ANTHRAX Singer Would Be In Favor Of More ‘Big Four’ Shows

David Glessner recently conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Jonathan Donais and singer Joey Belladonna. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about persistent rumors of more shows featuring the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, ANTHRAX, SLAYER and MEGADETHJoey said: "I don't know. I really don't. I don't even know where the rumors come from. I'll let that evolve as it goes. It'd be nice. I'd be in favor [of it] big time. I can't be the one to say, 'Yeah, I talked to so-and-so, and he told me, and it's definite.'" Asked if there is a "friendly rivalry" between ANTHRAX and the other "Big Four" bands, Joey said: "I think everybody's in touch with each one personally. I think people are all in contact in some way or another. Musically, I think we all kind of look at everything and see what people are doing. I'm not looking at numbers. I don't even know what we did, let alone them. It's cool. It's nice to see people having progress, and everybody's still together. It's nice." Joey also talked about ANTHRAX's longevity and what motivates the band to keep going three and a half decades into the group's career. "It just shows it's just not an easy process. There's definitely some thought involved. You've gotta have yourself together to keep that motivation too. I think we're just naturally into what we're doing. Not that other bands aren't. It's not for everybody. It's like anything else. But that's what's cool about being original too. I think everybody's got their own originality, and we just thrive from that. That's what's awesome." Regarding which other band would be included if the "Big Four" were ever expanded to a "Big Five," Joey said: "Oh, I don't know. I don't even know where 'Four' comes from. Some people got mad at the 'Four,' like we had anything to do with it. I hear people say EXODUS. You can put four or five bands together in all different genres, I guess. I don't know how that even came about. Yeah, you could muster up the us four and be legitimate about it, if there is such a thing. I hate the whole number one, two, three, four, or who's bigger, better, who's eligible and all that stuff. Same with polls. 'Yeah, I just heard you're No. 55 on the lead vocals overseas.' And I'm, like,' What does that mean?' I remember Creem magazine, Charlie Watts was voted No. 1 drummer. I love Charlie Watts, but then you look at the rest of the drummers and [you're, like], 'He's better than them? Really?' So it's weird. I don't know what that means. It's just nice that all four bands could be on tour. It could have been called something completely different and had no number [attached] to it — just 'these guys are going out together' — and it would have been cool." The four influential acts played together for the first time in history on June 16, 2010 in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland and shared a bill again for six more shows as part of the Sonisphere series that same year. They reunited again for several dates in 2011, including the last "Big Four" concert, which was held on September 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Since then, METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX have played a number of shows together, including the 2013 Soundwave festival in Australia. They also performed at the 2014 Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Begins Recording Fourth Album

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, has entered a studio in Phoenix, Arizona to record its fourth album. The disc, which is being produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, will be released in the fall via Napalm Records. The first in a series of video clips from the studio, titled "The Conspiracy Diaries", can be seen below. Max told Faygoluvers earlier this year that CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's follow-up to 2014's "Pandemonium" would "be a beast of an album. We're gonna try to make the best one of all, everything we've done. We'll try to clean slate on the whole thing and make just an awesome, in-your-face great record." "Pandemonium" sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 177 on The Billboard 200 chart. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's previous CD, 2011's "Blunt Force Trauma" opened with around 5,000 units to land at No. 122. The band's first CD, 2008's "Inflikted", registered a first-week tally of 9,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 72. "Pandemonium" was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY. Max and Igor have spent the last year celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety.

KING DIAMOND, THE POODLES Members Join Forces In KRYPTONITE

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of a new melodic rock combo from Sweden: KRYPTONITE. Sometimes musicians are put together who only know each other from afar via their respective recordings, but something clicks and triggers a magical moment. That's exactly what happened when Jakob Samuel from THE POODLES met up with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on the heels of a concept created by Frontiers president Serafino Perugino. Together, they set off to work on a new band that could offer lyrical concepts that are deep and intelligent with music that operates within the genres they excel in. And most importantly, has a great energy and impact. Samuel, Del Vecchio and Perugino handpicked each musician to be part of their vision for a strong lineup of young and hungry Swedish musicians that would be ready to go out there and kick some ass. Pontus Egberg, formerly of THE POODLES and now the bass player for KING DIAMOND and TREAT, was the first one to enter the picture, followed shortly thereafter by Robban Back of MUSTASCH (and ex-ECLIPSE). The choice of guitar player fell to the young and immensely gifted Mike Palace. Mike showed his huge talents as a writer and performer on his band Palace's debut album and on several songs he has already written for the label. The recording and writing sessions flowed freely and the songs came naturally. This band will truly set a standard for what fans perceive as melodic hard rock in today's climate. It is classic, but modern at the same time, groovy and cool.
Introducing KRYPTONITE!

Hello, we are Kryptonite! Check out this introductory behind-the scenes video to learn more about us and our upcoming self-titled album, which will be released via Frontiers Music srl. And the best part is you get to hear some snippets of music in the video too! Our first single and music video will be released VERY SOON, so stay tuned for that, news about the release date, pre-orders, and more! Kryptonite is: • Jakob Samuel (The Poodles) - Vocals • Pontus Egberg (Treat) - Bass • Robban Back (Mustasch) - Drums • Mike Palace (Palace) - Guitar

Posted by Kryptonite - Sweden on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Video Premiere: STONE SOUR’s ‘Song #3’

STONE SOUR has released a Ryan Valdez-directed for the band's new track "Song #3". The clip, which shows the band going through several costume changes, can be seen below. "Song #3" is taken from STONE SOUR's upcoming album, "Hydrograd", which will be released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. In other news, STONE SOUR has announced a 21-date European winter tour. The trek will kick off in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 15 and wrap up in Milan, Italy on December 15. Support on the tour will come from THE PRETTY RECKLESS with the exception of the Paris show on November 24. STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor previously stated about "Hydrograd": “We have six singles on this album. I'm really excited. This album is great because it's got elements of everything. It's got the heavy energy of the '80s, there's punk moments, there's hard rock moments — all the great amalgam of music. There's even jazz and hip-hop moments; it's really, really cool. It's probably the coolest album I've made since the first SLIPKNOT album. I feel very confident making that statement because it's so good." "Hydrograd" was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 will make the CD. Bassist Johnny Chow described the disc as "a straight rock and roll album" in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, adding, "It's just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We've got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them." Chow called the record a "bit of a departure" from previous STONE SOUR albums. STONE SOUR has had eight Top 10 songs on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs, dating back to "Bother" in 2002. The band has landed three top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 and has sold 2.1 million albums in the United States to date, according to Nielsen Music.

Former AMARANTHE Singer JOACIM ‘JAKE E’ LUNDBERG Discusses CYHRA’s Formation, Upcoming Album

CYHRA, the new band featuring former IN FLAMES members Peter Iwers (bass) and Jesper Strömblad (guitar) alongside ex-AMARANTHE singer Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg and LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY drummer Alex Landenburg, recently recorded its debut album at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden for a fall 2017 release via Spinefarm. Speaking to AntiHero Magazine, Jake stated about CYHRA's formation: "I have been friends with Jesper for a long time, probably ten years. We met for the first time when I was working for IN FLAMES as a pyro technician back in the day. That was also when I got to know Peter. We had been friends since then. I was considering to make a solo album, and I would say that I have no idea what I'm going to do, but I'm probably going to write some songs as well. And he asked me, 'Would you do the vocals on my solo album?' And I said, 'Of course. Would you be interested in playing guitar on whatever I'm doing?' And he said yes. And then we started to talk about what our solo albums, projects, whatever it was meant to be would sound like and when we were discussing that we just realized that okay, we want the same. We want to make the same album. So that's where it all came to be and then we decided to start writing songs together. So, we were actually talking over a cup of coffee on a Friday and then on Monday we actually sat down in the studio and we started working on the first song. So that was really, really good. And then when we were doing the same thing there, we didn't know what to do. But after a couple of songs, everything started to come together. Then Jesper said, 'Okay what are we going to do?' And I said that I had the perfect drummer for this band, and that's Alex Landenburg. I said that you are going to love this guy. And a couple of months later we all met, and Jesper and Alex became best friends instantly. And then Jesper said that it would be cool if Peter would like to join. And so we asked him and he was still the bassist for IN FLAMES, and he said, 'Yeah, absolutely, I will gladly jump on board of this ship. But just to let you know, I am going to still be a member of IN FLAMES as well.' We were cool with that and then things happened like they did. Peter eventually decided to part ways with IN FLAMES. So now we're here recording the first album." Regarding the CYHRA sound, Jake said: "It is hard to describe what we sound like because we've been writing for almost a year. We've been influenced by so many different bands. We are, of course, influenced by ourselves. Because like, as the main songwriter in all our different projects before, you know, like, Jesper has his touch of things, I have the touch on my side, and also the other guys. Of course, you will find similarities in our former bands. But I won't say that we have reinvented the wheel in any way, but it's still something that sounds really, really fresh and new, even though music is music. You could always probably find similarities. But I would not say that it sounds like old AMARANTHE, or that it sounds like IN FLAMES. But you could completely, you know, recognize yourself within these boundaries." Jake E announced his departure from AMARANTHE in February, explaining at the time that he began to feel that "my place both on the albums and live was reduced; I felt like I was superfluous… I started to feel more like a backing singer." Iwers issued a statement in November saying that he was leaving IN FLAMES "to pursue other endeavors." He has since been replaced on the road by Bryce Paul, a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit IVES. Strömblad quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction. He later formed THE RESISTANCE with Marco Aro (vocals, THE HAUNTED) and Glenn Ljungström (guitar, ex-IN FLAMES), only to exit that band in March 2016. THE RESISTANCE bassist Rob Hakemo later slammed Jesper in an interview, calling the guitarist "an alcoholic" and "drug addict" who "doesn't want to [get] sober."

LAMB OF GOD Frontman Reacts To Deadly Blast Outside ARIANA GRANDE Concert

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has reacted in horror at the news that at least 22 people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday. Authorities are still investigating the incident, but it is believed that the attack was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb. Blythe took to his Instagram account to repost the news headline "Explosion, Panic And Death At Ariana Grande Concert In England", and wrote in an accompanying message: "I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. "A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. "At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- —in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. "For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store and mentioned the news. This person joked, 'Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show.' I was too shocked to even say anything — I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead and many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. "I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions and beliefs were at that show for the same reason — to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish and twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. "Everything you do and say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. "Make sure you do your best to think and speak with a moral heart — maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path. You never know who you may affect positively. "My thoughts and prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight." The crowd at the Ariana Grande concert was reportedly made up of mainly younger people. Universal Music Group, parent company for Grande's record label, Republic Records, said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight's devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy."

I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything- I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight.

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METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of ‘Fuel’ Performance From Foxborough

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song "Fuel" on May 19 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts can be seen below. METALLICA was joined in Foxborough, as they will be on most of the rest of the North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour, by VOLBEAT and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. The North American run will hit stadiums in 20 more cities before ending in mid-August. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that the band was genuinely surprised to learn they could still play stadiums, saying, "It was like, 'Holy fuck, people really still care about this band in ways that you stopped taking for granted literally decades ago. It was very inspiring and kind of eye-opening." He added: "Full stadium runs can sometimes be a little intimidating. There's all these things to worry about like, 'You should really try to play maybe only on the weekend,' and, 'Where do you play on Tuesday?' and some of those practicalities can get a little bewildering. We just threw caution to the wind. Doing a stadium run seemed like the perfect thing on the back of how well this record has been received and all the good will that's out there in METALLICA's world right now." The next stop on the tour is St. Louis, Missouri on June 4.

COREY TAYLOR Says ‘America 51’ Is Probably His ‘Angriest, Weirdest Book Ever’

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor spoke to the 94.3 KILO radio station about his next book, "America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside 'The Greatest Country In The World'", which will be released on August 8 via Da Capo Press. According to Taylor, "America 51" was originally "supposed to be this love letter to America. Beause we take a lot of flak. And, obviously, we can be a little more judged than most countries. And I'm just as bad. I'm a very sociopolitical person, and I dip my toe in it. "I wanted to write a book about all the stuff that I loved about America, all the stuff that we got right, all the cool little things that are regionally centric, that I have seen over the years and toured and just all the people that I've really gotten to know," he revealed. "And then, politically, all hell broke loose, and I kind of had to change the entire tone of my book. I started over. I started from scratch. I went full-on great big mouth. It's probably my angriest, weirdest book ever." Corey, who has been very vocal in his dislike for President Donald Trump, says that "America 51" will not be merely a collection of his anti-Republican rants. "Most people are gonna think that I'm just kind of screaming from the liberal wall, but I'm not," he explained. "I'm mad at everybody, because it's everybody's fault that we're in this goddamn situation, and I'm gonna make people understand that it's everybody's fault that we're in this goddamn situation. The fact that people are screaming from the parapets instead of coming to the middle where most people in America are and talking about it. That's the only reason that things are as bad as they are right now — because everyone thinks they're right, everyone's so extreme about it and no one is willing to compromise. Well, guess what: America was built on compromise. If you can't get that through your goddamn thick skull, then we are in deeper trouble than people wanna realize. And that's where we're at. And that's basically what the book is — trying to get people to come to the center, because that's where we all live." Taylor added: "Whether people wanna like it or not, none of us are completely one way or completely the other. We have moments where we all agree, and if we can just remember that and come to the middle and talk, maybe we can fix some of the stuff that is broken right now." Corey, who is often referred to as the "Great Big Mouth" due to his outspoken views, says that he is not worried about possible fallout from his comments. "That's part of being an American," he explained. "I mean, nothing drives me more crazy than when somebody says to celebrities or whatever, 'Why don't you just stick to acting?' And I'm, like, 'What? Leave politics to you? Why don't you stick to writing bad reviews in your mom's basement? Just shut your mouth. I'm just as American as you are, I have every right to say what I want, and you can shove that kind of attitude straight up your ass." Taylor published his third book, "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", in July 2015. The book acted as a commentary on society and pop culture in the style of the late George Carlin. Taylor said that he learned a lot while working on his first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", which landed at No. 26 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list. Taylor's second book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list.

VOLBEAT Already Has Five Songs Written For Next Studio Album

Michael Poulsen of Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT has confirmed that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to last year's "Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie" album. "I'm always inspired, and we already have certain new songs written," he told the 99.7 The Blitz radio station at this past weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. "But new things are happening. I just became a father a week ago [to] my first child, so now it's a life change. Who knows how the new songs are gonna sound like? But it feels good when you're done in the studio, and you don't wanna see the studio for a long time and you don't wanna sit home and write. But you also come to a point where you wanna get back to the songwriting and get back to the studio and back on the road and play new songs, because it can also get boring playing the same old songs all over again. So it's always great to find that inspiration for writing new songs and recording." According to Poulsen, five songs have been written so far for VOLBEAT's seventh album, three of which "are very heavy [and] more uptempo" while two are "more melodic rock songs." VOLBEAT's sixth full-length album, "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie", was released in June 2016 via Republic Records. The discs is their highest charting in the United States. VOLBEAT is currently supporting METALLICA on its stadium tour but is also performing a select few headlining gigs.

Pro-Shot Footage Of PHILIP ANSELMO’s SCOUR Performing PANTERA’s ‘Strength Beyond Strength’ At Live Debut

Professionally filmed video footage of SCOUR — the new extreme metal "supergroup" featuring Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) alongside members of CATTLE DECAPITATION and PIG DESTROYER — performing the PANTERA classic "Strength Beyond Strength" at SCOUR's first-ever concert, which took place on February 19 at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, Louisiana can be seen below. The clip was filmed by Mike Holderbeast, Carolyn Babauta, Ritchi Rooster, Steven W. Richardson and Justin Delong. The audio was recorded and mastered by Steven W. Richardson. The self-titled debut EP from SCOUR was released last July via Anselmo's Housecore label. The six-track effort was mixed by Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, COBALT, KHEMMIS) and was made available on CD and vinyl formats. SCOUR recently officially recruited Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) as its drummer. Adam Jarvis's next gig with SCOUR will take place on June 14 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York. Anselmo previously stated about his involvement with from SCOUR: "Doing the SCOUR project was a blast. The track 'Dispatched' was the first one I attacked, as it was the first one sent to me. Lyrically, I leave it to the listener to evaluate, as usual. The way I saw it, the songs were short, and extremely straight-forward, so I didn't want to clutter 'em up with too much. Therefore, I had to pick particular lyrics that seemed provocatively absurd enough, and to perform them as raw as deemed fit." SCOUR is: * Phillip H. Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT) - Vocals * Derek Engemann (CATTLE DECAPITATION) - Guitar * Chase Fraser (ANIMOSITY) - Guitar * John Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER) - Bass * Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX, PIG DESTROYER) - Drums