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P.O.D. Premieres New Track ‘Soundboy Killa’

P.O.D. has released a brand new song called "Soundboy Killa". The track, which can be streamed below, is the first fresh music from the Southern California outfit since the arrival of its ninth studio album, "The Awakening". That disc came out in Augus...

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GODSMACK Has Seven ‘Great’ Songs Completed For Next Album: ‘It Is A New Sound For Us’

GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin spoke to The Morning Call about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2014's "1000hp" album. The group's seventh studio disc will arrive in 2018 to coincide with the group's twentieth anniversary. Larkin said: "We have a strong seven [songs completed] right now, but we also have another ten that are works in progress. But we do have the majority of the new record, and I'm really happy with it. It's great songs, man, and that's why it takes us usually four years in between albums, 'cause we really care about our songs [laughs], obviously, but this time it's the twenty-year anniversary — 2018 — of the band, so we felt a little extra pressure to make this a great record after two decades." Regarding the musical direction of the new GODSMACK material, Larkin said: "It is a new sound for us in that we're working with different producers and so we're trying to implement some kind of new sound without losing our heritage. But, you know, we tried it before in different ways. On the 'IV' record, for instance… Well, we'll go back to 'Faceless'. On the 'Faceless' record, we wanted to make a real metal record that was very precise and tight, so we got [producer] David Bottrill, who was famous for working with TOOL and et cetera. And then the next record, 'IV', we wanted to take a much more bluesy, classic-rock stand with our sound, and so we got Andy Johns to produce — who had worked with [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO, and he's a legend, rest in peace. Then with [the 2010 album] 'The Oracle', we got Dave Fortman in, who was famous for SLIPKNOT and EVANESCENCE, and kind of went back to a heavier sound. And then the last one — you know, each one's thematic, you can tell what we're doing. Each one also was separated by four years, so we had lots of time to kind of think about 'Okay, we want to change the sound.' We understand what we are — we know we can't completely change our sound, but with the said, when you're together this long, we don't want to keep making the same record over and over again, either. So the last record, '1000hp', we kind of wanted to make that a more raw — using a little more punk rock influence on our tempos and stuff. And so this one, again, we're not trying to reveal too much here in the press, 'cause we do want some kind of, 'Wow! That's new GODSMACK!' you know? But we are working with different producers now who are helping with songwriting, even, and arrangement to try and get some kind of relevant new sound for our twenty-year band." According to Larkin, no one has heard the new GODSMACK music "except the four of us and several producers that we're working with in L.A., who I'm not even gonna mention because we haven't picked the actual guy who we're gonna hire to guide us through this. So it's all hush-hush right now, unfortunately," he said. "But I can tell you this, man — it's still going to be GODSMACK, and the songs I'm really happy with." Shannon said that the plan is still for GODSMACK to release a new single in January, with the full-length album to follow around April. "We'd like to go to other counties first while the single goes so that people can kind of get familiar with it by the time we go out and tour America," he said. "So we might go to — February, March through Europe or maybe Australia, we'll figure it out. But we'd like to leave the country for a while our new single comes out to radio, and then by the time next April we'll start the American tour, and hopefully people will be at least familiar with one of the tracks." Larkin added that GODSMACK has yet to make a decision as to which of the new songs will be released as the first single. "There's lots of different elements that are important in picking a new single," he explained. "It's not just — especially if you're lucky enough to have three or four options, then we gotta look at, like, for instance, a movie soundtrack is like a great way to get your new single heard, and so, obviously, if it's an action movie we wouldn't want to use some kind of slow-tempo ballad-type song or something. It'll be a more up-tempo action song… But, basically three of the songs out of seven we feel would have single capability commercially. And so we have to wait to see what opportunities arise for the launch of the actual song before we can pick which song it'll be." GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna said in a recent interview that the band will "open a new chapter" in its career by adopting "a new sound, a new stage and a new look" in time for the release its next studio album. He said: "We have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit… We're gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on." Erna's latest comments echoed those he made last month in an interview with "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. Speaking about his songwriting is evolving, Erna remarked: "I'm not that young, angry kid that I used to be once. I'm a lot older now, I have a daughter of my own, I'm in a good place in my life. I don't have a whole lot to really be stressed out about or mad. And so the music has to evolve with that." He continued: "So now where things are a little bit brighter and a little bit better, we're not gonna write about flowers and ice cream, but I certainly think that it's gonna have a little bit more positive of a message and I definitely think it's even gonna have a little bit more of a commercial edge to it. Because we're older now, and we wanna kind of continue to write and play music that we also enjoy and not always have to be in 'screamo' mode and chugging away." Erna said that he wants to focus on composing "really well-written songs," adding, "I listen to a lot of great songwriters — Elton John, Michael Jackson, whoever it is that has been legendary and iconic. And I try once again to absorb and learn from them so we can put out the best record we can due to the year and the day and age that we're in." GODSMACK's last release was a song called "Inside Yourself", which was made available in October 2015 as a free download at the band's official web site. The new GODSMACK CD will be its first effort for BMG, following a split with the band's label home since 1998, Republic/Universal.

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EXODUS Frontman: ‘There’s Very Few Other Bands Making The Same Kind Of Music As Us’

In a recent interview with Drowned In Sound, vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza was asked about EXODUS's longevity and enduring influence, more than thirty years after the release of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal act's debut album, "Bonded By Blood". "Why do I think people still care about our band? Because there's very few other bands making the same kind of music as us," he said. "So a lot of it is passed down from the older generation mainly because there is no real medium playing this kind of music either. You can't find any television channel or radio show that plays extreme metal. They don't exist. But what does exist are loyal fans that love this music regardless of what anybody else tells them. That's why heavy metal isn't a type of music, it's a way of life. So when I see people walking around with battle jackets on full of badges and patches with EXODUS among them it makes me so proud. It's awesome. That's what we really get out of this. For us, it's justification for still being able to do this after thirty-two years. We're very fortunate. Very blessed." Souza also spoke about the fact that many people cite EXODUS as the first-ever thrash metal band. "I think it's nice for people to say that but I don't read too much into it," he said. "San Francisco is a huge city but Sacramento is the capital, and that's how we feel when people say stuff like that. So METALLICA are San Francisco whereas we're Sacramento! We've always been there, if you know what I mean. We've been a staple since 1886 or whenever! I think that's how most people perceive EXODUS. "Thrash metal fans are very loyal," he continued. "I'm not really a fan of breaking it down into subgenres, 'cause, to me, metal is metal. Whether you're in DOKKEN or MÖTLEY CRÜE or play death metal, I don't fucking care. Metal is metal and we all have the same things in common. We like it hard, we like it heavy and we move our heads to the music. There's a certain culture around us that we like. Our shirts are very violent, we all dress a certain way. It's like we have our own identity and that's metal. We don't represent anything nice. We represent everything about our music, our culture. The longevity for heavy metal is endless." Ultimately, Souza believes that EXODUS is still considered relevant in the metal scene because "we write good songs," he said. "You tell me a thrash metal record from the last ten years that wasn't good? TESTAMENT puts out quality shit. DEATH ANGEL puts out quality shit. SLAYER puts out quality shit. ANTHRAX puts out quality shit. METALLICA keep putting out quality shit. I really like 'Death Magnetic' and everything they've put out after. It's the idea of what this is all about. Even the records Rob [Dukes, former vocalist] sang on that I didn't sing on, I thought they were brutal. Some of EXODUS's finest records. I love to sing those songs now. We play some of them live." EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt confirmed in a recent interview that the band is "hoping to be in the studio late this year or early 2018" to begin recording its next disc. Regarding the musical direction of the new EXODUS material, Holt said: "Of the stuff I've written so far, I think the songs are shorter, but I think they're also at the same time more progressive than the last album. It's a little outside the box. It's really super crushing, but I think people will be surprised. "It's an EXODUS album, but as of now, the stuff Tom [Hunting, drums] and I have been putting together is a bit different," he added. "It's got those subtle changes that make for a departure, but it will still stay true to the core of the band's sound."

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ALTER BRIDGE Releases ‘Metalingus’ Track From ‘Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities’

With three more weeks to go until ALTER BRIDGE's long-awaited album "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities" (out on September 8 worldwide via Napalm Records) will finally be released, the band has released another live track from the upcoming three-disc coll...

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Video Premiere: THY ART IS MURDER’s ‘Puppet Master’

"Puppet Master", the new video from Australian extreme metallers THY ART IS MURDER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Dear Desolation", which is being released today (Friday, August 18) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "Dear Desolation" was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). "Dear Desolation" marks THY ART IS MURDER's first full-length release since vocalist C.J. McMahon rejoined the band this past January. McMahon blamed his drug addiction for his departure from the group and has vowed to move forward as "a new man." Asked what has changed for him since he rejoined THY ART IS MURDER, McMahon told Decibel magazine: "Basically, I'm trying to support myself and my wife as best as I can. I work with my father-in-law as a stone mason… I have my clothing line, and the band's making a little bit of money as well. Financially, I'm working my ass off and I'm literally busting my ass and hustling as much as I can to be able to have somewhat of a normal life. Sydney is extremely expensive to live in and, unfortunately, it wasn't my choice to live here. [I was] born and raised here, I fucking hate it. My family and my life is here. Also, not really big on drugs anymore. I was smoking copious amounts of marijuana every day and I was using a lot of cocaine most days. There was a couple of close calls in the U.S. on tour when I thought I was going to die and I possibly did a couple times. Now I've cleaned my life up and I have a different outlook on things. Trying to manage my anger management a bit better and try to be a little bit more calm in life because it negatively impacts my family and my band." McMahon also spoke about what fans can expect from "Dear Desolation". He said: "I think you can expect it to be slightly different to a lot of our releases. It's a record that I feel is like a breakthrough record for us where we've really found our sound. It's something that we feel will be able to push us further in our musical careers in the future rather than just having to stem out of being in this genre of deathcore. I really don't care what people pigeonhole us as, but, for some reason, the name 'deathcore' kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth after saying it. We're showing our strengths and variety. We can kind of move into a more modern metal phase of our lives now where we're not going to be — not that we ever were — this generic deathcore-sounding band. This record will be more appealing to people that are into more of a modern metal, modern death metal sort of element and style of music. I think we've broken down the actual content of the music and instead of having ten or twelve riffs in a song, having the listener try to pick up on a few different riffs, we've broken the structures down so there's less riffs but the riffs are better. The structures are not as complex as older material. It's like taking out all the great things we've always liked about our band and trying to figure out what works for us in the best way and not having to add filler to everything else to make it more technical or more crazy or more interesting. We've kind of broken down the way that our band writes and try to write the best of the best, rather than just writing the craziest, the heaviest, the craziest breakdown, the techiest riff. Instead of doing those things, we just try to take out what works and what we like and incorporate that into having a more modern sound that’s not so deathcore. We're evolving on this record and it'll be interesting to see what the listeners think of it, that's for sure."

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Video Premiere: LYNCH MOB’s ‘Mr. Jekyll And Hyde’

"Mr. Jekyll And Hyde", the new video from LYNCH MOB, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new album, "The Brotherhood", which will be released on Friday, September 8 via Rat Pak Records. The disc was produced by Chris "The Wizard" Colli...

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‘My Name Is TOBIAS FORGE And I’m The Man Behind The Mask In GHOST’

GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — unmasked himself publicly for the first time since the band's formation for an appearance on "Sommar i P1", Swedish radio channel P1's daily one-man show which has aired every summer since 1959. Each ninety-minute episode of "Sommar i P1" features a well-known Swede talking without interruption about whatever he or she likes, as well as choosing all the music for the program. During his appearance on the show — which aired for the first time on Thursday, August 17 and can now be streamed at this locationForge talked about his family life and particularly his older brother, Sebastian, who died of heart failure in 2009 the day after GHOST posted its first song on MySpace. At one point, Forge spoke directly to his late brother and was sobbing and crying while lamenting the fact that "we didn't get to experience this thing together." Forge also said that his mother was so proud of him that she was telling everyone about his involvement with GHOST even though the bandmembers' true identities were supposed to be kept secret. "[But] I guess it doesn't matter anymore," he added. Tobias ended the program by telling the listeners: "My name is Tobias Forge and I'm the man behind the mask in GHOST. Thanks for listening." You can read a rough English-language translation of Forge's entire "Sommar i P1" appearance on Reddit. Forge previously revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours. In his court documents, Forge — who had previously played in several other rock bands, including REPUGNANT, CRASHDIET, SUBVISION, MAGNA CARTA CARTEL and SUPERIOR — took credit for developing GHOST's image and stage show and blamed his ex-bandmates for "destroying the mystery" surrounding the group by lifting the lid on GHOST's business dealings. GHOST is known for its eccentric performances and is composed of six members easily recognized for their satanic attires. Five men who call themselves as Nameless Ghouls play the instruments while the lead vocalist is known as Papa Emeritus. The Nameless Ghouls who are wearing identical devil masks and costumes represent the five instrumentalities or elements (fire, water, air, earth and aether or quintessence) while their leader Papa Emeritus represents the group's anti-pope symbol. Forge admitted in a 2016 interview with "Big Smash Radio" that the mystery surrounding GHOST has helped make the band more successful. "I think it definitely plays a part," he said. "The thing everybody keeps ranting about is the anonymity, which I have a comment on on the side, but I also think that you don't have to be anonymous or masked in order to have somewhat of a clandestine image. I mean, there are many artists that I know exactly where they are born and what their names are and where they live, which are still very, sort of, hidden. Even Nick Cave, who has a film about himself nowadays, is still someone who I would claim to be utterly enigmatic." He continued: "Even if people would know who we are, or you could click on a Wikipedia page saying my date of birth, it does not necessarily mean that I have to go out on social media and tell you where I'm eating. So, yeah, I think even in the future, when it might not be as hidden, or as secret, I think that you can still uphold some sort of… level of fog around you."

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THIN LIZZY’s BRIAN DOWNEY To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of ‘Live And Dangerous’ With London Concert

Brian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as the original drummer of THIN LIZZY, will play a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday, November 24 with his new band BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS. Tickets for the fortieth-anniversary concert of one of the greatest live rock and roll albums of all time, THIN LIZZY's "Live And Dangerous", go on sale on Friday, August 18. To mark this rare, one-off London show, Downey's band features Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for THE COMMITMENTS' Andrew Strong), and former LOW RIDER members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar). 2018 celebrates the fortieth anniversary of "Live And Dangerous". Although the album was recorded live in 1977 at London's Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto's Seneca College, it wasn't officially released until a year later in 1978. Says Downey: "After the THIN LIZZY reunion shows finished in 2013, I was asked to join what turned out to be BLACK STAR RIDERS, but it just didn't feel right for me. In January 2016, following an appearance at the Vibe For Philo in Dublin, I approached Brian Grace and that's when we discussed getting a band together. After a few rehearsals, Brian suggested that we rehearse with Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (guitar), both of whom had been in a band called the LOW RIDERS (their name was taken from a lyric from the THIN LIZZY song 'Johnny The Fox'). In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS and make it a full-time proposition." Adds Grace: "I got hooked on THIN LIZZY's music at the age of twelve. I'm a huge fan of those songs. It's such a dream to be playing with the best drummer in the world! The musicians in the band love and respect the LIZZY sound that we really try and recreate it true to the original sound. We can't wait to perform at Nells Jazz & Blues in November. We're ready and on top of our game." Downey's early musical influences came from his father who played in a local pipe band in Dublin. His '60s heroes included THE KINKS, THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES. Downey met friend, co-founder and bass guitarist Philip Lynott, who attended the same school. Before forming THIN LIZZY, Downey had been in numerous school bands, including THE LIFFEY BEATS, MOD CON CAVE DWELLERS, and briefly THE BLACK EAGLES (with Lynott). He went on to perform in a local band, SUGAR SHACK, and in 1969, he was eventually persuaded by Lynott to join him in the band ORPHANAGE. ORPHANAGE included Downey, Joe Staunton (guitar), Pat Quigley and a guest member Terry Woods. ORPHANAGE didn't last too long, and towards the end of 1969 the guys were approached by Eric Bell, and formed THIN LIZZY. Downey and Lynott were the only full-time members of THIN LIZZY until they disbanded in 1983. After Lynott's death in 1986, Downey played in the tribute THIN LIZZY lineup with John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton and Marco Mendoza, but had been absent from subsequent THIN LIZZY touring bands. After Sykes's departure in 2009, guitarist Scott Gorham created another lineup of THIN LIZZY. Downey, Mendoza and Wharton rejoined, along with two new members, guitarist Vivian Campbell and former vocalist from THE ALMIGHTY, Ricky Warwick. This version of THIN LIZZY started an extensive world tour in January 2010 and continued to tour until early 2013. Photo credit: Larry Canavan

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THIN LIZZY’s BRIAN DOWNEY To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of ‘Live And Dangerous’ With London Concert

Brian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as the original drummer of THIN LIZZY, will play a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday, November 24 with his new band BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS. Tickets for the fortieth-anniversary concert of one of the greatest live rock and roll albums of all time, THIN LIZZY's "Live And Dangerous", go on sale on Friday, August 18. To mark this rare, one-off London show, Downey's band features Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for THE COMMITMENTS' Andrew Strong), and former LOW RIDER members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar). 2018 celebrates the fortieth anniversary of "Live And Dangerous". Although the album was recorded live in 1977 at London's Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto's Seneca College, it wasn't officially released until a year later in 1978. Says Downey: "After the THIN LIZZY reunion shows finished in 2013, I was asked to join what turned out to be BLACK STAR RIDERS, but it just didn't feel right for me. In January 2016, following an appearance at the Vibe For Philo in Dublin, I approached Brian Grace and that's when we discussed getting a band together. After a few rehearsals, Brian suggested that we rehearse with Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (guitar), both of whom had been in a band called the LOW RIDERS (their name was taken from a lyric from the THIN LIZZY song 'Johnny The Fox'). In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS and make it a full-time proposition." Adds Grace: "I got hooked on THIN LIZZY's music at the age of twelve. I'm a huge fan of those songs. It's such a dream to be playing with the best drummer in the world! The musicians in the band love and respect the LIZZY sound that we really try and recreate it true to the original sound. We can't wait to perform at Nells Jazz & Blues in November. We're ready and on top of our game." Downey's early musical influences came from his father who played in a local pipe band in Dublin. His '60s heroes included THE KINKS, THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES. Downey met friend, co-founder and bass guitarist Philip Lynott, who attended the same school. Before forming THIN LIZZY, Downey had been in numerous school bands, including THE LIFFEY BEATS, MOD CON CAVE DWELLERS, and briefly THE BLACK EAGLES (with Lynott). He went on to perform in a local band, SUGAR SHACK, and in 1969, he was eventually persuaded by Lynott to join him in the band ORPHANAGE. ORPHANAGE included Downey, Joe Staunton (guitar), Pat Quigley and a guest member Terry Woods. ORPHANAGE didn't last too long, and towards the end of 1969 the guys were approached by Eric Bell, and formed THIN LIZZY. Downey and Lynott were the only full-time members of THIN LIZZY until they disbanded in 1983. After Lynott's death in 1986, Downey played in the tribute THIN LIZZY lineup with John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton and Marco Mendoza, but had been absent from subsequent THIN LIZZY touring bands. After Sykes's departure in 2009, guitarist Scott Gorham created another lineup of THIN LIZZY. Downey, Mendoza and Wharton rejoined, along with two new members, guitarist Vivian Campbell and former vocalist from THE ALMIGHTY, Ricky Warwick. This version of THIN LIZZY started an extensive world tour in January 2010 and continued to tour until early 2013. Photo credit: Larry Canavan

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MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE On Charlottesville Violence: ‘Some People Have Devolved Back Into Animals’

MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has commented on last Saturday's events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed, two Virginia state troopers died, and nineteen others were injured during a white nationalists' rally and a gathering of cou...

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