Details for the eighth annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise have been announced. Departing out of Miami, Florida, the five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise will set sail February 11-16 aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas (a new ship for Monsters Of Rock) and visiting two new ports: Falmouth, Jamaica and the private isle of Labadee. As in past years, the 2018 cruise will also feature optional pre-cruise parties in Miami on the evening of Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 (details to be announced). The cruise goes on sale tomorrow (May 10) at 12 noon EST, with cabins starting at $1,199 per person (double occupancy). Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. Confirmed lineup for the 2018 Monsters Of Rock Cruise: TESLA QUEENSRŸCHE THUNDER LITA FORD WINGER BRITISH LION (feat. Steve Harris of IRON MAIDEN) DORO KIX Y&T VIXEN GREAT WHITE BEASTO BLANCO LA GUNS PRETTY MAIDS LYNCH MOB FIREHOUSE LOUDNESS MICHAEL SWEET (of STRYPER) THE QUIREBOYS TYKETTO DANGEROUS TOYS JUNKYARD KEEL RAVEN MADAM X RHINO BUCKET JOHN CORABI AUTOGRAPH LILLIAN AXE ROUGH CUTT MITCH MALLOY THE IRON MAIDENS KICKIN' VALENTINA JARED JAMES NICHOLS THEE ROCK 'N ROLL RESIDENCY ATOMIC PUNKS Plus, Eddie Trunk and comedian Don Jamieson (VH1's "That Metal Show"), San Francisco Bay Area radio host Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM's Hair Nation) are the official cruise hosts and will moderate question-and-answer sessions and many other specially designed events crafted especially for this voyage. In addition to the band performances, the cruise will feature over-the-top, customized activities including Monsters Of Rock Artist Photo Experiences, Gong Show Karaoke, My Bloody Valentine Fantasy Ball, "So You Think You Can Shred" and Cooking With Rock Stars hosted by Lisa Tirone of Chef It Up! and even more to be announced. Navigator of the Seas is unlike any ship experienced before on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. The Voyager Class ship features the Royal Promenade, spanning the length of Deck 5, featuring restaurants, coffee bars, shopping and connecting cruisers to all performance venues. Other activities aboard the ship include: boogie boarding or surfing the waves at the FlowRider Surf Simulator, challenging yourself on the rock climbing wall, soaking in one of the many hot tubs and pools, or pampering yourself in the world-class Vitality at Sea Spa. The exclusive island of Labadee is the ultimate private destination for Monsters Of Rock Cruisers, offering adventure, exploration and relaxation amongst its many bars and pristine waters. Vacationers can amp up the adrenaline on the Dragon's Tail Coaster, a thrilling 30-mile-per-hour ride with incredible views of the island.For more action, adventurous passengers may choose to strap on a helmet and harness, and soar 500-feet down on the Dragon's Breath Flight Line, the world's longest zip line over water. In addition, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from, including wave jet rides, parasailing, snorkel safaris, kayak tours, and much more. Situated on Jamaica's North coast between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Falmouth has something for all travelers. Monsters Of Rock Cruisers won't want to miss Dunn's River Falls, one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world and a shore excursion unlike any other. This series of lush, tropical waterfalls cascade over terraced natural stairs as you take the picturesque hike all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the journey, taking breaks to swim in the small lagoons and grottos as you ascend the vertical sections of the falls. Cruisers can wrap up the day with a hike and dip into the Caribbean Sea or enjoy a myriad of activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, horseback riding, river raft rides or sightseeing. For more info, visit MonstersOfRockCruise.com.
Original VOIVOD member Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky) has joined forces with fellow bassist Monica Emond in a new project called CŒUR ATOMIQUE. The group's music was written for two basses and electronics and is accompanied on stage by "powerful" film projections. CŒUR ATOMIQUE's debut album called "Landscape of Emergency I ~", will be released on vinyl on July 10. Pre-order it now through coeuratomique.org. The digital format is already available. This album is the first part of the "Landscape Of Emergency" series of releases which address the silencing machine of ignorance of indifference. "Landscape Of Emergency I ~" track listing: 01. Fail Safe 02. Calutron 03. Castle Bravo 04. The Waste 05. Berghof 06. Green Run In a 2015 interview with Thrash Eaters, VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin (a.k.a. Away) stated about Blacky's exit from the band: "Blacky didn't agree on how the band should be managed and all that, so we parted ways. And we didn't want the situation to be complicated. I mean, we could have phoned back Jason [Newsted, former METALLICA and VOIVOD bassist] and all that, but that's complicated; it's another set of issues. And we wanted to be able to give each other a call and say, 'Let's jam,' and go to the rehearsal space. So that's what [VOIVOD guitarist guitarist Daniel 'Chewy" Mongrain] told me. He said, 'I know somebody, and I'm sure, sure, sure, sure, sure he can do it.' And I'm, like, 'Great! Let's jam.' And that was it." Blacky was replaced in VOIVOD by Dominic "Rocky" Laroche.
The first trailer for "...Of The Dark Light", the upcoming album from York death metallers SUFFOCATION, is available below. Due on June 9 via Nuclear Blast Records, the disc was produced by SUFFOCATION and tracked at Full Force Studios with longtime engineer Joe Cincotta (OBITUARY). Mixing and mastering was handled by world-renowned producer/engineer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, ARSIS, SUICIDE SILENCE). Cover artwork was created by Colin Marks (ORIGIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, KATAKLYSM). Comments founding guitarist Terrance Hobbs: "The moment we have been waiting for is here. Our new album, '...Of The Dark Light', will finally be released through Nuclear Blast on June 9, 2017! Over the last four-year period SUFFOCATION has taken its time to write this record and we couldn't be prouder. It is our most brutal record yet! "SUFFOCATION worked through the end of 2016 to hash out and lay down the tracks at Full Force Studios with Joe Cincotta and once again enlisted Zeuss to bring this creation to life! Myself, Frank Mullen, Charles Errigo, Eric Morotti and Derek Boyer have all pushed the limit of what SUFFOCATION is and we hope you enjoy it! "We also had the honor of having Colin Marks handling our artwork which is a new frontier for us and a different avenue and style to the traditional SUFFOCATION records. We also including some backup vocals from Kevin Muller (THE MERCILESS CONCEPT) which for us makes this album very unique! This will be our tenth studio release and we really hope you like '...Of The Dark Light'! Keep the grind alive and hope to see you on the road!" "...Of The Dark Light" track listing: 01. Clarity Through Deprivation 02. The Warmth Within The Dark 03. Your Last Breaths 04. Return To The Abyss 05. The Violation 06. Of The Dark Light 07. Some Things Should Be Left Alone 08. Caught Between Two Worlds 09. Epitaph Of The Credulous SUFFOCATION will embark on a U.S. tour with MORBID ANGEL and REVOCATION in late May. Photo courtesy of SUFFOCATION Facebook page
Yoshiki of X JAPAN will undergo an emergency cervical artificial disc replacement surgery on Tuesday, May 16 in Los Angeles. As a result of Yoshiki's intense drumming style and the impact it has had on his physical health, he was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis in July 2009, and then underwent a cervical laminectomy and a cervical foraminotomy. After suffering from a herniated disc that has worsened over the past six months, Yoshiki has experienced symptoms including numbness and severe paralysis of the left hand and arm, which have since been affecting his musical performances. Upon receiving a complete examination by his doctors in both Japan and the U.S., Yoshiki was diagnosed with cervical foraminal stenosis (radiculopathy of the left arm and herniation of intervertebral disc C5-C6). After thorough consultation, Yoshiki has no choice but to undergo surgery at this time. Yoshiki has been informed by a neurosurgeon in Japan that his neck has experienced severe damage that would force a professional rugby player to retire. It has been medically determined that he is approaching his limit, both physically and mentally. The intensive schedule has taken its toll on his already damaged nervous system. With performances at Visual Japan Summit festival, Yoshiki Classical Special in Japan, Hong Kong, Carnegie Hall in New York and Wembley Arena in London, he has continued to play around the world with X JAPAN and solo. In addition, adopting an intensive travel schedule to over 20 film festivals globally to promote the documentary "We Are X" contributed to his health condition. “I had the pleasure of seeing Yoshiki, who has a C5-6 disc herniation with left arm radiculopathy. He has been recommended to have a cervical artificial disc replacement," explains Neel Anand, M.D., Yoshiki's orthopedic spine surgeon in the U.S. Dr. Tommy Tomizawa, M.D., adds: "It was decided upon consultation that he will undergo emergency surgery as the condition of his neck at present will interfere not only with his career as an artist, but also with everyday life. From viewing the results of the MRI and CT scans, the damage is so severe that it is apparent that he has experienced considerable pain while performing. As this would be his second such procedure, we eliminated the option of a cervical foraminotomy, an operation in which a portion of bone is removed. Yoshiki's symptoms reappeared at the Visual Japan Summit festival, which was held last October in Japan. By the time he performed in January of this year at New York's Carnegie Hall, he had already lost the sensation in his left hand. The symptoms worsened this March following the U.K. Wembley performance, but he continued recording. Even in his condition at that state, Yoshiki stated that he wanted to see things through to the end. However, due to the worsening of his symptoms, doctors, determined that if the situation continued he would have gone beyond the point of surgery and recovery." The operation is to be performed on May 16 at a Los Angeles hospital. Unfortunately, the cancelation of all scheduled activity in May could not be avoided. X JAPAN's world tour of Japan, "We Are X" 2017 dates in July, the Yoshiki Premium Dinner Show dates in August and September, as well as yet-to-be-announced dates for the summer world tour that was to start in Los Angeles are now undergoing rescheduling with his U.S. agency William Morris Endeavor. Following Yoshiki's operation, a discussion whether to cancel, postpone or move forward as scheduled will be held amongst the agent, promoter and management.
METALLICA will be the musical guest on the Monday, May 15 episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on CBS. This will not be the first time that METALLICA has appeared on a talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert. The band previously sat down for an interview and performed on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" in September 2013. METALLICA's "Now That We're Live" live rehearsal special from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore will stream exclusively on Facebook Live tonight (Tuesday, May 9) at 9:00 p.m. EST, the eve of their inaugural show for the North American leg of the "WorldWired" tour 2017. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy Award-winning band will warm up the stadium stage with a full-scale rehearsal performance. The "Now That We're Live" rehearsal special will feature METALLICA performing four songs in their entirety (including their current single, "Now That We're Dead"). The presentation will offer fans an early glimpse of the groundbreaking production elements of the "WorldWired" tour and will be available for on-demand viewing following the live stream via Metallica.com and the band's Facebook page. Viewers will also be able to donate on Facebook Live to METALLICA's All Within My Hands Foundation, which supports a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities that the individual band members support, as well as music education programs and local food banks. The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore 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. The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.
WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale has confirmed to Sweden Rock Magazine that there are plans to reissue several of the band's classic albums, including the multi-platinum 1987 LP "Whitesnake", with a host of bonus material. "We had digital transfers made of all… 'Slide It In', 'Slip Of The Tongue', the '87 album… 'Cause they're all coming up to these big-anniversary things now, so we're looking at all the additional — the demos, etc. — all of the additional material for the hardcore fan, be it video or audio," he said. "And you can hear me writing the basic ideas of 'Still Of The Night' and that kind of stuff." He continued: "It's a fascinating journey. But hearing the studio stuff… We were in the studio, I think it was '85, '86 — I can't remember — working on the '87 album, and in the studio, you can hear how really good those songs [were] that [guitarist] John Sykes and I had worked on. It's just really cool. And we're finding alternate vocals, alternate guitar solos and stuff. It's a real fun journey. It's like being a musical archaeologist — digging up the past in order to get the dust off it and present it and put it in a museum as part of special editions. It really is exciting." Asked if he is painstakingly curating his historic work in the same way that his former collaborator Jimmy Page has done with the LED ZEPPELIN reissues, Coverdale said: "I'm not going that far. The saddest thing for me, and my dear, dear, dear beloved friend Jimmy Page, I think one of the reasons he's explored the ZEPPELIN catalog so significantly is because he can't get the guys to commit to making a new record or touring. ZEPPELIN's his baby, as WHITESNAKE is mine, but I'm very happy to say I have a fabulous fresh chapter of WHITESNAKE. I'm still a recording entity and I'm still a touring entity. The last two years have literally been the most successful we've had forever. It's been fabulous. Next year, God willing, won't be any different. This year, we're gonna be all studio, write a new album and have new product for next year." He continued: "But can you see the comparison, whereas Jimmy doesn't have that — he doesn't have an opportunity. I've recommended to him for years to do what Carlos Santana did with 'Supernatural'. Jimmy's got all these great songs. I said, 'I'm there for you. I'll do a couple of songs for you, without a doubt.' I said, 'Do something like 'Supernatural'. At least you're playing.' It breaks my heart, 'cause he's such a fucking valuable musician. With what he's already given to us, he doesn't really owe us anything, but I just know that he's still valid and relevant and can still play amazing guitar and write amazing songs. Where do you go after fucking LED ZEPPELIN, dude? Where do you go?" Coverdale was also full of praise for the current WHITESNAKE touring lineup — Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) — which made its live debut in May 2015 in Airway Heights, Washington. "This is my baby, and Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Michael Devin, Michele Luppi and Tommy Aldridge, I love these guys," he said. "Hopefully we can keep it together and continue, 'cause they're super players and super people to work with. There's no soap opera, no ridiculous drama to deal with every fucking day. We just get on with it. I don't think there's even been a falling out, [which is] pretty amazing. So if you have something like that, you cherish it. You know, being in a band is like being in a relationship: if it's working, don't fuck with it." WHITESNAKE's latest disc, "The Purple Album", was released in May 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl. The effort was billed as "a re-imagination of classic songs from Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE's Mark III and Mark IV studio albums." Coverdale was DEEP PURPLE's frontman from late 1973 to early 1976 and sang on the albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band". PURPLE classics revamped for "The Purple Album" include "Stormbringer", "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier Of Fortune" and "Sail Away".
"Like An Arrow", a new song from RADIATION ROMEOS, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which will be released on June 2 via Frontiers Music Srl. RADIATION ROMEOS is a new band formed by Parramore "Perry" McCarty, best known for being the frontman of legendary U.S. metal act WARRIOR and famed BILLY IDOL guitarist Steve Stevens's solo project ATOMIC PLAYBOYS (in fact, the inspiration for the name RADIATION ROMEOS came from a line in the song "Atomic Playboys"). Musically, the band moves in a melodic hard rock direction with solid, metallic edges thanks to the production of Michael Voss (PHANTOM 5, CASANOVA, MICHAEL SCHENKER), who also contributed to the songwriting. In the studio, Parramore sang all vocals with Dag Heyne handling guitars, Jogi Spittka on bass, and Gereon Homann laying down the drum work with gusto! Perry says: "RADIATION ROMEOS started when producer Michael Voss contacted me in San Diego through Facebook. A few days later, we had the record agreement with Frontiers, so the RADIATION ROMEOS album was soon under way. "Our goal was to write great melodic rock songs. The album 'spans the globe' from the title track, power-rockin' 'Radiation Romeos', to some songs with a bit more grit like 'Castaways'. All the way to a beautiful ballad, 'Like An Arrow'. Something for everyone, if you will… "The recording was so much fun and exciting for me. I couldn't wait to get up the following day to work on the next song! "Michael is a wonderfully professional person with endless talent and the musicians super-cool guys and top players!" Parramore McCarty's career in music started when Robbin Crosby of RATT gave him his start singing in cover bands. His first major label album was "Fighting For The Earth" on Virgin Records in 1985 for the legendary heavy metal band WARRIOR. Steve Stevens's ATOMIC PLAYBOYS followed in 1989 on Warner Bros. Records. Then he returned to WARRIOR and also started gigging in the L.A. area with METAL FREQS and MONSTER TRAXX. "Radiation Romeos" track listing: 01. Radiation Romeos 02. Ocean Drive 03. Bad Bad Company 04. Mystic Mountain 05. Like An Arrow 06. Promised Land 07. Castaways 08. Ghost Town 09. Til The End Of Time 10. On The Tight Rope 11. Monstertraxx RADIATION ROMEOS is: Parramore McCarty - vocals Dag Heyne - guitars Jogi Spittka - bass Gereon Homann - drums
Drum-cam footage of AMON AMARTH's Jocke Wallgren performing the song "As Loke Falls" with his bandmates on October 1, 2016 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado can be seen below (courtesy of Sick Drummer Magazine). AMON AMARTH bassist Ted Lundström told "Le Tour Du Metal" about Wallgren: "He's a super-solid drummer. Very professional, very on-the-spot all the time. He's a fantastic drummer. It gives us more stability because he plays perfect all the time. Now we have to step it up. [Laughs] It much easier to play if you have a drummer who is [tight]. It makes our lives easier." Asked what it has been like touring with AMON AMARTH the past few months, Jocke told Austria's Metal Underground: "It's great. It's really good. It's a lot of difference from my other tours I've been doing with my other bands. So, yeah, I can't say anything more than I'm pretty stoked about it. It's super fun every day. The crowd is good, the crew is good, the band is great. [It's] perfect." Regarding whether it has been hard to find time to tour with AMON AMARTH while still staying involved with his other bands, Jocke said: "Not anymore. AMON AMARTH is my only band right now. It's not official yet [laughs], from the VALKYRJA camp. But I think everyone understands that it's not possible to have a big band as AMON AMARTH and also have other bands, because I'm not home very much. So I'm pretty much on tour, I would say, three fourths of the year, so it's really hard to have other stuff going on as well." AMON AMARTH's tenth studio album, "Jomsviking", debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 21,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31, 2016. "Jomsviking" was released on March 25, 2016 via Metal Blade in North America and Sony Music internationally. The first concept record in AMON AMARTH's storied career tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT). The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings.
The original lineup of the California rock band ADEMA — vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo and drummer Kris Kohls — has reunited and is writing material for a new album, to be recorded later in the year. The reactivated group will play its first comeback show on Wednesday, May 24 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Says ADEMA: "The magic is back!" ADEMA previously toured with Chavez in 2010, marking his first run with the group in seven years. He left ADEMA due to "creative differences" in 2004 after two successful albums, "Adema" and "Unstable". The singer — who is the half brother of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis — quit ADEMA again in January 2011 in order to pursue his "solo project." Regarding his original split with ADEMA, Chavez told MLive.com in a 2010 interview: "I had just had a son, a newborn boy, and he's my little Marky. He's my everything. He's my life. Due to some 'creative differences,' I call it, band members will go through some really crazy things. It was time for me to leave. "I wasn't going to be a jerk and say, 'Oh you know what? I'm taking the band. The band's over for right now.' I said, 'Here, you guys want to find another singer, you can go on with it, go ahead.' So I didn't leave on the greatest of terms. A lot of people were upset. But I don't regret anything. I spent every single day for three years straight raising my son. It has set up my relationship with my child for life now." After Chavez's original exit from ADEMA, the other members of the band found their way with new lead singers Luke Caraccioli and later Bobby Reeves, while Mark founded MIDNIGHT PANIC with his cousin, Peter Shubert. He also produced fellow artists. ADEMA's last release was 2013's "Topple The Giants". The group's first CD since 2007's "Kill The Headlights" contained brand new tracks plus re-worked versions of ADEMA's chart-topping hits "Giving In" and "Unstable".
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that he is "more dangerous" than he has ever been before — two years after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. Rudd, who has appeared on all but three of AC/DC's 18 studio albums, recently kicked off his first solo tour in support of his 2014 solo debut, "Head Job". It was the release of that album that led indirectly to Rudd's arrest and subsequent dismissal from AC/DC, with the drummer allegedly so angry at a personal assistant over the way the record was promoted that he threatened to have the man and his daughter killed. Speaking to Goldmine magazine, Rudd said that he is taking his health more seriously now, explaining: "Yeah, I work out, I work out. Although I sort of prefer to work out on the kit, you know? The kids keep saying I'm making too much noise downstairs, but that's all right. [Laughs] But we're really happy with ['Head Job'], I can tell you that. It's taken me forever, but we think it's got plenty of game. Plenty of foot-tapping." He continued: "I am dangerous, mate, trust me. I'm dangerous. You better believe it, mate; I'm more dangerous than I've ever been before. I've sorted all my bullshit out, and my substance issues are all a thing of the past, and yeah, now I feel like a young fellow again." Rudd revealed last August that he underwent an emergency procedure after suffering a heart attack. He told The New Zealand Herald: "I was just at home walking around and I started [to] feel, well, just funny. You know how you can feel funny? I had a strange pain in my chest. So my housekeeper took me to the hospital, when they hooked me up and did all these tests, turned out I had a big heart attack... my artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation." Rudd's replacement in AC/DC is Chris Slade, who also did a three-year stint with the group from 1990 to 1993. Rudd played with AC/DC from 1975 until 1983, and then again from 1994 through 2014. He first appeared on the band's second album, 1975's "T.N.T."