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DECAPITATED Singer, Bassist Appear In Spokane Court On Rape And Kidnapping Charges

According to The Spokesman-Review, DECAPITATED singer Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek made their first court appearance in Spokane County on Friday for allegedly raping a woman on their tour bus nearly two months ago. The 31-year-old Piotrowski was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape while the 30-year-old Wiecek was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape. Their bandmates, 35-year-old guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka and 27-year-old drummer Michal Lysejko, were in court one week earlier, with the former charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and the latter charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape. All four musicians had their bonds set at $100,000 and were forced to surrender their passports to their attorneys. They also aren't allowed to talk to each other while incarcerated. Piotrowski's attorney, Jeffry Finer, told The Spokesman-Review that his client and his bandmates will be pursuing bail, but are waiting on documents from Poland to "impress the court." He said: "Among this group, there are a number of advanced degrees and zero criminal history." The woman alleged she was gang-raped by the musicians in their tour bus bathroom after DECAPITATED's August 31 concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands' "Double Homicide" tour. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her. Deputies later stated the victim had "significant bruising to her upper arms consistent with being restrained" and "small abrasions on her knuckles that were scabbed over." All four members of DECAPITATED were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited to Spokane. DECAPITATED announced last month that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied the accusations. In a statement last week, the DECAPITATED members said that the charges against them were pressed "as a procedural formality," adding that "without doing so, [the police] would be forced to release band. This is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence." The musicians went on to say: "Some facts are indisputable at this point — that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, 'I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred,' and it's taken a full thirty days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released. "The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home."

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LORDI: Video Of Entire Moscow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of LORDI's entire October 15 concert at at Volta in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. LORDI is contuining to tour in support of its latest album, "Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy", which was released in September 2106 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2014's "Scare Force One" was produced by Nino Laurenne (APOCALYPTICA, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS), who previously worked on the band's 2008 effort "Deadache". Speaking to Spark TV, LORDI frontman Mr. Lordi stated about the band's new disc: "We are trying to do something different within the LORDI frame this time. It's like a split album between ourselves. "There's two kinds of LORDI material on the album. The first six songs are your classic LORDI kind of stuff — three- or four-minute songs with hooky choruses and stuff; eighties-orientated hard rock, like the shit that we're doing. That's our main stuff. But now, the last six songs of the album [are] a story. "It's our first conceptual half an album — not a full conceptual album, but half of the album is a conceptual storyline with six songs. And musically, also, it's a lot more modern for us; I mean, it's nothing new in the world of music, but, for us, for LORDI, it's completely different. It's more metal. It's more progressive. The songs are eight minutes long, and there are a lot of different parts. And it's a storyline. Because I'm a huge KING DIAMOND fan; I have always been. "I am really fucking thrilled about the result, how it came out. It's different for us. I know that it's gonna be different for the LORDI diehard fans too. I don't know for your average rock or metal fan. It's, like, 'Eh….' But, for us, it is really breaking new territory, definitely." Mr. Lordi went into more detail about the lyrical themes covered on the new LORDI album. He said: "It's a horror story. It's called 'Demonarchy'. It has, like, these classic old-school monsters having rivals… They are having territorial rivals. There's one vampire, one witch, on zombie, and a werewolf. And they are having a bit of a dispute about how to share their territory, because they all live in the same town. That's the story." The LORDI frontman also spoke about the band's brand new look, saying: "It's cool, actually. The new costumes are also something different. Like I said, the album is like a split album with ourselves. The costumes are split in half too. There's this half and that half, so there's something new also in the costumes. It's like two different versions of each character."

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Watch SATYRICON Perform In Tilburg

Fan-filmed video footage of SATYRICON's September 26 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below. SATYRICON is touring in support of its latest album, "Deep Calleth Upon Deep", which was released on September 22 via Napalm Records. The disc was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON's 2006 album, "Now, Diabolical"). The "Deep Calleth Upon Deep" front cover is an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch. SATYRICON drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad told "The Jasta Show" that "Deep Calleth Upon Deep" "is an album that we have been really working a lot with for a long time. It's all about getting the right expression for each and every song," he explained. "It has never been anything that we've discussed in the band, but at least I personally feel that every song has a life of its own, a very strong and unique identity," he continued. "This album is really about giving life to those eight songs that constitute it. "Like with every SATYRICON album, I guess it's very, very diverse, and this is more true than ever with the new one," he said. "In particular, when it comes to this identity bit, I feel the songs, even if they fit extremely well together in a compilation of songs, each and every one, it's very, very different from the others — almost like human beings are different from each other."

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MATT HEAFY: ‘When We ‘Nail’ TRIVIUM, It’s When We Do Music For Ourselves’

Metal Wani's editor in chief Owais "Vitek" Nabi and Matthew Powers recently conducted an interview with TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On keeping the "mys...

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SULLY ERNA On Next GODSMACK Album: ‘It’s Not Quite As Angry As It Used To Be’

Nati P Taviel de Andrade of Spain's Goetia Media conducted an interview with GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna prior to his September 21 solo show at SO36 in Berlin, Germany. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BL...

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ALTER BRIDGE Guitarist Says Playing At London’s Royal Albert Hall Was ‘An Intense Couple Of Shows’

Ornella Carlone of Germany's Comebackstage conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti prior to the band's October 12 show at Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's highlights from the last twelve months: Mark: "Probably the biggest highlight was playing Royal Albert Hall [on October 2-3] with the symphony [52-piece Parallax Orchestra] just about a week ago. That was an intense couple of shows. We filmed that, so that will be out maybe springtime next year." On recording the show at Royal Albert Hall: Mark: "That was the only place the orchestra was going to be, so we set it up for those two days. But London, the Royal Albert Hall, seemed like the perfect place to film it. It's such a classy place. They have a history of bands getting in there with orchestras, so it seemed like the perfect fit." On the extensive touring behind their latest studio album, "The Last Hero": Mark: "Actually, we've been touring months and months and months before the record even came out. So we went on a four-month tour before that. This is the most we've ever toured on an album. I'm ready for home." On what's next for the band: Mark: "We're going to tour here until Halloween, then go home for a month, then go back out in the States for three weeks or so, then I'm going into the studio with my solo band." On whether he is a self-taught guitar player: Mark: "Yeah, I took one guitar lesson and it was one of those things where I had to buy a Mel Bay [guitar instruction] book and they tried to teach me 'Silent Night'. I just wasn't interested, so I didn't go back and I just decided to buy tablature books and learn by myself." On whether it's easier to learn guitar on your own, or with a teacher: Mark: "It's much easier to have a teacher. [Laughs] I didn't have the resources [to get a guitar teacher]. There wasn't a teacher nearby, it was expensive. I was turned off by the first lesson I had, so I decided… I like songwriting a lot. I wasn't much into being a magnificent guitar player, I just wanted to write songs and sing. For many, many years, I was a terrible, terrible guitar player. I was awful. My brothers used to make fun of me that I couldn't play a song from start to finish. But I was developing how to become a songwriter and how to develop my own sound. I'm glad I did it that way. If you have a guitar teacher your whole life where you're following one guitar player, two guitar players, you start sounding like those players. Learning on your own, you develop your own sound." On the status of the next TREMONTI album: Mark: "I think it should be [released] May 26, I believe. We haven't even gotten into the studio yet, but the plan is, right around that date and we'll be going into the studio mid-to-late January." ALTER BRIDGE released "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities" on September 8 via Napalm. The set was recorded at London's famous O2 Arena on November 26, 2016. That landmark performance was captured in its entirety. The two-CD, nineteen-track recording documents what an enormous presence ALTER BRIDGE have become on concert stages around the world.

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EPICA Guitarist On Group’s Wide-Ranging Influences: ‘Name It, And We Have Used It In Our Music’

Mark Jansen of the Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA was interviewed by ArmyOfOneTV prior to the September 29 finale of the group's "The Ultimate Principle" tour at New York City's PlayStation Theater. The full chat (recorded by Ignacio Orellana of ProMusicVideo.com) can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the origins of the group's musical style: Mark: "When I was in AFTER FOREVER, we developed kind of the style that we're also playing with EPICA. I always liked film music and classical music, and also metal, so I thought, 'This would be a great combination. At that time, when AFTER FOREVER started doing that, there was not many bands yet playing this style of music. You had THE GATHERING and ORPHANAGE, and it was a little bit into that direction — and then when I was out of AFTER FOREVER, I continued with EPICA, and keep developing this style up to today. I think when you compare our first album to our last album, still you hear a big evolution. "It's a lot of work to write songs, because there's a lot going on, a lot of layers. You have the guitar layers, obviously, bass, drums, vocals, but also all these orchestra layers, with several instruments. When you peel all these layers, you will find brass, woodwinds, ethnic instruments, percussion, violins of course, string section. Name it, and we have used it in our music. So it is a lot of stuff going on, a lot of things to work on when you write a song, but that's the big challenge of it." On the group's new EP, "The Solace System": Mark: "It contains six tracks which are tracks we wrote for 'The Holographic Principle' album. At that time, we recorded eighteen tracks, and we wrote them all to be album tracks. We had eighteen equal tracks, quality-wise, and we just made a selection for 'The Holographic Principle' which tracks that did fit best together. So, there were still six tracks left, and we didn't want them to end up, like, bonus tracks on, for example, a Japanese edition that just a few people can get to hear. We decided to keep them together and release them as an EP, because I think in this way, it does justice to the amount of work we put into these tracks. Also, the fans now, they seem to be very happy with this EP. It's also to have something new out during our world tour that we're currently doing. All in all, it was the perfect solution for these six tracks." "The Solace System" was released on September 1 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen.

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LACUNA COIL: Live DVD Shoot To Include ‘Gothic Circus’

Metal Nexus conducted an interview with LACUNA COIL vocalist Andrea Ferro prior to the band's performance at the Louder Than Life festival, which was held September 30 - October 1 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the current state of heavy metal: Andrea: "I think metal today is wider than it has ever been. You can call metal a lot of different things... This festival, you can tell that there's so many different kinds of bands, that they totally belong in one way or another. Sometimes it's a bit more towards the rock music, and sometimes it's a bit towards metal like in our case, but in general, it's such a variety, and it's so much alive, everywhere. We've been touring for this record worldwide... and everywhere, there's people living for metal music, so I think it's as alive as ever." On the effect of fans gravitating toward streaming: Andrea: "It's important that you find a way to support the bands. It's hard, because there's so many different [options] every day, and it's easy to get lost in the quantity of bands that are out there. But it's important that you take your time and listen to the stuff. Don't just skip or browse — try to give it a chance. Otherwise, there will never be a band that will have a career anymore. We've become a bigger band when we did our third record, 'Comalies', so it's important that you give bands time to grow up, time to find their own personality." On whether the band still self-identifies as "gothic": Andrea: "I think it's an evolution of that. When you think about gothic sometimes, there's a lot of the cliché — like latex, or S&M, that kind of stuff. We definitely embrace gothic, and that's where we come from, and that will always be a strong part of our atmospheres, but I think we've also brought an evolution of it. Obviously, there will always be something that direction, because that's where we come from, that's what we like — but we don't want to follow too much in the cliché. We also want to represent the evolution of it." On the group's upcoming book that will commemorate its twentieth anniversary: Andrea: "It's going to be twenty years of our history, plus a lot of pictures, backstage... not so many of the official pictures, because those have been seen already by everybody. Unreleased photos, unreleased stories. It's going to be a really full package. We're still working on it – we're still selecting some of the material. We have so many pictures that we have to scan, and focus, remember who took the pictures, where it was taken, what time it was... but it's going to be very, very special. There's photos of me and Marco [Coti Zelati], the bass player, when we were like 16, 18 years old, [when] we just started to jam with friends." On their upcoming live DVD shoot: Andrea: "The live show [will be] really special... with songs we've never played before, songs from the very early releases, and there's going to be interaction with a gothic circus doing stuff while we play. It's going to be special — unique and special." LACUNA COIL will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its debut by playing a very special show, dubbed "Nothing Stands In Our Way", on January 19, 2018 at London, England's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. It will be a unique extravaganza and truly exceptional event that is not to be missed. The show will be filmed and recorded for a release later in 2018. LACUNA COIL's first-ever book, also titled "Nothing Stands In Our Way", is scheduled to be published around the world in early 2018. The book is described in a press release as "the full twenty-year story of the Italian gothfathers as told by the band in their own words. Illustrated throughout with rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal artefacts, it will see founding members Andrea Ferro, Cristina Scabbia and Marco Coti Zelati sifting through the birth, growth and full flowering of the band to tell twenty years of LACUNA COIL. "Nothing Stands In Our Way" will be available around the world in two editions, the Classic and the limited-run Signature set. Register your interest now to be sure of getting a copy, and for the chance to have your name printed in the book.

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