ONSLAUGHT Featuring Ex-ANTHRAX Singer NEIL TURBIN: Footage Of Brooklyn Concert
Fan-filmed video footage of British thrashers ONSLAUGHT performing on October 23 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York can be seen below.
As previously reported, ONSLAUGHT vocalist Sy Keeler sitting out the band's "Thrash Invasion Tour 2014" of the U.S., Canada and South America due to health issues with his son. He is being replaced for the duration of the trek by former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin.
Said Keeler: "I know you are going to be disappointed with my decision as am I, but I sincerely hope you can understand our situation.
"My reason for this is the ongoing health issues with my son, who has been suffering with a debilitating illness for some time. He is still on a downward path with no sign of any recovery on the horizon. Therefore, to be away for two months will put a lot of pressure on the family and increased anxiety on my son. We also have regular visits to specialists coming up during the next six months. Therefore, at this time, I am having to think of my family first and sadly I am unable to be away in the Americas for the duration intended."
Added ONSLAUGHT guitarist Nige Rockett: "We're extremely gutted that Sy cannot make this tour and, of course, we wish Sy's family all the best in this difficult time. We are positive things will improve in the very near future and look forward to having Sy with us back real soon.
"It was a really tough decision for us to make also, but Sy was very supportive that we take out a replacement vocalist to make this tour happen.
"So much work had already been carried out by our management / booking agents / promoters behind the scenes, it would have been unfair to let our team down, the other bands down and, most importantly, not to let our fans down.
"On a positive note, it's gonna be awesome to have Neil Turbin on board for the tou. For me, he's always been one of the best thrash metal vocalists out there, no question. His work on the ANTHRAX album 'Fistful Of Metal' was simply amazing, and I believe he's one of the only guys in the genre who could step into Sy's shoes. I think it brings a unique edge to this tour and I'm sure the fans will really dig what they hear."ONSLAUGHT's sixth album, "VI", was released on September 20, 2013 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Sounds Of Violence" was mixed by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (TIAMAT, SCAR SYMMETRY) at Panic Room studios in Skara, Sweden.
SNOT Recruits VITIATE Frontman CARL BENSLEY For Upcoming Tour
Reunited legendary Santa Barbara metal/punk rock hybrid SNOT has tapped Carl Bensley (VITIATE, CONSUME THE FIRE) to sing for the band following the recent departure of Tommy "Vext" Cummings (ex-DIVINE HERESY). SNOT guitarist Mikey Doling says: "[Carl] is an incredible monster vocalist and great dude. [We're] very excited to rock with him."SNOT's U.S. tour, during which the band will perform its classic "Get Some" album in its entirety, is scheduled to kick off on November 28 in Palm Desert, California and wrap up on December 23 in Pomona, California.Doling says of the upcoming trek: "I want to let you know we are ready to rock out as hard as humanly possible with all you SNOT heads around the world on our first world tour. I hope you're ready, 'cause we have a ton of massive energy to bring to you.
"SNOT is something special to us.
"We will enjoy playing our debut and only record, 'Get Some', in its entirety for you live for all you die hard SNOT heads!
"Say something for the record tell the people what you feel!!"
SNOT played its first show in five years on February 11 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Cummings fronted SNOT in 2008-2009 before he and guitarist Sonny Mayo exited the group amid "strained relationships."SNOT disbanded in 1998 following the death of the group's lead singer, Lynn Strait. Lynn died in a car accident in December 1998, putting an end to a career that generated considerable promise but only one studio album, the 1997 Geffen Records release "Get Some". Also killed was the band's mascot Dobbs, Strait's dog who adorned the cover of SNOT's debut album. The band had been writing material for its sophomore CD and had completed 10 songs at the time of Strait's tragic passing. As a memorial to Strait, SNOT eventually decided to release those tracks, with lyrics and guest vocals provided by a host of stars from the alt-metal community. The resulting album, "Strait Up", was a fitting tribute from Strait's peers and friends, featuring members of LIMP BIZKIT, KORN, SLIPKNOT, SEVENDUST, (HED) P.E., COAL CHAMBER, SUGAR RAY, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SOULFLY, and more.
OZZY OSBOURNE Says 'The Osbournes' TV Show Was 'A Good Idea' That 'Went Wildly Out Of Control' Ozzy Osbourne says that the MTV reality show "The Osbournes", which followed the lives of the BLACK SABBATH singer and his family, was "a good idea" that "went wildly out of control."
The "fly-on-the-wall" TV series, which became the highest rated original program in MTV's history, started in 2002 and ended in 2005. The show chronicled Sharon Osbourne's battle with cancer, as well as younger children Kelly and Jack Osbourne's stints in rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse."The Osbournes" was credited with being the first show where cameras followed celebrities around and led to a number of copycats like A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", which followed the life of KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his family, and A&E's "Growing Up Twisted", about the family of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider.
Speaking to The Times-Picayune, Ozzy said about "The Osbournes": "It was a TV show, which was a good idea that went fucking out of control.
"The No. 1 mistake I made was having it filmed in the house I lived in, instead of a reproduction in a studio where I could go every day and come home. You have camera crews living in your garage 24/7 for three years; anybody would go fucking crazy at the end of it."
He added: "Nobody could have predicted what was going to happen with it. It started off with 'Cribs'. MTV said a load of people wanted a rerun, asking for it to be shown again and again. Somebody said, 'Why don't you do an extended version of 'Cribs'?' It was like, 'We can do that.' But then it went wildly out of control."
In a 2012 interview, Sharon stated about "The Osbournes": "Our lives were never the same again. Everybody's grown up with Ozzy, everybody loves Ozzy, but for us we were a family. You know, we weren't in the public eye at all, and it changed our lives so much."
In "The Osbournes", the legendary singer would often be seen running on a treadmill and getting fit. But he told The Daily Record back in 2009 that it was all a charade. Once the cameras stopped rolling, Ozzy, supposedly a recovering alcoholic, would go to a room and get stoned.Sharon said: "As Ozzy will tell you, the three years that we were filming, Ozzy was stoned the whole time. He wasn't sober for one day."Ozzy revealed: "When the filming ended, I'd go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day.
"I'd give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles."
Ozzy admitted he couldn't watch the show — because it's obvious by his body language in front of camera that he didn't know what time of day it was.
He said: "I used to do a lot of prescription drugs as well."
FATES WARNING Singer Blames Band's 'Lackadaisical' Attitude For Lack Of DREAM THEATER-Level Commercial Success FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder believes that the group's "lackadaisical" attitude towards recording and touring was was what ultimates cost him and his bandmates the kind of sustained commercial success that is enjoyed by DREAM THEATER, a band that many consider to be the premier progressive metal outfit in the world.
Formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut, FATES WARNING went through a number of lineup changes in its 30-year-plus career while releasing eleven studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, one VHS, three DVDs (each of them features live concerts) and four demo tapes. The band experienced major American commercial success with the 1986 release of their third studio album, "Awaken The Guardian", which peaked at No. 191 on The Billboard 200 chart and became the first LP released on Metal Blade to enter that chart. Their next three albums, "No Exit" (1988), "Perfect Symmetry" (1989) and "Parallels" (1991), were also successful; the first two peaked at No. 111 and No. 141 on the Billboard 200, respectively.
Asked by Brazil's "Wikimetal" what he thinks about former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy saying DREAM THEATER often gets mistakenly credited for creating a genre that FATES WARNING launched years earlier, Alder said: "I get asked that a lot." He continued: "It's funny. They changed everything a lot, DREAM THEATER. They're amazing, amazing musicians, and I'm very happy that they have all the success they have. But their formula was much better than ours. You know, we would do an album and do a tour, and then we'd stop for a couple of years, or four years, and we'd another album and tour. They had the right idea — do an album, tour, do an album, tour, do an album tour — and they built their fan base by being there all the time. And the lack of us touring and putting albums out, it certainly hurt us a bit as far as fans [are concerned]. You know, we [release albums and play to] our fans that are there, and then we're not there anymore, so they move on to something else. I think a lot of it is our fault for being a bit lackadaisical in our performance and writing and things like that… Well, not in our performance — we definitely give everything we have when we play live — but I think that's probably one of the things."
Alder added: "But it doesn't bother me at all [that DREAM THEATER gets that kind of credit]. I mean, again, I wish them all the luck in the world, and it seems like they have it. [Laughs]"
In a 2009 interview with The Mooreatorium, former FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder was asked what he would say to those who credit the band with defining the progressive metal genre. "I think 'Eye To Eye' and 'Monument' are pretty close to perfect songs," Mark replied. "That is a very nice compliment, but it would have been nice for the band to progress and become a bit more successful in the commercial sense. I think that would have helped things along instead of us always sort of struggling with good tours, etc."FATES WARNING's eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1, 2013 via InsideOut Music.
SKID ROW To 'Do Some Writing' For Next EP In January Rock N Reel Reviews conducted an interview with SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo during the band's recently completed UK tour. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On SKID ROW's plans to release another EP to follow up this year's "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two":Sabo: "This one will be a set of three [EPs], so we'll start working on it… We'll do some writing in January. We've done some writing already. We consciously made a point not to write everything all at once. We wanted everything to maintain that urgency and that immediacy and have the music be 'in the moment' at that particular time where we're at. And this way allows us to use the life experiences that we've gone through while touring the world and to apply that to the music as well."
On whether there is a common thread running through all the EPs:
Sabo: "There's a common thread that runs through all of them. We've pretty much had a common thread through all our music since our debut record. It's always been about individuality but inity, strength in numbers, community, just doing the right thing… Being good. Just doing the right thing."
On how SKID ROW's newest material is going over live:Sabo: "We're doing two [songs] off the first EP and two off this EP. And it's cool because they have a great energy to them, and so I think if people aren't necessarily familiar with all the lyrics or the songs themselves, there's an energy and a groove that goes along with them that allows people to, sort of, navigate toward and get close to it, even if it's unfamiliar from, like I said, a lyrical perspective or something like that. It's like if you never heard [LED ZEPPELIN's] 'Immigrant Song', that groove forces you to get into it. It seems that the vibe and the groove and the tempos of the songs are grabbing the people.""Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two", the new EP from the current lineup of SKID ROW— Johnny Solinger (vocals), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Dave "Snake" Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) — sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD, which came out on August 5 via Megaforce Records, contains covers of QUEEN and AEROSMITH classics as bonus tracks.
DECAPITATED Involved In 'Serious' Van Accident
Polish death metallers DECAPITATED were involved in a serious van accident yesterday afternoon (Friday, October 24) while en route to a show in New Orleans, Luisiana. The band says in a statement: "We are all okay (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky."
On October 29, 2007, a tour bus accident claimed the life of DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka, and gravely injured the band's lead singer, Adrian "Covan" Kowanek, who has yet to make a full recovery.
After he underwent what was deemed to be "successful" neurosurgery, a 36-hour pharmacological coma ended with Covan suffering a cardiac arrest and diffuse cerebral hypoxia (wherein brain impairment occurs due to low blood oxygen levels) because of alleged "medical negligence." Covan returned home after another six months of treatment in October 2008. Since then, Covan has made vast improvements, but still is unable to communicate and care for himself and requires 24-hour care.DECAPITATED's sixth album, "Blood Mantra", was released on September 26 via Nuclear Blast.
DEATHSTARS Narrowly Avoid Tragedy After Tour Bus Catches Fire
Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS narrowly escaped a tragedy early this morning (Saturday, October 25) when the tour bus they were travelling in caught fire in the middle of the Austrian Alps.
The group had just picked up the bus in Graz, Austria, where it was left for repair, and was on its way to a gig in Italy. It was around 8 a.m. when the bus driver became aware that something was not right. "He asked if the back door was closed, so we went and checked it," DEATHSTARS singer Andreas Bergh told the Swedish newspaper Expressen. "It had something to do with the electrical system. All of a sudden he shouted that the bus was on fire.
"It only by a stroke of luck that we got out of the bus in time," the singer added. "We could have died in there."
Between 15 and 16 people were travelling on the bus, and those who were asleep were quickly awoken and told to run out of the vehicle, which had just come out of a tunnel. Within a few minutes, the rear of the bus, where most of the bunks were located, exploded, causing extensive damage to the trailer that was attached to the bus and destroying the musicians' instruments.
"Luckily, some of us were awake" when the incident happened," Bergh said. "Had we been stuck in the tunnel at the time of the explosion, we would have run the risk of everything becoming one big puff of smoke and a truck slamming into the bus. It could have been a disaster."
Ambulances and emergency services were quickly on the accident scene, which was cordoned off. The bandmembers were then taken to an alpine hut near Graz where they were being taken care of by rescue personnel.
"Psychologists and police and nurses are here," Bergh told Expressen. "We are still in shock over the fact that we made it out alive."
He added: "We may cancel the gig in Italy, but we're going to Munich [Germany] late [Saturday] so hopefully it will go well. We plan to continue the tour."
Bergh thinks it will take a while for the band to get over the emotional stress of the accident.
"It was really extremely, extremely close, and it could have been much worse," he said. "Imagine the whole damn bus catching fire while you are sitting inside it, and then it explodes.
"We literally had gotten out with seconds to spare, since the incident happened just outside the tunnel."
Check out photos of the burned out bus at Krone.at.
Legendary CREAM Bassist JACK BRUCE Dies
Legendary CREAM bassist/singer Jack Bruce died today of liver disease. He was 71 years old.
His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."Bruce's death was confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers.
She said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."
CREAM was formed in 1966, and consisted of Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock, combining imaginative lyrics, often written by poet Pete Brown, Eric Clapton's innovative blues guitar playing, Jack Bruce's operatic voice and fluid bass playing, and Ginger Baker's jazz-influenced drumming.
The group soon evolved further creating a trademark approach built around each musician's virtuoso playing. Their live performances soon became renowned for lengthy improvisational pieces based on traditional blues structures such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", modern blues such as "Born Under A Bad Sign", and their own songs such as "White Room" and Ginger Baker's powerhouse showcase "Toad".
Following their first pop hit single "I Feel Free" in January 1967, CREAM's debut, "Fresh Cream", set the tone for group's inventive mix of blues standards and more eccentric original material and reached No. 6 in the UK album charts. It offered a unique blend of blues — Robert Johnson's "Four Until Late" and Skip James' "I'm So Glad"— inventive originals such as "Dreaming" and the showcase, near-instrumental "Cat's Squirrel".
Before the end of the year, CREAM released the follow-up "Disraeli Gears", its distinctive Day-Glo psychedelic cover designed by underground illustrator Martin Sharp. Recorded in May in New York during their first American tour, it includes landmark songs such as "Strange Brew", the melodic but heavy-riffing "Sunshine Of Your Love" and more surrealistic, wah-wah drenched "Tales Of Brave Ulysses"; in all a brilliant, textured, multi-dubbed sound that went beyond blues.
Non-stop touring soon saw CREAM break through in America where "Wheels Of Fire", released in August 1968, topped the U.S. charts for a month and was the world's first platinum-selling double album. It comprised one album "in the studio" — including the Jack Bruce- and Pete Brown-penned classics "White Room" and "Politician"— while the other side was recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, highlighted by expansive readings of "Crossroads" and "Spoonful".
SUICIDE SILENCE Unveils New Mobile App
Powered by DiscipleMedia, the new, exclusive SUICIDE SILENCE mobile app — compatible with all handheld iOS and Android devices — has been unveiled. Get yours here:
* iOS/Apple users
* Android/Google users
As an added incentive for those who download the app within the first 24 hours, SUICIDE SILENCE and Disciple Media will randomly select three lucky winners who'll receive a special SUICIDE SILENCE merch pack that includes a limited-edition vinyl version of the latest album, "You Can't Stop Me", two posters, a laminate, and guitar picks.SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist and songwriter Mark Heylmun shares the following about the band's newest endeavor: "This new SUICIDE SILENCE app is a game changer — and I hate that term. This isn't the same old band app with the same old crap. This gets you guys — our fans! — closer to us and us closer to you. My favorite thing about it is live streaming where we can show you what we're doing wherever we are, either playing a show or just hanging out. This app is everything SUICIDE SILENCE. Check it out!"
A one-stop destination for all things SUICIDE SILENCE, the app is a direct, two-way channel of communication between the members of the band and their dedicated fan base. App users will receive all breaking SUICIDE SILENCE news first, listen to exclusive music, watch live video streams, see exclusive photos, have access to upcoming pre-sale tour tickets and special band merchandise, and enter app-only contests.
"We're really excited to work with SUICIDE SILENCE on their new app, it's going to be great! They're such a forward-thinking band who want to share exclusive content and get closer to their fans via mobile. We can't wait for the app to be out there for SUICIDE SILENCE fans to experience," states Benjamin Vaughan, CEO of Disciple Media.
In addition to accessing all of SUICIDE SILENCE's existing social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram), fans can also join the band's exclusive community to friend, message, chat, comment, and like with other SUICIDE SILENCE fans, in one-to-one or group messaging.
"We have tons of exclusive content for you to check out," adds lead vocalist Eddie Hermida. "I hope you are all ready to tune into our day to day lives, everyone… we will be waiting for you!"
The free, five-week trial launches today, October 24. Come December 1, fans can subscribe for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.69 per month to retain the exclusive features or opt out to use its basic functions for no charge.
SUICIDE SILENCE is currently on a co-headlining tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and openers CHELSEA GRIN and ALTERBEAST, which runs through October 30.
SISTER SIN: Entire 'Black Lotus' Album Available For Streaming
Swedish female-fronted heavy rockers SISTER SIN will release their fifth studio album, "Black Lotus", on October 27 via Victory. The CD is now available for streaming in its entirety below.SISTER SIN vocalist Liv Jagrell tells Examiner.com about "Black Lotus": "We always grow a little bit more into the metal scene for each record we do. But that's our roots. It's the really old kind of metal stuff. But also we get some inspiration from newer bands like ARCH ENEMY and IN FLAMES and stuff like that too.
"I feel that we tried to get heavier on this record than the previous record. Also, the production of it we draw to the heavier kind of sound, and I really like that because I'm into the heavy kind of music."
Regarding the recording process for "Black Lotus", Jagrell said: "We had limited time in the studio comparing to previous records. We had to find a way to make it work in the short amount of time that we had. So instead of doing the drums first, then bass, the guitar, and the vocals last, we actually did… well, we did do the drums first, of course, but then we kind of did vocals; and guitars we sometimes put after the vocals, and for us that was new. We had like two studios, so we worked simultaneously. I think it was good that we did some of the guitars after the vocals, because then we could actually work the guitars with the vocals better than we've done on the previous records. So that was kind of new."
"Black Lotus" track listing:
01. Food For Worms
02. Chaos Royale
03. Au Revoir
04. Desert Queen
05. Count Me Out
06. Stones Throw
07. The Jinx
08. Ruled By None
09. Sail North
According to a press release, SISTER SIN "skillfully inject elements of classic, metal-tinged hard rock in the vein of MÖTLEY CRÜE, ACCEPT and JUDAS PRIEST, while remaining contemporary, fresh and pushing heavy metal to wider audiences, akin to bands like THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HALESTORM."
The lyric video for the "Chaos Royale" song from "Black Lotus" can be seen below.
Exclusive SISTER SIN pre-order packages for "Black Lotus" are available now at VictoryMerch.com. Starting at just $19.98, various packages include the "Black Lotus" CD or limited-edition colored vinyl with exclusive t-shirts, hooded sweatshirt, koozie and more. All pre-orders include an instant MP3 download of the track "Chaos Royale". SISTER SIN's third album, "Now And Forever", entered the official chart in the band's home country of Sweden at position No. 44.
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
LONDON (AP) — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world.
British director Stephen Daldry, of "Billy Elliot" and "The Reader" fame, won the Rome Film Festival's top prize Saturday with his adventure thriller "Trash" set in Brazilian favelas. The film about children who forage in landfills for a living until they come across a wallet and key sought after by a corrupt police officer edged out 17 other contenders at the ninth edition of the festival, with prizes decided for the first time by the viewing public. Starring a trio of youngsters with no previous acting experience, the film sees the boys race to try and solve the riddle before the police can, helped along by an American priest and an aid worker, played by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara. Richard Curtis, the man behind "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill", wrote the script, based on Andy Mulligan's novel of the same name.
NEW YORK (AP) — Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater.
After a five-year closure for what was supposed to be a two-year refurbishment, Paris's Picasso Museum re-opened Saturday with arguments over the 52-million-euro ($66-million) project still reverberating. French President Francois Hollande said at a ceremony the museum was "one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the most moving because it brings together the considerable and prolific work of the best-known artist of the 20th century". The museum -- housed in a 17th-century mansion in Paris's trendy Marais quarter -- has been extensively modernised and enlarged to more than twice its previous size. The gallery, which first opened in 1985, boasts one of the world's most extensive collections of Picasso's work with 5,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and documents.