CANNIBAL CORPSE: New Video Interview With CORPSEGRINDER

Natalie of Onslaught Radio conducted an interview with vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Florida-based death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE prior to the band’s March 10 concert at HMV Forum in London, England with TRIPTYKON, ENSLAVED and JOB FOR A COWBOY. You can now watch the chat below.

CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s twelfth studio album, “Torture”, will be released on March 13 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2009′s “Evisceration Plague” offers up 12 tracks of maniacally precise, soul-searing death metal. “Torture” was again produced by HATE ETERNAL‘s Erik Rutan at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and features the maniacal cover art by longtime CANNIBAL CORPSE artist Vincent Locke.

While “Torture” marks the latest progression in the band’s sound, it also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms “the frenzied attack of ‘Butchered At Birth’ (1991) or ‘Tomb Of The Mutilated’ (1992),” infusing the band’s advanced musicianship with the raw savagery that haunted their earlier releases, and in the process conceiving the definitive CANNIBAL CORPSE record. Adds bassist Alex Webster on the outcome of the record: “We’re extremely happy with how ‘Torture’ turned out. Erik Rutan did an amazing job with the production, and the songwriting and performances may be our strongest yet. We can’t wait until our fans get to hear the whole thing!”

“Torture” track listing:

01. Demented Aggression
02. Sarcophagic Frenzy
03. Scourge Of Iron
04. Encased In Concrete
05. As Deep As the Knife Will Go
06. Intestinal Crank
07. Followed Home Then Killed
08. The Strangulation Chair
09. Caged…Contorted
10. Crucifier Avenged
11. Rabid
12. Torn Through

 

 

BEHEMOTH: Quality Antwerp Concert Footage

Quality fan-filmed video footage of BEHEMOTH‘s February 19 performance at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium as part of the “Full Of Hate” European tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MISERY INDEX and SUICIDAL ANGELS can be seen below.

BEHEMOTH guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski recently called the “Full Of Hate” tour “probably the best European run we’ve done ever! And it’s not just courtesy, but a fact. [I've] never seen European venues so crowded and enthusiastically reacting to our show.” He added, “I know, we’ve been away for a while, the band’s future was a big question mark and if you ask me, I have to say I was seriously worried if I can pull it off at all. Now I can finally admit: Fuck yes! I can still get my ass on stage and give my blood, sweat and heart to the people who truly deserve that. These ‘return’ shows have some transcendental touch to it and I can’t get rid of the feeling, it’s a new life injected in band’s veins. I am proud. Of my band, myself and all the fans coming to the shows.”

BEHEMOTH, WATAIN, THE DEVIL’S BLOOD and IN SOLITUDE will join forces for the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour in April/May.

BEHEMOTH‘s “Evangelia Heretika – The New Gospel Three” DVD (2010) — a three-disc set featuring two full shows (“Live In Paris 2008″ and “Live In Warsaw 2009″); every BEHEMOTH music video ever made; “Evangelion” tour documentary featuring band interviews plus tons of backstage footage; and a bonus “Live in Warsaw” audio CD — was certified platinum in the Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.

BEHEMOTH recently released a video for the song “Lucifer”, off “Evangelion”. The Grupa 13-directed clip features Polish singer, guitarist, and poet Maciej Malenczuk, who also contributed guest vocals to the track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARZANZA Recording New Album

Karlstad, Sweden-based metal/rock band SPARZANZA recently entered the studio to begin recording its sixth album, to be released later in the year via Spinefarm Records. The group states, “Almost all the parts are done except for Fred [Fredrik Weileby], who has some singing left, and after that we will start the mixing session. This time we have dug a little bit further in our minds, trying to create a really dark and heavy album, but still having focus on writing good melodies. We also added a lot more percussion parts, dark choirs and live strings. It sounds so good and we know that you will be blown away. We also started with the artwork for the cover. It seems that it will include some hands, checker flag and statues… but who knows where it will end up.”

SPARZANZA‘s fifth album, “Folie À Cinq”, was released in February 2011 via Spinefarm. The CD was recorded between September and November 2010 at Leon Music with producer Rikard Löfgren, who helmed the band’s previous two CDs and has also worked with such other artists as HELLFUELED, VOMITORY and DEATHSTARS.

SPARZANZA is:

Fredrik Weileby – Vocals
Calle Johannesson – Guitar
Magnus Eronen – Guitar
Anders Åberg – Drums
Johan Carlsson – Bass

 

BRUCE KULICK: New Audio Interview Posted Online

RockEyez recently conducted an interview with former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick. Kulick spoke about his time with Meat Loaf, Micheal Bolton and THE GOOD RATS; his impressions of recently deceased musicians Davy Jones and Ronnie Montrose as well as the late KISS guitarist Mark St. John; his new solo release and last year’s Eric Carr CD, “Unfinished Business”. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Kulick‘s third solo album, “BK3″, was released in Europe in January 2010 via Frontiers Records and in North America in February 2010 through Twenty 4 Records/Rocket Science Ventures. The first single from the album, “Hand Of The King”, featuring Nick Simmons (son of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons), was a digital-only release available at all online music stores, including iTunes.

 

SEBASTIAN BACH Talks ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars’ Tour, Upcoming Solo Dates In New Video Interview

Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon, who currently resides in Hollywood, California, conducted an interview with Sebastian Bach about the former SKID ROW singer’s involvement with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars tour, which will hit the road in South and Central America in April/May. Bach also spoke about his new solo album, “Kicking Screaming”, and his solo touring plans. You can now watch the chat below.

Bassist Jason Christopher — who filled in for Shawn Economaki during STONE SOUR‘s spring 2011 tour and who previously played with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor in the JUNK BEER KIDNAP BAND — recently joined Bach‘s solo group. Bach said, “I have known Jason for years, ever since he tried to pickpocket me at the Rainbow [in West Hollywood] aeons ago.”

Bach completed a short run of North American dates in February and is scheduled to embark on a South American tour in early April.

Sebastian‘s new album, “Kicking Screaming”, sold 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart. The singer’s previous CD, “Angel Down”, opened with 6,400 units back in November 2007 to debut at No. 190.

 

DRIVER Completes Work On ‘Countdown’

Reunited ’80s melodic heavy rock band DRIVER — featuring powerhouse vocalist Rob Rock (IMPELLITTERI, JOSHUA, WARRIOR, AVANTASIA, AXEL RUDI PELL) and acclaimed guitarist/producer Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST, SEBASTIAN BACH, ROB ROCK, TRIBE OF GYPSIES, HELLOWEEN) — has completed work on its new album, “Countdown”, to be released later in the year via Metal Heaven in Europe, King Records in Japan and RockZilla in the U.S.

According to a press release, “Countdown” is a mixture of brand new material and several rescued-from-the-vaults demo gems, which interlock seamlessly for a classic DRIVER-style album, aided by Roy Z‘s emphasis on vintage production values that harken back to the glory days of early 80′s heavy metal ala DIO‘s “Holy Diver” and OZZY OSBOURNE‘s “Diary Of A Madman”.

DRIVER is centered around Rock and Roy and features original drummer Reynold “Butch” Carlson (JAG PANZER, JOEY TAFOLLA, TRIBE AFTER TRIBE), along with seasoned players Ed Roth (GLENN HUGHES, RONNIE MONTROSE, IMPELLITTERI) on keyboards and Aaron Samson (ODIN, GEORGE LYNCH, JOHN 5) on bass.

Chiefly recorded and mixed at Roy Z‘s California-based studio, “Countdown” features additional contributions coming from bassists Ray Burke (LIFE AFTER DEATH, BRUCE DICKINSON) and Daniel Cordova (SHADES OF CRIMSON, VENGEANCE RISING), as well as veteran vocalist Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ROYAL HUNT). Mastering duties were again handled by Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, SEPULTURA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).

The last DRIVER album, “Sons Of Thunder”, was released in September 2008 via Metal Heaven.

DRIVER issued a widely circulated five-song cassette EP demo in 1990 that garnered the band a dedicated worldwide following as well as attained cult status as one of the most underrated hard rock acts of its time. Since then, Rock and Roy Z have forged ahead to garner long successful careers in the music business. 2008 saw the reunion of the band which resulted in the recordings of the aforementioned CD.

DRIVER is:

Rob Rock – Vocals
Roy Z – Guitars
Reynold “Butch” Carlson – Drums
Ed Roth – Keyboards
Aaron Samson – Bass

 

ENSIFERUM: Fourth Studio Webisode Available

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Spinefarm Records. The band states, “[We] started working at the famous Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) [in Hollola, Finland] last week with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) who is also mixing the album. From Petrax studio, the band will move on to two other locations in the Hämeenlinna area.

ENSIFERUM‘s new album will contain 10 tracks and will include guest appearances by members of DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER and the legendary Finnish singer and actor Vesa-Matti Loiri.

The fourth in a series of websidodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the new CD recording process can be seen below.

ENSIFERUM‘s fourth album, “From Afar”, sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“From Afar” was released on September 9, 2009 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was produced by Tero Kinnunen (NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS) and Janne Joutsenniemi (‘Victory Songs’ producer) and was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED, AMORPHIS).

 

 

 

 

 

QUEENSRŸCHE Drummer Attends ‘Battleship’ Recording Session

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield was recently invited to the 20th Century Fox film studios in Los Angeles to meet with film composer Steve Jablonsky (all three “Transformers” films) and attend his orchestral recording sessions for the new blockbuster film “Battleship”.

Says Rockenfield: “Jablonsky has been a longtime QUEENSRŸCHE fan and we had a great time meeting and discussing our work. He is an amazing talented individual and I have been a HUGE fan of his work for many years! I was honored to be personally invited. Also at the session was legendary recording mixer/engineer Alan Meyerson (‘Gladiator’, ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’, ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’). Alan is also a big QUEENSRŸCHE fan! I was then invited to stay an extra day and visit them both at composer Hans Zimmer‘s Remote Control studios. I met with the entire staff and hung out for the mixing sessions for the ‘Battleship’ movie. Great people and an inspiring invitation!”

Scott first started composing music for film and television in the late ’80s during his time spent with Michael Kamen. During that time, Kamen asked Scott to work on some additional drums and percussion for the 1993 film “Last Action Hero”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This began Scott‘s exciting new journey scoring music for film and television. After only a few years in the specialty, Scott received a coveted Grammy Award nomination for “Best Original Music” for the animated feature film “Televoid” in 1998. Scott has done a variety of projects since then, including the additional music and all live drums for the immensely popular video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops”. Released in November 2010, the game set a new five-day sales record with an estimated take of approximately $650 million worldwide. Just prior to his involvement with “Call of Duty: Black Ops”, Scott did the orchestrated and electronic score for the horror flick “Albino Farm”, released in September of 2009.

 

Acoustic Demo Version Of LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE’s ‘Sin’ Song Featuring JANI LANE Posted Online

Christian rockers LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE will release their 11th studio album, “Hell Is Coming To Breakfast”, on April 24 via Roxx Records. In addition to seven brand new tracks and various demos, the effort includes the original acoustic demo version of the song “Sin” featuring late WARRANT singer Jani Lane in what is said to be one of his last recorded performances. A lyric video for the track has now been released and can be seen below.

In other news, LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE has once again joined forces with Roxx Records to release “Before The Revolution: Best Of Liberty N’ Justice The Early Years”, featuring songs from the band’s first four CDs — “Armed With The Cross”, “Big Guns”, “Forever Till The End” and “Bargain Bins” — plus some “cool demos.”

In 2009, LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE, along with JK Northrup and with help from CJ Snare (FIREHOUSE), started recording a double CD called “The Cigar Chronicles” at JK‘s studio, Alien Productions. 26 songs (half covers and half originals that were penned by JK and Justin Murr) were laid down with guest appearances by over 60 musicians, including Jani Lane, Kip Winger (WINGER), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Jeff LaBar (CINDERELLA), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES), Tony Harnell (TNT), CJ Snare, Phil Lewis (L.A. GUNS), Gunnar Nelson (NELSON), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER), Ted Poley (DANGER DANGER), Jamie Rowe (GUARDIAN), Stevie Rachelle (TUFF), James Christian (HOUSE OF LORDS) and Steve Brown (TRIXTER), among others. After many delays, the album is finally recorded and the mixing process is about to begin.

 

KING’S X Frontman Issues Update On JERRY GASKILL

Jerry Gaskill, drummer for legendary rockers KING’S X, suffered a heart attack February 26, and was rushed to the hospital where he underwent an emergency operation.

In a new Facebook posting, KING’S X frontman Doug Pinnick states about Gaskill‘s current condition, “Saw Jerry and he smiled and gave the thumbs up. He seemed to recognize everyone and seems on it. Really cool. He is having some difficulty with the breathing, but overall looks sharp. Feel much better about this. Very excited. Just want to share that with you guys. Julie [Jerry's fiancée] is amazing.”

To help Gaskill pay his medical bills, KING’S X is offering a special MP3 download-only title, “Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91″. This release was edited and mastered from a stereo FOH (front-of-house) recording. While the audio is far from perfect sonically, the performance documents yet another magical night on tour while supporting the “Faith Hope Love” album. The band expands many of the cuts featured here, including performances that are blistering (“Moanjam”), heavy and funk-laden (“We Are Finding Who We Are”), beautiful (“The Burning Down”), and truly transcendental (“Over My Head”). A few songs from the show were omitted due to tape damage. However, three bonus tracks have been included (an additional 15 minutes) from the same show that were not presented in the main track listing.

In addition to the gift with this download, anyone who wants to further make a personal gift to Jerry to help him with his medical bills can send a check made out to Jerry Gaskill. Mail it to: Jerry Gaskill, c/o World Entertainment Inc., P.O. Box 3095, Sea Bright, NJ 07760. One hundred percent of your gift goes to Jerry Gaskill to help him defray his medical expenses. Jerry Gaskill is an individual and not a charity. Any funds given to him would be a gift and no further tax deduction for charitable contributions would be coming from him.

For more information, visit www.molkenmusic.com.

 

 

NAPALM DEATH Bassist Sounds Off On Illegal Music Downloading, Band’s Early Years

Thiago Sarkis of Brazil’s Roadie Crew magazine recently conducted an interview with bassist Shane Embury of British grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH. Several excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the metal and punk roots of NAPALM DEATH:

Shane: “Well, this lineup of the band has been together since 1991, but all of us at one time were metalheads; that’s our background as kids! Speaking for myself, I got into punk around 1982-83, and I think the other guys who are younger just a little later. I got into hardcore through my friend’s stepbrother and then into tape trading in 1984 and then finally it kept growing up until I came across the punk scene in Birmingham, but I have always held onto my metal roots. I got into guitar music at the age of 6 with bands like SLADE and THE SWEET as my mom used to buy me the records, I then heard JUDAS PRIEST when I was 9 or 10 and it went from there, really. I was always attracted to the loudness of the music, the craziness and the guitar sound. I used to bash the shit out of my grandmother’s water buckets, so I think when you do that as a kid, you are not going to join a reggae band! Some of my favorite metal bands are JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH (the Dio period is my favorite), TYGERS OF PAN TANG, RAVEN, SAXON, SATAN, DIAMOND HEAD, ACCEPT… Too many to mention.”

On new songs and upcoming releases:

Shane: “In the future, we want o be able to do more stuff like [the single 'Legacy Was Yesterday']. We are planning to release some splits in the future as well and so we are going to record some songs next month, actually. It’s fun. We have plenty more songs to record, so ‘Legacy Was Yesterday’ was especially for Albert at Decibel [magazine] and it’s nice to have an exclusive like that. We have a split planned with THE MELVINS which will come out this year and also another couple of split with some other bands but for now it’s a secret. They are certainly fun to do.”

On the friendship between the members of NAPALM DEATH:

Shane: “We are good friends, and also, I guess you could say, brothers. But as most brothers do, we fight at times about what we feel is right and at times this can cause uncomfortableness, but it passes and we move forward. Sometimes I don’t know how we get over the arguments and move on, but we do. Sometimes life on the road can feel like a very surreal journey and you feel very disconnected from home and each other, but we have been together as friends so long now that we can give each other space, and yes, we have fun not all the time, but we still have some great laughs on the road. It’s also still very nice and important to meet our friends from around the world. It’s at these times that you realize how lucky you are to be doing what you do, but perhaps we are an exception, since I have seen a lot of bands who don’t interact that well with each other. We are lucky.”

On illegal music downloading:

Shane: “I know that ‘Smear Campaign’ was available to download two weeks after we had finished the record, but I think other powers were at work there. It [illegal downloads] is obviously affecting the record labels, but we, as a band, have been touring like crazy the past few years and perhaps that is a little bit down to kids downloading the record and checking it out. I just don’t know. My feelings are mixed on this whole subject and I think that stems from me being a tape-trader back in the day. I think that genuine fans will probably buy the record or a version of it if they like it. I have to be honest — especially here in the U.K., when CDs first came out, they were just too fucking expensive and technology came along and kicked the industry in the ass. I just know that as a musician the rules have changed, but playing live which for me is a big part of the whole thing is as intense as it’s always been.”

On the early days of NAPALM DEATH:

Shane: “I live very close the place where I first saw NAPALM DEATH. It’s a pub called The Mermaid. They are knocking that building down now. NAPALM DEATH was a three-piece and I loved the band instantly. They had the perfect blend of CELTIC FROST-inspired metal riffs and blasting savage hardcore. Mick [Harris], as a drummer, was so exciting to see they became my favorite band and I became great friends with the three of them and traveled with them to many shows. My biggest regret, really, is that I did not join them when Nic Bullen asked me too as I would have played on ‘Scum’, on the B-side in reality. I just sat in the studio when they recorded the A-side, but the band made such a massive impact on my life and still does to this day.”

On his pre-NAPALM DEATH bands WARHAMMER and AZAGTHOTH:

Shane: “I came from a very small town called Broseley, which is in the county of Shropshire — 40 miles from Birmingham. I was one of four friends into metal and we were tape-trading with Bill Steer and people like that and we were getting into faster music like POSSESSED and DEATH, so we formed WARHAMMER, who were, I guess, the first death metal band in the U.K. before ONSLAUGHT. We had a demo called ‘Abbattoir Of Death’ and I originally started playing drums in that band. I had always wanted to play in a band since I was 6 or 7, so this was one step further towards my dream. AZAGTHOTH was a band I played in with the guitar player of WARHAMMER, a guy called Pete Giles, who later played in many bands, one of them being SCALPLOCK. WARHAMMER‘s and AZAGTHOTH‘s music was very intense death metal.”

On the possibility of new material from INSIDIOUS DISEASE, his side-project with DIMMU BORGIR‘s Silenoz:

Shane: “I saw Silenoz in Oslo the other week when my other band LOCK UP played and we discussed working on some new material. Let’s hope we can do something again soon.”

On his memories of “Utopia Banished”, the NAPALM DEATH album which was released 20 years ago:

Shane: “That was the first album that Danny Herrera [drums] played on, so it was I guess an important one as everyone was looking to see if we could pull it off without Mick. We had a lot of fun in the studio. I feel the guitars are not loud enough on that mix of the record, though, but as an album, it’s a very intense record with a lot of manic riffs. We were very young, but as a band we were enjoying hanging out together a lot and we were very focused on making the record a good album. I am very proud of the album. As I said, I think it could have had louder guitars on the album but Danny‘s drumming on that album is great and very spontaneous.”

On NAPALM DEATH‘s plans for the immediate future:

Shane: “The band will head to the States for the first time in three years to play the Maryland Deathfest. NAPALM also plans to release a few split releases this year, all being well, with MELVINS, CONVERGE and MUNICIPAL WASTE. These will take time to come together, though, but it’s a nice break from the norm of just recording album after album.”

 

DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist Interviewed In São Paulo (Video)

The “Busted! On the Road” show from the Internet channel “Metal Busted!” conducted an interview with guitarist Silenoz (real name: Sven Atle Kopperud) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR before the band’s March 6 concert (moved from its original March 4 date) at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the chat below.

Tablature for three DIMMU BORGIR tracks from 2007′s “In Sorte Diaboli”“The Chosen Legacy”, “The Sacrilegious Scorn” and “The Serpentine Offering” — is now available to fans on Jammit.com.

This is the first time official DIMMU BORGIR tablature has been made available (online or in print).

Jammit.com‘s software allows musicians to isolate the instrument they want to learn (ex: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards) and also features a variable slow mode plus scrolling notation.

Tracks can be purchased at this location. View a How It Works video here.

DIMMU fans are encouraged to request more songs via this online form.

The band has just completed a South American tour and will make several summer festival appearances in Europe.

“Abrahadabra”, the ninth album from DIMMU BORGIR, sold 9,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “In Sorte Diaboli”, opened with 14,000 units back in May 2007 to debut at No. 43. This was more than double the 6,400 first-week tally achieved by its predecessor, “Death Cult Armageddon”, which came out in September 2003 and landed at position No. 169 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Abrahadabra” was released in Germany on September 24, 2010, in the rest of Europe on September 27, 2010, and it was made available in North America on October 12, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.