IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Narrates 'Why The World Needs Airlander' Animated Video IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson has narrated a 75-second animated video, "Why The World Needs Airlander", released in conjunction with Hybrid Air Vehicles' newly launched £2 million crowdfunding campaign.
Dickinson is one of the investors involved in unveiling the world's largest aircraft. The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV), which has been named Airlander, can stay airborne for up to three weeks and will be vital in delivering several tons of humanitarian aid.
As innovators themselves, Hybrid Air Vehicles, the developers of the Airlander aircraft, are tapping into this new and growing market to satisfy demand from its supporters. In February, HAV secured a Government grant of up to £3.4 million through the Regional Growth Fund (subject to due diligence). In order to match fund this, HAV are using Crowdcube's platform to raise £2 million, with a potential to over fund should there be demand.
The money will be used for returning the Airlander to flight, hence the campaign hashtag, #PrepareForTakeOff.
The equity-based crowdfunding market was worth over £100 million in the U.K. last year, up by over 200% year-on-year. It dominates finance headlines as the innovative model through which new and established entrepreneurial businesses can raise capital.
Hybrid Air Vehicles' existing shareholders include PLC chairmen, business angels and professional investors. The company currently has around 150 shareholders who collectively have invested over £9 million in the company since its formation in 2007. HAV have benefited from £60 million of investment in the aircraft from the U.S. government and a total of over £5 million of U.K. government grants. This crowdfunding equity raise values the company at £36 million after the fundraising has closed.
HAV's CEO, Stephen McGlennan, said: "We are the market leaders of an independently validated $50 billion market. We're offering a chance for investors to jump on board and be part of our journey as we prepare for take-off."
Through the crowdfunding campaign, HAV are sharing the summary of a new independent market summary, which shows the market for this new type of aircraft is worth $50 billion over the next 20 years. The company's business plan expects a valuation of the company of between £300-500 million within 5 years, and in this process 1,800 new jobs will be created in the U.K.
HAV's finance director, Hwfa Gwyn, said: "Our technology captures peoples imagination, as evidenced by the hundreds of media articles published on HAV in the last 12 months. As a result of this, the huge market potential and financial forecast, we expect to see strong interest in the offering."Airlanders are low noise, low pollution, and are environmentally friendly. They have ultra-long endurance, and a point-to-point cargo-carrying capacity. They can take off and land vertically and operate from a range of remote environments including water, desert, ice and fields.HAV launch two amazing films today to help explain why the Airlander was created in animation form, and to show investors the personalities who are creating this amazing aircraft. The investor video includes an amazing fly-through the Cardington Hangars and under the Airlander itself. HAV also can announce an all-new web site today containing never-before released images.
Local enthusiast Trevor Monk, who lives a stone throw from the huge Cardington Hangars where Hybrid Air Vehicles is based, said: "Having grown up in Cardington and following the HAV team's development of the Airlander, I can honestly say that lighter-than-air is back home. As a child I was fascinated with airships and Cardington; as an adult, that same excited feeling you get when you see a ship and the sheds is still there. Exciting times lay ahead. I saw an airship at Cardington for the first time when I was 3, it is my earliest memory, now many years later I am very honoured to say I will see the next step in their evolution."
Founded in 2007, Hybrid Air Vehicles is the company behind the innovative Airlander range of hybrid aircraft. They utilize new aerospace technology that combines the best of the characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft, with a significantly lower carbon footprint and operating cost than other forms of air transport.
The Airlander 10 is designed to stay airborne for up to five days at a time to fulfil a wide range of communication and survey roles, as well as cargo carrying and tourist passenger flights .
For more information, visit www.hybridairvehicles.com.Bruce recently underwent a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology to treat a small cancerous tumor.
'I Found My Friends: The Oral History Of Nirvana' Book Out Now
With singles like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and albums like "Nevermind" that have topped the music charts, NIRVANA is one of the most respected bands of all time. Credited with helping to popularize the alternative rock genre, the American rock band has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades over the years, including being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014 (their first year of eligibility)."I Found My Friends: The Oral History Of Nirvana" (St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books; March 31, 2015) by Nick Soulsby follows the band year by year, tour by tour, recreating the short and tempestuous times of NIRVANA entirely through the words of the musicians and producers who played and interacted with the band. The guides for this trip didn't just watch the life of this legendary band — they lived it.
Soulsby interviewed 210 musicians from 170 bands — including groups such as HOLE, MUDHONEY, MEAT PUPPETS, BUTTHOLE SURFERS and THE JESUS LIZARD— over two-thirds of all the bands who played with NIRVANA 1987-1994. The tale is told entirely through their memories and experiences."I Found My Friends" follows NIRVANA on each step of their journey, reliving their sudden rise to stardom. Twenty-one years after lead singer Kurt Cobain's tragic death on April 5, 1994, Soulsby removes the posthumous halo from the brow of Cobain and travels back through time to observe one of rock and roll's most critical bands as no one has ever seen them before.Nick Soulsby is the author of "Dark Slivers: Seeing Nirvana In The Shards Of Incesticide" and blogs about the band on his web site, Nirvana-Legacy.com.
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO: 'Burn' Cover Featuring MARK TREMONTI, TODD LA TORRE Streaming
Considered to be a pioneer of the "shred guitar" genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective. Due on April 14 via Rat Pak Records, "Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio" not only highlights Michael's best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael's most memorable performances, including a dynamic version of RUSH's "What You're Doing", which features QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre, METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, ALICE COOPER bassist Chuck Garric, METAL CHURCH/TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell. There is also a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Burn" with La Torre and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also includes Michael's tributes to Eric Clapton ("Slowhand"), Randy Rhoads ("RRR"; also featuring Rudy Sarzo on bass), and a new version of Michael Angelo Batio's unique tribute ("Diamond") to the late great Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott of PANTERA, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of QUEENSRŸCHE. Also included are some of Michael Angelo Batio's most notable instrumental tracks such as "8 Pillars of Steel" (with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy), "Juggernaut" (featuring ex-MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike LePond and Michael Romeo).
Pre-order bundles are now available at this location.
An official audio stream of "Burn" can be found below.
"I feel that 'Shred Force 1' is the culmination of my best musical work," exclaims Batio. "These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!" Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered "standard techniques" amongst guitarists worldwide. Michael not only invented, but was the world's first player of the double-guitar, and was also voted one of the world's "Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time" by Guitar World magazine. He also holds the YouTube record for his instructional video "Speed Kills", which has had the most views for a guitarist, coming in at over 15 million! Michael Angelo Batio has performed over 1,700 shows in 58 different countries since 1993 and continues his relentless touring and clinic schedule in 2015. Michael will bring his shred abilities to television when he makes his debut on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" on Saturday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT as the guest guitarist. "Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio" track listing:
01. Hands Without Shadows (featuring Bobby Rock and William Kopecky)
02. Burn (featuring Todd La Torre and Mark Tremonti)
03. Juggernaut (featuring Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo)
04. What You're Doing (featuring Todd La Torre, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Chuck Garric, Jeff Plate and Craig Blackwell)
05. 8 Pillars Of Steel (featuring Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli, Craig Goldy)
06. Call To Arms (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
07. 2X Again
08. Slowhand (featuring Warren Dunlevy Jr.)
09. Diamond (featuring Michael Wilton, Elliott Dean Rubinson)
11. Gotta Run (featuring Dan Lenegar, William Kopecky and John Mrozek)
12. No Boundaries
13. RRR (featuring Rudy Sarzo and Bobby Rock)
Bonus Tracks (digital version only)
14. I Pray The Lord
NIGHTWISH: Fifteenth 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Trailer
The fifteenth trailer for NIGHTWISH's new full-length album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", can be seen below. The clip features highlights from a big release party and signing session in Helsinki, Finland."Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.
The "Élan" four-track single, which arrived on February 13, features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan".
The cover artwork for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins appears as a guest on the effort.
Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" due to health issues. He has sicne been replaced by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY)."Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and was released in different formats:
* Standard CD
* Digibook (including instrumental CD)
* 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors
* Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD)
* Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl)
* DownloadNIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: "There's a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like 'Shudder Before The Beautiful', 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful', 'The Greatest Show On Earth' and 'Alpenglow' all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It's temporary character. Evolution… Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album — that science can even be something profoundly spiritual."
Adds drummer Kai Hahto: "It's a perfect theme to an album. Like, how did we come to be? And when our time here is done, what kind of mark do we leave? It's a pretty amazing theme."NIGHTWISH's new video, "Èlan", can be seen below. The clip was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, and it was directed by Ville Lipiäinen.
Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "The long-awaited NIGHTWISH music video 'Élan' is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called 'Urho' ('Braveheart')."
Regarding "Élan", Holopainen said: "'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.' This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing 'Élan'.
"The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us.
"It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by."
The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band in 2013, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington."Èlan" video:
SIX FEET UNDER Bassist JEFF HUGHELL Releases Solo Album 'Chaos Labyrinth' SIX FEET UNDER bassist Jeff Hughell has released his debut full-length solo album, "Chaos Labyrinth", showcasing his unique skills as a preeminent bass guitar player. His technical metal roots shine through on tracks such as "Jagermeister Death Grind" and "Chaotic Implosion", yet exceptional versatility is shown through calmer melodic songs such as "Still" and "Let It Go". The album is an embodiment of all that can be done on a bass from awe-inspiring tapping to beautifully flowing melodies. "Chaos Labyrinth" is now available on iTunes and Amazon.
"'Chaos Labyrinth' is different because it's a whole new level of sounds and dynamics from anything I have ever done," says Hughell. The album is composed of ten songs and is 43 minutes long. It succeeds a solo EP, "I Came To Hate", that was released in 2009. "Chaos Labyrinth" was recorded at Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren. Artwork was done by Shaun McInnis, and photos by Jason Anaya at Anaya Photography. Hughell brought in many guest artists to collaborate with on the album. The title track alone features bass solos from Steve DiGiorgio (DEATH), Sean Martinez (RINGS OF SATURN) and Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) as well as a guitar solo by Nick Avalonitas, drums by Alex Bent (ARKAIK), and keyboards by Marc Gilson. The rest of the album also features bassist Brian Wood (CYANIC), guitarists Tyler Lane, Matt Sotelo (DECRIPT BIRTH), Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER), and drummer Kevin Talley (FEARED). Hughell even shows off his own skills on the piano on "Dreams Of Chaos". The combination of all these musicians led by Hughell resulted in a truly special recording.Hughell is a renowned seven-string bass player who is well established in the technical metal scene. Bands he has played with include SIX FEET UNDER, RECIPROCAL, FEARED, BRAIN DRILL, VILE, OSMIUM, SEVERED SAVIOR, ASYLUM, RINGS OF SATURN and CRYPTOREUM. He is endorsed by Warwick, Gallien Krueger, Seymour Duncan and Dean Markley.
For more information, visit www.jeffhughell.com.
AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG Turns 60 Years Old The Pulse Of Radio reports that AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young turns 60 years old on Tuesday (March 31). Since 1974, Angus has been the iconic image of the band in his trademark schoolboy uniform, while also influencing generations of guitar players with his fluid solos and the no-nonsense, blues-inspired, straightforward writing style he's shared for decades with his brother and AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young.Angus was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1955, the youngest of eight children, to William and Margaret Young. The family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1963. Angus's first instrument was a banjo, followed by an acoustic guitar purchased second-hand by his mother, and then an electric guitar. He bought his first Gibson SG in 1970.Angus played in local groups before he formed AC/DC at the age of 18 with Malcolm and other musicians from the area, including original singer Dave Evans. The band's first single was called "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" and Angus tried a number of stage costumes before his sister suggested his now classic schoolboy jacket, tie and shorts.AC/DC, now with Bon Scott on lead vocals, released its debut album, "High Voltage", in February 1975. Over the course of four more years and four more studio sets, the hard-working act became increasingly popular in Australia, Europe and the U.S., with 1979's "Highway To Hell" becoming its first million-seller in America. But tragedy struck as Bon Scott died of alcohol poisoning in February 1980 and the band's fate seemed uncertain.
The Youngs recruited Scottish singer Brian Johnson and recorded 1980's "Back In Black", a tribute to Scott that became not only AC/DC's biggest album but the third best-selling record in music history with 50 million copies sold. Its follow-up, 1981's "For Those About To Rock We Salute You", was also a success, but the rest of the 1980s was a period of decline for AC/DC until 1990's "The Razor's Edge" became another multi-platinum smash for the group.
Since then, AC/DC has released four more studio albums, touring less frequently but still selling out arenas and stadiums every time they hit the road. The band's latest release, "Rock Or Bust", was its first without Malcolm Young, who bowed out of the group after being afflicted with dementia. Angus, the sole original member, stepped up to become the band's leader, while 40 years later his "bad schoolboy" image and high-energy live performances remain intact.Angus recalled the first time he ever heard his band on the radio. "The first time I was in, actually, Adelaide (Australia) at the time, was the first time, and that was in '76," he said. "I remember a DJ came down to one of our shows and he took a chance, because they canned him the next day. 'Cause it was a very soft radio and he just said, 'Hey, I've got to play this.' And he got on and played one of our early tracks."Angus prefers to keep his life away from the band very private, but he is married and he and his wife Ellen live in an area of Sydney called Kangaroo Point. They also own a home in the Netherlands, which is Ellen's home country.
SCOTT WEILAND's THE WILDABOUTS Guitarist JEREMY BROWN Dies Jeremy Brown (pictured), guitarist for former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland and his backing band THE WILDABOUTS, has died. The group was scheduled to perform a record-release show Monday (March 30) in Hollywood for its debut album, "Blaster", which comes out today (Tuesday, March 31).
In a post on his official Facebook page, Weiland wrote: "We received a call today about my friend Jeremy Brown that has shaken me to the core.
"We were all concerned this afternoon when Jeremy didn't show up for a long-scheduled rehearsal for tonight's album release show at School Night. An hour later, Jeremy's family called us to say that he had passed away.
"I am in shock right now. Everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words.
"He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius.
"It's impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts.
"A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on, but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts."Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' second solo album, "Happy In Galoshes", and they have worked together for seven years, including on "Blaster".
Video: VAN HALEN Performs 'Panama' And 'Runnin' With The Devil' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
In celebration of its 2015 summer/fall North American tour, VAN HALEN performed a special concert for ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night (Monday, March 30) on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Featuring some of the band's essential rock and roll classics, the show is being broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN's first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth since he rejoined the band in 2007.
A portion of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange was closed yesterday gearing up for the special event.
Roth cut himself on the nose with the microphone early in the performance, forcing VAN HALEN to stop the show for a few minutes so that he could step to the side and get it taped up. "I fucked my nose up with the microphone here," Roth told the crowd. "So we're gonna start the whole thing over, and give you a little extra for your patience."
Video footage of VAN HALEN performing the songs "Panama" and "Runnin' With The Devil" during Monday's concert can be seen below."Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central Time on ABC. VAN HALEN has announced the dates and cities for a summer/fall North American tour that will kick off on July 5 in Seattle, winding down on October 2 in Los Angeles.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, VAN HALEN is also scheduled to appear on the April 2 edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".
This will be VAN HALEN's first full-length tour after the band abruptly canceled a 2012 summer run in support of that year's studio album, "A Different Kind Of Truth".
Tickets for the trek go on sale beginning April 4 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com, with special pre-sale information being announced locally. The opening act will be KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD.
March 31 will also see the release of "Live: Tokyo Dome: In Concert", the band's first official live album with Roth.
Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, the set features 23 tracks taken from all seven albums the band recorded with Roth on the mic.
A deluxe edition of the album will come with the newly remastered "Van Halen" and "1984" albums, as both a four-CD collection and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.
TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH: 'What JOHN BONHAM Was To LED ZEPPELIN, A.J. PERO Was To Us'
In the seven-minute video below, Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar) and Mark Mendoza (bass) from TWISTED SISTER share memories of their fallen drummer, A.J. Pero, with Eddie Trunk backstage at VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show".
Said Ojeda: "People say [A.J. was] underrated [as a drummer], but I think a lot of people did know his capabilities, mostly drummers and other musicians. He was such a solid guy to play with. And his sense of humor was unbelievable. Some of the joking around, some of the laughs we had were just amazing. He was just a naturally funny guy."
Added Mark: "When you look at sports, you have what's called a team. The guys practice together. They've gotta get along to some extent, if not even great. They probably hang out together and everything like that. We had a team. We still have a team. But we had a team and he was a member of it. And I don't care if it's TWISTED SISTER, a rock band, the Mets, a sports team, a basketball team, a football team, a S.W.A.T. team, a military team… When you are with the same members, and you make something happen, and you're a team, you know how the other guys are gonna think."
He continued: "If you ever watched TWISTED SISTER, rarely… In all the things that we'd would do, even when Dee [Snider, vocals] would bark out commands, we rarely had to look around and figure out, 'What's he gonna do? How's A.J. gonna recover?' We knew how it was gonna happen. Not 'cause of practicing — just because you knew what he was gonna do. We were a team, and it worked every single time. And then just like a S.W.A.T. team rehearses going into a building, and one of their team members has to leave, or, unfortunately, dies, or something, and they've gotta replace that guy, it's tough, because everything was a huge amount of teamwork."
Stated Jay Jay: "What John Bonham was to [LED] ZEPPELIN, what Keith Moon was to THE WHO, A.J. was to us. And I just mentioned two legends. A.J.'s up there with them, as far as I'm concerned."Pero died at the age of 55 while on tour with the band ADRENALINE MOB. After members of that group failed to rouse him on their tour bus on March 20, he was taken to a Poughkeepsie, New York hospital and pronounced dead of an apparent heart attack.Pero joined TWISTED SISTER in 1982, leaving the band in 1986 but returning in 1997. He remained a member of the group, which has toured on and off over the past 15 years, to this day. He played drums on six of the group's seven studio albums, except for 1987's "Love Is For Suckers".TWISTED SISTER rose to prominence from the New York club scene in the early 1980s. Their biggest album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", contained the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock".
In addition to touring with TWISTED SISTER and ADRENALINE MOB, Pero also recently played with former and current members of IRON MAIDEN and DISTURBED in a band called THE FOUNDRY. He also hosted drum clinics and seminars.
CRADLE OF FILTH: Photo From 'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Video Shoot
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH, who are currently embroiled in the mixing stage of their new album, "Hammer Of The Witches", spent this past weekend on the coast of Suffolk, England filming a video for their forthcoming single, "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych". The clip was shot in a creepy-looking hangar at a former U.S. military base and features some very perverse going-ons amidst the filth and fury.
A photo from the "Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych" video shoot can be seen below.
Due later in the year via Nuclear Blast, CRADLE OF FILTH's new CD is inspired by the 1486 treatise on the prosecution of witches by Heinrich Kramer and subtitled "Goetic Justice", as the theme is one of violent revenge for violent persecution."Hammer Of The Witches" will mark the first release with the band's new lineup, which includes new guitarists Ashok (of Czech groups ROOT and INNER FEAR) and Richard Shaw (of English acts EMPEROR CHUNG and NG26).CRADLE OF FILTH singer Dani Filth recently told Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast about the band's upcoming album: "It's sounding amazing. It's gone back to the twin-guitar harmonies — very fast and ornate and atmospherically sppoky, but [with] lots of melody. I think it's gonna surprise a lot of people."
CRADLE OF FILTH's tenth studio album, "The Manticore And Other Horrors", sold 4,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous full-length effort, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa", opened with 5,800 units in November 2010 to land at No. 99.CRADLE OF FILTH is:Dani Filth - vocalsMartin Skaroupka - drumsDaniel Firth - bassRichard Shaw - guitarAshok - guitarLindsay Schoolcraft - keys, female vocals
CRADLE OF FILTH have now fully entered the mixing stage of their latest musical whors d'oeuvres entitled 'Hammer Of The...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death.
Rap mogul Jay Z has launched the rebranded Tidal music streaming service with major star backing, hoping to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control. With veiled swipes at streaming leader Spotify, Jay Z brought out musicians including Madonna, Kanye West and the masked electronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be equity partners in the new Tidal. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro. At the announcement in New York, singer Alicia Keys hinted that some musicians could choose to release material exclusively or early on the artist-owned service.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 5-11
April 5: Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," ''Barney Miller") is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 63. Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 49. Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is 48. Singer Paula Cole is 47. Country singer Pat Green is 43. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 42. Rapper Juicy J (Three 6 Mafia) is 40. Mike Eli (Eli Brown Band) is 34. Lily James ("Downton Abbey," ''Cinderella") is 26.
NEW YORK (AP) — The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show" advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while continuing the longer-running pattern of keeping those jobs filled with men.
As artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in blood, mud and urine. Vienna's famed "Actionists", whose avant garde movement may be the most radical in contemporary art, are the focus of a new exhibition in their home city. "Vienna Actionism" shied away from little -- and sometimes landed the artists in jail. "They sought a direct confrontation with reality, both physical and psychological, to limits that were very difficult to tolerate," said Eva Badura-Triska, curator of "My Body is the Event" at Vienna's Museum of Modern Art (Mumok).
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Twenty years after Selena's murder, the Latin world will remember "The Queen of Tejano" with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.