In a new interview with music writer Joel Gausten, BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd discussed the departures of guitarist Keith Nelson and drummer Xavier Muriel earlier this year. He said: "Basically, for the last three years, it just wasn't really a band. We weren't connected; we didn't have any synergy anymore. There wasn't that magic there. We were just kind of going through the motions, and it sucked, honestly. The changes took place, and they were great changes. I know that a lot of people who were close to the band were kind of bummed out about it. Some people were fine with it, but I got new players. Sean Winchester's on drums, and we've got Kevin Roentgen on guitar. The band's got the best players it's ever had; the live shows are going off. We've done a lot of shows with the new lineup, and it's just in a great place." The new lineup of BUCKCHERRY made its live debut on April 28 at the Rock Into Spring festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. BUCKCHERRY's latest album "Rock 'N' Roll", was re-released in January 2016 via F-Bomb/Caroline. The deluxe edition featured the record's original track list as well as a new version of "The Feeling Never Dies", a brand new song titled "Getting Started" and a B-side called "Cannonball". The singer's JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT side project, which also features BUCKCHERRY guitarist Stevie Dacanay (a.k.a. Stevie D.), will release its debut album, "Year Of The Tiger", on September 15 via Century Media.
TRIVIUM Frontman Braces For Hurricane Irma: ‘If All Hell Breaks Loose, I Can Get In The Canoes And Swim Away’
TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy, who lives in Orlando, Florida, says that he spent the past week preparing for Hurricane Irma, loading up on food and supplies for him and his wife. They also brought in a generator to maintain power for their Central Florida house, which is in the forecast cone of Irma's potential path. "I've never done so much adult prep before for a storm," he told this week's DOMKcast (hear audio below). "Got all the propane filled, gas filled. It's pretty crazy. Everything's starting to run out. The gas stations have no fuel, the grocery stores are cleaned out of water… yeah, the list goes on. But I think I have everything now. I think I'm good. I'm ready to hole up in the house and now I'm good." Adding that he has "never had this bad of a hurricane come around," Heafy said that he doesn't expect he and his wife will have to evacuate during Irma. "I'm looking at my garage right now — sandbags, non-ethanol gasoline for the generator, propane, oil for the generator, one of those cool battery instant-jumper tire-inflator things, giant plywood, tapcon screws, hammer drill," he said. "I am the least handy person in the world, so I guess it's been good for me to have to do all this stuff," he added. "I feel like I definitely am a grownup now. I did this on my own. I'm, like, 'Wow! Cool! I pulled this off.'" Heafy said that even though he was in Florida during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he was too young to remember the true impact of the category 5 storm, which remains the most destructive hurricane ever to hit the state. "I was a kid and it didn't really hit our area — I was in Coral Springs at the time," he explained. "That's when I was really young, so my dad kind of took care of everything. I don't really remember what kind of stuff he did." According to Matt, he looked to Houston and lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey in order to properly brace for Hurricane Irma's potential impact. "We got home from Europe on Saturday, and we were following all the Houston storms a lot and seeing how terrible it is," he said. "And so we knew a hurricane was coming up. My wife and I were, like, 'All right. Let's go do the grocery shopping now.' So we did it on Sunday, before people were really started to prep. And then, when it declared a state of emergency and it started making local news and national news, then it was like an influx flood of people. And now is where you see two-hour gasoline lines at Costco. All the gas stations have mile-long cars waiting for gas and everything. So I'm glad we have everything — we have food, water, generator, all the stuff. So it should be good." Heafy said that even though all of Florida will be impacted by hurricane-force gusts, the worst of the storm surge will hit the southern part of the state, with Orlando and surrounding areas facing possible power outages and moderate wind damage. "My sister-in-law and her husband, I think they have to evacuate from Tampa, because Tampa's got flood risk, but, luckily, Orlando is not really overly coastal," Matt said." So apparently we'll be all right from flooding. So we'll see. 'Cause we're thankfully pretty central. I mean, it's gonna over everything, but we're not against any rivers, lakes, oceans… We're kind of far from all that stuff where we're at. And our house is actually one of the highest up. So I think we'll be okay. I hope so. I have a couple of sandbags. And my friend left his canoes in our backyard, so if all hell breaks loose, I can get in the canoes and swim away." As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, was about 225 miles from Miami, moving west-northwest at 12 mph. Florida's west coast faces threats of severe flooding when Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 storm, which is expected to happen between early Sunday and early Monday. TRIVIUM's new album, "The Sin And The Sentence", will be released on October 20 via Roadrunner.
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An attorney for the Polish extreme metal band DECAPITATED has claimed their innocence in the alleged kidnapping a woman after their concert in Spokane on August 31. Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller told The Spokesman-Review that a woman reported the alleged kidnapping by the musicians to police just before 2 a.m. on September 1. The woman is believed to have attended DECAPITATED's concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands' "Double Homicide" tour. Defense attorney Steve Graham, who was hired by the band on Thursday after they became aware of the investigation, told The Spokesman-Review: "There is another side to this. We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms." Graham said he told police that the band members had offered to surrender but never heard anything back. "I made it clear that I could get the guys up here ASAP and they would cooperate," he said. The DECAPITATED bandmembers — identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek — were arrested early Saturday following their concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. They are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. DECAPITATED has been touring North America in support of its seventh album, "Anticult", which was released on July 7 via Nuclear Blast.
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According to The Spokesman-Review, all four members of the Polish extreme metal band DECAPITATED were were arrested early Saturday following their concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. They are suspected of kidnapping a woman after their show in Spokane, Washington on August 31. Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Teresa Fuller told The Spokesman-Review that a woman reported the alleged kidnapping by the musicians to police just before 2 a.m. on September 1. The woman is believed to have attended DECAPITATED's concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands' "Double Homicide" tour. The DECAPITATED bandmembers — identified as 27-year-old Michael M. Lysejko, 35-year-old Waclaw J. Kieltyka, 31-year-old Rafal T. Piotrowski and 30-year-old Hubert E. Wiecek — were arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. They are in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting extradition to Spokane. Fuller said additional charges are possible. DECAPITATED has been touring North America in support of its seventh album, "Anticult", which was released on July 7 via Nuclear Blast.
DAVID VINCENT Won’t Allow ‘Disagreements’ With Former Bandmates Stop Him From Performing MORBID ANGEL Songs He Co-Wrote
Former MORBID ANGEL and current I AM MORBID/HEADCAT frontman David Vincent says "disagreements" with his now-ex-MORBID ANGEL bandmates won't prevent him from performing the songs he co-wrote. Vincent, who left MORBID ANGEL in 2015, launched I AM MORBID last year as a way to play material solely from his former band's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums. In an interview with Canal Metal conducted at the tenth edition of the Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival, which was held August 11-13 in Kortrijk, Belgium, Vincent was asked why I AM MORBID has started to become more active. "Here's the thing: I wrote a lot of songs and there are some very important records and I'm not going to allow disagreements with former [bandmates] to change my ability to perform [MORBID ANGEL songs]," he said (see video below). "They're like children. Just because the parents get divorced, doesn't mean the parents don't care about them." In addition to I AM MORBID, Vincent currently fronts HEADCAT, the rockabilly outfit once fronted by MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister. He also has an outlaw country project under his own name that released a single, "Drinking With The Devil", earlier this year. "I'm doing a lot of things," David said. "I've really just opened up musically. All of it is important to me, so I'm doing anything that I want to do, I'm going to do it. I'm not going to do things that I don't want to do." When asked if he had any side projects while he was in MORBID ANGEL, David said: "No. I did not. I've done some various over the years, but this is all me. But see, I'm a bit complicated, so I just decided to give each sort of area of my interests a certain amount of attention. That's how I roll." Vincent was then asked to reflect on MORBID ANGEL's early days when they were a part of the American death metal scene that also featured the likes of DEATH, DEICIDE and OBITUARY. "You know, a lot of it I don't remember," David said. "I'd say that not as a substance abuser. There's a lot of times when people remind me of things. 'Hey, you remember that day…' Actually, I do. People jog my memory and I'm, like, 'Yeah.' It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of hard work. We didn't have people helping us. In fact, we had people who wanted to do the opposite and just tell us no. It was hard to find the doors to open because we believed in it and with purpose and determination, like warriors, we went in and made it happen. And here we are today." Vincent also addressed his personal relation to MORBID ANGEL's lyrics that often touched upon the occult and satanic topics. He was also asked if he ever had any confrontations from people taking offense to the band's overt lyrics and themes. "I don't think it's a reaction; I think it's pro-action," David said. "It's proactive. I am who I am, I believe what I believe. I'm not ashamed of what I believe and of course, it's a big part of who I am. It drives me. I don't have any trouble with it anywhere. I'm just me. I don't look for it. Sometimes it finds me and I deal with it when those times come, but, I mean, people want to talk to me about stuff, I'm happy to have a friendly discussion, but I don't get into arguments with people about what they believe. Everybody believes what they believe. I believe what I believe and that's fine." The new version of HEADCAT recently recorded a heartfelt and rockin' tribute to Lemmy, appropriately titled "Born To Lose, Live To Win". The song was released digitally worldwide on June 23 and was made available on a very limited-edition seven-inch single (only three hundred copies pressed). The seven-inch vinyl singles were available at the band's European shows this August, including at Wacken Open Air, where the band performed two sets throughout the weekend. Joining Vincent in I AM MORBID is former MORBID ANGEL drummer Tim Yeung alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN).
LACUNA COIL’s CRISTINA SCABBIA: ‘People Are Scared By Mental Illness Because They Don’t Know Much About It’
Alex Haber of Heavy New York recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the record cycle for 2016's "Delirium": Cristina: "So far so good. Now it's been more than a year and it really showed me that in a career of a musician, everything can change and evolve and so many things can happen between records and during the cycles, which is crazy. 'Delirium' was accepted by old-school fans; we got a lot of new fans approaching us and loving the band and following us around. I don't know…there was like a new level of energy around the band. Not only to the thematic songs of the record that were very intense, but the change of the lineup that brought so much more to the vibe in the band. I can only say positive things about this record. It brought so much emotionally, musically and for so many reasons." On whether she hopes the band's lyrical topics exploring mental health connect with fans: Cristina: "Importantly, I had a lot of experience that connected to mental health. There is a member of my own family who is severely damaged mentally, so I know a lot about centers of cure, doctors and neurologists and medical stuff like this, importantly. It's not that I like to be a sort of 'expert' in this, but I also know that it's a part of life. A lot of people are affected by it. When you say 'mental illness,' there's such a huge field to consider because it's not only depression as you might say, but it's also dementia, it's also Alzheimer, it's also problems connected to cancer, to radiotherapy, chemotherapy. It's such a big, big, big, big picture. Importantly, for us, the inspiration was coming from real life. We talked about it as an approach to reality. We didn't really want to teach something to anyone. It's our way to release some of the negative pressure coming to us. I think it was important to treat this [topic] with huge respect because sometimes we are scared about mental illness because we don't know much about it. Too many times we judge people based upon what we would do, but that's not how we work. It's hard to relate to someone with mental illness if you're not [ill]. It was inspired by that, but we didn't want to be, 'Okay, let's be cool. Let's talk about mental illnesses because it's scary.' We've been into [it] and I personally still am. Obviously, what happened in the last months [referring to the suicides of SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington], it's crazy. It's crazy. It happens every day, but of course it affects you even more if it happens to people that you expect to be super-happy and super-famous, super-rich. You think they have it all, but they realized that it's not enough." On why LACUNA COIL felt it was the right time to address mental health issues on "Delirium": Cristina: "We chose to talk about this because it's been a few years now that we've been experiencing this, especially me. In the other records, the inspiration was coming from something different just because in that particular time of our life, we were experiencing this. There are so many things that can influence a record that you might have no idea. It's not just songwriting, but it can be a place where you record, it can be the producer you're working with, if you're recording in a place that's warm and sunny and by a seaside, you might have a more, let's say, 'positive' influence to do the record. Sometimes you record in a cold place and a gray place and it sounds a little darker. There are so many things that are influencing the sound of our records. But what's important for us is to not be afraid to experiment and to do something different, whether our fans like it or not. At the end of the day, it's us who have to play the songs live, so we have to like them because it would be unfair to write something that we know people will like and expect from us." On whether LACUNA COIL's fall North American trek with EPICA and INSOMNIUM was designed as a "dream tour": Cristina: "Not really. We've been friends with Simone [Simons, EPICA vocalist]. That's how it happened. Let's face it: packages are working much better than shows with a single artist playing. Everybody now works like that because there is so much competition from different tours with other bands playing at the same time. Now, you don't sell that many records, so every band is basically on tour. What you try to do is put together a strong package you might want to like. And what's better than going on tour with friends and people you already know? Even if they play a different kind of music, even if we're both European bands, our styles are completely different, musically and our imagery is completely different. I think it's going to be interesting for whoever comes to the shows because they will see a variety of different bands. INSOMNIUM is going to be there and I can't wait to see them because I've so heard many good things and I've heard some of their songs and they sound amazing. It's going to be a good package and it's going to be fun for whoever is going to come to the shows. People will be able to taste something different with every band." LACUNA COIL's month-long September tour with EPICA marks the Italian band's first U.S. tour dates in over a year, as they continue to support "Delirium". Joining LACUNA COIL and EPICA on "The Ultimate Principle" tour are INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS.
BLAZE BAYLEY Says Being In IRON MAIDEN Is Like ‘Playing For England In The WORLD CUP And You Have To Win’
Jay Nanda of AXS.com conducted an interview with Blaze Bayley prior to the former IRON MAIDEN vocalist's September 2 concert at The Rock Box in San Antonio, Texas. You can watch the chat in two parts below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBER...
EMP Live conducted an interview with ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello at this year's Resurrection Fest, which was held July 5-8 at Campo de fútbol Celeiro, Viveiro, Spain. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the lyrical direction of 2016's "For All Kings" album: Frank: "Scott [Ian, guitar] writes the lyrics, and the band and he usually go over them and we agree with them or not agree with them. For me, they're not negative, they're just what our life is going on around us. This is what life is about right now. It's not the best of times in the world. But what we've always had in our lyrics is what's going on in life, it's a reflection and our take. I think we're all sponges, and it all comes into our brains. As artists, we bring it out. You could look at it the way you want to look at it. I choose to look at it [like] it's a perspective of what's going on. Look at your favorite news station, whatever news you watch, how good is the world going on right now? Look, this is all to maybe learn from what's going on and hopefully have a better day tomorrow. You look at it, digest and say, 'How can we make this better?' If you're hearing negative news, you say, 'How can we make this better? How can I live my life to be better than this?' That's the only way to do it or you'll go crazy. You can't go crazy. That's my take on it." On the current political state of the United States under President Donald Trump: Frank: "It's a zoo what's going on. In the world, not just America. It's everywhere. I love America, I was born and raised in America. Look, that's the way politics are. Everybody has trouble with politics. We travel everywhere around the world, we see it everywhere. It's a crazy, crazy time. It's historic, crazy times, but we will, as we always do, we'll get off the floor and brush ourselves off and have another day. Whether it's good or not, I don't know. All I know, is you have to survive. And this is survival. Right now, we're in a survival world. We have to take what we have and live the best way we can. That's the only way to make sense of it without going crazy." On METALLICA performing with Lady Gaga at this year's Grammy Awards: Frank: "I thought it was great because we know Gaga. Gaga does love metal. She's awesome. We've met her, she's a really nice person and she's genuinely into it. She wears ANTHRAX shirts. She's always been very supportive of metal, so why would anybody look at it in a negative way if she's supporting our thing? It's great to have an A-list celebrity. She's amazing. Gaga is more talented than most people out there. Lady Gaga is an incredible talent, she really is. When I saw that on the award show, I said 'That's great! Why not?' And just try to see what happens. We would love to work with Gaga. Why not? She's a great musician and she writes great songs. I think she's a genuine talent. Why not? You can't be narrow-minded. My thing is, I don't want to be narrow-minded. Open your horizons to it because you don't know what that is going to make. It could be a great song you might like or somebody out there you never thought you would like. 'Wow, I really like that!' It's something outside of the box. I find that very important to do." On whether the thrash metal revival that has taken place in recent years has been beneficial to ANTHRAX: Frank: "We haven't been home. [Laughs] It's nice to be wanted. Every time we get home, we're asked to do another tour, which is great. Look, at the end of the day, we're spreading metal around the world. That's the way I look at it. There's nothing more flattering than to have people come to a show and listen and watch your show and really be supportive. That's why we do it. That's the drug. It's the best drug! I don't do drugs; that's my drug, to step on the stage tonight. That's my drug. I step on the stage, I'm the highest guy in the world, right there, without anything bad, it's just the best high in the world. That's why I did it so many years ago. When I wanted to do it, I'm very fortunate and I know how lucky I am to make a living doing this. So for me to go out there and make anybody, one person forget about their problems for an hour-and-a-half that we play music, then we've done our job. We have this great thing with our fans. It's just a vibe. We come together and it's a mix. We have this great vibe and energy. That energy can't be touched. That's the drug you live for." ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante recently confirmed that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to "For All Kings". Also in the works is a twentieth-anniversary expanded reissue of ANTHRAX's "State Of Euphoria" album, which is scheduled for release in 2018.
Australia's "The Moshpit Backstage" podcast recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mark Tornillo of German/American metal veterans ACCEPT. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether new ACCEPT members Christopher Williams (drums) and Uwe Lulis (guitars) contributed to the band's new album, "The Rise Of Chaos": Mark: "Oh yeah. Everybody contributes. You know, obviously, not as much as Wolf [Hoffmann, guitar] and Peter [Baltes, bass]. They are the 'head chefs,' so to speak. They've always been the songwriters in ACCEPT and it will pretty much remain that way, I think, but everybody has their say. But, the best part of Christopher and Uwe is that we're just, you know, a bunch of happy guys on the road now. It's quite wonderful onstage and wonderful backstage. We're all getting along very well and really enjoying our time together." On how "The Rise Of Chaos" compares to the band's 2014 album, "Blind Rage": Mark: "It's a bit heavier, if you ask me. I think the music is a bit heavier. I think it's a bit darker. I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I love 'Blind Rage' as well, but I'm very pleased with the way this album turned out, the way it sounds and the response we're getting to what's been released so far. People seem to be enjoying it. I certainly am." On his lyrical approach to "The Rise Of Chaos": Mark: "'The Rise Of Chaos' itself, that song, in particular, that song was kicking around and we really didn't have something that worked for it. And when Wolf came up with the idea of the title for the album, we sat back and said, 'Hey, there's the song. There's the title for the song. That's what we've been looking for.' And it fit right in there. After that, it was a no-brainer. Just look around. [Laughs] We're in a lot of trouble here. It's not hard to write songs about things that you're watching on the news every day and things that are happening in the world. We're a product of our environment. You just try to make points and get people to think, is basically what I do." On how the members of ACCEPT view the issues that are currently affecting the world: Mark: "We are basically a global band. Uwe still lives in Germany, Peter and Wolf, obviously, are German. We're on a German label [Nuclear Blast], our management is in Germany. Most of us do live in the United States, but we think globally. We travel the globe constantly, so you really have to be aware of what's going on everywhere in the world, not just your backyard. So, yeah, I think we're all quite conscious of the things that are going on everywhere. We try to be, anyway." On how he came to join ACCEPT in 2009: Mark: "It was just a freak thing, man, really. Peter and Wolf were in a studio in New Jersey, not far from where I live and they were doing some work and they were talking about possibly putting the band back together with [original vocalist] Udo [Dirkschneider] at that time and he pretty much turned them down. They were remarking about, actually Peter was recording his son's album, he was producing a record for his son and Wolf happened to be up here visiting and they were just talking about the fact they would like to put the band back together, this and that. The guy who owned the studio knew me and said, 'Why don't you give Mark a call?' And they were, like, 'Mark who?' And he mentioned [Mark's previous band] TT QUICK and we had opened for ACCEPT back in the '80s in the U.S., one show in particular, and I guess something rang a bell and Peter gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to come out and jam with them and that was it. I went down there, we jammed, and two weeks later they called me and asked me if I wanted to do a record and a tour. I really didn't think anything was going to come of it." On whether he was a fan of ACCEPT prior to joining the band: Mark: "I was a fan back in the '80s, in the early days. TT QUICK covered ACCEPT songs before we had a record deal. I actually turned a lot of people on to ACCEPT. We would cover 'Son Of A Bitch' and 'Flash Rockin' Man'. People would say, 'What is that?' 'That's original stuff that we wrote.' 'No! [Laughs] That's a German band called ACCEPT.' But yes, I was a fan by all means. Still am." On whether he was nervous taking over the vocal position in ACCEPT: Mark: "Oh, hell yeah! I was extremely nervous, especially due to the Internet because the Internet, you know what everyone's thinking right away. It's not like the '80s or the old days where you never got to hear what the audience thought. You just read the magazines and so did they and that was it. Now, with the Internet it was quite obvious that people were not happy with this decision, so I was, like ,'Uh…okay! Here we go. It's on.' That's why we decided right off the bat that we would go in and record, try and make the best possible album we could make, which was 'Blood Of The Nations'. Instead of just going out and resting on the laurels and playing their old material, we had to be a viable, new band. And we tried our damndest to be and I think it's working. 'Blood Of The Nations' surprised a lot of people and I felt a whole lot better after that came out, for certain. But yeah, it was trying, let's put it that way." "The Rise Of Chaos" was released on August 4 via Nuclear Blast.