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