• BREAKING BENJAMIN Announces New Album Title
    on October 22, 2017 at 22:33

    BREAKING BENJAMIN has set "Ember" as the title of its sixth studio album. Frontman Ben Burnley revealed the name of the follow-up to 2015's "Dark Before Dawn" during an interview with KFMA TV at yesterday's (Saturday, October 21) KFMA Fall Ball in Tucson, Arizona. Burnley joked (see video below): "We were gonna call it 'Ascend' but spell it 'Ass-End', but the label was, like, 'Hmm…'" A release date for "Ember" has not yet been announced. "Dark Before Dawn" ended a six-year gap between albums for the group and marked the recording debut of the band's current lineup, of which Burnley remains the sole original member. "Dark Before Dawn" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart upon release, another first for the act. The album went gold in the U.S. for sales of more than five hundred thousand copies and yielded the chart-topping singles "Failure", "Angels Fall" and "Never Again". Burnley told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that consistency has been the key to BREAKING BENJAMIN's success. "I don't want to reinvent the wheel," he said. "I just want to write good music that's gonna stand the test of time and I try to do that. Whether I accomplished that is another thing, but at least I try to do that. And I think fans are noticing that the band hasn't changed just because I'm the main songwriter, I always have been, and my process — it's not gonna change. All I'm gonna try to do is just write really, really good songs and bring the BREAKING BENJAMIN sound to another level." BREAKING BENJAMIN last month kicked off a fall 2017 U.S. acoustic tour. The trek will conclude on November 4 in Cleveland, Ohio. […]

  • Former MARILYN MANSON Guitarist DAISY BERKOWITZ Dies After Four-Year Battle With Colon Cancer
    on October 22, 2017 at 21:08

    MARILYN MANSON co-founder and original guitarist Scott Putesky, a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz, has passed away after a long battle with stage-four colon cancer. The 49-year-old musician found out he had cancer when he underwent a colonoscopy in August 2013 after nearly six years of mysterious abdomen pains, some of which were severe enough to land him in the emergency room. Putesky performed on MARILYN MANSON's "Portrait of An American Family" and "Smells Like Children" albums before leaving the group in 1996 over creative differences during the writing sessions for what became the "Antichrist Superstar" LP. Putesky went on to join JACK OFF JILL, GODHEAD and later launched his own band called THREE TON GATE. In a 2014 interview with Noisey, Putesky stated about his exit from MARILYN MANSON: "I left because I wasn't getting the respect and appreciation and work I deserved. I did a lot of demos more or less a year before we started recording. When we started recording, I had about ten or a dozen demos for Brian [Warner, Marilyn Manson's real name] to listen to so we could develop something. I don't know if he listened to any of them, but he never wanted to work on any of them. We had a number of unreleased songs that were contenders for 'Antichrist' that Brian didn't want to do or ['Antichrist Superstar' producer] Trent [Reznor] didn't want to record, so I was being slowly muscled out as far as my contribution. And, that's pretty much it." During the same chat, Putesky said that fighting cancer didn't really change his perspective on life and music. "It's become a huge annoyance," he said. "It really gets in the way. It doesn't get in the way with the kind of work I do, but the amount of work I do. When I started chemotherapy in September 2013, I thought I would have down time where I could relax and work on music or artwork. But, I quickly realized that downtime would mean extreme fatigue where I didn't really feel like doing anything. The most I could do was catch up on movies. I didn't realize how much it would take out of me. I have lots of plans that have just gone to the bottom of the things-to-do list." In 2004, Marilyn Manson settled a lawsuit against Putesky and Empire Musicwerks Records over the distribution of an album and DVD of material from Manson's early band THE SPOOKY KIDS. In the suit, Manson alleged that the album and DVD made unauthorized use of illustrations from Manson's book "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell" and the musicians' likenesses. The suit also alleged that the purported infringements constituted a breach of an October 1998 settlement agreement related to Putesky's exit from the band. In June 2004, Empire Musicwerks announced that it would remove all artwork with Manson's likeness from the album and DVD. JACK OFF JILL mourned Putesky's passing on Sunday (October 22), writing on Facebook: "Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist, hero...RIP Scott – 'always touched by your presence dear.'" Saying good bye to Scott, friend, band mate, artist , hero.. RIP Scott - "always touched by your presence dear." Daisy BerkowitzPosted by Jack Off Jill on Sunday, October 22, 2017 […]

  • BRUCE DICKINSON On His Autobiography: 'I Haven't Written This Book 'Cause I'm Planning On Stopping Singing'
    on October 22, 2017 at 18:40

    IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was recently interviewed on "The Nolan Show" on BBC Radio Ulster. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he is able to sing with so much power while maintaining his health: Bruce: "Well, first of all, I'm used to it. I mean, I understand how physical it is. But my voice has always been fairly loud, and that's just kind of the way you're built. I know that there's a lot of singers now, they've got these really nice little in-ear things and they sing like church mice, but it sounds really big — it's all wobbly and everything else like that. But I'm a bit of a… unfortunately, I'm old school — I'm a bit of a belter. When I first started singing this way, I couldn't do it and I had to work at it and figure out how to do it. Now I kind of relax into it — I ease into it gently and then start pushing once you've warmed things up." On why he decided to put pressure on himself to write an autobiography at this point of his life: Bruce: "It's really strange — I didn't feel any pressure when I was writing the book; I was really enjoying it. In fact, about half the book I wrote in a pub. I used to go down to my local [pub] and I handwrote on A4... I'd just go down the pub and I'd have a couple of beers and make them last for about two, three hours 'cause I'd be busy scribbling away." On whether his life has really been as exciting as it appears from reading his book: Bruce: "I suppose it has been quite exciting. I mean, there's a lot of stuff that's not in the book that we didn't put in there that I think is really exciting. But the editor was, like, 'We've got all these great airline stories.' And I said, 'Well, there's a whole bunch more.' And she said, 'Save that for book two.'" On how the life of a touring musician is not as rosy as it might sometimes seem to an outsider: Bruce: "Well, I think everybody who's ever had to live out of a suitcase away from home for, in our case, years on end — for about three years on end — is gonna have some fairly ambivalent feelings about it at one time or another. I mean, looking back, you go, 'Wow! How amazing was that?' 'Cause you get a sense of perspective. But at the time, you haven't had any sleep for two days, you've been living on a tour bus and you need a wash and your clothes need a wash and everybody gets a bit grumpy. But step back from it and go, 'Wow! What an amazing experience.' So the book is a combination of talking about moments like that, when it's talking about the whole music thing." On the most memorable moments in his career: Bruce: "One of the things I discovered as I was writing it was that all the most interesting things that happen you in your life tend to be the first things that happen to you. So the first time I headlined Reading festival, it was, like, 'Wow!' The first time you headline Donington: 'Wow!' I don't know how many times we've headlined Donington now — quite a few — so when somebody says, 'Oh, you're gonna headline Donington,' you're [like], 'Oh, cool.' [Laughs]" On MAIDEN's longevity: Bruce: "MAIDEN, we have a fabulously long career for a rock band and it shows no sign of going away and it's not gonna go away anytime soon. I haven't written this book 'cause I'm planning on stopping singing or any nonsense like that." On whether there is pressure to try to top his achievements every time he does something: Bruce: "Well, you're a bit stuck, because it's always gonna be a little bit kind of like that movie 'Groundhog Day'; there's always a little bit of a sense of that. I mean, when I got done with my first big tour with MAIDEN, which is the first one I did, the 'Number Of The Beast' tour, we went everywhere in the world. I'd never… I mean, I'd been on a school trip camping and I'd been on a sail training trip. And apart from that, I'd never hardly been abroad at all. And when I was in SAMSON for two years, we never toured outside the U.K. I mean, we never ever got across to Northern Ireland or the Republic Of Ireland. So we were entirely encased within mainland U.K. And suddenly in IRON MAIDEN, I've got a Number One album, I'm headling Europe, I'm touring the States, I'm touring Canada and Japan. And I'm, like, 'Wow! What's left?' I mean, it was just like every single dream I ever had under the bed clothes as a sixteen-year-old adolescent has just happened to me." On whether he realized how big things were for MAIDEN back in the 1980s: Bruce: "No, you're in it, and you do realize it's pretty big, because you're on telly and things and you're thinking, 'Wow' And [you wanna] pinch yourself, this is all happening. And then the next thing we're going out, we're doing an album in the Bahamas, and I'm thinking, 'This is proper rock-star stuff here. How did I end up doing this?' But at the same time, there was a bit of me that went, 'You're gonna lose your mind doing this if you don't have something which is not this world.' I needed something else to do that was nothing to do with the world of rock and roll or music or being surrounded by people who told you you were great or wanted to pull your pants down or wanted to give you drugs or all that stuff that goes around it; it's all peripheral. I mean, nothing core to the band and nothing really relevant to the music. But, sorry, you're in North America, and North America in the '80s was a wild and wacky place. In fact, the '80s period just about everywhere was pretty full-on in terms of hedonism. And I was, like, 'I can see where this is all going,' 'cause you only have to look around." Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will publish Dickinson's autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?", in the U.S. on October 31. Publishing director Jack Fogg negotiated world rights with Adrian Sington at Kruger Cowne, Dave Daniel at Celebrity Speakers and MAIDEN's management, Phantom Music Management, and will publish in conjunction with Denise Oswald, senior editor at Dey Street in HarperCollins U.S. […]

  • Watch W.A.S.P. Perform In Dublin
    on October 22, 2017 at 13:52

    Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s October 19 performance at The Academy in Dublin, Ireland can be seen below. Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester made his live debut with W.A.S.P. at the opening show of the band's "Re-Idolized - The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour" on September 25 at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden. Aquiles said in a statement: "I'm very happy to announce that I will be touring Europe this fall with W.A.S.P. It's a huge honor to be part of the 'Re-Idolized' tour. 'The Crimson Idol' is one of the most important progressive concept albums in the history of heavy metal music. I would also like to extend my gratitude to W.A.S.P.: Blackie [Lawless, guitar/vocals], Mike [Duda, bass] and Doug [Blair, guitar]. Thank you, for having me aboard on this tour. I've learned a lot from all three of you." For a list of upcoming W.A.S.P. shows, visit Born in South Africa, Priester has collaborated with such bands and solo artists as ANGRA, HANGAR, MIDAS FATE, PRIMAL FEAR, Paul Di'Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore. He is also known for having participated in the widely talked-about DREAM THEATER drummer audition which took place after Mike Portnoy had left the band. It was after that event that DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci recommended Priester to another great guitar virtuoso, Tony MacAlpine. Priester has released three educational publications: the book "Inside My PsychoBook: 100 Double Bass Patterns" (2011) as well as two DVDs, titled "The Infallible Reason Of My Freak Drumming" (2010) and "Top 100 Drum Fills" (2013). Drummer Mike Dupke left W.A.S.P. in 2015 after a nine-year stint with the band. He was initially replaced on the road by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Patrick Johansson and, later, by Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR). Napalm Records will release "Re-Idolized", the twenty-fifth-anniversary version of W.A.S.P.'s iconic hit album plus the original "The Crimson Idol" movie on DVD and Blu-ray. "Re-Idolized" will be made available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and vinyl in early 2018. […]

  • STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Bassist On New Singer Rumors: 'All Rubbish'
    on October 22, 2017 at 13:18

    STONE TEMPLE PILOTS went through fifteen thousand submissions before finding the band's new lead singer, nearly two years after the passing of original vocalist Scott Weiland and more than three months following the death of Weiland's replacement, Chester Bennington. STP has been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK. Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo spoke about the band's singer search during an interview with Seattle's Rock 98.9 radio station. "We had fifteen thousand submissions that the three of us personally went through; I mean, it was a big deal to go through all those submissions," Dean said. "And there were some great people. It was just a matter of trying to find someone who really had all we were requiring of someone." He continued: "It's, one, honoring the catalog and singing that to a point where it turns us on musically still. And then there's the part of writing new material and someone who could actually write lyrics and come up with melody and sing and knows how to use a microphone in the studio. It's a lot to ask of someone. And we're gonna do the best we can." STONE TEMPLE PILOTS revealed earlier in the month that they found "somebody that fits the bill" as the band's new lead singer, but did not reveal that person's identity. Two of the names that have been widely circulated among fans are one-time "X Factor" contestant Jeff Gutt and Filipino vocalist John Borja. Gutt was rumored to have rehearsed with the group last May, while Borja recently applied for a U.S. work visa and has hinted at joining the band. During the Rock 98.9 interview, Robert dismissed Internet speculation about STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' new singer as "all rubbish," with Dean adding: "It's been an opportunity for some people to really do some inappropriate self-promotion, is what I should say, and that's really kind of out of line." STP last performed live, with Bennington on vocals, for a one-off reunion performance in California in March 2016. The DeLeo brothers are currently promoting the twenty-fifth anniversary expanded reissue of STP's debut album, "Core", which arrived on September 29 — twenty-five years to the day of the LP's original release. […]

  • ACE FREHLEY On Possible Reunion With KISS: 'I'm Not Holding My Breath'
    on October 22, 2017 at 12:28

    Ace Frehley has once again commented on the possibility of a reunion with KISS, saying that it "could be really special for the fans." Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus". More recently, Ace and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons got together in Southern California to write two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album. Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart. Asked by radio personality Eddie Trunk during an October 9 interview if he thinks his renewed friendship with Stanley and Simmons will eventually lead to his return to KISS, Ace said: "Well, Paul and Gene haven't really talked to me about that. So until I get the phone call, as far as I'm concerned, we're just having fun and reconnecting for old times' sake. And if that happens, it happens. If it doesn't, that's okay too. I have my own career at this juncture, and those guys… well, they're working with half a cover band, actually. [Laughs]" Frehley added that he would be open to playing at least a one-off reunion show with KISS under the right circumstances. "Yeah. I mean, I think it could be great," he said. "If it was handled correctly and presented in the right way, I think it could be really special for the fans. It's a wait-and-see kind of situation, but I'm not holding my breath. I stay busy working on my new studio album in the studio, leaving for Australia this Friday. And we have some shows booked in Texas in December, which will be probably wrapped around some other shows, so I stay busy." Ace's latest comments came just two weeks after he and Simmons performed together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The September 20 event at CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota saw the two musicians sharing vocal duties for three classic KISS songs: "Parasite" from the 1974 album "Hotter Than Hell"; "Cold Gin" from KISS's self-titled 1974 debut; and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun". Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record. Frehley told Trunk that Gene may have been "just really busy" and couldn't commit to taking part in the project. "I mean, he's such a workaholic," Ace said. "He hasn't changed very much from when I worked with him in the band, when I was still performing with them. He's always… He gets up at seven o'clock in the morning, he's making phone calls. He actually said to me in the lobby of the hotel in St. Paul that… I said, 'Gene, better go upstairs and get some rest.' And he goes, 'No, I'm gonna be on the phone until three or four in the morning' with different places in the world, where the time is different, where it's earlier and so on and so forth. He just loves making business deals and doing this and doing that. That's kind of the way he's always been — it feeds his ego and personality." Ace also dismissed Internet chatter about whether his drinking and drugging days are truly behind him. "It's definitely in my past," he said. "I celebrated eleven years [sober] on September 15th. Ironically, I was looking at some of the comments online, and, actually, some people were saying that I look drunk. That hurts, because I've worked so hard — it was the hardest thing in my life to overcome my demons. And after eleven years, you'd think people would use a little tolerance. Because even though I'm sober, I still have bad balance. And maybe sometimes I don't talk as clear as I should, because I have a Bronx accent and it was a long day, so by the time I got up on stage, I was a little tired. But I can't believe that some people are making cracks, that I was drunk. So that's unfortunate. But I actually got one apology online when I was looking at some of the comments, where one guy said, 'You know, Ace, I apologize I said that [you were drunk] in an earlier comment, because I realized that you weren't, because I spoke to people that were seeing you before you went on and after, and that you were sober.' So that made me feel better." Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. […]

  • Former CELTIC FROST Bassist MARTIN ERIC AIN Dead At 50
    on October 22, 2017 at 09:26

    Former CELTIC FROST bassist Martin Eric Ain died yesterday (Saturday, October 21) after suffering a heart attack at the age of 50. His death was confirmed by Ain's close friend Jan Graber, who told Switzerland's 20 Minuten that Martin "suddenly collapsed when he switched to a different tram." Graber was not aware of any serious health problems that Ain, who was born in the U.S.A., may have had. "He was somewhat overweight, clearly." Still, Ain's death came as a complete surprise to Graber. "We had lunch only two weeks ago," he said. "He was doing as well as ever." Thomas Gabriel Fischer, who played with Martin in both HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST, said in a social media post that he was "deeply affected by [Martin's] passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin's life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982," he wrote. Norwegian bassist King Ov Hell (real name Tom Cato Visnes; GORGOROTH, GOD SEED, AUDREY HORNE) also commented on Ain's death. He said: "I just learned that my dear friend Martin Ain passed away at age 50. His work with CELTIC FROST and HELLHAMMER has been a huge inspiration for me and thousands of others. Rest in peace, my friend!" Meanwhile, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante remembered Ain on Twitter as "one of the nicest, intelligent and creative people I've ever known." Former CARCASS and current ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott tweeted: "One of the early purveyors of extreme musical darkness in metal has left us." PARADISE LOST singer Nick Holmes wrote: "Very sad to hear about Martin Ain. Another one gone too soon." Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON said in a statement: "Today we mourn the loss of our friend and source of inspiration, Martin Eric Ain. Together with Tom G. Warrior, Martin was the engine of one of the most unique bands in music history, CELTIC FROST. He was reflected, gifted, sympathetic and independent. Our thoughts are with his family and with Tom. Thank you for everything you gave us, Martin. We will miss you." CRADLE OF FILTH wrote: "Today is a sad day for metal. Martin Eric Ain, bassist for one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, has died, age 50. His work in HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST were a massive influence on a fledgling CRADLE OF FILTH, as well as hundreds of other bands, and he shall be remembered with glorious respect." Born Martin Stricker, Martin Eric Ain became an entrepreneur owned a DVD shop and bar in Zurich, called Acapulco. He was also a co-owner of the music club Mascotte, which became well known for hosting up-and-coming international bands. Since 2004, he had been the host of the "Karaoke From Hell" show, taking place every Tuesday night at Mascotte. Ain handled lead vocals on the song "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh" on CELTIC FROST's final album, "Monotheist". In a 2006 interview with Metal Rules, Ain said that, unlike Fischer, he preferred to keep a low profile when he wasn't performing with CELTIC FROST. "I'm exhibitionist enough already with the interviews and on stage," he explained. "I like to let the music speak for itself and the stage performances speak for themselves. I already think Tom does that, Tom does that communication. That's his space, his way of communicating, his views, his beliefs. Some of them are mine. I differ. Not my style." CELTIC FROST reformed in 2001 and released its comeback album "Monotheist" via Century Media/Prowling Death in 2006. The band broke up in 2008, with Fischer going on to form TRIPTYKON. Ain is survived by his longtime partner, his brother and his father. Image courtesy of Banger TV I am very sad to wake to the news about Martin Ain, one of the nicest , intelligent and creative people I’ve ever known. #celticfrost ??— Charlie Benante (@skisum) October 22, 2017 One of the early purveyors of extreme musical darkness in Metal has left us. RIP Martin Eric Ain. #martinericain #celticfrost #hellhammer— Michael Amott (@Michael_Amott) October 22, 2017 Very sad to hear about Martin Ain,another one gone too soon R.I.P #CelticFrost— Nick Holmes (@NickHolmesPL) October 22, 2017 Rest in peace Martin Ain, former bassist to Celtic Frost— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) October 22, 2017 RIP Martin Ain #celticfrost #hellhammer #legend— Samoth (@samothofficial) October 22, 2017 […]

  • EPICA Frontwoman: 'It's A Majestic Feeling To Be Onstage With An Orchestra And Choir'
    on October 21, 2017 at 19:45

    Musik Universe conducted an interview with frontwoman Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA prior to the band's September 1 show with LACUNA COIL at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On EPICA's future plans: Simone: "We have another North American tour, we have a European tour next year we are planning. We are planning another tour and some festivals, then it's time for us to write a new record again. Then the cycle has come to an end. But, we might say, 'Let's not put a deadline on a new record' and take our time when the record is done, it's done. We tour a lot. Sometimes it's good to have a little break. We love it. Recharging the batteries is very necessary. We don't run on electricity, we run on our beds, our families and friends. That's also important. Try to keep the balance in life. But we're doing so well and we're so happy. We worked hard for that. I think once in a while, everyone needs a holiday." On whether EPICA will perform live with an orchestra again: Simone: "A show with an orchestra, we've done a couple of times with the Hungarian orchestra, first for 'The Classical Conspiracy [Live In Miskolc, Hungary]' and then 'Retrospect', our ten-year anniversary. We love doing that. We have a new project coming up with the Metropole Orkest. It's a Finnish/Dutch orchestra where we're going to record an EPICA song. We're thinking about… we have big plans. We have a million plans, but we have to wait and see what will work out in the end, but we love to do that. Those shows, it's a lot of organization, the budget needs to be right and there's so much more that comes into creating a project like that, but it's always very rewarding because that's when the music is a hundred percent live and it's a majestic feeling to be onstage with an orchestra and choir." On whether EPICA has plans for its fifteenth anniversary: Simone: "It's not going to be like 'Retrospect'. Fifteen years is like ten years, twenty years… basically, EPICA was founded in 2002, so this basically is our fifteenth year. I think 'The Phantom Agony' was released in 2003. Officially, looking at the release, it would be 2018. But I honestly don't know. We're definitely going to do a show somewhere, but our management has all the ideas and we're touring non-stop, we're recording non-stop, we have another exciting project we've been working on the last couple of months, basically, the whole summer. That's going to be released next year, but I can't say too much about that." On the ways she would like to grow as a musician: Simone: "I sing in many different styles. In the past, it was mainly just classical and that evolved also through the years. I've worked with different teachers and I'm pretty happy where I'm at at this moment, but you can always learn. There's some band members that have musical history. They've studied music. I've taken singing lessons. The thing I could work on more is the musical theory stuff in order to understand more songwriting. I don't write songs myself. I can't. I write lyrics and vocal lines. That's something I would like to work on. My husband [KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai] is a piano player and he's already offered me free lessons, so I should accept in order to understand harmonies and all that stuff a little more. I have a feeling for it, but if you have knowledge of musical theory, that will come easier and you understand music language because that's also a thing. I know some basic stuff." EPICA recently completed "The Ultimate Principle" tour with LACUNA COIL as co-headliners. INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS provided direct support. EPICA's new EP, "The Solace System", was released on September 1 via Nuclear Blast. The effort contains six brand-new songs which were created during the sessions for the band's latest album, 2016's "The Holographic Principle". "The Solace System" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. […]

  • Video: GREAT WHITE Performs In Oslo
    on October 21, 2017 at 19:22

    Fan-filmed video footage of GREAT WHITE's October 18 performance at Hard Rock Cafe in Oslo, Norway can be seen below. GREAT WHITE is touring in support of its latest album, "Full Circle", which was released on June 2. The effort sees the band re-teaming with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It's an honorable nod to their first EP, "Out Of The Night" (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI, 1984). Wagener, is, of course, the legendary producer behind ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE and a slew of other rock gods. "Full Circle" was recorded in January and February 2017 at Wagener's Nashville-based WireWorld Studio. The album's packaging includes a must-have companion DVD called "Making Of Full Circle". Rockslide Entertainment (produced by Todd Sadowski) captured the band developing the songs in the studio — a never-before-seen band access. Much like 2012's "Elation" (Frontiers) the core songwriting team of Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Terry Ilous worked heavily alongside Audie Desbrow and Scott Snyder. In total, the ten songs on "Full Circle" range from the gut-punching "Give It Up" to the bass-heavy "Cry Of A Nation", the easily embraced, more acoustic "Let Me In" to the dynamic "This Is The Life". This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums. GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall told the "Music Mania" podcast about Terry Ilous (also of XYZ): "He's a blues-rock singer. He's like Ian Gillan meets Paul Rodgers meets Glenn Hughes or something, and a little bit of Steve Marriott. So when he was filling in, I kind of fell in love with that right away, 'cause that's kind of the school I come from. So I know his strengths, and that is in the power region of his voice." He added: "We didn't really want a [Jack Russell] clone. We wanted the Mach II — kind of like the way DEEP PURPLE brought in [David] Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, and they made one of the best albums of their career, apart from that first 'Machine Head' record; I mean, nothing's gonna beat that. But I really felt 'Burn' was a super-strong record and the songs were just amazing. So the more play with Terry, the more we write, it just keeps getting better. And I'm looking forward to doing the next one. I think we could keep beating the last one, you know what I mean?" […]

    on October 21, 2017 at 18:46

    Former SLAUGHTER (and current Blue Man Group) drummer Blas Elias will join the West Coast touring lineup of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA this winter. He'll perform alongside TSO staples Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) and Al Pitrelli (MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER). Elias's first performance with TSO will take place on November 16 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Elias performed on SLAUGHTER's first five albums, including the group's double-platinum 1990 debut, "Stick It To Ya", and their gold-certified 1992 follow-up, "The Wild Life". The Las Vegas-based drummer also appeared in the 2001 film "Rock Star" as a member of BLOOD POLLUTION, a fictional band that also included former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nick Catanese. […]

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