Following on his historic reunion with the classic MISFITS lineup attended by record numbers at last year's Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago as well as the recent confirmation of a headlining set at this year's "Blackest Of The Black" festival, Glenn Danzig has now confirmed the title and release date of first DANZIG album of all new material since 2010's widely acclaimed "Deth Red Sabaoth". "Black Laden Crown", 50 minutes of long-awaited brand new DANZIG music, will be released mid-May on Evilive Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The details of "Black Laden Crown" follow on the announcement of DANZIG's "Blackest Of The Black" festival: two days of non-stop music and mayhem taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California on May 26 and may 27. DANZIG will close the festivities May 27, headlining a bill featuring more than 20 artists playing amidst a full scale takeover and transformation of the park grounds featuring literally dozens of attractions, vendors, performers, and other surprises musical and otherwise. "Blackest Of The Black" promises to create a site-wide atmosphere like no festival before or since. A full rundown of performers and attractions will be announced shortly. This June also marks the 25th anniversary of "Danzig III: How The Gods Kill". "How The Gods Kill" was the first DANZIG album to crack Billboard's Top 30 and the first DANZIG album produced by the band's frontman and namesake Glenn Danzig himself. In honor of this momentous occasion, DANZIG will play a select handful of shows this summer and will perform many songs from "How The Gods Kill". In a 2015 interview with Noisey, Glenn Danzig was asked what it is that keeps him coming back to the creative well. He responded: "It's so many different things. There's always stuff to write about, but I think that the whole punk thing helped a lot. If it gets boring, change it, fix it, make it exciting, make it relevant again, and that's what I did without sacrificing the music. That's what I try to do. I try to do stuff where first thing is I'm excited about the record, and then I hope that the people who listen to my music are gonna dig it too. That's pretty much how I go into doing a record, and I don't do a new record until I have stuff to write about it. I don't force myself to do a record. Someone doesn't come to me and say, 'Hey, it's been a year or two since your last record. You've gotta write a record and put one out in a couple of months.' No one comes to me and says that to me." Asked if that attitude of not forcing the creative process is something that's always been there for him, Danzig said: "Yeah. I mean, I used to do it on a more frequent basis. [Laughs] But I think even back in the MISFITS and SAMHAIN days, I put out a record every two years, I think. The same thing with DANZIG, too, where I put out a record every two years. Later on it became further and further apart, but that's just the way it worked out. I think in between 'Danzig IV' and 'V' was probably a two-year period, and then between 'V' and 'VI' was probably a three-year period. It seems to be now it's gone to four or five. I think one of the things also was for 'Deth Red' we toured a lot over those years. Not two or three months at a time, but we just kept getting offers to go to Europe and then back to America. The record did pretty well for me, especially the way it was received, so hopefully the next one will be the same." Glenn's covers record, "Skeletons", was released in November 2015 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment/Evilive Music. A labor of love that dates back to 1979, "Skeletons" saw Danzig pulling back the curtain behind his influences with a collection of ten covers spanning artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, ZZ TOP, and AEROSMITH to BLACK SABBATH, THE TROGGS, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, and more.
ANTHRAX's "For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set" hits stores this Friday, March 24, and the band has just made a new track from the set available. "Vice Of The People", previously released as a bonus track only in Japan, can be streamed at SoundCloud.com. Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band's upcoming spring co-headline tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE — "KillThrax" — the "For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set" will retail for $79.99, and is an absolutely stunning collector's item for any ANTHRAX fan, as the unboxing video below illustrates. The "For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set" includes a removable lenticular cover and contains ten seven-inch vinyl discs featuring twenty songs — the eleven finished album tracks, two brand new covers (THE WHITE STRIPES' "Black Math" and the classic KANSAS song "Carry On"), six demos from the "For All Kings" track listing, and "Vice Of The People". The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the box set's track listing for free. Each seven-inch disc features gorgeous, double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard. The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs — red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design. "Doing a box set edition of 'For All Kings' was something that we've always wanted to do," said ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set's artwork. "We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that's inside. And we think we've done that." "For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set" track listing: Breathing Lightning (album version) Breathing Lightning (demo) Monster At The End (album version) Monster At The End (demo) Suzerain (album version) Suzerain (demo) Black Math (THE WHITE STRIPES cover) Carry On (KANSAS cover) You Gotta Believe (album version) For All Kings (album version) Evil Twin (album version) This Battle Chose Us (album version) All Them Thieves (album version) Vice of the People (previously unreleased in North America) Zero Tolerance (album version) Zero Tolerance (demo) Blood Eagle Wings (album version) Blood Eagle Wings (demo) Defend Avenge (album version) Defend Avenge (demo)
Metal Wani's Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked if it's going to take TESTAMENT another four years to release the follow-up to 2016's "Brotherhood Of The Snake" album, Billy said: "No, no, no. Our goal is two years. We hope to have a record out next year. Because we thought we'd have a record out after two years; it just ended up being four, because the process just… I don't know what happened, but it took forever. So this time, like, you know what? I don't wanna do that again. I told Eric [Peterson, guitar] exactly when we were done recording. I said, 'You know what? It's a great record now, but I don't wanna go through what I had to go through to do this again. So why don't we start writing now?' So we decided that when we're not on the road, let's get together and just jam and maybe come up and at least get to that point where we were with this record — a bunch of ideas and riffs and lyrics." Billy also talked about TESTAMENT's longevity and enduring influence on younger metal bands. He said: "I think we've stayed true to what we've done from the '80s up to where we are today. There's a lot of music changes and industry changes and radio and MTV and the whole format, everything's changed from when we began to where we are today, but through all that, I think we've stayed true to what we do and our style and what we want to play, and somehow I think the fan appreciates that. Most bands either stop playing or they try to conform to what's current and people are buying. And I don't think bands could make it that long, 'cause I don't know… It's not real." According to Billy, part of the reason TESTAMENT has managed to thrive after being in the business for more than thirty years is the fact that "we never copied ourselves [musically]." He explained: "You know it's TESTAMENT, but we haven't copied… 'Oh, that's their last record,' 'Oh, that's 'Practice [What You Preach]'.' We're always kind of evolving, but you know it's TESTAMENT. You're kind of going, 'Cool, man. It's a different feeling or a different vibe this song's hit me. So I think that has something to do with it as well." "Brotherhood Of The Snake" was released last October via Nuclear Blast. The cover was once again created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also handled the art for the TESTAMENT's previous album, 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth", and worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM in the past. "Brotherhood Of The Snake" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and Billy and was mixed and mastered by British metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).
On March 14, Kanye West was photographed wearing a CRADLE OF FILTH long-sleeve shirt as he was exiting Los Angeles restaurant Bandera, less than a day after his cousin, Ricky Anderson (who happens to work for Kanye's record label GOOD Music), tragically lost his 1-year-old son, Avery. Check out a picture below in a tweet from DailyMail.co.uk. It didn't take long for CRADLE OF FILTH to react to seeing the rapper sporting a piece of the band's merchandise. The next day, the British extreme metallers posted the above-mentioned photo on Facebook and wrote in an accompanying message: "Kanye West. CRADLE OF FILTH fan. Fortunately not a collaborator." Kanye has previously been criticized for repping vintage band tees, and Kim Kardashian is regularly spotted wearing METALLICA t-shirts. More recently, Kim's maternal half-sibling Kendall Jenner was seen getting around in a SLAYER tee, and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt apparently responded by wearing a t-shirt onstage that read "Kill The Kardashians". After Kanye was seen wearing a TESTAMENT t-shirt last December, the band's guitarist Alex Skolnick reacted negatively in an online post, writing: "Goodness gracious. This whole decrepit clan must have picked up a pile of old concert t-shirts (the same pile Kourtney K's SLAYER shirt came from) which have somehow become a 'thing' in trendy fashion (who'd have thought?!!). Inconceivable that any of these pop-culture vultures know who the heck any of the bands are. My guess is he thinks it's a religious group (not the first time that's happened). That is, if he thinks at all, which lately seems unlikely. And I thought this time period couldn't get any weirder..."
In September 2014, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons made headlines when he declared in an Esquire article that rock was "finally dead." In the months and years that followed, many a musician has weighed in on the topic in a variety of interviews, with some digging a little deeper into Simmons's full comments and others just glossing over the headline. In a brand new interview with Italy's Linea Rock, former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott offered his opinion on the topic, saying that rock "will never go away." "I think it's something for [Gene] to say to inspire people to come and prove him wrong," Vinnie Paul explained (see video below) before HELLYEAH played in Milan as the support act for KORN. "I went and saw KISS the other night and it was fucking great, and I felt like a 14-year-old kid. I've probably seen 'em forty times in my life, I know those guys, they're friends of mine, and just still, every time, it feels like a 14-year-old kid when you're there. It's just, like, 'Fuck! 1978 all over again!'" He continued: "So rock's not dead. It'll never die. It'll never go away. But it goes through phases of popularity, just like anything. When heavy metal was really big in the '80s, it was huge, and then it kind of waned down and kind of came back. I think right now we're kind of seeing a pretty good resurgence of it right now; you can hear a lot of metal bands on the radio in the United States, the shows are doing really well — like tonight, it's completely sold out. So it's not dead, man. I think Gene, really, is just trying to inspire people to come out." Vinnie Paul also pointed to the live concert performance as a means of financial stability for bands in an age when digital music sales are continuing to fall as the music business inches closer to an access-over-ownership model. "This is what we do for a living, and honestly, the only thing that we really have left as artists is the live show," Vinnie Paul said. "It doesn't matter if you load it on a DVD, if you videotape it, it doesn't matter. There's nothing more exciting than being at a live show. There's no way they could steal that. That's the most important fucking thing — the live show — and that's why so many bands really focus on that." HELLYEAH's fifth album, "Unden!able", was released on June 3, 2016 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort marks the first time HELLYEAH's current lineup — vocalist Chad Gray, guitarists Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Kyle Sanders — has recorded together as a unit.
Brian May has confirmed that QUEEN will release its own version of Monopoly in May. The new board game will take fans through pivotal moments in the band's history. "We've been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year," the guitarist wrote on his web site. "And it's due in a shop near you in May. I'm excited — it was a blast working on it — like making an album! We hope you love it!" The official description for the QUEEN-themed Monopoly reads as follows: "Tour the amazing gig history of QUEEN, from their very first at Imperial College in 1970 to their last with Freddie Mercury at Knebworth Park in 1986. Tour the world with the band and buy gig locations and hit singles. Build staging blocks then upgrade to full productions and watch the rent come pouring in. Take your chances with A Kind of Magic and In the Lap of the Gods cards as you tour the board as one of the iconic QUEEN bespoke tokens. You can own it all!" Key features: * Choose your favorite bespoke token, tour your favorite gigs and records and accumulate fortunes, but watch out for taxes, jail and bankruptcy * Advance to Wembley, Hyde Park, The Forum Los Angeles — will you owe rent or reap the rewards? * Build staging blocks and full productions and trade your way to success The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game is fun for the whole family QUEEN and "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert will embark on a summer North American tour that will launch June 23 at Phoenix's Gila River Arena and wrap on August 5 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has paid tribute to Chuck Berry, the beloved "father of rock n' roll" who died on Saturday (March 18) at the age of 90. Ward wrote in a Facebook post: "When my grandchildren ask, what was rock 'n' roll? I will open my scrapbook to a time when a guitarist, singer and songwriter played and influenced untold thousands of musicians. Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, I would hold on to his coattails while he illuminated a reachable path to my wildest dreams. I'll show my grandchildren a picture of this suited up man dancing and playing on one leg and strutting across the stage. I'll play the first 30 seconds or so of 'Johnny B Goode'. That's what rock 'n' roll looks and sounds like, kids. And when they ask who this man is, I'll tell them, smiling, Chuck Berry, kids, Chuck Berry. "Thanks, and RIP, Mr. Berry. "Our condolences to his family and fans." Over the weekend, countless tributes hit the Internet from rock's upper echelon showing their love and heaping praise on Berry, who along with the "Mt. Rushmore" of rock — Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the EVERLY BROTHERS — created the form that all popular music followed from the mid-1950's through today. Bob Dylan famously called Chuck Berry the Shakespeare of rock n' roll." According to The Pulse Of Radio, Berry, who pioneered the rock genre with his unique storytelling and clever use of poetics, will undoubtedly be remembered for his signature two-note, guitar-bending lick, variations of which opened up his classic '50s hits "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Little Queenie", "Carol" and many more.
Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend played the first of three planned 20th-anniversary shows for his 1997 album "Ocean Machine: Biomech" this past Friday, March 17. The set took place at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, U.K. and fan-filmed footage of the concert can be seen below. Additional performances of the album are scheduled to take place in Spain and Bulgaria this summer. Released in 1997, "Ocean Machine: Biomech" marked the launch of Townsend's own label, Hevy Devy Records, which still runs to this day. It was his first solo work after working with legendary guitarist Steve Vai as vocalist and with his own band at the time, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. A week before the London show, Devin told Louder Than War about performing "Ocean Machine: Biomech" in its entirety: "It [the Hammersmith gig] is a thing in itself. Yes, it is the 'Ocean Machine' show, but we are able to do some special things for it this time. It is another example of the strange ethos of this band in that at the end of an eight-week tour the second-to-last show is a special show that requires a shit-ton of preparation and effort and rehearsal! [Laughs] We have spent the whole tour working on it. Any days off that we had have been working on 'Ocean Machine'. Any time off we even had on the bus has been about learning the parts and making sure it as good as it can be. My hope is that it will be an event that is very special for everybody, specifically at that venue. I have high hopes for it and I think it's going to be awesome." DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT's latest album, "Transcendence", was released last September. The follow-up to 2014's "Z2" double album (half of which was made up of the DTP full-length "Sky Blue"), it saw the award-winning Townsend exploring a relatively new way of working, collaborating with the entire DTP band during the writing stages of the record.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen is reportedly "doing it all" on his upcoming solo album. Van Halen News Desk reported that Eddie Van Halen's son is playing all the drums, bass, guitars and keyboards himself, in addition to handling all the vocal tracks. The web site spoke directly with a pair of people who had heard portions of the record, saying they "totally loved it." Wolfgang has been posting photos and videos from the studio at his Instagram account since early 2015. He told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his ability to play different instruments gave him the freedom to do what he wanted on a solo project. "I mean, I feel like it's just kind of open-ended," he said. "I feel like since I can play drums, bass, guitar and kind of sing, I guess, I can kind of just decide whatever I want to do. I mean, I've always loved the whole Dave Grohl story of how he started FOO FIGHTERS — just did a whole demo album by himself." His father described the project in 2015 as sounding like "AC/DC meets VAN HALEN meets aggressive pop," adding, "It's a little of everything and sounds like a freight train coming at you. I've never heard anything quite like it. It's so powerful that I'm jealous." There's still no official indication as to when or how the album might see release. Wolfgang first performed live with VAN HALEN on the band's 2007-2008 world tour, which also marked the return of original singer David Lee Roth. He made his recording debut on the band's 2012 album "A Different Kind Of Truth". Wolfgang has also toured as a member of ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti's solo band and played bass on TREMONTI's second album.
ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante will hold down the drum chair on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" from Monday, March 20 through Thursday, March 23. His guest stint in THE 8G BAND, the show's house group led by "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen, follows briefs residencies by other leading rock drummers, including Danny Carey of TOOL, Tim Alexander of PRIMUS, Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN and Abe Cunningham of DEFTONES. "Late Night With Seth Meyers" is home to A-list celebrity guests, memorable comedy and topical monologue jokes. It is hosted by Emmy Award-winning writer Seth Meyers, who was one of 2014's Time 100 Most Influential People and named to Variety's 2016 New Power of New York list. Previously, Meyers served as head writer on "Saturday Night Live" and anchor on the show's wildly popular "Weekend Update". An established comedian, Meyers is known for his perfectly-timed wit and off-the-cuff satire. According to Salon, Meyers is "one of the most important political voices on television" and Vanity Fair called "Late Night" "one of television's most intellectually curious talk shows." Meyers's fellow "Saturday Night Live" cast member and friend Fred Armisen serves as music director/drummer for the house band, THE 8G BAND with Fred Armisen. From Universal Television and Broadway Video, "Late Night With Seth Meyers" is executive-produced by Lorne Michaels ("The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", "Saturday Night Live") and produced by Michael Shoemaker ("Late Night With Jimmy Fallon", "Saturday Night Live").