Capital Chaos TV recently conducted an interview with guitarist Trevor Peres of Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Capital Chaos TV: Do you think a band like OBITUARY would be able to "make it" if they were just starting out today? Trevor: "Well, if this music were already going on, it'd be a lot more difficult. Obviously, when we started, there were hardly any extreme bands. The amount of bands compared to today with metal in general was about a hundred, you know? So we were on top of things doing something not a whole lot of other people were doing, I guess you could say, and we had our own unique flare to it. I mean, maybe, if nobody had already done what we did, I guess. That's the thing too. Like today, you go to any of these festivals in Europe and there's so many different styles of metal playing. I mean, we definitely stand out when it comes to extreme stuff, because we have our own sound. It's hard for any band today to start and be successful compared to thirty years ago in general, I think. But to get your name is probably easier though, because of the Internet and stuff, so it's hard to say." Capital Chaos TV: What's the worst advice you've been given as far as touring goes? Trevor: "The worst advice would be when we were told to go into the U.K. from Europe on a tour we were doing and they didn't have our work visas done. That was the worst advice. We got deported back to Holland, which sucked because we had to cancel a show in London. It was sold out; like 1,500 people were at the venue waiting for us to get there. At the time, our management dropped the ball and they told us, basically, not to worry about it and to just go through and say you're over there on a layover going to Ireland because we had to play there the next day. But they figured out what was going on, the border agency, so they held us. They asked if we were that band OBITUARY playing in London tonight and we were just, like, 'No,' but they knew it was us and we were totally busted. That was some bad advice. But whatever. Shit happens, I guess." Capital Chaos TV: About how long have you been writing the new [OBITUARY self-titled] album for? Trevor: "Well, actually, a couple songs from the 'Inked In Blood' writings and recordings ended up being on the EP we did, 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die', which one of those songs is also on the new album. We've been focusing on new songs after that for probably a year and a half or two years now. Most times that we're not on the road and I come up with something, I'll just record it and put it on the backburner, come back to it later. Last spring and summer is when we really focused on putting new material into songs. So yeah, on and off for a year and a half." Read the entire interview at Capital Chaos TV. Photo credit: Ester Segarra
ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar) — will release its third studio album, "We The People", on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014's "Men Of Honor" is the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature the band's new drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky (of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). "We The People" will be available for purchase as a special edition CD digipak, gatefold 2LP+CD, and on all standard digital and streaming music platforms. ADRENALINE MOB will soon announce a world tour which will commence in June, coinciding with the release of "We The People". "We The People" track listing: 01. King Of The Ring 02. We The People 03. The Killer's Inside 04. Bleeding Hands 05. Chasing Dragons 06. Til The Head Explodes 07. What You're Made Of 08. Raise 'Em Up 09. Ignorance & Greed 10. Blind Leading The Blind 11. Violent State Of Mind 12. Lords Of Thunder 13. Rebel Yell As the title "We The People" indicates, there's a political side to ADRENALINE MOB. Throughout their years as a musicians and songwriters, they hadn't stayed silent on matters significant. Whether they were masked in metaphor or flatly conspicuous, they've always poured their feelings into song. It was, as Orlando puts it, a form of catharsis. So, as they were watching the presidential campaigns, feeling the negativity — the constant bickering and finger pointing — they knew ADRENALINE MOB's next venture would be affected. In fact, the first song Orlando began writing for "We The People" was the politically charged rocker "Blind Leading The Blind". "The title track is very much inspired by the past election year," confirms Allen. "It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times. The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own. Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today and some are about having a good time, being free and loving rock 'n' roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them." ADRENALINE MOB and TWISTED SISTER drummer A.J. Pero died in March 2015 of a heart attack. Bassist John Moyer, who has been a member of DISTURBED since 2004, joined ADRENALINE MOB in February 2012 and appeared on the band's "Covertà" EP (2013) and "Men Of Honor" album (2014). "Men Of Honor" sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's full-length debut, 2012's "Omertá", opened with around 6,600 units to enter the chart at No. 70. Drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) quit ADRENALINE MOB in June 2013 due to "scheduling conflicts."
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day with an electrifying lineup of exclusive new and collectible 7" and 12" vinyl releases. Among these is ALICE IN CHAINS' "Get Born Again"/"What The Hell Have I", two 7" black vinyl singles in gatefold sleeve. This special ALICE IN CHAINS 45 RPM double 7" single collects four hard-hitting tracks remastered and available on vinyl for the first time. "What The Hell Have I" and "A Little Bitter", released on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Last Action Hero" in 1993, were the first to feature new bassist Mike Inez, who'd played with Ozzy Osbourne for five years. "Get Born Again" and "Died", released on the box set "Music Bank" in 1999, were the band's final recordings with original vocalist Layne Staley. Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April. Record Store Day has named St. Vincent as Record Store Day's Madame Ambassador 2017. Record Store Day 2017 will be celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 22. To locate your nearest participating Record Store Day 2017 retailer, go to this location.
"Welcome To Wacken", an interactive virtual reality documentary that takes you deep inside Germany's Wacken Open Air — the biggest heavy metal festival on Earth — will receive its world premiere at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival as part of the DocX programme (April 28 to May 1) in Toronto. It will be available on most major VR platforms following the festival. Produced by Canada's Banger Films ("Metal Evolution", "Iron Maiden: Flight 666") and Secret Location, it's the first fully 360-degree virtual reality music festival documentary. A story in five parts as told by different fans from around the world and climaxing with a live performance from ARCH ENEMY that puts viewers on stage with the band. "Ever since our first film, 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey', we've wanted to create something unique about Wacken," said Sam Dunn, director and co-founder, Banger Films. "Metalheads around the world know that going to Wacken is a truly transformative experience. And we felt that the best way to capture this feeling was by filming in Virtual Reality. It's the next best thing to actually having your feet in the mud at Wacken!" Wacken, which has a paid crew of 2,500, does not announce the names of its headliners before tickets go on sale. Still, the first 45,000 tickets to Wacken Open Air 2016 were sold within two hours after the pre-sale started. It didn't take long for the remaining tickets to be snapped up — marking the eleventh time in a row that all tickets to the event have been sold.
The official video for the song "Lawbreaker" from German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Healed By Metal", which was released on January 13 via Napalm Records. Asked if GRAVE DIGGER has ever been "healed by metal," vocalist Chris Boltendahl told Spark TV: "Yeah, I've [been] healed by metal a lot of times in my life. Mostly in bad times. When I listen to metal music, it builds me up again. I think it's a good title for GRAVE DIGGER. There's so many people outside who have problems. I think this record can help some people. Regarding why the band named the album "Healed By Metal", Chris said: "Two years ago, we played a big open-air festival in Moscow. There was a hospital beside the festival [site]. There were people inside who had to listen to metal all day. I said while I was with our sound engineer, 'Oh, the poor people. They have to listen to GRAVE DIGGER all day.' He said, 'Look at me. Yes, all the people are healed by metal.'" Chris also talked about GRAVE DIGGER's goal with the new album. He said: "First, to satisfy ourselves, then to satisfy the people outside. We want to always deliver a piece of quality. This time, it's much better quality, not than the previous albums, but in our own mind. Yeah, I think it's a piece of metal." "Healed By Metal" track listing: 01. Healed By Metal 02. When Night Falls 03. Lawbreaker 04. Forever Free 05. Call For War 06. Ten Commandments Of Metal 07. The Hangman’s Eye 08. Kill Ritual 09. Hallelujah 10. Laughing With The Dead Digipack bonus: 11. Kingdom Of The Night 12. Bucket List GRAVE DIGGER's previous collection of all-new material, "Return Of The Reaper", was released in July 2014 via Napalm Records.
Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company) has set a June 16 release date for "Chuck", the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock and roll legend Chuck Berry (pictured), who passed away last week at the age of 90. Comprised of ten new recordings, eight of which were written by Berry, "Chuck" is his first new album since 1979's "Rock It". It was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around St. Louis and features his longtime hometown backing group — including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (vocals, harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry's bassist for forty years), Robert Lohr (piano) and Keith Robinson (drums) — which supported him for nearly two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club. The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Chuck's grandson Charles Berry III. Acclaimed author and historian Douglas Brinkley contributes liner notes. Both Morello and Rateliff appear on album track "Big Boys", which Brinkley calls "a guitar player's national anthem" in his notes. The song is streaming now below. "Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction," the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. "While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music." Some of the songs on "Chuck" were originally conceived as far back as the 1980s, with Berry developing them in his home studio in St. Louis over many years during down time between tours. He worked on the album through 2014. When health concerns forced him to stop touring and recording in 2015, Berry continued to oversee production and planning for "Chuck", enlisting his family and close friend Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill, to fulfill his wishes that the album be completed and released. And from album highlight "Lady B. Goode", a spiritual sequel to the iconic "Johnny B. Goode" featuring ripping solos from three generations of Berry guitarists, to the poignant country balladry of "Darlin'", a duet with his daughter Ingrid, "Chuck" truly is a family affair. "Working on my Dad's record has been one of the best experiences of my life," said Charles Berry Jr. "I will forever treasure the musical conversations we had, and the time we spent together completing it." Chuck Berry's passing on March 18 prompted an outpouring of support and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and world leaders — from members of THE ROLLING STONES and BEATLES, to former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone claimed that Berry "defined rock and roll during its early years and for decades to come." The New York Times called Berry rock's "master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves," adding that after 60 years, his earliest music "still sounds reckless and audacious." "Chuck" track listing: 01. Wonderful Woman 02. Big Boys 03. You Go To My Head 04. 3/4 Time (Enchiladas) 05. Darlin' 06. Lady B. Goode 07. She Still Loves You 08. Jamaica Moon 09. Dutchman 10. Eyes Of Man
U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING have announced the first run of tour dates in support of their latest album, "Theories Of Flight". The trek will kick off on June 11 in Poughkeepsie, New York and end on July 1 in Allston, Massachusetts. FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "We are very excited to finally announce the first leg of the U.S. tour for 'Theories Of Flight'. We know that this news has been a long time coming, but it's finally here and we are ready to once again hit the States in support of a new album. The European tour was amazing, and we are anticipating nothing less from our home crowd. We can't wait to see our fans again. Get your tickets now. Thank you all!" FATES WARNING U.S. tour dates: Jun. 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Jun. 13 - Clifton Park. NY - Upstate Concert Hall Jun. 16 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater Jun. 17 - Patchogue, NY - 89 North Jun. 20 - Buffalo, NY - Ironworks Jun. 22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom Jun. 23 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge Jun. 24 - Joliet, IL - The Forge Jun. 25 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall Jun. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Rex Jun. 30 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater Jul. 01 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall "Theories Of Flight" was released last July via InsideOut Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Michigan artist Graceann Warn. Performed by the FATES WARNING lineup that returned to form with 2013's acclaimed "Darkness In A Different Light" release, "Theories Of Flight" was produced by guitarist Jim Matheos and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, SYMPHONY X). Frank Aresti contributed a couple solos on the new record, but due to his current work commitments, he is not be able to tour with FATES WARNING. He is being temporarily replaced by Mike Abdow, who is described by Aresti as "a great guitarist and a great guy."
KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was interviewed on a recent episode of Brazil's "Wikimetal" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether KORN's latest album, 2016's "The Serenity Of Suffering", is a return to the band's roots: Brian: "I think in a lot of ways, it does feel like that. But, obviously, with the new technology and [producer] Nick Raskulinecz and then some of the extra people that we've brought in just for some ambient sounds and stuff makes it have a modern feel too. What it has is intensity, like the old records. It's got real intensity, and so that is what KORN is, I think. It's always been like that. There's been albums where KORN has experimented with other sounds, and that's good too — I love experimenting — but the best songs live always come from the intense songs, and they're the funnest to play. Those are the ones that you can play year after year, decade after decade, because they just come across so energetic and fun live." On whether KORN's innovative musical style on the band's debut album was created intentionally or if it came about naturally: Brian: "I think it just happened natural, but I think it's a little of both. Because we were just fans of that type of music. We listened to anything from N.W.A. and CYPRESS HILL and hip-hop and stuff to NINE INCH NAILS and that type of industrial stuff to SOUNDGARDEN and FAITH NO MORE and METALLICA. We wanted to see people hop up and down and mosh. When we wrote the songs, we would think about that. And then Jonathan [Davis, vocals], he loved being weird and not sounding like your average singer. So he was just always a freak. I think album one he sounded like a freak, but at the same time, he was very real and honest and raw, and his emotions were… he would open his soul and just say, 'Come and look inside.' So I think all of that stuff mixed together. Sometimes it was intentional and other times it just happened, because all those sounds were just poured into us over the years, being fans of different kinds of music." KORN and STONE SOUR will join forces for a summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. Presented by Live Nation, "The Serenity Of Summer" tour will be rounded out by support from Japan's female-fronted BABYMETAL, southern rapper YELAWOLF and ISLANDER (June 16-25), followed by a second leg (July 19 - August 2) which will see KORN joined by SKILLET, YELAWOLF and DED, creating a versatile bill reminiscent of KORN's famed "Family Values" tours in the past. Interview (audio):
"Roadburn Live" is ENSLAVED's first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band's headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED's guitar player Ivar Bjørnson. Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn's artistic director, comments on the release: "It's no secret that there's a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival's history — both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/SHINING collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria To Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with WARDRUNA's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in SKUGGSJÁ's first-ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED's 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it's the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED." "Roadburn Live" will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-webshop gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers! To celebrate the release, what better way than to hold a playback session with the members of ENSLAVED at the Roadburn festival 2017. Becky Laverty of Roadburn festival comments: "ENSLAVED and Roadburn share a history that is entwined and their 2015 performance on the main stage was such a fantastic milestone for both parties, that it makes perfect sense for the show to be released as a live album. As the album will be released during Roadburn 2017, it seemed fitting to invite attendees and the band alike to join us for a playback session at the festival as part of our popular side program." "Roadburn Live" also features a brilliant layout created by highly respected artist and Roadburn's regular graphic designer Costin Chioreanu. The album was mixed by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio and mastered by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, OPETH, SEPULTURA) in Fascination Studios. It is also the last official release with Herbrand Larsen on keys and vocals. After celebrating their twenty-five year anniversary in 2016 showcasing a majority of older material, "Roadburn Live" displays songs mainly from the "newer" and more progressive era of ENSLAVED's career, with songs from "In Times", "Riitiir", "Isa", "Below The Lights" and "Monumension". Featuring guest appearances of Einar Selvik (WARDRUNA), Aðalbjörn Tryggvason (SÓLSTAFIR), Per Wiberg (OPETH, CANDLEMASS), and Menno Gootjes (FOCUS) on "Immigrant Song", the first cover song by ENSLAVED to appear on any record ever. Grutle Kjellson comments on the album: "I'm generally not a huge fan of live albums. I like to be present at a show, to grasp the energy of the band, and to witness the sometimes magical symbiosis that occurs between the band and the audience. I am, however, a huge fan of the Roadburn festival! I consider this to be my all-time favorite, both as a musician and as a guest. Therefore, if ever ENSLAVED were to release a live album, it had to be from a Roadburn show! I hope you will enjoy listening to this piece of wax as much as we did recording it!" "Roadburn Live" track listing: 01. Building With Fire 02. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn 03. In Times 04. Daylight 05. Convoys To Nothingness 06. As Fire Swept Clean The Earth 07. Isa 08. Immigrant Song * * "Roadburn Live" exclusive song originally by LED ZEPPELIN "Roadburn Live" lineup: Ivar Bjørnson - guitars, keys Grutle Kjellson - vocals, bass Arve Isdal - guitars Cato Bekkevold - drums Herbrand Larsen - keyboard, keys
Public television's critically acclaimed concert series "Front And Center" has debuted a new episode featuring three-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Steve Vai. The intimate performance was filmed at New York's Iridium — the smallest venue Vai has played in years. He was voted tenth "Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine in 2015. In an exclusive interview captured prior to his performance, Vai said: "When I wrote 'Tender Surrender', it was similar to any other song that I wrote that I thought was worth its salt. It came from just being present." Vai continued: "I saw a great interview with Eric Clapton and they said: 'What are you thinking about when you're playing?' and he says, 'Nothing, just being in the moment.' And they said to Bob Dylan, I remember, 'Where do you get your inspiration from?' and he goes, 'I don't know.' Of course, Rolling Stone magazine, they're going to press him, 'What do you mean you don't know?' and he said, 'I don't know, it comes from that infinite pool of creativity that exists in everybody.' So I think that that's the right answer." The full video can be seen below. The episode will air nationally on public television. Check local listings for air dates and times. "Front And Center" is currently in its seventh season. The series features CMA Award winners, Grammy Award winners, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, and emerging artists. The show has featured performances by CHEAP TRICK, DAWES, Shawn Mendes, Southside Johnny, Kaleo, THE CADILLAC THREE, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Nettles this season.