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GHOST Leader Fails To Reach Agreement With Former Members

According to Corren.se, GHOST frontman and founder Tobias Forge has failed to reach an agreement with former members of the band who sued him earlier this year. The four musicians accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours. On Monday (November 13), a so-called oral preparation was held in a court in Linköping, Sweden. Forge was not present for the proceedings but was represented by his legal counsel, Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk. Two of the four musicians suing Forge, Simon Söderberg (Alpha; member of GHOST from 2010 until 2016) and Mauro Rubino (Air; member of GHOST from 2011 until 2016), attended the hearing, where their attorney, Michael Berg, at one point lost his patience when Björk demanded answers to her questions. "It would be good to know how big this case will be, so that we're not still sitting here three months from now," Berg said. The presiding judge finally asked the parties if they had any interest in finding a solution — a desire to reach a settlement in order to avoid a time-consuming and expensive main negotiation. "If an attempt to reach a settlement is to be made, it should be done now, before the costs start swelling terribly," said Forge's attorney. After both parties expressed interest in negotiating a settlement, they were led away by the court chairman and continued their talks behind closed doors. However, after a few hours, it was clear that the parties could not come to an agreement. Just after 3:00 p.m., the hearing had concluded. Although neither party commented on Monday's events, it is believed that more attempts at a out-of-court settlement will occur. Any main negotiation will be held in early 2018. The original lawsuit, which was filed in the district court of Linköping, where GHOST was originally based, claimed that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The four musicians furthermore stated that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put Tobias in charge of carrying out the company's management duties. In a statement explaining the lawsuit, the musicians officially revealed their identities as Söderberg, Rubino, Henrik Palm (Eather; member of GHOST from 2015 until 2016) and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth; member of GHOST from 2014 until 2016). In June, Forge filed an official response to the lawsuit, claiming that "no legal partnership" ever existed between him and the four musicians regarding the activities of GHOST and explaining that "none of the plaintiffs were present at the time of the" group's formation and that their sole task was to "perform" and "execute" the musical works and the image that Forge had created, produced and decided, all according to his instructions. For their efforts, he said, the musicians were paid a fixed salary. At the end of August, the four ex-GHOST members presented an answer of their own, dismissing Forge's claim that GHOST is a solo project as "not [being] in accordance with the truth." "Forge has certainly been the band's main songwriter, he has had the role of the band's cinematic front figure 'Papa Emeritus,' has been a driving force in the band's business, as well as in the handling of the band's business affairs," the musicians wrote. "However, the activities carried out with respect to GHOST were extensively handled jointly by the members — for example, by making decisions jointly regarding the band's image, by participating in interviews, and by the fact that every member has, at certain times, contributed when recording the band's albums and singles and by touring together almost continuously since 2011." The four ex-members, known previously only as Nameless Ghouls, claim that between the years of 2010 and 2016, Forge never told them that he viewed GHOST as a one-man business and solo project. "To the contrary, Tobias Forge has always emphasized that it was a collaboration that everyone was involved in and would share in the profit of once the business became profitable," they wrote. "The first time Tobias Forge, through the band's management, mentioned that he saw them as hired musicians rather than full-fledged members of GHOST was in the context of a contract proposal presented in April 2016." This proposal was later rejected. According to GHOST's ex-members, "It is not true that Tobias Forge was solely responsible for the creation of GHOST, its image based on anonymity and its special stage presentation. Tobias Forge might have taken the initiative of founding the band GHOST, but all members of the band were involved in the creation and development of the band's image and live show," they wrote. "For example, [former guitarist] Martin Persner [who is not involved with the lawsuit] designed most of the costumes and clothing that the band had on the stage (some of them together with Tobias Forge). Martin Persner has also, together with Tobias Forge, designed some of the masks that members have worn at stage performances. Martin Persner is also behind many of the symbols used in GHOST's activities, such as the 'Water', 'Fire', 'Air' and 'Quintessence' symbols, as well as the various album covers, t-shirt designs, etc. For others members of the group they, like Martin Persner, have been involved in the development of the band's stage show, setlists, choreography, lighting, stage decor and the like." The ex-GHOST musicians allege that the Papa Emeritus character was actually created by Peter Hällje, a former bandmate of Persner, prior to GHOST's formation. Hällje never performed as Papa Emeritus, but agreed to let Persner use the character for his then-new band. "It is noteworthy that the permission given by Peter Hällje was not given to Tobias Forge, but to Martin Persner for use in the band GHOST," they wrote. The musicians furthermore claim that in 2011, they discussed the possibility of converting the business from the single company to an economic association, a limited company or a trading company. But "because Tobias Forge succeeded in convincing the other members that there was no time to register a joint association or joint venture, they chose to move forward with another GHOST model on the advice of Forge and the accounting consultants the band hired," they wrote. "The model was based on the fact that Tobias Forge, through his companies and as the band leader, would collect and invoice third parties for the band's live fees, merchandise revenues and record royalties. The other members of the band would acquire 'F-tax slips'" — which allow business and self-employed individuals to document responsibility for payment of taxes to the state — "and bill Tobias Forge for their share of the profits of the business." The four ex-GHOST musicians also dispute Forge's claim that the band was formed in 2006, four years prior to the release of GHOST's debut album, "Opus Eponymous". They wrote: "GHOST operations began in 2010 when Simon Söderberg and Tobias Forge recorded the songs 'Ritual', 'Death Knell', 'Elisabeth' and 'Prime Mover' and made them available on the MySpace web site, followed by GHOST's first live show, which took place on October 23, 2010. The launch of GHOST was thus 2010, not 2006." The musicians also deny Forge's claim that they were paid a salary by him. Instead, they claim, an agreement was reached between the parties in 2013 that Simon Söderberg and Mauro Rubino would receive regular advance payments pending the final settlement. The advance payments received by the plaintiffs have varied from SEK 10,000 to SEK 30,000 (approximately $1250 - $3750) per month, depending on the member. This corresponds to a monthly net income (after tax) of between SEK 5,000 and SEK 15,000 ($625 - $1850). In addition, the members "received allowances on tours to cover rising living expenses." Forge was asked in a recent interview with CBS Philadelphia if he considers GHOST a solo project or a band. He replied: "I actually refer to it as the earlier of the two options. Even though I've never wanted it that way, but at the end of the day, that is what it is. So I think it speaks clear for itself. I mean, I started it in 2006, and no one that was ever in the band in 2016 was even on the first record. Call it solo, if you want to, but I call it a project." Forge, who does all the band's interviews as a Nameless Ghoul, dismissed the entire lineup at the end of 2016 and brought in a fresh group of players. He explained: "I have been in the band since I started the band. I started writing songs for it in 2006. Nowadays there's a handful of very new members, yeah. But there has been about 10 to 15 people now going in and out of the band, so there's been a lot of rotation." He added: "People have a tendency to want to feel that they're very important for something, and if it's not crucial that they're there, there will also be a little bit of a friction there." Forge entered the studio in August to begin recording a new GHOST LP. The follow-up to 2015's "Meliora" is expected out sometime early next year.

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Watch MARILYN MANSON’s NSFW ‘KILL4ME’ Video Featuring JOHNNY DEPP

Marilyn Manson's NSFW (not-safe-for-work) music video for the song "KILL4ME" can be seen below. The clip once again features an appearance by the shock rocker's close friend, actor and fellow musician Johnny Depp. "KILL4ME" is taken from Manson's late...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: ‘I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Retire Completely’

Despite the fact that he has just announced his farewell tour, Ozzy Osbourne says that he he will never retire completely. Less than a year after playing his final shows with BLACK SABBATH, the legendary metal vocalist announced that his next solo tour will also be his last. The two-year farewell jaunt will begin in May 2018 with shows in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Those will be followed by some early June dates in Russia before Ozzy embarks on on a month-long European leg, including appearances at most of the summer festivals. Ozzy will then headline a North American concert tour, details of which will be revealed in 2018. The trek is expected to end sometime in 2020, after which Ozzy will end extended global touring but may still play select shows from time to time. Asked by US Weekly if he would ever retire fully, Ozzy said: "Not until they put me in a pine box. I've just announced my final world tour, but I don't think I'll ever retire completely. I'll still do shows here and there, just no full tours. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his life and career have gone further than he ever imagined. "I come from a very low, working-class family in Birmingham, England. I would sit on my doorstep thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if Paul McCartney was to marry my sister?,' la la la, and all these daydreams that silly kids have. And what I say to a lot of people, they say what advice can you give me, and I go, 'I had a dream, and most of my dreams came true and more, you know.' You couldn't invent my story." Ozzy will be joined on the tour by guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboard player Adam Wakeman — all longtime collaborators. BLACK SABBATH played its final shows this past February, capping a 49-year run with two concerts in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England. Ozzy vowed to continue with his solo career, although his wife and manager Sharon has hinted at Ozzy calling a day by the time he's 70 years old — which the singer will hit on December 3, 2018.

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NICKELBACK Releases Music Video For One Of Its Heaviest-Ever Songs, ‘The Betrayal (Act III)’

NICKELBACK's music video for the song "The Betrayal (Act III)" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's ninth album, "Feed The Machine", which was released in June via BMG. NICKELBACK leader Chad Kroeger told Music Choice about "Feed The Machine": "This album is definitely heavier, as a whole, than a lot of our previous records. We've gone back to some pretty crunchy roots, and we're happy about that. I mean, we're always stretching off in different directions and trying different things, but we definitely went with more of an aggressive sound on this record." Kroeger called "The Betrayal (Act III)" "probably one of the hardest and heaviest songs we've ever put out… It is quite heavy; there's a lot of screaming that goes on in that chorus," he said. "I think we've all tasted a little betrayal in our days and it is not a flavor that I think any of us liked to swallow." As previously reported, NICKELBACK will return to Sin City in February 2018 for an impressive five-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. MONSTER TRUCK will open all five shows. The limited run is made even more special with the announcement that these shows will be NICKELBACK's only North American dates scheduled in 2018. The Las Vegas shows are scheduled for February 23, 24, 27 and March 2 and 3, 2018. Following its Vegas run, NICKELBACK will embark on the international leg of the "Feed The Machine" tour throughout the remainder of 2018.

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Is ‘World Gone Mad’ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ Last-Ever Studio Album? MIKE MUIR Responds

Brittney Patton of 103.7 The Eagle Rocks! conducted an interview with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir at this year's edition of the Aftershock festival, which was held October 21-22 in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if it's true that 2016's "World Gone Mad" may turn out to be SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' final studio album, Muir said: "You can't believe what anybody says nowadays — everybody's effin' lyin'. "Basically, what I said is that we wanna do a record that if it was the last one, we'd feel good about it. "Doing it as long as we have and just in life, the way it's going, you can't plan 10 years from now or whatever, because time just keeps ticking whether you move or not," he continued. "So we wanna do a record that we said we'd be very comfortable with. At the same time, we did a record — an EP — that originally we were gonna put out first [before 'World Gone Mad'] and then we said we may put it out afterwards. So we're actually gonna put that out. And we have something else that we're working on. And next year we're really excited about a lot of things that we really are looking forward to doing. "We're not afraid to say no, but it is nice when you can say 'no' to things that you probably would have said 'yes' to before," he added. "I guess that's progress." "World Gone Mad" was released in September 2016. The follow-up to 2013's "13" disc was SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' first to feature former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Jeff Pogan, who replaced Nico Santora in May 2016. Muir told Finland's Kaaos TV this past summer that SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' upcoming EP would be "a little more specifically a statement of the time" and an effort that "could be interpreted as political." In an interview with Metal Wani earlier this year, Lombardo said that he really hoped there would be more SUICIDAL TENDENCIES records. "I feel like that guy [Mike Muir] has a lot more creativity in him and a lot more energy than to throw in the towel," he said. "I feel Mike is on top of his game, and he's got a great band and great history with this band and I think that we should keep going, and I hope he does. And I'm not gonna stop asking him to record. I'm going to make sure that I keep bugging him: 'Man, we've gotta record. Let's do some recording. C'mon, let's record another album. Why not?' I try to motivate the musicians I'm with because there's no reason to stop. You've gotta keep recording, you've gotta keep creating. It's what we do for a living."

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DEE SNIDER’s Voice ‘Is Up There With’ ROB HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON And RONNIE JAMES DIO, Says JAMEY JASTA

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider is currently in the studio working on a new solo album, which is being produced by HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta. The as-yet-untitled disc will feature contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW), and is tentatively due out in the spring. On Sunday (November 12), Jasta shared another video clip from the sessions on Instagram. He wrote: "I'm fired up about this full-on metal album we're producing. People are gonna lose their minds when they hear this! I pitched the idea to Dee on my podcast and now it's becoming a reality. I did some co-writes with Nicky and Charlie as well as Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Also Mark Morton and Howard Jones have pitched in riff and lyric ideas we are using on the album. "Dee is one of the best vocalists of our time. His voice is up there with Ozzy [Osbourne], [Ronnie James] Dio, [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford to me, and it's as powerful as ever! "Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set with 'We're Not Gonna Take It', 'I Wanna Rock', 'Burn In Hell', 'We Are The Ones', 'So What' and others. Can't wait for everyone to hear this!" In an interview with Poughkeepsie radio station 101.5 WPDH on October 31, Snider discussed how his pairing with Jasta came to be. "I decided to do a very aggressive metal record — a true metal record. I start recording the album today for release next spring," he said. "Jamey is a fan of mine, and I was on his podcast, and he literally challenged me on the air. He said, 'Dude, you're iconic. I think you need to do a true metal record. Think Rob Halford's 'Resurrection', think in that direction. I go, 'Well, what do you got in mind?' He goes, 'Dude, I will produce it, and I've got songs, and I've got people stumbling over each other to write a song for Dee Snider.' Then he just started sending me music. The new stuff is powerful; it's great; and I'm excited about the next tour, which will start next spring." Earlier today (Monday, November 13), Snider shared his excitement about how the project is coming along on Twitter, writing: "Talk is cheap, but action is rare. 'I woulda/coulda/shoulda' is all bullshit! Jamey Jasta challenged me, I accepted his challenge and we are well on the way to a spring album release! Songs written, demoed and recording process started! NO B.S.!" Snider's last solo album, "We Are The Ones", was released in October 2016 via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as "an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS." He added: "Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it; I've abandoned my past to move forward." TWISTED SISTER called it quits last year after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.

I’m fired up about this full on metal album we’re producing @deesniderofficial_ ! People are gonna lose their minds when they hear this! i pitched the idea to Dee on my podcast and now it’s becoming a reality. i did some co-writes w/ Nicky & Charlie as well as @joelgrind from @toxicholocaust_official also @markmortonofficial & Howard Jones have pitched in Riff & lyric ideas we are using on the album. Dee is one of the best vocalists of our time. His voice is up there with Ozzy, Dio, Dickinson & Halford to me, AND it’s as powerful as ever! Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set w/ We’re Not Gonna Take It, i Wanna Rock, Burn In Hell, We Are The Ones, So What and others. Can’t wait for everyone to hear this! Stay tuned!

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Well said! Talk is cheap but action is rare. "I woulda/coulda/shoulda" is all bullshit! @jameyjasta challenged me, I accepted his challenge and we are well on the way to a Spring album release! Songs written, demoed and recording process started! NO B.S.! #Deehards #metal https://t.co/ITF8erK4di

— Dee Snider (@deesnider) November 13, 2017

This Dee Snider album is gonna be haaaaarrrrrd!! @deesniderofficial_

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LAMB OF GOD Frontman In CHTHONIC’s ‘Tshiong’ Movie: New Trailer Released

A new trailer for "Tshiong", the long-in-the-works Taiwanese action-comedy made by the metal band CHTHONIC, can be seen below. The movie, which stars LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe, was directed by Wen-Tang Cheng, who has previously produced a number of documentary, short and feature films. "Tshiong" will receive a Taiwanese premiere on December 29. In a 2015 interview with EMP Rock Invasion, Blythe spoke about how he got involved with the movie. He said: "My friends in this band CHTHONIC, they're a Taiwanese band — they're really big in Taiwan and they're pretty political, they're very pro Taiwanese independence. Because China still claims ownership of Taiwan, basically. And that goes all the way back to Chinese civil war when Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong were fighting. My friends are very pro Taiwanese independence, and I don't blame them. I think every country should have the ability to govern itself. The people who govern it should be the people who live there, right? That's what you think." He continued: "Freddy [Lim], their singer, e-mailed me one day, and he was just, like, 'Hey, man. We're making an action movie. Do you wanna be in it?' And I'm, like, 'Yeah.' I didn't ask him what it was about or anything. I'm just, like, 'Yeah. Yeah, I do.' I mean, I obviously didn't do it for the money — I didn't make much money — but I did it 'cause it's awesome to be in a kung fu movie." According to Blythe, he plays "a sort of an exaggerated, more 'rock star' version" of himself in the movie, which contains "a lot of action, kung fu fighting, comedy and politics." He says about his role in the film: "I was in a riot, I got beat up by the cops, I ran from the cops." The LAMB OF GOD frontman became friends with the members of CHTHONIC when both bands played at Ozzfest in 2007. Since then, he's performed with them in Taiwan and he and his wife have spent time there on holiday.

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KORN Guitarist Pays Tribute To Ex-FAITH NO MORE Singer: ‘We Are Losing Too Many People To The Disease Of Addiction’

KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has paid tribute to Chuck Mosley, saying that the ex-FAITH NO MORE singer and his former bandmates "were a huge part" of KORN's "everyday lives" in the early 1990s. Mosley died last week at the age of 57. He sang on FAITH NO MORE's first two albums, 1985's "We Care A Lot" and 1987's "Introduce Yourself". He was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, who remains the group's singer to this day. In an Instagram post earlier today (Monday, November 13), Welch wrote: "I remember living in a tiny apartment in Burbank, California, living with most of the guys who would later form KORN. They were in their funk rock band called L.A.P.D. I was just hanging out drinking beer trying to figure out life. They were so into the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and FAITH NO MORE, and I wanted nothing to do with those bands. Little did I know that FAITH NO MORE would grow on me so much that it changed my whole outlook of what metal could sound like. I remember Fieldy [KORN bassist] waking the whole house up every single day singing the background vocals for the song 'We Care A Lot' by FAITH NO MORE. Every morning he would scream, 'whoa whoa uh oh!' Drove us all crazy, but looking back now, it's a funny memory. FAITH NO MORE with Chuck Mosley were a huge part of our everyday lives back then. "Guys, we need to learn from all this. We are losing too many people to the disease of addiction. It's a plague that's sending the angel of death to wipe so many of our people out and it's got to stop! "Please, get help with whatever you're struggling with. Initiate conversations with the Lord every day. "Religious people make prayer out to be some holier than thou thing, but all it is, is talking to God like a friend. Face to face. Heart to heart. "RIP Chuck Mosley, I'm so grateful that you and your family came to see us a couple months ago at our show." After he was fired from FAITH NO MORE, Mosley sued his former bandmates over ownership rights and they eventually settled out of court. Years later, he reconciled with FAITH NO MORE, reuniting with them onstage in 2010 and making further live appearances with the group in 2015 and 2016. Following his initial departure from FAITH NO MORE, Mosley briefly fronted BAD BRAINS and launched a series of solo projects, including the funk metal band CEMENT.

I remember living in a tiny apartment in Burbank California living with most of the guys who would later form Korn. They were in their funk rock band called LAPD. I was just hanging out drinking beer trying to figure out life. They were so into the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Faith No More, and I wanted nothing to do with those bands. Little did I know that Faith No More would grow on me so much that it changed my whole outlook of what metal could sound like. I remember Fieldy waking the whole house up every single day singing the background vocals for the song "We Care A lot" by Faith No More. Every morning he would scream "whoa whoa uh oh!" Drove us all crazy but looking back now it's a funny memory. Faith No More with Chuck Mosley were a huge part of our everyday lives back then. Guys, we need to learn from all this. We are losing too many people to the disease of addiction. It's a plague that's sending the angel of death to wipe so many of our people out and it's got to stop! Please, get help with whatever you're struggling with. Initiate conversations with the Lord everyday. Religious people make prayer out to be some holier than thou thing, but all it is, is talking to God like a friend. Face-to face. Heart-to heart. RIP Chuck Mosley, I'm so grateful that you and your family came to see us a couple months ago at our show ??

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KISS Kruise To Rock Again In 2018

KISS has once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman, to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween October 31, 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, Flo...

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