BRUCE KULICK Says He Had To Play Politics In KISS

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed he had to take band politics into account when pitching a song to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during his twelve years in the band. Speaking to Hot Metal, the 63-year-old said he could never play a song idea for both Simmons and Stanley — he had to chose which one would give him the best chance of success. “During my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, ‘I wanna work on that,’” Kulick said. “Then the issue with them was, if … Continue reading

CHRIS CORNELL's Music Sales And Streams Up More Than Five Hundred Percent Following His Death

According to Billboard, Chris Cornell‘s catalog of music — including his solo releases and recordings with his various bands — has seen a 552 percent increase in combined sales and on-demand streams since his tragic passing on May 17. Cornell‘s songs have been streamed (in both audio and video format) 32.5 million times in the week ending May 18 (up 549 percent from 5 million), his catalog of albums sold 38,000 copies (up 1,732 percent from 2,000), and his songs sold 144,000 downloads (up 2,222 percent from 6,000). Seven Cornell tracks have landed on the Hot Rock Songs chart: SOUNDGARDEN‘s … Continue reading

Then Comes Silence release video for ‘The Dead Cry For No One’

New darkwavers Then Comes Silence have released a video for the track ‘The Dead Cry For No One’. Then Comes Silence have announced their signing to Nuclear Blast. ‘The Dead Cry For No One’ is the first single off the band’s upcoming fourth album, ‘Blood’, which is scheduled for release on 20 October. You can buy ‘The Dead Cry For No One’ here. The band have won over fans in the world of metal: Dani Filth has said: “Just listening to it now, and loving it! Reminds me of post punk bands like The Mission, Generation X, New Model Army, Christian … Continue reading

Is COREY TAYLOR 'Stronger Than All'? (Video)

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor recently took part in The Rock Reel‘s “Stronger Than All” challenge. He was asked to hold a five-kilogram solid steel hammer with his arm stretched out to the fullest and hold it as long as he could. You can now watch the results below. STONE SOUR‘s new album, “Hydrograd”, will be released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a … Continue reading

Demo:listen: Draghkar

Welcome to Demo:listen, your weekly peek into the future of underground metal. Whether it’s death, black, doom, sludge, grind, thrash, heavy, speed, progressive, stoner, retro, post-, punk/, -core, etc. we’re here to bring you the latest demos from the newest bands. On this week’s Demo:listen we unleash upon our readers California’s Draghkar.   In less than ten minutes World Unraveled, the three song demo from California-based death metal duo Draghkar, crashes into your awareness, wrecks your unsuspecting expectations, and leaves you staring horrified at the darkness from whence it descended, not sure if you can handle more, but knowing you … Continue reading

METAL CHURCH's KURDT VANDERHOOF Has 'A Big Pile Of New Songs' Ready For Next Album

Kurdt Vanderhoof has confirmed that METAL CHURCH has commenced the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to its 2016 album “XI”, tentatively due in early 2018. “I actually have a big pile of new songs — demos — ready to go, and Mike [Howe, vocals] and I are gonna start putting it together and we’re gonna try to start putting a new record,” the guitarist told the “KDUX Morning Show” (hear audio below). Kurdt also spoke in more detail about the METAL CHURCH songwriting process, saying that it comes about organically. “The only way I approach writing a METAL CHURCH record … Continue reading

DRAGONFORCE: Part Three Of Official Interview About 'Reaching Into Infinity' Album

Part three of a three-part interview with the members of DRAGONFORCE about their new album, “Reaching Into Infinity”, can be seen below. In this clip, they talk about musicians they look up to and the very first instrument they learned. “Reaching Into Infinity” was released on May 19 via earMUSIC on CD, LP and a special-edition CD and DVD. The follow-up to 2014’s “Maximum Overload” marks the band’s third full-length studio release with singer Marc Hudson, who joined the group in 2011 following the departure of original frontman ZP Theart (now in SKID ROW). The bulk of the recording sessions … Continue reading

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN To LADY GAGA: 'Let Us Be Your Backing Band'

Scott Ian says that ANTHRAX “would love” to collaborate on music with pop superstar Lady Gaga. The ANTHRAX guitarist made his comments nearly four months after Lady Gaga sang the song “Moth Into Flame” with METALLICA at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a performance which turned into something of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew did not turn frontman James Hetfield‘s mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Gaga after the first verse and chorus. Speaking to Duke TV‘s Antoine De Montremy, Ian stated about Lady Gaga (see video below): … Continue reading

DAVE MUSTAINE's Mustaine Vineyards Gets Platinum And Gold Awards

On the heels of his first Grammy Award, thrash metal pioneer and MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine was recently awarded another platinum award, this time the Platinum Award/Best In Show at the 2017 San Diego International Wine Competition for his She-Wolf, Tempranillo Rose. The competition brings together winemakers, sommeliers, wine critics and seasoned wine and spirits professionals to evaluate new releases in early spring. She-Wolf also earned the Double Gold Award/Best Of Class Region at the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition. The Double Gold award is reserved for wines receiving a unanimous vote for Gold by a panel of judges. … Continue reading

GHOST Teams With Horror Apparel Company FRIGHT-RAGS For Exclusive Merchandise

Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who fully embrace the horror genre, frequently paying homage to classic films on album art and shirt designs, have teamed with horror apparel company Fright-Rags to release a collection of exclusive merchandise. The line includes four shirts from artists Justin Osbourn, Christopher Lovell and Abrar Ajmal, evoking the sinister imagery associated with the band, along with four custom-knit sock designs featuring the unmistakable visage of frontman Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls. The Ghost Collection is on sale now at Fright-Rags.com, where you can also find original merchandise from Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and countless horror … Continue reading