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MAX CAVALERA On NAILBOMB’s ‘Point Blank’: ‘We Just Wanted To Make Heavy Music With A F**k-You Attitude’

Metal Wani's Jessie David recently conducted an interview with SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera about the band's "Point Blank With Soulfly" tour, where SOULFLY is performing NAILBOMB's lone studio album, 1994's "Point Blank", in full. "Point Blank" saw the then-SEPULTURA frontman team up with FUDGE TUNNEL's Alex Newport for a dense, industrialized offering that included a variety of samples and punk rock influences. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why SOULFLY is performing "Point Blank" in its entirety: Max: "Well, it came a little bit on the tail on the 'Roots' thing [where Max and his brother/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY bandmate Igor performed SEPULTURA's 1996 album 'Roots' in full]. We had so much fun doing 'Roots'. It was like pure magic. I always loved the NAILBOMB record. I always thought that record would be great to play live. So we decided to give it a go. There's not really much going on right now. The CAVALERA record is all finished. I have to work on a new SOULFLY, but it's not until next year, so we had this time off. Gloria [Cavalera, Max's wife and manager] actually had the idea to have SOULFLY perform NAILBOMB and the more I thought about it, the more excited I got. I thought if we converted the 'Point Blank' record into a band with the power of SOULFLY behind it, it would be awesome. It already sounds great how it is, but if you put a band behind it playing everything, it would be even more exciting, even more heavier, crazier, wilder. So, the idea just got rolling. We started working on it and got all the samplers, all the noises from the original master tapes. We have the original backdrop that was used at the [1995] Dynamo [festival] show, which is a KKK guy with a target in his face, which is perfect for right now. Yeah, we've just been practicing. It sounds amazing. I think people are really going to like it a lot. That record was made to play live. I didn't realize that until now that I'm playing it every day rehearsing it and having so much fun. I cannot wait to play the stuff live for the fans. I think the fans are going to go ape-shit for it." On his memories of recording "Point Blank": Max: "I was really not the one who thought of the project. I was really just messing around with Alex. Alex was in town; I was living in Phoenix. He was dating Gloria's daughter, Christina, or hanging out a lot. He would come over to my house and I would grab the guitar and come to him and say 'Show me how you play the [FUDGE TUNNEL] 'Hate Songs In E Minor' riffs.' He showed me the riffs and I would be really mesmerized. He would come to me and go 'How do you play the really cool SEPULTURA-chug riffs that I love?' I would show him that. So from that, it created this really cool musician relationship. Then one day we were messing around with the riffs, just playing our own stuff in a bedroom and Gloria came in the room and she's, like, 'I'm going to make a band for you guys. You guys are going to make a project. I'm going to get Roadrunner to sign it!' We're all, like, 'What are you talking about? This is nothing. We're just fucking around.' She goes 'Don't worry about it.' I have to give her credit. That was really her idea. We weren't really thinking about making a record. We were just fucking around. Again, she was right as rain. It was the best thing. She did get a really good offer from Roadrunner. We bought a sampler with a little bit of money we got. Alex got to be a wizard with the sampling. In a couple of days, he could do anything on the freaking thing. We're sampling everything, bashing on washing machines, driving a car at eighty miles-per-hour, then stepping on the brakes and recording the sound of the car screeching, like all kinds of madness, just crazy shit. We recorded a lot of live TV, that's how we got the 'Hate Is Reality' sample. It was from one of those Geraldo [Rivera] shows, like talk shows. [Laughs] It's such a good sample. 'Hate is reality. Don't you know God hates?' It's great. You can't get better than that. There was a time where you could sample from movies without all the bullshit you have now to clear all the fucking samples. At that time, we didn't have to clear shit. We used samples from 'Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer'. 'Salvador', another great movie that I really love. There's a little bit of 'Apocalypse Now'. Yeah, there's a bunch of stuff. Of course, all of our records. I had a collection of vinyl and what we did, we'll play the vinyl and Alex would sample stuff out of it. The intro for 'Wasting Away' is a mixture of SONIC YOUTH, MOTÖRHEAD. It changes so much when you put it into a sampler. We got it all from those records: CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER, KREATOR, and then Alex's stuff, he always liked MELVINS and BIG BLACK, BLACK FLAG. It was fun. It was two guys that really didn't give a shit, just wanted to make heavy music with a fuck-you attitude. That's what that record is all about." On whether there will be a follow-up to "Point Blank": Max: "I don't know. I think it's hard. Alex is pretty much into the whole studio thing. I have not really talked to him in a long time. Gloria is actually the one who is in contact with him. She got in contact with him and talked to him about this tour. He even got her to get us to buy the right sampler for us to use. He's been very helpful. But, he doesn't like touring. I think he's done with all that stuff, so I find it very hard that we're going to make another record. But that's why this tour is so cool because we get to play a record that a lot of people want to hear. Even though it's without him, the power of the songs are still there. So yeah, everything is good. It's really good between us, our relationship is great. He just doesn't want to be a part of it. I totally respect his wishes, but he totally gave Gloria his blessing for us to do it. We felt really good about it that we can do a really good job on it and really pay tribute to the record the way it should. I'm pretty much done with 'Roots'. We have only one tour in December for two weeks with OVERKILL in Europe. We're done with 'Roots' forever; we're probably never going to do it again. It came at the right time. We're going to do this NAILBOMB tour, we're really excited for it. Then, later on next year, we're going to work on a new SOULFLY record." The thirty-one-date "Point Blank With Soulfly" trek began October 6 in San Diego, California and wraps up November 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Support on the trek will come from CANNABIS CORPSE and HARMS WAY on select dates in addition to NOISEM and LODY KONG.

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THE HAUNTED Guitarist On Threat Of Nuclear War: ‘I Probably Would Feel Better If I Knew There Was Sane People On Both Sides’

Nev Pearce of Australia's "Rabid Noise" podcast recently conducted an interview with guitarist Patrik Jensen of Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On vocalist Marco Aro's performance on the band's new studio album, "Strength In Numbers": Patrik: "We're not getting any younger, but he's sounding angrier all the time. He's turning into one of those bitter, angry old men, I don't know. But yeah, we like it. [Laughs]" On whether he feels there is a positive outcome from all of the negative things currently happening in the world: Patrik: "I do. For example, the [Margaret] Thatcher years of Britain brought forth a lot of good protesting bands, you know, punk bands and so on. She was aimed at social reconstruction, but the problems we have today, like yesterday, North Korea blowing up a hydrogen bomb. Those stakes are a little bit higher than neutering unions or something. I do think that we will see good music, but I'd rather not to have the threat of nuclear war over North Korea and maybe not have the music output. The title of the album, 'Strength In Numbers', we're not a political band at all, but we see the news just like everyone else sees the news. 'Strength In Numbers', if you want to create change of any kind, the more you are, the easier it will be to achieve your goals, then who is to say those goals are good or bad? These days, you can easily be tricked into thinking something which is not true. With Facebook or something, you can be duped into voting for something that twenty years ago you would not have voted for. The 'Strength In Numbers' is, there's force in being many, but there's forces behind people creating many people together, putting many people together. Just be careful of what you read. Make sure that what you say is really what you think. I don't mind a president or a prime minister doing something bad, or a scandal. That makes people angry and you get good music. In this case, the stakes are just a little bit too high to feel comfortable. I probably would feel even better if I knew there was sane people on both sides, but I don't want to be political here, but there's a leader in one country that I don't think is really that sane. So, it doesn't feel that comforting." On whether THE HAUNTED has any guidelines for new members to follow: Patrik: "No, the band is twenty years old. Of course, we do have some core musical values that a new member would have to try to follow. You also need to let people be creative or else you'll bore them and they might leave. You really want someone, the more talented people you want, the more these people will want to contribute. You just need to, I think, get a general feel for what the band is about, then you can start contributing. Like, on [2014's] 'Exit Wounds', Ola [Englund, guitar] didn't write that many songs, but on this album he did, because he felt more comfortable. He had done one album with us already and now he can comfortably say, 'Okay, these are my ideas.' Not feeling that he took too much space, you know, all these things you can feel if you're a new person in a work environment. We don't hand out guidelines or anything. I think the people we choose, you need to be good at playing and you need to be a good person. I guess being a good person, that also includes this ability to somehow adapt in some way. You don't have to bow to a whip or anything. This is the band. If you want to join us, don't join us if you're thinking you're joining another band. We want your creativity, so please go ahead and throw out these crazy ideas. If they're not good, we'll tell you, but most likely we'll try to work them out. When everyone else contributes… like if we played another band's song from scratch, then it would probably sound like THE HAUNTED still and not like the other band because we had our input on everything from the start. Every band has their sound. Like if AC/DC played 'Aces High' by IRON MAIDEN, it would probably not sound like AC/DC." "Strength In Numbers" was released on August 25 via Century Media Records. The disc was recorded at Parlour Studios in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England with producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, THE EXPLOITED).

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HALESTORM Cancels Rochester Concert After LZZY HALE Falls Ill

HALESTORM was forced to cancel its concert in Rochester, New York Friday night (October 6). The band's performance at the Main Street Armory was called off shortly before doors opened for the event. In a message on her Facebook page, HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale apologized "so deeply" for having to scrap last night's show, explaining that she came down with an "upper respiratory infection" after HALESTORM's concert in Akron, Ohio three days earlier. Even though she felt like she was "constantly swallowing razor blades," she played the October 4 concert with HALESTORM in South Bend, Indiana and "made it through." But on Friday, she "came down with a high fever." She explained: "I still wanted to see if I could pull it off so I didn't make a decision until I test-drove my voice. So, my awesome crew set everything up and we did our soundcheck, but, unfortunately, for the sake of my health and future voice, I had to choose rest [on Friday]." Lzzy went on to say that HALESTORM fans know how much she hates canceling shows and that she would rather "muscle through and risk hurting" herself than disappoint the people that come out to see the concert. "But that isn't smart. And, unfortunately, these smart, hard decisions fall on me," she wrote. Hale added that if HALESTORM "were the type of band that relied on tracks and trickery to play shows, I could've mimed my way through and pretended to sing. But we promised a long time ago that we'd never half-ass or fake a show, 'cause that isn't rock 'n' roll," she wrote, "and you guys deserve the real deal. Anyone who has seen our live knows that I actually sing! What you hear is always authentic, and firing on all cylinders. That also means I'm human, and getting sick and having to miss a show are the prices I pay for being real. "Thank you for all of the love, Rochester, and I promise I will make this up to you when I'm at my best again!" Lzzy continued. "I'm resting up and taking care of myself. I do not take this shit lightly. I'm willing this fever to break and my throat to reduce its swelling so that I can get on stage in Philly [Saturday] and make a loud noise!" Openers GRETA VON FLEET and NEWS YEAR DAY went ahead with their performances in Rochester on Friday. HALESTORM is scheduled to play today at the Rock Allegiance festival at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.

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SANCTUARY’s WARREL DANE Says He Has A ‘Completely Split Personality’ While Onstage

SANCTUARY vocalist Warrel Dane says he has an "alter ego" and "completely split personality" while onstage, created after he learned how to adapt and mold his live persona to deal with the often dark lyrical nature of his previous band, NEVERMORE. In an interview with Claudia of Austrian web site We Don't Care conducted at this year's MetalDays festival, which was held July 23-29 in Tolmin, Slovenia, Dane, along with co-founding SANCTUARY guitarist and primary songwriter Lenny Rutledge, was asked to describe the band's songwriting process. "It depends," said Lenny. "The process can be different. It's not always the same, but a lot of times, I just try and come up with a riff that I like. Then usually, I'll present it to the band 'Hey, we have this idea.' Then they help me transform it." Added Warrel: "Then you don't listen to them if they have their ideas and you do it the way you want to." "I forcefully suggest certain ideas," continued Lenny. "Yes. We would like to say it's a democracy, but it's not. It is a joint effort, but Warrel and I write most of the stuff. Everybody helps. It's a team effort to come up with the final product, let's put it that way." "Don't quote a NEVERMORE song," said Dane, sarcastically. "We're trying to disassociate with that. Then you have to bring that up." SANCTUARY, which reformed in 2010 after an eighteen-year break, has spent recent years touring in support of its comeback album, 2014's "The Year The Sun Died", as well as 2016's "Inception", an album comprised of presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which Rutledge discovered and were then magically restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED). Since SANCTUARY was taking part in summer's European festival circuit, Rutledge and Dane were asked how they approach live shows. "For me, it's like your alter ego," said Lenny. "I'm quite a bit different. I'm a laid-back guy, but onstage, I don't feel I'm like a laid-back guy, it's more of your time to shine and everything. It's definitely a different alter ego for me." "Of course, you definitely are an alter ego on the stage," said Warrel. "I learned years ago that I had to adapt and change my personality just to deal with the stress and everything that goes along with it. I'm not the same guy when I'm onstage; I'm a completely split personality. I think that's a little bit necessary. I guess that's the creative side of me. But, I enjoy when I'm at home, I'm a quiet guy that just sits on the couch with his cat. [Laughs]" Originally formed in 1985, SANCTUARY scored a record deal with CBS/Epic with the assistance of MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine, who proceeded to produce the band's 1988 "Refuge Denied" debut and took them out on the road with MEGADETH. SANCTUARY would release one more album for CBS/Epic, 1990's "Into The Mirror Black" before dissolving in 1992 in the wake of internal fighting and the grunge movement. Dane, along with bassist Jim Sheppard and then-touring guitarist Jeff Loomis, would go on to form NEVERMORE the same year.

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MIKE PORTNOY On SONS OF APOLLO: ‘It’s The Way It Was In DREAM THEATER Where I’m Calling The Shots And I’m In Control’

OD from Parisian radio station Morow recently conducted an interview with Mike Portnoy about the former DREAM THEATER drummer's new band, SONS OF APOLLO. SONS OF APOLLO features Portnoy alongside his former DREAM THEATER bandmate, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE). You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he considers SONS OF APOLLO to be a continuation of his SHATTERED FORTRESS project, which saw him, along with several guest musicians, performing DREAM THEATER's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety: Mike: "Yeah, I will say that doing the SHATTERED FORTRESS tour definitely kind of re-ignited the flame. Seeing the audience reaction to me playing the DREAM THEATER music…it just felt like the right time to finally do something like SONS OF APOLLO. Derek and I had done PSMS [the instrumental band featuring Portnoy, Sherinian, Sheehan and guitarist Tony MacAlpine] back in 2012 and we were doing DREAM THEATER music in that and doing some more progressive metal instrumental stuff, and even back then, we talked about how it might be good to eventually turn this into a full-time band. The time just wasn't right. I think after the SHATTERED FORTRESS experience, it felt like the time was right to finally launch this." On who can be credited with the creation of SONS OF APOLLO: Mike: "This is absolutely mine and Derek's band. We essentially put it together and produced the album and he and I are kinda doing this as partners, with the understanding that I am the leader, to be honest. I don't want to sound brash, but it's the truth. When Derek approached me about doing this last year [he said] 'Let's finally do it and get a singer and turn it into a real band.' I was like 'Look, I already have FLYING COLORS, METAL ALLEGIANCE, THE NEAL MORSE BAND, THE WINERY DOGS. I can't handle another band where I have to get a thousand e-mails every morning from everybody making a decision.' So I said to him, 'If I do another band, it has to be the way I ran DREAM THEATER. It has to be the same dynamic. I have to have creative control. I have to be able to call the shots, make decisions on my own and everybody's got to trust me and my direction as a leader.' And Derek was like 'Absolutely. We'll be partners in terms of business and in terms of producing the album,' but beyond that, it's the way it was in DREAM THEATER where I'm [calling] the shots and I'm in control. I just had to have that to be able to move forward with this band. Everybody is cool with it and understands it and supports that." On who handles the songwriting in SONS OF APOLLO: Mike: "Well, there's two stages to the music. There's the music and then there's the vocals. The music was a full collaboration between me, Derek and Bumblefoot for most of the music. Then Billy joined us a little later on, so there's a few songs Billy was equally involved in. But basically, the music stemmed from that, a collaboration with us sitting in a room, bouncing ideas off of each other. Derek did have 'God Of The Sun' and 'Divine Addiction', he brought those in, almost complete on his own. Everything else was me, Derek and Bumblefoot, putting things together and then later on, Billy doing his thing with us. That was the music. The vocals was a different process. Once all the music was done, then myself, Derek and Jeff got together and worked on that together. A lot of times Jeff would come in with lyrics and some melodies and then we would shape them together. He did 'Alive' and maybe one other. It was perfect so we left it alone, but a lot of the other stuff we worked together and changed some words here and changed some melodies there. There's two different processes: music and vocals." On whether he will put his various other bands and side projects on hold to focus on SONS OF APOLLO: Mike: "Like I said, I'm very used to juggling many bands. I usually have three-to-four bands a year going at any given point. Last year, I was juggling NEAL MORSE and TWISTED SISTER and THE WINERY DOGS. This year, I'm juggling SHATTERED FORTRESS and THE NEAL MORSE BAND and SONS OF APOLLO. I'm very used to it. You just have to be responsible and strategic with the scheduling. Then once an album comes out, it kind of becomes very obvious what the work ethic of the band is. If it's going to be just a side project that plays a couple of shows or no shows, or, a part-time band, like the way FLYING COLORS is, maybe do a couple of shows per album, or a full-time band like what I have with THE WINERY DOGS. We go out and play a hundred shows and go all around the world a couple of times. Our intentions with SONS OF APOLLO is to be a full-time band and this to be the primary for everybody involved. I think 2018 is going to do that. We're going to pretty much spend the entire year touring with this band all around the world. I think it will be obvious this is a full-time band. That doesn't mean all my other things are going to go away. The whole time I was in DREAM THEATER, I had all these other things going. The whole time I was out there with THE WINERY DOGS, which was very full-time, I still had all these other things going. It's very possible to juggle all these things and manage it. I can spend all next year out with SONS OF APOLLO, still make a METAL ALLEGIANCE album, still make another THE NEAL MORSE BAND album, and I'll figure out the scheduling. That's my problem, not yours. Don't worry, I can do it." SONS OF APOLLO's debut album, "Psychotic Symphony", will be released on October 20 via InsideOut Music.

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ROB CAVESTANY On DEATH ANGEL’s Sound: ‘We Try To Be A Little Barbaric With Our Music’

Claudia of the Austrian web site We Don't Care interviewed guitarist Rob Cavestany of veteran Bay Area thrash metallers DEATH ANGEL at this year's MetalDays festival, which was held July 23-29 in Tolmin, Slovenia. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the most important aspect of DEATH ANGEL's music: Rob: "For me, the most important thing is getting the emotional expression across through the sound, through the music, through the melodies, the riffs, and of course, the lyrics. But, usually our songs start with music and then the lyrics come second. In the very first place, I'm just trying to express the mood and I'm also trying to imagine — because we play live all the time — I'm picturing the last tour we did and what parts of the music gets the crowd going and the certain reaction from the crowd and how it feels for us to play live, so these things are in mind as I'm just trying to spit out stuff and listen back and see what sounds good and what maybe doesn't sound as good as I thought it did at the beginning. It's mostly trying to convey the emotional expression. Then, after that, the technical things are on top of that. That's our style of music, at least from our band. We're a little bit raw and we're not like, crazy musicians, virtuosos. We try, we try, but we're a little bit… barbaric with our music. [Laughs]" On whether he considers himself an artist rather than a musician: Rob: "I'd like to think so. There's different aspects to the job per se. I think you have to recognize that. At some point, you're creating, so this is for me, happening by myself or something and I'm just with my own self and outputting stuff. Then, another case, you're producing. I co-produce our albums so then now you're looking at it from a technical aspect of capturing the music onto a recording. Then, of course, you're an entertainer and a performer when you're playing live or doing things in front of people, you're here to entertain. Then you recognize that and try your best to entertain and be interesting. Different people might say a different thing if you're interviewing them and their heart where they're coming from. That's up to them. To be honest, if you're getting onstage in front of people, you're entertaining whether you don't realize that, you should take a look at what you're doing. I think our band is quite entertaining. We definitely take that to heart and do our best to do that. We're fans of music. We go to concerts. We pay for tickets and watch the bands we love. And I like to be entertained by the band. It's all in one." On what he would say about the band's most recent album, 2016's "The Evil Divide": Rob: "By the time the album's out, to me, it's set. Everything I'm trying to say is there when you listen to the album. I want it to be known that we have this album called 'The Evil Divide'. It's our latest album and it's actually been out over a year now. It's just taken us a long time to get to Europe. We've been touring not in Europe for some reason. Yeah, just have a listen. Check it out. We're very proud of it. We love this album and play a lot of the songs in our live set. It's really fun to play the songs. The album means a lot to us, as do all of our albums, of course, but this is where we're at right now. This is the most current sound of our band." "The Evil Divide" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 98 with first-week sales of just over 6,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 72-peaking "The Dream Calls For Blood", which opened with around 5,400 copies back in 2013. "The Evil Divide" was released in May 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was once again recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEICIDE), who previously worked on 2010's "Relentless Retribution" and 2013's "The Dream Calls For Blood". Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City. The cover artwork was created by Bob Tyrrell.

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New JUDAS PRIEST Album Is ‘Sounding Monumental,’ Says ROB HALFORD

Rob Halford says that JUDAS PRIEST's long-awaited new album is "sounding monumental." The British heavy metal legends have spent the last few months in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" with the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). During an October 5 appearance on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume, Halford stated about the progress of the recording sessions for PRIEST's new disc: "We're almost done. We're in that final hurdle before we get to the finishing line. It is sounding monumental. It's gonna blow your socks off. We're thrilled. We've got this big metal monster looming in the background, about to drop early next year, with a world tour to coincide." Asked what it has been like collaborating again with Allom, who produced every PRIEST release from "Unleashed In The East" (1979) through "Ram It Down" (1988), along with several live records since then, Halford said: "Brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. Tom has a rich history with PRIEST, particularly those great moments with 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'Defenders Of The Faith' [and] 'British Steel'. My God — he's the man in that respect. So I thought it was really great for Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter to accept that this was gonna be like a three-man job, with Andy mostly holding the reins, but with Tom by his side and Mike there [as well]. "It's an unusual way to make this kind of record for PRIEST, because it's generally the producer and the band," Halford admitted. "We just had so much faith in Andy and in Tom and Mike that we said, 'Guys, you go for it. You tell us what to do.' And if Andy Sneap said, 'Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. '… I've never sung so much in the studio behind a mic in all my life. But he got the results that we needed, and I think I can say the same for Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and for Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and for Scott [Travis, drums] and for Ian [Hill, bass]. So he got something out of us — they all did — but they got something out of us truly remarkable, and you're gonna be hearing it very soon." Sneap, who plays guitar in the reactivated British occult metal act HELL, recently told Serbia's Hardwired magazine that PRIEST had "about twenty-six ideas" in the early stage of the production process for the new album. "We've whittled [that] down to fourteen or fifteen," he said, adding that "we haven't decided on which songs [will make the final cut] or a running order for the album yet." Andy went on to say that PRIEST's new album will contain "a really good energy and some real classic moments." He said "Rob did great" during the album's final recording sessions. "I'll tell you what: for someone who's got that much experience, there's no ego there at all," he said. "We'd do, like, six or seven passes, and I'd ask him to try something a bit [different] on this part, and he was, like, 'No problem.' And he'd give me another four takes with a slightly different vibe. And then me and Tom Allom would sit there and we'd comp it, and we pretty much agreed on everything." It was announced on Wednesday (October 4) that PRIEST was nominated for induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, part of a list of nineteen potential candidates. Inductees into the 2018 Rock Hall will be voted on by a group of more than nine hundred artists, historians and music-industry professionals. Speaking to "Trunk Nation", Halford stated about PRIEST's nomination: "No matter what your opinions and feelings about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, it's a great institution. It's in the same caliber as the Baseball Hall Of Fame and Basketball and NFL, the Grammy [Awards], the [Oscars]. Some people might think it's superfluous; it’s not, really. What it is for the musicians, or the artists, whatever you wanna call us, it's just a recognition of the work that you have been making in your years in the music world, and for PRIEST, it's been over forty years of blood, sweat and tears. And we've been slugging away — and I don't mean that in a bad way; I mean in a loving way. You know how much we love heavy metal music. We've had the great joy and pleasure of almost now making our eighteenth studio album over four decades and loving every minute of it. So [for this] to come along now, it's a boost, it's a real boost, it makes you feel good — within the band, within the fans that look after PRIEST around the world, and for heavy metal music more than anything else." He added: "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is more than rock and roll. It kind of ventured off into other language besides rock and roll — which, in my opinion, I think it should because it's the only body that represents music in this broad spectrum. So to have another heavy metal act potentially inducted is important." The 2018 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018.

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SAXON Completes Mixing ‘Thunderbolt’ Album

British heavy metal legends SAXON have completed mixing their new album, "Thunderbolt", for a tentative late January release. Singer Biff Byford told Canada's The Metal Voice on October 4 (see video below): "Andy [Sneap, producer] finished mixing it yesterday. The artwork's ready. I'm just doing all the credits now for the album, besides my job as executive producer." Asked what the new disc will sound like, Byford said: "Pretty much the same as [2015's] 'Battering Ram' and [2013's] 'Sacrifice'. It's not gonna change drastically." "Thunderbolt" will feature the song "They Played Rock And Roll", written about and dedicated to MOTÖRHEAD. Byford previously said that he gave the track that title because "that's what Lemmy used to say every night [from the stage]." He added: "It's basically about early MOTÖRHEAD — '79/'80 MOTÖRHEAD, like around 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith', 'cause that's the tour we were on, that one. So, yeah, it's about the band, really, and their music." According to Biff, "They Played Rock And Roll" will be musically similar to Lemmy and Co. He explained: "I asked Nibbs [Carter, SAXON bassist] to write me some music that was like MOTÖRHEAD, and he did. So it sounds very MOTÖRHEAD-ish, but not MOTÖRHEAD, if you know what I mean." Regarding the "Thunderbolt" album title, Byford said: "'Thunderbolt' is about Greek gods, so I read up on Greek mythology. There's not really that much. Homer had some writings… I made most of it up, but it's based on Zeus and Poseidon and Hades, so it's got a bit of good and a bit of evil in it, so it's pretty cool. Obviously Zeus's sign was a thunderbolt and his sign was an eagle holding a lightning bolt." Like "Battering Ram", SAXON's upcoming effort will feature Byford alongside Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitar, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.

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DOROTHY Releases Live Version And Music Video For ‘Down To The Bottom’

Los Angeles-based alternative rock band DOROTHY has released a live version of its single "Down To The Bottom", recorded in-studio in one take. This live version offers a raw, intimate spin on the hard-hitting single. In the video, fans get to see "Down To The Bottom" showcased in real time from an in-studio performance; experiencing a band connecting sonically, emotionally and creatively. Lead vocalist Dorothy stated: "The band and I had a good time shooting 'Down To The Bottom Live' at Linda Perry's studio with Kii Arens and Kristin Burns. "I'm excited to share our daily habitat with our fans. They get an inside look as to how this next record is being made. "We went with an old-school approach, just like how THE STONES would. It feels organic, and it feels right." "Pretty much every album you ever heard between the birth of Christ and the '80s was recorded live," added Linda Perry. "We overdubbed background vocals and a Moog. It doesn't get any more live than this. The only thing missing was DOROTHY's fans rocking out in the audience. Oh, and we filmed this awesome moment with an iPhone." "Down To The Bottom" was produced by Linda Perry, who also manages the band with her partner Kerry Brown through We Are Hear, an artist-empowering record label, publishing, and management company. The single was co-written by Dorothy Martin, Mark Jackson, Ian Scott and Linda Perry. The video is presented by Roc Nation and produced by We Are Hear. DOROTHY was built around Dorothy Martin, a singer who was born in Budapest but raised in San Diego. As a child, she started singing early and eventually made her way to Los Angeles. Her latest EP earned attention from LA Weekly and Rolling Stone — the latter named DOROTHY one of the best 50 Best New Artists of 2014. All the chatter was enough to earn the attention of Jay-Z's Roc Nation, which signed Dorothy in 2015. She recently put together a new high-level and powerful band, including guitarist Nick Maybury, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango and drummer Jason Ganberg.

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HAMMERFALL To Release ‘Glory To The Brave – 20 Year Anniversary Edition’

When HAMMERFALL released its debut album, "Glory To The Brave", twenty years ago, the five Swedes launched a true heavy metal revival overnight. While the mainstream still concentrated on grunge and the metal scene was dominated by especially black and gothic acts, this traditional metal record was like a godsend and heralded a new era. "For us, the immense success was a real shock in the beginning," singer Joacim Cans remembers, because suddenly, HAMMERFALL were considered to be the saviors of true metal. They received countless rave reviews from magazines, Wacken Open Air booked the band at prime time on the main stage, Kai Hansen invited the band personally to join as support on the GAMMA RAY tour and the CD entered the German album chart at the amazing position of No. 38 — an unbelievable achievement during this time. "Our advantage was that no one has expected us and our album. We only did what we wanted and felt compelled to do," Cans says. This passion was not least influenced by German metal acts like ACCEPT, HELLOWEEN and STORMWITCH but also by other underdogs like WARLORD and PICTURE. "I'm still very proud of this album; it has turned our lives upside down," the vocalist sums up, and is equally proud of the extensive re-release of the cult album, which will be madea available on December 1. The re-release includes the completely remastered version of "Glory To The Brave", a radio edit of the legendary title track as well as the great cover version of the STORMWITCH classic "Ravenlord". The bonus CD will include six live versions of "The Metal Age", "Steel Meets Steel", "Stone Cold", "Glory To The Brave", "Hammerfall" and "The Dragon Lies Bleeding", as well as a medley from numerous tracks off of their first-class debut album, which was recorded live this year at a show in Berlin. In addition to this, the double CD will also be enhanced by a bonus DVD containing the first chapters of their "The First Crusade" documentary, which was originally published on VHS, as well as four new, historically edited interview chapters plus a live recording of their Dynamo Open Air show at Eindhoven in 1998. It will be available as a digipak in an attractive box set, including a booklet containing detailed liner notes, many photos from the private archives of the musicians as well as magazine reports, flyers, posters and much more. Besides the 2-CD/DVD, you can also purchase the audio part separately, which includes bonus tracks as a double-vinyl in various colors. There has been no other album that was quite as important for the development of heavy metal in the nineties and now, the milestone will be published in a comprehensive deluxe edition that leaves no wish unfulfilled! "Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition" will be released with brand-new cover artwork and is now available for pre-order. "Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition" track listing: Digi, Album Tracks Remastered CD1 01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding 02. The Metal Age 03. HammerFall 04. I Believe 05. Child Of The Damned 06. Steel Meets Steel 07. Stone Cold 08. Unchained 09. Glory To The Brave Bonus: 10. Ravenlord 11. Glory To The Brave (radio edit) CD2 (bonus) – Live 01. The Metal Age (1998) 02. Steel Meets Steel (1998) 03. Stone Cold (1998) 04. Glory To The Brave (2012) 05. Hammerfall (2012) 06. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (2012) 07. Glory To The Brave Medley (2017) Bonus DVD The First Crusade: 01. Introduction 02. Steel Meets Steel - First Live Show 03. Glory To The Brave - Clip 1 04. HammerFall 05. Steel Meets Steel - Live 06. Glory To The Brave - Clip 2 07. The Making Of "Glory To The Brave" 08. Ravenlord - Live (STORMWITCH cover) 09. The Metal Age - Live 10. Nominated For The Swedish Grammis Award 11. Stone Cold - Live 12. Interview Interview 2017: 13. Chapter I: The Early Days 14. Chapter II: The Rockslaget Festival 15. Chapter III: The Album 16. Chapter IV: New Members, Wacken & Touring Live: Dynamo Festival 1998 17. Child Of The Damned 18. The Metal Age 19. Steel Meets Steel 20. Eternal Dark 21. The Dragon Lies Bleeding 22. Stone Cold 23. HammerFall 2LP (140g, 33 RPM) Album Tracks Remastered Side A 01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding 02. The Metal Age 03. HammerFall 04. I Believe 05. Child Of The Damned Side B 01. Steel Meets Steel 02. Stone Cold 03. Unchained 04. Glory To The Brave Side C (Bonus) 01. Ravenlord 02. The Metal Age (live 1998) 03. Steel Meets Steel (live 1998) 04. Stone Cold (live 1998) Side D (Bonus) 01. Glory To The Brave (live 2012) 02. Hammerfall (live 2012) 03. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (live 2012) 04. Glory To The Brave - Medley (live 2017)

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