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SAMAEL Frontman: ‘Religion Is A Dictatorship; It Brainwashes People’

Serbia's Agoraphobic News conducted an interview with frontman Vorph (real name: Michael Locher) of Swiss industrial metallers SAMAEL prior to the band's July 6 appearance at the Exit festival, which was held July 5-9 in Novi Sad, Serbia. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the early days of the Swiss metal scene: Vorph: "I remember there were not many bands. The bands that still exist today, CORONER, they were around, CELTIC FROST doesn't exist anymore, but they got the project TRIPTYKON, which is going strong. That was almost about it. There was a huge thrash metal band, APOCALYPSE, maybe you heard about them. It was not as many bands as there are today. Today, it's richer." On whether he considers SAMAEL a pioneering black metal band: Vorph: "I don't see ourselves as pioneers. We're still today, trying to come up with something that is fresh and interesting. It's not like we've done something that is so important where we have a legacy behind us." On the band's 1994 breakthrough album, "Ceremony Of Opposites": Vorph: "I like it. It's probably an important album for us and we had the twentieth-anniversary thing and we did play the whole album for a couple of years. Yeah, that was great to come back to those songs. Some of them we haven't played in a long time. We'll actually play a few tonight." On why SAMAEL gradually shifted their sound from black metal to industrial: Vorph: "We were looking for something fresh and interesting for us, and we're still looking for something that is new for us. We got a wide range of music that we like. We just pick it up here and there and try to make our own mix. I guess there is probably some elements that define our music; I don't know what they are." On whether he's proud of the band's black metal roots: Vorph: "I have no issue with that. That was the music I was attracted to when I was younger. I was a bit narrow-minded at the time, but yeah, it's part of my life and it's kind of a backbone. It's the start of our band, so yeah, it is important." On the importance of keyboards in SAMAEL's sound: Vorph: "[They are] very important. I think since we started composing with 'Ceremony Of Opposites', it was still more guitar-oriented, but then you had songs that started with keyboards and drums, then the guitars are just an addition to it. It depends. There's a song like 'Rain', which is guitar-driven or a song like 'Ceremony Of Opposites', which is more keyboard-oriented. It depends." On the song "Slavocracy", which appears on 2007's "Solar Soul": Vorph: "It was the idea that democracy can sometimes turn wrong. It was not like we were seeing the future, but, I don't know how to explain much. I guess people understand it's not a perfect system, democracy, even though I don't know any system which is better at this point. Well, there is danger to it as well. We just should be aware of it and keep our eyes open." On the song "A Man In Your Head", which appears on "Ceremony Of Opposites": Vorph: "That was a parallel between religion and [dictatorships]. I think religion is a dictatorship; it brainwashes people. It gives a narrow-minded approach to life. It's more about separating people from each other than bringing them together. Yeah, I just made the parallel between that." On the band's latest single, "Angel Of Wrath": Vorph: "It is more like a fantasy song, but it's kind of a mix between some deeper meaning, maybe for us, as the name of the band is SAMAEL, it is the angel of wrath. We wanted to have something maybe to connect back to the past and start fresh. That's why we chose that one first. The new album will be more wide than just this song." On the band's forthcoming "Hegemony" album: Vorph: "I think it's kind of wide [sounding]. There's faster songs… probably 'Angel Of Wrath' is one of the heaviest. We have more mid-tempo songs. We try to have variation. I hope it is a varied album." "Hegemony" will be released on October 13 via Napalm Records. Founded in 1987 as an old-school black metal act that was influenced by the likes of BATHORY, fellow countrymen CELTIC FROST and VENOM, Vorph and drummer Xy later developed the band's style further towards a more industrial dark metal sound that found its previous high peak in those legendary albums such as "Passage" and "Eternal".

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MICHAEL LARDIE Says GREAT WHITE Guitarist MARK KENDALL Is ‘One Of The Best Blues Rock Guitar Players Out There’

Eric Hall of The Fuze Magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist/keyboardist Michael Lardie of GREAT WHITE. You can listen to the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what runs through his mind before he goes on stage: Michael: "It's just an energy and just looking around at your bandmates, just going, 'We get to do it…again!' That kind of adrenaline that's not ever nervousness, it's just the excitement of going out there and hitting that first note and first connection with the audience. It's certainly greater than any other substance I ever tried in my past. Playing in front of people always won out. That's why I was lucky enough to never really get into substance abuse myself. Playing live was the best drug there was." On how the band's music has evolved since their 1984 self-titled debut: Michael: "I think, obviously, the biggest change was from the first record between that time and the release of [1987's] 'Once Bitten…' I think on the first record, the band was leaning toward more of a combination between JUDAS PRIEST and VAN HALEN and had that kind of vibe to it. The band was still developing, we were working on finding our niche as far as our sound. By the time we got to 'Once Bitten…', we figured out Mark [Kendall] is one of the best blues rock players out there, underrated for sure. Implementing his talent and his imagination from the guitar standpoint, going into that realm of the blues rock thing, I think helped us find our identity. I think our identity has pretty much stayed the same since that point. It was easy for us, once we found our niche, I think that was our identity and as long as we stayed true to that through all these years, I can't speculate entirely, but I hope that's why the fans have stayed with us because we have stayed true to who we are." On the effect of downloading and streaming on their album sales: Michael: "It's interesting how it has changed. When the brick-and-mortar record stores went away, that obviously changed a lot of our fanbase and their traffic because even now, we're a band that most of our fanbase that will buy through on the record, likes the physical product more than they like the downloads. So, we always seem to sell a lot of pieces, actual physical pieces. Downloading is only twenty, twenty-five percent of sales for a new record. It really hasn't changed in the last ten years. As far as video streaming, it's cool that people can get access to seeing the videos and hearing the music. It's nice that all the digital places that monitor all of those plays, all the songs are registered, so we are getting some income from that, which is not something that was happening ten years ago. That has changed. With the advent of social media, too, it's changed. When I was a kid growing up, the only real connection I had with an artist was reading a Circus or Hit Parader magazine interview. Looking at pictures and imagining what their life was like. Now, it's much easier for fans to connect with artists and see what their day is and years are really like." On the band's new "Full Circle" studio album: Michael: "As far as writing for the record, Mark and I had worked on riffs throughout the year of 2015 and a little bit in 2016. Then we found out there was a window to do the record in January. We had to marshal all of our forces and put together some material and make them into completed songs. That went really quick because we've done it so many times that there is a language and communication between all of us that works so easily and we just move so quickly. One of the things I love about the record is that it's very diverse in terms of its approach to things. That, I think, hopefully the fans agree that it's been our signpost, that we don't do three songs four times and there's our record. We like to mix it up with dynamics and different instruments. It's just fun to make a record after all these years." "Full Circle" was released on June 2. The effort sees the band re-teaming with its original producer, Michael Wagener. It's an honorable nod to their first EP, "Out Of The Night" (Aegean Records, 1983) and debut self-titled full-length record (EMI, 1984). Wagener, is, of course, the legendary producer behind ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE and a slew of other rock gods. Photo credit: Neil Zlozower


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DEVILDRIVER Frontman On Outlaw Country Covers Album: ‘It’s Unprecedented What We’re Doing’

United Rock Nations conducted an interview with DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara after the band's June 10 performance at the French edition of the Download festival in Paris. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Plays First Solo Show Since Completion Of BLACK SABBATH’s ‘The End’ Tour (Video)

Ozzy Osbourne played his first solo concert since the completion of BLACK SABBATH's "The End" tour last night (Friday, July 14) at the Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ozzy is joined on the current run of dates by guitarist Zakk Wylde, who was the SABBATH frontman's regular axeman from 1988 to 2007, although they've often performed together since then. Osbourne's touring lineup also includes Rob "Blasko" Nicholson on bass, Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on keyboards. In a post-show tweet, Zakk wrote: "BIG OZZY THANKS To The OSHKOSH,WI CHAPTER for Making it a CRUSHING NIGHT!!! It was a BLAST Rolling w/The BOSS & The FELLAS Once Again!!!tBLSt" Ozzy currently has only seven more dates scheduled between now and early November, including a headlining appearance at the Chicago Open Air Festival Sunday night. Next month will see the singer play Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minnestoa and the Moonstock festival in Cartersville, Illinois. More shows will follow in September and October, with the final date take place at this year's edition of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 4 in San Bernadino, California. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune about the possibility of collaborating with Ozzy on a new studio album, Zakk said: "My relationship with Ozzy and Mrs. O [Ozzy's wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne] is if they call me up and say, 'Bring eggs and milk over and clean the dog run,' I do it. If Oz wants to do another record, then we knock it out. We haven't spoken yet about a record. Basically, right now it's about the shows." Wylde originally joined Osbourne's band three decades ago and backed the legendary frontman from 1987 to 1995, then again in 1998, from 2001 to 2004 and also from 2006 to 2009. His guitar playing can be heard on Osbourne's studio albums "No Rest For The Wicked", "No More Tears", "Ozzmosis", "Down To Earth", "Under Cover" and "Black Rain". The first album with Wylde went double platinum and "No More Tears" remains Ozzy's most successful album, going four times platinum in the United States with four Top 10 songs on the U.S. Billboard chart. Wylde also appeared with Ozzy on three live albums.

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Florida Police Identifies ADRENALINE MOB Members Involved In Deadly Crash And Describes Their Injuries

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the people involved in yesterday's crash that resulted in the death of ADRENALINE MOB bassist David Zablidowsky. The accident occurred near Micanopy early Friday afternoon when a tractor-trailer veered off Int...

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AC/DC’s ANGUS YOUNG Joins GUNS N’ ROSES On Stage In Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Video)

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young made a guest appearance with GUNS N' ROSES this past Wednesday night (July 12) at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, The Netherlands during the European leg of the latter band's "Not In This Lifetime" tour. Young joined GUNS to perfo...

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ADRENALINE MOB Involved In Fatal Crash In Florida

According to, ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar) — was involved in a fatal crash Friday afternoon (July 14) in Florida. One person died and six were injured when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 near Micanopy and struck the group's RV that had pulled off the highway with a flat tire. Out of the nine people who were in the vehicles, one died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. Of the six injured, three were listed in critical condition and the other three in stable condition. ADRENALINE MOB's soundman, Robert Dressler, who was one of the people who had been riding in the RV, told he heard a "boom" when the truck hit the RV. No names have yet been released of any of the deceased or the injured. The deceased is said to be a man who was in the RV. The injured include bandmembers. ADRENALINE MOB was scheduled to play Friday night in St. Petersburg. State Theatre general manager Kendra Marolf told the Tampa Bay Times she got a call mid-afternoon alerting her that the band had been involved in an accident with injuries, some critical, and would not be able to make the show. ADRENALINE MOB's label and agent, she said, did not offer more details. ADRENALINE MOB was touring in support of its third studio album, "We The People", which was released on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014's "Men Of Honor" was the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature the band's new drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky (of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

Crash on I-75 near Micanopy. FHP says there were three vehicles involved. One fatality confirmed at this point.

— Marissa Sarbak (@MarissaSarbak) July 14, 2017

ASO confirms 1 dead in multi-car crash on I-75 in Micanopy.
Traffic diverted in Alachua County at Exit 374.
Picture credit: @AlachuaSheriff

— WCJB-TV20 (@WCJB20) July 14, 2017

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ACCEPT’s WOLF HOFFMANN: ‘We’re Trying To Get Better Without Ever Really Becoming Any Different’

Italy's Linea Rock recently conducted an interview with guitarist Wolf Hoffmann of German/American metallers ACCEPT. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the new ACCEPT album title, "The Rise Of Chaos", Wolf said: "It was really inspired by what we see in the world today. I mean, we had these words, 'the rise of chaos', and we thought they really fit into the times that we live in, so we chose it as an album title — or a songtitle first, and then it became the album title. It just felt right — there's chaos in the air, or the rise of chaos in the air right now, so we felt it was a great title to use. But other than that, we're not trying to have a hidden message or anything; it's not a concept album. It's just one of the strongest songs, or one of the strongest titles that we had, and we felt it was very fitting into the times. And every month goes by and it feels more current." Regarding what ACCEPT fans should accept from the music on "The Rise Of Chaos", Wolf said: "I think it sounds exactly like fans want it to sound and fans expect it to sound, and I think we're delivering. We're not really trying to change anything at this point in our career; we're just trying to go forward on a very narrow, straight path without going sideways, left or right, stylistically. So we're trying to get better without ever really becoming any different. Because after all these many albums, we know exactly who we are and who we are not." "The Rise Of Chaos" will be released on August 4 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the new disc was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák and can be seen below. The follow-up to 2014's "Blind Rage" is the first ACCEPT album to feature the band's latest additions, guitarist Uwe Lulis (GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) and drummer Christopher Williams. ACCEPT parted ways with guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann in December 2014.

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JACKYL Celebrates Anniversary With ’25’ Compilation

It's an incredible accomplishment when a rock band has been successful enough to reach the 25-year mark since the release of their first album. And this year, raunchy southern rockers JACKYL have accomplished this feat, and are celebrating with an appropriately titled compilation, "25", which drops July 28 via Mighty Loud Records. The 18-track set (which can be preordered via the band's official site, features such JACKYL radio hits as "Down On Me", "The Lumberjack", "Push Comes To Shove" and "Favorite Sin", as well as two previously unreleased tracks — a live rendition of "Redneck Punk" and a cover of BLACK OAK ARKANSAS's "Hot And Nasty". "At the time we first hit the scene, we were told by quite a few interviewers and fans that we sounded like a cross between BLACK OAK ARKANSAS and AC/DC," explains JACKYL. "While we was very familiar with AC/DC, we were not with BLACK OAK ARKANSAS. We went back and listened, and were blown away — so much so, that we recorded a cover of one of their most kick-ass tunes, 'Hot And Nasty', which is now finally getting its release on this comp." First bursting upon the scene with their self-titled, platinum-certified debut album in 1992, JACKYL has made a name for themselves as a killer live band that delivers night after night, and has continued to offer up good old-fashioned blues boogie over the years, as evidenced on such subsequent albums as 1994's gold-certified "Push Comes To Shove", all the way to their most recent release, 2016's "Rowyco". "With this compilation, we are celebrating 25 years of JACKYL rock 'n' roll — the fundamentals of rock 'n' roll," says JACKYL singer Jesse James Dupree. "And beware — we are not slowing down anytime soon." "25" track listing: 01. Down On Me 02. When Will It Rain 03. The Lumberjack 04. Push Comes To Shove 05. Secret Of The Bottle 06. Dumb Ass Country Boy 07. Cut The Crap 08. Kill The Sunshine 09. My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass 10. Just Like A Negro (featuring DMC) 11. Screwdriver 12. Encore 13. Favorite Sin 14. Rally 15. Just Because I'm Drunk 16. Redneck Punk (live; previously unreleased) 17. Hot And Nasty (previously unreleased)

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