STRATOVARIUS Is Not Interested In Recording Album Of Covers

Wave TV conducted an interview with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson of Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS prior to the band's November 19, 2016 show at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland where they were playing their 1996 "Episode" album in its entirety. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing "Episode" in full: Jens: "It was the anniversary, 20 years since it was released. It was because of that, like, 'Oh, we should do something!" Timo: "A couple of years ago, we played the whole 'Visions' album. The feedback from the fans was super-good. And then we were thinking, 'Okay, 'Episode' is coming up on its 20th anniversary. Why not play it?' At least to me, it was more challenging as an album. It's more progressive compared to our new stuff. It's been so much fun to play this album." On the recent trend of bands playing their classic albums in full live: Timo: "Actually it's not a duty. It's a pleasure. When this idea came up last spring, then at least I didn't remember it was going to be the 20th anniversary for 'Episode'. I decided myself I would be up for playing this. Then later on, somebody said, 'That's a good idea. It's going to be 20 years.' It wasn't like we needed to do it." On whether playing their older material is more challenging than their more recent material: Jens: "I don't think so. Some of the songs we have never played live. Everybody had to learn them, in a way. I think also the only challenge is that when you make an album, it's not exactly meant to be played in its entirety live, so I think you make an album sort of like it's meant to be listened to at home. This album has quite a lot of slower songs and epic songs, so we tried fiddling around with the sequence a little bit. We don't play an album in sequence of how it was released. Other than that, it's great. There's some really nice songs." Timo: "This album, to me, is probably one of the most challenging to sing. I think Matias [Kupiainen, guitar] told me yesterday that he counted all of the super-high vocals and 'Episode' has more super-high-pitched vocals compared to any of our other albums. Then I was like, 'No wonder I have been feeling like shit!' There are some songs that go super-high, but when I listen to these songs that we haven't been playing live for many years, there's one song we've never played live before, so we went back 20 years almost, to listen to them, there was a nice surprise. I was like, 'Oh, wow, these songs are pretty good!' They're almost fresh to me. Every time you make an album, you recall the album when you were working on the songs. Then when it comes out, you are already bored, like, 'I don't want to hear these songs anymore.' Or, 'There's a five-week European tour coming up.' But now it's like, 'These songs are great!'" Jens: "We recorded the next album ['Visions'] very soon after this. We never had time to play a lot of gigs with these songs. We went into the studio right away and made the next one. There was not so much time to reflect on this album. We just recorded it and did a new one." On the band's thoughts on doing cover songs: Timo: "We did record some individual cover songs ten or fifteen years ago because the label requested them. To me, it's a problem because the original is always the original. You can't make it better. You can make it different, but then if there's no proper input from the band and you can actually make something nice out of the songs, then it doesn't make any sense." Jens: "If somebody came up with a great idea, but it's more often when people do this, they want to put an album out without having to write songs. It's a clever way of making an album without having to write anything. You make a cover album. 'Great success! New album out? We didn't have to write anything.' It's very simple, but I don't know… We should focus on making a proper album." Timo: "Yes, definitely." "Episode" was released in April of 1996 by T&T/Noise and was the first STRATOVARIUS album to feature Johansson, who previously played with Yngwie Malmsteen and DIO, among others. STRATOVARIUS's most recent studio album, "Eternal" was released in 2015 via earMUSIC.

GUS G. Says New FIREWIND Vocalist HENNING BASSE Is ‘One Of The Best Power Metal Singers Of Our Generation’

Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On reactivating FIREWIND after doing two solo albums: Gus: "The whole idea from the start was to do another FIREWIND album whenever I felt ready and had good enough material. That time came now, basically. It was just the right time for us to do a new record. It was really simple as that." On how he makes the distinction between his solo material and FIREWIND: Gus: "I think it's pretty easy for me to do that. FIREWIND is, like, older, classic heavy metal, like all of my IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, or maybe Euro power metal ideas. It's pretty easy, 'Okay I know that it's going to be a FIREWIND track.' Whereas with my solo records, it's going to be the hard rock stuff I do, or these crazy '80s instrumentals. [Laughs]" On whether he always knew he'd go back to doing FIREWIND: Gus: "Yeah, it's my band. I started it when I was a kid. I didn't see a reason to stop. Of course, we've gone through a lot of lineup changes, especially with singers. That can hurt the band after some point, but not only myself, but the rest of the band also felt that, 'Hey, man, we worked hard for this. There's no reason why we should quit especially since we still have fans out there who want to hear from us.'" On how his work as a solo artist and in FIREWIND appeals to a wide variety of fans: Gus: "I would say with the solo stuff that I do, the audience, the core of it, it's still FIREWIND fans because that's where they know me from. But then again, there's a chunk of Ozzy fans who come in, but also a lot of guitar players. In a sense, because my solo project is still in its beginning stages, I'm still finding a new audience. I am aware not all FIREWIND are digging that stuff, but the majority of them, they dig it and they've been supporting me too." On new FIREWIND vocalist Henning Basse (METALIUM, SONS OF SEASONS): Gus: "At the end of the day, because a lot of names were thrown into the mix, it was like 'Maybe we should try out this guy or that guy. Maybe we should talk to whoever.' I reconnected with Henning after losing touch with him, in 2014. I called him up to help with some of my solo shows, then the next thing you know, he's out with me touring Europe. I went, 'This is the guy. He's still looking for a band, apparently. We're still looking for a singer. We know the guy. He can sing our back catalog and he's a good friend.' So there you have it." On the differences between Basse and ex-FIREWIND vocalist Apollo Papathanasio: Gus: "Anytime you have a new singer, the identity of the band is going to be altered. The voice is the identity of the band. Luckily, Henning falls into the category of this genre of music and he fits really well with our style. He is still different from Apollo and the other singers, but he still has a similar background if you know what I mean. It's not like we got a glam rock singer or something. [Laughs] Or it's not like all of the sudden we got some guy singing opera or something. It's still classic heavy metal. I think all of our singers, the background is guys like [Ronnie James] Dio, [David] Coverdale and stuff like that. We like those thick voices, mid-range voices with some grit on it. I think Henning fits very well. Like I said, Henning is a more appropriate power metal singer because he's been considered, not now, but for many years, especially in Europe, one of the best power metal singers of our generation. We were also surprised that even up to now, he wasn't picked up by a bigger band. It was a good opportunity for us and a great opportunity for him to finally find a band to call home." On how he plans to balance his solo work with FIREWIND: Gus: "I always write stuff. I already have seven or eight ideas for my next solo record. I think both projects are going to co-exist now. I'm either going to be touring with one band, like when FIREWIND is on a break, I'm going to be doing solo stuff and then vice-versa, when the solo stuff is on a break, then FIREWIND is going to come out. I think it's going to be both at the same time, or maybe try to split it to one year each, depending on what offers we get and what the interest is from promoters. Sometimes, you want to control things, but you can't because when opportunities come, you just can't miss out on them and you have to do some stuff. We're going to try to balance it out for sure. One thing is for sure, it's going to be a non-stop, 12-months-a-year workload for me, which is a good thing." On whether he wants to release an album a year between his two bands: Gus: "That would be the perfect scenario where we don't have to shove each project down people's throats continuously. We can take breaks with FIREWIND and [go out] as a solo guy, then go back to doing FIREWIND. That will keep it refreshing for me as well." FIREWIND's eighth studio album, "Immortals", was released on January 20 via the band's longtime label partner Century Media.

DESTRUCTION Frontman Says Internet ‘Keyboard Warriors’ Are ‘A Bit Ridiculous’

Metal Wani's Carla Morton conducted an interview with DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Schmier prior to the band's January 31 show at Fabrica in Bucharest, Romania. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how crowds have been responding to the band's 2016 "Under Attack" album: Schmier: "New songs will always take a little time to get into the setlist, but we usually play three to four off the new album. The reaction has been good; it's good live material, I think. The new album has songs that are working really well live. The reactions are great every night." On why DESTRUCTION changed studios several times for the recording of "Under Attack": Schmier: "Sometimes you have to see what the circumstances are. We have several studios that we like, and sometimes you have to see what's booked out or which room is best for the drums. We recorded in one studio, the drums, and one other studio, the rest. It was a collaboration." On the band's writing process: Schmier: "You need a little time and you cannot write every year. That's what we did back in the day that we'd write a new album every year. Nowadays, that's more difficult. We now take our time when we write and there still good ideas coming out, so it works pretty well, still. We're just taking a little bit more time nowadays. There's no more rush to release an album a year or every two years." On the band's "Second To None" song from "Under Attack": Schmier: "[It's about] the keyboard warriors, the trolls. People have a lot of frustration that are on the Internet and that can have a voice. When you're in the business for so long, you see a lot. It's sad to see in the metal scene. Metal is about standing together; we're outsiders of society anyway. Our music is a very special thing. I don't like to see this tendency to see people bashing each other on the boards. It's a modern media thing and 'Second To None' is a song about it. Of course, it's a provocation for us as people, so we wrote the song about it. It's been interesting to see the reactions. I wonder what kind of poor lives those people have that they have to bash other people. We grew up back in the day where it wasn't possible, so it's a strange development of the Internet. I like the Internet. It's a great, fast way for us to reach fans, in general, it's a great thing, but those keyboard warriors, those frustrated people are a little bit ridiculous, that's why we made a song about it." On whether DESTRUCTION has started to write new material: Schmier: "We're actually working on a best-of album at the moment. It's a re-recording called 'Thrash Anthems Vol. 2'. That will be the next project that comes out. The new album will be, who knows, 2018 maybe or something. It's going to take a while. The next project will definitely best-of re-recorded classics." On adding HAMMERFALL guitarist Pontus Norgren to his side band, PANZER: Schmier: "Pontus is a great old friend. I met him even before he played in HAMMERFALL. Stefan [Schwarzmann], the drummer, is a good friend of his for years. He brought in the name and he's a fantastic solo guitar player and a great guy. He was very interested to join PANZER so we made an instantaneous decision to bring him into the band. We did the first song together. It sounded great. He's a very professional guy and a nice person. There's a very good vibe in the band, which is important." On when PANZER will release a new studio album: Schmier: "This year for sure. Maybe around summertime, hopefully." On his "dream" thrash metal tour: Schmier: "It's very difficult. Maybe KREATOR, SODOM and TANKARD. [Laughs] That's what everybody is waiting for. That would be the 'German Big Four' thing that everybody wants. I think we have to do it one day, hopefully. [KREATOR leader] Mille [Petrozza] was talking about it lately and we're ready. We said 'Yes, we're ready to do it.' It's KREATOR's call. They are the biggest of us all at the moment. If they want to do it, then I'm sure we can get a package together. Hopefully it will happen next year. It's going to be nice to tour together because we're old friends. It's going to be also good venues, big places, good production, so it's going to be great for the fans. Hopefully soon." DESTRUCTION recently announced the "North America Under Attack" tour. The trek will begin in Oakland, California on May 22 and hit nineteen cities, including Chicago, New York, and Atlanta, before concluding in Los Angeles at the Regent Theater on June 11. Direct support will come from Los Angeles thrash metallers WARBRINGER and Wisconsin death metallers JUNGLE ROT.

THE NEARLY DEADS To Release ‘Revenge Of The Nearly Deads’ EP In May

Nashville rock band THE NEARLY DEADS will release a brand new EP, "Revenge Of The Nearly Deads", on May 26. In making their third EP and follow-up to their 2014 full-length album, "Invisible Tonight", the group called on their fans, known as the #zombienation, to help fund the effort via a PledgeMusic campaign that ended up surpassing their goal by 148% in a short amount of time. The band also took this opportunity to help raise awareness about breast cancer, a cause they're deeply passionate about, and ultimately donated 10% of money raised from the campaign to the Keep A Breast charity. Led by the inimitable songstress Theresa Jeane, along with Steven Tobi (guitar), Kevin Koelsch (bass), Javier Garza Jr. (guitar) and Josh Perrone (drums), THE NEARLY DEADS blend an amalgam of powerful pop vocals and aggressive alternative rock music to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before. Evidence of this musical evolution came to fruition in the form of a breakthrough track called "Never Look Back", which achieved viral success with a zombie-infused music video that skyrocketed past seven million views. The sudden notoriety, helped the band gain a massive amount of new fans from around the world and set the stage to become one of the rock scene's next break out bands. "We had a lot of fun making 'Revenge' and hope people have fun rocking out to it," says Jeane. "A lot of the songs on this EP focus on themes of moving on, being yourself, and realizing how much better off you can be once you shed the negativity in your life. It's about a mutual understanding between us and the fans that they love us for who we are and we love them right back. We want to remind people they don't have to change for anybody." "This is going to be our heaviest, most polished, creative and catchy album yet," adds Tobi. "I'm really excited to share it with all of you and am forever grateful to everyone who pledged to help make this EP possible." THE NEARLY DEADS will head out on the "Break Into Action Tour" this spring (April 18-May 25) with EYES SET TO KILL and BAD SEED RISING. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 28 at 10 a.m. PST (Soundrink VIP on-sale) and March 29 at 10 a.m. local time (general on-sale).
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DISBELIEF: Listen To New Song ‘Full Of Terrors’

"Full Of Terrors", a brand new song from German death metallers DISBELIEF, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Symbol Of Death", which will be released on April 21 via Listenable Records. According to a press release, the follow-up to 2010's "Heal" is "a monster. First, band founder and vocalist Karsten 'Jagger' Jäger's guttural signature has never sounded so intense and relentless, and the precise and bloodthirsty double-bass drums back up a colossal wall of thickly produced, face-melting guitars. Still, the band adds in a melodic flavor that never sounds obvious." Jäger comments on the studio experience: "We recorded and mixed 'The Symbol Of Death' at Rombado Recordings in Essen, Germany. It was the first time for us in this studio, and the band is very satisfied with the result. The combination of the brutal side of DISBELIEF and the melodic, apocalyptic parts of the band are displayed here better than ever before. Many excellent riffs, some fast stuff, some mid-tempo songs, it's a great trip going through those twelve strong, raw and aggressive death metal songs." Asked about the lyrical themes explored on "The Symbol Of Death", Jäger says: "'Rest In Peace' is personal and deals with my father dying of cancer and his fight against this crawling sickness that destroyed him slowly. The song 'One By One' is dedicated to [Austrian Nazi hunter and writer] Simon Wiesenthal and is looking into the minds of all the German people who survived the Nazi regime, knowing what was going on with the Jews, betraying and denying their best friends to save their own lives. Everyone who survived such experience had to live with that shame until the rest of their lives; that's justice. 'To Defy Control' is an anti-addiction song about the daily manipulations people have to go through." The artwork for "The Symbol Of Death" was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM, among others. Jäger explains the concept: "The cover artwork shows two statues. They're blessing each other and betraying and stabbing each other in the back with the other hand at the same time, a hypocritical blessing." "The Symbol Of Death" track listing: 01. Full Of Terrors 02. The Unsuspecting One 03. The Symbol Of Death 04. Embrace The Blaze 05. To Defy Control 06. Rest In Peace 07. Evil Ghosts 08. One By One 09. Nothing To Heal 10. The Circle 11. Into Glory Ride 12. Shattered 13. Anthem For The Doomed DISBELIEF 2017 is: Karsten "Jagger" Jäger - Vocals Jochen "Joe" Trunk - Bass Alexander "Alex" Hagenauer - Guitar David "Dave" Renner - Guitar Fabian "Fab" Regmann - Drums
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DAVE MUSTAINE Says He Is One ‘The Fantastic Four’ Of Hard Rock/Metal Rhythm Guitar Players

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine believes that he is one of the best rhythm guitar players in the world — part of what he calls "the fantastic four," alongside James Hetfield (METALLICA), Malcolm Young (AC/DC) and Rudolf Schenker (SCORPIONS). Mustaine, who was the original lead guitarist of METALLICA, was dismissed from the band in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own. The MEGADETH leader spoke about his brief tenure in METALLICA during a February 2016 interview with Steven Rosen at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. The chat, parts of which were originally published last year by Guitar Interactive magazine, has been transcribed in more depth for Rock Cellar Magazine and posted online earlier this month. Speaking about his dismissal from METALLICA, Mustaine said: "I was a very dysfunctional person and a drunk and a loser and I liked to fight a lot. James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] one time kicked a puppy that I had and I freaked out. I just said, 'Man, I'm gonna kick your ass!' Ron McGovney [METALLICA's original bassist] said, 'You kick his ass, you're gonna have to hit me first.' I said, 'You shut up and sit the fuck down.' Then James goes, 'You hit him, you're gonna have to hit me first.' And I went, 'Okay, you win, James.' He had a mouthful of bloody, baby Chiclets and he was sitting there crying and telling me to get my shit out." Mustaine also talked about his role in METALLICA and the early chemistry between him and Hetfield. He said: "The weirdest thing about it is when I was in the band, James didn't do any talking in between songs. If you put the two of us together side by side, split a TV monitor in half and had us both hopping around onstage, there's a lot of similarities. The way he acts and moves with his guitar and stuff like that." He added: "I think James is one of the best rhythm guitar players in the world. As far as rhythm guitar players are concerned, there's James, there's me, there's Malcolm Young and there's Rudolf Schenker. There's no one else that touches the four of us. We're the fantastic four." Mustaine feuded with the members of METALLICA for more than two decades before finally patching things up over the last few years. He has jammed with his ex-bandmates on several occasions during "Big Four" shows and at METALLICA's 30th-anniversary concerts in 2011. Mustaine was not inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with METALLICA during the April 2009 ceremony at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium.

DAVE MUSTAINE Says He Is One Of ‘The Fantastic Four’ Of Hard Rock/Metal Rhythm Guitar Players

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine believes that he is one of the best rhythm guitar players in the world — part of what he calls "the fantastic four," alongside James Hetfield (METALLICA), Malcolm Young (AC/DC) and Rudolf Schenker (SCORPIONS). Mustaine, who was the original lead guitarist of METALLICA, was dismissed from the band in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own. The MEGADETH leader spoke about his brief tenure in METALLICA during a February 2016 interview with Steven Rosen at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. The chat, parts of which were originally published last year by Guitar Interactive magazine, has been transcribed in more depth for Rock Cellar Magazine and posted online earlier this month. Speaking about his dismissal from METALLICA, Mustaine said: "I was a very dysfunctional person and a drunk and a loser and I liked to fight a lot. James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] one time kicked a puppy that I had and I freaked out. I just said, 'Man, I'm gonna kick your ass!' Ron McGovney [METALLICA's original bassist] said, 'You kick his ass, you're gonna have to hit me first.' I said, 'You shut up and sit the fuck down.' Then James goes, 'You hit him, you're gonna have to hit me first.' And I went, 'Okay, you win, James.' He had a mouthful of bloody, baby Chiclets and he was sitting there crying and telling me to get my shit out." Mustaine also talked about his role in METALLICA and the early chemistry between him and Hetfield. He said: "The weirdest thing about it is when I was in the band, James didn't do any talking in between songs. If you put the two of us together side by side, split a TV monitor in half and had us both hopping around onstage, there's a lot of similarities. The way he acts and moves with his guitar and stuff like that." He added: "I think James is one of the best rhythm guitar players in the world. As far as rhythm guitar players are concerned, there's James, there's me, there's Malcolm Young and there's Rudolf Schenker. There's no one else that touches the four of us. We're the fantastic four." Mustaine feuded with the members of METALLICA for more than two decades before finally patching things up over the last few years. He has jammed with his ex-bandmates on several occasions during "Big Four" shows and at METALLICA's 30th-anniversary concerts in 2011. Mustaine was not inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with METALLICA during the April 2009 ceremony at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium.

ANATHEMA To Release ‘The Optimist’ Album In June

After ANATHEMA's 2012 award-winning album "Weather Systems" and 2014's spellbinding "Distant Satellites", the ambient rockers are back with their eleventh full-length, "The Optimist". Due for release on June 9 through Kscope, the album will soon reveal some of the darkest, most challenging and unexpected music the sextet have put their name to. ANATHEMA, led by brothers Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh, along with drummer John Douglas, singer Lee Douglas, bassist Jamie Cavanagh and keyboardist Daniel Cardoso, began recording "The Optimist" in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (MOGWAI, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS) at the helm. Vincent elaborates on Doogan's influence on the recording process: "He suggested that we record as a live band, which we hadn't done for years. Having played a few tunes on the last tour, we were ready for that. Tony wanted to capture that energy you can only get with everyone facing each other… It makes a big difference. He was a superb guy to work with and I learned a lot making this record" The idea for "The Optimist" was born from the front cover artwork of the band's 2001 album "A Fine Day To Exit". Daniel Cavanagh explains: "I suppose you might say the album is semi-autobiographical because this time we used a surrogate," he says of the character that is The Optimist. "We put sound, feelings and crucially, our own hopes and fears into another person and made him the subject of the songs then weaving my own internal monologue into the narrative of 'The Optimist'. It was John's idea to write a narrative, so I took 'A Fine Day To Exit' as the starting point." Vincent elaborates further on the earlier album's artwork influence: "The guy who disappeared — you never knew what happened to him, did he start a new life? Did he succumb to his fate? It was never explained. The opening track title is the exact coordinates for Silver Strand beach in San Diego — the last known location of The Optimist — shown on the cover of 'A Fine Day To Exit'." To continue the theme further, the band brought back designer and illustrator Travis Smith to create the artwork for "The Optimist". The artwork was created from a series of photographs Smith took on a West Coast road trip. With the character's unresolved destiny, the three songwriting members meticulously brought the unfinished story to an end, and, most strikingly of all, one which is decided by the listener. "The Optimist" track listing: 01. 32.63N 117.14W [01:18] 02. Leaving It Behind [04:27] 03. Endless Ways [05:49] 04. The Optimist [05:37] 05. San Francisco [04:59] 06. Springfield [05:49] 07. Ghosts [04:17] 08. Can't Let Go [05:00] 09. Close Your Eyes [03:39] 11. Wildfires [05:40] 12. Back To The Start [11:41]
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New GHOST Lineup Performs Live For First Time (Video)

The new GHOST lineup kicked off its 2017 "Popestar" European tour last night (Friday, March 24) at Norwich UEA in Norwich, England. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. None of the GHOST bandmembers' real names have ever been revealed, although singer Papa Emeritus is believed to be Swedish rock musician Tobias Forge, who writes almost all of the group's music and does most of the act's interviews disguised as a member of his backing band of Nameless Ghouls. Since none of the musicians in the band are ever identified, personnel changes in the group have gone unannounced. It is believed, however, that the lineup has changed a few times over the years, including at the end of 2016, when Forge is rumored to have fired all five of the Nameless Ghouls following the completion of GHOST's North American tour. As a result, GHOST's current European headlining trek apparently marks the live debut of GHOST's new lineup, featuring Forge as the sole remaining member from the band that previously toured in support of "Meliora" and last year's "Popestar" EP. Earlier this month, Swedish musician Martin Persner released a two-minute video message in which he claimed to have played guitar for GHOST for seven years under the name Omega or Quintessence. He also revealed that he exited the band last July, although he did not disclose the reasons for his departure. "Popestar" was released last September. The effort features covers of songs from bands like ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and EURYTHMICS along with a new original tune called "Square Hammer". During a recent interview with Metal Wani, the GHOST leader touched on the subject of lineup changes and how they have affected the band's sound over the years. "From a practical point of view, you're interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still wanna progress," he said. "I think one of the secrets behind our preserving ability is the fact that we don't necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps. "It's always a blessing and a curse when you have some of these classic bands over the course of rock and roll history, where in order for them to sound like that exact band, you need those four individuals, and if one is missing, it does not sound like that," he continued. "And, fortunately, we don't have that problem. Because performing GHOST and recording GHOST has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don't have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE is the same thing. Everything goes through Josh's [Homme] hands, and therefore it sounds like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, regardless of who he brings in and out of the band, which is, I guess, a similar situation."
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EYES SET TO KILL Releases ‘Break’ Single, Announces New Lineup

Hard rock outfit EYES SET TO KILL has released the first offering from its soon-to-be-announced new record. The "Break" single is available now to stream/purchase on Spotify and iTunes. In other news, EYES SET TO KILL has announced that Tiaday Ball (of THE WORLD OVER) has joined the band as its new bassist. Additionally, the group has welcomed its long-standing touring guitarist, A.J Bartholomew, as an official member. EYES SET TO KILL will also embark on the "Break Into Action" tour this spring. Support on the trek will come from BAD SEED RISING and THE NEARLY DEADS. Speaking about the upcoming tour dates, EYES SET TO KILL lead vocalist Alexia Rodriguez states: "We are excited to be playing some brand new jams on this tour in support of our album coming out later this year and are lucky to be heading out on tour with a lineup full of bands fronted by badass, talented women from the underground rock scene." eyessettokillspring2017tour