Capital Chaos TV has uploaded video footage of TRINITY FALLEN's March 24 performance at the Starlite Lounge in Sacramento, California. Check it out below. TRINITY FALLEN is the new band featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian alongside members of SCORCHED-EARTH POLICY and NUCLEAR RABBIT. TRINITY FALLEN's debut three-song EP was released last August. The effort was recorded with producer Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS) at Trident Studios in Martinez, California. Said Greg: "[Juan] did a kick-ass job on it and I think it needs to be heard." EP track listing: 01. 21st Century (5:52) 02. Apache Skies (5:42) 03. Ashes (5:16) TRINITY FALLEN made its live debut on August 5, 2016 at Slim's in San Francisco, California. TRINITY FALLEN is: Judd Mason (SCORCHED-EARTH POLICY) - Vocals Jason Branyan (NUCLEAR RABBIT) - Guitar Greg Christian (TESTAMENT) - Bass Timothy Bailey (NUCLEAR RABBIT) - Drums Christian recently stated about his new band: "[I am] a little disappointed my new bandmates' histories have mostly been ignored [by the press] and every mention of TRINITY FALLEN seems to only focus on me. "It wasn't my cup of tea, but NUCLEAR RABBIT has serious high-level (bad-ass) musicianship. (If you doubt that — listen to 'Intestinal Fortitude' and tell me how easy those songs would be to play, hahaha) "TRINITY FALLEN is 'a band,' not 'my project,' and though all the songs (so far) started off as my arrangements, they've evolved past anything I could've came up with on my own. Tim, Jason and Judd have made huge contributions to all of it, and together we've crafted a sound that, in my opinion, is unique. Especially in this day and age. "We're not a thrash band, more like a heavy metal / hard rock band. "There are no stylistic 'rules' or preconceptions. We never sat down and said, 'Let's write 'this kind' of song.' We wrote what came out. "And since this isn't straight thrash, I know I'll get some haters, but I think a lot lot more folks will be pleasantly surprised by the variety and depth of the TRINITY FALLEN material. It's all about the songs. "And don't misunderstand, some of it is brutally heavy but some is really melodic, and it pretty much all grooves and bounces — and is full of hooks. More like a modern-day version of old BLACK SABBATH or LED ZEPPELIN than any contemporary bands I can think of. "To me, a lot of today's heavy music (at least on recording) is cut, pasted, quantized and sound replaced into sterility. TRINITY FALLEN isn't that. It's modern-day / old-school rock 'n' roll." He added: "TRINITY FALLEN isn't TESTAMENT. It's its own thing. It's complex and varied and I can see elements of it turning some folks off at first, but with only hearing a short sample, it's kinda like the old story of five blind men went to 'see' an elephant .. (presents a misleading picture) but whatever… Not everyone's gonna get it at first. No way. The rabbit hole's way too deep."
MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was interviewed on a recent edition of "The Classic Metal Show", which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Speaking about MEGADETH's latest album, 2016's "Dystopia", and the band's current lineup, which includes guitarist Kiko Loureiro (ANGRA) and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK), Ellefson said: "Well, I think, first of all, there's sort of a consistency to the sound that's remained throughout the years. I noticed it when Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] and I got back together in 2010, that sound that people certainly like from certainly the classic days, largely that's Dave and I playing together, for the most part. Certainly people have different records they like, and some of that is because of the musicians that played on it, some of it's because of the production at the time, some of it's because of just the headspace we were in when we made those records." He continued: "I think 'Dystopia', in a lot of ways, is kind of the best of the best MEGADETH has done. You know, the production is really strong, the riffs are incredibly complex, and there's also some very melodic stuff, like 'Dystopia', for instance, the title track. Yet there's things like 'Fatal Illusion', 'Death From Within', or just all these things, these tracks that are just really complex songs. And I think even some things that move MEGADETH into some new places, like 'Poisonous Shadows'. That's kind of taking… We've done things like 'À Tout Le Monde' and 'In My Darkest Hour' and some things that were ballad-esque, but 'Poisonous Shadows', I think, is something that really moved us into a whole new place that we haven't been to before. So I think there's just a lot of different stuff. And, of course, Kiko, it's clear what Kiko brought to the table." MEGADETH will open for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS on a month-long North American tour this fall. On February 12, MEGADETH was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category for "Dystopia". MEGADETH recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and BUTCHER BABIES.
Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA's entire March 25 performance at Lollapalooza Brasil at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil can be seen below. Setlist: 05:11 - Ecstasy Of Gold 07:07 - Hardwired… To Self-Destruct 10:51 - Atlas, Rise! 17:24 - For Whom The Bell Tolls 21:56 - The Memory Remains 26:52 - Kirk Hammett's Solo 1 28:39 - The Unforgiven 40:03 - Now That We’re Dead 45:09 - Moth Into Flame 49:30 - Harvester Of Sorrow 56:13 - Halo On Fire 1:05:33 - Robert Trujillo's Solo 1:07:42 - Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) 1:09:41 - Whiplash 1:14:40 - Sad But True 1:21:32 - One 1:28:40 - Master Of Puppets 1:36:55 - Kirk Hammett's Solo 2 1:40:16 - Fade To Black 1:48:42 - Seek And Destroy 1:57:57 - Battery 2:03:38 - Nothing Else Matters 2:09:24 - Enter Sandman METALLICA will next play South America's Lollapalooza events in Argentina and Chile on March 31 and April 1, respectively. The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland. Speaking about what fans can expect from the stage show on the European leg of the "WorldWired" tour, bassist Robert Trujillo told Italy's Virgin Radio: "Yeah, I think what's exciting about what's happening right now is it's all still very fresh, and we're figuring out, visually, where production's going, we're getting to know the stage a little more. We're playing in the round, and it's been a while, so what happens is there's a different sort of approach to where you're supposed to be or what's comfortable or where you need to be. We're still working through the visuals you may see on the stage, 'cause the stage itself is also a screen, really. So there's a lot of things going on, and it takes a little bit of time to navigate… what I say, 'navigate the terrain.' So we're still trying to figure it out." Regarding how METALLICA goes about choosing the setlist for its live performances, Trujillo said: "Well, that's a challenge too, because you have the back catalog, which is pretty strong. A lot of the hardcore fans wanna hear the deep cuts — songs like 'Orion' or maybe like a 'Disposable Heroes'; you know, songs that we don't play all the time — and then, of course, they wana hear 'Sandman' and 'Nothing Else Matters' and some of the hits. So Lars's [Ulrich, drums] job is to balance that out as best as he can, and then we sort of go over it and see if that works. But we do try to change the set every night; it's never gonna be exactly the same, which keeps things fun and interesting." He continued: "One of the things that I think is important, and I think there's some pride in this, is that over the last few years, we've actually played obscure songs, like 'Frayed Ends Of Sanity', off the 'Justice' album, which hadn't been played ever with METALLICA live. So we did that a couple of years ago. So the fact that we're still doing that, I think, helps us become, actually, a better band; we grow from those experiences. And I believe those are the experiences that have helped 'Hardwired' become that much better of an album."
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal says that he has no interest in seeing the band perform on the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, saying that it would be like "going to your ex-girlfriend's wedding." Thal never officially announced his departure from the GN'R, but a source confirmed to Detroit music writer Gary Graff back in 2015 that the guitarist had been out since the end of the band's second Las Vegas residency in 2014. Thal later revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in GUNS. During an appearance on "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Thal said that he "heard things" about a possible reunion of GUNS N' ROSES' classic lineup prior to his exit but that it didn't have an affect on his decision to leave the Axl Rose-fronted outfit. "No, I was [already] done," he said. "I was burned out on it. I was. I was doing more harm than good staying at that point." Asked if he has seen of the shows from the partially reunited classic GUNS N' ROSES since they announced their return more than a year ago, Thal said: "No, that would be weird, man. Would you go to your ex-girlfriend's wedding? It's kind of like that. It's just kind of weird. I know too much. I've seen too much. I've been on the other side of the stage, and it's not like it ended pretty — for me. I don't have [any hard feelings] now, but at the time, there was a volatility, yeah." Thal joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2006 and played on 2008's "Chinese Democracy", an album which contained music that had been written before he came into the group. He has also released a number of solo CDs. Thal is currently involved with ART OF ANARCHY alongside CREED singer Scott Stapp and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer. Thal didn't publicly address his exit until last year when he told Loudwire: "All I could say is you reach a time when you just know it's time to move on and you just know that what you've seen for your life, what you see the future of your life and what that is, it's not what you pictured for yourself." He continued: "When I started playing music, I was six years old, and when I thought about what I wanted and what my goals were, and what makes me alive inside making music, and I just… I was looking at what I was doing, and it didn't match up. And I just needed to… I needed to go."
Former FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Matt Snell says that "it's a lot easier" for bands to reach a wider audience today, even though financial burdens have made it much harder for many of them to survive. Snell, who recently launched a new group called INVIDIA with current and former members of IN THIS MOMENT and SKINLAB, made his comments while speaking with The Metal Gods Meltdown about INVIDIA's upcoming debut album, "As The Sun Sleeps". Asked if he is glad that he got his start in music back when he did rather than in the present day, Snell said (hear audio below): "No, not at all. I think it's a lot easier today. I think it's harder to make money, but you're not supposed to be in this for money. It's art, and if you happen to luck out and be successful, then good on you, pass it along to somebody else." He continued: "The world's more accessible. It's a lot smaller place than it was twenty years ago. So I can get on and I can work online, and I'm talking to you right now through a computer; I couldn't have done that a long time ago. So there's just so many tools available now to somebody to promote and work their band. Not only that, but you can go online and give yourself an education. What are the other bands doing that you're not doing? You're able to find more music to help your creativity. It's an endless sea of knowledge and information, if you look at it the right way. From that standpoint, it's wonderful. There's been some setbacks when you deal with the monetary compensation, because people steal your music. People laugh, 'Oh, it's no big deal.' It's the whole reason that concerts are expensive now, it's the whole reason that bands don't have money now — because people are stealing music. So on that side, it's unfortunate that people take technology and steal it, but we used to dub cassettes back to back and record records when you didn't have any money. And I think that's cool until you're about thirteen or fourteen. Then you need to get a job and earn money and buy records. That's what I did." According to Snell, part of the problem is that fans need to be better educated about the real results of stealing music if they want to see the continuation of album production. "Our record comes out in a week — on March 31 — and we're gonna have to employ some people to sit on there and try to get stuff taken down off of YouTube and everywhere else that's not authorized by us, because the bottom line is, while we want the music shared, we need to be able to put gas in the tour bus and we need to be able to pay salaries and get crew and purchase merchandise to sell," he explained. "That's the business side of things that's always gonna be a little bit of a challenge, but I think it's just important to always spread a message to people of responsibility and respect. And even if you only like a couple of songs, then just buy a couple of songs; you have that luxury today. Anything you do is ultimately helping the band be a band. And the bands that have the freedom and ability to make good music, it's because they're not having to focus so much on the money and the business; they're able to take care of what they're supposed to be doing." INVIDIA vocalist Travis Johnson is the bassist in IN THIS MOMENT while guitarists Brian Jackson and Marcos Medina have worked together in SKINLAB. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH parted ways with Snell in December 2010 but didn't announce his exit until April 2011. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory later told Gun Shy Assassin that Matt was fired, adding that the bassist "wasn't a writing member," ensuring that the band's sound wouldn't be affected. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's current bassist, Chris Kael, officially joined the band in June 2011. Photo credit: Fred Morledge / PhotoFM.com
EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee has released the official music video for her new single, "Speak To Me", the end title theme from the forthcoming suspense/drama "Voice From The Stone". "Game Of Thrones"' Emilia Clarke stars in the film alongside Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone, Lisa Gastoni and Edward Dring. Directed by Eric Howell and scored by Michael Wandmacher, the haunting thriller set in 1950s Tuscany is due July 24. USA Today premiered the movie trailer, which can be viewed below. As a prelude, Lee shared an intro video to the track on her YouTube channel last April. Captured during the recording of the song at legendary Skywalker Ranch, the piece gives us a glimpse inside the process, with the gorgeous piano of "Speak To Me" as the backdrop. A few exclusive clips are also included, providing fans with a preview into the movie. "Speak To Me" is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited. Lee has a message for her fans about the film and her creative process behind the song and its accompanying video: "I'm very excited to share a new song which I was asked to create as the end title for the forthcoming film 'Voice From The Stone', which stars the incredibly talented and captivating Emilia Clarke. The song is called 'Speak To Me'. "There are many reasons why I felt inspired to work on this project. "'Voice From The Stone' tells the haunting story of Verena, a nurse who is asked to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the sudden passing of his mother. Verena is brought in to help him speak again. "As a new mother myself, the film resonated very deeply with me. I had the opportunity to work closely with Eric Howell, who directed the film, and Michael Wandmacher, who composed the score. "I was very moved by the movie, and after having my first conversation with Eric and Michael, I felt a surge of inspiration and immediately began writing. "It is a rare phenomenon to really share a creative vision so completely, and that made for a very powerful experience, and an end result that I am very proud of.” "It was an honor to be able to work with Eric on the music video as well, which was shot in Sienna, Italy, at the same beautiful location as the film. "We conceived the video as a parallel and backstory to the film, which explores the strong bond of love between Malvina and her son, and the belief that love is stronger than death." Amy Lee is currently in the studio with EVANESCENCE working on new music, to be released later this year.
According to TMZ, KIX guitarist Ronnie Younkins has been located after missing the band's concert Saturday night in Pennsylvania. The site reports that Ronnie's bandates went to pick him up in Maryland for the Hummels Wharf gig but "he was nowhere in sight." They then tried to call him but weren't able to reach him. The other members of KIX went on to play the show at the Hummels Wharf Fire Co. Social Club and explained the situation to the crowd. Ronnie was eventually found Sunday morning and was said to be "not in great condition and very upset." It's not clear what happened to cause him to miss Saturday's concert. Fan-filmed video footage of KIX's performance at the Hummels Wharf Fire Co. Social Club without Younkins can be seen below. In a December 2015 interview with the Rock N Roll Experience, KIX guitarist Brian Forsythe confirmed that Younkins went back to rehab earlier that year to receive treatment for alcohol addiction. Forsythe said at the time: "[Ronnie returned to rehab] for a little bit — for a month and a half, two months. He did kind of a refresher course. He had been sober for a long time and then had this relapse, so we had to stick him back in there just to get him back on track." Younkins, a founding member of KIX, told The Frederick News-Post in a 2014 interview that he had been abusing hard drugs and alcohol for a while before he hit his rock bottom while the band was promoting its 1988 album "Blow My Fuse". "My drinking and drugging went overboard," he said. The guitarist checked himself in to rehab, an experience that turned his life around. Out on tour, he played gigs at night and attended addiction meetings during the day. "I took it seriously," he said. "And it saved my life." Last October, KIX released the "Can't Stop The Show: The Return Of Kix" two-disc DVD/CD set via Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film was an in-depth look into KIX's decision to record their first new album, 2014's "Rock Your Face Off", in almost twenty years.
Earlier this week, DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell spoke to the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106) about his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, with which he was diagnosed in 2013. He said: "[It's] the least of my concerns, as always. It's all good, just ongoing. I'm still doing this wonder drug that cured Jimmy Carter's cancer. It's working well for me; it's holding things in place. I'm coming to the end of the two years of the clinical trial; that'll be up in June. So sometime over the next couple of months, my doctors will decide whether or not I can stay on this drug beyond the trial. I hope that that's the case, 'cause it's really working for me. The hardest part about it for me is scheduling and the extra travel, 'cause I've gotta fly back to L.A. every month to do it. But, yeah, it's all good." Campbell has been taking doses of an antibody called pembrolizumab — the same immunotherapy drug former president Jimmy Carter has been using to treat his metastatic melanoma. Immunotherapy is a revolutionary approach to cancer therapy, and the idea behind it is to marshal the body's own defenses and aid them in the fight against cancer. Vivian also confirmed that LAST IN LINE — which features Campbell alongside fellow founding DIO member Vinny Appice, plus singer Andrew Freeman, who has previously fronted HURRICANE and LYNCH MOB, as well as bassist Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BEGGARS & THIEVES, Steve Lukather) — is working on material for the follow-up to last year's acclaimed "Heavy Crown" debut. "We've got it half written already," the guitarist said. "We started writing in January, and we have six songs on the go, and it sounds amazing — it's so, so good. So we're excited for that. We were hoping to get it out this year, but, unfortunately, due to my schedule with LEPPARD and Jeff Pilson's schedule with FOREIGNER… 'Cause Jeff produced the 'Heavy Crown' album for us, and we wanna work with him again on the next one. So we have to wait. It looks like September before we'll actually be able to start recording it, so it'll probably be an early 2018 release." Original LAST IN LINE bassist Jimmy Bain passed away in late January 2016 at the age of 68. He was reportedly suffering from lung cancer at the time of his death. Campbell — who before joining DEF LEPPARD in 1992 was well known for his work with DIO and WHITESNAKE — went public with his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in June 2013.
Echo of The Metal Authority conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR before the band's March 19 concert in Tampa, Florida. You can now watch the chat below. Asked about the lyrical message on KREATOR's latest album, "Gods Of Violence", Mille said: "It's hard to explain. If you already got the glimpe and got the idea that the lyrics are in a way… Of course, I use graphic words and very strong and heavy vocabulary, but the message is a positive one, of course. That is because a lot of the lyrics are very metaphoric and very much deal with issues that I… When I think about certain events and certain things… Like, for example, 'Satan Is Real', of course I don't think Satan is real. I don't think any of these religious icons are real. To me, it's just an expression, an example for Satan, God, Allah… whoever you want him to be. And I think this shouldn't be real in this day and age. That's why the song 'Satan Is Real' reflects on the fact that a lot of the problems that we have in this day and age are based on religion and the way people interpret religion and how they make religion a tool to manipulate people and make them do very evil things." KREATOR is headlining this year's edition of the annual Decibel Magazine Tour. Support on the trek is coming from Florida death metal legends OBITUARY, old-school Ohio brutalizers MIDNIGHT and progressive death prodigies HORRENDOUS. "Gods Of Violence" entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 1. The cover artwork for the album was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also made the limited-edition artwork for KREATOR's previous effort, 2012's "Phantom Antichrist", and has lent his talents to bands like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT and OVERKILL in the past. The exclusive North American cover for "Gods Of Violence" was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco, who has previously worked with SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY and HATEBREED.
DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover says Ritchie Blackmore should have gone out under his own name instead of resurrecting RAINBOW for the guitarist's 2016 return to the rock live stage. Blackmore played a handful of shows last summer with an entirely new lineup of RAINBOW, which included LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert "Bob" Curiano, ex-BLACKMORE'S NIGHT). Glover, who played with Blackmore in DEEP PURPLE for many years and was a member of RAINBOW for from 1979 to 1984, working on four of the latter group's studio albums, was asked in a new interview with AntiHero Magazine what his thoughts were on Blackmore's reactivation of RAINBOW. "[I've got] no views on it," he responded. "I mean, I wish him luck. In a way, calling it RAINBOW, I thought, he's got his own name, I would have thought he should've gone out as just Ritchie Blackmore and just played some really great band … I don't want to disparage him at all, I'm a fan of Ritchie as much as anyone else is. He's a musician. I'm blown away that I got to work with such a musician. So, yeah, I wish him luck." Glover told Music Radar in a 2013 interview that his role in RAINBOW was primarily that of a producer. "In the six years I was off the road with PURPLE, I produced a lot of music," he explained. "I made my peace with Ritchie even though he was the main reason I wasn't in the band. I met up with him again in '76 or '77 in a studio and he played me 'Stargazer'. It blew me way. I had always been a [Ronnie James] Dio fan; I more or less discovered Ronnie in '72 with ELF. Although 'Rising' was a brilliant album, it didn't sell that much. I was brought in to change the fortunes of the band. And it did. I was playing bass and writing all the parts, but I wasn't in the band until the album was finished. [Drummer] Cozy Powell said to me, 'Why aren't you in the band?' I said it him, 'I can't just join a band because I feel like it. I've got to be asked.' That was definitely Ritchie's band. Just because we were equals in PURPLE that doesn't mean we were equals in RAINBOW." Joe Lynn Turner, who was the singer of RAINBOW between 1980 and 1984, last year slammed Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out and perform classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW material with a new group musicians instead of reforming RAINBOW with a more "authentic" lineup. Less critical of the new RAINBOW lineup was former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, who admitted to Metal Express Radio earlier this year that he had watched some YouTube clips of the new RAINBOW lineup performing in 2016. "Singing Ronnie's [James Dio] songs needs a special kind of singer and I think the young chap did a reasonably good job and I think Ritchie may well have found the guy for him," Hughes said of Romero. "He was certainly a good fit for RAINBOW."