NIGHTRAGE Signs With DESPOTZ
Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE have signed a record/publishing deal with Swedish music company Despotz. The band's sixth studio album will surface in February 2015, with a new video/single to be unleashed this fall.
"Today we are proud to announce that we have signed an album deal with Despotz Records," commented Marios Iliopoulos of NIGHTRAGE. "We are super excited to work with such a dedicated bunch of people, and we are entering studio Dugout Productions with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15. We would like to take this opportunity to now officially introduce Ronnie Nyman [ENEMY IS US] as our 'new' vocalist."
"Dreams can really come true, NIGHTRAGE is a living proof of that," added Ömer Akay, Despotz co-founder and partner. "I'm honored to be working with Marios and NIGHTRAGE; we truly have the same background and visions to take the band to the mainstream."NIGHTRAGE was founded in 2000 in Greece by Iliopoulos and his close friend Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE, ARCH ENEMY). Heavily influenced by the Gothenburg metal scene, the band relocated to Sweden to accomplish its dreams.
During NIGHTRAGE's career, various musicians from AT THE GATES, EVERGREY, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMARANTHE and FIREWIND have lent their services. In its 14 years, NIGHTRAGE has released five studio albums and toured across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Asia.
SLASH Performs New Song '30 Years To Life' For First Time (Video) Slash and his band, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, played a new song, "30 Years To Life", for the first time on July 9 at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below."30 Years To Life" is taken from Slash's third album, "World On Fire", which will be released on September 15. Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love". Among the other tracks on the record are "Shadow Life", "Automatic Overdrive", "Wicked Stone", "Bent To Fly", "Battleground" and the title track, which also serves as the set's first single.Slash told Music Radar about the new CD, "I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the 'Apocalyptic Love' tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September  I sat down and went through everything I'd recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in Mates rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, Mike Baskette, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. Myles came down and started working on his vocal parts… and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio."
He continued: "The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there's a certain energy that carries the creative process and it's almost like you're not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That's how this record was. I can't think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow."
Slash also spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his bandmates, telling Music Radar: "I think basically everyone's a great rock 'n' roll player. They're real rock musicians at heart — deep down. So when we get together, we've built up a certain chemistry. We started out with a certain kind of chemistry and we're just evolving from there. At this point, everybody feels very comfortable just being themselves and doing what it is that they do best. It's just an unsaid, natural synergy that happens. For example, this is probably one of Brent's [Fitz, drummer] best records as a player, being able to do all the things he wanted to do. And the same with Todd [Kerns, bass] and the same for me. But having such a great rhythm section means I have to really fuckin' put together some great guitar bits on top of it. The other thing that's cool is Mike Baskette was great. One of the reasons why I really wanted to work with him was he just loves guitars and it's rare to get anyone who brings any ideas other than the ones you bring to the table as far as sounds and tones or anything like that. And that's a limitation: you can only do as much as you know how to do in the studio and sometimes you really need to work with an engineer who knows something in the recording studio that you don't know. That's what Mike brought into it. He was so enthusiastic about getting guitar sounds. He would put as much time into that as I could possibly put it in — sometimes more so. It was really inspiring. I haven't had that in a long, long time."
Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording."Apocalyptic Love" earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun".
The former GUNS N' ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH.
FOZZY Filming Video For 'Do You Wanna Start A War' Title Track FOZZY, the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO, is filming a video for the title track of its new album, "Do You Wanna Start A War". The video shoot is taking place today (Wednesday, July 23) in the Los Angeles area."Do You Wanna Start A War" was released on July 22 via Century Media. Produced by FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward, the CD features 12 tracks, including the debut single, "Lights Go Out", the title track and the return of the Theremin in "Bad Tattoo". SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor recently described the effort as "dark, dense and sharp. Sonically and lyrically, this feels like it's going somewhere big. I love it!"
Regarding FOZZY's musical uproach on "Do You Wanna Start A War", Jericho told the Boise, Idaho radio station 100.3 The X Rocks: "We wanted to do something a little different. We love, obviously, AVENGED SEVENFOLD or FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, we love IRON MAIDEN, we love OZZY [OSBOURNE]. But we also love PINK FLOYD and LED ZEPPELIN and QUEEN and U2 and THE BEATLES, bands that would always broaden their horizons, but still sound… the core of the band's sound was still there, but they would different things. And when we were listening to a lot of songs on rock radio, we felt that they fit a certain pattern. We wanted to do something that was different from that, and that's what 'Lights Go Out' kind of came from that mindset. So it is a different type of tune, but we wanted to do that and shake things up and take a chance. You know, when you do something like that, sometimes your hardcore fans will go, 'Well, this isn't what we've heard before,' but they'll eventually like it. And you do this to appeal to new fans, and that's what we're getting from 'Lights Go Out', who'd never heard FOZZY before, who'd never listened to FOZZY. 'Man, you guys rock! This song is amazing!' That's what you want…. This is a song that you can hear in a strip club, you can hear it in a dance club, you can hear it in next to a SLAYER song. It's kind of got all things to all people. 'Cause all that matters with music and a good song is the melody and the hook. And this has a great hook; you could catch 'Jaws' with this hook, that's how big it is. But it's dark, it grooves, it's sexy, it's sleek, and the chicks dig it, which is the most important thing. 'Cause when the chicks like something, that means the guys will follow.""Do You Wanna Start A War" track listing:
01. Do You Wanna Start A War
02. Bad Tattoo
03. Lights Go Out
04. Died With You
06. Brides of Fire
07. One Crazed Anarchist
10. No Good Way
12. WitcheryFOZZY is Chris Jericho on vocals, Rich Ward on guitar and vocals, Frank Fontsere on drums, Billy Grey on guitar, and Paul Di Leo on bass.
BRING ME THE HORIZON's OLI SYKES Reveals He Was Addicted To Ketamine
Vocalist Oli Sykes of the British deathcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON gave an emotional speech at Monday night's (July 21) inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards in Cleveland, Ohio where he owned up to his now-conquered ketamine addiction.
While accepting the "Album Of The Year" award for BRING ME THE HORIZON's "Sempiternal", Sykes told the crowd: "I want to say something that I never thought I'd actually talk about. Before we wrote 'Sempiternal', I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine; I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my fucking brother wanted to kill me; everyone wanted to kill me, everybody wanted to fucking take me to hell, but they didn't. They stood by me, they supported me through all of that shit and we wrote 'Sempiternal' because of it.
"No one fucking knows, no one fucking knows this, but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you guys — you had no fucking idea that I was in rehab — but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails.
"And when I got out of that rehab I didn't want to fucking scream anymore, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. And it's all thanks to you, so thank you very much."
Other artists who were nominated in the "Album Of The Year" category at the Alternative Press Music Awards were A DAY TO REMEMBER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, FALL OUT BOY, PARAMORE, TOUCHE AMORE, TWENTY ONE PILOTS and THE WONDER YEARS.BRING ME THE HORIZON will embark on the "Parks & Devastation" tour in September alongside A DAY TO REMEMBER and CHIODOS.BRING ME THE HORIZON's fourth album, "Sempiternal", sold 27,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 2, 2013 via Epitaph.
ROB HALFORD: Why JUDAS PRIEST Will Never Release Tell-All Band Biography
In a brand new interview with Esquire magazine, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked how the guys in the band maintain their privacy in the age of the Internet and social media, when everything is out there now. "It's a very good question, and it's basically trust and respect for each," Halford replied. "I would never say anything about Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist], even about the music to a certain respect. But as far as the dirty laundry that some bands are very, very open about displaying, the most important thing for PRIEST is the music. We really treasure it. And I'm only speaking for myself, but once you get beyond that and you get deeper, digging in the dirt, it can really dilute what you're about and what you're trying to be with your music. So we're very, very protective of that. We've also been fortunate in that we're surrounded by people outside of the band who are very protective of us as well."
He added: "You get these tell-all book from agents and managers that don't really know the truth: We've been lucky. We're constantly asked if we're going to do a book. Well, it seems the only way you can get a book to be successful is to dig up the dirt, and I don't want to do that, personally. I think it's also part of the magic and mystery of the band, isn't it?
"In today's world, everybody knows what everybody's doing. It's all in one ear and out the other and doesn't have any value. So for us, it's about keeping the privacy and the mystique. The band is called JUDAS PRIEST and this is our music."
In a separate interview with ABC News Radio, Halford— who has been openly gay for the past 16 years — repeated the sentiment, saying: "Time and time and time again, 'Can we have a book from JUDAS PRIEST?'...I don't think we'll ever do it. We've always pushed back. We know what people want — an exposure of the band," adding that that's not going to happen. "If you want to know about JUDAS PRIEST, put on that record from 1974 and listen to everything to 2014 — there's the life of JUDAS PRIEST," he said. "We don't feel as though we need to say anything more beyond the music."Halford, however, seemed to be more receptive to the idea of one day telling his own story in an autobiography. "That's...a personal journey and I think that I'd probably have less of a problem with that [than with a band tell-all] because it would be coming from my mouth," he said before adding he'd keep it personal. "I wouldn't say anything about Richie [Faulkner, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist], I wouldn't say anything about Glenn. I wouldn't bring anybody else into that part of my life because... it's not cool."Halford went on to say that his story is "of its own life compared to what I am, I'm a singer in a heavy metal band. Oh, by the way, he's also gay. That's...simplistic, but I know it's a very deep story, it's a very interesting story."
TED NUGENT Says JIMI HENDRIX, KEITH MOON And BON SCOTT 'Didn't Have Any Discipline'
Legendary rocker Ted Nugent was interviewed on a recent edition of Penn's Peak Radio's "The Daily Bump & Grind". You can now listen to the chat below.
Speaking about his life philosophy, Nugent said: "Quality of life can only come from discipline. If you make wise choices instead of comfortable choices, or trendy choices, or the B.S. of peer-pressure lie, if you make intelligent and responsible and accountable choices in life, you will have more happiness, you will have more success and you'll be more complete and full as a human being. So, even though I didn't like it when I was growing up, my dad's militant discipline was really the guiding force in quality of life. And now my older brother Jeff, and younger brother John, and sister Cathy, we all get together every year and we remember that we didn't like my dad at the time, but it was his discipline that brought us happiness and quality of life. And I think that is always true in every instance."
He added: "You know, there's been just incredibly gifted heroes of ours, musically, over the years. But, unfortunately, Jimi Hendrix didn't have discipline. Unfortunately, Keith Moon and Bon Scott didn't have any discipline. And I don't know how that party's going, but it doesn't look very good from here."
During a 2002 appearance at a school in Naples, Florida, Nugent told students about his fellow rockers: "Jimi got high and Jimi is dead; I went hunting and I'm still Ted. They would ridicule me, laugh at me because I wouldn't take their drugs. Ha-ha. They're all dead."
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in 2007, Nugent said about Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Mama Cass: "I often wonder what musical peaks they could have climbed had they not gagged to death on their own vomit."Nugent's new full-length album, "Shutup&Jam!", came out on July 8 via Frontiers Records. This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. Nugent leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to the song "She's Gone".
POWERMAN 5000's SPIDER ONE Speaks To 'Hard Edge Radio' (Audio) Harold "Howie" Herula of the "Hard Edge Radio" show on TapDetroit.com recently conducted an interview with POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One.. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.POWERMAN 5000's new album, "Builders Of The Future", sold around 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 63 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on May 27, the CD is the first release through POWERMAN 5000's partnership with T-Boy Records, a co-venture with Universal Music Enterprises founded by veteran rock manager Andy Gould. T-Boy releases include ROB ZOMBIE's "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", MEGADETH's "Super Collider" and the self-titled debut album from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS. POWERMAN 5000 has carved out a corner of the galaxy where their devoted supporters created a culture that's bigger than music, drawing upon a tapestry of comic books, horror films and fantasy cobbled together years before "geek" became a hip buzzword.
New tracks like "How To Be A Human", "Invade, Destroy, Repeat", "Live It Up Before You're Dead" and "Modern World" are turbocharged with the same futuristic, b-movie bite of enduring, electro-tinged POWERMAN 5000 anthems like "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real".
"I never would have imagined that after all the albums, the band members, the ups-and-downs of the always changing music business, I'd still be here doing this, which is thanks to our most diehard fans," marvels band leader, visionary and sole remaining original member Spider One, who founded POWERMAN 5000 with a 4-track and a drum machine.
Armed with giant hooks and crowd-empowering choruses, Spider and his merry band of musical superheroes have made a record vibrantly reminiscent of their commercial breakthrough "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" (which gave DreamWorks Records their first platinum plaque). "Builders Of The Future" delivers on the promise of 2009's return to form "Somewhere On The Other Side Of Nowhere". POWERMAN 5000 has retrofitted their songwriting prowess even further, sounding hungry yet sophisticated, as if smiling amid a dystopian landscape, flipping middle fingers in the air and dancing till doomsday.
"At the end of the day, we are the ones who will go out and play these songs in every city in America and everywhere else around the world we can," Spider points out. "You have to live and breathe it. If you don't believe in it, it's easy for people to smell a rat. We can sit around and cry all day long about how the music business isn't what it used to be, but none of that really matters. What matters is to have a blast being in a band."
"We've replanted our flag as the weird, sci-fi, electronic band," proclaims Spider. "This is what we are. This is what we do best. This is clearly what people like from us the most, too. So I'm going to love it like they love it. We're back. The fanbase has really rallied around us again. The enthusiasm feels like it's picked right up from the year 2000. The electronic-metal-dance thing, we've locked it down once and for all with this one."
MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX Planning To Have First Baby With New Wife Courtney Bingham, the 28-year-old wife of MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, tells Radar Online that they are planning to have a baby, which will be the first child for her.
"Something great is coming to an end but new things are around the corner," Bingham said. "When the [current MÖTLEY CRÜE] tour is over, we intend to have a little rocker of our own! I am so excited to have my first baby with the love of my life."Sixx, 55, married Bingham on March 15 at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California.
"Married life is everything I dreamed it would be," Courtney said. "I still wake up and pinch myself every day when I see my husband. He then surprises me with lovely flowers and shows me the appreciation that anyone would want from a true gentleman. I am literally living my dream."
This is the third marriage for Sixx, who has three kids with ex-wife Brandi Brandt: Storm Breanne Sixx, 20, Gunner Nicholas Sixx, 23, and Decker Nilsson Sixx, 19. He also has a daughter with his ex-wife, "Baywatch" star Donna D'Errico, Frankie-Jean Mary Sixx, 13.Sixx and Bingham had been dating since 2010, shortly after the breakup of his relationship with tattoo artist Kat Von D.
KORN's RAY LUZIER: 'It's Kind Of Cool To Be A Part Of A Band That's Not Afraid To Experiment' The Front Row Report took part in a roundtable interview with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer and drummer Ray Luzier at the July 19 stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Noblesville, Indiana. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.
Speaking about KORN's musical evolution over the years, Luzier said: "I always tell people it's kind of cool to be a part of a band that's not afraid to experiment.
"We always play from the heart; no matter what we're doing, we give it our all.
"There's bands like AC/DC and [IRON] MAIDEN— bands I love — but you pretty much know what their new record's gonna sound like; it's gonna sound a lot like the last record. It's kind of cool having 'The Path Of Totality' to 'Korn III' to 'Untitled', which is one of my favorite KORN records of all time. It's so different on that record, some of the things you guys [speaking to Munky] did to experiment. It's just cool."
The deluxe reissue of KORN's 2013 album, "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition" (Prospect Park) was made available at Best Buy stores in North America starting July 15.
For the "World Tour Edition", the Bakersfield quintet lock and load last year's critically acclaimed "The Paradigm Shift", with three brand new songs including their just-released single "Hater", plus "The Game Is Over" and "So Unfair". In addition, it's been beefed up with a bevy of live tracks recorded all over the globe and expanded artwork. It's the ultimate way to experience "The Paradigm Shift". Among the other unreleased material, Davis opens up about his young son Zeppelin's battle with diabetes on the powerful "So Unfair", while "The Game Is Over" slams with the intense catharsis fans worldwide expect from these legends.
Heavy Metal Fan JOKO 'JOKOWI' WIDODO Wins Indonesia's Presidential Election
Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who has professed love for heavy metal bands like METALLICA, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD and NAPALM DEATH, has been declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election after receiving 53.13 percent of the vote. He is expected to be inaugurated on October 20.
Upon hearing the news, LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe took to his Instagram account to express his joy: "Incredibly, ladies and gentlemen, the new President of Indonesia is a metalhead AND a LAMB OF GOD fan. No, this is not a joke, yes the photos are real, yes, he digs NAPALM DEATH, METALLICA, MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD, amongst others.
"Holy crap! THE WORLD'S FIRST HEAVY METAL PRESIDENT!
"Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, the governor of Jakarta and former furniture salesman who was born into poverty, has won the election.
"I do not know much at all about Indonesian politics, so I can’t comment of their political situation one way or the other, but from what I can tell, Jokowi seems to be a man of the people.
"Wow. A metalhead president — who would have thought? AMAZING. I mean, can you IMAGINE it? This is THE ONLY PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD with whom you can sit down and argue about which SLAYER record is the best. Holy crap, it's too much!
"I want the Prez to take me on a diplomatic surf summit to Bali. Maybe I can get ambassadorial status."
The 53-year-old Widodo, who has served as governor of Jakarta since 2012, attended METALLICA's August 2013 concert in the city — 25 years to the day after the release of the band's fourth album, "…And Justice For All", and more than 20 years after their tumultuous first show in Indonesia.
"I am happy and satisfied with the concert," Widodo said after the performance. "No one got out of control last night. We showed them that Jakarta citizens are all dignified. We could rock the night away in an orderly fashion."
Back in May 2013, Widodo had to turn over his autographed METALLICA bass guitar to the government temporarily, while authorities determined whether the instrument was merely a gift or a violation of ethics rules. Widodo received the bass from METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, but had to give it up to the state within 30 days, according to laws regarding gifts to state officials.
So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?
NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.
NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts
NEW YORK (AP) — Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that took over more than 1,600 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a "Sinister Six" spinoff in 2016, pushing "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to 2018, Sony's Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in announcing an updated schedule.