Former GROTESQUE Drummer Launches A MORBID MIND
Drummer Tomas "Offensor" Eriksson of the legendary death metal act GROTESQUE is back with a new band called A MORBID MIND. Joining him in the new group are guitarist Andy Emilsson (ex-DOOMDOGS) and vocalist Erik Johansson (BLACK BARREL SMOKE).
The title track from A MORBID MIND's forthcoming EP can be streamed using the ReverbNation widget below. The CD will be released via the band's own record label, Tilt City Records. A MORBID MIND's biography: "When Andy and Tomas met last year in DOOMDOGS, they found that they both have a genuine passion for old-school death metal. Tomas being the drummer for GROTESQUE and Andy being a huge huge fan of the Gothenburg scene of the '90s, it was a match made in hell.
"Since they both had some time now, they decided to put their heads together and try to make some music. And, basically, after just one jam in the rehearsal it's a no-brainer that this music is too good to be unreleased."
ICED EARTH's STU BLOCK Interviewed By MetalHeadRadio.com (Audio) DJ Rob of MetalHeadRadio.com recently conducted an interview with singer Stu Block of American power metallers ICED EARTH. 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:
SLIPKNOT Parts Ways With Drummer JOEY JORDISON SLIPKNOT has released the following statement:
"To our Maggots and fans around the world,
"It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and SLIPKNOT are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds.
"We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.
"It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of SLIPKNOT.
"Thank you, The 'KNOT"Jordison has spent the past few months touring with his new project SCAR THE MARTYR, whose self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 129 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on October 1 via Roadrunner Records.
In addition to Jordison and lead vocalist Henry Derek Bonner (BLOOD PROMISE), SCAR THE MARTYR's current touring lineup features guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).
In a recent interview with Australia's Loud magazine, Jordison stated about the future of SLIPKNOT: "I can only speak for myself on the SLIPKNOT angle.
"I spoke a long time ago in numerous interviews about the material that I had. I still have a lot of material.
"The future is bright with SLIPKNOT; we're not going anywhere.
"You know, there's nine eccentric guys in the band and some of us like to be more active than others.
"I have so much material, I like to be busy all the time. It's like the seize-the-day type aspect on music and life.
"I want to get out as much art as I can while I'm here and I seem to get better the more that I do it.
"Right now my work is SCAR THE MARTYR, but SLIPKNOT isn't going anywhere. You can mark my words on that."
Guitarist Jim Root revealed earlier in the month that he will sit out STONE SOUR's early 2014 tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next SLIPKNOT record. A post at STONE SOUR's Facebook page stated, "With an impending SLIPKNOT album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with STONE SOUR this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another STONE SOUR tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with SLIPKNOT, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins."SLIPKNOT's long-awaited fifth album will be its first since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray.Root and SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor spent the better part of the last year on the road with STONE SOUR behind that band's two-album set, "House Of Gold And Bones".
HUSK To Release 'Hymns' EP
Australia. Botswana. Norway. HUSK does not call one place home, but was formed in Oslo in 2013. Two expatriates, Michael Jozefowicz (vocals) and Rob Hamilton (guitar/vocals), bonded over a mutual obsession for engaging music and recruited Oslo locals, Daniel Flygh (bass) of ANEURISM and Lage Jensen (drums) of BLODSPOR. Their sound is kinetic, spitting conviction with lyrical themes covering society, politics, religion and the endeavour for self-betterment. Pounding together elements of metal, hardcore, punk and sludge, this four-piece don't mess around.
With the threat of deportation looming, the "Hymns" EP was recorded in three chaotic days at Caliban Studios by KVELERTAK guitarist Bjarte Lund Rolland. Mixing was completed on the touring road and mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, with artwork by Simón Prades.
The "Hymns" EP will be released for download in early 2014 and later on 10-inch vinyl, but for now a teaser track is available below.
Documentary About Legendary Ex-RAINBOW/DIO Bassist JIMMY BAIN In The Works
Film producer Scott Lynch is working on a documentary about legendary rock bassist Jimmy Bain (DIO, RAINBOW, LAST IN LINE).
A video announcement in which Bain and Lynch detail the crowdfunding campaign to complete the project can be seen below.LAST IN LINE is the band featuring DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB.LAST IN LINE performs material from the early DIO records that Campbell appeared on.Campbell's former SWEET SAVAGE bandmate Ray Haller filled in for Bain at LAST IN LINE's October 20 performance at the Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.Bain was arrested in August 2012 in Burbank, California on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
The 65-year-old musician caused a collision, failed a subsequent a field sobriety test and was found to be in possession of Vicodin pills without a valid prescription.
Bain, who had an outstanding felony warrant for drugs, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, possessing narcotic pills and the warrant.
SATYRICON To Be Joined By Singer SIVERT HØYEM On Stage In Stockholm Sivert Høyem, the Norwegian singer best known as the vocalist of the rock band MADRUGADA, will join Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON on stage on December 20 at the final stop of SATYRICON's European tour at Debaser Medis in Stockholm, Sweden to perform the song "Phoenix".
The official video for "Phoenix" featuring a guest appearance by Sivert Høyem can be seen below.
The performance footage for the "Phoenix" clip was filmed on September 8 at Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, Norway, where SATYRICON was joined by the 55-strong Norwegian National Opera Chorus as part of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival."Phoenix" comes off SATYRICON's new, self-titled album, which sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. This is roughly in line with the opening-week performance of the band's previous CD, "The Age of Nero", which premiered with 1,700 units back in November 2008."Satyricon" debuted at position No. 1 on the official chart in the band's home country — the first time one of the group's releases topped the chart in Norway. "Satyricon" also saw success internationally, debuting at No. 6 in Finland, No. 23 in Germany and No. 26 in Austria. By comparison, SATYRICON's previous studio album, "2008'a "The Age Of Nero", entered the chart at No. 5 in Norway and No. 73 in Germany."Satyricon" was recorded in Norway between January and May 2013 and was produced by SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven. Mixing took place in Seattle by Adam Kasper and Satyr.
Speaking to Noisecreep at this year's Inferno festival, Satyr stated about SATYRICON's new album: "To me, it sounds very authentic, it's organic-sounding. And in this digital age where music is mostly played through computers, a lot of that analog vibe gets lost in translation when you play music through medias like that, but I still wanna do it because there's nothing quite like it. To me, it just makes everything sound the way it's supposed to sound — it's dynamical; the music is alive, it's not overly compressed, the levels are not pushed. So, musically speaking, it's a very atmospheric record… This record is full of life. There are a lot of surprises here, but I think it's gonna be a record that's gonna help the black metal movement perhaps find a new way for the future."
Producer FLEMMING RASMUSSEN Thinks It Would Be 'Fun' To Work With MORBID ANGEL Again
In the December issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent and producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA) talk about the recording of the band's classic album "Covenant", widely considered to be the best-selling death metal LP of all time. For the feature, Rasmussen has also shared private photos from the 1993 recording session in Morrisound in Tampa, Florida.
When asked if he'd be open to working with MORBID ANGEL again, Rasmussen said: "That would probably be fun. They actually called me last summer and asked if I was interested. I was, but since then I haven't heard from them. I have no idea how far into the creation of a new album they are."
Regarding why MORBID ANGEL chose to perform the "Covenant" album in its entirety on the band's North American tour, Vincent told Invisible Oranges: "This tour was just an idea that I had been thinking about for a few years, and we eventually talked about it and thought it'd be something cool to do — a themed tour where everyone knows what we'll play."
He added: "I always tell people that when you've done nine or ten records, there are certain songs that you kind of have to play, that people expect to hear. Those take up probably half the set. Then you have the other half of the set, where you're trying to touch on this and touch on that. Sometimes that half works well and sometimes it doesn't. It seems like if you do a themed tour, you can add a couple songs here or there from all over, and that's what we're doing here."
Vincent also spoke about what it was like for MORBID ANGEL to be the first death metal band to sign to a major label. "I looked at it as an opportunity more than anything else," he said. "It gave us some muscle to get us into the big boys' swimming pool, as it were. We had to work a lot harder, obviously, but we had some opportunities available to us that weren't before. We got on some really good tours. We had some really good videos. It takes a lot of money to do some of these things, and Warner has very deep pockets. They allowed us to realize some of our dreams — we got to do some things that I enjoyed a lot, and that the fans tell me they enjoyed as well."
FALLINGICE: 'Teenage Boy' Video Released "Teenage Boy", the new video from Italian heavy rockers FALLINGICE, can be seen below. The clip was once again produced by Spettacolab s.r.l. and directed by Fabrizio Trigari who has previously collaborated with such artists as AFTERHOURS, BLUVERTIGO, ALMAMEGRETTA, FRANCESCO RENGA and LACRUS.
The band stated about "Teenage Boy": "This time we chose a more aggressive and energetic song than our previous single, 'Unclear'.
"This song represents how we feel today, it represents all the rage for the present situation in our state. We're angry, frustrated and we wanna scream it. It means a lot to us because it carries a strong message against homophobia."
FALLINGICE's music has been described as "incorporating the heavy metal riffs of GODSMACK with the grunge sounds of artists such as NIRVANA and PUDDLE OF MUDD, but adding a distinctive twist to the mix to create a unique sound of their own.""Teenage Boy" comes off FALLINGICE's debut album, "Meatsuit", which was released worldwide via Ukdivision Records. The CD was recorded with producer Alessandro Paolucci (RAW POWER) at West Link Recordings in Pisa, Italy, mixed by David Lenci (LINEA 77, CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY, ONE DIMENSIONAL MAN) at Red House Recordings and mastered at Precision Mastering in Hollywood, California by Tom Baker (HELMET, NINE INCH NAILS, MARILYN MANSON, DEFTONES, ALTER BRIDGE)."Meatsuit" track listing:
02. Another Day
03. Inner Confusion
04. Soap Bubble
05. Breathing Machine
06. Hands In Chains
08. Teenage Boy
10. Too Bored To Die
11. My Cold Heart
For more information, visit www.fallingice.net.
DYING FETUS Drummer Interviewed By THE METAL REVIEW (Video) The Metal Review recently conducted an interview with drummer Trey Williams of Maryland extreme metallers DYING FETUS. You can now watch the chat below.DYING FETUS' latest album, "Reign Supreme", sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 186 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. DYING FETUS's previous collection of original material, "Descend Into Depravity", opened with around 2,700 units to land at No. 166.
Released on June 19, 2012 via Relapse Records, "Reign Supreme" was recorded at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore with longtime producer Steve Wright (SLIPKNOT, MISERY INDEX). It will feature nine tracks and is "a 'return to roots,' with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works," according to a press release. "Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know."
Commented DYING FETUS guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher: "The last album had some groove in it, but [it] was basically a lot of tech; this one is a return to form of older DYING FETUS albums, so to speak — more modern production, though, of course. Everything's tight, the sound is crushing, the drums are amazing."
The Return Of GUARDIAN
After more than 10 years on hiatus, veteran rock band GUARDIAN has returned to the music scene with a new record, "Almost Home", and brand new rock single entitled "The Real Me", which will be released through digital music outlets on December 13.
More than two years in the making, the "Almost Home" project reunites all original GUARDIAN members: vocalist Jamie Rowe, guitarist Tony Palacios, bassist David Bach, and drummer Karl Ney. The album was produced by veteran guitarist Jamey Perrenot (LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift), who also recently joined GUARDIAN for a reunion tour of Latin America.
The Kickstarter-funder project was not without drama as the band struggled to regroup creatively after so many years apart.
"This new record was a marathon… definitely not a sprint," said Bach. "With lots of stops and starts along the way…and a few epic band fights thrown in for good measure."
Recorded in Perrenot's studio in the Nashville area, the album shows the band returning to their hard rock roots while still retaining the acoustic sensibilities of previous releases.
"Jamey Perrenot brings a whole new dimension to GUARDIAN," Bach added. "His acoustic prowess and innovative production really bought out a new chapter in GUARDIAN and we think these are possibly some of the best songs we have ever written."
Originally slated for a 2012 release, the album went through continued delays as the group labored to break new musical ground without riding current trends or fads.
"It was actually a bit like training for a prize fight," Bach said. "Things got more intense as we finished the record. I think that the first single 'The Real Me' embodies that struggle. It's about breaking free and shedding the layers that we all pile on ourselves trying to fit in somewhere. Musically, its loud guitars in your face. It's definitely the opening bell.""The Real Me" is available on Friday, December 13 through iTunes and all major digital stores. The official lyric video can be seen below.
Heaping seven nominations on both the con-artist melodrama "American Hustle" and the grimly historical "12 Years a Slave," the Golden Globes nominations set up a showdown of contrasts: comedy and drama, light and dark, white and black.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A former high-stakes poker game hostess pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges she helped run underground games for Wall Street financiers and celebrities in guest rooms at The Plaza hotel.