CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher joined AMON on stage last night (Friday, July 21) at the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida to peform a couple of DEICIDE classics. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. AMON is the resurrected Florida-based death metal band featuring former DEICIDE members Eric Hoffmann (guitar) and Brian Hoffman (guitar) alongside Jesse "Jecheal" Jolly (PROMETHEAN HORDE, DIABOLIC, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY, AFTER DEATH) on vocals/bass and Mike Petrak (LEPROSY, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY) on drums. AMON's latest album, "Liar In Wait", was released in 2012. The disc was recorded and mixed at RedRoom Recorders in Tampa with producer Mark Prator. In an interview with U.K.'s Terrorizer magazine, Eric stated about the decision to bring AMON back from the dead, "We were actually going to use the [DEICIDE] name [for the new band], but [DEICIDE members Glen Benton and Steve Asheim] got on the bandwagon faster than us. "They basically took the name, and Glen writes all the lyrics, so the kids are familiar with that, but in the beginning we hired Glen, and we wrote most of the music. So we had to go out and find a singer, which was pretty difficult at the time." When asked about the musical direction of AMON, Eric said, "[The music's] a little bit more technical than the DEICIDE stuff. It's not too intricate, so it's still catchy at the same time. You'll still have a couple of classic DEICIDE beginnings, and then it'll go into some killer technical, in-your-face shit." AMON recorded two demos — 1987's "Feasting The Beast" and 1989's "Sacrifical" — before signing with Roadrunner Records and changing its name to DEICIDE. After producing two extremely successful albums as DEICIDE, the band chose to make the AMON demos available on CD in 1993 under the title "Amon: Feasting The Beast". The Hoffman brothers parted ways with DEICIDE in 2004 after becoming embroiled in a bitter dispute with DEICIDE bassist/vocalist Glen Benton over royalties and publishing issues.
Drum-cam footage of former JOB FOR A COWBOY and SCORPION CHILD drummer Jon Rice sitting behind the kit with Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH at their July 18 concert in Columbus, Ohio can be seen below. Rice is filling in for longtime BEHEMOTH drummer Inferno (real name: Zbigniew Robert Promiński) during the band's summer North American tour with SLAYER and LAMB OF GOD. Inferno stated about his absence from the trek: "I am going to be a father for the second time in my life and it's going to happen in July of 2017. I therefore must apologize to all our fans for not being able to participate in the 2017 summer North American tour. I believe that Jon Rice, an amazing drummer, a truly experienced musician, and a good friend of ours, will flawlessly take over my drum throne for this short period and will set the stage on fire!" One of extreme metal's most in-demand young drummers, Rice got his start with Pittsburgh thrashers CROWN THE LOST before joining JOB FOR A COWBOY in 2006. Rice played on JOB FOR A COWBOY's "Ruination" and "Demonocracy" albums before leaving to join Austin rockers SCORPION CHILD in 2013, where he provided drums on 2016's "Acid Roulette". Rice has also done touring stints with 1349, THE RED CHORD, REVOCATION and SIRENIA. The six-week SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD and BEHEMOTH expedition kicked off on July 12 in Bemidji, Minnesota, and will conclude on August 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. BEHEMOTH is continuing work on the follow-up to 2014's "The Satanist" album for a tentative fall 2018 release. Last year, BEHEMOTH completed a North American tour where they played "The Satanist" in its entirety.
FRANKIE BANALI Says New QUIET RIOT Singer JAMES DURBIN Has ‘Same Kind Of Energy’ That KEVIN DUBROW Had
Jimmy Kay of Canada's The Metal Voice conducted an interview with QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the first two QUIET RIOT albums ("Quiet Ri...
Tigman of the Q103 radio station in Albany, New York conducted an interview with current FOREIGNER and former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the 2016 reunion of DOKKEN's classic lineup: Jeff: "You know what? It was way more fun than I expected. [Laughs] It was great. We got along good; it was very productive. The fan response was really wonderful, really made it worthwhile. We ended up coming up with quite a product. We have a live DVD coming out by the end of the year. It's taken from shows in Japan and the one show that we did over here in the U.S. Then we did a new song which came out amazing. Then we did two acoustic remakes of old DOKKEN classics that came out really incredible. We did that in the studio together. A lot of good came out of that. It was just a wonderful experience. I was shocked." On why DOKKEN didn't perform more reunion shows in North America: Jeff: "It was down to time. This FOREIGNER gig is very full-time for me. It's really hard to make the time for it. It's a commitment when DOKKEN has to do something. Well in advance I knew I was going to have the three weeks off that we had with FOREIGNER, so Japan asked us if we could come over. When they found out that I had that particular time, they actually got a copy of the FOREIGNER schedule and built the schedule around that in Japan. It was impossible to say no and we wanted to do it anyway. The fact the Japanese promoter made it so easy for us, it all just fell together. It would have to be a confluence of a lot of events to make it happen again because things are so tricky with time. But we'll see. At least what we did was great and we had a good time and that was a step for us." On his relationship with Ronnie James Dio, whom Pilson played with during various stints in the '90s and '00s: Jeff: "He was a very, very dear friend. There's very rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about him at some point. I'll have dreams about him and stuff. He was just a wonderful…yes, he was probably one of the greatest metal singers ever. Yes, he was a great songwriter and great musician and a great bandleader and all that kind of stuff, but he was also just this amazing human being. I really miss that. It's still hard to believe he's gone even though it's been seven years. It was a very wonderful experience in my life that I will always treasure and will never lose sight of because it was great." On FOREIGNER having original vocalist Lou Gramm take part in their fortieth-anniversary tour: Jeff: "Those guys were really important parts of it. They're wonderful guys. I have so much respect and a lot of love for the old band. They're just great people, great musicians. They accomplished something pretty damn amazing. Those records are so special. They all were important. It's a great thing." In addition to their fortieth anniversary tour, FOREIGNER is currently promoting a new career-spanning compilation titled "40" that features forty hits from forty years. Rhino released "40" on May 26 as a double-CD set that includes forty songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. Pilson, Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown completed a short Japanese tour last October, marking the first time in twenty-one years the band's classic lineup had hit the road. A new DOKKEN concert DVD focusing on the band's reunion tour is tentatively due before the end of the year. The set will feature footage from two of the Japanese shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band's very first comeback gig, which was held on September 30, 2016 at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock 'N' Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Don told "The Classic Metal Show" that the main reason he doesn't want to continue with the classic DOKKEN lineup is that "loves" the band he has now — which features Brown, alongside guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Chris McCarvil.
Barbara Caserta of Italy's Linea Rock recently conducted an interview with legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether his new album title, "Paranorm...
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook will be featured in this week's episode of the "My Cat From Hell", in which cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy tries to help Jason and his girlfriend Stefanie Mendoza cope with their feline behavioral dilemmas. Says Jason: "You have cat problems? Well, so do I!! Watch 'My Cat From Hell' to see the master (Jackson Galaxy) sort me and my four gatos out." A preview clip of the episode, which will premiere tonight (Saturday, July 22) on Animal Planet, can be seen below. Check local listings for air times. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody released a statement earlier in the month thanking the group's fans and his bandmates for standing by him while he has been in a treatment facility addressing his substance abuse issues. Moody sat out a number of shows of the band's recent European tour due to his battles with alcohol. He was temporarily replaced by former DIVINE HERESY and current BAD WOLVES vocalist Tommy Vext. Moody is expected to rejoin his bandmates on stage on August 19 in Springfield, Illinois as they continue touring in support of their 2015 album, "Got Your Six".
My Cat From Hell Season Finale Sneak Peek - Four Cats, Two Sid...
It's two against two in Stefanie and Jason's house.Posted by Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
CHESTER BENNINGTON’s Manner Of Death Officially Ruled As ‘Suicide’; Toxicology Tests Likely To Be Carried Out
The Los Angeles acting chief coroner Dr. Christopher Rogers has recorded Chester Bennington's manner and cause of death as suicide by hanging. Nani Cholakians, an investigator with the coroner's office, was named on the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner web site as having been involved with the LINKIN PARK singer's case. Bennington's case status is listed on the site as "closed." The LINKIN PARK frontman's body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.
In a brand new interview with HardDrive Radio conducted earlier today (Friday, July 21), SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan was asked what his initial thoughts were when he first heard about the passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington. "My first reponse was disbelief," Shaun said (see video below). "I would never have guessed that somebody like Chester would be in a situation like that. "I was a big fan of all the music," he continued. "I even saw merit in this album ['One More Light'] that everyone was so up in arms about. I figured musicians do what musicians wanna do. So let them live their lives. "I was looking forward to seeing them on tour, I was hoping to run into them out on the road. "There's just this whole level of disbelief, because he was so young, and we're all still so young in that sense. You'd expect this kind of thing… Well, I mean, there's no age limit, really, is there? It's just really, really sad. I feel really bad for his family and I feel bad for his wife and the kids especially. I feel bad for the fans. A really big piece of a lot of people's lives is now missing. And at least the only solace we can take from that is that he left behind an extensive catalog of music that we can listen to, and we can then comfort ourselves that his voice is still there to listen to." Morgan, whose brother Eugene committed suicide ten years ago, added: "I remember when I was fifteen or sixteen and Kurt Cobain [NIRVANA] died, I was devastated, 'cause he was the voice for me, he was the guy that I listened to when I needed the solace that I needed to find that I couldn't find anywhere else. And when he died, I was absolutely devastated, and I imagine there are many, many people that feel that way now too. I just listened to the music as much as I could, because that's all I had. "I think the saddest part, though, for me, then and now, is that there's no more to come, which is heartbreaking. "[Chester] was a great guy, by all accounts, so I just think it's… I mean, I don't really feel like it's my right to weigh in. I feel bad for everybody involved." SEETHER's fifth annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, will be held this Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. It will feature performers including KORN, SHINEDOWN, STONE SOUR, SKILLET, HALESTORM, FALLING IN REVERSE, and more. "Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking," said Morgan in a statement. "It's exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend — to build awareness for this mental disease. I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them." Morgan, Rise Above Fest's founder, was honored in 2016 with the "Artistic Expression" award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.
"The Son Of Misery", the new video from Australian extreme metallers THY ART IS MURDER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Dear Desolation", which will be released on August 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "Dear Desolation" was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). "Dear Desolation" marks THY ART IS MURDER's first full-length release since vocalist C.J. McMahon rejoined the band this past January. McMahon blamed his drug addiction for his departure from the group and has vowed to move forward as "a new man." Asked what has changed for him since he rejoined THY ART IS MURDER, McMahon told Decibel magazine: "Basically, I'm trying to support myself and my wife as best as I can. I work with my father-in-law as a stone mason… I have my clothing line, and the band's making a little bit of money as well. Financially, I'm working my ass off and I'm literally busting my ass and hustling as much as I can to be able to have somewhat of a normal life. Sydney is extremely expensive to live in and, unfortunately, it wasn't my choice to live here. [I was] born and raised here, I fucking hate it. My family and my life is here. Also, not really big on drugs anymore. I was smoking copious amounts of marijuana every day and I was using a lot of cocaine most days. There was a couple of close calls in the U.S. on tour when I thought I was going to die and I possibly did a couple times. Now I've cleaned my life up and I have a different outlook on things. Trying to manage my anger management a bit better and try to be a little bit more calm in life because it negatively impacts my family and my band." McMahon also spoke about what fans can expect from "Dear Desolation". He said: "I think you can expect it to be slightly different to a lot of our releases. It's a record that I feel is like a breakthrough record for us where we've really found our sound. It's something that we feel will be able to push us further in our musical careers in the future rather than just having to stem out of being in this genre of deathcore. I really don't care what people pigeonhole us as, but, for some reason, the name 'deathcore' kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth after saying it. We're showing our strengths and variety. We can kind of move into a more modern metal phase of our lives now where we're not going to be — not that we ever were — this generic deathcore-sounding band. This record will be more appealing to people that are into more of a modern metal, modern death metal sort of element and style of music. I think we've broken down the actual content of the music and instead of having ten or twelve riffs in a song, having the listener try to pick up on a few different riffs, we've broken the structures down so there's less riffs but the riffs are better. The structures are not as complex as older material. It's like taking out all the great things we've always liked about our band and trying to figure out what works for us in the best way and not having to add filler to everything else to make it more technical or more crazy or more interesting. We've kind of broken down the way that our band writes and try to write the best of the best, rather than just writing the craziest, the heaviest, the craziest breakdown, the techiest riff. Instead of doing those things, we just try to take out what works and what we like and incorporate that into having a more modern sound that’s not so deathcore. We're evolving on this record and it'll be interesting to see what the listeners think of it, that's for sure."
Rock Scene Auctions has launched its second auction celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the release of GUNS N' ROSES' groundbreaking debut album, "Appetite For Destruction", featuring 15 iconic GN'R photos from Mark "Weissguy" Weiss. Go to RockSceneAuctions.com and bid on one of Weiss's iconic photographs. Through the site, music fans will have the opportunity to bid on rock and roll photographs. WhyHunger will receive a percentage of proceeds from the auctions. Mark talks about his days with GUNS N' ROSES: "I first shot GUNS N' ROSES the fall of 1986, eight months prior to the release of 'Appetite For Destruction'. They were still working on the album. The buzz was out and Hit Parader magazine wanted me to shoot them for the cover. "When I first met them, they were a bit guarded. They had their own photographer who was there. The band didn't want to shoot with anyone but him, as I was told by the publicist. The record company told them they had to shoot with me so I can get them in the magazines. I remember Axl [Rose, GN'R singer] not wanting to look in the camera. I gave them their space and shot a few rolls of film. I thought it was peculiar that they would be all glammed up and then on Axl's pants it said, 'GLAM SUCKS.' It was the beginning of many more memorable images to come. "The band came by my studio for a quick shoot during their stay in New York City [when] they played at the Ritz on October 23, 1987. February 2, 1988, just four months later, they came back to New York City to play the Ritz for a live MTV broadcast concert. This historic show put GUNS N' ROSES on the rock and roll map and on the way to superstardom. "They invited me to come to CBGB's on October 30th where they did an acoustic set along with an autograph signing. "I shot a few MÖTLEY CRÜE shows in Florida at the end of November 1987, GUNS N' ROSES were the opening band. I went to say hello to the guys before they went on and asked if they would do a few photos after the show. When I went back, Axl was in a towel with his boots on. "In the spring of '88, I was back in L.A. and heard GUNS were off tour for a couple of weeks. I reached out to their publicist to see if they would be up for a shoot. We ended up shooting the Sunset Grill on Hollywood Boulveard. Everyone showed up except Axl. I shot individuals of the four of them and the next day I shot Axl. He drove up with his girlfriend Erin Everly, had a burger, then posed for about 15 minutes. As he was leaving, he showed me his cell phone, which was huge! He was, like, 'Look what I got, Mark. Wanna make a call?' It was the first time I used a cell phone." Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler recalled the sessions with Mark: "He was able to make guys in the band that he shot really look good. He knew when to push the button and set the lights. He had that magic touch. Like GUNS N' ROSES did, when the five of us were together we had that magic touch; we couldn't do no wrong. And Mark had that same magic."