ANTHRAX’s CHARLIE BENANTE: ‘I Think The Country’s In A Very Weird State Right Now’

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante was interviewed on a recent edition of the syndicated radio show "Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You". You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. Speaking about ANTHRAX's tendency to write lyrics that tackle social, political, and cultural issues, Benante said: "You can only go so far before being labeled [right wing or left wing]. But the thing about being political, especially when you're living in your country, and things affect you and things bother you and things make you worry because you have kids and children who have to go on and probably deal with this when they're older, then you just get people who just fucking… Man, they just don't hold back; they just tear into you. I think the country's in a very weird state right now, and I don't know what's gonna happen." Benante, who said he "just came back" from Europe with ANTHRAX, was asked what the response has been to Americans from people in Europe during his last visit there. "I'd rather not go there," he said. "I'd rather not talk about that." A year ago, the drummer spoke about the 2016 presidential election, saying that it was "a very, very scary time out there" and slamming the Republican party for "never [giving] Obama a bit of a chance to really do things." He added: "Maybe this whole Donald Trump thing is meant to destroy the Republican party, what it's become. Maybe this is what he's trying… Because he was a Democrat, and he went over to the Republican party. Maybe this is… He's sabotaging them without them even knowing it." Benante went on to criticize the two political parties for being unwilling to work together, both sides wanting things to go their own way entirely. He said: "Things have been heating up and heating up. I always thought that the Republicans never gave Obama a bit of a chance to really do things. And, of course, even me just saying that, if people read what I just said, they would come down hard on me for saying that, because they hate Obama so much. And, I mean, he has done some things that have been good, but other people would look at it as, 'No. He's the worst.' But I don't think anyone was as [bad] as the way George [W.] Bush fucked this country over. And these Republicans don't even acknowledge that — that he fucked this country up so much. He put us in a war that we didn't have to be in. And I truly think that ISIS and all that is because of that whole situation." ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE kicked off "The Killthrax Tour" on March 29 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. With ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is providing direct support on all dates. ANTHRAX's February 15 concert at the Barrowland in Glasgow, United Kingdom was filmed for a DVD, to be released later this year via Megaforce. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, U.K.-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS and many others.

JOHN ARCH Rules Out Permanent Return To FATES WARNING

Metal Wani's Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with original FATES WARNING singer John Arch. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his current relationship with FATES WARNING guitarist Jim Matheos: John: "When I left [FATES WARNING], there was a little bit of… I don't know… I don't wanna say 'animosity,' but the way things happened, there was a little bit of falling out and there was a few things that happened a few months after that I read in magazines that were said by some of the members of the band that I was taken aback and blown away; I just couldn't believe that those words were said about me because I gave a hundred percent while I was in the band. But moving forward, life's too short to live that way, so we made amends and I'm good friends with everybody — current members and past members of the band. We've seen each other quite a bit, we've actually done some hiking together — things outside of music — and, of course, working with Jim on [Arch's 2003 EP] 'A Twist Of Fate' and [the 2011 ARCH/MATHEOS album] 'Sympathetic Resonance', it was like an old hat. We got together and it felt just like old friends, and it was good. And I think both parties — myself included — Jim and some of the other members, we both admitted that there was some immaturity and we're different people these days. So I think we kind of grew up and we're friends." On whether there are plans to record another ARCH/MATHEOS album: John: "You know what? I'm not gonna say no. And right now I can't say yes, because we're talking and I'm actually writing right now, so let's just say there's a real good possibility of that happening. Yeah, I figured I probably have maybe one left in me. Who knows? I don't take it for granted that just because you start a process and you go into a studio that magic's gonna happen. It's kind of an ethereal, unknown thing to do, so we're gonna… I think I'm gonna give it a shot." On whether he would rejoin FATES WARNING, if asked: John: "Well, actually, I was, years and years and years ago, not too long after I disembarked from FATES WARNING, and I declined at that time. But today it's just different. I love my freedom. I love going for mountain bike rides whenever I want, going road riding, hopping on my Harley and going for rides, chopping trees… Being in a band, it's a big responsibility, and if you wanna be good, it's a lot of rehearsals. So, no, I don't think I would. I think I've had the perfect opportunity to be able to own my own home and have a good life and be able to dabble in music and actually create more music and have done what I've done. Although it's been sporadic, it's still been very rewarding for me, and I'm lucky that I've been able to work with some fantastic musicians. So, yeah, I don't think so." FATES WARNING celebrated the 30th anniversary of its third album, "Awaken The Guardian", in 2016. The album was to become their final release to feature Arch. That era's lineup was rounded out by bassist Joe DiBiase, drummer Steve Zimmerman, along with current guitarist Frank Aresti and, of course, guitarist and main songwriter Jim Matheos. "Awaken The Guardian" also holds the honor as the band's very first release to debut on the Billboard chart. To celebrate 30 years since the album's release, Matheos reassembled the "Awaken The Guardian"-era lineup for two special festival appearances: Keep It True XIX in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany and Prog Power USA XVII in Atlanta, Georgia. Fortunately for fans that were not able to attend, each show was filmed and recorded. Due on April 28 via Metal Blade, "Awaken The Guardian Live" consists of both festival performances in their entirety. This piece of progressive metal history will be available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and double gatefold vinyl.

SCOTT STAPP Says He Felt SCOTT WEILAND’s Presence On Tour Bus

According to The Pulse Of Radio, ART OF ANARCHY frontman Scott Stapp has revealed in a new interview with GQ that he felt the presence of late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and brief ART OF ANARCHY singer Scott Weiland on the tour bus on which Weiland died, which Stapp later used for his own solo tour. Stapp explained: "All of a sudden, it was almost like Weiland speaking to me from the grave, man. It was a very weird feeling that I felt. I remember being in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, on the bus, and really feeling like I could hear or feel him saying, 'Dude, this could have been you. And this could be you if you continue that path. Don't do what I did. Don't go down that road.'" Asked if he actually saw Weiland's spirit on the bus, Stapp replied: "No. God rest his soul, and my family has prayed for his family and his children, but, really, it was a crazy, mystical experience. It was just in my face, man. I had my moment of, like, dude, he's speaking to me, man. Almost as if, from my standpoint, in my life and in my recovery, his death was not in vain. Not only could that have been me, that should have been me." Weiland sang on the first ART OF ANARCHY album, but never performed live with the group and distanced himself from the project before his death from an overdose of drugs and alcohol in December 2015 while on the road. Stapp, sober after a well-publicized meltdown over two years ago that was partially the result of heavy drug use, was recruited last year to sing for the group. The band, which also features DISTURBED bassist John Moyer, ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums, issued its sophomore album, "The Madness", on March 24.

NEW YORK DOLLS’ Classic ’70 LPs Back On Limited-Edition Colored Vinyl

It's been more than four decades since the NEW YORK DOLLS first outraged mainstream critics and struck terror into the hearts of public guardians of taste and morality. In that time, the once-controversial quintet has been recognized as a seminal musical force and a key influence on the punk movement that came into being shortly after the DOLLS' breakup. Now, UMe celebrates the NEW YORK DOLLS' legacy with new limited-edition colored-vinyl editions of the band's two classic '70s LPs, "New York Dolls" and "Too Much Too Soon", out on May 5. The new vinyl releases, available in strictly limited editions of 500 each and exclusively available through uDiscover, are as flamboyant visually as the albums' musical contents. The self-titled disc boasts a unique opaque pink and black color scheme, while "Too Much Too Soon" has an equally audacious combination of opaque pink and clear. Both albums, which also feature their complete original cover art, are also available from UMe in standard black vinyl editions. With a classic lineup featuring frontman David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thunders and Syl Sylvain, bassist Arthur Kane and drummer Jerry Nolan, the NEW YORK DOLLS served as a bridge between the edgy outrage of the VELVET UNDERGROUND and THE STOOGES and the raw aggression of the multiple generations of punk and hard-rock bands that would soon follow. In their original release, "New York Dolls" and "Too Much Too Soon" polarized audiences, embraced by a devoted core of kindred spirits and reviled by many mainstream listeners. "New York Dolls", produced in raw, hands-off style by Todd Rundgren, captures the band's love for raw, raucous rock 'n' roll and Brill Building teen-pop, with such landmark DOLLS anthems as "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy" and "Looking for A Kiss". It's now regarded as one of rock's greatest debut albums. "Too Much Too Soon", recorded with reclusive legendary producer Shadow Morton, was titled in acknowledgement of the band members' various personal indulgences. The album features a mix of such band originals as "Babylon", "Who Are the Mystery Girls?", "It's Too Late" and "Human Being", along with personalized covers of such tunes as the CADETS' "Stranded in the Jungle", ARCHIE BELL AND THE DRELLS' "There's Gonna Be a Showdown' and Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talkin'". Although the NEW YORK DOLLS dissolved soon after "Too Much Too Soon", the band's ongoing influence, along with the patronage of DOLLS superfan Morrissey, led Johansen and Sylvain to assemble a new version of the band in 2004, leading to a series of tours and three albums of new DOLLS material. Despite that latter-day revival, "New York Dolls" and "Too Much Too Soon" remain the foundation of the NEW YORK DOLLS' rock 'n' roll legacy. Now they can once again be heard the way they were meant to be heard — on vinyl!

THE DAMNED THINGS: Audio Snippet Of New Song?

EVERY TIME I DIE's Keith Buckley has uploaded a short clip of what appears to be a new song from THE DAMNED THINGS, his supergroup project also featuring ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, FALL OUT BOY's Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman, EVERY TIME I DIE's Josh Newton, and Rob Caggiano of VOLBEAT (and formerly ANTHRAX). Check out the video below. Hurley recently revealed THE DAMNED THINGS has a new EP in the works. He told the "100 Words Or Less" podcast: "I recorded five songs for an EP with THE DAMNED THINGS. I don't think we'll be playing, ANTHRAX is still touring on their last record. EVERY TIME I DIE just put out their new record, uh, who else? Josh Newton, I think, has been playing lately. He tech'd for Joe for awhile. I'm not sure if he'll be back when we're back. So, you know, that's all over the place." THE DAMNED THINGS released its debut album, "Ironiclast", in December 2010. After performing a few gigs together, the members took a hiatus and returned to their respective bands.

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Video: GHOST Performs In Brussels

Fan-filmed video footage of GHOST's Apri 10 performance at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium can be seen below. As previously reported, GHOST frontman and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, is being sued by four ex-members of the group. The quartet of former Nameless Ghouls have accused Forge of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours. The lawsuit, filed in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where GHOST was originally based, claims that Forge solely controlled the band’s business affairs without input from anyone else in the group, while also carrying out management duties. The four musicians are asking the court to order Forge to disclose GHOST's revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 and reveal the company's assets as of December 31, 2016. If Forge fails to act as ordered, the musicians are asking the court to force Forge to pay a penalty of approximately $22,000 or an amount that the court considers reasonable. The lawsuit alleges that Forge has been collecting all revenues from sales of the band's merchandise and recordings since the band was formed in 2010, and has insisted that the "company" was not yet profitable while at the same time refusing to disclose financial statements. The situation became dire in 2012, when the band members did not receive any compensation at all. Forge was finally pressured to pay them, which he did only sporadically while still claiming that the band was broke. The four musicians were offered two separate contract proposals by Forge in 2016, which they rejected as "slave agreements." That may have led to Forge's wholesale firing of the band at the end of 2016. Asked for his reaction to the lawsuit by Swedish outlet Corren, Forge said: "I can't comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered fairly soon by my legal counsel."

PHILIP ANSELMO On LEMMY’s Final MOTÖRHEAD Shows: “He Hated The Pain, But Loved The Stage’

Former PANTERA and current DOWN and SUPERJOINT frontman Philip Anselmo was interviewed on a recent installment of the "Fantasm" podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about the last time he saw Lemmy before the iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman's death, Anselmo said: "We played a festival together and he wanted to see me. And, of course, I went in and talked to The Great One. I'd known him for two decades before that. And he was always, always, always — especially when I was young — he was always the one to tell me that music and your lifetime in music and your popularity and whatever, it's here and gone — it's a fleeting thing, and it's also ebb and flow. There'll be points in time in your career, if you keep going, where you'll be misunderstood, you'll be not popular, what you do won't be 'in.' And this was back when I was in PANTERA. And he said to me back then, he said, 'You know, what you guys do really doesn't sound, to my ears, that different from what we do.' And at the time, I was thinking to myself, 'Yeah, it's different, but I guess it isn't all that different,' figuring it's drums-bass-guitar-vocals format; I can see where he's coming from. But the bigger picture now, in hindsight, is the fact that music is ebb and flow, and the more bands that you're in, the more different-size crowds you'll have, type of crowds you'll have, and all that shit." He continued: "Looking back on it, I remember about a couple of months before he passed when we did a festival together, I reminded him of that story. And he [told] me, 'Well, Phil, let's have a cigarette to our voices.' So we smoked a cigarette together." Describing Lemmy as a "very, very real guy and a very, very down-to-earth guy," Anselmo said that the MOTÖRHEAD legend was "miserable during those last shows [he played with his band]; he was in a lot of pain. But he did not want to leave the stage. And I can feel that, because I'm a walking injury. I mean, I wake up and I feel like I'm in a car wreck every fucking day of my life; I've blown out a lot of different parts of my fucking body doing what I do. And I've realized that these days, I don't have to go up there and destroy myself to get the fucking point across." Anselmo added: "[Lemmy] hated the pain, but loved the stage. And I can relate to that." SUPERJOINT will embark on part two of its "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application" U.S. live takeover this month. The trek will make its way west from San Antonio, Texas in mid-April through mid-May with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Support will be provided by Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS and noise rock eccentrics/Housecore labelmates CHILD BITE, also of Detroit, who both trekked out with SUPERJOINT during the first leg of the tour in January.

Watch POISON Perform In Montreal

Fan-filmed video footage of POISON's reunited original lineup — Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett and C.C. DeVille — performing on April 10 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as part of its North American tour with DEF LEPPARD can be seen below. POISON's setlist was as follows: 01. Look What The Cat Dragged In 02. Ride The Wind 03. We're An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover) 04. Something To Believe In 05. Your Mama Don't Dance (LOGGINS & MESSINA cover) 06. Guitar Solo 07. Fallen Angel 08. Unskinny Bop 09. Drum Solo 10. Every Rose Has Its Thorn 11. Talk Dirty To Me POISON's tour with DEF LEPPARD will wrap on June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to the start of the DEF LEPPARD trek, Michaels said: "I'm really looking forward to the POISON tour. It's going to be incredible playing all the hits and putting on a hell of a high-energy rock show for the three generations of awesome fans." POISON and DEF LEPPARD first hit the road together back in 2009, and then again three years later. POISON appeared at the 2013 Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day, but has otherwise been mostly playing private shows, including one in January 2015. The band hasn't done any major touring since taking part in the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" trek with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD. Rockett was recently declared cancer free after undergoing an experimental treatment. He was diagnosed with oral cancer back in 2015.


According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 20-year-old man has filed a lawsuit over an incident at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on July 29, 2015 when he was allegedly bashed on the head with a skateboard. Joshua James Dugas is suing Atlanta, Live Nation Entertainment and the Truth Initiative Foundation, claiming the entertainment company and city failed to protect him from "the unruly, dangerous crowd." Dugas was watching HELLYEAH perform at Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta when an unknown person hit him with the skateboard, the suit alleges. "Dugas became dazed and confused upon being hit in the head and went in and out of consciousness," the complaint says. After making it to an on-site medical tent with the help of his friends, he collapsed and was transported to an emergency room in an ambulance. Truth (formerly the American Legacy Foundation), which is said to be the country's most successful anti-smoking group, was giving away the skateboards, according to the lawsuit. Dugas claims to have suffered "continuing and permanent injuries" and says he has incurred more than $40,000 in medical expenses so far. rockstarmayhem2015poster

Legendary Rock Drummer CARMINE APPICE To Unveil Art Collection In Chromadepth

Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice has been working with art team and publisher SceneFour on an art collection crafted from rhythm. Appice is the first drummer to embark on visual artwork utilizing Chromadepth, a color-centric formula that adds three dimensions into the visuals. Check out a trailer video below, and join the interest list at to get more details and for pre-release access. Carmine 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) and Nick Menza (MEGADETH). Appice is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished showmen in rock and is the recipient of numerous awards, including dozens of gold and platinum selling records. Carmine co-wrote such monster-selling hits as "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks". He has broken new ground in every aspect of his career as a performer, as a teacher, and as a writer, and he continues to inspire drummers and listeners throughout the world with his originality and his unwavering dedication to the art of drumming.