Track Premiere: Cloak “Beyond the Veil”

From the insalubrious heat of Atlanta dark metal outfit Cloak arrived in 2013. Not out of other bands, but of ceremonies necessary to bind the darkest elements of death, black, and heavy metals, the members of Cloak aligned. They fought through the nascent stages of life and arrived at a point where they’re purveying a style of dark metal not unlike Sweden’s Tribulation but with a different trajectory and swagger. The group’s debut self-titled EP, “Cloak”, stunned the underground with songs like “In the Darkness, the Path” and “The Hunger”. From out of nowhere, Cloak immediately proved they were next-level … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: BLK OPS/Cave Bastard – “Split”

The split LP from BLK OPS and Cave Bastard is eight tracks of extreme mayhem. Combining grindcore, traces of death metal, noise and other extreme ingredients they could find, the split sees both bands playing high-speed brutalizers in addition to slower, almost doomed-out tracks. You can listen to the entirety of the split now. It’s out August 25 via Accident Prone Records. You can also read an interview with BLK OPS’ Champ Morgan here. BLK OPS / Cave Bastard (Split) by Accident Prone Records The post Full Album Stream: BLK OPS/Cave Bastard – “Split” appeared first on Decibel Magazine. Full Album Stream: BLK … Continue reading

SEVENDUST Has 'A Handful Of Songs' Written For Next Album

SEVENDUST will enter the studio this fall to record the follow-up to 2015’s “Kill The Flaw” album for an early 2018 release. “We’re starting pre-production in October and we’ll be tracking in November, mixing in December,” guitarist John Connolly told Totally Driven Radio (hear audio below). Regarding the progress of the songwriting sessions for SEVENDUST‘s next disc, Connolly said: “I actually just got back from Atlanta last week. I went up there with Morgan [Rose, drums] and Vinnie [Vince Hornsby, bass] and Lajon [Witherspoon, vocals], just to do a writing session, just to kind of crack the ice. We’ve got … Continue reading

PAUL STANLEY And PHILIP ANSELMO Make Their 'Mayweather Vs McGregor' Fight Predictions

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley (KISS) and Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) made their predictions for this weekend’s big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) will be returning from a two-year retirement at the age of 40. The 29-year-old McGregor (21-3 in MMA), meanwhile, is making his professional boxing debut. Noted fight fan Anselmo, who used to write a column for Boxing Insider, gave UFC champion McGregor “zero chance” to defeat Floyd Mayweather in a straight-up boxing match. He said: “It’s going to be a one-sided fight, with Floyd carrying him for … Continue reading

SCHMIER Discusses Politically Charged Artwork For PÄNZER's 'Fatal Command' Album (Video)

PÄNZER, the heavy metal “supergroup” featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier alongside Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL) and V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar and Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD) on drums, will release its second album, “Fatal Command”, on October 6 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014’s “Send Them All To Hell” marks PÄNZER‘s first release since the departure of guitarist Herman Frank (ACCEPT, VICTORY), who left the group to focus on his solo project. A short video clip in which Schmier discusses “Fatal Command”‘s politically charged artwork and why the band decided to use it can be seen below. “Fatal Command” … Continue reading

FOO FIGHTERS Release Music Video For 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood'

Following the overwhelmingly massive reception to the MTV Video Music Award-nominated, Mainstream Rock #1 track “Run”, FOO FIGHTERS have delivered a second consecutive contender for rock anthem of 2017 in the form of “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”. Described by Grohl as “the biggest thing sonically that we’ve ever done,” “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” is also the piece de resistance that effectively completed FOO FIGHTERS‘ forthcoming ninth album, “Concrete And Gold”. “One night I was lying out looking up at stars,” Grohl recalls. “Just imagining all of these stars as places that have life on them as well, and … Continue reading

SONS OF APOLLO Feat. PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, BUMBLEFOOT, SOTO, SHERINIAN: Introduction Video Part One

SONS OF APOLLO, the new band featuring former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian alongside Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE), will release its debut album, “Psychotic Symphony”, on October 20 via InsideOut Music. The disc was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in DREAM THEATER. Part one in a series of … Continue reading

ANGEL NATION Feat. LEAVES' EYES Singer ELINA SIIRALA: 'Aeon' Album Details Revealed

Inner Wound Recordings has announced the signing of the female-fronted melodic metal band ANGEL NATION. The group’s new album, “Aeon”, will be released on October 27 in Europe and North America. ANGEL NATION is a melodic metal band founded by the classically trained Finnish singer Elina Siirala who moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power of rock and metal. Their debut album — released in 2014 under the name ENKELINATION — “Tears of Lust”, was received with glowing reviews all over the world. Shows at Bloodstock Open Air and Finland followed before Elina joined LEAVES’ … Continue reading

ADRENALINE MOB Tour Manager 'Took A Turn For The Worse' Over The Weekend

According to Times Leader, ADRENALINE MOB‘s tour manager, Jane Train (pictured) “took a turn for the worse” over the weekend and is in “very, very, very critical condition,” a little over a month after she suffered “catastrophic injuries” in a crash that killed the band’s bassist. The 48-year-old’s attorney, Ed Ciarimboli, said she was in “pretty bad shape” Monday at the University of Florida Health Shands Burn Center in Gainesville, Florida five weeks after ADRENALINE MOB‘s RV was struck by a tractor-trailer near Micanopy, Florida. The accident occurred when the tractor-trailer — dispatched by Largo, Florida company Twiss Transport Inc., … Continue reading

An Interview with Maim

Swedish death dealers Maim were against tough odds when recording their new album, Ornaments of Severity. Left as a two-piece, Maim guitarist Christian Sandberg and drummer Henric Ottosson had to write, rehearse and record the album themselves. Decibel got in touch with Sandberg to learn more about the process and what comes next for this new iteration of Maim. Ornaments of Severity is out now on Soulseller. You’ve been a band for over ten years. How has your music changed from your first album From the Womb to the Tomb to your newest album Ornaments of Severity? The music and our sound has not changed that much over the years, … Continue reading

Video Premiere: Unfathomable Ruination – ‘Neutralizer’

UK brutalizers Unfathomable Ruination are living up to their name with a new video for “Neutralizer” off their 2016 sophomore album, Finitude. The video features assorted live performances by Unfathomable Ruination playing to enthusiastic crowds. Unfathomable Ruination released Finitude on Sevared Records last year. The post Video Premiere: Unfathomable Ruination – ‘Neutralizer’ appeared first on Decibel Magazine. Video Premiere: Unfathomable Ruination – ‘Neutralizer’ Video Premiere: Unfathomable Ruination – ‘Neutralizer’ Decibel Continue reading

IRON MAIDEN's NICKO MCBRAIN Shows Off His Custom Jaguar XKR-S (Video)

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, who is also a noted car enthusiast, drives a custom Jaguar XKR-S adorned with the band’s font and painted a singular shade of blue. The longtime Jaguar aficionado recently took The Wall Street Journal out for a spin. Check out the video below, and read the full article at this location (subscription required). In 2012, McBrain decided to have British automaker Jaguar commission him with a special-edition XKR-S shortly after taking the sports car out for a ride out on a race track. At his behest, Jaguar jumped at the opportunity, dressing up McBrain‘s XKR-S … Continue reading

COREY TAYLOR Says KID ROCK Running For U.S. Senate Is Bad Idea

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor sat down with Larry King for an all-new season-six episode of the Emmy-nominated series “Larry King Now”. The singer discussed a potential new SLIPKNOT album, his desire to collaborate with Jay-Z and his friend Chester Bennington‘s suicide. Taylor also opened up about politics, including his views on President Donald Trump and a possible Kid Rock Senate bid. Speaking about his relationship with LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington, whose recent suicide shocked the music community, Taylor said that he didn’t agree with to fans calling Chester “cowardly.” “Unless you’ve walked in those shoes, you … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Antichrist Siege Machine – “Morbid Triumph”

“Monolith battering ram, prepare for victory!” is the battle cry sent up by the Virginia-based duo lately demolishing the east coast beneath the banner Antichrist Siege Machine. Featuring the drummer of Left Cross and the guitarist of Sacridose, Antichrist Siege Machine released one of the most violent demo tapes last year, and in three days’ time they’ll launch a second and far heavier attack in the form of Morbid Triumph, their debut MLP. Released by Stygian Black Hand, limited to 300 copies on vinyl, and featuring the evocative and mind-shredding artwork of Yuri Kahan, Morbid Triumph is skull-sundering chaos concentrated in … Continue reading

LINKIN PARK Building Band's Future, Planning Special Public Event To Honor CHESTER BENNINGTON's Memory

The surviving members of LINKIN PARK have released a statement thanking fans for their support and announcing plans for a tribute event for their late singer, Chester Bennington. Bennington died by suicide on July 20. He was 41. His private funeral service took place on July 29 near his home in Palos Verdes, California. It was attended by five hundred guests, including members of all three bands Bennington sang in: LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and DEAD BY SUNRISE. Earlier today, LINKIN PARK posted the following message on the band’s official Twitter account: “Just wanted to say thank you to … Continue reading

MIKE PATTON Is 'Getting Stitched Up' After Suffering 'Bad Wipeout' On Skateboard; DEAD CROSS To Play L.A. Tonight

DEAD CROSS, the Southern California outfit featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS) and singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), will play at El Rey theater in Los Angeles tonight (Tuesday, August 22). The show is a make-up date for last night’s DEAD CROSS concert, which was canceled at the last minute after Patton was involved in a “minor accident.” According to DEAD CROSS‘s publicist, “Patton is okay. He is getting stitched up and is raring to go. He thought he could skateboard to the show last night but he suffered a bad wipeout on the way.” All tickets … Continue reading

W.A.S.P. Recruits Drummer AQUILES PRIESTER For Upcoming Tour

W.A.S.P. has recruited Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester to sit behind the kit for the band’s “Re-Idolized – The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour”, which is scheduled to kick off on September 25 in Gothenburg, Sweden. For a list of upcoming W.A.S.P. shows, visit WASPnation.com. Born in South Africa, Priester has collaborated with such bands and solo artists as ANGRA, HANGAR, MIDAS FATE, PRIMAL FEAR, Paul Di’Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore. He is also known for having participated in the widely talked-about DREAM THEATER drummer audition which took place after Mike Portnoy had left the band. It … Continue reading

NAPALM DEATH Begins Recording New Album

British extreme metal legends NAPALM DEATH have entered Parlour Studios in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England to begin recording their new album for an early 2018 release. Helming the sessions once again is producer Russ Russell, who has previously worked with THE HAUNTED and DIMMU BORGIR, among others. A few photos from the studio can be found at NapalmDeath.org. In a recent interview with Metal Wani‘s Jake Patton, NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway spoke about how the band’s musical approach has evolved over the years as it has become more commercially successful. “Our way of approaching things is always the same,” … Continue reading

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER To Release 'Nightbringers' Album In October; Watch Video For Title Track

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will release its eighth full-length album, “Nightbringers”, on October 6 via Metal Blade Records. The official music video for the disc’s title track can be viewed below. Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach — who co-founded the band with frontman Trevor Strnad in 2001 — and new recruit Brandon Ellis (ARSIS, ex-CANNABIS CORPSE), “Nightbringers” is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic … Continue reading

Wolves in the Throne Room Outtakes: Dayal Patterson and Panopticon’s Austin Lunn

When they landed in the scene more than a decade ago, Wolves in the Throne Room shined a light on a clutch of rural American metal artists whose ideas were idiosyncratic and deserved attention. Brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver wrought black metal in their own image, and in doing so linked the dominant European black metal movement with the potential inherent in USBM. When we had the opportunity to spend 5,000 words exploring the band’s history and current approach to their sound, we hoped some of the band’s peers would be able to provide some commentary about the Wolves potency … Continue reading

PROPHETS OF RAGE Release Video For 'Radical Eyes'

The official D.J. Sing-directed video for “Radical Eyes”, a new song from PROPHETS OF RAGE, the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL, can be seen below. The track is taken from PROPHETS OF RAGE‘s self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 15 via Fantasy Records. The disc was recorded with legendary producer Brendan O’Brien who has done notable work with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE. “The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes. Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity,” says Chuck D. about the … Continue reading

JERRY CANTRELL Says ALICE IN CHAINS Is Working On New Tunes

During an August 21 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell spoke about the progress of the writing and recording sessions for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” album. He said: “We’re in the process of cobbling together some tunes, and hopefully in the very near future we’ll have something out for you guys.’ Asked about a possible “target date” for the release of the next ALICE IN CHAINS disc, Cantrell said: “I don’t know. We’ll see. When we’re ready, we’ll let you know. [Laughs] … Continue reading

Second DEAD CROSS Concert Canceled Following MIKE PATTON's 'Minor Accident'

According to a publicist for Mike Patton (pictured), the FAITH NO MORE and DEAD CROSS singer was involved in a “minor accident” last night (August 21) en route to the latter band’s concert at El Rey in Los Angeles. As a result of Patton‘s injuries, Monday night’s show and tonight’s (August 22) scheduled performance at Echoplex in Los Angeles have been canceled. A decision has yet to be made about the remaining dates on DEAD CROSS‘s tour, which kicked off on August 10 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. In addition to Patton, DEAD CROSS features former SLAYER drummer … Continue reading

BRUCE DICKINSON's Solo Catalog To Be Released On Vinyl And As Limited-Edition Box Set

BMG will reissue the solo catalogue on vinyl from IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson on October 27. Dickinson‘s six solo albums span from 1990 to 2005 and have been cut from the original masters for reissue on heavyweight, black 180-gram vinyl in artworked sleeves. Two of the titles — “The Chemical Wedding” and “Tyranny Of Souls” — are being made available for the first time ever on vinyl. The four previously available — “Tattooed Millionaire”, “Balls To Picasso”, “Skunkworks” and “Accident Of Birth” — have been long out of print, with the latter two titles now expanded to double LPs … Continue reading

DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN Releases Hand-Painted 'Electric Splatter' Limited-Edition Shoes

Beginning today, thirty custom hand-painted pairs of sneakers by DEF LEPPARD lead guitarist Phil Collen are available for order from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada’s Six Hundred Four shoe company. The Electric Splatter sneakers were inspired by Collen‘s other artistic love — the classic style of Jackson Pollock‘s drip paintings. Collen has previously employed his painting talents during his long-standing relationship with Jackson Guitars. The limited-edition instruments that Collen had embellished in 2010 have now more than doubled in value, with one recently appearing on the hit show “Pawn Stars”. While on tour with DEF LEPPARD in Canada earlier this year, … Continue reading

SMASHING PUMPKINS Frontman To Release 'Ogilala' Solo Album In October

SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan — now going by his full name: William Patrick Corgan — will release his second solo album, “Ogilala”, on October 13 via BMG. The disc, produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, presents Corgan‘s distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings. “For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I’d pen for whatever band was something I couldn’t explain. And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, … Continue reading

VINNY APPICE On RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram: 'It's Not Really My Thing'

Original DIO drummer Vinny Appice says that he is unsure what to think of the hologram of Ronnie James Dio, which made its debut at last year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Created by Eyellusion, the surprise appearance of the heavy metal icon during DIO DISCIPLES‘ set closed out the massive metal event which was attended by more than seventy-five thousand fans. Eyellusion recently announced initial dates for “Dio Returns: The World Tour”, featuring the Ronnie James Dio hologram reunited with the late rock star’s former bandmates from the DIO band. The tour will make more than eighty stops … Continue reading

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION: Making Of 'BCCIV' Album Part 1 (Video)

The first in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “BCCIV”, the -awaited fourth album from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, can be seen below. The disc will be released on September 22 via Mascot Records. This is BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”. BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION is the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. Just like its three predecessors, “BCCIV” was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records … Continue reading

HATEBREED To Celebrate 20 Years Of 'Desire' And 15 Years Of 'Perseverance' With Fall Headline Tour

Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED released their first full-length, the modern hardcore classic “Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire”, back in November of 1997. The album set the tone for the type of moshable metal that would eventually go on to define the ’00s. 2002’s “Perseverance” was a perfectly executed, packed-with-anthems follow-up that has become emblematic of the era. In fact, the album’s iconic and lyrically uplifting track “I Will Be Heard” has become the band’s signature battle cry, securing its place as the quintessential, fist-in-the-air chant of the new millennium, thanks to a call-to-action that starts with “Now is the … Continue reading

I PREVAIL Releases Video For 'Lifelines'

I PREVAIL has released a new video for “Lifelines”, the title track from the band’s debut LP. The clip was shot in Detroit at the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, an organization which uses boxing to help at-risk youth with educational tutoring and discipline. Singer Brian Burkheiser told The Pulse Of Radio how the song itself sums up the themes of the album. “It’s just those defining moments in your life where the path goes one way and you can’t look back, and for better or for worse you’re a different person coming out of whatever experience that is,” he … Continue reading