Professionally filmed video footage of DEVILDRIVER's entire performance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival, which was held in August 2016 in Wacken, Germany, can be seen below. As previously reported, DEVILDRIVER is working on an album of outlaw country covers, to be released later in the year. According to singer Dez Fafara, the effort will include thirteen "insanely heavy, swinging badass outlaw tracks by some of the best outlaw country artists," including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Johnny Paycheck and Steve Earle. Produced by Steve Evetts, the album will feature appearances by "fifteen high-caliber guests," among them LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton. Said Fafara: "So just to be fucking clear, it's never been done; we are the first! We have been working on this for a year! Get ready — you've never heard anything like this!" DEVILDRIVER guitarist Neal Tiemann told Guitar World about the band's approach on the covers album: "I think the point is to keep the memorable melodies and lyrics intact while providing and alternate and heavier music bed. It's easy to get carried away in one of our own riffs, so we've been sure to keep refocusing on the essence of the original material." The project started out in early 2016 when Fafara was thinking about remaking punk classics. "I loved the idea of focusing on a single genre, but I felt that country was a better way to go, because the songs would give us more ideas to work with," explained DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer. Added Tiemann: "While the theme is centered in outlaw country, we're adding some numbers that go against the grain, rather than fit inside those genre barriers." DEVILDRIVER's latest album, "Trust No One", was released in May 2016 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2013's "Winter Kills" was once again produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER) with assistance from Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL).
The second in a series of video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new PAPA ROACH album can be seen below. PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix revealed in an interview with Albany, New York radio station Q103 that the band's forthcoming disc will feature guest appearances by rapper Machine Gun Kelly and American singer and songwriter Skylar Grey. Due in May, the follow-up to 2015's "F.E.A.R." was recorded with Nicholas "Ras" Furlong and Colin "Doc" Brittain at Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood, California. PAPA ROACH has already released two songs from the upcoming disc, "Crooked Teeth" and "Help". The latter track is rocketing toward the Top 10 on the rock radio chart. Shaddix described the new disc as "very dynamic," adding, "It ranges from heavy and in your face with songs like 'Crooked Teeth' and then it also is kind of a bit more of a pop sensibility in it… It's all over the place." Shaddix also revealed that the band has done some early work on its next album, saying: "We went back in the studio and started creating some music again for a new, new record. We have such a good creative flow that we're, like, 'You know what, man?' Let's just jump in the studio.'" PAPA ROACH is set to play at several major rock festivals in late April and May, including Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville in Florida, Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina and Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.
Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the songs "The Call Of Ktulu" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" on February 9 and February 7, respectively, at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below. METALLICA played its third concert in Copenhagen on February 9 as part of what was initially supposed to be the final of a four-night stand at that city's Royal Arena. The first show was cut short on February 3 when frontman James Hetfield took ill. Hetfield was put on complete vocal rest the next day, forcing the band to postpone the second show on February 5. METALLICA returned to the stage on February 7. The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support on the quartet's first North American trek since 2009 will come mainly from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and VOLBEAT, with GOJIRA taking over for the latter group for the last six shows. Each ticket purchased for the tour will come with a copy of METALLICA's new album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", available as a physical CD or a digital download. Various VIP packages are up for sale as well. METALLICA has also announced the formation of its All Within My Hands Foundation, which will raise funds through ticket sales to support national, local and Bay Area charities selected by the band members, while continuing to donate to music education programs and local food banks.
Throughout his forty-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD. From KISS to Michael Bolton. W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour. After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album — and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavor. "Skeletons In The Closet" will be released in late spring through Vanity Music Group (distributed via RED / Sony Music). Joining Bob on the album are: Lead vocalists Dee Snider Robin McAuley Andrew Freeman Vick Wright Todd Kerns David Glen Eisley Dennis St. James Bassists Rudy Sarzo Chuck Wright Bobby Ferrari Bruce Kulick Dennis St James Kjell Benner Keyboardists Doug Katsaros Jimmy Waldo Drummers Vinny Appice Frankie Banali Eric Singer Brent Fitz Scot Coogan Chuck Burgi Bobby Rock Jay Schellen Bob himself provided all of the guitar tracks and co-produced the album, along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, Nevada. Half of "Skeletons In The Closet" is comprised of brand new material while the other half is comprised of retrospective material from Bob's albums with MURDERER'S ROW and SKULL. "After finishing the five new songs, the idea of including five of my favorite songs from my past rounded things out nicely," Bob says. "Brand new songs and then the 'skeletons in the closet!'" "Skeletons in the Closet" track listing: 01. Player 02. Not Before You 03. London 04. Goldfinger 05. Rich Man 06. India (from MURDERER'S ROW) 07. Skeletons In The Closet (from MURDERER'S ROW) 08. Guitar Commandos (from Skull — also features a guitar duel with Bruce Kulick) 09. Can't Stop The Rock (previously unreleased track) 10. Eyes Of A Stranger (from SKULL) His talents have earned Kulick a dozen gold and platinum records, and aside from writing for the traditional album format, he's written and performed songs for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Square Pants (David Glen Eisley's "Sweet Victory") and the theme song for WWE's superstar wrestler Triple H, "The Game". Photo credit: Julie Bergonz
ME AND THAT MAN, which pairs BEHEMOTH founder, songwriter and singer Adam "Nergal" Darski with British/Polish rock musician John Porter, performed its song "Nightride" on a recent episode of Kuba Wojewódzki's Król TVN show. You can now watch video footage of their appearance below. ME AND THAT MAN will release its debut album, "Songs Of Love And Death", on March 24 through Cooking Vinyl. With the release of this side project, the duo puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music "should" be. The project draws heavily on blues, country and folk to make music as dark as if it was being screamed over shredding guitars. "Songs Of Love And Death" is a dark journey through sun-bleached, dusty plains, soundtracked by low-slung acoustic guitars and steeped in the rawest essence of rock and blues. The duo's debut will prove to be a revelatory affair for BEHEMOTH's huge global fan base, while simultaneously luring many more people into Nergal's artistic world. Fans of everything from Nick Cave, DANZIG, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash's American Recordings, through to the grim, frontier polemic of WOVENHAND will find countless mesmerizing moments on the album. "This album is not meant to turn ME AND THAT MAN fans into BEHEMOTH fans," Nergal notes. "If one day they follow, okay. Something like 'My Church Is Black' is a strong declaration, a song that naturally invites people from the extreme metal world, and perhaps they'll want to enter this world too. They might even like it. With ME AND THAT MAN, I'm telling simple stories in a simple way, not overloaded with metaphors and hidden meanings. It's just got to be as natural, organic and stripped down as it can be." He further explains: "With ME AND THAT MAN, the songs just come out in a very organic way. One would be bluesy, one would be more of a ballad, but put together they all made sense. I need ME AND THAT MAN to keep the balance, as the potential of my mother band seems limitless. It gets bigger and bigger, more advanced and more sophisticated... and darker ...and blacker. But ME AND THAT MAN is at the opposite pole, artistically speaking. With all the best art, once you have it in you, you have to release it, otherwise it becomes intoxicating and dangerous to your own system. This is how I deal with my emotions and my dark feelings and shadows. This is not happy music, but it's liberating." "This is a side-project, but I don't really know what it's going to grow into," Nergal concludes. The idea was just to get this music out to people. There's no hidden agenda. It is what it is, and if you like it, it's cool. If you don't, that's cool too. This is the battle we've already won." Plans are underway for a series of live dates in Europe around the release of the album and across the U.S. in April/May. Stay tuned for further details soon. "Songs Of Love And Death" features artwork by Daniel P. Carter and is available for pre-order now.
On March 17, in tandem with the release of Sean Byrne's new heavy-metal-charged horror film "The Devil's Candy", J2 Music/INgrooves will release the digital soundtrack companion piece for a film that has already garnered praise from critics, and a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "The Devil's Candy Motion Picture Soundtrack" will feature performances from an all-star metal lineup that includes such notable bands as SLAYER (pictured), MACHINE HEAD, GHOST and experimental metal legends SUNN O))). The track listing is as follows: 01. SUNN O))) - "Belürol Pusztít" 02. THE WANTON BISHOPS - "Shake" 03. SPIDERBAIT - "Conjunctivitis" 04. PJ HARVEY - "The Devil" 05. GHOST - "From The Pinnacle To The Pit" 06. GOYA - "Blackfire" 07. SLAYER - "You Against You" 08. MACHINE HEAD - "Sail Into The Black" 09. AURORA SURGIT - "Dies Irae (Sequentia)" 10. SUNN O))) - "Decay 2 (Nihils' Maw)" The film's director Sean Byrne ("The Loved Ones") had this to say about the soundtrack: "'The Devil's Candy' soundtrack takes the listener on a gradual descent from foot-stomping joy to the deepest darkness. Please play it LOUD." "The Devil's Candy" (Snoot Entertainment) will see a limited theatrical and VOD release via IFC Films' horror and sci-fi imprint IFC Midnight. Directed by Sean Byrne, the film chronicles diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse as he relocates with his wife and child into a house in Texas that has a particularly grisly past. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray ("The Walking Dead"'s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He's the home's former resident, and he's here to do the Devil's bidding. The Guardian raved that the film was "made in the true spirit of metal: just like the music it's inspired by, it's loud and sometimes gruesome but also winningly earnest." Collider called the film a "standout" and "the complete midnight movie package." Fans can watch the trailer for "The Devil's Candy" below.
ICED EARTH has completed work on its new album, "Incorruptible" (formerly "The Judas Goat"), for a mid-June release. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Great Heathen Army 02. Black Flag 03. Raven Wing 04. The Veil 05. Seven Headed Whore 06. The Relic (Part 1) 07. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) 08. Brothers 09. Defiance 10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862) Regarding how "Incorruptible" compares to previous ICED EARTH albums, guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer told Metal Wani: "They're all kind of their own thing, but I have a very strong gut feeling about this, and so does everybody in the band, that this is one of the really special ones. So I put it up there with 'The Dark Saga' , 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' , 'Dystopia'  — it's in that league of records — so it's really gonna be something special, man. I know musicians always say that, but there is something going on here, so it's cool. We're all very excited about it." On the topic of the concept for the lyrics on "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "There is no concept on this record; it's just ten individual tracks not related to each other. Actually, on 'Plagues Of Babylon' , it was only the first six that were related to the 'Something Wicked' story; it was like a zombie apocalypse within the 'Something Wicked' framework. But this album, it's just ten individual songs. We have one called 'Clear The Way', which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that's a big epic, like ten minutes; and then we have one called 'Black Flag', which is a pirate song. It's quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it's gonna be a highlight of the record. And then on [the last European] tour, [we opened] the show with a new song that will be the opener on the album — it's called 'Great Heathen Army' — that's got a Viking kind of a vibe to it. So there's a lot of different things, and none of it's really related. There's one called 'Raven Wing'… I can't really think of all of them righ now… 'Seven Headed Whore' — that's one that's actually pretty brutal; it's like a total kick in the balls. But, you know, there's a lot of varied emotions on this, and it's cool stuff, man." Asked about singer Stu Block's contribution to "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "Well, he came at the end of… for about the last month or so of pre-production… maybe a little bit more… five weeks… and we worked on his vocal parts. We do it like Stu and I normally do it. Some of the stuff we write together. I mean, I write the musical arrangements and do all that — he doesn't play any instruments — but he comes in… At the end of the writing process is when we focus on his parts. And the lyrics that we worked on together, on a song called 'Brother', which is about our brotherhood, [between] Stu and I and within the band… We've gone through a lot of shit together and we've had a lot of great times together, but the bond is very strong, and that's clear. So it's just a song, really, for us. And then he wrote the lyrics for 'The Great Heathen Army'. I'm trying to think… I can't think of 'em, man; I have to look at the list [of songs]. But usually, he goes to an area and works, and I go in my area and work. And, like I said, on some songs we collaborate sometimes. On this one, the only we did was 'Brother'… We work in the way we always work. And it's a very cool chemistry." ICED EARTH took a break from touring in 2015, primarily due to Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery. Longtime ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley returned to the band for the current recording and touring cycle. Smedley had to step down due to personal family reasons in 2013 shortly before the recording of "Plagues Of Babylon".
Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson says that he has "nothing bad to say" about his time with the band. Stinson, who was in GN'R from 1998 until 2014, told Fox News (see video below): "When they asked me to play in the band, I thought the idea of… Axl [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES lead singer] had the name, he owned it; it was his band. I thought what he was aiming to do to preserve himself and preserve his career and to keep going forward, I thought, was pretty punk rock. And I thought, you know, as ideas go, this is one of 'em, and it's a pretty good one. I thought it was pretty huge. And cut to eighteen years later, I really… I have nothing bad to say. I went and saw two of the reunion shows, and they're doing great. They're all my friends. They're having a ball. I keep in touch with them. You know… Good for them." Stinson previously told Rolling Stone magazine that his split with GUNS N' ROSES happened after his marriage "went fuckin' south in a bad, bad way" forcing him to become a "fuckin' full-time dad — and happily a full-time dad." A founding member of the seminal Minneapolis-based rock band THE REPLACEMENTS, Stinson last played with GUNS N' ROSES at a 2014 show in Las Vegas. GUNS N' ROSES' current "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic lineup members Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and Rose backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
RATT bassist Juan Croucier performed the band's classic songs with his solo band on February 25 at The Rock Box in San Antonio, Texas. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. RATT, featuring three members of the band's classic lineup —Croucier, singer Stephen Pearcy and guitarist Warren DeMartini — will embark on a more proper tour next year after spending most of 2017 making select festival appearances and playing one-off shows. Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini played their first official show as the reunited RATT on February 11 at Treasure Island in Welch, Minnesota. They were joined on stage by former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others. A completely different version of RATT — led by drummer Bobby Blotzer and featuring a revolving door of members — has been hitting stages across the country since the fall of 2015. Back in November, a California judge ruled against Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER in the fall of 2015.
TOOL will play the following shows this spring: May 24 - Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena May 27 - Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion May 28 - Boston, MA @ Harvard Athletic Complex May 30 - Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena May 31 - Hamilton, ONT @ First Ontario Centre Jun. 02 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre Jun. 04 - New York, NY @ Governor's Ball Festival Jun. 05 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center Jun. 07 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre Jun. 08 - Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena TOOL bassist Justin Chancellor told Bass Player in a recent interview that the band is "pretty deep into the writing process now" for the long-awaited follow-up to 2006's "10,000 Days" album. Chancellor explained: "We've narrowed things down to big groups of ideas. For the past few months, we've been working on one of the newer songs fairly exclusively. We get the gist of it and find the main themes that make up the skeleton between verses and choruses. Then we explore different ways we can depart from that and come back to it and flip it upside down, and take the time to see what else is there." Chancellor added: "Everyone knows we take our time. We're really trying to be responsible with ourselves in trying to discover ideas that haven't been discovered before. It's kind of an alchemy, how we experiment." Addressing the decade-long gap between the last TOOL offering and this one, Chancellor remarked: "Writing is a grueling process for us, and once we finish an album, we go on tour for a couple of years. Plus, we're always very involved in our own business, so we need a break when we come back. We've also been through a lot of difficult lawsuits, which we deal with ourselves, and they're a bit of a bummer and not inspiring creatively." He continued: "We're our own worst critics. We're doing our best to find something that blows us all away, and we want each other to be completely happy with what we produce. I'm excited that there's going to be another album and the material will be very inspiring. So why rush it now?" TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan has been touring with his other act, PUSCIFER, and has been on a book tour in recent weeks to promote his newly released memoir, "A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things". He will also play a number of shows with A PERFECT CIRCLE in April and early May. Keenan said not long ago that while the perception is that the other members of TOOL are waiting for him to make a new album, he is in fact the one who ends up waiting around for the rest of the group. He explained: "They take a long time, they're very tedious, very meticulous and I get bored. So I have to go do things in between."