CANDLEBOX Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With 'Say Hello 2 Heaven' Performance In Ohio

CANDLEBOX paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing the TEMPLE OF THE DOG song “Say Hello 2 Heaven” in the SOUNDGARDEN frontman’s honor during CANDLEBOX‘s May 20 concert at Ohio Spring Fest in Toledo, Ohio. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user “Staatsiebuckeyegirl”). In the days since Cornell‘s tragic death, a number of artists have paid tribute by covering his songs, including MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, STONE SOUR, QUEENSRŸCHE, LIVE, THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HEART‘s Ann Wilson. Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in … Continue reading

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Joined By ALL THAT REMAINS Frontman For 'Wash It All Away' Performance In Corpus Christi

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was joined by Phil Labonte of ALL THAT REMAINS on stage on May 17 at Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, Texas for a performance of the DEATH PUNCH song “Wash It All Away”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Labonte fronted FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH for eight concerts during the band’s fall 2016 U.S. co-headlining arena tour with SHINEDOWN after DEATH PUNCH‘s regular singer, Ivan Moody, “fell ill” and stepped away from the road to receive treatment. Prior to the “Wash It All” performance in Corpus Christi, Moody addressed the crowd, … Continue reading

KING DIAMOND's ANDY LA ROCQUE Offers Update On Next Album, Upcoming Concert DVD

KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque was interviewed by Metal Jacket Magazine the day after his May 16 performance in Zagreb, Croatia as a guest at a concert of Zele Lipovača, longtime guitarist of the Bosnian heavy metal band DIVLJE JAGODE. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the progress of the songwriting sessions for KING DIAMOND‘s long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s “Give Me Your Soul … Please” album: Andy: “I can’t really say that we have started working on it yet, but it’s coming. So as soon as we have some … Continue reading

DREAM THEATER's MIKE MANGINI Discusses His Hopes For Those That Collect His Artwork

In the clip below, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini discusses his hopes for those that collect his artwork that he’s crafted from rhythm as part of his collection. Utilizing a variety of lit drumsticks and techniques, much like a painter would use brushes with paint, Mangini has crafted this art collection for canvas built from rhythm. Released on February 2, the collection, titled “Symmetry Beyond Planck”, showcases his unique approach to the shapes found in his drumming techniques. In crafting the collection he worked alongside art team/publisher SceneFour. Mangini has joined an extraordinary group of drummers working with art team … Continue reading

NAZARETH Signs With FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL; New Album Due In 2018

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of legendary rockers NAZARETH. The band’s brand new studio album will be released in 2018. The current lineup of NAZARETH consists of Jimmy Murrison (longest-serving guitarist in the band’s history), Lee Agnew (drummer since Darrel Sweet‘s death in 1999), Pete Agnew (founding member, on bass) and new singer Carl Sentance (who joined the band in 2015 after Dan McCafferty had to retire due to illness). Pete Agnew says: “With Carl as our brand new singer and Frontiers as our brand new record company, the buzz surrounding us right now is the same as … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Helslave – 'Lord of Lies'

Italian death dealers Helslave are preparing to release their sophomore EP, Divination, in late June. Their first for Black Market Metal, Divination is also their first with vocalist Diego Laino in the band.  “Lord of Lies” is the first single from the EP, full of churning guitars and headbang-worthy grooves. Laino proves himself to be a strong fit for the band. His delivery, though slightly lower than Helslave’s former vocalist, is a natural fit to the quintet’s tight grooves.  Divination will see release on June 24. Digital and physical pre-orders are available now.  Track Premiere: Helslave – ‘Lord of Lies’ … Continue reading

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

Part two of a three-part interview with the members of DRAGONFORCE about their new album, “Reaching Into Infinity”, can be seen below. In this clip, the musicians talk about the the songwriting, recording with drummer Gee Anzalone for the first time and funny moments on stage. “Reaching Into Infinity” will be 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 … Continue reading

Challenged Hate: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

In exchange for a confirmed $50 or more donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we offer you space to review—in 150 words or less—an album of your choice and the first five submissions will be printed in next month’s issue of Decibel. Are you a band or label looking for some inexpensive promo? Are you an opinionated loudmouth who wants to express why the new Mastodon record sucks? Or are you an old fart and want to remind people why Entombed’s Clandestine is better than Left Hand Path?  Make your contribution any time before Tuesday, May 30, 2017, email Decibel at with … Continue reading

EVANESCENCE's AMY LEE: 'CHRIS CORNELL Was One Of My Favorite Vocalists Of All Time'

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying that SOUNDGARDEN‘s combination of “bluesy soulful wailing and the dark, heavy music changed what metal was to me.” Cornell died last Wednesday night (May 17) by apparently hanging himself after a concert in Detroit. The homages to the late musician began moving from social media to the concert stage, where a number of acts covered SOUNDGARDEN songs during their sets. Writing on her Facebook page, Lee said: “Chris Cornell was one of my favorite vocalists of all time. ‪When we were recording [EVANESCENCE‘s debut album] ‘Fallen’, I would sit … Continue reading

DEAD CROSS Feat. MIKE PATTON, DAVE LOMBARDO: North American Tour Dates Announced

DEAD CROSS, the Southern California outfit featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS), and singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), has announced its first North American tour dates. “Everything about DEAD CROSS screams aggression,” said Lombardo. “I have no idea what kind of chaos it will conjure on stage or in the audience… but I know it’s going to be a hell of a good time. Really looking forward to hitting the road with these guys.” The late-summer outing kicks off on August 10 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California and includes a stop at Riot Fest in … Continue reading