According to The Pulse Of Radio, NINE INCH NAILS duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have released a cover of director and composer John Carpenter's theme to his classic 1978 film "Halloween". Reznor said in a statement: "I clearly remember my friends an...
Canadian metal legends ANVIL will release their new album, "Pounding The Pavement", on January 19, 2018 via SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (including one bonus track and poster), two-LP gatefold colored version, digital download and stream. The disc was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where ANVIL found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work. Why has "Pounding The Pavement" turned into such an awesome offering? Guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow explains: "The songwriting process started immediately after the work on our previous album, 'Anvil Is Anvil', had been completed. So our thoughts instantly turned to the future again. After 'Anvil Is Anvil' had been cut, everybody knew what we had just delivered and what ANVIL's future should sound like." Despite the diverse range of their ideas, Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner and their bassist Chris Robertson have succeeded in filling the typical trademarks of this unusual band with life once again — which is an important aspect for every ANVIL release. After all, tradition and reliability play an essential role in this group. Kudlow says: "Of course we always allow inspirations from earlier recordings to seep in, but always with an emphasis on evolving the characteristic ANVIL sound. "Lots of fans keep asking us to play the way we did in the so-called good old days. That's why I try from time to time to pick up on that exciting feel of our older material. Mind you, it's always exclusively about the basic atmosphere of that time, never about copying an older song." The programmatic album title "Pounding The Pavement" is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring ANVIL's financial survival. Kudlow says: "I feel nothing could describe the way we've been working for the past forty years better than 'Pounding The Pavement'. ANVIL have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music." "Pounding The Pavement" track listing: 01. Bitch In The Box (4:29) 02. Ego (2:57) 03. Doing What I Want (3:17) 04. Smash Your Face (4:20) 05. Pounding The Pavement (3:05) 06. Rock That Shit (3:21) 07. Let It Go (3:00) 08. Nanook Of The North (5:57) 09. Black Smoke (3:26) 10. World Of Tomorrow (4:37) 11. Warming Up (3:03) 12. Don´t Tell Me (3:51) (bonus track)
Steve Vai is featured in the latest episode of MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's new original video series, "My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx". In the episode, which can be viewed below, Vai talks about the mentoring he received from Frank Zappa, his favorite LED ZEPPELIN songs and more. In "My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx", Nikki sits down with some of the world's greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs. Think of it as "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" but with rock stars.
The reunited expanded classic linep of German power metallers HELLOWEEN — featuring seven musicians, including former vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen alongside current singer Andi Deris and guitarist Sascha Gerstner — has released a lyric video for its brand new song called "Pumpkins United". The track, which is being made available on the eve of the launch of HELLOWEEN's tour of the same name, can be downloaded for free from the band's official web site. Asked who was the first to suggest the idea of a tour like "Pumpkins United", guitarist Michael Weikath told Spain's Metal Journal: "That was always Kai Hansen who said so — always. And usually then Markus and me, we would reject the idea before, because we had different managements, we had different schedules. And also the whole thing needed to be talked about and trust needed to be created. And so it took that process of blah blah blah and whatever, and then to cut things short, a few years later, after we had the 'Hellish Rock' tour, with GAMMA RAY and Kai Hansen, one got a little bit closer and found where the things in common are. And then I had that talk with Michael Kiske at a metal [festival] in France a few years ago. As I keep telling in interviews, I had one whisky in the other hand and I was pouring myself another whisky and I had a cigarette in the hand and I had another cigarette in the mouth when I talked to him, because I was kind of excited to meet that guy again after all this time. I always thought I should call him on the phone, but I never did it, because I thought maybe he feels disturbed or maybe he doesn't have the time. Only because Weiki feels he could call Kiske on the phone, going, 'Hey, how are you?' 'Yeah, right now I'm kind of busy.' And so that's actually why I never, never, never, never called him. And then there was that opportunity, and I said to him, basically, 'You shouldn't be too angry. You just must understand me. Back at that time, I saw myself as the one to put things into the right direction in HELLOWEEN, and the fact was nobody wanted to record another record with you, so I had to find a solution, or an opinion, and I had to state it to you, and this is how things came about back then. And I hope you can maybe forgive me about that, if I tell you this. Just try to understand me, what was going on back then.' And he said, 'Maybe I've already forgiven you. I don't know. But it's better if we talk when you are more sober and not so drunk.' I wasn't really that drunk; I was just really excited. Ever since, we just had meetings with the whole band and Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen about how to do things, because what Kai Hansen had been proposing was only picked up by the management, and they were going, 'Yeah, we think that's a very cool idea, and we should do this.' And then everybody was asking, 'How do we do it?'" Regarding how long he went without talking to Michael Kiske before they reconnected at the aforementioned French festival, Weikath said: "Ever since [he left the band], after [1993's] 'Chameleon' [album]. 'Cause we didn't know how to touch that subject and whatever, and you could see from the press and his comments that there was understandable discrepancy in our relationship. It was always, like, 'Kai Hansen has said this about you, Weiki, and Michael Kiske has said this about you, Weiki. And what do you say?' And so I was always firing back. And that's not necessary anymore if we have these talks going nad everything. And, basically, there's a time to be a little bit adult and grown up about things. Because so much time passed, there can't possibly be much more trouble, because everyone involved has more or less proven what he is capable of on his own and what he would be. Michael Kiske has been doing the solo records as they are, he's been involved in projects as they are and as they were, we've been doing the HELLOWEEN thing, and Kai Hansen has been doing his stuff. So everybody presented to the public what everyone was capable of. And so that's the history, that's all behind that whole thing. And what is there to quarrel or worry or fight about? There's nothing." The "Pumpkins United" tour will kick off on October 19 in Monterrey, Mexico. Photo credit: Tom Lichtenwalter
SEBASTIAN BACH Says His Next Album Will Be Less Guitar-Driven: ‘I’m Not Feeling Aggressive Right Now’
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that his next solo album will sound like "a mix between THE EAGLES and MÖTLEY CRÜE." Bach hasn't released a full-length disc since 2014's "Give 'Em Hell", which was criticized by some for sounding "too modern" and a departure from his '80s hard rock past. Asked in a new interview with Australia's Hysteria magazine whether he is working on new music at the moment, Bach said (hear audio below): "I've released a lot of solo albums. I've released 'Bring 'Em Bach Alive!' on Atlantic Records, 'The Last Hard Men', 'Angel Down', 'Kicking & Screaming', 'ABachalypse Now', 'Give 'Em Hell'. And, basically, those are all heavy metal… you know, in the ballpark of hard rock/heavy metal, and, for me, I have done enough of those kinds of records now. So I need to make what I'm calling my 'California record,' which is probably gonna be more concerned about the vocals than the guitar, the drums and the bass. The last records I loved that I've done, but they're kind of similar. So now it's time for me to do a different-sounding kind of record. So that's what I'm doing. I'm into acoustic guitar right now a lot. And that's not to say if somebody plays me some wicked crazy riff that I won't do it, but I'm trying to make a record that's gonna put me into the next phase of music. That's what I'm working on now." Bach went on to defend his decision to make a sofer-sounding album this time around. He said: "The thing is that my records, mostly, have had a lot of aggression in them, and I'm not feeling aggressive right now. So I'm not gonna pretend to channel some anger that's not real. But, you know, there's things that I am angry at, like the climate being destroyed — I'm angry at that. And the first song that I just recorded has lyrics kind of to do with that. But people like my ballad voice; that's, really, at the end of the day, what people like to hear me sing like. And I like that too, and that's the way I'm feeling right now, so that's the [way the] music [is] coming out — it's got a lot of harmonies, and the vocals sound great, and that's what I'm gonna give you in your ears… It's gonna be focused on the vocals, harmonies, but it's gonna sound like me, 'cause that's all I can sound like." Asked to elaborate on his comment that he is writing a "California record," Bach said: "Well, you know, California has a great history of music that sounds like Southern California. You know, THE DOORS' 'L.A. Woman'. The sound of, like, STEELY DAN, VAN HALEN, MÖTLEY CRÜE… Los Angeles has a great sound of its own, and I wanna make my record. You know, THE EAGLES … Okay, there you go. My next record will be a mix between THE EAGLES and MÖTLEY CRÜE. [Laughs] Both [THE EAGLES and MÖTLEY CRÜE] sound California, and I want… I live here now, so I wanna make a record that sounds like it's made here. I'm not into Pro Tools and the computer making it all perfect. On this record, it's real players, recording real human beings. No drum machines — I'm not into that. I want real guys playing real instruments. That's for sure." Bach added that he is "not far at all" into the production process for his next album. "I'm just starting to record demos, and I've got songs," he said. Sebastian's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", came out last December via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
WHITESNAKE's self-titled album, also known in some countries as "1987", which was certified multi-platinum and featured the smash single "Here I Go Again", turns thirty this year and Rhino is celebrating with four new versions, including an expansive boxed set. "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on October 27 (pushed back from the previously announced October 6) for $49.98. The 4-CD/DVD collection includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, featuring a new interview with David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE's founder and lead singer. The music comes with a sixty-page hardbound book that's filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album's lyrics, handwritten by Coverdale. The audio will also be available via digital download and streaming services. An unboxing video for "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" can be seen below. Three other versions of "Whitesnake" will also be available the same day. A Deluxe Edition will be available in both 2-CD ($19.98) and 2-LP ($29.98) versions, each including the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of unreleased bonus recordings. A single-disc version of the newly remastered album will also be available. This also marks the first release under a newly signed catalog deal with WHITESNAKE and Rhino Entertainment, the catalog division of Warner Music Group. This new deal includes both the North American and Japanese rights, marking the first time a substantial amount of the WHITESNAKE catalog will reside under Warner Music Group worldwide. "It gives me great joy to finally have so much of my WHITESNAKE catalog all under the same roof with the Warner family and I'm thrilled to be now working with this tremendous team on a worldwide basis," says Coverdale. "I have great memories of being with Warner back in my days with DEEP PURPLE. Then when I was with Geffen, they were distributed by Warner, so it feels like coming home to now have WHITESNAKE there. This elaborate reissue is the perfect project to kick off the new relationship." "WHITESNAKE is one of the all-time great rock n' roll bands, with David being an absolute icon as a vocalist and front man," says Rhino president Mark Pinkus. "We are absolutely thrilled to now have so much of the WHITESNAKE catalog with Warner on a global basis and are excited for the fans to see what great releases we have planned for the coming years." Soon after its release in April 1987, "Whitesnake" became a huge success around the world, selling multi million copies. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard album chart and spawned four popular singles: "Still Of The Night", "Give Me All Your Love", "Is This Love" (which reached #2) and the #1 hit "Here I Go Again". "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" comes with an entire disc of unreleased live performances featuring Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell and Tommy Aldridge, recorded during the band's 1987-88 tour. The music includes live versions of several tracks from "1987", plus WHITESNAKE classics "Slide It In", "Love Ain't No Stranger" and "Slow An' Easy". An additional disc spotlights the creative process behind "Whitesnake" with a selection of elevent unreleased demo and rehearsal recordings, including early versions of nearly every song on the album called "87 Evolutions". The final disc introduces newly remixed versions the album's four singles, and includes rare radio mixes, as well as songs from "87 Versions", an EP released exclusively in Japan. The DVD from "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" includes music videos for the four singles, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. In addition, the DVD also features a new thirty-minute documentary about the making of "Whitesnake", a new promo video made especially for this set of the 1988 version of "Here I Go Again" and unreleased live footage from the 1987-88 tour. According to Billboard, a WHITESNAKE home video will follow on Record Store Black Friday (November 24) as well as a coffee table book chronicling "The Purple Album" cycle from 2015. An all-new WHITESNAKE studio album is planned for 2018, along with a world tour. "It was a lot of fun to do," Coverdale told Billboard of the "Whitesnake" reissue, "because I don't go back a lot. I kind of learn from the past to apply those lessons to the future and the present. But my gratitude for (the album) is beyond words. I've only ever gone into a studio to try to improve on the last record...There was no, 'Right, I'm gonna sell thirty-odd million fucking records!' It was amazing, just amazing, so it's great to revisit all of this." Coverdale also revealed that he has been getting together with WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra for regular writing sessions for a new album that will lively arrive late spring of 2018. "I'm actually very excited about it because it's the first opportunity both Reb and Joel and I have actually had to sit down and write together," Coverdale said of what will be WHITESNAKE's first set of original material since 2011's "Forevermore". "There's a lot of what one would refer to as arena rock; Reb and I were talking the other night over dinner and he said, 'Man, there's so many songs here that no matter where we play — Portugal or Brazil or Tokyo — they're gonna get this hook. They're gonna be punching the fuckin' air and have a great night.' And I went, 'Oh, absolutely — and more than usual,' which is great. I can't do throwaway shit. The only reason I'm doing this record are the songs are gonna be a great WHITESNAKE album for WHITESNAKE fans — and the band. It's very exciting." "Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition" 4CD/DVD Track Listing: Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster: 01. Still Of The Night 02. Give Me All Your Love 03. Bad Boys 04. Is This Love 05. Here I Go Again '87 06. Straight For The Heart 07. Looking For Love 08. Children Of The Night 09. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again 10. Crying In The Rain 11. Don't Turn Away Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]: 01. Bad Boys/Children Of The Night* 02. Slide It In* 03. Slow An' Easy* 04. Here I Go Again* 05. Guilty Of Love* 06. Is This Love* 07. Love Ain't No Stranger* 08. Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian* 09. Crying In The Rain* 10. Still Of The Night* 11. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City* 12. Give Me All Your Love* Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]: 01. Still Of The Night* 02. Give Me All Your Love* 03. Bad Boys* 04. Is This Love* 05. Straight For The Heart* 06. Looking For Love* 07. Children Of The Night* 08. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again* 09. Crying In The Rain* 10. Don't Turn Away* 11. Crying In The Rain (Lil' Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix) * Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]" 01. Still Of The Night - Remix* 02. Is This Love - Remix* 03. Give Me All Your Love - Remix* 04. Here I Go Again 87 - Remix* 05. Standing In The Shadows - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album 06. Looking For Love - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album 07. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album 08. Need Your Love So Bad - 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album 09. Here I Go Again - Radio Mix 10. Give Me All Your Love - Single Version DVD: 01. Still Of The Night - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1 02. Here I Go Again 87 - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1 03. Is This Love - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1 04. Give Me All Your Love - Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1 05. Documentary about the making of 1987 Album* 06. Here I Go Again - Purplesnake Video Jam* 07. Crying In The Rain - 1987 Tour Video Bootleg* 08. Band Intros - 1987 Tour Video Bootleg* 09. Still Of The Night - 1987 Tour Video Bootleg* "Whitesnake: 30th Anniversary Edition" 2LP Track Listing: Side One: 01. Still Of The Night 02. Bad Boys 03. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again 04. Straight For The Heart 05. Here I Go Again 87 Side Two: 01. Give Me All Your Love 02. Is This Love 03. Children Of The Night 04. Crying In The Rain 05. Don't Turn Away Side Three: 01. Still Of The Night - 2017 Remix * 02. Is This Love - 2017 Remix * 03. Give Me All Your Love - 2017 Remix * 04. Here I Go Again 87 - 2017 Remix * 05. Looking For Love Side Four: 01. Bad Boys/Children of the Night - Live* 02. Here I Go Again - Live* 03. Is This Love - Live* 04. Give Me All Your Love - Live* 05. Still of the Night - Live* "Whitesnake: 30th Anniversary Edition" 2CD Track Listing: Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster 01. Still Of The Night 02. Give Me All Your Love 03. Bad Boys 04. Is This Love 05. Here I Go Again 87 06. Straight For The Heart 07. Looking For Love 08. Children Of The Night 09. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again 10. Crying In The Rain 11. Don't Turn Away Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]: 01. Bad Boys/Children Of The Night* 02. Slide It In* 03. Slow An' Easy* 04. Here I Go Again* 05. Guilty Of Love* 06. Is This Love* 07. Love Ain't No Stranger* 08. Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian* 09. Crying In The Rain* 10. Still Of The Night* 11. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City* 12. Give Me All Your Love* * Previously unreleased
METALLICA is preparing deluxe remastered versions of its "…And Justice For All" (1988) and "Metallica" albums and is reaching out to its hardcore fans for help to get content for the new editions. Says the band in a social media post: "With the deluxe box sets of 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride The Lightning' behind us, and 'Master Of Puppets' less than a month away, it's time to start trudging forward with '…And Justice For All' and 'Metallica'. "As you may remember, we asked you for help in putting together the first three box sets and, to make sure there's a fan footprint on all of these releases, we'll be doing that again! We're looking for anything and everything you might have from August 1987 through July 1993… photos (taken by you!), flyers, ticket stubs, backstage passes and whatever other mementos you may have from that time. Also, if you happened to interview James [Hetfield], Lars [Ulrich], Kirk [Hammett] or Jason [Newsted] during that time and still have the recording, please let us know! "Make your mark on these albums by emailing us at email@example.com to share your story and receive more info about submitting these little pieces of history. Nothing is too small or too trivial… share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane." While "...And Justice For All" is considered one of METALLICA's classics, it has been criticized almost since the day it was released in 1988 for the lack of any bass guitar on the record. Jason Newsted's playing is virtually buried in the mix — and many fans feel that drummer Lars Ulrich, who had very specific ideas for how he wanted his drums to sound, is to blame. "...And Justice For All" was Jason Newsted's first full-length album with METALLICA after he replaced late bassist Cliff Burton in 1986. The album was the first by the band to sell more than a million copies and featured their first radio hit, "One", which was also the basis of the group's first music video. The record was nominated for the first-ever Grammy for "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance", but infamously lost to JETHRO TULL's "Crest Of A Knave". METALLICA's self-titled LP in 2014 became the first album to sell 16 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. "Metallica" was already certified 16 times platinum on December 13, 2012 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for shipments in excess of 16 million copies in the U.S. The album in 2009 surpassed SHANIA TWAIN's 1997 record, "Come On Over", as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. The album was the first of four collaborations with producer Bob Rock, with whom the band clashed throughout the recording of the disc. METALLICA performed "the black album" in its entirety at a number of European festivals in 2012.
According to The Orange County Register, an Ozzfest pop-up store will be open this Saturday, October 14 from noon-until 5 p.m. in Redlands, California. The shop will be located at the KCAL 96.7 station at 1940 Orange Tree Lane, No. 200. Sharon and O...
PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, has set "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" as the title of its second album, due in December via Anselmo's Housecore Records. "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS' debut, "Walk Through Exits Only", which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews. In a 2014 interview Yahoo! Music, Anselmo said that the second ILLEGALS album would be "very different" from the debut. "I feel like every solo effort should be different," he explained. "That's a rule in my house under this particular roof. I don't want to regurgitate a damn thing I've done in the past. "Maybe I might touch on certain things, and in a lot of ways, there's no getting around the voice because my voice is my voice," he continued. "But you can express different musical influences from generations of music. I can do anything I want with THE ILLEGALS. It's my band." "Walk Through Exits Only" sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over a couple of years at Philip's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair. Back in October 2015, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS parted ways with guitarist Marzi Montazeri and replaced him with Mike DeLeon. Anselmo told Metal Underground about the split with Montazeri: "What I wanted to do with Marzi was jumpstart his career, which I did. He's the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he's got that now and I'm happy for him. More power to him." Regarding how the addition of DeLeon came about, Anselmo said:"Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez], and my other guitar player/bass player from SUPERJOINT, Steve [Stephen Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, 'DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!' I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam, it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He's great. He's a pleasure to work with."
On November 16, drum legend Gene Hoglan will unveil his fine-art debut collection. Completed with art team SceneFour, the release is a pioneering effort in the new medium of crafting visual art through drum performance. For more information, visit www.genehoglanart.com. Hoglan has joined an extraordinary group of drummers working with art team SceneFour in the medium, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD), Mike Mangini (DREAM THEATER), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS, Nick Menza (MEGADETH). Gene has played drums with a number of extreme metal artists, including TESTAMENT, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL and DEATH. Hoglan recently released his second instructional DVD, "The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two". The set featured the Clock himself breaking down some of his favorite beats, telling stories and playing along with tracks from several of his most legendary projects, including STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT and DEATH.