SLASH and his band Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have unleashed their new album WORLD ON FIRE today (September 16) via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline. Listen to the new album streaming in full on USA TODAY.com this week (HERE). SLASH will also stop by “The Howard Stern Show” today (September 16) for a live interview and performance. Tune in to Sirus/XM Howard 100 live today; the show will be rebroadcast throughout the week. The title track “World On Fire” marks SLASH’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.
SiriusXM is hosting “SLASH Week,” the week-long special on SiriusXM’s Octane channel celebrating the release of WORLD ON FIRE. SLASH and his band performed a private show last night (Sept 15) at Santos Party House in New York City. The concert is available on SiriusXM On Demand via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at Siriusxm.com. “SLASH Week” also features SLASH hosting a live special from the SiriusXM studios–with special co-host MYLES KENNEDY, lead singer of SLASH’s band The Conspirators. Every hour today (Sept 16) Sirius Octane will debut tracks from his new album WORLD ON FIRE. On Friday, September 19 at 6:00 pm ET, SLASH will guest host on Ozzy Osbourne’s SiriusXM channel “Ozzy’s Boneyard.” SLASH will spin tunes from his storied rock career and tell the stories behind the songs. Hear SLASH with Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, and tracks from his new album WORLD ON FIRE all weekend long.
On Friday, September 19, the GRAMMY® winner and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer SLASH will be on hand at Universal Studios Hollywood to unveil the new maze “Clowns 3D Music By SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights.” This collaboration with prolific guitarist SLASH marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. Later that night, SLASH will receive an “Eyegore Award” which honors influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries. SLASH will join a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons at the show including Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, The Blues Brothers) and many more. Following the annual “Eyegore Awards,” SLASH and his bandmate MYLES KENNEDY will perform “Nothing Left To Fear,” the title song for his first-ever motion picture (2013) he co-produced through his film/TV production company Slasher Films.
On Saturday, September 20, SLASH will do a complete takeover of AXS TV with the SLASH BASH 2014 kicking off at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT. The day-long event is loaded with the best that hard rock and heavy metal has to offer. Packed with exclusive interstitial content, the spectacular features interviews with SLASH, as well as music videos; live performances by Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, KISS, and AC/DC; and is headlined by the television premiere of the all-new documentary ERNIE BALL PRESENTS: REAL TO REEL WITH SLASH airing at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Watch the sizzle reel for AXS TV’s Slash Bash 2014: http://bit.ly/1olklto.
Beginning Tuesday, September 23, SLASH will celebrate the release of WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three very special sold-out club shows: September 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25 (The Roxy) and September 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).
These shows are presented by and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. For more information, go to: www.SlashOnline.com. Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.
The WORLD ON FIRE disc marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRE, SLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.
Small but fine record label ‘UDR- Home of Legends’ lives up to one’s name again with another new and hot signing and upcoming release of ALICE COOPER, a true icon, a great performer – simply a legend.
With Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken the label is also starting a new live series of legendary Wacken performances. When Alice learned about the purpose behind it, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation.
The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music. For every sold DVD/CD € 1,–will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
ALICE COOPER – not much has to be said about this incredible artist whose career spans five decades by now. He has been named one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal and has been described as the artist who first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ has inspired many other artists due to his theatrical stage performances; e.g.: Kiss, Marilyn Manson and even Ozzy Osbourne – just to name a few.
Raise The Dead will be available as DVD + CD Digipack . The DVD contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert and bonus material shows an interview with the man himself. The double CD has the complete concert. BluRay Amaray (Full HD). FSK 12, running time 75 min plus another 20 min of interview. 22 Songs LIVE…. a phenomenal stage show, all classics in one package + – ALICE COOPER – one the biggest entertainers ever! Just enjoy the show!
1. Hello Hooray
2. House of Fire
3. No More Mr Nice Guy
4. Under My Wheels
5. I’ll Bite Your Face Off
6. Billion Dollar Babies
8. Department of Youth
9. Hey Stoopid
10. Dirty Diamonds
11. Welcome To My Nightmare
12. Go To Hell
13. He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)
14. Feed My Frankenstein
15. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
17. I Love The Dead
18. Break On Through
19. My Generation
20. I’m Eighteen
22. Schools Out / Another Brick In The Wall
Interview with Mike LePond
(Silent Assassins, Symphony X)
You are one of the only guys in Symphony X who has not done some sort of solo work outside the band. Do the other guys tease you or was it a matter of seeing how fun those outside project can be? In a related note, you also seem to be the busiest member outside of Symphony X. Where do you find the time?
Hahaha!! No, the guys never teased me about this. I have always dreamed of releasing a classic heavy metal album. When Symphony was touring the world for the Iconoclast, I put all the songs together and now it’s finally done!! Yes, when we are off the road, I love doing other projects. I just love to play.
Symphony X takes a long time between albums, does that get frustrating, or does it just give you time to other fun stuff?
It’s frustrating because I love recording and touring with the band, but I understand these amazing songs need time to be perfected. So, during the downtime, I keep myself busy.
Onto your current project, tell us about the formation of Silent Assassins. How important is it in this digital age to have physical product for the few remaining loyalists? In a related note, how did the fund-raising campaign go? What was your experiences with it?
In the modern age, digital downloads are taking over, but there is no greater feeling for me, than holding a physical product in my hands. We will always carry physical product for the faithful. The fundraising campaign was an amazing experience. It allowed me to forget about the record companies and deal with the fans directly. I believe that this is the future for music.
Explain some of your inspiration for the cover art. It reminds me of a Trojan horse. In a related not, tell us about your choice of title and the meaning behind it…or is it just one of those cool sounding names?
The cover art is based on the title track called Silent Assassins. It is all about the Trojan war. The Silent Assassins were the Greek warriors hiding inside the trojan horse. You could also call the players on my CD, silent assassins.
Tell me about the performance of Alan Tecchio. To me it seems to be one of his finest performances in a while.
Alan’s vocals were exactly what I needed for this record. His voice is tough and hard, but with tremendous melody and class. And he performed magnificently in the studio. One of the best vocalists out there I think.
I know you have a lot of star firepower on the album, who played drums?
Yes, lots of star power on this project. Besides Alan, I had Metal Mike on lead guitar. Michael Romeo programmed the drums, played keyboards and played some leads.
Did you and the guys in your solo project get together and jam at all, or was it a matter of everyone working apart and assembling it later?
There were no rehearsals for the record. I did scratch vocals for Alan to hear and gave Metal Mike the songs to play lead on.
Do you have any plans to tour the album, with this lineup or another?
I would like to do some festivals or cruises with this project. It would always be me and Alan with other hired musicians.
How has preliminary response been?
The Preliminary response has been wonderful. All the reviews have been very positive and I’m really excited for the release date.
Tell us a bit about your gear for our gear heads out there! Did you use a special set-up for the recording?
For the recording, I had my bass direct on one track. On the other track I used my Tech 21 Sansamp for overdrive. When I play on stage, I use my Peavey 8×10 cabinet with a Peavey Tour 700 head.
What is next on your horizon?
Symphony X is now recording our next CD, so next year I will be on the road with them. I will also begin working on a second solo album.
Dave Lombardo’s PHILM recently announced that their long awaited second studio album, Fire From The Evening Sun, will be released on the band’s new label, UDR Music, on September 16, 2014 in the US (September 15 in UK/September 12 in other European territories). Today, Loudwire is hosting an exclusive stream of the title track, ‘Fire From The Evening Sun’. Catch a first listen here: http://loudwire.com/philm-fire-from-the-evening-sun-exclusive-song-premiere/
Dave Lombardo offers his thoughts on the new track, “The single/title track, ‘Fire From The Evening Sun’ is a strong example of the bands ability to crush the stale norms. You can feel the fearlessness of moving forward, the anger of once being held back, and the release of overcoming all in a furious four minutes. It’s kind of like a resurrection, but with an agitated outcome. Our dislike for formulas brazenly shines in this track. We took this song from a militant vibe, to a feel good classic groove and then hit it with thrash. Expect the unexpected. If you want to hear something familiar, call your mother… you won’t find it here.”
Lombardo adds that the new album Fire From The Evening Sun will mark a different turn in the bands musical journey. “I believe this album has a daring, callous temperament about it that really sums up our mindset right now. No improvising, no fluff. It’s heavy and in your face from start to finish. You may think you know what PHILM is, but you don’t. If you haven’t seen us live, you have no idea. We thrive on being out of our comfort zones and want fans to take that ride.”
PHILM is currently on tour in Europe in support of Fire From The Evening Sun, and have recently confirmed dates on October 2nd in Bogota, Columbia, and October 16th in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go. Visit www.facebook.com/PHILMOfficial for more information.
THE CREATORS OF ‘INSIDE METAL: THE PIONEERS OF LA HARD ROCK AND METAL” DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES, WHICH FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES OF ’80S METAL, OFFERS METAL FANS A CHANCE TO BE INCLUDED IN THESE HISTORICAL MOVIES THOUGH FANBACKED
The early ’80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, ‘Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,’ chronicles the entire scene.
Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, ‘Inside Metal’ features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up atWWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM – which will help strengthen the film’s distribution, marketing and promotion.
This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).
‘Inside Metal’ is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.
To check out some sneak previews, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzWl795u0E
Early feedback has been exceptional, including renowned video director Jonas Åkerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raving, “This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You’re hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn’t get back, not until I saw this film. I can’t get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!”
Metalrock Films ask – and want – real and serious metal fans to be a part of this historic documentary and spread the word that this was the scene where it all began, ground zero. “Our Fanbacked campaign will raise the direly needed financial support to bring this film to one and all in the US and Internationally in order to pay for the marketing and promotion to get it noticed by the general public. We want to bring this film to your theatre, town, bar, club and living room! Unite and support us. We have created some one of a kind opportunities for our friends and fans to participate with us in birth of this film. Get your name on the screen and let the world know that you support metal and the bands that create it. Help us tell the story of the music you love and let the world know you love it. Join in the festivities of our, and your, accomplishments by being at the premiere of the movie and interact with the artist that participated in its creation. Commemorate your participation with a plaque, t-shirt, poster or other limited edition merchandise items that says ‘Metal Rules.’ Keep checking back as we add more tasty premiums.”
And thanks to you and your donation, ‘Inside Metal’ will finally get the true story of the scene heard – worldwide!
On October 21, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live In Verona by Deep Purple on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats [Pre-book Order Date September 26, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]. This amazing performance includes such Deep Purple favorites as “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Strange Kind Of Woman,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Highway Star,” “Woman From Tokyo,” and many more, but with a twist – the added embellishment of a full symphony orchestra.
Filmed in the spectacular surroundings of the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre originally built in 30 AD, this concert from the summer of 2011 captures Deep Purple joined on stage by the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt for performances of all their classic tracks.
The line-up for this show features Ian Gillan (vocals); Ian Paice (drums); Roger Glover (bass); Steve Morse (guitar); and Don Airey (keyboards). As bonus features, Live In Verona includes two extra tracks, “Hush” and “Black Night,” both of which were also recorded that night.
Deep Purple remain one of the finest hard rock bands on the planet and are undoubtedly at their best when performing live. On Live In Verona, the orchestral arrangements give an added depth and range to the familiar songs. Playing with the orchestra and performing in such a historical location embellished Deep Purple’s already electric stage presence to new heights, delivering a brilliant show.
The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, have signed a deal for North America & Europe withNuclear Blast Entertainment. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band’s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture, and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.
“Evolution and change are key elements in the non-stop growth of FEAR FACTORY,” comments guitarist Dino Cazares. “With that said, I am proud to be back working alongside the first man to believe in what we were doing back in 1990. He took a chance and signed us, and the rest is history. Monte Conner, once the main A&R man at Roadrunner Records, has now once again come back into the FEAR FACTORY family with his new home – Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We can’t wait to deliver an epic new album to kick off this new era.”
“FEAR FACTORY are truly one of the groundbreaking metal bands of our time,” adds Conner. “On their 1992 debut Soul Of A New Machine, Burton C. Bell introduced the world to the alternating heavy and melodic dual vocal approach that would go on to become a staple in metal to this very day. The following year, they were the first metal band to enter the industrial/dance remix world with the pioneering Fear Is The Mindkiller EP. And look at the countless metal bands who have since imitated the unique machine gun-style rhythm section, created when Dino Cazares’ staccato riffs locked in perfectly with the syncopated kick drums. I am excited to be reunited with this legendary band, and I am certain theirNuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be another FEAR FACTORY classic.” Read the rest of this entry »
Brazilian guitarist Marcelo Barbosa, member of the band Almah, has recently launched a single from his future album solo, as-yet-untitled, that should be released on the first half of 2015.
The song “Unlocked Scream” is available on the official Youtube channel of the guitarist. The following musicians helped Barbosa to record this composition: Felipe Andreoli (bass), Bruno Valverde (drums) and Gregoree Junior (keyboards). The material was filmed at BroadBand Studio, produced by Marcelo Sá and directed by Caio Cortonesi.
“The Covenant”, a brand new song from Romania-based thrash/death metal band DECEASE, is available as a lyric video bellow. The track comes off the band’s second album, “Age Of The Covenant”, which will be released in November this year via Hatework Records\ACM.
The instrumental part of the album was recorded with Marius Costache at Next Dog Studio (the drums) and No City Studio (guitar, bass) in Bucharest, and the vocal parts at LiveSet Studio, Cluj-Napoca.
The artwork was done by Alex Boca, the same artist who made the cover of the band’s first album, Exhort To Obliterate.
Critically-acclaimed sludge/doom veterans SOURVEIN have signed with Metal Blade Records! The new partnership’s first effort will be the release of the band’s fourth full-length album, “Aquatic Occult” in 2015. The album is scheduled to be recorded with Corrosion of Conformity’s Mike Dean in early 2015 and will finally see its release later that year. SOURVEIN main man Troy “T-Roy” Medlin was interviewed by friend and fellow musician, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God fame, who penned the band’s new biography. The text will serve as an excellent introduction for the uninitiated. It’s a recap of the past twenty years of the band, and a look towards a bright future for SOURVEIN.
Below is an excerpt from the biography, which includes comments on the signing and the upcoming album:
Over twenty long dues-paying years later, SOURVEIN has at long last found a proper home for their doom-laden Southern noise with underground stalwarts Metal Blade Records, and Medlin couldn’t be happier. “Aquatic Occult”, the band’s first offering on the label, promises to be heavier than a two-ton anchor dropped into an antique porcelain bathtub — it’s going to break things. But getting here hasn’t been easy. Read the rest of this entry »
For the third time in a row – in 2009 with No Sacrifice, No Victory, in 2011 with Infected, and now once again with their 2014 release (r)Evolution – Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL have steadily climbed the ranks to have their ninth studio album debut at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and clinch their highest-ever first-week sales record in the United States in the process.
From #38 (2009) to #16 (2011) to the top of the American Heatseekers chart this week, (r)Evolution also debuted at #1 in Sweden and entered the Top 10 in five countries.
KAMELOT NORTH AMERICA 2015 w special guests DragonForce
We are pleased to announce we are returning to North America in 2015, in support of the new KAMELOT album due for release in March 2015! The band is busy in the studio now and cannot wait to return to the USA and Canada for their biggest North American stage setup ever.
Special guests on this tour will be Dragonforce from the UK. This is will be a Symphonic Power Metal Extravaganza!
Limited VIP Tickets will be offered for all shows:
VIP Packages Include:
Ticket to the show
An exclusive Meet & Greet with all the band members
Have your picture taken with the band
Early entrance to the venue
A personally signed poster
An original VIP-pass
See you in April/May 2015!!!
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have just released the fourth “Making Of” trailer for their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album featuring new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Watch Episode 4, “The Beginning of the Summer Camp,” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
“You have to remember that the last time we played together was about 11 months ago,” commented longtime drummerJukka Nevalainen - who is sitting out on the recording sessions due to health issues – about the band’s first rehearsal. (Kai Hahto [WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY] is replacing him.) “It’s been quite a while, so all things considered out, initial stabs were pretty okay.”
“You start to get into the songs when you rehearse them,” adds NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. “We played a heavier tune, and it did get me moshing a bit. I don’t know if it has something to do with age – but the need to show off has diminished even more. It’s more like you want to do justice to the song and not strut your stuff.”
Metal fan James Evans, who got arrested for posting lyrics of Exodus track “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” to his Facebook wall on August 24, recently gave a few comments on the matter, calling the situation “pretty worrisome.”
“It’s surreal,” the 31-year-old told Billboard. “I didn’t think anything would come of it.”
After initially finding Evans, the police officers proceeded to ask him if he was planning to harm anyone. “I assumed the conversation got resolved,” he said. “They informed [my mother] that I may or not be charged. They said they were going to talk to me at work, but they never showed up. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”
However, the police was quick to show up with an arrest warrant for James, claiming that “he threatened to kill students and or staff at school.”
“They never even cuffed me, just put me in the back of the car,” he said. “They knew I wasn’t dangerous. They were kind of shocked, too, because they thought it had been resolved. They just had to serve it because it was in their jurisdiction.”
Evans further assumed he would be released, but instead he was charged with a Class C felony for “terrorist threatenings,” facing a possible five to 10-year jail sentence.
“I couldn’t believe it got that out of hand,” he said. “At the same time it’s worrisome because I have a family to take care of. I have a three-month-old son.”
A week later, James was handed a deferment for six months and was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. If he complies with the court, all charges will be dropped.