GUNS N' ROSES paid tribute to Chris Cornell earlier tonight by performing a cover version of SOUNDGARDEN's "Black Hole Sun" at the opening concert of GN'R's European tour at Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland. Fan-filmed video footage of the rendition can be seen below. "This one's to you, Chris. 'Black Hole Sun' live from Slane Castle," GN'R wrote in a Twitter message shortly after the performance of the "Superunknown" classic. Over four hundred gardai (Irish police) were reportedly on duty at sold-out show, which was attended by eighty-three thousand fans. There was also an additional one thousand and two hundred private security personnel in attendance, as well as a full medical team of doctors, an on-site hospital and five first aid posts. According to the Irish Times, "Fans arrived to bag and body searches, followed by ticket checks, more bag searches, more body pat downs, instructions to empty your pockets into clear plastic bags and metal-detector checks. There were also sniffer dogs and a garda presence as well as the civil defence lining the bridge towards the site and water craft patrolling the river." GUNS N' ROSES beefed up security in the wake of the terrorist attack at pop singer Ariana Grande's show on Monday (May 22) in Manchester, England. For his first solo album, which came out in 2010, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash invited many great musicians as guest vocalists, including Cornell, who can be heard on a song called "Promise". Slash later told Music Radar about the track: "Chris was great. 'Promise' was probably the most unorthodox piece of music that I'd written, it was very different. It was one of those things, I don't know why I thought of him for that song more than any of the others, but I sent it to him and within 48 hours he sent me this great lyric and we were off and running. It was as simple as that. Everybody seems to like this one." Cornell told Classic Rock magazine about Slash: "I met Slash in 1992 when GUNS N' ROSES took SOUNDGARDEN on tour. He was extremely gracious and always very supportive. Often when you tour with a band that are that successful, they treat you like shit. Slash was always a very consistent and amiable person and he is now. And I will say this — and I don't mean this as a slight to him, it's actually a compliment — Slash is the most drunk guitarist I have ever seen play well on stage. I was never able to be that trashed and that good at the same time. That's a part of his consistency: he doesn't drink now and he's still great. That dedication to music is what drives his character." The SOUNDGARDEN frontman was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. The band had played a concert at the Fox Theatre earlier that evening. A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."
Fan-filmed video footage of I AM MORBID — the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) — performing on May 26 at Club Volta in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. The group's setlist was as follows: 01. Immortal Rites 02. Fall From Grace 03. Visions From The Dark Side 04. Blessed Are The Sick 05. Day Of Suffering 06. Rapture 07. Pain Divine 08. Sworn To The Black 09. Eyes To See, Ears To Hear 10. I Am Morbid 11. Maze Of Torment 12. Guitar Duel 13. Dominate 14. Where The Slime Live 15. Dawn Of The Angry 16. Blood On My Hands 17. God Of Emptiness 18. World Of Shit (The Promised Land) I AM MORBID, which plays material from MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums, is performing five shows in Russia in late May, followed by fourteen dates in the rest of Europe. The tour, which is presented by The Flaming Arts Agency, features NECROPHAGIA as direct support. Vincent recently told Ghost Cult about I AM MORBID: "It's been discussed off and on for a few years now, but, as they say, actions speak louder than words. While it was exciting to discuss, it was held off for a few years until I decided to go through some personal changes in my life, and really absorb the possibility of it happening. I went ahead and focused on my roots music, but this kept lingering, and now it's time for I AM MORBID to finally happen." Regarding the I AM MORBID setlist, Vincent said: "Like everything I do, I want to make this special. This is very different from MORBID ANGEL. If you want to see a MORBID ANGEL show, you know where to go, but this isn't it. I'm only going to be performing songs that I wrote on this tour. If I didn't write it, we aren't playing it. We are going to throw in things, here or there, to make things more unique, but it's going to be one brutal show. I can promise you that." MORBID ANGEL's controversial 2011 album, "Illud Divinum Insanus", marked the group's first CD to feature Vincent since "Domination". The band recently recorded a new studio album with a lineup that includes Steve Tucker on bass/vocals, Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ERRORGEIST) on drums, and Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal group VADIMVON) on second guitar.
Chuck Marshall of Metal Wani recently conducted an interview with drummer Steve Asheim of Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the recording sessions for DEICIDE's long-awaited follow-up to 2013's "In The Minds Of Evil" album are coming along: Steve: "The record is coming along. We've got songs recorded — rhythms, drums — and it sounds amazing. It's gonna be heavy as shit. What we're waiting to do is complete it with vocals, leads and the mix, and that kind of takes some time. We could have rushed in there to try and get it done, but we don't really wanna do that. We did that before with records, and it doesn't work out. It pays to wait a little, make sure it's right, everyone feels good about it. I'd like it to be done sooner, but I'd like everything to be done sooner." On when the new DEICIDE album will get released: Steve: "I'm hoping for the end of the year. But I was hoping for the end of last year. So we'll keep hoping, man. It'll get there. It's written and we just have to write the vocals and the lines. But the music is done. It's tight, it's brutal — all that." On DEICIDE's musical approach on the upcoming album: Steve: "The challenge was just trying to, as always, not repeat yourself too much — come up with something catchy, but not blatant, and something that is not overly technical but kind of sounds technical. But there was this one thing that everyone was saying… I demoed this one song, and they were, like — and don't get me wrong when I say this — they were, like, 'Dude, that kind of sounds like JUDAS PRIEST.' And I was, like, 'That's interesting.' 'Cause, I mean, it's fast and heavy and it's just an onslaught, but there was a catchiness in the riff writing, with the big chords and the change that was kind of reminiscent of PRIEST, I guess. I've heard that from two separate people. Glen [Benton, DEICIDE frontman] said that and [producer Jason] Suecof said that. And I never knew Jay to be a huge PRIEST fan by any stretch, but he picked up on it. And I just remember the one particular riff was… I'd been working out the line for a while, figuring out how to get it just right. All the pieces are there, and I don't wanna use too much of it and I don't wanna use too little of it, and I wanna arrange it just right and play it properly and then get the most out of it. So I hit on it one night. I was, like, 'That's it.' It's almost like a church hymn, how it's arranged. A three-chord thing, that repeats, then you shift to one chord, then it comes back, and you just use the same pieces to mix it up; you don't have to go too far. Three chords — that's it. It's just how you arrange that. It was powerful. So I'm waiting for people to hear that, yeah. It's gonna be awesome." On new DEICIDE guitarist Mark English: Steve: "Mark's working out great. He's nailing all the leads. He's a good… I was gonna call him a kid; he's older than me. And he's good to travel with. He plays tight. He's pretty tight with the band. He's concerned about being tighter, so his head's in the right place, he's playing good. And it's only been a week, so we'll see. But nah — he's good. We're enjoying it, I think he's enjoying it, so it's good. It's a good fit so far. He's nailing the leads [which] is the main thing. 'Cause we've got a lot of super-technical stuff, and Kevin [Quirion, DEICIDE's other guitarist] wasn't able to really nail the stuff. And Jack [Owen, former DEICIDE guitarist] was never nailing it, so it's good to bring that likeness of the record live, bring that into the picture instead of slopping it out and hoping for the best. You can expect it to be authentic." On Jack Owen's departure from DEICIDE: Steve: "We were just kind of writing the record, and we were going over the songs. Me and Glen, we were, like, 'We wanna redo the songs.' It's like we had completed them — about nine or twelve, whatever how many songs. They were all right, but we weren't really psyched about them. So we decided to rewrite them. And Jack didn't really like it. And he kind of left one day and just never came back. So that was that. He's not on [the new album]. I haven't talked to the guy in almost a year." "In The Minds Of Evil" sold 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. Issued on November 25, 2013 via Century Media Records, the follow-up to 2011's "To Hell With God" was recorded at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof.
Gregg Allman, the legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist and co-founder of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, has passed away at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. A statement posted to the singer's official web site reads: "It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. "Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times." Gregg's longtime manager and close friend Michael Lehman said: "I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him." Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; three grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family suggests that tributes to Allman can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.
WE START WARS, the new all-female group led by Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, made its live debut this past Thursday, May 25 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. In addition to Nita, WE START WARS features Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) on bass, Seana (a.k.a. Shauna Lisse) on vocals, Nicole Papastavrou on guitar, Katt Scarlett (FEMME FATALE) on keyboards and Lindsay Martin on drums. Asked how WE START WARS came together, Strauss told The Front Row Report at last weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio: "WE START WARS, I always say it's the band I've always wanted to be in. When I was a young guitar player starting out, there wasn't really a lot of all-female bands that had a really high level of technique for me to look up to. I love Steve Vai, [Joe] Satriani, DREAM THEATER… That's my stuff, that's what I like to listen to. And the more I started to figure out, there's not a lot of all-female bands that play this kind of stuff, that play technical stuff. There's some incredible all-female bands and I'm not knocking all-girl bands by any stretch of the imagination. But I wanted one that was really technical. I wanted a drummer that plays really fast double bass. I wanted two guitar players that both play solos. I wanted a singer with a big range — which you have… Female bands have great singers. My keyboard player went to Berklee — [she's] an incredible musician. So I really got the full spectrum of great musicianship first and foremost, and that's what I'm really excited to showcase for the fans." According to Nita, part of the reason she didn't launch WE START WARS earlier is the fact that quality female musicians are hard to come by. "A lot of times [when] I do press, I get this sort of snarky [question from interviewers], 'Well, why did it take you so long to put a band together?'" she said. "And I [usually tell them], 'How many female drummers do you know that live in this small area…?' I mean, I wanted to get local people to L.A., where I live. I didn't wanna bring people in from out of town. I've done it, and I always end up paying for their flight, and I just can't do it. So I really wanted to get local people that could be in a room in rehearsal when I'm gone. 'Cause I'm gone most of the year with Alice. So the girls in my band are super dedicated. They've been in the studio every day… a couple of times a week since I've been on this tour, and they're hitting it hard. So we're ready for the show." Regarding the band's sound, Papastavrou told Guitar World: "I'd say it's super-melodic metal but also has a little bit of something for everyone. We wanted to broaden our audience — not do anything too aggressive, but there's still a little bit of heaviness in there." Strauss concurred, adding: "There's a lot of crossover appeal. Nicole and I probably have the heaviest influences in the band, but when it comes down to it, we make music a lot of people can enjoy." WE START WARS' first single, "The Animal Inside", can be streamed below. Strauss said of the band's name: "A phrase I heard years ago has always stuck with me: 'Some of the greatest wars in history were fought over a beautiful woman.' "I've always been fascinated by the idea of the female warrior, someone who fights her own battles and doesn't take shit from anyone, and equally fascinated with the concept that a woman's love or defending her honor would be worth so much that people would actually put their own lives and the lives of others at risk over it. The most famous story everyone thinks of first is, of course, 'The face that launched a thousand ships,' Helen of Troy. But there was also Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Attila the Hun's invasion of Rome, Richard the Lionheart rescuing his sister Joan of England during the crusades, General Wu Sangui's betrayal, which led to the downfall of the Ming Dynasty in the 1600s, and the Celts uprising against the Roman Empire in AD 60. The list goes on and on. "So that's the story behind the name — WE START WARS represents not only the battles that women face in daily life, but also the battles that have followed them throughout history.”
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Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of the British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN prior to the band's May 18 show at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, Illinois. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's early days: John: "We were very similar to the other bands that had been around in the world at the time. We learned our trade. We weren't ready to get a record deal. We learned to play, we learned how to play to an audience, play to an audience that wasn't interested, how to kick them up the ass and get them interested. If they actively hated you, feed that anger and feed that hatred. We watched very many accomplished practitioners of our arts. The first bands we ever saw was THE [SENSATIONAL] ALEX HARVEY BAND and SLADE. You couldn't have a better education than watching both of those bands who were just unbelievable. We were very lucky in Newcastle and we had a relatively small hall and every band of note came there and you could see them close up and see what's going on. There was no instructional videos and DVDs or any of that in the dark old ages. We learned from seeing real bands." On hearing METALLICA for the first time in 1983: John: "We were told, 'Check these guys out.' I was given a cassette called 'No Life 'Til Leather'. It kinda sounded like MOTÖRHEAD at 78 [RPMs] on the record player. [I thought] 'These guys are cool.' We took METALLICA out on their first tour. We took them out as opening act on the 'Kill 'Em All For One' tour, which was crazy. Seventeen people in a six-bunk bus, going nuts across America. That was inspirational for a lot of American kids who ended up starting their own bands after that." On RAVEN's chemistry during their early days: John: "It was very much 'all for one, one for all.' Every one of us contributed writing, lyrics and ideas. It was very much a group-mind type of thing, we were all thinking in the right direction, even though we all had differences. A lot of it unspoken, which is really interesting." On getting signed to Atlantic Records for the release of 1985's "Stay Hard": John: "We ended up doing a show in New York where we headlined with METALLICA and ANTHRAX at the Roseland Ballroom. From that show, three bands got signed to major label deals. They say, 'Be careful what you ask for, because, sadly, you may get it.' We were recording an album. At one point, it was, like, 'Maybe we need to record an album to get off Neat Records. What do we got lying around?' Some songs we were keeping to one side, then when we had an interest from Atlantic, we said, 'Let's bring those songs back in.' Songs like 'Extract The Action' and 'On And On' and stuff like that. We did it with our sound engineer and the mix wasn't quite right, so we brought in [producer] Michael Wagener to mix it and we re-recorded a couple of songs. The record company asked for 'Hard Ride', which was a silly idea, and we re-did it anyway and we re-did 'On And On', which came out much better. It's got commercial aspects to it, but it's not a particularly commercial album." On whether Atlantic Records pressured RAVEN to write more commercial songs: John: "Yeah, we got pressured to be more commercial on the next record. It happened with many, many, many bands. We just happened to be the poster boys and got a lot of shit for it, as it were. We did an album called 'The Pack Is Back', exemplified by its horrible cover. The idea was that we'd look like us, like crazed football players, but we looked like crazed hairdressers. The album was done with [producer] Eddie Kramer, who's famous for [Jimi] Hendrix and KISS and whatever else. His forte was recording a live band and we're a live band. But our drummer decided he wanted to record to a click track without anybody else playing, which is strange. He played behind the beat anyway, so everything has a leaden feel; it's plodding. Eddie, we tried to make a high-tech heavy metal album. It's funny, we got a guitar synthesizer and half the sounds sounded exactly like the ones that were on the JUDAS PRIEST album 'Turbo' at the same time. We were trying to push the envelope with that. There's some okay songs, but some are 'eh'; I'm not happy with them. Basically, we were led up the path. 'If you do this, if you do that, we'll be able to get you on this tour.' It was a deal with the devil. It never worked out. We just said, 'This is ridiculous.' I'd rather do what we love and have it stand or fall on its own merits." RAVEN's latest album, "ExtermiNation", was released in April 2015 via SPV/Steamhammer.
Straus Project conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Todd La Torre prior to the band's May 5 show at the Arcada Theatre in Saint Charles, Illinois. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On plans for his first solo album: Todd: "I've had solo material for many, many years. When I joined QUEENSRŸCHE, it was, like, 'Okay, a hundred percent of your focus is on that,' and rightfully so. But it was always hard to try to find the time: okay, we're writing an album. You can't work on your stuff, because we're doing that. Then it's, 'Well, we're touring in support.' So trying to find the timing to, well, if I had it done, when could I release it where it didn't take away from the promotion and everything we're really trying to do with QUEENSRŸCHE, which always my number one priority. That being said, five years almost into the band now, and going on three records, it's time for me to start recording these ideas and eventually get 'em out there for a solo effort. So I've got a handful of songs, and more are being written. My friend Craig Blackwell is the co-songwriter and he'll be playing on the album. [He's] a great guitar player, producer, engineer. It's gonna be more of a power/groove metal [album] with thrash elements. It'll allow me to do more of the gutturals [vocals] that I wanna do, some of the really high, gritty kind of… more… just 'metal.' It's gonna be a metal record. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel. I want it to be melodic but definitely hard-hitting and very riff-oriented. So that's something that I'm still working on in the little pockets of time that I have, along with, as you know, writing the next QUEENSRŸCHE album with the guys." On how he determines which songs to use for QUEENSRŸCHE versus his solo effort: Todd: "In the pool of songs that we have for the new record that we're working on for QUEENSRŸCHE, there was a song that I pitched to the guys and I played everything on it. The drums, I laid the drums down first and then I tracked all the guitars and did some rough vocal stuff. And I showed it to them and I thought, 'They're probably not gonna… I don't know that they're gonna like it for QUEENSRŸCHE.' And, actually, they really liked it. It needed to be bumped up in the beats per minute, so we just put it in Elastic Audio, changed it to around two hundred beats per minute, and everyone was, like, 'You know, I think, yeah, this is cool.' We may do a few tweaks, but overall, all the music, they were really cool with. And so that was a little surprising. I tried to use some chords that Michael [Wilton, guitar] or Parker [Lundgren, guitar] may use, instead of just straight power chords. But when I start working on something, I don't have a pre-determined thing in my head. I just give it a listen. And sometimes I don't have any ideas. And I just say, 'Okay, I'm not gelling with this today.' I have to be in a certain headspace, so I'll just go through the songs that need working on and say, 'Okay, I'm in that kind of a mood,' and whatever the music starts to sound like and make me feel is how I'll initially start working on something like that." On the direction of QUEENSRŸCHE's forthcoming album: Todd: "There's some stuff on there that feels like… There's one [song] in particular that sticks out that Eddie [Jackson, bass] started writin, and it does sound 'Rage For Order'-ish. It's got odd time signatures. I don't know — it kind of felt like it belonged in that era, perhaps. But it still needs vocals done on it and everything. But I've introduced some of my own stuff that has just been shelved that's more progressive and some pretty interesting time signatures, and then I have guitar riffs in my head that go with this stuff, so I've been showing Michael, just to kind of get the idea and then they can tweak it how they want. I think there's more… probably some more up-tempo songs so far that this record, I think, will have than 'Condition Hüman'. But it's still kind of eclectic. It's a little early, because I can't say, 'Okay, here's the songs that are going on the record for sure,' and then put a playlist together and listen to it and get a vibe. That hasn't happened yet." On whether he feels comfortable as frontman of QUEENSRŸCHE: Todd: "I feel great. Since I got into the band, everyone in the band has been just very gracious and let me be who I am. We're all just really good friends and very close, and so… I think after… especially after the last record, people know what I sound like. I was able to go in some areas on the last record that the songs didn't quite call for on the 2013 [self-titled] release, but I still love that record. And hopefully this next one will be everything that we want it to be and that the supporters of the band dig it; we hope they really like it. But, again, you just never know, and that's kind of scary. Because you say, 'Oh, they've been off for three years. This'd better be good!' You know, [it's been three years] since the last release or something like that, so there's that little bit of… I don't wanna say it's 'anxiety,' but 'concern.' On the other hand, we're just gonna keep writing music and recording. So this isn't gonna be the third and final record. We're gonna keep going and keep doing records. Yeah, it'll be… I think June or July [of 2012] is when I got into the band, so we're going on five years, three albums. It feels great." QUEENSRŸCHE is tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in September to begin work on the follow-up to 2015's "Condition Hüman" album, to be released in early 2018 via Century Media. Helming the record once again will be Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked on "Condition Hüman". "Condition Hüman" debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. QUEENSRŸCHE last fall completed a month-long headlining tour of the United States. Support on the trek came from ARMORED SAINT and MIDNIGHT ETERNAL.
Lilo of HeadBangers LifeStyle recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer. You can view the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ICED EARTH's forthcoming album, "Incorruptible": Jon: "It's a really important milestone, because we've just completed our contract, so this is our last record under kind of the old model of the way the record business was done. I'm very proud of everything the band [has done]. Everybody executed their parts killer and I think the songs are great. Obviously, in my mind, I feel like it's headed to be a classic, but the fans always decide that, not me." On whether ICED EARTH has any interest in releasing their own craft beer: Jon: "No, not really. I mean, that doesn't mean it's off the table, but when people start doing it too much, then I think it's a little bit trendy. You go make a deal with a brewery, you put your label on it and that's how it works. But… I don't know…I don't think we're gonna do that, but who knows? I'd probably be more into doing a really cool single barrel of whiskey of some sort rather than beer." On the importance of coming up with new ways to promote and market your band: Jon: "It's different, the way music is consumed [nowadays]. You have to get creative, for sure. I think it might end up being cyclical. I'm not sure that it's always gonna be that way. I think this is the result of a generation growing up with things a certain way. My 12-year-old daughter wanted a record player for her birthday a few months ago, so I was, like, 'Hell yes!' It's not that I think that vinyl is gonna come back and save the business as it was, but I feel like what's happening with the business for an established band is actually a good thing, because we're gonna be able to be in more control and we're not gonna have to live under the old structure anymore. It's sort of like the Wild West. There's a lot of opportunity and a lot of people are afraid of it, and I get that, 'cause change is always a little bit scary for people. But I look at it with optimism." On his "fighter's mentality": Jon: "The very existence of the band is a fight. Many of those fights through all the years, various roadblocks come your way and you either quit or plow through it or maybe detour around it, which is a little bit more peaceful sometimes. It's a battle. That's why when people say they wanna get into this, a lot of people don't really know what they're getting into. It's way more than the illusion or the idealism that goes with, 'Oh, I'd love to be in a band and go on tour,' and all that. That's cool, but there's a lot of other stuff that happens behind the scenes that people aren't really aware of." On what has kept ICED EARTH going all these years: Jon: "I think, for one thing, the crafting of the songs, which is the whole reason that I started all this anyway. That desire to be able to channel the energy the right way that you can really move somebody and have a great effect on their life and get them through some difficult times. That's a goal, but it's a way for me to… it's therapy somehow a lot of times. I don't know exactly how it works, but it's something that's a big deal for me. And it's far more important than the rock-star bullshit. It's the songs — that's what really matters, in my opinion. Also, I like a good challenge. So if somebody tells me I can't do something, then I'm gonna work that much harder to do it. The only way I'm gonna quit is when it's on my terms, not because somebody is trying to put something in my way. Whether it's a bad business situation or whatever the deal is, I'm gonna push through that." On plans for a third album from DEMONS & WIZARDS, his project with BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch: Jon: "We have finally committed to doing it. We've wanted to through the years, but it's always a time thing. We're, like, 'Yeah, we'll talk about it, we'll get together,' and then, before we know it, a year's gone, and then another year. It's been 12 years since this [2005's 'Touched By The Crimson King']. I've already sent Hansi two songs of material and he's worked out vocal melodies and cadences for it, so we're in the very early stages, but it is happening. We're not gonna have the art suffer to reach some deadline or whatever, 'cause there isn't one. We don't even have to do it — we just want to, and we wanna make it good; that's the most important thing. So putting time pressure is not the smartest idea. But it depends on the holes in his schedule and mine. I mean, I have my own studio now, so when I'm not on the road… The problem is always getting out of that live mindset, which is completely different for me than being in writing mode. It's gonna be a little bit more difficult this summer 'cause we're only home for a few weeks and then back and then home for a few weeks. And it usually takes several days to come down and try to get into that more meditative train of thought to channel the stuff. But it'll happen. We're doing it." "Incorruptible" will be released on June 16 via Century Media. The cover artwork for the disc (as well as additional illustrations to every song) was created by David Newman-Stump from Skeleton Crew Tattoo (pencil illustrations) and Roy Young (colors).
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN used their performance in Cardiff on Wednesday night to pay tribute to the people who died in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester. While introducing one of the songs from the band's latest album, "The Book Of Souls", MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson told the crowd: "There are various people running around the world at the moment with their fingers on various buttons and all this bullshit. It makes you wonder a little bit as to whether or not we are entirely safe in the hands of lunatics. But regardless of all that, we feel entirely safe in the hands of the eight thousand lunatics here tonight. "The main fact of life at an IRON MAIDEN show is that we don't care where you're from, we don't care what religion you are, we don't care what color you are and we don't care what you had for breakfast. If you are here tonight, then, frankly, we all come in peace, all right? "So, with respect to the — I'm only gonna refer to it probably once — the awful shit that happened the other night in Manchester, the biggest response that we can make to the bullshit and the people who want to hate and who want to destroy is to give them back love and joy and rock and roll." Eariler in the week, IRON MAIDEN issued a statement expressing the band's shock at the Manchester terror attack, but promising fans that their remaining U.K. dates would go ahead. The legendary heavy metal band has two more shows left on its U.K. tour: at London's O2 Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The O2 has released a statement advising fans to turn up early. It reads: "Enhanced security is in place for all events. Please head down early and pack light as we only accept small bags into the area. "Along with everyone else, we are shocked and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families." IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in June and July. Support on the trek will come from GHOST.
"The Carrion Eaters", the new video from death metal veterans BROKEN HOPE, can be seen below. The clip, directed by Maciej Pieloch, executes sumptuous gluttony digested in savage death metal as it reveals the twisted feeding rituals of cadaver craving subhumans. "I'm really proud of 'The Carrion Eaters'. It's super-sick and catchy and rotten to the gore!" says BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner. "The Carrion Eaters" is taken from BROKEN HOPE's new album, "Mutilated And Assimilated", which will be released on June 23 via Century Media Records. Produced by Scott Creekmore, available formats include a limited-edition CD+DVD digipak in North America and in a special edition CD+DVD digipak in Europe; as well as digital and streaming versions available on all the major outlets worldwide. "Mutilated and Assimilated" track listing: 01. The Meek Shall Inherit Shit (02:48) 02. The Bunker (03:28) 03. Mutilated And Assimilated (03:31) 04. Outback Incest Clan (02:31) 05. Malicious Meatholes (03:50) 06. Blast Frozen (01:58) 07. The Necropants (03:14) 08. The Carrion Eaters (03:07) 09. Russian Sleep Experiment (03:15) 10. Hell's Handpuppets (02:48) 11. Beneath Antarctic Ice (01:25) 12. Swamped-In Gorehog (06:21) The "Mutilated and Assimilated" artwork was created by Wes Benscoter and can be seen below. BROKEN HOPE in 2015 overhauled its lineup by adding bassist Diego Soria (DISGORGE) and guitarist Matt Szlachta (DIRGE WITHIN, CHIMAIRA). BROKEN HOPE is: Damian Leski - Vocals Jeremy Wagner - Guitars Mike Miczek - Drums Matt Szlachta - Lead Guitars Diego Soria – Bass Regarding the follow-up to 2013's "Omen Of Disease", Wagner said: "BROKEN HOPE studio album number seven?! Un-fucking-believable! I'm floored at how amazing our new album turned out. The songs are relentless and violent and dark and heavy — and all from a fresh and ferocious place we haven't shared before. Moreover, thanks to my new studio and the stellar work of engineering/producing Jedi — Scott Creekmore — the production is on a sonic level like we've never had in our career. "For me personally, I feel 'Mutilated And Assimilated' is my own finest hour as a guitarist and lyricist since I formed this band as teenager. I've never felt this inspired before. The album has my strongest riffage to date, it also has Leski riffage on a few songs, it has my best friends on it, and in a crazy twist, I used Jeff Hanneman's guitars to write the album with and used them to track with in honor of his influence on myself and the world of metal."