JINJER To Record 'Progressive' New EP In September

JINJER bassist Eugene Abdiukhanov has confirmed to France’s Loud TV that the band will enter the studio in the fall to begin recording new music. “This [last] time, we were in America, we played a tour with CRADLE OF FILTH, and our plan was to come [back home] to Ukraine in the autumn and make the full-length album, because we would have the whole season, three months, at home,” he said. “But at the end of the American tour, Dez Fafara from DEVILDRIVER, our manager, calls me and says, ‘Okay, Eugene, you have to come back in the autumn.’ And … Continue reading

SKID ROW Guitarist: 'I'm Just Happy That We're Still Able To Do This'

SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo were interviewed by Duke TV on May 23 at Empreinte in Savigny-le-Temple, France. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On collaborating with outside songwriters — including Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) and HALESTORM‘s Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger — on the upcoming final installment of SKID ROW‘s “United World Rebellion” trilogy: Rachel: “It’s not like we’re writing the whole record with outside writers. Obviously, we have a lot of friends that we respect as songwriters, and we wrote with a few … Continue reading

ROB ZOMBIE Doesn't Believe SLAYER's 'Retirement' Is Permanent: 'After Two Years, They're Gonna Be Back On The Road'

Jason Rockman of Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s CHOM 97.7 radio station recently conducted an interview with Rob Zombie. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked if he ever thought he would still be touring and performing more than 30 years after the formation of his previous band, WHITE ZOMBIE, Rob said: “I don’t think anyone ever thought they would be doing it this long. Just a couple of days ago, I was hanging out with Alice Cooper, ’cause he was at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and I just dropped by to say hi. He’s 70, and … Continue reading

Ex-GREAT WHITE Singer JACK RUSSELL Slams Former Bandmates For 'Deceitful Way' TERRY ILOUS Was Fired

Ex-GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell has slammed his former bandmates for the “deceitful” way his successor, Terry Ilous, was kicked out of the group. Ilous, formerly of ’80s L.A. hard rockers XYZ, joined GREAT WHITE in 2010 after replacing touring vocalist Jani Lane (WARRANT). The Ilous-led GREAT WHITE released two albums, 2012’s “Elation” and last year’s “Full Circle”, before Terry was shown the door earlier this month and replaced with Mitch Malloy. Ilous later released a statement in which he claimed he was blindsided by his dismissal from GREAT WHITE, saying that he “proudly invested” all of his energy and … Continue reading

Rob Zombie: 'Whole Rock Spirit' Is Alive and Well at Music Festivals – 'TrunkFest' Episode Preview

Watch as Zombie shares his love of music festivals with Eddie Trunk in this ‘TrunkFest’ episode preview. Continue reading… Rob Zombie: 'Whole Rock Spirit' Is Alive and Well at Music Festivals – 'TrunkFest' Episode Preview Rob Zombie: 'Whole Rock Spirit' Is Alive and Well at Music Festivals – 'TrunkFest' Episode Preview Loudwire Continue reading

Anthony Vincent + EROCK Give Green Day, Creed, Blue Oyster Cult + More the Ghost Treatment

‘We have conversations about the band almost daily so this was a real passion play for us,’ says Vincent. Continue reading… Anthony Vincent + EROCK Give Green Day, Creed, Blue Oyster Cult + More the Ghost Treatment Anthony Vincent + EROCK Give Green Day, Creed, Blue Oyster Cult + More the Ghost Treatment Loudwire Continue reading

LZZY HALE: Making 'Vicious' Album Helped HALESTORM 'Rediscover Our Mojo'

HALESTORM vocalist Lzzy Hale recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the group’s new album, “Vicious”: Lzzy: “With this record, we basically chased after whatever got us excited, so a lot of the themes, and even the heaviness of the record, we weren’t entirely doing on purpose. We only kind of realized what we had done after the record was already finished. This record, looking back on it, thematically, it’s very much about ownership, and there’s an … Continue reading

SHINEDOWN Frontman On 'Attention Attention' Album: 'I Think There Is A Massive Amount Of Genuine Substance In This Work Of Art'

Holland’s FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith. You can watch the entire chat in two parts below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his early musical upbringing: Brent: “The thing was for me, when I was 10 years old, I kind of figured out exactly what I wanted to do. I feel very fortunate. I didn’t really search to ask myself what I wanted to do for a living or how I saw my life. I kind of noticed that at 10 years old, I could write down what I thought and I could … Continue reading

NILE's GEORGE KOLLIAS On Extreme Metal Drumming: 'It's A Really Demanding Style Of Music. I Enjoy It, Although I Suffer'

Drumtalk, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch, conducted an interview with drummer George Kollias of South Carolina-based extreme technical death metallers NILE prior to their February 12 concert at MS Connexion Complex in Mannheim, Germany. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On improving as a drummer: George: “First, you need to find your weak spots and work on them. That’s very, very important. Another thing would be try to get into different areas. For example, if you’re a death metal drummer stuck in singles, unisons, sixteens for a … Continue reading

EXHORDER Frontman: 'It Seems Like Every Time We Come Back After A Long Hiatus, The Interest In The Band Is Higher'

Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock conducted an interview with frontman Kyle Thomas and guitarist Vinnie LaBella of legendary American metallers EXHORDER prior to their July 14 concert at Reggies in Chicago, Illinois. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what led to EXHORDER reforming in 2017: Kyle: “[Actor] Corey Feldman. Corey Feldman is the reason we are doing this. It’s true.” Vinnie: “He was the catalyst, let’s put it that way. We wound up at a club back home in New Orleans where we kind of go to and me … Continue reading

DORO PESCH: 'Nobody Wrote More Sad Lyrics Than LEMMY'

German metal queen Doro Pesch says the late 2015 death of MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister provided a “wake-up call” for her as she began work on the songs that eventually became her forthcoming “Forever Warriors, Forever United” double album. Pesch, who performed several duets with Kilmister over the years, also hailed his lyric writing abilities, noting, “Nobody wrote more sad lyrics than Lemmy.” In a recent interview with Finland’s Metalliluola (audio below), Pesch was asked how “Forever Warriors, Forever United” became a double album: “We did a couple of songs before and there was a video, ‘Love’s Gone To Hell’, … Continue reading

EPICA's SIMONE SIMONS Says 'Attack On Titan' EP Was 'A Little Out Of Our Comfort Zone'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band’s new “Epica Vs. Attack On Titan Songs” album, which features metal versions of the theme songs from the highly successful manga-series-turned-worldwide-aired-anime “Attack On Titan”. Simone: “It’s an unusual thing for us to have done. It’s a little out of our comfort zone. But, we’re super-pleased with the end result. It’s cool, because I first thought it was more like only a thing … Continue reading

SHAWN DROVER Has 'Nothing Bad To Say' About His Former Bandmates In MEGADETH

Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer Shawn Drover prior to the band’s July 15 concert at Petit Campus in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as the support act for ARMORED SAINT. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what he learned from being in MEGADETH that he’s applied to ACT OF DEFIANCE: Shawn: “Punctuality, for one. No, I learned a lot of things. Overall, just try to be a professional musician. When we’re headlining, be courteous to the support bands. When … Continue reading

In Memory of Metalocalypse Director Jon Schnepp (1967-2018)

Former Metalocalypse director Jon Schnepp died on July 19 at the age of 51 due to complications following a stroke. Decibel was fortunate enough to speak with him back in early 2008 for a Dethklok cover story in issue #40.  In tribute, we present that full cover story below. Getting Away with Murder Midnight has yet to strike for two-dimensional cult heroes Dethklok By Nick Green Nielsen ratings are always a sketchy area with regards to cable programming, though market research conducted by the Turner Brodcasting System—the parent corporation of Cartoon Network—goes a long way in explaining the strange Metalocalypse phenomenon. Brendon … Continue reading

Sometimes The World Ain't Enough – THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA

I’ve said it before elsewhere and I’ll say it again here. If the members of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA were a group of fashionably dressed Brooklyn indie-rock hipsters in their twenties, the group would be one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. I have zero doubt that the band would be a main draw on the main stages of music festivals such as Coachella and The Governors Ball, with appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Saturday Night Live” in between. But instead, since the cornerstones of the band are members of Swedish heavy metal legacy … Continue reading

Epica vs. Attack on Titan – EPICA

If you’re a manga and anime fan, “Attack on Titan” (along with ““One Piece” and “Assassination Classroom”) is one of today’s global phenoms of the genre, much as “Akira”, “Bubblegum Crisis”, “Battle Angel Alita” and “Ghost in the Shell” were in the past. If you want to see culture clash at its best, come to Baltimore to witness cosplay attendees of the Otakon convention vying for street space during the NFL preseason amongst pre-liquored Ravens fans. It’s a guaranteed spectacle. Late last year, symphonic metal pundits EPICA released its covers EP of music from “Attack on Titan”, composed by LINKED … Continue reading

My Midnight Things – LIZZY BORDEN

If you’ve followed LIZZY BORDEN since the “Give ‘Em the Axe” EP, you’ve learned to come prepared for the unexpected. As one of the L.A. metal scene’s most ferocious acts, nobody was prepared for the lighter direction taken on 1987’s “Visual Lies”. The “”Master of Disguise” album two years later proved to be a wild gambit that returned cred to Lizzy, if not a wider audience embracing his need to grow as a performance artist. It’s been 11 years since the bricks-heavy “Appointment With Death” album, which leaves to question where Lizzy Borden‘s musical mind frame is at in 2018. … Continue reading

Tormentor – THE AGONY SCENE

In the mid 2000s, one of the most respected bands in the metal underground was Tulsa’s THE AGONY SCENE. Though it bounced from Solid State Records to Roadrunner to Century Media within a four-year span, THE AGONY SCENE was widely considered one of the top quality dark metalcore bands around. Its momentary breakup in 2008 was a crying shame for a band that had the best of aggression, force and groove going for it. The central corps of Mike Williams, Chris Emmons and Brian Hodges remains along with current bassist Jay White, with ten other members having bounced in and … Continue reading

BILLY SHEEHAN On THE WINERY DOGS' Hiatus: 'We Wanted To Give It A Break For A While So It Didn't Get Stale'

Bassist Billy Sheehan (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG) was recently interviewed by Steve Harrison of “The Unchained Rock Show”. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On his recent hectic schedule: Billy: “I went out with MR. BIG. We did Australia, China, Southeast Asia. I flew from Hong Kong to France to start with SONS OF APOLLO. We’ve been doing [shows] all over Europe and the U.K. I fly home for a short break; then I do more MR. BIG and more SONS OF APOLLO, then more MR. BIG … Continue reading

Watch HALESTORM's LZZY HALE Join SMASHING PUMPKINS For Cover Of LED ZEPPELIN's 'Stairway To Heaven'

HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale joined SMASHING PUMPKINS on stage Friday night (July 20) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday to perform a cover version of the LED ZEPPELIN classic “Stairway To Heaven”. Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. The “Shiny And Oh So Bright” North American arena tour is SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Longtime SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates, and keyboardist Katie Cole are also taking part, as the band moves to a three-guitar lineup … Continue reading