Eclectic Arts conducted an interview with OBITUARY bassist Terry Butler on March 28 in Seattle, Washington. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about how difficult it is for a band like OBITUARY to make a living playing death metal music in 2017, Terry said:"I often ask myself that, especially on the business side of things [laughs], because everyone wants a piece of you. The club wants 25 percent of your merch, there's state tax taken out of your pay, there's county tax, blah blah blah, and before you know it, you're, like, 'Why are we even doing this?' But that's just how it's always been. One good thing now is the Internet is great and bad at the same time. But with Pro Tools and everything, we can record everything at our house now completely on our own schedule and everything, which is great. But it does get tough when… We are trying to make a living at this, and we can make a living at it, but we have to work hard at it and be on the road a lot. And, like I said, everybody wants a piece of you." He continued: "I've chosen this. For thirty years I've been doing this, and I love it. I love playing live. I love seeing the fans, talking to the fans. So I'm gonna do it until I can't do it anymore." OBITUARY's new, self-titled album was released on March 17 via Relapse. The band is currently taking part in the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour with KREATOR, HORRENDOUS and MIDNIGHT. The tour kicked off on March 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina and will run through April 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was interviewed by Radio Futuro before the band's April 1 concert at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about METALLICA's willingness to constantly take chances with its music and other projects, Hetfield said: "At the end of the day, we are artists and we love creating art that we like, and the songs and the artwork and the logos and t-shirts — everything. We are very blessed to be able to be in a position of doing whatever we want as an artist. But I think that honesty is very important for the integrity of the music, integrity of all of METALLICA. I think the fans really enjoy the fact that we write music that we want to hear. And it's simple — we keep it simple that way. And the fans will come, if you're honest about your art." Hetfield also talked about the success of METALLICA's latest album, 2016's "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". He said: "[I'm] very surprised — very surprised that, after 36 years, an album like this is important to people. It's a surprise still; it blows my mind that after this long, people are enjoying our music. It's as simple as that. We will continue to make music, play shows and do what we need to do as people. METALLICA helps us stay alive, and the fact that we're gonna be on tour for another two and a half years, it's exciting." The North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" 2017 tour kicks off in Baltimore 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. The first European leg of "WorldWired" kicks off on September 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and stretches through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 10, 2018 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.
California extreme metal veterans EXHUMED have entered the studio to record their highly anticipated sixth studio album and follow-up to 2013's "Necrocracy". Titled "Death Revenge", the new disc will see a late 2017 release via Relapse Records. Said EXHUMED's founding guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey: "We entered the studio April 1st with our buddy Jarrett Pritchard (GRUESOME, GOATWHORE) to start the process, and no, this is not an elaborate April Fool's joke... "'All Guts, No Glory' was more of a straight-up speeding attack, 'Necrocracy' had a bit more focus on groove and incorporating some mid-paced stuff in there, and this one is gonna be a lot darker. It's a concept album, which is a first for us, so expect some new twists on our tried-and-true formula: one part late '80s death metal, half a cup of German/Canadian/Bay Area thrash, a dash of grindcore, crossover, and crust, and the occasional, well-concealed, HALL & OATES rip-off." In related news, EXHUMED has confirmed a string of European tour dates this June which include a performance at Hellfest and follow their North American appearances at Modified Ghost Festival II in Vancouver and the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore in May.
In a brand new interview with Australia's The Rockpit, former GREAT WHITE and current JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell recalled meeting JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford for the first time. He said: "I met Rob Halford in, like, 1982 at The Troubadour in Hollywood, and I walked up to him, or at least I was trying to walk up to him, and one of the road crew was there with him, this little guy named Desmond, a drum tech, and he was really mean to me. I was, like, 'I don't like that guy.' Anyway, Rob let me come into his little circle and I said, 'Hey, man, I just want to introduce myself. You probably won't remember me, but I'm going to open for you one day.' And he was nice. He just said, 'All right, man. Good for you.' Then in '84, we [GREAT WHITE] were opening for [JUDAS PRIEST] on 'Defenders Of The Faith' and I walked up to Rob and said, 'Hey, Rob, you probably don't remember me, but I came up to you a couple of years ago at The Troubadour and told you I was going to open up for you. Well, here I am.' And he goes, 'Wow! That is such an incredible story.' And the funny thing was, after that, me and the road crew guy became really great friends. That was a really great moment for me that probably only means something to me. Just to be able to see that coming." JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE's debut album, "He Saw it Comin'" (originally titled "The Gauntlet"), was released on January 27 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc features Jack Russell alongside former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), Dan McNay (MONTROSE) on bass, Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar and Dicki Fliszar (BRUCE DICKINSON) on drums. JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with the current touring and recording version of GREAT WHITE, which features Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).
Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED will release their new album, "The World Ablaze", on May 5 via Metal Blade Records. The band's first disc since 2010's "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross" is the third (and final) part of the World War I trilogy. The official video for the disc's first single, "On The Wrong Side Of The Wire", can be seen below. GOD DETHRONED comments: "'The World Ablaze' is our final album in the WWI trilogy. We aimed to create an album that is very dynamic and diverse. It contains typical GOD DETHRONED riffing with loads of melodies and catchy hooks. The songs are perfect for our live shows as they contain many mid-tempo parts combined with faster and more brutal parts. Diversity to the max! [Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist] Dan Swanö mixed the album in his typical fashion but without robbing the band of its own identity. Mastering was handled at the Wisseloord Studios where they also mastered albums for bands like RAMMSTEIN, among many others, and they put the icing on the cake. The album sounds crystal clear and heavy as fuck at the same time. We are very proud to present this album during our upcoming Serpent Fest album release shows early May!" "The World Ablaze" track listing: 01. A Call To Arms 02. Annihilation Crusade 03. The World Ablaze 04. On The Wrong Side Of The Wire 05. Close To Victory 06. Konigsberg 07. Escape Across The Ice (The White Army) 08. Breathing Through Blood 09. Messina Ridge 10. The 11th Hour GOD DETHRONED 2017 is: Henri Sattler - vocals/guitars Mike Ferguson - guitars Jeroen Pomper - bass Michiel Van Der Plicht - drums GOD DETHRONED made a comeback at the January 2015 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal — three years after playing a "farewell" show at the same cruise. GOD DETHRONED will play two German release shows on the weekend of release, plus one Belgium and two Dutch shows on the following weekend.
FALLING IN REVERSE has dropped the celestial video for "Coming Home", the title track from their upcoming fourth album, due out April 7 on Epitaph Records. "This video is an analogy of the dichotomies between my personal life and my public life — a lonely traveler content on fulfilling the dreams he set out on, but missing out on everything he has at home. A bittersweet duality," said frontman Ronnie Radke. The band also released the tracks "Loser" and "Broken" ahead of the album's release. "Coming Home" is the follow up to 2015's "Just Like You" and the album finds the band exploring its sound, all the while retaining the signature ethos and aesthetic that has won the love and loyalty of its incredibly invested fans and followers. Outburn described "Coming Home" as "sonically gripping from start to finish and impressive every step of the way, with neither Radke nor the band losing their edge" in its 10-out-of-10 review. Alternative Press raved in its four-star review that "the album maintains a brilliant balance between uplifting and confessional, playful and serious. It's the most real, honest, and self-aware record FIR have released to date." FALLING IN REVERSE will perform at several festivals this spring and summer. "Coming Home" track listing: 01. Coming Home 02. Broken 03. Loser 04. Fuck You and All Your Friends 05. I Hate Everyone 06. I'm Bad At Life 07. Hanging On 08. Superhero 09. Straight to Hell 10. I Don't Mind 11. The Departure 12. Right Now (bonus) 13. Paparazzi (bonus) Radke previously told Alternative Press that the album is "a huge left turn. It sounds like nothing we've ever done. Every song is very vibey. There's more feeling in it." He continued: "We're challenging ourselves now more than we ever have in the weirdest ways possible, because you would think writing the craziest solo or riffs would be the challenging part. But the challenging part is trying to stick to a theme and not go all over the place like we would normally do."
METALLICA is among the confirmed artists for Outside Lands' 10th anniversary. The world's original gourmet music festival takes place August 11-13 at San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park, bringing together the best music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy from across the region and the world. Regular priced 3-day and VIP tickets will go on sale this Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT exclusively at SFOutsideLands.com. As Huffington Post wrote of last year's festival, "there's a lot to love about Outside Lands: the diverse slate of musicians, the unbelievable food options, the magical forest-like setting." For its 10th anniversary, Outside Lands has gone above and beyond to bring together some of the most talented artists the world has to offer while creating a festival lineup you won't see anywhere else this season. Legendary rock band THE WHO, heavy metal icons and Bay Area natives METALLICA, and a rare festival appearance from GORILLAZ lead a lineup that features the likes of LORDE, FLEET FOXES, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ALT-J, SOLANGE, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, LITTLE DRAGON, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, THE AVETT BROTHERS, ABOVE & BEYOND, TOVE LO, ACTION BRONSON, THUNDERCAT and many, many more. Outside Lands is among the rare festivals anywhere in the world to sell out immediately upon lineup announcement and ticket release, boasting six consecutive sellouts to date. To show Outside Lands' ongoing commitment to the local community, the festival has contributed nearly $17 million to the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. Once again, the world's original gourmet music festival will offer ticket-holders a wide array of culinary options. This year, fans will have access to more than 80 Bay Area restaurants, 40+ Northern California wineries, close to 30 west coast breweries, and a collection of the region's best cocktail bars. Outside Lands also features ten distinct experiences that celebrate San Francisco's culture and excite the senses, including Taste of the Bay Area, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, The Back Wine, Cocktail Magic, the Festival Market Place, Outsider Art, Eco Lands, as well as The Barbary, named in honor of San Francisco's Barbary Coast district and featuring the best of comedy and cabaret, and GastroMagic, a fully programmed stage devoted to one-of-a-kind culinary and music collaborations. The Outside Lands 2017 food and drink lineup will be announced soon. Since its inception, Outside Lands has evolved into a beloved San Francisco tradition and boon for the Bay Area, as thousands of fans from around the world flood the iconic city for an incomparable weekend in one of America's greatest parks. The festival generates over $70 million annually for San Francisco's economy, employing over 4,850 people in and around the area in the process. Additionally, Outside Lands diverts more waste than any other festival of its size, with an astonishing 91% of last year's waste consisting of reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials.
According to Corren.se, GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — is being sued by four former members of the band who are accusing him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours. The lawsuit, which was filed in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where GHOST was originally based, claims that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The four musicians furthermore state that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put Tobias in charge of carrying out the company's management duties. The former GHOST members are asking the court to order Forge to disclose the company's revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 as well as to reveal the company's assets as of December 31, 2016. If he fails to act as ordered, they are asking the court to force Forge to pay a penalty of SEK 200,000 (approximately $22,000), or an amount that the court considers reasonable. According to the lawsuit, GHOST was formed in 2010 and Forge, through his company, has been collecting all revenues from the sale of the band's merchandise and music recordings. The GHOST leader did not at any time provide the other musicians with the company's financial statements, the lawsuit claims, and has instead insisted that the company was not yet profitable. In 2012, GHOST's economic situation became particularly dire when the bandmembers did not receive any compensation. Under pressure, Forge paid sporadic amounts out to the other musicians while continuing to claim that the company's bank accounts were empty. During 2016, the GHOST bandmembers received two separate contract proposals from Forge that they rejected on the grounds that they saw them as "slave agreements," the lawsuit says. Meanwhile, relations between Forge and the other musicians became increasingly chilly, with guitarist Martin Persner — who is not one of the four people behind the lawsuit — quitting the band in July 2016. On December 20, Forge, through his lawyer, contested the four musicians' claim that GHOST was a partnership. Asked by Corren.se for his reaction to the lawsuit, Forge said: "I can't comment on it because it is a legal process. The lawsuit will be answered farily soon by my legal counsel." The new, predominantly U.K.-based lineup of GHOST — which is rumored to include musicians who have previously played with THE SISTERS OF MERCY, KORN, PENDRAGON and BLOODBATH — gave its first live performance on March 24 as the band kicked off its 2017 "Popestar" European tour in Norwich, England. Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its seven-year existence have gone unannounced. Forge writes almost all of the group's music and does most of the act's interviews disguised as a Nameless Ghoul.
FOREIGNER will celebrate 40 years as one of rock's most popular and enduring acts with a new career-spanning compilation titled "40" that features 40 hits from 40 years. This summer, the band will also launch an extensive 40th-anniversary U.S. tour with CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. Rhino will release "40" on May 19 as a double-CD set for $19.98 that includes 40 songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. A double-vinyl version that features 23 songs will be released on June 2 for 31.98. Following its self-titled debut in 1977, FOREIGNER went on to record some of rock's most enduring anthems — "Juke Box Hero" and "Hot Blooded" — as well as the #1 smash "I Want To Know What Love Is". The group has 10 multi-platinum albums to its credit and is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with worldwide sales in excess of 75 million. "40" brings together the best songs from FOREIGNER's nine studio albums, including all 16 of its Top 30 hits: "Feels Like The First Time", "Cold As Ice", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and more. The collection features "Too Late" from the group's 2008 retrospective "No End In Sight" and "The Flame Still Burns", the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year, making its debut on CD in this collection. All prior recordings have been remastered and the album features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, "Give My Life For Love" and a new version of "I Don't Want To Live Without You". The first disc covers FOREIGNER's first five albums: "Foreigner" (1977), "Double Vision" (1978), "Head Games" (1979), "4" (1981) and "Agent Provocateur" (1984). The 21 tracks include some the group's biggest hits ("Urgent" and "Feels Like The First Time") as well as deeper cuts like "Luanne" and "Women". The second disc features songs from "Inside Information" (1987), "Unusual Heat" (1991), "Mr. Moonlight" (1994) and "Can't Slow Down" (2009), and features "Rain", "When It Comes to Love" and "Heart Turns To Stone". FOREIGNER — Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) — will hit the road this summer for their 40th-anniversary tour with CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. The tour kicks off on July 11 in Syracuse, New York. "40" CD track listing: Disc One 01. Feels Like The First Time (radio edit) 02. Starrider 03. Cold As Ice 04. Long, Long Way From Home 05. Headknocker 06. Hot Blooded (radio edit) 07. Double Vision (radio edit) 08. Blue Morning, Blue Day 09. Dirty White Boy (radio edit) 10. Head Games 11. Women 12. Urgent (radio edit) 13. Juke Box Hero 14. Waiting For A Girl Like You 15. Night Life 16. Luanne 17. I Want To Know What Love Is 18. That Was Yesterday 19. Tooth And Nail 20. Reaction To Action (radio edit) 21. Down On Love Disc Two 01. Heart Turns To Stone 02. Can't Wait 03. Lowdown And Dirty 04. Soul Doctor 05. White Lie 06. Rain 07. All I Need To Know 08. Too Late 09. When It Comes To Love 10. Can't Slow Down 11. In Pieces 12. Fool For You Anyway 13. Say You Will 14. Save Me 15. Girl On The Moon (Live) 16. Break It Up (Live) 17. I Don't Want To Live Without You (new recording) 18. Give My Life For Love (new recording) 19. The Flame Still Burns (available on CD for the first time)
Frontiers Music Srl will release SNAKECHARMER's sophomore album, "Second Skin", on May 12. The song "Follow Me Under", taken from "Second Skin", can be streamed below. The British hard rock supergroup SNAKECHARMER was originally founded in 2011 by former WHITESNAKE members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with the perfect mix of high-caliber musicians, including Laurie Wisefield (WISHBONE ASH), Harry James (THUNDER, MAGNUM), Adam Wakeman (OZZY OSBOURNE), and Chris Ousey (HEARTLAND). The band's debut self-titled album was released in 2013 and musically the record showed a finely crafted hard rock style mixed with blues and melodic overtones, akin to Micky and Neil's former band and BAD COMPANY, with hints of early FOREIGNER as well. SNAKECHARMER played live shows regularly in support of the album's release and built a solid fanbase in Europe. In 2016, Moody left the band and was replaced by the Irish-born Simon McBride on lead guitar. Simon was hailed "among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world" by Guitarist magazine and has built up an impressive resume playing with outstanding rock, soul, and blues artists. "Second Skin" is the hotly anticipated second effort from SNAKECHARMER and brings the listener straight back to the good old days of real rock n' roll played with heart and soul. Slightly harder edged compared to the debut, but with roots still firmly planted in the classic hard rock vibe with a hint of late '70s AOR, this new record sounds fresh and crisp. Murray says: "It's been a rather long journey, but finally I'm very pleased to announce that SNAKECHARMER are soon to release our new album, 'Second Skin'. "The band has now found its own unique musical identity and in particular Laurie Wisefield and Chris Ousey have contributed some very powerful and melodic songs, which still have the SNAKECHARMER blues-rock distinctive trademarks. "The band works in a very democratic and collaborative way, which means that sometimes there is a lot of discussion before decisions are finally made, and it was great to have a more objective viewpoint from producer Gary Stevenson, who also fired the band up with his ideas, enthusiasm and sonic skills. "We can't wait to get out on tour and play some of the new songs, together with the best of our established classics, both SNAKECHARMER and WHITESNAKE, and showcase our new virtuoso guitarist, the brilliant Simon McBride." Track listing: 01. Sounds Like A Plan 02. That Kind Of Love 03. Are You Ready To Fly 04. Follow Me Under 05. I'll Take You As You Are 06. Hell Of A Way To Live 07. Fade Away 08. Dress It Up 09. Punching Above My Weight 10. Forgive & Forget 11. Where Do We Go From Here SNAKECHARMER is: Chris Ousey - vocals Laurie Wisefield - guitar Simon McBride - guitar Adam Wakeman - keyboards Neil Murray - bass Harry James - drums