GWAR's ODERUS URUNGUS Speaks To FIGHT NETWORK (Video) Fight Network's Fight + Music recently conducted an interview with GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus. You can now watch the chat below.GWAR's new album, "Battle Maximus", sold around 3,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 109 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD — the band's first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player Flattus Maximus— was issued on September 17 on Metal Blade Records.GWAR's previous CD, 2010's "Bloody Pit Of Horror", opened with around 2,800 units — roughly half of the first-week tally registered by 2009's "Lust In Space", which premiered with 5,000 copies to land at No. 96.
"This album is both a tribute to Flattus and a telling of the next chapter in the story of GWAR," Oderus Urungus stated about "Battle Maximus". "The combo of the brand new album and show should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR's slay-skills are as supreme as ever, and the band stands poised to embark on our most earth-shattering world tour yet. We have mourned, we have honored, and now it's time to fucking DEVASTATE in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR." GWAR's "Battle Maximus" features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR's latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet... the insidious "Mr. Perfect", who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR— the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the "perfect" human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.
SLAYER's TOM ARAYA Talks To SiriusXM's JOSE MANGIN In Las Vegas (Audio) Jose Mangin, SiriusXM director of programming and on-air host (Liquid Metal, Ozzy's Boneyard, Octane), conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya on October 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below.SLAYER kicked off its North American tour at the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.SLAYER performed many of the band's most classic and fan-favorite songs, all of which were originally written and released between the group's inception and the 1990 gold disc "Seasons In The Abyss". SLAYER's "old-school night" set included tracks from 1983's "Show No Mercy", 1985's "Hell Awaits", the genre-defining and gold-certified "Reign In Blood" (1986), 1988's "South of Heaven", also certified gold, and "Seasons".SLAYER's five-week North American headline tour — the band's first in two years — featured support on all dates from GOJIRA and 4ARM.SLAYER's current touring lineup consists of Kerry King (guitar), Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt (EXODUS), who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman.Bostaph was SLAYER's drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band — the gold-certified "Divine Intervention" (1994), the 1996 punk covers album "Undisputed Attitude", "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), "God Hates Us All" (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance", as well as the DVD "War At The Warfield" (2001), also certified gold. In addition to SLAYER, Bostaph has been a member of FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, SYSTEMATIC and TESTAMENT.
Original SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo sat out the band's Australian tour in February/March due to a contract dispute with the other members of the group. Filling in for him was Jon Dette (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX).
ICED EARTH's BLOCK, SCHAFFER Talk To GoetiaMedia.com About 'Plagues Of Babylon' (Audio) GoetiaMedia.com recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH vocalist Stu Block and guitarist Jon Schaffer. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.ICED EARTH makes its triumphant return with the January 21, 2014 release of new studio album, "Plagues Of Babylon", on Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany and was mixed at NHow Studios in Berlin, Germany. Guest vocals on "Highwayman" were laid down by VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen and SYMPHONY X/ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen. Guest vocals on "Plagues Of Babylon", "Among The Living Dead", "Democide", "Resistance" and "If I Could See You" are by BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch. The cover and additional artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, HATEBREED).
A new teaser for the "Plagues Of Babylon" album and "Worldwide Plagues Tour" can be seen below."Plagues Of Babylon" track listing:
01. Plagues Of Babylon
03. The Culling
04. Among The Living Dead
06. The End?
07. If I Could See You
11. Spirit Of The Times
Songs 1-6 form the "Plagues Of Babylon" story line, part of the ongoing "Something Wicked" UniverseICED EARTH will promote the new CD in its North American homeland with the headlining "Worldwide Plagues Tour", which kicks off April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.
"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer of "Plagues Of Babylon". "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.
"We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"
"Plagues Of Babylon" album/tour teaser:"Plagues Of Babylon" (song) lyric video:"If I Could See You" performance footage:
MONSTER MAGNET Mainman's Illness Forces Concert Cancelations MONSTER MAGNET has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on its North American after the band's mainman, Dave Wyndorf, was taken ill.
Comments MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Phil Caivano: "We are all totally bummed the rest of the tour is cancelled.
"Dave is really sick.
"We were trying to go day to day, only for him to get worse.
"I'd like to thank everyone who came out and all of you who planned to. No one is more bummed than us.
"We will be back."
Adds Wyndorf: "Full-on flu. Voice killer, gig destroyer...
"I'm so sorry. I hate it more than anybody.
"We'll make it up, I swear."
Dec. 10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Dec. 12 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
Dec. 13 - West Chester, PA - The Note
Dec. 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
MONSTER MAGNET's new album, "Last Patrol", sold around 2,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Released in North America on October 15 via Napalm Records, the CD was produced by Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano, while "Evil" Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BAD RELIGION) mixed the album, with additional production duties handled by Matt Hyde. The artwork was created by Johun Sumrow with consultation coming from Chris Ryall and designs by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creatures Inc. The album was made available as a limited-edition CD, standard CD, 2LP and digital format.Wyndorf previously stated about "Last Patrol": "'Last Patrol' is a return to our roots in terms of vibe and recording style. It's full-on psychedelic space-rock with a '60s garage feel, recorded almost exclusively with vintage guitars, amps and effects in our hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey. The songs are a kind of space-noir, tales of cosmic revenge, peaking libidos, alienation and epic strangeness. It's a weird trip through the back alleys of a dark, retro-future, which not by coincidence very much resembles my own life. [laughs] The lyrics aren't fantasy, really, rather a recounting of my musings on, observations of and general emotional reaction to my life and environment during a one-week writing period in February of 2013. But I tend to use the vernacular and imagery of science fiction and surrealism to express myself and that's where these lyrics get trippy. There's also our cover version of DONOVAN's 'Three Kingfishers', which I thought fit the mood of the album."
He continued: "'Last Patrol' was produced by Phil Caivano and myself with an effort to bring a homegrown feel to the whole affair. We had been doing smaller projects out of Phil's Studio 13 recording space and I really felt comfortable there so it was the natural choice on where to record the next full-scale MONSTER MAGNET album. Phil and I grew up together and have a shared love of some very particular vintage music and styles. And everybody in the band played their asses off on this one."
The video for the song "Mindless Ones" can be seen below.
ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN To Be Transformed At METALLICA Guitarist's 'Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEviL' ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and Joel Harlow Designs will be at METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett's first annual horror convention, dubbed Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEviL, which will take place February 6-8, 2014 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. Ian will take part in a live "Blood & Guts" event where Joel will transform Scott, live and unedited, into a vision of Victorian killer Jack The Ripper. Series director-producer Jack Bennett will be on hand to moderate.
"I've always loved horror, I've always loved collecting, I've always loved weird and macabre things and I've always loved conventions," confessed Hammett. "So what could be better than having your own Fear FestEviL where ALL those great and crazy things can be enjoyed by like-minded people under one pretty cool roof?! Nothing!!! And because I've seen some conventions turn from back-room gatherings of like-minded dorks into mainstream hipster extravaganzas, rest assured that it's my intention to make this a great experience where all things horror, weird, and nerdy are celebrated! So come one and all!!!"
Visit www.FEARFESTEviL.com for the latest information on horror's newest and coolest fan convention."Blood & Guts", the Nerdist YouTube channel web series hosted by ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the all-time greatest practical effects artists create the gore and monsters that genre fans love. The series differs from typical behind-the-scenes shows due to Ian's infectious excitement and curiosity, coupled with the clever ways the effects are integrated into each episode. Ian is often the one in the makeup chair, experiencing squibs, gore appliances and complex character makeups with rare enthusiasm.
"I've been into horror longer than music, longer than comics. It was my first true nerd-love," says Ian. "And that love affair still burns hot all these years later. Horror has been a huge influence on my music career, my writing, and now I get to actually be a part of it by hosting 'Blood & Guts'. It's my dream gig."
GHOST: 'Year Zero' Pro-Shot Performance Clip From New York City
Professionally filmed video footage of Swedish occult rockers GHOST performing the song "Year Zero" live on May 11 at Webster Hall in New York City can be seen below.
A nameless ghoul stated: "Playing in New York will always feel very special for us, since it was the first city in the U.S. that embraced us. Every time we play there, it marks another step up for us — going from filling up the basement at Webster Hall, to filling up the Bowery to finally play at sold-out Webster Hall. We simply love New York."
GHOST's new covers EP, "If You Have Ghost", sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 87 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on November 19 via Loma Vista Recordings, the five-track EP was recorded and produced by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA), and includes cover versions of songs by ROKY ERICKSON, ABBA, ARMY OF LOVERS and DEPECHE MODE, plus a live version of the GHOST offering "Secular Haze", recorded in Brooklyn earlier this year.
Outside North America (with the exception of Scandinavia), Spinefarm Records is the new releasing partner for Loma Vista on all GHOST recordings, including the new EP and previous album. Spinefarm releases are distributed through Caroline/Universal in all territories, including the U.K., where the EP was made available on November 18."If You Have Ghost" is available on CD, 12-inch vinyl and digitally. Those who pre-ordered the EP received an instant free download of "Secular Haze - Live".
The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. If You Have Ghosts (ROKY ERICKSON cover)
02. I'm A Marionette (ABBA cover)
03. Crucified (ARMY OF LOVERS cover)
04. Waiting For The Night (DEPECHE MODE cover)
05. Secular Haze (live at Music Hall Of Williamsburg In Brooklyn, NY)GHOST recently travelled to the U.S. to join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DEFTONES for the "Hail To The King" tour; these dates — which ran until October 26 — marked the band's first proper U.S. outing since their "Haze Over America" trek earlier this year. GHOST also appeared at various music festivals across the U.S. this summer, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Rock On The Range.
In Europe, GHOST has joined forces with ALICE IN CHAINS for a run of dates that started in the U.K. on November 9, before heading across to mainland Europe.GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for "legal reasons."
OZZY OSBOURNE Interviewed On Brazil's 'Legendários' (Video) Marcos Mion of the Brazilian TV show "Legendários" conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne when the band performed in Rio De Janeiro in October. You can now watch the report below.BLACK SABBATH continued its sterling comeback year by earning Grammy nominations for "Best Rock Album" for "13", along with "Best Metal Performance" and "Best Rock Song" for "God Is Dead?"
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday, January 26 at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS."13", the first SABBATH album in 35 years to feature guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne recording together, went No. 1 around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S.Ozzy said about the prospects of making another record, "I don't want to say there's going to be another album, because I don't want you to ask me in another year, 'What happened when you said you were going to do another record?' I'll leave it open. I'm open for anything. I have three albums to deliver of my own solo thing to my record label."Ozzy added, "We'll all still be doing music. It's been a lot of fun doing it with BLACK SABBATH, and I'm not sorry at all for getting back together."
The making of "13" was marked by several dramatic events, including drummer Bill Ward's withdrawal from the project over a contractual dispute and Iommi's cancer diagnosis.BLACK SABBATH will return to North America in 2014 for 10 shows that will be among the last in support of "13".
Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Talks About Making Of 'Far Beyond Driven' (Video)
2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA's seventh album, "Far Beyond Driven", and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans. Bassist Rex Brown spoke with Artisan News and shared what he remembered about making this essential LP. Check out the report below.
Former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo chatted about "Far Beyond Driven" with Artisan News saying, "Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don't know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it's gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can't name the show yet, because I think it's a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I'm trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well."Anselmo went on to discuss the band's success saying, "The chemistry within PANTERA... In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by 'Vulgar Display Of Power', it was, like, 'Just let me handle the lyrics.' And then by 'Far Beyond Driven', I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man."
The 20th-anniversary reissue of "Vulgar Display Of Power" sold 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than double the first-week tally registered by the 20th-anniversary reissue of PANTERA's classic "Cowboys From Hell" LP, which debuted at No. 117 in September 2010 with sales of 4,200.
Upon its original release, "Vulgar Display Of Power" peaked at No. 44 on The Billboard 200 and spent a total of 77 weeks on the chart, the most weeks any PANTERA album spent on the list.
Asked about how he views "Vulgar Display Of Power" 20 years later, Anselmo said, "'Vulgar Display Of Power' is probably… It's up there as one of my favorite freaking PANTERA records. And honestly, considering its timing, considering our ages, our mindsets, it was a very important record that… There were struggles, but they were in the long run a footnote, a memory, because the overall product delivered."
Regarding what made "Vulgar Display Of Power" so special, Anselmo said, "The production. Heavy metal was going through a lot of different change as far as production goes. And we were brought with Terry Date [producer] and Vinnie Paul [Abbott, drums]… genius in the studio… With Terry Date, him and Dimebag [Darrell Abbott, guitar] really, really, really just drilling it. Rex was, like, automatic. Back then, Rex was just… Oh my God, it was easy. He'd zip through it and nail it. And really, with chops and licks and what-not."
TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER Speaks To VEGAS ROCKS! MAGAZINE (Video) Alice Cooper, Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Vince Neil (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Rob Zombie and all four members of KISS are among the musicians who performed on December 5 at a concert and live auction to raise money for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. They played with '80s and '90s cover band HAIRBALL to help the future of rock 'n' roll; the children.
A backstage interview with Snider conducted by Sally Steele, publisher of Vegas Rocks! Magazine, can be seen below.
The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy gives children the opportunity to grow by offering free music lessons to those that may not be able to get them. They help keep children off the streets, away from drugs, and offer a positive environment that will benefit them for the rest of their lives."Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale", starring and written by iconic rocker Dee Snider, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover, will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) November 4, 2014 through January 4, 2015. "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale" will be part of the Broadway In Chicago 2014 Fall Season. "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale" tells the story of DÄISY CÜTTER, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the '80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their headbanging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.
STREAM OF PASSION: New Video Footage From The Studio Posted Online
Dutch/Mexican symphonic/progressive metallers STREAM OF PASSION recently raised more than 43,000 euros in a crowdfunding campaign for their forthcoming fourth studio album, tentatively due in 2014.
The third in a series of video reports from the studio can be seen below.
STREAM OF PASSION performed three new songs — "Earthquake", "The Curse" and "Secrets"— during its September 27 concert at Gigant in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
The band's last CD, "Darker Days", was released in North America in July 2011 via Napalm Records. The effort was recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Holland.
In an interview with Sea Of Tranquility, STREAM OF PASSION singer Marcela Bovio stated about "Darker Days", "The drive behind this album has to expand our musical horizons and incorporate new influences and ideas into our writing. We also wanted to go for a more organic sound; instead of layering all instruments on top of each other we tried to give each instrument its own moment in the songs. So make the heavy, guitar riff parts entirely about the guitars; and on the soft parts let the piano, the strings and the vocals take over."
She added, "I think we made a huge step from 'Embrace The Storm' to 'The Flame Within'. On 'Embrace The Storm', Arjen Lucassen (who was still in the band back then) had the absolute lead on songwriting, with me doing the vocal lines and melodies. For 'The Flame Within', I had to face the challenge of writing songs from scratch, instead of writing on top of what someone else already had done; so in a lot of ways our second album was also our first. Now with 'Darker Days', we've taken our 'real' second step as a band. And I think it was clear from the start that our goal was to keep refining our sound, to keep incorporating unique qualities to the music."
Performane footage of new songs:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California court has scheduled arguments next month for Michael Jackson's doctor to appeal his involuntary manslaughter conviction.
Odom pleads no contest to DUI, gets probation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player Lamar Odom pleaded no contest Monday to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years' probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival will premiere 117 independent feature films and 11 documentaries at its 30th anniversary next month — a lineup representing the 2014 fest's most prestigious films.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The rock bands Heart and Barenaked Ladies along with country singer Willie Nelson have canceled their planned performances at SeaWorld in Florida, citing the recent documentary "Blackfish," which raises questions about the effects of captivity on whales.
NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of "The Bible" on TV are going back again in time for a CBS miniseries.
Legal battle over Nazi-seized masterpiece revived
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday resurrected a Jewish family's long legal battle to regain ownership of a $20 million masterpiece seized in Nazi Germany during World War II.