In a brand new interview with the "Decibel Geek" podcast, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett was asked how Slash came to audition for the guitarist slot in the band prior to joining GUNS N' ROSES in 1985. "Slash we had known," Rikki said (hear audio below). "'Cause he was in HOLLYWOOD ROSE… So Bret [Michaels, POISON singer] and I liked him; we all liked him. And he came and worked on some songs with us, but we continued to audition people even though he was a frontrunner… We didn't want, like, a hotshot Yngwie [Malmsteen-type] guy. We didn't want that. We wanted a rock, East Coast guy. And then C.C. [DeVille, current POISON guitarist] auditioned, and he just made more sense than Slash did. So it was a tough decision, because we all liked Slash. Slash was really pissed off about it. He was pissed. He was, like, 'What the fuck, you guys?'… So there was that rivalry between GUNS N' ROSES and POISON because of that, I think, for a long time, you know? And that's long gone. I see Slash and we're totally cool, you know what I mean? I haven't seen Axl [Rose, GUNS N' ROSES singer] in fucking fifteen years, but I've seen the other guys, and [there's] no problem." Slash spoke about his POISON audition during a 2010 interview with Classic Rock Revisited. He said: "I was living in L.A. and I had just gotten done working in a band with Axl, actually, called HOLLYWOOD ROSE. Steven Adler was in that band as well. I just quit. I told Axl I couldn’t handle it anymore and I walked. That was right after the first time Axl and I ever worked together. Matt, the original guitar player for POISON, who was actually a pretty cool guy, had gotten his wife pregnant or they were getting married or something like that. He was moving back to Pennsylvania. He goes, 'You should try out for POISON.' I hated POISON but in those days you did whatever you had to do to keep moving. Being very ambitious, as I was, I went and auditioned for POISON. I ended up being one of two guitar players left that they were going to pick from. I remember kicking the shit out of the songs they had. There was no denying that I could play them but there was an issue about makeup and stuff. Bobby Dall [POISON bassist] asked me what kind of shoes I was going to wear. I was, like, 'What?' It was kind of obvious that this was going to go nowhere. As I was walking out of the audition, C.C. DeVille was walking in. He had on pancake makeup and a ton of hairspray. I actually remember thinking right then, 'That should be the guy.' The next day I got a call from Bobby and he said, 'You know, you are great and all but I think we are going to pass on you and go with this other guy.' It was C.C. and it really did make all the sense in the world. I was in a couple of bands after that and then we started GUNS N' ROSES."
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke to Live Nation about the stage setup for the band's "WorldWired" tour, which will officially kick off on May 10 in Baltimore, Maryland. "The new stage is… We're in the round," he said (see video below). "It feels a little smaller and tighter. One of the things, when we played the clubs, we felt that we should have hopefully more interaction with each other. 'Cause sometimes on the bigger stages, you don't hang out that much with each other. It's, like, 'Hey, James.' 'Hey, Rob. What's going on?' It's always in passing. So we're trying to… as much as we can — it's still difficult — to interact a bit more. And that's one of the things that we missed that we did get out of the club shows with each other." 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 in Bologna, Italy, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland. METALLICA will next play South America's Lollapalooza events in Brazil, Argentina and Chile on March 25, March 31 and April 1 respectively.
German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced their North American "Crazy World" tour with very special guest MEGADETH. Since performing a handful of festivals and concerts last year in the U.S., the band will return to North America for a month-long run of dates. "When our album 'Crazy World' was released back in '91, right at the end of the cold war, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future," said SOCRPIONS singer Klaus Meine. "Now, 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day. After all these years, 'Crazy World' is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there." General tickets and special VIP packages on sale soon. The Los Angeles concert on October 7 will go on sale on March 24 with presale starting tomorrow (march 23). SCORPIONS 2017 North American tour dates: Sep. 14 - Reading, PA - Santander Arena Sep. 16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Sep. 19 - Laval, QC - Place Bell (No MEGADETH) Sep. 22 - Toronto, ONT - Budweiser Stage Amphitheater Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL - All State Arena (No MEGADETH) Sep. 26 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center Sep. 29 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Sep. 30 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome Oct. 03 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort Oct. 04 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena Oct. 07 - Los Angeles - The Forum Oct. 08 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Arena Oct. 11 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum Oct. 12 - Dallas, TX - Pavilion at The Music Factory Oct. 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center Oct. 15 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently said that he was "really excited" about the opportunity to support an undisclosed band on at least one show in the U.S. later in 2017. MEGADETH has spent more than a year on the road promoting the band's latest album, "Dystopia", which arrived in January 2016. The group is currently scheduled to head back out on tour at the end of April, with three U.S. festival appearances penciled in for July. Speaking to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station in Detroit, Michigan, Mustaine stated about MEGADETH's touring plans for the coming months: "Believe it or not, we've got some cool things going on for the States. We've got two really great things we're gonna be doing. We'll be heading out some part of the spring or summer, and then we just were told about an opportunity at the end of the year that really, really excited me. It's somebody I've never played with before that we're actually gonna be supporting. They were so cool that we would step down from being a headliner to support this group." Mustaine offered more information on MEGADETH's two upcoming tours in a separate interview with Billboard. He said: "They're both going to be very different, but exciting. One we're headlining, and it's very much bands of our ilk, and for the other one, we're in a support position for the first time in years. It's a band that I'm a huge fan of. We're really excited to see what these different dates are going to be like and have fans see us in different capacities. The headlining dates will be these diehard fans, and the others where we're going to be out with this band we're supporting, and their fans are going to hear us and won't know us from the man on the moon." MEGADETH recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and BUTCHER BABIES.
Sebastiano Mereu of From Hero To Zero recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA. You can watch the chat below. Asked about Gene Simmons's recent statement that he was not interested in producing another KISS studio album "unless and if there's a financial model that works" to make it worthwhile for the band to write and record new music, Jansen said: "Yeah, I noticed that these old bands, they are still pretty pissed about how [the industry] developed, and I sometimes have to laugh a little bit about it. 'Cause they are used to that standard of millions of CDs getting sold and being able to have a house with a big pool. We grew up in another era where CD sales were already not that high anymore, so we are used to be not millionaires. [Laughs] So then it's easier to be happy with what we have, rather than when you come from [the top] and then suddenly [see your record sales drop dramatically]. But there's quite some bands from the past that are still complaining about this." He continued: "I think you have to look at the bright side. We can tour, we can live from our music, even though we're not millionaires. We do whatever we wish for doing — it's our dream — so we look always at the bright side of [things]." Asked if he misses the old days when record sales used to be much higher than they are right now, Mark said: "We never experienced it, so we cannot miss it. I can imagine how it is to sell two, three million CDs. I can imagine it. It can be awesome too — I won't deny that — but the current reality is that it's not the case. So I'm not a dreamer or think, 'Oh, I wish it was still like this.' You have to do it with the reality [of how everything is] now." EPICA's latest album, "The Holographic Principle", was released on September 30, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have announced a European tour for September/October to coincide with the release of their highly anticipated upcoming studio album. The revered and groundbreaking extremists are hard at work on the new opus, with a release pencilled for Friday, September 22. SATYRICON has always excelled live, its powerful, evocative performances, spearheaded by charismatic frontman and visionary Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven, are shows that stick in the memory. Their gigs are increasingly becoming special events, as the frequency is dialled back to accommodate the Oslo band's "modus operandi." Speaking about the band's new album and return to the live fray, Satyr comments: "The vast majority of our shows have been sold out in recent years and it makes me very thankful and proud. "Our fans know that we are done a long time ago with relentless touring, so that makes every opportunity special to us now. "I know our new album is one that our fans will love and we know how much people appreciate SATYRICON as a live band. We are going to make every show unforgettable". Tour dates: Sep. 24 - Hamburg - Grunspan (Germany) Sep. 25 - Essen - Turock (Germany) Sep. 26 - Tilburg - 013 (Netherlands) Sep. 27 - Vosselaar - Biebob (Belgium) Sep. 29 - London - Heaven (UK) Sep. 30 - Paris - La Maroquinerie (France) Oct. 01 - Nantes - MJC De Reze (France) Oct. 02 - Toulouse - Le Metronum (France) Oct. 04 - Madrid - Sala But (Spain) Oct. 05 - Barcelona - Razzamatazz (Spain) Oct. 06 - Montpellier - Rockstore (France) Oct. 07 - Bologna - Zona Roveri (Italy) Oct. 09 - Zurich - Dynamo (Switzerland) Oct. 10 - Munich - Backstage Halle (Germany) Oct. 11 - Vienna - Szene (Austria) Oct. 12 - Prague - Akropolis (Czech Republic) Oct. 14 - Krakow - Kwadrat (Poland) Oct. 15 - Warsaw - Progresja (Poland) Oct. 16 - Berlin - SO36 (Germany) Oct. 17 - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset (Denmark) Oct. 19 - Aarhus - Train (Denmark) Oct. 20 - Gothenburg - Pustervik (Sweden) Oct. 21 - Stockholm - Klubben (Sweden) Tickets are on sale now. Satyr, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015, told Metal Hammer 's "In Residence" show on Spotify that SATYRICON's follow-up to 2013's self-titled album would see the band moving away from the "violent, aggressive" vibe of its earlier efforts. He said: "When we started getting back in to the rhythm after I was hospitalized, the music changed. I wasn't so much into what we did earlier — it wasn't that I didn't like it, but I didn't feel it in the same way anymore. "A lot of what we did in the beginning is relentless, violent and aggressive. It's not like it's sobbing or really sad now, but it's more percussive, varied and soulful. There's less emphasis on the aggressive violent part of it." Satyr also revealed that SATYRICON's next album is being recorded on a farm outside Oslo, Norway. "We've been jamming in a barn for a long time," he said. "Every time we go there, the atmosphere is really nice — we really enjoy being there. "I just said, 'We play so well when we're here — the spirit and the soul, and what we do comes across as unique. What if we brought recording equipment and engineers here, instead of bringing SATYRICON to a studio?' So we're doing that." SATYRICON drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad told VirtualFestivals.com last summer that the material for the band's next album "feels more creative than anything we have done before. I think that we managed to open quite a few doors, creatively, than with previous albums at least. This dynamic element was important. What I have been feeling is all those doors lead somewhere, and we have been exploring them and the result is what you will hear on that next album. It will go much further than previous albums, and I think it will be a very loaded album. Intense, very very diverse. An album impossible to sum up in a few words, which is a good thing." SATYRICON celebrated the 20th anniversary of its seminal album "Nemesis Divina" with a series of exclusive European shows which saw the Norwegian trailblazers performing the LP in its entirety for the first and last time. The album was also re-released in spring 2016, newly remastered by Satyr himself and boasting upgraded and revamped packaging.
Eleven songs — raucous, blues-based, uncompromising — mark a triumphant return for "Hollywood" rockers JUNKYARD on their first official album in 26 years, due on April 21 via Acetate Records. While odds and sods have been released over the decades, "High Water" is a firm statement of the band's 2017, and onward, intent. As singer and founding member David Roach explains, in recent years, JUNKYARD had a blast playing "reunion" shows, which quickly turned into mini-tours through Spain and packed gigs across America. New songs began percolating, and JUNKYARD began writing. "I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we'd try and recreate what we were 25 years ago," Roach states. "This album is not a departure; it's a rock 'n' roll record from JUNKYARD with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories." JUNKYARD, who hit MTV and radio hard with their self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut and singles "Hollywood" and "Simple Man", cement the authenticity their first two records on "High Water", such blunt songs as the soul-searching of "Cut From The Same Cloth" to "We Fuck Like We Fight" (politely abbreviated as "WFLWF" for the politically correct) going down as easy as an aged Kentucky bourbon. The band members are straight ahead guys, but "High Water" has a few shades of meaning. Guitarist Tim Mosher explains: "It could be interpreted more than one way — like a 'high water mark' or the old phrase come 'hell or high water,' or with the image of the bottle on our CD cover, the actual 'high water,' aka booze!" "High Water" also boasts writing and lead guitar credits from Brian Baker, a JUNKYARD founding member who played with the band more than 25 years, but now plays his trade full time with BAD RELIGION. On the road, JUNKYARD are joined by Jimmy James (THE HANGMEN), with founding member Pat Muzingo and bassist Todd Muscat, who joined the band in 1991, rounding out the lineup. "The JUNKYARD sound is a pretty classic one: big guitars and drums with David spilling his guts on top," says Mosher, who produced the album. We wanted 'High Water' to sound loose and live, so as far as production goes we weren't trying to re-invent the wheel, just deliver the songs in the best light we could, then mix in some big riffs and throaty vocals and that's 'YARD." JUNKYARD's classic sound got some help from a fan and friend on "High Water": Charlie Starr from the band BLACKBERRY SMOKE wrote the dramatic, forthright statement "Till The Wheels Fall Off" specifically for JUNKYARD. As for a theme running through "High Water", Roach jokes "we're not that clever," but describes the album as "a rock 'n' roll record with a nod to punk rock and outlaw country rock." It's a sound that's both timeless and timely. As always, JUNKYARD steer clear of politics: "I personally prefer to keep politics out of my rock. I understand it's a great platform, and maybe some feel it's your duty to use it to a purpose, but I just feel our music is just for escape." For his part, lyricist Roach is unafraid to mine his own missteps in song, as he did in the past with 1989 fan favorite, "Hands Off". This go-round, he confesses all via the tune 'Wallet". "That song was inspired by a night I spent with a stranger on the eve of a tour," says Roach. "I met her at [Hollywood bar] Boardners and we went to her place. The next day I snuck off like a rat to go home and pack for the tour. After I left, I realized I left my wallet and had to do the walk of shame to retrieve it. Similar incidents have occurred — before and since to me — and I'm sure, countless others." The band — and it's legion of longtime fans — is excited that "High Water" brings back JUNKYARD as an ongoing concern. As one of the great guttersnipe L.A. bands of the late '80s — a storied crew that includes GUNS N' ROSES, LITTLE CAESAR, THE HANGMEN — JUNKYARD were proud to be part of "one of the last great rock 'n' roll scenes," as they term it. "I don't think we dated ourselves too badly in the beginning so a lot of our songs still have some relevance," said Roach. "Also, we were in hibernation a while, we weren't playing while a lot of our contemporaries were. It's not so much longevity as it was people who missed us 20 years ago finally have a chance to see us." Mosher, who was a fan of the group before joining JUNKYARD in 2000, sees all angles of the JUNKYARD saga... "Although it's been 17 years since I joined, I'm still 'the new guy,' so with 'High', I wanted to give the fans something I would've wanted as a JUNKYARD fan — a proper third album," said Mosher. "It was important to all of us that the record be a statement of intent that could connect with fans from back in the day as well as hopefully find new ones for whom this might be their first 'YARD record. It's a tall order, but we're up for it." "High Water" track listing: 01. Walk Away 02. Faded 03. Cut From The Same Cloth 04. Styrofoam Cup 05. Hellbound 06. W.F.L.W.F. 07. Don't Give a Damn 08. Hell or High Water 09. Wallet 10. 'Til The Wheels Fall Off 11. Kindness to the Dead Bonus tracks: 12. The River 13. Rome Is Burning 14. Don't Give A Damn (acoustic) 15. Styrofoam Cup (acoustic) 16. Wallet (live) JUNKYARD is: David Roach - Vocals Tim Mosher - Guitar Todd Muscat - Bass Patrick Muzingo - Drums Jimmy James - Guitar
Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has weighed in on the band's latest album, saying that it has "substance." Newsted became METALLICA's third bassist in 1986, following Ron McGovney and Cliff Burton. Robert Trujillo took over in 2003 after Newsted's exit. During a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Newsted shared his thoughts on "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", telling the web site: "[The album] is a bit different than the other efforts that led up to it. Robert's a great fuckin' bass player and he's always been a great bass player. I've known him for 25 years at least. He's always been good and I owned all the INFECTIOUS [GROOVES] records and I wore INFECTIOUS t-shirts. I'm down. That guy has always got my respect. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? Peace, peace, power to you." He added: "This last [album], I feel they've kinda come back into stride and there's something of substance here." Last August, Newsted told the SiriusXM satellite radio show "Eddie Trunk Live" that he was impressed by the first single from the new METALLICA album, "Hardwired". "I can't believe how wicked it is," he said. "I heard it a couple of times. Somebody played it for me in a car, and I brought it home and listened to it a little bit. I like its nature. I like its teeth, man. It's great." Jason left METALLICA back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Ulrich, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Trujillo, in 2009. Newsted's current endeavor is a pair of acoustic groups, including the CHOPHOUSE BAND (named after his four recording studio facilities around the U.S. and featuring a fluid roster of players), which played several shows last September.
EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike IX Williams will make his triumphant return to the stage next month following a successful liver transplant this past December. Williams, who hasn't performed live in a year, will make his 2017 stage debut on April 14 at this year's Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan alongside OFF!, NEGATIVE APPROACH, GWAR, WEEDEATER, THE OBSESSED, and so many more. From there, the band will hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York with future live encounters to be announced in the months to come. Upcoming EYEHATEGOD shows: Apr. 14 - Berserker IV @ The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI Apr. 15 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA Apr. 16/2017 Brooklyn Bazarre - Brooklyn, NY Comments Williams in a recently statement posted to his YouCaring site: "Finally! This an update that's totally loooong overdue, people. I apologize for the tardiness but I just started an entirely new beginning of an existence previously destined to be cut short by the ravages of a hard life lived. I'm back, motherfuckers! And I feel pretty amazing, although I have a very long way to go as far as being one thousand percent fully healed, but my doctors are completely stoked at my progress so far. This miracle of the modern medical process has literally bought me a second chance at living! "Now on to the real stars of the show: YOU! My family, friends and fans: You truly stole my heart and made me aware that love really does exist in this current climate of hatred because of someone's skin color, beliefs, or personal identity, you people came to the rescue like nobody's business and we love you! To be honest, we still need you! "Of major, ultra-special note is the New Orleans #IXLivesIXLives benefit gigs. I was unable to attend any of the shows because of doctors' orders, but word is that the entire weekend was the ultimate example of mass friendship, hope and care for one another in a time of need. Many many thanks to everybody involved, me and my beautiful rock star of a wife Michelle, thank you from the bottoms of our filthy hearts! We were and still are, over-freaking-whelmed at the outpouring of support from all the wonderful humans out in this world, you maniacs have completely outdone yourselves..." EYEHATEGOD continues to deafen the masses in support of its self-titled LP which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records, breaking the band's decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release of the band's storied history. Having helped define the "NOLA sound" with their signature down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section, EYEHATEGOD re-emerged stronger and more determined than ever before. EYEHATEGOD personifies desperation and addiction in the various backwaters of forgotten America, punctuated by the "N'awlins" sound of rebellion and pollution resulting in triumph over adversity. The band will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary next year. Stay tuned for special releases to be announced in the future. Photo by Dean Karr
The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Bloodlust", the new album from BODY COUNT, the metal band fronted by hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T, can be seen below. The disc will be released on March 31 via Century Media Records. "Bloodlust" was recorded with producer Will Putney (MISS MAY I, UPON A BURNING BODY), who also helmed 2014's "Manslaughter". The new CD features guest appearances by Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA), MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe. The effort also contains BODY COUNT's medley of the SLAYER songs "Postmortem" and "Raining Blood". "Bloodlust" track listing: 01. Civil War (feat. Dave Mustaine) 02. The Ski Mask Way 03. This Is Why We Ride 04. All Love Is Lost (feat. Max Cavalera) 05. Raining Blood / Postmortem (SLAYER medley) 06. God, Please Believe Me 07. Walk With Me… (feat. Randy Blythe) 08. Here I Go Again 09. No Lives Matter 10. Bloodlust 11. Black Hoodie Ice-T recently told Revolver magazine about "Bloodlust": "Making records is a very interesting process. You work really hard on something and finish it and then you'll be, like, 'Yo, that sounds like somebody else's record.' Or, 'Hey, didn't we just make that record three days ago?' "One time we did two songs in a row and afterwards I looked at them and said, 'That's the same riff in each song.' So we had to pick one. But in the end, we came up with some very aggressive and cool music." He added: "I like to start with hot metal tracks that you can listen to without a word on them and go, 'Wow, that was just like fire!’ The music tells me what the song is about, and that's when the words start coming to me. Then it's up to me not to fuck it up." As for the choice of album title, Ice-T said: "Bloodlust is part of the human makeup. Murder is about as normal as love. It's in our nature to want to get violent and kill, but we know there are consequences. That's why we like violent movies, video games and combat sports. It's in our DNA. It's what we are." "Manslaughter" sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 102 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 10, 2014 via Sumerian. BODY COUNT's current lineup includes guitarist Juan Garcia (a.k.a. Juan Of The Dead; AGENT STEEL, EVILDEAD), who made his live debut with the group in November 2013 at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.
After returning from a triumphant tour of South America and right before hitting the road with their Century Media labelmates ARCH ENEMY and THE HAUNTED, Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have released a new video for one of their crowd favorites, "Blood, Tears, Dust". The clip was directed and edited by Cosimo Alemà and produced by the production company Borotalco. Commented LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia: "Right now I can't tell you everything about 'Blood, Tears, Dust', as this video is part of something bigger... This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. It's our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it. "I love how by Cosimo Alemà filmed this. The photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed and it is the first time we are really 'acting'. This video is only a part of a much bigger plan... stay tuned. Hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!" "Blood, Tears, Dust" is taken from LACUNA COIL's latest album, "Delirium", which was released last May through Century Media. The CD was recorded at BRX Studio in Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. The effort was produced by LACUNA COIL bassist and main songwriter Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini. Coti-Zelati also created the artwork for "Delirium", which is based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati. LACUNA COIL has recruited Diego Cavallotti as a fill-in guitarist for the band following the departure of Marco "Maus" Biazzi. Biazzi left LACUNA COIL in January 2016, explaining in a statement: "I felt I couldn't add more in this project any longer so I decided to leave my second family, LACUNA COIL, to take a different path for a new challenge in my life. LACUNA COIL in February 2014 parted ways with guitarist Cris "Pizza" Migliore and drummer Cristiano "Criz" Mozzati.