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MAX CAVALERA Says Next SOULFLY Album Will Be Conceptual Effort With ‘Same Kind Of Feeling’ As SEPULTURA’s ‘Roots’

Max Cavalera spoke to the "No Limits Music Show" about SOULFLY's upcoming follow-up to 2015's "Archangel" album, tentatively due in the middle of next year via Nuclear Blast. "My goal is to bring some of the tribal [elements] back," he said (see video below). "A lot of people have been asking… I want it too, 'cause I love the heaviness of the drums with the guitars — it's amazing. We had it on [2004's] 'Prophecy', we had it on [2000's] 'Primitive', the first SOULFLY [album in 1998]. And that's kind of lost on the SOULFLY tours. After [2005's] 'Dark Ages', we really stopped doing percussion at all. So I think it's kind of cool now to bring it back — it's the perfect time. "The album is gonna be deeply tribal, very spiritual," he continued. "There's a concept. I cannot tell you much about it, 'cause it's kind of a surprise. But there is a concept behind the record, and I have not done a record with a concept like this since [SEPULTURA's] 'Roots'. So this one has got the same kind of feeling that 'Roots' has." Max added that he will complete the songwriting process for the new SOULFLY album once he is done with the "Point Blank With Soulfly" tour, where SOULFLY is performing NAILBOMB's lone studio album, 1994's "Point Blank", in full. "I hope I can enter the studio around January," he said. "We've already got the producer, Josh Wilbur. He's the producer that did KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD. An amazing guy, so he's gonna be amazing for this record. And it's, of course, 20 years since [the release of] the first [SOULFLY album]. So it's a great date — it's a special date. So we are hoping we can make a really special record, hopefully with some really cool guests. Again, SOULFLY continue the guest appearances. I don't know who I'm gonna get yet, but I'm sure it's gonna be really cool." Max reiterated his belief that the next SOULFLY album will "be a special record, man. I have the feeling. When you have the feeling, you have the feeling," he said. "And I have right now… I feel it's coming along. I've just gotta work on the riffs real hard, get the best riffs possible — just like I did with [the new] CAVALERA [CONSPIRACY album]. But the difference is, with the SOULFLY record, I've got more room, I can do more stuff with it. 'Cause I've got the world music element, the tribal element, the spiritual element. They give me more room to go even further on what I can do with the music, so I'm very excited. I think it's gonna be a great record." Max and his brother, former SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera, have spent the last year celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band's "Roots" album by performing the LP in its entirety all over the world.

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Video: SEBASTIAN BACH Performs At ROCKFEST 80’S

Fan-filmed video footage of Sebastian Bach's November 4 performance at the second annual RockFest 80's at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Florida can be seen below. 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 recent interview with Australia's Hysteria magazine whether he is working on new music at the moment, Bach said: "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.

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IRON MAIDEN Singer’s Autobiography Lands On NEW YORK TIMES Best-Sellers List

IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson's autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?", landed at No. 10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. It was released in the U.S. on October 31 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Dickinson told New York City's Q104.3 about his autobiography: "The book is about stories and my life and the things I've done, and it's a celebration of life. It's not getting down on people; it's not salacious and tiddle-taddle. "I'm not that crazy about biographies that are written by other people — by ghost writers. If you're going to write a book, I think in an ideal world, you should write it yourself, so literally, it's your own voice coming through. "I wanted to tell my story but in a way which was uplifting. That's kind of who I am. I'm not interested in 'the dark side' — I might write songs about it, but that's not me. "I wrote fifty percent of the book in the pub. I'd go down to the pub, I'd sit in the corner, I'd have a couple of beers, make it last two-three hours, and at the end of that, I'd have 1,500 words." Regarding the inspiration for the book's title, Bruce said: "My dad... one of the great things he did for me was say, 'You should have a go at everything. Just try it — whatever it is, when you're a kid, if you get a chance to do something, whether it's a school trip, whatever it is, just have a go.' The other thing that he was very big on was, whenever you start something, finish it. When I did things and discovered things that I thought, 'Well, I like doing that,' [I thought,] 'Let's see where it goes.' If you're going to squeeze the lemon, do it until the juice runs down your leg." Dickinson told The Guardian that he "really enjoyed writing" "What Does This Button Do?" "It was nice to be able to tell stories and give an insight into how the world looks from your perspective, in a way that is not going to be edited by strangers," he said. "So you could get a real feel for what it was like to be viewing the world through my eyes as it were. It's only a short step from that to fiction, I suppose. But this book is obviously not fiction. I tried to write it so it would read like a really good page-turning story. And, fortunately, Jack Fogg, my editor, thought the same way and he edited the book, in his words, 'like a novel,' which I found interesting. "My memory was good — I remembered things quite graphically in vivid detail," he continued. "We could have had a 600-page book but it would have been very unwieldy. And, in fact, had I completed all the various other bits and bobs in my little notebook, we'd have had an 800-page book and I'd still be writing it at Christmas. You have to have discipline about things. Fortunately, we've kept the book really tight."

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SKID ROW Guitarist DAVE ‘SNAKE’ SABO Explains Why SEBASTIAN BACH Reunion Talks Fell Apart

SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo has once again shot down the possibility of a reunion with Sebastian Bach, saying that the chances of the singer coming back to the band are "slim to none." Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY. In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger. SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I. During an appearance this past week on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume, Sabo confirmed that "there was definitely dialog that was going back and forth and there was talk" last year about a possible reunion with Bach. "I think everybody was entertaining the idea," he said. "And I think, really, what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed. "We got offered a lot of money," he continued. "There was a lot of stuff that's been said about what happened and tours being booked… That didn't happen — tours were not booked. Any offers that came in came through to me and Rachel, 'cause it's our band. So there was a good amount of money being offered. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again." According to Sabo, the disagreements between SKID ROW's core members and Bach about a possible reunion "had nothing to do with money. I'll tell you straight up — no one was making was more than anybody else," he said. "That was one of the things that we said… Rachel and I and Scotti, we were, like, 'This is easy from that perspective.' I'm not gonna sit there and do it any other way. It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give. And it was not about anything other than this is our band. "This is not ego-driven, I promise you," Sabo reaffirmed. "It wasn't about me making more money than you, or you making more… it wasn't about that at all. I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [that are still there]." When host Eddie Trunk pointed out to Sabo that MÖTLEY CRÜE managed to complete an 18-month final tour while traveling on separate buses and barely speaking to each other, the guitarist responded: "Yeah, but they were miserable — they were all miserable. And see, that's the thing, man… I don't know… I guess I look at it differently. I really like my life, man. I really like being happy. I have great joy playing SKID ROW music now. Not to say that I didn't before, but in this moment in time, I'm extremely happy. My life is awesome, my friends are awesome, the people I make music and jam with, they're all awesome. And so, I've gotta say, yeah, the idea, the romantic notion of a reunion and the monetary aspect of it is all well and good, but at the end of the day, man, I really enjoy the space that I'm in. I just wanna be a good guy, I wanna be a good husband, a good father, a good friend, a good brother. The way that we existed towards the end, after 'Subhuman Race' and when everything fell apart, it was misery for everybody — not just me; for everybody." Despite his lack of interest in being in a band with Bach again, Sabo will not completely rule out a reunion with the charismatic singer. "I always never say never," Sabo said. "I guess that's like my way of not committing to saying, 'No, it will never happen.' The chances of it happening, I mean, I would say they're slim to none, but I never say never. But I will say this: in this day and age, we live in the moment, man. I mean, I'm living right here, right now in the moment. And I love having ZP in the band." Sabo said that he looks back on all periods of SKID ROW fondly. "I'm so proud of everything that's existed between 1986 and now," he said. "A lot of people, if they're in a similar situation like we are — we have a new singer and new drummer we've had for a while — they tend to hide from their past and almost brush it aside. I embrace it. I'm so proud of what we created — the five original members. We had a period of nine, ten years that was… it was furious and crazy and awful and amazing and every adjective you can come up with, and it burned brightly. And then it died out. And sometimes that happens — it happens to athletes, it happens to artists, and it happens to bands. It happened to us — we burned out. And so when Rachel and I and Scotti started… We took a couple of years [to do] OZONE MONDAY; that was like a bridgegap. We wanted to play those [SKID ROW] songs again; we just didn't wanna put the band back together as its previous form was. And so for us, it was really… it wasn't about money — never has been. "Happiness has always been paramount to me," he added. "And music, to me, is what has always brought me just this incredible amount of joy. It's what fuels my life — creating music, being around music. I wanna create music and play music with people that I enjoy doing it with. And I enjoyed doing it with a bunch of people throughout our career, and then it stopped being enjoyable; the joy was ripped out of it — for a myriad reasons, whatever they may be. Everyone's got their own stories. I take responsibility for my end, for whatever that might be. But at the end of the day, for better or for worse, Rachel and started the band, it's our band. Love us or hate us, it is ours, and we're gonna do with it what we want to do to make our lives happier. "Being in a band, creating music, writing music is a very selfish thing — it's selfish act," he said. "The greatest songs are written from a selfish point of view — you're doing it to gratify your need and your desire to emote something. And songwriting, first and foremost, is selfish. And then you hope you can connect with people, but by and large, it's selfish. And so if that seems selfish how we conduct our band business, so be it — it is ours. "I love the fact that people care enough and have a history with the band that they would wanna see that exist again — I really do; I think it's amazing, and I'm supremely flattered by that — I just can't give it to 'em right now, and that's just the way that it is." Asked why things fell apart so quickly with Harnell, Sabo said: "We had known each other — Rachel, Scotti and I had known Tony for a long time. Obviously, a great singer. Some things just aren't meant to work… they just don't work together. Knowing him before and then working with him, it was two separate… it really was two different things. A lot of conflict, a lot of butting heads, and it just… it never meshed, it was never right. We knew him for a long time, [but we] never worked with him — never worked in a band situation, in a band environment with him. And, again, you know what — for better or for worse, this is our band; it belongs to us. And so if someone is gonna come in and work with us, we have a certain way that we do things, and that may not work for some people. It didn't work for him. Look, [he's] a talented guy; it just wasn't right for us." By contrast, Sabo couldn't speak in more glowing terms about Theart, who was officially named SKID ROW's new singer in January 2017. "He's from DRAGONFORCE," the guitarist said. "I was always familiar with the band and their reputation. Their music was never in my wheelhouse, so to speak. Rachel had become really good friends with him, and when things fell apart with Tony… We had previously done shows in the U.K. where his band after DRAGONFORCE [I AM I] had opened up for us. And I saw him, and he's a great singer. But I never thought about him being with SKID ROW. As soon as everything fell apart with Tony, Rachel was, like, 'Let's just give ZP a call.' And I'm, like, 'Okay. Cool.' And so we did. And he flew in." "Look, first of all, he's an excellent person — a really good guy," Sabo continued. "Blue collar, hard worker, gets his hands dirty. If he sees the crew guys having a problem with one of the road cases, he's over there helping 'em. He wants to get in the trenches, he wants to work. And he respects the history of the band. He doesn't attempt to do something so different to shy away from what our catalog is. He came in knowing… he came in and auditioned and did, like, 15, 16 songs. He used to warm up to our stuff. He's really, really well versed and familiar with it. So this has been a really, really easy fit, and it's been a pleasure to be on stage with him." Sabo also talked about the fact that Bach's current live set still consists primarily of classic SKID ROW songs, despite the fact that Sebastian has no less than three full-length solo albums under his belt. "I'm cool with it," Sabo said. 'Again, we had nine or ten years of history together that were pretty phenomenal from a success standpoint. And we had a lot of good times — we did — but, unfortunately, the bad times outweighed the good times, and that's why the band stopped in that form. But as far as going out there and doing SKID ROW songs, he has every right to — he sang 'em. I'm honored, to be honest with you. Some people might look at it differently. It doesn't bother me. It helps keep our history alive. I'm cool with that." Bach has consistently expressed his desire to reunite with his former bandmates, telling Loudwire last year: "I don't have any reason why not to do that. I have no animosity towards anybody in SKID ROW, and the fact that we're all, five of us, still alive in this world is a pretty amazing feat. So I would someday definitely like to hear the five guys who made those records play live together again. Yes, I would. 'Cause I'm a fan too." He added: "I'm up for it, if they are." Hill in August also ruled out the possibility of a reunion with Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don't want to "put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now."

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WITHIN TEMPTATION Singer Launches MY INDIGO Solo Project; Promises 2018 Release For Band’s New Album

WITHIN TEMPTATION frontwoman Sharon Den Adel has launched a solo project called MY INDIGO. The singer announced the new project's existence via a video message on Facebook in which she described the MY INDIGO material as "very personal" and revealed that composing the songs was a therapeutic experience that helped he deal with an undisclosed family "crisis." The first singe from MY INDIGO, a song also called "My Indigo", has just been released via all streaming music services and can be heard below. As for the current status of WITHIN TEMPTATION, Sharon said that the band took a break after the last tour so that she could find inspiration for the group's new music. "I'm proud to say that we have some really kick-ass songs for WITHIN TEMPTATION now," she said. "They're still in demo phase. We're going into the studio soon, and there will be a release in 2018." WITHIN TEMPTATION's last studio album, "Hydra", came out in January 2014. The follow-up to 2011's "The Unforgiving" debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking WITHIN TEMPTATION's first appearance in the Billboard Top 20. Sharon Den Adel's full message (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I know you've all been waiting a long time to hear a release date for the new WITHIN TEMPTATION album. How much I'd like to give you one now, I'm not able to yet. "The thing is, when I came back from the tour last time, I went to the studio, like I always do when I come back from a tour, and I wanted to write music again, new stuff. And normally I have a lot of energy and a lot of inspiration, but this time it wasn't there; I didn't have it. And on top of that, I found myself in a bigger crisis than not being able to write songs; something happened in my family. And I felt that I needed more time for everything and to deal with this, so I did. No deadlines, no end date to fight against to finish stuff, no pressure to perform and spending time with my family and my friends. "So here I am, two years later — [after taking a break] which did help to [make me] more relaxed and [saw me] taking more time for things. And I'm proud to say that we have some really kick-ass songs for WITHIN TEMPTATION now. They're still in demo phase. We're going into the studio soon, and there will be a release in 2018. "In the meantime, I have been working on songs, but it's not WITHIN TEMPTATION material. These are very personal songs, because it was for myself that I wrote these songs, and especially to get through everything I was dealing with. "I gave it a name. It's called MY INDIGO, and the first song from this project is also called 'My Indigo'. I hope you like it. Go and check it out. "My apologies about the statements and putting everything on black and scaring some people. I hope you understand a little bit better why I did so, or we did so. "I hope to see you on the road. And take care. Thanks."

Sharon den Adel launches new solo project: My Indigo

In this announcement Sharon reveals her new solo project: My Indigo!

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Watch STONE SOUR’s Entire Concert In Moscow

Fan-filmed video footage of STONE SOUR's entire November 10 performance at Stadium in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. STONE SOUR is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Hydrograd", which was released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records....

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Lyrics Used In Russian Editorial Criticizing The U.S.

Lyrics from a FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH song have been used in an essay from a Russian presidential aide arguing that the West is suffering from "a crisis of hypocrisy." Putin adviser Vladislav Surkov penned a cryptic column for the state-run news channel RT on Tuesday in which he quoted lines from the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH song "Wash It All Away". "The line 'Done with all your hypocrisy' sounds like a prophecy, a verdict, and as the motto of a new era," Surkov wrote. According to The Moscow Times, Surkov went on to link the 2016 presidential election that led to U.S. president Donald Trump's victory and an ongoing sexual harassment scandal in the U.S. with a widespread desire among Americans to "wash it all away." He later quoted the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH song again, writing that a strong hand will lead the confused crowds from "all of the chaos and all of the lies." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory responded to news reports of his group's song being used in Surkov's editorial by pointing out that he and his bandmates "just happened to be in Russia at the moment. We had a fantastic show at the Stadium in Moscow yesterday," he wrote. "The energy of the crowd was incredible. "We love our Russian fans just as much as they love us... They are at the airport when we arrive, follow us all over Europe, all the way to America, even to South America... We see their faces and we see their sewn-together half-Russian-half-American flags everywhere... We are family... Music unites. "I can tell you, between the people there is NO hate, there is NO cold war here," he continued. "So let's NOT make one. "I grew up on this side of the Iron Curtain in communism... so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war. Even back then, though we were told by the communist media that America was the 'enemy,' nobody, and I mean nobody sane, actually believed that. We loved American music, American culture and the American people. We understood the difference between propaganda and reality. "Just as I ran into some Iranian kids in the elevator as they were taking photos, they actually said, 'Please don't believe the media. They are lying to you! We don't hate America.' And they tried to explain that regular (especially younger) people don't feel that way whatsoever. "The media needs to be responsible with their words — choosing ratings over peace is irresponsible. "So let's tone down the hysteria and try harder with that dialogue." According to The Moscow Times, Surkov played a leading role in shaping the current Russian political landscape during President Vladimir Putin's first two terms in office. He has also written poetry and lyrics for the rock group AGATA KRISTI.

Ha... Another one in Bloomberg.... The title reads: "How U.S.-Russia Diplomacy Went Heavy Metal - In the new Cold...

Posted by Zoltan Bathory - Official on Friday, November 10, 2017

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MARKUS GROSSKOPF On HELLOWEEN’s ‘Pumpkins United’ Reunion Tour: ‘It’s Getting Better And Better Every Day’

Brazil's Heavy Talk conducted an interview with bassist Markus Grosskopf of German power metal legends HELLOWEEN prior to the band's October 31 "Pumpkins United" show at Pepsi On Stage in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The "Pumpkins United" tour features former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen alongside current singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, and drummer Dani Löble. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the "Pumpkins United" reunion came about: Markus: "That's actually a couple of years ago, when the two guys who are doing the pumpkins [animation] tonight on the screen [David López Gómez and Carlos Vicente León of EasyRabbit CreArtions], they are two great friends of ours, they started the book, the 'Hellbook'. Also within the 'Hellbook', we were thinking of the great old times with the pictures and the stuff in there, bringing in some emotions [coupled with] Kai and Michael Kiske playing in a band together at the time, UNISONIC. So we gave it some time and the time was right. We just thought, 'Let's give it a go.' It turned out to be a great, great idea. Shows, we're still working on bits and pieces to find together, but it's getting better and better every day. I like it a lot." On why former members Roland Grapow (guitar) and Uli Kusch (drums) were not asked to take part in the reunion: Markus: "Actually, not, because it would be too many people, but also, it's meant to be like a kind of a reunion thing from the 'Keeper [Of The Seven Keys]' time, from the very beginning. That's the idea about the whole thing. They actually don't belong into that era, if you know what I mean. It's just, if you would take everybody on tour… we just want it to remind [people] of that good old times from the beginning, with the two 'Keeper' albums and 'Walls Of Jericho'." On whether the reunion has made touring easier for HELLOWEEN: Markus: "Well, of course, with this lineup we got some bigger venues, which everybody appreciates and I appreciate it that the fans are really responding to this. Then it's great fun, but we're not firing a guitar player and the singer, we leave them in and extend the whole thing. That makes it even more interesting for the people, I guess, because we got such great success with Andi and we had such great success with Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. Combining this, is the idea of being together again, not just like a normal reunion, but adding something to what HELLOWEEN was without them, then combining that with what HELLOWEEN was in the times they were there. It's just like a great combination of all the success HELLOWEEN ever had." On the most difficult aspect of putting together the reunion: Markus: "It was getting together the rehearsals. As HELLOWEEN without them, we had a certain routine going on, but then having two guys working totally different, we had to destroy those workflows and create a new workflow with two new members in. Therefore, we took a lot of time to rehearse and get together, not only playing, but the way we work together and all that. We did this song in between the rehearsals, that 'Pumpkins United' song to see what it's like, to see how it feels. It wasn't that easy, because it was in between writing the song and rehearsing for the big tour, but, it's the only way you can find out how things are working out. So far it's worked well. It wasn't always easy, to finding a base to work on was the hardest thing so far, but we're still working on it. But it's getting better; we've found a way. The two singers are together, they're matching perfect. It's nice. I like it a lot." On choosing which songs to play live: Markus: "That was pretty tough to choose what songs we're going to play. We got to keep in mind, being together longer for only for this tour and if we do more tours, then we can always change the set with a couple of new tracks or a couple of old tracks or a couple of very different tracks and very old tracks. We had two weeks of rehearsing, so we had five blocks of rehearsals and in between, we had some time off to think about things. It was pretty well arranged. If you go for more than two or three or four weeks rehearsing, then your mind gets so fed up with it, so we had two weeks' break in between, which makes your head free again." On the general feeling among the band after each show: Markus: "It's nice. You have a lot of energy and you can't go home and go to bed. I'm standing there, drinking a couple of beers and need to come down a little. Now the shows are even longer, almost three hours. It takes even longer to come down after the shows, so you drink more beer. [Laughs] The "Pumpkins United" tour marks the first time Kiske has played live with HELLOWEEN since 1993. Hansen, who departed HELLOWEEN in 1988, has been joining the band onstage on various tours and festival appearances throughout the years. The set features several duets with Kiske and his replacement, Deris, along with many rarely played songs, including "Kids Of The Century", "Rise And Fall" and "Livin' Ain't No Crime". Hansen — who fronted HELLOWEEN until late 1986 — sings a medley of several early HELLOWEEN classics, including "Ride The Sky", "Judas", "Starlight" and "Heavy Metal (Is The Law)" .

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SUFFOCATION Guitarist On ‘…Of The Dark Light’ Album: ‘The Band Was A Lot More Rehearsed Going Into This Record’

Bloodrock Media 's Mitch Ellerbrock conducted an interview with members of New York death metallers SUFFOCATION prior to their October 20 show at The Forge, in Joliet, Illinois, where they were supporting THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. You can watch the enti...

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