Beyond the Rain – WILDESTARR

In case you’re unfamiliar with the name, WILDESTARR is a power metal trio, comprised of the husband and wife team Dave Starr (VICIOUS RUMOURS) and London Wilde, along with drummer Josh Foster. Starr and Wilde got together indirectly through Wilde‘s former boyfriend and have fostered a trilogy of albums which culminates in this third entry. “Beyond the Rain” branches from the loss of Wilde‘s brother, Gary, a fellow musician who passed away without realizing his dreams. Thus, the tone of the album conveys alleviation of pain and introspection in remembrance. Even after listening to prior albums, ““A Tell Tale Heart” … Continue reading

Red – SCOUR

Phil Anselmo is no stranger to black metal. He’s been an uber fan for decades. While fronting his most well-known band, PANTERA, he was championing black metal bands by wearing their shirts and namedropping them in interviews and amid his onstage banter. He ventured into that dark art form on a deeper level with multiple projects including CHRIST INVERSION, EIBON and VIKING CROWN. SCOUR‘s 2016 debut EP marked his creative return to the style. He isn’t the only notable musician within the unit’s ranks, the band also features Adam Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER, MISERY INDEX), Chase Fraser (ANIMOSITY, DECREPIT BIRTH), John … Continue reading

Heaven Upside Down – MARILYN MANSON

MARILYN MANSON was acting his age in 2015 with the goth hard rock album “The Pale Emperor”. His DAVID BOWIE worship had reached an apex. His idol has since passed. Even more recently, the pop cultural icon from whom he borrowed half of his name, Charles Manson, has also died. Maniacal world leaders are allowing their fingers to inch closer and closer to the nuke buttons. The world keeps turning and burning. It seems like no greater time than now for the shock rocker to return to his roots, and that’s exactly what he’s done with his 10th studio album: … Continue reading

JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist GLENN TIPTON Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

Ten years ago, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. From then until recently, the 70-year-old musician has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important. Right now, Glenn is able to play and perform some of the PRIEST songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won’t be be touring with the band. True … Continue reading

TONY IOMMI On Post-BLACK SABBATH Plans: 'I Would Certainly Like To Start Writing Again'

Tony Iommi says that he has been too busy enjoying life and doing charity work to pursue any new musical projects since BLACK SABBATH retired from the road a year ago. In February 2017, the legendary heavy metal band finished “The End” tour in SABBATH‘s hometown of Birmingham, England, closing out the quartet’s groundbreaking 49-year career. During a February 3 interview with The Midland Rocks, Iommi was asked how he has been spending his time since he and his bandmates played the final show of the SABBATH tour. “I thought after this tour, ‘Well, now I will get time to … Continue reading

METALLICA Honors Late Bassist CLIFF BURTON By Performing 'Orion' In Italy

METALLICA honored what would have Cliff Burton‘s 56th birthday by performing the song “Orion” during the band’s February 10 concert in at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy. The track, which appears on METALLICA‘s classic 1986 album “Master Of Puppers”, was co-written by the band’s late bassist, whose life was tragically cut short in a tour bus crash on September 27, 1986 12 miles north of Ljungby, Sweden. He was just 24. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich tweeted after the Turin show: “Threw in Orion tonight for Cliff.. the first time in almost a year. A very special moment. Thank you … Continue reading

OVERKILL Frontman On 'The Grinding Wheel': 'It Still Has The Feeling That It's A Five-Knuckle Punch'

Australia’s Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he feels about the band’s latest studio album, “The Grinding Wheel”, a year after its release: Bobby: “I think after a year of it and some tours through America, too, and some in Europe, over to Asia, first Chinese tour, there’s stuff down in Latin America, up in Canada, it stood the test. It still has the feeling that it’s a five-knuckle punch. This record … Continue reading

SHAWN 'CLOWN' CRAHAN: Why SLIPKNOT Doesn't Want To Play Next To FOO FIGHTERS At Festivals

SLIPKNOT‘s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan took part in the “Underground To Mainstream: What Are Metal And Hip-Hop Doing Right (And Where Does It Go From Here?)” panel at the 2018 Pollstar Live! event, which was held February 6-8 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The panel, which was moderated by Josh Bernstein, director of live events for Townsquare Media, included additional speakers Rich Best (Live Nation), Cory Brennan (5B Artist Management), Coolio (recording artist), Bex Majors (UTA), Modi Oyewole (Trillectro) and Danny Wimmer (Danny Wimmer Presents). When Wimmer — whose Danny Wimmer Presents has grown to produce a dozen festivals … Continue reading

Members Of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, SABATON, CANNIBAL CORPSE And Other Bands Take Part In '70000 Tons Of Metal' All-Star Jam (Video)

Fifty heavy metal musicians — including members of KREATOR, SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, SABATON, CANNIBAL CORPSE and METAL CHURCH — took part in this year’s edition of “Jamming With Waters In International Waters”, the official 70000 Tons Of Metal all-star jam hosted by ANNIHILATOR‘s Jeff Waters. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire event can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user “ZarTh Vader”). This year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1 and headed to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that lasted until February 5. The organizers of the … Continue reading

Video: QUEENSRŸCHE Performs At 'Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Party #2'

Fan-filmed video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE performing on February 10 at the Monsters Of Rock Cruise Pre-Party #2 at Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida can be seen below. Former KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo made his live debut with with QUEENSRŸCHE last April at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California. He is filling in for regular QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield, who is taking time off from the band’s touring activities to spend time with his young son, appropriately named Rockson. QUEENSRŸCHE is expected to enter the studio soon to begin recording its new album for a tentative mid-2018 release via Century … Continue reading