LIKE AN ARMY's 'Taste Of It' Video Featuring GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist RICHARD FORTUS "Taste Of It", the new video from St. Louis, Missouri rockers LIKE AN ARMY, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Danny Drysdale, who has previously worked with THE KILLERS."Taste Of It" features a guest appearance by guitarist Richard Fortus (GUNS N' ROSES, THIN LIZZY) and will be released on iTunes and other digital outlets on Tuesday, December 31.LIKE AN ARMY is fronted by lead singer Frankie Muriel (KING OF THE HILL), accompanied by drummer Paul Chickey, bassist Cubby Smith and guitarist John "JP" Pennington.
The band will support the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS on Wednesday, December 11 at KPNT 105.7 The Point's Ho Ho Show at Pop's concert venue in Sauget, Illinois.
GENE SIMMONS, SEBASTIAN BACH, DAVID ELLEFSON Confirmed For Las Vegas 'Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp'
Rock Legend and media mogul Gene Simmons will mentor and jam with campers along with fellow rock star friends at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp, offering an opportunity of a lifetime at its Las Vegas studios. The camp will also feature Tommy Thayer (KISS), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL), David Ellefson (MEGADETH). Together alongside Simmons, they will help musicians of all levels form bands, learn or perfect their knowledge of an instrument, write and record a song. The four-day camp will culminate with a live performance at House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas March 27-30, 2014. This March marks Simmons' return to Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp for the first time since October 2012.
"Mentoring adult and young rockers at the Fantasy Camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me," said Simmons. "I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I've learned from the business to musicians and upcoming talent."
Space for Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp is extremely limited.
To sign up or for more information, call (888) Roc-Band.
Formed in New York City in 1973, KISS is one of the most successful rock bands of all time and was recently nominated for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Simmons, KISS' original bass player and co-founder, is credited with writing many of the band's songs, including "Nothing To Lose", "We Are One", "Shout It Out Loud" and "Domino". He also owns a record label, Simmons Records, and is known for his innovative marketing of his band and his TV series, "Gene Simmons Family Jewels".
KAMELOT's CASEY GRILLO: Drum-Cam Footage From Tampere
Drum-cam footage of KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo's solo from the band's November 6 concert in Tampere, Finland can be seen below.
In a recent interview with The Drum Circle, Grillo was asked if there were any songs on KAMELOT's new album, "Silverthorn", that were especially challenging for him to play. "Not really hard to play," he replied. "Everything is straightforward on the drum parts. I think the fastest song is around 172 bpm, so nothing too fast, just some endurance, and when you get fired up in front of a crowd, that's not a problem. As for picking the songs, we would have loved to have done the entire CD."Grillo was also asked if KAMELOT's new lead singer, Tommy Karevik, is a big reason why "Silverthorn" is Casey's favorite KAMELOT album. "Tommy is one factor for that reason," Casey said. "'Silverthorn' has so many great songs. Tommy's melody lines and lyrics are just amazing. Having new blood in the band makes us want to tour and do things together. Tommy is such a great guy and becoming a great friend to each of us. The future is looking great!" "Silverthorn" sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Poetry For The Poisoned", opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74."Silverthorn" was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV.
MORBID ANGEL's TIM YEUNG: 'Vengeance Is Mine' Drum-Cam Footage From Minnesota Sick Drummer Magazine has uploaded drum-cam footage of Tim Yeung of MORBID ANGEL performing the song "Vengeance Is Mine" during the band's November 18 concert in Minnesota. You can watch the clip below.
In a recent interview with Invisible Oranges, MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist David Vincent stated about how it felt performing the band's entire 1993 album, "Covenant", with Yeung on the group's current North American tour: "Tim's an excellent drummer. He handles the material very well. He was a big fan of the record when it came out, too. He's a couple years my junior, but it's cool. He feels the songs really well, and it's fun."
Asked how it's been playing with MORBID ANGEL three years after he replaced the band's longtime drummer, Pedro "Pete" Sandoval, so that Pete could recover from surgery for a disc prolapse, Yeung told Monster: "It's been great. MORBID ANGEL has been awesome as far as we work great together. I fit really good with those guys. We're all a little crazy, so I fit in perfectly with that. It's great. It's awesome. It's an honor to work with them. It's fantastic. The fans are really starting to come through also. It was a little hard at first, because Pete's such a great player; he's really irreplaceable. So I really just kind of filled that slot. I didn't really replace him — I just added my own… They just added me to the element there, what was there. So it's been awesome; really great."
With the inspiration of a songwriting mother and artistic father, Tim began playing drums in 1990 at the age of eleven. Within a few short years he was recording demos and playing live shows within the local muisc scene in upstate New York. He attended Hochstein School Of Music in Rochester and got his first big break in 1997 when he joined the death metal band HATE ETERNAL.
Now based in Los Angeles, Yeung has performed and worked with such national acts as ALL THAT REMAINS, HANK WILLIAMS III, NILE, VITAL REMAINS and DECREPIT BIRTH. His straddling of the extreme and mainstream is perhaps best reflected in his work with his band DIVINE HERESY, whose music features elements of extreme death metal as well as more mainstream genres.
For more information, visit Tim's official web site at TimYeung.com.
VREDEHAMMER Signs With INDIE RECORDINGS Indie Recordings has announced the signing of the Norwegian black metal act VREDEHAMMER. The band's new album will be release in the spring.
A track from the forthcoming CD, "We Are The Sacrifice", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Formed by Per Valla in March 2009 after he left his previous band ELITE, VREDEHAMMER release its debut EP, "4.September", a year later through Obscure Abhorrence Productions. A second EP, "Pans Skygge", which featured a more experimental approach to extreme metal, followed in 2011. VREDEHAMMER's third EP, "Mintaka", was released in March 2013 via Black Plague Records. It featured a new member, bass player Kristoffer Hansen.
Right after the recording of "Mintaka", VREDEHAMMER found its third and final member: Cato Skivik, a great drummer known from bands like ALLFADER and ENSLAVEMENT OF BEAUTY (where he was a session musician).
LEATHERWOLF To Release 'Unchained Live'
Southern California heavy metal triple axe attack LEATHERWOLF had set a December 15 release date for its new album, "Unchained Live".
Engineered by Michael "Kramarica" Kramer, mixed by producer extraordinaire Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, SEPULTURA, HALFORD), and mastered by Tom Baker (QUEENSRŸCHE, JUDAS PRIEST, SEBASTIAN BACH), the disc contains several of the band's biggest classics culled from their highly acclaimed first three albums, including the MTV video singles "The Calling" and "Hideaway", as well as fan favorite "Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)" from the group's most recent studio release, "New World Asylum".
As an additional bonus, the band has re-cut its 1989 instrumental standout, "Black Knight", which originally appeared on the "Street Ready" record.
The "Unchained" packaging features striking artwork by noted conceptual designer Martin Deschaumbault ("Assasin's Creed") as well as Marc Sasso (DIO, MANOWAR, ROB ROCK)."Unchained" track listing:
02. Kill And Kill Again
03. The Calling
04. Rise Or Fall
05. Dr. Wicked (Rx O.D.)
06. Wicked Ways
08. Street Ready
10. Black Knight (studio bonus)"Unchained" is the first LEATHERWOLF album to feature the lead guitar duo of Rob Math and Greg Erba who are joined by original members, vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri and drummer Dean Roberts, and longtime bassist Patrick Guyton.
A free MP3 of "Rise Or Fall" from "Unchained" can be downloaded from the official LEATHERWOLFweb site.
WAYNE STATIC: 'I Thought I Was Gonna Kill Myself'
Earlier this week, Keven Skinner of Gotham News conducted an interview with former STATIC-X leader and current solo artist Wayne Static. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.Gotham News: The last time we spoke, we talked about the old STATIC-X band dynamic and you had mentioned it was more of a business arrangement as opposed to a friendship. From what I noticed, about three months after that, you had to reach out to [former STATIC-X bassist] Tony Campos to talk business and the whole situation just spiraled out of control. Walk me through that period.Wayne: It was basically attorneys talking — I never spoke to Tony [directly]. We came up with a dollar amount where I would license the STATIC-X name and go out on tour. And… it was just too much money. I had to keep playing six shows a week non-stop in order to pay him what he wanted. Eventually, my house went. I developed a really bad hernia. I had to cancel the tour and go have surgery. It was at that point where I was like, "Fuck all this lawyer stuff. I'm gonna e-mail Tony because I haven't fucking spoke to him in, like, over five years." We weren't even talking at the end of STATIC-X. So I e-mailed him and said, "I had to have surgery. Can I get some time off and let's put our deal on hold and wait until I get better then we'll start up again? And you can start making money again for doing nothing." He pretty much told me to fuck off and keep paying. And that was it. I was, like, "Alright. Thanks, dude." [laughs] He was, like, "You told people in interviews we weren't friends, so fuck you." That's what he told me, literally, that's what he said in his e-mail. I'm, like, "Sorry I hurt your feelings, you fucking baby." Jesus Christ, I have to go get fucking hernia surgery. So that's the dynamic. He fucking hates me and won't let me use the STATIC-X name. I have a new manager and she recently reached out to him and asked if he wanted to rejoin the band and tour and he doesn't want to. He's in SOULFLY and he's happy, so he wants nothing to do with STATIC-X but he won't let me use the name. So… STATIC-X is dead. I tried, you know. I did my best. In reality, though, it doesn't even fucking matter, because I've had a bunch of players and nobody cares. It may sound egotistical, but it's the fucking truth — I wrote all the songs. [laughs] Rob Zombie was WHITE ZOMBIE and I was STATIC-X. I wrote and produced everything. Other than Tony, all the other guys were hired players. So fuck it, it's just name. I have a slamming band behind me right now and we're going out and playing all the old STATIC-X songs and a couple off my last solo record. We have a good time and the shows have the same vibe as STATIC-X, I just can't call it that.Gotham News: Face value, Tony seems to have some deep-seated hatred that goes back in order to pull that kind of stuff when you aren't being unrealistic in your business arrangements. Is there something else there?Wayne: Yeah, we worked fifteen years together building STATIC-X and I'm, like, "Dude, don't you wanna keep this alive?" Just from a business aspect, don't you want to keep the name alive and make money? He doesn't care. Everything changed when I got married. Everyone, the band, the crew, everyone treated my wife like shit.Gotham News: Why is that?Wayne: I don't know. I'm sure I acted differently after I got married, I know I did. But… people get married and things change. It doesn't mean that the band has to break up. It's not like we were all best buddies and hung out every day. I don't know, man, everyone started treating us differently, treating my wife like shit and making her cry every day. The last tour we did together, Tony and I didn't even talk to each other or look one another in the eye. It's pathetic, man… It's fucking stupid. Now he hates me so much he won't even let me use the name. I'm still willing to pay him to use the name because I can make more money at the shows because of the name. But no he's, like, "Fuck you, boo hoo hoo." Alright, I guess we're done. Can't say I didn't try. [laughs]Gotham News: What do you think changed after you got married that the guys would treat you so badly? It's not like you were doing some weird experimental shit and the music, right?Wayne: Well, I wanted Tera [Wray] on tour with me, so she was always with me. She was with me during interviews too. We love each other. I wanna have her with me at all times. She came on stage and danced for a few songs and… I think Tony didn't like that. I think it pissed him off. I think he thought, "She's not in the band, she shouldn't be here." But the reality of it was, we'd do interviews and she'd just sit there. He didn't like the fact that she was around all the time. For all I know, maybe he thought he should've hooked up with her and ended up married to her, so maybe he's jealous. I don't know. I don't fucking know. I could give a shit if we did an interview and his girlfriend was sitting next to us. The funny thing is, before we got married and she was a porn star, she rode with us on the bus for a whole year, [and] everyone loved her then. When she was a porn star, everything was awesome. Then we got married, and everything changed. I don't know why. You can call up Tony and interview him to ask him why he hates me so much. [laughs]Gotham News: You mentioned that during your recovery you were writing some riffs and working out some new songs. Is it safe to say that after this shitstorm, the new album will be very pissed off and angry?Wayne: [laughs] Probably. I've got a lot to be angry about. Facing felony drug charges, people embezzling money from me and all this shit. Man, last year was a tough year. I fucking went on Prozac for a while and thought I was gonna kill myself. It was a fucking hard, hard, hard year. Things are finally coming around now. I've got a new manager and a whole new team. I ended up getting into a fucking fistfight with my merch guy on the last tour. My drummer quit…. just all this crazy shit. [laughs] But everything is coming back together and I have a positive attitude. I've got Bevan Davies, he did the last two STATIC-X tours, and he's a fucking awesome drummer. I'm really excited to bring the band out and play some old-school evil disco, put all the bullshit behind us go on stage and fucking tear it up.
Read the entire interview at Gotham News.
LAMB OF GOD's RANDY BLYTHE Pays Tribute To NELSON MANDELA LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe was one of many musicians who have taken to social media to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and a groundbreaking civil rights activist. Mandela died on Thursday (December 5) at age 95. One of the foremost civil rights leaders in his battle against apartheid, he had spent 27 years imprisoned for treason and his work and eventual release captured the hearts of the rock world — especially those of U2, Paul Simon, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt— all of whom went to great lengths to raise awareness of Mandela's imprisonment and the plight of black South Africans living under apartheid.
Writing on his Instagram account, Randy said: "[On Thursday] Nelson Mandela died, and many people will take to social media to say 'RIP Mandela' and post a picture of the great man, free and smiling after 27 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to commit sabotage and conspiracy against the South African apartheid government in 1962.
"He was one of the finest humans of our time.
"I grew up hearing of this man imprisoned in South Africa, and I, like millions worldwide, was overjoyed when he finally was released in 1990. He came out of prison and within four years was South Africa's first black president, having spearheaded the political movement that peacefully ended the racist apartheid government. He did great things for his people after he was free, there is no doubt. But this picture is a far more telling testament to what kind of man Mandela was than any modern photo. Here he is defiantly raising his fists with other men on the way to prison — he had JUST been given a life sentence.
"Mandela knew what would happen with his trial, and instead of focusing all his energy on keeping himself free, he disrupted the trial by wearing traditional garb, refused to call any witnesses to his defense and turned the trial into an arena for political speech to show the world what was happening in South Africa. He sacrificed his own freedom so that his people could one day be equals in their own native country, because he knew something had to change, and if he had to go to prison for LIFE to speed that change, so be it. He was a living example of DOING THE RIGHT THING, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST. THAT is a REAL MAN. In fact, one of his most famous quotes about prison was this: 'If I had my time over, I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.'
"So rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. I can only hope others will take a page from your book. Your 27 years of hard time are a blessing to us all."
DOWN: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Entire First Show With New Guitarist BOBBY LANDGRAF
Quality fan-filmed video footage of DOWN's entire October 25 performance at at Emo's East in Austin, Texas as part of DOWN singer Philip Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival can be seen below.
Guitarist Kirk Windstein recently left DOWN and was replaced by Bobby Landgraf, the band's former guitar tech who was previously in GAHDZILLA MOTOR COMPANY, a 1990s outfit also featuring Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, WATCHTOWER), and HONKY.
"I couldn't feel more blessed," Landgraf, 48, said in an interview. "Phil could've gotten anyone to play guitar, but I've been jamming with them during soundchecks, so they know we can play together."
"It's really a dream come true," added Landgraf. "It's what you're working for all those years."
In a recent interview with the "Devil Horns" podcast, Windstein stated about his decision to leave DOWN: "My life's changed a lot in the last year. With being married, I wanna concentrate a lot more on my family first and foremost. And DOWN, with us getting older and Philip's voice and now DOWN has to take a fairly amount of days off in order for Phil to rest his voice properly, which is totally, absolutely understandable and well respected. It's just, for me, I like to go out 15 shows in a row and get it done. With DOWN, a lot of the [touring], especially internationally, is fly dates and things like that and there's so many days off. And really, for me, to be blunt, on those off days, man… I mean, show days are great, I have a responsibility, of course I love every second being on stage, but on those off days, I have absolutely nothing to do and it just ends up turning into drinking too goddamn much and wanting to not be there… The guys could see I was kind of not really getting into it, they could see me on the off days hitting the sauce harder than I should have been — no doubt about it."
He added: "It was kind of a mutual thing — no hard feelings or anything whatsoever like that. There's absolutely zero drama, zero gossip that I know of, at least from my side. I doubt there's any from their side. I've spoken to the guys. In fact, Bobby Landgraf from HONKY, that's taking my spot, is a very good friend of mine; he teched for me for awhile and he's been teching for Pepper [Keenan, DOWN guitarist]. I spoke to him the other day and he can use my rig that I used with DOWN for [DOWN's appearance at the Housecore Horror Film Festival] coming up, and he's actually gonna come and me and him are gonna jam a little bit on some tunes. He's got a few questions. He's an amazing guitar player, but it's hard to get every little lick down of somebody else's stuff, so he asked me if I could pop by and jam with him a bit. I said, 'Absolutely.' Anything I could do to help out would be great."DOWN entered Anselmo's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair, on October 7 to begin recording a new EP that is tentatively due in early 2014.
Speaking about the band's new material, DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan told the "Metal Hammer" radio show: "It's kind of slight continuation of the first EP, but it's a little bit more… It's hard to say, man… It's more… I wouldn't say 'aggressive,' but it's definitely got some freaky guitar stuff on it. And it's definitely got a pretty good groove factor. And we spent a lot of time trying to make all the songs [fit together stylistically]. We had several songs that didn't quite match it, so we kind of [set them aside] and we're gonna move them to another EP. But it's got a super-heavy vibe to it, man. I mean, I'm really excited about it. Everybody in the band is excited about it."
He continued: "We wrote it kind of like we did the 'NOLA' record. Each one of us had some riffs and we got in a room and we just hashed it out like the old days — just going off each person's experiences and ideas. Everybody's ideas were valid, and it really ended up being well rounded and slamming. It was [a] very creative [process], let's put it that way. Actually, it was surprising some of us how much we really still got it."
Pepper also spoke about the cover theme for the next DOWN EP and how it will be connected to last year's "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP".
"When the second [EP] comes out, you'll see it as being an extension of the last cover," Pepper said. "So number 2 is gonna connect sideways to number 1, and you'll start to see a morphing kind of process. There's some kind of liquid light kind of thing that's kind of melding across as you go… I hate to quote the overall color, but I believe it's something like orange. I haven't looked at it in a while. It might not be orange yet, but it's heading in that direction."
Released in September 2012, "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP" was DOWN's first in a series of four EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band's sound."Down IV Part I" sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
DEVILDRIVER's JEFF KENDRICK, MIKE SPREITZER Speak To GuitarMania.eu (Video)
On August 16, guitarists Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of California metallers DEVILDRIVER were interviewed by GuitarMania.eu in Vienna, Austria. You can now watch the chat below.DEVILDRIVER's sixth album, "Winter Kills", sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. This figure is in line with the opening number of DEVILDRIVER's fifth CD, "Beast", which also shifted 11,000 units back in February 2011 to land at No. 42.
The instrumental parts for "Winter Kills" were recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida while the vocals were laid down at Dez Fafara's home studio, with Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) handling production duties. The album's cover artwork features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature."Winter Kills" was made available in four configurations, including a deluxe digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks, "Shudder" and "Back Down To The Grave") and live DVD (featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power — no studio overdubs at all, just the band at their best — and including fan favorites "Clouds Over California" and "The Wretched"), standard CD version, digital version and, for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP gatefold edition.