VAMPS: ‘Calling’ Video Released

Japanese rock band VAMPS — featuring Hyde (L'Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z. (Oblivion Dust) — has released the official music video for its new single, "Calling". Filmed in an old, abandoned building in Downtown Los Angeles with award-winning director Nick Peterson (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's "Wrong Side Of Heaven"), the clip portrays the polarized sides of an impassioned relationship. "The video follows the intertwined stories of two people: a guy who's infatuated with and holding on to this idealistic version of his lover…which is not really who she is though. And the woman ultimately breaking free from his confines," says Hyde. "Calling" is the new single off VAMPS' forthcoming album, "Underworld", due out April 28 on Eleven Seven Music. Produced by Howard Benson (HALESTORM, PAPA ROACH, MOTÖRHEAD) and Kane Churko (IN THIS MOMENT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), the disc includes the band's biggest streaming success to date, "Inside of Me", featuring Chris Motionless from MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. Also included on the album is "Rise Or Die", a collaboration with RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe. Upon the release of "Underworld", VAMPS will embark on a spring U.S. tour, kicking off May 2 in Birmingham, Alabama. The trek includes dates with I PREVAIL and STARSET, as well as a string of headline dates with support from newcomers PALAYE ROYALE and DARKE COMPLEX. The tour will wrap on May 27 with an appearance at Blackest of The Black festival in Irvine, California where VAMPS will play alongside DANZIG, MINISTRY and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, amongst others.
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ANTHRAX: Quality Fan-Filmed Footage Of Philadelphia Concert

Quality fan-filmed video footage of ANTHRAX's April 5 performance at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can be seen in the YouTube playlist below. ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE kicked off "The Killthrax Tour" on March 29 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. With ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE rotating the closing slot over the course of the dates, the tour will criss-cross the continent, wrapping up in Boston on May 7. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is providing direct support on all dates. ANTHRAX's February 15 concert at the Barrowland in Glasgow, United Kingdom was filmed for a DVD, to be released later this year via Megaforce. Seventeen cameras, including five GoPros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favorites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans and included "Madhouse", "Be All, End All", "Breathing Lightning" and "A.I.R.", followed by ANTHRAX's classic 1987 album "Among The Living" performed start to finish. In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include "fly-on-the-wall" interviews and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, U.K.-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS and many others. ANTHRAX's European tour ended in Paris on March 16.
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Video: Reactivated SKINLAB Performs Entire ‘Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded’ Album In Orangevale

Video footage of reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB performing on April 7 at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, Californai can be seen below (courtesy of Capital Chaos TV). SKINLAB will hit the road this summer, following up a string of spring West Coast dates celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded". The East Coast run of shows will kick off on May 31 in Boston, Massachusetts and will feature support from PRODUCT OF HATE (Napalm Records) and IKILLYA (Urban Yeti). Formed in 1994, SKINLAB has released four studio albums: 1997's "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded", 1999's "Disembody: The New Flesh", 2002's "ReVolting Room" and 2009's "The Scars Between Us". The band is currently working on new material for 2017 and beyond, with updates frequently posted on Facebook. SKINLAB confirmed 2017 tour dates: Apr. 08 - Oakland, CA @ The Uptown Nightclub (w/ KYNG, WHITE KNUCKLE RIOT, BLACK WATER BIRTH) Apr. 22 - Lake Tahoe, CA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino May 12 - Portland, OR @ Rock Hard PDX With PRODUCT OF HATE, IKILLYA: May 31 - Revere, MA @ Sammy's Patio Jun. 01 - Wallingford, CT @ Cherry St Station Jun. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Jun. 03 - Philadelphia, PA @ Whiskey Tango Jun. 04 - Washington, DC @ The Pinch Jun. 06 - Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub Jun. 07 - Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub Jun. 08 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone The original lineup of SKINLABSteev Esquivel (vocals, bass), Paul Hopkins (drums), Gary Wendt (guitar) and Mike Roberts (guitar) — played "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded" in its entirety at the BlackThorne Screamfest last October at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. Wendt will be unable to play the SKINLAB East Coast shows due to scheduling conflicts. A replacement guitarist for those dates has not yet been announced. "Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded" was reissued in October 2007 via Century Media Records. The repackaged disc featured never-before-seen video footage and pictures with liner notes from Esquivel and Roberts along with new artwork layout. SKINLAB has played sporadic shows in the last few years but hasn't released any new music since 2009's "The Scars Between Us" album. The band has had different lineups throughout its history, with Esquivel as the only mainstay. In a 2011 interview with Thrash Magazine, Esquivel stated about SKINLAB's sound: "Everyone said we were too death metal on 'Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded', which we didn't agree with. We've never really fit into any one genre. We're definitely not nu metal, which a lot of people think, and we're definitely not metalcore. We just write what feels good to us without losing the sound of SKINLAB. Everyone has their own opinion and interpretation on what genre we fall into."
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DEF LEPPARD: 2017 Tour Rehearsal Video

A new time lapse rehearsal video of DEF LEPPARD shot and edited by drummer Rick Allen's tech Jeff Diffner can be seen below. DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen recently told New England Concert Reviews about the band's upcoming North American tour with POISON and TESLA: "Me personally, I actually see it as a celebration of the integrity of these three bands, and they all, for the most part, they are original members. It's, like, this is the same DEF LEPPARD that put out 'Hysteria'. Well, obviously, Steve Clark passed away but it's the same band — it's not like a bunch of different guys in there. TESLA, it's the same band with one exception — Dave Rude's in the band now. And the four guys in POISON are the same four guys that started POISON. So it's, like I said, a celebration of integrity. A lot of other bands, they disappear and they actually maintain that. So this is as real as it gets. This is real integrity, it's a real band doing their stuff, it's not karaoke by any means, and it's also a tribute to being the last ones standing. A lot of bands have fallen off by the wayside, and whatever, but these three bands are here and I'm really appreciating that. Like I said, yes, a celebration of integrity." DEF LEPPARD's concert film "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit", arrived on February 10 via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and Digital Video. The set was filmed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan. DEF LEPPARD's three-month run across North America is set to kick off on April 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire and wrap on June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. DEF LEPPARD and POISON and first hit the road together back in 2009, and then again three years later. DEF LEPPARD's latest, self-titled album came out in 2015.
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No, METALLICA Did Not Steal Riffs From ’80s Death Metal Band INCUBUS

'80s death metal band INCUBUS (not to be confused with popular California rock band of the same name) has denied sending a cease-and-desist letter to METALLICA's legal team alleging that the heavy metal giants copied riffs from INCUBUS's songs. BLABBERMOUTH.NET was one of the media outlets which were sent a copy of the supposed cease-and-desist letter earlier this week (after receiving e-mail notification of the letter's existence on March 24) from someone claiming to be Brutal Records' Michael Howard, but chose not to publish the poorly worded document (see below) on the account that it appeared to be fake. Other news sites, however, did pick up the story and it quickly spread across the Internet, eventually catching the attention of the members of INCUBUS, who changed their name to OPPROBRIUM in 2000. In the fake cease-and-desist letter, the person claiming to be Michael Howard accused METALLICA of lifting riffs from the INCUBUS track "Hunger For Power", from the death metal band's 1988 album "Serpent Temptation", for inclusion in the song "Moth Into Flame" from METALLICA's "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" disc. On Friday (April 7), the members of OPPROBRIUM released the following statement regarding the supposed cease-and-desist letter: "It's been circulating that supposedly an individual is claiming that METALLICA copied one of our songs called 'Hunger For Power' and that this individual supposedly sent a cease-and-desist to METALLICA. "To all OPPROBRIUM fans and METALLICA fans, we OPPROBRIUM would never send a 'cease-and-desist' to METALLICA. We OPPROBRIUM have nothing to do with this. We love METALLICA and we are fans of METALLICA ourselves. "We do not know the reason why this news is spreading. We love METALLICA and are fans of METALLICA and would never do such a thing against METALLICA. "This individual is claiming that he holds the rights to one of our song 'Hunger For Power', and it's not true. We OPPROBRIUM hold all the rights to all our songs. "This individual is spreading lies behind our backs. We OPPROBRIUM are surprised concerning this, and are very sad. "We OPPROBRIUM love METALLICA and would never do such a thing to METALLICA. "OPPROBRIUM does not support this individual nor are we responsible for the actions taken by this individual. "We OPPROBRIUM are on the side of METALLICA and not on the side of this individual that is spreading this lie. "Thanks to all OPPROBRIUM and METALLICA fans, and please keep in mind that this individual is doing this on his own and we (OPPROBRIUM) have NOTHING to do with this. This is a very sad day for our band." fakemetallicacease1 fakemetallicacease2 fakemetallicacease3

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Posted by Opprobrium on Friday, April 7, 2017

No, METALLICA Did Not Steal Riffs From ’80s Metal Band INCUBUS

'80s metal band INCUBUS (not to be confused with popular California rock band of the same name) has denied sending a cease-and-desist letter to METALLICA's legal team alleging that the heavy metal giants copied riffs from INCUBUS's songs. BLABBERMOUTH.NET was one of the media outlets which were sent a copy of the supposed cease-and-desist letter earlier this week (after receiving e-mail notification of the letter's existence on March 24) from someone claiming to be Brutal Records' Michael Howard, but chose not to publish the poorly worded document (see below) on the account that it appeared to be fake. Other news sites, however, did pick up the story and it quickly spread across the Internet, eventually catching the attention of the members of INCUBUS, who changed their name to OPPROBRIUM in 2000. In the fake cease-and-desist letter, the person claiming to be Michael Howard accused METALLICA of lifting riffs from the INCUBUS track "Sadistic Sinner", from the cult metal band's 1988 album "Serpent Temptation", for inclusion in the song "Moth Into Flame" from METALLICA's "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" disc. Confusingly, the March 24 e-mail alleged that "Sadistic Sinner" was copied in the METALLICA song "Spit Out The Bone", while riffs from another INCUBUS track, "Hunger For Power", ended up in "Moth Into Flame". On Friday (April 7), the members of OPPROBRIUM released the following statement regarding the supposed cease-and-desist letter: "It's been circulating that supposedly an individual is claiming that METALLICA copied one of our songs called 'Hunger For Power' and that this individual supposedly sent a cease-and-desist to METALLICA. "To all OPPROBRIUM fans and METALLICA fans, we OPPROBRIUM would never send a 'cease-and-desist' to METALLICA. We OPPROBRIUM have nothing to do with this. We love METALLICA and we are fans of METALLICA ourselves. "We do not know the reason why this news is spreading. We love METALLICA and are fans of METALLICA and would never do such a thing against METALLICA. "This individual is claiming that he holds the rights to one of our song 'Hunger For Power', and it's not true. We OPPROBRIUM hold all the rights to all our songs. "This individual is spreading lies behind our backs. We OPPROBRIUM are surprised concerning this, and are very sad. "We OPPROBRIUM love METALLICA and would never do such a thing to METALLICA. "OPPROBRIUM does not support this individual nor are we responsible for the actions taken by this individual. "We OPPROBRIUM are on the side of METALLICA and not on the side of this individual that is spreading this lie. "Thanks to all OPPROBRIUM and METALLICA fans, and please keep in mind that this individual is doing this on his own and we (OPPROBRIUM) have NOTHING to do with this. This is a very sad day for our band." fakemetallicacease1 fakemetallicacease2 fakemetallicacease3

ATTENTION, ATTENTION to all Metal Magazines around the world and all our fans. It's been circulating that supposedly an ...

Posted by Opprobrium on Friday, April 7, 2017

MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Holds Grand Opening Of ELLEFSON COFFEE CO. In Jackson (Video)

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique coffee brand of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, is holding the grand opening of its brick-and-mortar store this weekend (April 7-9) in David's former hometown of Jackson, Minnesota (population: 3,299). In addition to Ellefson himself, today's festivities featured a special uest appearance by comedian and "That Metal Show" co-host Don Jamieson. Check out video footage below. On display at Ellefson Coffee Co. is the "Museum Of Deth," featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson's personal collection, including highlights such as David's Jackson High marching band uniform, as well as memorabilia from other artists, including MACHINE HEAD, Max Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULFLY), COAL CHAMBER, and fellow 2017 Grammy nominees KORN. In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co. brands, including Roast In Peace, She Wolf, Kenya Thrash, and Urban Legend, Ellefson Coffee Co. is the retail outlet for Ellefson coffee products and memorabilia, as well as a satellite retail outlet for titles and merchandise from Ellefson's EMP Label Group. Additionally, the store will act as an official retailer for Jackson Guitars and SIT Strings, as well as select items from Puck Hcky, Dean Guitars and more. Ellefson Coffee Co. originally opened in January as a partnership between Ellefson and Susan Reiter, who agreed to rebrand her shop, Coffee Choices, as Ellefson Coffee Co. You can pay Ellefson Coffee Co. a visit at 404 Second St., Jackson, MN, 56143. Ellefson, 52, was born and raised in Jackson, located near the Iowa border, just under three hours southwest of St. Paul. He and his family have lived in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1993. Asked by Metal Insider last year how the idea of having his own line of coffee came about, Ellefson said: "I've been a coffee lover, a coffee fiend even at times, for most of my adult life. The time I first had it as a teenager, I didn't care for it. But by the time I moved to Cali, I used to go to [former MEGADETH drummer] Dijon Carruthers's house and we would sit around and drink coffee. In the very earliest days of MEGADETH, summer and fall of 1983, Dijon actually got me into coffee. And he and I became friends and musical buddies, and coffee was sort of the brew between us. As coffee grew on throughout the years in America, the Starbucks revolution happened. What I liked about that was the consistency of coffee. I remember the first time I had Starbucks coffee was when I still lived in Los Angeles. A location opened and it had this coffeehouse experience. The last few years touring with MEGADETH, I made tour videos and the expedition of the day was to find the nearest Starbucks. Part of it was about the love of coffee, part of it was this experience of the coffeehouse culture." He continued: "Me and my EMP Label Group team, we were talking about coffee and I was introduced to Paul Waggoner, who has Parliament Coffee Roasters and is also the guitar player in BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. He and I struck up a real great coffee friendship. I didn't even know he played in that band. A friend had given me the introduction, so I hit him up and we had some email exchanges and finally we got on the phone and talked about coffee and struck up a friendship. He sent me some beans and I realized he and I had similar tastes and we can talk about intricacies of coffee and we totally follow each other's cues on our flavors and branding. Because he's a metalhead and knows my world, we have a lot in common. It's a really cool venture that we have, so we branded Ellefson Coffee Company as its own company and I used Paul to source my beans and to do my roasting. We launched it with online orders. Unlike wine, when you want things to ferment and the longer it sits, the better it tastes, you want coffee to be roasted immediately and shipped to your door. What we are doing now, we are taking orders and then about every two weeks we roast and then ship immediately so when it shows up to your door, it's fresh from the roaster."

Posted by Adam Albright on Saturday, April 8, 2017
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Former CRUCIFIED BARBARA, DEATHSTARS Members Join Forces In THE HEARD

Former CRUCIFIED BARBARA guitarist Klara "Force" Rönnqvist Fors, bassist Ida "Evileye" Stenbacka and drummer Nikki Wicked (a.k.a. Jannicke Lindström) have joined forces with DEATHSTARS bassist Jonas "Skinny Disco" Kangur (on lead guitar) and burlesque performer, model and singer Pepper Potemkin in a brand new band called THE HEARD. THE HEARD's Facebook page describes the group as being about "heavy riffs, misty songs, dark waters and a death supreme." THE HEARD is: * Klara Force (CRUCIFIED BARBARA) - Guitar * Ida Evileye (CRUCIFIED BARBARA) - Bass * Nikki Wicked (CRUCIFIED BARBARA) - Drums * Jonas "Skinny Disco" Kangur (DEATHSTARS) - Lead Guitar * Pepper Potemkin - Vocals CRUCIFIED BARBARA announced its breakup in June 2016, two years after the release of the band's fourth album, "In The Red". The group explained at the time that "our lives have parted and we need to move on. The last years have taken its toll on all of us and the joy of playing together got lost somewhere along the way." "In The Red" was released in September 2014. The CD was recorded at Music A Matic studio in Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip, and was the follow-up to 2012's "The Midnight Chase".

Within a near future you will be able to follow the birth of brand new band, called the Heard.

Posted by The Heard on Friday, March 31, 2017

Vocals: Pepper Photo: Mattias Nilsson Make Up: MUA Elin Brännmark

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Lead Guitar: Skinny Photo: Mattias Nilsson Make up: Elin Brännmark

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Posted by The Heard on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Video: New Lineup Of QUIET RIOT Performs In West Palm Beach, Florida

Fan-filmed video footage of QUIET RIOT's April 7 performance at Bowery Live in West Palm Beach, Florida can be seen below. QUIET RIOT made its live debut with the band's seventh lead singer, "American Idol" finalist James Durbin, on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of "American Idol" after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with JUDAS PRIEST, joined QUIET RIOT in March after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for an early version the band's upcoming album, "Road Rage". Prior to the Wichita show, Durbin — who recently collaborated with QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi on the "Maps To The Hollywood Scars" EP — explained his decision to join QUIET RIOT, saying that it was partly motivated by his desire to elevate the band's status to levels not seen in the decade following original singer Kevin DuBrow's death. "Me stepping into QUIET RIOT is me wanting to use the attention that I have and the things that I have done to highlight a band that I feel is being forgotten, or is being remembered for the wrong reasons," he said. "[The QUIET RIOT documentary 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back' is] a great movie, it's a great story, it's tragic, it happens to every band. Whenever somebody loses a member, you go through this thing where you're trying to find somebody to fill that spot, and in some cases, it's just another guy, but in other cases, it's your best friend or your brother. And you've really gotta find people that you really gel with and really work with and really understand." Drummer Frankie Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and Wright. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.
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METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of ‘Confusion’ Performance From Mexico City

Official video footage of METALLICA performing the song "Confusion" live on March 1 at at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico can be seen below. METALLICA's music video for "Confusion" was directed by Claire Marie Vogel. The clip, in which one soldier's civilian life blurs into a battlefield, cuts back and forth between a woman fighting in a war zone and working in a mundane office. "Confusion" is taken from METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band's previous outings, 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2003's "St. Anger", sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. "Death Magnetic" moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while "St. Anger" shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame. Nevertheless, the overall fan reaction to the new disc has inspired the band to release its next record sooner. Frontman James Hetfield told Italy's Linea Rock, "At least for now, we've booked out two years (of touring), at least. So I can't predict the future, but… I would like to make some new music sooner than eight years, for sure. (You get) such a pleasure and a joy of hearing your new music and having other people hear it. So we don't wanna wait that long." The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows.
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