EPICA Frontwoman: 'It's A Majestic Feeling To Be Onstage With An Orchestra And Choir'

Musik Universe conducted an interview with frontwoman Simone Simons of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA prior to the band’s September 1 show with LACUNA COIL at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On EPICA‘s future plans: Simone: “We have another North American tour, we have a European tour next year we are planning. We are planning another tour and some festivals, then it’s time for us to write a new record again. Then the cycle has come to an end. But, we might say, ‘Let’s not put a … Continue reading

Video: GREAT WHITE Performs In Oslo

Fan-filmed video footage of GREAT WHITE‘s October 18 performance at Hard Rock Cafe in Oslo, Norway can be seen below. GREAT WHITE is touring in support of its latest album, “Full Circle”, which was released on June 2. The effort sees the band re-teaming with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It’s an honorable nod to their first EP, “Out Of The Night” (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI, 1984). Wagener, is, of course, the legendary producer behind ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE and a slew of other rock gods. “Full Circle” was recorded in January and … Continue reading

Former SLAUGHTER Drummer BLAS ELIAS Joins TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former SLAUGHTER (and current Blue Man Group) drummer Blas Elias will join the West Coast touring lineup of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA this winter. He’ll perform alongside TSO staples Johnny Lee Middleton (SAVATAGE), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN) and Al Pitrelli (MEGADETH, ALICE COOPER). Elias‘s first performance with TSO will take place on November 16 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Elias performed on SLAUGHTER‘s first five albums, including the group’s double-platinum 1990 debut, “Stick It To Ya”, and their gold-certified 1992 follow-up, “The Wild Life”. The Las Vegas-based drummer also appeared in the 2001 film … Continue reading

FOO FIGHTERS: Lexington, Kentucky Concert Postponed Due To Family Emergency

FOO FIGHTERS have postponed tonight’s (Sunday, October 21) show in Lexington, Kentucky due to a family emergency. All tickets for tonight’s concert at at the Rupp Arena will be honored at the May 1, 2018 rescheduled date. The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to returning to rock Lexington in May. If you are unable to attend the new date, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Further questions regarding ticketing can be addressed at the Rupp Arena box office 859-233-3535 or Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. FOO FIGHTERS‘ new LP, “Concrete And Gold”, debuted at No. 1 on … Continue reading

Former GHOST Members HENRIK PALM And SIMON SÖDERBERG Perform In Gothenburg (Video)

Henrik Palm, who was a member of the Swedish band GHOST from 2015 until 2016, played his first solo show on October 13 at Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg, Sweden. Backing the guitarist/vocalist at the gig, which was headlined by VOIVOD, were fellow ex-GHOST member Simon Söderberg (guitar), Jocke Proos (bass), Sofia Rydahl (keyboards), Daniel Astgren (drums, left) and Sol Tor Sjödén (drums, right). The setlist for Palm‘s concert was as follows: 01. Missoula 0:00 02. Systema 6:00 03. Dogs 9:27 04. (I Hate) People 14:09 05. Elephant 19:27 Palm‘s debut album, “Many Days”, was released last month via Fetish Records. … Continue reading

WHITFIELD CRANE Says UGLY KID JOE Reunion is 'Really Cathartic And Cool'

Cat Unrapped of the “Collision” radio show on Australia’s Voice FM recently conducted an interview with UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the post-reunion status of UGLY KID JOE: Whitfield: “It’s pretty cool. We put the band back together and we released music in 2012. We weren’t sure what would happen, like, would anyone still remember the band? Would people still go to the shows? We were a little scared, but very excited to go do it. Then we found out that people still … Continue reading

POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Says Making New Albums 'Never Seems To Be A Comfortable Experience'

Ace Sims of Rock Revolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether it feels like POWERMAN 5000 is “starting over” every time they release a new album: Spider: “In some ways, it definitely keeps it exciting and interesting. But in some ways, it can be a level of frustration too because it feels like you’re always having to… you can never just relax. Maybe there are some bands that can kind of put their feet up and go, ‘Oh, … Continue reading

MICHAEL SWEET On New SWEET & LYNCH Album 'Unified': 'I Think It's Going To Be A Winner'

Josh Rundquist of That Drummer Guy recently conducted an interview with STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet about “Unified”, the second album from his SWEET & LYNCH project with DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the development of the SWEET & LYNCH band: Michael: “This album, to me, sounds a little bit more focused. It’s a little bit more raw and in your face. The first album was a little more slick, had a little bit more production and effects and things going on and more tracks, too. … Continue reading

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Wanted To Do 'Something Cool' With Cover Of PINK FLOYD's 'Wish You Were Here'

Kat Mykals from the Evansville, Indiana radio station 103 GBF recently interviewed AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the group’s latest release, “The Stage”, being an “evolving album”: Johnny: “Well, it was just the idea of basically releasing the [bonus] songs after the album release — just continually have more content being put on it wherever it’s being streamed, and everything like that. We always had this idea when we went in to writing and recording the record that we were going to keep things moving … Continue reading

ANTHRAX Guitarist To Release 'Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life' Book In December

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will release his second book, “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life”, on December 12 via Da Capo Press. Ian collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. “Access All Areas” has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott‘s many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (PANTERA), Trent Reznor (NINE INCH NAILS), Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (METALLICA), SLAYER, David Lee Roth, and many more. In recent years, Ian‘s “Speaking Words” club tours … Continue reading

Video: SERENADE “Hold Me Back”

The Female Fronted Metal band Serenade have released a brand new video clip – “Hold Me Back”, the mighty track for upcoming album “Onirica”, ready to release on November 10th via Revalve records! Digital  pre order : http://apple.co/2gbGl2k Cd pre order: http://bit.ly/2wPnSeNhttp://www.revalverecords.com/Serenade.html http://www.revalverecords.com/Serenade.html Continue reading

DECAPITATED Singer, Bassist Appear In Spokane Court On Rape And Kidnapping Charges

According to The Spokesman-Review, DECAPITATED singer Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek made their first court appearance in Spokane County on Friday for allegedly raping a woman on their tour bus nearly two months ago. The 31-year-old Piotrowski was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape while the 30-year-old Wiecek was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape. Their bandmates, 35-year-old guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka and 27-year-old drummer Michal Lysejko, were in court one week earlier, with the former charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and the latter charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape. All four musicians had their … Continue reading

Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE Working On 'Mavericks' Solo Album

American hard rock/metal vocalist David Reece, formerly of ACCEPT and BONFIRE, spoke to Metal Forces about the progress of his third solo studio album, to be titled “Mavericks”. He said: “I originally contacted Mike Tramp [ex-WHITE LION vocalist] as we’ve known each other for awhile and I’ve done some shows with him. A friend here named Ale Lifonti put me in touch and Tramp referred me to his label Target. While chatting with Target, they expressed interest but under the condition I at least consider writing with Martin Frank [SHOTGUN REVOLUTION guitarist]. So, I e-mailed him and we talked it … Continue reading

LORDI: Video Of Entire Moscow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of LORDI‘s entire October 15 concert at at Volta in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. LORDI is contuining to tour in support of its latest album, “Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy”, which was released in September 2106 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2014’s “Scare Force One” was produced by Nino Laurenne (APOCALYPTICA, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS), who previously worked on the band’s 2008 effort “Deadache”. Speaking to Spark TV, LORDI frontman Mr. Lordi stated about the band’s new disc: “We are trying to do something different within the LORDI frame this time. It’s like a … Continue reading

Watch SATYRICON Perform In Tilburg

Fan-filmed video footage of SATYRICON‘s September 26 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below. SATYRICON is touring in support of its latest album, “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”, which was released on September 22 via Napalm Records. The disc was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON‘s 2006 album, “Now, Diabolical”). The “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” front cover is an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch. SATYRICON drummer Kjetil-Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad … Continue reading

MATT HEAFY: 'When We 'Nail' TRIVIUM, It's When We Do Music For Ourselves'

Metal Wani‘s editor in chief Owais “Vitek” Nabi and Matthew Powers recently conducted an interview with TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On keeping the “mystery” factor before TRIVIUM releases a new album: Matt: “We love to do things as a reaction to both the way we’ve done things in the past and the way everyone else does things. Like, if you look at, we made ‘The Crusade’ because it was a reaction to ‘Ascendancy’, which was a reaction to all of these bands playing similar kinds … Continue reading

SULLY ERNA On Next GODSMACK Album: 'It's Not Quite As Angry As It Used To Be'

Nati P Taviel de Andrade of Spain’s Goetia Media conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna prior to his September 21 solo show at SO36 in Berlin, Germany. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why his family is such a source of inspiration: Sully: “My dad started me in music. He’s the reason why I began playing when I was very young, three years old. He is a trumpet player and he had bands that would rehearse in the basement and I grew up watching him play and that’s how … Continue reading

ALTER BRIDGE Guitarist Says Playing At London's Royal Albert Hall Was 'An Intense Couple Of Shows'

Ornella Carlone of Germany’s Comebackstage conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti prior to the band’s October 12 show at Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band’s highlights from the last twelve months: Mark: “Probably the biggest highlight was playing Royal Albert Hall [on October 2-3] with the symphony [52-piece Parallax Orchestra] just about a week ago. That was an intense couple of shows. We filmed that, so that will be out maybe springtime next year.” On recording the show at Royal Albert Hall: … Continue reading

Contest: WIN Decibel Metal and Beer Fest Tickets

By now, we hope you heard the news about Decibel Metal & Beer Fest 2018, but if you didn’t, here’s the scoop: Carcass, At the Gates, Mayhem and Repulsion– with support provided by an all-star lineup of bands- will descend upon the Fillmore Philadelphia for a weekend of headbanging and beer drinking with 20 of the most metal breweries the world of craft beer has to offer. You can (and should!) buy your tickets here, but if you’re number savvy, we have a contest for you: tally up the combined number of cover appearances, Hall of Fame inductions and flexi discs each band performing at Decibel Metal and Beer Fest has … Continue reading

EPICA Guitarist On Group's Wide-Ranging Influences: 'Name It, And We Have Used It In Our Music'

Mark Jansen of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA was interviewed by ArmyOfOneTV prior to the September 29 finale of the group’s “The Ultimate Principle” tour at New York City’s PlayStation Theater. The full chat (recorded by Ignacio Orellana of ProMusicVideo.com) can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the origins of the group’s musical style: Mark: “When I was in AFTER FOREVER, we developed kind of the style that we’re also playing with EPICA. I always liked film music and classical music, and also metal, so I thought, ‘This would be a great combination. At … Continue reading

Why You Should Give the New Trivium Album a Chance

Alright everyone, hear me out on this. I know that a new Trivium album isn’t a very high priority for many Decibel readers in 2017. The year has been incredible for all stripes of extreme, underground metal music, especially death metal. So it might seem a little off-message for me to try and pull you out of the cave and into the light of the well-produced, highly polished and accessible sound of Matt Heafy and company. However, let’s not forget that many early issues of Decibel had cover stories that focused on metalcore and the new wave of American heavy … Continue reading

LACUNA COIL: Live DVD Shoot To Include 'Gothic Circus'

Metal Nexus conducted an interview with LACUNA COIL vocalist Andrea Ferro prior to the band’s performance at the Louder Than Life festival, which was held September 30 – October 1 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the current state of heavy metal: Andrea: “I think metal today is wider than it has ever been. You can call metal a lot of different things… This festival, you can tell that there’s so many different kinds of bands, that they totally belong in one way or … Continue reading

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Releases Lyric Video For 'Prevail' Song

The official lyric video for the song “Prevail” from Canadian hard rockers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, “Prevail I”, which was released on May 12 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPICA) and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen. Frontwoman Kobra Paige told I’m Music Magazine about the band’s decision to work with Hansen this time around: “First of all, I had this feeling in my gut that I wasn’t going to be able to find the evolution that I wanted … Continue reading

PINK CREAM 69: Lyric Video For New Song 'Man Of Sorrow'

Frontiers Music Srl will release PINK CREAM 69‘s new album, “Headstrong”, on November 10. The official lyric video for the song “Man Of Sorrow” can be seen below. “Headstrong” marks the thirtieth anniversary of the German/British hard rockers PINK CREAM 69. And what better way to celebrate than by adding yet another gem to their already spectacular discography. Produced by bassist (and renowned producer) Dennis Ward, “Headstrong” sees the same line-up from 2013’s well-received “Ceremonial” album return to deliver fans another hard-rocking set of quality songs and is their twelfth studio album overall. As a special treat, the new release … Continue reading

Women who reported abuse from 'well known musician' faced with defamation case

A group of women have formed the Solidarity Not Silence campaign, having being hit with a defamation case after speaking out against ‘a well known musician’ and his ‘treatment of women’. Women who reported abuse from ‘well known musician’ faced with defamation case Women who reported abuse from ‘well known musician’ faced with defamation case Team Rock Continue reading

Dream Death – “Journey Into Mystery”

The late ’80s were a heady time for the burgeoning extreme metal scene, although not every band that released a great record received its just compensation. Such was the case for Pittsburgh’s doom-death pioneers, Dream Death. Following in the lumbering and massive footsteps of bands like Trouble, Pentagram and Celtic Frost, Dream Death appeared right on time with their 1987 debut, Journey into Mystery. Often mislabeled as simply thrash, or plain old doom, Journey into Mystery existed in both of those realms—and more—all at once. Boasting a sound that consisted of mid-paced crossover grooves, punk-tinged anthemic choruses and doomed-out breakdowns, … Continue reading

Demo:listen: Obscene

Welcome to Demo:listen, your weekly peek into the future of underground extreme metal. Whether they’re death, black, doom, sludge, grind, thrash, -core, heavy, speed, punk-, stoner, etc., we’re here to bring you the latest demos from the newest bands. On this week’s Demo:listen we summon from the pit the dreadful power of Indianapolis’ Obscene. It’s a good day when we get to cover a demo from a formidable, new Midwest death metal band. It’s an even better day when that band hits like this. Meet Obscene, a quintet from Indianapolis, Indiana who play  “traditional” death metal, full of strangled emotion … Continue reading

LINKIN PARK's CHESTER BENNINGTON Tribute Concert To Be Streamed Live

One week from tonight, the surviving members of LINKIN PARK will celebrate the life of their friend and bandmate Chester Bennington with an unforgettable night of music at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The one-night-only show sold out immediately, but now fans will have another chance to experience this historic concert event. “Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life In Honor of Chester Bennington” will stream live free of charge exclusively on YouTube Friday, October 27 at 7:45 p.m. PT at youtube.com/linkinpark. This historic concert celebration will be the first time LINKIN PARK performs on stage together since Chester passed … Continue reading

FAITH NO MORE's MIKE PATTON Scores STEPHEN KING's '1922'

Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, DEAD CROSS) scores the Stephen King-sourced thriller “1922”, which is available now via Netflix. An expanded score will be released via Ipecac Recordings in 2018. The “1922” offering follows up Patton‘s critically acclaimed score to “The Place Beyond The Pines”, a musical outing that Pitchfork said served as “the glue uniting the film’s three disparate sections and many different tones” and Movie Music UK said Patton offered an “intelligent way of arranging his collages of sounds into fascinating musical effects.” “1922” is based on Stephen King‘s 131-page storytelling of a man’s confession of his wife’s … Continue reading