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PARADISE LOST Guitarist: ‘When You Play Miserable Music, You Seem To Be Happier In Life’

PARADISE LOST guitarist Aaron Aedy spoke with prior to the band's November 8 performance at the Live Music Hall in Cologne, Germany. The full chat can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the upside of playing "depressing" music: Aaron: "I always describe us as a dark cloud with a silver lining. We're optimistic pessimists. We've always been big fans of doom music. It's what we started with, really. It's good in a way, because when you play miserable music, you seem to be happier in life, whereas if you read an autobiography of a comedian, they have to make people laugh and in their real lives, they're miserable, so I prefer our version — happy in real life. We still have a great life together, even after nearly thirty years. We still enjoy each other's company." On the musical direction of the group's latest album, "Medusa": Aaron: "I think when we did [2015's] 'The Plague Within', the last song that was written for it was 'Beneath Broken Earth', and as we were putting it together in the studio, we were like teenagers, excited about it. Then playing it live, it had a lot of gravitas live, and I think that was probably a lead-in to how this album developed. We just love playing the doom songs live. We wanted to make the album sound very organic — the drums are actually the drums themselves recorded. They're not drum replacements or anything like that. They spent about three days just getting the sound of the kick sounding right to record. When I did my guitars, the drums [had] no compression or anything. It sounded great, because they spent the time first. It's better to get it right first rather than try to fix it later. It's a very good, organic approach on this album." On what's next for the group: Aaron: "We never plan for the future. Every album, we don't sit down at the end of a tour and go, 'Okay, what's the master plan for the next album?' We've never done that, really. It kind of quite organically happens with how everyone feels at the time, really. Even when there's half the album done, you can't really tell what the other half's going to be like. There's no master plan." On whether his perspective has changed over the years: Aaron: "I'm 48 next month, but when I'm on stage, I feel like I'm 16. It doesn't matter, really. It's only when I wake up in the morning and go 'Ooh, ow!' — but when I'm on stage, my brain thinks I'm 13, but my body thinks I'm 80. "After we all turned 40, we began to really appreciate how lucky we are to be in a position where we're doing what we're doing. I think we're enjoying — well, I've always enjoyed it, but people in the band are enjoying it more because they appreciate how lucky we are. We get, like, somebody and their mother and their grandparents coming to signing sessions. It's quite bizarre, but it keeps you young. I don't feel any different to when we started, really." On the impact of modern technology: Aaron: "It's great, because fans can interact with each other worldwide and send each other clips. There's pros and cons to every developing technology, but I think it's made a lot of bands really [say], 'We've got to be good, because if it looks crap on YouTube, nobody's going to come.' It does sort of encourage you to, rather than getting absolutely hammered like people did in the nineties and then go on stage and be okay, but not brilliant, I think it's made everybody up their game, which is a good thing." On the group's new drummer, Waltteri Väyrynen: Aaron: "I think Waltteri will be here as long as he wants to be. He loves PARADISE LOST. He's known the music since he was about five years old, since his mother was into PL. He's a technically amazing, amazing drummer. He'll probably be drumming for someone massive in ten years if he's not with us, but I can't see him going anywhere. He's such a lovely lad." "Medusa" was released on September 1 via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded in Woburn, England with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano. The artwork was created by Branca Studio and shows the infamous Gorgone Medusa from Greek mythology, carrying venomous snakes as hair and turning anyone into stone who would dare to look into her eyes.

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FATES WARNING’s ‘Perfect Symmetry’, ‘Parallels’ Albums To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks

On January 12, Metal Blade Records will reissue two of FATES WARNING's fan-favorite albums, "Perfect Symmetry" (1989) and "Parallels" (1991), as part of the label's "Originals Series". Featuring new vinyl mastering by Patrick W. Engel, both "Perfect Sy...

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MEGADETH’s DAVID ELLEFSON, KIKO LOURIERO: Video Footage Of Replay Guitar Exchange Q&A, Performance

David Ellefson and Kiko Louriero of MEGADETH took part in a question-and-answer session and performance on October 15 at the Replay Guitar Exchange in Tampa, Florida. Video footage of their appearance can be seen below. Ellefson recently confirmed to "The Right To Rock" podcast that MEGADETH has begun putting together material for the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. "We're actually working on a new record," he said. "Working on it, meaning we're [collecting] ideas and we've been writing some lyrics — just starting to move that next process forward. And now that we're gonna come off the road — we go down to South America and play four shows [in early November] as kind of a final, last big swing down there to see our fans in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. And then we're gonna shut things down through the end of the year and into the New Year for a bit. And there's already some things that are being discussed for some performances next year, in 2018. But a big part of that is also going to be writing a new record." MEGADETH's upcoming effort will mark the band's first release to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the group a year and a half ago. "Dystopia" was MEGADETH's first album with guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA. Ellefson told "The Right To Rock": "'Dystopia' has been out two years and we worked on it through all of 2015, and we were even writing it in 2014. So 'Dystopia', parts of this record are already four years old. So just from a creative standpoint, it's fun to be able to now start thinking about writing some music, and especially writing together with this lineup in mind. Songs aren't always written collaboratively, together, with the four of us, but when they're written, it's nice to know, like, 'Hey, we're writing it with this lineup in mind.' And what Dirk can do, what Kiko can do and what I can do, and putting it together with that in mind." MEGADETH picked up its first-ever Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" this past February. It was the tenth time the band had been nominated in its 34-year career. MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine told the Windsor Star in June that he was "pretty happy" with the response to "Dystopia". "When you set out to do a record, you obviously hope for the best," he said. "The peculiar thing about it is we didn't do anything different this time from the last time. It's just a matter of who you're playing with and song selection."

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KING’S X Guitarist TY TABOR To release ‘Alien Beans’ Album In January

KING'S X guitarist Ty Tabor will release his new solo effort, "Alien Beans", on January 12, 2018 via Rat Pak Records. "Alien Beans" is a double-disc album that features 10 new studio tracks and a "best-of" compilation disc. The "best-of" disc is comp...

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MANOWAR Recruits Drummer From Brazilian Tribute Band KINGS OF STEEL For ‘Final Battle’ Tour

Brazilian-born drummer Marcus Castellani made his live debut with MANOWAR last night (Wednesday, November 15) in Norrköpping, Sweden. He joined the band as the replacement for original MANOWAR drummer Donnie Hamzik, who returned to the group in 2010. Castellani, who previously played in the Brazilian MANOWAR tribute band KINGS OF STEEL, said: "I grew up listening to the iconic bands that made metal as we know it today — and of course MANOWAR was one of them. Scott Columbus has been my greatest inspiration; the unique power in his playing and his massive sound were amazing — but, more importantly, he taught me that emotion and the right feeling are equally important components to make a drummer truly outstanding." MANOWAR's "The Final Battle" world tour 2017 will continue with four more performances in Sweden and Norway before heading to Germany, where the band will kick off with two nights in Munich. The New York-based veteran metal act announced in May 2016 that it would call it quits after one last tour, explaining that its most recent trek — "Gods And Kings" — was a groundbreaking moment in the band's career and the group aimed to go out on a high. MANOWAR singer Eric Adams, whose real name is Lou Marullo, spoke about the group's's final trek in a recent interview with "Outdoor Adventures With Jayson". He said: "This is it. We've got one last tour coming up. As far as I know, it starts in November in Scandinavia. And then we head down to Germany in December. I fly home for Christmas around December 18, somewhere in there. And then I don't know where we go after that. But it will continue for a little while after that; I just don't know where yet. So I'm looking forward to that." The 63-year-old singer admitted that it was "kind of a Catch-22 thing" knowing that he would never perform with MANOWAR again. "I'm gonna miss the big stage — of course I am — but all good things have to come to an end at some point," he said. As for his future plans, Adams said: "MANOWAR has decided to call it a day, and who knows what's gonna happen after that? I might continue to sing. I might just grab my bow and get out in the woods a little more often than I did before. But we'll see. The future's still yet to be told." Eric, who describes himself as "a big-time bow hunter," has been a hunting-safety instructor for the state of New York where he teaches new hunters about the game laws in New York. He is also the hunting editor for Texas Fish & Game magazine. MANOWAR's most recent studio effort was 2014's re-recording of the band's 1988 album "Kings Of Metal".

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Watch Teaser For PANTERA’s Long-Awaited Fourth Home Video

Former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo has uploaded a teaser for the band's long-awaited fourth home video. He wrote in the accompanying caption on Facebook: "Here's a sneak peak of Pantera Home Video 4 #24yearsold #teaser #pantera #panterahomevideo4 #comingsoon" PANTERA's last home video, titled "3: Watch It Go", was released in 1997 on VHS format through Elektra Records. The set featured over two hours of music videos, concert footage and various backstage clips. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney told the "Talk Toomey" podcast in a recent interview that the release of PANTERA's fourth home video will depend on the success of the upcoming "Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over" set, which contains video footage of the late PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist captured between the mid-'80s and his later years. She said: "There's not a market for DVDs anymore, and that's what the industry told us. They passed on [releasing 'Dimevision Vol. 2'], and I had to go to our really good friend Brian Slagel, just to get this going with Metal Blade. So this video is kind of, 'We're gonna prove you wrong. There's still this strong cult following for PANTERA home videos and 'Dimevision'.' So if the people get out and really support this package and go old school and not the digital format… 'cause it's so hard to get clearances for every little thing. That's exactly why the previous PANTERA videos are not out there on iTunes that you can get them, because trying to go back and get all those clearances, it would be so expensive today, there's no way. So we have to go with the old-school format. And if people will support it and show the love and it does well, then that gives us the green light for the next project. So it's really gonna depend on that." Haney added that she has "so much footage" for a possible new PANTERA home video. "'Cause you have to think, after [1994's] 'Far Beyond Driven', there was still, like, four huge two-year tours for the live [album, 1997's 'Official Live: 101 Proof'], [1996's] 'The Great Southern Trendkill', [2000's] 'Reinventing The Steel'… So there is more than enough for more than one volume than four, for sure." "Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over" will be released on November 24 via Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders are available at this location. The DVD/CD set — which will include more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments — will also contain five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since Haney gave him his first four-track in 1984. Dimebag was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Pantera Home Video 4 Teaser 2

Pantera's Vulgar Video was released on this day, 24 years ago. Here's a sneak peak of Pantera Home Video 4 #24yearsold #teaser #pantera #panterahomevideo4 #comingsoon

Posted by Philip Anselmo on Thursday, November 16, 2017

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GUNS N’ ROSES Wins ‘Top Tour/Top Draw’ At BILLBOARD’s Touring Awards

GUNS N' ROSES was among the winners at Billboard's annual Touring Awards and conference in Los Angeles Tuesday night (November 15) The band's "Not In This Lifetime" tour was the winner in the "Top Tour/Top Draw" category, beating U2 and COLDPLAY. The ...

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New STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Singer Is ‘Blessed And Very Honored’ To Have Been Chosen

New STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Jeff Gutt says that he is "blessed and very honored" to have been chosen to front "the LED ZEPPELIN of my generation." The one-time "The X Factor" contestant was announced as the third frontman in the group's history on Tuesday evening (November 14) prior to the band giving a special performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. A new STP single, titled "Meadow", has already been released, with a full-length album to follow in the spring. "I've had some time to get used to the idea," the 41-year-old Gutt told the Daily Tribune in a new interview. "I was just sitting on the sidelines watching it all unfurl and knowing what was going to happen before anyone else did. I knew I had a secret I was about to reveal, which was cool. "It's a very strange feeling, but at the same time I'm blessed and very honored. It's like joining the LED ZEPPELIN of my generation. I feel like I'm living in a movie." Gutt, who was a runner-up in the reality TV music competition show's third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with band members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK. Bennington committed suicide last July. Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour. Gutt told the Daily Tribune that he feels ready to both honor his predecessors' legacy and bring something new to the band. "I don't really feel that pressure," Gutt said. "I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from [listening to] him. It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott's stuff and really keep that as true as I could." Gutt appeared on "The X Factor" in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like "Creep", "Dream On" and "Hallelujah". Prior to that, he fronted the bands DRY CELL, ACRYLIC, PUNCH and BAND WITH NO NAME and later formed a group called RIVAL CITY HEIGHTS. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS recently completed recording their seventh full-length studio album and first since 2010. The as-yet-untitled effort was produced by the STP members themselves and is currently being mixed by FAILURE's Ken Andrews.

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PAUL STANLEY Says Next KISS Album ‘Would Have To Be Something Different’

Paul Stanley says that he is unsure about making a new KISS studio album, explaining that the band's next record "would have to be something different." KISS hasn't released a full-length disc of new music since 2012's "Monster", which sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous LP, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the KISS's highest-charting LP ever. During a question-and-answer session on this month's "The Kiss Kruise VII", Stanley was asked for his thoughts on the prospect of recording a new KISS CD. He said (see video below): "I don't know. If we did another album, it woudn't be like… It would have to be something different. The idea of doing the same thing again, I think we've done it enough times." Stanley had expressed uncertainty about the idea of making another KISS album in a number of other interviews, telling the "Loudwire Podcast": "If we're going to do an album, it would be because we want to do an album, not because of sales. I think we're living in a time, obviously, now where albums don't sell what they once did, so you either do it because it's a creative outlet and because it satisfies something in you, or not. If you're doing it purely for sales, then you're probably doing it for the wrong reason. So if we do an album, it's only gonna be because it feels right to do it. And as time has passed, I find it becoming more and more enticing, the idea of doing another album. For me, the only thing we have to make sure is that we don't do 'Son Of Monster' or 'Son Of Sonic Boom'. Unless we are in a different direction — not to go to the route of 'The Elder' [KISS's much-maligned 1981 concept album] — but, again, if we're doing it for ourselves, then if people like it, that's great. But the only way to do an album, for me at this point, is to do something that I find intriguing. So I'm kind of more into it than I was before, only because once you set the parameters and your expectations… So, for me, it really just comes down to: is it gonna be exciting creatively?" Paul's bandmate Gene Simmons recently confirmed that "some writing" has been going on for a possible new KISS studio album but once again said that he was "not incentivized" to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed. He said: "Not too long ago I wrote a song called 'Your Wish Is My Command'. It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off 'Love Gun', maybe. But I'm not incentivized. The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid, they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you.' No."

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URIAH HEEP To Enter Studio With Producer JAY RUSTON

Legendary progressive rock band URIAH HEEP is set to commence the recording of its brand new studio album (the 25th in the group's storied career), which will be titled, appropriately enough, "Living The Dream". "We have been together for 47 years an...

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