AVATARIUM To Release 'Hurricanes And Halos' Album In May

Swedish doom metallers AVATARIUM will release their third studio album, “Hurricanes And Halos”, on May 26 via Nuclear Blast. Once again, singer Jennie-Ann Smith and her gentlemen cast a spell over you with a truly magical sound experience. As was the case with the band’s first two efforts, AVATARIUM relies on beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile sounds, unique female vocals and the mystic vintage blues sound from the ’60s, while still staying on modern ground and trusting into the haunting soul of doom rock. Six out of the eight new tracks were forged by CANDLEMASS wizard Leif Edling, … Continue reading

AXEL RUDI PELL's 'The Ballads V' To Include Guest Appearance By BONNIE TYLER

German guitar wizard Axel Rudi Pell will release his next offering, “The Ballads V”, on April 21 via Steamhammer/SPV. In true Pell tradition, part five of his successful ballad compilation series features a smooth balance between the past six years and some brand-new songs. For the first time ever in his almost thirty-year career as a solo artist, Axel Rudi Pell welcomes a special guest star on one of his albums: rock legend Bonnie Tyler has recorded a stunning duet with Axel‘s longtime singer Johnny Gioeli. Axel Rudi Pell is justly proud of his new single, “Love’s Holding On” (street … Continue reading

DESTRUCTION To Release 'Thrash Anthems II' Collection Of Re-Recorded Classics

German thrashers DESTRUCTION have launched a PledgeMusic pre-order campaign in support of their upcoming album, “Thrash Anthems II”. A leader in direct-to-fan platforms, PledgeMusic allows artists to get more personal with their fans, offering pledgers updates straight from the band and items not available anywhere else. The follow-up to 2007’s “Thrash Anthems”, the new album will re-animate another batch of classics, including “United By Hatred”, “Confused Mind” and “The Ritual”. For “Thrash Anthems II”, DESTRUCTION is calling on their loyal fans through PledgeMusic to help them create the record and contribute to the band’s epic history. Pledgers who pre-order the … Continue reading

A PERFECT CIRCLE Unveils First Photo Of 2017 Lineup

A PERFECT CIRCLE has released its first 2017 group photo, confirming that the band’s lineup remains unchanged from the last time they toured four years ago. Joining vocalist Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel once again are James Iha on rhythm guitar, Matt McJunkins on bass and Jeff Friedl on drums. A PERFECT CIRCLE is starting work on its first new studio album since 2004’s “eMOTIVe” and Howerdel recently said that the band has “every intention” of making new music available to fans in 2017 as it heads out on tour. Speaking with Billboard, Howerdel said: “We’re not promising … Continue reading

PAPA ROACH Frontman On Upcoming Album: 'I'm Rapping On More Than Half The Record'

PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix has revealed to Tina Smash of Rock 105.5, Carolina’s Pure Rock radio station, that the band’s new album will arrive in May. The follow-up to 2015’s “F.E.A.R.” was recorded with Nicholas “Ras” Furlong and Colin “Doc” Brittain at Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood, California. PAPA ROACH has already released two songs from the upcoming disc: “Crooked Teeth” and “Help”, both of which can be heard below. Shaddix told Rock 105.5 about PAPA ROACH‘s new effort (see video below): “We like to say that the album itself, the full-length record, is like if ‘Infest’ [2000], our … Continue reading

CHESTER BENNINGTON Explains His Split With STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

Chester Bennington says that he is longer fronting STONE TEMPLE PILOTS because he wanted to make his family more of a priority. The LINKIN PARK singer joined STP in May 2013 after the famed alt-rock group fired Scott Weiland, who helped found the band in 1985. Bennington and STP released the five-song “High Rise” EP in October of that year. It included the singles “Out Of Time” and “Black Heart”. Two months after Weiland‘s December 2015 death, and three months after Bennington ended his two-year tenure with STP, the remaining members announced they would hold auditions to fill the role … Continue reading

DISTURBED Comments On Stagehand's Death: 'This Horrible Tragedy Is Almost Too Much To Bear'

A stagehand working the AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED and CHEVELLE show in Stuttgart, Germany last night (Monday, February 20) was killed after another crewman fell on top of him while trying to take down the front lighting truss. The 26-year-old crewman that fell on top of the 19-year-old is still alive and in critical condition. The accident occurred when the local crew was working to break down and load AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s set. DISTURBED has released the following statement regarding the incident: “The horror and heartbreak felt by everyone on the tour is beyond words. “Our deepest condolences go out to that … Continue reading

Neon Knights: Q&A with Carpenter Brut

Along with the ubiquitous Perturbator, Carpenter Brut is one of the leading (neon) lights of the synthwave movement – and with only three EP’s and some contributions to the Furi videogame soundtrack to his credit, that’s saying a lot. Quality over quantity every time. His uniquely satanic sounds earned him an opening slot for Ghost last year, and the French artist is about to embark on his first headlining tour of the US. In case you aren’t familiar with his work (or even if you are), we reached out to Monsieur Brut himself at his home in an abandoned arcade. … Continue reading

JACK RUSSELL: 'I've Been Waiting For A Long Time To Put A Record Out'

BackstageAxxess.com recently conducted an interview with former GREAT WHITE and current JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why it took so long to release JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE‘s debut album, “He Saw it Comin’” (originally titled “The Gauntlet”): Jack: “I’ve been waiting for a long time to put a record out, and I was waiting for one reason, and that was to have the band that I knew was the band that I was waiting for. And when Dan McNay [bass; MONTROSE] … Continue reading

Decibel's Landmark 150th Issue is Now Available!

And to celebrate, we have a cover story on the sixth annual Decibel Magazine Tour, showcasing Kreator, Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous. This milestone issue also includes a limited edition Obituary flexi disc, featuring the exclusive new track, “No,” which will not be included on the band’s new self-titled album. Come party with us in style. Deluxe Decibel subscribers will receive our March issue containing the Obituary flexi over the next couple weeks, but if you still wanna score one, we have an EXTREMELY LIMITED number available with the issue in our webstore here. After that, don’t forget the secure tickets to the Decibel … Continue reading