QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI: CARLOS CAVAZO And I 'Have Nothing To Talk About'

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali says the he has “nothing to talk about” with the band’s former guitarist Carlos Cavazo. Cavazo was a member of QUIET RIOT during the band’s most commercially successful period. After replacing Randy Rhoads in the 1980s, he remained in QUIET RIOT into the early 2000s until the group split up. When vocalist Kevin DuBrow reformed QUIET RIOT in 2003, Cavazo was not included. Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow‘s death, along with veteran bassist Chuck Wright, who played on several of the tracks on the classic QUIET RIOT album “Metal Health”, … Continue reading

Metal, Punk and Horror: An Interview with Holy Mountain Printing

“Black Metal. Black Shirts. Black Coffee,” states the mug that’s staring at me with its third fill of coffee today. This cup is emblazoned with the mantra of Holy Mountain Printing, a screen printing company that is slowly becoming an empire, located in North Carolina. Beyond doing commissioned work for bands across the country, Holy Mountain also is an online store for exclusive designs from some of metal and punk’s most prominent bands. Bands like Leviathan, Integrity, Pallbearer, Full of Hell, Earth Crisis, Drowning the Light, Yob and dozens more, as well as horror and cult movie apparel. In an … Continue reading

KORN Frontman Says BABYMETAL Is 'Entertaining As Hell,' Calls Japanese Band's Critics 'Closed-Minded'

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has defended BABYMETAL against online criticism, saying that the Japanese pop metal act is “entertaining as hell.” Established in 2010, BABYMETAL is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal. BABYMETAL‘s members — Suzuka Nakamoto (a.k.a. Su-Metal, who handles vocals and dancing), Yui Mizuno (a.k.a. Yuimetal) and Moa Kikuchi (a.k.a. Moametal), the latter of whom both scream and dance — admit that they had never listened to metal before joining the group. The girls wear gothy schoolgirl costumes, do choreographed dance routines … Continue reading

DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist On Upcoming Record: 'You Can Expect The Best Album We Have Done To Date'

Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR spoke to Rock ‘N’ Roll Journalist about the band’s upcoming long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Abrahadabra” album, tentatively due in late 2017 or early 2018. “You can expect what I would consider, of course, the best album we have done to date,” he said. “I know every band says that, but if I didn’t believe in us doing the best album so far in our career, then there wouldn’t be any point making a new album. [Laughs]” He continued: “Yeah, I think it’s fair to say that the … Continue reading

Leng Tch’e return with career-defining “Razorgrind”

Razorgrinders Leng Tch’e are back (photo by Serch Carriere). Belgium grinders Leng Tch’e are dropping their sixth album tomorrow, and the band has decided to take the bold move of giving the album—their first since 2010’s Hypomanic and the first to feature new drummer Olivier Coppens—the name Razorgrind, which is how they refer to their beefy, groovy grindcore. It’s an apt name for the sound and the album, which delivers the intensity that all Leng Tch’e fans will expect but with a few twists and turns that reveal themselves after a few listens; even after I rounded up bassist Nicolas … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Ruby the Hatchet – “Planetary Space Child”

Philadelphia’s resident spaced-out psych rockers Ruby the Hatchet have emerged from parts unknown, new LP in hand. Planetary Space Child lives up to its name—this is fuzzy, retro-sounding psychedelic rock. Led by frontwoman Jillian Taylor, it’s easy to imagine Planetary Space Child playing in a smoke-filled room as the album goes from quiet psychedelia to raucous, foot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll. Planetary Space Child is out August 25 on Tee Pee Records, but you don’t have to wait. Stream it in full below! The post Full Album Stream: Ruby the Hatchet – “Planetary Space Child” appeared first on Decibel Magazine. Full Album Stream: Ruby the … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Vasilek – “The Dark Road”

Earlier this month, Decibel brought you new music from Vasilek, the dark ambient project of Tombs’ Mike Hill. While the three songs (including massive album closer “The Green Lady”) on The Dark Road lack a familiar structure including verse and chorus, Vasilek dredges up claustrophobic, dark textures, noises and soundscapes. “Vasilek is what lies beyond the rigors and precision of what is done within the context of Tombs,” Hill explains. “The Dark Road is an intuitive exploration of the dark corners, the deep water and the entities that exist beyond words.” Translation Loss will release The Dark Road on August 25, but you can stream it below. Pre-order … Continue reading

ADRENALINE MOB Tour Manager's Family Struggled With Decision To Remove Her From Life Support

An attorney for ADRENALINE MOB‘s tour manager Jane Train said that she was removed from all life support measures yesterday (Wednesday, August 23), a little over a month after she suffered “catastrophic injuries” in a crash that killed the band’s bassist. Train, whose real name is Janet Rains, was 48. She is best known as lead singer of ’80s cover band M80. Ed Ciarimboli, who represents the Rains family, told Times Leader his clients were thankful for the support they have received since the July 14 crash. “The family and friends of Janet Rains wish to thank everybody for their … Continue reading

Video Premiere: GHOST's 'He Is'

GHOST‘s official video for the song “He Is” can be seen below. The clip was helmed by Brooklyn-based director Zev Deans, who has previously worked with BEHEMOTH and PALLBEARER. GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus and does the act’s interviews disguised as a member of his backing band of Nameless Ghouls — recently told the Albuquerque Journal that even as he is preparing to record GHOST‘s fourth studio album, he’s thinking about the one after that. He explained: “It’s a pick and mix of a lot of different ideas and stuff laying around, … Continue reading

SWEET & LYNCH Featuring MICHAEL SWEET, GEORGE LYNCH: 'Afterlife' Video

The official video for the song “Afterlife” from SWEET & LYNCH — the band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of STRYPER, legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE) — can be seen below. The track is taken from SWEET & LYNCH‘s sophomore album, “Unified”, which will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Says Sweet: “George and I couldn’t be more excited about this album! We’ve worked very hard to bring you the best of both worlds — a throwback of the … Continue reading