The new SLIPKNOT documentary "Day Of The Gusano" will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on October 20 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Directed by SLIPKNOT's own M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, "Day Of The Gusano" documents the Iowa band's first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015 and features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City. A full-song performance clip of "Psychosocial", taken from "Day Of The Gusano", can be seen below. Talking about the movie, Clown said: "SLIPKNOT still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for SLIPKNOT and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you." Guitarist Jim Root adds: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world." The ninety-minute documentary also chronicles the rabid devotion of the Mexican maggots and sees the band hearing personal, emotive stories from some of their fans, all interspersed with footage from SLIPKNOT's incendiary live show at the inaugural Knotfest México. The film features a full surround soundtrack, so you'll not only hear the show, but you'll 'feel' it as if you were actually there. "Day Of The Gusano" track listing: 01. Sarcastrophe 02. The Heretic Anthem 03. Psychosocial 04. The Devil In I 05. Me Inside 06. Vermilion 07. Wait And Bleed 08. Prosthetics 09. Before I Forget 10. Eeyore 11. Duality 12. Custer 13. Spit It Out 14. Metabolic / 742617000027 15. (sic) 16. People = Shit 17. Surfacing / Til We Die "Day Of The Gusano" was premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6. SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor told the 97.1 The Eagle radio station in June that the band was "not really doing anything right now." He explained: "I know we're kind of slowly starting to write some music. Other than that, we're just kind of taking some time off. Clown's gonna direct some movies, Sid's gonna do some stuff… We're all kind of doing our own thing… But that's it. I mean, really. Next year is everybody kind of doing their own thing, and then probably after that, we will slowly but surely start to get together to do some SLIPKNOT stuff." SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year. ".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. One of last gigs of "The Gray Chapter" touring cycle saw SLIPKNOT performing its 2001 second LP, "Iowa", live in its entirety for the first time during the band's set at their annual Knotfest. ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner. Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.
Almost five decades ago, the toll of a bell and rolling thunder marked the conception of an ear splittingly monolithic riff. In that moment, BLACK SABBATH and the sound of heavy metal were forged. The band embarked on what vocalist Ozzy Osbourne descri...
Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will release a brand-new single, "Rebirth", on October 27. The song will be the first taste of the band's upcoming album, which is due next year. ELUVEITIE's Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann comments: "After a longer period of playing many acoustic sessions, peaking in creating our much-anticipated second acoustic album, 'Evocation II - Pantheon', we're, of course, more than excited to finally go about our next metal juggernaut! We've been gathering ideas since quite a while and yes, we started working on our next metal album! "It will still take a while until we'll enter the studios again, since we first want to and will accomplish an amazing 'Evocation II' touring cycle. But to soothe your [and our] waiting time, we recently gathered again in the legendary Newsound studios to produce a first single off our upcoming metal album already — so welcome our youngest baby: 'Rebirth'! "We believe, it turned out a real monster of in-your-face folk metal and we're super proud of it. And we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! As always, it is full of pristine celtic folk music and contains treasures such as the old Irish traditional 'Lads of Laois'. But at the same time, 'Rebirth' comes with a steamrolling truckload of pure fucking metal! "Conceptually, the song takes a rather philosophical approach on ancient Celtic spirituality and mythology (and so will our upcoming album)! We take ancient mythological images to contemplate them from the view point of our everyday life (no matter if we lived two thousand years ago or today! Because we believe that the deep meaning and significance of these images didn't change ever since)! 'Rebirth' deals with the ancient Celtic image of the 'cauldron of rebirth', with it's meaning and with the darkest passages of our lives, through which we all have to go to arise reborn." ELUVEITIE in May 2016 announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi. ELUVEITIE is: * Jonas Wolf (guitar) * Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola) * Nicole Ansperger (fiddle) * Alain Ackermann (drums) * Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran) * Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola) * Kay Brem (bass) * Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) * Rafael Salzmann (guitar) The new lineup of ELUVEITIE made its live debut at the Eluveitie & Friends festival in January at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.
PIG DESTROYER has entered the studio to begin recording its sixth album for a tentative summer 2018 release via Relapse. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2012's "Book Burner" is being tracked at the band's own Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryla...
Swedish extreme metallers NECROPHOBIC will release their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album on February 23, 2018 via Century Media Records. The band's latest release was a two-song EP, "Pesta", which came out in August. The "Pesta" title track was a brand new song, offering NECROPHOBIC's typical trademarks with its evil vocals, battering drums and the wicked guitar harmonies from the notorious guitar duo of Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck. The second song was a re-recorded version of the classic demo track "Slow Asphyxiation". NECROPHOBIC recently signed a deal with Century Media for the world excluding USA and Canada. Formed in 1989, NECROPHOBIC belongs to the first wave of Swedish death metal bands. Ever since the release of its classic debut album, "The Nocturnal Silence" (1993), the band has issued a total of seven studio LPs, among them timeless masterpieces as "Darkside" (1997), "Bloodhymns" (2002) or the brilliant 2009 album "Death To All". NECROPHOBIC was recently rejoined by guitarists Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck following the band's split with its axeman of five years, Fredrik Folkare. NECROPHOBIC 2017 is: Anders Strokirk - Vocals Alexander Friberg - Bass Joakim Sterner - Drums Sebastian Ramstedt - Guitar Johan Bergebäck - Guitar
CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer has released the official music video for the title track of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, "The Way Life Goes". The clip, which was directed by Vicente Cordero, can be seen below. "The Way Life Goes - Deluxe...
Ex-IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad says that his former bandmates should change the group's name to more fully represent their current musical direction. Strömblad, who quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction, made his latest comments while promoting the debut album from his new band CYHRA, in which he is joined by former IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers, ex-AMARANTHE singer Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg and LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY drummer Alex Landenburg. Asked by Metal Wani for his opinion on IN FLAMES' latest album, last year's "Battles", Jesper said (hear audio below): "To be honest, I think they should actually change the name, because it's such a huge, huge difference from the beginning. But if that's the way they wanna do it, fine. And they're happy with the new members, so good luck to them. Everyone is in the right place." Strömblad went on to clarify: "I didn't say that 'Battles' sucks ass — that's not what I said. It's just it's very… They have developed so much in a [different] direction." According to Strömblad, some of the albums he made with IN FLAMES continue to be unfairly criticized by the band's fans, many of whom still expect the group to make new music in the vein of its more obscure earlier material. "I think that 'A Sense Of Purpose'  is a very underrated album, actually," he said. "'Cause I think that had all the elements that IN FLAMES is about, but it got so much shit [from the fans]. It's [viewed as] the worst album, if people vote [for the top album in IN FLAMES' discography]. They hate it, and I can't get that, actually." After leaving IN FLAMES, Strömblad initially formed THE RESISTANCE with Marco Aro (vocals, THE HAUNTED) and Glenn Ljungström (guitar, ex-IN FLAMES). Strömblad announced his departure from that group in March 2016, with the band's bassist, Rob Hakemo, saying in an interview that Jesper "saved" THE RESISTANCE by quitting and explaining that the guitarist is "an alcoholic" and "drug addict" who "doesn't want to [get] sober." Rob added: "[Jesper] thinks that two weeks [sober] is good, and then he can drink some. And then he's gone for a month, and then he's back and he's not drinking [for a short while]. It's a sad thing, and we really tried to help him and wanted the best [for him]. So when he told us that 'I'm leaving the band,' we were relieved. We were really relieved." "Battles", IN FLAMES' twelfth studio album — and its third since Jesper's departure — was released in November 2016 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S. CYHRA will release its debut album, "Letters To Myself", on October 20 via Spinefarm Records. The disc was recorded at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows admitted in a new interview that the band "definitely dropped the ball in terms of the casual fan" when it came to the marketing of its latest album, "The Stage". The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale twelve months ago, earned the lowest sales of an AVENGED SEVENFOLD album in eleven years. It sold seventy-six copies in its first week, seventy-three of which were physical. Shadows told ABC Radio: "Do I think it was a good strategy for the casual fan? No, it was horrible for the casual fan. Most casual fans don't even know about it, or they've written it off as… 'Why would you release a record secretly? It must not be good.' And we weren't expecting that at all." The singer admitted that it's unlikely AVENGED SEVENFOLD would ever do the surprise release again. "If we were to do it over, I would've tried to do something that encompasses the casual fan that's not living and breathing what bands like us are doing," he said. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the band did the surprise release partially out of a desire to let fans hear it and form their own opinions. "It's almost like the jury has already, you know, decided if they like a record or not before it even comes out, because there's so many reviews and opinions," he said. "And we just wanted people to hear it for themselves and make their own opinions." "The Stage", AVENGED's debut for Capitol, sold less than half as many copies in its first week as the group's two previous efforts, 2010's "Nightmare" and 2013's "Hail To The King". The group made the album available at midnight on October 27, 2016 with almost no promotion beforehand, save for the arrival of a new song one week earlier. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is also locked in a legal battle with its former label, Warner Bros., over what the label claims is a breach of contract. The relatively soft sales of "The Stage" could reduce the damages that the band may have to pay to Warner if the label wins its case. The deluxe version of "The Stage" will arrive on December 15. This new edition features seven additional studio songs plus four previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the band's recent shows at The O2 arena in London. Among the seven bonus tracks is the band's cover of the PINK FLOYD classic "Wish You Were Here".
Aaron Lewis says that more gun control legislation would not have stopped a horrific massacre like that in Las Vegas from happening. A gunman opened fire on October 1 from thirty-second floor the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during the Route 91 Harvest festival, killing fifty-eight people and wounding five hundred others. The gunman, identified by police as Mesquite, Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, later killed himself. In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, members of Congress, including Republicans, called for legislation to restrict or prohibit "bump stocks." Paddock, who was firing from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay, had used bump stocks to accelerate the gunfire from his rifles. The STAIND frontman, who has been a hunter as long as he's been a musician, if not longer, was asked by CBSPhilly.com for his stance on gun control, just two weeks after the Las Vegas tragedy. "Well, there isn't a law on the books or that could have been on the books that would have stopped this horrible tragedy from happening," he responded (hear audio below). "And I am not of the belief that you punish the masses because of the few. "Gun control is a very slippery slope, because the people that you are controlling are the law-abiding citizens that follow the laws, that buy guns legally," he continued. "These are the people that the laws apply to. The criminal would not be classified as a criminal without criminal activitity, and criminals don't buy guns legally. Criminals don't follow laws that are applied. So, really, all you're doing with more gun laws is hindering the law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves from the criminal that isn't gonna go through all the law-abiding things to get that gun. Lewis added: "Do I think that the 'bump stock' was an overlooked thing? The bump stock… I didn't even know what the hell one was until this happened. That's how few of them were out there; it wasn't like this scourge that we had. Really, how can you blame the actions of a human being on an inanimate object that can't do anything unless it's in the hands of a person that chooses to use it with bad intentions." Asked if he thinks bump stocks, which fit around the grip and stock of the gun, should even exist, Lewis said: "As a guy who uses it for the right reasons, when you take a fully automatic weapon off of the legal market for someone to legally obtain it by jumping through every hoop in the world to be able to get it in the first place, when you take it off the market, the only market that you put it on is the black market, which is where the criminals get their guns. It's a very slippery slope. "When you add laws to gun control, the people that you are trying to target aren't the ones you are affecting," he continued. "Because, again, criminals don't allow themselves to go through a full FBI screening or any of the things that I have to go through as a legal citizen of Massachusetts. I have to go through a full FBI search and everything else to have my all-lawful-purposes license to carry a concealed gun. And… it is a slippery slope." Lewis also commented on the controversy surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who took the NFL's battle over the national anthem to a new level last week when he suggested that players who are "disrespectful" to the U.S. flag shouldn't be allowed to play. "Listen, there's a time and a place for everything, and I tend to agree with the train of thought that seems to be going around now, which is… I don't care who or what you think you are, at the end of the day it's a job, and at the end of the day your boss has every right to demand that you act accordingly," Aaron said. "I think what's going on to the owner of the Cowboys right now is just absolutely ridiculous and it just shows how unbelievably uneducated our government has successfully sent our kids out into the world," he continued. "And notice the language — that our government has successfully sent out into the world… "When you give a government control over your educational system, there's serious problems with that," he added. Lewis went on to say that cultural traditions are implicitly devalued by their exclusion from the school system, which is part of the reason we're having this debate "What happened to civics?" he said. "What happened to knowing the Constitution? What happened to that not being the document that creates this whole amazing place that we have, that everybody is supposed to follow — meaning those in charge, that have been temporarily put in charge, because it's a civil job; it's a civil-servant job. Everything is so out of whack, and we've just accepted it as normal now and we're just the big sleeping giant that's just addicted to the handouts and addicted to the social programs and we're a mess right now." Fans who have been to his shows in the past know that Lewis opens every performance with a rendition of the The Pledge Of Allegiance. His passion for the strong tradition is something loyal concert-goers have come to expect from the country rocker. "I've been doing that for years already," Aaron told CBSPhilly.com. "[I started doing it] because I already felt like it was something that was missing. I remember starting every school day with The Pledge Of Allegiance, and our kids don't do that anymore. Some schools still have it, but there's plenty that don't. It was just a way to bring awareness to my pride in what this country is, and it was a proper way to start the show every night, and once I started, there's no reason to stop." Lewis told Billboard last year that he would support Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, even though he was "disappointed" by the real estate mogul "with the bickering and the name-calling." The STAIND frontman had been a staunch critic of President Barack Obama, telling a crowd at one of his solo concerts last year that Obama was "truly the worst fucking president that we have ever had in the history of this fucking country."
The third annual "Bowl For Ronnie" celebrity bowling tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, took place on Friday, October 6 at Pinz bowling center in Studio City, California. This year's event brought in $49,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund, now in its eighth year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research. It was attended by a capacity crowd of over three hundred rockers, bowling enthusiasts, DIO fans and Dio Cancer Fund supporters, with tickets selling out the day before causing the building to be filled to capacity. Hosted again by Sirius XM's "Volume" host Eddie Trunk, rock musicians in attendance at the event were former GUNS N ROSES drummer Steven Adler, Doug Aldrich (DIO, WHITESNAKE), David Alford and Chris Hager of ROUGH CUTT, Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Ira Black (LIZZY BORDEN), Ann Boleyn (HELLION), Jimmy Burkhard (BILLY IDOL), Alex Cane (Richie Ramone), Dino Cazares (FEAR FACTORY), Calico Cooper and Chris Latham of BEASTO BLANCO, Fred Coury (CINDERELLA), Robbie Crane and Ricky Warwick of BLACK STAR RIDERS, Jimmy D'Anda (LYNCH MOB, BULLETBOYS), Mikkey Dee (SCORPIONS, MOTÖRHEAD), Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Jeff Duncan (ARMORED SAINT, DC4), Matt Duncan, Shawn Duncan and Rowan Robertson of DC4, DIO DISCIPLES members Bjorn Englen, Joe Retta, Scott Warren and Simon Wright, Rock Feinstein (ELF, THE RODS), Marc Ferrari (KEEL, COLD SWEAT), Rita Haney, Sonia Harley, Terry Ilous (GREAT WHITE), Adam Jones (TOOL), Richie Kotzen (THE WINERY DOGS), Bob Kulick, Jordan Mancino (WOVENWAR, AS I LAY DYING), Johnny Martin (L.A. GUNS), Sean McNabb (LYNCH MOB), Tom Morello (PROPHETS OF RAGE), Dave "Chili" Moreno (PUDDLE OF MUDD), Marty O'Brien (LITA FORD), BUDDERSIDE members Colin Reid, Rich Sacco, Michael Stone and Patrick Stone, Roy Z (HALFORD), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO), Mick Sweda (BULLETBOYS), Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE), Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING), Lonnie Vincent (BULLETBOYS), vocalist Chas West, guitarist Brent Woods (WILDSIDE), August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung), Ahmet Zappa, who attended with his sister Diva, and actor Star Fields ("Sons Of Anarchy"). The celebrity team capturing first place this year was sponsored by Round Hill Music Publishing and captained by Marc Ferrari, comprising musicians Rock Feinstein, Fred Coury and Jeff Scott Soto as well as music attorney Mark Abbatista and Tami Lester of Round Hill. Second place in the celebrity category went to the team comprising Chris Latham, Calico Cooper, Chris Hager, Phil Demmel, who brought his own clear bowling ball complete with a skull inside, Bob Kulick and Roy Z. Last year's champion team, captained by Eddie Trunk, placed third this year. Eddie's team comprised Tom Morello, Doug Aldrich, Brent Woods, Sebastian Bach and Dan Hayes, who won the online auction for a spot on Eddie's team. First place in the corporate team category went to Rhino Entertainment for the second year in a row. Zappa Entertainment placed second and Metal Blade Records came in third. Also for the second year in a row, the Dean Schachtel Award — named for the late Dio Cancer Fund board member — for the highest overall bowling score went to Dio Cancer Fund supporter Scott Courtright. Musician Rock Feinstein, who is Ronnie James Dio's cousin and has now played on the winning celebrity bowling team two years in a row, came in from his home in Cortland, New York to participate. He will head up the new East Coast chapter of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and will be planning sister bowling and motorcycle events in 2018 to raise money for the charity. Jeff Scott Soto, who also played on the winning celebrity team for two years in a row, commented about the event: "It's an absolute honor and privilege to be invited three years in a row to honor the late great Ronnie James Dio, the incredible cause and do it surrounded by peers and fans alike! Always an incredible evening of laughs, love and bowling. I hope to be involved every year as I love and support this cause with every fiber of my being!!" A check for $25,000 was presented to representatives of Dr. David Wong's research team from the Dental Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles where they are developing a non-invasive saliva test for early cancer detection. This brings the total presented to Dr. Wong's project by the Dio Cancer Fund to $100,000. Dio Cancer Fund medical director Dr. Sandeep Kapoor announced that the project will be publishing a new study in March which will contain an acknowledgement of the Dio Cancer Fund's support for its research. Dr. Wong believes this simple test will receive FDA approval and become available for medical use within the next two years. "Bowl For Ronnie" attendees were treated to an evening of fun, food, raffle drawings, and, of course, the bowling competition for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Dio Cancer Fund. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the "Bowl For Ronnie" will go to further the Dio Cancer Fund's mission of cancer prevention, research and education. Check out a "Bowl For Ronnie" photo gallery below (click on each picture to enlarge).