TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH Says JUDAS PRIEST And FOREIGNER Have Turned Into 'Cover Bands'

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French took part in a question-and-answer session at this month’s Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida. You can now watch the discussion below. Speaking about bands which have continued performing well past their prime, French said: “[JUDAS] PRIEST is 65 years, 70 years old, SAXON‘s 80 fucking years old. THE ROLLING STONES are 90 years old. Watching Keith [Richards] and [Ronnie Wood] trying to play guitar is like being driven in a tour bus by José Feliciano and Ray Charles without GPS — it’s a terrifying fucking experience. If THE STONES were smart, they’d hire … Continue reading

DELAIN Is Planning To Release Next Studio Album In 2019

Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN are working on material for the follow-up to 2016’s “Moonbathers” album. “We’re writing,” keyboardist Martijn Westerholt told Heavy New York before a recent concert on the band’s North American tour as the support act for KAMELOT (see video below). “Right now, we’re not, because we’re touring the U.S. and Canada, of course. But when we’re back [from the road], we will continue writing. It’s a little bit quiet on purpose, because we wanna focus on writing. And the plan is to release [the new album] next year, so let’s hope it works out.” Last year, Westerholt … Continue reading

BATTLE BEAST's Next Album Will Be '100% Heavy Metal'

Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2017’s “Bringer Of Pain” album. “We started in the beginning of this year, doing the demos,” singer Noora Louhimo told Antihero Magazine during a recent interview (see video below). “And when we get back [from the road], we continue doing the new album. So it’s gonna be out next year.” Asked what fans can expect to hear on the next BATTLE BEAST disc, Noora said: “I don’t wanna say anything too much revealing, but a hundred percent heavy metal. [Laughs]” BATTLE BEAST‘s fourth album, “Bringer Of Pain”, … Continue reading

JOE PERRY Joined By AEROSMITH, GUNS N' ROSES, EXTREME Members At Atlantic City Concert (Video)

Joe Perry — legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of AEROSMITH — played the last of three shows in support of his recently released “Sweetzerland Manifesto” solo album on April 20 at Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Billed as “Joe Perry And Friends”, the concert saw Joe joined by his AEROSMITH bandmate Brad Whitford with Gary Cherone of EXTREME taking on the lead vocals and Dizzy Reed of GUNS N’ ROSES playing keyboards. Joe and the band performed various songs from “Sweetzerland Manifesto” (via his Roman Records imprint, distributed worldwide by Amped Distribution), along with … Continue reading

DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist SILENOZ: 'We've Never Been Afraid Of Exploring'

Metal Wani editor in chief Owais “Vitek” Nabi recently conducted an interview with vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Silenoz of Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR about the band’s forthcoming “Eonian” studio album. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the anticipation of releasing “Eonian” after a nearly eight-year break between studio albums: Shagrath: “Yeah, we can’t wait to share this with our fans. I think it’s an album that sums up the whole history of the band, a lot of areas from the band’s history. We’re very chuffed with it ourselves. Yeah, … Continue reading

CRASHDÏET Releases Official Video For Latest Single, 'We Are The Legion'

Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET have released an official music video for their latest single, “We Are The Legion”. The clip was directed by Jimmy Johansson of Super Lino Puro Productions and was filmed on March 30 during CRASHDÏET‘s first official concert with new frontman Gabriel Keyes at Kägelbanan in Stockholm. CRASHDÏET‘s first new song with Keyes, “We Are The Legion” was released in December. The track was made available through CRASHDÏET‘s own label imprint, Diet Records. “We like to be a bit impulsive and spontaneous at the moment,” CRASHDÏET said in a statement. “Now that we can release the song … Continue reading

Watch New AMARANTHE Singer NILS MOLIN Lay Down Vocals For Upcoming Album

Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE recently entered Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA, DELAIN) to begin recording their fifth album, due later in the year. The follow-up to 2016’s “Maximalism” will mark the band’s first release with DYNAZTY‘s Nils Molin, who officially joined AMARANTHE in July 2017 as the replacement for Jake E. A short video clip of Molin laying down vocals for the new AMARANTHE disc can be seen below. Having previously used Chris Adam Hedman Sörbye from the band SMASH INTO PIECES as a stand-in for Jake on some of the shows in 2016 … Continue reading

METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of Geneva, Stuttgart Concerts

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “One” on April 11 at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland and a cover of the DIAMOND HEAD classic “Am I Evil?” on April 9 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany can be seen below. METALLICA has played 16 shows in Europe since early February and has another eight dates booked between now and mid-May. METALLICA recently announced the details of the 2018-2019 North American leg of of its “WorldWired” tour in support of the band’s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”. The 34-date trek kicks off September 2 in Madison, Wisconsin and runs through … Continue reading

MARILYN MANSON And X JAPAN's YOSHIKI Cover EURYTHMICS' 'Sweet Dreams' At COACHELLA (Video)

Marilyn Manson made a special guest appearance at Coachella Saturday night, April 21. The shock-rocker joined Yoshiki of Japanese superstars X JAPAN during their second set of the festival for a performance of EURYTHMICS‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, a song which Manson covered back in 1994 on his “Smells Like Children” album. In an interview with L.A. Weekly, Yoshiki said of Manson, “He’s been an amazing friend of mine. So we talked about him showing up at Coachella and he said, ‘I’d be happy to.’ He’s just a very sweet person and he kindly tries to support X … Continue reading

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Teases 'Over It' Video

Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release the official music video for their new single, “Over It”, on Monday, April 23. The song is taken from the band’s sixth studio album, “Gravity”, which will be made available on June 29. “Gravity” will be issued through BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s new label home, Search And Destroy, the imprint launched in 2014 by Spinefarm and international artist management company Raw Power Management. The follow-up to 2015’s “Venom” marks BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s full-length recording debut with new drummer Jason Bowld (PITCHSHIFTER, AXEWOUND), who has been touring with the group for the … Continue reading

ENTOMBED A.D.: First Taste Of Music For Third Album

Swedish metallers ENTOMBED A.D. recently entered the studio to begin recording their third album for a tentative late 2018 release. A short clip from the studio can be seen below. ENTOMBED A.D.‘s second album, “Dead Dawn”, was released in February 2016 via Century Media. Last fall, vocalist Lars-Göran “LG” Petrov spoke to Finland’s Rauta about ENTOMBED‘s decision to release change its name to ENTOMBED A.D. in order to avoid a legal battle with ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid who didn’t want his former bandmates to use the ENTOMBED moniker. “[ENTOMBED and ENTOMBED A.D. are] the same thing — just some minor … Continue reading

Watch New Teaser For PANTERA's Long-Awaited Fourth Home Video

PANTERA has released a new teaser for the band’s long-awaited fourth home video as “a special ‘4’ 20 surprise” on Friday, April 20. Check it out below. PANTERA‘s last home video, titled “3: Watch It Go”, was released in 1997 on VHS format through Elektra Records. The set featured over two hours of music videos, concert footage and various backstage clips. “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney told the “Talk Toomey” podcast in a 2017 interview that the release of PANTERA‘s fourth home video will depend on the success of the “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get … Continue reading

SOILWORK: First Video From The Studio

Swedish metallers SOILWORK recently entered Nordic Sound Lab studios in Skara, Sweden with producer Thomas “Plec” Johansson to begin recording their eleventh album. The follow-up to 2015’s “The Ride Majestic” is tentatively due in the fall via Nuclear Blast Records. “The Ride Majestic” was SOILWORK‘s last album to feature longtime drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who left the band in July 2016 to join MEGADETH. He was replaced in SOILWORK by Bastian Thusgaard of THE ARCANE ORDER. A short video of Thusgaard laying down tracks for the new SOILWORK album can be seen below. Thusgaard comments: “I’m so proud of my achievements … Continue reading

GLENN TIPTON Rejoins JUDAS PRIEST On Stage In San Francisco (Video)

Guitarist Glenn Tipton rejoined his JUDAS PRIEST bandmates on stage Thursday night (April 19) at The Warfield in San Francisco, California to perform the concert’s three-song encore: “Metal Gods”, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Tipton — who revealed in February that he has Parkinson’s disease — previously played the same three songs with JUDAS PRIEST on March 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; on March 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut; on March 23 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts; on April 15 … Continue reading

TONY IOMMI: 'It's Highly Unlikely' BLACK SABBATH Will Play Again

On Friday, April 20, legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi hosted a charity lunch to raise funds for the cancer unit where the band’s late keyboardist Geoff Nicholls was treated. Tony was on hand at Birmingham, England’s Opus Restaurant to entertain guests with stories from his life and career with BLACK SABBATH, touring the world with one of the biggest bands of all time. Asked if BLACK SABBATH will ever play again after completing its “The End” tour last year, Iommi said (see video below): “It’s highly unlikely, but we may. You can never say never, because we’ve done it… … Continue reading

CLUTCH To Release 'Book Of Bad Decisions' Album In September

Maryland rockers CLUTCH have set “Book Of Bad Decisions” as the title of their new album, tentatively due in September. The disc was recently completed at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Vance Powell (THE WHITE STRIPES, RED FANG). Speaking to Brittney Patton of 103.7 The Eagle Rocks! at this weekend’s Las Rageous festival in Las Vegas, CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon stated about the lyrical themes covered on “Book Of Bad Decisions” (see video below): “This record has a lot of… maybe not a lot, but instances where I looked back into events of my own … Continue reading

Ex-MANOWAR Guitarist ROSS THE BOSS Questions Use Of Live Backing Tracks: 'We Don't Even Have An Intro Tape'

Marc Debus of Promo-Portal Germany conducted an interview with former MANOWAR guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman prior to his solo band’s April 18 show at Mannheim Connexion in Mannheim, Germany. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his new solo album, “By Blood Sworn”: Ross: “We worked really hard on it. I mean, everyone works hard on their records, but I think this was a special recording. I didn’t want to do a regular typical ‘thing,’ I wanted it to be old school, yet new school as well. I wanted it to … Continue reading

BEN WELLS On New BLACK STONE CHERRY Album 'Family Tree': 'We've Finally Embraced That We're A Southern Blues Rock And Roll Band'

Tristan Pratt of The Metal Tris recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ben Wells of Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the “unique aspects” of BLACK STONE CHERRY‘s sound: Ben: “I don’t know… that’s a unique question in itself. I think we’re just genuine in our music. We don’t ever try to be or copy or emulate any sound or artist that we might be inspired by. Nobody wants a copycat. We may be heavily influenced by [LED] ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH and ZZ TOP and THE ALLMAN … Continue reading

ZAKK WYLDE Says It Took 20 Days To Write New BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Album: 'We Don't Do Pre-Production Or Anything Crazy Like That'

La Grosse Télé conducted an interview with guitarist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) prior to BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s March 8 concert at The Bataclan in Paris, France. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s new “Grimmest Hits” studio album: Zakk: “We recorded it at the Black Vatican, my home studio. I was on the road doing ZAKK SABBATH and then we were getting ready to go do the new album. I said, ‘How much time do I have to write when I get home?’ They said, ‘You … Continue reading

TOMI KOIVUSAARI On AMORPHIS's Busy Schedule: 'We Are Not Rich That We Can Have Two Years Off In The Bahamas'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with guitarist Tomi Koivusaari of Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS about their forthcoming album, “Queen Of Time”. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for “Queen Of Time”, which found AMORPHIS working on the album right after completing the touring cycle for 2015’s “Under The Red Cloud”: Tomi: “To us, we still want to top everything we’ve done. Sometimes, maybe we can, or sometimes not. That’s what we’re trying to do, doo our best album of all-time, every … Continue reading

Former MALEVOLENT CREATION Singer BRETT HOFFMAN Diagnosed With Stage 4 Colon Cancer

A fundraising campaign has been launched for former MALEVOLENT CREATION frontman Brett Hoffman, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. The GoFundMe page, which was started by Brett‘s “very close friend/family member” Tina Kuntz Mielcarek, is asking for donations to cover his “medical expenses and treatments.” Brett performed on the first three MALEVOLENT CREATION releases until he left the band after 1993’s “Stillborn” album. Five years later, he returned and performed on “The Fine Art Of Murder” and “Envenomed” before leaving again and being replaced by Kyle Symons. He rejoined MALEVOLENT again in 2006 and appeared on the … Continue reading

JOE LYNN TURNER 'Has Every Intention Of Returning To The Stage' Following Heart Attack

Joe Lynn Turner “has every intention of returning to the stage” once he has recovered fully from a heart attack he suffered more than a week ago. The former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE frontman’s hospitalization was first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which quoted the press service of the Ministry of Health of Belarus as saying that the singer’s condition was “stable” after he was treated at a Minsk facility for “myocardial infarction,” commonly known as a heart attack. Joe‘s Finnish booking agent, Thomas Ståhl of Stahl Entertainment, later confirmed that the singer was “postponing all … Continue reading

Nuclear War Now! Just Released an Ultra-rare Blasphemy Rehearsal Tape, Recorded from the Top of a Washing Machine

Blasphemy do things ultra raw and ultra nasty and ultra heavy; we get that, and we’re totally on board, as we’re certainly no strangers to Fallen Angel of Doom or Blood Upon the Altar. For the battalion leaders of war metal, the ultra extreme makes perfect sense, so a ripping recording in a subterranean setting seems almost mandatory. But team Decibel was extra surprised to get word on the recent digital release (LP/CD/tape forthcoming) of Victory (Son of the Damned) which had the following description: The aforementioned rehearsal session took place in the basement of then-bassist Bestial Saviour of the Undead Legions, and … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Axia – ‘Fading Into Nothing’

Tired of all that talk of Sleep and their stoned, doomed counterparts? We’ve got you covered with something that’s quite the opposite: a brand new song from Portuguese grind/death maniacs Axia. They’re releasing a record called Pulverizer on April 27, and they live up to the name, as evidenced by new song “Fading Into Nothing.” Axia strike with palpable feelings of rage, going straight for the throat before pumping the breaks and veering into a crawling mosh part. The quartet’s ability to pummel and, well, pulverize comes as no surprise when you learn that members of Axia also play in The Ominous Circle, Holocausto, … Continue reading

ROB HALFORD Credits JUDAS PRIEST's Success To 'Discipline,' 'Commitment'

JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford and guitarist Richie Faulkner were recently interviewed by British journalist and broadcaster Alan Ovington. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On how PRIEST came to title its new album “Firepower”: Rob: “Whenever we make a record, it’s important to try and get some kind of suggestion of the content of the whole experience. In this case, when we were looking through the titles that we had, we felt that this word — ‘firepower’ — was going to be the best representation of the ‘Firepower’ experience.” On … Continue reading

DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist: 'We Are A Type Of Band That Sacrifices Anything For The Art'

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz recently spoke with “The Unchained Rock Show”. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the group’s forthcoming new album, “Eonian”: Silenoz: “There’s not a concept per se, but if you look for a thematic thread, you can find it. Not to talk too much about the lyrical content, but it is about walking the plank into the metaphysical abyss. That gives you some imagination, I guess [laughs]… I wouldn’t say that [any] of us are getting direct influence from anything. It’s just there, and it comes and … Continue reading

IRON ANGEL: 'Blood And Leather' Video

“Blood And Leather”, the new video from IRON ANGEL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Hellbound”, which will be released on May 4 through Scandinavia’s premiere metal-rock label Mighty Music. IRON ANGEL is one of the true cult legends of the German speed metal genre. Formed in the Hamburg-area back in 1980 and known for two classic eighties metal album “Hellish Crossfire” from 1985 and “Winds Of War” from 1986 and a reputation as a staggering live band. The band has toured Germany with KING DIAMOND and in recent years has showed it … Continue reading

Norwegian Singer ISSA: Video For 'Run With The Pack' Title Track

The official video for “Run With The Pack”, the title track of the new album from Norwegian singer Issa (full name: Isabell Oversveen), can be seen below. The disc was released today (Friday, April 20) via Frontiers Music Srl. “Run With the Pack” is Issa‘s fifth studio album, another quality outing of classic melodic rock/AOR with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and massive guitars. Reminiscent of bands such as HEART and SARAYA, with a 21st-Century production and great songwriting and arrangements, this time Issa goes in a heavier and more rocking direction. “Run With The Pack” also offers a special … Continue reading

KING'S X Frontman To Honor JIMI HENDRIX With 'Tribute To Jimi' Album

KING’S X frontman Doug “Dug” Pinnick will release “Tribute To Jimi (Often Imitated But Never Duplicated)”, a tribute album to the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, on May 18 via Rat Pak Records. “Tribute To Jimi” was recorded at Blacksound Studios in Pasadena, California and was co-produced by Pinnick and Michael Parnin and mastered by Kurdt Vanderhoof of METAL CHURCH. About the release, Doug states: “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, so when Joe at Rat Pak Records brought the idea up to me, I couldn’t wait to get started! We wanted to recreate the analog recording … Continue reading

BAD WOLVES Team Up With DIAMANTE For 'Hear Me Now' Surprise Duet

Following a tease on socials earlier this week, BAD WOLVES have revealed “Hear Me Now” featuring Diamante, out now on Spotify. The surprise duet sees BAD WOLVES frontman Tommy Vext and Diamante join forces in a powerful display of intertwined vocals on the soaring ballad. “It is undeniable what Diamante brought to the song as a final touch,” explains Vext of the collaboration. “In retrospect, it always felt like ‘Hear Me Now’ was a duet. In the process of recording together, I think we all fell in love with Diamante a little bit. And we think you will too.” The … Continue reading