"Let 'Em Burn", a new song from San Antonio, Texas alternative rockers NOTHING MORE, can be heard below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", which will be released on September 15 via Better Noise Records. The record is available for pre-order at all digital retailers along with exclusive merch packages, signed vinyl and CDs at PledgeMusic. NOTHING MORE will celebrate the release of "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" with fans across North America by heading back out on the road for "The Noise Presents Nothing More: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour 2017". The extensive fall tour kicks off September 12 in Memphis, Tennessee and includes stops in Boston, Toronto, Denver, Dallas and the band's hometown, San Antonio. HELL OR HIGHWATER, MY TICKET HOME and labelmates AS LIONS will be joining NOTHING MORE as support. "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" track listing: 01. (Ambition; Destruction) 02. Do You Really Want It 03. (Convict; Divide) 04. Let 'em Burn 05. Ripping Me Apart 06. Don't Stop 07. Funny Little Creatures 08. (React; Respond) 09. The Great Divorce 10. Still In Love 11. (Alone; Together) 12. Go To War 13. Just Say When 14. Accept; Disconnect) 15. Who We Are 16. Tunnels 17. (End; Begin) 18. FadeInFadeOut You can't fake something like NOTHING MORE. Since the band's inception, they have cultivated a rapturous fanbase the old-fashioned way: By releasing groundbreaking music, tirelessly touring and cultivating a relationship with their fans that transcends trends. Correspondingly, the band's latest full-length, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves", sees frontman Jonny Hawkins once again bearing the soul of NOTHING MORE as his bandmates Mark Vollelunga (guitar), Daniel Oliver (bass) and Ben Anderson (drums) craft a sonic palette comprised of elements ranging from progressive metal to pop. Ultimately the album isn't just about the band's stories, it's also about the listener's personal narrative. "Many times there is a disconnect between the stories we tell ourselves about reality and reality itself. That disconnect is a void where suffering and self-frustration often enter our lives," Hawkins explains. "'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' is an introspective journey from the first song to the last. Making this album helped me stay tethered to reality as I navigated through challenges in my personal life. I believe it will do the same for others. The title alone was a constant reminder to stay grounded when extreme waves of anxiety, depression, and sadness would try and sweep me into fruitless thought patterns and self-destructive, tail-chasing. For NOTHING MORE, music has always been the source from which we find a positive way to move through challenging emotions… this record is no exception." Furthermore, the album will be relatable to anyone who needs to look deep inside of themselves and find the strength to carry on in the face of adversity. The songs on "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" were written early last year and recorded primarily on the road and in personal studios as production duties were often handled by Hawkins and the band themselves. "We are all very hands-on with the recording, so we decided that making this record on the road, when we were creatively thriving, would be ideal," Vollelunga says. While Hawkins previously wrote and performed most of the band's drum parts, this is the first album to feature Anderson, who joined the band in 2015. "Ben is an incredible drummer and gelled with our musical vision immediately," Oliver explains. "His talents also freed Jonny up to focus more on the production and melodies and I think that made this album come together in a really fluid way." From the relentless groove of "Don't Stop" to the emotive, anthemic bent of the PIXIES-esque "Still In Love", "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" proves that confessionals have never been so catchy — and songs like "Let 'Em Burn" seamlessly alternate between aggression and anthemic pop. "'Just Say When' is probably the most sentimental song we've ever written and it came at a time when I had these overwhelming feelings of frustration about a past failed relationship. I needed an outlet to get it all out," Hawkins explains. It has been said that the polar emotion to sadness is anger. This is most certainly true as all sentimentality transforms from "Just Say When" into a furious blaze during "Go To War", which sees Hawkins showcasing his dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. "Whenever this band has difficult emotions, we turn them into something positive through music. That alchemy is the biggest reason we continue to do what we do," he says of the cathartic process. Lyrically the band was further informed by everything from the writings of Carl Jung and C.S. Lewis to the potent psychedelic DMT, the latter of which helped open Hawkins's mind to new ways of understanding himself and the world around him. "'Funny Little Creatures' is about waking up to the fact that there are these creatures that you have within yourself and that there's often a lot more going on in our subconscious than we consider," he says. These ideas are mirrored in the artwork which ties directly into the central themes behind "The Stories We Tell Ourselves". However, while the content may be heady, the album also features more pop elements than any of the band's previous albums. Such is the case with the aforementioned "Don't Stop" which sees the band writing massive hooks that stretch toward the stratosphere. "I think 'Don't Stop' is totally genre-bending for us; we find inspiration in so many different kinds of music and felt it was important to not make rules about what we could or couldn't do with this record," says Hawkins. "This album definitely goes to a lot of places that we've never been before and I'm really proud of that," adds Vollelunga. Then there are the band's live shows which have become legendary for the kinetic energy they share onstage. "We come from a perspective that the live show should be a totally different type of experience than what you hear on the record and we try to show that in every performance," says Hawkins. It's clear that this is a band that can't wait to share "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" with their fans across the globe. Ultimately, "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" proves to all of us that even if our stories don't always have a happy ending there's a beauty in their very existence. Even during the album's darkest moments — Hawkins literally sings about being stuck in a hole on "Still In Love" — there's a hopefulness that permeates each of these songs that will inevitably resonate with new listeners while making the deep bond that NOTHING MORE has with their fans even deeper.
The official lyric video for Alice Cooper's new song "Paranormal" can be seen below. The song is the title track of his new album, which will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC. As previously announced, "Paranormal" features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the ALICE COOPER band and also has guest appearances by ZZ TOP guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of DEEP PURPLE. The disc can be pre-ordered via Amazon and iTunes. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country. The guitar-driven "Paranoiac Personality" is a perfect entry point to Alice's searing rock record, an album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. "Paranormal" was produced by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin (PINK FLOYD, DEEP PURPLE). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original ALICE COOPER band, fans will receive a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper's 2016 shows in Columbus, Ohio. "Paranormal" track listing: 01. Paranormal 02. Dead Flies 03. Fireball 04. Paranoiac Personality 05. Fallen In Love 06. Dynamite Road 07. Private Public Breakdown 08. Holy Water 09. Rats 10. The Sound Of A New studio recordings with the original ALICE COOPER band: 11. Genuine American Girl 12. You And All Of Your Friends Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016 with the current ALICE COOPER band: 13. No More Mr. Nice Guy 14. Under My Wheels 15. Billion Dollar Babies 16. Feed My Frankenstein 17. Only Women Bleed 18. School's Out "My definition of paranormal is something that is 'other than normal' or 'alongside of normal,'" says Cooper. "You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That's what gets people's attention. They'd listen to our music and see our show and say, 'That's so strange...oh yeah, that's so Alice." In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011's "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs. "Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold," says Alice. "I said, let's get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best." Out of the 20 tunes, they picked a dozen to immortalize, each played for thrills, chills and even a few laughs. "Dynamite Road" tells the story of a band that has a deadly encounter with the devil. In "Fireball", the singer has a bad dream about the end of the world, only to wake up in time to see it happening in real life. "Genuine American Girl" is about a tough guy who is transgender and not afraid to let the world know about it, and the title track is the tender story about a girl and her best ghoul friend. "Alice doesn't have a problem being scary," Cooper says about his rock and roll alter ego. "He likes to be a villain, but he also has a slapstick side. He'll threaten to slit your throat, and then slip on a banana peel." Banana peels aside, perhaps the biggest surprise on "Paranormal" is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. "When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood," explains Cooper. "There were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow." "But last year Neal called me up and said, 'I have a couple of songs.' I said, 'Great. Bring 'em over.' Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, 'I got a couple songs.' So, I thought, 'Hey, let's do this!' When you listen to record, it just fits right in." One could argue that the two songs, "Genuine American Girl" and THE WHO-inspired "You And All Your Friends", do more than fit in. They stand out, as in their iconic sound being instantly recognizable. Like any great entertainer, Alice Cooper is compelled to over deliver. In addition to the 12 new tracks on "Paranormal", the singer has included a bonus disc of his current band playing killer live versions of some of his greatest hits, such as "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "School's Out". Think of it as a taste of what to expect at an ALICE COOPER concert circa 2017, including a summer co-headline North American tour with the equally legendary DEEP PURPLE. "This album is like the sideshow at a circus," Cooper concludes. "It's a little creepy. There's a three-headed monkey and the snake woman, but you're intrigued. That's where Alice lives, and it's been the place to go for 50 years."
The official lyric video for "Open Sesame", a brand new song from German melodic metallers EDGUY, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's "Monuments"2-CD/DVD-package, which is being released today (Friday, July 14) via Nuclear Blast. In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe. Today, 25 years later, EDGUY's founding members Tobias Sammet and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias "Eggi" Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and Top 10 chart entries from all over the world. To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, EDGUY will get back on the road. And while the live program will only contain the best material of their entire career, the new release is not just a "greatest hits" album one would expect to accompany such a tour: "Monuments" includes brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before. In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from EDGUY's "Hellfire Club" tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of the band's video clips. The limited edition includes an extensive coffee-table book containing material from throughout the entire history of EDGUY. Track listing: CD1 01. Ravenblack 02. Wrestle The Devil 03. Open Sesame 04. Landmarks 05. The Mountaineer 06. 9-2-9 07. Defenders Of The Crown 08. Save Me 09. The Piper Never Dies 10. Lavatory Love Machine 11. King Of Fools 12. Superheroes 13. Love Tyger 14. Ministry Of Saints 15. Tears Of A Mandrake CD2 01. Mysteria 02. Vain Glory Opera 03. Rock Of Cashel 04. Judas At The Opera 05. Holy Water 06. Spooks In The Attic 07. Babylon 08. The Eternal Wayfarer 09. Out Of Control 10. Land Of The Miracle 11. Key To My Fate 12. Space Police 13. Reborn in The Waste DVD 01. Mysteria 02. Under The Moon 03. Navigator 04. Wake Up The King 05. Land Of The Miracle 06. Lavatory Love Machine 07. Vain Glory Opera 08. Fallen Angels 09. The Piper Never Dies 10. Babylon 11. King Of Fools 12. Chalice Of Agony 13. Tears Of A Mandrake (feat. André Matos) 14. Out Of Control Video Clips: 15. Love Tyger 16. Robin Hood 17. Two Out Of Seven 18. Ministry Of Saints 19. Superheroes 20. Lavatory Love Machine 21. King Of Fools 22. All The Clowns The official lyric video for the new song "Ravenblack" can be seen below. Sammet states: "Whilst collecting all of this picture material together, we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. "There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any lineup changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we’re not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play EDGUY shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and, all of a sudden, we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn't think about what happened while things were happening. But if you look back now, you will realize how lucky we were!" He continued: "It's now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We'll celebrate our quarter century with the release of 'Monuments' and live in some selected cities! We'll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! "The first quarter century is over and we want to honour these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!"
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 video for the song "The Infernal Dread", taken from "Out Of The Voiceless Grave", can be seen below. The clip was created by Martin Ahx of Matokiller Graphics. THE LURKING FEAR vocalist Tomas Lindberg said: "With this clip, we really tried to catch the essence of the raging madness of a live show with THE LURKING FEAR: raw, unrelenting, pure death metal terror. The whole idea of the band is to capture the unnerving, disturbing emotional impact of death metal, and that´s also what we bring to the stage. Catch us live to get a glimpse of the madness yourself! The song itself is our death metal anthem, presenting the core elements of our sound in its rawest and simplest form." The cover artwork for "Out Of The Voiceless Grave" was designed by Stefan Thanneur and can be seen below. "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…"
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Kid Rock has confirmed that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Michigan currently held by Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Rock announced his run on Wednesday (July 12) with a new campaign web site, although the revelation was met with some skepticism over the fact that campaign merch was being sold on the site through a Warner Bros. Records web site and that Rock had not yet filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. In a statement titled "Once again the press is wrong," Rock insisted that he was running, writing, "First of all, I've got 15 days from my announcement to file paperwork with the FEC! Second, I'm not signed to Warner Bros!!! – which simple fact-checking would have revealed. I have recently worked out a unique deal with BMG, Broken Bow, CAA and Live Nation to release music ON MY TERMS. Like politicians write books during their campaigns, I'm planning on putting out music during mine… It's not a hoax, it's a strategy and marketing 101!" Later on Thursday (July 13), Rock released two new songs and videos, "Greatest Show On Earth" and "Po-Dunk". The "Greatest Show On Earth" clip ends by promoting the "Greatest Show On Earth Tour", which will hit the U.S. in 2018 — the same time that Rock would have to be campaigning if he's serious about his run for Senate.
ARCH ENEMY has released a new single, "The World Is Yours", taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Will To Power", due out on September 8 via Century Media Records. ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott comments: "We've been hard at work on the new album for a while now and we're proud to present the first taste of new ARCH ENEMY music in over three years with our new single and video, 'The World Is Yours'! This was the first song I wrote for the upcoming 'Will To Power' album and Daniel [Erlandsson, drums] helped me arrange and finish it up. One of many songs we co-wrote and co-produced this time around. We had a blast recording together with the full band in the south of Sweden and then mixing with Jens Bogren, who did a superb mix and mastering — in my opinion even surpassing the epic sound on our previous record, 'War Eternal'. People that have heard this song in particular are saying it's got the classic anthemic ARCH ENEMY vibe going on, and I think they might be right about that... Looking forward to playing it live on stage later this summer!" "The World Is Yours" video was directed by Patric Ullaeus and can be seen below. The song will be offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders and is also available on all streaming platforms. Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, "Will To Power" was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR). The disc's captivating cover artwork, which can be seen below, was designed by Alex Reisfar. Amott commented: "It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the 'Will To Power' cover artwork. He immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. "We talked about the double-edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. "The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat... All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power." "Will To Power" marks the second ARCH ENEMY album since the departure of longtime singer Angela Gossow and addition of her replacement, former THE AGONIST frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz. It will also be the first ARCH ENEMY disc to feature guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), who joined the band in late 2014. ARCH ENEMY bassist Sharlee D'Angelo recently told Metal Wani about the band's follow-up to 2014's "War Eternal": "On 'War Eternal', there was a certain desperation about that album. But I still can feel it when I listen to it, maybe because I was involved in it. Having lost a longtime, very important member of the band and introducing someone else, a new face into the band, and you wonder, that's even more, like, 'Okay, we have a new album. I wonder what people will like about it, or if they will like it at all.' There's a few nerves there. In the process of recording that album, writing and recording, there was so much going into… There's something desperate and very dense about that album. Now, we know we did it. We're still here; people have accepted the change and embraced Alissa and everything as well. Things are better than they were before, so now you have a completely different vantage point and starting point, for that matter." He continued: "This album is a bit more open in that sense. It sounds more open and some of the songs I would say, dare I use the word 'epic'. [Laughs] It's different, yes, we can do a lot more now than we could… We just don't have to cram as much metal as possible in the most sort of 'energetic' way. We can do it in other ways as well. Don't be scared, I'm not saying everything will be slow; that's not what is happening. It's extremely ARCH ENEMY, but within what it is ARCH ENEMY, we have gone out to explore new worlds. It will be some of the same and also some new stuff." Amott told Rock Hard magazine in January that Loomis — who was the main songwriter in his former band NEVERMORE — has not contributed to the songwriting on the group's new disc. Back in December, Loomis told Metal Wani that he would "probably just be doing solos" on ARCH ENEMY's upcoming album. He explained: "If you look at it, ARCH ENEMY is Michael Amott — it's his band, it's his baby, and he is the main songwriter in the band. I did submit a few songs, and I don't know if they'll make it or not. But I definitely will be playing solos on it." He continued: "I love being in the band. I am fan of the band. I love the music, and I love playing in front of thousands of people with that band. But we'll see what happens. It's kind of the same thing if you can think the same way with NEVERMORE; me and Warrel [Dane, vocals] were the main writers in that band, and we had a revolving door of guitar players. But pretty much, it was me and Warrel that did a lot of it. Steve Smyth wrote a little bit, Tim Calvert wrote for 'Dreaming Neon Black', but most of it, eighty percent, was me and Warrel. So each band has their own chemistry and their way of doing things." Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international "Will To Power Tour 2017" which will take place from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests JINJER. ARCH ENEMY's "As The Stages Burn!" DVD was released on March 31 via Century Media. The set contains video footage of the band's largest stage production to date from their performance last summer at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany.
FRANKIE BANALI Says He Came Up With Opening Drum Pattern In OZZY OSBOURNE’s ‘Over The Mountain’ Song
In a brand new interview with Greg Prato of Songfacts, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali confirmed that he was the one that came up with the opening drum pattern — later performed by Lee Kerslake, but credited to Tommy Aldridge — on the OZZY OSBOURNE song "Over The Mountain". "How that came about was really interesting," Frankie said. "I had an apartment in West Hollywood — this small, one-bedroom apartment — and I was having to hustle as many gigs as I could and as many sessions as I could just to meet my monthly rent while all my other friends were still couch-surfing. I get a call one morning... from Randy Rhoads. "Randy had a really low voice. Everybody thinks he had a high voice because he was a tiny little guy, but he had a really low voice. He goes, 'Frankie, do you want to play with Ozzy?' And I said, 'The guy from BLACK SABBATH?' He says, 'Yeah.' I go, Okay! I have my drums, but I don't have a car.' So he borrowed a car that was big enough. He came and picked me up and we went down to rehearsals. And when I say, 'pick me up,' he picked me up with my 1969 green Ludwig sparkle set with a 26-inch bass drum. I brought a gong — the whole thing. We went to this rehearsal studio called Mars — on Melrose and Western — and we rehearsed for about a week. It was interesting. It was great to play with Randy, and the bass player, oddly enough, was Dana Strum, who eventually became the bass player in the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION and then SLAUGHTER. Essentially, that was the band." Banali continued: "Ozzy was interesting — he was nothing like what I expected. He was quiet and he sat down on a piano bench with a little ghetto blaster, and he was recording essentially everything we were doing. That ended up becoming 'Over The Mountain', which, at that time, wasn't really fleshed out. A lot of those parts were guitar parts that Randy brought in from older QUIET RIOT songs from the '75-'79 period, and that triplet thing is something that I was doing at every session because I figured, 'If it ever comes out, I'm finally going to get it on a record,' because I really enjoyed it. It's derivative of the 'John Bonham triplet.' John Bonham is one of my favorite drummers, so that's how that came about. "Now, originally, they were going to record the record in L.A., but Jet Records had spent so much money flying Ozzy between London, L.A. and New York looking for musicians and they were really unsure what Ozzy's future was going to be. Ultimately, they decided to just record it in England, because it would be less expensive, and they would only pay to fly one guy over. And obviously, 'the guy' was Randy Rhoads. That was my brush with Ozzy-ness, so to speak. "The interesting thing about that one is, I read — I think it was in Bob Daisley's book ['For Facts Sake'] — that it's nonsense and that I didn't come up with that drum part, that he was there when Lee Kerslake — who is a friend that I really love, from URIAH HEEP — came up with the drum part. It is fascinating that Bob Daisley would say something like this, because this happened a year before he was involved with the band, and he wasn't in Hollywood. So, how could he pass judgment like that? I know what I played. "In '87, Kevin [DuBrow, QUIET RIOT singer] and I were doing press for the 'QR III' record, and Ozzy was doing press. It was at a Mexican restaurant on Melrose in Hollywood. Ozzy pointed to me, and he goes — I'm paraphrasing, but something to the effect of — 'That's the bloke that came up with the drum part that Lee recorded, that Tommy Aldridge got all the credit for!'" QUIET RIOT's new album, "Road Rage", will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl. Joining Banali in the band's current lineup are bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the group since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin.
In a recent interview with Windsor Star, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked how much mortality is on his mind these days, especially with so many rock and heavy metal musicians dying in the past couple of years. "Zero," he replied. "I'm not going to live trapped in fear that my life is going to end, because then I'd miss out on all the great things that life has in store for me. I love my life. I've had a lot of close calls, but a lot of that has been due to stupidity. "Unless you're really stupid, you learn growing up," he continued. "You learn what's right and wrong. You learn the difference between what's going to leave a scab and what's going to leave a really bad scar." Pressed about whether he could ever see himself retiring from metal, or at least retiring from performing, Mustaine said: "You know, I could see myself putting farther dates between concerts. But do I see myself ever quitting metal? Not really. I think it's too much a part of my DNA. I'd still want to be involved in some capacity, whether it's as an executive, a producer — somebody who's helping to make records or managing bands. "I'm a trustee on the Grammy board now, and I'm starting to go into the next phase of my life — to really be an ambassador and pass on the experience that I have … And that is just as rewarding to me as winning the awards." MEGADETH has just completed a North American tour with MESHUGGAH and will play arenas later in the year as the support act for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. MEGADETH is planning on returning to the studio at the end of the year to begin work on the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. The band's upcoming effort will mark MEGADETH's first release to feature new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the group a year ago.
"Dungeon Hunter 5", the latest episode of Gameloft's successful hack-and-slash series, has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group and multi-platinum-selling rock band AVENGED SEVENFOLD. The game will offer its players an exciting experience around the universe of the band, with a special bat-themed dungeon and featured in-game assets. The collaboration will also grant fans an exclusive access to "Dose", a brand-new song from AVENGED SEVENFOLD. For two weeks, players will be able to enter a thematic dungeon where they will have to part with hordes of undead minions and bewitched demons before the final confrontation against a terrific new boss, inspired by the band's visual identity and the branding of their critically acclaimed new album, "The Stage". In addition, the soundtrack of this special level will be a new song from the band, exclusively broadcasted in "Dungeon Hunter 5" before its worldwide streaming release on July 14. A snippet of "Dose" can be heard in the "Dungeon Hunter 5" trailer below. Following "Malagueña Salerosa" and "Retrovertigo", "Dose" is the third in a series of new tracks being released by AVENGED SEVENFOLD over the course of the coming months. First displayed on the boss of the dungeon, the bat-themed equipment will also be available for a limited time: an incredible skeleton armor, a guitar-shaped giant sword, and a back shield adorned with AVENGED SEVENFOLD's logo. AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows recently confirmed to the Razor 94.7 radio station that the bad will embark on a full North American headlining tour in January and February 2018. The trek, which will be announced after the completion of AVENGED's current stadium run as the support act for METALLICA, was originally "supposed to happen this summer until we got that call from METALLICA, so we decided to put it on hold," the singer explained. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its seventh album, "The Stage", which was released at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand.
VINNIE PAUL Slams REX BROWN’s Book As ‘A Bunch Of Mythology’, Once Again Rules Out Possibility Of PANTERA Reunion
Vinnie Paul Abbott has slammed Rex Brown's memoir as "a bunch of mythology" and has once again ruled out the possibility of any kind of reunion of surviving PANTERA members. The former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer made his comments Wednesday (July 12) during an in-studio appearance on the "Rover's Morning Glory" syndicated radio show hosted by Shane "Rover" French. Asked about the way he was depicted in Brown's 2013 book, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", in which the former PANTERA bassist referred to Vinnie as "a strange person" who "was always all about the 'party, party, party'" but "only got laid maybe one out of ten times," the drummer said: "All I can say is that… I'll refer to Philip's [Anselmo, former PANTERA singer] 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." Vinnie was also asked about his relationship with Anselmo, with whom he has not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. Pressed about whether it's true that he indirectly blamed Philip for the death of PANTERA guitarist — and Vinnie's brother — "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited the guitarist's killer, the drummer said: "I'm just gonna say I have no comment on any of that, man. I'm beyond PANTERA. I've done so many other things with my life since then. And I always believe if you live in the past, you have no future. So, man, I'm happy doing what I do with HELLYEAH, and I'm gonna leave it at that." French, at that point, asked Vinnie if we can safely assume that that there are no circumstances under which all the surviving members of PANTERA would ever get back together. Vinnie responded: "That's a pretty damn good assumption. Yeah, man. [Laughs]" In a 2013 interview with MetalSucks, 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 [Rex's co-author], 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?" 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." Dimebag was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004. Several weeks before Dimebag's death, Anselmo gave an interview to English magazine Metal Hammer in which he called the guitarist "a shallow, stupid man," and added, "he deserves to be beaten severely."