SANCTUARY Guitarist Was 'Shocked And Amazed' At Quality Of Long-Lost Demos For 'Inception' Album

Metal Wani editor in chief Owais “Vitek” Nabi recently conducted an interview with guitarist Lenny Rutledge of legendary U.S. metal act SANCTUARY. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what prompted Rutledge to unearth the old demos that now comprise of SANCTUARY‘s forthcoming “Inception” release: Lenny: “I don’t know if I was necessarily searching for those, but the truth is, my plan was to tear the barn down [where the tapes were housed]. The bottom floor of the barn is pretty decent; it’s our studio and everything, so that’s where we … Continue reading

Avelion reveal tracklist and premiere of the new album “Illusion of Transparency”

The modern prog metal band Avelion reveal the tracklist and premiere of the new album “Illusion of Transparency” out via Revalve records on April 7th. The album has been produced, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio. Artwork, Design and Photography by Stefano Mattioni at Viron 2.0. The cd version includes the bonus track Echoes and Fragments remixed by “the Algorithm”. “Illusion of Transparency” is an emotional journey through the fragility and strength of human nature. We think we know everything, but the most transparent things to our eyes, may be the most illusory element. Continue reading

IN FLAMES Frontman: 'We're Still A Melodic Metal Band'

Dann of the “Mike James Rock Show” conducted an interview with vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES during the band’s recent U.K. tour as the support act for DISTURBED and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On opening for DISTURBED and AVENGED SEVENFOLD in the U.K.: Anders: “They asked us. We said, ‘Yes.’ This is a good opportunity for us to play to bigger audiences. We released an album quite recently, for us to wait too long to get here, we didn’t want to do that. They are … Continue reading

OVERKILL Frontman: 'Along The Way, You Must Reinvent Yourself'

OVERKILL singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth was interviewed on the February 10-12 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A couple of excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: [“The Grinding Wheel” is] your eighteenth studio album. Bobby, what makes each time you record an album stand out as a unique experience? Blitz: “Well, you know, I think one of the things about us is that we really are opportunists when it comes to this, and we love to have new opportunities come our way, especially when we’re the … Continue reading

Black Metal Documentary 'Blackhearts' To Be Released In April

Norwegian black metal documentary “Blackhearts” will be released on DVD, digital and VOD on April 11 via Soundview Media Partners. “Blackhearts” is a documentary that tells the compelling story of three die-hard fans of black metal. The hard rock sub-genre gained worldwide notoriety because of its links to Satanism, church burnings, and murders 25 years ago in Norway. We follow Sina from Iran, Hector from Colombia and Kaiadas from Greece on their journey to Norway — the Mecca of the music that has formed their lives. What makes someone risk their life, get thrown in jail or sell their soul … Continue reading

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Upcoming Tour: 'We're Really Psyched About Getting Back Out There'

The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told The Ringer about the tour: “We did two [U.S.] stadium shows last year — one in Minneapolis and one in San Francisco — and both of those went so well. Playing stadiums again in America, everything just sort of … Continue reading

TRIVIUM Frontman Says All Drummer Changes Were Made 'Out Of Necessity'

In a brand new interview with Rock Sins conducted before the start of TRIVIUM‘s European tour, frontman Matt Heafy was asked if it been frustrating for the band’s core trio — Heafy, guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto — to have gone through so many drummer changes over the years, including last year’s departure of Paul Wandtke and addition of Alex Bent. He responded: “It is definitely not fun having to teacher a drummer how to play songs off of all seven records every couple of years. [Laughs] It’s not something we do for fun and it’s definitely not … Continue reading

GEOFF TATE: QUEENSRŸCHE Reunion Would Only Happen 'If Everybody Really Needed Money'

Geoff Tate says that a reunion of QUEENSRŸCHE‘s classic lineup woud only happen if all the members of the band “really needed money.” In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums … Continue reading

Watch DREAM THEATER Perform In Partille, Sweden During 'Images, Words & Beyond' Tour

Fan-filmed video footage of DREAM THEATER‘s February 17 performance at Partille Arena in Partille, Sweden can be seen below. DREAM THEATER is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its milestone RIAA-gold-certified album “Images And Words” on a European tour, which kicked off on January 30 in Rome, Italy. Each performance sees the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of “Images And Words” in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalogue. Asked if he had any idea — prior to the “Images And Words” release — of the success the album would eventually become, DREAM THEATER … Continue reading