STONE SOUR filmed a music video for the band's new single, "Fabuless", on Tuesday (April 18) in Los Angeles. Frontman Corey Taylor shared some photos from the video shoot via his Instagram account. Check them out below. "Fabuless" is expected to make its online debut at the end of April. The track is taken from STONE SOUR's upcoming album, "Hydrograd", which will be released in late June via Roadrunner. Taylor recently said about the full-length follow-up to "House Of Gold & Bones": "It is the best stuff that we've ever written. It's got a lot of different directions, but at its core it's very hard rock, almost in a modern/classic sense. There are some hints of punk in there. There's some cool hard rock/heavy metal. There's just all of these really cool elements that we've never maybe allowed ourselves to kind of go to." Bassist Johnny Chow described the disc as "a straight rock and roll album" in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, adding, "It's just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We've got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them." Chow called the record a "bit of a departure" from previous STONE SOUR albums. "Hydrograd" was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 14 or 15 will make the CD. STONE SOUR will play the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18 at Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio. The event will start the Rock On The Range weekend, with METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN and KORN headlining this year's festival. STONE SOUR will also be special guests of KORN on the latter act's "Serenity Of Summer" trek, which starts on June 16 in Salt Lake City and wraps on August 2 in Cleveland.
The fifth 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 was 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."
According to the Austin Business Journal, AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has listed his Cimarron Hills Estate property in Georgetown, north of Austin, Texas, with an asking price of $2.23 million. The 2.7-acre property and is surrounded by the Cimarron Hills Golf Course and country club on three sides. The main residence, built in 2003, and guest cottage were constructed on three estate lots providing panoramic views. The estate is within walking distance to one of the most desirable country clubs in Central Texas. The private resident gates open to a circular drive and fountain surrounded by sprawling tree canopies and lush landscaping. The main residence is composed of four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a study and a casual yet elegant open main living space. Also on the property is a guest cottage that includes a bedroom, a full bath and a satellite kitchen. The motor court is complete with a three-car garage and an additional golf cart bay. Both the main residence and guest home were designed to capture expansive views of the golf course and surrounding hill country while still offering privacy. Also noteworthy is the over 1,200 square feet of outdoor living spaces in addition to the interior. Almost every room offers views of the property’s picturesque and lushly landscaped grounds including serene waterfalls, streams, fountains and the pool.
The new lineup of ELIMINATE, the band featuring former DARK ANGEL singer Don Doty, made its live debut on April 8 at the Rage Of Armageddon festival in Brooklyn, New York. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. ELIMINATE performs material from the first two DARK ANGEL albums, "We Have Arrived" and "Darkness Descends". ELIMINATE's current lineup: Don Doty - Vocals Henry Elizondo - Guitar Kelly McLauchlin - Guitar Doug Williams - Bass Greg Falzone - Drums The previous ELIMINATE lineup played its first live show in November 2015 at Grindcore 2015 at Ukranian Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. Doty is not involved in DARK ANGEL's current reunion, which includes Gene Hoglan (drums), Eric Meyer (guitar), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass). DARK ANGEL released two albums with Doty on vocals — 1984's "We Have Arrived" and 1986's "Darkness Descends" — before he exited the group and was replaced by Ron Rinehart (after a brief stint with Jim Drabos in 1987). Former ELIMINATE members Scott Owen (guitar/vocals; SUBVERSION A.D., ex-HIRAX, ex-PIRANHA) and Joe Cangelosi (drums; BROOKLYN MILITIA, ex-WHIPLASH, ex-KREATOR) recently teamed up with bassist Rich Day (BROOKLYN MILITIA , ex-PRIMAL SCREAM, ex-WHIPLASH) to form the new thrash metal outfit UNCIVIL WAR. UNCIVIL WAR has recorded an independently financed demo in locations both in Texas and in New York. The demo should be mixed later this month in New York.
KnuckleBonz is in production on two statues of Alice Cooper. * Alice Cooper I (Straightjacket) Rock Iconz statue features Alice as he appears during the "Ballad Of Dwight Fry" performance, complete with his iconic straightjacket and microphone. The base design on this statue has some pretty interesting elements as well. * Alice Cooper II (Snake) Rock Iconz statue: This second collectible depicts Alice with a snake wrapping around his neck as he stands on top of a "Billion Dollar Babies" base design. Both statues are limited editions (only 3000 of each are made). These are officially licensed and approved directly by Alice. KnuckleBonz expects to start shipping in the fall. KnuckleBonz creates high-end sculpture that features rock's most highly influential artists. Dedicated to honoring rocks greatest through master artistry, KnuckleBonz established the music-based sculpture series Rock Iconz. For more information, visit KnuckleBonz.com.
Swedish metallers SOILWORK have announced the addition of 25-year-old drummer Bastian Thusgaard to the group's ranks. Thusgaard has been blazing the kit for the band for the past ten months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at their upcoming summer festival performances. Thusgaard first started playing with SOILWORK machine as their touring drummer after Dirk Verbeuren left the group to join MEGADETH. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren's understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for SOILWORK full time in the summer of 2016. Watch a video of Thusgaard deftly performing "The Chainheart Machine" with SOILWORK via a Sick Drummer Magazine video below. In a band statement, SOILWORK says: "We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He's been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job. Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can't wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there's no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome, everyone!" Thusgaard adds: "First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the SOILWORK team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level. He is the reason that I've had my life's best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I've already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming. "I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with SOILWORK, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to SOILWORK and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road." Photo credit: Marc Duvollet
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo's 12-year-old son Tye made his live debut on bass with KORN on Monday night (April 17) at Gran Carpa de las Américas in Bogota, Colombia. Tye is filling in for KORN's regular bassist, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, who was unable to make the band's South American tour due to what the group called "unforeseen circumstances." 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." Tye will play five more shows with KORN on its South America run, ending on April 27 in Chile. Arvizu will rejoin the group at the Carolina Rebellion festival on May 6.
In a brand new interview with Roppongi Rocks, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about the band's upcoming North American tour as the support act for the SCORPIONS. He said: "It is really a cool bill to play with SCORPIONS. A promoter friend in Arizona brought the idea to us, and right away it seemed like a great idea. We have played festivals with them over the years and it's a really good fit musically between the two bands and our fans. Plus I think every metal fan loves a SCORPIONS song. Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] and I have always been fans and they are one of Kiko's [Loureiro, MEGADETH guitarist] favorites, too. They are a real guitar player's kind of band. In fact, when Dave and I first met in 1983, we had a friend who was attending the school Musicians Institute in Hollywood and would come over to our place and jam early SCORPIONS songs. We always studied a lot of the European guitar players, because they had a different influence that worked well in metal…mostly classical inspirations. In a way, those jam sessions were inspiring in the development of the earliest MEGADETH compositions, especially the complexity in the solos and riffs. It was a really creative and innovative period that defined some of those earliest songs for 'Killing Is My Business…' and even 'Peace Sells…'. I think the tour is going to see a lot of us reliving some cool memories from over the years." SCORPIONS' "Crazy World" tour with MEGADETH will kick off on September 14 in Reading, Pennsylvania and run through October 15 in Tampa, Florida. Mustaine recently said that he was "really excited" about the opportunity to support SCORPIONS. He explained: "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." 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, to be followed by a short run of dates in June and July with MESHUGGAH, TESSERACT and LILLAKE. MEGADETH recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and BUTCHER BABIES.
This morning, organizers behind Chicago's Riot Fest — set to take place September 15-17 at Douglas Park — unveiled over 70 artists in their first-wave-lineup announcement with headlining performances by genre-breaking artist NINE INCH NAILS, desert rock ruffians QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and the exclusive reunion of seminal punk rock band JAWBREAKER. Other special inclusions on the lineup include' 80s post-punk pioneers NEW ORDER, PARAMORE, PROPHETS OF RAGE, the inimitable M.I.A., WU-TANG CLAN, a DJ set from BEASTIE BOYS' Mike D, an exclusive 40th-anniversary set by punk hardcore legends BAD BRAINS and special appearances by Chicago brethren MINISTRY and VIC MENSA. Riot Fest three-day passes will go on sale today (April 19) at noon CDT with general admission and VIP options via Ticketfly. In addition to the remaining 25+ bands that will be announced in May, on Thursday, April 20, organizers will be revealing select artists who will be performing their seminal album for the festival. Riot Fest will also once again feature a full-scale carnival with rides, games of chance, and, of course, the Hellzapoppin' Sideshow Revue freak show, which will see a much-extended footprint from prior years. And to satisfy the refined palates of Riot patrons, there will be over 40 unique and diverse food vendors from which to choose.
Hailing from the fringes of the cosmos, ARCADEA will make its arrival known with the release of its self-titled debut album on June 16 via Relapse Records. ARCADEA was born when drummer-vocalist Brann Dailor of MASTODON teamed up with guitarist and keyboardist Core Atoms (ZRUDA) to create a synth-laden progressive, heavy psych band. Adding guitarist Raheem Amlani (WITHERED) on synth, the three recorded their visionary, ten-song synth odyssey at Orange Peel Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Unlike their other bands, ARCADEA uses only keyboards in a unique blend of crushing, organic drums and psychedelic synthesizers. The music is at once electronic but not electronica, synthetic but not processed, heavy but not metal. The album envisions a future five billion years from now, where the impending collision of galaxies creates a new order of planets. Where cold, distant moons pledge alliance to new suns and expanding gas giants implode into black holes. Ancient drones, forever adrift, record toxic tales of love between dying stars. Where lifeforms in suspended animation, dream among the ice rings of Saturn and cosmic war wages among gods and planets. It is in this universe that ARCADEA reign supreme as the last surviving space wizards since the final extinction. ARCADEA's previously released song, "Gas Giant", can be streamed below.