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ANTHRAX's FRANK BELLO: 'The Success Of The Past Three Years Has Made Me Hungry'
In a brand new interview with Brian Aberback of Patch.com, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello was once again asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music". "We're really excited with the new music," Frank said. "Charlie [Benante, drums] and I are really going at it [songwriting]. Some of it has been really hard to play, which I love. Scott [Ian, guitar] and I will be jamming demos at rehearsals, and at the end of the song, we're waving our hands around to get the blood flowing again. "We can't wait to play these songs live. "I'm so psyched about the new music. I want every fan to hear the songs and walk away saying, 'Yes!' That's how I feel about them." Asked if he feels extra pressure to produce something really special given the massive success of "Worship Music", Bello said: "We know we have something to live up to, but at the same time, you have to breathe. But I live for that pressure. I think it's the New York mentality. The success of the past three years has made me hungry. I can't wait until we do it all over again."ANTHRAX released a live-in-concert DVD "Chile On Hell", on September 16. The effort was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013 and features ANTHRAX performing an extended set that featured songs from the band's entire catalogue. Speaking about the DVD, Bello said: "First and foremost, it's always about the show, no matter where you're playing. But when it's being recorded, you do want to play great and make sure you're hitting all the notes. "None of us did any overdubs for this. But at the end of the day, even if there are some bum notes, that's good. It shows you're human and I love that fact. "For this show I wanted to perform to the caliber of the audience. "We had so many cameramen on stage, it was like bumper pool! After the first song, I had to tell them to stand back a little. At one point, they were blocking the mic when I needed to do background vocals. But everything ended up working really well technically."
The 'Fart' Of Metal Shredding Perfected In New Video From DECREPIT BIRTH Drummer
Drummer Samus Paulicelli of California technical death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH has recorded a two-minute metal song featuring his own farts as the lead "instrument" Samus swears that "every fart you hear is real and came from my own butthole." Check out the accompanying video clip below. In a 2007 interview with Sick Drummer Magazine, Paulicelli stated about his musical upbringing: "According to my parents, I have been drumming since I was in diapers. Before I discovered METALLICA and SLAYER when I was ten years old, I was playing basic rock stuff like LYNYRD SKYNYRD/ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. When I was fourteen, I discovered 'double bass.' I was listening to bands like DREAM THEATER and SLIPKNOT. I then discovered blast beats, etc., when I was seventeen and I heard drummers like Nick Barker [and] Derek Roddy. Black metal pretty much changed my life. I also play jazz/fusion-type stuff, but it's never as much fun as blasting my ass off."
DAVE LOMBARDO Is 'F**king Sick And Tired' Of Answering Questions About His Split With SLAYER
Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se recently conducted an interview with former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.RockSverige.se: About SLAYER, can you pinpoint a time when it became more business than camaraderie?Dave: Well, I think I realized that it became more business when we signed with Def Jam. We signed to a major label and they were asking us for our social security numbers and we had accountants and we were appointed a manager. It changed, it definitely changed, but that's normal if you're gonna work at that level. You need these people to help the machine grow.RockSverige.se: Looking back, there's gotta be a favorite SLAYER album of yours?Dave: I have two favorites. The first one, obviously, which I can't argue with everybody, is "Reign In Blood". That is the most amazing album and one of the most amazing albums I've ever recorded and been a part of. The second one is "World Painted Blood", and the reason why is because the band was working collectively in the rehearsal studio and Jeff [Hanneman, late SLAYER guitarist] was part of it. He really wasn't too much a part of "Christ Illusion", although he was there, but I don't think the amount of songs that he contributed were enough to make that album one of the better ones. With "World Painted Blood", he was part of that and I remember being in rehearsal and him being a big part of structuring and telling me, "Try this, Dave," and "Gimme some of that," and, "Gimme some of this," giving me ideas. Those two really stand out. "World Painted Blood" was our last big push.RockSverige.se: How do you feel about never playing SLAYER songs again? Can you see yourself not doing that?Dave: Ehhmm… Okay, here we go. I answer this fucking question, and next thing you know, Blabbermouth is all, "He doesn't see himself playing SLAYER songs ever again," and out of the entire fucking interview, that one fucking line is taken. I'm not answering it! I'm not gonna answer it, because I'm fucking sick and tired of it. No offense toward you, but it's just so redundant. But you know what? Good press, bad press, I don't give a fuck. Just spell my name right. [laughs] It's all good, but I don't wanna get into that.RockSverige.se: I spoke to Mike Portnoy a few weeks ago and he said that since leaving DREAM THEATER, he feels a lot more musically satisfied. Do you feel the same way, not being part of a bigger band? Does it open up a lot of new oppertunitues?Dave: Absolutely! You're not part of this machine that has to go on tour 90 days or 100 days out of the year, to pay for other people's mortages. With [the freedom to pursue other projects], you're doing it for yourself and it's creativity based on what you like. You express yourself in many different ways and it's definitely more satisfying and challenging too. You're not with the same guys and the same formula and you're challenged by walking into a room with these new artists and it's, like, 'Okay, how am I gonna make this work?' It's great, and I agree with Mike. It's a whole different light when you're out of your element. Read the entire interview at RockSverige.se.
NIGHTWISH Announces North American Tour
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will embark on a 27-date North American headlining tour in the spring. The trek will launch in New York City on April 9, hit three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then close out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14. Support at all dates will come from Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN. Commented NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala: "Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It's going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement, it will obviously happen quite soon! "Here are the dates for the North American shows. Come on over and we'll raise hell and kick some arses together!" NIGHTWISH 2015 tour dates with DELAIN: Apr. 09 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom Apr. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory Apr. 11 - Worcester, MA - Palladium Apr. 13 - Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre Apr. 14 - Toronto - Phoenix Concert Theatre Apr. 16 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom Apr. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre Apr. 18 - Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall Apr. 19 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom Apr. 21 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre Apr. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue Apr. 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Apr. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre Apr. 26 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom Apr. 28 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre Apr. 30 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues May 01 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek theatre May 02 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre May 03 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls May 05 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory May 06 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live May 08 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues May 09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution May 11 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Work May 12 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five May 13 - Charlotte, NC - Filmore May 14 - Silver Springs, MD - Filmore Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen is sitting out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) has replaced him.NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main composer Tuomas Holopainen recently spent two and half weeks in Hattula, Finland with the band's producer/crew member Tero "TeeCee" Kinnunen recording a demo of the songs that will appear on NIGHTWISH's next studio album, the first to feature Dutch singer Floor Jansen. Asked in a recent interview with Sweden's Metalshrine what Floor Jansen will bring to the next NIGHTWISH album, Tuomas said: "She [will] bring a lot of interpretations, some arrangements and positive energy for sure, but she [will] not [be] included in the songwriting process. She told me that the first time around, she has [her side project] REVAMP and Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] and I will do just fine for now." Speaking to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion at the end of last year, Floor stated about the songwriting process for the next NIGHTWISH album: "I think it's more like it's always been. So Tuomas is gonna start writing. And how it's gonna evolve later on, we'll see. But I don't feel the necessity of me being an active songwriting member, because the music is so good. It's about the songs and the music that goes first and not about my ego wanting to join like that. But if I can participate or add something with my creative input, of course I would love that. Of course, I have creative energy in me that needs to come out one way or another, but that's where REVAMP comes in." Regarding whether she has any fears that, due to the band's troubled history with lead vocalists, her time with NIGHTWISH will not last very long, Floor told Finland's Radio Rock: "No. And whether this is in NIGHTWISH or in anything with anyone in everyone's lives, what guarantees do you have? So it's just about what you make of it and with the chemistry that you believe in. And I believe in the chemistry that we have today, 'cause it's been very strong since the beginning and grew to be better throughout the months. It's still a very recent thing. But what feels good now, that's where you should go from, and that's what I do."Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon.
ACE FREHLEY's First U.S. Tour In Four Years Scheduled For Late November
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will play his first run of U.S. shows in four years at the end of November. Ace's short batch of dates will include two back-to-back concerts at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on November 24 and November 25. Tickets for the NYC shows, which will be presented by VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host and radio personality Eddie Trunk, will go on sale on Wednesday, September 24.Frehley's touring lineup will include none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach. On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL. Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley's upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON. "I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again."Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta. Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!"Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease."Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27."Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".
SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Denies 'The Negative One' Was Written About JOEY JORDISON
SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor has denied that the band's new track "The Negative One" was written about the group's former drummer Joey Jordison, claiming that the song's lyrics deal with "the ugliness that we all have in us." The first new tune released by SLIPKNOT in six years, "The Negative One" is taken from the group's upcoming fifth album, titled ".5: The Gray Chapter", which is due out on October 21. The disc follows up 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" and is the band's first without Jordison, who was let go late last year, and founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010. With lyrics like "The Lord Of Lies / You Had To Be Set Free / Opposing Sides / Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me," fans have speculated that "The Negative One" was written about Jordison, who was assigned "1" as his numbered alias shortly after the band's formation. "I didn't even put that together! That's just how fucking crazy people are!" Taylor told UK's Metal Hammer magazine. After it was pointed out to Corey that "The Negative One" apparently contains all the letters that spell out "Joey Jordison," the singer replied, "Oh my fucking God! People need to fucking unplug every now and again. I did hear some shit about the video for it, like it's supposed to be Joey, but it's so fucking funny." Asked if the song is about anyone in particular, Corey said: "Here's the thing. The album is a story — not in a certain order; it jumps around — but it's a story of this band for the last four years, from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us. "'The Negative One' was about me, not about Joey, and that's why the song says, 'Your choices are the negative one and me,' which is the two kinda colliding together. 'The Devil In I' is the same, which you'd think would be fucking apparent. "I love the fact that our fans are that passionate, but 'Judas Priest', get out of the fucking basement once in a while! Log off of the fucking Twitter and go smell a flower, and just let yourself get back to a point where you go, 'Y'know what? That's a little crazy.'" He continued: "'The Negative One' is about me, and not just me, but everybody in the band. "We all have so many different sides to ourselves, but especially with this band. When we get together, there's something about the music we make that really unleashes the crazy, dark shit inside of us. And that song in particular is about, basically, embracing it again, giving into it and letting it have its say. Because if you don't, then you sit on it and you repress and it blows up in really negative ways. So, that song is about freeing it." "The Negative One" lyrics: Fire And Caffeine A Lot Of Nicotine I'm Going To Burn So I Better Tell You Everything The Competition The Superstition Never Mind 'Cause You're Never Going To Give In It's A Crisis, Just How You Like It The Same Drama In A Different Disguise I'm Bound To Walk With A Target On My Back At Least I'm Ready For Another Attack The Lord Of Lies The Morning Star You Had To Be Set Free Opposing Sides Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me Svengali Why Are We The Enemies? I Never Follow And I Never Make Apologies Your Dementias Are Gonna Getcha Because Your Walls Can't Support Each Other Settle For The Cynical You're So Political You're Getting Ready 'Cause The First Move Is Critical Reciprocity Somebody's Listening What Did We Learn From Our Time In Captivity? The Lord Of Lies The Morning Star You Had To Be Set Free Opposing Sides Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me The Negative One And Me I Hope You Live To See The Day When Your World Goes Up In Flames And As You Die You See My Face You're The Only One To Blame The Prescient The Nascent The Quotient (They All Will Fall) The Cystic Symbolic Condition (Systemic) Egregious Replete With These Lesions (Contaminate) Succumb To The Selfish Creation (Your Failure) No Accountability Divisibility I Point A Finger But It's Always Looking Back At Me The Centipede's Pulling On The Mechanism Unearthing Scars Of The Cataclysm When The Innocent Begin To Circumvent The Color Fades But The Picture Is Vibrant What Do You Believe? Does It Matter Now? Turn Away The Killer Is Disavowed The Lord Of Lies The Morning Star You Had To Be Set Free Opposing Sides Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me The Negative One And Me I Hope You Live To See The Day When Your World Goes Up In Flames And As You Die You See My Face You're The Only One To Blame The Lord Of Lies The Morning Star You Had To Be Set Free Opposing Sides Your Choices Are The Negative One The Negative One The Negative One The Negative One And Me [End of lyrics] SLIPKNOT announced in December 2013 that it had parted ways with Jordison, one of the band's founding members and key songwriters. Taylor told Metal Hammer that firing Jordison after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Jordison is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are."Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, "It's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made."Taylor said that the band is "happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are." The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison's dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to." The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not been officially revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album. Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video.SLIPKNOT's new drummer is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.
DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT Says Guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL Will Be 'Out Of Action' Until Christmas
DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose cancer is once again in "remission," has just finished undergoing a new round of chemotherapy before receiving a stem-cell transplant later in the month.Campbell— who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE— went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis last summer, but announced in November that he was in remission. The term "remission" means that the symptoms of the cancer have either been eliminated or reduced. When the tumor is completely gone, doctors call it "complete remission." However, Campbell revealed earlier in the year that the cancer had returned and he was battling the disease with a new high-tech chemo treatment. During an interview with the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3 on Sunday (September 21), DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott offered an update on Vivian's condition. He said (hear audio below): "Vivian, for the second time, is now in remission. The first time, we were told her was in remission, and he was, but it didn't take, it didn't stay, it came back. But this time, through clever management with his doctors, they were able to monitor him through [DEF LEPPARD's] whole tour [with KISS], so he could do the tour with KISS this summer. And as we speak, he's getting ready to go in to have stem-cell surgery, which will, hopefully, get rid of this thing once and for all. So, up until Christmas, he's gonna be kind of out of action, because once they start on this, they have to keep him so locked down and away from germs and stuff, I think anybody visiting him has to put on one of those, like, nuclear suits. You know, it looks like you're in space almost. He'll be locked away, and he'll be the boy in the bubble. But he's very confident that he can do this, and his spirits are great." He continued: "Other than a couple of days where he just had chemo, and he really was barely able to stand, he was fantastic on this tour. He really kept it together, and he played well, and he was in great spirits. He's always a fun guy to be around; he's got a great Irish sense of humor. And he's using all those positives, and he's battling against this evil disease. And we're doing everything that we can to enable him to do that. And one of those things was letting him do this tour, because we said, 'Viv, by all means, stay at home for the summer. We'll get a stunt Vivian for a few weeks. AEROSMITH have done this. Loads of people have [done it]. We can do that.' And he says, 'No, no, no, no, no. This is as much mental as it is physical for me. I have to have a focus. I wanna do the tour.' So we were, like, 'Hey, if that helps you, great.' "So that's what I know so far. It's positive thinking. We don't know what the final outcome is, and we won't until next year… "I don't wanna say too much, because I don't know… Vivian could phone me up tomorrow and totally blow out of the water what I just said to you today. But as far as I'm aware, everything's on the up. And he's really looking forward… Nobody looks forward to doing this, but he's looking forward to getting through this so that he can have the rest of his life on the other side cancer-free. And we have met loads of people over the last two years or so since he announced this that are survivors of 25-30 years of the same [disease], Hodgkin's lymphoma, so we know it's doable. And all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and wait until he sends us updates." While Campbell is undergoing stem-cell treatment, he will be unable to join his bandmates as they complete work on their new studio album, which is tentatively due in April or May of next year. The guitarist will also be forced to miss the band's next few live appearances, including the pre-game show at the first of this year's three NFL International Series games on Sunday, September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins; as well as shows in Las Vegas, Santa Ynez, Rancho Mirage and Temecula. Regarding the progress of the recording sessions for DEF LEPPARD's next CD, Elliott told Crash Davis of the Omaha, Nebraska radio station KFAB earlier in the month (hear audio below): "We started… We did a bunch of recording in February and May. We did a little bit of stuff on the road, because, to be quite honest, with Vivian's cancer, even though it's in remission, he's going in for stem-cell surgery in a week or 10 days time, and he's gonna be unavailable and incognito and wrapped up in, you know, basically, the boy in the bubble up to maybe Christmas so he can blitz this thing once and for all, which means that any work that he needs to do on the record, we had to make sure it was done before this happened. So we had him in… On days off [on the road], we had him in a hotel room with his guitar and a microphone ready to do backing vocals and guitar solos and all sorts of mad stuff, so that we could get on with the record when he's in hospital and the tour's finished. So we get back to work on that record this autumn, or fall, as you guys call it, and hopefully we'll have the thing — you know, artwork, titles, running order — all nailed by January. We wanna put the record out by April-May. And we'll start thinking then about where we're gonna go and play. It looks like we may start off on the other side of the world — in, like, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, etc. — and then work our way back through Europe and then come to the States [in] July-August." "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" interview:
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BUSH: 'Man On The Run' Title Track Available For Streaming
Alt-rock band BUSH has set an October 21 release date for its new album, "Man On The Run" (Zuma Rock Records/RAL). The title track of the group's sixth studio CD can now be streamed below (courtesy of Billboard.com).BUSH (vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge) recorded "Man On The Run" with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (MASTODON, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS) at Studio 606, the Northridge, California-based studio owned by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.BUSH has also teamed with PledgeMusic for a special campaign that offers fans a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the new album, along with a number of Pledge exclusives, including limited-edition vinyl, hand-written lyrics, pre-order opportunities and more. "Man On The Run" is the follow-up to 2011's "The Sea Of Memories", which was BUSH's first release in 10 years. That album saw them return to the top of the charts in grand style, with lead single "The Sound of Winter" making rock radio history as the first independently released song ever to hit No. 1 at Alternative Rock radio (where it stayed for six consecutive weeks). According to The Pulse Of Radio, BUSH will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14 in remastered editions, including 1994's "Sixteen Stone", 1996's "Razorblade Suitcase", 1999's "The Science of Things" and the 1997 remix LP, "Deconstructed". Frontman Gavin Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience. "We've done some remastering of the stuff and we've got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things," he said. "It's been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It's fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once." All of the tracks — including hits like "Glycerine", "Machinehead" and "Comedown"— have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings.
In a brand new interview with Australia's Tone Deaf, guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM was asked what first lured him into making heavy music. "You know, the first band that really got me into music, like… Obviously, growing up, I heard music, but, like, my sister listened to Mariah Carey or some shit like that and I ain't no pop singer, but…" he said. "GUNS N' ROSES was the first time I was, like, 'Holy shit! What is this?' So [after hearing] GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA, [I] was, like, 'Whoa, what's going on here?' And I wanted to play guitar. "Obviously, I'd find out about more music, but definitely the stuff that got me into music was GUNS N' ROSES. I got all the GUNS N' ROSES records first, because that was the only band I had heard of, so that was all I listened to for a while. Then a friend of mine let me borrow 'Master Of Puppets' [by METALLICA], which absolutely blew my mind. And then hearing, like, SLAYER and MEGADETH for the first time, you know, hearing 'Rust In Peace' [by MEGADETH] is pretty much a mindfuck as far as guitar playing goes. "One of my favorite things about music and writing music and listening to music… To me, nothing is cooler than hearing harmonized guitar melodies like IRON MAIDEN; hearing that stuff is, like, so badass. "I definitely like heavy stuff, but nothing… To me, I'm just so into music that has goosebump melodies; vocals, guitars and stuff like that. Anything that has that I'm wanting to check out." Asked in a 2011 interview with The Great Southern Brainfart which guitarist he would like to spend 10 minutes in a room with and why, Corey said: "I'd probably have to say Marty Friedman. The first MEGADETH album I ever got when I was 14 was 'Rust In Peace'. He does a lot of exotic scales and I knew I wanted to play like that. I still learn licks and parts of his solos. He's definitely inspiring and a unique guitar player in the realm of metal. When I'm a rut with my guitar playing and I want to learn something a little out of the box, something to challenge my playing, it's him. I'd love to sit down and jam with him and pick his brain to see what he's thinking when he's playing. He has such a unique feel about the way he goes about playing."
Vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter (FIREWIND, BEYOND TWILIGHT) and guitarist Christian Muenzner (OBSCURA, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, PARADOX, NECROPHAGIST) have joined forces in new band. Says Christian: "We are really excited about what we have in store for everybody. "This is not just another recording project; it's a real band with a killer lineup. "We're in the songwriting process right now and recordings are scheduled for December/January. "You can expect powerful classic metal vocals and heavy riffing with neoclassical elements backed by a thundering rhythm section. "We'll be revealing the band name and the rest of the lineup very soon!" Muenzner recently announced his participation in ALKALOID, the new project featuring drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, BLOTTED SCIENCE, NECROPHAGIST), guitarist Danny Tunker (ABORTED,GOD DETHRONED) and bassist Linus Klausenitzer (OBSCURA, NONEUCLID) on bass. The band's frontman is classical composer Florian Magnus Maier (a.k.a. Morean) on vocals and guitar, also known for his orchestral collaboration with Devin Townsend, PARADISE LOST and his work with DARK FORTRESS and NONEUCLID.Kelly Sundown Carpenter was the frontman for FIREWIND for all of the band's 2013 live activities following the departure of Apollo Papathanasio.muenzercarpenter_638
Stars to pay tribute to Mavis Staples

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2013, file photo, Mavis Staples arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. An all-star lineup of musicians including Gregg Allman, Aaron Neville, Taj Mahal, Eric Church, Michael McDonald, Patty Griffin and more will salute Staples during the "I'll Take You There - Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples" event on Nov. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Mavis Staples is getting the tribute treatment.

Goodgame Studios reveals revenue, coy on IPO plans
BERLIN (AP) — German online games company Goodgame Studios has for the first time revealed financial details of its business, amid speculation that it is planning a stock market flotation.
Review: Book of NY 'objects' sure to spark debate

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Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012, file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. The Paula Deen Network, that is heavy on new videos starring the celebrity chef, goes live Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

Kris Jenner files to divorce Bruce Jenner

FILE - This April 5, 2009 file photo shows Kris Jenner, left, and her husband Bruce Jenner at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Kris Jenner filed for divorce Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles, from estranged husband, Bruce Jenner, citing irreconcilable differences. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Jenner is ending her 22-year year marriage to Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner.

Lion King is best-selling production of all time

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For Nick Cave, vision shaped in 'horrible' hometown

Australian songwriter and screenwriter Nick Cave poses at the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on February 10, 2014Over a four-decade career, Australian singer and writer Nick Cave has sought to probe the nature of both God and sexual desire through his frank, intense songs.

Overcoming turmoil, Met opera opens season

In this image released by the Metropolitan Opera, Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro, left, and Marlis Petersen as Susanna perform in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," during a rehearsal in New York. Richard Eyre's new production of the opera, conducted by James Levine, opens the Met season on Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)NEW YORK (AP) — After a summer of uncertainty, the sounds of discord gave way to joyful music-making as the Metropolitan Opera opened its season Monday night with a sparkling new production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."

Met opening a big deal for Russian bass
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Batman prequel 'Gotham' premieres on US TV

(L-R) Actor David Mazouz, actor Benjamin McKenzie, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Executive Producer Bruno Heller at the "Gotham" premiere after party in New York on September 15, 2014Washington (AFP) - The backstory of Batman's many villains came to life in a new US television drama series that Fox hopes will help lift its prime-time ratings out of the doldrums.

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