GARY HOLT On SLAYER's Stage Show For Final Tour: 'It's Like A F**king Nuclear War'

Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF 101.1 FM radio station recently conducted an interview with SLAYER and EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. You can listen to the entire using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether any musicians from the Detroit area influenced his guitar playing: Gary: “Certainly Ted Nugent is one of my guitar heroes. One of the guys who made me want to pick up a guitar. I’ve seen him so many times live and he just was bigger than life. He’s still one of my favorite guitarists even if I don’t always agree with … Continue reading

GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist DIZZY REED: Singing On First Solo Album 'Gives Me More Appreciation For How Great AXL ROSE Is'

Metal Wani‘s Carl O’Rouke recently conducted an interview with GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed about his debut solo album, “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy”. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy” came together: Dizzy: “There was a period of time where I was at home. I had some songs and vocal ideas that were stuck in my head. I made some demos and then one of my favorite activities is to get drunk and play my demos for friends, so, that happened. [Laughs] There … Continue reading

TÝR Frontman Says Next Studio Effort 'Could Be A Little Bit Different' From Previous Albums

Alexiel Divine of The Offering Webzine conducted an interview with frontman Heri Joensen of Faroese folk metal band TÝR during a recent stop on their North American tour with ORPHANED LAND, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS and AETERNAM in support. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On their current North American trek: Heri: “It’s been wonderful so far. This is our first U.S. headlining tour in oh, a long time, eight to nine years. It’s been great, far over our expectations. It’s been slow lately because we’ve been in the studio, our home studio, … Continue reading

CHTHONIC Frontman And Taiwanese Politician FREDDY LIM Tries To Keep Metal And Politics Separate

Australia’s Heavy TV recently conducted an interview with frontman Freddy Lim of Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC, who also is a part of Taiwan’s parliament. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On CHTHONIC‘s origins: Freddy: “In the beginning, the band CHTHONIC was formed in 1996. Back at that time, I was in my second term at a university. I was very into death metal and black metal. Black metal was quite new in 1996, so I got quite a lot of influences from the Scandinavian bands. I started to think. I had played in … Continue reading

BLEEDING THROUGH Frontman On 2014 Split: 'We Felt That To The People That Were Working For Us, We Were A Cash Cow'

Frontman Brandan Schieppati of recently reactivated California metallers BLEEDING THROUGH says he felt like his band was treated like a “cash cow” by its record company, booking agent and management, ultimately leading to their split in 2014. Schieppati also cited the rigorous demands of the album-tour cycle that was starting to cause friction in the band’s personal lives and decided to break up BLEEDING THROUGH before their lives “became a fucking mess.” BLEEDING THROUGH announced its comeback earlier this year and released a new studio album, “Love Will Kill All”, on May 25 via SharpTone Records. Asked in a recent … Continue reading

AGNOSTIC FRONT's ROGER MIRET On Current New York Hardcore Scene: 'It's Just Not My Party'

Alex Haber of Heavy New York recently conducted an interview with frontman Roger Miret of New York hardcore veterans AGNOSTIC FRONT. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the current state of New York hardcore versus the 1980s: Roger: “It’s different; it’s just not my party, basically. It’s different, but I’m glad I lived in the very beginning of it in the ’80s. We didn’t know what was happening. We didn’t know we were creating a scene or anything like that. It’s different enough, but there’s still a connection there that … Continue reading

IRON MAIDEN Kicks Off 'Legacy Of The Beast' World Tour In Tallinn, Estonia (Video)

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN kicked off the “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour earlier tonight (Saturday, May 26) in Tallinn, Estonia. The concert in front of a 10,500-capacity crowd at Saku Suurhall saw the band open with “Aces High” (complete with a giant war plane replica suspended over the musicians), which hadn’t been performed since 2014, and continue with “Where Eagles Dare”, which was played for the first time in 13 years. Other surprises during the set included the Blaze Bayley-era classics “The Clansman” and “Sign Of The Cross”, which received their first airings since 2003 and 2001, … Continue reading

POISON Drummer 'Would Love' To Play Entire 'Open Up And Say… Ahh!' Album Live

POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has uploaded the 19th episode of his video blog in which he answers a number of fan-submitted questions. Check it out below. Asked if POISON would ever consider embarking on a special tour during which it would perform its best-selling album, 1988’s five-times-platinum “Open Up And Say… Ahh!”, in its entirety, Rikki said: “The chances of POISON doing just an ‘Open Up And Say… Ahh!’ tour? I’d love it. I think it would be cool. I think we should, every year for a while, go to [Las] Vegas and do just one album at a time, … Continue reading

WEDNESDAY 13 Says He Was In Touch With JOEY JORDISON Last Year About Possibly Resurrecting MURDERDOLLS

Wednesday 13 was recently interviewed by Metal Wani contributor Dawn Brown. You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about the current status of MURDERDOLLS, his one-time project with former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, Wednesday 13 said: “I really just haven’t spoken with Joey really at all this year. We had gotten in touch about a year ago and just established contact again and mentioned the idea of doing something in the future — not [putting] a time on it or anything; just the idea of, ‘Would you be into it?’ And we both said, ‘Yes.’ And then I … Continue reading

LIZZY BORDEN On METAL BLADE RECORDS' BRIAN SLAGEL: 'He Convinced Me To Start Making Records Again'

Lizzy Borden was recently interviewed by Jack Antonio of “Do You Know Jack”. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On his new album, “My Midnight Things”: Lizzy: “After I put out ‘Deal With The Devil’ and ‘Appointment With Death’, it was right around the collapse of the music industry. It got to the point where it was like, ‘What’s the point in making records if I can’t get it to my audience?’ There was no way to do that — there was no system in place, and people were getting very … Continue reading

KLAUS MEINE Cites 'Friendship,' 'Teamwork,' 'Chemistry' As Keys To SCORPIONS' Success

SCORPIONS vocalist Klaus Meine was recently interviewed by Australia’s Heavy magazine. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the band’s upcoming Australian tour with DEF LEPPARD: Klaus: “When they were young, when they played America for the first time, their management back then — Peter Mensch, Cliff Burnstein — they put them on tour opening up for SCORPIONS in America in the early ’80s. This is before they really started breaking big-time, so we know them from way, way back from the early days. [Since then,] we shared the stage a … Continue reading

MONSTER MAGNET Frontman Says He's More Of A 'Rock Guy' Than A 'Musician'

MONSTER MAGNET frontman Dave Wyndorf was recently interviewed by PureGrainAudio. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On managing to remain relevant: Dave: “I wish I had a plan. I never did have a plan — I never expected to be around that long. It’s just me writing the songs and trying to attack the music from a different angle, really — trying to get a different vibe off of the kind of music and the kind of chords that I like to hear. I’ve never really chased after new music because … Continue reading

DEE SNIDER Calls New Solo Album 'For The Love Of Metal' A 'Passion Project'

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider was interviewed by Antihero Magazine earlier this month during the Days Of The Dead horror convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his forthcoming solo album, “For The Love Of Metal”: Dee: “I had no intentions of doing another record. Mentally, I was done until [HATEBREED front man] Jamey Jasta got a hold of me on his podcast and literally challenged me to do a true metal record — a new, contemporary metal record. I said, ‘Look, I’m down, but who’s … Continue reading

SKID ROW Bassist Is 'Really Proud' Of Material Written For Forthcoming Album

SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo were interviewed by Kaaos TV prior to the band’s May 16 performance in Helsinki, Finland. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the last time the band made a mistake while performing: Rachel: “When was our last show? Some nights, your brain just stops for a second and a song you’ve been playing for thirty years, you just make a tiny mistake. But I think we play so much nowadays that we never really have a bad show where everyone messes … Continue reading

MYLES KENNEDY On Reuniting With SLASH & THE CONSPIRATORS: 'There Was Unfinished Business'

Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS) was interviewed by Full Metal Jackie on the May 13 edition of her “Whiplash” program on Los Angeles’s 95.5 KLOS. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the “vulnerability” he displays on his debut solo album, “Year Of The Tiger”: Myles: “I wanted to make a record like this for a long time. I wanted to make a record that was a little more stripped-down and really just trust my instincts as a songwriter without the safety net of a … Continue reading

DEF LEPPARD Guitarist PHIL COLLEN Leaves Tour; TRIXTER's STEVE BROWN Steps In

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen has left the band’s tour with JOURNEY, reportedly to deal with a family emergency. Replacing him until he returns is TRIXTER‘s Steve Brown. Brown made his live debut with DEF LEPPARD on the current tour Friday night (May 25) at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage and photos can be seen below. This is not the first time Brown has stepped in for a member of DEF LEPPARD. He previously subbed for Vivian Campbell at several shows in 2014 and 2015 while the DEF LEPPARD guitarist received treatment in his fight against … Continue reading

CRO-MAGS Founder HARLEY FLANAGAN Sues Band Over Name

According to the New York Post, Harley Flanagan, who founded the legendary hardcore band the CRO-MAGS at the age of 14 and toured with them for some 20 years, is suing members of the group for allegedly using the CRO-MAGS name without his permission. Claiming that CRO-MAGS was his idea when he formed it back in 1981, Flanagan has filed a lawsuit against the current lineup of the group — including singer John Joseph McGowen — in part for copyright infringement, saying he trademarked the “Cro-Mag” name for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 and then again in … Continue reading

Traditional Heavy Metal Quintet BLADE KILLER Finishes Recording Debut Album ‘High Risk’

Mixed/mastered by Olof Wikstrand; group readies for upcoming festival performances The Los Angeles-based BLADE KILLER – whose NWOBHM-inspired anthems and energetic live performances have earned the group a strong following in Southern California – have finished recording their debut full-length, “High Risk,” with Allen Falcon again at Birdcage Studios (Exmortus, Naked Aggression) and due out later this year via M-Theory Audio. “Although the album had taken us longer than expected, it has definitely been a learning experience for all of us. We had to re-record it a few times actually, as we wouldn’t release something for you that we weren’t … Continue reading

ANTHRAX's CHARLIE BENANTE: 'The Metal Community Is Probably One Of The Most Loyal Communities'

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante was recently interviewed by the “Nothing Shocking” podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. Asked if it gets easier for musicians in a band to get along with each other as they get older, Benante said: “The thing that people have to understand is that when you form a band or you start a band, it’s usually at a time in your life when you’ll do anything to get out of what you’re doing and reach that next level, because you look up to your favorite bands. For me, it … Continue reading

Exhorder

Rome is Burning The Making of Exhorder’s Slaughter in the Vatican The story of how Slaughter in the Vatican came to be is a heck of a lot messier and sloppier than the precision groove and whip-smart thrash of the band’s debut album. Hailing from the fertile New Orleans music scene, guitarists Vinnie LaBella and Jay Ceravolo, vocalist Kyle Thomas and drummer Chris Nail offered up an insidiously unique, but still violently incisive and cultivated take on thrash metal. Interspersed among the Bay Area and Ruhr district influences were heaping helpings of punk and hardcore alongside the soulful music that … Continue reading

GENE SIMMONS: 'The Problem Is That Politicians Are Telling You What You Want To Hear'

In a brand new interview with Barron’s, Gene Simmons spoke about the fractured state of American politics and the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. The KISS bassist/vocalist — who is a former contestant on Donald Trump‘s “The Celebrity Apprentice” series — said: “I enjoy politics. But I think it’s populated by people who have a self-mandated directive to get re-elected. They are not there, in my estimation, to do what is good for the masses. By the way, the current president is doing his job for one dollar. I like that. “When you want to lose weight, the guy … Continue reading

For Those About to Squawk: Slapshot, Wombbath, Alien Weaponry

Here we go guys, it’s that time again. Your old boy Waldo here to spout some nonsense about some new releases. This week it’s looking pretty bleak but hey, we’ll get there, right? So, OSDM (that’s Old School Death Metal for those that are not in the know) seems to be making a little bit of a comeback lately. Well, Wombbath from Sweden are no new jacks ripping off an old sound. Originally around in the early 90’s, they made an appearance in 2015 and are returning to give us their new full length, The Great Desolation, on Soulseller.  This is … Continue reading

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Releases Cover Of JULIEN BAKER's 'Sour Breath'

Rise Records and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA have released the band’s cover of Julien Baker‘s “Sour Breath” at all DSPs today, Friday, May 25. Check it out below. “We were most flattered when Julien mentioned covering our songs way back when,” singer Mike Hranica said. “With that, we thought it would be interesting to cover one of hers. I suppose it sort of explains itself.” THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s latest album, “Transit Blues”, was released in October 2016 via Rise Records. Hranica told Tattoo.com about THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s songwriting process: “It’s changed over the years, as have the members. … Continue reading

KORN Frontman JONATHAN DAVIS: Making Of 'Black Labyrinth' Episode 1

The first in a series of clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis‘s solo album, “Black Labyrinth”, can be seen below. Davis will take a number of his fans through a sensory deprivation experiment employed to test ESP abilities, known as the Ganzfeld Experiment. The singer recently spoke about the experiment with Ticketmaster UK, saying: “That’s something that’s been going on for a long time. If you deprive yourself of visual and audible stimulus, you’ll start to hallucinate. You cut a ping-pong ball in half and put these white globes over your eyes, and you … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: In Tenebriz – “Winternight Poetry”

Earlier today, Decibel published a list of six underground black metal bands worthy of your time. If that list wasn’t enough for you, proceed to this full stream of the new album from Russia’s In Tenebriz, Winternight Poetry. A hypnotizing fusion of ambient, black metal and doom, the album is well-produced without being too polished and it never loses sight of the atmospheric qualities that underscore everything. It’s hard to believe that In Tenebriz is the work of one individual, but everything was played by sole musician Wolfir. Devotees of atmospheric black and doom metal, take note: Winternight Poetry is out today through Symbol of Domination. The post … Continue reading

SAXON Frontman Reveals Tentative Title For Solo Album

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has revealed in a new interview with Rock Hard magazine that he is planning to go to Sweden “in a few weeks” to write and record some demos for his upcoming solo album “with some friends up there.” He added that he has “a few” songtitles for the disc, which he said may end up being called “School Of Hard Knocks”. Last month, Biff told “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” that he had seven songs ready for his his solo album, and described their musical direction as “probably” be “a bit more rock and roll, a … Continue reading

Full of Hell Release Split 7″ with Intensive Care

Ever-prolific grind/death metal outfit Full of Hell have surprise released a split with Intensive Care. The 7″ features three songs from Full of Hell, including a cover of Brutal Truth’s “Collateral Damage,” and two songs from Intensive Care. The split is now available digitally and on vinyl from Anthems of the Undesirable. In a Facebook post, Full of Hell said, “Intensive Care is the latest in a lineage of bands that have invariably and irrevocably defined much of the DNA of Full of Hell (Endless Blockade, Column of Heaven). This split represents two sides of a not so familiar brain. The grey … Continue reading

RIOT V Bassist Explains Name Change: 'It Just Means That A New Chapter In The Book Is Written'

RIOT V, the band featuring members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, released its latest album, “Armor Of Light”, on April 27 via Nuclear Blast. Donnie Van Stavern, a longtime collaborator with RIOT founder Mark Reale, plays bass in RIOT V and is one of its chief songwriters. After Reale passed away in 2012, the surviving members of RIOT announced they would continue as RIOT V. They recruited singer Todd Michael Hall and released the critically acclaimed “Unleash The Fire” in 2014. Asked in a new interview with Lords Of Metal if he was afraid the name change would cause a … Continue reading

Mining for Black Gold: 6 Great Underground Black Metal Bands

As long as you know where to look, there’s always new bands to discover, no matter how specific or granular your stylistic preferences may be. This is especially true now in the age of Bandcamp and Spotify, which presents a seemingly limitless landscape of sonic hills to mine for the hidden gems of musical brilliance. However, this can be pretty overwhelming too, and can cause many of us to retreat to the bands we already know and feel comfortable with. For the past few months, I’ve been trying to dig through these channels of exploration to find some solid raw … Continue reading

THE MENTORS: 'Kings Of Sleaze Rockumentary' Available On DVD

After a world premiere debut at Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland, Dream Evil Pictures has announced the DVD release of “The Mentors: Kings Of Sleaze Rockumentary”. This feature-length documentary explores the intrigue of THE MENTORS, one of the most controversial rock bands to emerge from the 1970s. Most known for their shock rock stage presence akin to GG ALLIN & THE MURDER JUNKIES, a long history of false rumors and outrageous myths also helped augment their fame and notoriety. Learn how this trio inspired and offended masses worldwide using chauvinistic satire and an obscene comical act, playing an … Continue reading