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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:56:50 PM 

Heaven and Hell New Album Title And Release Date Announced

HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) — has set "The Devil You Know" as the title of its debut album, due on April 28 via Rhino. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Bible Black", "Rock & Roll Angel", "Breaking Into Heaven", "Atom & Evil" and "Eating the Cannibals". The LP was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, U.K. where the 1992 SABBATH album "Dehumanizer" was also tracked.

"Everyone had so much fun playing together that we didn't want it to end," says the group. "We started writing together and the songs started flowing like we never stopped. We wound up writing and recording an album that stands up to anything we've ever done. We're really proud of the music and excited for people to hear it."

"Each of us submitted a CD of our ideas, and we narrowed it down from there," Iommi told Classic Rock. "In some ways it was like picking up where we'd left off with 'Dehumanizer'."

In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Ronnie James Dio described the material on the HEAVEN AND HELL album as "a real cross-section of everything we've done, from 'Heaven and Hell' through 'Mob Rules' and 'Dehumanizer'. I think there's a lot of 'Dehumanizer' in it, but a lot of other things, too, a real good blend of what this band has represented."

Three years ago, Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino's "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years" before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker HEAVEN AND HELL. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup returned to the studio to record the first-ever full-length studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL. To whet the fans' appetites for the new album, HEAVEN AND HELL hit the road last summer for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, and TESTAMENT.

Regarding the band's decision to continue to operate as HEAVEN AND HELL rather than BLACK SABBATH, Iommi told last year, "It really is BLACK SABBATH, whatever we do. We just choose to go out as HEAVEN AND HELL so everyone knows what they're getting [and] so people won't expect to hear 'Iron Man' and all those songs. We've done them for so many years, it's nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again."

BLACK SABBATH's "The Rules Of Hell" box set — which features all three of SABBATH's Dio-era studio releases ("Heaven And Hell", "Mob Rules", "Dehumanizer") and its double live collection ("Live Evil"), each remastered for the first time — sold around 2,650 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in July 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan."The Rules Of Hell" comes packaged in a deluxe slipcase with extensive liner notes featuring all new interviews with the band.

[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:54:51 PM 
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[guidogodoy] Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:17:56 PM 
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, January 27, 2009 8:42:58 AM 
Complete American Soldier Details Revealed

QUEENSRŸCHE envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album "American Soldier". The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts — from World War II to Iraq — Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war.

"American Soldier" will be available from Atco/Rhino on March 31 for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $9.99 (digital).

Tate, Michael Wilton (guitar), Ed Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) recorded the album in 2008 over the course of nine months. The idea for "American Soldier", Tate says, came from hearing stories from fans that are veterans, as well as his own father, who served in both Korea and Vietnam. "My father was a career military man, but until very recently he never spoke about what he went through," he states. "I think that reticence is true of a lot of veterans, which means most people never truly understand what it means to be a soldier at war. Hearing what he and some of our fans have endured made me want to share their stories with the world. This is an album about the soldiers, for the soldiers, as told by the soldiers themselves."

Those stories resonate at the heart of "American Soldier", imbuing each song with vivid details about both the emotional and physical impacts of war, evoking war zone battles ("Middle Of Hell"), sacrifice ("The Killer"), loss ("If I Were King"), the longing for home ("Remember Me"), and adjusting to society after returning from war ("Man Down!").

Tate recorded many of his interviews with the soldiers, and some dialogue from these discussions is mixed into several of tracks, allowing the soldiers' own words to help tell their compelling stories. The band also brought a few of the soldiers into the studio with them to record vocals. The verses of the track "Unafraid" feature the voices of Chris Devine, a Vietnam veteran, and Sean Lenahan, a veteran of Somalia, recalling their war experiences while Tate provides the anthemic chorus. Also making a guest vocal appearance is Tate's 10-year-old daughter Emily on the gripping duet "Home Again", which examines the emotional toll of war from two perspectives, with Geoff singing from the soldier's point of view and his daughter singing from the viewpoint of the child left behind.

Making the album, Tate says, was an enlightening process. "I was surprised to learn how little has changed through the generations," he reveals. "I spoke with a Vietnam vet whose experience wasn't all that different from a soldier who fought in Somalia almost 30 years later. But what surprised me the most was how antiwar most soldiers are. To me, that makes their sacrifices even more moving."

Soon after the release of "American Soldier", QUEENSRŸCHE will launch an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from "American Soldier", "Rage For Order", and "Empire". The first date of the tour will be April 16 at Snoqualmie Casino in the band's hometown of Seattle.

"American Soldier" track listing

01. Sliver
02. Unafraid
03. Hundred Mile Stare
04. At 30,000 Ft.
05. A Dead Man's Words
06. The Killer
07. Middle Of Hell
08. If I Were King
09. Man Down!
10. Remember Me
11. Home Again
12. The Voice

A snippet of the song, "If I Were King" is featured in the new tour commerical for Snoqualmie Casino.

To download the MP3 of the radio spot, click here. (10 seconds of the song's chorus can be heard at the :21-:31 mark.)

Ambitious Plans for Sebastian Bach

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued the following update via his official newsletter, dubbed the "Daily DeBachle":

"My plan in 2009 is to release two CDs, if possible. One will be the CD I am working on with Jeffrey Steele and Vicky McGehee, the team that brought you 'Battle with the Bottle' [the song Bach sang on CMT's hit series, 'Gone Country']. The other CD will be a straight-up, hard-ass rocker, the follow-up to 'Angel Down'. I plan on writing this record with my band, Roy Z ['Angel Down' producer who has worked with JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD and HELLOWEEN] hopefully, and definitely Jamey Jasta of the band HATEBREED. Jamey and I are getting together this month to record some demos. I am not going to make a HATEBREED record, I am going to work on material with Jamey that will be heavy and anthemic but still make sense next to the other CDs I have done. I am also planning on releasing a new DVD in 2009. Can't go into the details quite yet, but there will be more high-quality live DVD material coming your way this year, a la 'Roadrage'. Looks like I will be starting work on the new DVD this month.

"Don't get confused by me doing a 'country' album and a 'rock' album at the same time. I have always hated labels. What I have learned over my lifetime is, I don't make decisions for my voice, my voice makes decisions for me. I have to get out of the way of my own voice so it can be heard loud and clear. My only objective in making CDs is to make them 'good.' Hopefully these two new CDs will fall into this category!"

Anthrax, "Worship Music"

ANTHRAX, one of heavy metal's all-time great acts who, along with SLAYER, METALLICA and MEGADETH, are credited with co-founding the thrash genre, will be returning with "Worship Music", the band's first new studio album in six years and a full-on supporting world tour. "Worship Music" is set for a June release on Megaforce Records. The album marks the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins longtime members Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums), and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar). According to early reports, "Worship Music" is ANTHRAX's heaviest album to date.

In addition, 2009 marks the 25-year anniversary of the release of ANTHRAX's debut album, 1984's "Fistful of Metal". "I can't even process that it's been 25 years," said co-founding member Ian. "It's insane to me, because when you think about it, who does anything for that long, let alone in the same band? Start making a list of bands that are still around 25 years after their first album, and it's going to be a pretty short list."

About ANTHRAX's new "Worship Music", Benante explains, "This album has been in the making for two and half, maybe three years. After the reunion tour ended, we all went our separate ways. I started to write songs again, but I had no voice for them in mind, I didn't know who would be the singer. So Scott, Frankie and I got together and just started putting some songs together. This was pretty much the way 'Spreading the Disease' was done, too — we wrote those songs without a definite singer in mind. Then, in October of 2007, I was talking to Rob Caggiano who said he found this guy in Long Island who he thought would be really good — Dan Nelson. So I did some research, called him up, and flew him out to Chicago."

According to Bello, it didn't take much time to realize that they had found their man. "Dan brought in the obligatory 'breath of fresh air,' but it really WAS. He has a killer voice and he's a good guy, and really fits ANTHRAX. The guy sings like nobody I've heard — I'm really proud of what he's done. This is the new ANTHRAX — yes, it does sound different, but it's in the same heavy/melodic vein. I don't compare it, I just see it as, 'I love the challenge of having a new ANTHRAX.'"

"While making this album," added Nelson, "I found that if I just tried to approach my vocals from the heart, to not over think anything, I could bring a fresh, heavier yet still melodic approach to an already brutal style of music. Being the singer of ANTHRAX has already proven to be a great opportunity to play with great musicians."

Shortly after the lineup was solidified, Nelson was welcomed into the ANTHRAX fold via a true baptism by fire — opening up a pair of sold out shows for the mighty IRON MAIDEN in California. "The second night, we're backstage," recalls Ian, "[IRON MAIDEN singer] Bruce Dickinson came over to our dressing room to say hi, and he says to me, 'Your new singer, Dan, is amazing. I was watching you guys from the side of the stage last night — he totally fits you guys, he's perfect. His voice is incredible and strong. I loved it!' And I was like, 'Would you come inside and tell Dan? He'd love to hear it from you.' We walk in the dressing room and I'm like, 'Where's Dan?' And I hear from the bathroom, 'I'm in here, taking a crap!' It was so great — not that we're looking for validation, but when Bruce Dickinson comes up and is congratulating you on your new singer, it's a pretty cool moment."

With sessions just about to wrap for "Worship Music", Benante already has a few favorite songs that he can't wait for the band's fans to sink their teeth into. "This one song called 'Down Goes the Sun', is probably, for me, the most epic song that I've come up with, it has a lot of life in it. There's a song called 'Earth on Hell', which is a play on the words 'hell on earth.' That could have been on our 'Among the Living' record. There's another song called 'Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't', which is about zombies — who doesn't love a good zombie song?" Other standout tracks include "Vampyres" (Bello: "It's a dark, heavy groove with some serious, amazing vocals and a great, big chorus"), "Crawl" (Bello: "Another dark song, it's going to throw people for a loop"), "The Devil You Know" (Ian: "It's an almost AC/DC groove filtered through an ANTHRAX lens"), and "The Giant" (Ian: "It's so brutally in-your-face").

The release of "Worship Music" also sees ANTHRAX's "return home" to their original label, Megaforce Records. "I just had a nice conversation with Missi Callazzo [Vice President of Megaforce] about how terrific it is to be home again. It's come around full circle. Missi has done above and beyond for this band — including getting us on 'Married...With Children'! Missi absolutely knows how to work a record, she is someone who believes in and lives ANTHRAX, and we haven't had that in a long time. She knows the band inside and out. She's like a sister of ours." Callazzo herself voices the same sentiment. "It is a thrill and an honor to be releasing the new album by such a pioneering artist. — and Megaforce always defined one another and it will be great fun to do it again in 2009."

 Randy Rhoads Documentry Still In Production

Director  of Dakota Pictures is continuing work on the long-awaited documentary film on the life of celebrated rock guitarist Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT). He says, "We began filming this documentary March 19, 2007 and I am hoping by the same time this year that we will finally be done with that aspect of production.

"Two years is a very long time to spend shooting a film; however, not that long for a documentary of this nature.

"I remember reading an article in the Hollywood Reporter several months ago regarding a documentary due out about singer Patti Smith. They were interviewing the director who claimed that it took him seven years from start to finish. I remember thinking that seven years seems like an eternity to work on one project, but as we approach two years, I can now see how that could be possible.

"While shooting all through 2008, we began editing as well. It took eight months just to sift through all of the interviews dealing with the period of 1975-1979 to create a cohesive story from that time period.

Things have slowed for the moment as we have just hired two writers to deliver a narrative script for the voiceover dialogue.

"As for the remaining interviews, in a perfect world there are only six to go. Two of them take place in Australia, one in Arizona and three in Los Angeles. Then there are the re-shoots. Fortunately, we have only found one remaining for the moment, having already re-shot two interviews several months ago.

"This documentary has taken us across the United States more than once, as we have shot in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Nevada to name a few. In addition, we just recently returned from England where we filmed Bernie Tormé, Lindsay Bridgwater, Johnny Cook, Chris Tsangrides, Pete Way, Lee Kerslake, Max Norman and a few surprise interviews. We also shot extensively at Ridge Farm studios where the band lived and recorded for long periods of time while the records were being produced.

"With six interviews to go and ninety seven in the can, I will report again when all the principal photography is complete and the editing is further along."

A number of photos taken at Randy Rhoads's gravesite at the Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, CA on March 19, 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing have been posted online at this location.

With the blessings of the family of Randy Rhoads, Dakota Pictures and director Peter Margolis began filming the "Randy Rhoads Documentary" in 2007 at the Mountain View Cemetery. In hopes to fully capture the significance of the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing, the filmmakers interviewed as many of Randy's fans as possible.

In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.

[Painkiller87] Monday, January 26, 2009 2:06:10 PM 
Guitar Hero: Metallica setlist revealed! With HELL BENT FOR LEATHER BY JUDAS PRIEST!
[adrianaec_88] Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:09:07 PM 
Well said Lars!!! I mean Sebastian...
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[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:23:53 AM 
New Queensryche Album Artwork and Release Date?

Rhino has reportedly set a March 31 release date for "American Soldier", the new album from Seattle progressive rockers QUEENSRŸCHE. A preview of what appears to be the CD's artwork can be viewed on the poster below (view tiny image in the bottom left-hand corner).

As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE will premiere "American Soldier" and perform live on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with QUEENSRŸCHE by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

For more information, visit

According to, QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton has revealed that he has recorded all the guitar parts for "American Soldier". He said in an online posting, "I have been slammed with making the deadline for the new QUEENSRŸCHE opus. I recorded all the guitars this time so it should sound more like the original 'RŸCHE."

QUEENSRŸCHE's twelfth studio album, "American Soldier", is a concept effort which finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. "American Soldier" examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album's release, QUEENSRŸCHE plans to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009.

"American Soldier" will contain 12 tracks, including the following:

* Dead Man's Words
* Unafraid
* 100 Mile Stare
* At Thirty Thousand Feet
* Man Down
* Remember Me
* If I Were King

A snippet of the song, "If I Were King" is featured in the new tour commerical for Snoqualmie Casino.

To download the MP3 of the radio spot, click here. (10 seconds of the song's chorus can be heard at the :21-:31 mark.)

Sebastian Bach Speaks out Against Downloading, etc.

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has defended his practice of removing videos from YouTube that contain officially released recordings that he appears on.

A registered member of Bach's official message board who has used some of SKID ROW's music in his World Of Warcraft YouTube videos wrote in an online post that he received five e-mails from a YouTube representative saying that "a copyright owner has claimed content in one of your videos." Insisting that his YouTube clips were made "just for fun" and are nothing more than "just captures of a game" with music dubbed over them, the Bach/SKID ROW fan, who goes by the name "baranthalas", wrote, "What I would like to know is, is Bach or other guys in SKID ROW are in charge of copyright issues of SKID ROW songs? Because in my videos songs like 'Slave To The Grind' or 'Livin' On A Chain Gang' are perfect! . . . I want to use those songs [in] my movies. So help me out, who should I send [an] email [to regarding] this issue?"

In response to "baranthalas"' question, Bach wrote in the same thread, "This is so crazy to me. I know you don't mean any harm in using my music for your videos, but what every person under 30, it seems like, doesn't realize: we make our living by making music. No one has the right but us, the musicians, to upload our music to the Internet! It is so insane to me that anyone even wants to be in a band anymore sometimes. If you upload our song to your site, why would someone go buy the CD? If they can go to your site and hear it for free? It's absolutely unbelievable. It's also like beating your head against a wall.

"If I see any 'Roadrage' [a film by Sebastian Bach which was included in last summer's limited-edition 'Angel Down' CD/DVD package], 'Angel Down', 'Forever Wild' [Bach's official DVD], 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Jekyll & Hide', anything that I did not consent to be on the Internet, I have it taken down. It's nobody's right but mine to put my art on the Internet. Bootlegs are different. They are not supposed to be professional-looking or sounding, so I don't really care so much about that. But if I put a CD out or a DVD, and put my name on it, it makes me furious to see it all being given away for free and there is next to nothing I can do about it.

"Ace [referring to another registered member of the Bach message board, Acekicken, who in November 2008 launched a 'countdown' to the release of Sebastian's next studio album], you know that countdown you got goin'? Add about another 10 years onto that, because it's shit like this that make me and a lot of other musicians say, 'Fuck this.' No one has intentionally done anything wrong; it's just assumed these days if you make music than it should be free. This does NOT exactly make us all run skip and jump into the studio as quick as we can. It's like the dude in THE WHITE STRIPES said: 'Playing music now is like being a carpenter and all the work has left town.'

"I would suggest if you want music for your video game videos, learn how to play an instrument, write a song, record it, and use it in your video. Because I have to feed my children and pay my bills with mine."

[devils_child] Thursday, January 22, 2009 6:56:25 AM 
Fresh from 

IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666 - THE MOVIEPublished: January 20, 2009

British heavy rock legends, Iron Maiden, in association with Banger Productions, EMI Records, Universal (USA) and Arts Alliance Media, announce that they will be releasing a feature length documentary film into cinemas worldwide on April 21st 2009.

As you may know from Rod's tour diaries, Iron Maiden have been working on a feature length documentary. Entitled 'IRON MAIDEN: FLIGHT 666', the movie follows the band on the first leg of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour in February and March of 2008 as they experienced the most ambitious and adventurous tour in rock history, and will be released in April 2009 in association with EMI Records and Universal in the USA.

The Maiden tour plan was something that had never been attempted before on such a grand scale. Circumnavigating the globe, the band flew in a specially customised Boeing 757 airliner with their crew and 12 tons of music and stage equipment on board, playing 23 sold out stadium and arena shows in 13 countries in just 45 days, travelling 70,000km and performing to almost half a million fans.

The band were accompanied everywhere by award-winning documentary makers Banger Productions from Toronto in Canada, who have received international critical acclaim for their previous movies "Metal, A Headbangers Journey" and recently "Global Metal". Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn and their team bring an intimate behind the scenes view of this remarkable journey, with a close look at the logistics involved and following Team Maiden in the cockpit, on the plane and on and offstage, getting to the heart of this global adventure of a band that has very rarely even let cameras backstage before.

Shot in High Definition and with superb 5.1 surround sound, mixed by the bands producer Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley, FLIGHT 666 brings to the screen all the drama, excitement and hysteria that followed the band around the world every time 'Ed Force One' touched down in a new country. The film documents the intensity of the punishing show schedules, the struggle with the time zones, the pressures of ensuring that every performance matched the energy of the many thousands of ecstatic and expectant fans from many cultural backgrounds, unusual angles from the spectacular shows... and of course the fun had on the way!. 

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 is an honest and revealing portrait of one of the worlds most successful rock bands and a must-see for all Maiden fans.

A special international 'Iron Maiden' day is being planned for 21st April with simultaneous showings of IRON MAIDEN:FLIGHT 666 in selected Digital cinemas around the world - we will of course bring you more information on this nearer the time.

As a reminder here's the


February 2008
Friday 1st - Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, India
Monday 4th - Burswood Dome, Perth, Australia
Wednesday 6th - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Thursday 7th - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 9th - Acer Arena Sydney, Australia
Sunday 10th - Acer Arena Sydney, Australia
Tuesday 12th - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia - The show i was at!!! Yay!!!
Friday 15th - Pacifico, Yokohama, Japan
Saturday 16th - Messe, Tokyo, Japan
Tuesday 19th - The Forum, Los Angeles, USA
Thursday 21st - Auditoria Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico
Friday 22nd - Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Sunday 24th - Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico
Tuesday 26th - Saprisa Stadium, San Jose, Costa Rica
Thursday 28th - Simon Bolivar Park, Bogota, Colombia

March 2008
Sunday 2nd - Palmieras Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tuesday 4th - Pedreira stadium, Curitiba, Brazil
Wednesday 5th - Gigantinho, Porto Allegre, Brazil
Friday 7th - Ferrocarrill Oeste Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday 9th - Pista Atletica, Santiago, Chile
Wednesday 12th - San Jose Coliseo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friday 14th - Izod Centre, New Jersey, USA
Sunday 16th - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada

The preview is here:

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 19, 2009 9:53:30 PM 

Thought you might be interested.

The legendary guitarists of METALLICA, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, have worked with ESP Guitars to create their newest additions to the ESP and LTD Signature Series. The ESP KH-2 Ouija and LTD KH-Ouija are the latest models from Hammett, while the new James Hetfield model is the ESP Iron Cross.

"As most METALLICA fans know, the original Ouija model was a custom created for Kirk, and only a handful were made," says Matt Masciandaro, ESP President. "Not only are we bringing back the Ouija for the first time in more than a decade, but we're offering it in a white finish for the first time ever. For the Iron Cross, we're offering the guitar that James has been using for much of METALLICA's 'Death Magnetic' world tour, and will only be making this model during 2009.”

Available in limited quantities during 2009 only, the new Ouija model remains true to the original, with a neck-thru-body 25.5" scale design, alder body, maple neck, 24XJ frets, Gotoh tuners, an original Floyd Rose bridge, EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) active pickups, and is available in both black and white finishes. Upgrades to the original model include mirror inlays and an ebony fingerboard.

The LTD KH-Ouija offers similar features to the ESP version, substituting a 1000-Series Floyd Rose bridge, ESP tuners, and a rosewood fingerboard (and is only available in black).

Available in limited quantities during 2009 only, the ESP James Hetfield Signature Iron Cross is currently featured on METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" world tour. Painstaking effort has gone into recreating every nuance of James' original guitar, while adding some new appointments to make it a truly unique signature ESP. Features include a set-neck, 24.75" scale, mahogany body with maple cap, mahogany neck, 22 XJ EVO "Gold" Ni- Free alloy frets, distressed gold hardware that includes Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller straplocks, Tonepros Locking bridge and tailpiece, and special EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) active pickups with distressed gold covers. The guitar's finish is a highly distressed black with a gold racing stripe and a metal iron cross on the body top.

[Bazookajoe_666] Sunday, January 18, 2009 9:28:11 PM 
Motorhead Scheduled Tour Dates

MOTÖRHEAD has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 06 - UAE, Dubai Desert Rock, Festival
Apr. 10 - Argentina, Buenos Aires, Estadio Malvinas
Apr. 15 - Brazil, Goiania, Clube Jaó
Apr. 17 - Brazil, Recife, Chevrolet Hall
Apr. 18 - Brazil, Sao Paulo, Via Funchal
Jul. 02 - Romania, B'est Fest / Bucharest, Romexpo

MOTÖRHEAD took part in its first record-signing in Europe since 1992 on December 10, 2008 at Media Markt in Bäckebol (about 10 minutes of the city center), Gothenburg, Sweden. The event, which was held a few hours before the band's show at Scandinavium with AIRBOURNE and WITCHCRAFT, was attended by around 300 people. Fans were being asked to provide only one item per person to be signed but Lemmy and the rest of the band reportedly autographed everything that was being placed in front of them.

Photos can be found at

MOTÖRHEAD's previously announced Musink tour with SOCIAL DISTORTION, which was scheduled to launch January 30, 2009, was canceled due to the current economic climate.

On November 21, Walt Disney Pictures released "Bolt", starring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, and featuring MOTÖRHEAD's song "Dog-Face Boy" from the band's "Sacrifice" album. The song is in a mailroom scene where a young worker is listening to it on his headphones and inadvertently wraps super-dog Bolt up in a box that gets shipped off to New York City.

Stranger things have happened, as Disney isn't the first to pick up on the MOTÖRHEAD mystique: there was a MOTÖRHEAD song in the "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, too. Just goes to show you that there are MOTÖRHEAD fans of all ages everywhere. And says Lemmy, the band's indestructible and renowned leader, "It's never too early to get the kids started on our music!"

International Blastbeat Day: January 29th

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian reports that James Hoare, deputy editor of Terrorizer magazine is agitating to have January 29 declared International Blastbeat Celebration Day. The idea started out as a joke on Good Bad Music for Bad, Bad Times, a remarkable blog written by Erich Keller, a European literature student and former frontman of acclaimed Swiss grindcore band FEAR OF GOD.

"A blastbeat is a kind of very, very rapid repeat hitting of the drums, usually in excess of 180bpms, so it sounds kind of like an apocalyptic typing pool," explains Hoare. "Most people associate it with NAPALM DEATH and EXTREME NOISE TERROR, because there was that period when John Peel was playing them a lot in the late '80s and NAPALM DEATH's drummer Mick Harris came up with the name, but blastbeats crop up in some of the strangest places. The BEASTIE BOYS used one on one of their early punk records, 'Pollywog Stew'." He thinks for a moment. "It's difficult to say what its appeal is, really. I think it's just because it's extreme."

Read the entire article from The Guardian.
[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 16, 2009 12:56:21 PM 
Lars Ulrich Interview

Greg Kot of recently conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. "Death Magnetic" was portrayed as a conscious return to the style of your '80s albums. Do you agree?

Ulrich: It didn't start that way. We just wanted to make the best record possible. We had a weird taboo relationship with our early records that we felt scared to revisit because we'd be in some way cheapening them. Rick [Rubin] made us feel pretty good about doing that: going back and not copying, but trying to put ourselves in the same head space as much as possible. ... Rick felt that none of our records had ever captured the frenetic energy that we get in a live situation. Our records always got watered down in execution. He wanted us to play together, lock in with each other, and play with energy in a really connected way instead of overdubbing and being all perfect. How do you respond to accusations that the record was botched in the mixing process and sounds distorted?

Ulrich: A METALLICA record is too loud for people? That's a statement in itself. The irony of that. Welcome to the world of digital recordings, compression overload, MP3's. People are moving in a different direction and things are becoming more linear, less dynamic. We can't put out records for every niche in our fan base. We attract such a diverse group of people, we can't please everybody. METALLICA has made career out of doing what we need to do for ourselves … I love the way the album sounds. Rick pushed it as far as he needs to go. Did he push it too far, farther than some people wanted? Absolutely. In a world of compression, maybe it's too hot for some people. But there is some perverse beauty in knowing that a METALLICA record is considered too loud. Did you read the reviews of the record? Do you care?

Ulrich: We read the reviews. If an artist of any magnitude says he doesn't read reviews, I'd say 99 percent of them are lying. We follow criticisms and evaluations of what we do without necessarily affecting what we do. You can read reviews without altering creative process, without turning into a parody. … [But] we made a bunch of top-10 lists. There is so much goodwill and positive energy. It's the best-received album since the "black" album 200 years ago [the self-titled 1991 album]. It's doing as well or better than anyone expected. But for a long time anger was a necessary ingredient in METALLICA's music. How do you maintain that when things are so settled?

Ulrich: That's the $64,000 question. Is it necessary? I would answer back. I don't have the answer. If we can spit out a record like "Death Magnetic" 27 years into a career, it can't be that bad. I was listening to [the 1988 METALLICA song] "Dyers Eve" the other night. Incredible lyrics, but James isn't that guy anymore. I think there is such validity in what is coming out of him now. It doesn't necessarily succeed or fail on whether his anger can get up to "Dyers Eve" level. There are enough other things that work to keep it from being comical. Rubin would tell us if it gets comical. I know there are 5 or 10 out there who feel it's comical, but the majority feel there is something left. Otherwise, I hope we'd be the first ones out of here.

Read the entire interview from

Nightwish Frontwoman Explains Issues In The Band

The latest issue of MeNaiset, the most popular women's magazine in Finland, features a cover story on NIGHTWISH frontwoman Anette Olzon. The Swedish singer was interviewed for the article, which focuses on Anette's personal life and the behind-the-scenes politics that comes along with being in one of Finland's biggest rock exports.

According to Anette, she had a meltdown during the band's recent South American tour and walked offstage halfway through NIGHTWISH's concert in Belo Horizonte, Brazil because she lost her voice after being exposed to an excessive amount of smoke.

Olzon: "It's a big deal for a singer to lose his or her voice on stage. On the other hand, if the same situation had arisen six months earlier, I definitely wouldn't have walked off stage. Also the stress and the bad vibe within the band reached a boling point in Brazil."

Anette says the atmosphere on the road was tense and she had a hard time dealing with the stress that comes along with being away from home for weeks at a time.

"[The other guys in NIGHTWISH] have had ten years of experience in this business," she says. "I only have two years under my belt. When people become tired of each other, they become alienated from one another. Every group needs a war sometimes and we hadn't had one in the entire time I have been in the band. We spent our time tiptoeing around each other rather than arguing.

She continued: "A big fight clears the air. Everyone was tired but we got everything resolved. There's no point in dwelling on the past; you have to think ahead. On stage, though, everything is fine and we all have fun. The hassles away from the stage are the cause of most of the stress. It's not just about music; you have to constantly deal with new people and things around you."

One of the changes that Anette made is that she hired a well-known Swedish manager to handle her personal affairs. Olzon believes that in the long run, the expertise of a big company like the one she is currently working with will also help King Foo Entertaiment, which manages NIGHTWISH.

Olzon: "It was a hard decision for me [to hire a personal manager] because I didn't want problems with the band. I said that I have different needs in these areas than the rest of the guys. I, for example, need clothing sponsors which doesn't interest the rest of the band. Now I have a person who will be able to take care of that kind of stuff."

The fact that her new manager is Swedish has helped Anette deal with the business end of things better. Against her initial expectations, working in English has proved to be a little bit more complicated for Anette. There is also the fact that King Foo has worked with the NIGHTWISH guys for ten years and is therefore more at their service.

Anette emphasizes that her decision to hire a personal manager is more about making practical things run more smoothly than an attempt to create division or separate herself from the rest of the band. Now she doesn't have to get snappy if the band's manager hasn't done something and the rest of the group doesn't have to worry about Anette's special needs.

Olzon: "I now understand that [original NIGHTWISH singer] Tarja Turunen surely had a good reason to have her own manager and so do I. That doesn't affect my desire to be in the band, though. I believe this decision will help all of us."

Artists who are required to do a lot of traveling as part of their jobs have different ways of making themselves feel at home. For Anette, one way to achieve this was to tattoo the name of her son, Seth, on her right leg. The boy, who is old enough to attend school, is the apple of Anette's eye. Even though she spends a lot of time away from home, Anette — who divorced Seth's father after she joined NIGHTWISH — beams with excitement when talking about the normal, everyday things she does with her son.

Olzon: "Of course, it's hard sometimes. When I'm away a lot, he asks when he can come and join me on the road. We [NIGHTWISH] rarely play near my home, and he has his school, so the visits on tour don't happen very often. I still feel great knowing how proud of me Seth is."

Anette says her son loves the entire group. The bandmembers are his idols and he wants to be a guitarist when he grows up.

One of Seth's favorite moments took place when NIGHTWISH performed at the Metaltown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.

"Seth came onstage to bow with us," says Anette. "I, of course, want to protect him, but I had to allow him that chance. He says that it was so cool to be on stage that he wants to come along next time and he decided to become a rock star when he grows up."

Guitar Hero: Metallica Release Date

According to a posting on METALLICA's official web site, the Guitar Hero: Metallica game will be released in North America on March 29 for Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3. Europeans will get the game in early May. Nintendo Wii and PS2 will follow later in the spring, also most likely in early May.

METALLICA is only the second act to get its own version of Guitar Hero, following last year's AEROSMITH game. METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told The Pulse of Radio some of the reasons why his band has embraced the video game phenomenon. "A lot of kids that maybe wanted to play guitar, or even, especially adults that wanted to play guitar and never did, they're getting a chance to somewhat live a little bit of that in their living room or whatever it is," he said. "And it's a good way to get your music out there. With all the big record stores closing up, getting music to people, it's getting a little limiting. But there are many places, new places to explore, and one of them is Guitar Hero."

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo told The Pulse of Radio about the extensive motion-capture process that the band has to go through in order to make them come to life in the game. "We're basically in wetsuits, and you've got all these little tassels, what would be like tassels on your body, that helps trigger the image in the computer," he said. "It's like a performance in a wetsuit, so you're very hot, you're up there, you're headbanging, you're under the lights, but it's a workout. You know, they usually want you to do a song, like, five times or more, so it's a lot of work."

A post at the METALLICA web site revealed that the new game "allows you to play as us in either single instrument or band career game modes in your choice of some famous settings or new venues with in-the-round staging."

The game will include 28 METALLICA songs, as well as tracks from ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, QUEEN, MACHINE HEAD and others.

According to gaming site, Guitar Hero: Metallica will include a new difficulty level for drummers, featuring double bass drum pedals, along with new METALLICA guitar tones.

Michael Wilton Recorded All Guitars For New Queensryche Album

According to, QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton has revealed that he has recorded all the guitar parts for the band's upcoming album, "American Soldier". He said in an online posting, "I have been slammed with making the deadline for the new QUEENSRŸCHE opus. I recorded all the guitars this time so it should sound more like the original 'RŸCHE."

Due in April 2009 via Rhino, QUEENSRŸCHE's twelfth studio album, "American Soldier", is a concept effort which finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. "American Soldier" examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album's release, QUEENSRŸCHE plans to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009.

"American Soldier" will contain 12 tracks, including the following:

* Dead Man's Words
* Unafraid
* 100 Mile Stare
* At Thirty Thousand Feet
* Man Down
* Remember Me
* If I Were King

A snippet of the song, "If I Were King" is featured in the new tour commerical for Snoqualmie Casino.

To download the MP3 of the radio spot, click here. (10 seconds of the song's chorus can be heard at the :21-:31 mark)

Edited at: Friday, January 16, 2009 1:04:59 PM
[Bazookajoe_666] Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:51:15 AM 
McBrain Inducted into Drum Legends Hall of Fame

IRON MAIDEN's Nicko McBrain was inducted into Guitar Center's "Drum-Legends" Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at Guitar Center's Drum-Off grand finals in Los Angeles. McBrain also performed the MAIDEN classics "The Trooper" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" at the event, which was held at the historic Music Box at Fonda Theater. The show also featured performances from drumming greats Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL), an exclusive collaboration by Thomas Pridgen (MARS VOLTA) and Thomas Lang and a headlining performance by PAPA ROACH. The evening was hosted by Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION).

And it's official, Metallica are being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
[adrianaec_88] Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:35:14 PM 
I've seen that somewhere... that's the best singing he has done in a long time don't you think?
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[Bazookajoe_666] Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:33:32 AM 
Twisted Sister Guitarist Interview

Metal Asylum
recently conducted an interview with TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Asylum: Were there any other TWISTED SISTER shows professionally recorded that you wanted to release instead of the one at the Astoria, or was the Astoria show planned for DVD?

Jay Jay: We knew that show was great, but we didn't know how it was going to translate to tape, which you never know until you see the playback. So we knew the night was special because everybody in the band walked off the stage and said it was special. We knew the night was special because the crowd went completely insane (not that they always don't go insane) but there is levels of insanity. They went absolutely insane, and it was England, and we have a history of somehow rising to the occasion in that country. The night before we headlined a big festival in the Midlands and Brian Johnson from AC/DC came up and played with us, and that was special because we revere AC/DC. So that was special. So the stars we aligned per say and the show was great. The original thought was the show at the Astoria would be shot for pay-per-view and then we forgot about it. Ummm… then occasionally I'd have conversations with the record label and they said, "We gotta take a look at this show." We have a mutual friend, Hayley Warren, who is a rock/metal DJ in England who also happens to be a video producer (who has done a few projects) and she said she would love to have a crack at this concert. So I said, "What would it be like if a fan edited our concert?" We gave her three songs and said, "Go for it." We mixed three songs in the studio, sent the raw tracks to Haley, she edited it, we watched them and said, "Geez, that's exactly what we thought it was." So we commissioned her to do it and then the label said, "Let's make it a two-for-one package to make it worthwhile," and that's what we did. Are there other shows in the can? Yeah, but you have to be judicious on how you spread out your product. We have many labels — Eagle Rock, Demolition, Rhino — and we you have that many partners you can't screw anyone over. You have to spread these things out. Last Christmas we had a DVD out, this year we have the "Live at the Astoria" DVD. Next May it will be the 25th anniversary of the album "Stay Hungry", so Rhino is going to do a re-release of the album with the remastered original record, plus a new song we just recorded called "30", plus six or seven alternate versions of the songs from "Stay Hungry", plus six or seven songs from the sessions that never were on the album. So we have a lot of product to space out. Look, don't these rap artists still release records ten years after they are dead?? [Laughs] Isn't it amazing that Biggie Smalls continues to release records even after he is dead and 2 Pac seems to have a new album out every year? Brilliant! I mean, let's record four hundred songs and have our wives release them every few years. So like that, we are also trying to elongate the legacy of TWISTED SISTER.

Metal Asylum: I have read that TWISTED SISTER will be taking off the makeup after the anniversary celebration for "Stay Hungry". Is this true?

Jay Jay: Yes, that is what we will do after the 25th-anniversary tour.

Metal Asylum: Do you feel the fans may be disappointed since it has only been about six years since the band started touring again with the makeup?

Jay Jay: Here, let me tell you a story. This past summer we played many festivals and one of the best we played since we came back was a one day festival in Holland. I think it was a Monsters of Rock or something like that. Imagine this as a fan…. you get KANSAS, REO SPEEDWAGON, MOTÖRHEAD, WHITESNAKE, TWISTED SISTER, KISS, DEF LEPPARD, JOURNEY in one afternoon. You get two stages and just hit after hit after hit. These European festivals are the best. We never played with KISS so we were thinking this is our chance to take them out; you know, it's like a bloodsport with us. So what happens, the band gets to the festival. Dee's [Snider, vocals] flight leaves really late from New York due to a rain storm, in fact it leaves so late Dee's on the tarmac in New York city waiting for the plane to take off, goes to sleep, wakes up still in New York. He lands one hour before we are to go on stage, two hours away by car. So we had to helicopter him in and couldn't go on stage with any stage clothes. So for the first time we have to go on stage with t-shirts and jeans. Now let's put this in perspective: it's us, MOTÖRHEAD, JOURNEY, KISS, DEF LEPPARD, and we want to be at our possible best, right?? And we walk on stage with t-shirts and jeans. The next day in the paper there is a review of the festival. Reviewer says great festival, great bands. But TWISTED SISTER was the only band who had a picture in the paper. What did they say about the other bands? "As great as KISS and all these other bands are, TWISTED SISTER was the only band that resonated with everyone." So what does that tell you about the makeup and if the fans will be disappointed? It's not gonna make much of a difference.

Metal Asylum: What are TWISTED SISTER's plans for 2009?

Jay Jay: We will be touring Europe and the U.S. playing "Stay Hungry" start to finish and since "A Twisted Christmas" was so successful we will be pursuing the "Twisted Christmas" musical project but I urge fans to check with the TWISTED SISTER website for updates on all these projects and events.

Metal Asylum: Now after TWISTED SISTER take off the makeup, will you still play shows under the BENT BROTHER moniker?

Jay Jay: Oh, well, that's gonna be difficult because now maybe BENT BROTHER will turn into TWISTED SISTER. [Laughs] Actually that's kinda funny. I didn't think of that one. Since BENT BROTHER is the ultimate TWISTED SISTER band, maybe BENT BROTHER will be so annoyed that TWISTED SISTER isn't wearing makeup that they insist upon it for occasional shows.

You can read the rest of the interview at Metal Asylum.

Photos of TWISTED SISTER's "Twisted Sister, A Twisted Christmas On Broadway" holiday extravaganza, which was held on December 5, 2008 at the Nokia Theatre in New York City, can be found on the BrooklynVegan web site. The show featured the band performing songs its now-classic rockin' holiday CD and DVD, "A Twisted Christmas", with a special guest appearance by '80s hard rock queen Lita Ford, including "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Deck The Halls", and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" inspired by their biggest hit, "We're Not Gonna Take It"

Entire New Kreator Album Available For Streaming

"Hordes Of Chaos", the brand new album from German thrashers KREATOR, is available for streaming in its entirety at the web site of MTV Germany.

KREATOR will release "Hordes Of Chaos" in Europe on January 19, 2009 via SPV Records (except in Germany, where it will be issued on January 16). The CD will arrive in the U.S. on January 13.

The new album will be available in three different versions. The jewel case edition includes the ten regular album songs, and the deluxe version features an additional bonus DVD with an atmospheric making-of in super-8 quality courtesy of a Berlin filmmaker. As a third option, the ultra-deluxe version comes with a t-shirt, a worthwhile photo book and an extended version of the bonus DVD, as well as the CD.

The "Hordes Of Chaos" artwork was created once again by Joachim Luetke. Luetke designed the artwork for KREATOR's last album, "Enemy Of God", as well as past releases from bands like DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY and RAGE.

"Hordes Of Chaos" track listing:

Limited Edition:

01. Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)
02. Warcurse
03. Escalation
04. Amok Run
05. Destroy What Destroys You
06. Radical Resistance
07. Absolute Misanthropy
08. To The Afterborn
09. Corpses Of Liberty
10. Demon Prince

Bonus DVD

* The Making of "Hordes Of Chaos" directed by Stephanie von Beauvais; Running time: approximately 20 minutes

Jewel Case:

01. Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)
02. Warcurse
03. Escalation
04. Amok Run
05. Destroy What Destroys You
06. Radical Resistance
07. Absolute Misanthropy
08. To The Afterborn
09. Corpses Of Liberty
10. Demon Prince


Side 1:

01. Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)
02. Warcurse
03. Escalation
04. Amok Run
05. Destroy What Destroys You

Side 2:

06. Radical Resistance
07. Absolute Misanthropy
08. To The Afterborn
09. Corpses Of Liberty
10. Demon Prince

A teaser for the CD can be viewed below.

According to a press release, "Hordes Of Chaos" is "a powerhouse featuring rigorous thrash attacks and KREATOR's familiarly intelligent lyrics about self-determination and the dangers of contemporary war propaganda."

"Hordes Of Chaos" was recorded at Berlin's Tritonus studios under the direction of producer Moses Schneider. Schneider is renowned for his fresh and exceptionally dynamic working methods with bands and artists such as BEATSTEAKS and TOCOTRONIC.

"We consciously decided on Moses as our producer for the live recording of the basic tracks at the studio," band mastermind Mille Petrozza explains. "This was the first time since 'Pleasure To Kill' that we worked in this way. The new album is a 100% realistic reflection of KREATOR's live qualities. Instead of exploring every little detail to sterile perfection with the help of computer technology, this time around we wanted to deliver as dynamic a production as possible. There can be no doubt that we've achieved our target in 'Hordes Of Chaos'." The album was mixed in London by Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CRADLE OF FILTH).

KREATOR is putting the finishing touches on its new video for the title track of "Hordes Of Chaos". The clip was shot on November 2 in Berlin, Germany with director Jörn Heitmann (RAMMSTEIN), who has also worked on the band's video for the song "Enemy Of God".

[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 12, 2009 7:12:45 AM 
Steven Tyler Interview

recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Elle: What can you tell me about your first sexual experience?

Steven Tyler: It was at the age of seven with twins.

Elle: Where does a boy go to find naughty prepubescent twins?

Steven Tyler: They sat next to me in the church choir. They were French.

Elle: At that age, I can't imagine you got the full ménage à trois.

Steven Tyler: They took me home one day, and we had a you-show-me-yours-I'll-show-you-mine session. Isn't that great? You know, I look at their pictures now and think to myself, How much sweeter does it get? And isn't it crazy that my ex-wife Teresa was a twin and my girlfriend now is a twin?

Elle: So in your marriage to Teresa, was there ever any serious talk of bringing the other twin into the bedroom?

Steven Tyler: I asked her for years and I got so smacked down.

Elle: Over the years, your relationship with AEROSMITH's guitarist Joe Perry has been more contentious than many bad marriages, but you still play together. How do you manage that relationship?

Steven Tyler: There's that famous saying, "This thing is bigger than both of us." Some guys will have terrible feelings about an ex-wife they had a child with, but after giving birth to something so beautiful, how can you hate that person? We've given birth to those songs.

Elle: Has any female celebrity ever shunned your advances?

Steven Tyler: Never. I'm a persistent motherfucker. I'm very sensual and very rhythm-oriented and into poetry. Women can feel that.

Elle: Tell me a story of public humiliation that involves a woman.

Steven Tyler: I can't really think about anything other than things I really don't want to talk about — like divorces, or my girlfriend, Erin, getting in a fight in a club defending my honor, and then people saying she got me on drugs, which is the furthest thing from the truth. That's the press for you.

Elle: How exactly did your girlfriend defend your honor?

Steven Tyler: A girl was sitting on my lap too long, and my girlfriend just threw her off. It turned into a brawl.

Elle: But the question remains: Why was this girl sitting in your lap for so long?

Steven Tyler: That might have been my fault.

Read the entire interview from
[Bazookajoe_666] Monday, January 12, 2009 7:10:57 AM 
Chuck Billy Comments On "Christmas Metal Symphony"

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has commented on his appearance at the "Christmas Metal Symphony" show, which was held December 28, 2008 at 013, Tilburg, Holland.

The concert included appearances by such renowned hard rock and heavy metal artists as Doro Pesch, Chuck Billy, Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Johan Edlund (TIAMAT), Ian Parry (CONSORTIUM PROJECT, ELEGY), Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION, AYREON), Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER) and George Oosthoek (ORPHANAGE). They were backed by a six-piece band and a 30-piece classical orchestra as they performed the finest metal songs of all time. This unique show contained songs from all metal genres — from prog-metal to rock, from death to speed and from industrial to symphonic.

The backing band consisted of the following musicians:

Koen Herfst (EPICA) - Drums
Marcel Coenen (SUN CAGED) - Guitar
Johan Van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) - Bass
Frank Schiphorst (CONTROL HUMAN DELETE) - Guitar
Jeffrey Revet (STREAM OF PASSION) - Keyboards
Joost van den Broek (AFTER FOREVER) – Keyboards

Billy commented on the performance: "It was a challenge I've wanted to pursue for a long time, since I've never had the opportunity to sing with an orchestra. The songs took a new life with them. The arrangements they came up with were really spooky and eerie. When I did the first rehearsal, I wanted to pay attention to the music ahead of the performance. It was so cool sounding, I was blown away. It's definitely something I would like to try more with TESTAMENT."

Fan-filmed video footage of Chuck's performance at the "Christmas Metal Symphony" show can be viewed below.

A number of high-quality photos of the concert are available at

The complete setlist was as follows:

01. Blood Of Kingu (THERION) (feat. Mats Levén, Marcela Bovio)
02. Victim Of Changes (JUDAS PRIEST) (feat. Mats Levén)
03. Son Of The Staves Of Time (THERION) (feat. Mats Levén, Marcela Bovio)
04. Passion (STREAM OF PASSION) (feat. Marcela Bovio)
05. Out In The Real World (STREAM OF PASSION) (feat. Marcela Bovio)
06. Enter Sandman (METALLICA) (feat. Ian Parry)
07. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH) (feat. Ian Parry)
08. Breaking The Law (JUDAS PRIEST) (feat. Doro Pesch, Ian Parry)
09. All We Are (DORO) (feat. Doro Pesch, Floor Jansen)
10. I Rule The Ruins (DORO) (feat. Doro)
11. Souls Of Black (TESTAMENT) (feat. Chuck Billy)
12. Return To Serenity (TESTAMENT) (feat. Chuck Billy, Mats Levén)
13. More Than Meets The Eye (TESTAMENT) (feat. Chuck Billy, George Oosthoek)
14. Arise (SEPULTURA) (feat. George Oosthoek)
15. Mountains Of Madness (ORPHANAGE) (feat. George Oosthoek, Floor Jansen)
16. A New Level (PANTERA) (feat. George Oosthoek)
17. Cain (TIAMAT) (feat. Johan Edlund)
18. Brighter Than The Sun (TIAMAT) (feat. Johan Edlund, Marcela Bovio)
19. When The Smoke Is Going Down (SCORPIONS) (feat. Johan Edlund)
20. My Pledge Of Allegiance No. 1 (AFTER FOREVER) (feat. George Oosthoek, Floor Jansen)
21. Equally Destructive (AFTER FOREVER) (feat. Floor Jansen)
22. The Evil That Man Do (IRON MAIDEN) (feat. Floor Jansen)
23. Intro Based on "The Odyssey" (SYMPHONY X) (orchestra only)
24. Evolution (The Grand Design) (SYMPHONY X) (feat. Russell Allen)
25. Paradise Lost (SYMPHONY X) (feat. Russell Allen)
26. Dawn Of A Million Souls (AYREON) (feat. Russell Allen)
27. Phantom Of The Opera (NIGHTWISH version) (feat. Russell Allen, Floor Jansen)

KK and Glenn Interview

Greg Prato of recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How did the idea of "Nostradamus" come up?

Downing: I thought if we don't do [a concept album] now, maybe we won't, because it's a big project to do something like that. We pulled it together fairly quickly — it might have been a couple of years, but we did some shows during that time. We could start to see connections with Nostradamus. We've always done "content," like "Blood Red Skies" and "Electric Eye" — y'know, fantasy things — over the years. So we thought, "This is 'ready made,' almost." The more we read up on him, it was intriguing really.

Tipton: After the last album, "Angel of Retribution", we already decided a concept album would be the way to go. It was in Germany somewhere — we talked to our manager, Bill Curbishley. Bill suggested Nostradamus, and it just went from there. He had such an interesting life story — it wasn't really his prophecies that we were intrigued about, it was his life. For a guy from the 16th century, he's certainly left his mark. He was a very intelligent guy obviously, to come up with these prophecies. A man of vision, and wasn't afraid to speak out. He lost his wife and daughter tragically in the Plague, and the church came after him and exiled him. Then, he found a new love and a new life. He had a really interesting life and he inspired us. It just seemed to fall into place. How did you approach "Nostradamus" as a guitarist?

Tipton: Funnily enough, a lot of the concepts and early compositions on this were done on keyboards. We wanted a slightly different angle. Some of them came from messing around on keyboards and then putting it to the guitar. As a songwriter, what I do a lot is I have "bursts" on the guitar. I don't touch it for a long time, and then I pick it up and play it intensely. I like to play the guitar when I want to play it. I wouldn't say I've got a love/hate relationship with it, but there are days when I don't want to know and I'm not really productive. But then there are other days when I can't wait to pick it up, and that's when I'm prolific. When we get together, we pool all our ideas. So we just did the same with "Nostradamus".

Downing: We had the first synthesizer guitars back in '85, which we used on the "Turbo" album — but we only used various non-classical sounds. So, pulled that out — an old Roland whatever it was — and it was full of pops and squeaks, so I thought, "This is no good." So I went out and bought a Godin guitar, and spoke to [Godin], and they sent another one over. Then, spoke to Roland — the GR28, got one of those. Also got the Axon rack-mounted module. Started to play guitar, and what came out was string sounds and voice sounds. I found it was pretty exhilarating to do that. I think it's fair to say that without real radical effects, it's difficult to get atmosphere. What is your take on the current state of metal guitar?

Downing: There's a lot going on, but a lot is fast and furious, and pretty aggressive, really. I grew up in the '60s, and experienced the evolution of it all — from blues to progressive blues, rock, hard rock, heavy rock, and heavy metal. I'd have to say I'm a big classic metal fan. But some of the new stuff is exciting — there's no two ways about it.

Tipton: I think there's some great guitar players out there that are restricted by the current trends and so-called "rules" of metal — where you shouldn't play too much lead. I think that's a shame. You don't have to overindulge, but I know a lot of great guitar players — you watch them play a set and they hardly play any lead. As long as the lead breaks are appropriate — they can be short, they can be long — they should be played. I'd like to see more of them break the rules down and do what they want to do. Because I know they're capable of a lot more than what they're playing. It's time to break the chains.

Read the entire interview from

New Cannibal Corpse Song Available

The title track of CANNIBAL CORPSE's forthcoming album, "Evisceration Plague", is available for streaming at this location.

"Evisceration Plague" is scheduled for release on February 3, 2009 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2006's "Kill" was produced by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL) at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Commented bassist Alex Webster: "In CANNIBAL CORPSE, our goal has always been to try and make each new album we record our heaviest. That goal was a bit more challenging this time since we were extremely satisfied with our last album 'Kill', but we knew that by working with producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios again, we would be able to start at that same level of heaviness and take it even further. Now that we can hear the finished product, I would say we've been able to achieve this goal, and I think our fans will agree. 'Evisceration Plague' has the best guitar sound we've ever recorded, and the entire band has never played with more precision and power. We can't wait until you all get a chance to hear the album in early 2009, because we think you'll be as happy with it as we are."

"Evisceration Plague" track listing:

01. Priests of Sodom
02. Scalding Hail
03. To Decompose
04. A Cauldron of Hate
05. Beheading and Burning
06. Evidence in the Furnace
07. Carnivorous Swarm
08. Evisceration Plague
09. Shatter Their Bones
10. Carrion Sculpted Entity
11. Unnatural
12. Skewered From Ear to Eye

"Evisceration Plague" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus track and bonus DVD, jewelcase CD and on limited splatter vinyl.

The "Evisceration Plague" artwork can be viewed below.

Commented Alex Webster, "For 'Evisceration Plague' we enlisted legendary gore/horror artist Vincent Locke, who has done artwork for all of our releases. He did two pieces for us this time, a dark and foreboding cover piece, and a violent and gory piece for the interior of the CD packaging. Vince has shown once again that he is a master of capturing a macabre and eerie vibe with his artwork."

[Bazookajoe_666] Friday, January 09, 2009 8:51:46 AM 
Haha naa I'm just posting news at school now when I can.

Halford Interview

Yngwie Interview

Steph Perry of Rock Notes conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen on December 2, 2008. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Rock Notes: How did you hook up with [former JUDAS PRIEST singer] Tim "Ripper" Owens?

Yngwie: Well, this has something to do with exactly what happened with the recording. Because I had Doogie [White] in the band, and I wrote the songs, and the songs started getting more and more finished. The keyboard player came in and spent a couple of weeks on the keyboards. Then I started the lyrics for "Be Careful What You Wish For" and "Live To Fight Another Day". I wrote them thinking that's who I want to have, I mean that's what I had in my head. So the songs were finished by the time Tim came in. I actually tried to do a couple songs with Doogie and it didn't work out. I said to Doogie in a cool way, "Look, I'm going this way and this just isn't going to work out." It's almost like casting for a movie. You need someone to take that role. I'm a movie freak anyway. I'm into movies more than anything. Everybody always asks me, "What do you think of the new bands?" and I'm sure they're great. The bands that I still listen to are QUEEN and DEEP PURPLE and JIMI HENDRIX and stuff like that. It's not that I don't like the new stuff, it's just that I don't want to ever fucking look at what I do as work because then I don't want to do it anymore. So when I'm working on it, it has to be an inspired process. When I don't work on music, I want to like watch a movie or read a book or play some tennis or whatever. When I grew up in Sweden, I grew up in some sort of a fucking moon landscape. It was like nothing there. I'm not going to get into politics or shit like that right now, but when I hear all these people moaning and bitching about America, "You gotta change, you gotta change." Let me tell you something, you guys don't know how good you have it! This is the greatest country on God's earth! There is no better place, no better country, this is the ultimate place to live in, with warts and all. There is no place that could even be a pimple on this country's ass! And people better start being happy about that, because if you get "the change," you better be careful what you wish for. I'm telling you, that's not what you want, man; this is the greatest country on earth. Leave it like it is! I'm the living proof, living breathing proof. I came to this country with one guitar and one extra pair of pants. That was it! I was a teenager and everything and beyond I ever dreamt of has come true. And I could've never done it anywhere else. The only reason it was possible is because this is the country of the individual, this is the country where hard work will reward you, this is the country of no you don't get shit if you don't do shit. This the country that rewards hard work and rewards ambition. And where I came from, it was the exact opposite. If you did nothing you got everything paid for, if you work really hard they just take your money. So I know what I'm talking about when it comes to these things... I love this country more than anything I would go and fight and die for this country.

Rock Notes: What is the biggest misconception about you?

Yngwie: Let's face it, in the past when I first started out and all that I probably had a fucking attitude. I was very confident and very young and I probably said and did things I shouldn't have. So some people have based their opinion or theory of who I am on that. Which is okay, because it happens to me almost every day I do these interviews and I hear people say, "Oh, man you're really cool and I was so worried about talking to you." You learn when you're in this business that no matter what you do or no matter what you say there's going to be a certain element of people that are going to try to bring you down.

Rock Notes: It's pretty cool that some of your new material was chosen for Rock Band downloadable content. What goes through your mind when you learn that your songs will be featured in such a popular video game?

Yngwie: I have to be honest with you. My kid is ten years old and a couple of years ago I brought him to one of those video game stores and said, "Hey, go get whatever you want." And the guy that worked there knew who I was. He goes, "Hey, check this out," and put this plastic guitar on and starts playing "Smoke On The Water" or whatever. And I'm going, "What the hell is this?" But I have to be honest with you, this Rock Band and this Guitar Hero, it's all been good for me! Because even if it doesn't say Yngwie Malmsteen, it is stuff that relates to what I do, and let's say ten years ago, the guitar was pretty much dead in this country. To me, this is fucking great! If the kid plays some game like Halo, or whatever they're doing, that's cool. But this is something that introduces them to music and good rock and roll. Not long ago I was sitting in the airport with one of my bandmates and this little kid, like six years old, goes to me, "Are you guys in the band?" and I go like, "Yeah, we're in the band." And he says, "I want to be in a band!" This is so cool because this didn't happen before. And all the kids you see at my shows now? So I think it's a good thing. I think it's cool. I was very skeptical at first but I think it's good now.

Read the entire interview from Rock Notes.

Testament To Perform First Two Albums In London

San Francisco thrash metal legends TESTAMENT will play their classic first two albums — "The Legacy" and "The New World Order" — for one night only at Islington Academy in London, England on March 25.

This unique "Metal Hammer Presents..." event will showcase the face-melting albums that kick-started the TESTAMENT story and helped create a monumental legacy that now stretches over 25 years. The set is also set to include a neck-cracking encore that will be drawn from the very best of the rest of the band's back catalog, possibly including cuts from the group's 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods "Album Of The Year", "The Formation Of Damnation".

Founding guitarist Eric Peterson spoke exclusively to Metal Hammer about this one-off event: "If anybody's gonna get a special show it's London! They don't say the term 'London Rocks' around the world for nothing! Oi! We will expect all the legions to be present at this show! Heavy futten met-all!"

Tickets are available now.

New Kerry King Signature Guitar: Beast V

Owen O'Malley of Gearwire reports that 2009 will see the arrival of two new Kerry King (SLAYER) signature collection guitars from B.C. Rich, called the Beast V and the Beast V NT. The Beast V is a hybrid design combining the Beast and Speed V body shapes, touting the Beast horns and the extended fins of the V. It's the Jackalope of B.C. Rich body styles. The Beast V NT will sport a neck-through construction, active B.C. Rich pickups and a Khaler Tremolo, while the standard Beast V will be outfitted with a string-through / tune-o-matic bridge and B.C. Rich B.D.S.M. humbuckers.

Kerry King will be take part in a special fan meet-and-greet at the Jägermeister Pit Area at Supercross at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around for a FREE live performance from the band STRUNG OUT at 5:00 p.m. on the Jägermeister Mobile Stage.

Jägermeister has come on board as a major sponsor of Supercross for the 2009 race season. Jägermeister / MDK / KTM just inked a deal with AMA Supercross riders Travis Preston and Josh Summey. Jägermeister will also debut its Freestyle Motocross Jump Team to perform at supercross events. The Jägermeister Freestyle Jump Team will include riders from around the world, including "Cowboy" Kenny Bartram.

Anaheim Supercross Pits open at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17. 

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