LEIF EDLING Is Working On New CANDLEMASS Song: 'This Will Be A New Challenge For Me As A Songwriter'

Leif Edling is working on a new CANDLEMASS song, to be released next year. The Swedish bassist and songwriter broke the news in a Facebook post, writing: “[The track] will see the light of day early 2018. It will be a part of something bigger, something really cool that will take [CANDLEMASS] on another adventure. This will be very exciting and a new challenge for me as a songwriter.” Edling, who has been unable to tour the last few years due to unspecified health problems, also revealed that he is no longer a member of AVATARIUM, the band he launched … Continue reading

DAVE LOMBARDO Recalls Moment He Knew SLAYER Was Doing 'Something Special'

Former SLAYER and current SUICIDAL TENDENCIES drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on a recent installment of the “Peer Pleasure” podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked at which point he knew that SLAYER had finally become successful, Lombardo said: “I think once we signed with Rick Rubin, once the major label interest happened, that moment, I think that was a turning point. It was, like, ‘Wait, we’re doing something special. We’re gaining the attention of major companies, and managers as well.’ I remember… Well, it was this manager. [Q Prime co-founder] Cliff Burnstein shows up at SLAYER‘s … Continue reading

DAVE GROHL On JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's Guest Appearance On FOO FIGHTERS Album: 'He Was Such A Pro'

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl spoke to U.K.’s Absolute Radio about Justin Timberlake‘s guest appearance on the band’s new album, “Concrete And Gold”. “He’s the greatest,” Dave said (see video below). “He’s fun, he’s smart, he’s funny, obviously he’s really talented. He’s fun to hang out with. I mean, his career has taken him to quite a ride — going from the band that he was in when he was young and then going solo and then all the acting and stuff. He’s really legitimized himself as an artist and a songwriter. And when he came in to sing on … Continue reading

ACE FREHLEY And GENE SIMMONS: Video Of Full KQRS 92.5 FM Interview

KISS legends Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley were interviewed together for the first time in many years on September 20 prior to performing at a charity concert at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. They were joined at the studios of the KQRS 92.5 FM radio station by CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen and former EAGLES lead guitarist Don Felder. The interview marked Simmons and Frehley‘s first joint public appearance since KISS‘s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2014. Ace and Gene did not perform at the Hall Of Fame — the organizers wanted the original quartet only … Continue reading

Watch Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Perform With His Solo Band For First Time

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown took his solo band out on the road for the first time earlier this month in support of his debut solo album, “Smoke On This…”. Backing Rex at several shows in Germany were Joe Shadid on guitar, John Luke Hebert on drums, Francisco “Pancho” Tomaselli on bass and Lance Harvill on guitar. Fan-filmed video footage of Rex‘s concerts in Göttingen, Düsseldorf and Leipzig can be seen below. Prior to embarking on the German tour, Rex played a one-off show at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14. “Smoke On This…” was released on July … Continue reading

Video: MINISTRY Performs New Song 'Antifa' At Chicago's RIOT FEST

Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY played a new song called “Antifa” during their September 15 appearance at this year’s edition of the Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of In The Loop magazine). “Antifa” is expected to be included on MINISTRY‘s next studio album, “AmeriKKKant”, which will tentatively arrive in early 2018. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello. Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number … Continue reading

Video: DEE SNIDER Performs In Ridgefield, Connecticut

Fan-filmed video footage of Dee Snider‘s September 22 performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut can be seen below. During an August 17 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Snider spoke about TWISTED SISTER‘s decision to call it quits last year after completing a farewell fortieth-anniversary tour. “Basically, the level of intensity that I performed at with TWISTED SISTER, I had to stop while I could still deliver that before I could no longer deliver that,” the singer explained. “The headbanging, the thrashing, all that energy… Where Alice [Cooper] always seemed like a crotchety … Continue reading

LITA FORD Would Take Part In RUNAWAYS Reunion 'In A Heartbeat'

Lita Ford, a former member of the pioneering ’70s all-female rock band THE RUNAWAYS, was asked by Guitars Exchange if she now has any new perspective on why the band broke up. She responded: “We weren’t happy with what we were doing. We weren’t a team. Joan [Jett] and Cherie [Currie] were very much a team and Joan and I tried but we really didn’t click musically. I wanted to play heavy metal and Joan wanted to play… Well, her first hit was ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’, which was very pop rock and it took off and did great; … Continue reading

PAPA ROACH Pays Tribute To CHESTER BENNINGTON With 'In The End' Cover (Video)

Fan-filmed video footage of PAPA ROACH paying tribute to Chester Bennington by performing a partial cover of the LINKIN PARK classic “In The End” on September 20 at Gasometer in Vienna, Austria can be seen below. PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix admitted in several interviews that he came close to taking his own life in 2012 as he struggled with both marital problems and falling off the wagon druing the making of the band’s “The Connection” album. “There was a moment in the record where I was suicidal,” Shaddix told the Associated Press at the time. “I was done. I’m … Continue reading

Video: CHESTER BENNINGTON's Former DEAD BY SUNRISE Bandmate, Ex-KORN Touring Guitarist Perform 'One More Light'

Chester Bennington‘s longtime friend Ryan Shuck, who played guitar in Bennington‘s side project DEAD BY SUNRISE, teamed up with KORN‘s onetime touring guitarist Wes Geer to perform an acoustic version of the LINKIN PARK song “One More Light” as a tribute to the late LP singer at Rock To Recovery‘s second annual awareness event and benefit on September 16 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. Video footage of their performance can be seen below. Geer founded Rock To Recovery on December 12, 2012, in an effort to give non-musicians access to the magic, healing powers of playing music, and … Continue reading

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of DEATH ANGEL's Performance At ALCATRAZ HARD ROCK & METAL FESTIVAL

Canal Metal has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of DEATH ANGEL‘s performance at the at the tenth edition of the Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival, which was held August 11-13 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Check it out below. DEATH ANGEL‘s latest album, “The Evil Divide”, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 98 with first-week sales of just over 6,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 72-peaking “The Dream Calls For Blood”, which opened with around 5,400 copies back in 2013. “The Evil Divide” was released in May 2016 via Nuclear Blast. … Continue reading

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: 'Psychosis' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, will release its fourth album, “Psychosis”, on November 17 via Napalm Records. The disc, which was produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, was recorded primarily at a studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The cover artwork for “Psychosis” can be seen below. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Insane 02. Terror Tactics 03. Impalement Execution 04. Spectral War 05. Crom 06. Hellfire 07. Judas Pariah 08. Psychosis 09. Excruciating Speaking to Metal Wani‘s Jake Patton, Max stated about the follow-up … Continue reading

ROY MAYORGA On COREY TAYLOR's Influence On STONE SOUR: 'It's A Gang. It's Not Just One Person'

Riccardo Ball of New Zealand’s Wrecking Ball Media recently conducted an interview with STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he sees himself still playing in STONE SOUR in the next five or ten years: Roy: “Absolutely. I mean, the day I joined the band, I felt I was definitely going to be in here for a while. Here we are eleven years later, four or five albums later, too. Do I foresee that? Absolutely. For however long we can go. I definitely won’t be … Continue reading

SATYRICON Frontman Questions Whether AC/DC Is Still 'Relevant'

Vocalist Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON was interviewed on the latest installment of “The MetalSucks Podcast”. You can now listen to the chat below (starting at the 21:38 mark). A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his relationship with drummer Frost (real name: Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad), who has been the only other permanent member of SATYRICON since 1993: Satyr: “I think the mutual respect would be the most obvious thing that comes to my mind. And I think the fact there’s an incredibly strong friendship, but it’s not a friendship based on seeing each other on a … Continue reading

SACRED REICH Frontman: DONALD TRUMP Is 'An Embarrassment To Our Country'

Frontman Phil Rind of veteran Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH has compared President Donald Trump to an “Oompa-Loompa,” the pint-sized, orange characters depicted in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”, which was adapted from author Roald Dahl‘s 1964 “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” children’s novel. Speaking with Todd Owens of Hellbound.ca prior to the band’s September 16 show at Slim’s in San Francisco, California, where SACRED REICH was celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its debut album, “Ignorance”, Rind was asked about his thoughts on the current political situation in the United States. “I think everybody, it’s pretty obvious … Continue reading

MOONSPELL Frontman On Why New '1755' Record Is Sung In Portuguese: 'I Don't Think The Album Could Be Otherwise'

Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with frontman Fernando Ribeiro of Portuguese metal veterans MOONSPELL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On MOONSPELL‘s forthcoming Portuguese-sung “1755” full-length, which was originally intended as an EP: Fernando: “When we first talked with you, we were entertaining the idea of making this into an EP. We recorded, just recently, a DVD in a venue in Lisbon, our hometown and capital, that is going to be released next year. We got gripped by the music and by … Continue reading

Ex-MEGADETH Drummer SHAWN DROVER Says Making New ACT OF DEFIANCE Album Was 'Seamless'

Rustyn Rose of Metalholic recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer Shawn Drover. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the songwriting process for ACT OF DEFIANCE‘s forthcoming sophomore album, “Old Scars, New Wounds”: Shawn: “The main difference in songwriting is with [2015’s] ‘Birth And The Burial’, when that record was written, it was just myself and Chris [Broderick, guitar; also ex-MEGADETH]. There was no band at the time. We were juggling so many hats at that time. It was ‘Okay, let’s write a record. … Continue reading

Listen To BLACK STONE CHERRY's Cover Version Of ALBERT KING's 'Born Under A Bad Sign'

Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY have released another track from their upcoming blues covers EP, “Black To Blues”, due out on September 29 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Their version of Albert King‘s “Born Under A Bad Sign” is available to stream using the SoundCloud widget below. Speaking about why the band decided to pick this track for the EP, BLACK STONE CHERRY bassist Jon Lawhon said: “We wanted to do that song because CREAM did that song, but we were looking for songs that were ‘obscure,’ but not so obscure that people hadn’t maybe heard them before and have … Continue reading

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS On New Singer Search: 'It's Looking Good'

Dean and Robert DeLeo say that things are “looking good” for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, nearly two years after the passing of the band’s original singer, Scott Weiland, and two months following the death of Weiland‘s replacement, Chester Bennington. STP has been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed so he could spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK. Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on tour with his solo outfit. STP last … Continue reading

Former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Vocalist ERIC EYCKE Dies

Eric Eycke, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s 1984 debut album, “Eye For An Eye”, has passed away. Just prior to his death, Eycke had reportedly been in hospice with various maladies. C.O.C. said in a statement that Eric‘s “broad musical knowledge shaped the band’s early identity,” adding that “[his] energy is evident on our first hardcore-era album, ‘Eye For An Eye’.” “This simply does not seem real,” the group continued. “We traveled far and wide in a shitty van, blowing up stages together, trying to live up to the likes of the BAD BRAINS and BLACK FLAG.” CORROSION OF … Continue reading

CHEAP TRICK To Release First Holiday Album 'Christmas Christmas'

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers CHEAP TRICK will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday-themed album, “Christmas Christmas”, out October 20 on Big Machine Records. Arriving mere months after their criticallyacclaimed eighteenth studio album, “We’re All Alright!”, CHEAP TRICK co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, Grammy Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, FASTBALL). With “Christmas Christmas”, CHEAP TRICK delivers a sleigh full of rock and roll Christmas classics and festive favourites by WIZZARD, SLADE, Chuck Berry, the RAMONES and THE KINKS, as well as newly penned offerings like the joyous lead track … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Ritual Necromancy – ‘Command the Sigil’

If the thought of another doom band claiming Portland as their home city makes you shudder, then you’ll be glad to know that Ritual Necromancy are the furthest possible thing from doom. Though they hail from Portland, the quartet operate in the most foul of death metal. The first piece of new music from the band since 2014’s Void Manifest,  new song “Command the Sigil” is a cavernous, no-frills assault led by tremolo-picked riffs, squealing guitars and reverberating gutturals. Listen to the song now and stay tuned for more from Ritual Necromancy. The post Track Premiere: Ritual Necromancy – ‘Command the Sigil’ appeared … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Necrovorous – “Plains of Decay”

Necrovorous operate on what may be the filthiest possible level when it comes to playing old school death metal. Rife with headbang-worthy riffs and just enough slower, suffocating moments, their sophomore full-length, Plains of Decay, shows the Greek legion staking their claim to death metal supremacy. Clearly inspired by the likes of Autopsy, early Death and, in its most oppressive moments, even Incantation, Plains of Decay is not a modern-sounding record by any stretch. Necrovorous wallow in the filth of old school death metal, and they do it well. Plains of Decay is due out September 29 on Dark Descent, but you can enjoy a … Continue reading

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom standbys. Beyond obvious candidates like punk, hardcore, grunge, classical, there is one form of electronic music I’d like to call your attention to: Dark Ambient. I first heard of this genre in 2013 while checking out some Spotify playlists from Corey Mitchell (RIP), metal writer, … Continue reading

METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of 'Confusion' Performance From Cologne

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Confusion” on September 16 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany can be seen below. As previously reported, METALLICA will reissue its third album, “Master Of Puppets”, on November 10 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various digital and physical configurations. The “Master Of Puppets” reissue will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard CD (available to stream and … Continue reading

IGOR CAVALERA On CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's 'Psychosis': 'We're So Excited About This Record, It's Insane'

Igor Cavalera spoke to Australia’s Silver Tiger Media about “Psychosis”, the upcoming fourth album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, his collaboration with his brother and fellow founding SEPULTURA member Max Cavalera. Due on November 17 via Napalm Records, the disc, which was produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, was recorded primarily at a studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Igor said (hear audio below): “Well, it’s pretty much done. We just got the masters back. Me and Max, we just spoke about this, and we’re so excited about this record, it’s insane. It’s one of those things where we can’t stop listening to it. … Continue reading

Thrashing, Blasting and Grinding: An Interview with King Parrot

King Parrot, the Australian grindcore/punk whirldwind, have returned with their third LP, Ugly Produce, on Housecore Records. Simultaneously comedic and intense, Ugly Produce sees King Parrot continue down their unique, entertaining path. The album is out today and now streaming on Housecore’s Bandcamp, so give it a listen while you read a new interview with vocalist Matt Young. Ugly Produce by King Parrot Ugly Produce is your third album. What are you doing differently on this record?With this new record, we have been touring pretty solidly for almost 3 years, and it’s the 2nd record with this lineup. I think time on the road has … Continue reading

COREY TAYLOR On Feud With CHAD KROEGER: 'He's The One Who F**king Started It'

Corey Taylor says that he has been “trying to bury” his dispute with NICKELBACK after Chad Kroeger blasted STONE SOUR as “NICKELBACK Lite” and called out Taylor for allegedly saying that it was “easy” to write a hit song. In an interview posted in June with Sweden’s Metal Covenant, Kroeger said that STONE SOUR was “trying to be NICKELBACK,” adding, “Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one. They’re … Continue reading

VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS: 'Tightrope' Video Released

“Tightrope”, the new video from VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS, can be seen below. Four years after Adrian Vandenberg made a spectacular comeback with VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS, the band returns with a sophomore album, simply titled “MK II”. Due on November 3 via the Mascot Label Group, the disc has all the qualities of the debut: once again the four-piece band manages to create a perfect mix of vintage seventies hard rock and current styles of heavy rock. Adrian Vandenberg shines as a bonafide guitar virtuoso, while the rest of the band also delivers in spades. Yet “MK II” has even more to offer … Continue reading

Video Premiere: Belphegor – ‘Baphomet’

Austrian brutalizers Belphegor released their eleventh opus, Totenritual, on Friday, September 15. Among their most inspired and vicious releases yet, it showed the trio further the sound they’ve been evolving for the past 25 years. Today, Decibel brings you the music video for “Baphomet” from Totenritual, plus an interview with guitarist/vocalist Helmuth. Be aware: the video is NSFW. Totenritual is the 11th full-length entry in Belphegor’s discography. How do you manage to keep your music interesting and compelling?My travels and the sickened world around me are my main sources of inspiration. We never stick to a particular formula and always try working with new studios, new producers, … Continue reading