A special peek for MY followers only! When you heard that DevilDriver is doing Outlaw Country Covers I hope this is what you expected! I have never heard Randy sound so ferocious! His highs are like a banshee escaping Hell! And there's 2 to 3 guests to each song!!! This project is going to be so Sick!! I'm so honored to be apart of this even if it's only to Witness! #DevilDriver #LambOfGod #JohnCarterCash #GhostRidersInTheSky #OutlawsTillTheEnd #HaunteddStudio @dezfafara @drandallblythe @steveevetts
MASTODON guitarist Bill Kelliher says that he was "totally shocked and overwhelmed with grief" over Chris Cornell's death. The SOUNDGARDEN frontman was pronounced dead last Thursday morning after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night. The band had played a concert at the Fox Theatre earlier that evening. A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." Asked by Metal Rules how he felt when he heard the news of Cornell's passing, Kelliher said: "Totally shocked and overwhelmed with grief. It was very, very terrible. We just played two shows with SOUNDGARDEN not even a week ago. I know [SOUNDGARDEN guitarist] Kim Thayil really well and he is a super nice guy. He just came to a show of ours two or three weeks ago in Seattle where he lives. We hung out all night. I saw SOUNDGARDEN in 1989 in Rochester, New York they were fucking incredible and even up to this day. They were like BLACK SABBATH meets metal meets grunge. They were the epitome of the new grunge era of music. I loved them and was a huge fan. Chris's voice was one of kind. He can sing like such a badass; he was so fucking good and talented. I feel bad for his family, band, and all the fans. We will never be able to hear his voice again." Kelliher added that he didn't know Chris personally."I think I met him once, at a festival in Europe; maybe in Portugal," he revealed. "He had a bodyguard and I don't think he hung out like the other guys did. I never got a chance to sit down and get to know him. I know people who knew him and they are crushed." A private funeral for Cornell will be held on Friday, May 26 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Ahead of Friday's service, Cornell's remains were cremated yesterday (Tuesday, May 23), as a small group of family and friends stood by, including his wife Vicky, his brother Peter, and his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King, according to TMZ. Chris is survived by Vicky and three children, a daughter named Toni, a son named Christopher and a daughter named Lillian from his previous marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.
Brendon Small — the mastermind behind the metal band DETHKLOK — has been teasing a new chapter of his popular GALAKTIKON saga for months. After spending the past two years writing and recording new material and dropping random hints throughout the media and at appearances, the wait is over. This year, marking the tenth anniversary of his breakout DETHKLOK release, "The Dethalbum", Brendon Small will reveal his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm", to the masses. The album will be released via physical and digital retailers on August 25 (Megaforce Records/MRI), with digital pre-orders set to become available next Friday, June 2. Take a 360-degree hyperspeed trip through the galaxy and hear a clip of brand new "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" music, below. "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" follows the space-age theme of 2012's original GALAKTIKON album, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound. In addition to Brendon Small on vocals and guitar, the album will feature acclaimed musicians and DETHKLOK alum Bryan Beller (bass; THE ARISTOCRATS, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) and Gene Hoglan (drums; TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL). "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" was co-produced by Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild, who also worked behind the board on the DETHKLOK albums. With these names behind the project, it should come as no surprise that "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" is a welcomed transformation and expansion of the sound that put Brendon Small on the musical map. With uncapped time and creativity on their side, Small & Co. were able to reach above and beyond what fans have come to expect as of now. "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" proves to be Small's most commanding release yet. "This record is a combination of all the sounds I've been making throughout my creative life," says Brendon Small. "It's as heavy as I want it to be and melodic as I want it to be — it's the bigger, darker record I wanted to hear. And what a way to celebrate my ten-year anniversary of making metal with Gene, Bryan and Ulrich, some of the best in the industry. I'm excited to have it live inside listeners' heads and let their imaginations take over!" Albatross Funnybooks recently announced Galaktikon!, a six-issue series of comic books launching this August based on the original GALAKTIKON album. The series will be written by Brendon Small and five-time Eisner Award winner and Albatross founder Eric Powell. Powell will also be contributing cover art with interior art by Steve Mannion of Fearless Dawn and Spook House.
Video footage of LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe laying down his vocals on a cover of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" for DEVILDRIVER's upcoming outlaw country covers album, "Outlaws Till The End", can be seen below. Tentatively due in early 2018, "Outlaws Till The End" will contain thirteen "insanely heavy, swinging badass outlaw tracks by some of the best outlaw country artists," including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck, according to DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara. Produced by Steve Evetts, the album will feature appearances by nearly two dozen other "high-caliber guests," among them Glenn Danzig, and guitarists John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE) and Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD). In a recent interview with RockRevolt Magazine, Fafara described "Outlaws Till The End" as "so out of the pocket and so different that people are gonna be tripping." He also talked about how the idea for the record first came about, saying: "If you go on a tour bus in the United States with metal bands, you're gonna hear outlaw country — you're gonna hear Johnny Cash, you're gonna hear Willie Nelson, you're gonna Waylon Jennings — you're gonna hear these artists in the back, in the front lounge as much as punk rock. I go from BLACK FLAG to Hank [Williams] Sr. to Hank III to fucking Ozzy [Osbourne] in an instant; like, that's my playlist. I've always heard these songs heavy, so when I hear, say, 'Ghost Riders In The Sky', I'm always in the back listening to that, smoking a joint [and] going, 'What would it be like to fucking hear a heavy version of this?' And we'll start singing it back there heavy, and it feels natural to me." Fafara went on to reveal that "Outlaws Till The End" will contain covers of songs from "only the best of the best and mostly only outlaw country stuff." He added: "The first song that we worked on was 'Ghost Riders In The Sky'. I went to Johnny Cash's cabin in Tennessee. I recorded with John Carter Cash and his wife, did 'Ghost Riders', and now Randy from LAMB OF GOD is gonna jump on the song. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of artists that are on this thing. It's twenty artists, but it's turning more into, like, probably twenty-five by the time… There's people calling me daily that are jumping on this thing. The most recent cat, and he's a hero of mine, and just to pick up the phone and see his number calling me in the morning makes my fourteen-year-old self fucking shake, Lee Ving from FEAR is doing two songs with me as well. So it's just become this intense thing that everyone in the industry is calling me, going, 'Wait a minute? What are you doing? Everybody should have fucking done that.' And I go, 'Well, we're doing a 'volume one,' which means there's a 'volume two' coming, so if we don't have any more songs slotted, I'd love to have you. And I've actually had to turn some people down that were, like, major fucking artists, just saying, 'We don't have room." According to Fafara, DEVILDRIVER's decision to make a country covers album is consistent with the band's overall approach to things, which is to "do different shit. We wanna shake it up. I wanna have the metal purists go, 'Fuck that! I don't love country,' and then hear the record and go, 'Jesus!' 'Cause it's heavy as balls — beyond heavy as balls. Or the person who loves country that hates metal to hear it and go, 'Jesus! You guys did a fantastic job at keeping the fucking song alive.' 'Cause we didn't go in and massacre these songs — we kept them as they are." Despite Fafara's enthusiasm for the project, he admitted that he has "no expectations" for how well it's going to fare once it is released. "I'm not thinking it's gonna come out and outsell everything, it's gonna do this and that," he said. "What it's really go do is shake up shit. What I really want is every other band that's out there on their tour bus to fucking listen to it, 'cause they're gonna, and they're gonna be listening to it in the back lounge before they go on, going, 'Holy fuck! We should have done this.' But you didn't. DEVILDRIVER did." DEVILDRIVER guitarist Neal Tiemann told Guitar World about the band's approach on "Outlaws Till The End": "I think the point is to keep the memorable melodies and lyrics intact while providing and alternate and heavier music bed. It's easy to get carried away in one of our own riffs, so we've been sure to keep refocusing on the essence of the original material." The project started out in early 2016 when Fafara was thinking about remaking punk classics. "I loved the idea of focusing on a single genre, but I felt that country was a better way to go, because the songs would give us more ideas to work with," explained DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer. Added Tiemann: "While the theme is centered in outlaw country, we're adding some numbers that go against the grain, rather than fit inside those genre barriers."
HEADCAT (formerly THE HEAD CAT), the high-energy, "take-no-prisoners" combo featuring former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent, Slim Jim Phantom (THE STRAY CATS) and Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS, 13 CATS, LONESOME SPURS), has posted its cover version of an old public domain song called "T For Texas". The track, which features Vincent on bass and vocals, was recorded live in the studio a few months ago. In other news, HEADCAT will play the following shows: Jun. 21 - Come And Take It Live - Austin, Texas Jun. 23 - El Corazon - Seattle, Washington Jun. 24 - Dante's - Portland, Oregon Aug. 02 - Knust - Hamburg, Germany Aug. 04 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany (7:15 - 8:00 Beer Garden Stage) Aug. 05 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany (7:50 - 8:35 W.E.T. Stage) Vincent stepped into HEADCAT as the replacement for Lemmy Kilmister, the iconic MOTÖRHEAD leader who passed away in December 2015 at the age of 70. Said HEADCAT in a statement: "After the success of the HEADCAT show last December in Berlin, the two surviving members of HEADCAT, Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey, have decided to continue the band they started with Lemmy Kilmister over 17 years ago. They will be playing three shows next month in the USA and a handful of European shows in late summer. "In the meantime, here's the answer to the question we're sure is on everyone's mind: The bass and most the vocal duties will be handled by former frontman and bassist from MORBID ANGEL, David Vincent. David's powerful baritone voice and thunderous bass playing is very complimentary to both Danny B.'s guitar style and Slim Jim's drumming. Different than Lemmy but true to HEADCAT's vision and direction. "Rockabilly and death metal??? As Lemmy Kilmister, Danny B., Slim Jim and our fans have always tried to tell to you, 'It's All Rock'n'roll'! "LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL" The latest HEADCAT album, "Walk The Walk...Talk The Talk", was released on July 5, 2011 through Niji Entertainment Group, the record label Wendy Dio and her and late husband Ronnie James Dio formed before his untimely passing. HEADCAT was formed in 2000 after recording an Elvis Presley tribute special to which all band members contributed. Slim Jim Phantom (drums, percussion), was born in Brooklyn and listened to his parents' jazz records. At the age of ten he took up the drums although he always says that the drums chose him. He is an exceptional drummer who cemented his place among rock royalty long time ago and inspires and excites audiences worldwide. Danny B. Harvey (guitar, piano) is Texas-born and also discovered his love for music very early. He started playing the guitar at the age of six and even got a full scholarship to study classical guitar. He developed a finger picking guitar style that's very unique and based on his idols Merle Travis and Chet Atkins but also a result of his classical-technique education. David Vincent released his debut outlaw country single, "Drinkin' With The Devil", on March 14 on seven-inch vinyl via Chicken Ranch Records. The song, which features a guest appearance by Danny B. Harvey, was recorded with legendary producer Gene "Machine" Freeman at The Machine Shop in Austin, Texas.
According to E! News, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their 35-year-old wedding vows on May 14, a date which also coincided with Mother's Day in America. Following the ceremony, which was held at The Wynn in Las Vegas, Sharon wrote on Facebook: "The best Mother's Day ever." A source told U.K. tabloid The Sun that Sharon and Ozzy "are obviously used to doing everything in the spotlight but made a conscious decision to keep this quiet. It was just an intimate family get-together at the hotel with their children and very nearest and dearest there." Sharon broke the news of the impending celebration last December when she said: "Ozzy has asked me to renew our wedding vows and I'd like to. I'm happy, and, to be honest, that's all I want for Christmas this year." Ozzy and Sharon first said "I do" on July 4, 1982. The couple separated in May 2016 as reports circulated that Ozzy had been caught in an affair with a celebrity hairstylist. She turned out to be one of several women that Ozzy had been seeing and claimed that she and Ozzy had fallen in love. Ozzy later told Sharon that he would "go to any lengths necessary to repair the damage" that he had caused by his alleged affair. The couple went to marriage counseling and Ozzy reportedly checked into rehab for sex addiction. Sharon said at the time: "We've survived everything: drink, drugs and now it's women... When you're fucking a load of women, one of them is going to want more. That's the one that's going to get you." Sharon told The Sun that she didn't entirely blame Ozzy, saying: "It is hard when you are both successful and both working away. It is easy to take each other for granted… You have to have some ups and downs." Ozzy later apologized publicly to the women with whom he has had extramarital sexual relationships. Sharon continued to manage Ozzy's career throughout their marital crisis. The singer recently completed a year-long farewell tour with BLACK SABBATH and is preparing to hit the road with his solo band.
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke to the WAAF radio station about what fans can expect from the stage production on the North American leg of the band's "WorldWired" tour, which launched earlier this month. He said (see video below): "It's a huge stage. [When you're] our age and you've been around for thirty-six years and you're gonna do stadiums, go big." The guitarist/vocalist added that he couldn't say for sure that it was "the biggest production" METALLICA has had so far, explaining: "I mean, when you say 'big'… I mean, we've done stuff where we've had two stages indoors and all kind sof crazy stuff. This, I would say, when you look at it, is the biggest we've done, as far as outdoors and just sheer size of it." Hetfield also talked in more detail about the "WorldWired" stage set, which includes pyro displays that include forty-foot flames that turn into fireballs and fireworks galore. "Some guy, the other day, in an interview, asked me… He says, 'Why do you have forty-foot flames?'" James recalled. "[I'm like] 'Why do you not? Why would you not have forty-foot flames if you could?' It's giant, it's big, it's huge." He continued: "The whole idea around this is to make everyone feel as close as possible. That's what we've always done from day one — trying to get people drawn in. We wanna see facial expressions, we wanna see sweat, we wanna see the expression, the joy — everything that goes into making a show. So, on these big screens, if you're way up in the nosebleeds, normally you would feel like you're not a part of something. This, you're still able to count the nosehairs in Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] — whether you want to or not. You're up close and personal no matter where you are, and that's what we've been trying to do." The summer stadium leg of the "WorldWired" tour — during which METALLICA is playing some venues with a capacity of more than 50,000 — kicked off at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on May 10 and wraps up at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on August 16. Hetfield recently told the New York Post that he is missing more than his family on the band's stadium tour — he is also missing his bees. Hetfield has started beekeeping as a hobby, and he said that it can turn quite painful. "I had to move a hive one time, and one bee got perturbed, and that sets them all off," he explained. "I'm in my bee suit — everything's fine except I didn't put my boots on because it was hot. One area of my ankle was exposed and, of course, I end up with about twenty bee stings. If one stings you there, they all sense it and swarm there. That was not fun. I just had to throw my foot in a bucket of ice." Later this year, METALLICA will head to Europe with a slate of fall arena dates planned through early November.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan says that "it's very disheartening" that the band hasn't released a new album in more than a decade. Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that SYSTEM OF A DOWN had written more than a dozen new songs for a possible follow-up to "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize", which came out in 2005. Since then, there has been no further info on a new SYSTEM album, although the band will return to Europe in June and July to play summer festivals and select headline dates. During a May 19 appearance on the "Dave & Mahoney Morning Show" on the X107.5 radio station to discuss the grand re-opening of his comic book store Torpedo Comics in Las Vegas, Dolmayan was asked about the status of the long-awaited new SYSTEM OF A DOWN album. He said: "In our band, the difficulty really isn't, 'Is one of us gonna fall off the wagon or get into a bad situation?' It's really a matter of, 'Are we gonna come together and make something happen?' It's been about twelve years since we've put out an album…" He continued: "I don't know why we aren't coming out with an album. It's very disheartening… because it seems like we all get along, we all have a great time touring, we still are putting together really good music. I think that we can put out a fantastic album." When asked if there one member of SYSTEM that was standing the way of the sessions moving forward, the drummer replied: "Nobody in particular. And the funny thing is we all get into the studio, everybody's getting along great, we have a blast on the road." Dolmayan also confirmed that SYSTEM OF A DOWN has limited its touring activities in the last couple of years in order to focus on writing on new music. He said: "I know a lot of our American fans are saying, 'Why don't you guys tour the States more often?' We talked about it about two years ago. We said, 'Look, we haven't made an album' — at that point it was a decade only that we hadn't made an album — only one short decade, 'cause we have so many left… [Laughs] And we talked about it and we said, 'Look, let's make our album first.'" He continued: "We had every intention of going in the studio and working on an album. As far as the timeline, everybody had their own opinion of when that was gonna happen. For me, it was ten years ago, and then there's varying degrees of that. If I had my way, we would have put out five albums in the last twelve years. And I think we're really doing a disservice to ourselves, because you only have a finite amount of time. If anything proves anything, Chris Cornell passing away unexpectedly proves that at any given moment [it could all be gone]. It does put things into perspective, and you realize how much time you're wasting and how precious that time is." Dolmayan went on to say that he feels "really good" about the new music SYSTEM OF A DOWN has been writing — "as strong as I've ever felt." And, he added, "to be honest with you, if I didn't feel that way, I wouldn't even wanna broach putting together an album, because we do very well touring on our catalog. And, quite frankly, there's a lot of bands I wish wouldn't be putting out albums, 'cause they haven't put out a good album in a long time." He continued: "We've been in the studio for the past year and we've put together about fifteen songs so far that I think match or beat anything we've done in the past… And I don't make those kind of claims without having something to back it up. We're better than we've ever been, we're tighter than we've ever been, we know what we're doing and the songs are there. It's a matter of getting together and putting aside whatever differences, or whatever problems people have — which don't seen to surface when we're together, by the way. It's almost like there's two SYSTEM OF A DOWNs for me." SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian last year downplayed the possibility of a new SOAD album, telling LA Weekly: "We're going to get together and see if that's going to be SYSTEM music or not. And who the fuck knows? If it is, great, and if it's not, then great." Tankian also defended his decision to spend most of his time focusing on other projects, including various symphonic endeavors, scoring films like "1915", a thriller that addresses the Armenian genocide; a sci-fi game called "Midnight Star" and its sequel, "Renegade"; and "Prometheus Bound", a musical production of the ancient Greek tragedy. Tankian also released two records in 2013, "Orca Symphony No. 1" and a jazz-rock hybrid called "Jazz-Iz-Christ" featuring pianist Tigran Hamasyan. "Some people are like, 'Stop it, fuckhead, go make another record with SYSTEM and stop talking politics and stop doing your art,'" he said. "There are always those boneheads — and obviously they deserve oxygen as well," he added, chuckling. "If you enjoy making the same rock record for the rest of your life, keep making the same rock record for the rest of your life," he said. "But I don't." Interview (audio):
Chris Cornell's wife, Vicky, has penned a letter to the late SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE frontman, who died last week at age 52. Cornell was pronounced dead early Thursday morning after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night. SOUNDGARDEN had played a concert at the Fox Theatre earlier that evening. Vicky's letter, which was posted on Billboard, reads as follows: "To my sweet Christopher, "You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through. "You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn't be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I'm sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I'm sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace. "I'm broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting. "I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will. "Always and forever, your Vicky." A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." The private funeral for Cornell will be held on Friday, May 26 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Ahead of Friday's service, Cornell's remains were cremated yesterday (Tuesday, May 23), as a small group of family and friends stood by, including Vicky, his brother Peter, and his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King, according to TMZ. Chris is survived by Vicky and three children, a daughter named Toni, a son named Christopher and a daughter named Lillian from his previous marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.
KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch says that Chris Cornell's death hit him hard, explaining that he can't stop thinking about the SOUNDGARDEN frontman's children. The 52-year-old Cornell was pronounced dead early Thursday morning after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night. The band had played a concert at the Fox Theatre earlier that evening. A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." Speaking to the Z93 radio station at last weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Welch stated about Cornell's passing (see video below): "I've struggled with suicidal thoughts, I've struggled with depression for years, and so it just hit me hard and I can't shake it, thinking about it and his kids." He continued: "I was talking to [fellow KORN guitarist] Munky earlier, and we have to communicate, man. We have to talk to people — to family or stranger or whatever, whoever, hotline, whatever we have to. 'Cause we all have to fight through this life, and it sucks sometimes to live — sometimes it's not easy." Welch also acknowledged that Cornell's death affected him even more deeply because of his own battles with depression and suicidal thoughts. "I think all of us in KORN, to some degree, have struggled with those kinds of things — at least depression," he explained. "I never met any of the guys in SOUNDGARDEN, but the other guys in the band have," he added. "And our management is close with some people that really… like, ALICE IN CHAINS and stuff like that. It' just so close to home. But we're gonna honor him, we're gonna look to the future and we're gonna celebrate him and make some positive out of it." The private funeral for Cornell will be held on Friday, May 26 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Ahead of Friday's service, Cornell's remains were cremated yesterday (Tuesday, May 23), as a small group of family and friends stood by, including his brother Peter, his wife Vicky, and his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King, according to TMZ. After 3 p.m. local time on Friday — following the private ceremony — the public is welcome to visit the gravesite, Cornell's attorney told Variety. Chris is survived by Vicky and three children, a daughter named Toni, a son named Christopher and a daughter named Lillian from his previous marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.
The official lyric video for the song "Chaos Arcane" from GOATWHORE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Vengeful Ascension", which will be released on June 23 via Metal Blade Records. The band's seventh full-length was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, GRUESOME), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan. "Working with Rutan was awesome," says GOATWHORE frontman Ben Falgoust. "We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you're like, 'All right. Let's try something new.' It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that." The resulting ten-track, forty-one-minute production — mixed by Chris Common (TRIBULATION, PELICAN) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (FAITH NO MORE, HALFORD, TODAY IS THE DAY) — marches in, clutches its listeners by the throat and refuses to loosen its grip until the abrupt conclusion of "Those Who Denied God's Will". A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band's signature brand of audio venom, it's a record that finds its members at their most accomplished both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet's dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating, spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons's and bassist James Harvey's hammering rhythms, while Falgoust's distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose, more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings. "Each song is a representation of GOATWHORE. From day one until now. It really shows our evolution as a band," the frontman reflects."I don't think that this band has reached its peak yet. I mean, I think we're closer now than ever but we're still growing; we're still evolving." "Vengeful Ascension" will be available on CD, vinyl (in multiple limited color variations), and digital formats. Various pre-order options are currently available at: metalblade.com/goatwhore. Stay tuned for the official "Vengeful Ascension" video clip, directed by James Foster, to be unveiled in the coming days. While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, "Vengeful Ascension" loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It's a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton's "Paradise Lost" epic, and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within GOATWHORE works of the past. "There's that whole idea of Lucifer being the anti-hero," elaborates Falgoust. "He's cast out from this place in Heaven to the depths of nothing. He keeps trying to ascend to the top again but no matter what, there's always this significant force trying to destroy him at any point and banish him back to Hell. If you look at it from an everyday aspect in life, it's the idea of people, hitting the bottom of the barrel or you know, things just aren't going right in life... emotion plays a huge part in how people react. Whether it's based on love or hatred or sadness or whatever, there's always an aspect of emotion that drives people to an extent. So the whole idea of a 'Vengeful Ascension' is built on being at the bottom, working your way to the top, and realizing along the way that there are other facets to the journey aside from just pure retribution. Within negativity there can exist a positive angle as well." "Vengeful Ascension" serves as the soundtrack to that luciferious rise straight off with the combative, ritualistic drum onslaught of opening hymn, "Forsaken". Wholly immersive, each track is alarmingly palpable in subject and corresponding execution. The tense, clandestine battery of "Chaos Arcane", based on HP Lovecraft's book "Nyarlathotep" — a story which attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil — conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only GOATWHORE can. "Mankind Will Have No Mercy", a pseudo tribute to BOLT THROWER, seethes under the weight of its own wartime sentiment, while the rapid-fire, punkish urgency of "Under The Flesh, Into The Soul", a first-person account of irrepressible resentment, sounds utterly enraged. And with an average runtime of just four minutes, no one song ever overstays its welcome. "Vengeful Ascension" track listing: 01. Forsaken 02. Under The Flesh, Into The Soul 03. Vengeful Ascension 04. Chaos Arcane 05. Where The Sun Is Silent 06. Drowned In Grim Rebirth 07. Abandon Indoctrination 08. Mankind Will Have No Mercy 09. Decayed Omen Reborn 10. Those Who Denied God's Will