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Watch W.A.S.P. Perform In Tilburg

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s November 12 performance at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands can be seen below. Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester made his live debut with W.A.S.P. at the opening show of the band's "Re-Idolized - The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour" on September 25 at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden. Aquiles said in a statement: "I'm very happy to announce that I will be touring Europe this fall with W.A.S.P. It's a huge honor to be part of the 'Re-Idolized' tour. 'The Crimson Idol' is one of the most important progressive concept albums in the history of heavy metal music. I would also like to extend my gratitude to W.A.S.P.: Blackie [Lawless, guitar/vocals], Mike [Duda, bass] and Doug [Blair, guitar]. Thank you, for having me aboard on this tour. I've learned a lot from all three of you." For a list of upcoming W.A.S.P. shows, visit WASPnation.com. Born in South Africa, Priester has collaborated with such bands and solo artists as ANGRA, HANGAR, MIDAS FATE, PRIMAL FEAR, Paul Di'Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore. He is also known for having participated in the widely talked-about DREAM THEATER drummer audition which took place after Mike Portnoy had left the band. It was after that event that DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci recommended Priester to another great guitar virtuoso, Tony MacAlpine. Priester has released three educational publications: the book "Inside My PsychoBook: 100 Double Bass Patterns" (2011) as well as two DVDs, titled "The Infallible Reason Of My Freak Drumming" (2010) and "Top 100 Drum Fills" (2013). Drummer Mike Dupke left W.A.S.P. in 2015 after a nine-year stint with the band. He was initially replaced on the road by YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Patrick Johansson and, later, by Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR). Napalm Records will release "Re-Idolized", the twenty-fifth-anniversary version of W.A.S.P.'s iconic hit album plus the original "The Crimson Idol" movie on DVD and Blu-ray. "Re-Idolized" will be made available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and vinyl on February 2, 2018.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Bassist: ‘It’s Hard To Write A Hit Song’

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has confirmed a December 1 release date for its greatest-hits collection, "A Decade Of Destruction", and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called "Trouble". The other new song included with the set is titled "Gone Away". The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band's contract with its label, Prospect Park. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's seventh full-length LP, which was finished nearly a year ago, will follow up 2015's "Got Your Six" and will be released in spring 2018. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael told Finland's Kaaos TV that choosing the two new songs to include on "A Decade Of Destruction" "was a very complicated, very involved decision. 'Cause if you're putting the two new songs on the greatest-hits [record], you don't want that to take away from the full-length album that's coming out behind it," he said (see video below). "We always try to make the record flow — so, you know, you have a heavy song, a heavy song, something a little lighter, so and so," he continued. "But, yeah, it's an important decision not to take away from the soundscape of the main record." According to Kael, he and his bandmates fought to get some new music on the "Decade" collection because "if you have iTunes, you can already program your own greatest hits. Now, why do you need to [release a greatest-hits album]?" he said. "But it's exciting to be able to put out two brand new songs on that compilation. So, for us, that was the benefit of doing it — the ability to get two brand new songs out to the fans, however we can possibly get it out there." As for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's upcoming full-length album, Kael said that the disc will include one track that he describes as his "new favorite FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH song. I won't say what it is. You guys know me; I like heavy stuff, so you know it's gonna be a heavy song," he said. "But when I first heard the finished product in the studio… I heard the music before, when we went in, and then [singer] Ivan [Moody] comes in and adds his stuff to it. And when it got sent to me, I was, like, 'Oh my God! He is so angry.' There's such a vitriol in this song. And I was, like, 'Ahhhh… Ivan, welcome back, man. Welcome back.'" Kael admitted that his listening habits tend to gravitate toward the more aggressive music — much more extreme than the stuff his band usually plays. "That's just my own personal preference," he said. "I listen to bands like CODE ORANGE, NAILS — hardcore punk rock and death metal-type stuff. So that's kind of where I come from. So, personally, I love the heavier stuff. But there's something about being able to write that song that reaches so many people that can get you to fill an arena. Playing clubs is fun, but there's a whole different vibe. And it's hard to write a song like that. I can… Heavy stuff? All day long, all day long. But something that's toned down a little bit that can reach a bigger audience, which gives you the chance to kind of positively affect lives of more and more people, that's hard to do, man. It's hard to write a hit song." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently taking part in a European arena tour with IN FLAMES and OF MICE & MEN.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Bassist: ‘It’s Hard To Write A Hit Song’

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has confirmed a December 1 release date for its greatest-hits collection, "A Decade Of Destruction", and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called "Trouble". The other new song included with the set is titled "Gone Away". The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band's contract with its label, Prospect Park. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's seventh full-length LP, which was finished nearly a year ago, will follow up 2015's "Got Your Six" and will be released in spring 2018. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael told Finland's Kaaos TV that choosing the two new songs to include on "A Decade Of Destruction" "was a very complicated, very involved decision. 'Cause if you're putting the two new songs on the greatest-hits [record], you don't want that to take away from the full-length album that's coming out behind it," he said (see video below). "We always try to make the record flow — so, you know, you have a heavy song, a heavy song, something a little lighter, so and so," he continued. "But, yeah, it's an important decision not to take away from the soundscape of the main record." According to Kael, he and his bandmates fought to get some new music on the "Decade" collection because "if you have iTunes, you can already program your own greatest hits. Now, why do you need to [release a greatest-hits album]?" he said. "But it's exciting to be able to put out two brand new songs on that compilation. So, for us, that was the benefit of doing it — the ability to get two brand new songs out to the fans, however we can possibly get it out there." As for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's upcoming full-length album, Kael said that the disc will include one track that he describes as his "new favorite FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH song. I won't say what it is. You guys know me; I like heavy stuff, so you know it's gonna be a heavy song," he said. "But when I first heard the finished product in the studio… I heard the music before, when we went in, and then [singer] Ivan [Moody] comes in and adds his stuff to it. And when it got sent to me, I was, like, 'Oh my God! He is so angry.' There's such a vitriol in this song. And I was, like, 'Ahhhh… Ivan, welcome back, man. Welcome back.'" Kael admitted that his listening habits tend to gravitate toward the more aggressive music — much more extreme than the stuff his band usually plays. "That's just my own personal preference," he said. "I listen to bands like CODE ORANGE, NAILS — hardcore punk rock and death metal-type stuff. So that's kind of where I come from. So, personally, I love the heavier stuff. But there's something about being able to write that song that reaches so many people that can get you to fill an arena. Playing clubs is fun, but there's a whole different vibe. And it's hard to write a song like that. I can… Heavy stuff? All day long, all day long. But something that's toned down a little bit that can reach a bigger audience, which gives you the chance to kind of positively affect lives of more and more people, that's hard to do, man. It's hard to write a hit song." FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently taking part in a European arena tour with IN FLAMES and OF MICE & MEN.

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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ Live Debut With New Singer JEFF GUTT

One-time "The X Factor" contestant Jeff Gutt made his live debut as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event on Tuesday, November 14 at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Professionally filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. A new STP single, titled "Meadow", was serviced to radio last week and was performed live for the first time during the Troubadour show. 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 bandmembers Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Robert DeLeo said that he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Robert explained: "We were playing ... up in Detroit, which is where [Jeff is] from. And after the show, there was a musician who said, 'Hey, man, you should check this guy out.' And that's where I kind of heard of him first." Gutt recalled how he got to audition for the band, saying: "I can't remember what song it was, but a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, 'Hey, did they ever find a singer?' And he was like, 'You know what? I'll send 'em your stuff right now.' And three days later, I got a call." Gutt added that he felt like he had the job before even trying out, explaining: "You have to be confident . . . I know what I'm doing. I've studied my craft. I've studied [original STP singer] Scott [Weiland] and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I've really put in a lot of time into that, and if you're not willing to do all of that, you're not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys." Gutt appeared on "The X Factor" in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like "Creep", "Dream On" and "Hallelujah". 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.

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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ Live Debut With New Singer JEFF GUTT

One-time "The X Factor" contestant Jeff Gutt made his live debut as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event on Tuesday, November 14 at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Professionally filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. A new STP single, titled "Meadow", was serviced to radio last week and was performed live for the first time during the Troubadour show. 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 bandmembers Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Robert DeLeo said that he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Robert explained: "We were playing ... up in Detroit, which is where [Jeff is] from. And after the show, there was a musician who said, 'Hey, man, you should check this guy out.' And that's where I kind of heard of him first." Gutt recalled how he got to audition for the band, saying: "I can't remember what song it was, but a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, 'Hey, did they ever find a singer?' And he was like, 'You know what? I'll send 'em your stuff right now.' And three days later, I got a call." Gutt added that he felt like he had the job before even trying out, explaining: "You have to be confident . . . I know what I'm doing. I've studied my craft. I've studied [original STP singer] Scott [Weiland] and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I've really put in a lot of time into that, and if you're not willing to do all of that, you're not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys." Gutt appeared on "The X Factor" in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like "Creep", "Dream On" and "Hallelujah". 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.

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LACUNA COIL’s Next Album Could Be ‘Way Heavier,’ Says CRISTINA SCABBIA

LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia has told Metal Wani in a new interview that the band has yet to begin writing material for the follow-up to 2016's "Delirium" album. "We always have new ideas that we're collecting, but in order to create a new recor...

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LACUNA COIL’s Next Album Could Be ‘Way Heavier,’ Says CRISTINA SCABBIA

LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia has told Metal Wani in a new interview that the band has yet to begin writing material for the follow-up to 2016's "Delirium" album. "We always have new ideas that we're collecting, but in order to create a new recor...

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ROBB FLYNN Discusses MACHINE HEAD’s ‘Very Grooving’ And ‘Melodic’ New Album ‘Catharsis’: ‘This Isn’t Us At Our Heaviest’

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will release their ninth full-length album, "Catharsis", on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Bloodstone & Diamonds" was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound in New York. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton. Flynn told Jason Ellis of SiriusXM that "Catharsis" is a simpler and more straight-forward effort than some of MACHINE HEAD's past outings. "I've been telling everybody, 'Keep your expectations low for the heaviness,'" Robb said. "It's a very grooving, very melodic record, and it's kind of freaked people out — understandably, I guess." Asked how "unheavy" "Catharsis" really is, Flynn said: "It's got some pretty melodic moments, man. This isn't us at our heaviest. To me, if 'The Blackening' was us at our most thrashing and most heavy, this is probably us at our most grooving and most melodic. And it's still heavy, it's great songs, it's just… it's a new trip, and I dig it, man." According to Flynn, MACHINE HEAD had "no plan" while composing the songs for "Catharsis". "We just start writing," he explained. "There's never a plan. We just started writing, and it came out the way it came out, and it was just cool. That was the shit that got our dick hard, and we were, like, 'Fuck! Let's go with it.'" He added: "To me, Keith Richards summed it up best. We're just a vessel and we're just channeling what's going through us." Pointing out that "Catharsis" is a 15-song collection of music with a running time of around 75 minutes, Flynn admitted that "it's a big commitment" for the listener. But, he added, "The majority of the record is short songs. And it was nice. It was just, like, the first two songs we wrote were just short and sweet and heavy, and we were, like, 'Fuck! It doesn't need to go on for six more minutes or have 20 other changes.'" As for what brought about the slight change in direction for MACHINE HEAD's new album, Flynn said: "I don't listen to a whole lot of metal — I'm being straight with you. To me, a lot of it doesn't interest me, a lot of the lyrics don't interest me. I listen to a lot of hip-hop. I grew up on a lot of hardcore, punk rock, hip-hop, and I just love… Love it or hate it, I love just the fucking direct, ignorant-ass lyrics of hip-hop. It's very clear, it's very blunt; there's no metaphors. Metal's full of metaphors. We've been singing about the same shit now for 30 fucking years and I get a little bored with it. And with this record, I really wanted to just strip it down and make really clear, really simple, really blunt… Especially my choruses, just really clear… Like, you know what the fuck I'm talking about exactly when I'm talking about it. And it's cool. Like real vulgar language and coarse language, and it's a good vibe, man." Flynn went on to say that he was inspired by the idea of changing up the formula and taking MACHINE HEAD down a new path without veering too much from the band's established sound. "How the fuck do you blow people away? How do you say something different?" he asked rhetorically. "'Cause there's the two sides — there's the type of bands that are, like, 'We wanna be AC/DC. Never change. It's always the same.' And then there's THE BEATLES, which is probably the most evolution that's ever happened over the course of 10 years in music history. And I don't wanna say we've changed that much, 'cause I never think that we have, but I love the evolution. I love trying to find some new thing that keeps you going." "Catharsis" track listing: 01. Volatile 02. Catharsis 03. Beyond The Pale 04. California Bleeding 05. Triple Beam 06. Kaleidoscope 07. Bastards 08. Hope Begets Hope 09. Screaming At The Sun 10. Behind A Mask 11. Heavy Lies The Crown 12. Psychotic 13. Grind You Down 14. Razorblade Smile 15. Eulogy The album is available for pre-order at this location. The song "Beyond The Pale" can be streamed below. The North American tour in support of "Catharsis" will kick off on January 25 in Mesa, Arizona.

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ALTER BRIDGE’s MYLES KENNEDY To Release ‘Year Of The Tiger’ Solo Album In 2018

ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy will release a 12-song solo album, "Year Of The Tiger", in 2018. The effort was helmed by ALTER BRIDGE's longtime producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette and was described by Kennedy in a recent interview with Metal Wani as "probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written. I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire... It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I — it tells that story," he said. "So it's a full-on concept from start to finish." "Year Of The Tiger" is actually the second solo album Kennedy recorded, having previously completed a full-length record's worth of material over a several-year period beginning in 2009. Although that album was mixed in early 2016, Myles "decided not to move forward" with the project because "I'm kind of a firm believer that songs can have a shelf life with an artist," he told Metal Wani. "And what happened was I'd been chipping away at the solo record for quite a while when I had time. Obviously, I was very busy playing with ALTER BRIDGE and touring with that, but in my spare time, I was chipping away at this record, so when I actually documented it and finished it, I had to step back and look at it with a fresh perspective and say, 'You know what? You've gotta be honest with yourself as a writer. Is this where you are now? No. And is this what you want to represent where you are now? No.' That was a hard decision for me to make, because there was a lot of work that went into it. Not just work, but time and money, and I just felt like, regardless of that, I had to scrap and start over. So I started writing again late last year, early this year, and, fortunately, I had plenty of ideas to draw from." Kennedy eventually wrote a fresh batch of music for "Year Of The Tiger" but ended up "totally re-recording" one song from his scrapped first solo album. "I basically just used the demo [version of the track] and rebuilt around it," he said. "So a few people [close to me] were happy to hear that, 'cause it was one of their favorites from that record. The content suited the record that I just completed, the 'Year Of The Tiger' record, perfectly, so it definitely will see the light of day this time." Asked how "Year Of The Tiger" compares to the musical direction of Kennedy's abandoned first solo disc, he said: "'Year Of The Tiger' definitely has much more of a blues-based vibe. Though I started the first record wanting to keep it more acoustically based… Sometimes you get in a studio and you have all these… With multi-tracking, with Pro Tools and all the toys available, it's kind of like the sky is the limit as far as what you do from a production standpoint. So songs that started out very acoustic-based and very stripped down then grew into something different. So what I tried to be very aware of on 'Year Of The Tiger', and Elvis as well, my producer, was to kind of tie our hands and keep things limited as far as how many tracks we could use. We went straight to tape for the majority of the record. So it was really just the idea of 'less is more' and trying to take that approach to making the album." Saying that "Year Of The Tiger" sounds like "Myles Kennedy," the ALTER BRIDGE frontman went on to reiterate that people "who've heard it have commented that there's definitely more of a blues-based vibe on it. The instrumentation is certainly somewhat of a departure. I tried to veer away from any sort of high-gain wall of sound. There's plenty of resonator guitar, mandolin… there's even banjo, a lot of lap steel. So it's definitely different from what I've done." Kennedy has yet to set an exact release date for "Year Of The Tiger", which will feature a guest appearance by drummer Zia Uddin of THE MAYFIELD FOUR, a group Myles descries as his "first real national touring band" back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. ALTER BRIDGE is continuing to tour in support of its fifth album, "The Last Hero", which came out in 2016. The group is expected to take most of 2018 off from the road while the bandmembers focus on other projects. Writing for the follow-up to "The Last Hero" will begin next year, with tentative plans to release the effort in 2019.

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