Watch STEEL PANTHER Perform At House Of Blues In Las Vegas

Fan-filmed video footage of STEEL PANTHER‘s May 11 performance at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below. STEEL PANTHER‘s latest album, “Lower The Bar”, was released on March 24 via Kobalt Music Recordings. The disc was co-produced with regular collaborator Jay Ruston, and includes eleven songs recorded at studios in north Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, with an additional two tracks on a Best Buy deluxe edition. STEEL PANTHER frontman Michael Starr told Billboard about the follow-up to 2014’s “All You Can Eat”: “I think we’ve expanded. Our style is still the same formula, I guess, … Continue reading

MICHAEL MONROE To Release 'The Best' Collection In June

In the leather-bound history of heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll, not only will Michael Monroe have at least one chapter all to himself but his name will be colorfully threaded throughout, such has been his impact, his appeal, and his ongoing never-surrender story; a powerful, inspirational tale told in detail on “The Best” — the first official collection of his (ongoing) solo musical exploits, featuring prime tracks from 1987 right up to 2017. It arrives June 30 via Spinefarm. “This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career, including four songs from the Little Steven-produced DEMOLITION 23 album, which … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Elder – 'Staving Off Truth'

Reflections of a Floating World, the fourth album by Massachusetts stoner/doom band Elder, is an expansive, full-sounding record. A collision of doom, psychedelic and progressive metal, Reflections swirls through layers of keyboards and guitars anchored by strong riffs.  Elder showcase those songcrafting abilities on “Staving Off Truth,” combining slow-moving, ethereal keys with guitars that both fill out and advance Elder’s far-reaching sound, rounded out by guitarist/singer Nick DiSalvo’s vocals.  “As with every album we write, Reflections sounds and feels to me like our most complete and mature group of songs to date,” DiSalvo tells Decibel. “With Lore we found the … Continue reading

RAVEN Drummer Sidelined Due To 'Sudden Serious Health Issue'

Due to a “sudden serious health issue,” drummer Joe Hasselvander will be unable to join his RAVEN bandmates on their upcoming tour. Says the group: “As you can imagine, the health and well being of our good mate and partner in mayhem is paramount in importance. However, in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on. “[On] Thursday [May 18] in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from TATTOOED MILLIONAIRES will do the honors, … Continue reading

TED NUGENT Says PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP 'Defies, Denounces And Crushes All Things Status Quo'

During an appearance on “The Rock Brigade” podast, outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent spoke about his surprise appearance last fall’s Donald Trump campaign rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The “Motor City Madman” pumped up the crowd before the then-Republican presidential candidate arrived at the event on November 6 — two days before Election Day — at Freedom Hill Amphitheater. “You probably could have closed your eyes at the beginning of the 2016 campaign, for Trump and all the other candidates, and you probably could have predicted that whoever was the GOP nominee, I would be there and I would be … Continue reading

SHAGRATH On Keeping DIMMU BORGIR A Three-Piece: 'That's The Best Way For Us To Do It'

Last week, The Age Of Metal conducted an interview with cocalist Shagrath (real name: Stian Tomt Thoresen) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR. You can now listen to the chat using the Mixcloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether DIMMU BORGIR will continue to be presented as a three-piece band, joined by session musicians for recording and touring purposes, or if the lineup will be officially expanded with the release of the band’s upcoming album: Shagrath: “Well, DIMMU BORGIR is three people. That’s how it’s been for many, many years now, and that’s … Continue reading

MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: 'Music Is A Gift From Our Creator'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, who began doing MEGA Life Ministries worship services a decade ago at his church in Scottsdale, Arizona and eventually began studies to become a Lutheran pastor, spoke to Metalheads Forever Magazine about how combining his musical abilities and his faith led him to a deeper exploration of Christianity. “Music is a gift from our creator and that’s why it connects to people everywhere, despite our humanness, like language, politics, race, creed and so forth,” he said. “Those things are what define us as humans, but music is what defines us as creative creatures. “Biblically speaking, the … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Ljosazabojstwa overwhelm with “Piekła”

Back in March 2016, we covered Ljosazabojstwa’s demo Staražytnaje licha, and now—only fourteen months later—we’re pleased to report that LSZB have met the promise of their demo and then some. At six tracks in thirty two minutes, LSZB’s follow-up EP, Sychodžańnie, is a mind-rattling hellride through the dark annals of humanity’s subconsciousness. One minute you’re headbanging, rejoicing in malicious riffs and howls of ancient rancor; the next you’re cowering in deeply-embedded, instinctual fear beneath the wailing sirens of doom. And that’s just in the song “Piekła.” “The trip to the Apocalypse proceeds on the Sychodžańnie record, with ‘Piekła’ as the … Continue reading

STONE SOUR 'Wanted To Go Back To The Basics' On 'Hydrograd' Album, Says 'COREY TAYLOR

Rob Herrera of Front Row Live conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor on the red carpet of the inaugural “Strange 80s” benefit concert, which was held on Sunday, May 14 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the chat below. Regarding STONE SOUR‘s decision to record its new album, “Hydrograd”, live in the studio, Taylor said: “We haven’t done it since the first album, to be honest. It was awesome, dude. There’s an energy to everything that you just can’t get when you’re staring at a computer screen. And you’re … Continue reading

PAPA ROACH 'Wanted To Get Weird' On 'Crooked Teeth' Album

PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix was interviewed on the April 30 edition of “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. Speaking about PAPA ROACH‘s decision to revisit some of its “rap-rock” roots on its upcoming album, “Crooked Teeth”, Jacoby said: “I think looking at the landscape of rock music right now, we just kind of felt like we were getting too much lumped into the pack. Not that we sound just like every other band, but we just felt like rock has become, for us, just … Continue reading