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How MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE Found Himself ‘At The Forefront Of Innovation In Music’

Rainer Maria Jilg of the German public broadcaster 3Sat conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine on August 4 at this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if it's true that MEGADETH was one of the first bands ever to have a web site, Mustaine said: "[We were] the first. The first band web site. The Internet was… [laughs] depending on who you believe, Al Gore says he invented it. I think he invented the sun too. But the web site we had was called Megadeth Arizona; it came out on October 31, 1994 with Capitol Records. This was so bizarre when we first got it and I saw what a chatroom was, I don't think I blinked for a week. I was typing and typing and typing… and typing and typing. And then people were doing these scripts where they would come into the chatrooms and stuff like… different band names and stuff. There was this one guy named 'Shit,' and he would go in there and type the word 'shit' and just 'shit shit shit shit shit shit.' And it was, like, okay, so we had to figure out how do you catch the frame, get his IP, block the IP." He continued: "Here I am, I was a guy that was homeless and just beating on a guitar, and in a manner of a couple of fortunate decisions and being in the right place at the right time, now, all of a sudden, I'm at the forefront of innovation in music and how to communicate with your fans. "We've really, really, really taken our fans, the fan club, the Internet social media, all that stuff, to the extreme," Mustaine added. MEGADETH is planning on returning to the studio at the end of the year to begin work on the follow-up to the "Dystopia" album. The Mustaine-fronted band recently toured North America with MESHUGGAH and will play arenas later in the year as the support act for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. MEGADETH's upcoming effort will mark the band's first release to feature new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the group a year ago. MEGADETH was honored with in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. MEGADETH was nominated for "Dystopia", the title track of its 2016 album. "Dystopia" was the first album to feature Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.

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SEPULTURA Frontman DERRICK GREEN: ‘The Music Has Kept This Band Alive’

Les Apéros De Christo recently conducted an interview with guitarist Andreas Kisser and vocalist Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about SEPULTURA's official documentary, "Sepultura Endurance", which received its world premiere on May 21 at the Regent theater in Los Angeles, Green said: "The movie is primarily based on the history of SEPULTURA, but, really, what's happening during it… Actually, the main base of the film is a show that we did — a thirty-year-anniversary show in São Paulo — so it kind of is taking pieces from that and going back in time to try to figure out why is this band significant today? Its endurance, of staying around, all the changes with being away from family, being on the road, different people in the band, the influence that the band had on different musicians throughout the years, all the changes and everything, but [the band] is still there and still relevant. So you can really that in the film. Even if you're not a metal fan or don't know anything about metal music, that's really the beauty of the film — it's a great story. It's very real and very true, because there's no scripts or anything. We were being recorded for years — it was, like, seven [years or something like that]. It's really the music — the main part of it is, like, wow, the music has kept this band alive. It's something greater than ourselves, something so powerful and very honest and true, and it's beautiful. It's really an honor to be a part of the history of this band." Added Kisser: "[The documentary is] out in Brazil now in a few theaters — sixty movie theaters around the country— and we're thinking of working to bring the movie to Europe, to the big screen first. And, of course, later we're gonna have the package with a lot of extras — like eight hundred hours of filming that was converted into one hour and forty minutes for the movie. But there's so many more things that the director captured that would be very interesting. And the whole show in São Paulo, the complete set and everything." "Sepultura Endurance" shows the journey from SEPULTURA's humble rural beginnings to decades spent on the international stage, giving an in-depth look into how the band continues to thrive in a changing metal landscape. Crammed full of rare archival footage, and featuring interviews with legends like Lars Ulrich (METALLICA) and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), and younger artists influenced by SEPULTURA, like SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, "Sepultura Endurance" is the definitive document of the band's myths, struggles and heart. "I'm very happy and excited that the SEPULTURA movie is finally done," commented Kisser. "It is an amazing achievement from the director Otávio Juliano and the producer Luciana Ferraz from the Interface Films. Otavio followed the band on the road, on the studio and collected amazing statements from many people who are or were a part of this fantastic history. 'Sepultura Endurance' shows a story of this Brazilian band who conquered the world, suffered the ups and downs of a unique career that are still going strong. He filmed the historical show we did in Sao Paulo in 2015 for the celebrations of the thirtieth-year-anniversary tour and that's the central line of the whole history, our music! Through the music, we tell this story. We invite you to enter this time machine and explore the SepulHistory with no dramas or sensationalism." Otávio Juliano stated: "I had been filming the band SEPULTURA for the better part of 2010-2016, a time of tension and triumph for the band celebrating thirty years. Nothing has been off limits. The band gave me complete access, every door was open, I was never asked to leave. "'Endurance' is an honest portrait of SEPULTURA: part concert film, part testimonial to the power of music, part intimate insider hang and great archival footage. Ultimately, the film is a testament to the endurance required to make a documentary for almost seven years, taking itself 800 hours of footage to complete. When you're filming cinéma vérité style, you're following the story as it's unfolding and you don't know the destination. 'Sepultura Endurance' has been a great journey." According to Folha De S. Paulo, former SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera denied permission to the makers of "Sepultura Endurance" to use the group's early music in the film. Juliano told the Brazilian news outlet that he could not even use footage of early SEPULTURA songs being performed by the current version of the band, which includes Green and drummer Eloy Casagrande alongside two members of SEPULTURA's "classic" lineup, Kisser and Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass).

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VIXEN Singer JANET GARDNER Performs Acoustically At WDHA 105.5 Studios (Video)

Janet Gardner, best known as the lead vocalist of the all-female rock band VIXEN, and her husband, Justin James, recently performed acoustically in the studios of the WDHA 105.5 radio station in New Jersey. You can now watch video footage of their appe...

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Video: QUEENSRŸCHE Performs At Clearfield County Fair

Fan-filmed video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE's August 5 performance at the Clearfield County Fair in Clearfield, Pennsylvania can be seen below. QUEENSRŸCHE is tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in September to begin work on the follow-up to 2015's "Condition Hüman" album, to be released in early 2018 via Century Media. Helming the record once again will be Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked on "Condition Hüman". "Condition Hüman" debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. KAMELOT's Casey Grillo made his live debut with with QUEENSRŸCHE on April 1 at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California. He is filling in for regular QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield, who is taking time off from the band's touring activities to spend time with his newborn son, appropriately named Rockson. When asked if he feels comfortable as frontman of QUEENSRŸCHE, Todd La Torre recently told Straus Project: "I feel great. Since I got into the band, everyone in the band has been just very gracious and let me be who I am. We're all just really good friends and very close, and so… I think after… especially after the last record, people know what I sound like. I was able to go in some areas on the last record that the songs didn't quite call for on the 2013 [self-titled] release, but I still love that record. And hopefully this next one will be everything that we want it to be and that the supporters of the band dig it; we hope they really like it. But, again, you just never know, and that's kind of scary. Because you say, 'Oh, they've been off for three years. This'd better be good!' You know, [it's been three years] since the last release or something like that, so there's that little bit of… I don't wanna say it's 'anxiety,' but 'concern.' On the other hand, we're just gonna keep writing music and recording. So this isn't gonna be the third and final record. We're gonna keep going and keep doing records. Yeah, it'll be… I think June or July [of 2012] is when I got into the band, so we're going on five years, three albums. It feels great."

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SCORPIONS Guitarist Speaks Out Against TRUMP’s Proposed U.S.-Mexico Wall: ‘Building Borders Is Not The Answer’

SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker has spoken out against President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, saying that "building borders is not the answer." A cornerstone of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the wall's effectiveness has been questioned by many, with some describing it as "limited at best " and "impractical at worst." Immigration advocacy groups argue it would not stem illegal border crossings. Trump has vowed that Mexico will eventually fund the border wall, which could end up costing well over $21 billion, despite the country repeatedly stating it would not pay. As a German national, Schenker seen how the Berlin Wall — which separated East and West Germany both physically and politically — has had many long-lasting consequences through its division of families, friends, a culture and a nation. Asked by Loudwire what is advice to be to somebody who is in support of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Rudolf said: "I'll tell you one thing: as we learned, building borders is not the answer. It's not the way. I think that's maybe a momentum, but I think sooner or later the wall will be gone because walls never last a long time. Okay, we have [the Great Wall of China] now, but that's more of a tourist attraction than a wall for keeping other people away from everyone else. In this case, what can I say? I'm not a politician, but I'm very sad when I see things like that because time is going backwards. Some people [are] going away from the wall and taking the wall down and now other people are building one again. It's stupid, but that's the way life goes sometimes." Last month, the House of Representatives earmarked $1.6 billion to be put toward the wall, a fraction of the estimated cost of the project. Rudolf is not the first hard rock musician to voice opposition in public to Trump's proposed border wall. Back in March, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told Mexico's Las Estrellas television network: "I don't think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together." He continued: "METALLICA travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we're in Mexico or whether we're in Asia or whether we're in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences."

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Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night (August 6) to celebrate the life of late LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington. Bands played LINKIN PARK songs in Bennington's memory at the fan-organized event, which took place more than a week a week after a private service was held for the singer. Two separate video reports — from KABC and CBS Los Angeles — can be seen below. Chester's friends told Rolling Stone in a new report on the musician's final days that he fell off the wagon for three days in August 2016 and drank until he blacked out, adding that he had been consuming alcohol again as recently as last October. Bennington's longtime friend Ryan Shuck, who played with the singer in DEAD BY SUNRISE, thinks Bennington may have had "a couple of drinks" before hanging himself on July 20. Shuck explained: "We don't know how much, but it doesn't take much when you're that advanced an alcoholic and an addict and you're battling to the extent he described to me. You don't need much to lose your mind for a minute." But Bennington had also been texting with Robert DeLeo, his onetime bandmate in STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, in the days prior to his suicide. DeLeo described Bennington's messages as "loving, positive, looking-forward-to-the-future, growing-old kinds of things." Just a day before he died, Bennington emailed former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum, saying he'd like to perform again with their all-star covers band KINGS OF CHAOS. Bennington had been open with the press and public about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006. Investigators reportedly found no illegal drugs or prescription drugs while searching Bennington's home following his passing, although a partially consumed bottle of alcohol was found in the bedroom where the 41-year-old singer's body was discovered. It will not be clear until a toxicology report is released whether Bennington had any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

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ENSLAVED To Release ‘E’ Album In October

Norwegian progressive black avantgardists ENSLAVED will release their new album, "E", on October 13 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "In Times" was recorded at Duper & Solslottet Studios in Bergen and was once again mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. A press release states: "This fourteenth full-length masterpiece sets the musical mind-twisters free from genre boundaries and offers an unprecedented mix of prog, extreme metal and shoegaze on eight tracks with a play time of more than an hour. "The album was once again written by the unholy alliance of guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson and marks the introduction of their new keyboard master and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. "'E' heralds a new era for ENSLAVED. Its cover artwork was once again hand-painted by the Norwegian artist Truls Espedal. "As support for their brave sound journey, the quintet brought several guest musicians on board for the songs 'Hiindsiight' and 'Feathers Of Eolh', including WARDRUNA's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, flutist Daniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster." Ivar explains the "E" title: "The concept of the album lies in both its meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet and its runic reference: the rune 'Ehwaz', that is depicted as an 'M' when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) — the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what's known as E, but drawn as an 'M') looks like and means 'horse.' Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is 'trust' and 'co-operation.' One of mankind's oldest and deepest pairings/collaborations with any 'outside' entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilized, there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses. "So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development — on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir — wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis." "E" is now available for pre-order through Nuclear Blast's online store in a variety of packages, including green and brown vinyl. "E" track listing 01. Storm Son 02. The River's Mouth 03. Sacred Horse 04. Axis Of The Worlds 05. Feathers Of Eolh 06. Hiindsiight 07. Djupet (bonus track) 08. What Else Is There? (RÖYKSOPP cover; bonus track) "I'm always psyched and proud when we have finished an album recording, and this is no exception!" states Kjellson. "It was a really exciting process this time, with the lineup change and everything, so although it wasn't a dramatic change, the band dynamics were suddenly different. But, it was like a little re-boot, a fresh start so to speak. The studio sessions were great, and we all feel that we have done something truly amazing. We hope you'll enjoy it. Ugh!" Bjørnson recently stated about ENSLAVED's new album: "I have never worked this hard to put together music for an album before. We are a tighter unit than ever before, which is obvious sonically. The concept conjured by myself and old war-brother Grutle is the strongest we have worked with. Finally, I am proud that we have taken more risks than ever before, and one in particular — and it is yielding awesome results. What does that mean? Stay tuned to find out!"

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Video: MAX And IGOR CAVALERA Perform SEPULTURA’s ‘Roots’ In Zurich

Fan-filmed video footage of former SEPULTURA members Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) performing on August 3 at Dynamo Grosser Saal in Zurich, Switzerland can be seen below. Igor and Max's "Return To Roots" tour sees them celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA's "Roots" album by performing the LP in its entirety. They are joined by Marc Rizzo (guitar; SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ILL NIÑO) and Tony Campos (bass; SOULFLY, STATIC-X, MINISTRY, FEAR FACTORY). "Roots", along with 1993's "Chaos A.D.", is considered SEPULTURA's most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. Asked why the "Roots" album still so important to him Max told Full Metal Jackie: "I think it was a one-of-a-kind record. It was really unusual. A lot of things were unusual on this record. We were really showing the world a new way of making metal. I think it was cool, even the mixing with the tribe elements. The heaviness of 'Roots''Roots' is a very heavy album; stuff like 'Spit' and 'Cut-Throat', 'Endangered Species', 'Straighthate'. So it's a very exciting album. It also has a lot of dynamics, you know, with stuff like 'Lookaway', which is a little bit slower, and 'Itsári', which is the tribal song we did with the tribe. And then you have the classics — 'Roots Bloody Roots', that everybody sings along [to]; it's a huge song — and 'Attitude' and 'Ratamahatta'. So it's a full-on package; it's great. I think this album really has stood the test of time. This record, especially 'Roots', it is one of my favorite ones I've done with SEPULTURA, and it probably will be one of my favorite albums I ever was involved with. And it's so great to play it, especially now twenty years later. It's even more special now than even when we did the [original 'Roots'] tour. It feels there's something different about it. I think the album has aged with time, and there's a special flavor by performing the songs now than it even had twenty years ago." In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager. Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006). The current SEPULTURA lineup — featuring guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. alongside Derrick Green on vocals and Eloy Casagrande on drums — released its new studio album, "Machine Messiah", in January via Nuclear Blast.

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Listen To New PROPHETS OF RAGE Song ‘Radical Eyes’

"Radical Eyes", a new song from PROPHETS OF RAGE, the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL, can be streamed below. The track is taken from PROPHETS OF RAGE's self-titled debut album, which will be rele...

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GUNS N’ ROSES Announces ‘Guns N’ Roses Was Here’: An Exclusive Multi-Brand Retail Experience At Maxfield

In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of their ground-breaking debut album, "Appetite For Destruction", GUNS N' ROSES has announced "Guns N' Roses Was Here", an exclusive retail event in partnership with Maxfield and Bravado that will live in the famed Los Angeles boutique August 11-18. "Guns N' Roses Was Here" gives past, present and future GN'R fans a new interpretation of their celebrated 1987 album with limited-edition capsule collections. Maxfield and Bravado sought out top collaborators ranging from unexpected streetwear brands to designers deeply rooted in GN'R's style, to bring new life to the classic artwork that has transcended time. Peter Utz, chief branding officer of Maxfied, said: "Music has been a crucial influence in my life since a very young age. Maxfield's first iteration of this type of model evolved with our close friends DAFT PUNK and the results surpassed all expectations. After that, it felt natural to try and work with artists I have always admired and GUNS N ROSES was at the top of that list. Their interpretation of this series will be dedicated to limited-edition pieces created specifically for the occasion. It's been incredible to work with the designers, GN'R and their management team to celebrate such an iconic album. A very special thanks to Fernando Lebeis for all of his dedication to making this happen" Cult streetwear brands Off-White, Palm Angels, Enfant Riches Déprimés join classic GN'R-inspired designers Amiri, Kelly Cole and MadeWorn to create an unprecedented curated collection that will excite long-time fans of the band as well as engage the next generation of fans. "With my capsule collection, which was inspired by the band, my aim is for another generation to feel the impact they had on me, through the clothes" stated Virgil Abloh, creative director for Off-White while Francesco Ragazzi of Palm Angel "loves music and being able to have my brand connected to something so iconic like GUNS N' ROSES is a milestone for me and Palm Angels. It's part of the culture." As a longtime fan of the brand, Mike Amiri, founder and creative director of Amiri was especially compelled to participate and stated: "As a brand, we rarely find the synergy needed to participate in an effective collaboration. A good amount of the Amiri aesthetic is directly influenced by my love for the band and I'm really proud to be working on a project so close to my heart." As Axl Rose has worn many of Kelly Cole's t-shirt designs, Kelly stated that he "wanted to make something that stayed true to what we do aesthetically, and also bring the GN'R feeling and iconography into it."

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