JOHN CORABI Doesn't Think BOBBY BLOTZER Deserves RATT Name

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE and current THE DEAD DAISIES singer John Corabi who had a seven-year stint (2001-2008) as the rhythm guitarist in RATT, has once again commented on the ongoing legal battle between drummer Bobby Blotzer and other members of RATT‘s classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — over the rights to the group’s name. Speaking to music writer Joel Gausten, Corabi said: “Listen, I love Warren and Stephen. I’ve never really worked with Juan and Carlos [Cavazo, current RATT guitarist] before, but I worked with Warren, Stephen and Bobby. Each one of … Continue reading

Video Premiere: Somnium Nox – 'Transcendental Dysphoria'

Australian black metal band Somnium Nox released their debut album, Terra Inanis, in May. It contained three lengthy atmospheric songs that made an impressive first album. Today, Decibel premieres the video for album closer “Transcendental Dysphoria.”  The video contains a lot of nightmarish imagery, including dead birds, twisted nature shots and bizarre messages. It’s a great complement to Somnium Nox’s dark black metal, which already sounds like it draws inspiration from dark places.  Terra Inanis is out now on Transcending Obscurity. It’s available for purchase here.  Video Premiere: Somnium Nox – ‘Transcendental Dysphoria’ Video Premiere: Somnium Nox – ‘Transcendental Dysphoria’ Decibel Continue reading

METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of 'Battery' Performance From Chicago

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Battery” on June 18 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois can be seen below. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which came out last November, eight years after “Death Magnetic”. METALLICA is currently on a short break from its first North American tour in more than seven years, which resumes on July 5 in Orlando, Florida. This tour marks the first time that METALLICA has offered “enhanced” or “VIP” experiences for fans, with some willing to cough … Continue reading

I AM MORBID Feat. Former MORBID ANGEL Members: Video Of Entire Thessaloniki Concert

Industry Kills has uploaded video footage of I AM MORBID — the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) — performing on June 13 at Eightball in Thessaloniki, Greece. Check it out below. The group’s setlist was as follows: 01. Immortal Rites 02. Fall From Grace 03. Visions From The Dark Side 04. Blessed Are The Sick 05. Day Of Suffering 06. Rapture 07. Pain Divine 08. Sworn To The Black 09. Eyes To See, Ears … Continue reading

No, ROCK AM RING Festival Evacuation Wasn't Triggered By Spelling Mistake

Although a number of media outlets reported last week that the Rock Am Ring festival’s evacuation earlier in the month was caused a spelling mistake, police later emphasized that this wasn’t the case, and that it had concrete reasons to suspend the German music festival. According to Pollstar, police had come across three suspects during a routine check, which led to searches prior to Rock Am Ring. During those searches, Rock Am Ring wristbands were found on two suspects, whose names did not match the employees list of promoter Live Nation but were reportedly similar. On June 2, the Rock … Continue reading

BLIND GUARDIAN Frontman Says Fans Will Be Surprised By Next DEMONS & WIZARDS Album

BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has confirmed that he and ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer are working on material for the long-awaited third album from their side project DEMONS & WIZARDS. DEMONS & WIZARDS was launched in 1997 and has released two full-length albums so far: 2000’s self-titled effort and 2005’s “Touched By The Crimson King”. The latter was partially based on the “The Dark Tower” series of books (written by Stephen King) in which the Crimson King is the main antagonist. In a brand new interview with That Drummer Guy (a.k.a. Josh Rundquist), Kürsch revealed that songwriting sessions for … Continue reading

MICHAEL ANTHONY: Why Now Is The Right Time For Reunion Of Classic VAN HALEN Lineup

In a brand new interview with The News-Herald, former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony was asked why he thinks now is the right time for a reunion of the band’s classic lineup. He responded: “Well, I mean, partly because you obviously see all of these other bands doing it these days. And also for VAN HALEN‘s fans. Maybe some kind of proper closure or something. I’m not sure. Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there’s one thing right there. And Sammy [Hagar, former VAN HALEN singer] has brought it up quite a few times in … Continue reading

Exhumed’s Matt Harvey talks new trad metal project Pounder

Sure, it may come as a surprise to some diehard death metal and gore-grind fanatics that Matt Harvey of Exhumed and Gruesome has a new project out, and it’s 100 percent old-school/traditional/New Wave of British Heavy Metal-worshipping melodic metal. But anyone who knows Harvey realizes this makes perfect sense, the man loving his classic metal in a big way, Pounder serving as a way for him to show off that love. And, according to Harvey, it’s not really all that different from his other projects. “My whole thing is about finding commonalities in song structure and the songwriting end of … Continue reading

Suffocation Headlines Decibel’s “2017: The Year of Death Metal” Issue!

2017 is officially THE YEAR OF DEATH METAL! The August issue of Decibel examines the rush of stellar releases from musicians who helped shape (and reshape) the genre including Suffocation, Incantation, Broken Hope, Bolt Thrower/Memoriam, Immolation, Obituary, Origin, Expulsion/Repulsion, Dying Fetus and Decrepit Birth. If that wasn’t enough, this issue includes and exclusive, limited Venom Inc. flexi disc! Hurry, quantities are limited. Only death (metal) is real! Order here. Suffocation Headlines Decibel’s “2017: The Year of Death Metal” Issue! Suffocation Headlines Decibel’s “2017: The Year of Death Metal” Issue! Decibel Continue reading

COREY TAYLOR On Next SLIPKNOT Album: 'I Wanna Write Something Violent'

In a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Corey Taylor was asked about the current status of SLIPKNOT, nearly three years after the release of the band’s comeback album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”. “Nothing’s going on,” he responded. “We ain’t doing shit for two years. I’m doing STONE SOUR. [Percussionist] Clown‘s doing his movie thing. Everybody’s kind of doing their own thing right now. So we’re just kind of letting ourselves have some time away, which is cool. Sometimes you just have to do that — sometimes you have to go away and let people miss you. So that’s what … Continue reading

BLAZE BAYLEY: Pro-Shot Footage Of Paris Concert

Duke TV has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley‘s (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) March 11 concert at Petit Bain in Paris, France. Watch Bayley perform the songs “Futureal” (IRON MAIDEN), “Blood” and “Kill & Destroy” below. The clip was directed by Laurent Hart and Antoine de Montremy. The 54-year-old Bayley, who was born in Birmingham, was the original frontman in WOLFSBANE, but left in 1994 to join MAIDEN. He recorded two studio albums with the Steve Harris-led group — 1995’s “The X Factor” and 1998’s “Virtual XI” — before Bruce Dickinson returned to the band. … Continue reading

TRVE Brewing Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Weekend of Metal and Beer

When Denver’s TRVE Brewing celebrates its anniversary every June, you can bet that owner Nick Nunns does it up right, putting on a weekend filled with metal bands and special one-off beers. This year is no different, as things kick off on Friday, June 23. The brewery’s anniversary beer, Vol. 5, a mixed-fermentation ale brewed with five different yeast strains, will be on tap at TRVE, as well as at Hi-Dive, where the live music will be held. “Volume 5 is really representative of our fifth year at TRVE, as 2016 saw us crafting a lot of saison-base beer,” says … Continue reading

THE RODS Joined By Ex-MANOWAR Guitarist ROSS THE BOSS On Stage In Brooklyn (Video)

Old-school classic heavy metal power trio THE RODS was joined onstage by legendary MANOWAR co-founding guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman during the band’s June 18 headline show at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. THE RODS drummer Carl Canedy said: “The first time Ross and I played together in MANOWAR, it was like we’d been playing together for years. It was the same feeling being on stage again with him at St Vitus Bar. Ross jumped in as if he’d been a member of THE RODS from day one. The crowd went nuts… they love him! I can never … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Wren's Prog Sludge/Noise Rock

Admittedly, I didn’t know much – read: absolutely nothing – about the UK’s Wren until their handlers thrust the self-described “progressive sludge/noise rock” Londoners in my face with tantalizing comparisons to Neurosis, Old Man Gloom and Amenra. That, and with the crushing, colossal majesty and incendiary churn of their debut full-length, Auburn Rule, I was sold. Following in the leaden, work boot trudge of their Host and self-titled EPs and a split with a band called Irk, Auburn Rule is about the slow burn, chiselled dynamics and insidious swings between minimalism and “maximalism.” Today, we present a track called “Scour … Continue reading

FLESHKILLER Feat. EXTOL Guitarist: Debut Album, 'Awake', Due In September

FLESHKILLER has inked a North American deal with Facedown Records. Founded by Ole Børud, FLESHKILLER saw the light of day as a result of EXTOL‘s return to hiatus after their last album in 2013. The upcoming debut album, titled “Awaken”, was recorded and mixed between late 2015 and early 2017 at multiple locations around the world. Also written by Ole Børud, the style of music mixes old-school death metal aesthetics with rich harmonic prog fusion elements. Compared to his previous efforts in the genre these new compositions spark a new level of intensity. “Awaken” will be released in September, with … Continue reading

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: My 15 Favorite Metal And Hard Rock Albums

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich will dedicate this weekend’s episode of his Apple Music Beats 1 radio show “It’s Electric” to his fifteen favorite heavy metal and hard rock records of all time. The list, which he initially prepared for Rolling Stone magazine, covers a wide spectrum of styles, from the Satanic lyricism of MERCYFUL FATE‘s “Melissa” to the politically charged rap-metal sounds of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s “The Battle Of Los Angeles”. “For each artist that’s part of my ultimate metal or hard-rock albums, I went for what you would call the definitive moment in their catalogue,” Ulrich told Rolling … Continue reading

THE DEVIL'S BASTARDS Feat. Former DARKEST HOUR, PERIPHERY Members: 'To The Lost' Lyric Video

A new lyric video for the single “To The Lost” from metal outfit THE DEVIL’S BASTARDS can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s self-titled debut album, which is tentatively due this summer. The disc was produced by Kile Odell and Kris Norris with select songs co-produced by Drew Fulk (MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, MISS MAY I) and Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME). THE DEVIL’S BASTARDS‘ lineup includes former DARKEST HOUR guitarist Kris Norris, dual vocalists Justin Reich and Benjamin Earl, bassist John Ryan Flaherty, drummer Brian Lewis, and the band’s most recent addition, Alex Bois. While … Continue reading

TOMMY LEE Photographed Kissing Former VINE Star BRITTANY FURLAN After Sushi Date

U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail has published new photos of MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and online video star Brittany Furlan kissing after an apparent date at Banzai Sushi in Calabasas, California on Wednesday night. The 54-year-old rocker is 24 years older than Furlan, who has 2.3 million Instagram followers and was the most followed female video star on Vine until November 2015. Furlan had 9.9 million followers on Vine and more than 4 billion loops on the online video site before the death of the platform that made her famous. She later tried her hand at acting but expressed … Continue reading

IRON MAIDEN Collaborates With Toy And Apparel Company SUPER7

According to Figures.com, San Francisco-based designer toy and apparel company Super7 has announce a special collaborative event with heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN and renowned entertainment print company Acme Archives Limited. The IRON MAIDEN pop-up shop will be at the Super7 San Francisco store for one week — from Saturday, July 1 through Saturday, July 8. The event coincides with the band’s Bay Area concert in Oakland at Oracle Arena on July 5. The IRON MAIDEN pop-up shop will feature official limited-edition silkscreen prints from Acme Archives and exclusive Super7 items for sale. There will also be a sneak peek … Continue reading

CLUTCH To Release 'Psychic Rockers From West Group' Box Set

Maryland rockers CLUTCH will release a box set titled “Psychic Rockers From The West Group” tomorrow (Friday, June 23) via Weathermaker Music. “Psychic Rockers From The West Group” is a five-CD-and-one-DVD package that contains “El Rojo” from CLUTCH‘s instrumental blues jam side project THE BAKERTON GROUP, “Strange Cousins From The West”, “Earth Rocker Deluxe” (two CDs + one DVD) and the latest CLUTCH release, “Psychic Warfare”. This is a limited release, handnumbered and signed by all band members on the back. “The ‘Psychic Rockers From The West Group’ is a well-priced little box set of our three last releases and … Continue reading

COREY TAYLOR Visits Paralyzed Fan In Hospital

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor recently visited a paralyzed fan in a San Diego hospital. On May 15, Aaron Foley was struck by a pickup truck, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. A huge fan of all of Taylor‘s projects, Foley had met the singer several times in the past, including at the video shoot for the recently released song “Fabuless”. With the help of a local radio station, Aaron‘s mother reached out to Taylor to set up a personal visit to her son. Much to Aaron‘s surprise, Taylor turned up at the hospital, rendering Foley speechless. … Continue reading

CHRIS CORNELL To Appear On Album Of JOHNNY CASH Poems

According to The Pulse Of Radio, late SOUNDGARDEN vocalist Chris Cornell will appear on a new album that features poems written by Johnny Cash set to music. The project is titled “Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music” and is the creation of Cash‘s son John Carter Cash, who is also producing the set. The younger Cash published a book of his father’s previously unavailable poems last year, titled “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems”. News that Cornell had contributed to the project surfaced last week via country artist Jamey Johnson, who told the Kentucky Country Music blog: “John Carter has a … Continue reading

BLACK SABBATH To Release 'The Ten Year War' Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set In September

A foreboding storm is gathering overhead. Bells toll, lighting cracks, rain falls…something dark and sinister is heading this way. It’s 1970 and four guys from Birmingham, with the release of their debut self-titled album, have single-handedly created what would become known forever as heavy metal. It was a singular moment of crushing heaviness that would define the genre for years to come. The sixties were over. Charles Manson and his knife wielding followers had put a violent end to peace and love and the optimism and hope of the decade had vanished. As the seventies came down like a dark … Continue reading

GENE SIMMONS Abandons 'Horns' Hand Gesture Trademark Application

Less than two weeks after KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons filed an application for a trademark on the so-called “devil’s horns” hand gesture, he appears to have had a change of heart. On June 20, Simmons expressly abandoned the application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Simmons filed an application on June 9 with the USPTO for a trademark on the hand signal fans and rockers alike hold up during shows, in which the index and pinkie fingers are extended, the middle and ring finger are curled into the palm, and the thumb either sticks out from the hand … Continue reading

RATT's WARREN DEMARTINI: Video Footage Of THE MUSIC ZOO Event

On April 25, Warren DeMartini of RATT took part in a special event at The Music Zoo in Roslyn, New York. Hosted by Andy Aledort of Guitar World, the night featured a conversation segment with Warren talking about his Charvel series, along with guitar demonstrations and a question-and-answer session. Check out video footage below. The reunited RATT, featuring three members of the band’s classic lineup — DeMartini, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier — has played several shows so far this year after reforming in 2016 in the midst of a highly publiced legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer … Continue reading

EICCA TOPPINEN: No New APOCALYPTICA Album Until End Of 2018 At The Earliest

Fans of APOCALYPTICA will have to wait until at least the end of 2018 before they hear the follow-up to the band’s 2015 album, “Shadowmaker”. The Finnish cello rockers have spent the last few months touring in support of the twentieth-anniversary re-release of the band’s epic debut, “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos”. Asked by TotalRock Radio at this month’s Sweden Rock Festival what APOCALYPTICA‘s plans are for the foreseeable future, Eicca Toppinen said (see video below): “We are touring with this [‘Plays Metallica By Four Cellos’] concept. We do the festival season in Europe. In September, we do North America, … Continue reading

Video: ROB ZOMBIE Performs At Stockholm Amusement Park

Fan-filmed video footage of Rob Zombie‘s June 20 concert at the Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden can be seen below. Rob Zombie is planning to enter the studio this summer to begin work on the follow-up to last year’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” album. The rocker-turned-film-director told Kerrang! Radio at last weekend’s Download festival in the U.K.: “Right now we’re just doing shows all summer, then we’re starting a new record in August. And then I won’t start a new movie till next year, ’cause it’s all music for the rest of this … Continue reading

Watch MORBID ANGEL's New Lineup Perform In Los Angeles

Fan-filmed video footage of MORBID ANGEL‘s entire June 16 concert at The Regent in Los Angeles, California can be seen below. The band’s setlist was as follows: 01. Summoning Redemption 02. Bil Ur-Sag 03. I 04. Warped 05. To The Victor The Spoils 06. Curse The Flesh 07. Prayer Of Hatred 08. Covenant Of Death 09. Praise The Strength 10. Beneath The Hollow 11. Ageless, Still I Am 12. Nothing Is Not 13. He Who Sleeps 14. Umulamahri MORBID ANGEL played a brand new song, “Warped”, live for the first time on May 23 at the opening show of the … Continue reading