A brand new A PERFECT CIRCLE song titled "The Doomed" is rumored to be going for radio adds Monday night (October 16). The track's apparent release follows Friday's (October 13) fifteen-second tease from A PERFECT CIRCLE's official Twitter account and...
The Jimmy Cabbs 5150 Interview Series conducted an interview with German metal queen Doro Pesch prior to her September 16 concert at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, where she was celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of WARLOCK's "Triumph And Agony" album by performing the LP in its entirety. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how she's been able to retain both her energy and credibility for more than three decades: Doro: "It was easy because the people that I care most about is our fanbase. The fans, they are everything to me. They are my main motivation, inspiration. I love them so much. I love them every year more. When I started out, I started in 1980, I had my first band, we were just playing and having fun, but then, in 1983/84, [WARLOCK's] first album came out, 'Burning The Witches', then we felt people really take it seriously. When we were playing live, you can tell people felt it was giving them so much energy. Every year I'm still learning, but the fans, that's why I get out of bed every day and try to make the best I can and always give it one-hundred eighty percent, especially live, that's what I love the most." On reuniting with WARLOCK guitarist Tommy Bolan: Doro: "We've remained friends for all of these years. We got along great and then I called him up last year and I said 'Hey, Tommy, 'Triumph And Agony' is almost thirty years [old]. Are you into doing some special shows?' And by the way, we want to do more in the States. These five shows are just the beginning. I wasn't sure if people would be interested. You never know. But now, I definitely want to do more gigs. I called him up: 'Thirty years of 'Triumph And Agony'. Are you into it?' He said 'Absolutely!' We started rehearsals and all these songs we never, ever, played. They were so nice. They had so much power and they outshined even some other songs we always have even in our setlist, so we played the whole 'Triumph And Agony' from top to bottom and all the favorite WARLOCK songs. People actually can call out the songs they want to hear; we are pretty prepared. Every night is different. Some fans, they travel the whole tour with us so they can always expect a different show. They will never get bored with the same setlist, so it's always something different. But it feels great to play with Tommy and my guys." On whether there will be a live release to celebrate the "Triumph And Agony" tour: Doro: "Yes, we are planning a live record of 'Triumph And Agony', and I think, man, we already got some good stuff recorded. We are working on a new DORO record, so it's eighty percent done, the songwriting. Lots of anthems. I think we have some killer anthems in the making. I think they can be maybe as powerful as [WARLOCK's] 'All We Are', which is still one of my favorite anthems from our music. We are celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary in Wacken, then hopefully in the States, too, another tour with many guests. But a new record is definitely on the way. I think it sounds powerful and great, lots of fast songs, definitely anthems and some dark, romantic ballads. I love the whole spectrum between super-hardcore, hard, heavy and super-sensitive [songs]." On how she maintains her creative energy: Doro: "It just comes out. [It's] organic. I don't sit down and try to write a song. It just comes out. Usually I get the best ideas at night before I fall asleep and you're in a state where you're totally open and suddenly you get a melody and the lyric idea at the same moment. Then I'm like, 'Oh God, I have to record it because it might get to a great song.' You can definitely feel it when it's a song with a lot of power. I always get a heartbeat that's unbelievable, I get excited. Then I know I got to take care of it. Sometimes you're just an instrument for doing a song; I don't know where it comes from. I guess it's there, somewhere, and you have to tap on it and do it and get it to the fans, then the fans feel 'Yeah, that's something great.'" "Triumph And Agony" was WARLOCK's fourth and final album. By the late 1980s, Pesch was the only original member remaining in the group, and under legal threats from former management, decided to carry on under the DORO banner rather than put her career on hold fighting over the WARLOCK name. (Pesch has since won back the right to use the WARLOCK moniker.) Doro's long-awaited follow-up to 2012's "Raise Your Fist" album will arrive in August 2018 and will be the German singer's first release since last year's "Love's Gone To Hell" single. Doro's last release was a package titled "Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal", which came out in June 2016 via Nuclear Blast. It contained three decades of Doro — three unforgettable nights — forever captured on three DVDs and two Blu-rays, including a two-hour-plus music movie.
Tom Keifer is expected to be released from hospital later today — one day after he was forced to cancel his concert due to a medical emergency. The CINDERELLA frontman was scheduled to perform at Jergel's in Warrendale, Pennsylvania Saturday night (October 14) when he was taken ill. Keifer's publicist, Amanda Cagan of ABC Public Relations, told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that Tom "collapsed" prior to last night's show and "was transported to a local hospital where he underwent tests and was kept overnight. Doctors confirm that Keifer is in stable condition and believe the episode points to heat exhaustion and severe dehydration. Keifer was given fluids, is resting comfortably, and is expected to be released later today. He plans to return to his performance schedule later in the week." Tom is on the road promoting an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, "The Way Life Goes", which will be made available on October 20 via Cleopatra Records. Although CINDERELLA hasn't released a new studio album since 1994's "Still Climbing", the band started playing sporadic shows again in 2010 but has been largely inactive for the last few years while Keifer focuses on his solo career.
Finland's Metalliluola recently conducted an interview with frontman Dani Filth of U.K. extreme metal veterans CRADLE OF FILTH. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the musical influences behind the band's new "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" studio album: Dani: "It's hard to say, really. We convened in Brno in the Czech Republic to collate our ideas for a week and a half prior to a festival in Slovakia. Brno is where Martin [Skaroupka] and Ashok [Marek Šmerda], the drummer and one of the guitarists, live. We went there as a team-building exercise and as I said, to collect ideas. It was only due to the amount of work people had done before going there that we actually came away with eighty percent of the album written. People had written whole songs or parts of songs or individual riffs. We actually had more done than we thought. It was a very productive time. And so I can only go on what was presented. We had been working on material they thought was one step forward from the previous album, 'Hammer Of The Witches'. Obviously, we toured that extensively and we played quite a smorgasbord of different material from every facet of CRADLE OF FILTH's existence and primarily, quite a lot of early stuff. Maybe that's what shone through. But there was no definitive plan. It was more of an organic process. Everybody delivered what they thought they would contribute to the record and we looked through it and decided what worked and what didn't. Henceforth, the album came out." On how CRADLE OF FILTH has changed and evolved over the course of twelve studio albums: Dani: "It's hard to say, really. I'm too close to it. Obviously, different lineup. We have arrived at a good lineup. It's a journey and I've enjoyed every single album we've done, every single lineup we've had. We've got a really strong lineup at the present. People are really into what we're doing. It's a bit of a renaissance of the band. We've had a very illustrious career. I don't look upon it…these sort of questions I don't really understand. It's like asking someone 'Can you just take me through your life. Tell me of the highs and lows.' You go 'It's impossible.' It's an ever-evolving thing. When this interview is done, it will still be going." On the band's numerous lineup changes: Dani: "People come and go in all walks of life. If you're working in a magazine or for a radio station, TV station, people change their profession, people think they can do it better elsewhere. Some people just want to retire because they don't like it. In the case of bands, sometimes people feel that it's too much hard work. They don't like being away from home for long periods of time, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera." On how his DEVILMENT side project helps him maintain a fresh perspective on CRADLE OF FILTH: Dani: "I've had people question me [saying] that it's taking me away from the essence of CRADLE OF FILTH. It's actually completely the opposite. In fact, it's helping with CRADLE OF FILTH because it gives me another outlet for what I want to do. Stuff that I can't do with CRADLE OF FILTH or would just be shunned. People can say 'Last year, CRADLE OF FILTH's record is a real return to form. They're really strong. I really like it.' If you look at the history of DEVILMENT, it literally falls within those two albums. Yeah, it's a pressure-valve that gets released and keeps things fresh." On the fact there are Facebook fan pages that have guidelines telling users not to discuss DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH: Dani: "Ironically, both bands actually built the scene to let these other bands fucking have those comments, which is ironic, really. What a load of shit. For the whole maxim, do what that wilt shall be the whole of the law. Freedom of expression etcetera, etcetera. They're literally like fucking neo-Nazis when it comes to music. It's pathetic." On whether he follows the current black metal movement: Dani: "What black metal movement? I've never understood this. I've been involved in it and I've known most of the major players in it and not once, apart from a few idiots, have ever… I just don't get it, to be honest. I know there was this Polish neo-Nazi thing going on. But again, that's fucking ridiculous. Yeah, music is music. And yeah, it's a very powerful weapon and you utilize that, obviously. The reason I'm so…not bitter about it, it's that we've never been a part of that, even when we were touring with DISSECTION, EMPEROR. We've played with IMPALED NAZARENE and ROTTING CHRIST and all the original bands. It wasn't a scene as such, it was universal. Being from England as well, where we invented black metal with VENOM and with BLACK WIDOW and WITCHFINDER GENERAL and all these other bands, obviously BLACK SABBATH from the very start. We never felt like we were connected to anybody. We felt like one of the few bands who were doing anything like we were doing. Even so, we've always been friends with EMPEROR, like I said, we toured with DISSECTION a lot. Played with DIMMU. Obviously, I had a band going with King [Ov Hell] from GORGOROTH and GOD SEED [TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON]. I've known a lot of people from a lot of things. It's never been discussed as such as this masterminded fucking black metal movement." "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" was released on September 22 via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at Grindstone Studios, Suffolk, U.K. by the very honorable Scott Atkins, who has been the resident go-to producer for CRADLE OF FILTH for several albums. Dani Filth sat in during the mix, serving up flaming mugs of teas, making the studio couch his own and lending his ears when necessary.
Guitarist Matthias Jabs of SCORPIONS has expressed concern over the current state of the world's affairs, noting that their classic 1990 post-communist bloc ballad "Wind Of Change" is "a song of hope" and insisting that his band will "never give up hope." Jabs and new SCORPIONS drummer Mikkey Dee (formerly of MOTÖRHEAD) were interviewed by Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein of New York's Q1043 radio station prior to the band's September 16 show at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Dee was asked if there was a learning curve in joining a band with a fifty-year history like SCORPIONS. "It's not easy to step into a band that's been running so long," Mikkey said. "They have their ways and I also have been playing thirty-five years internationally myself. But, no matter, especially, they have their ways, but, it clicked right away. You can kind of feel that. It takes thirty seconds and a small tour." Dee officially joined SCORPIONS in September 2016 as the replacement for James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism. Jabs was asked if SCORPIONS kept Dee in mind after the December 2015 passing of MOTÖRHEAD leader Lemmy Kilmister. "Actually, I did," Matthias said. "Due to the sad circumstances that Lemmy died. We didn't have to think very far. I mentioned it to our manager and said, 'Can you give Mikkey Dee a call?' I didn't want to call myself. He would have been too shy on the phone to answer. I said 'Let's see what he's up to.' Luckily, he had the time to come over. We rehearsed while the tour was going on in the afternoon secretly, then at some point, we had to make the decision to change drummers." Conversation then shifted to the band's ongoing popularity in Eastern European countries like Poland, where SCORPIONS retain a sizeable fanbase. The band's 1990 ballad "Wind Of Change" strikes a particularly strong chord in these regions for its message of unity and hope. Released on the band's "Crazy World" album, "Wind Of Change" celebrated the end of communism. Jabs was asked how he felt about how the United States and Russia once again being at odds. "Obviously, things keep changing in the world," he responded. "At the moment, we have a feeling not exactly for the better, not the way we consider better. Better was when everything seemed be united and peaceful. It's a song of hope and we never give up hope, but currently, there are more conflicts than ever. [Communism] was easy to understand. It was black and white. Now, it's fifty shades of gray." As previously reported, SCORPIONS had to cancel the remainder of their North American tour dates with MEGADETH due to "severe laryngitis." According to a statement released by the German hard rock veterans, SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine has been advised by top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice. If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage. The band said: "[We] truly hate to disappoint our fans and hope to come back to America soon, but this time we have no choice but to cancel."
Ex-THE GATHERING Vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN: ‘Everything I Do From Now On That Is Heavy Is Going To Be Under VUUR’
The Prog Report recently conducted an interview with renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) about her new band, VUUR. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the ...
OF MICE & MEN have released "Unbreakable", a short film that brings fans onstage and behind the scenes for a unique look at life on the road with a touring rock band. Directed by Johann Ramos, the documentary follows OF MICE & MEN (bassist/vocalist Aaron Pauley, drummer Valentino Arteaga and guitarists Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby) across multiple continents for a series of electrifying performances captured earlier this year. Arteaga told Fuel The Scene about "Unbreakable": "That documents our summer playing festivals and going and playing small club shows overseas and just really reconnecting with our fans. For us, that's so important, and our love for our fans and just music — not even just fans. Those are people that support us and support our vision and our dreams, not to mention music lovers." The band, which is currently on the road with IN THIS MOMENT, is also putting the finishing touches on its new album, which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (ALL THAT REMAINS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, IN FLAMES) in Los Angeles. Songs set to appear on the disc include "Warzone" and "How Will You Live". The disc will mark OF MICE & MEN's first full-length release without vocalist Austin Carlile, who left the group due to his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that afflicts the connective tissue holding the body's cells, organs and tissue together. Handling lead vocals in the band now is Pauley. "The whole energy of the record is very centered around our live shows," Pauley told Alternative Press. "Our past records were made after extended breaks, so it's hard to remember that live connection. But we've played so many shows over the summer that it bled into the music we made. We're all very well connected on this record." The album follows two new songs, "Unbreakable" and "Back To Me", which were released earlier this year and have racked up close to twenty million combined streams to date. The band maintained momentum by delivering a string of electrifying, show-stealing performances at some of the world's biggest rock festivals, including Las Rageous, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, Download, In.Fest and Nova Rock, to name but a few. Carlile originally left OF MICE & MEN in 2010 after his doctor forbade him from touring to undergo heart surgery tied to complications with Marfan Syndrome. He returned in 2011, but his ailments didn't cease, forcing him to exit the band for the second, and presumably final, time at the end of last year.
The Jimmy Cabbs 5150 Interview Series spoke with ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann prior to the group's performance at The Rose in Pasadena, California on September 30. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On not living in the past: Wolf: "That was one of the goals that we set [for] ourselves. When we regrouped in 2009, or whenever it was, we said, 'You know, if we're going to do this, we don't want to be a nostalgia act. We don't just want to play the old songs. If we're going to do it, let's make new records, and let's make them so that we're proud of them, and that the fans can dig 'em, you know — something that's relevant.' We didn't want to be just something where the fans know, 'Oh, they're just releasing an album to say they have a new album, but really, we're never going to listen to it.' We really wanted to have something that could stand up to what we've done in the past, and to the best of my knowledge, we've succeeded with that, because a lot of fans are telling me these last four albums are as strong as anything we've ever done in the '80s, and that's a huge compliment when I hear that." On whether he gets "stressed out" when writing new music that will inevitably be compared against the band's classic material: Wolf: "I wouldn't call it stressed out. I was aware of the challenges, you know, because the more albums you make, first of all, the harder to gets to not repeat yourself and do something that excites you. I figure if it doesn't excite me, it won't excite anybody else either. As soon as I have the feeling, 'Yeah, this is really good, this really excites me,' then I'm thinking, 'This is good enough to be a release.' Sometimes you have these songs where you go like, [makes unimpressed noise], and you can't just say, 'I don't really care that much — hopefully somebody else will like it.' It doesn't work that way. I think you've got to challenge yourself and come up with something that you think is really the best you can do at that point in time, and that's all you can do. And then, if anybody else, at that point, if they don't like it, I almost don't care, because I like it, and I'm proud of it, and to hell with you if you don't like it.' On the band's current chemistry: Wolf: "I couldn't imagine playing in a band where we don't get along at all, and you hate each other, and you've got lawyers suing each other. You hear all these stories, and you wonder like, 'How can you do that?' Nobody's buddy-buddy with everybody all the time. It doesn't work, but at least on a certain level, you've got to respect each other, and you've got to really be friends and get along, because you're spending so much time on the road together, and how in the world will this work if you don't?" On vocalist Mark Tornillo, who joined the band in 2009: Wolf: "I always said the stars aligned in the right direction when we met him. Out of nowhere, he came into our life, and we said, 'Here's the guy, and with him, we can do a re-renaissance of ACCEPT,' because it wasn't really a reunion. It was like a rebirth, in a way, more than anything. When we met him, we decided altogether, 'Man, this is our best shot ever — we're going to try this and see what we can do.' We put all our hearts our souls into it and the rest is history. It would have never happened without Mark. "When we first met him, on that very first day when we had that infamous jam session in New Jersey, we were jamming on, like, 'Flash Rockin' Man', 'Fast As A Shark', all these old songs, and they sounded killer — they sounded like he's been our singer all along. That's what convinced us, and we said, 'If he can do that, heck, he can do anything.'" ACCEPT's new album, "The Rise Of Chaos", was released on August 4 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Blind Rage" is the first ACCEPT album to feature the band's latest additions, guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams.
In a recent interview with Capital Chaos, OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy commented on the band's original record label, Roadrunner Records, which released six studio albums by the group between 1989 and 2005. "It's a subject that none of the band members really like talking about," Tardy said. "We signed to Roadrunner a long time ago at a very early age, and they know that we signed the worst contracts on the planet, so we have no rights to any of those albums. We don't have any say-so. I don't think they're even being printed anymore — like, a young metalhead, I don't think can even find it in the store, a real copy of it. We went to Roadrunner and said, 'Can't we just simply negotiate and figure out — can't I get my albums back to the band?' They wanted no part of even the discussion. Sadly, OBITUARY has no power of what happens with those early albums." He continued: "We were very young, just like a lot of bands. We're not the only ones on Roadrunner that say the same exact thing. It's sad that we got talked into horrible deals, and we signed our lives away, but when you're a sixteen-year-old kid and you're looking at a multi-album contract, you're just like, 'That's amazing — I'm going to be in a band!' Little did we know, thirty years later, we still can't get the rights back to it. Roadrunner owns it forever." After parting ways with Roadrunner following the release of 2005's "Frozen In Time", OBITUARY released two albums via Candlelight Records — 2007's "Xecutioner's Return" and 2009's "Darkest Day" — before signing with Relapse Records in 2014. OBITUARY's second Relapse release — the group's self-titled tenth studio album — came out on March 17.
Tom Keifer was forced to cancel his concert Saturday night (October 14) due to a medical emergency. The CINDERELLA frontman was scheduled to perform at Jergel's in Warrendale, Pennsylvania when he was reportedly taken ill. The promoters of Saturday's show, Drusky Entertainment, released a statement earlier tonight saying that Tom "was unable to perform tonight after being rushed to the hospital right before he was scheduled to perform tonight due to a medical emergency." They added: "PLEASE hang on to your tickets as we are looking to reschedule the date ASAP following the speedy recovery of Keifer." A person who apparently attended Saturday's concert tweeted: "Saw tom keifer holding chest saying he wasn't feeling right" Keifer's publicist, Amanda Cagan of ABC Public Relations, told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that Tom "was transported to a local hospital where he is stable, and additional information will be released as soon as it's available." Tom is on the road promoting an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, "The Way Life Goes", which will be made available on October 20 via Cleopatra Records. Although CINDERELLA hasn't released a new studio album since 1994's "Still Climbing", the band started playing sporadic shows again in 2010 but has been largely inactive for the last few years while Keifer focuses on his solo career.
Saw tom keifer holding chest saying he wasn't feeling right....— Valerie (@rosebug228) October 15, 2017