Metal Wani's Jake Patton recently conducted an interview with vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked about the status of the songwriting sessions for NAPALM DEATH's follow-up to 2015's "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" album, Barney said: "We're gonna start working on it soon. There's primary work being done right now. It's just in the first stages, really, so there's nothing really solid to tell. It's just in the preliminary stage, basically." Greenway also spoke about how NAPALM DEATH's musical approach has evolved over the years as the band has become more commercially successful. "Our way of approaching things is always the same," he said. "Every time we make an album or such, the thought in our minds is not, 'How can we finally put our button on the secret to commercial success?' [Laughs] It doesn't roll that way with us. We simply try and make a combination of the best and most extreme that we feel we can at the time. Now, I think the one thing I would say is that in terms of making a good blend of the very traditional NAPALM stuff — the fast stuff — to the more skewed kind of NAPALM stuff, which is that, if you like, post-punk noise sort of very avantgarde stuff mixed in, I think we're starting to get better and better with that in terms of the mix; it's quite seamless now, in my opinion. And that side of things is what has seemed to make more and more people interested. Because I know a lot of bands' record sales are increasing, but ours are going up." Greenway also addressed the status of NAPALM DEATH guitarist Mitch Harris, who has been taking a leave of absence from the band since late 2014 to focus on his family life. "Mitch is still a member of the band as such," Barney explained. "This is a situation that we're still working on now. As is quite obvious to people, Mitch hasn't been able to tour with us. I've gotta be honest — we don't know whether that situation is gonna change or not; we just don't. But we're not people to do anything drastic with that situation. We don't see things as irretrievable. So we are working on it right now. Mitch is still a member of the band. He most likely will record with us on the next album as things are; in fact, I think it's pretty dead set that he will. And that's it, really. There's nothing sinister behind it. It's a set of circumstances that have kind of worked out that way." He continued: "Those kind of questions might get quite complex with some bands — with any band, basically — but I don't have a problem speaking about 'em. Obviously, some things will remain private behind between us and Mitch, because they don't need to be out there in the rest of the world. But there's nothing sinister behind this whole thing. It was a set of life circumstances that brought us to the situation that we've got. I'm not embarrassed by it, it doesn't bother me. It's not a problem at all — I have no problem speaking about it. There's nothing sinister about it. It's how we move forward from here. And there are definitely ways forward. All is not lost." Harris took an indefinite break in the fall of 2014 to tend to a family situation and Wikipedia initially wrongly scrubbed him from the band roster. He has since been temporarily replaced by John Cooke (CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR). "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" was released in January 2015 via Century Media Records.
Rock To Recovery, a transformative program for those in treatment and recovery, has announced its second annual awareness event and benefit on Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m., at the famous Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. Rock to Recovery 2 - ...
Mike Portnoy has defended himself against criticism that he is involved with too many bands, explaining that he is simply someone "who loves music" and wants to "play with different people." Since leaving DREAM THEATER in 2010, the drummer has been involved with a slew of projects, either as a hired gun or a collaborating musician. These groups — which include AVENGED SEVENFOLD, THE WINERY DOGS, ADRENALINE MOB, METAL ALLEGIANCE and TWISTED SISTER — are notably different from each other and from the music Portnoy earned his stripes playing. During an appearance on the "Trunk Nation" radio show earlier this week, Portnoy addressed the complaints from some fans that he launches new bands too frequently and doesn't spend enough time focusing on each project. "I still feel blowback from it," Portnoy said. "Even with [this week's] announcement; we announced the new band SONS OF APOLLO. I've been up reading the comments online, and I'm still seeing constant posts, like, 'Oh my God! How many bands is Portnoy gonna be in? Oh my God! Is this the eighty-seventh band?' Blah blah blah. So it's still a topic that people like to harass me about. But the fact of the matter is I can handle it. I'm just a workaholic and I'm very strategic in how I coordinate and work my schedule and make sure everything fits and everything works. And people get the misconception, thinking, oh, I start a band, then I quit, then I start a band and then I quit." He continued: "Out of the eighty-seven bands I've been in, I've only ever left two. One was DREAM THEATER after twenty-five years, and one was ADRENALINE MOB, just because that was at a point where I couldn't juggle everything. But other than that, everything I'm a part of I stick with and develop and work with. And if I can juggle all these bands and make it work, then why the fuck not?" Asked if it's treally true that he has been in eighty-seven bands so far, Portnoy laughed and responded: "I use that number jokingly, but I think there is an actual number, and I think it's about twenty-seven or twenty-eight at this point." Mike went on to reiterate the fact that his busy schedule has never prevented him from dedicating the right amount of time to each project, despite some people's perception to the contrary. "Since [I left] DREAM THEATER, I've done so many things and so many different bands," he said. "Literally, it feels like there's another one that gets added to the list every year, not to mention helping bands out, like TWISTED SISTER or AVENGED SEVENFOLD. So, yeah, the list keeps getting longer and longer and longer. But the fact of the matter is if you're somebody who loves music, like I do or Dave Grohl does, or Mike Patton does, you wanna do different things, you wanna play with different people. If you're an actor doing films, you don't wanna play the same role the rest of your life. You wanna work with different directors and other actors and other screenwriters and try different roles in different genres. So, to me, it's no different as a musician." Portnoy's latest project, SONS OF APOLLO, also includes former DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian alongside Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE).
Fan-filmed video footage of Yngwie Malmsteen's August 2 performance at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, England can be seen below. Malmsteen will embark on the second 2017 leg of his "World On Fire" U.S. headlining tour in the fall. Yngwie and his ens...
Swedish death metal supergroup THE LURKING FEAR will release its debut album, "Out Of The Voiceless Grave", on August 11 via Century Media. Recorded at Welfare Sounds in Gothenburg, Sweden, the disc will be available as special-edition digipak CD, gatefold LP on 180-gram vinyl with a poster and as a digital download. The album's LP edition will be available on classic black vinyl as well as on limited colored runs as follows: silver vinyl (200 copies; CM Distro Europe), clear vinyl (200 copies, Sweden) and golden vinyl (300 copies; CM USA). The official lyric video for the song "The Starving Gods Of Old", taken from "Out Of The Voiceless Grave", can be seen below. The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media, based on the album's artwork by Stefan Thanneur. THE LURKING FEAR vocalist Tomas Lindberg said: "So, for the next video clip we had the idea of letting our old friend Costin work on it, but having him use Stefan's amazing cover artwork. I think Costin really captured the eeriness of the track 'The Starving Gods Of Old' perfectly. It feels like you are thrown into the darkened void of the starving gods themselves, being devoured by them alive, while getting your ears blasted by another serious dose of twisted death metal madness. The song is like an anthem to what lurks beyond this world. Like watching an old '70s horror movie on a worn-out VHS cassette." "Out Of The Voiceless Grave" track listing: 01. Out Of The Voiceless Grave 02. Vortex Spawn 03. The Starving Gods Of Old 04. The Infernal Dread 05. With Death Engraved In Their Bones 06. Upon Black Winds 07. Teeth Of The Dark Plains 08. The Cold Jaws Of Death 09. Tongued With Foul Flames 10. Winged Death 11. Tentacles Of Blackened Horror 12. Beneath Menacing Sands Lindberg previously stated about the "Out Of The Voiceless Grave" artwork: "Stefan Thanneur understood the vision I had for 'Out Of The Voiceless Grave' straight away. He has portrayed the exact same nightmare vortex of interstellar death and terror that I envisioned when I wrote the lyrics and came up with the concept. Pure cosmic evil. Even more twisted madness than my imagination could portray. I have been very happy to work with yet another great talent. You can never get enough tentacles." Featuring members/ex-members of illustrious and influential acts like AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED, SKITSYSTEM, DISFEAR and GOD MACABRE, THE LURKING FEAR is not just another retro all-star project, but a real band of five death metallers who organically got together in order to celebrate the metal breed closest to their roots as well as their hearts. THE LURKING FEAR is: * Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) - Vocals * Jonas Stålhammar (THE CROWN) - Guitar * Fredrik Wallenberg (SKITSYSTEM) - Guitar * Andreas Axelsson (DISFEAR, TORMENTED, EDGE OF SANITY) – Bass * Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) – Drums Citing common inspiration by bands like AUTOPSY, POSSESSED, early DEATH, REPULSION, early MORBID ANGEL, SLAUGHTER, BATHORY, early SLAYER and MASTER/DEATH STRIKE, THE LURKING FEAR previously stated about the band's formation: "We are a death metal band. Not your average new wave of old-school death metal band. We play death metal from the heart with pure emotional impact and a focused artistic vision. This is the music we live and breathe. Always have, always will. "We have all played in various other bands for over 25 years and we just want to spew out the music that we want to hear. When we get together, this is what comes out of naturally, because we share the exact same reference points. We love 'Seven Churches' and 'Mental Funeral' for the exact same reasons. "We want our death metal ugly, twisted and possessed. We miss the urgency, intensity and 'realness' in a lot of the modern death metal. Therefore, it is natural for us to stray away from the streamlined sounds of today, but rather focus on bringing sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the table…"
Virtual heavy metal band PENTAKILL — featuring infernal lead vocalist Karthus, blazing axe-man Mordekaiser, enchanting keyboardist Sona, rumbling bassist Yorick, berserker drummer Olaf, and new member Kayle, a winged warrior goddess who sings songs presaging the end of the world — is breaking further out of the hundred-million-player League Of Legends gaming universe and onto the playlists of metalheads worldwide. Their second release, "II: Grasp Of The Undying", hits international all major digital streaming platforms today, including Spotify, Apple Music and more. In conjunction with the album's release, League Of Legends and PENTAKILL are streaming "II: Grasp Of The Undying" in full via YouTube and the PENTAKILL music landing page at pentakill.leagueoflegends.com. At the same location, you can also witness the brand new state-of-the-art, cinematic animated music video for the punishing track "Mortal Reminder". Within twenty-four hours of being posted, the "Mortal Reminder" video racked up over 7.3 million views across platforms. Witness PENTAKILL's live musical carnage in Bandle City, recorded in the catacombs of the Shadow Isles! "II: Grasp Of The Undying" features not only the skills of League Of Legends developer Riot Games' most passionate in-house composers, songwriters, and producers (who also happen to be diehard metalheads), but an elite list of metal, rock and electronic music heavyweights. "II: Grasp Of The Undying" showcases the musical talents of renowned rock/metal vocalist Jorn Lande (MASTERPLAN, AVANTASIA), songstress Noora Louhimo of BATTLE BEAST, producer Scott Kirkland of THE CRYSTAL METHOD, producer and vocalist Danny Lohner, formerly of NINE INCH NAILS, world-renowned drummer Tommy Lee of MÖTLEY CRÜE fame, drummer Mike Pitman and vocalist Rich Thomson of XERATH, vocalist Per Johansson of UREAS, and many more. Lande, the voice of Karthus, states: "It's great for a classic heavy rocker like myself to be a part of this modern gaming music world, and I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great team of talented people. This exciting development is not just about creating an original twist to the online gaming industry, but also about pioneering some groundbreaking new metal! My job is to make Karthus the singer he is, and add the classic heavy rock element to his performance. I'm proud that Karthus and his band are back to bring new PENTAKILL metal your way!" Louhimo, the voice of Kayle, adds: "It's been so exciting and an honor to be part of the second PENTAKILL record. This has been my dream come true to work in the gaming world. This is just the beginning and I can't wait to see what the future brings. I hope people love the result as much as I do!" There's something for every heavy music fan on "II: Grasp Of The Undying" — an album that is not only accessible, but will stand up next to any heavy metal artist on your playlist. "II: Grasp Of The Undying" is a full-length, ten-track scorcher of a record — showcasing the multi-faceted talents of the genuine music professionals and avid production team involved, and featuring genre-influences ranging from power metal, NWOBHM, thrash, modern progressive death metal and everything in between - even electronic/industrial! "II: Grasp Of The Undying" track listing: 01. Cull 02. Mortal Reminder 03. Tear of the Goddess 04. Infinity Edge 05. Dead Man's Plate 06. The Hex Core mk-2 07. The Bloodthirster 08. Frozen Heart 09. Rapid Firecannon 10. Blade of the Ruined King PENTAKILL was spawned from massive League Of Legends fan/player engagement, theories and buzz. Wanting first and foremost to give back to a global community of players, Riot Games and their team of in-house composers, songwriters, and producers came up with the idea to write, record and release a real heavy metal album based on a virtual heavy metal band comprised of members embodied by the original skin line they originated from. In their virtual reality, PENTAKILL is billed as the fictional land of Valoran's most famous rock band. In 2014, the Riot Games music label issued the band's first foray out of the video game realm, "Smite And Ignite" — an eight-track collection of appropriately punishing songs that was written completely in-house at Riot, and supported by the talents of studio musicians, including ZP Theart of DRAGONFORCE, Derek Sherinian of DREAM THEATER, Lohner and Lande. Upon its release in 2014 and with absolutely no traditional promotion, "Smite And Ignite" went on to debut Top 40 on Billboard and #1 on the iTunes Metal and Rock charts, plus charted top 30 on the overall iTunes charts, in addition to millions of YouTube and Spotify streams.
After an intense six-month voting campaign, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA have announced that they've won the contest of Holland's famous and most prestigious Metropole Orkest! Over 650 artists of all possible music genres competed — among them popular Dutch acts like WITHIN TEMPTATION, Caro Emerald and Kensington — yet it was none other than EPICA who pulled the longest straw! After working with world's top artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bono and Dizzy Gillespie, the Metropole Orkest is being considered the biggest professional pop and jazz orchestra in the world. Now remarkably, it's up to EPICA to show what they're made of and who will have the privilege to record an EPICA track together with this amazing orchestra. By winning the Metropole Orkest contest, EPICA has proven once again that they can righteously claim their place among Holland's top music acts! EPICA will release an EP with six brand-new numbers which were created during the creative phase of the band's latest album, 2016's "The Holographic Principle". "The Solace System" EP will be made available on September 1 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. Fans will also be able to purchase "The Solace System" together with "The Holographic Principle" as a box set. It will be called "The Holographic Principle - The Ultimate Edition". In other news, Nuclear Blast will re-release two ancient albums of EPICA, "Design Your Universe" and "The Divine Conspiracy", on vinyl on August 18. Each album is available in two different colors.
AC/DC's classic song "Back In Black" is featured in the first trailer for director Eli Roth's next film, "Death Wish", starring Bruce Willis and Dean Norris. Due in the fall, it is a remake of the 1974 film of the same name that starred Charles Bronson...
Shawn "The Clown" Crahan has revealed that SLIPKNOT has "about twenty-seven pieces of work" written for the band's follow-up to 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter" album. SLIPKNOT's touring cycle in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", ended in November, with singer Corey Taylor returning to his other band STONE SOUR this year. ".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. Speaking to NME, Crahan stated about SLIPKNOT's current status: "We have decided to do things differently. Our label had been bought and sold, people who used to give me advice are gone now, we're still standing. We're not going to wait around for Corey Taylor to say that he's ready, no one's going to wait for me to finish directing a movie, the same thing goes if someone wants to go out on tour with someone else. "Every three or four months we've been getting together and we've been writing for up to thirty days," he continued. "Currently, we have about twenty-seven pieces of work — about seven or eight are completed. They're not completed songs, that's far from the truth. That's where people start fighting over Corey Taylor not being there or Jim [Root, guitar] wanting to do something else. We as artists have demanded that we get together every three or four months and blow our brains out with art. We've been trying to create as much art as possible." When asked about a potential timeline for SLIPKNOT's next album, the percussionist replied: "For the three years we toured, we were writing and recording the whole time. We'll be getting together in September. Corey Taylor is doing his thing right now with STONE SOUR, and when he's done, he'll need a little time off. He's always done that. Then he'll be right back in it, writing SLIPKNOT songs and lyrics. "A lot of us are meeting up in September to start working on those twenty-seven pieces of music and we're going to add to that," he explained. "Our goal is to get to somewhere where it feels like we could have a double album. Whether or not we'll get to that, I have no idea. It's almost an impossible thing to arrive at because you have to have so much music and pick what's right. But I would like to have a double album and I would like to have a concept album. I've been speaking to Corey and Jim and we're not just going to 'do it,' we're not going to be contrived. It has to be right, it has to work for all of us." Crahan told BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" in 2015 that he would love to see the band record a double concept album in the vein of PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" and THE BEATLES' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", with a movie to go along with the project. In a recent interview with Metal Wani, Corey Taylor spoke about a possible musical direction for SLIPKNOT's next album, saying that nothing has yet been decided. "I know I wanna write something violent, to be honest," he said. "I wanna do something that feels uncomfortable. I wanna go somewhere where we haven't been in a long, long time. I don't know what that means, but I think when I hear it, I'll know what it is." ".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner. Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album. A new SLIPKNOT film, documenting the Iowa band's first-ever visit to Mexico in December 2015, will be premiered in more than a thousand screens across the world as a one-night-only cinematic spectacle on September 6. Directed by Crahan, "Day Of The Gusano" features exclusive interviews with SLIPKNOT's members talking about the importance of their fanbase and the band's long-awaited first-ever show in Mexico City.
The co-writer of Rex Brown's memoir has disputed the former PANTERA bassist's claim that the book contains passages that were published without Rex's consent. For years after "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" was released, Brown has been publicly critical of the way his autobiography turned out, saying in recent interviews that the book's publication is partly to blame for the deterioration of his relationship with another former PANTERA member, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. "There was a bunch of shit in my book that was not supposed to be in that book, and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway, and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people's mouths," Rex told the "Trunk Nation" radio show earlier this week. Brown's comments echoed those he made during an online chat last month. Asked what inspired him to write his memoir, Rex said: "That was just at a time where someone had come to me about a book offer and I said, 'I don't really wanna do one.' But I had a lot of stuff, being one that really didn't ever say anything to the press or… To me, it's all about the songs, about the jam." He continued: "It was [written] at a time of my life, and some of the stuff that was said in there shouldn't have been printed; it was taken off the cuff. But I think, in general, that's where I was at that time." Earlier today, Brown's "Official Truth, 101 Proof" co-writer, Scottish author Mark Eglinton, tweeted a response to Brown's latest comments. He wrote: "Just to be totally clear and fair: there's nothing in the book that shouldn't have been. It was all signed off. I was there." In a 2013 interview with MetalSucks, former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo was asked for his opinion of "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". He said: "Honestly, [Rex's] assessment of me [in the book] — I don't care. Egotistical, self-centered, everything is always about me. Y'know what? I'm a lead singer and he's a bass player. That's his perception. So I'm fine with it. I don't hold any fucking grudges. But I think he did take some angry swipes and I don't need to be specific. There is a great deal of mythology when it comes to his 'quitting' DOWN. That particular chapter is a little disturbing." Anselmo also commented on the fact that Vinnie Paul was at times painted in a very negative light in Rex's book. "I'm not sure that type of beating [on Vince] was necessary," Anselmo said. "Vince is a difficult guy and was always a different type of guy. But did he deserve that type of beating? I don't think so. It's a shame." He continued: "Rex has many faults, just like anyone else. But it sure seems like he wants to put fault on other people to take away from his humanity. We're all full of faults. Maybe it's easier for some of us to admit." Brown defended his comments about Vinnie Paul during a 2013 interview with the "Energize With Lonn Friend" podcast. After revealing that he sent his book to Anselmo and Vinnie Paul, the bassist said: "Apparently, Vinnie isn't very flattered by it. Vinnie, then, he can write his own fucking book, you know. With Philip, I haven't heard any rebuttals, but I didn't say anything in the book that wasn't already out there, you know what I'm saying?!" He added: "I think the reason they haven't talked to me is 'cause it is the fucking truth. And sometimes you don't wanna tell the truth. And I didn't go out of my way to maliciously hurt any individual. But at the same time, if you're gonna tell the truth, by God, you'd better be on the skinny. And I think Mark Eglinton, that did this thing with me, he really just kind of…. He put me down… You know how you have your dreams that you had in high school when you're just… you're in your underwear. That's the way I felt with this book. If [you're] not [being completely truthful in your memoir], I think it's all a bunch of charade… And why would you wanna do that?" Asked about the way he was depicted in "Official Truth, 101 Proof", Vinnie Paul told "Rover's Morning Glory": "All I can say is that… I'll refer to Philip's comment about Rex's book. A bunch of mythology, man. We don't know where he came up with all this. More power to him, man." On page 172 of "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", Brown had the following to say about Vinnie Paul: "You need to understand that Vinnie is just a strange person — that's all there is to it — and it's either his way or the highway. I think he got most of that asshole-ishness from his old man, because in many ways they are very much alike. Vinnie was always all about the 'party, party, party!' and 'eat that pussy!' type of shit — to the extent that he thought he was fucking David Lee Roth. And him a drummer, can you imagine? But the truth is that he only got laid maybe one out of ten times and that's if he was lucky. Being in a platinum-selling band is meant to be a head start when you're trying to score with chicks, but he negated that by having no idea whatsoever how to treat or approach a woman. He'd just walk up and immediately start groping them, so it was no surprise that his strike rate was so pitiful. He acted like meeting him was a sexual audition and that just turned them off straightaway." He continued: "And as if that wasn't bad enough, when he didn't get laid (ninety percent of the time, I'd estimate) he was the most miserable fucking guy on the planet. I just couldn't live with him. He'd walk in the room in the morning and I'd just know. He'd be all snappy and pissed off with everyone and there was nothing anyone could do to change his mood. That became really boring." Former PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was Vinnie Paul's brother, was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.