SOUNDGARDEN ‘Kind Of Halfway Through’ Writing New Album, Says CHRIS CORNELL

SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell spoke to The Pulse Of Radio last week about the status of the band's next studio album. "[I'm] not really sure," he said. "I mean, I think we're kind of halfway through. We haven't really recorded anything, so we're just sort of working on ideas. I think we have about half the songs we need for an album. But you never know. We tend to make pretty long albums. At some point when we feel like we're done, five more songs show up at the doorstep." Guitarist Kim Thayil was also asked about the new SOUNDGARDEN album by Philadelphia radio station WMMR, to which he replied: "There's some things that have been documented in rehearsal, there's some things that are at the demo stage, there are some that are still in the developmental stage, ideas that we jammed on that we're kind of working out arrangements for. Every different stage within the process of songwriting is being addressed at this point." Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that the band should get into the studio "sometime" this year. Work on SOUNDGARDEN's seventh studio effort started in 2015, but the band took breaks while Cornell toured his "Higher Truth" solo set and drummer Matt Cameron hit the road with PEARL JAM. SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus, first touring and then writing and recording "King Animal", its first new studio album in 16 years. The band will kick off a North American tour on May 3 in Atlanta, winding down on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. Support on selected dates will come from THE PRETTY RECKLESS and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. This will be SOUNDGARDEN's first trek since a summer 2014 co-headlining run with NINE INCH NAILS.

METALLICA To Play Special Benefit Show For ‘Native Fund’ In Iowa

METALLICA will perform at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on June 9 as part of the "WorldWired 2017" tour. Support at the show will come from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT. Tickets go on sale April 21 at 10 a.m. via The concert is a benefit for the Dallas Clark and Ashton Kutcher-founded Native Fund, a non-profit organization helping Iowans during disaster relief. "'Newton, Iowa?' You ask... 'that's a new one!' We’re excited to announce that the 'WorldWired' tour will make a stop at the Iowa Speedway in Newton to play a special benefit show for the Native Fund on Friday, June 9," METALLICA wrote on its web site. "Our tour mates AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT will join us at the NASCAR track nestled between Cedar Rapids and Des Moines." The Native Fund last staged a concert in Iowa last August, when country singer Blake Shelton performed at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. About 45,000 people attended the event. 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. metallicanativefundposter


Members of DREAM THEATER, WHITESNAKE, LIVING COLOUR, JOURNEY and ARCH ENEMY are among the rock musicians and scores of other artists who reacted on social media to the passing of the groundbreaking British guitarist Allan Holdsworth. The news of Holdsworth's death was broken by his daughter's Louise on her Facebook page earlier this evening. In a short statement, she said: "It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori." Holdsworth released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion. Holdsworth has been cited as an influence by such renowned rock, metal and jazz guitarists as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Romeo and Tom Morello. Holdsworth was working on a new solo album at the time of his death.


Veteran Dutch extreme metallers PESTILENCE have recruited Slovenian bassist Tilen Hudrap (VICIOUS RUMORS, PARADOX, THRAW) for their upcoming studio album, "Hadeon", and accompanying world tour. An audio clip of Hudrap playing the new PESTILENCE song "Discarnate Entity" — which will appear on "Hadeon" — can be streamed below. PESTILENCE has just inked a deal with Hammerheart Records. The band will enter the studio in June to begin recording "Hadeon" for a late 2017 release. Hammerheart has also come to an agreement on the PESTILENCE back catalog, but plans are still in the works to get all details finalized concerning these essential recordings ("Malleus Maleficarum", "Consuming Impulse", "Testimony Of The Ancients" and "Spheres"). It is hoped that those records will be reissued as deluxe 2-CDs and LPs later this year 2017. Joining Hudrap and vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli in the band's current lineup are Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) on lead guitar and Septimiu Hărşan (DISAVOWED) on drums. In July 2014, Mameli announced that PESTILENCE was "on a permanent hold" while he concentrated fully on his new NEUROMORPH project, which he said would be "more brutal, more crazy, more tech, more futuristic and more death" than his longtime outfit. PESTILENCE's seventh album, "Obsideo", was released in November 2013 via Candlelight Records. The CD was produced by Mameli and featured ten new songs. According to Mameli, the album's overall lyrical theme was "the journey of the human soul." Photo credit: Dominika Torkar

Our new bassplayer Tilen plays Discarnate Entity, new track on the upcoming new Pestilence album called HADEON🤘

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Former AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Would Like To Work With ANGUS YOUNG Again

Kaaos TV conducted an interview with former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on April 14 at Rantasipi hotel in Vaasa, Finland. You can now watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On performing AC/DC songs with his solo band on the group's current European tour: Phil: "[Those are] the ones I like, that I feel I contributed a lot to, with just the way I played them. We don't wanna be a covers band, so we just brought in two or three [AC/DC tracks]. Because we're playing the Bonfest [the annual celebration of the life and music of AC/DC legend Bon Scott, who died in 1980 at the age of 33] on the 28th of April in Scotland, so we've got three of Bon's songs that we're playing, and hopefully we'll do them well for the fans in Scotland." On what he did with his time after he was ousted from AC/DC when he was sentenced to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand court in 2015 after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession: Phil: "It was more of a mind/psychological rebuild. So I had a great therapist. And being locked up was actually a good chance to get my shit sorted… I've got a pretty nice house in Tauranga [New Zealand], so it wasn't too bad. And people could come and go and everything. My good friend Rupert Bird [Rudd's court-appointed psychiatrist], who's my therapist as well, he was a great help to me. So I'm in really good shape. I'm very fit. Plus I had a heart attack, and now I've got more blood pumping, and I've got good stamina. And I'm playing pretty well, if I do say so myself." On whether he would like to be involved with AC/DC again in the future: Phil: "I'd like to be involved with Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] again, maybe on the next album or something. But I still have some traveling restrictions, and I'm not sure if I can go to America or not. I've got some lawyers doing some work so I can go back to America, but I'm not too sure. So I have some limitations on what I can do, and I'm just making the best of my situation at the moment." On whether he is in contact with his former bandmates in AC/DC: Phil: "I am. Yes, I am. I talk to Brian [Johnson, AC/DC singer], and we just talk about cars, and I talk to Cliff [Williams, AC/DC bassist], and we just talk [about] anything. It's just old friends talk. But I'm sure Angus has got a few ideas. He did a great job on the 'Rock Or Bust' album. I think it's a great album — one of the best ones we've done, for sure. [It was] very well produced by Brendan O'Brien, who understands guitarists. And he did a really good job. And I was pleased with my work on that as well." On whether he can see himself working with Axl Rose as AC/DC new singer: Phil: "I don't know. I just play drums. When I play with AC/DC, I just play drums. [With my solo band], I'm the boss of everything. [But when I play with AC/DC], I don't [care about the other stuff]. I just play drums, and I enjoy that." The GUNS N' ROSES leader completed nearly two dozen shows with AC/DC last year after Brian Johnson, who joined in 1980 after the death of original vocalist Bon Scott, was told he was at risk of going deaf. Rudd, who has appeared on all but three of AC/DC's 18 studio albums, has just embarked on his first solo tour in support of his 2014 solo debut, "Head Job". It was the release of that album that led indirectly to Rudd's arrest, with the drummer allegedly so angry at a personal assistant over the way the record was promoted that he threatened to have the man and his daughter killed. Rudd's replacement in AC/DC is Chris Slade, who also did a three-year stint with the group from 1990 to 1993.

EYEHATEGOD Back On Stage With MIKE WILLIAMS: Video Of Entire Philadelphia Concert

EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike IX Williams made his triumphant return to the stage this weekend following a successful liver transplant this past December. Williams, who hadn't performed live in a year, made his 2017 stage debut on April 14 at this year's Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan. From there, the band hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a performance last night (April 15) at First Unitarian Church. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire Philadelphia concert can be seen below. Williams recently said it was "totally strange" seeing Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN) and Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) sing for EYEHATEGOD while he recovered from his liver transplant. He underwent the successful surgery last year after fans pledged more than $50,000 thanks to a crowdfunding drive. Williams told Clrvynt: "The idea to get Philip to sing was my idea, and the idea to get Randy was also mine. I didn't want to cancel that DISCHARGE tour. "This is my band, and whether I'm there or not, I want to do it. It's always gonna be part of me. So, when I found out I was absolutely too sick, we had already had Philip do some shows, so we got Randy to do some others. "I just didn't want to cancel and let down more people. They at least got to see EYEHATEGOD, even if it was a different version of the band." He continued: "It's just another part of this situation. Shit happens. I just wanted the band to go on. "It was crazy to watch — totally strange to watch somebody in my spot onstage — but it's another part of the game and another chapter in this weird band that I'm in. It's life." EYEHATEGOD continues to deafen the masses in support of its self-titled LP which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records, breaking the band's decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release of the band's storied history. Having helped define the "NOLA sound" with their signature down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section, EYEHATEGOD re-emerged stronger and more determined than ever before. EYEHATEGOD personifies desperation and addiction in the various backwaters of forgotten America, punctuated by the "N'awlins" sound of rebellion and pollution resulting in triumph over adversity. The band will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary next year. Stay tuned for special releases to be announced in the future.

RICHIE KOTZEN: THE WINERY DOGS ‘Are Sleeping, But They’ll Be Back’

During an appearance on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen was asked about some of his recent comments which painted an uncertain future for THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). He explained: "It's unfortunate, because… It's funny, because I've been doing press and I've said things… I always know what I'm saying. I'm not a politician; I'm a very open, honest guy, and that's the way it is — that's the way I am; take it or leave it. So I said specifically all the great things that the band did, how much fun it is and how much I love it, but I also said that right now, personally, it's the furthest thing from my mind, because, obviously, I just finished a new [solo] record and so I'm getting out, touring and getting behind my new music, which is what people do. And I also pointed out that the other guys [from THE WINERY DOGS] are doing the same thing. I pointed out that MR. BIG has a record coming out, and we know Mike is always busy. So I just pointed out the obvious. And I think I said [I would] keep all doors open, and, of course, in the future, we could see a WINERY DOGS record. I think I said something else that maybe got people in a panic, that it would probably be at least two years [before there is new music from THE WINERY DOGS]. But if you really look at reality, if my [solo] album cycle is going from now into 2018 and there's a MR. BIG thing happening and this and that, it really will be two years until we actually get our hands on new music from THE WINERY DOGS, because let's face it: we have to write it, we have to create it. So my point is the DOGS are sleeping, but they'll be back. So whatever I say should not be creating a panic, it's just talking frankly and honestly and [relaying the] reality of what's going on." He continued: "The band's great, we all love each other, we all play well together. It's afforded all of us a lot of great opportunities and kind of recharged all of our careers individually, and especially mine, so we all recognize that, we love playing together, and, of course, down the line, we're gonna do something. But, you know, it's unfortunate, because I said some things very casually, like I'm saying now, and there's a web site that seems to only report stuff if they can take a little clip and spin it into something to create a little chaos. And I really think that's what they did. Because they didn't talk about my new record, they didn't talk about anything. The headline had something to do with THE WINERY DOGS and trying to make it sound like I said the band has no future, which I said nothing like that; I said exactly what you're hearing me say now. So if that's a problem for anybody to interpret, I can't help you. See a doctor." Kotzen appeared to be referencing an interview he gave earlier in the month to Myglobalmind in which he said didn't foresee anything happening [with THE WINERY DOGS] for a couple of years." He explained: "It's an interesting thing, with THE WINERY DOGS I wasn't looking to join a band for the rest of my life. My idea was to take a break from being Richie Kotzen and do something more collaborative. I thought it would be fun to do the first WINERY DOGS CD and tour to some key market shows and that would be the end of it. We ended up getting a great response and toured for over a year. People loved the CD so much that we got back in the studio to do the second one. "For me, it's time to come home and do what I've always done. I have been making Richie Kotzen records since I was 18; it's a source of survival, sanity, art, and everything you want to call it. I know the other guys have something very exciting in the works which people will love. It may fill a WINERY DOGS void." Kotzen continued: "I'm not saying it's over; you never know in a couple of years from now we may get back together and do something. What I am saying is THE WINERY DOGS are the furthest thing from my mind right now with a new [solo] CD coming out." THE WINERY DOGS last year completed a tour in support of its second album, "Hot Streak", which was released in October 2015 in North America via Loud & Proud Records. "Hot Streak" debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. THE WINERY DOGS' May 27, 2016 performance at Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile was professionally filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD and Blu-ray, tentatively due in July. Kotzen's 21st solo album, "Salting Earth", was released on April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.

JOHN MOYER Says It Won’t Take DISTURBED Four Years To Release Next Studio Album

DISTURBED bassist John Moyer spoke to Metal Wani about the band's plan to release a new acoustic record which will include brand new material as well as reworked versions of songs from the group's catalog. According to Moyer, an acoustic EP now could capitalize on the success DISTURBED has had with its cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "The Sound Of Silence", which has been a massive hit that has introduced the band to new audiences. "With the success of 'The Sound Of Silence', it seems like now is a good time to kind of… We've always talked about it, but now seems like the best time to go down that road and explore it," he said. Singer David Draiman revealed in February that DISTURBED's acoustic EP will be released before the band begins work on the follow-up to 2015's "Immortalized" album. Prior to the arrival of "Immortalized", DISTURBED had been on hiatus since the fall of 2011, after completing the touring cycle for its previous studio effort, "Asylum", and issuing a rarities collection called "The Lost Children". Asked if it will take DISTURBED another four years to release its next studio album, Moyer told Metal Wani: "No, no. I'm not really sure what the time [frame] is, but I'm sure it will be less than four years. DISTURBED will be back out with a new record probably by 2019, but who knows? There's no plans to take a hiatus like we did previously." Moyer also said that DISTURBED's next album will likely contain similar musical elements to the band's first six efforts while dipping into some new territory. "Even the last album had a lot of moments of aggression and melody," he explained. "The band's always gonna have that vibe. I expect DISTURBED to explore new avenues and always push themselves and evolve, but at its core, you're gonna have a band that plays heavy riffs with heavy emotion." "Immortalized" became DISTURBED's fifth album to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 — a feat shared only with METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. Moyer is currently on the road with ART OF ANARCHY, which also features CREED singer Scott Stapp, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums. ART OF ANARCHY issued its sophomore album, "The Madness", on March 24.

ACCEPT To Release ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ Album In August

German/American metallers ACCEPT will release their new studio album, "The Rise Of Chaos", on August 4 via Nuclear Blast. The band will launch the disc on August 3 with special show at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The group's set will consist of three parts: Part one will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits. Part two will present another premiere: Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann will play tracks from his solo album, "Headbangers Symphony", released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi and Mozart in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show. This unique concert experience will take place on this year's "Night To Remember", which makes it even more special. The "Night To Remember" is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance. Hoffmann stated: "It's always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organizing team put into their work to get a varied result. It's a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans." Added Thomas Jensen, organizer of Wacken Open Air: "ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany's heavy metal scene. We're really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure." Hoffmann told Metalholic about ACCEPT's upcoming follow-up to 2014's "Blind Rage" album: "[The band's sound is] not gonna change ever dramatically, because as long as Peter [Baltes, bass] and I sort of write the songs in the way that we do, it's always gonna sound very much like ACCEPT, and it's what we're going for. We don't really ever want any changes. 'Cause we're going for that consistent vibe in our songs. And the best compliment we sometimes give each other is when we finish a song and we say, 'Man, that sounds like 1982 all over again.' 'Cause we don't want it to sound any different at this point. We just want it to sound like it could have been written thirty years ago — only with a modern twist and a modern production and maybe better than ever, but the general vibe shouldn't be any different. We don't really wanna change at this point."

Video: MICHAEL MONROE Performs New Song ‘One Foot Out Of The Grave’ On ‘The Voice Of Finland’

Video footage of former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe performing a new song called "One Foot Out Of The Grave" on the Finnish reality singing competition "The Voice Of Finland" can be seen below. Playing bass in Monroe's backing band for "The Voice" performance was Swedish musician and BACKYARD BABIES guitarist/vocalist Dregen, who left Monroe's solo band in 2014 to focus on a solo career. Dregen was filling in for Monroe's regular bassist Sami Yaffa, who was in Bali shooting the television series "Sound Tracker". Released as a single on April 7, "One Foot Out Of The Grave" is one of five bonus tracks that will be included on Monroe's best-of compilation album, "Michael Monroe - The Best", which will be released before the summer to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of his debut solo album, "Nights Are So Long". There will also be a "very significant" cut featuring an as-yet-undisclosed "big-name" guest. Monroe revealed the first details of the upcoming compilation during an interview with "Star Radio Rock Show With Neil Jones". Asked if he has already begun work on material for the follow-up to his last solo album, 2015's "Blackout States", the Finnish singer said: "We've already got a bunch of stuff. Right now we've got at least half an album of really strong stuff. "Right now we're in the middle of labels, actually," he continued. "Well, I'm releasing a compilation of… It's been thirty years now since my first solo album, 'Nights Are So Long', came out, so it's like a thirty-year-anniversary kind of year. So we're releasing a best-of of all these years of all my solo albums. It's twenty-six songs, including the last three, and there's five bonus tracks, including a new single called 'One Foot Out Of The Grave', which is also included. There's five bonus tracks, previously unreleased, and one of them is very significant. I can't reveal yet, but there's a big name playing on one of them, so it'll be a nice surprise." "Michael Monroe - The Best" was mastered last month at Chartmakers studio in Espoo, Finland with mastering engineer Svante Forsbäck. Even though HANOI ROCKS was formed in Finland, their trashy, hedonistic, decadent hard rock/pop-metal boogie influenced many Los Angeles acts, including GUNS N' ROSES and MÖTLEY CRÜE. Asked in a January 2016 interview with Ytsejam if he ever felt like he was unfairly coined within the hair metal scene, Monroe said: "First of all, I never felt like I was part of that hair metal scene, I was blamed for it. I got blamed for it a lot. I said don't blame me. I didn't do that, I couldn't relate to a lot of that stuff. Those guys were into posing; sex drugs, rock and roll stuff. They guys were so wacky; partying, chicks and booze that always seemed more important to the music. To me, it was always about music and the attitude. HANOI ROCKS was always more about punk. I think any words such as glam, punk, or grunge or whatever, as soon as something has a name, it's over. The cool thing about HANOI ROCKS is that it defied all categories. Nobody could categorize us because we played everything from punk to calypso. I think, okay, what do you call AEROSMITH? Are they a rock band? I never liked being put into categories. The hair metal thing was ridiculous. Most of those bands played their hairspray cans better than they did their actual instruments. That was why I was almost embarrassed to say I was a rock singer."