Finland's melodic death metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM are returning to the states this fall for a mind-blowing celebration of 20 years since the debut of "Something Wild" and the beginning of the Hate Crew. The 24-date tour will kick off on October 31 in Dallas, Texas with appearances at this year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, seven Canadian dates before concluding in Montreal on December 1. Joining the band on the momentous occasion are Dutch masters of horror CARACH ANGREN, Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY and New Jersey progressive, technical death metallers UNCURED. CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho comments: "So my friends, after rolling through Europe doing the 20th-year-anniversary tour, we were honestly pretty bummed out to find out that we wouldn't have enough time to bring the tour to America since it was absolutely a blast for both the crowd and the band. But now I’m stoked to announce that, as it turns out, we indeed will be able to do this on the other side of the pond so I'm over-the-top happy about that!! "Remember, guys, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing us playing all kinds of obscure tracks off the first album, stuff from the second and third albums that we ain't played in over 15 years and the general rule, really, is that there will not be a single song newer than the 'Hate Crew Deathroll' tracks so it's all about old-school COB! So even if 'Something Wild' isn't your favorite album, I can guarantee that it will be entertaining, nostalgic and flat-out funny as hell to be a part of this madness so that's one party you just cannot miss! I hope to see you there, ladies and gents!" Tour dates: Oct. 31 - Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas TX Nov. 01 - Come and Take It Live, Austin TX Nov. 03 - Marquee Theatre, Phoenix AZ Nov. 04 - Ozzfest, San Bernardino CA Nov. 05 - UC Theatre, San Francisco CA Nov. 07 - El Corazon, Seattle WA Nov. 08 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC Nov. 10 - Macewan Ballroom, Calgary AB Nov. 11 - The Ranch Roadhouse, Edmonton AB Nov. 13 - The Grand @ The Complex, Salt Lake City UT Nov. 14 - Summit Music Hall, Denver CO Nov. 15 - The Truman, Kansas City MO Nov. 17 - The Cabooze, Minneapolis MN Nov. 18 - The Forge, Chicago IL Nov. 19 - The Majestic, Detroit MI Nov. 21 - Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA Nov. 22 - The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia PA Nov. 24 - PlayStation Theater, New York NY Nov. 25 - The Palladium, Worcester MA Nov. 26 - Anthology, Rochester NY Nov. 28 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON Nov. 29 - Bronson Centre, Ottawa ON Nov. 30 - Imperial, Quebec City QC Dec. 01 - Corona Theatre, Montreal QC Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 14.
"Miracle", a brand new song form former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, can be streamed below. The track is taken from his upcoming album, "Wall Of Sound", which will be released on August 4 via Prosthetic Records. Produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (GHOST, RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS) and mixed by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, OPETH, SEPULTURA), the disc "expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music," according to a press release. Legendary QUEEN producer Mack came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, "Streetlight" and "For A Friend", which Friedman proclaimed was "an honor for me, for sure." Friedman said last year about the musical direction of the follow-up to his 2014 album "Inferno": "This time it's even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and, with any luck, more exciting for those of you who will hear it." He added: "There will be elevent or twelve songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn't make it to the album because it doesn't fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we're pushing sixty minutes, so it won't be a short album." Marty's new CD was recorded in part at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in California with engineer Paul Fig (ALICE IN CHAINS, RUSH, DEFTONES) and was previously described by Friedman as "a way more intense version" of its predecessor: "deeper, sadder, happier and more aggressive." Like "Inferno", Friedman's upcoming album will feature several guests, including prog-thrashers MUTOID MAN, Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz-metal outfit SHINING and Jinxx of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES. Regarding how the collaboration with Jinxx came about, Friedman told Guitar World: "I'm a big fan of Jinxx and BLACK VEIL BRIDES. He came to my show in L.A. in 2015. Right after that, I was told that he plays violin. I didn't even know that! Then light bulbs went off. I thought now's the chance to really turn some heads by doing something that's a little bit, well, a lot, unexpected to my fans and his fans." "Wall Of Sound" track listing: 01. Self Pollution 02. Sorrow And Madness (featuring Jinxx of BLACK VEIL BRIDES) 03. Streetlight 04. Whiteworm 05. For A Friend 06. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of DEAFHEAVEN) 07. The Blackest Rose 08. Something To Fight (featuring Jørgen Munkeby of SHINING) 09. The Soldier 10. Miracle 11. Last Lament
According to Curbed San Francisco, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has dropped two million from the asking price of his house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in northwestern San Francisco, California. Hammett put the home on the market last December for $16 million, but that price came down to $14 million this past February. Hammett's name apparently does not appear on the deed for the Spanish Colonial-style home, which last sold in 2010 for $8 million. When you adjust for inflation, that itself was roughly double its 2003 sale price of $3.1 million. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom, three-story house is said to be the fourth most expensive, publicly listed home in the entire city. Back in 2009, Hammett sold a home in Pacific Heights for $7.6 million after owning it for sixteen years. He bought that 8-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom, 10,100-square-foot, four-story mansion in 1993 for a mere $2.56 million. Asked by Atlanta, Georgia's Rock 100.5 radio station if it ever gets old being a millionaire, Hammett responded: "You know, it just comes with a whole bunch of different problems, bro. And you know what? I'm not very good with saving money. [I spend it on] comic books and movie posters and horror stuff and guitars. I live my life. I just fucking live my life. And I'm generous. The people who are around me experience what I'm experiencing while I'm experiencing it." METALLICA has just resumed its first North American tour in more than seven years. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out last November, eight years after "Death Magnetic".
"Where I Stay", the new video from POWERFLO — the band featuring BIOHAZARD's Billy Graziadei and former FEAR FACTORY bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers alongside Sen Dog from CYPRESS HILL, Rogelio Lozano from DOWNSET, and Brazilian drummer Fernando Schaefer — can be seen below. The song is taken from POWERFLO's self-titled debut album, which was released on June 23 via New Damage Records. Sen Dog stated about the clip: "The video is a look into the car and motorcycle cultures in the Los Angeles area where some of the most recognized low riders, car clubs, motorcycle clubs and tattoo artists have helped bring these worlds to light. The video is a great representation of the city we love and call home." Melding hip-hop, metal, punk, and rock into a potent offering, POWERFLO draws on its powerhouse resume to collectively smash boundaries. The album is produced by Josh Lynch and Billy Graziadei, mixed by Jay Baumgardner (GODSMACK, PAPA ROACH, HELMET) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (FAITH NO MORE, HALFORD, ADRENALINE MOB) at Maor Applebaum Mastering. The origins of POWERFLO can be traced back over more than two decades as the members of the band would collaborate on numerous occasions. In addition to both CYPRESS HILL and BIOHAZARD appearing on the landmark platinum-selling "Judgment Night" soundtrack, Sen Dog delivered a cameo on BIOHAZARD's "State Of The World Address" in 1993, while Christian both guested on CYPRESS HILL's chart-topping 2000 double-album "Skulls & Bones", which Roy also guested on, and 2001's "Stone Raiders" in addition to performing with the group countless times. In 2015, longtime friend Roy played demos for Sen on a ride to the airport. The music immediately spoke to the rapper and thus POWERFLO was born. Regarding how the name for the new project came about, Christian told The New American Media: "Basically, Sen Dog was spitting his game on some of the heavy riffs and shit. And he was, like, 'Do you like this?' And Roy, the other guitar player, said, 'Yeah. A power flow. That's good.' So that's where it kind of came from." POWERFLO's "Victim Of Circumstance" video was directed by Graziadei, who has described the band's musical direction as a cross between IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH and CYPRESS HILL. POWERFLO is currently supporting P.O.D. on a West Coast run of dates. Band photo credit: Travis Shinn
Festival promoters Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) recently sat down with Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR to see what drives him. He said (see video below): "What fucking doesn't drive me, to be honest. It's a lot of things, obviously. It's my passion for what I do. It's my love for music and the way that it makes me feel. It's the demons that I have from growing up, fighting off every horrible thing that I went through. It's the love of the mob, the love of crowd, the reaction to the crowd, that need to feel them. It's everything. It's that need in me to create, it's that need in me to explain, it's that need in me to reach out, react, empathize and have people reciprocate that feeling to understand it, to relate, so you don't feel as alone." He continued: "This whole word is full of lonely people, and the only time we really feel connected is [through] big events, whether it's bad or good. So for me, if I can create those big events so people connect, not only with me but with each other, that's what it's about. I know that probably sounds fairly pretentious, but fuck you! That's what this is about, man. It's about sharing your soul and having the courage to do it." Taylor added: "So what drives me? It's everything. And it hasn't stopped yet. So I don't even know how far I'm gonna take this. But as long as I'm driven, I'll be here." STONE SOUR's new album, "Hydrograd", rocketed on to the charts this week, debuting at No. 1 on three Billboard charts: Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums. "Hydrograd" also debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s fifth consecutive Top 10 debut on that chart. Furthermore, "Hydrograd" debuted at No. 5 in the U.K. (the band's highest debut ever in that country), No. 2 in Australia (highest debut ever), and was Top 5 in Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Also this week, "Hydrograd"'s lead single, "Song #3", spends a fourth straight week at No. 1 at Active Rock Radio, marking the Grammy-nominated band's fourth No. 1 single and eighth Top 5 single at the format. "Song #3"'s Ryan Valdez-directed video has received over three million views on the band’s official YouTube channel while garnering 4.7 million streams on Spotify, including placement on Rock This and Rock Hard playlists. STONE SOUR is currently on an epic summer trek alongside fellow Roadrunner recording group KORN. Dubbed "The Serenity Of Summer Tour", the trek is set to continue through early August.
PRO-PAIN singer Gary Meskil has thanked fans for their support after he was violently robbed in Brussels, Belgium on July 3. Meskil suffered extensive injuries when he was "struck on the head with an ice pick" before being set upon by a group on individuals. He was admitted to hospital and is currently recovering after the horror attack. In a statement posted on PRO-PAIN's Facebook page, Meskil wrote: "First off, I'd like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns, well wishes and generosity. It really means the world to me and my family. I also would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Olivier Sanese and his wonderful staff at C.H.U. St-Pierre Hospital for saving my life, and the Brussels Police Department for diligently tracking down suspects. "To think that just a few days ago, I was basically left to die on the sidewalk and no one helped until paramedics came to the scene. After being pick-pocketed, I absorbed a blow to the head with an ice pick, and then was quickly attacked by several persons. I truly believe my NY Yankees hat was my saving grace. My nose was broken, my glasses were smashed into my eyes, and I sustained some fractures to my face and jaw. I lost a high percentage of blood from severe hemorrhaging, which required multiple transfusions. The uncontrolled bleeding is what nearly killed me, according to the medical staff. They initially intended to keep me in the hospital for an extra 12 days (for surgery and recovery), but I convinced them to discharge me because I didn't appear to suffer any neurological damage and surgery can be done much closer to home. "Over the next couple of days, I hope to get a second opinion on my jaw. It doesn't close properly, and the fractures around my palate make it impossible to eat any solid food. The jaw injury could be the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to returning to the stage. I can deal with the pain in certain areas until I get home, but breaches to the jaw will make it extremely painful to scream sing. I now have to wait 5-10 days for my new passport to arrive, so we will make further decisions around that time frame regarding certain plans. Aside from all of that, I am recovering as quickly as I can, and I look positively toward the future. "I would also like to say that the incident did not change my opinion of Brussels or its citizens in any way. It could have happened in many places, and I just feel like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Belgium will continue to be my home away from home. "I enclosed a few pics so you can witness a bit of my recovery thus far. I hope to have another update for you shortly. Until then, thanks again for all the love you've given me. I am truly humbled and blessed by all of your support. I hope to be able to give it back onstage soon enough! "Love and respect, Gary Meskil." As a result of Meskil's injuries, PRO-PAIN was forced to cancel its concerts in Roeselare, Belgium (July 7) and Osnabrück, Germany (July 8). Meskil's family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the musician’s medical bills. The fund is looking to raise a total of $20,000 and, at the time of writing, has reached more than $16,000. PRO-PAIN was touring in support of its latest album, "Voice Of Rebellion", which was released in June 2015 through SPV/Steamhammer.
Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition" DVD will be released on September 8 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD features the 1975 TV special "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare", now available on DVD for the first time, along with the 1976 "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film. Aired on ABC in the U.S., "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" showcases every song from the legendary "Welcome To My Nightmare" album, which had just been released at the time. With Cooper taking on the role of Steven, and Vincent Price serving as The Spirit Of The Nightmare, this special was a unique introduction to his new album, drawing fans even further into the dark fantasy. Melding horror, theater, and rock music, Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" was a stage show the likes of which was never seen before. Hits and classics songs like "School's Out", "Only Women Bleed", "Billion Dollar Babies", "Welcome To My Nightmare", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "I'm Eighteen" and "Department Of Youth" were backdropped with giant spiders, skeletons, a cyclops, and the voice of horror royalty Vincent Price. This groundbreaking theatrical presentation scintillated, horrified, and thrilled audiences, delivering an experience unlike any concerts at the time. He truly brought spectators into a living (or unliving) nightmare, and they loved every minute of it. The combination of the "Welcome To My Nightmare" concert film and "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" TV special demonstrates the true genius of Alice Cooper. He is beyond music, and beyond horror — Alice Cooper is an experience, who continues to frighten and thrill audiences to this day. Track listing "Welcome To My Nightmare": 01. The Awakening 02. Welcome To My Nightmare 03. Years Ago 04. No More Mr. Nice Guy 05. I'm Eighteen 06. Some Folks 07. Cold Ethyl 08. Only Women Bleed 09. Billion Dollar Babies 10. Devil's Food 11. The Black Widow 12. Steven 13. Escape 14. School's Out 15. Department Of Youth "The Nightmare": 01. Welcome To My Nightmare 02. Devil's Food 03. Some Folks 04. Only Women Bleed 05. Cold Ethyl 06. The Black Widow 07. Years Ago 08. Department Of Youth 09. Years Ago (Reprise) 10. Steven 11. The Awakening 12. Ballad Of Dwight Fry 13. Escape 14. The Awakening (Reprise)
The official uncensored video for the song "Heartbreak And Séance" from U.K.'s legendary extreme metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH can be seen at NuclearBlast.de. The track is the first single off the band's eagerly awaited twelfth album, "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay", which will be released on September 22 via Nuclear Blast. Commented CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth: "Working with such an artistic director as Artūrs Bērziņš was indeed an honor, as the video shoot was very extensively planned, involving a myriad of extras and crew, make-up girls and set builders, a crow, some well-behaved snakes and a considerable amount of snow, candles, water, trees, naked bodies, lamentable mourners, as well as all being submerged in suitably gothic landscapes and vistas. And the fact that we travelled to Riga in Latvia to film it was also very unique and interesting. The video itself is fantastic, drawing from the darkly erotic imagery of the album artwork and bringing it to richly technicoloured classical life. We had such a blast shooting it, as the accompanying photos attest to..." Bērziņš is the mastermind behind the "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" artwork, photography and videography — best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings; postmodern interpretations of classic myths. He has been proclaimed as a "sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism". "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay" was recorded at Grindstone Studios, Suffolk, U.K. by the very honorable Scott Atkins, who has been the resident go-to producer for CRADLE OF FILTH for several albums. Dani Filth sat in during the mix, serving up flaming mugs of teas, making the studio couch his own and lending his ears when necessary. Commented Dani: "The album is deeply infused with Victorian gothic horror and thus the title is a reflection of that. 'Cryptoriana' implies the Victorian's infatuation with the supernatural, the grave and the ghoulish. And the subtitle 'The Seductiveness Of Decay' further cements this attraction to death and the glittering lengthy process of self-annihilation." CRADLE OF FILTH has also announced its first full-scale U.K. and Ireland tour in years, starting in Belfast, Northern Ireland on October 30. Added Dani Filth: "We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the U.K. and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band's home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the world throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fans' exalted expectations and more."
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will release newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, "Anomaly", on September 8 via eOne Music. Among the new tracks are two previously unreleased demos: "Hard For Me", which was later reworked into the album's "Foxy & Free", and an early take of "Pain In The Neck", different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only "Anomaly" bonus track "The Return Of Space Bear". "Anomaly Deluxe" will also feature enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Ace Frehley historian Ron Albanese (including track-by-track commentary by Frehley). "Anomaly Deluxe" track listing: 01. Foxy & Free 02. Outer Space 03. Pain In The Neck 04. Fox On The Run 05. Genghis Khan 06. Too Many Faces 07. Change The World 08. Space Bear (Extended) 09. A Little Below The Angels 10. Sister 11. It's A Great Life 12. Fractured Quantum 13. Hard For Me (bonus track) 14. Pain In The Neck (Slower Version) (bonus track] 15. Return Of The Space Bear (bonus track) The song "Hard For Me" can be streamed below. In late 2016 the company entered into an extended agreement with Frehley to release two more studio albums. Vice president of sales and acquisitions at eOne Ken Gullic says: "We're absolutely thrilled to have an artist of Ace's stature on our roster, and to re-release this album on eOne. The 'Anomaly Deluxe' edition completes the trifecta of his comeback trilogy, alongside his first Top 10 album, 'Space Invader', as well as 'Origins Vol. 1'. Ace will follow this with two more studio albums." At the time of its release, "Anomaly" lived up to its name. "There was a lot of pressure on me, because I hadn't done an album in twenty years," explains Frehley. "I wasn't sure it wasn’t going to be well-received. Luckily, it was!" "Anomaly" sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on September 15, 2009 via Ace's own Bronx Born Records, with Rocket Science providing a full label service platform in the U.S., "Anomaly" was produced and recorded in Westchester County, New York between 2007 and 2009 and was mixed in Los Angeles. Between live shows in the United States, Frehley is writing for his next album, and reveals that sessions have included working with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons for an expected 2018 release. "I am writing for my next studio album," he begin. "Gene came over my house to write — it went fantastic. In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my [next] record. I'm thrilled." The occasion was momentous for another reason. "It was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober," he reveals, "and it was a pleasure." In September, Frehley and his band will return to Australia and New Zealand for a series of dates with Alice Cooper. "I have not been to Australia in a while," he begins, "Alice and I have been friends since the '70s, and playing with him is going to be bigger and better." Speaking of playing, there is a rumor that a certain song will be performed on the tour by Frehley, one that goes back to being a fan favorite Down Under when he first toured there with KISS in 1980. The original "Spaceman" sets the record straight: "I gotta do 'Talk To Me' — for Australia, I'll do it!" Frehley's latest release was a covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart. The effort featured a guest appearance by KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".
Atlanta progressive heavy rock icons MASTODON performed the song "Show Yourself" on last night's (July 10) episode of Conan O'Brien's nighttime talk show, "Conan". Video footage of their appearance can be seen below. "Show Yourself" is taken from MASTODON's seventh studio album, "Emperor Of Sand", which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it their third Top 10 album. The follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album "Crack The Skye" MASTODON bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and guitarist Bill Kelliher explained in an interview with Noisey that the band doesn't let online trolls and haters — and even some of their own fans — get to them with criticism about their sound or the way it's changed. Kelliher said, "Our fucking fans are nuts. They pick apart every fucking note, every fucking word, who's singing what, why this song doesn't sound like the last song, why this song sucks because it's different." Kelliher added: "I read these comments on the internet of people saying we sold out by playing songs like 'Show Yourself'. Who the fuck are you? What do you mean we sold out? I'll play whatever music I want to play! I'll put out a goddamn pop record if I want to. I don't have to answer to anybody but my bandmates — and my wife." Kelliher offered his perception of who some of these alleged fans are, saying: "There's people that follow the MASTODON Facebook page and then they talk shit. Are you just trying to be cool? I think of a pimply-faced 14-year-old in his underpants sitting on his computer. Where's your band that you've had for 17 years? Where are your three-time Grammy loser certificates?" MASTODON has been nominated for a Grammy three times in the "Best Metal Performance" category over the years, losing all three times.