SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Frontman On ‘World Gone Mad’ Album: ‘If That’s The Final Chapter, That’s Great’

In a brand new interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Mike Muir called the 2016 addition of former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo to SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' lineup "literally… just a power kick in the butt." He said: "Dave's a little different than me. I think every show might be the last one, not in a defeatist type of way, but I take that approach; I learned a long time ago there's no five-year plans… But we take it tour by tour, and I think that's a good approach. Dave's kinda like, 'I'm gonna be playing drums 'till I'm 85.' That's how he lives his life," Muir added. "And it's different, but it's a similar kind of approach. I think that every show is very important. And his whole thing, as a truly legendary drummer, people are gonna see him play, and he wants to be there and blow people away. We've kinda intersected at a great point, where we're here to blow people away rather than be nostalgic." Muir also hinted that SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' latest album, "World Gone Mad", could very well be the band's last. "You never know what's going to happen," he said. "So I feel very comfortable — if that's the final chapter, that's great. When you enjoy what you're doing, you wanna keep doing it, but I've got three kids, too. And everybody has things going on. The last few years, we've been gone a lot, to the point where my youngest kid, when I get up to go to the store, is like, 'Dada! Where you going?!' It's like, 'You can let go of my leg, I'm just going to get some milk. It's okay.' You gotta listen to your family, you know? That's really important. But so far, they're really supportive, and they know what I'm doing. They go to a lot of the shows and they see it firsthand. And so they know that Daddy wants to be at home, but there's a lot of people who appreciate what he's doing. And they like it too, so that's good." Lombardo made his recorded debut with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES on "World Gone Mad", which came out at the end of September. "They wanted me to be myself and their music is very drum friendly with some amazing structuring and vocals and lyrics," Lombardo told NorthJersey.com about the effort. "They gave me the freedom to do what I wanted and I gave the songs what I felt they needed." Dave added that playing SUICIDAL's classic songs live "brings back some really good memories. I remember driving the van on one of our early SLAYER tours and me and [late SLAYER guitarist] Jeff Hanneman would listen to their first record and switch off singing the lyrics."
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QUIET RIOT To Re-Record ‘Road Rage’ Album With New Singer JAMES DURBIN

Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from QUIET RIOT, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of the new QUIET RIOT record, "Road Rage", until later this summer. The label and the drummer feel that in order to truly represent QUIET RIOT's lineup, new lead singer James Durbin should be the vocalist on "Road Rage". With the full support of Frontiers, the band will go back into the studio and record the album with Durbin on vocals to ensure that they deliver the album that QUIET RIOT fans have been patiently waiting for and truly deserve. Regarding the critically important decision to re-record with new QUIET RIOT vocalist James Durbin, Banali said: "After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from QUIET RIOT fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new QUIET RIOT release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on 'Road Rage' with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!" While the new QUIET RIOT album will be slightly delayed as a result of the re-recording process, the QUIET RIOT faithful can rest assured that the resulting album will be well worth the brief wait. 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, will make his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. A handful of additional North American dates will take place during the next two months. Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after original singer Kevin DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and bassist Chuck 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. Durbin recently collaborated with QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi on the "Maps To The Hollywood Scars" EP. QUIET RIOT is: Frankie Banali - drums Alex Grossi - guitars Chuck Wright - bass guitar James Durbin – vocals Photo credit: Joe Tamel
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INVIDIA Feat. IN THIS MOMENT, Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Members: ‘As The Sun Sleeps’ Title Track Streaming

INVIDIA, the new band featuring former and current members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT and SKINLAB, will release its debut album, "As The Sun Sleeps", on March 31 via SPV. The disc's title track can now be streamed below. Stated INVIDIA guitarist Brian Jackson: "I'm really happy we decided to release 'As The Sun Sleeps'. This track is honestly one of my personal favorites and it's the absolute opposite of what we just released with our last single, 'Feed The Fire', which is more of a heavy rock, radio-friendly song. It shows that the record has to offer a very diverse range and can be on the heavier side of things. 'As The Sun Sleeps' is really guitar-riff-oriented with pounding drums and heavy breakdowns. I think the metalheads will be pleasantly surprised once they hear this track." Fans may recognize vocalist Travis Johnson as the bassist from in IN THIS MOMENT as well as bassist Matt Snell as ex-member of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. Guitarists Brian Jackson and and Marcos Medina have worked together in SKINLAB. Since forming at the start of 2016, INVIDIA has had one purpose — to create good rock music with no rules and an open mind, leading them to immerse in everything from "radio rock" to "Bay Area thrash" and all that lies in between. INVIDIA has allowed each of the members of the band to produce music in their purest form. "As The Sun Sleeps" track listing: 01. Now Or Never 02. Making My Amends 03. Feed The Fire 04. Rotten 05. Marching Dead 06. Smell The Kill 07. Til Death 08. Step Up 09. Truth In The Sky 10. The Other Side 11. As The Sun Sleeps "As The Sun Sleeps" was produced and co-written by Logan Mader (ONCE HUMAN, MACHINE HEAD). "I loved working on this album!" he said. "INVIDIA's sound has huge balls while maintaining a great sense of mass appeal with big hooks and heavy grooves. The guys are dead serious about making it all happen and very self-sufficient. Producing records like this makes my job fun and inspiring." Regarding the vibe and feel of "As The Sun Sleeps", Mader said: "I would call it hard rock/metal with big balls. It's got big choruses. It's got big hooks. It also has a serious 'metal energy,' which is where we all come from in our musical backgrounds. There are some songs that fit the American active rock radio format. There are some songs with a modern-industrial-type feel mixed with a kind of a pop sensibility and big chorus. The other end of the spectrum is more of a groove metal which draws a little bit from that classic PANTERA vibe. It gives it that sort of heavy testosterone metal feel." In an interview with Rich Inzinna and Paula Noto from "The S.I.R.E.N." radio show on iRadioUSA.com, Travis stated about how INVIDIA was formed: "This all came together super fast and super flawless. I guess stars kind of aligned, really. I put something up online and Brian hit me up. He said, 'Dude, I'd be totally down t do some work together,' and that kind of thing. And I was, like, 'You know what? I totally miss singing. And I'm totally down for that.'" He continued: "The funny thing is, everybody that's involved in this project as of now has worked together at different times except for me and Brian. So it's almost funny. It was like this circle that was just missing a piece for it all to connect. So once me and Brian got together, the whole circle came together, and within six weeks, this whole record's done, completely recorded, everybody's in place. And it's almost super ironic the way it all came together." Travis, who still plays bass in IN THIS MOMENT, added: "We're all super excited about this project. I'm stoked to be singing again. I love playing bass, obviously, but I've been a singer for a long fucking time. I just took a huge break, so it's good to be able to kind of get back into it and kind of have my cake and eat it too, and be on both sides." INVIDIA is: * Matt Snell (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) - Bass * Travis Johnson (IN THIS MOMENT) - Vocals * Brian Jackson (SKINLAB) - Guitar * Darren Badorine - Drums * Marcos Medina (SKINLAB) - Guitar Photo credit: Fred Morledge / PhotoFM.com
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EVOCATION: Entire ‘The Shadow Archetype’ Album Available For Streaming

"The Shadow Archetype", the new album from Swedish death metallers EVOCATION, can be streamed in its entirety below. The disc is being released today (Friday, March 10) via Metal Blade. Featuring a cover and layout by Xaay (BEHEMOTH, NILE), "The Shadow Archetype" was recorded at three different studios. Backing vocals, mixing and mastering were done at Dugout Productions. Daniel Bergstrand handled the recording of backing vocals and mixing. George Nerantzis handled the mastering. Drums were recorded at Crehate Studios together with studio engineer Oscar Nilsson. "The Shadow Archetype" also features veteran drummer Per Moller Jensen (THE HAUNTED, INVOCATOR) on session drums. Per sets a new death metal standard on the new EVOCATION album with his complex, yet groovy drumming, which we know well from his time in THE HAUNTED. Guitars, bass, and lead vocals were recorded by the band in their own studio, Acacia Avenue Recordings. "We started recording the drums in late June 2015 and did the last recordings with vocals in June 2016. So, we spent roughly a year in the studio with 'The Shadow Archetype'," explains guitarist Marko Palmen. "In my opinion, the production is our strongest so far. It has all the elements I want in a production; raw brutality with a distinctive punch!" "The Shadow Archetype" track listing: 01. Into Ruins 02. Condemned To The Grave 03. Modus Operandi 04. Children Of Stone 05. The Coroner 06. The Shadow Archetype 07. Blind Obedience 08. Survival Of The Sickest 09. Sulphur And Blood 10. Imperium Fall 11. Dark Day Sunrise EVOCATION is: Thomas Josefsson - vocals Marko Palmen - guitar Simon Exner - guitar Gustaf Jorde - bass Per Moller Jensen - session drums on the album
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Making Of MASTODON’s ‘Emperor Of Sand’: Fifth Studio Webisode

The fifth in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Emperor Of Sand", the eighth studio album from Atlanta heavy rock icons MASTODON, can be seen below. Due on March 31 via Reprise Records, the follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" is available for pre-order at www.mastodonrocks.com. The deluxe pre-order package will contain the album on double 180-gram vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket along with a bonus Color-In-Your-Own vinyl jacket, plus an exclusive box of MASTODON colored pencils. In addition, fans will receive a digital copy of the entire album on March 31, along with an instant download of the album track "Sultan's Curse". "Emperor Of Sand" will also be available digitally and on CD. The typically stunning "Emperor Of Sand" album artwork was created by Alan Brown, a.k.a. Medusawolf, who is also responsible for the inside gatefold images. "Emperor Of Sand" finds MASTODON returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. "'Emperor of sand' is like the grim reaper," says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. "Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'" "We're reflecting on mortality," adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. "To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives." "Emperor Of Sand" was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album "Crack The Skye". Over the course of MASTODON's career, the band members have fearlessly continued to push themselves towards greater creative heights on their recorded output. Each studio album has united an ever-expanding worldwide legion of fans who have come to expect the unexpected twists and turns that have elevated MASTODON to become one of the most respected and influential creative forces in rock music. MASTODON kicks off a spring U.S. headline tour in support of "Emperor Of Sand" on April 14 in Missoula, Montana, with support from EAGLES OF DEATH METAL and RUSSIAN CIRCLES. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the Carolina Rebellion on May 5. Each pair of tickets purchased online for MASTODON (excluding festival dates and the May 6 Philadelphia show) includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of "Emperor Of Sand". Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem the album on March 31. Tickets are on sale now. "Emperor Of Sand" track listing: 01. Sultan's Curse 02. Show Yourself 03. Precious Stones 04. Steambreather 05. Roots Remain 06. Word To The Wise 07. Ancient Kingdom 08. Clandestiny 09. Andromeda 10. Scorpion Breath 11. Jaguar God
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Former SKID ROW Drummer ROB AFFUSO ‘Could Never Quite Understand’ AXL ROSE

Former SKID ROW drummer Rob Affuso says that "could never quite understand" GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose. The musicians, who were born one year apart (1962 for Rose and 1963 for Affuso), got to spend a lot of time with each other when the two bands toured together in the early '90s. At the time, GUNS N' ROSES was promoting its landmark double release "Use Your Illusion" while SKID ROW was on the road behind its sophomore album, "Slave To The Grind", which holds the distinction of being the first heavy metal album to debut at No. 1 in the SoundScan era. In a brand new interview with Orange Magazine, Affuso stated about Rose: "[I] could never quite understand the man. One day you thought you were friends and the next day he acted as if you didn't exist. [I'm] not saying this in a bad way. It's just who he was. [He was] also very serious at times. He loved to throw lavish after-show parties. And I loved to attend them!" Although there have been several versions of SKID ROW since the band's classic lineup split in 1996, Affuso told Orange Magazine that he still hoped he could reunite with his former bandmates. "I'd like to do another stint, through new eyes older than 24." The drummer previously told "The Jim Chinnici Radio Show" that the fact that SKID ROW's classic lineup can't reunite "really kills [him] on many levels." He explained: "We're all still alive, we're all viable, we're all still playing our instruments. So it's just very… it's sad. It's sad that we had that [and we can't bring it back]. We were less than one percent of the people on earth — we had this special thing — and it's been taken away." Affuso is currently playing with FOUR BY FATE, in which he is joined by John Regan, Tod Howarth and Patrick James Gasperini. The band's debut album, "Relentless", was released last June via Amazing Record Co. in Europe and The End Records in America.

AMARANTHE Singer Says Brother’s Overdose Death Was Catalyst For Band’s Formation

AMARANTHE singer Elize Ryd has revealed that one of the catalysts for the band's birth was the passing of her half-brother. Johan Carlzon, who fronted the Swedish bands RELEVANT FEW and ABANDON, died on December 17, 2008 in Barcelona, Spain from a reported overdose. He was 32 years old. Asked by Justine of Psycho Babble TV how AMARANTHE's unique pop-metal sound was first conceived, Elize said (see video below): "Well, [the members of AMARANTHE] have, obviously, very different backgrounds. My brother was, actually, a harsh [singer], a growler, and he had plenty of bands. He was actually in a band called ABANDON, which was very underground and very respected in the Gothenburg scene. And, unfortunately, he ended up in a depression and drugs, so he died in an overdose right at the time when I met Olof [Mörck, AMARANTHE guitarist] and Jake [Joacim Lundberg, former AMARANTHE singer]. That is a big part why I sort of felt like I wanted to be the one in the family to carry on this kind of music, even though I'm not a typical [metal singer]." She continued: "I always tried to be… I mean, I was always the positive one in my family. Because when people around you are very sad, it makes you, like, instead of… I don't know, but somehow I felt encouraged to be the opposite and to see things from a positive perspective. And that also happened, of course, when he passed away. Not a lot of people probably know that, but it's one of the biggest reasons why I felt so much… why the band was so important for me. And to make him proud, I thought that this was one of the things that I could do. And also to keep him [alive] with me." Elize added: "Obviously, I couldn't sound like the typical metal girl or guy, or whatever, but I still was part of the songwriting, and I put my vocals on it. And I was very honest with the things that I wrote, and they meant so much to me. Then later on, we got a record deal and people started to talk about how I sounded and stuff, and I was, like, 'But that's not… The whole thing was not like…' I mean, I wanted to do this, but I didn't think it would be so unique. And, of course, people could still be, like, 'Okay, this is shit. Nobody will listen to it.' But still we will have gotten something out of it, writing music, because [it's like a] healing process or whatever. So it's still very… The band is a very nice… I mean, it's my life, it's my baby, it's one of the things that saved me from being miserable, thanks to all the fans and all the positive things that happened. That's what I mean [when I say] it's addictive to me. I need that. I need it. [Laughs]" AMARANTHE's latest album, "Maximalism", was released last October via Spinefarm Records. The disc was produced once again by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, EPICA, DELAIN) and mastered by Svante Forsback (RAMMSTEIN, APOCALYPTICA, DRAGONFORCE).
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DEICIDE Announces May 2017 U.S. Tour Dates

Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE will embark on a short U.S. tour in May. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 19 - Miami, FL - Churchill's Pub May 20 - Panama City, FL - Dungeon Tavern May 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl May 22 - Baltimore, MD - Sparta Inn May 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge May 24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater May 25 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's May 26 - Dayton, OH - Oddbody's DEICIDE last year parted ways with longtime guitarist Jack Owen and replaced him with Mark English (MONSTROSITY). One of the founding members of CANNIBAL CORPSE, Owen joined DEICIDE in 2004 and played on the latter band's last four studio albums: "The Stench Of Redemption" (2006), "Till Death Do Us Part" (2008), "To Hell With God" (2011) and "In The Minds Of Evil" (2013). DEICIDE is putting the finishing touches on its next studio album, due later in the year via Century Media. DEICIDE drummer Steve Asheim told Metal Wani back in May 2016 about the musical direction of the band's new material: "It seems like we're gonna be taking the same approach. I mean, we're not gonna fix what isn't broken, as far as what we do. You know, we've been writing heavy riffs. We're just gonna make 'em heavier as work [on] them together." He continued: "It was weird. When we did the last record, I was, like, 'Eh, I'm really not that psyched about these songs,' and the album turned out being great. And the way the new material is, it's funny, I'm kind of, like, 'Eh, it could be better.' So we're just gonna be hashing some more stuff out and really make it intense, because we know we did a pretty good one and we're gonna have to beat it. But we're gonna work on it hard, make sure it's good." Asked what inspires DEICIDE to keep making new music, Steve said: "Well, you know, just wanting to be heavy. We have a nice, steady band lineup that is focused, and we feel that we can really do some good work now that everyone's kind of on the same page. So as long as we focus our riffs and focus our energies on making the songs good and doing good tours, it's gonna give us another few years, another few records, and a good number of years left ahead of us to keep doing this. It still feels good, it's fun, and we'll keep at it as long as we can keep going." "In The Minds Of Evil" sold 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. deicidemay2017tourdates

TESTAMENT To Release ‘The Official Illustrated History’ Book

San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have teamed up with Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works, for the release of a book called "The Official Illustrated History". According to a press release, "The Official Illustrated History" will offer "the full story of the Bay Area thrash kings as told by the band in their own words. Heavily illustrated with rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and using recently unearthed band archives from the halcyon days of heavy music in the early 1980s, this is the ultimate TESTAMENT book. "From 'The Legacy' in 1987 through to 2016's 'Brotherhood Of The Snake', longtime members Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick tell TESTAMENT's incredible history in full detail and glorious color." Said TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy: "Wow! It's hard to believe, but it's been thirty years since we released 'The Legacy'. And we've been talking about what a great trip it's been and wanted to put it on record. So we're creating a book with the Rocket 88 guys. We've dug up tons of photos and memories, and they'll all be in there. We're telling our own side of the story. Each and every one of us has a different version. I'm sure that's gonna be very interesting." Those interested in the book can register at TestamentBook.com to receive updates on its progress, get your name printed in the book and receive a discount on the final price. Asked in a 2012 interview with Powerline magazine what he would attribute TESTAMENT's longevity to, Billy said: "In the '90s, metal was kind of a bad word. Over the last ten, twelve years or so, there's been a lot more new generations of thrash-style music and it's getting more popular. It's just a new generation of that fan base. There's always gonna be a young rebellious teenager looking for something against the grain. And heavy metal's always been the answer, it seems like, or punk rock or something. I think bands like us kind of survived those '90s and are still creating music that doesn't sound like it's dated, or like a thirty-year-old band writing the same stuff. You always try to keep it new and different with every record we do. I think that's what kept us alive. And it just happens that there's a true spirit at heart still driving us."

TESTAMENT To Release ‘The Official Illustrated History’ Book

San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have teamed up with Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works, for the release of a book called "The Official Illustrated History". According to a press release, "The Official Illustrated History" will offer "the full story of the Bay Area thrash kings as told by the band in their own words. Heavily illustrated with rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and using recently unearthed band archives from the halcyon days of heavy music in the early 1980s, this is the ultimate TESTAMENT book. "From 'The Legacy' in 1987 through to 2016's 'Brotherhood Of The Snake', longtime members Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick tell TESTAMENT's incredible history in full detail and glorious color." Said TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy: "Wow! It's hard to believe, but it's been thirty years since we released 'The Legacy'. And we've been talking about what a great trip it's been and wanted to put it on record. So we're creating a book with the Rocket 88 guys. We've dug up tons of photos and memories, and they'll all be in there. We're telling our own side of the story. Each and every one of us has a different version. I'm sure that's gonna be very interesting." Those interested in the book can register at TestamentBook.com to receive updates on its progress, get your name printed in the book and receive a discount on the final price. Asked in a 2012 interview with Powerline magazine what he would attribute TESTAMENT's longevity to, Billy said: "In the '90s, metal was kind of a bad word. Over the last ten, twelve years or so, there's been a lot more new generations of thrash-style music and it's getting more popular. It's just a new generation of that fan base. There's always gonna be a young rebellious teenager looking for something against the grain. And heavy metal's always been the answer, it seems like, or punk rock or something. I think bands like us kind of survived those '90s and are still creating music that doesn't sound like it's dated, or like a thirty-year-old band writing the same stuff. You always try to keep it new and different with every record we do. I think that's what kept us alive. And it just happens that there's a true spirit at heart still driving us."