GODSMACK’s Five-Year-Old Cover Of THE BEATLES’ ‘Come Together’ Tops Hard Rock Digital Song Sales Chart

According to Billboard, GODMACK's five-year-old cover of THE BEATLES' "Come Together" has landed at position No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart, with 11,000 downloads sold (up from a nominal amount) in the week ending March 2. As a result of the track's 4,972 percent increase to 1.5 million U.S. streams, "Come Together" also entered the Hot Rock Songs chart at No. 11. In addition, the album that GODSMACK's version of "Come Together" appears on, "Live & Inspired", re-entered multiple charts, including Hard Rock Albums (No. 11) with 4,000 equivalent album units, of which 2,000 were pure sales. The sharp increase in streams and sales is the result of a post on rock web site SocietyofRock.com spotlighting the song. GODSMACK's video for "Come Together" was directed by Ian Barrett and features footage of the actual recording sessions for the song. GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin stated about the clip: "We love the ['Come Together'] video! It was actually filmed while we were recording 'Come Together'. Normally, the song will be recorded, and then the band will go back in the studio, put their headphones on, and pretend they're recording for the music video. This was real. It wasn't staged or anything. It's really cool. We were in Boston in January, and there were two feet of snow on the ground. We were totally in that vibe at the studio. It was awesome." Asked what he liked the most about the music video, Larkin said: "I totally like the fact it was done while we were really recording. That's a big deal to me because most people are faking it. I like that I had a BEATLES shirt on. I had no idea we were doing the video that day. Sully [Erna, GODSMACK frontman] had hooked it all up, and he didn't tell us. [laughs] I went to record the song, and they had video cameras there. He was like, 'We're going to film today!' We didn't know if it was going to be for a music video or a DVD. I just thought we're doing a BEATLES song, I'll wear my BEATLES apple shirt. I'm a huge BEATLES fan, by the way. Obviously, all musicians are. They were one of the first bands my mom had turned me on to at a very young age. I particularly like the later version when they all had beards. I had to be rocking a beard because it was wintertime in Boston. I tend to do that. I thought, 'Wow, man, I'm totally in BEATLES mode here."' On the topic of what GODSMACK brought to the cover, Larkin said: "In 1978, AEROSMITH, who's obviously a huge influence on us as a Boston band, covered 'Come Together' on the 'Live! Bootleg' album. We listened to that version and the original. We knew AEROSMITH added modernity and more rocking sound to THE BEATLES' version. We wanted to bring it into the 2000s with a heavier guitar tone. Tony [Rombola, guitar] wrote a more chunking riff than the AEROSMITH version. We wanted to make it GODSMACK. We approached it like, 'If we wrote the song, what would it have sounded like today?'"

JOEY VERA Has No Regrets About Turning Down METALLICA Audition

In a brand new interview with Austria's Stormbringer, ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera was asked if it's true that he was approached by METALLICA to join the latter band after Cliff Burton was killed in a bus crash in 1986. Vera responded (see video below): "Well, the truth of that story is that after Cliff passed away, the band went into auditioning mode and auditioned a bunch of people. It was basically a cattle call — they had just so many people sending in tapes and trying to get auditions and stuff. And they started seeing a lot of people. And I think they were still just mourning their friend, obviously, and it was a super-miserable time for them on a lot of levels. And I think they got to a point where they just wanted to reach out to people that they knew, people they were friends with, and they started doing that. They made several calls, and Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] called me; I was one of the calls. They never asked me to join; they just said, 'Hey…' They told me the story, which I just repeated to you. 'It's not going well. We wanna reach out to people we know. Would you consider coming up and jamming with us?' I was very honored to get that phone call. I said, 'Let me think about it overnight, and I'll let you know in the morning.'" He continued: "At that time, ARMORED SAINT was, basically, in the middle of recording 'Raising Fear', our third record with Chrysalis, so it was a strange time in my life to think I could accept an offer like that. I wasn't ready to leave ARMORED SAINT, I wasn't thinking about quitting, it wasn't like I was necessarily unhappy with the band and looking for an out or anything. So it kind of struck me… I had to think about what would my reasoning be to even go there to jam with them. And I'd have to go with the intention of wanting to get that gig. So I just came to terms with the fact that I wasn't ready to make that change in my life. So I kindly called Lars back and kindly declined the offer to come up and jam. And he was totally cool with it. He totally understood." Vera added that he had no regrets about turning down an opportunity to audition for one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world. "Those things happen for a reason," he said. "I've had a super-charmed life, and I think that for the reasons I made choices in my life, those are the reasons that have made me the person that I am, which I would not change for anything in the world. "Some people, when we talk about this [thing], the next question is, 'Do you regret not doing that?' But, without hesitation, I say 'no,' because I wouldn't be who I am today, and I'm very happy with who I am, so… that's that." In the fall of 1986, Jason Newsted became METALLICA's third bassist, following Ron McGovney and Burton. Robert Trujillo took over in 2003 after Newsted's exit. ARMORED SAINT released a new live album, "Carpe Noctum", on February 24 via Metal Blade. The band's seventh studio LP, "Win Hands Down", came out in June 2016 in North America via Metal Blade.

BUSH: Listen To New Song ‘Dystopia’

"Dystopia", a brand new song from BUSH, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Black And White Rainbows", which will be released on March 10. Written, recorded and produced by Gavin Rossdale, "Black And White Rainbows" is the follow-up to 2014's "Man On The Run" and will arrive just prior to BUSH's headlining tour of North America, which kicks off May 4 in Dallas, Texas. "I wanted to write a record about what it's like coming out of a cannon before you take off through these watershed times," Rossdale, who founded BUSH 25 years ago in London and produced "Black And White Rainbows", told Billboard. "I think it really is important to have the element of hope and repair and sunshine because it's such a divided world now. It's so divided and crazy and unstable and vulnerable. It's fallen at my feet as a lyricist to consider the position that we're in — and unfortunately chaos makes for really fertile ground to write from." "['Dystopia'] was where the record takes a really interesting turn," according to Rossdale. "It's a real hybrid of stuff I like, using machines and analog stuff — the band plus machines," he explained. "I was just thinking of this dystopian world, this underbelly of frustration and fear and persecution and distrust just everything that's going on around us all the time. You have a president who half the country voted for and suddenly nobody voted for him. Nobody can make their mind up about him. So it's a very strange time, all the way around." Among "Black And White Rainbows"'s highlights is the sweeping chorus of "Lost In You" and "People At War", which was written last summer in honor of World Refugee Day. Gavin stated about "People At War": "Having seen the footage of innocent refugees forced to flee their homes and lives, culminating in the picture of the young boy, Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on the shore — the horror of that photograph, as a father, as a human being — was too powerful to avoid. It was the catalyst to write this song and to show empathy with the plight of the refugees." When asked about the sound of the follow-up to 2014's "Man On The Run", the 51-year-old rocker told Metro: "My whole career I've been trying to make music that's a hybrid of rock and electronic. I'd say it's a textured, approachable and commercial record. People are going to fucking love it." "Black And White Rainbows" track listing: 01. Mad Love 02. Peace-s 03. Water 04. Lost In You 05. Sky Turns Day Glo 06. Toma Mi Corazon 07. All The Worlds Within You 08. Nurse 09. The Beat of Your Heart 10. Dystopia 11. Ray Of Light 12. Ravens 13. Nothing But A Car Chase 14. The Edge of Love 15. People At War BUSH is comprised of Gavin Rossdale (vocals/guitar), Robin Goodridge (drums), Chris Traynor (guitar) and Corey Britz (bass).
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METALLICA Collaborates With Trend-Setting Hipster Chain URBAN OUTFITTERS

Trend-setting hipster chain Urban Outfitters has announced its newest collaboration, and it is with none other than heavy metal giants METALLICA. The eight-piece collection, consisting of five short-sleeve t-shirts, one long-sleeve t-shirt, a pullover hoodie and a beanie, is available now from UrbanOutfitters.com. METALLICA — which, according to Pollstar, grossed around $200 million on tour behind its 2008 album "Death Magnetic" — will kick off the North American leg of its "WorldWired" 2017 tour on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 — which will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August — will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. According to Billboard, METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, the indie distribution arm of Warner Music Group. METALLICA had previously released its music through Warner Music's Elektra Records (beginning in 1984) and then later through Warner Bros. Records. The band renegotiated its contract with Warner Music in 1994, and that contract expired in November 2012. As part of that deal, the heavy metal legends walked away from Warner Music with their master recordings, which the group has since reissued on its own independent label called Blackened Recordings. Blackened was described in a 2012 press release as "a home for all of [METALLICA's] recordings, both audio and visual, and anything else that suits them." metallicaurbanexclusive_638

DEEP PURPLE Bassist Says ‘The Fashion These Days’ For Aging Musicians ‘Is To Drop Dead’

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice says "it's hard to accept" the fact that the band will eventually have to come to an end. Although DEEP PURPLE's upcoming album, "InFinite", and accompanying tour, "The Long Goodbye", both suggest that the group will retire from the road after the dates, Paice tells U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine his love of making music remains as strong as ever. "It's hard to accept that this thing you helped to create and grew up with will be no more," he says. "When we can no longer cut the mustard on stage, then we'll think about hanging the boots up. "Go and listen to 1972 live album 'Made In Japan' and glory in the fact that there were a bunch of kids who could back then capture all that craziness and still have a measure of control. Now listen to what we're doing all these years later, and inside we're still a bunch of kids. You don't have to lose your love for making music." For his part, bassist Roger Glover believes that DEEP PURPLE could carry on for up to four more years. He tells the magazine: "The record company came up with that title anyway. They're hedging their bets. "The idea of announcing a final show like [BLACK] SABBATH has just done — none of us wanted that. So we thought, 'Sod it, let's just keep going.' But then no one knows what's around the corner. "It seems the fashion these days is to drop dead — which is kind of frightening when people younger than you are suddenly gone." "InFinite" will be released on April 7 via earMUSIC. The disc was tracked in February 2016 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee and was once again helmed by Bob Ezrin, who has previously worked with KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER and KANSAS, among others. "InFinite" will be the first album for Glover and singer Ian Gillan in their 70s. Gillan, the oldest member of the band, turned 71 last August. Glover became 71 in November. Paice is still several years younger at 68. The band is rounded out by keyboardist Don Airey and guitarist Steve Morse. Airey joined in 2002, replacing Jon Lord. Morse joined in 1994 as the replacement for Ritchie Blackmore. deeppurpleclassicrockcover

MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE Says ‘Trying To Write Stuff For Radio’ Usually ‘Backfires’

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed on the February 24-26 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: The talent and creativity of all the guitarists who have ever played in MEGADETH is pretty impressive. How would you be a different guitarist without having had musical interactions with all of them? Dave: "Well, going back to the first guitar player in MEGADETH, besides myself, which was officially Chris Poland, it was something that was very different from my playing style. So I think that having those different people just continued to stretch the boundaries of my playing — not necessarily stuff that I would play, but just stuff that I knew that we could go to, stuff that we could use, another color on the palette, or whatever you call it. I think it's great to be able to use numerous different approaches when you're songwriting, 'cause if it's the same thing all the time, the songs, after awhile, it's the same record over and over again." Full Metal Jackie: Dave, as a lyricist, you've always been attuned to politics and world events. How much has the contentiousness of our current political climate sparked new ideas for songs? Dave: "I'm not really focusing on songwriting right now, so I don't really know how to answer that question. Right now, we're so busy with the new record and the success of the tour and all the awards. Everything that's come along with this campaign, especially having Kiko [Loureiro, guitar] and Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] in the band now, with Chris Adler coming in and being a session drummer for us to help us get the record done… Getting Dirk into the band now, it's great, because we feel like we're a band again. Not that we didn't with any of the previous guys before, but when we had the setback and we had a couple people that needed to be replaced, you know, that's a difficult thing to do, when you have to decide, 'Hey, this is somebody who I'm gonna be spending the rest of my life with,' because… I mean, whether you think about it, as soon as you get into a group with another person, it's forever. Whether it lasts forever or not, the connection is forever. So I think that's kind of more about what I was focusing on than any kind of politics or anything right now." Full Metal Jackie: In what ways will the overall experience of making "Dystopia" and its positive reception be a springboard or serve a starting point for another MEGADETH album? Dave: "The creation process for 'Dystopia' was really invigorating, because going into the studio this time, it wasn't like there was a preconceived notion of what the song should sound like or how many [songs] should be on the record or who should do what solo, where or anything like that. And before, a lot of the records were pre-thought out from beginning to end prior to us even going into the studio, so I think it was really liberating, the way that we did this record. And I believe that that's gonna continue on when we go in the studio next time because knowing now… See, the whole thing was going in to do 'Dystopia', I pretty much was at the point where I figured I don't care anymore about trying to write stuff for radio because it just backfires. Whenever you try and do something for somebody, it usually doesn't work, it ends up being something that's hit-or-miss. At this stage in my life, I don't wanna be taking any chances. I wanna have fun, I wanna write music that I love listening to, and I think that's what we did with 'Dystopia'. So I'm really looking forward to the next time in the studio." Full Metal Jackie: Dave, creatively and in terms of attitude, how has maturity changed the way you think about songwriting and your path as a musician? Dave: "Well, the things that mattered to me when I was first starting out, some of them don't matter anymore. Because, you know, the hardships and the struggles that you go through, once you have a place to live, you have something to eat, or something to… transportation, how to get you around… In the beginning, when we were homeless and living in cars and squatting in people's houses and stuff like that, that really affected the music, because we were scratching and clawing to just survive, let alone make ends meet. So I think now, with going in to write the records, you have a much bigger opportunity to choose from — topics for songs and so on and so forth. Plus, I like to read a lot, and I think that the stuff that interested me when I was younger reading, there was a lot of stuff that I liked that was fictional. And I've kind of gravitated more towards looking at real-life stuff, like biographies of people, or autobiographies and a lot of history stuff. History really fascinates me, especially when you look at world history with the different countries and everything that they've done to one another." Full Metal Jackie: Going back to early days of being a musician and not having place to live, there was sort of a different kind of hunger and nothing-to-lose attitude. I think MEGADETH's been pretty consistent sound-wise. Even later on in your records, you know it's a MEGADETH record. Do you ever feel like you need to go back to that place where you started to sort of keep that similar sound? Dave: "Yeah, I think so. I think every time I pick my guitar up, I think about what were those first riffs that I liked to play, the stuff that energizes me. And I think any guitar player worth his salt is gonna have his favorite licks that he likes to play. And I like that real chunky metal sound. I think the big difference between the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and a lot of the other bands that have followed, that whole American metal scene, was that the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal had a lot of riffs versus American music had a lot of chords, strumming, arpeggiating, so on and so forth. Whereas the riff would do a lot of down picking and a lot of cycling of the same thing over and over again. So that makes it a little bit harder, I think, because if you're relying on a riff, the riff's got to be really good, versus where you have a bunch of chords and you can get away with that. We were just doing something earlier, we were talking to somebody about some songs and listening to a song, and it sounded just like the EAGLES' 'Desperado'. There's all those things that are on the 'Net, the four famous chords. You've got these songs that have the same four chords — you know, E, C, G, A, or whatever they are — [and] they all make up the same song. It's mindblowing when you look at how many of the songs are made up of the same chords." Full Metal Jackie: I know there's going to be a bunch of touring. That's going to happen this year. Any timeline on when that's going to be announced or when you guys will start thinking about the next record? Dave: "We've got some dates that are up at our web site right now. And we have some American dates that we're looking at in summertime and some at the end of the year too. We can't really say what they are yet, but we're pretty excited about what this year has for us. Because this campaign started January 22nd of last year, and it just continues to chug along picking up momentum. Like I was mentioning earlier with the Clio award, those are things that we just didn't expect. It was really exciting for us to be able to get that award. These are things that keep driving us to want to do more. Like, with the MEGADETH beer, with the Boot Camp, with the things that Kiko, and David [Ellefson, bass] and Dirk do with their clinics outside of the Boot Camp. I know that Kiko does stuff down in South America, a lot of times he'll do speaking engagements; David Ellefson does a lot of stuff like that too; and Dirk's just kind of coming around to that right now. So it's really exciting to watch those guys grow and develop in these areas too." Full Metal Jackie: Do you know how long that the "Dystopia" campaign will last? Dave: "It's going to end this year." Full Metal Jackie: At this end of this year? Dave: "It'll end this year, yeah." Full Metal Jackie: Cool. Dave: "I think the end of… What we're looking at… We're trying to start the songwriting process this year while we're out on the road, which will be good for us to start putting pen to paper and writing stuff. Kiko and I have actually been talking a lot about it the last couple weeks, sending files back and forth and so on and so forth, which is exciting for me, because that's what makes me tick — writing music. So when I see new files coming back and forth through my e-mail, it's, like, 'Yeah.' It's like Christmas." To see a full list of stations carrying Full Metal Jackie's program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. Full Metal Jackie also hosts "Whiplash", which airs every Sunday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The show can be heard on the KLOS web site at 955klos.com or you can listen in on the KLOS channel on iHeartRadio.

LIFE OF AGONY: Watch First Part Of ‘A History Of Agony’ Video Series

Reactivated Brooklyn hard rock veterans LIFE OF AGONY will release their new album, "A Place Where There's No More Pain", on April 28 via Napalm. The band's fifth studio LP marks LIFE OF AGONY's first release since singer Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo) came out as transgender in 2011. Napalm has launched a new video series, "A History Of Agony", via the label's YouTube channel. You can now watch the first part below. "A Place Where There's No More Pain" track listing: 01. Meet My Maker 02. Right This Wrong 03. A Place Where There’s No More Pain 04. Dead Speak Kindly 05. A New Low 06. World Gone Mad 07. Bag Of Bones 08. Walking Catastrophe 09. Song For The Abused 10. Little Spots Of You The official video for the "A Place Where There's No More Pain" title track can now be seen below. The clip was directed by Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films and was shot predominately in Hamburg, Germany with a few shots from the London show on LIFE OF AGONY's recent European tour. "We were looking to capture the raw energy of our live show with the new video for 'A Place Where There's No More Pain'," said LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert. "As a longtime LIFE OF AGONY fan, director Leigh Brooks instantly knew exactly what we were going for. He's been a fan since the early nineties and we finally met at the Electric Ballroom gig in London last year. He shot that show and we immediately became friends. He's a super-talented guy with great vision and a deep passion for this band. He and his crew got pretty banged up shooting this one. [Laughs] They got right in the pit with their equipment — the poor guys! Leigh was one of the very first people outside of the band to hear the new music and he was completely psyched to be involved." "We have a long history of connecting to our fans on an emotional level through our words and music," Robert added. "And that's why I think there's something really relevant and timeless about the message behind the title track, 'A Place Where There's No More Pain'. It's about facing your problems head-on in order to find peace within yourself. A topic that really hits home for a lot of our fans struggling with their own demons. The opening line, 'running away only makes it worse,' couldn't be more true, because sooner or later those problems will catch up with you, and when they do, you gotta be strong enough to deal with them." In support of "A Place Where There's No More Pain", LIFE OF AGONY will hit the road this spring in the Northeast United States. The first short run of dates kicks off April 27 in Allston, Massachusetts and runs through April 29 in Poughkeepsie, New York. The second jaunt begins May 12 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and runs through May 20 in Sayreville, New Jersey. LIFE OF AGONY returned to the stage and performed on multiple festival dates in Europe over the summer of 2014. The band's famed "River Runs Red" lineup, consisting of vocalist Mina Caputo, guitarist Joseph Zampella (a.k.a. Joey Z), bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato, was excited to take the stage together once again after a three-year hiatus. Robert previously stated about "A Place Where There's No More Pain": "This record is a monster and we're so psyched to finally share it come April. It's got such an energy to it. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves. "We definitely turned things up a few notches in 2017, and it feels great. And I gotta say, we've never been so focused as a band. Before we even wrote the first note, we all knew what kind of record we wanted to make. You can hear that drive and intensity in the tracks and you can feel the momentum building." Photo credit: Tania Gomez
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SEPULTURA Frontman: ‘I Believe In Technology; I Don’t Wanna Go Back To The Stone Age’

Italy's Rock Rebel Magazine conducted an interview with vocalist Derrick Green and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA prior to the band's February 21 concert at Live Music Club in Trezzo D'Adda (Milan), Italy. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the lyrical inspiration for SEPULTURA's latest album, "Machine Messiah": Derrick: "I think the robotization of society actually has been a big influence on the album. The album was written about a lot of things that are happening now. From traveling and playing shows all around the world, we really noticed a lot of things are happening with people, as far as technology, being connected and actually being disconnected with themselves. So it was something that… It's been happening for a while, and it seems like it's getting worse; it's kind of losing this humanity. And so this was something that started the conversation and spread into 'Machine Messiah' — the idea that the second coming type of religion… Not really a religion, but the second coming of, like, a savior, being technology." On whether they think modern technology has made the world more united or divided: Derrick: "I think it's definitely split into various parts; I don't think it's so left and right. I believe in technology; I don't wanna go back to the Stone Age. Don't get me wrong — I think it's something that's necessary for the advancement of humanity. But I think we have to really think about what we're creating — what machines are we creating and how it's gonna benefit humanity and stuff, and not a bomb or things created to kill each other, but things… you know, having pure water, having food for everybody. How's this constructive for everybody? The basic elements that humanity needs to survive. I think these [things] should be coming a lot faster than what they are." "Machine Messiah" was released on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by the band and Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The CD's cover artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa. SEPULTURA will join veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT on a North American tour in April. Additional support on the trek will come from PRONG.

ANVIL Frontman: ‘Every Night On The Road Is A Friday Or Saturday’

Rush Evans of Goldmine magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Goldmine: You're done with day jobs and you're 60 now… congratulations, but it appears that that fact means nothing as far as slowing down or thinking any differently about your work. Is that fair to say? Lips: "I've retired into work! I went from back-breaking fucking horrible shit to doing this rock thing, and it's like I'm on a constant vacation. Every fucking night on the road is a Friday or Saturday. I lose all perception of time, place, date. I don't know the day of the month. You couldn't dream of something this good to retire to! I don't understand why these bands are doing their farewell tours. They should be so fucking grateful that they can continue. Choosing not to is beyond my understanding. We're making up for a lot of time that we didn't get to tour. I didn't burn myself out on the road in my 20s and 30s because I had to make a living at home. Having said that, me making a living at home, I was able to maintain a still wonderful relationship with my wife. I have children that are all grown up. My youngest is in university. It's not like the world is on my shoulders. A lot of the pressures that you get in younger years are gone. So now I go away and I don't feel guilty that I'm not home. It's quite comfortable. It's not back-breaking. It's a great place to end up being." Goldmine: How did you feel when your one-time roadie Sacha Gervasi came to you with the idea for directing a documentary film about Anvil? Lips: "I hadn't heard from him in 25 years. The last time I'd seen him, he was, like, 17 years old. Then all of a sudden I'm getting an email from him in 2006. I sent him my phone number, he calls me, he tells me, 'This weekend, I'm paying for a flight. You're coming to visit me in L.A.' I get out at LAX, and I see this little sports car with the hood down. There's Sacha; the kid grew up! It was a remarkable feeling. I get in the car and I find out that it was originally Sean Connery's car that he bought second hand. We're buzzing around in the thing, and he begins telling me that he's working in Los Angeles, that he'd written the movie 'The Terminal'. I went, 'Holy shit! I just went to see the movie! No wonder you're driving this fucking thing!' As we're talking, it was like no time had elapsed. As I go home after the weekend, he calls and tells me, 'I'm coming up to Toronto, I've got to talk to you.' He goes, 'Listen, I gotta tell you: I'm gonna make a movie about you.' I immediately went into tears. What flashed in my mind was 30 years of trying to make it in the music business, waiting for the break and I just got it. I was so emotionally blown away by it. He didn't really get it, why I was freaking out about it. I knew that this was my break. 'You're just doing what you want to do, but for me, I finally got my break.' I knew what it was gonna turn into. This wasn't some guy with a video camera. This was a guy who's worked with Spielberg. Somebody who knows what they're doing is gonna do this. Sacha is one of the most interesting people you could meet, really good guy. He's a pretty fascinating human being. I feel very fortunate to have met him, particularly at such a young age. I mean this kid was already friends with Dustin Hoffman even before I knew him! I don't even know how to explain this shit, man! Some people are just magic people." Read the entire interview at Goldmine.

TERROR To Release ‘The Walls Will Fall’ EP

Influential hardcore band TERROR will release a new EP, titled "The Walls Will Fall", on April 28 via Pure Noise Records. In support of the new record, the band will hit the road this spring for a U.S. headline tour with GOD'S HATE and ABUSE OF POWER. "The Walls Will Fall" follows TERROR's most recent full-length, 2015's "The 25th Hour", and features some of the most vicious tracks the band has ever recorded. Additional details about the record will be revealed in the coming weeks. Since forming in 2002, TERROR has become one of the hardcore genre's most notorious and successful acts. Over the years, the band has released six classic albums, their latest being "The 25th Hour", which was issued by Victory in 2015. Their signature sound, a punishing blend of hardcore, punk and thrash, has attracted a legion of diehard fans around the world and anyone who's witnessed the sheer power of TERROR live and lived to tell about it can attest to the band's authenticity and intensity.