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Saturday, November 1, 2014

DVD REVIEW: ANTHRAX - "Chile On Hell"

In many ways, Anthrax has always been in that grey area between the Big 4 of thrash metal, and their less famous but equally heavy contemporaries like Testament, Exodus and Overkill. Although albums like ‘Among The Living’ and ‘Persistance Of Time’ have become classics in their own right, a spate of sub-par releases in the 90s as well as constant line-up changes and the band’s post-9/11 PR nightmare in the noughties diminished their status somewhat. However, after a triumphant return with 2011’s stellar ‘Worship Music’ album, Anthrax is back to spread the disease once more; case in point, their new live album, ‘Chile On Hell’.

Filmed at their 2013 show in the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile, this performance boasts Anthrax’s greatest hits from their back catalogue as well as their more recent crowd-pleasers. The film also celebrate the band’s 30th Anniversary by including behind-the-scenes clips from their promotions for ‘Worship Music’ as well as their Metal Masters shows in New York. Now, countries that are or have been under repressive political regimes tend to produce some of the most passionate metalheads around, and the crowd in the Caupolican that night was no exception, from what you will witness in ‘Chile On Hell’.

For all you aspiring filmmakers reading this, let’s get into the technical aspects of the film. There’s really nothing much to complain about with the camera work here, as each camera takes great shots of the band members and the audience at good angles; standard work for a live album today. The interplay of different colours brought on by the stage lighting on the band and their surroundings is captured very well here. The audience also (literally) gets their moment to shine, with the camera capturing a good number of them holding up brightly-burning flare sticks (because Zippo lighters are for pussies).

Photo: Stephanie Cabral
The editing in ‘Chile On Hell’ is satisfactory as well, especially with the frenetic shots, edits and effects accompanying the band’s faster, thrashier songs like “Caught in a Mosh” and “Indians”. However, the split-screen sections showing multiple shots do look a bit cheap, and they particularly overstay their welcome during “A Skeleton in the Closet”. I also wish that the clip transitions and typography used in between the live and anniversary clips were a bit more sophisticated, but perhaps those were due to time or technical constraints. Nevertheless, the live sound mix here is some of the best I’ve heard yet from concert films today.

As for the band themselves, Anthrax are on top form even after thirty years in the game. One thing that has always separated them from their thrash brethren is the punk-like groove and spirit in their music, possibly inherited from their New York punk heritage. This really resonates in ‘Chile On Hell’ as Anthrax pounds out anthem after stadium-ready anthem for the Chilean crowd.

Guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello headbang, shout and jump about on-stage like a bunch of twenty-somethings, all the while not missing a note. They are greatly supported by expert skinsman Charlie Benante, whose drumming still sounds as tight as your mom’s spandex pants. And John Bush be damned, vocalist Joey Belladonna is the closest thing you’ll get to an operatic singer in thrash metal today. It is a treat to watch him channel his inner Dio in “In The End” by prowling about on-stage and flashing the good old Malocchio to everyone in the vicinity. His stamina and his command of the crowd greatly belie his wrinkled visage.

The only X-factor here is new lead guitarist Jon Donais (of Shadows Fall fame). He pulls off his leads and solos with aplomb, but he occasionally looks like a piece of dead wood compared to the rest of the band by standing still in one place just off the spotlight. I really hope that Donais loosens up and starts to channels Anthrax’s fun spirit in the future, especially since he may be looking at a permanent spot in the band after the break-up and hiatus of Shadows Fall.


All in all, ‘Chile On Hell’ may very well be the performance that will smash Anthrax’s underdog status to smithereens and rightfully establish them as top players in their genre; if ‘Worship Music’ didn’t do that already. And as someone who missed the opportunity to see them live in India (due to the irresponsible louts behind the ‘FLY Music Festival’), I highly recommend this live album. What else is there left to say but, “Olé, Olé-Olé-Olé.... Anth-raaax, Anth-raaax!”


Rating: 8.5/10


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Reviewed By,
Sairaj R. Kamath

Friday, October 31, 2014

INTERVIEW: Iggor Cavalera Of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY On New Album: "It's The Most Brutal Album We Have Ever Recorded"

Legends are born and grow. They influence younger generations and their status inspires musicians to both emulate them and find their own self. Sometimes though, legends grow apart as in the case of Iggor and Max Cavalera, two brothers that founded the iconic metal titans, Sepultura. Through tragedy and controversy, they began a family feud that would last 10 years before they would once again speak to one another. Time passed and they reconciled, putting behind their differences and forming a project entitled Cavalera Conspiracy. Now gearing up to release their 3rd album, the Cavalera family is stronger than ever. While Max Cavalera built what is essentially the metal version of the Partridge Family while he was on the outs with his brother, Iggor continued on playing in Sepultura but has since quit that band to spend more time with family and is now concentrating on Cavalera Conspiracy and his electronic music project along with his wife, Mixhell.

Recently Metal Wani's Writer William Richards & Owais 'Vitek' Nabi had a chat with drummer Iggor Cavalera. He discusses new album "Pandemonium", songwriting, working with Cavalera family, possible Sepultura Reunion and tours.

Stream The Entire Interview Below:



Thursday, October 30, 2014

INTERVIEW: EXODUS Steve 'Zetro' Souza On New Album - "We Delivered Much More Than What Fans Expected From Us"

'Blood In Blood Out’ is a landmark record for Exodus since 85’s ‘Bonded by Blood’. After listening to the album, it was clear that Blood In, Blood Out has taken Exodus to the next level. They are cutting out the fat even further and focusing down on music. In the opening few minutes of this album, we find Exodus going back to their old school thrash roots and deciding to up the aggression a few notches. This is classic, angry, frantic thrash like the good old days and it sounds rock solid and mighty pissed off. It is an orgy of riffs and heroin for the thrasher. It is proper thrash metal straight from its golden era, and I strongly appreciate the fact that they have not meddled with it. It is what thrash is/was supposed to be: fast, anarchized and in-your-face. Exodus gets far less recognition and respect than they deserve, and I hope that this record changes all of that. If the Big 4 is planning on an expansion of interests and ideas, then this album should serve as some food for thought.

Recently Metal Wani's Owais 'Vitek' Nabi had a chat with frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. He discusses new EXODUS album 'Blood In Blood Out’, Songwriting, His return to roots, Why Gary Holt kicks ass and BIG 4 fiasco.

Stream The Entire Interview Here:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REVIEW: DEVIN TOWNSEND - "Z2"

Several years in the waiting for this anticipated album, the time was growing ever closer to allow for an over indulgence of unadulterated space fantasy. Ziltoid has made a triumphant return through Devin Townsend, bringing more shenanigans on his quest for the ultimate coffee. ‘Z2 has arrived.  

The release sees a two-part album, consisting of ‘Sky Blue’ by the Devin Townsend Project, and ‘Dark Matters’ as part of the Ziltoid storyline. The former is a pop-metal album similar to the Devin Townsend Project’s ‘Epicloud’, whilst the latter is what we have all been waiting for.

I had ambivalent feelings upon listening to the first part; unsure of exactly what to expect, it came across far too soppy, calm and relaxing in a negative sense for me. I found myself skipping ahead a minute or so in most of the songs. But after listening to it again in order to give it my full attention, the spontaneous technicality that Devin Townsend is renowned for was severely lacking, which dwindled my opinion of it. I found it more enjoyable as background music than anything else.

I can see the appealing nature of this first CD: the seemingly never-ending vocal talents of Devin shine through in songs such as “A New Reign” and “Before We Die”. Anneke Van Giersbergen is predominant on this album, creating unique duets and solo performances. Post production effects are in overdrive on this album: layer after layer of vocal harmonies and interesting effects which create a large sound which will leave one scratching their head attempting to process it all.

The stand out songs which I found a connection to were “Fallout” with its more appeasing vocal tonality and catchy sing-able chorus, and “Silent Militia” from its synthed intro and outro reminiscent of arcade music to its stomping groove and chugging rhythm.   

And now, after much anticipation the time had come for me to immerge myself into the world of Dev-bob’s genius, ‘Dark Matters’.

The key difference I noticed between ‘Dark Matters’ and ‘Ziltoid The Omniscient’ is the narration from song to song, the distinct narrative that embellishes the rock opera genre that ‘ZTO’ claimed to be. This is a great addition, as it allows the listener to be immersed further into the tales of Ziltoid and company, while still allowing for one’s imagination to run in overdrive, creating more of a special connection to the story and music.

It certainly lives up to most if not all expectations; the extravagance can be clearly heard in each track, as well as the technicality, the progressive nature, and of course the orchestral overtures provided by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Severinson. Another great addition is the formation of distinguished characters, voiced by special guests such as Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Anneke Van Giersbergen and Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies), each adding a new dimension to the otherwise flat personas.

A synopsis into the story reveals new characters in the form of War Princess (Persi), Poozers and Planet Smasher, adding in an intriguing back story to the infamous Captain Spectacular (Jericho) and of course the ongoings of Ziltoid’s search for ultimate coffee. But does he locate it? Who suffers and to what degree? And most importantly, what happens next? One thing is for certain, this CD will leave you craving for more.

The progression of the songs vary, with some blurring together to form a stringent set while others stand by themselves, such as the amusing “Through the Wormhole”, a spoken rendition of the main plot lines intertwining. “Deathray” is reminiscent of the exceedingly punchy “Ziltoidia Attaxx!!!”, and my personal favourite “Ziltoid Goes Home” is a perfect amalgamation of Strapping Young Lad’s ferocity and HevyDevy’s signature hectic sound.



My verdict is that Devin is still on top form, pushing his musical boundaries to the nth degree. ‘Z2 is a great addition to what was already a success with critics and fans alike. This album is definitely worth the wait, and with an “extra” in the form of ‘Sky Blue’, it is an excellent package.


Rating: 10/10


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Reviewed By,
James Dean

NEWS: AVENGED SEVENFOLD To Begin Writing New Album By Next Summer

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows has revealed that the band will probably begin working on material for a new studio by next summer for a tentative 2016 release.

Asked by Shroom of the Sioux City radio station Z-98 when fans can expect to see a follow-up to "Hail To The King", M. Shadows said - "I think the most important thing for us is to get that spark and that fire to start… to wanna start writing. We never just write on the road, we always try to get a very clear idea of of what we wanna accomplish and then we attack it, and right now that idea is really coming into place. We've talked a lot about it, and I think after this tour we do in China coming up in early 2015, we will be back in the saddle, and by the summer we should be writing."

Covered by - Vaishali Jain

NEWS: VINNIE PAUL - "I Still Drink Every Night And I Love It"

Ex-Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott recently spoke to Hatebreed's frontman Jamey Jasta on his official podcast called "The Jasta Show".

"The bands that are out here these days are not like what they used to be, and it really does affect you being able to get tours and stuff. I mean, you cannot go around being the Guns N' Roses kind of party band that used to be out there," Vinnie said.

Vinnie continued, saying - "I mean, I still drink every night and I love it, but it wouldn't be good for me to go stumbling into Five Finger Death Punch's dressing room skunk drunk and blowing shots up for everybody, because it's gonna possibly affect their performance. People have a lot on the line with these tours these days, and they really don't want that fun side of rock and roll. I mean, it's scary to me, man."

He added: "I remember, in 1999, when we did the last Ozzfest that we were part of, and I think Disturbed was on it, Static-X, obviously Ozzy, us, and we were the only band on the tour that had a rider that had any alcohol. Nobody else had it. And I'm, like, what is going on? I mean, this is '99. And I'm trippin', and I'm, like, 'Man, this ain't what it used to be.' These guys finish their set, they go out to their bus and play Nintendo or call their girlfriends. What happened to rock and roll, man? I'm out going to titty bars every night, I'm out going to rock bars, I'll sit in and jam with bands, I'm drinking my ass off. Once I'm done, I'm done. I'm ready to have a good time.

"The most important thing about drinking on the road is just you've gotta do it in moderation, first of all. You've gotta know your limits. Don't wake up with a bottle of vodka in your hand. You wake up every day and rehydrate yourself and get ready for that concert, That's the most important thing. You cannot give people your hundred percent when you're wasted up there; it just doesn't work, man."

On being told by Jasta that Vinnie possessed a "superhuman"-like alcohol tolerance, Vinnie said - "Knock on wood, I haven't had any liver problems or anything yet. But I drink a lot of water; I drink vodka and water. And I drink Pedialyte and I drink pickle juice and I do all these things that rehydrate me from the alcohol. Vodka is much easier on your system than dark whisky and stuff. So I think that enables me to be able to be 'superhuman,' but I think if other people did the same kind of regimen, it wouldn't be so hard on them. But I see people all the time that don't drink and they'll go out and just blow their head off and it wipes them out for two or three days."

When asked whom he would include in his "Hall Of Fame" of drinkers, Vinnie said: "He's probably slowed down now, but Lemmy, back in the day; he could put 'em away. The Metallica guys, man, when they were 'Alcoholica' back in the day, they could put some booze away. Van Halen, man — big time back in the day."

He added: "Drinking used to be a popular theme [on the road], and a lot of people don't really — like I said — partake in it too much anymore."




Covered by - Vaishali Jain

NEWS: SOUNDGARDEN To Release 'Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path' 3-CD Rarities Collection

On November 24, Soundgarden will release the long-awaited 3-CD rarities collection "Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path". Among the set's seven unreleased tracks is a brand-new recording, "Storm", recorded in May this year with producer Jack Endino in Seattle. You can pre-order the album here — available from Soundgardenworld.com in several exclusive bundles — to get an instant download of "Storm".

Taking in everything from original B-sides to unreleased tracks, instrumentals, covers and demos, the collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil, who says: "As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades. I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost twenty of them to the mid-Nineties!"

For the first time, "Echo Of Miles" collects and curates all these "scattered tracks across the path," offering a different slant on the 26-year history and evolution of one of alternative rock's finest bands.

The package has once again been beautifully designed by Josh Graham. The set features three separate thematic discs in a clear plastic slipcase with three separate mini-jackets, each sporting its own unique art, a booklet and inserts, allowing you to mix and match your own album graphic layout.

Disc 1, dubbed "Originals", is filled with Soundgarden-written songs, mainly B-sides, in addition to two unreleased songs, "Kristi" and "Storm".

Disc 2, "Covers", offers a stellar showcase of songs written by bands that Soundgarden love and admire, from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors to The Stooges, the Ramones and Devo.

Disc 3, "Oddities", offers instrumentals, remixes and demos, including Steve Fisk's unreleased "The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)", "Twin Tower", penned by Matt Cameron, which was originally recorded at Seattle's London Bridge studio in December 1988 during the sessions for "Louder Than Love", and "Night Surf", an instrumental performed by bassist Ben Shepherd.

"Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path" track listing:

CD 1 - Originals

01. Sub Pop Rock City
02. Toy Box
03. Heretic
04. Fresh Deadly Roses
05. HIV Baby
06. Cold Bitch
07. Show Me
08. She's A Politician
09. Birth Ritual
10. She Likes Surprises
11. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
12. Exit Stonehenge
13. Blind Dogs
14. Bleed Together
15. Black Rain
16. Live To Rise
17. Kristi*
18. Storm*

CD 2 - Covers

01. Swallow My Pride
02. Smokestack Lightnin'
03. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions)*
04. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions)*
05. Come Together
06. Stray Cat Blues
07. Into The Void (Sealth)
08. Girl U Want
09. Touch Me
10. Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
11. Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
12. I Can't Give You Anything (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
13. I Don't Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
14. Waiting For The Sun (Live)
15. Search And Destroy (Live)
16. Big Bottom (Live)
17. Earache My Eye (Live)

CD 3 - Oddities

01. Twin Tower*
02. Jerry Garcia's Finger
03. Ghostmotorfinger
04. Night Surf*
05. A Splice Of Space Jam
06. The Telephantasm
07. Black Days III
08. Karaoke
09. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
10. Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)
11. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
12. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino's Back Remix)
13. Dusty (Moby Remix)
14. The Telephantasm (Steve Fisk 2014 Remix)*
15. One Minute Of Silence

* Previously Unreleased






NEWS: JIMMY PAGE: Why LED ZEPPELIN Didn't Continue After JOHN BONHAM's Death

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine and was asked why the band didn't take time to heal and rebuild itself following drummer John Bonham's death in 1980.

"Led Zeppelin wasn't a corporate entity," he replied. "Led Zeppelin was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were. I like to think that if it had been me that wasn't there, the others would have made the same decision. And what were we going to do? Create a role for somebody, say, 'You have to do this, this way?' That wouldn't be honest."

He continued: "There were attempts [at reunion] that didn't work — trying to push it together in a hurry. That's why the [2007] show had to be done with such intent — rehearsing as much as we could so Jason [Bonham's son] felt he was part of the band as opposed to a novelty. He was filling big shoes, and we needed all of that."

In a 2012 interview, Jason Bonham revealed that singer Robert Plant's emotional difficulties continuing the band without Jason's dad ultimately ended any hoped-for reunion of the group's surviving members.

"It wasn't just [Robert] going, 'I don't want to do it,' there were other things going on," Jason explained. "He told me, 'It doesn't matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in Led Zeppelin, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special. I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he's not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss every day.'"

NEWS: DAVE LOMBARDO Says Drummers Who Are Playing Fast Are 'Pushing A Rhythm To A Tempo That's Inhumanly Possible'

Former Slayer and current Philm drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on a recent edition of "The Urb Thrasher Flower Hour". You can now listen to the chat below.

Asked if he thinks some of the newer metal drummers are playing too fast, Lombardo replied: "Hell no! Hell no, man! That's cutting, edge, man. When you push rhythm to… especially when rhythm is played naturally — not by machines or triggers or… When it's played naturally and you're pushing that rhythm to a tempo where it's almost inhuman, but yet it's all making sense, I think that is pure energy and I think the… How would you say? If thrash had a feeling, that's like the source of it — it's when you push a rhythm to a tempo that's inhumanly possible."

Regarding the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the follow-up to Philm's sophomore album, "Fire From The Evening Sun", which was released on September 16 (one day earlier internationally) via UDR, Lombardo said: "We have about six songs for the new album, and that's recorded. We're just waiting to do some overdubs and possibly record three or four more. And we plan on releasing the album on UDR around probably April [2015]. That's what I'm shooting for."

NEWS: GARY HOLT Says METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Wanted To Guest On New EXODUS Album 'Worse Than Anybody'

Guitarist Gary Holt of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans Exodus spoke to Full Metal Jackie about the guest appearances of Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Testament's Chuck Billy on Exodus' new album, "Blood In Blood Out".

Billy lends his signature roar to the track "BTK", one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza.

Original Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett, who has been a member of Metallica for the past 31 years, contributed a solo to "Salt The Wound", which can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

Asked what makes the camaraderie between ExodusTestament and Metallica still so strong after so many years, Gary said: "I just think, as we all are well into middle age, at the half century mark myself, and probably all of us, just about, you start remembering what a wonderful time it was back when we all started. I mean, back in the days, there was a lot of competition — friendly competition, but competition nonetheless. But now, we look back and we really were part of something special."

Regarding how Chuck's appearance on "Blood In Blood Out" came about, Holt told Full Metal Jackie: "Chuck just happened to show up in the studio [while we were recording] and I made him get in front of the mic. [Laughs] Like, 'Chuck, I've got a spot for you here. Go, get in there. And he goes out and just roars, blows walls down. It's awesome."

He added: "He showed up and I kind of already had a little thought in my head about how it'd be great if Chuck just doubled the scream section at the end.

"He's got this voice, it sounds amplified when it's coming out of his chest. It sounds like he's already singing through a PA. It's really mindboggling how much power he's got."

As for HammettHolt said: "Kirk, he wanted to do this solo [guest appearance] more than anybody, 'cause I think for him it is like coming home, going full circle finally playing on an Exodus album with the guys he started playing with at 16 years old.

"I think the seed was planted through… I've spent a lot of time with Kirk over the last four years and we really reconnected. And we spent a lot of time just making people pee their pants, listening to Kirk and I speak of all these criminal stories of us as kids. It’s really ridiculous. When you're referring to the lead guitar player for the world's biggest rock-metal band of all time and just the kind of shit that we did as kids, it's ridiculous. So it went from there and it grew and grew to, like, 'Dude, you should do a solo.' And he was so stoked to do it. He wanted to do it worse than anybody. It was awesome."

Hammett told RollingStone.com about the session: "It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day. Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the Exodus demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me."

He added: "I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I've only known them for most of my life, so I'm really happy that I finally got to record with them."




NEWS: HELLOWEEN Begins Recording New Album

German power metallers Helloween have entered MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind to begin recording a new album for a May 2015 release via Nuclear Blast.

A short video clip of the drum-recording sessions can be seen below.

Helloween's forthcoming CD will be the band's first since their return to Nuclear Blast, the label that previously released released two Helloween albums, "The Dark Ride" (2000) and "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" (2003), both of which were reissued last year with extended bonus material.

NEWS: DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI: 'It's Really Hard' To Write Short Songs

Guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants Dream Theater was interviewed by Guitar Interactive magazine. You can now watch the chat in four parts below.

Asked about the shorter, more compact nature of some of the songs that appear on Dream Theater's latest, self-titled album, Petrucci said: "Actually, the funny thing is, this album, it kind of has everything, if you look at it, because that was one of the conversations we did have. It's something we did on the 'Awake' [1994] album, too, if you go back. The basic mentality is that every song doesn't have to be 12 minutes long. It's actually hard to do. The challenge is to try to write and keep the style that we write in without straying from the thing that makes us unique. And to try to do that within a four- or five- or six-minute mark, it's hard to do. But we did that on a few songs and kept the energy up and everything. And we also made sure that we did include a big epic piece on there. We made sure that there was an instrumental on there, which is something that we wanted to do. But, yeah, as far as those few songs that are kind of on the shorter side, we did say, it would be a nice challenge to try to keep things short. And it's really hard."

Dream Theater keyboardist, Jordan Rudess spoke to GetYourRockOut at this year's Sonisphere festival in the U.K. about whether the band has already begun thinking about the follow-up to last year's "Dream Theater". He said: "We haven't really gotten into serious band discussions about what's gonna happen next, although we've had little discussions between some of us about what we would like to see happen next. At the same, if I get a good idea in the middle of the night, or whatever, I'll record it onto my iPhone. I elected James LaBrie [vocals] to kind of be the keeper of some of my ideas; I'll send him little YouTube clips of me playing something I think is cool. And then when it wraps around and we get into writing again and start our process, then we'll go back an see what we've got and kind of figure it out."

Rudess also reassured fans that there are no plans for Dream Theater to stop making new music and become a nostalgia act. He said: "Oh, no no no. We love what we do. We're passionate about making music and as composers; that's just who we are. Dream Theater has never been a band that hit at a particular fashionable point and said, 'OK, that's basically it.' We're a band that really… It's important to us to write music and put it out there and to work together. And we love it. And that's why we keep going."







NEWS: DEVILDRIVER Parts Ways With Drummer JOHN BOECKLIN, Guitarist JEFF KENDRICK

Drummer John Boecklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick have exited Devildriver, the California-based band fronted by Coal Chamber singer Dez FafaraDez says: "Nothing dramatic [happened], [and there were] no drag-down fights; [it was] just time to move on.

He added: "As I have said previously, Devildriver is on hiatus while I rejoin Coal Chamber for a new record release and tour.

"Devildriver will be back, make no mistake of that, in 2016 with a new record which we are already writing, tours around the world and the massive pits you have all gotten used to.

"All in Devildriver wish John and Jeff the best."

Said Kendrick in a statement: "I want to thank our fans all over the world for allowing me to live the dream of playing guitar in Devildriver for the last 12 years. It will be some of the fondest memories I will ever have, and it has been a tremendous honor and a pleasure to play for everyone, everywhere.

"I want to make it clear that this is my decision, and I have nothing but love for all my brothers in the band. I revere my bandmates with the utmost respect and am happy for the experiences we have all shared.

"I am moving forward as an executive in my company All Axess and have several other things in the works.

"Thank you to all the fans, I love you all! This is just the beginning for me!"

Boecklin and Kendrick played their last show with Devildriver as part of this past weekend's Knotfest in Devore, California.

Coal Chamber recently entered Audiohammer studio in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, Cannibal Corpse) to begin recording its comeback album for a tentative early 2015 release via Napalm Records.

NEWS: TARJA TURUNEN - I "Haven't Been Interested" in Hearing Any of NIGHTWISH's Recent Music

In a recent interview with Greece's Metalpaths, solo artist and former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen was asked about her solo music and performances, as well as her past with Nightwish and the significance of her past involvement with the band on her career. You can listen to the entire interview below.

When asked if the fact that she has only played about three Nightwish songs in some of her solo concerts means that she'd like to separate that past from her present career, Tarja replied, "Actually, I play only one song [from Nightwish] or [sometimes] no song [at all]."

"Of course, it's a part of history — it's a very, very important part of my musical history. It brought me where I am, [and it made me] who I am today. Of course, it's a part of me, and it always will be; I don't have any problems with that. It really showed me also a totally new direction musically in my life.

"It's very hypothetical to think where I would be if I wouldn't have chosen to sing [on] that first demo that was offered to me. But, on the other hand, I have a life of my own.

"Today, as an artist, I have my own music, I am basically producing my own music, I have my own audience, which, a good part of that audience also could be fans of Nightwish, or were fans of Nightwish when I was there.

"I love music, and that is what I care for, and that is what I deliver for people."

Turunen added, "In my live set, of course I play songs… Now I'm going to present my new album for you [when I come to Greece] and also play some songs from my previous albums.

"Having fun — that is what I base everything [on]. All my work goes to that. I want to have fun. I don't want to spend any moment of my life not feeling to have fun, [or] at least try. So that is what means to me, seriously — to see a passionate audience in front of me, an emotional audience in front of me. And that is what I care for, seriously — to make people happy with my music."

When asked if she has listened to any of Nightwish's albums made after her dismissal, Turunen stated, "I haven't been listening to their albums. Sorry. I haven't been interested in listening to their albums. I don't know the music. I heard some songs on the radio. Like, sometimes if I was in Finland, I heard their singles or something like that on the radio, but that's all I know. I mean, I haven't been interested in looking for that."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

INTERVIEW: VESANIA's Orion On 'Deus Ex Machina' - "It Takes Symphonic Black Metal To A Next Level"

Poland is home to a plethora of prodigious bands across various genres, who exemplify seasoned musicianship. Vesania, the symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, have been toiling for over a decade. Their roots are firmly planted in Poland, but their reach has been expanding throughout the years across the globe. The collective experience of the members of the band speaks volumes of their knowledge and ability to craft world class albums. Vesania explores a wide range of possibilities with symphony in the forefront, giving the genre a refreshing approach quite evident in the latest album Deus Ex Machina. 

In a recent interview with Metal Wani's writer Debarati Das, Vesania mainman Orion from Behemoth spoke about new album "Deus Ex Machina", Songwriting, evolution of the group, Behemoth New EP, Russian fiasco and future plans.

Stream The Entire Interview Below:


NEWS: 'Harry Potter' Star DANIEL RADCLIFFE Listened To MEGADETH's 'Sweating Bullets' To Prepare For 'Horns' Role

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe says that he prepared for his new role in the supernatural thriller "Horns" by listening to heavy metal music, in particular the bands Metallica and Megadeth.

In "Horns", Radcliffe plays Ignatius "Ig" Perrish, a 26-year-old guy suspected of murdering his girlfriend who awakes from a drunken stupor with power-possessing horns having sprung from his head.

Asked which Megadeth song in particular he was listening to to help get him into characterRadcliffe told Gigwise: "'Sweating Bullets', specifically for the lines 'Hello me, It's me again / You can subdue but never tame me' and 'A dark black past is my / Most valued possession.' It's an insane song and it sounds like a pyschopath talking to himself… and that was very helpful."

Radcliffe, 25, who starred in eight "Harry Potter" films between 2001 and 2011, previously told The Sun that listening to metal music during the making of "Horns" gave him a chance to "allow that slightly demonic rock 'n' roll spirit out. There's nothing else like it," he said.

He described his new role as "deeply emotional and also incredibly outrageous in some ways."

Radcliffe added: "To play somebody who, in the midst of a time in his life of great turmoil anyway, undergoes this horrific transformation into a devil character — it was very, very exciting."




NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE Says 'The Osbournes' TV Show Was 'A Good Idea' That 'Went Wildly Out Of Control'

Ozzy Osbourne says that the MTV reality show "The Osbournes", which followed the lives of the Black Sabbath singer and his family, was "a good idea" that "went wildly out of control."

The "fly-on-the-wall" TV series, which became the highest rated original program in MTV's history, started in 2002 and ended in 2005. The show chronicled Sharon Osbourne's battle with cancer, as well as younger children Kelly and Jack Osbourne's stints in rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse.

"The Osbournes" was credited with being the first show where cameras followed celebrities around and led to a number of copycats like A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", which followed the life of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons and his family, and A&E's "Growing Up Twisted", about the family of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

Speaking to The Times-Picayune, Ozzy said about "The Osbournes": "It was a TV show, which was a good idea that went fucking out of control.

"The No. 1 mistake I made was having it filmed in the house I lived in, instead of a reproduction in a studio where I could go every day and come home. You have camera crews living in your garage 24/7 for three years; anybody would go fucking crazy at the end of it."

He added: "Nobody could have predicted what was going to happen with it. It started off with 'Cribs'. MTV said a load of people wanted a rerun, asking for it to be shown again and again. Somebody said, 'Why don't you do an extended version of 'Cribs'?' It was like, 'We can do that.' But then it went wildly out of control."

In a 2012 interview, Sharon stated about "The Osbournes": "Our lives were never the same again. Everybody's grown up with Ozzy, everybody loves Ozzy, but for us we were a family. You know, we weren't in the public eye at all, and it changed our lives so much."

In "The Osbournes", the legendary singer would often be seen running on a treadmill and getting fit. But he told The Daily Record back in 2009 that it was all a charade. Once the cameras stopped rolling, Ozzy, supposedly a recovering alcoholic, would go to a room and get stoned.

Sharon said: "As Ozzy will tell you, the three years that we were filming, Ozzy was stoned the whole time. He wasn't sober for one day."

Ozzy revealed: "When the filming ended, I'd go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day.

"I'd give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles."

Ozzy admitted he couldn't watch the show — because it's obvious by his body language in front of camera that he didn't know what time of day it was.

He said: "I used to do a lot of prescription drugs as well."

Album Of The Month - October: SANCTUARY's "The Year The Sun Died"

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 – October : SANCTUARY - "The Year The Sun Died"

Remember Refuge Denied? Back in 1987, a small band from Seattle called Sanctuary debuted this album produced by the legendary Dave Mustaine, and it followed up with their sophomore album Into the Mirror Black in 1990 before ending their run in 1992. The mastermind Warrell Dane is a natural baritone capable of singing pitches so far across the octave scale he leaves people scratching their heads in wonder. He has amazed the world even with his solo work and a project with Behemoth in ’07, but it is inspiriting that he has returned to studio with longtime comrades and original Sanctuary mates, Lenny Rutledge (guitar), Jim Sheppard (bass) and Dave Budbill (drums). Another long time Sanctuary ally, Brad Hull (Forced Entry), has lent his guitar skills to the mix as well. The result, after a staggering 25 years – The Year the Sun Died.

Brad Hull & Lenny Rutledge’s knack for engaging riffs and inspired melodies has only improved over the years. There really are not enough superlatives in the English language to sufficiently describe the utterly jaw dropping virtuosity on display. Squealing guitars aided by Dane’s inhuman humming make it really difficult to get this album off loop. This is a demonstration of the soul of metal music. If you really invest sometime and effort into the lyrics, you will understand why goosebumps will be the regular bodily reaction while listening to this album. The album artwork is modern, artistic and is a straight-forward pictorial representation of the title: a dying, disintegrating ball of fire being engulfed by the darkness of death as it breathes its last.



The band tapped Chris “Zeuss” Harris to produce, and as always, he does a masterful job. When no two songs sound alike, and all the tracks sound electrifying, refreshing and amazing, you get an excellent album. Take all that and give it a soul, and you get Sanctuary’s The Year the Sun Died. That is the definition of this masterpiece. Sanctuary is a group who after over two decades are still raw in their inspiration, and positively gifted with their music. Final verdict, just go and get this album now, because you have not never heard anything like it in quite a while.

REVIEW: HAKEN - "Restoration" [EP]

Haken have been around for a while now, and have made their mark in the progressive metal genre with three albums which were received with much fanfare by the metal community and critics alike. Having recently had a line-up change with bassist Conner Green replacing Thomas MacLean, the band is back with their new EP, ‘Restoration’.

‘Restoration’ is a re-working of songs from their demo ‘Enter The 5th Dimension’, with the songs being re-done to include the new members who were absent during the original recording, and to incorporate the new direction that the band is moving towards sonically. I haven’t heard the original demo so I won’t be able to comment on the changes that were done, but if the demo was anything close to what this EP is, then it must have sounded amazing. I heard the EP not knowing about this connection to their past, and I frankly must admit that these songs do not sound like they were written six years ago.

The EP consists of only three songs – “Darkest Light”, “Earthlings” and “Crystallized” - but has a total running time of close to 35 minutes. There is not central theme or sound that is followed on the EP, and each song stands as an individual piece independent of the others. “Darkest Light” sounds more like the stuff from their previous record ‘The Mountain’, whereas “Earthlings” (my favourite track) is a somber and slow piece. The EP ends with “Crystallized”, which is a nineteen minute-long song mixing multiple styles. However, I felt that this was the weakest song of the three, even though it had guest appearances by Mike Portnoy and Pete Rinaldi.

The record was produced by renowned progressive metal producer Jens Bogren. This is Haken’s second collaboration with him, their first being ‘The Mountain’. The production is good (as expected).


‘Restoration’ is a good EP, and will feed the fans’ appetites as they wait for the next album, but it doesn’t have the staying power of their full-length releases. This could be attributed to the fact that the songs are a re-working of their demo material, but then the question arises, was it really necessary to re-do these songs? Anyway, even if the EP does not live up to its full length counterparts, there is still some good stuff and some strong material which will get us ready for the next album.


Rating: 7.5/10


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Reviewed By,
Bharat Gudihal