"Perfect", a new song from WARRANT, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new studio album, "Louder Harder Faster", which will be relased on May 12 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc was recorded with producer Jeff Pilson, a veteran bassist who has played with DIO, FOREIGNER, DOKKEN and T&N, among others, and was mixed by Pat Regan except for the song "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink", which was mixed by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, PRONG, LAST IN LINE). With a lineup featuring original members Erik Turner (guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Joey Allen (guitar) and Steven Sweet (drums) along with singer Robert Mason (LYNCH MOB, CRY OF LOVE), WARRANT is now stronger than ever. Mason's vocals remain a breath of fresh air and his swagger on the songs gives new life and a bright future to the band. "Louder Harder Faster", true to the band's roots, is full of rockers with some classic ballads thrown in and will surely send their faithful fans into a frenzy. Turner says: "You can hear and feel the emotions of the last twenty-five-plus years of being in this band poured into 'Louder Harder Faster'. The fun and the frustrations, the pleasure and the pain... a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and beers went into the making of this album. Love it or hate it, it's the real-fuckin'-deal, hundred-percent pure melodic hard rock handcrafted by five musicians who dedicated their lives to music when they were just little kids with big dreams." Dixon adds: "'Louder Harder Faster' is truly one of our best records to date. It has all the classic WARRANT ingredients that people have come to know, plus a lot of extras that keep it in the modern realm of todays music. It's a perfect mix between balls and ballads. "When we started this project over two years ago, we wanted to bring the listener back to the days of sitting in the living room and cranking up a record from start to finish. "Making full records seems to be a lost art, [and] we hope in some small way that this album helps people find that art again." Regarding how the "Louder Harder Faster" album title came about, Mason told "The Rock Brigade" podcast: "On stage, since probably '09, '10, '11… I don't remember when; maybe it was after our record [was released]. But as a thing to say between… It kind of just came out of my mouth one day — 'louder, harder, faster' — and I screamed it into the microphone and we started the next song. It was kind of one of those dumb things lead singers say to break up the dead air between songs in live shows. And it kind of stuck in my head and I started doing it. It was a thing I kind of started saying. And one day I had a riff in my hands and a guitar in my house, or in a hotel room, and then it turned into, 'Oh, guys, by the way, I wrote this song. It's called 'Louder, Harder, Faster'.' And I think I half-drunkenly said in a hotel bar one night, maybe three or four years ago, 'Oh, by the way, the record should be called 'Louder, Harder, Faster', 'cause I have this fucking song.' And, you know, that's what cocky lead singers say to their guitar players. And I think Joey Allen was, like, 'Yeah, yeah. Blah blah blah. I'll believe it when I hear it.' So there you go. When we came up with the songs for this record, it just kind of became obvious that that was the… If you're gonna name it after one of the songs, there you go." "Louder Harder Faster" track listing: 01. Louder Harder Faster 02. Devil Dancer 03. Perfect 04. Only Broken Heart 05. U In My Life 06. Music Man 07. Faded 08. New Rebellion 09. Big Sandy 10. Choose Your Fate 11. Let It Go 12. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (bonus track available on CD only) Photo credit: Stephen Jensen / F3 Studios
U.K. gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST are putting the finishing touches on their new album, recorded at Orgone Studios in the misty countryside of Woburn, England. Together with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, they have forged the follow-up to their highly acclaimed release "The Plague Within" (2015), which brought them a step closer to their death metal roots. This time, PARADISE LOST will haunt their fans with a heavy, doom-ridden monster, as lead guitarist and songwriter Greg Mackintosh reveals. "The new album will be slower, sludgier and more doom-filled than ever before," he said. "Eight riff-laden monster tracks of sheer Northern misery." PARADISE LOST's fifteenth studio album, titled "Medusa", will see the light of day at the end of summer via Nuclear Blast. As some might know, Medusa is considered a hideous Gorgon in Greek mythology — a winged female monster with living venomous snakes in place of hair and everyone who dares taking a look at her will immediately turn to stone. Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting four of its five original members, PARADISE LOST is widely credited with co-founding the gothic metal genre with its sophomore album, "Gothic" (1991). Through the years, PARADISE LOST has changed its style effectively and reinvented itself again and again. They elbowed their way from their original melodic death metal sound on their debut, "Lost Paradise" (1990) to the classic "Icon" (1993) and more experimental "One Second" (1997). Finally they went back to the roots with their most recent release, "The Plague Within", achieving some of the best reviews of their career. In a 2015 interview with Isolation Grind, Holmes stated about "The Plague Within"'s heavier sound compared to that on some of PARADISE LOST's earlier albums: "We just tried to capture the spirit of the old days without forgetting everything else that has happened over the last 20 years. I don't think the album is back to our roots as such, as we couldn't have written an album like this 25 years ago." Nick also talked about the progression of PARADISE LOST's sound, calling it "just evolution. Certain albums have taken us in significant directions, I guess 'Icon' was probably the first album to do that, and we continued that style until 'One Second'. It's too early to see if ['The Plague Within'] will be a new progression." PARADISE LOST 2017 is: Nick Holmes - Vocals Greg Mackintosh - Lead Guitars Aaron Aedy - Rhythm Guitars Steve Edmondson - Bass Waltteri Väyrynen - Drums
SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell performed his new solo track called "The Promise" on Wednesday night's (April 19) edition of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". The song is the title theme from the upcoming film starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon, a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide. The slaughter of the Armenians by the Turks claimed more than 1.5 million lives over a century ago, but Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that the events of the movie are still relevant today. "That was one of the things that was important to me, was not just telling a century-old story, but telling that story because it's happening today," he said. "We need to be aware that these things happen now. We need to kind of be slapped in the face with the fact that, as horrendous as this was a century ago, in many parts of the world we haven't gotten anywhere." Cornell will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee, which responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. SOUNDGARDEN last month announced a North American tour that will kick off on May 3 in Atlanta, winding down on May 27 at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. The band has been working on material for its seventh studio album, which will follow up 2012's "King Animal".
"Forces Of The Northern Night", the highly anticipated double DVD from Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, will be released on April 28 via Nuclear Blast. The set will contain two of the band's live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band's unique visuals. A performance clip of the song "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse", taken from "Forces Of The Northern Night", can be seen below. DIMMU BORGIR's remarkable and atramentous stage show has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mindblowing aural delight per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography — from the majestic finisher "Mourning Palace" — which can be seen below (footage from the Wacken show) — to the stomping manifesto "Puritania" and the haunting "Gateways". "For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far," says DIMMU BORGIR frontman Stian Thoresen (a.k.a. Shagrath). "As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us." In addition to the two concerts, "Forces Of The Northern Night" will include a bonus documentary feature. DIMMU BORGIR's May 28, 2011 concert at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway, which is included on "Forces Of The Northern Night", featured a special setlist with 53 members of KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and 30 members of the Schola Cantorum choir, who were musical guests on the band's ninth studio album, 2010's "Abrahadabra". The show was professionally filmed and was broadcast as part of a one-hour documentary in June 2011 on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company and the largest media organization in Norway. In an interview with Scuzz TV, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) stated about the experience of performing with an orchestra: "It was, of course, really special, especially since it was in Oslo, and a lot of people traveled in for the show from all over the world. And everything went great on stage for once. When you have a hundred people on stage, the percentage of something going wrong is definitely there, but it was really, really good." He added: "You think your band is professional, then you play with an orchestra, and then you know, 'Oh, we're not so professional after all.'" DIMMU BORGIR last year extended its partnership with Nuclear Blast. The band's tenth album is tentatively due before the end of 2017. DIMMU BORGIR's most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.
"Serpent Of The Ocean", the new video from FIRESPAWN — the Swedish death metal project featuring Lars Göran Petrov (vocals; ENTOMBED) and Victor Brandt (guitar; ENTOMBED), Alex Friberg (bass; NECROPHOBIC), Fredrik Folkare (guitar; UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC) and Matte Modin (drums; DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED) — can be seen below. The track is taken from FIRESPAWN's sophomore album, "The Reprobate", which will be released on April 28 as a digipak CD, deluxe LP (with gatefold sleeve, 180-gram vinyl, poster, inlay and the entire album on CD) and as a digital download/stream via Century Media. The follow-up to 2015's "Shadow Realms" is described in a press release as "a merciless piece of evil, ferocious and blasphemous death metal." The cover artwork for "The Reprobate" is an excerpt of a huge painted piece by Paolo Girardi, who was responsible for the artwork of FIRESPAWN's debut album as well as records by BLACK BREATH, POWER TRIP, CHTHE'ILIST, MANILLA ROAD and many more. The LP version of "The Reprobate" is available in the following colors: * Black vinyl: unlimited * Dark green vinyl: ltd. to 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro Europe * Clear vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various mailorder stores * Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at FIRESPAWN's webstore "The Reprobate" track listing: 01. Serpent Of The Ocean 02. Blood Eagle 03. Full Of Hate 04. Damnatio Ad Bestias 05. Death By Impalement 06. General’s Creed 07. The Whitecahpel Murderer 08. A Patient Wolf 09. The Reprobate 10. Nightwalkers Hailing from Stockholm, FIRESPAWN is the unholy union of five death metal veterans with the aim to create blasphemous, sacrilegious and evil death metal, played by sharp minds with ancient souls. FIRESPAWN is: Lars Göran Petrov (ENTOMBED) - Vocals Victor Brandt (ENTOMBED) - Guitar Alex Friberg (NECROPHOBIC) - Bass Fredrik Folkare (UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC) - Guitar Matte Modin (DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED) – Drums
California rockers PAPA ROACH have released another new song — "American Dreams" — from their forthcoming ninth studio album, "Crooked Teeth". Due on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music, the disc will be available digitally and physically, as a standard (10 tracks) and deluxe (10 tracks + 3 brand new tracks + 16 Live tracks Live at the Fillmore Detroit) editions (see details below). Written and recorded in a cramped North Hollywood studio, "Crooked Teeth" was produced by first timers Nicholas "RAS" Furlong and Colin Brittain, with the exception of "Born For Greatness", which saw the band collaborate with writer/producer Jason Evigan (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Zedd, MAROON 5) for this positive, pulsating anthem. Furlong and Brittain, who grew up listening to PAPA ROACH, inspired the band to revisit some of the traits that personally endeared the band to them, most notably singer Jacoby Shaddix's remarkable rapping technique and the band's intense live energy. "The first time we met up with RAS and Colin, they said that [2000's] 'Infest' was on constant rotation when they were growing up and they wanted to bring back some of that fire," says Shaddix. Adds Furlong, "The whole idea was to take the classic elements of PAPA ROACH that everyone loved and revamp them into a modern version of the sound through the creative process, and we ended up with a bold, courageous and more adventurous version of PAPA ROACH." The Furlong/Brittain production team worked to bring in elements of music from different genres and parts of the world, and pockets of rhythm people associate more with rap or reggae, while still staying true to PAPA ROACH's sound. "The people who have wanted to hear me rap for years are gonna love some of the viciousness on this record," Shaddix proclaims. From the instantly infectious nature of the title track to the atmospheric sheen of the moody ballad "Periscope" (featuring Skylar Grey) and the acoustic/ hip-hop rock mashup of "Sunrise Trailer Park" (featuring Machine Gun Kelly adding a verse to Shaddix rap) "Crooked Teeth" displays the various sides of PAPA ROACH and illustrates why they've managed to remain relevant while other musical trends ebb and flow. "We didn't go into this album with the intention of trying to write radio singles," guitarist Jerry Horton explains. "This collection of songs was really about bookending everything that we’ve done prior to this album and reintroducing PAPA ROACH to people who didn't realize the depth that we have," says drummer Tony Palermo. In many ways making "Crooked Teeth" reminded Shaddix of the band's earliest days, well before they sold millions of albums and became a household name. "When we were in the rehearsal space I wasn’t thinking about who I needed to impress, I was thinking about how much I love making music with the guys in this band." "It [the album] feels honest and pure and that’s all we could hope for," adds bassist Tobin Esperance. The band is set to hit the road throughout the year, with more shows to be announced soon. "Crooked Teeth" track listing: Standard Edition (Digital, CD, Vinyl) 01. Break The Fall 02. Crooked Teeth 03. My Medication 04. Born For Greatness 05. American Dreams 06. Periscope (feat. Skylar Grey) 07. Help 08. Sunrise Trailer Park (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) 09. Traumatic 10. None Of The Above Deluxe Edition (Digital + CD Only) Disc 1 01. Break The Fall 02. Crooked Teeth 03. My Medication 04. Born For Greatness 05. American Dreams 06. Periscope (feat. Skylar Grey) 07. Help 08. Sunrise Trailer Park (feat. Machine Gun Kelly) 09. Traumatic 10. None Of The Above 11. Richochet (bonus) 12. Nothing (bonus) 13. Bleeding Through (bonus) Disc 2 01. Intro (Live at Fillmore Detroit) 02. Face Everything And Rise (live at Fillmore Detroit) 03. Getting Away With Murder (live at Fillmore Detroit) 04. Between Angels And Insects (live at Fillmore Detroit) 05. Where Did The Angels Go? (live at Fillmore Detroit) 06. Broken Home (live at Fillmore Detroit) 07. Burn (live at Fillmore Detroit) 08. Forever (live at Fillmore Detroit) 09. Scars (live at Fillmore Detroit) 10. Lifeline (live at Fillmore Detroit) 11. Infest (live at Fillmore Detroit) 12. Kick In The Teeth (live at Fillmore Detroit) 13. Broken As Me (live at Fillmore Detroit) 14. Still Swingin' (live at Fillmore Detroit) 15. To Be Loved (live at Fillmore Detroit) 16. Last Resort (live at Fillmore Detroit) Photo credit: Bryson Roatch
METAL CHURCH has recruited Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) to play drums for the band on all its summer shows. He joins the group as the replacement for Jeff Plate, who announced his departure from METAL CHURCH last month. Howland commented: "I was contacted by my good friend METAL CHURCH bass player Steve Unger recently after their drummer Jeff Plate stepped down after 12 years of dedicated service. The band has a bunch of summer festival dates as well as other touring for the year. "When Steve called, the first thing he said was, 'How busy are you right now?' I laughed and asked him to get to the point, 'cause anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly busy. Steve confided that Jeff had given his notice and that they needed a drummer immediately. He said that their new CD is going through the roof and that they have a ton of summer dates. I was very excited, to say the least. "I became a hardcore fan of METAL CHURCH when they toured with W.A.S.P. on our 2005 'Metal Blast' tour. Our then-guitar player Darrell Roberts and I would stand in the wings watching every show; they kicked ass every single night! Their drummer at the time was Kirk Arrington, a great drummer and guy. We became friends immediately. And as it happens, I'm also old friends with Jeff Plate, METAL CHURCH's most recent drummer of 12 years. Jeff is a monster drummer and one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. It will be an honor and a privilege to step into his gig. "I flew to Seattle and jammed with the band last week. We clicked immediately — nothing but big smiles from the first song to the last. It was great! "It's a great band, great guys, and they have an excellent aggressive record label behind them. They are still making fresh and relevant music. This is an honor indeed." METAL CHURCH's latest album, "XI", debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31, 2016. "XI", was released on March 25, 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release marked the return of singer Mike Howe. METAL CHURCH will release "Classic Live" via Rat Pak Records on April 28. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic METAL CHURCH songs recorded live on the band's 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track, a powerful new studio version of "Fake Healer" that features a duet with QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre.
William Tolley, founding drummer of Long Island, New York death metallers INTERNAL BLEEDING and a veteran firefighter, died this afternoon (Thursday, April 20) after falling five stories to his death from the roof of an apartment building in the Ridgewood section of Queens, New York. Tolley, who was responding to an apartment fire three floors below, was pronounced dead a short time later at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. According to CBS2, the fire had been brought under control when Tolley misstepped while moving between the roof and the bucket at the end of a five-story ladder. The 42-year-old is survived by his wife Marie and their 8-year-old daughter Bella. New York mayor Bill De Blasio paid tribute to Tolley on Facebook, calling the senior firefighter "a hero" who was "dedicated to protecting others." The mayor added: "He gave his life to this work... He made the ultimate sacrifice." INTERNAL BLEEDING reposted De Blasio's tribute and added the following statement: "Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley died today. There are ZERO WORDS to describe the loss. He was a good, decent and honorable man who loved his friends, his family and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. We love you Bill." Formed in 1991, INTERNAL BLEEDING released its first album, "Voracious Contempt", four years later. Tolley started playing drums at the age of 8, and continued to play even after joining the FDNY. "When I am not drumming, I work at the Fire Department," he said in a 2013 interview, according to the Daily News. "When I am not working, I also watch my 4-year-old. I am a family guy. I love spending time with my wife and daughter, doing all sorts of fun stuff together."
I'm very sorry to report tragedy has struck our city. Today we lost a hero of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)....Posted by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band PENTAGRAM will play its previously announced four U.S. shows at the end of April without its frontman and founding member Bobby Liebling. All lead vocals at the gigs will be handled by PENTAGRAM's guitar player Victor Griffin. Griffin, bassist Greg Turley and drummer Pete Campbell have released the following statement regarding Liebling's absence from this week's gigs: "Due to circumstances that are beyond anyone's control, that are a direct result of Bobby Liebling's personal actions, he is unfortunately unable to appear alongside PENTAGRAM for the spring string of East Coast concerts. The four dates affected are April 20th - Baltimore, MD, April 21st Richmond, VA, April 22nd New York City and April 23rd, Cambridge, MA. "PENTAGRAM will be fulfilling these dates and our obligation to the fans and many people who've put time and money into setting up these gigs. We ask that you come out to celebrate this band's legacy and music with us. The full live set performed will consist of classics and fan favorites. Our legendary and iconic guitar player and songwriter Victor Griffin will be performing the live vocals. The band will be available before and after the show for meet-and-greets, photos and questions. We look forward to seeing you at the shows! "Addiction recovery is a daily struggle. If you or your loved ones are affected, PENTAGRAM and Phoenix House strongly encourages you to reach out for help. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment with a legacy spanning 50 years. There are facilities in every state of this tour as well as across the country. One can reach out to them at: 1-888-671-9392 or via their website: www.PhoenixHouse.org." Liebling was the focus of "Last Days Here", the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary that detailed his lifelong struggle with drug addiction and followed him as he revived PENTAGRAM in his 50s while emerging from his parents' basement to start afresh with a wife less than half his age and their newborn son. In an interview with Esquire magazine, BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne said that he saw the "Last Days Here" documentary, calling it a "very, very sad story, because [Bobby is] a guy... He's the only child of his elderly mom and dad and he lives in a crack-smoking, heroin-using world. And why that guy is still alive is beyond me. I mean, I've been there, done it, and by the grace of God, I got out of it. But, you know, I hope the guy doesn't die." Ozzy added: "I hope he has [cleaned up] because that video was like a good reason not to get stoned. And you know, for what it's worth: That could have been me. That could have been any number of people. That's why I say to myself every day, 'God, you're fucking lucky, Ozzy!'"
In a brand new interview with the "Thunder Underground" podcast, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow spoke about heavy metal drummers who compose music and play other instruments — like Charlie Benante from ANTHRAX — as opposed to most others who just keep a steady beat. Lips said: "Talking about ANTHRAX, the guy that's the real powerhouse musician is the singer, Joey [Belladonna]. Joey is the man. He can play drums and he can sing like a bird. That's the talent. We did a show with [Joey's solo band BELLADONNA] quite a number of years ago, and Joey… The [drummer] didn't show up, and they had Jack Frost on guitar, and Joey did all the singing from the drums. It was fucking unbelievable; he was playing as good as Charlie — maybe better. I almost wonder why [the ANTHRAX] guys got Charlie. You know, you don't even need the guy. Your singer can play drums just as well, and [it's] one less guy to pay." A few years ago, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian told Noisecreep that ANVIL's "Metal On Metal" was one of his favorite "thrash" albums of all time. He said: "They've gotten popular now, but for a long time, most people completely overlooked ANVIL. 'March Of The Crabs', 'Jackhammer', '666', 'Mothra'. They were all so classic and definitely pre-dated what thrash would evolve into. Robb Reiner's drumming helped invent thrash metal. The guy was just so over the top and so insane. Back then, he was the guy that Charlie and Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] looked up to. Everyone looked up to him. He was the guy, he was the God." Lips and Reiner recently revealed that they are working on material for ANVIL's follow-up to "Anvil Is Anvil" album, which came out in February 2016 worldwide (excluding Japan) via SPV/Steamhammer. "We're gonna try to record it [during the] summer [for a January 2018 release]," said Robb. "Anvil Is Anvil" was recorded in October 2015 at Redhead 4 Studios in Pulheim, near Cologne, Germany, with producer Martin "Mattes" Pfeiffer.