Classic hard rockers HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS, featuring Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker), Vinnie Appice(Dio, Black Sabbath), signs a record deal with Mausoleum Records. The new album, ‘Big Trouble‘, to be released on 23th May via Mausoleum Records. A brand new song “Move On” can be streamed using the Soundcloud player.
Hollywood Monsters are the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist, composer, Stéphane “Steph” Honde, a French expatriate, who’s been living in California since 2012.
Honde first became noticed when fronting Mamooth, subsequently garnering a well-deserved reputation as a guitar virtuoso when playing in Café Bertrand, a French rock group he joined in 2004. The band toured, playing humongous stadiums such as the Stade de France, with an audience capacity in excess of 80.000 – performing with classic rock giants such as AC/DC and Deep Purple, the latter for whom they opened on thirty-six dates across Europe in November 2006, and another 12 in March of 2007.Honde recorded two albums with Café Bertrand – both critically acclaimed and commercially successful – “Les Airs Empruntés” (2005) and “L’Art Délicat du Rock’N’Roll” (2008), before leaving the band in 2011.
Honde then embarked on a length tour with Paul Di’Anno, oriignal voaclist with Iron Maiden before absconding to California.
Once in Los Angeles Stéphane Honde befriended Tim Bogert, coaxed him out of retirment and convinced Bogert to play on his debut album…and voilà, the Hollywood Monsters were born.
Stéphane Honde recently signed an agreement with Mausoleum Records for the release of the debut album entitled “Big Trouble” by his new band: Hollywood Monsters, scheduled for release in May 2014.
The talented Hollywood Monsters line-up on “Big Trouble,” besides Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus – on bass, additionally welcomes the performances of some more of Stéphane’s talented pals, including: Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker and dozens more – on keyboards), and Vinnie Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath– on drums), the latter for whom Stéphane had written the song “Village Of The Damned” as an hommage…before ever meeting Vinnie!
Napalm Death are credited with defining the grindcore genre by incorporating elements of hardcore punk and death metal, using a noise-filled sound. It’s very hard to be a defining act in metal music. Except for that, Napalm Death are the holders of a Guinness World Recordfor the shortest song ever recorded! Mitch Harris is here to talk about his new band Menace, Bjork, strip shows and more…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Mitch! This is Helias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules, I am very happy and glad for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
Thanks, me too, we’re in Malaga Spain.
Metal-Rules.com: Let’s kick off with questions about your new band, Menace. A band biography in the tiniest conceivable nutshell.
Well, Season Of Mist signed Menace after hearing one song without vocals. They gave me complete artistic freedom based on a philosophy. Derek Roddy recorded the drums. He really did a phenomenal job of innovative beats that enhance the nature of the songs so much. Nicola Manzan played real strings, violin, viola and cello. It really added a new dimension to the existing epic approach to creating emotional soundscapes. Fred Lecerecq played bass, and added a progressive feel, Shane Embury also played on 4 songs, which he explored a different technique. We’ve always been close, and it’s really interesting to expand the boundaries further. The producer Russ Russsell added so much input and time to make this something special. Her really helped me develop a singing style, and become confident and also expand on vocal harmonies. It was the most uplifting experience of my life, and also one of the most memorable one for different reasons.
Metal-Rules.com: Menace is a whole different venture, focused on rock, with elements of psych, prog and an amalgam of different influences. So, Menace is not in the veins of 10,000MPH grindcore blasting of Napalm Death. What are the purposes of your new band?
I was only building on a concept linking at least 16 songs to the Menace approach of building on spontaneous performances, and thinking from an aspect without limitation to style or genre, combining many interests and prospects. My aim was to create a unique team, using music as a platform, a medium, a vehicle on which all levels of art forms can be combined in a way to help tell and re-inforce a story through audio installations. A.I.
Metal-Rules.com: Menace collaborate with “Ukraine’s Got Talent” winner Kseniya Simonova for the video of ‘Painted Rust’ and I was completely amazed and blown away by the result. Also, I don’t know many bands that use Sand Animation in their videos! Please tell us about that collaboration.
Thank you! I was in the process of finding someone who might be able to tell the story of To The Marrow and Painted Rust. I came across Kseniya, after being inspired by her work, and goals, I noticed that she was helping a small group of Ukranian children cancer patients. There was instantly a common link, and I contacted her with my story about a tragedy that I witnessed as I was recording the guitars for To The Marrow. I was scarred by an incident where a 12 year old girl was hit by a car in front of my house. I assisted her, and kept her focused until she died being taken into the ambulance. They revived her in the ambulance, and she survived with life changing brain injuries. I relive this event frequently, and I decided that the song would be about my experience with her. Being helpless, and offering the only support that I could. My dream was to do something positive with the results, and that’s how Kseniya and I established a strong connection. The two videos are a bridge between her creative vision and description of the Menace material. She put so much energy, and love into what she produced. We are so blessed to be working with her. We’ve linked the videos to try to establish any kind of donations for Marina, the Sports Champion who has just been moved to the UK to continue treatment. I hope that our efforts can a least generate some positive energy for a family in desperate need.
Metal-Rules.com: What are the plans of Menace after the release of the debut album named ‘Impact Velocity’?
We have a series of 4 videos, and working on completion of a further 3 videos to be presented in April or so. We’re looking for creative management, and plan on doing a series of live performances. Kseniya has already agreed to perform live with us once for a special occasion once everything is up and running. Much thought has gone into the concept and theatrical presentation. This will take, time, money and coordination. When we finish the puzzle, it will be ready to make the best projection of thought projecting concepts that we can think of.
Metal-Rules.com: Now, let me focus on Napalm Death as it’s your main band. This legendary band has already released 15 studio albums and of equal number of EP’s. Let’s take a look on a possible upcoming album. How is it going on with that? What’s the new offering of Napalm Death by that release?
We enter the studio for phase 1 in early March. We are taking a different approach to recording. There is a lot of material that all seems very exciting and inspiring to me. Expect something extremely fresh and from the core of intensity.
Metal-Rules.com: You personally have been playing for the past 25 years in Napalm Death. I’m sure you had many difficulties throughout this time… What makes you always keep pushing forward?
After 24 years, when I reflect on what we’ve done, I still see a logical and focused way forward. There is still much to achieve, and strengthen our philosophies and tactics, expanding strategies and learning from intakes. I’m happy with the way things have been, we have always been a close unit, basically, true friendship binds it all together. We’ve all been through hardships, and support each other in every possible way. It’s what helps us continue in a way where we operate as a family, and with all such a clear vision of what our objectives are this time around. We all essentially want the same thing, it’s meeting somewhere in the idle of where the magic takes place.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you tell us some words about the writing sessions of ‘Scum’ album? Could you imagine that album would be a milestone of a metal genre?
From a fan point of view, I loved the combination of influences, pushing the speed boundaries, and also remaining heavy. Cryptic Slaughter, Hellhammer, Repulsion, Slaughter, Discharge, inspired things was a determined approach to relating their message. The music was cutting edge, and the social awareness aspects shed the band in a different light.
Metal-Rules.com: How do you feel about the aspect that Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the grindcore style?
That’s cool and all, but expression should not be bound to people’s limited understanding of what a classification is, or therefore should be, where does it lead? That’s the point, refining, and redefining, without fear of ridicule I guess.
Metal-Rules.com: Did you consciously decide it should be extreme so that it had its own niche and ‘stamp’ in the market?
All we do comes from the heart, it has nothing to do with markets, or niche’s or cliché’s. It’s always been completely natural, and will continue to do so. As long as it flows, than there is no telling which way the river will travel until it eventually meets the see. Some find it extreme, some find it comforting, sedating, and a way of realising we are not alone in collective thought.
Metal-Rules.com: How you compare writing sessions in Napalm Death and to, say, your current new band Menace?
It was all written at the same time as various Napalm albums, especially Utilitarian. Menace was just a different way on expanding on ideas that I felt required a different vocal approach, whatever that took to compliment the music in a way where I hadn’t approached before. any individual goes through so many moods and experiences in a day, in a lifetime. Menace and Napalm are both different angles and results of experience on a road where I still wonder where it leads, lol
Metal-Rules.com: Some people believe that NAPALM DEATH should have changed their name because there’s only one original band member, Shane, left. Have you ever considered changing your name? (Personally speaking, I believe that all of you are original bandmembers as you love this band and force for it over 20+ years!)
It’s not something I think about, we don’t let what others think to influence what feels like the right thing to do.
Metal-Rules.com: NAPALM DEATH holds the Guiness Record for shortest song ever recorded with the one-second “You Suffer” (1987). How do you feel about that? How did that Record come?
I don’t think that the song was ever intended for such a coincidental novelty factor to take place.
Metal-Rules.com: Guiness stated that it will no longer be listing said “shortest…” World Records. Do you know why?
It’s not something that concerns me.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
I think a good song is a good song, no matter what genre or style it is. I love all kinds of music, and I like to be exposed to new things.
Metal-Rules.com: Do you know any Greek heavy metal acts? Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage? Rotting Christ, Firewind, Suicidal Angels to name a few.
Yes, we have played with most of them. There is a loyal music scene in Greece!
Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the beginning of 2014 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER). Are the last 5 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?
We’re all getting older, and touring is a difficult way of life. Health becomes an obstacle in some cases. Losing Jesse Pintado was the closest person I’ve lost in recent years. We must have a long term vision, and take care of ourselves and loved ones.
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
I like how different styles of extreme music that have been incorporated into what I hear on the radio when I’m driving. It shows a different angle on things. It takes a lot to get my attention these days, it’s usually centred around vocal melodies, that’s my main interest, understanding how things work…
Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?
I’m a hopeless romantic, but I utilise the tools I need to operate while I’m away, and also on a creative front. We are all bound to technology, it’s nice to use it for something good, instead of weapons, or cures for the elite. Science is a big interest of mine, and I think it holds the key to our future. Unfortunately, it’s in the wrong hands… Until now… lol
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
Hopefully something more heartfelt and artistic, my only concerns are for which way I will proceed. I’m not concerned of what’s the next big thing. We operate on a different frequency, and hopefully those with the skills can find direction in our message.
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?
Bjork, because she’s Bjork:)
Metal-Rules.com: You convinced me! You are of the few death/grindcore metal musicians that can say what elements make a good death/grind metal song and album.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Punk (as a music genre):
The word has been watered down, and linked with many other things
Season Of Mist
Prison Break (TV series):
Probably the most inspirational one man crusade in history
Metal-Rules.com: Mitch, thank you for this interview. I wish to you and the rest guys of MENACE and NAPALM DEATH all the best!!!
German teutonic-thrash metal legends recently returned to the U.S. for an early spring tour with supporting acts Krisiun and Exmortus. Although they are still technically touring in support of “Spiritual Genocide” released in late 2012, Destruction frontman Schmier still has much to discuss including the band’s recent appearances at the Rock In Rio and Beastival festivals, an upcoming splt vinyl with Tankard, some of his personal career highlights after thirty years of Destruction, as well as his involvement with the new as yet unnamed side project that also features Herman Frank of German heavy metal legends Accept fame. Read the rest of this entry »
This Friday, May 2, will mark the one year anniversary of the passing of Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Our friends at Loudwire have put together a really cool way of acknowledging the day, and we hope you’ll check it out, participate, and tell your friends to do the same. Just click here.
Two Great New Releases from UDR Music Out Now: SAXON’s “St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live In Manchester” & ANNIHILATOR’s Limited Edition Version of “Feast” with Bonus Live DVD
Yesterday marked the highly-anticipated release of two very special releases from UDR Music artists – ANNIHILATOR’s limited edition version of Feast with bonus live DVD and SAXON’s St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester.
St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester was recorded at last year’s performance on that special day, specifically at The Ritz in Manchester, England during the band’s ‘Sacrifice World Tour’. The album is mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap and produced by SAXON vocalist Biff Byford. This 2 CD set (also available in digital format) finds a blistering performance covering a collection of SAXON’s finest work from 1979 up to 2013. A very special rendition of ‘Broken Heroes’ goes straight to the heart and is dedicated to The British Armed Forces. This is SAXON at their best – a real treasure rejoicing every fan. Get your copy via Amazon here.
ANNIHILATOR‘s latest masterpiece Feast is let loose again as Limited Edition No. 2 – with re-recorded ANNIHILATOR classics on CD and the full Wacken Festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover! This edition contains the new album Feast in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet, the 15-song bonus CD Re-Kill with newly recorded ANNIHILATOR classics, plus a never-seen-before live DVD filmed at last year‘s Wacken Open Air, when the band opened the festival relentlessly regardless of the blistering heat! Not to mention a brand new 3D cover taking over where the original Feast cover left us, which means: More zombies, and they are coming closer!That‘s 35 songs-worth of the finest Canadian thrash metal. Pretty cool package, eh? ANNIHILATOR’s 14th studio album Feast was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim and reached the charts in several countries, among them Germany (#20), Finland (#17), Switzerland (#36) and France (#76). Get your copy via Amazon here.
5th April, 2014
Metal All Stars show @Arena Riga, Latvia
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Interview photos by Aiga Leitholde
Few hours before Metal All Stars show kicks off in Riga, Latvia on Saturday 5th of April, 2014, Metal-Rules.UK team had a chance to sit down with the ultimate thrash metal legend Joey Belladonna and talk about all things Anthrax, being on the road with Metal All Stars and music in general.
When Metal All Stars tour was first announced, many people had doubts about the quality and legitimacy about this specific project simply because of how impressive the line-up was. In the very beginning Metal All Stars was a tour that would take many musicians, like Zakk Wylde, Tom Araya, Vince Neil, Cronos, Phil Anselmo and many more on a tour across Eastern and Northern Europe, but after few artists cancelling or denying their appearances on Metal All Stars tour, it was questioned by even more people.
The truth is, until the actual day of the show, many heavy metals fans of Latvia really had no clue if the performance is actually going to happen due to lack of advertisement and news about artists, like Vince Neil, Phil Anselmo, Cronos, etc cancelling their appearances just days before the tour kicks off. However the show DID happen and we were there to see it all for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »
GEOFF TATE TO EMBARK ON FAREWELL QUEENSRYCHE TOUR BEGINNING IN JULY
AFTER FRONTING IMMENSELY POPULAR BAND FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES
QUEENSRYCHE CO-FOUNDER AND ORIGINAL VOCALIST HEARD ON ALL THE HITS
OF THE PAST TO CARRY ON INTO THE FUTURE WITH THE MUSIC HE HELPED
MAKE FAMOUS ALONG WITH OTHER CREATIVE ENDEAVORS
More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensryche, singer GEOFF TATE — one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits — will be performing his farewell tour as “Queensryche” beginning in late July (see below for full itinerary).
The announcement of the tour, Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour, comes hot on the heels of the recent amicable settlement with his former band mates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name.
With Geoff at the helm of Queensryche, the band experienced incredible success, garnering four Grammy nominations, performing in 46 different countries and selling over 20 million albums worldwide.
“One thing that’s really important for fans to know is that this never went to court,” comments Geoff Tate, who will be continuing as Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche once the summer farewell tour is complete.
As part of the agreement between the original members, Geoff will have the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances.
For the past several months, Geoff and his version of Queensryche (comprised of bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Robert Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Randy Gane) have been performing the fan favorite on their 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour (with special guest Sass Jordan as “Sister Mary”) in front of sold out audiences everywhere.
“It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained The Wall,” comments Geoff. “Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it’s only appropriate that I keep that… The others will be touring as Queensryche and I’ll be continuing on as me.”
The popularity of the theatrical back-to-back presentation of the Operation: Mindcrime saga (I & II) was exemplified when the performance was captured for the 2007 double DVD/CD set, Mindcrime at the Moore, that hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached gold status.
For the forthcoming tour, Geoff’s version of Queensryche will be performing all the hits along with some rarities to celebrate the music he’s enjoyed making over the past thirty years.
Although the name will change, the line-up of stellar musicians performing with Geoff after this “farewell” tour is expected to remain the same.
Tickets go on sale for the majority of shows this Friday, May 2nd and this Saturday, May 3rd.
“So, here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over… or has it just begun?”
— Queensryche’s “Silent Ludicity” —
QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE / 2014 FAREWELL TOUR DATES
Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois
Pantera – Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington
PANTERA will celebrate the 20th anniversary release of the Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94. The live show was included as a bonus on the 20th anniversary edition of Far Beyond Driven. In honor of the nearing of the 20th anniversary of the performance from June 4th, it will be released on its own on June 3rd via Rhino. The concert captures a set the band played at the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Donington, UK on June 4th, 1994.
01. Strength Beyond Strength
03. 5 Minutes Alone
04. I’m Broken
05. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills
06. Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks
08. 25 Years
09. Shedding Skin
10. Use My Third Arm
11. Throes Of Rejection
12. Planet Caravan
Disc Two – “Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94”
01. Use My Third Arm
03. Strength Beyond Strength
06. Fucking Hostile
07. This Love
08. Mouth For War
09. Cowboys From Hell
MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann’s new band, SHERMANN TANK – described as metal with crushing brutality, relentless guitar attacks and vocals from the depths of hell… dark and melodically captivating – have released a video for the track ‘The Bloodbath Begins’.
“This is what Shermann Tank is all about; classic metal with all the layers of guitars that I love to play”, says Hank. “We’re still in song writing mode and it really shapes up like you wont believe! Final lineup for the album recordings will be announced shortly!”
Explaining Shermann Tank, Hank previously stated: “After touring with VOLBEAT for all of 2012, I decided it was time for me to start working on my first solo output. Things developed really fast and I joined forces with my good friend Marc Grabowski to handle vocals and bass! I’ve known Marc since the mid-90s and was already impressed with his potential back then. Now it’s full circle. Songwriting is full steam ahead and it really kicks hard, very hard! This is going to be my dream guitar album! I’m putting all my 35 years of guitar experience into this album.”
Chilean Death metal band SIKARIO have released the music video for the track ‘Strange and unpleasant revelation’ that comes off included on their latest album ‘Noocracy’. The video was directed by Carlos Toro at Abysmo Producciones (www.abysmo.cl).
‘Noocracy’ was released via Australis Records in Chile, contains 12 tracks of pure death metal, the track list ca be seen below:
1. 144,000 2. February. Wake up Mother 3. Three. Purgatory is here 4. April. Human nature 5. May. Strange and unpleasant revelation 6. Disavowal 7. Vanity-Shame 8. A Deep Fog of Uneasiness 9. The Nihilist 10. The next level 11. Cannibal 12. Noocracy
Sikario is: Alberto Arenas – Guitar, Vocals Kazz Gutierrez – Drums Rodrigo Leiva – Guitar Marco Zuñiga – Bass