IN FLAMES Frontman: 'I Don't Wanna Write Political Songs Or Fantasy Songs'

A Music Blog, Yea! recently conducted an interview with vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the title of the new IN FLAMES album, “Battles”, Anders said: “Well, I can’t really write… I probably could, but I don’t wanna write political songs or fantasy songs; I wanna deal with things that I deal with every day and, for the most part, our fans deal with. I mean, we have battles from a really young age up until the day we die, and it’s important, I think, … Continue reading

DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN Says Upcoming Tour With POISON And TESLA Is 'A Celebration Of Integrity'

New England Concert Reviews recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. You can now listen to the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On DEF LEPPARD‘s success and longevity: Phil: “I think our work ethic and integrity were actually given to us by our parents. They were World War II survivors, they survived the blitz, their country got blown up and everything, and all these crazy stories, so I think our families installed this very working-class value system on us, and I think we kind of brought that into the world of music and … Continue reading

ROBERT TRUJILLO On What METALLICA Fans Can Expect From 'WorldWired' Stage Show (Video)

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo was recently interviewed by Italy’s Virgin Radio. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about what fans can expect from the stage show on the European leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” tour, Trujillo said: “Yeah, I think what’s exciting about what’s happening right now is it’s all still very fresh, and we’re figuring out, visually, where production’s going, we’re getting to know the stage a little more. We’re playing in the round, and it’s been a while, so what happens is there’s a different sort of approach to where you’re supposed to be or what’s comfortable … Continue reading

ALICE IN CHAINS, SKID ROW, MACHINE HEAD Members Perform At 'Randy Rhoads Remembered' Event In Agoura Hills (Video)

Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Scotti Hill (SKID ROW), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, DIO, QUIET RIOT), Stephen Perkins (JANE’S ADDICTION), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) and Sin Quirin (MINISTRY) are among the musicians who gathered this past Sunday night (March 19) to honor one of rock’s most legendary guitarists at the “Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration For A Guitar Legend” concert at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, California. Founded in 2013 by former WHITESNAKE drummer Brian Tichy and his producing partner Joe Sutton, the event is aimed at recognizing the incredible contributions of the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, whose life was … Continue reading

STONE SOUR's 'Hydrograd' Is 'A Straight Rock And Roll Album,' Says Bassist JOHNY CHOW

STONE SOUR bassist Johny Chow has described the band’s upcoming disc, “Hydrograd”, as “a straight rock and roll album,” explaining that it’s “a little bit of a departure from previous STONE SOUR” releases. “Hydrograd” is tentatively due in June via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. Speaking to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station in Detroit, Michigan, Chow stated about the “Hydrograd” songwriting process (hear audio below): “[STONE SOUR singer] Corey‘s [Taylor] been out doing SLIPKNOT, so the whole time … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: ORM's Self-Titled

Danish melodic black metal horde ORM’s self-titled debut album is an expansive, impressive effort. Telling the tales of a time when magic, Gods and mythical beings were normal for the world, the album carries an epic feel musically and lyrically. Stream the whole LP exclusively through Decibel below. Opener “Blood of Your Blood” begins with blast beats and a wall of sound before locking into groovy and melodic sections. Tracks like “Apotheosis” and “Ancient Echoes” temper their enraged black metal sounds with melodic sensibilities.  Indisciplinarian will release the album on March 24; European fans can find it through their site. … Continue reading

What’s on Tap Spotlights Decibel Metal & Beer Fest 

Decibel’s marketing manager Alex Yarde appears on this week’s episode of South Jersey craft beer show What’s on Tap to provide the lowdown on the brewery component of the first annual Decibel Metal & Beer Fest. If you don’t wish to indulge in the stunning culture of South Jersey’s local commercials, Alex’s segment begins at the 3:45 mark. There are only a handful of “Metal & Beer” tickets still available for Decibel Metal & Beer Fest—in fact, they will be likely be sold out by this time next week! So, get off the fence, and ensure you’re a part of … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Fractal Generator – 'Cycle'

Science has brought us more than a few awesome things. Electricity, the internet and now… Fractal Generator. The Canadian tech death outfit also call themselves sci-fi junkies, and you can hear a new song from their debut album right now.  On “Cycle,” Fractal Generator blast out groovy riffs and flattening blast beat sections to drive the point home.  Fractal Generator’s debut, Apotheosynthesis, is out on May 19 through Everlasting Spew Records. You can preorder it here.  Track Premiere: Fractal Generator – ‘Cycle’ Track Premiere: Fractal Generator – ‘Cycle’ Decibel Continue reading

PRIMUS And CLUTCH To Join Forces For 'An Evening With…' Tour This Summer

PRIMUS and CLUTCH will join forces for “An Evening With Primus And Clutch” tour this summer. The 24-date trek will launch on July 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina and wrap on August 18 in Berkeley, California. Both bands will play full sets during the tour, which will feature no support acts. Pre-sales start tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21) at 12 p.m. ET, including VIP upgrade options. Remaining tickets for all dates will go on sale to the general public on Friday (March 24) at 10 a.m. local time. “Touring with PRIMUS is something that CLUTCH has wanted to do for ages,” … Continue reading

Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer Collaborates With Ex-SOILWORK Guitarist

Former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and current DEVIL YOU KNOW singer Howard Jones is collaborating with ex-SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers on a new studio project. Jones recently visited Wichers‘s studio in North Carolina to begin laying down ideas for the project’s upcoming full-length debut, details of which will announced as they become available. In related news, DEVIL YOU KNOW will commence the songwriting process for its third full-length album this month. Jones was fired from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in January 2012 because of his struggle with personal issues, including diabetes that had gone untreated for several years. He has since been replaced by … Continue reading