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Sunday, August 31, 2014

NEWS: ACE FREHLEY Says PAUL STANLEY And GENE SIMMONS Are 'Trying To Use Psychology' On Fans

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Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley says that Kiss leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are "trying to use psychology on the fans" so that the fans will accept the new version of the band, which doesn't include Frehley and drummer Peter Criss.

Simmons and Stanley have chosen to have current Kiss members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer dress up as Criss' and Frehley's respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas (designs owned by Simmonsand Stanley).

Asked about Stanley and Simmons' often-repeated claim that Kiss can carry on without any original members, Frehley told Jim Kerr of the WAXQ-FM / Q104.3 radio station in New York City (see video at this location): "My feeling is they're trying to somehow validate the fact that they have two fake guys in the band wearing my makeup and Peter Criss' makeup, the makeup that we created. So to try to validate that, they're going, 'Oh, we're gonna be replaced too some day.' You know, that's like Mick Jagger saying, 'I'm gonna replace myself and Keith Richards and the band is gonna go on as The Rolling Stones.' I mean, give me a break. [Laughs] They're just trying to use psychology on the fans so that they'll accept Tommy and Eric. It's a joke. I mean, how could Kiss go on without Paul and Gene? All it would be is a Kiss cover band, and there's plenty of those around in this country."

During a recent interview with The WeekenderStanley spoke about the possibility of Kiss continuing without him and Gene.

"I know Kiss won't end," Stanley said. "The question is, 'How long will I be a part of it, or Gene be a part if it?' I really don't know. As long as we can.

"Though the band has never been better, I'm also aware that I'm not the only person that can do what I do.

"I didn't invent what I do. I was influenced by a lot of great singers and performers, and there are people out there that are just chomping at the bit to get up on stage, and I believe there is more than one person that can go up there and blow people away. At some point, I won't be there."

It was back in 2005 that Kiss manager manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had "been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to... don the band's famous makeup." McGhee said, "Kiss is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They're more characters than the individual person. I think (new members) have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise."

Simmons didn't necessarily disagree with that idea. He told Launch that the concept of original members isn't widely held by fans, and it isn't really accurate anyway. "There's no question that there's a core of fans — five-10 percent, my sense is — who believe in original members," he said. "And yet, when you look at original members, The Beatles are not original members — Ringo is not an original member; The Rolling Stones — barely. You know, they've had so many members come and go, but it's the Stones; and AC/DC's aren't original members; and Van Halen; and Journey...you go down the list of every — almost every band you can think of."

In a 2012 interview with The San Diego Union-Tribute, Stanley reaffirmed Kiss' intention to continue after he and Gene Simmons depart.

"The band is bigger than its members," said Stanley. "And it only takes, in this case, four like-minded people with a similar outlook and talent to further the cause and continue Kiss. It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands, but we're not other bands. We don't live by those rules. We never have."

Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine in March that there will come a time when he will no longer be able to tour with Kiss due to the band's rigorous schedule. "I'm 64 now," he said. "Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

REVIEW: DECAPITATED - "Blood Mantra"

A dark cloud looms over my house as I write this review. It’s monsoon season here in Bangalore, so dark clouds are not uncommon, but this particular one seems especially sinister. But what else can I expect when I have Decapitated blasting in the back, their music drawing out the evil from every nook and cranny of my room. The previous album Carnival Is Forever was without doubt a worthy continuation of the band's discography. Unfortunately, nobody anticipated what could have been released instead if fate hadn't been so cruel towards the original lineup, but mastermind Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka found the strength to move on, and I was absolutely convinced that it was a great decision. With new members Paweł Pasek (bass) & Michał Łysejko (drums), Decapitated are back with their sixth studio album Blood Mantra.

The songwriting and musicianship on Blood Mantra is unequivocally worthy of praise. One cannot go wrong with ferocious songs like “Exiled in Flesh”, “The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God Creation”, “Veins” or “Blood Mantra”. However, on the other side, there are also a few tracks towards the ending of the album which surprise me completely. For instance the outro of "Blindness" & "Red Sun" show a different side of Decapitated. It seemed like their intention was to start on an insanely brutal note, and end the album on a note where it leaves the listener a gut wrenching, shuddering wreck.



There are many moments in the album that carry on Decapitated’s combination of technicality and murderous aggression. It’s clearly evident that they have flirted with various tempos, mixing death metal, grindcore and an almost outright black metal atmosphere together with more 'crowd-pulling' beats verging on groovy, almost stoner-rock climates. One such example is "Blindness", which clearly reflects the atmospheric, progressive side of Decapitated. There are so many infectious grooves on tracks like "Nest", "Instinct" and "Veins". As a technical death metal fan, I don't expect a band to go super crazy and mindfuck the listener with technical riffs. This is one reason why I have always appreciated Decapitated for maintaining a perfect balance between the extreme elements and the groove. I think that's the best way to describe Blood Mantra.

After spinning the album a few times, I realized that there is just something about the precision attack of the compositions and the sheer viciousness of the delivery that took me back to the Nihility days. It makes Blood Mantra sound more like a classic Decapitated opus with a good amount of experimentation. Maybe some of it has to do with the mix of thick and gooey bass licks by Pawel Pasek and sickeningly crunchy guitars that producer Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy have skillfully captured in the Hertz studio. It could also be the furious pace or the lethal chord progressions of Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka. Rafał "Rasta" Piotrowski’s powerful screams and distinctive deep growls sound very promising as well. He has definitely upped his game and is a much more experienced vocalist now compared to the Carnival Is Forever times. Michał Łysejko is a very skilled drummer and shows us quite well how precise he can be with his musical ability, by working with Vogg to create a dense, progressive atmosphere.

To conclude, Blood Mantra is the heaviest and most mature album of Decapitated’s career so far. It’s well worth the effort to sit down with it and to fully understand what it has to offer. This is an incredibly important album for Vogg and Decapitated, and I’m just glad he had the courage to try something new rather than resting on his previous laurels. I cannot wait to see them play these songs live, since the riffs are so deep and powerful. As I am done with this review, I can feel the darkness growing. I may not survive the night, but at least I go out listening to one of the best albums Decapitated has put out. This album is the evidence that the combination of genuine anger, amazing skill, precision and execution will always result in the creation of excellent metal music.


Rating: 9.5/10


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Reviewed By,
Owais 'Vitek' Nabi

INTERVIEW: ROTTING CHRIST's Sakis Tolis - "Indian Fans Are Going To Witness Underground Metal Played With Atmospheric, Mediterranean Spirit"

Formed in 1987, Front man Sakis Tolis has brought his band Rotting Christ to the Metal world through portraying different lyrical themes and music. With much of empowering black metal & extreme metal, the Rotting Christ has won massive number of fans with their old albums and new album as well. Hailing from a small country like Greece, Rotting Christ just seems to give an intro of what's extreme metal all about but with their music, they have produced something bigger and greater than one can think of typical Extreme Metal /black metal.

Gearing up for their debut gig in India, Metal Wani's Editor In Chief Owais 'Vitek' Nabi and writer Shwetha Kamath recently had a chat with Rotting Christ's Sakis Tolis. He discussed his 3 decade long journey, debut gig in India, expectations from fans, Bands upcoming album and why Metal keeps him alive.

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NEWS: GEOFF TATE Is 'Looking Forward To The Freedom Of Being Able To Create Music Without A Predetermined Moniker'

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Ex-Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to Lauren Wise of the Phoenix New Times about the settlement agreement with his former bandmates over the rights to the Queensrÿche name and his decision to carry on as Operation: Mindcrime, named after Queensrÿche's epic concept album from 1988.

"I am really glad it is settled and that we can all move on," Tate stated about the outcome of the legal battle, which awarded Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson the rights to the Queensrÿche trademark. "The process was difficult for me; it was a long, involved process. But now it's clear sailing.

"I just finished a year-long tour of 25 years of 'Operation: Mindcrime', so future projects after this farewell tour which ends in September, I will be going into the studio to record a new album that I've been working on. I'll be focusing on new music for my future endeavors."

Asked what he is most looking forward to now that he is no longer tied to the Queensrÿche name, Tatesaid: "I am looking forward to the freedom, really, of being able to create music without, um, a predetermined moniker. Queensrÿche is a definitive name, and it's hard for people to get past just the name of it and look at that music with a less judgmental viewpoint, I suppose. So now I will have the freedom to create music how I envision it without the strings attached.

"I've been working on a trilogy project, and it's one of my biggest and most ambitious works to date. I'm telling a story, and I got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story. One record wouldn't cover it. I'm hoping to release the first part sometime next spring."

In addition to TateOperation: Mindcrime will include Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright, Randy Gane and Kelly Gray.

In a recent interview with GoUpstate.comTate admitted that he is still perplexed as to why his former bandmates fired him in June 2012, a move which instigated lawsuits over the dismissal and sparked a protracted legal fight over the rights to the Queensrÿche name.

"I didn't see it coming. I didn't even think it was possible," Tate said. "Why would you fire the main writer? Why would you do that — and the person who is the face of the band and is the identifying key figure in the success of the group? I don't mean that to sound egotistical, because it's not. It's just the truth. Why on earth would you do that? It sounds like career suicide, especially at our ages. We're all in our 50s, for God's sake. Why would you break apart this successful thing at this point in life?"

NEWS: WHITESNAKE Recruits NIGHT RANGER Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA

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Whitesnake has recruited Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) as its new guitarist following the departure of Doug Aldrich.

Says Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale: "One of the first, if not the first, guitarists to put his name forward after hearing that Doug Aldrich had left the band was an exceptionally talented musician whom we had met briefly last year when his band opened for Whitesnake in Arizona.

"Everyone was very impressed by him, not only for his ability to play amazing guitar, but, also his very agreeable personality and he was definitely foremost in our minds when we began to search for Doug's replacement in Whitesnake.

"We jammed together and were mutually impressed enough to ask him to join Whitesnake on the spot. This was May 30th. 2014.

"Joel is currently fulfilling his remaining tour dates with Night Ranger.

"We sincerely thank you all for your patience and understanding… and so, without further ado, we ask you to welcome, as we have done, our exceptionally gifted new Snake brother... Joel Hoekstra... guitarist extraordinaire."

"We couldn't be happier for Joel," Night Ranger said in a Facebook post announcing Hoekstra's departure from the band. "The last eight-plus years have been a blast, and we wish him nothing but the best."

Hoekstra appeared on two Night Ranger studio efforts, 2011's "Somewhere In California" and the recently released "High Road", as well as on 2012's 30th-anniversary acoustic concert set "24 Strings & A Drummer".

Aldrich left Whitesnake on May 7, explaining in a statement that he "had several recording and live commitments, so [he] needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal." He added: "Unfortunately, my schedule was not workable."

Coverdale recently revealed that Whitesnake was "deep into the pre-production of the new Whitesnake project, which is so exciting to me, it's beyond words."

Aldrich played on the last two Whitesnake studio albums, 2008's "Good To Be Bad" and 2011's "Forevermore", and appeared on several live releases, including last year's "Made In Japan" and "Made In Britain/The World Records".

Dutch guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, who was a member of Whitesnake during the band's successful late 1980s period, recently told the classic rock program "Radio Fireball" about the possibility of rejoining Whitesnake: "Never say never. David and I will always do something in the future, whether it's with the two of us acoustically or whether it's a blues album or a rock album or a tour. We are too good friends not to do it and we have too much fun working together. But it has to be next to [Adrian's current project] Vandenberg's Moonkings, not instead of."



NEWS: SLASH Blames Media For Causing 'Unnecessary Conflict' Between Original GUNS N' ROSES Members

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Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash blames the media for causing "unnecessary conflict" between him and his former bandmates, particularly singer Axl Rose, who famously called Slash a "cancer" during a 2009 interview.

Slash, who continues to get asked about his former band, despite the fact that he hasn't spoken to Rose since his 1996 departure, tells the Irish Examiner: "I'm not bored with the fascination with [Guns N' Rosesmusic]. What I'm bored with is all the brouhaha with stuff the media have no idea what they are talking about.. the causing of unnecessary conflict between the original members. It's just a lot of drama and sensationalism — everyone is trying to capitalize on that. I'm sick of it."

Slash and Axl's former Guns N' Roses bandate Duff McKagan seemed to echo those sentiments in an interview from several years ago when he told the Irish Examiner: "You don't talk to the media... the media starts running a little crazy with things. There was a Rolling Stone story about [Axl] a few years ago that painted him as a Howard Hughes sort of figure. And everybody used that as the template to write about Axl. None of it is true.

"You know, he's just a guy caught up in events. He was the singer of that band. And that band got bigger than anybody could have imagined. And being the singer, you are the focal point, rightly or wrongly. You are. There is nothing that can prepare you for that…. If you call it 'reclusive' — that's one person's angle on what it was. Or if you want to say, he saved himself, that's another story."

The sole remaining original member of Guns N' RosesRose  seemed to rule out any possibility of working with Slash again in a 2009 interview with Billboard. "What's clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is," he said.

Slash told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how his relationship with Rose  disintegrated during the final years of the original Guns lineup. "His sort of m.o., as far as the band was concerned, over time got so exaggerated in the rock star sense or whatever and he became such a dictator and this and that and the other, that it was impossible for me to work with him, because I'm not the kind of person that takes orders, you know," he said.

NEWS: SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Don't Have Too Many Regrets In My Career'

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Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed by Niclas Müller-Hansen of RockSverige.se. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

RockSverige.se: Do you have any regrets in your career?

Sebastian: Yeah, definitely, but more in my personal life than my career. Actually, I don't have too many regrets in my career, but in my personal life, I've gone through some shit that I can't explain. Losing your home in a hurricane is brutal. Just to go through that… I'll never really get over that. I hope I do, but I haven't yet. I still have to get up in the morning and fucking read e-mails about that shit. Deal with money, insurance, the government, the city and zoning and the cops. My fucking life isn't what you think it is. When you ask why I have lyrics like these, I have to deal with so much fucking shit! I want people to listen to my music and have fun, so I don't really wanna describe it all. I still own the house and I still have to deal with it, you know. It's still mine and it's fucked up!

RockSverige.se: I recently read an interview where you said something about being the last one putting out CDs?

Sebastian: Not the last, but I honestly don't know if there will be another one. I probably will, but I don't think that format's gonna be around. It's gonna get rare and rarer. I feel it going away and it's not fun. I read Nikki Sixx — who I've been in a war with about fucking nothing, just complete garbage — but he said something even I agree with. There's your headline! "Sebastian Bach agrees with Nikki Sixx!" [Laughs] "The war is over!" He said, "No fan understands the amount of effort, time and money we put into these fucking albums." You can't imagine! Over six figures and I wanna say this, because I don't think people know that. It's a ton of money. I could've bought another fucking house, but instead, I did this album and I love it. The amount of time you put into it and the amount of effort and hard emotion and money you put into it, in the current state it doesn't equal because there's nowhere to play it. Nikki said that classic rock stations will play Mötley Crüe and Skid Row, but those same stations won't play "Give 'Em Hell" or "Saints Of Los Angeles", and it's bullshit! They made their whole fucking career on playing our shit, and it's like they owe it to us to play the new shit! The fans fucking love it, and it's just stupid. Like the song "Temptation" and the video, it's fucking amazing! It's killer, and also "Saints Of Los Angeles", it's fucking classic Crüe! Then he said that the active rock stations won't play that, so he's, like, "Wow, this fucking sucks!" [Laughs] I'll always make music somehow, but I don't know in what form it will come out. That's beyond my control.

RockSverige.se: I guess kids today think you make an album in your bedroom, put it out and make tons of money.

Sebastian: They don't understand. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I worked on "Give 'Em Hell" every day for over a year. I make playlists on my iPhone of whatever riffs I've got to sing to, John 5, Duff McKagan, Steve Stevens, and I put these on my phone and arrange them. I started a fucking year and a half ago and then every day I'd go running and listen to it. I don't listen to other bands or the radio. I just listen to that fucking playlist until I like it and it's torture! And the fans don't get it! Well, they do get it though, but what they don't get is how long and how many hours are put into it. It's insane! It's like making a movie or a TV show. You're in there every day, in the studio, figuring it out and shit. The results are killer, but it would be nice if there was a radio station that could just play it. There are so many rules that just sucks, like Nikki Sixx said. [Laughs]

RockSverige.se: Still, metal fans are the ones buying albums and sticking with their bands.

Sebastian: My ultimate dream would be to be Neil Young or Willie Nelson. It is what I am, actually. I roll around the country, have a fucking smoke, get up there and play like shit. [Laughs] They play on huge stages and they can breathe on that fucking stage. I hate that sometimes people think that a Skid Row reunion would somehow be better than what I just did, because these players I have now are fucking incredible! If anything, I play better with like Bobby Jarzombek on the drums. Every time I step on the stage with him, he makes me better as a frontman and a singer. He's one of the best drummers on the planet. I went to see Neil Young two years ago at the Hollywood Bowl and it was $350 to see and 25.000 people. He's ancient and he's just up there being himself and that's what I want. That's my ultimate dream and I hope when I'm 65 the fans will come out and let me sing to them. My voice has got a life on its own; it's a fucking instrument.

Read the entire interview at RockSverige.se.

NEWS: Ex-IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO Scraps 'Retirement' Plans, Launches New Band ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ

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Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has scrapped his retirement plans and is in the process of recording a new album with his new band called Architects Of Chaoz (also featuring members of Paul's longtime German touring backing group The Phantomz).

Due to a number of health issues, including a knee problem, Di'Anno announced in July 2012 that he would stop touring in 2013. His farewell tour had since been extended to 2014.

Asked in a brand new interview with "The Metal Voice" about his "farewell" tour, Di'Anno interjected (hear audio below): "It's not a farewell tour. I was gonna retire because of a bad knee. And it was really pissing me off. What it is, I've got a knee replacement, 'cause it's all damaged; I've had a couple of motorcycle accidents. I thought about quitting — not because I wanted to, but I thought, 'This could get worse. I'm doing more damage to it.' But then I thought, it doesn't make a difference; it's about the voice. So it's not the farewell tour. And I spoke to the wife and she said, 'Oh, my God. If you stay home for two months, I'll probably murder you.' So I decided in the end, 'Fuck it.' Doing all these things is great, but I actually wanna be part of a band."

Paul Di'Anno's April 9 performance at Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival was professionally filmed for an upcoming DVD, titled "The Beast Arises", to be released on October 6 in Europe through Metal Mind Productions and October 7 in North America via MVD. "The Beast Arises" will also be made available on CD, digital and vinyl.

The setlist for Di'Anno's concert in Krakow included some of the best Iron Maiden tracks from the period when Di'Anno was the band’s lead singer, as well as Killers and Di'Anno solo tracks. The DVD will also contain bonus features such as an interview with Di'Anno, a photo gallery and more.

Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with Iron Maiden before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including Killers and Battlezone, and released several solo records.

Asked why he thinks his two LPs with Maiden became timeless and iconic in the rock history, Di'Annotold Spotlight Report: "I think because when we started, the whole punk thing was so bloody huge, which I loved and still love punk to this day, and the heavier music just became so distant; they called it dinosaur rock back in the day."

He continued: "When we got signed and the whole New Wave Of British Heavy Metal started, that's what really kicked off what we have today. If it wasn't for Maiden and bands like Saxon, Motörhead, etc., you would never have had bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. If you didn't have those bands, you would never have had Sepultura, Morbid Angel and then Pantera, etc. So at the time, they were just bloody good albums, but in the history of things, they really kicked off what started for anything today that has heavy guitar. And yeah, they are timeless. Those albums still sell millions. You don't see the crap that was around then still selling shit, like Shakin' Stevens or Spandau Ballet, do ya?"






NEWS: QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI: 'I Really Don't Care About The Critics Of My Decision To Continue The Band'

SOURCE : BLABBERMOUTH

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali was recently interviewed by Larry Petro of KNAC.COM. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

KNAC.COMQuiet Riot would be no more, but you had a change of heart after receiving the blessing of [late Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow's family. Who was the first to broach the topic?

Banali: It really came about after I was approached by director/producer Regina Russell when she asked me about the possibility of making a film about Quiet Riot. Once I started going through my extensive 30-plus years of archives, I came to the realization that I missed Quiet Riot almost as much as I missed Kevin.

KNAC.COM: Did you still have some apprehension even after you got their blessing?

Banali: Of course I did. I made a very bold statement that I wouldn't and then had a change of heart. I guess I'm the only person on the planet guilty of changing his mind.

KNAC.COM: The green light to proceed put aside for a moment, you could have just left the Quiet Riot legacy as it was and started a new band. What for you was the deciding factor to continue on as Quiet Riot?

Banali: I spent most of my entire professional career with Quiet Riot, more than any other member of the band. From the "Metal Health" record on, I am the only person that has played on all the records. I've worked hard and I've earned the right and put in the decades to do so. Besides, I really don't care about the critics of my decision to continue the band. The only thing accomplished with their criticism is that it makes me more determined to keep moving forward with Quiet Riot.

KNAC.COM: Jizzy Pearl is the new vocalist for the band now. Did you actually hold auditions or did you have Jizzy in mind all along?

Banali: After two failed attempts giving unknowns the opportunity to be involved with Quiet RiotJizzy seemed like a good prospect. I sent him the songs to learn along with video links of both the live and studio versions of the songs for the live set. He worked on those on his own and then I had guitarist Alex Grossi work with Jizzy since they both live in Las Vegas. I then scheduled rehearsals and everything went really well, so we went straight out and started performing live dates with Jizzy.

KNAC.COM: Okay, so the [new Quiet Riot] album is titled "10", but it's actually the band's 12th album. So why did you decide to call it "10"?

BanaliKevin and I always looked at the first version of Quiet Riot and the "Metal Health" version of Quiet Riot as two distinct different bands that were connected by the same name and Kevin as the common denominator. The two versions of the band were very different in both musical style and membership. Now I know the pundits will say that I am saying this now that Kevin is gone, but to them I say that while Kevin was alive, the third record after "Metal Health" and "Condition Critical" was called "QR III", not "QR V". So to that end, Quiet Riot "10" is the 10th record in line from the release of "Metal Health". But for those who might argue that point because they have little else going on in their lives, then accept the title based on there being 10 songs on this record.

KNAC.COM: Do you find that you're getting a lot of positive support from the fans?

Banali: Yes, it's been going great! It's really quite amazing that 31 years after the release of "Metal Health", we are still out there touring. We owe it all to a faithful fan base that is pretty evenly made up of longtime fans and newer fans, some of which were not even born when "Metal Health" came out. The older fans are from the MTV generation while the newer fans are from the VH1 generation.

Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Album Of The Month - August: ACCEPT - "Blind Rage"

Well, my fellow heathens and cretins, it’s that time of the month again where I rummage my brains in my struggle to pick my top album of the month. It’s maybe because I’m paying closer attention to each passing year and month of my life, but DAMN, another great month just flew by in what has been a great year for metal! Then again, it just so happens that the current crop of records hasn't been all that pulsating. Let me remind you, I haven’t listened to every single album that has come out this month, or any previous month for that matter. Who ever has that kind of time? Still, I'm determined for that to happen someday.

But alas, I’m rambling once again. Let the harassing criticism begin!

Here is my Album of the Month – August : ACCEPT - Blind Rage

After releasing their critically acclaimed next album "Stanlingrad", and after a highly successful world tour, they are back in action with a new album "Blind Rage". Do they ever stop? Hell No! "Blind Rage" is yet another notch in these Germans' bullet belts, pulverizing to dust any lingering doubts that the loss of Udo Dirkschneider would doom the band. Surfacing after a great effort in "Stalingrad", the pressure was on for Wolf Hoffman and team to deliver the goods, and they deliver it flawlessly.

The duo of Peter Baltes and Wolf Hoffman are impeccable on this record, throwing out some groovy baselines and killer riffs respectively. Kudos to Wolf Hoffman for continuing the trend of long solos on most of the tracks. I found this approach very interesting on "Blood Of The Nations" and it's really cool to see how things like these take the songwriting to just another level. On the other side, guitarist Herman Frank adds his amazing rhythm lines to the songs and gets more than a fair share of moments to show off his solid skills. Longtime drummer Stefan Schwarzmann is quite a treat; his skin-thumping hard, precise, and often pretty vicious.



The final result presents itself as a whole structure and not as a bunch of single entities. The songs themselves are memorable and impressive, but the conceptual line and overall impression is particularly outstanding on this record meriting it's courageous title. The album unites everything Accept stood and still stand for. That's why this offering deserves a very special place in the band's long discography, and can be listed as one of their highlights. This record will surely grow on you.

Even after releasing two fantastic albums post reunion, it's disappointing to see some fans having fixed opinion on a legendary band like Accept. I always come across people who have that "I know how they sound like" look on their face whenever I talk about Accept. Accept is a very creative heavy metal band. Many times, (actually, most of the time) - heavy metal bands become very clichéd, and their music tends to get very old. Not Accept; they like to keep things alive. Everything from the chunky, harmonics-infested guitars, to the vocals that sound as if someone had drank a cup of acid; everything sounds great, heavy, anthemic, chaotic - and original. Not many metal bands can do that. 'Blind Rage’ is about as good as heavy metal gets in my eyes. You can really tell that Accept is a band that cares about every little detail, because there is hardly any filler material. Nestled nicely in between 2 classics ('Blood Of The Nations' & 'Stalingrad') this one easily stands tall along with their aforementioned albums.



NEWS: SLASH Says Touring With AEROSMITH Has 'Really Upped' His Band's Game

During a brand new interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Slash was asked what has it been like touring with AEROSMITH on the "Let Rock Rule" tour.

"We started in June and we're going until the middle of September," he replied.

"It's been an amazing experience. Just being with a bunch of guys who you really know well and dig and have a lot of respect for. God, those guys have all been heroes of mine ever since I was a teenager anyway. And also because they're just such a great fucking band.

"I think — and it wasn't a conscious thing — but I just realized the other night 'cause we were doing our own headlining show, I think it's really upped our game playing with those guys. Our tour in November will be that much better as a result of having played with AEROSMITH the last couple months."

NEWS: OPETH's Mikael Akerfeldt On Album Leak - "If I could Choose, We Would Not Give The Record Out To Any Journalists Or Play It To Anyone"

Earlier this month, Therés Stephansdotter of Rocksverige.se conducted an interview with Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH in Stockholm. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked why they chose "Cusp Of Eternity" and "Eternal Rains Will Come" as the first two songs to be released from OPETH's eleventh studio album, "Pale Communion", Mikael replied: "We didn't. 'Cusp' was meant to be the single, and that's the label's decision, basically. They wanted some type of promotional track, so they picked that song. I guess it's the most straightforward type of rocking song on the record, I think. And it was fine with us. Me personally, I don't care what songs they're gonna promote as the single, so I was fine with that. And 'Eternal Rains', I think they put that out because it leaked earlier and we're trying to stop people from putting it up on YouTube and stuff like that, but, as you know, it's pretty difficult."

He added: "I personally don't like… If I could choose, we would not give the record out to any journalists or play it to anyone until it's released. But I'm obviously in the wrong."

NEWS: GEOFF TATE Says He Was Paid 'Large Amount Of Money' For His Share Of QUEENSRŸCHE Name

On August 20, former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on the "Daytime @ Nine" lifestyle program in San Antonio, Texas. You can now watch the segment below. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the QUEENSRŸCHE "farewell" tour:

Tate: "Well, it's a farewell for me to the name QUEENSRŸCHE. We finally settled our differences with the former band. And they get to keep the name and I get to keep the large amount of money they paid me for it. Which is nice, so that's why I'm taking a year off. [Laughs]"

On what he is going to do when he is not touring:

Tate: "I'm gonna make a new record. I'm going in the studio in the winter to record a trilogy project, which is three records, all at the same time, and then we'll release them over time. But it's a very involved story, in conceptual format, which is what I like to do."

On what his new band will be called:

Tate: "We're calling the new band OPERATION: MINDCRIME. And it's kind of similar to the situation that the guys in BLACK SABBATH went through when they couldn't use the name, so they used the name of one of their more popular records, 'Heaven And Hell', and went out and made new music and toured with that name."

NEWS: JOE LYNN TURNER Says RAINBOW Reunion Is 'Very Possible'

Former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner says that it is "very possible" that the band will reunite at some point in the near future but has declined to elaborate, claiming that he is "not supposed to talk about it."

Speaking to Greece's Rock Overdose 17 years after RAINBOW played its last concert in Esbjerg, Denmark, Turner was asked if he could share any news about the possibility of a reformation of the Ritchie Blackmore-led band that existed from from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. "Well, I'm gonna be honest with you right now. Yes. Possibly. It's very possible," Turner, who fronted RAINBOW from 1980 to 1984, said. "Last year, I wouldn't say it. But this year I say it. It's possible. It's a very big possibility that something might, just might, happen. I heard talk of it and all I can say is I'm not supposed to talk about it, but I'm talking to you now, and all I want you to do is say yes. There's a very big possibility that we may have a reunion. And it would be phenomenal."

NEWS: AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY: 'I Don't Know If It's Worth Going In And Sweating Blood Over A New Record'

In a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of Boston magazine, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was asked about his wavering stance in regards to new music and whether he thinks there will be another full-length album from the band anytime in the future.

"With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist replied.

"I myself have been working for the last three years pretty much flat out between working on the book and finishing a record, you know the AEROSMITH record, and working on some solo stuff.

"We've talked about some different options about possibly touring next year. We'll probably know more once we get off the road and everybody gets some time away and start to figure out what way we're really going to go.

"If I really still feel like finishing another solo album — I mean, I really feel like it now. I've got five or six things ready to go. The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done, and Steven's [Tyler, vocals] talking about doing another one, which is great, because he has wanted to do it for a long time.

"I really don't know what the path is going to be or the one we'll follow. I know that we'll be on the road at some point again God willing and I'm not sure what we'll do as far as the studio goes. Who knows?

"When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause.

"Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.' That really put things in perspective.

"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear. It's an interesting position to be in.

"When you've got 21 songs [to play in a live show], basically, you're going to have to lose something and it could be something three quarters of the audience would want to hear as opposed to maybe 500. That definitely weighs heavy on the decision-making when we are putting the set together and when we think about going in and spending time making a record.

"When you're making an AEROSMITH record, it's by committee, and when you do a solo record, you don't have to answer to anybody. You can have it the way you want.

"We have plenty of songs to play live, but who knows, we may have a song that will make it on the radio and then people will want to hear it, and there you go."

NEWS: GEOFF TATE: 'Everything That People Associate With QUEENSRŸCHE, CHRIS DEGARMO And I Did That'

In a brand new interview with the Daily Herald, ex-QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate once again admitted that he is still perplexed as to why his former bandmates fired him in June 2012, a move which instigated lawsuits over the dismissal and sparked a protracted legal fight over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name.

"I didn't see it coming," he said. "I didn't even think it was possible. First off, why would you break up a band that is incredibly successful and has been successful for years and years and years, for 30 years? There's no sense, it's very difficult, very difficult and becoming even more difficult day by day to operate and to be successful in the record industry. It's no mystery that it's hurting badly. And so why would you take this incredible successful entity and break it all apart?

"And why would you fire the main writer? Why would you do that — and the person who is the face of the band and is the identifying key figure in the success of the group? I don't mean that to sound egotistical because it's not. It's just the truth. Why on earth would you do that? It sounds like career suicide, especially at our ages. We're all in our 50s. ... Why would you break apart this successful thing at this point in life? I can see if you had some grand plan that, if you're in your 20s and you had all this time and all these years ahead of you. But we're all in the last decade of our working lives. It just sounds like madness to me."


Tate, who will continue with a new band called OPERATION: MINDCRIME while his former bandmates carry on recording and touring as QUEENSRŸCHE, believes that the settlement agreement will make it clear to fans the new QUEENSRŸCHE group — featuring Todd La Torre on vocals — is drastically different from what it was up to Geoff's dismissal in 2012.

"I think (the settlement) makes people, or at least spells out for them, what actually is the situation," Tate said. "And by that I mean I wrote the majority of the music in QUEENSRŸCHE all of these years. And Chris [former guitarist Chris DeGarmo, who left QUEENSRŸCHE in 1998], when he was in the band, wrote the majority of the music in the band. So he and I were the ones that came up with the concepts and the soundscape and the image of the band. Everything that people associate with QUEENSRŸCHE, he and I did that. We were responsible for that. So what you have now with him not in the band and me not in the band, is you have the people who were responsible for what people associate with QUEENSRŸCHE not in QUEENSRŸCHE anymore. So QUEENSRŸCHE means something completely different now than it ever has before. See what I'm saying?"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

INTERVIEW: KING PARROT's Mr. White & Toddy On Gear, Relentless Touring & Upcoming Record

As far as thrash grind goes, few bands put out the sheer amount of raw, over the top, bat shit crazy energy that King Parrot does. From their record “Bite Your Head Off” which is a relentless rollercoaster ride through a piss drunk insane asylum, which is definitely a good thing in this case, to their live performances, there are few bands that can really compete with that kind of manic insanity. As far as their live shows are concerned, I’ve honestly never seen a band move around or interact with a crowd as well as they did. It went from zero to bat shit crazy in a single moment and only got more intense from there, going as far as Youngy running outside mid-song to grab the few stragglers still smoking and dragging them back inside. They really are one of those bands you absolutely have to catch live. Now thanks to the recent addition of a full time drummer, Toddy, a new record might finally be a reality and the end of the line-up changes!

So prior to a local gig, Metal Wani writer Dallas Luckey, got to sit down with Mr. White and the new guy Toddy. He basically just threw a few questions at ‘em and let them run which led to some hilarious stories and tour shenanigans.

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INTERVIEW: ORIGIN Guitarist Paul Ryan On Touring: "We Are Here To Piss Off The Haters"

Tech death titans, Origin, really don’t need much of an introduction. Anyone who claims the title of metalhead should be fairly intimate with the band’s discography given the fact they are a pillar in the metal world. After the release of their latest record, “Omnipresent” which has seen world wide praise, they immediately hit the road and began the relentless stretch of tours starting from Summer Slaughter, going to a full headlining tour, to a European run, to festivals like 70,000 Tons of Metal and Maryland Deathfest.

Now currently on that headlining North American tour, Metal Wani writer Dallas Luckey got to sit down with Paul Ryan after a local gig and talk about the new record 'Omnipresent', songwriting, relentless touring, his opinion on haters, rigs and much more.

Stream The Entire Interview below:


NEWS: SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Bassist TIM WILLIAMS Dies

California hardcore punk legends Suicidal Tendencies have released the following statement :-

"It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams.

"Tim played bass for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for almost four years until recently.

"Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."

Williams was credited with laying down the bass tracks on only one song on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' latest album, '13', which came out in March 2013. Their first studio CD in 13 years, it sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release, to put in in the position of No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NEWS: GEOFF TATE Declares Himself 'Winner' in QUEENSRYCHE Legal Battle

Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on August 20 by Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner. You can watch the entire chat below. Here are a few excerpts (transcribed by Blabbermouth.net) :-

On his upcoming trilogy project:

Tate: "I've been working on it for a couple of years now, and it's pretty far along, very developed. There's a story line that spreads out over three records; thus, we have a trilogy. And it's a very in-depth story, kind of like a mystery, in a sense. The story takes place internationally, in a lot of different locations around the world, and the music kind of reflects a little bit of some of the original music from those areas where the story takes place. We have nuances of European music in some of the songs, we have nuances of Asian music in some of the songs. And I think it's very cool; it kind of sets the tone of where the story takes place. It's very, very much a progressive album; there's lots of notes [laughs] and lots of interesting time-signature changes. From a muso standpoint, it's gonna be the most interesting thing I've ever done. There's a lot of no holds barred, a lot of non-conforming to the past. Since the past is over, we're all kind of looking forward to the now and what we're doing next. So we've kind of thrown off a lot of the things that go along with the past, like song structure and themes and things like that. We're taking this in a very different way."

On whether he would describe his upcoming trilogy project as "Operation: Mindcrime" "on steroids":

Tate: "Well, I always hate to compare what I've done with what I'm doing now… It's very in-depth, and like 'Mindcrime', there's a lot of thought that goes into it. You have an outline and you have to write the story around the outline, and then you have to get very in-depth with the lyrics, of course, and then make sure that the melodies match up with the sentiment of what the lyrics are about. Then you've got the song structure itself — how do you present this idea the best way you can? There's a lot of thought that goes into it. Then you've gotta tie it all together so that it follows some sort of linear path and it doesn't lose your audience along the way. And you have to make it interesting, something that people will want to listen to over and over again rather than just putting it on once and going, 'Oh, I've got that.' I try to stay away from that kind of thing."

On whether he is happy with the settlement agreement that awarded his former bandmates Michael WiltonScott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE trademark:

Tate: "I'm very happy. I'm extremely financially happy right now. [Laughs] They had to pay me, which is what they should have done all along; that's exactly what the whole court case was about. So they finally agreed to pay me for my share of the name and the business. So here I am. I'm continuing on doing what I do and they can continue doing what they do, and we'll all be happier.

"A lot of people are saying now that the other guys 'won' the name. Well, they didn't win it. We never went to court. It was all an agreement on a settlement out of court. It was a financial arrangement. So it wasn't like a 'win-lose' thing. In my opinion, I think I won. [Laughs]"