Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has launched a brand new all-female group called WE START WARS. Says Strauss: "I've been wanting to be in this exact band since I started playing guitar, and after over a year of putting this together and auditioning musicians, finally ended up with an amazingly talented, hard-working and driven group of girls. I truly couldn't be more proud of how these songs are coming out." WE START WARS will make its live debut on May 25 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The band's lineup is as follows: Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER) - Guitar Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) - Bass Seana (a.k.a. Shauna Lisse) - Vocals Nicole Papastavrou - Guitar Katt Scarlett (FEMME FATALE) - Keyboards Lindsay Martin - Drums Strauss told Ultimate Classic Rock about her new project: "I started writing music, and it turned into something that sounded like it needed to be a band. It didn't sound like something that was indulgent enough to just be like, 'This is the Nita show.' They sounded like band songs. I'm a band person. I might come across like kind of a show-off onstage and stuff, but I like collaborating with people. So I threw together a great group of girls. I thought it needed a great female lineup, and I think I've almost got it the way that I want it now." Strauss recently released a brand new solo single titled "Pandemonium". Written, recorded and produced by Nita, the song features the axewoman on all guitar and bass, alongside her boyfriend and manager Josh Villalta on drums and Katt Scarlett on keyboards. Strauss is a longtime Ibanez signature series endorsee who made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss.
Kirk Hammett says that it's "highly unlikely" that Donald Trump will be a two-term president. Asked by the Brazilian radio station 89FM A Rádio Rock at last month's Lollapalooza Brasil festival if he thinks the United States Of America will change now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the METALLICA guitarist said (see video below): "Well, you know, it's gonna be a very interesting four years. But everyone has to remember — it's just gonna be four years. It's highly unlikely that it's gonna be eight. I'm not a prophet, but that's what I think. But, you know, I think we're gonna be in for a pretty interesting ride, and we'll see what happens at the end." Both Hammett and METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich have voiced their dislike of Trump to different degrees, unusual for a band whose members have never spoken out much on politics. After Trump — one of the most polarizing figures to assume the office — was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, a number of celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts, including Hammett, who urged fans to "defend democracy" and "reject American carnage." In a series of tweets, the METALLICA guitarist was critical of Trump's inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of life for some in the United States. "To say America is not great, that it lacks greatness, sets up a scenario for manipulation and control from others —pay attention, people!" Hammett wrote. Ulrich told Mexico's Las Estrellas television network about Trump's plan to build "a great wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border: "I don't think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together. METALLICA travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we're in Mexico or whether we're in Asia or whether we're in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences." Asked if he thinks the United States under Donald Trump is a "new America," METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told Claudio Vergara of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera: "It's always a new America when someone comes in. But it's about balance. You have far left, far right, and it goes back and forth to keep it balanced. In the middle is the best, we know that. In the middle… accepting everything, understanding everything. But it's not like that. People aren't like that. Humans aren't like that."
Newly reunited metal band EIGHTEEN VISIONS has just signed with Rise Records and has released a video for the new song "Oath". Ten years after breaking up, EIGHTEEN VISIONS will release its new album, "XVIII", on June 2. The band has also announced that it will perform its first show in ten years on June 2 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California to celebrate the release of the record. EIGHTEEN VISIONS is an American metal band from Orange County, California formed in 1995. In their tens years as a band, they released five albums. Their last self titled album was released back in 2006. The band's flashy image, presence, and their flair set them apart from the rest of the metal core pack. "XVIII" track listing: 01. Crucified 02. The Disease, The Decline, The Wasted Time 03. Underneath My Gun 04. Live Again 05. Laid To Waste In The Shit Of Man 06. Oath 07. Spit 08. Picture Perfect 09. Fake Leather Jacket 10. For This I Sacrifice EIGHTEEN VISIONS has confirmed that the track "Live Again" is a tribute to the late Mick Morris, the band's former bassist who tragically passed away on June 3, 2013 due to a pre-existing heart condition.
According to Billboard, LED ZEPPELIN's classic track "Immigrant Song" has landed on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (dated April 29) for the first time. The tune entered the chart at No. 16, fueled by its appearance in the trailer for "Thor: Ragnarok". "Immigrant Song" debuted on Hot Rock Songs with 7,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 13, up from a nominal sum the week before, according to Nielsen Music. The third movie in Marvel Studios' Thor franchise, "Thor: Ragnarok", is due in theaters on November 3. "Immigrant Song" first appeared on LED ZEPPELIN's third studio album, "Led Zeppelin III", released in 1970 via Atlantic Records. Following the appearance of ZEPPELIN's "Kashmir" in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" (1982), almost two decades went by before the cult film "Almost Famous" (2000) showcased the ZEPPELIN tracks "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Rain Song" and three others, followed by "Immigrant Song" in "School Of Rock" (2003) and "Shrek The Third" (2007), and "Good Times Bad Times" in "The Fighter" (2010). More recently, "When The Levee Breaks" was featured in "Argo", while "What Is And What Should Never Be" appeared in "Silver Linings Playbook", followed by "Good Times Bad Times" in 2013's "American Hustle" and "When The Levee Breaks" in 2015's "The Big Short".
Spike TV's hit original reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a ninth season on Tuesday, June 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line. This season, shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in "Ink Master" history, the title of "Master Shop." This season comes with a new twist, as artists will be competing in pairs and representing their hometown shops. Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on "human canvases." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists' masterpieces will last a lifetime…so will their mistakes. After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel comprised of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nuñez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). You can watch the "Ink Master" promo featuring Dave Navarro performing an original rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" below. "Ink Master" completed its eighth season on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with a live 90-minute finale that delivered 2.2 million viewers. Season 8 averaged 2.1 million viewers and was the second highest rated in series history among W18-49. For the full season, 57% of the audience was female, the most in series history, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series. "Ink Master" is produced for Spike by Truly Original ("Swamp People", "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta", "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's video for the song "God Damn" will make its online debut on April 26. The clip was filmed in February in the Los Angeles area. A preview of the "God Damn" video is available below. Also available is behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the clip. AVENGED SEVENFOLD will join METALLICA for the latter's "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the summer's hottest ticket kicks off May 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland with openers VOLBEAT. AVENGED SEVENFOLD is touring in support of its seventh album, "The Stage", which was given a surprise release at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand. "The Stage" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart back in November following its surprise release. Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi, the disc features eleven panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band's first thematic release. While the term "AI" conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist's look at the accelerated rate at which technology's intelligence is expanding and what that means — good and bad — for the future. The album's epic 15-minute-plus closing track, "Exist", features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken-word performance he penned specifically for the album. Asked why AVENGED SEVENFOLD decided to release an album with no advance notice, singer M. Shadows told Rolling Stone: "Well, man, a lot of it has to do with boredom. [Laughs] Everyone else is dropping the breadcrumbs, having four or five singles before their record comes out. It completely takes away the mystique of the record; by the time it actually comes out, you've already done 50 interviews about what the record's about and is going to sound like. It's 2016; people's attention spans are so short at this point, who has time for three months of lead-up? You've got five guys over here who are very bored of that; so for us, it was about keeping the hype very short and sweet, and then executing on all levels. Here's the record – we spent a long time on it, and it's available for you now. And now we can all learn about the record together, after you hear it, instead of hearing all these things about it as we're dribbling crumbs at you. We just said, 'No BS this time — we're just going to do everything that we want to do, from the live show to the merchandising, to how we present this thing and how we release it.'" Regarding how Neil deGrasse Tyson's involvement came about, M. Shadows said: "The song came from the idea of wanting to replicate the Big Bang in a heavy-metal sort of way, like, 'OK, this is what it would have sounded like when this happened!' It's like a huge classical piece. We love Gustav Holst's 'The Planets', but no one's really hit the Big Bang, so we did it! I wanted it to be all instrumental, and then Brian [guitarist Synyster Gates] was like, 'Well, I think there should be some vocals on it.' So we ended up with a compromise where it's like, 'OK, when the vocals come in, that's Earth — that's the first time that life starts after the cooling-down period of the Big Bang.' Originally, we wanted to use a recording of Carl Sagan reading an excerpt from 'The Pale Blue Dot', but [his estate] isn't really letting people use that. So we reached out to Neil."
ZAKK SABBATH, the all-star BLACK SABBATH cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, BL'AST!), will release a limited-edition EP, "Live In Detroit", on June 16 via Southern Lord Recordings. The three tracks comprising "Live In Detroit" were captured at the band's thundering performance at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan on October 28, 2016. Southern Lord will release "Live In Detroit" as a one time, vinyl-only pressing in multiple color variants. Additionally, the band will have the "Live In Detroit" EP available for purchase throughout their upcoming tour (see dates below). Check out the music video for "War Pigs", directed by Justin Reich, below. "Live In Detroit" track listing: Side A 01. War Pigs (13:25) Side B 02. Supernaut (4:57) 03. Fairies Wear Boots (7:33) ZAKK SABBATH will embark on its first-ever U.S. headlining tour next month, paying tribute to heavy metal's most important band of all time. The month-long trek will commence on May 18 and run through June 17, with stops at this year's Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. ZAKK SABBATH tour dates: May 18 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY May 19 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY May 20 - BB&T Pavilion @ WMMR BBQ - Camden, NJ May 21 - MAPFRE Stadium @ Rock On The Range - Columbus, OH May 23 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC May 25 - Warehouse Live Studio - Houston, TX May 26 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX w/ The Sword May 27 - Catch The Fever Festival Grounds @ Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK May 28 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO May 30 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN May 31 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA Jun. 02 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL Jun. 03 - KQRC's Rockfest - Kansas City, MO Jun. 04 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO Jun. 06 - The Pin - Spokane, WA Jun. 07 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA Jun. 08 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR Jun. 09 - Riverview Ranch @ 40th Annual Redwood Run - Piercy, CA Jun. 10 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA Jun. 17 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA
The official lyric video for the song "The Plague That Stalks The Darkness" from LOCK UP — the international grindcore "supergroup" featuring Kevin Sharp (BRUTAL TRUTH, PRIMATE, VENOMOUS CONCEPT), Anton Reisenegger (PENTAGRAM, CRIMINAL), Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) and Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR) — can be seen below. The track is taken from LOCK UP's latest album, "Demonization", which was released on March 10 via Listenable. The disc was recorded at Parlour Recording Studios in Kettering, U.K. with longtime friend and acclaimed producer Russ Russell (THE EXPLOITED, NAPALM DEATH, EVILE, THE BERZERKER, DIMMU BORGIR). "Demonization" track listing: 01. Blood And Emptiness 02. The Decay Within The Abyss 03. Locust 04. Demonization 05. Demons Raging 06. Desolation Architect 07. Instruments Of Armageddon 08. Sunk 09. The Plague That Stalks The Darkness 10. Foul From The Pure 11. Mind Fight 12. Void 13. Secret Parallel World 14. We Challenge Death "Demonization" is the first LOCK UP album to feature "vokillist" Kevin Sharp, who replaced Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) in 2014. Kevin made his live debut with LOCK UP at Manizales Grita Rock festival in Colombia in October 2014. "Demonization" has been long in the making for a variety of reasons. Logistically, the band is based in different corners of the globe. Life invades at any given moment, disrupting the thought process as it does for anyone. At the same time, the realities/brutalities of life have also inspired the band's creative process in many ways. Lyrically, this record deals with the rise and the fall and the rise again of the human consciousness: The struggle to resist the powers that be, the addiction of escape, the turmoil of reality, and how to survive the carnage and come out stronger....the reborn phoenix! Musically, Reisenegger's riffs scream out in every mutated direction — fast, heavy and darkly colorful manifesting a true homage to the underground from which the band members all originate while simultaneously setting new standards in extremity. Barker's drumming surpasses lightning speeds of precision. The chaos is joyfully indefinable as he charges through the compositions like a bull to the red flag of hate. Embury's bass tones once again invoke rapid, low-end bestial movements to carry the lost souls across The River Styx! And Sharp, what needs to be said? Nearly thirty years of guttural exorcisms that continue to inspire the world underdogs. It just doesn't get any better that this.
Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of METALLICA's Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group THE HELMETS, played his second show with KORN last night (Wednesday, April 19) at Espaço Das Américas in São Paulo, Brazil. Fan-filmd video footage of the concert can be seen below. Tye is filling in for KORN's regular bassist, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, who is unable to make the band's South American tour due to "unforeseen circumstances." Said KORN in a statement: "We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May." Remaining KORN shows with Tye Trujillo on bass: April 21 - Live Curitiba - Curitiba, Brazil April 23 - Pepsi On Stage - Porto Alegre, Brazil April 25 - Estadio Malvinas Argentinas - Paternal, Argentina April 27 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile Fieldy will rejoin his KORN bandmates at the Carolina Rebellion festival on May 6. Robert Trujillo told Brazil's Globo Play about Tye: "I never forced him on music. I always felt that if he wanted to embrace an instrument, great; I'd try to help him with it. So initially, at first, it was drums. And then around that same time, when he was one, he had a little plastic guitar, and he would play it all the time, just strumming it — always strumming it everywhere, to the point where the plastic was worn down." He continued: "It's a beautiful thing, 'cause he's still a 12-year-old, and he still acts wild and crazy, as a twelve-year-old should, but when it comes to music, he's very focused. And with KORN, it's funny, because I haven't shown him anything at all for the KORN stuff — I've been too busy and I've been out of town a lot — and he's taking this opportunity very serious." Robert Trujillo previously told the Huffington Post that Tye was "an amazing bass player and a really great writer. The bass lines that he's writing and the riffs, I'm like, 'Man, I wish I had written that.' He's coming up with stuff on his own, but he's also been influenced by players like Jaco Pastorius, but also Miles Davis or BLACK SABBATH or LED ZEPPELIN." Trujillo added: "He's like a sponge. He loves funk. He loves James Brown, he's this little 12-year-old who's soaking up and embracing all this different music and I can tell that it's helping him creatively in what he's writing with his band." Tye's own band, THE HELMETS, counts TOOL, ALICE IN CHAINS and METALLICA among their influences. Tye told Billboard last year, "We hate pop, we despise it. It's all the same sound."
The animated music video for the song "Gemini" from the Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — featuring members of metal frontrunners SOILWORK and ARCH ENEMY — can be seen below. The clip was created by Elia Cristofoli a.k.a. Solingo, who has worked for companies like Volvo, Subaru and Canon in the past, and Francesco Mazzola and Andrea Vozzo of Peach Studio. Commented THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA singer Björn Strid: "Elia has done a terrific job capturing the vibe of this song with his amazing animations. He had one month to complete it and worked day and night. This video showcases a relationship drama set in space, with an epic twist. The colors and the characters are amazing and also very mysterious. My personal perception of the animation is a slight He-Man-goes-to-Russia feel (or is it She-Ra??). Absolutely fantastic! Enjoy!" Added Cristofoli: "When Björn asked me for a fully-cartoon music video in '80s style, with so many intergalactic babes destroying alien monsters, a joker grin drew on my face... I love '80s cartoons like He-Man, Ken Shiro, etc. Then David sent me the script with a storyboard. I read their story. These guys are out of control, I thought. Just as I like! I spent a few days studying the design of the characters and the spaceships, then I started drawing like a psychopath. I figure I was amused. I hope NFO fans like the video. Rock on!" "Gemini" is taken from THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's third studio album, "Amber Galactic", which will be released on May 19 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. The album follows THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's two previous releases, 2012's "Internal Affairs" and 2015's "Skyline Whispers". Strid states: "'Amber Galactic' is a relationship drama set in space, the first classic rock space opera on double vinyl. "As seasoned musicians, we're taking this project seriously, although we might come across as slightly retrofuturistic at times, there's no irony involved. It's just us trying to shape our future into a place where our race is led by female space commanders with pearl necklaces and a quasar sense of gravity. "'Amber Galactic' is about setting free from genre boundaries and expectations that are put on people like us. We just want to create music that we would like to hear ourselves, but that isn't only for us. "THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is here to set you free, to invite you to enjoy music in whatever form it is presented. "For this particular journey, we'd like you to follow us into space, but who knows where we'll go next! After entering the NFO universe, you won't ever be the same!" "Amber Galactic" will be available as a limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art (see below), 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms. "Amber Galactic" track listing: 01. Midnight Flyer 02. Star Of Rio 03. Gemini 04. Sad State Of Affairs 05. Jennie 06. Domino 07. Josephine 08. Space Whisperer 09. Something Mysterious 10. Saturn In Velvet 11. Just Another Night (bonus track, limited-edition digipak, vinyl) 12. Fly Tonight (Never Rewind) (bonus track, Japan only) Strid previousy stated about the album: "'Amber Galactic' was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won't hurt you. "We wanted to create more than just a listening experience; instead we want it to be an alternative reality. "We hope that after listening to 'Amber Galactic', you'll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk." Guitarist David Andersson added: "Musicianship in itself is not interesting, neither are the technical aspects of creating music. The ideas and visions behind the music are the only things really worthy of in-depth discussions. "We've all reached a point where we can all pretty much play and sing whatever we want. "We didn't talk much about chord changes or amplifiers during the recording sessions. But we spent a lot of time discussing Kierkegaard's concept of anxiety, different vintages of sparkling wine, the psychoacoustic aspects of modulation, the innate superiority of women and why a pearl necklace always look better when whoever wears it has a bored expression on her face." When asked about the direction of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA within the realm of classic rock, Strid explained with a chuckle: "Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD — we sound like cocaine." THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is: Björn Strid - Vocals Sharlee D'Angelo - Bass David Andersson - Guitar Richard Larsson - Keyboards Jonas Källsbäck - Drums Sebastian Forslund - Guitar, PercussionAlternate cover art for limited-edition digipak CD: