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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEWS: EXODUS Singer Says 'Big Four' Of Thrash Metal Is Really 'The Big One And The Other Three'

In a brand new interview with the the Argentinian radio station Rock & Pop 95.9 FM, vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS was asked why his band rarely gets mentioned alongside the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX.

"Personally, I don't pay attention to that necessarily," he said. "I was in the Bay Area in the beginning, before I was even a member of EXODUS, so I remember who was the forefathers of thrash. I mean, Tom [Hunting, EXODUS drummer] invented that drum beat. That [guitar] picking style was from Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] — that's where the genesis of that came from.

"I think what [the media] did [when they came up with the 'Big Four'] was they took the four bands who were probably the most successful in the initial period of thrash metal — from, say, '85 or '84 to '90. If you were to go off popularity, if you were gonna go off record sales, you would have to say ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, METALLICA and SLAYER.

"Now, when you ask me that question, this is what I say: it's 'The Big One And The Other Three.' Sorry. Neither one of those bands — and I love every single one of them… But METALLICA sits on their own. So, to say the 'Big Four'? I don't know if you can say that. You have to say 'The Big One And The Other Three.'"

"And again, I was the singer for LEGACY, which turned into TESTAMENT, so I hired everybody in that band — even Chuck Billy. So my influence, as a writer and musician starting a band, was tapered after EXODUS and METALLICA. I didn't even know, really, that SLAYER or MEGADETH or OVERKILL or ANTHRAX existed. I lived in the Bay Area, so then that band which you all known now as TESTAMENT, the genesis of that band was because of EXODUS, so…"

NEWS: SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: 'I'm One Of The Most Hated Dudes Right Now'

SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that he is "one of the most hated dudes right now" but claims that he "loves" being the topic of conversation among the band's fans because it helps "carry on the legacy."

Speaking to XFM's Ian Camfield on this week's "XFM Rock Show", Taylor said of the incessant Internet chatter and rumor mongering involving SLIPKNOT: "It'll definitely make you sleep on your side of the bed, man. It's pretty ridiculous. You stay as far away from the windows as possible."

He continued: "It gets weird with our fans, man. I mean, it's great to the point where it's like… there's almost, like, a 'Twin Peaks' vibe to it where people are reading into…

"At one point there was a whole message board dedicated to measuring the forehead of one of the models in 'The Negative One' video. I promise, this is true. And I'm reading this, going, 'Wow!'

"At one point, they had us killing JFK. I wasn't even alive then. But, apparently, the technology exists that SLIPKNOT, as a whole, could travel back to '63, pull the trigger, get right back out and right back into the studio…"


Taylor added: "I love it, though. I love it. I think it's great. Because, again, I've always said: I'd rather have people talking about me, whether it's negative or positive, than not talking at all. Because as long as your name's in that conversation, it's carrying on the legacy. And trust me, I'm one of the most hated dudes right now. You have no idea. The stuff that's coming out of some of these people's mouths… If I took any of it seriously, I wouldn't be on the mic with you right now, I'd be curled up in a foetal position on my bed, sucking on my own thumb, because it's ridiculous."

Asked about the perception that he is solely to blame for SLIPKNOT's dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison and Jim Root's departure from STONE SOUR, "That's the burden of being the frontman. [But] I'm not the boss. Trust me. I'm not the boss in either band. It's very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don't make. But that's the perception."


He continued: "It is what it is. And, like I said, I'm a big boy. I can take it. I have a Hello Kitty pillow that I cry into every night. But that's not the point. It keeps me humble. It keeps me where I need to be.

"You just kind of have to take i
t and roll with it. People dog me now, but they'll love me later, and it's just the way it's always been."

Corey also had a light-hearted warning for anyone who bad-mouthed him.

"For all you trolls out there, I'm taking down addresses!" he said. "I'm pulling a 'Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back' and I'm coming to find all of you. I have a giant computer printout and you're gonna get socked up as soon as I see you."

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEWS: AT THE GATES Release "DEATH AND THE LABYRINTH" Music Video


Swedish melodeath pioneers At The Gates have released a new music video for their single "Death And The Labyrinth", off their upcoming comeback album 'At War With Reality'. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with bands like Hammerfall, In Flames, Europe, Evergrey, and many others. You can now watch the music video below.

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg commented on the new album, "We had a very special idea about the kind of approach we wanted for the first video from 'At War With Reality'. What we needed was someone gifted enough to throw himself artistically into the project full on.

"The lyrics to the song are very multi-layered and surreal, so we wanted someone to create a fevered dreamworld that went with the melancholic frustration and dramatic desperation that we feel comes across in the song. This is exactly what Patric has created for us. It's his vision of the music and lyrics, which compliments the track perfectly, in my opinion. I couldn't be happier!"

Ullaeus added, "It's always nice to work with creative artists who are like-minded. Ideas seem to flow easily. We had a lot of fun making our vision come true. Being on these amazing locations in Antelope Canyon, Arizona was truly an unforgettable experience."

'At War With Reality' track listing:

01. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
02. Death And The Labyrinth
03. At War With Reality
04. The Circular Ruins 
05. Heroes And Tombs
06. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
07. Order From Chaos
08. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
09. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PREMIERE: OBSIDIAN KINGDOM Reveal New "BALL-ROOM" Music Video from Upcoming Album

'Mantiis' Album Cover
When Spanish newcomers Obsidian Kingdom self-released 'Mantiis' in 2012, the 500 copies they had pressed sold out in a blink of a eye. The most ambitious project of the band until now, this debut album fully displays its components’ maturity in music writing and performing, meaning a bizarre step outside the boundaries of extreme music. 'Mantiis' is a conceptual album on a violent crime and its dramatic repercussions, which featuresg a single song divided into fourteen tracks flowing through different genres. With a progressive character and a post-modern approach, and taking part in the long-lived tradition of rock operas, 'Mantiis' embarks the listener in an eerie musical trip, noted for the coherent exploration of a wide range of styles and emotions.

The band spares no sound resources in order to portray the most varied scenes; from quiet despair to utter violence. And this is only the beginning - OBSIDIAN KINGDOM are already hard at work on their second full-length!

You can now watch the music video for their single "Ball-Room" below.

'Mantiis' will be released via Season Of Mist on October 24, 2014, and on October 29, 2014 in North America.

Tracklisting
1. Not Yet Five
2. Oncoming Dark
3. Through The Glass
4. Cinnamon Balls
5. The Nurse
6. Answers Revealing
7. Last Of The Light
8. Genteel To Mention
9. Awake Until Dawn
10. Haunts Of The Underworld
11. Endless Wall
12. Fingers In Anguish
13. Ball-Room
14. And Then It Was

Line-up
Zer0 Æmeour Íggdrasil: keys and vocals
Ojete Mordaza II: drums
Rider G Omega: guitars and vocals
Prozoid Zeta JSI: guitars
Fleast Race O’Uden: bass

Obsidian Kingdom Facebook: www.facebook.com/obsidiankingdom
Season Of Mist Facebook: www.facebook.com/seasonofmistofficial
Obsidian Kingdom Shop: http://smarturl.it/OKmantiisshop

NEWS: New NIGHTWISH Album to Feature Guest Appearance by Professor RICHARD DAWKINS

Richard Dawkins (second from right) with members of Nightwish
[photo by Mikko Karmila]
Source: BLABBERMOUTH.NET

The eighth studio album by symphonic metal stalwarts Nightwish, due for release next year, will feature a guest appearance by famous evolutionary biologist and atheist writer and leader Professor Richard Dawkins. You can see photos of Dawkins and the members of Nightwish in the studio below.

Keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen revealed last year that he became fascinated with what he calls the scientific "thought plays" of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. "I'm reading them at the moment. I was just reading it an hour ago," he told Roadrunner Records. "'The Magic Of Reality' [Dawkins' 2011 book] it's called, and it has the most beautifully written introduction to science ever. Just full of thought plays. It's great."

When asked if their works will inspire the lyrics of the new Nightwish album, Holopainen replied, "I already know now that since I have been so enthusiastic about this kind of literature for the past few months, and will be for the upcoming months, that it's going to come out somehow. I don't know how just yet, but it will come out. I know it from experience."

He added, "Sometimes I come across interviews I did ten years ago and see that I am quite a different person. So something has happened say during the past five, six, seven years, and a lot of it has to do with the books that I've read, mainly WhitmanHitchens and Dawkins."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

REVIEW: DERDIAN - "Human Reset"

Italian power metal six-piece Derdian have triumphantly returned to the metal world with their fifth full length album, ‘Human Reset’, released impressively independently in July earlier this year. Derdian is a seamless blend of symphonic elements (obviously influenced by Rhapsody of Fire) with galloping traditional power metal melodies pushed forth through amazing keyboard and guitar leads, drum and bass runs, and soaring clean vocals. Relatively new to Derdian, Ivan Giannini joined in 2012, with 'Limbo' being his first appearance on record fronting the band. While the band's lineup has been far from stable over the years, every album seems to have grown impressively in songwriting and musicianship from the previous one. This would lead us to believe that ‘Human Reset’ would be their most promising release yet, and they absolutely did not disappoint.

After a brief intro track of beautifully dark, brassy symphonic touches, the title track “Human Reset” begins with a literal bang and layered vocal verse. Relentlessly catchy, and beautifully moving, the song really sets a nice tone for the rest of the record. Enter “In Everything”, which begins with some impressive classical lead guitar work, solid drumming, and moving keyboard elements. This song is another strong example of a wonderful blend of catchy instrumentation and vocal patterns, especially into the chorus. At a little over six minutes long, this song really holds your attention from start to finish. Towards the end of the track is this beautiful instrumental piece with more lead guitar and keyboard work. If I had a complaint to make about this song (a complaint that I make a lot), it is that I can't hear the bass well enough. I can hear a great accompaniment going on back there, but I would really like to hear it more!

“Absolute Power” and “Write Your Epitaph” seem to be where the album takes a slightly darker turn. The eerie harmonies between rhythm and lead guitars and keys are phenomenal, and when the vocals come in, I really couldn't ask for more perfect songs. The last three songs of the album are another section of absolute perfection. “Alone” is definitely the least symphonic-driven song on the album,  showcasing the band's raw heavy metal ability, which is truly just as great as the more symphonic sounding tracks. The rhythm guitar work is driving and relentless, emphasized wonderfully by great drumming and bass work. As the song progresses through its over seven minute duration, the symphonic elements return but the original drive is still there pushing it along well into the brief instrumental, “Delirium”.

The album closes with a great track, “My Life Back” which begins as this slow and mellow, yet beautifully haunting piece. Don't get used to it for long, as when the full band enters, it is definitely the strongest and biggest-sounding song on the album. I feel as if this track should go on for twenty minutes, because I could listen to it for far longer than it lasts. The piano at the end is stunningly beautiful, and closes the album perfectly.


Derdian, using these creative vocal patterns and layers on top of all of this beautifully arranged music, truly sets themselves apart from any other traditional power metal band out there today. They are taking what we've heard many bands attempt in the past - symphonic metal - and executing it the way it deserves to be done. Every second of this album is full of perfect power metal, speed metal and symphonic elements, never once being repetitive or expected. It is absolutely shocking that the band hasn't found a solid, steady label to pick them up and get them out there even further. Although the music is good enough to speak for itself, the band could definitely go far if the right audience was reached. That is where we come in! Check out the album, support the band, and cheers to you Derdian for this amazing release!


Rating: 9.5/10


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Reviewed By,
Mattie Jensen

NEWS: SODOM to Release 'SACRED WARPATH' EP

Source: BLABBERMOUTH.NET

German thrash veterans Sodom will released a new EP titled 'Sacred Warpath' via SPV/Steamhammer on November 28 in Germany, December 1 in the rest of Europe and late January 2015 in the USA. The EP will be made available in CD, 10-inch clear vinyl (limited to 1000 copies) and digital download.

Frontman Thomas 'Angelripper' Such commented, "Since we've been getting the impression that the world is falling apart at the seams, we've decided to make our voices heard … while there's still time.

"'Sacred Warpath' was originally written for our upcoming album, but we feel it's a good idea to release it now as an appetizer for future SODOM tracks. Because it's going to get raw, brutal and will be a reflection of all the things that we're afraid of and that give us nightmares. Pretty much like that hate-filled world we live in. And it's probably more authentic than any of our releases so far.”"

Reagarding the bonus material that is included on SODOM's new EP, Angelripper said: "The record includes three representative titles which we recorded in Germany this year, and it's guaranteed to become a rare collectors' item. The cover will feature a re-paint of an old design from the '80s which I did for a demo cover, painted in oil by Christian Ermel.

"This may all sound a little old-school, but that's intentional. That's what we've always been and always will be about.

"We very much hope to tie over the waiting time until the arrival of our new album. And now listen to my unmistakable demand on this world: turn back on your sacred warpath and find the path of peace before it's too late. Our music will help you!"

'Sacred Warpath' track listing:
01. Sacred Warpath
02. The Saw Is The Law (live)
03. City Of God (live)
04. Stigmatized (live)

NEWS: RAMMSTEIN Guitarist RICHARD KRUSPE Doesn't Enjoy Recording With The Band

Source: BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, who's currently promoting the sophomore album 'Silent So Long' from his Emigrate project, was recently interviewed by Ultimate-Guitar.com, talking about the two bands.

When asked in one question if the recording process with Rammstein is at least somewhat enjoyable, Kruspe replied, "No. No way. It's not. Not for me anymore. It works, but I went through a lot of suffering."

He continued, "I love RAMMSTEIN and the way that we work is the only way that it works and I understand that. But especially being in EMIGRATE and realizing what kind of person I am, I like to be the one who is in control and has the last say on things. It makes me a better team player at the end of the day."

Kruspe further stated, "RAMMSTEIN is so democratic and often decisions are being made because of the egos, not because of the music and I don't have that in EMIGRATE. It makes the studio experience so much more pleasurable in EMIGRATE than in RAMMSTEIN. But there is a responsibility that we have, being in a band like RAMMSTEIN. So if you're asking if I enjoy recording with RAMMSTEIN, no, I don't."

Kruspe recently told UK's Metal Hammer magazine about RAMMSTEIN's future plans. He said, "We have a live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD… We have so many live DVDs right now that we have to work that through. So, I think, at the moment, everyone does his own thing. I think it's important, because, again, RAMMSTEIN was always a band that took their time, that listened to themselves, listened to what they need, how much time they need between [albums]."

He added, "One good thing about that the music industry changed is that you don't have to do a record every year — it's not necessary — and I think a lot of people that did this put [out] records that weren't that great. So I like that idea, actually, to take breaks. Again, I think we will come back together. I love touring with RAMMSTEIN, and if somebody has a vision for a record, we'll do another record."

NEWS: DANI FILTH - Next CRADLE OF FILTH Will "Surprise a Lot of People"


Vocalist Dani 'Filth' Davey of Cradle Of Filth and Devilment was recently interviewed by Nev Pearce of Australia's 'Rabid Noise' podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. Here are a few excerpts (transcribed by Blabbermouth.net):

On CRADLE OF FILTH's upcoming studio album, which the band will begin recording on November 24 for a tentative June 2015 release:

"We've got 15 tracks which we'll address in the studio, so we don't know which ones are gonna make the actual finished album. But it's sounding amazing.

"It hasn't got a name, but the working title is 'Hammer Of The Witches'. Because of our new lineup and everything else… It's amazing. It's gone back to the twin-guitar harmonies — very fast and ornate and atmospherically spooky, but [with] lots of melody. I thnk it's gonna surprise a lot of people."

On how DEVILMENT is different from CRADLE OF FILTH:

"Hopefully people will embrace [DEVILMENT] and realize that it's not CRADLE OF FILTH and it is different, and that's the whole point about it. There'd be no point in me doing another band like CRADLE OF FILTH; I might as well just join DIMMU BORGIR or something. And the premise behind DEVILMENT is its approach about it is different. Each song is its own entity; some are quite simplistic, some are a bit more varied, with different instrumentation. But it's all about the heaviness, the big beat, the groove, the massive riff, the chorus, etc. etc. It's not everybody's cup of tea, and it may be more people's cup of tea than CRADLE, but, essentially, it's a different entity."

NEWS: CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Premiere New Song "BABYLONIAN PANDEMONIUM" via Loudwire

No one can delude Max and Igor Cavalera anymore. The two SEPULTURA founders show with Cavalera Conspiracy what it means to shoot Thrash and Death Metal straight into the world. 

The new studio album 'Pandemonium' will be released on November 3rd in the UK & November 4th US/CAN via Napalm Records and shows that fatigue is a foreign word for them.  Front man Max Cavalera rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound.

Today another song from 'Pandemonium' is being unveiled and receiving an exclusive premiere courtesy of Loudwire.  Check out the worldwide exclusive premiere of the song "Babylonian Pandemonium" HERE.

'Pandemonium' can be pre-ordered on Amazon, the Napalm Records Webstore and iTunes

A full album preview clip that features 30 second samples from the entire album can be seen HERE.

The first track from 'Pandemonium' is available for streaming now.  Check out "Bonzai Kamakazi" here: http://smarturl.it/BonzaiKamakazi

'Pandemonium' Track Listing:
1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Carmunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

For More Info, Visit: 
www.cavaleraconspiracy.com/
www.facebook.com/cavaleraconspiracy
http://www.napalmrecords.com
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEWS: TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS - "If 'Jugulator' Had ROB HALFORD's Name On It, It Would Have Been Hailed As A Masterpiece"


Singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen) was recently interviewed by Eamon O'Neill of Uber Rock. Below are a few excerpts:-

Über Rock: Given Rob Halford's indelible mark on [JUDAS PRIEST], was there ever a feeling that it was a thankless task [fronting the band in Rob's absence]?

Owens: I knew the reunion would come some day, but I've got to be honest, and I've said it before and I'll say it always, I wasn't upset. I really was ready to be out. Looking back now, if Halford's name had have been on "Jugulator" [JUDAS PRIEST's 1997 album which marked Owens's recorded debut with the band], it would probably have been [hailed as] a masterpiece. I just think that's how it is. And I understand, it's a normal situation. I mean, Rob's the man, but I just knew that I could do it vocally every night on stage. I wanted to do it, and I knew that as a JUDAS PRIEST fan myself, I knew that what I was doing was something that I would have liked, as somebody who could sing the songs to the same level.

Über Rock: How did you find out that you were out of the band?

Owens: I got an e-mail. It's funny, because I had just finished recording the ICED EARTH "Glorious Burden" record, and I was coming home, and I told my wife, "Man, I almost wish JUDAS PRIEST would fire me," because I'd never have quit. And I got home and I had got that e-mail. I had just recorded the ICED EARTH record because PRIEST was just in a down period and I wasn't getting paid at the time. No one knew what we were doing and we were like at "stall." Everybody was, like, "It must have really been bad." I was, like, "No." The record was done, so joining ICED EARTH was seamless. Every time I keep going on. What I do now, each time I get fired from bands, it's kind of like been a blessing. But, first of all, joining JUDAS PRIEST was the biggest blessing.

Über Rock: Have you any thoughts on [guitarist] K.K. Downing's exit from JUDAS PRIEST?

Owens: I hate it, but, I mean, I like [Downing's replacement] Richie [Faulkner]. I love Ken, and, you know, it's hard. It's like a family, right?! I hope that if they ever end that he comes back. I think he just hit, kind of, the end of the road.

Über Rock: What do you make of the three albums that they've made since Rob came back?

Owens: Yeah, they're good. I preferred "Jugulator", but, you know, Rob's going to prefer what he did, and I'm going to prefer what I did. Rob and I are good friends, as [I am] with the rest of the guys, we're still all good friends, and we can always joke about that. But the new one ["Redeemer Of Souls"] is getting back to their roots. You know what's great, though? JUDAS PRIEST are a band that can make an album like "Nostradamus". When they released "Turbo", people didn't like that. They've always experimented throughout their whole career. Whether you like it or not, that's what they've always done.

Read the full interview here.

NEWS: Ex-KORN Drummer DAVID SILVERIA Apologises for Not Being Able to Take Part in Their 20th Anniversary Tour

Source: BLABBERMOUTH.NET

In a posting on his Facebook page, former Korn drummer David Silveria thanked the band's fans on the 20th anniversary of Korn's classic debut album, also apologising for not being able to take part in their 20th anniversary tour.

He stated, "To all the KORN fans around the world, I want to thank you with all of my heart for all of the success. Without the fans, KORN would just be a hobby.

"As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I can't believe it's been 20 long years.

"I'm sorry to all of the fans that I couldn't be there on tour to celebrate the anniversary, but that's just the way it goes.

"I can't tell you all how much I appreciate all of the support from the fans around the world. To you, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all."

In late 2006, Silveria was the second member of Korn's original line-up to exit the band, following guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch's departure in 2005. While Welch pursued a solo career until his return to Korn last year, Silveria returned to Huntington Beach, California and opened up his own restaurant.

KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he believed Silveria lost his passion for music. "David was there to write beats but he wasn't really there," he said. "He really didn't like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Okay, good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else."

The band plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release their debut album by performing it in its entirety at selected shows on its upcoming tour schedule. Davis told Philadelphia radio station WMMR, "We're gonna start doing, on festivals, we're gonna play the first album in its entirety. We're gonna start doing that. We're even gonna play [the song] "Daddy". And I said I would never do it, but I'm gonna do it anyway. So we're gonna do the complete album in its entirety and then tag on some songs at the end of the show. So it should be pretty cool."

NEWS: SLAYER's PAUL BOSTAPH - "You've Gotta Write Music For Yourself and Enjoy What You Do"


Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph was recently interviewed by AndrewHaug.com, Australia's first-ever 24x7 online rock and metal radio station launched by Andrew Haug

During the chat, Bostaph was asked about the criticism on Slayer's tendencies to not stray from their tried-and-true formula, while any attempt at experimentation is dismissed by their longtime fans. Bostaph replied, "An artist doesn't want to paint the same picture every time. I mean, if you, as somebody who painted, painted a picture of an apple and it was everybody's favorite picture. They [all tell you], 'Man, that picture of that apple is my favorite picture.' So then the artist goes, 'Aha! I'm just gonna paint that picture of the apple every time.' Well, I mean, then there you go. You're looking at the same thing every time.

"The bottom line is, as an artist, you have to please yourself.

"I believe SLAYER never wrote records… I believe a lot of bands don't write records to please who they think their listening audience is. I think that the good bands, the good songwriters write songs for themselves. And sometimes you're gonna hit a home run, sometimes you're gonna have that pinnacle record like 'Reign In Blood' or 'Seasons In The Abyss', 'South Of Heaven'… records like that. There are records they did with me that I really love.

"The bottom line is…. You look at, say, PINK FLOYD. I'll use this as an example, and I think it's classic. PINK FLOYD writes 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', right? After 'The Dark Side Of The Moon', every record they came out with was just trashed by the critics and trashed by the fans. Why? Because 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' was such a landmark record, and you still hear those songs today, that everything else paled by comparison to the music they wrote on that record. And, you know, what was it? After how many years later… ten years or more… I don't remember how many years… I forget; I used to know. And they came out with 'The Wall'. All of a sudden, [people went], 'Oh my God! PINK FLOYD's back.' Well, they never went away. If you listen to the album 'Animals', it's a great record.

"A lot of people may not be PINK FLOYD fans and they may not know what I'm talking about. But I guess what I'm talking about is… [SLAYER's 1998 album] 'Diabolus in Musica', for example, people think that's a 'nu metal' record. There are some attempts to try something different on that record. I still think it's good myself. Not 'cause I played on it, but 'cause I do. But 'Bitter Peace' is a great song. I heard people say, 'Oh, that record…' Well, 'Bitter Peace' is one of my favorite songs Jeff [Hanneman, late SLAYER guitarist] ever wrote.

"So it's just kind of one of those things where you're never gonna… I mean, God, if you write a great record every time and people love you every time, you have an unprecedented career. And it's one of those things where… If it's true that you have to crawl before you walk, walk before you can run, and then, when you start running, every once in a while, you're gonna stumble and figure out how to gain your balance. Well, when a band stumbles, everyone wants to go, 'Okay, those guys are done.' Everybody wants that. You know what I mean? Some people don't; I can't say 'everybody.' But some people out there, they just wanna see it. You know what I mean?! But the bottom line is, those are the same people that, when they're on their cell phone or texting me, have tripped over a crack in a sidewalk when nobody was looking, and [they go], 'Good. Nobody was looking.' Unfortuantely, for us, people in bands, we do it when everybody's looking.

"Basically, what you've gotta do is you've gotta write music for yourself and enjoy what you do. Because, look, I mean… I'm lucky enough to be playing music and going on tour with, in my opinion, a legendary heavy metal band. And I, actually, was lucky enough to do it with a couple [of others as well]: EXODUS and TESTAMENT. So I consider myself lucky.

"I love what I do and I love playing drums, so it's just kind of one of those things where I don't think I've ever done a record I hate. And I'm lucky to say that."

NEWS: DIAMOND HEAD Singer NICK TART Quits


Nick Tart, singer for NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends Diamond Head has just announced his quitting the band, admitting that he made it difficult to work with the band by moving to Brisbane, Australia.

He said in a statement, "After 11 years of being the singer for DIAMOND HEAD, I now feel it's time for me to move on.

"As most are aware, [DIAMOND HEAD] have already started the October tour with a replacement singer [Danish vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen, who lives in London] and I wish them nothing but the very best.

"I haven't heard the new guy yet, but I'm sure he will be great; Brian [Tatler, guitar] has good quality control over DIAMOND HEAD and I don't believe he would continue touring unless he had found a singer who could pull it off. They are a very powerful band to front, so the best of luck to him. No doubt I will be snooping into YouTube to see what they sound like.


"I was hoping to pen a third album [with DIAMOND HEAD], but making new music with the band became limited; Brian mentioned he had no interest in making a new album, he didn't feel the urge, which I can totally understand. He's been doing it for a long time, but if there is no urge to make a new album, then an album doesn't belong. I made things even more difficult by moving to the other side of the world.


"After living in Brisbane for nearly 6 years now, I've been very fortunate to still be able to fly to the UK and U.S. for tours, thanks to hard work and determination of Karl Wilcox, our drummer, without him there's quite a lot that wouldn't have been possible for DIAMOND HEAD.


"When DIAMOND HEAD get offered work — festivals, for example — they should be in a position to say yes, without worrying about all the hassle it will take to get me involved.


"I'm very proud of the two albums I have written and recorded with DIAMOND HEAD and the touring we have done was way beyond my expectations, especially performing at Knebworth with METALLICA.


"I have had some fantastic times.


"The guys in DIAMOND HEAD are so grounded which made the tours such a joyful ride, and we have had some laughs.


"I now have my own band here in Brisbane; it's taken me a long time to find someone to connect with musically, but I'm now writing new material and things are shaping up nicely. I'm getting quite excited, so I now need to move forward.


"Love and thanks to those DIAMOND HEAD fans that accepted and encouraged me when I first joined the band and have followed us ever since; you know who you are."

REVIEW: EXODUS - "Blood In Blood Out"

I have been very excited about reviewing ‘Blood In Blood Out’ this past week, yet at the same time, my opinions were a little mixed on how this would turn out. For all the thrashers out there, the band in question is Exodus, one of quite a few pioneers of American thrash metal just behind the Big 4.

So let’s get down to business. Since their debut album in 1985, they have been known for their vigorous pace, ear-splitting solos and anarchized themes. Exodus recent parted ways with Rob Dukes, their frontman and vocalist of 10 years since ‘Shovel Headed Kill Machine’, and brought back Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza. What concerned me about this was the fact that this appeared to have happened in such a short period of time. Somewhere at the back of my head, I was thinking about how this could affect the album. Now, Zetro is not new to Exodus. He has been around for a while, lending his voice to records like ‘Pleasures of the Flesh’ during the mid-80’s, and was around until he was ousted from the band in ’04. But it has been 10 years, and let’s not forget that Gary Holt has also been busy with Slayer. Nevertheless, Exodus has had a reputation to being true to their stuff, so it really made me wonder how these external factors would play up.

The first song “Black 13” is a good intro. It keeps you on your toes, not allowing you to guess what’s next. It’s a slow curve that gets heavier and faster very gradually. At the 1:20 mark, you’ll have a cold shiver down your spine when the guitars come in, signature Exodus style: fast, electrifying and in-your-face. From then on you are glued to whatever you’re using to listen to this album until the end. “Blood In Blood Out” is another sonic assault, followed by “Collateral Damage”. In short, every song comes in with even more intensity than the last one, setting the bar really high for each successive song. “Salt The Wound” has a guest solo by none other than ex-band mate Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and we even get some Chuck Billy of Testament in “BTK”. Holt does what he does best, pounding out riffs and solos along with fellow guitarist Altus. At this point, I would really like to call out Jack Gibson for his bass-work, and I take this forum to state that this album is an example of how a bass guitar should sound in a thrash metal album! Hunting is exceptional behind the kit, and knows exactly what he is doing.

The quality of the mixing here is great yet very classic, which I liked, and the band is tight as ever. Zetro has done full justice to this one, and I was very pleased with what I heard. What he lacks in depth, he totally makes up for in speed and intensity. Gary Holt does what he does best, which is being Gary Holt. I credit this man for being true to himself and his group despite all the other things going on around him. If I have a complaint, it would be only for the fact that after hearing this record a second time, I could not help but find relations to older Exodus songs, and riffs which have been re-arranged differently. They do not sound bad by any means, but somehow I did not expect them to be so blatant.


‘Blood In Blood Out’ is a landmark record for Exodus since 85’s ‘Bonded by Blood’. 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.


Rating: 9/10



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Reviewed By,
Akshay Sharma