OVERKILL Frontman: 'Along The Way, You Must Reinvent Yourself'

OVERKILL singer Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth was interviewed on the February 10-12 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A couple of excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: [“The Grinding Wheel” is] your eighteenth studio album. Bobby, what makes each time you record an album stand out as a unique experience? Blitz: “Well, you know, I think one of the things about us is that we really are opportunists when it comes to this, and we love to have new opportunities come our way, especially when we’re the … Continue reading

Black Metal Documentary 'Blackhearts' To Be Released In April

Norwegian black metal documentary “Blackhearts” will be released on DVD, digital and VOD on April 11 via Soundview Media Partners. “Blackhearts” is a documentary that tells the compelling story of three die-hard fans of black metal. The hard rock sub-genre gained worldwide notoriety because of its links to Satanism, church burnings, and murders 25 years ago in Norway. We follow Sina from Iran, Hector from Colombia and Kaiadas from Greece on their journey to Norway — the Mecca of the music that has formed their lives. What makes someone risk their life, get thrown in jail or sell their soul … Continue reading

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Upcoming Tour: 'We're Really Psyched About Getting Back Out There'

The North American leg of METALLICA‘s “WorldWired” 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet’s first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told The Ringer about the tour: “We did two [U.S.] stadium shows last year — one in Minneapolis and one in San Francisco — and both of those went so well. Playing stadiums again in America, everything just sort of … Continue reading

TRIVIUM Frontman Says All Drummer Changes Were Made 'Out Of Necessity'

In a brand new interview with Rock Sins conducted before the start of TRIVIUM‘s European tour, frontman Matt Heafy was asked if it been frustrating for the band’s core trio — Heafy, guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto — to have gone through so many drummer changes over the years, including last year’s departure of Paul Wandtke and addition of Alex Bent. He responded: “It is definitely not fun having to teacher a drummer how to play songs off of all seven records every couple of years. [Laughs] It’s not something we do for fun and it’s definitely not … Continue reading

GEOFF TATE: QUEENSRŸCHE Reunion Would Only Happen 'If Everybody Really Needed Money'

Geoff Tate says that a reunion of QUEENSRŸCHE‘s classic lineup woud only happen if all the members of the band “really needed money.” In April 2014, Tate and QUEENSRŸCHE announced that a settlement had been reached after a nearly two-year legal battle where the singer sued over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name after being fired in 2012. Original QUEENSRŸCHE members Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) responded with a countersuit. The settlement included an agreement that Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson would continue as QUEENSRŸCHE, while Tate would have the sole right to perform the albums … Continue reading

Watch DREAM THEATER Perform In Partille, Sweden During 'Images, Words & Beyond' Tour

Fan-filmed video footage of DREAM THEATER‘s February 17 performance at Partille Arena in Partille, Sweden can be seen below. DREAM THEATER is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its milestone RIAA-gold-certified album “Images And Words” on a European tour, which kicked off on January 30 in Rome, Italy. Each performance sees the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of “Images And Words” in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalogue. Asked if he had any idea — prior to the “Images And Words” release — of the success the album would eventually become, DREAM THEATER … Continue reading

DAVE MUSTAINE Says He 'Didn't Notice' METALLICA Song Was Being Played As He Accepted GRAMMY Award

When MEGADETH was honored with its first-ever Grammy last Sunday night (February 12), the band’s walk up to the stage was inexplicably accompanied by the sound of the house ensemble playing the song “Master Of Puppets” from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s former band METALLICA. Mustaine was fired from METALLICA in 1983 — some three years before “Master Of Puppets” was released — over substance abuse and anger issues. Although he later conceded that he was “bitter” for a period of time after being dismissed, he insisted that any perceived feud with his former bandmates was an illusion. Asked by Radio.com … Continue reading

STREAM OF PASSION, AUTUMN Members Join Forces In VETRAR DRAUGURINN

After Dutch symphonic metallers STREAM OF PASSION ended their eleven-year career in late 2016 with one final show, guitar player Eric Hazebroek decided to transform his plans for a possible solo album into a full-blown band. Together with Marjan Welman (vocals; also of AUTUMN), Douwe De Wilde (bass; ex-THE SATURNINE), and Jim Van De Kerkhof (drums; ex-ALL FOR NOTHING), he formed the melancholic metal band VETRAR DRAUGURINN. VETRAR DRAUGURINN is the vehicle of Hazebroek‘s songwriting. On March 30, the band will release a four-song EP, titled “I”, as a form of introduction. The material showcases the diversity and melancholy of … Continue reading