"Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General" will be released on October 26 via Gain Production. The book features over 750 never-before-seen photos as well as several unpublished interviews with American rock icons KISS. The story is centered around Johan Kihlberg, who was the president of Kiss Army Sweden for ten years. He hung out in the studio with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, got drunk with Eric Carr, performed with Vinnie Vincent and was tour manager for Bruce Kulick. And he scolded Ace Frehley. Johan Kihlberg did it all. And he lived to tell the tale. It all started in the early eighties when Johan began stalking the members every time they were in Stockholm. Together with principal photographer Mats Vassfjord, he continued to follow and document KISS around the world. This is his own incomparable Kisstory told to Sweden Rock Magazine's prominent journalist Carl Linnaeus. Said Simmons: "Johan Kihlberg is great. I'm a fan of creative people and anytime someone does something from the heart, it's real. It's the biggest honor that somebody would even say hello to you, much less devote a lot of time to do something like this book." Linnaeus is perhaps best known for the acclaimed KISS biography "Den Osminkade Sanningen". His latest book, "Jag Sålde Min Själ Till Hårdrocken", is based on his most notable interviews done for Sweden Rock Magazine, where he's been one of the most prolific writers for the last ten years.
Borlänge, Sweden-based progressive extreme metal architects LETTERS FROM THE COLONY have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast. The band is currently recording its debut album, "Vignette", for an early 2018 release. The disc will be mastered by Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, PARADISE LOST, SEPULTURA and KREATOR, among others. According to a press release, LETTERS FROM THE COLONY "builds upon the intersection between perfection and ordered chaos; the unbridled joy of experimentation and virtuosic instrument mastery. They deliver highly complex songs full of unbound aggression, progressive structures, but also do not shy away from playing saxophone alongside guitars or sampling the call of a deer into a track!" "Vignette" is described as "the culmination of [LETTERS FROM THE COLONY's] struggles and hardships throughout its seven-year existence." LETTERS FROM THE COLONY is: Alexander Backlund - Vocals Sebastian Svalland - Guitar Johan Jönsegård - Guitar Emil Östberg - Bass Jonas Sköld - Drums
Season Of Mist has announced the signing of ABYSMAL DAWN. The Californian extreme metal stalwarts will release their fifth album in 2018. ABYSMAL DAWN comment: "We're very happy to be signed to such an awesome and respected label like Season Of Mist. ...
JUDAS PRIEST Members, SEBASTIAN BACH, RUDY SARZO Perform At At ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp’ Finale At Whisky A Go Go
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and members of JUDAS PRIEST appeared at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp earlier this month in Hollywood, California. The campers jammed with Rob Halford, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill and Scott Travis of JUDAS PRIEST and Sebastian Bach at the private Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp facility, participated in question-and-answer sessions, took pictures, got autographs, and then hit the legendary stage at the Whisky A Go Go with Bach, the members of JUDAS PRIEST, Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE), Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT, RATT) and Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY), among others. Over the course of four metal-filled days, campers were placed into bands led by rock star counselors including Craig Goldy (DIO), Sarzo, Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER) and many more. Musicians honed their stage presence, learned to play some of metal music’s greatest songs, got tips on playing as a band and heard stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors. Attendees also attended master classes and jam rooms with these renowned musicians and then performed live with their band and the members of JUDAS PRIEST in front of a packed house at the infamous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. Video footage of the Whisky A Go Go performance — which took place on Sunday, September 17 — can be seen below. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp is a non-competitive atmosphere designed for all levels of musicians and music enthusiasts. Participants are placed in bands with like-minded people and skill level to make for an off-the-charts experience. Some of the campers play well and even gave up careers as musicians to become CEOs and lawyers. Some campers can't play at all. What they all have in common is passion for rock music. At Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp, they all get to pursue their passion — and meet, and play with the artists who became the soundtrack of their lives. David Fishof is the founder and creator of the famed Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp where rock dreams become reality. The idea came to him after years of producing rock tours throughout the word. He's been honored to work with veteran rockers Roger Daltrey, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren, Gene Simmons, Dr. John, Randy Bachman, and so many more. He feels fortunate to have seen their talent first hand. David's desire to share this experience with you, gave him the inspiration to produce the one-of-a-kind Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. For more information, visit www.rockcamp.com.
Originally released in 1990 and out of print for almost two decades, the legendary debut album from doom godfathers THE OBSESSED will once again see the light of day in multiple deluxe formats. Now completely remastered with previously unreleased bonus...
Decibel magazine recently spoke Canadian producer Bob Rock, who has been responsible for some of the biggest rock and metal albums of the last thirty years, including all of METALLICA's studio output during the 1990s and early 2000s. Asked what it was about METALLICA that interested him in working with the band, Bob said: "Okay, I had bought [1988's] '…[And] Justice [For All]'. THE CULT were warming up for [METALLICA on] the 'Justice' [tour] after [releasing] 'Sonic Temple'. When the tour hit Vancouver, I went to see Ian [Astbury] and Billy [Duffy]. I stayed to watch METALLICA. I had heard the 'Justice' record, but they sound heavy and big and monstrous and thick live. On record, there's none of that weight. That was my thought. Months later, I hear they want me to mix their new album. I said, 'I don't want to mix your album, but I'll produce it.' Somebody told me they were put off by that. Evidently not. A little bit later, they came up to Vancouver to play me their songs. On cassette, right? I heard 'Sad But True'. In my mind, I said to myself, 'I can do this! I know how to make this sound big!' I knew how to make their weight work for them." He continued: "[Previous METALLICA producer] Flemming [Rasmussen] had a way of recording the band. That's pretty much what they knew. He did a fantastic job and it worked well. But they said to me, 'If you produce this, you've gotta do what you do.' So, I said to them, 'I want you to play in the same room at the same time.' They had never done that before. Basically, there was no preconceived way of doing METALLICA. I brought what I knew to the table and did what they told me to do. It was quite a change. "These guys, they were deeper. More intense. There were times when I was thinking about James's [Hetfield] lyrics. I was thinking, 'This guy's as good as anybody.' He's intense. He's deep. "I didn't grow up on METALLICA. I just came in to help them with a record. If were doing LED ZEPPELIN, that'd be a different story for me. I'd be so enamored with them, I'm not sure I could do it. With METALLICA, they were just guys to me. I didn't cater to what they were. I catered to what they wanted to do. That's ultimately what a producer is." Rock went on to say that he is "very proud" of having worked on METALLICA's self-titled 1991 album, which has shifted 16.5 million copies in the U.S. to date, making it the best-selling LP of the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991 to present). "It's a huge part of my life," he admitted. "I spent fifteen years with those guys. I couldn't have worked with a better band. It was difficult, but when you're in a place that's not comfortable, you do your best work. Clearly it's some of my best work. It was all of us that made that record. No compromise. Culturally, in the music business, that's when METALLICA got on the radio. It was the biggest cultural record I made. It changed what went on the radio. I'm very proud of that. I look back on it fondly." Bob added: "I continue to be impressed with artists I've worked with since. Like [Michael] Bublé and Van Morrison. But I will say the 'Black' album is the one where it all came together." Rock, 63, told Reuters in 2006 that he felt "twenty years younger" after his split with METALLICA, whose 2008 studio effort, "Death Magnetic", was helmed by Rick Rubin. During the making of 2003's "St. Anger", a petition that some one thousand and five hundred fans signed subsequently was posted online calling for METALLICA to dump Rock, claiming he had too much influence on the band's sound. "The criticism was hurtful for my kids, who read it and don't understand the circumstances," Rock told Reuters. "Sometimes, even with a great coach, a team keeps losing. You have to get new blood in there." METALLICA co-manager Peter Mensch argued that Rock "nursed METALLICA out of almost complete collapse on that record. Bob is one of the five best producers on the planet. But it was time to shake things up."
The first in a series of webisodes featuring footage from the making of EVANESCENCE's next album, "Synthesis", can be seen below. In the first episode of "Inside Synthesis", we get introduced to the new disc from EVANESCENCE and gain some insight into the process. "Synthesis" is due on November 10. The effort features full orchestration in a completely synthetic world of beats and sounds, with help from arranger and composer David Campbell. "Synthesis" will contain two new EVANESCENCE songs in addition to fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica. The album includes guest performance by famed violinist Lindsey Stirling on "Hi-Lo", one of the two new tracks on the album. EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee described the inspiration behind the other new song, "Imperfection": "For me, this is the most important song on the album. I struggled with the lyrics for a long time because there was a lifetime of work to live up to and I wasn't sure what to say or how to be good enough. When it finally started pouring out of me, it was undeniable. I had no choice. It's for all the people we've lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I'm singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It's a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don't give in to the fear — I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect. We are all imperfect, and it's precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there's so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for." The "Synthesis Live" tour will launch on October 14 on the West Coast. Like the album, "Synthesis Live" will feature a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE's best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Lee's virtuoso piano and voice. "This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars," explained Lee. "I've always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation. "This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I'm so excited to perform this way — really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we've built over the years. I'm also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack." Lee told Graspop.be about "Synthesis": "It's different in a way that it's still coming from the roots of what EVANESCENCE was conceived to be,. It's really a beautiful project. A lot of our old songs are getting a whole new life in a way where we're getting to experience the focus being this beautiful, full orchestra. It's also a lot of electronic, cool elements — parts that have always been part of our music. It hasn't been full orchestra before — it's just been mainly strings — but just taking it to very beautiful, classical and epic and groovy place. Oh, it feels so good. There's some new stuff on it too, but it's mostly old stuff [reimagined]." Lee also talked in more detail about the making of "Synthesis", explaining: "As far as the conception, basically, you work in demo land first and just create the arrangements of songs. I went through all the master sessions of, say, 'Bring Me To Life', and [I would] pull out all the stuff and listen to it and then chop it up and decide, 'Oh, maybe this part needs to be longer. Maybe this part at the beginning will be just strings and piano.' Just figure out what you're gonna do and build a map. And working with David Campbell, who has done all the string arrangements for EVANESCENCE for all three albums now doing full orchestra, just going back and forth with him and our producer Will and then each other, just throwing ideas in a Dropbox and basically just playing tennis back and forth for months. We finally recorded the orchestra. It sounds just gorgeous. I can't wait to finish the thing."
SLAYER And EXODUS’s GARY HOLT: ‘TED NUGENT Is A Total Idiot,’ But He Is ‘Also One Of My Favorite Guitar Players Of All Time’
EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt was interviewed on the September 15-17 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow. Full Metal Jackie: Let's talk about EXODUS first. It sounds like EXODUS is gonna go into the studio later this year to record a new album. Gary: "Yeah, that's what we are shooting on. Tom Hunting [EXODUS drummer] and I are of the same mindset — that however long it takes to make this album what we want it to be is how long it's gonna take. Prior to the South American SLAYER tour, I had six months off, so I really used that time wisely, just writing and jamming with Tom and putting stuff together. We've got a few songs done, several in the works and thousands of riffs, it seems like. We're real excited with how things are coming along, so we're looking forward to getting to that point, when we can actually start booking studio time." Full Metal Jackie: Creatively, what changes when you're writing songs, now that Steve "Zetro'" Souza is back in the band and will be singing them? Gary: "Nothing, really. When I write a song, whether it's for Rob [Dukes] or Zetro or, much prior to that, for Paul Baloff, I just try to write an EXODUS song and just take it from there. And then, obviously, the voice is gonna round it out and complete the song, but I don't write differently whether it's for one [singer] or the other — I just write riffs until I like them." Full Metal Jackie: Lots of people regard EXODUS as important enough to be included in a hypothetical "Big Five" of thrash metal. What do you think is the most important thing EXODUS contributed to that genre? Gary: "The most important thing we contributed to the genre? [Laughs] That's an easy one: the genre itself. [Laughs] I mean, we are arguably the first thrash band. And the only other one you could really make an argument with is METALLICA, and I think, at the time we were both starting to do our thing, neither of us knew the other existed. So, yeah, I mean, we definitely made a big contribution, 'cause we helped create it. But 'Big Four', 'Big Five', 'Big Ten'… I don't know… We were one of the first, so I think we have every right to be there. I've always said, when everybody talks about the 'Big' this or that, they always forget about the Germans. KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM were there in the very beginning too, they were there earlier and before a lot of the American thrash bands that people like throwing in these hypothetical arguments. So I don't limit it strictly to United States soil; I think the Germans should have a voice in this as well." Full Metal Jackie: Let's talk about SLAYER. "Repentless" was your first album with SLAYER, and although you weren't part of the songwriting, Kerry King has expressed willingness for you to be involved next time. How would you need to approach songwriting differently with SLAYER compared to EXODUS? Gary: "Don't write ten-minute-long songs. [Laughs] I think that's the first thing. I tend to sometimes, in the EXODUS realm, wander into some very progressive territory. And that's cool. I think… It's all thrash metal to me. I mean, I think the biggest difference between one band and the other and the next band after that is quite often just note selection. SLAYER's a band… A lot of riffs are very chromatic, and it's as simple as adjusting your style from one to the other, which, I think, after six-plus years in the band, I definitely have as good an insight as anybody into how SLAYER writes a song, since I can play such a large amount of the catalog. So, yeah, when that time comes and we are ready for the next album, if Kerry wants me to contribute, I've got riffs. I've got stuff right now that I've written that I am not using for EXODUS, because it was kind of maybe just unintentional subconscious thing, like, 'It sounds a little too SLAYER.' So I pushed that aside, 'cause I spend predominantly the bulk of my time playing in SLAYER nowadays. I've gotta make sure not to cross-contaminate. I've gotta treat both bands like a crime scene, you know." Full Metal Jackie: You've been with SLAYER for six years. But what sometimes feels surreal and new to you? Gary: "I don't know that any of it does. I think it's probably a little more surreal nowadays. And, I mean, it really sounds odd for me to say it, but it's a little more surreal when I get a rare chance to go back and do EXODUS shows. [Laughs] 'Cause those guys are my brothers for most of my life, and the SLAYER guys are my brothers too. I'm fortunate to be in a position where I have two bands that I call family. It's kind of like just second nature. And then, when I do get the chance to do some EXODUS shows, it's, like, I've been away for a while. So it kind of, like… I've gotta remember that this is the band that I've been in since I was seventeen years old." Full Metal Jackie: Politically, it's a tense time in U.S. history. Speaking as a musician who is also politically aware, what role, if any, should a band have in political discussion? Gary: "Heavy metal, and thrash metal in particular, has long since been a political musical genre, I guess is the best way to say. We've all written songs about nuclear war and the threat of nuclear war and all this and that. And all of a sudden now, people are, like, afraid to touch it, because the world is… music is completely polarized in opposite directions; it's so partisan. And I'm a liberal — everybody knows I'm a liberal, but I'm a liberal with really extreme right-wing views on certain things, like crime and punishment, and I support law enforcement and stuff like that. But people are so afraid to speak their opinion, 'cause people will swear off their allegiance to their favorite bands. Like, I think Ted Nugent is a total idiot. He's also one of my favorite guitar players of all time, and always will be. And anytime he says something stupid, it's never gonna make me go throw away my copy of 'Double Live Gonzo' — never! That's not why I love Ted Nugent — I love his guitar playing. Nowadays, people are like, 'Oh, they were my favorite band. Now I disagree with them [politically]. I don't wanna listen to that band anymore.' It's a touchy subject nowadays, which really blows my mind that people are so sensitive." Full Metal Jackie: Between SLAYER and EXODUS, it would seem like you have little time for much else. When do you step back from music, and how do you recharge to go back to it? Gary: "I had six months off at home, and that's a rarity — something I don't think I've ever had. And I used that to decorate the house and kidn of nest. And when I'm home, it's all about my family — my wife and my kids. And when it comes to rehearsing and stuff, I map it all out in a very structured manner that it is kind of, like, if I'm going to rehearsal, I'm going to work. If I'm writing songs, I'm going to work. And when I'm done, I'm done — I don't let it take over the entire day. I'll set aside the time for it and use it, and then my day's work is done and then I'm just back to spending time with my family. Hell, I'm gonna be a grandfather here. So I'm very excited about that. I couldn't be more excited. The family is growing, and I'm looking forward to it." To see a full list of stations carrying Full Metal Jackie's program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com. Full Metal Jackie also hosts "Whiplash", which airs every Sunday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The show can be heard on the KLOS web site at 955klos.com or you can listen in on the KLOS channel on iHeartRadio.
Cassia co-owners Kim Luu-Ng and chef Bryant Ng host the second LA Chefs for Human Rights (LACHR) fundraising dinner, benefitting Program for Torture Victims (PTV), at their acclaimed Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica on September 25. The exclusive event honors Chris Cornell, posthumously, for his original song "The Promise", recorded for the film of the same name about the Armenian Genocide, and for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts on behalf of vulnerable children around the world. Vicky Cornell is accepting the award on behalf of her late husband, who was a Grammy award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer. Founded by Kim Luu-Ng and chef Bryant Ng, LACHR is a human rights fundraising campaign to support PTV, which is the first rehabilitation program in the United States dedicated to treating torture survivors. The event unites the city's most celebrated chefs and bakers to cook an incredible multi-course dinner, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting PTV, which heals and rebuilds the lives of torture survivors from over seventy countries. Led by Cassia chef Bryant Ng, this year's lineup includes Rustic Canyon's Jeremy Fox, Sqirl's Jessica Koslow, Republique's Walter and Margarita Manzke, and Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants co-owner and head baker Zoe Nathan. "Last fall, LA Chefs for Human Rights raised $105,000 for our programs, helping our clients with psychological counseling, outpatient health care, legal support, advocacy, and so much more," says Trip Oldfield, Program for Torture Victims' executive director. "There are roughly 1.3 million torture survivors living in the United States, and this issue is closer to home than many of us think, with around 44% of refugees in the Los Angeles region having suffered from human rights abuses." "We're deeply honored to celebrate the life-changing work Vicky and Chris have accomplished, and which she continues to carry on," says Kim Luu-Ng, a longtime human rights advocate, lawyer, and PTV board of directors member. "Their support of and dedication to Syrian refugee children languishing in refugee camps raises awareness for this ongoing, six-year crisis and provides hope to so many who have lost it." Chris wrote and recorded "The Promise", a beautiful ballad for the 2016 film of the same name, which stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon and depicts the Armenian Genocide. The song's inspirational lyrics are now embraced by human rights and refugee aid groups as a clarion call to people who care about the plight of refugees and victims of war. In April 2017, Vicky and Chris visited the Eleonas refugee camp in Greece, where they met with refugee children and their families to hear first-hand about their escape and suffering. The evening's honorary guest speaker is Evgeny Afineevsky, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind the HBO documentary "Cries From Syria", which examines the Syrian Civil War, and how the ensuing violence and humanitarian crisis have ravaged the lives of the civilian victims of the war, particularly women and children. The evening will also feature PTV clients who will share their powerful and courageous stories of survival and healing, as well as a live musical performance by singer/songwriter Tiffany Brevard. This year's sponsors for LA Chefs for Human Rights enable all event proceeds to go directly to PTV. The Mascot's Vintner Amanda Harlan and director Nikita Stone are pouring some of the first tastes of their Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 vintage, alongside the 2010 and 2011 vintages, all made from the younger, hillside vines of Napa Valley's esteemed Harlan Estate, BOND, and Promontory vineyards. Claude and Elisabeth Koeberle from Sonoma's Soliste Winery are generously donating their 2012 L'Age D'or Chardonnay, while The Source European Wine Imports is providing Cremant from Chateau de Brézé. Guests will be greeted with Ruinart's exquisite Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne during the cocktail hour, and will raise glasses to celebrate the evening's honorees and guest speakers. Specialty cocktails featuring award-winning Japanese Kikori Whiskey, made from 100% rice and distilled and aged in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, will be served, courtesy of founder Ann Soh Woods and EJ Milken. Q Mixers is donating their premium, all-natural carbonated mixers and sodas, while celebrated local chocolatier Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections is creating specialty chocolate bars for an event keepsake. Eat.Sleep.Work, a Los Angeles-based brand and design agency is donating their graphic design and web development expertise towards the event.
During a brand new interview with Australia's Heavy, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was once again asked if he gets annoyed when people constantly call for a reunion of the group's classic lineup. "I expect it and I understand the feeling of see...