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*U.D.O. To Release 'Navy Metal Night' DVD/2CD In July [55]
*CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman ALEXI LAIHO - "MARK KNOPFLER Is Fucking... [45]
*METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Performs With Daughter CALI, ALICE IN CHAIN... [37]
*SLAYER To Release 'Repentless' Album On 9/11 [29]
*IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Given 'All-Clear' Following Cancer Treat... [24]
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MEGADETH And ANTHRAX Bassists Are Putting Finishing Touches On ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Full-Length Album

In a recent interview with the "White Line Fever" podcast (hear audio below), MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about the status of ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, his project with ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello which released its self-titled EP back in January 2014.

"Actually, Frank and I have been in the studio a lot these past six months working on finishing a full-length for the next release, which we have I mean, we are literally finalizing, probably, in the next two weeks getting the final vocals and final bits done on it," he said. "So I'm excited about it. There are some great tunes."

He continued: "It's just this thing that Me and Frank have this whole other side of us and this other spirit soars when the two of us get together and get in a room and start writing songs together. It's, like, we write 'em right there in the studio; they just fall off our guitar necks. And it's a beautiful thing. And what's cool about it, we haven't left our bands; it's kind of a side, vanity thing that we do a vanity project, if you will. And that's the beauty of it because we get to We do what we do in ANTHRAX and MEGADETH, and then when we get together, we have this whole other side of us that gets to be exposed. So it's very genuine, very pure, and I think that really comes through with the music. So hopefully we'll have the full-length out sometime We're just getting busy finishing it, and then hopefully we can get busy working toward the release of that."

Asked for his opinion about the recent influx of "supergroups" new bands consisting of members from two or more already accomplished bands David said: "It's interesting. Me and Frank was not intended as a supergroup. That was literally born out of me and Frank doing some bass clinics together, and we were in London, and I looked over at him. I said, 'You know, dude. You and me should really write some of our own songs so we can do these clinics and have something different to play at 'em rather than just MEGADETH and ANTHRAX songs. So that's how ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE started it was for us to create some of our own original content for clinics, and then it spun off into Frank and I going out and hiring a guitar player and a drummer and actually going out and doing our own shows together as a legitimate act, not as a clinic."

He continued: "I've done I have another all-star collective I do called METAL ALLEGIANCE that we've done some shows up here in the United States with, and some cruises and things like that. And the thing with that that is different is that formed as a collective of guys getting on stage and, basically, playing the songs out of our record collections when we were teenagers. We started another one many years ago back in, like, 2007, I think we started one called HAIL! And same thing it was always born out of getting together and playing songs together live. And those are definitely all-star collectives."

Ellefson went on to say: "To put together an original group of famous guys You know, me and Frank are lucky, because we really enjoy hanging out together, and we have a very common thing between us that we both like different music outside of thrash metal, and that is really the basis of the ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE material. Lots of times, when these supergroups get together, it's based on, 'How is this gonna sell? Wouldn't it be great if we could get that guy? And if we could get this guy? That would sell even more.' And sometimes it's done with, like Rather than really making legitimate music you really like, you're really just kind of going, 'I wanna make some new songs in a new setting,' or, 'I hate my band. I wanna leave my band. Or, 'They kicked me out of my band, and I still enjoy being famous. How can I still stay famous?' To me, it's the cart before the horse."

He added: "When MEGADETH had disbanded back in 2002, a little group formed around me, quite honestly, called F5. And we never made, really, big money doing it. In fact, I told the guys I said, 'Dude, we're having so much fun doing this, let's never lose just the joy we have making music together. Just getting together, writing tunes, making records, having fun doing that. And if we get to go tour, and if we get to go play And we had shot some videos and stuff, and we had some fun with it. But then it came to a certain point where it was, like, it wasn't enjoyable and we had to stop and step back away from it. And since then, we have actually been writing some songs together and putting a few tunes up on the Internet and stuff, and we're back to the joy and the fun of it again."

Ellefson concluded: "To me, anytime the joy comes out of music, you'd better just stop, man, because it really kills it kills the whole thing."


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OTEP Has Been Writing 'Amazing' New Songs For Upcoming Album

OTEP, the band led by singer, poet, illustrator, author and activist Otep Shamaya, will enter the studio in the coming months to begin recording its seventh album. Speaking to the 107.5 The Rock radio station, Otep said (hear audio below): "We've been doing a lot of writing, and there are plans [to make] a new OTEP album this year. And you're actually kind of getting the breaking news here; we haven't announced it yet. But, yeah, we're gonna be recording a new album this year. We're real excited, and it's gonna be I don't know The songs we've been writing, they're just pouring out of us and they just feel amazing. And it's everything that we are. It's grown from our roots where we started and then it's blossomed into where are are now as artists and musicians."

OTEP last year signed an artist management deal with Mach 2.8 Entertainment Group, a company consisting of founder-CEO Sid Wilson and his partner Symon Mead. Wilson is otherwise known as #O (Number Zero), the Grammy Award-winning "turntablist" (DJ) for the band SLIPKNOT.

OTEP's sixth full-length studio album, "Hydra", sold around 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 155 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was issued in January 2013 via Victory Records.

OTEP was formed in Los Angeles in 2000 and immediately signed to Capitol Records, an achievement based solely on the strength of its live performance. They were selected to appear at Ozzfest after Sharon Osbourne witnessed one of these incendiary performances. Their debut at Ozzfest was only their ninth live show, a major achievement for any band. It would be the kick-off for a career spanning 15 years.
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HELLYEAH To Begin Work On Fifth Album In Early 2016

Crazy G of NewEnglandConcertReviews.com conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul (pictured) when HELLYEAH played at DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 8. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the making of HELLYEAH's fourth album, 2014's "Blood For Blood":

"It was a really trying CD at first. We knew we had a couple of bandmembers that really had lost their focus and were becoming a detriment to the band, so we parted company with [bassist] Bob ['Zilla' Kahaha] and [guitarist] Greg [Tribbett]. And myself, Tom [Maxwell, guitar] and Chad [Gray, vocals] wrote the record. I think we made the most intense HELLYEAH record ever. I think we made the ultimate HELLYEAH sound what we had been looking for from the start. And we brought Kyle [Sanders, bass] and Christian [Brady, guitar] in to complete the band, and it's never felt better; it's truly a brotherhood. And we've been out slamming it on the road, man. So sometimes it takes a little bit of time for certain things to fall into place, and everything kind of fell into place with this record."

On HELLYEAH's continued success:

"We've worked very hard from Day One, [since] this band started, and we haven't slowed down, we haven't stopped, and we don't intend on it. We're not 25 years old anymore, so we don't have any time to waste. We really enjoy what we're doing, and luckily, all of us are in great health right now, happy and loving what we're doing. And the stage is what we live for, man."

On HELLYEAH's upcoming activities:

"We really, from the start of this record ['Blood For Blood'], wanted to do a complete two-year touring cylcle, which we really haven't had the opportunity to do with any of the previous HELLYEAH records. We would put a record out, tour for a year and go right back and start working on another one. And so we're finally getting into the second year of touring for this record, and it's just starting. After this tour, we go straight to Europe, where [we'll be] for a month, and as soon as we get back from there, we do [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival] all summer with SLAYER and the mighty KING DIAMOND, which is gonna be an absolutely amazing tour; I'm really looking forward to that. And as soon as that's done, we go to Australia and New Zealand, Japan and Indonesia, and then we come back and we do another run here early next year, which will be our final run, and then we start working on a new record."

"Blood For Blood" sold around 17,000 copies in its first week of release to land at No. 18 on the Billboard chart. The band's previous effort, "Band Of Brothers", opened with 19,000 copies back in July 2012 to debut at No. 19.

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Video: VOLBEAT Performs New Song At San Antonio's RIVER CITY ROCKFEST

Fan-filmed video footage of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT performing one half of a brand new song on May 24 at the River City Rockfest in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below.

Speaking about the progress of the songwriting sessions for VOLBEAT's follow-up to 2013's "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" album, guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen told the Columbus, Ohio radio station 99.7 The Blitz at this year's Rock On The Range: "Right now I'm writing on the road. We have rehearsed around five new songs in soundcheck. So, hopefully, before we go home in a couple of weeks, we will have six new songs and then I have to finish the second half [of the album] when I come home. And then we'll be ready for the studio around November."

VOLBEAT recently signed a North American management agreement with Q Prime, the New York-based music management firm founded and run by Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch.

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, VOLBEAT has released five studio albums and two live offerings.

"Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" has sold almost 300,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The title has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland and Sweden. The album has also been certified gold in Canada.

VOLBEAT's spring 2015 tour with ANTHRAX serving as direct support and CROBOT opening the show kicked off on April 24 in Denver, Colorado.
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Video: SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS Perform At San Antonio's RIVER CITY ROCKFEST

Fan-filmed video footage of SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS performing on May 24 at the River City Rockfest in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below.

Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE drummer Joey Castillo recently left THE WILDABOUTS in the middle of the group's tour. But Weiland quickly posted a statement confirming that Castillo was only off the tour for a week, saying, "Just to clear up the confusion Joey has NOT left the band. He is recording for a week with BL'AST and will meet back up with us on the 27th. I've known about this for months, hence lining up our friend Mike Avaneim to fill in."

Castillo was announced as THE WILDABOUTS' new drummer in February and appeared in band photos.

THE WILDABOUTS have had several lineup changes since last year. Weiland fired his longtime guitarist and business partner Doug Grean in early 2014, while drummer Danny Thompson quit because of "the darkness," as he put it on Facebook.

Thompson eventually returned, but was eventually replaced by Castillo. Meanwhile, guitarist Jeremy Brown stepped up to take a bigger role following Grean's dismissal, but Brown's sudden death in March forced the band to hire Nick Maybury.

THE WILDABOUTS' debut album, "Blaster", arrived on March 31, one day after Brown's death on March 30, and followed up Weiland's 2008 solo effort, "'Happy' In Galoshes".
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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's MATT TUCK Says 'Venom' Is 'Going To Be The Biggest Metal Record Of The Year'

U.K. metal titans BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release their fifth studio album, "Venom", on August 14 via RCA. The CD marks the band's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Jason James and addition of Jamie Mathias. Jamie, who has been playing and touring in bands for the last ten years, fronted the band REVOKER, which released an album, "Revenge For The Ruthless", in 2011 on the Roadrunner label.

Speaking to Kerrang! magazine, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck stated about Mathias: "He's a Welsh lad. He sent in an audition tape and his was really good. We held auditions for a few guys, and when he came, he just smashed it. He fitted in instantly, especially with the Welsh connection. He plays like a beast and he sings like an angel."

Produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM) at Metropolis Studio in London, "Venom" is described in a press release as "an unrelenting, fierce step forward for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE" and the band's "heaviest record to date."

"We've got massive hopes for this album," Tuck told Kerrang! "We truly believe it's going to be the biggest metal record of the year. We've had these feelings in the past and we've always been spot on, but this one feels way more special than anything else we've ever done, so, fingers crossed, it's going to do what we want it to do."

A new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE song, "No Way Out", is available for instant download now with all pre-orders at BulletForMyValentine.com. A limited-edition "Venom" package is available exclusively through BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's webstore. This bundle includes CD, vinyl and cassette versions of "Venom", as well as custom t-shirt, bracelet and necklace. All purchases will include a pre-sale code for early access to tickets for their 2016 headlining tour. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will head to South America in July for a headlining tour with support from MOTIONLESS IN WHITE before joining up with SLIPKNOT and LAMB OF GOD for this summer's North American tour.

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LED ZEPPELIN “Deny Each And Every Allegation” In “Stairway To Heaven” Lawsuit

According to Boston.com, surviving Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have filed a response to the lawsuit claiming that Stairway To Heaven was stolen from an obscure song by the band Spirit. In the paperwork, Page, Plant and Jones admit to having played a concert with Spirit, and to using part of the Spirit song Fresh Garbage in a medley they performed during some concerts in 1968 and 1969. Led Zeppelin deny each and every allegation" in the lawsuit. The band is being sued by Michael Skidmore, the trustee for trust of Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe, who performed under the name Randy California and died in 1997.

Read more at Boston.com.

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Man Dies After Falling From Catwalk During CHEVELLE Concert

According to the Chicago Tribune, a 24-year-old man fell to his death from a catwalk at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Friday during a CHEVELLE concert.

Kyle Kirchhoff was killed around 10:20 p.m. when he and two friends made their way through a door on the Aragon's second-floor balcony and came across a catwalk from which they were able to watch the show. A short time later, Kirchhoff's friends noticed he wasn't with them and went to look for him. They found his body after he apparently fell about 6 to 8 feet onto two metal rods. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:54 p.m.

CHEVELLE addressed the tragedy via a post on the band's Facebook page. The group wrote: "To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.

"We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined, the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate.

"We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control.

"We love our fans in Chicago, and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of CHEVELLE fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
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CHILDREN OF BODOM Frontman ALEXI LAIHO - "MARK KNOPFLER Is Fucking Awesome; I Suppose I Could Cover DIRE STRAITS, But Not For The Sake Of Doing Something Funny"

Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho recently spoke with Lords Of Metal about a number of topics including the band's forthcoming album, due in September, mellowing out of party mode on the road, and cover songs. An excerpt is available below.

Q: Who inspired you to move to guitar?

Laiho: "Well, I was four years old when my dad had a record of Dire Straits, Money For Nothing, which I thought sounded amazing. That is pretty heavy when you are four Fuck yeah, dude, it still sounds heavy when I hear it."

Q: Shouldnt you do a cover version of the Dire Straits, then?

Laiho: "Noooooo, I cant even touch Dire Straits."

Q: You didnt mind touching Britney Spears.

Laiho: "I kinda loved touching Britney Spears; Mark Knopfler on the other hand... now you see what the main difference is (laughs with the biggest smile of today). Seriously though, Mark Knopfler is fucking bad-ass, hes fucking awesome, nothing but respect for him. I suppose I could cover them, but I wont. At least not for the sake of doing something funny."

Q: Do you keep on doing that, the funnier cover songs, for the coming record?

Laiho: "Maybe we do covers, we love doing covers, but we are not going to do anything like Britney Spears again, we did it once and it was fucking hilarious, but we just leave it alone and do something else now. Cause right now, it wouldnt make sense to try and top that. But we had fun with it."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Children Of Bodom are currently busy recording ten new tracks for the band's forthcoming, ninth album release in their own studio in Helsinki. The band took some time out to report from the recording desk and give fans an update on the sessions.

The band's summer tour schedule is as follows:



June
4 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
6 - Laulurinne - Joensuu, Finland (with Nightwish)
11 - Club A2 - St. Petersburg, Russia
12 - Ray Just Arena - Moscow, Russia
13 - Premio - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
15 - Tele Club - Ekaterinburg, Russia
19 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
20 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg
21 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
26 - Rock am Härtsfeldsee - Dischingen, Germany





July
17 - Resurrection Fest - Viveiro, Spain
31 - Ratinan Stadion - Tampere, Finland (with Nightwish)


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IN FLAMES' ANDERS FRIDÉN: 'I Want To Challenge Our Listeners A Little Bit'

On May 15, Sofa King Cool conducted an interview with with vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked if IN FLAMES' ever-evolving sound is the result of the changes in the musical climate around the band, Anders said: "Honestly, I don't give a flying fuck what's happening around, really. 'Cause we do this, truly, for ourselves. And then, obviously, it's great that people like what we do and we can travel the world and play. Otherwise, we'd be stuck in a cellar back home in Gothenburg. But, for us, it's just IN FLAMES has always been about creating good melodies, and that's what we still try to do. But we don't wanna do the same thing again and again and again. I want to challenge our listeners a little bit. I want them to be a little bit unsure of what they're gonna get. But it's, style-wise I mean ,we play metal. It's our way of heavy metal. It's not the right [way] or the wrong [way] it's the IN FLAMES way and that's how we feel and think about music. And there's no conscious decision going in this direction We don't really care what's happening around us. Trends come and go. And if you're trying to chase what's happening right now, you'll be very late on the ball, because the trend passed already when you're in the middle of it. So, fuck that. We just do what we do, and hopefully people like it. If you don't, then"

IN FLAMES' latest album, "Siren Charms", sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 26 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"Siren Charms" was released in the U.S. on September 9, 2014 via Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at Hansa Tonstudios (DAVID BOWIE, DEPECHE MODE, U2) in Berlin, Germany. The cover artwork was created by Blake Armstrong of Space Boy Comics.

IN FLAMES filmed a new concert DVD/Blu-ray on November 6, 2014 at Hovet in Stockholm and November 7, 2014 at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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New FEAR FACTORY Album 'Genexus' To Feature Guest Appearance By JOURNEY Drummer DEEN CASTRONOVO

On May 21, Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! conducted an interview with FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares (pictured). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On FEAR FACTORY's forthcoming album, "Genexus", due on August 7 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment:

"'Genexus' is 'genesis' and 'nexus' together. And genesis is, obviously, the beginning of time, and nexus is things coming together. So it's a combination of where we started from the beginning and where we are now and those things coming together. It's a full conceptual album."

"There's gonna be ten songs on the record, and, of course, there will be special packaging with bonus tracks and, of course, vinyl with bonus tracks as well."

On signing with Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which is headed up by former Roadrunner Records A&R chief Monte Conner:

"I always try to look for the next thing, go to the next level, and definitely going to Nuclear Blast Entertainment was the next level for us. Monte Conner originally signed the band back in 1991 on Roadrunner Records. So when he left there and went to Nuclear Blast and realized that we were available, he definitely approached the band. And it's been a great pleasure working with Monte again. I feel like we've got the old team back. And everything's worked out great so far."

On using a real drummer on "Genexus" compared to 2012's "The Industrialist", which was recorded with a drum machine:

"Yeah, it gives it more of a natural feeling definitely more of a natural feeling. Obviously, when you start recording, you can add sounds and you can manipulate the sounds any way you want it to sound like. So it's kind of a hybrid between organic and digital; that's what this record sounds like. And I think that's what makes it sound really good. Albums like 'Demanufacture' and 'Obsolete' were the same type of hybrid, and that was the approach that we took on the drums on this record. Also, Deen Castronovo, the drummer of JOURNEY, actually played on one of the tracks on the album."

On the addition of new FEAR FACTORY bassist Tony Campos (STATIC-X, SOULFLY, MINISTRY, PRONG):

"We were pretty much already done with the ['Genexus'] record, and in February, we went to Australia to play this festival called the Soundwave festival, and there is where MINISTRY was playing on the same festival, so we got to hang out [together] a lot. And Tony found out that Matt DeVries wasn't gonna be playing with us any longer, because he wanted to focus on his family. So Tony found out and straight away asked me. He goes, 'Hey, man, what's going on? I heard Matt's gonna be leaving.' I'm, like, 'Yeah. Oh my God!' It's, like, he's right in front of me, and why didn't I even think to ask him? You know what I mean?! Maybe because he was doing SOULFLY or something So when he asked me, I'm, like, 'You're in. You don't have to audition. What are you gonna do about your other bands?' And he goes, 'Well, MINISTRY's gonna be done soon. And I really wanna play with you, man.' And I'm, like, 'Okay. Fuck, you're in. That's it.' That's how quick it was decided."

"Tony's been a friend of mine since way back back in what I call the 'backyard days.' Because the backyard days was when his band they were called DOMINION and my band, FEAR FACTORY, we were doing backyard shows, backyard gigs here in East L.A., in South Central Los Angeles, back when we were in our early teens 19, 20, 21 years old doing these shows. So I knew him from way back then. And then when he joined STATIC-X, we took STATIC-X on their first tour in the U.S. FEAR FACTORY did. And then, obviously, we do ASESINO together, so we've been friends for quite a long time. It's like having my own brother in the band; that's how close and that's how tight we are. And, obviously, he knows the style. He was in STATiC-X, [which] had a lot of similar style of FEAR FACTORY. And, obviously, playing in bands like MINISTRY and SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and PRONG, he's definitely a bass player that can pretty much adapt to whatever you throw at him whatever band it is, he can pretty much adapt to it. And, obviously, he's in ASESINO, which is my other project, which is pretty extreme. So I already know that he can handle the picking style. So it's all good. It works out perfect."

"Genexus" was co-produced by longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD).

In addition to Cazares, Bell and Campos, FEAR FACTORY's current touring lineup features drummer Mike Heller.

FEAR FACTORY will hit the road this July with COAL CHAMBER.

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SHARON OSBOURNE: LARS ULRICH Is A Bit Of A Bigmouth Who Needs A Good Slap Sometimes — But We Love Him

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne recently took over Ozzy's Boneyard channel on SiriusXM satellite radio to play songs from their definitive list of "Ultimate Guitar Gods". Before playing the METALLICA song "Battery", Sharon said: "I feel like we're their parents. We've known them from when they were so young, and seeing them all grow up, have their own families And since Robert [Trujillo, former OZZY OSBOURNE and current METALLICA bassist], who is, like he is part of the Osbourne family. [Since] Robert Trujillo joined them, we're even more connected with them. It's family. You know, they are family. And [we have] so much respect for METALLICA. And [I] just personally love each and every one of 'em."

She added: "[METALLICA drummer] Lars [Ulrich] is a bit of a bigmouth he needs a good slap sometimes but we love him."

METALLICA toured as an opening act for Ozzy in 1986 while supporting its breakthrough album, "Master Of Puppets".

Back in 2008, Ulrich stated about Osbourne: "In 1986, Ozzy gave us our first break by taking us out on tour here in America, so whenever we get the call to play or hang together, of course, our response is, 'Fuck yeah! Just tell us when and where, and we'll be there."

Speaking to MTV, Trujillo said about leaving Ozzy's band to join METALLICA: "I was ecstatic about being offered the [METALLICA] job. But at the same time, in the back of my mind, there were also those feelings for Ozzy and Sharon that are so strong because they've been so important to me all these years. I have so much respect for them and they've changed my life. So as soon as I got into L.A. I called Sharon and we met later that evening and it was pretty emotional. About three or four days after that, Ozzy called me and gave me his blessings and he was very positive. He said, 'You've done well by me, lad. You've got my blessings. I'm not mad at you, Rob. You've been great, you're one of the best bass players I've ever had."

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HACKNEYED - “Now I Am Become Death” Drum Play-Through Video Posted

Tim Cox of German death metallers, Hackneyed, records Now I Am Become Death from the bands new album, Inhabitants Of Carcosa (Silverdust Records) in the new drum play-through video below:

The album was recorded and produced by Nikita Kamprad at Tonstudio Würzburg & Staffan Karlsson at Sweetspot Satellite in Halmstad / Sweden 2014.





Inhabitants Of Carcosa tracklisting:

The Flaw Of Flesh
Gods Own Creation
Now I Am Become Death
Re-Animator
Ashfall
The Tightrope
In Carcosa (The Yellow King)
Years In The Dark
Death Toll
Klown

Now I Am Become Death lyric video:
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BANTORIAK - “Chant Of The Stones” Video Streaming

Italian doom metal act, Bantoriak, have released a new video, for the track Chant Of The Stones, featured on the Weedooism album, out now via Argonauta Records.





Weedooism tracklisting:

Entering The Temple
Lysergic Tantra
Try To Sleep
Hidden Number Two
Smoke The Magma
Chant Of The Stones

Chant Of The Stones video:

Lysergic Tantra video:

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Italy’s HYADES Set June Release Date For New Album

Italian thrash masters, Hyades, will release their new record, The Wolves Are Getting Hungry, via Italian label Punishment 18 Records on June 29th. You can see the artwork below:

Stay tuned for complete album details, coming soon. Check out Hyades on Facebook.

(Photo - Luca Palmera Colombo)
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ROSY FINCH Joins Deathbound Records Roseter; New Album Coming Next Month

Deathbound Records has joined forces with Discos Macarras for the release of Rosy Finch's first album, Witchboro.

Formed in Alicante, Spain circa 2013, Rosy Finch is a noise/stoner trio featuring members of Pyramidal (Lluís Mas) and doom metal act Hela (Mireia Porto). Their take on the stoner genre is a furious and eclectic blend of influences ranging from Sonic Youth to the Melvins showcasing brooding and atmospheric vocals laced with insidious and heavy riffs. Rosy Finch breaks out of the mold and really takes the listeners on a completely different path than the one usually expected from a genre act.

The band consists of Mireia Porto (guitar, vocals), Lluís Mas (drums and music producer) and Elena García (bass, vocals). The three met five years ago and released their debut EP, Wolves Waiting, on Aneurisma Records in May 2013. During their very short existence the band has been very busy and managed to play various festivals such as Melting Minds Fest; II Stoner Psych Fest, Valencia;  and Monkey Week 2014 to name a few. During this stretch they had the opportunity to share the stage with bands like Cabalgata Cósmica, Pyramidal, Árida, T.A.S.O.L, Horizon, and Hela. In 2014, the trio was approached by Magnetic Eye Records to cover “Foxy Lady” for a Jimi Hendrix tribute album which also features Wo Fat, Earthless, All Them Witches and more.

Rosy Finch's first studio album, Witchboro will be released by Deathbound Records (Canada) and Discos Macarras (Spain) on June 15th on CD format and all digital platforms. Vinyl will be available later this summer under Lay Bare Recordings (Netherlands).

The new album is more than just a mere musical project, it's a journey through the soundscape of Witchboro, a dark and soulless village where the occult and magic meet. The album is divided into two parts: first up is "Black Hills" and contains heavy and aggressive stoner riffage. The Second part "Sea of Trees" shifts gears and showcases more experimental pieces and surreal aural odyssey.
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Norway’s RENDEZVOUS POINT Premier “Wasteland” Music Video Via New Karisma Records YouTube Channel

With its fast growing reputation as a significant player in the progressive music field, Karisma Records has today launched its own YouTube channel, which will be used to showcase its roster of bands. Launching the channel is "Wasteland" the new video from Karisma's latest signing, prog rockers Rendezvous Point.

"Wasteland" itself was released today as a single and the video can be seen below. Karisma Records’ YouTube channel can be found at this location.

Commenting on the new YouTube channel Karisma had this to say: "Right now we only have a handful of videos up, but we are aiming at having a wide-range of videos, both live and studio, where fans can come and get a taste of what Karisma Records and our bands have to offer. We are particularly keen to get fans involved in the channel too. We are always seeing fan-filmed live footage, or fan-made videos of their favourite tracks, some of which are very good, so if there is anyone out there who would like us to feature their videos of one of our bands on the Karisma Records channels, feel free to contact us through YouTube or our Facebook page at facebook.com/karismarecords.”
 
The release of the "Wasteland" single is the first collaboration between Rendezvous Point and Karisma in the run-up to the band's upcoming debut full-length album due to hit the streets in August. Hailing from the southern part of the country, Rendezvous Point boasts a lineup of musicians with considerable pedigrees. Vocals are handled by Geirmund Hansen, who many will recognise through his appearance on the Norwegian edition of The Voice, whilst the rest of the lineup consists of Petter Hallaråker on guitar (ICS Vortex, Solefald), Nicolay Tangen Svennæs on keyboard (Emilie Nicolas), Gunn-Hilde Erstad on bass and Baard Kolstad on drums. As well as being a member of bands such as Leprous, Borknagar, ICS Vortex, Abbath, God Seed, drummer Kolstad won the Roland V-Drums World Championship in California in 2012.

Rendezvous Point is set to embark on a 29-date European tour in the fall with Leprous and Sphere, in support of the new album release. Find the band’s live itinerary at this location.

 
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MINDWARS Prepare To Hit The Studio

Los Angeles-based thrashers, Mindwars, featuring former members of Holy Terror, Headcrasher and Jester Beast, is currently working on their next  album, due to come out at the end of the year via Italian label Punishment 18 Records.

The band is ready to enter in Number 8 Studio, in Torino, to begin the recording sessions. The new album is yet to be titled. Updates to follow.

Mindwars released their debut album, The Enemy Within, via Punishment 18 Records in October 2014. The entire album is streaming below:

(Photo - Robert Orsa Photography)
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India’s GODLESS Working On Debut EP; “Infest” Single Due This Week

Hyderabad, India-based thrash/death metal band, Godless, formed in early 2015 with members of Skrypt and Shock Therapy, who have been a part of the local metal circuit for a few years now.

Godless started off as a 4-piece band without a permanent vocalist. The band are on the lookout for a vocalist to bring the music out live. They have recorded and are releasing their first single, Infest on May 28th at 12 PM, IST. The vocals on this song have been recorded by Sean O'Kane Connolly (ex-In Dread Response) and is being mixed by Josh Hughes.

Godless is currently working on their debut EP. Stay tuned for updates.
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IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER, Ex-MEGADETH Drummers Jam Metal Classics At 'Golf Rocks' Event

On Saturday, May 23, an event was held at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Casino in Tampa, Florida in connection with the new reality series in production called "Golf Rocks".

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, along with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini, and former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover, all sat in on a huge jam with members of AC/DC tribute HIGHWAY TO HELL and members of McBrain's MCBRAINIACS. HIGHWAY TO HELL last opened for Nicko's former side band MCBRAIN DAMAGE on their last short tour in 2006.

Some of the songs performed were "Wrathchild" and "Two Minutes To Midnight" (with Nicko), "Highway To Hell" (with Drover) and "War Pigs" (with Mangini).

A short clip of the "The Trooper" performance can be seen below.
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Chile’s IRON SPELL Streaming New Single “Torches In The Woods”; Electric Conjuring Album Artwork Revealed

Chilean metallers, Iron Spell, are streaming the opening track, “Torches In The Woods, from their first full length album, Electric Conjuring, out soon on vinyl and CD editions via Empire Records. The album artwork can be seen below:

The album will present nine new songs plus a re-recording of “Evil Gipsy”, previously released on their debut EP Heavy Metal Witchcraft.

Formed in 2013, Iron Spell are aligned with what has been called the NWOTHM or New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal; a movement that it seems to grow stronger everyday. In 2014, the band released their debut 4-song EP Heavy Metal Witchcraft (streaming below) as 7” vinyl edition through Burn Records (Sweden) and as cassette edition through Dying Victims Productions (Germany).

 

 

Heavy Metal Witchcraft EP tracklisting:

“Heavy Metal Witchcraft”
“Midnight Fire”
“Revelation”
“Evil Gipsy”

Heavy Metal Witchcraft Full Demo:

Their upcoming album will be engineered and co-produced by TJ Jones of Beyond the Garage Studios (Florida).  The band describes the new material as a worthy follow up of their debut EP; a collection of ten stories of the occult and supernatural framed in a raw traditional heavy metal style.

 

 

Iron Spell is:

Kaco The Merciless (vocals)
Steelhammer (drums)
Rocko Van Roman (bass)
Fire Jack (guitars)
Jason Ghost (guitars)

 

 

“I've Had Enough (Into The Fire)”:

 
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SPITANGER Release Live Video For New Track “Tales From Reality”

After concluding their spring 2015 DK-tour, with immense positive feedback and a great turnout, Copenhagen, Denmark-based metallers, Spitanger, are now entering the studio. Over the summer they will finish their first full-length album with new singer Mario Giovagnoli.

Since it will be a while until the next live show, they have decided to release a live video, featuring a new track, “Tales From Reality”, from the upcoming album. The video was filmed during the last concert at the venue Stengade18 in Copenhagen, on this years DK-tour.

The new album is set to be released around November 1st, and the band have announced  that they have signed a promotion deal with Danish Music Agency TRÅD, who will be handling all marketing and promotion relating to the album and onwards.

Stay tuned for updates.
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Video: TRIPTYKON Performs At MARYLAND DEATHFEST

Fan-filmed video footage of TRIPTYKON performing the song "Tree Of Suffocating Souls" on May 23 at Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Marylan can be seen below.

TRIPTYKON's second album, "Melana Chasmata", was released on April 15, 2014 (one day earlier internationally). The CD was made available through a collaboration between TRIPTYKON's own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant Century Media Records. This is the same label partnership responsible for CELTIC FROST's final album, "Monotheist" (2006), HELLHAMMER's "Demon Entrails" demo compendium (2008), and TRIPTYKON's debut album, "Eparistera Daimones", and "Shatter" EP (2010).

Like its predecessor "Eparistera Daimones", the album was produced by Warrior and guitarist V. Santura and recorded and mixed at V. Santura's own Woodshed Studio in southern Germany as well as at TRIPTYKON's rehearsal facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014.

TRIPTYKON consists of V. Santura (guitar, vocals), Norman Lonhard (drums, percussion), Vanja Slajh (bass, vocals), and Tom Gabriel Warrior (voice, guitars).

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Video: GIRLSCHOOL Performs At Whisky A Go Go

Video footage of GIRLSCHOOL's May 22 performance at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below.

GIRLSCHOOL is touring North America for the first time in 20 years, reclaiming its rightful place as the hardest-rocking bunch of females to ever destroy a stage. Support on the trek is coming from CRUCIFIED BARBARA, OLD JAMES and VELVET BLACK.

GIRLSCHOOL is previewing tracks from its new album, "Guilty As Sin", set for release later this summer via UDR Music and, as a special treat, is selling a special-edition EP, "Propaganda!", featuring two songs from the new album ("Take It Like A Band" and "Come, The Revolution"), as well as revisiting two tracks from their classic "Hit And Run" album in the form of re-recorded versions of "Kick It Down" and "Watch Your Step". Rounding out the EP, which is limited to 300 copies, is the girls' blistering cover of the BEE GEES classic "Staying Alive".

Both "Propaganda!" and "Guilty As Sin" were helmed by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, ANVIL).

Tsangarides previously had a brief cooperation with GIRLSCHOOL on the 1983 "1-2-3-4 Rock And Roll" EP.

GIRLSCHOOL's current lineup consists of singer/guitarist Kim McAuliffe, guitarist Jackie Chambers, bassist Enid Williams and drummer Denise Dufort.
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