JOHN CORABI Doesn't Think BOBBY BLOTZER Deserves RATT Name

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE and current THE DEAD DAISIES singer John Corabi who had a seven-year stint (2001-2008) as the rhythm guitarist in RATT, has once again commented on the ongoing legal battle between drummer Bobby Blotzer and other members of RATT‘s classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — over the rights to the group’s name. Speaking to music writer Joel Gausten, Corabi said: “Listen, I love Warren and Stephen. I’ve never really worked with Juan and Carlos [Cavazo, current RATT guitarist] before, but I worked with Warren, Stephen and Bobby. Each one of … Continue reading

Video Premiere: Somnium Nox – 'Transcendental Dysphoria'

Australian black metal band Somnium Nox released their debut album, Terra Inanis, in May. It contained three lengthy atmospheric songs that made an impressive first album. Today, Decibel premieres the video for album closer “Transcendental Dysphoria.”  The video contains a lot of nightmarish imagery, including dead birds, twisted nature shots and bizarre messages. It’s a great complement to Somnium Nox’s dark black metal, which already sounds like it draws inspiration from dark places.  Terra Inanis is out now on Transcending Obscurity. It’s available for purchase here.  Video Premiere: Somnium Nox – ‘Transcendental Dysphoria’ Video Premiere: Somnium Nox – ‘Transcendental Dysphoria’ Decibel Continue reading

METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of 'Battery' Performance From Chicago

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Battery” on June 18 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois can be seen below. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which came out last November, eight years after “Death Magnetic”. METALLICA is currently on a short break from its first North American tour in more than seven years, which resumes on July 5 in Orlando, Florida. This tour marks the first time that METALLICA has offered “enhanced” or “VIP” experiences for fans, with some willing to cough … Continue reading

I AM MORBID Feat. Former MORBID ANGEL Members: Video Of Entire Thessaloniki Concert

Industry Kills has uploaded video footage of I AM MORBID — the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) — performing on June 13 at Eightball in Thessaloniki, Greece. Check it out below. The group’s setlist was as follows: 01. Immortal Rites 02. Fall From Grace 03. Visions From The Dark Side 04. Blessed Are The Sick 05. Day Of Suffering 06. Rapture 07. Pain Divine 08. Sworn To The Black 09. Eyes To See, Ears … Continue reading

No, ROCK AM RING Festival Evacuation Wasn't Triggered By Spelling Mistake

Although a number of media outlets reported last week that the Rock Am Ring festival’s evacuation earlier in the month was caused a spelling mistake, police later emphasized that this wasn’t the case, and that it had concrete reasons to suspend the German music festival. According to Pollstar, police had come across three suspects during a routine check, which led to searches prior to Rock Am Ring. During those searches, Rock Am Ring wristbands were found on two suspects, whose names did not match the employees list of promoter Live Nation but were reportedly similar. On June 2, the Rock … Continue reading

BLIND GUARDIAN Frontman Says Fans Will Be Surprised By Next DEMONS & WIZARDS Album

BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has confirmed that he and ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer are working on material for the long-awaited third album from their side project DEMONS & WIZARDS. DEMONS & WIZARDS was launched in 1997 and has released two full-length albums so far: 2000’s self-titled effort and 2005’s “Touched By The Crimson King”. The latter was partially based on the “The Dark Tower” series of books (written by Stephen King) in which the Crimson King is the main antagonist. In a brand new interview with That Drummer Guy (a.k.a. Josh Rundquist), Kürsch revealed that songwriting sessions for … Continue reading

MICHAEL ANTHONY: Why Now Is The Right Time For Reunion Of Classic VAN HALEN Lineup

In a brand new interview with The News-Herald, former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony was asked why he thinks now is the right time for a reunion of the band’s classic lineup. He responded: “Well, I mean, partly because you obviously see all of these other bands doing it these days. And also for VAN HALEN‘s fans. Maybe some kind of proper closure or something. I’m not sure. Everybody in the band is still relatively healthy and alive. So there’s one thing right there. And Sammy [Hagar, former VAN HALEN singer] has brought it up quite a few times in … Continue reading

Exhumed’s Matt Harvey talks new trad metal project Pounder

Sure, it may come as a surprise to some diehard death metal and gore-grind fanatics that Matt Harvey of Exhumed and Gruesome has a new project out, and it’s 100 percent old-school/traditional/New Wave of British Heavy Metal-worshipping melodic metal. But anyone who knows Harvey realizes this makes perfect sense, the man loving his classic metal in a big way, Pounder serving as a way for him to show off that love. And, according to Harvey, it’s not really all that different from his other projects. “My whole thing is about finding commonalities in song structure and the songwriting end of … Continue reading

Suffocation Headlines Decibel’s “2017: The Year of Death Metal” Issue!

2017 is officially THE YEAR OF DEATH METAL! The August issue of Decibel examines the rush of stellar releases from musicians who helped shape (and reshape) the genre including Suffocation, Incantation, Broken Hope, Bolt Thrower/Memoriam, Immolation, Obituary, Origin, Expulsion/Repulsion, Dying Fetus and Decrepit Birth. If that wasn’t enough, this issue includes and exclusive, limited Venom Inc. flexi disc! Hurry, quantities are limited. Only death (metal) is real! Order here. Suffocation Headlines Decibel’s “2017: The Year of Death Metal” Issue! Suffocation Headlines Decibel’s “2017: The Year of Death Metal” Issue! Decibel Continue reading

COREY TAYLOR On Next SLIPKNOT Album: 'I Wanna Write Something Violent'

In a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Corey Taylor was asked about the current status of SLIPKNOT, nearly three years after the release of the band’s comeback album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”. “Nothing’s going on,” he responded. “We ain’t doing shit for two years. I’m doing STONE SOUR. [Percussionist] Clown‘s doing his movie thing. Everybody’s kind of doing their own thing right now. So we’re just kind of letting ourselves have some time away, which is cool. Sometimes you just have to do that — sometimes you have to go away and let people miss you. So that’s what … Continue reading