We regret to announce that we will not be performing at Pointfest this weekend. Jonathan has been given doctor's orders to rest his vocal cords, and is not able to perform on Saturday. We're sorry we can't be there with you and for you, and appreciate your understanding.Posted by Korn on Friday, May 12, 2017
Steve Harris says that IRON MAIDEN doesn't care about getting radio airplay, explaining that the band's appeal has been largely misunderstood. "It's amazing if you get played [on the radio], but we never relied on it, because we never used to get played at all," Harris told iNews. "So maybe you get annoyed with it because you think — not just with us, bands that deserved to get played and don't — there has been a bit of a closed shop." He continued: "I think a lot of it is because they don't understand it. They've never really embraced it or seen it — the people who look down their noses at it — they don't understand what it's all about. Maybe if they were to go to a show, they would understand." MAIDEN's manager Rod Smallwood concurred, telling iNews: "They don't play us anywhere, really. We don't give a toss. To be honest, it's about the number of people who come and see you. "In [the United Kingdom], it's been farcical. Anywhere else in the world, MAIDEN are a mainstream band. It really annoys me that they don't get the respect they should generally, because they are a massive benefit to this country. It annoys me a lot more than it annoys the band. I think it is a kind of snobbery. When we went round NASA, they were all MAIDEN fans. We were invited around Cern because all the scientists are MAIDEN fans. People who don't get it maybe don't have the brains to get it." In a 1987 interview with the Los Angeles Times, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson dimissed the suggestion that the band could refine its songwriting approach to make its music more palatable to radio stations. "Are you kidding?," Dickinson asked in disbelief. "We won't change. We could do shorter songs or songs with a more pop feel or songs that aren't really the hardest rock. Then we might get airplay and have a shot at a hit single. But we'd never make changes like that to get played on the radio. I'd jump off a bridge first. "Radio and metal just don't seem to mix," he said. "Right now BON JOVI are the darlings of radio. [Editors note: That band's 'Slippery When Wet' had been the No. 1 pop album for weeks at the time of the interview.] It's a good album but that's not really the hardcore heavy metal. It's just pop enough to get airplay. But radio thinks of us as hardcore heavy metal. Radio hates us and our music, which they think is noise. They would like to see us fall off the face of the earth. I think it's funny." 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.
KORN has canceled its previously announced May 13 appearance at Pointfest in St. Louis, Missouri. According to a post on the band's Facebook page, singer Jonathan Davis "has been given doctor's orders to rest his vocal cords, and is not able to perform on Saturday." In a video message explaining the Pointfest cancelation, Davis said: "My voice is thrashed. I've had to cancel some shows. This stuff happens sometimes. There's nothing I can do about it. I need to rest up and get my voice back in good singing shape. I'll be out there rocking you guys hopefully next weekend at Rock On The Range. Again, my apologies, I'm sorry for everything, but sometimes this stuff just happens." KORN recently postponed more than half a dozen headlining tour dates that the band was set to play this month due to what the band called in a statement "unforeseen circumstances." The band just returned from a short run of shows in South America on which METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo's 12-year-old son Tye played bass. Tye was filling in for KORN's regular bassist, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, who was unable to make the tour due to what the group also called "unforeseen circumstances." It is not clear at this point if the newly postponed dates are also connected to why Arvizu missed the South American tour. KORN's summer trek with STONE SOUR is set to get underway on June 16 in Salt Lake City.
The official lyric video for "None Of The Above", a brand new song from PAPA ROACH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's ninth studio album, "Crooked Teeth", which will be released 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. "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
IN THIS MOMENT will release its new album, "Ritual", on Friday, July 21. The band's sixth studio album will be released by Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records and is available for pre-order now. All pre-orders will be joined by an instant grat download of the album's first single, "Oh Lord", with additional instant-grat downloads becoming available in the weeks leading up to the album's release. Exclusive pre-order bundles, which include custom IN THIS MOMENT branded rosary beads, are available now at the band's webstore. "Oh Lord" — which is also available now for streaming and individual purchase — arrives today at rock radio outlets nationwide. The track is joined by a powerful companion video, streaming now at the band's official YouTube channel. Watch the video for "Oh Lord" below. Produced by longtime collaborator — and multiple Grammy Award nominee — Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE), "Ritual" sees IN THIS MOMENT pushing their inimitably dark sound forward with a provocative sense of pervading doom and metallic blues power. Highlights include a dramatic reimagination of the Phil Collins classic "In The Air Tonight" as well as "Black Wedding", a walk down the aisle of musical madness that sees lead singer Maria Brink sharing the mic with legendary JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. "It's like we're going into the next realm," says Brink. "I had a conviction of feeling empowered in my life and with myself. I always write from a personal place, and I needed to share that sense of strength. I've never been afraid to hold back. Sometimes I can be very suggestive. However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and it's without overt sexuality. It's that deeper serious fire inside of my heart." "When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, or happiness," adds lead guitarist Chris Howorth. "As a kid, I remember listening to records and putting them on repeat over and over again. I'd love for the world to listen and absorb this as a piece of work." IN THIS MOMENT will herald "Ritual" on a major North American tour, beginning June 20 at Peoria, Illinois's Limelight and featuring support by such like-minded bands as MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, VIMIC, LITTLE MISS NASTY and STARSET. As if that weren't enough, IN THIS MOMENT is also set for two exciting support dates, joining AVENGED SEVENFOLD on June 19 at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino and PAPA ROACH on June 23 at El Paso, Texas's Streetfest. The upcoming dates follow the just-wrapped "Half God Half Devil Tour", the nearly sold-out trek marking IN THIS MOMENT's first full-scale live assault since serving as special guest on last year's blockbuster "Return Of The Dreads" tour with KORN and ROB ZOMBIE. The band's own hugely successful "Black Widow" headline tour included a wide range of sold-out shows and stage-stealing festival appearances. "Ritual" track listing: 01. Salvation 02. Oh Lord 03. Black Wedding (feat. Rob Halford) 04. In The Air Tonight 05. Joan of Arc 06. River of Fire 07. Witching Hour 08. Twin Flames 09. Half God Half Devil 10. No Me Importa 11. Roots 12. Lay Your Gun Down
UFO singer Phil Mogg has told Planet Rock magazine that the band is contemplating a special tour during which it would perform its 1979 live album, "Strangers In The Night", in its entirety. "We have talked about touring and just doing the whole of 'Strangers In The Night' — for the crack," Phil said. "But we're still about making new music. We're recording a covers album, actually. We've done THE DOORS' 'Break on Through (To The Other Side)', THE YARDBIRDS' 'Heart Full Of Soul'… but we don't know what to call it." Mogg told TeamRock in a 2016 interview that he wasn't entirely convinced by the idea of making a live album four decades earlier due to the fact that tensions had been building within the band for years. "I didn't even want to make a live album," admitted Mogg. "At that point, the band was so up and down, depending on who'd been doing what. Wine, women and song was our priority, in that order. Suppose they recorded a dodgy night?" Drummer Andy Parker agreed that the partying — not to mention the bust-ups — affected the band's performances. "The intake was astonishing," he recalled. "We'd have different types of booze for times of the day, for Christ's sake. There'd be white wine for the soundcheck — nothing too heavy — and it would build from there during the gig and afterwards. You'd be up till four in the morning, then get up and do it all over again." As previously reported, UFO and SAXON will join forces for more dates in the U.S., plus two in Canada, in September and October. UFO, featuring the long-standing line up of Mogg, Parker, Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Rob De Luca (bass), released its last studio album, "A Conspiracy Of Stars", in 2015.
Frontiers Music Srl will release JORN's brand new studio album, titled "Life On Death Road", on June 2. The official video for the song "Love Is The Remedy" can be seen below. Easily one of the greatest rock singers of the 21st century, Norway's very own giant Viking warrior Jorn Lande's vocals are resoundingly strong once again on his ninth original studio album, "Life On Death Road". This absolutely brilliant new album sees Lande attacking the microphone with rejuvenated vigor, accompanied by a new band and a bigger and stronger sound. "Life On Death Road" took several months of hard work for the songwriting vision to come together. Jorn needed to take the music to a new level to push the concept of the band further than it has ever gone before. The result is a record that is deep, strong, full of groove and powerful with anthemic songs aplenty. Songs like "Man Of The '80s", "Love Is The Remedy", "Life On Death Road", "Insoluble Maze (Dreams In The Blindness)", and "The Slippery Slope (Hangman's Rope)" capture the essence of Jorn as a singer, songwriter and lyricist. Jorn says: "It's easily one of the best albums I've ever recorded. This was all about putting the right people together for the right result, and about taking the necessary time to work more thoroughly and in depth with the material we chose for the album. "The older I get, the more I feel it is necessary to listen to my heart and look for that genuine and honest feeling that made me take interest in music in the first place. "Back in the '70s and early '80s when I grew up, people and music were more free and so the presence of feeling and soul came more naturally and was expected from an artist or a band. This is the energy and craftmanship we've been looking for, but still keeping a pulse on the modern times we live in. "'Life On Death Road' is an original album that is pretty much summing up the last 40-50 years of rock and metal and has become a hybrid modern heavy rock album without losing those tasty elements of a good aged wine. Regardless, we're all products of our time, and the feeling, soul and symbioses we've achieved for this album is a rarity in today's music world, so in that sense this album is a true old school sailors' 'tall ship adventure.' From start to finish, it took us nearly three years to finalize and I'm really proud to say that this album is the proof that classic albums can still be made." The album also marks the debut of a new lineup of very experienced and gifted musicians around the Norwegian singer. On bass is Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, KISKE/SOMERVILLE) who needs virtually no introduction to European heavy metal fanatics. On keyboards and production is Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, REVOLUTION SAINTS), who already joined JORN for the recording of his last covers album, "Heavy Rock Radio" and was the glue that helped Jorn to create the feel and the direction for the new album. Francesco Iovino (PRIMAL FEAR) is on drums and Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE) handles guitar. Truly a recipe for a roaring success! Jorn had no desire to do "just another" JORN record. The aim was to do the best record possible and it took almost two years of writing, arranging, and producing before wrapping this all up. The performances are thunderous across the board and you can hear the urgency of these songs in Jorn's singing! Jorn's catalogue is getting too long to include in brief overviews and his innovative and creative skills as a vocalist and music visionary have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide while being a frequent entrant on sales charts around the world, including Billboard. Worth a mention here though are his years fronting MASTERPLAN, whom he recorded three albums with. He has also recently collaborated with the world's biggest online gaming company, Riot Games, providing vocals for the virtual band "PENTAKILL" in the game "League Of Legends". Claimed to be the biggest-selling Norwegian musical export since the pop band A-HA, Jorn continues his rock crusade and there are no signs of him slowing down and "Life On Death Road" is a magnificent testament to his abilities! "Life on Death Road" track listing: 01. Life On Death Road 02. Hammered To The Cross (The Business) 03. Love Is The Remedy 04. Dreamwalker 05. Fire To The Sun 06. Insoluble Maze (Dreams In The Blindness) 07. I Walked Away 08. The Slippery Slope (Hangman's Rope) 09. Devil You Can Drive 10. The Optimist 11. Man Of The '80s 12. Blackbirds JORN is: Jorn Lande - Vocals Alex Beyrodt - Guitars Mat Sinner - Bass Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards Francesco Iovino - Drums
"Ashes Of The Dawn", the brand new music video from DRAGONFORCE, will make its online debut this coming Monday, May 15. A preview clip can be seen below. "Ashes Of The Dawn" is taken from DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Reaching Into Infinity", which will be released on May 19 via earMUSIC on CD, LP and a special-edition CD and DVD. The follow-up to 2014's "Maximum Overload" marks the band's third full-length studio release with singer Marc Hudson, who joined the group in 2011 following the departure of original frontman ZP Theart (now in SKID ROW). The bulk of the recording sessions for "Reaching Into Infinity" took place at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. The band also laid down tracks while touring their "Killer Elite" best-of album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios in London, U.K.; Dark Lane Studios in Witney, U.K.; as well as the band's own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mézières, France and Shredforce One Studios in California. "We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again," explains DRAGONFORCE bassist Frédéric Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album. "It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times. I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best." For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE have opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. "I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music," Frédéric continues. "It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc's vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality." "Reaching Into Infinity" is DRAGONFORCE's first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer who has laid down an insanely impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DRAGONFORCE sound, which, of course, still boasts the bands trademark crazy-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. "The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music," Frédéric concludes. "Today's world is really crazy — there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people." "Reaching Into Infinity" will be available on the following formats: Standard Edition 01. Reaching Into Infinity 02. Ashes Of The Dawn 03. Judgement Day 04. Astral Empire 05. Curse Of Darkness 06. Silence 07. Midnight Madness 08. WAR! 09. Land Of Shattered Dreams 10. The eDGE OF THE wORLD 11. Our Final Stand Special Edition with multi-angle Bonus DVD: Disc 1 - CD 01. Reaching Into Infinity 02. Ashes Of The Dawn 03. Judgement Day 04. Astral Empire 05. Curse Of Darkness 06. Silence 07. Midnight Madness 08. WAR! 09. Land Of Shattered Dreams 10. The Edge Of The World 11. Our Final Stand Bonus Tracks 12. Hatred And Revenge 13. Evil Dead Disc 2 - Bonus DVD DRAGONFORCE Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016 01. Holding On 02. Heroes Of Our Time 03. Operation Ground And Pound 04. Holding On (Multi-angles) 05. Heroes Of Our Time (Multi-angeles) 06. Operation Ground And Pound (Multi-Angles)
Swedish death metal supergroup THE LURKING FEAR will release its debut album, "Out Of The Voiceless Grave", on August 11 via Century Media. The disc is being recorded at Welfare Sounds in Gothenburg, Sweden. THE LURKING FEAR's first digital single, "Winged Death", can be streamed below. The band said in a statement: "So, here is the first full blast of pure death metal filth for you maniacs, taken from the three-track self-titled debut seven-inch EP! 'Winged Death' is our little death metal epos about hungry Lovecraftian insects devouring you from the inside out. It has all the different elements of THE LURKING FEAR: the fast, pounding death metal mayhem, the slow, creepy horror/doom parts and howling screams of terror. Straight out of our coffin! "We are in the middle of wrapping everything up in the studio and have just started the mixing process for the 11 tracks we recorded. It's sounding nasty and raw, just the way we want it! The record is called 'Out Of The Voiceless Grave' and that title sums up what the album and actually band are all about. Our idea is that you get a glimpse of the horrors spewing out from our metal grave of interstellar death. The album is basically our Vortex spawn, a beast with eleven heads, all ready to devour you! We are very pleased with how it sounds right now, as the guys at Welfare Sounds understood our concept immediately and have managed to capture some pure death metal filth on tape!" Featuring members/ex-members of illustrious and influential acts like AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED, SKITSYSTEM, DISFEAR and GOD MACABRE, THE LURKING FEAR is not just another retro all-star project, but a real band of five death metallers who organically got together in order to celebrate the metal breed closest to their roots as well as their hearts. THE LURKING FEAR is: * Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) - Vocals * Jonas Stålhammar (THE CROWN) - Guitar * Fredrik Wallenberg (SKITSYSTEM) - Guitar * Andreas Axelsson (DISFEAR, TORMENTED, EDGE OF SANITY) – Bass * Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) – Drums Citing common inspiration by bands like AUTOPSY, POSSESSED, early DEATH, REPULSION, early MORBID ANGEL, SLAUGHTER, BATHORY, early SLAYER and MASTER/DEATH STRIKE, THE LURKING FEAR previously stated about the band's formation: "We are a death metal band. Not your average new wave of old-school death metal band. We play death metal from the heart with pure emotional impact and a focused artistic vision. This is the music we live and breathe. Always have, always will. "We have all played in various other bands for over 25 years and we just want to spew out the music that we want to hear. When we get together, this is what comes out of naturally, because we share the exact same reference points. We love 'Seven Churches' and 'Mental Funeral' for the exact same reasons. "We want our death metal ugly, twisted and possessed. We miss the urgency, intensity and 'realness' in a lot of the modern death metal. Therefore, it is natural for us to stray away from the streamlined sounds of today, but rather focus on bringing sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the table…"
Legendary drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice are recording their first-ever studio album together, to be released in October under the band name APPICE. "After decades in this crazy music business, we will sit down for the first time and record songs together for an amazing new studio album," say Carmine and Vinny in a statement. "The album will feature both new songs and classic tracks from our history. This is very exciting for us as we will have, as Ringo said,'a little help from my/our friends.' With that in mind, the result will be great-sounding, spine-shaking rhythmic foundations, along with big, giant melodic guitars from hell, and on top, blazing vocals and melodies that will tear it all up! A first in a lifetime for us brothers!" Expect some great friends/guests to contribute to this album, including Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE), Paul Shortino (QUIET RIOT, ROUGH CUTT), Johnny Rod (W.A.S.P., KING KOBRA), Craig Goldy (DIO), Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) and members of LAST IN LINE, among others. Carmine says: "I am so excited to be doing this new APPICE CD. It is always a challenge and fun doing music with Vinny. This CD is no exception and we will be doing cool songs with double drumming and lots ear candy for our fans, not to mention playing with some of our special friends. The recording process is coming out great. Cannot wait to finish and take it on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!" Vinny adds: "A studio album that was years in the making has now come to life! Our first ever studio CD together. With great songs, musicians and, of course, drums and rhythms that will overwhelm your ears and fascinate your mind!" Olly Hahn, head of Steamhammer, says: "It's an honor to welcome these legendary drummers to the Steamhammer family. Be prepared for an album filled with great musicians and a lot of drum wars!!!" The as-yet-untitled album will be released as a CD digipack, on double gatefold vinyl, download and stream. Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE, JEFF BECK, GUITAR ZEUS, KING KOBRA) has enjoyed an amazing 50-year career as a rock star, music educator, and rock pioneer. He is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished showmen in rock and is the recipient of numerous awards, including dozens of gold and platinum selling records. Carmine co-wrote such monster-selling hits as "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks". He has broken new ground in every aspect of his career as a performer, as a teacher, and as a writer, and he continues to inspire drummers and listeners throughout the world with his originality and his unwavering dedication to the art of drumming. Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, WWIII, AXIS, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 30 albums and CDs, including many multi-platinum records. Vinny's drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including "Wayne's World 2", "Heavy Metal", "Iron Eagle" and "Bedazzled". Vinny, the author of drum instruction book "Rock Steady" and DVD "Hard Rock Drumming Techniques", has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about BLACK SABBATH and DIO with the authors always mentioned Vinny's unique powerful drumming style. Signing photo (from left to right): Mirko Marten (promotion, Steamhammer), Georg Schröder (A&R, Steamhammer), Carmine Appice, Olly Hahn (head of Steamhammer), Frank Uhle (managing director, SPV)
U.S. extreme metallers ORIGIN will release their new album, "Unparalleled Universe", on June 30 via Agonia Records in Europe and Nuclear Blast Records in North America. A 360-degree visualizer video for the song "Accident And Error", taken from "Unparalleled Universe", can be seen below. For 20 years, ORIGIN has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, "Unparalleled Universe" sees the quartet — Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals) and Jason Keyser (vocals) — strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises. "It feels like an ORIGIN album, but it's unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven't heard us for 10 or 15 years," says Ryan. "To me, it's a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically." ORIGIN began compiling ideas for what would become "Unparalleled Universe" while touring in support of their 2014 sixth offering, "Omnipresent". Along the way, the record snatched their highest position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, bowing in the Top 10. Meanwhile, it garnered acclaim from metal press and successful tours with everyone from ABORTED and EXHUMED to IMMOLATION and MARDUK over the last three years. They've also shined on the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2009 and 2014. On the road with BELPHEGOR last year, the members debuted a skeleton of the first single "Accident And Error" in front of packed crowds. "We would ask the audience to give us title ideas, but we could never discern what they were actually saying," laughs Ryan. "Riffs typically start on tour, and I keep them in my back pocket. That's the way it is. Ultimately, 'Unparalleled Universe' begins another era for ORIGIN. In the end, we're still writing death metal songs, but we're adding new dimensions. We're still ORIGIN." "Unparalleled Universe" was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs, including a cover of BRUJERIA's "Revolución", that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves (ALTAR OF PLAGUES, JAROBE, KRALLICE) and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic (DISMEMBER, CRYPTOPSY, GORGUTS). Track listing: 01. Infinitesimal To The Infinite 02. Accident And Error 03. Cascading Failures 04. Mithridatic 05. Truthslayer 06. Invariance Under Transformation 07. Dajjal 08. Burden Of Prescience 09. Unequivocal 10. Revolucion ORIGIN is: Paul Ryan - Guitar, Backing Vocals John Longstreth - Drums Mike Flores - Bass, Backing Vocals Jason Keyser - Lead Vocals