OPETH Leader Loves Not Knowing What Next Album Will Sound Like

In a brand new interview with Ireland’s Overdrive, guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH was asked if fans can expect to hear more experimentation and evolution from the band in the future. “I’m not one of those guys that sits there with calendar thinking, ‘Okay, I need to do this kind of album now and then I have to do that kind of album later,’” he said. “I really like not knowing what is happening or where the direction of the music is taking us. “When I was starting out, I was just really happy to be in … Continue reading

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue' Album Details Revealed; First Song Released

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, will release its sophomore album, “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue”, on January 26, 2018 via Anselmo‘s Housecore Records in the U.S. and Season Of Mist in other parts of the world. The disc is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut, “Walk Through Exits Only”, which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews. Anselmo comments: “Our new album, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ is going to get hated. It’s going to get loved. Like every record, I’ve … Continue reading

LABYRINTH To Release 'Return To Live' CD/DVD And Blu-Ray In January

LABYRINTH, Italy’s finest purveryors of power/prog metal, held their first reunion show at Frontiers Metal Festival in Trezzo Sull’Adda on October 30, 2016. The revamped lineup played “Return To Heaven Denied”, the band’s most popular record (so far), in its entirety for only the second time ever. The landmark album was originally released by Metal Blade in 1998 and is considered by many to be one of the highlights of the power metal genre in the late ’90s. LABYRINTH‘s Olaf Thorsen says: “It was a real mix of feelings to play ‘Return To Heaven Denied’ in its entirety as it … Continue reading

Former OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist GUS G. Signs Solo Deal With AFM RECORDS; New Album Due In April

Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has signed a worldwide deal with AFM Records for his solo band. “I’m very excited and happy to confirm that I’ve signed a worldwide solo record deal with one of Europe’s premier record labels, AFM Records!” Gus said in a statement. “In my opinion, AFM is one of the few labels today that care for artist development, their team is really passionate about what they do and they have fresh and exciting ideas. … Continue reading

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Frontman Recalls Influence Of MALCOLM YOUNG

According to The Pulse Of Radio, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE singer/guitarist Josh Homme has spoken out about how late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young — who died earlier this week — inspired him when he was first getting the QUEENS off the ground. Homme explained to Mojo that after leaving his previous band, KYUSS, he spent some time with SCREAMING TREES where he tried to emulate Malcolm‘s style of playing. Homme recalled: “I wanted to see what it was like when you just played one thing until you got lost in a trance. One note is so much more difficult … Continue reading

Funeral For AC/DC Guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG To Be Held On Tuesday In Sydney

The funeral for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will be held on Tuesday, November 28 at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. According to News.com.au, it will be held at 11 a.m. on the same day as the annual celebration of Australian music, the ARIA Awards. Malcolm, who co-founded AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973, died on Saturday (November 18) at the age of 64 after suffering from dementia and failing health for several years. Malcolm retired from AC/DC in 2014 after his health issues were made public. Angus carried on as the sole original member of AC/DC, with his … Continue reading

STRYPER Frontman MICHAEL SWEET To Release 'Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music' Solo DVD

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release a new solo DVD, “Sole: Songs And Stories From A Life In Music”, in December. The set was filmed on June 2 at the Narrows Center For The Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts and will be made available at Sweet‘s official web site. Sweet‘s seventh solo album, “One Sided War”, was released in August 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Backing Michael on the record were WHITESNAKE guitarist Joel Hoekstra, EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh. Sweet told Screamer Magazine last year that “One Sided War” turned out … Continue reading

NIKKI SIXX Talks Glorification Of Drugs In Rock Music: 'A Lot Of People Don't Wanna Stop The Money Train'

MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx was a guest on the November 14 episode of “The Doctors”. The musician, photographer, and best-selling author, who has been outspoken over the years about his heroin addiction, discussed how the music industry can lead to drug abuse for some. Asked if the “rock and roll lifestyle” encourages and enables drug abuse, Sixx responded: “Yes and no. It depends on the artist. Like when Whitney Houston passed away, I think it was a good time to look at enablers. There’s a lot of people around the artist — there’s managers, there’s agents, there’s … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Strife – “Live at the Troubadour”

Over a decade ago, California hardcore stalwarts Strife recorded a live performance at legendary Los Angeles venue The Troubadour. That 2005 performance will finally see the light of day on November 24 on guitarist Andrew Kline’s WAR Records, but you can hear it now, exclusively through Decibel.  “After a very long wait, I’m excited to finally see Live at the Troubadour being released!” Kline excitedly tells Decibel. “We filmed this show back in 2005, without a concrete plan regarding its release, so I am really happy that its now out on my label, WAR Records! Over the years we have had so many people ask … Continue reading

A PERFECT CIRCLE Guitarist Says He 'Became Close' With AXL ROSE During Making Of 'Chinese Democracy'

One little-known fact about guitarist Billy Howerdel is that before forming A PERFECT CIRCLE with TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan in 2000, he spent a couple of years working on the GUNS N’ ROSES album “Chinese Democracy”. Howerdel told Meltdown of the WRIF radio station what he contributed to the record. “I was… you’d call me ‘Pro Tools engineer,’ basically,” he said. “I came in, to start, making sounds for Robin Finck, who I knew from NINE INCH NAILS. He called me and said, ‘I just got this offer to come down and play some guitar or get some sounds … Continue reading