JUDAS PRIEST Scores Highest-Charting Album Ever In U.S. With 'Firepower'

According to Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST‘s “Firepower” has entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it the band’s highest-charting album ever. 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” debuted and peaked at No. 6, while 2008’s “Nostradamus” landed at No. 11 and 2005’s “Angel Of Retribution” came in at No. 13. “Firepower” moved 49,000 equivalent album units in first week of release. Of that sum, 48,000 were in traditional album sales, just shy of the 54,000 copies sold by “Angel Of Retribution” in that album’s first week. The “Firepower” chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale … Continue reading

Necrophagia frontman Frank “Killjoy” Pucci: 1969-2018

This morning (Sunday, March 18), via Necrophagia’s official Facebook profile, the band announced the sudden death of vocalist and founder Frank “Killjoy” Pucci. No cause of death has been announced for the frontman, who was just 48 years old. “We are so shocked and saddened to bring you the news of our dear brother Killjoy passing away this morning. We are at a loss for words. R.I.P brother you are forever in our hearts. We will cherish our moments together forever. R.I.P,  Necrophagia.  Serge, Shawn, Jake.” Necrophagia (formed in 1983) were one of the earliest death metal bands in the U.S. … Continue reading

SKID ROW's Next Album To Feature Collaborations With COREY TAYLOR, HALESTORM Members

SKID ROW has collaborated with several other artists, including members of SLIPKNOT and HALESTORM, on the songwriting process for the final installment of the band’s “United World Rebellion” trilogy. The follow-up to 2014’s “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two” and 2013’s “United World Rebellion: Chapter One” will mark the band’s first release with the South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who officially joined SKID ROW last year. In a brand new interview with Australia’s Heavy music magazine, SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan confirmed that the group’s next release will be … Continue reading

Watch JUDAS PRIEST Perform In Uniondale, New York

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST played the third show of their “Firepower” world tour Saturday night (March 17) at at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York. The trek is the band’s first since guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was retiring from the road due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is being replaced on tour by “Firepower” album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT. Fan-filmed video footage of the Uniondale concert can be seen below. … Continue reading

NECROPHAGIA Vocalist And Founder FRANK 'KILLJOY' PUCCI Dies At 48

NECROPHAGIA frontman Killjoy passed away this morning (Sunday, March 18), the band has confirmed. The vocalist, whose real name was Frank Pucci, was 48 years old. No cause of death has yet been released. Pucci‘s NECROPHAGIA bandmates announced his death in a Facebook post earlier today. Drummer Shawn Slusarek, guitarist Serge Streltsov and bassist Jake Arnette said in a joint statement: “We are so shocked and saddened to bring you the news of our dear brother Killjoy passing away this morning. We are at a loss for words. R.I.P brother you are forever in our hearts. We will cherish our … Continue reading

SUFFOCATION Guitarist: 'We're Working On A Farewell Tour' For FRANK MULLEN

Terrance Hobbs has confirmed that SUFFOCATION is planning on embarking on one final tour featuring the band’s original singer Frank Mullen. Mullen has fronted SUFFOCATION from its inception in 1988 to the group’s breakup in 1998, and then from 2002 onward. Due to his job commitments, he hasn’t been able to consistently with the veteran death metal act for the past several years, but he has always been considered an official member of SUFFOCATION and has performed on all of the band’s albums. A few days ago, Mullen announced that he would be exiting the group completely this year after … Continue reading

Ex-ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER On Possible Retirement: 'Maybe I Can Do This For Another Ten Years'

Minnesota’s “The Five Count” radio show recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider about his current DIRKSCHNEIDER “Back To The Roots” North American tour, where his band is playing ACCEPT songs for the last time. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what fans can expect from the “Back To The Roots” tour: Udo: “We’ve already been out and are doing the second tour here in the U.S. This time, we’re playing some ACCEPT songs that I never played with ACCEPT. We’re changing the setlist a little bit, … Continue reading

KAMELOT Guitarist On Album Leaks: 'There's Always Somebody Who Wants To Brag That They Got The Record And Put It On The Internet'

France’s Loud TV recently conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood. You can now listen to the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KAMELOT‘s record company, Napalm Records, safeguarding the release of the band’s forthcoming “The Shadow Theory” album from being leaked online: Thomas: “I think it’s important now with the leaks and the Internet that all the hard work that is done by the artist is protected. There’s always somebody who wants to brag that they got the record and they put it on the Internet. Since it’s digital, it just takes one person. … Continue reading

IHSAHN On EMPEROR: 'In 1991, We Did Not Start An Obscure Black Metal Band To Make It'

Metal Wani‘s Jake Patton recently conducted an interview with EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan) about his forthcoming new solo album, “Ámr”. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the “contemporary” sounds found on “Ámr”: Ihsahn: “For every solo album I ever did, I have one book where I write a sketch of what kind of album I want to make before I start writing anything. Not as a limitation, but as a framework of what I want to achieve because I grew up with albums that had kind … Continue reading

JON SCHAFFER On Not Letting Down ICED EARTH Fans: 'I'm Loyal To Them, They're Loyal To Me'

Allie Jorgen of L.A. Metal Media conducted an interview with ICED EARTH leader and guitarist Jon Schaffer prior to the band’s March 8 concert at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how he channels the various personal challenges he’s faced over the years into his songwriting for the band’s recent “Incorruptible” studio album: Jon: “I think the important thing for this one was to be able to take some time away, even though I wasn’t really off. I was out of the public eye for … Continue reading