The end of an era, perhaps. Or perhaps not. What we know as we close 2017 is that BLACK SABBATH completed a presumably final stretch of tour dates that culminated where it all began nearly half a century ago: Birmingham, England. Tony Iommi, who announced around the release of the album "13" that he has been battling lymphoma, is in remission, and is reportedly tending to the band's recorded works, including a possible follow-up studio album. At this point, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have made a proud stand in their elder years, attesting that time may be the enemy for some, but not for those with supreme wherewithal and good fortune. The fact that these guys, Ozzy in particular, survived decades of decadence to climb onstage as monarchs of the heavy metal realm and put on a performance of such imperial quality, well, if needs must, the guys deserve to call it a day. Of course, the Ozzman himself isn't yet ready to lock the door to his dressing room as he next prepares for another solo jaunt. For now, we have "The End", a video presentation of BLACK SABBATH's seemingly last live show. Ozzy jokes to his emotional, thunderstruck audience at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, "I nearly said 'Should we come back and do it again?'" You can imagine the collective gasps of anticipation from the crowd before Ozzy let the proverbial air out of the balloon by following up his cajoling with the anticlimactic retort, "We're not." Yet, Tony Iommi himself drops the hint of a possible commemoration show upon BLACK SABBATH's approaching 50th anniversary. KISS and the SCORPIONS retracted on their "farewell" oaths, so you never know. If thisis the end of BLACK SABBATH, at least in live fashion, what a hell of a way to wrap. Iommi and Butler already had the opportunity to say goodbye properly to Ronnie James Dio and the victorious, if short period he regaled BLACK SABBATH during the HEAVEN AND HELL run. It's obviously a subjective matter, but those performances ring superior to the Ozzy 2.0 run, particularly with Vinny Appice on board to effectively recreate the full "Mob Rules"-era SABBATH lineup. Not to harp on the obvious, but the lack of Bill Ward due to contractual disagreements really stung, and that's not to downplay the heroic backup of Tommy Clufetos, who did a magnificent job. Clufetos, who will follow Ozzy back on the road, has also played for other legends such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and others. Yet, Clufetos's clean, high-octane thrashing and clubbing gets frequently checked down here so as not to dust his front line, and, to be frank, there's something about Ward's grimy whirligigs that was sorely missed. Nevertheless, Clufetos deserves no blown raspberries and BLACK SABBATH gave Birmingham, England, and all those traversing from countries around the world, everything they could've asked for, reputedly one last time. "The End" may be just that, or it may be a clever marketing gimmick to tide folks over until the 50th anniversary. It is a methodic and powerful performance lightened up by a puckish jumping jack at center stage who panders to the crowd more than convention dictates. Yet knowing this could be the very last BLACK SABBATH show, Ozzy Osbourne was not going to rest on his laurels unless people were clapping in tandem during every song and ralphing their guts back at him in appreciation. While the Birmingham attendance readily falls prey to Ozzy's repeated summons to "go crazy”, particularly on the pickup sections, they send him and the band prevailing tears of both joy and sadness. Some brought inflatable hogs with their own scrawls of "War Pigs" to the occasion. The moment truly feels like a funeral when the show begins with the terrorizing death tolls of "Black Sabbath", backed up visually with a depicted blaze on the jumbotron and propelling pyrotechnics representing a memorial pyre. The pace is painfully slow, with Tony Iommi's doom slides even more barbed than usual. Ozzy attempts to remain malevolent and somber, yet when the opportunity arises, the marauder disappears and the playful man-child emerges, preferring to make the BLACK SABBATH show a happy hour. This, despite the band rumbling through its dirge models "Into the Void", ""Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes", "Snowblind", "Hand of Doom", "Children of the Grave" and, of course, the perpetual succession of "Behind the Wall of Sleep" with "Bassically/N.I.B. " "Children of the Grave", though shoved toward the end of the set, is a hugely cathartic moment, as it is the suspicion of conclusiveness. Prior to, Tony Iommi wreaks havoc with one of his career’s most spectacular guitar solos during "Dirty Women". Prior to that, Tommy Clufetos wows the crowd with his own theatrics spilling out of "Rat Salad". Before any of that comes an awesome medley spanning the more expressionistic period of Ozzy's original run in the band, "Supernaut/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Megalomania". Ozzy Osbourne may command much of the attention by attrition, yet it feels like he's there playing his part while Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler rip away as maestros with psychedelic projections streaming behind them. The two are stoic and diligent, Butler appearing grim on top of focused, though Ozzy manages to break up the usually unflappable Iommi on occasion with tension-breaking silly faces. The second half of the performance is where Iommi and Butler get to freewheel and improvise more. When "War Pigs" arrives sooner than expected, they all but leap at the chance to dress up the band’s masterpiece with tumbling scales. As much of a warning to heed today as back in the Vietnam era, "War Pigs", "Hand of Doom", "Fairies Wear Boots" and "Iron Man" serve as reminders of manmade holocaust as once again global political tensions teeter on the brink. The obvious set closer, "Paranoid", is a moment of rapture to escape the pervading cynicism cast by "Children of the Grave". Accompanying the video presentation is a five song EP, "The Angelic Sessions", re-recordings by the band at Angelic Studios just days after this Birmingham performance. While "Sweet Leaf" is sadly wrung out, the other tracks, "The Wizard", "Wicked World", "Tomorrow's Dream" and "Changes" are passable, if not outright fun. "Wicked World" is another classic sociopolitical tirade of its time, and the down tempo "Changes", from which Ozzy Osbourne derived a slew of his own solo ballads, retains its moping charm here. Ozzy's vocals are still wonderfully bittersweet in this new take. While new beginnings are hardly the inklings anyone gets from "The End", it doesn't quite ring of actual finality, either. There's incredible mileage left in the tanks of these blues and doom blokes, and though the band doesn’t play at the same rapid urgency as it once did, the heat is reserved for the finessing. In that respect, "The End" is a gallant and sometimes goofy triumph for BLACK SABBATH.
ALTER BRIDGE vocalist Myles Kennedy was recently interviewed by James Geiser of Antihero Magazine. The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On ALTER BRIDGE's recent performances with a 52-piece orchestra at London's Royal Albert Hall: Myles: "You know, why not? We just thought, 'It's been 13 years — what haven't we done?' We felt that a fair amount of our catalog would work well in that environment, thinking that strings and all of the dynamics you could incorporate... being able to paint a musical canvas with that as well as just guitar, drums and bass would be really fun. I have to say, it far exceeded our expectations. We weren't really sure how the whole thing would be received or how it would go, but I remember the first day of rehearsals, I had a lot of goosebumps — a lot of hair-raising moments where it was obvious they were bringing something really magical to the entire process, which we loved getting to experience." On whether the band plans to do any similar shows in the future: Myles: "I would love that. After we did those two shows, we definitely got to talking, and I think everybody agreed that we need to find a way to do this again, though there are a lot of things we'd need to do to make that happen. It's a lot of people to take out. It's different when you have a four-piece band versus a big orchestra, but if we can make it work logistically, I'm sure we will approach it in the future. There's just something about hard rock and metal with that very symphonic, orchestrated element that just seems to work. You can't say that about every genre of music, but I feel like with some things, it's like chocolate and peanut butter — it just goes together well." On how he juggles his various musical commitments: Myles: "It's certainly been busy, and that's a good thing. In 2017, as a musician, if you can stay busy doing this, you're very fortunate. The traveling part of it, if you ask most any touring musician, it's probably high on the list as far as what's difficult — not to be a whiner, but that part of it can kind of, just from a physical side, can beat you up if you're not sleeping right, not eating right. But with that said, you get to play music; you get to get up on stage; you get to connect with the fans; and hopefully that will refill the well, so to speak. If you're feeling a little haggard from road life, then that energy will hopefully will fill the tank, so it kind of balances itself out." On where he thinks his work ethic comes from: Myles: "It's a delicate balance. There are days when I wish I could clone myself, but somehow, I've managed to make it work. I think at the end of the day, a lot of it has to do with a love for music, and when I'm not doing music, I'm kind of lost. We just did this tour overseas, and it was fun, and we came back and I told myself since I'd recently finished my solo record, I didn't have to worry about writing for that or putting a ton of energy into that. I'd been working pretty diligently between touring and writing all year, and I was like, 'When I get home, I'm going to try to power down — I'm going to try and kind of balance myself out a little bit.' It was fine for the first few days, but then I discover that I start going a little crazy if I don't have music in the mix, so that really didn't last too long. Before I knew it, I had a guitar or was doing something that involved music. It's my bliss — it's just me following my bliss." On his 2018 plans: Myles: "The plans are still getting ironed out. I've been talking with Slash about seeing what's going to come next. I definitely have plans to release the solo record next year and tour on that. It will be another busy year." On his upcoming solo debut, "Year Of The Tiger": Myles: "The solo record is definitely different from pretty much anything I've done. That was intentional. I think there was a part of me that was really longing to express music a little differently, and strip things down musically and try some different instrumentation. I really wanted to make a record about the vocal, so with that said, you do things differently. I stripped away the high-gain guitars and the big wall of sound — the bombastic elements so that the vocal would really be featured. Lyrically, it tells a story — the whole record is about 1974, which is the year my father passed away when I was a kid. It basically documents my father dying and then what came after that with my mother and brother and I, and how we kind of had to start over. It's kind of a concept record, really. There are elements in there where I'm really letting people in, and I think the music was just telling me that that's what needed to happen. I felt like as I was creating the chord progressions and the instrumentations and thinking about how this was going to sound, I felt like it just had to be a really honest record, and was just not going to try to hide behind anything. It will be interesting — I'm excited to put it out there, but it's definitely kind of a new frontier for me." Kennedy will release "Year Of The Tiger" via Napalm Records in the spring. The 12-song effort was helmed by ALTER BRIDGE's longtime producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. "Year Of The Tiger" will feature a guest appearance by drummer Zia Uddin of THE MAYFIELD FOUR, a group Myles descries as his "first real national touring band" back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. ALTER BRIDGE is continuing to tour in support of its fifth album, "The Last Hero", which came out in 2016. The group is expected to take most of 2018 off from the road while the bandmembers focus on other projects. Writing for the follow-up to "The Last Hero" will begin next year, with tentative plans to release the effort in 2019.
According to TMZ, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash sold his mansion in the Mulholland Estates, a guard-gated community in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles, to rapper Big Sean for $8.7 million. Slash put the house on the market in June 2015 for $10.9...
Ex-THE GATHERING Vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN Credits DEVIN TOWNSEND And ARJEN LUCASSEN For Inspiration To Form VUUR
Rocker.sk spoke with VUUR singer Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) prior to the group's November 10 performance alongside EPICA and MYRATH in Zlin, Czech Republic. The full chat can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On VUUR's origins: Anneke: "I did THE GENTLE STORM with Arjen Lucassen [AYREON]. We made an album together and we needed a live band for it, and we put together a live band just to tour for a year for the album. They were so great, and great guys to play with. I wanted to make a solo album after that, and more and more I got the urge to form a more heavy band, and also working with Arjen and also with Devin [Townsend], people like that inspired me to make my own heavy album, my own songs. I had a lot of ideas, so I asked the guys, like, 'Will you join me for a new band?' They all said, 'Yeah.' Here we are — it took us two years to write songs, to form the band, to do everything, and it's quite exciting. At the same time, it's also nerve-racking, because I did a lot of things over the last 25 years or so, but every time I start something new, you have to kind of start over. People know you, but it's not like people will then just take everything you do into their hearts. You have to build again. "I believe so much in this band, but to start over again, to persuade people — 'Listen to this; this is good; this is my new thing' — it's hard. In a good way, because it keeps me focused and it's never boring, because we have to work hard all the time for it, but sometimes I think, 'I need to stick to one thing, build something in fuckin' five years or so,' but I have so many different ideas. Having said all this, I do think this band is something that can grow, really. I'm already thinking about the new album, writing a little bit already. I want a second album to come out of this band. The guys in the band are fantastic, we have such good players, I think we have a good group — so I'm not going to let them go. I'm building again." On what she considers to be her greatest accomplishment: Anneke: "I would say in general, because I did so many different things, I think the accomplishment is that I tried, and I think I grew as a singer, as a performer, as a songwriter. And I'm still not done. I think that's the biggest thing for me. Of course, working with Arjen and Devin is big for me, and in this day and age, forming a band like [VUUR] is something I'm already proud of." VUUR will embark on a European headlining tour in February 2018. The group will be supporting its debut album, "In This Moment We Are Free – Cities", which was released on October 20 via InsideOut Music. The disc was produced by Joost Van Den Broek, who was also involved in the writing process. Other co-writing partners are Mark Holcomb (PERIPHERY), Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), Daniel Cardoso (ANATHEMA), and both of VUUR's guitar players wrote a song as well. Anneke co-wrote "Freedom - Rio" with Holcomb and Joost Van Den Broek. In early 2016, Anneke decided for the sake of clarity to narrow her musical focus, choosing to go in a folk acoustic direction as a solo artist and in a heavy progressive metal direction as a band vocalist. The name VUUR — translated from Dutch as "fire", which can also be interpreted to mean "passion" or "drive" — was chosen as a moniker to represent Anneke's metal side, with the idea that when fans buy a ticket with the VUUR name on it they will be getting her heavy progressive music, while an Anneke Van Giersbergen show will be entirely different. VUUR lineup: * Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) - lead vocals * Ed Warby (HAIL OF BULLETS, AYREON, ex-GOREFEST) - Drums * Jord Otto (MY PROPANE, ex-REVAMP) - Guitar * Ferry Duijsens - Guitar * Johan Van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) - Bass
METALLICA Guitarist Wants To Bring His Collection Of Vintage Horror Film Posters ‘All Over The World’
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently spoke with Metal Magnitude about his collection of vintage movie posters, many of which were recently on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts in an exhibit called "It's Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection". The full chat can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On collecting: Kirk: "There's a whole field dedicated to restoration and preservation of movie posters, and there's a complete field of experts that all they do is restore and preserve movie posters for museums, for collectors, for business and whatnot. I'm connected to all the best people, because I want all the best work done on my posters. I don't do that stuff myself — I was told not even to attempt to do anything like that myself because I'd probably do more harm than good — but knowing that there's incredible people out there, when I find a movie poster and it's, like, tattered, and it looks like it's about to fall apart into a million pieces, I know that I can take it to someone who can put it together and, like a Frankenstein monster, piece it into something that comes alive again. "There's posters that when I first started collecting 25 years ago, I only dreamed of having, because there was no known copies of it. I used to dream of having a 'Frankenstein' three sheet and a 'Mummy' three sheet, and I have them now, and it's amazing. It just goes to show that if you're patient enough and you stay in a hobby long enough, good things eventually show up. Good things happen." On whether he has plans for similar exhibits elsewhere: Kirk: "For me, the collection, I'm always looking to expand it. I'm always on the hunt for future stuff, so whenever people ask me about the collection, the very first thing I ever think about is, 'What are my plans for recent acquisitions?' That's what I think about first — 'How do I contribute to the collection?' The idea is to bring this collection all over the world in whatever way we can, to get it seen by as many people as possible." On METALLICA's immediate future: Kirk: "We're going to be on tour for the next couple years. Hopefully we won't take eight years to put out another album. Things are moving ahead on that, and right now, our main thing is to make it through the tour in one piece." Hammett released a coffee table book in 2012 called "Too Much Horror Business" that featured photos of his extensive collection of monster and horror memorabilia. He displayed a portion of his collection in the "Kirk's Crypt" exhibition during the 2012 and 2013 Orion Music + More festivals. The METALLICA guitarist is also known as the Fear FestEvil horror convention organizer. Photo credit: Allison White
THE HELLCAT SAINTS Supergroup Feat. ALICE IN CHAINS, THE CULT Members Added To ‘Rhonda’s Kiss’ Benefit Concert
Rhonda's Kiss, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, last month announced that JANE'S ADDICTION will headline the third annual benefit concert on Friday, December 8 at the Palladium in Hollywood. The L.A. based collective THE HELLCAT SAINTS — Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Josh Freese (DEVO, NINE INCH NAILS), Billy Duffy (THE CULT), Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER), Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), Scott Shriner (WEEZER), and many more — will open the show. Proceeds from the concert event will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda's Kiss, supporting programs to assist cancer patients, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. Tickets for the one-night-only concert are available here. Perry Farrell describes the event: "Rhonda's Kiss is a most unique charity, as they have considered what most organizations overlook; which is how are patients going to pay their bills while in treatment? …the answer is Rhonda's Kiss." "At Cedars-Sinai, it is our mission to treat the cancer patient as a whole, rather than just the disease," said Amin Mirhadi, MD, radiation oncologist at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. "We are proud to collaborate with the Rhonda's Kiss foundation to help us achieve that." "Raising money for cancer is a reminder that every day, people are struggling with the disease and need the support to maintain their dignity and fight," said Kyle Stefanski, CEO of Rhonda's Kiss. "We are blessed to have strong support from artists such as JANE'S ADDICTION, the public, and hospitals like Cedars-Sinai to be able to help more and more people fight this terrible disease." In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda's Kiss, an event to raise money to help those in the inner city who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through the Rhonda's Kiss Los Angeles event and with proceeds benefiting Cedars-Sinai, Rhonda's Kiss provides financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities, and primarily for patients in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach: outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). Funds are distributed by local hospitals in areas where money is raised.
Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station recently conducted an interview with Gene Simmons. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. The KISS bassist/vocalist — who is a former contestant on Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" series — was asked if he still speaks to the billionaire real estate mogul. He responded: "Yes, I do. And the president is pretty much the same guy you see on TV or in public office. People have public personas and private personas, but I don't think the president has a filter. I know the man well enough, and I've known President Clinton and President Bush, and I will say this on the president's behalf: he's not a politician and doesn't really care what anybody thinks. That's neither good nor bad. What you see is what you get — there's no filter there." Back in September, Simmons told "The Strombo Show" that "it's too early" to judge Trump's presidency. "Do I think he said a lot of stupid things? Oh, yeah," Simmons said. "He says stupid things, and so do you, and so [do] I. I'm not validating it, but… There's not a human being that walks on the face of the planet that privately hasn't made racist or anti-Semitic or anti-women jokes, or anti-Irish jokes. Privately, everybody does it. He is a Tourette's president who will say whatever he wants, and he doesn't give a fuck if you approve of him, and he's doing the job for one dollar. I like that." Gene also defended Trump's occasional off-color remarks and frequently outrageous statements, saying: "I don't know anybody here who hasn't said stupid things publicly or privately, and if they get outed, if you get caught on tape, from Mel Gibson to everyone… I know Mel very well, and I'm Jewish myself, and he said some stupid things, racist things, anti-Semitic things when he was, you know, high or drunk or whatever. But I know the guy, I know that he gave a twenty-million dollar check to start mending kids privately and never talked about it, I know the guy that goes out of his way to help refugees and stuff like that and doesn't advertise it. It's your deeds, not what you say. You've said potty words and so have I. So I'm gonna give the guy who was duly elected a chance to show us what he can do, and then I'll judge his legacy." Simmons previously confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea." Simmons said that he "didn't necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton" in last year's presidential election, adding that "it's really nobody's damn business" whom he voted for. "I think you'd be surprised by my choice — but he's President Trump, because even if you don't like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College," he said. Photo credit: Mark Weiss Interview (audio):
Reunited late '80s/early '90s San Francisco Bay Area funk-metallers MORDRED have been announced as the first support act at a benefit concert for VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian (pictured) on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California. "Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence" will see musicians from TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN and VIO-LENCE play only VIO-LENCE material spanning the band's entire catalog of songs written from 1985 through 1992. The "Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence" organizers said in a statement: "The rehearsals have begun and will be ramping up over the coming weeks. "Just hearing those VIO-LENCE riffs and the songs themselves with different groups of musicians has been very exciting. The classics never go away! "We are selling a lot of tickets and folks are already planning on flying in from all over the world to be a part of the event and help Sean. "We will be holding 200 tickets at the door once the pre-sales are all accounted for. That will give a chance for some folks to get in via walk-up." Killian was recently diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis, which was caused in part by a genetic condition called hemochromatosis. He is currently a candidate for a live donor transplant. A living-donor liver transplant involves transplanting a portion of the liver from a living donor into a recipient whose liver no longer functions properly. Sean will remain a candidate only as long as he is healthy enough for such a transplant. Sean's blood type is O+ and a matching donor must have type O+ or O-. Once this window closes, he will be reassessed to determine if he will be placed on the official list for a donor liver through UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). The "Killian On Command" organizers said: "The Killian family is not privy to any information about possible donors and where they are on the waiting list until it is confirmed they have an actual donor. Living or deceased. So the more volunteers we have for bathing donors, they better the chances are we get Sean one!" In the video below, Ted Aguilar and Will Carroll from DEATH ANGEL talk about their relationship with Sean Killian and his involvement with their former band WARFARE D.C. The "Killian On Command" organizers previously said: "When our Bay Area thrash family first heard about Sean Killian's stage four liver condition, it sent shockwaves through our community. There was no more commanding stage presence back in the late '80s into the early '90s in the Bay. Sean took a crowd by the throat and never let go for the duration of any show, any time, any place! "So far there have been some incredible acts of kindness shown to Sean and his family by his ex-bandmates. Phil Demmel [VIO-LENCE and MACHINE HEAD guitarist] and Ray Vegas [VIO-LENCE guitarist] pulled together a very successful golf tournament that raised over $26,000 for Sean and his family. Robb Flynn [former VIO-LENCE guitarist and current MACHINE HEAD frontman] has made a custom 'Killian & Kings' shirt that he is donating ALL of the proceeds to the Killians. "Now it's our turn as Sean's peers to do something special. "Our main goals are… A: Find a liver match and donor for Sean ASAP! B: Make more much-needed money for the Killians to help them get through this most difficult time. C: Honor Sean and his legacy with a giant thrash metal party!" Tickets for "Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence" can be purchased at Eventbrite. The above-mentioned "Killian & Kings" t-shirt is available from the web site of Flynn's Killers & Kings clothing line. A GoFundMe page raising money for Killian's medical expenses can be found at this location. The news of Sean's medical condition was revealed this past June by his wife, Dana Rivero Killian. She told the "Thrash Zone" radio show that Sean's "only cure is obtaining a new liver." The final stage of cirrhosis of liver is considered as the most dreaded phase of the condition. If the patient is diagnosed during this stage, the life expectancy of the sufferer — without a liver transplant — is said to be one year to three years. "We need to get the ball rolling with this, because there is no cure except for a new liver," Dana said. "And the longer he goes without one, the more his body just continues to deteriorate." According to Dana, Sean's cirrhosis was brought on by years of heavy drinking. "And I've gotta tell you, listeners out there, you young kids, let this be a lesson to you," she said. "Just simmer down on the liquor, because you will have problems, and you don't wanna be where Sean is. It's horrible." In addition to Killian, VIO-LENCE's classic lineup included Demmel and Flynn, both of whom are now in MACHINE HEAD. Megaforce Records reissued VIO-LENCE's classic debut album, "Eternal Nightmare", with a live bonus CD in June 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim's in San Francisco. VIO-LENCE's lineup on "Eternal Nightmare" consisted of Killian, Flynn, Demmel, bassist Deen Dell and drummer Perry Strickland.
EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has announced the relaunch of Combat Records, the seminal punk/thrash label that started MEGADETH's career. Most will remember Combat as one of the seminal thrash labels of the 1...
Former CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin joined the Chilean doom metal band PROCESSION on stage on November 20 at Nambucca in London, England to perform the CANDLEMASS classic "Solitude". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Messiah previously performed the same song with PROCESSION in 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden. Marcolin exited CANDLEMASS for the presumably final time in 2006, one year after the release of the band's self-titled album. He was later replaced by Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS), who sang on the band's "King Of The Grey Islands" (2007), "Death Magic Doom" (2009) and "Psalms For The Dead" (2012). CANDLEMASS's frontman for the past five years has been Mats Levén, who previously recorded and toured with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and THERION. Messiah told Metal Rules that he was "very honored" by new bands who cite CANDLEMASS as an influence on their music. "If anyone wants to be inspirited by CANDLEMASS, it is the most respectable thing what a band ever can get," he said. "I love WITCHFINDER GENERAL which are very BLACK SABBATH influenced and PENTAGRAM, which is fucking great. The first PENTAGRAM album is great, and, of course, TROUBLE is influenced by BLACK SABBATH, and CANDLEMASS is also influenced by BLACK SABBATH — the whole fucking world is influenced by BLACK SABBATH. But, I mean, CANDLEMASS made its own style — we don't sound exactly the same, but the heaviness is the same, but the music is different. We created our own style, doom metal stuff and all the other bands which have taken it after, it is a great honor."