SEVENDUST's 'Time Travelers & Bonfires' Cracks U.S. Top 20 SEVENDUST acoustic album, "Time Travelers & Bonfires", sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart."Time Travelers & Bonfires" was made available on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled "An Evening With Sevendust", which kicked off in Athens, Georgia at the Georgia Theatre. It's their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their second album, "Seasons", and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again.
The Atlanta band — Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) — recorded "Time Travelers & Bonfires" at Architekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey (where they recorded their previous "Black Out The Sun" album). It is a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics. Newly re-recorded songs include "Black", "Gone", "Denial", "Karma", "Trust" and "Crucified". Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album. It's not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed "Southside Double-Wide" live acoustic album was released in 2004.
"People liked ['Southside Double-Wide'] so much and have asked for so many years for us to do it again that we had a meeting and said, 'Hmm, why don't we do an acoustic album and see what happens," Witherspoon told Billboard.com.
"We went in full guns blazin', man," he added. "It was serious work. It was a serious project. We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that SEVENDUST vein that we're still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to.""Time Travelers & Bonfires" track listing:
01. Come Down
02. Under It All
03. The Wait
04. Upbeat Sugar
05. One Life
The song "Bonfire"— one of the six new tracks written and recorded for "Time Travelers & Bonfires"— can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of Billboard.com).
MAX CAVALERA Talks To Latvia's Alternative.lv (Audio)
Latvia's Alternative.lv web site recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.SOULFY's ninth album, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013 via SOULFLY's new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" include SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG).
The cover artwork for "Savages" was created by renowned artist Paul Stottler, who is best known for his work on SACRED REICH's legendary "Surf Nicaragua" cover.Date previously mixed SOULFLY's "3" (2002), "Prophecy" (2004) and "Dark Ages" (2005) albums, but had never produced any of the group's CDs.
ALICE IN CHAINS To Be Spotlighted In 'Guitar Center Sessions' Episode In August Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight ALICE IN CHAINS in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on August 3 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt.Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL will begin airing Sunday, May 4. Now in its landmark eighth season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). It all kicks off with Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at South By Southwest (SXSW), on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin's majestic skyline as a backdrop.
"We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions," says Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center. "Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable lineup of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world's biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center's 50th anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 72 episodes."
"DirecTV's Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions," said Chris Long, SVP original content and production, DirecTV. "We're excited to air an amazing showcase from this year's SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible lineup of talent in Season 8.""Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry.
GRAVE DIGGER: 'Return Of The Reaper' Track Listing Revealed
German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER will release their 1th studio album, "Return Of The Reaper", via Napalm Records on the following dates:
July 11: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux
July 16: Spain, Sweden, Norway
July 14: Rest of Europe
July 15: USA, Canada
The "Return Of The Reaper" cover artwork (see below) was created by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules Illustration And Design, who has been responsible for all GRAVE DIGGER artwork since 2004's "The Last Supper".
The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany.GRAVE DIGGER vocalist Chris Boltendahl recently revealed that "Return Of The Reaper" will be stylistically reminiscent of GRAVE DIGGER's classic albums "Heavy Metal Breakdown" (1984), "Witch Hunter" (1985) and "The Reaper" (1993). "Return Of The Reaper" track listing:
01. Return Of The Reaper
02. Hell Funeral
03. War God
04. Tattooed Rider
05. Resurrection Day
06. Season Of The Witch
07. Road Rage Killer
08. Dia De Los Muertos
09. Satan's Host
10. Grave Desecrator
11. Death Smiles At All Of Us
12. Nothing To BelieveGRAVE DIGGER's last album, "Clash Of The Gods", was released on August 31 , 2012 in Europe and September 4, 2012 in North America via Napalm Records. A six-song mini-CD, "Home At Last", preceded the full-length effort on July 27, 2012 in Europe and August 7, 2012 in North America."The Clans Are Still Marching", the latest DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).
JUDAS PRIEST To Reveal First Details Of Their New Studio Album Next Week?
British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have launched a countdown suggesting that they will reveal more information about their much-anticipated new studio album in five days via their official web site, JudasPriest.com.
Speaking to Artisan News at last month's VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life" and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band's new CD: "The record is finished; it's absolutely finished as of today." He added: "It's a relief. It's a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical 'blood, sweat and tears.' It's not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it's one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn't be better."
In a 2013 interview with Billboard.com, Halford described the new PRIEST CD's sound as "hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST— I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered."
Speaking to VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST's next LP: "We felt it was very important to follow up [2008's] 'Nostradamus', the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven't heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again."PRIEST's next album will mark the band's first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.
Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: "Really, really strong. Exciting. He's riffing and saying, 'Robby, I'm thinking of this and this and this.' It's really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it."
He added: "[Richie] went through the ritual on [the 'Epitaph'] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it's now time to see what we're capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself."
Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST's songwriting process at all, Halford said: "It's dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn't really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It's all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that's below par. We've always had that attitude in PRIEST. We've always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We're still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget's Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that's what we've been doing for four decades."
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
VOLBEAT's ROB CAGGIANO Talks About His Time In ANTHRAX, Touring With 'Big Four' (Video)
Former ANTHRAX and current VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano recently spoke with "HardDrive Radio" about his first guitar, his time in ANTHRAX and touring with the other so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH and SLAYER. You can now watch the chat below.VOLBEAT's latest album, "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", was re-released in a special "tour edition" on November 4, 2013. The new version of the act's fifth studio album contains new bonus tracks and a live DVD. The latter features footage of the group performing at a number of major summer festivals in Europe, including the Download festival in the U.K., Rock Am Ring and Rock'n'Heim in Germany, Hellfest in France and Denmark's Roskilde Festival."Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" debuted at No. 1 in several countries when it arrived in April 2012, with the disc entering the Billboard album chart at No. 9."Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies" has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.VOLBEAT has just returned to North America as part of a tour that is bringing the Danish/American quartet coast to coast. The run began at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado and will wrap the second week of May on the East Coast, with TRIVIUM and DIGITAL SUMMER supporting.
BLACK STAR RIDERS' MARCO MENDOZA, THE WINERY DOGS' BILLY SHEEHAN Featured In Latest Episode Of FUSE's 'Metalhead To Head'
The fifth episode of "Metalhead To Head", a web-only show where metal masters sit down together for surprisingly candid conversation and plenty of one-time-only music demonstrations and collaborations, can be seen in two parts below. The episode features Marco Mendoza (BLACK STAR RIDERS, THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) and Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS, TALAS). New episodes will debut every other Wednesday. Always at 1 p.m. ET. And always on Fuse.tv.
Artist pairings for future "Metalhead To Head" episodes include:
* Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS) &Arejay Hale (HALESTORM)
* Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE) &Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* Eric Choi (WE CAME AS ROMANS) &Alex Lopez (SUICIDE SILENCE)
* Michael Sweet (STRYPER) &Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT)
* George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) &Chris Broderick (MEGADETH)
* Marty Friedman (MEGADETH) &Ben Weinman (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN)
DARKANE: Video Footage From European Tour With SOILWORK
Swedish melodic death quintet DARKANE has posted live footage from its recent European tour with SOILWORK. You can watch as the band performs the track "Ostracized" from its 2013 release, "The Sinister Supremacy", filmed by Philipp Koch and Oliver Laux (Drumtalk) at the Biblelot in Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Says the band: "We recently completed a European tour with SOILWORK that took us through Spain, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Holland and the U.K. The tour went great and, with the two bands having previously toured together, everything went smoothly — apart from SOILWORK's drummer Dirk Verbeuren getting injured and having to sit out a few shows. Luckily, our drummer, Peter Wildoer, isn't one to back down from a challenge, so he took over the drum throne for SOILWORK's remaining gigs. Closing in on the end of the tour, Dirk felt good enough to play again, so he played the final show of the tour in Dordrecht. Spirits were high, and to make it even better, Phillip from Drumtalk showed up and asked if we wanted him to film the show. Of course we did! And he did a really nice job. DARKANE 100% live and raw. As it should be." "The Sinister Supremacy" was released in June 2013 via Massacre and Prosthetic.
Regarding the album's title, the band said: "'The Sinister Supremacy' is a metaphor for the evil that controls us. It's the dark part of our minds and it’s inside us all. It tells us it's OK to do bad things, to hurt other people, and hurt ourselves. It guides us into making choices based on pure selfishness, and it thrives on complete chaos.
"The cover art by Carlos Holmberg is a Rorschach test as seen by an individual who has completely succumbed to the sinister supremacy."
Vocalist Jens Broman left DARKANE in August 2011 due to "personal issues." He explained in a statement, "At the moment my life is in a phase where I'm unable to find inspiration for new adventures with DARKANE and therefore it's best for me to pass on the mic."Mackrory sang on DARKANE's debut album, "Rusted Angel" (1999), and made a guest appearance on the song "Chaos vs. Order" on the band's 2002 effort "Expanding Senses".
KROKUS Singer MARC STORACE Interviewed By Rock Journalist MITCH LAFON (Audio)
Rock journalist Mitch Lafon recently conducted an interview with vocalist Marc Storace of Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS. They discuss the band's new live album, "Long Stick Goes Boom - Live From Da House Of Rust"; the disappearance of the song "The Ballroom Blitz" from the setlist; the lethargic fan response to 1986's "Change Of Address" album during the height of '80s hard rock craze; the band's 1983 tour with DEF LEPPARD; KROKUS' recent European success with albums "Hellraiser", "Hoodoo" and "Dirty Dynamite"; and the band's future recording plans and touring plans for North America. You can now listen to the chat below.
In the last four decades, Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have played over 2,000 shows across 5 continents. Every gig, every place and every crowd was different but all showed tremendous enthusiasm towards the band. KROKUS recorded 20 shows for release consideration, eventually deciding on their last sold-out show, recorded in their hometown at the House Of Rust on August 30, 2013. "Long Stick Goes Boom Live: From Da House Of Rust" was released in North America on April 22 via The End Records.
An ecstatic audience and a killer location, for KROKUS it was a truly memorable moment — it was the night where Krok 'n' Roll came back to town — to Rockcity Solothurn where it all started in 1975.
"We're extremely happy to share this moment with all of you. This proves that there is still a place for the eternal flame of rock 'n' roll — our medicine of life," the band says in a statement.
"A hell of a big 'Thank You' for your constant support and appreciation. This is the fuel we need to go the extra mile. Enjoy and spread the word!"
"Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust" track listing:
01. Long Stick
02. Hallelujah Rock 'N' Roll
03. Go Baby Go
04. AM Woman
05. Tokio Nights
07. Rock City / Betta Than Sex / Doeg Song
08. Screaming In The Night
10. Bedside Radio
11. Easy Rocker
13. Live For The Action
14. Hoodoo Woman
The "Hoodoo Woman" performance, taken from "Long Stick Goes Boom: Live From Da House Of Rust", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Comments KROKUS singer Marc Storace: "'Hoodoo Woman'. We take a look back to the roots, memories of the hot humid south in a wild west.
"New Orleans was one of our favorite watering holes. From the sleazy to the sophisticated, you name it, we tried it! The seafood, the music, the bars, the dancers and that feeling of magic in the air, call it what you may, everywhere that taste, the smell, those looks … unique mystique!
"The 'Hoodoo' album, released in 2010, is an ode to the spirit of the reunion of the originals. The songs portray some of our wildest dreams. A dirty bunch of unsung heroes from a bygone era get back together to exchange memories and refresh their spirits as slowly they ride on into the sun."
Adds KROKUS bassist, founder and producer Chris Von Rohr: "The song 'Hoodoo Woman' showcased the new powerful KROKUS magic in 2010 as the first release of the reunited originals.
"This song was, in my opinion, the hottest of them all on the 'Hoodoo' album.
"We chose this song as our encore and when you listen to the CD, you can hear from the sing-along of the crowd that we had a great KROKUS party at the House Of Rust in our hometown in Switzerland.
"This new live CD captures the essence of this magical, incredible evening. And you've got the front-row seat."
For almost 40 years now, KROKUS has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. No other Swiss rock band sells albums and its back catalogue worldwide like KROKUS. The band has already sold over 14 million records, toured the world, and received gold and platinum discs in the USA and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world: from Australia and the USA to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China. KROKUS is:Marc Storace - Lead VocalsChris Von Rohr - Bass, VocalsFernando Von Arb - Guitar, VocalsMark Kohler - Guitar Mandy Meyer - GuitarFlavio Mezzodi - Drums
Former CRO-MAGS Bassist HARLEY FLANAGAN Continuing Work On New Album
Former CRO-MAGS bass player and one-time frontman Harley Flanagan is in the process of recording his newest LP, to be released later this year on Southern Lord.
With his musical roots tracing back to the beginning of the 1980s, Flanagan was involved in New York City punk act THE STIMULATORS before even hitting his teens. In the mid-'80s, he founded the legendary hardcore/crossover act the CRO-MAGS, directly after which the band released its seminal "The Age Of Quarrel" LP. At the beginning of the millennium, the artist formed his own HARLEY'S WAR and released his debut album, "Cro-Mag", in 2002. Flanagan and several other players recently started laying down the basic tracks for the impending yet-to-be-named album, which will close the extensive twelve-year gap since the band's initial works were released, and will undoubtedly be one of the premiere hardcore/punk releases of the year.
Said Flanagan about signing with Southern Lord and the ongoing recording process of the new material: "I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years." Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson this week stated about the upcoming release, "The demos we have heard thus far are incredible! We're really looking forward to hearing this when it's completed."
A demo version of a new solo song titled "Trust No One" from Flanagan can be streamed below. The track, which features Al Romano (SUN RED SUN, BELLADONNA) on guitar, is expected to appear on Flanagan's upcoming CD."Trust No One" is the first new material from Harley since the HARLEY'S WAR EP, "Life Is A Struggle", which came out in 2012.Flanagan made headlines in July 2012 when he allegedly attacked two members of the current CRO-MAGS lineup during the CBGB Festival in New York City. Flanagan was initially charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the incident, but those charges were eventually dropped.New York Natives in 2012 published an interview with Flanagan in which Harley claimed that he was invited to the Webster Hall gig and had a VIP pass which he used to enter the venue. He said he went there with "the best of intentions" hoping to mend years of bickering and make the fans happy. After he was invited to the backstage dressing room, he said that instead of being welcomed, as he expected to be, he was jumped by a group of men.
NEW YORK (AP) — Slightly more than half of the people who watched the Sochi Olympics on NBC also used a computer, tablet or smartphone to get information about the games while the TV was on, the network said Wednesday.
Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology
CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.
ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.