METALLICA Wanted To Respect Chinese Culture By Performing Censored Setlist

When METALLICA returned to China last month for their first shows in the country after their 2013 Shanghai debut, their censored setlist saw them performing barely more than an hour with several key hit notably missing: “Master Of Puppets”, “One” and “Hardwired”. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield stated he didn’t resent the Chinese government for its censorship, and it certainly didn’t put him off playing in the country. He said: “Why shouldn’t you respect their culture when you’re there as a guest and you’ve been invited to play? We want to be … Continue reading

Video: Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE Performs 'Generation Clash' At SAINTED SINNERS CD-Release Concert

SAINTED SINNERS, the band featuring former ACCEPT singer David Reece, celebrated the release of its self-titled debut album by performing last night (Friday, February 24) at Traube in Bellenberg, Germany. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. The group’s lineup is rounded out by guitar player Frank Pané, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg (AXEL RUDI PELL) and the dynamic rhythm section of the two former PURPENDICULAR members Malte Frederik Burkert (bass) and the Hungarian drum maestro Berci Hirleman. Expressing the “pure essence of rock’n’roll”, was the ambition that paired five well-known and experienced musicians together in early 2016, to … Continue reading

DAVE MUSTAINE Says He 'Didn't Care' About METALLICA's 'Master Of Puppets' Being Played At GRAMMY AWARDS

Dave Mustaine says that he “didn’t care” that the house band played the song “Master Of Puppets” from his former band METALLICA when MEGADETH was honored with its first-ever Grammy on February 12. MEGADETH was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track of “Dystopia”. This marked the band’s twelfth Grammy nomination in this category (including nominations in the discontinued “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category). Asked by Grammy.com what it was like winning his first award, Mustaine said: “It was really exciting. We were all sitting in a row, and when Margaret Cho [one … Continue reading

ANTHRAX Bassist: 'When Art And Business Get Together, They're Oil And Water'

On February 19, Holland’s FaceCulture conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. You can watch the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what they would attribute ANTHRAX‘s longevity to: Frank: “Love for music. I don’t know… just love for a good song. I just think we know we work well together, and people like what we do.” Joey: “And we’re musicians that wanna be good at what we do. That’s the strive even for me, and I’m sure for Frankie — to be really good and to … Continue reading

OVERKILL Singer On Writing Lyrics: 'I Like To Cleanse My Sins Of The Prior Year And A Half'

Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Metal Assault: I think [the new OVERKILL album “The Grinding Wheel”] has a more epic feel and there are longer songs, but in a good way. It’s more dynamic. The overall length of the album is also more than the last few. Why do you think it came out like that? Blitz: “You’re correct. I think in the OVERKILL school, saying that you don’t give a shit really frees … Continue reading

For Those About To Squawk: Six Feet Under, Xibalba, King Woman

As it starts to warm up, so does the release schedule… I dunno, here we go… Six Feet Under release Torment on Metal Blade… and what’s to be said about this that hasn’t already been said?  This listen is a patently boring experience, I mean like every time there’s a new 6FU, this birdbrain is hoping that it’ll be SOMEWHAT of a return to form, but realistically… it’s not. This is lowest common denominator death metal in its purest form, and I’m sure this is just so the band can go out on the road and make a couple of … Continue reading

SEPULTURA Guitarist: 'I Don't Think You Can Ever Be Afraid To Risk Your Own Art'

Rob Lyon of Hi-Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles recently conducted an interview with guitarist Andreas Kisser of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Hi-Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles: How would describe [the new SEPULTURA album] “Machine Messiah” and how does it compare to the rest of the discography? Andreas: “Well, it feels like a new chapter, especially in the last thirty years. The last two years, we have spent touring playing lots festival and visiting new places and it felt like we had been celebrating the last thirty years. We played a lot of … Continue reading

SHINEDOWN's 'How Did You Love' Tops BILLBOARD's Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

According to Billboard, SHINEDOWN‘s “How Did You Love” has moved into the No. 1 position on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, marking the eleventh time the Florida rockers have topped the list. “How Did You Love” is the fourth single from SHINEDOWN‘s fifth studio album, “Threat To Survival”, and the third No. 1 from the disc. Previous chart-topping singles from “Threat” were “Cut The Cord” and “State Of My Head”. As previously reported, SHINEDOWN has officially started working on its sixth studio album and frontman Brent Smith said that the project may take a surprising turn. He explained: “Bassist … Continue reading

SIX FEET UNDER: Entire 'Torment' Album Available For Streaming

“Torment”, the twelfth studio album from death metal veterans SIX FEET UNDER, can be streamed in its entirety below. The disc was released today (Friday, February 24) via Metal Blade. There’s plenty of classic SIX FEET UNDER groove to be had on “Torment”, but fans will note a much more aggressive approach, and even more modern blast beats throughout. This is a cantankerous SIX FEET UNDER with absolutely nothing to prove. This is SIX FEET UNDER at its most deadly. “Torment” was brought to life by Chris Barnes with bassist/guitarist Jeff Hughell (BRAIN DRILL) shouldering the load of writing the … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Saturn – 'Still Young'

Traditional metal crew Saturn know how to bring together a sound that pays homage to the heavy metal bands who have inspired them while staying modern.  On new song “Still Young,” guitarists Robin Tidebrink and Linkan Lindgren lead the charge with a flurry of feel good riffs and guitar solos. Bassist/vocalist Oscar Pehrson’s vocals are in top form and would find themselves at home in the 70’s and 80’s (though they’re a fine fit and very welcome on Saturn’s music today as well).  Saturn says they chose to record their upcoming album, Beyond Spectra, without overdubs or many effects in … Continue reading