After Slash and the CONSPIRATORS toured "World On Fire", rumors about the long-awaited GUNS N' ROSES reunion tour began to circulate and were confirmed in early 2016. The current GUNS trek — which features Slash and fellow original members Axl Rose and Duff McKagan — launched in April 2016 and has since grossed more than $400 million, with more European dates coming this summer. GUNS N' ROSES has been off the road since November when it completed the North American stadium and arena run leg of the "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour with three shows in Los Angeles. Despite the success of the tour, there has been no indication that GUNS intends to record a new album anytime soon. The last GUNS studio album, "Chinese Democracy", came out in 2008 and featured only Axl Rose from the band's classic lineup. The last album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993's covers set "The Spaghetti Incident?" "Year Of The Tiger" was released on March 9 via Napalm Records. […]

  • Watch THE SWORD's Hometown 'Used Future' Kick-Off Concert
    on March 21, 2018 at 21:32

    Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD kicked off their 2018 "Used Future" tour earlier today (Wednesday, March 21) at the Mohawk in their hometown. The entire performance was streamed live worldwide on YouTube and can now be seen below. THE SWORD's sixth studio album, "Used Future", will be released on March 23. The disc was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine (MY MORNING JACKET, THE DECEMBERISTS, FIRST AID KIT). Multiple pre-order bundles are available from both the band's webstore and the label's store. This includes an exclusive "eight-track" version featuring a USB drive containing the full album and visualizer, housed in an authentic eight-track cassette shell, and a vinyl version with bonus 12-inch "Serpent Weather" single featuring art by Thomas Hooper. THE SWORD's live album "Greetings From..." , was released last May via Razor & Tie. The band recorded all of the shows on its fall 2016 tour with OPETH and chose nine songs to make up the track listing on the disc. Photo credit: Jack Thompson […]

  • ROYAL HUNT: 'Fistful Of Misery' Video Released
    on March 21, 2018 at 19:08

    "Fistful Of Misery", the new video from Danish power and progressive metal masters ROYAL HUNT, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's 14th studio album, "Cast in Stone", which was released in Japan on February 7 by King Records and in the rest of the world on February 21 by NorthPoint Productions. "Cast in Stone" track listing: 01. Fistful Of Misery 02. The Last Soul Alive 03. Sacrifice 04. The Wishing Well 05. Cast In Stone 06. A Million Ways To Die 07. Rest In Peace 08. Save Me II Formed in 1989, ROYAL HUNT is the brainchild of keyboardist and main songwriter André Andersen, whose goal was to combine basic values of classic rock with progressive, current musical elements. Says Andersen: "This album took a while to complete… mind you, between the very first idea and until the final mix, we did two tours and released two live albums… so this one's been in the making for quite some time. In a way, it's been very practical: you could work on it for a while, than go on doing something else and then come back later to re-evaluate what's been done before. As a result, all songs on the album are solid and well crafted, showing every aspect of ROYAL HUNT today: originality, catchy hooks, strong melodies, great musicianship and larger-than-life production. On that — the production — we definitely did quite a job: all the vital recorded parts were done in analog as well as the final mixing/mastering so there're no 'loudness wars' in sight; no brickwall limited, over-compressed, lifeless wall of sound… the album breaths just like a real rock album should. I could also go on for hours praising everybody's contribution — musicians and singers alike — but as my opinion will inevitably be very biased, I would prefer to leave the final judgment to you… after all this album's been made for you to enjoy (although we're enjoying it immensely ourselves at the moment)." ROYAL HUNT is: André Andersen - keyboards DC Cooper - vocals Andreas Passmark - bass Jonas Larsen - guitar Andreas HABO Johansson - drums […]

  • OZZY OSBOURNE Sues Concert Promoter Over Booking Policy
    on March 21, 2018 at 18:55

    According to TMZ, Ozzy Osbourne has filed a lawsuit against AEG, claiming concert agency is "blackmailing" him. The BLACK SABBATH singer has alleged that AEG is using a practice called "block-booking" to force him to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against his wishes. Ozzy had tentatively agreed to perform at London's O2 Arena on February 11, 2019 as part of his "No More Tours 2" farewell run, but he claims that AEG added a provision stating that if Osbourne played an indoor arena within 25 miles of Los Angeles that was promoted by competitor Live Nation during the tour, he would have to play the AEG-owned Staples Center as well. Ozzy feels this is effectively a violation of the antitrust laws, which prohibit businesses from gaining a stranglehold on customers. "Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and business manager, publicly complained about having to sign the Staples Center Commitment, but AEG would not relent," the complaint reads. "Ozzy commences this action (on his own behalf and for all similarly situated artists) to prohibit AEG from enforcing the Staples Center Commitment, an unlawful tying arrangement that unfairly leverages AEG's dominance in greater London to distort and deter competition in greater Los Angeles." Osbourne wants a judge to invalidate the provision in his contract that forces him to perform at Staples. Last month, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon shared a a fiery letter she sent to AEG in which she condemned the act that would force the rock icon to perform at the Los Angeles venue as part of a deal for a scheduled concert at the O2 Arena. She wrote: "Shame on AEG for bringing artists into a power struggle you're having with your competitor, Live Nation. I can assure you that Live Nation would never strong-arm an artist into playing a venue they're not comfortable performing in." AEG Live chairman/CEO Jay Maricano responded, "Dear Sharon, Thank you for your note. Please understand this dispute is between The Forum and Staples Center and we couldn't agree with you more — it should always be the artist's choice. We long for the days when artists and fans came first. PS — The other guys started this first!" Sharon responded a day later, saying: "This is a staggering attempt to blackmail Ozzy into playing your venue in Los Angeles. It is also a complete abuse of bargaining power and not conducive to a free market." Sharon threatened legal action against AEG if Ozzy's London date was not confirmed, adding: "I find the way you're conducting yourself and your company to be no more than childish playground tactics. I cannot be involved in a squabble between two venue owning promoters as my interests only lie 100 percent with Ozzy." Variety reported that AEG's O2/Staples requirement came about in response to a challenge from MSG that found the company refusing to book acts into Madison Square Garden if they played at AEG's Staples Center in Los Angeles instead of the MSG-operated Forum. In response, AEG informed agents and promoters that acts who perform at The Forum instead of Staples will not be booked at London's O2 Arena. Ozzy's final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It's slated to last until 2020. […]

  • JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER: Playing With GLENN TIPTON Again Was 'A Goosebump Moment'
    on March 21, 2018 at 18:29

    Richie Faulkner says that Glenn Tipton's first performance with JUDAS PRIEST since he stepped down from the band due to his battle with Parkinson's disease was a "goosebump moment." Last night, during PRIEST's show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the band welcomed Tipton for its three-song encore, playing blistering versions of "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", much to the delight of the thousands of fans in attendance. During an interview earlier today with Jonathan Clarke of Q104.3's "Out Of The Box", Faulkner praised his bandmate as a "hero" and described the experience of playing with Glenn again as "phenomenal." The guitarist said (see video below): "We always said that, obviously, due to Glenn's situation, he will be stepping down slightly from touring, but he will be back at some stage. And in true Glenn Tipton hero form, there he was at the Prudential in front of all the metal maniacs, and they went absolutely ballistic. I mean, you can imagine — it was like a goosebump moment; it was phenomenal. And we went straight into 'Metal Gods', which is pretty fitting. It was a 'metal god' right there, and it's just a testament to how much of a hero Glenn Tipton is." PRIEST singer Rob Halford was also full of admiration for his longtime bandmate, describing Tipton's guitar-playing style as "remarkable. His heritage really comes from the blues. And the blues started everything — the blues was there before even rock and roll came into existence," Rob said. "So Glenn's bones in metal are really embedded in the blues, and that's how he grew from that experience as a guitar player. And that's his style, that's the Glenn Tipton sound. And the Glenn Tipton way of playing guitar is very special and very unique." Although Tipton played on PRIEST's new studio album, "Firepower", he is being replaced on tour by the LP's producer, Andy Sneap. Glenn recently told Guitar World that his decision to step down from the "Firepower" tour was not one that he took lightly. "I decided that it was really going to be too much for me," he said. "With the medication and the time zone changes and everything else, I realized it was time to retire — from touring at least." "I don't ever want to compromise JUDAS PRIEST. It's too big a part of my life," he added. Tipton said that "even up to the rehearsal stage," he was capable of playing 99 percent of all the PRIEST material, "but you can have good days and bad days with Parkinson's, and I didn't want to go onstage with that possibility looming," he explained. "I wanted to go onstage with total confidence if I was going to do it." Asked if he has hand tremors, muscle stiffness or balance issues, all of which are symptoms of Parkinson's, Tipton said: "I don't suffer too much from tremors. It's more coordination and getting up to speed. It's almost like you've got a governor sitting at the speed you can go to and you can't go through the barrier. And if you've seen PRIEST onstage, with the adrenaline rushes, you can see why that might be a problem." Glenn also didn't close the door on the possibility of contributing material to another PRIEST studio album once the group is done with the "Firepower" cycle. "I'll see how the band feels when they finish the tour," he said. "With regards to writing, I sincerely hope I maintain a contribution to the band in terms of songs and composition." JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the "Firepower" world tour on March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. "Firepower" was released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin. The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner from Judas Priest are LIVE with Jonathan ClarkePosted by Q104.3's Out of the Box on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Nothing could have made me happier than to see this! Welcome back Glenn! Amazing set from Judas Priest.Posted by Erik Luftglass on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 […]

  • WILL HAVEN: Entire 'Muerte' Album Available For Streaming
    on March 21, 2018 at 17:33

    "Muerte", the sixth full-length album from noise metal legends WILL HAVEN, can be streamed in its entireyt below. The disc will be released on March 23 via Minus Head Records. The origins of WILL HAVEN can be traced back to 1995, when they first emerged as a staple in Sacramento, California's storied underground. For over two decades, they've existed on the fringe of extreme music — championing an apocalyptic amalgam of metal, noise, hardcore, and alternative all their own. WILL HAVEN breathes entirely new life into its sound with "Muerte" (Spanish for "death"), taking notes from the past but incorporating modern tones to create a chaotic, haunting auditory attack. "All said and done, we spent two years on this record," said WILL HAVEN guitarist Jeff Irwin. "We had more time than ever to fine tune the music. We really benefitted from that. We're also more in tune with who we are. It's the first time I walked away going, 'There's nothing else I could've done to make this better.'" Throughout 2017, the members of WILL HAVEN secretly recorded "Muerte" at Pus Cavern Studios in Sacramento with Joe Johnston engineering and co-producing alongside Irwin. They pieced together a corrosive, chaotic, and cohesive vision that never relents over its 11 tracks. Mastering was handled by Logan Mader (DEVIL YOU KNOW, FEAR FACTORY, PERIPHERY). Irwin added about recording "Muerte": "It felt like a rebirth. It sounds like a whole new band. There's a chemistry that only the four of us can achieve. Who knows what's next, but this is everything we were always meant to be on a record." Asked how Stephen Carpenter of DEFTONES ended up making a guest appearance on the last song of the album, "El Sol", Irwin told Metal Temple: "I have been friends with Stephen for a very long time. He was one of my close friends before WILL HAVEN was even thought of, so before I really played music, I watched Stephen play guitar. He was a huge influence on me, not just musically, but personally. He is just a super-awesome guy and I was always blown away by his talent. He didn't play guitar like other people — no solos, no silly riffs; he was all about the song, making it sound big and giving it emotion. I loved that about his playing. So when I started WILL HAVEN, everything I had learned from Stephen I put into my playing and songwriting. I have always wanted to collaborate with him but just never did it. I have no idea why, so when I started working on this record, I called him up and I was, like, 'Hey, would you like to write a song with me for our new record?' And he said, 'I would love to. I'll send you something in a few days.' and 'm thinking it would take a while to get something because he is a super busy guy. Three days later, he sent me an eight-minute song full of riffs. I was so stoked when I listened to it because he captured that WILL HAVEN vibe but put his spin on it — it was perfect. After I got it, I just went in and kind of chopped it up a bit and added my guitar parts to it. It actually came really easy. I think we have a lot in common songwriting-wise and in some ways, we still influence each other, so we just gelled really easy. I had a blast working on it, and we talked about doing more stuff in the future. I'm excited to see what we can come up with. For me, it was time to do something with him. He and the DEFTONES have been a huge part of my and WILL HAVEN's development, so for me, this had to happen at some point. We have a family vibe between our two bands, and that's how it felt when working on this song." "Muerte" track listing: 01. Hewed With The Brand 02. Winds Of Change 03. Kinney 04. The Son 05. 43 06. No Escape (feat. Mike Scheidt of YOB) 07. Unit K 08. Ladwig No. 949 09. Bootstraps 10. Now In The Ashes 11. El Sol (feat. Stephen Carpenter) WILL HAVEN will perform at four California shows and one Oregon show this spring, including a May run with FAKE FIGURES. WILL HAVEN is: Grady Avenell - Vocals Jeff Irwin - Guitar Adrien Contreras - Bass Mitch Wheeler - Drums Photo credit: Rockin Ryan Richardson […]

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