This past Sunday, November 30th, students at The Old Bridge Music Center School in Old Bridge, New Jersey, were treated to a special Master Class clinic with EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting. The event was part of the school’s ongoing “Meetings with Masters” series that offers young music students the chance to learn from top music industry professionals from around the world.
Highlights of the Master Class included an inside look at Hunting’s successful career, drum tips and techniques, advice to young musicians looking to have a career in the music industry, and a Q&A session. Students were then given the opportunity to play along with Hunting on a second drum set with other student musicians in a series of “Double Drum” jams to close the event, much to the delight of all in attendance.
“Wow! What an amazing day! We had such a great time and it was really inspiring to take part in the very important work that The Old Bridge Music Center School does,” states Tom Hunting. “I couldn’t be happier about how the day went. We talked a lot about touring, and the lifestyle, practice techniques, different styles of music, and pretty much every aspect of music. And the kids were so smart, extremely talented, and very engaged in the process. I left there wishing we had more time to talk and jam!
Hunting adds, “Teaching is something I plan to pursue as a career when all the touring, recording, and traveling with EXODUS settles down in the future. This was my first time teaching (other than a few private lessons) and I left Old Bridge inspired and with a feeling that this is a good path for me. I wanna thank both of the Gregg’s and Zipperhead and everyone else involved in this school for one of my favorite days I can ever remember! It was a true pleasure and I can’t wait to get back to Old Bridge! Cheers!”
Tom Hunting and EXODUS are currently wrapping up their tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. Afterward, EXODUS will embark on a quick run of headline shows from December 7th through December 14th. See below for all remaining tour dates.
EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
EXODUS Headline Dates:
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week, which concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date. Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
We are very happy to announce the extension of the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, we have re-released the band’s back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for March 2015.
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 4TH – 6TH FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – 3PM TO 9PM ACOUSTIC SET SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH
Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing. Read the rest of this entry »
Mesopotamian thrashing black metal pioneers MELECHESH return this winter with their sixth full-length album! On February 27th (EU), March 2nd (UK) and 10th (US) 2015 MELECHESH will release Enki, the follow-up to their 2010 masterpiece The Epigenesis. With this deep and personal album, filled with metaphor and spiritual/philosophical references, MELECHESH are yet again ready to spread their sonic magic and enlightened revelations to the cosmos! Pre-order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/MELECHESH-Enki-NB
VENOM announced the January 27 release of From The Very Depths (Spinefarm Records) last week, news that was met with elation among the metal community, from tastemakers to fans. The metal icons, who are pretty much responsible for authoring their own genre, have followed up the album release news by sharing the two-horns-up album artwork.
The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable VENOM logo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011’s Fallen Angels, also released via Spinefarm.
And to think this is merely the cover! The album’s accompanying music slays, and early praise indicates that this could be one VENOM’s best releases…ever. Even the album title is 100 per cent ‘Venomous’, referencing the band’s infamous live intro tape.
Screw the holiday season. January 27 can’t get here fast enough!
After a long break the German death metal machine HACKNEYED is back – louder than ever. The recordings for their upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and it is set to be released in spring 2015.
But now the band wants to give their fans a little foretaste and Xmas present with an exclusive world premiere of a video clip of the brand new track “The Flaw Of Flesh”.
“Check out the exclusive video premiere for our brand-new song “The Flaw of Flesh” on December 24th! Preparations for our upcoming fourth studio album are at full blast and this track will give you a foretaste of what to expect. Mark the date. Be prepared. We’re back. More power, new influences and bone-crushing new music!”
“Hailing from the Kenosha, Wisconsin area, PRODUCT OF HATE have been crafting their vicious blend of groove, thrash, and new-wave metal for the past few years. Sharing the stage with some of the biggest bands in metal including TESTAMENT, LAMB OF GOD, GWAR, CHIMAIRA, UNEARTH, MESHUGGAH, JOB FOR A COWBOY & LAZARUS A.D. PRODUCT OF HATE is now set to take on the world.
PRODUCT OF HATE have signed with Austrian Metal Powerhouse Label Napalm Records, and will release their debut album in early 2015.Their new album is being currently being mixed and mastered at SafeHouse Production by James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary)
Vocalist Adam Gilley on signing with Napalm Records:
“On behalf of PRODUCT OF HATE we are proud and thankful to be apart of the Napalm team. We look forward for all to hear our new album & touring til we drop!!!”
Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.
The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.
A special note from the Rhoads family:
The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive.
Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~
Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~
Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads’ neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: “Mr Crowley” and the hit “Crazy Train”. Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.
Please join us December 4th through December 6th and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the:
D’Argenzio Tasting Room
1204 W. Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
818 846 8466
3pm to 9pm
Finnish rock hellions SANTA CRUZ have booked their first U.S. shows. They will be playing The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on Friday, December 12 and they will be playing Loaded Hollywood in L.A. on Friday, December 19.
Every night is a Friday night for SANTA CRUZ, but on these two particular and actual Friday nights, they are going to raise holy hell.
The band also booked a slot on the 2015 edition of Rock on the Range, with its self-titled new album out in March.
Want an early taste of SANTA CRUZ, without having to get good and liquored up? Watch the video for “Wasted and Wounded” HERE.
Schecter-sponsored guitarist and vocalist Jacklyn Paulette states, “This song was definitely interesting to play on acoustic guitars, but I think playing it this way really brought out the guitar melodies that tend to get a little buried when everything is in full blast.”
“A large portion of this song was actually written on the acoustic guitar, and it was later dissected and translated to the electric form you hear on the album,” adds guitarist Ryan Heggum.
NEW SPONSORSHIP ANNOUNCED!
Today marks the beginning of REQUIEM’s new sponsorship with MESA/Boogie amps! Since 1969, MESA/Boogie has been an exclusive American Custom Shop dedicated to creating the ultimate instruments of personal, musical expression — both sonically and stylistically. To this day, no other amplifier company offers more ways to make your tone your own than MESA/Boogie.
Garey Noble of MESA/Boogie Artist Relations states, “MESA/Boogie welcomes REQUIEM to the Mesa Artist family – happy to have them on-board!”
Vocalist Steve Juliano adds, “It’s an absolute honor to be a part of the MESA/Boogie family. They pride themselves with amazing quality of product, and we stand tall behind their name! So excited to be working with them!”
REQUIEM’s brand new album, The Unexplainable Truth, is out now via Cleopatra Records (E1)! Make sure to order your copy now via http://geni.us/Requiem! Featuring vocalist Steve Juliano (formerly of popular metalcore group I Am Ghost), The Unexplainable Truth combines dark melodies and soaring orchestras with vicious metal guitars and bass.
Make sure to pick up the December issue of REVOLVER Magazine (get your issue here), which features scintillating photos of Schecter-sponsored guitarist Jacklyn Paulette – December 2014’s Hottest Chick in Hard Rock! You can check out a behind-the-scenes photo shoot video here: http://youtu.be/XBIYxNaeIRE.
Check out REQUIEM at some upcoming events:
12/5 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza
12/6 – Hollywood, CA @ Bar Sinister
12/12 – San Jose, CA @ Rock Bar Theater
Splicing the musicianship of 70’s and 80’s metal and the soul catching riffs of bluesy rock with the intensity and “f*ck ‘em all” attitude of punk rock, Melbourne Australia’s Dead City Ruins have been hard at work carving out a path of their very own.
Featuring Jake Wiffen (vocals), Tommy Teabag (guitar), Sean Blanchard (guitar), Andy Alkemade (drums) and Tony Alkemade (bass), Dead City Ruins is a working class hard rock band fueled by what life throws at them … good times, bad times, disappointments, achievements, and life in the cruel fuckin’ city!
On January 20th the band will release the follow-up to their 2011 debut album, Midnight Killer with a new self-titled offering via Metalville Records.
The new album, which was engineered by James Lugo (Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Dokken), features ten tracks in total including standouts such as, “Happenzella”, “Til Death”, and a wholehearted tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio with an original track aptly titled, “DIO”.
In an appropriate finale, the band close with a bonus track and tribute to their Australian brethren AC/DC covering “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation”, which includes a special guest appearance from vocalist Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe.
Following the recording of the album the members of Dead City Ruins immediately jumped back on the road for a thirteen country tour of the UK, Europe, and Scandinavia supporting American heavyweights Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe to rave reviews!
Dead City Ruins has also shared festival stages with the likes of Mastodon, Diamond Head, Orange Goblin, and Hardcore Superstar.
ARBITRATOR is a project that began in late 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Kukla and officially debut in 2011 with the EP ‘The Consummate Ascendancy’ with former drummer Corey Chernesky. Now, determined to release a full-length to top “TCA“, Kukla on rhythm guitar, bass and vocals has wrote the band’s first album with a whole new arsenal of musicians that includes drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, ex-Devin Townsend Project, ex-Aborted), Myles Malloy on lead guitar and Connor ORT Linning for programming. The planned 2015 release will be entitled ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ and was produced by Sacha Laskow (ex-Divinity, Every Hour Kills), mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy) along with album artwork done by Colin Marks (Exodus, Scar Symmetry, Jeff Loomis).
The first track ‘For That Which May Appease Lions’ from the forthcoming 2015 album is now available for FREE download on PuregrainAudio.com here.
“‘For That Which May Appease Lions’ is quite possibly one of my favourite tracks off of the new album. Dark, ‘Resident Evil’ style passages compliment sections of blistering blast beats performed by the skins-king himself, Dirk Verbeuren. It is a track that is as dynamic as it is brutal, and certainly not for those that shy away from the radical nature of the progressive genre.” comments Kukla.
In addition, Toontrack.com has released on their youtube channel a drum playthrough video featuring drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, ex-Devin Townsend Project, ex-Aborted) performing ‘For That Which May Appease Lions’.
The Belgian Speed/Thrash Metallers EVIL INVADERS prefer it “Fast, Loud ‘n’ Rude”, especially when it comes to their new record Pulses Of Pleasure! This exceptional debut will entice fans of both the Speed and Thrash Metal Genres. The album is out March 2nd in the UK & March 10th US/CAN (Napalm Records) and is already considered a masterpiece!
Today Revolver Magazine is premiering the band’s new video for their song “Fast, Loud ‘n’ Rude” way! Check out the exclusive stream HERE, courtesy of Revolver Magazine.
OPERATION: MINDCRIME — featuring singer Geoff Tate, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) — has signed a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl for their forthcoming trilogy project.
“All of us in Operation: Mindcrime are looking forward to the new frontier with our new label, Frontiers Music Srl,” states Tate regarding the signing. “They’re giving us the creative freedom necessary to do the trilogy project I’ve envisioned for the past few years. It’s going to be great fun for all of us involved and we hope our fans will enjoy listening to it as much as we plan to enjoy creating and recording it.”
Ecstatic to have the band on his label, Frontiers Music Srl President Serafino Perugino comments, “As a long time fan of Geoff Tate and Operation: Mindcrime (the album), I am truly honored that he decided to sign with my label to give a home to his forthcoming trilogy. We look forward to release Operation: Mindcrime’s new music to the world!”
Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories though his music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.
“I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story,” comments Geoff. “I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy.”
OPERATION: MINDCRIME, named after Queensryche’s epic concept album from 1988, recently entered the studio to begin recording the album that is expected to be released in the late Spring / early Summer of 2015.
Stay tuned for further details of the project in the months ahead.
Tom Araya of Slayer gave an extended interview for the Scion AV All Purpose Show. Host Prince Paul spoke with the soft-spoken bassist and vocalist of the band that Araya says started out wanting to be “the heaviest and the fastest” around.
For over 30 years Slayer has been attracting passionate fans, and he begins his talk with Paul discussing his thoughts on the phenomenon of Slayer tattoos. Araya continues on, describing the group’s humble beginnings self-funding the sessions to record their music, to their years of collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, to their current state where they can record a new album when they feel like it. But despite the changes in their circumstances, when Slayer plays live, the goal remains to blow every other band off the stage—as they’re still doing on their current Scion-sponsored tour of North America.
Look out for more in-depth interviews from the latest episode of the Scion AV All Purpose Show this week. Also below check out the Scion x Slayer Driven video where Tom Araya and Kerry King take you to the ESP Guitar facility, a snake warehouse and studio tour.